Remembering El Nido, Palawan

Remembering El Nido, Palawan.


Once and Twice_Part 1

I. October 2011

Leaving the lights on, Jane didn’t notice she already fell asleep while watching the tv . It was past 10 o’clock in the evening and she woke up with her phone ringing. Feeling dizzy and all, she answered the phone, “Hello. You’re coming over? Okay I’ll prepare the books. But I’m not properly dressed up!” Surprised and wanted to fix herself right away, she just changed her top into a colored green printed shirt. Never mind the polka-dot shorts she was wearing, she didn’t really care how she looked like that night. She brushed her hair and practiced smiling.

After a few minutes, she went out of the apartment and went to see her friend with her cousin. Jane shook hands with her friend’s cousin, Mark, and gave him a sincere smile. Then after they went back to the pad and shared a few laughs.

“Those 30 minutes were the start of it all”, Jane shared with a smile.

Her patience, trust in love, in relationships, and in God, was developed for she loved a seafarer.

One Republic – Secrets

I need another story
Something to get off my chest
My life gets kind of boring

Need something that i can confess

Till all my sleeves are stained red
From all the truth that I’ve said
Come by it honestly I swear
Thought you saw me wink, no, I’ve been on the brink, so

Tell me what you want to hear
Something that were like those years
I’m sick of all the insincere
So I’m gonna give all my secrets away
This time
Don’t need another perfect lie
Don’t care if critics ever jump in line


I’m Gonna give all my secrets away

My God, amazing how we got this far
It’s like were chasing all those stars
Who’s driving shiny big black cars

And everyday I see the news
All the problems we could solve
And when a situation rises
Just write it into an album
Singing straight to cold

I don’t really like my flow, no, so

Got no reason
Got no shame
Got no family
I can blame
Just don’t let me disappear
I’ma tell you everything


All my secrets away (x2)

 Credits to:


My heart is filled with joy
With just the thought of being with you.
The sea, the sky and mountains high,
Won’t break our trust and love should they try.
At times when loneliness floods our hearts,
Angels smile on love tested though apart.


After six semesters of working and studying a masters degree at the same time, I realized two nega things:

1. Nakakapagod; at

2. Nakakasawa.

That’s why I am yet again trying to motivate myself to do one final requirement for me to complete this course –> my field study. I need all the motivation I could get as I am about to hit a lot of targets for these last two months of  2011:

1. Two Station-based Studies.

2. Two supplemental reports for Give Me Five Bohol and Palawan Projects

3. Data Validation for Give Me Five Romblon, Palawan, Bohol which would consume at least 3 weeks travel time in December

4. Field Study Outline for November and Data Gathering on December

5. Online teaching racket as i am to pay a looooot of bills!

🙂 Gora. Kaya ko toh!

SONA Bonanza

People have witnessed the Philippine President’s second State of the Nation Address, or commonly known as SONA, last July 25, 2011. Some might have raised eyebrows, some might have smiled. The President’s much awaited speech was held at the Batasan Pambansa Complex in Quezon City which was attended by notable public figures such as former presidents, Fidel Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada. Not much of a surprise was that former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo did not attend the event as it was reported that she was undergoing some medical treatment.  Arroyo was lucky enough (or maybe smart enough) not to attend such gathering as President Benigno S. Aquino III or locally known as PNoy tackled his 53-minute speech combating corruption and the authorities behind it, in which Arroyo has been popularly charged of.

PNoy was not wearing a brand new barong, as it would have been against his advocacy of anti-corruption and saving schemes.  He was firm in molding the direction of the country against wang-wang, which symbolizes change in society and its people’s collective attitude. The fight against wang-wang, or fight against the abuse of authorities was well discussed throughout PNoy’s speech. This supported the slogan, “Tuwid na daan” or the Straight Path which was also made popular throughout the SONA. He made an impression of a swift, simple yet meaningful speech.

A third of PNoy’s speech was about the past administration’s flaws and how the current one has helped the country advanced in terms of food self-sufficiency, employment rate and international credit ratings, among others. In the middle part of his speech, he reported the current programs on economic and human development and corrective measures on the unscrupulous authorities/departments that have wrongly utilized the masses’ taxes. The last section of his speech discussed the right direction of his administration- its roles, the society’s and hopes for a better and prouder country.

It was apparent that PNoy wanted policies in line with good governance and anti-corruption. PNoy has come up with several committees in ensuring all the public budget goes to productive and worthy programs, and by guaranteeing public accountability. PNoy has given much attention to GOCCs or Government-Owned Control Corporations in terms of income generated and budgets requested- the budget ins and outs of these corporations. The Commission on Audit (COA) became stern in the liquidation of budgets released in order to trace down all “alarming” and “mischievous” accounts. PNoy bravely shared in his SONA all questionable earnings and budgetary requirements such as that of PAGCOR and Department of Energy and Agriculture.  PNoy also emphasized on the importance of lessening dependence on imports, making the agricultural development as the top priority of the government. Social interventions, through the acts of conditional cash transfers as part of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) were also mentioned in the president’s speech. Through this movement, human development and poverty reduction course of actions are sure to be in line in the president’s agenda for the next five years to come. The activities for this course of action include: giving compensation to the victims of Martial Law, granting appropriate salaries and benefits to house helpers, improving the awards pension system to retired soldiers, expansion of DOST scholarships to underprivileged students, advancement of universal quality healthcare, responsible environment management,  and formation of safety facilities during calamities. The current issue on the Spratly Islands was also implied in the SONA. The strengthening of the Filipino troops aligns the country in terms of ensuring security, justice and peace. PNoy stressed on his speech that “What belongs to the Filipinos, belongs to the Filipinos” (pertaining to the conflict in ownership of the Spratly Islands between the Philippines and China).

Those were just some of the policy implications noticeable during the SONA. The President was smart enough to use the Filipino language for the whole country to understand thus, enabling him to deliver his messages clearer to his audience. Some speculators were disappointed on the lack of presentation of concrete economic and development plans for the country. I say that not all plans can be reflected in an almost one-hour speech. There could be other venues for more concrete showcasing of transactional agendas for development.

The second SONA may seem as symbolic and anecdotal but PNoy was able to give the Filipinos an idea of his plans and what the expectations are from his administration in the duration of his presidency. PNoy offers an opportunity for recovery. Recovery in the sense that corrupt leaders pay for their misdeeds. From there on, policies would be aligned and the country can finally move forward. This is something that the country needs to experience after nine and a half years of questionable and crooked activities by the previous administration.

For what it’s worth, the second SONA seemed to be promising.