Filipino Christmas Songs to Remember How We Celebrate Christmas in the Philippines

In past Christmases I avoided listening to Filipino Christmas songs for I know how they would affect me emotionally. They make me homesick and there is no cure to that except buying a ticket and visit home. While I may not have a problem for tickets but I just can’t do it in December, my kids are in school and I wouldn’t be happy leaving them while I enjoy my days in the Philippines. They like it there too and want to bring them with me, only not in December though.

Anyway, I am braving myself to listen to these songs these days, as expected it touched me and how I wish I could be with my little siblings this Christmas. While the songs touch me emotionally, at the same time they bring back lots of memories of my life while growing up poor. These songs used to be played over many times on radio stations when I was a child, they sure are soothing and relaxing to listen to.

One of the memories I have when I was  a child, I really believed that Santa was real and that he would come in our house one night. So, I hung my white sock outside the window and hopeful it will be loaded with sweet goodies when I wake up in the morning. But to my dismay, it was EMPTY! Like it was untouched in the same place exactly where I hung it that night. I was so disappointed and from then on, I did not ever wish to have a gift or someone would really give me something nice ever again.

Instead, I become a giver to my family and some relatives years later after I got married to my husband. It sure feels nice to give and see those children’s faces when I handed them candies/chocolates. Looking forward to going home next summer and see my little brother and sister again and hopefully visit my cousins in the province to hand out candies.

Why President Rodrigo Duterte has 91% Support of Filipinos! A Must-Read

Sad to know that people in other countries condemn our new Philippine President because they only believe what the bias media is reported while in fact, they have little to no knowledge of what is really going on in our home country, the Philippines.

They go out there, holding placards calling Duterte as a “mass murderer” while they simply haven’t set foot on the Philippine soil and witness how drugs are destroying lives of Filipinos. Here you go people, I DARE YOU TO READ THIS RANDOM SCENARIO posted on Facebook so you can get an idea what our beloved President has done to our country in just a short period of his presidency!

Here’s a random scenario from abroad.

American talks to his Filipino friend: Hey Felicia. I’m sorry to hear about what’s going on in your country right now. Hope your family is okay.
Pinay: Why what’s wrong?
Kano: Haven’t you read the news? There’s been a lot of killings going on. The elected President is running the country with his reign of terror. They say he is a mass murderer and he is committing genocide.
Pinay: Oh, you mean the killings? Those are legitimate police operations. Those were criminals and drug peddlers killed because they resisted arrest. Wow! Genocide? That’s like killing 6 million in a holocaust. That’s just too much. Don’t believe that. My family has never been better. In fact, this is the happiest they’ve been since the new President took office.
Kano: Really? Why so?
Pinay: Yeah. Because change has come. Just barely two months and he’s done so much. Did you know that we already have 911 emergency response? 600,000 drug addicts and peddlers voluntarily surrendered for rehabilitation. More than 10 mining firms closed down because of illegal operations. They’re making the country self-sufficient in producing rice. Stranded OFWs were rescued in Saudi Arabia. The railway transit is being repaired and is much more efficient now. The President goes after the drug lords and corrupt politicians. The government is engaging with peace talks with the rebels. They’re hunting down the terrorist group down south. Crime has gone down 49%. It’s so much safer to walk the streets now.
Kano: Wow! For real? I haven’t read those in the news.
Pinay: Yes. Because media outlets here only report the negative ones. Most media corporations in the Philippines are owned by oligarchs. That’s why they try to bring down the President because they are scared of him.
Kano: Thanks for telling me this. No wonder Filipinos always have good things to say about your new President.
Pinay: That’s right. For the first time in my life, I’ve seen a President that we can really trust. He has the approval of 91% of the Filipinos. Oh, and by the way. Don’t believe that it’s chaotic in the Philippines. We will be hosting the next Miss Universe and you can go and visit.
Kano: That would be lovely!
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The point is. No matter how they destroy Duterte in the international community, there will always be a Filipino who will defend him and tell the truth.

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Why I Say Davao is a Safe Place to be Based on my Own Experience

It is not every Philippine election you would see the Filipino people themselves are campaigning for a certain mayor or person to run for Presidency. It is also very unusual for a candidate who does not need to spend his money for his campaign, instead, it’s the people that spend their hard earned money for the candidate.  OFWs and Balik-Bayans all over the world are campaigning for Davao’s Mayor Rodrigo Duterte through social media. How awesome is that?

Unlike his rivals Mar Roxas, Grace Poe and Binay have spent thousands or even millions of taxpayers’s money to pay famous actors/actresses to campaign for them which for me is ridiculous, it’s the opposite for Duterte. People have woken up and they need a strong leader like him, not from those stupid corrupt officials who obviously are up for their own pockets only and do not show real concern for the country.

Rodrigo Duterte hails from Davao and is a well-known mayor all over the Philippines due to his law being implemented successfully in his place and is being respected and loved by Davaoinians. That’s what prompted the people to urge him to run for President because they see how Davao is. Clean, peaceful and safe from criminals, illegal drug pushers and so many unpleasant activities that are rampant in most cities of the Philippines.

I myself, have been to Davao several times in the past and I have seen/experienced it myself how I felt truly safe while being there. An instance I will never forget why, if I had a chance to vote this coming Philippine election, I would without a doubt vote for Duterte.

During my last visit to Davao in 2013, my little sister and my two girls have just met up a friend in Abreeza mall and headed back to Matina to my auntie’s house that night. We used a taxi cab to get there. Of course, I am not familiar with the place, I just let the taxi driver drive and told him where we want to go. So he drove and drove until we noticed that we were in a secluded, very dark mountainous area and started to feel uneasy, scared and nervous. It felt like it was the longest taxi ride we’ve ever taken until finally I broke the silence and asked the driver if we’re getting there.

A couple of minutes after the long ride, I could see city lights and the sound of traffic. He then told me, he took a short cut to the shrine because Matina is right at the foot of the mountain once we passed through the narrow dark road we’d just been driving.

I was really scared for our safety that night. Had we not been in Davao I don’t know what’s going to happen to us! We could have been raped and robbed or worse, killed with the driver. But then again, we were in Davao. We were able to get home safe, unharmed and alright!

Everybody dare not commit a crime or they will be haunted by Duterte.

Yes, it is my sole testimony that we can trust Mayor Duterte to be the President to implement the law and slowly get rid of society’s bad guys! He does not live an extravagant life as a mayor, does not have luxurious things compared to those most politicians because he is NOT corrupt.

Below is a comparison of two papers, one on the left, Mayor Duterte being on a foreign newspaper praised, Roxas, the rival on the other hand, is making his own comic in order to blind Filipino voters of his so-called “heroic” action during that super typhoon Yolanda in 2013. Stupid isn’t it? To think that people especially the victims of the typhoon know very well Mar and Binay have done nothing to help them to shorten their sufferings.

 

…. photo not mine, lifted from a Facebook group…

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5 Seconds of Summer Calendar at Fry’s

If there is one thing that could connect my girls to their little aunt, that will be their enthusiasm to buy items that has anything to do with 5 Seconds of Summer printed on it. It was their auntie who influenced them to like this specific boy band from Australia during our vacation in the Philippines last July.

Whenever they see a merchandise of 5SOS, they’d ask me to buy it for auntie Alex. For instance, this lovely calendars they are holding shown in the photo below, we saw it at Fry’s electronics store a couple of weeks ago but I did not buy one for it is only good for 2016 and I couldn’t go on a vacation in two years. By then, the calendar will be too old to give to her.

I am sure there will be many many products we will see in the future and as long as it is low priced, I am sure I am getting her more products to feed her addiction.

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5 Seconds of Summer Fever

This is my little sister, she is 15. She is holding a poster of her favorite Aussie boyband called “5 Seconds of Summer”. She and her two classmates I met during my vacation in the Philippines just this month were so head-over-heels to this band. That, I can only understand for I was once in their shoes when I was at their age.

I listened to the three girls a few times talking about 5SOS and how they dreamed about seeing them in person, I could not help but feel giddy for them. Imagine hearing them saying, they’d want to be ran over the vehicle where the band is riding so they can personally visit/bring the girls to the hospital. How crazy their minds can go when it comes to 5SOS?

When my sister asked me to buy anything that has a 5SOS on it, I did not hesitate to look for a merchandise for her because I knew that it would give her so much delight and excitement if she can get a hold of 5SOS. Luckily, we found magazines at a book store in SM mall in Cebu city. I bought her two and each has publications about the boy band and a few free posters in it.

You see, I am not that bad of a big sister after all. I care for those who respect and show love to me. Anything I will do for my little siblings, as long as they will respect me, that will be cool to me eyyy..

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Philippines Won Another Crown for Miss International 2013

Another crown went to the Philippines as Bea Rose Santiago took it home. Looks like this year is the year for Filipina beauty queens to garner the beauty crowns held internationally. Way to go Pinays! Here is a video of Bea Rose of her answer.

She did a pretty good job with confidence answering that very question. I can feel the sincerity of it and it soothes to the hearts of many Filipinos pertaining to the devastating calamity that struck my country a month ago. CONGRATULATIONS BEA ROSE SANTIAGO! You deserve it.

A news clipped from thenational.ae…

“This is my dream. Thank you Japan for giving it to me,” an ecstatic Bea Rose Santiago said at the event, held late Tuesday in Tokyo.

“I’m going to use my crown and my title to help the victims” of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which raked the Philippines last month, leaving nearly 8,000 people dead or missing.

“So this is actually for my province, and this is for the Philippines.”

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… photo not mine, courtesy by Reuters

Beautiful House is Not Exempted by 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake in Bohol

Aside from historic churches, bridges that got damaged, a lot of houses were also turned to rubble due to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu on October 15,2013. A lot of uncertainties in poor Boholanos’ mind now that they are still experiencing the aftershocks. Some of them are traumatized of what had happened, are afraid to get into their house that it might fall down on them, besides going in any buildings right now in the affected provinces is not safe.

Anyway, one of the many pictures that are trending on Facebook, this shot haunt me the most. It is not mine, but one of the bloggers in the forum I belong personally know the owners of this house. According to her that this house got finished building just last year and look at it now, all the sweat, blood and hard work of the person who works hard to save some $$$ so he can give his family their dream house then the quake just damaged it probably just seconds. Yes, that easy!

If this was my house I would be very devastated or I don’t know what I’m gonna do. Of course I will be thankful that our lives are spared but oh boy, I know exactly how hard it is to be working overseas, being away from my loved ones for a long time battling culture shock and homesickness, missing all the important happenings that my family is experiencing, moments that will never happen again and so much more.

All I can do is do a DEEP SIGH for this house. I am following the news of the aftermath and it just makes my heart bleed every time. God help my fellow Filipinos in this very sad times of their lives!

… photo credits by Pinx Labado…
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The Disadvantages of Not Having My Own Computer

I kind of regretting it for not bringing my own laptop. Whenever I got online tasks I have to go to the cafe and do it here. I should have gone through the trouble of taking my computer in and out my laptop bag at the airport security rather than not having it handy. It takes me days before I can publish a simple copy and paste articles simply because of the lack of internet service at home plus I’m without a computer.

So here I am at a cafe right now risking all my personal accounts (confidential ones) just so I can finish and publish what need to be published. I honestly don’t feel safe right now and I feel naked, whoaa! Plus the fact that I can’t concentrate as much for there too many distractions around me right here right now. But, I am just trying to ignore them so I can get out here as fast as I can. I am getting hungry, feeling a bit ill and most of all I still have some grocery shopping to do.

Congratulations Miss Philippines, We Are Proud Of You

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First of all, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS TO MISS JANINE TUGONON for winning the First Runner Up in the Miss Universe Pageant last night in Las Vegas. You represented our country so well that made us all very proud of you girl!

I love how you remained poised and calm throughout the entire pageant. I love your simplicity, your beauty and most of all, YOU GOT A BRAIN, GIRL! You are just amazing. I hope you know, YOU ARE THE WINNER TO EVERY FILIPINO, in our hearts and in our eyes, YOU ARE THE WINNER. I appreciate all the hard work and sacrifices you have done in order to climb up to the first runner up place in the pageant. Job well done, shall I say!

Balik-Bayan Box Is Full

I chatted with my little sister this early morning and I told her that I will be sending a package this year. She was very thankful for all the things I have done to them and she genuinely is appreciative for it. I told her I got a lot of good stuff for her. I have a box full of clothing, daily body care, lotions/mist , etc. but I am not done filling it up.

I haven’t done any grocery shopping for my box which I’d like to do this weekend. I am asking myself if I can ever put all the stuff I want to send to my family if my box is oozing full already? I even switched from just regular size box to a jumbo one, lol. It seems not enough for me. It is strange because filling a box nowadays seems not hard anymore. Unlike the past few years, it was always a struggle for me to even fill a box for one year…. maybe because I didn’t have my own income then and didn’t drive?