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I am not an environmentalist by profession. But when I was asked to give a workshop entitled A Nature’s Talk, I took it as a challenge and a privilege to be part of the CFC Singles for Christ – Metro Manila Conference in Baguio City. For the longest time, I had been wanting to re-engage myself in the community where I was once a member. I was happy to be invited and without any hesitations I said yes.
The topic was given to me three weeks prior to the conference. Theoretically, I had enough time to prepare. Yet three days before the conference, I was informed that my two-hour slot for the workshop was extended to four hours. Of course, I panicked. Read More…
isa ito sa mga paborito kong kanta.
naniniwala ako sa tawag ng Diyos. hindi ito nakikita ng mga mata, pero nararamdaman ng pusong may ugnayan sa Kanya.
nang umuwi ako noong Pasko, maraming mga kaibigan ang nagtanong kung bakit ako pumasok sa semenaryo. isa lang ang sagot ko. ako ay tinawag. paano ako tinawag? di man kapanipaniwala, pero ang Diyos ay nagsasalita. Narinig ko Siya at di ko kayang hindi sumunod sa tinig Niya.
buong puso kong pinaniniwalaan ang tawag Niya sa akin. hindi ko man mabago ang mundo, ngunit alam kong ang pagsunod kong ito sa Kanya ang siyang magbabago sa buhay ko at maaring makapagdulot ng kabutihan sa aking sarili, sa aking pamilya, sa aking komunidad, sa lahat ng mga nakapalibot sa akin. alam kong hindi madali ang pagsunod sa Kanya, pero ang paniniwalang ito ang laging naghahatid ng kapayapaan sa aking puso, at lakas upang gawin ang mga bagay na akala’y hindi kayang gawin.
lahat ay nagsisimula sa simpleng paniniwala… kung sa mundo, “to see is to believe,” sa ating pananampalataya, maniwala ka’t iyong makikita.
– Jun-G Bargayo, SJ –
Last July 10, I received a forwarded text message from Bro. Jovan. The message was sent by Roma of the Jesuit Music Ministry (JMM), saying “…practice every 6:30PM at Studio A, JesCom from July 13-17. Please confirm…” I received an invitation to be part of the Fullness of Life Concert, a fund raiser project for the aged and infirm members of the Society of Jesus. I became excited.
First day at 7:10PM, from our Chinese Philosophy class, Bro. Harvey and I were rushing to catch the first practice at Studio A. During the practice, seated at my right was Fr. Nemy; seated at my left was Fr. Charlie; standing in front was Fr. Arnel who was teaching Fr. Vic his solo part of the Kyrie. I was starstruck seeing the Himig Heswita and friends in action again.
July 14, 15, 16, 17… 20, 21, 22, 23, days passed by so fast. Then, July 24 came. The Leong Hall of Ateneo de Manila University was flooding with tears. The concert was so moving that many, if not all, were in tears. It was one of the most beautiful scenes that I had witnessed. My eyes were like sponges that every song was a hand squeezing them and the water was flowing. Guilty as charged, I was crying too. Read More…
When given a chance to introduce myself to people, I would say, “I am Jun-G. I was born and raised in General Santos City.” Before Manny Pacquiao became famous, the usual reaction I get from people was in a form of a question, “Where is General Santos City?” My quick answer usually was “It’s in Mindanao, so I am a Mindanawon.” Then, the questioning stops.
It was automatic for me to say that I am a Mindanawon because Mindanao was my geographical origin. Yet, if I am asked to describe what identifies me as a Mindanawon, I would take a long pause and reflection before I could open my mouth and say something. But my summer exposure with the Institute of the Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) gave me an experience that made me rediscover my identity as a Mindanawon.
Confucius said, “At fifteen my mind was set on learning. At thirty my character had been formed. At forty I had no more perplexities. At fifty I knew the Mandate of Heaven (T’ienmin). At sixty I was at ease with whatever I heard… At seventy I could follow my heart’s desire without transgressing moral principles.” Analect 2:4
When I was in grade four, our homeroom teacher asked us to write on a sheet of paper our ambitions in life. I wrote: at the age of twenty-one, I am already a college graduate and have a stable job; at the age of twenty-three, I am already running my own business; at the age of twenty-five, I am already a millionaire; at the age of twenty-seven, I have already settled to married life. Now, I am already thirty years old. Did all these come true? Read More…
Gustong gusto ko nang magsulat kagabi pa. Nakaharap na ako sa computer ngunit wala akong masulat. Siguro sa sobrang daming dinidikta ng aking utak, nawindang ako at di na makagalaw ang aking mga daliri para pumindot sa keyboards at bumuo ng mga salita, pangungusap at talata.
Ngayon, susubukan ko. Read More…
sa barangay ng tubuan, datu blah sinsuat, pagdating ng ala una ng hapon, lahat ay nasa isang ‘kiosk’ para hintayin ang laban ng pambansang kama-o. bata man o matanda, lalaki man o babae, lahat inaasam mapanood ang laban ni pacquiao.
ang tubuan ay isang ‘coastal’ barangay, matatagpuan sa moro sea. walang signal ng ‘celphone’ duon. walang kuryente. tubuan elementary school ang natatanging paaralan. mga muslim ang naninirahan doon. may mga higit kumulang na 89 ‘household’. makakarating ka lamang dito sa pamamagitan ng ‘pump boat’. mga 45 min ‘boat ride’ from tapian. para makarating sa tapian, sasakay ka ng motor. mga higit isang oras din yun mula sa cotabato city. Read More…
Nakakapagod ang araw ko kahapon. Maraming kailangang tapusin. Maraming kailangang puntahan. Biyahe papunta at pabalik sa Upi, sakay kami ng motor, bilad na bilad sa init ng araw. Sunog na sunog na ang aking balat.
Dumating kami dito sa opisina isang oras nalang bago maghapunan.
Hapunan. Kasama namin ang mga ‘staff’ ng ESSC. Kumain kami sa ‘bbq’han. ‘First time’ ko doon. Ang kinain ko: pastil (kanin na may maanghang na ‘beef rendang’ na nakabalot sa dahon ng saging, at ‘bbq’ na “native chicken’). Sarap! Pagkatapos bumili kami ng serbetes. Kinain namin ito sa opisina. Habang kumakain ng serbetes, nanonood kami ng tv. Pinapanood namin ang “May Bukas Pa.”
Hindi talaga maiiwasan na hindi mapag-uusapan ang aming ‘vocation story’. Syempre, nagkuwento naman kami.
Kuwentuhan. Tawanan. ‘Enjoy’ lang talaga.
Salamat kina Ediflor, Gladys, Pyk and William.
Natapos ang gabi na puno ako ng pasasalamat sa Kanya.
Biniyayaan na naman Niya ako ng mga bagong kaibigan, mga papuso ko’t kapamilya dito.