An unlikely compliment

Remember the saying, “give credit to whom credit is due”? Well, this is what I’m doing right now. After weeks of preparing for this day and setting my mind that today I’d be needing extra patience because I’m going to deal with people inside the municipal hall to have myself registered as a voter for next year’s election, I was actually surprised how everything went unexpectedly fast.

Contrary to what I’ve heard from personal feedbacks and from the tri-media news, the registration process was a breeze. I was already readying myself to spend at least a half day inside the municipal hall when I got stuck in the verification (first step) because the personnel has to leave his table every time just to go to another floor where the computer is located. But no cursing of any form came from my side – I brought along a book to read in anticipation of a long day. But guess what? I was wrong. After the inefficient step one, the next steps went so smoothly that after I had my picture taken I asked the personnel twice if the registration is indeed over.

So despite the recent exposés (from news on TV) like overpriced voter’s ID lamination and registrations ending way ahead of time thus leaving registrants frustrated, this time I’m giving credit to the Comelec people (probably some are volunteers) of Dasmarinas, Cavite. Hopefully it will remain this way until the last day of the registration process. Of course, it will help a lot if soon-to-be voters will not wait for the very last day and cram themselves inside the municipal hall which for sure will have an impact to the efficiency of both the Comelec personnel and their usually frail computer system.



Mood: 2/10 Honks! (had a nice afternoon with wifey and kid in the mall. met some ex-Intel folks as well)


Filipino Pride


This is another time I’d deviate from my blog rule of not jumping to the bandwagon. I’m so sure that after watching the boxing match between the Golden Boy and the Pacman, the web and specifically the blog world is abuzz with the result of the recently concluded match. I can count right now things that boxing enthusiasts might be doing at this very moment – there’s just two.

The Golden Boy has lost his glitters.

The Golden Boy has lost his glitters.

Some might still be reeling from the unbelievable (yet, predicted somehow) ending of the De La Hoya and Pacquiao fight. I don’t want to sound discriminating, but generally Mexicans I’m sure are disappointed that another of their boxing hero has fallen into the hands of the Filipino sensation; and needless to say, most Filipinos are celebrating once again for another victory that our homegrown hero, Manny Pacquiao, has once again stood against all odds and let his hands do the talking inside the famous MGM arena.

With his English also improving, will the victorious Pacman eventually join wordpress?

With his English also improving, will the victorious Pacman eventually join wordpress?

On the other hand, there might be another good thing that I’m quite sure of is that whatever camp one is in, and either one is celebrating or lamenting, the chances of being with a beer and a couple of friends to be with is just high. Unfortunately, I’m in no position to be in that kind of event or scenario right now. But of course I wouldn’t trade that for me to be at home with my wife and baby and watch the fight live on TV courtesy of our Barzaga “friends” – Congressman Pidi and Mayor Jenny.

Another effort from our Congressman, Pidi and wife, Mayor Jenny Barzaga.

Another "effort" from our Congressman, Pidi and wife, Mayor Jenny Barzaga.

I realized that this is the second time in a row that I’ve enjoyed watching live boxing feed (last one was between Pacquiao and Morales). Both of which have been sponsored by the “friends” I mentioned. I can’t seem to think what to make out of it – except to enjoy the free live feed – as I can’t help but think that the “efforts” of our friends doesn’t actually come free after all. I know for a fact that to watch this match live means that some sort of amount of money had to be shed. And that money might have been spared at the expense of our town’s road improvement and/or maintenance. It’s pathetic, but then again who knows Dasmarinas will produce more Filipino pride that our baby will be cheering at when he eventually gets to appreciate the sports of boxing.

Big and small boxing fans (Taken just before the Golden Boy called it quits.)

Big and small boxing fans (Taken just before the Golden Boy called it quits.)

So while I can’t have any influence yet on how our town’s budget is spent, I just might as well enjoy what is presently being celebrated by millions of Filipinos worldwide. Manny, you’re the man! You’re indeed a (one and only?) Filipino pride.



Mood: 1/10 Honks!

Postscript: It’s a coincidence, but I clicked my mouse to Arnel Pineda’s album in my My Music folder while drafting this blog. I’m thankful, that there’s another Filipino pride other than Manny. Lastly, another one I can think of right now is another singer Charice Pempengco (did I get the spelling right?). At least, I got 3 in my list. Ti abi.