Life So Mundane in Batangas
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Showing posts with label PhilSoc. Show all posts

23 July 2015

The One Dream Scam and the Science of Gullibility

The City of Lipa here in Batangas rarely makes the national news, but earlier this week it was the opening item of the evening edition of TV Patrol for all the wrong reasons – a billion peso get rich quickly networking scam by an SEC-registered corporation called One Dream.


13 July 2015

Local Governments, Monsoons and the Suspension of Classes

Monsoons are exacerbated by poor urban infrastructures and the lack of mass transport.

The protocols laid down by the current government pertinent to the suspension of classes for weather-related reasons are arguably better than they used to be. The onus in decision making, i.e. to suspend or not to suspend, is now in the hands of local government.


31 May 2015

Time Government Addressed the ‘Badjao’ Problem

Image from Blank Paper Will Always Be Ready.

First of all, I use the word ‘Badjao’ loosely and only because everyone hereabouts refers to them as such. Out of respect to the Sama-Badjao tribes of south-western Mindanao, I don’t really know what indigenous tribes, if at all, these road mendicants of Lipa City belong to.


19 December 2012

The RH Bill: No Objections to It But...

The regional news had interviews with citizens on the streets earlier this week on the inevitable topic of the RH Bill. I found it strange that people would even be willing to go on air with their opinions when from their comments, it was quite apparent that few – if at all – of the respondents had bothered to read the contents of the bill.

Personally, I feel that unless somebody has even bothered to make an effort to read the bill, then he or she is not even qualified to participate in the debate. After all, whatever opinions he or she forms will only be based on hearsay.


17 August 2012

Road Rage in the Philippine Context

The recent assault on an MMDA traffic enforcer that resulted in probably deserved infamy for a corporate executive also once again brought to the public consciousness a phenomenon that only occasionally makes newspaper headlines: road rage. Coincidentally, the assault made the news at about the same time that a certain Rolito Go also made the front page news after allegedly having been kidnapped from – of all places – a correctional facility.

Hence, the online joke “Where did Rolito Go?” To which the equally humorous quip was, “To look for Robert Blair Carabuena.”


10 July 2012

The EDSA Yellow Lane Bedlam

Why I am even concerned, I do not really know. But to just look at news footages of EDSA gridlocked in traffic with vehicles moving along at a snail’s pace was absolutely painful. Frankly, who would want to live in the Big City?

For the benefit of those who do not monitor the news, the MMDA is currently strictly implementing the yellow lane law. That buses ought to stay inside the lane is an old law, Atty. Francis Tolentino of the MMDA was quick to fend off questions from TV Patrol anchor Noli de Castro.


28 June 2012

Commissions or Basic Pay for Bus Drivers?

So there you are. As per Directive 118-12 of the Labour Department, bus drivers are to receive basic pays in lieu of the traditional boundary and commission system that they have all gotten used to. Maybe that move is just about right; and bus drivers just like all employees need to enjoy the benefits of a fixed salaries at the end of fifteen days.

Certain sectors, not least of which is the MMDA, seem convinced that this is a godsend insofar as reducing vehicular accidents involving public buses is concerned.


18 June 2012

Rains, Garbage, Floods

This is so old news; but every year it still finds its way back into the news shows. Apparently, while Typhoon Butchoy merely skimmed the outer edges of the PAR, on its way out it also pulled in the monsoons to dump gallons upon gallons of water upon Metro Manila.

And of course, within the context of certain localities of the metropolis, the saying that applies is “when it rains, it floods.”


27 August 2011

James Soriano and English

If you have not seen the essay “Language, Learning, Identity, Privilege” written by James Soriano in his column iThink and which was published both in print and on the Manila Bulletin web site on the 24th of August 2011, make a brief detour to the bottom of this page where I have cut and pasted the article in its entirety.


15 February 2011

A Tale of Child Abductions

[Almost three years ago, there were reports going around the grapevine that sinister men in white vans were going around kidnapping children so that their internal organs could be removed and sold in the international organ transplant market. The rumors, in fact, actually made the national television networks. Whether there was any truth to the rumors, I guess we will never know. The stories, not to mention the hysteria, eventually died a natural death. I was skimming through my old Facebook notes and thought this one was worth re-running.]


27 January 2011

The Uzi Phenomenon

There was a slight traffic build-up just in front of the gate of the Air Force base when I rode to work this morning. Eventually, we all discovered the cause of the build-up. Something called the uzi phenomenon.


10 January 2011

Three Bundles of Suman

Away from football for a change, I was leaving Chow King after having had lunch at midday today when I was accosted, at the steps leading to the restaurant, by a wizened old nanay who pleaded with me to buy her last three bundles of suman so she could be on her way home. I took one good look at the nanay and my heart turned immediately to mallows.


02 December 2010

Thoughts About the Lotto

I walked the corridors of Rob last Tuesday at lunchtime looking for an ATM; and of course, it being the end of the month – and, therefore, payday for many companies – only one of the mall’s machines was functional. The next time you meet somebody who works in a bank, ask if they do it deliberately. I mean, if there are days of each month when ATMs should not go empty or offline, these are paydays.


27 November 2010

Original or SM?

I bought a couple of original DVD’s from a shop at Rob yesterday: Precinct 13, starring Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne; and Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, starring Ewan McGregor.

If you know me, than you guessed it! I rummaged through the “on sale” rack. Each cost me 250.


17 October 2010

Jaywalking and Pedestrian Lanes

There was a big to-do the other week when, out of the blue, the city started implementing a new jaywalking policy in front of the school’s main gate. Being Pinoys – and Batangueños, for that matter – there were those who respectfully crossed the road just a few paces from where traffic management personnel could accost them; and those who did so daringly in front of them, anyway.


21 September 2010

Thinking Like Americans

That Asian-American consul who initially denied my first United States visa application, she got it all wrong! If I was the sort who wanted to sneak my way into an American citizenship, I would have done it much sooner in my life.


31 August 2010

Wading Through Flood Waters

We who live in Lipa have so many things that we just take so for granted, not least of which is the fact that we have a very pleasant climate practically the whole year round. The city is – give or take a few mounds of earth – about a thousand feet above sea level. We never get as hot and humid as Metro Manila or Batangas City just 15 minutes away by STAR toll way; neither do we get as cold as Baguio nor Tagaytay.

03 August 2010

Pedestrian Lanes

Quick! Answer me this question: Why do roads have pedestrian lanes?

If your answer is so people can safely cross the roads, then give yourself a pat on the back. You are smarter than a fifth grader!


08 July 2010


There is this little guy in the kanto just outside the school who just hangs there each and every day, sometimes wrapping his arms around a lamp post and just standing there watching the world pass him by. Some days he is clean and can pass for just an ordinary kanto boy; other days, he is tubal, with unkempt hair and soiled clothes.




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