Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Jansen Magpusao John Denver Trending

The movie is close to my heart (pounded to the core during the almost two-hour screening) for two reasons: First, the movie is in Kinaray-a, the language of my province- Antique. It has English subtitles for non-Antiqueños. Second, it’s about the scourge of online disinformation – the issue that our group, VERA Files, is actively helping to fight.

The movie is rich in local sound and color. One even hears in the background the” tiktik.” In our childhood days, we were told that was the sound of the “aswang.”

A clear strength of the film is its rural and “regional” world, with its culturally simultaneous reality being succinctly captured in the depiction of communal faith healers paradoxically coexisting with smart phones, thereby suggesting not so much rupture as continuity between the regime of memory and the regime of data, especially where the residual but entirely determinative power of orality is concerned.

The movie was shot in its entirety in Pandan, a town in the northern part of Antique ,where the family of the current representative, Loren Legarda, comes from. The Zaldivar family (the late Supreme Court Justice Calixto Zaldivar, former Governor Enrique Zaldivar, former Governor Sally Perez-Zaldivar) are also from Pandan.

The condemnation that falls squarely on the shoulders of the wrongly accused boy is enabled not only by the manipulability—and the selectivity—of video as a medium, but also by this unfortunate boy’s (class) identity, his unimportance and “dispensability” as a marginal person in this world.

The domination of Kinaray-a speaking film “John Denver Trending” during this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival made a strong statement: stop cyberbullying, which can be disastrous, or worse even fatal.

The film was shot entirely in Pandan, Antique, Condez’s home province. Only Meryll Soriano and Sunshine Teodoro are professional actors. The rest of the cast members led by neophyte child actor Jansen Magpusao are either Condez’s relatives or childhood friends. Magpusao’s family lives in a mountain resort in Pandan, Antique called Malumpati Cold Spring.

Also worth noting is Meryll Soriano, who enfleshes John Denver’s mother with the kind of quiet but forceful dignity and devotion that the role requires.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Marry a Kapampangan? Prepare for a bumpy ride! Here are tips to help you survive the company of this much-admired, much-reviled and much misunderstood people:

Kapampangans talk loud when they’re together. - They enjoy listening to themselves and to the sound of their language. They love their language with a child’s love for his mother, calling it amanung sisuan (“suckled word”). They’d navigate across a crowded room to find anyone speaking in Kapampangan, and when they do, they’d gush like long lost friends. They sound like they’re arguing, but they’re actually just tracing their six degrees of separation in search of a blood relation or a common acquaintance. You can’t blame them for savoring each other’s company. There are only two million of them left on Earth, compared with 22 million Tagalogs, 20 million Cebuanos and eight million Ilocanos.

Kapampangans are proud of their race. - Call them conceited, call them ethnocentric, but they sincerely believe that they’re the first, the best and the most in everything. Bravest soldiers? Check. First Jesuits? Check. Best cooks? Check. Prettiest women? Check. Longest literary work, first woman author, first vernacular zarzuela, first novel in English. Check, check, check, check! Kapampangans are fiercely patriotic — not to the Filipino nation, but to the Kapampangan Nation, which they claim (correctly) to be older by a thousand years. Other Filipinos deny their ethnicity, but Kapampangans will announce it even when no one’s asking! Their attachment to their land of birth compels them to stay, but if they leave at all, they always look to Mt. Arayat as a sentimental beacon guiding them on their way back.

Kapampangans are offended when they’re called dugong aso (dog-blooded). - They take it as an attack on their personal integrity and an affront on the memory of their ancestors. Generations of Kapampangans have endured humiliation from people carelessly and even maliciously calling them traitors. Who wouldn’t resent being told that treachery runs in your blood?

Kapampangans are notorious bashers. - You make one small mistake, you won’t hear the end of it. You cook caldereta (stew) that’s a tad bland, you’ll be the topic for days. State a contrary opinion and you’re dead. Kapampangans are highly opinionated and contentious, probably the result of pampering by their colonial masters who gave them access to exclusive schools in Manila and Madrid (while their compatriots could only attend parochial schools) which in turn made them feel intellectually superior.

Kapampangans can really cook, and Pampanga is really the food capital of the Philippines. - You can contest the other claims, but this one is universally accepted. Other regions are known for single dishes and desserts; Pampanga has a whole cornucopia of culinary delights, from colonial to folk to exotic. This gift can be traced back to their access to the friar’s kitchen, their land’s plentiful harvests and the episodes of floods and famine that have taught them to improvise. Everyone in Pampanga can cook, even the men; woe to the Kapampangan who can’t cook!

Kapampangans love the good life. - They can’t last a week without “malling,” movies and mahjong. A birthday, an anniversary, a promotion—there’s always an excuse to party and a justification for spending all their savings. This joie de vivre, this utter lack of proportion between work and play, has put them in stark contrast with the thrifty Ilocanos, whom God has only given a sliver of craggy land to work on while Kapampangans wallow in fertile fields and rivers teeming with fish. Kapampangans’ devil-may-care attitude is the reason hospitals, diagnostic clinics and dialysis centers thrive in Pampanga.

Kapampangans are deeply religious which, of course, is not the same as spiritual.- Their fetish for anitos (spirit idols) has morphed into an excessive, almost irrational, devotion to anything associated with their colonizers’ religion. Kapampangans have found their new idols on which to lavish their affections: the church temple for which they’d spend any amount to build, rebuild and renovate; the retablos and santos (altars and icons) which they over-decorate, over-dress, and over-process; and of course their priests whom they over-revere to the point of electing one as governor. Pampanga is home not only to the most devout Catholics in this country, but also to Eli Soriano’s Ang Dating Daan and the Kingdom of Jesus Christ’s Apollo Quiboloy plus a host of other churches, sects and cults.

Kapampangans have fine tastes — another offshoot from early exposure to their colonial masters’ lavish lifestyles. - The rise of feudal lords and wealthy families in the province also nurtured artists and turned bucolic towns like Bacolor and Guagua into thriving cultural and political centers. Kapampangan writers like Aurelio Tolentino, Crisostomo Soto, Amado Yuzon and Bienvenido Santos; Kapampangan artists like Fernando Ocampo Juan Flores, Vicente Manansala and Bencab; and Kapampangan performers like Rogelio de la Rosa, Cecile Licad, Lea Salonga and Apl.de.ap all raised the bar of Kapampangan aesthetics and refined Kapampangan tastes.

Kapampangans are risk-takers, almost to a fault. - When the “brave youth from Macabebe” unsheathed his sword to take on a whole Spanish armada in 1571, he began a tradition of brave and bold Kapampangans who’d fight in battle, see the world, or start a business enterprise with an almost reckless audacity. The landscape of history is littered with fallen Kapampangans who dared to cross swords with much bigger enemies, from Maniago’s rebels in the Kapampangan Revolt of 1660 and the Macabebes whose town was razed to the ground by the revolutionaries, to Taruc’s Huks who fought the Japanese and Dante’s NPAs who fought the government and even Ninoy Aquino who fought the dictatorship. So there.

The other side of the carefree nature of Kapampangans is their durability. - When Pinatubo erupted in 1991, even the proud scions of genteel families and descendants of poets and warriors had to suffer the indignity of staying in evacuation centers and the difficulty of starting over in resettlement areas. How the Kapampangans rose from a depth of despair this low to the economic peak this high is one of the most spectacular recoveries ever seen in this country. Kapampangans are a hardy people after all. It took a cataclysmic eruption, followed by four years of pounding by lahars, to bring out their hidden fortitude.

The list is by no means complete, and Kapampangans are certainly much more than the sum of these descriptions. But for starters you can use it as a roadmap to get into the conflicted, unpredictable heart and mind of Kapampangans. Kapampangans are hard to understand, and harder to live with. The contradictions that shaped their land and history — the cycle of feast and famine, the tension between loyalty and rebellion, feudalism and peasant unrest, Church tradition and folk Catholicism, and the presence of the largest US military base in the hotbed of Communist insurgency — have made Kapampangans truly unlike any other people in this country.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Foreign Couple Invited Girls From A Red-Light District To Their Wedding

Foreign couple Randall and Melissa spent three nights along the streets of a red-light district to invite strangers to their wedding. They held the very intimate ceremony at an unrestored building in Angeles City—an old church where Melissa lived in for a year.

Indeed, their wedding may be very different from the usual, but it is— without a doubt—beautiful, and it has touched the hearts of many people.

This 7-minute video by Filterpan Photography on love and faith will move you to tears.
“Before we were engaged, we talked about what our wedding would be like, and I asked her, ‘Melissa, if you could do anything for your wedding, what would you do? Who would you want to be there?‘, and she said, ‘If I could do anything…then I would have my Filipino girls be there— the girls I’ve helped rescue.”

Randall and Melissa are both full of God's love that they chose the most selfless way to celebrate the most important day of their lives. Because they were first loved by God, they chose to give love back to the people who never had it. This is the message of the cross. This is God's love through Jesus portrayed. Love that takes all the sins of the world. Love that restores. Love that chose to die on the cross so we may live.

"We love because He first loved us."- 1john4:19

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

You must be proud you are a Filipino

Bakit hindi natin pagbigyan na umusad ang bayang ito. sa pagkakataong subukin ang kamay na bakal?  matagal na tayo sa pamumuhay na ito. ang Pilipinas ay tumatanda na walang pinag kakatandaan, lumalago ayon sa prinsipyong ang pundasyon ay nakabaon sa mga kanal.

Kung ang bayan natin ay makakamit ang karangalan. at respeto, gamit nito,mamili ka,

Isang bayan na sadlak sa dusa? api at mababa ang tingin? at hindi nirerespeto? o isang bansang matayog! matatag! may paninindigan at totoo ang paglilingkod sa kanyang nasasakupang mamamayan.

Ang Pilipinas sa kasalukuyang pamamahala ay hawak ang karangalang ito, at Bilang isang tunay na dugong maharlikang Pilipino

Ipaglalaban ko ito. ibubuwis ko ang aking buhay! alang alang sa matayog na karangalang ito.

IKAW?  ano ang ginagawa mo para sa bayang ito? isa ka ba sa nagpapabagsak at nag papahina nito? o isa ka sa nagsusulong upang igalang at irespeto ang kanyang kultura , soberanya at karangalan ng mamamayan nito?

Napakasarap pakinggan ang mga papuri ng ilang mga foreign cultures, maging ang ilang mga social media comments na nagsasabing dapat mag malaki ang mga Pilipino sa mga pag kakataong ito, bagamat lantaran ang pag batikos at hayagan din ang kaliwat  kanang bwelta at supalpal na ibinibigay ng ating pangulo sa mga bumabatikos sa kanya.  maging ang pag mumura nito sa ilang mga higher ranking leaders tulad ng Amerika. hindi naman ito naka bawas sa dignidad ng ating bansa, sa halip tila ito ang nagiging dahilan upang tayo ay mas hangaan ng ibang lahi

Sa mga naka lipas na taon, kung mag sasaliksik kayo gamit ang teknolohiya ng internet sa volume trend ng feed back na natatanggap ng ating bansa. nakaka lula ang datos na inyong makikita mula sa -23% feedback na dati ang Pilipinas ay tumatanggap ng pag iinsulto dahil sa palpak nitong kalakaran at sistema, uri ng pamumuhay at respetong iginagawad sa isang bansa, ngayon ay nakaka pangilabot na + 69% ang datos natin!!

Sa loob lamang ng maikling panahon. tila ang Pilipinas sa kanyang maningning na kalagayan ay handang mag malaki sa mga mayayaman at makapangyarihang bansa. na kahit sa kalagayang pang ekonomiya ay paangat at sa hanggang ngayon ay kabilang sa 3rd World Country. ang ilang mga mamamayan mula sa ibat ibang bansa maging ang ilang matataas na ma opisyal sa buong mundo ay tuwirang sinasabi na ang Pilipinas ay nasa mabuting mga kamay at pamamahala.

Marami ang hindi sang ayon. katulad din naman na marami ang mga lider na bumabatikos sa ating Pangulo. subalit sa kabuuan. Ang Respeto ay muling nakuha ng ating bayan at naipakita muli natin ang ating karangalan at kakayahan ay hindi basta basta.

Ang ginagawang ito ng atng pangulo, ay hindi pag sira o pag labag. kundi. mas nagbibigay ito ng isang pangitain at kaukulang opinyon na hindi dapat tayo maliitin ng mga mayayaman at mauunlad na bansa. hindi tayo ''PUPPET'' o nag papasakop sa mga uri ng dating kolonya na sumakop sa tin. sa halip ipina pakita ng bansa natin ngayon ang katatagan at malakas na soberanya. na hindi kayang hawakan ng sinumang bansa liban sa mga tunay na mamamayan nito,

''You must Be proud you are a Filipino, we heard a lot of good things about your President! Keep up Philippines'' You have a great Warrior and Strong Leader! '' My respect to you! ''

Isa lamang yan sa mga napakasarap pakinggan na mga papuri.

Isipin niyo naman.sino ba naman tayo? para pag usapan ng mga global Media? ng mga Foreign Dignitaries? na maging sa europa ang balita sa Pilipinas ay tila ginagawa ng ''INTERNATIONAL ISSUES'' saan ka pa! local news? pinag pi pyestahan sa social Media.?  at mga innternational news platform?

Hindi tayo maaring magmalaki sa mga balitang karahasan. o anumang may kaugnayan sa terorismo at demolisyon , mga usapin sa droga. patayan, traffic at sari saring mga pangit na pangyayari sa ating bansa na siya din namang nagdala sa tugatog Upang ang bayan natin ay lalong manliit sa mata ng  mga banyaga.

Subalit sa pagkataong ang bayan natin ay nakakabalik at muling nagiging ka puri puri sa mata ng iba, nagiging matayog at iginagalang ang kultura. MULING kakatakutan. at pangingilagan dahil sa katapangan at nag aalab nitong patriotismo

Sasayangin ba natin ang lahat ng ito? at hindi sunggaban ang pagkakataong ma iluklok ang bayan sa napakaningning nitong kalagayan? Ito ay magsilbi sanang paunawa sa mga lumalaban at bumabatikos sa ating kasalukuyang pamamahala

Tandaan po natin, ANG BAYAN NATIN kahit kailan ay hindi naging dakila sa mata ng IBA, dahil sa uri ng inyong mga batas na ipinaglalaban. sa halip ito ay lalong sumira! at yumurak sa  kasakdalan ng ating bansa!  ang mga karapatang pantao na isinulong niyo ay lalong ginamit at inabuso ng mga makakapangyarihan. mga dayuhang kapitalista, mga mapanakop na kolonya

Ngayon, at muli ang bayan natin ay bumabangon sa pag kakadapa. magiging sanhi din ba kayo? upang maudlot ang pag sulong na ito? magiging sanhi din ba kayo? upang Maging maliit na lamang tayo habang buhay sa mata ng ibang mga bansa?

Lee Kuan Yew: reminded the world of the Singaporean founder's accomplishments before, during and after his term as prime minister.
Lee was hailed by the Philippines' foreign ministry as a "visionary statesman" and an inspiration to the world for building Singapore, formerly a sleepy port, "into an economic powerhouse and modern society."

During his life, Lee openly shared his thoughts about the world, nations, especially Singapore's neighbors, including the Philippines.

In his book "From Third World to First," Lee shared lessons on development, diplomacy, policy-making, history, culture and domestic affairs.

He also wrote about building Singapore's ties with the Philippines.

Lee recounted an event following the assassination of Senator Ninoy Aquino in 1983 and international outrage that resulted in foreign banks blocking all loans to the Philippines:

This is also how Lee described the Filipino people:

It is a soft, forgiving culture. Only in the Philippines could a leaders convicted in crimes  and did some significant amounts of corruptions , yet still were allowed to return and engage in  their politics.

Some Filipinos write and speak with passion. If they could get their elite to share their sentiments and act, what could they not have achieved?

In an interview with Foreign Affairs magazine in March 1994, Lee had foreseen a continuous growth in East Asia, partly due to countries' lessons from wars.

One reason why growth is likely to last for many years in East Asia -- and this is just a guess -- is that the peoples and the governments of East Asia have learned some powerful lessons about the viciousness and destructiveness of wars. Not only full-scale wars like in Korea, but guerrilla wars as in Vietnam, in Cambodia and in the jungles of Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. We all know that the more you engage in conflict, the poorer and the more desperate you become.

And Philippines is acting like idiot, they never learn. they become weaker with their justice system. rotten and slowly killing them instead of making them better and stronger, respected and being feared!

It is also Lee who said,that the Philippines need is a little discipline rather than ''Democracy''

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Capilion Project Clark

In a statement issued Monday, Clark Development Corp. (CDC) said Capilion has been planning to develop the area as a mixed-used facility that could be used for business process outsourcing (BPO), residential, commercial, and retail enterprises. The proposed development will be completed in three phases by the end of 2018.

Singapore-based Capilion Corp. Pte. Ltd. has committed to invest P7 billion for the long-term lease and development of a three-hectare lot at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga.

“This will be the biggest contract to be signed by the new administration in terms of employment generation with a projection of 75,000 that can be accommodated within seven years,” noted CDC president Arthur Tugade.

Capilion Corp. was established in 2006 in Singapore to act as an international private equity and corporate finance advisory firm. It is part of the Capilion Group of Companies, Capilion Financial Ltd. and Capilion RE Engineering Ltd.

The Capilion Group has businesses involved in private equity, corporate services, real estate, financial securities, ship ownership, shipping and shipbuilding, infrastructure development and clean and renewable energy projects.

It also has various stakes in different countries such as securities industry in Indonesia, ferry project in China, biofuel in Indonesia, infrastructure in Kyrgyzstan, monorail project in India, and various other real estate projects in Southeast Asia.

Following the signing of the agreement, Capilion presented to CDC demand drafts worth $4.9 million (approximately P215 million) to represent the firm’s advance lease, security deposit and performance security plus a reservation for another 8,639 square meters adjacent to its property.
Capilion also presented a bank certification confirming the firm’s fund of P2 billion for the property development in Clark.

According to CDC, the agreement signed by Capilion required the Singapore firm to sign an anti-graft undertaking and exert effort to hire indigenous people (IP) and persons with disabilities.

Inquirer: http://business.inquirer.net/

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Jerry Pelayo: Binay has the ‘heart’ for people

The former president of the Pampanga Mayors' League (PML) has renewed his commitment to support the presidential bid of Vice- President Jejomar Binay.

In a press conference at the Fontana Residences here recently, former Candaba Mayor and PML president Jerry Pelayo said Binay has the "heart" and genuine concern for the Filipino people.

He added that "Binay's advantage is that as former mayor, he knows what local government units (LGUs) need."

"A few years ago, I already saw in Vice-President Binay his love for the people, especially the poor ones. His plan to empower the LGUs, notably mayors and governors, will bring tremendous economic growth," said Pelayo.

The latest survey of Pulse Asia showed Binay still leading in the poll among probable presidential candidates. The former Makati mayor had 26 percent.

Asked by journalists what's the role of Pelayo at his camp, Binay said, "he is a CSB."

"CSB means certified sipsip kay Binay," added Binay in a jest, eliciting smiles from journalists.

"I don't back out from any fight and I am healthy as you can see," said Binay

- sunstar/joey pavia

Thursday, January 29, 2015

19th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2015 Official Schedule of Activities

FEB 13, 2015
5:30- 6:15 AM
RC Night flyers
6:20- 6:35 AM
Philippine Flag jump
6:40- 7:40 AM
Hot Air Balloon flight
7:30- 8:15 AM
Paragliding Exhibition
8:15- 8:30 AM
Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
8:30- 9:00 AM
Sky diving exhibition
9:00-10:00 AM
ACFC Ultralight/Microlight Aircraft Formation Flights and Flour Bombing
10:00-11:00 AM
Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration
11:00-12:00 PM
Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
12:00-1:00 PM
Car Drifting Display
1:00- 1:45 PM
KAP / KTP Kite flying exhibition
1:45- 2:15 PM
German aerobatic glider flight
2:15- 3:15 PM
Gen Av Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
3:15- 3:30 PM
Sky-Diving Exhibition
3:30- 3:45 PM
Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
3:45- 4:45 PM
ACFC Ultralight/Microlight Aircraft Formation Flight
4:45- 5:15 PM
Radio-controlled Jet Turbine Model Aircraft Demonstration
5:15- 5:45 PM
5:45- 6:30 PM
Hot Air Balloon Fly-In

FEB 14, 2015
5:30- 6:15 AM
RC Night flyers
6:20- 6:35 AM
Philippine Flag jump
6:40- 7:40 AM
Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:30- 8:00 AM
Paragliding Exhibition
8:15- 9:15 AM
Hong Kong RC aerobatic display / RP RC Display
9:15- 9:30 AM
PT13 Stearman Aerobatic Show
9:30- 9:45 AM
Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
9:45-10:00 AM
Tandem Skydiving exhibition
10:00-11:00 AM
ACFC Ultralight/Microlight aircraft formation flights and flour bombing
11:00-11:30 AM
Helicopter flight display
11:30-12:00 PM
Philippine Coast Guard Rescue Demonstration
12:00-12:30 PM
KAP / KTP Kite Flying Demonstration
12:30- 1:00 PM
Flight Schools flyby
1:00- 1:30 PM
Winch-launched German aerobatic glider flight
1:30- 2:00 PM
Private Aircraft Flyby
2:00- 3:00 PM
Radio-controlled Jet Turbine Model Aircraft Demonstration
3:00- 3:30 PM
Paragliding Tow Exhibition
3:30- 4:00 PM
ACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights
4:00- 4:45 PM
Gen Av Light aircraft balloon bursting competition
4:45- 5:00 PM
Skydiving Exhibition / Tandem Sky Jump
5:00- 5:15 PM
Meynard Halili Aerobatic Show
5:15- 5:30 PM
PT13 Stearman Aerobatic Show
5:30- 6:00 PM
Paragliding Exhibition
6:00- 7:00 PM
Valentines Day Hot Air Balloon Night Glow

FEB 15, 2015
5:30- 6:15 AM
RC Night flyers
6:20- 6:35 AM
Philippine Flag jump
6:40- 7:40 AM
Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:30- 8:00 AM
Paragliding Exhibition
8:00- 9:00 AM
ACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights and flour bombing
9:00- 9:15 AM
PT13 Stearman Aerobatic Show
9:15- 9:30 AM
Meynard Halili / Aerobatic Show
9:30- 9:45 AM
Tandem Skydiving Exhibition
9:45- 10:15 AM
PCG Heli- Demo
10:15-11:15 AM
GA Light Aircraft Balloon Bursting Competition
11:15- 12:00 PM
Car Drifting demonstration
12:00- 12:30 PM
German aerobatic glider flight
12:30- 1:30 PM
Flight Schools flyby
1:30- 2:00 PM
KAP / KTP Flying Exhibition
2:00- 2:45 PM
Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration
2:45- 3:00 PM
Skydiving Exhibition
3:00- 3:15 PM
PT13 Stearman Aerobatic Show
3:15- 3:30 PM
Meynard Halili aerobatic Show
3:30- 4:00 PM
Paragliding Towing Exhibition
4:00- 4:30 PM
Radio-Controlled Model Aircraft Demonstration
4:30- 5:15 PM
ACFC Ultralight / Microlight aircraft formation flights
5:15- 5:45 PM
Para Motor Demonstration
5:45- 7:00 PM
Hot Air Balloon Nightglow
7:00- 7:30 PM
7:30 PM
Crew and Awards Night Party

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