Tuesday, July 26, 2016




Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



Truly memorable it is to drink tuba every day

Portent of prosperity and luck for enthused souls

Came Summer ‘93 on a ten-day tour of Leyte land

Upon invite of a pal among powerlifter athletes


Motoring from Manila through Bicol land to Sorsogon

Then crossed the channel to Matnog in Samar land

Drove across Samar a sight for a first time

Till we reached the San Juanico bridge of fame


Onwards did we drive via bus to Leyte land

Then picked up by jeep to Palo there to stay

Chats with folks spiced with tuba drinks

Tours of rivers, climb of Hungduan mount

Swim & fish by the seashores for couples of days

Paying respect to McArthur Park nearby

Visiting UP Leyte too that was beside the sea

Too many snap shots bared the warm island

The hospitality blessed by tons of tuba


Stuck up almost forever as storm arrived

On our last leg of days we had to decide

Fly we would in going back to grand Manila

Satisfied and fulfilled of the memories of tuba


[Philippines, 29 March 2011]




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Saturday, July 16, 2016




Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



For a year Batanes was second home to me

In the early 80s upon the ascent of my first job

Building communities and spurring livelihoods

Packaging northern Cagayan & Batanes into one

Of Human Settlements ministry fame twas


So on one of my stays in idyllic Batanes

In a popular inn in Basco near my diva Love

Made usual rounds of Basco and Mahatao

Of Uyugan and Ivana round the highway built

So picturesque and grand is view of sea and hills

Of cows and carabaos going by their chores

Lush vegetation and farms spruced to charm


Till one day I decided to leave Batan for awhile

Waiting for a boat to cross the channel to Sabtang

Treacherous a channel ‘tis the world’s most dangerous

Quaffed half a small gin bottle to booze my fears down

As rivers seem to cross by the seas in both directions

And then upon arrival of the boat my knees still jerked

Motoring fast yet tricky a route we climbed waves

Upon waves as tall as seven feet each twas hard to see

The destination of this unholy sojourn till we arrived

I almost kissed this soil in Sabtang town

Privileged a young man I felt so great to be there


Hail Sabtang! Be thou challenge to the enthused souls

To marvel in thy land cross tough channel without repose

Hail Sabtang! Scion land of Mother Mu!


[Philippines, 24 March 2011]




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Wednesday, July 6, 2016




Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



Scheduled to fly to California in due time

I decided to do holiday in Sagada before that

On a day in Summer 2000 passed by Ifugao first

To stay the night in picturesque Banawe

A return visit it was in this town d’gourmet

Till the following day I motored to Sagada


There to be greeted by Bulol the Silent Watcher

Spent couples of days to relaxingly walk

Visited the underground caves where ancestors lay

Awed at the marks of sea levels in cavernous walls

Visited bars and on a night sang along with acoustics


Bearing along with me theosophy books to read

And meditating too for so many an hour schedules

Cleansing myself with drinks of local herbal tea

And communicating with the Hierarchs for counsel

Whether shall I leave Filipinas for overseas calls


Snap shots and memories filling my memory bank

I left thereafter and passed by Banawe again for a night

To take stock of the future days awaiting me

And thank Bulol the Silent Watcher for the holy stay


[Philippines, 17 March 2011]




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