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Roxas’ Statement is Poor Taste

By: Elena Grace Flores

Talakayan 2010
Talakayan 2010 (Photo credit: The Philippine Online Chronicles)

At the height of the Typhoon Yolanda disaster, no Filipino will be thinking anymore that the Mayor of Tacloban is Romualdez, the maiden surname of former first lady Imelda Marcos and the President is Aquino, surname of the late President Cory Aquino and her son who is the current president. Although it’s unbelievable that this statement was uttered in the disaster debriefing. Read about this statement by Mar Roxas that exhibits his poor taste:

WATCH: Mar telling Tacloban mayor ‘You are a Romualdez and the President is an Aquino’


MANILA, Philippines – A video showing Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas’ meeting with Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez surfaced in the video sharing site, YouTube, on Monday.

It was the same day that Romualdez appeared before the congressional oversight committee on the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 at the Senate, where the mayor accused Roxas of playing politics at the height of the relief operations for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City.

Mar Roxas’ justification why he said that poor statement is even more devious. His sarcasm when telling the media that the mayor may not have a clear mind anymore because of the intensity of the damages – added to his already deteriorating image. He sounds like a gossiping sissy in a beauty parlor. Wondering if the rumor is true!
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Eulogy of President Obama for Nelson Mandela is for the Living

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

English: President Barack Obama welcomes Israe...

Nelson Mandela who passed away recently at 95 years old had lived long full years despite spending 30 years in prison. He has done exceptional things for Obama to call him the last great liberator of the 20th century. Many if not all of his achievements were geared towards fighting for human rights without violence. Read more:

Obama, in eulogy, calls Mandela ‘the last great liberator of the 20th century’

By:  Erin McClam

President Barack Obama challenged South Africa and the world on Tuesday to apply the immortal example of Nelson Mandela and lift children from poverty, spread freedom of belief and overcome inequality and cynicism.

It is really true that people are still persecuted for the wrong reasons – their love choice, the way they are, their religion and who they voted for. These are proofs that we are still far away from a civilized world. Civilized in the sense that we know the priorities in life – which is to love our neighbors and care for the welfare of others. Know the true meaning of your existence and when that happens, the sacrifices of democratic icons like Nelson Mandela will be justified.

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Christmas in the Community

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bow barracks on the eve of Christmas
Bow barracks on the eve of Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A grand Christmas celebration in the community where you live might not be desirable when there’s hardships in many parts of the world – but taking some time during the holiday to gather together and join efforts in organizing one simple event will help a lot in building relationships. Take the case of this model community who have done lots of successful community outreach projects – just because, members sit down and talk as often as they could:

Bridgewater Community Christmas Dinner

By: ripples2waves

The Bridgewater Community Christmas is a community-building initiative that aims to bring people together from all walks to share joy, company and food on Christmas Day. This volunteer-run event aims to have this meal be accessible to all, and to celebrate this festive occasion as a community.
Come and enjoy a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings (turkey or vegetarian), festive decorations, live music, children’s area, and a chance to meet & mingle with friends and neighbours. Everyone is welcome!

It’s understandable that you want to be with your closest of kin during Christmas Eve and even on Christmas Day – but any day could be Christmas when your neighbors help out in doing party chores to have that once a year memorable event. Go out of your way and remind everybody that this should not be missed out. After all, great moments matter!

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Media Contibution in Easing up Calamity Aftermath

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The Six Ws of Journalism and Police Investigations
The Six Ws of Journalism and Police Investigations (Photo credit: Image Editor)

The media is sometimes blamed for misleading information – but in the Philippines, the media is a source of hope, compassion and strength for the victims – especially during the recent devastation of Yolanda. When it was true that the term “Storm Surge” did not quite make an impact, it was because – nobody knew exactly what it was. As you can see from stories after the typhoon that many journalists went where the eye of the typhoon was going, just to cover the story. Little do they know that they can lose their lives. Read this:

Journalism in time of calamity

By: Ador Vincent S. Mayol

If journalism is done well, it empowers communities, saves lives, dispels dangerous rumors, cultivates compassion and keeps hope alive.

These are some roles of the media in covering disasters, according to publisher Eileen G. Mangubat in her inaugural lecture at the annual Marshall McLuhan Forum on Responsible Journalism held at the Marcelo B. Fernan Cebu Press Center Theater in Cebu City.

It may be money, power or passion driving these brave journalists into chasing disasters – but one thing is for sure: that many media people would go beyond their duty just to help out in time of need. Let’s remember that they have families too and would not risk their existence just for worldly benefits. It must be some kind of adrenalin rush
coming from the heart!

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Don’t get a Pet when you do not have Space

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Tessie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Modern living does not support having pets around. People in apartments, condominiums and townhouses only have very limited spaces – and often, no open area like a lawn where pets can stroll. This is why dog parks existed but still, not a good idea. Read this:

Dog Parks

Why They Are A Bad Idea

By: Ed Frawley

This article will detail three topics concerning dog parks:The original purpose of dog parks 
The problems and dangers of taking your dog to a dog park. 
How to prepare for a dog park 
How to handle and protect your dog while in the dog park. 

It’s irresponsible driving a pet away to your neighbors when it becomes a hazard already to your own family. The best thing to do is call the nearest animal welfare center in your area and donate your unwanted pet to them. Here, your pet can have the chance to be rehabilitated and be adopted by other pet owners. Instead of letting them stray and get impounded for euthanasia.

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