November 21, 2012

A Point of View: That Every Thing Matters

Two years ago, I am not the type of person who wants to write.  It's not that I dislike it, it's just that, I am not into writing that much.

Back then, if I would be writing about such thing under the sun, I may say it would be more about scripts and concepts for our TV and Radio (production/non-production) class and 'tag lines' for my Advertising subjects as well.

Until irony hits me and came to a time that I suddenly became part of the field that I am not interested about--writing; I never thought of myself embracing this line of work as my first job after college.

Recalling our News and Feature Writing subject (a.k.a 'Course'), I may say, "I am not taking things about it seriously." Particularly, whenever we are tasked to look for a specific news genre by our Professor.

I'm just like talking to myself, saying: "this is not what I've dreamed of nor my soon-to-be job." Especially when it comes to looking for and identifying a 'special report' story—back then, I really knew nothing about it. REALLY!

Well... I was WRONG.

Who would've thought that I'd be placed into writing?

Frankly speaking, I lack self-esteem and trust towards myself, nor complacent that I could really learn how to write--formally or the so-called 'journalistic form of writing'.

But now, I've been given the opportunity to explore and discuss various and different types of stories (such as news and/or feature; specifically, those 'Special Reports' which I didn't gave importance, chance, and focus for me to comprehend.

I've come to finally realize that, every thing in this world should be given enough time to be understood, discovered, realized and learned--Every one deserves it, and every things as well.

That is one primary reason for us, people, to gain and appreciate such matter in this world, whether they breath or not, tangible or not. Every single thing is important. That is why the word "thing" is also called "matter", because it matters.

On our daily existence, whoever/whatever/whichever comes our way, still: let us all move forward towards meeting new people, strive hard to gain new knowledge, and be well prepared for a new exciting experience.

People might say, 'not all things that we encounter in our lives will be useful.' But I'm pretty sure, at one point in our lives, it will be, someday.

Magaling ang propesor ko sa News and Feature Writing noon, wala siyang pagku-kulang. Siguro, talagang hindi ko lang inakala na ito ang magiging trabaho ko ngayon.

November 17, 2012

My Verse---LRT Rap

Photo by Razu Ryza on

I walk as the sun strikes straight at me
It would've been better if I sailed the sea
This feeling I can't tolerate
At least life is not at stake

*insert beatbox*

Different faces, different voices
Different stations, different destinations
Thousands of people riding
Many of them sweating

Seconds of ticket claiming
Minutes of train waiting
Hours of travelling
Days of people working

Whatever they say might not be true
Whatever the portray can't be seen through
I look at the sky, then I see blue
With thoughts on my mind there might be you

*fade-out beatbox*

I did everything just to be at the LRT.

JDV's New Initiatives

Former House Speaker Jose De Venecia, Jr. announced his agendas in collaboration with organizations around the world at a luncheon with the press in Makati City the other day.

“A few weeks ago, we had a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. I submitted to him number of proposals. I [also] led together with Korean Ambassador Chung Eui-yong, the 18 man standing committee of International Conference of Asian Political Parties  (ICAPP) and we met with him at the UN in New York,” said De Venecia.

He noted that the extent of ICAPP is composed of purely political parties, ruling parties and opposition parties from Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific small islands.

November 16, 2012

Don't worry, he won't know...

For sure, everyone in this world has something to think and say about everything that exists and surrounds them---But not everything can be heard by others nor shared to others.

Sometimes, our thoughts and perceptions cannot be voiced-out. And I am wondering, why is it so?

Where do confidentiality and privacy came from? Was it Adam and Eve's fault why such existed?

Well, I just formulated those questions on my mind. But I am not sure why have I thought of that. I guess, I simply don't know the  reason. Nevertheless, on my mind,  I have questions and conclusions.

November 15, 2012

Ang Alamat ng 'Lost and Found'

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Nagtataka lang ako bakit may mga ‘Lost And Found’?

May logical explanation ba dun? Di ko alam...

Marahil kaya 'Lost And Found' ang tawag sa 'lost and found' ay dahil napag ha-hanapan siya at mapagkukuhanan din ng gamit. Pero, para sa’kin, mali talaga eh! Ewan ko lang ha, ang labo talaga eh…

Parang kasing ganito… Nawala ang gamit mo pero nahanap din nila agad? Sa parehong lugar at oras pa?

Tingin ko, dapat Lost But Found, eh. Nawala ang gamit mo pero nahanap nila, ‘di ba?

AO 31 Meant To Improve Gov’t Services


MANILA, Philippines --- “We are not aware of those kinds of laws. It surprises us because there’s no such thing like that before. But now, different kinds of increases are booming out,” reacted 63-year-old Manny (not his real name), on the newly signed Administrative Order No. 31 (AO 31), which authorizes increases in government fees and charges.

Similarly, Eloisa Lat, a 24-year-old bakery owner in Manila, is not aware of the new administrative order signed by the President last October 1.

November 10, 2012

Hike In Gov’t Fees: Boon Or Bane?

(First of Two Parts)

MANILA, Philippines --- Manny (not his real name), a 63-year-old seaman, has been complaining about the requirements that he has to comply with just to board the chemical tanker, where he has been working as an electrician for more than 30 years now.

“It is expensive now due to more requirement, like the SOLAS and other training, which before had no expiration. Now, after five years, you have to renew and undergo training again, which cost us a lot,” Manny lamented, in an interview with MB Research.

He revealed spending around P30,000 just for the requirements that he had to submit, in addition to other related expenses.

Manila Bulletin To Launch Online Jobsite At Job Fair

POSTED ONLINE: November 6, 2012, 6:44pm

MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Bulletin, The Philippines’ Leading National Newspaper, will launch its online jobsite, , at the Manila Bulletin “Job Fair Extreme” at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City on November 12-13, 2012.

PC Express, one of the largest computer DIY retail stores in the country, will provide computer terminals for jobseekers to access the online jobsite, register, and submit their resumés directly. PLDT-MyDSL, one of the leading broadband service providers, will provide Internet access.

November 02, 2012


Nagmamadali ako. Dalawang tao na lang at aandar na ang jeep. Nagmadali ako, naunahan ng isang ale, may kasabay pa kong isang lalaki pero ako ang nauna sa kanya. Swerte!

Mainit at siksikan sa loob ng jeep, tumutulo ang pawis ko. Umandar na nga ang jeep nang biglang may pasaherong bumaba kaaagad pagka-lampas pa lamang ng isang kanto. Sayang naman ang P8.00, kayang-kaya lakarin, e. Kung ano talagang rason niya kung ba't ba siya nag-jeep, hindi ko alam. Baka sobrang yaman niya lang at gusto mag-aksaya ng pera. Pero kung mayaman nga siya, bakit nagko-commute siya? Ah, ewan.

Ilang kanto pa ang nalagpasan, bago tumawid ng intersection, may lalaking ugod-ugod at di makapag-lakad ng diretso (hindi ko alam kung lasing o nabugbog) na inaakay ng dalawa pang lalaki (hindi ako sigurado kung mga kasama silang nag-inom o sila ang mga nambugbog).  Maaaring wala akong tama sa kahit dalawang hinala ko, pero kung may tama man ako, tingin ko ang puno't dulo ay babae: iniwan siya o namilit.

November 01, 2012

Cost of Weddings Hindering Couples

October 27, 2012, 8:58pm

The idea of having an extravagant wedding is hindering many of Filipinos in their desire to get married, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a couple dreaming to spend the rest of their lives with each other.

Engaged couple Abraham Matthias Gnüchtel and Kathryn Raña are planning to spend around R200,000, the average price tag of wedding ceremonies nowadays.

The two decided to finally tie the knot after almost three years of being in a relationship. They first met in the church where they both attend service. Raña said theirs is a “whirlwind” love story.

Bangsamoro Turning Over New Leaf


(Article Posted Online: October 14, 2012, 7:46pm)

The projected signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro entity between the Philippine Government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is expected to turn over a new leaf not only for the Muslims in Mindanao, but for all Filipinos.

Director Fatmawati Salapuddin of the Bureau of Peace and Conflict Resolutions of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos  declared he believes that “with this framework, peace is not that far.”

Anti-Cybercrime Law not all flaws — Angara


(Article Posted Online: October 8, 2012, 10:01pm)

MANILA, Philippines — “I want to emphasize that not all of the provisions here are complained about,” said Senator Edgardo J. Angara, in defense of the newly ratified Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which he principally authored.

Angara categorized that among the 23 provisions under the act, “only three are being questioned.”

The new law, according to Angara, is a very strong public policy for the good of the majority, since it is developing a new venue of communication which did not exist some 30 years ago.

Pasig River Rehab Program Pursued


(Article Posted Online: September 25, 2012, 5:55pm)

MANILA, Philippines --- If esteros — and eventually, Pasig River — are clean, the country’s economy will improve.

This was what Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) chairperson Gina Lopez underscored as she led a familiarization tour of Estero de Paco and Estero de San Miguel in Manila for media yesterday morning, in an effort to show the agency’s aggressiveness to pursue the seven-year Pasig River rehabilitation program.

“The conjecture here is that when you clean the esteros, the economy will boom,” said Lopez.

What Really Happened At ASEAN


(Article Posted Online: July 19, 2012, 7:04pm)

The failure to issue the customary Joint Communique in the recently concluded 45th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia generated “grave misimpressions from people who were not present during those meetings” that need to be corrected, according to Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Erlinda F. Basilio.

Basilio was part of the Philippine delegation to seek unified support of ASEAN member nations on the prevailing territorial disputes on the West Philippine Sea.