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Monday, March 22, 2010

"Cleaning and Greening Iloilo"

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It may be devoid of publicity, but Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas' order to strictly enforce both the anti-vandalism and anti-littering ordinances is just what the city needs.

We don't know if it helped in the city's recent recognition as the "cleanest and greenest" highly-urbanized city in the region but since Treñas issued the order in July yet, maybe it actually boost the city's chances in bagging the award.

Although Iloilo City could have just handily won the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran's regional competition as the only other highly-urbanized city in Western Visayas, Bacolod, has been exempted after it was elevated in the Hall of Fame for winning the national competition for three consecutive years.

The mayor said that his directive to strictly enforce these local laws is aimed to make Iloilo City true to its vision of being a "clean and green" city.

The move is laudable but the question lies on the will of the Ilonggos to follow these ordinances.

Surely, Treñas would not have ordered strict enforcement if these local laws are being followed in the first place.

The anti-vandalism ordinance, approved in 1999, condemns and penalizes vandalism, including graffiti, and imposes a stiff P5,000 fine or an imprisonment of three months to one year or both fine and imprisonment for violators.

On the other hand, the anti-littering ordinance, was passed in 1963 yet during the term of Mayor Renerio Ticao, only penalizes violators with a fine of not more than P200 or an imprisonment of not more than six months or both at the discretion of the court.

If the Ilonggos are really serious in wanting to live in clean surroundings, they should heed the mayor's call to follow these local laws.

Clean surroundings is an effective weapon against diseases such as the dreaded dengue and typhoid fever so the wisdom of these ordinances is not to just penalize violators but to protect public health as well.

Iloilo City's recognition as the "cleanest and greenest" highly-urbanized in the region should serve as the much-needed push to heighten awareness among Ilonggos
for the need to maintain a "clean and green" surroundings.

As the mayor puts it, "Cleanliness is not only the concern of the government but of the people as well."

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Investigative Report : Unwrapped Gifts


Ugly faces, dirty hands begging for foods and candies. That’s how some of us would describe the strange angels we would see in the over pass near St. Paul University Iloilo. Those angels begs food for us, actually needs care from us.

Every morning, as we go to school, we would usually see these street children lying in the road, sleeping, as if it was in a soft bed. It was strange looking at them. Afterward, we would see them begging for food and drinks. Some of us might just look at them with nothing. But still they try to convince us to give them money. Another strategy is that they would help us to find taxi as we go home from school.

One time, a close friend told me that he would usually see the mother of these kids in the afternoon. She would come to fetch, not the kids, but the collection of money and all the stuffs they have for that entire day. According to the witness, the mother was dressed up properly, while her children dressed up as nothing.


When I heard this, I told myself, how come she would do it. Then I realize that every time these kids ask for money, they actually don’t just ask for money but for care. We don’t just see their importance. They are one of those unwrapped gifts. we should look up to the wrapper but the gift itself.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Suspect in broadcaster's killing disguises as woman to elude arrest


A former town mayor in Aklan wanted for the murder of broadcaster Herson "Boy" Hinolan has reportedly dressed himself in women's clothes to evade arrest.

Senior Supt. Benigno Durana Jr., Aklan police director, said they have received several reports that former Lezo town mayor Alfredo Arcenio has been seen wearing women's dresses.

"He knows he is being hunted so he may be using disguises," Durana said in a telephone interview.

Arcenio a former soldier, has eluded arrest since he went into hiding after the Kalibo Regional Trial Court issued a warrant for his arrest on September 7, 2006. The Department of Justice has issued a hold departure order against him.

Witnesses have alleged that Arcenio was the lone gunman who repeatedly shot Hinolan on Nov. 13, 2004 while the broadcaster was urinating near a carnival in the capital town of Kalibo before the gunman fled on board a motorcycle driven by another suspect.

Hinolan died two days later at a hospital while being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. He was the station manager of dyIN Bombo Radyo in Kalibo and hosted the station's morning program "Bombohanay Bigtime."

Arcenio has repeatedly denied the allegations that he was involved in Hinolan's murder. He claimed he was in Lezo, 8 km west of Kalibo, during the shooting.

The Philippine National Police has offered a P100,000 cash reward for his arrest but he has still remain at large three years after Hinolan's murder.

Durana said Arcenio could be constantly in the move to elude the police.

"He is a former mayor and Army intelligence officer so he knows what to do and has many connections," said Durana.

Hinolan's widow Aphrodite has lamented the inability of law enforcers to arrest Arcenio.

"We have not found justice three years after Boy was killed. It is because he (Arcenio) is a former mayor who is powerful and influential," she said in a text message.

Aphrodite said she has been approached already by persons who have offered to "settle" the case for an amount..

"Even if they will offer millions of pesos, I will not agree. I do not want money. I want justice," she said.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said Hinolan's case shows that "justice remains elusive for journalists and other victims of summary killings in the country despite official government pronouncements that the killings are being addressed."

Hinolan is among the 90 journalists murdered since 1986 and the 53rd since President Macapagal-Arroyo came to power in 2001, according to a tally of the NUJP.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Un Conversazione con mio Padrino (An Intimate Conversation with my Godfather)


Rev. Midyphil B. BILLONES
Archdiocese of Jaro
Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology, PUG

1. To be a priest, was it really your ambition/dream since you were small?

-Ambition is the usual term used when asked a little child about his future. For me, it is more accurate to call it “vocation” or calling. Yes, I was one of those who believed that I heard the call very early. I can related strongly to the words of the prophet Jeremiah: “even before I shaped you in your mother’s womb, I already called you.” I entered at 12 years old the seminary precisely because I felt this call within.

2. Was it convivial for you to become a priest?

-If convivial means easy fun, no, not really. But if convivial means, life-giving and fulfilling, definitely yes!!!

3. Was there ever a time where you were torn between priesthood and family life?

-A single time only would not be honest. There were ‘a number of times’ that I was confronted with choices for persevering in priesthood or choosing the possibility of happy family life. Yet in each renewal of choice, God affirms you with His faithful grace.

4. If you were not a priest in this present situation, what would be your career or your second profession?

-Among my many passions, three stand at the top: God, knowledge and music , in that respective order of priority. If I were not able to devote myself full time to the Lord as a priest, I would be a happy teacher by day and a musician by night, of course teaching knowledge and singing music about my first passion who is God!

5. How would you conceptualize yourself 10 years from now?

-Hmm, I will be 50 then and therefore entering the golden years. Hopefully, with God’s grace still faithfully and passionately living out the call.

6. Since you did finished your Theology in Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) How was it studying there?

-The quality of Jesuit training has been a good launching pad for the demands and rigors of studying in Rome. It is the drive for excellence which is a trademark of Jesuit education that has really equipped me well for the task I have to do at hand.

7. Can you share with me of how are you able to manage yourself being a priest?

-The better question would be, how did God manage me as his priest. On this regard, I believe with great patience, tenderness and fidelity. It is precisely because of this, why I am still a priest up to now. I only have to surrender to this truth constantly.

8. As of today's present time, how was it living in Rome?

-Rome is a place of great beauty yet paradox. At magazine stands, you can see the picture of the Pope side by side with sexy models. There are two sides therefore, the pagan Rome or the Christian Rome. However, it is in this paradoxical melting pot that God has chosen to place the center of Christianity for a good reason. Here you will feel the pulse of the universal church alive. It is considered the ‘citta eterna’ precisely not only for its aesthetic beauty but also for the spiritual influence it spreads throughout the world.

9. Contemplating the details, what is your view about the issue of the Two Child Policy of the Government?

-In principle, I would entrust it to the wise discernment and enlightened choice of the couple to make decisions on this regard. There are other bigger issues like corruption and structural injustice that the government should focus their energies in addressing poverty.

10 Can you share with me some words of wisdom or insights in order for a person to be successful?

-Kurt, it is often said and sounds cliché but its true: “each one has a song to sing, a message to proclaim, a deed that only you can do”-- discover this… Your unique personality combination, and yes even your life circumstances are all part of His beautiful plan for you. Discover your passion (central raw desires of your heart) and stake everything on what God wants you to become and to do. This is the only way to fulfill your destiny and live a life to the fullest! God bless!

Interviewee: Rev. Midyphil B. BILLONES
Medium: E-mail
Address: Rome, Italy

Monday, February 22, 2010

HEY! (Its time for CHANGE)


"We are the agents of change" a line that struck my curiosity and heart from the ANC News Reporter Mr. Israel Malasa.

Rendezvous: UPV Auditorium


- It started at around 9:00 a.m as it supposedly should start at 8:30 a.m because we did wait for Mr. John Paul Tia (Aksyon Radyo Iloilo Station Manager).
The symposium was entitled ON-AIR "Success Stories in Mainstream Media Forum" an event facilitated by the U.P CMS Students & the Division of Humanities as a part of their annual celebration. We had three Speakers for that event, i.e. *Mr. Israel Malasa, *Mr. John Paul Tia, *Mr. Jaime "Nonoy" Espina (NUJP Vice-Chairman). They focused on sharing their media experiences, as well as mainly convivially with their success stories. Being involved in the media or drawing in as a participant of it is not that easy or as complaisant as we may think, but if you do really feel the passion within, well I as a communication scholar should be motivated to for see myself in the near future. They tackle certain issues that enlighten and opened our eyes about some particular issues dealing with the real world of reporting, and the reality about the pressure and struggles of each individual in the news room, and those experiences that made each of them stronger, and better. As I continued listening to each of the speaker, I was barely motivated to be one of them someday. Being one of the reporters of ABS-CBN as I would look up to Sir Israel, who is an Ilonggo & who was promoted in Manila, for further work. They also did contemplated the issues of what really is the most problem of Filipinos... Apart from us there where students beneath us (U.I ABMC Students) once said Ignorance, another from (U.P) said Corruption. Mr. John Paul Tia considered those answers, but he said: "The primary conundrum was APATHY, (Noun) Apathetic - Adj. w/c means: lack of emotion or interest-- cite for instance when we see drug addicts in our area, we tend not to help or take action towards them, rather thinking. . . as long as I, my family is not affected with that person, it does'nt matter. Who cares? But take for example your daughter, buying something in a merchandise shop and was stubbed by that drug addict, does it make him your concern? ofcourse yes. That person became our preeminent concern. What Mr. Tia is trying to elucidate was, we take principal actions if something has happened to us, not considering it from the very moment what would it be in the future. If we ourselves take in part with our community, the person in our community and vice-versa, Well I think we would have procured the life of a blithe living. I myself was awakened and motivated with what he said. And as a Journalist. I myself has the innumerable power and capacity to be the agent of Change for our country, for others and for myself... Truly,"They say that Time Changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself". Be the change you want to see in the world.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kung Hei Fat Choi


Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is sometimes called the "Lunar New Year" by English speakers. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month (Chinese: 正月; pinyin: zhēng yuè) in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year's Eve is known as chú xī. It literally means "Year-pass Eve".

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Lunar Calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Ancient Chinese New Year is a reflection on how the people behaved and what they believed in the most.

I'm not a Chinese Citizen nor have Chinese blood, but certainly I'm awed and barely amazed by their culture, lifestyle, food as well as their art's & festivities in many ways & forms. I did had a background with their tradition and culture for I was once a student of Santa Maria Catholic School currently known as Ateneo de Iloilo SMCS now. Since, it was a Catholic & at the same time a Chinese Institution certainly they offer & teach Chinese subjects. And we also participated in occasions like the Chinese New Year, the year of their Saints and events that are included in the Chinese calendar. Way back in the year 1999-2002 if I could still remember from grade 1-2 my Mom enlisted me to study Chinese because she herself had her elementary in "Wa-ming" (St. John's School Bacolod) after w/c transferred and finished her High School remnants in Assumption Iloilo.

Learning the subject itself as we may all think "Mandarin" is hard. But I was wrong, definitely wrong I did enjoy it & it did made me a little knowledgeable of how to converse in Chinese really well. Counting numbers from ee'-kaw chap (1-10) My name was translated to co-bon-beng, I love listening to Chinese name's because me & my friends before associate our names to our own dialect, making fun of it and laugh to it all through out.

I remembered before, when we use to eat chinese hopia and tea when we celebrate the Chinese New Year or whenever our principal is celebrating his birthday. They would all give us that sticky, sphere shaped plumffy white thing and a cup of tea. Well, it did taste hmm not so good but you can still live after eating it'. naaah I'm kidding.

Well, Chinese New Year is fast approaching and heading near to fast, I wish all our Chinese brothers a Kung Hei Fat Choy,.. Happy Chinese New Year & may we all be blessed & lucky this year of the metal tiger. Rawr!!#

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

We're: Definitely Maybe


I ain't sure of what we really are. (Lovers, Best of Friends or Simply Fooling around) It's not even complicated like what we used to post in Friendster before, having tis "It's Complicated" status just right beside our profile name... It did all started in Jan. 17, 2010. I could really hark back the times when we both are strangers to one another, and became comfortable and certainly confident that we do dwell and believe in the same thoughts and rectitude s in life. We are somehow literally different in assorted ways, but as I quote what she says: "opposite attracts" - well It certainly does. I wasn't able to post a few entries for a while for the reason my mind was fully preoccupied ,before. But right now I am certainly invigorated, stimulated & exhilarated with lots of things and thoughts to be formally encrypted in this blog. Thanks to her... A good relationship doesn't need a pact nor formal commitment, but definitely it needs time, growth & happiness. She's my inspiration, & I do hope and pray that definitely, maybe we stay this way as time flies, time will tell.#