Ang Dyip ni Mang Tomas
By Genaro Gojo Cruz
Artworks by Anthony Palomo

My father’s aging jeepney was the first jeepney to ply the streets of Barangay Pastol. It is said that no one who is from Pastol would fail to recognize or ride Tatay’s jeepney.

Children from our place who were baptized and sweethearts who had met and married would have been driven to church in Tatay’s jeepney. School- children from Barangay Pastol would have been brought to school in Tatay’s jeepney.

Ang lumang dyip ni Tatay ang kauna-unahang dyip sa Barangay Pastol. Sinasabing walang taga-Pastol ang ‘di nakakikilala at ‘di pa nakasasakay sa dyip ni Tatay.

Walang bata sa aming lugar ang bininyagan at magkasintahang nagkatuluyan at ikinasal na ‘di inihatid ng dyip ni Tatay sa simbahan. Walang nagtapos ng pag-aaral sa Barangay Pastol ang ‘di inihatid ng dyip ni Tatay sa paaralan.


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