Demonstration effectSOME local government executives have become irritated with certain colleagues of theirs who do their jobs in earnest. These officials would often say they look bad because they are compared to the so-called performers. Others would even go so far as to say that some are trying to do their jobs for show, what with the proliferation of social media platforms. “I look bad when compared to him,” said one. “Why does he get coverage and why does he do things openly?” another pointed out. Others would say that a certain local mayor is overexposed. But that again shows a bad understanding of new media. Setting aside critics and showing what President Rodrigo Roa Duterte did in his first 100 days is how demonstration effect was used to show to all that this is a new era of public service, giving impetus to an enhanced service delivery at the frontlines of governance. PRRD wanted people to feel immediately that there was a government and that the … [Read more...] about Demonstration effect
Hope springs eternal
Foreseen and forecast for decades, but for an abject failure of foresight! Finally, Metro Manila’s decongestion and population dispersal (people redistribution) seems like an official epiphany, albeit much delayed. Senate President Tito Sotto and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian have both recently proposed moving the administrative machinery of the national government away from its festering chaos and inescapable doom. To the provinces……Hallelujah! This gives me pause and cause to sound like a broken vinyl record, once again and for the very nth occasion. I have been at this advocacy for decades. Too long have I internalized this infernal malaise. So, here we go again! Succor from Metro Manila’s daily calvary? “Hope springs eternal….it is human nature to hope against all odds!” Are we then seeing the beginnings of the formation of a national policy precisely “conceived, concerted and undertaken to address the chaotic congestion and the … [Read more...] about Decongesting Metro Manila: A failure of foresight
If Janet Jackson can, why can’t Ai-Ai delas Alas? Janet was 50 when she gave birth. There have been several other cases, including Nanay Caring who conceived Ice (formerly Aiza) Seguerra, husband of FDCP head Liza Diño), when she was already into her early 50s. Hope springs eternal, so they say, and Ai-Ai hangs on to that hope (against hope) that, heaven permitting, she and husband Gerald Sibayan (a certified, though not yet full-fledged, pilot) can have their first child — at the ripe (not-so-old) age of 54. “God willing, Gerald and I will have that baby by November next year,” Ai-Ai reiterated at the presscon for And Ai, Thank You!, a Reality Entertainment/Horseshoe Studio joint venture directed by Joven Tan, showing nationwide starting on Wednesday, Aug. 14. “Tulad ng parati kong sinasabi, mayroon na kaming naka-reserved na embryo na puede ko nang ipagbuntis anytime my doctor gives me the go-signal. I am ready emotionally, … [Read more...] about If Janet Jackson can, why can’t Ai-Ai?
LONDON: Whether Liverpool are winning or losing a minute from time in Saturday's Champions League final with Tottenham Hotspur a rendition of their emotive song You'll Never Walk Alone will reverberate round the stadium in Madrid.It will be competing with their opponents' anthem When The Spurs Go Marching In, but according to Tim Marshall, author of Dirty Northern Bastards, Soft Southern Bastards - The Story of Britain's Football Chants, it is the song that originates from the 1945 musical Carousel, not as many believe the 1963 Gerry and the Pacemakers hit, which will have the hairs standing up on the back of many fans' necks.You'll Never Walk Alone is most closely associated with Liverpool - though Celtic fans sing it as well - and has made a comeback among their fans."You'll Never Walk Alone is definitely back at Liverpool, especially post-Hillsborough," Marshall told AFP, referring to the 1989 FA Cup semi-final when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death."The lyrics … [Read more...] about Take a chant on me: A very British footballing art
83-year-old Diro Utomo's hands trembled as he recalled how it felt to be tortured for years during the dark days he spent as a political prisoner on Buru Island in the 1970s. Along with thousands of other Indonesians, he was put into forced labor on the tiny remote island in the Banda Sea, ordered to cut down forests to be made into rice fields with only a hoe – or more often with his bare hands. Diro was sentenced to forced labor on Buru Island without trial in 1971. He became part of the island's Unit XVIII group. The Orde Baru (New Order) government called the island, without irony, Tempat Pemanfaatan (literally, "place of exploitation"), shortened into Tefaat. The name was later changed to Inrehab (Instalasi Rehabilitasi, or "rehabilitation istallation"). It was Indonesia's equivalent of the Soviet gulags, where political prisoners accused of being involved in a coup d'état attempt against President Soekarno in 1965 wasted … [Read more...] about Hope Springs Eternal in Indonesia’s Former Gulag