Thursday, January 5, 2012


There are three things that are constant in this world : birth, death, and change. Of course you can add one, tax. But we will discuss tax in another post later.

For non-believers of karma and reincarnation, we do not choose the circumstances of our birth and our death. But for those who believe, we are 100% responsible for everything that happen to us including our birth and death. I am included in the latter group.

But our concern here is change. I guess every one agrees that nothing is really permanent in this world. Everything changes. And to believe otherwise, to hold on and not move on, is a perfect recipe of mental illness and the main reason for loneliness.

Seasons change. Our body changes. Relationship changes. Our views and philosophies change.

That is why, we have to accept change. To be sure, we have to welcome it. Or maybe, it is best to become an agent of change.

Every new year, many people make resolutions. All for change; to become new, to become better.  It is an admirable thing to do. Yet many try, only to find themselves doing the same things over and over again.  Still, in trying, one has planted the seed for change.

What about the Philippines? Well, we just hope there will be change. But instead of just merely hoping, can we not become real agents of change for our country?

And for the world? Oh, how many times have I heard that, if I change, the world changes. And that's it my friends. To change the world, let's start with our own selves. 

Special thanks for the image above

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pork Barrel Funds of the Senators

In case you miss reading the newspapers, here is the list of senators and the corresponding funds they received in 2011 for their pet projects, according to the Department of Budget and Management :

1 . Edgardo Angara - P100 m
2. Jinggoy Estrada - P100 m
3. Gregorio Honasan II - P100 m
4. Manuel “Lito” Lapid - P100 m
5. Ralph Recto - P100 m
6. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. P100 m
7. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III - P100 m
8. Manuel Villar Jr. - P100 m
9. Francis “Chiz” Escudero - P99 m
10. Sergio Osmena -  P96.6 m
11. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. - P95.5
12. Loren Legarda - P89.4 m
13. Juan Ponce Enrile - P83.5
14. Miriam Santiago - P80 m
15. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan - P72 m
16. Pia Cayetano -  P71.17 m
17. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III - P46.2 m
18. Antonio Trillanes IV - P35.4 m
19. Alan Peter Cayetano - P30.5 m
20. Franklin Drilon - P19.5 m
21. Aquilino 'Koko' Pimentel - P18.6 m
22. Joker Arroyo - Zero
23. Panfilo Lacson - Zero

According to DBM, the annual PDAF allocation of each senator must not exceed the amount of P200 million.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Walang Natira by Sheng Belmonte and Gloc 9 (With lyrics and Video)

Wala nga bang natira sa ating bansa? Talk of brain drain has been around for a long long time. And yet the exodus continues with government support. 

I for one, is thinking seriously of leaving the country. I had a golden opportunity before but I thought it is better to stay here in the land of my birth. Now, I might join the nag-aabroad.

Thanks Sheng and Gloc 9 for this wonderful song. The lyrics says the right things!

 Sheng Belmonte

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year, New Hope

Filipinos are always hopeful. Almost all people I talked to these past few days expressed hope that better days will come their way this new year 2012. Even the lowliest of people have told me  they look forward to have more blessings in the coming days or months.

I wonder where this profound hope is coming from. Is it from our Christian orientation? I just assume it is innate in our culture as a people. In fact, there have been surveys indicating we Filipinos are some of the happiest humans on earth. Yes inspite of all the hardship that majority of our people experience everyday, we still put up smiling faces!

Oh, so we choose to be hopeful and happy despite all odds.   While this attitude is admirable, many times we become complacent and sometimes overly dependent.

Take for example those families who have relatives working abroad. I know some neighbors who remain unemployed and yet they have money to spend everyday. It is because they receive monthly income from abroad. Ah if only they knew how to invest part of this money to make money!

We Filipinos are also dependent on our government leaders. We depend on our mayors, governors, congressman for many things. And now more and more of our countrymen are depending on the government cash-out program. And so instead of striving to make an honest living, many Filipinos opt to just wait for dole outs. How pitiful!

But we remain hopeful - hopeful (not daydreaming) that the daang matuwid of the present administration will lead us to a no-corruption society, hopeful that President Aquino will somehow  uplift the lives of the poor, not by statistical magic, but by providing jobs and social services, hopeful that our once notorious political leaders will be transformed or infected by President Aquino's much ballyhooed integrity, hopeful that the mighty Cojuangco-Aquino dynasty and its tentacles will finally realize the need to share their accumulated wealth with the poor and start distributing land to the landless, and finally hopeful that all Filipinos will do their share in bringing peace and prosperity for all.

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