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New Kid in Town
Mrs. Abitona first offered me this position, I actually had more
than my share of second thoughts and felt more than just tiny
bits of apprehension faced with the prospect of handling such a
I mean, while I know my abilities as well as my
limitations – I am also equally aware of the fact that there
are so many other Buluseños who can do the job better than me
but are just either legally preoccupied, have reservations about
offering their services, or are just simply waiting to be
say that I was flattered is an understatement.
It was more like a feeling of elation.
Four of the first things that came to my mind were my
family and friends who have always been very supportive of me; a
brand new opportunity by which I could serve Bulusan and its
people; gratitude to all those who have inspired me in so many
ways and who have provided me with just the right kind of
channels; and the reaffirmation that really, everything works
together for good.
at the helm of the Gazette I practically grew up with is more
than the realization of a childhood dream.
What I am now and how I play with words have been greatly
influenced by the early issues of the Gazette.
I guess this is my way of paying the favor forward.
I am confident that as I write, a little young mind out
there is also quietly but diligently absorbing useful tools for
the Gazette’s new layout artist, I would like to thank Ms.
Linda Gapan-Mole, my predecessor, for leaving behind a fine
example from which I could base any development to the
am staying on my posts while I can, until a much worthy
Bulusanon steps up and volunteers his or her services, or until
the Board decides that I got to go.
Until such time, please bear with me.
I can’t promise anything, I can just do my best and
prove myself worthy of the trust given to me.
that one English instructor who once saw potential in my writing
capacity, your very words have been a constant source of
inspiration and encouragement.
May more young minds get the opportunity of having you
for a mentor.
suggestions, and/or contributions are most welcome at my e-mail
NGARAN SAN DAMAYAN
Rogelio "Elio" Fuentes
An Mas Kristiano?”
an naghahapot kon Katoliko pa ako kay bagaman nagsisimba pa ako,
habo na ako magpadrino. May
mga nabuyo na binutang tulos an ngaran ko sa “wedding
invitation” mientras ako sinabihan na padrino ako.
Bagaman sira an may sala, nag-aayo ako sin dispensa na
diri ko sira napaonrahan.
ko linawon na diri ko kapritso an diri ko pagpadrino kondi
pagsunod sa “Pastoral Letter” san mga obispo o CBCP san
Marso 1990. Sinasabi
sa “Pastoral Letter” na an mga miembro san Masoneriya o mga
Mason, na: (1) diri pagtugutan na maging padrino sa kasal,
bunyag nan komper; (2) diri paghatagan sin komunyon; nan (3)
diri pagmisahan o bendisyunan an bangkay kon mamatay.
sayo ako na Mason, habo ko kontrahon an kanira kagustuhan para
wara problema. Ako
mismo an nag-obliga sa ako na diri na magpadrino. Bagaman
nagsisimba ako, diri ako nagkokomunyon.
Para diri man maparaot sa kanira obispo an mga padi lalo
na an mga parientes ko, amigo nan kakilala puede na maski diri
na nira misahan an bangkay ko kon ako mamatay.
Naintindihan ko an kanira situasyon.
Bahala na an Mahal na Diyos sa ako.
Siya an mas nakakaaram san ako tunay na pagkatawo.
ko, an bangkay nira Rizal, Bonifacio, Mabini, Del Pilar nan iba
na mga Mason diri man minisahan san mga Prayle nan diri pa
pinalubong sa sementeryo san Katoliko an kanira bangkay.
Pero, mas naniniwala ako na binuksan an langit para sa
kanira dahil aram san Mahal na Diyos na isinakripisyo nira an
kanira buhay sa pagsalbar san kanira mga kadugo na Pilipino sa
pang-aabuso nan pang-aapi san mga dayuhan dini sa ato sadiri na
lugar. Dahil san
magayon nira na hinimo, inumaw sira san mga tawo nan inidolo
bilang mga bayani hanggan niyan.
May kasabihan, “The voice of the people is the voice of
ko iliwanag na puro pakaraot an mga sinasabi san mga Prayle na
anti-Kristo nan kontra sa simbahan Katoliko an mga Mason dahil
sira Rizal, Bonifacio nan iba na mga Mason an nanguna san
rebolusyon san 1896. Maka-Diyos
nan maka-tawo an mga Mason kaya, diri puede kontrahon an nano
man na relihiyon. An
sobra na pagmaltrato sa mga Pilipino san mga nagdara dini san
ato relihiyon an ugat san pag-alsa san mga tawo kontra sa mga
namumuno san simbahan nan gobierno.
Dahil san ibinulgar ni Rizal sa Noli Me Tangere nan El
Filibusterismo na mga kabulukan sa simbahan nan gobierno,
pinatay siya sa “firing squad” pati na sira “GOMBURZA”,
an tolo na Pilipino na padi na may simpatiya sa mga Mason nan
mga Prayle mismo an nagkasala sa tugon san Mahal na Diyos na
“Thou shalt not kill”. Diri ko maintindihan kay niyan pirit
na insasalbar sa bitay san mga namumuno san simbahan an mga
sentensyado na “rapists”, “drug lords”, “kidnappers”
nan iba na mga kriminal.
sa hataas na pag-umaw ko nan pag-idolo kon Rizal nan iba na mga
Mason dahil sa kanira kabayanihan kaya, maski magub-at nan may
mga maraot na sinasabi an mga obispo, padi nan mga panatiko na
Katoliko manongod san Masoneriya, hiningoha ko na maging miembro
san organisasyon san 1980.
Saka ko naaraman na mga kabaligtaran an mga sinasabi nira.
Para sa ako ini an pinakamagayon nan pinakamakahulugan na
Masoneriya diri relihiyon kondi
sayo na “fraternity” san mga responsible na lalake na may
pagtubod sa Diyos nano man na sekta an naupudan nan may
pagmakulog sa kapwa.
totoo, mga 80% san mga Mason sa Pilipinas, mga Katoliko. An upat na presidente na mga Mason, puro Katoliko, sira:
Aguinaldo, Quezon, Roxas nan Laurel.
May mga Mason na padi, kursillista, lay minister, miembro
san Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society nan iba na
organisasyon san simbahan Katoliko.
Mayon man sin Protestante, Muslim nan hali sa iba na
sa malinaw na kaaraman san mga nasa simbahan nan mga panatiko,
ini an kahulugan san Masoneriya: “Masonry is not a religion
nor a secret society, it teaches man to practice charity and
benevolence, to protect chastity, to respect the ties of blood
and friendship, to adopt the principles and revere the ordinance
of religion, to assist the feeble, guide the blind, raise up the
downtrodden, shelter the orphan, guard the altar, support the
government, inculcate morality, promote learning, love men, fear
God, implore His mercy and hope for happiness.
is the Universal Morality which is suited for all men regardless
of race and creed. It
teaches no doctrine except those “TRUTH” which tend directly
to the well-being of man and thereby achieve better men in a
better world, happier men in a happier world and wiser men in a
doktrina na ini an gabay ko sa buhay.
An mga inhihimo ko base sa prinsipyo san Masoneriya.
An totoo, sa asosasyon san mga bungto san Sorsogon sa
Metro-Manila ako hamok an naging presidente na Mason batog san
1981 hanggan niyan. Ako
mismo an nag-insister san bulan-bulan na misa sa simbahan para
sa mga Bulusanon imbes na “prayer meeting” hamok na plano ni
Fr. Tony Pura, an kura paroko sadto san Bulusan. Kaya, pan-o masasabi na anti-Kristo o kontra sa Katoliko an
Masoneriya? An totoo, deboto ako sa Sto. Niño, Imaculada
Concepcion nan Mother of Perpetual Help.
na libro an buhay ni Rizal nan iba na mga Mason na halos pareho
man san buhay ni Kristo naging martir sa pagdamay sa mga naapi.
Aram ta man an pag-uugali san mga dayuhan na nagdara kono
san Kristianismo sa Pilipinas na taliwas sa mga tukdo ni Kristo.
Kamo na an humusga kon sin-o sa kanira an tunay na
Kristiano sa tunay na kahulugan san Kristianismo na nasa Bibliya.
ako sin intensyon na rauton an kredibilidad san simbahan. Gusto ko hamok na mapukaw an mga namumuno san ato relihiyon
sa katotohanan na dahil sa mga anomaliya nan eskandalo na himo
mismo san mga kaurupod nira batog pa san panahon san mga Prayle
nauyam na an mga tawo. Kaya,
milyun-milyon na an nagbaralyo sa iba-iba na sekta.
nagpaimod hamok sin tunay na Kristiano na ugali an mga Prayle
nan san mga sununod na mga lider san simbahan, trangkiluhon ini
niyan na Pilipinas. Wara
konta ini na mga karibukan na an may himo nan mga kriminal
maaako nira, ini an mensahe ko. imbes na sayangon an oras sa mga
“rally” nan mga bagay na wara man sin espiritual na
sustansya itutok na hamok nira sa mga tawo lalo na sa mga
kabataan an adal ni Kristo kasabay an ehemplo san tunay na
Kristiano diri kay puro hamok surmaton.
Domdomon nira na daog an oro-adlaw na sermon san ehemplo
the last issue of this gazette, I talked about my mystical
experience and how I embarked on a search to know its meaning.
In this issue, I’d like to talk about some of the truths I
have learned as I embarked on that search. Once again, I urge
the readers to keep an open mind for the mind is like a
parachute-it is only useful when it is open.)
is Truth? We
have been hearing about the saying, “And you shall know
the truth and the truth shall set you free.” To be set
free, connotes that first of all one is in bondage
– the bondage of sin which really means bondage to any
or all of the five major vices (anger, sex-lust, greed,
attachment and ego) and their progenies (envy, jealousy,
slander, prejudice, resentment, etc.) And indeed all of us are
in bondage to anyone of those vices for so long now. How have we
come to the bondage of sin?
let me try to define the word truth. I remember one definition
of truth from a movie I’ve seen in my younger days -“Truth
is the justice you deny and the wrongs you justify.”
Another was given by a spiritual teacher who said, "Truth
is to remember what we have forgotten.” That we have
forgotten our true and eternal identity which resulted in the
lack of spiritual power is the reason for almost
all the problems we have today –
confusion, chaos, conflict, sorrow, emptiness, etc.
then is our true and eternal identity?
God is a spirit and man (soul) is the same image and likeness.
The soul, like God is a conscious point of spiritual light
energy and cannot be seen by the physical eyes.
Its task is to animate or direct the body. It is the soul
that brings the body to life. In other words, the body
without the soul has no life; but the soul without the body
cannot express life.
Thus, we say death occurs when the soul leaves the body
and the latter returns to dust
which it is made of. But the soul cannot die. It is
eternal. Its original nature is Purity, Peace, Love,
brings us to the concept of two kinds of energy: physical (body)
and non-physical (soul or mind). Physical energy is replenished
by physical, tangible quantities of food, water, while spiritual
energy can only be replenished by spiritual, intangible
qualities of thought in the form of love, truth, peace, etc.
Today, we are unsure of this difference and tend to mix
the two; instead of seeing the body as the package and the mind
as the content, we see ourselves mainly as the body. We spend a
lot of time, energy and money looking after the body, but very
little time caring for the mind.
mind is the being with self-awareness, and the
body is the human (humous), which contains the being. This being
which is our real self
is situated just above and behind the eyes. This is the
driving seat from which we instruct and direct the vehicle of
our body. This is where we are conscious of the world and of
ourselves. In fact, we are consciousness and our
mind is our conscious ability to think. The mind is not separate
from us, but an integral part of us: the point of consciousness
within the body. This point of consciousness is the soul.
You are a soul. I am a soul. All of us are souls - tiny
points of conscious light energy, eternal and imperishable. The soul cannot be created or destroyed. There is no
such thing as death of the soul, only death of the body, at
which point the soul leaves the body and takes another body
mistake we all made by identifying only with the physical form.
we do this, two things result: 1. We think all our experience
comes to us through our physical senses. 2. We create many
identities or labels for others and ourselves.
of the senses – When
we think the five senses of touch, sound, sight, taste and smell
are our only source of experience, we begin to rely on external
things for our happiness and peace. Food, music, films and cars
give us pleasure and make us happy. However, in the physical
world, everything changes and comes to an end. And when those
sensual pleasures end we become unhappy and “peaceless.” We
desire more and a never-ending queue of desires follows. Our
moods go up and down, conditioned by how satisfied our physical
senses are. When we don’t get what we want, we become angry,
and that anger can lead to violence. When we do get what we
want, we want more, so we become greedy.
Or show off what we got and we develop ego. All these
things make us spiritually powerless and unhappy, feeling ok one
minute and not ok the next.
of different identities – When
we think, we are the physical form, the outer packing, we give
it labels. Each label is a different identity. National,
political, family, religion, profession, color, sex, is all
labels. This results in two negative side effects. First, we are
never sure who we are. Which label is really me? And each label
or identity brings with it certain values and therefore certain
ways of thinking and acting. If there are too many identities,
or ones we don’t like, we react either against ourselves or
against others. The result is once again “peacelessness” or
second side effect is to put labels on others. Black against
white, Christian against Muslim, nation against nation, labor
against management and so on. Once again the result is anger and
conflict, contrary to our true nature and desire for peace. And
yet, it is easy to resolve both these mistakes, which are the
result of thinking of ourselves as physical. Instead, let us be
aware of ourselves as a soul, a conscious eternal
being; a point of energy with no physical identity. This
resolves all conflict within ourselves as we cease to identify
with all those labels. There is no need to sustain or defend
them any longer and so we cannot be threatened. We then begin to
see others as the same, also souls, not merely physical
costumes. This also resolves the conflict between individuals
and ultimately, if practiced by many, could resolve conflict
realization of our identity as a soul is thus the key to
experiencing our real nature of peace, purity and happiness.
This is the key to understanding ourselves and harmonizing with
others. Soul consciousness (not body
consciousness) is the key and the method to experience and
cultivate it, is meditation.
That experience of mine where I found myself limitless happened
because as I surrendered myself completely to God, the Supreme
Soul cleansed me of all my impurities and lifted the veil of
darkness and enlightenment set in.
The barriers separating me, the soul or consciousness
from the Supreme Being were dissolved and I attained freedom
from the confines of my gross body. (That is why it is said that
the kingdom of God is within us because in a moment of total
surrender to God, the contact is immediate.) At the same time,
the soundless voice that I heard, is really a communion (yoga)
between soul to SOUL. It means that in the spiritual dimension,
the communication is done from mind to mind, from intellect to
intellect and the language is SILENCE. So,
there was no sound at all. While the experience lasted for some
days, after sometime, I returned to my usual self being a
householder, caught up once again in the day-to-day grind of
earning a living. But, the experience is unforgettable. During
meditation, I experience moments of lightness and peace, but
still a far cry from that experience I had before.
One day, I believe I would be able to recapture that
experience through constant and regular meditation and other
be continued next issue. Topic is God. My reference of
what I am discussing here is the teachings of the Brahma Kumaris
World Spiritual University.)
SA HANGIN NI MANO ANDOY
siya an imahen sin tunay na Pilipina
pa na kalahi siya ni Maria Clara
kinaraw-ay na siya san kaniya pamilya
na an ugali, may bisyo na an ato daraga
halaba an buhok niya, pino an mga kiwa
an sul-ot permi halaba na bestida
de-maong, kapado an buhok, tomboy na
an porma, butangera na an ato daraga
permi serado an sul-ot niya na blusa
kamison pa para matakpan an dobdob niya
hababaon an lu-ang san bado, wara bra
na an duwa na melon san ato daraga
masunudon siya sa mga magurang niya
mag-adal, maparanga, wara barkada
puro lakwatsa kaya imbes na diploma
Certificate” an nakuwa san ato daraga
an kalson niya an inaarmidol na katsa
intero an hita hanggan pusod niya
kapidaso hamok kaya, an agtang luwas na
ataman na pusiw na sipit san ato daraga
awat na panahon mientras simbagon niya
lalake na nag-iintres maski namuoton siya
sinisimbag tulos sabay suko san bandera
pag kinasal busdat an tiyan san ato daraga
an insusul-ot patadyong kon nasayaw siya
Pandanggo sa Ilaw na inuumaw san mga turista
naka-burles sa tono san spaghetti na kanta
pababa an iri-od san lubot san ato daraga
kaya siya kinukuwa na maging artista
magayon, maaram umarte, mayad kumanta
nagiging artista maski sobra na boba
tulos, bomba star na an ato daraga
kontra niya an shabu nan san marijuana
siya maging “addict” san nano man na droga
dahil bangag, pag hinapot “Game Ka Na Ba?”
“Game Na!”, an simbag san ato daraga
kontento na siya sa natural na hitsura
hamok na koloretes nan pahamot tama na
an iba-iba na parte san lawas retokada
nagpa “general overhaul” an ato daraga
kon nahali iniimod an mga nasa bag niya
na nasa sulod an rosaryo nan nobena
kon wara man yuon na duwa diri mahalaga
an “condom” nan tableta sa ato daraga
mao ini an gusto ko ipasabot sa kaniya
maski pa niyan nagbag-o na an panahon ta
man guihapon paglimutan na siya Pilipina
ikaurgulyo uli san pamilya an ato daraga
Lady With A Big Heart”
she was still in the prime of her health, Mrs. Leticia
Gonzales-Tenazas, was a big asset and live wire in all the
organizations that she was in.
She was always in full support to whatever projects
or activities were being undertaken by the organizations
not only in terms of time and energy but in logistics as
well. That’s the reason why she was well-loved and respected by
her peers. She
was not only dedicated to the service of the organization
but she’s a lady with a big heart.
is proven by the many well-wishers who troop to her
residence every year to greet her on her birthday from
early morning until night.
Tenazas in her younger years
workaholic, Letty as she is fondly called by her family and
friends, could manage to get involved in the various civic and
humanitarian activities of her different organizations despite the
fact that she had a family business to attend to.
fact, she has been the treasurer of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. since
its formation in 1981 up to now.
Although, due to her semi-paralyzed body, she has an
assistant to do the job for her until her term of office
officially expires in 2004.
the eighties until the mid-nineties, while serving as treasurer of
DBI, she held the same position also at the Catholic Women’s
League (CWL) of St. Francis Parish in Paco, Manila and the
Philippine Organization of Private Employment Agencies (POPEA)
where her agency, the Mutual Employment Agency, is a member.
For four years, she was the Regent of the Daughters of Mary
Immaculate (DMI) of Intramuros, Manila and became the Hermana of
the Manila Cathedral.
all these organizations, Letty had contributed a lot to the
success of their projects. Mr.
Rogelio F. Fuentes, DBI President, who had been with her since the
start of the association said that without her, Damayan-Buluseño
would not have attained the stature that it has now.
was instrumental in getting the approval of the Rector of the
Manila Cathedral for its use in the monthly mass for the Buluseños
from 1981 until 1996 and the Knights of Columbus from 1997 up to
to Mr. Fuentes, what made him admire her was her readiness to
voluntarily shell out her own money whenever the association ran
short of funds just to be able to pursue a particular project.
Whenever the association holds its fiesta and Christmas
celebrations, she wanted lively and colorful presentations like
song and dance numbers. To
realize this, she would hire an instructor and dressmaker for the
rehearsals and attire of the participants.
She also commissioned a composer for the Damayan-Buluseño
Hymn and the song “Bulusan, Bulusan”.
the early years of the scholarship program of the association,
when she felt that the allowance from the sponsors would not be
enough for the scholars for every semester, she offered to take
care of them until they finish their studies.
the association was looking for a venue for its headquarters, she
offered her office where she also served food for the officers
during their monthly meetings. It is also where the members of the
choir have been holding their monthly rehearsals with free dinner
courtesy again of Mrs. Tenazas.
that the yearly civic action in Bulusan is meant for the poor, she
never missed to give her contribution for the purchase of
medicines. In the last CIVAC, she donated a substantial amount to
augment the stock of medicines of the association.
She also gave always her donations for the various contests
in the Damayan homecoming. And
back home, she never failed to bring gifts for her friends and
help raise funds for the association, she placed an advertisement
of her agency in the bi-monthly issue of the Damayan-Buluseño
her other organizations, she also spearheaded in the distribution
of foods and used clothing to poor families in the slum areas in
Manila, giving monetary support to the families of prisoners and
medical treatment to street children.
is the fifth of the ten children of the late couple, Cirilo
Gonzales, Sr. and Marcelina Bailon of Barangay San Isidro but
later moved to Barangay Sabang, Bulusan.
consistent honor student, she finished her course in education
from the Philippine Normal College where she was immediately
assigned as assistant to the dean of the Home Economics
1950, she got married to ship Captain Jose Tenazas, Sr. whom she
met while on board the vessel Perla en route to Bulan, Sorsogon
from Manila. Together,
they put up the Mutual Employment Agency on V. Mapa St., Sta.
22 years after their marriage, Capt. Tenazas succumbed to cardiac
arrest leaving behind under her care four children: Lulu or Baby
who is now in the US; Jose, Jr. or Boy who manages their
employment agency; Jimenez or Jimmy, an accountant in a company in
the US; and Cirilo II or Nono, a retired casino supervisor who now
operates their agency branch in Pasig City.
her well-off friends and other people who are puzzled by her
exertion of much effort in various charitable activities, she has
this ready explanation. According
to her, she believes that everything she has comes from God.
She could not ask for more.
Her children are able and her business has been doing well
which she owes much to God. To
appreciate all His goodness is to share what she has with those
who are not as fortunate as she is.
Fuentes has very high regards for her.
On many occasions, he said that if only the many
well-placed people around would have the same kind of wisdom as
Mrs. Tenazas has, we will have a very peaceful community where no
one would think of going up the hills to fight against the
government and our society.
Mayad cay may Damayan Buluseño Gazette.
Gusto co tabi ipaabot sa ato autoridad an mga deri mayad na
na-obserbahan co san pag-uli co sa Bulusan.
Nariparo co na deri nacaluwas an mga pulis sa canira
opisina cay nahadoc cono. Pano
nira maproteksionan an mga tawo lalo na sa mga abusado na poste na
malin ginagamit hamoc an mga tagabolod sa pangayo san canira mga
saday-saday na tindahan hinahadoc nira sa paagui sin surat na hali
cono sa tagabolod para umayo sin epectos o cuarta.
May barangay pa na basta may mag-abot na hali sa Manila
hinahatagan tolos sin surat para ayoan, caya napiritan maghatag
dahil sa hadoc.
Sayo pa, deri na niyan nacabacal sin lab-as na binanwitan
na isda nan masiram na pagcaon sa Bulusan con deri magtaya sa ripa.
Pano mawilli umuli o magbacasion an mga kabobongto ta na
hali sa iba na lugar?
Naobserbahan co pa na may taga Irosin na bakla na nadayo sa
Bulusan para ibugaw an ato mga teenager na daraga.
Mga istodyante sa high school ini na mga babaye.
Aram ini san mga tawo caya imposible na deri aram san ato
Con puede hatagan tabi sin atension ini na mga problema san
ato gobierno nan comonidad cay maraw-ay.
Sa mga magurang, bantayan tabi niyo an iyo mga daraga na
bata lalo na kon naluwas kon gabi kay kon mabiktima sini na bakla.
An notisia co nagdadara pa cono ini sin droga sa Bulusan.
Para sa aco con madacop ini na bakla sa pagbobogaw nan
droga, rapgason ngon-a sin lingatong an bilog na lawas mientras
darhon sa munisipio basi mamarit.
Ipamati ta sa caniya na dapat igalang niya deri cay
pagbastoson an ato mga cabobongto.
Didto siya magbogaw sa Irosin nan magcalat sin droga.
JOSE L. GARCIA
Bacunawa Gubat Sr.
Fortes Gonzales Sr.
de Guzman Aguilar
Guray de Vera
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