Day 3 Year 56 ūüėä

What’s in the age? Yes, that’s what we say, usually in jest, when we don’t really want to grow old and be treated like one. But, yes, age is also a a beautiful thing – what with the lessons that we have learned, the experience that come with the tears, the laughter, the pain. And the wisdom that only come with age. This has always been my prayer for my birthday : to thank Him for a wonderful year and to claim for a best year ever for the following year. It is, almost always, the case. Every year. Like this year is better than the last. There were trials, of course, and struggles, and failures and disappointments, and pain, and tears – but they can never outweigh the good things that happen. I do see a better year every year. This year was different though. I got complacent, very pleased with how things have gone. And then trials again

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I thought it was my wallet

‚ÄúIf you bring home your officemate‚Äôs wallet, thinking in all good faith that it is yours, and your officemate later on charges you with theft, you will, in all probability be acquitted absent any proof that you intended to defraud your colleague, but you will still be ordered to return the wallet and its contents for the simple reason that it is not yours,‚ÄĚ he explained. Read more:¬†¬† That’s Fr. Ranhilio Aquino’s alleged statement on Former Senator Bong Revilla’s acquittal.¬† By the way, I have to point this out, Fr. Aquino is the Dean of the San Beda University Graduate School of Law. Actually, I found the statement funny that I decide to write about it, just to share the laughs. As I have said earlier, an early morning laugh is good for the health ūüôā I wanted to stop writing about politics in the Philippines, I am tired. I don’t want to just shrug-off my shoulders because I am

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Red Spot

NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this image of Jupiter on April 1, 2018. Citizen-scientists Gerald Eichst√§dt and Se√°n Doran¬†processed data from Juno’s JunoCam instrument into this stunning view. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichst√§d/Se√°n Doran

Don’t play the game of politics

I just can’t help myself. I didn’t want to say anything. After all, if the President of the Republic didn’t cast his vote during the recently concluded barangay and SK polls for #noreason according to #BongGo, then the #elections would seem not that important anymore ūüôā But, hello, there is #socialmedia and I think I spent most of my time on it outside work. Ha ha ha, yes, #fakenews abound, and there are also clear displays of sentiments. My take :¬† a)¬† there are a lot of ways where we can serve without going into politics.¬† Service can be done anywhere, any time. But, we keep those in power accountable, continuously, without bias.¬† If we say corruption is wrong, it is wrong, and we should keep it that way. b)¬† we accuse the winners to be guilty of vote buying, maybe they are, and if they are,¬† and with proof, we bring them to the proper forum. That’s how justice

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Filipinos celebrate Mother’s Day every second Sunday of May, for this year, it falls on 13th May. For me, today is nothing out of the ordinary, except that I got several Happy Mother’s Day greetings from family and friends. But what got me thinking is the role that I have played as a Mama to Ate Adz, Manay Jai and Kuya Jul. I have been away from them for a good part of their lives, been absent in very important moments of their lives. I wasn’t available in times when they needed a shoulder to cry on, wasn’t there to cheer them on in times when they’re down, wasn’t around to witness their triumphs. I realized I was not even a friend when they needed one. I have I missed a lot as a mother, and while I always say I love them, they may not have really felt that I do. ¬†There is a huge difference between telling each

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Social Media : a boon or a bane

I have read a blog entitled¬†What’s It Like Being Filipino¬†which basically captures the good side of, yes, being a Filipino. I am a Filipino, and while I agree with what the blog says, I have discovered a lot more about being a Filipino, and who I am for that matter, with the advent of social media.¬† Of course, I have also observed, that what social media brought to light is not just about how is it to be a Filipino, but it has also brought to the fore a human character which otherwise has been hidden because of the division of space and time. Anyway, for this blog, I will limit myself into a scrutiny of the Filipino character, in relation to the current events that are unfolding in my country, its politics, its government, the people in the government and those who claim to be guardians of the Philippine democracy. Yes, Filipinos are a happy bunch, we are one

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How much lower can we get

6 billion pesos worth of shabu (poor man’s cocaine) imported from China to the Philippines. The tattoo at the back would have shortened investigations, instead it led to a number of issues, not as big, but enough to get our attention away from the shabu shipment. Then there are the impeachment cases, that against the COMELEC chairman, that against the OMBUDSMAN, and that against the Supreme Court Chief Justice. All found to be sufficient in form and substance according to the joint house session that assessed the cases. And there is the P1,000 Commission on Human Rights (CHR) budget for 2018. In between, the allegations of millions, if not, billions of personal bank deposits of the First Family. ¬†And that of Antonio Trillanes who is now infamously called Trilliling :). Amidst the seriousness of it all, we are entertained by the comedy drama unfolding at both houses of congress – the hearings in aid of legislation and the positions our

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From a mother’s perspective

One of the trending topics in the Philippines and popular among Filipinos around the world is #JusticeForKian. ¬†Kian is the 17-year-old student killed by the police during the “one time, big time” operation against illegal drugs in the Philippines. ¬†Still a part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. ¬†What makes Kian stand out though, among the more than 80 people killed in just four days, is the fact that the police sang their usual tune of “nanlaban” while the footage from the barangay CCTV told a different story. An additional flavor to the story is about the OFW mother who works as a domestic helper in the Middle East. Now in the Philippines to mourn for her son, she demands justice. Of course. And whether she gets it is another story. As a mother myself, I feel the pain. No parent wants to bury her own son. And the pain that dreams have been snuffed out because of his

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Standing up for my family

It is still about my love for my country, still about my loyalty to the Philippine flag. ¬†I just have to open my eyes, that from where I am, I can’t fight the tide. ¬†“Don’t cross the river if you can’t swim the tide.” ¬†I remember this line from the song by America. ¬†It may not be in the same context but yes, why cross the river if you can’t swim? If you insist, then you will be courting trouble. Anyway, that’s how I describe the current events in the Philippines. ¬†First, I told myself, yes, we should not keep silent lest the negative things that’s happening in the country will continue. ¬†And then there was the fear for my family back home, how I can protect them and how can they protect themselves – they are young and they may not even understand fully what’s happening around them. ¬†And then there’s life’s principles based on the very teachings that

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