My CyberSpace Language

Noong una, nagpasya akong English ang gamitin sa aking personal website sapagkat kako’y ang audience nito ay pandaigdig. Dati ay mayroon pa akong pahinang may salin sa Filipino. Ngunit mula ngayon, Filipino na pangunahing wika sa Ederic@CyberSpace. Ito ang pambansang wika ng Pilipinas, ang kaluluwa ng lahing Pilipino na kinabibilangan ko. Filipino ang wikang ginagamit ko sa pag-iisip at pagsasalita, at buong layang dumadaloy sa aking diwa ang wikang ito sa tuwing ako’y nagsusulat.

My cousin's wedding

Si Kuya Alidan at akoSa text ko sa ilang kaibigan, sabi ko’y “Ang pinsan ko’t kababata, pamilyadong tao na, samantalang ako’y tila musmos na naglalaro pa rin sa masalimuot na mundong ito.”

Sabay kaming lumaki ni Kuya Alidan, second cousin ko. Tatlong buwan lang ang tanda niya sa akin. Lumaki kaming magpinsan, magkabarkada, magkalaro. Sabay kaming nag-grade one at magkaklase kami sa halos buong elementary at high school — minsan lang yata kaming nagkaiba ng section. Minsan may konting tampuhan at selosan din, lalo na nung maliliit pa kami. Pero malakas ang buklod ng pamilya Penaflor kaya anuman ang mangyari, andyan pa rin kaming magpipinsan para magtulungan.

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Worker's Day Tommorow

Labor day bukas, Mayo 1. Karaniwang sigaw sa mga rally ang “Uring manggagawa, hukbong mapagpalaya!” Mga manggagawa, sa pangunguna ni Gat Andres Bonifacio, ang nanguna sa naantalang Himagsikang naghangad ng kalayaan ng Pilipinas. Ngunit mananatiling panaginip na lang kaya ang paglaya ng mga manggagawa mula sa hilahil ng kapitalismo? Kung ang P125 na pagtaas ng suweldo nga lamang ay patuloy na ipinagkakait ngayon sa mga anak ni Bonifacio, paano pa kaya ang kanilang tuluyang pagsulong?

Proud to be Iskolar ng Bayan

Visit UP CSWCD's UPSARDFI was invited to teach a one-day journalism course to participants of a youth summer camp in Anda, Pangasinan last Saturday. The summer camp was organized by volunteers of the University of the Philippines Social Action and Research for Development Foundation, Inc., an affiliate NGO of UP College of Social Work and Community Development. When I was invited, I eagerly said yes for three reasons: first, the opportunity to travel outside of Manila; second, I love to teach students who are younger than I am and I love to be in the company of campus journalists; and three, the compensation–I am always in need of cash these days, hehehe.

I really expected to see this scenario: UP students and graduates unselfishly spending their precious time with the rural community, sharing their knowledge and organizing the people. But it was different to actually see them in action. There they are, products of the country’s premier school, actually eating what the people eat, living without the comforts of city life, living a simple life while earning a very modest salary. They are considered by the people as part of their community, adopted sons and daughters of the villagers. It is not an easy thing to spend the days of your youth in the boondocks or in coastal communities while empowering the community with knowledge on how to preserve the environment, teaching them about sustainable development, while your contemporaries go to work in Ayala or Ortigas in the morning and gather at Starbucks after partying at night. I salute Pao, Zoe and other Iskolar ng Bayan who live with the communities for the sacrifice they are making to be able to live the life of a true iskolar ng bayan. They make me proud I am their schoolmate.

'Taxna nila!

The Department of Finance is reportedly considering an increase on taxes on text messaging. We in TXTPower vehemently reject this proposal. Should this be implemented, Globe and Smart would definitely pass on the cost to us. As TXTPower spokesperson Tonyo Cruz said, this is ironic. Remember how the Generation Txt helped in ousting Erap Estrada that led to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s assumption to power? Now, her government is thinking of betraying the Generation Txt by burdening us with more taxes even as we suffer from text cuts. No to text tax!

Kayo, papayag ba kayo?

Jose Velarde @ 65

As I write this, Jose Velarde, err, Joseph Estrada and friends are partying at the Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center. Erap turns 65 tomorrow. Senator Loi Ejercito, his one and only, was shown on TV news today distributing food packages to an urban poor community. For the deposed president’s camp, the estimated 2,000 loyalists who queued for free food just prove that the masses are still for Erap.

In a press release, Estrada said the people’s support for him encourages him further to fight the Macapagal-Arroyo government’s “persecution” and “vilification campaign” against him. He confidently said that “at the date annointed by God,” he will be vindicated.

Gamitin ba ang pangalan ng Diyos.

Last year, respected nationalist and then senatorial candidate Wigberto Ta?ada greeted Erap on his 64th birthday but adviced him to “face the music.” His advice for Erap is still timely. Here’s the news release issued by Ta?ada’s office on April 20 last year:
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Friendly visits

Photo from http://www.jhuccp.org/asia/philippines/friendlycare.htmThis afternoon, I visited for the first time the FriendlyCare Clinic in Mandaluyong City for a medical check up. (FriendlyCare was founded by civic leaders to initiate private sector participation in the delivery of low-cost basic health and family planning services.) I have been complaining of difficiculty in breathing and chest pain, among other discomforts, for around two months now. The first doctor I consulted said it could only be physical manifestations of stress or depression. The FriendlyCare doctor asked me to undergo electrocardiogram (ECG) and X-Ray.
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As Rico Yan Goes Home

Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan, March 14, 1975 - March 29, 2002 Photo from abs-cbn.com. Click to visit the ABS-CBN Rico Yan tribute pageIT APPEARS that most of us who believe in life after death agree where Ricardo Carlos Castro Yan, popularly known as Rico Yan, one of the role models of the Filipino Generation Txt, has gone at the end of his journey in this world.

In the postings that I contributed to my favorite online message boards, I said goodbye and thanked Rico for showing us how to live life to the fullest. I also asked him to please kindly say hello to my Mama, who went home up there seven years ago. One of my friends at Tinig.com Forums thanked Rico for being with us in People Power 2 as we fought for truth and justice. He also asked him to extend warm regards to Ka Tato (Renato Constantino), the great historian who sought to destroy the lies and deception that prevail in our official history. The youngest kaTinig, for her part, thanked Rico for the inspiration he has left for the youth and asked him to greet the Lord Jesus Christ and her beloved departed. Read full article.

I'm here again

Photo from Peyups.com, used without permission...yet I arrived Thursday from week-long hiatus in Marinduque. My Semana Santa, even if it wasn’t very religious, was good. During an overnight stay in one of the enchanting islands of my beloved province, I had time to commune with nature.

That night was also a time for bonding with my Peyups.com friends and new-found UP friends.

I spent most of my vacation with Nanay and with my cousins. My (second-degree) cousins and I went on with our traditional participation in the prusisyon to pray and you-know-what-else. We had talks about our family, girls, school, Rico Yan and the state of the nation, among other topics. We planned on making the family tie tighter, we talked about our dreams and heartaches. We are grownups now; it was different when we were younger. Instead of playing taguan, habulan or komiks, we now gather over Red Horse or gin-pomelo and chicharon or Lucky Me. Syempre, I watered Nanay’s plants again. during the night, I slept beside her and hugged her. In the mornings, she had to literally pull me up from our sahig na kawayan to wake me up. She would not let me sleep until noontime without eating breakfast first. Ahhh, uwi na ako ulit sa amin! Continue reading