Jewel in the Palace

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    OUTGOING Angeles City mayor Francis Nepomuceno and his close aid, ally, adviser and administrator, Mark Allen Sison are probably wondering up to now how they lost with some 26,457 votes against former cabinet secretary Edgardo “EdPam” Pamintuan.

    Based on the Commission of Election’s final count, Pamintuan got 60,562 votes over Nepomuceno’s 34,105. In third place is Balibago Barangay Captain Rodelio “Tony” Mamac who got 13,875 votes.

    Mayor-elect EdPam was even surprised by his lead saying that he expected to win only by 5,000 to 10,000 votes. “I think it was a sort of revenge translated into votes by poor Angeleños,” he said.

    Local folk know better than those who call themselves political analysts. They predicted a landslide win for EdPam. These are the people who never had the chance to talk and congratulate Nepomuceno after the latter won the mayoralty post in 2007. “Gusto lang namin sanang  i-congratulate si Blueboy noong 2007 pagka-panalo niya pero hindi kami binigyan ng pagkakataon. Kailangan pa daw ng appointment,” a former supporter of the mayor said.



    Friends, peers, Agyu Tamu supporters and barangay leaders have similar assessments on how EdPam won the big fight which has been the talk of the town for weeks now.

    Like EdPam’s battlecry Agyu Tamu, the “Abe-abe, Saup-saup” campaign jingle captured the heart of Angeleños, young and old. Original, catchy and “it sounds promising”. Even a kindergarten could easily follow and memorize its lyrics. It pictures how the come-backing mayor would govern a misgoverned city:

    “…Isulung na ing kab’yayan, ekonomiya’t edukasyun, at ing kalinisan na dati tamung number one…Abe-abe, saup saup, magpamisan tana kang Pamintuan. Abe-abe, Agyu Tamu, Abak na balen Ed Pamintuan tana…””

    Unknown to many, the composer of the jingle is a public school teacher living in barangay San Jose. He gave a CD to one of the organizers during EdPam’s opening salvo at the Plaza Miranda. “You can use this if you like it,” a certain Mr. Miranda told organizers.
     



    Like father like sons. EdPam should also thank Edu, Atty. Berts, Fidel, Atty. Noy and Jake (3 sons and 2 pamangkins). He was lucky to have humble children who are approachable, respectful and hardworking.



    The moment EdPam and Pampanga 1st District Rep. Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin sealed their alliance, both have also sealed their victories.



    But the key to winning the mayoralty post in Angeles City is in the hands of a lady who has a big heart, a gift from heaven indeed. She is not a prophet or an apostle. She is not Jang-geum, the first female royal physician of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea. She is simply Aling Herminia “Miniang” Pamintuan, a wife of noble character and EdPam’s Jewel in the Palace:

    “Isang mabait na babae sinong makakasumpong? Sapagka’t ang kaniyang halaga ay higit na makapupo kay sa mga rubi.”

    “Ang puso ng kaniyang asawa ay tumitiwala sa kaniya, at siya’y hindi kukulangin ng pakinabang.”

    “Gumagawa siya ng mabuti sa kaniya at hindi kasamaan lahat ng mga kaarawan ng kaniyang buhay.”

    “Siya’y humahanap ng balahibo ng tupa at lino, at gumagawang kusa ng kaniyang mga kamay.”

    “Siya’y bumabangon naman samantalang gabi pa, at nagbibigay ng pagkain sa kaniyang sangbahayan, at ng kanilang gawain sa kaniyang alilang babae.”

    “Binibigkisan niya ang kaniyang mga balakang ng kalakasan, at nagpapalakas ng kaniyang mga bisig.”

    “Kaniyang namamalas na ang kaniyang kalakal ay makikinabang: ang kaniyang ilaw ay hindi namamatay sa gabi.”

    “Kaniyang itinangan ang kaniyang mga kamay sa panulid, at ang kaniyang mga kamay ay humahawak ng panghabi.”

    “Iginagawad niya ang kaniyang kamay sa dukha: Oo, iniaabot niya ang kaniyang mga kamay sa mapagkailangan.”

    “Ang kaniyang asawa ay kilala sa mga pintuang-bayan, pagka siya’y nauupo sa kasamahan ng mga matanda ng lupain…”

    “Binubuka niya ang kaniyang bibig na may karunungan; at ang kautusan ng kagandahang-loob ay nasa kaniyang dila.”

    “Kaniyang tinitignang mabuti ang mga lakad ng kaniyang sangbahayan, at hindi kumakain ng tinapay ng katamaran.”

    “Nagsisibangon ang kaniyang mga anak, at tinatawag siyang mapalad; gayon din ang kaniyang asawa, at pinupuri siya niya, na sinasabi: Maraming anak na babae ay nagsisigawang may kabaitan, nguni’t ikaw, ay humihigit sa kanilang lahat.”

    “Ang lingap ay magdaraya, at ang kagandahan ay walang kabuluhan: nguni’t ang babae na natatakot sa Panginoon, ay siya’y pupurihin.”

    “Bigyan ninyo siya ng bunga ng kaniyang mga kamay; at purihin siya ng kaniyang mga gawa sa mga pintuang-bayan.” (Ang Mabuting Asawa –  Kawikaan [Proverbs] 31:10-31)

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