Winika ni Balagtas ating balikan
Pag-ibig daw labis makapangyarihan
Kapag pinana’t sa puso’y tinamaan
Utak ay lumilipat sa talampakan

Wika nila’y kapag tumibok ang puso
Pupungay ang mata tutulis ang nguso
Lutang at tulala parang tinotoyo
Nagiging pasaway tumitigas ang bungo

Kapag umibig lahat ay sasawayin
Mga bilin ni nanay ‘di papansinin
Upang ang kasintahan ay makapiling
Mataas man ang bakod ay aakyatin

Basta’t ang pag-ibig ay masunod lamang
Basta’t kasama mahal na kasintahan
Tatakas at lahat ay tatalikuran
Kakalimutan maging mga magulang

Animo’y bawal na gamot ang pag-ibig
Kapag tinamaan ka’y t’yak na maaadik
Harangan ka man ng sibat o ng kampit
Bisig ng sinta mo’y yayakaping pilit

Kaya’t kapag umibig ay kaiingat
Hangin ang pag-ibig ika’y ililipad
Minsan ay dadalhin ka sa alapaap
Minsan ay sa batuhan ka ibabagsak


Teacher-Writer-Advocate for Self-improvement M, A, and D are the initials of my two first names (Massuline and Antonio) and my mother's family name (Dupaya). Ligaya (a Filipino word which means happiness in English) is my family name. MAD is actually one of my nicknames aside from Tony and Ching. My full name is Massuline Antonio Dupaya Ligaya. Many times I was asked the question "Why do you write?" I don't write for material rewards nor adulation. When I write poems, stories, and essays, when I do research, the process of creating them gives me immense joy and seeing them completed brings me great satisfaction. I don't write for cash incentives, "likes," and "praises." I would be thankful should I get those but the happiness and sense of fulfillment I get while doing them and completing my works are my real rewards. Is teaching difficult? No! When I teach, I don't work but I play. My educational philosophy - "The classroom is my playground, the students are my playmates, and the subject is our toy." I am a lifelong learner too. My daily goal is to be better than I was yesterday. It's difficult, but it's worth the try. It's not for what I get from doing it but for what I become. Proud to be me! Proud to be a FILIPINO! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

Posted on August 26, 2016, in Poetry, Tula and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. teacherydacalvar15@gmail.com

    When I want to rekindle my passion in teaching or wish to get inspiration in writing, I go to one site. Sir MADS website/blog. Hats off to you Sir! Looking forward to be your student again. How I wish I could have visited you when you took a vacation here in the Philippines. May next time pa naman po. Ang blessed naman ng mga Koreans, may teacher silang tulad ni Sir. =) Koreans are so blessed that they have an amazing, one of a kind and phenominal teacher. (English translation for non Filipinos.) God bless you more Sir!


    • Thanks Yda! That’s very inspiring. When I have my vacation on January, I’m planning to go to SMCM (St. Mary’s) to get a copy of a journal there. I’ll see you and Paul.


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