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Mindanao Times - - OPINION - BY AMADO S. MUNDA

SINCE this is the first of planned weekly col­umns, let me tell you about my back­ground, so you’ll un­der­stand where I am com­ing from.

I’m a 75 year old se­nior cit­i­zen born in GenSan, the city named af­ter my grand­fa­ther. But I grew up in D.C., Je­suit-schooled (AdD GS/HS

‘60, AdMU AB ‘65, Sta. Clara

U, Ca, MBA ‘72).

I was an ad­ver­tis­ing agency A.E. in the mid ‘60s, an ex­ec­u­tive in Sil­i­con Val­ley for 30 years (INTEL). Re­tired and came back to DC in the mid-90’s; was a GM At Pearl Farm and Nenita Foods. Re­tired again — and owned a fur­ni­ture-man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany.

Now hap­pily re­tired for the 3rd time, my Wed­nes­days are spent hav­ing coffee and beer w/ my HS ‘60 batch mates. The rest of the week, I PAINT and spend time w/ my fam­ily and my artist-friends.

Hope­fully, my col­umn will en­lighten, amuse and in­form read­ers and al­low an old fog­gie to dis­pense ad­vise, opin­ions, anec­dotes — even NOT asked for.


“We had joy, we had fun

We had sea­sons in the sun

But the wine and the song

Like the sea­sons have all gone

All our lives we had fun. We had sea­sons in the sun But the stars we could reach. Were just starfish on the beach.”

So let me take you back on a walk­ing tour around the city of my youth, the city of the 50’s and 60’s. Help me — if my mem­ory fal­ters, as re­mem­brances fade... from the pages of my mind, and from mem­o­ries sweet­ened through the ages just like wine.” (Thanks, Elvis) or BEER.

My child­hood days were cen­tered in a lit­tle pocket of rented houses called “GUINO-O COM­POUND” along Anda St. our neigh­bors were the Cut­lers (Char­lie & Eddie-boy), the Sisons (Nel­son, Norman, Emil) and the Licer­aldes (Pong, Boy). We had lots of fun there since we had a large play­ground in the mid­dle of the com­pound. There we played tra­di­tional games like TUMBA LATA, KANYONG KAWAYAN, PIKO, PINTIK, SHATONG, JOLEN, LIBENTADOR, PITUGO, wood and ball­bear­ing scoot­ers, atbp. Games the kids no longer play.

1. ANDA ST. - Guino-o Com­pound, Ma­casaet BLDG., Quitains, Lyric Theater, de la Rosa Bros., Movie Bill­board paint­ing

2. Boni­fa­cio ST. - Guino-o Ho­tel, Clif­ford Theater, Tagum­pay (Vic­tory) Theater, Fongkit Fur­ni­ture, Bibo Campo, In­done­sian Con­sulate, The Ro­ques, Pam­intuan, Apo View Ho­tel

3. Pon­ciano- Dvo Cen­tral Elem., Min­danao Times, Pa­rade Grounds, Fire Stn., Agli­pay Church

4. Clave­ria- Babis­tas, Luzvimin Phar­macy, Tab­ora Funer­aria, Ideal (A/C), Davao Theater, Tapias, Teox­ons, Me Hang Gro­cery, Gamir, Munda Abellera + Puno Law Of­fice

5. San Pe­dro- Uni­ver­sal, Lib­erty, U&I, Ang Mahu­nit, Chiew Tai­lor­ing, Magno Dept. Store, Sevilla Book­store, Gem, ICC, St. Peter’s School, San Pe­dro Church, Rizal Park, Roller Skate, City Hall, MenSeng, Tung Chong, Big Chieng Bazaar, Lila, Loleng’s, 3 Sis­ters.

6. Le­gaspi- Fly­ing A, Mata Bi­cy­cles, Den­cia’s, LAT, Palma, Di­zon, Bala­ha­dia, PTA

7. Rizal- Dom­ings Bar­ber, Dr. Castillo, Kim­pos, Dur­ban, Mon­fort, Oboza, Mon­ter­verde, Al­can­tara

8. Ma­gal­lanes- UCCP Kinder, Bro­ken­shire, MilFlor, Car­riedos, RMC.

9. Jac­into- Ate­neo GS/Col­lege, EBRO

10. Matina- Ate­neo HS, PWC (1953)

11. Juna Subd- Floirendo, Sarmiento, Hi­lario, An­tonino, Wal­strom, Munda, Bastida, Abella, Sare­nas, Ro­billo, Valderama, Siqui, Palou, Madrazo, Lim, Duterte, Al­men­dras, Pavino, de la Paz, Gar­cia, Dominguez, So­ri­ano

12. Uyan­guren- Har­var­dian, Florendo, Munda Fur­ni­ture, Funer­aria, Acacia Trees, Davao Hard­ware

13. Times Beach- the “pri­vate” beach. Ac­ces­si­ble from Ate­neo HS or Juna by HIK­ING.

14. Talomo Beach- the “pub­lic” beach. Pancit Can­ton wrapped in da­hong sag­ing. (NOTE: These mem­o­ries were con­trib­uted by our “KAPEHAN HS ‘60” with con­sid­er­able mem­ory-aid help from KUYA Nonoy Mo­rada.) “BOY, HAVE I GOT VIEWS FOR YOU.” 1. Now that the P.O.C. board and pres­i­dent has RE­SIGNED — it’s time to dis­card them per­ma­nently. Let the NSA’s re­port di­rectly to the PSC – which funds them. Let the PSC WITHHOLD fund­ing un­til NSA’s set­tle their in­tra­mu­ral squab­bling. (Butch R. please take note) 2. Let’s STOP go­ing to the Olympics. What a waste of time and money com­pet­ing vs. PRO­FES­SION­ALS (Bas­ket­ball, Ten­nis, Track & Field.) STOP send­ing the Gi­las (20+ & -19) — no chance. None. Nada. Nyet. Em­bar­rass­ing! Let’s fund our AM­A­TEURS in­stead — esp. the youth. 3. And let’s STOP im­port­ing AFRICAN cen­ters in the NCAA / UAAP. Let’s fo­cus on the Kai Sot­tos — and our other up­com­ing cen­ters. 4. In the Olympics or Asian Games (I.O.C. sanc­tioned), BOX­ING is our only chance for gold. But only if our PROS com­pete — Ni­etes, An­ca­jas, Don­aire, etc. Pac­quiao can COACH. R. J. & JOJO In the mid-80’s, af­ter a 19-yr ab­sence, I flew to MLA from SF. At the air­port, I no­ticed a guy sur­rounded by a crowd – mostly girls. Curious, I came over and was re­ally sur­prised when this stranger greeted me: “O, RJ, ikaw pala...” (I think he mis­took me for one of my AdM class­mates) Af­ter more pleas­antries, he told me he was also “RJ” — RICO J. He gave me a cas­sette. Here’s 1 song I’m ded­i­cat­ing to JOJO A. “KAPA”-LARAN Bakit ba ganyan Ang buhay ng tao? May­rong maya­man (si pas­tor) May api sa mundo (5 mil­lion) KAPAlaran... Kung hanapin (ng NBI) ‘Di matag­puan (si Jojo) At kung min­san lumalapit Na ‘di mo alam. (My apolo­gies to Rico J. and his song­writ­ers) KAPA’S CON­STI­TU­TIONAL IS­SUES I watched KAPA Pas­tor Jojo Apoli­nario’s ANC TV In­ter­view and he raised 3 is­sues that merit dis­cus­sion and en­light­en­ment. 1. The Cen­trists’s pro­posed re­vised con­sti­tu­tion states: Art 2/ Sec. 14 (p. 12) The PH is a sec­u­lar state re­spect­ing the in­vi­o­la­bil­ity of the sep­a­ra­tion of church and state. QUES­TIONS: If the laws of the state are in con­flict with church laws, what laws shall PRE­VAIL? (see ART 4 / SEC 5 pg.14) - Do we have a NA­TIONAL law (not just sec “reg­u­la­tions”) that ban a re­li­gious group that PROM­ISES mon­e­tary re­turns on do­na­tions? - Do we even have a na­tional law that bans “PONZI” or “NET­WORK­ING”? Af­ter “LEGACY” — why couldn’t we stop these? Apoli­nario says that aside from be­ing a RE­LI­GIOUS org, it is also an I.P. group. Re­fer to Art. 4 Sec. 4 (pg.12) “The state shall de­fend the rights & in­ter­est of the I.P.’s” LIVE MU­SIC CON­CERTS I’ve been to hun­dreds of live con­certs (Elvis 2x, Neil D, Anka 2x, Everly, Si­na­tra, Igle­sias, atbp). But the one I keep re­call­ing was Be­la­fonte’s con­cert at Araneta in the mid-60’s. It’s Harry’s “1st CARNEGIE HALL” con­cert. I’ve been try­ing to get a filmed DVD — but so far, no luck. So I’m set­tling for a CD — thanks to my Ve­gas buddy, Eddie Ray­mundo. DVO STREET-PARK­ING — A BIG MESS! Our SP & City Hall is a good (or BAD) ex­am­ple. Street park­ing there is two-deep. They should set the ex­am­ple by build­ing a pay-to-park multi BLDG on TOP of Rizal Park. This way a ROOF is cre­ated over the park. An­other ex­am­ple are the streets sur­round­ing the new, 1/2 Bil­lion PH build­ing of the DC Wa­ter District. How this bldg got ap­proved with­out ad­e­quate park­ing by city plan­ning is a MYS­TERY — or per­haps not. DCWD em­ploy­ees’ vehicles – incl. their DCWD vans – now oc­cupy the 3 streets around their new bldg in Juna Subd. Traf­fic from Ate­neo par­ents com­pound the prob­lem.

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