Million People March 8/26/2013
Quirino Grandstand, Manila
This is not your usual protest. The count was 400,000 people attended. Usual faces during protests, first time to attend a protest and some attended their last protest when President Estrada was ousted from Malacanang.
Some of them are the usual protesters with flags, effigies and their fists in the air.
Some are students from the grossly underfunded Public Schools and State Universities.
Some are private school students automatically paying 12% VAT on every item they buy.
Some are medical workers from Underfunded Public Hospitals.
Some are from the posh and gated villages paying business, income and real estate taxes from what they own and earn to the government.
Some are from the middle class, paying so many taxes and contribution of government services, saving a little for themselves and the families they raise.
Some are from the poor, those who badly need the care of the government.
All Filipinos from all walks of life were represented in this protest and is rallying for a single cause: the abolition of the Pork Barrel in any name or mean and the prosecution of those who misused the public funnds. This is the biggest and the strongest protest so far in the Aquino Administration and the most memorable and significant commemoration of the National Heroes Day Holiday so far, in living memory.
The real battle has began. The Executive Department already submitted the Proposed 2014 Budget with the PDAF (Pork Barrel) still in the details, and we, as taxpayers and the Filipino People must see to it that the taxes, the nation’s budget is well appropriated and well spent. The deliberations on the 2014 Budget is ongoing.
If the Rizal Statue could talk, what is his reaction on this happening in front of him?
It is not up to the senators to determine whether an NGO is bogus or not. Alangan naman na kami pa ang magsasabi na, ‘Uy, bogus ‘yan.’ How will we know?
Sen. Jinggoy Estrada on the Ghost NGO’s.
NB: He just gave away 300+ million pesos of his Pork to ghost NGO’s.
"Basta ‘wag lang manghihingi sa amin ang mga tao (Well, as long as people don’t ask assistance from us)!"
"E ano’ng ibibigay namin? Hindi naman puwede yung pinaghihirapan namin dahil sa personal naman namin ‘yun, sa mga anak, sa mga pang-araw-araw na panggastos namin (What are we going to give them? I don’t think it’s fair to spend our hard-earned personal cash because we use that for our kids and our daily needs)."
Putting a second function to City Plazas or any other open spaces (Engineering Concept)*
This is a concept to introduce a subterranean rainwater catchment reservoir / pumping facility underneath open urban spaces to introduce a new use to the plaza and to control excessive flooding, especially in low lying areas.
The concept includes collecting first the rainfall into the subterranean reservoir while it rains and then pumping it out of the tank into the main drainages when the rain stops and the waterway levels subside. In that way, it minimizes the rainwater that directly discharges into the rivers, minimizing the swelling of the river into near capacity thereby minimizing the flood.
Actually, the concept has been introduced already in Bonifacio Global City, where the subterranean tank is located in Burgos Circle.
*made because of boredom, familiar landmarks are used for easier visualization
Good day Iskolar ng Bayan! Three ways to help #IskoOperations
1. If it is safe to travel, you can bring donations to the new UP CHK GYM
2. If NOT, you can text your address where a USC officer can pick up the goods and any amount of monetary donations (make sure roads are passable). Text 09178725396.
3. Monetary donations are accepted through the USC bank account:
Name: University Student Council UP Diliman
Account No. 393989700047
Branch: UP Campus Branch
Inform 09178415593 for monitoring.
Thank you and let’s continue to help each other out! Serve the People!
An Open Letter to Tumblr Writers
Dear Tumblr Bloggers,
I highly encourage all Tumblr writers to participate in Project Children Story Anthology. Project Children Stories Anthology is a project that advocates reading among children in orphanages and public schools, as well as depressed areas in our country, and writing among Filipinos.
Why? Because this time, I think that everyone can make a difference, not just here in Tumblr, but even in the lives of the Filipino children through the poems and prose and other things that we write. Let our pens and thought be light to the future of these children who are also enthusiastic with books and writing. We can inspire them the way we inspire each other.
And yes, this is another venue for you to get your piece published, and workshopped by your co-bloggers. This will be a chance for us to meet other great Tumblr writers and learn from them, as well as teach them, so many amazing things regarding writing.
Deadline of pieces, prose or poem, is on August 31, 2013. Please post it in our group so that our co-writers can read it already. And on September 7, a Saturday, we will be having our workshop with our co-writers. Our tentative place is Mall of Asia, and our tentative time is from 1 to 4 in the afternoon.
So, if you are a writer who have hopes in changing the society through your pieces, this is the opportunity for you. English or Filipino, whether you belong to a writer guild or not, whether you are a professional or an amateur writer, you are welcome here. These children need you.
If you are interested, I thank you in advanced, and I am forever grateful. Kindly join our Facebook group by clicking this: Project Children Story Anthology Group.
And if it is not too much, kindly spread the word! Thank you! Tag #ProjectCSA for more information!
Please join! You will enjoy the experience of writing for kids. I mean it. If you love writing, then try this awesome experience! Write for kids! Write for children! You’ll never know how much your story will help these kids.
Join Project CSA!
You know that every friday of the week every road lead to Quiapo where the Nazareno is. Manila’s current Bus Ordinance is no match for the sheer number of people travelling to the said district to pay homage to the Nazareno.
I watched Cinemalaya 2013 today at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. I originally planned to watched Transit only but I ended up watching Transit and Purok 7. Today is the last day of screening because tomorrow is the awards night. Both films are good, and is relevant to the current times.
Regrets this Year: Not being able to watch Sana Dati, Ekstra and Instant Mommy. I had exams the past week so I wasn’t able to watch those in their screenins. Hoping for Sana Dati and Ekstra to have screenings after the Cinemalaya Season.
Hoping for more insanely good and compelling films for Cinemalaya next year, and I should be raising my movie targets next year.
Have you watched Cinemalaya the past week? What’s your favorite entry?
Q:about the bus ban: personally, i think the problem isn't just buses blocking other cars - it's discipline. drivers need to stop swerving from lane to lane constantly and holding up traffic because they're driving diagonally across two lanes. more so with buses. walking wouldn't hurt, i agree - if manila's sidewalks were at all safe to walk at night. i don't think banning buses is the answer, really. there's a better solution out there, and it doesn't involve stranding dozens of commuters.
I can only think of one solution, that MRT proposal from Commonwealth Avenue to SM North (MRT 7) and from SM North to Espana and Quiapo (MRT 9). MRT 7 is one step short of construction, MRT 9 is meh.
That could have the MRT for super long distance trips, buses for medium distance trips and the jeeps for the short trips.
This is an article for the online magazine I did with Mike Rebuyas. All photos here are from some #JaywalkersPH members.
(Designing the Walkable City by Michael Southworth, published in the ASCE Journal)
This is an excerpt from a journal that I read when I was still researching related literature for my Undergraduate Thesis. A year after I finished the thesis, the highly talked about Bus Ban ordinance in Manila surfaced.
The City Hall made the move to make Manila more “walkable” and have a smoother flow of traffic. The immediate effect was the faster traffic in Taft Avenue and Espana Boulevard but bottlenecking in Welcome Rotonda in the Manila-QC boudary. The other is the two/three mode transfer just to get to your destination in Manila which I experienced. I have to board off the bus and ride a Quiapo Jeep at D. Tuazon to get to Morayta.
I am actually pro Bus Ban in Manila, but obviously, some factors are not taken into account (like QC Mayor Bistek’s feelings LOL). I think for this scheme to be fully effective, a good Bus-Jeep/LRT link must exist within the last stop of the Manila Bound buses before they return, aside from the security issue, which is a bigger threat to pedestrian safety.
It’s high time for Metro Manila residents to act like a more world class metropolitan citizens rather than urban people with suburban ways of thinking and living. A hundred meter walk won’t hurt right?