>> 27 August 2008
I often take that song for granted yet I'm surprised that Lani Misalucha, Regine Velasquez and Jaya did good in this. Hope you like it!
>> 21 August 2008
>> 16 August 2008
One of my most favorite vignettes in television, 'Camera Café.' It is an original French production and it is now widely exported around the world. Actually, there are 2 Asian versions of the spin off one is the Indonesian version that started this year. It gained success to other 11 European countries, Australia, Canada and Latin America. Click here for more.
>> 15 August 2008
I was surprised to see my cousin, twice removed, of the commerce department and some of my block mates in the room. A few minutes later more and more students from different colleges were filling the timeworn classroom. Everyone sighed after knowing that we made it to English 16 and not 14. Later on, a lady with a shuffling gait came carrying a large bag. I bet she could bring everything in the house with that bag she was holding. She was sallow and grayish more like on her mid 50s. Her jet-black hair was like a mop standing on its handle and just like a mop her hair parted revealing the signs of hair loss. She climbed the rickety pulpit supporting her knees and reached for the back support of the teacher's chair then dropped the bag on her desk inscribed with the initials A.M.D.G. (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam which means, 'For the greater glory of God'). She grinned and wrote something on the board. Her arms sagged like a dough held by a baker and wrinkled each time her muscles twitched. I wondered what was holding this woman together. It was not clear from my desk but according to some classmates at the front it said, 'English 16 EDB.' I prefer not to disclose her name. I'll call her with the pseudonym, Mrs. Trend Setter.
The first month with her was an ordeal for all of us. I couldn't imagine a teacher would likely scold a student who tried to ask some questions about a lesson or an exam. Like most teachers have, she has a favorite student. Her name was Marilou. Marilou was the most articulate in class. Although she was an eyesore she sounded cute especially the way she talk. Like most eyesore, she was nice to all of us and shared the advantage as a teacher's pet. She used to negotiate with Mrs. Trend Setter and bribe old issues of Vogue magazines to extend our homework deadlines, the least best thing she can do.
To cut the story short, you might be asking what's bizarre with the experience I had. Well, after that semester Mrs. Trend Setter died. According to a reliable source, she was diagnosed earlier with cancer of some sort and she was advised to rest but with her passion she rather teach than rot in bed. That explains her mood. She was passing. I bet she was in pain at some points in our class. She was a good teacher even though she was grouchy at times. Then a few weeks later, Marilou died from a car accident. The news spread in the city like wild fire. She was in the local papers, on the radio and the local news. I was shocked to know that she was the city youth council chairman. Her wake was held at the City Hall. I was thinking that their wake should be in our classroom with their caskets positioned side by side to make it more dramatic with Vogue and refreshments served on the coffee table. Weird, bizarre it may be but the deaths gave us the creeps. We went straight to the chapel after hearing the tragic events. God bless their souls.
The image above shows Ateneo de Cagayan (now Xavier University) during the 1930s. Xavier University (1933) is currently celebrating her 75th year of existence.
>> 12 August 2008
>> 09 August 2008
>> 05 August 2008
Oh it's the tummy!
The little tummy wammy!
The tummy wammy boy
is a big big boy!
>> 04 August 2008
2 July 1990, Saudi Arabia: Some 1,426 pilgrims, mainly Asian, die in a huge crush in a tunnel leading to Mecca's holy sites.
The authorities say most died of asphyxiation after the tunnel's ventilation system broke down.
31 August 2005, Baghdad, Iraq: Up to 1,000 Shia pilgrims are trampled to death or drown in the Tigris river after rumours of a suicide bombing sparked panic. Many of the dead are women and children.
12 January 2006, Mina, Saudi Arabia: At least 364 die in a crush during the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
Officials say the stampede happened after pieces of luggage spilled from moving buses in front of one of the entrances to the bridge of Jamarat, causing pilgrims to trip.
25 January 2005, Maharashtra state, India: Up to 300 Hindu pilgrims die in a stampede during a Hindu pilgrimage to the remote Mandhar Devi temple.
Many pilgrims are crushed and burned to death as fires in roadside stalls force crowds into a narrow stairway leading to the hilltop temple.
1 February 2004, Mina, Saudi Arabia: Some 251 pilgrims are trampled to death in a 27-minute stampede during the Hajj.
Officials say many of the victims were not authorised to participate in the Stoning of Satan ritual, after new procedures were introduced following previous stampedes.
3 August 2008, Himachal Pradesh state, India: 9-day festival killed 150 devotees from landslide rumors downhill of a temple.
9 May 2001, Accra, Ghana: Some 126 die in a stampede following a football match.
The tragedy takes place at the Accra Sports Stadium during the match between rival teams Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.
The Ghanaian police are blamed by many survivors for causing the stampede by firing tear gas in the packed and locked stadium, after angry demonstrations by fans of the losing side.
9 April 1998, Mina, Saudi Arabia: At least 118 pilgrims die and more than 180 are hurt during the Stoning of Satan ritual. The pilgrims, mostly from Indonesia and Malaysia, are trampled to death after panic erupts when several people fall off an overpass.
15 April 1989, Sheffield, England: Some 96 Liverpool supporters are crushed to death during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.Police had opened the doors at one entrance to Hillsborough Stadium to allow about 2,000 people without tickets to enter the stadium, crushing others in the stands.
This is between Man and his God. Man is vulnerable in many ways. With a strike of lightning, he dies. Man's destiny is to die no matter how intense his religious fervor is. We can't blame religion for this because man dies trying to reach a level divinity and sanctity. A prayer offering for the survivors and families of the victims will help.
The image above is not the actual temple.
>> 02 August 2008
It's Sunday the 3rd of August and you won't behave like this during church service. This clipping was taken from the comedy First Sunday with Ice Cube and Tracy Morgan by Screen Gems Entertainment and Cube Vision. Ice Cube plays a desperate father and a petty criminal who ends up stealing from a local church. The film is a perfect depiction of Malachi 3*. Just ignore the choir conductor. :D Let's behave appropriately in church and have a blessed Sunday!
"Will a man rob God? But, you ask, 'How do we rob You?' "In tithes and offerings."
Malachi 3.8 NIV