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Why I Support the Reproductive Health Bill

I strongly support the passing of the Reproductive Health Bill.

I believe that there is a need to educate people about sex and their reproductive health. I see nothing wrong in teaching sex education in schools. I would rather my child learn about sex from me and from his teachers rather than from his friends, tv shows, movies and the Internet. Ultimately, I believe that mandatory sex education will benefit the poor; those whose children do not have access to proper sex education since their own parents are misinformed. The anti-RH claim that it is the SOLE responsibility of the parents to educate their children about sex–but what if parents are misinformed? How can the blind lead the blind?

I believe that children are blessings. As blessings, children should be taken cared of properly. They should be given adequate shelter, nourishment, education. Couples who can barely feed themselves should not have 13 kids. My husband and I have stable jobs and I know we won’t be able to raise 13 kids!

There is a need to educate parents about their options for family planning. The “natural” method promoted by the Catholic Church is an option–so are artificial contraceptives. Those who are better off financially have ready access to contraceptives (except maybe in Alabang) but in most cities, health centers are not allowed to provide artificial contraceptives for the poor.

The Catholic Church may still promote the natural method of family planning but let the State give access to alternatives to everyone. A Catholic, even with a bag full of free condoms or birth control pills, can still choose to use the natural method. If a Catholic is strong in faith and believes that using contraceptives is a sin, then he is free to choose not to use them.

I believe that reproductive health should be properly allocated with funds by the government. It is among the many problems that we need to face. I do not see spending money on the improvement of reproductive health as a waste.

I am against abortion. The RH Bill explicitly states that it is against abortion. I feel that it is presumptuous of some to assume that the bill would pave the way for the legalization of abortion.

I am pro-life because I believe that the RH Bill will help improve the quality of life of families.

I am pro-poor because I believe that the Bill will be for the benefit of the poor.

I am pro-RH.

This is why I watch “The Vampire Diaries”

March 30, 2010 1 comment

His name is Ian Somerhalder and he plays Damon Salvatore in “The Vampire Diaries”. Photos grabbed from Season 1, Episode 15.

I’ve always been ga-ga for men with sexy pelvises. HOT!

Here’s a closer look:

Here’s another picture that’s better lighted (so you can see his face) although he’s fully clothed in this one:

grabbed from tvfanatic.com

And here he is with the rest of the main cast:

main cast: Ian Somerhalder as Damon, Nina Dobrev as Elena and Paul Wesley as Stefan (image from poptower.com)

The best part is that he can actually ACT. šŸ˜‰

At first, I brushed off this series as another Twilight–I thought it was about another stupid girl-falls-in-love-with-vegetarian-vampire story. It was only after I stumbled on a review that compared it to “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” did I decide to give it a shot. Glad I did because as it turned out, it’s better written and has way more interesting characters.

Ian as the demented and misguided Damon is just perfect. And he doesn’t even get the girl! I mean, really. That Pattinson guy doesn’t stand a chance.

Resolutions Resolved (ver. 2009)

November 24, 2009 1 comment

Time flies so fast.

It’s almost the end of 2009. I was reviewing my blog when I saw my “resolution post” for this year. I thought it prudent to review my list and see what I actually resolved:

Resolutions for 2009:

  • Lose 20 pounds. – I have no one to blame but myself (and work!). I failed to make time to exercise. I finally enrolled in a gym last week.
  • Get that other promised promotion.
  • Save up for wedding. NO GADGET UPGRADE FOR TWO YEARS! – does upgrading my macbook’s hard drive qualify as a gadget upgrade?
  • Plan for the wedding. Book ALL suppliers. – just looking for my hair and make up artist.
  • Get more quality time with family. My days of being single are numbered! – love this! My mom and I had more “girl-bonding” time this year. I also booked rooms for the family at a nice hotel for the new year.
  • Hang out with friends more. – could be better. šŸ™‚
  • Stay clear of brats! – This was tough! But I learned how to handle my aversion to brats this year so kudos to me! šŸ™‚
  • Support piracy. (I have my reasons)
  • Read more books. – I listened to more audio books. I still have a lot of books on my “to read” pile.
  • Be happy. – despite everything that’s happened, I am happy.
  • Be nicer.
  • Stay honest.

The last two are a work in progress.

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One-liners or Bakit hindi ko sila iboboto

November 2, 2009 3 comments

Let me share brief and shallow reasons why I’m not voting for these people on May 2010:

Loren Legarda – she’s from the media who didn’t do anything for the industry she came from when she was in Senate and she switched from the Admin to the Opposition party when she didn’t get her way.

Manny Villar – because he considered Willie Revillame as a possible VP candidate and is embroiled in the C-5 controversy.

Eddie Villanueva – I don’t want a religious leader to be my president.

Mike Velarde – I don’t want a religious leader to be my president.

Jejomar Binay – nakapalan ako sa mukha nya when he declared himself the “Obama of the Philippines.”

Noli de Castro – He didn’t even prove he was a good VP.

Jamby Madrigal – AYOKO NGA!!!

Richard Gordon – I admire this guy’s work but for some reason, I still won’t vote for him for President.

Nicanor Perlas – sino ka?

Joseph Estrada – he’s had his chance and he blew it big-time. (I don’t want a convicted plunderer as my president.)

Gibo Teodoro – anyone endorsed by Gloria is shit. Sorry.

Mar Roxas – because he’s now Mr. Korina Sanchez

 

 

Never say never…Why we changed our minds about Boracay

November 1, 2009 Leave a comment

My fiance and I went to Boracay about four summers ago. We didn’t like it. We thought the island was overrated–being anti-social vacationers, we detested the crowd and the noise and vowed never to go back.

Fast forward to 2009. Fiance asked me to plan a getaway vacation in the middle of October. We were both stressed out from work and we needed a break. I decided to flip out my Enjoy card and checked out the affiliated hotels and resorts. On a whim, I checked out Patio Pacific Boracay’s site. I asked my fiance if he was willing to give Boracay another try. Friends kept telling me to go there on off-season to avoid the crowds plus resorts give great promotional rates at these times.

I contacted Patio Pacific then reserved a room for 4 days and 3 nights (we booked the trip a couple of weeks before Ondoy hit). Arranging the reservations with my Enjoy card perks was a breeze. All transactions were via email. The sales rep was so accommodating and was able to answer all my questions. I personally think that our stay at this resort-hotel was what made the trip so worth it.

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Lessons from Ondoy

October 3, 2009 2 comments

For the first time in my life, my family and I became victims of a natural disaster.

Last Saturday, Sept. 26, my home for the last sixteen years was flooded for the first and only time I could remember. It was unexpected and we were so unprepared for what happened. All of us could only watch in shock when water started seeping through our front doors that evening. When the flood reached waist-level less than two hours later, we decided to leave our home and seek help. My parents, my two brothers, our helper and I, each took a bag of our belongings and waded through the chest-high flood waters outside. This was at around 8pm. We sought shelter at the second floor of our neighbor’s house next door along with two other families. I made two trips back to get our dogs and my laptop; the water was ice-cold and the current was so strong that I had to keep one hand clinging to our neighbor’s fence to make sure I won’t be swept away.

The next day, we went back to survey the damage. The entire house was filled with mud. Needless to say, we lost a lot of our belongings–stuff that my parents had collected in their 30+ years of marriage.

It’s been a whole week since Ondoy hit. My body’s aching from cleaning up and today, our house is starting to look “normal” again. Ā Yes, we lost a lot but we keep telling ourselves that everything we lost can be replaced. In trying to stay true to the promise I made myself to focus on the the positive, I am indeed quite blessed that despite the experience, I still have a lot to be thankful for.

My family’s okay–no one was hurt. This is the worst crisis we’ve had to go through and I’m proud to say we’re surviving with flying colors. During this past week I realized that my younger brothers aren’t boys anymore–they’re reliable young men.

My boyfriend really loves me. Mac was in Cubao working on a project when everything happened. When he couldn’t contact us anymore (mobile phone signals were almost non-existent), he found a way to come to us. He rode a cab to Katipunan, took the LRT to Santolan station then walked in waist deep flood water to get to us. If that’s not love then I don’t know what is.

I am extremely blessed to have great friends. Ā I’ve been receiving text messages and calls from friends near and far. Ā Thank you guys! Your messages and phone calls kept me strong.

I have the best office mates. šŸ™‚ I know a lot of them had to adjust in our absence (a couple more of my colleagues’ homes were also flooded) just to make sure operations ran smoothly. Thanks for the prayers, the messages and the help you sent. It was overwhelming…!

I believe that we live in a great community. Our homes were all flooded but my neighbors were more than willing to help each other out. My family and I are so grateful to have a roof over our heads that fateful night. There were rides to the supermarket and simple sharing of much needed information when we were closed off from the rest of the world. My neighbors didn’t act like victims–they were heroes.

This last week made me realize how I took everything for granted. The material things I took so much care for looked so irrelevant in the muddy aftermath of Ondoy. Ā The shoes, the bags, the furniture and the other stuff we lost can be replaced but I don’t know what I could have done if anyone I cared for got hurt. I’m leaving this experience with the knowledge that nothing in life is permanent–that everything you’ve worked for can disappear in an instant. It’s a scary thought but at least I now know what to prioritize in my life.

What happened with Ondoy was a traumatic experience that I do not EVER want to go through again. Indeed, some of life’s lessons should be learned the hard way.

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Caparas is National Artist for Film…GOD Save Us!

August 8, 2009 5 comments

I wasĀ listening to the Startalk interview with Carlo J. CaparasĀ and his wife Donna, and I got so angry that I blogged.

For those unaware of what’s been happening, artists are protesting PGMA’s decision to confer the award to an official of the agency that screens the nominees of the said award (Cecille-Guidote-Alvarez), and a movie director (Caparas)Ā whose nomination for the award has been rejected twice. (Read full article here.)

I hate thatĀ Caparas is making this into a class fight because it’s not. He is taking this so personally that he feels he has to prove that he deserves the award. What he seems to fail to understand is that people are clamoring against the abuse of power perpetuated yet again by MalacaƱang.

Caparas says that what’s going on is a “protest syndrome”–that people will protest against anything our president is doing. Mr. Caparas, hindi kami bobo at tanga para tumahimik lang sa isang tabi habang lantaran kaming niloloko at inaabuso ng mga taong nasa kapangyarihan. Ang iyong paghirang bilang isang National Artist ay pinoprotesta namin dahil ito ay isang lantarang pag-abuso ng kapangyarihan ni Gloria bilang presidente. Kahit ano man ang sabihin mo, wala ka sa listahan ng mga nominado ng NCCA na ipinasa nila sa MalacaƱang. Mismong ang mga miyembro ng panel na nag-deliberate sa listahan na ito ay di malaman kung saan napulot ang pangalan mo.

This really isn’t personal Mr. Caparas but you’re making it as if it was. You may have beenĀ an unlucky victim of circumstance but your attempt to prove that you deserve to be a National Artist makes me less empathic. Since you’re standing your ground, no matter how shaky its foundation, I think you deserve the criticisms. The truth is, you don’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Brocka, Bernal, Romero and de Leon.

Caparas referred to his massacre films as justice films–to this I say “bullshit”. His films were poorly executed (yes, I watched some of them on cable) and were obvious acts of exploitation. He says that millions of people watched his movies and that in itself is proof that he deserves the award. If that’s the case then Michael Bay should have already won an Oscar.

Donna says that “award lang naman ito” which obviously showed her ignorance about the kind of undeserved honor her husband has received. Being named as National Artist is way more than that–as a layman, I would like to think that the works of my National Artists represent me as a Filipino to the world. I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t want to be represented by Kris Aquino massacre films.

As a comic novelist,Ā Caparas doesn’t even illustrateĀ his own comics. So technically and unarguably, the honor is undeserved.

He says that he will give part of the monthly stipend he will get as National Artist to streetchildren…he has helped a lot of people in the industry…he has 400 scholars…he sees himself as an inspiration to people since he used to be poor and is now rich because of hard work…

All these prove that Caparas is probably a generous, hard working person but these do not qualify him as a National Artist for Film and Visual Arts.

We are not elitists Mr. Caparas. We say you don’t deserve to be called a National Artist because it’s the truth. No amount of dull, illogical argument can change that.

At this point, I’d like to quote a paragraph from the official statement made by Leo Martinez, Director General of the Film Academy of the Philippines, about the selection of Carlo J. Caparas as National Artist for Visual Arts and Film:

Conferring the highest award on someone who was never in the running makes a travesty of the National Artist Awards, an institution that has been looked up to, venerated even for the recognition it gives to Filipinos whose body of works or whose contribution to the Filipino people is of the highest order. We have as this year’s awardees Manuel Conde for Film and Frederico Alcuaz for Visual Arts. Both are commendable, both beyond question. It has never been done before but had the Organizers wanted to give the same award to more than one person, why not consider the other most deserving nominees. Instead, in our utter disgust, a new category was coined and the two most prestigious awards for Film and Visual Arts were conferred Carlo Caparas.

It is a pity that the National Artist Award has been reduced to a joke.

I don’t feel like laughing.