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Philippines’ TV Ads and Political Posturing (First Part)

May 31st, 2008 No comments
Of course, it is political posturing. With the national elections barely two years away, the tact of advertising one’s name on national television is tempting. Quite a number of senators have already...

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Kitá, síring sa mga tren, mga lunadán nin pagkámoot

May 30th, 2008 No comments















ki M

minairárom kitá, mapagkúmbabâ,
sa mga kadlagán kun saín dai namámansayan
alágad nahíhiling an padúdumanan;
minadalágan sa mga abága kan kabukídan,
bontól sa mga rekúdo nin pagsákit, minamatè
an gabát kan goyód-goyód na pagláom,
asin minákaskas sa darusdós, kun saín
sinásabat kita nin malípot na dóros, pasabóng
sa pagraní sa namómôtan;
dai ta hiníhiling an mga siyudad o sítyo
asin óontokan an lambáng estasyón
húli ta an gabós minámakulugan;
nakákabungog an silbáto, síring sa makusóg
na dagubdób kan daghán, tangáning
daíng makulgán o abtán nin kagadánan.

Síring kitá sa mga tren,
mga lunadán nin pagkámoot ---

minalúnad kitáng igwáng pagkadayúpot
sa namómôtan, síring na dayúpot an mga ruwéda
sa mga ríles na dai man lámang niya namatéan
nin lípot minsán sa kataháwan kan tag-urán;
minalúnad kitá na igwáng dakúlang pagkámoot,
pagkámoot na minapúkaw sa mga bara-banwaán,
sa túrog na mga haróng, asin minápoon
sa bâgong aldáw.

Síring kitá sa mga tren,
mga lunadán nin pagkámoot ---

kasubâgóng pagkaága,
minâwot kong mágduman sa estasyón,
sa kinatûdán na lulunádan,
daíng táo, daíng ribók,
nátadâ na saná an paísing
kasubanggí palán iyó na an
húring biyáhe kan mga tren.
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Are Peace and Justice Possible after a Prolonged War?

May 30th, 2008 No comments
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Heads Up!

May 30th, 2008 No comments

We apologize for any delays in the delivery of raw photos, edited prints, blog updates and whatnots…this month & the past month’s schedule is CRAZZZY coupled with us moving to a new & bigger place…and to top it off, the internet connection this side of town suxxx BIG time (thanks to PLDT and that thingamajig called smartBRO prepaid!)  i’m actually typing this in a greasy worn out keyboard in  a damp & cramped gaming cafe! haha!

regular programming  resumes on the last week of June….Your patience will be rewarded guys!

anyway, you may direct your concerns/inquiries/booking matters to Joanne : 0921 485 0838 / (02) 496 7591

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Free

May 29th, 2008 No comments
I was briefly beholden by the recent issue stirred by several politicians a couple of days ago. It was the proposal about making text messages free of charge. I mean, who doesn't want free texts the...

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Google Earth Update: Bicol (5)

May 29th, 2008 No comments
Wehehe. Mali ang theory ko na kada 7 months nag-uupdate ang Google Earth.

Last night, habang nagmamark ng mga lugar sa Wikimapia nakita ko na lang na may nadagdag na naman sa mga high resolution na lugar.

Yung may red marks sa mapa ang pinakabago samantalang yellow yung pinaka-una.

Ang Catanduanes na dati wala, clear na ang Virac at western portion ng isla.

Halos buong probinsya ng Albay din. Western portion na lang ng Oas, Ligao City at Pio Duran, at mga isla ng Cagraray, Batan at Rapu-Rapu. Makikita na din ng malapitan ang bunganga ng Mayon!

Pwede na ding ma-view ang Masbate City at pinaka-south ng Ticao Island sa Masbate.

Sa Camarines Sur, parte na dinadaanan ng Bicol River at Buhi.

Walang bago sa Camarines Norte at Sorsogon.

Ito na ang panlimang post ko para sa update ng Google Earth sa Bicolandia.
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Google Earth Update: Bicol (5)

May 29th, 2008 No comments
Wehehe. Mali ang theory ko na kada 7 months nag-uupdate ang Google Earth. Last night, habang nagmamark ng mga lugar sa Wikimapia nakita ko na lang na may nadagdag na naman sa mga high resolution na lugar.
Yung may red marks sa mapa ang pinakabago samantalang yellow yung pinaka-una. Ang Catanduanes na dati wala, clear na ang Virac at western portion ng isla.
Halos buong probinsya ng Albay din. Western portion na lang ng Oas, Ligao City at Pio Duran, at mga isla ng Cagraray, Batan at Rapu-Rapu. Makikita na din ng malapitan ang bunganga ng Mayon! Pwede na ding ma-view ang Masbate City at pinaka-south ng Ticao Island sa Masbate.
Sa Camarines Sur, parte na dinadaanan ng Bicol River at Buhi.
Walang bago sa Camarines Norte at Sorsogon. Ito na ang panlimang post ko para sa update ng Google Earth sa Bicolandia.
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Evolution ng Bandila

May 28th, 2008 No comments
Kada May 28 hanggang June 12, ino-observe sa Pilipinas ang National Flag Days base sa Sec. 25 ng RA 8491 o Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines. Sa mga araw na ito nire-require ang pagsasabit ng bandilang Pilipino ng government offices at business establishments.

Simula nung unang iwinagayway ang bandila ng Pilipinas nung 1898 hanggang ngayon, ilang beses na ding nagbago ang hitsura nito. Narito ang evolution ng bandila ng Pilipinas:

  • Tulad nito ang bandilang itinaas sa Cavite ni Emilio Aguinaldo nung June 12, 1898. Ginamit ito nang 9 buwan, hanggang March 23, 1901. (Ito din ang ginamit nung October 14, 1943 hanggang August 17, 1945 nung panahong ng mga Hapon ng puppet government.)

  • Sinimplify ito tulad nito na ginamit simula 1919 hanggang 1981. (Ito din ang ginamit matapos ang EDSA Revolution hanggang February 1998)

  • Simula 1981 hanggang 1986, panahon ni Marcos, ganitong bandila naman ang ginagamit.

  • Dahil sa iba-ibang shades ng kulay na ginagamit sa bandila lalo na ang blue, sa Sec. 28 ng RA 8491 na inapprove nung February 12, 1998, inispecify na ito. Ganito ang colors na dapat na gamitin sa bandila: Cable No. 80173 para sa blue, Cable No. 80001 para sa white, Cable No. 80108 para sa red; at para sa golden yellow, Cable No. 80068.

Sa elementary, maski sa hayskul, tinuturo ang "Evolution of the Philippine Flag". Flags of the Philippine Revolution seguro ang tamang tawag dito.

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Evolution ng Bandila

May 28th, 2008 1 comment
Kada May 28 hanggang June 12, ino-observe sa Pilipinas ang National Flag Days base sa Sec. 25 ng RA 8491 o Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines. Sa mga araw na ito nire-require ang pagsasabit ng bandilang Pilipino ng government offices at business establishments. Simula nung unang iwinagayway ang bandila ng Pilipinas nung 1898 hanggang ngayon, ilang beses na ding nagbago ang hitsura nito. Narito ang evolution ng bandila ng Pilipinas:
  • Tulad nito ang bandilang itinaas sa Cavite ni Emilio Aguinaldo nung June 12, 1898. Ginamit ito nang 9 buwan, hanggang March 23, 1901. (Ito din ang ginamit nung October 14, 1943 hanggang August 17, 1945 nung panahong ng mga Hapon ng puppet government.)
  • Sinimplify ito tulad nito na ginamit simula 1919 hanggang 1981. (Ito din ang ginamit matapos ang EDSA Revolution hanggang February 1998)
  • Simula 1981 hanggang 1986, panahon ni Marcos, ganitong bandila naman ang ginagamit.
  • Dahil sa iba-ibang shades ng kulay na ginagamit sa bandila lalo na ang blue, sa Sec. 28 ng RA 8491 na inapprove nung February 12, 1998, inispecify na ito. Ganito ang colors na dapat na gamitin sa bandila: Cable No. 80173 para sa blue, Cable No. 80001 para sa white, Cable No. 80108 para sa red; at para sa golden yellow, Cable No. 80068.

Sa elementary, maski sa hayskul, tinuturo ang "Evolution of the Philippine Flag". Flags of the Philippine Revolution seguro ang tamang tawag dito.

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Politicizing and Militarizing Aid to Myanmar

May 28th, 2008 No comments
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No mean feat

May 26th, 2008 No comments

I just want to thank those who are still faithful at coming to my humble place in the web despite my lack of updates.

Unlike my previous job, this new job of mine doesn’t provide me an opportunity to blog at all. Every second counts. Making a hundred calls on a daily basis is no mean feat plus take into consideration the loads of time lead research demands. Probably, it’s all because I am a newbie - pretty much learning the ropes till now. It just hurts my head sometimes. Digesting terms like takaful, rbc frameworks, brokers, actuary, enterprise risk management, etc splits my head apart. Oh well, it’s always to learn something new. Hope to clinch a deal soon!

“Makulog”

Pain

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Real (in defense of the Bikol writers)

May 25th, 2008 1 comment

IN Alec Santos’ feature article last week, “Bikol Oral Narrative—surviving the odds,” we were informed of the exemplary efforts of Ateneo de Naga University professor Dr. Cyril Conde in preserving Bikol oral literature. In this case, these ancient folktales leave the ever-threatened circumstance of our oral tradition to finally find its way to the pages of a published literature. What Dr. Conde does is similar to the tedious yet rewarding wanderings of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm that produced for the world an anthology of folk tales that delighted generations since the Brothers Grimm published it in 1812. Indeed, efforts such as this are very much needed today, which Mr. Santos described as a situation “where reality is nothing more than the daily grind of life.” Tracing back our traditions to its possible earliest period and acquiring something from it for the sake of learning and preservation allow us to understand more ourselves as a people and as a culture.

Quite interesting and actually wonderful to think about was the oral literary contest which Dr. Conde’s group initiated on May 19 in Villaflorida, Ocampo, Camarines Sur. I wasn’t able to attend the event, but I can just imagine how exciting it would be to witness local folks contest each other in telling stories intimate to our culture and personal experiences. Imagine the wit and utter display of our very own philosophies in the numerous stories, legends, myths, and other folk tales of Bikol. Dr. Conde’s efforts actually assure for our children the great opportunity of the joy of reading the stories our forebears themselves created. These stories, as artifacts of our culture, provide for us a rich material where we can acquire our own sense of Bikol-ness.

I remember my father narrating to me as a child the tales of Juan Tiñoso, who I have learned later that he was also the same character of a more indigenous name of Juan Osóng. The Juan Tiñoso stories were among the tales I grew up with. They were among my first kickoff points toward greater curiosity. Up to this day, nobody really knows where these Juan Osóng came from. Nobody knows if Osóng is an indigenized Tiñoso or that the latter is actually a Hispanic version of the former. Literary historians could only make conjectures. Regardless of such confusions, these stories need to be documented and archived. And we are fortunate to have a devoted scholar in the person of Dr. Cyril Conde.

But while Dr. Conde’s outstanding literary research is really worth emulating, Mr. Santos’ way of ending his article was irresponsible and quite unfair to the contemporary Bikolano writers. Everything was admirable until his dicto simpliciter in the last sentence: “In an age where modern Bikolano literature is nothing more than the creation of egoistic urban writers (which I will not name), it is good to know that REAL literature still exists in our land.”

What is modern Bikol literature in the first place? Is it really modern? If Mr. Santos refers to the contemporary Bikol literature, then he should be more aware that contemporary literary works comprise only a few pages in the thick compendium of Bikol literary creations. Contemporary writers never claim ascendancy over Bikol literature. In fact, we never fail to recognize the influence on us of the past as well as the present-day culture that we have. Mr. Santos could have instead named who these ‘egoistic urban writers’ are so that we could have just talked to them as colleagues. Not naming them brought forth vagueness, which means anyone if not all of us could be full of ourselves. This is unfair because no Bikolano contemporary writer today really earns from writing, not even our colleagues who have published books. They write for passion, they write for Bikol, despite not getting recognized. Bikol literature is still making its way to be formally thought in the classrooms, and Bikolano writers are laboring hard for this; neither for prestige nor wealth, but just so that Bikol literature lingers in the consciousness of the next generations. It is quite unfair to them to be cheap shot without deeply looking into the real worth of what they do.

Much more, I think it was thoughtless and lacking in discernment to discriminate the contemporary literary works as NOT REAL literature. What then is REAL? Mr. Santos should have looked more closely into the contemporary works where traces of oral narratives—REAL literature according to him—are very much visible. We do not set indigenous literature aside. Rather, we are also in search of it. We want to put constancy to it in our artworks. In our hearts is a Bikol literature formed and shaped along the course of history. We are in a period where post-colonial hunger for everything pre-colonial is deep. While we turn to the past and get inspired by its wonder, we live and write in a world of a different circumstance. There are many good contemporary Bikolano writers, writers who never get known, writers who write well for the sake of writing. To call their works as NOT REAL literature is a great blunder.
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“Live simply that others may simply live” (Remembering Ka Bel)

May 24th, 2008 No comments
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Vista Pinas: Masbate

May 24th, 2008 No comments
Katandayagan Falls



Merong kakaibang falls na matatagpuan sa isla ng Ticao, Masbate, ang Katandayagan Falls. Unique ito dahil direktang bumabagsak sa dagat (Masbate Pass) mula sa isang cliff.

Dalawang-oras na byahe galing sa Donsol port o 1.5 oras sa Bulan port ang layo ng San Jacinto, Masbate kung saan makikita ang falls.

Hindi kalayuan sa falls ang 3-hektaryang isla ng Burabangkaso.

Burabangkaso Island

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Vista Pinas: Masbate

May 24th, 2008 1 comment
Katandayagan Falls Merong kakaibang falls na matatagpuan sa isla ng Ticao, Masbate, ang Katandayagan Falls. Unique ito dahil direktang bumabagsak sa dagat (Masbate Pass) mula sa isang cliff. Dalawang-oras na byahe galing sa Donsol port o 1.5 oras sa Bulan port ang layo ng San Jacinto, Masbate kung saan makikita ang falls. Hindi kalayuan sa falls ang 3-hektaryang isla ng Burabangkaso. Burabangkaso Island
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