Monday, 27 August 2007


Post 19: Lolo Ramon's Story

According to my grandmother Meding, my Lolo Ramon was a stubborn man. There was this notorious thief (name disclosed), who was once feared of and even the police were scared to catch and put him to jail. “Your Lolo thinks he could catch a bullet with his fingers, ‘naturod kuno et inkulong tu met numan inusar tu bagat ket asel’(he thinks he is brave and maybe he was, he had put the thief in prison just by merely talking with him.)”,my grandma said.

Lolo Ramon continues, "Meding was so scared when I brought home our first adopted prisoner. She's a kind hearted woman but when it comes to our children's safety she was like a hawk. I never believed in putting an offender to jail would make him better. So what I did was get most of them and let them stay in our home. I eventually had proven my wife that they too could change if they are given that chance. These prisoners were a great help and never caused any harm."

"Kay-kay, a motherless boy who was being beaten by her stepmother, became one of my sons. He was the favorite of my children as an addition to the big family."

"Some of Meding's cousin also stayed with us. Many of them were her nephews and nieces who instead of going home to Buguias during school break, preferred to help in our new coffee plantation Dr. Dacanay made me start."

"After my first term , I did not run for the office. I gave it back to the giants who also became my good friends. They served their years then the people of Tublay gave it back to me, 1959 to 1962" ...


Bill Bilig

Mukhang makakasundo ko ang lolo mo ah :-) I also believe that it does not help prisoners if they are just locked up in their cells. Giving them productive projects to do to while away their time would be a better thing to do.


hi dear, how could you have retained all these memories of your lolo ramon? wow! i had a quick browse of the series and I was awed by your story. How I wish I could put down into writing my own lolo's story. He had his own share of the wars - WW, tribal wars and that. I salute you for this story series. keep 'em coming, i'm one of those who will keep looking forward to his story.


Hi Bill!

You're right Bill. Just reminded me, there's this 'baludan' in La Trinidad near the Benguet Capitol, my Dad once brought home picture frames he bought from there. He said it was made by the prisoners.

Magkakasundo nga kayo :-)

Thanks Jane! I'm glad you liked the story.

That's from spending too much quality time with our parents while growing up. Aside from, its the story we hear over and over again not just from our Dad but also from our Lola who lived with us till her last days.

No computer and lots of typhoon for the TV to be off because there's no electricity had somehow helped us retain these stories.

Dates, clarifications and retold stories came in handy with long costly overseas calls hehehe...

See you around then...Ciao!

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