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 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 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 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, 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 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 “I'm here again”