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MARAGONDON’S HANGING BRIDGE

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

For almost two decades did I speak in educational tours
As university professor made resource lecturer by companies
Specializing in eco-tours & historical tours too

Around Cavite we brought students & teachers
With Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit as featured anchorage
Other sites to radiate from there to recollect
The battles betwixt Filipino forces and Spain’s army

Likewise to recollect too the death of Andress Bonifacio
In the hands of his unholy comrades of Magdalo ignominy
Visited the house in Maragondon where he was judged
By kangaroo court of generals and colenels of Emilio Aguinaldo
To highlight the fun we also moved to the hillside area
And crossed a hanging footpath bridge of twines & vines
Amazed yet appalled was I for the bruising backwardness
Of the infamous town where Supremo Bonifacio was executed

[Philippines, 17 July 2011]

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MEXICO’S BORDER

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

For couples of times did I visit the famed San Diego
Big city of California that borders the tequila country d’Mejico

Twas on the early visit in November 2000
On a five-week break to California via Montclaire
Motored to San Diego to visit a Jew pal of Dad
Who was married to a Filipina of sturdy mien

Then from the Diego home we motored to border d’Mejico
To glance at the other side and document a sociography
Arriving thus on the border we immediately eco-scanned
Both sides to reckon with structures and shapes
Took snapshots of with the border patrol guards
And the stone tablet on the California side

Appalled I was at the sight of 3rd world ignominy
On the Mexican side of Baja California d’tequila
Cultural development surely mark differences between
Two countries that are allies in trade & politics
No wonder that Mexicans keep on migrating across
To America for greener pastures and opportunities gained

[Philippines, 12 July 2011]

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CARABAO FIGHTING D’ BATANES

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Don’t ever come to think so loudmouth a blabber
That cockfighting alone is the folks’ game of creatures
Here in beloved Filipinas

I recall well back in ’82 as a young executive still youthful
Chanced upon a special occasion in warm Batanes
As I was there for regular work in my new office
Upon the vice-governor’s invitation did I come
With my work team along we came right after breakfast
To a known place along the riverbed in Basco town
Water had seemed to purposely recede for the folks
Who tagged along male carabaos proud with machismo
And there I witnessed with enormous curiosity and fun
As carabaos faced each other in almost mortal combat
Charged upon each other with horns like fiery spears
Mightily pushing each other to try to take enemy down
As crowd shove and cheer like watching today’s Pacquiao

Only once did I witness that cultural remission stint
Maybe no more to watch a game so unique
Yet will I always be reminded of the event
As photos of the champion carabaos do charge
Thankful to Almighty we’re blessed with them buffalo

[Philippines, 06 July 2011]

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IVATAN’S PALECK WINE

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

In no small measures I make rounds of towns
Past Basco—Uyugan, Mahatao, Ivana
Circa ‘81 through ’82 to task and spread goodwill

So will I now say my deep appreciation
Of Ivatan culture including warmth & hospitality
That went with so many drinks of sugar wine Paleck
More potent and palatable than delectable Ilocos basi

One day I moved around bringing along Luzon staff
In those same times to be entertained by mayors
With sweet potato as staple and sweet delicacy for lunch
In some occasions drank paleck right after lunch
And danced accompanied by guitar & Ivatan songs
A volunteer girl there in tow she danced with gusto
And wined with us too like she were Gypsy
Unmindful of time flowing along with sweet guests
Irresistible beat of song I stood pronto to dance along
And while dancing drank rounds of paleck to go
Till by day end tipsy indeed we were all
Our feet demanded we depart after saying thanks

Paleck & dance is akin to Earth embracing thee
As blessing for all thy rapport with folks’ bosoms

[Philippines, 01 July 2011]

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PUERTO GALERA

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

A charmer of a place Puerto Galera surely is
As I visited the tour site repeatedly in the ‘90s
With friends at times to cool down our university tasks
And at times with my beau girlfriend from Teutonic knights

Magic of the night ambience once enchanted me enough
With beers & cool world music in company of Love & pals
Brazilian music to mix with Pinoy jazz & rhythmic notes
Then crafts a parlaying waiting for the pocket to trade

Came back to the paradise place once more
In early January of 2009 to start the year with relaxation
With kins to company and cousin Eric managing a site
Where snorkels and scuba dive gears to borrow
Teachers of diving too there were to train one
I can only watch then the entire site and swims
The enchantment then replaced by meditative stance

Memory was spiced up by typhoon coming our way
We almost lost the chance to traverse the sea back
To Batangas bay astride huge bancas
Yet safely we all came home back to Manila
Thankful still am I for the gracious tour

[Philippines, 26 June 2011]

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