Saturday, October 17, 2015

Isang Saloobin Tungkol sa Hindi Pagtakbo ni Mayor Duterte sa Eleksyon 2016

Para dun sa mga ayaw tanggapin na hindi tatakbo si Duterte:

Eh gagu pala kayo eh. Bakit nyo nakakayang tawagin na duwag ang taong matapang na pinaglingkuran ang mga kapwa nyang Pilipino dahil di nyo matanggap ang desisyon nya? Sinasabi nyong pagsisisihan nya na hindi nya sinubukang pamunuan ang Pilipinas kasi sya na sana ang makakatulong patungo sa totoong pagbabago pero inayawan nya ito. Bakit nyo nasasabing tinalikuran nya tayong mga Pilipino kung hindi nya naman tayo responsibilidad?

Responsibilidad natin ang mga sarili natin. Eh ang dami naman pala nating alam tungkol sa pagbabago pero hindi natin kayang gawin ang mga ito. Hindi naman pinuno ang problema lage kung bakit nasa ilalim ang Pilipinas. Tayo din eh, problema din tayo.

Ito tayo ngayon, pinipilit ang isang tao patungo sa pagbabago kung pwede naman tayong lahat ang maging daan nito. Oo, takot si Duterte para sakin. Pero hindi sya takot sa responsibilidad, takot sya sa "expectations", dahil alam nya na kahit kailan hindi tayo magiging kontento. Takot syang pamunuan ang bansang konti lang ang may malasakit at nabibilang lang ang gumagalaw patungo sa pagbabago.

Alam nyo, kung gusto nyo talagang umangat tayo, bagohin muna natin ang mga sarili natin at wag nating e-asa lahat sa isang tao. Wag tayong laging nakadepende. Tayo ang duwag eh, kasi di tayo marunong tumanggap. Kasi di natin kayang itayo ang mga sarili natin. Lahat tayo ay ipinanganak na pinuno. Kung gusto mo ng pagbabago, unahan mo. Gawan mo ng paraan. Asahan mo ang sarili mo at hindi ibang tao.

Akda ni: Jel Pamela

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Man Pushes Wife To Save Himself From A Sinking Cruise Ship. But The Reality Is Priceless

A teacher was tutoring a class of students when she relayed a story about a cruise ship capsized while at sea, and on the ship was a couple that managed to make their way to a lifeboat but realized there was only space for one. You’ll never guess what lesson they learned from the story.

A cruise ship met with an incident at sea. On the ship was a couple, after having made their way to the lifeboat, they realized that there was only space for one person left.

At this moment, the man pushed the woman behind him and jumped onto the lifeboat himself.

The lady stood on the sinking ship and shouted one sentence to her husband.

The teacher stopped and asked, "What do you think she shouted?"

Most of the students excitedly answered, "I hate you! I was blind!"

Now, the teacher noticed a boy who was silent throughout, she got him to answer and he replied, "Teacher, I believe she would have shouted - Take care of our child!"

The teacher was surprised, asking "Have you heard this story before?"

The boy shook his head, "Nope, but that was what my mom told my dad before she died to disease".

The teacher lamented, "The answer is right".

The cruise ship sunk. The man went home and brought up their daughter single-handedly.

Many years later after the death of the man, their daughter found his diary while tidying his belongings.

It turns out that when parents went onto the cruise ship, the mother was already diagnosed with a terminal illness. At the critical moment, the father rushed to the only chance of survival.

He wrote in his diary, "How I wished to sink to the bottom of the ocean with you, but for the sake of our daughter, I can only let you lie forever below the sea alone".

The story is finished, the class was silent.

The teacher knows that the student has understood the moral of the story, that of the good and the evil in the world, there are many complications behind them which are hard to understand.

Which is why we should never only focus on the surface and judge others without understanding them first.

Those who like to pay the bill, do so not because they are loaded but because they value friendship above money.

Those who take the initiative at work, do so not because they are stupid but because they understand the concept of responsibility.

Those who apologize first after a fight, do so not because they are wrong but because they value the people around them.

Those who are willing to help you, do so not because they owe you anything but because they see you as a true friend.

Those who often text you, do so not because they have nothing better to do but because you are in their heart.

One day, all of us will get separated from each other; we will miss our conversations of everything and nothing; the dreams that we had. Days will pass by, months, years, until this contact becomes rare… One day our children will see our pictures and ask “Who are these people?” And we will smile with invisible tears because a heart is touched with a strong word and you will say: “It was them that I had the best days of my life with.”

source: Man Pushes Wife To Save Himself From A Sinking Cruise Ship. But The Reality Is Priceless.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What the Commuters Need is Action and Not Reaction

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya "Not Fatal" remark as his answer to the traffic problems and woes of the Philippines drew mixed reactions from different sectors of our society. Some labelled him as incompetent and insensitive, while others called him a stupid man.

But is the remark a genuine outburst of the heart or plainly a slip of the tongue? Whatever the reason may be, still it does more harm than good in addressing the present traffic woes Metro Manila residents and nearby provinces are daily dealing with.

So Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya is waiting for fatalities before he acts on the tons of problems of DOTC and MRT. His line of reasoning is directly pointing to one thing.... He really does not care with the traffic situation and the safety of the passengers. He lacks genuine compassion, the sincere desire to alleviate other people's misery.

Think about this Sec. Abaya.... what is fatal is loss of work hours for hourly paid workers which is fatal to the health and nutrition of their families. On average, each commuter had to endure 4 hours a day of traffic taking the public transportation caused by your incompetence and lack of vision in handling the affairs of DOTC.

Not burdensome? Sec Abaya, imagine a working mother having to leave home early while her children are still sleeping and arriving late when the children are asleep.

Abaya, what is fatal is what the riding public want to do to you. The riding public has been very patient, overly patient with you. People are fed up of hearing "have patience" over the past five years. All they know is that all the money for the maintenance of MRT-LRT were not being used for that purpose. And they have to suffer every day?

There are many solutions out there, big and small, that would ease this massive problem. It only takes a political will to do what needs to be done to address the issue. Time for action, have the guts, Sec Jun Abaya!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Keeping Your Own Promises

There are promises we make to ourselves, and when you find yourself unable to keep your own promises, then something is wrong.

photo: Brad Pitt

It is important to keep promises in life. I mean, why make them if you don’t intend to keep them? This is especially true for those that we make to ourselves. We have to keep them. It is a shame when we fail to.

You can promise yourself many things. You can say that you will eat more nutritional foods, exercise more, stop smoking, drink less alcohol, be more optimistic in life, etc. The list is endless. Usually, when a person makes this promise to himself, it is a sign that he is aware of what he wants out of life, and is willing to change.

All of that is good, but it is best to actually keep those promises. What good is it to make them and fail to keep them for yourself? You have to be the type of person who takes promises, especially those made to oneself, seriously. Very seriously, as in life and death serious. That’s when you can grow and mature as an individual.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Wow Philippines: Funny Pinoy Ad Signs

When In Manila, there’s no better way to start your week than with a compilation of the funniest Filipino signs ever made!

Is there a Happy hour?

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LOL... Where can I find this shop?

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Amen! Praise the Lord

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Do you accept Ear Con repiar?

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Akala ko Unli Gravy dito?

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Honesty is the best Policy

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Paki of All Trade

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Dying Things are not Accepted Here

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No One Beats The Original

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Baka DST Time

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wow Philippines: Wacky Street Signs

Pinoy humor... one of a kind! Even in extreme situations it always brings smiles, and usually ends up making one's day complete. Check the list and have a good laugh.

Don't Forgit to bring 2 ID Pectur and Resumi

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Shot up! Just appreciate the thought.

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Guten Tag! “hamen eggen chz” German menu at Volkswagen

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Where the Hell is this place?

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So Emphatic.. Double exclamation point pa ang ginamit.

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Sayang, I missed this event. I am so curious to find out the 'secret' prizes. Who won kaya in the Videoke contist?

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The management wanted a 'Well Done' cook.

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Epic tourism sign fail

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Which one? Left or right

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Ano Raw?

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Bitin ba? you want some more good laugh? Go check Wow Philippines: Funny Pinoy Road signs

Monday, June 22, 2015

Wow Philippines: Funny Pinoy Road Signs

“It’s More Fun in the Philippines!” In many ways I agree much with this slogan. And here are my first 10 reasons why I say so. Check out this list of 10 hilarious fail signs only in the Philippines!

Welcome to the 'For Adults Only' Zone

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Check out the city's awesome 2-in-1 promo

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A friendly reminder for those who love taking 'selfie'

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If you find this sign unbelievable... Just do it!

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To ERECT or not to ERECT... That is the question

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Go on funk... Make my day!

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WARNING: Cross and Die

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Dream, Believe...Survive

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Walang Forever

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I told you so, You are not entitled to a Free Parking... LOL

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Philippines: Post War 1945

"Tawagin mo na akong Antigo, ala akong paki (I don't care even if you call me makaluma)." "Basta happy akong manood ng mga historical video". and this one shared by my friend caught my attention. "Panoorin nyo na lang at sabihin nyo kung walang kwenta (Just watch the video and judge for yourself if it is worth watching)."

The Philippines: Post war 1945

After the amazing view of Manila from the "Manila, Queen City of the Pacific", This video feature takes us to 1945, but already after the war, and shows us how our fellow Filipinos from the North and the South of the Philippines were doing that time.- simoun (video credits: travelfilmarchive)Like the PMP page at:

Posted by Philippines, My Philippines on Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Teach Your Children the Realities of Life

"Pangarap ng isang magulang na ibigay ang lahat sa kanyang mga anak" (Parents always wanted to give the best for their children). "Walang masama roon". (There's nothing wrong with that). As much as we would like to pamper our kids, it’s also important to teach them life lessons. But, it is our obligation not to spoil them.

photo: Pakoy and friends

"Darating ang panahon na matututo na manghingi ng pera sa atin ang ating mga anak para pambili ng pangangailangan niya". (Time will come that your child will asks you for money to buy something). Will you give him/her a hard time and refuse? If so, then you’ll be under his/her control.

You have to teach them something as well as give them the money. Of course there are times when you just give them because you want to, but also make time to teach them the value of the money you are giving them. "Sabihin mo sa kanila na gaano kahirap sa iyo at sa ibang magulang ang kumita ng pera" Tell them how you and other parents earn such money, and make them understand that one day they too will need to make a living for themselves.

Huwag na nating antayin na maging binata at dalaga sila, bago makahawak ng pera". (You ought not hold up until they are old enough to try and get it into their hands). "Hanggat bata pa sila, paliwananagan na natin". (Let them know now while they are young)

Be frank to tell them that you are giving them cash on the grounds that you did that and that to get it. Let them know that if you were not around, they would have needed to work for it. Simply tell them now of the present realities of life.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

You are Not Useless

photo: Jason and the Argonauts

Meet this happy-go-lucky dabarkads 'Jason and the Argonauts'... And as always, they are having an inuman (drinking session) complete with pulutan (food accompanying drinking sessions).

"Aga naman nyan para sa inuman " (that is too early for a drinking session).

Jason winked at me and in a soft voice uttered "Tito, eto lang ang alam ng mga taong walang silbi" (Uncle, this is what useless people do best).

Without hesitation, I answered back "Don’t ever call yourself useless. As long as you are alive today, you are useful. You just have to find your right place".

"Galing din ako riyan" (I've been there also) and "I know the pain of having nothing to do or seeming unimportant to the people around very well".

"Sumagi rin sa isipan ko noon na wala akong silbi" (This thing got to my head and I started calling myself useless).

But then I realized, I am not!

"Basta't buhay ka, may silbi ka" (As long as you are alive today, you are not useless).

Just because you have not found that right place for you in this world, you call yourselves useless.

"Hanapin nyo lang sarili nyo" (You just have to start looking for it.)

Don’t waste time thinking that you will never be good at anything, and start investing time in getting good at something. That’s how you solve the problem.

"Time management lang yan" . Find what you are good at and gain skills that you will use in life.

God has given each one of us a 'gift'. All you have to do is to unwrapped that gift.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Alarming Facts About MRT-3 Frequent Service Interruptions

For the nth time, there was yet another MRT-3 service interruption!

According to reports, passengers of a northbound train were forced to walk along the railway at Santolan station when the coaches suddenly stopped. Apparently, the passengers were "trapped" inside the idle coaches for over 30 minutes before the doors opened.

This is an alarming fact (MRT-3 glitch) that should be look upon by the Senate and be addressed ASAP by DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya. Good thing the train commuters suffered only conveniences. What if the next MRT-3 breakdown will result to death to train riders? Can the government and the public bear the consequences such accident will create?

Another alarming fact, DOTC was granted a 50% fare increase supposedly for repairs and rehabilitation of the train line and other matters; and yet, no significant repair jobs were done except for the replacement of railroad tracks for the past several Sundays.

Where's the money? the riding public is now waiting for Jun Abaya to present them an answer. Senator Grace Poe for her part has this to say “At the very least, the DOTC must implement all it can at the moment to ease the burden and guarantee the safety of the riding public," and directed directed DOTC officials to submit a full report on the MRT-3's technical glitch Thursday night.

The good lady senator even stressed that to end passengers’ woes, the vowed overhaul of the system and the re-awarding of the maintenance contract must be completed according to timeline.

Sec. Abaya, during the February 2 Senate public services subcommittee on transport hearing led by Poe, presented MRT-3 rehabilitation deliverables with target dates. Is the agency really putting actions to its words?

Another alarming fact exposed here. The riding public doesn’t have any idea at all about how much has been spent on supposed repairs and rehab.

Is Abaya hiding something from the public? your guess is as good as mine. But it is a fact that DOTC is synonymous with corruption! Another fact, Jun Abaya is now perceived by many as a new rising lord of personal corruption and theft for immoral reasons.


He dumped Sumitomo in favor of 'favored' service maintenance provider where 'grease money' is involved.
He is cheating the government by stealing from the DOTC through MRT-3 revenues.
Some political observers believed that Abaya is starting to fuel money for Mar Roxas campaign fund this 2016 Presidential election.

To some it up, the public is at a loss, whether the added revenues generated from the fare hike are channeled to MRT-3 rehabilitation works; and not going to his pocket. For now, the public should deal with the frequent MRT-3 service interruptions.

I say, Let's give Jun Abaya the benefit of the doubt until such time he voluntarily opens his mouth to tell the nation the whole truth.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Living with a Fire

Puerto Galera, Mindoro Oriental.

"Yeah, this is an easy job - EXCEPT for the occasional burns!" he laughed.

"You must earn a lot from this," I said, noting that - as the fire dancer claimed - he had been doing this "for years and years now."

"P3,000 per month - give or take," he said. "That's our 'regular' pay."

"That's not a lot. Considering the burning and all."

"Yep," he smiled. "We live off the tips."

And then, as he started twirling again: "So don't forget to leave your tip."

source: Speak Carabao

Friday, March 13, 2015

Father and daughter

"I always wanted a daughter (as my eldest child)," he said, proudly raising his daughter for everyone to see.

"Maybe because I'm like my Dad? He wanted a daughter for his first child, too. Or maybe because... having girls just brings out the best in fathers, wanting to be protective and all. Call me traditional, but... there you go."

source: Speak Carabao

Friday, March 6, 2015

Not whether you own land, but what you do with the land you own

"Papunta ako sa kapatid ko (I'm off to visit a sibling)," said this woman in a jeepney, with baskets of various fruits with her. "Naisip ko, dalhan siya ng mga prutas galing sa farm (I thought of bringing her fruits from the farm)."

"You must have a big farm, to have all these fruits!"

She laughed. "Maliit lang; ilang ektarya lang (It's small; just a few hectares)." "Wow! At least you own land!" she was teased. "At nag-je-jeep ka lang (And you just ride jeepney for transportation)!"

She laughed again. "Ang tanong hindi kung may lupa ka pero kung ano ginagawa mo sa lupa mo (The question is not whether you own land, but what you do with the land you have/own)."

And then, turning serious: "Ako, nagtanim ng prutas. Dadalhan ko kapatid ko ng prutas (Me, I planted fruit-bearing trees. And I'm bringing fruits to my sibling)."

source: Speak Carabao

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Work hard if we want to survive

Teody has been selling kakanin (snacks) for "pila ka tuig na pud (years and years now)," she said.

In fact, she's been able to send her children to school largely from what she earns from her selling.

"Is it hard doing what you're doing?" I asked her, as she started mixing the noodles with palabok sauce, topping the servings with chicharon (powdered fried pork skin), sibuyas (shallots), and a slice of boiled egg.

She looked up from what she was doing. "Usahay, lisod giyud. Kay rain or shine, mamaligya man mi (At times it's hard. Because rain or shine, we still sell)."

"Kanus-a pud ka magpahulay (And when do you find time to rest)?"

"Pahulay gud! Kayod giyud aron mabuhi ta (What rest are you talking about? We really have to work hard if we want to survive)," she said, managing to offer a smile. She took a deep breath, and then: "Hinuon, gagmay-gagmay lang ni pero makatabang man pud (I may only be selling small items, but they still help)."

source: Speak Carabao

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Filipino Family - together in suffering, and together in joy

Butuan Bus Terminal.

"Hindi amin ito. Sa in-laws ko ito. Tumutulong lang ako magbenta (These aren't mine. These belong to my in-laws. I just help selling them)," she said, now and then loudly calling out passersby to spend P20 for three pineapples.

"Paano ka kumikita (How do you earn then)?"

"Dahil tulong-tulong sa trabaho, hati-hati sa kita (Because we share the load, we divide the earnings)," she said. Then with a wide smile: "Ganyan naman talaga ang pamilya, 'di ba? Magkasama sa hirap, magkasama sa ginhawa (That's how it is with families, right? You are together in suffering, and together in joy)."

source: Speak Carabao

Monday, January 26, 2015

I sell what I can't buy

Robinsons Place, Butuan City.- "The chicharon (fried dried pork skin) we sell is popular," she said.

"Lots of people buy it for merienda (snack), pasalubong (gift given by travelers), pulutan (food accompanying drinking sessions)..." "Have you tried the chicharon already?"

She laughed. "I just sell. Gamay lang akong kita. Dili ko ka-afford aning butanga (I don't earn a lot. I can't afford such goods)."

source: Speak Carabao

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Note from a Transpinay

When she was 14, Vien realized that she was "no ordinary beki".

“Before I turned 14, estudyanteng beki lang ako (I was just another gay student),” she recalled. But then she realized, “iba talaga ang experiences ko; hindi maipapaliwanag ng pagiging beki (my lived experiences were not similar to being gay).”

It was at that point that she realized she’s transgender. With the realization, Vien is not only happier, but feels more empowered. This is particularly important for her since she has relatives and friends who remain not accepting of her, refusing to recognize Vien's self-identity. But Vien - now 20 years old - said: “Ito ako. Tanggap ko ako, Bahala na ang iba (This is me. I accept myself. I don’t care what others think).”

source: Speak Carabao