Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Town's Hall of Fame: local heroes of San Juan, La Union - Dionisio De Leon, Regino Padua, et al

"Just a passing breeze of change they brought,
More than we ordinary mortals have thought." avr

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio

738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
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 Town's Hall of Fame: local heroes of San Juan,
La Union - Dionisio De Leon, Regino Padua, et al

All the world's a stage, Shakespeare once said,
Everyone has a role to play, yes everyone;
But others did a greater part for which they died
Sans dream of fame, comfort they had none;
And to be remembered? They never aspired.
Just a passing breeze of change they brought,
More than we ordinary mortals have thought.~

Light from the Old Arch 2, AVR

Monday, September 22, 2014

Dita, the tallest tree in Manila, a living sentry that reminds us, "Only God can make a tree."

Dedicated to Dr Romualdo M del Rosario, former supervising scientist of the UST Botanical Garden, and professor, UST Graduate School.  The indefatigable foremost Filipino ethnobotanist continues to teach at De La Salle University (DLSU-D). 
Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday


Dita (Alstonia scholaris) the biggest member of the Apocynaceae family stands overlooking the sprawling UST campus and its environs.

Older than most structures except the main building, it rises with the tower cross, sharing the lofty height  from afar, on the front and back.  

Scarred by war and by fire it is a veteran of events in history, witness to the university's many activities and celebrations, . 

While graduates pass through the Arch of the Centuries, this tree stands firm and proud; it is a sentry, a guardian, and a symbol, too.  

Its crown is the biggest umbrella on the campus, filtering the sun, the dust and rain; it captures carbon and gives off oxygen in turn.   

It captures the fog into morning mist, and makes a rainbow with the showers, and cushions the sun set into gentle breeze and subdued gray.   

It does not respond to autumn even if other trees lose their leaves and gain a new crown; instead it retains its canopy green. 

It is home of insects and reptiles, foothold of orchids, ferns and lianas, abode of birds that celebrate life with their young and beautiful songs.   

And when it is winter in cold countries, it is time for its pods to mature, popping out myriads of tiny lints like parachutes that float in the air. 

And children run after them like snowflakes, and wish like wishing upon a star -  and strangely lints daintily fall into their palms.  

The dita wakes up earlier than anyone else on the campus, sings with the carillon, and joins the whispers and laughter on the campus.

The day ends just like any day, the campus sleeps - and there stands a silhouette that reminds us, "Only God can make a tree." ~   

NOTE: This tree and its twin are the hallmark of the UST Botanical Garden which Dr Del Rosario managed for three decades. 

    

Sunday, September 21, 2014

BLOG (Web Log) as Learning Supplement: Living with Nature - School on Blog

Dr. Abe V. Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Why School on Blog? 20 Reasons
1.Compensates for disruption of classes due to typhoons, floods, other force majeure, and 2. Unexpected suspension of classes;
3. To cope up with holidays on schooldays;
4. Facilitates learning process;
5. Assists irregular students and those with class deficiencies

6.Study-friendly to working students.
7.Provides makeup for missed requirements.
8. Avenue for special assignment for students on travel,
9. Students attending conferences, athletic events, etc.
10. Provides alternative teaching for indisposed professors, and those with pressing appointments.


11. Compensates for lack of books and references; expands sources of information,
12. Supplements lost or damaged notes.
13. Creates Multiplier Effect to family and friends.
14. Keeps student abreast with current events, hones their perception on global scale.
15. Digs into past lessons .
16. Encourages research as study ethic.
17. Provides means to test and evaluate lessons through general readership.
18. Provides wider access to various fields of study;
19. Establishes interdisciplinary linkages, and linkages with various systems through the Internet;
20. Provides quick and responsive communication between teacher and students.


What is a Blog? 10 Applications
1.School in your palm (Tablet, Notebook, iPod, smart phone)
2.School-outside-school
3.Extension of the classroom
4.Distance education
5.e-Learning          



From The Gods Must be Crazy 

6.Home education
7.Self-learning program
8.Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid Cyber Version
9. Learning hobby
10. Link with Facebook, Twitter, other websites 


Coverage and Dimension of the Blog 
1. Blogosphere - collective community of all blogs, A collection of local blogs is sometimes referred to as a bloghood. 

2. They are interconnected and socially networked, through blogrolls, comments,
linkbacks (refbacks, trackbacks or pingbacks) and backlinks.

Living with Nature – School on Blog Linkages
1. Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People’s School-on-Air)
2. Classroom instruction (UST Graduate School and Faculty of Arts and Letters, other schools)

Managing Editor Cles Rambaud with author at the Bannawag office 

3. Popular writing (Bannawag, leading Ilokano weekly magazine, as columnist )
4. Dialogue with followers and viewers through the Comments Box (Interactive)
5. Conference lecture, outreach project, thesis, and the like.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Living with Nature School on Blog hits all-time record

The running total of pageviews is now 825,878; for the day, over 1000; and 22,000 for the month of August. Congratulations to our Blog viewers and School-on-Air audience.   
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Living with Nature - School on Blog by Dr. Abercio V. Rotor

825878 pageviews - 2994 posts, last published on 
Sept 22, 2014 - 441 followers
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Facts about Living with Nature School on Blog (LN-SB)
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
  • Living with Nature School on Blog started in May 2006 on the initiative of the Rotor family. Today the running total of pageviews is close to 820,000. The number of pageviews yesterday is over 1000, while that of the month of August is over 22,000. (A pageview is each time a visitor views a page on this website, regardless of how many hits are generated.) 

  • Living with Nature School on Blog (LN-SB) is linked with Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (PBH, People's School-on-Air), on the government's Radyo ng Bayan (DZRB 738 AM Band). The radio program is aired on DZRB's nationwide network of 32 stations. It is also linked with Philippine Broadcasting Service with worldwide access (www.pbs.gov.ph).


  • Lessons for the day on Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid are posted and compiled on the blog, so that the listener and viewer has the dual access of radio and Internet. He has also access to the blog lessons (present and past) by downloading, printing and sharing them in school, with the family and community, and for other purposes. The pageviewers however may not be part of the radio audience, and vice versa. Definitely however, radio audience is far greater in number considering the enormous coverage of both Radyo ng Bayan and PBS networks.  

       Table 1 - Number of pageviews of  the day, the month of August, and all time (running total)  since this blog, Living with Nature School on Blog (avrotor.blospot.com) started in May 2006 

Figure 1 - Graphical profile showing number of pageviews daily from Sept 10 to 17, 2014 covering one week. Main traffic sources (Google) are shown below the graph.  

Figure 2 - Graphical profile showing pageviews through the years covering May 2006 to September (17) 2014. There is a gradual increase of pageviews from 2006 to 2010, declined in 2011, and plateaued in 2012 to the present. In the second half of the 8-year period, two blogs were created: Naturalism - the Eighth Sense (extension of the main blog), and A Naturalist's World - Dr Abe V Rotor. (There is a separate report on the status of each of these new blogs)    


Table 2 - Overall top lessons (2006-14) is led by Lam-ang the most popular epic in Philippine literature, followed by Trees, Trees, Trees (environmental poetry), and Intercession (prayer for rain). Atop Mt Pulag is a view on the second highest mountain of the Philippine in poetry. Article on the Customer is Always Right (October 27, 2009) is fifth in rank, followed by October is Harvest Time (Amihan season). Know Your Pace Factor is a practical way of knowing how far you have walked without using any instrument, by just knowing the average measure of one step or stride. The eighth is a warning against the spiny caterpillar, and knowing the first aid to be given in case of injury.  








Figure 3 -  Viewership from the top ten countries, 2006-2014, with the Philippines registering 401,840  out of the running total of 820,000 pageviews (51 percent), followed by the US with 167,152 (20 percent). India, Russia, and Germany constitute 6 to 7 percent each to the total pageviews, while UK and China have a share of 2 percent each. France, Canada and Ukraine, follow closely, occupying eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.  





Blog Drafts (most recent examples)

Enigma is beauty, too.

Abe V. Rotor at Naturalism - the Eighth Sense - 20 hours ago
*Dr Abe V Rotor * *Maguey (Agave cantala) looks menacing to browsing animals and intruders. * *The leaves are radially arranged and spiked at the tip like the sea urchin. * *Nature's art can be beautiful and painful, * *enigma is beauty, too;* *like a rose beneath its petals are thorns,* *life's like that in the same view. ~*

Pomposity of colors - Nature's tool for survival

Abe V. Rotor at Naturalism - the Eighth Sense - 1 day ago
*Pomposity of colors - Nature's tool for survival* *Dr Abe V Rotor * *Butterfly plant, what a coincidence * *in form and structure, and color;* *I'd rather say, a case of mimicry,* *mutual protection, a favor of both. * *Angel's trumpet, flimsy sinister, heralding * *not of victory but defeat;* *Narcotics its essence, abuse its courtship,* *to the unwary on a dark street. * *Balibago - white in the morning pink after;* *your secret of a short lived;* *you must court the sun and bee without delay,* *in the act of make believe.* *Mickey mouse the male, Minnie mouse the female,* *both flo... more »

Home Medicinal Remedies

Abe V. Rotor at Naturalism - the Eighth Sense - 1 day ago
*Dr Abe V Rotor* *1. Poultice made of moss heals wounds and relieves pain.* This is a common practice in the highlands where moss is plentiful and luxuriantly growing. Fresh moss is crashed into a pulp and directly applied on a fresh or infected wound, loosely wrapping it with gauze or cloth strip. Lourdes V. Alvarez in her masteral thesis at the University of Santo Tomas demonstrated the effectiveness of moss (*Pogonatum neesi*) against *Staphylococcus* bacteria, the most common cause of infection. Moss extract contains flavonoids, steroids, terpenes and phenols, which are respon... more »

Goya's Paradox of Human Life

Dr Abe V Rotor Living with Nature School on Blog Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio 738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday *Goya's painting of two men clubbing each other while* *being swallowed by quagmire to their inevitable death.* *If there is Plato's Allegory of the Cave - a man escapes and sees the truth and that it is his obligation to lead others to get out of the cave of ignorance;If there is Thoreau's Walden Pond that man's isolation from society is realization of his inseparability, however principle... more »

Have you tried Jumping Salad?

Dr Abe V Rotor Living with Nature School on Blog Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio 738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday This is a favorite dish of Ilocanos known as “jumping salad.” What is it really? In *Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid* (school-on-the-air) program, five callers phoned to give their answers. Except one who said he learned about this rare dish from a friend, the callers apparently Ilocanos, said they have actually tasted jumping salad. *Newly caught juvenile shrimps, promptly dressed with tomato or ca... more »

Let's Hone Our Eighth Sense of Naturalism

Abe V. Rotor at Naturalism - the Eighth Sense - 3 days ago
*Naturalism. Let's not just rely on our inventions, such as the barometer and seismograph. The behavior of living things can be read and interpreted, including our own feelings. Unusual observations and occurrences tell us to prepare for eventualities. Let us hone our eighth sense -* naturalism*.* *Dr Abe V Rotor * Mosquitoes become agressive before a rain; they need blood before laying eggs in stagnant water left by the rain. These aquarium fish (pako) at home in QC were restless before the 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan on March 11 this year. 1. Drought – Occurs in summer; la... more »

UST-AB Photography: How lonely can you get?

Photos by Abe V Rotor and Marlo R Rotor Living with Nature School on Blog Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio 738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday Ranch, Santa, Ilocos Sur Farm, Silang Cavite Empty Beach, Calatagan Batangas Broken Bridge, SPC Vigil House, Antipolo Rizal Empty Bench, St Paul University QC St Paul of Chartres Memorial Park, Antipolo Rizal *Activity: Rank the photos in increasing order of intensity. Express your feelings by writing a verse or a short essay for each photo. You will find this exercise a pleasan... more »

Ballpen War!

* Refill, give your spent ballpen a second or third life. * *Dr Abe V Rotor* Living with Nature School on Blog Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio 738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday *Tips to win the war * *1. Refill, give your spent ballpen a second or third life. 2. Be consistent with the ballpen you use to enhance your penmanship and writing skill. 3. Pick one for function, rather than fancy. 4. Buy the brand who have already tried (nakasanayan), with an extra filler (that fits). 5. As much as possible, don... more »

Comments from viewers (selected examples)

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Dear Dr. Rotor; I suspect that anacardic acids would kill Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria. I have found that the anacardic acids in raw cashew nuts and maybe mangoes do an excellent job of curing an abscess from gram positive bacteria, which are the most prevalent cause of tooth decay and tooth aches You may see my article on this subject at; http://charles_w.tripod.com/tooth.html . It is also discussed briefly in the 2005 edition of Medical Hypotheses, 65; 289-292. Wikipedia discusses anacardic acids in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacardic_acid . I would like to urge you to explore making these medicines available in the pure form from pharmacies for a Streptococcus medicine or in tooth paste. This would have several advantages; 1. a variety of application methods would be possible, needles, brushes, swabs, sprays, and etc. 2. It would probably on Glycerol Monolaurate (GML) in Virgin Coconut Oil destroys tuberculosis bacteria
Charles Weber
on 4/29/14

Philippine literature makes us better appreciate our heritage. Through the study of our literature, we can trace the rich heritage of ideas handed down to us from our forefathers. Then we can understand ourselves better and take pride in being a Filipino. -Khristiana Jacinto, AB Communication Arts on Twelve Reasons I Love Philippine Literature
Khristiana Jacinto
on 2/17/14

im experiencing this one a lot of times now, 2 months to be exact and im really scare to sleep coz i may not wake up my last attack was near death, someone hand is covering my nose then when i was about to take my last breath God i woke up. I was so scare.. on Bangongot! Sleep paralysis - wiggle your toes, move your fingers – don’t give up!
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on 2/12/14

Ka Abe, Ka Mely, magandang gabi po, Ive got the message. meron dito samin Cainta , karinderia ang tawag "Kalabawan". Main ingredient meat of carabao as bulalo,tapa and papaitan.Sad to say kumakain ako dito. Meron din tinda sa Marikina.To this day if i had a chance sasabihan ko na ang mga kakilala ko dont patronize or "eat no more carabao meat" baka drawing at picture na lang makita ng anak mo at susunod na lahi sa yo. Happy Listening po Crisanto S. on The Stone Carabao
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on 1/15/14

Great Post. Which are consumed the most? Any Kamote tops or young, and specific variety? -Eric from Hawaii on Kamote Tops Beauty
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on 1/7/14

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on 12/26/13

Goya's Paradox of Human Life

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Goya's painting of two men clubbing each other while
being swallowed by quagmire to their inevitable death.


If there is Plato's Allegory of the Cave - a man escapes and sees the truth and that it is his obligation to lead others to get out of the cave of ignorance;

If there is Thoreau's Walden Pond that man's isolation from society is realization of his inseparability, however principled he may be;

If there is Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo that tells at the end the emptiness of the soul, triumphant one may have revenged on his enemies;

If there is Burnett's Secret Garden that has long been forgotten and that having the courage to open it is discovering the joys of the past and starting a new life.

If there is Picasso's Guernica mural, symbolic of peace triumphant over war, coded secretly to carry on the message in novels, sculpture, movies, photographs, etc., to this day;

If there is Rizal's Noli and Fili denouncing abuses of colonial masters, demanding reform and equitable governance, and inevitably igniting the flame of revolution as the ultimate recourse;

If there is Goya's Two Men Fighting in a Quicksand, exuding strong and direct message to warring nations, that no one wins at the end, mankind ultimately the loser;

It is art - the brush and the pen - that has really changed the world - and is still changing it. ~

Francisco Goya (1746-1828), Spanish painter, is considered "the Father of Modern Art." His career began at the close of the late Baroque period, and the rise of Gothic art, extending over a period of more than 60 years, for he continued to draw and paint until his 82nd year.

To understand Goya's paintings, it is equally important to know the life of painter. Three stages marked his long active life.
  • His attitude towards life in his youth, when he accepted the world as it was quite happily,
  • His manhood when he began to criticize it, and
  • His old age when he became embittered and disillusioned with people and society.
The world had changed completely during his lifetime. He saw the society in which he achieved great success dissolved during the Napoleonic war, so that he turned to new ideals, as reflected in this painting of two men clubbing each other while being swallowed by quicksand.


Friday, September 19, 2014

UST-AB Photography: How lonely can you get?

Photos by Abe V Rotor and Marlo R Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Ranch, Santa, Ilocos Sur
Farm, Silang Cavite
Empty Beach, Calatagan Batangas
Broken Bridge, SPC Vigil House, Antipolo Rizal
Empty Bench, St Paul University QC

St Paul of Chartres Memorial Park, Antipolo Rizal


Activity: Rank the photos in increasing order of intensity. Express your feelings by writing a verse or a short essay for each photo. You will find this exercise a pleasant experience: firstly, it takes you to explore your talents; and secondly, it is therapeutic. Above all, you will find a great reward - peace of mind and with the world. Good luck!


Ballpen War!

Refill, give your spent ballpen a second or third life. 
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday



Tips to win the war 

1. Refill, give your spent ballpen a second or third life.
2. Be consistent with the ballpen you use to enhance your penmanship and writing skill.
3. Pick one for function, rather than fancy.
4. Buy the brand who have already tried (nakasanayan), with an extra filler (that fits).
5. As much as possible, don't buy the expensive brands, otherwise you will depend exclusively on their refills.
6. Suspect if the cost is very low. Most likely it is a promo, a throw away.
7. Dispose ballpens you are not using before they get dry. Never mind the sentimental value; they are for friends and the needy.
8. Your ballpen is personal, as much as possible don't let others use it. Put your name for identification. Like any belonging give its due care.
9. Ballpens have been the culprit of damaged clothes (and embarrassment), ugly marks, poor grades, frustrations, and even in quarrels and fights. Keep dignified.
10.Talk to your teachers. Include in your recycling project "giving a new life to ballpens." Write your local leaders to promote this campaign. Don't patronize brands that are not cooperative.
Rage against the ballpen  


Rage against the ballpen -
overbuilt with very little bullet,
body plastic carcinogenic,
spills and blots, cheap unwashable ink,
signatures, trademarks makers' gimmick,
obsolescence hidden from public.

Rage against the ballpen -
craftsmanship appeals emotion,
far deserving its noble function;
remote from once building a nation
mightier than the sword that it was born,
greed has taken over - sad, forlorn,

Rage against the ballpen
no more the names that carried its name
death sans laurels beaten in the game,
save the pioneers of yester fame;
aloft, but to save their dying name,
instead of joining the ballpen campaign.

Rage against the ballpen
refill for second life, third maybe,
refill at large, one or two or three,
with brand or without, or given free,
for the children's thrift and study
to save the earth, and prayer for Thee.~

       

Author's collection. I have preserved these pens - and more. I have always looked to the time when I can revive them, give them a second or third life by refilling each one with the appropriate type. 

I succeeded in some. But my collection is increasing because there is no standard refill in the market, and the life of ballpens are getting shorter. Lose the cap and you lose the pen. One accidental drop destroys the ball point - goodbye to the ballpen, even if it's a new one. 

 A waste of money indeed, these retired pens and ball pens before their time. While millions of schoolchildren all over the world have nothing to write at all. Let's join the campaign. We will prevail in the same way we survived in the "Cola War," and the
"Shampoo War.
"

Things to do.

1. Pool spent and discarded ballpens in the family, in school, in the community.

2. Arrange with a supplier of ball pen refills. Involve members, organizations.

3. Sustain campaign on calendared events: Earth Day, Ecology Week, or without fanfare. Hold a contest.

4. Make your own ball pen with bamboo reed, rolled paper, and other environment friendly materials. All you need to buy is the filler. Give prizes, appreciation.

5. Shift to ink pen instead, it's more economical. A bottle of ink may be equivalent to writing output of dozens of disposable ball pens. ~

UST-AB Photography in Advertisement Exercise in Photography in Advertisement

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday [www.pbs.gov.ph]
Example of a good advertisement.
One of the worst ads.

The relationship of photography and advertisement is like horse and carriage. Photography is the medium and advertisement is the message (to patronize a product, service, idea, etc.)

Advertisements in print and broadcast create demand of many products and services. There are brand names that are well known, they are imprimatur themselves to many people. They build personalities, fashion, institutions, relationships, and even loyalty.

There is more than visual and audio parts; advertisements dig deep into logic, psychology and emotion, and spiritually, too. For this reason, the effects are both positive and negative.

The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate present advertisements: printed, billboard, radio, TV and the Internet. The main guideline is values.List down the best (5) and the worst (5) local advertisements and give the basis of your decision. How did photography help bring about such effects?

Present the advertisements as they are originally presented. If not feasible, briefly describe the advertisement and critique on it. (Use two ordinary bond.) ~

Part 2: Photo and graphic ads. Here are some examples. Study them and relate each one to current issues. Prepare similar ads for class presentation and discussion.



Part 3: All about smoking - good and bad. More and more young people develop the habit of smoking. On TV there is this chain smoker kid who would demand cigarette with tantrums. Doctors unanimously agree smoking is bad to health, yet cigarette is one of the most in demand commodities in the world. What's the role of advertising?Whatever this is, it is devoid of good taste and decency. Many products lose their market this way. 
There's a local brandy advertised this way, "Nakatikim ka na ba ng kinse?" (Literally, "Have you tasted a 15-year old?") Sales plummeted. The company lost its good public image.

Birds on a Tree at UST

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday


Silhouette image before its time -

by the tower cross of UST,
a flock of black birds sit
on the inflorescence of a tree,*

namesake of the eight-arm
monster of the craggy sea -
what a coincidence, I say! 
and there's me 

with camera on campus free;
the feathered ones stalk
their prey, the bee
pollinating the flowering tree. 

I wonder, if by design one dies
that others live, is the key:
tree lives because of the bee,
bee on the nectar of the tree.

and the birds, black birds,
that free, to prey on the bee,
unafraid of the monster
that rose from the sea -

image in silhouette, the world
in peace unquestioningly see,
lessons to set man free
by the tower cross of UST.
~ ~ ~
Octopus tree, named after its unique inflorescence resembling the enigmatic sea creature, with the same color, radial symmetry, and the presence of sucker-like flowers arranged on eight tentacle-like flower stalks.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Eyes of Nature

"Many eyes are looking at me
here with Nature,
by day and night 
beneath and atop a tree." - avr

Painting and Poem by Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
 Eyes in the Forest, acrylic painting on canvas (60" x 44"), by AVR, May 2012
Details: Young adventurers in full gear prepare to penetrate the forest; emergent tree rises to a hundred feet surpassing the canopy layer. A nest is perched on the top, with a mother hawk attending to her young.
A pair of deer, a coiled boa, and many more hidden and camouflaged. Trees are real giants of the living world. This Dipterocarp is tallest tree in the Tropical Rain Forest. 

The Eyes of Nature
Many eyes are looking at me here with Nature;
By day and night, beneath and atop a tree.
They're scary, they're mean, they're sleepy, 
And how do I look to them seeing me?

Wink and they wink, close and they do, too.
Quick the flashlight, and they disappear;
Can eyes exist alone, like stars in the sky?
I wonder if these eyes are like stars to cheer.  

Yes, the fireflies have lamps that flicker,
The moth and butterfly have wing spots
Like monstrous eyes to stave off predator,
And cave dwellers glow in rows and knots. 

The fish in the stream is silver in the moonlight,
As bubbles rise to the surface and sparkle,
The owl rarely blinks, no creature dare around,
Its infrared vision indeed a marvel.

Raindrops falling make a thousand eyes
Life they bring to the rainbow, borrowing
its colors glow, and sparkle as they drop,
reborn with the light of the river flowing. 

Mushrooms are phosphorescent, they glow,
while others absorb light for future use; 
Ah, boast the snake, I can freeze you to fall,
An eagle swoops, there's no excuse.

Petals attract a pollinator in the night
Crickets shine when won by a song,
Seeds pop out to meet the rising sun,
And the sun shines happily all along. 

Eyes, eyes, eyes, - for us to see the world, 
And all eyes the world is bound;
In our sleep, in the deep forest and ocean,
Eyes make the world go round. ~