12.10.09

too late

i know i can do better
it's really sad to think that right after exams
we always get to ask our classmates what their answers are
and every time they get a consensus, you seem to get left behind
but maybe the brightest surprise is when you realize that you got the right answer
precisely because people become predisposed of believing that what may come to many
is what seemed to be right
well it's not about it for all times
we get through out of simple challenges we think are even less for the greater people
EXAMS are just exams.
but there's too much real in the real world
what demands can we put by our shoulders?
real demands are not there
but potential truth is it's not gonna happen
well maybe it may happen for less
but it's a plethora that has to be capped
i don't know but sometimes i just feel like you know this is life
and so what if it is
this is what i see but what else do i have to get
i even bother if other people would even feel this weird perceptions about living
and now, i just keep on escaping those moments when it seems like the world stopped
just for me to think of it over
you know i just remembered we've finished our physics exams
and i'm looking forward of being able to come up with good articles for my blog
and i just ended thinking that this girl behind me should change the way she dresses up herself
or even think that i should have secured myself with a green shirt for some change
it's not about being materialistic anyway
it's how people live their lives the way the world wants it to be
it's a no surprise for me that there are people who will always get first in the line
those in the upper leverage should be the ones expected to lead the upheaval
now i doubt what i am thinking of
so fine that i've made one of the worst decisions on how am i gonna spend my semestral break as of now
but maybe for some time when it comes, i'd realize it isn't that naive and i wasn't that stupid at all to go with those people
it's about meeting other people and getting to learn out from them
you know that we get to learn out of other's experiences
that's what life is
sometimes, i think that everyone really has the potential to succeed in life
just that wealthy people even get richer because they've spent their whole lives believing that life is about money and the whole purpose of moving is to acquire it
as compared to people in the lower classes who keeps on murmuring how the government fails to give them the security
it's not being rude against anyone
it's talking about what the real problem is and how social mobility is really affected by the people's mindset

20.9.09

ambiguities

nawala ko lang naman pucha talaga ang wallet ko kahapon
ewan ko pero nakapagbayad pa ako sa jeep
pagdating ko sa bahay wala na
buhay nga naman..
bakit ba naman 'dun ko pa nilagay ang mga pinakamamahal kong mga pins
na kinaiingitan ng mga kaibigan at classmates ko
bakit kasi bumalik pa ng Iligan eh wala naman palang pasok eh
sana'y mas maingat na ako ngayon.
nalagay ko pa dun ang mga bank cards ko.
may lamang pera pa ang mga yun..

15.9.09


27.8.09

palakasan '09

what really are the pros and cons of palakasan '09?

PROS

1. it engages people who just love to play the crack of sporty balls in their very dynamic affairs of the institute and prepare them for some outside competitions

2.it gives people who are justly obsessed with joining lit fests an avenue to cater their advances and make a good break for them to be recognized by the college as well(*no,i think i'm just becoming so subjective with people becoming geeks and trying to be TH at all, no or not at any cause)

3.it makes students really invigorate in making some kind of clumsy yells in support of their college to finely get the cup

4.it makes people aware that KASAMA is doing something in their administration

5.it shows that IIT is open to the idea of engagement which caters their good in humanistic thrusts

CONS

1.it disrupts the natural beauty of IIT.We see that during Palakasan, we don't just see cups walking in the hallways but all as well, super lots of commercialized flyers thrown everywhere
which is inherently a sudden exercise that may happen to some greater extents

*well what do i really expect?

2.it creates a cop-out for students to go home.though i also like that idea and a pro to that,the whole essence of why we have palakasan is because we wanted the students to feel what's the bright side of being a student.but the moment we create a trend that palakasan is nothing but a fad because elsewhere,people are going home,time will soonly come that palakasan is a sole event for those playing the sports and joining the lit fests.

3.it magnifies the cronyistic form of governance in the councils.well this isn't really absolute.there are brave colleges who really calls for auditions to try to persuade its constitutents that palakasan is a fair share of merit.but of course and yet again(as how ate regine may say it),there aren't just assumed to meritocrasy and cronyism is a prestige that they elevate disproportionately, which weakens the very incentives of getting the best of players and competitors for the college to win

**by ways,it doesn't really portray to me at all.it's just an unselfish share in two issues of the coin

10.8.09

a philippine economic review

adapted form PINOYWORLD website:The original article had the title "A Philippine Economic Review" written by Charles Avila. This same article was published by Impact but with a new title : "How bad really is the Philippine economy?" Vol. 43, No. 7 (July 2009). Thanks to H B for sharing this via NYPAA]


The Lost Decades

At a U.N. Conference on Financing for Development last December in Doha, Qatar, Member States requested the General Assembly to organize a meeting “at the highest level” - a United Nations summit- which they scheduled for 23-26 June 2009 in London (UK).

The aim was to identify both emergency and long-term responses to mitigate the impact of the crisis – increasingly perceived to be the worst global economic downturn since the Great Depression – especially on vulnerable populations. The hope thereafter was to initiate a needed dialogue on the transformation of the international financial architecture, taking into account the needs and concerns of all countries of the world.

Assessments of the impact on the ongoing economic crisis highlighted the deteriorating social and political fallout in the least developed countries and middle-income countries as well. Prospects for an early recovery have faded, forcing countries to prepare for a prolonged downturn in trade, investment and employment.

The stark reality is that the situation in the world’s developing countries – which contributed least to the crisis and yet are the ones most severely affected – has led some economists to warn of “lost decades for development” which could have catastrophic consequences for rich and poor countries alike. It seems to be bad news all around.

Filipinos still upbeat on the economy ?

Given all this, many UN Summiteers were incredulously surprised, if not shocked, when told that 44 percent of Filipinos nationwide believed that while the economy was still weak, it would soon start to recover. In the most recent 2,000-people survey by global market research firm Synovate forty-three percent of respondents even said that they had earned more in the last six months! And twelve percent of Metro Manila respondents said they were actually spending more on luxury items. In fact, the “Malling” of the country goes on unabated.

This is not to say that the current economic situation has not impacted the lives of everyday Filipinos. All across the Philippines, according to the same survey, people have become more conscious when it comes to spending, with close to two-thirds (or 59 percent) paying more attention to prices of food items before making a purchase. In addition, high-tech gadgets and branded goods topped the list of items that people from Metro Manila avoided, while over a quarter (28 percent) from Mindanao said they were giving up on outside meals with friends, choosing cheaper dining options instead. People are definitely making changes to their spending habits.

Despite the worrying trend, however, the survey interpreted the majority of people to be generally upbeat, with over three quarters (86 percent) agreeing that they will always find a way to afford some items that make them feel good.

But aren’t more people losing their jobs?

How many people do you know who have not lost their jobs? How many do you know who have? Some private survey groups say one thing. The official statisticians of the State say another. Being in some measure part of a globalized economy, let us hear from the ILO, the United Nations’ International Labor Office. The ILO puts out an annual Global Employment Trends report (GET).

The report says global unemployment in 2009 could increase over 2008 by a range of 18 million to 30 million workers, and more than 50 million if the situation continues to deteriorate. Giving a report it called “realistic, not alarmist” the ILO said that last scenario of 50 million unemployed would easily mean some 200 million workers, mostly in developing economies, could be pushed into extreme poverty.

The number of working poor – people who are unable to earn enough to lift themselves and their families above the US$2 per person, per day, poverty line, may rise up to 1.4 billion, or 45 % of all the world’s employed.

“In 2009, the proportion of people in vulnerable employment – either contributing family workers or own-account workers who are less likely to benefit from safety nets that guard against loss of incomes during economic hardship – could rise considerably in the worst case scenario to reach a level of 53 % of the employed population,” the report said realistically, not trying to be alarmist.

Meanwhile in the Philippines, in its latest survey, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported last May that unemployment among Filipinos has risen to a record high of 34.2 percent. This would translate into 14 million Filipinos who had no jobs during the first three months of the year. Of that number, some 2.9 million had lost their jobs within the previous three months. Of these 2.9 million, 13 percent voluntarily left their old jobs, while 12 percent were retrenched—9 percent were laid off and 3 percent had unrenewed previous contracts.

On the other hand, for contrasts, the National Statistics Office (NSO) survey showed that the unemployment rate rose by only 7 percent. Although a state agency, the integrity and independence of the NSO has yet to be seriously impugned.

The SWS survey on unemployment was conducted from February 20 to 23 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults in Metro Manila, with the balance spread in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Margins of error are plus or minus 2.5 percent for national percentages and plus or minus 6 percent for area percentages. The NSO, for its part, had a much bigger number of respondents at 50,000 individuals.

A third think-tank voice, IBON foundation, said that “the real unemployment rate is not 7.7 percent as officially reported but likely to be at least 11.2 percent.” IBON estimates that some 2.5% of the working age population 15 years and over should still be considered part of the labor force, which implies an additional 1.5 million jobless on top of the 2.9 million officially reported– for a total of roughly 4.3 million. The officially-released figures already show an increase of 180,000 jobless Filipinos, which was reported to have reached 2.9 million in the latest labor force survey. Combined with the 6.2 million underemployed, it means that there were at least 10.6 million Filipinos jobless or otherwise looking for more work and pay in early 2009, per IBON interpretation.

As many Filipinos are fond of saying these days, “whaaatever…” Between NSO and IBON, it may be merely a matter of definition. Whom do you include in “unemployed” and “underemployed”? Between NSO and SWS it could be additionally a matter of respondent coverage. Among all of them, there is no question: a good number of Filipinos are looking for jobs, have been out of a job, have given up looking, or are precariously hanging on to a dear job by their very finger prints.

Is work in the First World drying up?

Quite relevant to our job situation is overseas opportunity. A team of writers for the Wall Street Journal recently remarked that full migration numbers for most countries are only available after a long lag, and so don’t yet capture all the effects of today’s economic crisis. But anecdotal reports and data from government ministries and outside organizations already indicate that “the flow of immigrants from poor to wealthier countries is slowing significantly for the first time in decades while more people are returning home.” Any significant number of Filipinos with these returnees – it would be quite relevant to ask. The answer is not yet clear.

Generally, however, it seems to be a fact that the biggest turnaround in migration flows since the Great Depression has now begun. Unemployment is rising in the First World, and backlashes against foreign workers are mounting. Of course, these migratory shifts will have to have profound consequences for First World nations as well, especially in places where domestic populations aren’t growing fast enough to fill jobs or pay for social needs. And in the Third World countries of migrant origin, remittances sent home by workers are also slowing, meaning less income — and potentially, less growth.

The World Bank foresees worker remittances declining by up to 8% this year, after rising to $305 billion in 2008, or more than double the level of 2002. In this area, the Philippine share has always been quite significant and it is still unsettled whether our remittances will also decline, following world trends.

Was it not only recently when economists and policymakers eloquently argued that widespread labor movement is a win-win because it boosts opportunities for people from Third World countries while giving First World employers more options for labor, allowing them to increase efficiency and keep costs low? That, in turn, can keep inflation in check and contribute to higher standards of living. Can these economists keep up the argument when unemployment surges, income gaps widen and home-grown workers increasingly view foreigners as competitors for scarce jobs?

Given all these, is then the Overseas Filipino Worker unique – uniquely skillful and charming? It is an egoist observation based on the fact that last year did not see his deployment decline or his remittances diminish.

According to the BSP Governor: “Robust remittance flows have been shored up by strong overseas demand for Filipino skills, and the greater availability of expanded money transfer services to overseas Filipinos and their beneficiaries.” The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) also said that the number of Filipinos deployed abroad grew by 25.9 percent to 1.005 million last year compared with 798,731 the year before. And last year they sent home $14.4 billion, equivalent to 10 percent of gross domestic product. This year Manila is projecting remittances to exceed $16.4 billion, despite the crisis which could make the figure difficult to achieve.

What about FOREX reserves?

The measure of a country’s ability to service obligations and engage in commercial transactions with the rest of the world is called its Gross International Reserves. The Philippines’ GIR registered a new historic high in May: $39.5 billion - keeping the Philippines sufficiently liquid despite the lingering global economic crunch.

Third World nations like ours have been urged to tap the international credit market to borrow and support their BOP and GIR as the lingering global turmoil is seen creating pressure on their liquidity positions. The BSP, however, said the Philippines need not borrow, noting that the country’s foreign exchange liquidity was still relatively healthy. The GIR in May was estimated to cover at least six months’ worth of imports.

The BSP said the gradual revival of market confidence in the Philippines was helping increase the amount of foreign portfolio investments entering the country. Increasing inflow of investments in securities and equities to the Philippines was partly a reason the peso has strengthened somewhat in May than the previous month. After hovering mostly in the 48 level, the peso moved into the 47-to-a-dollar territory last month.

What about inflation?

Are we in great danger of having more and more money chasing fewer and fewer goods? What the monetary authorities have said is they expect inflation to hit bottom in the third quarter this year and slightly pick up in the following months to hit an average of 3.4 percent by the end of the year, within the government’s 2.5-4.5 percent target in 2009.

Consumer price index rose 3.7 percent in May from a year earlier, a Reuters poll of 12 economists showed, marking the slowest annual rise since November 2007 when inflation was at 3.2 percent. The central bank had forecast May annual inflation to come in between 3.3-4.2 percent from 4.8 percent in April.

Economists said the inflation drop was due to a stronger currency and base effects from rapid increases in commodity prices in the same period in 2008.They logically expect the central bank to deliver its sixth consecutive interest rate cut at its next policy meeting on July 9 to lift economic growth, and probably mark the end of its current rate easing cycle that began in December.

The BSP policy was to bolster the banking system, instituting measures to provide liquidity where needed to support the functioning of the credit markets. Banks were exhorted to continue lending freely and boldly – to show the public that there’s money in our system. It does seem true that the impact of the global financial crisis on the Philippine banking system was muted due to its relatively minimal exposure to the affected financial institutions abroad – a statement that may not have been taken as a compliment a year and a half ago!

What about the real economy?

If the news in the banking system is not all that bad, how bad is it in the real economy? Are monetary policy responses to restore confidence in credit markets ever enough to mitigate the effects of the crisis on the economy? The sum of the value of goods produced and services rendered within an economy in a given period is generally considered the most common measure of an economy and it is called the GDP or Gross Domestic Product. Economists cite the drop in our GDP growth from 7.2 percent to 4.6 percent in 2008.

Moody’s Economy.com, the research unit of credit-rating firm Moody’s Investors Service, said the Philippine economy most likely shrank 1.2 percent in the first three months of the year from the last quarter of 2008. They see the full-year growth at only 2.9 percent – slower than the government’s official economic growth target of between 3.1 and 4.1 percent. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said earlier the economy needed to grow by at least 7 percent over several years in order to reduce poverty incidence.

Weak external conditions such as the steep decline in exports outweighed whatever positive factors the domestic economy had during the first three months. In the first quarter, exports plunged 36.8 percent to $7.92 billion year-on-year. This was due largely to the decline in exports of electronics, the country’s major dollar earner accounting for about half of total export revenues.

Coconut oil exports slid 72.6 percent in April from a year earlier, marking its 10th consecutive month of decline. The Philippines expects exports of coconut oil, which is used in food, cosmetics and biodiesel, to dip to 835,000 tons this year from 847,626 tons in 2008, on soft global demand as well as its increasing use as feedstock by local biodiesel producers. Actual shipments slumped to 31,638 tons last April from 115,632 tons in April 2008.

Besides the drop in exports, the move of some producers to cut output signaled a contraction of the economy on a quarterly basis. Fearful that weak demand will persist, producers rapidly cut back on staffing and investment. If inventory levels have not fallen sharply, further production and investment cutbacks may be forthcoming. The National Statistics Office reported recently that factory output, measured in terms of volume of production, fell at an annual rate of 12.7 percent in March and 20.1 percent in February.

What about our debt burden?

It is almost settled doctrine that the current crisis demands unabashed government spending. But the Philippine government may not have enough flexibility to shore up spending to a level necessary to achieve its economic-growth target for the year, set at between 3.1 and 4.1 percent. Fitch Ratings, the credit ratings agency, has already said the government debt, at nearly P4 trillion, was still high and a drastic increase in public spending could lead to a worrisome fiscal condition.

The latest is that the economy plunged to a decade-low growth of 0.4 percent in the first quarter despite the expansion in bank lending, and notwithstanding the fact that remittance flows have held up reasonably well so far. A steady rise in bank lending should sustain, if not accelerate, the growth of the economy. Through all that, it seems it is the high debt burden, along with possible inflationary pressures, that’s weighing down the fiscal and monetary policies of the government and affecting the country’s growth.

Systemic Collapse

The radical economist, Paul L. Quintos, quite perceptively wrote last year that the current global financial crisis — with the US economy at its epicenter — is merely the latest and so far most severe in a series of financial crises that have erupted since the 1970s..

At the most basic one finds the capitalist system itself to be in fundamental contradiction between social production which enables great strides in productivity on one hand, and the private ownership of the means of production which ensures that only a few profit from production by exploiting the many. The contradiction inevitably leads to crises of overproduction relative to the capacity of people to buy the productive system’s commodities and products. Before long, real production that cannot realize enough profits gives rise to shadow financial products that enables some to make tons of moneys until reality catches up with the shadows, derivatives and other profitable mental figments and thereby manifest real crisis.

Said Quintos: In 1980, the value of the world’s financial stock was roughly equal to world GDP, itself bloated. By 1993, it was double the size, and by the end of 2005, it had risen to 316% — more than three times world GDP. Government and private debt securities accounted for more than half of the overall growth in the global financial assets from 2000-2004 – which indicated the role of leverage or debt in driving this process. In 2004, daily derivatives trading amounted to $5.7 trillion while the daily turnover in the foreign exchange market was $1.9 trillion. Together they added up to $7.6 trillion in daily turnover of just two types of portfolio capital flows, exceeding the annual value of global merchandise exports by $300 billion.

“While the value of financial assets is ultimately grounded in the value created by the working class in the process of production in the real economy and cannot [should not]diverge too far from it, asset bubbles can form for a period of time driven by ‘irrational exuberance’ (in the words of Alan Greenspan). The positive expectations of financial speculators feed on each other, bidding up asset prices in a seemingly endless virtuous cycle. But like all ponzi schemes, reality eventually takes over and all it takes is one negative development, e.g. rising home foreclosures, to reverse expectations and send the entire house of cards crashing down.” And we are told that is what happened. The capitalist system collapsed.

Yes, capitalism became dysfunctional but capitalists now want socialism for themselves and dump capitalism on the poor. In short, said Quintos, monopoly capital is using the present crisis to appropriate more of the people’s (real) wealth, erode and press down on wages and social spending, lay off workers, promote precarious employment, tear up workers rights, clamp down on workers concerted actions and intensify the exploitation of the working class.

And it affected the Philippines as early as last year, said U.P.Professor B. Diokno: “In 2007, 924,000 new jobs were created; in 2008, the number was down to 530,000. This level of job generation is unacceptable for an economy that is expected to generate between 1.0 to 1.5 million new jobs every year.”

According to Diokno, a responsive jobs creation program should address five sets of unemployed and underemployed workers: those who are currently unemployed (2.7 million), those who are underemployed (6.6 million), those entering the labor force (1 to 1.5 million), those who will lose their jobs at home, and finally, Filipino overseas workers who will lose their jobs abroad.

The government, for its part, unveiled a broad spending program called Philippine Economic Resiliency Plan (PERP) worth PhP330 billion. It consists of the following:

  • PhP160 billion in incremental government allocations;
  • PhP100 billion for government corporations, financial institutions and the private sector;
  • PhP40 billion for corporate and individual income tax breaks; and
  • PhP30 billion for temporary additional benefits from the social security institutions – Government Service Insurance System and Social Security System – and Philhealth.

Some say this stimulus package may not be large enough to reverse the anticipated sharp slowdown of the Philippine economy. Others say it may even be grossly overstated. To be sure, unless people-powered participation is organized by change agents of all persuasions, the plan will be short of details and long in sub rosaappropriations and last minute looting leading to worse economic misery and heightened social unrest – or, maybe, at last, to real change.

3.8.09

recently concluded VMDC '09

now who says that life in college is boring?well, if you make experiences out of college it's going to be fun.most especially when you do things you don't usually do or you never really does in your high school years. when i was still high school, i used to join a lot of competitions, from olympiads and quiz bowls to journalism competitions, but not really public speaking at all sort. that was really my weakness. i mean to say, the confidence to speak in front of a lot of people is something that makes me weak. most especially when i feel that people are just so staring at me. i just can't afford those moments like i'm gonna burn if i'm gone to be a public figure at all. but now, it was a mile different.thinking that it was really somewhat a total emulator of some known public speakers at that, why can't i really go speaking at all?
some kind the interesting side in this tournaments is you get to know many people.some are really remarkable, most especially if you tear the flowers in a debate match, or you get to lose your nerves getting left by the bus. for sure, those were things that we could hardly forget, and i think those things make the debate community a place worth living for.like finding great people some even dub to be the Goliaths of the chain. or try to find people with really weird accents but highly analytical.
it was a nice break.i mean to say that almost all of us really wanted to have a break from our studies. the lessons were getting tougher so we need some rest.ideally, that was never a good excuse for the university to shun a little while.maybe , i was still exhausted, yet again, its somewhat far better than just staying in the classrooms. i want to talk and get heard.and i always wanted to see the two sides of the coin.i always wanted to know what's really happening around me just as an average debater should be. well, we should concede that there really are people who find debating as a weird thing to do.some of them even say it's senseless, but i knew well it's not.all legislations in the congress are made out of debates. it's the most appropriate way for us to reach out to two sides.

it was an extra-ordinary day, debating with the best debating schools all through visayas and mindanao, this year's vmdc is really cool and somewhat like an ndc.apparently, i am just new in the debating world. i didn't even know that there's such thing as a debate trend in college and other people are already making a life out of it.that was a kind of a weird premise either way, because there are also confusions in my mind.how can competitions just be competitions plainly and not a political sphere that everyone distastes.

after all, it was a very big fight. IIT made it to the championship. finally, i could say that our debate society is already recognized in the debate community. for hese coming years, i know we're gone to make some history.

21.7.09

heart's strings





19.7.09

hilarity

now i like cats in green( that was a good outfit,i guess!!!)

hu says animals look up to presidents?(not at all...)

it's a crazy and weird contortionist


i knew this hurts.(most especially when a soccer player does)


cute babies.i think these picture really seems cool. i love this

this really seemed interesting in the first glance.

17.7.09

avenues



The Philippine Star Anniversary Feature

What is it about philstar.com that makes you keep coming back?
Updated July 15, 2009 12:00 AM

"there are lots of reasons why i always get enthused with reading philstar magazines.I know, or maybe, i just find it unique in a way.the story lines,and of course, the good repute it gained over years. ever since i've subscribed to philstar, i'm always well-informed of what's happening aorund me. it was a good reminder everytime i open my email that there's a world out there that needs an intrinsic concern.being a journalist at some time back in my high school and elementary years, i know that the ethical concern for a responsible journalism has to be forwarded always - the very reason why i always keep on coming back to philstar "


gabriel billones jr.
reader/subscriber

15.7.09

lessons learned












Sometimes, we meet our our own mistakes by what we do…but oftenly, we’ve got to learn from them because we intend to do it..And that’s what we are after of, ‘coz through lives adventures we learn where we are bounded with premes..THE REASON why WE've GOT THE LIMITS…and through which, we became better people..and to summarize the long chain of life, think of a wheel that will soon meet its end…a wheel to reach its grounds but will soon rise and stand forth..and ask yourself, are you worthy for such kind of life?????

LOVE COMES IN THE MOST WEIRD THEY SEEM

ON LOVE...
How does one get to love a person who keep on hurting him?
How does one get to forget moments when they were together if one is far away and heart is left behind?
How does friendship grow when every moment, it ends?
How does love start when one is committed?
I vow to be far…
far from being judged as a wrecker…
it’s impossible-
we can never be,
she is a mistake.,
but greater it is that i met her…
and soon loved her -
i can be any lover’s bridge..
and yet i cannot tie my own.;
should I stop this misery of mine
or long for better times as long as feelings endure?

(own composition for Oral Comm. programme)

12.7.09

debating as a lifestyle



ICTSAA 7th season debate champions

9.7.09

on setting priorities


it was a sunny Friday morning when I woke up thinking of what am I gonna do today
what a kind is productive for a usual day and doing the routines I'm usually into
i got my cellphone; and my older sister told me of that new baby boy in our family
that was pretty cool - it's really quite hard studying in some miles away
i'm missing them..
thinking of new things to console myself-I groomed up for some lab classes in Physics
and i found out we're not gonna be having some classes today
(Thanks to Kenn for giving me some thoughts on those possibilities)
i have attended a scientific forum in lha and learned many things
from the evolution of neo-neanderthals to the present second metabolites of Weledia
i mean they are so cool and i can't help myself but to long for those times
like i'm gone to be like 'em
but i wasn't supposed to be heading so fast
now i was a sort cramming for exams
i did'nt expect time just got to be that weird so fast
like i could just freshly remember the line-ups for enrollment
and now we're on the prelim days
i was also thinking of how the VMDC might have come that fast
that i could have not prepared much for it
*it's the visayas-mindanao debate competition
u know i was one of those in the rack talking for 7 minutes in the rostrum
just to claim the nod of one
i don't know - but i really love debating
it was a big misconception for people to think that debates haven't gone that far
indeed, every legislation that we take in the halls of the congress has taken much debates before they are roughly implemented
well, debate has been a part of my ideal life in college
**just as i can't live without blogging
now for two years in college
i just can't prove to myself that i could stand alone
oh! i've just remembered how grateful i am to have really good teachers
i mean in our institution, one thing that i will never forget is the bitchy-shadows of really good teachers --
that was a bit cool
but for sure you'll also find a hard time dealing with some people in the student affairs

something else for this day?

gabriel billones jr
gabrielrocks.blogspot.com

8.7.09

epiphanies:life is a bit sporty

*shickeys
the realization of how we must have put our efforts in whatever forefront we take, is something i just got this day..
i just can't find a reason why we need to learn ways in the worst ways they come. or maybe i was just acting that 'underdog' type trying to be the martyr in the chain..
well, this blog is got to be somewhat happy..
i must have shared something good this day
this day i was a kind stressed with the badminton thing. I think i'm gonna break some nerves for a 1-hour non-stop exhibition type badminton with all the critics of the whore
hey, there are no whores!!
ugm, well i must be getting so so into it
that's if i'm not gonna be losing my nerves for real
i just don't know how those people (i was actually referring to the asuncions)
**and maybe Paolo na rin,thanks for those vid tutorials
--tend to be so good at it
i must have missed some sports(y) type activities back in my childhood years
i mean they were the real bitch in the courts
but not in the rostrum (hmmm)
but one thing for sure,
i'm gonna be having some 'fixing' exercise for my body parts to function well the second time
before i'm gonna lose them next week(i just hope it'll be somewhat lighter!!)
--gab

4.7.09

amidst breaking borderlines

hahai..
have u ever experienced writing a very inspirational blog
something that was just so natural
and something that was just so long (and this is what i hate!)
after a long day of a very stressful debate
not until finding out you haven't saved it naman
and you can't help yourself
--just can't afford doing it all over again...

**lessons to learn from me

-gab

30.6.09

Filipino Celebrity Bloggers

Do you know any Filipino celebrity bloggers?


Anton of Awesome Planet does. Here is a list of his top ten Filipino celebrity bloggers.
  1. The Diary of a Supergirl Wannabe by SuperBianca also known as Bianca Gonzales (of Pinoy Big Brother fame)
  2. Lemon.Chamomile by Kooki also known as KC Concepcion (no one else but Sharon Cuneta’s lovely daughter).
  3. DaphneOP by Daphne Osmena.
  4. indie · boys · are · neurotic by sugarcandypop also known as Mitch Dulce (Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity)
  5. Ala-ism by VJ Ala (Jim Paredes’ daughter). Incidentally dad Jim has his own blog Writing on Air.
  6. Oohhh LaLa!!! Come waste your time with me!! with Patty Laurel
  7. Lea’s Multiply Site by Lea Salonga
  8. SnowWhite 2006 Flickr Photos also known as Pia Magalona, wife of Francis M who also blogs A Free Mind
  9. Anna Bayle, Website of the First Asian Model
  10. Charmant Papillon by Natalie-Wood also known as Ciara Sotto
Even the most popular people also find time blogging in their free time.

27.6.09

foreclosures; the double standard

what i highly regard with the political immaturity of the very politicians that we have is the inevitability that even the penniless community were torn apart from ideologies of unequal responses and unserved social just.
that was really a weird one since if they wanted to really shift from unitary system, how does it really differ after all?
and since the very people who were fighting for constitutional revisions are the very people who i say are the real culprits of the grave existence of corruption.
well my question is simple, that if we go charter change, will it really address the political dilemmas that we have in status quo;
i don't know--what does a simple chemik really know in the political sphere?
but i think, the pact actually falls on how we really deal with these kinds of problems?
is a political shift enough to make us win the battle of corruption and counter the problems on mass poverty?
'coz i really believe that the problems on corruption were really never constitution-based
what we need are tangible legislative laws which exercises greater political will and bar these kinds of problems
but of course that there were wrongs in the 1987 constitution, say for example the restrictives in the economic provisions which highly bars potential foreign investors..
i just think that a political shift was too much for these revisions
and the legislators that we have never even have much contentions of telling the mass public if the kind of unitary system of governance really is to blame with these kinds of problems that we have ;
justly so then, what's the happening is that the issue on impeachment of GMA was even covered up by the media outfits and politicians NOW focusing on different debates on which mode of charter change is better
so ideally that the politicians in the government is yet still politically immature, it was never a high time for us to have a system shift since the Philippines was never prepared for these reforms to happen and most especially that they ride on the precedence of the coming 2010 elections

9.6.09

sentimentalist over predominant urges

these recent days, i badly feel that there are things which are only meant for people who are big in the food chain ( well, that's how Miriam soundly says it so )..
the ghettoes never had the chance to be there
actually, when we take a glimpse of what the sides really look like..
it seems that the world may seem unfair for some matters
but primordially, even the very stances of being saved from reprisals
are small things that we should have been thankful about
i don't know ...
maybe because i feel that those who wanted those sheaky echos were never wanted by those who are in the place to begin with
or maybe because i was becoming too much preemptive of reasons ( hmmmm... )
by the fact that things will come by some time
not by how we wanted to take them at an instant
(lol)...
but suddenly then, since there are great avenues of repercussions and grave
possibilities that whore,
by trends i'm gonna do a better core
or somehow lift the ideals of inferiority and become ( again )
badly a prod never puts me into shame
haha..so the line never gets to be withdrawn just by some ill-purposes
let them boggle down in a shimmer of cases
and let the sphere be worth reckoning
shickeys**

19.5.09

important precautions...

some important facts about the spreading flu...

What is Influenza A(H1N1)?

Swine Influenza, or "swine flu", is a highly contagious acute respiratorydisease of pigs, caused by one of several swine influenza A viruses. The virusis spread among pigs by aerosols, direct and indirect contact, and asymptomaticcarrier pigs. Outbreaks in pigs occur year round, with an increased incidence inthe fall and winter in temperate zones. Many countries routinely vaccinate swinepopulations against swine influenza.

How do people become infected?

People usually get swine influenza from infected pigs, however, some human caseslack contact history with pigs or environments where pigs have been located.Human- to- human transmission has occured in some instances but was limited toclose contacts and closed groups of people.

Is it safe to eat pork and pork products?

Yes. Influenza A(H1N1) has not been shown to be transmissible to people througheating properly handled and prepared pork (pig meat) or other products derivedfrom pigs. The Influenza A(H1N1) virus is killed by cooking temperatures of 160degrees fahrenheit/70 degrees celsius corresponding to the general guidance forthe preparation of pork and other meat.

Signs and Symptoms of Influenza A(H1N1) in Humans

* Fever
* Lack of appetite
* Coughing
* Runny Nose
* Sore throat
* Nausea/ Vomiting
* Diarrhea

How can I protect myself from getting Influenza A(H1N1) from infected people?

1. Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and who have fever andcough.
2. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly.
3. Practice good health habits including adequate sleep, eating nutritiousfoods, and keeping physically active.

If there is an ill person at home:

1. Try to provide the ill person a separate section in the house.
2. Keep the patient at least 2 meters in distance from others.
3. Cover mouth and nose when caring for the ill person.
4. Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly after each contact with theill person.
5. Keep the environment clean with readily available household cleaning agents.

What should I do if I think I have Influenza A(H1N1)?

If you feel unwell, have high fever, cough and/or sore throat:

1. Stay at home and keep away from work, school or crowds as much as possible.
2. Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when coughing and sneezingand dispose of the used tissues properly.
3. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly, especiallyafter coughing or sneezing.
4. Contact your doctor or healthcare provider before travelling to see them andreport your symptoms. Explain why you think you have swine influenza. Explainwhy you think you have swine influenza ( for example, if you have recentlytravelled to a country where there is a swine influenza outbreak in humans).

Follow the advice given to you for care.

--courtesy of PNYC
flu..

23.3.09

sentiments towards expectations

i find it really really weird.

in a world where not all people would understand you.Sometimes, the whole reason why we live is because we have friends.But the moment you feel alone, the only one you could really rely on is yourself.

Once I've thought I'm strong enough. With all the challenges I've passed, everything will never be put into mess again.But it was totally wrong. I mean, life is really an unending circle.

Even if we try to be the greater bamboos in the cycle trying to be strong by swaying in the flow, nothing really grants us the whole satisfaction.

I've found that no one will really understand who you are, but only yourself.

Sometimes, I feel like some people really love to mess the solemnity in one's living.Like one would really be a 'bitch' happy to take the preemption of deterrents he felt would boggle down the other's strength. And I don't know what's so worth happy about that thing.

Maybe, even if we try to certain things like we appeal someone would change, the greater response boils in their pact and nothing would just simply change that.

Well, this is a simple testimony then that people really are diverse. One may not understand another person on some ways. But it doesn't mean they can never be parallel at something.

people could just simply say I had lots of friends. And i think I could not count them.

I TELL YOU. The real friends can be counted. You cannot just simply say that he is your friend because he knows you or just because you are friends in Friendster. The real depth counts to those who will really be there in times of hardship.

So life is not just about who's coming in and who's gonna be left behind. It's also knowing who are the real people in the food chain.

TAKE THE ADVICE FROM ME.

(edited**)

6.3.09

hi-skul callbacks


Dear diary,


I scrawled this letter to indite some points in life where we find ourselves dumfounded of the truth that lies against time. And maybe, I’m just one of those innocent victims of purpose-seeking sentence convicted in this rolling tire of vitality.


I tried to spare the time from moving and pressed “STOP”. I tied myself to the rope of falling yet helpless, I pushed RESUME. And if there is a minute left in you’re one hour travelling, you’ll never continue reading this because you think it’s senseless.


I summoned up the day in just a venture, halted and definitely asked myself but rushingly conformed- ENTER THE HIGH SCHOOL LIFE…


Talking about high school life- IT’S FAR BEYOND MY EXPECTATIONS. I can never utter a word articulating these moments, but 27 souls in their very identities emerged sharing their life above their tongue prints. Let’s start with the lads.


Jesus plays the guitar, Philip carries the world in his broaden shoulders, Leandro talks on genitalia, Roberto repairs leaked pipes, Jon Lois thinks about his girlfriend, Bene contemplates dance steps, James prepares his M-16 mouth, Archemedes draws his N95, and Israel enjoying his sumo moments.


Now how about the gals. Cziarry is texting, Crisan on Wiglet counting, Karen is slow moving, Bebang is again shouting, Rhea in her drinking spree, Cielo is a nurse to be, Deanne rich and daunty lee, Cole is penny’s fantasy, Ceasber is the iron man, Mannah is a cartoon fan, Jennifer in x grooves, Pepay the goddess of yellow submarine, Ek-ek in her sassy moves, Katreena is the paluga, Stiff kay mag-sayo jud na, Janeen is forever lonely, and Arianne likes her head band.


But sooner or later it’s sad to say we’re farther, but then our hearts are nearer, ‘coz we’re going for better.


We always say it’s not yet over, but time doesn’t wait for us to move on. We must think ahead of it so for us to set the real juncture.


Immense drives, we push on living our own itinerary. We keep on imploding shattered prominences because we conceive we are in wrong track. We came to serve as bigots shrouding the verisimilitude. But as time goes on, we laggardly manifest the truth among us- the truth we once concealed, the truth we live abound, the truth that truly is worth reckoning.


Now tell me the truth, that the person not stated above is the true HANDSOME. Yeah, ayaw’g palag.( Gabriel Billones Jr.)


---ONE OF MY BLOGS in our hayskul CYBERSPOT..

28.2.09

on 5 year college program...


LITTLE VOICES!
I feel like the youth sector has a very important role to take part in every decision the government takes.Like the kind of actions taken by the BESRA, by where there will be an extension of 1 year for nursing and education courses.Well, the agonies and setbacks should also be put of main importance.
Taking into account the kinds of existence of these reforms, what we really need is a deeper reason than just competency thrustson why should we have this be implemented.

no to random drug testing! - call of the students


"Drug testing in schools is open to abuse and discriminate against delinquents, emotionally-troubled children, fraternity members, activists, gangsters and other students the school may want to get rid of" .



Many questioned the effectiveness of drug testing to curb drug use among the youth saying that the United States which started conducting drug tests in schools in 1998 had no conclusive evidence to show that the measure was successful in discouraging drug abuse.



The government would only waste precious taxpayers' money by implementing a program whose scientific validity is being questioned in other countries. "Already scarce funds for education must be used wisely to buy basic school needs like textbooks, classrooms and facilities and not for an expensive and ineffective drug testing program," Drug testing in schools can be abused by corrupt bureaucrats looking to signing juicy contracts with private laboratories and companies. The student leader instead urged education officials to focus their time and energy on instituting a program that will include drug education in the curriculum of schools.



Students are very eager to join the battle against illegal drug trade and use in the country since it also victimizes their fellow youth "but they are rejecting the regulatory measures proposed by the government which seek to punish the victims instead of running after drug pushers outside the school and preventing drug use in the first place.



----excerpts from an article against random drug testing ( c/o NUSP )

13.2.09

hip and the hops






FRIENDS...

SORORITIES...

ORGANIZATIONS...

an inconvenient truth


Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced.

An Inconvenient Truth focuses on Al Gore and his travels in support of his efforts to educate the public about the severity of the climate crisis. Gore says, "I've been trying to tell this story for a long time and I feel as if I've failed to get the message across."

f that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom -- think again. From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the course of his life to focus on a last-ditch, all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In this eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his "traveling global warming show," Gore also proves himself to be one of the most misunderstood characters in modern American public life. Here he is seen as never before in the media - funny, engaging, open and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our "planetary emergency" out to ordinary citizens before it's too late.

With 2005, the worst storm season ever experienced in America just behind us, it seems we may be reaching a tipping point - and Gore pulls no punches in explaining the dire situation. Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore's personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective, to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most important cause of his life - convinced that there is still time to make a difference.

With wit, smarts and hope, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH ultimately brings home Gore's persuasive argument that we can no longer afford to view global warming as a political issue - rather, it is the biggest moral challenges facing our global civilization.

--From an article in the cyberspace. You know I really like manifestations done by people on how they actually care for the environment. It's really something that needs global actions.

29.1.09

ceasefire - a call for peace in mindanao


“Youth are the first victims of war; the first fruit of peace. It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him.” – Bandain I

We understand the word peace better when we are younger. Peace is when everyone feels safe and free. It means families staying together and children being able to dream. Peace is when these dreams are possible.

Would a simple look through the eyes of a child make any difference today when the world is in turmoil?

We browse deadly conflicts daily. Violence, hatred and intolerance of differences are unfortunate parts of life in too many communities.

A highlight to this major catastrophe happens in the islands of Mindanao. It unusually makes the headlines except when some Western tourists are kidnapped. Mindanao has been the scene of an ongoing struggle that has now lasted for more than 35 years. The war has claimed 120,000 lives; many of them civilians, several are children, the youth. More than a million have been made homeless and destitute. Refugees continually move to different parts of the country in search of security. The victims as usual are innocent children and its local people.

It seems that peace in Mindanao remains to be elusive. Many children have known only war in the area. Their minds are corrupted on harsh realities that they happen to witness. They are very much aware of the transformation of peace into an impersonal jargon that makes it seem unattainable.

Peace made its way into the speeches of world leaders but not into the government policies. Lack of sincerity to pursue peace has diminished it as a sweeping idea. In this matter, we have done a lot of talking. But let us not pretend that when the ink dies on the final peace deal, the problems will be over.

Peace is a laborious process. Ordinary citizens, students and other elements of civil society has a concrete role to play. Still, we the youth should dedicate our very youth to peace, because it is simply work that needs to be done. If not us, who then?

The young people have the power to change the world. When youth speaks, the future listens. They are causes for hope and optimism.

We’ve had enough of bloody wars. It is time to stay the swords and give peace another chance. Bombs and guns can never be a solution to this deep divide. We should bring to the fore the painful impact of war to the population. Let us not allow war to sow carnage and chaos.

Let us create a new generation of empowered youth from all faiths and ethnic groups especially in the Southern Philippines to desire a real sustainable peace.

Seeing through the eyes of a child might not be enough. It may not make any sense at all. But seeing peace through those eyes makes all the difference.

“If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children, and if they grow up in their natural innocence, we won’t have to struggle.”-Mahatma Ghandi

Gabriel Billones Jr. here, clamor for reforms.

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