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Kay Noy ipagkakatiwala ang kinabukasan

In keeping with the conviction that the Internet is a forum for the voice of the people to be heard, we asked Noy’s Facebook fans, “Bakit nais ninyong kay Noy ipagkatiwala ang kinabukasan ng ating bayan?” In two days, we got 200 responses. Here’s some of the responses, unscripted, unedited, undirected. Take a look at what YOU got to say. Read the rest of this entry »


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Corruption: An Inconvenient Truth

Tired of the never-ending exposés on graft and corruption? Changing the leadership or the system isn’t as easy as it may sound. Fortunately, you can affect your own corner of the world. But that change has to start first from within.

by Rick Olivares

Public display of corruption
The man behind the clerk’s counter took a long puff from a cigarette then exhaled. If the menthol in the stick soothed his nerves, first his actions, then words, betrayed his true emotions. “Mga aktibista,” he spat. “Hindi pa nila naintindihan ang takbo ng mundo.”

This monologue happened recently at the Land Transportation Office in Cubao, Quezon City, where a couple of college students had put up a few posters with a stinging message in big bold and black letters: WAG MAGLALAGAY PARA SA MAPAYAPANG PILIPINAS.

A cabbie of perhaps 40-plus summers was renewing his license when he overheard the clerk’s muttered disdain. He laughed and chimed in, “Mga bata pa…”

It was as if the man had pronounced the students with all finality, that once they’ve graduated from college to the real world, they will understand its machinations and the convenience of skirting the proper way.

Apparently, the driver had some problems with his license due to a vehicular accident, and for his license to clear, he greased the palms of the man behind the counter. Only when the pesos were counted did the clerk allow a mirthless smile. “Sige, okay na. Pwede mo na kunin.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Noynoy Aquino’s Speech at Liberal Party Convention

November 16, 2009
Balay, Expo Centro, Cubao Quezon City

Nais ko pong pasalamatan ang aking mga kapwa Liberal dahil sa inyong pagsuporta sa amin ni Mar. Tinuturing ko pong isang napakalaking karangalan ang inyong mainit na pagtanggap sa amin ng akin pong partner. At siguro po, talagang napakasarap marinig ang inyong suporta dahil ito po ay nanggagaling sa mga Liberal, na noon at ngayon, talaga naman pong marangal.

Sa panahon ng kampanyahan at eleksyon, mayroon po kayang hihigit pa sa ipinakita sa ating halimbawa ni Mar Roxas, na kayang-kayang isantabi ang personal na ambisyon para sa ikabubuti ng nakakarami; patunay na nagsisilbi sa nakakarami, parati. Read the rest of this entry »

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A country (and a body) to die for

Think it’s just art? Mae Paner is Juana Change and she embodies the popular sentiment that “we’ve had enough.”

by Rick Olivares

In a place that is known to be a bastion of change and a challenge to the status quo, the University of the Philippines remains unobtrusive in its lush greenery and decades-old buildings.

But this is an institution for learning and one should remember about never judging a book by its cover. Or in this case, a building by its façade.

A statue of an old Rajah warrior king stands in front of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum; perhaps a guardian for the art and culture that resides within its walls. After all, it’s powerful stuff more so for the message that needs to be imparted.

“Come in. Come in,” invited Mae Paner who in her Juana Change identity was dressed as Warrior Woman in armor of native wicker design.

A couple of hundred people braved the inclement weather last Thursday afternoon, November 5, to attend the opening of Pangatawanan Mo Nah, an exhibit featuring the works of 36 painters, photographers, and sculptors – all featuring Juana Change in her feisty and naked glory.

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