May Day

Mayo 7, 2008

The first day of May is a very important date for workers worldwide when labor movements celebrate their social and economic achievements. In the Philippines, May 1 usually marks a new battle for labor groups and advocates as they strive to fight for better or higher wages for workers. As long as I can remember (since I moved to Manila in college) the common scene at this time of the year are rallies in Maynila, specifically in Mendiola and near Malacañan Palace. But this post is not about Labor Day or wage hikes.  I leave the discussion of these topics to the experts.

I wait for a different ‘event’ in May. I’m a probinsyana, a girl from the countryside. I grew up running along cornfields, chasing chickens, walking between paddy fields and watching rice stalks gracefully dancing to the music of the provincial breeze, climbing guava trees, collecting sticky sap from the trunk of jackfruit trees and use it to catch dragonflies and butterflies in the field (hell! I didn’t even know the existence of the net!).

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Hulyo 26, 2007

hp5.jpgDirector: David Yates
Screenplay: Michael Goldenberg
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Gary Olman, Alan Rickman, Imelda Staunton
Based on the novel Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Wesley (Rupert Grint), and Hermoine Granger (Emma Watson) return to Hogwarts for their fifth year only to find out that their beloved school is at risk. Using the wizarding newspaper, The Daily Prophet, the Ministry of Magic is trying to discredit Albus Dumbledore and Harry of their claim that Lord Voldemort is rising again to power. The Ministry also interferes in Hogwarts and sends Ministry official Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) to take the post of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Realizing this, Harry, Ron and Hermoine form a secret group-Dumbledore’s Army-where they can learn proper defensive magic. The threat of Voldemort’s return intensifies as Umbridge continue to meddle in Hogwarts.

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Misplaced brain

Hulyo 11, 2007

Some people think they’re the smartest, they’ve the best ideas. But most of them don’t realize the stupidity of their actions. They act in haste and without second thoughts; not even considering the pros and cons of their decision. What’s the use of putting the brain inside the head when it’s not being used properly?!

It’s irritating. I’m close to breathing fire already! I’m really, really pissed off. I hate whining. But can’t help it when some smart-ass gets under your skin. Just hearing the voice causes me to frown.Have to endure that for days.

Ah, I wish there’s a cure for thickheadedness. I’d really love to prick that empty head with a very pointed needle. Then I can laugh so loud when I hear it burst!


Caleruega (Philippines) Weekend

Hunyo 7, 2007

If you want to spend some quiet moments, refresh your mind, feel close to nature and God, Caleruega is the perfect place to go; located in Brgy. Kaylayaw, Batulao, Nasugbu Batangas. As described in the flyer given to visitors at the gate, Caleruga is a house (place) of prayer and renewal. It is equipped with facilities for activities like retreats, recollections, prayer and renewal workshops, and other religious and environmental-related assemblies. But you can also go for a day’s visit. Like what I did last weekend. For 30 pesos entrance fee, you can enjoy the breathtaking views, clear your mind and find peace.

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