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‘More Punch in the Philippines’



TYPHOON “Tisoy” weakens as it heads to the West Philippine Sea. I hope it will not be confronted by China for trespassing.

It’s not true that Raissa Robles will demonstrate choreography “with impact” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. I am sure that Ticket World Manila is relieved of an expected zero sale. Seriously, she should know by now that Apl.de.Ap was born in the district of Sapang Bato in Angeles City, Pampanga. He is of Afro-Filipino descent and part of the famous hip hop group, the Black Eyed Peas. With her recent remarks about the Southeast Asian Games, he should confront her and ask for her citizenship instead.

No truth to the rumor that Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo would have a cameo role in “Frozen 2.”

The way it is going, future generations will not be able to tell the difference between truth and lies. More scary if they will respond by saying “Who cares?”

Sony Corp.’s PlayStation is being recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s best-selling home video game console, having sold 450.19 million units over 25 years. I am quite sure that a former Philippine president is contributory to its success.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon thanked Angel Locsin for volunteering in relief operations and providing assistance when she personally went to PRC’s Davao del Sur chapter to donate and volunteer in the distribution of relief goods and hygiene kits for the quake-hit families.

Do not blame the doctors for being wealthy. Ignoring your health issues and fitness gave them that status.

PRRD has warned that senators and water concessionaires can face economic sabotage charges over their involvement in the one-sided water deals signed in 1997, which were recently flagged by the Department of Justice. Now I know that a past misdeed cannot be construed as “water under the bridge.”

One pet peeve of mine is parents oblivious of their children causing discomfort in a place of worship, letting them run or play around and causing disturbance. It’s the same on planes and other public places. One may argue that kids are kids and extra tolerance is expected, but instilling discipline at such an early age is a must. I remember our parents always reminding us to behave when visiting abodes of relatives and friends. Ethics and shame should be taught at an early stage. Sometimes poorer families exhibit such virtuous traits compared to the wealthy ones.

When we were young, we used to play marbles. We now wonder, and try to understand, why politicians lose them when using taxpayer’s money.

Those who experienced love at first sight are now wishing they had bifocals then.

Some say that Christmas is only for the kids. This is not true. I believe it is also for the kid in us savoring the fun moments we had.

My father never judged me whether I win or lose, but he was more concerned that I was all right in every circumstance. That is why I miss him so much.

Quick tips when a strong typhoon is coming:

Stay indoors and cancel travel plans; prepare first aid kit; tune in to battery operated radios; have the emergency numbers ready; identify designated evacuation centers; prepare flashlights, ample stock of water, food, clothing and meds; fully charge cellphones and other digital or electronic devices; memorize ambulance hotlines; and shut off circuit breakers, especially in flooded areas. But the most important, let us pray for the safety of all.

Having Manny Pacquiao as the poster boy of Philippine tourism, a variation of the logo is likely forthcoming — “More Punch in the Philippines.”

A news organization has the awesome power to identify and magnify a social problem otherwise not seen before. There was a time when nuclear power plants were perceived as brilliant products of scientific development. That single Chernobyl incident erased the concept and converted the idea of nuclear energy source into a threat to humanity. Such immense power should be handled well.

Media has always been the battleground of what is real and unreal. It becomes unreal when emotion gets thrown into the mix to attract attention, and conscious of the peso windfall that will be gained in corporate bank accounts. It becomes real and pure only when there is no purpose in reporting and leaving the finishing touches to the recipients.

Sad to note that these days, it seems that “pasa-loads” are more appreciated than a loaf of bread.

To all my friends, thanks for sharing the good news. To faultfinders who suffer insomnia trying to spread the negatives, try melatonin.

Being lazy is about neglecting to cross the T’s, adding dots on the I’s, yet expecting to receive the S’s slashed twice by others.

When there are lapses, we use our forefingers the most. When criticized, we get even with our middle finger.

That song “Manila” by the Hotdog actually has a good message to Filipinos in its lyrics — “Promise me you’ll never let go.”

Quote of the week:
“Judges are like umpires. Umpires don’t make the rules. They apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire.” — John Roberts

Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.

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Today’s Front Page January 18, 2020

Today’s Front Page January 18, 2020