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Mabuhay Issue No. 934

Mabuhay Issue No. 934

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Vol. 30, Issue No. 34 August 21 - 27, 2009
Vol. 30, Issue No. 34 August 21 - 27, 2009

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LINGGUHANG PILIPINO MULA PA NOONG 1980
ISSN–1655-3853 • AUGUST 21 - 27, 2009 • VOL. 30, NO. 34 • 10 PAHINA • P10.00
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 ANILA — Former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino hasthanked the media for providing her martyred husband, formerSen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., an emotional anchor during his lonely days as a political prisoner under the Marcos dicta-torship.She in particular cited the National Press Club (NPC) of thePhilippines for institutionalizing public recognition of Ninoy Aquino as both a crusading journalist and a nationalist.Mrs. Aquino expressed her appreciation and thanks during the formal installation of Ninoy to the NPC Journalism Hall of Fame Wednesday afternoon, May 3.The simple rites were held at the Bulwagang Plaridel of theNPC Building in Intramuros, Manila.
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Ni MichaelCharlestonB. Chua
NOONG Agosto 5, 2009, hinatidng 300,000 katao sa huling hantungan si Pangulong Cora-zon Aquino matapos ang li-mang araw ng matinding pagdadalamhati ng bayan.
HALL OF FAME
— Nagtapos sa pag-aalay ngbulaklak ang pagtatalaga kay Ninoy Aquino sa Hallof Fame ng National Press Club of the Philippines(NPC) noong Mayo 3, 2000. Ang pinaslang na da-ting senador ay naging isang reporter ng
ManilaTimes
. Katulong ni dating Pangulong Cory Aquinosa pag-alay ng bulaklak sa harap ng larawan ngkanyang kabiyak sina (mula kaliwa) Antonio Anto-nio, NPC president, Wilma Yamson, NPC secre-tary; Satur Ocampo, NPC life member at taga-pangulo ng hall of fame committee. Nasa kanan siDILG Secretary Alfredo S. Lim.
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HINDI KAILANMAN MAG-IISA
NAG-AMBAG sa kasaysayan ang
Mabuhay
 nang ilathala sa sipi nitonoong Linggo, Setyembre 4, 1983ang libing ni Ninoy Aquino noongAgosto 31 kung kailan mahigittatlong milyong katao ang nagbunyiat napasalamat sa kabayanihan ngpinaslang na senador at panguna-hing kalaban ng Batas Militar niPangulong Marcos.
Basahin ang ulat niSocorro de Jesus sa pahina 5
Ngunit maging ang itinuturing na Santa ng Demokrasya aynagsabi na utang niya ang pagmamahal na ito sabiyaya ng kabayanihan ng kanyang kabiyak. Sa mgalumipas na araw, saating pag-alala kayTita Cory, muli rinnating ginunita ang saysay sa atin niNinoy Aquino.
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LINGGUHANG PILIPINO MULA PA NOONG 1980
AUGUST 21 - 27, 2009
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Mabuhay
LINGGUHANG PILIPINO MULA PA NOONG 1980
Jose L. Pavia
Publisher/Editor
Perfecto V. Raymundo
 Associate Editor
 Anthony L. Pavia
Managing Editore-mail
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Kastigo
B
IENVENIDO
A. R
 AMOS
Pagsilang at kamatayan
SA 12 BUWANG bumubuo ng isang taon, natuklasan ko na sabuwan ng Agosto naganap ang maraming makasaysayang pang- yayari, na may malaking kaug-nayan sa pakikipaglaban ng mgaPilipino para sa kalayaan atdemokrasya. Na umiikot sa siklong buhay—sa pagsilang at ka-matayan. Agosto 1 sumakabilang buhaysi naging Pangulong CorazonCojuangco-Aquino, ang itinu-turing na “icon” o ina ng demok-rasya sa Pilipinas. Hanggang sakanyang kamatayan, sa kabila ng karamdaman, patuloy na pina-ngalagaan at ipinangsangalang ni Tita Cory ang demokrasyang nabawi niya—matapos niyang pangunahan ang Edsa Revolu-tion—ang unang payapang pag-aalsa at pagpapamalas ng ka-pangyarihan ng taumbayan la-ban sa pamamahalang awto-ritaryo. Agosto 19 naman isinilang siPangulong Manuel Luis Que-zon—ang masugid na lider namakabayan—na sa pamamagitanng diplomasya at matatag napaninindigan ay napilit ang Kongresong Amerikano na gu-mawa ng batas na magkakaloobng pagsasarili ng Pilipinas—pagkaraan ng 10 taong pagsa-sanay na umugit ng sariling gobyerno ang mga Pilipino. KayQuezon din natin utang ang pagsasabatas ng isang Wikang Pambansa na salig sa Tagalog. SiQuezon din ang unang nag-bunsod ng katarungang panli-punan.Tulad ng kanyang asawa, Agosto rin (Agosto 21) namatay—o pataksil na pinatay—si SenadorNinoy Aquino. Ang pataksil napagpatay kay Ninoy, na mahigpitna kalaban ng Batas Militar niPangulong Ferdinand E. Marcos,ang naging mitsa ng galit ng taumbayan na bombang suma-bog sa Edsa (pagkaraan ng 3taon), at nagpabagsak sa dikta-durang Marcos. Agosto 26 naman isinilang (nang wala sa panahon) ang unang matagumpay na himag-sikan sa Asia—na pinangunahanng Katipunang itinatag nina Andres Bonifacio. Sa kabila ng babala ni Dr. Jose Rizal na hindipa handa ang bayan upang arma-dong maghimagsik—hindi nag-dalawang-isip sina Bonifacio naibunsod ang rebolusyon—noong  Agosto 26, 1896 sa Pugad-Lawin. Ang Agosto 30 naman ang araw ng Pagsilang ni Gat. Mar-celo H. del Pilar, ang kinikilalang  Ama ng Kilusang Propaganda saPilipinas, at itinuturing ding Ama ng Peryodismong Pilipino.” Alam nina Rizal, Bonifacio, at ibapang magigiting, na si Marcelo H.del Pilar ang unang naghasik ng binhi ng paghihimagsik at paghi-ngi ng mga pagbabago sa pama-mahala ng mga Kastila sa Pili-pinas. Higit kay Rizal, naki-paglaban si Del Pilar hindi la-mang sa pamamagitan ng pa-nulat—kundi sa pagsasalita ,pagpapaliwanag sa iba-ibang pagtitipon ng mga tao—una saMalolos at hanggang sa iba’t-ibang bayan ng BulacanNgayon, ang kalayaan at de-mokrasyang ipinaglaban ninaMarcelo H. del Pilar, AndresBonifacio, Benigno at Corazon Aquino, at iba pang bayani, ay ti-natangkang sirain at ipagkanulong tiwaling mga lider—na sobraang kasakiman sa yaman atkapangyarihan.“Hindi papanigan ng kasay-sayan ang mga tiwaling lider nanaluklok sa kapangyarihan,” sabini U.S. Pres. Barak Obama.Hindi kalabisang idagdag:hindi lamang o hindi sila papa-nigan, susumpain pa sila ng kasaysayan!
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Now showing: De kuryenteng pulgas
SARI-SARI ang mga palabas ang napapanood natin ngayon satelebisyon at sinehan. Entertain-ment ang karaniwang hatid nito.Pero iilan ang mga palabas nahumahamon sa ating kaisipan.Ito ‘yung tipo ng mga palabas namatagal mo nang tapos ay iniisipmo pa kung paano ginawa.Isa sa mapaghamong palabaso eksibisyon ay hatid ng Adven-tures in Discovery-Traveling Sci-ence Centrum (AID-TSC), isang mobile exhibition ng nakakatuwaat kakaibang Science Centrum ng Marikina. Ang AID-TSC ay matutung- yahayan sa Yongden Science andTechnology Compound sa kaha-baan ng MacArthur Highway saBarangay Tabang, GuiguintoBulacan mula Agosto 24 hang-gang Oktubre 3, sa pagtutu-lungan ng Philippine Foundationfor Science and Technology(PFST) at ng Dangal ng BulacanFoundation (DBF).Natatandaan ba ninyo yung Sci-Fun Caravan Traveling Sci-ence Centrum noong nakaraang taon sa TESDA Compound saTabang, Guiguinto, na nagpakitang mga sumasayaw na bulate atiba pang natatanging eksibisyon? Well, kapatid ng Adventuresin Discovery (AID) and Sci-FunCaravan. Kaya parehong kagulat-gulat at kakaiba ang kanilang mga eksibisyon.Ilan sa halimbawa ng AID ayang de-kuryenteng pulgas atnaiiwang anino sa pader. Merondin silang nahahawakang kidlat?Hindi, ako nagbibiro. Totooang lahat ng iyan at makikitaninyo sa Yongden Science andTechnology Compound sa kaha-baan ng MacArthur Highway saBarangay Tabang, GuiguintoBulacan mula Agosto 24.Tunay na nakatutuwa ang mga exhibit ng Sci-Fun Caravannoong nakaraang taon, kayanaman sa taong ito ay tiniyak ng PFST at ng DBF na maibalik saBulacan ang eksibisyon at muling matutunghayan ng mga kaba-taang Bulakenyo.Ito ay bukas para sa lahat, atmaliit lamang ang presyo ng tiket. Ayon kay Science and Tech-nology Undersecretary FortunatoDela Peña na dating pangulo ng DBF, lubhang mahalaga para samga kabataan ang matunghayanat mapaglaruan ang iba’t-ibang exhibit ng Traveling Science Cen-trum upang mapukaw ang kani-lang isipan sa mga nagagawa ng agham at teknolohiya.
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 BALIK-TANAW: “Habang nag- papalit ang mga bagay-bagay,higit silang nananatiling walang pagbabago.” May 26 taon na angnakakalipas mula nang pas-langing si dating Senador Be-nigno S. Aquino Jr. sa kanyang pagbabalik sa Pilipinas. Hindimakakaila na marami nang nag-bago mula noon dala ng kanyang pagkamatay; ngunit hindi rinmakakaila na aba pa rin ang ka-lagayan ng masang Pilipino na kanyang pinaghandugan ng bu-hay. Ang sumusunod ay halaw sa sipi ng
 Mabuhay
noong 
Agosto 28, 1983
. Teksto ito ng pahayagna dapat sana ay binigkas ni da-ting Senador Aquino sa harap ngmga sasalubong sa kanya sa paliparan na siya na rin ang nag- sa–Pilipino mula sa orihinal na Ingles. Bukod sa maraming nila-laman ito na angkop sa ating kasalukuyang kalagayan, mina-buti naming ilathala muli itoupang sariwain ang alaala ngmga nakakatanda at ipabatid samga nakakabata ang pamananginiwan sa kanila ni Senador Aquino.
Babasahin sana ito ni Ninoynoong ika-21 ng Agosto 1983
 AKO’Y kusang umuwi sa sariling bayan upang makiisa sa mganagsisikap na maibalik, sa pa-raang mapayapa ang ating mgakarapatan sa kalayaan.Hindi ko hanap ang pakiki-tunggali. Ako’y dumadalangin atnagpupunyagi upang magkaroonng tunay na pagkakasunduang pambansa, batay sa katarungan. Ako’y nakahanda sa anumang mangyayari sa akin. Ako’y nag-pasiyang umuwi sa kabila ng payo ng aking ina, ng aking tagapayong espirituwal, ng ma-rami kong matalik na mga kai-bigan at kapanalig sa pulitika.May sentensiyang bitay nanaghihintay sa akin. Dalawang panibagong sakdal sa krimeng subersiyon na kapwa bitay rinang maaaring ipataw na parusaang iniharap laban sa akin mulanoong ako’y umalis, tatlong taonang nakaraan. Ang mga sakdalna ito’y pendiyente ngayon samga hukuman. Ako’y maaaring humiling ng 
 political asylum
sa Amerika;ngunit ako’y naniniwalang tung-kulin ko — at tungkulin din ng bawat Pilipino — na sumama sapagdurusa ng ating mga kaba-bayan, lalo sa panahon ng krisis.Hindi ako humiling kailan-man sa kasalukuyang Panga-siwaan ng kahit anong kalu-wagan … at walang ipinangako oipinagkaloob sa akin. Ang aking pag-uwi ay sarili kong pagkuku-sa. Ang tangi kong ipinanganga-has ay ang linis ng aking budhiat ang pananalig na, sa malao’tmadali, ang katarungan ay mag-tatagumpay.Segun kay Gandhi, ang taos-pusong pagsasakripisyo ng mgawalang kasalanan ang pinaka-mabisang tugon sa walang pa-kundangang pagmamalupit ng tao.Tatlong taon ang nakaraan,noong ako’y umalis para sa isang malubhang operasyong 
bypass
sapuso, ako’y umasa’t dumada-langing nawa’y isauli na ang mgakarapatan at kalayaan ng ating taongbayan; na humusay nasanang muli ang kanilang pa-mumuhay, at matigil na ang pagdanak ng dugo.
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Salamat Ninoy!
BALIK-TANAW
:
 Narito ang editoryal ng
 Mabuhay 
matapos ihatid ng mahigit tatlong milyong kababayan si Ninoy Aquino sa libingan noong Agosto 31, 1983. Una itong nailathala sa sipi ng
 Mabuhay 
noong Linggo,Setyembre 4, 1983. —
Patnugot
KINATAWAN ni dating Senador Benigno S. Aquino Jr. sa kanyangpagbabalik sa lupang tinubuan ang larawan ng isang tunay na Pilipino,ang lahing mapagmahal sa kalayaan.Hindi niya inalintana ang mga pagbabanta sa kanyang buhay.Pinapanaig niya sa sarili ang pagnanasang makauwi sa Pilipinas upangmakatulong sa pagkakaroon ng pambansang pagkakasundo nanakabatay sa katarungan at kalayaan.Ayon na rin sa kanya, kung wala nang magagawa para mailigtasang kalagayan ng mga mamamayan ay uuwi pa rin siya upangdumamay sa kanyang mga kababayan. Kung talagang may papataysa kanya, mas gusto na raw niyang mapatay sa sariling bayan kaysasa Amerika.Ganoon kasidhi ang pagnanais niyang makauwi at ganoon katibayang pananalig niya sa kanyang mga kababayan. Ngunit malupit angkarahasan na pumutol sa lahat niyang mga plano.Sa isang iglap ay ipinakita ni Ninoy sa buong mundo kung anoang kahulugan ng pagiging Pilipino.Ang Pilipino’y hindi natatakot sa kamatayan kapag natataya angsimulaing kailangan niyang ipakipaglaban. Alam niya ang hanggananng buhay ngunit para ano ang buhay kung hindi magagamit para sabayan.Ang Pilipino’y marunong magpaunlad ng kabihasnan atnakakaunawa ng batas. Alam niyang ang mga suliranin ay dapat lutasinsa pakikipag-usap nang mapayapa at hindi sa pagdanak ng dugo. AngPilipino’y mapagpakumbaba ngunit hindi kailanman papayag paalipin.Hanggang sa dulo ng buhay ay hahangarin niyang makamit angkatarungan at kalayaan.Ang mga katangiang iyan ang ipinakita ni Ninoy sa kanyangpagbabalik at ang mga katangian ding iyan ang nakapagpamulat samga dayuhan kung anong uri ng lipi ang Pilipino.Binuwag ng katatagan ni Aquino ang kolonyal na paniniwalangsunud-sunuran tayo sa kung sino ang makapangyarihan. Inalis ngkanyang katalinuhan ang paniniwalang tayo’y mababangis namangmang sa gitna ng gubat ng karalitaan.Ang kamatayan ni Ninoy ay nagsilbing pagsubok kung hanggangsaan natin maipapakita ang payapang pagkakaisa. Bagamat maigtingang paligid sa unang araw ng pagkapaslang sa kanya, nanatili tayongpayapa at dumako tayo sa mas malalim na pag-iisip. Milyun-milyonang sumama sa kanyang libing ngunit naisagawa iyon ng buongpaggalang at pagmamahal.Ang sangka-Pilipinuhan ay nasa pedestal ngayon na tinitingalang daigdig, ng malalaking bansang dati ay ayaw kumilala sa atin bilangisang malayang lahi. Marangal ang pagkakilala nila ngayon sa mgaPilipino. At iyon ay dahil sa pagkataong ipinakita ni Benigno ServillanoAquino Jr.Sa isang pamanang iniwan mo, maraming salamat, Ninoy. Ngayonay taas noo at pagmamalaki naming maihahayag sa mundo na kami,ang bawat isa sa amin, ay PILIPINO.
EDITORYAL
 
AUGUST 21 - 27, 2009
Mabuhay
LINGGUHANG PILIPINO MULA PA NOONG 1980
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Lazarus at the gate
Regarding Henry
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Politics trappedLaughter is good for health
IN the raw world of 7/24 journal-ism, a colleague dashes off a piecewith hard-nosed panache thatmakes one mumble: “Wish Iwrote that.” Three articles cometo mind:Patricia Evangelista’s “Woesof Ms Marcos” is one. She docu-mented, with professional thor-oughness, hard evidence on stillunaccounted for sleaze. This
 In- quirer
column polished off the so-called “Marcos restoration”.The second is Philippine Cen-ter for Investigative Journalism’sseries on the President and FirstGentleman’s “Statement of As-sets and Liabilities”.Ms Arroyo’s net worth bal-looned from P6.7 million toP143.5 million between 1992 to2008, PCIJ’s Malou Mangahasrevealed ... President Arroyo’sportfolio bolted 41% even as thelocal stock index nosedived by21%. The Palace shrugged off theMakati Business Club’s requestfor clarification.
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The third is
 Inquirer
’s column“Circus Stories”. In it, ManuelQuezon III set a new standard forbrevity when he demolished A PRIEST-FRIEND told me theother day that since the begin-ning of this year, there have beenalready about 20 politically mo-tivated killings in his province of origin. Even mayors and baran-gay captains have not beenspared.This development has obvi-ously made his province-mates,especially the clergy, concernedabout their place. They are won-dering what they can do to stopthis ugly turn of events. At one point, the local clergyorganized a rally that was sup-posed to be purely against vio-lence. It was supposed to be non-partisan. But as it turned out,one of the speakers, who obvi-ously escaped proper screening,made a partisan tirade. Now,even the priests have deaththreats. We do not know how this situ-ation will develop. It certainly ishoped that nothing that is fearedwould take place. But the wholepredicament simply shows thelamentable state of politics ourcountry is in.Together with election vio-
Forward to Basics
F
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‘Anima, Animae, Animal’
I AM completely overwhelmed bythe warm response of online Fili-pinos to the advocacy of solicit-ing old computers for distributionto the 42,000 barangay units allover the country. Ms. ElsaBayani, one of the advocacy lead-ers says that it is my project, butin all humility I would rather saythat I am just a writer, I wroteabout it, but it was the peoplewho embraced the idea and whotook it as their own. As it is now, the advocacy istaking off on its own steam, andI am now the one trying to keepup with it. Having managedmany other computerizationprojects before, I have made it myown responsibility to see to it thatas this advocacy moves forward,there will always be a good bal-ance between the magic troika of computerization which is thecombination of manpower, infra-structure and content (MIC).Looking back into my previousexperiences, I have concludedthat in the final analysis, comput-erization is really just the meansto an end, because the real endshould be modernization. WhenI say modernization, I mean themodernization of the means of delivering public services, andnot the modernization of thehardware and software that areneeded to deliver these services.
Fair & Square
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lence, there is such widespreadincidence of poor governance andscreaming corruption that wecan rightly be called a banana re-public with a serious case of meltdown in our political system.This is a challenge to thepeople. The kind of politics wehave depends on how we makeit to be. So far, we can say thatour politics is trapped in somekind of time warp. It looks stuckin ice age. It’s not given room forits full play. And this is mainly becauseour politics has so far been pur-sued and developed quite inde-pendently of God’s laws. It seemsto be considered as a “world onlyfor men, God excluded.” At best,God is only given some lip ser-vice.So, a politics without God willsooner or later become inhuman,deteriorating into a dog-eat-dog exercise. No charity, no justice,no regard for common good. Justambition and greed and theirusual companions. Just slymaneuverings and not open andcandid dealings.Instead of a politics centering on issues and qualifications, weseem to have a politics of blindpatronage. A great majority of the people are still in the darkages as to their rights and dutieswith regard to politics.There’s widespread apathyamong the citizenry, if not sheerincompetence in dealing with po-litical issues. The educationalcomponent is still lagging far be-hind what can be considered asideal. Even the basic “Politics fordummies” has not reached farenough.Political discussions havebeen more emotional than ratio-nal, crudely shallow, short-ranged and narrow-visioned.They are very vulnerable toclever manipulations of the rich,powerful and strong.Many people do not know howto form opinions and make theiropinions heard by our leaders.There’s no adequate structure toimprove the situation. The cur-rent media culture is unreliable.Even the educated ones couldhardly rise above shameful self-interest. So they end up merely
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Could we possibly solicit, re-format and deliver computers toall the 42,000 barangay units na-tionwide? I say yes, and that isnot even the problem because Iknow that we could deliver morethan one unit to each barangay.The problem, or the challenge Ishould say is to build the contentthat would populate these com-puter systems, knowing alreadythat the manpower component isalready “spoken for” so to speak What kind of content shouldgo into a barangay database? Toanswer this question, I want toshare with you an idea that wediscussed in my TV show today. Why not build a database of thelocal labor force, so that localemployers would be able to re-cruit workers and employeesfrom within their own local hostcommunities? This would also begood for their bottom line, be-cause it would save them on re-cruitment costs.How about a database of localcooperatives and enterprises?This will also enable the localcompanies to source products andservices from their own local hostcommunities. This will be goodfor both the companies and thecommunities. The former wouldnot just save on procurementcosts; they will also help the lo-
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Computer for barangay
Malacañang justification for thePresident burning P2.7 billion inforeign travels since 2003.Quezon used two sentences.“The President’s people justifyher travels in producing pressreleases promising Foreign DirectInvestments,” he wrote. “For2008, Bangko Sentral reportedactual FDIs were negative by $81million; for 2009 to date, they arenegative $102.9 million.” Period.End of Paragraph. End of Col-umn.These examples help answerwhy Mrs. Arroyo twists in thewind over hefty restaurant billsracked up in her last US trip. At Le Cirque restaurant, thePresident’s entourage ran up a$20,000 tab,
 New York Post
re-ported.
Washington Post
’s Reli-able Sources blog added Bobby Van’s Steakhouse’s bill for$15,000.To tamp down the uproar, herspokesmen pledged to publishreceipts. They never did. Why not? After all, no oneclaims the President’s watering hole preferences matched ex-cesses of others. Whoever entertained Em-peror Charles V for lunch had toserve 400 dishes. Chinese DragonEmpress Tz’u-his (1861-1908)had over 200 dishes paraded ...“No fool can be silent at afeast,” Greek legislator Solonconcluded after Athenian ex-cesses sapped reforms. And 2,600 years later, Mrs Arroyo is learn-ing Solon’s lesson: her feasting 
barkadas
leak like a sieve.“The President’s chatty con-gressional traveling companionspointed out there were othermeals,” Quezon III revealed.“Rep. Hermilando Mandanassaid there was dinner at Bouley’s… on Aug. 2; Rep. Amelita Villarosa referred to a meal at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse on Park Avenue.” Indeed, “a tame tongueis a rare bird.”To take the heat off the Presi-dent, Reps Danilo Suarez(Quezon) and Ferdinand MartinRomualdez (Leyte) were namedas hosts. “Greater love than thisno man hath, than to lay downone’s credit card for a boss nailedoff-base.”Suarez couldn’t get even sizeof entourage right. Romualdez
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SEPARATED from his travelgroup in the Sahara Desert, atourist begged a passing nomadfor water. “Sorry,” said thetribesman. “I have no water, butI do have a selection of lovely tiesfor sale.”“You must be crazy,” the tour-ist replied. Close to death fromthirst, he saw another nomad.“Water!” he gasped. “Give mesome water.”“I have no water,” came thereply, “only these handsome tiesthat I’d be glad to see you.”The tourist stumbled on un-til, to his astonishment, he saw amagnificent hotel far in the dis-tance. Crawling at last into thelobby, he croaked, “Please giveme water.”“I’m sorry, sir,” the doormansaid. “We don’t let anyone inwithout a tie.”If you haven’t laughed at thatone, then something is wrong with you. “The inability to laughis a measure of your adjustmentto an environment,” observes Dr. Jacob Levine, American clinicalprofessor of psychology. “Theinability to respond positively tosituations that would make nor-mal people laugh – indicatestrouble.”“That a man can laugh showsthat he has a sense of proportion;what makes us laugh is the per-ception of some incongruity, of something misproportioned orgrotesque. It is a sign of our san-ity; and also of our solidarity,” John Gifford once commented.Laughter, they say, is a reflex.In other words, it is automaticand involuntary. You cannot or-der yourself to smile or laugh. Artificial expressions look silly.These reactions must be sponta-neous, produced by the coordina-tion of 15 facial muscles in anunchangeable pattern, accompa-nied by altered breathing.Laughter is a lot more complexthan more familiar reflexes likeknee jerks and pupil contractions.These simple motor reflexes, ex-perts claim, do not require theintervention of higher mentalprocesses. A flame burns yourhand. The message flashes to thespinal cord. But it does not goup to the brain because thatwould take some time; it is “pro-cessed” in the cord, sent back tothe muscles of the hand. In a splitsecond, the hand is jerked awayfrom the flame.“There are three things whichare real: God, human folly, andlaughter,” Aubrey Menen said.“Since the first two pass our com-prehension, we must do what wecan with the third.” To which Abraham Lincoln agreed. “Ilaugh,” the American presidentsaid, “because I must not cry.”Scientists have been studying the effect of laughter on humanbeings and have found, among other things, that laughter has aprofound and instantaneous ef-fect on virtually every importantorgan in the human body.“Laughter is the tonic, the relief,and surcease for pain,” Holly-wood actor Charlie Chaplinpointed out.Laughter is partly chemical. When you laugh, you stimulate your endocrine system, including the pituitary gland. Laughing itself prompts you to secrete hor-mones that rouse you to high fre-quency alertness. These hor-mones, called catecholamines,include epinephrine, norepineph-rine, and dopamine.“Laughter is one of the beststress relievers in our society,”says Dr. Anne Williams, a promi-nent American psychologist. “Iteliminates tension, which candefinitely upset body functionand mental functions. It clearsthe mind by releasing stress andtension.”She continues, “It is hard tofeel annoyed and resentful when
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“Rob, where’s your elderbrother?” Lily, who barely man-aged to escape the delightful trapof cookbooks in the bookstore,was a bit concerned when she re-alized she had lost track of herolder son.It wasn’t long before her younger boy scurried back andsaid, “I found him mama!”“Thanks so much, Rob,” shesaid. “Where did you find him?”“Oh, he’s there readin’ them Japanese comics,” he said.“When are we going home?”“In a short while, honey,” asshe calmed down she couldn’tresist pulling out another cook-book on making homemadepasta. “Now go and tell Ron thathe’d better be done in five min-utes,” she told Rob.“Yes, mommy,” the boy disap-peared behind the forest of shelves. After a few minutes, Lily real-ized that five minutes have past.She was just about to turnaround to look for her sons whenRob returned with a very inquisi-tive expression on his face.“Mom, what does
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mean?”“Where did you read that,honey?” she took one last note of cookbook’s price and reluctantlyreturned it to the shelf.“On the comic that Ron wasreading,” he replied.
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Lily, like many parents, maynot be too aware about the harm-ful effects that these types of comic books pose for her kids. If pornography in both print andmedia ‘physically’ vulgarize thesacredness of the human bodyand of the sexual act, some animeand manga comic books createthe same effect but through amedium that has an unlimitedcapability of distorting and exag-gerating mental images. Thesecan in turn foment a vicioussexual fantasy addiction in one’simagination and memory.Manga and anime, however,are a genre of drawings and ani-mated films that boast of a richand inspiring world filled withmany valuable ideas and person-alities addressing or protesting against many of the socio-culturaltravails plaguing our presenttimes (i.e. war, family, greed, vio-lence, etc.). Their story lines andcharacters are so varied that theyeasily cater to almost every agegroup. Japanese animation or anime–that is the Japanese way of say-ing the word animation– flour-ished after the Second World Warand later gradually spread world-wide. Anime is the colorful addi-
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