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The Untalkative Bunny

April 16th, 2005 4 comments

My baby Maia introduced me to one of her favorite cartoon shows on Disney Channel – The Untalkative Bunny. I instantly became a fan the first time I saw it.

Untalkative Bunny (UB) is produced by a Canadian outfit, Dynomight Cartoons. It is in animated cartoon which makes it very enticing for young viewers.But the themes of each episode presents a parody of city life which vellicates the intellect of urbane mature audiences. The star of the show is naturally a yellow bunny, a character with a cute sensibility and a silent tongue but communicates with his geticulating genius.

It is set in a Canadian town where UB lives in a walk-up apartment. UB independently capers about the city and encounters an assortment of personalities both animals and humans. UB and the other animal characters, squirrel, emu, mangoose, beaver, disco chick, gecko, blue dog, marmot and a purple thing called friendly, casually interacts with humans. On the other hand humans though recognizing them by their animal characters treat them like ordinary humans too.

Per episode runs only for five minutes. It has a simple presentation, less dialogue and no frills and thrills. No violence and exagerated cartoon imposibilities so common in American cartoon shows. The only characters that provide the spoken language input of the show are the humans who are mostly seen at the height of a bunny and so are cut off at the shoulders. The show is punctuated by a backgorund of cool jazz music. As it is produced by Canadians it presents simple city facts about Canada, like when UB pops out of his apartment to interact with the world, he never closes his door! Reminds me a lot about Michael Moore’s film Bowling for Columbine.

UBefriendsarebetterthancableYesterday, my baby Maia and I watched another UB episode entitled FRIENDS ARE BETTER THAN CABLE. UB’s malfunctioning cable tv has just been repaired. Unfortunately when UB tried to watch something, the Cable ad reminded him that he should first subscribe before he can get to watch any cable channel. Frustrated with the cable tv, UB instead set up an old film projector and invited his friends to his apartment for a simple get-together. And they enjoyed a day with each other’s company without the cable tv. The moral of the story? You can enjoy more in life with the company of real friends than the cable tv.

Watching UB has already become part of my daily agenda. I enjoy watching it with my baby sitting on my lap. More often it is our little ones who can lead us in discovering life’s simple pleasures.

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Viva Real Madrid! Viva Barcelona!

April 11th, 2005 3 comments

I was about to have a change of heart. From being a Madridista (Real Madrid Fan) I plan to become a Barcadista, having FC Barcelona as my team of choice. The performance of Real Madrid during their past matches in both the UEFA Champions League and the Primera Liga was a dismal failure. Barcelona on their hand had maintained their lead in the Spanish Primera Liga. Both teams however failed to make it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.


Last night I decided to postpone my impending transfer of affection. I was awake from 1:00 AM till 3:00 AM watching a Spanish Primera Liga match between Real Madrid and league leader FC Barcelona shown live at ESPN. It was such a great match apty coined by the commentators as El Grande Clasico. Of course there’s no other superlative than can describe a match between the two giant arch-rivals of the Spanish league than that of being a Great Classic.

The match was held in Santiago Bernabeau, Real Madrid’s home stadium filled by a massive crowd of 78,500 spectators. Both teams treated the spectators with awe by showing spectacular football from kick-off till fulltime. The Los Galacticos, as what Real Madrid team is called by its adoring fans, crushed the visiting Catalans with a 4-2 victory. This made the Los Galacticos closer to claiming the lead in the overall Spanish league standing.

At the start of the match I was a bit confused as to where I’m going to put my bet on. At first I intended to cheer for Barcelona. But less than 20 minutes of the first half time play, I saw a Real Madrid team playing football the way that made me fell in love with them. A performance of pure and classic football. A cohesive teamwork, fluidity of movements, perfect set pieces, deadly attacking tactics and the ability to shoot at will. The team of stars, thats why they’re called Los Galacticos, shone brightly during that match. Individual attacking skills of Ronaldo, Zidane, Raul and Owen complimented with intelligent set plays provided by the genius of David Beckham sealed their victory for the night. This made me cheer for my almost to be abandoned team, Real Madrid. But strangely enough, when given a chance i found myself also cheering for the other side.

Barca played with equal class and flamboyance under the compass of their maestro, FIFA player of the Year, Ronaldinho. But luck was not on their side. The Catalans failed to break a Maginot-Line-like defense that Real Madrid had readied for them. With much grit, Barca through the brilliance of their gifted striker Eto’o was able to hammer a shot on goal, while the magic of Ronaldinho’s free kick gave them their second goal. There were chances for Barca that can level the score but Iker Casillas, Real’s ever dependable goalkeeper, was always there to frustrate them. Though defeated, Barca proved itself to be a most worthy opponent.


What a superb match indeed! It made me revise my decision. Why should I abandon one and chose the other when I can get the best of two worlds by patronizing both teams. For me, a match between this two great teams is not a competition. It doesnt matter who wins or who lost. In the end, the premium I get from watching a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona is a delightful affirmation of why Pele called football the Beautiful Game.

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Bisaya and Proud

April 10th, 2005 9 comments

I read a post from Alan’s Ay Ambot! blog “Put___ Ina Mo, Bisaya Ka Ba?”, and I thought of putting my opinion about it in my blog. I don’t want to jump into hasty generalization nor do I intend to offend the sensitivities of many well-meaning individuals. As the tagalog saying goes – bato bato sa langit, ang tamaan huwag magalit.

I find it revolting when someone uses racial identities with derogatory connotations.

Most common in the Tagalog world is the use of the word “Bisaya” to emphasize anything that is stupid, foolish or simply low class. i.e., para ka namang bisaya kung manamit, or ang tanga mo naman para kang bisaya!

Another is the use of the term “Muslims” to depict terrorists or anything illegal, barbaric or uncivilized. The word Muslim is commonly used as an adjective that is attributed to dreaded characters like terrorists, kidnappers, VCD/DVD pirates, trouble-makers, war-freaks, etc.

This mentality and outlook is simply bad taste, politically incorrect and nauseatingly racist. It reflects a strong regionalist attitude engendered by historical prejudices and biases. An overriding mentality rooted in a majority-nationality ideology: that by being majority—vis-Ã -vis the various minority nationalities—is to be superior. Our present Manila-centric eco-politico-cultural set-up is its main manifestation.

But then again, it’s like poetic justice. Most of those who are successful in Philippine commerce and trade — from the hacienderos, jewelers to shipping magnates are Bisaya. In the field of entertainment and sports, a lot of celebrities and sports icons adored by a legion of fans are Bisaya.

And to think that Manila and other parts of Luzon were once kingdoms of Muslim aristocrats who first fought the Spanish colonizers long before the tagalog consciousness came into being. And that the Muslim Moro Sultanates of Sulu and Maguindanao were already recognized as sovereign states by European countries long before the Republic of the Philippines came into existence.

Somehow I couldn’t help but think that these prejudices and biases against the Bisaya and the Moros are perpetuated to offset and justify a very obvious deficiency- a superiority complex coupled with low self-esteem born out of ignorance.

I am a Mindanawan and I’m proud to belong to the Bisaya and the Bangsamoro people. I speak Bisaya proudly to any Bisayan in a tagalog crowd. And when some dimwit asks me by sarcastically aping an exaggerated stupid accent “Bisaya ka man pala Dong?” my reply is “Oo Bisdak ko bay, way kurat no?!”.

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THE ROAD TO DEUTSCHLAND 2006

April 10th, 2005 Comments off

World Cup 2006 Emblem     Official World Cup 2006 Poster

Fourteen months from now the world will be once again regaled by the spectacle of the beautiful game – the FIFA World Cup. This event happens only once in every four years. After Japan and Korea in 2002, the next World Cup is hosted by one of the footballing giants of the world – Deutschland. The thrill and world cup fever is fast rising in Europe, Latin and North America, Africa and Asia as qualifying matches are now already being played.

The Chancellor of the host country Germany, Gerhard Schröder, gave the following poignant remarks about the global passion for football and their country’s hosting of this great event:

The world as Germany’s guest

Gerhard SchröderOn 8 June 2006, it is time. This date marks the start of the FIFA World Cup here in Germany. It will be the biggest international event held in Germany for years. The world will be our guest, and for four whole weeks the world will be looking at Germany. More than 30 billion viewers on all continents will be following the 64 games in the twelve World Cup stadiums on television. This is reason enough, not only during the tournament, but also in the run-up to it, to make every effort to ensure that our country shows its best side: enthusiastic about football, but most of all, hospitable, open to the world, tolerant, modern, innovative.

The main focus of the World Cup 2006 is, of course, the sport: football. Football is perhaps the only truly global sport. It awakens emotions and passion; it creates identifications; it connects different cultures, languages, religions. And great footballers – Jaschin, Puskas, di Stefano, Eusebio, Pele, Beckenbauer, Maradonna, Zidane or Ronaldo – are much more than national idols. They are quite simply symbols of football – they don’t belong to a club or country: they belong to football and fans from across the globe.

A successful English trainer once said: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death… [but it is] much more important than that.” I believe, with all respect to this trainer strategist, that such a statement cannot be allowed to stand. For a start, football is not a game of life and death, but a game of two goals; or sometimes even, a game of just one goal.

The following is an important point: when it comes to football, it is impossible to be indifferent. There are those who are really infected by football; those who suffer from football fever. And there are those who say they are “immune” to football. My prognosis: once the World Cup in Germany has kicked off, hardly anyone will be able to resist the fascination of football.

Expectations of the great football festival in our country are high, especially after the exciting European Cup last year in Portugal. All football fans are looking forward to brilliant playing, surprising moves, tactical finesse, tension and entertainment. And no doubt, at times, we will have to put up with football being played using negative tactics. What we are really hoping for, however, is adventurous football, passionate football.

Preparations for World Cup 2006 are well underway; the stadiums are almost ready. Now it is time for, as it were, for the warm-ups to begin. The final trials for the so-called small World Cup, the Confederation Cup, will be held in summer 2005. Then, in December, the groups will be drawn in Leipzig, then the last trials will be held before the whistle is blown to start the opening game with the German national team in Munich.

Jürgen Klinsmann and his team of trainers have ambitious aims for the young team. They want to play for the title and become world champions. And that’s the right approach. Without doubt, enthusiasm and support from their own country will help them achieve this aim. I, at any rate, will be keeping my fingers crossed for them.

Gerhard Schröder
Chancellor

The countdown for World Cup 2006 begins!

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De profúndis

April 8th, 2005 Comments off

santopadre
Ioannes Paulus PP. II
Karol Wojtyla
18.V.1920 – 2.IV.2005

De profúndis clamávi ad te, Dómine: Dómine, exáudi vocem meam.
Fiant aures tuae intendéntes: in vocem deprecationes meae.
Si iniquitátes observaveris, Dómine: Dómine, quis sustinébit.
Quia apud te propitiátio est: et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Dómine.
Sustinuit ánima mea in verbo ejus: sperávit ánima mea in Dómino.
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem: specret Israel in Dómino.
Quia apud Dóminum misericordia: et copiósa apud eum redémptio.
Et ipse redimet Israel, ex ómnibus iniquitátibus ejus.

In paradísum : dedúcant te Angeli :
in túo advéntu suscípiant te Mártyres,
et perdúcant te in civitátem sánctam Jerúsalem.
Chórus Angelórum te suscípiat,
et cum Lázaro quondam páupere aetérnam hábeas réquiem.

Réquiem ætérnam dona ei Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei.
Requiéscat in pace Ioannes Paulus.

Amen.

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Knowing the Enemy

April 7th, 2005 1 comment

The Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) has once again proven why military intelligence is a contradiction in terms. The ISAFP has produced a propaganda CD entitled “Knowing the Enemy”, which according to the AFP is used as an information/education material. In the CD the ISAFP categorically branded legitimate peoples organizations as either front organizations or are influenced by the Communist Party of the Philippines. Also implicated as “enemies” are the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

This is nothing new. The military has been doing this cheap black propaganda since the martial law years. Leftist organizations are the usual targets in Government’s anti-communist witch-hunt. In fact, since January this year there were already more than ten leftist activitists assasinated. Even the church and media were also targets of the military’s witch-hunting before. Ask the military today why they are targetting the church and the media and you get the exact same answer spewed out by Marcos’ Generals before. They would just say, there are a lot of priests and nuns actively participating in anti-government rallies, and a lot of Church and media people are sympathizers of the communists. As if only to give consolation, what the AFP is saying now is that they added the church and media organizations not because they are their (AFP) targets but because they are targets for influencing by the CPP.

In its long drawn battle against the CPP, the AFP and the Government has not learned its lessons well. The battle against the communist insurgents is a battle of winning the hearts and minds of the people. It is more a battle of deeds than empty rethorics and propaganda. It is more a battle of credibility than run-of-the-mill witch-hunting and red-baiting.

The anti-poor and anti-people policies of government do not inspire people to become pro-government, it gives them reason to join anti-government rallies. The unabated summary executions and human rights violations committed by the AFP and the PNP does not silence the voice of dissent, it gives people more reason to take up arms. Gagging and harassing the media does not hide the truth, it opens the floodgates of critical opinion. Implicating the Church as an enemy of the state and being communist sympathizers does not silence the pulpit, it gives nourishment to liberation theology. The blatant graft and corruption in government does not encourage sympathy, it gives reason to change the government.The militarist mentality of the government does not create a situation of peace, it engenders revolution.

Indeed, knowing your enemy is a key element in warfare and in intelligence work. This makes the ISAFP proud of its piece of work. But the ISAFP had missed the other element which makes Knowing your enemy to be strategically and tactically effective – that is Knowing yourself. Just like during the Marcos dictatorship, the AFP and the Government, by their own doing became the number one recruiter for the communist cause. The most famous adage of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, ” Know Your Enemy, Know Yourself, Fight A Hundred Battles, Win A Hundred Battles” is not that hard to understand. Perhaps it is fully understood by the insurgents, which is why they are gaining the upperhand in the battle for the hearts and minds of the people.

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Sampung Kautusan ng Manginginum

April 4th, 2005 6 comments

Sampung Kautusan ng Manginginum

1. Huwag makulit habang umiinom
2. Huwag matakaw sa pulutan
3. Huwag patagalin ang baso…may nagaantay na iba!
4. Huwag uminon ng uminom…bumili ka naman!
5. Uminom ng diretso sa tiyan…huwag sa ulo!
– bawal magbasag
– bawal makipag-away
6. Huwag biglang mawala…magpaalam ka naman!
7. Magtira ng panlakad pauwi…kahit hinlalaki!
8. Huwag matulog habang umiinom
9. Huwag mayabang at maporma
10. Huwag matakot sa asawa o sa syota

Pinagtibay ng Pambansang Kongreso ng Alsa Baso
Abril 1(Araw ng mga Tanga) 2005
Isla Puting Bato

(Pinirmahan)

Basilio “Basyong” Bote
(Pangkalahatang Tangero)

Simplicio “Jun” Tagay
(Pambansang Kampai)

Rev. Jude “Padre Hudas” Hik
PO3 Maximo “Amok” Mamaril
Kagawad Salvador “Badong” Bukol
Mr. Sixto “Totoy” Mola
Bgy. Capt. Bartoldo “Bart” Dipaawat
Mrs. Ligaya “Uhaw” Mangakit
(Mga Pambansang Tagapagpayo)

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