30 Dec 2011
in History, Humor, Politicos
Tags: be kind to us trolls, feng-shui, happy new year, technospecs
The Filipinos borrow many traditions from the Chinese, and the idea of driving away bad luck or bad spirits and ushering in good luck for the coming new year is the overall theme for Filipino New Year celebrations.
We have firecrackers as one example. They say that the noise and tremors will send the evil spirits speedily high-tailing out of the area.
Another tradition when it comes to bringing luck in the upcoming year is to have round fruits at the dining table. Our family has been consistent ever since to include round fruits every New Year. We never fail to complete the required number of fruits, even at least one of every kind, just to follow the long-time tradition.
30 Dec 2011
in Announcements, History, Knowledge Power
Tags: be kind to us trolls, december 30, jose rizal, jose rizal day, technospecs
José Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda
(June 19, 1861 – December 30, 1896)
December 30 is Jose Rizal Day commemorating the death of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, a Filipino polymath, physician, scientist. novelist, a prolific poet, essayist, diarist, correspondent, a polyglot conversant in at least ten languages, and the national hero of our country, the Philippines.
In the hope of securing political and social reforms for his country and at the same time educate his countrymen, Jose Rizal, the greatest apostle of Filipino nationalism, published several works with highly nationalistic and revolutionary tendencies.
29 Dec 2011
in Current Events, Politicos
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“War is a brutal and ugly enterprise. Yet it remains central to human history and social change. These two facts together might seem paradoxical and inexplicable, or they might reveal deeply disturbing facets of the human character (notably, a drive for dominance over others). What is certainly true, in any event, is that war and its threat continue to be forces in our lives.”
In the pursuit of justice, we need to wage an all-out war against the perpetrators of the criminal acts.
Recent events graphically demonstrate this proposition: think of the impeachment and eventual resignation of former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, the arrest of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, the arrest of former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos, the arrest warrant for retired Major General Jovito Palparan Jr., and other ongoing events more appropriately should be called “the war on the former Arroyo administration”.
The past years under the governance of the Arroyo aministration had been savagely scarred with intriguing and controversial political warfare, thus we all have high hopes and expectations going into the year 2012.
27 Dec 2011
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Many of us traditionally set off firecrackers and make a lot of noise on New Year’s Eve in the belief that they will drive away the bad luck of the past year and attract good luck in the coming year.
We are up against cultural belief that firecrackers drive away bad spirits, but what the public should know is that the firecrackers are the “evil spirits” themselves.
Bocaue, a municipality in the province of Bulacan, is where the country’s pyrotechnic industry is said to have started. Somewhere along MacArthur Highway, in Barangay Turo in Bocaue, is a place known to firecracker buyers as “The Strip.” It is a highway dotted with rows of firecracker and pyrotechnic stores.
The sale of fireworks is year round. But since it is the holiday season it is not a surprise to see the highway lined with makeshift stalls selling firecrackers of different kinds, sizes and intensity.
More and more are buying firecrackers as the new year approaches. And, along with this, firecracker accidents are on the uptrend. The figures are expected to increase as December 31 approaches.