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Lazy bug strikes again. Yes, you read it right, I am just too lazy to blog. Supposedly, yesterday, I’ve done my month-ender blog but I just read and was focused on social media.

It is truly exasperating when you have a lunatic for  a  president. He repeated that  people can use gasoline as disinfectant. The nerve of the guy. Those who blindly follow him might just do it. How can you trust  a supposed highest officer of the land  recommending something like this and who is just waiting for vaccines to end this pandemic if his attitude bores on lunacy? He sounded pretty sure that by  December, everything would be solved thru those vaccines. Sorry, I don’t trust china too.

Our health workers are so overworked that they requested for at least a two-week  enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and suburbs to give them time “to breathe”. They are already exhausted and overwhelmed by the number of positive cases that keeps on rising every day by the thousands now. VP Leni has suggested some protocols that those in-charge with COVID cases could follow but then the problem is they don’t see eye to eye with her. She is working on her own with the help of the private sectors despite lack of budget. If only the man would step down willingly and let the reigns be transferred to someone who works non-stop. He’s been saying that he is tired but does not want to let go. Ay sus! He said it himself, “inutil” siya.  That’s inutile in English guys.

Yesterday was  the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He is a Spanish Catholic priest and Theologian and is a co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Ateneo de Manila University  is the top two university of the country run by the Jesuits. Last night, I watched HOLY DARKNESS: Ignatian Spirit in the time of COVID-19, a night of songs and prayers to St. Ignatius of Loyola.  It was presented by the Jesuit Music Ministry of Jesuit Communications. Oh my gosh, I had a grand time listening  and watching it on FB. Some songs  were quite familiar because we sing them at church. Lovely, lovely music. It was like attending a concert for more than an hour of talented singers and choirs.  Before that, I also watched Fr. Pao on the Friday edition of Interaktib at Radio Veritas. They tackled the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola. He said that he truly appreciated a truly Ignatian education because he studied in Ateneo.

It’s raining here again. Have a happy weekend guys.

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You appreciate a memory when it is carved on pixels and prints.

Long before the word “selfie” was coined. It was one of those times when we went on a road trip to avoid  fireworks and lots of noise in the city while waiting for the last year to shed it’s hoorah and looking forward to a new beginning, another year to celebrate life.

Was just really waiting for the peacock to spread its wings but it seemed it was also waiting for us to leave it in peace.

Have a nice Sunday everyone!

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Allow me this, at least for a while. I might look strong on the outside but my heart is bleeding in the inside.

I mourn, yes, I mourn for my country.

Yesterday, they nailed the coffin for good. The end of democracy. It’s supposedly the last bastion to protect the Filipino people and yet the Commision on Election chose to proclaim all the twelve administration bets despite the clamor for manual count, despite the various anomalies that happened a week ago – defective SD cards, videos of election registrars filling in and shading empty ballots, 7-hour glitch in transferring the results from various precincts, malfunctioning Vote Counting Machines and many, many more. This election is a farce. And I guess there is no legitimacy in an election where the commissioners themselves who are tasked to protect the ballots break the rules. Some people said that this is the first time in the history of the Philippines in an election where not even one opposition bet won. In the local level, the opposition won in various areas but in the national level, they all lost.  It makes no sense to me.

Instead of bringing back those millions of pesos back to the government, they allowed the thieves to come back to the Senate. Think of this – a senator who wholehearted supported those extra-judicial killings, a thief, a loyal photographer/selfie maker/follower  to a president with no previous experience in politics, not even in the barangay level, someone who started campaigning a year before the election was held and the Comelec turned a blind eye, a former president’s daughter whose credentials are all fake, a good-for-nothing come-backing senator who did practically nothing in the past. They are complete, complete crooks if I may say.

Allow me to quote a few words from other netizens who are equally concerned with what is happening in our country.

They’re written in the vernacular but let me just translate it in the simplest way. Bato dela Rosa on illegal chinese workers “if they are illegal, make them legal”. Bong Go (the famous alalay), “I will put up a department of OFW”.  Bong Revilla (the come-backing senator) “if not for that budots dance, I won’t win”.

There was this poem published by the Thinking Class of the Philippines. Philippines, it is hard to love you.

The president has been absent from the limelight since the day of the election last  May 13. There are rumors that he was rushed to the hospital because of heart attack. I wonder why they are keeping mum on this when it is stated in the Constitution that the people has the right to know the physical health of a governing person.

And I wonder, why hold on to power even when you are not fit enough to govern. I call that extreme greed.

 

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Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree
I’m comin’ home, I’ve done my time
Now I’ve got to know what is and isn’t mine
If you received my letter telling you I’d soon be free
Then you’ll know just what to do
If you still want me, if you still want me
Whoa, tie a yellow ribbon ’round the ole oak tree
It’s been three long years, do you still want me?
If I don’t see a ribbon round the ole oak tree
I’ll stay on the bus, forget about us, put the blame on me
If I don’t see a yellow ribbon ’round the ole oak tree
Bus driver, please look for me
‘Cause I couldn’t bear to see what I might see
I’m really still in prison and my love, she holds the key
A simple yellow ribbon’s what I need to set me free
And I wrote and told her please
Whoa, tie a yellow ribbon ’round the ole oak tree
It’s been

Tomorrow,  is Ninoy Aquino Day. Ninoy Aquino Day is a national non-working holiday in the Philippines observed annually on August 21, commemorating the assassination of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. 

For so many times since I started blogging and every time this holiday is held I blog  about it. I remember the day Ninoy died at the airport tarmac  when he alighted from the plane going home to the Philippines, the Philippine president that never was.  I  am sure tomorrow there would be more tribute to Ninoy. I couldn’t remember now why the yellow ribbon was chosen to remember Ninoy. Back in those days, we rejoiced seeing people in a sea of yellow.
Every time I hear this particular song, I remember my Mom singing and dancing while swaying either Nissa or my nephew Anthony.  Back in those days, they were just toddlers. I smile at the thought of remembrance. Mom at her age now, no longer remembers probably  but I still do.
Tomorrow is another celebration of a yellow day. 

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Today is our 120th Philippine Independence Day. I used to blog about celebrating it too by watching programs on television and listening to news on how Independence Day was celebrated outside Metro Manila.  Today though, I am not inspired to write about it.

Short of ranting again, for the last six months three Catholic priests were slain  and I am sad that this is happening. Why  are they targeting our priests? These are excerpts of a message from the clergy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan in our province in Pangasinan.

They are killing our flock. They are killing us the shepherds. They are killing our faith. They are cursing our Church. They are killing God again as they did in Calvary.

Killing is the solution. Killing is the language. Killing is the way. Killing is the answer. Killing is encouraged. Killing is their job. Killers are rewarded. Killers boast of their murders.

They kill in the streets. They kill inside homes. They kill in tricycles and jeeps. They kill in plazas. They kill in the malls. They kill in the chapels. The nation is a killing field. They kill everywhere. They are happy to kill. But we are not a nation of killers.

Are you still clapping? Are you still laughing? You still find it funny? You still think “Dapat lang”? Are you still saying “Pagbigyan natin”? Are you still saying our people feel safer now? Are you still saying this is the best government we ever had? Is this the change you want? Are these the changes you dream of? Are you still saying “There are some good things happening! Focus on the good”? If they curse us again for speaking up, we will not be surprised.

Are you afraid to talk? You think silence is a virtue? You think we your shepherds should sow unity by being like the monkeys who see and speak and hear no evil? You think we can be the next target if we speak? Do you still care? Where is your faith? You talk in whispers. You are afraid to be heard? Have we become numb and dumb?

And then we hear DND Secretary Lorenzana blaming the past administration about China.The Dept. of National Defense  is supposed to be non-political but he just divided the nation with his  words. This administration is the one kowtowing to China  giving  up our islands in West Philippine Sea and  even our poor fishermen are being harassed by the Chinese in our Philippine waters.  Malacanang says they don’t want war. Who says we do? We don’t but we can file diplomatic protests like  what Ex-Pres. Aquino did before and we won but it is being ignored  by the present administration.

What is there to celebrate? Our forebears risked their lives  for  our independence  more than a hundred years ago.  Should we not be proud of what they did?  But it seems some of us tend to forget the sacrifice, standing up to foreign powers to gain our independence.

 

And here’s VP Leni Robredo looking more presidential while she leads the flag raising ceremony at the Jose Rizal shrine in Luneta. Standing still despite the rains. Kahit mabasa sa ulan.

(Photo by Philippine Star)

 

 

 

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I just can’t help but remember those days when every day Mom and I would sit in front of the television and watch the impeachment proceedings  of Chief Justice Renato Corona back in the first quarter of 2012. Notebook in hand, I would take notes and blog about it later. I even encountered a student  who commented that she was looking  for some analysis on  the hearings and found my blog. They probably studied them in school too and maybe copying and pasting was the easiest way.

They keep comparing the removal of chief Justice Sereno via a Quo Warranto which was deemed unconstitutional. Corona was given his day in court while CJ Sereno did not even have the chance to defend herself. Those justices who voted her out are all tentacles of the present administration.

Perhaps the whole world knows about the president’s penchant for cursing and demeaning women, not respecting other people having different opinions from him. He called them his enemies and of course those who he appointed in office some of whom have been lately discovered dealing in anomalous transactions. A foreign secretary who is “bulag, pipi at bingi“. A biased ear won’t listen and he would keep silent on things that need his decisions.

It is so frustrating when every day  you would read something unpalatable, add that to the fact that the president is kowtowing to China  preferring the exorbitant interests on the country’s loans from the latter.  The Philippine peso exchange rate  is at its lowest in 12 years.  That TRAIN   (Republic Act RA 10963 or Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) law which according to a senator didn’t even read before signing is  a heavy burden to us all ordinary citizens. Just imagine the price of gasoline and basic commodities  jacking up beyond the reach of the poor and ordinary citizens.

I wish I could just concentrate on my gardening and reading but one can’t help but be affected in one way or another. I hate to do political blog but as they say in Tagalog, “sukdulan na”. It is nearing the end of the rope.

Where are we going Philippines???

 

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It’s been a while.

Barangay elections (the lowest level in the govt.) has just been held the other day. It is quite disappointing that some candidates still adhere to vote-buying. My gosh, where will your P500 pesos go after you have elected a corrupt and crooked official of the land?  Imagine, even in the lowly rural areas, people look up to those candidates with empty promises.

A few days ago, our chief justice Sereno was ousted by her own colleagues in the Supreme Court. A sad day for the land. Is justice dead? Now that the integrity of the highest court of the land  is compromised, can we expect anything good from them? They voted 8-6 in favor of her ouster. And those belonging to the eight are the same accusers and judges. How’s that again? I am not a lawyer but I understand the Constitution said, only the Senate could remove a sitting chief justice via impeachment but those supposedly esteemed judges went ahead and voted for the quo warranto petition.”Quo warranto is a special form of legal action used to resolve a dispute over whether a specific person has the legal right to hold the public office that he or she occupies”Quo warranto is only applicable within a year after the chief justice was appointed but Sereno has been on the job for almost six years and it is only now that they thought of it? They had no complaints when she was appointed. And take note, the daughter of one of those eight justices is now appointed in a government position. Favors rendered  is now  paid for. How sad 😦 Oh yes, Duterte openly declared that Sereno is his enemy. Who’s next?  The legitimate vice-president?  I think they would remove all those who are critical and opposed to this administration. Bongbong Marcos who is the loser in the last election wants to replace VP Leni Robredo and eventually be the next president when Duterte hands over the reigns to him. The Marcoses’ money (ill-gotten wealth) is working to their advantage.

When you think of what is happening here, it seems like a hopeless case. Why is it that the president says he will eradicate corruption and yet most of those he appoints are corrupt? Every day, you would see news which is unpalatable.  He even says that China will defend him and won’t let him be removed from office. What has China got to do with our internal affairs. He embraces them with open arms but is hostile to those countries willing to help?

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Just my simple observations.

We are observing and commemorating our 119th Independence Day today where we are supposed to be united once again as a nation.  I salute our heroes who sacrificed their lives to gain our independence. In the past, we have seen our former presidents present at the symbolic flag raising ceremonies in Luneta  but this morning,  Duterte was not there as planned, no reason given.  It was Vice-Pres. Robredo and foreign Affairs Secretary Cayetano who graced the occasion. Some were clearly disappointed, like he was trying to avoid his presence there but most people rejoiced in not seeing him there. The division among the people is blatantly obvious. Malacanang is mum about it 😦 .

There were these reports that he grudgingly thanked the US in helping  our AFP  and PNP  in  the Marawi siege.  He said he was not aware of it. Goodness gracious, he is the commander-in-chief who is supposed to be on top of the game.  You mean, “tutulog tulog lang”? (sleeping on the job). The AFP and PNP know that he wants the  NPA (the communists party of the Philippines) and the two Moro groups MILF and MNLF to help them in their fight. How could he even think of having those three enemy groups to be in the camp as our brave soldiers up front? The nerve. Sure the drug menace needs to be stopped but I am alarmed at the extra judicial killings  happening almost every day.  Is it a case of protecting the drug lords but disposing the lowly users and pushers? If the government is serious about it, why is it that until now, no drug lord has been arrested. I think they are freely  roaming around.  By the way, martial law is not lifted yet in Mindanao.

What’s happening to us?  Are we really free in the true sense of the word?

 

 

 

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Thinking of what to prepare tomorrow night for our media noche, to celebrate the coming of  the new year.  Usually, we celebrate a new leaf in the calendar with lots of sweets  like fruit or buko salad, cakes and the usual  food  like pancit, pasta, embutido, lumpiang shanghai, menudo (mostly  Chinese and  Spanish recipes handed down from one generation to the next). The price of buko (young coconut) has significantly gone up over the years. It now costs P35 per piece whereas a year or two ago, it could be bought at P20 to P25.

Celebration of new year here in our country is steeped in tradition. I blogged about this years ago how we celebrate New Year. It is pretty normal that two days before  new year, wet markets and grocery stores are filled with people shopping for fruits and sweets, must items that should be on the table come  media noche.  Tradition says that having twelve kinds of fruits  on the table brings luck, any round fruit will do but some are specific about what fruits to serve on the table. When they are not in season though, they cost sky-high. It is only during this time that you will see so many fruits displayed in the market.  Even lechon  (a roasted suckling pig)  could be bought whole or by the kilo. It’s one of the usual recipes that is served during Christmas and New Year.  I bought some fruits already, half-a kilo each for the small ones, pineapple  and  honey-dew but they are not yet complete. There are only six items  in all but the fruit basket is already filled. m I have to go back to the market tomorrow for the rest.  I am thinking of preparing chicken ala king, menudo, the usual baked ham,  and finger food like lumpiang shanghai (spring rolls). Pasta of course will  not be left behind  or pancit  for long life, so they say.

Attending the New Year’s Eve mass is also practiced by most Catholics here.  It used to be that mass was held at exactly 12am but that was changed over the years since you cannot hear the celebration properly with the sound of fireworks all around.  I don’t know why but they haven’t totally banned the use of firecrackers. It is still a big business particularly in some towns in Bulacan.They pose a serious and environmental health dangers, it’s pollution to the max.  I wonder why some people can’t do away with all these toxic chemicals. We never buy firecrackers,  our neighbors’ display are  more than enough to pollute the air in our village.

How do you greet the new year in your area? Do you have the same traditions like we do here?  May the coming 2017 be a brighter and better year for us. May it always be filled with  faith, hope and peace.

HAPPY 2017 !!!

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I seldom endorse a product,I am not even a lover of donuts (meaning, I don’t crave for it) but I can’t resist sharing this.  They’re the best I’ve ever tasted, not too sweet but melt in the mouth goodness. Compared to other brands, J.Co donuts are just so good and they come in many flavors with such eye-catching names. Fancy this – Alcapone, Mr. Green Tea, Oreology, Berry Spears, Forest Glam, Tiramisu, Coco Loco to name a few.  These bite-sized donuts come in a box of two dozen different flavors, they are soft and chewy because they are baked and not fried. They have 29 branches here in the Philippines (next to the 135  chain of stores in Indonesia).

J.Pops baby donuts. They're quite expensive but people line up in their outlets to buy donuts or fat free frozen yogurt.

J.Pops baby donuts. They’re quite expensive but people line up in their outlets to buy donuts or fat-free frozen yogurt.

Pair it with their unique flavor of Italian blends coffee and you’re good to go. I prefer my own Twinings’ Green Tea and Lemon or Celestial Seasonings’ Raspberry Zinger.

Donut, anyone?

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