Just Another Mother’s Day Greeting

No translations here since I’m pretty exhausted right now.

So after getting to celebrate Mother’s Day with my family for a few hours, I get to write an entry somewhat related to the day. Thanks to a genuine-sounding text message, (at least to me it comes across as such:)

Happy mother’r day to your mom at sa lahat ng ginawa mong ina. 🙂

To which I replied:

Matatawa na sana ko kaso wrong spelling yung “mother’s!” Hahahaha…

Of course I get the following reply in lieu of my former grammar police role elsewhere before:

Wala kang kupas Pat!

LOL! And they say I’m such a grouch when it comes to text messaging!

Anyway before it’s too late, I’d like to wish every mother out there a Happy Mother’s Day. Cheers to the timeless icon of selflessness and nurturing the young! 🙂

It’s Very Elementary…

For the nth time I’ve never been very much fond of forwarded stuff. I have to admit though that there are worthwhile ones that I come across with every now and then. I find the following for instance an excellent case in point even though I’ve heard it in the news recently.

I’m 100% sure that this income disparity is being replicated in almost all of the provinces in the Philippines. If we had more Ed Panlilios in our government, we would be just like Singapore in a short time. Read on……

We hope we are witnessing what will be a sustained revolution in good governance in the Province of Pampanga , under its newly elected governor, Fr. Ed Panlilio.

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer of August 26, only one month after Fr. Panlilio assumed his gubernatorial duties,the province’s income from the quarrying of volcanic ash from Mount Pinatubo had reached P29.4 million. (Haulers pay a fee of P300 per truck of volcanic ash that they haul from the quarry.)

By contrast, during his predecessor Mark Lapid’s term as governor, the province’s income from the same quarrying operations amount ed to only P29 million a year.
This gaping variation in official incomes from the same activity should inspire a new set of textbooks in Arithmetic, especially for the school children of Pampanga.

There is nothing like local color and local situations to cultivate comprehension in young
minds. *

Sample problems: If Fr. Ed’s provincial government can collect P29.4 million in 26 days (we assume no quarrying on Sundays), how much does it collect in one day?

Answer: An average of P1.130 million.

If Fr. Ed’s provincial government collects an average of P1.130 million a day from quarrying operations, how much can it collect in one year of 313 days(365
days less 52 Sundays)?

Answer: P353, 690,000, or P354 million. *

If Fr. Ed’s provincial government can collect P354 million a year, and Mark Lapid’s provincial government collected only P29 million a year, what is the difference in their official yearly collections? *

Answer: P325 million a year.

If Mark Lapid was governor for four years and his provincial government’s annual collections from quarrying amounted to an average of P29 million, how much did his provincial govt. officially collect in four years?

Answer: P116 million.

If Fr. Ed manages to remain as provincial governor for four years, and his provincial government’s annual collection from quarrying were to average P354 million, how much
will his provincial government collect in four years?

Answer: P1.416 billion. *

What is the difference between P1.416 billion and P116 million?

Answer: P1.3 billion.

Where did this P1.3 billion go?

Answer: Only God and the Lapids know. (‘Lapids’ is in plural because Mark, as a second-generation political dynast,succeeded his own father, now Sen. Lito Lapid.*

We don’t know how much Lito’s provincial government officially collected from quarrying operations during his watch. Should be a good investigative project for media.) *

If **Gawad Kalinga spends an average of P75,000 per low cost house, how many low-cost houses can P1.3 billion build? *

Answer: 17,333 low-cost houses.

If the average Pampanga family were to consist of five persons(father, mother, three children), how many people would be benefited by 17,333 low-cost houses?

Answer: 86,665 persons. *

End of Arithmetic lesson.*

Fr. Ed is to be congratulated for setting a high benchmark for collection from quarrying operations against which his predecessors have a moral obligation
to explain why their collections were so low, and against which future governors will be judged by the people of Pampanga. *

Volcanic ash, by the way, is a superior building material. Many of the buildings, aqueducts & monuments of the Roman Empire that have survived for almost 2,000
years are known to have been built w/ volcanic ash, quarried from the environs of Mount Vesuvius after it erupted in 79 AD.

We don’t expect Fr.Ed’s moral victory in Pampanga to be remembered for the next 2,000yrs. We would be happy with five, ten or 20 years, enough,
we hope, to spawn a moral-revolution- by- example to save the Filipinos from their worst enemies – themselves.

GOOD LUCK Philippines. ..*

*”Therefore, the primary cause of poverty is not overpopulation of the Phil! *

*It’s because our counrty is overpopulated with corrupt officials.*

Could’ve, Would’ve, Should’ve’s

Never been a fan of forwarded stuff but this one sure looks genuine. A quick web search reveals that according to local dailies’ a certain Carlo Cruz did lose his wife during the Glorietta explosion last Friday.

So I’m taking time out to post his piece on his loss:

Good day everyone,

I wish I were writing under different circumstances.

I would like to inform you that my wife Leslie Cruz
was part of the casualties in the Glorietta 2 Mall
bombing in Makati City, Philippines. She was supposed
to have a minor out patient surgery at Makati Medical
Center at 230pm.

I had taken a leave from work to accompany her there.
We dropped off our daughter, Amber, at my parents
place in QC to babysit at around 10am. We then
proceeded to Makati and was there at 1230pm. Since she
had been fasting in preparation for her procedure, she
wanted to move around and listen to some music while I
grabbed a bite to eat. We parked at the basement of
Park Square 2, and headed for the Glorietta 2
entrance. We parted at the top of the escalator, she
turned right towards Filbar’s while I went left
towards the restaurants. That was the last time I
would see her.

Around 120pm, she had called me so that we can meet at
the Glorietta 2 exit just in time to make her
appointment. As I made my way there from Glorietta 1
through the connecting hallways, and was about to turn
the corner, I heard 2 deep thumps and the shock-wave
from the blast hit me. At that moment my heart dropped
as I knew that the origin of the blast came from the
same place where we were supposed to meet. I tried
getting to where my wife was, but the dust was too
much and it was as if I was staring at a white wall.

I still tried to convince myself that she was able to
make it out, and that after ringing her mobile without
a response only meant that she dropped it in the
confusion. After 6 hours of searching from Makati Med.
to Ospital ng Makati, the blast site, and back again
to MMC – with the help of all the people I could get
hold of, that I was able to get confirmation in what
the state of my wife was.

My Dad and Uncle signaled me in from the ER of MMC. My
Uncle (who’s a doctor) asked me to describe Leslie’s
appearance to another group of doctors. I saw in the
eyes of one that the description made sense. Instead
of confirming it to me, they huddled together, then
brought me to a small examination room. It was only
through a digital camera that I was able to confirm
(and deny) that she was indeed gone.

I have so many regrets. I should have met her sooner.
I should have ran instead of a brisk walk. I should
have not chose to park where I did. I should have
braved the dust and went in the blast site. I should
have …

Today’s the 4th day. It is still terribly difficult to
breathe, let alone wake up realizing that your source
of strength, your best friend doesn’t lie beside you
on your bed. That my deepest worry is when Amber
starts asking for her Mama.

I am glad that Amber’s too young to understand the
loss and pain. In time I would like to tell her the
details of how her mother died, but more importantly I
would like to raise her as how her mother lived – a
loving person, strong willed, decisive, caring, and
nurturing. She has always cared for her family and
friends, and sacrfied her career for being a full time
mom and home maker.

As with all couples we had our ups and downs – none of
which I regret not going through. The sweet is never
as sweet without the sour. For almost 4 years of
marriage, we’ve finally hit our balance in life only
to be taken away in an instant. I have no regrets
about our marriage. She has loved me and Amber beyond
her capacity. I will always love her.

It is my first time to write to egroup as I’ve lurked
and watched emails being sent to and fro. All I want
now is that for each of the couples here is to cherish
each moment that we spend with our loved ones. Pretty
simple to say, very easy to take for granted.

Thank you all for the prayers. I would still like to
ask you to please include Leslie in them until her
40th day so that the path to God’s kingdom is well lit
and she is no longer in the dark.


Carlo Cruz

That’s the Fifth Time Today

The Glorietta explosion last Friday not only got a lot of people killed and hurt but also got the country’s urban populace terrified to say the least. If the perpetrators of that incident had terrorism in mind, they sure got what they wanted. Until now the whole thing’s still under investigation.

What I don’t appreciate about bothered people is the fact that they have to forward something that’s obviously hard to verify. Take the following IM I got at least 5x today:

mgandang gabi s inyong laht isa ako na muslim taga lanao gsto ku po malmn ng laht pra umabot 2 sa mnila ktatpos now lng ang plan ni sheik ang utak s gloryeta plan nla pasbugin ang isa s traynoma sm mega 168 mrt union bank quiapo rcbc hsbc at marmi pa wag ipsa s kakilala nnyo na muslim bka mlmn nla n may nagkalat be4 nov 1 ang pagsabog gamit van na sskyan.

I don’t know about other people but I’d never send something that obviously offends people belonging to a particular religion and minority and easily sows terror among people going about with their own business near on or exactly in those places mentioned without actually placing such an alarming message under responsible scrutiny. Sadly because of last Friday’s events, it became understandable for people to be led to pass on such messages through SMS, IM or email.

Please keep in mind however that it still isn’t a good idea to pass on information which you yourself can’t vouch for.

Stairs Standard

Just weeks before I get another ball into my juggling act, I encounter something to remind me to proceed with caution as I was searching for stuff to give me more ideas as to what to expect at UPOU.

Nope, either image’s scary. Guess it’s just part of the back-to-school jitters.


Here’s a worthwhile forwarded email I won’t mind seeing in an entry here. I would even go on further to encourage any interested reader to copy the following content and forward it to all your contacts to add to sensible stuff passed around.

Dear Y’all,

Please spend a few minutes to read thereby saving many happy years
of living.

ICE (In case of Emergency)

We all carry our mobile phones with hundreds of names/ numbers
stored in its memory but yet nobody, other than ourselves, know which of these
numbers belong to our near and dear ones?

In case we are involved in an accident or had a heart attack and the
people attending us get hold of our mobile phone but don’t know which
number to call to inform our family members. Yes, there are many numbers
stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?

For this reason, we must have one or more telephone numbers stored
under the name ICE (In case of Emergency) in our mobile phones.

Recently, the concept of “ICE” is catching up quickly. It is simple,
an important method of contact during emergency situations.

As cell phones are carried by majority of the population, just store
the number of a contact person or person who should be contacted at
during emergency as ICE” (meaning In Case of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when they went
to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients,
but they didn’t know which number to call.

He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a
nationally recognized name for this purpose.

Following a disaster in London, the East Anglican Ambulance Service
has launched a national “In case of Emergency (ICE)” campaign.

In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital
staff would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by simply
dialing the number stored as “ICE”.

Please forward this. It won’t take too many “forwards” before every
body will know about this.

It really could save your life, or put a loved one’s mind at rest.

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.
A great idea that will make a difference!

Let’s spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our
mobile phones today! Please forward to all your nearest and dearest…

Seems plausible to me.

A Few Things to Think About

Those who know me know that I’m one forwarded-email/text hater. Forward something of that stuff to me and more often, I already encountered that weeks, months or even years ago.

No one can blame me really. I’ve been using cellphones and the internet for more than 10 years now.

Anyway, I’m letting this one in for the Holy Week. I’ve encountered most of its parts in separate forwarded emails in the past but what the heck! I’ve started the lenten-blog-entries with this and this last year so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have another one this time.

God: Hello. Did you call me?

Me: Called you? No. Who is this?

God: This is GOD. I heard your prayers. So I thought I will Chat.

Me: I do pray. Just makes me feel good. I am actually busy now. I am in the midst of something.

God: What are you busy at? Ants are busy too.

Me: Don’t know. But I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic. It’s rush hour all the time.

God: Sure. Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you results. Activity consumes time. Productivity frees it.

Me: I understand. But I still can’t figure out. By the way, I was not expecting YOU to buzz me on instant messaging chat.

God: Well, I wanted to resolve your fight for time, by giving you some clarity. In this net era, I wanted to reach you through the Medium you are comfortable with.

Me: Tell me, why has life become complicated now?

God: Stop analyzing life. Just live it. Analysis is what makes it complicated.

Me: Why are we then constantly unhappy?

God: Your today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday. You are worrying because you are analyzing. Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.

Me: But how can we not worry when there is so much uncertainty?

God: Uncertainty is inevitable, but worrying is optional.

Me: But then, there is so much pain due to uncertainty…

God: Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.

Me: If suffering is optional, why do good people always suffer?

God: Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer. With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.

Me: You mean to say such experience is useful?

God: Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.

Me: But still, why should we go through such tests? Why can’t we be free from problems?

God: Problems are Purposeful Roadblocks Offering Beneficial Lessons to Enhance Mental Strength. Inner strength comes from struggle and endurance, not when you are free from problems.

Me: Frankly in the midst of so many problems, we don’t know where we are heading…

God: If you look outside you will not know where you are heading. Look inside. Looking outside, you dream. Looking inside, you awaken. Eyes provide sight. Heart provides insight.

Me: Sometimes not succeeding fast seems to hurt more than moving In the right direction. What should I do?

God: Success is a measure as decided by others. Satisfaction is a measure as decided by you. Knowing the road ahead is more satisfying than knowing you rode ahead. You work with the compass. Let others work with the clock.

Me: In tough times, how do you stay motivated?

God: Always look at how far you have come rather than how far you have to go. Always count your blessing, not what you are missing.

Me: What surprises you about people?

God: When they suffer they ask, “why me?” When they prosper, they never ask “Why me?” Everyone wishes to have truth on their side, but few want to be on the side of the truth.

Me: Sometimes I ask, who am I, why am I here. I can’t get the answer.

God: Seek not to find who you are, but to determine who you want to be. Stop looking for a purpose as to why you are here. Create it. Life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation.

Me: How can I get the best out of life?

God: Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

Me: One last question. Sometimes I feel my prayers are not answered.

God: There are no unanswered prayers. At times the answer is NO.

Me: Thank you for this wonderful chat. I am so happy to start the New Day with a new sense of inspiration.

God: Well. Keep the faith and drop the fear. Don’t believe your doubts and doubt your beliefs. Life is a mystery to solve, not a problem to resolve. Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live.

No wonder they pay analysts so much. Good thing His message wasn’t along the lines of “It’s time my son…”