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Spoliarium

The Spoliarium is the most valuable oil-on-canvas painting by Juan Luna, a Filipino educated at the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura (Philippines) and at the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain. With a size of 4.22 meters x 7.675 meters, it is the largest painting in the Philippines. A historical painting, it was made by Luna in 1884 as an entry to the prestigious Exposicion de Bellas Artes (Madrid Art Exposition, May 1884) and eventually won for him the First Gold Medal.

Source: http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph/nationalmuseumbeta/Collections/Spoliarium.html

ANO ANG TENADOL?

Ni: sir aNGEL a. yASIS jR. (031214)

1

ITAY AKO PO AY MAY TAKDANG –ALALIN

BUKAT PO ANG PATA TA HEKATI NAMIN,

ANO ANG TENADOL? AKO PO’Y TAGUTIN

TINO PO BA TILA…BAKIT ANG GAGALING?”

2

Pag natuwid mo na ang AR saka ang ES,

ay saka ko lamang sa’yo isusulit…

mga kasagutan sa tanong mong banggit,

ikaw muna ngayon ang siyang mag-isip.”

3

Sa sariling malay anak kong makulit,

Ano ang Senador sa iyong pangmasid?

Sa mga balita’y di ba naririnig…

Na sila ay sikat kahit saang panig?”

4

TABI PO TA TV, MAYAYAMAN TILA

NA GINAGATATAN MGA POBLENG MATA,

KAGALANG-GALANG DAW AT MGA BUWAYA…

MALAMING PLOYEKTO’T MGA ANOMALYA.”

5

ALTITTA LAW TILANG NAGING POLITIKO…

MGA NEGOTYANTE, MGA MILYONALYO,

MGA ABUGADO’T MGA ABUTADO

NA MGA MAKADYOT AT MALAMING KATO.”

6

TILA LIN DAW PO AY MAKAKALIKATAN

NA NAGPAPAKALBO TA’TING KAGUBATAN,

MGA MAKATAONG NAGIGING DAHILAN…

KUNG BA’T ANG BILIHIN AY NAGTATAATAN.”

7

TILA LIN DAW PO AY MGA MAKABANTA

NA PALAGING ENGLIT ANG TINATALITA,

ANG GALING PO NILA AKO’Y HANGANG-HANGA…

AT PALAGING TANGKOT TA MGA BALITA.”

8

ANG KABIT DAW NILA’Y PAWANG MAGAGANDA…

PAG HINDI LAW MODEL AY MGA ALTITTA,

MELON PLAYBEYT ALMY AT MALAMING GWALDYA

BAHAY AT TATAKYAN MILYON ANG HALAGA.”

9

ANG TENADOL DAW PO’Y NAGIGING PANGULO…

AT TA MGA ETCAM AY NAGIGING ULO,

TILA LAW PO’Y KULAPONOLABLENG TAO…

MAPAGKAWANGGAWA’T LAGING NANLOLOKO.”

10

PALA LIN DAW TILANG MGA MAMBABATAT

NA TUMATANGKILIK TA BATAT NA BUTAT,

MEYOLGOBELNADOL NA ANG TANGING HANGAD…

MGA PANTALILI’T MGA PAMPATIKAT.”

11

TANAY LIN DAW TILANG MANGAKO’T MANG-UTO…

ANG NAKAW NA YAMAN AY KAYANG ITAGO,

KAYA LIN DAW NILANG BATAT AY ILIKO…

AT TA UPUAN NILA’Y MGA KAPIT-TUKO.”

12

KUNG MAKATIPTIP DAW ANG MGA TENADOL

AY PALANG BAMPILA NA GUTOM NA GUTOM,

PALANG TAWANG AHATPALANG ATONG-ULOL

KUNG MAKAKULAKOT TA BAYAN AY BILYON.”

13

ITA’Y GUTTO KO PONG MAGING TULAD NILA…

PALANG TUPEL HELO, NAGIGING BUWAYA,

BILUIN PO NINYO, NAGIGING TUKO PA!

KUNG MINTAN AY AHAT, AT MINTA’Y BAMPILA.”

14

Anak, ayutin mo… este! Ayusin mo,

Ituwid mo muna ang dila mong kilo…

Lumapit ka dine at hihilahin ko,

Nang hindi na ako sa’yo nahihilo.”

15

Magpraktis ka muna ng A,E,I,O,U…

At saka magbasa ng magandang libro,

Sa halip magbukas ng TV at radio…

At kung anu-ano’ng natatandaan mo.”

16

Kulakot, tatakyan, etcam, tupel helo,

Altitta, maka-Dyot, tikat at may kato…

Onolable, batat, butat, abutado,

Tenadol na kulap… ay ano na tayo!?”

17

Ang senador anak, mga aso’t pusa…

Na binabayaran ng buwis ng bansa,

Para magdaldala’t magparangangawa…

Saka magbatuhan ng putik sa mukha.”

18

ATO’T PUTA PALA, TAPOT BAMPILA PA,

TILA PO BA ITAY MELON DIN PAMILYA?”

Oo naman anak, may ate at kuya…

Merong pusang lolo, saka pusang lola.

19

...

HE! HE! HE! AYOT PO, ANG KATAYA-TAYA!

ANG KU-KYUT TIGULO, MGA KUTING NILA,

TALAMAT PO ITAY, ITUTULAT KO NA…”

PAALALAAng mga naka-highlight na kulay asul sa katawan ng tula ay salitang bulol o utal ng bata.

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Note: This is only one of over 300 poems that has been originally written by Sir Angel Yasis Jr. (Labo NHS). This poem is made available online by www.pinoygenius.com

PHILIPPINE STAGERS FOUNDATION is a fast-rising and critically acclaimed professional theater company duly organized and registered under the laws of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Founded in 2002 by Atty. Vincent M. Tañada, a lawyer and writer, Jeffrey T. Ambrosio, an interior designer and Hans Christian H. Lim, a professional computer analyst and graphics designer.  The three PSF incorporators saw the necessity of transformation and recuperation of Philippine theater.  But PSF is not just an ordinary performing group.  It is a Foundation with an objective of helping the poor, the sick, the elderly and the forgotten through the medium of theater arts.  At present, the Foundation has more than fifty (50) High School and College Scholars.  Aside from its very active Scholarship Program, the Foundation is consistently handling absolutely free Theater  Workshop every summer with more than two hundred (200) participants from various schools in the country.  For its regular season runs, the Foundation has also organized out-reach activities at various charitable institutions such as Golden Acres Home for the Aged, Servants of Charity, National Center for Mental Health and Reception Study Center for Children.  Through this, Philippine Stagers Foundation is an artistic team with a purpose in the society.Remaining humble and silent despite its phenomenal success, the Foundation has produced several stage plays which broke all theater box office records of the Philippines.  For its plays Mactan 1521, Enzo...Santo, Chi-noi, OMoises, Pinoy Samurai, Desaparecidos, A Filipino Musicale, NamasteAng Makulay na Buhay ni Gandhi and Troy Avenue, Philippine Stagers Foundation has made phenomenal ticket-sales, averaging from thirty-five (35) to ninety (150) shows in big venues such as SM Cinemas, UP Theater, St. Scholasticas St. Cecilias Hall,  St. Paul University, Waterfront Hotel, Cebu , AFP Theater Tanghalang Pasigueño, Meralco Theater to name a few.  The aggressiveness of its marketing team remains its inspiration in producing quality plays.  Its markets hailed all its plays as spectacular, well-polished and innovative. The Aliw Awards, the only award-giving body in the country honoring live performances, has recognized for numerous times its various stage plays and musicales, as well as its Director and Cast Members.  Recently, the company received endorsements from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Executive Director Ms. Cecile Guidote-Alvarez and the Department of Education for its contributions not only in theater arts but also to the society.  After nine years of existence, PSF is here to stay.  Its success may be attributed to God's guidance and the Foundations selfless desire to share its triumph to myriads of people by lowering the ticket price and continuing its various programs to help the less fortunate.

http://philstagers.webs.com/

"We Filipinos are the most promising people in the world. We have unheard-of-possibilities. There have never been a people similarly situated. Here we are in the Orient with our Oriental thoughts and sentiments, but living amid a civilization more Western than was ever known in The East. The Philippines is the only country where East meets West. The Filipino is a true cosmopolitan. From him the world may expect something new and distinctive." - Epifanio de los Santos (1871 - 1928)

"China is not a superpower, nor will she ever seek to be one... If one day China should change her color and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world, and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should identify her as social-imperialist, expose it, oppose it and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it.” - Deng Xiaoping (鄧小平) speech to the UN General Assembly on April 10, 1974 
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2013/12/07/2003578467/2

The Three Isms of Perversion

by Periander A. Esplana

“In its most popular form, nihilism says that there is no reason why the universe exists and no goal towards which it is moving; nothing is of real value; human existence is totally meaningless; human beings are biological accidents; there is no life after death and suicide could therefore be a more rational approach than the desire to go on living. As far as values, morals and ethics are concerned, nihilism makes no rules and draws no lines. The whole of life is an exercise in futility, and personal satisfaction at any given moment is sufficient justification for anything any individual chooses to do or not to do.” - John Blanchard (John Blanchard, Does God Believe in Atheists? Auburn: Evangelical Press, 2000, p.141.)

There are three explanations, answers or solutions offered by man in his unbelieving belief system. Science, Philosophy and Religion which must help man to find answer to his questions and solution to his problems have been corrupted by his unbelief to explain his misery. He transformed them into three isms of perversion: Scientism, Philosophism, and Religionism.

Scientism seeks to answer the question “Where Do We Come From?” Philosophism seeks to answer the question “What Are We?” Religionism seeks to answer the question “Where Are We Going?” They try to solve the problem of origin, the problem of identity, and the problem of destiny, respectively. All studies, researches and meditation are intended to answer the question of our existence. 

Stephen W. Hawking, widely regarded as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein, concluded his best-selling book “A Brief History of Time: from the big bang to black holes” with the following words: “However, if we do discover a complete theory, it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason for then we would know the mind of God.”

Our existence itself has become to us a problem that needed to be solved. Irish Jesuit William Johnston has pointed out this fact in his book “Silent Music: the science of meditation”: “What precisely is wrong with the human race? If we were to ask psychology about modern man’s basic sickness, we might hear that it is the sense of meaninglessness, of emptiness, of ultimate frustration. How agonizingly this was expressed by philosophers between two wars with their talk of existential anguish and all the suffering summed up by Heidegger’s terrible definition of man as ‘being-to-death’! Confronted with death, man is aware of his contingency, his incompleteness, his imperfection – it is this that fills him with
existential dread. So he has to find meaning. Not just meaning for his economic, or emotional or cultural life, but meaning for his existence.”

No man can live on this earth who does not seek answers to his question and solution to his problems for “All men by nature,” as Aristotle rightly observed, “desire to know.” Our inherent rationality which distinguished us from other creatures is also the source of our failure because of the noetic effect of sin.

Most thinkers have become mystics because of the bankruptcy they saw from reason. Reason has been exhausted to the point that it does not satisfy any man by any means. Many are now resorting to irrationalism as the key to find meaning to one’s existence. Some have surrendered themselves to insanity and suicide as the only logical conclusion of our existence. Because of cowardness to face problems, tragedy or frustrations and because of self-justification of sins, they tried to escape from them by means of wine, drugs, yoga, entertainment, gambling, vices, occultism, etc.

But man has never lost his hope; he must survive in this seeming hostile world even without beating the system. He must hope that there is always light at the end of this dark tunnel we called life.

Lyall Watson concluded his book “The Biology of Death” with such words of hope: “Life is, after all, a rare and unreasonable thing. A thin fabric woven, as far as we know, only on the loom of the earth, whose warp is growth and weft a corresponding process of decay. Without the creative tension provided by these two forces in delicate equilibrium, it would all impossible and we wouldn’t be here to worry about the details. It is nevertheless a measure of our own growing awareness that we do worry, picking at the threads, sometimes even breaking them in our awkward attempts to understand. Yet, slowly, we do seem to be coming closer to the truth. We are beginning to get hints, when we relax for long enough to let the world reveal itself, of the nature and pattern of the whole cloth. And those glimpses are enthralling.”

This insatiable longing to see the wholeness of all things, the unification of all particulars into one universal, prodded man to provide himself explanation, answer and solution derived from the things which he considered good, true and beautiful.

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