Ang Aking Ama, Lola At ICC Batch 86 Ni Mark Navales

December 31, 2007 at 5:15 pm | Posted in 1 | 1 Comment

Ako (dakong kaliwa) at ang ang aming Batch 86 ng Immaculate Conception College.


Isang araw ay sumagi sa aking isipan ang lugar ng Ozamis City na kung saan ako ay nagtapos ng highschool sa Immaculate Conception College. Nasa Ozamis rin kasi ang aking mahal na lola na siyang kumupkop at nagpaaral sa akin. Naging pasaway din kasi ako sa aking mga magulang noon kahit na ako’y sagana sa luho noon.

May kapatid ang aking ama sa Ozamis at doon sa aking auntie ako ay nakitira rin subalit hindi naging maganda ang pag trato sa akin – minamaltrato niya ako noon kung kayat isinumbong ko sa aking ama at pinalipat ako sa isang boarding house na kaharap lang din ng bahay ng aking auntie.
Habang akoy pinapaaral ng aking ama sa Ozamis City noon ay nasunod rin ang aking luho, hindi naging mabuti ang aking pag aaral, sumama sa barkada, disco rito disco doon at naapektuhan na ang aking pag aaral. Hanggang akoy pinahinto ng aking ama. Kilala ako sa aming eskwelahan bilang magaling sa sayawan, strut dance pa ang uso noon, at ang tawag sa aming grupo ay “The Body Crack Machine.”
Nakilala rin ako sa aking pagiging artista at magaling na atleta dahil sa aking paboritong laro…ang soccer at track and field. Natatandaan ko pa noon na kung tawagin ako ng mga estudyante at kaibigan ay “Tagalog” dahil ako lang yata ang estudyanteng Tagalog sa mga panahon noon – dekada 80!
Sa panahong iyon ay ayaw kong tumigil sa pag aaral subalit matigas ang aking ama at ayaw na akong gastusan dahil raw sa mga kaliyuhan ko…hindi ko raw pinagbuti ang aking pagaaral na siyang magiging puhunan ko sa kinabukasan. Sa pagkakataong iyon gumawa ako ng paraan at naisip ko na mag layas na lamang at naghanap ako ng kamag-anakang kukupkop sa akin – may ilang mga kaibigan rin ang tumulong at sa mga panahon na iyon ko na rin nabatid kung sino ang tunay na nagmamahal sa akin.
Sa mga panahon rin iyon ko nalasap ang tunay na kalbaryo ng buhay, ang hirap na aking dinanas sa malupit na mundong ginagalawan.
Hindi alam ng aking mga classmate at kaibigan na naging working student ako sa aming paaralan at sa totoo lang ako’y hiyang-hiya sa aking sarili dahil ang pagkakilala nila sa akin noon ay may kaya o sinabi sa buhay dahil nga sa magkabilaang mga gimik noon.
Noong una tinago ko muna sa kanila na akoy isang working student, hinhintay kung makalabas lahat ng mga mag aaral sa eskwelahan bago ako mag linis ng hallway at CR. Matapos akong maglinis ay uuwi na ako at maghihintay naman ng gabi dahil waiter naman ako sa isang sikat na bar at inaabot ako ng hanggang madaling araw. Minsan akoy napa luha dahil sa sampung piso lang ang kinikita ko sa panahong iyon, dahil sa totoo lang hindi ko alam ang salitang IPON.
Sa panahong iyon doon ko naalala ang aking mahal na ama, muling gumuhit sa aking ouso at isipan ang mga paalalang aking binalewala. Sabi niya “anak tapusin mo ang iyong pagaaral dahil iyan lamang ang tanging yaman na maiiwan ko sa iyo at iyan rin ang iyung magiging puhunan sa buhay…ang makapagtapos ng pag aaral.”
Hindi rin ako gaanong tumagal sa aking mga pinasok dahil alam kong ito’y pansamatala lamang at hanggang lumapit ako sa aking lola na nakatira sa KOTA area kung na kilalang pinag kutaan noon ng mga sundalong Kastila na tabing-dagat lamang at dito rin ako tumagal habang ako’y nag aaral.
Isang araw dumating ang aking mga magulang at ako’y sinundo upang kunin at muling paaralin sa Cotabato City at laking pasalamat nila sa aking lola na akoy kinupkop pasamantala. Ang sabi ko sa aking sarili na balang araw akoy muling babalik sa Ozamis City na nakataas noo at hindi na mahihiya sa aking mga kamag-aral at kaibigan at nagapi ko ang isang nakakahiyang karanasan at naging inspirasyon ko ang aking pag titiis at sisikap na matapos ang aking pag aaral.
December 28, 2007 at naisipan kung bumalik ng Ozamis City makaraan ng 21 taon upang muling makita ang lungsod na minsang naging bahagi ng aking buhay, na naging saksi sa aking mga nakaraang pagsubok sa aking buhay, at upang muling makita ang aking pinakamamahal na lola.
Isang kaibigan ang nagsabi sa aking may reunion daw ang ICC High School. Pumunta rin kami ng Oroqueta City upang mabisita ang ilang kamg anak at kaibigan na si Tony Abejo, na isang broadcaster at manunulat sa peridico. Nakalipas ang gabi kami ay muling bumalik sa Ozamis at sa pagkakataong iyon hindi ko na pinalampas ang nasabing class reunion ng ICC.
Muli kung nasilayan ang aking mga classmate at ka-batch ng 1986 sa naturang reunion ng gabing iyon, may mga kwento rin sa ilang classmate ko ang nakaka lungkot dahil ang iba ay tuluyan na rin nagapi ng droga ang kanilang buhay.
May ilan rin ang hiwaly na sa asawa at ang iba naman ay dalaga pa rin hanggang ngayon at may ilan rin naging negosyante. Hindi pa rin kumupas ang mga dating kasamahan na guwapo at maganda. Sa aking pakikipagusap sa mga dating kasama sa paaralan ay mistulang komiks ang kwento ng buhay naming lahat.
Mistulang pelikula ang bawat salaysay ng buhay…may malungkot at may masaya.
Sila’y namangha rin ng makita ako dahil sa aking propesyong pinasok sa buhay – ang pagiging isang PHOTO JOURNALIST na kaya ng humarap sa kanila at pinakita ang ilang mga obra maestra sa diyaryo at magazine. Sa gabing iyon hindi mababayaran ng salapi ang kaligayahang aking naramdaman at napakasaya ko rin dahil muli kong nakasama si LOLA an gang ICC CLASS 86!

Is It War On Terror Or War On Civilians Or Simply Paranoid? US Military Reprimanded In Philippines

December 31, 2007 at 12:40 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

SULU ISLAND, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 31, 2007) – The Philippine military ordered US troops away from a government hospital after they forcibly closed it down in the southern province of Sulu.

US troops ordered Muslim doctors and hospital staff to close down the Panamao District Hospital at night since December 3. American troops who put up a base near the hospital even told the doctors to treat their patients at the municipal hall.

Dr. Silak Lakkian, head of the hospital, has complained about how US troops meddled into their operations. US soldiers insist there is a threat against them in the town from suspected Abu Sayyaf militants, but the report was disputed by local security forces.

American soldiers are in Sulu since 2006 to train Filipino troops and assist and advice them in the so-called war on terror. Rebels are active in Sulu province, about 950 kilometers south of Manila.

On Monday, the Philippine military banned US soldiers from near the hospital and even sent Filipino soldiers to guard the hospital.

The governor of Sulu, Sakur Tan, allowed the resumption of the hospital operations at night to cater to emergencies and patients in Panamao after a meeting with military and town officials over the weekend.

At the meeting, the US military commanders in Sulu apologized for the incident.“The hospital has resumed operations at night and everything is back to normal again,” Brigadier General Ruperto Pabustan, commander of the Philippines Army Special Forces in Sulu, told Mindanao Examiner.

The news of the incident only broke out Saturday after hospital staff complained to authorities and journalists about how US troops forcibly shut down the hospital at night and even threatened to shoot anybody if there was an attack against the foreigners.

“US troops have no authority to impose on us,” the governor said.The US military tried to cover up the incident and denied it ever happened and blamed the local media for the “blunder.”

Local villagers and some Filipino troops also have complained about the arrogance of US soldiers in Sulu. Some US troops have allegedly treated Filipino soldiers like vassal.

Some US troops also prevented curious Muslim villagers to go near them in public places as though the locals were terrorists.

American troops had in the past also harassed Filipino journalists who were covering joint RP-US military war games in Zamboanga City and Sulu and in some occasions arrested and seized the cameras of reporters who took photos and videos of them.  

It was also in Sulu that hundreds of US soldiers slaughtered some 800 Muslim villagers, including innocent women and children, during the Moro rebellion in March 1906 that has become known as the First Battle of Bud (Mount) Dajo also called the “Moro Crater Massacre.”

During this battle, 790 men and officers, under the command of Colonel J.W. Duncan, assaulted the volcanic crater, which was held by several hundred rebels protecting Muslim villagers. (Mindanao Examiner) 

Suspect In Journalist Slay Arrested In South RP

December 30, 2007 at 9:14 am | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 30, 2007) – Police have arrested one of two men linked to the murder of a Filipino broadcaster in the southern port city of Davao.

Police said Oliver Antoc, 31, was nabbed on Friday night in Davao City by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group while buying a roast chicken for dinner. They also seized a .45-caliber pistol from Antoc.

Two witnesses in the killing of Ferdinand Lintuan also pointed to Antoc as the gunman who shot the journalist inside his car on December 24.

It said it would file criminal charges against Antoc based on testimonies of the witnesses. It was unknown whether Antoc is a member of the Davao Death Squad or who ordered the killing of the journalist.

Two motorcycle gunmen killed Ferdinand Lintuan as he was driving his car.

Lintuan’s killing was previously blamed on the vigilante group called the Davao Death Squad, which is believed behind hundreds of extra-judicial killings the past years in Davao City.

Most of its victims were suspected criminals and thieves, but relatives and families of those killed have accused policemen as behind the Davao Death Squad.

Police gave no details about its investigation into the killing, but Lintuan’s murder was not the first in Davao City. Several journalists had been murdered in the past in Davao and among them were Ed Palomares, Cezar Magalang, Narciso Balani, Rogie Zagado in 1987 and Juan Pala Jr., in 2003.

Five journalists had been killed and two others wounded in separate attacks in the Philippines since early this year, according to the National Union of Journalists.

The Philippines is branded as one of the most dangerous place for journalists because of unresolved killings. Dozens of journalists were killed the past years and most of the cases remain unresolved.

More than 900 people, among them political activists, have been killed and hundreds are still missing since President Gloria Arroyo took office in 2001, according to the United Methodist News Service. (Mindanao Examiner)

US Troops Losing War For Hearts And Minds In Sulu

December 29, 2007 at 11:19 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment
SULU ISLAND, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 29, 2007) – Philippine authorities have began an investigation into disturbing reports that US troops deployed in Sulu province had ordered the closure of a government hospital in the town of Panamao.

The soldiers allegedly barged into the Panamao District Hospital on Dec. 3 and ordered its closure for a still unknown reason.
US troops are in Sulu province since early this year to assist and advice Filipino forces in fighting terrorism.
Dr Silak Lakkian, head of the hospital, has complained about how US troops meddled into their operations.
The news only broke out Saturday after local journalists learned about the incident, but US military officials were not available to make any statement.
Sulu Governor Sakur Tan said he will personally on the reports involving US troops and has talked to Major General Reuben Rafael, commander of Philippine military forces in the province, about it.
“US troops have no authority to impose on us,” he said.
It was not immediately known whether the US military tried to cover up the incident, but General Rafael, also said that he will look into the reports. “We will look into this,” he told the Mindanao Examiner.
Local villagers and some Filipino troops also have complained about the arrogance of US soldiers in Sulu. Some US troops have allegedly treated Filipino soldiers like janitors and laborers in the province.
Heavily-armed US troops were also preventing curious Muslim villagers to go near them in public places as though the locals were terrorists.
American troops had in the past also harassed Filipino journalists who were covering joint RP-US military war games in Zamboanga City and Sulu and in some occasions arrested and seized the cameras of reporters who took photos and videos of them.
It was also in Sulu that hundreds of US soldiers slaughtered some 800 Muslim villagers, including innocent women and children, during the Moro rebellion in March 1906 that has become known as the First Battle of Bud (Mount) Dajo also called the “Moro Crater Massacre.”
During this battle, 790 men and officers, under the command of Colonel J.W. Duncan, assaulted the volcanic crater, which was held by several hundred rebels protecting Muslim villagers.
This dark part of history always hound US troops in Sulu where activists and villagers opposed their presence in the province. It was unknown how the Panamao incident will affect the presence of Americans in Sulu. (With reports from Nickee Butlangan and Juan Magtanggol)

The Mindanao Examiner Photo: Zamboanga City Government Vehicle At Night!

December 29, 2007 at 7:29 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment


A vehicle of the Zamboanga City’s General Services Office with license plate SGT-868 is parked Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at Alfaro street in Tetuan village. Local government cars are often used either to bring children to schools or as personal vehicles by city employees. The use of government vehicles is prohibited unless for official business. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)

For Sale Framed Photos of magnificent Tulay Mosque and Bud Daho in Sulu

December 29, 2007 at 4:58 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

 



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The Mindanao Examiner Photo: Famed Mexican Director Gustavo Loza

December 28, 2007 at 6:04 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

“Al Otro Lado” director Gustavo Loza poses for the Mindanao Examiner during a week-long workshop on film making attended by more than 40 directors, film makers and cinematographers in Manila. The workshop is sponsored by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in cooperation with the Embassy of Mexico and Mowelfund Film Institute (MFI) with support from the President’s Social Fund (PSF).

The film workshop tackled all the processes in creating a movie – from the origin of an idea, its transformation into a film script, its projection on the big screen and other processes involved when directing a film.
Considered as one of the exciting new directors in Mexico, Loza has several films to his credit. Loza’s latest film, “Al otro lado” (To The Other Side), is about the interspersed lives of three children – a Mexican, Moroccan and Cuban – whose fathers have left them to venture in other lands. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)

The Mindanao Examiner Photo: The Cigar Vendor

December 28, 2007 at 5:51 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

An old cigar vendor sleeps on a roadside in Manila’s Quiapo District. Manila’s traffic is one of the worst in Asia, especially during the Christmas holiday. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)

The Mindanao Examiner Photo: Child Abuse In Southern Philippines

December 27, 2007 at 11:58 am | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment




A Filipino girl hits her brother after the child refuses to go with her to beg for alms in the busy streets of Basilan province on Wednesday, December 26, 2007.
Many beggars used children as front to beg for money and food in the Philippines and many have been exploited and become victims of abuses by their own family. The World Bank says child labor is one of the major concerns confronting many countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
There are 36.3 million Filipinos who are 19 years old and below (NSO 2000). In excess of a million and a half children are estimated to live on the streets, begging for food and often engaging in criminal activity.
More than three and a half million children from 5 to 17 years old work under often-grueling conditions, in spite of legislation outlawing child labor.
A survey of the Department of Social Welfare and Development shows a sudden increase in their number of clients probably as a result of increased recognition and reporting in the community.
The children in this survey were victims of physical abuse, neglect, with majority reporting sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, reports say. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)

The Mindanao Examiner Photo: ARMM Chief Joel Goltiao Briefs Men On Hunt For Ex-Poll Officer

December 26, 2007 at 11:07 pm | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment

Chief Superintendent Joel Goltiao, chief of police forces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, briefs his officers in Camp S.K Pendatun in Shariff Kabunsuan Province as they prepare to mount fresh operation to arrest the controversial former Maguindanao Provincial Election Supervisor Lintang Bedol, accused of poll fraud in the last Philippine presidential elections. Bedol is ordered arrested by the Commission on Elections after he failed to show up during a hearing. (Mindanao Examiner Photo/Mark Navales)
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