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When Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio launched his blog, I raised one question that has been bothering me for quite some time now. I made several blog entries in the past about my frustrations regarding it. Good governance? Democracy? Well, they’re all good and dandy. But they mean nothing if the Filipinos don’t participate and utilize the chances given to them to live a better life effectively.
I inquired Governor Panlilio of his plans or programs to make the youth be involved more in his projects. His passion was commendable, but if people kept ignoring his initiatives, all his work would amount to nothing in the end. I asked him how in the world could he possibly catch the youth’s interest in good governance.
His answer was simple, yet oh-so-true. Aside from the fact that the Filipino youth have lost interest in anything political because of all the hullabaloo surrounding the Philippine government and all the people in it, they also have much things to worry about than some idiotic politician’s corrupt ways. They have school problems to deal with, and their love lives to take special care of. (The adults, on the other hand, have family to feed, bills to pay, and their children’s education to support.)
That’s why the lack of involvement in the part of the Filipinos, children and adults alike, is no surprise to anyone, really. Even if the hardcore activists try their hardest to spread the word about how Gloria is this and Zubiri is that, they wouldn’t be able to get through to most people’s minds. Words just don’t matter whenever one’s future, betterment, of even life is at stake. They would rather just go on with their lives and try to survive the challenges hurdled their way.
One can choose to preach, and one can choose to reach (one can even do both). Whatever your choice will be, it still does one good to be more aware and be involved even in small ways. Even the simplest and most random acts of kindness can mean a lot, and even make a big difference. Even if you can’t be involved in activities on the national level (e.g., you’re not yet of legal age to vote), participating in small community projects can and will make someone else’s (and even yours) life better. Even if other people accuse you of being an armchair activist or even a pseudo-progressive, just continue doing the things you do with all your heart.
We should break the monotony and the passivity that the Filipinos have cultured throughout these years. We should take action, however minor they seem to be.
This is another sad day for democracy.
The Supreme Court junked the petition of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to be allowed to perform his duties as senator.
A Makati Regional Trial Court, meanwhile, dismissed the class suit filed by members of media and concerned citizens against government offficials responsible for the former’s arbitrary arrest and handcuffing duringthe Nov. 29, 2007 Manila Peninsula incident.
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TACLOBAN CITY- A grand and majestic celebration of the Sangyaw Festival this coming June 29 is guaranteed as 11 major cities plus two big municipalities outside Tacloban City will be sending their own cultural contingents to join the festivities here.
Malou Tabao, chairwoman of the Sangyaw Organizing Committee, disclosed that 11 cities as far as Isabela in Basilan and Laoag in Ilocos Norte plus two major towns have confirmed their participation in the upcoming celebration.
“Cultural contingents from 11 cities and 2 municipalities will be coming here either to compete for big prizes at stake or to exhibit dances, “Tabao said.
Tabao disclosed that the grand champion will receive P500, 000, the second placer 300, 000, while the third placer will bring home P200, 000.
Aside from the cities of Isabela and Laoag, cities that have confirmed their coming here were Navotas, Marikina, Makati, Talisay, Lapulapu, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Ozamis, and Cebu.
Also sending their own contingents are the municipalities of Abuyog in Leyte and Catarman in Northern Samar.
The contingents, ranging from the 30-man Isabela City contingent to the 200 plus-man Cebu City delegation, will be headed by their own mayors.
According to Tabao, City Mayors Maridess Fernando of Marikina, Jejomar Binay of Makati, Socrates Fernandez of Talisay, Tomas Osmeña of Cebu, Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod, Jerry Treñas of Iloilo, Toby Tiangco of Navotas, and Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. of Ozamis will be coming here as head of their own contingents.
“They will be joining a bevy of celebrities, prominent political leaders, and media personalities that would also be gracing the Sangyaw Festival,” Tabao pointed out.
City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez in an earlier interview said that they are expecting former First Lady Imelda Marcos, Ilocos Norte Representative Bongbong Marcos, former Congresswoman Imee Marcos, and prominent media personalities led by Ricky Lo of the Philippine Star to be here on June 29.
“Everything is set. We are looking forward to the successful holding of a “grand” Sangyaw Festival with the big number of contingents that will compete with our own “Tribu Tacloban”,” Tabao said, as she also disclosed other activities to be hosted by the city government leading to the main event.
In the run-up to the festival, from June 11-28, the Balyuan Park Amphitheater, Tacloban City Convention Center, and Kanhuraw Convention Center, and Fiesta Food and Barbeque Garden will be the venue of different cultural activities like the Search for Miss Tacloban, Sangyaw Sayaw, Search for Ginang Alaska, Search for a Star, Balyuan Rites, Children Mascot Show, Calbayog Night, Warak Concert, Brown Man Revival, Manila Artists Show, Parokya ni Edgar Concert and other exciting and beautiful shows.
By Elizabeth Sanchez-Lacson
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Television network ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. will investigate the conduct of kidnapped journalist Ces Drilon to determine whether she breached protocols on news coverage that led to her kidnapping last June 8.
“There is a process of investigation and I don’t want to preempt that process. At the end of that, we have to find out if the proper process was followed by Ces,” network chair and chief executive Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III said at the sidelines of the ABS-CBN stockholders’ meeting Thursday.
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The office of the provincial Tourism office of Leyte has confirmed that this year’s Pintados Kasadyaan Festival 2008 will feature 19 festivals from the towns of Leyte, Samar and Biliran.
In a phone call, a staff from the Office of the Provincial Tourism Office confirmed that the grand street dance will start at 10 in the morning today. She also revealed that the Pintados Kasadyaan Festival 2007 Champion Buyogan Festival of Abuyog Leyte will be this year’s last performer. Last year’s first runner-up and the Pintados Kasadyaan 2005 and 2006 Grand Champion Alikaraw Festival of Hilongos Leyte is set to make a grand comeback and try to snatch the title from Buyogan Festival of Abuyog. Alikaraw will be the fifth performer in today’s grand contest.
The parade will start at the Grandstand and will move towards Tacloban’s major streets. Each contingent shall be within the minimum of seventy-five (75) to one hundred (100) dancers, a minimum of thirty-five (35) to maximum of sixty (60) instrumentalists. Additional twenty (20) props bearers shall be allowed.
Props and sets shall part and parcel of the parade as well as the dance presentation. As such, leaving them at the sports center shall not be allowed. All contingents are encouraged to include in their general pageantry a float that may also serve as water station for the group.
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Two surprising things have happened.
First, I have admitted to myself that I have grown tired of coding.
Second, I have been reading business books, and will be reading some more. I choose these from the Personal MBA reading list.
How did this happen?
After being a programmer for 23 years - since age 11 - I have grown tired of it. I do code for work, but I no longer relish the thought of coding in my spare time. No personal hobby projects. Sadly, no open source contributions - a cause for open source angst. Who would write Pinoy open source now? I still hope some of the younger generation pick it up. Perhaps that itch to scratch will find its way back to me.
Will it come back? Perhaps. It could just be a phase.
I now find analyzing requirements and writing specifications and designs interesting. I used to think that this was a boring, or even unnecessary activity - just hack away on hardcore tech! I guess understanding this stuff is part of growing older - and wiser, I hope?
I still love software development. The difference is that I see it from a wider perspective.
Thanks to Keith Rull! He interviewed me as the first Pinoy developer in his interview series.
Things I’d like to add: to get to do stuff, you need to put in a lot of hard work - and often, you’ll think about the road not taken. And, nostalgic oldtimers might be surprised when I say that the kids of today have it better. I must add - that’s why expect much much more of them, and then get disappointed.
Sharing your stuff is made much easier if someone asks you questions. I remember the old interview meme. I did not remember it just like that. Instead, WordPress told me that I got a new comment.
Now, I am restarting my blogging once more.
Karambola - Thursday June 26, 2008
I got this letter from PJ Gubatina Policarpio in the United States. I agree with points he raised although I also understand the limitations of media.
I’m from Antique, which was also badly hit by typhoon “Frank” but it’s hardly in the news. In our barrio, so many houses near the beach were carried away. Thankfully, no one died. But it’s not the same in other towns. The approach of Sibalom bridge, the longest in the province, was carried away by the floods which makes travel very difficult.
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