Pedestrian Lane at Lourdes School of Mandaluyong along St. Francis St. in Ortigas Center

I arrived almost past 9PM and as I entered the building, I saw newly made PEDESTRIAN LANE just in front of Lourdes School of Mandaluyong facing our residential building. It was still half-done but it made me feel happy. I got my phone and I took a photo of it. As I climbed the stairs to the lobby, I remembered AMIEL ALCANTARA, the 10-year old student who passed away almost a month ago at Ateneo Grade School.

I greeted the security guard whose name tag has the name, ALCANTARA. I then talked to him about the new PEDESTRIAN LANE and how important it is not just to the kids at our residential building studying at LSM but for all others who goes to the church and those who goes to work in nearby buildings who needed to cross the street with care.

Then, I thought of referring to his name tag and relating the discussion to AMIEL ALCANTARA and how instrumental he was for all the various safety enhancements and initiatives now being adopted by schools nut just elementary but also high schools and colleges. Manong Guard agreed. He heard about it and he was thankful as well.

It has been almost a month since the incident that claimed the life of this young boy took place but the lesson learned and the good things that this has brought to the society will always remain. I know that somehow, whenever I get to see the PEDESTRIAN LANE at Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, I will always remember the young boy that was AMIEL ALCANTARA.

Thank you.



This six meter long python ate an entire pregnant sheep. Firefighters in Kampung Jabor, Malaysia had to move it off the middle of a road where it was stuck mid-digestion. (The Daily Telegraph)

This six meter long python ate an entire pregnant sheep. Firefighters in Kampung Jabor, Malaysia had to move it off the middle of a road where it was stuck mid-digestion. (The Daily Telegraph)

I was writing since 5AM this morning. I have saved a lot of supposed good entries in my draft folder because I do not get to have the feeling on what I was writing anyway. Rather, I have decided to just narrate a very brief story.

We have a house with an apartment besides us. The neighbors who used to live there became our friends because they were dear to us. The parents became my parents’ friends and the kids were godchildren when they married.

Tragedy came. Our neighbor’s son got into the mess of having an affair with someone and running away after. They lost a home and a business afterwards. They had to move out.

Their hardworking daughter who is their breadwinner suddenly became ill and in just days, she died. The other child got separated from his marriage and the son who ran away with a lady whom he impregnated got shot at point blank.

Some say that the lady whom she had an affair and her parents had connections with the “outside” people who are considered “protector” of the weak. They must have sought assistance and justice. Thus it was served.

Just days after that, a similar story happened. Perhaps it is because the practice and culture in my birthplace is very conservative and different. My mother’s late officemate ran away and left a lady with all his responsibilities.

Later, he was found shot at point blank. He did not make it. Tsk. No one even protested because what happened was indeed something that is typical of Filipinos having strong family ties. 

Thus, I share this as a warning that you should never eat something you cannot chew and swallow for you may choke someday by surprise. Do not wish to have something you should not have.

Take it from the python in the photo that swallowed a queen-size sheep more than what it can actually take that lead to its fatal capture.  Lesson learned.



I have always seen love as a very special thing. I know this may sounds weird with a guy so tough talking about love, finally. Take note that I am even using an image title of the movie of John Llloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo. Hehehe.

Well, I long would want to write something about love aside from the fact that it’s been almost a decade since I last wrote a love letter that has now become extinct due to the introduction of SMS. Hmp. Well, love is a topic that is so broad anyway.

I have not watched the movie, “A Very Special Love”  but I have seen the sequel, “You Changed My Life” which somehow influenced me to love watching Filipino Love Movies once again. I love Aga Muhlach’s movies but not John Lloyd Cruz’. Hehehe. Preference changes anyway.

Love is defined in a thousand ways. I simply define it as something that binds you to someone or something with a touch of happiness. If you love someone, you want to be with that person always. If you love doing something, you will always look for a way to do that thing. Right?

I have seen people falling in love and forgetting the world because of love. I have read history books depicting battles and conflicts arising from one’s love of his country or perhaps a dispute brought about by a troubled love affair. Love is powerful. It moves mountains as they say.

youchangedmylifeI know a person who used to love his lady until he woke up one day that he can no longer be with her because the feeling has gone. He cannot leave her because she threatens to hurt herself. Soon, the guy would end up forcing himself to love her once again and continue the relationship. Love is a fool.

Days passed by and both of them were doing fine until the guy realized that he cannot love by forcing himself. He cannot love anymore just because he fears of the lady hurting herself. He has now completely fallen out of the love they have. He wanted to go out.

As he is planning to liberate his heart from this troubled love affair, news broke out that his lady is pregnant with his child. He was surprised but nevertheless, he felt that he has to face the responsibility as a man. He faced her with an assurance that he will stand by her side as the father of their child but he could not say to her that she cannot be her man anymore because the love has died a long time ago. He fears now more than ever because the lady carries his child.

What happened to a once a very special love turned into something not just binding but confining him to stay and learn to love once again in spite of. It is sad but I believe that love is powerful. The lady has demanded for a marriage amidst the fact that the guy has his own confusions as well emotionally.

As they say, if you love the person, you have to set him free… but the lady would not let that happen. Now, love has to be taught and love has to be learned by force. I wonder if there will be happiness in this kind of love nurtured by fear and duress. Love rules.

Thus this once A VERY SPECIAL LOVE has totally CHANGED THEIR LIVES whether they indeed liked it or not. I hope that this ongoing story will have a “happily ever after” ending. Love can bring miracles. Love is hope. Sigh…




Francis Magalona's December 25, 2008 photo from his blog.

Francis Magalona's December 25, 2008 photo from his blog.

The day was quite special for me since March 6 is my wife’s birthday. I woke up at 6AM to work and at 6PM I went home with 6 of my officemates laid off at exactly 6PM. Hmp.

At 12 noon, I got the news about the untimely death of Francis Magalona at The Medical City almost near Ortigas Center which is about 6 kilometers away from where I was. Thus, I started to be at ease with my work and started blogging for 6 hours until 6PM while multi-tasking via ALT-TAB.

6 indeed is the number of the day. After 6PM, I went downstairs to meet 6 former leads and managers to discuss a project for our 6 developers plus 3 other resources. I took 6 beers as a result and stopped at 9PM to fetch my wife for a dinner at the NIPA HUT in Pasig City.

I was shooting 2 birds with one stone – making the most out of the fact that it is TGI Friday and I am getting so many invitations for a bottle or two and at the same time, I have to treat my wife and my family for a celebration as well by 9PM. Hmmmm.

So I was with my office colleagues from 6PM to 9PM and headed only to allocate my 9PM-12MN for the family occasion since my wife luckily was requested to render overtime work at her office to complete a task. So I need not rush until I get the SMS that she is out. Thus, I drink, drank and got drunk but still leaving enough room to drive my way home. Well, 6 hours of after-work! If only I can split myself. 

There arrived the SMS and so I travelled 6km to pick-up my son, siblings-in-law and househelper plus my wife at 9PM and headed to our dining destination – NIPA HUT. Why there? It is a good alternative than having to go to Cloud 9 at Antipolo, Rizal to see an overlooking sight of the metropolis. Fresh air, great view and cozy ambiance. Perfect! 

We were 6 and we took a table for 6. I was with my 2 siblings-in-law, my wife, my son, me and our househelper. We took 6 dishes which again is a coincidence and left 66 pesos change as a tip at 11:22PM which is like 1+1+2+2 is again 6. Hehehe. Weird? Now I get to sound already like Jim Carrey in his “NUMBER 23” movie. Hehehe. I am an OC with numbers and I mix it with superstition and luck. Poor me!

Well, the next part of the birthday celebration was quite different because I thought of taking the 6 of us at

March 6, 2009 - Francis Magalona's Wake at the Christ The King Church.

March 6, 2009 - Francis Magalona's Wake at the Christ The King Church.

the wake of Francis Magalona at the Christ  The King near Green Meadows area. It is the first night of the wake and we arrived with quite a few people around almost 15 minutes past midnight (again 1+5 is 6).

There were several OB vans from various TV stations and also alot of photographers, news anchors and newspaper correspondents. Nonetheless, it was quite a solemn night. My brother-in-law and I decided to go first to see if the wake is indeed open for public viewing. Luckily, it was.

We took the line and there were 2 couples in front of us plus me and my brother-in-law so we were again 6 in the line. It took us like 6 minutes praying and checking out the crowd as we exited. Then my wife and son plus our househelp and my sister-in-law followed.

The rest of the story came quite slow as we sat forquite sometime checking out visitors both celebrities and not coming in and out of the chapel. I have taken some photos which I am posting below for your viewing. I think I got 6 shots as well. I did not bother to take photos of the celebrities nor even inside the wake out of courtesy but I took some outside which I thought would indeed show that I was there and all these were true. By the way, his wake will last until Wednesday as I overheard so tat would be like 6 days again.

The day may be quite weird for some of the coincidences mentioned but then again, I know that this day is also a day not just for mourning but also to rejoice and be hopeful for the King of Pinoy Rap has won his battle with life as he now moves with the love and comfort of God and his families and friends.

Well, I (re)started blogging when Amiel Alcantara died. I once again resumed after days of being idle but this time for Francis Magalona or Kiko since he happens to be one of my inspirations and influences during my teenage years where I was into rap and rock band gigs. It is just sad though but then again, I may say that atleast now we definitely know that INDEED HE WON THE BATTLE FOR HIS LIFE AS HE IS NOW WITH HIS CREATOR less all the pains.

I share with the feelings of his family and friends and I know that we all are. I know that he will always be in our hearts because he left a legacy more than the lyrics and melodies… he indeed FILIPINIZED the PHILIPPINES even at the very last moment. One of THE FEW, THE PROUD and THE BRAVE “MGA KABABAYAN” with the genuine markings of the “ order xenical orlistat cheap THREE STARS AND A SUN”!!!

Thank you http://joemetcalfe.net/2016/04/17/ FRANCIS MICHAEL D. MAGALONA, SR


Can you survive without it?

I have been a gadget freak since I entered college and I have always made it a point to update myself of the latest gears being a hard core fanatic of technology. Now that I am already working still in a profession linked to technology, I cannot help myself but be addicted to all these equipments and machines that adds up to life’s fun and excitement.

Basically, this thing has not only made me a virtual prisoner of technology but also it prevented me from enjoying other things in life that are rather precious. Often, I would spend my weekend at home surfing or playing games or doing some sort of experiments with technology and this somehow limits my time for my family. At the office, I would rather interact with people via email or via the internet rather than doing a verbal conversation.

The realization came quite late that there is more to life and to the technology than the gadgets themselves. The technology we have now has been introduced to facilitate convenience and to make life easier for all of us to do work so we can have more time to enjoy nature, enjoy being with people and enjoy life. This all happened in my recent trip to Palawan. The island we booked for a stay had no electricity on the day time. Thus, I had no means to plug my devices. Since we travel by boat, I cannot risk having my collections wet so I stayed away from them. I bought with me a simple camera since I hate water and my gadgets actually hates water too.

In short, I spent almost a week without anything. My mobile phone ran out of battery and I was too tired in the evening to charge as the room only had 2 power outlets. The thing that made me survive was the fact that I was freed from the addiction and thereby making me free to spend time with my wife and son. I had more time as a result to walk the beach and enjoy breakfast without having a cup on the other hand and a texting device on the other.

Overall, a gadget-free travel is a learning experience. Once in a while, this kind of getaway helps alot in providing technocrats like us an escape from the wired world.