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Catholic and Emancipated Elizabeth Lolarga

Catholic and Emancipated Elizabeth Lolarga

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"Babeth Lolarga's prose is unfailingly funny even at her most serene or impassioned. 'Catholic' hardly intrudes; at best it becomes a quality of grace that transcends the most tenuous affiliations, religious or otherwise."--Gou de Jesus, freelance writer-editor
"Babeth Lolarga's prose is unfailingly funny even at her most serene or impassioned. 'Catholic' hardly intrudes; at best it becomes a quality of grace that transcends the most tenuous affiliations, religious or otherwise."--Gou de Jesus, freelance writer-editor

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Published by: UST Publishing House on Apr 14, 2011
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CATHOLICANDEMANCIPATED
ELIZABETH LOLARGA
PERSONALCHRONICLES
 
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I’ve always had a distaste for politics, but I love my liberal, libertarian,socialist and communist friends. Long ago, too, I learned that the actof writing is already a political act in itself. One cannot hide behindthe journalistic code of objectivity all the time. In the end, you haveto make a choice: Are you on our side or on the enemy’s? Whether inthe home with the threat of domestic violence hanging on one’s heador out on the streets where cruel traps are laid, we face the challengeof choosing, of making a stand.Dying is easy; it’s the living that’s hard, so a wiseacre said.Today, how I can pose like a placid fence-sitter while I await formerPresident Corazon Aquino’s casket to pass by, not too far from thelobby window of the Manila Diamond Hotel? I’ve been here since 12noon. People with yellow shirts or yellow ribbons tied around theirarms have been lining up the sidewalk since the sun rose.I’m on a comfortable seat; my need to constantly pee has kept mefrom joining them. Yellow banners with the silkscreened image of Sen. Aquino festoon the street lamps. Manila is Cory City, Mayor Lim,whom she endorsed as her presidential candidate in 1998, has seen tothat. Suddenly, Dirty Alfredo Lim smells clean.My partner Rolly and friend Anna Leah Sarabia rushed out, he withan umbrella and still-intact power of observation, she with her cameraand feistiness, to await the six-wheeler truck carrying the casket.We never thought we’d make it this far—Rolly, Anna, me. We hadother plans for the day. Rolly wanted to get back to Baguio to be intime for his pet dog’s dinner and his 7 a.m. class tomorrow at theUniversity of the Philippines there.
 
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Anna was supposed to give me a pep talk and repeat her old lineabout women’s rights being human rights. After which I was scheduledfor a 2 p.m. meeting with Anvil Publishing’s Gwenn Galvez to mapout the launching of 
The Baguio We Know
, a two-year-in-the-makinganthology of essays by Baguio’s finest, timed for the celebration of thehighland city’s centennial.But all plans were thrown in the waste basket. We decided to bearwitness today. As we ate a hurried lunch at a nearby Vietnameserestaurant, memories of the August 21, 1983 assassination of PresidentAquino’s husband Ninoy came back vividly. So did the anger at thecurrent lying and thieving Presidency. At one point, Anna thoughtaloud, “Gosh! GMA makes Marcos and Erap look like saints!”Rolly tried to be facetious to deflect the tension. Perhaps, hesurmised, the Filipinos are longing for a happening like today’s march.No, I said, they had been waiting for the right time and occasion.Anna agreed, pointing out that we are moving towards a full moon,a lunar eclipse is going to happen. The moon, ah, for me who swearsby its inconstancy, is what moves the masses. The sun represents theleaders. Expect something to happen to an awakened people.It was the same Anna who said, around the time Marcos’s star wasdimming, that the Filipino is like a carabao—hardworking, patient,etc. But once pushed to its limit, it gores its own master.Two months ago, another friend said, half in resignation, half inexasperation, that people were thinking, “Gloria (Macapagal-Arroyo)has a year to go. Let’s just ride it out instead of protesting. Maybechange will come after the 2010 elections.”Apparently, we’re near breaking point like the time Sen. Aquinowas treacherously “salvaged,” to use Sen. Saguisag’s so very aptword. I never thought the line “
Tama na, sobra na, palitan na
” wouldresonate again with vibrant, refreshing beauty, no longer a cliché.
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