April 9, 2008 at 9:33 am
mr. rudyb.… it’s nice that you have had an unforgettable recollection and memories of martial law years in San Ramon. I guess you were referring to the mountain in sitio Kabangkalan or Talistison, a terrain overlooking the NIA dam, and the terrain in Parik, a border separating San Ramon & Kabugaan, where many NPA-Military encounters took place several times… It’s good to reminisce the experience of the nostalgic past, and the horrifying memories of martial law years in Bulan, particularly in San Ramon, being considered as a warzone during those yesteryears.
The military oprations, and NPA attacks then were concentrated solely in San Ramon because the PC/Army used NIA office thereat as their barracks, besides the fact that most of the NPA youth rebels then were legitimate residents of San Ramon, i.e., the family of Fruto, Mape, Gibaga, Guelas, Almoguera, Espela, Serrano, Bontigao, Godalla, Gealone, Guban, Gobris, et al., these people were actually victims of military abuses, thru saturation drive, hamletting, unfounded accusations, etc… I was only 4 years old then, pero dumdom ko intero an mga nangyari san panahon na kaduluman……mala kay alas 5 palang an hapon sa san ramon wara na sin nagbabasad basad na tawo sa kalsada, kay pag-abot sin alas 6 hangang 10 san gabi, puro ragakrak na san M16 an mababati mo, matingulon sa talinga an purutukan, kaya kadaghanan san balay sa san ramon puro may ukad sa sulod kay pag nagpurutukan narulumpat nalang sa ukad o buho para deri tamaan san bala, kay an mga lunob puro man lang baga himo sa amakan, pawud o tabla ……the rest is history… blah-blah-blah…
mr. Jun A….. baga san daku-dako an problema ta niyan kay habu na si mr. rudyb mag-react o response kay mapagalon kuno an pagsurat, he-he-he, ako ngani mapidlason na an tudlo ko san katutudlok kay insasayu-sayo ko lang an kada letra sa keyboard sine na computer…..
Anyway, let’s make a bit cambio to the new topic in the maintime, you know guys, I have a friend, who, works for the korean company, forwarded to me an informative email a couple of days ago, written allegedly by a korean student, who has been residing in the Philippines for years … . I do not know whether the name of this korean author is fictitious or not, (ala, juan dela cruz)… the message of the article is intended for the filipino people in general, and maybe to the people of BULAN in particular too…. here they are, as follows:
To all Filipinos. (pwede rin sabihon na … TO ALL TagaBULANs)
The message goes:
As you know, we have plenty of Koreans currently
studying in the Philippines to take advantage of
our cheaper tuition fees and learn English at the
This is an essay written by a Korean student i
want to share with you. (Never mind the Grammar;
it’s the CONTENT that counts) Maybe it is timely to think about this in the midst of all the confusion at present.
MY SHORT ESSAY ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES
by: Jaeyoun Kim
Filipinos always complain about the corruption in
the Philippines .. Do you really think the corruptionis the problem of the Philippines ? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is
the lack of love for the Philippines ..
Let me first talk about my country, Korea ..
It might help you understand my point.
After the Korean War, South Korea was one
of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans
had to start from scratch because entire country wasdestroyed after the Korean War, and we had no natural resources.
Koreans used to talk about the Philippines , for
Filipinos were very rich in Asia .. We envy Filipinos.
Koreans really wanted to be well off like
Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine.
My father & brother also died because of famine.
Korean government was very corrupt and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination, but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heartburning with patriotism.
Koreans did not work just for themselves but also
for their neighborhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism.
40 years ago, President Park took over the
government to reform Korea .. He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economic situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine
workers and nurses to Germany so that
they could send money to Korea to build a factory.
They had to go through horrible experience.
In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow
money. Hundred of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park .. They asked to him, “President, when can we be well off?” That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea , and the President
of Germany got the strong impression on them
and lent money to Korea .. So, President Park was
able to build many factories in Korea .. He always
asked Koreans to love their country from their heart.
Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA
came back to Korea to help developing country
because they wanted their country to be well off.
Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea .. They always hoped that their children would live in well off country.
My parents always brought me to the places where
poor and physically handicapped people live. They
wanted me to understand their life and help them.
I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army.
The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And, I d my neighborhood. Have you cried for the Philippines ? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people. I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for Church. They pray everyday.
However, they do not love the Philippines .. I
talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines ..
Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that
we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factory and company were distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children.
When I was in Korea , I had a very strong faith and
wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines , I completely lost my faith.
I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines .. Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday. The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia , but there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed.
My parents came to the Philippines last week and
saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pasangjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would fun. However, they were not happy after taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they were sympathized the boatmen, for the boatmen were very poor and had a small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy it because of love
My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just go to mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received a great love from God. I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off.
I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos
should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody, in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love. Let’s put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes.
I discover that every person is worthy to be
loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world. Please love your neighborhood and country.
Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we
do to Him. In the Philippines , there is God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love. If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines .. Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country. You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others.
That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.
…….., BAGA DAW SAN PATAMA INE SA ATO NA MGA PILIPINO,,,, TOTOO KAYA NA AN DAHILAN KAYA DERI KITA NAG-AASENSO DAHIL WARA KITA SIN TUNAY NA PAGKAMOOT O PAGMAKULOG SA SADIRI NATO NA BUNGO?…… Mga tagaBulans, sige tabi maghiriwag na kita niyan nan magkasararo kita tungo sa progreso nan pag-asenso san saato bungto…….
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