Earthquake and Tsunami Preparations

With the strong earthquake (8.9 magnitude) and tsunami that hit Japan yesterday (March 11), people all over the world have been worried at some point. These worries are much more intense in the neighboring countries such as Indonesia, China and the Philippines. Here in Manila, as I was glued to CNN yesterday, I couldn’t help but feel sad about the extensive devastation Japan is facing now. There has been no amount released yet, but I can assume it’s already in billions of dollars. Plus, the lives lost. This is a tough time in Japan and I hope they get through this ordeal bravely and efficiently. Unity among its people and the rest of the world is a must now to restore its affected communities back to working order as soon as possible.

Should it happened to our country instead of Japan, I wonder where we would have been at this point. We cannot afford this lost because we’re a poor nation. We just don’t have the resources for this catastrophe. Last night while the rest of the Philippines was waiting for the coming of the expected tsunami in our coastlines, my imagination ran wild. I thought of horrible scenes that only happen in movies. It can’t be helped because what’s happening these days has been shown in sci-fi films before. It’s like these films know exactly what this world is destined or doomed for. I know the thought is plain crazy but it’s true because it’s happening now.

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October 5 is World Teacher Day

Teaching is the noblest of all professions. I have high respect for teachers. The job they do is no easy work. They not only mold people’s minds, but also shape the nation’s future. Today we pay homage to our teachers (both young and old) who are partially responsible for what we have become now.

In the Philippines, teachers are aplenty. And they continue to grow in number through the years. Most of them may have stable jobs, but they don’t get paid well. It’s a sad reality that Pinoy teachers have come to accept.

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2010 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant: Miss Philippines Venus Raj is Fourth Runner-Up!

Miss Philippines Maria Venus Raj just finished 4th in the 2010 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant held in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The Philippines is rejoicing. Congratulations, Venus! This is truly an achievement for you and for all of us Filipinos.

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The Philippines’ bet did a good job. She may not have bagged the Miss Universe crown (which went to Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete) but she did her best and that’s what’s important. All of us Pinoys should be happy about it. There’s no reason to criticize her for her less than satisfactory answer during the Q&A portion. The fact that she has taken herself that far in the competition already screamed of victory.
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