The Darling Buds of May

May 30, 2020 at 10:42 PM | Posted in Current Events, Musings | Leave a comment

I think it’s safe to say that this particular summer will go down in history as one of the worst in the world, if not the worst. May is a summer month here in the Philippines and summertime fun has now been replaced with daily news of the pandemic, lockdowns, job losses, and economic downturn. It’s been pretty rough since the community quarantine has been imposed last March. The last time I checked, there are over 17,000 cases of COVID-19 infection in my country and a death toll of 950. Some countries had it worst. And now there are riots happening across the US due to the unlawful death of George Floyd. Times are rough indeed for people around the world.

This month has been particularly trying for me. I’ve been working from home full time since March and haven’t been outside my condo for 75 days. In the past weeks I found myself having a difficult time working because of the heat. It’s been scorching here – reaching around 39 to 42 degrees in the past weeks. But now it’s near the end of summer and restrictions are slowly easing. Hopefully, it will get better in the coming months.

Favorite London Olympics 2012 Finale Highlights

August 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM | Posted in Current Events, Music, Sports | Leave a comment
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I’m not really a sports buff so the recently concluded London Olympics 2012 was not exactly a big deal for me. But whenever it’s on, the only sport I watch is gymnastics. Though I used to watch soccer and tennis matches, somehow gymnastics is the only sport in the Olympics I find interesting enough to watch in recent years. I also usually watch the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics game.

Unfortunately I missed watching the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics 2012 due to my hectic schedule. I just saw it belatedly on the Web. So to make up for it, I made sure I watch the closing ceremonies on TV. And so I did. I wasn’t able to catch up the live show but saw the replay nonetheless. Though I found the first part of it a bit corny, I must say the rest of it was generally breathtaking and emotional at the same time.

One of my favorite highlights of the closing ceremony was when the Spice Girls performed. I was a huge Spice Girls fan back in the day so my intention to watch the closing ceremony was further fueled by the knowledge of the girls reuniting and performing. Their performance was fantastic and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was awesome to see them together again (Although I failed to see British prime minister David Cameron dancing to the Spice Girls in the sidelines.).

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Another favorite highlight of the show was when a large phoenix emerged from the flames of the Olympic torches while Take That sang their song “Rule the World.” That was really breathtaking and I thought it was appropriate that the boy band chose that particular song. The fireworks at the end part of their song was spectacular. I also loved it when Fatboy Slim rocked the stage with his two massive hits enveloped by a giant octopus.

Muse singing the Olympic theme song, “Survival” is also one of favorite highlights. The song sounded so different from a typical celebratory sports anthem. It sounded so Muse.

Winning a gold medal at the Olympics is a great achievement. But I think the experience itself, of being a part of it – as an athlete or a volunteer – is enough to make it a memorable event for all those involved.

Changing the Game

November 21, 2011 at 2:54 AM | Posted in Current Events, Sports, Travel | 2 Comments
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I’m proud to say that I was part of the thousands of people who attended the recently concluded 22nd Philippine Ad Congress. Being a Bicolano myself, the Ad Congress this year was special for me not only because it was my first time to attend but also because it was held in CamSur Watersports Complex. The CWC is a world-renowned tourist attraction in Bicol known for its world-class wakeboarding facilities. I always wanted to go there and perhaps try wakeboarding myself.

So imagine my excitement when I found out that I was going to be a participant in this year’s Ad Congress. It’s truly an amazing opportunity for me. Thanks to the company I’m working for now. I wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for them. I was in CamSur on the 17th of November with my boss and officemates until the 19th.

The three-day event was a flurry of various activities for me and my team. But we were there mainly to learn from the experts in media and network with colleagues in the industry. At daytime, we listened to the invited speakers such as social media guru Charlene Li and feasted on scrumptious dishes at lunchtime – with fun raffles all throughout. At night, we partied and networked with people and basically just had a good time.

One thing I learned while I was there: never drink too much at one party when you’re still going to attend an after party! Learned that the hard way…

The event was overflowing with swags and the official loot bag for the delegates was huge! I could barely carry it! There was also a trade exhibit, sports activities, a fashion show, fun games and contests, and dinner shows peppered with celebrities. What more could you ask for?

the delegate's official PAC22 loot bag

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try wakeboarding. Since all delegates got a free wakeboarding pass, my officemates and I thought of trying it out. Alas, we arrived too late at the obstacle course and there were already lots of people in the waiting list. If we were to wait for our turn there, we would probably be able to wakeboard late at night! Not a good time to enjoy it. And besides, it was our last day in CamSur. We held off with our wakeboarding pass til the end of the Ad Congress thinking we would still be able to enjoy it. Oh well, the free pass expires til February of next year. So there’s still an opporunity for me to wakeboard.

The Ad Congress this year was truly exciting, enriching, and with a lot of fanfare. Hopefully next year I can be a part of it again.

Justice Meted Out

May 15, 2011 at 2:51 PM | Posted in Animals, Current Events | 2 Comments
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Finally after almost two years, the UP student who brutally killed a kitten in the school grounds is convicted by a Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court for violating the Animal Welfare Act. He is ordered to pay the P2,000 fine and do mandatory community service at the animal shelter for six months. I for one think that the punishment is not enough. But in a country where the Animal Welfare Act is not common knowledge and animal cruelty is still rampant, this is already good news. I am just thankful that there are organizations like PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) and CARA (Compassion & Responsibility for Animals) that actively campaign against animal cruelty.

It is just sad that cats in the Philippines do not get the same treatment as dogs when it comes to having them as pets. Filipinos are generally dog people. Cats here suffer the stigma of being viewed as “lazy, cold, and filthy” animals that only scavenge for food. I have encountered so many Pinoys who hate cats and hurt them or just throw them away. To them the only pet worth keeping are dogs.

It is time that Filipinos become aware that there is a law against animal cruelty and that all animals should be treated with compassion. This highly profiled case about a cat killer is a first for the country. I hope that other pending cases will receive the same justice.

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