December 2008

I don’t know if she is in anyway related to the revolutionary doctor Bobby dela Paz. But she is the daughter of the pentagenarian who was beaten up by the Pangandamans (a Mindanao-based political family) at a golf course in Antipolo City. Her blog sounds both helpless and fighting.

I encourage every blogger to repost or link to the girl’s article. She labels herself as a feminist and a nationalist.

This is the link to her post about the incident:

The World has gone crazy

I received this nice and timely parody of Levi Celerio’s Ang Pasko ay Sumapit from an electronic mail group. The unknown author said this seems to be what’s playing in Jocjoc Bolante’s mind as of the moment:

ang Pasko ko’y sumabit
ngunit `di pa rin aawit
kahit sa magdamagang hearing
dahil, diyos ko, ako’y may feeling

kung ako ay magsiwalat
may tatlong pari na dadalaw
at ang bawat isa’y
may ihahandog na dasal pang-patay

bagong taon kala’y bagong-buhay
humingi ng asylum du’n kay Uncle Sam
ako ay nagsikap upang di makita
ginawa ko para kay ma’am!

ayaw ko talagang umawit
balak ko lang ay tumahimik
kalusuga’y naiipit
kapag namatay, bagsak ko’y di sa langit

St. Luke’s pa naman may kamahalan
kaya inyong sundin `tong gintong aral
kung mabubuking kayo
sa probinsya magtago,
`wag nang mangibang-bayan!

I was chatting with some core group members of the Firefly Brigade during UP Diliman USC’s Eco-Active Day yesterday when one of them mentioned that they should combat the implementation of bike ban along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

Hearing of the said prohibition, i immediately reacted that it is idiotic and backward. Kuya Ricky, the Firefly Brigade core member who raised the issue, said that it is supposed to be implemented soon and their organization will dare the authorities and will ply the Commonwealth road with their two-wheels.

They have all my support. While the whole world is doing everything to encourage the use of bicycles for all the reasons we could imagine; environmental, health and economic, the Quezon City government (with the support of the LTO, LTFRB and the Highway Patrol Group) is drawing its sword against cyclists.

We also have to take note that Commonwealth Avenue is an eight-lane road so even if we designate two (one for each side) for biking, it won’t be a real problem. Aside from that, we must also consider that since Commonwealth connects Downtown QC to its industrial areas like Novaliches and Fairview, several of the affected cyclists are mere workers who are trying to make ends meet with the seemingly chronic economic crisis we are in.