Monday, January 22, 2007

Deeply honored

I was browsing through the google search engine when i encountered my name in another blog. Here is what i encountered (i have copied and pasted it here so you'll see what i read verbatim):

Fender Santos rendered eloquently a Tagalog poem written by Rodel Banares entitled Manong Max. Bobby Reyes recited a poem written by Max in 1947. Lawyers, Linda Sarno and Edmund Anciano read touching messages from fans of Max's By the ...International Trade & Market -

I was deeply touched that my poem "Manong Max" was among those read at a tribute for the late great publisher Maximo Soliven by FilAms in Los Angeles. I am humbled and yet at the same time proud that a poem as simple as "Manong Max" was among those picked to be read at the solemn ceremony in LA. Too bad that when i tried the URL link, i encountered a page error. I hope i can read the blog in full.

Here is the short poem i wrote fas tribute Max Soliven:

Manong Max
By Rodel C. Banares

Armas Mong Hawak Ay Pluma
Katotohanan ang iyong tinta
Na isinulat sa pahina ng Kasaysayan
At nakauikit sa aming kamalayan.

Sa iyong pagkawala
Hindi matutuyo ang pluma!
Ipagpapatuloy ng bawat Pilipino
Ang sinimulan mong kabanata.

Katotohanan ang pinuhunan
Katotohanan siyang patuloy na ipaglalaban
Sapagkat ang aral ng iyong paglisan
Ang katotohanan ang siyang nakapagpapalaya!