Thursday, June 25, 2009

Anti-ConAss rallies and Dog Tag Day

My views regarding the issue of ConAss is kinda mixed up. This is how I understand it. The ConAss wants to pushed through the parliamentary system but will end up GMA running for office again. I have nothing against the parliamentary system since the countries I know using it prospers but the idea of GMA going to run again is a no-no for me. I also like to make my stand that I am not fond of GMA but having rallies that causes traffic is not my thing. If only they allow the suspension of work that day so the people can no longer have problem with the traffic. It's alright to listen to people during rallies but I beg to differ when they will take the streets. I also heard the employees working in Makati said what would the rally can do to make a difference when nothing ever changes. If only rallies were taken to events like the Ako Mismo Organization's Dog Tag Day. It would be much more meaningful. I saw lots of people making commitments in the wall. There were also individual campaigns from different institutions whose known for charitable works like World Vision, Gawad Kalinga, Caritas Manila and more. I think the Dog Tag Day meets the standards of making a difference to the country rather than the rally in Makati. This is just my view.

I was crossing via underpass towards Manila City Hall when I saw on the steps there was a guy selling them. I was curious that I asked how much he is selling, he answered 80 pesos. I won't blame him because not all were able to go to the event last June 12 and his reasons maybe because he want to profit. Most of the people don't know that the AKO MISMO Dog Tags are more valuable than 80 pesos. The dog tags were given to those who painstakingly fall in line just to go to the event and paid 40 pesos which proceeds to the charitable organizations like World Vision, Gawad Kalinga among others. The wearer of these dog tags are a proud contributors who wanted to make a change for the nation. It's like a merit badge. The fake ones are bigger than the one I have

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Favorite Author: Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler is a New York Times bestselling author popular for his Dirk Pitt novels. He started writing in the 1960's and started writing his first novel about Dirk Pitt in the 1970's,The Mediterranean Caper. It was until his third book,Raise The Titanic that Cussler and Dirk Pitt became a bestselling sensation and later became a movie. To Cussler and his Dirk Pitt fans, the movie turned out to be a disappointment. Cussler swore never to bring his stories to the movies again. Like his character, Dirk Pitt, Cussler parallels Pitt's adventures,whether maintaining his antique car collection or going underwater looking for lost ships. Cussler also wrote his first non-fiction novel along with co-author Craig Dirgo,The Sea Hunters, which narrates his underwater exploits of finding lost ships along with his non-profit organization,the National Underwater Marine Agency. Sea Hunters also became the start of Cussler's TV documentary series of the same title. After Dirk Pitt, Cussler co-wrote other fictional series featuring new main characters. After Raise The Titanic!, Cussler allowed his eleventh Dirk Pitt novel, Sahara to be in the silverscreen but it was also became a disappointment to Cussler's expectations. Cussler started co-authoring the seventeenth Dirk Pitt adventure,The Trojan Oddyssey with his son,also named Dirk. Clive Cussler has written more than twenty novels and three non-fictions. Clive Cussler divides his time whether in the deserts of Arizona or the mountains of Colorado.

Chicken Soup for the Beerdrinkers' Soul

"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel shamed. Then I look into the glass
and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink
this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver." ~ JACK HANDEY


"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day." ~FRANK SINATRA


"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading." ~ HENNY YOUNGMAN


"24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not." ~ STEPHEN WRIGHT


"When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. Sooooo, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!" ~ BRIAN O'ROURK


"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." ~ BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."

To some it's a six-pack, to me it's a Support Group. Salvation in a can!


And saving the best for last, as explained by
Cliff Clavin, of Cheers...

One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm:

"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

SciFi Channel Launch

Last May 15, 2009, Mark Cerbo and I went to A Venue in Makati to witness launching of SciFi Channel in the Philippines. It was a dream come thrue for any SciFi fan because SciFi is still not known in the Phillipines. With the latest Star Trek making box office hit, it is also timely because SciFi channel is also showing Star Trek The Next Generation series. Along with it's launch, the local SciFi will features new,hot series like Sanctuary and Samurai Girl as well as old favorites like Stargate:SG-1, Quantum Leap and the remake series,Battlestar Galactica and more. SciFi is brought to the Philippines by Solar Entertainment and is available at Global Destiny channel 90. Thanks to Azrael for the invite.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

MTV hold concert campaign against human trafficking

MTV Phillipines holds a free concert for a campaign against human trafficking.Performances by Pupil, Kitchie Nadal, Gary V., Bamboo and many more. The event also featured short length videos concerning human trafficking from all over the globe. To most people who went to the event, is not aware or don't know that human trafficking is a reality. In the event, with the exeption of the human traffick crusader, there were no civic organization nor a NGO who were supposed to campaign against human trafficking present during the event. The only civic organization present there was TESDA Women's Center which is an educational organization and a Violence Signature Campaign booth. There were also supposed to be infocards of different NGO for contact information but I didn't see a volunteer did their part distributing them. But I would expect their presence is much more better.

Human trafficking problems are worldwide whenever there's need of people who wants greener pastures in their lives. People take advantage of their situations and cleverly deal with them then scam them that costs them their freedom. Here in the Phils., it usually in poverty-stricken places of the provinces and human traffickers brings them to red-light districts and makes them either domestic slaves or prostitutes. Women are mostly the usual victims. To prevent this, investigate whether the recruitment agencies you are interested in are legitimate. People in power are usually behind this that is why I appreciate Bamboo's song:

Habang may tatsulok at sila ang nasa tuktok

Di matatapos itong gulo

People on top tend to take advantage of the weak and marginalize that makes this song relevant.

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