Actually, these links happen to be one of the things that I’ve been up to. It’s good to flex one’s writing “muscles” – and I’d like to thank Flipgeeks.com for the writing workout. And thanks, Dad, for leading me to them …
“The Pugs of Westeros – Cuteness is Coming” (July 4, 2014)
“COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Strange Natives – The Boy With Capiz Eyes” (October 28, 2014 – my very first comic book review! ^^)
“Casanova Quinn’s Spy Games” (October 30, 2014)
“Step Inside the Westeros Jazz Lounge, Ladies and Gentlemen …” (November 1, 2014)
It’s officially Easter Sunday in this part of the world, but I was able to get some really good pictures of Palm Sunday and Lenten rites the week before.
Below are some shots of palaspas (palm fronds woven and decorated to represent palms waved by the masses upon Jesus’ entrance to Jerusalem):
The blessing of the palaspas during Mass:
Many palaspas vendors were stationed around the neighborhood church, weaving and selling their handcrafted wares:
The company I work for happens to be one of those few places that still operate during Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, but I managed to photograph a Pabasa (a public reading and chanting of the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ done by Catholic devotees) that was taking place in a church near my office building.
This was taken from a high floor through a rather dingy glass elevator, which would account for some cloudy patches in the photo. As the devotees were reading, they also carried heavy wooden crosses as an added act of penance.
© Words and photos by Patricia Acevedo
A respected and well-known forensic expert in the Philippines whose services were tapped by the Department of Health (DoH) to help identify the bodies in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban but had to pull out after being insulted by her counterparts from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), yesterday lashed out at President Aquino, saying his latest pronouncement on the slow body count had only exposed the extent of his incompetence and ignorance.
In her twitter account which had been going viral, forensic expert, Dr. Raquel Fortun, said Aquino’s statement defending the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for its slow and low “Yolanda” casualty count, had only exposed the President’s gross incompetence and ignorance.
In his statement the other day, Aquino was quoted saying that the NDRRMC had been relatively slow in its body count as it had to make sure of its data before releasing any figure of the dead.
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People who are under so much pressure and stress say things that they may regret. We cut them some slack because they’re under duress. Unfortunately, this privilege doesn’t always apply to public figures.
When Typhoon Yolanda struck and things fell apart, all eyes—and ears—were on President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III. Perhaps, confronted by the confusion and overwhelming devastation, he said some things that fueled debates. There’s a saying that goes, “Stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That’s not necessarily true in this case. The words of a President can make or break a country’s spirit. Through his words alone, he can give people a sense of direction or leave them completely lost. That’s both the blessing and the curse of his job description.
We picked five Typhoon Yolanda-related statements made…
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FYI for those who may not know, Mr. Peque Gallaga is a well-respected director in the Filipino film industry.
From Director Peque Gallaga:
Not since Marcos have we as a people been so polarized. As far as our hearts and minds are concerned it’s like we’re in the edge of a civil war. We are forced to take a hard look at ourselves and what we value.
Because of this, we are fighting friends in coffee houses, on the telephone, and on Facebook. We are a people whose lives have been upended. We don’t know what to do to get things done right and right away. We lash out. We insult our leaders trying to get them to do a lot more than to pose for photo ops – of giving out relief goods on a one-by-one basis. We cry desperately for demonstrable government response – we get almost next to nothing. It is increasingly apparent that local media goes hand in hand with self-servicing Malacañang press releases which…
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“We’ve seen people with every reason to despair, every right to be angry, instead find ways TO LAUGH, TO LOVE, TO STAND UP, and TO MOVE FORWARD… Maraming Salamat for showing us all how to LIVE.” – Anderson Cooper
I know that not a lot of people read this blog (I have like, what, five or six viewers, myself included?), but I feel that it’s my responsibility to at least START doing something instead of looking at all of the pictures and videos and newscasts and heart-wrenching messages of the survivors and FEELING bad.
And if I could get even just *one* person to donate because of this post, then this post was worth it.
Fuck all that talk about the “indomitable Filipino spirit”, that’s bullshit we say to make ourselves feel better and you KNOW it. This isn’t the time for rhetoric and feel-good speeches, it’s the time for action. We say that we care so much about our fellowmen on social media – now’s the time to step up and PROVE it in real life.
Here’s a compilation of all the links I see popping up on…
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