Archive for July, 2005

Missing Person

July 5th, 2005 10 comments

NOTE: Ang advertisement na ito ay kathang isip lamang ng may-akda. Malamang totoo ito, malamang hindi, pero ang sigurado tayo missing si Garci at miss na siya ng sambayanang Pilipino. Garci, paramdam ka naman!

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Don’t just read history, make history.

July 3rd, 2005 7 comments

Yes, I was able to watch the LIVE 8 concert shown Live at ABC 5 last night.

I’m proud to have witnessed a historical event where people around the world were united not only because of music but more because of a cause. A cause that seeks to make poverty history. Unlike the previous Live Aid concerts, Live 8 is not about raising funds to help Africa. Live 8 is part of a campaign to raise consciousness and pressure powerful leaders of countries who compose the G8 to make a stand in addressing trade justice, dropping the debt and more and better aid. On June 6, 2005, eight of the most powerful men of the world will meet in Scotland to discuss matters that affects lives and the future of the poor countries of the world. They have in their power to decide it, we have the power to press them to do so.

I stayed glued to the TV till near dawn watching the concert bridged and performed simultaenously in London, Paris, Rome, Philadelphia, Berlin, Tokyo, Moscow, Canada and Johannesburg. Many veteran musicians who performed are my favorites, Sting, Bono and U2, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, UB40, to name a few. But what made me endure the marathon concert was not much about the musicians and their music. It is the fulfilling sense of solidarity, of being part of a world united for the cause of humanity. That’s what kept me awake. That’s what gives me reason to struggle and live.

I support this campaign not because of its hype but for our contry’s sake. The Philippines is among the heavily indebted countries of the South. The poor and marginalized of our peoples are the ones who pay the most for the country’s debt. They pay for it with taxes and they pay for it through the social services that the government does not provide because it chooses to pay the debt.

The sun was almost up when I went to bed. I snuggled beside my baby in dreamless slumber, kissed her forehead and whispered to her, “You know baby, the great Nelson Mandela said tonight, “sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great”… I want to be part of that generation. A generation that will build today a brighter future for all the babies of the world like you my darling angel.”

Don’t just read history, make (poverty) history by taking a stand and signing up here:

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A Postcard from Lyon

July 2nd, 2005 3 comments

Most postcards I received contains picture perfect sceneries with dedications that trifles on the trivial. Seldom do I receive postcards that are simple yet deep in thoughts. Here’s one that was just recently sent to me by a colleague, our INGO’s former Country Representative in the Philippines.


June 3, 2005: Lyon, France

Dear Cris,

“Although I do not believe in an after life, I will take some change of underwear” – Well, this statement by Woody Allen is the farthest possible point in a lay (agnostic, probably) vision of the world – it comes from an American, but it looks very European to me, totally apart from any crusade on terror, Islam and heretics of sort – there is no clash of civilizations, just plenty of stupid rulers.

All the Best,


Tom is now presently Country Representative to another INGO working in Indonesia. He’s giving me hints to work with him there. A thought that I’m also entertaining right now.

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Isa, dalawa, tatlo. . . ang tatay mong kalbo!

July 2nd, 2005 1 comment

I was tagged by Alan to answer these questions in threes a long time ago. My apologies Alan, pero huli man daw at magaling…late pa rin.hehehe..

Here goes…

Three names you go by:
1. Cris, 2. Criocksz, 3. Bay

Three screen names you have had:
1. Samuel Bilibit, 2. Heztas, 3. Pulp Fiction

Three physical things you like about yourself:
1. eyes, 2. hands, 3. ankles

Three physical things you don’t like about yourself:
1. beer belly, 2. feet, 3. legs

Three parts of your heritage:
1. Ilocano, 2. Bisaya, 3. Maranaw

Three things that scare you:
1. Rejection, 2. Assassination/Ambush (hehehehe, you don’t know…) 3. Snakes

Three of your everyday essentials:
1. Pack of cigarettes and a lighter, 2. Kiss to my wife and baby Maia, 3. coffee and news

Three of your favorite musical artists:
1. Bob Dylan, 2. Sting, 3. Laura Fygi (Maria Callas, Bach, U2, marami pa sana…)

Three of your favorite songs:
1. Times they are a changin (Bob Dylan), 2. Imagine (John Lennon), 3. What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

Three things you want in a relationship:
1. Understanding, 2. Communication, 3. Romance/Sex

Three lies and truths in no particular order:
(lies) 1. A new world is not possible, 2. The Moro people are troublemakers/ Muslims are terrorists, 3. Social inequity is fate and the main cause of poverty is indolence

1. Life is beautiful, 2. Nothing is absolute and no one is infallible, 3. Football is the Beautiful Game

Three physical things about the opposite sex that appeals to you:
1. Lips (pout), 2. Neck (throat, nape and the hollow between the collar bones), 3. Arse

Three of your favorite hobbies:
1. Singing, 2. Reading, 3. Travel

Three things you want to do really badly now:
1. Find a new job, 2. Vacation, 3. Early morning walk in the park with my Maia

Three careers you’re considering/you’ve considered:
1. Journalist, 2. Missionary, 3. Archeologist

Three places you want to go on vacation:
1. Thailand, 2. Europe, 3. Anywhere in the Philippines (except Metro Manila)

Three kid’s names you like:
1. Himaya Amarantha, 2. Saad Phoenix, 3. Xavier

Three things you want to do before you die:
1. Build my Japanese (Zen) Garden, 2. Write my Autobiography, 3. Have tea with my wife in my japanese garden while watching the sunset, 4. (hirit: See my grandchildren :))

Three ways that you are stereotypically a boy:
1. Impatient, 2. Mischievous, 3. Hot tempered

Three ways that you are stereotypically a girl:
1. Intuitive, 2. Vain, 3. Charming

Three celeb crushes:
1. Diana Zubiri, 2. Monica Bellucci, 3. Ashley Judd

There you go. You’re next.

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When God created the World, Brazil was already playing football

July 1st, 2005 1 comment

Not even the most serious political scandal in our country can take away my passion for football. In the midst of an intensfying political turmoil I’m still football crazy. And one thing that makes me gaga over football is Brazil . In the world of football, God is Brazilian, and I’m a believer.

After being defeated by Argentina in the FIFA World Cup Qualifying rounds three weeks ago, Brazil once again reminded the world that they are still Lords of the Beautiful Game. In Frankfurt, Germany, the Samba stars lifted the FIFA Confederation Cup after defeating arch-rival Argentina in the tournament finals with a commanding 4-1 victory. Brazil’s most famous star Ronaldo wasn’t in the team but he surely wasn’t missed as spectators relished the footballing brilliance of Brazil’s new rising stars, Adriano, Robinho, Kaka and of course the awe inspiring, Ronaldinho. The host team, Germany got the third place after defeating Mexico. The FIFA Confederation Cup tournament has given footballing fans all over the world something to whet the appetite for the coming World Cup 12 months from now. The tournament has already given the world a taste of how Brazil will defend its fifth World Cup crown.

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