CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / August 12) – Forty days after Mario Talja – Comrade of the Planet and Humans, colleague on the Middle for Authorized and Pure Assets (LRC), scholar leader, and Xavier activist University, indigenous rights activist, the true Mindanawon and the unique Cagayanon, an excellent and trustworthy pal and husband, father, brother and son – out of the blue and irreversibly entered a brand new life.
I waited for this long to finish and publish this tribute, as a result of unhappiness may even over time, even if it never leaves you. I also thought that I wanted forty days to recollect more about Mary and her thirty years of friendship, just to understand that forty days, truly forty years, isn’t sufficient to recollect even half of these reminiscences. and borrow phrases from colleagues at the LRC Sensible and Friendship Group.
I supply it to the Mario household and to everybody in Mindanao, the Philippines and the remainder of the world who love and yearn for our Super Mario.
This is particularly special for Mary's daughters Inna and Ally, in order that they know what their dad did in his younger days in Davao when Mario went on lengthy journeys to the sector in partnership with indigenous individuals and local communities.
The newest information on July four came. very abruptly. It was posted on Fb by our colleague Judy Pasimio:
“Immediately we discovered of the tragic, sad information of the passing of Mario Talja. We’re in tears and we’ve been for a long time. Mario is a colleague, a good friend, a comrade from LRC and beyond. Mario was one of many first, if not one, LRC's first biased staff for the four founders – Marvic Leonen, Gus Gatmaytan, Nonette Royo and Tony La Viña. Mario set the bar for what it was to be a very good LRC paralegal – dedicated, accustomed to his politics and group politics, geography and ethics. He has established long-term relationships with LRC partners. She was critical but humorous; he was quiet, however you’ll be able to spend the night time talking; he might be shy, but when you’ve gotten a jingle songbook together with his guitar in entrance of him, he would sing his coronary heart out, and sure, he sang properly. No video cooking then – just jingle and guitar. It was Mario who founded LRC Davao in 1992. Mario was indeed one of the pillars of LRC. We're unhappy, Mar, very unhappy. "
I used to be in Songdo, South Korea at a local weather change assembly once I heard what happened – the Agusan accident that took Mario away from us. At first I used to be numb and refused. But at some point, once I was capable of cope with what had occurred, I found myself sad and crying for hours – in truth, one entire night time. The tears were not only for Mario, however for his household – his spouse Gina and daughters Inna and Ally – and all of us within the sensible and friendship communities that Mario was a part of – LRC, Indigenous, Environmental and Mindanao civil. group – who had misplaced a comrade and a pal. That night time I listened to a number of occasions a Queen & # 39; s Love of My Life comic numerous versions of the final part of the judgment, once you lose someone you’re keen on.
In reality, Mario was beloved by the individuals who labored with him for many years.
Ateng Ballesteros, our LRC colleague, reminds me of Washington DC the place he now lives:
“I keep in mind my battle with Mario through the arduous but inspiring battle to save lots of Mt Apo from large-scale power improvement in the early and mid-1990s. Working with the Lumad leaders, the celebration, the campaign, the advocate and the group organizer taught me quite a bit. He was dearly my "field buddy" as two or three main LRC climbs with Mt Apoon Marvic, Gus and your complete staff protested and proclaimed the nationality of the National Park as the house of the indigenous peoples the LRC labored with. So far, PNOC (now EDC) values the lengthy and evidence-based authorized and campaign battle led by LRC in Mt. Apo Geothermal Improvement Institute, probably the most troublesome experience of their encounter with the IP and NGOs. This implies we gave them hell! And Mario was an enormous a part of the battle and many other campaigns we’ve got been concerned with for a few years at LRC. He was a brother to me, our day-to-day musician and an amazing listener of labor and life challenges. She is my family to me. I miss her dearly. "
The Lumad Mindanawo Individuals's Union additionally thanked Maro for his mash eh Mt. Apo-flight. “The store and Mario are produced from Apu Sandawa / Mt. Apo. Dili lang siya basta defends Kung Dili commerce Katawhang Lumad in a thick and skinny wrestle for id, land and sovereignty. "(" Mario was with us within the wrestle for the sanctity of Apo Sandawan / Mt. Apo. He was not solely a defender but a comrade following us within the thick and skinny battle for id, land and self-determination. "
Mae Ocampo, additionally LRC: and now within the Netherlands, remembers the present of the track that Mario gave us:
"Rest in Power, dear Mario JB Talja. You will always stay in my heart, March. I will never forget your quiet but strong presence and advice you gave me as a young learning activist (including "kanchaws") (teasing) as I slipped into the rice blankets while I was in the community.) Back during our LRC day you always gave me a gentle encouragement when I felt down and confused and whipped your guitar and said, "Egg egg natin Yan Tapos i-proseso natin "(sung only first then le ts deals with it.) PADAYON, MAR!"
Another colleague, Begonia of France, now a regional justice the decide of the visit, gave the identical tribute:
“I wish I knew you more, I want I had executed more to crack your defend. who stored you close, however not too close to the individuals who labored with you, individuals who beloved and beloved you more than you can ever know or phrases might ever convey. You have been my stone in those area visits to the farthest and totally different elements of the group where injustice and starvation disappeared. You have been all the time a soothing, uplifting, fraternal presence. You knew instinctively how and when to dissolve tensions, how you can redirect conversation
again to the calm waters. I apologize for not being there for you in the course of the tribulation. I'm sorry to listen to that you simply, my pricey good friend ylitöistäsi got here from distant memory. Sadly, I didn’t keep up a correspondence through the years and gave you friendship and comfort in the same method as many years in the past. I keep in mind you as one of many friendliest, gentlest individuals I've ever had the pleasure of meeting on this life. I thank the Lord on your life. Service to those who wanted it most, your music, your jokes. When the going received robust, you by no means whispered or complained or yelled again. You simply favored your self and went on. Farewell, March. People who depart you in tears love you and love you every time you go. "
Final August 4th was Mario's 53rd birthday. Judy revealed this: "Today I remember you sadly, with a pleasant and grateful heart that we met each other, climbed Mt Apo, made you introduce habal-habal and skylaby, learned and did not study things about community service, and stayed friends with you for distance and time despite. "
At his demise in Cagayan de Oro and Manila, Mario's associates gathered in sorrow and gratitude to comfort each other, sing and keep in mind and say goodbye. and pay tribute to him.
We thank Mario for his power, management, calmness, music, helpfulness, shelter and most of all his friendship. Mario was as stoic and gloomy and determined as activists typically are, but he had a gentle coronary heart and empathy. The truth is, the right Cagayan de Oro phrase for Marion's biggest power can be "Pag-amping" – the power to look after, cherish, shield and shield and comply with the individuals he loves. Behind his stoic and calm demeanor, Mario was a caring individual. He cared concerning the communities he served, the islands and the land he liked, his wives and daughters, his brothers and his household, his giant household, certainly all of us.
I had a particular relationship with Maro, each of whom have been from Cagayan de Oro, sharing their laws with Royos, who was married to him and Gina Ninong, and labored with him at LRC for almost ten years.
Two years in the past, he came to see me and my wife, Titay. ask for help and steerage. We had an extended discussion about forgiveness: how you can forgive your self in your errors and mistakes, your selfishness and your limitations; how you can forgive the individuals you’re keen on once they harm you, even for belongings you thought you couldn't forgive them; and the way to apologize to the individuals you’re keen on because you will have definitely offended them with out your information.
Nonette, Mario's lawyer, stated it was greatest for all of us:
“We now have recognized Mario in his many roles. as a pal, coworker, leader, brother, titon, protector, husband, father of two superb daughters, sparring associate who was all the time very self-assured, credible, well being counselor, listener, singer, duet companion, proper tuner that places us by means of the Cagayan visitors, and rather more. Like most of us, he played these life roles with a light-weight coronary heart together with his dedication, going via many trial and error, to study from them. I've seen how Mario walked chosen the trail of openness and readiness to attempt. I have seen his power, persistence, braveness and endurance. Within the highest and lowest circumstances of his life, we’ve got participated in some ways.
We have been bitterly bitter about why he needed to depart us so instantly, weeping for the opening he left in our hearts. However in God's time, he is referred to as to remind us of the choice of affection. Love that makes us desirable for somebody.
A love that isn’t only for itself however extends to everyone and every thing.
Love. It's the most effective, solely method to summarize the lifetime of Mario JB Talja. His love for our widespread metropolis Cagayan de Oro, the good and troubled island of Mindanao, Pilipinas nating mahal (We love the Philippines) for the indigenous individuals and the poor, us his pals and comrades, brothers and their households who all the time beloved him for Gina, Inna and Ally within the middle of the guts who all the time fell in love with love.
On January 1, 2019, to welcome you to the New Yr, Mario posted this meme to his Facebook timeline. : “I stroll with a clear coronary heart and thoughts in 2019.
Should you owe me, don't worry about it. Should you break me, that's all good, lesson. When you're mad at me, you gained – I've given it a go. If we don't speak, it's cool – I wish you excellent. For those who really feel that I’ve executed you no fallacious, I apologize that it was not intentional. I am grateful for every studying from the experience. Life is just too brief for it to hate, resent, and additional stress and ache. This is the yr 2019 !!! Keep in mind, someone can be forgiven you, so don't cease your blessings. Might 2019 is a yr of opportunity and forgiveness. ”
Mario sent this with out understanding it was a farewell letter to us all. I actually didn't know. I had all the time thought we have been from the same city, Mario and I crossed paths once more.
Mario and the rest of us who labored with him have seen difficult occasions; certainly, we have now lived dangerous lives preventing for human rights, environmental safety, justice and democracy. They have been good years – once we have been young and poor, but idealistic, burning with love for the poor and the earth and filled with hope. During these years of battle, we sang Joey Ayalan's Walang Hanggang Pamamaalam, a ghostly love music, if there’s one, much because we have been never positive when and once we would see each other again.
Paradoxically, we are older. , I assumed we might see each other more typically – who has the time and the means now. But perhaps we’ve. Certainly my friendship with Gina and now with Inna and Ally will continue. In any case, once we sang together a repentance (tribute) to Mario through the LRC, “So naturally we are eager about baling, we’ve got been an fascinating papal par pa ang ang puso; coffee that’s used to see Mundo. "
Pag-amping ug daghan flashes, God bless, Mario, tremendous lover and comrade.
(Antonio "Tony" La Viña Cagayan de Oro is a former dean of the Ateneo Boarding Faculty. He teaches constitutional regulation at Manila and Mindanao regulation faculties)
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