To End With You 2016, A Year In Review

 

The year 2016 is very forgettable for me that I just want this year to be over already.

Popular culture and entertainment this year suffered a huge blow with the demise of David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali and Arnold Palmer in sports, Gene Wilder, Prince, and Gary Marshall.

Here in the Philippines, I still find it hard to believe that German Moreno is gone. I also find it hard that I am up on a Saturday Night, channel surfing, passing by channels with our TV remote that his show, ‘Walang Tulugan’ providing air time for some unrecognized talent is no longer airing. All of a sudden, I remember my late grandmother ranting on why can’t German Moreno just sleep and retire when both of them are still here.

I never thought of these guys dying this year. If you are a very nostalgic person, you would definitely cry whenever you look back to these moments.

When they were living, we didn’t even notice that these guys are already preparing for immortality in their respective fields. Alan Rickman is already immortal when you open a Harry Potter book and the moment you see the name Severus Snape, you would already hear his voice by reading Snape’s lines.

David Bowie is already immortal in his music. With David Bowie’s spirit around, he must have already proved to himself that there really is life on mars as he said in his song.

Muhammad Ali is not yet dead to me because a mixed martial artist and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter like Conor McGregor is talking the way Ali did in his prime even if they don’t fight in the same sport as Muhammad Ali did, McGregor is proving he can walk the talk in the octagon. It’s not only McGregor that does this in the UFC. There are more fighters before who have done this but for the time being, it’s him.

Floyd Mayweather on the other hand is not someone I would not place next to Ali if you talk about greatness because he didn’t have a rival like Joe Frazier. Even if Mayweather tries his best to fight like Ali. A fighting style that didn’t involve so much punching but to leave opponents tired and living by float like a butterfly sting like a bee.

Garry Marshall is immortal for his direction of his romantic comedies in movies like Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, and Princess Diaries 1 and 2 that set Anne Hathaway’s career to the top. As for Zach Braff’s and Anne Hathaway’s posts on the passing of their beloved Ggarry Marshall, it is truly a heartfelt post.

Gene Wilder, will always be Willy Wonka to me before Johnny Depp. What immortalizes Gene Wilder are the memes that seem to ask a person of how bad a situation is but it is not really what he was saying in the movie.

Prince will probably be remembered by that impersonation of Dave Chappelle in one his skits in his old TV show in ‘The Chappelle Show’ years ago than his music.

In politics, the demise of Fidel Castro is something I didn’t expect this year but we all knew that he is old and still defied the United States of America. Even if he stepped down as president of Cuba, he did not only defy the US, he also continued to divide Cuban families through the defection of Cuban exiles. Both in an era where he was healthy and  dying.

The demise of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Asia’s undisputed iron lady was something I didn’t want to happen. Even if there are already signs that her sickness is already tearing her condition apart. When she lost the election that elected President Rodrigo Duterte, I was just hoping that by 2022, we, who voted for MDS would gloat that voting for Duterte is the biggest mistake of fifteen million plus people.

When some Filipinos posted on ‘why are we so affected by the United States elections?’ It’s only because the fate of the world’s economy is at risk. Another issue is our diplomatic ties were at risk after President Duterte’s declaration to the people of China in his state visit that he would break up with the US in economy and military partnership. But after that call by President Duterte to President-elect Donald Trump, it seems that the Philippine President and the US President-elect would get along and uphold our diplomatic ties.

As for the new US Ambassor designated here, Ambassador Sung Kim, I just hope he does not get the foul mouth and name-calling that outgoing Ambassador Philip Goldberg got from President Duterte as the former Ambassador to the Philippines was called a homosexual.

The year is so forgettable for the Philippines that President Duterte considered the burial of President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Well, that was one way of winning the election as he promised the people of Ilocos Norte the burial of their favorite Ilokano.

On a personal note, I still can’t believe my grandfather, my mother’s dad has passed away before Juan Ponce Enrile. My grandfather is just seven years younger than Enrile and it’s just unacceptable. I was just looking forward to a Christmas getaway with my family but I can no longer have that.

My grandfather Panfilo P. Maglines, Sr. is the reason why I have the letter M as my middle initial.

This year I also learned that you really can’t hurry love if you are just driven to finish your academics. I also learned that you can instantly get yourself a girlfriend if you are buff like Johnny Bravo and you also have a car. Just be sure that your car is a BMW or one of those drag racing cars. Because girls who don’t have the luxury of paying a Uber driver would definitely go for those guys. It’s no longer how one guy can treat you dinner or a movie date anymore.

One of the few things that I would only look back to 2016 first is with sports on how Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt exited the Olympic stage in style. So as the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympics in which Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe showed up wearing a Super Mario cap. Another reason to look back to this year is how the 2016 Chicago Cubs ended the jokes towards their title drought of 108 years.

Another is how Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Academy Award after so many nominations. He also ended those memes of being a “Oscarless” actor not just the Chicago Cubs.

In the Philippine Basketball Association, even if it’s only a title drought of eight years Barangay Ginebra’s championship ended those memes. But it gave birth to those other memes saying, ‘Oh wait they’ve already’ won. What many people don’t realize about the Ginebra championship is that their title drought of eight years is the longest among active teams and people totally made a big deal out of it.

In the spirit of true Pinoy pride, Jaclyn Jose brought home the first Cannes film festival for her performance in ‘Ma Rosa’. Jaclyn Jose’s win at the Cannes film festival is truly Pinoy pride and it truly strengthen Filipino filmmakers. Especially the ones in the independent scene.

Pinoy pride to me is not some appearance of a Filipino-American in a Hollywood production, or the presence of an half bred in a franchised competition on television even or sporting leagues like basketball or baseball. It just irritates me that some Filipinos in the internet makes a big deal about it when it shouldn’t be. I don’t even think that other foreigners make a big deal out of it when someone makes it to Hollywood. Like how one Bollywood actor got to be in a Hollywood movie, or how a Latin American

The nanny of Singaporean Olympic swimmer Joseph Schooling, Yolanda “Yolly” Pascual is an exception for she is an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and she is visibly present in most of Joseph’s life moments like the recent Olympics. OFWs truly have a soft spot for me because my mom is one of them. Keeping me enrolled in college and satisfied with the joys of life when she has something to spare together with my dad.

With only a few days before Christmas, and eventually I know the year will end with a bang. But I just want this year to end now!

I want the year 2017 to be tomorrow already because in the Chinese’s perspective, it’s the year of the Rooster which is my year not only to celebrate and hope for good luck. I am ready to reap then sow the things that I would like to have in 2017.

My First Demonstration Attended

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After my last Saturday class for the year 2016, I felt so low because I didn’t ace the quiz from that class. After that I went to this demonstration at Liwasan Bonifacio to get rid of the agony. I didn’t plan to go that demonstration because I planned to visit my uncle confined in Makati Medical Center. My motive was just to yell my heart out for the disappointment of that quiz.

The demonstration last Saturday on December 10, 2016 first is in honor of international human rights day. Another issue for their gathering is for the never ending cry of the people for the Armed Forces to go away from the provinces for them to live in peace. And of course, the injustice that is the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Even to release political prisoners.

In a rally like that you would always see common elements that you get to see on TV. There’s always the effigy artistically made that eventually gets burned by the demonstrators themselves. Another element are groups that’s always present like Gabriela, Akbayan, Bayan Muna that never fails to show up every rally or demonstration that never changes their plead or cry.

Coming to that demonstration, I overheard a small group of photographers joking about how much they are paid to come and yell their hearts out before listening to what the speakers on that demonstration are going to say. But judging from how they built their conversation, it seems that they just love to go to demonstrations like that.

I hesitated to ask some of the people around me on how long have they been attending demonstrations like those because one that was the first demonstration that I attended, and I was in my school uniform and some might think that I am some kind of spy. Knowing how activists think even though my school is not that far from Liwasan Bonifacio and the Manila Central Post Office, you can never be sure.

If you could just to look on their faces, you could just see how long they have been joining these demonstrations. Some could look as old as your professor in college or a close relative.

Young ones joining these demonstrations can be as young just like a child in their developing age but they are accompanied by the parent or parents who are activists.

I didn’t stay that long in the demonstration because I still have to visit my uncle.

If I didn’t study in a private sectarian institution like the one I’m in right now, I would not only risk my life in a demonstration. I would go there every time there is one that truly involves national interest. The best part for the crammer in me is that I would be more happy for a suspension of classes due to a walkout for the tuition hike not only because of national issues like those.

The Electoral College

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It’s been more than two weeks since Donald Trump became the president-elect of the United States of America and for the first time since Al Gore, a Democratic candidate in Hillary Clinton won the popularity and lost the election because of Electoral College vote so to speak.

Now as a Filipino, I’m beginning to wonder what really is the Electoral College and why does it play a vital role in their election.

From the US Constitution

For starters I learned that the Electoral College is a system established by Article Two the United States constitution in their presidential election system to select their president and vice president, where citizens of the US in each state at a general election choose a slate of electors pledged to vote for a candidate.

The Twelfth Amendment of their constitution however requires each elector to cast one vote for president and vice president. In each state and the District of Columbia, electors are chosen every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and then meet to cast ballots on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December. The candidates who receive an absolute majority of electoral votes among the states are elected President and Vice President of the US when the Electoral College vote is certified the US Congress in January.

As for the people involved in the process, there are 538 electors that corresponds to the 435 representatives in their congress, their 100 senators, and the three electors coming for the District of Columbia as mandated by their Twenty-third Amendment.

For the simplest explanation, the Electoral College is the group of people assigned to oversee the election in the state they are designated and they get to decide the outcome with the electoral votes based from the population size of the state. The vote people made only serves as basis, and these electors could change your vote.

The Bad Side of the Electoral College

What I don’t like about the Electoral College is how candidates must campaign hard on the biggest states in the US during their campaign season leading to their election year. Because to secure most of these states and their electoral votes is how a candidate can win the Electoral College. Namely these states are California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. You can even consider Virginia.

Looking back on the recent US election, Donald Trump won the most of these states with its electoral votes. While Hillary Clinton only got California, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois.

Which is why if you’re a candidate that only got a few of these big states like California, New York and New Jersey together with their traditional safe states that only has a single digit of electoral votes, you are surely to lose the election because your opponent garnered the most of the big states not only their traditional safe states. The opponent must have also campaigned hard enough to secure those states, most especially swing states like Florida and Ohio.

As mentioned in the first subhead, these people could turn your votes around because they are the electors.

If Only

If the Electoral College of the United States is already that complicated for international spectators, it would be a lot harder if a country like the Philippines did adapt this system. Since my motherland is the first colony of the United States.

If the election that elected President Rodrigo Duterte in power was an election that is decided by the Electoral College I am sure that he would still win the election and secure the whole of Mindanao. Most of the Visayas in Regions 6, 7, and 8. Northern Luzon which many Filipinos called “Solid North” especially in Ilocos Norte, even the National Capital Region.

If only we have the Electoral College and the electoral map is set and parallel to the political map, Luzon would always be a big battleground during election year. The biggest electoral number of votes may have to come from the region with the biggest number of registered voters, not with how big a region is since we have rural areas.

It could also be advantageous for some candidates because of the growing population of the Philippines.

The downside of the Electoral College if it’s in the Philippine setting is having the multi-party system, because in the Philippines no one is a third-party candidate but only nuisance candidates. More important is there’s no bipartisan system the way it is with the United States of having the Republican and Democratic parties. It will also be harder to set a “magic number” like the America’s 270 electoral votes to determine the winner.

The selection of electors in this kind of setup is even scary and you will never how situations like this can go bad since the Philippines will always have an election hotspot like Caloocan, Maguindanao, and Cotabato and these election hotspots don’t always intensify the national election but the local election intensifies it.

Farewell to Castro

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We only know him as the main man of the Cuban Revolution together with Ernesto “Che” Guevara.

A full-bearded man smoking tobacco in fatigues and one of the few world leaders who had the big cojones to defy the United States, the Man is no other than Fidel Castro.

If Filipinos are still enraged with the surprise burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the national cemetery or Libingan ng mga Bayani, lucky for Castro he will have his burial without question and delay because Cubans won’t dare to oppose his burial.

Halfway around the world people living in the United States particularly Cuban-Americans in Miami are celebrating his demise. Because for them his death serves as justice to their sacrifice to get out of Cuba and free themselves from the oppression of communism that Castro has when he took power from the US-backed regime of Fulgencio Batista in 1959.

Before his demise, I once considered him as a strong stubborn man that is just too bad to die. I say this because first he survived more assassination attempts than Adolf Hitler, second he shaped the twentieth century not only with his encounters with the United States during the early 1960s but the Cuban Revolution that truly placed him in power by adapting Soviet communism as the political framework of his country.

If Guevara was least known for being a physician before he became a revolutionary, Castro was least known for being a lawyer and politician that already has that rebellious reputation.

In his lifetime however, he lived under eight Popes beginning with Pius XI who began his Papacy in 1922 and had encounters with three Popes with Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. He outlasted ten United States presidents from President Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush before he stepped down due to his ailing condition. He witnessed the fall of his country’s closest ally, the Soviet Union in 1991 to which his country suffered in the economic aspect. Although he stepped down in power due to his ailing condition in 2006, he is witness to how the United States elected and re-elected the first African-America president in Barack Obama then almost elected the first woman president in Hillary Clinton.

In his lifetime also, he was able to tell the world the demise of his fellow revolutionary, Che Guevara after Guevara was captured and gunned down in Bolivia in 1967. Thirty years later, Guevara’s remains together with his compatriots in Bolivia were recovered and presented to Castro to be buried properly in Santa Clara, Cuba.

As a lover of video games, I find it amazing on how the people behind ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ depicted his failed assassination attempt during the Bay of Pigs invasion. It was not one of the difficult missions when you play the game but it gives you the feeling of what is like to kill one of the biggest pains in the neck of the United States and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Communism may no longer be that relevant in this world marred by terrorism to counteract western ideology, his ideals will live on in Cuba and to neighboring Latin American countries that admires his vigilance against the US.

Beyond Latin America, Russian president Vladimir Putin salutes him for his staunch ideals against the US. Which is no surprise to me for Putin was a former KGB.

Cuba may no longer be a force to reckon with in this world since 1962, we must not forget that a communist country like North Korea and China can instill fear worldwide.

The comandante truly lived his life to the fullest simply as a revolutionary just around his late twenties. Even in his twilight years as a leader and a person, he continues to divide his people from those who want to live and die in Cuba, to those who do not want to live in his rule. He truly made his mark in this world.

It’s just sad that Castro has gone to the next life while people like Juan Ponce Enrile are still given the chance to walk this earth. Even Imelda Marcos who outlived her husband, and it’s just too bad Imelda won’t get to be it buried next her better half because there’s no place her. In fact, why did we even let Ferdinand Marcos give that chance to be buried there.

The world may have lost a dictator in Castro but there will come a time where revolutions as well as revolutionaries will be brought back to the streets and guerilla warfare would continue for those smart enough to risk their lives no matter political ideology it may be to fight imperialistic countries.

It will take time. We will never know how and when it will be presented to us.

When Time Passed This By

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This site turned one year old last Saturday on November 12 and my first post was how I looked back on the moment the radio station NU107 signed off for good. The second post I made was about how Filipinos prayed for Paris when they couldn’t pray for the tragedies of their own country.

In the course of time after those two posts, I wrote freely and I’m still in the process of learning to write in a journalistic manner.

The first quarter of this year was a period of time that I was truly active because most of my subjects back then were still general subjects. My inactivity was primarily caused by the majors that I managed to pass last semester and they truly helped a lot.

When I’m not writing for this WordPress site, I’m attending to my classes. Trying my best to ace quizzes, and get a grade above 80 whether it’s the midterm period or the pre-final period.

The moments where I really had the urge to write was during the campaign trail for the Philippine elections, my personal urges, and light bulb moments that I really need to write about.

The recent semester in my school helped me become a better writer, by writing with a whole lot of sense and simplicity. Because one professor taught me that less highfaluting words is much better than a huge word count trying hard to be philosophical. Though the word count helped me contain and enclosed thoughts to a few sentences only then make it a simple.

I find it unbelievable that my article about president Duterte, when he was still a candidate for president is still readable months after he has sworn his oath of office. I wrote that during the campaign trail of presidential candidates for the Philippine election. It was my projection of how he can win the recent Philippine Election. My article on Bongbong Marcos losing the vice presidential race is one article where I was really realistic because the details are already there.

When I’m not writing about social issues is when I try to write something existential and philosophical.

I’ve written an article on how libido kicks in, that became one of my most read posts before that projection on president Duterte. The sequel of that article didn’t help me so much because it made me realize why some movies didn’t need a sequel and I didn’t give so much justice to the artwork, and I pressured myself in writing that sequel.

The Facebook page of Scrawny Man from Manila was not really my idea, as I have stated in the details of that page. If it wasn’t for my friend Gentle, I wouldn’t push through with making that Facebook page of this WordPress site.

I was scared at first in putting up that Facebook page because of the fear that I could not get a thousand followers. I conquered that fear when I realize that I have to establish myself socially to achieve such number.

There was a moment that I wanted to give up the WordPress account as well as the Facebook page. The moment that stopped me from pulling the plug was when I realize that I have to put those lectures in journalism into practice.

Another reason was when I felt dumped because I didn’t check the label just like what Sarah Labahti said in the commercial for the milk of her child and the memes that followed. Thank you for the artwork anyway and the months that you provided inspiration.

There are moments that I can’t help but think that my WordPress site is perceived as a propaganda site. The only thing that keeps me away from thinking about that was the comment section, in which I thought people would troll and say something awful, but luckily it didn’t.

When I didn’t feel like writing for the site, I simplify those compositions and drafts to a Facebook status because I haven’t grasped the skill to think calm towards the issue and write about it in a calm manner. Just like how I ranted towards the Supreme Court’s decision on laying Ferdinand Marcos to rest at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

It’s just sad. Then Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton followed because of the votes that he gathered in the Electoral College over the United States in their election.

If you would tell me ‘why do I care so much about the US election’? It’s because our diplomatic relationship with the US is at stake yet again despite president Duterte’s anti-US statements for the Philippines to become less dependent to the US in all aspects.

It’s not always social issues that I want to address for both WordPress and Facebook. Because I also want to address some issues in especially from my previous major and former course to their program chair (IF YOU ARE STILL HOLDING THAT POSITION); I just want to tell you that you have deprived enough of my friends and me to succeed in the program.

If you dare to greet me one of these days, I’m raising hell this time around. And I don’t care if you will shield yourself from your superiors because you are a beautiful monster who knows how to hide your fiery thorns and wings. You only got yourself lucky last summer with the presence of your superior SO DON’T YOU DARE because if you do, I’m more than willing to flip my middle fingers before you.

That being said, I’m just happy I could write for this site and free from her chains, also from her BEDLAM LECTURES.

When they Bear Arms

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It was a shooting spree in the United States days ago. And for a guy like me who lives half-way around the world with access to the internet and cable, it’s disturbing for a Filipino like me, to see the news or hear headlines that shooting incidents like the Orlando shooting at the Pulse nightclub and Christina Grimmie getting shot before that. Not to mention the other countless shootings that occurred in the last fifteen years seems to be more of a routine than a crime prevented. Even President Obama’s press releases have become a routine for him as well. The same goes for his predecessors.

It does not matter what drove the killers to shoot those innocent lives. Because whenever this shows up when I switch our TV to CNN, Fox, BBC and many other news outlets; I can’t understand why such incident have to take place.

 

In the Philippines, there are a few mass shootings that truly made our people mad the same way the world is right now towards hate crimes and shootings.

There was the Hacienda Luisita in 2004 in which farmers demanding for the rightful land that they’ve earned after years of planting and harvesting sugar. The massacre claimed the lives of those farmers. No thanks to the outgoing president Benigno S. Aquino’s family who are too greedy to give up a piece of their land to those rightful owners.

Years later the Maguindanao massacre on November 23, 2009. That placed the Philippines as one of the danger zones or hot spots for journalists around the world. The massacre was politically motivated that claimed the life of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu’s wife and many others in that convoy.

Then there was the Kidapawan Massacre that killed people who only wanted their god-given rice. But instead of that, they were hurled with bullets.

 

When these situations happen, I really can’t understand the United States on why guns are so accessible to some states.

I asked my uncle living in the States, particularly in Texas. He said that owning a gun in Texas is a must and they are living up to the saying that “Don’t mess with Texas”.

I just thought that my uncle, being a veteran and mechanic for the US Army he has the privilege to own a gun but the state of requires him to do so. Not only because he is a veteran.

 

The problem that I see in the laws of the United States towards gun ownership and gun control is that they do not perform a background check towards some people who wants to avail any gun before giving them their desired firearm and making profit for their store.

It is not only in the real world that this problem occurs.

The idea may seem to be far-fetched but in video games like Grand Theft Auto, guns are truly accessible not just affordable if you activated a cheat code. The violence is closer at home and easily adapted when the adrenaline of playing a video gets the better of us.

So for a country like theirs, video games like that reflect what their society really is.

 

If such incident happened in the Philippines, I really don’t know what to do with myself if someone fires a sub-machine like an M4 carbine anywhere possible. Because if someone does; the only thing I know is to hide in the men’s room if it happens in a shopping mall, but knowing how malls have been tight with their security since the attack of the “Martilyo Gang” who stormed a jewelry shop by smashing their glassware and taking the jewelry. The same goes for that group who stormed Greenbelt in Makati years ago, carrying military grade weaponry to rob that jewelry watch store. But some malls have a gun shop located in underground floors. I don’t know how I’m going to protect myself if I’m far away from the men’s room with someone firing at will.

 

Mass shootings in the United States also took place in some schools across the US. But for the Philippines; schools like the one I’m attending, don’t fall in that category. Simply because we are not that “conyo” like those people studying in Taft Avenue, Katipunan Avenue or even that school in Dasma Village. And for the people studying in our institution; to drive a pimped ride and carry a gun at the same time is really dangerous. As for that conyo school in Makati, it school surely made the headlines years ago when some person brought a gun inside the school and tried to aim it towards someone.

More important is the people in our institution who always project themselves like those people would rather show off their automobiles than risk their lives wielding and concealing firearms, now that our incoming president is more than willing to bring someone to jail for any crime committed.

 

As for hate crimes like the one that occurred in Orlando at the Pulse Nightclub, I just hoped it won’t happen in the Philippines.

Hate crimes like the one that is just unimaginable and it’s definitely a nightmare, if it does take place here.

 

No one in Metro Manila can bring a military grade weapon and fire it before a crowd because NCR is no place for extremists. Not unless you are a radical agent of the NPA (New People’s Army) who knows how to hide his arsenal or an Abu Sayyaf agent that knows how to blend with the civilians after years of hiding in the woods to blend with the city.

 

There’s really not enough words and thought to ponder on why did those shootings happened. . .

Six months down

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It is now the month of June. The year is halfway done.

Schools in all over the Philippines will no longer open simultaneously this month because universities like the University of Sto. Tomas, Ateneo de Manila and all of the UP Campuses from Luzon, Visayas to Mindanao have shifted their academic calendars. Another thing is De La Salle University no longer starts their school year at May, moving the start of their school year to August.

Schools around the University Belt would still open this month if not one day after another, one week after another.  That also includes the schools of Muralla from PLM, Manila High School, Mapua, Lyceum and Letran

The rainy days are coming as well and it’s that time again to prepare rubber boots and raincoats to conquer the floods.

Thank God that some of the students of UST will no longer have to suffer the rainy days of June. But there’s still the onslaught of August all the way to October.

On my part, finally I will be roaming Letran as a full-fledge journalism major because I will now have majors as I enroll next week. I hope to find peace of mind with the program and classes that I will be attending. The best part of this is I only have one 7AM class!

 

In sports, June declares the winner of the NBA if the Warriors get to finish this series next game. In this month, the NCAA begins and the hope of defending the title will soon be witnessed for Letran. In baseball, teams are players are now starting to feel the hardships of the season in order to see if some can make it for the postseason on October. Football in Europe for Euro 2016 has now begun and I hope I get to see Germany and its line up so I could project what their lineup could be two years from now for the FIFA World Cup 2018.

The month of June as of the moment still mourns for the passing of Muhammad Ali. Everyone in the world is really grieving but rather than tears, athletes and different personalities looked on the bright side of his passing.

 

In the Philippines, on June 12; the country does not really celebrate its independence. We do not really celebrate our independence because Emilio Aguinaldo declared our independence prematurely. So premature that we didn’t know the Americans were about to set foot and eventually the Americans would fire their weapon towards a Filipino, igniting the Filipino-American War.

We are forced to commemorate a premature independence that dates back to 1898. For some it is the day of sovereignty. But how could we celebrate our sovereignty if the Chinese keeps on invading our waters?

For a person like me, it doesn’t matter if it’s South China or West Philippine Sea. Point is that this body of water is far away from Mainland China and closer to Hong Kong and Vietnam. Renaming this body of water would just make it harder not only for me but also for the countries claiming, fighting for their rights on some parts of it.

 

Days from now, we will no longer address Rodrigo Duterte as president-elect; as he makes it official by taking his oath-of-office on June 30 together with Leni Robredo as she will also take her oath as vice-president of this country.

I just don’t know what Duterte and Marcos discussed last night. But I think it’s something big. Probably a government position reserved just for Bongbong.

 

For the first one hundred days of the Duterte administration, I do not expect infrastructures just yet. But expect criminals doing their best to go deep, so deep that you will no longer use the term underground for their criminal activities. People like them trying their best not to get caught by the authorities. Because right now, just nineteen days before Duterte takes his oath-of-office the news networks here have been featuring a lot of drug busts, drug pushers and all kinds of criminals, and criminals trying their very best in begging to Duterte before the camera not to rot in jail with the fear of the death penalty that could possibly get back in this government if the next congress would pass it.

Talk about drugs, getting high for the wrong reasons and even getting laid, I was really saving this thought for a different post, on why you can’t make me go to raves, clubs and parties, like Close Up’s Forever Summer or Hydro Manila that gets to enter schools like my school or wherever. One factor that can’t make me come to raves is there’s no real music. How is EDM music, really?! It’s for singles to hook up that they should just wear a shirt that says, “I DON’T WANT TO BE A VIRGIN ANYMORE, I WANT TO GET LAID”, rather than wearing skimpy and revealing outfits for girls. While guys try to wear tank tops making themselves look like f*** boys with muscles jacked up by steroids. Another person should wear a shirt that says, “I HAVE CANDY AND IT’S FREE OF CHARGE.” Then you realize that you just chewed drugs and you end up literally drop dead after inducing those drugs.

 

Events like this and the incident that occurred on Close Up’s event should really get the attention of the very top because as Duterte said from his campaign ads and those debates, he hates drug. In his first hundred days, people working at the Dangerous Drugs Board together with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency should be able to classify the drugs like this as very dangerous and should be labeled for the moment as “Party Drugs” — more dangerous than marijuana and alcohol.

Do not tell that I’m missing half of my life by not coming with you and attending these events.

 

Another expectation in his first one hundred days is that I do not expect the number of trains in the MRT or LRT lines to increase just yet, because the last secretary of the DOTC screwed with the transactions of how things will go for the MRT and the LRT with the number of trains and the improvement of each stations. For example, some the escalators of LRT-2’s Recto Station no longer work. The electronic screen that flashes how long before the next train arrives no longer flashes those red lights. As for the Santolan Station, the x-rays machines for bags no longer work.

One thing I would really like to see happen in his first one hundred days is to ease traffic by regulating the sales of cars from car dealers and their showrooms to second hand dealers. Another thing that the incoming administration should do is to impose a huge amount of tax to car owners that they will be discouraged to pay the tax and take the taxi instead.

 

In this month, we celebrate and honor Sir Paul McCartney and I hope Sir Paul is okay because I am bummed that legends like Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Prince, Maurice White from the hit group Earth, Wind and Fire, Alan Rickman have passed on. I don’t want another legend dying with the year halfway done.

(KNOCK ON WOOD)

 

The worst thing that happened today in music if you’re a fan of The Voice in the US is the shocking news that their alumna Christina Grimmie has died. Sad for her fans and it’s just wrong.

 

Politicians in the United States should do something with their laws for owning guns and gun control. Because no one in the world wants to be shocked with the news that a person fired this gun and these shots towards a crowd in a mall, a preschool, or anywhere, when some in their hotel rooms or homes gets hold of the remote and switch it to news channels like CNN of Fox.

 

I only wish for better days ahead and I only have a few days to go before my school starts on June 29. I don’t even know how to make it last, the way my sister does right now by binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy.

I have a hard drive. But I don’t know what movie to watch with it when I get to plug it behind our TV while she’s there watching Grey’s on our PC because me, my sister and brother share the same room and we do not have a headset so she can intimately binge watch it.

 

I just want her to leave and go to Korea right now together with everyone in her school this month.