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Ten Conyo-mandments

by Gerry Avelino and Arik Abu

1. Thou shall make gamit “make+pandiwa”
“Let’s make pasok na to our class!”
“Wait lang! I’m making kain pa!”
“Come on na, we can’t make hintay anymore!”

2. Thou shall make kalat “noh”, “di ba” and “eh” in your pangungusap
“I don’t like to make lakad in the baha nga, noh? Eh di ba it’s like, so ewww, di ba?
“What ba? Stop nga being maarte noh!”
“Eh as if you want naman also, di ba?

3. When making describe a whatever, always say “It’s SO pang–uri!”
“It’s so malaki, you know, and so mainit!”
“I know right? So sarap nga eh!”
“You’re making me inggit naman, I’ll make bili nga my own burger.”

4. When you are lalaki, make parang punctuation “dude”, “tsong” or “pare”
“Dude, ENGANAL is so hirap, pare.” - (mikey: ENGANAL = Engineering Analysis in DLSU, FYI.)
“I know, tsong, I got bagsak nga in quiz one, eh.”

5. Thou shall know you know? I know right!
“My bag is so bigat today, you know.”
“I know, right! We have to make dala pa kase the jumbo Physics book eh!”

6. Make gawa the plural …

Where The Wild Roses Grow

They call me The Wild Rose
But my name was Elisa Day
Why they call me it I do not know
For my name was Elisa Day

From the first day I saw her I knew she was the one
She stared in my eyes and smiled
For her lips were the colour of the roses
That grew down the river, all bloody and wild

When he knocked on my door and entered the room
My trembling subsided in his sure embrace
He would be my first man, and with a careful hand
He wiped at the tears that ran down my face

On the second day I brought her a flower
She was more beautiful than any woman I'd seen
I said, "Do you know where the wild roses grow
So sweet and scarlet and free?"

On the second day he came with a single red rose
Said: "Will you give me your loss and your sorrow"
I nodded my head, as I lay on the bed
He said, "If I show you the roses, will you follow?"

On the third day he took me to the river
He showed me the roses and we kissed
And the last thing I heard was a muttered word
As he knelt (stoo…

Copper Inscription: A Historical View

Here's an interesting artifact that is in no way related to other ancient Filipino artifacts we know today. Hector Santos, a Filipino History enthusiast, mentioned that this black copper piece of metal later known as the "The Laguna Copperplate Inscription" was accidentally unearthed in 1989 by a man who is dredging sands alongside the shore of Lumbang River where it emptied into Laguna de Ba'y.

As to how it is being passed down until it was brought to the National Museum of the Philippines is intriguing. Let's just put it as a history. Almost all of our artifacts containing incantations,poems,chants or what have you where burned down to ashes by this Spanish friars thinking that they are evil inspired. Unfortunately, we only have a handful of these artifacts that's preserve now.

We've lost a significant contact with our brothers in SE Asia primarily because of the impact of Spanish colonization where nothing was left for us to be really identified as &quo…

Oyog-oyog: a Lullaby

Mandayas are known to be be music lovers. The folk songs reflects their intimate relationship with Mother earth and the attitude they have towards the environment and the world. Oyog-oyog is a folk song that deals with Pagka-iso (Childhood) and Gugma nang Ginikanan (Parental Love). Here's an Oyog-oyog:

Oyog-oyog, mag oyog-oyog . . .
Masinga nang Bullawan
Diyanay yagadadallawon
Baan sumngaw makawong
Dumallaw makagwa
Walla kaw sa pangubsa
Walla kaw sa pangkawasa,
Nang mallugon diabongan mo
Magaon na siollambodan mo;
Malaygon sa gigiba
Pugtok sa llollumpasi.

Walla sa pangungubsa
Wa sa pangawasa;

Awson pagpaka-indo
Ubson magpakagawa.

La - la - la- la - larin - larin . . .

Let's get skankin'

Reggae and Ska enthusiasts out there!!

Upbeat Production is an independent group which was primarily founded by Dabawenyos and was formally launched last August 18, 2007. It aims to further uplift the whole Mindanao ska and reggae scene, as well as help indie-minded bands promote their music through UpBeat Production-organized gigs. Composed of Mindanao-based ska and reggae bands, the group continues to foster these bands in order for them to get ample support and be recognized. Stay tuned for the upcoming events this November and December 2008.

For more info visit the site at


Alibata is an ancient Filipino Writing System which sprung from an old Javanese alphabet system indirectly through Buginese. Alibata is also called as "Baybayin" in Tagalog meaning "to spell". the appearance of the Alibata letters are somewhat similar to those of the alphabet system used by our brothers in Thailand (I don't know the exact name of their alphabet system).

It just sad to note that this writing ysytem is already extinct now and there's nowhere to find a complete files except those that were displayed in our museums. I just hope that this writing system will be again introduced in our academe as it promotes self-identity among Filipinos.

Original Baybayin Script:

Baybayin Script with Spanish Modification:

Ako si Huwan. Anak nang mga Mandaya.( I am Juan, Son of the Mandayas)

a soothing indigenous piece where one takes a carpet ride to a surreal world of endless wisdom of music. the musician is a certain Fingguy Flang from a T'boli tribe in Central Mindanao, Philippines. This masterpiece is entitled "Utom Klelet" ("The woodpecker").

Fatal Addiction (Ted Bundy's Final Interview)

Everyone is so obsessed with pornography thinking that this will fuel their fantasies that are unmet in real world. It's when one session isn't enough and the need to release tensions must be accompanied by pornography and slowly bringing them to stagnant pit hole and and come to a point of not getting away with it believing that it's only a "harmless addiction". They later find out this is slowly attacking their lives and taking over them. One event leading to another. It's when mind delivers a potent venom towards their behavior to do violence. Here's what pornography can do to you:

Fatal Addiction (Ted Bundy's Final Interview)

Ted Bundy, an infamous serial killer, granted an interview to psychologist James Dobson just before he was executed on January 24, 1989. In that interview, he described the agony of his addiction to pornography. Bundy goes back to his roots, explaining the development of his compulsive behavior. He reveals his addiction to har…