Monday, September 28, 2015

Things I Miss So Much

I miss drawing!

That was the part of me that fell off when I started realizing the realities and responsibilities of life. Somehow in the middle of the stressful 24/7 lessons of adulthood and trying to make a living, a large chunk of my carefree and creative energy was lost in the process.

I fell in love with drawing during my 5th grade at P.Villanueva Elementary School. Yes, it's a school named after a street so it's a very public school.

During my sophomore year at Sta. Clara Parochial School, my charcoal painting of St. Dominic Savio was recognized as the best entry for the category and my watercolor ‘canoe’ and ‘river’ was also specially mentioned. All three art works never made it back to my possession so I don't have any souvenirs from my very first 'masterpieces.' :)

My imagination went wild during my Junior and Senior years and have started making illustrated comic books on notebooks that my classmates would read during class. “Ryan (that's my name) is 4-E’s comic book maker” - was part of the description written under my yearbook photo.

However, college life closed most of the portals where I can express my creative energies, it was largely occupied by heavy school work and schedules, and of course the usual ‘Barkada’ gimmicks which involves parties, drinking sessions and outings.

If not for my organization in San Rafael Parish I will not have any chance to expand my creative abilities through singing, stage acting, directing, writing and playing music with my guitar.

I took nursing in college out of necessity and because it was not a decision that I had the privilege of making during that time – but of course it’s entirely my fault.. Even though I loved drawing so much.. pushing the skill forward through college never came to mind or was never part of my future plans. I actually didn't plan much during that time.

And now I really miss drawing so much.

Maybe that part of me is already locked in my childhood. A part of my history. Something to look back to and just remember.

I usually doodle during meetings, while talking on the phone, when thinking – it’s like a pre-programmed activity that I have. I still do this.

So, maybe it’s not entirely lost. Just like most of the things I used to love:
  • Humiga sa bubong at pagmasdan ang mga bituin kung di maulap ang gabi
  • Manggang hilaw at bagoong
  • Pag-gawa ng kanta kasama ang barkada
  • Tambay kasama ang mga CYO sa bahay nila Manang pagtapos ng service sa simbahan
  • Halo-Halo at Pancit Palabok sa ElyGloFan
  • Midnight Snack sa Harlem (Itlog na may sarsa ng mechado) 
  • Darts sa compound nila Mang Amado
  • Hanapan-Tao at Baril-Barilan sa hapon sa loob ng school (JRES) 
  • Kumanta kasama sa choir
  • Umarte sa taas ng stage
  • Pa-morningan na tambay sa P.Villanueva kasama ang JCs
  • Summer job sa M.Reyes kasama ang mga pinsan ko - 50 pesos a day na sweldo para magpasaway at may coke-all-you-can pa sa fridge.
  • Puyatan sa Family Computer.
  • Renta ng Betamax at VHS - ang laman ay mga recorded na palabas sa cable TV sa US na may mga commercials pa.
  • PX Goods - chocolates, sapatos at mga pabango na imported!  
These are just some of the things that I really missed so much.

It’s sad that everything’s different now but I am very lucky to have such memories with me and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Maybe I’ll get a chance to do it all again.

I miss drawing so much.

Would You Rather Be Wanted or Needed?

I came across a question just last week that really made me think hard... 

"WOULD YOU RATHER BE - WANTED OR NEEDED?"

Well after reflecting on that "chicken and egg" type of question and some other paradoxical situations that are ruling my life right now, I finally decided on an answer. Which, to my opinion, made me more human than ever before.

My Answer:

It should be both for it to be genuine. To be needed (in extreme situations may result to dependency) and to be wanted (may spawn obsession and over-possessive behaviors). Having both balances the equation and minimizes the negative effects of the two.

But if you needed only one answer from me, I'll choose to be WANTED. Being wanted is a more superficial feeling but nevertheless it relieves you the worries of not meeting the expectations of being NEEDED.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Best Answers | On Flying and Happiness

I'd like to share with you two questions from YAP that I've answered. My answer to these questions were chosen as the best answer by the askers.

Would you be willing to sacrifice your own happiness?
Let's say you're the breadwinner of the family. You're the eldest and got siblings who are still young and studying. And at some point you realize that its about time for you to settle down however you feel somehow apprehensive because you feel that you are tied with the responsibilities being a breadwinner. How would you deal with it? How self-less could you be?

My Answer:

First of all, I think no one is as self-less as anyone would think they are. Even martyrs and saints have their own very selfish reasons but we adored them for doing that.
For me, happiness is an inward thing, would you be happy if you abandon your responsibilities to settle down? In the first place, if I'm correct, nobody's forcing anyone to be responsible for their siblings, it is their choice and the choice was made because, even if we admit it or not, however burdensome it is, that responsibility is making that person indirectly happy and in control. To see his or her so-called "self-less" contributions to the lives of others becomes a contributing factor to that person's happiness.

Happiness, to my opinion, can't be sacrificed at all. However, a person may or may not choose to be happy.

If that's the case, my suggestion and my answer is, NO, I will never sacrifice my own happiness- I will find a better alternative, so I can choose to be happy, get settled and help my siblings grow up to be great individuals.

What would you rather be, a superhero that can fly or one that can run fast?
All imaginable superpowers included.

My Answer:

Running fast would be cool. I like flash better than superman. However, I live here in the Philippines, where there are congested streets filled with unregistered public utility vehicles, a lot of open manholes and poor and narrow roads. So I guess I'll choose FLYING instead.

I don't want to get killed while running and tripping in some kind of a road crack or manhole while trying to do my superhero duties. That would be too embarrassing.

What Would You Like To Be When You Grow Up?


My answer was… “to be a scientist!”

This was the most honest answer a very timid grade 4 student could give way back in 1984.

Science was my favorite subject.

Although we came from a ‘very’ public school, my classmates and I have very high hopes and dreams. One of my classmates wanted to be a doctor, another wanted to be an architect (even if he was not able to spell that word correctly), and another wanted to be an engineer (which is a very rare and prestigious profession back then).

Recently, during a leadership seminar that I gave for grade school students in a ‘very’ private school, I also asked them that very same question. And here are the top three answers on the board:
  1. Nurse – is the top answer!
  2. Singer/Actor/Model – is the 2nd top answer!
  3. Call Center Agent – yes! this came in 3rd!
If the boys were not out-numbered by the girls – being a ‘basketball player’ would come in third.

Of course, there are those who answered:
  • the next Philippine president (he’s got to start buying votes as early as this year though)
  • a business man/woman (they don’t have any idea and they don’t care what kind of business they would go in to just as long as it is very much profitable)
  • a computer scientist (so that they will be able to design more online games)
  • spiderman (yes, ladies and gentleman – the superhero bug)
There’s nothing wrong with their answers, they’re still very much honest just as my answer was 24 years ago. But there’s definitely something very wrong with the things that we value today.

Doctors and Nurses

There is something wrong when kids today wants to be nurses rather than doctors.

Don’t get me wrong, being a nurse is a very noble profession. However, when you are asked to dream, wouldn’t you pick being a doctor over being a nurse? Because in the hierarchy of things this is the most logical possibility?

Now why be a nurse? 
Because they’re the one our mature citizens adore right now because they have the greatest opportunity to make lots of big bucks abroad. They’re the one who are in demand. 

Now, what would you make of Doctors changing their profession to nurses just to get on that demand bus?

Actors

There is nothing wrong when kids today wants to be entertainers (actors, models, singers). Everyone wants to be a star. To have a shot to fame. To be an artist. However, 20 years ago it was not all centered on the star bandwagon but today it seems that our young people is being drawn to this, because of the false promises that our entertainment industry has promoted and fabricated through the different star searches and reality shows that proliferates inside our TV sets. 

The promise was:
  • That anyone can be a star (but selects one in over a million)
  • That the entertainment industry brings fame and fortune (but still, to a select few – those who don’t make it ends up doing other things or takes the bolder path to resurrect their careers)
What will happen to the millions of unfortunate young people that they have brainwashed to the ‘easy’ concept of stardom? To a nation of desperate it is very much easy to bring their hopes up because that is the only thing that keeps them moving forward. But, the entertainment industry should be sensitive and responsible enough to put some sense of reality in their promotion and not just all pure hype.

Filipinos are natural artists. They have hundreds of equally challenging opportunities outside the entertainment industry.

And besides, artistry is very scarce right now in Philippine entertainment – it is now being ruled by agents who plays popularity contests every single day to get the biggest talent fees and producers who favors advertisement-magnet shows over quality.

It is still all about the money.

Being a doctor and being an engineer 20 years ago is really a profitable career. But it was not perceived by the young people, however poor they are then, as just a money-making profession. They were perceived as honorable professions – an end in itself and not just a means to make money. It is something that is really looked up. An achievement. A title. A reward to the many years spent studying. Something that is priceless.

I think everyone should make this a challenge. It’s really a losing battle.. but maybe, just maybe, if we inspire the dreams of the young today to be more idealistic and driven by their passion and not by the amount of money that they’ll make. Maybe, we could raise a great nation in the future.

So, what would you want to be when you grow up?

I’ll choose the kid who said that he wants to be 'spiderman' any day.

Labor Pains

The bible tells us in the book of Genesis how God created the universe.

While this ‘hand-me-down’ story might be dismissed easily by skeptics as some kind of folk literature satisfying man’s need for a purpose for living, it is undeniable that the whole story presents life’s pattern as well. God creates and in some cases it may be called as labor and at the end of the day, looks at what he did and was pleased.

It’s a cycle

So how do these presents life to each one of us? Life gives us what we like to call challenges in life. A failed marriage, a broken family, a love one dies, financial problems, an overthrown career… call these things as labor pains.

Inside a labor room, you will see mothers walking around slowly. This will supposedly make the descent of the baby faster. It also creates a feeling of control among mothers and provides them something to accomplish so as to put their minds away from the delivery.

“Labor Pains” should not be faced sitting down or lying around. It will only make matters worst.

Some of us face our problems by dismissing the thought in our minds through activities that don’t really help solve the problems but makes it even worst.

Young people tend to find solace with peers. However, this may sound helpful only if your peers are not the type that drinks, takes substances and engage in activities that may cause harm.

‘Walking’ represents doing something that is within your capacity to make things work all right. You may not know if your baby will turn out just fine or if your delivery will have no problems, but at least your doing something. And this will give you a sense of control over the situation and the situation is yourself.

The situation is not the failed marriage, the broken family or the death of a love one. The situation is how you see these things. How you respond to these events.

So you walk one step at a time. Knowing that walking will help.

Sitting down on the problem and refusing to accept the situation will only prolong the inevitable and might present some unhealthy complications in the end.

Life, Labor and Joy

Pregnancy takes about 9 months. You get to watch your tummy go bigger by the month and you naturally experience a lot of emotional and physiological changes. Call it pregnancy nudges. You get a lot of aches and pain primarily because of the weight of your growing child. You have trouble sitting down, lying down, standing up. Even breathing takes so much trouble. There are a lot of things that you cannot take like junk foods and soft drinks.

But then you see your child’s first picture via ultrasound and everything disappears.

The unbearable pain and discomforts becomes bearable and acceptable. The joy of seeing the one your laboring for overpowers everything else.

It’s one of life’s basic formulas. You study all night – you get good grades. You work on weekends – you get extra dough for your date. You practice everyday – you win the MVP.

It’s an endless cycle of labor and joy. Some would call it reaping what you sow, which entirely puts everything into the hands of men.

A more extreme understanding of it would imply that there is no such thing as fate and that everything happens because man chose it to happen.

This theory sounds logical even to a great extent of worldwide conflict. The law of supply and demand, karma and relativity works in accordance with this theory.

But our universe is still a vast space of mystery and what if these theory is only partially true and that a deeper understanding of life presents itself to be more than just cause and effect but rather a great design.

A predictable pattern hiding a higher purpose;

A greater meaning;

A long-term goal;

Have you ever seen one of those bizarre pictures that are just series of predictable patterns of colors, shapes and lines but as you look at it closely and at a certain angle you see that this seemingly monotonous array of lines, colors and shapes make up one big picture.

Intelligence bureau might call this experience as basic subterfuge but we’ll call it as God’s ultimate design.

Labor Of Love

Everything starts and ends with labor.

I took up nursing in college. After our pinning ceremony, which is like a graduation rite after passing the battery exam, we went on to more serious nursing exposures like in hospital emergency rooms and maternity clinics.

It’s actually a midwife’s job to assist mothers in giving birth and as nursing students, we were there only to assist the midwives and observe how it’s done.

We thought that it was a nice break, especially for us guys to actually see things that people don’t usually see.  However, after my first hands-on maternity nursing experience all I could say was “…oh.”

Expressed in a tone that you make after receiving a gift that is totally different from what you’ve been expecting for the past 16 years - that kind of "...oh."

Believe me when I say, the experience lingers in your mind for a few weeks and you just can’t get rid of it right away like a bad dream.

After a few more hands-on, you begin to see things differently. You get the hang of it, so to speak. You don’t get stressed anymore at the sight of it and yell at the person giving birth, “Relax! Woman! Relax! Breath! Shh..Shh. Breath!...” and then pass out after seeing the head of the child coming out.

The effect of that experience led me to a greater realization and appreciation of both mother and baby. A greater appreciation of life and how a single moment may teach us most of the things we need to learn to live life effectively.

That beyond that magnificent life-giving moment is the true meaning of the words - LABOR OF LOVE.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

SELLING | Try, Fail, Learn, Repeat!

Article originally published in 2009

Whew!

I just finished uploading pictures and item information for more than 100 items I'm selling on ebay Philippines.

It's a very tedious process that involves taking digital pictures using my p990i then uploading it individually and listing and re-listing the items up on ebay. Of course there is a more efficient and faster way of doing it but doing so would cost me a few additional bucks. I'd go for the free and tedious rather than the easy and costly.

I started on ebay as a buyer and progressed to become a seller myself.
I used to buy entrepreneur magazines and VHS Tapes from other ebay sellers. Actually, I bought the laptop I'm using right now and the P990i on ebay as well. I was having so much fun on ebay that I decided to explore selling.

The first items I posted were my collection of magic cards and priced it at 100 pesos a piece. I thought I was pricing it right until somebody from ebay emailed me a comment saying "your price is ridiculously high." The person who emailed me was right 'cause nobody made a bid during the 10 day bidding period that I assigned on my items. After that, I stopped selling for a while. I have gotten busy with work - but that did not hide the fact that I was really a little bit disheartened.

Selling was never my forte. I always say this to myself and to every person I know. I am not a persuasive talker. I was never much of a conversationalist. I dislike having to present something so that other people will buy it. I don't like phones. I don't like talking to people on phones. I have trouble building up and keeping a large network of friends, clients, family members, etc. etc. I usually have trouble remembering names and faces. So.. selling stuff is definitely not for me.

If the subject of selling is taboo, how come I keep ending up with jobs that directly or indirectly requires to do just that?

Way back in college during the summer, I remember applying for a job at Filway selling encyclopedia - I didn't like it, so naturally I was not able to sell a single set but I do have a certificate for the one week marketing training seminar that I took to become a field agent.

I ended up working after college as a graphic designer for an industrial stamp making firm and then guess what, I got promoted to become an account manager selling their services to IT and Electronic Companies.

I soon applied for a job at an NGO program for the youth and sold their free drug abuse prevention training program to parishes and catholic institutions all-over metro manila and the nearby provinces - If I was being graded just like in high school I would have passed and graduated with honors.

In 2006, I started handling a scholarship resource mobilization program for the same NGO and started selling the program to the different schools in Metro Manila. Despite the many limitations, I was able to generate some substantial contributions to the program. I then raised some additional fund by selling ad spaces for their quarterly publications and also gathered support by way of material donations from different companies and organizations by presenting and selling the NGO's programs and vision.

Somehow, they all bought it.
We are here to learn lessons and the world is our teacher

I remember reading this passage in Andrew Matthew's Book: 'Follow Your Heart,' and ain't it the truth. The book also says that until we learn that same lesson will come back to us again and again until we mastered it.

I am not saying that my goal here is to master selling. My goal here is to make peace with myself in making conclusions about what I can and I cannot do.

In the 3rd grade, my math teacher would throw the eraser at me every time I fail to answer a problem. This was a very traumatic experience for me and I carried this trauma throughout my school life. I forced myself to not like the math subject because of this and dictated that I am not good with the subject no matter how hard I tried.

But when I stated working, I was forced by the different jobs I handled to use math - to make calculations, to remember formulas, to count faster and be more accurate. Slowly, I learn to appreciate it and one day I noticed that I was getting good at it because others would ask me how to do a work related math equation. I even learned doing simple accounting and a little bookkeeping.

We are not labeled and measured by the things we can and we cannot do, but by our enthusiasm and our determination to do the things we thought we cannot do. Our weaknesses will remain as weaknesses unless we make it part of our strengths and this will not happen if our mind is not set to make it happen.
There are people with disabilities who excelled in sports. There are cancer victims who triumphed in their battles. There are criminals who have made a complete turn-around and gained acceptance from the society and became successful in life.

I have jotted down four realizations from my experiences:
  1. Belief is a strong powerful ally. Do not bet against your own. Believe in something positive. Believe in yourself first - if you don't, then why would others do otherwise. 
  2. There are things which you cannot do. A limitation. But, how would you distinguish the things that you cannot do and the things that you can do if you don't even try. So, try and fail. Learn. Try and fail. Learn. 
  3. Do not concentrate on your limitations. Focus on your strengths. Let your strengths serve as bridges to your limitations. 
  4. Let other people become part of your strength and let yourself become part of theirs. For all you know, their strengths might compensate for your limitations.
I now have 32 positive approval ratings and feedbacks on ebay and have sold over 50 items to more than 25 ebay buyers. I just started selling again last month.

I tried. I failed. I learned.

My Dragon Scroll

I am now starting book two of my script "Hating-Gabi."

Book one is sub-titled as "Ang Pagtitipon" and book two will have the sub-title "Ang Alamat ng Pitong Agimat."

The very first thing that a writer sees before writing is a blank page. And sometimes this blank page can stay as a blank page for days, weeks and even months or years. We'll call that phenomenon as "writer's block". That's the reason why I'm here right now 'cause I have switched to another blank page. However, this blank page doesn't have the same curse as that other page.

Staring at that blank page earlier, I can't help but remember the movie "Kung Fu Panda" which stars the voice of Jack Black. I like Jack Black, specially in "Nacho Libre." I first saw black in a small role in the 90's with David Duchovny (who's been in rehab for being a sex addict) and Gillian in the successful sci-fi TV series 'X-Files.'
Kung Fu Panda is about Po, a clumsy, fat, son of a noodle maker Panda (Jack Black) who wants to learn Kung Fu and then becomes a master (dragon warrior) in the end. Actually, he just wants to be somebody else and dreamt of becoming more than just the son of a noodle maker.

In one of the scenes, Po finally got the chance to take a look at the legendary dragon scroll which was thought to possess great truth and power that only the 'dragon warrior' is righteous enough to possess. As Po opened the scroll all that he saw was.. (guess what) - a shiny golden blank page.

He trained so hard to have the right to possess the scroll and what he got was just a shiny blank page.

But then, in the course of the movie, Po suddenly realized the importance of the scroll. This was when his noodle maker father shared to him the secret ingredient of his secret ingredient soup. "The secret ingredient to my secret ingredient soup is..." His father told him. "nothing." - Because there is no secret to the secret ingredient soup. "You just have to believe it's special to make it special" His father added.

The blank shiny page of the scroll reflects the face of Po. Because there is no secret ingredient - there is just you. And you just have to believe in yourself.
Staring at that blank page earlier made me stop and take a backseat in my life. To pause and reflect on everything that has happened in my life. My triumphs and my frustrations.

And this is when I realized that I am right now experiencing that same writer's block but in a larger scale. Not only, in doing my 'book two' script but also in my career as a writer, a father, a friend, a husband, in everything. I was staring at a blank page and receiving no form of inspiration and in fact, I fear that blank page. I fear the frustration of writing and making mistakes. I fear the idea of making a false start. I fear the mysterious outcome of that blank page. I fear that I am not capable.

I fear the future. I did not believe.

But now, I do. I have to.

What we believe we become - I have been teaching this to kids in seminars and now I'm embarrassed to say that I have not become a disciple of my own teaching.

But it's not over yet. I am going to write that script. I am going to get it published. I am going to drive myself to get to my dreams. And I am going to be what I envisioned myself to be.

I am going to take a look at my dragon scroll every day of my entire life and keep looking because there is no secret ingredient, no special magic power. - It's just me, my dreams and my belief. I am going to make it right.

I am not the dragon warrior... YET!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lose The Battle - Win The War

"Failures can sometimes bring good fortunes."

Ever heard of that saying before? - Well, whoever thought of that saying is either being paid big bucks for losing (game fixers?) or just psyching up his mojo so that win or lose - no teardrops.

That was my line of thinking way back in high school. Well, I soon will learn (after trying hard not to fail and still ending up a failure for a gazillion times) that both of my brilliant deductions were not only wrong but ridiculous.

Failure, as a matter of fact, is the main ingredient to success. You will not savor the awesome flavor of success if you have not tasted a bit of failure every now and then.

But that doesn't mean that your aim is to fail. Your aim is to succeed and to not let your failures be just stumbling blocks. Let it fuel your dreams and your life-long journey.

Do you know that a failure can also mean success? - No, really.

ergo, the saying: "Failures can sometimes bring good fortunes."

Let me cite two movie examples based on the life of two famous persons who made a living example of this. Coincidentally, this two movies are connected to each other by another famous personality: Mel Gibson, who is both the producer and director of the two films i'm talking about.

The first, 'Braveheart'. This is the story of William Wallace. He was the driving force of the 1st Scottish revolution. His death ends a petty opposition but his bravery inspired other Scots to start a series of massive campaigns to gain their independence.
The second film is 'The passion of the Christ', this is a very convincing and very human version of the story of the most powerful and famous religious leader ever. His death on the cross, was in fact and as explained in the bible is the triumph of the mission of Christ here on earth. It not only brought about the rise of Christianity but has changed the way people think about justice, peace and love.
I have had my share of small victories but you see, the sweetest of all victories is the one that you derived out of failures. The pain and frustration of falling and failing is exceeded tremendously by the feeling of satisfaction and the great joy brought by your determination to learn from where you fall, to be able to pick yourself up, to come back and to finally win the battle - to savor it, if not by yourself but to see the fruits of your actions harvested by other persons and for some even more greater purpose.

A losing battle, a tragic ending or a failed attempt can be seeds to our successes and victories. So, what's the lesson here for us human beings: Do not take failures as something that should stop your dreams or stunt your growth. Be it in school, at work or in your personal or social life. For all you know, you might have succeeded already.

Remember: One might lose a battle and yet win the war.

So don't give up!

LIFE 101

There is nothing more complex than life and nothing more beautiful.

With all of life’s mysteries, we are given a blue print of how we are going to go through it. It is imprinted in the most basic and sometimes most obvious things, that is why we sometimes tend to overlook it.

Because we perceive life as unexplainable, we turn to science, religion and other things to look for its ultimate meaning.

But life has no ultimate meaning.

Life has meaning when it is lived. Life is not to be fully understood but to be fully experienced. Life is not meant to be predictable but to be discovered, day after day, hour after hour, minute after minute.

Friday, September 18, 2015

MEGA MANILA TRAFFIC | My Five KRAs For Better Traffic Management

PUREZA - MANILA | Took this photo last Monday
As far as the streets that I frequent to every day, surprisingly the traffic has improved a bit. So I guess the efforts of the government with regards to addressing the worsening traffic situation in Mega Manila is probably working?

So KAYA naman pala!

The traffic in Mega Manila is a perennial problem. The question is WHY did it take a long time for this government to finally wake up and do something EFFECTIVE about this.

Kung hindi pa nag trending ang pangkalahatang sigaw ng mga mananakay sa parusa ng traffic sa Mega Manila ay HINDI PA SILA GAGAWA NG MAAYOS-AYOS NA PARAAN?

The only time that traffic has gone well here in Manila was when Mayor ERAP implemented a TRUCK BAN. That was a real piece of road heaven that sadly didn't last very long though.

So if traffic is really improving right now, then there must've been some form of incompetence on the part of government officials who are supposed to take charge of this situation since it took them 5 years to realize that this is a high priority task - particularly in the DOTC, LTO, LTFRB, MMDA and DILG!

I don't want to name.. obvious names! So I'd use some hashtags instead:

#ABAYAForPresident
#TOLENTINOForVicePresident

Ultimately improving the traffic situation in Mega Manila and the rest of the country will lead to REAL PROGRESS!

In my humble opinion, I think the government should look at five Key Result Areas (KRAs):

  1. Vehicle Volume Management (truck bans, coding systems and phasing out of old vehicles)
  2. STRICT implementation of existing laws and ordinances (example.. NO PARKING)
  3. Development of highways and alternative roads (use of air and water spaces since subterranean projects will not be feasible)
  4. Invest in improving Mass Transportation Systems genuinely (Trains, Buses, Ferries.. and Teleportation Devices)
  5. And because I think they already know about the four items I've mentioned above.. I guess the last thing they'll need to focus on is to have the POLITICAL WILL to do the right thing for the good of all Filipinos and not just their own PERSONAL INTERESTS! STOP making the ordinary PINOYS suffer because of YOUR OWN selfish agenda! 
Mabuhay Ang Pilipinas!