|• A visit to
the Home for the Aged
|• Building a
Hingyap han Kauswagan han Samar ngan Pilipinas
A “better quality of life”, sustainable development,
protecting the environment for Samarnons and Filipinos, minimizing
malnourishment and disease, providing relevant education, ensuring
safety and security in their persons, in their homes, in their
communities, a potent, effective, respectable, competent political,
civic, educational leaders and administrators, hope for a better
future, personal dignity, pride, honor, and international respect —
these are some of our longings for the progress of Samar and the
Philippines, our “Hingyap han Kauswagan han Samar ngan Pilipinas”,
we who have been brought together by the advent of this modern
system of instantaneous communication — the Internet.
Who are we?
Most of us are expatriates, residing outside of Samar and the
Philippines, “Mga Lumalangyaw”, rovers, wanderers who have
left the Philippines for one reason or another and have roamed the
world but whose hearts continue to beat to the cadence of Samar and
the Philippines. Some of us are non-Samarnons. But due to
friendship bonds and common interests, interests anchored on the
Philippine situation, on our poverty, on the never-ending struggle
for political dominance by the Philippine political and economic
elite, on our lack of national pride and international respect, on
our Diaspora, the bonds that unite us are strong.
We are all over the world — in San Francisco, in New York, in Texas,
in Minnesota, in Catbalogan, in Samar, in Tacloban, in Ormoc in
Leyte, in Cagayan de Oro, in Australia, occasionally reaching out to
Japan, then to Europe, and even New Zealand and Singapore.
Some of us have never met with each other. But due to our frequent
interaction and exchanges of ideas in cyberspace, we seem to know
our individual quirks and idiosyncrasies. Indeed, we are the
children of the Internet.
Inasmuch as the most assiduous Internet electronic mail posters in
our cyberspace group are from Samar, our non-Samarnon friends very
graciously accorded us the privilege of focusing much of our
discussions on Samar. Sometimes, I would feel unsure about the
propriety of our total commitment to Samar and our intense pride as
Samarnons. Personally, I would feel sheepish when Addi Batica and
Onding Orlanes would write in Samarnon Binisaya, practically
oblivious to the fact that our Internet and cyberspace group include
non-Samarnons who could not understand our dialect but could not
question the passion in our hearts for Samar and the Philippines. I
am certain that Addi and Onding are not being regionalistic. They
are just verbalizing the intensity of their pride as Samarnons. And
writing in Samarnon Binisaya is there way of expressing their pride.
In any case, when we realized that we were not just exactly a group
of windbags unloading our frustrations and despair on our computer
keyboards, we seem to have tacitly agreed that a little more
organization, a little more coherence might contribute to a better
discussion of the situation in Samar and the Philippines.
Hence this group, and this web page in Samar News.Com.
Our first impulse was to organize a chapter based in San Francisco
of “An Samar Naman Movement”. But one of our ad hoc group members
based in Catbalogan had some reservations — the Movement has been
intimately and closely associated with the failed bid for Governor
of Melchor Nacario who only got the support of one out of five
Samarnon voters who cast their lot with someone else. This was in
itself very revealing. In the survey conducted in the Internet, Melchor Nacario was the choice of approximately 50% of the survey
respondents, while the lady who walloped her male political
opponents for Governor of Samar including Nacario was only the
choice of about 5% of the respondents. This only shows that there is
a great divide between the perceptions of Internet users and the
great masses of the people, Samarnons or the Filipino people for
The Movement also claims that it has 12,000 members. If true, this
number is awesome.
If we were opportunists, we would beg the decision makers of the
Movement to accept us. Perhaps, this might still happen when
ultimately our paths will converge. But in the meantime, we would
like to blaze our trail without the tutelage of the leadership of
the “An Samar Naman Movement”, but guided by the same ideals and
principles that are serving as the beacon light to everyone whose
heart bleeds for Samarnons and the totality of the Filipino people,
especially those in “An Samar Naman Movement”.
Consequently, in the meantime, we will refer to ourselves as an
Internet and cyberspace group, “Pagkaurosa
han Nahigugma han
Samar ngan mga Kasangkayan”
or “PNSK” for short. Loosely
translated this means “A
Gathering of those who Love Samar and their Friends”.
But for dramatic impact, perhaps all of these names and expressions
are much better read, heard or said as
– Cyberspace Movement”.
The name is convoluted, we know. But nothing is permanent.
We could assume some other name in the future.
We will be posting our thoughts in a web page of
Samar News.Com, that Internet cybermagazine which is drawing a multitude of praises from all over
the world. Ray Gaspay, its Webmaster
and Administrator has very kindly provided a page for us which we
shall call “Hingyap Han Kauswagan Han Samar”.