next weak’s miracle for the mh3 pharts: too aulde, too phat, too slow, too bloody good…
ano (what): trail mmccxxx
kailan (when): monday 01may17, 6pm
sino (who): thirsty
bakit (why): kasi ito ay lunes ng gabi (because it's monight)
saan (where): guadalajara park, merville park village, paranaque
direksyon: exit slex at merville toll, or take west service rd from nichols. right into moonwalk access rd (c5 extension) to enter merville village either at nomad sports club gate or gate 1 (surrender licence). follow mapa to the park, close to huge wally's on istanbul street. too easy.
agpu17: 2222, sat22apr17. pacific breeze. clark not angeles.
kasaysayan ng mga aso ng maynila
squatta's true hashtory of manila hash house harriers
forgotten pasts it’s ironic that, having discovered and then revealed the heart of manila as a hashing paradise, many gifted original hounds moved off island. after rescuing cads & bounders buried alive in boredom--marriage, mortgage and minors-- by opening their hearts to the joys of alternative monights and a landscape of bountiful offerings, it was more often than not the lifestyle of the day to move on after an assignment of a few short years. in large measure, this explains the loss of institutional memory, the opportunity for mh3's “bastard hash” myth to flourish, and something as significant as the origin of the jeepney logo to be ignored. indeed, there has been furiously aggressive disdain for mh3's hashtory.
time to draw back the kawayan (bamboo) curtain.
before the beginning manila hounds were not the first to lay & follow trails in the philippine archipelago. that honour goes to several worthy but until now undocumented predecessors not usually associated with hashing.
- sir john bowring, troublesome fourth british governor of hong kong and plenipotentiary in china (1854-1859), is better known for fomenting the second opium war than for taking a forced seven-week sabbatical in philippines to avoid being embroiled in a legal suit. unknowingly, he became the first documented hound by following a trail on mt. banahaw, laguna, in january 1858. his description of the trek, taken aboard a palanquin, could have been penned by a modern day mh3 scribe, with references to shiggy, false trails and the joy of the muddy experience -- "but cheerfulness and buoyancy of spirits, exclamations of encouragement, loud laughter, and a general and brotherly cooperation surmounted difficulty."
- in august 1896, possibly monday 24, andres bonifacio led a large group of katipuneros in shredding their identity document (a hint there) and uttering the first cry (another hint) of armed rebellion against the spanish: "sugod sugod" -- "advance, advance". sounds familiar.
- from monday 4 to monday 18 december 1899, an american prisoner of war laid a longer-than-usual paper and chalk trail through the cordillera mountains in northern luzon. the trail was to help following rescuers find them:“he had a box of large marking crayons. and at every opportunity he would write on a boulder or the face of a cliff. the filipinos tried to rub out the marks, but were only partly successful. these signs were a great help in following the trail of the prisoners.”
- on sunday 25 june 1905 at 6a.m in iloilo on panay island, a paper chase on ponies was laid by two english hares. the scribe recounts that the pack comprised "a large company of spaniards, mestizos, swiss and one or two other englishmen", with the short cutting bastards outfoxing the hares: "imagine their disgust when they at last tracked the other sportsmen to a bar where they were sitting at little tables drinking beer."
beginnings: tale of two fathers hashing arrived in manila on may 1972, year of the rat and the year philippines embarked on nine years of batas militar (martial law).
mh3 went invisible and re-emerged in 1975. there is no surviving documentation from the first incarnation. mh3's trail numbering and weekly hashtrashes begin in april 1975.
so, it's a tale of two fathers: the first trail by pest exterminator "ratcatcher" james howard (pic below), laid from manila nomad sports club in paranaque at 6pm on monday 22 may 1972; and trail numero uno by banking duo david jenkins-"turkey" tom noonan from 1733 banyan rd, barrio dasmarinas, makati at 6pm on monday 28 april 1975. jenkins-noonan were unaware of ratcatcher's previous activity.
ratcatcher was the pioneer, the metaphorical & literal trail blazer. subsequently, jenkins-noonan gave mh3 permanency and introduced rituals that define today's monights.
these were either incredibly bold or stupid moves. not only was philippines under martial law, but as recently as 1600 astrologer-monk fillipo (a clue there) bruno was burned at the stake by the roman inquisition for championing parallel universes, a la hashing.
what's in a name except for an interlude of 28 years, manila has been the archipelago's capital city since conquistador legaspi designated it so in 1571. the exception straddled the years of mh3's arrival. during 1948-1976, quezon city (originally proposed as balintawak) was the capital.
this thin slice of history begs the question: why are we not maynila h3, balintawak h3, quezon city h3 or makati h3?
we've never trailed in balintawak, but that name would nicely bridge the historical-hashtorical divide. in august 1896, balintawak was scene of andres bonifacio's call to armed rebellion against colonial spain. the rebels famously tore up their identification cards and yelled the unang sigaw ng balintawak (first cry of balintawak), akin to mh3's shredded paper and first call of on-'ucking-on.
ahead of the pack when ratcatcher's retinue began chasing paper in may 1972--stumbling through tall cogon grass, wading across smelly esteros and falling into muddy carabao wallows--there were less than three-dozen hashes world-wide. this put manila hounds in the vanguard of what was about to become a global, malthusian-like explosion in hash numbers.
longest survivor jackass s. daniels is the only hound still permanently resident in manila who trailed with ratcatcher's original pack in 1972.
first filipinos david jenkins says: “in 1975 we started very respectably with boston yanks and scottish presbyterians dominating, but low life form was quickly established when the aussies piled in. like most hashes we were almost exclusively expatriate but two filipinos—franco and robbie delgado—are remembered fondly as great enthusiasts.”
f was the first on trail (18, 25aug75). r came a week later. ed and rico, two other clan members, also trailed. as the first pinoys, that makes them mh3 legends.
logo it's a fact that in 1976, after a fearfully fought competition for ideas, mrs lesley jenkins won with her jeepney design (pic below). the motif captures the essence of the manila hound, even today: slow, noisy, inefficient, disruptive, source of obnoxious emissions but always welcoming, always room for one more and on the move in all weathers and any circumstance.
credo many hashes are too lazy and lack the imagination to proclaim themselves to be anything other than the tritely generic "drinking club with a running problem". like a few other highly cerebral hashes, not so mh3. it is no idle boast that we live up to our deliberately ambiguous motto: "we don't give one, but we know where to find one" -- "hindi kami namimigay ng isa, ngunit alam namin kung saan makakahanap ng isa." this is our immutable philosophical epicentre. we don't take ourselves too seriously, kowtow to none, operate on our terms, move at our own rhythm, retain our own authenticity, reject alien convention and conformity, refuse to celebrate g's birthday or have a red dress trail, and eschew the straight path (daang matuwid) in favour of a crooked trail (liko liko) of genie arse hairs.
never missed a monight it is no myth that manila h3 has never missed a numbered monight trail, despite natural hazards and man-made disasters. we're not thwarted by regular typhoons & flooding, periodic earthquakes & volcanic eruptions, ever-present debilitating temperature & humidity, or darkness enveloping the trail at the mandatory sikoklok start. neither are we distracted by man-made disruptions like daang barado (clogged streets, impenetrable traffic), batas militar (martial law), coups d'etat & liquorless election days. nor are we ever compromised by occasional pusillanimous pussyfooted poltroons who welch on their hair appointments.
genealogy infirmity it is true that for much of its existence mh3 was proudly a "bastard", with no known mother or father. this was because the founders became invisible, and later generations of manila hounds were profoundly incurious, old enough to be forgetful and perversely protective of maintaining their bastard status.
the legitimately "illegitimate" status began to change at interhash98 in kuala lumpur, when tumbling bill panton, world hashing's genius genealogist, rolled out his seven-metre scroll showing h3's family tree. manila h3 and hyderabad h3 were shown as "illegitimate", with no lineage traceable back to mother hash in kuala lumpur (1938).
the status accorded mh3 made it the oldest illegitimate hash. this was a great source of pride for manila hounds, and was defended vigorously -- those who spoke otherwise were unable to say anything definite and those who said something definite weren't trusted (as spoke by 14th century chinese cartographer chu ssu pen who inexcusably neglected to place manila on his world map).
however, in 1998 the illegitimate classification had exiled manila hound digit fulminating, since he knew his mother hash was mh3 and he'd founded hyderabad h3 in 1990.
mh3's genealogical infirmity was researched. demolishing the myth of mh3's absence of paternity was a drawn out affair, taking 15 years to replace it by a heritage that emerged piecemeal:
-- ratcatcher visited manila in november 2000 for one of his cultural replenishment pilgrimages. at an on on on in l.a. cafe, he gave a verbal affidavit that he founded mh3 in 1972, three years earlier than previously reckoned. mh3 was unmindful of the world genealogy project, in any case didn't give one, and this revelation went no further.
-- at goa interhash 2002, benefiting from digit's frenetic independent digging, world hash directory's manila entry read: "founded 31 dec 1973 by james ratcatcher howard ex-jakarta. men only. monday 6pm sharp. url - geocities.com/manilah3. email - email@example.com. contact - briggs&stratton, firstname.lastname@example.org." mh3 took no notice and continued to push the myth it was the world's oldest illegitimate/bastard hash.
-- in april 2005, tumbling bill visited manila with his 17metre genealogy scroll. succumbing to digit's insistent haranguing, this now showed mh3's status as "legitimate", a granddaughter of mother hash (1938) via jakarta (1971), and added four mid-wives: paul bono, fred smoot, paul simonds and jules guerassimoff. mh3 was unimpressed, but b&s twins contacted ratcatcher.
-- in april 2005, ratcatcher provided a written affidavit confirming paternity, location of first trail, but silent on date.
-- in december 2014 ratcatcher was back in manila for nomad sports club centennial birthday. pressed for the date of his first trail, he divined monight 22 may 1972 as most likely, based on nomad's rugby calendar and start of martial law (sep72).
-- in a sidecircle at nomad's centennial, ratcatcher was formally acknowledged as mh3 founding father. he was presented with an impressive plaque which was immediately pilfered by an unknown hashtorical scavenger.
sowing seeds hounds of manila have spread the joy of hashing by fathering about 40 other hashes. besides manila and philippine dynasties, mh3's diaspora has produced offspring across asia, africa, europe, north and south america -- everywhere, except where penguins outnumber people; a bigger global reach than globalisation itself.
fabulous fiesta manila h3 hosted interhash90. the thrilla in manila was a massive success, despite being mishmanaged by one of asia's smallest regular packs. if the numbers at each interhash are normalized by taking into account the average size of the hosting packs, mh3 is probably as good as the few heavy hitters and better than many.
tuloy ang kwento -- the story continues
grumbles, thirsty, ratcatcher (founding father, 1972), squatta.
l.a cafe, m.h. del pilar, ermita. 1350, 20nov00 -- removing the mystery of mh3's birth
david jenkins, gee emm 1975 lesley jenkins, logo designer, 1976
origins of international hashing
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