Thursday, April 15, 2010

Political Parody

Philippine politics caught my attention at a tender age of six. That was the height of People Power 1. I guess, the interest of my father in politics lured me into what is being considered as the “dirtiest world”. Little did I know how much influence my father left me as I traversed into maturity.

From that young age of six my ventures continued during Edsa 2. I remember patiently watching the first Impeachment Trial against the Philippine president. My heart was full with passion to be involved in what was known as the greatest moment of history. I watched with hatred the Senators who voted not to open the envelope which they say would reveal the truth about Estrada. I knew then, that moment was very different with what I’ve felt during People Power 1. It was more painful because I could already understand what was going on. Yet, it was very significant too because I could already make decisions which would make me part of history.

Yes, I was there as one of those who went to streets when the truth was stalled to be revealed. I was there shouting for justice. I spent nights without sleep just to be one of the youths who were seeking for truth. I was part of that leaf of history.

It gave me appalling pain when finally, the real person who changed the government was unmasked. The current president has proven that intelligence is not enough to give an honest service to the people who put her on power. I remember reading with awe her qualifications against the ousted president, Erap Estrada featured in Time Magazine, “He’s Out, She’s In”. It was indeed remarkable that finally a well-educated intelligent woman will take precedence to our country.

My venture as an educator brought me immeasurable disappointments when all my expectations were crushed. Promises were forgotten and the “dirtiest world” was smeared with even “dirtiest secrets”. Being a six-year-old and a teen-ager is so much different with being an adult educator. Like the president of the Philippines, a teacher’s influence cannot be measured. Much to my dismay, I cannot utter words of displeasure lest I’ll be accused of politicking which may affect my credibility as a teacher.

Moments of displeasure brought me to what I am now. I don’t keep is as a secret I support Noynoy Aquino for president. What brought me into this decision of voicing my opinion is quite hard to fathom. I just woke up one day feeling the need to be part again of this leaf of history of our nation. I realized that I now have students who will be first time voters and I feel the responsibility to help them in contemplation of the right choice.

I don’t like to claim I have the right choice. However, I can claim with clear conscience that the one I have chosen was based on careful analysis and weighing of documents I gathered from the internet and other media. Yes, like you I was also lured with Villar’s TV ads, not to count the internet ads where he pops out ANY site that you open. I guess, he just wanted to get the worth of what he paid for which is more than 1 billion already. Note: A president will only get around 6 million during his whole term.

I respect people who say they want Villar for president, but please don’t be blind enough to look at 900 documents proving he’s guilty with the C-5 road controversy. HE NEVER DEFENDED HIMSELF MUCH MORE EXPLAINED THE EXISTENCE OF THESE DOCUMENTS. On top of that, the lie about his family’s poverty that led to the death of his brother is so big to ignore. Again, this was proven beyond reasonable doubt with legal documents about land titles and death certificate. Nobody can refute the truth of this.

Now, the attack on Aquino because of his physical appearance is a confirmation that Villar is a loser. After all, once you assail the personal aspect of a person that defines who you are. A man who cannot fight FAIRLY. Barely a month before election, after spending billions of pesos, he never made it on top of the survey. No wonder, his attack becomes so personal out of desperation.

The question on the coming election has long surpassed “whom I think deserves to be the president among”. It came to a point that the battle is just between Aquino and Villar. The contemplation therefore of who should occupy the highest position of the country must focus on the two. Each vote counts. If you know that you reach the end of the tunnel, there are only two choices left. Go to the light or embrace again the darkness. Yours is the power to decide. 

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Next Chapter of My Life (Student's Article)

Sushmita Mae Rose Contreras 

My life is always full of new lessons, new discoveries, and new knowledge about it. I guess life is truly full or surprises. You’ll never know when another chapter of your life is going to be revealed.

For me, there are some things in life that we need to learn by ourselves. Sometimes, wisdom is something you gain through your own efforts. Like for example, acquiring knowledge based from your own experiences. Anyway, experience is and will always be, the best teacher, only if you can apply what you’ve learned.

I strongly believe that every person has already experienced a life-changing moment in his life, even just for once. It is when one small thing caused a huge impact in your life. Afterwards, you’ll have this sudden feeling of enlightenment, like a bright light struck you and carried away your entire burden.

Now, I’m facing a new chapter in my life and the feeling is overwhelming. After all those challenges I’ve gone through, another beginning is to start. Mixed emotions take over me—excitement, joy, curiosity, and fear.

I feel like I’ve overcome the biggest threat and largest problem that ever existed in this world. It’s like being able to carry the cross with ease, without feeling even a single pain. I don’t know why, but I suddenly felt like God took away the entire burden within me.

Maybe it’s about time for me to impart that wisdom to the people around me. And I also want to share to others what I’ve learned in the past challenges which changed my life completely. Overcoming my fears and self-doubts made the process much difficult but without them, that trial won’t be as tough as it was—which only made me stronger. Every undertaking was all worth it.

Day by day, I learn to understand my purpose in this world. Through those undertakings and problems, I managed to overcome my fears and realized the true meaning of life. Yes, every beginning has its own end, but every ending corresponds to another beginning, another chapter. Another chapter of my life has ended and I’m all set to take the next.

(Sushmita Mae Rose Contreras)

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Monday, September 07, 2009

The Icon of Peace

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At 76, she bid her final farewell…

I first saw her face on a news magazine, Reporter, embossed on the front page showing a peace sign amidst countless people. I was seven and I barely comprehend what Martial Law or democracy signifies but peace I understood…thanks to her.

Launching into description of her would be like committing a grave sin of injustice. Nothing would suffice really. Her story was like a fairy tale- only that she didn’t have a happy ending with her husband who was cruelly assassinated.

However, it was full enough of colourful trappings to amount it to a movie story- born in an influential clan, married the man of her dreams, served as a plain housewife for many years, lost her husband in the most painful way,  catapulted into presidency without preparation, and braved the odds to defend her youngest daughter in many controversies and finally, succumbed into colon cancer.

She wowed the whole world with her silent forbearance. She’s a mother, a writer, a painter…an advocate of peace. The right one needed after the whole country suffered under the hands of tyranny.

Farewell to Cory Aquino. Her legacy was written in the heart of every Filipino- the legacy of PEACE.

She wowed the whole world with her silent forbearance. She’s a mother, a writer, a painter…an advocate of peace. The right one needed after the whole country suffered under the hands of tyranny.

Tapestry of Unequivocal Adversity

-endless piles of works which seem to add up every time I accomplish something…

-Sacrificing personal aspects of my life…

-Enduring the weakening resistance of my body…

-Heightening pressure to prove something in the class…

-Giving up the luxury of Sunday relaxations… 

Ahhh…the noxious life of Doctor of Jurisprudence!!!

Now, Saturday vigil for next meeting’s quiz!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Toxic Joy- The Journey to the Doctor of Jurisprudence

Two weeks seemed to just pass at a glance. Doctor of Jurisprudence started and another leaf of my life is being unfolded.

Case digest- 26 in a week!
Hundred of pages to be studied…
Endless assignments…
Nerve- wracking recitations…
Long hours of travel…

Three gruelling hours in a room full of cerebral people listening to highfalutin words (interim, Dura Sed Lex, Ignorancia Legis Neminem Excusat, Stare Decisis, and others)…

…and guilty feeling after not conforming to somebody’s opinions.


However, there is also joy.

Joy that finally I’m into the world I’ve always dreamed to be…

Joy that I’m in the process of widening my horizon…

Joy of having a chance to know people who came from different worlds…

Joy whenever studying hard pays off…

Indeed, a toxic joy. I have fallen for it head over heels. Will I make it?


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