Halo – Halo literally mix- mix is composed of shaven ice and sweetened fruits and beans. If special, it has an ice cream. Halo-halo is also a metaphor of the culture of the Filipino. The more, the merrier. I wrote a poetry in honor of this favorite concoction. I think, halo-halo is the epitome of the Filipino’s penchant for sweets and cold food, a hit during summer days.
Ang Pagkain ng Halo-Halo
Ang pagkain ng espesyal na halo-halo ay katulad ng pag-ibig
Kainin muna ang nasa taas
Ice cream, leche flan o minatamis na langka
Huwag hayaang matunaw ang ice cream.
Baka malusaw ang pag-ibig at di mo manamnam
Haluin ang yelo at ang ibang sangkap
Tikman ang asukal kung tama na
Hindi sobra, hindi kulang
Upang di matunaw ang yelo na may gatas,
Pag nahanap mo na ang pag-ibig, huwag nang pakawalan
Last April 19, 2017, I gave a workshop intended for high schoolers and senior high schoolers. The group Footprints was behind this lofty endeavor. The topic I chose was Feminism in Literature. I do not even consider myself a Literature person, my background being Economics and Psychology. I am surprised I was included in the panelist together with some renowned Aklanon poets and writer.
Since the first invitation ever is coming from a literary circle from my hometown in Numancia, Aklan, I grabbed that opportunity to share on feminist literature.
So I had few fellows but the topic was well received. I was a bit anxious how they would accept my topic on gender and literature and its intersection. I was happy that it gained positive feedbacks. Some attendees were already college graduates.
It was a three day workshop which started April 17, 2017. Topics include among others, Short Story Writing, Flash Fiction, Binaeaybay in Aklanon and Micro Tales.
Truly, it was a humbling experience to be able to contribute to youth empowerment thru literature and to develop and inspire their writings. I also impressed by the youth in our province, they are very receptive to new ideas and can organize such an ambitious endeavors at their age.
I also thank this blog, that thru this channel some were able to read my poems although I do not even consider myself a poet for that matter. Writing for me is just a creative expressions and my words written in the pages of this blog would resonate to others somehow.
This inspires me to give more energies to my writing.
One of the most romantic place I visited was Dapitan in Zamboanga del Norte, aside from its historical significance. That is where our National Hero, Jose Rizal was exiled before he was killed in Bagumbayan by the Spanish army.
It is a simple, provincial place but the place has a lot of character in it. I was able to visit it as part of my work. It would take you about two and a half hours if you rode the Fast Cat but if you rode the other RORO vessel, it would take you about four hours at the minimum.
I rode the Fast Cat ferry from Dumaguete to Dapitan port, I stayed in Dipolog City in one of the hotels there.
Talisay, Dapitan is the actual place where Rizal bought a property while in exile. Inside that property is the original house, clinic, school and other structures preserved by the National Historical Commission. Also, the Museo ni Rizal is situated in this property. You will learn the many hats played by the National Hero while in Dapitan. Practicing as an ophthalmologist, he met her de facto wife Josephine Bracken, an Irish woman.
The property of Rizal is at the beach front of Dapitan Bay. It is described by Rizal as where the mountain meets the sky. No wonder that Rizal fell in love with the place and wrote many poems and other writings in this part of the South.
At the Dapitan plaza, one can see the map designed by Rizal. Also in front of it is the Church of Dapitan wherein Rizal would usually attend mass.
We also visited the Embarcadero or the Landing Site, the area where Rizal landed upon his exile in Dapitan. Such a romantic location and picturesque is an understatement.