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Written by Max P. Fabella   
Thursday, 16 December 2010 13:25


Places My Lips Have Yet To Touch


By Maximo P. Fabella


As one grows older, the contours of the human anatomy

becomes known territory.

Whispered words, a slight scent of Sampaguita

The cheeks explored, the mouth, the nose


And lower down to the twin peaks of Mayon and Beyond

Lower down the Navel, explored

Was Quijano de Manila wrong?

The unforgettable smell of Middle Creation,

Aha, this is where it all began,

from Garden EDEN.


Unless, it is a friendly cheek, the expected social peck.

Tempted to kiss, with or without, the fragrance of Kalamansi flower

Was it a Judas kiss? Betrayed a friend to its regret.

The poets of writ of kisses, forgettable.

How can I hold in old time see, a remembered NIGHT, a silent SEA?

My lips have touched the sun, many a day

walking through roads, no tire threads have been –

Carabao steps mark after a shower rain.


I trod the same road, without a shoe.

I wonder why my feet are sore.

A sharp pebble touches the sole?

My lips have touched the rain, no house, no shelter,

I wish it short, for home is far.

My lips have touched the water, salty and regular.

It is not far, it is all around us, ISLANDER.

At other times, the murky water brings the mud

To places, food plants grow and nourish

My likes have touched the moon, as children, playing in the light.


I would have kissed the plane,

as we stepped off In Narita from San Francisco.

Imperial hotel? Must be close to the palace, I murmured. # # #


Comments (2)
1 Friday, 12 August 2011 08:00

Hyatt hotel, coastline dr. will be the venue of the U P reunion, per Belinda

Aquino Ph.D. national president. For information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
ph. 808 956 2686 or Emmy Ceguerra, e mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ph 904 223 9230.

This reunion is held every two years, the last one was in Washington D C in 2010.
2 Tuesday, 24 July 2012 10:07
Having lived in coastal Florida for 30 years, closely observing the Filipinos ineract
with each other, qualifies me to write down some notes. There are no docments
to say when they arrived here. My contention, some professionals, doctors etc.
moved to areas like Gainesville, with the University of North Florida, and possibly
nurses who moved to Miami. They mentioned the place to friends and relatiives,
some from the north, Chicago, Detroit, NY and NJ, who in turn visited and stayed.
The bulk of the Pinoys arrived here thru the American navy bases, like Mayport,
Pensacola, Key West. They first settled in the beaches, and the moved
in land with their familIES.. Metro Jacksonville, has some 25,000 Pinoys. Pensacola
too. Their families settled and most of the retirees and their families are now
familiar landscape.
We found some faculty members of Filipino descent in both Tallassee and
Gainesville univerities. Some are graduates of the University of the Philippines.
Organizing groups of Pinoys is the easiest thing to do. Pinoys started meeting
at parks, picnick areas, fishing holes. First, they were all united by their
race. As they moved inland, the Pinoys organized other groups, which
usually started out as social clubs.
The joke we heard, is that Filipinos "multiply by division". If there are 5 Filipinos
in one club, as soon as the president's term expired, he either stays and
sabotages, or goes out to organized another club. Basically nothing wrong,
but,imagine 2 Cavite clubs, 2 Ilocano clubs,etc etc.
We are such joiners. When they are employed by city hallother governtment offices, other Filipinos soon follow.
"Tga saan ka sa atin" "where are you from?" is a common question.
For a long time, there was a "divide" between the professionals and the
Soon a community council acts to coordinate the various clubs. Then
other bigger groupings are the Knights of Rizal, the Phil medical society,
the nurses org, the veteran organizations. Nothing wrong with "over organization"
until our Caucasian neighbor notices it.
Filipinos for the most part get along with their neighbors, co workers, church
mates. Last time we counted, there were some 55 organizations active
and inactive.
We remain umbillically tied to our Phil homeland. We send monies or Balikbayan
boxes. So much so there 6 businesses doing the "box businesses:
When it is to their advantage, they join /participate in the political parties.
One nearly made it to be city "councillor" of Jacksonville.
Filipinos are closely tied to the Catholic churches and school. Sacred Heart, St.
Catherine are just of the many parishes.
Filipinos have "dancing feet" we love to party, to dance. It use to be thqt
dances cost $20 per person, now it is $50 and above. A gala affair is about
$80. There we show of our dance steps, our ternos ordered from Manila.
I see our students competitive in schools. Some graduate with honors.
Wedding bind us. We are asked to be padrinos our children, who invariable
calls others as "uncles" or "aunties".

navy people.

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