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The name Ardythe:good war (Anglo-saxon); flowering field (Hebrew); spiritual prosperity (Swedish); Norwegian goddess.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Wish Granted but Slashed

Metro Manila workers were heard by DOLE and other agencies concerned, yet the Php125 increase was cut down to Php25, a mere 20 percent of what was previously raised. Cebu workers get Php15 and Php 12 for the rest of Central Visayas.

The public has been temporarily relieved because of the postponement of the fare hike last May 26. The minimum fare should have been Php7.50 from Php5.50 despite the decline of oil prices in the world market. If we want to be more accurate, that is 36 percent more.

Last May 25, President Arroyo signed the expanded value-added tax bill, which has been putting the Senate and Congress in several sessions since January. From 10 percent, E-vat leads to 12 percent. The government may have been looking for additional measures for effective tax collection, yet it does not want to look under its own table.

Poor Juan dela Cruz, whose daily expenses amounts to Php 150/day for a decent standard of living, excluding education, shelter, medicines, fare, and clothing.

I was thinking that when laborers demand an increase they should opt for Php1000, and Php200 may be granted.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

They Are One

Cho In Sung Posted by Hello

I never thought that Paolo of Memories of Bali is the same as Jangmin of The Classic. I have forgotten, although I liked Sangmin very much. I only discovered it today, and I went loka (crazy). BWAHAHAHAHA!

Maybe I should also try learning Korean too.Ü

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Apprentissage Francaise

This is one of my plans this year. I should have taken it up last March but I was rotated to our Makati office and my work schedule was so bad.

Even if it will take me more than three years due to my schedule, even if Alliance Francaise offers other skeds, I do not care. It is an advantage to know other languages.

Thus, I will be starting on June!

A lot of people has been asking me where will I go? I have no idea. I just want to learn French because it is the official languange of the United Nations.

The Burger and the Car

I have seen Paris Hilton's advertisement with Carl's Jr. I have no idea what is the connection between the car-washing and the burger. Is it because the Spicy BBQ burger is hot that one has to wash it down with gallons of water (LOL!)?

The ad was cleverly made. At least something new. I do not see anything wrong with it. But some conservatives think otherwise. Yes, our ad agencies cannot make that here in the Philippines. I correct myself, they can, yet that cannot be shown. Ü Yet in the simplest sense, it can be considered pornographic. People think differently. Honestly, it is not child-friendly. Of course I know that it will not be shown during the primetime for children. It's like showing the ad for liquor during cartoons.

Remembering Pauline

We forgot when she was born so we estimated 7 or 8 years. She said good-bye yesterday. We were waiting for it. She refrained from eating last Thursday so my sister was dropper-feeding her with milk. Of course, Tiki-tiki too.

Pauline, like all our cats, does not want to get dirty. She is also very kind, that whenever we have new ones, she takes care of them. Even if she does not breastfeed anymore! She is the most quiet, and yes, she never meows. Okay, she did, but only a few, that we have to coax her to do so, and her meow sounds like a very shy bark.

Yet, last night, we had a new cat. A kittenwith a riboon was placed in our lot. It had a note, saying "I know you like cats so I am giving this to you." Now we still have eight cats.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Outcome of the First Philippine Blogging Summit

May 7, 2005 - History was made as the First Philippine Blogging Summit took place at NISMED, UP Diliman. More than 300 participants registered for the said event.

(Photos courtesy of Jonathan Lao, care of Prof. Disini, and Joey Abiog. For the complete details of the event, including shockwave, macromedia flash, and pdf, click here, also by Prof. Disini. Then you will find more links there. )

Prof. JJ Disini, UP Law ISP Director

Prof. Disini talked so fast during the opening remarks, that's because he read what he said.

Abe Olandres

How to Start Your Own Blog was the topic of Abe. He had a cool presentation, including an actual demonstration of creating a blog account using blogger.

Gail dela Cruz

Gail seems to know everything about Beautifying Your Blog. Yet she reminded that someone is always better. She offered free consultancy too.

Dondi Mapa

Dondi Mapa is the Commissioner for Information and Communications technologu. He discussed about Governance and Blogging. I wanted to ask him as question, how can the security be the initial concern for the bloggers, say President Arroyo. If we access her site, how can we be sure that she is the one blogging and not somebody else. This might be another similar case to Friendster. (Yet, as I was surfung the other day, "she" already has one. Commissioner Mapa also said things about the blogging of Norma Lasala and that it was therapeutic for her. Never was he aware that I was the one who got the BTR Manifesto published: in my blog, in Business World, and Today. (Good thing I was able to keep silent all that time. He also said that third-pary custodianship is better! Just read more about it in Ms. Lasala'a blog.)

Dean Alfar

Blogging Creatively: The Blog as a Writer's Medium,discussed more of fictional writing, as well as blogging directly, no editing. Yes I do edit sometimes, and for that the post seemed more tame than what I intended to. He also spoke of blog posts can just be the activities of our daly life, but when someone runs out of something to talk about, then that is a major problem.

Alecks Pabico

Blogging and Journalism is relevant to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. Yes bloggers can be journalists, and vice versa. It depends on the content of the post.

Connie Veneracion

How to Build a Bookmark-worthy Blog was the most-awaited topic, since the speaker is the queen of Philippine blogging. She never winced at her talk, not once. Connie (aka The Sassy Lawyer, and is really is) was direct to the point. Her advice: never beg for links.

with some new friends


Class Picture Posted by Hello

Our photographers: Jonathan Lao and Joey Abiog

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Unfair for the Commuters

Since Monday night, oil companies have been cutting down their prices.

Petron may have increased theirs last Monday by 50 centavos per liter, but Shell, Sea Oil, and Total have been slashing theirs since that same day too. Today, Shell will cut it down again by 75 centavos per liter, and Total immediately followed. The trend is due to the decline of oil price in the world market. Naturally, Petron also followed.

Aside from these price cuts, public utility vehicles get Php1 discount per liter too.

However, fare hike has been approved last May 10, 2005, resulting to an additional two pesos for the first five kilometers and an additional 25 centavos for every succeeding kilometer. Take note: Fx taxis and air-conditoined buses are not covered by this. Discounts for students during weekends, summer, and legal holidays have been removed too.

Aside from that, the deadline for the decision of the wage hike seems to be impossible.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


The First Aid Trainees and Trainors Posted by Hello

Last Saturday we had our first aid training. Cynthia Villanueva (the one in yellow) and Adolf Haw (third guy from the left) were from the Philippine National Red Cross. We had lectures and demonstrations on how to tie the triangular bandage, as well as ways of carrying a casualty. Yes, we also had a written and practical exam. I was the favorite victim during the carrying part of the practical exam because our team consisted mostly of girls.

Naturally I had muscle aches the following day from carrying other "casualties."


I watched the premiere episode of Ikaw ang Lahat sa Akin last night. Oliver (John Lloyd Cruz) was so funny. He was looking for Jasmin (Bea Alonzo) from his car, a BMW, in a way that one really searches, hands over the eyes, turning here and there. I was also delighted with how he presented the roses to her, rolling onto the pavement and saying "para sa 'yo, para sa 'yo, para sa 'yo." I already saw that during the commercials when it was not yet aired but still it made me smile. As he was preventing Jasmin from escaping, he made a little dance so she kicked him and he bumped his forehead against her and they destroyed one bookshelf. In reality I would be furious because they were throwing the books against each other.What really made me freak out laughing was that when he acted like a monkey when Jasmin talked to him.

John and Bea were given totally different roles from their Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay and It Might Be You days.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

My Most Awaited Reply

May 9

Dear Participant of the Essay Competition 2005,

Thank you for your participation in the Essay Competition 2005!

This year, we have received over 1300 essays from more than 100 countries all
over the world. The level of the submissions was very high and therefore it was
not easy to select the winners.
During two weeks, 13 reviewers from 9 different countries were reading your
essays and making the final selection. As a result, 9 finalists have been

Although your essay has not been chosen among the 9 best, it was read with great
interest and has helped us get to know you better, as well as the current
problems of youth in your country. We would like to thank you for sharing your
experience and ideas with us - we have learned a lot from you.
We would be very happy if we could stay in contact with you in the future.

In the coming weeks, you will receive a diploma certifying that you have
participated in the World Bank's Essay Competition 2005.

Once again, thank you for sharing your ideas with us!

best regards,


Anna Kuznicka
The World Bank
External Affairs European Vice Presidency, Paris
Tel: 33 1 40 69 33 71
Email: devpod@worldbank.org

Okay so I was not able to make it to the final nine. Still I am happy to receive a certificate. I hastened my essay even if I started it a half a month before the deadline, I did not get around to doing it because of my work. Just think I was working over it on a good Friday while alone in the office (I was on duty) and submitting it the day I resumed writing it. However the draft was already in my mind.

I will be joining again next year, and definitely write on a greater amount of time and concentration.

What was the essay about? Building s Secure Future, Seeking Practical Solutions.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Increase Here, Hike There, but Too Slow for the Laborer

‘Decent’ meals cost P27.71 a day in 2003

In 2003 a person living in Metro Manila needed at least P27.71 a day to satisfy his basic requirements for food. That meant a full meal for breakfast, lunch, snack and supper, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board.

But given the continuous increases in oil prices and the new fare rate, the board’s report obviously needs to be reviewed and updated.

The board said that in 2003 food menus for Metro Manila showed a person could eat tomato omelet, fried rice, drink coffee and milk for adults and children, respectively, for breakfast.

For lunch he could have fried galunggong, monggo guisado with small shrimp and malunggay leaves, boiled rice and latundan banana.

At dinner a person could eat pork adobo, pechay guisado and boiled rice; for snack, pan de sal with margarine.

For a full year a person living in Metro Manila needed P9,940 a day to meet his nutritional requirements.

Food threshold, or the food-poverty line, is the minimum cost of the food that satisfies nutritional requirements for economically and socially desirable physical activities.

The food menus are set by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and have 100-percent adequacy for energy and protein and 80-percent adequacy for vitamins and minerals.

The board said a person should eat the required nutrients set by the institute such as rice, white, ordinary, 350 grams; pan de sal, 50g; sugar, white, 15 g; margarine, 5; cooking oil, milk, filled evap, 33 g; egg, chicken, 23 g; small shrimps, 15; galunggong, 49 g; pork liver, 5 g; pork liempo, 15 g; monggo green, 10 g; tomatoes, 30g; banana, 68 g; coffee, soluble, 1 g; onion, 6g; garlic, 1; salt, 6 and vinegar coconut, 5g.

The board also noted that a family of five needs P5,111 monthly income to satisfy its basic food requirements.

"The P5,111 monthly income for a family of five at the national level is considered nonpoor," said Romulo A. Virola, secretary-general of the board.

Virola said a minimum wager earner in Metro Manila can support a family of five. The country’s minimum wage is P280 a day. In 2003 the poverty incidence dropped 24.7 percent from 27.5 percent in 2000. This means that 25 out of 100 Filipino families were poor in 2003 or did not earn enough to satisfy the minimum cost of basic necessities.

Poverty incidence is the proportion of families or individuals whose income is not enough to cover basic needs.

At a press briefing Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Romulo Neri said that given the strong economic growth posted last year, the poverty incidence will further decline, but that the decrease could be offset by higher prices owing to oil price hikes. Darwin G. Amojelar (ABS-CBNNews.com)

Today a meal that is bought costs around Php35 that consists of rice and a meat viand. Sure that if one prepares and cooks the, then it would be a lot cheaper. However due to time constraints others cannot do that anymore.

It is a known fact that most of the Filipinos living in the Philippines only eat twice day, excluding snacks in their daily intake. Although FNRI actively promotes fortified foods, consumers are not that knowledgeable. Promotion and education is not that widespread. Another factor is that they do not appreciate it much.

Moreover, food is not the only factor which sustains a person. Other basic needs like shelter and clothing are also not given much importance. A great percentage of the Filipinos have no decent homes, having to live in make-shift houses. Garments are not that costly if the person is not choosy on the type and brand of the clothes he or she wears. That is why the ukay-ukay existed. which are second-hand clothes. Still, there are establishments which sell new ones at a low price.

Education is very important for every Filipino. Most parents would do everything so that their chidren can get the knowledge they need in order to uplift their situation. In the presence of public schools, this is not totally free since one still has to pay for school supplies, provide the child's allowance and also for school trips/programs and the like.

Other expenses include medicines, living allowance, water, and electricity. In the proliferation of mobile phones, some are even able to own the gadget and maintain it (read: have it loaded).

Even if the basic pay is Php280, what about those who are earning below the minimum wage? Who are being oppressed by slave drivers? Whose rights are being trampered upon.

There has been many incidents of fare hikes (annually), oil-price hikes (weekly), commodity price increase. Yet in my three years in the work force, there has never been a case of salary increase.

Para maiba muna

Karamihan ng mga post ko ay seryoso. Para maiba naman.

Nagpagupit ako kagabi sa may España. Gusto ko sana yung katulad kay Nina sa Memories of Bali kaso hindi alam nung hairdresser. Wala yata silang tv kasi radyo kang yung nandoon. Simple lang naman yung kay Nina eh. maigsi. Saka diretso naman ang buhok ko. Habang ginugupitan ako may kasabay akong inaayusan. Paglabas niya sabi nung assistant "dito ka ulit magpahot oil ha?". Naisip ko, nagpahot oil sya? Eh mas maganda pa din buhok ko sa kanya eh. Hahaha. Yabang. Akala ko nga nagpablower lang siya. Napagtripan nila ang kilay ko. Manipis lang naman ang kilay ko at inaayos ko ito, pero hinayaan ko sial. Mukhang okay naman kaya pumunta na ako sa household meeting ko. Kaninang umaga ko lang napansin na niliitan nila ang kilay ko kaya may ipapakulam ako. Hehehe.

Kunsabagay ang focus naman sa akin ay ang gupit at hindi ang kilay. Mabuti na lang at sabay.

Friday, May 06, 2005

The Journeys of the Heroes

(Unedited as posted Alvin Ricafort on the Friendster Bulletin board and SFC West B 1B Yahoo group. I just added the pictures. Be inspired)

The Pacific Ocean

On the way

They came in buses and in private vehicles. They came with shovels, hammers, paint brushes and pails. They came with the spirit of love, hope and heroism in their heart.

Fifty one warm bodies of SFC West B-1b including three non-SFC members, who were just invited, joined the rest of SFC Volunteers of West Sector in the Kalinga Luzon Singles Summer Build in Dingalan, Aurora.

The SFC West B-1B volunteers convened in BK Welcome Rotunda with other SFC from other chapters of West Sector last April 28, 2005. At around 5:30am two buses and five private vehicles left to Aurora. Amidst the early morning traffic of metropolis, the smooth road of NLEX, the dusty road of Bulacan, the long and winding highway of Nueva Ecija, till the footsteps of province, they reach the town of Dingalan at around 10:30am.

The Site

The GK site is situated in slightly steep slope of Barangay Caragsakan, overlooking the scenic Dingalan Bay and the Pacific Ocean in the East and bounded by the ranges of Mount Sierra Madre in the West and South. The perfect site for this community will house the families of Barangay Paltic who were devastated by the typhoon on the latter part of 2004.

Moving on

Heroes of today

The scorching heat of the sun greeted the volunteers as they trooped uphill to the site and they were welcomed by the towns’ Mayor, (coincidentally, GMA Channel 7’s news crew were there also headed by their reporter, Carlo Lorenzo) and some of the beneficiaries who volunteers in building their own houses.

Excavation works began at
2:00 pm after the whole group offered a short Praise and Worship. Pail of gravels started in rolling around, hands to hands, and the intensity of the days work began with so much enthusiasm.

Before the sun finally hides from its horizon, the builders were able to excavate six foundations, poured some gravels and cement, and some were able to build one layer of hollow blocks as wall.

The glare of the sun was finally replaced by the lights of the stars scattered in the vast dark skies and the fireflies that thrive in that place, leaving no one in awed as they share stories of the first day of work. As if the day is not yet over, some still choose to be awake and chat and hold personal dialogues that truly made that moment an ideal place to be bond close together. Snores and hiss finally enveloped the area with some occasional sound of slapping hands shooing away not-so-friendly-mosquitoes. (Brothers sleep in tents, while sisters stayed in the partially completed houses.)

The morning breeze and the early morning rays of the Saturday sun is a perfect ambience to worship God. Even without guitars, the Builders led by Jeck Diño, powerfully exulted, praised and thank the Lord for the great night rest and lift up the next day’s work for God’s protection and guidance.

A short and inspiring talk by Sis. Rosette Reyes reaffirms everyone of the kind of heroism that everyone is doing. The modern day’s hero is no longer armed with guns and swords but with shovels, hammers and pails doing the battle of building the nation.

As they chant “Filipino, Ako! Bayani ako! Kristiyano Ako! Ito ang Gusto ko!” the volunteers trooped back again to their areas of assignment and continue their work.

Daniel, Patrick and Jacquiline

As the group started again their work, I was able to interviewed and mingled with some of the kids in the site. They belong to those families who have been devastated by the typhoon that destroyed their houses in Barangay Paltic.

Daniel is two years old and the youngest of the four siblings. As he hold the biscuits, cookies and chips that we gave him, he told me in his own tots words as he recalled it the big flood that destroyed their homes. Innocent as a child he remembered his toys that were swept away by the flood.

Patrick resides in a small nipa hut near the place where we pegged our tents. I noticed him Friday late afternoon gazing nearby our tent and I called him to come nearer and let him sit in my lap. Silent type but his deep eyes speak a lot. He’s just a small one year old toddler wearing only big sando. I learned from his playmate that Patrick’s father stays in the site doing the iron works (making the window grills for the houses), Patrick understand what I’m saying, when I asked him to go to home since it’s already getting dark and even asked him to be back the following day so we can play. That was Saturday morning, I woke up late, and Patrick’s mother told me that Patrick went to our tent looking for me, making true to his word (…eesh..he did not speak I recalled, he just remembered what we have agreed about the day before).

Jacquiline is six years old. I noticed her standing at the back of the bayanihan chain of brothers and sisters hauling hollow blocks from one point to another. It’s prominent in her forehead the scars of big stitches. When I approached her together with a sister and asked her what had happened to her forehead. She obliged in telling the stories that she was swept away by the flood together with her grandmother during the November tragedy. Fortunate for her, she was saved by his father when her head surfaced on the rampaging waters of the flood, while her grandmother lost her life being bruised and battered by the boulders and logs that came down from the mountain slopes.

From one person to another

Closer view

Bayanihan Chain

The most awesome scene that I really like is the bayahinan human chain formed every time some construction materials will be brought from one place to another. When the truck of hollow blocks arrived in the site, it can’t pass through going near the construction site since it was blocked by a wrecked van that was stalled in the middle of the service road. Almost fifty brothers and sisters from different chapters heed the call of forming these bayanihan human chain hauling hollow blocks from the truck parked uphill going down to the construction site.

Aside from the volunteers, we simply admired the kids who help us also in hauling construction materials. At one point during the hauling of gravels in pails and cans, empty containers are being carried by the kids going to the source of gravels while the filled-in pails were hauled hands from hands to hands to hands.

Lunch time

Still lunch

Another shot for lunch

Back to work

Barangay Paltic: A place of lost hope and dreams

I was lucky to join the second batch of volunteers who visited the area of devastation, Barangay Paltik. It is located near the
Dingalan Bay, 15 minutes drive from the GK Site. Upon the entrance to the road leading to that barangay, you can see already the big boulders, logs and uprooted tree still scattered around. And when we reached the barangay proper, we saw some houses along the road still buried half of its height. And when we trekked towards the interior of the barangay, we were shocked and astounded by the presence of more boulders as big as of a “beetle car” and more big logs.

While we were traversing the path of the boulders and logs where it came from, some barangay folks that stayed there with their houses spared by the flood mockingly shouts on us. “Baka may humawak sa mga paa ninyo dyan!” (There might be someone holding your feet there!). And then we learned that that was the exact site where many houses were swept away by flood losing many lives.

Houses were buried almost to their roofs. Coconut trees that grows as tall as three story building is just a stretched arm away to its fruits when you stand beside it. The remains of houses are still there, trusts, ceilings, reflecting the kind of destruction it had during that day of devastation. In one place, nothing left but just a houses’ flooring in the middle of boulders and more boulders. Just imagine how much water it will take to carry these boulders down to the lowland. The fury of flood waters left nothing in that barangay but only lost hope, dreams and dear lives of many.

We left Barangay Paltic with heavy heart and gloomy emotion, remembering the sorrow and grief folks have experienced there and returned back to Barangay Caragsakan with so much hope and conviction in our heart that what we are doing in this GK site is a restoration of hope and dreams for those victims of typhoon.

Unity Dinner and Fellowship Night

Saturday night in Barangay Caragsakan is very far different from the usual nights of the metropolis. After preparing the dinner of every chapter, they convened in one place and put all the food they have prepared in one big table. Dishes of different menus like, tinola, inihaw na tulingan (big tuna fishes), fried fishes, noddles, canned tuna, adobong kangkong and sinigang na isda were spread out in the table. After the short prayer everyone was asked to get their food, together with the beneficiaries, but was advice not to eat first since the food will still be blessed. When everyone was assured that they already have their food in their plates and containers, no one imagined that the food they’ve got from the table will be given instead, as being instructed, to others for exchange, a symbol of honoring everyone who took part of sacrificing for others.

This is the Unity Dinner that happened that made everyone realized that sacrifice for others is sweetest at its best.

The night was culminated by the presentations coming from different chapters. Hosted by Sis. Jill Javelosa, Bro. Oneal Palomar and Bro. Jun de Leon, the trio made the crowd broke down to their feet, together with the “magical-comical” presentation of Nueva Ecija chapter, “dance-acting-roll-over-the-floor-laughing” presentation of West B-1B, dance presentation of West B-1C and “dance-human-puppet” presentation of West B-1D/E.

But the stillness of the night doesn’t ends there. Unmindful of tired body from the days work, the Dingalan heroes still managed to brighten up the dark humid night. Stories and conversations over coffee still echoes from the unfinished houses, from the tents and from the open field.

Young beneficiaries

Labor Day, literally

“Patrick!” “Patrick!” as I shouted early morning of Sunday. And I saw Patrick under the Aratiles tree near their hut. After I gave him some jelly ace (the trekkers favorite trail food) I continued waking up everybody…

May 1 is Labor Day. And literally, everyone was already in their feet finishing what have left on Saturday afternoon. While some houses have already their façade coated with bright colors of paint, the walls of the houses they have started begun to show up. The volunteers were in the right track and facing. From barren soil, they toiled and excavated it, poured gravels and cement, erected the foundation, and built five layers of hollow blocks comprising the houses’ walls.

But the day is so short, while everyone were still eager to finished what they have started, it has to stop, to finally culminate the activity with a powerful and emotional talk by Bro. Bob Lasala. The call of heroism and bayanihan should not stop in Dingalan. But it should continue in the respective GK sites of every chapter. The sense of urgency in helping less fortunate brethren, especially those victims of typhoon in this area is very much needed. Currently house in an evacuation center, crowded and with no much space to roam around, prone to sickness and epidemics, low in spirit and financially disabled. This is the present scenario that they are experiencing. And the hope that we are bringing to this people, by merely of our presence is more than enough to let them feel they we care for them. We don’t have to be rich and talented for us to contribute and help our brothers and sisters. Our presence will build relationship that will last forever.

We will be back to finish this Posted by Hello

Till we meet again

That was almost 2pm, everyone were in a hurry packing up things, having a quick lunch. And I have to bid goodbye to Daniel and to Patrick after giving some more jelly ace and chocolates. (I’ve got Daniels’ older brother’s slingshot as souvenir, he gave it to me.)

Rushing against time, we left Dingalan with unfinished business. But with the promise that we will back again to fully rebuild the hope and dreams of the families that continue to struggle to live with dignity again.

As our buses left the place, we saw the kids lining up along the road, waving goodbyes, with smiles, reflecting new hope and new life.

This is not the end of our journey as heroes. This is only the tip of more battle in building our nation to prosper until we see no more slums and poor in our country. There are more Daniel, Patrick and Jacquiline in every heart of this country and we are here as Singles For Christ to help bring bright future for them and their families.#

Thursday, May 05, 2005

1st Philippine Blogging Summit

Through J. Angelo's blog, I discovered it! Thanks Angelo. The summit will be on May 7, 2005, 8AM to 5PM at NISMED, UP Diliman. I do not know that my registration has been confirmed until I searched for my name while trying to edit my blog's template so that I can add my MSN profile. I'm the 208th participant. Ü Speakers will be Abe Olandres, Gail dela Cruz, Dondi Mapa, Dean Alfar, PCIJ Blogging Team, and The Sassy Lawyer. The activity has been lanched by the UP Law Internet & Society Program.

It is not yet too late to register. See you there!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Way To Go!

Our youngest sister passed the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila entrance test. She was not lucky enough to pass the UPCAT, the way her elder sisters did. Ü Bt we do not intimidate her. We know that PLM is also a good school. Besides, we never joked about other schools with students from them. We keep that to ourselves, and PLM was never a target. I only took two entrance exams for college so that my parents can be saved from spending too much, having spent my pre-school, grade school, and high school in exclusive schools. Later did I know that my younger sister also had the same reason.

Now what we are pondering about is that PLM is also known for the lakad system. I mean, she has classmates who are in favor of that, as well as their parents. Our family is ultimately against that. So we now say, just in our family, Oy, ba't nandito ka? Di ba di ka nakapasa? (Hey, why are you here? Didn't you fail the entrance exam?) hehehe. So mean but true.

Kudos to you Andrea! Just make sure you move fast, or else when somebody calls for a medic because someone passed out, he or she might already be conscious. Ahhh, so bad. She will have to suffer ROTC or NSTP, unlike our batches.