Books not bullets

no budget cutThe first month of the school year has just ended and I wonder how many students have made it this far. I know that it’s very early to ask this question but it begs to be asked. I wonder, how many will make it to receive their diplomas or report cards come March of next year. It’s true, our education system is appalling and downright heartbreaking. To think that many years ago, our Asian neighbors once sent their students here in the [tag]Philippines[/tag], in our universities to study, now it’s a completely different story.

The ordinary Filipino family values education more than any other needs or necessities. Parents are struggling hard just to send their children to school, they risk life and limb and will not rest until they see their children march on stage to recieve their degrees and diplomas. It’s the only gift they could leave behind for their children before their time comes.

Education is clearly among the primary needs and interests of the [tag]Filipino[/tag] people. Our government if it is truly to call itself a government for the people should do everything it can to serve this interests of the people. This is the very reason why governments are put up in the first place.

A test and indication of the [tag]goverment[/tag]’s will and commitment to fulfill its mandate and purpose is the budget. From it, one could spell out the prevailing national policy the government has set out to implement. I remember reading a book in which, if I’m not mistaken, Ka Pepe Diokno once expressed that the national and foreign policies should reflect the needs and interests of the people, and that the needs and interests of the people should be the basis of both the national and foreign policies.

Looking at the budget once more, one in the right mind would be perplexed and bewildered even. The huge and often speedy allocation of government funds to the military compared to the decreasing and snail-paced release of funds for education and other social services is something that is mind boggling and a cause for great concern if not outrage. It’s not a purely case of [tag]politics[/tag], rather a reexamination of the values the government upholds.

It’s really ridiculous. The [tag]military[/tag] gets an additional P1 billion in funds to spread chaos in the name of rooting out the communist insurgency at the snap of GMA’s finger while the acting Secretary of the [tag]Dept of Education[/tag] gets a mouthful from the President when the issue about the underfunded state of our education is brought up to the table. View this with the 70-plus students crammed inside a classroom with a leaking roof, busted electric fans, an unusable toilet, and moldy outdated textbooks in the background and I don’t know what will not make you burst out in rage and cry that the men in the Palace are all mad, and worse they are being led by a woman that is the embodiment of madness and self-perpetuating perversity.

What’s even worse is that it seems they are all taking their cues from another monster, a bonehead running the top office of the nation the other side of the Pacific, who’s hunger for power in the form of black gold heeds no boundaries, and is more than willing to spill blood just to have it.

The timely release of the $200 Million loan from the [tag]World Bank[/tag] to ‘help’ our [tag]education[/tag] system is tell-tale sign of this foreign perversion of our national policies and a betrayal of our people.

Bullets not books. Death not life perpetuated by education. This it seems are the principles guiding our nation’s leaders. If we the people are to take this lying down, God have mercy on our nation, our children, and their children.

photo from: arkibongbayan.org

Coffee health and risks benefits

CoffeeThe last time I had a cup of coffee was back in May, it was badly needed because I was still in a theater production then, and being the sound director meant that my creative juices must flow constantly, a tough challenge if I may say so, and for that to happen I must stay alert and awake for most of the time, especially when rehearsals and production meetings went on late at night. Coffee has always been the trusted solution. (Image link)

After the production was over, I stopped drinking coffee and went back to taking [tag]green tea[/tag], a cup in the morning and a cup in the evening, if green tea was not available, I’d go for the indigenous herbal drink ‘[tag]pito-pito[/tag]‘ which was cheaper and easily available here in rural Cavite. Don’t get me wrong, I’m fond of coffee but has opted for tea for its healthier benefits. A health ritual that my grandparents taught me since my early childhood days, a practice I’ve religously kept until just this morning at breakfast.

To start my weekend with something different, I decided to fix myself a cup of nice, hot instant coffee complete with the powdered creamer. The experience and delight of having coffee with fried rice, eggs and tuyo, (dried salted fish) were simply heavenly and it brought back some past thoughts and memories.

I remember arguing with my grandmother as to why should I take green tea if it’s available or pito-pito instead of coffee. With her eyes sharply gazing into my young soul she explained that green tea is healthier than coffee, it will help me stay fit and healthy despite my skinny form and it will greatly compliment my [tag]tai chi[/tag] practice. It was a lesson well learned and proven by my experience, but she must have forgotten that before that lecture on green tea, she has taught me another lesson that has often kept me at odds against her and her teachings. She earlier told me, “Always doubt what you learn, read, hear, believe and know. Even your self.”

So in doubt of her teachings I wondered off to verify, prove and disprove the lessons and bits of wisdom she has imparted unto me. In this case, it’s about coffee. Is [tag]coffee[/tag] really unhealthy? If so then how come many people are still drinking and loving it?
My search for answers thus far has led me to understand the [tag]health[/tag] benefits and [tag]risks[/tag] of coffee. (image link)

Benefits:

• May reduce the risk of suicide among women.
• Helps prevent gallstones and symptomatic gallbladder disease in men.
• Contains caffeine-related compounds (theophylline) that can alleviate the symptoms of asthma in some cases.
• Can increase alertness and prolong waking hours.
• May improve short-term recall.
• Promotes the effectiveness of certain migraine drugs.
• May reduce the risk of cirrhosis of the liver among heavy drinkers.
• May postpone muscle fatigue and thus enhance athletic performance and endurance.
• May protect against free radical damage to tissues – one study found that coffee has more antioxidant activity than red wine, green or black tea, or orange juice.

Risks:

• Increases blood pressure among people with high blood pressure.
• Causes insomnia, anxiety, and irritability.
• May worsen symptoms of PMS in some women.
• Can reduce fertility in women trying to conceive.
• Can cause heartburn and indigestion.
• May increase the risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
• May increase blood levels of homocysteine and the associated risk of cardiovascular disease.

So with the above following in mind, I wonder what my grandmother would say?
I wonder what you would say?

Unethical to link your profile to your blog?

I just read a post in ProBlogger tackling the issue of linking your profile pages from social networking sites (Yahoo 360, MySpace, Squidoo, Friendster etc.) to your own blog and its ethical implications.

It was picked up from SEOmoz blog in which they asked,

If you employ tactics like the use of Flickr, MySpace, Blogger, Squidoo, etc. to build profiles (ostensibly of Otis Waftengard) and place links back to your site, have you been deceptive? manipulative? unethical?

First off a little [tag]seo[/tag] basics (from my very basic understand of it): to get better search engine results for your blog, more sites must have a link to it, making it look popular in the eyes of Google. Getting link backs to your blog is not that easy and so any additional source of those link backs would be helpful.

This is were those profile pages we create in MySpace or Friendster or any other similar site, comes into value. You create a profile of your own, throw in some nifty descriptions about yourself, create an impressive booklist and even a fancy video or a matching and stylish CSS customization. Then you place a link on it that will take visitors from your profile page to your blog.

If you’re somewhat addicted to joining sites like [tag]MySpace[/tag], the Pinoy favorite [tag]Friendster[/tag], and any other similiar sites, then each profile you make is a source for those precious links since again, getting in coming links are not that easy. So the more incoming links to your blog, the more likely it will be put in a higher position in web searches. Setting up profile pages in various sites and linking them to your blog is one way of “do-it-yourself” blog promotion without the difficulties of negotiating link exchanges and such.

Going back to SEOmoz Blog’s question; “Is this ethical unethical*?”

I don’t think so. After all, it is your profile and you basically have the right to do what you want with it, duh! ‘Cusmtomize your profile’ and placing a link even an image banner (like what I did with my Friendster profile) is well within what we are free to do. It’s a no brainer right?

*thanks for Noelle De Guzman for pointing out the little typo. 😉

Writer’s block + dilemmas

(A little note: The post will start off with my personal dilemas and would probably end up with me ranting on how my life is being screwed up by a bad case of writer’s block. Regular tech, health and political posts will resume afterwards.)

Isn’t strange? It’s weekend and my blog hardly contains any new posts. The culprit; writer’s block. A very bad case of writer’s block. With such impeccable timing, tomorrow will be the start of a new week, and the mid-terms period for the 1st semester. With it I have the following things to do or accomplish:

1. Write an article about GMA’s SONA for the ‘Lasalyanong Saloobin’ – the Lasallian Community Development Center’s monthly newsletter. This is due for tomorrow.

2. Finish the one year plan of program for the Advocacy & Services Committee of the Lasallian SERVE volunteers which, technically I am now in charge of since our committee leader decided to quit and hand over the committee to me. This is still unofficial though for I’m still awaiting news from the top. Anyways, I can still relax since there is no real deadline for submitting the plan of program, yet.

3. Finish the paperworks for the launching of Sining Bayan’s five-year plan focused on fixing organizational problems, training and education of the members and securing the theater organization’s financial footing. Again I can still relax a bit for this is due not until next weekend.

4. Finalize my relationship with the Silang Parish Youth Ministry. Once I settle this, I can finally map out my personal calendar of activities with confidence and security. Up to now, I don’t know whether I’m still part of the core group or not or whether I’m part of the ‘board of consultants’ or ‘advisers’. I’m quite confused really. I used to be the chairperson of the Ministry’s Education & Training Committee but ever since our little revolution to change the Ministry’s leadership and success of it, I’ve grown tired and unintrested in getting involved with the Ministry. Alam ko namang mangingialam ang mga manang at manong sa simbahan kaya magkakandaletse-letse na naman ang mga buhay at plano namin para sa mga kabataan ng aming parokya, kaya ayaw ko na muna.

I know that the elders would once more meddle in our affairs and screw up our plans so before it happens again I’m bolting out, I’m just simply tired of wrestling with the jurassic generation of church people in our parish, who refuse to wake up and realise that their time has ended and now it’s our turn to run things in the church. It’s the old refusing to give way to the new. Though I enjoyed this kind of struggle in the past, I seem to have lost interest in it for now. God help me. God help us the youth.

That’s my offline work or tasks to do cut out for me, at least the ones that I do remember. I can’t find my all-purpose notebook where I’ve written down the rest of it all. It will turn out soon enough.

As for my online work (internet-related) it’s equally messy and in disarray. My old blog is down because I’m behind in the payments for the hosting. I can’t settle the bill just yet because my money is still stuck inside the check from Text-Link-Ads which finally arrived last Thursday. It’s the very first check from the advertising programs I use on my blogs, TLA in this case and I must admit that it does put quite a smile on one’s face upon seeing the amount. But that is all. Honestly, I have no idea of what to do with it or how to convert it into cash. I guess I’ll just ask the Pinoy probloggers for advice and help with this TLA check of mine.

With my old blog down, the site of the Philippine Blog Carnival is also down, along with the LSJP’s website and Sir Yuri’s blog. That’s why I’m not making announcements or plans for the next edition of the Philippine Blog Carnival just yet, or maybe I’ll just host it here in my new .com.ph blog.

It will keep the project alive and help my new blog develop in terms of traffic and popularity. Unless otherwise another Pinoy blogger volunteers to help me out with getting the Philippine Blog Carnival up and going again. So I’m open for suggestions and feedback even partnerships to get this project kicking again.

What else have I forgotten? Is it just my dilemmas that I’m going to share with you in this post? I hope not. Oh wait, now I remember, I also have to prepare for my first teaching class for tomorrow at the Dasmariñas Jail. Finally, I would get to meet my students and start the lessons. I just hope the wheather cooperates with us tomorrow. I’m still quite excited to get started. Maybe I’ll just spend the rest of this Sunday preparing for my class tomorrow since it is the only task that has favored my full enthusiasm and excitement. It could even help me to overcome this cursed writer’s block that has afflicted me since late Friday.

Oh well…this is life. Sh*t does happen and though it is dark and cloudy outside my bedroom window, I’m still confident that the sun would shine bright in the following days. Cheers everyone!

Intel ships Core Duo 2.33GHz and Forbes’ Top 100 Celebs

Via Engadget:

Intel Core Duo[tag]Intel[/tag] has ‘silently’ launched its new Intel Core Duo 2.33Ghz processor and is selling at $600 (Php31,200.00) Say what?! It’s faster and top of the line, but hey it comes at a heavy price. Most would say, “Hold back and wait for [tag]Core Duo[/tag] 2 to come out very soon.”

I agree.

Meanwhile, Forbes Magazine has just launched its Top 100 [tag]Celebrities[/tag] of 2006 list and the line-up pretty much reflects the most recent trend in the world of hollywood, primtime TV and sports.

The Top 10 include:

1. [tag]Tom Cruise[/tag]
2. Rolling Stones
3. Oprah Winfrey
4. U2
5. Tiger Woods
6. Steven Spielberg
7. Howard Stern
8. 50 Cent
9. Cast of The Sopranos
10. [tag]Dan Brown[/tag]

Yes, that’s Dan Brown in the Top 10 of the list, where [tag]J.K. Rowling[/tag] and John Grisham are down at 19 and 80 respectively. The movie may have sucked, but the lucky son of a gun has gotten away with it.

Formula 1 superstar Michael Schumacher gains over Tom Hanks, they’re 30 and 31 respectively while Kobe Bryant is in at 25 ahead of NBA legend Michael Jordan who’s at 26. On top of them all, [tag]American Idol[/tag] judge [tag]Simon Cowell[/tag] is at 29. Completing the list at 100 is Ty Pennington…honestly, I haven’t heard of her before.

Lastly, BusinessWeek Online has presented the Best Product Design of 2006. Asian designers has improved compared to last year, they took a quarter of this year’s awards. Products range from snazzy [tag]computers[/tag] to elegant and state-of-the-art tea makers. Check out the links and be in awe of human ingenuity.

Pope puts pedal to the metal

Pope Bean IThe many wonderous things you can recieve in your e-mail inbox continues to amaze me. In fact, I’m going to share one that I have just recieved a few minutes back from a good friend of mine.

Before everything else, I’m sure the following story is just a pigment of the imagination and that any references to any real-life events or persons were made just to tickle our fancies and to lighten up our daily grind with some [tag]Catholic[/tag] [tag]humor[/tag]
Enjoy….

After getting all of [tag]Pope Benedict XVI[/tag]’s luggage loaded into the limo, (and he doesn’t travel light), the driver notices that the Pope is still standing on the curb.
“Excuse me, Your Holiness,” says the driver, “Would you please take your seat so we can leave?”
“Well, to tell you the truth,” says the Pope, “they never let me drive at the Vatican when I was a cardinal, and I’d really like to drive today.”
“I’m sorry, Your Holiness, but I cannot let you do that. I’d lose my job! And what if something should happen?” protests the driver, wishing he’d never gone to work that morning.
“Who’s going to tell?” says the Pope with a smile.
Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 105 mph. (Remember, he’s a German Pope.)
“Please slow down, Your Holiness!” pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens.
“Oh, dear God, I’m going to lose my license — and my job!” moans the driver.
The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio.
“I need to talk to the Chief,” he says to the dispatcher.
The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he’s stopped a limo going a hundred and five.
“So bust him,” says the Chief. “I don’t think we want to do that, he’s really important,” said the cop.
The Chief exclaimed,” All the more reason!”
“No, I mean really important,” said the cop with a bit of persistence.
The Chief then asked, “Who do you have there, the mayor?”
Cop: “Bigger.”
Chief: ” A senator?”
Cop: “Bigger.”
Chief: “The Prime Minister?”
Cop: “Bigger.”
“Well,” said the Chief, “Who is it?”
Cop: “I think it’s [tag]God[/tag]!”
The Chief is even more puzzled and curious, “What makes you think it’s God?”
….

….

….

Cop: “His chauffer is the Pope!”

End. 😀

Ethical points to ponder

EthicsI just visited Estudyante.net, a forum for “students” and I’d like to share an interesting thread/topic about [tag]ethics[/tag] I found and replied to there.

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1.[tag]pornography[/tag]-explicit exhibition of sexual activity in literature or film.
-intention is to stimulate rather than artistic.

Ikaw na rin ang nagsabi, for stimulating purposes. Kaya kung ayaw mo magpastimulate, di huwag.

Pero child pornography? Hell No!!!
2.[tag]homosexuality[/tag]-the church should not tolerate and allow to solemnize homosexual marriages.It is not tolerated in the Biblical system.In the bible,homosexuality is “not an orderly existence”.

Saan sa Bible sinabi ni Kristo na “masama o makasalanan ang mga bading o ang pagiging bading?” Kung gusto mo nga iparating na kasalanan ang pagiging bading o lesbian.
3.[tag]lesbianism[/tag]

Same as above
4.[tag]sodomy[/tag]-specific act of anal sex between two males,or between a male and a female

Parang pornography din yan, kung ayaw mo magpa-stimulate di huwag.
Sinabi rin ni Freud “What is normal sex?”

5.[tag]bestiality[/tag]-man having sex with animals is ethically improper mixing

“improper mixing” of what? Muli, tulad ng yan pornography at ng tanong ni Frued: “What is normal sex?”

If you want to point at reproduction, common-sense, it’s not only unethical, it’s downright stupid.

6.[tag]euthanacia[/tag]-“mercy killing”
-its a practice of killing a person or animal in a painless or minimally painful way to end sufferings.

Sinabi ni Dr. Patch Adams, (totoong doctor siya ha, hindi lang pelikula ni Robin Williams) “Our jobs as doctors are not to prolong death but to improve the quality of life. Why are we so mortaly afraid of death? Isn’t that the natural order of things? Why can’t we face death and treat it with human decency and God forbid even humor?”

Gulay na yung kamag-anak mo pero buhay at may tibok pa naman ng puso at sabi ng makina ay humihinga pa naman siya, yan ba ang gusto mong kalidad ng buhay ng kamag-anak mo o ng isang pasyente sa kabilang kama?
7.[tag]abortion[/tag]

Hawig din ito ng mercy killing, kung ang bata sa mas maagang panahon ay makikitang may depekto sa katawan, malubhang karamdaman na magpapahirap lang sa kanya kapag siya ay iniluwal sa mundo at hindi na ito magagawan ng paraan, mas mabuti pang padaliin na ang kanyang buhay at matapos na ang kanyang paghihirap.

8.[tag]human genome project[/tag]-aimed to identify defective genetic materials in the human’s genome(hereditary info of an organism that is encoded in the DNA)

So? Ayaw mo bang malaman ang tunay na pinagmulan ng tao? Ayaw mo bang maiwasan ang mga birth-defects na kadalasang dahilan ng abortion?
9.[tag]cloning[/tag]

Depende kasi sa anong intensyon mo at saan mo gagamitin ang clone (buong organismo tao man o hindi; o kaya bahagi lamang ng isang organismo o tao)

Ang cloning ngayon ang nabibigay ng malaking pag-asa para sa mga diabetic, may cancer, malubhang injuries, at iba-‘t-iba pang karamdaman. Aalisin mo ba ang pag-asang kinakapitan nila para lang sa isang ethical principles na baluktot at luma na?

10.[tag]domestic violence[/tag]

Kahit saan naman may domestic violence. Turuan na lang ang mga biktima sa kung ano ang dapat gawin, i-educate sila tungkol sa kanilang mga karapatan, kaya at pwedeng gawin upang makalaya sa domestic violence. Magpapatuloy ang domestic violence hangga’t may nagpapailalim dito.

11.[tag]graft and corruption[/tag]

May bansa ba na graft at corruption free? Bantayan lang ng mabuti ang mga tao sa gobyerno, sundin ang mga anti-graft and corruption laws at ipatupad ito ng buong katapatan at sigasig.

O kaya huwag nang gumamit ng perang papel. Tapos ang perang gagawin, panay barya na lang mga isang-kilo ang bigat o kasing laki ng platito para walang makapagnakaw o makapagbulsa. 😀

12.[tag]drug addiction and alcoholism[/tag]

Magbigay ng alternatives para hindi na magdroga at mag-inom ang mga tao. Bigyan ng trabaho, magagandang oportunidad, serbisyo, mapaglilibangan, matutunan.

13.[tag]ecology[/tag]-let us love and protect the ecology since He made this planet as one habitat.

Tama.

14. “God put me here” – Gloria Daya-rhea Arrovo

You talked to two Popes with that mouth of yours?!

15. “[tag]Hello…Garci[/tag]” – Gloria Daya-rhea Arrovo

Are you sure you took the ethics course in whatever university it is you went to?

Care to share you thoughts?

Intel has a new house, I cleaned up mine

Intel has just opened a new 65-nanometer plant in Ireland a few days back as part of their move, to which tech pundits says, ‘Intel’s move to regain its footing in the microchip industry‘.

Intel65-nanometer chips have smaller components lending to faster and more powerful chips for our desktops, laptops and servers. The chips are getting smaller with news that 45-nanometer chips would be produced by Intel by the end of next year.

It’s good news for all of us tech consumers, however I do hope that these new chips would be more affordable and power-efficient as to help with our electric bills and the truth that Intel chips costs more than AMD chips sold here in the Philippines. New technology doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper price tags. *sighs*

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Last night, I had a quick exchange of e-mails with Sir Angelo Racoma about some nifty seo tips and strategies that will help me build up traffic and readership in this new blog of mine. The help of course is part of the promotional free .com.ph domain + hosting package they have offered to interested bloggers. I don’t know if I’m stepping a bit out line here as I will be able to share those said seo or search engine optimization tips (just some for now)in this little recollection of what I had to go through in the wee hours of yesterday.

As you have probably seen, there are now only 4 posts in this blog and this entry is the 5th. I removed the older ones which all came from my original blog The Four-eyed Journal. The move or migration as the experts would like to term it from that original domain and webhost to this new one was part of my plan to reboot my blog and blogging life, career if may call it. I thought it was just logical, a new .com.ph domain plus hosting would be better complimented with a first re-start of my blog.

That’s why I dropped the blog title of ‘The Four-eyed Journal’ and opted to the ‘Pinoy Explorer’, the reasons of which I blogged about earlier here. I didn’t only dropped the name of my former blog, I decided to drop the old one altogether and even redirected traffic from the old domain to this new .com.ph domain. The migration was going on quite smoothly except for one major detail; my Text-Link-Ads sponsors.

It turns out that I cannot transfer the text link ads from my old site to this new one as easy as I could transfer the ads from AdSense, AdBrite and Linkshare. This prevented the total shutdown of my old blog. Even if I redirected the old http://jhay.lsjp.org domain to this new http://jrocas.com.ph domain, the TLA team wouldn’t just allow it.

It was then I later realised, with the wisdom of Sir Agelo, that TLA team made perfect sense. My old site has already built up a considerable amount of traffic and link popularity, that’s why I was able to sell those ad spaces via Text-Link-Ads, and it would be unfair to the said advertisers because I would put their ads on a site that has yet to build up its own decent amount of traffic and readership, and more importantly, they did not pay to advertise on this new site, they did that on my old site.
I made some quick adjustments in my ‘blog reboot plan’, removed the domain redirection and returned the old http://jhay.lsjp.org back online and renamed it ‘TechnoloJhay‘ not just to keep the TLA ads, but as to have it as my archives site and secondary blog. That explains, in part, the housecleaning I did to remove the duplicate contents (since they were already posted first in the old blog) in this site which is now my primary or main blog.

GoogleWhy remove the duplicate contents? It turns out, as I was told that ‘Papa Google‘ (the term coined by Major who shouted Isulong seoph) hates duplicate contents and strikes down sites with duplicate contents in in search rankings, which is a big no-no in terms of search engine optimization for your site or blog. You see, Google and the other search engines are like my mother, she’s the most generous, kind, loving and helpful person when you’re doing something different, good and unique, but when you go the other direction she could be as cold and unforgiving as the Ice Queen in Narnia.

So there, migrating blogs to a new domain is like moving into a new house. You either start with a clean slate and buy new furnitures and fixtures or simply carry over the old stuf you already have because just like in the real world, you can’t have the same content in two places at once, Papa Google wouldn’t just allow it. 😉

Diarrhea…good or bad karma

ToiletTelling the origins of the [tag]Yakult[/tag] [tag]bacteria[/tag] and the reactions I get from my classmates always keeps me up. Drinking something that is full of bacteria that was first found in the poop of an infant has some amusing effects on the facial expressions of the weak-stomached. It is not strange really because many strains or kinds bacteria have been living inside our guts ever since our early evolution. Scientists are even saying that we may not be able to survive without them inside our bodies. It’s a symbiotic relationship, both parties are benefitting from each other.

However, I cannot help but think that the President recently suffering from [tag]diarrhea[/tag] is caused by [tag]karma[/tag]. Bad karma. The Filipino saying goes, “Makakarma ka din.” has taken effect. Why karma? [tag]Impeachment[/tag], rebellion, mass protests, all things she fought in a dirty downright dastardly way last year has now come back to haunt her, plus that “bum stomach.” The second round of the impeachment or round two, which the opposition has prepared for quite extensibly has begun, her all-out war policy against the “left” which pundits says is her last card in the poker game that is Philippine [tag]politics[/tag]. So the what’s the solution? Good karma, and being the desperately God-fearing Filipino that she is, the President visits the Pope in Rome bearing gifts…as offerings for blessings and protection? To ward off the calling of ‘Mang Doro’?

If there’s one person who needs protection, aside the President herself – from the threat of being impeached and booted out of her seat in Malacañang to end up in the gleaming porcelain ‘thinking chair’ – that other person is Pope Benedict XVI. Recall that before the late Pope John Paul II died, he was paid a visit by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo clad in a black dress with a matching veil as if she has just arrived or came to early as it turned out, to a funeral.

Pope John Paul II wasn’t the only public figure who has passed away shortly after encountering Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Fernando Poe, Jr. Raul Roco and former PCGG chair Haydee Yorac just to name a few. All like Pope John Paul II, were good men and woman of out time. So is the President suffering from bad karma or is she the bad karma?

PinoyBlog Carnival – Isulong seoph edition

Welcome to the third edition of the PinoyBlog Carnival! Hosted by yours truly, jhay the Pinoy Explorer. 😀

IsulongseophflagIt’s almost been a month since the much coveted Isulong seoph contest was launched by SEO Philippines and thus far, it has been among hottest craze in the Pinoy blogosphere and it how shouldn’t be? With over a whopping P130, 000 pesos in prizes, Pinoy bloggers wanting to take a shot at it have went to full gear and have come up and tried almost anything and everything to improve their chances of landing the number 1 spot in the Google.com.ph search for the key words: “Isulong seoph”

So, in support of this great project and of the contestants, this third edition of the PinoyBlog Carnival is all about Isulong seoph.

Only three Pinoy bloggers who have entered the contest have submitted their entry pages to become part of this Isulong seoph edition of the PinoyBlog Carnival. So without further adeu let’s kick off this PinoyBlog Carnival right now.

Noel’s isulong seoph lays down in layman’s terms what this Isulong seoph contest is all about. It’s benefits and beneficiaries and its overall impact on the future of the IT, internet, [tag]blogging[/tag] and [tag]search engine marketing[/tag] and [tag]optimization[t/ag] industries.

In fact, its positive and productive benefits can already be felt today. One such Pinay blogger who has indeed benefited from the Isulong seoph contest is Junelle Caravana who testifies that SEO newbies and alike has learned a lot about seo techniques and strategies. Though it may be a tall order, Junelles says just seeing her page land in the number 1 page of Google for Isulong seoph is enough to make her very happy. Aside from the contestants, other Pinoy bloggers who did not joined I’m sure has also learned a thing or two about seo tricks and techniques especially when they actively supported their [tag]blogging[/tag] friends who have joined the contest.

Kudos to the organizers of the contest for once again, they have brought the Pilipino blogging community much closer together; in competition and cooperation.

Lastly, and for a little dose of fun, major who shouted Isulong seoph has come up with good ways on how not to win the Isulong seoph contest. So if you’re tired of typing Isulong seoph in your blog or somewhere else, you might just have to follow some or all of major’s advice. If not, then go on and press harder, aim for number one and shout “[tag]Isulong seoph[/tag]!”

This is it for this edition of the [tag]PinoyBlog Carnival[/tag], thank you for reading, do visit the participants and see you all again at the next edition. Many thanks and Isulong Pinoy Blogging!