Thursday, January 29, 2009

House Bill seeks seperate courts for IP

From GMANews.TV

I was browsing through for some of the latest current events back in PI.

I came across a link "House Bill seeks seperate courts for IP (also known as Indigenous People)".
It makes me happy that lawmakers are trying their best to push through the bills 5751 and 5752 (was created by Rufus Rodriguez, Second District Cagayan de Oro).

So what does this Bill entail?

Under the bill, courts shall be established to resolve cases involving indigenous peoples in provinces where there are concentrations of indigenous groups.

Supervising the courts are lawyers who belong to each individual tribe acting as judges, "much like the Shari' a Muslim religious court."

For centuries, our katutubos (IP) have already established their own laws regarding their Justice System. (Makes me think about the laws for American Indians here.. According to Brother Tattoo, they can not touch the accounts that are owned by American Indians because it is handled by some one else and a special case as well).

Hopefully if these bills push through, it should show a positive outcome and the issues and difference that the law can not provide for the IP's would be resolved.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Countess Elizabeth Bathory

Back in college, I had my midterms presentation about creating a speech for one of my classes..

Since I was so ecstatic to do my homework, I told my teacher that I wanted to present mine first. My speech was about Countess Elizabeth Bathory. I saw an action figure of hers while strolling in G2.

Countess Elizabeth Bathory
August 7, 1560 - August 21,1614

Born from a Hungarian noble family. Known for her infamy of killing a speculated of 650 young women (both from noble families and commoners). She thought that by drinking and bathing from their blood would preserve her youthful appearance.

Early years...

Her father was George Báthory of the Ecsed branch of the family, a brother of Andrew Bonaventura Báthory, who had been Voivod of Transylvania, while her mother was Anna Báthory (1539–1570), daughter of Stephen Báthory, another Voivod of Transylvania, of the Somlyó branch. Through her mother, she was the niece of Stefan Báthory, King of Poland.

The young countess was a spoiled child, raised by a group of governesses, employed to give her everything she wanted. She was taught Latin, German and Greek. At age 5 or four, she had epilepsy, probably as a result of inbreeding. But, she was seen as an intelligent woman.

When Elizabeth was at young age, she witnessed an execution of a gypsy. The gypsy was placed into the stomach of a horse, and then they closed the horse's stomach. No sympathy was shown to the man's death, and there were no regret in the face of the man who had executed him. This showed the young Elisabeth that ordinary civilians could get killed without fear of punishment.


At the age of 15, Báthory was engaged to Ferenc Nádasdy and moved to Nádasdy Castle in Sárvár, Kingdom of Hungary. In 1575, she married Nádasdy in Varannó. Nádasdy’s wedding gift to Báthory was his home, Čachtice Castle, situated in the Little Carpathians near Trencsén, together with the Čachtice country house and 17 adjacent villages. The castle itself was surrounded by a village and agricultural lands, bordered by outcrops of the Little Carpathians. In 1602, Nádasdy finally bought the castle from Rudolf II, so that it became a private property of the family.

A document from New Years Eve 1572 tells that Elizabeth and Ferenc married. The marriage was probably political arranged within the circles of the aristocracy. Elizabeth kept her name because her family was more powerful than her husband's. They married in a little palace named Varanno, on May 8th, 1575. There were ca. 4500 guest at the wedding. Elisabeth achieved the castle Cachtice as a wedding gift.

Elizabeth was sent to Sàrvàr where the Nadasdy family lived. Her husband was in Wien to study and Elisabeth spent much time on her own. She traveled to a house which her family owned. There she had a lover, Ladislas Bende. She got pregnant and had a son. He was sent to Transylvania and no one heard anything about him. Elizabeth paid everyone who knew about it to keep it secret. Once she ran away with one of her lovers, but she came back and her husband forgave her.

In 1578, Nádasdy became the chief commander of Hungarian troops, leading them to war against the Ottomans. With her husband away at war, Elizabeth Báthory managed business affairs and the estates. That role usually included providing for the Hungarian and Slovak peasants, even medical care.

During the height of the Long War (1593-1606), she was charged with the defense of her husband's estates, which lay on the route to Vienna.[2] The threat was significant, for the village of Čachtice had previously been plundered by the Ottomans while Sárvár, located near the border that divided Royal Hungary and Ottoman occupied Hungary, was in even greater danger.

She was an educated woman who could read and write in four languages.There were several instances where she intervened on behalf of destitute women, including a woman whose husband was captured by the Turks and a woman whose daughter was raped and impregnated. She was interested in science and astronomy.

Elizabeth's husband was a profesionnel soldier, and therefore, he traveled a lot. The first years of their marriage, they had no children and it was in these long period of times that Elizabeth's sadistic nature began. They were married in 25 years. Her husband died in 1604 at the age of 47. His death is commonly reported as resulting from an injury sustained in battle.

In 1585, Elizabeth had a daugher, Anna. Then she had another daugher and a son, Ursula and Andrew, but both of them died at early age. After this, she had another daugher and a son, Kate and Paul, born in 1598. All of them were taken care of by governesses at the same they were born. Even if the countess ignored her children, she never tortured them.

Reign of terror..

When she noticed that her appearance was taking it's toll due to her age. One day, a servant girl was brushing her mane when she accidentally pulled it hard. Countess Elizabeth was furious that she slapped the girl's face so hard a nit of blood smeared on her hand. When she wiped it off, she noticed that her skin was rejuvenated.

She called her accomplices, Dorka, Ilonna, and Ficko to have the girl killed and save the blood in a tub were she bathed..

Arrest and Trial...
Years passed and the secrecy can no longer be kept. Thurzo, another Magyar nobility was asked by King Matthias to check if the claims were true. He and his men went to castle Cachtice to verify if the claims were true. He and his men entered and met a grisly surprise. There was a dead girl lying while the other was clinging to dear life. Some were wounded locked up. Stench of rotting corpses was the scent of the castle (too many girls were killed already and they were running out of options to were they can dump the bodies). Thurzo can not stand the scene and went to look for Elizabeth.

Dorka, Ilona and Ficko were found guilty and put to death on the spot. Dorka and Ilona had their fingernails ripped out before they were thrown into a fire, while Ficko, who was deemed less guilty, was beheaded before being consigned to the flames. A public scaffold was erected near the castle to show the public that justice had been done. Katarína Benická was sentenced to life imprisonment, as she only acted under the domination and bullying by the other women, as implied by recorded testimony.

They saw her, getting ready for her blood bath while her accomplices slitted the throat of the young girl.

However the death penalty did not push through due to the fact that she is from nobility and king Matthias owes her some money.


During the trial of her primary servants, Báthory had been placed under house arrest in a walled up set of rooms. She remained there for four years, until her death.

King Matthias had urged Thurzo to bring her to court and two notaries were sent to collect further evidence,but in the end no court proceedings against her were ever commenced.

On 21 August 1614, Elizabeth Báthory was found dead in her castle. Since there were several plates of food untouched, her actual date of death is unknown. She was buried in the church of Čachtice, but due to the villagers' uproar over having "The Tigress of Čachtice" buried in their cemetery, her body was moved to her birthhome at Nagyecsed in Kingdom of Hungary, where it is interred at the Báthory family crypt.


In 1610 and 1611 the notaries collected testimonies from more than 300 witness accounts. Trial records include testimonies of the four defendants, as well as 13 more witnesses. Priests, noblemen and commoners were questioned. Witnesses included the castellan and other personnel of Sárvár castle.

According to these testimonies, her initial victims were local peasant girls, many of whom were lured to Čachtice by offers of well-paid work as maidservants in the castle. Later she is said to have begun to kill daughters of lower gentry, who were sent to her gynaeceum by their parents to learn courtly etiquette. Abductions were said to have occurred as well. At the trial there were accusations of pagan practices and witchcraft.

The descriptions of torture that emerged during the trials were often based on hearsay. The atrocities described most consistently included:

* severe beatings over extended periods of time, often leading to death.
* burning or mutilation of hands, sometimes also of faces and genitalia.
* biting the flesh off the faces, arms and other bodily parts.
* freezing to death.
* surgery on victims, often fatal.
* starving of victims.
* sexual abuse.

The use of needles was also mentioned by the collaborators in court.

Some witnesses named relatives who died while at the gynaeceum. Others reported having seen traces of torture on dead bodies, some of which were buried in graveyards, and others in unmarked locations. According to testimonies by the defendants, Elizabeth Báthory tortured and killed her victims not only at Čachtice but also on her properties in Sárvár, Sopronkeresztúr, Bratislava, (then Pozsony, Pressburg), and Vienna, and even between these locations. In addition to the defendants, several people were named for supplying Elizabeth Báthory with young women. The girls had been procured either by deception or by force. A little-known figure named Anna Darvulia was also suspected to have influenced Báthory, having made it her business to know everything about the girls Báthory employed, as well as insisting that she only took girls 'who have not yet tasted the pleasures of love'. Darvulia died long before the trial.

Vanity, at this level is quite disturbing. She's mysterious and cloaked with infamy that I became curious...


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Monday, January 26, 2009

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

January 24,2008, Me, MsPinkbiik, and Cyclops watched the movie called Underworld Rise of the Lycans.

I was amazed by the special effects and how the 3 movies are related to each other. The movie focuses more on Lucien.

Underworld - Rise of The Lycans 2009 Trailer - The best video clips are here

You got to watch this movie.. If you haven't watched it, you've missed a lot then.. =)


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night out of town

Sorry guys, I haven't blogged that much.. I am a bit sick right now and hopefully this so called sickness subsides as soon as possible..

Last Friday, January 23,2008 me and Ms.pinkbiik went out to Manila Bay in philly..

The reason? She stated that she want to sing karaoke so she tagged me along there..

I think MsPinkbiik had intentions of killing on that faithful night. I prefer for her not to speak while driving because she makes me kiss the dashboard of her rental car..

Anyhow, I was feeling a bit anti-social on that night but still happy because I got to see NEW FACES...


I really miss my life in PI.. Super confused right now..

geeze... =)


Thursday, January 22, 2009

License for online conten developers?

It is spreading like wildfire, the National Telecommunications Commission, also known as NTC has proposed a Memorandum that would require license for online content developers.


Isn't this hypocrisy at it's peak?

I have always reiterated in all the comments that I make that Blogging is a form of freedom of speech. Besides, we are already paying for our internet providers, why do we still need to pay extra just to add contents in our sites?

Maybe this is just another crazy, ludicrous, and stupid idea of NTC..

If this memorandum pushes through, hell's going to break loose.

for the memorandum click here.

other blogs
Reyna Elena, Mike Abundo, and LJ Diaz

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The 7 Heavenly Virtues

Temperantia, by Luca GiordanoImage via WikipediaThe Seven Heavenly virtues contradict the seven deadly sins..

Earlier, I have blogged each of those sins and now, I will blog about the positive ones.

So what are the Seven Heavenly Virtues composed of?

The seven virtues are a set of seven cardinal virtues recognized in Christian philosophy, especially virtue ethics, and theology.

Cardinal Virtues
The term "cardinal" comes from the Latin cardo or hinge; the cardinal virtues are so called because they are hinges upon which the door of the moral life swings.

Theological Virtues

According the christian philosophy, theological virtues are character qualities associated with salvation. Other than that the following virtues are named because the object of these is the DIVINE BEING.

According to wiki, the & heavenly virtues consists of 4 cardinal virtues and three theological virtues.






Proper judgement of reasons for action with regard to appropriateness in a context


Restraint or Temperance

Practicing self-control, abstention, and moderation


Courage or Fortitude

Forbearance, endurance, and the ability to confront fear/uncertainty



Steadfastness in belief



Expectation of good and capability of not giving up


Love / Charity

Selfless, unconditional, and voluntary loving-kindness

Most of these virtues were derived from the Psycomachia, an epic poem written by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius.








Courage and boldness. Embracing of moral wholesomeness and achieving purity of thought through education & betterment




Constant mindfulness of others and one’s surroundings. Practicing abstention, moderation, & self-control


Will, Generosity


Willingness to give. A nobility thought or actions.


Persistence, Effort


A zealous and careful nature in one’s actions & work. Monitoring one’s activities to guard against laziness.




Resolving conflicts peacefully as opposed to resorting to violence.




Sympathy without prejudice and for its own sake


Bravery, Modesty


Modest behaviour, selflessness and the giving of respect. Giving credit where credit is due.

While contemplating on the said Virtues, I believe that these are not that hard to follow. It is so simple to say and do. More on Universal Service to others.


I will continue later on about each of the Virtues that oppose the Vices..



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Tuesday, January 20, 2009


200 Pound beauty

I was able to watch this movie back in P.I. I find the movie very comedic and dramatic.

Here's the plot that i got from wiki

Kang Han-na (Kim Ah-jung) is an overweight phone sex employee and a secret vocalist for Ammy, a famous Korean pop singer who actually lip syncs as she cannot sing. Instead of being famous for her own amazing vocal talent, Han-na hides behind Ammy's performance stage and sings during Ammy's concerts, and records all of Ammy's songs. One day, Ammy ungratefully humiliates her in front of the music company's director Sang-jun (Ju Jin-mo) during his birthday party, knowing full well that Han-na has a crush on him. While crying in the bathroom, Han-na overhears Sang-jun telling Ammy that even though they are just using Han-na for her voice, they must be kind to her so she will not walk out on them. Heartbroken, Han-na attempts suicide but is interrupted by a phone call from one of her phone sex regulars who happens to be a top cosmetic surgeon. She decides to get a head-to-toe makeover instead. The surgeon at first refuses to operate on Han-na, but Han-na threatens to blackmail the surgeon by telling his wife about his calls. Then, Han-na makes a moving speech that she does not want to undergo surgery merely to be beautiful, but for the sake of love and as a boost in confidence, and the surgeon is deeply moved. Han-na puts herself in seclusion for a year as she recovers from the changes.

When she comes back from the hospital, Han-na is incredibly beautiful and slender. No one, not even her best friend, Chung-min, recognizes her. With Chung-min's help, she creates a new identity for herself; she is now a Korean-American from California named Jenny. After auditioning to be Ammy's secret vocalist again, she earns her own recording contract instead from Sang-jun, claiming that she is "all-natural". In the meantime, Ammy, oblivious just like everyone else of Han-na's new identity, desperately tries to find Han-na so that she can record her own postponed album (since she cannot sing the songs herself) by spending time with Hanna's father who is in a hospital with some mental problems, possibly Alzheimer's. Meanwhile, romance begins to blossom between "Jenny" and Sang-Jun, as he continues to promote Jenny, in effect boosting Hanna's confidence on her new self. However, Ammy, through spending time with Han-na's father and Jenny, eventually realizes that this Jenny is actually Han-na in disguise.

During a date one night, as sparks fly, Jenny supposedly stripped for Sang-Jun in the character of a nurse, through a phone sex session. [not shown on camera, of course] After Jenny has fallen asleep, he sees the African character Jenny had drawn on the glass and realizes it was a sign he had seen before. He remembers that when Han-na still existed and he had not met "Jenny" yet, Han-na had drawn the exact same signs on a sheet of music. Then he adds all of the signs up and realizes as well that "Jenny" is actually Kang Han-na but he keeps this information to himself.

"Jenny's" debut single 'Maria' becomes a hit and the recording company holds a party to celebrate its release. On the day of a party however, Ammy brings "Jenny's" father, in an attempt to blow Han-na's cover. Han-na's father tries to return Han-na's Barbie doll to her, which has always been Han-na's favourite childhood gift from him. Startled by the sudden appearance of her father and not knowing how to react in front of all the people, including Sang-jun, Han-na denies knowing her father and calls him a fan instead when Sang-jun asks her if the old man is her guest. As her father keeps on insisting on giving the doll to Han-na, Sang-jun drags him away from Jenny and accidentally knocks him down onto the floor. Desperate to keep her true identity a secret, Han-na made no move to help her father. It was Chung-min who finally helps him up, casts Jenny a furious look and leads Hanna's father away from the party.

After the party, Sang-jun and 'Jenny' were the only ones left in the room. Sang-jun reveals to 'Jenny' that he knows her true identity but is now cold and distant. He seems to be unable to forgive her for lying to him but says that he will still work to promote 'Jenny' and carry on with her concert scheduled the next day. Han-na breaks down at this point, heartbroken and unable to pretend to be someone else anymore. Han-na tells him that it is incredibly frustrating and painful not being able to be just be herself but have to live a lie, especially in front of him. The surgery that took a whole year to recover from was not nearly as painful as realizing that she still could not be close to Sang-jun. As Sang-jun tries to comfort her, she brushed away his efforts saying, "You broke my heart. Tissue paper cannot fix it."

The day of "Jenny's" first concert, Sang-jun still insisted on continuing Jenny's concert, despite his father's protests. Later, he encourages a distraught Jenny to do this concert, not for the sake of the fans or the company but for herself, thus implying that he has forgiven her and will continue to support her. At the concert, Jenny couldn't sing and later breaks down from the pressure of seeing her father being dragged away by security and tells everybody to stop. She then reveals to the public that Jenny is a "fake," and that she is not "all-natural", as she had claimed, but is "plastic". However, nobody seems to believe her. She proceeds tearfully to tell the large crowd her story: how she has abandoned everything that is dear to her - her best friend and father - to get to where she is. She also tells the crowd about how along the way to fame and fortune she has also lost her own identity and that she now no longer knows who she is. Just then, the screens behind her on the stage started to show a clip of the old, obese Han-na, singing angelically. Han-na turns around and sees her old image and tells the crowd that the image is the real her. The crowd, moved by her sincere confession, responds by chanting "It's okay," and Han-na rekindles her relationships with her father and best friend. She drops the stage name "Jenny" and re-releases a CD with her own name, Hanna, and becomes a highly successful music artist, gaining many fans and anti-fans along the way. Sang-jun realizes the very thing about Han-na that had always drawn him to her was Han-na's innocence. However he also realizes that she has moved on and is now content with who she is, that he has lost his chance to be with her, but carries on being her manager as her career goes from strength to strength. (a sort of happy ending, but not a typically cliche' perfect happy ending)

I love the some of the songs in the movie even though some where in Korean.. But what the hell right?!

here's one of the songs that I really love called "Dance with my Daddy"

It is still true that some people conceive that the outer beauty is more important rather than the inner beauty. You might have those incredible talents that suffice yet your appearance can be a hindrance as well..

A world of superficiality still exists in society.


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Crossing paths with a Grammar Nazi

It is such a funny thing that I came across a Grammar Nazi..

I am not writing this blog to condemn him nor attack him. I just find it funny and interesting for some one to correct my grammar (OMG I feel like a student again! LOL "I aint purrrfect" if I say this in Ebonics. But thanks anyways.. LOL).

So what is a Grammar Nazi?

According to Urban Dictionary:

A captious individual who cannot resist the urge to correct a spelling and/or grammar mistake even in informal settings. After pointing out the linguistic shortcomings in others, a Grammar Nazi feels a strange sense of twisted and unconstructive intelligentsia delight.

In reality, they are making someone else feel bad for no reason and unintentionally implying that their "superior" grammar skills are all they have to show for a wasted liberal arts education.

While proper grammar usage is all well and good, a Grammar Nazi cavils even insignificant errors in English to somehow win an argument. Of course, rather than being genuinely persuasive in an argument, pointing out English errors is a weak attack only on the typist's credibility and never has any bearing on the underlying premises and assertions therein.

In other words, this is simply a disguised ad hominem argument which intelligent and logical people disregard.

Still, one should strive to spell and use words properly, but arrogant and unsolicited advice is not a very persuasive way to teach English.

A person who criticizes someone else's grammar, spelling, and/or punctuation, usually in an online setting. While they are often seen as uptight assholes who really need to get a life, it should be noted that they point out simple flaws that often show a lack of intelligence on the part of the person being criticized.

For the person who attacked me regarding my grammar, ummm thank you? lol I really don't mind people correcting my grammar and I don't take it seriously (come on! some of us do this too). I am not insunuating that being a Grammar Nazi is bad. It is both positive and negative. Positive because it enforces people to use the "Proper Grammar". It is also Negative, other people might perceive it as a sign or arrogance and belittlement to others. You would just know it if a/the GN is belittling you or just reminding you.

But when I see the word Nazi shakens me. Reminds me of racism, discrimination, and arrogance (Irkkkk!!! Blechk! ).



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Monday, January 19, 2009

Roscoe Umali

Brother tattoo just told me about this upcoming hiphop artist named Roscoe Umali who is a PINOY.. Pure PINOY!

my new fave song LIVE IT UP by Roscoe Umali

So who's Roscoe Umali?

In his younger years, Roscoe began his journey into the realm of emceeing by shaking party crowds and introducing his high energy style to the club circuit throughout Southern California. As he continued to perfect his craft, his scope and exposure broadened throughout the world while battling some of the best MCs in his hometown of Los Angeles all the way to places such as London, Spain, and Korea. Undeniably, his highly anticipated upcoming release, "Homegrown Emcee", brings together the holy trinity of the art of Emceeing by combining heat seeking battle verses, crowd moving club bangers, and a new fondness for the art of storytelling.

To the delight of his fans, it is Roscoe's storytelling qualities that truly shine on this full length album. On songs such as "Rhymestate" and "Keep Grinding," the "Freshest Filipino" breaks through with elaborate verses of his life experiences not shown in party scenes and rap battle grounds and is a representation of his full evolution as a complete MC. In "Homegrown Emcee," Roscoe Umali delivers much needed food for thought for the starved fans of hip-hop's current diluted state. Throughout his journey, Roscoe supports his family and graduates at the top of his class from UCLA, arming his rhymes and creating a lethal combination of knowledge from the streets and much more.

check out his website here

I became so ecstatic whenever I see Pinoys being recognized internationally like APL, Charice P, Cristeta C., Tia C., Dante B., Nicole S. and Rob Schneider etc!



Obama and GMA commercial

this is super funny.. Please try to watch this video..


Obama Inauguration

IMG_2418Image by spotbott via FlickrThe HISTORIC moment for America was when Barrack Obama was elected to be the next 44th President of the United States of America. He won last November 5, 2008.

By tomorrow, January 20,2009, he will officially become the 44th President to date.

The inauguration will take place on the steps of the west front of the US Capitol building in Washington DC...

While watching shows such as FOX 29 and surfing the net. It is said that the event will be star-studded with the likes of Susan Sarandon, P.Diddy, Tim Robbins, and Ben Affleck etc...

What else can we expect? Oh yeah famous singers with the likes of Aritha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Shakira, and yes Charice Pempengco (who was supported by Oprah Ofcourse, unsure about this)..

Other than that the executive chef will still be Cristeta Comerford!

I say HOORAY for all the Filipinos out there doing their best and making us FILIPINOS PROUD!


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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Noli Me Tangere

Back in highschool, there were some books made by Jose Rizal, that got stuck to me like glue.

The first book I got engrossed with was "Noli Me Tangere" which means don't touch me..

Here's the plot that I got from Wikipedia

Having completed his studies in Europe, young Juan Crisóstomo Ibarra comes back to the Philippines after a 7-year absence. In his honor, Captain Tiago throws a get-together party, which is attended by friars and other prominent figures. In an unfortunate incident, former curate Father Dámaso belittles and slanders Ibarra. But Ibarra brushes off the insult and takes no offense; he instead politely excuses himself and leaves the party because of an allegedly important task. The day after the humbling party, Ibarra goes to see María Clara, his love interest, a beautiful daughter of Captain Tiago and an affluent resident of Binondo, Manila. Their long-standing love is clearly manifested in this meeting, and María Clara cannot help but reread the letters her sweetheart had written her before he went to Europe. Before Ibarra left for San Diego, Lieutenant Guevarra, a guardia civil, reveals to him the incidents preceding the death of his father Don Rafael, a rich hacendero of the town. According to the Lieutenant, Don Rafael was unjustly accused of being a heretic, in addition to being a filibuster—an allegation brought forth by Father Dámaso because of Don Rafael's non-participation in the Sacraments, such as Confession and Mass. Father Dámaso's animosity against Ibarra's father is aggravated by another incident when Don Rafael helped out on a fight between a tax collector and a student fighting, and the former's death was blamed on him, although it was not deliberate. Suddenly, all of those who thought ill of him surfaced with additional complaints. He was imprisoned, and just when the matter was almost settled, he got sick and died in jail. Still not content with what he had done, Father Dámaso arranged for Don Rafael's corpse to be dug up and transferred from the Catholic cemetery to the Chinese cemetery, because he thought it inappropriate to allow a heretic such as Don Rafael a Catholic burial ground. Unfortunately, it was raining and because of the bothersome weight of the cadaver, the men in charge of the burial decided to throw the corpse into the lake. Revenge was not in Ibarra's plans; instead he carries through his father's plan of putting up a school, since he believes that education would pave the way to his country's liberation. During the inauguration of the school, Ibarra would have been killed in a sabotage had Elías—a mysterious man who had warned Ibarra earlier of a plot to assassinate him—not saved him. Instead the hired killer met an unfortunate incident and died. The sequence of events proved to be too traumatic for María Clara who got seriously ill but was luckily cured by the medicine Ibarra sent her. After the inauguration, Ibarra hosts a luncheon during which Father Dámaso again insults him. Ibarra ignores the priest's insolence, but when the latter slanders the memory of his dead father, he is no longer able to restrain himself and lunges at Father Dámaso, prepared to stab the latter for his impudence. As a consequence, the Archbishop excommunicates Ibarra. Father Dámaso takes this opportunity to persuade the already-hesitant father of María Clara to forbid his daughter from marrying Ibarra. The priest wishes María Clara to marry a Peninsular named Linares who just arrived from Spain. With the help of the Captain-General, Ibarra's excommunication is nullified and the Archbishop decides to accept him as a member of the Church once again. But, as fate would have it, some incident of which Ibarra had known nothing about is blamed on him, and he is wrongly arrested and imprisoned. But the accusation against him is overruled because during the litigation that followed, nobody could testify that he was indeed involved. Unfortunately, his letter to María Clara somehow gets into the hands of the jury and is manipulated such that it then becomes evidence against him. Meanwhile, in Captain Tiago's residence, a party is being held to announce the upcoming wedding of María Clara and Linares. Ibarra, with the help of Elías, takes this opportunity and escapes from prison. But before leaving, Ibarra talks to María Clara and accuses her of betraying him, thinking that she gave the letter he wrote her to the jury. María Clara explains to Ibarra that she will never conspire against him but that she was forced to surrender Ibarra's letter to her in exchange for the letters written by her mother even before she, María Clara, was born. The letters were from her mother, Pía Alba, to Father Dámaso alluding to their unborn child; and that she, María Clara, is therefore not the daughter of Captain Tiago, but of Father Dámaso. Afterwards, Ibarra and Elías board a boat and flee the place. Elías instructs Ibarra to lie down and the former covers the latter with grass to conceal the latter's presence. As luck would have it, they are spotted by their enemies. Elías thinks he could outsmart them and jumps into the water. The guards rain shots on the person in the water, all the while not knowing that they are aiming at the wrong man. María Clara, thinking that Ibarra has been killed in the shooting incident, is greatly overcome with grief. Robbed of hope and severely disillusioned, she asks Father Dámaso to confine her into a nunnery. Father Dámaso reluctantly agrees when María Clara threatens to take her own life. demanding, "the nunnery or death!".Unbeknownst to her, Ibarra is still alive and able to escape. It was Elías who has taken the shots. It is Christmas Eve when Elías wakes up in the forest, gravely wounded and barely alive. It is in this forest that Elías finds Basilio and his lifeless mother, Sisa. Elías dies without having seen the liberation of his country.

I really love this book. The story behind this is more on the awakening of the Filipino Nationalism. Although when the book made its debut, a lot of controversies came out. The church leaders back then were not happy about the book as it showed some of the corruptions made by the Spanish friars.

Jose Rizal, he is someone that I really admire.


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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

one of my favorite movies

this is one of me and Brother Tattoo's favorite pinoy movies

"Pinoy Ako" from "Home Sic Home" (1995) - The best bloopers are a click away

This is such a funny movie that when it showed back in 1995, we can't stop watching it.

Dolphy is considered as one the Philippines' "Comedy King." If you need a good laugh.. Watch his flicks and you'll be laughing off your seats!




You heard it right! I love entrecard. Why? because through entrecard, I am able to go through different blogs that I really enjoy reading. Other than that, through entrecard and by dropping on each blogger's pages, you are able to help each other by publicizing their sites and vice versa.

SO my advise.. Keep on dropping and keep on reading! lol


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as a verb

to develop by training or education; bring up; rear:
the result of upbringing or training as shown in behavior and manners; manners, esp. good manners: You can tell when a person has breeding.

There are these type of people who arrogantly boasts that they are from a well-off family yet acting like deranged animals in public.

I would like to share with you all a story about *Fat Bastard...

So who is Fat Bastard? She's a lowly cheap ass bitch acting as if God permitted her freaking family to give orders to everyone around them.

What's even more disturbing about her weird family is this, the nerve of her sister to marry off their cousin's ex-Husband! IS this what you call proper breeding? Oh yeah and this Fat Bastard acts as if she is the boss of everyone, she has no decency and manners.

People like her are the one's who should be lynched.. Her audaciousness to say something irrevocable are so demeaning that every time I hear her freackin voice sickens me..


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Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Seven Deadly Sins: pride


Pride , depending upon context, either a high sense of the worth of one's self and one's own, or a pleasure taken in the contemplation of these things.And sometimes viewed as excessive or as a vice, sometimes as proper or as a virtue according to Aristotle.

Punishment in Hell: broken on the wheel
Animal: Horse
Color: Violet

Demon: Lucifer

Yet there is somewhere written in the bible & according to Mohammad, regarding pride as of something negative.

Psalm 10:4
In his pride the wicked does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.

He in whose heart there is as much as an atom of arrogance will not enter paradise..
...God, Most High, is beautiful and likes beauty; arrogance is disdaining what is true and despising people.

For I don't really see Pride as of something vile and evil. Aristotle stated though that Pride is some what a positive virtue.

...Identified pride (megalopsuchia, variously translated as proper pride, greatness of soul and magnanimity) as the crown of the virtues, distinguishing it from vanity, temperance, and humility, thus:

Now the man is thought to be proud who thinks himself worthy of great things, being worthy of them; for he who does so beyond his deserts is a fool, but no virtuous man is foolish or silly. The proud man, then, is the man we have described. For he who is worthy of little and thinks himself worthy of little is temperate, but not proud; for pride implies greatness, as beauty implies a good sized body, and little people may be neat and well-proportioned but cannot be beautiful.

Pride, then, seems to be a sort of crown of the virtues; for it makes them greater, and it is not found without them. Therefore it is hard to be truly proud; for it is impossible without nobility and goodness of character.

By doing more research into these, in the view of Psychology, there are 2 branches of hubris.

Hubris, is a sense of self exaggerated pride...

Alpha Pride or the pride within self is a behavior of that reflects less emotion expressions and concerns more on the gratification of the feelings within than outward. On the other hand, Beta Pride or pride in behavior, is somewhat contributes negatively to the hubris(emotions are expressed to the intent of a communicative act addressed to others rather than direct reflections underlying the mental state.).

In other words, pride can be something positive as it can enhance the feeling of well-being of person. We become more creative, have high self esteem and altruism etc.

But too much pride can leave a negative impact as well. People become too cocky and arrogant. Being hostile as well..

Thank you so much for reading my opinions and ideas regarding the 7 deadly sins.. My next topic would be about the 7 heavenly virtues.. =)


The Seven Deadly Sins: envy

{{Potd/2006-09-13 (en)}}Image via WikipediEnvy Envy (also called invidiousness) may be defined as an emotion that "occurs when a person lacks superior quality, achievement, or possession and either desires it or wishes that the other lacked it."

According to Bertrand Russell, envy is the potent cause of unhappiness. Bertrand considers it as a universal and most unfortunate aspect of human anture, not because that the envious person is rendered unhappy by his envy, but also wishes to inflict misfortunes on others.

Punishment in Hell: put in freezing water
Animal: Dog
Color: Green

Demon: Leviathan

Putting some thought into this, what B.Russell states is quite true. When envy gets the better part of a person, everything seems to be darkened. Before, we had a neighbor who was so envious on the material things that our other neighbor has. They just started copying everything, from the car that the other neighbor drives to the food that the other neighbor eats. I feel sad for those people.

I don't know what they are thinking but my conclusion is that they thought Neighbor COOL is trying to undermine them which is not true. It is like ... social climbing (sorry I am not a social climber nor a pretentious bitch but I am just social.. lol, I am very contented with what I have, thank you very much.. ).

And the more envious a person gets, I also noticed that they become more arrogant. I remember one time when I went to **** house. His family were airheads and keep on babbling about "I sacrificed my blah blah just to raise him.." (in the vernacular as well). Then one of **** cousin asked me if I wanted something to drink. Being blunt and straight forward, I told her that I wanted to drink a glass of water. I can read that all over their faces that they were pissed off with me. They later told on MsPinkBiik that I kept on speaking in English.. I was like ''Puhlease!!!" One of my close friends is Hungarian, there are some FIL-Ams as well as koreans. Most of them does not speak in the vernacular and I got the hang of speaking in English. Other than that, my school does not allow us to speak in Vernacular at some certain times.

I love the filipino language (my native language! ) but I really get tongue tied at a center point when I speak it.

Being envious, leads you to think of nasty things. It is like thinking about negative competition to your neighbor which unhealthy for the soul..

I do not see anything negative on being a bit envious of somethings to get you motivated to go to your goal.


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The Seven Deadly Sins: wrath

The Great Day of His Wrath, oil on canvas, 197...Image via WikipediaAnger is an emotional state that may range from minor irritation to intense rage.

Into the marshland that is called the Styx
Flows this sad stream after running downward
To the base of these ruinous gray slopes.

And I, standing there to stare intently,
110 Saw in that morass people smeared with mud,
All naked, their faces lined with rage.

They beat each other not just with their hands
But even with their heads and chest and feet
And with their teeth ripped each other to pieces

115 My own good master said, "Son, now you see
The souls of those whom anger overpowered.
I also want you to accept for certain

"That under the water there are people sighing
Who make the surface of the water bubble,
120 As your eye tells you whichever way it turns."

Mired in slime, they moan, "We were morose
In the sweet air made cheerful by the sun;
We bore within ourselves the torpid vapors:

"Now morbid we are made in this black mud."
125 This canticle they gurgle in their gullets
Since they can’t sound it with full syllables.

So we walked around the wide curving rim
Of that foul pool, between dry bank and bog,
With our eyes turned to those who swallow slime.

As soon as my guide and I embarked,
The ancient prow pushed off, ploughing down
30 Water more deeply than it does with others.

While we rode over the dead channel
Before me rose a figure smeared with mud
Who asked, "Who are you come before your time?"

And I told him, "I come, but do not stay.
35 But who are you who are made so ugly?"
He answered, "You see that I am one who weeps."

And I told him, "In weeping and in mourning,
Accursed spirit, there may you remain,
For, filthy as you are, I recognize you."

40 Then he stretched both his hands out to the boat.
At that my ready master shoved him off,
Saying, "Get away, with the other dogs!"

My guide then put his arms around my neck,
Kissed me, and said, "Soul of indignation,
45 Blessed is the woman who gave you birth!

"In the world he was a man of arrogance;
Nothing good bedecks his memory:
For that, his shade down here is furious.

"How many up there now think themselves kings
50 Who here shall wallow in the mud like pigs,
Bequeathing only loathsome disrepute."

And I said, "Master, eagerly would I like
To see that spirit soused within this soup
Before we take our leave of this morass."

55 And he told me, "Before the future shore
Comes into view, you shall be satisfied,
For it is right that your wish be fulfilled."

Shortly afterward I saw such a tearing
Of that shade by the slimy people there
60 That still I praise and thank God for it.

All shouted, "Get Filippo Argenti!"
And then the frenzied Florentine spirit
Turned on himself his own biting teeth.

We left him there; I tell no more about him.
65 But wailing, then, so pounded on my ear
That I intently strained my eyes ahead.

The kindly master said, "Now, my dear son,
The city known as Dis approaches near
With its grave citizens and mighty hosts."

Punishment in hell: dismembered alive
color: Red

Demon: Fezek or Satan

according to Joseph Delaney

(1914) Anger is defined as "the desire of vengeance" and states that a reasonable vengeance and passion is ethical and praiseworthy. Vengeance is sinful when it exceeds its limits in which case it becomes opposed to justice and charity. For example, "vengeance upon one who has not deserved it, or to a greater extent than it has been deserved, or in conflict with the dispositions of law, or from an improper motive" are all sinful. An unduly vehement vengeance is considered a venial sin unless it seriously goes counter to the love of God or of one's neighbor.

according to Buddhism;

"In general teaches that anger is a destructive emotion and although anger might have some positive effects in terms of survival or moral outrage, I do not accept that anger of any kind as a virtuous emotion nor aggression as constructive behavior. The Gautama Buddha has taught that there are three basic kleshas at the root of samsara (bondage, illusion) and the vicious cycle of rebirth. These are greed, hatred, and delusion--also translatable as attachment, anger, and ignorance. They bring us confusion and misery rather than peace, happiness, and fulfillment. It is in our own self-interest to purify and transform them."

I believe that anger is an emotional state that everyone can control. Why? For anger, there are these things called the "triggers" that flames a person's wrath. Before, I was the type of person who really had a short temper. Then, I started contemplating like "Why get mad on such small matters?". The more a person gets mad, the more life is stressful. Think of this, why have a hard time seeking vengeance on some one who is not worth your time? Just be happy and learn from those trivial matters that triggered your anger. Seek for guidance from a counselor or voice it out or have an outlet to wave of your anger,

You don't want those fine lines across your face right? =)


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The Seven Deadly Sins: SLOTH

Sloth is defined as spiritual and/or actual apathy or laziness, putting off what God asks you to do, or not doing it or anything at all. Acedia is a Latin word, from Greek akedia, literally meaning "absence of caring". Acedia is also deemed to lead to God's wrath.

Sloth can also concern wasting due to lack of use or allowing entropy, expanding into almost any person, place, thing, skills, or intangible ideal that would require maintenance, refinement and/or support to continue to exist.

Punishment in hell: thrown in snake pits
Animal: Goat
Color: Light Blue

Demon: Belphegor

According to

A man apprehends the practice of virtue to be beset with difficulties and chafes under the restraints imposed by the service of God. The narrow way stretches wearily before him and his soul grows sluggish and torpid at the thought of the painful life journey. The idea of right living inspires not joy but disgust, because of its laboriousness. This is the notion commonly obtaining, and in this sense sloth is not a specific vice according to the teaching of St. Thomas, but rather a circumstance of all vices. Ordinarily it will not have the malice of mortal sin unless, of course, we conceive it to be so utter that because of it one is willing to bid defiance to some serious obligation. St. Thomas completes his definition of sloth by saying that it is torpor in the presence of spiritual good which is Divine good. In other words, a man is then formally distressed at the prospect of what he must do for God to bring about or keep intact his friendship with God. In this sense sloth is directly opposed to charity. It is then a mortal sin unless the act be lacking in entire advertence or full consent of the will. The trouble attached to maintenance of the inhabiting of God by charity arouses tedium in such a person. He violates, therefore, expressly the first and the greatest of the commandments: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind, and with thy whole strength." (Mark 12:30)

Laziness, it is something I am good at.. lol Just kidding, You know that there are times that you just want to lie down and sleep the whole day, not worrying about house duties? As much as I want to be lazy all the time, I cannot afford to be "Juan Tamad".

Laziness makes me super sluggish and I hate the way it makes me feel. Can you consider procrastination as lazy? Some do and some don't.

pit of snakes anyone?


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