TULONG NA. TABANG NA. TAYO NA!

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When we hear of people dying especially in calamities, we are all moved to care. Then help starts pouring in. Unfortunately, we hear less about those who are alive yet suffering. Thus, we care less – or maybe because we don’t know.

Just in front of St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church in Ortigas Center, people going to church gets to pass a poor fellow daily yet I haven’t seen anyone both rich and poor offering help. I’ve seen the same person in the same attire for months now.

Every single time I get the chance to offer food and she grabs them as if she hasn’t eaten for ages, I feel so bad because I see people get to pass there daily and I see a church that is supposed to embrace everyone as a family and yet she’s still in the middle of a busy street rain or shine – dirty, hungry and neglected.

I feel so bad about how we tend to forget that they are also part of the society and perhaps were once productive like us. Now that Christmas is nearing, I hope they get to feel that they are also part of the celebration.

Besides, these less fortunate people we see homeless and wandering on the streets have feelings too and they surely know how to say “thank you”.

Tulong na! Tabang na! Tayo na!

PACQUIAO VERSUS RIOS : LET’S DO IT!

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The last fight was tough for Manny Pacquiao and the Filipino people. We were all knocked out in a match that we could have easily managed to win.

With such a single hard blow of failure amidst having won a dozen times or more, the world easily turned its back on the People’s Champ just like that.

It’s not about whining though but fame and fortune can be so great only when you are on the winning side – be it in sports, showbiz, politics or in life.

It’s a sad plight but failing has its own good side too. It humbles a person to remember, to learn and to be wiser. Manny is a better man now.

We can’t win every bout but perhaps we can do it again… this time! Besides, we all deserve second chances. Manny and the Filipino people deserves one too!

Let’s do it!

TOUGH GUYS NEED A BREAK TOO

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Most of the people I worked in the past calls me a tough guy. It’s not because of my built and looks but because I work alot and I deliver on- time, on-scope, on-budget and at the right quality all the time. Well, I may not be a 7AM person but I work way beyond the normal and I usually stay up for work for 16 to 20 hours daily. This is my daily routine.

Having completed a huge project running for almost a year, my mind is all set for vacation now. Although I have already mastered my work through the years in such a way that delivering projects regardless of complexity seems to look easier and fun to the eyes of the people around me, I still get tired after work. Besides, I’m human.

There is a saying that you won’t ever get tired of working if you love what you are doing. Well, this may be true at times but we all get exhausted at the end of the day. Same as any great devices we have right now like our smartphones and tablet computers, we all need to recharge and get the energy anew to continue doing what we love.

I remember when I was younger. I was energetic, enthusiastic and filled with high spirit. I wanted to get the job done in one sitting. I was a programmer, a system designer, an analyst, an administrator, a security specialist, a web developer, an applications consultant and an entrepreneur. I wanted to do everything because I love working.

It’s not that I’m older and lazier but we all get used to the monotonous routine of life. Like a car getting old, sometimes we need that little pushing and jumpstarting to keep us going. We get wiser, more experienced and tougher each day but like a tree, our leaves may wither and drop as we lose that thing that keeps us passionately engaged – our drive.

All these may relate to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs but I think that we all deserve a break. We all need to give ourselves a break from all the daily routines we have and recharge. Thus , I look forward to using my vacation leave credits this year in full to get back that energy lost. Besides, even tough guys need a break too!

EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD!

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I surely blogged about this several times way back and it pains me everytime to put effort and time just to understand why some folks would rather pick a more complex, more structured and more hierarchical approach than take a simple fix for a simple thing.

Be it work, personal or even in politics, we all wanted to be recognized. We all have this ultimate clamor to be heard and to be able to lead yet we do not even know how to listen and how to follow. It’s tough and sometimes, it eats up all your enthusiasm in an endeavor.

Having managed quite a few projects in the past few years, I have seen how groups struggle for a place on the top. Imagine a team of 7 further split into 3 subteams of 2 people each where one is a lead and the other is a member when it would have been more practical to just have one.

In politics, we have issues of basic social services not being delivered because politicians are busy climbing up for popularity and power. Even the government shutting down in the US is a result of political parties wanting to be on top of the game at the expense of their constituents!

I am not ranting. Well, maybe I am or maybe I’m just tired and sleepy. Besides, it’s 3:17AM! It’s #conjuring time! Hahaha! Anyway, we cannot simply have too many cooks and not spoil the broth. We cannot just let everybody rule the world and not have chaos! We need to put our acts together and that’s my two cents worth!

WHEN IT RAINS…

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It’s Friday. It’s supposed to be a good day today yet it’s a little gloomy. From the window in my house, there is poor visibility because of the heavy downpour. Will it be sunny later, I am not sure.

Life at times is confusing. There are uncertainties that we all have to face head on. The path ahead may not be as clear and the downpour may delay the journey itself but we have to be tough.

As they say, when it rains it pours. Often, we associate it with blessings. Perhaps, one will ask how can it be one. For me, there is better clarity after a heavy downpour. The sky is clearer.

We can even claim that there’s always a rainbow after a rain. Well, I believe so. In life, we just need to patiently endure everything that comes along and there will always be relief afterwards.

Besides and as I said above, when it rains, it pours.

ON DOUBLE STANDARDS : THE PHILIPPINES’ CLAIM TO SABAH, PANATAG AND SPRATLYS

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The Sabah Massacre?

I was on my newsfeed an hour ago and I was shocked to see a photo showing some of the killed followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III in a recent surprise raid by the Malaysian authorities. Those in the photo may have been the 12 slain members of the “Royal Sulu Sultanate Army”. Note that 2 Malaysian commandos were killed too.

Kiram’s followers, estimated at 100 to 300 people, have been holed up in a remote village of Lahad Datu on North Borneo since February 12 to press the sultan’s claim to Sabah. They sailed from Mindanao and were led by the sultan’s brother and crown prince Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram. They say they didn’t fire the first shot.

About the Photo

Though I can’t verify the authenticity of the photo itself as I just saw it on my newsfeed (click here), I believe that whatever happened with these men is not right. Whether the gruesome image here was that of the recent raid in Sabah or not, I don’t think that killing people like this whether Filipinos or Malaysians or whatever nationality is ever justifiable even in the rule of law – Muslims, Christians and the rest.

When criminals are killed with excessive force or not, we cry for human rights. Soldiers have human rights too! They have families as well! This is the very same reason why we all hate wars or any form of armed conflicts. Thus, we all should work hard for peace no matter how hard it can be. Whether this photo is real or not, I am writing this for one good reason – peace.

Just Speaking One’s Mind

While reading the article on the photo, I could not stop from thinking why the reaction of the public with regards to our Sabah claim was a bit colder than that of the spats we had with China over Panatag Shoal and the Spratlys. The Philippine Government has not even protested yet though those 12 killed were Filipinos too.

With the Panatag Standoff, our government was bold enough to challenge the China government on its claim over some group of islands along the South China Sea which was later renamed to West Philippine Sea. With the Sabah claim, the Philippines was more submissive to Malaysia. Whatever the reason is, I hope it’s for the better.

As a Filipino, all I want is peace without having to compromise justice. If the Kiram family has all the right to claim for Sabah, l would expect the government to support them. The state has to protect its people, their rights and properties. Otherwise, if Malaysia really owns Sabah, then so be it. We’ve had enough bloodshed!

A Quick Background

The Islamic Sultanate of Sulu once controlled parts of Borneo as well as southern Philippine islands. In the 1870s, it leased northern Borneo to Europeans. While the sultanate’s authority gradually faded as Western colonial powers exerted their influence over the region, it continued to receive lease payments for Sabah. The former British colony became part of the federation of Malaysia when it was formed in 1963. Kiram and the other heirs of the sultan still receive nominal annual compensation from Malaysia – the equivalent of about $1,700. – Yahoo! News

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‘Double standards’ – Poli Ticks via Facebook

Kabataan Partylist also criticized the way that the government “essentially gave up” on the Sabah claim too easily with President Aquino even quoted as saying that it is a “hopeless cause,” even if the sultanate of Sulu has compelling historical and legal bases to back its claim.

“While the government is vehemently opposing Chinese occupation of Spratlys and Panatag Shoal, it essentially raised the white flag in Sabah without hesitation, even if it is clear that the Philippines has a strong case to claim sovereignty over the disputed land,” Ridon said.

Kabataan Partylist called on the government to actively pursue diplomatic talks with the Malaysian government and ensure that no more casualties would result from the stand-off.

“We also call on the government to support and revive the Sabah claim with fervor, and raise the issue to international courts if necessary,” Ridon said.

Source : Poli Ticks via Facebook

ON GETTING FIT AND FULFILLING A PROMISE!

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Getting fit for 2013 and beyond! I just fulfilled yet another promise I made to my wife and got her all the gadgets she needed for now and maybe until she ventures up to triathlons. Now, I just need to make sure that I finish the race on time and injury-free with her. I’ll then be ready for the next challenge – getting slim and sexy! Hahaha! Cheers!

ON RUNNING : CONDURA SKYWAY MARATHON 2013

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It’s midnight! Arriving just in time to see the the first wave of 42K runners kick-off the Condura Skyway Marathon 2013. My wife and I are running 21K and she’s doing a 10K warm-up now while I’m planning to sleep until the 3:30AM Gun Start! As they say… run for fun!

IT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS!

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Traveling 5 kilometers daily from home to work now takes an hour or so instead of the usual 5-10 minutes! Is it the ever increasing number of vehicles or the lack of alternative public transport and roads? I don’t know! Maybe, it’s just the way it is! Good evening to all!

SO MARCOS DIDN’T GRAB MERALCO FROM THE LOPEZES AT ALL?

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I saw an article over Facebook a while ago which made me wonder if history in this country was ever written with utmost truth and accuracy. I know that most of the Filipinos consider the late strongman and the former President Ferdinand E. Marcos as an enemy due to his dictatorship and eventual declaration of martial law. Most of the evil deeds for the entire 2 decades of ruling the Philippines were attributed to him and her wife, the former First Lady Imelda Marcos.

I am not so sure if it’s just and fair to blame the head of the state for a soldier abusing his mandate and torturing someone without even his knowledge. I am not sure if the president knows all the doings of his subordinates or if he even has to know everything but I guess history placed all the accountability to the late strongman for every single wrongdoing that occurred during his tenure as the leader of the republic. Our history has been divided into two sides ever since we fought for independence.

During our country’s struggle for freedom against our colonizers through the Katipunan, we had Emilio Aguinaldo’s Magdalo Group rewriting history against Andres Bonifacio and his Magdiwang Group. The latter was executed for treason by the very person that he merely recruited for a group he formed. To this day, we all don’t know what really happened and why the 1st President of this land ordered the Supremo’s execution. In short, our history has some blank pages in between.

We are all for what holds the truth, what is reasonable and what represents justice. I was born during the Martial Law era and I was already present when the late Senator Ninoy Aquino was assassinated and the late President Ferdinand Marcos was ousted by the famous 1986 People Power Revolution popularly known as EDSA Revolution. Anyway, I saw the document above and perhaps a story like this could help put some texts on the few blank pages in between our history.

I want to know the truth.

Source: Click here.