Paulina Gaitan Rocks!

I saw this film on HBO the other day and was positively blown away!

The story-telling was riveting and the actors entirely believable. But it was one of the protagonists who was the absolute star — Paulina Gaitan, who played the role of Sayra, was not only very sympathetic, her way of acting was near flawless, without the usual “pagka-OA” we Pinoys have come to expect from young actresses like her.

Sin Nombre (Without Name) puts to film the tragic story of one Honduran family seeking to enter the United States illegally via Mexico. Their desperate voyage — beset by violent gangs (the Mara Salvatrucha), exploitation and by the indifference and, sometimes, utter contempt shown by the people they encounter along the way — forces the viewer to confront issues normally hidden from the public’s view.

I won’t ruin the experience for you by telling you how the film ended. Suffice it to say that it was with a bitter-sad-hopeful tone 🙂

Get your hands on a copy now! I did!

Sana man lang meron tayong aktres na kasing galing ni Paulina.

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Paulina Gaitan Rocks!

Pagkat ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino… yata :-)

Salamat kay Noel Cabangon at may maayos na pamantayan na rin ako sa pagiging isang “Mabuting Pilipino.”

I wonder how I measure up to the exacting criteria he proposed in his song?  Yung mga pulitiko kasi na nasa Inauguration ni PNoy e mukhang nahirapan lahat 🙂

Ako kaya?

Aber, isa-isahin nga natin!

AKO’Y ISANG MABUTING PILIPINO

by Noel Cabangon (Idol!)

I.

Ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino (sana nga. we’ll see sa dulo kung ano ang score ko)

Minamahal ko ang bayan ko (naman. kelangan pa bang imemorays yun?)

Tinutupad ko ang aking mga tungkulin (yata)

Sinusunod ko ang kanyang mga alituntunin (posible ba ang 100% compliance? hindi, di ba?)

II.

Tumatawid ako sa tamang tawiran (halos)

Sumasakay ako sa tamang sakayan (see previous comment)

Pumipila at di nakikipag-unahan (ay oo. asar na asar talaga ako sa mga sumisingit sa pila! lalu na yung mga patay-mali pa. grrrr.)

At di ako pasiga-siga sa lansangan (opkors! ayokong mamatay ng maaga no.)

III.

Nagbababa at nagsasakay ako sa tamang sakayan (not applicable. wala ako kotse. di din ako drayber)

Hindi nakahambalang na parang walang pakialam (see above)

Pinagbibigyan ko’ng mga tumatawid sa kalsada (oo. lalu’t kasabay nila ako sa pagtawid. hehehe)

Humihinto ako pa gang ilaw ay pula (humihinto talaga ako sa paglakad. ayokong masagasan. h’nsakit nun)

(Chorus)

Pagkat ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino (see comments sa Stanza I.)

Minamahal ko ang bayan ko (ditto)

Tinutupad ko ang aking mga tungkulin (ditto din)

Sinusunod ko ang kanyang mga alituntunin (ditto na naman)

IV.

Hindi ako nangongotong o nagbibigay ng lagay (kotong, hindi. lagay, once in a while. hehehe. iba-ibang klase naman ito, di ba?)

Tiket lamang ang tinatanggap kong ibinibigay (sa sinehan at bus lang ako madalas naaabutan ng tiket)

Ako’y nakatayo doon mismo sa kanto (kung may hinihintay lang naman. at di dun sa madidilim na kanto)

At di nagtatago sa ilalaim ng puno (pwera kung umuulan ha)

V.

Hindi ako nagkakalat ng basura sa lansangan (ay oo. nilalagay ko sa isang bulsa ng bag ko yung mga tiket ng bus at balat ng kendi ko. walang upos kasi di na ako nagyoyosi)

Hindi bumubuga ng usok ang aking sasakyan (walang tambutso ang bisikleta :-))

Inaayos ko ang mga kalat sa basurahan (kada Linggo, ako ang taga-abot ng basura namin sa trak. kaso hindi segregated :-()

Inaalagaan ko ang ating kapaligiran (mahilig akong magtanim sa bakuran namin. pwede na ba yun?)

(Repeat Chorus)

VI.

Lagi akong nakikinig sa aking mga magulang (scary yun. matagal na silang pumanaw kasi)

Kaya’t pag-aaral ay aking pinagbubutihan (sabagay, learning is a never-ending process)

Hindi ako gumagamit ng bawal na gamot (ay… no comment. hehehe)

O kaya’y tumatambay at sa eskwela’y di pumapasok (sa opisina na ako pumapasok… pero minsan nagiging tambayan din siya)

VII.

Ipinagtatanggol ko ang aking karangalan (yes. what’s left of it :-))

Pagkat ito lamang ang tangi kong kayamanan (di naman. meron ding iba pa)

Di ko ibinebenta ang ating kinabukasan (ay oo. pati na yung kinabukasan ng pamilya ko!)

Ang boto ko’y aking pinahahalagahan (one person, one vote! reform the COMELEC! linisin ang Voters List! Now Na!)

(Repeat Chorus)

VIII.

Ako’y isang tapat at totoong lingkod ng bayan (in my own way)

Pabor o lagay ay di ko pinapayagan (kumporme sa pabor)

Tapat ang serbisyo ko sa mamamayan (sana din)

Di ko ibinubulsa ang pera ng bayan (pera nga ng opisina di ko maibulsa, yung sa bayan pa :-))

IX.

Ipinagtatanggol ko ang mamamayang Pilipino (yung iba lang)

Mga karapatan nila’y kinikilala ko (yah! non-negotiable ang human rights)

Iginagalang ko ang aking kapwa-tao (kung marunong din siyang gumalang, shemps. di naman ako santo)

Ipinaglalaban ko dangal ng bayan ko (pag nasa katuwiran, ipaglaban!)

(Repeat Chorus)

Pagkat ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino… (sana)

Pagkat ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino… (sana nga)

Pagkat ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino… (sabing sana eh. kulit)

Sana hindi ka masyadong disappointed sa’kin, Noel 🙂

Pagkat ako’y isang mabuting Pilipino… yata :-)

Ano gagawin ko kapag MANALO si Risa Hontiveros bilang SENADOR?

Kapag maging SENADOR si Risa Hontiveros… I SWEAR:

Magda-diet and Exercise na ako!
Babawasan ko na ang pagkain ng Baboy!
Babawasan ko na ang “extra rice”!
Dadalasan ko na ang pagkain ng Gulay!
Magpapa-facial treatment ako! (hehehe)
Magpapa-foot spa ako!
Babawasan ko na ang pagpupuyat!
Mag-iipon na uli ako sa bangko!
Magsisimula ako ng negosyo!
Magpapakabait na ako!

🙂

Ano gagawin ko kapag MANALO si Risa Hontiveros bilang SENADOR?

10 reasons why Risa Hontiveros deserves your vote for Senator.

[Salamat, Atty. Jae, for this very nice appeal 🙂]

Dear Friends,

A week before May 10, 2010, Risa Hontiveros has landed in the number 13 slot of Pulse Asia’s senatorial survey — just a few points shy of making it to the magic 12. All the others in the top 15 either are reelectionists (Lapid, Ejercito, Cayetano, etc.) or are scions of politicians (Marcos, Guingona. etc.) Risa is the only Senatorial newbie with an independent surname to make it within striking distance of a seat.

Please help us ensure that Risa brings her competence to the Senate. To be completely candid about it, please help us ensure that Risa manages to dislodge the deadweights who get reelected year after year, and land safely in the top 12.

Here are 10 reasons why Risa Hontiveros deserves your vote for Senator.

1. Because she isn’t afraid to kick the asses that need kicking and stick her nose where it needs sticking. There isn’t a government scandal that Risa hasn’t spoken boldly against. From the ZTE-NBN deal that would have cost the Philippines billions of pesos to the Hello Garci election tempest to Presidential Decree 1017, to the mishandling of the Ampatuan massacre, Risa has been fearless and clear. It is of little wonder that her office has been denied Pork Barrel by the administration as “punishment” for having the audacity to go against a sitting President.

2. Because she is consistent, at a time when consistency has little currency. It’s cool to lambast GMA and AFP because everybody is doing so. Risa, however, believes that oppression is oppression, a human rights violation is a human rights violation, and is therefore not afraid to call a spade a spade. She has denounced human rights violations of Palparan and the disappearances perpetrated against activists, but has also been equally firm in denouncing atrocities of the armed left like the purges, revolutionary taxes, and the killings of the farmers that were claimed by the National Democratic Front. The government hates her guts (it had her arrested in 2006) and the armed left calls her an attack dog. We simply call her brave.

3. Because she speaks for the marginalized. Risa goes beyond slogans and truly represents the underrepresented sectors in society. She is a sponsor of the Cheaper Medicines Law that brought down the prices of medicines in the country. She can also be credited for shepherding the CARP Extension with Reforms Law – triumphing over the objections of the landowner congressmen in Negros and the extreme left (who were pushing for the passage of a law that they knew to be patently unconstitutional). Hers has been a resounding voice against illegal demolitions, arbitrary detentions and other human rights violations committed against the economically and politically weak.

4. Because she puts in the work. Many people like to talk about change and how badly we need it; few put in the hard work necessary to make that happen. Risa has never been afraid of hard work. Ask her an impromptu question about any of the bills she has filed and she will answer you in detail, even giving you statistics to understand the problem the bill seeks to address. That’s because she isn’t a figurehead congresswoman. She’s a congresswoman that knows her stuff and knows it well.

5. Because she is not one to back down from a fight. Listen to how the politicians try to squirm their way out of giving any categorical response to the Reproductive Health Bill. Then listen to Risa, eyes twinkling, announce that she is a proud sponsor of the RH Bill and that she believes in access to reproductive health. We know that this is one lady who is not afraid of anything or anyone – be they the little woman in Malacanang, the armed revolutionaries in the mountains and their leader in Utrecht, or men in cloaks quoting the bible.

6. Because she has been a good student and continues to be. Risa was an outstanding student at the St. Scholastica’s Manila where she graduated high school and at the Ateneo de Manila University, where she graduated cum laude with a degree in AB Social Sciences. Her discipline and studiousness are apparently hard habits for her to break – to date, she carries a notebook everywhere she goes and takes down notes for reference, never relying on her staff to jot down information for her. She is not afraid to ask questions. Merge the passion of an activist and the academic rigor of a geek and you have someone you want to be your Senator.

7. Because she is a woman who carries the interests of women. Risa is a staunch defender of issues that are important to all – like agrarian reform, peace, labor rights. She has a special place in her heart though, for issues that confront women specifically. Aside from reproductive health, Risa has also played an important part in the breastfeeding advocacy. When the provisions on rural women in the CARPER were in danger of being removed, Risa stood up and argued for their retention. Truly, she is a woman and a mother first; and a politician, second.

8. Because she walks the talk. Many like to spew out empty slogans on acceptance and equality, but balk when confronted with specific instances of inequality and pressed for solutions. Risa has spoken passionately for the equal rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders and has filed the Anti-Discrimination Bill to penalize discrimination on the basis of gender. Despite clear opposition from conservative sectors, Risa has held her ground and dug in her heels.

9. Because her name is clean. Squeaky clean. There’s no dirt on her. Nothing.

10. Because Risa’s victory would signal an important reconfiguration in the transactional, cynical terrain of Philippine national politics. For once, we would have a senator that isn’t a scion, a multi-millionaire, or a person with a bigshot last name. For once, we would have a senator who knows by name the farmers in Quezon, Batangas, Negros, Bukidnon; who is friends with labor leaders toiling in the underbelly of five-star hotels in the city, who have visited the houses of urban poor residents living beside esteros. For once we would have a senator that we can work together with to build a better world – because that’s what she has been doing her entire life.

Atty. Jae de la Cruz
AKBAYAN
Center for Agrarian Reform Empowerment and Transformation, Inc. (CARET)

http://jaefever.wordpress.com

10 reasons why Risa Hontiveros deserves your vote for Senator.

Gary Granada’s Last Album

I still can’t believe that Gary Granada is going to stop making music.

Graduation” album na daw niya ang Basurero ng Luneta.

Pero mukhang totoo nga.

Hindi naman kasi bolerong tao si Gary.

Kaya, salamat for the more than 30 years and the more than 300 Songs that you have given to the Filipino People, Gary!

At salamat din pala for the complimentary Album.

🙂

Sa mga nais lumangoy sa dagat ng musika ni Gary Granada, pwedeng mag-download (ng LIBRE) sa kanyang official website.

Gary Granada’s Last Album

An afternoon with JLo…

I have to admit, “Fans na Fans” talaga ako ni Mr. Jun Lozada!

Hanga ako sa kanyang tapang… sa kanyang perseverance… at sa kanyang willingness to risk everything just to do what’s right!

Many people choose to remain silent even when the weight of what they know bears down heavily on their conscience.

JLo chose to speak out.

May his tribe increase!

An afternoon with JLo…