Masdan mo ang Kapaligiran - Asin

It was getting dark and the water level was almost knee-high. It continues to rise and then we started to put our things to higher grounds.

We spent the night hauling and carrying anything and everything that we can save even before the water rises God-knows-up-to-what-level.

I stayed awake until I heard somebody, it was my dad I think, who woke up early and did nothing but observed the devastation outside.
The water was still waist-high inside the house, while it was beck-high outside. I can't help but stand in awe, in sadness, bearing in mind
the people who did not have shelter or means to provide food for their children. This is nature's response against our desire to civilization, or so I thought.

When we remain uncaring stewards our environment, this happens. After typhoon Ondoy in Manila, here is typhoon Pepeng in Northern Luzon. What is earth doing to us?
Mother earth is just responding to how we have treated her for the past centuries and we still continue to disregard her. Is there hope?

All I can think of right now is... when will we ever learn? This problem is getting so complicated and to simplify things, of which I am sure I can react, is to do a simple act of goodness to nature and to other people like the basics: keep your surroundings clean and offer help.

Lyrics and (my own) tranlsation of the song
Masdan mo ang Kapaligiran (Look/Observe/See the Environment)
by Asin (Salt)

Wala ka bang napapansin sa iyong mga kapaligiran? (Don't you notice anything in your environment?)
Kay dumi na ng hangin, pati na ang mga ilog natin. (The air is so polluted, so is our rivers)

Hindi na masama ang pag-unlad (Progress is not bad)
at malayu-layo na rin ang ating narating (and we have gone a long way)
Ngunit masdan mo ang tubig sa dagat (But look at the sea water)
Dati'y kulay asul ngayo'y naging itim (It used to be blue, now it's black)

Ang mga duming ating ikinalat sa hangin (The dirt we spread in the air)
Sa langit huwag na nating paabutin (Let's not allow it to reach heaven)
Upang kung tayo'y pumanaw man (So if or when we die)
sariwang hangin sa langit natin matitikman (We'll feel fresh air in heaven)

Mayron lang akong hinihiling (I just have one wish)
Sa aking pagpanaw sana ay tag-ulan (That it should be raining when I die)
Gitara ko ay aking dadalhin (I will bring my guitar)
Upang sa ulap na lang tayo magkantahan (So we will sing in the clouds)

Ang mga batang ngayon lang isinilang (The new born kids of today)
May hangin pa kayang matitikman? (Will they still taste fresh air?)
May mga puno pa kaya silang aakyatin (Will there be trees for them to climb)
May mga ilog pa kayang lalanguyan? (Will there be rivers for them to swim?)

Bakit di natin pagisipan (Why don't we ponder)
Ang nangyayari sa ating kapaligiran (The happenings in our environment?)
Hindi na masama ang pag-unlad (Progress is not bad)
Kung hindi nakakasira ng kalikasan (If it doesn't destroy nature)

Darating ang panahon (Time will come)
Mga ibong gala ay wala nang madadapuan (wild birds can no longer land)
Masdan mo ang mga punong dati ay kay tatag (Observe the trees that were firm/strong)
Ngayo'y namamatay dahil sa 'ting kalokohan (Now they're dying because of our foolishness)

Lahat ng bagay na narito sa lupa (All things on earth)
Biyayang galing sa Diyos (are blessings from God)
Kahit nong ika'y wala pa (Even before we were born)
Ingatan natin at 'wag nang sirain pa (We take care of it and should never destroy)
Pagkat pag kanyang binawi, tayo'y mawawala na (Because if He gets it back, we too will all be gone)

Masdan Ang Kapaligiran - Asin

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ilike that song , "Masdan Mo Ang Kapaligiran. I used and I am still using it in my lesson to open the eyes of our young people who do not mind of throwing garbage anywhere. In that way they could be educated to love their country and to care for it.