Sa ating daigdig ng ligaya’t lumbay
Maraming nangyaring waring kailan lang;
Ang walong-dekada ng taong nagdaan,
Bakas na lang ngayon ng bigo’t tagumpay!
Tinahak na landas bagama’t matinik,
Natapakang subyang hapdi ay tiniis;
Kawalang pag-asa’t tadhanang malupit,
Ang puno at dulo ng paghihinagpis!
Dinala ng isang taksil na pagsuyo,
Ang may agam-agam na pihikang puso;
Kirot na nadama ay dagling naglaho,
Nang may kumalingang tapat sa pangako!
Parang kailan lang sa batis ng isip,
Ang aking kahapong ayaw manahimik!
-Paquito Rey Pacheco
Paquito Rey Pacheco or Kaka as he is fondly called was born in Balagtas (Bigaa), Bulacan. He has a BSc in Accounting and Economics from the Far Eastern University (FEU) with a minor in Political Science. He spent 21 years in Philippine radio broadcasting taking on the roles of news writer, reporter, producer and commentator. He also held the position of PRO for Radio in the Office of the Secretary of Philippine National Defense. He was a Charter Member and Chairman of the Rural Broadcasters Council of the Philippines. As a journalist, he was a reporter for Bagong Buhay newspaper handling the congress beat. In Winnipeg, he was a member of the Good Morning Philippines team for almost 13 years with Emmie Joaquin and Joe Sulit on CKJS Radio 810 AM, serving as the show’s News Director and as a comentator on the Manila Sound afternoon program. Kaka is a Tagalog poet and writer, he now writes a regular column, Pilantik for the Pilipino Express News Magazine