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Mabuhay Issue No. 36

Mabuhay Issue No. 36

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Volume 29, Issue No. 36 Sept. 5 - 11, 2008,
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Lakan at Lakambini ng Bulacan 2008
PAOMBONG, Bulacan — Labing-siyam na makikisig na binata at20 na naggagandahang dalaga mula sa 17 bayan at tatlong lungsod sa lalawigan ang kalahoksa ika-11 taunang timpalak ng Lakan at Lakambini ng Bulacankaugnay ng pagdiriwang ng Sing-kaban Fiesta. Ayon kay Jo Clemente, ang pangalawang pangulo ng BulacanTourism Council (BTC) at may aring Ciudad Clemente Resort sa bayang ito, bukod sa ganda atkisig ng mga kasali, pagababase-han din ng mga hurado ang talinoat iba’t ibang kakayahan ng mga kalahok sa pagpili ng 2008 Lakanat Lakambini ang Bulacan.“Buong-buo ang suporta ni Gob Jon-jon (Gob. Joselito Mendoza)sa Lakan at Lakambini pageantdahil gusto niyang maging hamonito sa mga kabataan na higit na maging mahuhusay sa iba’t ibang larangan,” ani Clemente.Ilan sa mga dating kalahok sa taunang timpalak ay tuluyang nag-ani ng mga tagumpay.Si Racel Anderson ng Malolosay nagwagi rin sa Ms. Body Shotsat ngayon ay isa nang commercialmodel. Ang dating Lakan naman na siCris Acosta ng Hagonoy ay isa nang aktor ngayon na ang gamitna pangalan ay Crus Martinez atmodel na rin ng isang tooth pastecompany.Si Jolas Paguia naman ng Guiguinto na tinanghal ng Lakanng Bulacan noong nakaraang taonay nakasali sa Pinoy Big Brotherat isa nang contract star ng StarCinema bukod pa sa pagiging isang commercial model.Makikita ang lahat ng kalahoksa taong ito sa pahina 5.
LAKAN NG BULACAN 2007
 Jolas Paguia ng Guiguinto
Lakambini ng Bulacan 2007
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— Natutuwang pinagma-masdan ng dalawang batang ito ang dancing worm, isa sa40 exhibit sa Sci-Fun Caravan na matatagpuan sa Korea-Philippines IT Training Center sa loob ng bakuran ng Tech-nical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)sa Barangay Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan. Ang exhibitionay bukas mula Lunes hanggang Sabado at tatagalhanggang ika-30 ng Setyembre.
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— Natutuwang pinagma-masdan ng dalawang batang ito ang dancing worm, isa sa40 exhibit sa Sci-Fun Caravan na matatagpuan sa Korea-Philippines IT Training Center sa loob ng bakuran ng Tech-nical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)sa Barangay Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan. Ang exhibitionay bukas mula Lunes hanggang Sabado at tatagalhanggang ika-30 ng Setyembre.
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Mabuhay
LINGGUHANG PILIPINO MULA PA NOONG 1980
SETYEMBRE 5 - 11, 2008
EDITORIAL
Alfredo M. Roxas, Jose Romulo Q. Pavia, JoseGerardo Q. Pavia, Joey N. Pavia , Jose Visitacion Q.Pavia, Carminia L. Pavia, Perfecto Raymundo Jr.,Dino Balabo
PRODUCTION
Jose Antonio Q. Pavia, Jose Ricardo Q. Pavia,Mark F. Mata, Maricel P. Dayag
PHOTOGRAPHY / ART
Eden Uy, Allan Peñaredondo, Joseph Ryan S.Pavia
BUSINESS / ADMINISTRATION
Loreto Q. Pavia, Marilyn L. Ramirez, Peñaflor Crystal,J. Victorina P. Vergara, Cecile S. Pavia, LuisFrancisco, Domingo Ungria, Harold T. Raymundo,Jennifer T. Raymundo, Rhoderick T. Raymundo
CIRCULATION
Robert T. Raymundo, Armando M. Arellano,Jess Camaro, Fred LopezThe
Mabuhay
is published weekly by theMABUHAY COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
DTI Permit No. 00075266, March 6, 2006 to March6, 2011, Malolos, Bulacan.The
Mabuhay
is entered as Second Class MailMatter at the San Fernando, Pampanga Post Officeon April 30, 1987 under Permit No. 490; and asThird Class Mail Matter at the Manila Central PostOffice under permit No. 1281-99-NCR dated Nov.15, 1999. ISSN 1655-3853Principal Office: 626 San Pascual, Obando,Bulacan
 
 
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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
mabuhaynews25@yahoo.com
Buntot Pagé
P
ERFECTO
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 AYMUNDO
Kahirapan, kaya nagpapakamatay
MARAMI nang nagpapakamataysa ating bansa ang napapalathala sa mga pahayagan at nababalita sa mga radyo at telebisyon.Karamihan sa kanila ay kara-litaan ang dahilan kaya winaka-san ang sariling buhay.Sa Lungsod ng Angeles, Pam-panga, isang Noel Dizon, hiwalaysa asawa, ang nagpatiwakal dahilsa karalitaan at kawalan ng pag-asa sa buhay.Bago ito nagpakamatay, nag-sabi pa ito sa ilang kaibigan na nais na nitong wakasan ang sariling buhay. Hindi akalain ng kanyang mga kaibigan na pag-sunog sa sarili ang gagawin nitopara mamatay.Samantala, isang 34 na taong gulang na ama ng tahanan ang naulat na nagbigti sa loob ng kanilang inuupahang bahay dahilsa kawalan ng mapagkakakitaanpara buhayin ang kanyang pa-milya.Paghihikahos ang sanhi kung bakit pinagtataga ng isang ina ang kanyang dalawang anak sa Umin-gan, Pangasinan noon lamang  Agosto 22. Pagkatapos pagta-tagain ang dalawang anak ay nag-saksak din sa sarili ang nasabing ina.Halos araw-araw ay may nala-lathalang nagpapatiwakal atkahirapan ang dahilan ng pagpa-pakamatay.Kayo, ano sa palagay ninyo?
Nakagapos na kalansay
ILANG mangingisda sa ilog Angatang nakakita ng isang drum na halos isang taon na nilang hindipinag-uukulan ng pansin.Ngunit noong ika-24 ng Agostomapagpasiyahan nilang iahon ang nasabing drum upang ipagbilipara maging pera.Sementado ang ibabaw ng drum, kaya tinungkab nila ito,ngunit halos bumaligtad ang kanilang sikmura nang ito aykanilang mabuksan dahil sa masangsang at pagkabaho-bahong amoy na nagmula sa drum.Isa palang kalansay ang lamanng drum.Kalunos-lunos ang sinapit ng nasabing kalansay, dahil naka-gapos ang dalawang kamay atdalawang paa nito. Marahil aypinahirapan daw muna bagopinatay at sinilid sa drum ang biktima at saka sinemento ang takip. Walang damit ang kalansaymaliban sa suot nitong brief.Matinding pagkaawa ang na-ramdaman ni Bulacan PNP Po-lice Director C/Supt. Allan Ban-tolo. Kaagad na inatasan niya siSupt. David Poklay, Deputy PoliceDirector for Intelligence, na gawin ang lahat ng paraan para makilala ang biktima at maipali-bing ito ng maayos.May teorya ang kapulisan sa lalawigan na taga ibang pro-binsiya ang biktima at dito la-mang itinapon para ilayo ang mga nag-iimbistiga kapag dumating ang panahon na ito ay madis-kubre.Kayo, ano sa palagay ninyo?
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Tawad Plaridel
KATULAD noong nakaraang ta-on, maraming usap-usapan sa hanay ng mga mamamahayag sa Bulacan matapos ang taunang Gawad Plaridel.Kesyo dapat daw ibaba ang pamantayan para sa pangunahing parangal na Gawad Plaridel dahilsa ikatlong sunod na taon ay wala pa ring nagkakamit niyon, sa halip ay mga gawad sa sub-cat-egory lamang ang naiuwi ng mga mamamahayag. Kung ibababa ang pamantayan, hindi na GawadPlaridel iyan, sa halip ay “TawadPlaridel.”
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 Ang totoo, mababa pa ang pa-mantayan ng taunang parangal na tatawaging Gawad Marcelo H. DelPilar sa susunod na taon dahilnakapangalan ito ng parangal sa University of the Philippines.
“You have to raise the bar of reporting,”
payo ni Melinda Quin-tos De Jesus, executive directorng Center for Media Freedom andResponsibility (CMFR) na nangu-na sa tatlong araw na workshopon Journalism Ethics sa HolidayInn sa Clark Freeport noong  Agosto 30 hanggang Setyembre 1.Ito ay upang ang mga mama-mahayag ngayon ay hindi maging mga huwad na Plaridel.
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Ipinaalala naman ni Prof. LuisTeodoro, deputy director ng CMFR, sa mga dumalong mama-mahayag na laging sundin ang  Journalism Ethics.Ito ay upang ang mga mama-mahayag ngayon ay hindi maging hubad na Plaridel.
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 Agad namang nabura ng 17-taong gulang na si Jose MariGarcia ng 
Punla
and rekord ni Jeeno Arellano noong nakaraang taon bilang pinakabatang mama-mahayag na nagwagi sa taunang parangal nang masungkit niya ang Best in Culture Reporting.Ngunit sa halip na hangaan ng iba si Garcia ay pinuna pa ang edad nito at sinabing masyadoraw bata para manalo. Teka, anoba ang edad ni Ninoy Aquino nang mag-kober sa Korean War noong dekada ’50. Hindi ba’t 17-anyosdin lang siya.
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 Wala sa edad iyan, mga kai-bigan; nasa panulat iyan. Kaya,ngayon pa lamang ay pagbutihinna natin ang pagsusulat para makasabay sa mga nagwagi.Kung hindi natin patataasinang antas ng ating pamamahayag,baka sa “Tawad Plaridel” tayomakasali.
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Totoo ’yan. Kailangang araw-araw ay pataasin natin ang antasng pamamahayag dahil ang la-rangang ating kinabibilangan ay“very competitive.”Kailangang araw-araw ay pa-tuloy nating paunlarin ang ating kaisipan sa pamamagitan ng pagbabasa, sapagkat kung hindi,dapat na tayong magdasal ng “Patawad, Plaridel …”
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Oooops, hindi rin nakalusot sa mga dumalong mamamahayag ang pagkakamali ni Bokal En-rique “Jonjon” Delos Santos sa gabi ng parangal nang tawaginniya ang pangalan ni Mariz Jau-cian bilang nagwagi sa Best inInspirational Reporting, ngunit
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EDITORYAL
Iisang mundo,iisang tahanan
HINDI isang aksidente ang pagkaputol ng kuryente,pagbabawas ng alokasyong tubig sa Maynila at pag-kamatay ng mga isda at pagkakasakit ng mga baboy salalawigan ng Bulacan nitong mga nagdaang araw.Sa halip, ang lahat ng ito ay palatandaan ng hagupitng kalikasan bunsod ng pag-abuso ng tao. Angmasakit, simula pa lamang ito at may mas higit pangpaparating, lalo na kung hindi tayo kikilos ngayon.Ayon sa Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical andAstronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), malakiang posibilidad na sanhi ng global warming o patuloyna pag-init ng klima ng mundo ang nararanasanngayong tagtuyot sa panahon ng tag-ulan na bukod samga pananim na nasalanta, mga baboy at biik sa Bulacanang mga unang biktima.Natutuyo ang Angat Dam dahil sa kulang sa pag-ulan kaya’t kapos sa tubig ang mga magsasaka saBulacan at Pampanga, maging ang may 10 milyongresidente ng Kalakhang Maynila, bukod pa sa kinakaposna rin ang serbisyo ng kuryente dahil maraming powerplant ang umaasa sa tubig ulan na naipon sa mga dam,partikular na sa Luzon.Sa pananaw ng marami, ang global warming aysanhi ng natural na proseso ng kalikasan. Ngunit parasa mga dalubhasa at mga simpleng taumbayan, angbawat isa sa atin ay may kontribusyon sa patuloy napag-init ng klima ng mundo.Walang habas ang pagputol ng mga punong kahoysa mga kabundukan at maging sa ating mga bakuran,ngunit hindi naman tayo nagtatanim ng kapalit.Gayundin, walang humpay ang paggamit natin saserbisyo ng tubig at kuryente, bukod pa sa walang pa-tumanggang pagtatapon natin ng basura na lumalasonsa ating mga katubigan.Mga kaibigan, kapwa Bulakenyo at Pilipino, iisalamang ang ating mundo. Ito ang ating nag-iisangtahanan; wala nang iba. Ingatan natin ito. Tanggapinnatin ang ating pananagutan at kumilos ng akma.Tayo ay maging responsable, makatarungan, maka-kalikasan at, higit sa lahat, maka-Diyos.
Kastigo
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Agosto ng kagitingan
SA 12 buwan ng taon, ang Agosto,batay sa kasaysayan, ang buwang may mahalagang papel na gina-gampanan sa pagtatampok ng kaisipang makabayan at pag-mamahal at pakikipaglaban para sa kalayaan ng Pilipinas.
 Agosto 10, 1898
— Sa arawna ito isinilang sa lalawigan ng Tayabas (ngayon ay Quezon) siLorenzo Tañada, kinikilalang “Grand Old Man of the Opposi-tion.” Isang abugado at maypaninindigang makabayang sin-tigas ng mulawin, maihahanay siKa Tanny kina Claro M. Recto at Jose P. Laurel sa pakikipaglabanpara sa kalayaan at demokrasya.Sa kabila ng katandaan, siya aylumahok pa rin sa mga protesta laban sa pananatili ng mga basemilitar ng Estados Unidos sa Pili-pinas. Si Tañada ang ipinagbunying lahat ng nasa bulwagan ng Senado nang ibasura ng Senado,sa pangunguna ni Pangulo ng Senado Jovito Salonga, ang tra-tado sa base militar ng EstadosUnidos noong 1991.
 Agosto 19
— Dalawang maha-lagang pangyayari ang naganapsa araw na ito.Noong 1878 isinilang sa Baler,Tayabas si Manuel L. Quezon, ang unang Pangulo ng Malasariling Pamahalaan ng Pilipinas, atkinikilalang “Ama ng Wikang Pambansa.”Noon namang 1896, natukla-san ng mga Kastila, sa pamama-gitan ni Padre Mariano Gil, ang lihim ng Katipunan. Sa sumunodna mga araw ay gumawa ng malawakang pagdakip ang mga Kastila, at dahil diyan, kahit wala sa panahon ay napilitang luman-tad na sina Andres Bonifacio atmagpahayag ng pag-aalsa labansa pamahalaang Kastila noong  Agosto 23, 1896.
 Agosto 21, 1983
— Pataksilna binaril si Sen. Ninoy Aquinosa tarmac ng Manila Interna-tional Airport, isang pangyaya-ring gumimbal sa buong bansa,nagpayanig sa rehimeng Marcosna tuluyang ibinagsak ng EDSA People Power Revolt noong 1986.Bagamat may mga sundalong kinasuhan at napiit, ang utak omga utak ng pagpatay kay Ninoyay nanatiling lihim at hindinadarakip hanggang ngayon.
 Agosto 26
— Pinag-isang  Araw ng Pambansang mga Ba- yani. Ngunit bunga ng materya-listikong kautusang tagapagpa-ganap, na tinawag na economicholiday, nawalan ng alab ng makabayang paggunita ang maka-saysayang mga araw.
 Agosto 30, 1850
— Ito ang araw na iniluwal sa Bulacan ang bayaning kapantay kung di mannakahihigit kina Dr. Rizal, Boni-facio at iba pang kinikilalang pambansang bayani. Si MarceloH. Del Pilar, na kinikilalang “Ama ng Pamamahayag sa Pili-pinas”, ang unang aktibistang nagtaguyod ng propaganda sa Pili-pinas laban sa kalupitan ng nakasasakop na Kastila. Dapatmalaman ng lahat ng mga Pili-pino, na si Plaridel ang nakalabanni Rizal nang piliin na ng pama-halaang Amerikano kung sino ang magiging Pambansang Bayani.Na hanggang ngayon ay sa Bulacan lamang ginagawang pista opisyal ang Araw ni Del Pi-lar ang isa sa mga kabalintunaanng ating pagkabansa!
Alagaan mo ang kalikasanat pangangalagaan ka nito!
 
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Mabuhay
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Forward to Basics
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Regarding Henry
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What’s good journalism?
BY now we should all be con-vinced that journalism plays anincreasingly pivotal role in soci-ety. That’s because whether welike it or not, whether we areaware of it or not, we grow in ourreliance on data and information,and our thirst for truth has actu-ally gone worse.Needless to say, the world isgetting more dependent on piecesof information, not only in termsof quantity, in itself already for-midable, but also in quality. Wewant to be sure that what we aregetting from media truly serveour multiplying needs and ulti-mately the common good.For example, journalism hasto give due attention and spaceto a growing number of playerswho contribute in the world of public opinion. It has to fosterdialogue, promoting legitimatedifferences while building a senseof unity amid varied tastes andmentalities and changing cul-tural milieux, etc.There’s that disturbing sensa-tion, felt by many, that we are drift-ing on an ocean of bits and piecesof info, not without our share of thrill and a varying degree of satis-faction, but not knowing where weare actually heading.Even with impressive stridesin information technology thatmake for that most welcomerapid response environment,there’s still that frustrating anddisappointing feeling that whatwe want in our heart, in itself alsohard to articulate, remains elu-sive, and even more so nowadays.This is the challenge facing “THE nail that sticks out getshammered,” the old proverb says. And a corrupt oligarchy, in thiscountry, pounds down to sleaze-level any official of integrity. Theystick out.Cagayan Governor Grace Pa-daca and Naga City Mayor JesseRobredo, for example, had to rungauntlets of smears and harass-ment to serve — and win, muchlater, recognition like the Mag-saysay Award for public service.Today, this pounding is mostrelentless in President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s home turf. InPampanga, officials wage whatthe Inquirer aptly calls a “shame-ful and shameless” 3-R campaign.“Recount, Recall and Re-quiem” is the template for a furi-ous drive to oust their 26th pro-vincial governor: Eddie Panlilio. Why?“GOOD morning, children!” Sis-ter Bernadette greeted the stu-dents of her Grade 3 religion class.“Good morning, Sister Berna-dette!” the chorus of children re-plied.“I can see that you’re all readyfor our show-and-tell this morn-ing! Who wants to be the first oneto tell us about the things thathelp him to pray to Jesus and tothink of Heaven more?”“Me, me, me!” Julian eagerlywaved his hand in the air.“Alright, Julian. Why don’t youcome to the front and tell yourclassmates about what helps youmost to pray to Jesus and thinkmore about Heaven?” Julian skips to the front of theclass and starts to dig for some-
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those in the field today. Let’shope and pray that we in thisbusiness are up to it, able to dealwith its complicated and mush-rooming demands.One basic issue though has tobe resolved. We have to under-stand that this business of infor-mation and truth is not justabout telling and reporting whathappened where and when andalso who were involved and howit happened.Data and information, factsand truths are living things, withorigins and ends, with laws andpurposes that need to be re-spected and handled properly.They have their own reasons andmotives, even a certain spirit,good or bad, that animates them. We have to learn to developthem from their raw, seminalstate to their full-grown, more ac-ceptable human forms. Thisshould be the abiding concernthose in journalism should havetoward facts and data that theyhandle.It’s like we are in a journeywith them, a journey that shouldtake us from one stage to another.It should not stop until we get toour final end which is a matter of faith or at least an ideology.To stop somewhere along theway is to get stuck. For example,we can not remain in the techni-cal level alone, or in the eco-nomic or political aspects. We have to try, no matter howhard, mysterious and thwarting,to continue developing the data toward a higher plane, a biggerpicture. By its nature, journalismis always a work in progress. We then have to understandthat we need a North Star in thislife-long travel. It should not justa short-range guide, but one ca-pable of shedding light on a lengthening range and widening scope of things, one that can ef-fectively inspire prudence. We cannot escape this matter.Or we can, but at the expense of enclosing ourselves in our ownworld instead of opening up tomore and endless possibilities.This is what we have to be verycareful about. I think good jour-nalism should reflect this dynam-ics. Its coverage, its judgments andselection of topics, etc., should be a result of this understanding of  journalism’s true nature. While journalism may setsome limits and boundaries to beable to identify and cater to itsparticular market, it should dothis without prejudice to being open to higher and bigger sourcesof light.In other words, journalismshould not be detached fromother branches of knowledge thatcertainly will complement andenrich whatever by itself it candiscover or is good at. For a Chris-tian journalist, his work involvesnothing less than his personal liv-ing relationship with God andwith others.The problem we often encoun-ter is a journalism straitjacketedby a certain bias or interest, po-litical, economic, social, ideologi-cal. While it cannot avoid these,it should have some mechanismto overcome and transcend them.Because this priest-turned-re-luctant-candidate dented Mala-canang’s patina of political invin-cibility. With citizen backing anda shoe-string budget, he trashed,in the last elections, provincialboard member Lilia Pineda andGovernor Mark Lapid. Both preenas the President’s moneyed allies.Among Ed” fractured an un-written rule: “Never touch thepoliticians’ wallet.”Chief Justice Hilario Davide,for example, led the SupremeCourt to rule on the notorious co-conut levy. That saw EduardoCojuangco unleash the congres-sional “Brat Pack” in a bitter at-tempt to impeach Davide. Onlyfurious protests, by citizens andchurch groups, beat back Cojuang-co’s legislative gunslingers.Through efficient collection,Panlilio boosted government in-come from Pampanga’s numbertwo political feeding trough:quarry taxes. (Jueteng is numberone.) A month in office, Panliliosurpassed the P29.1 million col-lected by Mark Lapid in 2006.One can follow “smell of money” in the Provincial Trea-surer’s report on the collectiontrack record: Governor BrenGuiao (1993-1994) P 3.82 million.The Mount Pinatubo eruptionincreased lahar in quarries.Govenors Lito and son Mark Lapidcollected P121.02 million, overthe next 12 years. In contrast,Panlilio doubled Lapids’ collec-tion to P230 million — in justthree years.This record stood a corruptelite on its head. More significant,it gave startled citizens a glimpseof the massive amounts that
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I CONSIDERED this friend asone of those that will most likelyto succeed. He was a good televi-sion reporter and his reports wereengaging, newsworthy, and novel.Every time I watched his live tele-cast, I concluded that he could beone of the most valuable TV jour-nalists to be discovered.But his TV network didn’tthink so. After three years, he wastired of not getting anywhere. Hepictured himself as just one of those guys who can never be suc-cessful in front of the camera. “Ihave decided,” he wrote in a textmessage. “I will quit my job.”He did resign from his job andI don’t know where he is now. Hehas never communicated withme anymore. I have forgotten totell him the words of RobertStrauss. “Success,” he said, “is a little like wrestling a gorilla. Youdon’t quit when you’re tired — you quit when the gorilla istired.”Most successful people do that. When conditions become diffi-cult, they keep working. Theyknow that trying times are notime to quit trying. For the thou-sands of people who give up, thereis always someone like Thomas Alva Edison, who said, “I startwhere the last man left off.”Charles F. Kettering advices,“Keep on going, and the chancesare that you will stumble onsomething, perhaps when you areleast expecting it. I never heardof anyone ever stumbling onsomething sitting down.”That’s what we call persever-ance. Just because you think youare not a person with high cali-ber talent does not mean you cannever be famous. “People of me-diocre ability sometimes achieveoutstanding success because theydon’t know when to quit. Mostmen succeed because they are de-termined to,” reminds George Allen. We remember William CullenBryant, who rewrote
Thanatopsis
a hundred times. Edward Gib-bon rewrote his
 Autobiography
nine times. Plato wrote the firstsentence of his
 Republic
ninetimes. Virgil spent 12 years writ-ing his
 Aeneid
.“Nothing in the world cantake the place of persistence,”Calvin Coolidge pointed out.“Talent will not; nothing is morecommon than unsuccessful menwith talent. Genius will not;unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; theworld is full of educated derelicts.Persistence and determinationalone are omnipotent.”Success knows no handicapthrough physical ills. Lord Byronhad a club foot. Manuel L. Que-zon, Robert Louis Stevenson and John Keats had tuberculosis.Charles Steinmetz and AlexanderPope were hunchbacks. Rex Har-rison and Horatio Nelson hadonly one eye. Edgar Allan Poe wasa mental case. Charles Darwinwas an invalid. Julius Caesar wasan epileptic. Thomas Edison andLudwig Beethoven were deaf.Peter Stuyvesant had a woodenleg.Some successful businessesstarted as failures. In its first year, Coca-Cola sold only 400Cokes. Also in his first year in theautomobile business, Henry Fordwent bankrupt. Two years later,his second company also failed.“If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you wantto go and how to get there. Thennever, never, never give up,” American inspirational speakerNorman Vincent Peale urged.Don’t picture yourself a fail-ure if in the beginning you don’tgo too far. Basketball superstarMichael Jordan was cut from hishigh school basketball team.Sometimes, life is a series of failures before success arrives.Richard Bach completed only one year of college, then trained tobecome an Air Force jet-fighter
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thing under his shirt. He strains a little with the chain around hisneck to show everyone a shining gold medal. “This is my scapular.My mom and dad gave it to me. Ithas a picture of mama Mary and of  Jesus with His heart sticking out.”“That’s very nice, Julian. Youmean Jesus’ Sacred Heart?” Sis-ter Bernadette smiled. “How doesit help you to pray?”“Yup, the Sacred Heart!” headded. “In the morning, I kissmama Mary and in the evening before I sleep I kiss Jesus’ heart.”Everyone applauded as he proudlywent back to his seat with themedal still dangling outside of hisshirt.Sister Bernadette helps Julianslip in the medal and asked, “Well,who’s next?”Kathy then showed her pictureof the Crucified Lord that she hasby her bed side. Anthony dis-played his Rosary with beadsmade from different stones. Su-san proudly showed her Rosarybracelet inherited from hergrandmother. David came with aniron crucifix that he had boughton his family pilgrimage to Jerusalem the other summer. And so went the class with eachstudent explaining how these sa-cred objects and pictures helpedthem to pray. Sister Bernadette,however, noticed that Thirdy was just sitting in his chair staring ata small dull worn-out box on topof his desk. “Thirdy? What about
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Never, never quit!
tershed, back to the originalform it was in before urban de-velopment brought in its harm-ful effects? This is the challengethat the La Salle Institute of Governance (LSIG), the La SalleInstitute for the Environment(LIFE) and the Sama Kabuha- yan Association (SKA) has takenon, as it plans to return the La Salle Taft campus to the “sta-tus” of a watershed.I hope that this experimentwill succeed, because the idea could inspire a new environmen-tal consciousness that could re-store urban villages and urbancenters into watersheds. Thisidea also holds the promise of cleaning the land in order toclean the rivers, the latter be-ing a requisite to cleaning ourbays and oceans. Truth to tell,water is the ultimate resourcethat could ensure not just goodhealth, but also the sustenanceof life itsef.Email iseneres@yahoo.com ortext me at +639293605140. Watch my TV show “
Ka Iking Live
” every Friday from 9:30 to10:30 PM on Destiny Cable Chan-nel 3. Form your own Inter Char-ity Circle and build our Nation.Tune in to “
Kapit-Bayan
on DWIZ 882 KHZ 5:00 to 6:00PM, Mon to Fri.
Livelihood and environment
IT is really just a matter of per-spective. Restoring the environ-ment is a distinct goal by itself,but looking at it another way,environmental restorationcould open up a lot of livelihoodopportunities for the poor andthe unemployed. As to whichone is more important or morebeneficial is perhaps an aca-demic question only, becausethe bottom line is the same.These two goals both serve thepublic interest, and everyonebenefits from the attainment of these goals.It is also perhaps a matter of semantics, because it is not thatimportant whether the mainbenefit in environmental resto-ration is public health or a saferenvironment, because these twobenefits could just practicallybe considered as by-products of livelihood generation.For example, on the questionof cleaning our rivers, we havethe potential of not just having a clean environment, but moreimportant than that, it gives usthe chance to have sources of clean water to irrigate ourfarms, and to have fresh waterareas where we could commer-cially grow fish again.Is it really possible to restorean urban area into a natural wa-

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