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HAIL SABTANG!

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

For a year Batanes was second home to me
In the early 80s upon the ascent of my first job
Building communities and spurring livelihoods
Packaging northern Cagayan & Batanes into one
Of Human Settlements ministry fame twas

So on one of my stays in idyllic Batanes
In a popular inn in Basco near my diva Love
Made usual rounds of Basco and Mahatao
Of Uyugan and Ivana round the highway built
So picturesque and grand is view of sea and hills
Of cows and carabaos going by their chores
Lush vegetation and farms spruced to charm

Till one day I decided to leave Batan for awhile
Waiting for a boat to cross the channel to Sabtang
Treacherous a channel ‘tis the world’s most dangerous
Quaffed half a small gin bottle to booze my fears down
As rivers seem to cross by the seas in both directions
And then upon arrival of the boat my knees still jerked
Motoring fast yet tricky a route we climbed waves
Upon waves as tall as seven feet each twas hard to see
The destination of this unholy sojourn till we arrived
I almost kissed this soil in Sabtang town
Privileged a young man I felt so great to be there

Hail Sabtang! Be thou challenge to the enthused souls
To marvel in thy land cross tough channel without repose
Hail Sabtang! Scion land of Mother Mu!

[Philippines, 24 March 2011]

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SAGADA

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Scheduled to fly to fly to California in due time
I decided to do holiday in Sagada before that
On a day in Summer 2000 passed by Ifugao first
To stay the night in picturesque Banawe
A return visit it was in this town d’gourmet
Till the following day I motored to Sagada

There to be greeted by Bulol the Silent Watcher
Spent couples of days to relaxingly walk
Visited the underground caves where ancestors lay
Awed at the marks of sea levels in cavernous walls
Visited bars and on a night sang along with acoustics

Bearing along with me theosophy books to read
And meditating too for so many an hour schedules
Cleansing myself with drinks of local herbal tea
And communicating with the Hierarchs for counsel
Whether shall I leave Filipinas for overseas calls

Snap shots and memories filling my memory bank
I left thereafter and passed by Banawe again for a night
To take stock of the future days awaiting me
And thank Bulol the Silent Watcher for the holy stay

[Philippines, 17 March 2011]

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NEVADA

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Driving along freeway 10 towards the borders of Nevada
Way back late June ’01 to spend the July 4 holiday there
A truly hot sultry space twas upon crossing the borders
Where temp stood at 115 Fahrenheit exacerbating
The dreary looks of backward small towns on the borders

Yet we went on to pass along the famed Las Vegas
And onwards passed by a native American site
To quench our thirst and buy some ethnic stuff
Drove onwards again till we reached Lake Hoover

Spending thus almost six days on flat bottom big boats
We almost a hundred peoples all a family circle
Swam, did boat-ride, snorkel & dived, barbecued
Beers after beers to quench amid sultry days
Yet at night star-gazed the wondrous cloudless sky
Sang the blues & country & rock the day too

There was no boredom at all across the many days
Fun with our circle from babes and kids to adults
Spiced our moments with tons of stories
At times blended with arguments on social issues

Till it was time to go and cruise the same hot freeways
Temp now climbing up to 120 Fahrenheit like stove
Yet we drove on back and passed by Las Vegas again
Hit we were by sand dunes gushed by gales
But we survived and went on motoring back to California
Till finally resting we were all to exhilarate the wonderment
Of the Nevada trail so pregnant with frills and funs

[Philippines, 11 March 2011]

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CALIFORNIA BEAMING

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

In November 2000 and again from ‘01 till ‘02
Did I visit and make home of southern California
Amazed at the prosperity and near-perfected planning
Did I sing along many times ‘California Dreaming’

Making rounds of over fifty of its cities big and small
From Los Angeles and eastern coasts to Nevada’s borders
And downwards to San Diego couples of times spent
Visiting the border to Mexico viewable from the state

So did I come to love someone too
A noble lady from San Bernardino clue
Who treasured me so much she made me speak
Before university students eager for Light

Lake Mead, wild boar hunting, San Pedro tour
Huntington offshore speed boating & fishing too
Sta Monica tour with beers, swims & slot machines
Venice cooling by the coast & buyin’ crafts along
Partying with family circle & grassroots workers
Drinking tequila and Mexican beers to company

And when the opportune moment came
I did grab grassroots work via church work
Counsel & listen to young adults and singles
And making rounds of seminars in diverse parishes

Residing in Ramona’s apartments with dad & sibs
On weekends to party and visit Ontario Mills sometimes
A few times post-party to star gaze for shooting stars
Do gym work right inside our home village

California beaming is what I made of it
The warm peoples of the state to stay in my bosom
A second home truly it was beyond dreaming

[Philippines, 04 March 2011]

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CALAMBA SHRINE & HOT SPRINGS

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

A privilege it was to visit Calamba many times
From 80s through early 2000s did I come to strut
The glorious home of noblest Asian hero Jose Rizal
A resource speaker for educational tour companies
Accompanied by fellow patriotic professors
We who once served club Education Forum
Ennobling tasks as teachers were thereafter tapped
To showcase Rizal Shrine and Rizal cults to listeners
Enthused students and adults from diverse schools

So did I visit Calamba many times to bath
In its famed hot springs shaped by tour resorts
Into swimming pools warm waters flowed like lake
Bathing in the waters burnt down germs and fungi
In the company of social activists and pals
From among university professors of UP fame

Shrine & hot springs will always be in my heart
To treasure moments of thought sharing and baths
Beacon of Rizal staying in my psyche till old age

[Philippines, 28 February 2011]

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