Monday, October 26, 2009

Dreaming about people from the other side

For several weeks now, I have been dreaming about people I have known who have already passed on. I have dreamed about my dear mother and father, my wife, some classmates, even Consuelo “Ateng” Osorio and Vincent Benjamin Kua, Jr.

Since the last time I talked to Ateng Osorio and Vincent Kua was during the late 70s, I figured I should write something about them to remember them.

When I was a kid, I have always been critical about every movie I watched. I looked for the errors in them, I noticed bad acting when I see one, and even became quite aware when the film was awfully directed. At age 8 in 1968, during the summer vacation, I went home to our house (I was staying in my grandpa’s ranch in Bicol and going to school there). I thought I was ready to write a movie. Therefore, when I went home for the summer in the city, I asked our family driver to take me to the ABS-CBN studios on Bohol Avenue to find out how to apply as a writer. At the gate, the guard asked the driver who he was looking for. The driver said the TV director of the program being taped that time. The guard let the car in. Once inside the building, I asked the receptionist who was the TV writer present that day and she mentioned the name: Consuelo Osorio, also known as Ateng Osorio. She told me which studio she was working that time and I proceeded to find her. Unfortunately, upon entering the TV barn, a production assistant told me that she actually went to the cafeteria to have coffee. So I went to the cafeteria and tried to find her. I asked the person at the till to point out to me Miss Osorio, and she did. She was seated at a table, smoking, talking to another lady, and both of them, I noticed, were looking at me.

I approached them and introduced myself. She gave me a handshake and introduced the other lady: “She’s Mitos Villareal, our director.”

After shaking Miss Villareal’s hand, I didn’t hesitate to tell them that I was there because I want to become a writer for TV and the movies. They both smiled.

“You’re a bit too young to work as a writer,” Ateng told me. “Besides, you look more like an actor than a writer! We immediately noticed you the moment you entered this room. You are unusually fair. You are even fairer than Jeanne Young. Leave your phone number with me, I’ll find something and I’ll give you a call.”

That’s exactly what I did.


A scene from Malvarosa. Written by Clodualdo del Mundo, Screenplay by Consuelo Padilla Osorio. Asia's Best Picture, starring Charito Solis. (Photo from Kabayan Central).


After two days, Ateng called: “Something came up. Come to the TV station and I’ll discuss something with you. Is it possible to talk to your mother?”

My mom and dad were away that day and my older brother talked to her. Afterwards, he volunteered to drive me to the TV station.

Once we got to the station, Ateng handed me a piece of paper and told me to read it quietly, then aloud with feeling. I did. She said: “I’m impressed. You delivered the lines perfectly. You will be playing Helen Gamboa’s little brother in Bang-Shang-A-Lang”

“Bang-shang-a-lang? Is that the title of the movie? It sounds stupid!”

My brother laughed and so did Ateng.

“It is stupid because it is full of dancing and singing. It’s lots of fun.”

“I don’t like to be an actor,” I told her. “Besides, I don’t dance. I can sing, but I don’t want to sing. I want to be a writer.”

“Okay, then you have to wait a few more years for that. Maybe after high school, see me and by then maybe you can be a writer.”

So I went home that day disappointed. Six years quickly went by.

At age 14, I’ve met a komiks writer-editor named Robert Bornay. I was on my first year university, and I told Robert that I can write better stories than other komiks writers. He laughed. Maybe because he believed what I said, or maybe he thought that I was just a cocky teenager. Anyway, whatever it was, Bert handed me a script written by Mars Ravelo and told me to study the format and write something. But it was summer time again and there were too many activities here and there, and I procrastinated. I didn’t write anything. One night, Bert came to our house, a surprise visit. He took with him Tony Tenorio, Orlando Nadres and Deo Fajardo Jr. Bert asked me about my script. I was really embarrassed and promised the visitors that I will write a script. Orlando Nadres, on the other hand, asked me if I want to be on the cover of Sixteen Magazine, a komiks he was editing – an idea that Deo Fajardo seconded. I told them I am a very shy guy, so thanks but no thanks.


Blueboy was Bert Bornay's well-loved nobela by teenagers in the late 60s. It was published in Teenagers Songs & Shows komiks/magazine. Filmed by Joy Productions starring Fred Cortez Jr as Joey and Dorothy Joy as Loretta. First Directorial work of Elwood Perez.


The following week, I sat down and wrote my first komiks script. It was about the called and the chosen. A story of an aspirant nun whose fervent desire to become a full-fledged nun encountered some problems. Divine intervention? Perhaps not her true vocation?

Tony Tenorio approved the story and he introduced me to another newcomer writer/illustrator named Vincent Benjamin Kua. My first story, was Vincent’s first komiks drawing. I was also heavy into drawing and my favorite illustrator was Stan Drake. It turned out that it was also Vincent’s favorite.

It was then that Mr. Tenorio proposed to me and Vincent to work as editors in Atlas. I was in first year university and I was worried it might affect my studies, so I had to turnn down the offer. Vincent was more gung-ho to write and to draw his own komiks stories and he said no as well.

The very first komiks story I've written for Atlas in late 1974 and came out early 1975. This was Vincen'ts first published drawing.




Vincent drew a few scripts of mine but never drew other writers’ work in Atlas. He concentrated on his own “Katha’t Guhit.” What really struck me about him was that, he tended to question everything about our existence in this planet. And I would usually tell him: “Just look up and look at the vastness of the evening sky. There are billions of blinking stars out there. Why are they there? Vincent, there are things in this world that we should rather not ask why they’re there. They’re just part of our own existence. Don’t go crazy knowing the reasons for everything.”

Then I would quote Blaise Pascal’s famous: “The heart has its reason, which reason cannot know!” that sometimes he would say it with me in unison and we’d end up blurting out laughing.

And then one day, I told him: “You must just believe in Descarte’s mountains without a valley. That’s something our mind cannot grasp, but which our hearts utterly understand. Then, you will have peace within you.”

But, he continued to question things that it became a standard joke greeting from me every time we would see each other in Atlas: “What’s our question for today, Vincent? Are we going to discuss the Alpha and the Omega of the universe?”

Once, Tony Tenorio overheard me joking to Vincent and he thought we were serious: “Huh! Are you guys planning to co-write a mind-boggling nobela? Just give me the synopsis as soon as you finish it.”

Vincent and I started laughing and Tony was so puzzled and figured out what was going on and he just said: “You guys turn crazy every time you’re both here in my office.”

“Tony, in Psychology this type of illness is called Folly, also known as SHARED INSANITY! Only one person has the problem, yet it can influence other people around him to mysteriously be afflicted with temporary insanity!” I joked.

“Then who’s the real mentally ill?”

Vincent and I both pointed at each other. Then the three of us all laughed.

I continued writing scripts for Atlas publications while I was studying in university.

One weekend, our Mass Comm Association had a tour of ABS-CBN. It was there in the TV barn that Mrs. Osorio and I have seen each other again after six years.

“Mrs. Osorio!” I said as soon as I saw her.

“You look very familiar,” she said.

“Oh, I was the 8-year old boy you said – who was fairer than Jeanne Young six years ago!”

Ateng Osorio laughed. “And you’re still fairer than Jeanne Young even now! Now you’re here to become a writer, aren’t you?”

“Actually, we’re just having a class tour of the station.”

“Well, perfect timing. I need someone your age. I am auditioning today and tomorrow for new talents for BBC Channel 2. Since I already know that you can do it, you’re in. I need you to come for taping on Saturday night. Come with me and I’ll give you the script.”

I wanted to say no, but for some reason, I couldn’t. Besides, this lady was super nice and I didn’t want to say no to her. So I went with her and we proceeded to the office and the producer of the show handed me a blue mimeographed script. It says:

PROGRAM: Dulambuhay ni Rosa Vilma
WRITER: O.B. Pangilinan
MAINSTAY: Vilma Santos

To make the long story short, I ended up appearing with Vilma Santos and Walter Navarro. I played Walter’s younger brother in that episode. Thank God all my scenes were take one. And after the show aired, all my friends teased me non-stop about it. Ateng Osorio was directing films that time as well and she wanted to cast me in them but I begged off. I finally told her that acting is not what I wanted to do. I want to write. She then said: “I’m committed for seven months to direct movies which I have already written myself. After they are all finished, we’ll discuss a movie I will be directing for Barangay Pictures. I have a storyline. You will write the screenplay.”

I was delighted.

But, after three months went by, in mid-1975, BBC Channel 2 phoned me. Marcial Sanson, the big boss of programming that time, told me that he read some of my komiks scrpts and he liked them a lot and now he offered me to write for Alma Moreno’s TV show, Alindog. I didn’t hesitate and this was how I began my TV writing adventure in the Philippines.



Scripts in the 1970s were typewritten by the writer. Then the network would copy it and print them en masse using the very low tech called MIMEOGRAPH. They were usually done in blue, like this sample here.

I didn’t have time anymore to write a screenplay for Ateng Osorio, but she understood that I was having a hectic schedule writing for several TV dramas. We remained friends (it was like having your grandma around while working in showbiz). And definitely, for me, she was one of the most memorable persons in RP showbiz.

And Vincent? His questioning about things never ended. He was still the same sensitive guy who was easily hurt especially when people act unkindly. He tended to brood about it for sometime. I guess he wanted this world to be a perfect place. I know it was an impossible dream. But, I can’t blame him. This planet would have been really a perfect place to live in if only human beings were perfect.

I’m sure Vincent is now in a perfect place where he has found all the answers to his questions. And Ateng must be mingling with so many RP showbiz souls now also enjoying eternal peace, perhaps, somewhere where the sky and earth meet.

52 Comments:

Anonymous annabellegonzales59@yahoo.com said...

Very affecting. Your blog is like a book where every chapter leaves something to my heart and mind. It's like a continuing novel, written quite efficiently and creatively, taking care of my heart and reason needs.

Keep up the intriguing entries. Every character you present is absolutely alive and I feel I have known them myself after reading the piece.

Your blog is awesome.

October 27, 2009 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger arman said...

Sir JM Maraming salamat sa pag-post ng istorya mong si Vincent Kua ang nagdibuho. Siya kasi ang isusunod kong ipi-feature sa aking blog. Akala ko noong una ay walang iginuhit na istorya si Vincent na isinulat ng ibang writer, and with what I saw and what I've read here, in your blog, mali pala ang iniisip ko. Maidaragdag ko ang impormasyon at kaalamang ito tungkol sa kanya with your permission sir. Thank you very much.

October 29, 2009 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Arman:

Ang alam ko, script ko lang ang na-drawing ni Vincent dahil mas gusto niya katha't guhit. Meron siyang ginawang adaptation ng movie script ni Orlando Nadres na TATLO, DALAWA, ISA sa komiks. Nang maumpisahan niya ang AD INFINITUM, puro na katha't guhit ang ginawa niya.

No problem if you need the info.
:)

October 29, 2009 at 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JM, JM, JM,

napakadali pala ng buhay na dinaanan mo, kung baga sa orasan ay puntokado. Dapat nakabarkada mo ako nuon at nalaman mo kung ano ang tunay na buhay sa kabilang bakod o ang buhay sa ibaba o ang buhay sa kaliwa.

Ang mga tanong mo at si Vincent Kua ay may mga kasagutan pero nakatago ito sa inyong dalawa dahil kabilang bakod lang o kalahati lang ng karanasan sa buhay ang nadaanan ninyo. Kaya ang mga tanong ninyong dalawa ay hindi talaga ninyo masasagot ito dahil may kakulangan ang naranasan ninyo sa buhay, hhhhhhh .......

Ganito iyon, ang mga kasagotan sa mga katanungan ninyong dalawa ay nasa harapan lang ninyo, sa ibabaw ng inyong mga palad. Pero ang iniisip ninyo ay ang mga likuran ng mga palad ninyo.

Si Super Kapre ito na tagasundot ng mga pigsa ng mga komikeros.

October 30, 2009 at 1:18 AM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Supremong Kapre:

Salamat sa pagsundot mo sa amin ng nasirang Vincent.

Maaring tama ka sa iyong sinabi, nguni't ang kalahating bahaging ito at tungkol lamang sa naging hanap-buhay namin.

Wala rito ang mga personal na bagay na walang relasyon sa hanap-buhay, subali't nagbigay rin sa amin ng mga kapighatian, kalungkutan, at mga agam-agam.

Kung ihahambing ko ang naging mga challenges ko sa buhay sa mga naging challenges mo sa iyong buhay ng naaayon sa iyong pagsasalaysay, masasabi kong MAPUTLA nga ang aking naging karanasan kaysa sa mga naging karanasan mo.

Kaya nga natutuwa ako't nalaman ko ang buhay at pinagdaanan ng ibang nilalang na katulad mo dahil ito'y nagpapamulat sa aking mga mata at nagpapalawak sa king pananaw sa buhay.

Salamat, At...

HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

October 30, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Annabelle:

Thank you for visiting and for your kind comment.

Please visit again.

October 30, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Anonymous tunaynapinoy@ymail.com said...

Joemari:

Ikuwento mo naman sa amin ang mga experiences mo bilang Callboy. Totoo bang nakahumalingan ka noong kabataan mo ng multi millionaire na si Hans Menzie? Naku, ha, iyon ang gumagawa ng mga notebooks noon at saka mga libro. Balita ko pinahiga ka ng gurang na bading sa banig na yari sa salapi? Totoo ba ito?

Nagtatanong lang naman. Naalala mo ba yung kaibigan mong napugutan ng ulo dahil tinamaan ng propeller ng helicopter ni Menzie bago sumakay ito sa helikopter? Narinig ko ang chismis na ikaw pala ang naging kapalit sa puso ni Hans afterwards. Totoo ba ito?

Noong magpunta ka riyan sa Amerika at maging male model, naging high class callboy ka rin ba?

Pakikuwento naman sa amin dahil galing na rin sa iyo na naka-experience ka rin pala ng paghihirap sa buhay? Kelan daw iyon kuno?

Sige nga, ikuwento mo nang ma-inspire naman kami.

Ha-ha-ha!

October 30, 2009 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Ay, naku. Eto na naman po tayo.

Mister tunay na pinoy, sa katandaan ninyo, nakikinig pa rin kayo sa mga chismis?

Siguro retired na kayo at wala nang magawa kundi manira ng iyong kapuwa?

Mabuti pa siguro, mag-gardening kayo. Magtanim kayo ng:
Singkamas at talong
Sigarilyas at mani
Sitaw, bataw, patani
Kundol, patola, upo't kalabasa
At saka meron pang
Labanos, mustasa
Sibuyas, kamatis
Bawang at luya
Sa paligid ligid
Ay maraming linga

Ayan. Malilibang na kayo, hindi pa kayo makikinig sa mga chismis na wala namang batayan sa katotohanan, di po ba?

Napakayaman ng inyong mga imahinasyon. Sayang nga at hindi ninyo pinagmbuti ang inyong pagsusulat noon sa komiks para naging nobelista kayo at hindi ganyang puro walang kapararakang bagy ang mga inaatupag ninyo.

Mabuti pa siguro, magpakalalaki na kayo para manahimik na ang mga nalalabi pang panahon sa inyong buhay.

October 30, 2009 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kuya JM si Alvin ito:

Sino ba iyang tunay na pinoy na iyan at kapag nakita ko iyan sa Manila, tatadyakan ang bayag ng bading na iyan para maging tunay na lalaki.
Hindi ka na tinitigilan niyan. Naalala ko pa ito noon sa blog na Malikhaing komiks. Matindi ang inggit sa iyo ng huklubang ito.

Nasa New York nga pala ako ngayon. Kung may panahon ako, baka makapasyal ako diyan sa Vancouver at nang madalaw naman kita. Pakibigay mo na lang sa akin ang phone mo.

Take care, kuya JM.

October 30, 2009 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Alvin:

Email mo na lang ako sa:
tauruswarrior@shaw.ca

Hayaan mo na si Tunay na Pinoy.
Ayoko na nga sanang ipublish yung comment niya, pero in a way, mabuti na rin para mapagtanto niya kung gaano siya ka-unfair sa akin. Hayaan kong ang iba na lang ang humusga sa hindi kanais-nais na mga gawain niya.

October 30, 2009 at 6:54 PM  
Anonymous tunaynapinoy@ymail.com said...

Tama iyan. Magsama kayong dalawa na pareho ang likaw ng mga bituka.

Ikaw Alvin, tatadyakan mo ako? Baka ikaw ang unang mabugbog bago ka pa lang nakalapit sa akin. Hindi mo alam kung sino ang mga kilala ko dito sa Sampaloc, gago.

October 31, 2009 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Ganda naman pala ng ugali mo, tunay na pinoy. Siga ka pala diyan sa Sampaloc. Saan ka sa Sampaloc?

Akala mo ba natatakot ako sa mga paninirang puri mo sa akin? Ayan. Inilagay ko ang mga messages mo. Wala akong daoat katakutan. Sabihin mo man ang lahat ng gusto mong sabihin, hindi ko pipigilan. Pinipintasan mo ang likaw ng bituka namin, pero hindi mo pintasan ang likaw ng bituka mo.

Magbago ka na. Matanda ka na. Magpakatanda ka naman.

October 31, 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Anonymous tunaynapinoy@ymail.com said...

Not denying or admitting means it is true. Nangangahulugang inaamin mo na naging sugar daddy mo si Menzie. Right?

October 31, 2009 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Bilib naman ako sa logic mo.

So, ano ngayon sa iyo? Halimbawang totoo nga, ano'ng pakialam mo?

Mabuti pa'y sisantehin mo na ang espiya mo dahil mali-mali ang mga information na ibinibigay sa iyo. O kaya naman, punta kayo sa corner store ni Aling Kulasa diyan sa Sampaloc, at bumili ng vinegar para pagbalik ninyo, mga reporters na rin kayo.

HHHHHHHHHH!

Sabi nga ni Supremong Kapre.

October 31, 2009 at 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Putang ina mo tunay na pinoy.
Hindi ako natatakot kahi't sino pa mga kilala mo diyan sa Sampaloc. Baka hindi mo alam kung sino ang mga kilala ko sa Tondo. Tumigil ka nang anak ng puta ka. Mabilaukan ka sana sa kachu-chupa para mamatay ka nang hayop ka. At kahi't bayaran mo ako ng isang milyon hindi kita papatusin gurang ka.

Ha-ha-ha!

- Alvin the king of Tondo

October 31, 2009 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

HULI KA, TUNAY NA PINOY.

Hindi ka lang chismoso, may utusan ka pang hacker. My server just told me that you are trying to hack my computer, you SOB. Sige, post ka pa ng mga katarantaduhan para ma-trace nila ang source mo at nang maturuan ka na ng leksiyon.

October 31, 2009 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger ollie said...

marami kang na meet sa buhay mo na na-meet ko rin, tenorio, mitos,fanny serrano, vincent, etc....mas marami lang akong naging tsansa na makapag work together with vincent. nice blog site. nauna ka lang ng dekada sa akin sa komiks. siguro kung nagkasabay tayo, mas marami kang masusulat dahil editor/editor in chief ang aking naging work at regular ding nagsusulat sa komiks.

November 2, 2009 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Hi Ollie:

Did you co-write with Vincent in any project? Or was it more like you were the writer and Vincent was the illustrator?

Arman and Mikail are trying to record accurately the old komiks industry, so your confirmation will be awesome. For a long time, the Phil. komiks was never recorded accurately, and now it's good to know that many young people are trying to do that.

I'm not surprised why we've met almost the same people in RP, and that's because we were crazy enough to dare enter the world of showbiz. Lol.

I can't wait to see your new video.

Take care.

November 2, 2009 at 8:12 PM  
Blogger Reno said...

Great story as always, JM. It's kind of amusing to know that we both started our komiks careers at age 14. :)

I really didn't like Vincent Kua's art when I got to see them on a regular basis during the late 80s (but I guess almost all illustrators in the late 80s became lax in their art), but re-discovering his earlier works I appreciated the way he would experiment with layout, lettering, and other stuff.

November 4, 2009 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Reno:

In the beginning, Vincent liked the figures of Stan Drake, but he also liked the shading of Al Williamson. His first drawing showed both styles, I'm sure you've noticed. What I was goading him to do in those days, was to give his story a wider scope. His stories were quite good, but I told him that in order for the film producers to option it for film, it should have a wider scope, a bigger than life appeal. His AD INFINITUM was a big success for the young people, but its scope was rather too cozy, too small to make into a compelling film, hence no producers opted to make it into a film.

But then again, he only wanted to do komiks in those days and never thought of the possibilities of going to TV and Movies. In fact, he rejected my offer when I asked him to write scripts for my other TV shows. That was how he loved the medium of comic books. And when the industry collapsed, it must have devastated him.

November 4, 2009 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger kc cordero said...

JM,
sa mga taga-komiks, sa dami nang tinanong ko ay dalawa lang ang nakaka-recall sa 'yo--si Louie celerio (he told me na madalas nga raw kayong magkasama ni vincent, at halos ka-batch n'yo siya), at si gary reyes, na kuwento sa akin ay di ka nagtatagal sa editorial at diretso ka lang kay mang tony na opisina.
taga-sampaloc si tunay na pinoy? interesting...
anyway, noong nagkakausap kami ni vincent ay lagi rin siyang nagtataka kung bakit laging negatibo ang gustong mangyari ng mga tao. kahit sa tv news, tumatawag daw siya sa mga istasyon para magtanong kung wala na silang maibalitang maganda bukod sa patayan at nakawan.

November 9, 2009 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Manong KC:

Si Tunay na Pinoy, taga Sampaloc?

Maniwala ako sa kanya. May inuutusan siya para i-hack ang computer ko, and someone hacked my IP address and copied it and used it. My server tried to trace the guy's name but to find out the name of that person, I need a court order. The court will not grant it to you unless it is like someone who created the Love Virus. Besides, hackers can actually copy other number and use them as their own, so why bother.

No, I don't believe he lives in Sampaloc. He's full of shit, that's what he is.

I barely remember the faces of the guys you mentioned, and I'm surprised they even remember me. But, by the same token, I had no enemies in the old RP comics industry. I was there because I love the komiks, and that was the reason why I was there.

I consider Tunay Na Pinoy a pathetic character who's wallowing in bitterness and thirsting for vengeance for whatever reason he has. Frankly, I don't give a damn about him anymore. Apparently, he's been writing things to different sites, saying bad things about me. Whatever he says about me, I don't care anymore. If other people believe him, I don't give a rat's ass, either. I can't be bothered anymore by someone like him. I'm just trying to live a peaceful life, that's all.

November 9, 2009 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Dennis Villegas said...

Excellent write up of your reminiscenses JM. I wish I could write as easily as you do.
I personally met many of the people you mentioned: Ateng Osorio, Vincent Kua, Tony Tenorio.
I would link your blog to mine and I will visit often. have a good day amigo!

November 9, 2009 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Señor Dennis:

Thanks for the visit.
My blog is nothing compared to yours.

And the photos you take are miraculous.

:)

Taob silang lahat sa parteng iyan.
You're one very hard-working guy.
Teaching and writing, and researching. I wish I had all your energy and/or drive to do all the things you do.

Take care, my friend.

November 9, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger kc cordero said...

JM,
reading this post is similar to listening the beatles 'In my life.' Like Dennis, how i wish kasimbangis mo akong magsulat. i'm a big fan of yours since the very start. at lagi kong ipinapayo sa mga estudyanteng nag-i-inquire sa akin about writing itong site mo.

November 9, 2009 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Dikong KC:

Hindi naman. Ako naman ay nagkukuwento lang ng mga nakaraan. Natural na yata sa mga tumatandang tulad ko na mag-reminisce sa kanilang kabataan. Gusto ko lang mai-share sa kanila kung ano man ang experiences na maaaring magbigay sa kanila ng halimbawa, o maging aral sa buhay. Sa totoo lang, ang mga isinasalaysay mo sa iyong blog ay lubhang nagpamulat sa aking mga mata. Ang mga karanasang hindi ko pinagdaanan ay nadaaanan ko na rin dahil may isang batang nagnais na magroon ng yoyo at naghintay sa pagkahinog ng papaya sa puno; o isang anak na nagmahal sa magulang at nag-alaga sa mga ito hanggang sa huling sandali ng kanilang mga hiram na buhay; o ng isang kabataang umiibig sa isang minamahal na tinutulan ng mga magulang nito.

Ang mga bagay na nabanggit ay mainit pa sa naglalagablab na apoy, o daloy ng kumukulong lahar.

Ang karanasan ko'y wala ni sa kalahati ng iyong karanasan.

November 9, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JM,

Very profound pala si Vincent ano? bihira ang mga taong nagtatanong ng WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? o kaya WHY ARE WE HERE? sayang hindi ko siya nakilala. It woulda mean an interesting conversation.
BTW, I'm baffled by this Gurang. Ano ba ang ipinagpuputok ng butsi niya laban sa iyo? can you explain?


Auggie

November 10, 2009 at 4:55 AM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Auggie:

Yes. I know three more people who were like him. They were all interesting to have conversation with.

As with Matandang Pinoy, I have no idea what's with him. Frankly, I don't care anymore whatever he says. I just hope he sees the light and move on.

November 10, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger kc cordero said...

JM,
'ika nga sa batangas ay titilam-tilam siguro sa 'yo si matanda kaya hindi ka makalimutan. :)
read: titilam-tilam means atat na atat :)

November 11, 2009 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Koyang KC:

I don't think so.

The guy is mad as hell and there is no civility on earth that could appease him.

Oh, well, c'est la vie. We are surrounded with too many unhappy people blaming others for their own misfortunes and misery.

November 11, 2009 at 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Auggie,

WHY ARE WE HERE? WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?

Ang sagot sa dalawang tanong na ito, ayon sa Bibliya, ay umiikot lang ang mga sagot na dahil sa PAGMAMAHAL ng Diyos.

Para madaling maintendihin ito ay ikumpara ang Diyos sa isang mapagmahal na magulang. Gusto ng magulang na ito na magkaruon siya ng anak na mahal niya at mahal rin siya at para rin mai-share niya ang kanyang lahat ng mga kayamanan at mga ari-arian niya sa kanyang anak na ito. Ito ang mga sagot sa unang tanong sa itaas.

Pero ang gusto ng mapagmahal na magulang na ito na ang kanyang anak ay masunurin sa mga utos niya dahil para rin sa kabutihan ng kanyang anak ito, inaasahan rin niya na responsable ang anak niyang ito para ma-manage ang kanyang mga kayamanan at mga ari-arian, at kagustohan rin ng magulang na ito na mahalin rin niya ang kanyang mga kapatid at iba pang mga tao na kagaya ng kanyang pagmamahal sa anak niyang ito para meron kabuluhan o meaning ang kanyang buhay. Ito ang mga sagot sa pangalawang tanong sa itaas.

Mas maiksi ang sagot ni Jesus sa dalawang mga tanong sa itaas, LOVE GOD AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS.

Kagaya ng unang posted na sagot ko kay JM, ang lahat ng mga kasagutan sa lahat ng mga tanong sa buong mundo ay nasa palad lang na nasa harapan ng sinuman, ang problema kasi ay ang tinitingnan ng karamihan ay ang likuran ng kanilang mga palad, HHHHHHH .......

Si Kapre ito na tagasundot ng mga pigsa ng mga komikeros para magsi-atungal ang mga kumag na ito sa

http://thesuperkapre.blogspot.com/

November 11, 2009 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Supremong Kapre:

Amen.

November 11, 2009 at 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KC,

Yung TITILAM-TILAM, eh Bicol word iyan. Meron din pala sa Batangas?
Padi, paki-elaborate nga yun TITILAM-TILAM...


Auggie

November 11, 2009 at 7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PADI,

Pero sa karamihan, ang ibig sabihin sa mga tanong na yun eh: PARA MAG-PASARAP SA MUNDO! LIFE IS SHORT, KAYA LASAPIN LAHAT ANG KAMUNDUHAN, saka nang pagisipan ang afterlife. Kumporme ka dito? kaya nagkakaloko-loko ang mundo. Ang Daming Tao dahil sa KALIBUGAN na hindi ma-control di ba?

November 11, 2009 at 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Auggie,

kung hindi ako nagkakamali ang TITILAM-TILAM ay TATAKAM-TAKAM ito.

- Kapre

November 11, 2009 at 8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Auggie,

iyong TITILAM-TILAM ang ibig sabihin yata nito ay TATAKAM-TAKAM.

Itong ideyang "PARA MAG-PASARAP SA MUNDO! LIFE IS SHORT, KAYA LASAPIN LAHAT ANG KAMUNDUHAN" ang katumbas nito na sinabi sa Bibliya ay ang "OVEREATING AND OVERDRINKING" na ang kasunod ay DESTRUCTION sa kanila dahil hindi nila pinapansin ang mga senyales ng panahon.

- Kapre

November 12, 2009 at 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Padi,

Di nga ba, itinakda na ang katapusan ng mundo, sa 2012 daw ayon AZTEC/MAYAN Calendar, at may pelikula pang kasama? pero ayun sa reviews, mayayaman lang daw ang maliligtas, yung mi one billion dollars! LOL! pati kamatayan eh pwede palang i-bribe ano?

November 12, 2009 at 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Auggie,

kabuangan itong 2012 na prophecy ng Aztec/Mayan, inpluwensiya o prophecy rin ito ng mga demonyo. Ang mga demonyo kasi ay nag-prophecy rin, kaya lang puro ito mga paltos.

Itong 2012 ay ang isa sa mga tantiya ng mga demonyo na taon ng katapusan ng mundo para magalit ang mga tao sa Diyos. Alam rin ng mga demonyo ang mga prophecies sa Bibliya na kagaya ng mga tao, kaya ang mga demonyo at tao ay kung anu-anong mga hula ang pinagsasabi tungkol sa Armageddon.

Pero interesting itong 2012 dahil pumatak ito sa global na celebrasyon na summer Olympic Games na ang tema palagi ay PEACE. At ang prohecy sa Bibliya na pag meron global na celebrasyon na ang tema ay PEACE ay ang kasunod nito ay BIGLAAN DESTRUCTION. Naalaala mo pa ba nuong katapusan ng nakaraan 2008 Olympic Games ay nilindol ang China at bumagsak ang global na ekonomiya. Hindi natin alam kung ano ang global na kalamidad na mangyayari pagkatapos ng 2012, pero hindi ito Armageddon. Paltos na naman ang prophecy ng Aztec/Mayan o mga demonyo dito.

Ang pagtuonan mo ng pansin palagi, o kayong lahat, ay ang ISA sa alinman sa mga summer Olympic Games na darating pa, at kung pagkatapos nito ay binanatan ang global na relihiyon, lalo na kung birahin ang ULO na nasa Vatican ng mga maka-mundong relihiyon, sa pangunguna ng European Union ay ito na ang simula ng GREAT TRIBULATION na magtatapos sa Armageddon. Prophecy ito sa Bibliya. Hindi pa binabanatan ang Vatican kaya hindi pa napapanahon pero malapit na itong mangyari.

May kahirapan pala na maligtas ang mga mayayaman, sinabi mismo ito ni Jesus. Pero meron rin maliligtas sa kanila.

November 13, 2009 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Eh, paano ito ngayon, Supremong Kapre.

Nag-SHOWBIZ na si Pope Benedict XVI.
Na-release na yung kanyang POPE MUSIC, hindi Pop music. I hope hindi niya ini-record yung SPAGHETTING PABABA AT PATAAS, atsaka yung BULAKLAK NA MAPULA at saka OCHO-OCHO.

Kasi kung ito ang selections sa kanyang CD, baka magdelubyo mundial na.

November 13, 2009 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JM,

nag-SHOWBIZ na pala si Pope, hhhhhhh ......., pero hindi ito ang dahilan para banatan ang Vatican sa pangunguna ng KING OF THE NORTH na walang iba kundi ang EUROPEAN UNION. Hindi sinabi sa Bibliya ang dahilan kung bakit binanatan ang mga maka-mundong relihiyon, maliban sa prophecy sa Daniel na may relasyon ito sa TIDING FROM THE EAST.

Pero ang isa sa mga relihiyon ito na bibirahin ay ang relihiyon ng mga muslim dahil sa TERRORISMO ng mga fanatikong mga miyembro nito. Kaya ang malakas na suspetsa ko na itong TIDING FROM THE EAST ay ang TERRORISMO na manggagaling sa Iran dahil EAST ito ng Israel. Baka madamay at makisali rin dito ang Vatican. Magiging klarado kung ano talaga itong TIDING FROM THE EAST dahil global na pangyayari ito na malalaman ng lahat.

- kapre

November 14, 2009 at 1:16 AM  
Blogger 88 said...

Padi,

Kagagaling lang dito ni Hillary Clinton, Sec.of State, ipina-plug niya ang POPULATION PROGRAM. Itong walang patumangang population explosion talaga ang tatapos sa mundo.
Mauubos ang tao sa mundo pero maiiwan pa rin ang ating planeta, na magiging host ng bagong LIFEFORMS, na mas matalino sa HOMO SAPIENS. Talagang matatapos ang mundo sa HUMANKIND, pero hindi yung planeta. Papaano yung humankind eh kasama na rin ang SEED OF ITS OWN DESTRUCTION, di ba ?

November 14, 2009 at 5:38 AM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Auggie & Supremong Kapre:

Nariyan pa ang NOSTRADAMUS prediction ng End of the World sa 3797. Biruin mong kung magkatotoo ito? Aba'y 1,787 years na lamang pala ang itatagal ng mundo.

Hindi na magandang business ang REAL ESTATE!

HHHHHHHHHHH.

November 14, 2009 at 6:55 AM  
Blogger Wordsmith said...

Reading your posts is pure pleasure. Marami akong natututunan, nalalaman, at minsan-minsan ay nakaka-amuse din ang mga comments dito.

I would have shared my peso worth [if it's worth that much :D] when I came across that comment taunting you for the 'easy' life you have had with regards to your career. You see, this person is not alone in his angst when they come across people who breezed through a particular segment of their life, as in career, not considering that lessons, hard and very hard, have come from other segments of one's life.

As for tunaynapinoy, I believe he is simply a POS. Bilib ako sa iyong tolerance level, JM, and I agree with KC's opinion on this entity.

Hope he [tunaynapinoy] has crawled back or burrowed into his little hole where all POS belong.

And hope you will find more time to post blogs that make reading and learning breezy and pleasurable.

November 14, 2009 at 8:06 PM  
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November 14, 2009 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Wordsmith:

Thank you for visiting this blog and for giving me more inspiration.

I'm pretty sure Tunay Pinoy is not all bad. I just know that there is also goodness deep in his heart. He's just blinded by anger, and maybe frustration, because I remember him saying before that he had lost his chance in his youth to write nobelas because I was favored by Tenorio instead of him. I still don't see why it was supposed to be my fault. The whole scenario just doesn't fit whichever angle I look at it. The best thing for him really, is to move on and let bygones be bygones (if indeed I caused him pain).

I hope he reads your comment and be convinced that what he is doing is an exercise in futility. It's damn difficult to be carrying baggage on one's shoulder for almost 30 years!

Again, muchas gracias, wordsmith.

November 14, 2009 at 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marami talaga ang natatakot kung binabanggit ang pagka-gunaw ng mundo o Armageddon dahil kasi sa mga kabuangan mga hula ng mga luko-lukong manghuhula na kagaya ni Nostradamus. Kung alam ng sinuman ang totoong turo sa Bibliya ay hindi siya matatakot.

Sabi sa Bibliya sa Ecclesiastes 1:4 na ang mundo ay HANGGAN SA WALANG HANGGAN. Kaya maliwanag na HINDI magugunaw ang mundo. Di ano talaga ang magugunaw o buburahin sa panahon ng Great Tribulation na magtatapos sa Armageddon?

Ang magugunaw o buburahin ay ang tatlong global na mga systema ni Satanas sa mundo, ito ay ang RELIGIOUS, POLITICAL at COMMERCIAL. Papalitan ang mga ito ng systema ng Diyos.

Kaya kung malapit na ang Armageddon ay MAGANDANG BALITA ITO dahil sabi ni Jesus tungkol dito sa Luke 21:28 na "... raise yourselves erect and lift your heads up, because your deliverance is getting near." Hindi nakakatakot ang Armageddon, di ba?

Pero ang Armageddon ay nakakatakot sa mga taong lumalaban sa Diyos, basahin ito sa Zephaniah 1:14-18.

- Kapre

November 14, 2009 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Wordsmith said...

My having called a fellow human a POS was unfortunate. It was rash, and I was wrong.

Having said that, I think it's quite pathetic for this person to blame you for "lost opportunities" to write nobelas during his prime.

I knew Mang Tony. Grabe sa bait ang taong ito. Marami siyang binigyan ng break, at baka di lang nabigyan ay iyong hindi masyadong talentado.

Still, I hope that this person will move on. It's not healthy to go through life with that kind of decades-old baggage. :D

November 15, 2009 at 4:00 AM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Wordsmith:

You have articulated what I should have said to Ginoong Tunaynapinoy long ago.

Since this profound advice came from a woman, I'm pretty sure it will finally stick to his head and heart. Women have this natural ability to make the men see something that men – most of the time – fail to see. Without our mother, sister, wife, and female friend, I think the male species will be lost and will constantly be fumbling in the dark.

The female touch might just do the trick to make Ginoong tunaynapinoy see that he is on the wrong track by blaming another for whatever misfortunes he had endured in his youth.

Muchas gracias, Wordsmith.

Your sensible advice, no doubt, is the "do all and end all" advice that one can get from a woman. It might just compel him to turn a new leaf, move on, and have peace within himself.

November 15, 2009 at 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JM:

Dalawang beses mong binanggit ang muchas gracias. Bakit ang iba, kung sabihin ito muchos gracias?

Pakiliwanag nga lang at nang matuto naman ako ng Kastilaloy.

:)

Leo Caliboso

November 20, 2009 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger TheCoolCanadian said...

Leo:

Kumusta ka na diyan?

Both of them are actually correct. But, the meanings are different.

MUCHAS GRACIAS
means: THANK YOU VERY MUCH

MUCHOS GRACIAS
means: MANY THANKS

I hope, naliwanagan ka na sa kahulugan ng dalawang expressions na ito.

Kung gusto mo talagang matuto ng Spanish, maghanap ka ng Berlitz o kaya'y Rosseta Stone. May kasama itong DVD na puwede mong i-play sa computer mo. Tapos, kailangang maghanap ka ng Spanish speaking person at makipag-usap ka regularly. Baka sa loob lang ng 3 months, makapagsalita ka na ng Spanish.

Puwede ring tawagan mo ako at mag-usap tayo sa Spanish. How about Bicol, interesado ka ring matuto? Puwede rin akong mag-tutor sa iyo sa parteng ito.

Take care, my man.

November 20, 2009 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Wordsmith said...

Must really mention how your dry wit makes reading, even your blog comments, a true pleasure.

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