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Archive for August 29th, 2008


Denial, acceptance, joy and change! 13

Posted on August 29, 2008 by jimparedes
 

I (again) received an email from a friend asking me to verify whether I sent out an email about someone almost getting raped in Katipunan. I forget the full details now.  It was written in the first person. Apparently it has been going around for some three years now. When I typed my name one time in Technorati.com to find out which blogs carried some of my writings, I saw this same story in about 5 or 6 other blogs.

For the nth time, the letter did not originate from me. I got it from some classmate and when I passed it on, it all of a sudden carried me as the originator.  This is the final word. If you write me asking if I did write it, I will not answer the mail anymore.

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A waitress in Baguio, three stewardesses, one steward, a socialite, an ambassador’s wife, some nuns,  alumni and other people have let me know that they read my column at the Philippine Star every Sunday, or visit this blog. I’ve also been getting a lot of feedback on my two blogs about them. I am of course, thrilled no end!

I have also been playing judge at Kamusta.com of essays written by Filipinos overseas. Every week, I assign a topic for them to write about. The first one was “my First Foreign Affair”. The second one was anything funny that has happened to them while overseas. This week, the topic is ‘my best foreign friend.’

It’s easy to join. Accepting entries now.  Just 1000 characters, and make it interesting, and of course, submit this on time. Sundays are the deadlines. Visit the site for more info.

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Am glued watching the Democratic Nomination Convention and i just love the way they utilize music to introduce the speakers. Michelle Obama was welcomed with Stevie Wonder’s ‘I was made to love her’ and she exited with “Isn’t she lovely’. Bill Clinton had  Fleetwood Mac’s  “Don’t stop thinking about tommorrow’, also his signature campaign song. Al Gore just came in walking to the podium as “Let the sunshine in’ played to cheering crowds.


Earlier, Stevie Wonder himself sang two songs! he is still among my favorite artists of all time! I can complain a lot about America but I so admire how its popular music has captured the hearts of people all over the world.

I really hope that Barrack wins the election. I can imagine the big disappointment that will descend on the young in America and the rest of the world if he doesnt. The old must give in to the new. The new world is being born. A black man is running for President. A woman almost made it. China is a new world power poised to be THE dominant power in a decade. India, Brazil, Argentina, and so many others are emerging as well.

The Republican Party is so yesterday! They still believe that Guantanamo, the war on Iraq were  good, that torture is OK. They were willing to close down the UN, and to act unilaterally far too many times. They brought America from surplus to debt. They brought the sub-prime crisis. They should be booted out.

Barack  meanwhile represents the future if America still wants to be a dominant player. He is certainly not perfect. But he is young, bright, and correct in so many issues. Even Bush is now negotiating a deadline on withdrawal with the Iraqis, talking to Iran, the very same ideas voiced out by Barack a year ago at the very  least and was ridiculed by the Republicans. And the best thing is he represents America’s avowed ideals of equality, and even competitiveness and has more people-oriented policies.

Meanwhile, the Philippines continues to marinate in mediocrity, corruption, inertia, deceptions and fear. Leaders of real change, if you are out there, please come out now! To the other politicians, stop your plans to run and make way for real changes. We need Big Changes, not the small change that’s  thrown back at us after you guys have stolen all the people’s money.


We are so looking forward to an end to the Gloria regime in 2010 and get our country REALLY moving!

Panahon! Magbago na! Sawang-sawa na ako sa lumang sistema!

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Imagine a REAL science museum in the Philippines! Just saw a video of what a first  class science museum being built in the Philippines will look like.  Click on this.

It will be amazing to see. I thank the visionaries behind this who from the looks of it seem to have invested good money for the  far-reaching goals of getting us Filipinos fascinated with science and encourage our curiosity!

Two thumbs up  guys!!


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