For many young Filipinos, the journey starts today.
Despite some health issue alerts about the pandemic Influenza A (H1N1) Virus which has finally penetrated the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (DepEd) pushed thru with the opening of classes for public schools today, June 1, 2009.
Thousands, or even millions of new faces flock to schools today to begin their journey with getting formal education.
Thus, we pin our hopes on them- that they may strive to achieve the best that God has in store for all of them.
Young people, you have your own path of destiny towards greatness.
It's yours to take.
For many young Filipinos, the journey starts today.
I say we've had enough.
Our evening news for the last two weeks wouldn't be complete without the issue. Showbiz talk shows capitalize on it. At home and in the office, people continue to feast on the latest developments. Pirated CD vendors definitely hit high sales despite the OMB's continuing effort to seize and capture the video scandal.
So much that the penetration of the deadly Influenza A (H1N1) virus in the Philippines, the merger of Kampi and Lakas, and the Villar probe in the Senate were easily overshadowed and put aside.
The then showbiz chismis has now become a national issue that the Senate has summoned Katrina, Hayden, et al, to give their testimonies in aid of legislation.
The probe starts today, and as expected, the Senate conducted the inquiry in public, with the media feasting in for scoops.
I personally believe that the Senate need not require the involved personalities to attend the session, because they only add drama and comedy which transform into lots and lots of more chismis along the way. The issues, the videos, and the news are but enough reference to aid legislation. And in fact, we need not wait for famous personalities to cry foul over illegal video coverings of their private affairs. Our DVD vendors in Quiapo are living proofs that this illegal trade happens in the country.
But then again, I say we've had enough and even more. I believe it is about time we move on and discuss the more important matters that cater to the well-being of the country. Let's leave the issue behind to our Senators and have them do what they are supposed to do-legislate and approve laws against these immoralities.
Life goes on.
Last week, the DOH has confirmed that they have recorded the first Influenza A (H1N1) case in the Philippines. As of posting, there are already 2 victims in the country, and they are still monitoring more than 10 people.
After rolling up the tissue paper, the President searched her immediate surroundings for a wastebasket, found none, and started telling the officials around her about the need to have wastebaskets around, particularly beside the faucets.
The officials scrambled around and produced a cardboard box for the President’s trash.
Members of the President’s team explained later that the box was originally placed under the faucets but it had to be removed in order to avoid obstructing the movement of the President.
Apparently, Mrs. Arroyo wanted to see actual wastebaskets and not makeshift cardboard boxes
The Department of Health confirmed Thursday night (May 21, 2009) that a 10-year old Filipina who arrived in the Philippines from the United States has tested positive of the Influenza A H1N1 Virus.
Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III, who is attending a World Health Organization meeting, said via a video conference, " the DoH confirms today the first case of AH1N1 in the Philippines. She is a female traveler who arrived in the country on May 18 from the United States, whose throat specimen tested positive based on results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine".
The DOH calls on all the people to be vigilant in ensuring proper hygiene and being extra health conscious in order to avoid the flu virus.
Even in various private and government offices, people are being advised to practice proper hygiene, such as:
• Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible.
• Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully.
• Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people.
• Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product.
• Making sure your children follow this advice.
Congratulations to our New Certified Public Accountants who passed the recent CPA Board Exams.
The results were released today, May 19, 2009 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).
You may view the (alphabetical) results via the : Inquirer.Net.
Again, congratulations to the Board Passers and to your very proud Parents!
I have just finished reading Bob Ong's latest book, Kapitan Sino, which was released this May 2009 and now available at Powerbooks and Pandayan bookshops at 175.00 php.
Bob Ong (and his artist/s) continue to fascinate me because they have lived to the expectation of having a color code for Bob Ong's books, with the latest, sporting a gray/silver color. Also, book purchasers will have a special edition bookmark (and if ever you weren't able to check where the bookmark is, then you better start looking now).
I give a "two-thumbs" up sign for Kapitan Sino because it goes down deep into the very problem of the society. Bob Ong delivers the serious message in a very light way, a little like how Jesus taught the people using his parables.
Much more, this new book affirms to one of my previous article (posted also on Inquirer blog)- that the call of our times is not so much for us to wait for a hero/heroes to help us and deliver us from this cancer of the society, but for us, in our own, little ways, to do what we can for our country.
(More reviews soon....)
What happens when you combine the Jojo Binay and Mar Roxas Political Advertisements?
(Mar sa loob ng Pedicab)
Mar: Ano'ng pangarap n'yo?
Bata1: Seaman sana...
Bata2: Ako po artista!
Bata1: Pero hindi ko na iniisip. Kanya-kanyang kayod po dito, walang maayos na trabaho, walang pambili ng gamot....
Mar: Anak, itabi mo, pupunta tayo ng MAKATI! Dahil sa MAKATI, libre ang edukasyon...
Todo-todo ang benepisyo!
-pramis, sa kakatawa, lumuwa ang buwa ko!
The long wait is over.
After 48 years nang paghihintay, lumabas na rin ang nagtatagong superduper hero ng Pelaez.
Si Super Strength!
Este, si KAPITAN SINO pala!
Basahin at alamin ang maaksiyong pakikipagsapalaran ni Rogelio Manglicmot sa pinakabago at ika-pitong libro ni Bob Ong.
Available na sa Powerbooks! 175.00 pesos lang.
Relative to a previous post about irresponsible advertisements being shown on National TV, MTRCB Chair Marissa Laguardia has sent a letter to Ruperto Nicdao Jr., chair of Ad Standards Council Inc. and Herman Basbaño, president of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas concerning complaints on LBC's latest advertisement featuring a child who, when asked to spell remittance, answered, "LBC", and to which the game show host (played by OMB Chair) Edu Manzano, responded, "Tumpak!".
Laguardia describes the advertisement as a "Distortion of the truth".
Furthermore, she stresses out that, “to young minds, without the guidance of an adult, this presents an instructional digression. The average child may not have an adult’s grasp of figures of speech.”
How come the advertisement passed the review without this hoopla being noticed by the board?
Why did Edu Manzano, an Optical Media Board Chaiman himself, accepted and played for the advertisement. Isn't he, being the chair, knowledgeable on this matter?
Who is responsible? All the while, we have the MTRCB, and now, we have the ASC operating under the KBP.
And for goodness' sake, please intensify how you regulate any and every tv shows and advertisements being shown on television.
The Philippine Constitution of 1987 under Article IV enumerates the provisions in order to get a Filipino Citizenship:
Section 1. The following are citizens of the Philippines :
(1) Those who are citizens of the Philippines at the time of the adoption of this Constitution;
(2) Those whose fathers or mothers are citizens of the Philippines ;
(3) Those born before January 17, 1973, of Filipino mothers, who elect Philippine citizenship upon reaching the age of majority; and
(4) Those who are naturalized in accordance with law.
Section 2. Natural-born citizens are those who are citizens of the Philippines from birth without having to perform any act to acquire or perfect their Philippine citizenship. Those who elect Philippine citizenship in accordance with paragraph (3), Section 1 hereof shall be deemed natural-born citizens.
Section 3. Philippine citizenship may be lost or reacquired in the manner provided by law.
Section 4. Citizens of the Philippines who marry aliens shall retain their citizenship, unless by their act or omission they are deemed, under the law, to have renounced it.
Section 5. Dual allegiance of citizens is inimical to the national interest and shall be dealt with by law.
Now, this new House Resolution may outrule the above requirements. :D
Laguna Representative Edgar San Luis has filed House Resolution 1142, which seeks to confer honorary Philippine citizenship on Manny Pacquiao's trainor, Freddie Roach.
San Luis states,
”Behind Manny Pacquiao’s legendary boxing triumphs is his 49-year-old American coach Freddie Roach, who over the years has masterfully sharpened the skills of the Filipino boxing icon to become one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport.”
Roach, who has been Pacquiao’s trainer-coach for years, “has equally shown his deep understanding of our people . . . that he has easily become a part of the local community without as much raising any negative issue.”
The Movie and Television Review Board (MTRCB) ought to intensify their review the advertisements being presented to the audience.
First, a soap commercial suggesting that the equation:
And now, we have the Optical Media Board Chairman himself, Mr. Edu Manzano, showing an irresponsible advertisement thru a freight/courier company's newest ad. The commercial shows Manzano, as a game show host, asking the boy to spell the word "remittance", to which, the boy replied, "L-B-C".
Funny as these advertisements may be, however, it creates a negative effect on children who might be watching the television.
Definitely wrong. And there is no scapegoat for that.
The World Health Organization has continued to advice an alert status concerning the H1N1 Virus, as more cases of this flu has been traced in various parts of the world.
For additional reading:
How Deadly is the H1N1 Virus?
Local News Networks in the Philippines report last night that the virus is not transmitted to humans by merely eating swine meat. With this, authorities are asking that the term "Swine Flu" should not be used to refer to the virus, but rather, H1N1 virus is the proper term to use.
So, ano pa'ng hinihintay nating mga Pinoy?
“Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.”
May is a special month for Mothers. On this month, we remember the very important role that Mothers do to us, children.
The bible even provides a very endearing tribute. The word of God has this to say about our mothers:
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
May this video bring joy to all, especially to all the mothers out there:
Happy Mother's Day on May 10!
“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”
Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton must have stayed longer lying in the canvass rather than fighting Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao on May 2, 2009 at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada.
The bout, scheduled for 12 rounds, ended abruptly during Round 2 when Pacquiao landed the deadly left hook on Hatton's face, bringing Hatton's body flat to the canvass.
3 days prior to the fight, a colleague suggested that we bet on who's going to win. Just for fun, all of us in the group decided to field in 20 bill each and bet on Pacquiao or Hatton. I placed my name for Pacquiao, however, seeing the list later that only 2 fielded for Hatton, and about 13 going for Pacquiao, I switched to Hatton just to make the betting more interesting. Another one followed on me, thereby sealing the bet at 12-4 for Pacquiao.
And so I lost the fun betting.
But I won as a Filipino.
Stories of triumph such as this should create a positive impact for the Filipino. We, just like Manny Pacquiao, can win battles. We, just like Pacquiao, can turn situations around and change the course of destiny for the Filipino.
"Seems so near yet so far"
As if to use a part of his "You Are My Song" hit, the National Historical Institute comments that Martin Nievera sang the Lupang Hinirang wrong during the opening ceremonies of the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton's Battle of East and West bout in Las Vegas on May 2, 2009 (May 3 in the Philippines).
The 1998 Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, provides that "the rendition of the National Anthem, whether played or sung, shall be in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe.
Felipe composed in 1898 the anthem's music, which has the tune of a march. It was played during the proclamation of the country's independence from Spain at Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898.
National Historical Institute Chairman Ambeth Ocampo said that Martin sang it wrong because he sang the first stanza softly and slowly, and he sang the last line with prolonged, high notes.
At any rate, this criticism is easily overshadowed by the sensational knockout win by Pacquiao over Ricky Hatton.
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