Archive for Destination: Philippines (Mindanao)

A Look at Ninoy’s Outstanding Speech in Los Angeles

I can’t help but share this video of Ninoy’s speech in Los Angeles way back when he was in exile. I’ve read a few things about Ninoy and his fight for our country’s freedom and good governance under the Marcos regime but I must admit that I had never covered the entire story about this fight.

This video of 9 parts, tells a lot about the very powerful Marcos during his time (and my time but was too young to understand), Ninoy’s life in prison, the tactics used by Marcos to keep Ninoy away from power, and the call for Marcos to give to the Filipinos what they truly deserve.

Ninoy is indeed a brilliant, witty, articulate, courageous, determined, and most of all, a very sincere politician.

I hope that the generation of today will take time to follow his story and his dreams for the Filipino people. This speech reminds us that we need not take a person’s life away for us to continue fighting for good governance in our country. We can have a good fight in our own little ways. We need not be Ninoy nor his wife, Cory, to free our country from corruption and put the Philippines back in the map with its successful neighboring countries.

Our country is still our country. While othersΒ  may run away from the problems we now face, those who are left behind may continue to dream for a better Philippines and work on making these dreams come true. As what Ninoy had said in his speech as an answer to the question raised on whether he had sought the help or assistance of the Americans in restoring democracy in the Philippines, he said “I believe that IF we, Filipinos, cannot fight for our freedom, we do not deserve it. We should not depend on the Americans, we should depend on ourselves…”

No one can fight for our country except us, Filipinos. Let us not wait for another person’s life to be spared…

Let us start now. πŸ™‚

***Right-click this and click WATCH ON YOU TUBE so you may follow the rest of the other 8 parts.***

Enjoy viewing!


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New Travel Show on Channel 5!

Channel 5 has just re-launched and part of its re-launch is a travel show called Travel on a Shoestring which gives the viewers ideas and suggestions about backpacking in the Philippines.

It’s aired every Thursdays, 10 P.M.

Watch it! And you’ll appreciate local tourism even more! πŸ™‚

Show Host and Friend, JC Gotinga, During His Banaue ShootJC by you.

“See the Philippines under 5,000 pesos for 3 days and 2 nights!”

(Photo by Jeric Soriano)

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“Where have you been to lately?”

A few days ago, one of my friends tried to reach me thru my mobile. I wasn’t able to answer her call since I was in the middle of a presentation in Iloilo. After more missed calls, I finally was able to take her call. And before she knew it, I was back in Manila, already scheduling to meet up with her. πŸ™‚

And like many of my other friends who rarely see me nowadays (Sorry, my dear friends! Will make it up to you, I promise! πŸ™‚ ), she asked me this question: “Where have you been to lately?”

Hmmm… Been to a lot lately. Although I couldn’t really list them all down since I still have to get some sleep (don’t have much these days… sigh… thanks to the wonders of my Ultima C, my 8-in-1 Healthy Coffee, my One-A-Day Multivitamins, and my beauty products – Body Shop’s Moisture White Eye Serum, Brush on Bronze, and Olive Body Butter, Oil of Olay’s Total Effects, and M&S’s Royal Jelly Hand Cream – I still manage to look radiantly beautiful everyday! Hahaha! But honestly, they all work wonders! πŸ™‚ ), let me just list down what I can remember so far.

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I stumbled upon this site which grades you on how much of the Philippines you have visited. My Lakbayan grade isn’t that bad but I think I have to start going around the country again. There’s just so many places in the country to visit and still so much to see and experience!!! πŸ™‚

Biyahe na mga kapatid!!! πŸ™‚

My Lakbayan grade is B-!

Click on the image to find out your Lakbayan grade! πŸ™‚

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Celebrating Holidays in the South

I have quite forgotten on how the holidays are celebrated in my hometown. Since I went away for studies and then for work, and eventually became engrossed with my travels (my love, really) and the wonders of both local and international places, I rarely paid much attention to what has happened in my very own hometown. For me, aside from it being a place where I can always find my relatives and friends, it became merely place where I spent my childhood days and a place where I can always go back to to see familiar faces.

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Que Hiciste En Zamboanga?

It’s nice to be back in Manila (after a safe and smooth flight) but at the same time, it was sad to leave home, especially family and friends. A lot of people asked me what I did in Zamboanga. (Que Hiciste En Zamboanga?) Well, I had a packed schedule upon arriving home.

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The Cycle of Life

Today is my last day in Zamboanga. I’m flying back to Manila tomorrow. Looking back, in my 10-day stay in my hometown, I witnessed a full cycle of human life and it was overwhelming to see them all from my friends – from pregnancy to death.

** PREGNANCY: Jenny had her baby shower a day before I left the city. Jenny was a grade school and a high school classmate. She’ll be giving birth to a baby girl early next year! πŸ™‚

** BIRTH: One of my closest high school friends, Cheng, gave birth to a baby boy! πŸ™‚

** BIRTHDAY: My best friend, Ailyn, celebrated her 28th birthday.

** WEDDING: Another close friend and former dormmate, Pauline, got married.

** DEATH: A grade school classmate, Andres, passed away 😦

I didn’t anticipate all of them to happen though. I purposely came home to attend Pauline’s wedding and Ailyn’s birthday, to celebrate Fiesta Pilar, and of course, to visit family and friends. But life is full of surprises, they say. They could be nice surprises, and they could also be sad surprises. I am glad though, that most of them turned out to be nicer than expected. πŸ™‚

Congratulations to Cheng and Christian, Jenny and Sherwin, and Pauline and Jet! πŸ™‚

Related Posts and Photos: (1) Another One Walks Down The Aisle (2) Que Haciste En Zamboanga?

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