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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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Thank You! :-)

I just celebrated my 28th birthday and by looking at where I am right now, I just can’t help but thank the Lord for giving me countless blessings, and even countless trials. They all molded me to be the person I am now and they all made my life worth living!

I’ve got 101 reasons to be thankful for and here goes a fraction of it. πŸ™‚

1. For the love, care, and support of my family and friends. These people are just amazing!

2. For finally having a place which I proudly call MINE. πŸ™‚ (and which I happily designed :p )

3. For the birth of ASHTA HOLIDAYS TRAVEL AND TOURS! Yup! It’s up and running! Call 3844808 for more information. Haha! πŸ™‚

4. For the upcoming _______ of my brother (He said that it’s supposed to be a secret. Haha. But it’s one thing that I’m thankful for. πŸ™‚ So, I’ll leave it at that. πŸ™‚ )

5. For my sister’s commencement in her medical course. Finally. πŸ™‚

6. For this year’s trials, which, all the more, made me stronger… and bolder.

7. For the travels and even the short trips which I always consider as relaxing, stress-relieving, and learning experiences.

8. For all the risks I took, which prepared me to roll with the punches and appreciate life even more.

9. For my nieces and godchildren – for the joy they bring to my life.

10. For the dreams fulfilled.

11. For my ever-loving significant other – who never fails to be always there for me.

12. For another year to live.

13. And of course, for the Lord’s LOVE. πŸ™‚ Couldn’t ask for more.

*** To all those who greeted, who sent their gifts, and who came to Heat, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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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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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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My Stamp Collection

While I was in Zamboanga, my sister handed me a few of my very old (Old! πŸ™‚ ) things which she may have found in one of the boxes. When I saw a pink hardbound book that went with the rest of the stuff, I became really excited! I knew right away that it was the album of my stamp collection – and that was a collection made way back in grade school! I never expected to still find things which I thought were already gone! πŸ™‚

As I flipped through the pages, I can’t help but look for the stamps which came from the countries that I have already been too. Memories like stamp trading with classmates after class and writing to a pen-pal from abroad (it all started from an English writing class!) came flashing back to me. The gauge of stamp trading then was the physical appearance (old to new stamps was a no-no) and the country (Philippines to Philippines, US to US, other countries to other countries). I couldn’t really recall why US seemed so special back then. Most of my classmates wouldn’t trade their US stamps unless they had one more of the same kind. The rest of the countries didn’t really matter.

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My Manila-Beijing Thoughts

Beijing, China: Part 1 of 10 (Some Untold Thoughts) πŸ™‚

I was suppossed to grab some sleep while on the plane to Beijing but then, for some reasons, I couldn’t. After filling out the China entry card, having my meal, and doing some stretching and short walks to the lavatory, I grabbed Mabuhay, PAL’s in-flight magazine, and scanned the articles. The magazine’s main story, Women On Top, was a bit catchy. On its cover are the first Filipina and Southeast Asian women who climbed Mount Everest. I have dreamed of climbling the same mountain (whenever possible) and for a moment, I remembered some people laughing at me everytime I say something about climbing Everest. So, I flipped through the pages and read the article.

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A Not So Small World

I stumbled upon a site which records the percentage of one’s travels. I did this already a few months back with some missing countries (or so I thought) and I ended up at 4%. Now, it says that I have travelled (only) 6% of the world. Who says that it’s a small world after all??? :-p

These are 15 countries… and counting… πŸ™‚

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