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Saturday, December 28, 2013

LOVE AND DISCIPLINE – INSEPARABLE DUO IN PARENTING (Part 1)

Unconditional Love
Every mother and father will unequivocally agree that the most important thing parents can give their children is love. However an essential matter should be appropriately considered. Does this mean unconditional love? That is, just giving everything a child wants without any restraint or set of parameters to learn and follow?

Oftentimes, parents ask themselves this question. Do we need to discipline the children whom we dearly love? For most if not all of us, children are precious gifts from God. When a child is born to a family, this “bundle of joy” becomes the focus of total attention of both the parents and the entire family. 

More importantly however, parents have to realize and assume a new extremely critical role, an immense responsibility to bring up their child as a respectable and responsible individual. We have learned how many fathers and mothers have accepted with remorse their failure as good parents because of the unconditional love sans appropriate discipline they gave to their children.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

THE MANY FACES OF MANNY PACQUIAO: World’s Boxing Icon (Part 1)

The Golden Eras of Philippine Boxing
Photo courtesy of inquirere.net
Undoubtedly, the name of Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao will remain in the world’s sports history as one of the most revered and exciting prizefighter in the field of boxing. 
Before the surge of Manny Pacquiao, boxing history books has recorded 2 other prominent Filipino pugilists who made their niches in the international boxing scene.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Resurgence of Dictatorship

“Is the President a virtual dictator?” 

In his column “To the Point” posted in The Manila Standard on Oct. 24, 2013, this is the question that reputable columnist writer Emil Jurado posts to the Filipino people.

 Jurado then proceeds to add salient points;
“President Aquino appears to be a virtual dictator, having both the Senate and the House of Representatives, and now the Judiciary, under his control. With the House of Representatives ruled by the administration majority under Speaker Sonny Belmonte, and Senate President Frank Drilon acting like an extension of Malacañang protecting the President from allegations of abuse and misuse of public funds, with the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, and with most junior anti-graft court Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang as Presiding Justice of Sandiganbayan, the President now appears to rule over the three branches of government.”

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The NBA Is Back (Part1)

Courtesy of nba.com
The long wait and enduring anticipation of millions of basketball NBA fans all over the world is finally over. Last night, (Tuesday, Oct. 29 USA) the opening of the 2013-2014 season of the National Basketball Association (NBA)  ushered the games between the 2012 Champion Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls followed by the games between 2 Los Angeles teams, the Lakers and Clippers.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2013 BEST WOMEN TENNIS PLAYERS IN THE WORLD

The 8 best women tennis players (singles and doubles) in the world gathered to compete for the 2013 TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championship which kicked of today in the Turkish capital, Istanbul.

The first year-ending WTA championship tournament was held in Houston, Texas in 1971 and was won by Billie Jean King of the U.S., Martina Navratilova won the tournament 8 times, more than any other woman tennis player. Navratilova, initially representing Czechoslovakia, played under the flag of the United States in later tournaments.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Learning Curve Theory - An Effective Management Tool

The Learning Curve
Many definitions have been given to describe the learning curve theory. Although most, if not all delineations are closely similar, their interpretations would provide clearly the same essence on the subject. 
A learning curve can be defined as a graphical representation of the changing rate of learning of an average person for a given work activity, whether physical or mental. Typically, the increase in retention of information is sharpest after the initial efforts, and then gradually evens out, meaning that less and less new information is retained after each repetition of the process. To put it simply, a learning curve is a graphical representation of the increase of learning (vertical axis) with experience (horizontal axis). 

See graph below:


The learning curve can also represent at a glance the initial complexity of learning a certain work activity and, to an extent, how much there is to learn after initial familiarity.




Thursday, October 17, 2013

The UAAP HOOP WARS

Courtesy of humblebola.com
There is no doubt that the 76th UAAP basketball championship contested by the University of Santo Tomas UST and De La Salle University (DLSU) is one for the sports history books. The 3-game series between the DLSU Green Archers and the UST Growling Tigers displayed the best of Philippine collegiate basketball.

Although I have not personally watched the games being thousand miles away from the MOA Arena, the screaming sports headlines in the Philippine national dailies told it all. With UST winning the first game and DLSU fighting back in the second game, with the third and deciding game was one that was expectedly entertaining and explosive and considered to be  “anybody’s ballgame”. 

After a classic Game 3, only one team remained “standing” though.  After trailing by 15 points in the mid-third quarter of the highly emotional and spectacular game, the DLSU Green Archers captured the much coveted UAAP men’s basketball with a score of 71-69, before more than 23,000 basketball fanatics at the MOA Arena. What was theatrical was the fact that DLSU won the blockbuster final game by only 2 points and this after an overtime play after the regulation period with both teams having identical scores. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Are Regrets Quantifiable?

Courtesy of en.hcht.org
Before I deal with the substance of the subject, it would be appropriate to have a common understanding of the term regret through its definition. As defined by Wikipedia, “regret is a negative conscious and emotional reaction to personal past acts and behaviors. Regret is often expressed by the term "sorry." Regret is often a feeling of sadness, shame, embarrassment, depression, annoyance, or guilt, after one acts in a manner and later wishes not to have done so.

Wikipedia further explains that “regret is distinct from guilt, which is a deeply emotional form of regret; one which may be difficult to comprehend in an objective or conceptual way. It is also distinct from remorse, which is a more direct and emotional form of regret over a past action that is considered by society to be hurtful, shameful, or violent. Unlike regret, it includes a strong element of desire for apology to others rather than an internal reflection on one's actions, and may be expressed (sincerely or not) in order to reduce the punishment one receives.”

Saturday, October 12, 2013

“Quo Vadis” Philippines ? - A Frightful Forethought Of The Future

As I finished reading Ricardo Saludo’s  column “The Mounting Pile of Aquinomalies” in the Manila Times issue of  Oct. 3, 2013, I was overwhelmed with ambivalent reactions, that of anxiety and exasperation. 
  
In the initial part of his article Mr Saludo stated; “Believe it or not, the Aquino administration has surpassed its predecessor in corruption. Between pork barrel trebling under President Benigno Aquino III to about P25 billion a year, his unaudited, unlegislated and unprecedented releases under the so-called Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP, P137 billion as of October 1), and smuggling hitting nearly $20 billion or some P860 billion a year, plus undiminished jueteng, these ‘Aquinomalies’ may already swell to over P200 billion a year.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Dysfunctional Philippine Government

For the past few weeks, the incessant and appalling anomalies in the Philippine Legislature has reached its apex after the bombshell expose’ of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam popularly known as the “pork barrel” fund. By now, the spiraling effect of the far-reaching and irreparable glitches of the people’s money rip-off had created a dysfunctional Philippine government.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Efficiency and Effectivenes

Having taught for almost 12 years in the Business Graduate School at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City, the terms efficiency and effectiveness have always generated lively and intriguing discussions in Operations/Production Management and Human Resource Management courses.

The adjectives efficient and effective are very common terms related not only to productivity and work performances of managers and employees but also to work plans, systems and procedures.  However, most of us tend to mix their usages and meanings occasionally, so that maybe writing on this subject would be valuable to most of the readers specifically those who are in the management and labor sectors of both public and private organizations. 

But first thing first, let’s start with the definition of the terms efficient and effective.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

MAKING DECISIONS – A Crucial Phase in Life

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An essential part of life is making decisions. We make decisions on a daily occurrence; from the food we choose to eat, the dress that we buy, the friends that we keep and many other daily activities that we do. In many of these cases, decision making is something that we do without much thought, without hesitation, without much concern. However, in important issues we tend to think twice assessing the situation giving us moments of hesitation, doubts and fears on the outcome of a bad decision. Choosing a career, life partner and business ventures are classic example of critical concerns that necessitate careful study and assessment before making decisions. Matters that will significantly affect our lives and our families are subjects that are included in this type.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bizarre Political Election - Only in the Philippines

The Philippine mid-term election race has finally culminated with the proclamation of the 12 winners for the Senate from among the more than 33 candidates who filed their candidacies for the national posts.  Nonetheless, the election campaign was still dominated by traditional politics where dirty tactics are employed such as character assassination, voter’s intimidation, religious sector intervention, vote buying and fraud.

Obviously, the dispute and junking of party-mates at the provincial and local levels worsened from bad to worse where powerful personalities and political clans dominated the local election. The national alliance of the Liberal and NPC parties is definitely self-serving for the Aquino administration. Consequently, the temporary coalition sowed confusion among the national and local candidates that resulted in the defiance of local LP parties to respect the partnership since most opponents for local positions come from the NPC party.

It is without doubt that the 2013 mid-term election is not only an acid test for the sustainability of the Aquino administration in its economic achievements but most importantly serves as a prelude to the next presidential derby in 2016. The formidable victories of the administration and coalition candidates in the Senate  definitively assures President Benigno Aquino III of a majority in the legislature needed to pass legislation for his programs legacy before he leaves office in 2016.

The domination of both the Senate and House of Representatives by the President’s allies may serve as too strong a temptation for the President to amend the Constitution in lifting the Presidential term limits in order to extend his term of office to access to absolute power. While this is only a food for thought, it is dreadful to even contemplate on the realization of this event which is not impossible.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Revenge of Grace Poe –“Anak ni Panday “


Aftermath of the 2013 Philippine Mid-term Election  
By this time, both local and senatorial winners in the last Philippine mid-term election has been declared  by the Commission On Elections but the smoke of politics has not completely vanished and still hovers in the air. Election winners are still reeling with euphoria while there are some losers who are hell bent on pursuing election protests with different reasons such as cheating,  vote-buying and the questionable reliability of the PCOS units used in the canvassing of votes.
While most election outcomes affirmed the enduring existence of political dynasties, there were a few political families that suffered its worst defeat in the last election.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Marcelo B. del Pilar: Another Victim of Injustice and Philippine Bureaucracy


In the May 22, 2013 issue of a Bacolod City local daily, Visayan Daily Star, Editor Carla P. Gomez wrote;
DOJ Finally Paying Dead Prosecutor, 84 Others To Get Retirement Differentials Too
“The family of a retired government prosecutor in Negros Occidental, who had pleaded with the Department of Justice for the release of his retirement pay so he could have a heart bypass operation before he passed away, will finally be paid.”
“Marcelo B. del Pilar, 66, who retired as OIC city prosecutor of Cadiz City in Negros on July 15, 2011, succumbed to a heart attack on April 4 without getting what was due him, and what he needed to save his life, his wife, Teresa, said. The DOJ, on its website, yesterday announced that 85 DOJ prosecutors, including del Pilar, who retired since 2010 to 2012 can now claim their retirement gratuity differential.”
“His family is now entitled to receive P4,135,167.68 representing his unpaid retirement benefits, the DOJ announcement said. Teresa  del Pilar said it is sad that the money due her husband that could have saved his life, is being released only now. She said she is thankful to Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda for following up the release after being informed by the DAILY STAR of the plight of her husband in March before he died. She received a letter from Lacierda on the efforts made to help them, Teresa said.”
“DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima also sent her a letter dated April 8 after her husband had died, which she received in the last week of April, explaining to her the delay in the release of his benefits, Teresa said. She said she wept because de Lima had written only then, when her husband had written to the secretary in October 2012 yet, seeking her help and did not get an answer until the day he died. It was too late, she said.”
“Del Pilar suffered heart attacks in 2007 and 2010, and his cardiologist, Dr. Jose Joel Yap, had recommended that he undergo a heart bypass operation to prolong his life. He was hoping that with his lump sum benefit, he could afford that operation.”
“In March, Del Pilar said he had to live on money borrowed from his children after he retired, because the law states that a prosecutor cannot engage in private practice for a year after retirement. Last year, he was able to earn again from his private practice as a lawyer, but on March 16, he suffered another heart attack and was hospitalized in Bacolod.”
“He was released from the hospital on Holy Week, and we thought he was better, but he just suddenly succumbed to a heart attack,” Teresa said. She said her husband did not want government to give him money for his operation. “We wanted what was due him, so he could pay for it himself,” she said.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The “Padrino” System - A Menace to Philippine Society (Final Part and Conclusion )


Public Procurement of Goods and Services
Public procurement in the Philippines is governed by the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB). Republic Act No. 9184, otherwise as the Government Procurement Reform Act, was enacted by Congress to provide guidelines in the procurement of goods and services in government. The law declared a policy to promote the ideals of good governance in all its branches, departments, agencies, subdivisions, and instrumentalities, including government-owned and/or -controlled corporations and local government units. All procurement of the national government, its departments, bureaus, offices and agencies, including state universities and colleges, government -owned and/or-controlled corporations, government financial institutions and local government units LGU’s, shall, in all cases, be governed by the following principles:
Transparency in the procurement process and in the implementation of procurement contracts.
Competitiveness by extending equal opportunity to enable private contracting parties who are eligible and qualified to participate in public bidding.
Streamlined procurement process that will uniformly apply to all government procurement. The procurement process shall simple and made adaptable to advances in modern technology in order to ensure an effective and efficient method.
System of accountability where both the public officials directly or indirectly involved in the procurement process as well as in the implementation of procurement contracts and the private parties that deal with government are, when warranted by circumstances, investigated and held liable for their actions relative thereto.
Public monitoring of the procurement process and the implementation of awarded contracts with the end in view of guaranteeing that these contracts are awarded pursuant to the provisions of this Act and its implementing rules and regulations, and that all these contracts are performed strictly according to specifications.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The “Padrino” System - A Menace to Philippine Society (Part II)


The Political “Patronage” in Human Resource Management
Although favoritism is occurring in private organizations to a certain extent, efforts have been made by private companies to curb down this immoral practice. Today, successful and well organized private corporations utilize private Human Resource Consulting firms, (such as John Clements and Guthrie-Jensen Consultants) to do the recruitment and selection of work applicants for vacant positions in their organizations, thereby minimizing if not completely eliminating favoritism. More than that, private organizations nowadays give more emphasis on regular Work Performance Evaluations that become the basis for promotions and salary increases of their employees. 
However, with resignation, we have to accept the sad reality that favoritism in the government service is and will always be in full throttle. This malpractice has always been a source of grumble and criticism in most if not all local government units. The mere knowledge that favoritism is practiced in a government office is more than enough for competent and efficient employees to breed the sentiment of “indifference” in their work, in response to a question, “Why would I care with my work when performance is not a consideration for promotion”, for them a reminder of an old saying; “it’s not what you know but whom you know”.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The "Padrino" System - A Menace To Philippine Society (Part 1)

Photo courtesy of www.thebloggingjuan.blogspot.com

Introduction
The Filipinos are proud people with many positive and negative values as well. Some of their positive values include being religious, hospitable, respectful, family oriented, friendly, with high sense of fraternity or “pakikisama”, among others.
The prominent negative Filipino values include being fatalistic, crab mentality (Ma-inggitin), “maῆana” habit (wait for tomorrow), “niῆgas-kugon” (Procrastination), bashful (Mahiyain) and high reliance on the “Padrino  (Godfather)  system”, and many more.
Among the aforementioned negative values, this text will focus on the “Padrino” system which is prevalent in the country.  While there are many factors that hinder the progress of any country or community for that matter, the “Padrino” system in the Philippines, proved to be a major deterrent in the country’s sustainable development.
The dominant practice of the “Padrino” system is highly associated with the incessant corruption in the country, it being one Filipino value that permits and reinforces the prevalence and continuance of corrupt practices in the country.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Manfredo P. Alipala - Forgotten And Unheralded Bacolod Hero.


I am dedicating this article to an old friend and fellow Bacolod native, the late MANFREDO P. ALIPALA. Although his achievements in amateur boxing in the Philippines and Asia have brought pride and fame to Bacolod City, it pains me to think that there was not even a recognition and appropriate honor bestowed by the city to a forgotten Bacolod hero. I am filled with regrets that, having been a high ranking city government official for almost 8 years, I failed to initiate a move to acknowledge a friend and fellow Bacoleno’s outstanding contribution to the fields of both amateur and professional boxing. For appeasement, I cannot convince myself that my failure to do so was due to my hectic and heavy workloads as a former Secretary to the Mayor and later City Administrator with concurrent job positions.  Even as a private citizen based in a foreign land, I will try my best to make this right by seeking the help of current Bacolod City officials to distinguish the first Bacolod native to win the (only) Gold Medal in amateur boxing in the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia and the first Olympian from Bacolod to represent the Philippines in amateur boxing to the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Legacy Of The Battle Of Thermopylae

Modern Thermopylae. Photo courtesy of tumblr.com

Thermopylae also known as “hot gates”, from hot sulphur springs nearby, is a narrow pass on the east coast of central Greece between the Kallídhromon massif and the Gulf of Maliakós, about 85 miles (136 km) northwest of Athens and lie between the cliffs of Mt. Oeta and the Malic Gulf. Silt accumulation has gradually widened the once-narrow pass. In ancient times, Thermopylae was used as an entrance into Greece from the north.  In antiquity its cliffs were by the sea, but silting has widened the distance to more than a mile today.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Battle of Thermopylae - Zenith of Heroism (Part 2)


TREACHERY OF EPHIALTES – FALL OF THERMOPYLAE
As a the second day of the battle was coming to a close, a Trachinian traitor named Ephialtes arrived in Xerxes' camp and informed the Persian leader about the secret mountain path around the pass of hermopylae. Taking advantage of this information, Xerxes ordered Hydarnes to take a large force, including the Immortals, on a flanking march over the trail. At daybreak on the third day, the Phocians guarding the Anopaia path were surprised to see the advancing Persians. Attempting to make a stand, they formed on a nearby hill but were bypassed by the Persians. That led to the fall of Thermopylae.

Ephialtes of Trachis was the son of Eurydemus of Malis, who betrayed his homeland Greece by showing the Persian forces a path around the allied Greek position at the pass of Thermopylae that resulted into the victory of the invading Persians. The treachery of Ephialtes  was motivated by his greed for money as a reward from the Persian King Xerxes. However there was no bounty given to Ephialtes after the Persians were defeated in the Battle of Salamis. He fled Thessaly when a reward for his death was offered by Ampicythons of Pylae. Ephialtes  was killed by Althenades of Trachis for an unrelated cause, nonetheless, Althenades was given the reward.  Today the name Ephialtes which means “nightmare” is used as a synonym for traitor in Greek in a comparable fashion to Judas Escariot in the Bible or Arnold Benedict in the American history.

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Battle of Thermopylae - Zenith of Heroism (Part 1)


INTRODUCTION
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The battle of Thermopylae was first chronicled by Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus, Caria (modern day Bodrum, Turkey) and lived in the fifth century BC (c. 484 – 425 BC). He was the first historian known to collect his materials systematically, test their accuracy to a certain extent and arrange them in a well-constructed and vivid narrative. Herodotus was called both the "father of history" and the "father of lies" by his contemporaries for his history of the Persian World. “The Histories, his masterpiece and the only work he is known to have produced, is a record of his "inquiry", being an investigation of the origins of the Greco-Persian Wars including a wealth of geographical and ethnographical information. Although some of his stories were fanciful, he claimed he was reporting only what had been told to him. Herodotus is the first writer to make a conscious attempt to discover and explain past events.
The second Greek historian, Thucydides, adds a new dimension, that of contemporary history. Although the complete work of Herodotus is not yet published, Thucydides is certain to know the work of the older historian - who has made his living by reciting the highlights of his narrative. Herodotus has told the story of the last great war between Greeks and Persians. In 431 BC Thucydides recognizes the onset of the next major conflict, between Greeks. He resolves to record the Peloponnesian War as it happens.
Another Greek historian who continued the work of Thucydides' history was Xenophon. The fact that a contemporary continues the work so precisely from this date proves that Thucydides did indeed finish his work there, rather than the remainder being lost. But Xenophon, though a vivid writer, proves a very inadequate historian at a serious level. A supporter of Sparta, he lacks any sense of objectivity which he considered as irrelevant. He describes only what he sees and hears. The result is vivid eyewitness history, akin almost to journalism.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Public Services As Socio-Economic Enterprises (Conclusion)


WHY ESTABLISH SOCIO-ECONOMIC ENTERPRISES?
The establishment of socio-economic enterprises is governed by a policy outlined under sections 15 and 22 of the Local Government Code (LGC) “the need to exercise the authority and power of Local Government Unit (LGU) as a corporation to achieve its goals.”
However, before any government division/department can be converted into a socio-economic enterprise unit, a well-researched feasibility study shall be conducted. The well-documented study shall be submitted to the City Council and adequate and thorough study shall be done before passing and ratifying an Ordinance of the conversion. Naturally, several public hearings shall be convened with the attendance of all stakeholders to deliberate on the study
The proposed enterprise unit must have a clear vision, mission, goals and objectives formulated in short and long-term strategic management plans.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Public Services As Socio-Economic Enterprises (Part 2)


THE INTERNAL REVENUE ALLOTMENT
The internal revenue allotment (IRA) has made the LGUs dependent on the national government especially the poor municipalities and provinces. But worse than this, the LGUs become subservient and hostage to the central government, since the release and use of such allotment are subject to national government decisions and control. The national government can withhold or reduce or regulate the releases. Consequently, the delivery of public services suffers the most at the same time that economic development is stunted. As an example, the impending reduction of the LGU’s IRA share for 2012 to the tune of 78M is a typical kind of this dilemma that LGU’s have to confront.
The existing IRA formula will continue to make the LGUs dependent on national grants and budgetary assistance. The rich and highly developed LGUs will enjoy the bountiful benefits from the inequities of a defective IRA formula. The poor and undeveloped LGUs, 4th to 5th class will become poorer and less and less capable to deliver the basic public services. The undesirable outcome of this imbalance and inequitable economic growth of LGUs would of course lead to urban pull-rural push syndrome, because of better services, greater job opportunities, good living environment, availability of social amenities and security in urban areas.
While we dwell on the thought that this situation might be good for the urbanizing LGUs, such as San Fernando, Naga, Laoag, Bacolod, Iloilo and Cagayan de Oro cities, in the sense that this will increase their IRA, we must also think that in the final analysis this will lead to increasing demand for public services, quality wise, and more alarmingly quantity wise. The demand may become so competitive and even cutthroat, that adequate solutions might need central government intervention. We are now confronting these problems, flooding, environmental degradation, housing, peace and order, traffic, solid waste disposal, power supply, unemployment, urban blight and the like. These economic ills and social decadence are actually being experienced now by highly urbanized and metropolitan LGUs in the whole country.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Public Services as Socio- Economic Enterprises (Part I)


Courtesy of philter.com
Background
One of the fundamental state policies enshrined in the Philippine Constitution is the autonomy of local government units. (Const., Art. II, Sec. 25). Pursuant to the mandate given by the Constitution, the Philippine Congress enacted Republic Act No. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991 which replaced Batas Pambansa Blg. 337, which is the old local government code.
Under the Local Government Code of 1991 (LGC), more public services and responsibilities were devolved to the Local Government Units some of which are complex and costly to undertake, such as primary health care (hospitals and clinics), public education, peace and order and environmental management, among others.
In the Philippines, pure public services are either provided by the LGUs free or partly operated with minimal user charges, which means fully or partly subsidized by budgetary appropriation. This free public service has been traditionally practiced by the LGUs, ever since up to the present.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Funny Political Jokes In The Philippines (Part 2)

More political jokes to tickle your humerus!


BREAKFAST in USA
A Filipino town councilor was with a group of politicians on a study tour in a sister US city.  One morning he went to a Diner in the city and ordered breakfast.
Pinoy Councilor:  I want a cup of coffee …
American Waiter: What kind of coffee would you like, Sir, regular or decaf?
Pinoy Councilor : No, Big cup!! Big cup!
American Waiter: What would you like for your breakfast, Sir?
Pinoy Councilor: Ham en eggs.
American Waiter: And how do you like your eggs, Sir?
Pinoy Councilor:  Yes, tenkyu. I like dem beri much.
American Waiter: No sir, I mean how would you like them cooked?
Pinoy Councilor: Yes, tenkyu. I wud like dem cooked.
American Waiter: (now very impatient)  Would you like your eggs...fried? poached? hard boiled or soft boiled?
Pinoy Councilor: (now very uneasy)  Yes, one fried en one hard boiled or sop boiled.
Waiter: And what bread would you like?
Pinoy: Beg yur pardon?
American Waiter: What kind of bread would you like? white? rye? Whole wheat? toast?
Pinoy: Pan Americano
American Waiter: We don't have that, Sir.
Pinoy Councilor: Okey, gib me taysti.
American Waiter: We don't have that either, sir.
Pinoy Councilor: Do you hab pan de lemon or pan de sal?
American Waiter: Sir, you are wasting my time. I shall ask for the last time, what would you like for breakfast?
Pinoy Councilor: Donut plis.... 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Funny political Jokes In The Philippines (Part1)

For as long as we could remember, funny political jokes played major roles in Philippine politics, specifically during elections. Instead of hurling harsh commentaries and negative diatribes about politicians, supporters from all political affiliations often resort to composing humorous jokes to give accusatory remarks without inflicting pain and much controversy.


For one, through jokes anyone could fire off scathing comments without inflicting real or serious injury.  For another, because jokes are made to provoke laughter, the jokester is allowed to submit the most acerbic opinions with minimal accountability, or even complete anonymity.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Comedy and Tragedy of Politics!

Art courtesy of turbosquid.com
Less than 2 months before the Philippine mid-term election, politics is turning out to be the most interesting topic anywhere in the country today. Almost everybody will always find somebody who has a different opinion on this issue than you or anyone else. 
To add glitter to the election campaign, many seemed to be pleasantly surprised and amused at how funny jokes about politicians can be. More often though witty jokes about politicians show a great contrast to their monotonous speeches. Most of us believed that the more successful and popular politicians had become, the more funny jokes that they invite. 
Thus, for a potential political leader, being the butt of a political joke is a cross between a symbol of honor and ritual of acceptance in the political jungle. But there is one thing about politicians to which everybody might agree: sometimes they can be really quaint and hilarious!

See some of the funny international political jokes that I sourced out from the internet.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Legacy Of A Great Man - RAFAEL M. SALAS

Ever since I was a young boy I have always admired individuals who became known and successful despite the obstacles that they have to endure to achieve their goals. During my high school days, I love to go to the library to have an updated knowledge on the Philippine Bar Exam topnotchers, top graduates of the Philippine Military Academy and top examinees of other professional fields.  Most importantly, I find myself astounded by the achievements of those who were born poor and had to persevere and struggle to reach the top and fulfill their dreams.
Common to a Filipino, I have always sided and rooted for the “underdogs” especially in education, sports and other competitions. I likewise have veneration for those who adhered to their principles and took opposition stands against the “powerful” and the “mighty” at the expense of their own personal interests.  As a young college student, I have idolized the likes of King Leonidas of Sparta, Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest, Knights of the Round Table, The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, Pres. Ramon Magsaysay, Senators Raul Manglapus,  Ambrosio Padilla, Jose W. Diokno, Jovito Salonga, Benigno Aquino Jr., Juan Ponce Enrile  and  Sec. Carlos P. Romulo, among others. Although the administration of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos was marred with massive corruption, political repression and human rights violations, nobody can “turn a blind eye” to his astonishing academic achievements and exceptional brilliance in the field of governance by implementing wide ranging infrastructure development and socio-economic  programs that saw unprecedented economic progress of the country during his regime.

One who stood out among the many political figures I had admired was the late Rafael M. Salas, a fellow Negrense and the pride of Western Visayas. Although he remained unheralded in his own country until his untimely death in 1987, Sec. Salas exhibited a remarkable intellect and brilliancy in management reinforced by a highest sense of respectability and incomparable humility in public service, a trait uncommon among our public luminaries, both of yesterday and today.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Philippine Election Campaign ….. Olympics of Hypocrisy (Conclusion)

Alliances of Political Parties
By now, less than 2 months before the polls, the election fever has become more intriguing as it approaches its superheat state.  Major political parties have already executed strategies to encounter the skirmish for domination of the election outcome. The Liberal Party (LP) of President Aquino had a discomforting alliance with the Nationalist People Coalition (NPC) with the optimism to corner the victories of its senatorial and local candidates against the much vaunted opposition party, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President Jejomar Binay. One thing that is hypocritical here is that most of the Liberal Party coalition candidates camouflaged themselves as ‘reformers” but are previously stalwart followers of former Pres. GMA when she was still in power.  With this in mind, it becomes distinct that coalition of political parties is done only to increase the chances of the candidates to win the election and not for any other reasons astute politicians want the people to believe. After the election smoke is gone, what happens to this partnership is completely a different thing from what have been trumpeted to be the motivation for the parties’ coalition. This alone is an emblematic model of political hypocrisy.  

As one political analyst wrote, “There are no philosophies at stake in the Philippine elections, only businesses to protect, dynasties to maintain, and pork barrel funds to salivate. Other than that, Philippine politics is a vast intellectual wasteland”.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Philippine Election Campaign...Olympics Of Hypocrisy Part IV!


(Part 4 of the series)
A Scientific and Modern Election Campaign
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Political pundits have been asked numerous questions as to the most important component of modern political campaigns that will assuredly impel victory for election candidates. Until today, the query remained unanswered as we have received many varied and equivocal answers to a seemingly difficult question. Most political experts will say, having a ”win-able” candidate, some will stress successful fundraising to source out enough campaign funds. Others will respond for candidates to “get out and get the votes” (GOTV). However, most election campaign specialists agree on one thing they believed to be the most important aspect of the modern campaign, that is ”targeting.” Any candidate can be considered ”win-able,” only if campaign managers  are capable to target voters  who will support that specific candidate and those who have contributed to similar political campaigns in the past, in terms of fundraising.  Nevertheless,  it should be crystal clear that any candidate will not win an election without converting the support of the “target “voters into actual votes in the polling precincts on election day.  

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Philippin election Campaign...Olympics of Hypocrisy (Part III)

Anywhere in the world, an election campaign has always been one the most memorable and exciting events in a democratic country where suffrage is a part of life. Naturally, either the national or local elections have significantly influenced the social and financial environments even for a short period of the election campaign.

Oftentimes, winning or losing an election could either “make” or “break” candidates, both as politicians and individuals. Many had said that politicians belong to a rare breed of people. Those who run for public offices are ambitious, determined and highly competitive individuals. It is maybe for these reasons that politicians take defeat as very hard on them and their families with some even going into temporary or complete obscurity. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Philippine Election Campaign... Olympics Of Hypocrisy (Part II)

The Political Democratic Institution
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In part I, I focused on the 1965 national election, considered as the longest and most hotly contested campaign in our political chronicle where the late Ferdinand Marcos won over then incumbent President Diosdado Macapagal. Marcos' reign continued followed by his re-election in 1969. Not content with 2- 4 year term presidencies, Marcos fortified his authoritarian regime by declaring Martial Law in 1972, justifying his decision due to a heightened communist rebellion and deteriorating civil obedience. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Gospel of Judas Iscariot: A Lenten Reflection

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Derived from Latin and Greek words meaning “book”, the BIBLE is definitely a unique manuscript and is a distinct class in itself, a book for all mankind and for all time.

Written for over a period of 1600 years by about 40 human contributors, the Holy Bible is divided into two main parts, the Old Testament, a story of a nation, for the most part originally written in Hebrew and the New Testament, a story of a Man, Jesus Christ, written in Koine Greek. The Bible’s unanimity is due to the fact that, ultimately the book has only one author, GOD himself. The human authors wrote exactly what GOD wanted them to write and the result was the perfect and holy word of GOD. (Psalm 12:6 : 2 Peter 1:21)
There are sixty-six (66) different books that comprise the Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments as its main parts and several divisions such as the books of law, Levicitus and Deuteronomy, historical books such as Ezra and Acts, books of poetry and wisdom such as Psalms and Ecclesiastes, books of prophecy such as Isaiah and Revelation, gospels such as Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and Epistles (formal letters).