“Unconsciously we all have a standard by which we measure other men, and if we examine closely we find that this standard is a very simple one, and is this: we admire them, we envy them, for great qualities we ourselves lack. Hero worship consists in just that. Our heroes are men who do things which we recognize, with regret, and sometimes with a secret shame, that we cannot do. We find not much in ourselves to admire, we are always privately wanting to be like somebody else. If everybody was satisfied with himself, there would be no heroes.” – Mark Twain
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Posted in inspiration, Philippine Politics, Philippines, Pres. Cory Aquino, tagged 1983, August 21, martial law years, Ninoy Aquino, Ninoy Aquno Day, Philippine history, Philippine Politics, Philippines, thoughts on August 21, 2014 | 4 Comments »
“The Filipino is worth dying for.”
Proclamation 1081 (Martial Law) was signed by then Pres. Marcos on September 21, 972. I was in high school. Ninoy Aquino was assassinated on August 21, 1983 (31 years ago today), I was a young mother then with an eleven-month old daughter. February 25, 1986 was the highlight of the return to democracy when Marcos and his family left Malacanang Palace for good after more than two decades of governing the land.
Watching the two-hour documentary today on the assassination of Ninoy and the presidency of Cory Aquino made me remember the dark days of Philippine history. I remember the bloody student demonstrations and rallies before martial law was declared. I remember the day when we could not even listen to news because radio and television channels were closed. The glorious days of a dictator just started, the ambitious dream of a man to rule by military power. He incarcerated his enemies including Ninoy Aquino, the man who could have been the greatest president of the Republic of the Philippines, the only powerful enemy that Marcos had. I watched the documentary with my son who kept asking questions what life was like during the martial law years and how the Filipino people were affected by Ninoy’s death. I wrote a blog about this before.
Prior to what we know now in history as the People Power Revolution, I was part of the crowd at Ayala Avenue throwing confetti and yellow flowers made of crepe paper every time there was a rally scheduled in Makati. Bank of PI (located at Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas) was at the center of those rallies and demonstration since the stage’s set-up was always facing our office building. Now, that area is occupied by a statue of Ninoy Aquino, a tribute to a hero.I remember collecting issues of the tabloid Malaya which was the only newspaper having regular reports of the assassination and how people reacted to it. I remember keeping a copy of a newspaper when the Marcos family left Malacanang to be exiled later in Hawaii. It was the day that ended a dictatorship.
Ah, those moments of happy celebration when all Ayala employees and their subsidiaries joined the merry dance at Ayala Avenue led by our big boss, Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala. You can just imagine people in corporate attires dancing to the tune of Tie a Yellow Ribbon and laughing out loud – the days when democracy was truly restored in our land.
He said, ” I believe that the Filipino will respond to the call to greatness not by coercion but by persuasion, not by intimidation but through the ways of freedom”. May his legacy lives on and may the youth of today appreciates and remember what he did for our country.
Ninoy Aquino, my own personal hero.
Photo courtesy of ayalatriangle.com
Posted in family life, food, Philippine cuisine, Philippine fruits, photography, tagged Crisostomo - Ayala Fairview Terraces, Crisostomo Restaurant, desserts, food, guilty pleasures, Philippine cuisine, Philippines, photography, watermelon on May 14, 2014 | 4 Comments »
Let us not talk about whether it is a fruit or a vegetable. All I know is that fruits grow on trees and vegetables are harvested on the ground just like pumpkin, cucumber and squash. If it is a fruit, it is a healthy and refreshing one but then you’ll wonder if it is also considered a vegetable.
Yesterday, son and I bought a large watermelon at P100/head. Watermelons are in season now and every summer you could enjoy them served as desserts, mixed with other veggies as salad, refreshing coolers or if you are enterprising enough you can mix them with jellies or you can make them into ice pops. I love them cold and plainly sliced. They are anti-oxidants and so rich in vitamin C.
This reminds me of a recipe I tasted last week when some friends and I dined at Crisostomo Restaurant at Ayala Fairview Terraces. It was my first time to visit this mall and dine at Crisostomo. All branches serve authentic Filipino recipes and all the recipes are named after some characters in Rizal’s book, Noli Me Tangere and some biblical characters too. Crisostomo must be Crisostomo Ibarra. One of the recipes we ordered was called Sinigang ni Eba and I was pleasantly surprised that they mixed it sliced watermelons. Oh boy, it was simply delicious. The blend of the tangy tomatoes and tamarind and the sweetness of the watermelons is just out of this world. Even their Laing (taro leaves cooked in coconut cream) was just as yummy. Would love to explore more of their recipes one of these days. Although, it is a bit pricey to dine there, you have lots of menu to choose from. Good ambience, friendly wait staff. They have a branch at Eastwood which is very near our place.
(note: second pic culled from the official website of crisostomo)
Posted in Philippine Politics, Philippines, PNoy, tagged Philippine Politics, Philippines, Pres. Obama's visit to the Philippines, State visit of Pres. Obama to the Philippines on April 29, 2014 | 2 Comments »
I am not a political analyst, neither am I into politics but I appreciate President Obama’s visit here in our country. They say he is the most powerful man in the world on account of the USA being the most powerful country. I won’t delve into the nitty-gritty of the whys and the hows of his visit here because I am not qualified to do so. What I saw of the warm welcome, the warm smiles, the wonderful speeches that both leaders delivered yesterday are enough to gladden the hearts of the Filipino people who believe that peace could only be achieved not by arms and golds but through a sincere dialogue and communication.
It was the second straight two days that I allowed myself to stay in front of the television to watch the canonization of Saints John Paul II and Saint John XXIII in Rome the other day and the arrival of President Obama yesterday. I enjoyed watching both. I found some pictures posted by the Gazette of the Republic of the Phils. on Facebook which I follow.
It was short (not even a twenty-four hour visit) but I saw a glimpse of the man who is so polite and knows what he is talking about. Report says this is the eight visit of a President of the United States to the Philippines.
(photo credits: Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines)
Hello everyone! Finally got my order of t-shirts from ABS CBN. Josef and I ordered three but there is no size yet for the third one. A shirt costs P250.00 and all proceeds will go to the survivors of typhoon Yolanda. Another way of sharing aside from donating goods and sending cash.
Loosely translated, it means “let’s help” or “let’s be one in helping”, extending our hands and making our kababayans cope and rebuild and bring back life to normalcy again. And with God’s grace and determination, we can do it.
Tulong na. Tabang na. Tayo na.
Saying thank you would probably be not enough so we say MARAMING, MARAMING SALAMAT! God bless you all.
Posted in climate change, life, Philippines, tagged climate change, life, Philippines, the devastation caused by tyhoon Yolanda, Typhoon Haiyan, typhoon Yolanda on November 11, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
I am reposting this here for what it’s worth, the Philippines’ lead climate negotiator, Nadarev Saño, delivered a tearful plea to diplomats assembled in Doha almost a year ago.