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IN MEMORIAM | POEMS FOR THE AMPATUAN MASSACRE | By Chuvic A. Monserate, Yasmin Pascual-Dormido and Julius D. Mariveles

Chuvic Monserate is an Education graduate of the University of St.  La Salle.  She is former magazine editor of the Spectrum of USLS.  She now teaches students in a far-flung village in the town of Candoni in Negros Occidental.

She wrote her poem, Para Sa Mga Napalong (loosely translated as “For The Flames That Are No More), in 2010 in remembrance of the Ampatuan Massacre.

Yasmin Pascual-Dormido is a broadcast journalist who works for ABS-CBN Bacolod.  Aside from newscasting and newsgathering, Yasmin also loves to write and cook.  One of her poems was also included in the Anthology of Rage, a collection of 100 poems for the Ampatuan Massacre.

Julius Mariveles is a broadcaster, blogger and photographer.  His poem, Padabdabon Ang Mga Sulo (Light the Torches) is part of the Anthology of Rage or a collection of 100 poems initiated by Joel Pablo Salud for the Ampatuan Massacre.

Sa Mga Napalong
By Chuvic Monserate

Sa mga napalong na nga sulo sa kagab-ihon
Ang inyo kapawa karon madulom
Apang ini nagatuytoy, nagasindi
Sa mga bag-ong pagdabdab
Sang mga kandila nga nagaluha
Sa mga dughan nga nagatalangison
Kag sa gihapon nagasinggit
Sadtong mapait nga marka sa kagapon.
Ining dumot sa malaot
Nga nalabo na sa amon tagsa ka kalag
Magahikot sa amon sa pagdawat
Sang inyo napuspus nga pabilo
Kag ini amon pagasindihan,
Pagadabukan
Padabdabon sang padayon
Asta ang aso sang amon panambiton
Magabiro sa lingganay sang katarungan.

BACOLOD JOURNALISTS lighting candles last year to remember their fallen comrades | Photo

Fallen but NEVER FORGOTTEN
By Yasmin Pascual-Dormido

Battered…
butchered
only a beast could do
Abandoned in darkness
Lifeless
All fifty seven of them.
The eerie silence of the night
connived with the ruthlessness
of the vile and the corrupt
Like candles whose
flames swooped by wind
All got killed
mercilessly,
instantly.
That was 24 months ago
But time cannot blur
nor erase
The unfortunate fate
of those who have fallen
For dust they may have returned to
Justice, their souls continue to shout

Deafening cries from the bosom
of the earth
Their voices carried
by those of their kind
who LIVE
to tell their stories
and keep the light
burning brightly
When it is pitch dark
and moonless
May have perished but never lost
Their deaths will never be in vain
It should never go unpunished
For their kind will make certain
THEY, and the reason they have fallen
Will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

Padabdabon Ang Mga Sulo
By Julius D. Mariveles

Kasisidmun, nagalatum ang kadulom
Ginbuy-an na sang hara gikan sa ila mga hawla
Ang buto sang demonyo sa kadutaan
Kamatayon kag pag-antus ila ginsab-og sa pungsod

Kasisidmun, nagalatum ang kadulom
Gikan sa kawayan, himuon ang mga bangkaw
Sindihan ang mga sulo agud ang kadulom palungon
Sang kasanag kag kainit sang kalayo naton

Kasisidmum, nagalatum ang kadulom
Panugod sang pagkapukan sang hara sang kalautan
Panugod sang pagdabdab sang kaakig
Malapit na lang ang pagbutlak sang mapula nga adlaw

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Discussion

3 thoughts on “IN MEMORIAM | POEMS FOR THE AMPATUAN MASSACRE | By Chuvic A. Monserate, Yasmin Pascual-Dormido and Julius D. Mariveles

  1. Great poems! JUSTICE TO ALL THE VICTIMS OF MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE!

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