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A Hot Mess

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May 9, 2016 is an important date for the Philippines. On that day, the Filipinos will elect the successor to President Benigno Aquino III who completes his six-year term this year.

There are five leading candidates vying to succeed him.

According to the latest SWS polls conducted April 18 to 20, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte leads with 33% voter preference rating. In second place is Senator Grace Poe with 24%. Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Vice President Jejomar Binay are in a dogfight for third and fourth place with 19% and 14% respectively. Senator Miriam Santiago is lagging way behind in fifth place with 2%.

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May 2, 2016 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

Enough Already!

Photo Credit: Philippine Daily Inquirer

The 100-day countdown for this year’s Philippine presidential election is officially on. It’s scheduled on Monday, May 9, 2016, unless an unforeseeable event takes place.

According to the latest surveys, Vice President Jejomar Binay is leading the race. Of course, conducting surveys is big business in the Philippines. Hence, they can be manipulated to get the results desired by those who paid for them. But what if they reflect the true sentiments of the people?

It will be a disaster for the country.

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January 31, 2016 at 2:51 pm 4 comments

A Mea Culpa

Art Credit: Charles Monroe Schulz
The internet can be considered a blessing and a curse. It has completely transformed the landscape of our lives that I don’t think we can live without it anymore.

For many, it’s been a gold mine for information that would take many lifetimes to sort out. With the power of a click, you can find anything about any subject under the sun. And there’s the rub. It leads to information overdose that tends to cloud our ability to separate the valuable from what is trash.

A good rule to follow is not to consider everything you read online as gospel truth. But it’s not always easy to do. After all, we’re only human.

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November 7, 2015 at 9:50 am 6 comments

Every Woman Is Beautiful

CariƱosa, shown in the video above, is my favorite Philippine folk dance. It’s one that, I think, showcases real courtship. Ha ha. First, the guy pursues the girl, then the girl pursues the guy, and, finally, everything falls into place.

I have travelled in a lot places. One thing I have learned is that every woman, irrespective of nationality, is beautiful, and there’s no better way to see it than when she performs her country’s native dance. As she sways to the rhythm of the music, she blossoms before our eyes. With every moves she makes, she leads us to the secret of her charms.

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November 3, 2015 at 9:37 am 4 comments

Happy Father’s Day

My father died in 1998. He was different from the other fathers I know. He never pushed me and my sister to grow up quickly. He wanted us to enjoy every minute of our childhood. In school, he never demanded high grades. Passing was good enough. When I was being promoted ahead of my class from second to third grade, he refused.

“Why are you rushing him?” he told the administrator. “Let him finish with the rest of his class.”

“Live and enjoy the present” was his mantra. “The future would come whether you like it or not.”

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June 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm 10 comments

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