In 1976, there was only one trip to Barrio Barahan in Mindoro. Being the only trip for the day, the jeepney was understandably filled with passengers up to the top. Fr. Fred Mislang, SVD related that while negotiating a rough stretch, a man with his son in a tow, waived his hands to indicate his intention to ride the already over-loaded vehicle.
The driver obliged but told the man, “Tsong, pwede bang wag nang isama ang bata’t wala ng lugar?” (Sir, could you leave your child behind. There’s no more space). So the man told his son to stay behind, but then the son wanted to come along by all means. When the jeep moved on, the child ran after them. His father kept yelling at him to stay behind, “Maiwan ka na,” but the child kept on running, crying and shouting to us, “Sama ako, itay, sama ako.”
Finally the Father relented. He requested the driver to stop, went down and picked his son up and carried him with one hand while he hung on to the jeepney with the other. (The Word in Other Words 2001, March 8)


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One thought on “SVD JOKES #18: PICTURE THIS OUT

  1. “picture this out” maybe not be a joke but more of an example of the kind of life filipino masses face everyday,which is kind of funny, bordering on silly at times. a small historical trivia first might help paint a clearer picture. after WWII, american forces used military jeeps to assist transporting goods and locals from destination to destination. not too long after, filipinos themselves adopted the concept and began using it for mass transportation. 70% of the population are marginalized, and therefore cannot afford to own cars. these once 4 seater military jeepneys are now (al fresco) stretched limos that can carry about 10-12persons max load. to this very day, local manufacturers make the same boxy and rugged type designs of WWII jeeps but with a stretched version.

    oftentimes in far flung rural areas, same sized jeepneys carry twice the load. the roof becomes an extension of the “cabin” and you also have people hanging at the back railings – and while the breeze cools your whole face and body, it can be unsafe at times, reaching speeds of up to 50-60mph in rough terrain.

    so maybe the point of the story is the that the father is willing to forego all comfort and convenience for the compassion and love for his son.

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