Friday, April 30, 2021

"SAMA-SAMA TAYO!" - PANGAKONG BDO NETWORK BANK

May pag-asa pa bang makabangon ang mga maliit na negosyo sa gitna ng nararanasang pandemya? Ang simpleng sagot ay oo.

Isa ang BDO Network Bank (BDONB) sa mga financial institutions na tumutulong sa mga tinatawag na micro and small entrepreneurs (MSME) na makabangon muli at maipagpatuloy ang negosyong nasimulan.

Sa pamamagitan ng MSME Loan ng BDONB, mabibigyan ng dagdag puhunan ang mga maliit na negosyo, na may kaakibat na magaan na singil sa pagbabayad nito. 

“Nais namin bigyang atensyon ang mga maliit na negosyante at makitang lumago muli ang kanilang negosyo. Ang pag-unlad ng mga MSMEs ay malaking tulong sa ekonomiya ng bansa,” paliwanag ni Jesus Antonio S. Itchon, president ng BDONB.

Bukod sa mga MSMEs, may financial solution din ang BDONB para sa mga guro sa pamamagitan ng produkto nitong Salary Loan. Ayon kay Itchon, maraming natutuwa katulad ng isang guro mula sa Mindanao ay pinuntahan ng isang BDONB account officer sa kanilang lugar upang makapag-apply ng kinakailangang halaga. Hindi na kinailangan ng guro na bumyahe at pumunta sa bangko dahil dito.

“Una sa aming listahan ang maging ka-partner sa pag asenso ng kabuhayan at masuportahan ang financial needs ng ating komunidad. Kaya naman patuloy ang pagbubukas ng mga BDONB branches at loan offices sa buong Pilipinas para suportahan ang pangangailangan ng mga customers at upang makasabay sila sa unti-unting pagbangon ng ekonomiya,” dagdag ni Itchon.

Ang BDONB ay ang rural bank subsidiary ng BDO Unibank. Ang linyang “Sama-sama Tayo” ang pangakong pinatutupad ng BDONB sa lahat ng mga customers sa tulong ng mga produkto at serbisyo nito.

Para malaman kung anong financial solution ang nababagay sa iyong pangangailangan, bisitahin lang ang BDO Network Bank PH Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BDONetworkBankPH), BDONB website (www.bdonetworkbank.com.ph), o  pumunta sa pinakamalapit na BDONB branch.

Friday, April 16, 2021

TOP 5 ANIME SERIES OF ALL TIME

April 15 is National Anime Day!

The day was first coined in 1975, with a convention in Tokyo attended by 700 participants. During this day, Anime fans share pictures of their favourite shows and characters to celebrate.

The term Anime is used to mean animated works regardless of style and origin. However, for people outside Japan, the term is used mainly to describe Japanese animation or those produced in Japan.

In addition to original works, Anime are also adaptations of Manga and video games.

The earliest that I was able to watched on local television are all mecha or robot based Anime:

Voltes 5
Mazinger Z
Daimos
Voltron
Macross
Gundam

While I enjoy watching almost all kinds of Anime, especially those that were dubbed in English or Filipino, I can only count on one hand the ones that I'll be willing to watch over and over again.

Here are my Top 5 Anime of all time:

NARUTO
This series is based on the Manga written by Masashi Kishimoto, serialized in 1999 and adapted into television in 2002. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, a young orphan ninja who dream of becoming a Hokage. The Anime series has a total of three parts already: Naruto (220 episodes), Naruto Shipuuden (500 episodes) and Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (194 episodes and counting)

SAMURAI X
This series is based on the Manga created by Nobuhiro Watsuki called Rurouni Kenshin that first appeared in 1994. It follows the story of a former assassin from the Bakumatsu, known as Hitokiri Battosai during the 11th year of the Meiji period in Japan (1878). The Manga was adapted inyo a TV series in 1996 with a total of 95 episodes. it also spawned a three-part live action film with actor Takeu Satoh playing the title role.

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER
Forget about the 2010 live action film, the three season and 61-episode series produced by Nickelodeon is the real deal. Fantastic animation that combines traditional anime and western styles, the series, which tells the story of a 12 year-old mystical Avatar called Aang, is well-written and well-received. First episode aired in February of 2005. The adventure continued in 2012 with the launch of a sequel series called Avatar: The Legend of Korra with a total of 4 seasons and 52 episodes.

ONE PUNCH MAN
Written by ONE, One Punch Man is a silly Manga that talks about the adventures of a Superhero named Saitama who can defeat any villains with just a single punch. The Anime series first aired in 2015 and ran for a total of 24 episodes and 12 OVAs.

MY HERO ACADEMIA
Boku No Hiro Akademia is a superhero Manga series released in 2014. The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers (called Quirks) but still dreams of becoming a superhero himself. He is scouted by All Might, Japan's greatest hero, who chooses Midoriya as his successor and shares his Quirk with him after recognizing his potential, and later helps to enroll him in a prestigious high school for heroes in training. The anime series which first aired in 2016 is now on its 5th Season with a total of 91 episodes and running. The series also spawned two films, a third is already in the pipeline.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

GO TO SAINT JOSEPH THE TERROR OF DEMONS



March 19 - Today, Catholic and Christian's all over the world celebrate SAINT JOSEPH'S DAY.

Husband to the Virgin Mary and legal father to Jesus Christ. Saint Joseph, though not as popular as the martyr saints, is one of the most significant figure in the life of Jesus.

He's known by many titles, the most popular here in the Philippines would be Saint Joseph The Worker which has a separate memorial celebrated on the 1st day of the month of May. However, the solemnity of Saint Joseph or his feast day is and will always be on the 19th of March.

Saint Joseph also received other titles such as:

  • The foster father of the Eternal Judge.
  • The Illustrious Son of David. The Gospel of Matthew begins with the origin of Jesus or His genealogy that traces Joseph's bloodline to that of King David, and even to Jacob, Isaac and Abraham.
  • He's also known as the mirror of patience and purity.    

Saint Joseph is also known as the patron of the universal church, the dying, fathers, travelers, immigrants, and carpenters.

His own death was the most beautiful because he died in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

But there's one other title awarded to Saint Joseph that are not known to many Christians.   

He is also known as Saint Joseph the Terror of Demons and the Conqueror of Hell.

Sacred writers agree in saying that the intercession of Saint Joseph is an efficacious means of overthrowing the tyranny of satan and propagating the Kingdom of God.

Missionaries, exorcists and even satanists all attest to the power of Saint Joseph's intercession against all demonic foes.

So if you don't want EVIL to triumph in the world, your country or within you, you ask for his intercession.  

As we all know, OUR demons comes in many forms. And some demons are more prominent all over the world more than others. Right now the whole world is in a battle against a pandemic, and more than just the virus which has caused it, people [and countries] are now faced with the many demons that came along with it, or perhaps its very origin as well.

For this, Saint Joseph, is now our greatest ally.

Saint Joseph Terror of Demons, Pray For Us!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

BISI-BISITA LANG (A Short Story By K. Brian Makabayan)

source: https://www.facebook.com/victor.gooco/posts/10157666850976441?

BISI-BISITA LANG
by K. Brian Makabayan

(Ang post na ito ay rated SPG: Striktong patnubay at gabay ng magulang ay kailagan. Maaaring may maseselang tema, lengwahe, Bato o Duterte na hindi angkop sa mga bata)

Alas onse ng gabi at nag-uulat si Pangulong Rodrigo Dutz sa bayan nang bigla na lang siyang bumulagta at humandusay sa sahig. Nataranta ang mga alipores.

Bong Go: Boss!!!!! (sumigaw at kuminang ang kanyang braces sa ngipin.)

Nang nagkamalay ay napansin ni Dutz na siya ay nasa ibang lugar na. Madilim ng kaunti at tila nasa isang napakalaking kuweba siya.

“Lodi!!!”, ani ng isang malakas at malalim na boses.

Biglang lumiwanag at isang lalaking naka suot pula at may sungay ang nagpakita, kasama ang ilang tauhan.

“Ako si Taning. Huwag kang mangamba. Di mo pa oras. Hiniram lang kita saglit. Gusto ko lang talaga mag-meet tayo ng personal dito sa haybols ko.”

Dutz: ha? Si Taning ka? Impiyerno ba ito?

Taning: Okay ba ang lugar ko? Pasensya ka na ha, biglaan lang. Araw araw kasi pinabibilib mo ako sa kahayupan mo. Demonyo na ako niyan ha? Petmalu ka. Ilan beses mong tinuya si Lord? Ako nga 3 beses lang, suko na. Pati nga Santo Papa minura mo; mga obispo at pari, binastos mo na, pinagbantaan mo pa. Haha. Kahit sina Hitler, Stalin at Saddam naghunos dili ng konti pero ikaw? Werpa to the max! Ilan ang napatay na bata sa iyong war on drugs kuno? Si Haring Herodes nga ilan lang pinatay na inosente, ikaw libo libo.

Dutz: (nagkamot sa ulo) Payo mo yata yun e? Yung bang napatay namin ng PNP na mga addict/user e andito na ba sa impiyerno?

Taning: Mangilan ngilan lang ang narito. Karamihan pina-process ang papeles, yung iba nasa taas na. Ano ba akala mo? Ang addiction ay mental health issue -kesyo drugs yan, o alak, sugal, sigarilyo, kape o tsokolate man. Hindi naman lahat ng nalulong o gumagamit, masama.

Dutz: akala ko pa naman iyon ang gusto mo. So, di ka masaya sa nagawa namin?

Taning: Sobrang happy kaya! Yang nagawa mo- yung ilaganap ang kasamaan, pang aabuso, pangloloko, pagkakawatak watak ng tao – higit pa yan sa 30,000 na kinitil mong buhay. Exponential rate ang habol ko.

Dutz: Ha? Di ko ma-gets.

Taning: Pinoy ka kasi; ang hilig mo sa tingi. Ganito lang ‘yan. Aanhin ko mga ilan mang mapunta dito kung mas marami ang na-impluwensya mo? Kung maging kultura na ang pagiging masama? Tingnan mo yung lespu sa tarlac na pumatay sa mag-ina. Mangyayari ba yun kung di ka ganyan ka garapal? Kung di mo pinalakas loob ng mga parak? Tuwing makikita mo sa social media na may mga nagmumurahan, nagkakalat ng kasinungalingan, pamilyang nagkakasira, politikong nagmamalabis, kababaihang nababastos, mga taong nawawalan ng pagasa at tiwala, ‘yan ang habol ko. Hindi iyong mga pobreng user. Pag dumadami ang mga taong ang akala e sila lang ang may karapatan sa buhay– yan ang hudyat ng kaganapan ng mga plano ko, este, natin. Tingnan mo nga nagkakagulo pati PDEA at pulis, nagbabarilan na. Nagkasagupa ang bopol at kawatan. Bwahahahaha.

Dutz: So ganoon nga. Ikaw ang nagpayo sa akin sa lahat.

Taning: Halos lahat. Ako kaya ang spiritual adviser mo. Araw araw mo akong katabi, nagpapayo.

Dutz: tulad ng war on drugs?

Taning: Check!

Dutz: Pamigay ng teritoryo sa China?

Taning: Op kors!

Dutz: Pangungulimbat at pag appoint ng mga corrupt?

Taning: Naman…

Dutz: pakulong kay Delima?

Taning: Hep, hep. Hindi ah. Ikaw na yan. Si Lucifer ako pero di ako ganyan kasama. Matinong tao yan, ginagago mo.

Dutz: Sobra ka naman kung makapagsalita. Di ba ikaw nga pinuno dito?

Taning: Excuse me! Dati akong Arkanghel, hoy. Fallen angel lang ako. E ikaw simula’t sapul ganyan na. Pati kasambahay nilapastangan mo, lahat ng inasawa mo pinagtaksilan mo, mga walang laban pinatay mo, lahat ng salita mo may mura, lahat ng pangako mo binaligtad mo. Bwahahaha! Kaya labs na labs kita e. Ibang klase ka.

Dutz: Parang nanlalambot na ako.

Taning: Huwag ka manghina. May misyon ka pa. Kahit naman ganyan ka, ang taas mo pa rin sa survey. Tapos sa social media, tuwang tuwa pa sila.

Dutz: Mga trolls naman karamihan doon. Tsaka may mga tao tayong pinagagalaw: mga bloggers, influencers, epals, at iba pang halang ang kaluluwa.

Taning: O, speaking of halang ang kaluluwa…
(May biglang dumating na nakatapis lang ng tuwalya sa baywang)

JPE: Digongski! Napasyal ka?

Dutz: Manong Johnny! Andito ka na ba? Kalian pa?

JPE: haha. Naku hindi. Bumibisita lang ako pag gusto ko mag-sauna. Minsan pag nasumpungan, accupunture din. Nagpapatusok sa sungay ni Taning at mga alipores niya.

Dutz: (bumulong kay Taning) Tagal na niyan sa lupa, di mo pa ba kukunin yan?

Taning: Sinner citizen na talaga yan. E bakit ko kukunin yan? Kung ikaw ba ako, magtitiwala ka diyan? TIngnan mo nga ilang beses nag coup yan umpisa kay Makoy.

Dutz: speaking of the other devil, narito ba si Apo Ferdie? Kausapin ko sana si idol.

JPE: Tiyempo naman na nagda-dialysis.

Dutz: kala ko kaluluwa lang ang andito. Bakit mag dialysis? May equipment kayo?

Taning: May health insurance kami dito noh? Kaya pag dating ng mga Philhealth boys mo, sila I pa manage ko. Ibang klaseng dialysis, mahirap i-explain. Hayaan mo, sa susunod na bisita mo…

Dutz: Ganun? Pero teka, okay lang siya dito? Nakakausap mo ba?

Taning: Di ko kinakausap. May atraso pa nga iyan. Noong unang nag report yang si Ferdie, chineck ko ang papeles sandali, pag lingat ko nawawala na ang “Gates of Hell”. Hanggang ngayon di pa umaamin. Inosente daw siya at ipagtatanggol daw siya ang abogado niyang si Estelito. Amp!

Dutz: Mahihirapan ka talaga diyan. Nga pala, may kinalaman ka ba sa pesteng COVID na yan? Hirap na rin kasi ako.

Taning: Iyang COVID? Ano naman alam ko diyan? Alam mo, tagasulsol lang ako; nanunukso, nangangantiyaw, nambubuyo, nanglilinglang. Wala akong powers na ganyan. Gumawa ka na lang ng paraan. Ano ba nagawa mo mula nang nagsimula ang pandemic?

Dutz: Uhmm, teka, ano…pinukulong ko si Maria Ressa, pinapasa ko ang anti-terrorism bill, nagpagawa ako ng pekeng beach sa Manila bay tapos pinasara ko ang ABS CBN.

Taning: Magaling! Tapos magtataka ka kung bakit ka nahihirapan. Ano ang ginagawa mo sa ngayon?

Dutz: Bumili ako ng overpriced and less effective na vaccine sa China. Tapos tuwing lunes ng hating gabi, may TV coverage ako para mag-ulat. Pinag mumumura ko na lang lahat ng mapagtripan ko.

Taning: Hatinggabi? Ayos ka rin ah. Once a week ka na lang magtrabaho, undertime na, alanganing oras pa. Tindi mo talaga. Tuloy mo na lang siguro yan hanggang magkagulo.

Dutz: E paano kung magalit na ang tao? Niluluto ko pa naman si Sara pagtapos ng term ko. Pa-delicious lang, kunwari ayaw tumakbo pero nagkalat ang tarpaulin. Tapos noon magtuloy tuloy na. Dating gawi ba?

Taning: Di nga? Si Sara? Bwahahaha! Hmmm… (napatahimik)

Dutz: Malalim yata iniisip mo, bossing?

Taning: Naisip ko lang kasi. 6 na taon ka, tapos susundan ka ni Sara ng 6 na taon pa? Aba e kung i-relocate ko na lang kaya ang impiyerno sa Pilipinas? Mas malala pa e. Bwahaha!

(“Boss…boss…” isang tinig ang narinig mula sa kalawakan)

Taning: Red alert! Red alert! Magbantay kayo! Baka sinasalakay na tayo!

Dutz: Bakit? Katabi naman natin si Manong Johnny ah.

Taning: Baka kasi andiyan na si San Miguel, hahatawin na naman ako niyan.

Dutz: Relax. Hawak natin si Mr. Ramon A.

Taning: Yung tunay na San Miguel. Iyong mandirigmang arkanghel!

(“boss..boss..hinahanap ka na…”, sabi ng boses)

Dutz: teka, kilala ko ang boses na yan. Yan iyong ka-double ko sa Basilan at kung saan pa. Baka bumubulong na naman sa lupa. Anong problema?

(“boss..balik ka na please…”)

Dutz: O, paano bossing? manong Johnny? Kailangan ko na pa lang bumalik. Huwag mo ako pabayaan ha?

Taning: Oo naman. Parati lang akong nasa tabi mo.

(Sabay ngiti ni Taning at kuminang ang kanyang braces sa ngipin)

Dutz: P^+@>&!>@ !! Bong Go, ikaw ba yan???!!!

(The end)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

NEW NORMAL




This "New Normal" that everyone is talking and worrying about will not be as big an impact as people have envisioned it to be.

In fact, if we follow human history, the pandemic crisis we have now fails in comparison to 
the previous ones we've had and the resulting "new normal" could only be likened to what daylight saving time is to the world.

Do any of your kids know what DST is? No? And that is precisely my point.

Now I am not downplaying the severity of the crisis we have now and how this virus is targeting the weakest members of our global population. But you see as far as history is concerned, we humans tend to become better after facing something big like this.

The Black Plague, Civil Wars, Revolutions, World War 1 and 2 have brought us great sufferings but it also gave birth to better societies, progress, technological advancements, more enlightened people and healthier lifestyles. It's in the history books, you should read more.

We value peace more after a war. We value healthy living more after a health crisis. We learn to care for each other more after an enormous amount of loss. We lead better. We live better, more.

It's like what Kelly Clarkson said in her song "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger," and we will be stronger.

Well if you don't get strong, you die - that simple. I vote for strong! 🙋

So don't worry about the "new normal" - it's only just a leaf in autumn passing by with the wind.