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Pinoy Olympians blame the weather!

Better luck, este, better train HARDER, next time!

When you win an Olympic medal, it’s the result of the rigid training, right nutrition, strength, and endurance.

While watching the  interview of Filipina weight lifter Hidilyn Diaz on Abscbn this morning, I really wanted to cringe when she cried.  Not out of pity, but of embarrassment! She should just have just held her head high, and accepted her defeat with class – just like Manny Pacquiao.

In another write-up, she was quoted “I have been doing 123 kilos and I knew I could easily lift 118. But it was not what I expected,” said Diaz. “I don’t know why I couldn’t lift such a weight.”

“It was very cold out there, it really didn’t help me in my final preparations,” she said.

In weight lifting, it’s all about who’s the strongest!  In training: rain or shine, you practice in whatever weather condition.  Everyone knows the Olympics would be held in London when it won the bid in 2005. Everyone knows it’s cold there! Did she expect the Gods to change the weather condition for her benefit?

But perhaps it was genes that US weight lifter  Holley Mangold– whose brother, Nick,  a pro in US  National Football league- that got her to lift those barbells.  Or perhaps it was her training, maybe her whopping 350 lb weight – whatever the factor, she qualified.  She lifted those barbels.  She deserved it!

Then here comes Pinoy shooter Brian Rosario’s interview. Again, he blames the weather (read here), saying the wind was chilly when he was about to shoot the target, thus, missed. And swears on Abscbn interview that he’ll practice and train harder for the next 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Finally, Rosario hits the spot: PRACTICE and TRAIN HARDER in all weather conditions! I hope next time they would prepare more.  I hope next time, they won’t blame the hot weather in Rio by then!

And to the Pinoy boxer who didn’t blame the weather: Mark Barriga, a big CONGRATULATIONS!

So who’s to blame? Let me hear from you.


For Manga enthusiasts: It’s the Japanese Film Fest 2012


Hi everyone!

If you love watching Koreanovelas, I hope you are aware that most of the good ones were based from Japanese Manga stories.  The famous ones are  Boys Over Flowers based on Hana Yori Dango, City Hunter, and Kimi Wa. Sometimes, I wonder where these comic writers get their imagination from because they are  beyond awesome!

There was one cartoon I watched on Disney Channel that really amazed me – Howl’s Moving Castle.  It tells a story about Sophie, a young woman who fell in love with a man/wizard, who turns into an eagle that fights a war.  Sensing the attraction between them, the Witch of the Waste got jealous and turned her into an old lady. Unable to tell anyone about the curse, Sophie heads out  to find solace.  There she saw a castle-unbeknownst to her that it’s owned by Howl- where she became a housekeeper.

The cartoons is just breath taking! It even earned $231million worldwide in 2004, and was nominated in the Oscars in 2006 for Best Animation.  If you haven’t watched it, it will be shown again on Disney Channel on July 27, at 7:30 pm.


Anyway, if you like Manga cartoons or amovie,  the Japanese Embassy will be showing 11 of its Art films in Shangrila Cineplex from July 6 to 15.  There will be only one Manga cartoons to be shown called Colorful.

Colorful is an animated sci-fi and fantasy film that tells a story about a deceased soul that was transferred into the body of a high school boy Kobayashi Makoto, who just committed suicide. With Kobayashi’s body regaining life, the soul inhabits him and journeys deeper into the boy’s story, eventually uncovering the truth behind the suicide.

 Another interesting Manga-adapted movie that I would like to catch is the Peak. It’s an adventure film and drama based on the popular comics by Ishizuka Shinichi. It looks like a love story based from its synopsis:  “An adventure of Sanpo, who volunteers as a mountain rescuer in the Northern Alps after having conquered the world’s famous peaks. Despite these achievements, he strikes novice Kumi as far too easygoing—yet she discovers that he is actually someone she can rely on after observing him in action.”

You can read the other the films’ synopsis here.

Have a great weekend, and hope to see you there!


A wiser Manny


I was surprised when I read about Manny Pacquiao and his renewed relationship with the Lord. Some people couldn’t believe it, some people mocked him, while others were all praise.

The journo in me pushed for more information.  And based on a source, Manny attended a worship service in the south.  The service must have punched the pound-for-pound king that he craved to hear more about the Lord’s word.  After that service, he wanted to meet the pastor in person to ask  more about the bible.  He was hungry to learn more about God’s words. And the day finally came, when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Having worked in the communication industry for years, I have met people who are multi-millionaires but still not satisfied with their money, saying that they still feel poor. Others are politicians, men who could not  imagine themselves losing the power they gained through government work. Genius people who are not contented, and still feels that they haven’t achieved anything.  These people all have one thing in common, they all became jaded. Lost. Lonely.

Manny is successful, an achiever, a great fighter.  He may not be a genius, but he has finally found the truth.  And he has chosen to follow the truth.

The Lord changed Manny’s heart. He is humbled. He may have been laughed at in the past for his English, intelligence…. but listen to his words now, he has become wiser! Wiser than that politician, multi-millionaire, and genius.  We have always seen him kneel down to thank the Lord every time he wins a fight.  But on his testimony (video above), he has also realized that he also needs to walk the right path.


The bond of brothers

PMA alumni goes back to Baguio

I attended the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Homecoming over the weekend in Baguio, and I am really amazed by the bond of these military men.  And based from the conversations I had with some alumnus, I came to realize how their relationship was able to stand the test of time.   There was no disparity among them when they were growing up.  They were all equals.  No rich.  No poor.  No geeks.  No populars.  No jocks. No clicks.  They went through a lot,  slept in the same quarters, ate the same meal, suffered and laughed together.

Schools should learn from this.  I’m not saying they should be militaristic as well, but implement equality.  In my highschool alone, it’s hard to reunite even our alumnae.  Perhaps because they have their own families and priorities to attend to, but I think it’s mostly, in my opinion, they want to avoid the  click crowd. They would rather see their core group of friends, than see the rest of the class.

In PMA, they look forward to this Alumni Homecoming.  The older the class, the less people in the batch. Nostalgic. The youngest host class (every five years) came up high-fiving each other; they were batch 2007. Then the oldest, I think 1952 – was the only man standing, or should I say present in a wheel chair.  He would sometimes look over to the younger batches, perhaps reminiscing old times- when his band of brothers were still standing on that same field together. He then marched- or should I say wheeled to the field-  the lone representative of his class, and perhaps his last wave  to the crowd.

Corona LIVE


Posing on the Senate floor while it is being prepped-up for the Corona Impeachment trial

For the past months, I have been so busy with work and motherhood that  it’s so hard to find time to update this blog.  But I am truly honored to work with an excellent team of hardworking people (you know who you are) who are behind a pioneering project that will be launched on January 16, 2012.

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The great wave and other disasters

The Breaking Wave Off Kanagawa. Also called The Great Wave, it was published in 1830s. The woodblock print was from Hokusai's series Thirty-six Views of Fuji, which are the high point of Japanese prints.

This has been a long overdue post but I was so overwhelmed with the Japan tsunami that I cannot write about it right away.  Why?  Because my father, a ship captain, was on his way to Japan when the great wave happened last March 14, 2011.  We just got back from a out-of -own trip when I turned on the television and saw the news;  it felt like my throat was being swallowed by my heart literally- we didn’t sleep that night just to follow the events.

A satellite photo of the great wave after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan in March.

Being so close to the Philippines by proximity, we all know someone living in Japan – a relative, a friend or even a neighbor .  We all got concerned about their welfare. We got even more concerned when reports of radioactive leak happened, and still is happening today.

Cars being swept away by the great wave last March 14, 2011

It makes your really think about our country- are we ready for an earthquake that strong?  According to history, the last tsunami that happened here was in 1948.  The strongest ever recorded was the 8.3 magnitude earthquake that happened in Panay Island that  damaged 55 churches, with 17 to have totally collapsed.  If this happens again, I definitely don’t want to be swimming in Boracay.

By Monday, we finally got a call from tatay.  He’s alright.  We thanked God for his protection because He allowed my dad to leave Taiwan Thursday and not earlier, and they were not in the Japanese vicinity yet by Friday. But he said it was “maalon” or the wave was strong when the tsunami passed by them.  The huge impact is on the coastline, not when you are in the middle of the ocean.

My father’s contract has ended.  He’s  supposed to arrive next week, but his reliever backed-out, too scared of being part of the Japanese experience.  So my dad is still working, and still navigating the ship, and still transporting cargoes, but this time to help rebuild Japan.

I am proud of him.

*The Great Wave (first picture above) was made by Japanese painter Hokusai.  The only way to cover the news then was to paint it.  Today, it’s all about satellite images. We got to see the Great Wave slam  Japan Live on television. And it definitely scared all of us.

On guns and military funerals

Rifle volleys fired during Reyes' funeral. Photo by GMA 7

I have read several articles Philstar, ABS-CBN, Inquirer, …  that says Former AFP Chief Angelo T. Reyes funeral was given 19 or 21 gun salute- this is a wrong term.

Based on research, a “21 gun salute”  is a number of rounds fired using a canon.  It  is fired in honor of the day of the funeral only for Heads of State. The cannons fire blank charges 21 times, thus it is called 21- Gun Salute.


Gun Salute is just a term, ironically, they use canons with blank charges to fire 21 times..

In military funerals, one often sees three volleys of shots fired in honor of the deceased veteran. This is often mistaken by the laymen as a 21-gun salute, although it is entirely different. It is called a Volley-Salute.

A Volley Salute is a ceremonial act performed at military or police funerals.  It consists of a rifle party firing blank cartridges into the air.

Ruffles and Flourishes are used to render personal honors.  Drums play the ruffles, and bugles play the flourishes – one flourish for each star of the flag officer’s rank or as appropriate for the honoree’s position or title. Four flourishes is the highest honor.

* Note: Another mistake that I have noticed being used by the media is the term “Mistah.”

Mistah is only used if the military officials were CLASSMATES during their Philippine Military Academy years.

Cavalier is  used by PMAers because they went to the same military school. In laymen’s term it is known as schoolmate.