I am Aho Kiangan

16709360_10211964344001196_419169521_oMy name is Aho Kiangan. 16731328_10211964340201101_41785412_oI was born in a hut by the river being fed by the water fall. The river’s water traveled by my home all the way to the open sea. As a boy, I frolicked in the cold water and bathed in its welcomed freshness. The river and the water fall are my origins. But I am the water long under the bridge, long lost in the sea. I was fifteen when I left knowing then as I know now, there was no going back.

This is my story in snippets. Moments. Anecdotes. All colored by my biases and self indulgence. I am not a politician nor an important man nor one that must be remembered. I am one soul who was fortunate to have lived, to have experienced happiness and pleasure, to have known the significance of pain and the justice of struggle and failure.16734887_10211964336641012_2101918589_oMy knowledge was borne not of schools and institutions but of the streets and the kindness of strangers. Of hope unending and the willingness to take what I could render. Of my imperfections and the temerity to get up after each fall. And the honesty I can only call my own without shame nor chest beating pride. More than loving myself, I am at peace.

My name is Aho Kiangan. This is my story.



About danmeljim

Dan Jimenez was the Editor in Chief of The Corps Magazine from 1976 to 1977. After graduation, he never abandoned his ideas and continued writing. On October 1983, as a young Navy Lieutenant, he wrote an open letter addressed to Salvador Laurel who was then a leader of the opposition against President Marcos. It was published by almost all the dailies and earned for him the commendation of PMAAA, Inc. He immigrated to the US in 1986 but continued to write about the country of his birth. He has defended the Philippine Military Academy against claims of it being a Philippine Monetary Academy and a corrupt institution. Very recently, he posted commendation of Gen Bato de la Rosa and castigation of Senator Sonny Trillanes, which went viral. He continues to believe that "Ideas must reign supreme because personalities and individuals are as fleeting as the seasons." Always a plebe in his thinking, he will live by the adage: "The greatest failure is that never attempted."
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