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By Ms. Elizabeth Pleasure Serrano-Quijano
Writer: Ateneo Publications Workplace, Ateneo de Davao College

As soon as upon a time – really solely about half a century in the past – after we have been rising up within the city of Digos, a typical small city in Davao on the time, our each day lives have been stuffed with easy joys and harmless actions till they grew to become mundane. . However since we did not know the way youngsters in city facilities lived their lives, we have been content material with how life unfolded in rural areas and used it within the firm of pals within the neighborhood.

Rising up in a rural space the place farms – primarily coconut and corn – surrounded the small poblasion, we frequently discover time to assist accumulate coconuts prepared for copra extraction or corn harvesting. Or steal corn able to roast as anagon. Generally we earned somewhat cash that allowed us to purchase sweet from a Chinese language retailer or hire sweet from somewhat shack subsequent to our faculty.

Since we lived close to the river, virtually day-after-day of the summer season trip was spent swimming in its chilly water whereas the moms did the laundry. Lunch – regardless of how easy like simply rice, bulad and ginamos – was at all times scrumptious when eaten after we have been very hungry after driving all alongside the river. However our moms warned us to not swim on Fridays as a result of the dili-ingon-nato was not pleased with the noise of the kids and will result in an sickness that might solely be cured with neighborhood herbs. However after all there have been occasions after we disobeyed them; if we have been caught mendacity, we received a very good beating from our fathers.

The small city was a spot for all types of tales and narratives, a few of which have been the fruit of gossip. Even with us children, tales of who was courting whom, who was having an affair, who was pregnant out of wedlock, who misplaced cash from extreme playing within the cockpit, whose youngsters have been consistently being overwhelmed up would filter into our conversations. fathers, however nobody ever dares to intrude, and who have been they who have been so infatuated with their cash that nobody may ever borrow cash from them.

However there have been additionally tales that bordered on the magical and superstitious that we children appreciated to listen to from older individuals, particularly when the complete moon was hovering. There have been tales of engkantos, together with stunning girls who may seduce bachelors who would by no means be seen once more, aswangs who eat youngsters’s livers, ungos who may take the type of pigs, and multos who died in troubled circumstances and appeared to stroll across the neighborhood at midnight. On the sting of city lived a lonely previous man who hardly interacted with the remainder of the neighborhood besides when he bought his produce out there. Rumor has it that he was a magbabarang and accepts clients for a charge.

These have been the years earlier than Marcos appeared on the political panorama, when the nation’s leaders have been the Quirinos, the Magsaysays and the Garcias. The elections have been typically peaceable and vote shopping for was extraordinary. Corruption within the authorities forms didn’t make public officers millionaires. There have been no insurgents sheltering within the close by mountain vary, no displacement of indigenous communities as a result of they might simply transfer into the forests by exchanging their land with settlers who paid for the land in salt and sardines, and no evacuations occurred. of Moro-Christian clashes.

Though our households’ revenue was barely sufficient to satisfy our each day wants, regardless of this, there was by no means a phrase of any household going hungry. As a result of there was at all times an opportunity to search out meals. Public education was comparatively low cost, so most of us may go to high school, besides for individuals who lived throughout the river and within the close by barrios, which made it tough to attend lessons day-after-day. Or when youngsters are anticipated to assist on their household farms.

So usually – regardless of the conflicts between neighbors and married {couples} – we lived a peaceable life. Youngsters may play within the streets at night time till they have been known as residence. Usually, everybody revered one another’s qualities. Neighbors shared their farm produce or what their moms cooked. The feasts have been at all times effectively celebrated as households raised pigs that could possibly be roasted on the patron saint’s feast. By the Church’s system of assigning godparents to youngsters who have been baptized, confirmed, and when newlyweds have been married, the kumare-kumpare system helped strengthen cordial relations between neighbors.

However the city of Digos the place I develop up just isn’t what it was after we have been youngsters. So are many of the small cities—from Mati to Tagum to Bansalan—which have been changed into semi-urbanized cities. Every day life has modified radically with the rise in inhabitants, enterprise enterprises and transportation choices. Individuals are caught up within the sooner tempo of their lives, attempting to meet up with the calls for of livelihood and tasks. Plainly the carefree days of previous are gone.

However studying DILI PWEDE MOGAWAS UG UBANG MGA SUGILANON (CAN’T GO OUT AND OTHER STORIES) by Mrs. Elizabeh Pleasure Serrano-Quijano, I spotted that what was the fact of my city remains to be mirrored in what Serrano-Quijano skilled as a toddler. , two generations later. Being solely in his 30s, he grew up within the small city of Matan-ao (additionally Davao del Sur) till not too long ago. As postcolonial literary theorists have argued, the most effective writing at present is finished on the margins. Those that are literally immersed of their respective native settings are the most effective writers to explain the fact of such settings. This e book permits the reader to enter the precise context of the tales with all its entertaining but in addition heartbreaking specifics.

Serrano-Quijano was born and raised in Matan-ao amongst his prolonged Blaans clans, the town’s unique inhabitants. The characters in his tales embrace members of the family and relations, in addition to neighbors, academics, childhood pals and other people with fascinating lives. Though these are tales that may be learn individually, they’re interconnected throughout the course of occasions within the metropolis. That is an nearly autobiographical work from an writer who has discovered his distinctive voice and positioned himself as one of many thrilling Mindanao youth writers who can declare indigenous roots. As an indigenous one that graduated from school and now holds an vital place in a faculty, is a mom of youngsters, and has been in a position to attend writing workshops, Serrano-Aquino has her personal distinctive identification that helps her be a very good author.

Written in Cebuano-Bisaya (a spoken language developed in Mindanao), this e book is an anthology of 10 quick tales set in his Matan-ao. Since many potential readers might not perceive the language, or those that may however discover studying within the language troublesome, the writer and his writer determined to have the tales translated into English. Luckily, John Bengan from UP-Mindanao—a self-published writer and fellow member of the Davao Writers Guild—agreed to do the English translations. Bengen claims that he tried to “keep near the rhythm of Serrano-Quinajo, following his personal phrase association—or at the least much like Cebuano syntax. His articulate but concise sentences maintain this aim inside attain. Possibly he can produce works in his native language afterward.

I felt nostalgic studying the essays as a result of there are various parallels between our each day life in Digos 50 years in the past and what the writer skilled nearly two generations later. Certainly, there are such a lot of similarities: the residing patterns of the peasants, the kids’s video games, the rumors circulating within the city, tales of issues bordering on the magical and superstitious, and what considerations the mother and father relating to the kids’s future. The characters in these tales—a Chinese language businessman, a beggar, an adulterer, a wronged spouse, a wierd aged particular person, and sort neighbors—appear ever-present in small-town life.

The story – Ako si Robin Nabaro – is a few beggar who the narrator claims is a lazy bastard when he is ready to work. Gambalas In the past is the story of what a wronged lady whose husband is rumored to have impregnated a store proprietor within the city would do to take revenge on him. Kasiawa tells the story of a Chinese language businessman who as soon as had the most important retailer however ultimately went bankrupt. Among the many horror tales, Ang Buntis gikan is concerning the soul of a pregnant Zamboanga lady who is obtainable in a ritual to hunt the favor of the spirits, who seems to youngsters. Pikpik is the narrator’s reference to the likelihood that he fell sick and wanted hospital remedy attributable to a curse from somebody who tapped him on the shoulder. And in Abogmaya, an previous lady who lived alone was believed to be a witch.

Nevertheless, there are worlds of distinction given the political and financial developments which have taken place in Mindanao and throughout the nation for the reason that Marcos regime and the post-EDSA period. Rising up in Matan-ao, the writer skilled the aftermath of the revolutionary motion adopted by militarization in lots of internal cities thought-about crimson zones. Thus, in his story – Dili Puede Mogawa, which is the title of the e book – youngsters wouldn’t be allowed out of the home, particularly at night time, for worry of being caught within the crossfire. In Baryo Thailand, a mining firm wished to mine the city’s mineral assets, however the collective resistance of the individuals stopped the mining firm from coming into.

There are additionally tales that reveal how poverty has worsened in small cities in recent times. The final story – Salibo sa Baryo Bagol – is heartbreaking as we’re launched to a really poor household who cannot even afford to purchase something to cowl the window of their home. Compelled to dwell in a poor village the place nobody has a consolation room, the mom and her youngsters are pressured to dwell on a subhuman degree. Even the 4Ps of the DSWD program are being withheld from them and nobody from the federal government helps them in any manner. However then again, Ang Loyalista is an previous lady who sticks to her perception that Reverend Marcos was an important chief and wished him to stay because the nation’s president.

This e book is Serrano-Quijano’s elegy to his hometown, as he’s rooted in his birthplace. With this e book, the reader is given an excellent profile of a small city in Southern Mindanao within the present interval, however one that draws and makes it fascinating due to the writer’s manner of telling. He has the reward of indigenous storytellers who can transport listeners into the world of his creativeness. In his tales, we meet many characters who’ve been part of our lives, who’re us after we are residents of such a neighborhood. There’s additionally the best way the texts have been written.

Dr. Macario Tiu, who helped edit the texts, wrote in his foreword that what struck him was “the odd use of spoken Bisaya, which I might describe as free-flowing and which someway jogged my memory of earlier tales by the American author Jesse Stuart. Engaging the reader to get a replica of this e book , Dr. Tiu wrote: Enter the unusual however fascinating fictional world of Elizabeth Pleasure Serrano-Quijano.

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(MindaViews is the opinion part of MindaNews. Redemptorist Brother Karl Gaspar is Mindanao’s most prolific e book writer. Gaspar can also be a recipient of the Datu Bago 2018 Award, the very best honor the Davao Metropolis Authorities bestows on its constituents. He not too long ago moved to his new publish in Cebu. Metropolis.)

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