‘Nangilaba,’ Palma and Tudela

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Monday, January 20, 2014

TODAY, I will let my readers take over, but with a few comments of my own also. Just keep sending your letters to my Inbox and I’ll try to accommodate them, as long as the commentaries are sane.

In my column last week about Sinulog songs, I mentioned the “gozos,” which is written in old Cebuano and asked what “nangilaba” means. Jose Adonis Aquino said that, “pangilaba could mean or would mean ‘praying in earnest.’”

“I think the word is a variation of the Ilonggo ‘nagpangalaba,’ which means beseech or implore,” wrote Edgardo Billones.


I think “praying in earnest” is close to the meaning of “nangilaba” but “beseech or implore” is closer. By the way, I don’t know Ilonggo and the one time I was in Bacolod City, I mostly kept my mouth shut so as not to attract attention to my ignorance of the local language. I’m glad Billones mentioned “nagpangalaba.” It added to my knowledge (or the lack of it), of Ilonggo somehow.

Thaddeus Noel Laput has this to say about my comment on the appointment by Pope Francis of Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, bypassing our very own Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma:

“I am a Cebuano myself, but I was not surprised that Archbishop Quevedo, not Archbishop Palma, was made the latest Filipino cardinal by Pope Francis. It had less to do with geography and the tradition. Rather, it had more to do with Francis's inclination towards preaching the Gospel to the poor, and Quevedo is exactly that man.

“Palma is more of a conservative prelate who would probably have made it to the cardinalate this instance had Benedict XVI been pope. Even as rector of Iloilo's major seminary, Palma was known as a very conservative priest. He banned progressives, i.e., liberation theologians, authors and lecturers, from its library and classrooms.

“Quevedo is the opposite; he is well known as a liberation theologian in his writings and lectures. Now, read Francis, who denounced the institutional Church's inordinate insistence on teaching against abortion, gay marriage and contraception and his emphasis on loving the poor and finding Christ in them.

“You see the Benedictine Palma doing the former and the Franciscan Quevedo doing the latter.”

I didn’t know Palma is conservative, but I read somewhere that the Pope himself, when he was bishop, was against liberation theology, which has its roots in Latin America. So Francis must have other reasons for bypassing Palma.

This one is from my kababayan from Tudela, Trecilo Tirando, who is with the Cebu branch of EDMI Philippines. Trecilo wrote that his mother, Trinidad Rojas Loon, told him that the Wenceslaos are their relatives. Here’s the letter:

“I am writing to you to voice out of my concern regarding the Tudela Municipal Government’s plan to relocate people residing within the 40 meters boundary from the shoreline. The government is using Yolanda-generated funds and materials for the purpose. The donated materials were not given directly to the affected families but were instead used for the construction of a substandard relocation site.

“People of Tudela should not be treated like this as they are still recovering from the psychological impact and damage to property caused by the earthquake and typhoon Yolanda. There is no reason to implement the plan soonest, especially in Bagong Bayan in Southern Poblacion, which is located near the port.

“Also, the project should not use Yolanda-generated funds and should be implemented in the entire Tudela, including the areas where the ancestral residence of our vice mayor and the residences of other government officials are located, which are near the shoreline.”

The last time I checked, somebody at the Capitol commended the Tudela Mayor Erwin Yu for his implementation of the 40-meter “no-build zone” in his municipality.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 21, 2014.


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