Pakikipaglaban sa Kahirapan


 

Dahil sa mga batikos ng media noong kabataan ko, akala ko, si FM na ang pinakamasamang pangulo kaya naisulat ko ang tulang ito. Na-brainwash lang pala ako. Hindi pala siya ang tunay na KAHIRAPAN kungdi ang kasalukuyang namamahala sa pinakamataas na pwesto ng ating bayan, si Pnoy!

Pakikipaglaban Sa Kahirapan



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Ang Manlalakbay



Nang isinulat ko ang tulang ito mahigit tatlumpung taon na ang nakaraan, ang nasa isipan ko ay ang pananaw natin sa buhay. Ang unang bahagi ang pagiging pesimistiko o ang pag-i-entertain sa mga negatibong aspeto ng buhay at ang pangalawa nama’y, siyempre, ang pagiging optimistiko o ang kabaligtaran sa nauuna.
Ang pagiging manlalakbay naman ay ang kalagayan natin dito sa mundo.



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Ang Pamana


“Ang bayan ng isang tao ay hindi isang tiyak na lugar ng lupa, ng mga bundok, ilog, at gubat, ngunit ito ay isang alituntunin; at pagkamakabayan ay katapatan sa alituntuning iyon.” ~ George William Curtis
“Gusto kong makita ang isang tao na nagmamalaki sa lugar kung saan siya nakatira. Gusto kong makita ang isang tao na ipinagmamalaki ng lugar na kanyang tinitirhan.” ~ Abraham Lincoln



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Ang Kabilang Buhay


Ayon sa aming Religion teacher sa elementarya na si Mrs. Apolonia dela Cerna, may dalawang uri ng paghatol, ang particular judgment (para sa bawat indibiduwal) at ang general o final judgment. Nung isinulat ko ang tulang ito mahigit tatlumpung taon nang nagdaan, ang nasa isipan ko ay ang final judgment.
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Sa Revelation 20:15, mababasa ang susunod:
12 At nakita ko ang mga patay, malalaki at maliliit, na nakatayo sa harap ng trono, at mga aklat ay nangabuksan. Ang isa pang aklat ay binuksan, na siyang aklat ng buhay. Ang mga patay ay hinatulan ayon sa kung ano ang kanilang ginawa gaya ng nakaulat sa mga aklat. 13 Ibinigay ng dagat ang mga patay na nasa loob nito, at kamatayan at ng hades ang mga taong patay na nasa kanila, at ang bawat tao ay hinuhusgahan ayon sa kung ano ang kanilang ginawa. 14 At ang kamatayan at ang Hades ay ibinulid sa dagatdagatang apoy. Ang lawa ng apoy ay ang pangalawang kamatayan. 15 Sinuman na ang pangalan ay hindi nasumpungang nakasulat sa aklat ng buhay, ay ibinulid sa dagatdagatang apoy.
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Maliwanag na ito ang panahon ng paghatol hindi lamang sa mga patay kundi pati na sa mga buhay.
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Ngayon ang tanong: may kinalaman kaya ang Revelation 20:12 sa katapusan ng Mayan long count calendar na magaganap sa Dececemder 21, 2012, winter solstice ng taong yun? Bakit parehong may numerong 2012? Ito ba’y isang coincidence lamang? May katotohanan kaya ito?



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Philippines: Politics of Popularity


Philippines: Politics of Popularity

Philippines: Politics of Popularity

Do you think Sen. Noynoy Aquino will win in his bid for presidency if his parents, Sen. Ninoy Aquino and Tita Cory who are now both deceased, are not popular? He will not! Politics in our country today tend to favor popularity rather than performance. It is evident in what the Liberal Party did. They fielded the more popular Noynoy for the presidency instead of Mar Roxas who is a far better senator in terms of performance. Of course, legislation is different from management; running the country as the chief executive is different from legislating laws but both require high level of performance.

In my high school days, the saying ‘I don’t care whether you like me or not as long as I’m popular’ was found in most of the slum books my classmates have. Today that adage is applied to Philippine politics. Look how Erap rated in the election polls. He scored second to Noynoy because he is popular. But is he not a convicted plunderer? A gambler? A womanizer? A good leader must be a good example to his followers. It is sad to think why this happened, but it is true; it is reality. Most of our countrymen prefer popular figures than less-known ones, they be criminals or poor performers.

How many of those who rated in the political polls are popular movie actors/actresses? Name a position and they are there: president, senator, congressman, governor down to the lowest local ones. I am not saying all of them are not capable of performing their real-life roles. As Richard Gordon observed- Lito Lapid is a better senator than Noynoy. The only thing why they have the courage to run for the position is because they are popular.

It is the same with those who ran because their fathers are popular senators/congressman. They have courage to run because of their forebears’ popularity even though they themselves have not even inscribed their names in the minds of the Filipino people. Funny, isn’t it?

Here are some examples of how popularity is being utilized:

**a mother ran for congress in a district which is/was held by her son. She won.
**a mayor/father ran as vice-mayor of his incumbent vice-mayor daughter who, in turn, ran for mayor (it the father’s last term as mayor). Both won. The daughter defeating no other than the Speaker of the House.
**a mayoralty candidate ran as governor after the gubernatorial candidate husband died during campaign period. Unluckily, she lost.
**an actor who ran as congressman who was later disqualified due to lack of residency urged his wife to run in place of him and she won.

We may seem to deviate from what we are talking about: popularity. Why? I am only trying, as much as I can, to illustrate what drove these men/women, who use popularity as one of their undeclared flatforms.

So, what these men/women are after for? First we must find the definition of politics, especially partisan one because that is what we are in. As defined in the dictionary: Partisan politics– Intrigue or maneuvering within a political unit or group in order to gain control or power. (Partisan politics is often an obstruction to good government) If the definition is right, it is POWER! That is what these men/women are going after while setting aside delicadeza.

The 70’s adage ‘I don’t care whether you like me or not as long as I’m popular’ is thriving in their minds. I only wish that, in our next political exercise, this will be lessened- and this only happen if our countrymen will become much more enlightened. Popularity of a candidate is not the gauge why he/she should be voted for. It is only PERFORMANCE and not the other way around!



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Global Warming


Global Warming

It can not be denied that the world in which we live has undergone drastic changes, and the most significant of them is the so-called global warming. Some attributed it to the end of the Mayan long count calendar which will take effect Dececemder 21, 2012, winter solstice of that year. It is said that a global catastrophe will happen on that day. Planet-x (is it the Nibiru of ancient Babylonians?) will collide with our planet. Polar reversion will take place causing floods and earthquake of great magnitude, and many more, (Incidentally, the winter solstice for this year is today, December 21.)

Some see it in a biblical point of view saying it is the sign of the wrath as stated in Revelation 6:1-17.

Whatever it is, one thing is sure. The cause of the changes in our climate is largely caused by excessive greenhouse-gas emissions from highly industrialized countries thus triggering global warming. That is why delegations from 193 nations gathered in Copenhagen last December 7-16 aiming to reach a new global agreement on climate change.



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Ang Kapaligiran


(Nov15/2013)

Is Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) the result of climate change?
Naderev “Yeb” Sano, representative for the Philippines (from Tacloban) at the UN Climate Change Talks has told delegates that Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) is the result of global warming – but meteorologists say that it is not possible to pinpoint specific events and blame them on climate change.

THEN WHAT? Is it The Military’s Mystery Machine, the HAARP Weather Modification?

HAARP is the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. Various individuals have speculated hidden motives and capabilities to the project, and have blamed it for triggering catastrophes such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, thunderstorms, earthquakes in Iran, Pakistan, Haiti and the Philippines, major power outages, the downing of TWA Flight 800, Gulf War syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

If it is not HAARP, “Yeb” Sano is right. it is climate change due to global warming.

Above is a Filipino poem written about our environment and how we treated it.

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