That’s one of the main sports stories in today’s Inquirer Sports.
Manny Pacquiáo — flying?!
Of course he can! He’s WAPAKMAN!!!
That’s one of the main sports stories in today’s Inquirer Sports.
Manny Pacquiáo — flying?!
Of course he can! He’s WAPAKMAN!!!
Too many holidays raising BPO firms’ costs
More than the uncertainty of the upcoming elections and the weakening dollar, business process outsourcing industry players in the country are concerned about Malacañang’s penchant for long weekends as this affect their business costs.
Business Processing Association of the Philippines president and chief executive Oscar Sanez said the industry’s cost of doing business remained high, and this was exacerbated by the many holidays that required companies to pay their employees extra.
“It’s good that (Malacañang) gives us a list of the holidays in advance as this gives companies a chance to include these extras into their planning. It’s the unannounced holidays that we’re concerned about,” he said in an interview. (Inquirer.net)
Uh, BPO bigwigs… I think Arroyo’s planning to declare Halloween as a national holiday, too. Her grandchildren needs to go trick or treatin’, LOL!!!
One cool Tuesday morning, last September 22, just days before the great flood of Metro Manila, Arnold and I visited the great scholar –and our dear friend– Señor Guillermo Gómez Rivera in his Macati home in Barrio María de la Paz. We had our usual discussions about Philippine history and the identity of our nation.
After accompanying Señor Gómez to his Rockwell studio (and after a hearty lunch in nearby Power Plant Mall), Arnold and I passed by the centuries-old Guadalupe Shrine on our way home.
It was early afternoon, and the skies were blanketed by endless gray clouds, giving out a bleak mood throughout the slums neighboring the silent, hulking gray walls of the church. And the people living near the church –almost mindlessly doing routine tasks each and every dying day due– don’t have any idea at all about the significance of this almost forgotten church in Philippine History.
CHURCH AND MONASTERY OF GUADALUPE
The foundations of this church and monastery of the Augustinian Order were laid in 1601 and construction work was finished in 1629. Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe was chosen Titular Patroness in 1603. After the Chinese uprising of 1639, this sanctuary served as a seat of devotion for the Chinese. The buildings withstood the earthquakes of 1645, 1658, 1754, and 1863; the masonry roof of the church collapsed in the earthquakes of 1880 and the structure was rebuilt in 1882 by Rev. José Corujedo, O.S.A. Site of an orphan asylum and trade school administered by the Augustinian Order for the benefit of the children of the victims of the cholera of 1882. Both church and monastery were gutted by fire in February, 1899, during the early skirmishes between Americans and Filipinos.
As written on the historical marker, the Augustinians began constructing the shrine in the early 1600s. The Provincial Chapter declared the monastery a domus formata on 7 March 1601. A domus formata is a religious house in which reside at least six professed members (four of which should be priests), and this one in Macati was placed under the advocacy of Our Lady of Grace. Construction was completed in 1629. The shrine was named after the world-famous and miraculous Basílica de Guadalupe in México City, México.
The first domus formata was composed of three priests and a lay brother. Later on, the Provincial Chapter of November 30, 1603 received a petition from the Spanish community in Manila and from other prominent Filipinos to change the advocacy. They prevailed when the Provincial Chapter approved the petition. Thus, the Our Lady of Grace became Our Lady of Guadalupe.
It was not until the shrine had its third prior administrator when stone construction commenced. This administrator was Fray Juan de Montes de Oca. But he was not able to finish the project because he was transferred to another mission outpost. And so those who took over his spot continued the construction.
And since the church stood the test of times, it has had its share of countless (and historically famous) Priors Administrator, some of them renowned friar-scholars, such as:
Simón Dantes — widely believed to be the first prior of the Guadalupe Shrine.
Juan de Montes de Oca — started the construction of the stone sanctuary.
Francisco Coronel — published the book Artes y Reglas de la Lengua Pampanga (1617) when he was still in Pampanga.
Hernando Guerrero — became Archbishop of Manila in 1635; best remembered for his feud with Governor General Hurtado de Corcuera.
In my opinion, perhaps the most famous friar who have ever served the altars of the Shrine of Guadalupe was Fray Manuel Blanco of Navia, Zamora, Spain. He entered the Augustinian order when he was just 16 years old. Aside from his religious duties, he was also an erudite and multifaceted scholar who excelled in history, languages, medicine, and even my “favorite” subject — mathematics! When he was assigned to the San Agustín Church, he maintained a garden there (now fondly called as Fr. Blanco’s Garden). But he’s best known for his contributions to natural sciences, particularly botany. This led to the publication of the groundbreaking Flora Filipina. Because of this book, plants can now be classified according to their species, class, and genus. His blessed remains are still in the Guadalupe Shrine.
Dark nights of the Shrine.
The period of seventy years from the War of Independence up to the Second World War was the darkest for the sanctuary. The termination of the Spanish-American War brought about by the ratification of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898 caused the Filipino-American conflict to flare up into an all-out war. Manila was the immediate theater of destruction. It did not take long for the superior American forces to rout the Filipino forces.
The Americans, having cleared the city of the Filipino forces, proceeded eastward to Makati as far as San Pedro. The Filipino soldiers, tipped off of the advancing Americans, positioned themselves in Guadalupe. They outnumbered their enemies. The Americans sensed this, and not having enough troops that would stay behind to safeguard the place from being retaken by the Filipinos, they halted for a day waiting for reinforcement. The next day, the American forces under the command of General Lloyd Wheaton advanced to attack Guadalupe.
Having advanced for a mile, the Americans started to subject Guadalupe to artillery fire together with that of the gunboat Laguna de Bay along the Pásig river. The siege was fierce. The Filipinos under General Pío del Pilar, unable to resist the stronger forces, retreated, but not before they burned the church and the monastery. It was like adding insult to injury because the shrine had already been battered by American artillery fire. This even marked the end of Guadalupe shrine whose aisle Filipinos and Spaniards alike, for almost three centuries, used to throng to manifest their devotion to Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
After the War of Independence, the Guadalupe shrine and the monastery became a foreboding place because it was shrouded by the grasses and trees. Even on its walls the trees grew, dissolving little by little the bricks, the stones and the lime. (“The Guadalupe Shrine” by Rodolfo M. Arreza, O.S.A., Globalcomp, Manila, 1991)
The gross disrespect for God’s home in Guadalupe, Macati didn’t end here. What was left of the abandoned church was further razed to the ground by both American and Japanese artillery during the final days of World War II. In the words of Fr. Arreza, “the walls of the monastery and the shrine became the only standing skeletons left that served as a mute witness of the many misfortunes in the past”.
But Guadalupe couldn’t just die like that.
On 29 July 1970, the Augustinians were recalled to Guadalupe. Patiently, they began reconstructing the church of their predecessors, the church which has harbored countless candles during Tridentine Masses of yore.
And so the magic of Guadalupe persists to this day.
Yep. You got that right, sports fans. That’s the title of today’s blogpost: Wynne Arboleda — for life!
I say — ban him for life!
Just look at what this scumbag did:
Arboleda sacked for the rest of the season
The Philippine Basketball Association threw the full weight of the rulebook at ruthless Burger King guard Wynne Arboleda, suspending him for the rest of the young season without pay for attacking a fan at courtside on Friday.
Arboleda, who stands to lose about P2.73 million in income, went after the fan late in the second quarter of the BK-Smart Gilas game, landing a kick and throwing several punches before he was restrained by Araneta Coliseum security and teammates.
League commissioner Sonny Barrios said there was no justification for the attack, which came after Arboleda, a son-in-law of Burger King owner Bert Lina, had already been assessed two flagrant fouls earlier in the game.
“Even granting that said fan was foul-mouthed and verbally abusive … there is a ‘line’ that a PBA player cannot and should not cross: To physically harm a fan,” said Barrios in announcing the PBA’s action on Arboleda. (Inquirer.net)
Arboleda is best known for his tight defense and notorious for his flagrant fouls against opposing players. But last Friday, he’s gone over the edge by attacking die-hard Smart Gilas fan Alain Katigbac. The fan was apparently heckling the irate Arboleda for his flagrant fouls. The fan got into Arboleda’s goat. And so the fan got what he deserved.
If you ask me, both Arboleda and Katigbac got what they deserved. They’re both morons of the highest order.
If this Arboleda character is still allowed to strut his dirty stuff for the next season, the Philippine Basketball Association should better remove its “professional basketball” tag. Why call itself a professional sports institution when it has a thug in its roster?
Arboleda put shame not only to his name. He also shamed his team (particularly the famous brand name Burger King). And he shamed the league itself.
Worse, the league has the adjective “Philippine” on it.
This Arboleda guy’s no Ron Artest. But it appears he’s trying to be one. What a jerk.
So ban Arboleda. Ban Katigbac from watching live PBA events as well; he started this riot in the first place. And ban those inefficient guards. If they’ve been attentive, no physical altercation would have happened.
Ban Barrios from the PBA as well for not meting out the same punishment to San Miguel Beermen Danny Ildefonso and Mark Pingris; they also tried to attack a fan last July.
Ban those referees who officiated those controversial games — they were the ones who should’ve pacified the players temperament first since they were the nearest to them.
Heck, ban those fans! You can’t stop them from heckling! Especially those die-hard and oftentimes unruly Ginebra fans! Get a life! Sonny Jaworski’s no longer around!
And in order to ban those Ginebra fans, the PBA should get rid of the Ginebra Gin Kings. In order to do that, they’d have to get rid of their liaisons with its owner, Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Jr., who in turn got rid of another Junior: Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino (uh-oh).
And yes, let’s also get rid of Ninoy’s son Noynoy. He’s just on top of the popularity game because of his parents. Besides, he’s shown his true colors: he’s anti-life. Tita Cory must be turning in her grave.
Now we’re talking about the Cojuangco’s, the heirs of the “legendary” Antonio Luna – Ysidra Cojuangco treasures. Get rid of them, too! They’re a nuisance to the Filipino race. Their notorious wealth should’ve been ours in the first place. And then there’s notorious Taglish queen Kris Aquino who’s got a cager for a loser husband who cowardly ran away from an attacking North American Negro (who should also be banned from coming back to the Philippines). Damn them. Yes, ban them for good from our national patrimony.
Ban Gilbert Teodoro (another Cojuangco scion) from helping the typhoon victims; he’ll surely use that as a leverage in the upcoming election campaign for the 2010 Philippine National Elections.
Ban everyone from his party. They’re no longer trusted, for pete’s sake!!!
Ban politics altogether!!! Let’s bring back monarchy! It has been more effective, tried and tested for more than three hundred years!
Yeah! BAN ALL UNDESIRABLES!
Go Wynne! You did it for me, you lousy piece of Luneta Park trash!
This is too much. Waaaaaay too much:
Robber killed in Greenbelt shoot-out
Wearing bonnets and the black uniforms of bomb squad agents, six men got off a van near the Greenbelt 5 basement parking area and hurried up the stairs, telling a guard that they were checking a call about a bomb in the building.
One of the men was later found to be carrying a grenade launcher.
In a brazen noon-hour robbery Sunday at the classiest of the Greenbelt malls in Makati City, gunfire rang out, one of the six intruders fell dead, mall workers dove for cover, and shoppers scampered to a nearby chapel to pray the rosary.
“This was very daring, as if they were challenging us,” Chief Insp. Dennis Macalintal, head of the Makati police investigation unit, told reporters after the attack on the Rolex luxury watch store on the mall’s ground floor.
The other five robbers escaped in a Toyota Corolla and a Honda City after a blazing shoot-out with two police escorts of Taguig Mayor Freddie Tiñga—who were then having lunch with Tiñga at the mall—and with the Greenbelt guards, police said.
Before the shooting erupted, an unidentified employee at a shop near Rolex said she saw the armed men “hammering the show cases [at Rolex] to get the watches.”
The dead suspected robber lay face down in the Rolex store entrance, its glass windows shattered. The grenade launcher and a .45 cal. pistol lay near him.
The other robbers were armed with Armalite rifles, police said. Inquirer.net
Incidentally, this latest bold crime happened a day before the 2nd anniversary of the Glorietta 2 explosion (which is today).
Is there a conspiracy going on? Or was it just pure coincidence?
Authorities attribute this adventuristic and bold crime to the hard times especially since hundreds of families are left homeless due to the recent typhoons.
It’s possible. There are so many angles to explore. But for sure, this is not an ordinary crime. It was done in broad daylight, in a crowded place, in a classy mall, in a (supposedly) tightly guarded establishment, and with the robbers posing as bomb squad agents, armed to the teeth with firepower fit enough to annihilate an Abu Sayyaf squadron.
I attribute this brazen evil to the 2010 Philippine National Elections. These demons in coat and tie need extra cash.
It’s not yet over.
Typhoon Ondoy‘s victims still need our help. The government cannot do it alone.
A few nights ago, my wife accompanied me to the Municipal Health Office here in San Pedro Tunasán, La Laguna to have my blood pressure taken because I was feeling like a snail the whole day (it was 90/60). Afterwards, since one of the evacuation centers was just across the health center, I invited my wife to have a look and see. The evacuation center was actually the Paaralang Sentral ng San Pedro (San Pedro Central School). The evacuees were mostly from Barrio Landayan, the home of the famous and miraculous Santo Sepulcro Shrine. Actually, I got to visit this one of many evacuation centers a few days before my BP was taken. It was a moving sight. I said that my wife (and maybe even my eldest child Krystal) should see this so that perhaps she could invite her officemates to do some charity work.
When my wife saw the hapless evacuees, she was moved to tears. She was so sorry especially for those who were the same age as our children.
And so we decided to help out ourselves.
Weeks ago before this happened, I thought that writing a blogpost on how to help the victims of Ondoy was already enough. But that scene seeing my wife weeping silently out of helplessness helped me decide that it’s never enough. We have to give what we can give.
Despite the helpfulness of the local government, non-governmental organizations, The Catholic Church, and other religious groups private donors, it is never enough. Typhoon Ondoy’s victims are just too many. And now the government are left with the burden of finding a relocation site for these hapless folks; many of them do not wish to return to their homes once the flood waters have receded; some of them might be forced to because they don’t have any means of buying their own house if in case there’s no relocation. This kind of catastrophe has never happened before.
And so early this sunny Sunday afternoon, my wife sacrificed some hours of sleep to accompany me in donating some personal stuff that we bought for the victims. Besides, the Paaralang Sentral ng San Pedro (which is across the Municipal Hall’s left side) is less than five minutes away from our home.
What we brought them were non-food items because the supply for food is OK; food is what generous donors usually give, that’s why there’s little problem of running out of food supplies for the victims. But what they need now are other effects such as soap, hair conditioner, diapers for the kids, cotton buds, feminine napkins, detergent bars, etc. And that’s what we gave them.
FILIPINO eSCRIBBLES calls on the rest of the Filipino people to do their share. Because this ain’t over until it’s over.
Just think of the way these evacuees spend the rest of their day while you lie comfortably on your bedroom.
That’s all I can say about that.
If you notice in some of the pictures (and videos in ALAS FILIPINAS), many families use cardboards in lieu of beds. Now be thankful that the younger members of your families have soft mattresses to sleep on each night.
I was able to interview some people, too. They confirmed that they do lack the things that me and my wife had just given them. Many of their children relieve themselves in some grassy corner of the school (since the portalets and the school’s toilets aren’t enough for them all). That’s why diapers are direly needed. Also, at night, they are being swarmed by mosquitoes.
What’s worse is that whenever it rains, the people inside the gymnasium are unprotected and soaked. One of them told me that there used to be plastic covers on each side of the gymnasium to protect them, but for some reason, they disappeared.
There are also evacuees in some classrooms, with more than five families each. Although they appear to be safe from the weather, they’re nonetheless cramped there, like sardines in a tin can.
One of those I talked to said that Mayor Calixto Catáquiz always takes care of them. But Catáquiz is just one man. He couldn’t do it all by himself (and right now, he has the burden of relocating all this people in San Pedro’s mountainous area). And the same thing goes with other towns and cities that were inundated by Typhoon Ondoy (and Pepeng).
Go to ALAS FILIPINAS for the videos.
Barely three weeks since the back-to-back devastation caused by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng that claimed almost a thousand lives, now here comes another one:
Typhoon Ramil (international name: Lupit) is expected to hit land either tonight or tomorrow morning. This is very bad news considering what had happened recently in Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces. This doesn’t even include the overflowing dams of Pangasinán.
Three strong typhoons in less than three weeks? No doubt about it — climate change is officially here.