BUGS & BYTES,
In Bigger Prints

Table of Contents

 

Section I
PROLOGUE, EPILOGUE, IKLOG (O MANOK?)

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
BUGS & BYTES
In Bigger Prints

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

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

PathWalks
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
BABEL RISING

A millennial short story

 

A Glossary of Pilipino
(& Near-Pilipino) Terms
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Prologue, Epilogue, Iklog (O Manok?)
Copyright 1999 by Said Sadain, Jr.

18   Believing The Man

I honestly think that Ambassador Romulo Espaldon is a good man.

I saw his complete curriculum vitae at one point because I remember once introducing him to a school audience as our guest speaker and I had to labor on properly presenting his credentials.

I could not presently find a copy of his CV. But I recall that he used to serve as a commodore, and then a rear admiral, in the Philippine Navy during the heights of the Mindanao secessionist wars in the 1970s. In the early 1980s, he headed the Office of Muslim Affairs for some years, and became the boss of my elder brother Mehol briefly until Mehol hopped into another job, then another, then another, along the way publishing in a literary folio his Brother Hunt novella about the 1974 battlegrounds of Jolo.

The first time I ever met Ambassador Espaldon was in early 1994, at an induction ceremony of ethnic Tausug community leaders in Jeddah where he was the inducting officer, shortly after he arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the start of his mission.

His inspirational speech after the induction struck me as very warm but very defensive.

He expressed his great pride to be part of the Tausug community, which was true since he grew up mostly in the southern islands of Sulu although his family came from the north of the Philippines.

Then, he expressed his staunch denial of having ordered the bombardment of the town of Jolo from his naval boats in 1974, which, today, after having worked with the man for the good part of a school year, I believe must also be true.


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