Thursday, November 19, 2009

Toward the Creation of a New Female Myth

Sobin Park Invitation

West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011+ 1 - 212 - 255 0719

Sobin Park: Toward the Creation of a New Female Myth"
November 19 - December 31, 2009
Opening Reception; November.19, 2009, Thursday 6:00 ~8:00 pm

Sobin Park has exhibited globally, and this marks the second solo exhibition in the United States. Park’s imagery offsets the beautiful against the beastly into a symphony or perhaps a dissonance upon the two extremes. She juxtaposes the scaly darkness of a dragon against the delicate translucent skin of the female beauty embraced by his roughness.

The resulting differences in color, texture, content, density, sparseness and the nuanced shades in-between makes for a very sensuous yet complex oeuvre. Park plays with and engages in a dialogue about beauty and its beholder, or beauty and its perceived opposite; ugliness. Nevertheless, cultural notions of beauty may be relevant in the case of Park who earned her BA and MFA from South Korean universities and has been working there all her life although exhibiting globally. Beauty is after all in the eyes of the beholder and may have been a matter of taste for Kant but in Hegel’s theories of aesthetics taste is not an issue.

Perhaps in enumerating the criteria of standard discussions on beauty we need take note that our cultural notion of beauty is a cluster concept including the elements of order and flawlessness.

In Park’s work the beautiful and sublime mix to produce Kantian artistic beauty while in its Hegelian content it is spiritually imbued and gratifies the soul. Consequently, beauty is not a matter of taste alone if it’s deeply imbedded within the psyche of the individual as is the thematic uniformity of Park’s ongoing leitmotif. Flawlessness as an idea promotes kitsch and acts within a cluster that when popularly applied is a dynamic of power that is ubiquitously operant and informs the idea of beauty.

Thus, we must embrace a freer definition with which to rehabilitate beauty in order to divest it of its embedded moral implications. In other words, we need to recognize the need to separate taste from appreciation. Park’s installation of drawn and painted images is produced to surround the gallery walls stretching out and around the perimeter like the dragon/beast encircling her beauty.

The colors are limited to black, white and red therefore contrasting in hue as well as overall appearance and character. Her human, animal and nature combinations produce hybrids that are inviting in their sensuality but also in their moodiness.

The dragon is seen as something hellish and negative by Western standards. St. George is often depicted about to kill the animal with a spear while riding his horse. Eastern mythology embraces the dragon element as something not only positive but also royal, calling it the Dragon King or Yong-wang.

In shamanismand geomancy He is holy and depicted in a variety of renditions.The dragon inhabits the oceans and rivers and is capable of great good while respected as a sign by all four religions, Taoism, Buddhism, Neo Confucianism and Shamanism. Combined with the Mountain Spirit in imagery, the royal dragon forms a complementary pair symbolizing the yin and yang or masculine and feminine energy.

Asians believe that humans should not see the entire dragon because of its awesomeness thus, parts of the beast is always hidden by clouds or ocean waves. Park who is from Korea, is familiar with these interpretations but while respecting her cultural roots,in her art she is creating a new myth. Park's motifs consisting of the nude female embroiled within the embrace of a dragon is sensuous, but has a lot of other and deeper connotations.

To Park he means new beginnings but also the undeniable energy that infuses whatever she undertakes to create. The dragon can unfurl as a cloud, or coil in the seething froth of the waters as seen in Park's drawings. But, he always means a new beginning and fresh chi energy to the artist.

Eastern folklore recognizes the legendary importance of the Dragon King and his progeny who are female and some of the most powerful dynasties have been forged from the union between their progeny and one of these females. And, like ancient Egyptian heredity traditions that assured male power through females so was the case also in Japan's Shinto Sun Goddess or in the Northern Puyo, Paekche and Silla kingdoms.

Moreover, in Buddhist imagery, the dragon is clearly associated with the Guanyin a female Bothisattva who serves as the compassionate intercessor for humanity to God. The Guanyin represents the powers of both water and land and is therefore more potent as a deity than the dragon who symbolizes the sea. In fact, the Guanyin is traditionally shown riding a dragon with the waves and corals at her feet, which indicates his subjugation to her. Consequently, Park's revised mythology acknowledges this female strength that in her imagery appears as woman at one with the elements; woman fulfilled; woman empowered.

FROM MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Exhibitions Director Dr. ThaliaVrachopoulos at or

Related Read:
Sobin Park - Woman and Dragon in Love

Just look up !


If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and
is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its
ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is
that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a
run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit,
it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner
for life in a small jail with no top.


The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.


A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom.. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.


In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem! Just look up.

Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up!

Live simply, love generously , care deeply, speak kindly and trust in our Creator who loves us.

Source: Unknown

Saturday, November 14, 2009

How to Stay Young and Live Life to the Fullest

1. Throw out nonessential numbers and factors.

This includes age, height, eye and skin color, who your parents

are, past stuff and present stuff that you can't change.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

Who you are attached to will bless you up or mess you up.

Make sure that YOU are a cheerful friend and not a grouch.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts,

gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is

the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

5. Enjoy the simple things. Breath is one of the simple things.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. Don't blame

others for your situation. The only person, who is with us our

entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family,

pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is

your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is

unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get

help. Your body is the most important vehicle you will ever own.

9. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every


10. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the

next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

We all need to live life to its fullest each day!

(Author Unknown)

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Human Rights International Internship Program 2010

Below is a call for human rights international internship program by May 18 Memorial Foundation.

Dear All,

Greetings from the May 18 Memorial Foundation

I would like to request for your help to spread our call for the 2010 International Internship Program. The internship program is our way to inspire young human rights activists to learn from the example of the heroes of the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising and in the process help spread such spirit and ideals to Asia.

We hope to seek your valuable support on this effort by helping us spread this information.

Please find the details below the link to our Call for Application and the application form in the attached file.

Thank you for your time,

Culture and Solidarity Team

International Internship Program 2010

About The May 18 Memorial Foundation

The May 18 Memorial Foundation was founded by Gwangju citizens, sympathetic Koreans overseas and individuals who believe it's important to keep the ideas and memories of the 1980 May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising alive.

Please visit for more details about the foundation work.

Purpose of the internship programme

2 interns (one male, one female) who will serve for 10 months from March-December 2010.The annual internship program is a crucial part of the Foundation’s mandate to promote international solidarity and further the cause of human rights in Asia.

Through the internship programme the Foundation aims:

1) To improve international solidarity and networking and

2) To promote Gwangju as Asia's Hub for Human Rights Movement.

Qualifications required

Applicants should be unmarried (single) university graduates not more than 30 years of age, with a minimum of 3 years NGO or social development work experience, though not necessarily in the field of human rights. Preference will be given to those with degrees in human rights-related subjects such as social sciences and communication, and to those who have specialized in human rights issues within these disciplines. Applicants must be computer literate (email/internet, web page, lay-out/design, etc) and proficient in English; working knowledge of Korean is an advantage.

Applicants should be a working member of and organization: applicant cannot apply as individuals without the knowledge/support/recommendation of their current organization.

Please use the following condition to check your eligibility for the Internship Programme before you send us an application.

When to Apply.

Application period: October 29, 2009 until November 30, 2009.

Conditions of service

The relationship between the Foundation and the intern is one of mutual benefit. Interns are assigned to a unit of the Foundation according to the needs of the office and their own areas of interest. They are involved, inter alia, in managing workshops, preparing for the human rights folk school, conducting their own research, working on human rights issues, drafting analytical papers and reports, providing substantive and technical service and so on, depending on the exigencies of the Office. At the same time, the programme aims to increase the intern's understanding of current human rights issues at the international level.

Interns are assigned to work with a supervisor who is responsible for providing them with a description of duties and a work plan. Upon completion of the internship, both the supervisor and the intern are required to complete a final report describing what was achieved during the internship. In addition, every intern is requested to complete an evaluation questionnaire on his/her assignment and to submit it to the May 18 Memorial Foundation.

He/She must fulfill his/her duties and abide by the rules and regulations of the programme.

Travel costs, airfare and living expenses are provided by the Foundation. Housing will be provided but utilities (telephone/internet, electricity, and gas) will be paid for by interns. Health Insurance will be given to cover accidents/illness incurred during an internship.

An intern who leaves before the end of the internship period will be required to pay any costs incurred and his/her organization will not be allowed to be a network organization in the near future. In case of illness or other circumstances that might prevent the completion of the internship, interns will inform their supervisor.

There is no expectancy of employment at the end of the internship and interns cannot apply for any jobs or pursue a higher degree until the termination of the internship.

Interns are expected to work full-time and to carry out the duties assigned to them. They do not accrue annual leave during the period of the internship. Otherwise, they are bound by the same duties and obligations as regular staff members; in particular, all confidential and unpublished information obtained during the internship may not be used by interns.

Procedure for applying

Applicants should submit the following documentation:
your completed, dated and signed internship application form;
A copy of your Curriculum Vitae
A scanned copy of your valid and not expired passport.
A write-up detailing your expectations, objectives, and interest in the human rights internship program (not more than two pages).
An official endorsement letter from your superior or head of your organization.
An endorsement/Referral Letter from any Alumni/Contact/Network of the Foundation in your country or abroad. (Please check our website links at
a proof of enrolment in undergraduate studies and a list of courses taken, transcripts of grades or diplomas;
a written sample of research work or an abstract of academic papers (3-10 pages maximum), if undertaken.

Closing date for application: 30th Nov.

Selected candidates are normally informed around the first week of January 2010. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email and are encouraged to apply the following year.

Address for applications

Culture and Solidarity Team

The May 18 Memorial Foundation
5.18 Memorial Culture Hall
Seo-Gu, Naebangro 409
Postcode 502-260
Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Phone: +82 62 456 0518
Fax: +82 62 456 0519


Email address:

Please send all the documentations with the application form as scanned documents either in PDF format or as WORD attachments.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Charter for Compassion

Reflections on Compassion for Communities of Faith

The Charter for Compassion will be introduced to the world community on November 12, 2009. Leaders of communities of faith are invited to speak to the faithful on November 13-15, urging them to restore the principles of compassion to the heart of their faith and their lives.

Possible Points of Emphasis

Compassion is most clearly and simply expressed in the Golden Rule which can be read as both “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” and “Do not treat others as you would not like to be treated yourself.”

A commitment to compassion calls us to live in the world conscious of all with whom we share the Earth and Earth’s bounty and resources.

Compassion insists that, in recognition of our common humanity, we treat every creature with justice, equality, and respect.

The Charter for Compassion calls all religions to mutual respect of one another and insists that all compassionate interpretation of scripture denies hatred and violence.

Compassion calls us to a courageous life in which risks are joyously taken on behalf of a world in which all people must be fed and housed and clothed and freed.

Compassion is not only a matter of the heart, but a mindful commitment to engage one’s whole self in the alleviation of suffering.

The call to compassion is addressed to religious bodies, to governments, to businesses — yes, even to the military. All whose power and decision-making affects others need to honor the sanctity and safety of all.

Compassion can be a dynamic force in protecting the Earth and its generations yet to be born.

Compassion calls us out of our narrow self-centered selves, saves us from wasteful self-involvement, and opens us to the well-being offered to those who share themselves, their resources, and their love with all of humanity.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bloggers be inspired!

(Gang Badoy of RockEd Philippines' Keynote Speech during the Philippine Blog Awards 2009) Thanks to fritz for this video.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Noynoy Aquino Calls for Volunteers

Volunteers Wanted!
(Local and International)

Please call:


Sali na po kayo, taya na kayo!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Oxfam Great Britain Vacancy Announcement for Typhoon Ketsana Emer

Oxfam Great Britain, a development and humanitarian organization based in the United Kingdom is responding to the disaster brought about by Typhoon Ondoy. We need energetic Filipinos to share with us the vision and passion to uplift our countrymen from poverty and suffering and be assigned to any of the following areas : Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna and Cavite provinces.

If you share the same passion and vision, come work with us initially for a fixed term employment of three (3) months (with possibility of extension) and apply to any of the position below:

Programme Operations Team:

  1. Public Health Engineers – assess and analyze public health needs and recommend sustainable solutions. Select, design and construct the most relevant and appropriate water and sanitation systems in coordination with the Public Health Engineering Coordinator.
  2. Public Health Promoters – collect relevant secondary data pertaining to disease patters, health seeking behaviour, facilities and government programmes that might influence the way the public promotion intervention is carried out. Implement hygiene promotion activities, train and supervise the Barangay Health Workers in all evacuation centers.
  3. Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods Project Officerssupervise the food security component of Oxfam’s programme. This will primarily involve work planning and regular systematic monitoring of the food security elements of the programme.
  4. Project Officers will work closely with partner NGOs and be responsible for the distribution of non-food items. He/she will responsible for targeting and identification of beneficiaries and defining distribution mechanisms and monitoring.


Logistics Team:

  1. Logistics Officer – negotiate for supplies with local suppliers and obtain quotes as required including producing a monthly price list for standard items. Responsible for purchasing, dispatch of stocks/supplies/equipment and vehicle management.
  2. Warehouse Officermanage the warehouse and stocks. He/she will ensure an efficient and systematize procedure and process of receiving and releasing goods for distribution.
  3. IT Officer – maintenance of the office IT system, troubleshooting and support on IT related procurement.


Finance and Human Resources Team

  1. Donor Contract Management Officerwill work closely with Donors for the contract implementation and requirements.
  2. Human Resources Manager - contribute to the effective and efficient management of the emergency programmes in the Philippines by providing HR advice and support. Ensure that Oxfam GB Human Resources procedures and minimum standards are adhered to and applied fairly, and that adequate procedures are developed, implemented, and maintained.
  3. Human Resources Officer – contributes to the development and ensure implementation of Oxfam GB’s Human Resource policies and procedures with the emergency response team. Keep the office informed and updated on developments/changes in OGB’s HR policies and procedures including recruitment, contract preparation, induction and exit processes.


Information/Communications Management Team

  1. Information/Communications Manager/Officer

Collation of information from the programme and support teams and dissemination to external and internal stakeholders, analysis of information received and capturing key learning points. Supporting Advocacy and Communications Team in policy analysis based on programme learning.


At Oxfam, we believe that every aspect of our work can lead to a positive outcome. Make the most of this considerable challenge by personally submitting your CV to (kindly specify the position you are applying for. Due to the urgency of filling up the positions, be ready for a possible interview on the same day):


Efren Tadeo

Human Resources Manager

Oxfam Great Britain in the Philippines

4th Floor, Panay Corporate Center

150 Panay Avenue, Quezon City 


Deadline for receiving applications: 10 October 2009


We particularly welcome application from women and people from indigenous backgrounds.



Tuesday, September 29, 2009


I have been and continue to be skeptical of swine-flu especially when I heard that a vaccine is being developed to cure the flu. But what was more alarming is World Health Organization's (WHO) declaration of a pandemic. Although deaths recorded were not as large scale as that of the bubonic plague to be categorized as pandemic.

It seems my skepticism is being validated by an email now circulating exposing swine flu as a hoax. An act of bioterrorism being perpetuated by big businesses or pharmaceutical corporations in connivance with health officials of government and much worst by officials of WHO.

> Subject: IMPT: Falsehood Behind the Man-Made Swine Flu
> Pandemic - Please read and watch video link
> To:
> Date: Thursday, September 17, 2009, 8:03 PM
> This very disturbing email came
> today and I hope you can all take time to read it and watch
> the YouTube link of an interview with Jane Burgermeister, a
> medical journalist who exposed the diabolical plan of Baxter to contaminate vaccines and generate
> global fear for financial gain. Jane has filed
> criminal charges but the effort faces monumental risks for
> her life, while the program for mass
> vaccination proceeds without proper investigation and
> security measures. Please do some in-depth research before you
> agree to take the swine flu vaccine most especially your
> children. You can also go to Jane
> Bürgermeister's website: for more information.
> Love and thanks,
> Cora
> Dear Cora,
> I want to bring your
> awareness to a diabolical plan that has been rolling out for
> some time. That plan is to use mass infection to kill off a
> significant part of the population, generate fear amongst
> those who remain and place close controls upon them.
> This is a plan that has been in the
> works for a long time and as those who control the game see
> their power being eroded, everything is being thrown at
> rolling this out.
> In one sense, it began with the
> swine flu virus that was released in April, 2009, though in
> a broader sense it is much longer ago than this. This was a
> man-made virus that was anticipated to achieve their aims.
> Today, the penny dropped into the
> slot as I watched the Project Camelot interview with Jane
> Burgermeister Jane is a very brave woman.
> From Jane’s website I have filed criminal
> charges in Austria against Baxter and Avir Green Hills
> Biotechnology for producing and distributing contaminated
> bird flu vaccine material this winter, alleging that this
> was a deliberate act to cause a pandemic, and also to profit
> from that pandemic.
> Those behind the swine flu virus
> have moved on to Plan B. Infect the population using a
> vaccination contaminated with bird flu and ideally slip in a
> nanotech biometric chip whilst they’re at it.
> I strongly encourage you to watch
> the Project Camelot interview with Jane. Having done so, I
> urge you to take whatever action you can to alert every last
> person you know about what Jane has uncovered and refuse
> this vaccination. And if you are drawn to, take more direct
> action on this. It is time for humanity to take our power
> back. We have been willing to give it away for far too long.
> Perhaps this is the thread that
> will expose the extraordinary abuses that have been meted
> out to us all, the lense through which the general
> population will begin to see all of the nefarious ways in
> which our reality is manipulated to disempower and control
> us.
> As with the swine flu virus,
> efforts will be made to render the vaccine benign, however
> this is no reason to not reject this abuse of
> humanity.
> Watch the interview at
> And take action. Please share this
> email far and wide.
> Blessings, Joy, Love and
> Peace.
> Richard Presser

What if the claim below of Jane Burgermeister is true? So who do we trust with our health and well-being. Imagine nanotechnology being used and tiny microhip is injected on humans to monitor their health (segment 39:40), perhaps even induce diseases and activate their medical vulnerabilities for them to secure patented and licensed medicines and treatments offered only by these big pharma corporations.

As Jane Burgermeister said" My message, time is running short that we, all of us now have to recognize the scale of certain danger to us individually and collectively. We need to take steps, organized to stop this mass vaccination as soon as possible".

Miss Burgermeister not getting enough support from the media (segment 41:50) for her expose has now filed (segment 12:43)a case against the Baxter's swine flu mass vaccination in Vienna. She is calling for an organized civilian resistance to the vaccine (segment 14:48).

As of July 2009 there were six cases of death reported in the Philippines. Should these victims families seek justice once this swine-flu case is found as an act of bio-terrorism?

RP's swine flu death toll rises to 6
( Updated July 30, 2009 06:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine health officials say three more people have died of swine flu-related illnesses, bringing the country's death toll to six.

Lyndon Lee Suy said Thursday that officials have confirmed 3,207 swine flu infections since May and 2,975 of the patients have recovered. Suy is the head of the Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases Program of the Department of Health (DOH).

The health department stopped giving regular updates on swine flu after the World Health Organization ceased requiring countries to submit regular reports of individual laboratory-confirmed cases.

WHO has asked countries to instead shift to reporting unusual events such as clusters of severe or fatal infections.

Read more about Baxter here -

Checking on their website, the company has presence - corporate offices in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic,Finland,France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea,Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand,Norway,Poland, Portugal,Russia,Singapore,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland,Taiwan,Turkey, United Kingdom,
United States,Puerto Rico, Venezuela,

However, I have yet to know if mass vaccination is being implemented in these countries.

The company boast as being Recognized Among World's Most Ethical Companies and 100 Best Corporate Citizens in their press room link here:

To know more about Jane Burgermeister - check her website here -

And the people behind Project Camelot - check them here

Informing ALL Global Officials
of the Inherent Dangers of the H1N1 Vaccination Program

Flyer -OperationFaxtoStoptheVax

Monday, September 28, 2009

WANTED help for Victims of Typhoon Ondoy or Ketsana

Community Orgamizers Multiversity (CO Mu;tiversity) serves as the headquarter for the relief and operations for members of the Urban Poor Alliance a network of peoples organizations or communities concerned on housing rights. These communities whose houses are located along rivers banks of Pasig or esteros of Manila were badly affected by typhoon Ondoy or Ketsana.

Some of the urban poor communities that CO Multiversity worked with especially KV1 Action Group were relocated in Kasiglahan Village, Montalban, Rizal also called Erap City, a place known as catch basin for floods. Here is a quote about the environment situation of the place:

The environment and Erap City

KV1 is part of the 2,500-hectare Erap City project, according to the executive summary of the Home Insurance Guarantee Corporation. Touted as the “first ever well-planned socialized housing city undertaken in the country,” Erap City is developed by the New San Jose Builders, reportedly the developer of ousted President Joseph Estrada’s grand Boracay mansions.

KV1 sits on the San Jose Flood Plains. Its development already affected the villages of San Jose, San Isidro, Puray, and Macabud which are near the critical watershed areas of Angat-Ipo, La Mesa, and Marikina.

Several NGOs say that the housing construction already caused the denudation of forests and leveling of mountains in the area. The Bunga, Gabi, Lilid and Palapad creeks have been choked and filled. There is great possibility of soil erosion, siltation, contamination of rivers, and flash floods affecting not only Montalban, but also the cities of Marikina, Pasig and Rizal province in the future.

Aside from flash floods, maps from the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology show that Barangays Macabud and San Jose are found in the upper block of the West Marikina Valley Fault lines. The area is prone to surface rupture in the event of earthquakes, which makes the lives of residents in greater danger.

Inside almost every household in the community is posted the image of the bleeding and dying Christ nailed to the cross. It might as well stand as a grim reminder of how the ousted president popularized himself as the “poor man’s savior” and peddled the lie that his projects for the poor – such as Erap City – would make them happier for the rest of their lives. Nobody knows happiness in this city. #

Source :

Previous post about KV1 and their advocacy for water:

For those who would like to donate cash you can send it through:

Acct Name: CO Multiversity
Peso Acct No: 1991-00-3122
US Dollar No: 1994-00-7234
Bank Name: BPI (Bank of the Philippine Island)
Branch: Kalayaan, Diliman Quezon City

For other initiatives to help the typhoon victims please refer to these links:

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Change Politics Movement Vows Support for Noynoy Aquino for President

Asserts Need to Change Politics Now

We are leaders and members of NGOs and people's organizations (POs) and citizens from all walks of life, coming from 47 provinces and 13 cities including NCR, who have come together to re-claim politics from the hands of politicians who betrayed the people's trust. We have united and are acting to change politics from a “dirty word” into a badge of honor – marked by integrity and simplicity, commitment and service, people centered development and justice.

We are the Change Politics Movement, now numbering 4,602 members. Since our establishment on May 10, 2009, one year before the 2010 elections, we have been actively engaged in searching for “change politics” candidates whom we will actively support and campaign for in the 2010 elections. We believe that in order to change politics in our country, citizens must engage in “change politics” and actively support reform candidates. We began with agreeing on the criteria for such candidates, which centered on their integrity and track record, immediate and strategic agenda to restore the Philippines in the track of good governance and democratic reform, and capacity to win power for reform.

Then, we had nominations from our members, deliberating in groups of 10 or more, and choosing whom they believed passed the criteria among the emerging national candidates. We then strove to get to know these nominees, sponsoring candidates forums, preparing profiles and deliberating and discussing among ourselves. Last August 28, 2009, we started our 2-round voting process involving all our members to democratically select the national candidates that our movement would support.

In the middle of counting the votes Sen. Mar Roxas made his historic announcement last September 1, 2009, regarding his withdrawal of his candidacy for President, and his support for Sen. Noynoy Aquino. We were inspired and encouraged that a long-time politician could rise above his personal interests and ambition, and put country and the public good first. Sen. Roxas' declaration of support for Sen. Aquino was swiftly followed by similarly laudable statements from Gov. “Among” Ed Panlilio and Gov. Grace Padaca. Sen. Roxas, and Gov. Padaca were among the leading nominees for our movement's candidate for the Presidency.

Soon after, what had been a growing support for Sen. Aquino among our members, developed into an overwhelming clamor. _82% of our members, voting through text or on-line last Monday, September 7, 2009, manifested their support for Sen. Aquino to take up the challenge of running for the highest position in the land during this difficult period.

We thus declare our support for Sen. Noynoy Aquino's candidacy for the presidency. We believe that Sen. Aquino's integrity and commitment to good governance; his track record as a legislator in human rights and social reform especially in local governance will provide the needed leadership for change that the country needs.

We believe that we need to change politics in our country now. We cannot allow our country to continue to suffer from politics devoid of integrity, transparency, justice and concern for the poor. We need change. For change to happen, ordinary citizens – non-politicians - must be actively engaged in politics and governance, including supporting reform politicians during their candidacy and when they are in power. For change to happen, “change politics” politicians need to step up and demonstrate true public service and leadership for reform in their words and deeds. We are happy and hopeful now that we are able to see the beginnings of the change we aspire for.

Huge challenges lie ahead of us. But we are united and resolute in our efforts; we have faith in the Filipino capacity to stand up for what is good , for what is right, for what is just. Inspired by Ninoy and Cory Aquino, together with Sen. Noynoy Aquino we shall overcome and change politics to Politics for Change.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Juana-be-MTV-Talent - TINDIGNATION!

hi mga kapatid!

kami sa juana change team ay humihingi ng inyong tulong. this sunday aug 30 ay gagawa na naman kami ng video. this time ito ay isang mtv ng juana change song. kinanta ko ito nung launch natin ng tindignation kung naaalala nyo pa.

ang ideya nito ay gumagapang sa kahirapan ang iba't-ibang sektor ng ating lipunan. ang mga urban poor, magsasaka, mga empleyado at mga estudyante to name a few. at habang literal na gumagapang ay makikita ang mga taong may ulong buwaya na nakatayo habang padaan-daan si GMA.

sa dulo ay makikitang tumitindig ang taong bayan laban sa katiwalian ng ating gobyerno. sa bawat eksena ay makikita si juana change sa piling ng bawat sektor sa iba't iba nyang pagkatao. at sa ending sya ay magiging si JUARNA( juana change version ni darna.)

maari ko po kayong anyayayahan na maging talent sa shooting na ito? sana ang bawat grupo na kasapi sa tindignation ay makapagpadala ng mga dalawampu mula sa inyong hanay. kung mas marami mas masaya. sori po pero di namin kayang magbigay ng honorium o pamasahe. pwede po bang kkp? kanya-kanyang pamasahe?

sa mga nais tumulong, magkita po tayo ng alas sais ng umaga sa estatwa ni ninoy sa ayala. kailangan ko pong idiin ang pagdating sa eksaktong oras dahil binigyan po tayo ng permit ng makati at ayala ng hanggang alas nueve lamang ng umaga. ipapasara po kasi nila ito sa trapik habang tayo ay nagshu-shooting.

magsuot po ng plain na mga kasuotan na ang mga kulay ay asul, dilaw, pula, at puti para sa big scene. magdala po ng two sets ng cotume. sana ang isa ay mukhang pang opisina. ang kulay naman nito ay from grey to black. itong pangalawa ay para sa eksena ng mga empleyado. kung meron lang naman. at kung kayo ay kabataan pwede din magsuot pang eskwela, uniporme man yun o casual.

sana po ay malaman ko ang inyong kasagutan kung anong grupo po kayo at ilan ang makakadalo dito sa ating e-group. the more the merrier!

nais ko ring ipaalam sa inyo na makakasama natin dito sina ging deles, dinky soliman, riza hontiveros, walden bello, nene guevarra, ronald, bobbit librojo, gina dela cruz, karen tanada, teddy, neric acosta, satur ocampo, liza masa, ted casino, nato reyes, carol araullo, jim paredes, leah navarro, edru abraham, at jun lozada. maaari pa po itong madagdagan.

maraming-marami pong salamat!

umaasa sa inyong tulong,

mae paner aka juana change

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Paalam President Cory Aquino

from Wikipedia:

Maria Corazon "Cory" Cojuangco Aquino (January 25, 1933 – August 1, 2009) was a President of the Philippines and a world-renowned advocate of democracy, peace, women's empowerment, and religious piety. She served as the 11th president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992. She was the first female president of the Philippines and was Asia's first female president.

A self-proclaimed "plain housewife",[3] Aquino was married to Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. (1932–1983), a leading figure in the political opposition against the autocratic rule of President Ferdinand Marcos. After her husband was assassinated upon his return from exile in the United States on August 21, 1983, Aquino, who had no prior political experience, became a focal point and unifying force of the opposition against Marcos. She was drafted to run against Marcos in the 1986 snap presidential elections. After Marcos was proclaimed the winner despite widespread reports of electoral fraud, Aquino was installed as President by the peaceful 1986 People Power Revolution.

Mrs Aquino died on August 1, 2009 after suffering from colon cancer.

Eric Gamalinda - On Cory

Monday, July 20, 2009

Installing Love

(Received this from my email and checking the net I found several versions, and also the author is Unknown.)

Tech Support: Yes ... how can I help you?

Customer: Well, after much consideration, I've decided to install Love. Can you guide me through the process?

Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready. What do I do first?

Tech Support
: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart?

: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?

Tech Support
: What programs are running?

: Let's see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support: No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longer disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem
with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off?

: I don't know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been completely erased.

: Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support
: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, 'Error - Program not run on external components.' What should I do?

Tech Support
: Don't worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

: So, what should I do?

Tech Support
: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive-Self; Realize your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer: Okay, done.

Tech Support: Now, copy them to the 'My Heart' directory. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool modules back to you.

Customer: Thank you, God

Graphics sources:

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Busina... a kid's plea

No to CONASS Noise Barrage
June 19, 2009
Gate 2.5
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, QC

Sunday, June 14, 2009

2009 Aliw-iw Dance Forum

The PAGASA Youth have partnered with Baybayin Craft and the University Student Council (USC) of UP Diliman to launch the first ever Dance Forum on June 14, from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the UP Sunken Garden.

Walang usapan -- sayawan lang! The Dance forum hopes to start the process of re-enlivening the dancing spirit of the Filipino people...thus, expect a series of dance fora in different spaces and venues happening soon!

What's more exciting is that during the event, the Liping Baybayin rhythm -- an original dance movement inspired by the ancient Filipino syllabary was also launched. Known as Sulat Baybayin and mistakenly called alibata, its roots can be traced to Pinoy consciousness. A group of 8 children from the foothills of Mt. Banahaw in Lucban, Quezon started to learn the dance last April 11, 2009 and shared their skill and knowledge during the dance forum.

Dance your heart out and connect to the Filipino dancing spirit!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

NO TO CONASS Rally in Makati

What is the Con Ass and What Can We do About It
Young Public Servants

Our Constitution, the fundamental law of the land, can be changed in three ways. One is through a Constitutional Convention where delegates are elected by the people. This is how our 1987 constitution was drafted. Second is through an initiative where twelve percent (12%) of the total registered voters can sign a petition for charter change. Each legislative district must be represented by at least three percent (3%) of its registered voters. And finally, through a Constituent Assembly where Congress (House of Representative and the Senate) transforms itself into a body that changes or amends the constitution. This is more popularly referred to today as the Con Ass.

The debate today is not whether Con Ass is a valid way to change the constitution. It is. Rather, it is the way the House of Representatives formed the Constituent Assembly. In our current constitution it simply states that the Constituent Assembly is formed by a vote of 3/4 of all the members of Congress. It is not stated if the vote is done separately in the House of Representatives and Senate. A 3/4 vote means 176 congressmen and 17 senators voting separately or 196 congressmen plus senators voting as one.

House Bill 1109 was passed on 2 June 2009 with a vote of majority of the Congressmen present. The way this resolution was passed has been questioned by many as unconstitutional. It does not follow the process written out to form a constituent assembly. Only the Supreme Court can now decide whether this is Constitutional or not.

Changing our constitution is a valid exercise of our democracy but the question to ask is this: Do we need to change it now? And do we trust our Congressmen to amend it in the interest of the people. We are in the midst of gearing up for a 2010 Presidential election. 57% of the voting population is made up of youth and young professionals. If there is increased political participation among the youth then we carry the key in leading effective change in the country. And we would want to be a part of any discussion that changes our Constitution.

Young Public Servants works to build a nation of Filipino youth engaged in Good Governance, the foundation of which should be Good Citizenship. As a member of Youth Vote Philippines, YPS believes that engaging more Young Filipinos to register and vote provides the best anchor for sustained and increased political participation. In the next couple days we should all do one or all of the following:
(1) Read HB 1109
(2) Be updated about moves to change the constitution
(3) Engage your friends and family in discussions about what scenarios the Con Ass can bring
(4) Continue this discussion online – social networking sites, blogs – get your opinion out
(5) Get involved in activities where you can express your opinion or show support ( ph will provide a list of activities you can join as activities are organized).
(6) Know if your district representative voted for HB 1109 or not
(7) Attend the Con Ass forum at the Ateneo (today at 4 pm)
(8) Organize your own fora in your schools and communities
(9) Work harder at getting more young voters registered and engaged to vote in 2010
(10) Visit and

For comments and inquiries email or

*House Bill 1109 is a resolution calling upon the members of congress to convene for the purpose of considering proposals to amend or revise the constitution upon a vote of three fourths of congress

*There are 216 district representatives and 22 party-list representatives for a total of 238 representatives. Including the senate (23) this makes a total of 261.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Katarungan para kay Ka Rene Peñas!

Mula sa aking email:

Gari Lazaro posted an announcement to the cause Justice to Ka Rene Peñas, Justice to All Farmers!.

Magandang Gabi sa Lahat!

Habang sinusulat ko ito ay patuloy pa rin ang pagdagsa ng mga solidarity statements para kundenahin ang brutal na pagpaslang kay Ka Rene Peñas.

Kanina ay nagpahayag na ng pormal sa kanilang kundemnasyon ang lider ng Kaya Natin!, Bro. Eddie Villanueva ng Bagong Pilipinas Movement, Sen. Mar Roxas ng Liberal Party at Bishop Broderick Pabillo ng CBCP-NASSA/Archdiocese of Manila.

Natapos na rin ang sinasagawang Factfinding ng Balaod Mindanaw hinggil sa pagkamatay ni Ka Rene at para sa kabuuan ng report ay maaring basahin rito:

Gayundin, bukas ng umaga (Hunyo 8) ay magsasagawa ng PRESS CONFERENCE upang ibahagi ang resulta ng Fact Finding at ang planong dalhin sa Maynila ang katawan ni Ka Rene para sa apat na araw na luksang parangal.

Inaanyayahan din ang lahat na dumalo sa Banal na Misa para Kay Nong Rene bukas, 4:30 PM sa Ateneo College Chapel (Immaculate Conception Chapel of Loyola School), Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City sa pangunguna ng Simbahang Lingkod Bayan.

Patuloy pa rin pong tumatanggap ng tulong at donasyon ang pamilyang Penas at maari po itong ipadala sa: Account Name: PAMBANSANG KILUSAN NG MGA SAMAHANG MAGSASAKA Banco De Oro Katipunan Branch, SA 570013841 at mangyaring paki-fax ang deposit slip sa tel. 434-2079.

Muli, maraming salamat po sa inyong patuloy na panalangin at panawagan para sa katarungan para kay Nong Rene!

Dear Comrades and Colleagues,

Rene Peñas the farmer leader of Sumilao was shot dead last night June 5, 2009 at around 11:00 p.m. on his way home with two other companions. His two companions are in the hospital but Ka Rene did not survive.

He had led the struggle to gain the land in Sumilao since the late 1990s and this culminated in the long walk from Sumilao to Manila to fight for their right to get the law implemented. They won it and they are now tilling the land.....but he did not stop working for the cause of agrarian reform...he could have chosen to lead a quiet life and enjoy the land they won....he saw the need to continue serving the farmers by helping in the organization of campaigns especially to get back land and have CARP extended with reforms.They just got the CARPER with the pain of arrest on the night it was approved by HOR.

The last time we saw each other was in the red carpet showing of Lupang Hinarang. He spoke eloquently about the farmers are now educating the government about the law because they are demanding the implementation of the law not anything extra ordinary.I congratulated him for the inspiring work he was was a long way from the seminars we were conducting in the hills of Bukidnon. We hugged each other and I said goodbye..... .I did not know that was the last time we will see each other.

It is transactional politics and arrogant politics that support these killings. This government must be held accountable with the death of Ka Rene and the numerous people who have stood up for their rights.

We will carry on Ka Rene...magpadayon gyud mi.....para nimo ug sa tanan naghatag ng ilang kinabuhi aron mabuhi gud ang nasud.Salamat Ka Rene.

Let us show our outrage write and make statements condemning the killing and write letter of sympathy to PAKISAMA who can bring the letters to his family.

Tumindig Tayo.....



Friday, June 05, 2009

Stop Con-Ass, Defend Democracy

CODE-NGO Statement on HR 1109 on Con-Ass
Stop Con-Ass, Defend Democracy

The railroading of HR 1109 again shows that the Administration and its congresspersons cannot be trusted to keep their word - not now and not when they convene as a Con-ass to decide on changes to the 1987 Constitution.

We call on all citizens and civil society organizations to express their condemnation of the midnight approval of HR 1109 and the planned Con-ass. Let us fight the relentless attempts of this Administration to perpetuate its hold on power! Let us defend democracy!

Read more here:

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Syndicating my own blog post

Syndicating my blog post from another blog. I have no time to blog these days so I will do an excerpt of blog post from another blog:

So here's an excerpt of another source of inspiration for which I am willing to multi-task, but good thing colleagues are so diligent enough to put into action decisions from online-discussions:

Definitely it is not a perfect world. So PEBA believes that there is HOPE, that OFW can still be gift to the world for his/her diligence and world class skills. I really look forward to that day that aside from awarding bloggers, Expats and OFW bloggers are united in addressing and helping prevent OFWs being abused and taken advantage. And also NGOs and other civil society groups and mostly the government, assist and provide the necessary services OFW truly they truly deserve. After all they remain pillars for the Philippine economy to survive.

PEBA will then award not only bloggers but also those who support and benefactors of those less fortunate OFWs.

Mabuhay PEBA!

Mabuhay ang uring migranteng manggagawa!

More here:


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Aliw-iw Dance Forum 2009

(foto source -

Mga Ka-Sayawan at Ka-Tugtugan! Ito po ang pinakahuling balita patungkol sa ating proyekto:

Itutuloy po natin ang ating napagusapang gawain, ang sayawan at tugtugan para muling buhayin ang dancing spirit nating mga Pinoy...

Aliw-iw Dance Forum 2009

Ito ay gaganapin sa: Hunyo 14, 2009 (Linggo)
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
UP Sunken Garden

Sa bawat grupong "co-conspirator" UP Street Dance Club, LaSalle FROLIC, UP Indak Oryantal, BANGSI, UP Kontragapi, Sanghabi at mga inaasahan pang maging "co-conspirators" Filipiniana Dance Troupe, UP Anido, Dance Sport, Brigada, at Spring of Harmony Internal Arts maaari po lamang maghanda ng 5-sentence write-up patungkol sa inyong grupo, at mp3 file ng 3 tugtog na maaaring gamitin para sa inyong mga sayaw. Gayundin po ang listahan ng mga kasapi na makakasama (buong pangalan/ kasarian) at food preference (vegetarian, allergies, etc).

Ang nakatakda po nating rehearsal ay sa Hunyo 14 din, mula 12:00-2:00 PM, maaaring sa likod ng Vinzons hall, o isa sa mga bakanteng lugar sa loob na rin ng UP.

Nais rin po naming klaruhin sa lahat na bagamat maganda kung "kikita" tayo sa gawaing ito, di ito ang pangunahing layunin ng pag-organisa nito (maliban sa maaaring di naman talaga tayo kumita)...kundi ang magkaroon ng "venue" para sa mga kakaiba at bagong pamamaraan ng pagtitipon, yaong di nakatali sa mga pag-uusap o pag-iisip, sa halip ay nakatuon sa paggalaw ng katawan na nagmumula sa ating mga puso at kaluluwa...

Tanging maipapangako po namin sa bawat grupong makakasama dito ay ang libreng "publicity" at "exposure". Sa anuman pong "publicity material" na ilalabas ay makakasama ang pangalan ng inyong grupo, at sa mismong araw ng ating Dance Forum ay babanggitin din kasama sa anunsyo (sa dulo ng programa) ang mga grupo naging kabahagi. Gayundin ay maaari kayong magbenta ng tiket, o anuman sa araw na iyon at maaari ring mag-anunsyo ng inyong mga proyekto.

At nais rin po sana naming humingi ng tulong, kung may mga kontak kayo na maaaring mabigyan ng "solicitation/ sponsorship letters" ay sabihin lamang po sa akin, thru email or text.

Ang Stage Manager po natin ay si Louise, kaya't para sa anumang komunikasyon, katanungan o klaripikasyon ay sa kanya ninyo i-diretso -- / cel #09196952507. Sa kanya nyo na rin po ipadala ang mga mp3 file, 5-sentence write-up, listahan ng pangalan at food preference.

Maraming salamat po!


Janneke NEX Agustin

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Imbistasyon mula sa email box dito sa blog:

Samahan po natin siya!

--- On Tue, 5/19/09, Mae Paner wrote:

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 7:27 AM

mahal kong mga KAIBIGAN!

i juana change!

ayaw kong maging pabigat sa bayan!

sa may 24, linggo, ay birthday ko!

meron akong birthday wish...

na sana may 200 na mga kaibigan ang sumama
sa aking paglalakad sa araw na ito!


sa giant snail ang mtg place

sa san miguel by the bay (across moa)

kung kaya kong gumising,
kaya mo rin!

maglakad tayo ng sama-sama!

please! please! please!

salubungin natin ang bagong araw!

let us party! salamat in advance!


mae paner aka juana change!

RSVP at paki pasa na rin!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Nationwide Citizens Assemblies Clamor for Change Politics

Demanding an end to Filipino politics-as-usual, citizens raised their voices yesterday in unprecedented internet-linked simultaneous assemblies in ten (10) areas across the country. One year before the May 2010 elections, core members of the newly formed Change Politics Movement (CPM) from more than 38 provinces and cities converged in Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Ormoc, Borongan, Mandaue, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Naga and Quezon City, and were linked by live video-streaming and cellular phone calls into one concerted clamor for change politics. The assemblies also served to launch CPM, which now has 2,000 core members.

“We need to take back politics from corrupt politicians and make it the sacred covenant it is meant to be, between leaders and their constituencies,” declared Dinky Soliman, one of the interim national convenors of CPM.

“Civil society has long participated in politics from the periphery --- remaining non-partisan, watching and waiting for reform as winning candidates take the reigns of power, only to be repeatedly frustrated. Not anymore. It is time for us ordinary people to actively engage ourselves and assert our right to choose leaders of integrity and accountability”, said Pepe Gasapo a community organizer and CPM leader in Mandaue City.

Jing Karaos, also an interim national convenor of CPM, added that “change politics is rooted in the participatory, people-driven nature of active citizenship”. Change politics is the practice of politics guided by the principles of transparency, honesty and integrity. It protects and respects the people’s economic, social, political and civil rights. It strengthens institutions of democracy and civic engagement. It upholds the right to self determination of all peoples and equal rights of the poor and the marginalized.

The Change Politics Movement will actively recruit new members, convene dialogues and discussions with candidates who are seen to embody change politics principles and agenda, hold deliberations among members and finally select the candidates that would be supported by the movement through text voting involving all CPM members.

Under the theme, “Baguhin ang Pulitika para sa Pulitika ng Pagbabago”, the Change Politics Movement will bring together citizens who desire to actively change politics so that the principles and practice of politics will bring positive change to governance and society as a whole.

Contact Persons: Pete Rahon - 09177337152
Patrick Lim - 09178144275