Nuong bata pa ako…!

I sometimes miss these days…

… Nuong sumasabit ako sa dyip habang may sumisigaw ng “… Valiches, Novaliches”!

… Nuong umaangkas ako sa traysikel na kakalog-kalog dahil sa lubak na daan!

… Nuong sumusundot ako ng pisbol sa kalyeng mausok at maalikabok at isasawsaw sa sukang punong-puno ng naiwang pisbol na lumulutang pa!

… Nuong nagbabasketball sa kanto na ang pustahan ay isang litrong Coke at handang maki-ramble dahil lang sa isang litrong Coke!

… Nuong nakikipagsiksikan sa bus at pinagpapawisan ang kilikili sa init dahil walang aircon pa ang mga buses nuon!

… Nuong tumatakbo at naghahabol ng dyip sa may Blumentrit para makasakay!

… Nuong naglalakad sa gatuhod na baha sa may Dimasalang!

… At higit sa lahat, nuong nakikipag-inuman na isang baso lang ang gamit at sardinas na maanghang ang pulutan, solb na!

Yup, those were the days! Masaya at laging exciting ang araw! Gawin ko nga uli minsan yan to feel how exciting it was… :):):)

The Tagalog Word “Diyos” (god)… Where did it come from?

One of those things that is good to know…

Ika nga ni Ompong

​Ever wondered where the Tagalog word “diyos” (god in English) came from?

The word “diyos” had its roots in the Latin word “deus” (pronounced as de-yus) which means a god or a deity. The Latin word “deus” can also be translated as “dies” (Latin; pronounced as di-yes) or Sun in English.

The ancients worshipped the Sun as a god. In the Grecian Pantheon of Gods, they had Zeus as the primary god of Olympus which was also seen as the Sun-God. Many scholars believe that the word “Zeus” was the origin of the Latin word “deus”. Yup, they’re actually phonetically similar.

The early Spaniards, who invaded the Philippines, said the mass in Latin which used the word “deus” to mean a god. The Filipinos later on adopted the Latin word “deus” as part of their language, pronounced as “di-yos”, to mean “god”. And that’s where the Tagalog word “diyos” came…

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Clark Museum… Visiting the Past and World War 2!

During our 25th wedding anniversary last month, my kids treated us for a visual and cultural experience. Yap, you heard it right… all expenses paid by my kids. And my daughter even volunteered to be our driver from Manila to Clark and vice versa which has a distance of about 160 kilometers in total. My wife and I are both “sitting pretty” at the back of the vehicle enjoying the trip!

The Clark Museum, located in Clark Freeport Zone, Mabalacat, Pampanga, features an expanded collection of artifacts, true-to-life replicas, scenic dioramas, old photographs, murals and interactive displays among others significant to the history of Clark, Pampanga and surrounding areas, generally called Metro Clark. The Clark Freeport Zone, used to be called Clark Airfield, was a stronghold of the combined Filipino and American forces during the end of World War II and a backbone of logistical support during the Vietnam War until 1975. Following the departure of American forces in 1991, the base eventually became the site of Clark International Airport, the Clark Freeport Zone and the Air Force City of the Philippine Air Force. (Wikipedia)

The Museum tells of the Filipino spirit of bravery, industry and ingenuity of a nation’s sovereign will running through a narrative across 4 galleries. It briefly tells a story, a bigger world from which Clark grew and speaks of social and economic advances, and continuing progress.

The Museum offers four (4) galleries: Gallery 1-Between Arayat and Pinatubo A Geo Hub for the Filipino Spirit; Gallery 2 People’s Industry and Ingenuity, Filipino Spirit in Craft and Ritual; Gallery 3 Interregnum: Clark Air Field, The Filipino Spirit rechanneled; and Gallery 4 Clark Freeport: Celebrating,The Filipino Spirit Renewed and Rising.

After visiting the four galleries, we were ushered in to a 4D theatre highlighting Pampanga’s history going past forward to the present. The 4D theater offers a one-of-a-kind experience which would allow visitors to view the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 with spectacular in-theater effects including wind, bubbles and mist to add a breathtaking fourth dimension.

If you ever will have a chance to visit our country, the Clark Museum is one of the place I will surely recommend. The following photos are some of the images I took inside the Museum.  But this photo set is just the tip of the iceberg, there are many more displays and interactions which will leave you in awe. 🙂

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Text Source: Visit Clark

Aeta… the first Philippine settlers!

The statue depicts an ancient Aeta, believed to be the first settlers in the Philippines. Their descendants still roam the region of Zambales and some migrated to the other parts of the country. Most of them, kicked out of their land like the Indians of North America, are now begging for food and financial assistance to live.

Isn’t it a pity that the ancient settlers are those normally put at the bottom of a country’s social caste system and the foreign invaders lord over them as if the invaders were those who settled in the country first before them?

OriginalPeople.Org: The Aeta (pronounced as “eye-ta,”), Agta or Ayta are an indigenous people who live in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of Luzon, Philippines. They are considered to be Negritos, who are dark to very dark brown-skinned and tend to have features such as a small stature, small frame, curly to kinky afro-like textured hair with a higher frequency of naturally lighter hair color (blondism) relative to the general population, small nose, and dark brown eyes. They are thought to be among the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, preceding the Austronesian migrations.

The Aeta were included in the group of people termed “Negrito” duringSpanish colonial rule as Negritos. Various Aeta groups in northern Luzon are known as “Pugut” or “Pugot,” a name designated by their Ilocano-speaking neighbors, and which is the colloquial term for those with darker complexions. In Ilocano, the word also means “goblin” or “forest spirit.”

The Game of Chess…!

Many countries claim to have invented the chess game in some incipient form. The most commonly held belief is that chess originated in India, where it was called Chaturanga, which appears to have been invented in the 6th century AD. Although this is commonly believed, it is thought that Persians created a more modern version of the game after the Indians. In fact, the oldest known chess pieces have been found in excavations of ancient Persian territories.

* Checkmate: This is the English rendition of shah mat, which is Persian for “the king is finished”.

* Rook: From the Persian rukh, which means “chariot”, but also means “cheek” (part of the face). The piece resembles a siege tower. It is also believed that it was named after the mythical Persian bird of great power called the roc. In India, the piece is more popularly called haathi, which means “elephant”.

* Bishop. From the Persian pil means “the elephant”, but in Europe and the western part of the Islamic world people knew little or nothing about elephants, and the name of the chessman entered Western Europe as Latin alfinus and similar, a word with no other meaning (in Spanish, for example, it evolved to the name “alfil”). This word “alfil” is actually the Arabic for “elephant” hence the Spanish word would most certainly have been taken from the Islamic provinces of Spain. The English name “bishop” is a rename inspired by the conventional shape of the piece. In Russia, the piece is, however, known as “elephant”. In the Indian lingo however, the piece is more popularly known as oont = “camel”.

* Queen. Persian farzin = “vizier” became Arabic firzan, which entered western European languages as forms such as alfferza, fers, etc but was later replaced by “queen”. Incidentally, the Indian equivalent of “queen”, rani is used for the piece by Indians.

Source: (http://www.chesshere.com/resources/chess_history.php)

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420!

Some of you might be curious why some of your friends are posting this number or why this number is almost all over the social media.

It is a slang word for marijuana (or mary jane as some may call it). It was believed that marijuana’s “magic” was discovered on April 20. The kids of yester-years who get their high on marijuana used the number “420” as a code to hide what their doing from their parents.

To those who get their kick from it, they celebrate April 20 and call it as “420 Day”!

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Photo source: expertjoints.com

Who can beat Dr. Who? Who? Dr. Who?

Believe it or not!

I’m a die hard fan of Dr. Who. And I got this two Dr. Who pocketbooks way back in 1981 when I was in 2nd year highschool. My Dr. Who pocketbooks are now 35 years old and I am still reading them from time to time. Never mind if they’re a little bit torn with lots of rabbit ears, I still like ’em a lot!

Trivia: Dr. Who has two hearts making him live to a thousand years!

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