#AshTag Wednesday

"It’s Ash Wednesday. Let us spread the #ashtag"

Today, the Catholic Church celebrates Ash Wednesday. This day marks the beginning of the Lenten season, or the 40-day period of fasting to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ passion, death, and resurrection (Paschal Mystery). It is the season where we are reminded to repent from our sins, to fast and abstain, and to do charity works for the poor and needy.

It is an open secret here on Tumblr and in my blog that I am a former seminarian (or more appropriately, a seminarian on regency or break). I studied in the Seminary for eight years - from high school to college, and I have been writing reflections about Lent and being of service to the poor and the needy since I was twelve (I entered the seminary at a young age, so there goes the explanation).

But there is something that I have to confess to you. Something that whenever I remember those events, I have a mix feelings of being ashamed and laughing at it. During my first years in the high school seminary, I look at Ash Wednesday as a punishment. You see, even the required age for fasting and abstinence is 14, there are no exemptions in the Seminary (for obvious reasons, of course). I treat Ash Wednesday then as a ‘hunger strike day’ for we are only served one full meal during the day without merienda. And if you personally know my eating capacity, you will know why I despise a meal-less day.

As I grow up and as I learn more in the Seminary, my perspective has changed. And I should, because Seminary is a place of formation - spiritually, academically, socially, and formation as a mature, young man with the direction to the Priesthood. And even after I left the institution last March 2009 after graduating in Philosophy, even now that I am living in the real world away from the comforts of her confines, I continuously live (and share) most, if not all, the things that I have learned inside. There are no clear indications yet if I would return and pursue my Theological studies but the important thing is, I should and I must strive not to forget those good things. 

Last night, I planned to attend the Ash Wednesday Mass at our Parish (outside the UPLB Campus). But when my mother told me that there will be a mass in their office (which is inside the campus), I decided to go there since it would be more convenient for me.

The Mass celebrant is Father Thor (Yes, Thor. He may not look like Chris Hemsworth but he is one of the nicest, and funniest priests that I know), the Parish Priest of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish (the church inside UPLB). And I did not regret attending his mass. His homily moved me.

He started his homily sharing a stuff that he found on the internet. He said that a particular Christian denomination put up in their website that a mixture of ash and water burns the skin. As most of us know, the ashes being placed on our foreheads is a mixture of ashes (from the palms used on the previous year’s Palm Sunday) and (Holy) water. He consulted the Chemistry Professors of the University and they told him that yes, it is possible to burn one’s skin by a mixture of ash and water (he told us the name of the chemical compound but I forgot it) but the ashes used on Ash Wednesday have a very minimal effect to cause burning. So are they bluffing? Or scaring the faithful? We don’t know.

Why put ashes on our forehead? It is a reminder for us that we came from dust/earth and we would return to it after our death. Faher Thor told us that the mixture of ashes and water is very symbolic since ashes represents a lifeless man and water, the breath of God that created us (if you read the book of Genesis, this will be quite familiar to you). When God breathed to the earth, there was life.

So what is the challenge for us? Father told us that when the Priest (or the Minister) put ashes on our foreheads, this is a invitation for us to ‘return to the earth’. It is an invitation for us to be stoop down from our level, be ‘dirty’, and to be humble. After all, humility came from the Latin word humus which means earth or soil.

But how could we do that in these modern times where everything is fast and everyone is busy? That is where fasting and abstinence would enter. Fasting and abstinence is not just eating less and abstaining from meat. It is also doing less the things that we find addictive - television, alcohol, cigarettes, internet, and everything considered as ‘excess’ and not an essential. And when we have a free time after abstaining (and fasting) from these, then it would be the time to go back to the earth and be dirty.

And after all of these, during the celebration of the Easter Vigil (or the end of the 40-day preparation) and the blessing of fire and water, it is there when we would burn ourselves and walk to God, our savior. So basically, those who posted that a mixture of ashes and water will burn us, is in a way, correct.

Seminarians are known to Priests as omniscient creatures (it is a inside joke actually). I am guilty of this when I was in college since there are Priests and speakers who give us something that we already know and I (together with most of my brothers) would just fake our attention, pretending to be listening. I know, it is a sign of being proud and not being humble.

But I have learned my lesson today. Though I cannot say that I am totally doing it, I chose to listen and digest what Father has given us. I have learned that yes, we know things and sometimes, it is our expertise, but we should always be reminded. And we should see things from other people’s perspective.

The Season of Lent is about preparing ourselves. It is the period to give up something and be of service to the needy. Actually, as I have mentioned above, some of the things that we have saved during this season should go to helping the poor and the needy. Some would say that this is hypocrisy on our part, but should it be? I think doing something good at least during a particular period of a year is better than having done nothing at all. And as long as you know what you believe in, as long as you are steadfast on your faith, no hecklers, trolls, haters, and non-believers can shake you.

This is a period of giving up our excess. What would you give up? for me, I think it wold be extra rice. Aside from helping me lose wight, it will help those who are in need by giving them what I should have eaten for my excess consumption. (Lent, as they say, is the best way to lose weight and be of shape.)

In these modern times, is the celebration of Ash Wednesday still relevant? Yes. We need it more during these times when we seem to just think of ourselves and our personal gains.

Today is the beginning of the Lenten Season. Let us spread the #AshTag. Vaya con Dios!

Photo Above: A nun uses ash to mark a cross on the forehead of a believer outside the Baclaran church in Paranaque on the occasion of Ash Wednesday. The occasion marks the beginning of the season of Lent in the largely Roman Catholic country. (via ABS-CBNnews.com)

Elsewhere:

  • The Word Exposed: Ashes - Manila Archbishop Chito Tagle’s catechism and reflection about Ash Wednesday. This is very informative.

Source: juanrepublic

Bob Marley: The Life, Music, and Legacy
"It is mentioned in the Bible, that there should be one music that all people shall sing, and play, and dance. What music could that be? Reggae."
If there is one thing informative and fruitful about leaving your Facebook account idle on the news feed, it would be receiving updates from your favorite artists and filmmakers. Let us admit it. Though Facebook has drastically changed over the years, it is still one of the most useful tool to spread information and news.
It’s a blessing from some mysterious cyber force that when I refreshed my news feed, I saw this trailer from the upcoming movie/documentary about the revered God of Reggae, Bob Marley. 

I’ve seen other documentaries from other renowned artists like The Beatles (The Beatles Anthology and their movies) but I haven’t seen any about Bob Marley. Well, at least, thanks to my cousins’ VCDs, I was able to watch some of his live performances during my early teenage years.
Finally! There is something that will help us know him more. Let me share with you the gist of the documentary through their official website:

Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.
 From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive. 
MARLEY will make its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this month followed by its North American premiere at SXSW. Magnolia Pictures will release theatrically and on VOD on Friday, April 20th.

I think it’s about time for this generation and era of uhm, not-so-good music to know the life, music, and legacy of the famous man on dreadlocks. It’s about time to educate those who wear Bob Marley shirts without knowing the story behind him (I hope they do a Che Guevarra documentary next time. Thank you very much.)
I hope this documentary will be shown here in our country. But if all else fails, there is always Plan B. I cannot wait to see this monumental and historical work.
Show some respect. Long live Bob Marley! Irie!
Elsewhere:
The official Facebook page/website of Bob Marley Movie.
Bob Marley’s official website.

Bob Marley: The Life, Music, and Legacy

"It is mentioned in the Bible, that there should be one music that all people shall sing, and play, and dance. What music could that be? Reggae."

If there is one thing informative and fruitful about leaving your Facebook account idle on the news feed, it would be receiving updates from your favorite artists and filmmakers. Let us admit it. Though Facebook has drastically changed over the years, it is still one of the most useful tool to spread information and news.

It’s a blessing from some mysterious cyber force that when I refreshed my news feed, I saw this trailer from the upcoming movie/documentary about the revered God of Reggae, Bob Marley. 

I’ve seen other documentaries from other renowned artists like The Beatles (The Beatles Anthology and their movies) but I haven’t seen any about Bob Marley. Well, at least, thanks to my cousins’ VCDs, I was able to watch some of his live performances during my early teenage years.

Finally! There is something that will help us know him more. Let me share with you the gist of the documentary through their official website:

Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

 From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive. 

MARLEY will make its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival this month followed by its North American premiere at SXSW. Magnolia Pictures will release theatrically and on VOD on Friday, April 20th.

I think it’s about time for this generation and era of uhm, not-so-good music to know the life, music, and legacy of the famous man on dreadlocks. It’s about time to educate those who wear Bob Marley shirts without knowing the story behind him (I hope they do a Che Guevarra documentary next time. Thank you very much.)

I hope this documentary will be shown here in our country. But if all else fails, there is always Plan B. I cannot wait to see this monumental and historical work.

Show some respect. Long live Bob Marley! Irie!

Elsewhere:

Source: facebook.com

Prom

"Nanginginig na mga kamay. Ang puso kong hindi mapalagay. Puwede ba kitang tabihan? Kahit na may iba ka nang kasama.."

It’s prom season once again. They say that this is the most anticipated event in one’s high school life. A night of fun, glamour, good memories, and an unforgettable moment for teenage first love.

This is not a story for me to tell. I never had a chance to attend a Junior-Senior Promenade. I studied in an exclusive school for boys in High School.  And during my senior year, when we cross-enrolled at a nearby coed Catholic school, I was not able to attend the graduation ball (the nuns replaced the JS Prom with it for some reasons) because I was busy preparing for college then (nuks).

"Ito na ang gabing di malilimutan.."

Last Friday was a busy day for the parloristas here in Los Baños. Almost all high schools inside the UPLB Campus were having their JS Prom. And for my younger sister who is a junior in high school, that night was surely a memorable one.

She’s the family’s unica hija and the first among the siblings who will attend the JS Prom (My brother and I studied at the same high school.). So you can imagine how my parents, especially my Nanay, prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Days before the Prom, I ask her if she has already a date/partner for that night. She said yes but she won’t give us his name. My Nanay, with her awesome cyber espionage skills, managed to look for the guy and we found out that he’s nice. I jokingly told my sister that I’m gonna bring my zombie apocalypse kit on the night of her Prom just in case the guy mess up.

My sister was fetched in our house and went to the Prom with her barkada (not her date. Good for the guy, haha!). We basically let her do what she wanted on that special day. She went to the Prom while my Parents and I went to the muddy UPLB Feb Fair.

"Parang atin ang gabi. Para bang wala tayong katabi. Nang tayo’y sumayaw na parang di na tayo bibitaw.."

They say that high school is the happiest stage of one’s life (though there are some who would beg to differ). Even Sharon Cuneta immortalized the tears and laughter of high school with the song High School Life. This is the stage of one’s formation, transformation, and self-discovery.

I may have not experienced Prom but let me share with you some of my a priori thoughts on it. Enjoy every single moment of it. It only happens once or twice in one’s life time. It is also training ground for a bigger world after school. It is where you learn etiquette, decorum, and where you test your self-esteem ad self-confidence (by asking someone to be her date and not being a wallflower during the dance).

I know that there are more knowledgeable and credible persons out there to talk about this but what I only have here is a small story and a good music to share.

When I first heard this song by Sugarfree (with the Manila Syphony Orchestra), I was instantly amused by the David Pomeranz-penned King and Queen of Hearts introduction (a classic Prom song) before hitting the first drum beats and notes of one of the group’s famous anthems.

How was your prom? Is it nostalgic or a horror? And for the younglings reading my blog, are you excited to have one? I hope this song by Sugarfree help you reminisce on this cold, rainy weather.

Maraming salamat Ebe Dancel, Sugarfree, at Manila Symphony Orchestra sa napakahusay na awiting ito.

Photo Above: My sister and I minutes before she went to the Prom. And please excuse my ‘beer barrel belly’. Thank you very much.

Source: juanrepublic

"To Infinity and Beyond!"
Most people today are either celebrating Valentine’s Day or being a jerk thinking about how pathetic their being single is. Or having a genital wars at some branch of Sogo (So clean, So good). I was suppose to write something about Valentine’s Day today but because of the gloomy weather, nothing special, extraordinary, or Valentine-related stuff happened to me the whole day. And it’s too mainstream. So I decided to write about another significant event of today:
Manong Johnny Enrile’s 88th birthday. Yes, eighty-eight. Double infinity as some would say.
Back when I was a young little kid, I see to it that I always watch the evening news with my parents/ grandparents. Through that, I became familiar with current events and the different personalities from politics, sports, and entertainment. I may have not memorized all of the politician’s names but there is always one who I always remember - Enrile. Juan Ponce Enrile.
As I grow older and into maturity (hopefully), I indulged myself more in the matters of history, politics, society, government, and current events. And  I can still hear Manong Johny Enrile’s name every now and then. He is always there. Or should I say, he must be always there.
Time passed by and as we both grow older - me in my late teenage years and he, in his seemingly emergence into immortality - I got to know him more by reading history and news stuff related to his life. And he became one of my favorite law makers.
Perhaps he is best known to this generation as the Senator who wishes us to be happy. His "Gusto Ko Happy Ka" (I want you to be happy) campaign slogan in the 2010 elections made him won the hearts of the youth and the generation who were not yet born during the dark ages of our history - where he also played an important role.
I have been reading Manong Johnny Enrile-related news items the whole evening on the internet and I came across this article from Interaksyon.com that summarizes the man’s legacy:

Juan Ponce Enrile has seen, in 88 full years, the highs and lows, the tragedies and triumphs, countless political seasons, of the country. He not only lived through most of them, but also at every turn played a key role. The remarkable journey made his birthday, at the helm of a historic trial, so much more pregnant with meaning. Having been born in on the day of hearts, it seemed fitting he remained, eight decades after, still very much at home in the heart of history.

Eighty-eight years. For some, it is the age of retirement. A time to spend your last remaining years on this planet with your loved ones. And a bonus age for most of us. but Manong Johnny Enrile just keeps on going and it looks like he has no plan to stop as long as he is able to do his duty. He is the perfect example of the Filipino saying about being hardworking, 'Kalabaw lang ang tumatanda’.
Eighty-eight years. One is considered an immortal if his works and legacy continue to inspire and move others even after his death. But Manong is still alive and is continuously doing things for the future of this country.
Eighty-eight years. Just like his birthday wish, I wish him stamina to perform his duties well. Will he live until the 2016 elections and be our next leader? What’s wrong with a 92-year old leader?
Isa kang alamat Manong Johnny. Maligayang ika-walumpu’t walong kaarawan! At sa puntong ito, gusto ko, happy ka!
Photo Above: Senate President and presiding officer Juan Ponce Enrile is amused as Senate reporters present him with a cake with a miniature image of the impeachment court on his 88th birthday on Tuesday, before the start of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Renato Corona. (via ABS-CBNnews.com)
Elsewhere:
"I Sense a Disturbance in The Force" - I always remember Manong Johnny whenever I see this villain from Star Wars. Seriously.
Manong Johnny Enrile’s Biography - Taken from his official website. This will take us back to the prehistoric times during the age of the dinosaurs. (Kidding!)
JPE at 88: At Home in the Heart of History

"To Infinity and Beyond!"

Most people today are either celebrating Valentine’s Day or being a jerk thinking about how pathetic their being single is. Or having a genital wars at some branch of Sogo (So clean, So good). I was suppose to write something about Valentine’s Day today but because of the gloomy weather, nothing special, extraordinary, or Valentine-related stuff happened to me the whole day. And it’s too mainstream. So I decided to write about another significant event of today:

Manong Johnny Enrile’s 88th birthday. Yes, eighty-eight. Double infinity as some would say.

Back when I was a young little kid, I see to it that I always watch the evening news with my parents/ grandparents. Through that, I became familiar with current events and the different personalities from politics, sports, and entertainment. I may have not memorized all of the politician’s names but there is always one who I always remember - Enrile. Juan Ponce Enrile.

As I grow older and into maturity (hopefully), I indulged myself more in the matters of history, politics, society, government, and current events. And  I can still hear Manong Johny Enrile’s name every now and then. He is always there. Or should I say, he must be always there.

Time passed by and as we both grow older - me in my late teenage years and he, in his seemingly emergence into immortality - I got to know him more by reading history and news stuff related to his life. And he became one of my favorite law makers.

Perhaps he is best known to this generation as the Senator who wishes us to be happy. His "Gusto Ko Happy Ka" (I want you to be happy) campaign slogan in the 2010 elections made him won the hearts of the youth and the generation who were not yet born during the dark ages of our history - where he also played an important role.

I have been reading Manong Johnny Enrile-related news items the whole evening on the internet and I came across this article from Interaksyon.com that summarizes the man’s legacy:

Juan Ponce Enrile has seen, in 88 full years, the highs and lows, the tragedies and triumphs, countless political seasons, of the country. He not only lived through most of them, but also at every turn played a key role. The remarkable journey made his birthday, at the helm of a historic trial, so much more pregnant with meaning. Having been born in on the day of hearts, it seemed fitting he remained, eight decades after, still very much at home in the heart of history.

Eighty-eight years. For some, it is the age of retirement. A time to spend your last remaining years on this planet with your loved ones. And a bonus age for most of us. but Manong Johnny Enrile just keeps on going and it looks like he has no plan to stop as long as he is able to do his duty. He is the perfect example of the Filipino saying about being hardworking, 'Kalabaw lang ang tumatanda’.

Eighty-eight years. One is considered an immortal if his works and legacy continue to inspire and move others even after his death. But Manong is still alive and is continuously doing things for the future of this country.

Eighty-eight years. Just like his birthday wish, I wish him stamina to perform his duties well. Will he live until the 2016 elections and be our next leader? What’s wrong with a 92-year old leader?

Isa kang alamat Manong Johnny. Maligayang ika-walumpu’t walong kaarawan! At sa puntong ito, gusto ko, happy ka!

Photo Above: Senate President and presiding officer Juan Ponce Enrile is amused as Senate reporters present him with a cake with a miniature image of the impeachment court on his 88th birthday on Tuesday, before the start of the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Renato Corona. (via ABS-CBNnews.com)

Elsewhere:

Source: abs-cbnnews.com

Memoirs of Inday and the Bodyguard

It was the nineties. Some would say that it is the best decade for music, movie, recreation, fun, and entertainment. For those who were born and who grew up in that era, it wil be remembered for its good old memories of nostalgia and fun (but of course, those who were born on a different era will beg to differ).

Nineties. It was the year when kasamabahay(s) are stereotyped by popular TV shows and movies with the name Inday and having an affair with a sikyu (security guard). And it was also the year when a song for every Inday - and every romantics - came out.

It was I Will Always Love You. Or for every pun-loving Filipino in that decade, it was Inday will always love you.

The song was so popular in the country that it became an anthem of almost every music-loving Filipino (long before Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On, but that’s another story). Though not a Whitney Houston original (it was Dolly Parton who sang the original), the song gained popularity after the former recorded it for the soundtrack of her debut movie, The Bodyguard.

Ah, that movie. It is considered one of the classic romantic-thriller movie of that age. I remember watching it in my grandparents’ house on their trusty VHS player. I did not care about the movie being a romantic flick then. What I care about is it being an action-thriller movie. And its theme song I will Always Love You.

This may sound not-so-manly but Whitney Houston’s  I Will Always Love you is one of the first songs that I learned to sing (aside from the jingle of cough syrup Tuseran Forte which I used to sing as 'Sa Tusenan Boteee..'). In fact, I even held a mini-concert during my fourth birthday party, singing and screaming the song at the top of my lungs in front of our house. (I still have a picture of it but I think it’s still in our old house. I’m gonna post it soon when I find the opportunity to get it.)

And just like any other kid, or a typical Pinoy, who sing that song, I used to sing it as "Indaaa-hiyaay! Will always love you! Huuwaaa..".

What made me sing a Whitney Houston song for cryin’ out loud? Perhaps it’s because of the song’s popularity during that time that it became the anthem of almost everyone. It became the song that everyone knew to sing and to love (unlike Frank Sinatra’s My Way that became infamous for it’s, uhm, fatal effects). Just like a young child singing whatever is overplayed on television and the radio, perhaps I just joined the Whitney Houston bandwagon then?

I woke up last Sunday morning, February 12 here in the Philippines, learning about Whitney Houston’s death via Tumblr and Twitter. And I told myself that’s it, another musical legend passed away, leaving her fans, listeners, and people whom she inspired in grief. The news about her drug addiction during the last years of her life may always be included in her story but that would not suffice to overshadow her fame, success, and legacy.

You may call yourself a die-hard fan who would weep because of her sudden demise. You maybe just an ordinary music fan who appreciate her music. and you may be just someone who recently listen to her music and joined the We-love-you-Whitney-Houston bandwagon.

But I will always remember her as someone who introduced me to Inday and The Bodyguard. Someone who helped me discover my love for singing and music.

Goodbye Whitney. Thanks you for the music. Millie grazie!

Source: juanrepublic

Buffalo Soldier

"Buffalo soldier, dreadlock rasta. There was a buffalo soldier in the heart of America, stolen from Africa, brought to America. Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival.."

There is always one particular song that will introduce you to the artist. One song that will lead you to know the artist more and listen to his other songs. And in my case, I met Roberto Nesta Marley through Buffalo Soldier.

I frst heard Buffalo Soldier from my cousin’s noisy component during my puberty age. (Remember the 3-CD changer type of component back then that boasts of 20,000 watts or more? You got the picture.) They have been repeatedly playing this particular song the whole day to the point that the lyrics woy! yoy! yoy! yoy! became my LSS at the end of the day. I asked them who the artist is because I find his music relaxing and comforting. And from that day, I fell in love with his music and started listening to his other songs.

"If you know your history. Then you would know where you coming from. Then you wouldn’t have to ask me, Who the ‘eck do I think I am.."

Aside from being the first Bob Marley song that I learned and its catchy and feel-good melody, Buffalo Soldier became one of my favorites because of its story and message. 

This song is written by Bob Marley and Noel Williams from Marley’s final recording session in 1980. The title and lyrics refer to the black U.S. cavalry regiments, known as “Buffalo Soldiers”, that fought in the Indian Wars after 1866. Marley likened their fight to a fight for survival, and recasts it as a symbol of black resistance.

I was able to listen and learn his other songs because aside from The Beatles and the Eraserheads, Bob Marley is always our companion whenever me and my cousins and uncles have an inuman sessions. There are also other Bob Marley songs that remind me of a particular story in my life. I will always remember Jammin’  as one of my drinking buddy’s drunk song; I Shot the Sheriff is my father’s favorite song during his youth; No Woman No Cry was my anthem during my emo days in college; Waiting in Vain is my favorite videoke song; and Three Little Birds was my comfort song during the time when my family underwent a serious crisis.

And in my opinion, there is always a Bob Marley song for everyone, for every event in one’s life, and for every emotion.

Too bad, he’s gone too soon. But I believe that one does not need to live an old age to live life to the fullest. By his music, principle, and influence, Bob Marley is already immortal. He has influenced many and up to this day, he is still considered one of the greatest man that walked - and sang -on this planet.

Happy birthday Bob Marley! Thank you for your legacy. One love. Irie!

Source: juanrepublic

Ang Alamat ni Jeric Raval

Noong isang araw, nabulabog ang mga angry birds ng cyber space nang sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon ay tumayo ang kilalang miyembro ng Senate Committee on Silence na si Senator Lito Lapid at nagsalita sa impeachment court. At dahil bihira ang pagkakataong iyon, nag-trending worldwide ang Senador sa Twitter. Kasama ang pangalang Leon Guerrero.

E sino nga ba si Leon Guerrero? Siya ang Pinoy version ng Lone Ranger na nakilala sa pinilakang tabing dahil sa pagganap ni Lito Lapid (pero mas naunang gumanap ang kaniyang tiyuhin na si Jess Lapid). Ang pinakanatatandaan ko sa kanya ay kung paano niya pinatay ang dalawang tumatakbong kalaban gamit ang iisang bala - sa pamamagitan nang pagpapaputok ng baril sa harap ng isang punyal (na kahit si MacGyver, hindi maiisip yun).

Gusto ko sanang magsulat tungkol kay Leon Guerrero at sa tahimik na Senador pero napagtanto kong sayang lang ang bandwidth. At neurons. Kaya’y naisipan kong ibaling ang aking atensyon sa aking paboritong action star noong dekada nobenta:

Si Jeric Raval.

Noong isang araw, habang naghahanap ng matinong palabas sa TV, ay napadaan ako sa Kapuso Movie Festival ng GMA-7 kung saan may nakita akong isang pamilyar na mukha na kasama nang noo’y payat pang si Beethoven Del Valle-Bunagan (Michael V.) - si Jeric Raval. Ang pamagat ng pelikula? Biboy Banal: Pagganti ko..Tapos Kayo (halimaw sa title!) na orihinal na ipinalabas noog taong 1994. At sa puntong iyon, bumalik sa aking alaala yung kabataan ko na tuwang-tuwang nanonood ng mga Pinoy action movies sa TV, VHS at sa Pinoy Blockbusters (Tatay ng Cinema One). At isa nga sa mga naging paborito kong bida higit sa ibang action stars ng henerasyong iyon ay si Jeric Raval.

Sino nga ba si Jeric Raval? Ang tunay niyang pangalan ay Jericho Buensuceso at inilarawan siya ng Wikipedia (ang hindi nagsisinungaling na bible ng henerasyon ngayon) bilang isang artista na nakilala sa kanyang leather jacket, leather pants, at shiny hair.

Una siyang nakilala sa pelikula ni Manoy Eddie Garcia na Valentin Zapanta Alyas Ninong: Ang Huling Kilabot ng Tondo kung saan gumanap siya bilang isa sa mga bata ni Ninong at ang kanyang kauna-unahang pelikula in a lead role ay ang Kalabang Mortal ni Baby Ama kasama sina John Regala at Willie Revillame (Oo, si Kuya Wil). Matapos noon ay naging sunod-sunod pa ang pelikula niya sa OctoArts Films katulad ng Boboy Salonga: Batang Tondo, Estribo Gang: The Jinggoy Sese Story, Beloy Montemayor: Tirador ng Cebu, Victor Meneses: Dugong Kriminal, Barkada Walang Atrasan, at ang personal kong paborito dahil sobrang pamatay ng pamagat na Bunso: Isinilang Kang Palaban.

Napilitan si Jeric na tumigil sa paggawa ng pelikula matapos makatanggap ng Temporary Restraining Order matapos ang hindi pagkakaunawaan sa OctoArts Flms na nauwi sa korte. Matapos maayos ang gusot ay nagbalik pelikula si Jeric pero hindi na gaanong naging maningning ang kaniyang kasikatan. Ang kaniyang pinakahuling pelikula ay ang Lapu-Lapu ni Lito Lapid noong 2002 (na sa tingin ko ay kakaunti lamang sa inyo ang nakapanood).

E ano ba ang meron si Jeric Raval na wala ang ibang action stars katulad nina Robin Padilla, Fernando Poe, Jr., George Estregan, Cesar Montano, Monsour Del Rosario, Ronnie Rickets, Bong Revilla, at Rustom Padilla? (Oo, gumanap na astig na sundalo si Rustom sa Mistah kasama ang mga kapatid niyang sina Robin, Royette, at Rommel bago siya naging BB Gandanghari)

Para sa akin, may ibang klase ng karisma si Jeric Raval. Hindi siya yung tipikal na action star noong dekada nobenta na sa unang tingin mo pa lang ay alam mo nang mambabasag ng bote ng San Miguel beer sa ulo ni Bomber Moran o kaya ay makikipaghilahan ng bigote sa magkapatid na Rommy at Paquito Diaz. Siya yung klase ng astig na action star na hindi mo aakalaing makikipagpatayan sa mga bata ng kurap na Congressman, pulis, at negosyante. Maamo ang mukha kaya may elemento ng surpresa at gulat kapag nakikipagbakbakan sa loob ng bandonadong gusali o warehouse.

Katulad na lamang noong pelikulang Biboy Banal: Pagganti ko..Tapos Kayo. Sa unang tingin, lalo na at kasama pa ang henyong si Michael V., ay aakalain mong isa na namang pelikulang comedy ng OctoArts ang palabas. Pero matapos na mapatay na ang kaniyang ama, gahasain at patayin ang kanyang kapatid , magkaroon ng nakakakilig na eksena kasama ang leading lady, ang kaunting pag-aaway sa loob ng beer house, at ang paglabas ng Mitsubishi L-300 na siyang sikat na sasakyan sa mga Pinoy action movies (samakatuwid, kapag lumabas na lahat ng cliche sa mga action films noong dekada nobenta), ay lalabas na ang kaniyang husay sa pag-arte bilang isang dekalibreng action star.

Masasabi kong isa si Jeric Raval sa mga impluwensyal na naghubog ng plikulang Pilipino noong dekada nobenta - ang huling dekada kung saan ang malaking porsyento ng masa ay gumagastos at pumipila sa mga sinehan (Siguro ay dahil mas mura pa ang panonood sa Sinehan noon. At dahil buhay pa ang Seiko Films. Oh yeah!)

Pero lumilipas ang panahon. Namatay ang action genre sa pelikulang Noypi at kasamang namatay nito ay ang karera ng daan-daang movie crew, stuntmen, kontra bida, at mga action stars na hayun, huli kong nakita sa TV ay nasa drama o sa mga pa-cute na youth-oriented shows.

Nasaan na nga ba si Jeric Raval ngayon? Wala akong balita. Huli ko siyang nakita noong isang taon sa radio show ni Cristy Fermin sa Aksyon TV 41 kung saan sinabi niyang sabik na siyang magbalik-pelikula. At ganoon pa rin ang mukha, halos hindi tumanda. Parang si Ely Buendia. At ang namayapang si Francis Magalona.

Sinasabing kinakailangang magkaroon ng ‘kamatayan’ ng action films sa Pilipinas para magkaroon ng ‘muling pagkabuhay’ at para maitaas ang kalidad nito. Sa pagpapalabas ng Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story ni George Estregan at sa nalalapit na pagpapalabas ng Hitman ni Cesar Montano, masasabi nating unti-unti na ngang nabubuhay ang action genre ng pelikulang Pilipino.

Utang na loob, sawang-sawa na ako sa paulit-ulit na comedy at love story sa pinilakang tabing. Ibalik natin ang Pinoy action Films. At ang titillating movies ng Seiko Films. Biro lamang ang huli pero puwedeng seryosohin.

Hindi ako dalubhasa sa pelikula at ekonomiya pero sa tingin ko, ang magpapabuhay sa naghihingalong industriya ng pelikulang Pilipino ay ang masa. Gumawa tayo ng pelikula na hindi mang-iinsulto sa ating kakayahang mag-isip (katulad noong mga staple movies sa MMFF). Gumawa tayo ng de kalidad na pelikula na ikatutuwa at ipagmamalaki ng mga manonood. Gumawa tayo ng de kalidad na pelikula. Gumawa tayo ng de kalidad na action films - na sa aking opinyon ay ang genre na malapit sa puso ng masa.

Nalalapit na ang muling pagkabuhay ng Pinoy action movies. At iisa lang naman ang hinihiling ko - ang makita ko ulit na nakikipagbarilan at nakikipagbasagan ng bote ang idolo kong si Jeric Raval sa pinilakang tabing.

Isa kang alamat, Jeric Raval. Mabuhay ang pelikulang Pilipino! Respeto.

Elsewhere:

  • Video 48Ang mga larawan sa itaas ay dito ko kinuha. Ang blog na ito ay patungkol sa mga classic Pinoy movies. Asteeg!
  • How the metrosexual killed the action star - Kung dati, ang mga iniidolo ay ang mga lalaking may bigote sa action movies, ngayon, mga lalaking kung mag-ayos ay mas komplikado pa sa mga babae.
  • Guns, Goons, and GoreLourd de Veyra’s take on the Pinoy action movies.

Source: juanrepublic

The Reichenbach Hangover

I think I know how Sherlock faked his own death.

It must be the garbage truck that caught him when he jumped off the building (Did you see that?) and the body that fell on the pavement was one of Molly Hooper’s cadavers.

And the biker that bumped John Watson was Sherlock’s accomplice so as to hide from the former how the latter managed to do the trick. More so, Watson’s view of where Sherlock supposedly fell was a bit obstructed by a building.

And I don’t think Jim Moriarty is dead either. I expected a blood splatter a la The Walking Dead when he shot himself in the mouth but we did not see any, right?

So much for my Reichenbach Fall theory. You can find other (logical and insane) theories on the web. I cannot wait for the third season of Sherlock. Accio 2013!

Source: juanrepublic

What’s wrong with this photo?
Take a closer look at the photo above. You will see a man wearing a blue polo browsing (and allegedly buying) over a stash of pirated DVDs.
So what’s wrong? Almost everyone of us are guilty of this act. I am sure that most of us have visited our suking manong dibidi to look for and buy copies of our favorite TV Shows, movies, concerts, and albums (before the advent of torrents, I presume). Though we all know piracy is the cause of the loss of profit of the music and movie industry, most of us still patronize this cheaper and alternative way of entertainment.
Going back to the photo, take a look again. Do you recognize that man? Just a few months ago, he was at the headlines of broadsheets and news programs after his Mistubishi Montero, then being used by two of his security aides, figured in an accident on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City—and yielded a Czech-made CZ-858 Tactical semiautomatic assault rifle in the ensuing police investigation (source).
The man above is Rolando Llamas, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs. Yes my dear reader, he is a member of President Noynoy Aquino’s Cabinet. The report says that he bought Php 2,000 worth of Pirated DVDs at Circle C Mall in Congressional Avenue, Quezon City, on Monday night.
A government official, who is suppose to lead the people on the campaign against piracy (don’t give me an excuse that piracy is not your Department’s work), is seen buying pirated stuff. Classic.
I am not saying that Mister Llamas should be condemned for buying pirated DVDs (the law, unfortunately, has no provision to penalize the buyer). And we still have to listen at Mister Llamas’ side whether he actually purchased pirated DVDs or not. But I believe in leadership by example, he should have avoided that place - or doing that act - in the first place.
What would Noynoy Aquino do? Will he reprimand, or sack, his political adviser? But Roland Llamas is also one of the shooting buddies of the President.
So much for the daang matuwid.
Read more here: Aquino’s Man no Poster Boy for Anti-Piracy Drive

What’s wrong with this photo?

Take a closer look at the photo above. You will see a man wearing a blue polo browsing (and allegedly buying) over a stash of pirated DVDs.

So what’s wrong? Almost everyone of us are guilty of this act. I am sure that most of us have visited our suking manong dibidi to look for and buy copies of our favorite TV Shows, movies, concerts, and albums (before the advent of torrents, I presume). Though we all know piracy is the cause of the loss of profit of the music and movie industry, most of us still patronize this cheaper and alternative way of entertainment.

Going back to the photo, take a look again. Do you recognize that man? Just a few months ago, he was at the headlines of broadsheets and news programs after his Mistubishi Montero, then being used by two of his security aides, figured in an accident on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City—and yielded a Czech-made CZ-858 Tactical semiautomatic assault rifle in the ensuing police investigation (source).

The man above is Rolando Llamas, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs. Yes my dear reader, he is a member of President Noynoy Aquino’s Cabinet. The report says that he bought Php 2,000 worth of Pirated DVDs at Circle C Mall in Congressional Avenue, Quezon City, on Monday night.

A government official, who is suppose to lead the people on the campaign against piracy (don’t give me an excuse that piracy is not your Department’s work), is seen buying pirated stuff. Classic.

I am not saying that Mister Llamas should be condemned for buying pirated DVDs (the law, unfortunately, has no provision to penalize the buyer). And we still have to listen at Mister Llamas’ side whether he actually purchased pirated DVDs or not. But I believe in leadership by example, he should have avoided that place - or doing that act - in the first place.

What would Noynoy Aquino do? Will he reprimand, or sack, his political adviser? But Roland Llamas is also one of the shooting buddies of the President.

So much for the daang matuwid.

Read more here: Aquino’s Man no Poster Boy for Anti-Piracy Drive

Source: newsinfo.inquirer.net

Pumped Up Kicks - Miracle of Modern Science (Orchestral Cover)

"All the other kids with the pumped up kicks You’d better run, better run, outrun my gun All the other kids with the pumped up kicks You’d better run, better run, faster than my bullet.."

The lyrics is familiar, right? This song by Foster the People is inarguably one of the best songs of 2011. You hear it almost everywhere and I bet you have this in your phones, iPods, and music players. I first heard it on 99.5 RT and I immediately fell in love with it. (I just don’t know if the masa stations in Manila play this.)

Earlier this morning, I was browsing my dashboard when I saw a post from the Daily What featuring a Kickass Cover of the Day. The group described themselves as Bon Joviver - a fusion of Bon Iver and Bon Jovi - and they gave the Bon Jovi classicYou Give Love a Bad Name a Bon Iver-esque rendition. And I liked it.

I searched for the band on the web and found their other kickass covers. And this song by Foster The People left me repeatedly playing the song the whole morning. The strings and the rockestra-ish arrangement must have done the trick.

I have been posting serious stuff over the past days so here’s something to make my blog, and your dashboards, less serious, hyped, feel-good, and fun.

I hate to make a comparison by in my opinion, this cover is better than the original.

Enjoy the music fellas! Good morning from this side of the globe!

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25 Years Later

Yesterday, January 22, 2012, marked the 25th year of the gruesome Mendiola Massacre, an incident that happened in Mendiola on January 22, 1987 in which Government security forces violently dispersed a farmers’ protest march to Malacañan Palace.


A wounded protester is helped by a peasant activist after the shooting broke out. Ramon Acasio

Pardon me for this late post. Aside from being busy yesterday because of my class, the major broadsheets yesterday did not put the commemoration of the massacre in their front page. Instead, I saw items about the Impeacment Trial, the Roman-Shalai wedding, Chinese New Year, and more impeachment brouhahas.

Or maybe because they are biased for President Noynoy Aquino and they do not want to talk about it. It would be remembered that the incumbent President’s mother, Cory Aquino, was the President during that time. (Well, this is just me with my crazy imagination. I will just leave it there.) Moving on..

Aside from the Maguindanao Massacre, I consider the Mendiola Massacre as an event that should not be forgotten or slip past our consciousness. If we saw slain journalists in Maguindanao, we have helpless peasants and farmers in Mendiola.

Peasants and farmers have a special place in my heart,. I lived with some of them during my formation years in College. And since the advent of my awakening, I have always supported the cause of the poor and the oppressed for justice, freedom, and ownership. You may not see me with a banner or a raised fist in the streets but I believe that there are other ways to support their cause other than protests and rallies.

Landless farmers. Feudalism has long been gone in Europe but it is still practiced in some parts of our country up to this day. The Agrarian Reform programs of the Government appears to be a failure. The problems of the landless farmers still haunt our country and I don’t see a beacon of hope that will signal its end. (Well, the Hacienda Luisita has been granted to the farmers - in a decision and not in reality - but there are still other lands that are yet to be distributed. Hopefully.)

Twenty-five years ago, a massacre happened near Malacañang, a bloody result of the fight of the farmers for land ownership and social justice. And twenty-five years later, justice is still nowhere in sight.

Will it happen on the term of the son of the President during the massacre? Is justice for the landless farmers included in the promised daang matuwid? I don’t know. I think they are still busy hunting the previous administration and her allies.

I want to see a new day where there will be no more landless farmers, no more greedy landowners, and no more social injustice brought by land ownership disputes.

And no more state-sponsored killing spree for these individuals.

Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the Mendiola Massacre. Never forget. Never again.

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Source: juanrepublic

Do You Still Give a Damn?

This day marks the 26th month of the infamous Ampatuan Massacre, a horrible event in our history where 58 people were killed, 34 of whom were journalists or working for the broadcast industry. But do you still care?

A few days ago, I wrote about the eleventh anniversary of EDSA Dos and why do people seem not to give a damn to throw a celebration. I assumed that people tend to forget it because it was a considered a nightmare, a dark part of of our history that should be forgotten and never be repeated again. It has transformed into a collective repressed memory for the Filipino people.

Repressed memory is a hypothetical concept used to describe a significant memory, usually traumatic ones, that has become unavailable for recall. It is also called motivated forgetting wherein the subject blocks painful or traumatic events in one’s life.

This massacre is undoubtedly one of the most horrible events in our history and democracy. Fifty-eight people were killed in an election-related violence, thirty-four of whom were people working for the broadcast industry in a country where there is supposed to be a freedom of the press.

This is an event so painful and traumatic that it could become a collective repressed memory for the family’s victims and Filipinos. But should it be?

No!

Unlike EDSA Dos where nobody seems to give a damn to throw a celebration and/or memorial every year (for obvious reasons, I believe), this one should be different.

Most of us may have forgotten this horrible event in our history. This issue may have been overshadowed by the recent issues in our country.

But by letting this event just pass us by our consciousness, it will appear that we are condoning the perpetrators of this crime. Or depriving justice to the victims and their families. Or killing the fifty-eight victims repeatedly. Or allowing the culture of impunity in our country. 

Impunity. Kawalang pakundangan. It’s like saying "Go ahead, kill everyone who are against your plans! Shoot the story tellers! We allow murder in our country! No one is punished by the way."

We don’t want it that way, right? So what can we do as an ordinary citizen?

Never forget. Let us always put the Ampatuan massacre into consciousness. One way of doing it is to post something about it every 23rd of the month for everyone to see (on Facebook, Twitter, and in your blogs). This will help those who have forgotten to remember.

Be an educated and wise voter. The Ampatuan massacre is an election-related violence which involves (an alleged) private army. Choose your leaders wisely. Do not be swayed by their goods during the campaign season.

Be vigilant. Stay on guard, be watchful. Let us be our brother’s keeper. And let us keep an eye on the proceedings of the trial (even if it takes 55,000 years, according to Atty. Harry Roque).

Let us offer a minute of silence to remember the victims of the massacre. And ask God - or the Cosmos or some Force, depending on your belief - that this would never happen again.

Justice for the Victims of the Ampatuan Massacre. Never Forget. Never again. 

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Source: juanrepublic

EDSA Dos: A Historical Repression

Today is the eleventh anniversary of the conspiracy that ousted Former President Joseph Estrada from Malacañan Palace and put Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the helm of power in January 2001. We commonly know it by the name of EDSA Dos. And no one seems to give a damn to throw a celebration.

I have been observing the internet (Twitter, Facebook, and news websites) the whole day and no one posted a stuff about the day that changed our Political history. I searched the word “EDSA” on Twitter earlier and I only saw less than 10 tweets (mine included) about EDSA dos (The results are mostly MMDA’s traffic update on EDSA.).

How come nobody commemorated the events that happened eleven years ago at EDSA Shrine? Maybe because we are too busy talking about Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial. Maybe because some of us chose to watch the filming of Bourne Legacy in Manila. Or too excited for Katy Perry’s concert. Or too busy watching the season premiere of American Idol and the finale of My Binondo Girl. 

Or is it because EDSA Dos is considered a nightmare, a dark part of our history that should be forgotten and should never be repeated again? Maybe yes.

Where were you eleven years ago?

I was eleven years old then, a graduating student in Elementary. The last days of the impeachment trial and the mass protest in EDSA Shrine coincided with our third quarterly exams. Prior to that, whenever I go home early from school, I see to it that I watch the impeachment trial. I can still remember how my classmates and I would horse around, imitating the Chief Justice, the Prosecution, and the Defense Panel. The words Objection your honor, overruled, and sustained became a part of our daily conversation.

I remember watching the controversial voting whether to open the second envelope or not with my father. I can still recall how Senators Pimentel and Drilon hugged each other and in tears, how Senator Legarda wept, how Chief Justice Davide removed his judicial robe, how the Prosecution panel resigned and walked out in disgust, and how the aunt of our current President, Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta danced a la dougie in jubilation. Minutes after the controversial decision, the streets are filled with protesters, the car owners are blowing their horns, and the members of the crowd in EDSA Shrine, increased in number.

The next day, I remember my father putting up a printout of JOE’S COHORTS in the windshield of our car as a sign of protest. It is a mnemonic of the Senators who opposed the opening of the second envelope - Jaworski, Oreta, Enrile, Santiago, Coseteng, Osemeña, Honasan, Ople, Revilla, Tatad.

Text messaging is a new technology then (There were no unlimited text and calls promos though) and it also helped to spread the message to gather in EDSA Shrine and force the President to step down from office. As expected, ERAP jokes became rampant to taunt President Estrada. The Senators who opposed the opening of the second envelope were also not spared from taunts and heckling. Some of the famous lines then which I can still remember are Tadtarin si Tatad!, Oreta Dancing Queen!, and  Ninoy Aquino’s photo with the lines ‘My sister is not worth dying for’.

The protest to became festive with artists and bands performing at the stage and with the presence of, uhm, some artistas. (The most memorable personality then was President Estrada’s friend, Nora Aunor, who joined the crown on calling him to resign. But if there is one song which I can associate with the protest, it would be Sam the Sham and the Paraoh's 'Wooly Bully’ which the protesters sang as 'Huling-huli! Si Erap! Huling-huli!

Though I was not present with the protesters during that time, for obvious reasons, I made myself updated by constantly tuning in to news programs on television. And some of the memories were still vivid because when I was in high School, my tambayan is our library and I have repeatedly read this coffee table book:

The President was ousted eleven years ago today and his Vice President succeeded him - with the help of the high-ranking military officials, political and business elites, and the Catholic Church led by Jaime Cardinal Sin. Conspiracy, as they say, to oust the President extra-constitutionally, a de facto coup that led to the  proclamation of Gloria Arroyo.

In the later months and years, Erap would be arrested, EDSA tres would happen, Erap would come out saying he was forced to sign a resignation paper during the height of EDSA Dos, and Gloria Arroyo would become the infamous President that we know today.

Is EDSA Dos a historical success? No. Did it play an important part in history? Maybe, but what we learned more are lessons for the future of our country.

A contemporary Filipino writer who goes by the pen name Bob Ong, wrote something about EDSA Dos in his book Stainless Longganisa. He compared the protest in EDSA to drinking antibiotics to cure a disease.

He wrote that it is wrong to immediately go to the street to call for the resignation of a leader - or to immediately drink antibiotic without first consulting the doctor. Time will come that the bacteria would become immune to antibiotics and it would be more difficult to cure the disease. Just like the cancer of our society, the more we use the usual way of cure, that is, to march in the streets and call for change, time might come that the usual way will no longer work for us. And worse, during the time when we really need change.

Many of the prominent personas involved during the EDSA Dos have already expressed their regret on being a part of that event. And maybe, most of the participants in EDSA and in key cities of the country who helped, in a way, put Gloria Arroyo into power in 2001 did the same.

It is said that we cannot change history, and that there are no ifs in it. But we can always carve the future of our country. May the lessons of the events of yesteryears be a guide on making a better future for our country.

Today is the eleventh anniversary of EDSA Dos. Did it already become a repressed memory? Do you still give a damn about it?

Today is the eleventh anniversary of the EDSA Dos. And no one seems to gives a damn to throw a celebration. And I don’t think the woman who replaced Joseph Estrada, who is now detained at the Presidential Suite of Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center, is celebrating either.

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Source: juanrepublic

The Battle for Renato’s Corona
Today, we make history.
After former President Joseph Estrada’s impeachment trial in 2000-2001 and the it’s-almost-an-impeachment-trial for (Former) Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez last year, another impeachable official is set to be impeach.
This time, in the person of the highest official of the Judiciary Department - the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Renato Corona. This is a battle whether he will keep his corona as the country’s Chief Justice or not. This is the battle for Renato’s crown.
As an impeachment primer, I watched last night’s Cheche Lazaro Presents: Impeachment on ABS-CBN. In that documentary, it featured the history of impeachment trial from former president Joseph Estrada up to the cases against Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Estrada was not impeached. Instead, he was forced to step down from the office. Merceditas Gutierrez resigned as Ombudsman before the trial started. And, if things go as planned, this is the first time when we will witness a full impeachment trial.
One of the things that left me a huge question mark on the Chief Justice’s - and probably the whole Supreme Court’s - credibility was when Maritess Vitug, author of the controversial book Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court, divulged items about the dark, hidden parts (and proceedings) in the Supreme Court. (I seriously want a copy of that book but I can’t find any here in the Laguna-Batangas area.)
After watching Cheche Lazaro’s documentary last night, I know only of one thing: It’s possible. Chief Justice Renato Corona may be guilty of the offense hurled against him.
From the flip-flop decisions of the Supreme Court, the seemingly alliance and special favor for Former President Gloria Arroyo, the alleged unexplained wealth, to his controversial last-minute appointment, he has a lot to explain.
I am not saying that he is guilty of the crime. There’s a proper venue to prove (or disprove) that, thanks to our democracy and Constitution - the impeachment court. 
Today, we make history. Today is the first day of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial. And these are my personal opinion on the historical trial:
I hope the Senate and the Senators will be fair enough on this trial. Not only for the filipino people. Not only for Renato corona. But for the truth to come out.
Unlike the Estrada impeachment trial where Chief Justice Hilario Davide acted as the judge, this time, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will be the one. It’s gonna be Manong Johnny “Gusto ko Hapy Ka” Enrile! In times like this, we really need an elder, an ancient, a veteran to help us find the truth. I just hope that he will not look like Palpatine/Darth Sidious when he got mad at the hearing for I will surely laugh my ass out (“The Dark Side of The force is strong with you!”).
During the Estrada trial, one of the most memorable line was Emma Lim’s "Uminom po. Hindi po kinakain yung iced tea" to Estelito Mendoza. I am looking forward to some “light moments” during the trial.
I am excited for Senator Lito Lapid on the impeachment trial. ‘Nuff said.
Is it just me or there is really a resemblance between Atty. Estelito Mendoza and former Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas? Is it their forehead? Their hair line? (Not only physically but intelectually. Estelito Mendoza was the brightest defender of Estrada during his trial. and, it may appear that serafin cuevas is Corona’s mightiest super hero on today’s trial.)
I admire Corona’s coolness earlier at the senate. Despite Prosecutor Niel Tupas’ statement against him, he remain calm. And poker face.
During the first impeachment trial in the country, Senator Enrile was there. today, he is still here. Will he still be on the third trial if ever?
If you were aware enough back in 2001 to watch the Estrada trial, you may notice that some of the Senator Judges are still on their seat as a Senator. Or, in some cases, their sons or daughter are present. (Destiny or dynasty?)
I learned last night that the other term for the Justices of the Supreme Court are the “Gods of Padre Faura”. (If that’s the case, wow! I have a God brod.) 
The impeachment trial has started. And there’s more to come.as what I’ve said on Twitter, this is just the season 1 episode 1 of the Corona Drama.
And in the event that the Chief Justice is impeached - or steps down from the office - let us all keep an eye on our President on who he will pick as the next Chief Justice. We do not want an administration who has a sole power/ influence on the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary Departments.
After all, this is for the people of our country.
Let the truth and justice prevail on this impeachment trial.
Viva Filipinas! Vaya con Dios! Padayon!
P.S. I chose the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer because the image includes all of the ingredients on today’s historical trial - The Senator Judges, Chief Justice Renato Corona, the Prosecution Team, and the Defense Team.
Elsewhere:
Chief Justice on Trial - ABS-CBNnews.com’s page about CJ Corona’s impeachment trial. It includes interactive page on the fast facts, the timeline that lead to the impeachment, and slideshows.
J4J: Justice for Justice - Interaksyon.com’s special coverage of the impeachment trial.
Summary of the impeachment complaint versus Chief Justice Corona
Comic Relief - Know your Senator Judges - Being a Senator. It’s more fun in the Philippines.
My Twitter Account - I will be posting more impeachment-related stuff here. Please follow me. Yes, I compel you!

The Battle for Renato’s Corona

Today, we make history.

After former President Joseph Estrada’s impeachment trial in 2000-2001 and the it’s-almost-an-impeachment-trial for (Former) Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez last year, another impeachable official is set to be impeach.

This time, in the person of the highest official of the Judiciary Department - the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Renato Corona. This is a battle whether he will keep his corona as the country’s Chief Justice or not. This is the battle for Renato’s crown.

As an impeachment primer, I watched last night’s Cheche Lazaro Presents: Impeachment on ABS-CBN. In that documentary, it featured the history of impeachment trial from former president Joseph Estrada up to the cases against Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Estrada was not impeached. Instead, he was forced to step down from the office. Merceditas Gutierrez resigned as Ombudsman before the trial started. And, if things go as planned, this is the first time when we will witness a full impeachment trial.

One of the things that left me a huge question mark on the Chief Justice’s - and probably the whole Supreme Court’s - credibility was when Maritess Vitug, author of the controversial book Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court, divulged items about the dark, hidden parts (and proceedings) in the Supreme Court. (I seriously want a copy of that book but I can’t find any here in the Laguna-Batangas area.)

After watching Cheche Lazaro’s documentary last night, I know only of one thing: It’s possible. Chief Justice Renato Corona may be guilty of the offense hurled against him.

From the flip-flop decisions of the Supreme Court, the seemingly alliance and special favor for Former President Gloria Arroyo, the alleged unexplained wealth, to his controversial last-minute appointment, he has a lot to explain.

I am not saying that he is guilty of the crime. There’s a proper venue to prove (or disprove) that, thanks to our democracy and Constitution - the impeachment court. 

Today, we make history. Today is the first day of Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial. And these are my personal opinion on the historical trial:

  • I hope the Senate and the Senators will be fair enough on this trial. Not only for the filipino people. Not only for Renato corona. But for the truth to come out.
  • Unlike the Estrada impeachment trial where Chief Justice Hilario Davide acted as the judge, this time, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile will be the one. It’s gonna be Manong Johnny “Gusto ko Hapy Ka” Enrile! In times like this, we really need an elder, an ancient, a veteran to help us find the truth. I just hope that he will not look like Palpatine/Darth Sidious when he got mad at the hearing for I will surely laugh my ass out (“The Dark Side of The force is strong with you!”).
  • During the Estrada trial, one of the most memorable line was Emma Lim’s "Uminom po. Hindi po kinakain yung iced tea" to Estelito Mendoza. I am looking forward to some “light moments” during the trial.
  • I am excited for Senator Lito Lapid on the impeachment trial. ‘Nuff said.
  • Is it just me or there is really a resemblance between Atty. Estelito Mendoza and former Associate Justice Serafin Cuevas? Is it their forehead? Their hair line? (Not only physically but intelectually. Estelito Mendoza was the brightest defender of Estrada during his trial. and, it may appear that serafin cuevas is Corona’s mightiest super hero on today’s trial.)
  • I admire Corona’s coolness earlier at the senate. Despite Prosecutor Niel Tupas’ statement against him, he remain calm. And poker face.
  • During the first impeachment trial in the country, Senator Enrile was there. today, he is still here. Will he still be on the third trial if ever?
  • If you were aware enough back in 2001 to watch the Estrada trial, you may notice that some of the Senator Judges are still on their seat as a Senator. Or, in some cases, their sons or daughter are present. (Destiny or dynasty?)
  • I learned last night that the other term for the Justices of the Supreme Court are the “Gods of Padre Faura”. (If that’s the case, wow! I have a God brod.)

The impeachment trial has started. And there’s more to come.as what I’ve said on Twitter, this is just the season 1 episode 1 of the Corona Drama.

And in the event that the Chief Justice is impeached - or steps down from the office - let us all keep an eye on our President on who he will pick as the next Chief Justice. We do not want an administration who has a sole power/ influence on the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary Departments.

After all, this is for the people of our country.

Let the truth and justice prevail on this impeachment trial.

Viva Filipinas! Vaya con Dios! Padayon!

P.S. I chose the front page of the Philippine Daily Inquirer because the image includes all of the ingredients on today’s historical trial - The Senator Judges, Chief Justice Renato Corona, the Prosecution Team, and the Defense Team.

Elsewhere:

Source: inquirer.net

Dos Sentimos

An internet article is circulating about the alleged statement of the Catholic Church (through our beloved Lolo Archbishop Oscar Cruz) that infertile people cannot marry.

Let’s have a crash course on Canon Law (Codex Iuris Canonicis), a body of laws and regulations governing the Catholic church.

Canon 1084, Section 1 states that: Antecedent and perpetual impotence to have intercourse, whether on the part of the man or the woman, whether absolute or relative, nullifies marriage by its very nature.

It nullifies. It means it can be a ground for annulment, the dissolution of marriage (In Tagalog, pagpapawalang-bisa ng kasal. Ibig sabihin, may nangyari ng kasal).

It further states on the succeeding sections of Canon 1084:

Section 2: If the impediment of impotence is doubtful, whether by a doubt about the law or a doubt about a fact, a marriage must not be impeded nor, while the doubt remains, declared null.

Section 3: Sterility neither prohibits nor nullifies marriage, without prejudice to the prescript of Canon 1098..

Canon 1098 states that:

A person contracts invalidly who enters into a marriage deceived by malice, perpetrated to obtain consent, concerning some quality of the other partner which by its very nature can gravely disturb the partnership of conjugal life.

One basis of the validity of marriage is if the two parties freely gave their matrimonial consent - without deceit, coercion, etc.

Ngayon, kung alam ng isang tao na siya ay baog, at hindi niya ito sinabi sa kanyang mapapangasawa bago ang kasal, maaari itong maging basehan ng pagpapawalang bisa ng kasal.

That will make their marriage invalid. (i.e. Naikasal na silang dalawa at ito’y mapapawalang bisa.)

But can sterile people be married? Of course. Provided that no decet is done during the exchange of vows. (i.e. Hindi itinago sa makakaisang dibdib na siya ay baog.)

The bottom line? Three words: They. Can. Marry.

I first opted to stay quiet and quietly observe the internet but I decided to change my mind. It’s 2012. I need to do something for the institution that I treated as my second home.

This is the internet. Dare to ask questions. Do your research. Do not be a gullible Catholic.

Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat!

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