President Aquino’s Dry Humor

"Awful but genuine" photo of President Noynoy Aquino according to Raissa Robles.

This photo of President Noynoy Aquino is "awful but genuine" according to Raissa Robles (raissarobles.com). Photo from Raissa Robles' blog.

I hope President Noynoy Aquino refrain from cracking his dry, boring, uninteresting jokes about beautiful women and his love life. I am not interested to know his love life; and many of us – Filipinos – don’t care about it. I would like to hear him talking about the affairs of the state than his personal affairs.

Since President Noynoy was not very visible talking about serious matters when he was in Congress when he was in the Senate, I try to understand why he loves to talk his personal affairs more than the concerns of this nation.

I can forgive the President if he sometimes sour grape the previous administration. That could be his best excuse (perhaps for doing little things) but talking much about getting stressed, about seeing beautiful women, and about not being married are almost unforgivable.

I suspect deep within him the presidency is not a serious matter.

President Aquino has appealed to us to spare his love life and yet he keeps on talking about it. I wonder why the President is acting this way. I don’t know if his reputation makers have noticed that the President appears childish when he talks about beautiful women, about his love, about not being married. If he was just kidding or just wanted to make things light, then it doesn’t make sense at all.

The President talks about his personal affairs everywhere. When he visited Singapore, I could remember a story in entertainment section that the President exchanged SMS with a beautiful reporter based in Singapore. Why media pick up this kind of stories is very obvious! And the reason I pick this up is my disappointment.

Recently in City of Naga (Cebu), the President cracked another boring line that made him land in the entertainment section of newspapers. During the inauguration of the KEPCO-SPC Cebu Power Plant he told in his speech (as quoted by Willard Cheng in ABS-CBN News):

Sa kada bisita nako dinhi sa Cebu, mas daghan gwapa, apil si Governor Gwen (Mas dumarami ang magaganda dito sa Cebu, kasama na si Governor Gwen)

The President reportedly admired a Korean media personality who hosted the event. We’ll the President almost admire any young and beautiful women he encountered.

The President is no longer 14 years old to sweetly talk in public his admiration to women. Besides, he is the President and he should show some dignity to his office by not acting like a teen who always got a crush at school campus.

He should keep his feeling to himself unless his intention as President is to meet many beautiful women and to get married – not to serve this nation. But I doubt. I think, he just enjoy talking about it as his alibi. Maybe, he knows he has no interesting accomplishment to share.

Let’s go back to Cebu incident. In the same ABS-CBN report Willard Cheng wrote: President Aquino is considering using Malacañan sa Sugbo in Cebu if only to meet a partner in life.

Was the President serious on this? Was the President just tried to make us laugh? It was not funny. It was very senseless!

I hope the President don’t talk too much the way he talk now. If he has nothing to talk then he better shut up. Being the President, he should act the way the people expect him to be. President Noynoy Aquino should act like President!

I hope his men would advise him not to ad lib his state of the nation (SONA) address with his dry, boring, uninteresting personal affairs.

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Road Revolution in Cebu Today

Missing Felimon’s “Suroy-Suroy” best describes Osmena Boulevard, Cebu City’s major road.

Ang kadalanan sa atong dakbayan

Gubot pa’s lukot basin ka’g maugmaan

One Cebuano friend once told me that Cebu’s streets are becoming the best place to stress our lungs, to drain our time, and perhaps to end our life.

But NOT today! In fact, Osmena Boulevard is the safest road in Cebu City today. It’s very safe for mother who crossed the road pulling her’s child’s stroller.

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Ellah Joy Pique and Child Pornography in Cebu

The story of an innocent child who was abused, murdered, and thrown just like garbage is an often heard news to Philippine communities. I’ve heard and read it many times.

But still, I could not believe when I read that a naked 6-year-old girl […] (and) drenched with her own blood was thrown over a cliff by a road in Guibuangan, Barili, Cebu. (Read ABS-CBNnews.com story)

Justice for Ellah Joy Pique

The poor victim was Ellah Joy Pique, a grade one pupil from Minglanilla town in Cebu. Ellah Joy Pique’s story drawn the interest among  Cebuano’s and the cry for justice thundered not only from the sleepy hometown of Ella Joy but among the elites in the Metro (Cebu).

The very brutal killing of an innocent 6-year-old girl in February 2011 is still a mystery until now although authorities are now show a pretty-sure-face after getting a major blow and shame for getting-wrong-guys

I am among thousands of Cebuano’s who call for justice for Ella Joy and his family. I join the prayers for all the child victims who like Ella Joy wait for real justice.

Like many celebrated crime the call for justice for Ella Joy landed in Facebook. It has less than a thousand supporters as of this week (in April 2011).

Several months ago, there was a movement in Facebook that pushed members to change their profile picture in support of children’s rights. I am hoping that the same movement would take child pornography.

Ellah Joy Pique, a victim of Child Pornography?

Authorities and the public consistently look into the angle of pedophilia and child pornography.

Police claimed that Ellah Joy Pique was a victim of child pornography Cebu Daily News reported.

Cebu’s High Incidence of Sex Trafficking of Minors

Child pornography in Cebu has not been a secret. In fact, the Children’s Legal Bureau (CBL) have pointed Cordova, a small town in Mactan Island in Cebu, as having the highest incidence of sex trafficking of minors, Cebu Daily News reported on March 2011.

The same report revealed that most child-trafficking cases occur in Minglanilla town in south Cebu and the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Talisay as noted by Noemi Truya-Abarientos, spokesperson of CBL.

Ellah Joy Pique came from Minglanilla where, according to Children’s Legal Bureau, most child-trafficking cases occur.

Online Child Pornography

With easy access to high-speed internet connection, anyone can engage in the multi-billion dollar industry (over $97 Billion total worldwide revenue in 2006 according to figures cited by Family Safe Media) The Philippines is among the top 10 grosser!

Child pornography is just a tip of the iceberg. It is most profitable however because children easily get lured to an amount considered low by adults.

Internet pornography comes in many form – nudity, live show, erotic dance, and anything the client want.

It seems privacy and “safety” is no longer considered as major factor. While mostly done in private room, some children are doing “shows” in internet cafe and even in neighborhood’s peso-peso internet.

Anti-Child Pornography

It is interesting to note that the Philippines has yet-to known-law to almost anything. We have Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act (2009) but this remains a paper. Have you heard a fat-man and fat-women get into prison because of violation of RA 9775 lately?

Cebu’s Known Dark Secret

Child pornography has become a known dark secret of Cebu. The city and the provincial governments have yet to come up with concrete and long term solution to this. It looks like petty crime that it gets less attention until it cause major turmoil in the society.

Shall we wait for the day when we witness our government taking a sincere bold step in caring for our children? Or shall we take a stand and protect our children in our own little way?

As we wait, let our children suffer. Let our future carry the burden. And let us hope, continue to hope, and never get tired hoping.

Night Kids in Cebu’s Fuente and Mango Avenue Aren’t Safe

For several times, Cebu Fuente Police Station has become the refuge of adults who were victims of small boys and girls.

Yes, you can be become victims of children who at night time make the vicinity of Fuente Osmena circle down to Mango Avenue (Gen. Maxilom Avenue) as their playing grounds.

These kids are not just playing but also looking for their potential victims. Most victims are foreign nationals and unaccompanied women.

Kiddy Modus in Mango

In the November 12, 2010 editorial of Freeman Cebu, the ways of these children were described.

These boys and girls, aged anywhere from seven to 10, operate by ganging up and swarming around their victims, pretending to ask for alms. They grab the victims’ arms to immobilize and stall them. Then amid all the commotion, one will pick the victims’s pockets or bags.

These children should not be underestimated. They are as dangerous as the jeepney pickpocketers and main street holdupper in Cebu.

The same editorial described how these children counter attack!

In the few occasions that victims did try to grab or hit the kids, they would find themselves in far worse trouble because the kids would then launch a counterattack by stoning the victims with whatever stone or projectile they can lay their hands on.

Lately, we got a relief because news stories would say that victims got back their stolen wallet. Apparently, our Police know so well where to find these children once a victim reported.

Of course, because they are children, no case were filed. The next evening, these children would attack again.

In a society where we are very protective to our children, let us also give attention this uniquely Cebu kiddy modus. Even adults need protection.

Gabii sa Kabilin (Night of Heritage): An invitation to rediscover Cebu

Cebuanos and tourists are invited to rediscover Cebu’s rich culture and history on the Night of Heritage or Gabii sa Kabilin. Bring along your family and friends and take a tour to nine museums/heritage structure in Cebu City that are open from 6 PM to midnight on Gabii sa Kabilin, Friday, May 28, 2010. To give you unique experience, you can even ride a tartanilla and experience Cebu’s colourful past!

9 museums/heritage structures on a special Friday night

This year’s Gabii sa Kabilin is expected to bring more colors and valuable experience to visitors as nine Cebu museums/heritage structures join. These are: Casa Gorordo Museum along 35 Lopez Jaena Street, the Cathedral Museum of Cebu and Basilica del Santo Niño Museum on P. Burgos Street, Fort San Pedro in Plaza Independencia, the Yap-Sandiego ancestral house on the corner of Mabini and Lopez Jaena Streets, Museo Sugbo on M.J. Cuenco Street, 1730 Jesuit House along Zulueta Street, University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) – Rizal Museum on Mabini Street, and Sacred Heart Parish along Jakosalem Street.

What to experience?

You can revisit Cebu’s past by going on a walking tour to the museums. To take a glimpse of religious relics and old statues and images, visit the Cathedral Museum of Cebu and the Basilica del Santo Niño Museum.

In Casa Gorordo Museum, you can learn how Cebuanos live during the Spaniard’s long stay in the Philippines. The Yap Sandiego House and the 1730 Jesuit House in the old Parian district take you back to the unique colonial architecture.

The USPF-Rizal Museum rich Rizaliana collection offers you with interesting things about Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero. Beautiful contemporary paintings of Cebu’s artists are showcased at Sacred Heart Parish museum.

Another interesting highlights on Gabii sa Kabilin is your opportunity to listen to traditional Cebuano love poetry and music by local performers or watch dance performances by the Sandiego Dance Company and other dance troupes. You can also watch reenactments of Rizal’s last moments as well as award-winning indie films.

Parada or tartanilla rides are offered at between Fort San Pedro and Basilica del Sto. Nino Museum. Mini-buses are offered from Museo Sugbo, Fort San Pedro and Sacred Heart Parish.

We would also like to offer our guests a chance to ride the calesa or tartanilla (parada), a mode of transportation at the turn of 19th century as they move around from museum to museum. We also encourage people to dress in period costumes for the event, said Dr. Joy Gerra, Executive Director of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI)-Cultural Heritage Program.

Cebuano food and delicacies as well as Cebuano arts and crafts will be showcased and sold at certain venues.

To give you a quick view on Gabii sa Kabilin, visit Leylander’s My Cebu Photo Blog (MCPB) for the Gabii sa Kabilin 2009 pictures.

How to take part on this unique heritage tour

To be a part of this one-of-a-kind experience, get your Gabii sa Kabilin tickets at the respective participating museums for P100 per person (please see contact information on the list of participating museum below). Ask any of the tartanillas to bring you to Fort San Pedro and Basilica del Sto. Nino Museum for only P50.00 per person.

Quick facts on 9 participating museum/heritage structure

Casa Gorordo Museum
35 Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City
(032) 418-7234 loc. 532
Website: http://www.rafi.org.ph
Description/Collection: Lifestyle Museum

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
Corner Mabini & Lopez Jaena Streets
(032) 515-9000
Description/Collection: Lifestyle Museum/Private Residence

Cathedral Museum of Cebu
P. Burgos Street
(032) 412-3455
Website: http://www.cathedralmusuem.com
Description/Collection: Ecclesiastical Museum

Basilica del Santo Niño Museum
P. Burgos Street
(032) 255-6699 loc. 602
Description/Collection: Ecclesiastical Museum

Fort San Pedro
Plaza Independencia
(032) 256-2284, 416-7080
Description/Collection: Heritage Structure

Museo Sugbo
M.J. Cuenco Street, Cebu City
(032) 516-2128
Description/Collection: History of Cebu Province, National Museum, National Historical Institute Museum

1730 Jesuit House
Zulueta Street, Cebu City
(032) 255-5408, 255-5409
Description/Collection: Heritage Structure

University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF)-Rizal Museum
Mabini Street, Cebu City
Description/Collection: Rizaliana Collection

Sacred Heart Parish
Jakosalem Street, Cebu City
(032) 253-6479 local 114
Description/Collection: Art Gallery

Gabii sa Kabilin takes its inspiration from the long night of the museum in Germany and other European countries. It is also the culmination of the International Museum Day (May 18) and the Philippine National Heritage Month (May) celebrations.

Organized by RAFI in partnership with the Visayas Association of Museums and Galleries Inc. (VAMGI), Gabii sa Kabilin is the only museum and cultural event of its kind in the Philippines and Asia.

This annual summer activity began on May 25, 2007 with four Cebu City museums/heritage structure—Casa Gorordo Museum, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Basilica del Santo Niño Museum, and Fort San Pedro.

APC and IP-Converge to Cebu: Smarter Data Center Solutions

As Cebu business enterprises continue to strive for global competitiveness, the need for world-class and cost-effective business solutions rise.

Recently, executives and representatives of two world-class companies come to Cebu to introduce efficient and cost-effective business solutions, specifically on data management. APC by Schneider Electric and IP Converge Data Center Inc. (IP-Converge) jointly hosted executive and media product briefing; and also meet key business leaders in Cebu to introduce a ‘smarter’ data solutions that address the need for an efficient, cost-effective, and reliable management of data or digital resources.

APC is considered as the global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services; and also provides industry leading product, software and systems for home, office, data center, and factory floor applications. IP Converge is the information technology and telecommunications subsidiary of publicly-listed IPVG Corp. It provides a wide array of managed data services and business solutions.

In a press conference, IP Converge president Reynaldo Huergas expressed his optimism on Cebu’s economy – the reason they give high priority to Cebu for its expansion. In fact, Huergas announced that the company plans to invest up to P100 million pesos in Cebu early next year.

Importance of Data Centers to Business Operations

Data management is among the most critical component in today’s business operations. As staff in web applications development organization (specifically on product management), I know how critical data management is – and how important the data center is. Those are some things we can’t compromise.

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First World Bloggers Day happens in Cebu

May 2, 2010 is World Bloggers’ Day declares Cebu Bloggers Society. This would the first time such world blogging event is observed.

The first World Bloggers’ Day, as published in BigNew.Biz, will take place on May 2, in the Queen City of the South — Cebu, Philippines.

World Bloggers Day design by Jim Villaflores

In the same article, World Bloggers’ Day will

feature the Blogger of the Day and the Best Cast-away Outfit Award while doing live blogging and many more. All bloggers, individuals or groups, are encouraged to participate in this remarkable day of the year!

All bloggers are invited to join this event! If you are in Cebu, you can come-and-meet us at Parkmall in Mandaue City, Cebu.

Credit: World Bloggers’ badge is designed by Jim Villaflores.