Apat na pisong buhay

Apat na pisong buhay, p6

“O, malapit na tayo sa Monumento, ‘yung mga hindi pa nagbabayad, magbayad na,” sabi ng drayber habang tinitingnan ang mga pasahero mula sa rearview mirror.

Nagkatinginan. Animo’y hinahanap ng isa’t-isa kung sino ba ang tinutukoy ng mamang drayber. Ibinalik ko ang tingin sa kanila, baka kasi isipin nilang ako yung hindi pa nagbabayad.

Anim kaming pasahero ng dyip na iyon. Apat ang nakaupo sa harap ko at may isa akong katabi. Pinagmasdan ko sila. Isa-isa. Hinahanap ko kung sino ‘yung mukhang guilty.

Sa may bukana ng dyip ay may batang nakaupo. Naka-pula siyang t-shirt at korduroy na shorts. Mukhang hindi naman siya nabahala sa paalala ng drayber kaya naisip kong marahil ay bayad na siya.

Katabi niya ang isang babaeng nagta-trabaho sa Ever. Sigurado ako, dahil uniporme ng Ever and suot niya. Nakapatong sa hita niya ang kanyang shoulder bag, pilit na tinatakpan ang mga parteng hindi ganap na naikubli ng napakaigsi niyang palda.

Katabi niya ang isang malaking mama na mukhang seaman na may kaakbay na magandang babae. Nasabi kong mukhang seaman’yung mama dahil sa kanyang naglalakihang mga singsing at kwintas (maliban pa sa napakalaki niyang katawan) at napakahabang buhok sa batok. Iyon bang tipikal na hitsura ng isang seaman na bagong baba sa barko. ‘Yung kaakbay niya ay naka-asul na tshirt na hapit, na nagbabandera ng mga malulusog nitong dibdib, at naka maong na pantalon.

Hindi ko masabi na asawa niya ito dahil alam kong mahilig sa tsiks ang mga seaman. Isa pa, pareho silang walang wedding ring. O baka naman syota lang nung lalaki ‘yung kasama niya. Hindi ako sigurado. Hindi rin ako sigurado kung seaman nga ba talaga ‘yung mama. Basta ang alam ko, sweet sila. Sigurado lang ako na bayad na sila dahil dyahe naman sa mama kung hindi niya makuhang ibayad ‘yung tsik na ka-date niya.

Isang payat na mama naman ang siyang katabi ko. Sa sobrang payat niya, eh, magmumukha siyang palito ng posporo kapag itinabi siya sa mamang mukhang seaman. Hindi naman siya ganoon katanda. Sa palagay ko, nasa edad trenta y singko pa lang siya. Nakaputing t-shirt na may mukha ni Ninoy sa harap. May nakasulat pang I love Ninoy. Nakapantalon siya na sa sobrang dumi ay mukha pang mas luma kaysa sa t-shirt niya.

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Sa aming anim, siya yung mukhang di-mapakali. Ayoko sanang isipin, pero sa pakiramdam, at sa palagay ko ay ganoon din ang pakiramdam ng mga kasama ko sa dyip, siya ‘yung tinutukoy ng mamang drayber. Pero siyempre, wala sa aming nagsasalita. para bang nagpapakiramdaman. Tinitingnan namin kung magbabayad na ang mamang katabi ko, kung siya nga iyon.

Pagsapit namin sa Samson Rd., hindi pa siya nagbabayad. Ni hindi nga siya tuminag sa pagkakaupo. Nagsalita ulit yung mamang drayber.

“Yung hindi pa nagbabayad, ha. Malapit na tayo sa Monumento.”

Pagkasabi niya ay hindi niya inalis ang mga mata sa rearview mirror. Para bang inaabangan niya na magbayad ‘yung mama. Pero hindi pa rin tumitinag ‘yung mama. Hindi pa rin umuusad ang dyip sa sobrang trapik.

Maya-maya, umabante na ang mga sasakyan sa harap ng dyip ngunit hindi pa rin umaabante ang dyip na sinasakyan namin. Nakatingin pa rin ang mamang drayber doon sa pasaherong hindi pa nagbabayad. Nang malayu-layo na ang agwat ng mga sasakyan, bumusina na ang bus na kasunod namin, na sa palagay ko ay naiinis na sa drayber ng dyip na sinasakyan namin na kanina pa ayaw umabante.

Parang nainis na rin ‘yung mamang drayber. Pagkambiyo niya ay biglang pinaharurot ang dyip. Kasabay ng maingay na rebolusyon ng selinyador ay isang malakas na tili ang narinig mula sa babaeng kasama ng mamang mukhang seaman. Napalingon kaming lahat. Napakabilis ng mga pangyayari. Sa isang iglap ay nakita ko na tumalon ang bata sa may bukana ng dyip palabas habang paandar ang sasakyan. Kasabay niyon ay isang matining na ingit ng preno ng bus na kasunod namin. Sumalpok sa kanya ang nagmamadaling bus.

Nagkagulo. Nagbabaan ang mga pasahero ng dyip. Bumaba din ang drayber ng bus at ng dyip na sinasakyan namin. Ilang sandali pa’t nakakumpol na ang mga tao sa paligid ng kinabagsakan ng bata. Bumaba rin ako. Makiki-usyoso.

Pero hindi ko na nagawang makapasok sa malaking bilog ng mga miron na naroon. Maingay. Umuugong ang iba’t-ibang kuro-kuro tungkol sa trahedyang naganap. May nagtatanong kung may kasama ba ang bata, may nagpapatawag ng pulis, ng duktor, ng ambulansya, may nakikipag-argumento sa dalawang drayber na kapwa gulat sa nangyari. Nagtataka ako kung bakit walang bumubuhat sa bata para dalhin sa ospital.

Maya-maya, nakita ko ang drayber ng dyip na naglalakad pabalik sa sasakyan. Hindi ko mawari sa hitsura ng kanyang mukha kung siya ba ay galit, inis, gulat o takot sa nangyari. Nilapitan ko siya at tinanong kung bakit hindi pa dinadala sa ospital ang bata. Sumagot siya.

“Patay na iyon. Bakit pa dadalhin sa duktor? Sira-ulong bata. Sana sinabi na lang niya na wala siyang pambayad. ‘Yan ang napapala ng mahilig mag 1-2-3,” ang wika niya sabay talikod.

Nagulat ako. Natakot. Nanghilakbot. Siya pala ang tinutukoy ng mamang drayber. Hindi ang mamang mukhang posporo na katabi ko. “Nasaan na nga pala siya?”

Inilibot ko ang aking mga mata at nakita ko siya na kasama ang mga taong nakikimasid. Umiiling. Maaaring nanghihinayang siya sa buhay ng bata at sa sinapit nito. Binato niya ng matalim na tingin ang mamang drayber ng dyip. Marahil ay galit siya sa kanya. Kung malalaman lang niya ang iniisip ko sa kanya kanina sa dyip, ang aking bintang at paghusga, marahil magagalit din siya sa akin.

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Unti-unting nahawan ang mga tao nang maulinigan nila ang sirena ng pulis. Nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataong lumapit sa bata.

Nakita ko siya. Nakadapa. Ang mga braso’t binti ay pili-pilipit. Nakabakas pa sa kanyang matang dilat at nakabukang bibig ang pagkagulat. Ang kanyang buhok ay basang-basa ng malapot na dugo na unti-unting umaagos sa kalye kung saan siya nakahandusay. Animo’y nakatingin ang mga mata niya sa aming lahat, nagsusumamo sa kalangitan, nagtatanong, “Apat na piso lang ba ang halaga ng aking buhay?”

Lumayo ako. Hindi makayanan ng sikmura ko ang nakita, hindi malunok ng kunsensya ang napakababaw na dahilan ng kanyang kamatayan.

Parang nasusuka yata ako. Dinukot ko ang panyo sa aking bulsa ngunit wala iyon dito. Sa halip, ang laman ng aking bulsa ay apat na mamiso. Naisip ko, mas masaya pa ako kung ang laman ng aking bulsa ay ang panyo at ang mga barya sanang ito ang laman ng bulsa ng batang nakahandusay sa aking harapan.

Ilang araw na ang lumipas mula nang masaksihan ko ang trahedyang iyon subalit hanggang ngayon, patuloy pa rin akong minumulto ng mga pangyayari. At sa tuwing sasakay ako ng dyip, pinagmamasdan ko ang kanilang mga mukha habang iniisip ko kung kaninong apat na pisong buhay ang masasaksihan kong mawawaldas sa pagkakataong ito.

Apat na pisong buhay
Nathaniel T. Dela Cruz
DAWN, Vol. 53, No. 24. May 28, 2011

Buhay na Bato

The Zoetic Rock discovery changes the past, and paints a grim future
Nathaniel T. Dela Cruz

BUHAY NA BATO ILLO-DARLANSUE

August 2013, Manila — Results of a recent joint study conducted in various locations all around the world as well as here in the country including Montalban, Bicol and Palawan by some of the world’s leading experts in archaeology, genetics, geology, sociology and biology culminating the several years-long collaborative work are about to significantly alter the human being’s perception on various long-held scientific, religious and cultural beliefs.

Zoetic rocks, according to recent findings, existed millions of years ago and that this is the predecessor of the creature known as the human being.

“The rocks were once alive, and we came from them. It’s as simple as that, and it is overwhelming,” said Dr. Ashfarah Guz.

The zoetic rocks that existed are bipedal and quadrupedal creatures. Erect, these creatures are estimated to be between 20-45 feet tall. Researchers believe that today’s modern giants possess rare and unique traces of the zoetic rock’s DNA.

Dr. Guz, head of the research team behind this groundbreaking theory about human origins, admitted that there is a compelling body of evidence that substantiate the belief of the existence of zoetic rocks thousands of years ago.

“Rocks were once alive and moved like humans or animals. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

The genesis of this particular creature was among the topics discussed by Dr. Guz and her associates during the press conference.

“There were two types of zoetic rocks – the ones born from erupting volcanoes, and those born from the ocean floor. Concepts such as ‘Mother Earth’ and ‘Gaia’ comes to mind and is very apt: the subterranean portion of the earth was actually a womb,” Dr. Guz said.

The zoetic rocks were named Ignis (from fire) and Amari (from sea) giants.

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The birth of the new giants wasn’t just the starting point for the creation of the flesh humans, it would also signal the doom of the erstwhile ruling megafauna, including the dinosaurs and other large land and marine animals.

“The Cretaceous–Paleogene or K–Pg extinction event was a mass extinction of around three-quarters of plant and animal species on Earth. The K-Pg extinction was triggered by the effects resulting from a hail of comets or asteroids hitting Earth. Scientists who argue against the comet theory believe that the deaths of the dinosaur was caused by several factors like such as volcanic eruptions and sea level change, and they were actually in the vicinity of what really happened,” Dr. Guz explained.

“Yes, there were fireballs flying across the skies, but these were neither asteroids nor comets but a hail of flaming stones that the volcanoes spew when they ‘give birth’ to the Ignis giants. The sea level also rose drastically during the birth of the Amari giants. The comet theory was reinforced by several ideas like the boundary clay showing high levels of the metal iridium which is rare in the Earth’s crust but abundant in asteroids. The reason why there is hardly any iridium on Earth is because it was spewed out by Earth which became spent from this type of mineral which acts as a building block of the Zoetic rocks,” Dr. Guz explained.

Dr. Guz believes that these creatures – big, sturdy and strong – dominated the dinosaurs. They ate them and killed them, and the dinosaurs cannot fight back because they cannot penetrate the hard outer covering of the zoetic rocks.

But while these creatures were unquestionably hard on the outside, they appear weak on the inside.

There is an apparent weakness in the genetic composition and structure of the zoetic rocks, according to Dr. Guz. “The zoetic rocks, for their durable exterior, were somewhat short-lived. They did not have the inherent longevity that the human race possesses. Somehow, they are prone to deteriorating easily, and their conditions grew from bad to worse in a short period of time. They were becoming smaller in size and they were shedding their hard skin, perhaps to adapt to the environment. At some point, some zoetic rocks only have their limbs and extremities covered or made of rocks during the phase of transition from rocks to flesh human beings. These sentient, intelligent beings carve or craft these strong, sturdy rock parts of their body so that it is useful for hunting, for movement and for other daily tasks. It was used both as a tool and also as a weapon. In examining the remains and paintings on the walls discovered in a remote jungle in Cambodia, researchers noticed that many transitioning zoetic rocks fought in twos – those with stone arms use this as a primary weapon like a sword or even a lance while those whose backs are still made of stone kneel in front backs facing the enemy to act as shield.

After years of evolution, eventually, a fully formed flesh human being as we know today was produced, the first one emerging from the cracks of a boulder of rock that came from a volcano. Like a pod, the rock was split into two, and inside was the first flesh human being.”

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It was the suspected remains of this first ever human being – named Bernardo Carpio – that brought the research team in the Philippines. Several remnants believed to be that of Bernardo Carpio are being studied more closely.

The place of origin of the first zoetic rock is yet to be determined.

Biologist Dr. Andrew Yeehi believes that “it is possible that the constant contact of the zoetic rocks with flesh, from those they eat to those that nestled or even died and rot on them, created a chemical reaction that triggered the transformation.”

But even before the transformation, the original zoetic rocks were a complex group of creatures, and the results of the research and analysis stemming from this endeavor are providing answers to mysteries that have long baffled the human race. For example, many have wondered and guessed as to who put the cluster of stones in a circular pattern in the middle of a field and why, and the research team believes that these are unborn zoetic rocks – stillbirths still trapped in their hard stone shell.

Sociologist Dr. Ana Nyare believes that this new revelation in human history helps explain a lot about the attachment and affinity of human beings with rocks.

“All throughout our history and culture, human beings displayed a sense of connection with the inanimate rock,” says Dr. Nyare, adding that “as if all along, we human beings know deep inside us that zoetic rocks existed in the past even when we do not have a clear understanding as to how and why. We just know.

This could explain why humans present rocks as anthropomorphic beings or somewhat connected to life and living, as manifested through the comic book heroes like The Thing and Hellboy. This could explain why humans are drawn to amulets made of stone and why the human body responds to this kind of power.

“This also helps explain why human beings turn to dust, like pulverized stone,” Dr. Yeehi added.

Dr. Nyare also theorized that “the earliest practice of stone sculpture is a way for the first generation of flesh human beings to remember the era of the zoetic rocks. Regarded as forefathers and even as gods, it is not surprising that the sculptures were tributes to the zoetic rocks. This veneration also illustrates how flesh humans are at awe with the physical powers of the zoetic rocks. Supposing that my hypothesis is correct, these sculptures can probably give us an idea how the zoetic rocks look like, in different forms.”

In the midst of this overwhelming new revelation about the history and beginnings of the human race are voices of dissent, as well as those that of caveat and those that echo an impending doom.

Dr. Freymont Girnsch pointed out that the transformation of the zoetic rocks into flesh humans is an isolated case, a form of mutation that results from the exposure of the zoetic rocks to a certain atmospheric condition.

Dr. Girnsch also further hypothesized that the sculptures and stone structures are not erected by humans as a form of veneration to the zoetic rocks because it is highly likely that the zoetic rocks and the flesh humans reach a point of struggle for power as to who is the more dominant specie. The flesh humans emerged victorious because, for some unexplained reason, they were impervious to a new prevailing weather conditions which harshly affected the zoetic rocks.

According to Dr. Girnsch, the big stone statues could be the actual zoetic rocks. The same changing atmospheric conditions that transformed some of the zoetic rocks into flesh humans over time was the one responsible for ‘freezing’ the zoetic rocks, allowing the flesh humans to thrive and become the dominant specie.

But the most shocking aspect of these discoveries is not on what they uncovered about the past, but what some professionals like Dr. Girnsch believe is going to happen in the future.

“I believe that this frozen state is temporary. Something will ‘defrost’ these creatures and soon they will be back to life again. Can you imagine if all of the gigantic stone sculptures we know today – from the Moai in Easter Island, the Sphinx and the Colossus of Memnon in Egypt to the countless sculptures found inside Pre-Columbian locations in America, from the stone sculptures in Asia including the Caves at Ellora in India and the strange mythological creatures found in Cambodia’s jungles including creatures like the Garuda, the seven headed Naga serpents and the Hanuman – suddenly wakes from its long slumber to once again roam the world? The implications are just too overwhelming to ponder,” Dr. Girnsch added.

While Dr. Girnsch postulated an alarming scenario in the future in lieu with these discoveries, the rest of the world is still struggling to grasp this new reality is and is yet to even fully accept and digest the most basic premise of the discovery. Many are asking: is this really possible?

Dr. Guz explained that her typical response to this query usually comes in three words: Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva.

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva or FOP is an extremely rare disease of the connective tissue. A mutation of the body’s repair mechanism causes fibrous tissue like muscle, tendon, and ligament – all of which found inside the body – to be ossified when damaged.

In short, the flesh hardens, producing a new set of exoskeletal bones.

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In the medical world, this is also otherwise known as the Stone Man Syndrome.

“I am not saying FOP is a direct proof that validates the proposed ancestral ties of the humans to the zoetic rock. All I am saying is that this shows that the physical body has and can transform into something else, which is why it is not impossible for rocks to transform as flesh. This shows that it is not impossible that flesh humans might morph again and return to its previous state – as zoetic rocks,” explained Dr. Guz.

From rocks you came, and to rocks you shall return.

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“It is possible that the frozen zoetic rocks will defrost in time for the transformation of the humans back to their original form as zoetic rocks, and when this happens, this will be the first true Stone Age. Are we all going to transform or is this all based on some physiological make up like the occurrence of FOP? One thing’s for sure, the re-emergence of the zoetic rocks would be seen as a hostile threat by humanity, even when they are our ancestors and we its descendants, and this could once again polarize the world, prompting an all-out war of the species,” said Dr. Girnsch.

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