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Araw ng Kalayaan

12 Jun

Dahil ngayon ay ang anibersaryo ng kalayaan ng Pilipinas, ako ay magta-Tagalog…

watawat/bandila ng Pilipinas

Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan! 🙂

My Great Grandfather, My Hero

12 Jun

Today is my great grandfather’s 81st death anniversary.

He may not be as popular as Jose Rizal nor Andres Bonifacio, but he fought for our country. And he fought for the Philippines using only his pen.

my great grandfather, Fernando Ma. Guerrero

FERNANDO MA. GUERRERO is my dad’s grandfather so that makes me his great granddaughter. Our last name isn’t Ma. Guerrero though. It’s because my grandfather and some of his siblings chose to get their mother’s last name and used Guerrero as their middle name (and some decided to change their last name to Guerrero). You know, it’s complicated. Hehehe… 🙂

Our families don’t know much about Fernando Ma. Guerrero, except that he’s a national hero and that he’s our relative. And the only pictures we have of him were damaged by Ondoy’s wrath. 😦

Anyway, here’s something I read about him:
A man so gifted in writing was Fernando Ma. Guerrero, son of highly educated parents: Lorenzo Guerrero, a notable painter and art teacher, and Clemencia Ramirez. He showed signs of a genius in his youth with facility for language. His father hired for him a private tutor for home education. He pursued and obtained the Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo Municipal, and the Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

He joined the staff of La Independencia, a revolutionary periodical, and wrote incisive articles and editorials in beautiful Spanish – making it the most dynamic and influential Newspaper. He was appointed secretary of the Supreme Court by General Antonio Luna. He wrote for La  Patria and established his own paper, La Fraternidad. At El Renacimiento he was made City Editor, then later Chief Editor. Through the sheer power of his editorials this paper became outstanding.

His love for literature knew no bounds. He must have had storms of ideas swirling in his fertile mind. He wrote both prose and poetry; his favorite theme was “eternal sadness of things.” He believes in “purifying nature, wrapping her in a garment of beauty to cover her deformities. True and supreme art is the most common perfect interpretation of the aesthetic emotion.”

Guerrero was the major lyric poet before and after the revolution, until the introduction of English literature in our schools. Known as the “Prince of Filipino lyric poets” in Spanish, he also played the flute and guitar.

In Spanish lyric poetry, he was unsurpassed by his contemporaries. His poetry, like a prism, sparkled with different color-tones; sometimes, it was musical like a tropical love song; sometimes, it was classically grand; sometimes, it was tinged with melancholia; sometimes, it was stirring with heroic grandeur.

Guerrero was above all a national poet. He felt and thought as a Filipino, lived as a Filipino and died as a Filipino. He loved the Philippines with passionate fervor, and in limpid and elegant Spanish, he sang the mountains and rivers, seas and forest, flowers and women, heroes and martyrs, and sunrises and sunsets of his beloved land.

Politics attracted him, too. He became the Leyte representative to the Malolos Congress, and was elected deputado to the Philippine Assembly in the year 1907. He authored the first labor bills in the Philippines- ensuring workmen’s compensation, and the right of employees to form labor unions. Due to his nationalism, he became Secretary of the Independence Commission.

Against libel suits filed by the American Constabulary, for a series of publication on documented abuses and killing in Cavite, Batangas, and Cebu, Guerrero win a court victory. Thus, El Renacimeinto rose to its greatest glory, which enhanced his popularity.

Crisalidas was the title of his book of poems considered by Enciclopedia Filipinas as one of the ten best books o the Philippines. He stood in the frontline of the local golden era of Spanish literature for four decades since 1890.

Fernando Ma. Guerrero – he came like a silent storm of brilliance, brightening the crown of dark night, when the country’s ship of liberty was sailing but began sinking. Or like a thousand flowers blooming in a riot of colors, as the country bide farewell to Spanish, as it faced its inevitable fate, and embraced the English language.

Thousand of colorful flowers wilted when he died on June 12, 1929, with his death meaningfully falling on the anniversary of the Republic.

Our Anniversary Celebrations

9 Mar

My boyfriend and I celebrated our 4th year anniversary last 3 March 2010, Wednesday. Since our anniversary was a weekday, we had pre-anniversary, anniversary, and post-anniversary celebrations (that’s what we normally do if our birthdays and/or anniversary fall on a weekday). Celebrating, much? Yeah, we think so, too. 😛

For our pre-anniversary celebration last year, we went to Potipot. But this time, since we’re saving money, we decided to just have a simple dinner. We had our pre-anniv dinner at The Chocolate Kiss Cafe, Roces Avenue, Quezon City. We ordered Beef Stroganoff (for him), Chicken Kiev (for me), Fettucini Alfredo (we’re sharing), and Devil’s Food Cake (I wanted the Chocolate Kiss Suite but it was not available). The dishes were good but we still preferred Banapple Kitchen’s entrées and cakes.

For the day of our anniversary itself, my boyfriend visited me at my workplace (after his work but before my work — I work the night shift). We had dinner at Teriyaki Boy at SM Mall of Asia. Last year, we had dinner at The Old Spaghetti House SM Marikina and checked in at a hotel. As my anniv gifts last year, I treated him to Potipot and gave him a treadmill (since it’s expensive, he requested that it would be my Christmas 2008, New Year’s Day 2009, Valentine’s gift 2009, and 3rd year anniversary gift for him) and I also gave him letter donuts from Cello’s Doughnuts Katipunan. He gave me flowers, chocolates, candies, and Victoria’s Secret body mist. But for this year, we did not exchange gifts on our anniversary. Yes, we’re on tipid mode.

Anyway, for our post-anniversary celebration, after converting our BDO Regular Savings joint account to an Optimum Savings Account, we tried Crustasia Shangri-La Mall’s dinner buffet (Php395+ per head) last Saturday. The food was great and man, we were so full! Hahaha!!! And since we could not get enough of the post-anniv celebration, after hearing Mass last Sunday, we watched Alice In Wonderland in 3D at SM Marikina and had late dinner at Banapple Kitchen Katipunan Too. Last year, we went to Laiya, Batangas for our post-anniversary celebration.

Actually, celebrations are not really important. As long as we’re together in love with each other, it’s enough celebration of our love. 😉

Manila’s Early Summer Makes Me Think of Potipot Island

9 Feb

I could feel the summer heat now.

Summer will be early in the Philippines this 2010. I read about it here.

Last year, my boyfriend and I went to Potipot Island, Zambales [28 February – 1 March] to celebrate our anniversary (It’s actually a pre-anniv celebration). We stayed at Sun Bloom Beach Resort and we loved the place. Ate Mercy and Kuya Allan were so nice and very accomodating. And since the said resort didn’t have a website, we decided to create a multiply account for Sun Bloom Resort to help promote the place and to help the tourists  (Ate Mercy or anyone from Sun Bloom did not know that we created a simple site for them).

Here are some of the pictures taken during our 1st Potipot trip:

Sun Bloom Beach Resort


going to Potipot

first kiss of the summer sun

other side of Potipot Island

blue waters, white sand

People were enjoying the clear waters

Potipot's white sand shore (taken using my underwater film camera)

fishes and my boyfriend's legs (How come his legs looked thin?)

That's me checking out the fishes

school of fish

The underwater shots were taken using my underwater film camera. I did not have a digital underwater camera that time so pardon the not-so clear shots.

My boyfriend and I fell in love with the island and with the charming resort. I hope we could go back this year.