ON WRITING AND BLOGGING…

The Pen

An early Sunday blogging spree…

I have been a writer since Grade School. I stopped when I started working because I had less time since then and so I focused my skills onto emails, documentations and forums. Well, writing has always been one of my many talents if I were to state the facts without being tagged as a braggart. Tsk. I can’t take it away from me nor away from my reputation as a wordsmith and a “fighter with a pen”. Hmp.

Being a young literary soldier, I wrote scripts and essays as part of our school requirements. Later, I found myself writing for our school paper named VERITAS. I was not that good then but my mother has always been my EDITOR-IN-CHIEF from the very first article I published and to all the others forming my controversial column then that I baptized as THE FRONTLINE. I was Max Soliven and Mon Tulfo combined where I created friends and enemies as I write. Tsk.

On the light of it, I won several writing tilts from the DSSPC, RSSPC to NSSPC and all other competitions from writing to photojournalism. I got addicted to writing about anything under the sun. I kept my own journal and planned of writing a book compiling all my literary pieces which I started doing until I lost my WordStar file with all my articles. I cried.

I finished Grade School and High School. My teachers were advising me then to keep writing but with caution because I speak and write my mind so well and sharp that I can easily put up a headliner in a flash. I took that advice until I entered college. I wrote term papers and essays as a sideline. My dorm mates would swap their midnight snacks just so I can make them a travelogue or a book review for their homework. I was a businessman-writer. Hahaha.

Soon I started writing speeches for the Fraternity that I joined as a freshman in UP. I was writing still until I learned how to drink and smoke. I stopped. I occasionally would write for a fee some term papers and thesis but only when I have to. I got into computer and software development. I wrote source codes instead.

Well, I finished college and went to work. I had my stints in one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the country and one of the biggest food and beverage firms in Asia and multinational IT Consulting Company. Aside from documentations, project manuals and source codes, I was into emails and correspondences. I was known for writing emails and reply with them so fast that in a day; I am able to email almost everyone in the office. Hahaha. It’s embarrassing.

Well, because of my work, I got into some technical forums as well but I write just to solicit tips and inquire. It was never an expression or a hobby same as when I was young. I cannot seem to see the sign for me to write once again. I was so merry that I got into clubbing. Instead, I got addicted to this men’s forum site where I was almost like a spammer posting on almost all topics. I got quite known in that arena.

As I said, my writing style created me so many friends. Imagine entering a place where people are asking if I were indeed the pseudonym I was using for posting entries. Well, that was fun because of the perks. Free entrance and almost free booze plus the chance of expanding your network as many of the forum members wanted to meet me. Hehehe. On the other hand, this also created me a lot of critics and enemies so to speak. I stopped.

The same is true at work where I write and speak when everyone kept quiet. I was never afraid especially when I know that I am right and that my points are valid. I take the road less travelled and write to advocate for social justice, equity and all other values at the workplace. Although this has always put me in trouble, I was never afraid.

Just recently, I realized of putting this talent to good use in a wider perspective so I thought of blogging finally. I had to channel out some of the stress I have at work and at home in a non-destructive way. Well, it is good that I found another channel and I found BLOGGING instead. I know I will have new friends as a result and at the same time some enemies on critical topics but I am happy right now that I was able to write once again.

Although I may not be as good as when I was young but I am sure that I can still put my imagination and creativity at work to put up some interesting pieces. I need to get used to blogging… from now on.

Cheers!

INFORMATION FOR SALE!

How expensive can NEWS PAY-PER-READING be!I think that changing the industry in such a way that it will deprive or diminuate what people are currently availing is actually disruptive not just to the industry but also to the way people lives or interact.

The newspaper has always been a part of anyone’s routine atleast. The content drives people to decide and perhaps partake in the daily business of our society due to awareness.

Putting up a barrier like having content be available for a fee both offline via traditional newspaper prints or online via news sites is not so timely and practical although we are in the midst of a global financial crisis.

The idea merely negates the very concept of IT which is INFORMATION SHARING. When payment is a pre-requisite of SHARING, then all these merely turns into ENTERPRISING where people will begin to withhold information for business purposes.

If we support this strategy, we discourage the fact that transparency and information is a social responsibility of all of us. Imagine paying people just so someday you can ask them for their names or perhaps to ask them for a simple question like… Are you okay?

My opinion may be so remote for some but then again, if we start supporting drives to transform everything that is free into something that is pay-per-read or pay-per-view concept, then I am sure that we all will also get stuck to this GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS because soon everything happens to have a prive tag!

GREEN COMPUTING!

Green Computing!

Green Computing!

Technology was meant to introduce convenience and ease in terms of our daily tasks and perhaps to recreate our way of living where we can be able to fully maximize and utilize time and effort so we have something more remaining for the most important thing in our lives – family.

Because man has always thought of finding new ways to add confort to his lifestyle and perhaps to his daily routine, technology was redefined to make things and even life faster than we expected instead of making things run smoothly and slowly for all of us to enjoy each moment of it.

All the things we see right now including the pollution and all the issues ranging from environmental to political and economy are all attributed to technology and all the wrong practices and mismanagement that comes along with it.

To this very end, I think that it is just apt that we put technology into good use by using it to further improve, conserve and utilize whatever is remaining that should be saved for the future of our kids.

Green Technology is a breakthrough. We should have had this a long time ago and so we could have mitigated all the problems we have right now. But then again, I am happy that technology now is being redefined back to the proper perspective of conservation which in return brings convenience. It makes our tasks faster to accomplish yet making life slow for us to enjoy every moment of it.

A FUTILE SUMMON FOR URGENCY

I have always been so ideal since I was a boy until I realized that the same idealism that I have has always led me to troubles.

The world is not perfect even if I had to “make-believe”. The Philippines will always be as how it was and how it is right now unless perhaps everyone are as idealistic as everyone else.

All efforts will be futile. There will be no amount of sacrifices that could ever change this. We can never be perfect nor righteous.

I am not a pessimist and I have always believed that there is always hope for those who are determined to change the world. The only thing that seem to be an irony is that change has its age limit. To perfect the society, change has to start with the newborn and where people who are in their legal age should all be wiped out. Thus we may perhaps attain a perfect environment. Again, idealism.

All the things we hear daily, whether good or bad are almost always irrelevant if we are to talk about self-realization. No matter how high gasoline would cost, the attitude of a person and a nation will always be the same. Even if charter change pushes through and extends GMA in her presidential throne, who cares? We all have the capacity to move on, right?

Adaptation has always been coupled with survival which is parallel to man’s love for one’s self. At the end of the day, we will always be caught in a situation where the only option viable is what would benefit us most. The root word is survival. We are what we are right now because of our intention to make it on the top – amidst all.

Thus stems corruption and all sorts of misgivings where no one is exempted. As they say, no one is perfect!

The cases with the DOJ and the Alabang Boys plus the issues with our State Prosecutors is something that has already been a template of social behavior in the typical Philippines setting. No one needs to comment negatively or positively about the perpetrators because no one among us can even come clean.

Given the same scenario where your sibling or your child is put on the same shoes, wouldn’t you do everything as far as giving aways your precious assets to someone just so you can do favor for your own blood? When you are suddenly caught red-handed for an act that is judge wrong, will you not do anything to plead and escape possible punishment? Human nature.

I am not siding on anyone. I have always been for the truth and somehow I believe that there has been lapses so clear with some of the lawyers involved. The point here is that we need to focus not on the people nor on the process but on the root cause itself.

Culture. Values. The weakening of the smallest unit of our society – Family. These are the things that perhaps could lead us to a genuine change of culture – a change of heart. It may not be feasible but then again… I can always be optimistic.

In analysis, whether you get rid of all the users and pushers and the drugs in our society… there will always be someone who will come out and devise a way to create something similar or much better to suit the very motive why people resort to illegal drugs – to escape reality. The same with corruption, there will always be a trigger to awaken the bad side in each and everyone of us.

To end, let us focus on improving ourlseves and our families. In doing so, we are able to minimize the possibility of increasing the number of future corrupt people in the country because at the homefront itself, we are able to mold good people.

Let’s go back to the basics. As they say, what is essential is invisible to the eye. All will be futile unless we go back to the basic.

THANKS AMIEL…

Fly High Amiel!

Fly High Amiel!

I came from UP and not from Ateneo and I am a father as well but my son is not an ATENISTA but from Lourdes School of Mandaluyong. I write because what had happened to AMIEL was something that made me realized a lot of things not just about the incident but about FATHERHOOD.

The story focuses on AMIEL’s FATHER as well as a FATHER & SON school activity has been nearing. We as fathers may not at all be so showy and emotional to our sons because of being pre-occupied with our roles as providers and heads of our families but then this has made me re-think that our focus no matter what should always be with our kids – with our family.

Each day counts. I often would kiss my son and tell him how I love him being the only child. I could just imagine how painful it is for AMIEL’s FATHER to have bid farewell to his son after breakfast as a normal daily routine without expecting that moment was their last. I cried while driving home.

I must have heard the news late but I cannot stop thinking about it. Imagine a school so expensive where you expect that traffic enforcers are regulating the flow of vehicles because kids from known and from ordinary families are around the place which they have to protect, but then there is none.

I have not heard in any of the news article about the school having its own ambulance or experienced in-house medics attending to the need of the child. It was the lady whom we all do not know who volunteered to help the child and the driver to take them to the hospital.

Julian Carlo Miguel Alcantara

Julian Carlo Miguel Alcantara

Worse is that as mentioned, no one even wanted to open their doors for the driver who was walking and carrying the bloodied child for help. It is sad. Imagine how people can be heroes in the split of a second and how some chooses to be numb and careless. Why? Is it because they do not want to stain their nice car’s interiors? Too bad.

I do not intend to blame or raise issues here. The point here is that all we all as parents are responsible for our kids. More so, as drivers, we too are responsible to ensure that we maintain safety and caution. Now, we can never revert things. We need to move forward and learn from this. AMIEL’s life has a good purpose indeed and that is to awaken us all about safety, care, time and love for our kids.

As I reached home, I asked for my son. He was again playing hide and seek with me as usual. I searched for all the possible hiding places until I found him. I never asked him about his school works or about what the day’s news were on BANDILA as he is fond of watching news. No words were said at all… I just hugged my son so tight and kissed him so many times as tears fall.

I love my son and I would not want such a thing to happen to him even when he is already old and on his own. From Day 1 until now that he has grown up as a 9-year old boy, I still carry him whenever we do malling and he would say “Dad, pakarga!” while massaging my back as a consolation. I love my son and I know you all are the same with yours.

Thus, as I write this, I am writing to the officials of Lourdes School of Mandaluyong as well to improve pedestrian safety and proper parking regulations and perhaps put PEDESTRIAN LANES and MARKINGS along SHAW BLVD. and in front of CITYLAND SHAW TOWER to ensure safety. Police Officers should also be stationed near schools and that educational institutions are to be required to have their own ambulances and people experienced in providing medical attention. It’s time for all of us to improve things and move on.

Thank you AMIEL for waking us up. You will forever be remembered in our hearts as a son and as the pupil who touched our hearts to value life and family more.

RYAN ERICSON CANLAS

SAP Practice Manager – SAP COE
International SAP BASIS Consultant
ryanericsongcanlas@yahoo.com

HELLO WORLD!

 

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I have long been blogging irregularly due to scarcity of time but then I have felt that perhaps this means of communication is best effective in educating readers and cascading viewpoints aimed for improving aspects of life and living. Thus, I blog.