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Sunday, April 16, 2006


Guess who came to lunch?

Guess who came to lunch today, Easter Sunday?



Inang, otherwise known as Cecilia Cunanan Ocampo, mother of Ka Satur. Surprise! Surprise!

Yep, you better believe it. Inang, who Satur wrote four posts ago as the person he’ll be missing most during the Lenten week, was live in the flesh having lunch with us on Easter Sunday. And for that we have to thank Satur’s staff led by Yvonne who was so touched by what Satur wrote that she just had to bring over Inang (in secret, of course) to make everyone’s day.

I’ll leave it to Satur to give the details but from eyewitness accounts, we heard that he was still in the bathroom when Inang arrived with three of his sisters. When he finally came out, there was his Inang. Tears fell, I was told.

Inang’s presence was the highlight of our Easter celebration here in the House. Before lunch, my brother Fr. Peter said mass with two of his African seminarians. Fr. Peter is an Agustinian priest and speaks perfect Swahili, having been based in Africa for four years. The open-air mass was held at the Marian Grotto in the Batasan grounds, right under three huge talisay trees.

A potluck lunch followed. My sisters brought roasted chicken and shrimp, Bien and Shayne Lumbera brought pasta puttanesca, Bobbie Malay cooked perfect kare-kare and an ubod ng niyog salad, Yvonne brought her menudo. There was barbecue, panutsa, suman from Pampanga (courtesy of the Ocampo clan), wine from Manong Raul Segovia and more food from Judy Taguiwalo and the others (sorry, hindi ko na napansin who brought what). Oh, and Quezon City Rep. Annie Susano, who’s photo with her Rolls Royce recently graced the Inquirer’s front page, sent a cake and some other stuff.

We certainly enjoyed the company of our families and friends, Satur especially, since nine of his 11 siblings, their spouses and a number of his nephews and nieces were there. Talk about a big family. It was a five-way reunion: Liza had her two sons with her, Joel his whole family, and Ka Paeng his two sons. As for me, I was content with my two brothers and two sisters who came to spend their Easter with me. My folks are in Aklan for the holidays, with my wife Ruth, son Elian and nephew Red.

Sacrifice followed by redemption. Solidarity in the midst of adversity. What a great way to celebrate the liberating message of Easter!


In The Stillness

of easter night, hear my prayer……..

Bayan, bayan, bayan ko, di pa tapos ang laban mo, rebolusyon ni bonifacio, isulong mo, isulong mo; ang tao, ang bayan ngayon ay lumalaban; the people united will never be defeated; sulong gabriela, lumaban, makibaka; abante, babae, palaban, militante;

Sahod, trabaho at karapatan, ipaglaban; tunay na reporma sa lupa, ipaglaban; lupang ninuno, ibalik sa katutubo; education budget, dagdagan, dagdagan, huwag bawasan; political detainees, palayain; batuta ng pulis ibaba, sahod ng pulis, itaas; migrants’ rights are human rights; babae, bata, bayan ipaglaban;

Inutang na dugo ng pasistang militar, singilin, singilin, pagbayarin; sundalong pilipino, maglingkod ka sa bayan ‘wag sa dayuhan;

Gloria, hitler, diktador, tuta; pahirap sa masa, patalsikin si gloria.