Jump Brother! (and Other Missing Personalities)
Whether we were in EDSA in 1986 or not, most of us are familiar with the famous “victory jump” of then-AFP vice Chief-of-Staff Fidel “Tabako” Ramos.
And yesterday, during the 25th anniversary of the bloodless revolution at EDSA, our beloved tabako shows that he can still jump high.
Nag-Flanax siguro bago pumunta doon.

President Aquino beams as former President Fidel Ramos and former Senator Agapito “Butz” Aquino reenacts the historic “jump” as EDSA Heroes and personalities does a “kapit-bisig” and singing “Magkaisa”

Though makulay ang selebrasyon kahapon at espesyal kumpara sa mga nagdaang taon, hindi pa rin maitatago na parang medyo “kulang”.
Someone is missing yesterday. Where is Manong Johnny Enrile? And where is his famous usi na nakasabit sa kanyang balikat back in 1986? Nakatago pa din kaya? Kita niyo na, hindi pa lang ipinapanganak ang karamihan sa atin, nasa puwesto na si Manong Johnny. Ang tibay ano?
Where is the kilabot-ng-mga-kolehiyala-noong-1986-pamatay-sa-bigote-pare Gringo Honasan? He’s missing in action yesterday. Ah I know. Nakikipag-away sa Twitter kay Jim Paredes (nakita niyo ba yun kahapon? Ang cool di ba?)
Nasaan kaya yung ibang mga generals at mga troop leaders na unti-unting kumalas kay Makoy noong kasagsagan ng people power?
Ano kayang reaksyon ni General Fabian Ver at Ferdinand Marcos sa kabilang buhay? (Hindi ko sinabing langit, impyerno, nirvana, o purgatoryo dahil hindi ko alam kung nasaan sila.)
E yung mga buhay pang mga Marcos - Imelda, Bongbong, Imee, Irene, and others - nag-celebrate din kaya sila kahapon? Or naglalaro sila ngayon ng Senti Sabado?
Though Cardinal Sin and Tita Cory are no longer with us, they are still with us in spirit. Maraming salamat po sa inyong dalawa.
Sa milyon-milyong Pilipino na sumuporta noon, maraming salamat sa inyo. Tumatanaw ng malaki ang henerasyon namin sa kabayanihang ginawa niyo noon.
Huwag sanang mamatay ang espiritu ng EDSA. Viva Filipinas! Padayon!
Photo by: Robert Vinas / Malacañang Photo Bureau courtesy of the Official Facebok Page of President Noynoy Aquino

Jump Brother! (and Other Missing Personalities)

Whether we were in EDSA in 1986 or not, most of us are familiar with the famous “victory jump” of then-AFP vice Chief-of-Staff Fidel “Tabako” Ramos.

And yesterday, during the 25th anniversary of the bloodless revolution at EDSA, our beloved tabako shows that he can still jump high.

Nag-Flanax siguro bago pumunta doon.

President Aquino beams as former President Fidel Ramos and former Senator Agapito “Butz” Aquino reenacts the historic “jump” as EDSA Heroes and personalities does a “kapit-bisig” and singing “Magkaisa”

Though makulay ang selebrasyon kahapon at espesyal kumpara sa mga nagdaang taon, hindi pa rin maitatago na parang medyo “kulang”.

  • Someone is missing yesterday. Where is Manong Johnny Enrile? And where is his famous usi na nakasabit sa kanyang balikat back in 1986? Nakatago pa din kaya? Kita niyo na, hindi pa lang ipinapanganak ang karamihan sa atin, nasa puwesto na si Manong Johnny. Ang tibay ano?
  • Where is the kilabot-ng-mga-kolehiyala-noong-1986-pamatay-sa-bigote-pare Gringo Honasan? He’s missing in action yesterday. Ah I know. Nakikipag-away sa Twitter kay Jim Paredes (nakita niyo ba yun kahapon? Ang cool di ba?)
  • Nasaan kaya yung ibang mga generals at mga troop leaders na unti-unting kumalas kay Makoy noong kasagsagan ng people power?
  • Ano kayang reaksyon ni General Fabian Ver at Ferdinand Marcos sa kabilang buhay? (Hindi ko sinabing langit, impyerno, nirvana, o purgatoryo dahil hindi ko alam kung nasaan sila.)
  • E yung mga buhay pang mga Marcos - Imelda, Bongbong, Imee, Irene, and others - nag-celebrate din kaya sila kahapon? Or naglalaro sila ngayon ng Senti Sabado?
  • Though Cardinal Sin and Tita Cory are no longer with us, they are still with us in spirit. Maraming salamat po sa inyong dalawa.

Sa milyon-milyong Pilipino na sumuporta noon, maraming salamat sa inyo. Tumatanaw ng malaki ang henerasyon namin sa kabayanihang ginawa niyo noon.

Huwag sanang mamatay ang espiritu ng EDSA. Viva Filipinas! Padayon!

Photo by: Robert Vinas / Malacañang Photo Bureau courtesy of the Official Facebok Page of President Noynoy Aquino

Source: juanrepublic

Masaya din kaya si Voltes V noong napatalsik si Marcos?
Martial Law noon nang unang ipinalabas sa Pilipinas ang prototype ng lahat ng mga 5-in-1-na-nagiging-robot na palabas - ang Voltes V.
Pero KJ yung diktador noon na nakaupo sa Palasyo. Dahil bayolente daw ang palabas, sinibak niya sa ere si Voltes V. Sinibak sa ere na hindi man lang nalalaman ng mga kabataan noon kung ano ang nangyari sa magkakapatid na Armstrong, kay Prince Zardos, at sa Camp Big Falcon.
Kung anong lupit ng mga plano at mga halimaw na ginagawa ni Prince Zardos at ng mga Bozania, no match kay Makoy.
Isang salita lang ng diktador, tapos ang boxing para kay Voltes V.
Ibinalik ang Voltes V noong early 1990’s (pero hindi din yata natapos) pero mas nahumaling ang tao kay Voltes V noong late 90’s / early 2000’s nang ibalik ng GMA-7 ang Voltes V - noong mga panahong mga anime ang hari ng primetime. Hindi si Mara at Clara. Hindi si Willie Revillame. Hindi ang babaeng hampaslupa. Ipinalabas pa nga sa sinehan ang Liberation Voltes V - o iyong mga huling episodes ng Voltes V na hindi kailanman nasilayan ng publiko dahil kay Makoy.
Sinipa si Voltes V. Napatalsik si Marcos. Nakabalik si Voltes V. Nakabalik si Marcos - pero isa ng malamig na bangkay. At hindi pa din naililibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani katulad ng hiling ng kanyang pamilya. 
At sigurado ako, noong napatalsik ang diktadurya, masaya din noon ang henerasyong namulat kay Voltes V.
Isang Laser Sword para sa diktadurya!
Mabuhay si Voltes V! Mabuhay ang magkakapatid na Armstrong! Mabuhay ang demokrasya! Mabuhay ang 1986 EDSA People Power!

Further Reading: Who Killed Voltes V? by Jessica Zafra

Masaya din kaya si Voltes V noong napatalsik si Marcos?

Martial Law noon nang unang ipinalabas sa Pilipinas ang prototype ng lahat ng mga 5-in-1-na-nagiging-robot na palabas - ang Voltes V.

Pero KJ yung diktador noon na nakaupo sa Palasyo. Dahil bayolente daw ang palabas, sinibak niya sa ere si Voltes V. Sinibak sa ere na hindi man lang nalalaman ng mga kabataan noon kung ano ang nangyari sa magkakapatid na Armstrong, kay Prince Zardos, at sa Camp Big Falcon.

Kung anong lupit ng mga plano at mga halimaw na ginagawa ni Prince Zardos at ng mga Bozania, no match kay Makoy.

Isang salita lang ng diktador, tapos ang boxing para kay Voltes V.

Ibinalik ang Voltes V noong early 1990’s (pero hindi din yata natapos) pero mas nahumaling ang tao kay Voltes V noong late 90’s / early 2000’s nang ibalik ng GMA-7 ang Voltes V - noong mga panahong mga anime ang hari ng primetime. Hindi si Mara at Clara. Hindi si Willie Revillame. Hindi ang babaeng hampaslupa. Ipinalabas pa nga sa sinehan ang Liberation Voltes V - o iyong mga huling episodes ng Voltes V na hindi kailanman nasilayan ng publiko dahil kay Makoy.

Sinipa si Voltes V. Napatalsik si Marcos. Nakabalik si Voltes V. Nakabalik si Marcos - pero isa ng malamig na bangkay. At hindi pa din naililibing sa Libingan ng mga Bayani katulad ng hiling ng kanyang pamilya. 

At sigurado ako, noong napatalsik ang diktadurya, masaya din noon ang henerasyong namulat kay Voltes V.

Isang Laser Sword para sa diktadurya!

Mabuhay si Voltes V! Mabuhay ang magkakapatid na Armstrong! Mabuhay ang demokrasya! Mabuhay ang 1986 EDSA People Power!

Further Reading: Who Killed Voltes V? by Jessica Zafra

Source: juanrepublic


OVER AND OUT. The Inquirer banner on the first day of freedom leads the heady cocktail of stories on Page 1 that reflects the tumult and triumph of a people unshackling their chains and the urgency of rebuilding a nation. There was this, too, the need to pause and offer a prayer of thanks.

In today’s age, the newspaper plays a vital role in history. It chronicles the events and gives us some of the most memorable image of any occasion that shapes the course of history. 
In today’s issue, the Philippine Daily Inquirer republishes its iconic “It’s all over. Marcos Flees” frontpage.
They say that one of the most important aftermath of the 1986 EDSA People Power was the restoration of democracy and press freedom.
And the triumphant return of Voltes V on television.
May the spirit of the 1986 EDSA continue to live in our hearts. Hopefully. Fingers crossed. Prayers raised.
Maraming salamat sa mga nakibaka sa EDSA para sa kalayaang tinatamasa natin ngayon. Good morning everyone! Maligayang ika-25 anibersaryo ng tunay na rebolusyon sa EDSA!
Viva Filipinas! Padayon!

OVER AND OUT. The Inquirer banner on the first day of freedom leads the heady cocktail of stories on Page 1 that reflects the tumult and triumph of a people unshackling their chains and the urgency of rebuilding a nation. There was this, too, the need to pause and offer a prayer of thanks.

In today’s age, the newspaper plays a vital role in history. It chronicles the events and gives us some of the most memorable image of any occasion that shapes the course of history. 

In today’s issue, the Philippine Daily Inquirer republishes its iconic “It’s all over. Marcos Flees” frontpage.

They say that one of the most important aftermath of the 1986 EDSA People Power was the restoration of democracy and press freedom.

And the triumphant return of Voltes V on television.

May the spirit of the 1986 EDSA continue to live in our hearts. Hopefully. Fingers crossed. Prayers raised.

Maraming salamat sa mga nakibaka sa EDSA para sa kalayaang tinatamasa natin ngayon. Good morning everyone! Maligayang ika-25 anibersaryo ng tunay na rebolusyon sa EDSA!

Viva Filipinas! Padayon!

Source: inquirer.net

Ronald Singson’s Incarceration
Your cocaine is the key to the crime.
The verdict is out. Ilocos Sur Representative Ronald Singson, son of Pambansang Anino Chavit Singson, gets 18 months in prison in a Hong Kong prison after he pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking and avoided a maximum life penalty by convincing the judge the drugs were for his personal use.
We saw this one coming. We are expecting that Ronald, the lead star of the movie Lovi and Other Drugs, will certainly be imprisoned in Hong Kong.
With the verdict out, calls for his expulsion from the House of Representatives and other (violent) reactions are once again flooding my Twitter timeline, my Facebook news feed, from critics down to the ordinary Juan interviewed in the news, and our neighbor’s inuman sessions. 
Some are saying that 18 months imprisonment not enough. They demand more years behind bars for Tito Ronald (Pwede!).
Sana daw, si Ronald na lang ang pambayad utang ng Pilipinas sa Hong Kong for the August 23 Manila Hostage Crisis where 8 Hong Kong nationals died (Ang sama niyo!).
Puwede din daw pang-X deal si Ronald para sa 3 Pinoy na nasa death row sa China, tutal, drugs din naman ang kaso. In short, si Ronald na lang daw dapat ang bitayin. (That’s bad!)
Are you satisfied with the Hong Kong court’s decision to imprison Representative Ronald Singson for 18 months? Or do you want more? Should he resign as Ilocos Sur Representative and not wait for Congressmen to expel him? What are your thoughts?

Ronald Singson’s Incarceration

Your cocaine is the key to the crime.

The verdict is out. Ilocos Sur Representative Ronald Singson, son of Pambansang Anino Chavit Singson, gets 18 months in prison in a Hong Kong prison after he pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking and avoided a maximum life penalty by convincing the judge the drugs were for his personal use.

We saw this one coming. We are expecting that Ronald, the lead star of the movie Lovi and Other Drugs, will certainly be imprisoned in Hong Kong.

With the verdict out, calls for his expulsion from the House of Representatives and other (violent) reactions are once again flooding my Twitter timeline, my Facebook news feed, from critics down to the ordinary Juan interviewed in the news, and our neighbor’s inuman sessions

  • Some are saying that 18 months imprisonment not enough. They demand more years behind bars for Tito Ronald (Pwede!).
  • Sana daw, si Ronald na lang ang pambayad utang ng Pilipinas sa Hong Kong for the August 23 Manila Hostage Crisis where 8 Hong Kong nationals died (Ang sama niyo!).
  • Puwede din daw pang-X deal si Ronald para sa 3 Pinoy na nasa death row sa China, tutal, drugs din naman ang kaso. In short, si Ronald na lang daw dapat ang bitayin. (That’s bad!)

Are you satisfied with the Hong Kong court’s decision to imprison Representative Ronald Singson for 18 months? Or do you want more? Should he resign as Ilocos Sur Representative and not wait for Congressmen to expel him? What are your thoughts?

Source: juanrepublic

GPOYW (Guwapong Picture of Yourself Wedneday)
Earlier this morning at the Lumina Pandit (An Exhibition of Historical Treasures) at the Miguel de Benavides Library, University of Santo Tomas.

GPOYW (Guwapong Picture of Yourself Wedneday)

Earlier this morning at the Lumina Pandit (An Exhibition of Historical Treasures) at the Miguel de Benavides Library, University of Santo Tomas.

Source: juanrepublic

Ika-15 na Buwan
Naaalala mo pa ba? Mukhang katulad ng karamihan, nakalimot ka na rin.
Today, February 23, 2011, marks the 15th month of the infamous Maguindanao Massacre. Let us not forget this gruesome event in our history.
Ipagdasal natin na sana ay makamit na ang hustisya para sa mga biktima ng isa sa pinakamadugong pagpatay sa kasaysayan. At huwag na sanang maulit muli. Kailanman.

Ika-15 na Buwan

Naaalala mo pa ba? Mukhang katulad ng karamihan, nakalimot ka na rin.

Today, February 23, 2011, marks the 15th month of the infamous Maguindanao Massacre. Let us not forget this gruesome event in our history.

Ipagdasal natin na sana ay makamit na ang hustisya para sa mga biktima ng isa sa pinakamadugong pagpatay sa kasaysayan. At huwag na sanang maulit muli. Kailanman.

Source: juanrepublic

The Might of the Filipino Flash
We’ve seen this one coming. But it came sooner than we expected.
In fact, some of us are just warming up on our seats during the second round of the fight.
Once again, the Filipinos have another reason to celebrate and to be proud of our ancestry. And another Mexican fighter was knocked out inside the boxing ring.
This time, it came from the powerful left hook of the Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire.

Nonito Donaire (top) of the Philippines  celebrates in a neutral corner as referee Russell Mora checks on WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel of Mexico at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 19, 2011.

Photo courtesy of allvoices.com
I was enjoying my sinigang na liempo earlier during our lunch when I saw Fernando Montiel being knocked out like a zombie on Plants Vs. Zombies by the Filipino Flash.
And I tell you my friend, that was one of the best punch and knockdown that I have ever seen. And I guess that would mark as one of the best in boxing history.
The punch was so powerful that Fernando Montiel’s legs was clearly seen to undergo involuntary convulsion.
In Filipino, “nangisay si Montiel”. Okay, that would be a better description.
So what are my thoughts on this fight?
Montiel has more experience than Donaire. Boxing is indeed an unpredictable sport.
Donaire said that the left hook that landed on Montiel was the hardest punch he ever threw. I wonder who would have survived that killer punch.
Nonito Donaire is seen by boxing analysts as the heir-apparent to pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. It may be a distant dream to catch up Manny’s record but this guy is getting there. He’s still young.
Donaire gave us a reason to celebrate, even just for a while, during this hard times for our country - 3 of our fellow countrymen set to be executed in China for drug trafficking charges, the continuing investigation on the alleged corruption at the Armed Forces, and many more shits for our Patria Adorada.
Congratulations Nonito Donaire! You made us proud once again. Padayon! 
Photo courtesy of Daylife.com. Click the photo to go to the site.

The Might of the Filipino Flash

We’ve seen this one coming. But it came sooner than we expected.

In fact, some of us are just warming up on our seats during the second round of the fight.

Once again, the Filipinos have another reason to celebrate and to be proud of our ancestry. And another Mexican fighter was knocked out inside the boxing ring.

This time, it came from the powerful left hook of the Filipino Flash, Nonito Donaire.

Nonito Donaire (top) of the Philippines  celebrates in a neutral corner as referee Russell Mora checks on WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel of Mexico at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 19, 2011.


Photo courtesy of allvoices.com

I was enjoying my sinigang na liempo earlier during our lunch when I saw Fernando Montiel being knocked out like a zombie on Plants Vs. Zombies by the Filipino Flash.

And I tell you my friend, that was one of the best punch and knockdown that I have ever seen. And I guess that would mark as one of the best in boxing history.

The punch was so powerful that Fernando Montiel’s legs was clearly seen to undergo involuntary convulsion.

In Filipino, “nangisay si Montiel”. Okay, that would be a better description.

So what are my thoughts on this fight?

  • Montiel has more experience than Donaire. Boxing is indeed an unpredictable sport.
  • Donaire said that the left hook that landed on Montiel was the hardest punch he ever threw. I wonder who would have survived that killer punch.
  • Nonito Donaire is seen by boxing analysts as the heir-apparent to pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. It may be a distant dream to catch up Manny’s record but this guy is getting there. He’s still young.
  • Donaire gave us a reason to celebrate, even just for a while, during this hard times for our country - 3 of our fellow countrymen set to be executed in China for drug trafficking charges, the continuing investigation on the alleged corruption at the Armed Forces, and many more shits for our Patria Adorada.

Congratulations Nonito Donaire! You made us proud once again. Padayon! 

Photo courtesy of Daylife.com. Click the photo to go to the site.

Source: juanrepublic

Seiko Wallet 2011

Seiko seiko wallet. Ang wallet na masuwerte. Balat nito ay genuine. International pa ang mga design. Ang wallet na masuwerte. Seiko Seiko Wallet! Seiko Seiko Wallet..”

Seiko Wallet. Ang Wallet na masuwerte.

Perhaps some of you are too young to remember. But the jingle above was one of the most successful and memorable commercial jingle in Philippine history. QTV-11’s countdown show “Ang Pinaka” listed it as the top Ang Pinaka-memorable Commercial Jingles. 

And now, ang wallet na masuwerte is back. With a new twist. But with the same masuwerte promise.

Starring actor and performer Guji Lorenzana, this commercial also features cameo roles by the legendary Ramon Bautista and tunay na lalaki Jun Sabayton and is directed by award-winning film maker Lyle Sacris.

Seiko Seiko Wallet. Ang wallet na masuwerte is definitely back. Perhaps we should all go and buy one for ourselves. After all, this wallet is definitely shaped Philippine history (weh?) and pop culture. Where can I buy this one?

Source: juanrepublic

This Guy’s in Love with You Pare (Holy A Capella Version)

This was exactly two (2) years ago. Performed by yours truly together with my classmates for our Music Festival/ Valetine’s Day Celebration last February 14, 2009 at Saint Francis de Sales Major Seminary. At oo, kalbo pa ako noon.

Ganyan mag-celebrate ang mga celibates ng Valentine’s Day. Celibates are the best lovers! Dahil ang pagmamahal namin ay para sa lahat (All-encompassing kumbaga!). Hindi exclusive, Hindi romantic. Wala man kaming mga ka-date noong mga panahong yun, ayos na rin. :)

Ramdam ko nga, mas okay pa ang Valentine’s Day ko a loob ng seminaryo kumpara ngayon. Doon, kahit kami-kami lang, may celebration. Ngayon, wala, forever alone.

Nanalo nga pala kami at nag-first place sa kompetisyon. Meron kasing “aliw factor”. Pasensya ka na sa kalidad ng audio. Ecstatic ang audience at pangit ang camera namin.

Ito ang aking unang post dito sa Tumblr. Ini-repost ko ulit ngayong araw bilang paggunita sa Capitalist Holiday. Huwag sanang mawala ang respeto niyo sa akin (kung meron man) pagkatapos niyo itong panoorin. Biro lang. Pero pwedeng seryosohin. Ayos. Padayon!

Source: juanrepublic

True Love is a Sacrifice

This article, which was one of my articles written on my school publication column back in college, was originally posted at my Multiply account and here on Tumblr when I was still a newbie. I have decided to repost this one in celebration of, uhm, today’s Capitalist Holiday. Enjoy reading!

Hindi ito isang ma-kesong sanaysay (wala kasing eksaktong salita sa Tagalog para sa cheesy) tungkol sa walang kamatayan at laging pinag-uusapang paksa na kung tawagin ay pag-ibig. Nawalan na kasi ako ng motibasyong magsulat ng tungkol sa mga nakakakilig na bagay simula nang (puwersahang) ipapanuod sa akin (ng mga kasama kong mga pari at seminarista) ang pelikula ni Aga Muhlach at Anne Curtis na When Love Begins – ang pinakabasurang pelikukang ginawa ng Star Cinema.

Ito ay isang pagninilay tungkol sa malalim na pakapahulugan at paraan ng paglilingkod at pagmamahal. 

Likas sa tao ang magmahal at maglingkod sa kapwa. Ito ay nakatatak na sa kanyang katauhan. Sa pilosopiya ng tao, masasabing hindi tao ang isang tao kung hindi siya nagmamahal. Gayundin naman, dahil batid ng tao na hindi siya maaaring mamuhay mag-isa, ang paglilingkod o ang pagbibigay ng sarili para sa isang tao, bagay at ano pa mang dahilan ay nakaukit rin sa kanyang kalikasan. 

Nasa natura din ng tao na ang lahat ng kaniyang ginagawa at ikinikilos ay may motibo. Sa pilosopiya, ito ay tinatawag na “end” o “purpose.” Ito ang dahilan kung bakit gumagawa ang isang tao. Lahat ng kaniyang gawa at kilos ay may patutunguhan. Walang tao ang gumagawa ng para sa wala (Naiintindihan mo pa ba? Kung hindi ay mas magaling! Alam mo na ngayon ang pakiramdam ng mga seminaristang nag-aaral ng pilosopiya) . 

Dito pumapasok ang iba’t ibang uri ng paglilingkod. May mga taong naglilingkod na ang motibo ay ang mga “napapala” sa paglilingkod. Mayroong mga naglilingkod dahil gusto nila ang kanilang ginagawang paglilingkod. At mayroong mga naglilingkod na may elemento ng sakripisyo para sa iba. Iisang pagkilos ngunit may iba’t ibang motibo. 

May mga taong naglilingkod na ang layunin ay ang kapalit o ang napapala nila sa kanilang paglilingkod – pera, kasikatan, at papuri ng kapwa. Ang mga taong ito ay hindi maglilingkod o magbibigay ng kanilang sarili kung walang kapalit o kung wala ang mga kaginhawaan sa likod ng paglilingkod. Sa madali’t sabi ay pronta lamang nila ang paglilingkod sa kanilang hangarin. Kaya naman hindi kaila sa atin ang dami ng bilang ng mga elitista at pulitikong ginagawa ang lahat (sukdulan ng mandaya at makipagpatayan) makaupo lamang sa puwesto at liderato at magpanggap na naglilingkod. Mas malaki kasi ang kanilang “kikitain” mula sa kaban ng bayan kaysa sa kanilang nagastos sa pangangampanya. Ang gandang negosyo hindi ba? (Hindi ko na kailangang isa-isahin ang baho ng mga pulitiko. Maraming mga manunulat na ang nagsulat sa kanila. Pero para sa mas mabahong basura para sa mga pulitiko, bisitahin niyo yung isa ko pang blog entitled OF SACERDOS AND POLITICOS

May mga naglilingkod naman dahil gusto nila ang kanilang ginagawa. Kalimitan, ito ay pagbabahagi ng talento o kung anong meron ka sa kapwa. Halimbawa, kung hilig ng isang tao ang pagsusulat, maaari siyang makapaglingkod sa pamamagitan ng pagsulat ng mga bagay na makakapagpamulat sa kamalayan ng tao upang kumilos para sa ganap na pagbabago (Naks! Trapong-trapo ang dating ko!). Sa madali’t sabi ay kasiyahan na niya ang paglilingkod sa kapwa – isang paglilingkod na walang kahirap-hirap dahil gusto niya ang kaniyang ginagawa. Ang kalimitang motibo nito ay upang mahasa pa ang sariling kakayanan at pagpapasarap ng sarili o “self-gratification” – na walang ibang patutunghuhan kundi ang pagputong ng korona sa sariling ulo at paghalik sa sariling puwet. Ngunit hindi ito dapat na ituring na masama o isang “self-centered” na serbisyo. Ito ay likas na mabuti ngunit mayroong mas marangal na uri ng paglilingkod. 

Mayroon namang naglilingkod ngunit hindi nila gusto ang kanilang ginagawa o isinasakripisyo ang sariling kagustuhan sa kanilang paggawa. Hindi katulad ng sa ikalawang uri ng paglilingkod na nagmumula sa kanilang sariling kagustuhan, ang ikatlong uri ay ang paglilingkod na ang motibo ay ang makapaglingkod na may elemento ng sakripisyo. Ibinibigay nila ang kanilang sarili – hanggang sa punto na isinasakripisyo nila ang sariling kagustuhan at kaginhawaan maibigay lamang ang sarili sa kapwa. At ito, ang tunay at marangal na pakapahulugan ng paglilingkod at pagbibigay ng sarili – ang pagbibigay ng buong sarili sukdulan ng kahit buhay ay ialay. Ito ang marangal na uri ng paglilingkod – ang may elemento ng sakripisyo. 

Isang napakagandang halimbawa at ang pinakamagandang “love story” na yata na nalaman ko ay ang sa ating Panginong Hesukristo (hindi ito yung kasinungalingan tungkol sa kanilang dalawa ni Maria Magdalena). Kung iyong maaalala (at kung nagbabasa ka ng Bibliya), noong si Hesus ay nagdadasal sa halamanan ng Getsemane ay idinalangin niya sa Diyos Ama na “tanggalin sa kanya ang Kalis ng paghihirap.” Ngunit sinunod pa rin niya ang kalooban ng Ama. Ibinigay niya ng buong-buo ang kanyang sarili nang ipako siya at mamatay sa krus para tubusin ang ating kasalanan. Kung tutuusin ay hindi na niya kailangang gawin iyon dahil Diyos na siya. Pero ginawa pa rin niya iyon nang dahil sa pagmamahal. Mayroon pa bang hihigit sa ganoong uri ng pagmamahal? Ang sweet ni Hesus ano? 

Sa tuwing ibinibigay natin ang ating buong sarili ay laging mayroong elemento ng sákit. Ito ay sa kadahilanang pinapahalagahan natin ang ating sarili kaya tayo ay nasasaktan kapag ibinibigay natin ang pagpapahalagang iyon sa iba. Hindi ito tunay na pagmamahal o pagbibigay ng sarili kung hindi ka nasasaktan. Ang tunay na nagmahal ay ang taong nasaktan. Tunay ang iyong pagmamahal na ibinibigay kung patuloy kang nagmamahal kahit ilang ulit at paulit-ulit kang nasaktan at sinasaktan. 

Hindi ako naniniwala sa mga nagsasabing gusto nilang maglingkod sa kanilang kapwa Pilipino kaya gusto nilang maupo sa puwesto. Mayroong mas marangal na paraan upang magbigay ng buong sarili sa kapwa. Maaari tayong maging bayani at tagapaglingkod sa ating mga sariling marangal na paraan. Alam mo na siguro ang gagawin mo sa mga kandidatong nagsasabing “gusto kong makapaglingkod sa taong bayan kaya nais kong tumakbo sa darating na halalan.” Maging matalino ka. 

Minsan, sinabi ng isang pari sa amin na isa daw sa pinakamagandang love story ay ang daan ng isang binata patungo sa pagpapari. Tunay nga naman. Sa pagpapari ay madaming kailangang isakripisyo – ang pamilya, ang sarap ng buhay ng isang ordinaryong binata, ang (mga) “karelasyon”, at ang mismong sarili.

Totoong napakahirap ng daan patungo sa pagpapari. Kailangang talikdan ang sarili at buhatin ang sariling krus upang sumunod kay Kristo. Iyon siguro ang dahilan kung bakit maraming naaakit sa aming mga seminarista at mga pari – kahit pa gaanong kasamang lalaki ay nagiging kaakit-akit at kaibig-ibig sa mata ng mga dalaga at mga manang. Pasensya na lamang kayo. Mas mahal namin si Kristo at ang pagpapari. Teka, nahulog na rin ba ang loob mo sa akin?

Source: juanrepublic

Ebe Dancel’s Last Los Baños Performance as Sugarfree Frontman
As we all know, Sugarfree frontman and music genius Vincent Ferdinand “Ebe” Dancel is set to leave Sugarfree and pursue his career as a solo artist. The band will be having their farewell gigs this February and is set to perform their last on March 1 at Eastwood Central Plaza.
And as most of us knew, Ebe was a graduate of UP Rural High School ('yung Math Building ngayon) here in Los Baños, Laguna. With this, how about he perform to his home, to the place where he belong (sing Los Baños from their debut album Sa Wakas here)?
Worry no more. Ebe Dancel is set to go back home here in Los Baños on Thursday, February 17, 11 PM.
"Hay Buhay, Huwag ka ng umiyak, kahit ito na ang ating Huling Gabi, kahit pa it Feels Like na iiwanan tayo ng isang kaibigan, kahit pa dis-oras ng gabi at sabihan tayo ng Tulog Na pero karamihan naman sa atin ay may Insomnia, ating saksihan ang kanilang huling performance dito sa Los Baños.”
Mabuhay ka Ebe Dancel! Mabuhay ang Sugarfree! 

Ebe Dancel’s Last Los Baños Performance as Sugarfree Frontman

As we all know, Sugarfree frontman and music genius Vincent Ferdinand “Ebe” Dancel is set to leave Sugarfree and pursue his career as a solo artist. The band will be having their farewell gigs this February and is set to perform their last on March 1 at Eastwood Central Plaza.

And as most of us knew, Ebe was a graduate of UP Rural High School ('yung Math Building ngayon) here in Los Baños, Laguna. With this, how about he perform to his home, to the place where he belong (sing Los Baños from their debut album Sa Wakas here)?

Worry no more. Ebe Dancel is set to go back home here in Los Baños on Thursday, February 17, 11 PM.

"Hay Buhay, Huwag ka ng umiyak, kahit ito na ang ating Huling Gabi, kahit pa it Feels Like na iiwanan tayo ng isang kaibigan, kahit pa dis-oras ng gabi at sabihan tayo ng Tulog Na pero karamihan naman sa atin ay may Insomnia, ating saksihan ang kanilang huling performance dito sa Los Baños.”

Mabuhay ka Ebe Dancel! Mabuhay ang Sugarfree! 

Source: juanrepublic

Hopes and Dreams for the Azkals and the Philippines
Once again, the Azkals have proven that they have what it takes to be a football sensation. In a jam-packed Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City yesterday evening, the Azkals defeated the Mongolian team in a 2-0 victory.
The match last night, though considered in the football world as not that important nor sensational, was an important game for our Philippine football team. It was the first match that was held here in the Philippines since the football euphoria brought by the Azkals late last year swept the whola nation.
Though we may not consider ourselves as football crazy fans like the other countries, the match last night was the first step on our journey on loving the world’s famous sport.
The support for the Azkals was overwhelming. The jam-packed Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City and the rest of the whole nation who were glued at the match which was aired at Studio 23 was more than enough moral support for our players.
If the last FIFA World Cupat South Africa  was infested by the vuvuzelas, Filipino fans resorted to shouting and cheering as crazy as a vuvuzela– with lots of abanikos. (Though there are unconfirmed reports that there were also vuvuzelas at the stadium last night).
I pity our goal keeper Neil Etheridge. He just stood there at the goal most of the time during the entire game. We should have given him a PSP or a good magazine to read. (Haha! Peace Mongolia!)
I forgive the commentators who still have an “element of basketball” while covering the event (They said  lots of “nice shot!” during the entire game. Come on!). We may still be a rookie on analyzing the technicalities of this sport but I believe that our time will come. Learning is a process.
The victory las night ws also a sort of “vindication” for our national team after theirl lost against Indonesia on the last AFF Suzuki Cup (But we were still victorious there for beating the Vietnamese team. It is considered by many as one of the biggest upsets in South East Asian football history).
The Azkals was indeed victorious last night.
They once again earned the respect of the Filipinos and our neighboring countries (You better watch out for us!)
They are slowly putting us on the world football map. Though we are ranked on the 151st spot on the whole world, I believe that we will slowly get our way to the top.
They once again made football the talk of the town and raised the football awareness in the Land of Juan.
Their victory in our own country will, hopefully, be the start of football love for our country. From the kids in the barrios to the athletes on different schools, colleges, and universities.
Somehow, even just for a while, we became united as one country, forgetting the numerous controversies – the carnapping incedents, the plea-bargaining agreement, the alleged corruption at the Armed Forces, the tragic death of Angelo Reyes, and the fight bewtween Hayden Kho and Sharon Cuneta.
Earlier this evening, the Azkals had a courtesy call to the President at the Malacañan Palace. The team gave an Azkals jacket to our President. It’s good to see the President giving his suport to our athletes and heroes.

I have been preaching about football during the past few months and I would like to reiterate my point while the football euphoria is still high.
Ningas cogon. This is one of the bad traits of the Filipinos. I hope that this support will not be like a burning cogon grass. Let’s have a continous support and interest for the sport.
I hope that you are supporting the team not just because some of the players are guwapo.
I hope to see more native Filipinos (like last night’s local hero Chieffy Caligdong) on our national team. I hope that this sport will be loved by the kids in the barrios and  not just the half-Filipinos who grew up playing the sport abroad.
I wish for more stadiums with world-class standards ready for an international competition.
Football teams and football development programs starting in elementary for the future. Who knows? Some of these kids might be the next superstar.
Government support. ‘Nuff said!
We need support and love for football from the people just as how we supported boxing and the PBA (I am talking about the Crispa-Toyota era of Pba and not today’s league).
Let’s focus on football. We will excel more on this sport.
Way to go Azkals! It might still be a distant dream to see us in the FIFA World Cup but who knows? This is our first few steps on our long journey up there.
Congratulations Azkals! Viva Filipinas! Padayon!

Hopes and Dreams for the Azkals and the Philippines

Once again, the Azkals have proven that they have what it takes to be a football sensation. In a jam-packed Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City yesterday evening, the Azkals defeated the Mongolian team in a 2-0 victory.

The match last night, though considered in the football world as not that important nor sensational, was an important game for our Philippine football team. It was the first match that was held here in the Philippines since the football euphoria brought by the Azkals late last year swept the whola nation.

Though we may not consider ourselves as football crazy fans like the other countries, the match last night was the first step on our journey on loving the world’s famous sport.

  • The support for the Azkals was overwhelming. The jam-packed Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City and the rest of the whole nation who were glued at the match which was aired at Studio 23 was more than enough moral support for our players.
  • If the last FIFA World Cupat South Africa  was infested by the vuvuzelas, Filipino fans resorted to shouting and cheering as crazy as a vuvuzela– with lots of abanikos. (Though there are unconfirmed reports that there were also vuvuzelas at the stadium last night).
  • I pity our goal keeper Neil Etheridge. He just stood there at the goal most of the time during the entire game. We should have given him a PSP or a good magazine to read. (Haha! Peace Mongolia!)
  • I forgive the commentators who still have an “element of basketball” while covering the event (They said  lots of “nice shot!” during the entire game. Come on!). We may still be a rookie on analyzing the technicalities of this sport but I believe that our time will come. Learning is a process.

The victory las night ws also a sort of “vindication” for our national team after theirl lost against Indonesia on the last AFF Suzuki Cup (But we were still victorious there for beating the Vietnamese team. It is considered by many as one of the biggest upsets in South East Asian football history).

The Azkals was indeed victorious last night.

  • They once again earned the respect of the Filipinos and our neighboring countries (You better watch out for us!)
  • They are slowly putting us on the world football map. Though we are ranked on the 151st spot on the whole world, I believe that we will slowly get our way to the top.
  • They once again made football the talk of the town and raised the football awareness in the Land of Juan.
  • Their victory in our own country will, hopefully, be the start of football love for our country. From the kids in the barrios to the athletes on different schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Somehow, even just for a while, we became united as one country, forgetting the numerous controversies – the carnapping incedents, the plea-bargaining agreement, the alleged corruption at the Armed Forces, the tragic death of Angelo Reyes, and the fight bewtween Hayden Kho and Sharon Cuneta.

Earlier this evening, the Azkals had a courtesy call to the President at the Malacañan Palace. The team gave an Azkals jacket to our President. It’s good to see the President giving his suport to our athletes and heroes.

I have been preaching about football during the past few months and I would like to reiterate my point while the football euphoria is still high.

  • Ningas cogon. This is one of the bad traits of the Filipinos. I hope that this support will not be like a burning cogon grass. Let’s have a continous support and interest for the sport.
  • I hope that you are supporting the team not just because some of the players are guwapo.
  • I hope to see more native Filipinos (like last night’s local hero Chieffy Caligdong) on our national team. I hope that this sport will be loved by the kids in the barrios and  not just the half-Filipinos who grew up playing the sport abroad.
  • I wish for more stadiums with world-class standards ready for an international competition.
  • Football teams and football development programs starting in elementary for the future. Who knows? Some of these kids might be the next superstar.
  • Government support. ‘Nuff said!
  • We need support and love for football from the people just as how we supported boxing and the PBA (I am talking about the Crispa-Toyota era of Pba and not today’s league).
  • Let’s focus on football. We will excel more on this sport.

Way to go Azkals! It might still be a distant dream to see us in the FIFA World Cup but who knows? This is our first few steps on our long journey up there.

Congratulations Azkals! Viva Filipinas! Padayon!

Source: juanrepublic

Angelo Tomas-Reyes (March 17, 1945 - February 8, 2011)
I maybe a bit late on posting my sentiments regarding the tragic and unexpected death of General T. Angelo Reyes yesterday. But just like what I did during the acquittal of Hubert Webb and the gang, I opted not to immediately post my opinion. I feared that I will be biased, losing my objectivity brought by my emotion on the issue if I immediately voiced out my thoughts.
So much for my excuse.
Angelo Reyes left us without a warning. He departed us with unanswered questions. He left us hanging with the unfinished puzzle. Who knows? He may be holding the missing piece. Or he may be possessing the vital information that would forever change the course of our history. Or worse, despite being accused of being oe of the perpetrators of the dar trail of corruption in the militaryhe might be the holding the only beacon of light to lead this country in the dawn of a new era.
But he committed suicide. He shot himself in the chest, bringing the secrets with him six feet under the ground.
Or did he really bring the secret to the grave? Did he write a farewell letter before shooting himself? Did he tell anyone - any member of his family perhaps - about the real score on the alleged corruption in the military? Or if anyone shares the same information, he might as well not tell the whole story for us to know. But for now, we can only just speculate.
To be honest, the first thought that entered my mind earlier yesterday, just immediately after the news broke out, was Angie Reyes must have been really guilty of the crime for a real innocent person will fight for his innocence and the truth until the very end.
But let us always remember that a person is innocent until proven guilty. That’s a very basic principle of the law.
And let us remember that Angelo Reyes is a soldier. He is a top-notched official of the Armed Forces. He was once the Armed Forces Chief of Staff.
Perhaps he was just being a soldier during the very last moment of his life, sacrificing himself for his comrades in the battlefield. Or just following the order from the officials higher than him.
Or just protecting the Big Fish.
And whoever that big fish is, we don’t know.
Again, we can only just speculate.
Most of us are just being swayed by our emotions. If someone stands up accusing someone of graft and corruption, we immediately show our support to the whistle blower. We immediately criticize the accused. We go for the superhero and curse the villain. That’s a natural reaction, a product of our natural tendency to go for the good and go against the evil.
But what if the accused are the real victims? What if there is someone out there, someone big and powerful, who is causing this stir for us to be confused? As cliche as it sounds, what if there is someone who is the real master of puppets who manipulates us all, who twists the truth, and who makes the public baffled and confused?
Going back to Angie, what if he is also a victim? What if he is a part of the big plan of that someone up there, someone who control these strings?
I must be over-thinking. But metaphysically speaking, thinkability means possibility.
Angelo Reyes is dead. He cannot defend himself anymore nor pinpoint the real perpetrators of this mess. He brought his secret with him to the grave and, just maybe, it’s lost forever.
Is he a hero or a villain? Some would consider him as a villain. Some will consider him as one of the worst generals of the Armed Forces. While some - especially the creators of the Facebook “Like Pages” that I saw, would consider jim a hero, a martyr, a victim.
Is he a hero or a villain? I don’t know. I don’t have any supporting evidences to prove it. But I just know that he is a soldier, a general, a leader, and most importantly, a husband, a father, and a Lolo.
Rest in peace General Angelo Tomas-Reyes. You have played a vital role in Philippine history. You will be remembered.

Angelo Tomas-Reyes (March 17, 1945 - February 8, 2011)

I maybe a bit late on posting my sentiments regarding the tragic and unexpected death of General T. Angelo Reyes yesterday. But just like what I did during the acquittal of Hubert Webb and the gang, I opted not to immediately post my opinion. I feared that I will be biased, losing my objectivity brought by my emotion on the issue if I immediately voiced out my thoughts.

So much for my excuse.

Angelo Reyes left us without a warning. He departed us with unanswered questions. He left us hanging with the unfinished puzzle. Who knows? He may be holding the missing piece. Or he may be possessing the vital information that would forever change the course of our history. Or worse, despite being accused of being oe of the perpetrators of the dar trail of corruption in the militaryhe might be the holding the only beacon of light to lead this country in the dawn of a new era.

But he committed suicide. He shot himself in the chest, bringing the secrets with him six feet under the ground.

Or did he really bring the secret to the grave? Did he write a farewell letter before shooting himself? Did he tell anyone - any member of his family perhaps - about the real score on the alleged corruption in the military? Or if anyone shares the same information, he might as well not tell the whole story for us to know. But for now, we can only just speculate.

To be honest, the first thought that entered my mind earlier yesterday, just immediately after the news broke out, was Angie Reyes must have been really guilty of the crime for a real innocent person will fight for his innocence and the truth until the very end.

But let us always remember that a person is innocent until proven guilty. That’s a very basic principle of the law.

And let us remember that Angelo Reyes is a soldier. He is a top-notched official of the Armed Forces. He was once the Armed Forces Chief of Staff.

Perhaps he was just being a soldier during the very last moment of his life, sacrificing himself for his comrades in the battlefield. Or just following the order from the officials higher than him.

Or just protecting the Big Fish.

And whoever that big fish is, we don’t know.

Again, we can only just speculate.

Most of us are just being swayed by our emotions. If someone stands up accusing someone of graft and corruption, we immediately show our support to the whistle blower. We immediately criticize the accused. We go for the superhero and curse the villain. That’s a natural reaction, a product of our natural tendency to go for the good and go against the evil.

But what if the accused are the real victims? What if there is someone out there, someone big and powerful, who is causing this stir for us to be confused? As cliche as it sounds, what if there is someone who is the real master of puppets who manipulates us all, who twists the truth, and who makes the public baffled and confused?

Going back to Angie, what if he is also a victim? What if he is a part of the big plan of that someone up there, someone who control these strings?

I must be over-thinking. But metaphysically speaking, thinkability means possibility.

Angelo Reyes is dead. He cannot defend himself anymore nor pinpoint the real perpetrators of this mess. He brought his secret with him to the grave and, just maybe, it’s lost forever.

Is he a hero or a villain? Some would consider him as a villain. Some will consider him as one of the worst generals of the Armed Forces. While some - especially the creators of the Facebook “Like Pages” that I saw, would consider jim a hero, a martyr, a victim.

Is he a hero or a villain? I don’t know. I don’t have any supporting evidences to prove it. But I just know that he is a soldier, a general, a leader, and most importantly, a husband, a father, and a Lolo.

Rest in peace General Angelo Tomas-Reyes. You have played a vital role in Philippine history. You will be remembered.

Source: juanrepublic

Birthday Wishes
It was Noynoy Aquino’s birthday yesterday, February 8. 

Father Arnold Abelardo leads Presidential Sisters Kristina Bernadette “Kris” Aquino, Victoria Elisa “Viel” Aquino-Dee and husband Richard Dee, Vice President Jejomar Binay and senior government officials for a pray over to President Benigno S. Aquino III during the Thanksgiving Mass for the 51st Birthday of the President officiated by Fr. Abelardo, Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace.

Some of us may have overlooked this event (yes, including me). The news about the tragic death of General Angelo Tomas-Reyes may have overshadowed this important day for the President on the evening news last night and on the broadsheets today.
This is Noynoy’s first birthday as the President of the Republic. And the creative minds and conspiracy theorists on the internet are saying that the birthdays of the Aquino family are a jinx for our country. The bus explosion at EDSA-Buendia happened on January 25, Tita Cory’s birthday. Angelo Reyes’s suicide happened yesterday, Noynoy’s birthday. So we are warned to take an extra precaution on February 14, Kris Aquino’s birthday.
So much for these chismis. Let’s just wait for 2012.
It is but natural for someone to give his/her birthday wish(es) to the birthday celebrator. And here at Juan republic, I have something, some wishes for the President of the Republic.
"Lab layp pareng Noy, matanda ka na. Baka hindi ka na abutan ng apo.." - this is one of the most common wish for any bachelor during his birthday. Well, we are all aware (insert sarcasm here) that his love life is as important as any national issue on this country, so let’s wish him luck. Or perhaps, he was called to the vocation of single blessedness (a modest way of saying matandang binata hanggang kamatayan). Pero kung ano man, just be reminded of your favorite sister’s famous line "Love! Love! Love!"
BMW - We are all aware that you have recently bought a Porsche and I am just okay with that. I don’t care what you do with your own money. so I am wishing that you buy a BMW. No, not the expensive car but BMW - Buhok Mo Wig. Para mas guwapo ka kapag nasa loob ka ng Porsche mo.
Duct Tape - This is not for your sister Kris. This is for you Sir. I have noticed na lagi kang naka-ngana sa mga pictures mo. Panget po kasing tingnan. Paki-takpan po muna. Madami po kasing kumakain. Salamat po. (Joke lang po Presidente Noy! Pero seriously, bawas-bawasan niyo po ang pag-nganga. Salamat po.)
Use electronic yosi instead - Your health plays a vital role in your Presidency. Kapag ika’y nagkasakit, pamamalakad ay sasabit. Set a good example. Quit puffing nicotine. Use e-cigarettes. Nuff’ said.
Honesty and zeal on running this country - We all remember your promised hindi ako magnanakaw and daang matuwid. Don’t fail us. Keep focused. Keep all the shits - whether it be persons or even your close friends - out of our way. I still trust you man.
Magpakitang gilas ka! - Walang pinagkaiba ang taong walang ginagawang masama kumpara sa isang taong walang ginagawang mabuti. Hindi ko na siguro kailangan pang i-elaborate ang punto ko. 
Guidance from the Dude up there - Your family is known for being a very religious family, most especially your Mom. Keep it up. You will need every help from the Great Man up there on running this country.
As much as I know that we are all part of nation building, I still believe that we need an upright leader and a good example. Again, happy birthday Sir. The Filipinos are counting on you.
Viva Filipinas! Padayon!
Ikaw? Anong birthday wish mo kay Noynoy Aquino?
Photo courtesy of the Official Facebook Page of President Noynoy Aquino.

Birthday Wishes

It was Noynoy Aquino’s birthday yesterday, February 8. 

Father Arnold Abelardo leads Presidential Sisters Kristina Bernadette “Kris” Aquino, Victoria Elisa “Viel” Aquino-Dee and husband Richard Dee, Vice President Jejomar Binay and senior government officials for a pray over to President Benigno S. Aquino III during the Thanksgiving Mass for the 51st Birthday of the President officiated by Fr. Abelardo, Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at the Heroes Hall, Malacañan Palace.

Some of us may have overlooked this event (yes, including me). The news about the tragic death of General Angelo Tomas-Reyes may have overshadowed this important day for the President on the evening news last night and on the broadsheets today.

This is Noynoy’s first birthday as the President of the Republic. And the creative minds and conspiracy theorists on the internet are saying that the birthdays of the Aquino family are a jinx for our country. The bus explosion at EDSA-Buendia happened on January 25, Tita Cory’s birthday. Angelo Reyes’s suicide happened yesterday, Noynoy’s birthday. So we are warned to take an extra precaution on February 14, Kris Aquino’s birthday.

So much for these chismis. Let’s just wait for 2012.

It is but natural for someone to give his/her birthday wish(es) to the birthday celebrator. And here at Juan republic, I have something, some wishes for the President of the Republic.

  • "Lab layp pareng Noy, matanda ka na. Baka hindi ka na abutan ng apo.." - this is one of the most common wish for any bachelor during his birthday. Well, we are all aware (insert sarcasm here) that his love life is as important as any national issue on this country, so let’s wish him luck. Or perhaps, he was called to the vocation of single blessedness (a modest way of saying matandang binata hanggang kamatayan). Pero kung ano man, just be reminded of your favorite sister’s famous line "Love! Love! Love!"
  • BMW - We are all aware that you have recently bought a Porsche and I am just okay with that. I don’t care what you do with your own money. so I am wishing that you buy a BMW. No, not the expensive car but BMW - Buhok Mo Wig. Para mas guwapo ka kapag nasa loob ka ng Porsche mo.
  • Duct Tape - This is not for your sister Kris. This is for you Sir. I have noticed na lagi kang naka-ngana sa mga pictures mo. Panget po kasing tingnan. Paki-takpan po muna. Madami po kasing kumakain. Salamat po. (Joke lang po Presidente Noy! Pero seriously, bawas-bawasan niyo po ang pag-nganga. Salamat po.)
  • Use electronic yosi instead - Your health plays a vital role in your Presidency. Kapag ika’y nagkasakit, pamamalakad ay sasabit. Set a good example. Quit puffing nicotine. Use e-cigarettes. Nuff’ said.
  • Honesty and zeal on running this country - We all remember your promised hindi ako magnanakaw and daang matuwid. Don’t fail us. Keep focused. Keep all the shits - whether it be persons or even your close friends - out of our way. I still trust you man.
  • Magpakitang gilas ka! - Walang pinagkaiba ang taong walang ginagawang masama kumpara sa isang taong walang ginagawang mabuti. Hindi ko na siguro kailangan pang i-elaborate ang punto ko. 
  • Guidance from the Dude up there - Your family is known for being a very religious family, most especially your Mom. Keep it up. You will need every help from the Great Man up there on running this country.

As much as I know that we are all part of nation building, I still believe that we need an upright leader and a good example. Again, happy birthday Sir. The Filipinos are counting on you.

Viva Filipinas! Padayon!

Ikaw? Anong birthday wish mo kay Noynoy Aquino?

Photo courtesy of the Official Facebook Page of President Noynoy Aquino.

Source: juanrepublic

Now Showing: My Amnesia Boy
I have been tuned-in on this Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing since this lunch time and if you are following me on Twitter, you will see there my sentiments (and violent reactions) on some of the a.holes of the Armed Forces.
First, there was General Garcia and his now-famous-line-of-the-day "With due respect your honor, I am invoking my right against self-incrimination", hence not shedding a light on the dark trail of corruption in the Military.
And there’s this General Jacinto “Limot” Ligot who, just like some of his comrades, have been diagnosed with selective amnesia (I tell you man, dinaig pa niya si Colonel Rabusa na nai-stroke).
The Philippines may seem to be going to the dogs with these men.
But I beg to disagree.
We still have Heidi Mendoza, the ex-Commission on Audit auditor, who shed the light of truth on this issue. Personally, I was in tears during the last part of this hearing when Heidi broke down and cried, asking Senator Guingona to spare her from being the resource person of the Commission on Audit (because some of the men at the Commission on Audit are accusing her of tainting the reputation of the commission).
How cruel! Here in the Philippines, kung sino pa ang nagsasabi ng totoo at nagbubunyag ng mga anomalya, sila pa ang parang mga suspect na takot na takot sa kahihinatnan nila.
But I believe that there is still hope.
With persons like Heidi Mendoza, the Philippines will surely see the light of a new country someday. We need more people like her. And all of us can be like her in our own little ways.
There’s still hope for the Philippines.
Viva Filipinas! Padayon!

Now Showing: My Amnesia Boy

I have been tuned-in on this Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing since this lunch time and if you are following me on Twitter, you will see there my sentiments (and violent reactions) on some of the a.holes of the Armed Forces.

First, there was General Garcia and his now-famous-line-of-the-day "With due respect your honor, I am invoking my right against self-incrimination", hence not shedding a light on the dark trail of corruption in the Military.

And there’s this General Jacinto “Limot” Ligot who, just like some of his comrades, have been diagnosed with selective amnesia (I tell you man, dinaig pa niya si Colonel Rabusa na nai-stroke).

The Philippines may seem to be going to the dogs with these men.

But I beg to disagree.

We still have Heidi Mendoza, the ex-Commission on Audit auditor, who shed the light of truth on this issue. Personally, I was in tears during the last part of this hearing when Heidi broke down and cried, asking Senator Guingona to spare her from being the resource person of the Commission on Audit (because some of the men at the Commission on Audit are accusing her of tainting the reputation of the commission).

How cruel! Here in the Philippines, kung sino pa ang nagsasabi ng totoo at nagbubunyag ng mga anomalya, sila pa ang parang mga suspect na takot na takot sa kahihinatnan nila.

But I believe that there is still hope.

With persons like Heidi Mendoza, the Philippines will surely see the light of a new country someday. We need more people like her. And all of us can be like her in our own little ways.

There’s still hope for the Philippines.

Viva Filipinas! Padayon!

Source: juanrepublic


This is a personal blog where rants, raves, and everything in between is written and posted.

About the Blogger: His name is Juan, a frustrated writer who hails from a sauna town at the foot of Mount Makiling. He spends his being an overworked and underpaid High School teacher and being a self-proclaimed superhero who is dreaming and trying to make a difference, one post at a time.

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