Remembering Larung Pinoy

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Since Nonet discovered playing yo-yo, she wouldn’t stop until she learns how to play with it! Yo-yo has been a game of Filipino for almost a century now. It was believed to be originated in China in 1000 B.C. It is also considered as one of the Palarong Pinoy being popularized again. It is a good thing that Nonet got interested in playing yo-yo amidst the different gadgets available today like psp. She loves her psp though, but once in a while she loves playing with her yo-yo. She even asked me to get her a new yoyojam on my payday. :)

When I was kid, we didn’t have any computer, nor gameboy not even a family computer. I was able to enjoy outdoor games with my childhood friends like tumbang preso, football, patintero, luksong tinik, piko, chinese garter and even taguan on a night with a full moon. Indoors, I was able to enjoy playing jackstone, pick up stick, domino and yo-yo with my sister, Patty. Our youngest sister, Pau, isn’t born yet then.

I wanted Nonet to know the different games I have grown up with, inspite of the different electronic gadgets available today. It was a fun game playing outdoor games with my friends. I believe I enjoyed patintero the most.:)

I hope that the said larong pinoy will be revived and be taught to the children of today. Those games are too precious, part of Filipino culture which shouldn’t be forgotten.

Ciao! :)

Reminiscing the Songs

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After reminiscing through the pictures, let us hear once again the songs that have been associated with EDSA People Power revolution. Whenever I hear the song, Handog ng Pilipino, I really cannot help but cry. Many Filipinos sacrificed their loves for our freedom, starting with of course our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Then we had the People Power revolution. I hope that the lessons learned and the freedom that our fellow Filipinos have fougt for should always be valued and remembered.

Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo

While I was a looking for the video of Magkaisa, I have seen a video of Ninoy Aquino’s death. It was so stupid of me not to know my country’s history. I have seen a video Ninoy in a coffin with blood all over his face and eyes swollen. It was only then that I learned that Ninoy’s remains was not cleaned at all when he was shot at the tarmac. I learned that it was Ninoy’s mother who wanted that way. To show the true face of Marcos’ dictatorship. Good thing, that is all over.

 

Magkaisa

Ciao! :)  

People Power Revolution @ 25

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Yesterday the Filipino people remembered the success of unity and prayers of People Power Revolution in 1986. Too bad, P-Noy didn’t declare the day as non-working holiday so, business as usual in most offices. I really wanted to go to the celebration but coming home from a graveyard shift work didn’t really allow me to go there. Good thing my cousin was able to take some pictures from yesterday’s program and shared it with me, which I would be sharing with you. These pictures really make me smile. I believe that these pictures would draw a smile in your lips, too. Remembering that if we Filipinos will unite, then we could really make a difference. Now, you are smiling! That smile is better than any anti wrinkle creams available! :)

Here it goes!

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Truly, the Filipinos are worth dying for..

Ciao! :)

The Frontliners!

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Since we are reminiscing the people power victory in 1986, I couldn’t help but wonder where the frontliners of the said revolution have gone. I am getting goosebumps while writing this article. I have little tears gently running from my eyes when I remember the brave nuns who were the front liners of the people power revolution. They didn’t mind the big tankers, the military with high powered guns and armours that they would face if there would be a bloody revolution. All they carried with them was a rosary, a flower and a big faith in God.

I was lucky enough to find an article about the unsung heroes of the EDSA revolution. In the picture we could see a nun who leads the people in praying the rosary. In my research, I learned that the said nun is Sister Teresita “Terry” Burias while her companion nun is Sister Porferia “Pingping” Ocariza. They were both Paulinian nuns of Daughters of St. Paul. In the article, featured in the Philippine STAR which was written by Edu Punay, Sister Terry admitted that there was fear in her hearts but the she didn’t care dying anymore as long as she would die with the people.

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I was really crying while reading the said article. I definitely believe that there was a divine interventions then. How lucky they were, for I know that while they lead the people in praying the holy rosary, the Blessed Mother was praying with them.

In the said interview, Sister Pingping shared that when they were citing the Sorrowful mystery, there was a helicopter that appeared. Little did she know that the said helicopter was there to disperse them. Sister Pingping said that the Air Force Officers who were manning the helicopter told them that from the sky, the people formed the shape of the cross. On another account, Sister Terry said many told them that they saw a woman with a beautiful face praying with in front of the Marine trucks.

The article was published in 2006. In that account, it was said that the Sister Terry is in a convent in Baguio City while Sister Pingping is in Davao City.

I hope that I would have a chance to meet them in person. The courage and faith that the two nuns showed are really remarkable. Click this link to read the full article.

God bless the nuns. God bless the Filipino people.

Ciao! :)

The Victory Jump!

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One of the most popular EDSA humor was the victory jump of the former president Fidel V. Ramos. I searched over the Internet to find the famous jump, which could be one of the ways on how to lose belly fat fast but I didn’t find one. :( I found a re-enactment jump though but not the true victory jump! :)

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Former President Fidel V. Ramos was the then AFP Vice Chief of Staff and was also the chief of the Philippine Constabulary (now the Philippine National Police). Many would agree that Ramos had a big role in the success of the EDSA revolution. When Juan Ponce Enrile and his fellow coup plotters asked Ramos help, he immediately resigned from his position and supported the said revolution. Then, the rest is history! :)

I had an opportunity to meet the former president when we the participants of the First Filipino Children’s Forum held in 1996, had a courtesy call with the him at Malacañang Palace. I was one of the facilitators in the said forum.

He may be a tough a guy being in the military for nearly 40 years. Yet, I still believe that he is a man with a good heart. :)

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Ciao! :)

Where were you when EDSA Revolution happened?

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It is the 25th year anniversary of EDSA Revolution on February 25, 2011. Twenty-five years since the legendary People Power revolution dethroned the Marcos’ from power. It was also then whent the first woman president of the Philippines was declared. :)

I was only five years old when the revolution happened. I didn’t have any idea of what was going on then. What I knew was I love watching “tora-tora” from the roof of our neighbor’s then. I was with my kuya-kuyahan watching the clear sky of February. Little did I know that a historical event is taking place somewhere along the corner of Ortigas Avenue and Highway 54. Well, I didn’t even know those places then. What amused me was the fast flying aircraft that flew above the sky. I remember kuya Mike and kuya Nomer lent me their telescope so I could see a good view of the tora-tora. :) Then, the next thing I learned was the Philippines has a new president. The first woman president ever, the late president Corazon C. Aquino. Everybody then was crying and thanking God for a successful, peaceful and prayerful revolution. 

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Many countries have adopted the said people power of the Philippines. Looking back, there had been 2 more EDSA revolutions that followed. One of which made the 13th president of the Philippines, Joseph Ejercito stepped down from his position, while Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took the place.

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Well, I hope that there will be no more EDSA revolutions to follow. Let us join hand in hand in praying for our country, for one another and for our leaders. And, we should never forget that EDSA People Power Revolution was a successful one not because of armours and high-powered guns, but because of flowers and prayers! :)

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Now, where were you when EDSA People Power Revolution happened? :)

Ciao! :)

What happened to JB?

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You may wonder who JB might be. Well, the title will be that long if I would put Josephine Bracken’s name in there. :)

My sister Pauline said that in her Rizal class, she will be reporting about Jose Rizal’s love interests. Oh there were quite a few! :) Rizal’s love life was my favorite topic in my  Rizal class back in college. I remember how my father used to brag his grades in Rizal. He said that he got a flat 1 grade in the said subject! :)

While wer were talking about Rizal’s girlfriends, I remember about Josephine Bracken. We all know that she was Rizal’s last girlfriend and fiancee. Although, many believed that they were married though no proof was found. She was with Rizal during his last days. When Rizal was shot to death on Dec. 30, 1896 at Bagumbayan, we have not known what happened to Josephine after his death.

I did a little research about this lady’s life after the death of her fiance. I learned that she joined the revolutionaries but voluntarily returned to Hongkong after receiving a threat of torture and imprisonment. She then married Vicente Abad and had a daughter named, Dolores. She died of Tubercolosis in 1902. But she was buried in an unknown grave. :(

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Well, I just hope that Josephine and Jose had a happy life together.

Ciao! :)

National Heroes Day!

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It is a national holiday today in the Philippines. Today we celebrate National Heroes Day. We remember the bravery shown by our heroes to protect our country.

Now that we are in modern times, we do not need to shed a blood or to die to become a hero. Heroism for me is standing for what you believe in for the benefit of others; for the goodness of the poor the protection of the weak.

In our lives, we have our own heroes that we look up to, heroes that become our inspiration to continue our life’s journey. :)

Yet, even if we are now leaving in the world of computers and automations, we should always remember that without the courage shown by our heroes, we will not be able to taste the sweetness of freedom!

Happy National Heroes Day!

Ciao! :)

Nonet Wore a Saya :)

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In celebration of Linggo ng Wika, my daughter’s school had a program about it. I was so thankful to my area manager, Ma’am Richee for allowing me to be on half day last Friday. :) It was my daughter’s first performance and I wanted to see it. It was raining hard last Friday that the school officials decided to hold the program inside one of the school’s classrooms.

My aunt Evelyn is a dressmaker and she has some extra cloths that she can make Antoinette’s costume. :) I helped my mother look for a printed cloth that can be made into Nonet’s skirt or saya, and a lace to for her kimona. :) We found pink printed cloth, which was made into her skirt and a nice lace for her tops. Mama bought her pair of native slippers to go with her costume. :)

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I bought puto or rice cake for the feast after the program. The kinder students declaimed, “Ang Batang Munti” and they danced to the tune of “Sampung Mga Daliri”. They kids were all well applauded. :)

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I am so proud of my little girl! :) The performance was not as perfect as the teachers would have wanted it to be. However, the very cute children made the performance a pleasing one!

I know that the said show would only be the first of many more. Antoinette is only at kinder, and I know that she will be doing more performances as she step on elementary. Well that’s going to be 2 years from now!

God bless her!

Ciao! :)

Happy 112th Independence Day!

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Today is a national holiday in the Philippines to commemorate the 112th year Independence Day. The Independence Day was on June 12 which was last Saturday. The holiday has been moved on a Monday for a long a weekend. :) We are lucky to be born in this generation for we are already enjoying the sweet taste of freedom. :)

But in spite of what we have today, let us always remember the bravery shown by our heroes to achieve our freedom. Let us join hands in keeping the liberty that we inherit from out fore fathers. :)

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Happy Independence my fellow Filipinos! Mabuhay!

Ciao! :)

The Filipinos Have Spoken

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The Filipinos have spoken. Today, June 9, 2010, almost a month after the first National Automated Election, Benigno Aquino III and Jejomar Binoy have been proclaimed as the new President and Vice President, respectively of the Republic of the Philippines. :) I am so proud to have Noynoy as the 15th president of the our country. Before the elections, my family and I were talking about the presidential candidates. We have different views and opinions about our own choice but the my first reason why I have chosen Noynoy over other candidates, is because of his integrity. :) I am clapping my hands as Noynoy walked down the session hall of Batasang Pambansa. :)

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As for Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, well, the Filipinos are expecting a lot from you. We have heard that if you were able to make Makati what is it now, then we believe that you would be able to do the same for our country.

I pray that God will bless our newly elected leaders. I pray that we Filipinos will all be united. Set aside all the misunderstanding and let us join hands in making our country progress. The two leaders will not be able to do it on their own. We need to help them and work with them in bringing progress and good life to our country.

God bless our leaders. God bless the Filipino people. God bless the Philippines!

Congratulations Noynoy and Jojo!!! Mabuhay!!!

Ciao! :)

Araw ng Kagitingan

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Today is a National Holiday here in the Philippines. Araw ng Kagitingan is also known as Bataan Day. On this day, we remember the great Filipino soldiers who suffered and died because of dehydration, heat prostration, untreated wounds and wanton execution as they march the 90-mile road to Camp O’Donnell in Bataan.

It has been decades since that fearful day happened. I hope and pray that it will never happen again.

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Ciao! :)

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