“Soy la voz de Dios”

Translation: I am the Voice of God.

These words are carved into a massive bell in a church in the Philippine province of Iloilo (just across a narrow strait from Dear Departed Dad’s home province, Negros, in the central Philippines) The bell weighs 10.4 tons, don’t even ask self how workers managed to get it up into the bell tower. Can you imagine that ringing for every mass? The sound is very deep.

Self decided to write a new chapter for Camarote de Marinero today.

It begins:

When he first met Ta-hum, who was his cook, his factotum, who cared for him the way a mother cares for a child, even though she was 10 years younger, he himself had been a young man, with all the imperfections of youth.

Now?

Soy la voz de Dios, he intoned.

Tahum is a Hiligaynon word meaning “beautiful.”

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Camarote de Marinero: Self’s MC Meets the Archbishop

The Archbishop to Matias:

These are the matters that you must report on: number of baptisms; deaths, of officials and clergy; fires; condition of the ports; salaries, especially if there are upward adjustments; arrivals and departures; conflicts; fiscal status; the foundation of hospitals; prices of commodities and goods; taxes; tributes; profits; ordinary expenses; relations with the Sangleys (that is what they call the Chinese); the influence of local healers.ā€

— Excerpt from self’s novel, Camarote de Marinero

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