Since its my 30th birthday tomorrow, I am sharing with you, 30 random facts about me:
1. Ayoko ng oil. Nandidiri ako pag nakaka hawak ako ng oily products like baby oil, cooking oil etc. Ayoko nag huhugas ng mga ma oil na kasangkapan. Lagi ako pinapagalitan ng mommy ko dahi lagi akong tumatanggi mag lagay ng oil sa buhok nya or lagyan ng oil yung buhok ko nung bata pa ako. Bwisit din ang aking oily face.
2. I don’t eat kinchay and ampalaya. Amoy pa lang nila nasusuka na ako. No matter how good the food is, pag may kinchay or ampalaya, I don’t eat.Pinaghihiwalay pa ako ng mommy ko ng karne sa Ampalaya con Carne pag nag luluto cya. Bago nya ilagay yung ampalaya, magtatabi na cya ng karne con karne for me.Spoiled brat!
3. My lowest grade in college was 2.25 which I got from the dreaded ES 12. University scholar ako for 10 semesters, meaning I’m mayabang.
4. I can’t sleep pag hindi naka tuck-in yung damit ko at hindi ako nakakatulog ng nakatihaya, kailangan naka dapa at naka tagilid lang.
5. May mga briefs ako na tuwing special occasions ko lang ginagamit.Hehehe. I bought a neon pink for my birthday; a neon yellow for Christmas and a neon green for New Year.
6. Hindi ako nag su suot ng plain red. Feeling ko kasi hindi bagay sakin dahil maitim ako.
7. Pinaglihi ako ng mommy ko sa pusit. Kaya daw ako maitim.
8. Sobrang sensitive ng ilong ko dati. Parati akong may sipon dahil sa paglanghap ng mga usok sa kalye. Parati akong may dalang bimpo dati na sinisingahan ko. Salamat sa tulong ng medisina at nagamot cya. Ngayun pepper na lang ako na ha hatching.
9. Nagka meningitis ako nung two weeks old pa lang ako kaya extra careful sila sa akin. Bawal mauntog or matamaan ang ulo ko. Pero I still became hard-headed.
10.I stand 5’10 and ½ and weighs 162 lbs as of this writing. I have a kickass smile.Asa.
11.I love to travel.I love the barrio life sa mga provinces. Nothing beats simple and traditional way of life.I love the Northern Provinces – Ilocos, Baguio, La Union, etc.
12.I’m the 7th child and the bunso. I have 4 older brothers and two older sisters, I all love.Gender order: Boy-Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl-Boy(Leroy)-Boy(Me).
13.I’m a fan of documentaries – Probe, I-Witness, Reporter’s Notebook, The Correspondents. I hope to do one someday.I hope.
14.I’m a human rights advocate. I swear. Hindi lang halata.
15.I’m really matakaw. Taob ang mga eat all you can at fiestahan sa akin.But luckily hindi ako tumataba. Fast metabolism, they say.
16.I became a proud father at 21 to Lemuel Cairo Benedicto who’s turning 9 come December 22. There were 2 false alarm pregnancies.Scary.
17.I was romantically linked to a college professor during my college days who’s 5 years older than I am. We still flirt occasionally via mail (She’s now married).Hehehe.
18.My favorite subject was Social Studies – Filipino Culture, Philippine History, Geography, Pop Culture, Current Events, Sociology, Anthropology, Archeology and any other things associated with it. I also love Literature.
19.Neighbors used to call me “Balat”. I have one sa pisngi ko and 4 more sa iba’t ibang parts ng katawan ko.
20.Maraming beses na akong muntik masagasaan dahil tatanga-tanga ako minsan at pagdalos-dalos.Minsan nag a out of the world ang utak ko.
21.Lagi akong may dalang bag dahil lagi akong may dalang libro pag umaalis ako, tsaka ballpen. I’m a bookworm.
22.I’m ¼ Kapampangan, ¼ Ilocano, ¼ Batangueno and ¼ Pasigueno.May dugong Rizaleno and Manileno din ako according to my parents.
23.Madali akong magsawa. Ayoko ng monotonous life and job. Ayoko rin minsan ng walang ginagawa.
24.I used to join the annual procession pag Good Friday. They call it “Paso” in Pasig. Yung mga naka itim believed to be mourners of Jesus’ death.
25.I was barely one year old nung una akong naka punta sa USA. Malamang wala akong natatandaan nun but it has something to do with my Meningitis.
26.Wala akong ka art art sa katawan. Hindi ako magaling sa Art classes. Hindi ako magaling mag drawing at mag color. I can’t even draw a straight line.
27.Color blind ako, which is a bad thing. I can’t distinguish black from blue.
28.War freak ako nung bata ako. Mahilig ang mang away, mang asar at mang bully. Ngayon, hindi na ako nang bu bully at nang aaway pero sobrang lakas ko pa rin mang asar.
29.I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) when I was 22. I’m cured now, don’t worry.
30.I had three serious relationships and countless flirships.Hehehe.Joke lang!
Nagulat ako sa mga comments ng mga tao about the UP Oblation Run held yesterday sa Diliman. I suppose they aren’t from UP.
FYI, Oblation Run is being done as a way to protest their sentiments about current issues which are inevitable as these issues affect the Filipino youth and every Filipinos I guess. Being the famous UP Oblation statue as the model.
Isang tradisyon na nag-ugat sa isang malalim na adhikain at mithiin, ang pag uncover sa hubad na katotohanan.
Walang kinalaman ang liit o laki ng kanilang mga ari. May nag comment kasi na bakit pa sila tumatakbo e ang liliit naman daw ng mga pototoy nila at dapat daw ay hindi sila nag susuot ng mascara kasi it only means na kinahihiya nila ang malilit nilang pototoy.
Ayus sa paliwanag, halatang narrow minded at parang made in china ang utak. Hindi tumatakbo ang mga members ng APO para ipangalandakan ang kanilang sandata bagkus tumatakbo sila sa ngalan ng mga tao upang ipahayag ang kanilang mga hinaing sa mga napapanahong issues na karapat dapat talakayin at bigyang pansin, sa taong ito, ang Charter Change at pangangalaga sa kalikasan. Sinong tanga ang magpapakita ng maliit nilang pototoy para sa wala?
Atleast they did something to call the attention of the people and make them aware of the issues that matter to us kahit estudyante pa lang sila. They made some sense you know.
Kahit sobrang busy, hindi ko pa rin cya maalis sa utak ko. Di ko pa rin cya nakikita since the grocery incident. Kulang na lang doon ako matulog kasi araw araw ako andun at different times hoping to see her. Kaso bigo ako sa ngayun.
Four days from now will be my birthday at cya ang gusto ko birthday gift.Hehehe.Kahit name and number lang ok na sakin.
Eto ang kanta ko sa kanya now. I miss you kahit di mo alam.Hehehehe.
My heads in a jam Cant take you off my mind From the time we met Ive been beset by thoughts of you And the more that I ignore this feeling The more I find myself believing That I just have to see you again
I cant let you pass me by I just cant let you go But I know that I am much too shy To let you know Afraid that I might say the wrong words And displease you Afraid for love to fade Before it can come true
Like a child again Im at a loss for words How does one define A crush combined with longing? Longing to possess you oh so dearly Im obsessed by you completely Ill go mad if I cant have you
I cant let you pass me by I just cant let you go But I know that I am much too shy To let you know Afraid that I might say the wrong words And displease you Afraid for love to fade Before it can come true
I cant let you pass me by I just cant let you go Let me say the things and say the words To let you know I would rather say the awkward words Than lose you Or for love to fade Before it can come true
Leroy’s getting married on Saturday, the 13th of December so I’m writing him this letter.
I’m happy for you and I will forever be. I know that this is all you’ve longed for – a family life. Alam mo naman siguro na ako ang number one fan mo and I’d be more than happy to see you walk down the aisle and start a new life with the love of your life, Belle. Sooner or later, madadagdagan na naman ang headaches nina mommy and daddy pag nagka anak ka na.Kiddin’.
This sounds a little bit selfish but I know you’ll understand. Part of me wanted to let go of you but another wanted to hold on. You’ve always been a good (I say better) brother to me.I can’t even recall how many countless times you’ve shielded me from the harsh world. Ikaw rin ang unang natutuwa sa kung ano mang maliit o malaking achievements ang nagawa ko at ikaw rin unang taong nagtatanggol sa akin.
Naalala ko nung bata tayo. Lahat ng bagay sabay tayo. Maligo, matulog, kumain. We even shared the same room and literally grew up together. We’re always a pair. Naalala ko kung paano natin asarin sina Ate Trish and Ate Daph. Lagi din tayong napagkakamalang kambal dahil lagi tayong parehas ng damit.Kahit sa anong laro magkakampi tayo.
Pag napapagalitan tayo nina daddy ikaw ang sumasalo sa akin kahit ako ang may kasalanan. Ikaw ang nag tuturo sakin sa mga assignments.”Isusubo mo na lang, ibibigay mo pa sa akin” would be an understatement. Without you I am nothing.
We share everything including secrets. Ikaw ang unang nakaalam na magiging daddy na ko, remember? Sobrang worried ako nun and I don’t know how to tell mom and dad pero sinabi mo na “everything will be alright”. Thank God, mom and dad understand me just like they always do. You’re the first one to comfort me during the darkest days of my life.
Idol nga kita sa lahat ng bagay. I know you’re not perfect but I always look up to you because you have strong sense of direction (which I don’t have), determination (I’m trying hard), great sense of humor (we both do, hehehe) and focus (I miserably failed on this). You are always the fine lad next door.
Ikaw din ang nagturo sa akin mag try mag yosi.Umamin ka! Ok lang yun, hindi naman tayo na hook at hindi naman nalaman nina mommy and daddy yun (dito pa lang). Ikaw rin nag yaya sakin nun manood ng XXX betamax tape. Ikaw din ang may kasalanan nung isang beses na umuwi tayong lasing na lasing. Nawala ang lasing natin nun sa galit ni daddy.
I know things will never be the same again.Kahit sa bahay muna kayo titira pansamantala, alam ko mag iiba na lahat. Ofcourse hindi na ko pwedeng matulog sa kwarto mo or pumasok anytime I want to. Mahirap na, hehehe.
Mababawasan na siguro yung time natin together. Ung mga walang tulugan/talk-athon natin, the late night TV marathon, drinking session and some bashing moments.
But thinking twice, OK na rin kasi hindi na ako ang magiging taga tikim ng mga recipes na niluluto or bine bake mo pag hindi masarap.Hehehe.Joke lang.
You know what, I think I will never be the same me. I will look the same outside, but deep inside, I don’t think so. But because you’ve taught me everything I needed to know and learn, I know I will be strong. Afterall, we’re just a wall apart. I know you will still be there for me. Needless to say, I will always be here for you, alam kong alam mo yan. Remember, we’re a pair!
So after 32 years of being single and worry free, here you are, about to start a new life. I can only hope for the best. You deserve every single blessing from God above.
I wish you and Belle good health, content life and a well bonded family.
I will still be the brother and bestfriend that you are to me.
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I’ve been very busy for the last few days. Daming dapat gawin kaso kulang naman ang time. Can I ask for 36 hours a day this Christmas?
December 4, Thursday.Dated my kababata/lifelong friend/demi-sister for lunch. I’m so happy for her and Kerwin.Imagine magkababata kami and they ended up with eachother.Sobrang ganda ng love story nila at witness ako dun since bata pa kami. Happily ever after indeed!
Nung hapon, I decided to stalk my crush. Baka by some stroke of nature, mag kita ulit kami dun sa grocery. Of all places sa grocery pa. Ang kulit ng love story namin pag nagkataon.
But I was dead wrong. I spent an hour and a half sa pag ikot sa grocery kaso wala cya. Hindi ko cya nakita. I’m so lonely. I ended up buying a loaf of brown bread.
Kinagabihan, pumunta akong Ortigas for a stag party with Leroy. My lifelong friend and demi-brother, Kerwin & Annie (my other lifelong friend) got married last Saturday, Dec 6. Inom kung inom. Sakit ng ulo kinabukasan.
December 5, Friday. I got 3 hours of sleep. I have to be in UP before 9 for the Writers’ Day. I’m excited because finally I’ll meeting up this uber cool writer/fellow UP alumni/fellow YB contributor/email & YM buddy. She’s indeed uber cool. Had lunch at Mang Jimmy’s. Best tapsi, still.
Met some highschool buddies sa Katipunan after lunch for our charity project. Discussed and finalized the details and responsibilities. After that, sinundo ko ang anak ko and two nephews sa school nearby.
Mga 5 PM na kami nakauwi tapos after 30 minutes alis na naman for dinner sa bahay ng pang-apat kong kapatid (wedding anniversary). I left past 7 to meet the UPeeps to discuss our annual Christmas Party. Nakarating ako ng Macapagal around 8:30 and I was late. Discussed things and agreed for Dec 30 party.We ended around 11:30 PM.
December 6, Saturday. Got home around 12:30 AM. Tired, dead tired. Hoping to sleep, Kerwin called for some preppy talk. It’s his wedding day today and he is still awake. He can’t sleep. We had our usual talk. It’s a good two-hour talk. We were able to look back and reminisce our good old glorious and not so glorious days. Kerwin will forever be the best demi-brother and Annie will forever be the best demi-sister.
I went to sleep at 3 AM and got up at 8 AM.Five precious hours of sleep. Lucky me. I was forced to wake up. Cairo went to my room and pester me. I promised him a game of badminton with my mom, dad, ate and her husband. We left around 10 (mainit na kasi) and went straight to the public market. Mom bought lapu-lapu, clams and veggies for lunch. Great lunch!
Around 1 PM, nag prepare na ko for Kerwin and Annie’s wedding at 3 PM. I’m Kerwin’s bestman. Nasa church na kami around 2:45. Hirap maging bestman. Daming picture taking at special participation. Nag paalam na ako before 7. Superman still have things to do.
Mga past 8 na kami nakarating sa Araneta for Divas 4 Divas concert with Leroy and his wife to be, Ate Belle, sister ate Trish and husband kuya Chino,mom, dad and my son Cairo. One word: SUPERB!
December 7, Sunday. Had past mid night snack at Chowking around 1 AM. Slept at 4 AM. Great day still!
Got up before 10 AM the Pacquiao-dela Hoya rematch. All of my siblings and their children were there. Para lang kaming nasa sinehan sa dami namin. 35 in all (and counting). Really big family!
Manny was indeed a champion. I really admire his determination, humility and deep faith in God. He’s amazing!
After the game followed our usual Sunaday lunch. Mom cooked a lot to feed all 35 of us. Parang fiesta minus the banderitas.
We all went to the cemetery to visit my dead relatives tapos nag Sunday mass after. I left at 6 PM tas pumuntang QC dahil birthday ng isang highschool buddy. Happy birthday, Aldrin!
Got home at 10 PM, watched the late night news and heard Marky Cielo’s (the GMA artist/Starstruck winner)dead already. Bata pa, 20 lang. Sayang kasi may potential yung bata at mukhang mabait.
Knocked out na ako by 12.
December 8, Monday. Fiesta ng Pasig! Weeee! Woke up past 7 to help my mom. Pumunta kaming palengke tapos nagluto. Some relatives, friends & kapitbahay went and ofcourse, the whole family again. Its nice to rekindle with relatives and reconnect family ties. I spent the whole day entertaining them and spent the rest of the night sa paglilinis ng bahay.
December 9, Tuesday. Hinatid ko si Cairo sa school with my mom and dad tapos nag jogging kami sa Acad Oval. I need to kasi I’ve been eating a lot for the past few days. Got home by 11 and ate lunch. By 1PM, pumunta na akong Ortigas to do some work. I’m working you know. The meeting lasted for about 4 hours so I was done by six (meeting started around 2 PM already. Met my parents and Cairo at SM Megamall. Had dinner and bought Cairo some clothes for his parties and upcoming birthday. My parents also bought some gifts for friends and relatives. We got home by 11. Andaming tao sa mall!
December 10, Wednesday.That’s today. I got up around 8. Did some work till lunch time. Ate lunch.Got back to work and finally read the blogs I’ve been following and updated my own. Later, I will try to stalk my crush again later, run some errands for Leroy’s wedding and do some shopping again. I still have a long list of friends and relatives and inaanaks na wala parang regalo. I hope to finish the shopping today since I won’t be having spare time tomorrow onwards.Wish me luck!
Akala ko di ko na cya makikita. It’s been a month ago since I last caught a glimpse of her.
Nakita ko cya kanina. Papunta akong grocery (I saw her once inside buying some food for lunch). I didn’t notice her at first since I didn’t expect to see her kanina. Pero God knows, during the month long hiatus, I missed her.
Tumaba siya (tinignan ko cya after nya lumagpas saken, torpe, indeed!)at lalong dumami yung pimples nya (siguro dahil sa kakaisip saken (asa pa ako) but nonetheless, cute and pretty as ever. Kumabog yung dibdib ko, feeling ko kanina 16 year old ako at first time ko mag ka crush. Di ko alam kung ano gagawin ko. Nakita nya ako kasi nakita ko cya binaba yung shades nya to confirm that it was me (I guess she missed me too, asa ulit).
Pero dahil sa katorpehan ko, I just let her passed by. I should have said “Hi!, Long time no see!”. I should have smiled. I should have taken the chance to know her name atleast. I should have flirted. But I didn’t. I was so numb and tanga to let the moment passed by with nothing happening in between. Sobrang tanga.Grrrr. Sayang. Regrets!
But I’m happy to see her anyhow. I really am, nai blog ko nga ng di oras sa sobrang saya.
Its official and confirmed, crush ko talaga cya and I’m close to falling in love, hehehe. Not yet. Crush lang muna. Whoever she is.
Never ending ang list ng mga kakilala ko na buntis at kapapanganak lang. At never ending din ang list ng mga aanakin ko kasi lagi akong kinukuhang ninong. Always a ninong.
Ka ym ko ngayun yung isang UP-IE kada ko at 2 months pregnant cya. Di pa ko nagsasalita, inunahan na ko, ninong ako.
Yung isang friend ko from Dubai (churchmates ang moms namin) manganganak na cya end of December at tumpak, ninong na naman ako.
Another good friend na naging officemate ko sa Intel is expecting her first baby come February next year. Hindi pa cya nagbubuntis kinontrata na nya ako bilang ninong.
My LSGH Tropa, Amiel Noli aka Utak announced to our barkada that he has gotten his babe (that’s how he calls his wife) pregnant and lahat kaming tropa, ninong.
My sister in law (Kuya Dario’s betterhalf) just gave birth a week ago to their 3rd child (my 19th pamangkin) at oo, ninong pa rin ako.
Another UP-IE kada and constant companion pauwi (during our UP days)just gave birth about a month ago. Ninong ulit ako.
Dalawa sa mga childhood friends and kapitbahay still ko ang kapapanganak rin lang (ng mga misis nila) this November. Feeling ko any moment kakatok na sila sa pinto naming para sabihing ninong ako ng mga anak nila.
As of this writing, 36 na silang mga inaanak ko and counting still. It’ll never end for sure. I’m always the favorite ninong.
Nineteen ang mga pamangkin ko (care of my beloved Kuyas and Ates) and more to come, I’m expecting about 10 from Leroy.Whew!
My lifelong friends (Annie and Kerwin) malamang magkakaron na rin soon.
More babies and inaanaks to come. Dami ko pang ine expect na magkaka anak soon.
Ako? Matagal pa siguro magkakaron ng kapatid si Cairo, mga 3 months from now pa.Hehehe !
Btw, Catlas, my cat, is pregnant too. Hindi ako ang ama.Mamatay na!Hahahaha!
Highschool classmate: What’s up with you? Me: Oi, Bert! Tagal ka na nga naming hinahanap. Buti natunton mo kami? I’m doing great eto tatay wannabe. Ikaw ba? Highschool classmate: Really? Tatay ka na din? How’s married life? Who’s the wife? Me: I’m not married, nagka love child lang? The mother is married to somebody else not me. Highschool classmate: Bakit ganun? What happened? Me: It’s a long and sad story. I tell you, it’ll beat up Maalaala mo Kaya stories.What about you? Highschool classmate: I won’t ask further. I’m married with two kids, both boys. How’s your kid? Me: He’s doing great, schooling. Highschool classmate: Lasalista din? Me: No. Rival school. Highschool classmate: Wala ka pa balak mag asawa? Me: Wala pa.I mean, wala naman aasawahin. Highschool classmate: Maghanap ka na. We’re not getting any younger. Para may katulong ka din sa pagpapalaki ng anak mo at may inspiration ka sa buhay other than your kid. Me: Easier said than done. I’m still waiting for the right girl. Highschool classmate: Ok ka lang? Parang gusto mo pa ata ikaw ligawan ng mga babae. Pihikan ka naman Me: Nope. Don’t take it literally. Ibig ko sabihin, hindi ako nagmamadali sa pag aasawa. Afterall, wala naman expiration ang pagaasawa. I can marry at age 75 if I want to. Highschool classmate: Ang hirap nun pre. Parang di ko kaya yun. Me :My son’s already 9 years old, tingin mo di ko nakaya? Highschool classmate: Pare suggestion lang. If I were you, maghahanap na ako ng misis.Maganda din lumaking may mother figure na kilala yung bata at may katulong ka pag aalaga.Di ka ba nalulungkot? Hirap ata mag isa pre. Me: May mommy naman anak ko yun nga lang we’re no together. My son knows everything he needs to know and he’s Ok with that. I’ve explained everything to him with all honesty.And thanks for your suggestion. Come what may. Highschool classmate: Ok pare suko na ko di kita mapipilit. Pero go and find one. I hope I did not offend you. Me: Nag ka migraine sa sakit ng ulo ! Bwiset!
My two cents : I just can’t understand kung bakit kailangang i-pressure ako ng ibang tao (those people who don’t know me well). Being single still at the age of 29 (I’m going 30 next month) doesn’t make me less of a person.I’m still enjoying singlehood and I think I’m a cool single dad.Hehe!
I don’t want to preach here but all I can say is that I want to make sure that I’m better prepared (financially, physically, emotionally, and psychologically) before walking down the aisle. And if that doens’t happen, I will not regret it, I hope. My son is all that matters to me right now. He is my life.
The bank robbery at UP Diliman in broad daylight. Criminals fear nothing and no one. Possible risk din ito sa mga estudyanteng nag aaral sa UP or sa kahit sinong sibilyan for that matter. Sana ibalik na ang death penalty! Sorry PRO Life people but we have to put an end in it.
Delaying tactics of Joke-joke Bolante. POM – Pathetic Old Man and A More Pathetic Justice System and Government Officials!
The left and right corruption in PNP as told by GMA 7’s Reporter’s Notebook. I bet every single agency in the government has the same story to tell. I'm certain about this.
Ang pahirap ng pahirap na kalagayan ng mga mababang uri ng mamamayan at ang payaman ng payaman na mga opisyales ng gobyerno.
The most alarming of them all, Binay announced bid for presidential election and Jinggoy considered running for VP. Go figure!
PS: Congrats kay BF for winning the Celebrity Duets. He is my bet also, but not for presidential election. I still believe in Gordon.
History made as US elected the first black American President – Barrack Obama. Congratulations!
SWS survey revealed that approximately 73% of the Pinoy people didn’t care about the US Presidential elections. Totoo malamang, hindi naman kasi nito masusulusyunan ang kasalukuyang kahirapan sa Pilipinas and if I may say, uunahin pa ba nila ang pakikialam sa ibang tao kaysa sa kumakalam na sikmura?
Galit na galit ako dun sa teacher na namalo ng estudyante sa school kahit ano pang mabigat na dahilan ang nagawa ng bata. GRMC pa ang tinuturo ng gago aka Julio Importante. Kung ako ang masusunod, dapat an eye for an eye ang parusa. Hindi lang kasi physical na pananakit ang dinulot nito sa bata. Nagkaron ng fear yung bata na pumasok sa school, she stopped schooling. A mere (insincere)sorry would do no good, damage has been done and things will never be the same, especially sa part nung bata na posibleng masira ang kinabukasan ng dahil sa taong (animal?) na dapat sana ay gumagabay dito.
After the MB Princess of the Star tragedy, isa naming trahedya. As of this writing, 39 people were reported dead. How many more to come? Tiyak another sisihan ang mangyayari yet hindi pa rin ma reresolba ang kung ano mang problema mayroon. Kelan kaya tayo matuto? Hindi pa ba sapat ang mga leksiyon na natutunan natin from the past tragedies? May they rest in peace!
November 1, 2008 marked the dreadful NLEX road mishap.Sinasadya man o hindi, may nagkasala at may guilty. May kapabayaan na nangyari at may dapat managot.may there be lessons learned.
Nakawan sa mga kilalang personalidad. Alfie Lorenzo and Willie Revillame. Andami kasi nilang kayamanan e, dami tuloy gusto maki share ng blessings!
Panglima ang Pinas sa isinagawang survey ng Gallup International tungkol sa pagkagutom. Marami talagang nagugutom sa Pinas but we shouldn’t alone blame the government for that. Halos lahat kasi ng negative things na nangyayari sa Pilipinas sinisisi sa gobyerno without thinking twice kung ano ba talaga ang ugat ng mga pangyayari. Anak kasi ng anak kahit wala naman mapapakain tapos sa gobyerno iaasa ang buhay at sisisihin pa kung bakit ganun ang buhay nila. Wala sa kahit kanino ang kinabukasan ng isang tao kundi sa sarili nila.
Grabe, sobrang busy ko lately (oo nagiging busy din kaya ako!) eto pa matindi dyan, busy ako dahil sa work, yung totoong work. Grabe kasi pressure ng boss ko. Ang hirap kasi nya i-please, sobrang perfectionist e mali-mali ako.
Nag gawa ako ng PowerPoint presentation para sa board meeting this coming Friday. Deadline ko ngayun at tapos na cya kaya eto naka blog na ko ulit. In less than two weeks natapos ko yung 55-slide presentation (salamat sa mga nag contribute ng mga data na kailangan ko). Mag rereview na lang ako later until presentation kasi ako rin mag pe present ng gawa ko. Sana maging maayos ang lahat kundi lagot ako sa boss ko.
Belated Happy Halloween nga pala! Syempre umattend ako ng Halloween party at hindi ako masyadong nag abala sa costume. Nag spiderman outfit lang ako.Hehehe.
I also found time to go to the church (my ummm, 6th time this year, sana maka sampu ako bago mag 2009) para mag dasal para sa mga namayapang mahal sa buhay including my two lolos, two titos, one tita and my bestfriend. I also prayed for others’ as well for eternal peace para pag patay na ko may mag pray din sakin.naks!
Sa susunod na lang yung ibang trip down the memory lane posts pag hindi na ako masyadong busy.Ciao!
Cartoons and Mascots – Bago si Barney si Denver the last dinosaur muna ang uso, Mr. Bogus na ang pangit pangit, yung mga Trolls na ginawang keychains, Fido Dido, Chucky, TMNT – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Boyoyoy Clowns, Felix the Cat, si Alf, Ewoks!,
Penpen de Sarapen Group – headed by Tita Coney Angeles, Islaw Kalabaw and the kids. Naging pen-pen kid ata si Sarah Geronimo (tama ba?)
Uncle Bob’s Lucky 7 Club – Champion to! The famous Uncle Bob of America invaded Pinas. My sibling Leroy got his 1st TV exposure here. Nag recite cya ng poem.Hehehe.Remember Spanky the Elephant and Pancho?
Coney Reyes – The soap opera queen that time – Coney Reyes on camera. Every Saturday to. Napapanood ko to because of my mom.
Young Love, Sweet Love Gang – Aga Mulach, Manilyn Reynes, Sheryl Cruz, Marilyn Villamayor, Vina Morales and Kuya Germs.Die hard fan ang isa sa mga ate ko nito. Soooper crush nya si Aga Mulach that time.
TODAS Group – Joey De Leon, Maribeth Bichara, Jimmy Santos, Freida Fonda, Spanky Rigor
Iskul Bukol Group – Mang Temi, Miss Tapia, Tonette Macho and TVJ
Eat Bulaga Group – TVJ ulit plus come and go faces like Coney Reyes, Christine Jacob, Chiqui Hollman, Helen Vela, Tessie Tomas, Nova Villa, Debraliz and more
Kabayan Noli De Castro – and his famous Magandang Gabi Bayan. Naalala ko, I always look forward sa All Saints Day episode ng MGB about aswangs and multo. Me and my siblings will have chicheria and kumot (pag nakakatakot na) with us habang nanonood.Nag di disappear pa si Kabayan sa end ng show para sa effect, panalo!
Takeshi’s Castle – the original one – Anjo Yllana and Smokey Manaloto.
Love Teams – Gabby and Sharon, Penthouse live’s Pops and Martin, Romnick and Sheryl, Jean and Jigo Garcia, Manilyn Reynes and Janno Gibbs
John and Marsha Family – Dolphy, Nida Blanca, Maricel Soriano, Matutina and the famous donya Delilah
The foreign artists – Menudo, New Kids on the Block, Debbie Gibson, Duran Duran, Spandeuballet (tama ba spelling?), The Wok with Yan Host
To be continued ulit…
PS: Sorry sa mga na miss ko. I can’t remember all, may memory gap na ko e.
It’s really nice to reminisce the good old days. We can’t help but laugh on how we used to be and the things we used to do. Life is so naïve and simpler then.It's undeniable that 80’s was one of the best times in my life – being “paslit” and all.
Aminin natin, somehow na mi miss natin yung mga bagay na yun and we wish we could go back dun sa panahon na yun, but we can’t. Kaya lets just savor those precious times and replay them here:
Batibot – my all time favorite children oriented show. Sina kuya Bojie, ate Sienna, Pong Pagong, Kiko Matsing, Ning-ning and Ging-ging. Who could also forget Irma daldal at ang mga chuwariwap nya at si Direk! Nakikita ko pa si kuya Bojie sa TV minsan, si ate Sienna kaya asan na?
Bagets – syempre tinamaan din ako ng bagets fever. Aliw na aliw talaga ako sa movie nila. Aga Mulach, Herbet Bautista, William Martinez, Raymond Lauchengco at ang mga leading ladies like Eula Valdez, Yayo Aguila, Jobelle Salvador. Ang jojologs pa nila dati at sobrang payat pa ni Ms. Liza Lorena dito.Hehehe.
Ang TV – young at heart ako.hehehe. 3rd year or 4th year highschool na ata ako nito.Until college pinapanood ko pa rin to. Crush ko nun si Marnie, the chincky eyed and braced girl na inglisera.
Eh kasi bata – RR Herrera, Kathleen Go Quieng, Aiza Seguerra and LA Lopez – Straight girl pa si Aiza Seguerra dito at asar na asar ako kay LA Lopez na mukhang mongoloid at super duper OA.
That’s entertainment – Na hooked ako dito because of my siblings. Manilyn Reynes, Tina Paner, Joed Serrano, Jestoni Alarcon, Caselyn Francisco, Chuckie Dreyfuss, Ruffa Gutierrrez, etc. May kanya kanyang bet kung sino pinaka magaling na group – Wednesday Group ako!Yikes!
Childstars – Andyan sina Aiza Seguerra, Glaiza Heradura, Lady Lee, Matet,the late Julie Vega, Atong Redillas, Jaypee De Guzman, Nino Mulach, Judy Ann Santos, Sunshine Dizon – ang cu cute pa nila noon!
Napanood ko yung latest episode ng I-witness entitled “Isang Paid, Isang Tuka”, reported by Jay Taruc.
Kwento ng isang pamilya na umaasa lang sa pagkuha ng lamang dagat na tinatawag na “paid”. Nakaka awa yung bata kasi ramdam at alam nya yung bigat ng problema ng pamilya nila. Sobrang dishearting to see a child crying dahil sa pagka awa sa magulang nya and na forced cya to stop schooling and work so she could help her family.
Instead na naglalaro cya, nagtitinda cya nung laman dagat, masakit pa nun, nakakatanggap pa cya ng mga tukso sa ibang kapwa bata. I found courage in her nung sinabi nya na pinapabayaan na lang niya yung mga nanunukso sa kanila.Yung pag endure ng hirap at panunukso para kumita ng pera is so noble.
The family wanted to go back to Arayat, Pampanga kung saan talaga sila nakatira. They moved barely 4 months ago sa Bataan para magbakasakali. Para humanap ng mas mabuting pamumuhay. Nakikitira lang sila dun sa kapatid ni misis. Walang nakitang trabaho kaya nauwi sila sa pagkuha ng paid sa kalapit dagat para kahit papano ay kumita at hind imaging pabigat.
Dahil nga walang perang pamasahe pabalik ng Pampanga, I-witness helped them go back. They wanted to go back to pampanga since life is easier there and they wouldn’t have to be pabigat to anybody.Akala ko mas magandang bumalik nga sila sa Pampanga.
Nakatira sila sa bundok.Nanlumo ako when I saw their house. Sobrang dilapidated, parang bahay-bahayang gawa lang ng mga bata. Walang ding-ding, walang sahig, isang maliit na dampa lang na ni ulan hindi sila kayang ipagsanggalang.Kailangan pa nilang makitulog sa ibang bahay kapag umuulan.
Yung panganay nilang anak ay medyo blessed. Sa lola nila sya nakatira at nakakapag aral cya. Bukod tanging cya lang ang nakakapag aral sa mga anak ng mag asawa. Sabi nga ng nanay nung bata, ayaw na ayaw pumunta nung panganay na anak dun sa bundok dahil sa sitwasyon nila. Syempre nga naman, mas mahirap ang buhay sa bundok and I guess natatakot cyan a once na pumunta cya dun andun yung possibility na hindi na cya makabalik sa lola nya at mahinto din sa pag aaral and be forced as well do work at an early age.
Napa isip ako, sobrang simple lang ng gusto nilang buhay, unlike us na sobrang naimpluwensiyahan na ng makabagong pamumuhay. All they want is a home and food to eat. Simple things to survive.Ang bigat din ng pakiramdam kasi alam ko yung sitwasyon nila pero wala akong magawa.
Life is really unfair, but then I cannot question God for the kind of life we all have because I know there’s a purpose for that. I can only pray that someday, somehow, the sun will shine fairly to them, I hope.
Nobody in class likes her. Every time she asks a question, even if it can be answered by a simple yes or no, her classmates just rudely ignore her.
But Pornphan still tries to be in with the group. If her classmates laugh at some hilarious blunder or absurdity, she also giggles, unmindful that the joke and laughter would soon be turned on her. But even when she feels embarrassed, she still tries to flash a brave smile.
I don’t know what keeps her going. At her age of 10, she should be running in a playground with friends chasing her under the heat of the sun, or she should be in the company of kids dressing up Barbie Dolls and paper dolls, or in an imaginary parlor pretending to be little hairstylist or manicurist, or in an imaginary market playing the role of a chatty food vendor selling cold juices made from crushed red bougainvillea flowers and leaves.
But I also cannot blame her classmates completely for behaving so coldly and roughly toward her. After all, they are still children, and Pornphan seems out of place with her Grade 5 classmates who are quite surprisingly much too concerned with the Barbie culture: how they look in their uniforms, accessorized with colorful headbands and sling bags.
Pornphan’s family is poor and it is her bad luck to belong to a class of well-off, bratty children. She comes to school in a dirty white blouse tucked into a pale blue crimp skirt, with an ordinary rubber band knotted in her usually damp hair and in an old pair of leather shoes. And she has a cheap pink stroller bag and wears a cheap yellow rubber wristwatch. How could a prosperous kid of her age like her?
Her skin is dark. She has long fingernails accented by black grime hiding underneath them. She is so small that you could almost mistake her for a Grade 1 pupil. She is skinny, disheveled, undernourished and almost pathetic.
But her eyes never show hopelessness. Carefree and cheerful, she is active and lively. And she loves making fun of some things, as if the world never laughs at her.
Pornphan is smart and has a sense of responsibility and leadership. That is why the class adviser gave her the special task of looking after their “special” classmate.
I am amazed by how Pornphan and this special kid can get along so well. They are the best of friends, and the teachers admire Pornphan for giving up her own “normal” happiness to play with her “special” classmate all the time. In the classroom, they are seated together and Pornphan acts as her tutor. During lunch, they share each other’s meal. They seem to find solace in their special friendship. They live every day in their own special universe, out of reach of the menacing arms of normal and harsh beings.
For Pornphan and many others like her, life is a constant struggle not just for survival but to belong. It is always a difficult journey for someone who looks unusual, unsightly, underprivileged and neglected.
I feel sorry for Pornphan who has to endure living in a place where being different is, to some people, intolerable and unforgivable. I admire her for her audacity in always standing up after being pushed down by the crowd. And I adore her for her eagerness to please others and to belong even if her efforts always prove futile.
But I wonder how she can discover her possibilities when her peers won’t even give her a chance to establish a human connection.
Jesus Rafael B. Jarata, 21, is a teacher at Rajabhat Maha Sarakham University in Thailand.
UP High School in Cebu is in danger of being phased out.
The school performs a very important service to the community.
By only admitting poor but very bright students (sons and daughters of farmers, street vendors, maids, fishermen, drivers, janitors, etc.), the school provides them a chance to grow, learn and be educated “the UP way.”
The Cebu Provincial Board has already passed a resolution opposing the planned closure of UP Cebu High. The City Council will pass its own resolution soon.
Your alumni board is also preparing a resolution and a manifesto of support for the continued existence of our alma mater. We will be asking for your signatures soon enough. Meanwhile, let us continue to be vigilant.
Officially, the approval of the Bachelor/Master in Education (BBE-MBE) program is critical for the high school’s existence. However, the underlying issue is still resources.
Currently, UP Cebu is finalizing its four-college university plan and consequently, the building infrastructure plan. We have to make sure that the high school continues to be part of these plans, as they go through each level of the UP bureaucracy: Execom, Dean, UP Cebu, Chancellor, UP in the Visayas, Advisory Council, President and, finally, Board of Regents.
Kita mo nga naman how they implement the justice system in the Philippines. Sabi nga ng mommy ni Maureen Hultman, “this is the highest form of injustice” and I agree with her on this.
I wasn’t expecting such move form the government about this. Considering the so many wrong moves they did before.Pag may pera at impluwensiya ka talaga, kayang gawin kahit ano, kahit pa milyon milyon ang napatay mo sa mundo.
Matalas ang mga pananalita ng mommy ni Maureen Hultman nung interview sa kanya via phone patch sa balita. Halata mo sa kanya ang sobrang galit at pagka dismaya. Halatang hindi sila nagsisinungaling when they said na wala silang alam sa ginawad na executive clemency kay Teehankee, taliwas ito sa pahayag ng gobyerno na noon pa man ay alam na ng mga Hultmans ang tungkol dito.
Eto pa, nakakatawa yung mga ibang ininterview, naturingang mga opisyal ng gobyerno e kung magsalita parang iniwan yung utak sa bahay. Kahit mga bobo matatawa sa mga sagot nila.
To whoever Ambassador Teehankee, brother ni convicted Teehankee murderer – baka nakakalimutan mo nung sinabi mo na your brother suffered remorse, anong tawag mo sa ginawa ng brother mo sa mga inosenteng tao? Ligaya? Gago ka ba at hindi nag iisip kung ilang buhay ang sinira ng kapatid mo? Kung gaano nag suffer si Maureen Hultman? Mababalik mo ba ang buhay ng mga napatay ng kapatid mo? Ang mga pangarap nila? Ang karapatan nila na mabuhay? Ang sakit na dinulot nito sa mga naulila nila? Ambassador ka pa naman. Hindi kailan man matutumbasan ng ano mang hirap ang buhay na kinitil ng kapatid mo.
To one of the Teehankee lawyers, I forgot his name, kasi its not worth remembering stupidity – gago ka rin nung sinabi mo na nabayaran na ng mga Teehankee ang mga Hultmans kaya karapat dapat lang na mapalaya ni cya. Mangyari sana sa iyo ang nangyari sa mga biktima ni Teehankee, tignan ko lang ang mararamdaman mo. Walang kahit ano mang halaga ang katumbas ng buhay ng tao.Wala.At walang bearing ang nagawa ni Teehankee Sr. sa bansa para mabigyan si Teehankee Jr. ng pardon, kagaguhan ang ikumpara ang mansanas sa bulok na mansanas, hindi magka lasa yun.Sana hindi ka taga UP. Ikinahihiya kita!
And yes, to the government officials, sana mas magkaroon kayo ng compassion to those who really suffered and deserving of that pardon. Andaming bilanggo na gaya ni Teehankee ay may karapatan din na mag bagong buhay gaya ng paliwanag nyo. May mas naghihirap pa na preso kaysa kay Teehankee pero ang kaibahan lang wala silang pera at kapangyarihan para ibigay sa inyo. Hindi dapat paboran ang criminal ng mga walang ka malay-malay na tao. Two counts of reclusion temporal and one count of reclusion perpetua. Reclusion temporal’s charge is 17-20 years imprisonment and reclusion perpertua is around 40 years. Paano nyo masasabi na he already served more than half of his sentence, kalahati ng sintensya nya is around 40 years (simple math, kahit grade one kayang sagutin, nakaka 17 years pa lang cya minus the 4 years probation.Galing nyo sa math ha! Dinaig nyo pa ko sa kabobohan sa numbers.
Ayan tuloy, parang in years time lahat ng mga controversial and influencial convicts e makakatikim na ng inaasam na kalayaan and those who have nothing will be left to suffer.
Have you seen a person with a killer smile, innocent eyes, sweet face, irresistible body and devastating sex appeal? Sa Tagalog: "Nakita mo na ba ako?!"
"When you want to make a difference… subtract."
In a normal person, the heart beats 70 times a minute, 100,800 times a day, 40 million times a year! During a single day, a ventricle pumps about 11,000 quarts or 265 million quarts a lifetime. RELEVANCE? Ang SIPAG ng heart! Pero… shit! Tanga naman…
"Hindi ako DINOSAUR! Hindi! Hindi! Hindi!" – THESAURUS
"Hindi lahat ng almusal ay nakabubusog." – SERMON
Adora: Mare, kumusta ang sexlife ninyo ni pare? Lourdes: Parang suweldo sa opisina, tuwing kinsenas at katapusan lang. Kaya madalas na bumabale ako sa mga kaibigan niya!
HONEYMOON… Groom: Hon, ok lang bang pasukin ko ang hindi pa napapasok ng iba? Bride: Ha? Hindi kaya mabingi ako?
Misis: Bakit gabi ka na? Mister: Pasensya na. Nagyaya ang officemates ko. Nagkainuman lang. Misis: Lasing ka, ‘no?! Mister: Hindi! Misis: Anong hindi?! Wala ka namang trabaho, paano ka nagkaroon ng officemates?
"Biktima rin kami ng abortion." –BALUT
"Hindi lahat ng klase ng dugo, pwedeng i-donate." – REGLA
Honeymoon… Groom: Hon, bakit malungkot ka? Hindi ka ba masaya na pinakasalan kita maski dati kang GRO? Bride: Iniisip ko lang, hon… tuwing magtatalik tayo, hindi mo na ako babayaran. Sayang din kasi…
Kapag maraming nang-aaway sa ‘yo, tawagin mo lang ako at sabay nating sabihin… "Kapangyarihan ng taba, taglay ay mantika! Kambal na biik, kami ang… SUPER PIGS!"
"Ganyan ba talaga ang tingin mo sa akin? Kailangan mo lang ako kapag nag-iinit ang katawan mo?!" – THERMOMETER
Experiment lang ulit to pero turned out to be masarap naman, atleast for me.
Pork Ears or head Chicken Liver Mayonnaise – about half a cup Knorr Seasoning – about half a cup Onion – 1 medium size Garlic Powder Pepper Soy Sauce – 2 tablespoon Eggs Kalamansi Chili – optional
Wash the pig ears well. Alisin yung mga excess na balahibo. Tapos pakuluan sa tubig kasama yung garlic powder. Habang pinakukuluan yung pork prepare the rest of the ingredients. Chop the onion. Pag medyo malambot na yung pork, ilagay yung chicken liver tapos pakuluan ulit hanggang maluto.
Palamigin yung pork and liver. Pagkatapos hiwain yung pork into desired size. Hiniwa ko ng maliliit yung niluto ko. Tapos chop the chicken liver as well.
Ilagay sa cooking pan yung pork at hayaang mag mantika at lumutong ng konti. Pwedeng alisin yung excess oil. Tapos ilagay yung chicken liver, igisa lang din. Then put the onion and the rest of the ingredients, except the eggs & kalamansi and timplahan according to your taste.Lutuin hanggang mag evaporate yung liquid. After that, serve it sa sizzling plate or kung walang sizzling plate sa ordinary plate na lang tapos ilagay yung eggs sa ibabaw and kalamansi on the side.
Yey!Happy Eating. Masarap din na pulutan with beer!
Laking National Bookstore ako. One of my cousins work for NBS kaya nakakapag basa ako ng books ng libre. I thank Nanay for allowing us book lovers to enjoy what we like most-reading, at no cost. And did I say Powerbooks is awesome? Thanks Nanay, the world is a better place because of people like you! May the young generation continue to read and learn... ___________________________________________________________________
Socorro Ramos: Nanay, Super Tindera, and everyone’s minister of education
EMOTIONAL WEATHER REPORT
By Jessica Zafra Monday, September 22, 2008
Everybody calls her Nanay. Educators, writers, leaders of industry, the employees, suppliers, and clients of National Book Store, the readers of this paper, in which her column appears every week, and several generations of schoolchildren — the “laking-National” (raised on National). In seven decades of business, Socorro Cancio Ramos, founder and general manager of National Book Store, has won many awards and titles, but “Nanay” (Mother) is the one she likes best. In our matriarchal Filipino society it’s a term of endearment; in the highly competitive business environment it’s an honorific, or even an expression of surrender (Nanay!). It just fits.
At the NBS head office, I only have to say “Nanay” and I am immediately ushered into a small conference room lined with bookshelves. One of the managers asks me what I’d like to drink. It’s a large, bustling office with stacks of books everywhere, but it lacks the air of formal efficiency that most corporate headquarters aspire to. This one has a friendly, homey feel, kind of like a faculty lounge at a grade school: you half-expect small children to come running down the hallways. Books are crammed willy-nilly into the shelves — classics, best sellers, coloring books, art books, coffee-table books.
Five minutes later, Nanay slowly walks into the room with her arm in a sling. “Andito na pala siya, bakit hindi ako tinawag?” (Why didn’t someone call me earlier?) she gently admonishes her staff. Her granddaughter Trina Alindogan hands her a cup of hydrite — Nanay’s stomach has been acting up all day. Most people with a broken arm and a bum stomach would probably take the day off. Here we have a demonstration of one not-so-secret secret of her success: Nothing can stop her from going to work.
“It happened during the typhoon,” she sighs. “I was inspecting the warehouse when I slipped and fell.” Her arm was broken in two places. Doctors said they could surgically repair the bone, but it would take a maximum of two hours to operate, and require nine screws in her arm. She declined; she has better things to do, and the arm will heal in time. For now she signs documents with her other hand. “Pakialamera kasi!” (That’s what happens to busybodies!) she laughs. “Habit na, eh. Pag hindi ko nakita ang bodega, para akong nawawala.” (When I don’t visit the warehouse, I feel lost.)
She nods at her assistant, who presents me with three books the size of coffee tables: a thesaurus, a 2008 almanac, and a Bible Atlas. I am silently skipping with glee. “Ano ba yan?” She indicates the Bible Atlas. “Hindi ko maintindihan, tiningnan ko lang yung pictures.” (I don’t understand it; I only looked at the pictures.) Either Nanay is psychic or somebody did her research, because how could she know that at age 10, my hobbies were reading the Old Testament for accounts of wars and apocalypses, and memorizing the capitals of countries? Which brings us to another of Nanay’s winning secrets: She makes you feel important. She’s down-to-earth and genuinely curious about people and their interests. And anyone who assumes from her ingenuous air that she’s a softie is in for a tough time. Socorro Ramos is legendary for her skills as a negotiator; she has made captains of industry squeal like little girls. Let’s not forget that the woman built National Book Store from scratch, beginning just before World War II. Today National is the undisputed market leader, with 103 branches all over the country.
Put it another way: There were other bookstores while I was growing up, but today National is the one left standing. By default, we are all “laking-National.” A former competitor, Lory Tan of Bookmark, notes: “Mrs. Ramos is a master of loss-leader pricing, and knew that if you have the scale, you should use it in every way possible — whether it meant obtaining better discounts from publishing houses, more favorable terms of payment, or pricing down (even at a loss) to neutralize competition and eventually gain market dominance for a new book line.”
Or, as Nanay herself puts it: “Magaling lang akong tumawad.” (I’m just good at haggling.) Incidentally, she has been to every one of their 103 branches. Recently she visited the newest store in Marikina, and spoke to the manager about displaying books on tables to make them more appetizing.
I ask her if she’d ever imagined that the five-square-meter stall she opened in Escolta in 1939 would become this retail giant. She shakes her head. “Mapaaral ko lang ang mga anak ko, at kumain kami ng tatlong beses isang araw, tama na. Noong Japanese time, mabuhay ka lang, okay na.” (It was enough that I could send my children to school and we could have three meals a day. During the war, it was enough to just survive.) Two years after she opened her little bookshop, World War II broke out in the Pacific and the Japanese invaded the Philippines. All books had to be submitted to Japanese censors, who cut out any mention of America. All their stocks were mutilated. “What will we sell?”
Socorro asked her husband, Jose. The answer: Anything and everything the customers needed. They sold candy, school supplies, cigarettes. She found a maker of tsinelas (rubber slippers), bought six pairs, discovered that the Japanese wanted tsinelas, and was soon selling hundreds of pairs. National Book Store might very well have been National Tsinelas.
She found a supplier of Easterbrook fountain pens and went from door to door in the Japanese bazaars to sell them. She got yelled at a couple of times and burst into tears, but eventually made a sale. “Tell me what you need,” she told her client. He ordered 3,000 reams of typewriting paper for the Japanese military. “Hindi ako nagpahalatang di ko kaya!” (I didn’t let on that I couldn’t handle the order!) she gleefully recalls. Somehow, in the middle of a war and all its restrictions, she found the 3,000 reams of paper. Gas was strictly rationed, so she delivered the stock by karetela (horse-drawn cart).
So we have another cornerstone of Nanay’s business philosophy: Find out exactly what your customers need, and sell it to them. Know your market inside and out. Do your research.
In 1944, the young businesswoman gave birth prematurely to her twin sons, Alfredo and Benjamin. Socorro and Jose were riding home in a karetela when the horse backed up into a creek. The other passengers jumped out, but the pregnant Socorro couldn’t. Jose held on to her, letting go of the basket of “Mickey Mouse” money (hyper-inflated Japanese Occupation currency) they had earned that day. Fortunately neither of them was hurt, and the basket of money was recovered from under the horse’s belly. Soon afterwards Socorro went into labor and was taken to the Philippine General Hospital. “The hospital was full, but they found room for me in the eclampsia room,” Nanay remembers.
The twins, born at seven months, weighed 3.2 pounds each and their chances of survival were slight. She breastfed them and they gradually achieved normal weight. “We had six chickens that we raised in our window box, and the eggs that they laid fed the boys,” Nanay says.
When the Liberation began, she kept a bag of emergency supplies ready in case they had to evacuate. The bag contained baby clothes, a mosquito net, some expired antibiotics, and three cans of expired baby formula. Just before the Americans returned to the Philippines, one of her clients unloaded an entire warehouse of whiskey. “I knew that when the Americans arrived, they would want whiskey,” she says. She couldn’t afford her client’s asking price, but he didn’t want to lose his stocks to looters. So Nanay ended up with a whole lot of whiskey, which she stored in her mother’s house. During the Liberation, Escolta was destroyed by bombs and fire. Her little bookshop and its stocks were razed to the ground, but her mother’s house was safe.
Jose and Socorro sold the whiskey in a barong-barong (shack) on the corner of Soler and Avenida. The merchandise was laid out on a ping-pong table that also served as a door every night. The American soldiers paid in dollars.That whiskey kept the Ramoses’ business going until the couple could rebuild their bookstore. The Nanay book of business says: Be alert to opportunity, and grab it.
After the war, National Book Store reopened in a small rented space in Avenue Theatre. In Super Salesgirl, Nick Joaquin’s short biography of Socorro Ramos, he writes that “National opened in time for the first postwar school year: one of the few places in ruined Manila where you could get textbooks, notebooks, pad paper, pencils, and so forth.”
“Then Typhoon Gene struck in 1948, ripped off the roof of our store, and ruined all our stocks,” Nanay says. “We were back to zero.” The Ramoses had to start all over again. Their stratagem for dealing with adversity: Work harder. They slept just three hours a day, and spent all their waking hours at the store. Nanay’s business rulebook says: Don’t let anything get you down. Work, work, work.
In 1955 they acquired a prime piece of property on Soler Street, the future site of their nine-story building. The bookstore was doing well, thanks to Nanay’s brilliant idea: they started producing greeting cards and postcards with Philippine views. By then, their youngest child, Cecilia, had been born and the twins were enrolled at the Ateneo. “As I tutored my boys, they would often correct my pronunciation and were eventually teaching me many things I did not know. So I felt we were all attending the Ateneo together,” Nanay said when she accepted her honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Ateneo de Manila in 2006. National Book Store expanded steadily from the 1970s onwards. We all know the rest — who doesn’t have that red-and-white plastic bag in the house? (Incidentally, National now encourages shoppers to carry their reusable cloth bags instead of plastic.)
“Mrs. Ramos is the perfect entrepreneur — hands-on, steadily focused on the business, always alert for opportunities, unfailingly sensitive to market needs,” writes banker, former Minister of Education, and former chair of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, Jaime Laya. “She is conservative, opting for slow and steady expansion financed by earnings reinvestment. This allowed her to manage the company personally while her children were growing up. As soon as the children were able to play a greater role, then National began opening more branches, adding to its product line.”
Nanay’s achievements as an entrepreneur have been recognized by institutions such as the Ateneo and SGV & Co, which named her Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. The award is “bestowed to an individual that best embodies entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, strategic direction, community/global impact, innovation, and personal integrity/influence.” The honorary degree was given by the Ateneo “in recognition of her outstanding contribution to building literacy among the Filipinos and her total commitment to helping make education affordable, especially to those who have little in life.”
“I was born to a poor family and only completed high school,” Nanay said in her brief acceptance speech. “Unable to attend college, I only had one dream in my life, an impossible dream, to finish school and get my degree.” Although she succeeded in business without the benefit of a college degree, she always stresses the importance of education. “I want Filipinos to remember that National Book Store has always been there and will always be there to provide them books and supplies at low prices,” she told Laya. “I understand their plight and know how difficult it can be because once upon a time, I was in their shoes. Books are sources of wisdom, knowledge and truth and should be priced so that persons with average and below-average income s can afford to buy.
“Gusto kong makasilbi sa mga estudyante (I want to serve the students),” she says. She remembers attending Soler Elementary School, then Arellano High School, with no baon, no money for snacks or school supplies. To save up for notebooks, she would work in a factory every summer, where she earned 50 centavos a day. “At the time, a kilo of pork cost 45 centavos, so you could actually feed a small family on that.” There isn’t a smidgen of bitterness or regret when she talks about the difficult times she and her husband (he died in 1992) went through — the scrimping, saving, and hard labor. On the contrary, she looks back with fondness on those tough times.
“The advantage of starting small,” she declares, “is that you know all the problems that can arise. You can deal with them one by one.”
I suspect that she looks forward to facing the little day-to-day crises and solving them. Beneath the child-like curiosity and sense of wonder is a steely businesswoman, a tough negotiator, a survivor. Nanay has worked every day of her life since she was five. You think she’ll let up just because the going is great?
Malapit ko ng I launch ang career ko bilang chef. Huwaaat? Kamusta naman yun? Bawal kumontra kasi libreng mangarap.
Wala akong formal cooking training albeit I’d love to have one in the near future. I need a scholarship grant from Heny Sison. Self learned lang ako minsan by experimenting. Mostly, I learned from mom. Minsan recipes ng mga kaibigan na binigyan ko ng twists. Mahilig talaga akong mag experimento kaya I’m sure magiging magaling akong scientist kung pipiliin kong maging scientist.Hehe.Another alternative career.
Anyway, marami na rin akong natanggap na good reviews sa mga niluto ko. Syempre ang avid na taga tikim is my brother Leroy. He liked quite a few of my recipes that he even bring some to his office pag may tira. Tas after office tinatanong nya ako kung saan ko nakuha yung recipe dahil gusto daw ng officemate nya or his girlfriend yung recipe. Sagot ko lagi secret kahit wala pang 5 minuto ang nakakalipas sasabihin ko na rin.
Yung iba mas nakakatawa, gusto nilang maki share sa akin para mag catering business daw kami. Ganun na ba ako kasarap magluto? Hindi siguro, I still need to learn a lot. Dami ko pa rin palpak na recipe na dapat tumama.
Nag experiment ulit ako the other night by cooking sisig. First attempt ko to cook sisig (recipe to follow). Masarap naman. Nagustuhan ko din. Cairo, my son also liked it. Mom and Dad also tasted it good kahit medyo hindi para sa kanila yung recipe na yun since ma cholesterol because of the fats.
Leroy brought the tira as usual to his office. One of his officemates liked it so much that she asked if I can cook it once more, she’ll pay me. I laughed really hard and kidded Leroy “Hindi masyadong patay gutom yung mga officemates mo no? Lahat na lang ng luto ko gusto nila.”. The officemate even asked for my number, wala pang tumatawag until now.Hehehe, expecting.
The conversation went on.
Me: Sabihin mo 500 per order ng sisig. Leroy: Overpricing, grabe ka naman. Me: Ganun talaga. Effort pa lang hindi na nya mababayaran. Mas mahal kaya if they hire me to cook. Php 1,000 per hour ako. Leroy: Hahaha.Gago!
But seriously, naisip ko kung mag aral kaya ako to be professional since nandun naman yung desire and strong passion for cooking. I just don’t cook. I love cooking as much as I love my son.
Bakit kasi walang Culinary Arts sa UP. Sana yun na lang kinuha ko kung meron kesa nagpakahirap ako pag aralan yung mga Math and ES subjects na yun.
Sana nga magkatotoo. Pero for the mean time, as non professional cook, mag accept siguro ako occasionally ng mga orders lalo na malapit na mag holiday season. Order kayo, mura lang presyong kaibigan. Made to order lang. Delivery charges not included. My specialties include Carbonara, Traditional Spaghetti with a twist, Hickory Barbequed Spareribs, Hot Chicken Salad, Sisig, Twice Dipped Buttermilk Chicken with Mayo Garlic Dip, Coffee Jelly and a lot more.
A pretty fun and fascinating collection of body trivia. This collection of human body facts will leave you wondering why we were designed the way we were. Got this as a forwarded mail from one of the witty professors I know in UP.
1. Scientists say the higher your I.Q., the more you dream. 2. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm. 3. You use 200 muscles to take one step. 4. The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man. 5. Your big toes have two bones each while the rest have three. 6. A pair of human feet contains 250,000 sweat glands. 7. A full bladder is roughly the size of a softball. 8. The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades. 9. The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica. 10. It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach. 11. The average human dream lasts 23 seconds. 12. Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair. 13. At the moment of conception, you spent about half an hour as a single cell. 14. There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet. 15. Your body gives off enough heat in 3020 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil. 16. The enamel in your teeth is the hardest substance in your body. 17. Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. 18. When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, and they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate. 19. Your thumb is the same length of your nose. 20. At this very moment I know full well you are putting this last fact to the test...
Now remove your thumb from your nose and pass this on to the friends you think might be interested in comparing their thumbs to their noses as well!
(Or don't, I don't push people to forward emails, but you totally measured your thumb next to your nose!!!! Don't deny it!)
San Miguel Oktoberfest Raise your mugs this is the best Tara na mag party na Oktoberfest na
San Miguel Oktoberfest Grab a beer and join the rest Sali na mag fiesta ka Oktoberfest na
Yep, it’s San Miguel Oktoberfest once more, yun nga lang mas pina aga at mas pinasaya! Imagine 120 days of beerfest which started last September 5 and will end on December 5. Ansaya nito. Pinas will go crazy once again for 120 days.
I can imagine the hang over and the stuffs associated with drinking but anyway, who cares. Its time to party hard(er). So bring those yummy pulutan and raise your mugs!!!!
This is what we call drunkard moment!
Thanks to my ever loyal drinking buddies, the lasalista boys and 5(minus one) for life!
One of the better comediennes I know. I used to see her sa may Crossing (Mandaluyong). Plain looking and very down to earth. She didn’t want to be recognized. Nag je jeep lang cya going somewhere.
I must commend her sa pagapapalaki nya sa anak nya who is now a medical student at UP (UP, really rocks!). She singlehandedly raised her child well while doing some writing, acting and teaching jobs. I wish I’ve known her personally.
My condolences to her family. She’s in a better place now.
**** Reports reaching abs-cbnNEWS.com say that veteran comedian, actress and writer Zorayda Sanchez has passed away.
One report said that Sanchez had been suffering from breast cancer for some time. Her wake is reportedly being held in Angono, Rizal.
Sanchez became a popular comic icon in the 1980s when she became a mainstay in the TV gag show "Goin' Bananas" which starred actors Christopher de Leon, Johnny Delgado, Jay Ilagan, Edgar Mortiz and Al Tantay.
Sanchez along with another comedian, Whitney Tyson, became household names as the gags emphasized their unconventional looks--Sanchez for her facial features and Tyson for her dark skin.
Sanchez was also a writer, stage actress and university professor. She also starred in several movies, mostly comedies, including the iconic "Bagets" movie where she played a teacher.
Her film credits include: "Feel na feel" (1990); "Hotdog" (1990); Tiyanak (1988); Petrang Kabayo at ang Pilyang Kuting (1988); "Bakit kinagat ni Adan ang mansanas ni Eba" (1988); Ready, Aim, Fire (1987); Takot ako eh! (1987); Working Girls 2 (1987); and Bagets (1984).
Ok.Imbento ko lang tong recipe na to. I have the original recipe but I lost it. Nabili ko na yung mga ingredients kaya wala ng urungan, do or die. Sayang yung mga binili ko kung mauuwi lang sa walang kamatayan na Adobo yung chicken. Pacham lang tong luto na to kaya tantya tantya lang mga ingredients
Chicken, about half a kilo (good for 2 persons) Soy Sauce, about half a cup Worcestershire sauce, about 2 tablespoon (be careful about this kasi strong ang flavor nya, you may reduce the quantity to 1 tablespoon kung hindi nyo type) Oyster sauce, about 1 tablespoon Garlic powder, about 1 teaspoon Brown sugar, ¼ to ½ a cup (depende sa panlasa nyo) Sesame seeds Sesame oil Cornstarch for thickening the sauce Mixed veggies (optional lang, pampacute). I used brocolli, carrots, green peas, corn and baguio beans
Fry chicken until golden brown. While frying the chicken, mix the sauces – Soy sauce, worcestershire, oyster and brown sugar. Basta dapat kalabasan nya medyo matamis, kaya nga sweet soy sesame sauce. Pag iba kinalabasan, itapon nyo na. Mag fried chicken na lang kayo.Hehehe. Set aside the sauce.
Pag luto na yung manok, bring the sauce to boil sa isang sauce pan. Mga 2 to 3 minutes. Tas ilagay yung garlic powder, then the cornstarch mixed with little water to thicken the sauce. Tas after nun ilagay yung sesame seeds and the chicken tas drizzzle with sesame oil.
Serve it with the pampacute mixed veggies kung gusto nyo tsaka rice.
Trivia: Pag pawisin ang kamay mo, wag kang kakain ng brocolli or konting serving lang. Nabasa ko lang somewhere.