Comedy Relief: “de buena demencia,” 1990s

The several crazy trips Jo Panlilio and I & Co. took in the 1990s to distant Vigan, Ilocos Sur, have left us with a fantastic store of both historic and hilarious memories.  They were made with all sorts of influential characters, from the staid to the saucy, from the sublime to the silly…

If I remember right, that particular time, Jo Panlilio and I were in Vigan as an advance party for an important group of the Katutubong Filipino Foundation headed by Patis Tesoro on behalf of the First Lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos.  I don’t remember exactly why, but that memorably warm morning we were joined by writer Glenna Aquino, A Muse of Manila intellectuals and wits, and by Martin “Sonny” Imperial Tinio Jr., Filipiniana scholar nonpareil and grand seigneur, in the van going to, as usual, another old and crumbling Vigan ancestral house…

Dear ol’ Sonny had to start with his usual investigation of one’s aristocratic lineage, or otherwise the lack of it.  As he was already familiar with Jo Panlilio’s and my Old Pampanga roots, he inquired with Glenna Aquino about hers…

“Hindi ba ang inyong mga Aquino taga…?”  he asked Glenna.

“La Union.” Glenna replied curtly.

“Ay, maraming kuwento tungkol sa mga Aquino…”  started Sonny.

“Talaga.  Sari-sari…”  Glenna said, obviously disinterested in the topic at hand.

And the desultory exchange quickly accelerated to rapid repartee…

“Ay nakuuu, alam mo naman ang mga “de buena familia,” may mga TILILING…”  recounted Sonny Tinio dryly.

“Hindi lang tililing, KALEMBANG…”  rejoined Jo Panlilio, adding fuel to the fire.

“Hindi lang kalembang… KALABOG!!!”  Glenna Aquino snapped.

Harharhar!!!   😀   😀   😀

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4 Comments

  1. Enrique Bustos said,

    April 25, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Architect Ramon Zaragoza had a nice house in Vigan it used to be owned by the family of Felicitas Ortiz another nice antique house in vigan bought by Governor Chavit Singson then he gave it as a gift to Former First Lady Imelda Marcos it is now sequestered by the PCGG it used to be the ancestral house of Doña Luisa Pichay.

  2. December 26, 2009 at 4:14 am

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    December 16, 2009 at 6:47 pm

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    December 15, 2009 at 8:57 pm

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