When unexplainable sadness overtakes you

You're longing for something. You're looking for something you don't have. You miss someone. You think of your past experiences. You begin to ask. What on earth am I here for? You couldn't grasp meaningful thoughts and feelings about yourself but loneliness, shame, and guilt. You don't understand what's going on. You're groping in the dark. Your heart may not be totally numb, but you start to think nothing, feel nothing, do nothing.

People are people - complete with five human senses to comprehend almost everything. You have all the faculties necessary to be able to survive in this world and act rational things. You eat and sleep; you go to school and work; you attend religious obligations; you date with your boyfriend/girlfriend; you talk to your neighbors and friends; you interact with members of your family. Yet you still feel that you lack something - something that even yourself could not understand. You actually don't know what it is but the longing, real as it is, is there. There's a hole inside your heart that needs to be filled in with something. Unexplainable sadness overtakes you. Because of your quest to fill this emptiness in your heart, you begin to dig your wells. At the end of the day, you still feel your life is incomplete. Why? Why? Why? But no one seems to answer.

2009 Top 10 Megachurches in the United States

2009 Top 10 Largest Churches in America




1. Lakewood Church (Houston, TX): Joel Osteen
Lakewood Church has been on the No. 1 spot since 2006. It has 43,500 members to date.



2. LifeChurch.tv (Edmond, OK): Craig Groeschel
This megachurch has 26,776 average attendance in a week for the past year. It ranked No. 5 in 2008.



3. Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL): Bill Hybels
From No. 4 spot in 2008, Willow Creek Community Church is now on spot No. 3 among the largest churches in America with members numbering to 23,400.



4. North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA): Andy Stanley
This church ranked No. 4 last year compared to 2008 ranking which placed it on the No. 3 spot. It has 23,377 members to date.




5. Second Baptist Church (Houston, TX): Ed Young Sr.
From being the No. 2 largest church in the United States in 2008, Second Baptist Church is now on the 5th place. Its members counted to 22,723 as of 2009.



6. Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, CA): Rick Warren
Rick Warren's Saddleback Church rose from spot No. 8 in 2008 to spot No. 6 last year. About 3,000 members were added in just a year making the membership of the church increased to 22,418.


7. Fellowship Church (Grapevine, TX): Ed Young Jr.
Fellowship Church is still on the 7th place with a total membership of 19,913.


8. Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, KY): Dave Stone
In 2008, Southeast Christian Church is not included in the Top 10 largest churches in America. Last year, it placed No. 8 with 17,261 members.


9. Woodlands Church (Woodlands, TX): Kerry Shook
This church ranked No. 11 in 2008 and it is now on the 9th place among the Top 10 largest churches in the United States. There are about 17,142 registered members as of 2009.


10. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale (Ft. Lauderdale, FL): Bob Coy
Placing 10th among the biggest churches is the Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale with an attendance of 15,921. It ranked 9th two years ago.

Politics and Religion: Can They Mix?


 Politics and Religion: Can They Mix?*
By Marlon B. Raquel

The issue of politics and religion began to flame recently when religious leaders from different religious organizations such as Bro. Eddie Villanueva of Jesus Is Lord Church, Bro. Mike Velarde of El Shaddai Movement, and the priest-turned-politician Pampanga Gov. Among Ed entered the realm of politics or at least influence their followers in making political decisions. Some say that they should continue their calling as men of God and stop joining the bureacracy. Others argue that these people have the moral responsibility before God and the people and thus there's nothing wrong seeing them actively participating in the political processes.

The word 'politics' is almost synonymous for words like government, officials, Malacanang and the like. It its broader sense, it encompasses all the government officials, the bureaucracy, the processes within the bureaucracy, and theories associated with concepts such as elections, laws, and public consultations. Filipinos are not ignorant of these things. Some Filipinos have negative connotations about politics. Marumi ang pulitika. Pare-pareho lang sila, mga kurakot! You can hear these statements from the people who are disgusted with how our government works. Others are a bit positive. They say that there is still hope for the Philippines, that we are destined to have a glorious future.

Religion, on the other hand, is considered to be a separate and distinct entity from politics for most of us. In fact, our Constitution specifically states that there should be a separation of the church and state. One cannot argue that religion plays a vital role in Philippine history. Long before the Spaniards came to introduce Christianity in the islands (or shall I say to colonize the islands, siphon all our natural resources and make the natives slaves while Christianizing us), the Filipinos have had a system of beliefs about something or someone that was spiritual in nature and that their lives were being affected by it. The belief of anitos and supernatural creatures was a testimony that the natives were religious. These creatures, whom they considered as gods, served as the guide for the datus in leading their respective community thousands of years ago. But the Spaniards saw this stuff as paganistic, so they did all their efforts to wipe out this system of beliefs and introduced Christ as the ultimate and real God. The colonizers were successful. After few centuries, the Philippines became the first and the only Christian nation in the whole Asia. One thing though that we need to take note here: for the benefit of Christians who separated from the authority of the papacy, I could say that the Philippines is the first and the only Roman Catholic nation in Asia. With the introduction of Christianity, the colonizers introduced Roman Catholicism in the country. Not until the United States of America entered the Philippine Islands when Protestantism was introduced and embraced by some Filipinos. To date, almost 85% of Filipinos are Roman Catholics and the remaining 15% are Protestants and adherents of other religions.

Now the question is, can politics and religion be mixed? With the doctrine of separation of the church and state enshrined in our Constitution, the highest law of the land, political analysts argue that they could not be mixed. But what basically this doctrine means? When can we say that there is a union of the church and state and when can we say that there is a separation between the two entities? And why create such doctrine in the first place? During the Spanish colonization, it was the Spanish priests or friars who oversaw the administration of the Kingdom of Spain in the Philippines together with the governal-general appointed by the King of Spain. Being so religious, the Filipinos willingly submitted to the will of these Spanish friars. Disobey their rules and you will go to hell, that's what they say. Those who governed the local communities have the blessings from the friars. Most of the time it was the will of the priests that was followed than the local leaders. Because of the vast powers of Spanish friars, they have abused their authority.

The concept of the doctrine of separation of the church and state, based on my understanding, is that any religion whether the Roman Catholic Church or a Protestant church, should not interfere with the affairs of the state. They should not be part of any legislative functions. It is not the duty of the church to create laws for the people to follow. Leave it to our senators and congressmen. But we cannot deny the fact that it is the moral responsibility of the church to guard the morality of her people. Here comes the church now - lobbying against certain bills or for their approval. One example is the Reproductive Health Bill endorsed by Rep. Edcel Lagman and other members of the House of Representatives. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, the organization of Roman Catholic bishops in the country, strongly condemns the passage of the bill. Accoding to CBCP, this bill is against humanity and against the right to life. You will notice that many priests would usually include their disapproval of the bill in their Sunday homilies to persuade their parishioners not to support the bill. On the other hand, the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), the largest network of evangelical churches in the country, issued an official statement of approval of reproductive health bill as long as its provisions do not violate the right to life. Can we call this an interference to the affairs of the state?

Our country is a secular state. We don't have a state religion. One is free to choose any religion he wants to belong. The state cannot dictate any individual. If you take a look at the old history of Israel, this Middle Eastern nation has a theocratic style of leadership. Theocracy is simply a government ruled by God. There was no virtually separation of the church and state that time. Whatever God told the kings through their prophets they would follow it. In our modern world today, there are theocratic governments. One example is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Islamic laws are being implemented. Any law created by the lawmakers that is not according to Q'uran is being abolished. It should always conform to the standards of Islamic teachings.

Is it politically right then for Bro. Eddie to run for a public office even if he is the Spiritual Director of one of the biggest evangelical churches in the Philippines and he himself is a pastor? Yes, just like when Among Ed, a priest from Pampanga, run for the gubernatorial seat in the province. There's nothing wrong if a priest, a pastor, or an imam run for political office. The same Constitution lists the qualifications of a presidential candidate: 1) A Filipino citizen; 2) Able to read and write; 3) At least 40 years old on the day of the election; 4) A registered voter; and 4) Residing in the Philippines at least 10 years prior to the election day. Nowhere in the 1987 Philippine Constitution that says a church minister is prohibited from running. In fact, I know one member of our Congress today who is also a Baptist pastor - Rep. Abante of Manila. Why should we not support a man of God from leading the country? Bro. Eddie is a former activist, the longest member of the Board of Regents - the highest policy-making body of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines where he served also as a professor, an economist by profession, holder of six doctoral degrees, a multi-awarded pastor recognized here in the Philippines and abroad, owner of ZOE TV Network which airs programs in QTV and GMA7, and a broadcaster. Leading a church which has 6 million members worldwide proves that he has excellent management skills. They say we should choose the lesser evil. Why settle for the lesser evil if there's the person who is not evil at all? No wonder why celebrities like Piolo Pascual, Kuh Ledesma, Cooney Reyes, and others publicly support him. I think Bro. Eddie deserves a chance. As long as he does not impose his doctrines to other people especially the Roman Catholics, he has my vote.


* Written January 27, 2010 at 2:00PM MNL

Kahirapan sa Probinsya

Sobrang kahirapan ang nararamdaman ngayon sa maliit na barangay namin sa Tabontabon, including my own family. Grabe, maraming pamilya ang hindi nakakakain ng tatlong beses sa isang araw. Kelan kaya mararamdaman ng mga taga-Jabong yong tinatawag na prosperity? Yong mga pananim na palay, wala pang bunga. I've talked to my father over the phone earlier today, at sinabi niya na papausbong pa lang daw ung mga butil ng palay. With the impact of El Nino sa Pilipinas, malamang na matatagalan pa na mamunga yong mga palay sa lugar namin. Nakakaawa ang mga tao. Naaalala ko ang nanay at tatay ko. Kaya nga nandito ako sa Maynila nagpupursige para makatulong sa pamilya ko.

Ang nangyayaring ito sa baryo namin ay microcosm ng nangyayari sa kabuuan ng bansa. Maraming Pilipino ang nagugutom dahil sa kahirapan. Walang pambili ng pagkain, gamot, at pangtustos sa pag-aaral ng mga anak. Anong kinabukasan ang naghihintay sa pangkaraniwang Pinoy? Heto na naman at campaign period na. Habang ang mga kandidato ay gumagastos ng milyong-milyong salapi sa mga advertisements at kampanya nila, milyong-milyong Pilipino din ang naghihirap at walang makain. Mga taong nakaupo, kelan kayo matututong tumayo? Tingnan ninyo ang tunay na kalagayan ng nakararaming Pinoy.

Looking Beyond the Horizon

Looking Beyond the Horizon*
By Marlon B. Raquel

We are living in this troubled world. Natural disasters left millions of people homeless and starving to death. The Carribean nation of Haiti lost 60% of its total gross domestic product because of the devastation brought about by a 7.0 magnitude of earthquake and thousands of people died. Tsunamis hit Indonesia few years ago and here in the Philippines, typhoons seem to be our 'regular customers' especially during the end of the year. In African countries such as Nigeria, religious violence continues as Christians and Muslims fight against each other. In other parts of the world, separatist groups are struggling to acquire independence from the national governments which only leads to bloodshed. Ships sinking in the seas, fires consuming hundreds of houses, planes crashing, shootouts, kidnappings, vehicular accidents - these are just few of negative news we almost hear everyday in different media outlets. Even among our government officials, there seems to be a chaos. Political bickering is the main ingredient. Corruption eats up the system. Morality is no longer the standard but rather an option. There is an increasing proportion of population who have sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and AIDS. In some societies, killing an unborn child becomes a social norm, same with homosexuality. Sex is no longer a sacred sexual intercourse after and within marriage, but rather a commodity (parang asukal lang na binibili sa tindahan ni Aleng Nina, P60/kilo, hehehe). Families are breaking up. What is right decades ago is considered wrong today and vice versa. All things are relative they say. Where is our world heading to?

Come to think of it. If we focus ourselves to all these problems, we're heading on the wrong direction. Hopelessness, guilt, and shame will only lead us to become more disappointed and discouraged. Looking beyond what our two eyes can see will open new dimensions. We may never know what lies beyond the horizon but becoming positive will not hurt us. If we consider God as the center of our lives, then we are assured of a bright future awaiting us. God has plans for us - plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Be brave and do not be shaken. He is giving us new hope that even in this fallen world, we are meant to be happy, enjoying every bit this life has to offer. His merciful eyes are upon His beautiful creations like you. Would you rather strive for something of eternal value than be temporarily satisfied with this ephemeral world? You be the judge.


*January 30, 2010
2:30 PM MNL

HI APOY KIKAY

Hi Apoy Kikay*
ni Marlon B. Raquel


Naka-de kuatro nga napungko
ha bawbaw han lingkuran
Nagkukutim-kutim
bagan may Bazooka ha im-im.

Nagsasaysay han kaagi
han Gera Mundial Numero Dos
Tangkong ngan ganas
asya la an kinakaon.

Kagutom inabat
atay han Hapon ginkaon
Ginhugasan, gindangdang
ha mapaso nga kalayo.

*Apoy Kikay was one of the oldest persons living in our barangay way back 1990s. My parents said that he was our distant relative. He was one of those Filipinos who survived during World War II. When I was a kid, I used to hear stories from him together with other kids in our village.

College Graduation Photos

I was browsing the photos stored in my laptop during our college graduation and I thought of posting them here in my website. As I looked each picture, I can’t help myself but smile sometimes. All I can say is life is awesome, right? The graduation ceremony was held at the People’s Center and Library in Tacloban City on April 26, 2006. Almost four years now. I hope our batch, Siwangag (Waray term for a prolonged, very loud shout like the one ‘umalohokan’ thing), could sponsor a mini-reunion someday. Reminiscing my UP Tacloban days (I still have my UP Diliman days, hehehe), how could I forget those four years of rich experiences? Naaah. I would never forget those days. I owe half of my life to this institution – University of the Philippines.

Robinsons Tacloban Photos

The Three Brothers with Kuya Sean

The Three Brothers

These photos were taken in DZR Airport, Tacloban City. The team of Kuya Sean (center on the 3rd photo) was about to leave after the three-day youth camp in Abuyog, Leyte. He was our speaker.

The guy wearing the white shirt is me. Hehe. The little boy wearing a UP jacket is my younger brother, the youngest in the family while the other guy on the left side is Marvin, my brother too.

Seizing Our Nation's Prophetic Destiny


Seizing Our Nation's Prophetic Destiny*

By Bishop Dan A. Balais
National Chairman, Intercessors for the Philippines

“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favor her, yea, the set time, is come.” (Psalm 102:13)

From the beginning of creation, the Lord ordained that the affairs of the earth will be governed measured and determined by seasons of time. King Solomon said: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclessiastes 3:1). The most recent prophetic pronouncements declare that the nation of the Philippines is entering into a new season in God’s prophetic purpose for her. This is our “Kairos” that we must seize, an opportunity that we must not allow to slip by us!

During the prophetic conference of the Philippines for Jesus Movement (PJM) On March 6-7, 2009 I received the impression from the Holy Spirit to count the number of years from the time the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan “discovered” the Philippines on March 16, 1521. As I was about to be called to the stage for the opening session in the packed 7,000 capacity San Juan Arena, I asked Pastor Ed de Guzman, my vice chairman in the Intercessors for the Philippines, to quickly find out from his cell phone calculator how many years transpired since Philippines was formally introduced to the world. Pastor Ed replied: 488 years! Immediately, revelation exploded in my spirit shouting: 490 years! 490 years! In two years time, we will complete the prophetic completion of seven sets of seventy years! As I was climbing to address the more than 6,000 people, my knees were trembling of the sudden unveiling of truth!

According to Daniel 9:24, 490 years was ordained by God for Israel to: 1) finish and put an end to transgression (rebellion), (2) to seal up and make full measure of sin (3) to purge away and make expiation and reconciliation for sin (4) to bring in everlasting righteousness (5) to seal up vision and prophecy (6) to anoint a Holy of Holies.

“Seventy weeks [of years, or 490 years] are decreed upon your people and upon your holy city [Jerusalem], to finish and put an end to transgression, to seal up and make full the measure of sin, to purge away and make expiation and reconciliation for sin, to bring in everlasting righteousness (permanent moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) to seal up vision and prophecy and prophet, and to anoint a Holy of Holies.” (Daniel 9:24)

A new season was being opened by God for the nation of Israel. This was a “Kairos” moment that the prophet Daniel received through the Archangel Gabriel as a result of his intense prayers, intercessions and supplications.

Significance of 490 Years

We must understand that Israel was the Lord’s example to the nations on how He deals with other nations. 70 years is a prophetic time when the Lord completes the cleansing of a nation. In Daniel 9: 1,2, we could read the prophet Daniel came to an understanding that Israel has completed the number of years that the Lord has decreed for her to suffer captivity as a punishment to their disobedience to the Lord.

[Daniel 9:1] In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; [Daniel 9:2] In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 25:11,12)

It was at this time that the prophet Daniel set himself to fast and pray and make supplication to the Lord on behalf of his people. He fasted for 21 days and at the end of his fast, the Archangel Gabriel came to him saying to him: [Daniel 9:20] And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; [Daniel 9:21] Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

[Daniel 9:22] And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. [Daniel 9:23] At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision. [Daniel 9:24] Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Archangel Gabriel revealed to Prophet Daniel that Israel is entering a new season of restoration after 7 sets of 70 years (490 years) of God’s dealing with her sins (Job 23:10; Psalm 12:6). It was like Israel, through the judgments of God has fully paid the consequences of their sins (Isaiah 40:1-2) and the time to comfort her has come (Psalm 102: 13). It was a time when the Lord is going to show His mercy and grace upon Zion, a time when the Lord would comfort her and restore her to her prophetic calling and destiny!

[Isiah 40:1] Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. [Isa 40:2] Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins. [Psalm 102:13] Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favor her, yea, the set time, is come.

The Philippines At The Gate of 490 Years

In the year 2009, we are at the very gate of 490 years! Through the nation’s “Chronos” history of some 488 years, the Philippines is a recipient of two glorious birth rights: the first Christian nation in Asia and the first democratic Republic in the region. Our people enjoyed the blessings of our Christian heritage reaching its peak in the 1930’s and the 50’s.

By the latter part of the 1960’s which is approximately, the past 40 years, the glory began to fade. From prosperity and progress unequaled in Asia, we declined precipitously to our terrible position now being known as the most corrupt and suffering worst social maladies among the family of nations in the region. The nation did not grasp the destiny and purpose of the birth rights: To be God’s banner, God’s witness and testimony to Asia and the rest of the world.

To bring us to that realization, the Lord brought us through the fire of affliction to purify us and raise a new generation of people who, through sufferings, will learn to obey God and walk in His righteousness (Isaiah 26:9).

[Isiah 26:9] With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

[Job 23:10] But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

[Psalm 12:6] The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Let Us Arise And Seize Our Destiny: Let Us Pray And Take Action

Through 488 years since we were “discovered” and our existence formally introduced to the world; and 488 years since the first cross was planted n our shores, the Lord has willed that this generation, our generation will give birth and witness the completion of God’s dealing with the sins of our people! 490 years is coming! The election in 2010 is not an ordinary election! It is one that shall open the gate of the 490th year (2011) that shall usher in the new season of God for our beloved land and people!

[Daniel 2:20] Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: [Daniel 2:21] And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: [Daniel 2:22] He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

We are the people tasked by the Lord to seize our nation’s prophetic destiny! Let us fast, pray and take action!

* Retrieved from http://pilipinasbayanko.blogspot.com/2010/01/philippines-490-years.html

Proclamation No. 1841 - Philippine Holidays 2010

MALACA√ĎANG

MANILA

PROCLAMATION NO. 1841

DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2010

WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated July 24, 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7 Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;

WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation;

WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that the Eid’l Adha shall be celebrated as a regional holiday in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao;

WHEREAS, in order to foster closer family ties and enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningful, it is but fitting to declare December 24 (Friday) as an additional special (non-working) day throughout the country; this will also serve to strengthen family relationships by providing a longer week-end and renewing ties for a longer period of time, as well as promote domestic tourism;

WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GLORIA M. ARROYO, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:

SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2010 shall by observed in the country:

A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day January 1
Maundy Thursday April 1
Good Friday April 2
Araw ng Kagitingan April 9 (Friday)
Labor Day May 1
Independence Day June 14 (Monday nearest June 12)
National Heroes Day August 30 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day November 29 (Monday nearest November 30)
Christmas Day December 25 (Saturday)
Rizal Day December 27 (Monday nearest December 30)

B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Ninoy Aquino Day August 23 (Monday nearest August 21)
All Saints Day November 1 (Monday)
Additional Special (Non-Working) Day December 24 (Friday)
Last Day of the Year December 31 (Friday)

C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary
February 22 (Monday nearest February 25)

SECTION 2. The proclamation declaring a national holiday for the observance of Eid’l Fitr shall hereafter be issued after the approximate date of the Islamic holiday has been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the Office on Muslim Affairs shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.

SECTION 3. In order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Adha to the fore of national consciousness, a proclamation declaring a national holiday shall also hereafter be likewise issued after the approximate date of the Islamic holiday has been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the Office on Muslim Affairs shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.

SECTION 4. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.

SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.

SECTION 6. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 21st day of July, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Nine.

(Sgd.) H.E. GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO

By the President:

(Sgd) EDUARDO R. ERMITA
Executive Secretary

35th Metro Manila Film Festival: Top Grossers


During the opening day of the 35th Metro Manila Film Festival on December 25, 2009, Ang Panday topped among the seven official entries with 16.9 million pesos. Following the third and fourth place are Ang Darling Kong Aswang with 16.8 million pesos and Shake, Rattle, and Roll XI with 16.2 million pesos, respectively. Nobody, Nobody But... Juan placed 5th with 8.0 million pesos while Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love placed 6th with 6.9 million pesos. Manny Pacquiao's Wapakman was knocked out at the 7th place with 750,000 pesos. During the first day of the MMFF, I watched Mano Po 6 at Starmall Cinema with my friend. If you want cheaper movie tickets, I suggest you go to Starmall Cinema instead. Hehehe. It's just P117 compared to P170 in SM Cinemas.

Here's the list of total gross ending of the seven official entries in the 35th Metro Manila Film festival.


As of December 25, 2009 (1st Day)* 
In millions of pesos

1st - Ang Panday---------------------------------------16.9
2nd - Ang Darling Kong Aswang-----------------------16.8
3rd - Shake, Rattle, and Roll XI------------------------16.2
4th - I Love You, Goodbye----------------------------11.7
5th - Noby, Nobody But... Juan-------------------------8.0
6th - Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love----------------------6.9
7th - Wapakman---------------------------------------0.75

As of December 27, 2009 (3 Days)**
In millions of pesos

1st - Ang Panday--------------------------------------20.0
2nd - Shake, Rattle, and Roll XI-----------------------19.8
3rd - Ang Darling Kong Aswang-----------------------18.5
4th - I Love You, Goodbye----------------------------17.9
5th - Nobody, Nobody But... Juan---------------------10.2
6th - Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love---------------------10.1
7th - Wapakman---------------------------------------1.4

As of December 31, 2009 (7 Days)***
In millions of pesos

1st - Ang Panday--------------------------------------58.0
2nd - Ang Darling Kong Aswang----------------------56.5
3rd - Shake, Rattle, and Roll XI-----------------------53.0
4th - I Love You, Goodbye---------------------------51.0
5th - Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love--------------------25.0
6th - Nobody, Nobody But... Juan--------------------23.0
7th - Wapakman---------------------------------------2.1

January 3, 2010 (10 Days)****
In millions of pesos

1st - Ang Panday-------------------------------------90.2
2nd - Ang Darling Kong Aswang---------------------83.0
3rd - I Love You, Goodbye--------------------------77.6
4th - Shake, Rattle, and Roll XI----------------------71.1
5th - Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love-------------------37.0
6th - Nobody, Nobody But... Juan--------------------29.7
7th - Wapakman--------------------------------------2.6

Total Gross Income for 14 Days*****
In millions of pesos

1st - Ang Panday-------------------------------------99.4
2nd - I Love You, Goodbye--------------------------94.3
3rd - Ang Darling Kong Aswang----------------------89.6
4th - Shake, Rattle, and Roll XI-----------------------77.6
5th - Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love-------------------42.0
6th - Nobody, Nobody But... Juan-------------------31.9
7th - Wapakman--------------------------------------2.6

Sources:
*http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20091226-244059/Pacman-flick-knocked-out-on-first-day
**http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/236037/panday-continues-hammer-lead-mmff-09
***http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20100101-245069/Fantasy-continues-to-rule-filmfest-box-office
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Profile: Edu Manzano


Biography

Renowned for his seemingly deadpan attitude and dramatic range, he is an actor of great renown in the Philippines. He played the perfect villain and also showed quite a bit of a sense of humor, thus gaining him fame as a good game show host.
 
Edu Manzano is a Filipino actor, comedian, and politician. He was born on September 14, 1955 as Eduardo C. Manzano in San Francisco, California. During his youth, he had joined in the United States Military and served there for four years.

He was formerly married to actress and now governor of Batangas, Vilma Santos , for four years, which ended in a definite separation. They had a son, Luis Philippe Manzano , during their union. He is now the live-in partner of actress Rina Samson. He has a total of three children all in all, with Luis, Amanda Danielle, and Lorenzo.

His roles in movies were mostly of the villain, due to his disposition, dramatic ability, and his looks. He has shown in multiple occasions why he is a character that is easy to respect and hate at the same time in the roles that he has portrayed. He started his acting career during the late 70’s, and he still has not slowed down just yet. His last movie though was way back in 2003, concentrating more on his television career nowadays with game shows, soap operas, and sitcoms, but he is still on top of the market.

He had been successful in movies, but it is in television that made him a household name. He has garnered a reputation as the ideal game show host, which is a role that he has filled in many times in several different game shows. He also acts in different television shows in both drama and comedy. He has also been elected as president of Kapisanan ng mga Artista sa Pelikulang Pilipino, or KAPP for short, which is the Philippines’s actors’ guild, in 1995.

He is also active in politics, having been the vice mayor of Makati during the late 90’s. He is now the current chairman of the Optical Media Board, replacing Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. when he went on to run as a senator. Edu had considered running for senate himself during the 2007 Senatorial Elections, but he backed out despite the support of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, citing lack of funds as the reason for his retraction from the race.

Currently, he is the host of the game show “Pilipinas, Game KNB?” in which the former host, Kris Aquino, he indefinitely replaced until it was announced in June 2007 that he was to replace her permanently. He is also the host of the new game show “1 vs. 100,” as well as a host in the morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda.” He also had a role in the recently concluded soap opera “Walang Kapalit” as a strict adoptive father, and also roles in some recent sitcoms. All the shows he has recently taken part in are all on the TV station ABS-CBN 2.

Source:
http://www.celebritiesph.com/actors/filipino-actors/edu-manzano.html

Manzano entered politics in 1998 when he ran for Vice Mayor of Makati City. He garnered a majority of votes in the election, but his proclamation was suspended due to a case filed which alleged that he was not a citizen of the Philippines. The Comelec eventually ruled that he was indeed a Filipino citizen, clearing the way for his proclamation as Vice Mayor. Following a three-year term, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for Mayor of Makati City in 2001, losing to Jejomar Binay.
In 2004, Manzano became the first chairman of the Optical Media Board, a government agency tasked with combating optical media piracy. He resigned the position in August 2009.
On November 13, 2009, it was announced that Manzano will be Lakas-Kampi-CMD's candidate for Vice President in the May 2010 election, and the running mate of presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro.



Source: Wikipedia

Profile: Perfecto R. Yasay

Academic Credentials:

MBA Units, Graduate Business Studies,
Ateneo de Manila University, 1978

Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines,
College of Law, 1972

B.A. Political Science, Central Philippine
Univeristy, 1967

Secondary, Davao City High School, 1963

Professional Credentials
Chairman Central Philippine University (up to present)
Chairman Securities and Exchange Commission (1995-2000)
Associate Securities and Exchange Commission (1993-1995)
Commissioner San Jose Yasay & Santos Law Offices (1987-1993)
Senior Partner Yasay & de Castro, Esqs., New York (1985-1990)
Senior Partner Maceda Yasay & Tolentino, Esqs., New York (1979-1985)
Managing Director Maceda Philippines News, New York Bureau (1983-1987)
Manager Legal Dept Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (1973-1979)

Fields of Practice

Civil, Criminal and Administrative Litigation, Public Advocacy, Special Projects, Corporation Law, Election Law
(Practices Law in the Philippines and in the U.S.)

Atty. Yasay served as the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1995 to 2000 after being an Associate Commissioner from 1993 to 1995. He has also been a Senior Partner to two law offices. A Managing Director to Philippine News, New York Bureau from 1983 to 1987 and a Manager to Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) Legal Department from 1973 to 1979.

He has diverse experience in the field of legal and judicial systems and has litigated numerous corporate, civil and criminal and immigration cases under the Philippine and American legal and judicial systems and in various quasi-judicial and administrative bodies.
Atty. Yasay has MBA units in Business Studies from Ateneo de Manila, a Bachelor of Law from UP Diliman and a BA degree in Political Science from the Central Philippine University.

Perfecto R. Yasay Jr., Former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, was the first public official who stood up against a President of the Philippines on the issue of corruption and abuse of power, which eventually led to his downfall.

He was given the EDSA People Power Freedom Award for Undaunted Courage in proclaiming the truth as a key witness in the impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada.

He was named by Business Week in its July 3, 2000 issue as one of the Stars of Asia, together with 49 other Asian leaders, for being at the forefront of change and striving for a firmer national foundation by mending a social fabric torn by crisis.

Reference:
Official Website of Perfecto Yasay

Faith or Religious Fanaticism? The Case of the Feast of the Black Nazarene


Faith or Religious Fanaticism? The Case of the Feast of the Black Nazarene
By Marlon B. Raquel

The annual celebration of the Feast of the Most Holy Black Nazarene claimed two lives as Filipino devotees participated in a procession barefooted yesterday in Quiapo, Manila. In 2006 and 2008, two people have also died in each year.

I've witnessed firsthand last year's celebration. I was in Carriedo Station that time and I took photos from my phone. Thick crowds filled the streets of Quiapo. People were wearing purple shirts with the image of the Black Nazarene printed on it. I actually saw a group of people yelling each other, including a pregnant woman. There was a rumble. It was good that no one died last year, but unfortunately, two people died this year.

I understand the religious fervor my fellow Filipinos have for the statue of Jesus Christ. But at the same time, this leads me to doubt whether their devotion is authentic and is accepted by Jesus Christ Himself. The Philippines is pre-dominantly a Catholic nation. We have been colonized by the Spaniards for more than 300 years, who first brought Christianity, specifically Roman Catholicism, to the islands.

The image of the Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus which is carried in the streets of Quiapo for a public procession in a Caroza. It is considered to be miraculous by many Filipinos, the very reason why the feast has attracted thousands of people from all walks of life. If you will the procession, you will notice that people are wiping their handkerchiefs to the image with the hope that this would heal their diseases. In recent years, about two million people continue to flock to Quiapo for their panata.

I wonder if Jesus Christ Himself is happy seeing people hurting each other while on the procession. The feast has been celebrated for 403 years now and it became part of the Roman Catholic Church tradition, in this sense, became part of the Filipino society. For sure, Filipinos have faith in God. The Black Nazarene symbolizes their daily struggles and sufferings. But we must also remember that being religious doesn't mean God's favor will be upon us. Religious extremism is dangerous. I always believe that the grace of the Lord is unmerited, that's why it's called grace.

Why Arroyo decided to run for Congress: A perspective from a concerned young Filipino citizen

Why Arroyo decided to run for Congress:
A perspective from a concerned young Filipino citizen

By Marlon B. Raquel

With barely six months remaining before Mrs. Arroyo's term ends as the President of the Republic of the Philipines, many people are speculating what would Arroyo do (sounds like W.W.J.D., do you know that?) within that period. Of course, she is expected to perform her tasks as president but her decision to run for Congress in 2010 leads people to doubt her motives. She might use this 6-month period to solidy her support in the 2nd district of Pampanga.

According to Mrs. Arroyo, she is not yet ready to step down from power completely because she wants to take heed to the clamor of the people, especially from her own cabalens, to run again in 2010. In other words, Mrs. Arroyo is telling us that we still need her. On the contrary, many people don't like her anymore. The public wants her to step down from power which she is not willing to do so.

If the President really wants to serve the public in the years to come, she should have chosen to run for Vice-President. It's just one step behind the position of the Presidency. She could serve the entire Philippine Islands as Vice-President. But why Congress? She will only be serving the people residing in the 2nd district of Pampanga if she wins. I'll tell you in the latter part of this article why.

If the President really wants to give her sincere efforts to help the entire Filipinos, she could opt to run for a Senate seat. As a Senator, it would be her responsibility to create laws for the benefit of the general public. Again, same question is vital here: why Congress?

If Mrs. Arroyo really doesn't have any hidden agenda, she could have filed her certificate of candidacy as a Governor or Vice-Governor of Pampanga. She could serve all the cabalens not just in the second district but the entire province. Same question applies here: why did she choose to grab for a Congress seat?

We all know that moves to change our Consitution is still active today in the House of Representatives. In fact, a resolution calling members of both the House of Representatives and Senate to convene in a constituent assembly has been passed to discuss on how they could amend or revise the Constitution. These congressmen tried to ignore their conterparts in the Senate but fortunately, the resolution was just like a mist that vanished right away. I consider those congressmen who signed the resolution as acting like criminals. Many attempts have been undertaken since the Ramos administration to amend the 1987 Constitution but to no avail.

There is a need for us to understand what this charter change is, how it is related to PGMA's interest in running for Congress, and why a lot of Congressmen are very excited with the change. The present form of government we have today is presidential, meaning, the leader of our nation is the president. GMA is the Chief Executive. In a presidential form of government, it is divided into three distinct branches, each with its defined power and responsibilities - the Executive, the Legislative (House of Representatives and Senate), and the Judicial branch (Supreme Court and other lower courts). With charter change, the presidential form of government will be replaced with a parliamentary form of government. In a parliamentary system, the head of the government is the Prime Minister. It's either there will be no President at all or there would still be President but he/she would only serve as a ceremonial president. In other words, the ultimate power lies in the hands of a Prime Minister. The prime minister is both the chief executive and the chief legislator.

Another feature of a parliamentary form of government is that the prime minister is not elected through popular vote. He or she will be chosen by the members of the ruling or majority party. In our case, it is the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, of which Arroyo is the main leader of the party, which is dominant in the political system today. If in any case, Lakas-Kampi-CMD woul still be dominant in the 2010 elections, they would do everything to change the constitution. If successful, we will have a prime minister by 2013 perhaps in the person of GMA. Still GMA. I am quite sure that Arroyo would win in the 2010 elections as a Congresswoman in Pampanga. She has all the political machineries to use for her campaign. Her party members would then elect her to be the Prime Minister and boom! She will rule again as the head of our government, this time - indefinitely. If in a presidential form the president is limited to a six-year term, in parliamentary system there is no such thing. Arroyo could rule as many years as she wants as long as she has the vote of confidence from her party members. And I think she would be successful in leading the legislature. Remember the time when an impeachment complaint was filed against her. All of a sudden, some members of the Congress received a bag with P500,000 each. Wow! Strategic, right? Until now, no acceptable explanation has been given regarding the issue, so with the rest of the scandals involving the President, the First Gentleman, and her galamays. This is the very reason, at least to my opinion and the rest of the Filipinos who are doubtful with her motives, why Arroyo decided to run for Congress and not for the Vice-Presidency, Senate, or gubernatorial position.

Another striking characteristic under the parliamentary form of government is that Senate will be abolished. No more Miriam Defensor-Santiago who constantly bombards erring government officials with her hyphaluting words. No more Senators who are just sleeping in their chairs while the Senate is in session (they're bored). And this is also the very reason why the Senate doesn't want to have a constituent assembly to change the constitution. Although there are countries in the world that have parliamentary systems of government with a bicameral legislature, I doubt that those congressmen will approve it.

Personally, I see the need to change our 1987 Constitution. There are provisions that need to be amended to keep pace with this fast-changing world. However, certain conditions must be satisfied. First, it should be done after the 2010 elections. Second, the mode for changing the constitution should be constitutional convention and not constituent assembly. And lastly, the legislature should still be bicameral - with the House of Representatives and the Senate - for a balance of power.

With all these scenarios in mind, I totally agree with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's statement that she is not yet ready to step down from power because whether or not she admit it, she wants to become a prime minister in the country. And again, this is just my opinion.

Profile: Jejomar C. Binay


Biography


Jejomar C. Binay was born on November 11, 1942 at Paco, Manila. He is the only child of the Diego Medrano Binay of Bauan, Batangas and Lourdes Gatan Cabauatan of Cabagan, Isabela.

Jojo to his friends, Binay finished his elementary education at the Philippine Normal College and preparatory high school at the University of the Philippines. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree major in Political Science and subsequently a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of the Philippines (UP). He passed the bar exams in 1968, and took masteral subjects in public administration and law in UP and the University of Sto. Tomas, respectively.

For all his academic achievements, Binay never fails to recall the generous help of his relatives particularly his uncles, Atty. Ponciano Binay and Quirico Binay. He would not have become one of the country's human rights lawyer today had not his uncles offered to finance his studies at the UP College of Arts and Sciences. And the grateful nephew reciprocated by doing household chores for his uncle, Atty. Binay.

Aside from the circumstances surrounding his education, the political milieu during his college days greatly influenced his militant stand for human rights. Binay was part of the student-activist movement that engulfed the nation in the middle 60's. He was a University Councilor of the UP Student Council then headed by Voltaire Garcia. When US President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Manila in 1966 during the Summit Conference of the Philippines-Indonesia-Malaysia and Thailand, Binay was one of those who picketed at Manila Hotel while chanting: “Hey, hay, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?” That time the students were protesting the US involvement in the Vietnam War.

Upon graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences, he enrolled in the UP College of Law and at the same time worked as a Claims Examiner in Insular Life Assurance Company. He started his law practice as a legal Counsel of Carlos Loyzaga who was then a Councilor of Manila. He became an assistant attorney in the Deogracias T. Reyes Law Office, and later on, a senior partner in the Binay, Cueva and Associates Law Office.

While practicing his profession, Binay also taught Taxation and Land Reform at St. Catherine's School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Management, Political Science and Law at the Philippine College of Commerce in 1970-1972, where he co-founded the Lupon ng mga Manananggol ng Bayan (LUMABAN) whose primary task was to extend legal assistance to students and workers arrested during demonstrations. He also taught at the Philippine Women's University and St. Scholastica's College.

For being a plain nationalist who fought for human rights, Binay was detained in 1973 when martial law was imposed. Hence, the stockades of Fort Bonifacio and Camp Crame are not foreign to him.

He joined the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) of former Senator Jose Diokno (who is now the Commissioner of Human Rights) and then Executive Secretary Joker Arroyo, where he later became the Chairman for Metro Manila. Later on, Binay co-founded the Movement for the Advancement of Brotherhood, Integrity, Nationalism and Independence (MABINI) with Exec. Sec. Arroyo, Minister Augusto Sanchez, Deputy Secretary Fulgencio Factoran, Presidential Spokesman Rene Saguisag and MP Egmidio Tanjuatco. “In MABINI, it is not only our legal experience that we offered to our poor and defenseless clients but also our support by participating and joining them in rallies and demonstrations against the dictatorship of Marcos as well as taking a stand on national issues,” Binay said. And so, while defending persons accused of subversion and rebellion, he found himself shuttling from one rally to another. It is no surprise therefore that Binay was accused of being anti-government and a communist, which definitely he is not.

As a member of the MABINI, Binay recalls the days when he had to travel from Manila to provinces like Isabela, Pampanga and Quezon to defend detainees. “We spent our own money as it was our policy not to accept a single centavo from any funding agency or entity, most especially from people who badly needed our help.” He said that certain people wanted to give hefty contributions to a MABINI but they turned down such offers lest they compromise the ideals of their legal movement.

Shortly after Senator Ninoy Aquino was assassinated in 1983, Binay joined the August Twenty-One Movement. Presently, he is the legal Counsel and a member of the ATOM's Executive Committee. He is also a member of the National Executive Council of the cause-oriented group, BANDILA.

Before and during the February 7 elections, Binay concentrated on Makati. He was appointed campaign manager of the Dominant Opposition Party. He was a regular visitor in the Makati Police Headquarters, either on behalf of his clients or upon invitation on the police for trumped-up charges.

When the new government of President Corazon C. Aquino was inaugurated, Binay was the first appointee in local government. He was appointed Officer-In-Charge of the Municipality of Makati effective 27 February 1986.

Binay is married to the former Elenita Gabriel Sombillo of Angat, Bulacan, a Doctor of Medicine by profession. They live at Caong St., San Antonio Village, Makati with their four children.

Constantly striving to improve himself, Binay attended many special courses such as Creative Problem Solving, Effective Business Correspondence, and Introduction to Elementary Life Insurance Courses. He has passed the following government examinations: Bar Examinations (Professional), Career Service Examinations (Professional), and General Clerical Examinations.

As chief executive of the city, Binay hopes to bring into Makati, his hometown, a higher quality of public service and increased delivery of basic services. He adheres strongly to the new government's call for moral generation and he expects also to bring a higher level of morality in public service.

He was sworn in by former President Corazon C. Aquino as Acting Mayor of Makati on April 8, 1986.


Reference:

The Official Website of the City Government of Makati

Nagmamahal Ako ng Bakla by DagtangLason

Nagmamahal Ako ng Bakla
by DagtangLason

 
Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin

Simula't sapul ang puso ko ay lagi nang sugatan
Sineseryoso ko bakit ako ang iniwanan
Kaya ngayon nagising na ko sa
Katotohanan na lolokohin lang kami
Ng mga kababaihan

Kaya ngayon napagpasyahan
Na bakla ang aking iibigin
At ipapadama ko na himig na aking
Damdamin sa kanya
Oo nga! At hindi sa isang babae
Dahil ang puso ko ay kanilang sinabutahe
Para bang ako'y isang laruan

Na kanilang tinapaktapakan pagkatapos
Pagsawaan kanilang tatalikuran
It's so unfair kaya bakla na lang
Ang iibigin kaya ngayon pakinggan niyo
Para sa inyo itong awitin.

Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin

Hinanakit sa babae ang dahilan
Kung bakit nagmahal ako ng tulad niya
Kahit siya ay pangit
At di niya pinagkait at sakin di lumapit
Kaya hanggang ngayon virgin pa ang aking pwit
At alam ko naming wala akong kahati

Di ko siya mabubuntis
Pagkat pareho kami ng ari. Grabe!
Buong buhay niya ay sa akin binigay
Lahat-lahat kanyang inalay
Basta wag akong mawalay sa kanya
Di na kita iiwan kahit na ika'y bakla
Basta't tiwala mo sa akin sing kinang
Ng tala at totoo.
Relasyon natin ay parang ginto
Mahal kita wag lang sana kong magkatulo.

Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin

Na sulat ko ang kantang to dahil sa galit
Pagkat sa tuwing nagmamahal
Puso ko'y napupunit
Ginawa ko naman ang lahat
Sa kanya inilaan
Binigay ang nais na luho
Pati ang aking katawan.

Pero kapalit nito ay isa palang kataksilan
At nagawa pa niya na ako'y pagtawanan
Kaya ngayon si Len Jack
Ay labis ang pag-iyak
Puso ko'y parang nasagasaan
Ng limang milyong truck.

Siya ay simpleng tumatak
Ang sakit ng natamo
Kaya nagdesisyon tuloy ang puso na laging bigo
Na bakla na lang ang iibigin ko
Di na ko masasaktan nagkapera pa ako.

Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin

Isang bakla ang iibigin habang buhay
Sa kanya ko lang inalay ang puso kong makulay
Siya ang nagbigay ng tawa at saya
Pag-ibig kong ito sa kanya lang
Lumigaya kesa sa GF ko
Na wala namang pake

Nagmahal ako sa kanya ng wala ng silbi
Kaya sa isang bakla ako ay nagmahal
Kahit sa ibang girl pag-ibig ko ay matumal
Kahit karumaldumal pa ang kanyang pagmumukha
Basta wag niya lang akong gawing kaawaawa
Kaya sa bigo, sa mga babae diyan
Umibig ng bakla nakakalat lang yan diyan

Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin

Ayoko ng umibig ng kahit na sino pa
Kasi ako sa'yo ay okey na
At ako'y sa'yo na
Basta yung responsibility ay wag limutin
Wala kang ibang gagawin
Kundi ako'y pasayahin, ako sa'yo ay happy
Kasi lagi akong busog
Hindi mo ako ginugutom

'Cause takot kang mabugbog
Sa buhay ko ikaw ang pumapapel na yaya
Pero kahit ganun hndi pagpapalit sa iba
Pero wag kang umasa na sa'kin ka maka-isa
Bago tayo magtabi sa kama magpa-opera
Oh di ba hi-tech?
Tayo ay modern na lover
Pag dumukit ka sa'kin sisigaw ako holdaper!

Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin

Mga tambay lang kami sawa sa babae
May mga babaeng manloloko
Pineperahan lang kami
Kaya ngayon bakla na lang ang aming iibigin
Masarap magmahal ang bakla
Ohh kay sarap... damhin
==========================================
When I first heard this song inside the bus while I was on my way to work, I kept on laughing because of its content. Kakaiba to ah, sabi ko. For sure, it will draw praises and criticisms from the Filipino society, especially those who are currently in a  relationship and those who consider themselves gays. I searched the amazing net and here are the commenst I got from different websites. Those bold, upper case comments enclosed in parenthese are my side comments. Heheh.


Comment #1: pikon lang ang mga babae! oo nga, kaming mga lalaki, mas manloloko pero buti nga, hindi kami natatamaan at tanggap namin yon, pero kayong mga babae, madaling matamaan!

(O PARE, WAG NG MAKIPAG-AWAY SA BABAE, HEHEHE. AWAT NA)

Comment #2: GIRLS VERSION

mga tambay lng kami sawa sa lalake mga lalakeng manloloko nangongolekta ng babae kaya ngaun tomboy na lng aming iibigin masarap magmahal ang tomboy o kay sarap damhin ATLIS PAG TOMBOY ANG PINATULAN MAGKAKAROON NMAN NG ANAK KASI BABAE LNG NMAN ANG NANGANGANAK

(SIGURO MAY KARELASYONG TOMBOY NAMAN TONG ISA, HAHA)
 
Comment #3: Uy wag niyong sabihin na lhat ng babae ay ganon hindi lhat ng babae e manloloko pantay lng ang panloloko ng babae at lalaki may mga manloloko nmang lalake ah wag niyong sisihin ang ibang babae sa bagay mas grabe nman manloko ang lalake kasi pag nag_away ang lalaki sa babae syempre talo ang babae NGAUN MGA BABAE WAG MAGPATALO SA MGA LALAKING MANLOLOKO

(DEFENDER OF FAITH! ITAAS ANG BANDERA NI EBA! HEHEHE)
 
Comment #4: maganda ang music nato pinoy na pinoy, sarap sabayan ang pag awit ang problema pag naririnig ito ng mga bata, sa tingin nyo guys may resulta kaya ito sa kanila? ang totoo meron itong lihim na resulta kasi tumatatak ito sa mga isip at puso ng mga listener sabi nga sa bible: ni ang mga lalaking sumisiping sa mga lalaki ay hindi mag mamana ng kaharian ng diyos (1 Corinto 6:9,10) proud to be JEHOVA'S WITNESSES
take care guys
 
(NAGULUHAN AKO NG KONTI SA COMMENT #4. MUKANG MARAMING NAGSULAT KASI SABI 'JEHOVA'S WITNESSES' HEHEEHEH. BUT I AGREE WITH HIM NA MALAKI ANG EPEKTO NITO SA ISIP NG MGA NAKAKAPAKINIG, KUNG NAKIKINIG NGA SILA, HEHE. NANANAKOT KA BA KUYA? MAY BIBLE VERSE PANG GINAMIT. HEHEHE)

Comment #5: parang nabaliktad na ata ang mundo.
diba dapat may girls version din?
kasi ang totoo,
kami ang naloloko ng mga kalalakihan.
diba? at saka,
kung papalitan nyo kami,
wag nmn sana bakla...

GUSTO KO UNG LAST COMMENT NI ATE DITO. SABI NIYA KUNG 'PAPALITAN NYO KAMI, WAG NMN SANA BAKLA...' HAHAHAHA.ANO NAMAN KAYA ANG MASASABI DITO NI DANTE REMOTO NG ANG LADLAD? HEHEHE
 
Comment #6: low,.,
wowww huh..nice yong song...malapit ko nang memorse..
sana puhhh gawa kyo ng lyrics na
"MGA BAKLANG PANGIT LNG KAMI SAWA SA LALAKI
MAY MGA LALAKING MANLULOKO PENEPERAHAN LNG KAMI
KYA NGAYONG NO CHOISE KMI KAYA LALAKI
PRIN ANG AMING IIBIGIN MAHIRAP MAG MAG ANG LALAKI BINOBUGBUG LNG KAMI...TNX...
 
(EMO ANG NAG-COMMENT NITO. PARA SIYANG NAKASAKAY SA DUYAN HABANG KINAKANTA NYA TO. NANANAGINIP, HEHEHE)

Comment #7: hoy cno nmn papatol sa bding yucks!!bading na rin ang pumatol sa bading!!!! wahhhahahhahaha cno kyang gag0 papatol sa bading!! (HOMOPHOBIC ANG NAG-COMMENT NITO, HEHE)

Comment #8: kaw ang salot di ang mga bakla grasya nga sila xd (DEFENDERS OF THE CLAN, BWAHAHA)

Comment #9: nice music... may ka live in ako, sa kanila ako nakatira, with his family. His name is Mark Regin Navarro. and he told me honestly that he truly love me than the other past girl that he related with. he told me that i am better with those girls. I LOVE YOU PADZ... (ASTIG UNG NAG-COMMENT DITO. PINANGALANAN PA UNG KA-LIVE IN NA. PATAY KA SA KANYA PAG MABASA NIYA TO. HAHAH)

Comment #10: Hey!!!♥GlinG amn...Bkit manLO2ko din anG guy's Ayt???hehehehtx2 tau09291590550 (NAGBIGAY PA TALAGA NG NUMBER. TEXTMATE? HEHEHE)

However, this song has been criticized by the Roman Catholic Church as this "affect their (youth) thinking and their concept of morality regarding those matters," according to Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, Jr. The Catholic bishop fears that the Filipino youth might lure into casual sex. Oo nga naman. May point ka dyan, Obispo! One point for you.

HALBO NGA HAGNA


Halbo nga Hagna
ni Marlon B. Raquel

Gintutukdo ha bawbaw han ulo
Us ka burta hin gin-ani nga humay
Pabalik-balik ngadto nganhi
Harani 500 ka metro an tal-ang.

Kamakaharadlok mo kikilat
An dalugdog baga'n eroplano nga tihulog
An kalangitan nagnginginurutob
Nagtutuok nga puno hin kasubo.

Puno'n lusak an ak nawong
Aguy! May linta ha ak tiil
Makangingirhat baga'n bampira
Nahipakulob pa ha kali tungod han kahadlok.


Copyright 2009. Marlon Raquel
December 29, 2009

Every Filipino, including every new-born baby, owes P47,000 as of 2009

Year--------National Government Debt
(in millions of pesos)

2000--------------2,166,710
2001--------------2,384,917
2002--------------2,815,468
2003--------------3,355,108
2004--------------3,811,954
2005--------------3,858,231
2006--------------3,851,506
2007--------------3,712,487
2008--------------4,220,903
Sept. 2009--------4,338,411

Notes:
2000-2008 data are taken from the Freedom from Debt Coalition website while that of Sept 2009 was taken from the National Statistical Coordination Board website.


I typed www.google.com in the address bar of Internet Explorer. Then I typed the phrase 'Philippine debt 2009' in the Google search. I was then directed to the official website of Bureau of Treasury. I downloaded the pdf file for the national government debt data, and hey, I told to myself, I owed about 45,000 pesos as of 2008! What the heck is this? I searched again over Google, then I opened the data file for the year 2009 in NSCB website. The total Philippine debt is amounting to 4.34 trillion pesos as of September 2009! Now let's do some computations here. The projected population made by the National Statistics Office is 92.23 million by the year 2009. Using the latest data from NSCB, we could come up with an average debt of 47,000 pesos every Filipino, including those babies who were born as of December 31, 2009 11:59 midnight! That's burdensome!

Perhaps we begin to ask ourselves: kaya pa ba nating bayaran ang ganitong kalaking utang? I know na napakalaking sakit sa ulo para sa gobyerno ang ganitong sitwasyon. The government is alloting a big percentage of funds to debt servicing. Pag hindi naman kasi magbayad, hindi naman tayo pauutangin ng World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and other rich foreign countries like the United States. The bad thing is, this big percentage of the total govenment budget is just for the payment of interest. Parang 5-6 din kasi ang mga to. Habang patagal ng patagal na hindi mo nababayaran yong capital na inutang mo, eh pataas ng pataas nanam ang babayaran mo. Pati interest lalagyan pa ng interest. Kawawang Juan!

Now I begin to think how we could possibly pay this 4.3 trillion pesos. One option would be: All Filipinos should make a 'FINANCIAL SACRIFICE.' Inimbento ko lang to ha? Hehehe. What do I mean by this? Ibigay sa gobyerno ang lahat (pwede ring 50% lang, hehehe) ng ari-arian ng lahat ng Pilipino mapa-lupa, gold jewelries, businesses, cash, etc. Lahat ng may monetary value. This should be applied to everyone, poor or rich! Sigurado akong maraming aangal especially the rich ones. Ano kaya ang masasabi dito nina Lucio Tan, Heny Sy, Zobel de Ayala, Gokong-wei, at iba pa. Yong mga senador at kongresista naman at lahat ng nakaupo sa gobyerno including the President herself, ibigay yong pork barrel at sweldo nila sa gobyerno. Pwede ding 50% lang di ba? I think feasible naman to. Tiyak wala na tayong utang by 2011.

Pangalawa and the more feasible thing that the government can do: ERADICATE CORRUPTION! We may be tired of hearing this word again and again. Kahit ako, nasusuka na. Kaliwa't kanang korupsyon sa gobyerno ang gumugulantang sa lipunang Pilipino taon-taon. Nariyan ang NBN-ZTE Deal na hanggang ngayon ay walang napaparusahan. Nandyan yong Cyber project ng DepEd. Fertilizer scam. Overpricing ng mga government supplies na pinupurchase. Spending too much on rifles, guns, and other weapons at iba pang gastos just to purge the guerilla groups which for me is not effective. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

When would our country learn? It's time for us to choose a leader who has the political will to eradicate corruption, to uplift the economy of our nation, to remove erring officials without fear. Sana by May 2010, we would translate our hopes into action by choosing the right candidates.

COMMENTS? QUESTIONS? Your opinion is important. I will be glad to answer your questions.