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Please Help Stop Vote Buying


By: Elena Grace Flores

Provinces and regions of the Philippines
Provinces and regions of the Philippines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s election day again in the Philippines on May 13, 2013 and as a witness of previous vote buying incidents in some provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao, I really don’t think if the people involved really understand what disaster they’re putting their country into. I am sharing this video hoping that this will better explain the consequences of vote buying:

Resist Corruption, Resist Vote Buying

Posted at Youtube by: anfrel

Vote buying has now become an old-time tradition in the Philippines and the following reasons are the common justifications of the affected voters why they end up selling their votes:


  • All competing candidates are doing it anyway
  • Money is scarce and 500 to 1000 pesos is not that bad – time to earn some easy money
  • Even if I vote for the candidates that I think would do a better job, they won’t win anyway because I’m just a minority
  • I just get the money but I don’t vote for them

There are many more reasons you can’t think of if you are only after the money – but if you have the wisdom to think about the future, you will be wiser in casting your votes – and this will be the key for a better life in the near future.

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Men that are Gay

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

English: HIV debate Română: Dezbatere HIV
English: HIV debate Română: Dezbatere HIV (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has become a popular belief that the number of men is decreasing because a lot of them are gay! I did not intend to write about how they become that way and also not promoting them in any other way. I just want to give my opinion about this sexuality based on my first hand experiences with them.There were some not so pleasant incidents but most of them were awesome and worth remembering. So, with this in mind, I can say that men that are gay are not necessarily the following – contrary to popular belief:

  • Scandalous
  • Cross-dressser
  • Vulgar in words and actions
  • Explicitly immoral
  • Sex addicts
  • Weird looking
  • Feminine
  • Loud
  • Aggressive to their men-target
  • Violent

Many religions do not have tolerance with gay people but it’s clear that we should love one another no matter what. Being gay is already a burden to them – because there’s certainly sexual discrimination in many countries with the AIDS screening alone. We should just love them the way they are for as long as they are not into lewd practices.In fact, many of them are:

  • Funny
  • Kind
  • Friendly 
  • Good conversationalists
  • Hard working
  • Smart
  • Good-looking
  • Supportive
  • Loveing to their peers
  • Responsible

Women with gay friends can really attest that these men that are gay are the perfect gentlemen – if only, they are into women. I should know because for once in my life, my best friend was a gay man and he’s the only man that I can live with feeling so happy, peaceful, loved, secured, contented and of course, safe!

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Wife Jealous over Husband’s Facebook Friend


By: Elena Grace Flores

facebook (Photo credit: sitmonkeysupreme)

It’s always wise not to accept “friend requests” from people we don’t know on social media particularly Facebook – but recently there have been many cases that the persons requesting are “friends” of known relatives plus their surnames are also within the family circle. The tendency is – many of us will just have to accept such requests – thinking that we might offend some relatives for not doing so. Sure enough, just last night – a person named Riza Soriano messaged me on my timeline and here’s the dialogue:

Riza: How did you know Gau Soriano?

Me: I don’t know him really but he has the same last name as my relatives – so I accepted his friend request. You have the same last name…has he done anything bad to you?

Riza: Have you chatted with him? Who’s your relative that is his friend? Even if you don’t know a person you still accept his friend request?

Me: Never – it’s not your business but who are you? Do you want to be blacklisted? You sound like a jealous wife ha ha and you are jealous with a grandma. Are you not ashamed of yourself? I’ll try chatting with that Gau Soriano of yours. Is he handsome? Anyway you seem to have a very low IQ. I was explaining to you earlier that I thought that he is a relative – even you also… since you have the same last name (you might both be a long lost relative), but with your attitude – I doubt it!

Riza: You’re stupid. I have the right to be jealous because I’m his wife. Not like you – even you don’t know him, you still accepted him – just because you want to have many people to chat with. How do I know, who you are?

Me: Well, you could have read my profile, especially the age and status – not just my beautiful face. No doubt that your husband might have lost interest in you because of your stupidity and bad character. On second thought, I actually want to thank you because that means that other women can still be jealous of me. By the way, I’m a sexy grandma – just so you know. Where’s that Gau Soriano? Why can’t I find his profile? Oh he’s ugly and you are jealous? Maybe you are insecure. Just let me know if you need a life coach. I offer my services to you – free of charge. According to Facebook record, I never chatted with your husband. By the way, how did you become my friend? It’s so weird.

Riza: You’re the only one who is telling me that I have a bad attitude. You’re stupid because I don’t think my husband will lose interest in me. Maybe he just wanted to play around because in the Philippines there are many flirty women – so many men are taking advantage of them. Do you think you’re beautiful? You are not my friend and I’m not interested to be friends with people I don’t know – men or women. (I just happen to see your profile at my husband’s Facebook account). You should do that too. Check it out first.

Me: Maybe you are really from the low class of people and I should not go down to your level but I’m actually enjoying this. Since you do not respect your elders, I declare war with you! Maybe you are the flirty one because you even married your ugly husband!

Riza: Stupid – you reacted right away when I just asked you, how did you meet Gau? You already said many things. You are the low class and no respect because when I said that you are a flirty woman, you reacted right away! You better read what I said again if you are really an educated person, Miss beautiful!

Me: I love you. It’s a pity. Okay I will chat with your husband, thanks.

Riza: Okay you do that. I don’t care. It just shows that you are one of the flirty women in the Philippines ha ha ha. What a pity – old woman!

Me: Okay, thanks.

I could have been nicer or more diplomatic with her but I was thinking – this could be an interesting blog material and Filipinas can voice out their sentiments! What happened to Maria Clara if it’s true that women in the Philippines are flirty! In fairness to the husband, he was so apologetic when he replied to my query (Actually he’s not that bad at all and pretty educated too – with the right manners. Too bad… his wife did not trust him.). He begged to please be patient with his wife and he was so sorry, so I said – okay no problem but you will read this on my blog soon!

So, here it is. Let me know if you have some strange Facebook experiences and I would gladly publish them if I think it’s credible. I’d archived the conversation in Tagalog if you want that emailed to you. Just let me know by writing on the comments area.


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Global Warming Contributor Checklist


By: Elena Grace Flores

Garbage, Beijing
Garbage, Beijing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the middle of the global warming debate if it is really in existence or a big lie, have you ever examined yourself if you have something to do with it or not? Perhaps you can give it a try by just going through the checklist below and see how you score. You might be surprised that part of your daily routine is actually hazardous to the earth. If you have a No answer to the following questions, you are definitely a contributor:

  • Do you segregate your garbage?
  • Do you use reusable bag when buying groceries?
  • Do you own only one car or none at all?
  • Have you ever planted a tree in your life time?
  • Do you turn off your refrigerator when there’s nothing inside?
  • Do you unplug your appliances when not in use?
  • Have you not thrown batteries into the garbage?
  • Have you not sprayed chemicals in your garden?
  • Have you picked up a trash from the beach?
  • Are you saving water in any way you can?

The list will go on and on but let’s start with these 10 questions first. We intended to update this list as we go along so, please send us some comments together with your questions that we can add on the above checklist. The idea for this effort is to establish an awareness campaign to help save the earth. After all, it is our responsibility to take dominion over this. Hope to hear from you at the soonest possible time!

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President Noy’s Indifference when it comes to Sabah?

Hassanal Bolkiah 2002
Hassanal Bolkiah 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, it is quite understandable that Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei’s state visit to the Philippines is for discussions over the ASEAN Summit where Brunei is the host country; but if the President is really concerned about the Sabah conflict, he will take the initiative to insert in the agenda the Sabah issue – even just to get the side of the Sultan of Brunei, since they originally owned the ancestral domain – and their royal ancestors were the ones bestowing it to the Sultanate of Sulu. What is he trying to prove for not lifting a finger over it – and instead just lifting an eyebrow? This is definitely a missed opportunity as per this news:

Sabah, sea row not on Noy-Bolkiah agenda

By: Aurea Calica

MANILA, Philippines – President Aquino is not likely to raise the issues of Sabah and the West Philippine Sea with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei during his two-day state visit, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda flatly said “no” when asked whether Sabah would be discussed with Bolkiah.

We can surely feel the sentiments of Sultan Jamalul Kiram’s people – asking what kind of President do we have who will just give a cold shoulder when many Filipinos are already slaughtered in Sabah – plus the sufferings of the regular deportees who will remain homeless whether they are in Sabah or in the neighboring islands of the Philippines. Mr. President, where is your heart?

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