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GABU

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Transcript of GABU

Carlos A. Angeles
The battering restlessness of the sea
Insists a tidal fury upon the beach
At Gabu, and its pure consistency
Havocs the wasteland hard within its reach.

Meaning and Imagery
Gabu, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
by Carlos A. Angeles
Gabu
The battering restlessness of the sea
Insists a tidal fury upon the beach
At Gabu, and its pure consistency
Havocs the wasteland hard within its reach.
 
Brutal the daylong bashing of its heart
Against the seascape where, for miles around,
Farther than sight itself, the rock-stones part
And drop into the elemental wound.
 
The waste of centuries is grey and dead
And neutral where the sea has beached its brine,
Where the split salt of its heart lies spread
Among the dark habiliments of time.
 
The vital splendor misses.  For here
At Gabu where the ageless tide recurs
All things forfeited are most loved and dear.
 
It is the sea pursues a habit of shores.

Gabu
by: Carlos A. Angeles
Born on May 25, 1921 in Tacloban City, Leyte
Graduated from Rizal High in 1938
Various universities in pre-med and pre-law
One sem at Ateneo de Manila
Two at UP in 1941 (member of the UP Writers' Club)
One quarter at Central Luzon Colleges
Did not return to school after World War II
1950 to 1958

Chief of the Philippine bureau of International News Service
1958 to 1980
Guest of the US State Department on a Smith-Mundt leader grant
Press assistant under the Garcia administration
Public relations manager of PanAm Airlines
Board of directors of International PEN, Philippine chapter
Awards:

USA since 1978 with his family
Where is Gabu?
The sea is restless and can be destructive
Sea = Life
Battering restlessness = Impermanent
Brutal the daylong bashing of its heart
Against the seascape where, for miles around,
Farther than sight itself, the rock-stones part
And drop into the elemental wound.
Meaning and Imagery
The turmoil of the sea is continuous and powerful
Brutal bashing = life’s chaos
Elemental wound = Depths of the sea
The waste of centuries is grey and dead
And neutral where the sea has beached its brine,
Where the split salt of its heart lies spread
Among the dark habiliments of Time.
Meaning and Imagery
The sea has been there for centuries
Waste of centuries = Past
Once the sea touches shore, it becomes neutral
Spilt salt = Bad luck
Saltiness of the sea describes it’s darkness/deadness
Time bears the “spilt salt” of life
The vital splendor misses.  For here
At Gabu where the ageless tide recurs
All things forfeited are most loved and dear
The brilliance necessary for life is not there because in life even the most important things are lost
It is the sea pursues a habit of shores.
Meaning and Imagery
Waves show that the sea is constantly moving, but always towards the shore
Life is bounded by time, always moving, but what we all desire is a stable and eternal ending
http://www.panitikan.com.ph/content/carlos-angeles
References
Carlos A. Angeles
Retrieved from
Gabu Norte Map - Satellite Images of Gabu Norte
Retrieved from
http://www.maplandia.com/philippines/region-1/ilocos-norte/gabu-norte/
Mano
Mariano
Oliveros
Pariña

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Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, 1964
Republic Cultural Heritage Award for Literature, 1964 (A Stun of Jewels)
About the Author
GABU
is a place in Ilocos Norte, near Pagudpod.

Often, when typhoon occurs, large tidal waves go rampant devastate the life forms and even the structures in the place.
Questions:
1. How is the sea described in the poem?
2. How is the sea used as a metaphor for life?
3. What do the following lines mean?
4. What is the spiritual context of the sea pursuing a habit of shores?
The waste of centuries is grey and dead
And neutral where the sea has beached its brine,
Where the split salt of its heart lies spread
Among the dark habiliments of Time.


The selection still talks about life and death; using the SEA as a representation for LIFE. To the point that, most of us - having lots of problems, still pursues on living a life to achieve what our hearts desire.

But because of the trials that we face, living roughly is inevitable - and we can only find serenity and peace in life when we die - that is in the AFTERLIFE (shore; when the sea reaches the shore - the bashing ends and the current dissipates and be gone for good)
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