Sometimes courage manifests itself in the strangest quarters, and integrity springs suddenly from the hearts of the most timid of souls. Thus are heroes made, not to answer to some grand destiny, but to fulfill the simplest of obligations : to do what is right. But while all of us subscribe to this belief, very few live by this basic tenet. And few still dare to put a risk jobs and careers, and much more, life and limb, to do what is right. In a public service culture steeped in patronage and plunder, where the higher you go, the greater the greed, whistleblowers are as rare as oases in a desert. It therefore simply boggles the mind how someone like Jun Lozada, who could have become as filthy rich as his bosses and contemporaries in government just by shutting his mouth, could not only turn his back on a bribe amounting to millions of pesos but could be brave enough to out the truth in public. Monuments are raised for those heroes that fall on the battlefield or are victorious in war. But for the whistleblower, after all the grandstanding of politicians is done and after media has squeezed from him all the mileage they can get, and well-wishers have patted his back raw, he will find himself ignored and forgotten, jobless and penniless, unable to feed his family. It simply is not right. So as members of the University of the Philippines SAMASA alumni, we call on our friends, colleagues and community to do something right, that is, to contribute a small amount of money to what we have dubbed "Ika-100 Taon ng Pamantasan, Isang daan Piso sa katotohanan" , as our small way of giving to the Sanctuary Fund set up by the church people for the benefit not just of this one whistleblower but of other people who we know will have the courage to do what is right in the future. It is a simple, no fanfare activity; walang pataasan ng ere, walang papogian. We give and that's it. However, should circumstances call on us to greater and immediate action, rest assured that the members of the SAMASA alumni will not shirk from the unfolding drama that might end up remaking this nation once again. We will do what is proper. We will do what is right. Mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino.
UP SAMASA ALUMNI22 February 2008, Quezon City
:: Bing Saturday, February 23, 2008
The piece below is more powerful than anything I've written or spoken. Krysty is in her early 20s, she was born here but of Chinese parents, so she has a Chinese passport .. but wow! read her Tagalog! if she doesnt deserve to be a Filipino, I don't know who does... and since she first wrote for Tulay, when she was just 12 years old, the depth of her love for the Philippines was already very evident. She's one of the many, many, accomplished, dedicated and committed members of Kaisa ... who would give their lives for the Philippines if necessary... are these the people Apostol want deported? tessy
My ZTE Rant /
I think everyone's pretty much riled already, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on the issue. Here's what I posted on my blog Dahil Puno na ang Salop Magta-Tagalog muna ako ngayon, dahil usapang Pinoy 'to. Magbi-Bisaya din sana ako, kaso ambot eh, kaya Tagalog na lang.
Kagabi, habang pinapanood ko sa TV kung paano gulpihin ng mga kawani ng gobyerno si Jun Lozada, parang nagka-amnesia ako. Parang sa isang iglap, hindi ko na maalala kung bakit sa loob ng mahigit dalawampung taon, ipinagpipilitan kong Pilipino ako, kahit alam kong ayaw sa 'kin ng bansang 'to.
Pula ang passport ko, kahit dito ako sa Pilipinas ipinanganak, lumaki, nag-aral at natuto ng katarantaduhan. Wala akong pakialam sa sinasabi ng Bureau of Immigrations. Pilipinas ang bayan ko. Pilipino ako.
Pero kagabi, parang hindi ko na maalala kung bakit pinagsisiksikan ko ang sarili ko sa bansang 'to. Para ano? Para magpaloko? Para magpagamit? Para gawing tanga? Buti sana kung sampid lang talaga ako dito. Yun bang nakikikain, nakikinood ng tv, nakikitawag sa telepono. Pero hindi eh. Buwan-buwan pagdating sa 'kin ng payslip ko, may kaltas na. Tapos saan napupunta? "This is where your taxes go," sabi ng mga nakapaskil na billboard na naglipana sa Pilipinas. Kasama ang mukha ng taong walang kahit katiting na hiya sa akin -- sa akin na nagpakahirap na makipagsiksikan sa MRT at nagtrabaho ng mahigit walong oras bawat araw para lang maipangalandakan niya ang kawalanghiyaan niya. Buti sana kung hindi ko pera ang pinagtatalunan ngayon sa senado.
Buti sana kung pinupulot ko lang sa kalye yung kinakaltas nilang buwis. Buti sana kung may mapagkukunan ako ng 130 million dollars eh, pero wala. Wala. Ang meron lang ako, yung katiting na perang natitira sa 'kin bawat sweldo, yung baryang tinira ng gobyerno dahil kahit papaano, meron naman silang awa. Dahil siguro, alam nilang kailangan ko rin ng pambili ng makakain, at para na rin may ipambayad ako sa e-Vat.
Sa totoo lang, ilang beses na nating paulit-ulit na nakita 'tong pangyayaring 'to. Lagi pang televised, dahil lahat ng bagay sa Pilipinas, dapat showbiz. Hindi naman ito ang unang beses na pinagtangkaan tayong nakawan. Malamang, hindi rin ito ang huli. At, mas malamang sa hindi, maraming beses na tayong nanakawan ng wala tayong kaalam-alam. Pero anak ng tutchang naman, isang beses ko pang marinig iyang "move on" na iyan, susuka na talaga ako ng dugo. Sa bawat alegasyon na lumalabas, wala nang sinabi ang gobyerno kundi ito: "Pakana lang iyan ng mga kalaban ng gobyerno, wag tayong magpadala. We need unity. We must move on." Pero sino ba talaga 'tong kalaban ng gobyerno na punong-abala sa mga planong destabilisasyon? Bakit parang napakamakapangyarih an niya at alam niya ang lahat ng nangyayari sa loob at labas ng Malakanyang? Sino ba siya? Si Lolit Solis? Simple ang pagkaintindi ko sa linyang "move on" ng gobyerno eh. Para matahimik ang sambayanan, huwag kang mag-isip, huwag kang magtanong, huwag kang manggulo. Sa madaling salita, manahimik ka, para walang gulo. Parang 1984. Tama, wala nga namang gulo. Walang gulo para sa mga taong nagpapakasasa sa bawat sentimong pinaghirapan ng bawat Pilipino (At hindi Pilipinong tulad ko). Maganda nga naman iyon para sa kanila. Kaso lang, sabi ni Confucius, injury requits justice. Katarungan ang kailangan, hindi iyang pesteng "move on". At sino ba talaga sa tingin nila ang niloloko nila? Hindi ako dalubhasa sa ekonomiya, wala rin akong kaklase na naging pangulo ng Amerika. Hamak na graduate lang ako ng USTe, dyan sa may Espanya (yung bahaing kalsada, hindi yung bansa). Pero ipupusta ko ang buhay ni Boy Abunda sa katotohanang ito: ako, sampu ng milyun-milyong Pilipino, nakatapos man o hindi -- nakikita namin ang katotohanan sa likod ng mala-pelikulang drama sa senado. Kitang-kita namin ang bawat kawaning may pinagtatakpan, pati na ang bawat kawaning kailangang pagtakpan. Maliwanag pa sa noo ni Lozada ang katotohanan. Hindi ako Pilipino, sabi ng Bureau of Immigrations. Sumasang-ayon ang birth certificate ko, pasaporte at iCard. Pasensya na. Wala kasi akong pambili ng pagka-Pilipino, di tulad ng mga banyagang kayang-kayang bilhin ito. Hindi ako smuggler, drug lord o artista. Hindi ko afford ang berdeng pasaporte. Pero kahit ayaw sa 'kin ng Pilipinas, nandito pa rin ako. Ilang beses ko nang sinabi sa mga kaibigan at kaanak ko ito. Kung hindi rin lang kakailanganin, wala akong planong iwan ang Pilipinas, kahit mamatay akong banyaga sa bayang kinalakhan ko. Hindi ko kayang iwan ang Maynila, ang maduming fishball, ang Parokya ni Edgar, pati si Robin Padilla. Pero kagabi, sa unang pagkakataon, parang napagod na ako. Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, parang nasuya na talaga ako. Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, parang naubos na ang lahat ng pag-asa sa puso ko. Naitanong ko: Hanggang dito na lang ba talaga tayo?
-- Bobby Kennedy -
"Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws--but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted--when we tolerate what we know to be wrong--when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened-- when we fail to speak up and speak out--we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice."
:: Bing Saturday, February 23, 2008
Tony Meloto, the visionary and driving force behind the Gawad Kalinga movement, is gifted with a Doctorate of Humanities, Honoris Causa, by the Ateneo de Davao. He then delivers a speech to the graduates of the university, a challenge actually, for patriotism and heroism. The same message will be given to eight other colleges and universities who have asked Tony Meloto to be their commencement speaker for 2007.
"The Filipino Spirit is Rising" , Antonio Meloto 2007 Commencement Exercises Ateneo de Davao University
Today, I feel intelligent. Not only am I addressing some of the brightest minds in Mindanao, but I am also being honored by this prestigious university with a Doctorate in Humanities, Honoris Causa. This is the first doctorate that I have received and I am accepting it in all humility and pride as a recognition of the nobility of the cause and the heroism of the thousands of Gawad Kalinga workers that I represent. Thank you Fr. Ting Samson and Ateneo de Davao for bestowing the highest academic degree on a man who was born without a pedigree- the "askal" (asong kalye) who went to Ateneo and came back to the slums to help those he left behind. To a person like myself who did not excel in Ateneo in my pursuit of a college degree, receiving this Ph. D. is extremely flattering being fully conscious that my principal role in this movement is to be the storyteller of the many who put in the sacrifice and the hard work and yet have remained mostly unrecognized. It is also exhilarating because it builds on the growing global awareness, triggered by Gawad Kalinga and other movements that have not given up on our country, that the Filipinos can and will build a squatter-free, slum- free and hunger- free Philippines by committing their collective genius, passion and strength towards restoring the dignity and the potential for excellence of the poor, the weak and the powerless. The Filipino spirit today is rising wherever he is in the world. He is starting to discover that he has the power to liberate himself from being a slave of the past… that he can remove the label stuck to his soul as a second class people from a third world country… that he can correct the scandal of history of being the most corrupt in Asia despite being the only Christian nation, until East Timor, in the region. In the right setting the Filipino has proven that he can be law- abiding, hardworking, honest and excellent. Over the years, I have not met a Filipino beggar in my travel to the US, Canada and Australia…not a single beggar that I have seen or have heard of out of more than 2 million Filipinos in the US; many Caucasians, Afro- Americans and Latinos- yes- but no Filipinos. Clearly, it is not the nature of Filipinos to beg if he is in the right home and community environment. The mendicant culture in his native land is man- made and artificial and can therefore be unmade and corrected if we give him back his dignity which is his birthright as a son of God. In the same vein, we know that the Filipino is not lazy. Time Magazine in its 2006 article on Happiness identifies the Filipino as one of the ethnic groups in America least likely to go on welfare. How many of us know of friends and relatives who would take on two or even three jobs in pursuit of their dreams for a better life. Hardworking when motivated, resilient when tested- that is the Filipino…that is us. It is no surprise therefore that the average income of the Filipino- Americans is higher that the US national average; the former slave is now richer than the master in his master's home country. We must believe that we were designed for excellence. World- class Filipino doctors and nurses are healing the sick of America and Europe. Our sailors dominate the seas in every mode of marine transport for commerce and pleasure providing every imaginable form of service- and often always, they are the best navigators, the best chefs, the best entertainers. Thriving economies in Asia carry the mark of Filipino managerial expertise in their start-up stage. Filipino CEOs, CFOs, COOs captain top multinational corporations carrying on the proud expat tradition of SGV's Washington Sycip, PLDT-SMART's Manny Pagnilinan, P&G's Manny Pacis and many others. Sadly, we are top of the line, crème de la crème, the best of the best elsewhere in the world except in our homeland. While the Jews and the Arabs were busy building abundance out of their desert, we were busy creating a desert out of our abundance. Let us put a stop to our inanity and hypocrisy. Let us stop cracking jokes about our shame and misery. Instead let us celebrate with our hard work and integrity the return of our honor and pride as a gifted people, blessed by God with this beautiful land. Let us honor every great deed, every sacrifice, and every kindness that we extend to our disadvantaged and needy countrymen. Let us put an end to our lamentation. We have suffered long enough. For 400 years, we have been gnashing our teeth, blaming one another, stepping on each other and yet have the temerity at the end of the day to ask God why this is happening as if it was His fault. It is now time to hope, to care, to work together and to rejoice. Yes, we will rise as a nation if we nurture this emerging beautiful spirit of the Filipino and cultivate an intelligent heart. How? When we show our love for God by being our brother's keeper- giving land to the landless, homes to the homeless and food to the hungry. This is about love and justice in a country where the majority of our people are landless, millions of them living in shanties and slums and 17% of them experiencing hunger in a rich and fertile land. This is not about charity but about authentic Christian stewardship and nation- building. We will rise as a nation when rich Filipinos will consider the poor as an heir, like our youngest child, equal in worth and dignity with our own children, deserving an equal share in our children's inheritance. A beautiful spirit and an intelligent heart consider the poor as family, see the face of Christ in them, and see the paradise that every slum community can become. That is why every GK home is beautifully painted and the standard of landscaping of every GK village is Ayala Alabang or Ladislawa in the case of Davao. When we build first world communities for the poorest Filipino, we give them dignity and first world aspirations that will motivate them to dream bigger and work harder with support and nurturing. A recent study of GK Brookside, Payatas conducted by the UP Diliman College of Economics revealed an amazing result – the confidence and self- respect of the residents, many of them former scavengers, rose from 17% before GK to 99% after GK; 93% consider themselves better off in terms of quality of life and 96% believe that their economic situation will improve in the future. Clearly the spirit of the poor is rising because those with the most share their best with the least. This nation will rise if her sons and daughters abroad will see wisdom in helping not just their relatives, which is an admirable Filipino trait, but also the poor they do not know who need help the most. Last night, I arrived from a 1- week trip to the U.S. for the world premiere in Chicago of "Paraiso", the Gawad Kalinga movie, and to attend GK events in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The movie was a big hit but the bigger hit for me was the phenomenal response of our patriots in America to help the motherland by building self-reliant and sustainable GK communities. The UST Medical Alumni Association of America Board was planning not just building more houses but also hospitals and community health programs through Gawad Kalusugan. USTMAA president Dr. Primo Andres is building a beautiful GK Village for his wife, Sylvia in Panabo, Davao where she comes from as an expression of his deep affection for her. Another Davaoeno, former Cabinet Secretary Cito Lorenzo, joined me in booming Las Vegas to honor Filipino entertainers and realtors who are investing in the rebuilding of their home country. Passion for the Philippines was evident everywhere I went. From successful young San Diego businessman Tony Olaes who spoke about sleepless nights in his excitement to help fund 20 new GK villages with his Filipino business partners to the SouthCal Ancop Sikad Bikers pedaling to build Sibol Schools and the Bayanihan Builders who are retired professionals in Los Angeles repairing homes of neighbors to raise resources to build homes in Bicol, to the 8 nurses in NorCal working extra shifts to fund their individual GK villages. The Filipino exile is waking up and starting to unleash a stream of Patriot Funds that will augment the OFW flow in fuelling the Philippine economy. Today, I am here to salute the beautiful spirit and the intelligent heart of the people of Mindanao. Many of our volunteers here, like many in other parts of the country, build homes for the poor when they themselves do not own land or home. Christians here starting with caretakers from Couples for Christ set aside fear and comfort to serve our fellow Filipinos in Camp Abubakar and other Moslem GK communities. Your students are going out of the classrooms to learn about life and love of God and country by serving in poor communities. The LGU of Davao led by Mayor Duterte and many throughout Mindanao are doing massive land banking in solidarity with our conviction that no Filipino deserves to be a squatter in his own country. And many families here are starting to understand that giving a part of their land to give dignity and security to the landless and homeless poor is not only right with God but also builds peace, triggers economic activity, improves land values- creates a win- win situation for all. And to you my dear graduates, what can I say? Congratulations of course for finishing what you began and for joining the ranks of the elite few of the Filipinos with a college degree. I thank your parents for their sacrifice and for giving us sons and daughters who will steward this country better than us. You are entering adult life equipped with a degree from a respected university at an auspicious time in the life of our country. It is your destiny to reach maturity during this great season of hope, this exciting time of awakening, this period of great challenge and heroism. You have the choice and the opportunity to correct the mistakes of our generation and build a future full of hope in this country. You can be the new breed of political leaders who will gain your mandate through visible and quantifiable performance, rather than mastery of the art of winning elections through cheating and corruption. You can be the new captains of business and industry who will work for profit with a conscience, expanding the market base by wisely investing in developing the potential of the poor for productivity. You can be the new elite of this country who will not be happy to send your children to exclusive schools and live in exclusive subdivisions if out of school street children are ignored and Lazarus continues to live as a squatter outside your gates. Who can stop us from claiming our Promised Land? Spain is not our master anymore. America is not our master anymore. Japan is not our master anymore. Our enemies are not the corrupt politicians, the greedy rich, the lazy poor, the religious hypocrites and other convenient scapegoats. Our enemies are not out there anymore. Our enemies are now within us. We have compromised our values and tolerated corruption. We have lowered our standard and tolerated poverty. We have sacrificed the truth for hypocrisy. We have chosen convenience for vision, popularity for leadership…and have chosen despair over hope. Do we fight or do we run? Is there a King Leonides among you who will fight for honor and freedom? Are there 300 Spartans among you who will confront our enemies with extraordinary courage and love? Can you be the army who will lead our people to victory following the path of peace? Are you the generation of patriots who can shout to the world that no Filipino will remain poor because you will not allow it; that no Filipino will remain a squatter because you will not allow it; that no politician will remain corrupt because you will not allow it? If you are, then join us in Gawad Kalinga. Together, we can build a great nation, first world in the eyes of God and respected by other great nations. Godspeed to you our patriots and heroes. God bless our beloved Philippines.
:: Bing Wednesday, April 11, 2007
SENATOR JOHN OSMEñA KILLED UP DREAM, EXEC SAYS (this is old but still relevant due to current reelection bid of John Osmena.)
Posted: 1:14 AM (Manila Time) Mar. 21, 2004 By Tina Santos Inquirer News Service
UNIVERSITYof the Philippines president Francisco Nemenzo lambasted Senator John Osmeña for blocking the passage of Senate Bill 2587, which would have given way to a more responsive state university. The Senate adjourned without passing the bill or even bringing to a vote the proposed measure that would have led to the revision of the UP Charter for the first time since its founding in 1908. Nemenzo expressed dismay over the manner by which it was doomed to die on the Senate floor, largely on the account of Osmena's objections and demands. He said the shelving of the bill on the Senate's adjournment dashed all hopes of bringing the UP Charter into the 21st century. The UP president said the bill did not only seek to develop the institution as a state university but as a Philippine university with academic standards of excellence competitive with those of national universities in the region. The bill seeks, among other things, to empower the Board of Regents, UP's highest policy-making body, to enter into joint venture agreements with the private sector in developing university property.
The university's students and employees claimed the provision may lead to the "commercialization of education," and eventually to the sale of the UP to private companies. In a letter to the Inquirer, Nemenzo, stressed that the bill would have allowed UP to pay realistic salaries, improve its system of governance and generate more resources to augment its budget.
On March 4, Osmeña came out with a paid newspaper advertisement and said that the bill was not a "legislative gift to the university but merely represents a juicy retirement check for the overstaying UP president." In his letter, Nemenzo retorted to the senator's statement saying, "There is nothing sinister about this bill. But his long immersion in trapo (traditional politics) culture -- in which he deserves an honorary doctorate -- has made him (Osmeña) thoroughly cynical, believing that everyone thinks like him."
:: Bing Wednesday, April 11, 2007
JUNK O, SAVE UP by Jojo Robles, Manila Standard 8 March 2004
IF I may add to the cacophony of voices raised against this or that candidate: Please do not vote for one John Henry Renner Osmeña, reelectionist senator from Cebu. This suggestion was prompted, though left unmentioned, by a recent letter I got from another prominent Cebuano, University of the Philippines president Francisco "Dodong" Nemenzo. Nemenzo wrote an impassioned letter to the UP Community last week denouncing Osmeña for almost single-handedly jettisoning the 10-year legislative effort to save the country's premier state university. But can one senator, acting alone, really decide the future of an entire academic community? Of course not. Osmeña was helped along, though not actively, by the weak leadership of the Senate, personified by Ilonggo and fellow UP alumnus Franklin Drilon. Yes, John O went to UP, where he studied engineering and — according to stage director and actor Tony Mabesa, a contemporary of the senator — discovered that he had a budding career in acting. Politics proved a headier brew for Osmeña, however, and he forsook "the roar of the greasepaint" for a lifetime as an office-seeker. All told, there are nine UP alumni in the 24-person Senate. So you'd think they would be more sympathetic to Senate Bill 2587, which seeks to update the ancient 1908 university charter to make UP more financially viable. But no. With the prominent exception of former UP student leader Senator Francis Pangilinan, Drilon and the rest of the ex-Diliman senators hushed up as John O lobbied to thwart Nemenzo and scuttle SB 2587, which never even got voted upon before the Senate adjourned after the first week of this month. For reasons put forth by Osmeña that Nemenzo described in his letter as "puerile." Which is really insulting to young boys. "Politicking of the most despicable type shelved what could have been the legislature's singular gift to the University of the Philippines," Nemenzo wrote. "Malice triumphed over reason." Should we allow triumphant malice another victory at the polls? I don't think so.
* * * SB 2587 was first crafted 10 years ago, during the term of UP president Napoleon Abueva. Throughout the term of Abueva's successor, Emil Javier, UP carried on the fight to be designated a "national university," distinguished by its scholarship and research from other state universities and exempt from the government's salary standardization law. The bill, certified as urgent by the administration and passed unanimously by the Lower House, seeks to stem the faculty brain drain that has plagued UP for decades and would also allow the university to use its own savings and other monies directly to improve teaching and facilities.
The proposed law would grant tax exemptions for imports of materials needed for teaching and research, and greater institutional autonomy to enhance UP's ability to compete with the best universities in the region. Nemenzo, convinced of the importance of the bill, last year headed a last-ditch effort to have it passed before the end of the current Senate's term. It was a lobby campaign that would last for eight months but which would end in futility because of Osmeña's filibustering. This despite the fact that Nemenzo had already been assured by a clear majority of the senators that they would vote for the bill, if it came on the floor. But because of Osmeña's efforts, of course, the vote never happened. "Senator Osmeña, who would either suddenly disappear when it was his turn to interpellate, or otherwise make demands and claims so outrageous that it took every ounce of forbearance on the part of our University officials to suffer them in the hope that our bill would pass, regardless," Nemenzo said. A "peevish" John O "blithely dismissed" any and all arguments presented by the UP officials to dispute his claims during the hearings, Nemenzo added. And as for Drilon (last year's "Outstanding UP Alumnus") and the rest, well, they stood idly by, not even calling for a vote that would surely have defeated Osmeña's objections. It soon became clear that Osmeña, according to Nemenzo, had his own reasons for objecting to the bill. "Osmeña reserved his worst diatribes for me, privately calling me a communist, blaming my relatives in Cebu for his political misfortunes, and vowing to make UP pay for 'demonizing' him during the bases debate more than a decade ago. He informed UP officials that only my immediate resignation from the UP presidency could secure his support for the Charter bill. When he realized that I was resolved to serve UP to the end of my term, he proceeded to do his best to achieve the same end and to maim SB 2587 in the process," a bitter Nemenzo recounted.
* * * Rightly, Nemenzo has refused to be cowed by his powerful provincemate. "I relish intellectual debate, and am used to the insults of the ignorant and the desperate," he said. "But this is not an argument between John Osmeña and myself. I would have no hesitation leaving office for the right reasons — but humoring John Osmeña is hardly one of them." For that matter, according to the UP president, "this is not even an argument, but petty tyranny at its worst, with brute political power prevailing over any possibility of reason. It is patently unjust to hold the future of the country's leading university hostage over some personal differences, no matter how deep they may be."
Is this the end, then, of the efforts to revive UP? Nemenzo doesn't think so. "We will fight again, and we will fight on," he promised. "We cannot yield to demagoguery and intimidation. As disappointing as the results of this struggle have been, we also learned many things, and will employ those lessons in a fresh campaign to get a new Charter — perhaps one even better than the current version — drafted and passed."
Among those lessons "is my conviction that just as our legislators have always held UP accountable for its programs and its funds, so should UP hold the legislature and its individual members accountable for their acts of commission and omission. We can only pray — and mobilize — for the emergence of more responsible lawmakers and leaders who can truly help UP and Philippine higher education." That's where my call not to return John Osmeña to the Senate comes in. If UP alumni everywhere (and we are many and supposedly influential) heed it, perhaps the old, dying school will have a fighting chance.
:: Bing Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I am watching Studio 60 for the first time. Don't know what episode... but i am watching it because I was/am a huge fan of "friends".
1. Its not definitely not comedy...I guess i was waiting for a "friends" like show the way the follow-up show "______" was/is comedy. 2. "chandler"s acting is great. 3. Halfway through the show and i haven't been hooked yet with the story line. Maybe later.
:: Bing Wednesday, March 28, 2007
At about 9:30 AM, March 28, as I am blogging this, 32 Day care students, two teachers on a fieldtrip to Tagaytay are being held hostage outside Manila City Hall by a certain Jun Ducat. Pictures on TV of the bus windows showed the kids to be 4 years old thereabout.
Senator Bong Revilla who aparently is well acquainted with the Hostage taker has entered the bus, talked with Jun for 45 minutes and has gone out of the bus.
I searched around and got this info about Jun ducat:
at 12:50 Bong Revilla approached the Bus and called out to a kid who was released by the captors. He was not feeling well apparently, A stretcher brought him to an ambulance standing by.
News commentators at ANC commented that apparently, Jun Ducat has figured in previous hostage taking of 2 priest in the 80's and a hunger strike at eh Welcome Rotonda in the mid-90s. His hunger strike was against chinese running in Philippine elections.
He made a Losing bid for congress in 2001.
His Demands so far:
1. Demand to go on Air which he was allowed to. 2. Granting of a Land Title. 3. Candles and extra battery for his cell phone. 4. Free scholarship for 100+ students in a foundation he is involved in.
1:09 Ducat is now asking to talk to President Arroyo according to Sen. Bong Revilla. Actually, GMA assigned MetroManila governor Fernando to handle the hostage situation. 2 gallons of ice cream arrived for the kids.
at about 2:+ pM the bus attempted to move driven by Ducat. It was blocked by firetrucks. Instead he got an amplifier and started speaking to the crowds.
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6. Understand that your beliefs create the kind of life you experience. Ask yourself, are your beliefs about yourself positive or negative? Just finding the answer to this simple question can start you on the road to change.
7. Know that your sub-conscious is the driver of your mind. Your sub-conscious stores memories and emotions and these will be used - often without your awareness - in your everyday decision making processes.
8. See that while you can't alter past experiences, you can release the emotional ties to the event. The keys to this "letting go" process are forgiveness and acceptance. This release then frees you to make decisions based on reality - and not on your illusions.
9. Recognise that forgiveness is a decision that frees you from the negative effects of anger, frustration and hurt. Forgiveness does not mean that you condone the action - but it is the key to moving on and being the very best of who you are.
10. Create wealth and abundance in your life by focusing on...wealth and abundance. (Most people experiencing financially hard times do nothing but think about how hard life is for them.) Start by remembering all your achievements and recognising all the good things that you do already have in your life. Also be grateful for your new understanding and the consequent opportunity for change.
11. Accept that in order to create success for your company, you must first learn to create success for yourself. The best way to predict the future is to create it…
12. Recognise that personal effectiveness means doing what needs to be done, first - as a priority. Ineffective people use most of their time to undertake tasks that actually have little effect on the bottom line.
13. Remember the 80/20 rule - which dictates that 80% of your effort results in just 20% of the results. Turn this equation on its head and deduce which is the 20% of your time that generates the 80% results.
14. Break out of your comfort zone - personal success will not come without risk taking. Leaders lead because they are ahead of the pack, and this can often feel risky - but exhilarating. 15. Choose to live your own life, not the life that is expected of you by others.
16. Make goals of what you want in life. Most people spend their time thinking about what they don't want - and then they wonder why things aren't working out.
17. Create SMART goals - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Ritten down and Timed - for yourself, in line with all successful people. Goals which aren't SMART are just wishful thinking.
18. Take action! In order to make your goals reality, make an action plan. Start from the point of your goal's fruition and "chunk" down all the things that you will need to do, making sure that your plan starts with an action you can take today.
19. Engage your sub-conscious in making your goals become reality by focusing on your desired outcomes. Your sub-conscious mind is your servant and nothing delights it more than turning your thoughts into reality. Be careful what you wish for because you just get it!
20. Use your imagination to "power" your sub-conscious. Daydream about how it will be when your goals come into reality. Picture the scene, hear the positive comments people are making about your success. Notice how good it feels to have reached your goal.
21. Recognise that the company you keep reflects your state of mind! If you are surrounded with positive, successful people then the chances are that you are from the same mould. If everyone around you is negative and always complaining, understand that you are behaving that way too.
22. Realise that your mind plays a major role in the health of your body. Negative, complaining people never enjoy fantastic health – just look around!
23. Play to your strengths - your weaknesses will take care of themselves. The best way to predict the future is to create it…
24. Learn to become more organised - so that you feel you are "ahead" rather than "falling behind". This is the fastest way to reduce stress. To achieve this, you may need to start employing the word "no" more often and/or get more efficient at delegating.
25. Keep one step ahead by ensuring that you allow more than enough time to complete tasks.
26. Do what you do best - and hire in help for your least favourite activities.
27. Bear in mind that interruptions - pleasant or otherwise - account for the greatest amount of wasted time. Plan for interruptions - by telling people that you will be available to them at certain times of the day only.
28. Allow yourself an hour a day to accommodate any unexpected emergencies. If you don't need the full hour, then use the spare time at the end of the day to work on tasks that are not yet urgent, but are still important.
29. Set your deadlines ahead of "real time". This way, your chances of fulfilling all your promises are greatly enhanced. Also, you will have built in emergency time, should it be required.
30. Set aside a percentage of your income and time for personal development activities.
31. Listen to inspiring, motivating and informative CDs/cassette tapes when driving.
32. Choose to spend your time with dynamic people who make you feel positive, enthusiastic and energised.
33. Recognise that negative people who are unsuccessful in their own lives will not wish you to do well because it will "show them up". They're the people who will always lots of reasons why you - and your ideas - won't succeed. Therefore, learn to take the criticism from negative people as an inverse compliment!
34. Don't walk away from negative people. Run as fast as you can!
35. See that successful people are often initially misunderstood - and even laughed at - and that it is only when they ultimately succeed that they are praised. Success doesn't come immediately and determination always wins the day.
36. Persistence and practice always pay off. Remember the response from golfer Gary Player who was "accused" of being lucky - "It's funny," he said, "but the more I practise, the luckier I get."
The best way to predict the future is to create it…
37. Eliminate the word "failure" from your vocabulary. When something doesn't work out, you have simply learned that there's a better way that's still waiting to be discovered.
38. Know that the biggest failure is not to try at all - and remember to congratulate yourself on your efforts, even when they don't succeed first time.
39. Remember Henry Ford’s statement, “If you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right!"
40. Ensure that your career follows your heart. Be aware that it is all too easy to climb to the top of the career ladder - only to discover that you have set it against the wrong wall.
41. Never stay in a job for the money - you will be on the fastest route to unhappiness.
42. Know that all creativity begins with the power of thought. A cake cannot be baked until the cook first thinks to bake a cake. Your future cannot be created positively until you first think positively about your future.
43. Keep your promises and build yourself a reputation for getting things done. And includes the promises that you make to yourself.
44. By the same token, learn to say "no" when you are unable to take on a task and see it through to completion. Explain that you would rather say "no" now, than cause disappointment later.
45. Smile when you know that you have to go through a difficult situation and imagine sharing the story - in a humorous way - with family and friends afterwards.
46. Commit yourself to looking after your long-term health - even if it means foregoing short-term pleasures.
47. Recognise that you can't change other people - including all of your staff - you can only change yourself.
48. Employ the same principles of forgiveness and acceptance to others as you do for yourself. Remember that we forgive for our own sanity - not for the other person's.
49. Recognise that others do not deliberately set out to thwart you, it's just that they haven't worked out a better way of "being" just yet.
50. Put yourself in the other person's shoes. Seeing matters from a different perspective helps to you to understand another's actions. It also enables us to take things a little less personally – try it!
51. Realise that other's behaviour says more about them than it does about you. Also, understand that other's unkind words are often a reflection of the way they are feeling at that particular moment - rather than their true feelings towards you.
52. Understand that people are not their behaviour. While you may not like what they do in any given moment, as a human being they still deserve your respect – and unconditional love, if you can manage it!
53. Remember the maxim that when you are accusing someone else and pointing a finger at them, you have three fingers pointing back at yourself. This fact also applies when someone else is pointing a finger at you!
54. Show respect to everyone around you - especially staff members who are junior to you. Respect is earned not demanded - and the quickest way to earn it is to display it first. 55. Seek first to understand, before being understood. Once a person feels understood, he or she is more receptive to new ideas.
56. Know that it is the "bigger" person who is able to say sorry first.
57. Understand that the staff you employ all reflect aspects of yourself - if you are not happy with their attitude, take a look at your own.
58. Micro-managing your staff will cause resentment and curtail their creativity. Recruit staff whom you trust to do the job - and then let them get on with it!
59. Know that not everyone has to like you. But understand that the more content you are with yourself, the more you will attract other like-minded people to you.
60. Remember that you can never change anyone else, we can only change ourselves. But it is by changing ourselves that we change the dynamics of a relationship. When we change, we behave differently - and consequently other people's behaviour changes towards us.
61. Discover the aspirations of others and see how you can help them reach their goals. Helping others to reach their goals first often encourages them to help us fulfil our dreams.
62. Accept that the only good deal is the "win-win". Trampling over others in order to reach our own goals will only result in disaster, sooner or later. Similarly, going against our own beliefs will ultimately prove unsustainable and disastrous. Both scenarios always lead to disappointment and frustration.
63. Winning hearts and minds is key if you are going to make your ideas work. And this applies to everyone around you - family, colleagues and clients.
64. Speak with passion and enthusiasm - people will respond to your emotions. If you appear bored, unenthusiastic and uninterested, you can guarantee that your prospective clients will feel exactly the same.
65. Understand the power of metaphor. People are often more receptive to learning from other people's "stories" - which they can then apply to their own situation - than they are to direct instructions.
66. Create rapport with others by asking questions rather than making statements, especially if you need to correct someone. "How could we have done this more effectively?" is less threatening than, "You should have..."
67. Be aware that communicating with others is about more than your words. In fact only 8% of your words are taken into account - the rest of your communication is understood through the tone of your voice and your body language.
68. Understand that people generally use one of four ways to process their thoughts. These ways are: visual, auditory, kinaesthetic (feeling) and auditory digital (process). Endeavour to use language that corresponds to these categories. For example, help people to "see" the problem, ask if a thought "sounds" right and pay attention to what "feels" right.
69. Recognise that your mind - and that of your clients - cannot process a negative command. If you're told not to think of a blue elephant, what is the first thing that springs to mind? The reason you immediately thought of a blue elephant is because you first have to think of something in order not to think about it. Telling someone not to do something is a surefire way of ensuring that they do it!
70. Smile when making a recording - especially when making or leaving Ansafone messages. Smiling when recording will make your voice sound warmer and more friendly.
71. Realise when making a presentation or short speech that no-one else knows what you had originally intended to say! So even if you stray from your original plan, no-one else will be any the wiser.
72. Compliment others on an achievement. It is easier for others to accept praise when it is about something they have done - rather than for just being themselves. Compliment a person on an aspect of their personality, however, and it is likely that they will perceive it as insincere flattery!
73. Act as if you are feeling confident, even when you aren't. The brain responds to your actions. For example, try smiling and feeling angry at the same time - it's not possible! It makes sense therefore, to act as if you are feeling confident, happy and in control - your real emotions will soon follow suit.
74. Know that first impressions count. And that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
75. Invest in discovering which clothing styles and colours suit you best. If you want to create instant rapport with others, dress in a similar style to them, although still keeping your own sense of identity.
76. Dress for the job - or way of life - to which you aspire, not the one you are currently in.
77. Understand that people tend to feel most comfortable with people who like them, and who are like them. Fitting in with the "status quo" will enable you to create instant rapport and win new business more easily.
78. Don't always be polite. If you don't understand ask. Chances are that everyone else won't have understood either. As Confucius said, "It is better to look a fool once, than to always be a fool."
79. Recognise labels for what they are - terms of reference. Labels are not reality. Don't waste your energy with people arguing about whose "label" is right. Look at the essence of a point of view, or of an argument - and deal with this.
80. Never leave a message on your voicemail promising to return calls. Failing to return a person's call just causes offence. Instead, ask people to leave a detailed message that you promise to action by the end of the day.
81. Look at where your company's focus is - is it on creating success or is all your time spent avoiding disaster?
82. Recognise that a business plan is only a blueprint for your ideas - it takes an action plan combined with commitment to make it happen.
83. Be your own business coach - what would you advise yourself to do if you were brought in as a management consultant to your company? Take that advice yourself, recognising that sometimes it means learning to say no!
84. Imagine reading a magazine feature about you and your company's success...What changes do you need to make now in order to make the imaginary contents of that article a reality? The best way to predict the future is to create it…
85. Understand that profit is sanity and turnover is vanity.
86. Remember that it is easier to improve one hundred areas of your business by 1% than it is to improve just one area by 100%. And the effect on the bottom line will still add up to 100%
87. Look for role models and learn from them. Find the heroes in your field and investigate their success - and model your behaviour and company methodology on them. Read the autobiographies of the people you admire.
88. Take note of your competition - and learn from their successes and failures. However, it is more important to focus on what you and your company are doing - and where you are going - than wasting your time keeping one eye on the opposition.
89. Be flexible and adapt to your marketplace - what's in fashion today will become yesterday's news soon enough. Make sure that you are not applying yesterday's fads to what you are doing today.
90. Remember Sir James Goldsmith's adage, "If you can see the bandwagon coming, then it is probably too late."
91. Innovation is the key to success - bringing a new slant to an already successful product or service almost guarantees increased profits.
92. Understand that nothing is as permanent as change.
93. See the significance of the old Korean proverb, "The second man in makes the money!"
94. Remember that phenomenal success requires phenomenal celebration. In other words, remember to pat yourself and your staff on the back!
95. Realise that for staff to be creative, they need to have room to make mistakes. See mistakes as part of their education - and without pointing fingers, make sure that others learn from those mistakes as well.
96. Understand also that it is vital to learn from other people's mistakes as there simply isn't time to make them all yourself.
97. Do what you do best - and leave others to do the rest. Don't waste your time on tasks that someone else can do better than you.
98. Know where you sit within our business team and recognise that the most successful teams comprise people with completely different perspectives.
99. Value other members of the team - even when they don't see things the same way you do...Their viewpoint is equally valuable and you may even learn a thing or to. We all learn more from people who are different from us than those who are the similar.
100. Recognise that bullying tactics NEVER work. When staff feel intimidated, they will not produce their best work for you. They will do just enough work to avoid your criticism.
101. Wherever you go - know the reason why you are there.
102. Work out your hourly rate and on every occasion that you are tempted to waste time, ask yourself whether you would pay yourself your hourly rate for this activity. If the answer is no, then either delegate the activity or don't do it at all.
103. Don't confuse time wasting activities with leisure time. "Taking time out" is a very good use of your time - it's when you will have your best ideas.
104. Understand that to be the best, you need to undergo continual study in your chosen field.
105. Read the relevant journals in order to keep abreast of developments in your field. Also, regularly study the newspapers which take the opposite political view to your own - you can't counter arguments in a debate unless you understand how the opposition is thinking!
106. Recognise that the customer is king. He or she doesn't exist to keep you company in business - rather you and your company exist to keep your customers satisfied. Remember that superlative service keeps customers.
107. Recognise that networking is for business - and that social activities are for your private life. Combining the two will result in little new business and less-than-satisfactory socialising. 108. Set yourself the target of having a conversation with at least three people that you don't know at every networking event. This will help you avoid the pitfall of only talking to people with whom you feel comfortable.
109. Follow up on your new contacts - doing so the very next day creates a favourable impression. You will be perceived as "someone who gets things done and makes things happen".
110. Avoid networking groups where all the members spend their time talking about the cricket or football - and are too embarrassed to talk about business. You are there to win new business.
111. Spend a few minutes creating an interesting one-minute "speech" which sums up your business - and which you can use every time someone asks you what you and your company do.
112. Understand that the key "buying" motivation is fear. Build in the "fear factor" to your one-minute introduction speech by outlining how other businesses are losing out by not using you!
113. Know that once people are already buying from you, they can be motivated to keep their business with you by your guaranteeing their continued security, satisfaction and peace of mind. (And this doesn't mean a threatened visit from the heavies!)
114. Help your clients to solve their problems. People want to make their lives easier - and they are often willing to pay you to do just that.
115. Be gracious with people and ruthless with time.
116. Ensure that all your correspondence, sales literature and "give-aways" have your correct contact details clearly marked.
117. Encourage potential clients to buy from you by pointing out the action they need to take next.
118. Understand the strength of win-win - and use this philosophy to create strategic alliances with other like-minded companies. Use the strategic alliance to cross sell products and services - and in this way both organisations will reach a wider audience.
119. Keep an eye on the money - it's not just winning the work that benefits the bottom line, it's also chasing the invoices!
120. Learn from an extensive survey carried out in the US, which found that all businesses failures were primarily due to lack of sales. 121. Recognise that it is easier to save money that to earn it - so watch the expenses...Too many businesses focus all their attention on winning new work, and fail to appreciate that unnecessary expenditure has a negative impact on profits.
122. Understand that most customers and clients like to feel that they are in good company when they are buying your products and services. Testimonials, referrals from satisfied customers and positive public relations are all worth their weight in gold. Start collecting now!
123. Know that there is a limit to how much money you can earn - and no limit to how much you can make. It therefore makes sense to look at how you can create "product" - something that you make once and sell over and over again. The best way to predict the future is to create it…
124. Look at ways to transfer knowledge to potential and existing clients in ways that bring in money...For example, record and duplicate CDs/cassette tapes containing vital information that your clients can use to succeed in their businesses. Invite them to listen to the tapes in the car - and make sure that all your contact details are not only mentioned on the recording – but also printed on the CD/tape.
125. Sell the "sizzle" and not the sausage. Whet people's appetites with a taste of what you can do for them - but remember that you need to be able to charge for the "missing ingredient X". 126. Keep the perceived value of your service high, even if you decide to discount your prices. Find a good reason for your discounts - "special rates for smaller companies" for example, often goes down well. Never, ever discount your rates without a valid reason, the client will think you were trying to fleece him.
127. Value yourself, your expertise and your time. Don't waste time trying to "convert" closed minded-people who are never going to do business with you.
128. Finally, live your life knowing that it is all about the journey and not just about the destination!
:: Bing Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Its 6.45 AM... i am waiting inside a bus parked at Jupiter street at the back of a government office. We're bound for a Training in Tagaytay. I flipped open my HP laptop. Pushed the blue tooth button open and wonders of technology... a wireless network was found. In short, i was able to access my emails, send messages, download something from the net and in fact post this Blog!!!
Its great to be alive in the 21st century!!! I love WIFI!!!!
Oh, by the way, I am into Training Racket nowadays that's why my recent blogs are all pick ups from Training sessions....
Its 6:56 and i've just edited this blog... my laptop says its 27% Lobat. The bus is beginning to move... LOBAT ... the scourge of the current generation...
:: Bing Tuesday, March 13, 2007
I've been buying units from thrift shops the past years. I clean them up and install them and store the unit i was currently using in the attic. Two days ago, this huge cabinet got released from our walk in dressing room and i decided to stack my turntables in the cabinet.
I counted the turntables that I have and counted 11 units...
Four of them are set-up in various rooms :
1. Ground Floor sala a Pioneer Pl2000, connected to a Heathkit AA1500 integrated amp. 2. my bedroom Kenwood KD2070, connected to a modern Yamaha RXV740 receiver. 3. attic Dual 505.2, connected to a Sansui AUD707 Xdecade integrated amp, and 4. in the terrace my latest find a Technics SL3030 connected to a quadrasonic Sansui QRX9001 receiver.
From the storage i unearthed four (4) Pioneers PL630, Pioneer PL51a, PL 514, PL 516, PL 518. two (2) Sony's and a Marantz TT2200 model.
:: Bing Friday, March 09, 2007
Self-confidence is one of the hardest things to teach kids. Here's what my father taught me about self-confidence…
Teach kids to question conventional wisdom. There will always be people who say that something can't he done. Help kids identify the difference between those who have real wisdom and those who are just naysayers.
Emphasize that practical knowledge is just as important as learned knowledge. Knowledge is at the heart of self-confidence, especially for kids. If they know how to do something, they will be more confident in their abilities.
Hearing your stories builds self-confidence, especially when the stories demonstrate that you experienced the same types of issues your kids face. The key is to show in a colorful way how you handled them. If you survived, then they can, too.
Important: Make sure the stories illustrate a point and aren't told over and over again.
Persistence leads to success. One of the most difficult things for kids to learn is that it's fine to fail…and that when they do, they can get back up and try again. Children need to see that it's acceptable to stand up for what they believe—even when they're unsuccessful or their stance is unpopular.
Find out what your child is good at…and encourage it. Nothing breeds self-confidence better than success. In school, kids are required to take every subject—even those that are not their strengths. Those courses can cause frustration, especially when school struggles eat away at confidence and courage.
Key: Focus your encouragement on things your kids do well, and don't dwell on areas in which they fall short.
Bottom Line/Personal interviewed Rinker Buck, a writer who lives in Cornwall, Connecticut, with his wife and two daughters. He is author of Flight of Passage: A True Story, an account of his record-setting cross-country flight as a preteen in 1966 (Hyperion/$23.95). Source: Bottom Line/Personal, October 1, 1997, p. 18.
Sooner or later, we’re all likely to develop lower back pain. Four out of five Americans do. In the vast majority of cases, the culprit is a sedentary lifestyle. Chronic inactivity weakens back muscles, making them vulnerable to strain. It also loosens the ligaments and tendons that support the spine and causes spinal discs to deteriorate.
Caution: See a doctor at once for back pain accompanied by loss of bladder or bowel control, sudden onset of weakness in the arms or legs, loss of weight or appetite, blood in the urine or stool or continuous pain at night. These symptoms suggest serious illness.
Back pain usually resolves on its own within 48 hours. To dull the pain during that time, apply ice to the affected area. Cold reduces pain by helping to curb swelling and inflammation. Fill a plastic bag with ice cubes, then wrap the bag in a moist towel. Place the wrapped bag on your back, and leave in place for five minutes. If you leave the ice bag on longer than that, the cold temperature might damage your skin.
For back pain that persists beyond 48 hours, heat from a heating pad, hot shower or bath works better than cold. It dilates blood vessels, boosting circulation and speeding nutrients to damaged tissues.
What about painkillers? Acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) and aspirin are equally effective.
Caution: If you experience stomach upset, nausea or diarrhea after taking an over-the-counter painkiller, stop taking it at once.
Until about 15 years ago, bed rest was the treatment of choice for back pain. Now we know that inactivity is one of the worst things you can do. A fitness regimen consisting of aerobic exercise, strength training and stretching helps treat and prevent back pain. If you’re temporarily hobbled by back pain, even a brief walk can be helpful. So can these pain-relieving exercises:
Back extension. Lie on your stomach with your hands flat on the floor by your chest. Press up so your chest and back arch slightly. Hips should remain flat on the ground. Hold for 10 seconds, then repeat several times.
Lumbar flexion. Get on your hands and knees, then arch your back upward slightly. Hold for 10 seconds, then repeat several times.
Everyone knows that it’s best to lift heavy objects using the legs, not the back. The idea is to let your strongest muscles do the work and protect the back from needless strain. Other smart moves:
Push rather than pull. Pulling a heavy object is more likely to strain back muscles than pushing. Distribute carried weight evenly across your body. Do not heft a heavy object on one hip. When unloading a car trunk, place a knee or foot on the bumper to improve your leverage. Good body mechanics is also about what to do when you’re not moving. Sitting still for too long “starves” the back by decreasing circulation.
To avoid trouble: Get up and take a brief walk every 20 minutes. If that’s impossible, shift your seating position, stretch and/or do Kegel exercises. To do Kegels, repeatedly tighten your pelvic floor muscles (the ones you use to stop urine in midstream) for five seconds.
In addition to relaxing tense, painful muscles, massage improves circulation and raises levels of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-killing compounds. Massage from a partner can be helpful, but it’s better to seek the services of a professional massage therapist. A one-hour session runs $50 to $60. You may need up to three sessions a week for two to three weeks.
To find a massage therapist in your area, contact the American Massage Therapy Association at 847-864-0123.
ACUPUNCTURE AND MAGNETS
If you still think of acupuncture as “far out,” think again. In 1997, the National Institutes of Health, which is famous for its skepticism regarding alternative therapies, issued a report acknowledging that acupuncture can be helpful against lower back pain. The procedure is relatively painless. Five to 15 thin needles inserted in specific locations on the body stimulate the release of endorphins. An initial consultation with an acupuncturist costs about $100. Follow-up visits run $35 to $75. To find an acupuncturist near you, call the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at 703-548-9004. Magnets have become popular for treating back pain, especially among athletes. Worn in belts or taped across the back, they’re inexpensive and unobtrusive. There’s still no good scientific evidence that magnets really work. But given their safety, they may be worth trying if nothing else works.
If the pain persists for more than a week, it’s time to consult a chiropractor or physician. Chiropractors and physicians take different approaches to back pain. But both approaches (spinal manipulation by chiropractors and prescription painkillers or injections of muscle relaxants or steroids by physicians) are of proven effectiveness. To find a chiropractor, contact the American Chiropractic Association at 800-986-4636. Surgery should be considered only if pain remains unbearable after all other options have been exhausted.
To find a back surgeon in your area, contact the North American Spine Society, 6300 N. River Rd., Ste. 500, Rosemont, Illinois 60018. 847-698-1630.
Bottom Line/Personal interviewed Stephen Hochschuler, MD, chairman of the Texas Back Institute in Plano. His most recent book is Treat Your Back Without Surgery (Hunter House). http://www.bottomlinesecrets.com/
Bottom Line Publications publishes the opinions of expert authorities in many fields. But the use of these opinions is no substitute for legal, accounting, investment, medical and other professional services to suit your specific personal needs. Always consult a competent professional for answers to your specific questions.
A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer are brought into a large room and told to stand against one wall. On the floor of the room is a very precisely drawn grid; on the opposite side of the room are three sacks. The three learn that each sack contains $1 million, and that the object is for each of them to cross the room and grab a sack. The only rule is that they must cross the room in half moves only. This means that first they can walk exactly half the distance from where they stand to the sack. Then, they can again walk half the distance from where they stand to the sack, and so on. The mathematician stands still for a moment, then shakes his head. "Distance = 0 will never be true." And with a sigh of defeat, he turns, and walks out of the room. The physicist stares off into the distance, and he, too, shakes his head. "Time to traverse distance equals infinity." And with that, he sighs in defeat, turns, and walks out of the room, joining the mathematician outside. Soon, they are joined by the engineer, who walks out of the room grinning, and holding all three bags. "Sometimes, close enough is good enough." More or Hess, The Safety Dance, Robert Hess, Microsoft Corporation, February 23, 1998, http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/dnhess/html/hess022398.asp
:: Bing Friday, March 09, 2007
Good Stuff, Lotus Totus, and so on... One: Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. Two: Marry a man / woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other. Three: Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want. Four: When you say, "I love you," mean it. Five: When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye. Six: Be engaged at least six months before you get married. Seven: Believe in love at first sight. Eight: Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much. Nine: Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely. Ten: In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling. Eleven: Don't judge people by their relatives. Twelve: Talk slowly but think quickly. Thirteen: When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?" Fourteen: Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk. Fifteen: Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze. Sixteen: When you lose, don't lose the lesson. Seventeen: Remember the three Rs: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions. Eighteen: Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship. Nineteen: When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. Twenty: Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice. Twenty-One: Spend some time alone. Contributor: Karman M., Thursday, 1 Apr 2004 11:44:00 -0700
:: Bing Friday, March 09, 2007
Last week I took my children to a restaurant. My 6-year-old son asked if he could say grace. As we bowed our heads he said,
"God is good. God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!"
Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby I heard a woman remark,
"That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice-cream! Why, I never!"
Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?" As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table. He winked at my son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer." "Really?" my son asked. "Cross my heart." Then in theatrical whisper he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."
Naturally, I bought my kid's ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and without a word walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, "Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes and my soul is good already."
A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the basement with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other. I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. He was telling whoever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles." I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say. "Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you're busy with your job. I'm sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet. Too bad you missed your daughter's dance recital." He continued, "Let me tell you something Tom, something that has helped me keep a good perspective on my own priorities." And that's when he began to explain his theory of a "thousand marbles." "You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic. The average person lives about seventy-five years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about seventy-five years. Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900 which is the number of Saturdays that the average person has in their entire lifetime. Now stick with me Tom, I'm getting to the important part. It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail," he went on, "and by that time I had lived through over twenty-eight hundred Saturdays. I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store and bought every single marble they had. I ended up having to visit three toy stores to roundup 1000 marbles. I took them home and put them inside of a large, clear plastic container right here in the shack next to my gear. Every Saturday since then, I have taken one marble out and thrown it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more on the really important things in life. There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight. Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife out for breakfast. This morning, I took the very last marble out of the container. I figure if I make it until next Saturday then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time. It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family, and I hope to meet you again here on the band. 75 year Old Man, this is K9NZQ, clear and going QRT, good morning!" You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna that morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter. Instead, I went upstairs and woke my wife up with a kiss. "C'mon honey, I'm taking you and the kids to breakfast." "What brought this on?" she asked with a smile. "Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday together with the kids. Hey, can we stop at a toy store while we're out? I need to buy some marbles."
:: Bing Friday, March 09, 2007
If I knew it would be the last time thatI'd see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep. If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for more. If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise. I would video tape each action and word, so that I could replay it back day by day. If I knew it would be the last time, I would spare an extra minute or two to stop and say "I love you",instead of assuming, that you know I do. If I knew it would be the last time, I would be there to share your day, but I'm sure you'll have so many more, so I can just let this one slip away. For surely there's a tomorrow to make up for an oversight, and we always get a second chance to make everything right. There will always be another day to say our "I love you's"and certainly there's another chanceto say our "anything I can do's?" But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get, I'd like to say how much "I love you"and hope you never forget. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young and old alike,and today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved ones tight. So if you're waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day. That you didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, a kiss and you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their last wish. So hold your loved ones close today, whisper in their ear, tell them how much you love them and that you'll always hold them dear. Take the time to say "I'm sorry," please forgive me. "Thank you" or "it's okay." And if tomorrow never comes, you'll have no regrets about today.
This short write up packs a huge wallop at the end. This has gone the round of emails and blogs already for a while. Finish it please...
ISTORYA NG PUTA... (Don't know who wrote this but... ang galing at tumatalab talaga...!!!) Tingin ng mga bobong kapitbahay ko puta daw ako. Nagpapagamit, binabayaran. Sabi nila ako daw ang pinakamaganda at pinakasikat sa aming lugar noon. Ang bango-bango ko daw, sariwa at makinis. Di ko nga alam kung sumpa ito, dahil dito naletse ang kinabukasan ko. Halika at makinig ka muna sa kwento ko. Alam mo, maraming lumapit sa akin, nagkagusto, naakit. Sikat ka sa lahat, virgin eh! Tinanggap ko naman silang tao, bakit kaya nila ako ginago? Masakit alalahanin, iniisip ko na lang na kase di sila taga rito, siguro talagang ganoon. Tatlong malilibog na foreigners ang namyesta sa katawan ko, na-rape daw ako? Sa tatlong beses akong nagahasa, ang pinakahuli ang di ko makakalimutan. Parang maski di ko ginusto ang mga nangyari, hinahanap-hanap ko siya. Tinulungan nya kasi akong makalimutan yung mga sadistang Hapon at Kastilaloy. Kase, ibang-iba ang hagod niya. Umiikot ang mundo ko sa tuwing ginagamit niya ako. Ibang klase siya mag-sorry, lalo pa at kinupkop niya ako at ang mga naging anak ko. Parating ang dami naming regalo - may chocolates, yosi, at ano ka... may datung pa! Nakakabaliw siya, alam kong ginagamit nya lang ako pero pagamit naman ako nang pagamit. Sa kanya namin natutunan mag-Ingles, di lang magsulat ha! Magbasa pa! Hanggang ngayon, sa tuwing mabigat ang problema ko, siya ang tinatakbuhan ko. 'Yun nga lang, lahat ng bagay may kapalit. Nung kinasama ko siya, guminhawa buhay namin. Sosyal na sosyal kami. Ewan ko nga ba, akala ko napapamahal na ako sa kanya. Akala ko tuloy-tuloy na kaligayahan namin, yun pala unti-unti niya akong pinapatay. P*** ng I**! Sa dami ng lason na sinaksak niya sa katawan ko, muntik na akong malaspag. Ang daming nagsabi na ang tanga tanga ko. Patalsikin ko na daw. Sa tulong ng mga anak ko, napalayas ko ang animal pero ang hirap magsimula. Masyado na kaming nasanay sa sarap ng buhay na naranasan namin sa kanya. Lubog na lubog pa kami sa utang, kulang ata pati kaluluwa namin para ibayad sa mga inutang namin. Sinikap naming lahat maging maganda ang buhay namin. Ayun, mga nasa Japan, Hong Kong, Saudi ang mga anak ko. Yung iba nag-US, Europe. Yung iba ayaw umalis sa akin. Halos lahat, wala naman silbi, masaya daw sa piling ko, maski amoy usok ako. Sa dami ng mga anak ko na nagsisikap na tulungan ang kalagayan namin, siya din ang dami ng mga anak ko na nananamantala sa kabuhayan at kayaman na itinatabi ko para sa punyetang kinabukasan naming lahat. Dumating ang panahon na di na kami halos makaahon sa hirap ng buhay. Napakahirap dahil nasanay na kami sa ginhawa at sarap. Ang di ko inaakala ay mismong mga anak ko, ang tuluyang sisira sa akin. Napakasakit tanggapin na malinlang. Akala ko ay makakakita ako ng magiging kasama sa buhay sa mga ahas na ipinakilala ng mga anak ko. Hindi pala. Ang tanga ko talaga. Binugaw ako ng sarili kong mga anak kapalit ng kwarta at pansamantalang ginhawa na nais nilang matamasa. Wala na akong nagawa dahil sa sobrang pagmamahal ko sa aking mga anak. Wala akong ibang yaman kundi ganda ko. Pinagamit ko na lang ng pinagamit ang sarili ko, basta maginhawa lang ang mga anak ko. Usap-usapan ako ng mga kapitbahay ko. May nanghihinayang, namumuhi at naaawa. Puta na kase ang isang magandang tulad ko. Alam mo, gusto ko na sanang tumigil sa pagpuputa kaso ang laki talaga ng letseng utang ko eh. Palaki pa ng palaki. Kulang na kulang. Paano na lang ang mga anak ko naiwan sa aking punyetang puder? Baka di na ako balikan o bisitahin ng mga nag-abroad kong mga anak. Hindi na importante kung laspagin man ang ganda ko, madama ko lang ang pagmamahal ng mga anak ko. Malaman nila na gagawin ko ang lahat para sa kanila. Sa tuwing titingin ako sa salamin, alam ko maganda pa rin ako. Meron pa din ang bilib sa akin. Napapag usapan pa din. Sa tuwing nakikita ko ang mukha ko sa salamin, nakikita ko ang mga anak ko. Tutulo na lang ang mga luha ko ng di ko namamalayan. Ang gagaling nga ng mga anak ko, namamayagpag kahit saan sila pumunta. Mahusay sa kahit anong gawin. Tama man o mali. Proud ako sa kanila. Kaso sila, kabaligtaran ang nararamdaman para sa akin. Sa dami ng mga anak ko, iilan lang ang may malasakit sa akin. May malasakit man, nahihilaw. Ni di nga ako kinikilalang ina. Halos lahat sila galit sa isa't isa. Walang gusto magtulungan, naghihilahan pa. Ang dami ko ng pasakit na tiniis pero walang sasakit pa nung sarili kong mga anak ang nagbugaw sa akin. Kinapital ang laspag na ganda ko. Masyado silang nasanay sa sarap ng buhay. Minsan sa pagtingin ko sa salamin, ni hindi ko na nga kilala ang sarili ko. Dadating na naman ang pasko, sana maalala naman ako ng mga anak ko. Ilang buwan pa, magbabagong taon na. Natatakot ako sa taong darating. Ngayon pa lang usap usapan na ang susunod na pagbubugaw ng ilan sa mga anak ko. Sana may magtanggol naman sa akin, ipaglaban naman nila ako. Gusto kong isigaw: "INA NINYO AKO! MAHALIN NYO NAMAN AKO!" Salamat ha, pinakinggan mo ako. Ay sorry, di ko pala nasabi....
PILIPINAS nga pala pangalan ko!
:: Bing Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Yes there's Gold be dug in the mountains of Japanese Surplus Audio stores at the Pier.
Well, it used to be mountains but the inflow of Japanese surplus audio equipment has now trickled to small hills. So says, Mr. HERNANI DE LEON, Mindanao Bureau Chief of Business world online in his BW audiophile article on Japanese Surplus audio equipment. Mr. Hernani is a BW Mindanao Bureau Chief. He is himself one of the top Filipino Audio-enthusiast and audio equipment collector (junk collector to the missus). The flow of surplus Japanese Hifi equipment is now shifting to China and Vietnam with their new found economic clout.
:: Bing Monday, November 14, 2005
Its too tame for me. I thought this is going to be a lame show, what with all the censoring thats going to happen. I guess I was wrong as i am often wrong.
:: Bing Thursday, October 13, 2005
This was too good of a life lesson not to pass on!
A carrot, an egg and a cup of coffee... You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me, what do you see?"
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then sked, "What does it mean, mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity ... boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard,
and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"
Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit , but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and
tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying. You might want to send this message to those people who mean something to you (I JUST DID); to those who have touched your life in one way or another; to those who make you smile when you really need it; to those who make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down; to those whose friendship you appreciate; to those who are so meaningful in your life.
If you don't send it, you will just miss out on the opportunity to brighten someone's day with this message!
:: Bing Sunday, January 30, 2005
About 2 years ago we were on a cruise through the western Mediterranean aboard a Princess liner. At dinner we noticed an elderly lady sitting alone along the rail of the grand stairway in the main dining room. I also noticed that all the staff, ships officers, waiters, busboys, etc., all seemed very familiar with this lady. I asked our waiter who the lady was expecting to be told she owned the line, but he said he only knew that she had been on board for the last four cruises, back to back.
As we left the dining room one evening I caught her eye and stopped to say hello. We chatted and I said, "I understand you've been on this ship for the last four cruises". She replied, "Yes, that's true." I stated, "I don't understand?"
She replied without a pause, "It's cheaper than a nursing home".
Here's the proof -- when I get old and feeble, I am going to get on a Princess Cruise Ship.
The average cost for a nursing home is $200 per day. I have checked on reservations at Princess and I can get a long term discount and senior discount price of $135 per day. That leaves $65 a day for:
1. Gratuities which will only be $10 per day.
2. I will have as many as 10 meals a day if I can waddle to the restaurant, or I can have room service (which means I can have breakfast in bed every day of the week).
3. Princess has as many as three swimming pools, a workout room, free washers and yers, and shows every night.
4. They have free toothpaste and razors, and free soap and shampoo.
5. They will even treat you like a customer, not a patient. An extra $5 worth of tips will have the entire staff scrambling to help you.
6. I will get to meet new people every 7 or 14 days.
7. T.V. broken? Light bulb need changing? Need to have the mattress replaced? No Problem! They will fix everything and apologize for your inconvenience.
8. Clean sheets and towels every day, and you don't even have to ask for them.
9. If you fall in the nursing home and break a hip you are on Medicare. If you fall and break a hip on the Princess ship they will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life.
Now hold on for the best! Do you want to see South America, the Panama Canal, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, or name where you want to go? Princess will have a ship ready to go. So don't look for me in a nursing home, just call shore to ship.
P.S. And don't forget, when you die, they just dump you over the side at no charge.
:: Bing Sunday, January 30, 2005
At Duke University, there were four sophomores taking Organic
Chemistry. They were doing so well on all the quizzes, midterms and
labs, etc., that each had an A so far for the semester.
These four friends were so confident that the weekend before finals,
they decided to go up to the University of Virginia and party with
some friends there. They had a great time, but after all the hearty
partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Duke
until early Monday morning.
Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their
professor after the final and explain to him why they missed it.
They explained that they had gone to UVA for the weekend with the
plan to come back in time to study, but, unfortunately, they had a
flat tire on the way back, didn't have a spare, and couldn't get
help for a long time. As a result, they missed the final.
The professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the
final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved. They
studied that night and went in the next day at the time the
professor had told them.
He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test
booklet, and told them to begin.
They looked at the first problem, worth five points. It was
something simple about free radical formation. Cool, they thought!
All at the same time, each one in his separate room, thought, this
is going to be easy.
Each finished the lengthy problem and then turned the page. On the
second page was written:
Eto Magandang istorya, totoong kayang nangyari ito sa RCBC Tower sa Makati????
Gretchen Barretto regularly visit THE SPA dyan sa RCBC Tower. Dahil nga demonyita, este donya kung umasta, ayaw nyang may kasabay sa elevator pagpapunta na syang THE SPA. Take note, laging 4 ang body guards nya pag pupunta sya dun at walagang walang nakakasabay sa elevator.
Eto maganda, eto lang December sometime last week, nung pumunta sya sa THE SPA dyan sa RCBC Tower. Pag sakay nya sa elevator kasabay ng 4 nyang bodyguards, may sumabay na matandang babae na medyo donya rin pero simple lang! Ang dialogue ng demonyitang si Gretchen, "guard, kindly tell this old lady to step out of the elevator". Nang marinig ng matandang babae yun, tumaas ang kilay nito at sinabing "guard, tell this social climber to step out of my building", ehek yung babaeng matanda pala, e panganay na anak na babae ni Ambassador Yuchengco!!! Kaya BAN ang beauty ni Gretchen sa buong RCBC Tower 1 & 2. Yan ngayon ang umiikot na chika sa socialite world. Di pa alam ni Boy Abunda yan!
By Ed Tadem
Associate Professor of Asian Studies, University of
the Philippines Diliman
The violence that recently erupted in Hacienda Luisita where seven people died has its roots in the stock distribution option (SDO) implemented in the sugar estate in 1989 as a means of evading land reform. This scheme was inserted into the so-called Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law (R.A. 6657) by pro-landlord legislators during the term of President Corazon
Aquino. It allows landowners who run their farms as corporations to distribute shares of stocks to farm workers in lieu of outright land transfer. The stock shares are to correspond to the value of the farmland.
Serious observers and scholars of agrarian reform contend that stock distribution can never be a substitute for land transfer which is the heart and soul of any genuine land reform program. Yet, under Philippine law, the SDO has conveniently redefined land reform and divested it
of its redistributive aspect and social justice component to accommodate the interests of powerful landed families.
The first and most prominent beneficiary of the SDO was the 6,400-hectare Hacienda Luisita, owned by Cory Aquino's family. In studies conducted by agrarian reform scholars James Putzel and Saturnino Borras, Jr., it was revealed that the Cojuangco family anticipated the
stock option provision by "creating a number of spin-off corporations related to sugar-cane production, transportation, milling, and marketing." Only one of these newly-created
corporations, the Hacienda Luisita, Inc. (HLI), dealt with the issue of land reform.
The Cojuangcos declared only 4,900 hectares as land assets "while the more expensive portions, located near roads and residential/commercial areas were segregated and declared property of the other Cojuangco corporations outside HLI." And in the valuation of the land, the HLI excluded land improvements such as roads, irrigation canals, culverts, bridges, and
water reservoir, thus further reducing the value of transferrable stocks. Not content with this, the Cojuangcos utilized what Putzel calls "accounting manipulation," where the value of the already depleted land was depressed further to only one-third of the HLI's total value while the non-land assets (which are not part of the land reform) was jacked up to two-thirds of the
corporation's value. In this underhanded manner, the family managed to retain control of the corporation and over the entire Hacienda.
Through the then management friendly labor union and with Department of Agrarian Reform officials beholden to an incumbent President brokering the deal, the 4,000 plantation workers were subsequently pressured into accepting the Luisita stock distribution plan without being made aware of its onerous provisions.
The Luisita stock option plan had been denounced as "unconstitutional" by the University of the Philippines Law Center in a position paper submitted in June 1990 to the Senate Agrarian Reform Committee. The memorandum stated that the "scheme is violative not only of the social justice provisions but even more of the specific provisions of the Constitution on agrarian reform" since it "allows the original owners to remain the controlling interest at the expense of the supposedly farmer beneficiaries".
In his recently published PhD thesis at the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague, Borras reports that as of 2002, "there was no evidence to show that the socio-economic condition of the farm worker-beneficiaries had improved" with hundreds of workers losing their jobs when
sugar-production was scaled down while the rest ended up with payslips "worth only a few pesos while the promise of big dividends from the corporation's income never materialized."
Furthermore, the Hacienda has reportedly reclaimed hundreds of hectares included in the SDO and converted these to "commercial, residential, and recreational purposes without compensation to the farmworker beneficiaries” who are legally the owners of the land.
The Hacienda Luisita stock distribution scheme is the single biggest land transaction implemented under the CARL. This prompted Sixto K. Roxas's ironic remark in 1990 that "agrarian reform is the centerpiece of the (government) program but Hacienda Luisita is the centerpiece of agrarian reform.”
Eto ngayon ang tanong... Anong por ciento kaya ang mamanahin ni Kris Aquino sa Hacienda Luisita?
:: Bing Saturday, November 20, 2004