What I Took With My Morning Coffee

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Religious Names for Cities and Towns To Be Banned?

I didn't realize how much has changed in the States until I saw this article about the desire of a group of "atheists" to ban the use of religious names for certain towns and cities, e.g. San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, St. Monica, etc. The group that is lobbying for the ban also wants to... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Cinnamon Rolls, Thats What...

... and a few pages from a tabloid paper, which was so filled with sex and violence that I set it aside and watched the Starbucks crowd instead. As you can see, there wasn't much to watch. Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Public Office For 1.32 Million Pesos?

Why would someone run for public office spending 1.32 M Philippine pesos during the campaign? Is it because of public service? Or is it because of the anticipated profit in public office? Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

A Fresh Six-Year Term

So, after taking over the reins of ousted President Erap Estrada, Macapagal-Arroyo gets a fresh six-year term as President of the Philippines. Not that it can be called a mandate of the voting public. No. Filipinos are quite aware of the corruption in her government and done by members of her... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004


This morning I got a bunch of bills that I'll have to pay for before the month ends: bills for my credit card, the cellphone, bills for the internet, electricity, water, newspaper and magazine subscriptions... When I was a school administrator, I didn't have to worry about these. Now that I am in a... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Death In The Congregation

Breakfast conversation revolved around yesterday's burial. Five days ago, Fr. Bernardino Ricafrente died of a heart attack while on his way to the hospital. He was 63 years old and our first missionary to die outside of the country. I remember Fr. Rica while I was still in the seminary. He used to... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Marriage and Divorce

Time's April 5 issue has an article by Liam Fitzpatrick entitled "Getting Out" with the blurb "Divorce was once all but unthinkable in Asia, but now it's become almost standard. And these days it's women who are doing most of the dumping." The author sets the mood for the article in the following... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 7, 2004

They Will Screw The Government

On June 30, 2004, President Gloria Arroyo's term as President will expire. If by then, the Presidential elections' results are still officially UNKNOWN, the law on political succession will be implemented. The President of the Senate, Franklin Drilon, will take the place of the President. Problem... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 3, 2004

When Old Friars Talk

The ever loquacious Fra J. has been making us sit longer at the breakfast table since he came back from the hospital the other day. This morning, we were talking about what politics -- again -- has done to the Filipino way of life. He said "While I was at the hospital, I saw a lot of the good things... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

More From Our Crappy Elections

Fernando Poe Jr. is a bully. When he was still campaigning for votes he told everyone that he will lose only if he would be cheated. Now that he isn't winning in the counting, he is telling everyone that what he said during the campaign is confirmed. Yet he cannot back up his claims. He knows,... Sign in to see full entry.

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