staba3.jpgSta. Barbara no longer has a funerary chapel or capilla, unlike the other cemeteries I’ve featured. What is special about Sta. Barbara though is the stone tablet found just above its arched entrance of bricks and iron grills. Because of its cute size, many people, Sta. Barbaranhons included, have failed to notice it. Of the cemetery inscriptions I’ve discovered, Sta. Barbara’s really made me smile. Written in Kinaray-a (Iloilo’s other major language) was a rather subtle warning to the living. “Ig-ampo nino cami. Car-on sa amun, buas sa ino.” (Pray for us. Now is our time. Tomorrow, it will be your turn.) Whether this was meant to be a threatening or humorous warning is for the living to interpret.

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  1. Omon Maravilla said:

    This is about the country’s flag and the town of Santa Barbara, Iloilo.
    On March 25, 1936, President Manuel L. Quezon. Issued E.O. No. 23 prescribing the technical description and specification of the Filipino Flag. It was followed by other directives assigning the National Historical Institute as the authority in Philippine Vexillaries and Heraldry.
    Gordon’s proposed bill adding yet another ray to the Philippine flag should concern all Filipinos but most especially us Ilonggos.
    The eight rays within the white triangle represent the towns within Luzon that fathered the Philippine Revolution.

    However, Santa Barbara, which actively participated under General Delgado, was never represented in the flag.

    Gordon and even Puentebella maintain that Muslim resistance to colonial rule merits a ray. Problem is, Mindanao is already one of three stars that mark our flag.

    Whatever for is this bill? It begs a timely answer- acknowledge the ” Cry of Santa Barbara” in it’s proper context.

    Omon Maravilla

    October 4, 2009

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