Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
I got a good glimpse of the piracy industry in the Philippines the other night when I was watching CNN Talk Asia's feature on director Brillante Mendoza. In one segment, Mendoza was shown walking along a flee market of pirated CDs and DVDs near the Quiapo church now popularly known as "pirate street."
The image reminded me of how easy Filipinos specially children can see and get their hands on pornographic video. I myself got my first glimpse of pornography through bootleg betamax copies of adult movies. But its not only videos, a friend complained to me recently the growing number of sexualized billboard ads featuring underwear models mushrooming along main thoroughfares like EDSA.
Unfortunately, exposure to pornography and other sexualized media can adversely affect children (both boys and girls) and often lead to significant damage in their ability to form healthy relationships as an adult.
Focus on the Family's Rob Jackson tells parents the best solution to the problem. He said, the ultimate goal for our children's sexuality is that they will be able to see the dynamic interplay between sexuality and spirituality. As Christians, we want to help them understand, for example, that sexual intercourse is an act of love shared between a husband and wife. This sacred act symbolizes the spiritual union that will occur between Christ and His bride, the Church, upon His return to earth. We hope our sons will see themselves as a type of Christ as they relate to their wives, and that our daughters will see themselves as a type of the church as they relate to their husbands. What we model today in our marriages will likely reproduce itself in our children's marriages.
In conclusion, by helping our children see the big picture and God's design for the sanctity of sex, we are better prepared to confront the problem of pornography when and if it occurs in our children's lives.
(image from Outoftown blog)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
- Roxas will be Noynoy's running mate.
- FDR and Erap will endorse Noynoy.
- Escudero and Legarda will aspire for VP.
- Velarde and Villanueva will withdraw and endorse Noynoy.
- Fernando will quietly withdraw as well.
- De Castro will go back to newscasting.
- Madrigal will not go away and contribute to Villar's defeat.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
- Am I intelligently supporting a qualified person with a proven record or am I foolishly thinking of voting for a celebrity who has no idea what governance means?
- Am I intelligently supporting a candidate who is God-fearing and has integrity or am I foolishly thinking of voting for someone from whom I can benefit somewhere down the road?
- Am I intelligently supporting a candidate who possesses the political will to do what is right for the sake of the country or am I foolishly thinking of voting for someone because he or she is a friend or a relative, or a relative of a friend, or a friend of a relative?
- Am I intelligently supporting a candidate who can actually articulate his or her political philosophy and has a concrete plan on how to make things better for our people or am I foolishly thinking of voting for someone who keeps saying that he will cross the bridge when he gets there?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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Friday, August 21, 2009
Ayon sa 8/20/09 issue ng Manila Bulletin, ang sabi ni Senator Escudero ay ipinakita ng statistics galing sa Bureau of Treasury na P612.7 billion of the total national government budget was allotted for debt servicing; P340.5 billion is allotted to cover the principal, while P272.2 billion is for interest payments.
As someone who dealt with sexual brokenness, I could have needed or used the message they bring when I was going through my own problems. But God had a different way of addressing this issue in my life. I couldn't be more proud of my kababayans and co-believers in Christ for their commitment and team work to bring the Biblical message of love and sex to many Pinoys. As I said on a blog post last March, I hope and pray more churches and Christian groups will not wait but rather act now to develop more programs like TLW in the Philippines.
Keep up the good work guys!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The problem is that the world never delivers. At the end of the day, it always fails to make sense of a life it had birthed and orchestrated. Elvis and Michael shared the same "fame and fortune" fate. Lisa Marie who knew them both testifies to that. Some of us who became fans of either or both, are left with this hollow feeling inside of us that demands a reason for our being.
There is indeed a void inside the human soul that only God can fill. Jesus rejected the promise of power, fame and fortune when He was tempted in the wilderness. We would do well to follow in the footsteps of one who is truly King.
Monday, August 17, 2009
If you watched the afternoon musical show following the Donaire-Concepcion boxing match, you would have witnessed Pinoy see, Pinoy do performances at their worst. The entire show was an imitation of an American theme park musical extravaganza. Am I saying that monkey-ing is a sin? Of course not. But is the constant showcasing of modern American or western secular values through musical mimicry harmful to the mind of the Filipino youth? I say, it robs them of the opportunity to be exposed to the richness of Filipino music and its cultural value - since such Broadwayish numbers dominate Filipino television variety shows.
Exposing a people repetitively to a culture foreign to them as being the standard of what is good and right is a form of values brainwashing. Filipinos, since becoming known as the inhabitants of a group of islands later to be named Philippine Islands, had been conditioned to believe by their colonial masters as inferior to them, being Indios or Little Brown Brothers. Such musical shows that mimic American productions reinforce our people’s colonial mentality.
The message I get from Ka Freddie’s remarks made sour by media reporting is this: Let us stop monkey-ing around and become lovers of the Philippines. Loving the Philippines means loving her heritage, her culture (which includes her music and her languages), and her people just as they truly are and not some copy of another race.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
If I have to choose one from amongst our national artists, my choice would be Levi Celerio, our greatest composer/lyricist with over 4,000 love, folk and Christmas songs to his credit. I doubt, though, if our people even know who he is and how gifted he was. But for the young-at-heart Pinoy art lovers in our land, many of his songs, like Sapagkat Kami Ay Tao Lamang, Ang Pasko Ay Sumapit, Waray-Waray, Basta’t Mahal Kita and Pitong Gatang, still ring in our ears.
I would not have learned to like Journey’s songs if not for Arnel Pineda. My admiration for the Filipino talent may not have been reawakened if not for Charice. Like Freddie Aguilar, I consider Arnel and Charice as artists in their own rights. And I would be lying if I say that I do not goose bump feel a sense of national pride as I watch different international audiences give them a standing ovation.
The reason why I think that eventually, it will be the artist Levi Celerio who will be most remembered by future generations of Filipinos, is because of this suspicious beating or perhaps longing in my heart that Filipino patriotism is making a comeback.
If I were Mariah Carey, I, too, will be threatened by “brown monkey” Regine Velasquez. But should we care what other people think of us Filipinos? Perhaps. But what matters is what we think of ourselves. Are we now comfortable within our own skin, or are we still trying to prove ourselves to the world?
The bottom line is this: There will be another Levi Celerio if the goal of our artistic pursuit once again becomes individual excellence and not personal glory or riches.
(Posted by Conrad Tolosa)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
(1) Corazon “Cory” Aquino; (2) Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.; (3) Ramon Magsaysay; (4) Fernando Poe Jr.; (5) Julie Vega; (6) Rico Yan; (7) Francis Magalona; (8) Cardinal Sin; (9) Nida Blanca; (10) Rudy Fernandez
Interesting to note that 6 are from showbiz, 4 from politics and half were unexpected deaths.
Its a good reminder that life is short and fragile. But in our lives death does not have the final word. Christ triumphed over death on the cross; He will give eternal life to all who have faith in Him and in the end, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Thursday, August 6, 2009
No doubt, the Philippines is blessed with talented artists. Music alone produces fine Filipino singers and choral groups that are recognized as one of the best around the world. But is original Filipino music becoming a lost art?
I love Filipino music and I miss listening to it. My friend Kristan and I always gets a good laugh every time we talk about the pinoy songs we used to listen on the radio during the 80s and 90s. Unfortunately, I can't find anything in this current or even in my generation of singers new songs worth listening to because all they play are covers and revivals. Pakiramdam ko hihinto lang ang pagrerevival at pagiging popular ng foreign songs kapag hindi na baluktot mag-Tagalog is Martin Nievera (my shameless attempt to be funny).
Same thing with TV, I don't watch soap operas but I read about them online and noticed remakes of old movies and foreign series fills up the afternoon and primetime TV schedule.
The idea on the article I read recently and blogged on The Point can be related to the decline of OPM and TV. It says the decline of the quality of contemporary music, literature and other forms of art is a reflection of the change in the very thought process and concentration levels of a culture.
Pinoy's inclination that Western culture is better, superior and beautiful is the culprit why local adaptations and remakes are always popular. Mahirap na yatang tangalin and mindset na ito. The current generation's use of media and technology is also blamed for shaping the way people think: superficial, less to ponder and emotion-driven. Bumababaw daw ang tao ngayon dahil sa internet at text. Whatever feels good and simple impressions is preferred over logical and well-reasoned thought, affecting the songs and shows Filipinos want to see and make.
It's hard to blame Freddie Aguilar's harsh criticism of Filipino artists and music. May basis naman kasi sya, mali lang ang kanyang delivery. To prove Ka Freddie's assertion will never be right, Filipinos need to change the way we think. To start, develop the right values and worldview. A worldview similar to the Creator that strives for excellence and craves to create beauty from the unattractive and the empty. Then develop critical thinking skills and art appreciation by reading more and exposing one-self to original works of arts and literature.
As for entertainment industry executives who decides what songs or shows to produce, I hope you give Filipinos more what we need and not always what we want to see or hear.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
When sold to the Midianites, Joseph’s brothers meant it for evil; but we learn later on that God meant it for good. When Ninoy was assassinated upon his return from exile, the masterminds of this atrocious and scornful crime meant it for evil, but God - who continues to work in mysterious ways – meant it for good. The success of the consequential People Power revolution remains to be the Filipino People’s one moment in time. Those needing encouragement in keeping the faith in common people’s struggle against tyranny and for self-determination and democracy, that it can succeed, can look back to this glorious event of a peaceful and courageous quick response to the call of national duty. A blood bath was avoided because there were enough who were willing to die for the good of their country.
When the need arises again (which I think is just a matter of time) when someone is asked to be the sacrificial lamb for the sake of our people’s well-being, I believe that many will follow in the footsteps of Corazon Aquino.
Ninoy and Cory Aquino will grace our history books for always.