2008


Who wants to live forever? Raise your hands! I say that’s a perfectly sensible goal… but what will you do with all that time tucked under your belt?

Isn’t a lifetime of problems and difficulties enough for any one man or woman? Would you rather wish for an eternity of struggle?

On a lighter note, have you asked yourself whether you have done a good enough job on your present mortal existence that makes you deserving of an eternal bonus?
The worship of LIFE, it seems, is a human instinct (how else explain our all-consuming tendency for self-preservation, to cling to life no matter what, sometimes in defiance of logic, nature and science).

But the excuse that INSTINCT offers is not enough to extinguish the discontent of those who say that life is overrated? There has to be more to an immortal life than mere instinct.

What Say You?
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At the end of the day, we all just want to be real but no, the world just won't let us...

There's the boss at the office to impress, or at least to play pretend to... the fellow white-collar jerks in the lounge to try make laugh by poking fun on the stupid boss... those pesky underlings who you need to show to who's the boss... and back at home there's the real boss, I mean the wife, to boss you around... the kids to gang up on you... and of course the dog, don't forget the dog, whom you need to take outside for a pee or worse... life is full of sh.. demands by other people (and dogs) who want a piece of you, that, often, there's nothing left of you, for you.

As with anything in life that really matters, it takes courage to be true to oneself. Can you imagine the cinematic drama there! Here you are, you just want a few extra minutes all to yourself, say to enjoy your extra rich and classy, aromatic, pure, instant coffee... while the whole world screams back at you in a demanding tone saying "What about your Obligations!?"...

You shrugged off your shoulders and take your fist sip... "The traffic be damned!..." you snorted back "I want my moment..!" You take another sip. Coffee never tasted this good..."the boss and her client waiting for me be damned!... I won't give up this coffee for the world..." It was then that the dog barked at you, gently at first, then awkwardly... threatening to poop on the floor...!"The dog be damned!... I won't be intimidated by no barking beast who happen to share my carpet..."

It was then that the wife looks at you coyly, at first, then looks at the wall clock... and then gazed back at you, slightly disappointed.. you said to yourself "the wife be...!" ...then she said "shouldn't you be going by now... dear?", with emphasis on the dear.

Okay, the wife won this time... again.
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The Manilan's general tendency mimicry other people’s accent (when they try to speak Tagalog) could not be called racism. Believe me it's just a a form of humor, albeit a lame one, and those whose feelings get offended don’t find it funny.

If it were pure and simple racism, then they would not mimic the accent of their own kind, the provincial Tagalogs but they do. Batanguenos have more of their share of this "abuse" than their Bisayan kababayan. Batanguenos, however, don’t get offended and indeed, when sensing that their Manileño cousins make fun of their accents, they all the more showcase their delectable solid Batangueño accent!

The thought that perpetrators of this form of linguistic “racism” are always Tagalogs themselves is in itself nearer to the essence of racism by lumping all Tagalog people as insensitive idiots with a bloated superiority complex.

Truth to tell, this tendency to mimic other people’s accent is shared more or less equally by many Manileños whether they themselves are actually Ilokanos, Kapampangan, Bikolanos etc. Cebuanos are equally guilty of laughing at non-Bisyas who err when speaking Binisaya. So instead of blaming one linguistic group of people for this crime, let's just blame human nature.

Some of the more hilarious Tagalog variations are not those spoken by Bisayas or Batanguenos but by Americans, Chinese and Japanese. (I once heard the Russian ambassador in Manila spoke in Tagalog, and it was so close to Manila accent that it almost felt frightening).
My wife laughs at me a lot whenever I try to speak or write in Bikol, her native tongue. She's usually amused or flattered but yes, I sometimes detect a faint sense of pride or even superiority on her part but it is no way near that ugly word, racism.

I myself always get caught in perpetual awe upon hearing the Illongo language. I don't understand it nor have a desire to learn it anywhere in the near future, but I consider it music to my ear. Some of my Ilonggo friends may have sometimes get offended when I try to mimic the way they speak Tagalog, but what they don't realize was that I secretly lust after their mother tongue.

Yes, Manileños need a lot of growing up to do when it comes to being sensitive with their fellow Filipinos, especially towards non-Tagalogs. This, however, is a case of immaturity or at least insensitivity, not racism.
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If I could have my way, I'd prefer that Manileño kids be obliged to have at least a working knowledge of all the 12 major languages of the Philippines, and perhaps proficiency in at least 2 other languages (namely Ilokano and Cebuano) aside from Tagalog-Filipino and English.
What do you think?
Russia is on the verge of a super tuberculosis outbreak.

Pravda Online says experts have discovered a new deadly culture of tuberculosis, which cannot be treated with existing medications;

“high death-rate among people with tuberculoses from the former Soviet Union has to do with people’s weak immune systems. Also, we noticed that such widespread of tuberculosis coincides with the overall rise of AIDS, which has already turned into a real epidemic in Russia.”

They explain the correlation this way: once an organism's immune system has already been weakened by AIDS, "it becomes susceptible to tuberculosis in general and to the new culture in particular".
In the UK, experts say tuberculosis has has a four-fold increase in parts of London over the last 10 years. In 2002, more than 6,800 cases of TB were recorded in England and Wales. In the 1980's, there were only 20 such cases.
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The super-tuberculosis, however, was man-made. Medical News Today said researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, US, was trying to alter the disease's genetic structure. Instead, the organism grew in virulence and developed into a mutant that multiplied more quickly, and was more lethal.

Patient Zero was a European?It was in Holland that the first six cases of super TB have been detected. Investigators believe all six of those people were in contact with the same person from Eastern Europe. After further examinations of this particular individual, doctors concluded that he had been indeed the carrier of the new type of tuberculosis.
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Tuberculosis, the ancient but preventable disease has continued to thrive "unnoticed" in developing countries. 

Time says:
In 2006, 9.2 million more people were diagnosed with the disease, almost exclusively in the developing world, and 1.7 million people died from it...

5% of this total are said to be drug-resistant "fueled by both the surge in H.I.V./AIDS and health systems that have ignored the threat of TB for too long".
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I was saddened yesterday upon reading this article posted on Inquirer.net, this despicable excuse for journalism:

"Ely Soriano charged with falsification of public document"
By Allison Lopez
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 18:57:00 08/29/2008

The title alone is a dead giveaway hint to the writer's incompetence at gathering information; he misspelled the nickname of a very popular personality in his own native land, a man who goes by the name of Bro. Eli Soriano. Philippine News Tabloids, which are known for their thoroughly irresponsible journalism, fared better than than the PDI if only for the fact that they got Soriano's nickname right. The daily toilet paper known as "Bulgar", for instance, spelled it "Eli" and not "Ely" as Lopez wrote.

Interestingly Lopez knew Soriano's full name well, its just the correct nickname that proved to be too challenging to write, it reads...
MANILA, Philippines—The head of Ang Dating Daan evangelist group Eliseo "Ely" Soriano and two others were charged with falsification of public document at the Manila City Prosecutor's Office for allegedly faking the certificate of detention in order to post bail for his rape charges.

I suppose Lopez has confused Bro. Eli , the very popular televangelist with Ely Buendia, the equally very popular soloist of Eraserheads. The fact that the title has passed the supposedly meticulous watch of the PDI editors also shows that the article was written under the influence of either gross institutional incompetence or stupidity or both.

The article goes on to say that Soriano was "indicted for the rape of his male follower at the regional trial court of Macabebe, Pampanga," but the writer conveniently forgot to mention that the case has been dismissed on January 26, 2006 as penned by Alexandro Lopez, Assistant Provincial Prosecutor of Region III, San Fernando, Pampanga and as approved by Jesus Y. Manarang, the Provincial Prosecutor. To quote an excellent account written by Jane Abao the document says:

"The foregoing facts, together with the rift going on between the INC and the ADD, which we cannot deny, only show that the complainant was indisputably ill-motivated from the inception, and these necessarily, without any scintilla of doubt, substantially affect, if not lessen, his credibility as an unperjured affiant. Wherefore, premises having been considered, the undersigned recommends the DISMISSAL, as he hereby DISMISSES, the complaint for rape filed by Daniel Veridiano against Eliseo Soriano docketed herein as I.S. N0. 05-I-2459 and 2460."
It would have been in keeping with PDI's credo of "Fearless Views, Balanced News" had Lopez also mentioned that on on March 21, 2006, months following the dismissal of the case, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales directed Regional State Prosecutor Jesus Simbulan to elevate the records of the rape case to his office. The letter said:
"Department of Justice. Memorandum to RSP Jesus Simbulan, ORSP, Region III, Subject: Daniel Veridiano vs. Eliseo Soriano for Rape. Date: March 21, 2006. In the interest of justice, you are directed to elevate the records of above-captioned case to my office. For immediate compliance. Raul Gonzalez. Secretary."

(to read the rest of Jane Abao's article, heres the link)

Without details like these to balance Lopez's article, the general reading public can't help but form an impression that Eli Soriano is already guilty as charged and a bona fide fugitive from the law. A fugitive from an unfair government, perhaps but but not a fugitive from the laws of the land.

Head of a minority religious group in the Philippines, Soriano's reputation has suffered a steady barrage of legal harassment... from being tagged as a land grabber, opportunist, libelous, a sex crime offender and finally a fugitive from the law.

How could the Philippine Daily Inquirer been party to this legal harassment and public humiliation of an old man, I just can't stomach. As a loyal reader of the newspaper, I feel betrayed...

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Where in the world is Filipino inventor Daniel Dingel and his hydro-powered car? As early as 1968 he started a revolution against the Oil Cartel in his garage by converting his car to run on ordinary tap water. Years later, the Manila news media warmed up to him until he was virtually declared a hoax after the Department of Science and Technology reportedly found traces of carbon dioxide in Dingel's car emissions. Skeptics then concluded that the inventor was still secretly using hydrogen produced from his electrolysis machine. Or was he?

In one interview Dingel alleged that agents of the IMF and World Bank have prevented him from marketing his invention citing an agreement with the Philippine government that it "may not not to produce anything that would compete with their (petrol) product".

Thirty years later, (surprise, surprise) Reuters News gives us this preview of a near future when car owners need only stop by the nearest water faucet when refueling.








Japanese company Genepax says its car runs on water, that it uses an energy generator that extracts hydrogen from water which was then injected into the car’s tank. The generator then releases electrons that produce electric power to run the car.

An American inventor, meanwhile, claims to have tinkered with his motorcycle to run, not on water-derived hydrogen, but on "water-based" fuel.



It doesn't end there. In Sri Lanka, a 25-year-old Thushara Priyamal Edirisinghe claimed to have done a similar feat. There are many others.

A confirmation from establishment giant Honda of course couldn't have driven home the point more conclusively with its HONDA FCX WATER CAR available for lease only to HOLLYWOOD ELITE!




So, again, where in the world is Daniel Dingel? He's still in fighting form and this time he has partnered with ETHOS, a Swiss-based company racing to commercially produce the world's first water powered car. They have also set up a foundation to help bring his products to the world while helping Mr. Dingel to raise money "to help his fellow Filipino people". Here is Dingel's old video demo.



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The PDI’s Second Front Page today has got me excited. It reads: “RP Corruption Worst in East Asia”. Of course the news was upsetting but it was no news at all to millions of Filipinos, it’s common knowledge. What got me excited was upon reading the line that says the Philippines is at the “bottom of East Asia’s ten largest economies”. I say that is news. Yes, this labor exporting country is among the region’s ten largest economies. It is a monumental triumph of the Filipino and one achieved in spite of the burden posed by a chronically corrupt and inept government.
Just imagine what economic dreams may come when the Filipino people finally rid their government of crocodiles masquerading as politicians. I still look forward to a day when the people shall drive all the crocodiles off from Malacanang Palace and down back to Pasig River where they belong. It has been their home anyway prior to the sacking of Manila by the conquistadores.

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I’ve just got wind from the blog mills of this truly unprecedented development: New Zealand is set to prescribe Filipino as a required study in its schools, making it the country’s second language after English. Being a Filipino I couldn’t help but say Great! They couldn’t have made a better choice! Then, quickly, the question, arises: why?? But then my even quicker answer would be why not poknat?
Anong mapapala nila dun? (What benefit would they get from it?) Oh, so much, actually. New Zealand is home to a highly valued crowd of professional Filipinos (13,000 at least while some estimates place them at more than 16,000). Bridging the language barrier between locals and the Filipino foreigners would certainly make their working relationship more friendly, efficient and productive. Indeed it would make New Zealand a little bit more like home for Filipinos, making them a less foreign to their employers. By mastering their language we derived so much from New Zealanders aside from financial rewards; they must figure it’s high time they derive as much from us.
The same, however, can be said of studying any language be it as prestigious as English or French or as obscure as any of the world’s minority languages. For as they say, the biggest gap between peoples is not distance but culture: and language is the bridge that connects that gap. In this light, maybe it’s high time too that Philippine educators begin teaching studes in Metro Manila some of the regional languages. That way they’ll derive as much cultural learning as their peers from the countryside who just moved in. Additionally it would enrich the national language further and faster, making it more facilitative of nation building in these globalized times.
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For the last several months I was busy battling my writing fatigue, which has grown to fester me like the plague. In my unrelenting resolve to kill the inner beast I’ve fortuitously discovered a
“cure” that, well, seems to work for me. I’ve realized that my “writing fatigue” was really “language fatigue” in thin disguise, I was literally sick with the English language! I was so sick of it I couldn’t get myself to write any English prose except at work, and even then it always leaves me feeling exhausted.
I’ve made this discovery this after chancing upon an old copy of Balagtas’ Florante at Laura in my in-laws’ bookshelves, and upon reading it sporadically realizing how truly beautiful language could be. This inspired me to read on and read more Tagalog classics condensed in old textbooks, which heretofore serve nothing more than crude dust holders.
With my appetite whetted, I’ve come to a momentous decision, why not revive my study of the Spanish language? I was among the last few students who took 9 units of Spanish in college after the government decided to scrap it as a required subject. Of course I have nothing to show for it apart from the “tres” in my school records. I’ve decided that if I can learn English, I can learn any language I choose. I’m prone to making wrong decisions of course.
As for new language study as cure for my writing fatigue, well I theorized that perhaps, the part of my brain responsible for processing language has become too hardwired to English that it starts to “short-circuit” or “overheat”. By thinking in Tagalog and by learning to think in a totally different language maybe, just maybe, my language processor gets to relax, cool down and regains strength.
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