HIGHS AND LOWS

3 01 2015

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IN HIS NEW YEAR’S DAY message, President Aquino said, “Tiwala akong malinaw na sa inyo kung sino ang mga tunay na kakampi ng taumbayan, at kung sino ang nagpapanggap lamang.” To which Vice President Binay replied, “Choppy ka. Choppy. Ikot ka nang konti. Wala akong marinig.”

Hopeful
A majority of Filipinos: 93 percent – say they are entering 2015 with hope. The remaining 7 percent of Filipinos have gotten tired of saying the same thing every year.

Ninety-three percent of Filipinos entered the New Year with hope. As in previous years, Filipinos should expect some highs and some lows in 2015. In fact, starting next week, the government is letting us experience some highs: the MRT and LRT fare hike.

91Fewer
The number of firecracker-related injuries from the recent New Year’s Eve revelry was fewer compared to figures from last year. Observers attributed this positive development to the Health Department’s decision to prevent Dr. Eric Tayag from making another Iwas-Paputok dance video.

Papal Visit
Reports say Pope Francis will be welcomed by President Aquino in Malacañang on January 16. The Pope and the President for the first time together. Wow. It’s the highly-anticipated meeting between an old, celibate devout Catholic, and Pope Francis.

9No Show
American R&B/hip-hop singer-songwriter Chris Brown was a no-show at his scheduled performance at the Philippine Arena on New Year’s Eve. He decided to cancel his appearance at the very last minute. Brown has since denied rumors his decision to not show up was influenced by Toby Tiangco, Jonvic Remulla and JV Bautista.

Cold
Temperature in Baguio continues to drop. Last Friday, temperature fell to 11 degrees Celsius. It’s really cold in Baguio City right now. If the trend continues, temperature could plunge to record lows and the weather’s going to be really cold. Just how cold? You know, like ‘Noynoy Aquino love life’ levels.

Discovery
Archeologists have discovered what they claim to be the oldest prehistoric tool. The artifact is 1.2 million years old and has an engraving that reads, “If found, please return to the owner: Juan Ponce Enrile.”

1TraslacionNazareno
The annual ‘Traslacion’ or procession of the revered Black Nazarene happens next week. Former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim is a known devotee. Incumbent Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada is a known de-bote.

Apology
Facebook has apologized for its Year in Review feature that highlighted even its users’ painful 2014 memories. It has yet to apologize though for its “Seen” feature on Facebook chat.

Facebook gave its users an option to post a computer-generated Year in Review. It’s a recap of stuff you posted on Facebook in 2014 – otherwise known as “Who cares?!”

Second Chance?
Observers believe Kris Aquino is still in love with Herbert Bautista. Last December 28, the Quezon City mayor visited the TV host in her home. During his post-Christmas visit, did you know what Bistek gave Kris? False hope.

MMFF 2014
The Robin Padilla-starrer ‘Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo’ took home the lion’s share of the awards in the recently-concluded MMFF 2014 Awards Night but failed to attract a large audience. Apparently, some moviegoers lost interest in watching the film when a spoiler came out online that the main character would die.

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The 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival is over. Congratulations to the producers of ‘The Amazing Praybeyt Benjamin’ for yet another successful ‘Trash to Cash’ venture.
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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Sound Bites
“Pansinin naman natin ‘yong pagbawas doon sa overall number of injuries. Magbigay naman tayo ng kaunting kredito na nagkaroon din naman ng positibong epekto ito. Kaya nga lang, mas magiging epektibo kung talagang makikiisa na ang mga mamamayan at iiwas na talaga sa mapanganib na paputok lalo na ‘yong pinagbabawal.”
~Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma on the government’s Iwas Paputok campaign

Happy New Year!

I am on Twitter: @HecklerForever.

[Photos: President Aquino: RTVM; Firecracker Victim: Aaron Favila/AP; Chris Brown: Direct Lyrics.Com; Traslacion: Andy Bais/FB; APB: Star Cinema]

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