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The Power of Clothing

How clothing manages impression and self perceptions. 


FIRST DAY

      Days before the assigned and expected “dress up day” I have already been thinking of what I am going to wear and how will I possibly look in the case that I will be wearing not my typical but my unusual way of clothing. Then, I came up with this idea of wearing formal attire. Of course, that is the last resort of a man with a little, or let us say, moderate collection of dress and casual wears. Although I am really sensitive and sort of fastidious in terms of my clothing and as to how people perceive me, you can have me any type of clothing and I will wear it with only one exception which I have no intention to share in any way. Well, there go my first day and the following are the responses and reactions I got from my “formal” look: (more…)

Quote of the Day

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When I Was No Bigger Than A Huge

An excerpt of the poem written by Jose Garcia Villa (1908-1997):*

When, I, was, no, bigger, than, a, huge,
Star, in, my, self, I, began, to, write,
My,
Theology,
Of, rose, and,
Tiger: till, I, burned, with, their
Pure, and, Rage. Then, was, I, Wrath-
Ful,
And, most,
Gentle: most,
Dark, and, yet, most, Lit: in, me, an,
Eye, there, grew: springing, Vision,
Its,
Gold, and,
Its, wars. Then,
I, knew, the, Lord, was, not, my, Creator!
–Not, He, the, Unbegotten—but, I, saw,
The,
Creator,
Was, I—and,
I, began, to, Die, and, I, began, to, Grow.

CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION

          This poem “When I Was No Bigger Than A Huge” written by Jose Garcia Villa is probably the strangest poem I have ever seen. His over-use of punctuations specifically commas made the poem so disturbing yet I find beauty and intertextuality to it.

          On a formalist point of view, I would say the poem revolves around the author’s inquiry on metaphysical questions, not necessarily questions, but a quest to find what is real as a matter of fact, such as God’s existence or the reality of a ‘supreme and divine Being.’ This assertion of mine arises from the word ‘theology’ which he stated in the fourth (more…)

What Lies Ahead

A reflection and exposition to the commentary given below


“Every truth is a way toward a goal which lies at the end of the way but which, on the other hand, manifests itself on and along the way… reaching the goal lies in going the way.”

            I can still remember and is fresh on my mind what the autobiographical novel “Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes Lives” written by Dan Millman and came into the big screen in a part-fictional and part-autobiographical film – Peaceful Warrior (2006), tells about journey and destination. Upon watching the film and reading the book, I can reflect and relate so much to it; that it is not the destination that counts or matters most but your journey along the way. Millman was right to say that, what brings us happiness is our journey not the destination.

            Happiness is a broad term which may take a lifetime to find its meaning just like one trying to find himself and figure out what life means to him. This is not to say that one should go and find what life ‘is’ because I personally believe that life is mysterious and trying to figure out what it ‘is’ is like finding a needle in a haystack. It was clear to me that there’s a big difference between what ‘is’ life and the ‘meaning’ of life. For instance, one could easily define the meaning of love based on and from how they perceive it, but that does not imply the perception being life itself and meanings vary from one person to another. However, these analyses cannot be applied to material things since life is not entirely about material objects alone and no one knows how to categorize it either. It may be a combination of material and metaphysics, sciences, imagination, fiction, etc. Who knows?  Even the greatest Philosophers were not able to give a definite answer to the question “what is life?” – its meaning perhaps. If one will insist that he can give a definition of life which is usually based on the knowledge of the good and evil. Then, what is good and evil in the first place? Plato would immediately raise the questions ‘what is good?’ and “what is a good life?” (more…)

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One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview.

The director discovered from his CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent. He asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “No.”

“Was it your father who paid for your school fees?”

“My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.” he replied.

” Where did your mother work?”

“My mother worked as clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?”

“Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go home today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother winced when he touched it.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, when he asked: “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered,”I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes.”

“I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not be who I am today. By helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done on your own. And I have come to appreciate the importance and value of helping one’s family.

The director said, “This is what I am looking for in a manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life.”

“You are hired.”


This story was taken from Pinoy Rap Radio. Hence, it was given credits and acknowledgements prior to the original source.

SINO NGA BA SI JUAN? (Isang Sanaysay)

This article is dedicated to all Filipinos nationwide, most specially to my fellow Kababayans in Marinduque
Inspired by the long history of political dynasty and corruption in the province


Ito si Juan.

Kilala bilang isang masugid na tagasubaybay ng mga isyung pulitikal sa kaniyang Inang lalawigan ng MARINDUQUE, hindi niya pinalalampas ang anumang bagay na patungkol sa mga naglalakihang angkan ng dugong buwaya este maharlika sa kaniyang bayan; ang mga YESER, ZORACEL, MARSIENTO at marami pang iba.

Sa kaniyang murang edad, namulat siya sa mapang-aliping angkan na nakaluklok sa pedestal ng kapitolyo at ilang dekada nang nanunungkulan – ang mga lahing YESER.  Ayon sa kasaysayan, bago pa man marating ng mga YESER ang tugatog ng tagumpay , mahigpit nilang kinalaban ang angkan ng mga ZORACEL na kilalang matalik na katunggali ng nauna. Kilala din ang mga ZORACEL bilang  lipi ng mga mandirigma, armado at mahusay sa ‘pangangayaw’ (pangangayaw ng mga balota tuwing eleksyon).

Samantalang  ang ikatlong angkan sa pamumuno ni Don MARCIENTO ay ilang henerasyon nang nanunungkulan sa isa sa anim na bayan na nasasakupan ng mga YESER. Bagama’t walang intensyon ang mga MARCIENTO na maupo sa trono ng kapitolyo, sila ay kilala naman sa pagkakaroon ng “mahabang buhay” kung kaya’t ang isang bayan ay sapat na para sa kanila upang maghari sa loob ng isang siglo. (more…)

Culture Relativism and Physics

THE METAETHICAL ISSUE: IS MORALITY RELATIVE OR ABSOLUTE?

With a wider understanding that culture is anything which can be shared, thought and learned, it is implicitly important to know its relations and participation in other sciences concerning the study of natural phenomena and societal issues.

ANTHROPOLOGY: A Science or an Ideology?

Anthropologists would argue that their discipline is more an ideology rather than a science. It is necessary therefore to be able to distinguish the very difference between the two. But this paper does not aim to concur nor counter-argue how anthropologists define themselves and the discipline where they belong, since I will be biased if I do so. This issue is highly debated up until today and to reconcile the two is the safest way I can so please bear with me as I go through this paper. Anthropology itself is the study of humankind. For Golub (2013) it is a “science” that studies the diversity of man. Conducts that are influenced by one’s own culture can happen in various ways and in different places. It is divided into four major subdisciplines namely: Physical (Forensic and Paleoanthropology), Archeology, Linguistic, Cultural and Social Anthropology. The latter was commonly subsumed within Cultural Anthropology. Thus, making the subdisciplines only four and I will only be dealing with Cultural Anthropology (Social Anthropology) as my course in this paper vis-á-vis Physics. (more…)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

 

Life is your message to the world - Lauren Conrad

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René Descartes’ Meditations On First Philosophy

Here is a file of Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy (1939) – his First, Second and Third Meditations, from Jonathan Bennett (2010) edition of this work.

PDF File:  René Descartes’ Meditations on First Philosophy

Disclaimer: The publisher does not own this PDF File but was downloaded through earlymoderntext.com

Preserve the Malampaya Funds

EDITORIAL   This is an opinion-based article, an entry to the school publication (editorial column) by means of influencing the readers. All the information presented were only researched from respective sources. It is not intended for legal purposes.

Year 2009, the back to back Typhoon Pepeng and Ondoy hit the Philippines and several lives of Filipinos were affected by massive flooding in Luzon. Farmers lost their farmlands along with their crops. Millions of Peso were said to be released by the government under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo from the Malampaya Gas Project in Palawan to help the flood victims. But the big question now is, where did the P900 million allocated fund goes?

Based from the reports audited by the Commission on Audit (COA), P900 million was released by the former President from the Malampaya Project although according to Presidential Decree 910 signed by former President Ferdinand Marcos, the proceeds of Gas Project in Malampaya, Palawan must be used only for energy-related projects or purposes. Then what happened? She used the fund for typhoon victims without knowing that it was not stated in the constitution. The misuse and looting of Malampaya funds gave opportunity to all government crocodiles. The fund that was supposed to be given for Agrarian Reform beneficiaries turned up to nothing and it is still a guess where was now the P900-million allocated fund from the Malampaya.

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The Malampaya Gas Field in Palawan currently operates by the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corporation and Chevron Corporation. PHOTO: beta.doe.gov.ph

Several government officials, former executives and corrupt officers from the Department of Agrarian Reform were now facing plunder complaints in the Office of the Ombudsman for the involvement into the alleged P900-million Malampaya fund scam. Together with them were President Gloria Arroyo and the Queen of the Pork Barrel, detained businesswoman and certified Pork expert Janet-Lim Napoles. In fact, according to some whistleblowers Benhur Luy, Marina Sula and Merlina Suñas, the Napoles’ Family was mainly involve in the Malampaya case since the children and the nephew of Napoles were the recipients of all the P900-million Malampaya fund. They were also presidents and active officials of numerous but illegal NGOs of JLN Inc. that were used to steal the entire released fund from Malampaya. Others were saying that the mystery behind the Malampaya fund scam appeared to be a “family business”. It seems that corruption becomes the family career of Napoles.

The Justice Department led by Secretary Leila de Lima was the one busy performing the duty for probing the P900-million Malampaya fund Scam through the dynamic participation of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Commission on Audit led by Grace Pulido-Tan and other coordinating government agencies . At first the PDAF scam occurred. Secondly was the issue behind the Development Assistance Program (DAP) and now was the Malampaya Fund Scandal but still, these cases remain unsolved. The Philippine society was seeking for justice!

All the involved officials behind these graft and unprogressive practices should be charged with plunder case as soon as possible. Let us not wait for one more versions of corruption and bribery. These three were enough. P900-million was enough for “them”. Let us use the Malampaya funds only for energy-related projects. Preserve the Malampaya Gas Project and together we can make a big change!

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