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Monday, July 08, 2024

Philippine geography 101: Similar names of Philippine cities and municipalities

As of July 8th, 2024, there are several cities and municipalities in the Philippines that share the same names but are located in different provinces. This phenomenon can sometimes lead to confusion in geography, governance, and postal services. Below, I have grouped these locations into two categories: cities and municipalities.


There are eight cities around the Philippines that share the same names, leading to interesting cases of mistaken identity and unique cultural overlaps. These cities, despite sharing names, often have distinct characteristics, histories, and cultural backgrounds. Let's explore a few examples:
  1. Naga City, Cebu
  2. Naga City, Camarines Sur (only in geograhy)
  3. San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
  4. San Carlos City, Pangasinan
  5. San Fernando City, La Union
  6. San Fernando City, Pampanga
  7. Talisay City, Cebu
  8. Talisay City, Negros Occidental


Having 310 municipalities that share the same name is a fascinating phenomenon that showcases the spread of certain place names across different regions and cultures. This widespread naming can result from various factors such as colonization, migration, homage to notable places or figures, and local traditions. Let's delve into the implications and examples of this naming trend.
  1. Alcala, Cagayan
  2. Alcala, Pangasinan
  3. Alegria, Cebu
  4. Alegria, Surigao del Norte
  5. Alicia, Bohol
  6. Alicia, Isabela
  7. Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay
  8. Anda, Bohol
  9. Anda, Pangasinan
  10. Balete, Aklan
  11. Balete, Batangas
  12. Banga, Aklan
  13. Banga, South Cotabato
  14. Baras, Catanduanes
  15. Baras, Rizal
  16. Bato, Camarines Sur
  17. Bato,Catanduanes
  18. Bontoc, Mountain Province
  19. Bontoc, Southern Leyte
  20. Buenavista, Agustan del Norte
  21. Buenavista, Bohol
  22. Buenavista, Guimaras (capital)
  23. Buenavista, Marinduque
  24. Buenavaista, Quezon
  25. Burgos, Ilocos Norte
  26. Burgos, La Union
  27. Burgos, Pangasinan
  28. Burgos, Surigao del Norte
  29. Cabatuan, Iloilo
  30. Cabatuan, Isabela
  31. Candelaria, Quezon
  32. Candelaria, Zambales
  33. Caramoan, Camarines Sur
  34. Caramona, Catanduanes
  35. Carmen, Agusan del Norte
  36. Carmen, Bohol
  37. Carmen, Cebu
  38. Carmen, Cotabato
  39. Carmen, Davao del Norte
  40. Carmen, Surigao del Sur
  41. Casiguran, Aurora
  42. Casiguran, Sorsogon
  43. Catarman, Camiguin
  44. Catarman, Northern Samar
  45. Clarin, Bohol
  46. Clarin, Misamis Occidental
  47. Claveria, Cagayan
  48. Claveria, Masbate
  49. Clavera,  Misamis Oriental
  50. Compostela, Cebu
  51. Compostela, Davao de Oro
  52. Concepcion, Iloilo
  53. Concepcion, Misamis Occidental
  54. Concepcion, Romblon
  55. Concepcion, Tarlac
  56. Cortes, Bohol
  57. Cortes, Surigao del Sur
  58. Dolores, Abra
  59. Dolores, Eastern Samar
  60. Dolors, Quezon
  61. Esperanza, Agusan del Sur
  62. Esperanza, Masbate
  63. Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat
  64. Hagonoy, Bulacan
  65. Hagonoy, Davao del Sur
  66. Infanta, Pangasinan
  67. Infanta, Quezon
  68. Kalayaan, Laguna
  69. Kalayaan Palawan
  70. Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte
  71. Kapatagan, Lanao del Sur
  72. La Libertad, Negros Oriental
  73. La Libertad, Zamboanga del Norte
  74. La Paz, Abra
  75. La Paz, Agusan del Sur
  76. La Paz, Leyte
  77. La Paz, Tarlac
  78. Lemery, Batangas
  79. Lemery, Iloilo
  80. Libertad, Antique
  81. Libertad, Misamis Oriental
  82. Liloan, Cebu
  83. Liloan, Southern Leyte
  84. Looc, Occidental Mindoro
  85. Looc, Romblon
  86. Loreto, Agusan del Sur
  87. Loreto, Dinagat Islands
  88. Luna, Apayao
  89. Luna, Isabela
  90. Luna, La Union
  91. Maasim, Sarangani
  92. Maasim, Iloilo
  93. Mabini, Batangas
  94. Mabini, Bohol
  95. Mabini, Davao de Oro
  96. Mabini, Pangasinan
  97. Magallanes, Agusan del Norte
  98. Magallanes, Cavite
  99. Magallanes, Sorsogon
  100. Magsaysay, Davao del Sur
  101. Magsaysay, Lanao del Norte
  102. Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental
  103. Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro
  104. Magsaysay, Palawan
  105. Malitbog, Bukidnon
  106. Malitbog, Southern Leyte
  107. Mercedes, Camarines Norte
  108. Mercedes, Eastern Samar
  109. Morong, Bataan
  110. Morong, Rizal
  111. Morong, Samar
  112. Naguilian, Isabela
  113. Naguilian, La Union
  114. Pamplona, Cagayan
  115. Pamplona, Camarines Sur
  116. Pamplona, Negros Oriental
  117. Pandan, Antique
  118. Pandan, Catanduanes
  119. Pilar, Abra
  120. Pilar, Bataan
  121. Pilar, Bohol
  122. Pilar, Capiz
  123. Pilar, Cebu
  124. Pilar, Sorsogon
  125. Pilar, Surigao del Norte
  126. Pitogo, Quezon
  127. Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur
  128. Placer, Masbate
  129. Placer, Surigao del Norte
  130. Plaridel, Bulacan
  131. Plaridel, Misamis Occidental
  132. Plaridel, Quezon
  133. Pontevedra, Capiz
  134. Pontevedra, Negros Occidental
  135. President Roxas, Capiz
  136. President Roxas, Cotabato
  137. Quezon, Bukidnon
  138. Quezon, Isabela
  139. Quezon, Nueva Ecija
  140. Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya
  141. Quezon, Palawan
  142. Quezon, Quezon
  143. Quirino, Ilocos Sur
  144. Quirino, Isabela
  145. Rizal, Cagayan
  146. Rizal, Kalinga
  147. Rizal, Laguna
  148. Rizal, Nueva Ecija
  149. Rizal, Occidental Mindoro
  150. Rizal, Palawan
  151. Rizal, Zamboanga del Norte
  152. Rosario, Agusan del Sur
  153. Rosario, Batangas
  154. Rosario, Cavite
  155. Rosario, La Union
  156. Rosario, Nortern Samar
  157. Roxas, Isabela
  158. Roxas, Oriental Mindoro
  159. Roxas, Palawan
  160. Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte
  161. Salcedo, Eastern Samar
  162. Salcedo, Ilocos Sur
  163. San Agustin, Isabela
  164. San Agustin, Romblon
  165. San Agustin, Surigao del Sur
  166. San Andres, Catanduanes
  167. San Andres, Quezon
  168. San Andres, Romblon
  169. San Antonio, Northern Samar
  170. San Antonio, Nueva Ecija
  171. San Antonio,  Quezon
  172. San Antonio, Zambales
  173. San Enrique, Iloilo
  174. San Enrique, Negros Occidental
  175. San Fernando, Bukidnon
  176. San Fernando, Camarines Sur
  177. San Fernando, Cebu
  178. San Fernando, Masbate
  179. San Fernando, Romblon
  180. San Francisco, Agusan del Sur
  181. San Francisco, Cebu
  182. San Francisco, Quezon
  183. San Francisco, Southern Leyte
  184. San Francisco, Surigao del Norte
  185. San Ildefonso, Bulacan
  186. San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur
  187. San Isidro, Abra
  188. San Isidro, Bohol
  189. San Isidro, Davao del Norte
  190. San Isidro, Davao Oriental
  191. San Isidro, Isabela
  192. San Isidro, Leyte
  193. San Isidro, Nortern Samar
  194. San Isidro, Nueva Ecija
  195. San Isidro, Surigao del Norte
  196. San Jacinto, Masbate
  197. San Jacinto, Pangasinan
  198. San Jose, Batangas
  199. San Jose, Camarines Sur
  200. San Jose, Dinagat Islands (capital)
  201. San Jose, Negros Oriental
  202. San Jose, Northern Samar
  203. San Jose, Romblon
  204. San Jose, Tarlac
  205. San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
  206. San Juan, Abra
  207. San Juan, Batangas
  208. San Juan, Ilocos Sur
  209. San Juan, La Union
  210. San Juan, Siquijor
  211. San Juan, Southern Leyte
  212. San Luis, Agusan del Sur
  213. San Luis, Aurora
  214. San Luis, Batangas
  215. San Luis, Pampanga
  216. San Manuel, Isabela
  217. San Manual, Tarlac
  218. San Mateo, Isabela
  219. San Mateo, Rizal
  220. San Miguel, Bohol
  221. San Miguel, Bulacan
  222. San Miguel, Catanduanes
  223. San Miguel, Iloilo
  224. San Miguel, Leyte
  225. San Miguel, Surigao del Sur
  226. San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur
  227. San Narciso, Quezon
  228. San Narcisco, Zambales
  229. San Nicolas, Batangas
  230. San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
  231. San Nicolas, Pangasinan
  232. San Pablo, Isabela
  233. San Pablo, Zamboanga del Sur
  234. San Pascual, Batangas
  235. San Pascual, Masbate
  236. San Quintin, Abra
  237. San Quintin, Pangasinan
  238. San Rafael, Bulacan
  239. San Rafael, Iloilo
  240. San Remigio, Antique
  241. San Remigio, Cebu
  242. San Vicente, Camarines Norte
  243. San Vicente, Ilocos Sur
  244. San Vicente, Northern Samar
  245. San Vicente, Palawan
  246. Santa Ana, Cagayan
  247. Santa Ana, Pampanga
  248. Santa Barbara, Iloilo
  249. Santa Barbara, Pangasinan
  250. Santa Catalina, Ilocos Sur
  251. Santa Catalina, Negros Occidental
  252. Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur
  253. Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur
  254. Santa Cruz, Laguna (capital)
  255. Santa Cruz, Marindugue
  256. Santa Cruz, Occidental Mindoro
  257. Santa Cruz, Zambales
  258. Santa Fe, Cebu
  259. Santa Fe, Leyte
  260. Santa Fe, Nueva Vizcaya
  261. Santa Fe, Romblon
  262. Santa Maria, Bulacan
  263. Santa Maria, Davao Occidental
  264. Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur
  265. Santa Maria, Isabela
  266. Santa Maria, Laguna
  267. Santa Maria, Pangasinan
  268. Santa Maria, Romblon
  269. Santa Rita, Pampanga
  270. Santa Rita, Samar
  271. Santa Teresita, Batangas
  272. Santa Teresita, Cagayan
  273. Santiago, Agusan del Norte
  274. Santiago, Ilocos Sur
  275. Santo Domingo, Albay
  276. Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur
  277. Santo Domingo, Nueva Ecija
  278. Santo Niño, Cagayan
  279. Santo Niño, Samar
  280. Santo Niño, South Cotabato
  281. Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte
  282. Santo Tomas, Isabela
  283. Santo Tomas, La Union
  284. Santo Tomas, Pampanga
  285. Santo Tomas, Pangasinan
  286. Sison, Pangasinan
  287. Sison, Surigao del Norte
  288. Socorro, Oriental Mindoro
  289. Socorro, Surigao del Norte
  290. Sogod, Cebu
  291. Sogod, Southern Leyte
  292. Tagoloan, Lanao del Norte
  293. Tagoloan, Lanao del Sur
  294. Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental
  295. Talisay,  Batangas
  296. Talisay, Camarines Norte
  297. Taytay, Palawan
  298. Taytay, Rizal
  299. Tubod, Lanao del Norte (capital)
  300. Tubod, Surigao del Norte
  301. Tuburan, Basilan
  302. Tuburan, Cebu
  303. Tudela, Cebu
  304. Tudela, Misamis Oriental
  305. Valencia, Bohol
  306. Valencia, Negros Occidental
  307. Victoria, Laguna
  308. Victoria, Northern Samar
  309. Victoria, Oriental Mindoro
  310. Victoria, Tarlac
The existence of 310 municipalities with the same name highlights the rich tapestry of local history, culture, and migration patterns. Each of these municipalities, while sharing a name, has its own unique story and identity, contributing to the diversity and richness of human settlements in the country.

Compiling a comprehensive list like this is incredibly valuable, especially for journalists navigating the complexities of Philippine geography. It's common for confusion to arise when multiple locations share the same name, leading to inaccuracies or misunderstandings in reporting. By providing a detailed breakdown of cities and municipalities with identical names but in different provinces, journalists can avoid errors and ensure accurate coverage. This effort contributes to the overall clarity and reliability of news reporting. 

Moreover, such a list serves as a helpful reference not only for journalists but also for researchers, travelers, and anyone interested in Philippine geography. It enhances understanding and awareness of the country's diverse landscape, cultural heritage, and administrative divisions. With this expanded compilation, journalists can confidently identify and distinguish between similarly named places, thereby enhancing the quality and credibility of their reporting.

Additionally, this initiative underscores the importance of precision in communication, especially in a field as critical as journalism. By acknowledging and addressing potential sources of confusion, journalists uphold professional standards and strengthen public trust in the media.

Ultimately, this compilation contributes to more accurate, informed, and nuanced storytelling about the Philippines, benefiting both journalists and their audiences.

Monday, July 01, 2024

Philippine national anthem (English)

Land of the morning,
Child of the sun returning,
With fervor burning,
Thee do our souls adore.
Land dear and holy,
Cradle of noble heroes,
Ne’er shall invaders
Trample thy sacred shore.
Ever within thy skies and through thy clouds
And o’er thy hills and sea,
Do we behold the radiance, feel and throb,
Of glorious liberty.
Thy banner, dear to all our hearts,
Its sun and stars alight,
O never shall its shining field
Be dimmed by tyrant’s might!
Beautiful land of love,
O land of light,
In thine embrace ’tis rapture to lie,
But it is glory ever, when thou art wronged,
For us, thy sons to suffer and die.

This English version was translated in the 1940s and it is based on the original Spanish version.

Monday, June 24, 2024

Fostering the Spanish language in the Philippines

A way of consistently fostering the conservation of our Spanish heritage, particularly the Spanish language, is to use Spanish loanwords.

I had a good laugh watching this clip from a Dolphy movie where Babalu interrogated Yoyong Martirez. In response to the Martirez doubting that he's a real cop, Babalu replied, "O, heto ang tarheta ko". I also remember my father using tarheta or tarjeta (to refer to smaller cards) as well, but I don't remember any other adults using it growing up, so I was surprised to see that Dolphy movie clip with Babalu. Tarheta is rarely used nowadays because, first, it is regarded as an old word, second, business cards are rarely used nowadays.

I moved some furniture to my parents' house while I was on vacation in the Philippines last December. I was helped by a nephew who referred to it as "purnityur". I told him that's English and it doesn't sound right tagalized. Try saying muebles instead of "purnityur". He did and found it easier.

Our local languages are losing more and more Spanish loanwords as time goes on. Those of us who champion preserving our past should start using these old loan words in our daily lives and encourage the young to do the same. - A

Monday, June 17, 2024

10 spending habits to break before you turn 30

  1. YOLO lifestyle The "You Only Live Once" (YOLO) lifestyle emphasizes living in the moment, often without much consideration for the future. It prioritizes experiences and immediate gratification over long-term planning and stability. While adopting a YOLO mindset can lead to adventurous and memorable experiences, it can also result in financial recklessness and neglect of important responsibilities.
  2. Impulse buying. It refers to making unplanned purchases based on sudden desires or emotions, rather than careful consideration of needs or budget. It often leads to overspending on items that may not be essential or even practical. Impulse buying can be fueled by advertising, peer pressure, or emotional triggers, and it can undermine financial goals and budgeting efforts.
  3. Borrowing money. It involves obtaining funds from a lender with the promise to repay the amount borrowed, usually with interest, at a later date. While borrowing can provide short-term financial relief or facilitate major purchases, such as homes or education, it also comes with financial obligations and risks. Excessive borrowing can lead to debt accumulation, interest payments, and potential financial strain if repayment becomes challenging.
  4. Spending to impress others. It involves making purchases with the primary goal of gaining social status or approval from peers. It often leads to conspicuous consumption, where individuals prioritize material possessions and lavish experiences to project a certain image or lifestyle. However, this behavior can result in financial insecurity, as it may encourage overspending and neglect of personal financial goals.
  5. Failing to track expenses. It refers to not monitoring or recording personal spending habits and patterns. Without accurate tracking, individuals may underestimate their expenditures, overspend in certain categories, or overlook opportunities for saving. Tracking expenses is essential for maintaining a balanced budget, identifying areas for cost-cutting, and achieving financial goals.
  6. Spending first before saving. It involves prioritizing immediate consumption over setting aside money for future goals or emergencies. This approach can lead to a cycle of living paycheck to paycheck, with little to no savings for long-term financial security. Saving should ideally precede spending, with a portion of income allocated towards savings and investments before discretionary expenses are considered.
  7. Paying for convenience all the time. It involves opting for products or services that offer convenience or time-saving benefits, even if they come at a higher cost. While convenience can be valuable in certain situations, relying excessively on convenience-based purchases can inflate expenses and strain financial resources. It's important to weigh the trade-offs between convenience and cost-effectiveness when making purchasing decisions.
  8. Credit card debt. It arises when individuals borrow money through credit cards and fail to repay the full balance by the due date. Credit cards typically charge high interest rates on unpaid balances, making it easy for debt to accumulate if payments are not made in full and on time. Carrying credit card debt can result in financial stress, lower credit scores, and long-term interest payments that hinder financial progress.
  9. Never say "no". It refers to the tendency to indulge in spending without setting limits or boundaries. It involves saying yes to every impulse or request, whether it's dining out, shopping, or participating in costly activities. Failing to exercise restraint can lead to financial overextension, strained relationships, and difficulty achieving financial goals. Learning to say "no" when necessary is essential for maintaining financial health and prioritizing long-term objectives.
  10. Spending too much on vices. It involves allocating a significant portion of income towards indulgent or addictive behaviors, such as smoking, drinking, gambling, or excessive entertainment. While vices can provide temporary pleasure or relief, overspending on them can have detrimental effects on both physical and financial well-being. It's important to balance indulgence with responsible budgeting and prioritization of essential needs and long-term goals.

Friday, June 14, 2024

From Ilagan to Manila or Baguio

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Himno nacional de Filipinas (Español)

Tierra adorada
Hija del sol de oriente
Su fuego ardiente en ti latiendo está.
Patria de amores
Del heroismo cuna,
Los invasores
No te hallarán jamás.
En tu azul cielo, en tus auras,
En tus montes y en tu mar
Esplende y late el poema
De tu amada libertad.
Tu pabellón, que en las lides
La victoria iluminó
No verá nunca apagados
Sus estrellas y su sol.
Tierra de dichas, del sol y amores,
En tu regazo dulce es vivir.
Es una gloria para tus hijos,
Cuando te ofenden, por ti morir.

The music of the original Spanish version entitled "Macha Nacional Filipina" which was composed by Julian Felipe in 1898 and its lyrics adopted from the poem "Filipinas" written by Jose Palma in 1899.

Monday, June 03, 2024

Truth to be told

People may not recall the intricate details of your facial features, although it's often a concern for many. What they do remember, however, is your smile, the warmth in your eyes as they engaged with you, and the way you made them feel. They remember your kindness, your gentle demeanor, and the comfort your words provided. Your willingness to listen, understand, and offer compassion leaves a lasting impression.

While physical beauty may capture attention, it's the beauty of the heart that truly resonates with people. A beautiful face may mask an ugly heart, but a beautiful heart radiates genuine warmth and kindness. Whether others perceive this beauty depends on what they seek and value. Ultimately, it's the goodness within that leaves a lasting impact on those around you.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Why you can't please anyone no matter how much effort you make?

It is impossible to please everyone since different people have different expectations, tastes, and points of view that frequently clash. No matter how hard you try, it's difficult, if not impossible, to please everyone for the following reasons:

Diverse Preferences: People's interests, values, and tastes vary widely. What makes one person happy might not make another one happy. For instance, one person may love a given musical genre while another may not.

People frequently have expectations that are in conflict with one another. Attempting to satisfy one individual's demands may result in falling short of another's. This is especially true when there are conflicting interests or priorities at play.

Subjectivity: Perceptions and preferences are personal. Something pleasant or fulfilling to one person may not be to another. It is challenging to produce anything that appeals to everyone because of this subjectivity.

Changing Tastes and Preferences: Over time, tastes and preferences might vary. Something that made someone happy in the past might not make them happy now. Because of this, it is difficult to continuously satisfy everyone over a long period of time.

Limited Resources: Time, money, and energy are examples of limiting resources. Due to the limitations of these resources, it might not be possible to satisfy everyone's tastes.

Contradictory Feedback: Individuals offer a variety of sometimes incongruous comments. What is considered a stride forward by one person may be considered a regression by another. It's difficult to bring these disparate viewpoints together.

Unreasonable Expectations: There are those who hold unreasonable or unrealistic expectations. It could be impossible for you to live up to these expectations, no matter how hard you work.
Personal Bias: People frequently have preconceived notions that color their opinions and views. Even in cases where attempts are made to unbiased satisfy everyone, this prejudice can give rise to disputes and discontent.

In conclusion, even though it's normal to desire to satisfy other people, it's critical to understand the complexity and inherent restrictions involved. Doing what feels right for oneself and one's principles, along with sincerity and integrity, can lead to more significant and rewarding outcomes than aiming for universal approval.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Unveiling the philosophy of history: exploring Plato's allegory of the cave

Deep within the confines of a cave, dwellers are ensnared in a world of shadows, their backs turned to the flickering light emanating from the entrance. To them, these fleeting shapes—of animals, people, and objects—are the only reality they've ever known, their true forms obscured by the darkness.

Yet, one fateful day, a soul breaks free from the cave's grasp, emerging into the blinding brilliance of the outside world. Initially overwhelmed by the radiance of truth, this seeker's eyes struggle to adjust to the newfound clarity.

As time unfolds, the veil of illusion begins to lift, revealing the shadows for what they truly are: mere reflections, devoid of substance or authenticity. Armed with this newfound understanding, the enlightened soul returns to the cave, eager to share the revelation with fellow captives.

However, met with incredulity and resistance from those confined within, the truth-bearer's attempts at illumination are met with hostility. Like Plato's allegory, this timeless tale serves as a poignant reminder of the struggle to convey enlightenment to those entrenched in ignorance.

Even in our modern era, this metaphor rings true, reflecting humanity's propensity to embrace only what lies within the bounds of comprehension, rejecting that which lies beyond.

Indeed, the courage to confront the blinding truth—to step out of the shadows and into the light—is a rare and daunting endeavor. Yet, it is through this brave confrontation that liberation is found, and true enlightenment attained.

May we all find the courage to venture beyond the confines of our own caves, embracing the light of truth and the boundless freedom it offers.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Mass indoctrination starts on Monday, May 20th, 2024

For the month of May 2024, once again, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) invite fellowmen around the globe to attend the Mass Indoctrination sessions. It is scheduled to commence on Monday, May 20th, 2024 at exactly 7:00 pm in the Philippine standard time.

Upcoming mass indoctrintaion this May 20th, 2024 at 7:00 pm in the Philippines

The whole indoctrination consists of 15 sessions that discuss the pure doctrines of our Lord Jesus Christ based in the Bible. These are available on Social Media channels like Facebook and on YouTube. Also, the whole sessions are available in different Philippine languages including international languages like English, Spanish, French and other foreign languages like Portuguese, Bahasa Malaysia, etc.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Subject: Reconnecting across time and differences

Dear Portales and Yabes relatives,

I hope this message finds each of you well, wherever you may be in the world. It has been far too long since we last spoke, and my heart feels heavy with the weight of all the moments we've missed together.

As the years have passed, life has taken us on separate journeys, and in the busyness of it all, we have grown distant from one another. But today, I am reaching out with an earnest desire to bridge that gap, to rekindle the bonds that tie us together as relatives.

Though we may have differing political views and beliefs, and our paths may diverge in countless ways, I believe that the love and kinship we share transcend these differences. Our relatives are a tapestry woven from the threads of our shared history, laughter, and tears. It is a bond that cannot be broken by time or distance, by disagreement or discord.

Life is too short to let our differences keep us apart. Let us set aside any grievances or misunderstandings that may have arisen between us and embrace the opportunity to reconnect. Let us celebrate the gift of relatives and cherish the moments we have together, for they are precious and fleeting.

I long to hear your voices, to see your faces, and to share in the joys and sorrows of life once more. Please know that my door is always open, and my heart always ready to welcome you back into my life.

May we find the courage to let go of the past and embrace the beauty of the present, united in love and solidarity as relatives.

With all my love,

Sunday, May 12, 2024

Mother's day is everyday

Great are mothers for humanity, they should not only be remembered for one day.” — Bro. Eli Soriano

Mother's day holds a special place within the Members Church of God International (MCGI), where the reverence and appreciation for mothers transcend a single day of celebration. In the heart of MCGI, mothers are cherished, honored, and loved not just on Mother's Day but every day of the year.

Within this congregation, Mother's Day becomes an occasion to amplify the love and gratitude towards mothers. It's a time when members come together to express their deep appreciation for the invaluable role mothers play in their lives and in the community.

During Mother's Day celebrations in different communities, heartfelt messages of love and appreciation flood the congregation. Brethren and children alike take the opportunity to convey their gratitude to God for blessing them with the presence of their mothers. These expressions of love go beyond mere words; they reflect the profound impact mothers have on shaping the faith, values, and character of their families and the Church.

Each message shared on Mother's Day reflects not only the bond between a child and their mother but also the spiritual connection within the community. It's a time for reflection, celebration, and thanksgiving for the love, sacrifices, and guidance that mothers provide.

In the church, Mother's Day isn't just about honoring biological mothers; it's also about recognizing the nurturing spirit that extends to spiritual mothers within the congregation. Elderly women who have mentored and guided younger members in their faith journey are also celebrated and appreciated.

Ultimately, Mother's Day in the congregation serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of maternal love, care, and wisdom in the lives of individuals and the spiritual growth of the Church as a whole. It's a day to honor the embodiment of selflessness, strength, and grace that mothers exemplify, not just on one designated day, but every day of the year.

Monday, May 06, 2024

City of Ilagan Hymn

Lyrics by Nilo Agustin
Music by Ato del Rosario
Vocalist: Samuel Acosta

Hail! Our beloved homeland
The City of Ilagan
Bestowed with the bounty of the rivers and the streams
Shielded by the mountains of Sierra Madre

You are the heart of our noble farmers
The abode of our culture and traditions
The home of loving and gentle people
That lives proudly with dignity

You will always be our peaceful home
The cradle of Ilagueño’s home
You shall blossom, flourish for our vision
As the Liveable City of Ilagan

God bless the City of Ilagan
The cherished legacy of our forefathers
Our home, our land, our beloved homeland
The Liveable City of Ilagan!

The "City of Ilagan Hymn" is a poignant musical homage crafted for the esteemed Ilagueño populace and their dynamic urban center. Infused with verses that echo the storied past and vibrant traditions of Ilagan, this hymn encapsulates the profound pride and communal ethos that characterize the city. Through its stirring lyrics and melodies, it exalts the splendor of Ilagan, its breathtaking landscapes, and the genuine warmth of its inhabitants. Serving as a unifying anthem, it fosters a profound sense of unity and belonging among Ilagueños while nurturing a deep respect for the city's rich heritage and enduring legacy.

Saturday, May 04, 2024

An open letter to Ilagueños

Dear fellow Ilagueños,

Today, May 4, 2024, as we commemorate the founding anniversary of our dear city, let us pause to consider the path that has united us. Our city's history is intertwined with tenacity, cohesion, and steadfast spirit, from the modest beginnings of Ilagan in 1686 to the colorful and prosperous city we are today.

As we commemorate this momentous anniversary every year, we embrace the prospects of the future while also paying tribute to the past. Let us honor the memories of our forefathers, whose toil and devotion set the groundwork for our city. Let's also commemorate the victories and advancements we have made as a team, led by the values of unity and collaboration.

Let's reaffirm our commitment to creating a better future for Ilagan as we come together to celebrate this significant occasion. Let's keep collaborating to promote diversity, creativity, and sustainable growth in our neighborhood.

I hope that this foundation anniversary will serve as a constant reminder of our common history, our power as a group, and the limitless possibilities that lie ahead. Let us write the next chapter of Ilagan's history with pride, enthusiasm, and determination as a team.

Happy Founding Anniversary, Ilagan!

With warm regards,
Gerry Yabes

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Salary increase is not a solution, here's why

When Senator Risa Hontiveros said that the salary increase is good news, she thinks that she's already brilliant if she finally gets want she want? She thinks that she's doing her job in the Senate? Even if we add thousands of pesos for the minimum wage in the whole country, nothing much will change. The unfortunate workers and the public in general will still be stuck in the vicious restrictive economic environment.

The move to this increase in the minimum wage will result to the reduction of manpower of local businesses that can't afford the increase. Hontiveros, being a co-sponsor needs to hear the side of small entrepreneurs first.

In our country where competition is limited, simply increasing salaries may not be an effective solution for several reasons. Proponents of this measure should consider these reasons why:
  • Cost Constraints: Many businesses, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), may struggle to afford significant salary increases due to tight profit margins and financial constraints. Increasing salaries without corresponding increases in revenue could lead to higher operating costs and potential layoffs or business closures.
  • Inflationary Pressures: Salary increases without corresponding improvements in productivity or profitability can contribute to inflationary pressures. This can erode the purchasing power of consumers, especially those on fixed incomes, and exacerbate socio-economic inequalities. NEDA reported that salary increase will affect inflation.
  • Lack of Productivity Gains: In a market with limited competition, businesses may not face sufficient pressure to improve efficiency, invest in innovation, or enhance productivity. Without productivity gains, increasing salaries could strain company resources without yielding commensurate benefits.
  • Skill Mismatch: Simply raising salaries may not address underlying issues related to skills gaps or mismatches between the qualifications of workers and the demands of available jobs. Investing in education, training, and workforce development programs may be more effective in addressing these challenges.
  • Competitiveness Concerns: In industries where international competition is a factor, unilaterally increasing salaries without corresponding improvements in productivity or quality could erode the competitiveness of Philippine businesses in global markets. Our country should focus reforms in the economic policies, specialy in opening our country to foreign investors who can bring job opportunities and higher salaries here.
Instead of relying solely on salary increases, policymakers (like Risa Hontiveros, Juan Miguel Zubiri, etc.) and businesses should pursue a multifaceted approach to address labor market challenges and promote sustainable economic growth. This may include improving the business environment to foster competition, investing in infrastructure and technology to enhance productivity, promoting skills development and education, and implementing targeted social welfare programs to support vulnerable workers.

To present a better solution to this, is to have our economy open to Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) through economic charter change. NEDA said that we could have attracted investments if only Philippines is more open. Doing so, the increase in salary comes naturally even without legislation which is just a waste of people's tax money. This will make our country attrative to foreign investors. Doing so, the increase of salary will follow naturally without making a legislation. It's just simple as Law of Supply and Demand, in case these Senators don't know it.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Beat the hot weather this heat season

Experiencing temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius in the Philippines can be extremely challenging, as it poses health risks and issues such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Here are some suggestions for staying safe and cool in areas where temperatures soar above 40 degrees Celsius as follows.
  1. Drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated by drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day, even if you don't feel thirsty. Carry a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go.
  2. Avoid caffeinated and sugary beverages: Limit consumption of caffeinated drinks and sugary sodas, as they can contribute to dehydration. Opt for water, coconut water, or electrolyte-rich drinks instead.
  3. Eat hydrating foods. Eat fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, oranges, and strawberries, to help replenish fluids and electrolytes.
  4. Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabrics like cotton to help keep your body cool. Light-colored clothing can also help reflect sunlight.
  5. Stay indoors during peak hours: Limit outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you need to be outside, seek shade whenever possible.
  6. Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you're sweating or swimming.
  7. Take cool showers. Cool off by taking frequent showers or baths with lukewarm or cool water. This can help lower your body temperature and provide relief from the heat.
  8. Use fans or air conditioning. If available, use fans or air conditioning to help cool indoor spaces. If you don't have access to air conditioning, use portable fans or create cross-ventilation by opening windows and doors.
  9. Rest and relax. Take breaks throughout the day to rest and relax in a cool, shaded area. Avoid strenuous activities that can lead to overheating and exhaustion.
  10. Monitor your health. Be mindful of signs of heat-related illnesses, such as dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, and excessive sweating. If you experience any symptoms of heat exhaustion or heatstroke, seek medical attention immediately.
Utilize fans or air conditioning to cool indoor spaces and wear lightweight, breathable clothing to help regulate body temperature. Plan outdoor activities wisely, scheduling them for early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler, and avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day. Take frequent cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature and stay informed about weather forecasts and heat advisories issued by local authorities.

Check on vulnerable persons, such as the elderly and those with health conditions, and make sure they stay cool and hydrated. If temperatures are excessively high, consider staying indoors in a cool, air-conditioned environment until conditions improve. By taking these precautions and staying vigilant, you can mitigate the risks associated with extreme heat and stay safe during hot weather conditions in our country.

Monday, April 22, 2024

MCGI starts mass indoctrination this April 2024

Are you searching for spiritual enlightenment? Do you seek to understand the pure doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ? Look no further!

We are thrilled to invite you to join us for the MCGI Mass Indoctrination, a series of enlightening sessions where you can delve into the profound teachings of our faith. Whether you're a seeker, a skeptic, or a devout believer, everyone is welcome to participate in this journey of discovery.

At MCGI (Members Church of God International), we uphold the values of truth, love, and compassion. Through our Mass Indoctrination program, you will have the opportunity to explore the foundational principles of our faith, guided by the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.

Here's what you can expect from the MCGI Mass Indoctrination:
  • Engaging sessions led by servants and workers who will share insights into the Word of God.
  • A welcoming and supportive community where you can freely ask questions and engage in meaningful discussions.
  • Accessible sessions available on different Social Media Platforms, catering to various languages for your convenience.
Whether you're seeking answers to life's big questions or simply curious about our beliefs, we invite you to join us on this journey of spiritual growth and understanding.

To register and learn more about the MCI Mass Indoctrination schedule, please visit our website or follow us on Facebook for updates.

Don't miss this opportunity to explore the profound teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and embark on a path towards greater spiritual fulfillment. We look forward to welcoming you to our sessions!

Monday, April 08, 2024

Donate to Rapper, what's the effect?

While donations can be beneficial for sustaining independent journalism, there are potential negative effects associated with relying heavily on public donations, particularly for a news organization like Rappler which the orgnization asks donation for several years ago. Let me share some of the negative effects regarding this.

Donate to Rappler screengrab from website.
  1. Dependency on Donors' Agenda: Well that's depends on the size and influence of donors, there is a possible risk that Rappler's editorial decisions could be influenced by the preferences or agendas of those providing donations. This could be an oligarch, a business elite, a politician, etc. You name it. This could compromise the news organization's independence and objectivity.
  2. Perception of Bias: Public perception may be influenced by the perception that Rappler's reporting is biased towards donors. There's also possiblity that certain topics are covered more favorably due to financial support. This could undermine trust in the organization's credibility and impartiality. Since June 2023, the trust rating of 47% has been declining, even netizens calling it as crappler. Even confirmed by of such dwindling trust rating.
  3. Financial Instability: Relying heavily on donations can make Rappler financially vulnerable, as donation levels may fluctuate over time due to changes in economic conditions or donor priorities. This instability could impact the organization's ability to sustain operations and maintain staffing levels. Philippine government ordered to close the news organization in June 2022 due to various reasons.
  4. Pressure to Please Donors: Rappler may feel pressure to cater to the preferences of donors in order to maintain their support, potentially leading to self-censorship or the prioritization of certain topics over others based on donor interests rather than journalistic merit.
  5. Loss of Editorial Independence: If donations become a primary source of funding for Rappler, there is a risk that the news organization could become overly reliant on donors' support, potentially compromising its editorial independence and ability to report on sensitive or controversial issues without fear of repercussions.
Overall, while donations can provide valuable financial support for news organizations like Rappler, it's important for them to carefully consider the potential negative effects and take steps to ensure transparency, accountability, and editorial independence in their fundraising efforts.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Absurd 1987 Philippine Constitution

Whatever is happening in the Philippines is a result of implementing an absurd constitution that centralizes everything in the country, and forcing everyone to migrate from any part of the Philippines to Metro Manila. This is what is happening when all of the 82 provinces of the archipelago are neglected, despite all of them are tax payers.

The development of local economies are impaired by monopolies, and doupolies that past administrations since 1987 prioritize their oligarch and elite friends, at the expense of all Filipinos. Definitely, EDSA-pwera!

When there is no foreign direct investments (FDIs), there is also no competition in the economy and everyone leads to mediocrity. No competiton means minimum wage for local workers, no purchasing power of the masses to afford basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and nothing luxuries at all.

Those imperialists in Metro Manila and the Tagalog elitists hoard almost all of the national budget and development for decades, then the same who gatekeep the development of 82 provinces as if non-Manila residents are not entitled to it. In the national level, all of the provinces are always in the losing end in terms of infrastructure development. You're truly ignorant if you don't know these matters and even opposing charter change in the country!

No question then that our 1987 constitution is flawed, outdated, defective, rotten and even irrelevant documents by its stupid framers in 1986 in today's modern world.


Further readings:

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

It's 22nd Sabbath anniversary

It's a happy 22nd Sabbath Anniversary in the Church of God as written in the Bible! This milestone marks not only a significant passage of time but also a journey of spiritual growth, reflection, and dedication to the common faith. Over the past 22 years, undoubtedly you experienced a profound connection with God  and his people and have deepened your understanding of His teachings and principles.

A birthday greetings from MCGI Symphony Orchestra

As I commemorate this special occasion, taking the moment to reflect on the countless blessings and lessons I have received throughout my journey in the Members Church of God International (MCGI). Each Sabbath has been an opportunity for me to come together with brethren, to worship, to learn, and to be spiritually nourished by the word of God in the Bible. With God's help, I will continue to be committed in doing good works to everyone I meet each day.

Looking ahead to the future, may God will guide as I continue the journey in the Church of God be filled with abundant blessings, spiritual growth, and more opportunities to do good work to brethren and fellow men. As I embark on the next chapter of my journey, may God guide our leaders Bro. Daniel Razon through the wisdom and grace of God, and may he continue to be a leader of light and inspiration to those around us. It's my 22nd Sabbath anniversary, and may God's love and blessings be with us always!

Monday, March 04, 2024

Bakit single pa rin?

In the latest update posted by GMA News kung balit may ilang mga Pinoy na pinipili ang maging single. Maraming dahilan kung bakit pinipili ang relationship status na single. Narito ang ilan sa mga nakuha kong information:

  • Pera over jowa
  • Peace of mind, yung wala masyadong issue
  • Focused on self-growth
  • Set of priorities
  • Doesn't align with your principles
  • Walang choice
  • Less expensive (hindi doble ang bibilhin mong foods, drinks, etc.)
  • Rare na ang matinong lalake or babae
  • Gustong maging independent for all successes and achivements
  • Self-healing after being hurt or done hurting someone
  • Can't even take care of self
  • Walang pera
  • Combination ng pagiging tamad, work from home, and not getting to meet anyone new
  • Being contented and happy
  • Sarili ang mamahalin, hindi ang iba
  • Mayaman ang hanap ng iba
  • Parang trabaho pero hind ka qualified
  • Being in a relationship is a luxury and you should expect a great deal of stress and anxiety
  • Ayaw makasakit sa damdamin ng iba kaya stay single na lang
  • Hindi pa ready ang sarili sa relasyon
  • Pangit ang hitsura
  • Cheaters kasi yung iba, hindi pa nakaka-move-on sa ex
  • Not able to match the energy
  • Mataas ang standards
  • Para iwas ang gastos
  • Not interested in pursing a relationship
  • Mababa ang credit score
  • Unrealistic ang standards
  • Yung gusto ko, hindi ako gusto
  • Focus muna sa sarili
  • Naka-"me time" ako baka mabalewala lang ang future partner
  • Dahil sa lagay ng ekonomiya
  • Breadwinner kasi
  • Walang time
  • Iniwan kasi ako kaya single
  • Masyadong makasarili
  • It's meant to be single
  • Kontento na sa mga kaibigan ang kapamilya
  • Nag-eenjoy sa pagiging third-wheel kasi merong food trips, activities, etc.
  • Tinatamad lang
  • Kasi walang drama, peaceful ang buhay
  • For the peace of mind
  • Lack of substance and insecure
  • Hindi kasi romantic
  • Mahal ang bilihin
  • Lahat ng nagustuhan ko, ayaw sa akin
  • Hindi pa priority

Monday, February 26, 2024

On APO's hakbang paurong against cha-cha

To the members of the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) who staged their annual oblation Run at the University of the Philippines Diliman on Friday, Feb. 16th, 2024. This year's theme is "Cha-cha: Hakbang Paurong."

You won't see this ideocracy in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and even Vietnam. You will never see this stupid and idiotic act in countries where their systems are in Federal-Parliamentary and their economy is also open for foreign investors. It's only in the worst university in ASEAN which the education system in the Philippines is lagging behind, the University of the Philippines. You can only see this in the Philippines, the only country in the world where there are a lot of restrictions in its lousy constitution, which some of the framers protect oligarch and elites in the Philippines, making majority of Filipinos poor.

Instead of presenting alternative solutions to economic charter change, they go out in public to their naked bodies which carry no value or message at all.

We need to open our country to foreign investments to several sectors and several industries. Allowing these investors will generate job opportunities for all Filipinos. Instead of going to work abroad, it is much better to bring in investments so Filipnios will no longer be separated with their family members, and friends. It will also generate local tax revenue which will be used to fund our education. So that UP students have something in their brains.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Singaporeans trashtalk online Filipino gamers

"Your mother is my maid, lah." said Singaporeans as they trashtalk online Filipino gamers. Being a domestic helper is a noble profession, but we cannot keep our country's reputation this way. We must raise the morale of our people by fixing our country, the first step of which is constitutional reforms.

We need to open our country to 100% equity shares for foregin investors to do business here in the country. Doing so, will provide job opportunities to our contrymen to work here, be here with their family members and relatives. Let's put an end on exporting Filipinos to work abroad, instead, let foreigners to do business here and have our kababayans work for decent jobs here.

Let's support the economic constitutional reform. It has been 37 years since 1987 that our country is lagging behind Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Friday, February 16, 2024

EDSA is officially dead in the Philippines

Numerous individuals and organizations, including ex-Supreme Court justices Antonio Carpio and Adolfo Azcuna, are advocating for an end to discussions about amendments to the Constitution. However, it is argued that EDSA has lost its relevance over time since the rushed ratification of the 1987 Philippine constitution was carried out without proper notification of citizens. As a result of this move which left our country severely underdeveloped; rather than embodying hope and positive change as intended by EDSA's spirit initially - today we see nothing but inconvenience caused by traffic congestion because infrastructure hasn't kept pace with population growth in urban areas making it ineffective. Its deterioration from lackadaisical maintenance renders it gradually becoming obsolete until eventually ceasing existence altogether.

Source: Wikipedia

After the Philippine government issued a decree announcing holidays for 2024, it became apparent that the EDSA People Power Revolution was not included. A vast majority of Filipinos have come to accept that this historic event has lost its significance since Benigno Simeon Aquino's presidency.

In case you haven't come to terms with reality yet, let me kindly remind you that the EDSA rhetoric has officially been put to rest by the majority of Filipino citizens who voted in the recent 2022 elections. As a result, it's crucial that we move on from a constitution based on this now defunct ideology. The previous framework failed in its superficial attempt at safeguarding Philippine interests and was rather motivated by an ulterior goal of prohibiting power for the Marcoses. It is time for those involved with yellow, pink, and red movements reevaluate their approaches as they search for alternative tactics aimed at deceiving people again.

The primary recollection of EDSA for many Filipinos is its infamous reputation as the world's most congested road, with little else standing out in their minds.

Monday, January 22, 2024

Ang Charter Change ay tunay na pagbabago ng sistema

To all honorable senators of the Philippines:

Ang CHARTER CHANGE ang Tunay na Pagbabago ng SISTEMA at ang PINAKAUNANG Hakbang para masolusyunan ang KAHIRAPAN, KAWALAN ng TRABAHO, at KORUPSYON.


PAGTANGGAL ng mga ECONOMIC PROVISIONS sa 1987 Constitution(Articles 12, 14, 16) ang PINAKAIMPORTANTE na MANGYARI muna para papasok ang mga Multinational Investors at International Companies na syang magbibigay ng maraming trabaho at malaking sweldo sa mga tao. Ang Pilipinas ang PANGALAWA sa PINAKAMAHIGPIT sa mundo in terms of allowing FDIs into the country. Ito ang DAHILAN kung bakit maraming OFWs na UMAALIS TAUN-TAON.


Ito ay kontra sa kasalukuyang UNITARY SYSTEM (Article 10). Ito ay maganda para maging pantay-pantay ang OPORTUNIDAD nga mga REHIYON at para ma-decongest ang Metro Manila.


Sa lahat ng levels of government ang kasalukuyang PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM(Article 6 & 7). Ito ang ang ating paraan para mas maibsan ang KORUPSYON katulad ng sa Germany, Singapore, Japan at sa mga EUROPEAN countries.


Monday, January 15, 2024

Ten reasons to say Yes to charter change


1. Ang Charter Change o ang tamang tawag talaga is CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS ay HINDI PROJECT ni SPEAKER MARTIN ROMUALDEZ.

Walang nakasaad kahit saan man sa mga proposals na gawing PRIME MINISTER si Martin Romualdez. Hindi rin ito matatawag na originally galing sa KONGRESO, kung hindi galing talaga ito sa TAUMBAYAN na mga PROPOSALS na REPORMA.

Hindi ito project ng isang tao lang kundi proposals po ito ng karamihan na nagsimula pa sa kapanahunan ni Fidel Ramos, at nangyayari rin sa panahon ni Joseph Estrada, Gloria Arroyo, Noy Noy Aquino, at Rodrigo Duterte at patuloy na itinutulak ng mga taong napagtanto nila na ang TUNAY NA DAHILAN sa KAHIRAPAN at KORUPSYON sa PILIPINAS ay nagmumula sa 1987 KONSTITUSYON.

2. Ang UNANG HAKBANG para MASOLUSYUNAN ang mga problemang ito ay ang PAGREPORMA sa 1987 KONSTITUSYON (CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS) or ang tinatawag sa media na CHARTER CHANGE.

Kasama na dito ang mga terms na ECONOMIC CHACHA, FEDERALISM, PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM, Constitutional Convention (CONCON), Constituent Assembly (CONASS)

3. Ang ating mga kasama sa SENADO at KONGRESO na siyang tumutulong sa atin na maging katotohanan ito ay sina SENATOR ROBIN PADILLA, REPRESENTATIVES RUFUS RODRIGUEZ, RICHARD GOMEZ, STELLA QUIMBO, JOEY SALCEDA, DONG GONZALES at marami pang iba. Nagkataon lang na si MARTIN ROMUALDEZ ang Speaker at pinakinggan niya ang mungkahi ng karamihan about Constitutional Reforms.

Kasama na ang ibang ekonomista, mga lawyer, mga political scientist, at mga pribadong mamamayan katulad nila PROF. CLARITA CARLOS, ATTY. TONY ABAD, ORION PEREZ D. at marami pang iba tulad ng PIRMA, at CoRRECT Movement.

4. Ang proseso sa PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE ay nagsisimula pa lang sa pagkuha ng mga signature. Ito ay dadaan pa sa PAGSUSURI ng COMELEC at ang FINAL STAGE ay iyong tinatawag natin na PLEBISCITE kung saan pagbobotohan ng taumbayan kung YES or NO sila sa Amendments na sinasabi sa PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE.

Lahat ng mga amendments na nakalatag diyan ay isasapubliko at bibigyan ng MASSIVE INFORMATION CAMPAIGN bago mangyayari ang plebisito. So IMPOSIBLE MAGKAKAROON yung mga PATAGO na mga PANUKALA katulad ng NO ELECTION or TERM EXTENSION at kung ano pa man na sinasabi na dapat katakutan sa PAGREPORMA ng 1987 KONSTITUSYON.

AGAIN, WALANG DAPAT IKATAKOT OR IPANGAMBA sa REPORMA SA KONSTITUSYON, sa PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE, sa Constitutional Convention or kahit na sa Constituent Assembly.

5. Sa CoRRECT Movement, tatlong reporma ang isinusulong na tinatawag nating THREE POINT AGENDA:

    Provisions (Articles 12, 14, 16) - ito ang DAAN natin para makaahon sa KAHIRAPAN dahil sa pagpasok ng mas maraming FDIs na magbi ng maraming trabaho, kapital, at makabagong teknolohiya.
  • Shift to PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM (Articles 6 & 7)
    - ito ang kasagutan sa PAGSUGPO or pagMINIMIZED sa KORUPSYON
  • Adapt EVOLVING FEDERALISM - Article 10 - ito ang kasagutan para sa MAS PATAS NA PAGLAGO ng mga rehiyon sa bansa.

6. TUNGKOL sa mga ALLEGATIONS na PERA para sa PIRMA, ang nangyayari is nabahiran lang ang PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE dahil isinama ang pagpalaganap nito sa mga pagtitipon ng pagbibigay ng ayuda sa mga tao.

Klarong klaro sa instructions, ano ang nilalaman ng PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE at may mga pamphlets pa nga na ibinibigay at based sa video, tama naman ang pagkasabi na malamang uunlad ang buhay natin kapag nabago ng KONSTITUSYON. Posible rin na hindi na detalyado ang explanation kasi nandoon na lahat sa pamphlets at sa form ang information. Alam mo naman na may katamaran ang mga tao sa ganyan na kalakaran lalo na at pera lang or ayuda ang pinakapakay talaga nila.

Ang importante, walang sapilitan or tinutukan ba ng baril para pirmaha ang form. Ang pagbibigay ng ayuda ay matagal na rin na kalakaran at hindi lang dahil sa PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE. Kahit pa walang P.I., mayroon na talagang ganyan na sistema na tinatawag natin na PADRINO SYSTEM (or ayuda system).

7. Ang PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE 2024 ay suportado rin ng mga REPRESENTATIVE, mga GOBERNADOR , mga MAYOR, hanggang sa mga BARANGAY CAPTAIN kung kaya't ito ay pinadaan nila sa kanilang Constituents na nasanay na sa PADRINO SYSTEM.

Nagbibigay ang mga politiko ng ayuda pero nandun yung tawag natin na mas uunahin nilang bigyan yung mga taong sumusuporta sa kanila sa election at sa mga panahon na kailangan nila ang suporta kagaya ng sa People's Initiative or kung anuman na policies nila.

8. Hindi naiiba ang People's Initiative sa ganito na transaksyon. Walang sinasabi sa intention ng PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE na pirmahan mo ito at bibigyan ka ng pera or ayuda. WALANG PERA para sa PIRMA. Existing na ang network or structure na ganyan. Dumaan lang ang PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE ngayon dahil naghihingi ng suporta ang mga Kongresista at Local na Officials na suportahan ang pagbabago ng Konstitusyon.

This is "just another Tuesday" for them or sa mga taong involved sa PADRINO SYSTEM. Ang PADRINO SYSTEM ang dapat i-call out and not the PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE. Let's NOT THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATHWATER. In fact, this padrino system is a product of the political and economic system borne out of the 1987 Constitution on which is intended to be reformed.

9. As for the PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE 2024, ang punto dito ay upang maklaro ang kahulugan ng Article XVII Section 1 (1)

Amendments or Revisions
Section 1. Any amendment to or revision of, this Constitution may be proposed by:
(1) The Congress, upon a vote of three-fourths of all its Members,
(dinagdag ang naka-BOLD LETTERS sa huli ng section na ito)

10. Tinutulak ang amendment na ito para matapos na ang pagtatalo ng House of Representatives at Senado dahil sa Article na ito na dahilan upang hindi makausad ang usapin ng REPORMA sa KONSTITUSYON.

Kapag nanalo ito sa Plebiscite ng People's Initiative, puwede nang ipagpatuloy ang usapin sa kung anong mga reporma na kailangan pag-usapan at ang pagbuo ng Constitutional Convention or Constituent Assembly.

But unless na maresolba ito, walang mangyayari sa PAGREPORMA ng KONSTITUSYON sa kadahilanang hindi rin nakipagtulungan ang SENADO.

Ang SENADO talaga ang BALAKID sa mga USAPIN NA REPORMANG KONSTITUSYON kaya't mas maigi na hindi na lang rin natin sila isali sa usapan. Nasa isipan kasi nila na kapag nagkaganun, mawawala ang SENADO at mawawala ang kanilang kapangyarihan at impluwensiya. Again, sa PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE, WALANG sinasabi dito na magiging PRIME MINISTER si MARTIN ROMUALDEZ.

Wala pa nga yung proposal na PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM.

Walang sinasabi na TERM EXTENSION or NO ELECTION sa 2025 or 2028.

Wala ring sinasabi na i-WEAKEN ang SENADO, KINUKUHA lang natin sa kanila ang KAPANGYARIHAN na PIGILAN ang TUNAY NA PAGBABAGO sa pamamagitan ng REPORMA sa KONSTITUSYON.

At idadaan natin yan sa TAUMBAYAN (PLEBISITO ) na siyang HULING HUSGA sa USAPING ITO.

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Sana po NALIWANAGAN KAYO at NAWALA ang inyong TAKOT at PANGAMBA at suportahan natin ang PEOPLE'S INITIATIVE 2024 para sa PAGREPORMA sa 1987 KONSTITUSYON.
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Wednesday, January 03, 2024

MCGI's quarterly thanksgiving schedule for 2024

ILAGAN, Isabela - On December 30th, 2023
23 just a day before the year ends, the overall servant of Members Church of God International, Bro. Daniel Razon announces the schedule for Quarterly International Thanksgiving schedule this 2024. The International Thanksgiving is a 3-day event being held every quarter of the year, at least three months in between schedule. This is an international gathering of all brethren, including visitors, friends, and relatives.

For the first quarter, it will be on March 22, 23, and 24. Then followed by second quarter which will be on July 12, 13, and 14. The third quarter will be on October 4, 5, and 6. The last quarter is on December 20, 21, and 22.

Usually the venue will be held in Apalit, Pampanga where the church headquarters is located. It will be broadcast live via satellite so other members who cannot travel to Apalit can still attend the event.

The International Thanksgiving is also called Special Pasalamat ng Buong Bayan (SPBB). The schedule is being announced as early as December 30th, 2023 for all members to be prepared in advance especially to those who are working, just to plan for filing of personal time off to attend these quarterly events.

Meanwhile, the MCGI Mass Indoctrination sessions already started last Monday, January 1st, 2024. And the sessions are expected to end on Friday, January 19th, 2024. It will also be the mass baptism.

For regular church services, live Prayer Meetings usually starts 4:30 a. m. every Wednesday. Live Worship Service is live on Saturday at 4:30 a. m. Lastly, live regular Thanksgiving at 5:00 p. m. in the Philippine time zone.

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