Thursday, December 27, 2007


It is probably unique here in the province of Oriental Negros that the change of political leaders would also mean the change of festivals. For a couple years, we celebrate Buglasan Festival every October. However, after the recent elections, the newly elected governor decided to move it to December and construct a permanent trade center and exhibit for LGUs and called it Sidlakang Negros (similar to Panaad of Negros Occidental). The Buglasan festival then, now became Buglas Festival. I don't know what happened to the last two letters. But the activities last year and the previous years are practically the same.

Just this afternoon, we had the Buglas Festval of Festivals. It used to be a festival olympics of almost 20 LGUs, but this year, only four participated. Namely the Jambabalud Festival of Jimalalud, the Tawo-Tawo Festival of Bayawan City, the Pakol Festival of Sta. Catalina and the Langub Festival of Mabinay. I thought only the colleges in Silliman are apathetic in joining university activities like Miss Silliman and the All University Cheering Competition. There's seems to a parallelism here. What happened to the other local government units? What happened to the internationally-acclaimed Yag-Yag Festival of Sibulan? Or even our local Sandurot Festival?

The Buglasan Festival or Buglas Festival (which ever way you call it) is certainly one of the best traditions here in the province. It's a festive gathering of local treasures that negrenses can be proud of. And here are the faces of this tradition:

Isn't it worth preserving? Although we may have a mediocre Buglas Festival this year, we can always do better next year? Whatchathink?

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Planes and the beach...

I was suppose to go to Malatapay this morning but the weather did not cooperate, so instead, I thought of a quick stop at Silliman beach.(Yeah, right.) But I ended up promenading along the shoreline and the airport area for almost three hours. Here's what I got...

Well, not that bad...
By the way, the plane was worth the wait.
I should learn from that, i guess.


In the midst of trying to be a decent photographer, I stumbled to this which is a great idea.

Here's my ekphrasis. It is poem being based on, derived from, or inspired by the picture. An ekphrastic poem can also be about a piece of music, so you will have to find a visual for the music (maybe be a photo of part of the score, the picture of the composer, or the like.)

Walking Away

Someday, in the midst of dividing planes
there will be stones waiting to be crushed
and after the painful ordeal of dividing and crushing,
you will be sleeping in caves
with the moon patiently guiding you.
I will only be watching you shiver and
there might be crows that will visit you.
Hold on! Nostalgic night will come and in your
memory I will be a deja vu—
eternal battle you will fight with bare hands.

(for him who hides in the tin box)

Sunday, December 23, 2007

'if with images, if with words'

My attempt to become a serious photographer happened after intimately embracing solitude. Nothing tragic really occurred that day; it's just that I felt left alone. So I decided to wander around take some pictures. I packed my stuff, borrowed a camera from a friend and then I found my self in the Parish Church of Bacong and its beach front. After a more than a hundred shots, I was not contented with what I got. Believe me, I took almost 400 shots that day.The next best place I can think of is Dauin (the next town). In just a few minute of commuting from Bacong, I visited a familiar place and there I got better shots.

I'm not really sure if these are good or bad photographs but I enjoyed taking them and I believe in the stories they want to tell.

More photos here. The title of this post is from a poem by Marjorie Evasco.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

December 22, 2007

This is me trying to get the right shots in life.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Under me...

This song is still haunting me until today.

Its thought and image coincides with one of my favorite poems by angelo suarez...

"sadness is not rain, it's the umbrella that won't open when you need it."

*You can stand under my umbrella... Will you?

Monday, December 10, 2007


If it's poetry,
I'll be silent
in my
restful interlude
I know
I said

I miss writting poems.


I'm not really a musical genius or at least musically talented, but I always had this penchant to sing. I probably have all the qualities to become the next American Idol(except that I'm not an American or I don't live in the US)... REGECT! But at least I want to sing!

Here are some songs in my playlist lately...

Saan na nga ba ang barkada ngayaon?
Sponge Cola

Headlines (Freinds Forever)
Spice Girls


My favorites

Your Guardian Angel
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

When I see your smile
tears run down my face
I can't replace
and now that I'm strong
I have figured out
how this world turns cold
and it breaks through my soul
and I know I'll find deep inside me
I can be the one

I will never let you fall
I'll stand up with you forever
I'll be there for you through it all
even if saving you sends me to Heaven

It's ok..(x3)

Seasons are changing
and waves are crashing
and stars are falling
all for us
the days grow longer
and nights grow shorter

I can show you I'll be the one

I will never let you fall
I'll stand up with you forever
I'll be there for you through it all
even if saving you sends me to Heaven
cause you're're
my true love
my whole heart
please don't throw that away
cause I'm here for you
please don't walk away!
please tell me you'll stay!

Use me as you will
pull my strings just for a thrill
and I know I'll be ok
though my skies are turning gray

I will never let you fall
I'll stand up with you forever
I'll be there for you through it all
Even if saving you sends me to Heaven (x2)

Taking Chances
Celine Dion


Don't know much about your life.
Don't know much about your world, but
Don't want to be alone tonight,
On this planet they call earth.

You don't know about my past, and
I don't have a future figured out.
And maybe this is going too fast.
And maybe it's not meant to last,

But what do you say to taking chances,
What do you say to jumping off the edge?
Never knowing if there's solid ground below
Or hand to hold, or hell to pay,
What do you say,
What do you say?

I just want to start again,
And maybe you could show me how to try,
And maybe you could take me in,
Somewhere underneath your skin?

What do you say to taking chances,
What do you say to jumping off the edge?

Never knowing if there's solid ground below
Or hand to hold, or hell to pay,
What do you say,
What do you say?

And I had my heart beaten down,
But I always come back for more, yeah.
There’s nothing like love to pull you up,
When you’re laying down on the floor there.
So talk to me, talk to me,
Like lovers do.
Yeah walk with me, walk with me,
Like lovers do,
Like lovers do.

What do you say to taking chances,
What do you say to jumping off the edge?
Never knowing if there's solid ground below
Or hand to hold, or hell to pay,
What do you say,
What do you say?

Don’t know much about your life
And I don’t know much about your world.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Via Veritas Vita

Copied from the loquacious lady... You're right night's nostalgia are coming...

1. Student number?

2. College?
College of Mass Communication.

3. Ano ang course mo?

4. Nag-shift ka ba o na-kickout?
Wala pod... But thought of shifting...

5. Saan ka kumuha ng SUAPE?
Sa Silliman ra...

6. Favorite subject?

7.Favorite PE?
Social Dance

8. Saan ka nag-aabang ng hot babe/mensa SU?
a. Kiosk gawas sa lib...

c. Scoobys Silliman

f. Amphi

g. Luce Lobby

9. Favorite prof?
a. Sir Ian
b. Ma'am Celia
c. Sir Nikko

1 0. Pinaka-ayaw na subject.
HIST 41 (Rizal's Life)

11. Nakapag-field trip ka ba?
In Silliman, who hasn't?

12. Ano ang Org/Frat/Soro mo?
KMC, LitCritters and many others...

13. Saan ka tumatambay palagi?
tWS and cso office, Cafe, Maszcom Sala, Library

14. Dorm, Boarding house, o Bahay?

15. Sino ang pinaka-una mong nakilala sa SU?
Rodrigo Bolivar.

16. First play na napanood mo sa SU?
Nalimot na ko...

17. saan ka madalas mag-lunch?
a. Balay
b. cafe
c. Food Net
d. La Cavitena
e. Coop

18. Masaya ba sa SU?
So much... I will miss Silliman...

19. Ilang beses ka bumoto sa SG elections?
3 times...

Friday, November 02, 2007

Flickering thoughts lately...

tonight, i succumb to the whips of life
like badminton swings
fluttering me to the other side
of the court


for a poet
scrambling for poetic diction,
the most difficult part in writing a poem
is choosing the words to end it.
it requires a certain finality
like a fruit falling
to the painful embrace
of solid grounds


like the t'boli weaver
who capture designs from dreams,
we live taking risks in conjuring
our desires to something tangible--
something creeping between our fingers
yet we refuse to feel


late night walks in this city
reminds me of security and stability
despite the orange, gloomy light
from the lamp posts,
painting the city with tinge of sepia
that approximates its rudeness


i know my comfort is beyond that door,
where the room is darkened
and lies infest like snakes
beneath greening fields
and only your skin
illuminates a solitary flicker
and i begin to feel the drifting warmth
of your breath between my palms


we reluctantly swim
into our neighbor's pond,
with white lotuses
guiding us when to breathe
and raise our heads up high
to welcome the afternoon sun


i can never be poetry
to a poet writing about midsummer's pain,
the moon's phases
and the asphalt craters in his streets.
for in between the phases of the moon,
i can be midsummer's pain
filling the asphalt craters
in the poet's streets

Friday, October 19, 2007

Glimpses of the first semester...

Time has swiftly flown away. This is fast becoming a cliché for us who only have five months (at least) to cram in college. The second semester is knocking at our doorsteps...

But here are some still shots that would remind us of how far we have been for the past few months...


Paghoylunhoylun 2007
the KMC/CMC acquaintance party

RYLF Leadership Training
June 24


My day!

CSO IPR/Leadership Training


International Youth Day 2007 (Manila)

Founders Week 2007

Hibalag 2007

MIss Silliman 2007

All University Cheerdance Competition

SolarGeneration Orientation at the Booth Area

Inuman sessions after Hibalag...


SolarGeneration visits Negros Oriental State University

in St. Paul University-Dumaguete

Spectrum National Journalism Fellowship (Bacolod City)

And now, I welcome the Second semester with fear and trembling...

[some photos via jordan, claire and galee]