In Bigger Prints

Table of Contents


Section I

1 The Egg

2 Hatsing! (Bless Me)

3 Arthropodic Wisdom

4 Dear Decision Maker

5 Letters To The World

6   A Pain In My Head

7 Something Happened On My Way To School
8   A Discourse on The Grand Laws of the Universe

9 Black or White

10 Bayanihan in Jeddah

11 Chair of The Interim Board

12 Breakaway Telephonic Existence

13 The 'R' in Mrs. Regis

14 One City, One School

15 Eggs Breaking

16 PESJ History

17 The Chicken Fence

18 Believing The Man

19   My Own Version of The Jolo-Caust

20 My Sister's Version

21 The Rifle Guitar

22   Cat Stevens Unplugged

23  Landing on D-Day

24 The Great O-O-Os of the Late 20th Century

25 He Kept On Stumbling Over Chickens And Eggs

26   The Renaissance of Tilapia Farming And The Likes

27   The Saga Continues

28   The Pigeons In Our Lives

29 The Essence of Education

30   A School Is A Home

31  Gentle Fire From The Qur'an

32  At The Threshold

33  A Brief Discourse On Dancing

34  Being First

35   At The Edge of Light-Blue Metallic

36   Grappling With The Colossus


Section II
In Bigger Prints

The Power To Be
Excerpts from B & B Vol. 1 # 1

Of Crabs & Men
Excerpts from B & B Vol. 2 # 2

Excerpts from B & B Vol. 2 # 2

An Inability To Understand
Excerpts from A Speech by Prince Charles,
B & B Vol. Vol. 3 # 1

'Educating Miriam'
Excerpts from A Case Study of A Philippine School,
B & B Vol 3 # 2


Section III

A millennial short story


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10   Bayanihan in Jeddah

After that fateful long night at the negotiation table in September 1995, I never saw the consul general again except on several occasions when the Riyadh-based Philippine ambassador traveled to Jeddah to organize meetings among school officials and antagonists to try to thresh out acrimonious problems.

When I reached home to relate the details of that night’s meeting to my fellow boycotters who were anxiously jam-packed at the living room, there ensued a heated exchange of opinions, agreements and disagreements. Some left the room, some cried, some slept at the corners of their sofa seats. Before the night ended in the wee hours of dawn, our group of parents reached a decision to organize another school, with the blessings - we hoped and crossed our fingers behind our backs - of the Philippine ambassador.

We sent a delegation to the Riyadh embassy within the week after gathering enough signatures from parents about their willingness to enroll their children in a new Filipino school. We also collected several hundred riyals for the plane tickets of our delegation. All in all, about a hundred signatures were presented to Riyadh. After hearing our case, the Riyadh officials told us to wait a few more days while they consulted with the Jeddah officials.

After a seemingly endless wait of three days, we secured the go-signal to organize the school, phoned in to us by the Filipino attaché for education cum foreign information officer of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

Up until then, we did not have any cash for the proposed school, but once the word was out, we were able to quickly collect the initial funding from our core group. The fund was used to rent an empty three-story building with a front yard that was wider than that of the old PSJ. What ensued was a frenetic week of bayanihan in Jeddah.

By October 6, 1995, the breakaway school was up and running, initially with 67 students and some 8 teachers. The exact number of students kept on changing day to day from that time on, some coming in, some going out, depending on the ebb and tide of rumors about Philippine schools circulating in town, but steadily, steadily increasing over time.

The old PSJ certainly did not take this sitting down. It was a revolutionary period, and both sides knew they were waging a war. It was one brief moment when I evolved into a revolutionary.

Contentious issues were vented out in the Letters to the Editor pages of the English dailies in Jeddah; Arab News and Saudi Gazette reporters were courted by both sides for carefully issued press releases; house-to-house information campaigns were conducted; spies were sent to attend general assemblies and to report back on the plans and pulses of the opposition.

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