Ang kwento ni Mabuti

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Bilang bahagi ng aming pagpupugay sa panitikang Pilipino, aming inilalathala ang maikling kwentong ito na sinulat ng batikang manunulat na si Genoveva Edroza-Matute (1915-2009). Kung malimit kayong dumadalaw sa aming blog, marahil ay nabasa na rin ninyo ang Bangkang papel na nailathala na rin namin dito.

Ilang tala sa buhay ni Matute na nakalap namin:

Si Aling Bebang, ayon sa talambuhay na sinulat ni Gregorio C. Borlaza, ay bunso sa labindalawang magkakapatid, at supling nina Anastacio B. Edrosa at Maria Magdalena K. Dizon. Siyam ang namatay sa kaniyang mga kapatid, at karamihan ay wala pang isang taon ang itinagal sanhi ng pagkakasakit.

Lumaki siya sa Tayuman-Oroquieta, malapit sa karerahan ng kabayo sa San Lazaro. Hindi naglaon ay nakitira siya sa kaniyang ale — na kapatid ng kaniyang ama — doon sa Felix Huertas, Maynila hanggang makatapos ng elementarya.

Nag-aral siya sa Santa Clara Primary School (na magiging Gomez Elementary School) at Magdalena Elementary School, pagkaraan ay sa Manila North High School (na Arellano High School ngayon), nagkolehiyo sa Philippine Normal School (na Philippine Normal University ngayon), hanggang matapos ang masterado sa Filipino at doktorado sa edukasyon sa Unibersidad ng Santo Tomas.

Kontrobersiyal ang buhay ni Aling Bebang dahil malinaw ang kaniyang paninindigan sa pagsusulong wikang pambansa. Ang ganitong tindig ay maaaring sanhi ng kaniyang masaklap na karanasan noong nasa elementarya, na inilakip ni Borlaza sa talambuhay ni Aling Bebang:

“Mabuti naman at mababait ang mga guro sa mga paaralang pinasukan ni Bebang, bagaman ang guro niya sa Unang Baitang ay may kakatuwang pamamalakad. Bawal na bawal noon ang pagsasalita ng Tagalog. Ang kanyang guro ay may malalim na bulsa sa saya (baro’t saya pa ang kasuotan ng mga gurong babae noon), na may lamang siling labuyo. Kapag may nahuli siyang mag-aaral na nagsasalita ng Tagalog ay dumudukot siya ng sili at pilit na ipinangunguya sa pobreng “nagkasala.” Sinasabitan din ng kartong may ganitong nakasulat: I was caught speaking the dialect.

Ang palakad na ito ay laganap noon sa buong Pilipinas. Hindi lamang Tagalog kundi lahat ng wikang pansarili ng iba’t ibang rehiyon ay ipinagbawal. Ito ay nanatili hanggang maging malaya na ang Pilipinas. Mabuti ang hangarin — upang matulungan ang mga mag-aaral na madaling matuto ng Ingles — subalit masama ang naging epekto sa damdaming makabansa ng mga Pilipino. Maliit pa siya’y naiisip na: “Biglang naipit sa desk  ang paa ko. Siyempre, masasabi ko ang Aray! Ang lagay ba, iisipin ko muna ang tawag doon sa Ingles, at pagkatapos ng mahahabang sandali ay saka pa ako dadaing ng Ouch!”

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Junior staff

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As a long-held tradition during our time, the year’s last issue of The Barangay would be passed on to third year students. Above are classmates and batchmates who were chosen to run the paper in 1977-1978. You may click here to view the eventual composition of the editorial staff.

More juniors visit library than seniors

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Written by Laarni Canicula

More juniors visited the library and availed of its services than seniors, revealed a study made by the Library Club in cooperation with the main library.

The survey was conducted under the guidance of Mrs. Victoria Zacarias, chief librarian, covering a period of eight and a half months from June 14, 1976 to February 15, 1977.

The results of the survey were the following:

The students who frequently borrowed library materials were the juniors closely followed by seniors. The second year and first year students followed as third and fourth, respectively.

The top ten sections with their respective scores (number of times they borrowed) were:

  1. III-10 — 1,890
  2. IV-4 — 1,362
  3. III-6 — 1,248
  4. IV-1 — 1,012
  5. III-1 — 944
  6. III-4 — 866
  7. III-14 — 776
  8. III-5 — 748
  9. III-7 — 736
  10. III-12 — 674

Meanwhile, Mrs. Aurora Cabiltes, school librarian, revealed her observations on student behavior in the library in an interview with the ‘B’ junior staffers.

Mrs. Cabiltes disclosed that a number of books and magazines have been destroyed by some students who don’t value books.

She further revealed that to stop these bad practices, they prohibit students without ID’s to enter the library, provide tables for those who use the encyclopedia or Atlas to avoid further destruction. Librarians keenly watch the students.

The foregoing article was published in the junior edition of The Barangay (February-March 1977), when our batch was still in third year. Does this mean we were more studious than our senior counterparts then?

Importance of teamwork

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The following article was culled from the September-October 1977 issue of Ang Baranggay. Written Larry Ramos, AB’s sports editor, this editorial is part of a series of articles we are publishing here as a way of reminiscing our stint as campus journalists and showing the context we grew up in.

Tidbit: Did you know that Jun Vigo and John Marte Marcella were also part of the publication’s sports section? You may click here to view AB’s staff for schoolyear 1977-78.

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Petropolis 2.0

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This is a late announcement for those who might have missed it. Classmate Keith dela Cruz has opened a second branch of Petropolis in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, 10 years after launching his first vet clinic on Timog, Quezon City.

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The roster of guests included sister Chiqui and family (see pic below).

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Our congratulations to Dr. Keith for this new clinic and, of course, for the newly built Laguna home into which he and partner have recently moved.

Star athlete

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In our previous post we promised we would be publishing selected articles from Ang Baranggay (AB)/The Barangay (TB), our school publications. To start off the series, we are reprinting here a TB article (June-August 1977 issue) that focuses on classmate Ric Manuel, our star swimmer that time.

What a weird coincidence that three deceased classmates figure in this clipping: article writer June Lapira, illustrator Eric Macatangay, and Ronnie Gorgonio, whose name appears in Eric’s drawing.

Below is the full article (in case the image is not readable):

“Sportsmanship is a virtue an athlete must possess.” This is what Ricardo Manuel, IV-1 of F. Varonoa, Tondo, stated.

Manuel, a skillful swimmer, son of Mr. Maximo Manuel, towers at 5’5″ and weighs 110 lbs. He started developing his talent since childhood but Mr. Jose Sidlacan and Mr. Domingo Esperanza, both YDT teachers, discovered Manuel’s talents. He received a plaque for placing first in a summer camp training-swimming competition held at Mt. Arayat.

“Hard practice and perseverance make an athlete go far,” he emphasized during the interview. He explained that if one wants to be a swimmer he must be physically fit and patient enough to practice.

High school publications

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In our possession now are old copies of The Barangay and Ang Baranggay, our alma mater’s official student newspapers. A copy of the LDHS Newssette, a mimeographed newsletter aimed at training future TB and AB editors and writers, is also part of this collection.

We shall be publishing the contents of these publications in the coming days so we enjoin you to regularly visit the website.