Friday, August 24, 2007

AN-ANNONG

Embalsamado ang hangin
sa bahay na salamin,
lasong hinihinga ng mga ulilang takot sa orasyon
at sa tusok ng karayom.

Ingay ng mga tansan
ng serbesang balingkinitan,
kumakalansing sa ihi ng kaluluwang lango sa usok
ng ensensong mapusok.

Ilabas ang mga tangkay
ng guyabano at malunggay,
hampasin ang malignong pilak ang balahibo
nang maitaboy ang engkanto.

Ihanda ang atang
pitong piraso laban sa barang,
nang maging ganap ang mga pangarap na sumargo
mula sa mga payaso.

Isagawa ang lualo, ang nobena
“O Birheng Marya, Apo Di Makitkita,
bendisyunan ang kamandag ng mapanganib na espiritu
upang kagat sa likod ay di matetano”.

Nasaan ang manggagamot
ang orasyon at mga hilot?
Sila’y namumulot ng mga menundensiyang kumatas
mula sa mga tagiliran nilang butas.

“Umaycan Abet, madi ca agbatbati!”

- Bacal Dos, Talavera, Nueva Ecija (2004)

MEXICO, PAMPANGA. The town’s name is said to have originated from the word “masico” which means the abundance of water. It was later translated by the Spaniards into its current form. Another account is the town was called Nuevo Mexico because of its similarity to Mexico City or because it was founded by Mexican immigrants.

Mexico was accepted by the Augustinians as an ecclesiastical mission in 1581. There are currently no information on who built the first parochial structures that have been reported to be heavily damaged in the earthquakes of 1645 and 1658. The church was probably rebuilt in 1665, and then perhaps rebuilt or restored again at around 1689 by Fr. Jose dela Cruz (OSA), repaired again in 1778 and at around 1863, before finally being severely damaged in the earthquake of 1880. The church was never restored and only the bell tower remained of the old structure.

* Sa mga Tagalog, ang AN-ANNONG ay katumbas ng USOG (i.e. napaglaruan ng mga hindi nakikita).

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