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28 May 2018

On Financial Literacy

We, Filipinos are almost best at everything: music, entertainment, talents, tourism, etc. Except for financial literacy. Gustong kumita pero ayaw mag-invest. Magkapera man, walang masyadong interest sa magka-savings at magkaroon ng investments. Three of 10 Filipinos lang ang may bank account. Mas-marami pang Facebook accounts kaysa bank account niya. Who's to blame? Our banking system sucks, kung anu-anong IDs at required documents, haba ng pila, pati initial deposit eh hindi kaya ng isang ordinaryong Filipino.

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The financial literacy journey, www.powerpinoys.com

Pinag-uusapan ngayon ng Senado ang tungkol sa pundo ng SSS o Social Security System. It seems like they are raising again monthly pension for its pensioners without even checking its financial  viability for the future years. Kawawa ang private sectors and its members Kung mauubos na ang pondo nito due to its limited investment powers.

17 May 2018

Isabela March

We're Isabelan's true and loyal children
And we take pride in her great name
We're marching out to tell all men
Of our lovely province's fame

From old San Pablo to Cordon town
Mallig Plains to Palanan
Blest with bountiful wealth
Mental and body health
Other blessings from above

So come join this happy throng
Come Isabelan's, come
Sing and shout her glories won
And love her till years to come

Were Isabelan's true and loyal children
And we take pride in her great name
We're marching out to tell all men
Of our lovely province's fame

Our number swells as we march along
As it was in yesteryears
We're decided to make the heavens resound
With the echo of our cheers

So come, join this happy throng
Come Isabelan's, come
Sing and shout her glories won
And love her till years to come

Sing and shout her glories won
And love her till years to come

Isabela Hymn

Isabela a home endeared by man upright and free
A land were peace and love abide where man of truth reside

Endowed with rich and glorious past
A heritage known and vast

From Palanan to Jones they stood
For freedom and for truth.

Her shining rivers teem with fish and mountain slush with trees
Her fertile fields abode with yields are blessings for our needs

Bless Isabela precious Lord!
And keep her in your fold

In unison we all proclaim
Her providential fame.

01 May 2018

Barangay Elections 2018

With barangay elections coming up, and student council election campaigns ongoing in some universities, it is worthwhile to look back at how campaigns are conducted in the past.

Here is a campaign pamphlet, written in Filipino and Spanish, endorsing Dr. Galicano Apacible when he ran for governor of Batangas in 1908. Notice how his credentials as an active nationalist are cited as a major reason why voters should select him.

Visit the Museo nina Leon at Galicano Apacible (Taal, Batangas) and Museo Ng Kasaysayang Pampulitika Ng Pilipinas, Casa Real (Malolos, Bulacan) to see more historic campaign paraphernalia.

Campaigning. #MakeItHistoric

On Facebook Scandal

Collect all the data you want. When I signed up for Facebook and added my real name,  email address,  phone number,  address,  job and photos, I was intentionally giving up my privacy. If one is afraid about his/her privacy then why would you do it. I don't see any issues of having my data online. As long as my bank details and credit card numbers are safe I am totally okay with it.

Google is doing a really good job with collecting people's data. You will be surprised about how much Google knows about you: the places you go, the food you eat, the shows you watch, each and everything you do in your life is recorded by Google. And it uses these data very well in helping you. Google let's you know that it has all your data and it helps to make you life easier. And I am ok with that.

Same goes with Facebook. They deliver the best service. So always have a review of their privacy terms from time to time. Keep that in mind.