Thursday, March 16, 2017

5 Ways To Make Roads Safer For Filipinos #RoadSafetyPH

I recently attended a Road Safety Idea Hack Forum held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The event was sponsored by GRAB Philippines and The World Bank with the over-all aim of getting some fresh new recommendations on how to make the streets more safer for Filipinos.


We were asked to make recommendations, and here are my 2cents on #roadsafetyph:

✔ No need for new laws, just strictly enforce all #LTO & #LTFRB regulations - wag kasi gawing negosyo.

✔ Regulate number and type of service vehicles in specific areas. e.g. Pag may bumibyahe na jeep or bus sa isang lugar ipagbawal na ang tricycle at padyak. Likewise, kung maliit naman ang kalye sa isang lugar ipagbawal ang pag byahe ng mga jeep at ipalit ang tricycle at padyak.. pero dapat bilang ang dami ng mga bumibyahe at walang colorum.


✔ Fast Track developments of mass transport systems (PNR, LRT, MRT) yun mga corporation na nagpapabagal at humahadlang, pagbayarin ng fees sa taong bayan for the cost of delay!


✔ Coding schemes should be applied to all private and non-service vehicles pati mga motorcycles and scooters to help ease traffic and encourage people to take mass transport systems.


✔ Lastly, magkaroon sana ng system kung saan pwede ipagbawal ang pagbibigay ng lisensya sa mga tanga, bangag, may topak at mga mainitin ang ulo na drivers.

Yun lang. I thank You.

Let's Talk About Priorities


Let's TALK priorities:

✔ Yun sing laki ng bagong bili na flatscreen LED TV ang buong dingding ng bahay/kwarto/kusina/sala/cr n'yo

✔ Yun sa tricycle nakatira buong pamilya mo, halos walang damit at makain pero lahat kayo may cellphone kahit si bunso

✔ Yun isang-kahig, isang-tuka na parang chairman kung magpainom tuwing sweldo pero ipina-pangutang ang ulam sa araw araw

✔ Yun mas mabilis ka pa magpalit ng cellphone kaysa sa toothbrush

✔ Yun mayor at mayora sa social media dahil sa dami ng friends at followers pero sa totoong buhay... me, myself and I

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ang Mga Butas Na Batas Sa Bayan Ni Juan

Halos linggo-linggo may mga bagong proclamations, executive orders (e.o.), republic acts (r.a.), house bills and resolutions tayong naririnig.

Sangkatutak na mga bagong batas ang ipinapasa sa kongreso, sa tingin ko karamihan naman dito ay kailangan talaga natin, pero ang tanong, sa dinami-dami ng mga panukalang ito.... napapatupad nga ba?
Noong nakaraan taon, ipinasa ang batas na nagbabawal sa mga drivers na gumamit ng telepono habang nagmamaneho - kumusta naman ang pagpapatupad nito?

Kahapon lang, may mga nakita ako na mga nagmamaneho habang may kausap sa telepono. Yun ilang mga driver ng Jeepney sa Paco, may mga ka-text habang nagda-drive kahit pa may makasalubong na pulis. Hindi naman kasi sila sinisita.

Alam kaya nila ang tungkol sa batas na ito?

Alam n'yo rin ba na ipinasa na rin noong nakaraaang taon ang Anti-Age Discrimination Law?
"An act prohibiting discrimination against any individual in employment on account of age"
Kumusta naman ang pag-aaply sa trabaho? Di po ba't uso pa din ang tinatawag na "age limit" sa karamihan ng mga trabaho? Of course, di mo sya mababasa sa mga classified jobs listings pero pag nag-apply ka na - ang kawawang aplikante na naglagay ng edad o birth date sa kanyang resume, auomatically screened-out na sa list pag di pumasa sa age requirements nila. Syempre di nila aaminin at sasabihin ito.

Sino ba ang mga nagbabantay dito? 

Ilan lang yan sa mga batas na naipasa, na parang wala namang kinahantungan dahil wala namang sapat na kakayahan o kasiglahan na ipatupad ng mabuti.

Tapos ngayong taon, meron na namang mga bagong inilalabas. Matunog na matunog ngayon ang pag apruba ng congress sa Vanity Tax at pati na rin ang mahigpit na pagbabawal sa 5:6 na pautang.

Nakakalungkot isipin na napakaraming magagandang batas o ordinansa ang mga naipasa ng ilan sa matatalino nating mga mambabatas ngunit napunta lang sa wala dahil hindi naman ito seryosong ipinapatupad.

Gaya na nga ng naimungkahi noon pa man, bakit hindi muna bigyan ng pansin at tyaga na ipatupad ng maayos ang ilan sa mga simpleng batas na nagawa na bago tayo gumawa ng gumawa na naman ng mga bagong batas.

Ang problema kasi sa mga nasa gobyerno, inuuna muna ang mga sariling agenda bago ang bayan.
  • SA MGA GUMAGAWA NG BATAS: Gagawa ng gagawa ng batas hindi dahil kailangan ng bayan, kundi dahil para mailagay sa pangalan o maidagdag ika-nga sa kanilang credentials. Para nga naman sikat. Gawain din yan sa corporate, maganda na ang sistema, babaguhin pa, para lang masabi na meron siyang nagawa. Isang uri ng pagbubuhat ng sariling upuan.
  • SA MGA DAPAT MAGPATUPAD NG BATAS: Pag hindi mapagkakakitaan, dedma! Pag may perang makukulimbat sa batas, kahit mahirap naguunahan pa!
Sayang ang mga pinag-aambag ambagan ng mga Pilipino para ipang sweldo sa mga taong katulad nito!
Para malinaw, WALA PONG PROBLEMA SA BATAS. Ang problema ay kung ito ay napapatupad ng maayos.

Simple lang ang basehan ko kung epektibo ang makinarya ng gobyerno na nagpapatupad ng batas. Tignan natin ang mga naunang mga simpleng batas kung ito ay may kinahantungan.

Republic Act 9211 (No Smoking in Public Areas) - Nawala na po ba ang mga naninigarilyo sa mga pang publikong lugar? Halos araw-araw ako nakakakita ng mga Jeepney driver na naninigarilyo habang bumibyahe. Wala namang nanghuhuli. Noong una lang sila masigasig. Pag ordinaryong mamamayan ang sisita, sasabihin lang ng driver na lumipat siya ng ibang sasakyan kung ayaw mausukan. Ano nangyari sa batas mo congressman?

MMDA Regulation No. 96-009 (Anti-Littering Law) - Ayos lang kayo? E kahit nga mga pulis at MMDA officials kung san-san lang nagtatapon ng mga balat na kendi nila. Kanina may isang grupo ng mga estudyante na umiinom ng samalamig at basta lang itinapon sa kalsada ang mga plastic cups nila kung saan sila naguumpukan - sa tapat mismo ng istasyon ng pulis sa may EAC. Wala naman pumansin at nagbawal.

Naglakas loob ako magtanong, ang sabi ng mga tambay, winawalis naman daw yun pagkatapos ng mga vendors, kasi sila ang may sagot na noon.

Pero hindi yun ang point, so ibig sabihin, okay lang na magtapon sa kalsada ng mga kalat kasi may mga nagwawalis naman? Anong klaseng pag-didisiplina ang binibigay natin sa ating mga kabataan? Tinuturuan natin silang maging tamad at walang pakialam sa kapaligiran. Kasi ganun din ang mga taong dapat nagpapatupad sa batas na iyan.

Republic Act 4136 (Land Transportation and Traffic Code) - Basahin nyo ang act na ito at matatawa kayo dahil siguro halos 1/3 ng mga nakasulat dito ay hindi nasusunod. Mula sa requirements para sa registration of motor vehicles hanggang sa Traffic Rules. Bigyan ko kayo ng example sa Section 52.
SECTION 52. Driving or Parking on Sidewalk. – No person shall drive or park a motor vehicle upon or along any sidewalk, path or alley not intended for vehicular traffic or parking.
Isa sa mga sanhi ng pagkakabuhol-buhol ng traffic ay ang mga sandamakmak na sasakyan na naka-park sa mga kalsada - mga lugar na "not intended for parking." Bakit kaya hindi ito naipapatupad mga kagawad?

Mga simpleng batas at ordinansa tulad ng pagbabawal sa pag-dumi, pag-ihi, pag-dura at pagtatapon ng basura sa mga pampublikong lugar. Nagagawa ba? Paki-amoy nga po ang carriedo pag dating ng hapon?
E kung yun mga simple hindi nagagawa, paano pa ang mga kumplikadong mga batas? Tapos nagtataka tayo kung bakit kahit may mga batas na patungkol sa pandarambong, panloloko o pagnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan ay nagagawa pa rin maka-lusot sa kulungan ang mga naakusahan tapos nakaka-takbo pa ulit at nananalo sa eleksyon!

Napakarami siguro talagang mga nagtatanga-tangahan gamit ang mga batas dito sa bayan ni Juan. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Wise Man or a King | Who Would Your Rather Be?

There's no way knowing if the Gentiles (non-Jewish people) who searched and found Jesus mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew's Epiphany story were indeed kings or if they were really only three.

Like what the priest said during the homily last Sunday at St. Mary Goretti Parish, three kings together leaving their palaces to follow a star on a foreign land without any entourage or body guards? Highly, unlikely.

So that's it for the song "We Three Kings."

But what's sure is that Matthew Chapter 2 Verse 1 to 12 (Mt 2: 1-12) is filled with a lot of important symbolism that shows more meaning to our own salvation story and it starts with the manifestation of Jesus Christ to the Magi from the east.

It tells us that Jesus' message of hope about God's salvation is for all - not just for the Jewish people at that time (or any other religious sect) and Christians, but it is given to everyone.

The word magi also refers to the wise. Not kings, but wise people are the ones who searched for the Christ Jesus. And to stress on that enlightening new perspective, our mass celebrant also gave us a couple of pointers on how to practically apply the true message of Epiphany in our lives.

Here are some bullet points that I took note of:

Sit among the wise and you go home a little wiser.

You always learn from wise people, whether by just observing them or listening intently to what they have to say. People pay good money to attend seminars given by seasoned motivational speakers and people who are known to have excel in certain expertise - with the hope to bring home some fresh new knowledge or even a renewed sense of purpose.

Wise men can be kings but not all kings can be wise.

Not all kings are wise! Some are just influential, charismatic, has a good social media manager and a lot of political networks. So, if you're going to choose between kings or wise people, I suggest you go for the wise.

Why?

People are the ones who make kings in this world - that position of power is oftentimes elected, appointed or bought. It's not permanent.

Now wise people? Only God can make people wise! And that is a gift you take with you till the end of your days.

Wise people are not afraid to swallow their pride.

Wise people are always willing to learn. They always maintain their glasses only half full and open - they are not only great but they are also good!

Raise wise children not kings.

In an age where you get everything at a touch of a button. Teach your children to work and show them the value of hard work, perseverance, patience, understanding and learning.
The priest asked the young people in the church if they know how to cook rice. A couple of the older kids raised their hands. Then he asked how many of those who raised their hands can cook rice without using a rice cooker. Only two of the older kids was confident enough to raise their hands and they were able to elaborate the procedures of cooking the rice without the aid of a rice cooker - where usually we just add water on the rice and let it basically boil and simmer until it's cooked. And then the priest asked the two, did you know that you can also allow the water to boil first before adding the rice? The two kids didn't know. Actually, most of the adults in the church didn't know either. And the priest explained, letting the water boil first especially when you're cooking 1 to 3 kilos of rice on a big pot is customary so that the rice will cook evenly. And so those who attended the mass service came home a little bit wiser.  
Wise kids will make a better world for the future, not kings!
"Ang matalino alam ang tama at mali, ang marunong ginagawa ang tama at iniiwasan ang mali."

Monday, January 9, 2017

Five Things All Christians Must Know About the Epiphany Story

Catholics all over the world celebrated the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY last Sunday.

And what this celebration teaches me today is that although I have been an active member of Church organizations since after graduating from elementary school, is that there are a lot of things about the Catholic faith that I still don't know about.

For instance, EPIPHANY. I know about the Feast only as the "Three Kings Day" but... there's actually more to it than what we have learned from the carol songs.

Here are 5 things about the Feast of the Epiphany that all Christians must know about:

  1. Epiphany came from the Greek word "Epiphainein" and Latin word "Epiphania" which literally means "reveal", referring to the manifestation of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles (non-Jewish people) coming from the East.
  2. In the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 2: 1-12), the Gentiles were represented by the Magi (Wise Men from the East). There were no mention in the Gospel about the exact number of Magi who visited Jesus and from where they came from or if the Magi were kings but old tradition have placed the number of visitors to three and named them Melchior, Caspar and Bhaltazar representing the nations of Africa, Europe and Arabia. Also, for purposes unknown, the word Magi was translated to Kings at that time- hence the origin of the old-time favorite Christmas tune "We Three Kings" and the "Three Kings Day" celebration in most Spanish-speaking nations.
  3. The Feast of the Epiphany is also called as the 12th day (or 12th Night) of Christmas as it is in fact traditionally celebrated 12 days after Christmas which falls on the 6th of January. Today, the Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on the Sunday after January 6. Interestingly, the Gospel of Matthew that talks about the Epiphany story also runs in 12 verses (Mt 2: 1-12). 
  4. The story of the Epiphany in the Gospel of Matthew is full symbolism, for example the gifts that the Magi offered to Christ Jesus - Gold, Myrrh and Frankincense. These represent Jesus' three personas here on Earth as Priest (Frankincense), Prophet (Myrrh) and King (Gold).
  5. The Feast of the Epiphany also signals the end of the Christmas season. But did you know that here in the Philippines (as approved by the Vatican), the Christmas season officially ends after the Feast of the Sto. Nino which is scheduled on the third Sunday of January right after the Feast of the Traslacion.     

The greater message of the Feast of the Epiphany can be summed up in two things.

That Christ's message of salvation is open to everyone and that we must follow the examples of the Magi (the wise) - to seek for him with perseverance (through the guiding light of the Church) and upon meeting Jesus, we must all change our ways and cherish our new life with him to the end of our lives.

"And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route." - Matthew 2: 12   

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Thank You 2016

Saying GOODBYE and THANK YOU to 2016 and welcoming the new year with more FAITH, HOPE and LOVE!

Like what the priest said during last Sunday's homily,
"We wish each other a Happy New Year because however unfortunate or troublesome the past year was, the first day of the new year is always a symbol of hope and also a gift of another chance from our creator. To right the wrongs, to make amends and to work on being a better person in the years to come."
And that's more than enough reason for us to celebrate the new year and to wish everyone a happy 2017!

But first, here's another look at what happened to MY 2016!
  • It's an election year and I was able to personally talk with two Senatorial candidate (Mark Lapid, Francis Tolentino), one VP candidate (Gringo Honasan) and a Presidentiable (Boboy Syjuco). I also attended a star-studded endorsement meeting for Liberal party standard bearer Mar Roxas. But of course, PDU30 won the election.
  • I started the year also with an ugly ankle sprain that got me crippled for almost three weeks. My Chinese horoscope actually warned me about being prone to accidents last year - My animal sign is an Ox. And speaking about accidents, my Acer laptop also got a nasty one when my bag strap snapped after an event in BGC. The laptop is still working but the casing is already scrap metal.
  • Took a quickie staycation at Island Cove, Aquaria, Club Balai Isabel and a couple of other resorts in the South. I also got invited to a Vigan and Bukidnon trip but sadly I wasn't able to join.
  • I went on another solo pilgrimage and visited two of the oldest churches in Cavite. 
  • It was also a milestone for my kiddos as they both graduated and shifted school this year. Sky moved from STA to Paco Catholic School for her middle school education while Neo is now a proud Senior High Student at St. Paul University Manila after graduating from Junior High at St. Joseph Pandacan.
  • I also got me a couple of cool gadgets this year like the Fuji Instax Camera, a lot of awesome sound gears, a smart watch from Acer, VR gears, power banks, smartphones and many others.
  • I was able to meet a lot of celebrities also this year but the highlights of my year in entertainment is of course meeting Lea Salongga in person for the first time and being invited to the house of Dingdong, Jessa and Jayda Avanzado for a private Christmas party.
  • My blog www.raindeocampo.com was also nominated as a finalist to the Lagawan Blogger of the Year awards.
I have met a lot of new people this year, went to a lot of places and discovered a lot of things about myself and other things.

But probably the most memorable of all would be two things:
  1. My first Taal Lake Boat Ride & Taal Volcano adventure trek, and;
  2. Watching Neo in his first stage play performance.
Overall. it was indeed a great year! So, thank you 2016 and may God bless everyone in 2017! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Nakakahiya Naman Mag-Jogging Sa Manila Bay Walk

Dahil sa dami ng lamunan na nangyari noong nakaraang pasko at bagong taon, naisipan naming mag jogging kaninang umaga.

Usually sa Luneta lang kami, pero dahil matinding bigat ang kailangan malagas, we decided to take the road less traveled...

Mula sa Paco ay nilakad namin ang Roxas Boulevard, galing sa Padre Faura patungo sa CCP.

Nakakamiss din mag jogging sa Manila Bay area at siguro matatagalan ulit kaming makabalik doon dahil sa mga nakita namin.

Nakakahiya naman sa titulong "Isa sa pinaka-magandang sunset sa buong mundo" pero hindi mo naman ma-feel na magtagal sa bay area kasi...

1. Ang sasalubong agad sa yo ay sandamakmak na samut-saring dumi ng hayop at tao. Isipin mo na lang na para kang nag jo-jogging noong panahon ng giyera na bawat daanan mo ay may landmines.

2. Ginawa na rin palang libreng apartment ng mga streetdwellers ang buong baywalk kaya naman kahit saan ka tumingin ay may mga natutulog at bawat sulok ay amoy CR.

3. At kaya naman pala ang daming basura, e madami ring mga illegal vendors.

Habang nagjo-jogging kami kanina, may mga hapon din na namamasyal. Bilang Pilipino parang bigla ako nahiya.

Ang hirap ipagmalaki.

Alam ko na may mag-cocomment na matagal ng problema ng Manila Bay Walk yan. At totoo naman yun.. So, ang tanong e bakit nangyayari pa rin hanggang ngayon?

Kung tutuusin, simple lang naman ang solusyon, mag talaga ng mga pulis o gwardiya na magdidisiplina sa mga tao at magpapatupad ng kalinisan at kaayusan sa lugar ng Manila Bay.

Kailangan pa ba ibenta at ipaubaya sa SM o mga Ayala ang buong Bay Walk para lang maisaayos ang lahat?

E ano ginagawa ng lungsod ng Maynila at ng gobyerno?

Inutil lang? Wag naman sana!

Monday, November 14, 2016

For The Sake of Beautiful Memories and Wonderful Stories

Whoa! That was fast! Two weeks have passed already and I have never even had my fill of Halloween treats yet.

No really, it's already the 14th of November and I am still hoping for some Halloween feels 'cause I didn't get any. It's like the stuff don't exist anymore - you know that feeling when you first learned that Santa is not the one giving you gifts on Christmas morn? That's how it is this year.

Well anyway, I did get some early Christmas treats. I was able to meet international Broadway star Lea Salonga two Fridays ago.


And then it dawned on me that very same day that I have already met a lot of different famous personalities since I started attending blogging events 6 years ago - June 23, 2010 to be exact. I have also been to a lot of places in and outside Mega Manila, places I have never thought that I'll be able to go to.

The last 6 years have been a whirlwind of events and activities that I have never thought of it as something that is truly an important part of my life. What seems to be like work (kind'a) are awesome memories that needs to be cherished.

So I decided to make a personal catalog of everything (I hope) - and publish it here or on Wattpad, I haven't decided yet. The tricky part is that while most of my activities are chronicled either here on this blog or at rainCHECK (my Lifestyle blog), some are not properly labeled or documented. 

Unlike other online media, I didn't think that taking photos together with people that I meet is a necessary part of a coverage or an interview. The result is that I only have around 20% photos of me with the famous personalities that I've personally talked to in the past 6 years. Bummer!

Now I know why it's important! :)


I love taking pictures but I am however not that comfortable with having my own picture taken. I am also not that fond of taking selfies or groufies - I try but... well okay I'll try.

I remember interviewing Direk Wenn V. Deramas for the film "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy" three years ago. I remembered him crying during the interview while explaining to the bloggers the beautiful message of the movie. I have a video of that interview posted on YouTube and on my blog www.raindeocampo.com - Direk Wenn died this year on February 29. Here is our picture together taken in 2013. 

For the sake of beautiful memories and wonderful stories to tell. I'll try.   

Saturday, November 12, 2016

On Duterte Fans and Hitler's Ghost

"When he's right, he's right and even when he's wrong, he's always right."

The political landscapes all over the world is changing, and people everywhere are fidgety because for the first time after World War II, a looming cloud of uncertainty has covered the entire planet.

That has been the case here in the Philippines too since after the installation of President Rodrigo Duterte, who's "All out War on Drugs" and "Foreign Policy Shifts" has gained some mixed local and international views.

Regardless of his controversial decisions  and questionable style of communication, the new President of the Philippines remains to be one of the most popular person among his people. And maybe in China and Russia as well. :)

With millions of Filipino supporters and FANS here and abroad, he's like the Alden Richards of Philippine politics. I just couldn't find a dimple anywhere. 

The good news is that BIG NUMBERS wins, the bad news is... BIG NUMBERS wins.


Hitler's Ghost

If we go back in history and revisit the events that has transpired prior to the rise of Nazi Germany and World War II, you'll find that it all started with a CHARISMATIC person who bears a GRUDGE. His name was Adolf Hitler.

His rise to power was brought about by his ability to give a demoralized (and oppressed) people a reason to believe that they can be great again. He capitalized on the growing desperation of the people. His persistent campaign to restore German Pride gave rise to millions of worshiping fans that catapulted him to the highest position in the land. Fans who would defend him and even gave their own lives and the lives of their children for him.

Hitler was an excellent, charismatic leader with millions of followers - but he gave the world it's most devastating man-made catastrophe that claimed an immeasurable number of lives.

Now, although President Duterte have been quoted in the past comparing himself to Hitler, let me just make it clear that I AM NOT SAYING THAT DUTERTE IS THE HITLER OF THIS GENERATION - and this post is not even about him. It's about the FANS!

However, one cannot deny certain similarities - both are excellent and charismatic leaders with millions of WORSHIPING followers. Duterte's campaign is also centered on the plight of a desperate nation burdened with a huge drug problem (according to the government) which they linked to criminality, corruption and poverty.     


Duterte's Fans  

In one of his most recent statement, the President said that "he believes in God but not in organized religion," - which to me is kinda like one of those hypocritical statements, because his idea of God was formed in the religion that he was raised in. To say that you believe in God and not believe in religion is like getting a fruit from a tree that never existed.

Whether he admits it or not, his idea of God came from a religious belief. 

It's more acceptable if he just told us that he's an agnostic. But he didn't say that - he clearly said that he believes in God.          

Unfortunately, that statement has introduced me to two types of Duterte supporters (or Fans):

Fan #1 is a lot like Duterte (Believes in God, No to Religion) but worships Duterte like a deity along with other followers.

Fan #2 is a member of an organized religion but agrees and even defends Duterte's statement. Well, actually all of his statements. So whatever happened to your religious faith? In the order of priorities, was it Duterte first and God second?

I don't know which of the two types of fans is worse.

In one of the talks that I gave to young students I said,
"Don't let augmented reality games take you away from the real thing - you don't know what you're missing-out when you're always glued on virtual spaces.. see with your own eyes, experience with your own senses, catch more friends and collect lots of awesome memories."
Just the same, I now tell all fans of political figures (not just Duterte) to not let your love and admiration or hate and abhor for one person cloud your ability to think and to be blinded to the truth and what matters most. You got your own minds - use it. 

The Propaganda

I am not a fan but I don't hate him either. I don't know him that much to admire or loathe him as a person.

As a political figure, yes there have been some areas in his character and personality that seems to be a little off for me. I even expressed my disappointments on some areas of his policies because it goes against the basic principles that I hold dear.

But I did however saw some things that I do like about the new President and I have openly expressed and complimented him a couple of times for both his humor and leadership capabilities.

The sad part is that many Duterte supporters have embraced the FANDOM MENTALITY excessively and are unable to objectively see through all the events that are transpiring. They have an answer to every criticisms even before weighing the merits of the criticism presented. A meme to every negative issues and a way to divert blames on other people, events or things. The same way the Nazis are with Adolf Hitler. And our grand parents have witnessed the dangers of this kind of behavior.

The main symptom of these bug is that these people can't say anything bad about their idol.

Which is totally insane! Because no one is that perfect - Only God is perfect!

I can even tell you 2 or 3 things about my mother that I don't like.

An organized version of that are the various websites and social media pages on the internet that features biased news and opinions in favor of the President - back in Hitler's time they call these publications as a propaganda. I can name you several websites that has 'biased' reporting written all over it.

And if you're a die-hard fan, you'll ONLY read and believe these sites and its articles.

The thing about propaganda is that they're also known as a very effective BRAINWASHING tool. That's why most political groups resort to these activities to forward their agenda.


The Challenge  

Now there are several ways to prove to yourself that you are not one of the people that got brainwashed.

First is that if you can still find 2 or 3 things about your idol that you are not fond of and openly expressed it without defending it from yourself. Can you? Can I hear a challenge accepted?

I am not much of a fan-type of person - I wear no colors, and that keeps me impartial, objective.. and sane. I was one of those people who have criticized the past administration for its flaws and I am doing it again in this new administration.

I praise the good stuff and you can be sure that my eyes are wide open and will never let the bad stuff slip pass by me. 

Second is if you can still differentiate what's factual news and opinion-based articles.

For example, I have read from one of a propaganda news website an article with this title: Duterte Lectures Inquirer Reporter Who Put Malice on His Comments About Leni Robredo - now based on the title, it may appear to be like a news article and the site does not distinguishes a news article from an opinion-based article, so to an unsuspecting supporter (FAN) all of it are factual news!

But when you read the opening paragraph, it starts like this:

"The mainstream media is really getting desperate. After a series of “mistranslations” of the President’s statements by the Lopez-owned ANS-CBN network, it is now the turn of the Philippine Daily Inquirer to try and create a mountain out of a molehill."

The first line already tells you that the post is not news and that the writer presented his bias already. It's an opinion article and should be taken for what it is - just a point of view.

Regardless of the merit of the article, we must first learn to distinguish that this is only an opinion and not NEWS.

A blog, like my blog is not news - and this post you're reading now is an opinion-based article.

To conclude: Let me just say that being a fan is not a bad thing, but just make sure that you don't turn into mindless zombies in the process.

We don't want another charismatic leader causing havoc in the world because the fans allowed it to happen.

Fr. Aelred Nilo, OSB said in a homily:
Earthly life is so good that it can sometimes distract us from God. Ironically life itself suppresses our desire to think about any life beyond this world or about God. Because of our attachment to worldly life MAN HIMSELF BECOMES A SUBSTITUTE FOR GOD. This is perhaps the reason why Mark Helprin said, "The human race is intoxicated with narrow victories, for life is a string of them like pearls that hit the floor when the rope breaks, and roll away in perfection and anarchy.”
I am not a fan. I give my adoration and worship only to God and God alone. I praise men for their actions and convictions.

GOD first, COUNTRY second, FAMILY third, SELF fourth ... showbiz personalities last.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

NeoSKY | Perfect Two

Finally caught this two on video during one of their jamming sessions last night.

Here's NEO and SKY and their rendition of PERFECT TWO by Auburn.