Archive for June 2008

Fun in Tacloban

June 28, 2008

After the tragic and traumatic events that happened few days ago, Tacloban City will be celebrating Sangyaw Festival tomorrow, June 29.

That’s how resilient Pinoys are. No matter how scarred we are, we can still manage to put on a happy face. Having said that, everything is set for Sangyaw Festival.

I haven’t watched Sangyaw Festival before. I actually thought that it’s the replacement of Pintados Kasadyaan Festival. I just knew lately, (from a reader) that Sangyaw Festival and Pintados Kasadyaan Festival are separate festivals. Pintados Kasadyaan Festival was held last June 27.  I also learned from him that the former was organized by the city government while the latter is organized by the provincial government. Wheew! I got totally confused ’cause I haven’t heard about Sangyaw Festival before. Thanks to Benjie Retuerto. I don’t know you personally but thanks for the info.

I’m afraid I could’t tell you what “Sangyaw” means. I was born in Leyte but grew up in Cavite. That expains why I don’t understand some high-falluting Waray  terms. Nevertheless, Sangyaw Festival would still be as grandiose as Pintados. It has just gone bigger and better. 

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It was published on Tacloban City’s official website that Councilor Cristina Gonzales Romualdez (the former actress and now the wife of Tacloban City’s mayor) has invited some city mayors to join the festival parade. Her efforts paid off because there will be contingents from Cebu, Bacolod, Surigao, CDO, and others vying for the half million cash prize. It’s really something to watch out for.

But unfortunately I would have to miss it…again. It was in 2006 when I last watched, or should I say joined the event. I was then an intern at M.O.R. Tacloban (the local FM Station of ABS-CBN). I really didn’t understand why we had to ramble through the city and be “flaming hot” at the end of the day. Nobody knew I have a fever that time. Thank God I didn’t pass out in the middle of the street. I could have been in the headlines the next day.

But that didn’t stop me from watching concerts of Brownman Revival and Sugarfree. Nothing can stop me from doing what I will (Dingdong, pahiram muna ng linya ha) haha. There’s always plenty of nightlife in Tacloban in June. You can actually drink til you drop. The whole RTR Plaza is provided for drunkards like me. hehe.   

There’s more to that. This could also a chance for you guys to visit some historical places and landmarks in Tacloban City and in some neighboring towns.

letye ph.jpg Capitolyo han Leyte san juanico bridge mcarthur.jpg

(The photo of San Juanico Bridge was taken by Sir Gerry Ruiz)

I had to to grab other photos from my former classmate Melody de Luna without her go signal. I asked for her permission, though. hehe.

This could be the perfect occasion for those who want to experience fun and excitement in this side of the region.

If you’re free this weekend, fly to Tacloban and you’ll surely have fun…

’cause once you see Leyte, you shall return!   

 Log on to http://tacloban.gov.ph for more info and updates.

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Aftermath

June 25, 2008

“The subscriber cannot be reached. Please try again later”.

That was the only response I got yesterday when I dialled my bro’s number 10 times and my sis’ 8 times. Yeah. I had to check my call log to get the figures.

I haven’t called my family for a week. I’m a bit worried ’cause Eastern Visayas, specifically Leyte, was not an exemption to Frank’s heavy downpour of rain and strong wind. I didn’t have the slightest idea as to how Frank devastated my ever dearest hometown. 

So I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a massive blackout in some parts of Leyte. And that could be the reason why they can’t charge their phones right now. I don’t even wanna think about it but some cellsites could have been destroyed, leaving Globe subscribers with no choice than to wait until everything goes back to normal. I hope not, ’cause with Globe Abot mo ang mundo.

That happened before when Milenyo slammed Eastern Visayas and some parts of the country in December 2006. Milenyo caused much damage than I could ever imagine. After days of floods and rains, roads were covered with leaves (and even trees) and good amount of wastes that required weeks to clear. Trees blocked roads and made them barely passable.

We went back to basics. I mean, we had to use poso for water and gasera for light. Appliances were completely useless. There was a power failure for almost a month. We had to celebrate Noche Buena and Media Noche in dim light. We felt so isolated. No electicity. Think of the katutubos in the mountains and Tabon men. That’s how we lived for almost a month.

After days of boredom and nights of darkness , the power was finally restored…

Going back to the present, my bro finally gave me a ring today. It was such a relief to know they’re okay. But Frank caused much damage on Pinoys’ lives. Not only it wreaked havoc on almost all parts of Pinas, but it also sank a ship. Imagine how many people Frank killed. Imagine how many people got homeless. With Samsung, it’s not that hard to imagine. ahehe

I hate you, Frank! I’ve never hated someone or something like this before. I’m cursing you at the top of my lungs. Get lost! (I think he’s really gone). hehe. 

2-Day Weekend Escapade

June 20, 2008

A week has passed and I can’t help but recall what happened last weekend…

BAD TRIP
I had the chance to go home last weekend. I dunno if could really call that a chance since that was just an ordinary two-day weekend for me. But then again, I decided to visit my hometown once again.

Actually, it was the fiesta in my grandma’s place. We also have a hut in that place where my dad stays whenever he’s watching over our fishpond.

Since my time was limited, I decided to ride Supercat eventhough it would cost me much higher than the usual fare. I left the office at 4 PM and rushed to my boarding house to get the bags that I packed the night before. Unfortunately, I missed the trip. WTF! What’s worse is that I had to pay P275. Geez, I just missed the trip. Cool! Now I know how Supercat value the time and convenience of their passengers.

I had no choice ’cause Supercat doesn’t have trips anymore. BUt there’s no turning back. I was holding a bag of school supplies for my nieces. I wanted to hand them personally so I had to choose Plan B – catch a trip at 10 PM and arrive in Tacloban the next morning. Grrr…You don’t have an idea how exhausting that is! Thanks to my blogger friends who texted while I’m on my way. That eased my boredom, somehow.

[FAST FORWARD]

THE REUNION
After 8 long hours of travel, I finally got home! I didn’t mind the chilly ocean breeze which made me awake all night. They were all waiting for me, with warm smiles and excitement. I handed some pasalubongs. It was so pleasing to see the smiles on my pamangkins’  faces . I felt glad to see my family.

FIESTA! FIESTA!
Fiesta means yummy food and overflowing drinks! After a quick bath, I gobbled some food at home. The buko salad that my mom prepared was a big plus!

I have many relatives in that place so invitations kept on coming! Woohoo! It was fun hopping through houses where food were served for nothing. And drinks, too! hehe.

BARKADA’S NIGHT OUT
I was just a bit tipsy at the end of the day so I still managed to go home (to our second house) hehe. My friends, as usual, knew what we would do when I arrive – drink! hehe.

But before that, we watched a graduation of something. I dunno how to describe that exactly. All I know is that the “tanods” and others who enrolled attended sessions of martial arts training. There I saw the trainer hacked the coconut with his hand. Waahhh…Pretty exciting, huh! 

BIRIT TO THE MAX!
Drinking session won’t be complete without “lousy” singing. hehe. The only videoke machine was rented for the graduation or something. So, we had no choice than to set up our own table. Of course, we had (I mean, I had) to buy our drinks. Shortly, the singing turned into dancing! Waahhh…

Time really flies when you’re having fun! It was 3:30 AM when we all went home. 

PARTY, AGAIN?
The next day, my cousin invited me to his daughter’s party – kiddie party! haha. The party was fun! But only spent 2 hours there ’cause I had to go back to Cebu…

DEPARTURE

I left our place at 5:15 PM. I also left conversations with my family and bonding moments with my friends.

Here I am again, too distant and solitary…       

 
 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Father Is…

June 16, 2008

A CHAIN SMOKER. He started smoking at a very young age. He can consume two packs of cigarettes a day. Minsan ko na syang kinainisan dahil sa bisyong to. But eventually I learned to understand him. Nasanay na kong langhapin ang nakakasulasok na usok na binubuga nya. Muntik na nga rin akong mahawa nun. Buti na lang nakontrol ko pa. Isang taon na kong di nagyo-yosi.  hehe. Sa kanya din nagmana dalawa kong kuya. Kung sabay-sabay silang manigarilyo baka maisip ng mga neybors ko na nasusunog na bahay namin.

A COFFEE ADDICT. He drinks a lot of coffee. Pero wag ka, lagi pa syang tinitimpalahan ni ermat. Lumalagok sya ng kape habang naninigarilyo. Adik erpat ko di ba? Gawin bang alak ang kape at pulutan ang sigarilyo. But he’s not a drunkard like me. Dalawang tagay pa lang ng beer eh namumula at nalalasing na yon. Ewan ko ba kung kanino ko namana ang pagiging lasenggo. 

A WOMANIZER. He had some illicit affairs when I was young. Medyo papalicious pa daw kasi sya nun kaya lapitin ng mga chicks. Thanks to my martyr understanding mother at di pa rin ako lumaki sa isang broken family. Pero minsan silang nag-away at binato ng baso ermat ko. Sapul sa ulo si ermat at may naiwan pang peklat. 

A FRUSTRATED SINGER. I’ve said this on my last post. Mahilig syang kumanta at classic ang paborito nya. haha. Minsan boses nya ang gumigising sa kin sa umaga. Ang aga-aga bumibirit na ala-Tom Jones. Minsan nagkakaproblema sya sa diction pero pasado naman siguro. I would never forget the time when we sang Always by Bon Jovi together. hehe.

A GOOD PROVIDER. He works hard to earn a living for our pamily. Ayan, nahawa na ko kay Janina. I mean, family. haha. Iginapang (di ba pwedeng nilakad na lang?) nya pag-aaral ko. Dumaan kami sa butas ng karayom nun. Nag-transform muna kami into thread para makapasok sa butas. Haayyy…corny! Seriously, kahit isangla  nya konti naming lupain namin gagawin nya may ipang-tustos lang sa pag-aaral ko. May sarili na kong trabaho ngayon pero di nila inaasa lahat sa kin. Sya nagpapatakbo ng palaisdaan namin. Di nya iniinda ang mabibigat na trabaho sa fishpond kahit lagi syang bilad sa araw. Kaya yun, para kaming mocha at tsokolate pag magkatabi. LOL.   

Tay, I apologize for the things that I’ve said and done before. Sorry kung nasagot kita ng pabalang nun. Sorry kung minsan di ako umuutang ng sigarilyo mo sa tindahan ng kapitbahay natin. Sorry kung di kita pinagtitimpla ng kape. At sorry kung minsan kitang napaiyak dahil sa katigasan ng ulo ko.

I just hope that God would give us more years to spend together! Happy Father’s Day, Daddudes!

 
 

QuesTUNE

June 10, 2008

I love music. I grew up listening to diffent music genres. My dad is a music enthusiast. Perhaps, I developed my love for music because of him. He used to sing when he was a bit younger. At home, he has a huge collection of VCDs of Frank Sinatra, Engelbert Humperdink and Tom Jones. hehe.

When I was a kid, I used to turn on our radio set (the one with the picture of an actress) and listen to my fave songs. I was a big fan of Eraserheads and Rivermaya, two of the most popular bands in the early 90’s. I was influenced by my brothers who also like those bands.  

Later on, I became a fan of RnB/Soul. I liked the music of Babyface, Damage, Boyz 2 Men, R. Kelly, Puff Daddy to name a few. It’s weird but most of my fave artists are black Americans. I dunno why. I think it’s because a black artist has a distinct and soulful voice, something that can give you chills and goosebumps.

There are so many songs that I like – RnB is the best music genre for me. But I also like Alternative and a bit of Pop.

Holy crap! I should cut this very long introduction. Time to tell the real purpose of this post. I have a tag guys. I’d like to know your fave songs and find out if we have the same tastes when it comes to music.

Here’s the rule: Answer the questions with song titles (your fave songs or songs that you like to play most of the times). No side comments please. Let the song titles explain your answer.

The questions and my answers:
1.) How am I feeling today?
– Lonely (Neyo)

2.) Where/when will I get married?
– Elevator – Flo Rida feat Timbaland

3.) What is my best friend’s theme song?
– Best I Ever Had (Vertical Horizon)

4.) What is/was highschool like?
– Teenage Love Affair (Alicia Keys)

5.) What is the best thing about me?
– Touch My Body (Mariah Carey)

6.) How is today going to be?
– The Hardest Thing (98 degrees)

7.) What is in store for this weekend?
– Home (Daughtry)  

8.) What song describes my parents?
– Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Middler )

9.) How is my life going?
– Hangin’ By A Moment (Lifehouse)

10.) What song will they play at my funeral?
– I Will Be Here (Steven Curtis Chapman)  

11.) How does the world see me?
– The World’s Greatest (R. Kelly)

12.) What do my friends really think of me?
– Inconsolable (Backstreet Boys)

13) Do people secretly lust after me?
– Yeah (Usher)

14.) How can I make myself happy?
– I’ll Make Love to You (Boyz 2 Men)

15.) What should I do with my life?
– Go The Distance (Michael Bolton)

16.) Will I ever have children?
– Someday We’ll Know (Mandy Moore & Jonathan Foreman)

17.) What is some good advice?
– Realize (Colbie Calliat)

18.) What do I think my current theme song is?
– Accidentaly In Love (Counting Crows)

19.) What does everyone else think of my current life?
– Half Crazy (Johnny Gil) 

20.) What type of men/women do you like?
– Beautiful In My Eyes (John Denver)

21.) Will you get married?
– One Sweet Day (Boyz 2 Men & Mariah Carey)

22.) What should I do with my love life?
– I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing (Aerosmith)

23.) Where will you live?
– Wherever You Will Go (The Calling)

24.) What will your dying words be?
– Love Will Keep Us Alive (Eagles)

I’d also like these bloggers to do this! Tag ko ang mga kantaterong sina:

Popoy, Cedeux, Xienah, Rio, Y, Geisha, Wei, Watusiboy

sCAREGIVER

June 7, 2008

P(re).S.

Gusto ko lang linawin na di ako binayaran ng Star Cinema para sa post na to. Kusa kong ginawa ang post na to upang ipahayag ang sarili kong opinyon. hehe.

There are a lot of movies to choose from. There’s Sex and the City. There’s Kung Fu Panda. There’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. And there are some other movies that you can watch in theaters right now. There are a lot of options for us moviegoers (am I, anyway).

But Pinoy movies won’t lag behind the must-see list. There’s Cagegiver of Sharon Cuneta. hehe. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a Sharonian but I think this movie is something that I should watch.

Napanood ko yung full trailer a week ago. That was not the first time I saw it. Ewan ko pero parang maraming versions ang trailer eh. Nagustuhan ko yung version na napanood ko that time. In that scene, may sinabi yong pasyente. Di ko lang masyadong kabisado yong linya kasi di ko pa naman talaga napanood yong pelikula.

Makabagbag-damdamin at makapanindig-balahibo yung binitawang salita nung pasyente. Bato ang puso nyo kung di kayo na-touch dun. hehe. Di ako mahilig sa drama pero naa-appreciate ko naman ang ganitong mga pelikula. I had goosebumps when I saw that scene. That very scene gave me chills, something that I can only experience when I watch creepy movies and when I listen to my fave songs. 

Sa trailer pa lang eh magkakaroon ka na ng insight kung ano ang gustong iparating ng pelikula – na di madali ang maging isang caregiver.

Naisip ko tuloy, ano kaya kung Nursing kinuha kong course nun? Siguro caregiver na rin ako ngayon. Marahil nagpapainom na rin ako ng lason gamot ngayon sa matatanda at ulyaning mga pasyente. Siguro taga-tanggal na rin ako ng adult diaper at taga-pahid ng puwet ng mga dumudumi.

Ganyan pala ka-challenging ang trabaho ng isang caregiver. Susmaryosep! Kayanin kaya ng sikmura ko yun? Siguro kayanin ko na lang pag bawat punas naman eh dolyar ang katapat. Seriously, I would have took BS Nursing if my parents could finance my studies. Kaso kapos kami sa budget eh. My allowance as a municipal scholar was not enough for me to study in a med school. Yung allowance ko per sem eh kasya lang siguro sa araw-araw kong allowance. hehe. Kaya yun, AB Communication na lang ang kinuha kong kurso. Kinuha ko yun sa napakababaw na rason – gusto kong maging DJ. Walang f*u*ialaman! hehe.

My dream to work as a caregiver abroad was shattered. Yun lang talaga ang naisip kong paraan para makalabas ng Pinas. Ayoko namang bigla na lang sumugod kung saan dahil baka sa bangketa ako humantong. Pero di man ako naging caregiver, ayos lang. Alam kong may ibang trabaho pa kong mapapasukan. Sa mga caregiver, saludo po ako sa inyo!

If you’re planning to watch a movie, go and watch Caregiver. Nagsa-suggest na ko kahit di ko napanood. hehe. Wag makayong mahiya! Tangkilikin natin ang pelikulang Pilipino.

A film can be a powerful medium of communication. A film can entertain and convey a message at the same time. Having said that, Caregiver has it all! Don’t dare miss it! haha.

 

 

 

Bored Yet Happy

June 4, 2008

Parang na-mental block na naman ako ngayon. Alam kong napansin nyo rin yun kasi ang tagal kong nakapag-update. hehe. Maraming paksang pwedeng isulat pero wala akong maisip na matino. I’m bombarded with so many bits of information every day but my brain can’t process all of them. Di ko ma-absorb lahat at minsan eh umaatake pa ang memory gap. Ang mas malala pa eh wala din namang nangayayari sa kin na newsworthy or something interesting that my readers would like to read. In other words, my life is pretty boring and dull.

If I’m not working in the office, you can find me on my bed while watching TV. Kung kaya nga lang magsalita ang TV baka sabunin na ko at i-remind na dodoble ang electric bill namin. Flaming hot lang naman sya pag ino-off ko. Minsan nga eh isang manipis na linya na lang ang nag-appear sa screen. Buti na lang naayos pa ng kapit-boarding house namin for P200.haha.

If I’m not watching TV, you can see me hanging out in the mall. Talo ko pa si Gary V kung makapag-mall tour ako. Kahit wala akong bibilhin, todo gala pa rin ako sa North Wing ng SM. I watch acoustic bands, window shop, and scan FHM and other magazines in Powerbooks.hehe.

If I’m not in the mall, you can see me holding my cellphone as if it’s my last time to use it.  Walang pahinga cellphone ko pag naka-SULITXT 15 o ETXT 20 ako. Yes, I’m a Globe subscriber. Wanna be my textmate? haha. Desperado?

If I don’t have a prepaid load, I log on to Yahoo Wap Messenger through my cellphone’s WAP server and chat with some bloggers and friends. This is a way of making new friends and getting to know some bloggers well. Dahil sa pagba-blog, lalong dumami ang mga kaibigan ko. You can see the latest addition on my blogroll. Pero gano man kadami ang links sa blogroll ko, konti lang ang mako-consider kong tunay na kaibigan. If I’m not mistaken, only half of them.

If I don’t use my cellphone, you can see me in my room. Hanggang dun lang ang kaya kong sabihin. I can’t elaborate more ’cause I might say something bad. Something that be should kept private. hehe.

You just found out how boring my life is. Pati personality ko eh boring na rin. But this is how I live. Masyado akong mababaw. Bahala na sila kung ano iisipin nila. But these things make me happy somehow.

Ahhmm…ano ba tong mga sinasabi ko? Sabi ko na wala ako sa matinong pag-iisip ngayon eh (lagi naman). Oh sya, baka mahawa pa kayo sa pagiging adik ko. Gots to gos!