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I have just watched Boy Abunda’s The Bottomline where CNN’s 2009 Hero of the year Efren “Kuya F” Penaflorida was a guest. (A friend of mine, who hides under the nickname Denna, ‘accidentally’ called my number when she was about to sleep… nanggisinging lang, di naman ako kinausap! Hehehe. Peace!) At a few minutes after midnight, I am now wide awake, trying to write something about the segment.

Efren was also awarded with 125,000 USD… How will it be spent by Efren? According to him, the original plan was to allocate the amount as follows: 90% to the advocacy of the Dynamic Teen Company (DTC) and 10% to a blessed church. But some recent ‘developments’ happened: it appears that he can only give 60% to DTC because he was informed by CNN that 30% of the amount will go to the government in the form of a tax. Yes, that is what he said, 30% of the amount will be cut off and paid to the government as tax… It’s Christmas season and I won’t dwell much on this… I don’t want to curse. (Pause. Smile.)

It’s just amazing how someone like Efren who has the moral ascendancy to be judgmental (as far as politicians are concerned) did not actually judge the politicians. Don’t get me wrong guys. So many people in this country have that one-stop solution (or something like that) on how to help our fellow Filipinos. Some politicians and celebrities even got to publicize their little contribution or at least their plans to the greater public. But here comes Efren and his team, who wanted to help other people, and actually got out of their comfort zone to really execute their plans. I mean, he is an idealist who did not criticize anyone but instead, just stepped out and acted. When he was asked whether he is a pro- or anti-GMA, when he was asked what he thinks about politicians who promise they are going to do this and that, that they are going to help the poor, Efren has all the right and the moral ascendancy to say:

I hate GMA. She has brought nothing but shame in this country. I hate these politicians who are trying to pretend that they are pro-poor and that they are going to do something about poverty and education but in reality, are selfish bastards who just want to win in the elections to get more money from the people.

He could have said that and we know we won’t say “look who’s talking?!” Di ba? But he did not do that. He did not say that. Instead, he merely said it’s not about being pro or antigovernment. He said he and the DTC are doing what they think they can do to help. And he believes that GMA has had done something to our country. And maybe, he says, the politicians who are making these (pro-poor) propaganda should not be ‘rejected’ immediately — maybe they really intend to do them (the promises).

The truth is, I wouldn’t mind Efren criticizing the government and being skeptic about politicians. Again, he has the moral ascendancy and the right to do that. But he didn’t! He should be canonized or something!

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Here’s a report I got from a very reliable source. Makes sense…

YETI Responsible for Maguindanao Massacre – Andal “Unsay” Ampatuan Jr
By Hektor Harurot, Philippine Daily Inquisition

In an unexpected turn of events, beleaguered Babalu look-alike and notable pygmy warlord, Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr, recanted his initial statement to the National Bureau of Investigation and cleared the Moro Islamic Liberation Front of participating in the gruesome murder of almost sixty people in the Maguindanao Massacre.

He now accused the Yeti of committing the murders. The Yeti is a legendary creature in the Himalayas. Covered in white fur that is highly coveted in New York high society, the Abominable Snowman, a more derogatory moniker for the Yeti, is reportedly known to attack unprovoked when openly challenged in an electoral contest.

The Yeti or Abominable Snowman is a thought of as a mythological creature (at least before the Maguindanao massacre) and an ape-like cryptid said to inhabit the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. We know now that they can live even in a tropical country like the Philippines.

Ampatuan stressed that he received intelligence reports that during the incident, his men saw the feared imaginary creature driving a backhoe on the day of the attack. Cletus Kanuto III, Ampatuan’s defense lawyer and part-time masseuse, said that his client could not have been in the area when the atrocities occurred since he was receiving his Shiatsu session that Kanuto himself was administering. When asked if they had any proof, Kanuto dug in his pocket and showed a vial with a label that read: “DAISY’S LAVENDER OIL FOR ADDED SENSUAL PLEASURE. BEST USED WITH CANDLE LIGHTS. NOT TO BE INGESTED OR APPLIED IN SENSITIVE AREAS. MADE IN CHINA”

When pressed by reporters that the Yeti only lives in snow-covered Himalayan peaks and that there is no snow in Maguindanao, a defiant Ampatuan enigmatically replied in his trademark scowl, “Wala nga kami snow sa Maguindanao, pero dami kami dun ‘ice.’ Pareho na rin yun.” (We may not have snow in Maguindanao, but we have a lot of ice. That’s just the same). He then winked, and gave a burst of laughter that disturbingly reminded reporters of the Count in Sesame Street.

Meanwhile, Malacañang tried to be optimistic on the matter. Palace spokesman Cerge Remonde said that due to the murders, Palace officials might have unexpectedly found the solution to the exploding population problem of the country. He said that the plan was not yet finalized, but it would require a lot of backhoes and truckloads of armed civilian volunteers. He intimated that the construction of gas chambers in key population sites was also seriously considered, but eventually scrapped due to prohibitively high costs. But when asked for further elaboration, he declined citing executive privilege.

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No one can ever deny the power of media and entertainment, particularly, the television. I’m sure you have witnessed once in a while how your kids, colleagues, or just plain acquaintances say or act something that is exactly an evidence of the power of media. Look at the following (even bigger) instances:

  • According to a news article I found at Inquirer the other day, the Philippine Military Academy or PMA reported an increase in applicants to the country’s prestigious military school because of the TV soap titled “Tayong Dalawa” from ABS-CBN. The show is about to half-brothers who entered the prestigious school, and apparently, the soap was able to showcase great things that can happen to a PMA recruit.
  • In a report showing survivors of Supper Ferry 9, one of the survivors was saying he tried to give hope to other passengers during the time the vessel is about to sink (well you know the story) by saying “Wag kayong mag-alala, hindi tayo pababayaan ni Bro.” Bro is the term being used by the child actor in “May Bukas Pa” to refer to Jesus Christ.
  • Do you still remember when the DOH had to release a commercial or something to that effect about the danger of the dance “spaghetting pababa, pababa ng pababa” because many children got so addicted doing that dance? The step was popularized by the Sex Bomb dancers in the noontime show Eat Bulaga.

Isn’t that amazing? These are real-life effects of media — direct effects. It is not just a subliminal message (is that what it is called?) that calls on you to patronize something — a product or service perhaps. It gave a direct effect on the viewers. It’s no wonder why politicians spend millions of pesos in TV advertisements. Sometimes, these advertisements look really hilarious but hey, look at the effect of TV, see the three bullets above. (Have you seen Erap’s “Tatakbo ka ba?” Arthro commercial? Hehehe.)

Grabe. It is not really hard to fathom why many movie actors/actresses win in elections, local or national. That’s why one of my dreams is to become a famous movie actor. Then after that, I’ll run for president. Sana lang no?

Hayyy… here’s an experiment that you may want to try: When you go to a bar, ask your host if they have roasted highland legumes. See if they’ll give you the correct stuff. Hehehe.

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Following is the prepared text of President-elect Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address, as provided by the Presidential Inaugural Committee:

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans. (more…)

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This year is going to be so exciting for so many reasons. Personally, I am so excited because I am attempting to venture into a new business endeavor. I am also considering changing career (apart from targeting the presidency, of course). But of course, I am just a speck of dust in this society/universe. So, here are things to look forward to and watch out this year:

  • Manny Pacquiao’s next fight and his bid for a Congress seat. I hope he wins all his boxing fights and lose any bids in the political arena. Why does he have to even consider doing that?
  • Pangandaman’s case. Will this even reach the courthouse? By 05 January, the complaint will be/can be filed to the proper body. Good luck! Oh, the Pangandamans appealed to bloggers to stop accusing them of anything. Good thing I don’t have my identity here and/or I don’t play golf.
  • Payment by the PDIC of the insured PhP250K account from Legacy banks. Imagine, I was actually considering opening an account at Rural Bank of Parañaque?! Good thing I needed the cash for something more important. And urgent.
  • The upcoming 2010 national elections. By mid-2009, I’m sure all the would-bes and wannabes will be flooding the media — from TV, Radio to billboards.
  • Obama’s inauguration and first few days in the White House. I really am so positive about this. If my friend who’s in the US stumble upon this post, I hope she buys me an Obama cap or shirt! (Hi, Ms. Mountaineer!)
  • The financial crisis. I really hope this would be over soon. My stock portfolio is soooo red and any positive development in the global economy is very, very much welcome. (I might be able to buy my own domain by then! Hehehe.)

And finally, and something I am really so excited about:

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie.

harry potter and the half-blood prince

Well, this is just a quick post. Welcome, 2009! Make me happy. Make us happy.

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fishingAn MBA graduate visited a small village on his graduation trip and saw a lone man fishing by a pretty lake. Curious about the lives of such quaint folks, he asked the fisherman how he spends his days.

“Well I usually fish by the lake for about an hour or two, go home to feed my wife and kids and then we’ll spend the night singing as I strum along on my guitar.”

The MBA graduate was astounded by what appeared to be a lack of productivity, “Listen old man. I graduated from Harvard Business School, and I can tell you what to do to become filthy rich. You should really start by working longer hours and catching more fish.”

“I always catch enough to ensure that my family is well-fed…” The fisherman said. “Whatever would I do with all the surplus fish?”

“You could sell them in the market and earn a profit. Think about expanding the business altogether!” Exclaimed the graduate, now on such a roll that nothing could contain his excitement and his eagerness to share his new knowledge with the world, “With the profit, you can invest in better fishing equipment that will increase productivity. With all that money earned, you can outsource the actual fishing by hiring help. You’ll make more by managing the business. Hell, you could make millions!”

The fisherman nodded slowly. “And then what would I do with the millions?”

“And then – this is the best part – you retire!” Said the graduate, now glassy-eyed as he thought of his own retirement, some fifty years into the future. “Move to somewhere scenic and peaceful to spend quality time with your family, doing something you’ve always dreamed of doing. Isn’t there something you really love to do?”

The fisherman lifts his head to the sky and ponders for awhile. “Well I really like to play the guitar…”

The MBA graduate leaned forward.

“And I sure love fishing.” Said the fisherman.

From one of my grad school readings.

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