Philippines awaits the new administration

Election time!

It was a very critical stage nowadays, aside from the news that we’ve seen everyday on television, the days are counting for the up coming national election. Hahay…Do you have your President? Vice?…nah!… I took a hard time thinking about that questions. If someone will going to ask me that, I will  just say, ” I’m in a middle of thinking period. Hahhahahahaha ”

Seriously speaking, Our country now is graving for a change. I guess a total makeover! It was nice to see those political candidates doing their best to impress people on their stuff in order to promote themselves to be voted. It was nice to hear those political jingles that carries their vision and mission if they would be elected. It was nice to watch political programs that tackles political issues which is now facing the country and might get done to be resolve if whom is going to be in the line. I rather say that people now is looking for someone who’s gonna make the country a nice place to live in. No political issues, no corruption, no inequalities…

Hahay… Some people said that there’s no use if the country will conduct elections because still the Philippines doesn’t deserve the kind of law that was experiencing right now. Trial and error! Repeat performance… The history repeat itself.

Some says, We should have hope that someday… someone will do difference. How about in addition? nah… We still hoping but still looking that person when to come to make the country a better one.

Politically or not… this is our time to express and spread the good insights of voting. We all want to live a peace and happy country. Please cooperate and vote!


Tip #2 – The History of Snoopy


Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang History
Charles Schulz (1922 – 2000)
Creator of Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang

# The first Peanuts strip appeared in October 1950.

# For nearly 50 years Charles Schulz drew each installment himself. Most comic strip writers delegate much of the work to assistants.

# Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and others may have lived in a state of perpetual childhood but their struggles and their angst were recognizable to adults all over the world, who posted Peanuts cartoons in offices and homes as short parables of modern life.

# It is estimated the strip had 350 million daily readers.

Now they will have to be content with reprints.

# Charles Schulz was diagnosed as suffering colon cancer last November and shortly afterwards announced that he would be putting away his pen to concentrate on his health.

# Under the terms of Mr Schulz’s contract no other artist can take on the strip after his death.

# Peanuts now appears in more than 2,600 newspapers around the world and in 21 languages generating an annual global revenue of more than $1 billion.

And although the world has changed a lot since its first publication, Peanuts has remained a constant.

# Charlie Brown, the great American loser, typically responds to the trials life sends him with a despondent “good grief”.

His canine pal Snoopy takes regular flights of fancy to the skies of World War I to fight the Red Baron.

# He brought us laughter…In 1950, Charles “Sparky” Schulz launched his comic strip creation, Peanuts, with a modest list of seven newspapers. It became one of the most successful cartoon features of all time, appearing in more than 2000 newspapers. Its characters, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, Pig Pen, and of course, Snoopy are international superstars. Schulz won countless awards including the Reuben as the best cartoonist of the year in 1955 and 1964, as well as a number of Emmys for his Peanuts television specials. In spite of all the financial success and critical acclaim he received, Charles Schulz remained a modest man, proud of the fact that he wrote, drew, inked and lettered his beloved creation and that Peanuts will never be produced by other hands.

Tip #1 – The History of Snoopy

snoopy11.jpg The History of Snoopy

A favorite comic strip in America since 1950, I bring you the history of Peanuts. Debuting in seven papers on October 2nd of that year, for over 50 years Peanuts has delighted and entertained readers worldwide. This site contains Last Strips, Timeline, Charles Schulz Tribute, and Home of Charles Schulz.

In the Timeline section, find out how it all happened. See the first strip, the first time Lucy pulled away the football, and the appearance of all the other characters on this Timeline. At the Strip Library, you can find archived Peanuts strips. In the Last Strips section, see the farewell strips printed in weekday syndicate, and the last Sunday strip announcing Charles Schulz’s retirement in 2000.

The Charles Schulz Tribute section contains comics that other artists made to honor Charles Schulz and the Peanuts characters. There are a lot of funny tributes here in this section. I love the first one from Getting Fuzzy by Darby Conley. You can also check out the Home of Charles Schulz, a page dedicated to the Museum in Santa Rosa, CA (there’s a Snoopy labyrinth there), Snoopy’s Home Ice arena, and the Snoopy Gallery and Gift Shop.

The Meet the Gang section is where you can meet all the characters from Peanuts. From good old Charlie Brown to Re-run, they’re all there. It gives you a detailed look at each character’s personality, and some strips for you to enjoy that highlight that character’s charm.

‘Marriage scam’

THE day our secretary got married, we closed the office and walked three hundred meters with the bride and the groom to the Capitol in what could be the longest bridal march ever.

I remember that and the return walk very well because it was I who took pictures of the wedding entourage but captured nothing for printing (it must have been the camera, my law partners consoled me).

Like most couples planning to wed but who don’t have the time or the resources to prepare for an elaborate church wedding, Myrna and Allan decided to exchange vows before a judge. In their case, it was before the late Judge Leonardo Cañares. We made sure of that.

The law does not require a marriage ceremony to follow a particular form, only that the parties must declare that they take each other as husband and wife in the presence of the solemnizing officer and of two witnesses. The vow to hold and keep each other for better or for worse, for richer or poorer and in sickness and in health until death do you part is not required by the Civil Code.

So a marriage ceremony can be as business-like and as straightforward as the arraignment of an accused except that instead of being made to choose between “guilty” or “not guilty,” the bride and the groom are told to pick “yes” or “no,” whether he/she does or he/she doesn’t.

Judge Leonie, however, made sure that it did not happen in weddings that he officiated. Before the ceremony, he had two ceramic (wooden?) doves placed on his table and an old phonograph on the stenographer’s. Music (“Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, if I remember correctly) wafted softly in the air as Myrna and Allan exchanged “I dos.” And his five-minute sermon could put to shame a priest or pastor! No wonder, his sala was a favorite destination for couples desiring to get married.

We were lucky because Myrna and Allan (who, like Judge Leonie, has since rejoined his Maker) married a long time ago. If they had decided to tie the knot today, we wouldn’t have been able to choose Judge Leonie. In fact, we wouldn’t have been able to pick our judge at all.

As a result of the expose of an alleged “marriage scam”, weddings will now be raffled for assignment among the judges. The move shows sensitivity to public perception. But since a scam is defined as a fraudulent scheme, how come no one of those who have been supposedly overcharged has come forward to declare that he has been swindled?


Too Good to Be True

HAVE you ever had anything in your life that’s simply “too good to be true”? I’m actually pondering on the thought within the context of being given something rare; say an opportunity or expensive thing, without having to pay in return. Most people call it charity; others, blessing. For some, it’s just pure luck. No matter how one calls it, the most interesting question will always be that if it happens, does it really come without any price at all?

Great responsibility comes with every great talent. I believe the same applies in privileges, blessings, or fortune. A great part of our Filipino tradition also urges Gratitude. Well, it’s more of indebtedness. Utang na loob. Unfortunately, these things are too difficult to quantity. Come to think of it, they can never be quantified. Someone told me once, “For as long as you can avoid it, never ask any favour from anyone – not even your friends. You will never be able to repay an ‘utang na loob’. Trust me.” I actually believe him. But that doesn’t discount some people who actually find joy in helping others without asking for something in return. Even if they deserve more, a simple smile of appreciation is enough for them. I also believe that prayers for them would do wonders. These are people who I find to be too good to be true. I actually know a few.

Maybe being too-good-to-be-true or doing something that’s too-good-to be-true comes from believing in the good that’s in all of us beyond all odds; believing that even if something turns out bad, what’s more important is that you did the right thing in the first place. Hmm….Better said than done? Ah well, it happens.


Speak out: Thank you, dad

HOW we thank thee? Let us count the ways.

We thank thee for:

–Showing us what unconditional love is all about;
–Guiding and molding us to be good Christians;
–Not being too strict or too lenient with us;
–Not comparing our generation with yours;
–Not forgetting that the earth revolves around the sun, that time changes and so do happenings and things that surround us;
–Realizing that we too have our own ways of thinking, preferences, mood swings, likes and dislikes;
–Adjusting to situations and adopting to our world;
–Teaching the difference between love and discipline;
–Weighing and re-evaluating things before you blow your top and reprimand us;
–Being there in good times or in bad;
–Being understanding and considerate when the world turns its back from us;
–Being the all-around persona in our lives as working father, teacher, adviser, companion, disciplinarian all rolled into one, and best of all, as our best friend;
–Believing that fatherhood is the noblest career in the world and that nothing is more hurting than to see your kids suffer or fail in their lives;
–Being our inspiration and our hero;
–Showing us how to cross a bridge over troubled waters;
–Taking time to explain to us the “whats”, the “whys”, or the “hows” of life;
–Your all-out support in all our endeavors from grade school to high school to college and more;
But most of all, for making us what we are today: A father ourselves.

Happy Father’s Day!!!

Sun.Star Editorial

Friendship Poem

Many people will walk in and out of your life.
But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.
To handle yourself, use your head;
To handle others, use your heart.

Anger is only one letter short of danger
If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;
If he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
Small minds discuss people.

He, who loses money, loses much;
He, who loses a friend, loses much more;
He, who loses faith, loses all.

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
But beautiful old people are works of art.

Learn from the mistakes of others
You can’t live long enough to make them all

Friends, you and me…
You brought another friend…
And then there were 3…
We started our group…
Our circle of friends…
And like that circle…
There is no beginning or end…

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called the present.

Show your friends how much you care…
Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND.
If it comes back to you, then you’ll know you
have a circle of friends.

When you receive this letter,
I recommend that you send it to all your friends,
including the person who sent it to you!

You don’t have to send it to your friends, it’s your choice.
I don’t want to force you to do it, but trust me;
it’s always good to tell your friends
some nice words now and then
and that you care…

(-: Don’t make them disappointed! 🙂