Yng Quecaming Sapni
Nang: Louie Aldrin Lacson Bartolo

Metu caming simpling miyasaua
Atin caming aduang anac a lalaqui
Atin nalang sariling familia
Ampo mangasanting a anac

Yca pangane, dadalan me yng laguiu tamu
Ycaming pengari mu pagmaragulan da ca
Mipmu ca qng cabiasnan ampo sicanan
Biasa ca sana manupaya ampo mamiye

Yca bunsu, pagmaragul da ca rin
Mipmu ca qng casipagan ampo capanatindian
Tune cang ayasahan nucarin man bage 
Biasa ca sana maquiramdam quecaming mangatua

Ycong aduang mangalagung manuiang cu 
Masuelu cayung sinalagpi quecaming sapni
Tinggap da ca yu, balamung tune ming anac
Yturu yu sana careng anac yu yng cayapan

Ycaung apu mi, tune cayung mamiye tula ampo sicanan
Ala caming pinili nung ninu quecayu yng luguran mi
E cami maglele uling pante mu yng lugud mi quecayu
Luguran yu la sana reng quecayung pengari

Nung miras yng oras ning pamaglaco mi quening yatu
Micacalugud cayu, ampo mipapanitindi cayu
Uling, miras yng aldo na malasac ya yng yatu
Muli cayu murin qng quecayung sapni

Photo Credit:

Tree Roots Tattoo


Image of Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buenviaje,
patroness of barrio La Paz

La Paz is one of the agricultural barrios of Magalang. It is also one of the peaceful barrios in this town.  The beginnings of La Paz traced to the first settlement of barrio since Spanish period. According to some accounts, La Paz was a former part of nearby barrio Sto. Rosario. This area in that time is  called Lino; means clear. That term is got from the clear water which flows into Quitangil river. During that time, the whole place was devoted to the cultivation of sugarcane and rice. The prominent landowners of this place are mostly came from the town of Angeles. The spouses, Don Natalio Bondoc y Canlas; a former cabeza de barangay from Angeles chose to clear and settle in this place; together with his wife, Doña Agueda Paras. Another couple from Angeles, Don Fernando Tayag y Nunag, a native of Minalin and also served as cabeza de barangay in Angeles together with his wife, Doña Elena Paras y Castro settled in this place too. Another couple from Mabalacat, Don Santiago Muñoz and his wife, Doña Cornelia Gomez also settled in this place. Doña Agueda Paras introduced the devotion to Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buenviaje, popularly known as Virgen de Antipolo to her tenants; where they conducting nightly prayers. Doña Agueda also distributed rice and other stuff to her tenants. Few years later, the Tayag and Bondoc couples mortgaged their lands to Don Isidoro Santos of San Fernando; while the Munoz couple sell some of their land to Don Isidoro also. The Bondoc couple recovered their land, but due to failure of their sons to manage the land, they sold it to Don Tomas Dizon, a known landowner in nearby barrio San Isidro. The Tayag couple went back to Angeles when their land was taken over by Don Isidoro Santos. Interestingly, a son of Don Tomas Dizon, Arsenio married Bartola Santos, a daughter of Don Isidoro Santos. Thus their children are become the large landowners of La Paz until present. Barrio La Paz had five sitios and the origins of their name are  mentioned below:

Calamunding- derived from the word, calamunding, a citrus plant used in different native dishes. The scientific name of the plant is Fortunella japonica.

Cangatba or Lipat Sapa- means, across the riverbank; crossing Quitangil river.

Dilain- derived from word Lain means, a stems or leaves of taro, popularly known as gandus. 

Mabiabas- derived from the word, biabas, popularly known as Guava. This plant is very popular due to various traditional medical uses.

Mauli- means, southern part; opposite to pangulo, known as northern part.

Photo Credits:

Virgen de la Paz by the author.


Bartolo, Louie Aldrin L. and Dizon, Lino L., The Magalang Book: The Historical Life and Culture of a Kapampangan Town (1605-2015), Manila (2016), National Commission for Culture and the Arts, pages 95, 125, 126, 127, 129.