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A porkless Christmas threatens us all!

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What?! No pork?!

(To the tune of Weezer) — Say it ain’t so!

What would become of our noche buena (and media noche) without our beloved jamón?!

No hamon or even pork adobo for many this Xmas

It may be a blue Christmas for many pork-loving Filipino families. Powerful storms and widespread flooding in recent weeks killed many pigs, creating a looming pork shortage that will be felt most during the holiday season.

Meanwhile, meat importers have been unable to secure adequate overseas supplies to make up for the shortfall. The result could be sky-high prices.

Even those families who save up for a hearty noche buena may be unable to buy pork. Click here for more.

And with global warming making things worse for us each passing year –this time destroying much of our livestock–, former matinee idol Richard Gómez thinks it is best to grab as much “pork” as he can.

HON. RICHARD FRANK GÓMEZ

This guy just won't stop.

There will be no Christmas celebration in Malacañang and Congress this year.

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No Christmas in Malacañang and Congress this year, 2009.

A burning Christmas tree is what GMA deserves.

A burning Christmas tree is what GMA deserves.

There will be no Nativity Scene in Malacañang and Congress this year!

The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene in the Malacañang and Congress this Christmas season.

This isn’t for any religious reason.

They simply have not been able to find Three Wise Men in Malacañang and Congress.

A search for a Virgin continues.

There was no problem, however, finding enough asses to fill the stable.

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Special thanks to Auntie Angie Alas-Feasey for forwarding this hilarious email!

But There Were Acts Which Made José Rizal A National Hero!

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She's already a hero since 1986.

Bagong bayani?


Even Pepe Rizal needed political backing to become a national hero.

Even Pepe Rizal needed political backing to become a national hero.

Just a few days ago, the House of Representatives approved on second reading a joint congressional resolution which elevated the late former President Corazón C. Aquino into the echelon of Philippine national heroes.

Almost every one agreed that the late icon of democracy deserved such recognition (why just now)? But before the second reading ever happened, Senator Pía Cayetano shared what was perhaps the most profound statement regarding this issue:

“Our concept of heroes is people from the past, and many people especially the young ones cannot relate to the lives of many of our heroes. The usual heroes are like based on legends,” she said at a regular forum in the Senate.

“So I think it would be wonderful to have a present, modern-day hero, and I am extremely pleased that the person we are considering for recognition as a heroine is a woman,” she said.

It is now high time, Cayetano said, that Filipinos should recognize Aquino by declaring her a national hero.

“And I can’t think of any person befitting of that honor and title,” she said, “I do support these moves to recognize her as a national hero.”

However, her following statement betrayed her lack of knowledge in Philippine history:

Cayetano said it would be a first in history if a resolution, declaring Aquino a national hero, would be approved by Congress.

No legislation, she said, had been approved by Congress proclaiming any Filipino historical figure, including Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio, as national heroes.

“If President Cory is actually proclaimed a national hero, then she would be the first. She will not be just honored as national hero but also officially as a national hero,” Cayetano added.

This abovementioned assertion is incorrect.

Back in 1901, when the Philippines was still under the American flag, then Civil Governor William Howard Taft (who later became the 27th US President) suggested to the Philippine Commission (the precursor of today’s Philippine Senate) that the Filipinos should have a national hero. The Free Press reported about this on December 28, 1946:

And now, gentlemen, you must have a national hero. In these fateful words, addressed by then Civil Governor W.H. Taft to the Filipino members of the civil commission, Pardo de Tavera, Legarda, and Luzuriaga, lay the genesis of Rizal day…

In this subsequent discussion in which the rival merits of the revolutionary heroes were considered, the final choice — now universally acclaimed a wise one — was Rizal. And so was history made.

Historian-scholar Dr. Theodore Friend (who is currently a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia), in his award-winning book Between Two Empires: The Ordeal of the Philippines, 1929-1946, wrote that Taft “with two other American colonial officials and some conservative Filipinos, chose him (Rizal) as a model hero over other contestants” such as Andrés Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, Marcelo H. del Pilar, and Apolinario Mabini.

Also, leftist historian Renato Constantino recorded in his pamphlet Veneration Without Understanding that this decision to sponsor Rizal was implemented with the passage of the following Acts of the Philippine Commission:
(1) Act No. 137 which organized the politico-military district of Mórong and named it the province of Rizal “in honor of the most illustrious Filipino and the most illustrious Tagalog the islands have ever known,”
(2) Act No. 243 which authorized a public subscription for the erection of a monument in honor of Rizal at the Luneta and
(3) Act No. 345 which set aside the anniversary of his death as a day of observance.

There was even an election done to choose who should be the Philippine National Hero. In the end, it was a close fight between del Pilar and Rizal. The truth is del Pilar won in the voting. But the result was overruled mainly because of the dramatic way Rizal died (compared to del Pilar who died in a hospital in Barcelona, Spain).

But even more importantly, before the Americans invaded our country, President Emilio Aguinaldo in 1898 declared that 30 December (the date Rizal was executed) should be an annual day of national mourning. Thus, even before the Americans thought of declaring Rizal as a national hero, the first Philippine Republic have already recognized the gravity of his worth.

So there. Politicians should be extremely careful in making statements, especially when they quote historical events. This is because so many facts have already been distorted in Philippine history.

Going back to the issue of making Tita Cory as a national hero (and to wrap things up), Quezon City Representative Matiás Defensor couldn’t have said it any better: “Being a national hero does not require congressional imprimatur, it’s in the hearts and minds of the Filipinos”.

Lawmakers Disrespect Cory

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Symbol of the Philippine House of Representatives

Up to the last minute, members of Philippine Congress are still doing the unspeakable… by using President Cory Aquino’s funeral as an excuse for — what? idleness?

Malacañang recently announced that tomorrow, Wednesday, the whole country will get a day off as a sign of national respect for the late President’s burial. But not to be outdone, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives have given themselves a week off!

Is it because they have filed numerous resolutions to honor the late President? Is it even protocol? Are they all compelled to attend the burial rites and guard her grave for a week? Please explain.

And the last time I checked, burials are done only once. So what’s with the week off?

How about explaining the logic behind this week off when there are numerous pending bills to be debated and given action? Such an explanation will save them from the thinking public’s backlash once this issue catches more attention.

This is too much. For sure, President Aquino would have wished to delay her death for a couple more years had she known about this appalling display of congressional slackness. May they show the icon of democracy more respect by not sinking into unexplainable shiftlessness.

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