Bayek – A Soldier’s Journey

He was a veteran soldier, tempered and honed from the most tumultuous places in this country.

Rumors of his PMA stint is still vague, but his Philippine Army tenure is without question. I remember him coming home from Nueva Viscaya or Zamboanga or somewhere in Mindanao. Bayek is already in town because Ina  is preparing stuff, and somebody just asked me to make coffee.

Coffee. I was influenced, if I may say so, by Bayek. Mama Ton, another uncle who’s also a military man, with the airforce, bore the same taste. Coffee for him and a couple of his officers taking a break frtom the guns and the fighting. Once Bayek even brought home Lini Segundino, a southern lad who, although with halting Tagalog, never ceased to thank him and the family for taking him in.

Bayek, I realised later on, spoke fluent Ilocano, Capampangan, Visayan and of course Tagalog, English and Austrian. Now who do you know has a command of dialects and languages like him?

Scars from skirmishes and firefights mark his triumphs and survival, in an age when people still fight for principles and ideals. A medical technician turned army man, a contradiction of sorts, yet the discord between his orientation never prevented him from doing his duty to his country.

Sometimes, it’s hard to understand the man, for his military bearing seem to overlap into his personal life. I have been subject to his steel discipline, a teenager wanting to emulate his idol but fails miserably just because being a grown up was far from my mind. Yet I loved the man, like a father I never had.

Like most of my affiliations with father figures, I seem to have this knack for being stubborn and absolutely complex. Only now in his absence do I understand our own mortality.

I would mourn if I could. . .

But I won’t.

I will not cry for his leaving, of how he passed away . . .

Instead I will remember how he LIVED.

Fitting tribute to a warrior.

I’ll miss you, Bayek.

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Author’s Note: This narrative was written sometime 2003 while still working in animation. The illustration that goes with the story is older. I kept the story intact with a few changes.- scrEaMing mANgo

Masakit pa rin ang ulo ko ah. Makabangon na nga, at baka ma-late na naman ako. Ahh . . . talagang di maganda sundutin ng beer ang gin. Si Pareng Baco kasi, sabing tama na, sige pa ng sige, t’yak, di na naman makakapasok yun. Putris, paano ka ba naman maliligo sa isang baldeng tubig? Di na naman siguro nagkaroon kagabi. Halos tatlong araw nang ganito ah. Asan bang yosi ko? Patay! Na-arbor na naman ang lighter ko.

Tsk.

Makapaligo na nga. Sa Biyernes pa’ng sweldo, Miyerkoles pa lang ngayon. ‘Ala na akong budget. Paubos na rin ang toothpaste namin. Buti na lang, nakakautang ako kina Aling Wena, marami na rin siguro akong lista dun. Haaay, tagal pa ng sweldo. Continue reading

Mga Batang Paete Di Inatrasan ang Workshop

Drawing and Animation Workshop Paete, Laguna

Participant’s Name Age

01. Erika Sanchez 8

02. Jade Sanchez 7

03. Anne Generoso 6

04. Nicole Generoso 8

05. Ehckim Paolo Angeles 12

06. Kirstie Miles Diasanta 6

07. Rommel Adefuin 12

08. Angela Acala 8

09. Emmanuel David Valdellon 6

10. Chloe S. Salceda 5

11. Aloysius S. Salceda 8

12. Justine Anne Adefuin 8

13. Elysa Judine A. dela Cruz 9

14. Allie V. Carunungan 11

15. Ella Marie P. Reyes 9

16. Enalyn P. Reyes 11

17. John Carlo B. Laroya 10

18. Nino V. Carunungan 10

19. Damikee B. Dailo 12

20. Martin John B. Agbada 13

21. Zeus Antonio G. Tolentino 8

22. Kurt Gioco Sadsad 10

23. Earl Christopher Angeles 11

24. Glacielle Jayme Caraig 9

25. Jowee Brianne Cadawas 12

26. Reham Snow A. Camama 12

27. Ihlia Marie M. Dacsil 11

28. Ma. Cristina A. Viray 11

29. Johan Jian C. Egdane 13

30. Don Luigi C. Egdane 12

31. Timothy Pierre Egdane 8

32. Madel Berara 14

33. Alfred John Acu 9

34. Medwyn Joseph Diasanta 13

35. Marvin James Cosico 7

36. Aina Palatino ( Class Baby) 4

37. Remo Ashley Aseoche 11

38. Josiah Sutare 8

39. Jerome Barnes 9

40. Hannah Sobremonte 5

41. Katrin Claire Leyba 8

42. Samuel Sutare 9

43. Martin Robert Dono 7

44. Jasmin Ibanez 9

Bilib ako sa Batang Paete. Kumha ako ng mga activities at exercises mula sa mga training modules at IQ related tests para makagawa ng isang magandang program paramasala ang mga bata sa kanilang workshop. Nag reproduce ako ng mga drawings ko at iba pang materials na gawa ko din para magkaroon sila ng idea sa mga kaya nilang i-drawing. Nagtulong kam ni Eric Baet (BUWIG) para ma bombard ang mga bata sa loob ng 3 hours for three days.

Wa epek!

Walang sumuko. Mula sa discussion ng Paete Artists (known and unknown), sa pag trace namin mula cave drawings to modern day arts and crafts. . . . .

Wala.

Walang takot ang Batang Paete sa pag alam sa kanilang Heritage.

Kinailangan na namin hatiin sa 2 groups sa last day, older kids (10 to 14) sa umaga para matutukan ang ibang activity at ang younger kids (6 to 9) ay sa hapon.

Sa una ay mahiyain ang mga bata, lalo na ang age group na 10 to 14, siguro ay dahil nasa awkward age lang talaga sila, pero nung makita nila yung mga na collect kong artwork mula sa mga KOmiks Artist na pinoy, nang ipakilala ko sina Jun Dayo, Nonoy Balandra at iba pang unsung Artsits ng Paete ay lalo silang naging interesado,kahit na insufficient ang dalawang bentilador sa dami nila, kahit pawisan na kaming dalawang facilitator, kahit pa libreng drinks lang ang kaya namin ilagay.

Wala.

Walang takot ang mga Batang Paete sa pag alam sa kanilang Artistic Side.

Larga, Batang Paete!

Maraming salamat sa inyo!

[Ang Iba pang litrato ng workshop ay makikita sa Flickr <<<click nyo ito.]