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Posted: August 14, 2013 in mission, news, personal
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Fear- and tear-inducing footage of the tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011.  You should watch the video to see how powerful Mother Nature can be.

The initial 3 minutes of the video shows the almost empty river, obviously the water has receded.  Sirens, announcements are blaring in the background.  I assume that people are being asked to move to a higher ground.

Then the water starts coming in and I think to myself, maybe this is town is very far from the places I saw on TV that were totally immersed in flood and debris.  But for 15 minutes, water kept on rushing.  The water in the river rose and rose until it overflowed into the streets and then into the nearby playground.  And then the water brought in small debris, and then cars and boats and finally houses!


Halalan 2013

Posted: May 14, 2013 in government, mission

The midterm elections has ended yesterday at 7pm. Some winners have already been proclaimed today and the rest will be proclaimed soon.

There have been a few stand out candidates this year who have continually been the topic of headlines, blogs, tweets and memes.

Unfortunately, not everyone in the country has access to these information avenues. The Philippines after all is just a third world country trying desperately to free itself from the clutches of poverty.


Rainy season has started and with the kind of maintenance the government is doing to the drainage system of the metro, waterproof boots seems like a very good investment.

Typhoon Falcon has just visited the Philippines and has brought with it massive volumes of rain.  And with the clogged drainage in all of the National Capital Region due to poor maintenance and blatant throwing of garbage everywhere and anywhere, waters not only in rivers and creeks rose but in the streets as well.  Actually, these boots, no matter how sturdy and durable are useless in some areas because waters tend to rise to more than 2 meters.  Scary, I know.  But with the kind of response the Philippines activates for preventing these things from happening, it is not shocking news.  In fact, it is expected.

The Philippines has already suffered the effects of massive floods, thanks to the record-breaking downpour brought by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009.  The Filipinos as a nation rose and helped all those affected.  There were stories of heroic acts heard all over.  The senate and congress has questioned the experts to try and find solutions for the disaster.  But a few weeks after, when the media coverage has died down, all efforts of preventing another “Ondoy” from happening also fizzled.  And now, Typhoon Falcon, which has rains less than half the volume brought by Ondoy, was still able to inflict a lot of damage.  The damage was not as much as Ondoy’s but still much of the devastation are is preventable.  IF ONLY THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING ITS JOB.  IF ONLY YOU DO NOT THROW YOUR TRASH ANYWHERE.

Yes, though the government is much to blame, they are not the only ones to blame.  Each of you who did not take the time to find a trash can for that candy wrapper, you are responsible as well!  This is the nth time already!  Will we ever really learn?  Or will we just continue digging our graves?

Anyway, I will probably buy the waterproof boots next week from Timbaland.  That is, if I don’t see a better one beforehand.

Happy Birthday Dr. Jose Rizal

Posted: June 20, 2011 in mission

Yesterday was the 150th birthday of the Philippines’ National Hero – Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda.  He was born June 19, 1861 in Calamba, Laguna.  Rizal was instrumental in ousting the Spaniards from the Philippines.  He is a polyglot – conversant in more than 22 languages.  Also, he is a jack of all trades – architect, artists, businessman, cartoonist, educator, economist, ethnologist, scientific farmer, historian, inventor, journalist, linguist, musician, mythologist, nationalist, naturalist, novelist, ophthalmic surgeon, poet, propagandist, psychologist, scientist, sculptor, sociologist, and theologian (

Rizal was shot at the Bagumbayan on December 30, 1896 by a firing squad of the Spanish army.


Tomorrow at 8:30 pm (Philippine time or +8 GMT time) is Earth Hour.  I have been a part of it for 3 years now.  And again, as in every year, I am urging everyone to be part of it.  Let us dedicate this hour, just an hour at the very least, for our dear planet earth.  It’s very little sacrifice compared to the ginormous benefits we can get from just turning our lights off for 60 minutes.  Here’s El Nido Resorts’ pledge for Earth Hour:

Let’s join El Nido and the rest of the world in this momentous occasion.

But why stop there?  The environment badly needs us.  Everything that has happened recently – earthquakes in Chile, Haiti, New Zealand, Japan and Myanmar; (more…)

I hope the increased incidence of earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis and other calamities are just signs of great technological advancement.  I hope it all just means that we have improved our equipment so much that everything is detected.  I hope it just means that we have improved news reporting and communication so much that we are so much more aware of everything that is happening all around the world.

I hope it doesn’t mean that mother earth is making us feel her wrath for all the damage we have done to her so far. I hope it doesn’t mean that global warming is now so critical, disturbances in weather, sea levels and plates will become even more frequent.  I hope it doesn’t mean that the Mayans were right about their prediction of the end of the world.

Technological advancement or end of the world, we only have one true weapon right now, PRAYERS.  Whatever religion, whichever Almighty Being we believe in, let us all pray for the world, for us, for everyone’s sake.

The devastation in Japan, in pictures c/o The New York Times.

“Through a rapist’s eyes”

Posted: March 4, 2011 in mission, quotes
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This post was copied from a facebook entry.   Just doing my part in disseminating this precious information, which can help all of us.  However, please be informed that according to Mr. Jim Paredes himself, he didn’t write this letter.

Dear friends,

Many of you may not have heard of the incident that happened to a friend of my son last week at about 6:30 pm right in front of the thickly-populated area of BPI-Katipunan, near shoppersville. She parked her car right in front of BPI to make a withdrawal and to do some groceries.

As she was getting into her car after doing her chores, a man suddenly appeared beside her and tried to bully her into moving to the passenger seat. when she pressed her car horn to call attention, he pushed her in the car and pinned her down with his elbow on her neck. It was a good thing that she had the presence of mind to continue to struggle and press on her car horn to catch attention (even if she had to use her foot to do this) Her assailant even tried to make people believe that it was a domestic matter by telling the crowd not to get involved as it was a “private matter”.  But with the onlookers multiplying by the second, her assailant finally gave up and ran. That was when she stood up and shouted for help. Thank God the guy got caught and is now under police custody.

Last saturday, during the inquest, she told me that what gave her the guts to fight her assailant was the article “THROUGH A RAPIST’S EYES” forwarded to our e-groups! about a week prior to her attack. I am re-forwarding the article (you can find it at the bottom of this (e-mail) for everyone’s benefit. please tell your friends, family, and loved ones about this. It works. may i just add that to a certain extent, we have to get ourselves involved if we see violence being committed on anyone like calling on a security guard or a police officer even if it appears to be a domestic matter. It seems that a lot of attackers use that tactic to get away with violence. Not many people know how to take care of themselves when faced with such a situation. Everyone, please be very, very careful.


FYI – Through a rapist’s eyes! A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

  1. The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun! , braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.
  2. The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around to cut clothing. (more…)