Monday, April 9, 2007

The Sagunto Star

Once upon a time, over twenty years ago before the internet and blogs, there was The Sagunto Star which blazed briefly like a comet but left a lasting impression. The Sagunto Star was the first newsletter of Sagunto. It was created by its editor, Mr. Bernardo G. Castillo "as an instrument for peace, harmony, cooperation and progress."

A couple of issues were unearthed from the 'baul' of Mrs. Virginia Simpson along with a letter from which the following quote was pulled:

"Our Sagunto is a breathing, living community. Frustrating at times, impossibly naive, blustering, and amusingly pretentious, it bewilders the outsider or the visitor who is unlucky enough to set foot on it. Say anything you want against this bedlam of a barangay but never it is dull. Everything and everybody is here - the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, the sinner, the saint, the wise, the foolish, the humble, the proud, the educated, the moron, the know-all and the know-nothing. name it and Sagunto has it. Our Sagunto is the most exciting, the most impossible place to live in.

It is this bittersweet taste of life in our thrilling barrio that we hope to portray, to capture and explore and delineate in the pages of "The Star". We want our barrio folks to feel proud and loyal to our community, and the outsider friends to know that Sagunto is, for us her sons and daughters, the one and only of its kind, worthy of nothing less than our love and lasting affection."

Nothing has changed much. Our dear Sagunto is still the same in spirit if not in body and still as "worthy of nothing less than our love and lasting affection."

I share with you page 2 of the April-May, 1984 issue, editorial page (click on image for a larger, more readable view):


Babot said...

That's so cool. Everything that was writen then still applies today. I hope that the spirit of community and activism still exist among the people of Sagunto.

emilydotjp said...

Amen! In our veins is the living struggle and spirit to champion the causes of our forebears and thriving people. How admirable the leader who put all these dreams and thoughts into writing to still enlighten and guide us today... and forever.

Anonymous said...

oh I don't know that there was a sagunto star in the early 80's am sure am in the seminary that time that's an awesome collection that auntie jean is preserving. who is Bernardo Castillo guys? hope the council can revive that too and just email us about it. well am trying to catch up what happened for the last 5 days I missed my PC while am away enjoying the company Agat folks hosted by formerly Miss Jovita "baby" Millares in Toronto nice break huh!

Babot said...

Hahaha! Eva, talaga nga nag-enjoy ka idi holy week, anya? Ok, I'll give a week to catch-up on your email and reading. Ditoy tay la nga mang-revive ti Sagunto Star ta no ur-urayen tayo dagiti council a ket malaiis ti isda (is that how you say it?). Hay, Emily, sorry if my Tag-Il-ish is so kaput-kaput. Ag lalaok ti tagalog ilokano ken english. Oh well, maawatan yo met ti kayat ko nga isao koma, sana, huh?

Let's just keep on doing what we're doing here until we get more of our ka-barrio to join. Am glad the young ones like, Xander, Adolf, etc. are starting to find this place. Hopefully when we get enough voices to join us here then we can help our ka-ilian to improve and do more for those that are left behind. We have to let the people back home know that we are thinking of them and their well being. Even though we are not physically there in Sagunto, we still care about what happens to our land and our people, right? The motivation by Uncle Narding to start the Sagunto Star and his vision as the "Exponent of Sagunto Progress" should and will be adopted here in our blog. And I do have faith in the loyalty of some of those left behind at home base and that some WILL do the right thing even if some have already strayed to the dark side. It's an unfortunate part of life that our loving God will not over-look and will surely judge accordingly.

Good to have you back, my dear, we've missed you under our shady tree.

Anonymous said...

amen ket amen!!!
yap as I told you am happy for the response of kabarrio an who are getting in touch thru this site for sure it takes time just encourage them...there is time for everything.

Anonymous said...

Adu pay ti saan ko nga napasyar ditoy abung tayo. Ket agpayso ta imbagam mng. Eva, it's just the time. No umayak agpasyar ditoy pasaray agbasaak or mapanak laeng makidamag diay bangir.
Saan ko nga ammo or sigurado no sinno ni uncle Bernardo Castillo. absat sa ni auntie Emma and auntie Diana Castillo nga anak daydi lolo Victor. Ta malagip ko ubingak pay ket sigro addaak ti elementary ket um umay makiusar ti makinilya diay balak. Ket mabasbasak ti isur surat na nga kasla news letter aobut what's going re;Sagunto. Nag-click kanyak daytoy di basbasaek daytoy nga page. Malagip ko uncle Bernardo got a curly hair. Sanan to ipaprint diay Mission diay NLA.

Take care