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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

I Have Fallen In Love (with the Same Woman Three Times)

This poem was written by Senator Benigno Aquino at Fort Bonifacio on October 11, 1973 as a love poem for Cory Aquino for their 19th wedding anniversary.

This was put into song by Jose Mari Chan on 1989 on his album Constant Change.

I am posting this song in lieu of Senator Ninoy Aquino’s 28th death anniversary.

Aside from being a romantic husband to his wife, let us also remember a modern Filipino hero, whose death became a catalyst to restore freedom and democracy in the Land of Juan. I shall also leave this as a challenge that we can also be hero in our own little way.

Bayani si Ninoy. At tayo rin ay puwedeng maging Bayani katulad niya.

Maraming maraming salamat po Senator Ninoy Aquino.

Source: juanrepublic

Yellow Ribbon (Presidential Mix)

This song is a remix done by DJ MOD (popularly seen on ABS-CBN’s Showtime) of the original song by Tony Orlando and Dawn entitled “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”. A yellow ribbon is a sign a released convict or prisoner requested from his wife or lover to indicate that she would welcome him home.

The yellow ribbon became a popular symbol of Cory Aquino as a symbol of opposition during the Martial Law era when her husband, opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr., was shot and killed upon his arrival after a 3-year exile in the United States.

I first heard this song on Rock Ed Radio’s “Cory Aquino Episode” shortly after her death on August 1, 2009. Gang Badoy and the rest of the team played songs that from the Cory Aquino-era and songs that would remind the Filipino people of her.

The remix, with its catchy tune and different twist, immediately caught my attention and I immediately searched for it on the net. And let me share with you a little background of this song:

Calling upon the talents of Kix of Saia to sing the song, D-Coy and J.O.L.O. to drop a few bars and Pikaso to co-produce the track.

With a gut feeling friday night (July 31, 2009) DJ MOD felt there was a need of urgency to get the song recorded and finished. DCOY and JOLO got into the recording both at PIKASO’s studio, that very same night and got the vocals to DJ MOD.

Once the song was finished,in the early hours of Saturday Morning, DJ MOD got word our Nation’s greatest president had passed. 

Please keep TITA CORY in your prayers and enjoy the song.

Let us remember Tita Cory on her second death anniversary and may we continue to live and value the democracy that she, together with millions of Filipinos, have fought for us.

And let us also pray that she may guide her son, our President Noynoy Aquino, from up there as he lead our country to the Daang Matuwid. Hopefully.

And yeah, her daughter Kris Aquino included. Please guide (and scold) her Tita Cory.

Maraming-maraming salamat po Tita Cory! Viva Filipinas! Padayon!

Source: juanrepublic / Bishwork


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

360-degree Virtual Panorama of Cory Aquino's Funeral ⇢

Eksakto isang taon ngayon, nasaksihan ng buong mundo ang isa sa pinaka-nakakakilabot, kamangha-mangha, at madamdaming pagpapaalam ng isang Ina na minahal ng Bayan, si dating Pangulong Corazon Aquino.

Ang link ay ang 360-degree na virtual panorama ng libing ni dating Pangulong Cory Aquino na kinuhanan sa LRT Quirino Station, August 5, 2009, ganap na 1:20 ng hapon.

Maraming maraming salamat po Pangulong Cory Aquino!

Remembering a ‘Nanay’

As much as I want to retain the gavel as my display photo to remind me that justice is yet to be served to our family (read the whole story here), I decided to change it into a photo of former President Cory Aquino whose first death anniversary will be remembered tomorrow, August 1.

I shall leave it for a week as my way of remembering the celebrated icon of Philippine Democracy and as a reminder that I can be also an instrument of change to others.

I shall also pray for her intercession for God to bless and help this country and our family. I know that she is watching over us Filipinos from up there.

Maraming maraming salamat po Pangulong Cory!


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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