Wednesday, October 24, 2007

berso sa metro

Photo taken inside the LRT using my camera phone. Read about Berso sa Metro a week ago and actually saw the posters last Tuesday inside the new trains. It was actually good to read verses of beautiful poem in Spanish and Tagalog versions... the corresponding images are beautiful as well.

Berso sa Metro (Verse in the metro) is a campaign from the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) management, Instituto Cervantes Manila, and the Filipino-Spanish Friendship Day committee. It aims to encourage reading for the thousands of daily passengers of the LRT.

Here's a sample of a verse from Pablo Neruda (though its not the one in the photo)

Spanish version

cuando mis pasos van
cuando vuelven mis pasos
niegame el pan, el aire,
la luz, la primavera,
pero tu risa nunca
porque me morira

Tagalog version

kapag ako ay umalis
kapag ako ay bumalik
ipagkait mo na sa akin ang tinapay,
ang hangin, ang liwanag at ang tagsibol
huwag lamang ang iyong ngiti
dahil ito'y aking ikasasawi

so cheesy eh? =) if you're one of LRT's regular commuter, try to look up and read these verses... enjoy the ride!


Ner said...

Perhaps cheesy but I find it lovely. :)

Congrats for the nomination! Got your blog from PinoyBlogero. Good luck! Will vote for you ^_^

Mind if I add you to my links?

travelphilippines said...

hehe cheesy pero nicey. hay tagal ko na di sumasakay ng metro.

pusa said...

@ner - thank you for voting my blog, really appreciate it...and it's an honor to be added in your link =)

@travel/purnell - you should try and ride the train sometime, i suggest in the afternoon just in time to capture the sunset and it's amazing to see the city change its colors while in transit :)

Anonymous said...

The train looks so new and modern. It shines like a new coin. I like it very much and will never get to see the sights you see and take for granted. I guess that is the way life is. I like your blog very much. Thank you for visiting my blog.

joy said...

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this. I may just have to take the LRT when I'm in town in December BUT I did do that in 2005 and it was such a crush.

I took Spanish classes at Instituto Cervantes and really enjoyed it. Highly recommended!

Norwich is a city in Norfolk, in the East of England. If your reference point is London, it is 2 hours away by train and located northeast of London.

Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo. May I invite you to visit my other blog Your Love Coach?

Have a great day!

Your Love Coach

Ming the Merciless said...

Love the photo.

jaspercaesar said...

i came across your blog because i googled berso sa metro which i accidentally discovered while taking the LRT. i fell in love with the verses.

how heartwarming to see a blog feature places in Manila that once we've been to.

The planetarium is one such place i wish to visit again.

and oh, congratulations for the nomination. how lovely!

Anazki said...

"Ano ang buhay? isang Kahibangan..
Ano ang buhay? isang Ilusyon...
Isang anino, isang kasinungalingan
At ang malalaking biyaya ay maliit pa rin,
dahil ang buhay ay isa lamang pangarap,
At ang ma pangarap ay pangarap lamang."

"Naririto ako dahil ikaw'y nakilala, ikaw ang buhay mula ng ikaw'y makita.
Kung ako'y mamamatay ng di ka nakilala,
Di ako mamamatay dahil di ako nabuhay.."

Really nice to read those posts...
I feel like back in time... hehehe ;)

The Pageman said...


I was just reading that poem a few hours ago. It's the Tagalog version of the ending verse of Pedro Calderón de la Barca's La vida es sueño:

Yo sueño que estoy aquí
destas prisiones cargado,
y soñé que en otro estado
más lisonjero me vi.
¿Qué es la vida? Un frenesí.
¿Qué es la vida? Una ilusión,
una sombra, una ficción,
y el mayor bien es pequeño:
que toda la vida es sueño,
y los sueños, sueños son.

Kudos to Instituto for this brillant idea. the poem made my day! :)

imogen_ph said...

Hello, I took a pic of one too. Check it out here:

the Zookeeper said...

Hi, just like jaspercaesar, nag search ako sa Google for Berso sa Metro kaya ako napadpad sa blog mo. Kagabi ko lang napansin yung mga poems sa LRT, and I felt happy kasi mga creations ni Pablo Neruda ang naka-feature. Idol ko yun kasi since my college years. Btw, I also find your blog very interesting. Can I add you to my links?

pusa said...

imogen - nice photos, catchy talaga un berso noh

zookeeper - thanks, katuwa talaga un idea nila... no problem at all, i appreciate your link =)

Anonymous said...

Hey Berso sa Metro fans! Become a fan of us on Facebook to be updated on the latest (new Bersos have been put up and launched!) from Instituto Cervantes! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

katulad ng iba, napadpad lang rin ako dito sa
tulong ng yahoo search engine.LoL.

Natutuwa ako dahil marami pala tayong umiibig sa berso sa metro,haaay,ung iba ko ksing kaibigan nagtataka sila sken kung bakit raw nahuhumaling ako sa mga "tula na naka-post sa tren", well the feeling is mutual, nagtataka din ako sa kanila kung bakit hndi nila nakikita ung buhay sa mga tula.

thanks nga pala ke pusa,hehe.

Monica Sen Bautista said...

hello....can sumbody pls help me recall this one verse that ive read..pertaining to break ups?... it goes like this... nung akoy iwan mo... pareho tayong nawalan...ako dahil nawalan ako ng ikaw dahil nawalan k ng magmamahal sayo...ngunit sa ating 2 ikaw ang higit n nawalan...dahil kaya ko ibigay sa iba ang tulad ng pagmamahal ko sayo...habang ikaw ay di na makakakita pa ng katulad kong nagmahal sayo ng's like that...but the exact lines that ive read in berso sa metro one time ride in lrt is really fantastic..,me and my niece is really searching for the perfect lines that we us...we wont be able to ride againh in lrt line 2..coz were living in quezon province....huhuhu thank you so much...

- Monica...
_ Lucena City.

Monica Sen Bautista said...

Can somebody tell me what site can i check to see all the samples of berso sa metro poems? thanks a lot!

patrick said...

para sayo Monica Sen Bautista:

Nang mawala ka sa akin, ikaw at ako'y nawalan:
ako, dahil ikaw ang minahal ko nang lubusan
at ikaw dahil ako ang sa iyo'y lubusang nagmahal.
Nguni't sa dalawa ay ikaw ang higit na nawalan:
Dahil pwede kong mahalin ang iba tulad nang pagmamahal ko sa iyo
nguni't ika'y 'di mamahalin tulad nang kung paano kita minahal.

~hinahanap ko den ang eksaktong salita nung tula dahil nagustuhan ko...nakita ko sa iang page sa multiple ( sana nakatulong ako. :-) may facebook ka?

thugsrhy said...

Nang mawala ka sa akin,
Ikaw at ako'y nawalan:
Ako dahil ikaw ang minahal ko nang lubusan
At ikaw dahil ako ang sa iyo'y lubusang nagmahal.

Ngunit sa dalawa
Ay ikaw ang higit na nawalan:
Dahil pwede kong mahalin and iba tulad ng pagmamahal ko sa 'yo
Nguni't ika'y di na mamahalin tulad nang kung paano kita minahal.

kai said...

grabe kahit n sisksikan sa MRT kung may mga ganitong thought sapat na pra msaving ayus lan!!! haixts may site ba ang BERSO SA METRO? ung mbabasa lhat?

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