Archive for December, 2009

Tagubilin at Habilin

Sa pagtatapos ng taong 2009, gusto ko dito ibahagi itong tula na sinulat ni Pete Lacaba na binigkas ni Armida Siguion-Reyna. Mabuhay ka, kaibigan! Mabuhay ka! Iyan ang una’t huli kong Tagubilin at habilin: Mabuhay ka! Sa edad kong ito, marami akong maibibigay na payo. Mayaman ako sa payo. Maghugas ka ng kamay bago kumain. […]

December 31, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Arts and Culture  25 Comments

Winners of 2009 Pinoy Expat/OFW blog awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Awards. The awarding ceremonies was held at the Philamlife Auditorium last Dec. 27. The winners are: 1.Isla de Nebz (Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia) http://isladenebz.blogspot.com/2009/07/peba-entry-where-my-ofw-dollars-go.html 2.Pink Tarha Girls (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) http://thepinktarha.blogspot.com/2009/08/ang-tunay-na-katas-ng-saudi.html 3.Wits and Spirits (Bangkok, Thailand) http://josephilsaraspe.blogspot.com/2009/08/going-abroad-is-dream-of-almost-every.html

December 30, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Labor  One Comment

A seafarer’s suggestion to avoid maritime tragedies

Sea tragedies have become become common occurrences during the holiday season when city folks go home to the province to spend Christmas with families and relatives. We never learn our lesson.Every tragedy, we bewail the overloading, the poor vessel maintenance and the questionable capabilities of the crew. But after the stories have ceased to be […]

December 29, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Malaya, Maritime Affairs, Travel  55 Comments

Pacquaio: idolo sa boksing; hindi superhero

Ayun sa reports, kulelat ang pelikula ni Manny Pacquiao na “Wapakman” sa Metro Manila Film Festival. Sana magmumulat yan sa mga mata ni Manny na siya ay ini-idolo sa boksing. Sa boksing lang. Kung gusto ng mga tao manood ng pelikula, gusto nila ang magaling na artista. At hindi si Pacquaio yun. Ayon sa official […]

December 28, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Sports  67 Comments

A Question of Effective Diplomacy: Our Ambassador to China

(Last Dec.14, the Union of Foreign Service Officers wrote Gloria Arroyo and copy-furnished the Commission on Appointments opposing the midnight appointments of Francisco Benedicto as ambassador to China and Antonio Cuenco as ambassador to Italy. The CA rejected Cuenco’s appointment upholding the reason forwarded by the Unifors which is the appointment is a waste of […]

December 28, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  16 Comments

Between legend and truth

by J.B. Baylon Malaya This holiday season has allowed me to do something I like doing a lot – and which costs very little. I refer to my habit of going to a bookstore, and staying there for an hour or two, sometimes even three – while I browse the many books available, taking my […]

December 27, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Governance, History  45 Comments

Pinoy Expat/OFW blog awards

Mamayang gabi, malalaman ang mga nanalo sa pangalawang Pinoy Expat/OFW Blog Awards. Gaganapin ang awarding ceremonies sa Philamlife Theater sa U.N. Avenue, Manila, 6 p.m. Kahanga-hanga itong project na itinataguyod ng grupo nina Kenji Solis na ang pangunahing layuin ay magbigay pugay sa ating mga kababayang sa ibang bansa na siya ngayon ang nagbubuhay ng […]

December 27, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Labor  2 Comments

In the aftermath of Maguindanao massacre, international NGO urges steps toward justice, security, peace

The international outrage generated by last month’s massacre in Maguindanao of 57 men and women, half of them journalists, may offer opportunities to make progress in the areas of justice, security and peace, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group said in its latest update. The Philippines: After the Maguindanao Massacre, the update briefing from the ICG, […]

December 25, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Maguindanao massacre  51 Comments

Maligayang Pasko!

Maligayang Pasko! Sa kabila ng lahat na kalamidad, natural at kagagawan ng tao, marami pa rin tayo dapat ipasasalamat sa Panginoon. Unang-una buhay tayo. Isipin nyo na lang ang mga sawimpalad noong bagyong Ondoy o kung nakasama tayo sa 57 na kasama sa Maguindanao masaker. Ngunit ang pamilya ng 57 ay mabuti pa rin ang […]

December 24, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Arts and Culture  26 Comments

Pagpapatawad kay Gloria Arroyo

Kapag panahon ng Pasko, madalas sabihin magpapatawad at magbati tayo sa ating mga naka-away. Medyo mahirap gawin yan kay Gloria Arroyo at sa kanyang mga kampon kasama na doon ang pamilyang Ampatuan. Paano ka naman magpapatawad kung wala ka namang nakitang pagsisisi? Tinitingnan ko sa TV si Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. noong dinala siya sa […]

December 21, 2009  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Gloria Arroyo and family  52 Comments