Category Archives: Current Events

DOT’s new campaign: It’s more fun in the Philippines

I think it’s clever.   Let’s “own” the DOT campaign, slogan and all and let’s actively participate in showing the world the many reasons why it’s more fun in the Philippines!

#ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines meme fever:

1. Select a photo showing the beauty of the Philippines

2.  Create a clever caption (witty, as Jayvee Fernandez suggests)

3. Use Harabara Font which can be downloaded for free.

4. Share. Share. SHARE!

So, here’s what I have done using my own photos.  Not commercial quality but hey…I had fun doing it!  It’s addicting actually 🙂


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Ninoy Aquino: A Filipino, a HERO

28 years after his death

that spirit gave us our freedom back

Ninoy Aquino was relentless at claiming back the freedom that the Filipino has been robbed of, even if it took his life to do so.   He gave it up so freely… because “The Filipino, is WORTH DYING FOR”!

28 years after his death, which remains to be unsolved up to this day.

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What is life?

what is life? Is it just the state of being alive? Do you plant flowers and just leave them be? Is it better to bring a child into this world and subject them to abuse, physically, emotionally, psychologically?

A doctor noted that the child had many bruises on her body. He asked the mother if she beat her child and she said yes.Further medical examination showed the child died of shock due to massive cerebral hemorrhage, internal hemorrhage, multiple hematoma to strong traumatic force and external hemorrhage due to multiple wounds in the different parts of the body.

Do you like seeing children on the streets sniffing their rugby? Do you give to those who come up the jeepneys and wipe your shoes for a few centavos?

Before you say you are pro-life, think hard about what LIFE really is. Because children are being brought into this world day by day, only to suffer for their parents’ inadequacies to rear them and rear them well; who can’t even provide the basics..

clothes on their back,

food for their body and mind,

shelter to keep them safe and warm.

Would God be happy that their parents did not plan their family?  Would God be mad if they had the mind to prevent this from happening?  Not by abortion, but simply PLANNING.

I do not advocate abortion, CERTAINLY NOT!  What I want is for people to:

1. be aware that they have a CHOICE and be educated  enough to make an INFORMED CHOICE

2.  be aware of their rights to have access to family planning information and services

3. be aware that they OWE their child (among others):

a. a right to be born well

b. well-rounded development of his personality to the end that he may become a happy, useful and active member of society.

c.  a balanced diet, adequate clothing, sufficient shelter, proper medical attention, and all the basic physical requirements of a healthy and vigorous life.

d.  full opportunities for safe and wholesome recreation and activities, individual as well as social, for the wholesome use of his leisure hours.

The Child is one of the most important assets of the nation. Every effort should be exerted to promote his welfare and enhance his opportunities for a useful and happy life.

4. be aware that they are criminally liable if they (among others):

a. abandon the child under such circumstances as to deprive him of the love, care and protection he needs.

b. neglect the child by not giving him the education which the family’s station in life and financial conditions permit.

c. improperly exploit the child by using him, directly or indirectly, such as for purposes of begging and other acts which are inimical to his interest and welfare

d. inflict cruel and unusual punishment upon the child or deliberately subjects him to indignation and other excessive chastisement that embarrass or humiliate him.


I am pro-life – the LIFE that let’s children be children, and allows them to flourish and achieve their full potential by providing them with their needs, supporting their endeavors, sheltering them from harm, and protecting their rights.

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A Filipino Welcome to the First Malaysian Astronaut

first Malaysian astronaut Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor is also an orthopedic surgeon and a part time model!



LaraThinks: Oye, HOT!

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The Reproductive Health Bill (again!)

Today’s POSTCRIPT made me smile.  For all the debate against and for RH bill, what’s really missing is the most important part: knowing what the RH bill is all about!  As Mr. Pascual put it, you can only have an intelligent debate if you’re arguing based on what you have learned reading the ENTIRE RH bill.

The RH bill is 15 pages long.  It’s not a lot to read if you’re trying to argue why this bill should be made into a law or not.  Unfortunately, most arguments come from only reading, or knowing snippets of the document, mostly only what those with interest are willing to share in order to get you to their side.

The RH bill is more than just giving out free condoms and contraceptives.  There’s also using taxpayer’s money to buy them. But why the strong resistance to doing that?  The free condoms and contraceptives can make those who cannot afford them be responsible about planning their family.  If they planned their family, the whole economy benefits!  That means those who paid their taxes get to reap the rewards of slowing down the population growth as well.  I believe everybody will agree that a 600,000 increase in population in just 4 months is too much for a country struggling to get its bearings.

It’s not even about abortion, except the Church has a different meaning of abortion from healthcare, so that’s a source of confusion too.

But again, these issues barely scratch the surface when it comes to what the RH bill is all about.  There’s more to it than the pro and anti group have not presented.

If you read through the comments of the POSTCRIPT column, you will find exactly what the article is telling us not to do….arguing based on hearsay or limited knowledge.

We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves, especially in matters that will affect the state of our country.  If you have the capacity to be on facebook, play DOTA or read this blog, then be responsible and get yourself educated on the RH bill.

LaraThinks: It’s not cool to be ignorant, and it’s stupidity to make an argument based on that ignorance.

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Aftermath of the Tsunami

I found it hard to get myself to write about the devastation that engulfed Japan.  It was just too distressing…the desolTsunami, Japan Tsunami, Sendaiation, the despondency… Houses and villages have washed off from the Tsunami that hit Sendai and the Northern Coast of  Japan after the 8.9 earthquake on Friday, March 11, leaving a trail of ruins every which way you look.

Vehicles overturned, and crumpled like cardboard…bodies continue to surface at the coastline.   The official death toll, according to Yahoo! News, is now close to 1,900…with more waiting to be accounted for.

As if that’s not enough, nuclear reactors (continue to) blow up, leaving a gripping fear evoking Chernobyl

(NHK World currently flashing breaking news:  BLAST HEARD AT NO. 2 REACTOR).

Images of the disaster paint a grim picture and it can be surmised that recovery is not forthcoming, not as soon as we want it to be.

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