HARAPAN 2010: Vice Presidential Debate- Bayani-Binay

This is really hilarious! Hay hay hay!

Binay&Bayani are sure hit comedians!

Binay: Bayani ikaw ba  eh pagka nahalal bilang Pangalawang Pangulo ng ating mahal na bansa,  susuportahan mo bang imbestigahin si Mrs. Gloria Arroyo sa lahat at lahat ng kanyang mga kasalanan?

Bayani: Ikaw ay isang abogado tumayo ka na sa lahat ng entablado para banatan si Presidente, Eh bakit naman hindi mo  pa nagawa yang lahat nayon?

Bayani: Bakit po sa Makati sa kabila ng yaman nyo ay napakarami pang puro  iskwater?

Binay: Ah? ! nagkakamali ka na yata sa data mo bayani?

Bayani:  Ako po naglinis ng inyong mga estero! at nagbabaha kayo ron dahil po andaming  iskwater.

Binay: TAGA MAKATI! maniniwala ba kayo sa sinasabi ni Bayani?¬† WOW Bayani! anong estero ang pinagmamalaki mo?¬† WOW! …kami¬† nagtrabaho dyan Bayani! Pera namin ang ginastos namin!

Binay: Ah… naaawaa naman ako sayo inggit na inggit ka sa aming kayamanan,¬† pero ang
kayamanan namin ginagamit namin para sa bayan.

watch?v=jwdW4Lh6GywWatch debate here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwdW4Lh6Gyw¬† ūüôā

Manny Villar and Loren Legarda

Loren for VP using Sarah G as endorser:

BOOOO! I love Sarah but not Loren!

Another sure hit political ad:

Hindi Bawal Mangarap ang Mahirap by Baseco and Tondo kiddies.

While watching the ad, I noticed that one of the kiddo looks like Jolina, take a look :

Here’s more of little Jolina , this little one looks pleasant by the way.

Little Jolens, do you agree? =p

J and M Pre-Nup

A very good friend-colleague asked me if I could do the taking of pre-nup photos for his law school friend MC. I heard good stories about her, plus it will be my first time to do  some pre-nup so I gladly said YES.

The couple  M&J  are fun to be with, very easy-going .  I thank D my beloved  naks! and CS for helping me out.  Sure CS has the potential of becoming an excellent director.  Thanks as well to A&J for being our helping hands, you guys are the blowing bubbles couple =)

I was happy to do a pre-nup for M&J, I wish you both happiness. 

The joys of Titahood

Meet my stubborn nieces –¬† Dora and Charisse. They are both lovely, delicate and incredibly sweet.

Right now I am missing Dora, her  hardheadedness makes me miss her so much. Her unyielding manners tend to make me irritable at times.

Bea and Cayle, I am excited to watch them grow, and spoil them too.

I rarely see them, it’s only during holidays and short vacations that I get to play with them. I love how they hug and kiss me; I miss our Jollibee sessions in the province. I miss the way they hug me so tight when I have to go back to Manila.¬† For now, I¬† just¬† have to content myself¬† looking at their pictures.

Bahay Tsinoy Museum- Intramuros

Kaisa Angelo King Heritage Center Building in the historical Intramuros  hosts three storey museum: A Museum of Chinese in Phlippine Life. The brainchild of late anthropologist Prof. Chinben See, and made possible by Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran  Inc. It is conveniently located at Anda cor. Cabildo St.,  just  a block away from Manila Cathedral. Open  from Tuesdays to Sundays 1-5 PM. The entrance fee is P 100.

These dioramas are based on actual prints and photographs.

The museum is a repository of everything Chinese in the aspect of Philippine life. Life-sized dioramas are used in order to depict the life of Chinese in the Philippines. These dioramas underscore the  intimate relationship between Filipinos and Chinese as partners in trade and commerce, even before Magellan discovered the Philippines. Further, the museum also houses overwhelming  century old ceramics dating back in the 10th century,ancient Chinese documents and fine art galleries.

Before 7-11 stores, the Chinese merchants were already selling their goods 24-7  in the olden times.

When you¬† plan to explore the cobblestone streets of Intramuros, stop by at Chinese museum. Take a guided tour of the Chinese culture and heritage. The tour lasts about 30 minutes. Those who want to go on their own pace can get a brochure and have your own “self- guiding”. With or without Chinese ancestry, it is educating to know the roots of Filipino-Chinese friendship, and it’s amazing how it flourished through time.

A visit to the Golden Mosque- Quiapo

The dome of the Golden Mosque stands conspicuously coming from Quiapo bridge; A physical manifestation of the public presence of Muslims and serves as a point of convergence for Islamic activity. I have never been into that side of Quiapo, what I am only aware of is that significant Muslim population abound the area.

My interest to know about Muslim culture prodded my recent visit to  the mosque  at Globo de Oro St.,  I  asked my friend AC to accompany and  guide me to their community, to which he gladly acceded.

It was on Saturday morning, we met up at Arlegui St. in front of Quiapo Church, from there we started to walk going to the mosque. We passed by in a crowded¬† sidewalks that seemed to be a pulsating center of everything-¬† dvd’s,cellphone accessories, toys, hair accessories, clothing and fruit stands among other things. A formidable percentage of vendors are Muslims and most of the buyers are Christians.

Most of the foods sold along the sidewalks are halal foods, and some fruits coming all the way from Mindanao.

After five minutes of walking , we finally arrived at Golden Mosque. A benevolent greeting was uttered by AC to an elder, who was  standing outside the mosque. They both communicated in their native dialect. From what I can infer, my friend was asking the elder if I could be allowed to enter the mosque. The elder said I have to cover my hair, before entering the mosque.  He went inside the reception room,  and returned with a veil and handed it to my friend. As an act of graciousness, I accepted and used the veil. Wearing a headscarf is a symbol of pious and pure faith in Islam.

I removed my slippers before I¬† went inside. A shoe shelf is placed near the entrance to neatly organize the shoes/ slippers. I then started to observe the place, look into details, silently went near the center to see the dome’s interior.

The defining feature of the Golden Mosque is its dome, an onion like shape, painted with shining gold, with vibrant geometric designs. Presently it is being renovated. History has it that the mosque was created in 1976, under the supervision of Imelda Marcos, for the visit of  Libya president, although the visit was canceled. In Metro Manila, it is presently the largest mosque.

The mosque has numerous pointed arch windows flanked with colonnades; the windows are  alternated on the outside walls, providing for well lighted space. It is divided into sections for men and women.

Inside  is very spacious and the entire area  is bare. There are  no furniture because worshipers kneel and bow directly on the floor. In Islam prayers must be performed in clean areas. Carpets and rugs ensure the  cleanliness on the place of prayers.

According to my friend, they pray five times a day. Entire population of Muslim in Quiapo is diverse coming from the tribes of:  Tausugs,  Badjaos, Samals, Maguindanaons and growing number of converts.

We cut short our presence inside the mosque because  a man inside was about to start his prayer.

I  thanked my friend for introducing and giving me an opportunity to observe and know further about their culture through their religion. It was not a casual tourism; it is more of  my special way in getting to know my Muslim  friends and their community, I have learned that  irrespective of God we glorify, Christians and Muslims live peacefully side by side.  Indeed a short but meaningful visit.

When visiting a mosque:

Dress appropriately and modestly.

Remove shoes before entering the prayer area.

Be silent and respectful.

Do not afraid to mingle, know them intimately and be yourself.