20 June 2007

'Pagbongsod'

THE RATHER bland charter day rites at the Plaza Quezon (which, according to DWNX this morning, is on its way to being renamed Plaza Arejola after the Sanggunian yesterday adopted outgoing Councilor Julian Lavadia's proposal for the name change) was redeemed by the colorful, star studded book launch of "Sabi ni Levy" that followed at the Raul S. Roco Library by around midday.

The book is a collection of Liberato "Levy" Aureus's column pieces which have been appearing in Bicol Mail since it resumed publication in June 18, 2003, coincidentally Naga City's new birthdate.

And who is Tio Levy? According to the Mail website:

Levy S. Aureus, the Editorial Consultant, is an old Bicol Mail hand, government bureaucrat, 10-year electric coop director and one-time president, humorist and expert in both English and Bicol languages.
For the Aureus clan and the city as a whole, the occasion is significant in many ways:
  • Naga's first postwar city mayor is the famed guerilla leader Leon Sa. Aureus, who also founded Bicol Mail in 1953. (In 1960, the Mail was awarded as “the best edited provincial newspaper of the Philippines” before its closure during Martial Law.)
  • Levy is the late mayor's nephew, whom he took under his wings when he left native Mercedes, Camarines Norte for Naga City.
  • It was printed by Goldprint Publishing, which is owned and managed by Nilo Aureus, Levy's cousin; incidentally, the printing press is the same publishing outfit behind Kristian Cordero's Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book award-winning Mga Tulang Tulala.
With Benny Decena masterfully emceeing the program, the many speeches and addresses -- from Mayor Robredo and Joe Obias; DWNX station manager Al Ubaña and Vice Mayor Bordado (who reviewed the book); former provincial board member Ernie Verdadero (who shared snippets of Levy's colorful life and times); to Nathan Sergio and Lito del Rosario (who read some choice cuts from the book); and finally, Tio Levy's own thoughts about the book -- became one memorable program of endless ribbings, surugotan, taralayopan and rollicking laughter.

A sample cut:
Kadto an pagmisa kan padi talikod sa tawo asin eyes-to-eyes na nakaatubang sa Diyos. Ngunyan atubang na sa tawo asin talikod na sa Diyos tanganing mahiling kun siisay an dai nagtatao nin limos!
It was Bicol wit at its finest, which is what "Sabi ni Levy" sought to capture in its pages.

4 comments:

MLQ3 said...

just curious, didn't the original naming of the plaza have something to do with the completion of the railroad to bicol? there was even a medal struck and i believe there's still a marker at PNR Markers Park. there was a big prewar market but maybe it was destroyed during the war.

Willy B. Prilles, Jr. said...

Two items are in order, after talking to Vice Mayor Bordado and Gil de la Torre of the Sanggunian secretariat:

1. What the Sanggunian did is to favorably endorse, by resolution, the name change to the National Historical Institute, precisely because the late President Quezon is involved. So it is not yet a done deal.

2. Meanwhile, public opinion for or against the name change is most welcome, and will be solicited. The city website will be among the channels through which the public sentiment will be gauged.

aponilevy said...

hi! thank you for writing about my papa's book... "sabi ni levy" is a lifelong dream of my papa and the rest of our family. reading your write up about papa makes me cry. i just miss him so much.. had to bring some books with me when i left naga. haven't seen him in over 4 mos now..sorry for the drama... i just miss papa and nga city!!!! the best city in the world!!!!!

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