Saturday, January 17, 2009
Did you know that 11 mothers die daily from childbirth in the Philippines?
Was it because we Filipinos focused on providing basic health care to children to a fault?
The United States-based independent global humanitarian organization Save the Children ranked us first among 55 developing countries in terms of giving, say, prenatal care, skilled care at childbirth, immunizations, and treatment for diarrhea and pneumonia. They added that “the Philippines is making good progress in improving health care for children and has achieved a 48% reduction in its under-5 death rate since 1990.”
Their Mother's Index, highlighting its State of the World's Mothers 2008 report, put us on top of its basic health care report card.
Because “in terms of newborn mortality rates, the Philippines has one of the lowest in the developing world with an average of 15 out of 1,000 live births.”
Next to us is Peru, followed by South Africa, and then, there is a tie between Indonesia and Turkmenistan.
We are one of the 55 countries accounted for “nearly 60 % of the world’s under-5 population and 83 % of all child deaths worldwide.”However, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand and Denmark had a league of their own. They made it to the Top 5 when Save the Children also ranked 146 countries for how good they are for mothers and children.
Though it was shocking to find out that the United States, was a notch lower than its ranking last year, at 27th place, it is not our problem.
Ours is that we got into a negligible spot.
What about our Nanays?
According to UNICEF’s latest The State of the World’s Children report, released four days ago: “Women in the world’s least developed countries are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications than women in developed countries.”
Moreover, a Filipino baby is almost 14 times more likely to die during the first month of life than his or her counterpart elsewhere in Dildo, for instance, in Newfoundland, Canada.
“Every year, more than half a million women die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth complications, including about 70,000 girls and young women aged 15 to 19,” said Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, at the Johannesburg launch. “Since 1990, complications related to pregnancy and childbirth have killed an estimated 10 million women.”
Are we truly incapable of providing life-saving interventions like post-natal visits, proper hygiene, and counseling about the danger signs of maternal and newborn health?
Ironic for us, indeed, coming from a country of caregivers?
Was it due to the plain and simple fact that we still belong, then as now, to the so-called Third World?
Where having a child remains among the most serious health risks for women?
Where fertility rates are high?
Where there is a shortage of trained personnel and weak health systems spell tragedy for many young women?
Which is why the Philippines is among 68 countries which contribute to 97% of maternal, neonatal, and child health deaths worldwide and about half of the deaths of Filipino children under five happen in the first 28 days of life?
In Making It Safe For Our Mothers Without Delay, Nilo Yacat interviewed Dr. Ruben Flores, whose team works like a 24-hour factory of infants. The said Fabella Memorial Hospital chief sighed: “Too many women are giving birth but what is alarming is that both early and late pregnancies are increasing.”
If even in the City of Man – Manila -- a medical team struggles to attend to an average of 200 deliveries a day, what can we expect from such far-flung areas as Agusan del Sur, where roughly 220 women for every 100,000 live births die every year? Out there in a landlocked province in the Caraga region in Mindanao (whose capital is Prosperidad) -- three out of five women give birth at home and mostly assisted by a traditional birth attendant who may fail to recognize complications of pregnancy and labor.
Everywhere, it is mostly in urban areas where you can find health facilities with quality basic and comprehensive emergency care services for pregnant women.
Researches showed that the lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 140.
Meaning, around 11 Filipino mothers die everyday or an estimated 4,500 every year due: obstructed labour (8%); eclampsia or related hypertensive disorders (12 %); unsafe abortion (13 %); infections (15%); and hemorrhage (25%).
Speaking of blood loss, we almost lost our Light, when our panganay was in the delivery room. Our baby was supposed to be named “Parikala” (or “Irony”) but everything changed when her mom, Ina, had a bad bleeding for more than two hours. During that time, she had managed to go back to her childhood (at the wake of her own Nanang when she was 10 years old) as well as to her hometown in Candon (where she saw her Tiang Thelma who just died waiting for her behind a dining table).
While she was floating all over the place without seeing her own body, she constantly recited PSALM 100 in her mind.
When she was about to return to what she recognized as a High Way where she came from, she regained her consciousness.
Right then and there, we decided to baptize our firstborn “Psalma Sigla.”
Inspired by the biblical poetry of gratitude, we eventually called our kids: Wika (or Proverb), Awit (or Song), and then, our first and only prose, Sulat (or Epistle).
Indebted we are to her savior, Dr. Mila Zaragoza-Ibay, who offered her lifesaving emergency obstetric services!
UNICEF, after 11 years, would address those three types of delays that lead to maternal deaths: (a) a delay in the decision to seek medical attention; (b) a delay in reaching a health care facility; (c ) a delay in receiving care once present at the facility.
Thanks, by the way, to our Mama's doctor who helped her in giving birth to her unico hijo!
Exactly 45 years ago today.
A famous German evangelist was invited to speak at a worship assembly.
GERMAN: When you introduce me, please don't mention my positions or titles. Just tell
them that I am a shepherd or something like that.
EMCEE: Brothers and sisters, may I introduce to you our speaker for tonight.
A German shepherd.
One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live . They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family . On their return from their trip, the father asked his son “ How was the trip ?” “It was great , Dad.” “Did you see how poor people live ? ' the father asked. “Oh yeah ,” said the son. “So , tell me , what did you learn from the trip ?”asked the father. The son answered : “I saw that we have one dog and they had four . We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end . We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon . We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight . We have servants who serve us, but they serve others . We buy our food , but they grow theirs . We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.” The boy's father was speechless. Then his son added,”Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are!”
Monday, January 12, 2009
Unforgettable was March 18, 2008 not only it was our Mama's 79th birthday.
Who says Year of Ox is unlucky for UNLAK?
SINNER: Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. I often send dirty jokes and sex videos through my cell phone.
FATHER: My child, please forward your sins to me.
Do not ask the Lord to guide your steps if you are not willing to move your feet.
New year marks the 100th birthday of Manuel S. Enverga Jr..
A descendant of Jose Ma. Panganiban, he would be credited for organizing the Philippine Coconut Administration -- now the Philippine Coconut Authority. He is also best known for campaigning vigorously to change the celebration of Philippine Independence Day from July 4 to June 12 and to open new trade markets for the Philippines through his one-man study and economic mission to socialist countries in Central Europe culminating in the Enverga Report.
Born in Mauban, Quezon where he studied until in his second year in high school before transferring to National University, he pursued his dream of becoming a violinist at the University of the Philippines Conservatory of Music under Dr. Alexander Lippay, his Austrian teacher who included him in the Philippine Symphony Orchestra. Eventually he entered the Philippine Law School while playing for orchestras and teaching violin lessons. After graduation and bar examination, he served as an assistant attorney to an abogado de campanilla, Don
He got married at 31 to Rosario Lopez and, after a year, he became a father.
Name 5 wealthiest people, 7 Oscar winners, 10 American presidents.
Hard? The point is, none of us, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday, simply because the applause dies and awards are forgotten.
Here’s another quiz:
Name 3 teachers who taught you well, 3 friends who stood by you, 5 people who made you special.
Easier? Because those who make a difference in your life are not those with the most money, credentials, or awards.
There are other ones who truly can.
Two of the hardest tests in life:
the patience to wait for the right moment;
and the courage to accept whatever you encounter.
Tomorrow night at 6 there will be a one-day suspension of artistic offensives. According to Artists Arrest, this is some kind of planetry conjunction, like when Sen. Mar Roxas' P.I. (not necessarily Philippine Islands) during the anti-Chacha rally in Makati City. Mark your December 30 as the day for a Big Bang! at the Lunduyan Art Gallery at 88-B Kamuning Road in Quezon City.
Earlier, on November 29, the University of the Philippines President Emerlinda Roman led others in honoring 72 Bantayog martyrs and heroes who were former U.P. students, alumni, and faculty as part of the the National Heroes Day at the same time part of the U.P. Centennial celebration. Billed Paggunita at Parangal sa mga Iskolar ng Bayan sa Bantayog ng mga Bayani: A Centennial Tribute to U.P. Martyrs and Heroes -- this historic event witnessed the response of Letizia Roxas Constantino, wife of martyred U.P. hero Renato Constantino on behalf of the 72 as well as the awarding of Certificates of Recognition to the family representatives of the U.P. martyrs and heroes, floral and candle offerings, and other cultural activities. The Chosen 72 are Leandro Alejandro; Leo Alto; Emmanuel Alvarez; Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr.; Merardo Arce; Aloysius Baes; Floro Balce; Lorena Barros; Manuel Bautista; William Begg; Alexander Belone III; Catalino "Lino" Brocka; Jose Calderon; Jennifer Cariño; Cristina Catalla; Cesar Climaco; Renato Constantino; Ellecer Cortes; Edward De la Fuente; Remberto De la Paz; Nimfa del Rosario; Dennis Rolando Deveraturda; Juan Escandor; Gerardo Faustino; Enrique Voltaire Garcia; Antonio Hilario; Rizalina Ilagan; Edgar Jopson; Emmanuel Lacaba; Ma. Leticia Ladlad; Hermon Lagman; Lourdes Garduce Lagman; Vergel Landrito; Lorenzo Lansang; Edmundo Legislador; Jose Lingad; Bayani Lontok; Mariano Lopez; Armando Malay; Paula Carolina Malay; Rodelo Manaog; Pastor Mesina; Cecilia Muñoz-Palma; Sedfrey Ordoñez; Gaston Ortigas; Magnifico Osorio; Armando Palabay; Romulo Palabay; Benedicto Pasetes; Jacinto Pena; Nemesio Prudente; Eduardo Quintero; Ismael Quimpo; Arnulfo Resus; J. B. L. Reyes; Francisco Soc Rodrigo; Magtangol Roque; Jessica Sales; Abraham Sarmiento, Jr.; Antonio Tagamolila; Crispin Tagamolila; Lorenzo Tañada; Carlos Tayag; Noel Tierra; Racquel Tiglao; Alex Torres; Jose Marie Velez; Ma. Antonia Teresa Vytiaco; Emmanuel Yap; Haydee Yorac; Rizal Yuyitung; and Calixto Zaldivar.
A lot of us wondered why – aside from Ishmael Bernal -- Monico Atienza was not included. Sir Nic was the Secretary General of Kabataang Makabayan and in 2003 worked to reorganize the old street cadres from the historic First Quarter Storm marches of 1970.
During the recent 60th Human Rights Day, remembered were another 72 – the Mindoro 72 – who are all are prominent mass leaders and activists, critics of Arroyo Administration and its development projects accused of multiple murder and frustrated murder. Not to mention, the Silang 9 (abducted and tortured last August 31 in Tartaria, Cavite), Southern Tagalog 27 (accused of bombing and burning of Globe Telecom Cell site and charged with arson, destruction of properties and conspiracy to commit rebellion), and, of course, Tagaytay 5 (released after more than two years of political detention).
All we want to do is just to keep alive the memory of our son, Awit, to mean Advancing Wellness, Instruction, and Talents.
If we can only clone the said lawyer who is also a Certified Public Accountant, this country of ours can pass any World Bank criteria anytime. With Atty. Polca, do we still need Chacha?
Youtube Juana Change.
PATIENT: If I get a facelift, how do I need?DOCTOR: Complete treatment will cost you P145,000.PATIENT: Wow. How much is the cheapest way to look like a New Year?DOCTOR: Okey, here's P20. Buy a pacifier!
One day the villagers decided to pray for the rain. On the day of prayer, everyone gathered and only one boy came with an umbrella. That's faith. When you throw a one-year old baby in the air, he laughs because he knows you will catch him. That's trust. Every night we go to bed, we are not sure that we will get up tomorrow, but we still have many plans for the coming day. That's hope.
Hindi kami boksingerong makapagpapabagsak
Sa antas ng krimen sa kabisera raw ng kidnap.
Wala kaming alam na pag-uubusan ng lakas
Kundi ang sumuntok sa buwan ng aming pangarap.
Ngunit kaya ni PATRICK patakbuhin ang turista
Sa pinakaunang karerang Mardi Gras sa Asya.
Kaya rin ni LYNDON, na henyo sa agrikultura,
Na paluhain sa kanyang sili sina Barrera.
Si ORVILLE na nangibambansa at saka bumalik.
Kung sa Los Baños siya, sa Maynila naman si RICK
Na tumuklas ng bagong paraan ng pagtitistis.
Hindi lang ng Filipino kundi ng kahit sino.
Gaya ng kanyang kaapelyidong si JAY BERNARDO,
Siya rin ay unibersal hindi lamang klasiko.
Na dinadala sa langit ang sino mang humiga.
Walang ipinagkaiba sa kuwentong pambata
Ni LUIS na ang adhika ng akda ay kalinga.
Sa lupaing naipit sa gitna ng pagkasawi.
At akong ang panitikan ay walang ibang mithi
Kundi aral, aliw, at pagkabuhay na mag-uli!
Na hindi lahat ng dasal namin ay sinasagot,
Sa ngalan ng bayang pilit naming pinagbubuklod
Kahit pa may ari, uri, at lahing nagbubukod.
Laging kapiling sa tagumpay at sa pagkabigo.
Sa pagkakataong ito, mangyari pong tumayo
Sila ang dahilan kung bakit di kami sumuko.
Sa pagpili ng inampalang pinili ay kami.
At salamat din po sa mahal nating Presidente
Na – tulad ni Pacquiao – itinuring kaming bayani!
Five years ago, we just got lucky to do the acceptance speech at the Malacañang Palace's Rizal Hall on behalf on 2003 The Outstanding Young Men: Allan Bernardo (psychology and education), Francisco Bernardo III (entrepreneurship), Kenneth Cobonpue (arts/design/entrepreneurship), Orville Bondoc (animal breeding/genetics), Luis Gatmaitan (literature), Patrick Gregorio (tourism management), John Ong (community service), Ricardo Quintos II (vascular surgery), and Lyndon Co Tan (agriculture and food technology).
Poetic lines became prophetic when, after a year, our tokayo, Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao – before becoming Pandaigdig na Kamao after demolishing the Golden Boy – won the TOYM 2004, with no less than Sharon Cuneta as his batchmate.
Now that San Miguel has bought into Meralco the power company shall be known as San Mig Light. San Miguel also bought 40% of Petron, are they coming up with Diet Blaze and Unleaded Pilsen?
A Fableman browsing in a store got shocked to see God selling.
He asked: “Lord, what are You selling?” God said: “Whatever your heart desires!” So the man answered: “I want peace of mind, happiness, and freedom from fear for me and the whole world.” God replied, smiling: “I don't sell fruits here. Only seeds!”
Last All Souls Day, we weaned Awit, or Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera III, our advance party, forever.
His white “Manunggul jar” (with his death mask created by sculptors Nonoy Gepte and Tata Funilas at the Arlington Memorial Chapel) was cemented atop our Papa's tomb at the Tayabas Catholic Cemetery which our Mama beautified when she was our hometown's health officer.
It was our cousin Ferdie's brainchild, who came all the way from Kuwait, but with the blessings from his lolas – Rosario Rodillas and Fely Oliveros!
Everything went on smoothly as this Live Journal entry his Ina wrote four years ago: “After Psalma (Psalms) and Wika (Proverbs) came my son Awit, named after Song of Songs. Ironically, he has hearing impairment. But God has always been good to us and has never failed in making miracles in our lives. On January 19, my husband Vim's 40th birthday, we declared that Awit shall make wonderful music and sing praises to the Lord. Awit also has Global Developmental Delay. At two and a half years, he still cannot talk. He is rather clumsy, finds it difficult to balance himself while walking, cannot jump, and just starting to learn how to run and climb the stairs. Frequently sick since five months old, he would have seizures even with low grade fever. His condition required several laboratory tests and therapy sessions. Despite the disability and illness, and the discomforts of undergoing laboratory tests, Awit is never fuzzy, never a difficult child. Even when sick, he'd smile or simply hug you when not feeling well. He's so loving. His smile brightens every day. He brings joy to everyone he meets. His teacher once remarked “Awit’s sweet smile is enough to melt anybody’s heart. Being with him makes one appreciate the simplicity and beauty of life.” U.P. C.D.C. once considered him “the class teddy bear.” Last December 7, during the U.P. Likhaan exhibit opening, upon hearing the Kontra-Gapi music, he went near them. Without any prodding, he clapped, smiling from ear to ear. He later picked two drumsticks and started to play with the them to the beat. Indeed, he's a constant reminder of hope, love, and simplicity the very message Christmas brings. Awit is our Christmas Star.”
A bicycle cannot stand on its own because it two-tired.
GOLDEN RULES FOR LIVING:
If you open it, close it.
If you turn it on, turn it off.
If you break it, admit it.
If you value it, take care of it.
If you make a mess, clean it up.
If it is none of your business, don't ask.
If it ain't broken, don't fix it.
If it will brighten someone's day, say it.
If it will tarnish someone's reputation, just keep it to yourself.
If it makes you happy, go.
Commemorating the International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9, the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) and the National Commission for Culture and Arts, ConFest will begin today, until tomorrow, at the University Hotel, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
This cultural Innovation for good governance conference is a national study too.
Unfortunately, we are all guilty, in one way or another, if we define corruption as:
- dishonest and illegal behavior;
- the process of rotting or decaying;
- an unintentional or unauthorized alteration in a text or data.
One of the corrupt practices we perfect, time and again, is book piracy!
This so-called crime to the book publishing industry is made heinous by our plain and simple xeroxing.
“The rampant photocopying of the copyrighted works results in an estimated P2 billion yearly losses,” project director Lirio Sandoval, Book Development Association of the Philippines president, reveals, ”due to the weak, if not absent, respect for copyrighted works, the country’s creative workers as authors and publishers will never realize their full potential.”
Which is why National Artist Virgilio Almario formed Filipinas Copyright Licensing Society (FILCOLS), Inc., -- with him as its Chair and Karina Bolasco as Vice-Chair, L.P. Sandoval as Treasurer, together with Isagani Cruz, Abdon Balde Jr., Mariano Kilates, Galileo Zafra, Jerry Catabijan, Antonio Sagun, and Rolando de Vera as Board Members.
Today, FILCOLS -- with the support of International Federation of Reprographic Right Organizations, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, National Book Development Board -- is conducting Book Piracy and Illegal Photocopying from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Bulwagang Claro M. Recto, again in U.P. Diliman.
So if you want help us promote public awareness of the alarming rate of book piracy incidence and unauthorized photocopying of copyrighted works as well as discuss solutions through the establishment and operation of a reprographic rights organization, join FILCOLS by emailing En Villasis at email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Thursday, December 4, at the same venue, during the launch of CenPEG Board Chair Bienvenido Lumbera's Poetika/Politika, together with Teo Antonio and Mike Coroza, we debated on the root cause of corruption, whether leadership or citizenry.
Through Balagtasan, art got the answer from life itself, for one, from the House Committee on Justice dismissing the impeachment case against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo almost simultaneously with Thai constitutional court declaring Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat guilty of vote fraud!
Anyway, while Gov. Enrique Garcia was recently in hot water, his constituents were not.
While the said provincial father was battling with the suspension order for six months by Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, his kababayan – the people of Bataan were spending good time like water.
Now on its fourth year, this symbolic celebration was held on November 29-30 sponsored by the Bataan Tourism Council Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with the Provincial Government and the Provincial Tourism Office, that organized series of activities that aims to generate awareness and gather funds for the continuous development and rehabilitation of the conservation center.
As early as November 25, until December 1, at the Montemar Beach Club Inc. and other sites in and out of Bagac, there were Nature's Camp, beach volleyball competition, film showing, lecture, walk for a cause, sand sculpture, paddle-painting contest, street dance exhibition, concert, body painting, pawikan night patrolling, among others.
The last activity was initiated by the Pawikan Conservation Center, which was established in 1999 when a community of poachers and turtle egg collectors transformed themselves into marine turtle conservation advocates by protecting and conserving the Green Turtle, Hawksbill, and Olive Ridley species, the smallest of the seven known species in the world. Such project in an in-site conservation scheme focusing on community participation and comprehensive capacity building has gone a very long way.
Bantay Pawikan, Inc., the community volunteer group, collaborated with the Pawikan Conservation Project of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the UNLAD-Bataan Philippines Rural Reconstruction Movement (PPRM) Chapter, and provincial government of Bataan, through the local government unit of Morong.
What was initially funded by the United Nations Development Grants Programme (UNDP-GEF-SGP), Philippines and by the Japan Embassy in 2005 became sustainable with more finances for the protection of nesting turtles, collection and hatching of eggs, and releasing of hatchings to the sea.
Indeed, they have all the reasons to be thankful for, the pawikans included, in bringing sustainable progress in terms of safeguarding the natural environment under the preservation program.
Secretly, we are here, beached, praying for the extinction of the buwayas!
When two egotists meet, it is an I for an I.
Sometimes, God breaks our spirit to save our soul.
Sometimes, He breaks our heart to make us whole.
Sometimes, He sends us pain so we can be stronger.
Sometimes, He sends us failure so we can be humble.
Sometimes, He sends us illness so we can take better care of ourselves.
Sometimes, He takes away everything from us so we can learn the value of everything we have.
The 13th Writers' Night was dark indeed.
Film, television, and stage actor Arnold Reyes will read the excerpt from the 2006 National Book Award-winning novel of Quibilan -- who's one of the Fellows for Poetry and Fiction at the 35th and 45th U.P. Writers Workshops, respectively, which we directed in Samal Island in 1999. Now Los Angeles-based, he married his co-fellow, Sunshine, reminiscent of the Jose Lacaba-Marra Lanot love story during the first U.P. Writers Workshop in 1965). By the way, his batchmate then was Tagaytay 5's Axel Pinpin who will launch on December 3, 6 p.m., at the U.P. Balay Kalinaw his book Tugmaang Matatabil (Mga Akdang Isinulat sa Libingan ng mga Buhay) [Glib Poetry (Writings from the Graveyard of the Living)], his second full-length published collection -- and his first after his release via court order from detention!
All the Nine Muses of the Arts by National Artist Napoleon Abueva (who also did the Magdangal statue, or The Female Oblation, inaugurated during the supposedly luckiest day, August 8, in front of the College of Arts and Letters New Building) will somehow be given a good bath, at last, during Water Rocket Show at the Hardin ng mga Diwata.
From 8 p.m. onwards, invited guests included poets Yanna Acosta, Cynthia Alexander, Teo Antonio, Joey Ayala, Blankahon, Giniling Festival, Heber Bartolome,Mike Coroza, Susan Fernandez, Gary Granada, Los Chupacabras, Matilda, O.G Sacred (or the rappers from Jim Libiran's Tribu), Romancing Venus, Cesare Syjuco and family, and Cy Tamura, will perform for a mini-concert while U.P. Writers Club will take care of the rest of the evening with other student writers group like Quill, Ugat, Ex Libris, and Lingua Franca, among others, from different universities with writers organizations. Traditionally, open mic follows.
The largest cell in the human body is the female egg.
Take time to live: it is the secret of success
take time to think: it is the source of power.
Take time to play: it is the secret of youth.
Take time to read: it is the foundation of knowledge.
Take your time for friendship: it is the source of happiness.
Take time to laugh: it helps lift life's load.
Take time to dream: it hitches the soul to be the stars.
Take time to worship: it is the highway to reverence.
Take time to pray: it helps bring God near and washes the dust of earth from your eyes.
When the 31 year-old Ilustrado author Miguel Syjuco became the first Filipino to win “the Asian Booker” -- or the $10,000 Man Asian Literary Prize (over China's Yu Hua and India's Kavery Nambisan and Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi) – he got torn between two (or more) publishers!
“What Chuck's co-finalist, Krip Yuson, would call creative problem,” Dr. Jose Wendell Capili assures, “will be one of the topics during the first Philippine Conference on Global Prospectus at the University of the Philippines Nicanor Abelardo Hall in Diliman, Quezon City.”
Convened by National Artist Virgilio Almario, College of Arts and Letters dean with Fine Arts dean Tina Colayco, Architecture dean Dan Silvestre, and Music dean Ramon Acoymo -- in cooperation with Intellectual Property Office director general Atty. Adrian Cristobal Jr. -- it is open to artists, scholars, and practitioners arts and allied disciplines who are expected to point the determinants helpful in sustaining -- till Kingdom come -- the creative industries!
Dr. Capili adds: “Even if you're into tourism, sports, jewelry, or haute couture – as long as you're into the so-called Mabuhay degree of aesthetic originality -- you can join.”
On 27 November, Nestor Jardin, Cultural Center of the Philippines president, will give an overview of the Philippine arts while Dimiter Gantchev, World Intellectual Property Organization's Creative Industries Division director, will share the global perspective.
They will be followed by the Managing the Arts session with Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Prof. Ryan Cayabyab, Marlon Rivera, Arch. Cathy Saldaña, and Kenneth Cobonpue, our The Outstanding Young Men 2003 batchmate. Afternoon is for Artists as Entrepreneurs with Robert Alejandro, Arch. Joven Ignacio, Gilda Cordero Fernando,Carlo Orosa, and Reggie Yuson.
On 28 November, Case Studies of Community-Based Industries will be featured with Alfonso "Coke" Bolipata, Arch. Dinky Consunji-Laperal Lutgardo Labad, and Armand Sta. Ana, while Managing IP in Creative Industries is next with Ang Kwee Tiang, Atty. Emma Francisco, and Atty. Jesus Antonio Ros.
The confab's finale will be the world premiere at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater of Dulaang U.P.’s Atang, a musical based on the life of National Artist Honorata “Atang” de la Rama -- written by Floy Quintos, directed by Prof. Alexander Cortez, and starred in by Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Ayen Munji-Laurel, Bituin Escalante, Ricky Ibe, Jacinta Remulla, Mitoy Sta. Ana, Eric de la Cruz, Arkel Mendoza, and the Dulaang U.P. ensemble.
Had there been creative economy awareness before, Mabuhay Singers would have been millionaires by now. Formed in 1958 by Don Manoling Villar, president and owner of the Mabuhay Records Corporation (MARECO) – more popularly known as Villar Records, the group did not earn that much, or at all, for doing what they, or their fans, loved best, that is, singing kundiman, balitaw, danza, polka, and the like.
The Mabuhay Singers may have all the fame, but not the fortune, from cutting, for 20 years until 1978, more than a hundred singles and long playing records with such best-sellers as Halina't Umawit, Maligayang Araw, Pacing, Bakasyon, Perlas ng Silangan, Pasko sa Pilipinas, Pamulinawen, Bahal sa Tuba, Waray-waray, Kundiman, Pandanggo sa Pag-ibig, Rosemarie, Kakaba-kaba, and Pag-asa. Fortunately, Aquarius Records made compact disc version of their greatest hits but, in this day and age of celebrities garnering Platinum just by collecting their favorite songs, hopefully the Best of Mabuhay Singers could even get a Silver.
In fact, for their 50th anniversary, Ginintuang Gunita: Konsiyerto sa Ika-50 Taon ng Pag-awit ng Mabuhay Singers will be held on 26 and 27 November, 8 p.m. at the Philamlife Theater, United Nations Ave., Ermita, Manila. Directed by Dr. Jerry Respeto and produced by the International Eye Center's Dr. Noel Jusay Lacsamana, it will also showcase Ms. Sonia Roco as narrator and National Artist Salvador Bernal as stage and costume designer.
According to the show's writer and the group's promoter -- poet/translator Michael Coroza: “Aside from recording, Mabuhay Singers had the chance to perform in different places and programs, say, in Concert at the Park, Regency of Manila, and Hotel NikkoManila Garden during the 80s and 90s. The Department of Tourism toured them around United States and Canada for its Balik-Bayan project in 1973, when they're recognized by Philippine Records Association. In 2004, they received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Aliw Foundation. In 2006, they got Pambansang Gawad ng Pagkilala from the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino. Last Buwan ng Wika, my department at the Ateneo de Manila University honored them with a tribute. Today, when you say Mabuhay Singers, you mean Cely Bautista, Raye Lucero, Carmen Camacho, Peping de Leon, Eddie Suarez, Jimmy Salonga, and Marlon Marifosque – who are regulars in my radio program Harana ng Puso on DWBR 104.3 FM every Sunday night at 8.”
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The human brain functions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, until you fall for someone.
Susan Ople and company will launch their gift for all the Bagong Bayani -- Buhay OFW magazine -- at the National Book Store (Katipunan) at 4 p.m. today.
Wish that Aliw Awards will monitor literary readings in alternative venues, in and out of Manila, such as the Conspiracy Garden Cafe.
Poet Maxine Syjuco, one of the Tres Marias of enfants terribles Cesare and Jean Marie, will launch her book A Secret Life at Fully Booked, The Forum on Bonifacio High Street, The Fort at 6 p.m. on 20 November.
On 21 November, at 9 a.m., we are one of the speakers with Prof. Ferdinand M. Lopez, Gilda Olvidado, and Lourd de Veyra in a Vibal Foundation symposium called “Filipinow: Do Not English Me, I Will English You!” at the University of Santo Tomas' Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy Building. Later, at 2:30 p.m., Amelia Lapena Bonifacio will lecture on The Challenging Art of Puppetry in the Fields of Medicine and Education at the C.M. Recto Hall, Bulwagang Rizal, UP Diliman. Again for the kids, at 6 p.m. at the Ortigas Foundation Library, Adarna House and Philippine Board of Books for Young People will launch Nanoy Rafael's first children's book Naku, Nakuu, Nakuuu! with illustrations by Sergio Bumatay III. Simultaneously, there will be a forum on Poetry in Motion: Heights Performance Poetry Talk at the Ateneo de Manila University's Colayco Pavilion. Heights' Ali Sangalang invited us and Miko Pepito, Yol Jamendang, Raul Roco Jr., Gelo Suarez, and Kooky Tuason.
UNITED STATES: Stealing is against the law.
UNITED KINGDOM:Stealing foreigners will be deported.
SAUDI ARABIA: Steal or your hands will be cut off.
PHILIPPINES: Stealing is for official use only.
Upon your life, I proclaim grace.
Upon your home, I pronounce peace.
Upon your work, I decree excellence.
Upon your storehouse, I declare abundance.
After the world's only Superpower installed a black president to the White House, for a moment, we prioritized hope.
Used to delayed reaction, we forgot about The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's September 18 episode with five-minute segment entitled "Is the US Ready for a Woman President?" showing our first female President Corazon Aquino with the word "Slut!" and three hearts across her face.
And their creed: Yes we can?
Former Department of Health secretary Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan will update us on the recruitment of Filipino nurses to the States while Mr. Rod Spires will talk about American corporations in Asia and Mr. Danilo Sebastian L. Reyes will tackle the American business process outsourcing in the Philippines.
A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
Having one child make you a parent having two makes you a referee.
If Orlando R. Nadres were alive, he'd be celebrating his 70th birthday today!
- "Magdusa Ka" (1986 & 2008)
- Ngayon At Kailanman (1992)
- Una Kang Naging Akin (1991)
- Bakit Kay Tagal ng Sandali? (1990)
- Mana Sa Ina (1990)
- Imortal (1989)
- Rosa Mistika (1989)
- Natutulog Pa Ang Diyos (1988)
- Ibulong Mo Sa Diyos (1988)
- Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig (1987)
- Ayokong Tumungtong Sa Lupa (1987)
- Huwag Mo Kaming Isumpa (1986)
- Lumuhod Ka Sa Lupa! (1986)
- Magdusa Ka! (1986)
- God Saves Me (1985)
- Beloved (1985)
- Pati Ba Pintig Ng Puso? (1985)
- Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap (1984)
- Paano Ba Ang Mangarap? (1983)
- Forgive And Forget (1982)
- Cross My Heart (1982)
- Sinasamba Kita (1982)
- Stepsisters (1979)
- Ang Tatay Kong Nanay (1978)
- Masarap, Masakit Ang Umibig (1977)
- Araw-araw, Gabi-gabi (1975)
- Isang Gabi, Tatlong Babae (1975)
- Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa (1974) (segment "Bukas, Madilim, Bukas")
- Stardoom (1971)
- Nora, Mahal Kita (1970)
But, one thing he could never forgive and we could never forget was the violation of his intellectual property right committed by a popular television executive/actress/producer/host who after picking his brain dumped him, though he had great track record for directing Balintataw (1970-72), Hilda (1972), Babae (1974), Atin ang Daigdig (1974), Tanghalan (1975), and Lino Brocka Presents (1977), among others.
As if adding insult to injury, a dramarama was born without him in the early 90s on May 15, the feast day of San Isidro Labrador, which Tayabas is known for, with Pahiyas!
Last All Souls' Day, after offering prayers and flowers for him at the cemetery, more popularly known as “Paalam, Mahal Ko,” they presented Hanggang Dito na Lamang at Maraming Salamat and Huling Hagbong, and their future plans such as nominating him for the National Artist award!
Related to this is the celebration of the Philippine Book Development Month by way of a marathon reading of Rio Alma's translation of Jose Rizal's Noli Me Tangere from 9 a.m. of November 8 up to the following day at the Filipinas Heritage Library fronting Manila Pen in Makati City.
Also, on November 9, at the FHL Tower, at 9 a.m. National Book Store consultant and novelist Abdon Balde Jr. will deliver a paper entitled Panitikan bilang Produktong Komersiyal as part of the lecture series of Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika at Anyo.
LIRA, by the way, had been on a campus tour with its National Commission for Culture and the Arts-funded Sining ng Tugma at Sukat since its launch last September 14 at the Parish Hall of Saint Francis de Malabon in General Trias, Cavite.
For its fourth leg, we were assigned to conduct such workshop for teachers last October 25 but we took a sidetrip with president Beverly Siy and her diving partner George Ang Dy Pay, who owns and operates the Boardwalk Dive Center at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in USS Essex-crazy Olongapo.
At the Subic Central School, we were treated like Born-Agains by its superintendent Amelia Hebron Mojica and principal Lilia Rosete and their court: Bienvenido Apdal, Christopher Angeles, Mary Anne Angeles, Artemio Aquino, Ester Ching, Jacqueline Concepcion, Venus Fabeliña, Laureto Jimenez, and consultant Clarita A. Lagrama who is proposing a region-wide version.
Meanwhile, if you are more of a scientist than an artist looking for some sem break class -- there is KLASRUM ADARNA: SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES at U.P. Balay Internasyonal, University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, Quezon City on November 8.
All in a day's workshop, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., they will talk about Play Science: Toys, Experiments, Field Trips; Storytelling and Science; Teach and Advocate; and Be Involved! which will handled by the likes of Dr. C.P. David and other experts from the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences and Institute of Environmental Sciences, UP Integrated School, and The Raya School. Greenpeace South East Asia will be present to cap the lecture series. For details, you may reach us through 372-35-48 loc 110 or through vanessa@adarna. com.ph.
And, if you are both scientist/artist, the November Issue (No.13) of Ctril+P Journal is now ready for downloading at this link: http://www.ctrlp-artjournal.org/pfs/CtrlP_Issue13/pdfwith papers presented at the 2008 International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA).
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Shotgun wedding: a case of wife or death.
All the water in the ocean can never sink a ship unless they get inside.
Likewise all the pressures of life can never hurt you unless you let them in.
Exactly a month ago, we got invited to the Camp Rock Drilon – better known as Mag:Net Gallery.
The Neo Angono Artists Collective will do installations and performances – as prelude to its 5th Public Art Festival on 20-22 November!
- Measures to ensure that children who are 15 years or below who commit offenses are provided intervention programmes.
- Clarification of the legal definition of “15 years of age.”
- Stiff penalties for adults who exploit children for criminal activities.
- Protective measures, including the proper use of curfew ordinances.
In addition, the Philippine Judicial Academy has recommendation to the Supreme Court of the Philippines to further improve our justice system: USE FILIPINO IN COURTS!
Last October 20, during the Seminar-Workshop sa Paggamit ng Filipino sa Hukuman at the Marcelo H. del Pilar College of Law in Bulacan State University, they hoped to create a curriculum that will train judges and others in using our national language during court trials. To ensure its success, mock trials were conducted in Filipino in front of such authoritative resource persons as National Artist Virgilio Almario of the U.P. Diksiyonaryong Filipino fame, Dr. Isagani R.Cruz of Wika ng Kultura at Agham Inc.; Atty. Jose I. de la Rama Jr. of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Bulacan Chapter; Justice Oswaldo D. Agcaoili; Justice Justo P. Torres; Atty. Marlon Manuel; Dean Pacifico A. Agabin, and Judge Cezar C. Peralejo who began this not only patriotic but practical advocacy as early as 1963. The following day, curriculum development in Filipino was conducted by Dr. Galileo Zafra, the director of the U.P. Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, whose English-Filipino Legal Dictionary, Gabay sa Editing sa Wikang Filipino at Glosaring Pang-administrasyon are must-have in every attache case, attorney's or otherwise.
Did you know that a lot of people lost their properties, their jobs, or their lives – simply because they do not or cannot understand the law and the jurisprudence since lawyers and the like use their kind of English in and out of the courtroom?
Oh my gulay!
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When SHE cancels a date, it's because she HAS TO.But when HE cancels a date, it's because he HAS TWO!
Success is relative. The success, the more relatives.