View from SNHS Main Building Apr’19

Balogo side. The gate on the foreground, I remember is rarely opened for students, let alone vehicles.

 

The building on the background is a new one. That’s the place of the old canteen ran by late Mrs. Samar. The foreground was a Sepak Takraw court and there was a stage on the corner.

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The Former Maya 3, circa Dec’18

This building that is being torn down is the former Maya 3. The newest among the former moviehouses in Sorsogon back in the days.

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Likod san SNHS Main Building Apr’19

Amo na ini niyan an likod san main building, pagkatpos matupok san sunog. Dili ko na madumduman an pangaran san classrooms sadto sa likod. Nan sadto, hababa an lugar sa likod san main building

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Bulletin Store nan Ako

Nagbatug ako magbasa sin diario san siguro matapos na ako sa Grade 4 o batug san Grade 5. Nagbatug lang ako sa komiks, tapos pag abut san Grade 6, an pinsan ko sa Manila, mahilig sa basketball, kaya nagbatug ako magbasa man sa Sports pages.

Dati, Manila Bulletin ginbabasa ko kay mas damo an komiks kaysa sa ibang diyaryo. Nan amo man an diyaryo na nasa balay san pinsan ko. Pero san nagbabasa na ako san ibang parte san diyaryo, lalo na an mga balita, magayun man palan Philippine Daily Inquirer. San Grade 6 ako, gin bayadan na san ina ko an Bulletin Store para sa uruadlaw na diario. Nan nag aabut sadtu an diario pagkahapon, kay pano via Philippine Airlines na an unang biyahe sa Manila udtu naKaya mababasa mo an barita sa Pilipinas pagkahapon na. Sinda lang sadto an nagpapabakal sin diario sa banwa.

Philippine Star’s banner is still on display at Bulletin Store. This is where the author would spend time reading Pocket Komiks.

An nadudumduman ko sa Bulletin Store, nasa dating lugar ina san Robertson’s, kanto san De Vera nan Rizal Street. Pero aram ko, dili ina an nauna nindang lugar, pero dili ko na madumduman kun diin. Didi ako sadto ginbabakalan san ina ko sin Funny Komiks, an paborito ko si Niknok nan Planet Opdi Eyps. San nasa sekundarya na ako, naglipat sinda sa plasa. Amo na niyan an lugar ninda. 

Pagkakahapon, makikita mo an mga tawo (an iba estudyante) nababasa sin tabloid o komiks (wara pa sadto sin telebisyon, pero puewde ka na magrenta kara Gamil or F. E. Lee). Nadudumduman ko pa sadto nagbabakal sin pocket komiks (it’s called such because it can fit your pocket, it’s approx. 5″ x 4″ in size), an titulo san komiks, Action. Sa komiks ako nakaaram magbasa nan mag gamit san Tagalog.

Gustuhunon ko sadto an column ni Mon Tulfo, On TargetAn pamati ko sadto, siya an saro sa mga nagmamakulog na magmayad an bansa niyato. Did nagbatug an pagbilib ko sa Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The current location of Bulletin Store is at Plasa. Back in the days, you would see people sitting just outside the store and reading local comic books or tabloids.

Maswerte niyan an mga kabatitan kay may internet na. Sadto, kun wara ka kwarta ka, mahanap ka sin lugar or tindahan na may mga libro o komiks o diario para makabasa. Kaya an batit ko na sanay mag-Google lang, gintutukduhan ko sin manu-mano na pag research.

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Sunog sa Sorsogon

Nag iisturyahan kami san ama ko nan tiyuon ko san buhay ninda sa Sorsogon. Nakaistar sinda sa banwa mismo. An ama ko, nakaistar sa Brgy. Sulucan.

Isyurya ninda, around early ’60s, nagkasunog sa banwa. Nagbatug kuno sa kanto san Maysaysay nan Rizal St. (McDonald’s na niyan). Grabe kuno an sunog na ginruluwas kuno san ama ko nan lolo ko an gamit ninda kay ma evacuate.

Halost matupok kuno an banwa.

May nakadumdum pa sadi sa indo?

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Sorsogon Capitol’s Children’s Playground circa Nov’10

The view of the playground from the street. The tower is not an original structure of the playground, but the 2 slides are. And these slides are safer than the slides in patio, in front of the cathedral.

The bars in which kids would swing like monkeys. I guess, this is the only part of the playground that don’t need replacement.

The swing and the seasaw that seemed can’t be fixed. But back in my childhood days, you could actually play with it. But started to deteriorate around late 80s and the 90s.

The fence dividing the children’s playground and the shell tennis court.

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They Have Something in Common – Licup Hall, Petron and Robertson’s

On the corner of De Vera and Rizal Streets, BDO, SM Savemore and Jollibee stand. But before BDO and SM Savemore, it was part of Licup Hall of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Licup Hall is now part of the rear section of SM Savemore, and was connected to the priests’ quarters. The said hall was a function hall and could still remember attending a religion-related activity.

Meanwhile, the front of BDO and SM Savemore was once a gas station, Petron – one of the 3 or 4 gas stations back in the 80s. Also, it’s where the zero kilometer marker was located. Apparently, the marker was moved to Brgy. Balogo.

BDO, SM Savemore and the 2nd Jollibee branch are not the original residents of the area. These places are former gas station, department store and part of the cathedral.

And the 2nd branch of Jollibee, it was Robertson’s Department Store. The said department store came from Naga City, and I suspect was named after the department store owned by the Gokongweis. This Jollibee branch is the only one with the drive-thru service, unlike the first branch at LKY building.

Robertson’s Department Store a year before it closed and eventually became Jollibee, circa Nov’2010

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