On Duterte’s Decision to Not Run for President

PHOTO 01: NOT RUNNING – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, in a press conference on Monday afternoon at the Grand Men Seng Hotel declared he is not running for president in next year’s election and that he will resign from public life in 2016. (Alexander D. Lopez) (Photo Taken: 07 September 2015)

PHOTO 01: NOT RUNNING – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, in a press conference on Monday afternoon at the Grand Men Seng Hotel declared he is not running for president in next year’s election and that he will resign from public life in 2016. (Alexander D. Lopez) (Photo Taken: 07 September 2015)

I know writing about this will get mixed reactions. I understand that a lot of people have put their hope that Duterte would run for president but with his declaration today, social media screamed red as people expressed their disappointment over his decision. While I am impressed with Duterte’s discipline and good governance, I have to admit that there’s so much more I need to research on. As a voter and responsible citizen, I know that I must do my homework and get to know the candidates I wish to support—it’s not criticizing them, it’s more of assessing their track record, looking at what they’ve done so far in the community, how they’ve handled their positions in government, their leadership skills and the plans they have.
If Duterte decides not to run for President, let’s respect his decision, sad as it may be. While I know that there are a lot who have pledged to support him, we must not forget that at the end of the day he is very much human like us. He knows what he is good at, he knows where he can perform well at the moment and I think he knows himself well enough to determine whether now is the right time to run for higher office or not. Think about a woman who is not ready to marry and become a mother. Yes, there are supportive family members and relatives who may pressure her into doing so but if the woman knows she is still not ready, forcing her into marriage and family life can have a profound life-long effect emotionally, mentally and spiritually. If you pressure someone to do something he is not ready for, two things can happen—either he gets so nervous about screwing up and he ends up making more mistakes or he gives in to crowd pressure and ends up disappointing them because he couldn’t manage what is expected of him.
I think for us voters, we have to be reminded that the leaders we put into position are so much like us—flawed and imperfect. We each have our quirks, we have areas we’re good at and there are things we need to improve on. I know that marami ang natutuwa sa style niya ng law enforcement and punishment. Still, we have to remember that no matter how good of a disciplinarian a leader is, if the crowd is stubborn and chooses not to follow, ano na ang mangyayari?
We also have to remind ourselves na sumunod tayo sa batas, na sa mga simpleng bagay, maging disiplinado tayo. No loading and unloading zone, nagbababaan pa din. Walang tawiran nakamamatay, may tumatawid pa din. Bawal mag-tapon ng basura dito, may makikita kang nagtatapon pa din. I am not a government official nor am I an expert when it comes to politics (the Senadora story is just a parody I began in 2008) but as a Filipino, I have observed how a disciplined population can contribute to better governance. Just think about how we Filipinos behave and follow rules when we are in foreign countries like Singapore or the US. Why can we follow rules in other countries but not be disciplined enough in our own country?
Then the blame game begins:
“Eh wala naman kasing kwenta yung Mayor namin eh, bakit ako susunod?”
“Kotongero naman yung pulis na yan, bakit ko siya susundin?”
Who gave us the right to “punish” them? Yes, they may be imperfect but that doesn’t mean that we have the license to disobey just because they disobey or they’re not good at what they do. I find myself convicted by this very statement I wrote–how many times have I tried to justify my disobedience by pointing the finger at someone, when in reality disobeying him will not address the situation–it will only get me in trouble?
Let’s give Mayor Duterte a break. We can thank him for the good example he’s set, for the way he has excellently governed Davao City but let’s not hate him for refusing to run for the presidency. If there’s anything I appreciate about him, the man knows his limitations; he knows when he’s had enough and stays focused on the present responsibility given to him. I just wish that those who will be running for positions in the government would take lessons from him–why do people appreciate his style of discipline? Why does he have charisma even if he’s not dressed to the nines and beaming a Colgate smile? Why do the Davaoenos submit to his authority?
As for us citizens, let us change the attitude of being “pa-astig”–not following rules just because we feel that we have the right to disobey. Let’s be more disciplined as a nation for discipline is not just for a few people. If we want change, change should begin with us. Let us not be overly-dependent on leaders to fix us or the problems of society; we have to cooperate. The leaders are not magicians or genies, they don’t have Wikipedia brains, they do not have the answers to everything. Aside from cooperating, another thing we can do as a nation is to consistently pray for our leaders and those who will be winning the 2016 elections. Pray for God to guide them, to convict them of sin in case they get tempted to steal or abuse their power, pray that they would not think of what the position can do for them but what they can do with the position to better serve the Filipino people and improve the Philippines.
Thank you Mayor Duterte for your honesty and service.
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The 14 Worst Kinds of Late People

Did you find yourself in the list? 😀

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“What late people don’t understand about on-time people,” comedian Mike Birbiglia says in a stand-up routine, “is that we hate them.” He goes on to make a clear distinction between two types of people: earlies and laties. And getting a reputation as a latie, he says, is not a good thing.

Was it cool when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently arrived 80 minutes late at the Vatican — the Vatican! — to deliver a speech about climate change? (Or all the other times he was seriously behind schedule?) Was it all fine and good that time Nicki Minaj crept in late to a live broadcast of American Idol? How about when your friend Scott (ugh, Scott) showed up a half hour late to your coffee date for the fifth time?

The answer, of course, is no. No, lateness is not cool. Sure, it happens to…

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An open letter from Mr. Right

Waterworks in the morning. This hit my heart so much. Thank you for this beautiful letter. 😇

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Dear daughters of God,

Contrary to what you have heard, I do exist. I’m no fairytale hunk with big muscles and thing for chick flicks (although, I may or may not have a man bun). So, put your daydreams of love off to the side for a minute and let me tell you what makes me, “Mr. Right” and why people keep telling you to wait for me.

The first thing I really want for you to understand is that I was not born your Mr. Right. I promise we weren’t destined to cross paths and lock eyes from across a crowded room and fall hopelessly in love. God has been working in my heart for YEARS! Do you realize what was in my heart before Christ saved me?! Of course you don’t because we haven’t met yet, but I can promise you it is equally as crazy and sinful as…

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THE CLOUD AND THE PILLAR OF FIRE

THE CLOUD AND THE PILLAR OF FIRE
Exodus 40:34 “Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.”

After coming back down from Mt Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony, Moses gave the Israelites commands that the Lord had given him regarding the Sabbath and the construction of the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was like a mobile temple where the glory of the Lord would later settle, once the work has been completed. Through the Tabernacle, the Lord made His dwelling among the Israelites.


After Moses inspected the finished work of the craftsmen and skilled workers headed by Bezalel and Oholiab, he blessed them after seeing that they did just as the Lord commanded. After setting up the Tabernacle and all it’s furnishings, the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and God’s glory filled the tabernacle.


In Exodus 34:10-11, the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites that He would do wonders and drive out other nations as they made their way towards the Promised Land. The Israelites’ journey was guided by the cloud—when it lifted above the tabernacle, they would set out. If the cloud did not lift, they would not set out until the day it lifted. Sometimes the cloud would not lift for days, weeks and months. This taught the Israelites to stay put and trust the Lord for He knew beforehand what they were to face—was the climate too extreme for them? Were there enemies in the way that He still had to drive out?

In the same way, the Lord makes His dwelling among us through the Holy Spirit. When we receive Jesus as our Personal Savior and Lord, the Holy Spirit lives in us and transforms us to become more like Christ each day. It is also the Holy Spirit that guides us as we study the Bible and helps us to apply the principles in our lives.
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Royal Beauty and Pampering at Princess Hazel Salon and Spa

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If the Royal Wedding made Catherine Middleton a Duchess, or a slipper made Cinderella an instant Princess, Princess Hazel Salon and Spa will surely inspire to bring out every royalty dream filled with beauty and pampering choices minus the luxury pricing.

 Located on South Triangle, Quezon Ave., Princess Hazel Salon and Spa is a true gem for those who value privacy, cleanliness, and top-of-the line services from head to toe. And in preparation for the year’s most celebrated time of the year, October’s special packages will get anyone excited in investing on body treatments. While this sounds a hefty price tag, October Body Fest offers five options of affordable packages. 

For those who find body scrub, massage and wax a timeless treat, the Queen Elizabeth Triple Body Boost (P1,499 net) is designed to leave the skin conditioned and smooth with a totally relaxing full body massage as a blissful ending. Kate Middleton’s ageless, healthy and smooth skin is the inspiration behind Duchess Kate Facial Bliss Package (P1,499 net). No-prick and nourishes the skin instantly, the radio frequency (RF) as an addition contours and slims the face in 15 minutes. While the paraffin wax has been long known for its softening benefits both for hands and feet, the Princess Diana Paraffin Package (P1,200 net) is a combination of hand, foot, and back paraffin, w/ complimentary body massage guaranteed an upgrade to a typical routine which relaxes the muscle, increases blood flow, reduces joint stiffness and pain. A combo of body scrub that strips away dead and dull skin coupled with long-lasting Orly gel mani-pedi, the Queen Cleopatra Indulgence Package (P999 net) is a synergy of treatments designed to make anyone feel good in an instant. And finally, the famed Radio Frequency (RF) not only boasts slimming, toning, and enhanced collagen production— the Queen Marie Antoinette Slimming Package at 75 percent off (P3,800 net) is good for 10 sessions for any body part of choice, exclusively throughout October. 


Whether one is in need of “me time” or simply wanting a venue with a run-off-the-mill concept to release stress, Princess Hazel Salon and Spa will make anyone experience pampering with a touch of royalty.

Here’s My Heart

Here’s My Heart (Out of Eden) 
Dear Lord, are You there, listening to my little prayer? 
I don’t know exactly what to say 
I’ve been told that You love me, hear me when I call would help me when 
If I fall, I should let You have Your way 

 What I guess I’m trying to say, is I need You in my life 
‘Cause I know I’m tired of living in the past 
I would like to take a chance on a change down deep inside 
I believe that this is one that’s gonna last, so, here is 

 Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded 
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me 
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it 
I will give it all to You because You love me 
Your love is everything I need 

 Dear child, I’m right here, through your worries, through your fears 
I’ve been waiting, for you to call my name 
Oh, you know, that I hear you, if you turn to me and trust, my word is true 
You will never be the same 

Well, I’m standing here to say, that you need me in your life 
‘Cause I know that you can’t make it on your own, on your own 
If you would take a chance, let me change you deep inside 
I promise you will never be alone, so, here is 

Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded 
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me 
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it 
I will give it all to You because You love me 
Your love is everything I need 

You can turn to me and know that I am always standing by 
I gave it all for you, so you could have this gentle peace inside 
I will follow you ’cause I believe in everything You are 
I am your Father, You are my Saviour and in the matters of the heart 
I am taking Yours and You are taking mine 
Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded 
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me 
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it 
I will give it all to You because You love me Your love is everything I need 

 Here’s my heart, it’s been broken, it’s been wounded 
But I’ll give it all to You if You would love me, love me 
Here’s my life, if You want it, You can have it 
I will give it all to You because You love me Your love is everything I need

To those who are confused about my identities…

I have a lot of identities. I play a lot of roles. So for those who are confused, just watch the videos and click on the photos below.


 “SENADORA”

I’ve been “Senadora” since 2008. I took inspiration from the behavior of politicians and candidates (both legit and nuisance) and decided to depict them in a series of photo stories and news satire published in my Multiply account from back in the day.

Of course, heroic acts such as this need to be published (with photo op) haha

“Yan ba yung La Fifa? Yung kumanta sa World Cup?”

When talks about the Anti-Epal Bill came out, I just had to make sure “naki-epal” si Senadora.  




My officemates thankfully played along, eventually my boss, friends and some churchmates caught on and then they began calling me “Senadora” in public. I mean, I totally have what it takes to be a senator right???

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You don’t agree? Well… markado ka! Wala kang bigas when I become Senator!!!

“DOCTORA NIETO”

When I was little (around 5 or 6), I thought I’d be a doctor. That dream was short-lived because the call to performing arts and was stronger. Whenever I’d wear my white blazer to work, my Mellow officemates would address me as “Doctora” Syempre feel na feel ko diba.


That video above is just one of the random ideas I knew I had to shoot. Buti na lang Marco and Mr Tzing were game. We had no script. Everything was just improv! :-p
THE SELF-PROCLAIMED OPRAH OF PHILIPPINE RADIODo I need to remind you who I took inspiration from?

Okay, fine. She owned “Oprah of the Philippines”So I can still be “Oprah of Philippine radio” since I work in radio, RIGHT?



PRINCESS/DIWATA/A MYTHICAL CREATURE EXCEPT A UNICORNA lot of times, I’m just naturally a princess. Because I am the “Crown Princess of Makati” the Binays pay their taxes to me. :-p

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I’m also a Doll Mama to my princess dolls. 

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Hope that explains everything. Be confused no more!


P.S. I’m also a POWER RANGER

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Belo Essentials Acne Pro Kit giveaway for today’s #DeckDiscussion

You can win a Belo Essentials Acne Pro Kit by answering the question in the video for today’s Deck Discussion.

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