Martial Law Years: A Firsthand Experience from the “Common Tao”

Suffering from the excesses of corrupt politicians right now; with the poor becoming poorer and the middle class being eradicated slowly; the peace and order situation at its worst; and the incompetence of the government in the face of various disasters that have plagued the country – I wish that martial law days are back again.

 

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President Ferdinand Marcos

 

No one dared commit a crime, especially during broad daylight because of fear of the long arm of the law. A common tao on the streets doesn’t feel threatened just going out to buy groceries or to perform his daily chores. Unlike now, you’re fearful every time you leave your house because crime thrives everywhere.

Even government services during that time were quick and reliable. There were government projects everywhere that helped improved the lives of the common tao.

The common tao were the recipients of peace and order, better public services, disciplined citizens and more organized system of management.

Did you know that there were very rare electrical brown outs then? Well…don’t laugh; the reliability of a country’s basic services is one reference point if that country is indeed progressing or not.

Of course, during martial law, numerous rich and wealthy people suffered and the extreme leftists were captured because the government has to step in to curb and control their impending desire to go against the government to hold on to their power and wealth. Don’t tell me this was not so, because I am an actual witness and you just read it from books. History is relative. It favors those who are in power.

I experience both martial law and post-martial law eras and I can truly say that I want to live during the martial law days where there’s peace and order, evident organization, various free government services, numerous projects for farmers and the indigents, development of the countryside and infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges, and many more.

What about now?

• Government institutions are slowly being privatized
• Peace and order hang in a balance
• Few development projects
• No clear plans for the farmers and the indigents
• Tax is spent unwisely
• The country’s debt is in TRILLIONS
• Most of the reported facts about the progress of the country are questionable (where’s the FOI) we want to see proofs.
• Government response to emergency situations is slow and insufficient
• There are many corrupt government officials.
• Lack of EMPATHY from the government for the plight of the poor.

Where’s the evidence that the government is cleaning its ranks of corrupt officials? C’mon, PDAF ???

I remember a quote that the late President Marcos stated:

“I have committed many sins in my life. But stealing money from the government, from the people, is not one of them.”

And I believe this because there’s proof seen everywhere in the country of where the money went. Those roads, bridges, public services, and buildings are enough proof.

And, TAKE NOTE! All the plunder cases against the Marcoses were dismissed in the international court of law.

What about now? Is there proof of where the trillion of dollars was spent? The government’s foreign debt is now in trillions but what concrete evidence can they show for it? The FOI is still to be approved.

What about the PDAF? President GMA was incarcerated because she used government funds to save OFW’s from death row, and yet, she’s being charged in court for it. But why is the current president not questioned for the way he has illegally disbursed the PDAF?

Who’s ultimately responsible for it? Go figure, Juan Dela Cruz, not many in government care about it.

Those who are yellow would say I’m paid writing this article. I’m not. I just want to point this out to the young generation, who have not experienced living during the martial law years. Most of these young people just know that Martial Law was so “bad” based on what they have read as “relative” history and “facts”.

Listen to those who have experienced both governments, and derive your conclusion from evidences you observe around you. If you were a law-abiding citizen during those times, there was nothing to fear.

Don’t believe something because everybody’s doing it and the “intellectuals” (with a question mark) are promoting it.

Don’t go with the flow, so you can appear an intellectual too.

Usually, the wealthy don’t want their riches distributed or confiscated so they help in setting a trend for their own benefit.

Look at the “common tao”, is his life better now? That would be your answer!

Sample Opening Prayer for Acquaintance Party

God in heaven, we pray for the success of this acquaintance party.
May you shower your blessing on everyone present here today.

May you bless the organizers and sponsors of this party, so they can continue to do so.

May you bestow success on all the activities to be conducted.
So that these will all be completed successfully.

May this activity be a way for us to know each other
So we can live together in harmony and love for your greater glory.

We pray that as we leave this venue
We have grown more in love and concern for our fellow men.

Grant that whatever problems we have had in the past,
These will all be resolved properly with your guidance.

We know that through your divine intervention nothing is impossible.

All these we ask in your mighty name.

Amen.

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Prayers before acquaintance party

Awesome Performance of Judges, Van Ness, Anggun, Melanie C and David Foster of “Let’s Groove” on Asia’s Got Talent Grand Finals

The Asia’s Got Talent Judges Van Ness, Anggun, and Melanie C danced and grooved with the song “Let’s Groove”, while David Foster played the piano and sang with them to the delight of the audience.

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Asia’s Got Talent judges, Image credit: AXN FB

It was a fun and enjoyable performance that showcased the incredible talents of the 4 judges during the Grand Finals of the singing reality TV show.

Van Ness Wu appeared to be the audience favorite as they cheered more loudly his appearance on stage. Van Ness is a member of the F4 (Flower 4) cast of the hit Taiwan TV series, Meteor Garden. This TV series has catapulted Van Ness Wu, Jerry Yan, Ken Chu and Vic Zhou from obscurity to overnight superstars in 2001.

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F4 group in “Meteor Garden”

F4’s “Meteor Garden” was successfully screened in various countries around the globe. The group gained so much popularity and amassed a huge fan base overnight that prompted them to conduct a world tour in these different countries. Van Ness was the most popular among the F4 based on his Twitter and Facebook followers from all over the world.

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Van Ness Wu, Image credit: Asianstyle

So, it’s fitting that Van Ness is considered a Global and Asian superstar, just like Anggun, Melanie C and David Foster.

The Pinoy act, El Gamma Penumbra, was proclaimed the grand winner, with the act from Mongolia coming in as first runner-up and another Pinoy act, singer Gerphil Flores, coming in second runner-up.

The Asia’s Got Talent Grand Final show was a blast, and an appropriate tribute to the judges, and the great talents coming from all over Asia.

Watch the Asia’s Got Talent judges perform “Let’s Groove” in the video below. Video is courtesy of AXN and Asia’s Got Talent.

Filipino Act, El Gamma Penumbra, Wins on Asia’s Got Talent

The Filipino Act, El Gamma Penumbra, has won on Asia’s Got Talent on Thursday, May 14, 2015. The shadow dancers have always impressed the judges, with all their performances getting a standing ovation from everyone.

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El Gamma Penumbra, Image credit: EGP FB

Their presentations were admired because , aside from being entertaining, they bring great messages to the audience such as, taking care of Mother Nature and World Peace.

Anggun, one of the Asia’s Got Talent judges, has always been moved to tears with their presentations. Likewise, on online polls El Gamma Penumbra consistently led the votes.

Anggun was also the judge who pushed the Golden Buzzer during the auditions for El Gamma Penumbra to proceed straight to the semi-finals.

Other Pinoy acts in the Grand Finals were Gerphil Flores, Junior New System and Gwyneth Dorado. There are 9 Grand Finalist acts and 4 of them are from the Philippines.

Below is the incredible performance of El Gamma Penumbra during the Grand Finals. Video courtesy of Asia’s Got Talent.

Nick Fradiani Wins American Idol 2015, Reactions and Comments

Nick Fradiani has won the American Idol 2015 reality TV singing competition. Since the start, Nick Fradiani has been an early favorite and has never been on the Bottom 2.

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Nick Fradiani, Image credit: Nick Fradiani Twitter

He won against Clark Beckham, who ended up as 1st runner-up of the 14th season of American Idol.

As Nick Fradiani is crowned Champion of the American Idol 2015 on a happy note, on a sad note, the announcement that the show is in its last season has brought disappointment to idol fans all over the globe.

On Twitter, the thousands of Nick Fradiani fans rejoiced in his victory, calling him a deserving American Idol champion.

Reactions on Twitter

“@nickfradiani congratulations from Australia Nick! You are amazing this is so well deserved please visit us downunder soon.”

Congratulations Nick — you totally deserved the win!!

Congrats @nickfradiani! Go support his winner’s single on iTunes now.

Congratulations to @nickfradiani !! Very well deserved!

Congratulations to @nickfradiani on his @AmericanIdol win! I never had a doubt the title was yours.

On the other hand, Clark Beckham has accepted the verdict with optimism knowing that being able to go that far is already an achievement for him.

Nick Fradiani will surely be another successful star with his good looks and powerful voice.

American Idol Top 2: Jax Cole Goes Home, Reactions on Twitter

The Top 2 was finally revealed on the American Idol show and many were shocked that it was Jax Cole, who got eliminated; Jax Cole was a favorite going into the finals. On Twitter, fans reacted with disappointment.

 

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Jax: Image credit: American Idol

 

“Jax should have been the winner of it all.”

“Jax goes home. No point in watching now.”

“Jax got robbed of her title.”

The Top 2 remaining American Idol contestants are Nick Fradiani and Clark Beckham.

Among the two Clark Beckham seems to have to edge because of his amazing voice and good looks that even Judge Jennifer Lopez has not failed to notice.

Nick Fradiani, on the other hand, can be a dark horse, if Beckham’s fans don’t go on full force to vote for their American Idol.

Who would be the next American Idol?

Check back later on updates.

Prayer for Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, Dear God, bless all mothers around the world.

May they continue showering the earth with the abundance of their all-abounding love.

Give them strength to hurdle all challenges that assail them.

Bestow upon them the wisdom of the Holy Spirit so they can continue to be the guiding light of their children towards the right path.

Bless them with more endurance so they can fulfill their task 24/7, even without remuneration.

Allow them to enjoy their motherhood to the fullest, with all its ups and downs.

And may all children appreciate their moms and thank You for giving this miracle called MOTHERS.

 

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Prayers for mothers

All Pinoy Contestants Earn Standing Ovation on Grand Finals of Asia’s Got Talent

The 4 Pinoy contestants at the Grand Finals of Asia’s Got Talent have earned standing ovations from all of the four Judges; Vaness Wu, Anggun, Melanie C and David Foster.

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Gerphil Flores, Image credit: Gerphil Flores FB account

The four Filipino contestants are:

Gerphil Flores – singer
Junior New System – dance troupe
Gwyneth Dorado – singer
El Gamma Penumbra – shadow dancers

Apparently, Filipinos dominated the Grand Finals of Asia’s Got Talent, but who among them will emerge the ultimate winner?

David Foster has only high praise for his Golden Buzzer, Gerphil Flores:

“I promise you, the world’s gonna know about you. That’s promise.”

All the Filipino acts nailed their own performances with the judges expressing their admiration of the sterling performances of the contestants.

Check back later for more updates.

Below is Gerphil Flores performing “Impossible Dream” as her Grand Finals song. The video is courtesy of Asia’s Got Talent.

Winner Prediction of American Idol 2015

The American Idol 2015 is coming to an end and the predicted winner is Clark Beckham! Not only is the handsome and humble contestant a favorite as seen in the previous public votes, but is also the most versatile and talented among the Top 4 American Idol contestants.

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Clark Beckham, Image credit: American Idol

The next contestant in line is Jax Cole. Jax has a unique voice that makes her a stand out. She’s the only female in the Top 4, which includes Nick Fradiani and Rayvon Owen. She’s also a true musician; she can compose and play different musical instruments, just like Clark Beckham.

What makes Clark Beckham ahead is his passion in singing. He sings his heart out whenever he performs and his songs reach out to the audience in the most dramatic way.

Jax Cole and Clark Beckham will battle it out as the Top 2 American Idol 2015 contestants. May the best singer win.

Post Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Reactions, Funny Tweets and More

Twitter went abuzz after the Fight of the Century ended with Floyd Mayweather winning by Unanimous Decision. The bout left many boxing fans disappointed. Read post here.

One notable reaction was that of boxing star Evander Holyfield who expressed his thoughts on what boxing fights should be – not running, but boxing; obviously referring to how Mayweather “ran” and “hugged”, while Pacquiao kept pursuing him.

Here are some of the funniest and not so funny tweets of Netizens from all over the world. One is that of Jim Carrey the Funny Man.

Some tweets were demanding a rematch and stated that Manny Pacquiao won, while sports analysts discussed each round of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight from their “high” chairs.

Here’s one eye-opening remark from another boxing fan:

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