Bilog

My kids love this song entitled “Bilog” (translated: circle) not because the models are pretty and sexy but because the melody and the lyrics are easy to remember. The choreography is also simple to follow. Here is the video of this election infomercial.

Captured in Photo!

In the middle of the news about the Maguindanao Massacre and the scandal it brought to the Ampatuan clan and their affiliates, it even brought more light to my kids how government people abuse their powers and authorities.

Earlier today, I decided to restore my computer because its performance is slowing. It might be infected by a virus or two, so I thought. While browsing through my files of pictures that I have to transfer and burn on my CDs, I saw this picture I took several months ago while we were on our way to my mother’s house in Tanza, Cavite. It called our attention because the owner-type jeepney in front of us does not have a vehicle plate. Considering that it is a government-issued vehicle, used for official purposes, the officials who use them it do not follow the law.

Another proof of abuse of power?

A government vehicle without a plate

Philippine politics is a tragedy of power, abuse and dirty game. When will it ever end?

It Pays To Be A Paranoid

I must admit I get paranoid at times, especially when it concerns my family’s safety. But it does pay to be one sometimes!

It happened to me one weekend while we were on our way to the birthday party of my friend’s mom. My husband went to the nearby mall with our 2 kids to buy some stuff while our eldest son and I had a haircut in a salon within the village. We were already done but my husband has not arrived yet. I called him but his phone cannot be reached, so we decided to go to the convenience store across the street while waiting for them.

I texted my husband our exact location and told him that we were already waiting for them outside the store. Then, I noticed that a guy (let’s call him Guy #1) behind me was walking back and forth. Thinking that he might snatch my cellphone, I stepped backward so that I can have a clearer view of his movements. I held my son tightly as I noticed there are two other guys standing on each corner of the store. Another thought came to me. The two guys might be conspirants of Guy #1, who was then roaming around the parking area, seems to be inspecting each parked car. It was then that I decided to move to the next store where there are more people waiting. In no less than 5 minutes, my husband and our 2 other kids arrived. I told him about the 3 suspicious-looking men and when I looked at the store, they were gone. Why gone so soon? And all at the same time? As far as I can remember it, they also arrived almost at the same time. Hmmm, looks fishy, isn’t it?

Well, better safe than sorry.

The Wrath Of Ondoy and Pepeng

The people of Luzon experienced two typhoon within two weeks. Much has been said about how they devastated Luzon, which is felt until now. A lot of relief and rehabilitation is still being done until now. Some towns are still flooded. Rivers and lakes overflowed. Dams spilled off water to avoid damage to the dams, causing more damages to the people. Flood water increased, houses are washed out, businesses lost their goods and machines…

Some people say this is just one of the effects of climate change. I beg to disagree! The amount of rainfall that Ondoy poured may be too much to handle in one day. But could have there been more trees on our forest… could the rivers been cleared of residents and was not turned into a trash bin, the water could have flowed better. Thus, no flash floods will occur.

My friend's house washed out by the flood

My friend's house washed out by the flood

Who is to be blamed then? The government officials? The people themselves? EVERYBODY is to blamed. People abused the mountains and the rivers. They throw their garbage in rivers and sewage systems. They burn trees on mountains for their livelihood. The government officials allow the mountains and farmlands to be converted into subdivisions. All of us has the responsibility to take care of our environment.

Mother Nature is sending us a message. We only have a single planet we can live. I hope we take care of them, not only for ourselves but also for the next children and their children.

Noynoy for President?

Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III

Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III

Benigno Aquino III, more popularly known as Noynoy, is the only son of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon C. Aquino. He is also the older brother of famous celebrity Kris Aquino-Yap, the youngest in the family. He elected to the Senate in the May 14, 2007 under the banner of the Genuine Opposition (GO), a coalition comprising a number of parties, including his own Liberal Party.

Last Tuesday, Sept 1, was one of the most memorable moments for Filipinos, especially for the supporters of the Aquinos, when Sen. Mar Roxas announced that he will not pursue his presidential bid anymore for the unity of their party. Instead, he will support Sen. Noynoy Aquino for the presidency although Sen. Noynoy did not confirm he will be running for the position.

Sen. Noynoy is currently on a weekend retreat to seek “divine guidance” and to discern for his decision whether to accept the offer or not. Well and good! I just hope he decides NOT to run anymore. But with other presidentiables now announcing they are conceding and giving their support to Noynoy, all we could do now is wait and see.

“Tatakbo Ka Ba?”

Tatakbo Ka Ba?

Tatakbo Ka Ba?

Translated “Will You Run?”, “Tatakbo Ka Ba?” is the tagline of the run-for-a-cause sponsored by GMA network, a local television station. “Eleksyon 2010 Na, Tatakbo Ka Ba?” (“It’s Election 2010, Will You Run?”), the fun run aims for a clean and honest 2010 Presidential election. Some presidentiables and vice-presidentiables also graced the event, which was held yesterday, August 30 at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

I wanted to participate. Not only for the objective of the activity, but also because I missed doing fun runs. I have not done this for years. I asked my husband if he can register for us. I thought we still have sufficient time to prepare. But my son would not allow us… because he wanted to do it… ALL BY HIMSELF! He even said, “I run. You watch.” I did not know how to react. Brave? No!… Bragging? YES!!! So, I just gave him a nod of acknowledgment.

With those words, I checked their website and called the race director to inquire. Age is not a requirement. As long as the individual has the endurance and strength to run the 5K and 10K (K stands for kilometers) race, he can join. There was just one problem. On the day when I called their office to inquire, it was already the last day of registration. I can’t leave the house. I have stuff to do. I have articles due for submission that day. My husband cannot drive as far as Quezon City. He has meeting at the office. When we informed Joma we cannot register for the event anymore, he cried. To satisfy him, I told him that we will go to the fun run and watch people run. He just cried louder!

My heart cried when I saw his disappointment. He had been so excited in joining the event. I talked to my husband to leave the office early so that he can make it before the registration period ends. This is the best gift we can give to him on his birthday. Joma will turn 6 on the same day of the fun run. Upon learning that his daddy will go to the registration, he got up and started warming himself up. Of course, we did not allow him to do it by himself! He cannot run all alone, His dad also registered for the event.

Joma, at the starting line

August 30, Sunday, the day of the fun run… the whole family woke up at 4AM to prepare for the event. Though very early than their usual wake up time, they had no complaints at all. Everybody was excited to run with the crowd, not minding the distance and the aching bodies later.

We arrived at the site minutes before the fun run started. We saw celebrities, athletes, and, of course, politicians. The organizers had nice giveaways too… from water and juice to food and shirt.

Did Joma win? Was he able to make it to the finish line? I knew my son did it for fun. And he did had fun! He enjoyed every sweat that came out of his body. Each step to the finish line was an achievement. He was proud of every move he made… It was my pride to see him cross the finish line, still wearing the same wide smile when he left us.

Joma, after running the 10-km stretch

Joma, after running the 10-km stretch

I love you, son! Happy birthday!

A Happy Death

I have 5 articles that is due today so I turned on the PC and started writing as soon as I woke up. I was already on my second article when my son Joma woke up and turned on the TV. It was then that I learned that our former president Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino passed away early this morning. I can’t concentrate on the article I am writing. I have to express my mourning over the passing of our former President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino.

I do not have any personal experience with Tita Cory. We just have the same last name although my husband’s relatives say Ninoy, her husband, is their distant relative. My husband grew up in the same community in Quezon City where Tita Cory, as she is fondly called, lives. They also went to the same parish.

Tita Cory led the Philippines to regain its freedom. I was only in high school then. A teenager who was unaware of the country’s current events. I must admit that I was clueless what was happening then in EDSA. I only realized how important that EDSA People Power was when I reached college… a few years after the event itself.

former Pres. Corazon Aquino

For me, she was the best leader the Philippines could have, next to her husband who was shot dead in his arrival to the country. I was saddened by the news that she was diagnosed of colon cancer. Over the past month that she was confined in the hospital, I kept on praying that God will give her a peaceful death. I did not pray that she will recover from her illness anymore… to stand up and go back to her usual activities. No, not anymore. I am just being realistic. You see, I have seen a lot of cancer patients. I have friends, relatives and family members of my friends who have been victimized by cancer. They all succumbed to death. I knew all along this will come soon. So, I was just praying for her family to be prepared… for acceptance that she will soon pass away… for Tita Cory that she may have a peaceful death, less pain and agony because I understand how physically painful cancer is.

While watching the news and updates regarding her burial and interment, I heard somebody read this poem she wrote last 2004. I searched the Net for a copy of this poem and I found it here.

Prayer for a Happy Death
by: Corazon C. Aquino

Almighty God, most merciful Father
You alone know the time
You alone know the hour
You alone know the moment
When I shall breathe my last.

So, remind me each day,
most loving Father
To be the best that I can be.
To be humble, to be kind,
To be patient, to be true.
To embrace what is good,
To reject what is evil,
To adore only You.

When the final moment does come
Let not my loved ones grieve for long.
Let them comfort each other
And let them know
how much happiness
They brought into my life.
Let them pray for me,
As I will continue to pray for them,
Hoping that they will always pray
for each other.

Let them know that they made possible
Whatever good I offered to our world.
And let them realize that our separation
Is just for a short while
As we prepare for our reunion in eternity.

Our Father in heaven,
You alone are my hope.
You alone are my salvation.
Thank you for your unconditional love, Amen.

To you, Tita Cory, your battle is well-fought… from being a housewife to regaining our freedom and leading the country. You are a pillar of strength. No more pain, Tita Cory… no more pain. You are now at peace with our Creator. Iknow you left this world knowing that not only the Filipinos but the whole world loves you. Goodbye, Tita Cory!

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