(An excerpt from a column in the manila bulletin newspaper)
There was a little old lady who would step out on her porch everyday and prayed, “Lord, please send me some food.” An atheist next door belittled her saying, “You, fool. There is no God.” Yet, the little old lady continued.
The next morning, she want outside, and there found a big bang of food. The atheist stepped out and said, “There is no God; I bought those groceries!“
The old lady then lifted her arms and said, “Thank you Lord you sent me groceries even if you have to do it through the devil.”
Indeed, God exists. We may not see him, but he has his own way of helping us.
God is good, all the time.
Spongebob and ‘Mulawin’ Inspired Designs Win Kite Flying Festival
By: MARJORIE DURAN
Yes, spongebob can fly in the air only that it is made of paper and stick. It turns out as it was smoothly maneuvered aerially by a 10-year-old boy who brought home the award in the non-professional category of a kite flying competition organized by Camella in Taguig last May 26.
Fifth grader Angelito Pascua won the grand prize sweeping off 19 other brightly-colored big kites, he learned flying kite when he was eight but admitted having joined the competition for the first time.
There is also no stopping Edwin Penaranda for bringing home the grand prize in the professional category with his ‘mulawin’ inspired kite who contended against almost fifteen kites, winning for him can be sweeter the seventh time around.
Edwin shared kite flying is not easy as people see it because it requires great balancing in the air but said: “Masarap magpalipad ng saranggola, nakakawala ng problema at stress sa katawan”.
“My kite flying interest was influenced by my grandparents, I started doing my kite using ‘banana Q’ sticks and broom, sometimes I also used parts of broken umbrella,” Penaranda said.
Everyone’s mood was set as the afternoon sky was decorated with different kites designed as butterfly, dragonfly, unicorn, chicken, airplane including some known characters like Tinkerbell and angry bird. Creations also included the local mythical creature ‘manananggal’ but the one which shines the brightest was the dragon, awarded as the most beautiful kite.
As the event’s objectives are to unite families and foster camaraderie, children were given the chance to create their own kite with their parents. Materials were given free, composing of adhesive, crayons and papers with a layout of different animal designs like butterfly, birds and chicken.
“This is the best form of recreation for children instead of playing computer games because the air is free and healthy, kite flying festival and workshop should be conducted yearly,” said Virgie Cristobal, Kite Flying Coordinator and a two-time Champion in the Kite Flying Festival-Professional Category.
Virgie shared that kite making is very affordable and can be done with less effort, “One minute is enough in creating the kite and it can be done alone.”
Introducing the basic kite making to children did not end it all; the sky was once again painted with colorful animal figures as the kids experienced flying their own-made kites in the air after the competition.
1st Runner-up (Non-Proffesional Category)
1st Runner-up (Professional Category)
Yes, it was I with the ‘mulawin’ inspired kite
Kite Flying Non-professional Category:
I hated when you smile then later frown, I hated it when you make me feel special afterwards left me hanging, I hated when you stay at my side then later on move yourself away, I hated how your simple smile and gestures made me giggle,I hated when you are telling me you missed me but you’re not letting me feel it, I hate it when you’re sweet then later on become serious, I hate it when you smile at me because it makes me admire you even more, I hated when we are having our own conversation and your phone will beep then you will get distracted
I hated the moment you stop telling me you love me and the fact that I am longing to hear that 3-word phrase again, I hated it when your attention is not fully mine, I hated that I am falling for you and that I never knew what you felt about me, And what I hate the most is the fact that I am loving you without even knowing if you can love me too.
WAD UP, AMAZING!
It was 12 midnight but everyone’s eyes was still wide open; the usual busy night street had yet become busier, flooded with excited people preparing and midnight almost felt like noon although the sun was constantly kept hidden. I along with my mom, boyfriend and friend were the few of those who planned to join the whole barangay’s outing where every person was invited to join. It sounds awkward at first to join hundreds of people whom not everyone was a close friend but I insisted to come, it will be a once in a lifetime experience, a unique one, another different journey—One part of exploring the adventurous world and it was my first time to join a barangay outing.
1 a.m.: assembly time
2:30 a.m.: departure
6 a.m.: arrival at Olongapo, Subic- Philippines.
Bus ExperienceDays before the outing, I eavesdropped. I heard that the bus we will be using to reach Subic will be the ordinary bus, imagine a 36 degrees celcius temperature combined with no-aircon bus,. After seeing the bus with my naked eyes, I had proven the hearsay was right, it was ordinary, it looks old and I assumed that we might be like sardines inside placed in an oven to be toasted. People assembled outside at 1 a.m., everyone hurried as they wanted to be the first to ride. There’s a seating capacity and a seat number for everyone however the seat was not enough for all the passengers making the vehicle very crowded because many people decided to join almost the last-minute, and include one of my friend, Melissa and my boyfriend, Jonas to that.
Beside me were my boyfriend, Jonas, then my friend, Melissa and my mom
Our crowded situation, but we’re settled
It was after sunrise– The air was crisp, fresh and the heat was good when we arrived in Subic.
After reaching the place, I and my friend Melisa were disappointed because people were disorder, we can’t even find the cottage where we should stay. People had their own faction and for a minute, we were like an outcast and marginalized but not after we found our own cottage. The first hour was boring until we decided to explore and walk until we reached the isolated end, it was peaceful, awesome and fantastic. The water was clear, place was clean, It made us happy. We took pictures of ourselves, we have had our own photo shoot.
Drink till’ you drop
After the photo shoot, it’s another time for session and alcohol. one Mojitos Tequila partnered with calamansi juice and three bottle of gin mixed with brown coffee and melon juice. Before all the bottles were finished, we just can’t stop laughing and that was an indication of the alcohol’s effect. It was a fun-filled moment, I almost don’t want that to end.
While Drinking (Somehow sober):
Alcohol started to influence us: We started to made fun of other people
More photos to be uploaded in my next blog! 🙂
I saw this poem while I was on board train a while ago. Original version in Tagalog but I will be doing my own English translation. Will share this because it caught my attention, hope you guys will like it too 🙂
The moment that I lost you, We both lose something
I, because you are the one I loved the most
And you, because I was the one who loved you the most
But between the two of us, you are the one who had a greater lost
Because I can still love someone like the way I loved you
but you can not anymore find someone to love you the way I did.
-Ernesto Cardenal (1925)
Nang mawala ka sakin, ikaw at ako’y nawalan
Ako dahil ikaw ang minahal ko ng lubusan
at ikaw dahil ako ang lubusan sayong nagmahal
Ngunit sa dalawa, ikaw ang higit na nawalan
Dahil pwede kong mahalin ang iba tulad ng pagmamahal ko sayo
Ngunit ika’y di mamahalin tulad nang kung paano kita minahal.
Oh, very cheesy
Have you ever felt that urge of wanting to see someone so badly, to the point of imagining multiple scenarios that the both of you might be sharing? The feeling of excitement for someone’s affection; hugs, kisses. Yesterday I felt that, until today
A woman walked inside the mall and was planning to go home, she looked back and saw nothing but she had this little paranoia that someone was at her back and following her. She looked back again and still saw nothing.
A voice from afar murmured, she knows that voice, she’s completely sure she knows that voice. She heard of them before, that voice was typical but fascinating, the voice she long waited for. Time for her to turn around again but with disappointment she did not even see even a lone figure of what she expected. There was nothing but silence and darkness. It’s already the mall’s closing hours, the lights were already off even the elevator’s and escalators.
While nearing the exit door, someone hold her back, then down… that someone circled his arms around her waist. She smell of the same fragrance, felt the same grip and without any uncertainty, she turned around and hug him tightly. Tears started to fall from her eyes, tears of joy she whispered.
“surprise,” the guy told her.
She was happy again.
And that was a small portion of my weird imagination as I was about to go home last night after working out. My boyfriend’s home today after a 1-month Thailand vacation and I felt this longing, the unusual excitement to see him, kiss him, hug him tight and made him feel that he means a lot to me.
Sometimes, we will know someone’s worth when we started to feel how our life will be like without them, and that’s exactly what I realized.Gone are the days that I took you for granted, enough of the pain I brought you. ❤
-Marjorie Duran, Nina Uy
The Philippines is one of 10 countries that are endemic to malaria with 900 reported deaths in 2010, World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.
Studies show that Malaria was estimated to take the lives of 216M people worldwide and kills 655, 000 yearly.
Other countries included in top ten are Cambodia, China, The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, The Republic of Korea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo encourages Western Pacific countries to fight malaria through the use of simple insecticide-treated mosquito nets that has been proven to decrease child deaths by around 20% and malaria cases by half.
Studies suggested the use of malaria control tools, including access to effective prevention, accurate diagnosis and prompt and reliable treatment could save more lives.
“Successful malaria control improves not only the health of people living in high-risk areas, but also their productivity and overall well being,” Shin said.
Malaria is a curable but life-threatening disease transferred to people through infected mosquito bites. It is transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes which are capable of malaria transmission.
WHO celebrated World Malaria Day 2012 last April 25 with this year’s theme, “Sustain Gains. Save Lives. Invest in Malaria” to promote people’s awareness and emphasize that half the world’s population is at risk for malaria.
“National malaria programmes need to ensure widespread population access to life-saving and cost-effective interventions,” Shin said.
I was about to enter Makati Med Hospital’s entrance to attend a scheduled press conference when I suddenly realized I was blocking someone’s way considering I was in the center. I step aside and noticed two bodyguards in white accompanying a woman in Yellow Green Filipiniana with hair piled up high on the head, it was the usual bun hairstyle or the so-called “big mamon hair” until it finally came to my senses, “oh, it’s the former President’s First Lady” and the iconic character in Philippine history, Imelda Marcos.
Speechless, yes for a second I was. I’m not a fan of the Marcos nor a hater but it was a different feeling seeing her personally, imagine the excitement when that iconic someone is so near that you want to talk to them, or made yourself known to them, that was the unexpected feeling I had. I haven’t mastered my Philippine history subject but with very little that I know and heard about Mrs. Marcos, I seem not to like her because of her material obsession which is for me, is not a good example. I always hear about her jewelry collections, her bags and other excessive possessions and I used to “almost” hate her, but not to the extent of what you might be thinking because it’s more of a personal opinion.
She’s unique and with her old age, her fashion remains. Imagine a woman going in the hospital wearing Filipiniana, It’s only her, the one and only.