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After Typhoon Ondoy

We learn after every experience.

We learn that we are strong.
We learn that we are smarter than the test.
We learn that we have the capacity to sacrifice to help others who are in need more.
We learn that humans have no strength against nature’s wrath.
We learn that our local governments are not ready to help us in times like these.
We learn that trauma is hard to overcome.
We learn that hardheadedness won’t get us anywhere.

Most of all, we learn that our Lord and Savior offers us refuge anytime!

The situation is heartbreaking. But the support from all over the world has come pouring in as fast and as strong as the flood waters were. The goodness of the human heart again emerges.

Below are sites that lead you to where you can send in your donations for Typhoon Ondoy victims or help find missing persons.

If you know more links where people can send in their donations, please do share here.

As the streets of Metro Manila were submerged by flood waters, this pedestrian didn’t have the heart to shoot photos or record videos.

Be safe everyone!

GoNegosyo Guy Talks about the Philippine Economy

I am no economist, and I don’t understand anything about it. What I know about economy is mostly managing personal finances, which I don’t excel in, also. 😀

But I am a good observant, and so I know that a country’s economy is doing good if I see people spending, building, traveling, and investing.

Some say that the country’s economy is no good, that the administration of PGMA is not doing anything good at all. I’m glad that Wizheart showed me the articles of Joey Concepcion.

Joey Concepcion started the GoNegosyo advocacy, encouraging and helping out small entrepreneurs to do business and succeed in it.

So, if you are like me who wants to understand the goings-on of the present Philippine economy, check out Joey Concepcion’s articles.

Pro economy, pro Philippines

PGMA is no Bush

Next president must be pro economy

The Liberal Party Rigodon

The biggest news to hit local politics yesterday is the announcement of Mar Roxas to support Noynoy Aquino for president in 2010.

Supporters of the move say that Roxas is doing the greater sacrifice. After all, Roxas is putting country first before personal interest.  How noble sounding!

To me as an audience of this latest rigodon, it’s not about personal interest, but personal interests. I’m seeing principles being set aside to give way to popularity.

And that sealed the deal for me. For the 2010 elections, my eyes are now focused on the Nacionalista Party. 😀

The photo is grabbed from HERE.

Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #4

Taken from CTalk by Cito Beltran
The Philippine Star, August 31, 2009

A number of whistleblowers would like us to think that they are heroes.

They would like us to think that they have suffered sleepless nights, oppression and political harassment for exposing a crime. They would like us to think that it is such a great personal sacrifice for them to be whistleblowers because their lives and their family are now in grave danger. They actually even want us to believe that they are the good guys.

Some people have actually fallen for this great lie, which is nothing more than “adding insult to injury”. Now, some people are trying to sell us the idea that because of what these whistleblowers have done, we should vote for them to be elected into Congress or in the Senate.

In short, we are now being asked to let the whistleblowers become the cops.

We are being told to “honor” people who were involved in illegal or criminal acts, we are being told to forget that they may, or have directly participated in deals or agreements that were disadvantageous to the government or to the people of the Philippines.

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Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #3
Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #2
Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #1

Ayala Avenue Filled Up for Tita Cory

Yesterday, the remains of former President Corazon C. Aguino were transferred to Manila Cathedral from La Salle Greenhills.

The route of the motorcade was from Ortigas Avenue to EDSA to Ayala Avenue, then to Buendia, to Manila.

As the parade drew near Ayala Avenue, office workers in Makati trooped to Ayala to pay their last respects.

I just noticed that my shots were not able to capture the yellow confetti. Thanks Paolo, my 6-footer officemate, for taking these shots. :)

More photos HERE.

A Fighting SONA

If there was any way I wanted the SONA to be written and delivered, I would want it to be that of today’s SONA. It was a fighting SONA, loudly ringing of the truth that this government had done for the past nine years, which is caring for the economy and business.

President Gloria Arroyo, for the first time, addressed her critics, and at the same time talked proudly of her accomplishments. She should be.

  • The Philippines has the strongest, sustained and continued growth in GDP. Jobs created by BPOs, IT investors have benefited as well the taxi drivers and the vendors.
  • While the world is in crisis, Philippines is weathering it because of the strong economic policies, though unpopular they may be. Investing in the country has never been fair and investment friendly as before. I know because I work for a multinational company, and I know how dismissive government agencies had been before.
  • Good infrastructure such as nautical highways and expressways and highways, airports that are of international standards. Can you remember a time before today when Filipinos traveled, visited, and started exploring the country? One of my projects is a directory of Philippine destinations, and in one of our studies, we found out that many of our tourists lately are Filipinos themselves.
  • The easy movement of goods and people as well as giving the people the capacity to earn, have made this country stand the economic and political crises.

There are more here…

I couldn’t help nodding my head in agreement on these points:

The noisiest critics of constitutional reform tirelessly and shamelessly attempted Cha-Cha when they thought they could take advantage of a shift in the form of government. Now that they feel they cannot benefit from it, they oppose it.

As the campaign unfolds and the candidates take to the airwaves, I ask them to talk more about how they will build up the nation rather than tear down their opponents. Give the electorate real choices and not just sweet talk.

This is my wish, too.

I say to them: do not tell us what we all know, that democracy can be threatened. Tell us what you will do when it is attacked.

To titillate even more his critics, she went:

At the end of this speech I shall step down from this stage, but not from the Presidency. My term does not end until next year. Until then, I will fight for the ordinary Filipino. The nation comes first. There is much to do as head of state – to the very last day.


I am sad that many opposition Senators did not attend. It does not speak well of the kind of statesmen that we have. I believe it is their duty to hear the SONA in Congress. Sen. Biazon put it well when he said that he was there because it was his duty to be there, although he might not agree with what President Arroyo was saying.

In the U.S., during Bush’s unpopularity, when Bush delivered his SONA, the democrats were there, stayed on, and listened. Never mind if the democrats didn’t approve of Bush’s policies or give his governance a thumbs up.

Here in the Philippines, those on the other side, as expected said that GMA did not portray the true state state of the nation, and that in no categorical terms did GMA say that she would be stepping down in 2010/2011. Well, isn’t it sentido comon? 😀

I wish everyone of us had been vigilant of the changes that the country underwent in the last nine years, that is if everyone was able to tune out the political noise.

In the end, it’s anybody’s interpretation, depending on which side are you, and how open minded you are. :)

Read the SONA.

Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #3

Taken from Sketches by Anna Marie Pamintuan
The Philippine Star, July 17, 2009

If foreign investors and economic analysts are keeping tabs of the political intramurals for 2010, it is to look for hints of fiscal and investment policies that they might expect from the known presidential aspirants.

So far, the foreigners are groping for the hints. Most of the questions posed to the aspirants during public debates have focused on political matters, and what the aspirants plan to do with President Arroyo once she loses her immunity from prosecution.

Sen. Manny Villar, the frontrunner in recent surveys, told us last week that his economic model for progress was not the western democracies but a country that is closer to the Philippines’ level of development: India. He explained that India is an emerging democracy with all the accompanying political and social problems, it suffers from terrorism, and it’s one of the Philippines’ biggest competitors in business process outsourcing.

Villar and Sen. Mar Roxas are seen to be business-friendly, although Roxas is losing some points (but may be winning mass votes) in his campaign against Big Pharma.

Sen. Francis Escudero, though perceived to be business-friendly, suffers from the specter of cronyism because his principal patron, if he becomes the standard bearer of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, is businessman Danding Cojuangco.

Cojuangco’s estranged nephew Gilbert Teodoro is also seen to be business-friendly, but first he needs a party, and then he needs to rise from his ratings that have remained below water level.

Vice President Noli de Castro, whose ratings rival those of Villar, is tabula rasa as far as economic matters are concerned.

Many foreigners have told me that the worst prospect for the country in 2010 would be a return to power of the still popular former President Joseph Estrada. This, the foreigners said, would be a giant step backward for reforms.

The country cannot afford to continue with business as usual in 2010. While dramatic reforms are unlikely after the elections, it is possible to build the foundations for enduring change. And the way we vote and conduct the elections could determine how quickly we can get out of our current economic woes.

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Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #2
Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #1

Red Cross Worker, Eugenio Vagni, Walks Free

After the faux pas of his initial scheduled release last week, Red Cross worker, Eugenio Vagni, finally walks free.

Yahoo News reports:

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) – – Gaunt and haggard, freed Italian aid worker Eugenio Vagni has said his release after being held for six months by armed Islamic militants in the Philippines was a day he thought might never come.

Vagni, 62, was kidnapped in January along with two Red Cross colleagues by Abu Sayyaf rebels — who have reported links to Al-Qaeda — in the restive south of the country and held for 179 days in harsh, rugged jungle terrain.

Appearing before reporters here after his release early Sunday, a bearded and thin-looking Vagni was at times emotional as he thanked the Philippine military and local officials for working to free him unharmed.

“I am happy because I am free. I thank all the people that led to this happening,” Vagni said, struggling to remain composed as he talked of his excitement at seeing his wife and family.

“I thought it would never happen. I called my wife, and I told her, ‘I love you’.”

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