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Beat, pray, love

A Hollywood feel-good movie filmed  abroad can boost tourism.  Mama Mia shown in 2008 drew tourists in hordes in the Greek Island.  Suddenly, sleepy town Forks, Washington – home of the Cullens – became a must-see destination in the US after the movie Twilight, even if it was mainly filmed in Oregon. And the upcoming movie Eat, Pray, Love, based from Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 memoir, has helped the battered Bali bring back its former glory.

In 2006, around 4 million tourists dropped Bali in their must-see list after the tsunami disaster, bird flu scare, and government security issues. But the memoir book, which sold seven million copies worldwide, has made Bali a popular destination again. Time reports that new packages by luxury resorts and spas promise to recreate Gilbert’s experience and even help bring enlightenment.

But have you ever read a best-selling feel-good book that has a Philippine setting?   Or have you watched a movie filmed in our country that is not  a killing field, a prostitution hub, or a garbage dump?  Movies about these issues may give the director a Cannes award, but on the contrary, is it a good reward for the country’s tourism?

Beat the stigma. Pray for a miracle. Love Philippines.

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Leadership by example

A leader sets the right example.  He is a role model who strongly stands up for what he believes in. By uttering the words “Sisikapin kong maging isang mabuting ehemplo…” in his inaugural speech, President Noynoy Aquino has to be ruthlessly accountable for his words.

Being against the abuse of a “wangwang”, P-Noy has chosen to travel like a commoner.

Although the decision has put him at constant risk, and his Presidential Security Guards  in a difficult position, exercising his stand works.  The next day, travelling sirens (except  those for emergencies) were confiscated nationwide. Some powerful people had tried to reason  to authorities, and the only answer they got was “Utos po ng presidente yan.”

Sans the siren, critics mocked  P-Noy’s  late arrival at the Armed Forces turnover ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo  on Friday.

But why does he continue on traveling without the wangwang?  A leader sets the right example.  Compromise destroys accountability.


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Who did you add in Facebook?

Popular social media networks such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter now play a big role in persuading the eleclorate. There is a big impact in the advent of these social networks to the political landscape in the Philippines.
In a research made by Dr. Paul Haridakis, a professor of Communication Studies at Kent State University says that in the last US elections, aside from traditional media, many people are going to the Internet and using social networking sites to acquire information on the candidates they support. Science Daily reports that the information coming from these social networks may be the information they find most credible and persuasive.

Analysis: The internet plays a big role in choosing candidates.  Some people would go out of their way to research each ones platform, most, however, depend on others ‘links’ sent to them via Facebook , twitter, or other social network.  But then again, only a small margin of Filipinos have access to the internet.  Most still depend on television- still the current influential tool to get free news.

The success of Manny Villar’s ad is because it targets the majority of Filipinos who are poor.  He shows that there is hope for them  to have a better life like him and his humble past. His approach is “messianic” – that he will be able to bring them out of poverty especially with his campaign jingles – heck, even my 10-month old son loves listening to the song “Di bawal mangarap”   repeatedly.

But just like my son, most of the Filipinos stop at the advertisements alone.  They forget to dig deeper, or even ask themselves: Will he really get us out of poverty or is it just a ploy to make him president? When he becomes president is there a possibility that he will lead the way to Charter Change?

My son is just 10-months-old, but then he knows Manny.  He loves Manny!  A big applause to his campaign people, but that does not mean I will vote for him.

Noynoy Aquino lacks the strength in his campaigns.   Perhaps they did not hire the qualified people to handle it – maybe they really do lack the funds [unlike Villar] or maybe Kris Aquino thinks she will be able to influence the masses by being cute, smart and funny. Apparently, it’s back firing on her – you cannot underestimate the mind of Filipinos anymore.  But speaking about Noynoy’s campaign, I don’t believe it’s all about the lack of funds though, I believe  they lack the creativity.

In comparison to Barack Obama’s campaign in the last US election, Time magazine reported that his campaign started from his own backyard with very little funding.  Not many heard about him before.  It’s not like he’s the first African-American to run for president – Rev. Jesse Jackson was a candidate for  the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 but didn’t win. What Obama had, aside from the fire within, were the right strategies and  the right campaign people.

Alas, Noynoy should really listen to  all the best strategists who are already handing him the right way to do it, just so, the country can remain status quo.

Gibo Teodoro, the Galing at Talino, but the presidentiable who fails to inspire the masses.  I respect Gibo – his educational background, no doubt he deserves that slogan.  But even if he has everybody’s respect, he cannot get everybody’s vote.  He fails to reach out to the masses.  Erap Estrada is even higher than him in the surveys. So where did he fail?

Teodoro fails to inspire the masses because it’s all about HIS galing and talino,   HIM piloting that plane! There was even a “Mr. Gibo Pagent” ! And because of this, his campaign is coming across as narcissistic and mayabang.  If he wants to get the masses, he should leave the “context of self” and move to the next level of  ”YOU and I can help save this country TOGETHER.”

But is there still time to take another campaign route for these men?

So which presidentiable did you add in your Facebook?

Happiest before a holiday

photo by bj patino

Summer is here!  Whether lying on white sandy beaches down south, or trekking the mountains up north, everyone is looking forward to that vacation leave.  Yet, according to a new study made by a team of Dutch researchers, vacationers are  happiest when in anticipating that trip.

In an analysis of 1,530 people, Jeroen Nawijn from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and his team have found that people who were about to go on vacation were being the happiest than those who had no plans of leaving. And those who returned from their respite showed no signs of holiday afterglow.

Published online in Springer’s journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, the researchers suggest that, people should take multiple short breaks over the course of the work year, rather than having just a single longer vacation once a year.