A calling for change

5 08 2009
Due to recent events, I started contemplating if what is the purpose of my life? I have a good whole day and I wanted to answer this and that etc… but as I look deep in my heart and it lead to an empty answer. I felt the depression that at this point I should be happy doing the things I have accomplished. I took units for Masters in Productivity and Quality and will just finish my thesis part. I finally own the house I am living in. I am still in a job that supports my financial needs. I am partner in a business venture. I asked why I am unhappy. Is it because I have enemies and hold bitterness to them? My heart says “no” but my conscience says “partly”. I ask if this is not the full reason what is it? I looked at some of my posts and I was amazed of the people who were dead recently but never failed to haunt us to change our ways.
March 2009 I first experienced the loss famous personality icon, FrancisM. He is a Buskonian but more importantly a music legend. He used music to tell us that we should be proud as Filipinos but on the other hand we should do something to change our present conditions. Here are two songs of FranscisM:
Mga kababayan ko
Kaleidoscope world
This June 2009, the world was shocked because the late Michael Jackson died. I was so shocked that I never believed it because I just got the news from TMZ. But when other web site confirmed it I felt sad. Amidst the controversies he went through in his life, I can say he is sincere in wanting to have a better place, a better world. I have two particular songs that touched my heart of dreaming a better world. He wrote “Heal the world” and co-wrote “We are the world” with Stevie Wonder. In his own little way, he bring us his message of hope and a call for action in making a better place for everyone. Here are the videos:
We are the world
Heal the world
August 2009, the world witnessed the loss of a world icon, President Corazon Aquino. She is the first woman Asian president and the woman who symbolized the restoration of the Philippine democracy. She is the 1986 Woman of the Year for Time Magazine. Her death awakened the sleeping ideals of what democracy really meant. The same democracy we enjoy now Filipinos. During her final funeral rites, Ms Lea Salonga, my favorite Filipino artist btw, sang Bayan ko, a song that symbolizes Philippine uprisings’ fight against the destroyers of freedom.
Bayan ko by Lea Salonga:
All of these personalities have one thing common, a better world… a better Philippines. In this present condition where we don’t see lot of hope, they send us the haunting message of true change and genuine concern for others. My calling I think is to step up in the challenge and be a change agent. I am feed up of the same images of the Philippines – poor, depressed, unfortunate, hopeless. I will pledge to remove these images and hopefully the people would feel the real fruits of freedom. I am now inspired of the spirit of EDSA. I don’t know yet what to do but I know I have to contribute something. While I plan the things I will do, I will offer you the two prominent songs of EDSA 1. Both were performed in the final funeral rites for the late President Corazon Aquino:
Magkaisa by Sarah Geronimo
Handog ng Pilipino

Due to recent events, I started contemplating if what is the purpose of my life? I have a good whole day and I wanted to answer this and that etc… but as I look deep in my heart and it lead to an empty answer. I felt the depression that at this point I should be happy doing the things I have accomplished. I took units for Masters in Productivity and Quality and will just finish my thesis part. I finally own the house I am living in. I am still in a job that supports my financial needs. I am partner in a business venture. I asked why I am unhappy. Is it because I have enemies and hold bitterness to them? My heart says “no” but my conscience says “partly”. I ask if this is not the full reason what is it? I looked at some of my posts and I was amazed of the people who were dead recently but never failed to haunt us to change our ways.

March 2009 I first experienced the loss famous personality icon, FrancisM. He is a Buskonian but more importantly a music legend. He used music to tell us that we should be proud as Filipinos but on the other hand we should do something to change our present conditions. Here are two songs of FranscisM:

Mga kababayan ko

Kaleidoscope world

This June 2009, the world was shocked because the late Michael Jackson died. I was so shocked that I never believed it because I just got the news from TMZ. But when other web site confirmed it I felt sad. Amidst the controversies he went through in his life, I can say he is sincere in wanting to have a better place, a better world. I have two particular songs that touched my heart of dreaming a better world. He wrote “Heal the world” and co-wrote “We are the world” with Stevie Wonder. In his own little way, he bring us his message of hope and a call for action in making a better place for everyone. Here are the videos:

We are the world

Heal the world

August 2009, the world witnessed the loss of a world icon, President Corazon Aquino. She is the first woman Asian president and the woman who symbolized the restoration of the Philippine democracy. She is the 1986 Woman of the Year for Time Magazine. Her death awakened the sleeping ideals of what democracy really meant. The same democracy we enjoy now Filipinos. During her final funeral rites, Ms Lea Salonga, my favorite Filipino artist btw, sang Bayan ko, a song that symbolizes Philippine uprisings’ fight against the destroyers of freedom.

Bayan ko by Lea Salonga

All of these personalities have one thing common, a better world… a better Philippines. In this present condition where we don’t see lot of hope, they send us the haunting message of true change and genuine concern for others. My calling I think is to step up in the challenge and be a change agent. I am feed up of the same images of the Philippines – poor, depressed, unfortunate, hopeless. I will pledge to remove these images and hopefully the people would feel the real fruits of freedom. I am now inspired of the spirit of EDSA. I don’t know yet what to do but I know I have to contribute something. While I plan the things I will do, I will offer you the two prominent songs of EDSA 1. Both were performed in the final funeral rites for the late President Corazon Aquino:

Magkaisa by Sarah Geronimo

Handog ng Pilipino

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My tribute to a dear president, President Cory Aquino (1933-2009)

4 08 2009

I am writing this post because I am deeply saddened by the loss of President Corazon Aquino. I felt I lost again my grandmother whom in her simply way was very affectionate to me during my younger years. My grandmother is an Ilongga from Barotak Nuevo, Iloilo City. She bear 9 siblings but due to the effects of WWII she had to give away 7 of them. She kept her oldest and youngest son. Because of too much sibling rivalry the youngest ran away and was found by my grandmother. All her life she wanted to see all of her 9 children. Before she died she was able to see all of her 8 children except for the youngest one.

Roughly almost 2 years ago, my tita married a guy from work and he happened to see the picture of her youngest brother who ran away. He said that this person looks familiar. My tita said that it is the picture of her long lost brother. They went to the place and made an arrangement to see him. To her surprise he is indeed my long lost tito. These stories only happen in movies but I was really shocked that for 25 years of them all being apart. I can say truly say he is back at home.

I was saddened because my grandmother is a big Cory fan and like Cory she also sacrificed a lot to make her family whole again. I don’t have personal encounters with the former president Cory but her example of always trusting the God is carved in my faith as a Christian. I knew Cory will be taken to us Filipinos but I always pray that is she will be taken to us I wished is will be either the first Friday or first Saturday of August. I am a firm believer of the Twin Hearts of Jesus an Mary. At times that I know that have no friend to share my frustrations, The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary always fills me up with so much inspiration some people aren’t able to understand.

On August 1, 2009, I have to work at 3am. Without hesitation I wore my yellow Novo T-shirt amidst the rainy dawn. Later I found out around 10am that President Cory died at 3:18am. I am suddenly was stunned because I checked the time and the date. It is the first Saturday and the time of her death is the time where Jesus rose from dead. I got mixed emotions. I was happy because Jesus and Mary will happily receive Cory. A promise is made by Mama Mary herself that on the first Saturdays of each month, the gates of hell are closed and that nobody will go to hell on those those days. However, the gates of purgatory are open so that many souls will be able to reach heaven. It is a result of the merciful Love of Her Son, Jesus Christ. It is the reward of these people who venerate Her Immaculate Heart. These are taken from the “Revue due Coeur Immacule Reine de la Paix” Vol. 1 No. 4. I have no doubt Cory that is really in heaven now or al least in Purgatory. This re-affirmed my faith in the beliefs I once forgot.  Thank You Cory for bring me back to my Christian roots, my faith to Jesus and Mary.

I deeply respect her sacrifices for us Filipinos. Without her I don’t think I will be able to write in this blog. She symbolizes the restoration of democracy in my country and for that I am forever in debt for this gift. Please pray for all of us that true peace and harmony can be felt and seen already in the Philippines.

Her death also symbolized the death of wrong practices of People Power. I will say this in Tagalog so that all Filipino people will understand what I am going to say.

Tigilan na po natin walang kapararakang rally sa kalsada. Sawang sawa na po ako na tuwing may SONA lahat kayo nasa Commonwelth Avenue. Mag-rarally po kayo tunkol sa mga maling pamamalakad ng nakaupong pangulo tapos aalis at iiwan ang mga kalat kasama pa ang mga bulok ninyong prensipyo na nakasulat sa mga dingding. Naninira pa kayo ng mga poste at daan na sana maghahatid sa bahay ko para makapahinga ako galling sa trabaho eh nakasara at kailangan kong lakarin ang kahabahan ng Commonwealth Avenue. Hindi po masama ang ipaglaban ang tama at iwaksi ang mali, gawin lang po sana ng may konsideration sa ibang mga tao na kapwa nag babayad din ng tamang buwis at imbis piliing sumigaw sa lansangan ay pumiling magtrabaho para itaguyod ang pamilya nila. Sa totoo lang mula pa kay Erap hanggang kay PGMA pareparehong mga mukha ang nakikita ko sa mga lansanngan ng Commonwealth Avenue. Ewan ko ba kung bakit kayong mga party list na Anak Pawis, Bayan Muna, Gabriela etc. reklamo ng reklamo. Kayo minsan ang kinukwestion ko kung paano nyo magawang maglustay ng pera at panahon para tutulan ang mga programa mga kasalukuyang administrasyon mapa Erap man o PGMA.

Sa Adminitrasyan at sa mga susunod pang nagnanais na maging pangulo ng Pilipinas, pwede bang gawin nyo ngang tapat at mahusay na pamamuno ninyo sa bansa. Kahit anong uri ng gobyerno meron tayo kung bawat isa eh hindi kumikilos wala rin kwenta. Binoto nyo yan eh so dapat suportahan ninyo.

Tatapusin ko na itong litanya ko kasi hindi naman ako pulitikong tao. Sana ang paglisan ni Tita Cory ay magsilbing panghabang buhay na palatandaan na dapat higit pa man sa lahat, tayo ay Pilipino. Ayusin na natin ang bayan natin dahil sa pananaw ko dakila ang ating bansa. Maging sa ibang bansa kayo o dito mismo sa Pilipinas, ang lahing Pilipino ay tunay na diamante ng mundo. Nakakahiya na mismo sa ating bansa walang kaayusan ngayong tinatamasa nating mga bunga ng demokrasya.

Salamat po Tita Cory sa handog nyong demokrasya sa aming henerasyon. Pasenya na po hindi ako makakadalaw sa mga labi nyo pero katawan lang po yan ang importante ay dapat manatili ang diwa na ibinahagi nyo sa aming mga Pilipino. Pinapangako ko po na sa tagal na hindi po ako nag paparehistro para bumoto, para sa inyo boboto na po ako sa 2010. Gabayan nyo po sana kaming lahat na maihalal ang karapat-dapat na mga mamumuno ng bansa. May kanta pala si Jose Mari Chan na galing mismo sa mga salita ni Ninoy Aquino. This was his poem telling you how much he appreciated your love to him. When I heard it, I felt the love of Ninoy for Cory.

Sa paglisan mo Tita Cory, buong Pilipinas ay nadarama ang pagmamahal na inialay ni Ninoy sa iyo. Inaalay ko po sa inyo ang kantang ito. Muli Tita Cory, maraming salamat po ulit at paalam. Sisikapin ko pong maging huwarang Pilipino tulad ninyo.

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