RSS Marketing, Dec’18

RSS Marketing, the oldest appliance store that the author can remember, around mid-80s.

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Sorsogon’s Apostles

Just watching the apostles (that if I could see them at all) being covered and dark, is just saddening. I don’t claim to be religious, but I do know respect. And comparing the two pictures below is just appalling how the drive to generate funds for the church went awry. And I thought it was bad back 2010.

When the commercial building was built on the old parking lot of the cathedral, I overheard the oldies said about the blasphemous actions of the diocesan. And you have to remember, this was in the late 80s. And the going story then was the diocesan lacked the funds. But really, after turning Licup Hall into SM Savemore, can’t the church afford some lightings for this part of the church?

Admittedly, it’s dark when this picture is taken. However, the lack of respect on the church is just quite obvious.


The apostles, surrounded by commercial buildings. Circa Dec’10.

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That Leaves One Shell Tennis Court?

The truth is I haven’t played tennis since 15 years ago. But what struck me with these pictures is the historical significance of tennis court inside the kwartel, now known as Camp Salvador Escudero Sr. From my previous article, I grew up with 3 clay courts – Gobyerno, GSIS and the said camp. And I could only assume that all of these courts were built by the Americans during the occupation because they were located inside historical premises.

PNP’s provincial office is under construction which includes removing the old tennis court. Circa Mar’18.

It also brings back old memories – I played there a few times when I was in high school, including with my future wife. A close friend who represented Sorsogon National High School in tennis on several sports fests played with me (I always lost each game). You don’t need to pay to play, just bring your own tennis balls (that I would normally lose when it would go over the fence), your own racquet and provided nobody plays. The camp sentries would simply let you in. And I remember playing in the afternoon sun because that was the best time to play – you have the court for yourself. And of course, who could forget the tennis balls flying outside the fence and have to run after it lest somebody picks it up.

I am not sure if the couple of courts in Seminaryo are of the same type (shell).

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Camp Salvador Escudero Sr.

The camp is one of the oldest establishment in the city, and is located along Magsaysay Street. It’s named after the late Gurang, Salvador Escudero Sr. – one of the Sorsogon Governor and local guerilla leader. It was a former Spanish fort, thus, was once called kuartel (I am still looking for the article where I read this). It was a former Japanese camp, and according to my paternal grandmother, Sorsogonanons would bow down to the Japanese sentries back in the war. And I grew up knowing it was the PC-INP camp, until it became PNP camp on 1991 when the former was dissolved and replaced by the latter.

I could still remember in the early 80s when the NPA was its strongest. Encounters were common in the southern part of the province (Brgy. Payawin of Gubat always comes to my mind, but you also have encounters in Magallanes, Irosin and Bulusan). The PC put up a machine gun nest on the left side of the camp’s gate, covered with netting; I could still remember vividly, the machine gun was a 0.30 cal type with perforated barrel. It stayed there for several years, and in some cases, it seemed unguarded with the gun waiting for its target. And when there’s an encounter, it would always be busy; in some cases, V-150 would be exiting the camp towards the rebel infested area. And in a few instances, UH-1H of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) would be landing at the middle of the camp.

The fence of Camp Escudero or Kwartel to the oldies is a mural for students. Circa Mar’18.

I also played tennis inside the camp, just behind the fence on the left side of the camp, near Magsaysay Street. Sadly, it’s all gone.

The PNP provincial building is completed, while the tennis court is also gone. Circa Dec’18.

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Bagong Taon Sadto

Habang nasa City Mall, nahalata namun san asawa ko na gin pipilahan an Red Ribbon. This is a strange site for us. We don’t remember having cakes during New Year’s eve; at most we will have chiffon cake, but even this was most common during Christmas Eve than New Year’s.

Back then, most could prepare food at home, or they had time to prepare or simply such choices were not readily available sa banwa. O basi man nag iba naman an diet san mga tawo.

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De Vera Street circa Dec’18

De Vera Street, East bound (Brgy. Polvorista). The building under construction on the left is the former Velasco and Jane’s Restaurant.

De Vera Street, West bound (Brgy. Talisay). The Jollibee on the right is the second branch in the city, which is also the former Robertson’s Department Store. While the Savemore on the left is a former Gas Station, Caltex or Person.

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Mauranun sa Sorsogon City – Bagyong Usman

Signal no. 1 kahapon didi sa atun. Niyan dili na, pero mauranun na bagan Signal No. 2. Pero kadamo man tawo sa banwa, bagan dili mauranun! Kun sadto ini, wara na tawo sa banwa.

An McDonald’s punuonon masi may bagyo, baga man lang Manila.

Amo ini an pakadto sa Brgy. Sirangan, along Magsaysay Street. Halapad na an dalan kay wara na an nagtitinda sa gilid.

An Graceland sa Brgy. Sirangan, puno man sin tawo. Mahinlason an salog kay basa pirmi.

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