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From the Outside Looking In: The Pope’s Visit

Back in 1995, I was one of the millions who camped out and waited for then pope, St. John Paul II.

This time, I watched the live stream with my mom at home as going to the venues will be a challenge for her. It’s a chance to exchange opinions with her too (but she still defends her favorite local channel (“who am I to judge?” but can’t help some serious eye-rolling. Hahaha).

Local  vs. International Coverage
Sorry but our local coverage can be too emotional and a tad shallow at times. Light news and trivia about the pope are welcome though these are just a Google away but sometimes it gets so vapid that one female news anchor actually asked her reporter, “Willard, tama ba nakikita ko na may ilaw yung pope mobile?” I’m like, gawd woman! Seriously?! I’m almost sure that if they switched places, the poor guy won’t hear the end of it. In case you’re wondering, that was Korina Sanchez.

That made me switch to international coverage. More than lauding the “incredible” and “waterproof faith” of the Filipinos, they discuss the pope’s message and other issues at length more than if the lights of the pope mobile are on.

But I like how one local female news anchor let go of her composure, went down from the media platform and cheered her heart out when Pope Francis passed by and she was rewarded with that infectious smile. I thought she’ll faint. She’s Vicky Morales.

Enterprising Pinoys
We can still go to the venues wearing a regular shirt, right? Our religious festivities like Sinulog and Feast of the Black Nazarene, become a blackhole for consumerism. We get manipulated into thinking that you need to wear a shirt to feel that you’re a part of the event.

We’re in a world where consumerism rules; but if those enterprising Pinoys (not the street vendors but those big time papal souvenir manufacturers) donate part of the proceeds to streetchildren and the poor (I mean, really donate), I think that will be consistent with the teachings that the pope hoped we took from his 5-day visit.

President’s Consistency
The Pope is not only the leader of the Catholic Church; he is also a statesman hence the courtesy call in Malacañang. I have to give it to PNoy’s unwavering consistency to blame the previous leadership. If he could blatantly say and get away with it, he might have said, “….Gloria Arroyo, all caps, bold, underscored, italicized, font 75… #AllCapsParaIntense”. Naman! He’s on the fifth year of his term pero daig pa ang bumyahe sa EDSA ng rush hour. Hindi maka-move on.

The Aftermath: Piles of Garbage
Twenty years later, Quirino Grandstand still looks the same after a similar huge event: garbage everywhere. The same people who was inspired by the pope were the same people who littered and made the street sweepers’ day extra difficult all because one decided to leave his water bottle somewhere and another decided to throw her candy or biscuit wrapper since there’s litter anyway. Multiply that attitude by millions and before you know it, the place has been transformed into Garbage Ville.

The Pope Francis Effect
It’s very surprising how this pope’s charisma comes through a tv screen; something so far removed from the actual venue yet you smile when he smiles, you actually feel wonderful and part of you wants to be part of his advocacy.

It’s been two days and we still have the papal hangover. But for me, more than missing his presence (and the 5-day long weekend too 😉 ), this is our chance to prove that much as our faith is waterproof, it is not spasmodic episodes of religious fervor either.

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Stained and Disappointed

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I went with a yeti on election day! \m/_(◠‿◠)_\m/

Ever since I’ve had the right to vote, I never failed to exercise that right. Because I believe it’s a step towards change.

Every election, I am hopeful. And every single damned time, I am disappointed.

I don’t get how the government can make someone eligible for a position when that person clearly has no sufficient experience. I mean, in the companies I’ve worked for, I was grilled during the interview and the years of experience in the capacity that I’m applying for has bearing if I will be hired or not.

As I’ve tweeted, if companies have stringent requirements for their applicants, why is the government so lenient with those running for office?

Companies often require us to submit Certificate of Good Moral Character and NBI Clearance. So now, how can an ex-president and  convicted plunderer even run for president in 2010 and for mayor in 2013?! It’s like giving him the license to rob all of us again.  Thank goodness this congressman/rapist was barred from running for office!

Am I dumb that I cannot grasp why this is allowed in this country? If companies have stricter hiring / screening process, why is the government so lenient?

In another perspective, while the government can allow even those unfit to run for office, it is ultimately the voters who have the upperhand. Kung walang boboto sa kanila, hindi naman sila mananalo. Sadly, that is not the case. People continue to vote those whose surnames they are familiar with regardless of their track record. Pag sikat, iboto na yan! Anak yan nung mabait na action star, iboto natin yan.

As dismayed and disappointed I am of how this election turned out, I will still vote on 2016. I cannot lose hope. I just cannot. This country is too beautiful to give up on.

Congratulations to those who won and to those deemed undeserving of that win, please prove us wrong. I don’t care about your skin color; I care about what you can do. So go prove us wrong. This is one instance when I would love to be proven wrong.

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Of Tea Shops and Politics

Because politicians should have a fallback should they ever decide to leave the government. More pun teas to come! (✿◠‿◠)

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Specific Provisions For Inclusion in The Cybercrime Law

Netizens are once more riled up with the possibility of muting our voices with the implementation of the much-criticized Republic Act No. 10175, known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.

I am all for taking responsibility for our tweets and posts but the idea of repressing what we think because of the possibility of jail time, is too much. People who experienced the harshness that came with freely expressing one’s beliefs during the Martial Law era know this too well.

But just to ease the stress of tweeting-and-posting-on-tiptoes, I thought these specific provisions should be considered:

Section 4a: Cybercrime Offenses for Facebook Users

  1. Excessive photo editing of profile pictures leading to deception of other users.
  2. Posting of shirtless profile pictures taken from the bathroom with dirty tiles as the background.
  3. Related to the above, shirtless profile pictures should be limited to one picture per location. No repetitive pictures taken from the same bathroom.
  4. Sending countless game requests and other annoying apps.
  5. Posting status updates that are best shared with a human being or anyone who will care to listen. Try a psychologist.
  6. Creating your fan page, liking it yourself and pestering people to like it too.
  7. Posting those abhorrent e-chain letters because non-repost thereof will result to your death five minutes.
  8. Excessive cyber PDA, and that includes photos and status updates dripping with such sweetness, you can actually pour it on your pancakes.

Section 4b: Cybercrime Offenses for Twitter Users

  1. If you are not a celebrity, flooding the timeline of your followers with every step, every breath, every blink you take that makes people go “WTH?!!!” (actually, WTF?@#$?!!). Sample below is in actual sequence. 
    • Woke up.
    • Hayyyy! So sleepy pa din.
    • Shower time!
    • Eating breakfast now.
    • Off to work/school now.
    • Traffic. Ugh.
  1. Tweeting, “Follow my personal account >>> ______” like you are a celebrity. Vahkkettt?! Sumi-celeb ka?. (Note: The two preceding sentences are but expressions for emphasis.)
  2. The 140 characters is set as a limit not a requirement. You are not required to use it all up and tell us the story of your day.
  3. Related to the above, excessive sharing of how you spent your day when you only have one follower.
  4. Excessive retweeting.

Section 4c: Cybercrime Offenses for use of Beki and Jeje Language

The intentional use of gay lingo, beki lingo, gayspeak, jeje lingo and/or jejespeak in your tweets, posts, and/or memes to deceive the IDIOT  will only aggravate the crime you commit. The IDIOT now have sophisticated gadgets that are capable of deciphering the meaning behind such languages.

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Everything Filipino

June 12, 2012 is the 114th Independence Day of the Republic of the Philippines.

Nothing much has changed. Our beautiful country is still poverty-stricken and corruption-ridden. That said, one cannot discount the spirit of very Filipino. No matter how hopeless the situation is, trust a Filipino to smile and make a joke of things (though we can be pretty sensitive at times if we’re the subject of jokes). It is how we cope. It makes us resilient.

I don’t want to go in detail of what our independence is all about; the media took care of that already. I will have to catch some special episodes later 😀

Here are some photos of everything Filipino. Maligayang Araw ng Kasarinlan!

The flag jump led by the Philippine Army during the 17th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Cool Google landing page specially for Philippine Independence Day

New paper bills of the Aquino administration

The flipside of the new paper bills

Limited Piso edition….

… Commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of our National Hero, Jose Rizal.

The very coñotic signage inside a jeep traversing the Ayala Loop 😀

The best companion to battle the horrible morning traffic \m/

The best radio tandem ever (Gino Q. not in picture). And during the book signing, they greeted me for the whole Robinson’s Galleria to hear. Nice!

Because Filipino is almost equivalent to videoke sessions.

And we’re starting them young…

… until they get the performance level going! \m/

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