Movie making from
Waray’s olden history should begin now
By CHITO DELA TORRE
Marinel Cruz of the
Inquirer entertainment staff dished out late afternoon of January 11,
2010 an information on ABS-CBN’s intensive preparations to unleash
soap opera teleserye series sans cowering under an earlier
announcement by TV5 that it would go heavy with “more films than ABS-CBN’s
Star Cinema and GMA Films combined”. Said
ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya network Channel head Cory Vidanes in Cruz’s
feature story, “We are ready to compete.
Even before Manny
Pangilinan took over TV5, we’ve already lined up new projects for
2010”. Pangilinan, whose Media Quest recently took over the
management of TV5, was quoted as saying that TV5’s goal for 2010 is to
“provide the best content for everyone, everywhere, anytime.
business unit head Deo Endrinal, told the Inquirer entertainment staff
that it will make sure its products address all the markets that it
wants to penetrate. “When we compete, we go where we are strong” and
“(w)e have content inspires the viewers.” Soap operas are dramas
which originate from scripts written for the radio, originally in the
United States of America
and later on in the Philippines (according to Endrinal: “In April
1949, P&G brought in the very first Pinoy soap, “Gulong ng Palad,”
which aired on dzRH. It was written by Lina Flor and directed by Lucas
Paredes.”) and were voice-acted to give life to the script’s
characters, without the actors being seen by radio listeners composed
mostly of female launderers.
Well, for that plan, I
say, good luck to ABS-CBN. Well, too, that plan doesn’t put aside GMA7
which Cruz said “GMA7 has positioned itself as the fantaserye
network”. On this note, it happens that I am one of the avid watchers
of GMA7’s fantasy serials like those of the love-team Dingdong and
Marian and Richard’s.
On top of all these,
I’d suggest that the Philippines’ top television drama and commercial
movie producers now start producing history-based films and
biographies of adventurers of fellow Filipinos many of whom have been
recognized for their heroism, and epic adventures. The Juan Tamad had
been one of the contemporary examples along this line, although
perhaps Juan “Johnny” Pusong of Leyte and Samar may prove just as
worthy. We also have a rich history of the pulahan rebel warriors.
That, too, could make for a vivid movie and tv presentation, more
particularly if the actors and actresses are chosen from among the
Waray talents, of which we have a preponderance. Calbayog City alone
continues to produce new casts for stage plays that make a long list
of stage players since short plays had unwound in the guerrilla
campaign against the Japanese soldiers. Colorful history-allied
legends could likewise be portrayed, like the Bungansakit of Basey,
Samar (although newfound archives reveal that Basey did not actually
get its name from the word baysay, native term for beauty, from an
explorer who bore the surname “Basey”, and although Bungansakit was
actually not an incanto’s daughter but that of a woman abused by a
Spanish priest assigned to Basey).
That done, our own
local history would help much in educating our youth, and re-educating
our adults on their distant and most remote past. The world-famed
Balangiga Massacre had gone into video documentaries, but a full movie
on that massacre need be produced, with compact disc copies reproduced
for circulation, as should other similar history-recounting movies,
and deposited in schools and public libraries. Perhaps, too, there
should be a cinematographic revivification of the Philippine
rediscovery of Fernando de Magalhaes via Homonhon
(the southernmost tip town in Samar island. A friend based in Makati
City – a highly urbanized city boasted of by its mayor, now
vice-presidential candidate Atty. Jejomar Binay – sent a message
asking if the idea is good that a former education regional director (Maximo
Alibe, Nacionalista Party of presidential candidate senator Manny
Villar) from Eastern Samar who is now a candidate for congressman in
that lone district would promote historical revivifications.
Along this vein, Mao
Tse Tung had this thought to teach: “No political party can possibly
lead a great revolutionary movement to victory unless it possesses
revolutionary theory and knowledge of history and has a profound grasp
of the practical movement. – (The Role of the Chinese Communist Party
in the National War" [October 1938], Selected Works, Vol. II, p. 208.)
By Fr. ROY CIMAGALA
PIT Senyor! Cebu now
is abuzz with the celebration of the feast of the Holy Child, Senyor
Santo Niňo. I find it very gratifying to note that in spite of the
complications of the world today, we still can find simple and
spontaneous popular piety throbbing vigorously in this little island
This is actually true
in many places in our country, thank God, but
Cebu iconizes this phenomenon beyond compare. Let’s continue to
derive precious lessons from this celebration, avoiding casting pearls
before swines. For precious lessons, there truly are a lot!
The image of the Santo
Niňo reminds us of two seemingly contrasting qualities that we need to
blend properly in each one of us and in our society. They can
generally be termed as the qualities of spiritual childhood and
That’s what we can
immediately see in the Santo Niňo. He is at once a child and a king,
the ruled and the ruler, helpless and in control of the world, asking
to be taken care of yet he actually takes care of us…
It’s the same
combination that we hear St. Paul once said about Christ’s ministers:
“Let us exhibit ourselves as the ministers of God…as dying, and behold
we live; as chastised, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always
rejoicing; as needy, yet enriching many; as having nothing, yet
possessing all things.” (2 Cor 6,9-10)
Of course, earlier we
hear our Lord telling us in no unclear terms: “Be wise as serpents and
simple as doves.” (Mt 10,16) Our human condition, limited compared to
its supernatural goal and weakened further by sin, conflicts these
qualities that are meant to be consistent in the mind of God for us.
We have to find a way
to achieve this Christian fusion. Especially now when we are plunging
deeper into more pluralistic cultures, usually accompanied by
complications, we urgently need to develop the pertinent attitudes and
skills to combine charity with truth, mercy with justice, tolerance
Pluralism is part of
God’s will for us. That’s because he gave us freedom that has to be
exercised in the context of our human condition, both material and
spiritual, temporal and eternal, mundane and sacred… We cannot avoid
In fact, pluralism has
to be fostered, and not only to be put up with. Depending on how we
use our freedom, pluralism is the inevitable way to either our
development or our destruction.
Thus, we need to have
a certain openness of mind and outlook, even to the extent of
suffering the evil consequences of such openness. This is what we see
in the life of Christ. He was open to all the twists and turns of our
freedom, but he also managed to carry out the will of his Father.
This is the challenge
we have – how to be both accommodatingly open and tolerant, on the one
hand, and demandingly faithful and loyal, on the other. Truth is we
often get lost along the way, ending up by being either too lax or too
combination can only be lived in Christ, who said “I am the way, the
truth and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.” This
is something we have to remember always. Only in Christ, and Christ on
the Cross, is this blend of qualities possible.
Christ precisely gave
us the new commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you.” That
means, all the way, up to death, a love that knows how to suffer, how
to respect our freedom however it is used or misused, a love that
drowns evil with an abundance of good.
It surely is not just
a sentimental kind of love. It’s full of tenderness, all right, but
it’s definitely a strong and mature love, full of daring and prudence,
generosity and wisdom, magnanimity and determination.
It’s a love that lives
out to the hilt Christ’s command even to “love your enemies, do good
to them that hate you and pray for them that persecute and calumniate
you…for if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? Do
not even the publicans do this?” (Mt 5,44-46)
We have to be wary of
our tendency to fall into complacency, on the one hand, and
self-righteousness and bitter zeal, on the other. We have to have a
universal heart to fit all. With God’s grace and our efforts, this is
This is what Senyor
Santo Niňo is teaching us!
Newest good tidings:
fund grant from PDTF
By CHITO DELA TORRE
There’s the likelihood
that the town of Basey in Samar will make it to the top list, in
Region VIII, at least, as the first town with duly registered
organizations who wish to be the first to qualify for the government’s
People’s Development Trust Fund or PDTF, for short. Basey has a good
number of non-bank organizations that engage in micro-financing.
Among them are the millionaire cooperatives among teachers and
government employees, including that in barrio San Antonio. The Basey
local government unit itself will most likely qualify. In fact, it is
eager to become one of the first LGUs in this part of the country to
get enough attention from the PDTF.
Make no mistake about
it. This government funding program is open to all qualified
applicants, many of whom may come from other towns and cities in the
Eastern Visayas region, if they will be interested to avail of it,
including all interested towns and cities. The PDTF offers a maximum
contribution of P500,000 – to be euphemistic, half a million pesos –
per mincrofinance institution. The amount contributed in is about 75%
of the total cost of the proposed project, but the
proponent-organization must shell in 25% in terms of direct cost
(consisting of the equivalent value of the contribution in kind –
example, human resources and materials)
The good tidings about
the PDTF reached Basey during the last week of year 2009. Manager
Maria Carmen S. Apuli of the resource development and management
department, People’s Credit and Finance Corporation (PCFC) introduced
the PDTF to the Basey local government unit thru town administrator
Balbino Estorninos. Apuli must have marvelled at some of the good
points about my hometown which Pare Balbin revealed to her.
According to manager
Apuli, the PCFC is a government-controlled corporation registered with
the Securities and Exchange Commission. It was created in accordance
with Administrative Order No. 148 and Memorandum Order No. 261. The
PCFC serves as a vehicle for the delivery of microfinance services for
the exclusive use of the poor. As a government-owned and controlled
corporation, it is the lead government entity specifically tasked to
mobilize financial resources from both local and international funding
sources for microfinance services for the exclusive use of the poor.
A brochure left by
Apuli in the office of the municipal administrator of Basey says: The
People’s Development Trust Fund is a fund created under the Social
Reform and Poverty Alleviation Act (Republic Act No. 8425) of the
Republic of the Philippines, for the development of a nationwide
network of viable and sustainable microfinance institutions and
micro-enterprise business development service groups that are able to
deliver effective and efficient microfinance services to the poor and
help them develop enterprises. The corpus of the PDTF (that is,
non-disbursable portion) consists of the amount to be provided by the
government over a 10 year period and other additional amounts
mobilized through voluntary contributions, grants and gifts from local
and foreign sources. The disbursable portion consists of the earnings
of the PDTF corpus and other additional amounts expressly donated,
contributed or granted as part of the disbursable portion.
Who are eligible as
grantees of the fund? Fund grantees include non-bank microfinance
institutions (meaning non-government organizations, cooperatives, and
people’s organizations); special sector organizations (which maybe
NGOs, co-ops and POs that are about to start providing microfinance
services to unserved and hard-to-reach areas; LGUs; other possible
grantees (example, bank-microfinance institutions [MFIs]) which have
poverty reduction as a primary objective in their microfinance
endeavours upon evaluation and duly approved by PDTF executive
committee; and service providers or promoters for microfinance and
criteria for an LGU to avail of the PDTF are only two: 1) provide
microfinance and microenterprise programs to their constituents,
provided that the Fund shall not be used for personal services and
maintenance and other operating expenses as loanable fund; and 2)
undertake self-help projects where at least 25% of the total fund
earnings shall be used exclusively for the provision of materials and
A non-bank MFI must
meet the 8 pre-qualification criteria, namely: 1) duly registered with
the SEC (for NGOs, or Cooperative Development Authority (for co-ops);
2) a track record of at least 2 years continuous microfinance
operations; 3) presence of credible, competent and qualified board of
directors and key officers; 4) presence of accounting and cashiering
services and internal control systems; 5) presence of savings
mobilization for co-ops; 6) no material and adverse findings on the
reputation and competence of the BOD and principal officers; 7) pass
the financial criteria: past due rate is not more than 20% of total
loan portfolio, total resources of at least P500,000, and has
profitable operations for the last 1 year and has capital to risk
asset ratio (CRAR) of at least 10% after PCFC and other creditors; and
8) an outreach of at least 100 borrowers.
institution is simply defined as an organization that offers financial
services to the very poor. MFIs are NGOs, rural or thrift banks and
cooperative committed to assisting low income households.
Microfinance is the
provision of a broad range of financial services such as deposits,
loans, payment services, money transfers and insurance products to the
poor and low income household and other microenterprises.
The clients of
microfinance are the economically active and entrepreneurial poor
(e-poor). The National Anti Poverty Commission considers as within
this category the shopkeepers, ambulant vendors and household-based
entrepreneurs, as they have stable economic activities and the NAPC
believes they will be able to sustain and enhance such if they are
provided with even small amounts of readily available funds.
credit facility of NAPC has also what it terms as “microfinance plus
plus”, a package of credit that includes several trainings that are
deemed necessary to sustain the gains of microfinance. Since clients
are primarily women, the trainings include modules on gender
empowerment, women’s health, and responsible parenthood.
To avail of loans or
savings, or insurance from MFIs, go to a microfinance institution
(NGO, cooperative, or rural/thrift bank) in your area; bring your
identification card (ID), barangay clearance or community tax
certificate; form a group (for group lending) or find a co-guarantor
(for individual lending); go through interview or testing; and attend
social preparation meeting or training.
Q&A: Journalist who
escaped 'Maguindanao massacre' tells stories of survival
Asian Human Rights Commission
HONG KONG – The
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is publishing below the full text
of the interview made by a radio host with one of the three
journalists who had escaped from the November 23, 2009 Maguindanao
In December 2009, the
AHRC has invited the person (name withheld for security reasons) for a
meeting in Hong Kong to discuss matters regarding cooperation on
monitoring and documenting the progress of the case in court to ensure
that those responsible are held to account in court.
During his stay, we
have also organized several meeting for him with several individual
journalists and group of journalists based in
The interview below
conducted by Ms. Serenade Woo, host of the radio programme "Yun Liu
Chat Room" of the Radio Free Asia (RFA). Only spelling mistakes and
few grammatical errors were corrected but the rest were restored in
its full sense during the transcription of the interview.
The AHRC hopes this
could give the public an idea as to how community journalists in the
Philippines struggle and survive daily in their journalism profession.
**FULL TEXT OF THE
Q: First of all, can
you tell what was happened in
Mindanao? Because, I believe so all our audience know nothing what was happened
A: Particularly the
massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao province in the island of
Mindanao on November 23, wherein among those killed were 30 journalist
those slain journalist where suppose to cover the filing of candidacy
of a candidate for governor of the province of Maguindanao together
with the women members of the clan of Mangudadatu because one of the
members of his family is running, the vice mayor of the small town in
Maguindanao, which is Buluan is running for Governor of the province.
While along their way, going to the Office of the Provincial Election
officer, they were abducted by at least 100 armed militia men led by
the Mayor of a certain town in Maguindanao, identified as Mayor Andal
Ampatuan Jr., who led this suspects in executing the victims. After
their execution they were buried in shallow mass graves, in an
outskirt village in Ampatuan town also in Maguindanao. They use a
backhoe equipment to dig up the graves they buried all those victims
together with their vehicles. But unfortunately, because of the
immediate response from the military and the family of Mangudadatus
not all the victims were buried and the vehicles and they were
immediately located by the authorities. And the suspects especially
Mayor Ampatuan was arrested after 3 days. They was charged for 25
counts of murder and some of the members of Ampatuan clan were also
charged and arrested after the government declared State of Emergency
in the province and subsequently Martial Law was declared.
Q: Why do you think
the suspect, the culprit is the Mayor of that province?
A: It's because, it
was for the first time that somebody challenge the Ampatuans in the
forth coming gubernatorial elections in the province. The election as
dated on May next year, but the filing of candidacy was done in
November, so somebody from their rival political clan had challenge
the Ampatuans who are considered political kingpins of the area. And
sad to say, those suspects armed men, who participated in the killing
are members of the militia forces in the area and they served as
private armed groups of the Ampatuans. They used these militia forces
to kill political rival who belongs to the Mangudadatu family.
Q: Is that mean that
you believe that there are some linkage between the provincial
government and central government, Arroyo government?
A: I don’t think so,
in that way that the National government specially President Arroyo
was in the cahoots with the Ampatuan in that massacre but, the
national government could partly be blame on the incident because it
tolerated the permission of the private armies in the area, specially
serving as private armies for the Ampatuans and the government has
been tolerant of the presence of these militia forces being use as
private armies of the Ampatuans, its because the Ampatuans use to be
close political allies of the president. That’s why in the past this
private armed groups in the area, are not being checked shall we say
it was been tolerated
Q: I've been heard
many people were killed in
since the former president of Philippines. What was happened in the
Philippines, why many people were killed?
A: I would say in that
particular province in Maguindanao, a lot of stories about summary
execution, summary killings perpetrated by this Ampatuans in the past.
Even before November 23 massacre, but sad to say because they have
established Ampatuans were able establish a reign of terror in their
place and everybody was afraid to challenge them or to exposed these
incidents otherwise they were get killed so until this incident on
November 23 that the public knew and proved that there is really such
gruesome activities, killings perpetrated of this Ampatuans in that
Maguindanao province. Because, maybe they had able to established that
culture of impunity, because in the past nobody checked had them.
Nobody had investigated them. Of all this killings they had done in
Q: Why was that nobody
investigated the case? Are you suggesting the central government are
not doing their job?
A: Yeah, especially
the authorities have been remised on their job. It is maybe because of
the strong political connections of the Ampatuans before with the
president and that’s why authorities become tolerant of all these
things, of all these abuses, all these excesses, all of these wrong
doings committed by the Ampatuans, they are considered as political
warlords in that province of Maguindanao.
Q: I was told actually
there is kind of witness protection in order to help the people to
bring the culprit to the court to be prosecuted but the witness
protection seems useless is that true?
A: In this case the
Maguindanao massacre they were some witnesses overtaken to the custody
of the witness protection program and so far the case is not yet on
its trial so, we don’t know yet what gonna happen on the witnesses
during the trial but we learned that there are some witnesses who are
in the custody of the witness protection right now,
Because in the early
stage of the filing of the case many witnesses are afraid to come in
the open because they are still afraid of the vengeance of the
Ampatuans only the, several members of the Ampatuan clans have been
arrested, have been jailed, have been detained there are some willing
witnesses who came out and testify and give their statements to the
Q: Did they were
A: I hope it will not
happen because a lot of witnesses as what I’ve learned a lot of
witnesses who are considered as vital in the prosecution of the case
because there are some witnesses who belong to the armed groups who
kidnapped but they were not part of the another group who executed,
they served as look outs during the execution of all the victims, so
they are very vital in the prosecution.
Q: But the government
offer that kind of that protection to the witness because some
witnesses were threatened, harass or even killed in the previous time,
its that correct?
A: Yeah, in this case
they really know that the authorities, the prosecutors now influence
clout of the suspects specially the Ampatuans they have to be more
cautious in the prosecution of the case and to secure all the
witnesses and the evidence.
Q: I know that you are
so lucky to escape from that massacre in November, Can you tell
something more what happen on that day, why suddenly you did not
proceed to your interview on that day?
A: Actually, I was
supposed to be part of the group of journalist, who will cover the
filing of candidacy of that candidate for governor. But I had decided
to back off thinking that my life would be in danger if I would
proceed to Maguindanao. Because in the past we had differences of the
Ampatuans and the security arrangement for us going there was very
uncertain, because the military and the police did not provide for the
group of Mangudadatus and group of journalist who will covering that
event and that gave me some reservations about my safety if I would go
to Maguindanao with the group.
Q: If you are saying
that you found your safety protection offer by the military, by the
government or by the police was not enough why do you think they need
to offer that kind of protection for the journalist? Was it because
they were number of cases or incidents were happened in the past?
A: We see a conspiracy
of among the local military and police authorities in this case
because you know some of those suspects, who flagged down who stopped
the convoy of the victims were police officials. They were present
when Mayor Ampatuan sees the vehicle and herded to an outskirt village
where they are executed so we presumed that they had conspired with
the Ampatuans in the killing of the victims.
Q: Right now how many
people were killed in November massacre?
A: All in all 57
bodies were recovered among those killed were more than 30 journalists
Q: So far how many
people were killed since the former president of the Philippines?
A: Do you mean the
incumbent president? I would say specifically from the case of media
killings all in all more than 100 journalist have been killed since
2000 that is according to the official record of the national union of
journalist including the recent murdered journalist.
Q: Can you share some
of your experience to our audience because I knew that you also under
threat because you think your job to report the news?
A: Yeah, because I
worked as a journalist in our community. In
Mindanao, we shall call our self community journalist we are more
prone to harassment, vulnerable to threats. It's because those people
we expose of their involvement in illegal activities, wrongdoings in
government are coming also from our place. We concentrate in that
small place in our community where we meet each other maybe some other
day so the threats and risk are there maybe because maybe we have an
immediate contacts those we hit on the paper or those we hit on the
Q: Can you
specifically let our audience to understand what kind of harassment
that you received previously?
A: There are a lot of
threats I experienced but the greater risk I received when I exposed
the unexplained wealth of this Ampatuans in 2004, wherein I wrote
about their huge mansions worth millions and star contrast their
constituents are living in small shanties in front of their huge
mansions. And it's very fortunate that the province of Maguindanao is
considered the second poorest province in the
And those local officials are living in luxurious life. So, they have
all these big mansions, luxury cars, and it seems that they are doing
nothing to improve the living condition of their people.
Q: But what kind of
threats did you receive? Threatening you, kill you.
A: They plan to
liquidate me. But, it so happen that many of my friends had caution me
and informed me about their plan and they warned me to take extra
precaution, they even advice me to lie low from my work as a
Q: But you are still
working in the media industry, why?
A: Maybe, because of
my calling. In the
shall we say, it's like a challenging task if you are a community
journalist. I've been in this work for about 20 years now.
Q: Do you have to
worry about your family members? Are do they worried? Do they pursue
you to leave this industry?
A: Yeah, they are
worried than me. I'm quite worried but they are more worried than me
family, most specially my mother. But you know if it's your time to
die it's your time you can't go away with it.
Q: So, right now how
you are going to protect yourself?
A: You know I just
maintain a low profile status in our community. I have a lot of
friends from the military, from police, from other law enforcement
agencies, who are helping me.
Q: I was told a lot of
journalist because of they are working in a dangerous zone or
dangerous area so most of them they were armed when they go out to do
their job. Is that true?
A: It’s a common
practice in our place in Mindanao for local journalist to arm
themselves. Because they think that their personal safety could not
be100 percent entrusted to the authorities and the only way to protect
themselves is to armed is to carry firearms and at the same time to
deter any would be assassin to kill them.
Q: Do you have any
friends that, they were assassinate because they did their job?
A: I have some
colleagues who were murdered in the past because of their hard
commentaries against the local officials in our place so there are a
lot of my colleagues some of them are my personal friends who have
been killed while in the line in pursuit of their journalistic work.
Q: To be honest I
think you are very brave because you had some of your friends,
personal friends they were killed but because they did they job but it
not make you live that industry, you are very brave. I was shocked
because I believe most of the journalist will not do the same thing if
they are situated in that situation.
A: I'm not really that
brave maybe I just know how to secure myself and how protect myself
against any threats.
Q: And what kind of
armed you protect yourself, that kind what kind the weapon you protect
A: Although carry all
the time my two .45 caliber pistols but it's not enough to be
confident or to be complacent you must also assess the real situation,
if there is an eminent danger. So, that’s not an excuse if you have
firearm. In our case we trained ourselves about marksmanship, in
combat pistol handling. Local journalist they are being trained.
impressive. Please take care of yourself. Thank you so much!
The interview was
done by Ms Serenade Woo, host of the programme called "Yun Liu Chat
Room" of the Radio Free Asia (RFA). Ms Woo is also a staff member of
the International Federation of Journalist (IFJ) in Asia Pacific and
member of the board member of Amnesty International - Hong Kong
By DANIEL ESCUREL OCCENO
In the Chinese
calendar the Year 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. The Chinese culture
also believes in the Three Kings or the Three Wise Men. Wisdom is more
important than gold, but I am forty-nine years old. I have plenty of
wisdom but not one ounce of gold is in my possession.
King number one
I have heard many
times and been sent E-mail responding to my articles with a similar
repeating point: How can your country end your poverty? The government
does not have that kind of money.
I believe in the
market economy not in Socialism. There are several men and women in
the Philippines that already have the great wealth to end poverty in
their properties. Many have large sums of money available to invest in
more developments. You might say luck will be required to bring
fortune to the poor, but it is our destiny to end our poverty like
with domestic tourism and domestic trading, province to province,
region to region, and island to island.
King number two
Prosperity can be
defined as success or the enjoyment of wealth.
By developing a
working middle class, the
can end poverty. The division of the rich and the poor will merge as
one unit with a common goal of prosperity for all.
Education is just the
first step. Jobs creation will be crucial, but it should be jobs that
the native born Filipino children are capable of doing. The average
height in the Philippines is with most of the working adults stand
less than five-foot-seven inches tall so labor intensive jobs would
not be recommended to create.
Jobs in construction
will be plenty as the country continues to develop.
sedentary, and less labor demanding jobs would more likely meet the
overpopulated human resources available in the
Jobs in television,
communications, and the movie industries would be examples of
non-labor intensive careers; but it is more important to build studios
similar to Pinewood Studios in England because of our rainy seasons.
Outdoor filming would be limited as indoors would offer year around
salaries and will improve success, being wise to be more profitable.
is a must, then the need for intellectual assistance must coincide
with the labor force such as robotics in the workplace and machinery
to mass produce in making salad dressing bottled with 100% coconut
cooking oil as just one example.
King number three
Bitter herbs are good
for diabetics because it is natural diuretics that flush unneeded
sugar and fat when we urinate. As we get older, however, your family
doctor might recommend that you cut back on coffee and tea because of
the caffeine. It is more important to get plenty of natural sleep
because digestion occurs during deep sleep.
Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)
is marketed as a food supplement in the
with claims that a teaspoon a day is good for diabetics. Family
doctors will worry that people will stop taking their diabetic
medicine with such claims, but digestible protein is a preventive
medicine for diabetics.
If you are healthy,
may I recommend Philippine prawns (giant shrimps) and Blue Marlin
steaks if you were told to avoid beef, pork, and chicken in your New
Year’s diet. Blue Marlin steaks fried in 100% coconut cooking oil is
excellent. No need to add salt to a deep saltwater fish. Egg battered
Philippine prawns fried in 100% coconut cooking oil would ruin a New
Year’s resolution diet. Do not forget to peel the skin and butterfly
the prawns before dipping in egg batter. Use non-fat flour (rice
flour) in the egg batter to thicken if you are worried about getting
Of course the best
preventive medicine to live a long-life or my fountain of youth is
natural Vitamin C.
The Philippines does
not have a 100% fresh squeezed Florida orange juice industry
available. We can have a fresh pomelo (Chinese grapefruit) juice
industry squeezed by a hydraulic press in the hundreds of thousands a
day. We have plenty of 100% pineapple juice however. But medical
doctors will tell you that the secret to a long-life is to poop
regular, flush out solid waste from your colon and intestine.
If liquid refreshments
are not for you, how about fresh papayas, fresh mangos, and vegetable
roughage like lettuce or cabbages would also help. And I like adding a
slice of fresh ginger root to my orange pekoe cup of hot tea. Fresh
ginger aids in digestion. But the caffeine so pureed green papayas
added to chicken noodle soup with sprinkled ginger powder for spice,
then boil and simmer. Slurp when cool. Just to poop and live longer.
But get some deep sleep.
Exercise is needed to
stay mentally and physically healthy. Standing toe touches can replace
sit-ups for us with a couch potato stomach belly. Spread your legs
wider with bended knees if that belly is a problem to do more toe
touches or to touch the ground.
Some joggers will tell
you that they jog not to be skinny but to shake loose the undigested
waste in their intestine. I have asthma and crippling arthritis so
power walking with leisurely-walking to control my breathing when
needed is what I can handle.
May the Year of the
Tiger bring you fortune, prosperity, and long-life!
Happy New Year and
Updating the family
By Fr. ROY CIMAGALA
CHRISTMAS time is
obviously family time. Let’s thank God that in our country we still
see this equation largely lived happily. Let’s pray that in other
places, especially in developed countries, the same ideal can also
take place. We cannot deny that it is not quite so in many of them,
including parts of ours.
We see rising cases of
dysfunctional families, with marriages defaced by infidelities and
unrefreshed love and a sense of commitment unable to “Reset” when
needed, children’s neglect, family life reduced to a minimum, etc.
The family always
deserves our utmost attention. We should not be naïve to think that we
can take our duties and responsibilities toward it for granted.
Especially now, tricky and openly difficult challenges confront it. We
have to be aware of them and try to do something about them.
We need to repair the
damages, heal the wounds and plot out the paths to make the family
healthy, vibrant and capable to do its sacred duty of nurturing
persons and citizens.
Let’s remember that we
can never outgrow the need for the family, no matter how old, mature
and independent we can be. Even those who lead a prominently spiritual
and celibate life need it.
It’s a requirement of
our nature, given by God and not by some human consensus. The family
is a divine creation, before it is a human institution.
With family life given
a boost during this Christmas holidays, let’s take the time to see
what we can do to reinforce the family, both in general and in
individual cases. Let’s not waste the opportunity by spending it
solely on having fun. It’s a time for discerning, anticipating,
planning things for the family.
May it be that in
every level of our life, this concern for the family is taken up
seriously. For the Church, for example, there should be abiding
diocesan and parochial efforts to help the family in some concrete
way, an effort translated into continuing prayers, sacrifices and
For example, the
preparation for couples for marriage should be attended to well.
Effective programs to nourish couple’s conjugal love should be
Prompters about the
evil of contraception, the RH bill, etc. should be frequently made
since this now constitutes clear and present danger to marriages.
The government and
NGOs should also do the same, trying to figure out the issues families
in general are now facing and tackling. There are many of them. It’s
good to have a systematic and massive approach to this, monitoring the
relevant developments closely and ever presenting solutions.
For one, it pains me
to see some workers pressured to do overtime work at the expense of
their family life. Stories I hear about inhuman pressures suffered by
call center agents are really depressing. The problems involved should
Also the environment,
especially that part known also as the human ecology, should be
continually cleaned and renewed to foster family life among the
people. This area is often ignored, its challenges not taken up
There are situations
that undermine the family’s vitality. Pornography, unregulated means
of amusement and recreation, etc., are now going viral. People get
unduly absorbed by new technologies at the expense of family life.
Obviously, the spouses
and the other members of the family should do their part to enrich
their family life. Quality time together should be fostered, planned
and defended against factors that tend to undermine it. Affection,
good manners should be shown in any weather.
Everyone should try
his best to be generous in this area, always thinking of details that
can brighten the home and warm the relationships among all the family
members, heroically fighting against tiredness, attachments, personal
preferences, selfishness, etc.
In this regard, the
little things of everyday count a lot and are, in fact, the main
ingredient to strengthen the bonds of the family. We need to take
advantage of these little things in our family life to culture our
love for God and for others. There’s actually no other way as basic as
For this purpose, it
might be good to realize the need for us to develop a devotion to the
Holy Family. Our families should be a reflection, if not a
participation in that family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, where
everything good for us was lived to the max and continues to be lived.
We should never
fail to realize the need to use spiritual and supernatural means,
without neglecting the human instruments, to develop our families.