Facebook and Ondoy

Social networking now a days is one of the most influential and fastest way of communicating news and status updates of  everything and anything that’s happening to one’s personal life.   With the catastrophe brought by Typhoon Ondoy, social networks like facebook, twitter,  and blogs became a powerful tool to disseminate informations about: storm status, relief centers, hotline numbers, rescue operations, and donation hubs.  Collective sentiments of  the Filipinos are expressed because of these social network avenues. Pictures and videos about Ondoy posted and circulated   by many users proved to be  very helpful to the public as well.

On the other hand, there are also some posts in Fb that created an overwhelming outrage of Filipinos against  some infamous personalites.

Here are  Top 3 Personalities  who dominated the FB posts today:

Top 1: Congressman Mikey Arroyo: 

Oh what a shame! He was photographed  at Rustan’s Katipunan buying liquor to think that  most people nearby Katipunan are waiting to be rescued from flood.

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Top 2: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

According to the report of a local newspaper PGMA used 800 Million pesos emergency fund for foreign trips. Gee! this is what I call thoughtless extravagance!    http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=496123















Top3:  Jacque Bermejo

 Filipina who works in Dubai. She is now being scorned and loathed because of her alleged thoughtless and insensitive remarks about the misfortune suffered by her fellow Fipilinos in the hands of Ondoy.


Typhoon Ondoy

Heavy and incessant rains brought flood to Metro Manila. It has been one of the heaviest rain that plunged Metro Manila – a month’s worth of rain falling within six hours. Lives were taken away, more and more people are in need of rescue. I hope that this catastrophic event will never happen again. LET THIS BE A LESSON FOR ALL OF US: to NURTURE and LOVE our MOTHER NATURE.

Further the last sunday of  2009 Bar Exam (September 27,2009) is reset  to October 4, 2009 due to  incessant rain and typhoon. The venue of the bar exam is at De La Salle University, Taft Avenue, Manila.    Here are some pictures  of Vito Cruz, Taft Avenue, Manila today:

Recent Works by Emmanuel Garibay

How can I be useful, of what service can I be? There is something inside me, what can it be?  – Vincent Van Gough

I was able to attend the exhibit of Recent works by Emmanuel Garibay at Total Gallery of the Alliance Francaise de Manille last August. I came to know about this event, from AF’s weekly email.  I was really excited that I set aside my saturday off from work to finally see his compelling works of art.


Garibay describes his approach as “social realism”.  In all humility, I am not an authority talking about arts.  I have no formal education pertaining to Art courses, I could only appreciate, and thanks my humanity teacher in UST, Senora Purita  Barja, for the knowledge that i have towards visual arts.

Accordingly, Social Realism is a style of painting  in which the scenes depicted typically convey a message of social or political protest edged with satire.  This is really evident in his interestingly flambouyant, and controversial paintings. His subjects center on primarily: ordinary people and philippine places.

The entirety of each painting in itself conveys a message, which are interpreted subjectively by every spectator; but there is more to these bold images, vibrant colors, distictive brushstokes, and surface textures.  They all blend in perfect harmony.

Needless to state, Emmanuel Garibay is a true blue Filipino visual artist that really represents Philippines- promoting social changes through his works.

Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon

calm water

Stunning picture of sea and vast  expanse of sand ripple awaits  here in Cagbalete Island.   One need not jetting off to some island paradise because Cagbalete in Mauban, Quezon is just six hours from  Metro Manila.   Added bonus to this trip is refreshing view of green fields.

There are no  five star hotel resorts, party venues nor a hoppin’ nightlife in this island, instead what we found is a simple room, cozy enough to get through the night.   The electricity can only be enjoyed up to ten in the evening. The silence of the night, gives way to the wheezing  sound of the sea, frogs, and chirping crickets.jumping

In  essence,  Cagbalete offers nature at its best! Blue skies, white sand, trees, golden sun, twinkling stars, friendly locals, and great tasting foods! – The Island attracts wanderers who yearn to have a respite free from busy Metro life.

Heritage Town of Taal, Batangas

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Taal Basilica of St. Martin.

Little did I know that one of the two remaining preserved historical sight is tucked two hours away from Metro Manila- The historical town of Taal, Batangas.

Arriving at Taal is like a journey back in time. A tranquil municipality that showcases the remnants of the bygone Spanish era.   Ancestral houses align along the spanish named streets. Accordingly, this area was once a community of Illustrados. The ancestral houses of notable Filipino heroes like Marcela Agocillo and Leon Apacible still stand to date, they are marked with an indelible historical significance.

A walk along the streets led us to Asia’s largest church: Taal Basilica of St. Martin.  Grand- is understatement to describe her.  The church is century old, measuring ninety six meters long and forty five meters wide.  It has a unique architectural design, and the spanish influences are manifested through its interiors and antique details.

The wander continues to another notable church in this side of town- Our Lady of Caysaysay Church. This church has an interesting history, the little statue of immaculate conception was found by a fisherman, Juan Maningcad in 1603 in Panispit River. The miraculous image seats in the shrine, where she is honored as Our Lady of Caysaysay. The church is popular to pilgrimtaal 1024s.

Aside from historical houses and churches, Taal is also known for “balisong” and embroidered barong. Taal town in Batangas relives the spanish era long forgotten. Indeed, this town is not only rich in cultural heritage but also an avenue of many religious and historical events.