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SUNDAY EDITION OF THE SUNSTAR WESTERN VISAYAS NETWORK OF NEWSPAPERS

MAY 13/ 01

 

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CONTENTS

TRAVEL

Tracing the Santactruzan's Roots
You may argue that the Philippines has no marked season like spring for flowers to bloom. More flowers seem to appear in May, nevertheless.
FULL STORY

Get to Know Western Visayas
During the Spanish times, when a mother wanted her children to stop crying at night, she usually threatened them with the "quintos."
FULL STORY

If you are a foreigner ... As history shows, foreigners have generally not come to the Philippines with friendly intentions. In spite of this, every visitor is heartily welcomed; the Filipinos are sociable and tolerant, and their natural openness charms many visitors. FULL STORY

ENVIRONMENT

Protecting Aklan's coastal ecosystems
Siltation and sedimentation triggered by upland deforestation pose another threat to Aklan's coastal ecosystems.
FULL STORY

REAL LIFE ISSUES

We need Mary today
MAY is closely associated with our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tradition, now so complicated to trace, has forged it that way. And we are happy about it.
FULL STORY

Again, on Lawyers
They are the defenders of truth and justice. Yep, yep, lawyers have to be truthful, to act noble and be fearless.
FULL STORY

The poor must protest against their exploiters
The poor is the fair hope of unscrupulous politicians. Just by giving them a few pesos or a kilo of rice they spontaneously go out to demonstrate. In return they would say we will die for our idol. When they are caught or die they are abandoned.
FULL STORY

VOICE OF THE NEW GENERATION

It's a jungle out there
Ants are one of the few insects I know of that live in colonies. They have a caste system too.
FULL STORY

Responsible Communication
How ironic is that media practitioners claim they are sources of true information, that they are most reliable institute of learning; when they allow themselves to be influenced by too much commercialism, consumerism, and materialism.
FULL STORY

The tie that binds
Have you ever thought of why friends stick together through thick and thin and through the years?
FULL STORY

LEGAL STORY

Cain and Abel
Our new legal series dwell on the case of a man who murdered his own brother. The incident took place in Lambunao, Iloilo yet the names of the persons were changed to protect their identities as well as of their family.
FULL STORY

   

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GET TO KNOW WESTERN VISAYAS

By Rex Salvilla

THE QUINTOS

During the Spanish times, when a mother wanted her children to stop crying at night, she usually threatened them with the "quintos."

It was the policy of the Spaniards to conscript Filipino males for the guardia civil (the colonial police). For this purpose, the authorities drew by lots the names of all available able-bodied men in the barangay. Every fifth (quinto) man drawn was conscripted.

To avoid service in the guardia civil, many a quinto changed his name and lived in other places with relatives or friends.

According to the old folks, that explains the many similarities of the surnames today like Salazar and Salarza, Espino and Espina, Seballos and Ceballos, Aragon and Aragona, Torre and Torres, Ballez and Belleza.

7 CARDINAL VIRTUES OF THE EARLY MALAYS

Mapisan/mabakas - industrious; believe in acquiring things only through legal means; works to the best he could.

Maloloy-on - sympathetic; ready to extend his arms to the needy; charitable to a point of vice; helpful; indulged in dagyaw (free cooperative work) like transferring (ligaw) of another's house or planting in another's farm.

May patugsiling - considerate; believed in the golden rule; believes in the system of reward and punishment.

May kabalaka - deep concern for the welfare of others; anxious to help others at once.

Mapainubuson - humble; rarely blows his own horn; peace loving.

Nagapati sang pagbu-ot sang Dios - ever ready to accept and resign to the will of God; rarely complains in time of crisis or emergency.

Mapinalanga-on - loving father/husband and mother/wife; faithful and loyal to friends.


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