Archive for February, 2005


February 27th, 2005 2 comments

Here’s a long list of individuals, (icons, heroes, legends, not-so heroes, not-yet legends, historical figures, celebrities, villains, etc…) groups, things and events who had somehow etched their niche in my conscious and sub-conscious mind and influenced my world outlook by their ideas, theories, impact, insanity, heresies, humor, notoriety, beauty, madness, effect to health, excellence in their fields, and contribution to history.


Che Guevarra, Pele, Bertolt Brecht, Breaking of the Berlin Wall, Vladimir I. Lenin, Zinedine Zidane, Nelson Mandela, Bob Dylan, Isaac Newton, John Lennon, Mother Theresa, Matsuo Basho, Wolverine, Pablo Neruda, John Malkovich, Karl Marx, Read more…

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Why I love Football…and its Politics

February 27th, 2005 Comments off

Why do I love Football…and its Politics?

Let me count the ways, I love football because…
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Mindanaw Travelogue II

February 20th, 2005 2 comments
Last Tuesday I went back to Cotabato City for a meeting. This time we took the Iligan – Marawi- Malabang – Cotabato route via the Narciso Ramos Highway. Unlike the Iligan- Bukidnon – Cotabato route which is almost eight hours’ drive, our new route takes only four hours straight driving.

The trip was on short notice; I packed up post-haste only the bare essentials–documents to bring, a couple of shirts, toiletries, cigarette packs, flash stick, a windbreaker and a pair of convertible cargo pants. Unfortunately, in the rush of things I forgot to bring my digital camera.

Our decision to travel via the Narciso Ramos Highway was not without hesitation and objections. This route is not a pleasure traveler’s dream road. The highway is full of stories about ambushes, highway robberies and hold-ups, snipers, suspicious and unwelcoming roadside folks, military versus bandits-guerillas-armed civilians running battles and skirmishes along the highway, etc.

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February 19th, 2005 Comments off

I just got this white campaign band from the This is a campaign by UK based organizations and individuals with the following goals:



The gap between the worlds’s rich and poor has never been wider. Malnutrition, AIDS, conflict and illiteracy are a daily reality for millions.

But it isn’t chance or bad luck that keeps people trapped in bitter, unrelenting poverty. It’s man-made factors like a glaringly unjust global trade system, a debt burden so great that it suffocates any chance of recovery and insufficient and ineffective aid .

It doesn’t have to be this way though.

In fact, back in 2001 the governments of the eight wealthiest nations on the planet said that they were going to do something about it – in what was seen as a breakthrough, they promised to halve world poverty by 2015.

Four years later the world is failing dismally to reach those targets.

But we have been given another, maybe even a final chance – 2005.

This year offers a truly exceptional set of opportunities for the UK to take a lead internationally and say that enough is enough.

With the UK hosting the G7 Finance Ministers meeting in February and the G8 gathering of powerful world leaders as well as holding the presidency of the European Union (EU), our Government and particularly Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, will be influential players on the world stage – we must make sure they play their part.

They have the power and we can make them use it.

I’m counting myself in to this campaign. I hope you do too. With our solidarity a new and better world is possible. YA BASTA!

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February 14th, 2005 Comments off

As tagged by my darling :)

My random 10 songs are:

1. Next to you – Kenny Rankin
2. Universal Soldier – Donovan
3. My Personal Revenge – Jackson Brown
4. Air on G string – Johann Sebastian Bach
5. Un Beldi Vedremo – Maria Callas
6. Circle Game – Joni Mitchell
7. Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
8. Kissing a fool – George Michael
9. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills and Nash
10. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon

What is the total amount of music in your computer?
4.31GB in 1,179 mp3 files

The last CD you bought?

What Was the last song you listened to before reading this message?

No One is to Blame by Howard Jones

Write down 5 songs you listen to a lot or mean a lot to you?

1. Beautiful In My Eyes – I like to sing this song to the most beautiful woman in the world – my wife.
2. Usahay – this is my baby’s favorite lullaby. I sing her to sleep in my arms with this song.
3. Le Internationale – I am a believer.
4. What a Wonderful World – As sung by the great Satchmo. Whenever I hear this song I feel alive.
5. Next to you – A woman sang this to me in full on the phone long distance (she was in Cebu then and I was in Zamboanga City). She’s now my loving wife. :)

Who are you gonna pass this stick to and why?
– I don’t have anyone to pass this on….What about you, my dear reader?

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Maia, our greatest Valentine gift

February 10th, 2005 1 comment

On February 14th our baby girl Himaya Amarantha “Maia” will be celebrating her first birthday. How time flies fast. It was just like yesterday when our Maia was just a small bundle of joy. Today she just took her first five-steps all by herself. Maia is the greatest valentine gift my wife and I ever had.

To my baby Maia, on your first birthday I dedicate this song Forever Young, written by Bob Dylan and sung by Joan Baez, two of my all time favorite musicians.

Forever Young

May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous,
May you grow up to be true,
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you.
May you always be courageous,
Stand upright and be strong,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.
May your hands always be busy,
May your feet always be swift,
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift.
May your heart always be joyful,
May your song always be sung,
May you stay forever young,
Forever young, forever young,
May you stay forever young.
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February 10th, 2005 Comments off

Mahilig mag-alaga ng mga hayop ang nanay ko. Sa ngayon may 9 na pusa siyang alaga sa bahay. Hindi ito mga Siamese o Burmese Cats, mga lahing Pusakal (pusang kalye) ang mga ito. Kaya hindi mga pangalang pang pretty-tweetum-pussy ang bininyag naming, mga pangalan nila kundi mga ordinaryong pangalan lang. Yung mga pangalang naririnig mo kung saan saan. Mukhang enjoy naman sila sa mga pangalang ibininigay namin sa kanila. Mabalahibo ngunit makulay ang kwento ng mga pusa sa bahay namin.

Ito ang kwento nila.
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