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Mmm Monday: Grilled Fish with Salad and Rice

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Grilled Fish
Location: Bohol Bee Farm, Panglao Island, Philippines


February 10, 2019 at 8:24 am Leave a comment

This Week’s Photo in the News : Say What?

Gloria Arroyo
Photo Credit: Czar Danceld/Reuters

On Jul. 23, former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was elected speaker of the lower house of Congress in her native country. Her reaction when she heard the news was epic.

Scream Painting
Scream Painting/Edvard Munch

I don’t know why but it reminds me of Edvard Munch’s famous Scream Painting. It’s maybe because I find it shocking that a politician like her would be back in power considering her tainted past.

In 2001, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assumed the presidency from Joseph Estrada who was forced out of office and jailed for plunder. She was elected to a full six-year term in 2004 amid allegations of cheating and electoral fraud.

After Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took over the presidency in 2001, corruption got worse and turned into a much bigger tumor. During her administration, Transparency International gave the Philippines a score of 2.5 out of a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the most corrupt.

During her term, she survived three impeachment attempts and several coup plots. Following the end of her term, she was arrested and put in detention for allegedly misusing state funds while in office.

In 2016, Arroyo declined Pres. Duterte’s offer for pardon. The Supreme Court finally acquitted her of plunder for “insufficiency of evidence” and set her free.

Time will tell if she’ll used this opportunity to redeem herself and make amends for her sins in the past.

July 26, 2018 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

A Catholic Priest Shot Dead

Fr. Richmond Nilo
Fr. Richmond Nilo (1974-2018)

It seems that death has been the topic of my previous posts lately. Please indulge me if I write another one because I couldn’t help myself.

Fr. Richmond Nilo, a Catholic priest in my native Philippines was gunned down today at the Nuestra Señora de la Nieve Chapel in Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija as he was getting ready to start mass.

He was the third priest to be murdered in less than a year. His death followed the still unresolved murders of Fr. Mark Ventura in April and that of Fr. Marcelito Paez in December.

One can only speculate about the motive behind these killings and even if they were related. It could be personal, political, or religious in nature meant to intimidate opposing views.

Fr. Nilo was an articulate critic of Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) founded by Felix Manalo in 1914. Had he become so much of a pain that one of its ardent supporters contracted his killing to silence him forever? I hope not.

With more than 2.25 million followers, Iglesia Ni Cristo has become a powerful and political force in the country. Candidates from the national and local levels tend to seek its endorsement since members vote as one based on the dictates of the church leaders. With so much influence at its disposal, the church can get away with almost anything including murder.

A much-publicized debate between Fr. Nilo and Bro. Ramil Parba of Iglesia Ni Cristo is scheduled to be held on August 31, 2018 at Freedom Park, Cabanatuan City. Unless somebody can take Fr. Nilo’s place, it’ll be likely cancelled.

It’s been said that life begins at 40. In his case, death claimed him in his early 40s.

June 10, 2018 at 7:34 pm 6 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

Maravilla Beach

Maravilla Beach, Tabuelan, Cebu, Philippines
We live in a transient world where nothing lasts forever. Love. Family. Friends. Sadness. Success. Disappointments. Hopelessness. You name it. They come and go as the tide of the ocean.

There are times, however, when we become so attached to a specific moment in our life, such as a relationship, that we lose our perspective. As a result, we become disheartened when it ends.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we can enjoy this kind of moment and be able to let go when the time comes?

In last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Anthony Hopkins, who turns 80 this year, was asked to share an important life lesson he has learned.

“Keep going,” he told Kimmel without hesitation.

“I like that,” the host said. Me, too. If I may, I want to add holding on to the good memories and leaving the bad ones behind.

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June 23, 2017 at 7:24 am 6 comments

Duterte Is It

Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine Daily Inquirer Photo

It’s a foregone conclusion. Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of southern city of Davao, will be the next president of the Philippines. The tough talking Duterte is leading his closest rival, Manuel Roxas II, the candidate of the current administration, by 6 million with 88 percent of the votes counted.

It’s an incredible feat for an outsider and somebody who doesn’t belong to the well-entrenched elite. If anything, it’s a resounding vote against the status quo.

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May 10, 2016 at 1:39 pm Leave a comment

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