Urban Hiking Adventure

I got tired of seeing the same view every day in my jogging route so I wanted to go elsewhere to break the monotony and at the same time to satiate and quench my thirst for adventure.

So instead of wide avenues or even the rubberized tracks , I decided to take the paths less taken. The maze and labyrinth of urban slums, and to make it more challenging,  I chose the uphill terrains.

Together with a 14-year old nephew and another  cousin, we started our trek in San Antonio Village of Barangay Apas at around 4pm and snaked our way through unfamiliar alleys, asking directions as we go along. Then we passed through a valley within a military reservation park , crossed a makeshift wooden bridge, went down a gorge then up again to converge in Transcentral Highway.

We continued our walk uphill, by this time the  sun’s rays were already getting weaker, overwhelmed by the cold mountain breeze. In the distance, the skyscrapers of Cebu Business Park are visible but looked like miniature toys which reminded us of the elevation we’re at. So its time to head home before it gets dark.

Sweating profusely, contented but a bit sad. We’ve seen a lot today, a different part of Cebu that perhaps very few of you have seen. Yes, the view of majestic mountains is spellbinding. But looking around there is another scenery.

The contrast and disparity of life between the haves in their lofty condominiums perched in the mountain side and the have nots in makeshift houses made of tarps along riverbanks and creeks.

Sometimes you cannot help yourself get emotional. You want to change the world but then reality hits you back with the fact that you are merely passing by. A transient caught in between the widening gap of rich and poor.

Exercise goals achieved yet the enormity of inequality remains.

Whew, what an afternoon…….what a life!

 

 

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Duterte administration gets ‘very high’ rating according to latest SWS survey

Hovering at +64 % net satisfaction rating, the Duterte administration continue to enjoy one of the highest satisfaction rating of all time according to the latest Business World sponsored SWS survey conducted in June 2017.

Highlighted in the survey is the public perception on specific issues and most notable is the upswing in net satisfaction rating of the current government in protecting the human rights. From +23% in September 2016 to +55% in June 2017.

 The incumbent government also scored ‘Very good’ in the areas of ‘Protecting the poor’, ‘Providing jobs’ and ‘Defending the country’s territorial rights’

Here’s the rest of the survey:  SWS June 2017 National Government Performance Survey

Where is Assange? Is Wikileaks compromised?

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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange has been missing since October, on the final weeks before the U.S elections . This was preceded a series of mysterious events that people in the internet find too alarming to be just a mere coincidence.

Here’s a chronology of events leading to October 18:

Apr 16th: John Jones QC, Assange’s U.N. Lawyer dies jumping in front of a train.

May 11th: Michael Ratner, WikiLeaks’ chief counsel, dies of cancer.

Jul 10th: Seth Rich, DNC staffer who supposedly leaked DNC documents to Wikileaks, is shot in the back and dies. Nothing is stolen from his body.

Aug 5th: Edward Snowden (source of leaks on surveillance by the NSA) tweets 64 bit code (potential dead man’s switch),

Aug 10th: Wikileaks offers $20k reward for information on murder of Seth Rich.

Oct 7th: Podestamails leaks first batch.

Oct 14th: John Podesta tweets “I bet the lobster risotto is better than the food at the Ecuadorian Embassy”.

Oct 16th/17th: John Kerry visits the UK, personally pressures Equador to stop Assange from publishing documents about Clinton.

Oct 16th: Wikileaks tweets SHA-256 prerelease keys.

Oct 18th: Equadorian Embassy cuts off Assange’s internet access.

Oct 18th: Pamela Anderson visits Assange and feeds him a vegan sandwich.

Oct 18th: Witnesses photograph and report heavily armed police and vans outside Equadorian Embassy, are barred from approaching and have cellphones confiscated. Live feeds are cut off.

Oct 18th: Fox News reports Assange will be arrested in a matter of hours.

Oct 18th: https://file.wikileaks.org/file made publicly visible, file dates/timestamps changed to 1984 (Orwell reference).

Oct 18th: London Airport evacuated due to “chemical attack”, potentially used as cover to fly Assange out of country.

Here’s what happened since then:

 

Oct 20th: /r/wikileaks, /r/dncleaks, /r/wikileakstaskforce and /r/nsaleaks add 21 new moderators and remove previous mods, all threads about Assange going missing deleted since.

Oct 20th/21st: Wikileaks tweets 5 tweets with misspelled words. The incorrect letters spell “HELP HIM”. The Wikileaks twitter has never made a spelling error, let alone 5 in two days.

Oct 21st: Massive DDoS attack on US internet. Wikileaks tweets to imply the attack originates from its supporters, asking them to stop, no evidence supports claim.

Oct 22nd: Gavin MacFadyen (mentor to Assange and key player in Wikileaks) dies of lung cancer.

Oct 23rd: Wikileaks Tweets poll asking how best to prove Assange is alive (he still hasn’t appeared on video or at the window since).

Oct 24th: Wikileaks Tweets video of Assange and Michael Moore recorded in June.

Oct 26th: 4chan users successfully successfully decode their first message in Wikileak’s blockchain. Threads are instantly flooded by shills saying that it’s not worth looking into. The blockchain is blocked with fees and 43000 unconfirmed transactions appear in the mempool.

Nov 6th: Huge DDoS takes down Wikileaks for first time in years.

Nov 7th: Various entities notice hundreds of Podesta and DNC emails are missing from recent leaks, accessed with direct entry.

 Bato

Gikan sa Cotabato hangtod sa Bato, Carbon, ug sa tibuok nasod naghitak kaniadto ang bato. 

Hangtod sa miabot ang Presidente nga suko kaayo sa bato, gitahasan niya si General Bato nga gukuron tanan namaligyag bato.

Sa Tacloban, patay sa ambush si Atty Bato, ang abugado sa tigpayuhot didto ug bato.

Sa Senado, gi imbestigar ang nangamatay nga may labot sa bato. 

Ang testigo nga si Mato-bato miingon nga makaila siya sa tawong nakabato apan bisan gamayng bato nga ebidensiya, wala siyay napakita. 

Ang chairman nga si Leila de Lima karon giimbestigar usab sa kongreso  kay gi ingon nga siya ang protektor sa negosyo sa bato sulod sa Bilibid. 

Human gibato ug pagsaway, gihulipan na si Senador De Lima apan gahi pa sa bato iyang paglimod,  matod pa niya, bato ug kasing-kasing ang 16 ka mga senador nga nagpalagpot niya.

Nabato namo ug binasa? Mao kana ang sugilanon nga nagsugod sa bato, ug bato usab ang sangpotanan! 

#binugha

Remember September

Official  Observances for  the month of September:

Non-working Holiday:  September 13: Id-ul-Adha( Feast of Sacrifice)

Non-holiday Observances only: 

Monthly Observances:

-Anti-Rat Campaign Month (Proclamation No. 179, s. 1955)
-Health, Safety and Sanitation Month (Proclamation No. 115-A, s. 1966)
-National Clean-up Month (Proclamation No. 244, s. 1993)
-Civil Service Month (Proclamation No. 1050, s. 1997)
-Development Policy Research Month (Proclamation No. 247, s. 2002)
-National Peace Consciousness Month (Proclamation No. 675, s. 2004)
-Social Security Month (Proclamation No. 682, s. 2004)
-Rule of Law Month (Proclamation No. 713, s. 2004)
-Public Relations Month (Proclamation No. 1357, s. 2007)
-Peoples Management Month (Proclamation No. 1614, s. 2008)
-Blood Diseases Month (Proclamation No. 1833, s. 2009)
-Cybersecurity Awareness Month (Proclamation No. 2054, s. 2010)
-National Teachers’ Month (September 5-October 5) (Proclamation No. 242, s. 2011)
Weekly Observances:
Weekly observances with specific dates:
September 16 – 22: Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection Week (Proclamation No. 588, s. 2004)

September 17 – 23: World Clean and Green Week (Proclamation No. 244, s. 1993)

Weekly observances without specific dates:
Week 1:
National Crime Prevention Week (Proclamation No. 461, s. 1994)
Obesity Prevention Awareness Week (Proclamation No. 162, s. 1999)
National Epilepsy Awareness Week (Proclamation No. 230, s. 2002)
Week 2: Education Week (Proclamation No. 409, s. 1953)

Week 3:
Medical Technology Week (Proclamation No. 1181, s. 1973)
Design Consciousness Week (Proclamation No. 1259, s. 1974)
National Building Management Industry Week (Proclamation No. 12, s. 1998)
Chemical Engineering Week (Proclamation No. 1365, s. 2007)
Week 4: Medicine Week (Proclamation No. 439, s. 1957)

Last Week:
Family Week (Proclamation No. 60, s. 1992)
National Tourism Week (Proclamation No. 894, s. 1996)
Daily Observances:
Daily observances without specific dates:
Third Saturday of September: International Coastal Clean-up Day (Proclamation No. 470, s. 2003)

Third Monday of September: World Health Day (Proclamation No. 144, s. 1963)

Last Friday of September: National Maritime Day (Proclamation No. 866, s. 1966)

Daily observances with specific dates:
September 1:
Birth anniversary of Senate President Gil J. Puyat (1907)
September 2:
Birth anniversary of National Scientist Gregorio T. Velasquez (1901)
Birth anniversary of Chief Justice Fred Ruiz Castro (1914)
Death anniversary of National Scientist Geminiano T. de Ocampo (1987)
September 3:
Death Anniversary of Chief Justice Cesar Bengzon (1992)
September 4:
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the National Assembly Benigno S. Aquino, Sr. (1894)
September 5:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Ildefonso Santos Jr. (1929)
September 6:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Francisco Arcellana (1916)
September 8:
National Literacy Day (Proclamation No. 1886, s. 1979)
National Physical Therapy Day (Proclamation No. 15, s. 1998)
Birth anniversary of National Artist N.V.M. Gonzales (1915)
Death anniversary of National Scientist Pedro B. Escuro (2000)
September 9:
Birth anniversary of President Sergio Osmeña (1878)
Birth anniversary of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives Quintin B. Paredes (1884)
September 10:
Anniversary of the Official Gazette (1902)
September 11:
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the National Assembly Gil Montilla (1876)
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the House of Representatives Cornelio T. Villareal (1904)
Birth anniversary of Speaker of the House of Representatives Daniel Romualdez (1907)
Birth anniversary of President Ferdinand E. Marcos (1917)
September 12:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Gerardo de Leon (1913)
September 13:
Birth anniversary of National Artist Amado V. Hernandez (1903)
Death anniversary of National Scientist Julian A. Banzon (1988)
September 14:
Founding anniversary of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (Executive Order No. 125, s. 1993)
September 15:
Death anniversary of National Scientist Casimiro V. del Rosario (1982)
Philippine Medicine Day (Proclamation No. 407, s. 1953)
September 16:
Birth anniversary of National Scientist Geminiano T. de Ocampo (1907)
Death anniversary of Senate President Neptali A. Gonzales (2001)
September 19:
Birth anniversary of Senate President Arturo M. Tolentino (1910)
Death anniversary of National Artist Francisco F. Feliciano (2014)
Civil Service Commission (Public Law No. 5 of 1900)
Founding anniversary of the Order of Gabriela Silang (Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003)
Founding anniversary of the Order of Lakandula (Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003)
Founding anniversary of the Order of National Social Scientists (Executive Order No. 236, s. 2003)
Law Day (Proclamation No. 1477, s. 1975)
September 20:
Birthday of National Scientist Dolores A. Ramirez (1931)
September 24:
Birth anniversary of Chief Justice and Speaker of the National Assembly José Yulo (1894)
Birthday of Senate President Edgardo J. Angara (1934)
September 26:
Department of Justice (Decree of Aguinaldo, 1898)
September 28:
Birth anniversary of President Diosdado Macapagal (1910)
Death anniversary of President Ferdinand E. Marcos (1989)
September 29:
Birth anniversary of National Scientist Juan Salcedo Jr. (1904)

Founding anniversary of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (Republic Act No. 9160 of 2001)

Dilemma ni De Lima

​Dili mo resign si Sen. Leila De Lima kay dili kuno siya guilty ug dili sab siya ‘weak’. 

    Uyab gani nimo mismo dili nimo angkonon, samot na tingali ug drugas!

    Gusto nimo wagtangon ang duda sa katawhan? Atubanga ang imbestigasyon sa Kongreso. 

    Maski kato na lng imo giingon nga..’may kaunting katotohanan dyan’ ..  sumpayi to. Kumpletoha ug asa ang tinuod. 

    Si Dayan, si Warren o silang duha?

    Naglibog gyud mi Madam De Lima. (Di na libog tinagalog ha)

    Mao nay dilemma!

    #binugha!

    Sea of Garbage 

    ​This is about garbage crisis and if you love Cebu, this should worry you. 

    Calling the attention of Cebu city governmentMega Cebu , SRP locators and every true-blue Cebuano. 

    The garbage collection schedule here in barangay Guadalupe is supposed to be three times a week. Now its once every three weeks!  

    Few meters from my house is the once pristine Guadalupe river, now the dumping site of so many communities along the riverbank.

    Unless we do something about it immediately, in less than 10 years, Mactan channel will be as dirty as Manila bay. 

    Looking at those high-end restaurants in Il Corso, this thought scares me but I can guarantee, that panoramic view of the sea will soon turn into a view of sea of garbage. Very soon.

    We’re talking of tens if not hundreds of tons of trash going into the very heart of your beloved city everyday. Guadalupe river serves as boundary between the north and south district barangays. 

    You cannot blame the riverside communities. These informal settlers live in tight spaces with no room to spare to hoard their garbage. They have to dispose it everyday but the government can only collect it once a month! 

    According to Daniel Basañez, Vice President of Sitio Sta  Lucia Homeowners Association, they don’t have much of a choice, with rat infestation and all, the river offers a convenient and practical place to dump garbage.

    Mr. Daniel Basañez

    The next rain will carry all these things straight to Mactan channel, to the vicinity of SRP in less than a day. From broken t.v’s to all sorts of plastics. The river, now a giant sewer,  never fails to deliver on time! 
    There are so many plans you hear around from politicians to NGO’s about the river but until now, they remain as they are, grand and ambitious​ plans, while the dumping continue unabated. 

    Mr. Basañez ​promised to support any initiative that will provide alternative to the current situation.For instance, if they have the resource and means, on their own they are willing to collect the garbage in their community on a daily basis so this can be properly disposed.

    Improvised motorcycles like the one in the picture below is perfect for inner city settlements with narrow roads. 

    With the urgency at hand, intervention  is of utmost importance. The rest of those grand plans can easily follow.

    We cannot change the world, but we can make a difference, one community at a time.

    For those willing to help, just leave  a message.

    For further readings on the matter:

    Guadalupe river rehab (Sunstar June 2015) 

    Island of trash ( The Freeman March 2016)

    DENR Asks help for river clean-up

    Pari ug Human Rights 

    Uyon ko sa sugyot nga pakuyogan ug Pari ug taga Commission on Human Rights (CHR) ang mga operasyon sa kapulisan batok sa mga nalambigit sa drugas.

    Sila dapat ang mag-una. Sila dapat ipaon, aron dunay saksi kung mag hinanggaw ang mga pulis.

    Kung mosukol ang kriminal, sila usab ang buhing saksi sa panghitabo. Kana ug sila mabuhi.

    Kay sa gubat sa drugas, dili ang krus bitbit sa Pari ang gikalisangan kundi ang….

    .. dakong krus sa sam-ang!

    #binugha !

    World’s Largest Pearl 

    ​A 34 kg. pearl has been turned over  by a fisherman to Palawan Provincial Tourism Office. After keeping it for 10 years, he decided to hand this over to the government. Read more:GMA NEWS: 34kg Pearl

    If verified, this unusual find will break the current record of ‘Pearl of Allah’ or ‘Pearl of Lai Tzu’ as biggest in the world. With official weight of 6.4kgs, the mother of all pearls is now valued at 4 million U.S dollars.

    Unknown to many though, The deceased chairman of Crown Regency Hotels, Richard King, announced in 2013 to have in possession of a 9kg. pearl he referred to as ‘Pearl of the Kings’ said to be inherited from his grandfather. Read more: Philnews: Pearl of the Kings

    All three discoveries came from Palawan seas.