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OLONGAPO & SUBIC

 

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

 

 

As American troops finally left Subic naval base

Olongapo now left on its own to peddle its future

Did I visit the corridor of fame in early 90s cool

Like kibitzer cat sneaking in once dirty prostitution towns

 

Came one occasion when I was with university students

Toured Subic site astride a funny bus with open sides

Then watched baseball at night while eating packed dinner

Till past 9 pm we moved on to bars in Olongapo

From there to hop from one bar to another

Till we noticed that by 4 a.m. we’ve had toxicity enough

As many bars we’ve been to listening to live bands

Chatting peaceably too in band-less sites

 

Till finally we said goodbye to the fun city

Delivered farewell to the Ulo ng Apo

Saying thanks for the gracious short stay

 

[Philippines, 13 June 2011]

 

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LEYTE WITH TUBA LOVE!

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

Truly memorable it is to drink tuba every day
Portent of prosperity and luck for enthused souls
Came Summer ‘93 on a ten-day tour of Leyte land
Upon invite of a pal among powerlifter athletes

Motoring from Manila through Bicol land to Sorsogon
Then crossed the channel to Matnog in Samar land
Drove across Samar a sight for a first time
Till we reached the San Juanico bridge of fame

Onwards did we drive via bus to Leyte land
Then picked up by jeep to Palo there to stay
Chats with folks spiced with tuba drinks
Tours of rivers, climb of Hungduan mount
Swim & fish by the seashores for couples of days
Paying respect to McArthur Park nearby
Visiting UP Leyte too that was beside the sea
Too many snap shots bared the warm island
The hospitality blessed by tons of tuba

Stuck up almost forever as storm arrived
On our last leg of days we had to decide
Fly we would in going back to grand Manila
Satisfied and fulfilled of the memories of tuba

[Philippines, 29 March 2011]

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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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HONG KONG KOWLOON

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

A civil society was I then to advocate
Love and concern for overseas Filipinos
As Treasurer of Kanlungan Center Foundation
& Kakammpi president for overseas’ dependents

Came December 1990 we flew to Hong Kong
From across the globe we leaders converged
Stayed in Maryknoll sisters’ compound to camp
There to workshop too and build camaraderie

We then decided to architect Migrante International
Finally had it graduate from a Committee for nigh years
Just in time when we were lobbying for sanguine law
To care for overseas Pinoys across the globe

We did pay visits to bars & toured places
Victoria peak and cable car I recalled
With company of Pinay domestic helpers too
We toured the nights for songs & cocktails a’satiate

In one bar did I belt out songs to make for free beers
With gusto I sang La Bamba of Mexican folk fame
Accompanying myself with electric guitar to feel
As electrified eyes of tourists watched with awe

To the wonderful city built by British taipan
I bid not farewell as it’s o’so near to fly
My appreciation for glorious city planning will stay
This Asian city is one we islanders can be proud of

[Philippines, 03 February 2011]

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