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College days and poetry circa 1967

Written by Ilocos Sentinel posted on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

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One rainy day last week, I stumbled on my vintage personal clippings of poetry which I wrote during my college days at Northwestern College (now Northwestern University) in Laoag City. It was published in our college campus organ The Review in 1967. I was then the literary editor while Sammy Bangloy was the editor-in-chief with Tony Antonio as the managing editor. Sammy, Tony and I were campus poets too. Our editorial adviser was the late Nemi de Pedro II a.k.a. Don Pedro, who became Pres. Marcos’ biographer and later city councilor of Laoag.
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After our college days, we, the three campus editors, all became career journalists. Sammy wrote for the Daily Mirror, Manila Times and later worked as one of Pres. Marcos’ speech writers under Press Sec. Kit Tatad. Sammy became popular when he turned into a hard-hitting radio commentator of MBC-DZJC-Laoag using his moniker “Samiris”. On the other hand, Tony wrote for the Evening News and later provincial editor of the Manila Bulletin. He immigrated to Michigan, USA and now runs his own newspaper, the Filipino Star News, dubbed as First Fil-Am Newspaper in Michigan and Michigan’s Best Asian Newspaper in English. On my part, first I wrote for the Philippines Herald, Philippine News Agency, Manila Bulletin, Agence France Presse (AFP international news wire agency) and now for this paper Ilocos Sentinel which is owned by my son Excel, the editor-publisher.
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To date, I think Sammy still writes poetry in his hideaway he called Poet’s Tower built annex to his house. If I remember right, one of his best literary works was a poetry dedicated to his charming wife Claire. I hope we can reprint it in this paper in the near future, of course with his permission. Going back to our topic about my said college-day poetry, every word in every line is double-barrel and metaphor. To the ladies, I say mea culpa if they dislike the catchphrases. My rookie pen scribbled this poetry when the campus intellectuals led by Cesar Aguinaldo, Carlos Sagucio of NWC and Tony Diaz, Art Palalay of St. William College (now DWCL) debated about the moral values of coeds. Here’s my poetry below:

PADRE DAMASO’S MONOLOGUE

 

Modern Magdahlynna, you smell
Sodom and Gomorrah.
Can you not sit and harness
your trauma
and flower the temple with
kneeling and sing ave maria
as many times as your nudin’
before countless whoring?

The dampened rainbow is not yet
the sunset of your bright vignette
and so, Magdahlynna, lock now
your girdle tightly over and over
till your wickedness is forgiven
coz the Lord can condone
all women’s tort if they
kneel before Him.
By: Jun Guiang

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