Turn Off the Lights for 60+ Minutes

March 22, 2011 at 3:17 PM | Posted in Current Events, Environment | Leave a comment
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I know I will be on March 26, Saturday. I’ve been participating in Earth Hour for the past two years in my own little way and I’m just proud to be a part of it. Spread the word!

Take a Number

May 11, 2010 at 10:42 AM | Posted in Current Events | Leave a comment
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Yup, that’s what I ran into when I arrived at the precinct where I was supposed to vote during the Philippines’ national and local elections yesterday. I had to take a number and get in line before I could vote. From what I’ve seen and heard at the precinct, majority of the voters there weren’t aware that we all had to take a number first. It came as a big suprise to all actually. Whereas in the past elections, voters only had to look for their name in the list posted on the boards, get in a short line, and wait for their turn.

indelible ink on my finger

Being excited to vote in the country’s first automated election, I got up early Monday morning and dropped by in Pasig City to vote. I got there in the school premises at 7:45 AM but had a hard time finding my precinct. By 8:00 AM I finally found my precinct, got in line outside, and waited for three whole hours before my number was called. The day was hot, the air humid, and the precinct was overcrowded. During those long hours of waiting, people were short-tempered, confused, angry, and pissed off because of the extremely long lines and chaotic voting system. I was thankful that I had a heavy breakfast that morning or I would have fainted already in the intense heat and large crowds.

By 11:00 AM I was finally ushered in the precinct to cast my vote. It only took me about ten minutes or less to vote including inserting the ballot through the PCOS machine. I was so relieved when I finally came out of the school premises. I was pleased with myself that I became a part of an historic election. Despite of the confusion of the new voting system and the technical glitches encountered, I could say that the automated election was a success. Give it time to mature and improve the system and I think automated elections in the future will run smoothly.

Touch a blogger: Tie a yellow ribbon for Cory Aquino

August 4, 2009 at 11:51 PM | Posted in Current Events | 1 Comment

Touch a blogger: Tie a yellow ribbon for Cory Aquino!

Farewell, Tita Cory. May you rest in peace.

(Yellow ribbon banner courtesy of Barrio Siete)

Yellow

August 3, 2009 at 9:30 PM | Posted in Current Events | Leave a comment
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I am greatly disappointed that I wasn’t able to go to Ayala Avenue earlier today to watch the convoy where the truck carrying the body of former President Corazon Aquino would make its way through the streets. I along with some of my officemates wanted to go badly but we were stuck in the office this morning. There was no official announcement from the office’s top management that we could go out and be a part of that historic event so my coworkers and I stayed put. The morning went by and the convoy came and went but none of us in the office caught a glimpse of it.

It’s a shame really. Our office building is just a few blocks away from Ayala Avenue but we couldn’t even go out to watch the convoy – not without the permission of top management. I’ve been really frustrated and kicking myself the whole afternoon for missing one of the important events in Philippine history. Had I known that my coworkers and I could slip from the office to watch the convoy passed by, I would have done it.

I would also like to express my disappointment and indignance for the lack of compassion and support that my office showed today. There was not a single yellow ribbon tied anywhere in the office as a tribute to Tita Cory’s passing or anything at all that would show sympathy or grief to the death of one of the most beloved person in the country. Tita Cory was and still is an icon of Philippine democracy. The least we could do is pay respects to her passing. The company I work for is not owned by a Filipino but the majority of people I work with are all Filipinos. The people concerned could have at least taken the initiative to do something about it. It seems like the spirit of the People Power Revolution is lost to them. How sad.

Lucky for those who have seen the convoy because they have paid their last respects to a great woman of courage. I meanwhile just contented myself with watching the event on TV when I got home from work. Hopefully I could watch the funeral on Wednesday.

Wake Up Call: End Animal Cruelty

May 7, 2009 at 5:04 PM | Posted in Animals, Current Events | Leave a comment
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For the past weeks, I have been following the developments of the case filed against the serial cat killer in UP Diliman. I first caught this piece of disturbing news from the Multiply account of PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society), for which I am subscribed. What I read in one of PAWS’ blog posts was so shocking and horrible that it left me quite disturbed. I don’t want to recount the disgusting tale here as it upsets me greatly. I can only say that NO person should treat animals that way, especially those we treat as pets.

I adore cats. I had quite a few pet cats before when I was still in school and I’m taking care of two at the moment. Though pets are not allowed in my apartment, I have managed to give shelter to and care for the two cats.

I fully support PAWS’ legal action against that cat killer and already signed the online petition. I truly hope justice will be given to the poor murdered kitten. And I’m glad that so many people are taking action and supporting the cause. Kudos to GMA 7 for reporting the incident on TV. It’s high time that Filipinos become aware that we do have laws against animal cruelty.

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