Thursday, April 29, 2010

The State of the Philippine Elections as told by an Uninformed Citizen

Yes, although I love watching the news and being online all the time is part of my job, I am an Uninformed Citizen when it comes to the upcoming elections.  Yes, I do not know half of the people running for Senate. And yes, I just believe what I hear from my friends, colleagues and especially the media.

So based on all those outside influences (and also based on my not so keen sense of observation), here is my take on the upcoming elections.

It's confusing.

Senatoriables

Bong Revilla is once again leading in the survey for senatoriables according to my mom. "Would you believe?" she added. No, I don't want to believe because I want my faith in my kababayans restored by learning that they are not really voting for this guy. I do not care if he has passed more bills than Noynoy. He should stick to showbiz. Don't ask me why or don't even call me anti-showbiz. I'm not. Ask my girlfriend. I just feel like there are more deserving statesmen in the country. That's it. Same with Jinggoy Estrada. He too is leading in the surveys, I heard. I don't care if he lost weight already. He had an operation or surgery to achieve that. That's just not fair for overweight and less-moneyed citizens like me. But that's not the reason why I dislike him. I actually don't dislike him. I just don't like him. There's a difference. Again, there are more deserving people. I didn't even feel that he was a senator. I only felt his presence every time he defended his father. He can help the poor some other way. Not with our money.


I will also not vote for Bongbong. This is because I remember what their family did to our country (I hope you do too). And also to my grandfather. But this is another story. Why are Filipinos so forgiving? What if he does what his father did? Even if he doesn't, what CAN he do? Put up solar windmills all over the country? C'mon guys, let's think about this more. We are paying for what his father did. Let us have him pay for what his father did too.

Lito Lapid is running again?! Strong prayers are required here. In the name of the Father, and of the Son...

Maza, Satur Ocampo and Risa Hontiveros. Hmm...weren't they communists? Will they just go against any law that is brought to the Senate? Yes, I heard they are for the people. I hope they really are.

Good thing there's television and electric posts or else I wouldn't know who JV Bautista, Neric Acosta, Silvestre Bello (what the hell is a justiceman?), Lambino (see, I even forgot his family name and I'm even too lazy to google it!) and Ompong Plaza are. But I'm hoping against hope that they win--even just to get rid of the trapos that are going to.

I'm voting for Miriam just because I'm afraid of her finding out that I didn't vote for her and her giving me a mouthful about it.

I might vote for Rey Langit just because of pity. How many times has he ran for Senate?

Vice Presidentiables

I don't know about you but I just don't seem to detect any hint of sincerity in Loren Legarda. I don't know why. I also still believe that Mar Roxas married Korina just to get more votes. If they're really in love then good for them. I think Bayani and Binay should just put on gloves and get it over with. I pity Edu. I guess promises are made to be broken. What happened to his funding? As of today, I've only seen four posters of him in the South area of Manila. Chiz Escudero's endorsement of Binay also helped the cause of the Makati mayor. He is now second in the surveys.

Presidentiables

Erap. What more can I say? Although not convicted, there was semblance of guilt somewhere there, do you agree? He DID something wrong. Although probably not that magnified. I'm pretty sure he did a few things that were not legal. I already talked to an uncle in the US. I'm moving there if Erap wins.

If Villar wins, I hope he doesn't use his power to get back all the money that he's spent in his campaign. To tell you honestly, I don't really care if he did or didn't swim in a sea of garbage or if he celebrated Christmas in the streets. I just don't want him to use our money for personal gains like what everyone else is claiming he'll do. That Camille Villar's a cutie too, huh?

How about that JC Delos Reyes? Isn't he one of the bravest souls you've ever seen? He is probably the most idealistic (borderline crazy?) person I have seen. It seems like he doesn't intend on winning. He just wants his party's advocacy to be known. And he doesn't mind looking crazy doing it too. Now that's courage.

Noynoy is Noynoy. Psychiatric test or not, he is still Kris' brother and Cory and Ninoy's son. For me, that's all he is for now. I didn't like what he said about what would happen if he loses though. That's just arrogance. If he wins, I hope he doesn't get Kris as Malacanang's spokesperson. Oh, please Lord, no!

Is Dick Gordon the second coming of Raul Roco? Or are they just as impatient as the next losing presidential candidate? I know a lot of people supporting Gordon and I think they all are pretty educated. Too bad most Filipino voters are not.

Gibo's candidacy is gaining ground. Well, he's a pilot so...Anyway, was he always called Gibo or did he just invent the name just to give him a masa appeal? Even Erap and Jinggoy say he's the perfect guy for the job other than an Estrada. Well, those are not the most credible of sources anyway. If it's true that most governors are for him then may tulog siya. If he loses, being identified with PGMA for the longest time will probably be his downfall. He should've disengaged himself earlier. I'm trying to think of a politically correct term for hotness for his wife but I can't seem to do so.

Jejejejamby! Is she the leader of the Jejemons? I wonder what happens if she wins. I think she joined just to make campaign life a living hell for Villar. As for Perlas and Bro. Eddie, I haven't seen them enough on TV for me to judge their campaigns.

Local Elections and Party Lists

We can only vote for one party list? But there are soooo many of them! Clever names, I may add. It seems like most of them just added the letter "A" in front of their names just so they would be the first ones on the list. Haha. Wise move.

As for the local elections, I'm from Las Pinas and I don't know any of the councilors running. All I know is the incumbent mayor and his family is going to be the mayor for the next 20 or so years. I'm just glad I'm not from where Ara Mina and Manny Pacquiao are.

TV Commercials

If Gwen Pimentel wins, will her father always be by her side? Every poster and every television commercial, Nene's there! Gwen passes a bill! Nene is there beside her. As if her mouth can'y speak for the two of them already.

Who here hates Sarah Geronimo's jingle for Loren. With a passion.

Manong Johnny probably has the most disturbing commercial by far. Check out those dance moves. If you can just "un-vote" a person to give him a negative vote then I probably would just because of his commercials. Gusto niya happy tayo? He probably should retire then.

I told myself not to vote for candidates with insulting commercials. So far, I have five on my list so "Back Off!"

On PGMA running again


This just lacks class. And this is just plain suspicious. Add to this the Supreme Court allowing her to choose the next Chief Justice. Doubly suspicious. What is she up to? WHAT IS SHE UP TO?!

P.S.

Again, I'd like to reiterate that I am just an uninformed observer. All those mentioned above are based on hearsay and those that I've seen on TV and on Facebook. So much for research. But I'm getting there. I'm slowly filtering the candidates. I'm just letting them throw mud at each other then I'll see whose head is above the garbage (haha).

This is our first computerized elections so this is going to be exciting (damn, those Sexbomb Girls are distracting!). What kinds of dirty tricks will politicians think of this time? Hopefully not too much lives are wasted this time.

I pray (this, we should all do a lot) that the winning candidates will be God-fearing and Filipino-fearing at the same time. I pray that they may have moral (or at least legal) consciences to lead our country out of this mess that we are in. I am hopeful that whoever wins will put Filipinos first before their own interests. Let us all be conscientious as well when we vote. Let us not vote just because the candidates had the most number of TV spots or just because Winnie Monsod or Baby James said so. We all know what this country needs. We need moral and strong leaders. Those who can say "no" to temptations and to their evil friends. Those who we can be proud of.

Before we believe in the candidates, let us first believe in ourselves. That we can pick the best among the rest (not the best, I must say). Remember, this is our future. Our children's and grandchildren's future.

Unlike me, let us all be informed.

Let us all vote wisely.

Note:

Wisely--a good name for a party list;p





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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stag Party Planning 101

Yes, the mighty Stag Party. Where men turn into boys and well, boys turn into men. It's one of the rare occasions wherein men can be themselves and not act like they are real gentlemen (aww, c'mon, we're all like this in front of our girlfriends and wives!). Where it's okay to be immature and also to touch things that you haven't touched in ages--your friend's heart (yeah! haha).

The planning here starts way, way before you even think about setting one up. Planning a stag party starts probably three or four years before the actual party. Why? Well, first you have to play Cupid effectively. When a barkada introduces a girlfriend to you, find out if she's "stag-friendly." No, not that if she's going to dance in the party! You know, if you think she's going to be cool with you holding a bachelor's party for her future husband. If she's going to be fine with girls from you-don't-know-where will be dancing (only?) in front of her potential partner in life. If she's not the type who will find out where the stag will be and show up with her girlfriends to surprise (ruin?!) the groom.

If she is, then gather your other friends and try to sabotage the relationship. You know your friend won't be happy with her "forever" anyway. Might as well get rid of the party-pooper even before your friend invests all his hard-earned money on her instead of drinks for the party. If you think she's going to be cool enough then for God's sake, offer to buy the engagement ring for her so you can start planning the party soon.

After making sure that the girl is "stag party-friendly," then you can move on. There are many factors to consider when planning a stag party--the venue, the activities (as if you don't know what's going to happen, huh?), the attendees (would you believe this is one of the trickiest parts?), the food and booze and of course, the girls.

Let us do a step-by-step approach to the party planning.

The Groom.

Yes, let's capitalize the first letter of the noun. Well, simply because you have to capitalize on him. He's going to be your ticket to the party. Let your wife or girlfriend know how close you are and how it would be a capital sin if you didn't show up for his bachelor's party. Develop many good friendships with men (okay, not THAT close, Elton) so that you have many options and parties to go to. Just a reminder, there are many grooms who do not want a stag party held for them. Use your persuasion powers here. Use lines like, "This is going to be it.", "This is your last hurrah. After this, it's just you and her." and "C'mon, make your friends happy too!" Well, that's always a last option. Make the groom understand that a stag party is also a rite of passage. That he won't be a real man if doesn't participate in one. Yeah, use the "You're not a man" card.

The Venue.

Find a private place. Somewhere you can stay for a long time because you don't know what's going to happen that night. I advise going out of town (yeah, it's safer there and it's always easy to say that there's no signal that party of the country). I don't know if you want to bring cameras or video cams but I suggest you don't. You don't want your doctor's license getting revoked, right? The safer, the better. The photos will haunt you in the end, that I'm sure of. If it's a big area, make sure that you have a more intimate place where the girl/s can dance. Most girls feel uncomfortable dancing in an open space with strangers watching them (what?!?!). Make sure there's enough parking space and also rooms (for you to sleep, of course!).

The Accomplices.

Of course, there is money involved here. And if you're like me, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to be burdened by everything even if you're the one in-charge of the revelry. This is where loyalty in friendship comes in. If you have to have your friends sign a written contract then do so. You don't want so-called friends saying "yes" then dropping you like a hot potato on the day itself. That just sucks. Worse part is, you have to cover for them because it would just be improper to ask the groom to do so. Do a loyalty check a week before just to see if they got their dates right or if they're really your friends. There are valid reasons, yes, but stupid reasons are just...well, stupid. Remember, the more, the many-er, the fun-ner! Confirm those who are really coming. If they say "yes" but ditch you the last minute, collect their share after if you still want to see them.

The Girls.

Yes, make that plural. I've heard of fistfights occurring because three guys liked the same girl. Why didn't they just do Jack 'N Poy?! Make sure that the girls know that they will be going to a stag party AND that they will dance--naked! The girls can make up excuses like they didn't know that they were going to dance so make sure that they do know. Of course, we don't have to tell you to look for girls who are experienced dancers and those who don't look like someone who just got into Manila. Remember, it's your boy's last hurrah--make it memorable by getting quality girls. They don't have to be in showbiz (ha? showbiz people do that?!?! duh.) but make sure they at least resemble a woman.

Miscellaneous.

One of the most important things that you shouldn't forget and shouldn't have second doubts spending on is the alcohol. Yeah, the drunker the girls, the wilder they get. But too drunk and their night is over so be careful too. Food is also essential as activities during the party might make you hungry. Believe me, you will get hungry. Up to you if you want to hold games but Filipinos are not really so hot into games (I wonder why) and just want to get on with whatever is happening that night.

All in all, organizing a stag party is an experience in itself. Yes, your blood pressure might go up a few notches but the stress fades away when you see the groom smiling because he knows what you and your other friends went through to make him happy (among other things). It is a fruitful experience and it brings about many things (not STD's we hope) like camaraderie and brotherly love (yes, you WILL say I Love You to each other after the night is over).

Maybe I can put up a Stag Party Planning School...hmm...






Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bongga!

From the article
By Lourd de Veyra |  Published: March 26, 2010 
Because, in the end, words are all we have, said one very, very dead poet. Last year, the editors of the online incarnation of the world’s most subliminally gay magazine, FHM, asked me to list down words and phrases that a real man must avoid. Here is an expanded version of that.

BONGGA—Increasingly becoming the most evil phrase invented in recent linguistic memory. Two syllables with the greatest damage to masculinity.
“ONE MARGARITA, PLEASE”—Nothing corrodes at the heart of manliness than a silly cocktail glass with salt around the rim and a sickeningly bright liquid that resembles diluted urine and bearing almost zero traces of alcohol.
“CUTE NG BAG MO—Or just about anything that involves the word cute together with any piece of fashion-related accessory. Shameful minus points for familiarity with French and Italian labels and the words “fake eyelashes.”
I’M ON A DIET—This, along with “no rice,” “diet Coke,” “brown rice,” and that crime against all logic and decency, “vegetarian chicharon.”
CARBS—What, afraid you won’t get your own giant Bench underwear billboard on Edsa?
WORKOUT TAYO, DUDE—If brotherhood is truly global, then we must have the decency to avoid inflicting on fellow members of the species such frightening words.
“ROBERT PATTINSON”—Interchangeable with “Edward Cullen.” The fact that we are even familiar with him is indicative of the cracks in our fortress of manhood. Minus 50 macho points for any man who can provide spirited discourse on the Twilight series.
SPA—When the correct term should be “massage parlor.”
SALON—There was a time when the world turned on its tranquil axis and men got haircuts from barbers—in barbershops. It was a time of harmony and peace: rusty scissors and murderously sharp straight razors were used, and talcum powder, rubbing alcohol, warm towels, and an assortment of mysterious burning liniments were slapped on napes, necks, and faces. There were no such things as “creative directors,” “senior stylists,” “shampoo and blowdry,” and other silliness.
“BORA”—Ugly, lazy contraction of that noisy, overcrowded island with uglier reggae music and Starbucks. Takes on more emasculating levels when the “R” is not rolled.
HINDI KAYA NG POWERS KO—Nothings screams “Darna!” with more passion and silver glitters.
“GREEN TEA MOCHA FRAP WITH EXTRA CINAMMON”—God designed the male species specifically to avoid the consumption of overpriced drinks with pointlessly intricate ziggurats of whipped cream and chocolate.
“THINGIE”—Is it the insufferably cute sound? Or do you say to yourself, “There goes a sensible human being?”
“FAVE”—Sometimes, attempts at terseness tend to misfire.
“INTERIOR DESIGN”—Le Corbusier chairs? Mediterranean walls? Minimalism? Vintage decoupage screens? Mark Hampton? Muji storage shelves? Why, the cave is our natural habitat–and Orocan its only sensible furniture.
“TOTE”—Used in a sentence: “I tote I saw a pussy–not pussy cat. Just pussy.”
“LET’S PARTY!”—Manly men will get drunk, stoned, laid, beat the crap out of each other, swim in vomit, tossed unconscious into a cab, and wake up in a strange sidewalk somewhere in Montalban. But they will never, ever fucking party.
GOSSIP GIRL—Self-explanatory.

By Lourd de Veyra

Can I also add some more words?

"Naman!" -- popularized by this DJ and now TV Host. Even when Vic Sotto said this in one of his commercials, it still didn't work for me.

"Type!" -- when guys like something, we should say "trip" not "type", uki? (haha)

"Plastic" -- when you find someone who is not genuine, you should say "kupal" and not plastic. "She's so plastic!" doesn't sound masculine, right?

"Fridge" -- yes, it's really the correct way of "shortcutting" refrigerator but it still sounds so girly. "Ref" still sounds better and more, ahem, macho, pare.

"Hi" -- yeah, just say "Yo!" or something. "Hi" with a wave is too highschool-ish. You can also say "Hey."

"Kailangan ko na magpagupit" -- uhm, we guys shouldn't say this. we just need to do this. it's calling too much attention on your hair and to yourself in a Kris Aquino kind of way.

 "Mickey D's" -- it's MCDO. Dial 8-MCDO and not 8-MICKEY D's (good luck in finding the apostrophe on your phone.

There, my two centavos worth of what we guys should not say:)

Byee!

- Dinjo 




Thursday, April 1, 2010

Lenten Reflections

Have I been good the past year? Have we been true servants of God? Or have we just been servants? Period. Servants to ourselves. For our selfish goals and through selfish means.

Guilty.

At least I am.

I could've served Him better. I could've served Him more. I could have been kinder to the people around me. I could have been more moral.

I could have done more.

But why didn't I?

Because I am a lazy Christian. I promised (again) God that I would not miss Sunday mass this 2010 but what happened? I watched the PBA instead. I went malling instead.

Yes, I still pray every night before I sleep and have regular conversations with Him. But what comprises my prayers? It's always "sorry" for doing this. "Sorry" for doing that. "Please" grant me this. "Please" give me that.

I thank Him, yes. But after this, what? I go on and sin more.

I know it is a choice--to be good and to be a better person. And that is the only thing that God asks of us. For us to be better Christians. Keyword, "better." Better than how/what you were yesterday. A better individual. A better friend. A better employee. A better boyfriend. A better brother and a better son. A better son to God.

This time of Lent and after Holy Week, let us all be better. Not bitter. Better. Because that is what God wants us to be. That's why He endured everything. Bloodied and weak, He continued on. He died. For us. So that we can live today.

Today is Good Friday. Let us all try to be "good." After Holy Week, let us all try our best to be "holy."

Let us all try to be better versions of ourselves.