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Jagna - Bohol / Re: What do you love about Jagna?
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:53:46 AM »
I lived in Jagna from age 3 to 7 while my mom finished her AB English at the Colegio de la Medalla Milagrosa. My earliest memory of childhood is of Jagna--and the thoughts that it brings is always warm, happy, idyllic. Two years ago, I brought my three kids there on our way back from CDO. I retraced the paths I've trodden as a child and was surprised that 40 years later, I could still remember the layout and the landmarks of the town. I was even more astonished to realize that what were etched so huge and so far in my memory were actually just small proportions of my imagined sizes and distances. At one point, my kids asked in bewilderment, "What's in this place that you're misty-eyed, Dad?"

General Topic / Re: Basis of Happiness
« on: March 01, 2011, 08:17:34 PM »
This brings to mind the "hope index" that Filipinos usually top year after year. Not surprisingly, the Japanese I recently showed around our university were amazed by the radiant smiles etched on the faces of the students. It also made me wonder why the Japanese seem to be perpetually worried about the future or just about anything.

I guess when you have so little, a small gain brings a windfall of happiness. When you have so much, a small gain means nothing but a small loss brings a bigger anxiety of deeper pitfalls ahead.

Ngaa man daw Tubag Iloilo na ni ya forum haw?! ???

Ako, mag-early retirement ko ug organic farming ug part-time teaching sa Bohol or Davao. Daw bisi lang gihapon...

I didn't notice Aya had posted a reply to this thread that's giving me goose bumps. Apparently, she had premonitions of her own untimely death. From her account, it was not a single dream. What she dreamt about jibes with numerous personal narratives of people eventually passing away. May eternity provide you the peace and rest you were searching for, Aya...

Philippine Business News / Re: Ambush of Uy Family in Baclayon Bohol
« on: January 18, 2011, 12:23:42 PM »
Kulbaan man ta ani. Two weeks ago, we used this road to go to Sevilla and Bilar to avoid the holiday traffic on the usual tourist route. The highway in this vicinity indeed looked so desolate that this very scenario played on my mind, "Unsa kahag naa'y tulisan dire?" Fortunately, we arrived unscathed at our destination. Basin pud ug targeted gyud sila, kay nahibaw-an na man nga copra traders.

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Re: Exotic Chicken Meal
« on: January 15, 2011, 11:06:28 AM »
Murag naa'y spelling mistake ang menu, and "x" angay "r"

Philippine Provinces / Re: Clean Cebu City
« on: January 09, 2011, 11:46:50 PM »
Makakatawa man pud mag-imagine ani, isles. Tourists could very well mistake the scene for a reenactment of the Battle of Mactan--until beer bottles hit them. Now I know why Rama stood pat on his decision not to allow liquor in the area.

Philippine Provinces / Re: Clean Cebu City
« on: January 09, 2011, 06:46:48 PM »
I'd like to give every politician, who dreams an impossible dream wide awake and exerts even the smallest effort to realize it, a pat in the back. It's reassuring to know that at least Rama has not grown immune to Cebu's stench, as we often tend to when we are exposed to it daily.

I also root for him when he refused to give permit to the liquor industry to sell alcohol on Fuente Osmena during the Sinulog, despite the well-organized lobby. It takes courage for a politician to turn down a request from such a powerful business clique.

On the other hand, in neighboring Mandaue City, where I travel everyday to CDU, I am simply amused by the sight of policemen handling traffic on the S&R intersection along the reclamation highway. They have a police box on the island that is emblazoned with a glaring logo of Tanduay. I can imagine the unspoken advertisement: "Drive safe--Tanduay."

Major investments, especially foreign investments, should not be held hostage to the fortunes and misfortunes of politicians. For instance, the proponents of jatropha, I heard, once out of power, have also abandoned the project wholesale, leaving the farmers who bought the idea and cultivated their lands to this long-term plant in limbo now. Likewise, when Aumentado vacated his office and was succeeded by Chatto, this seaweed project seems to have immediately combusted--even before any energy could be produced--in political controversy.

Investments have to be handled by "technocrats" or economic policy experts who will evaluate such projects on economic criteria, taking into consideration the inputs of stakeholders. This way, when their political proponents are dislodged from elective office, there will be less politicization of the issue, as has happened now, and there will be continuity in implementation.

Travel and Tours / Re: Davao City Tourism
« on: January 09, 2011, 05:43:40 PM »
Davao is a beautiful city, in my personal opinion the best city I've ever visited in the Philippines (I've been here three times). We'll be proud to show Davao's sprawling green expanse, wide and relatively safe roads. It's just unfortunate that the generally negative impression of Mindanao rubs off on Davao's image.

Dili man tanan nasapian nag-ampo. Prayer is seeking God's will so that our personal decisions in life will be aligned to it. Kung dili kabubut-on sa Diyos nga maadunahan ta, dili gyud ta maadunahan. But we should pray and discern if it's God's will for us to be rich, and work for it. The poor can have simple pleasures, the rich can have great pressures...  It's God who decides what we can handle and what's best for us.

Philippine Business News / Re: Bloody Christmas in Bohol Island
« on: January 09, 2011, 04:51:24 PM »
I was just in the neighborhood when these crimes happened and never had an inkling Christmas in Tagbilaran was less than a time of peace. We celebrated our Christmas mainly as a family and ventured out of the house only to buy the things we needed. When we moved around, everything seemed peaceful.

What I noticed was that there are many new "migrants" to Bohol. Whereas we Boholanos before went to other provinces and overseas to look for greener pastures, now there are many people from other provinces and overseas seeking greener or idyllic pasture in Bohol.

Despite the fireworks ban, there were many Muslims selling them on the roadsides of CPG and Paras St. I was surprised the Muslim community in the city has grown remarkably. It is not fair to attribute the rise of crimes to them--as they seem to be working hard (the illicit fireworks trade seemed to be but a seasonal sideline)--but their presence dramatizes the changing demographic profile of Bohol.

I have read police reports saying that these hired goons on motorcycles responsible for gunning down targets--an operation similar to the ones in Cebu--are from other provinces. I guess as Bohol progresses, rise in criminality is an inevitable tradeoff we have to deal with. But it is something we should not just put up with. I believe peace-loving Boholanos should proactively find solutions to improve local security.

Philippine Video and Music / Re: Jokes For Those Who Understand Ilonggo
« on: December 17, 2010, 04:17:08 PM »
Perti gid ka kaladlawan, bisan korni ang iban.

Special Dates and Events / Re: Happy Birthday Benny Tutor!
« on: December 02, 2010, 12:26:00 AM »
Salamat kaayo sa tanan! Talking of age, the higher the number goes (labi na'g 46 na), mas dili "happy" ang birthday. But talking of friends, especially here at TB, the higher the number goes, the merrier. Thank you all for your enduring friendship. I look forward to meeting all of you personally soon!

Pulong Bisaya / Re: Na Suko Ko Sa Usang Komento
« on: November 14, 2010, 05:12:17 AM »

Hi Dong Bran,

I used to react like you whenever people mention Bohol jestingly, especially here in Cebu. But now that I live here, I notice that this place is a melting pot of Filipinos (and foreigners) from different islands, and I haven't heard anyone make any disparaging references to people's regional origins. I always introduce myself as a Boholano, and people just invariably reply, "I would like to go there." Kanang mga ignorante ug wala pa kaadto sa Bohol mao man na moingon nga ignorante ta.


Hi Cheers,

This much I know about geography, kay nagdako man pud ko sa Mindanao, pero taga-Bohol akong papa.

I am actually addressing my message to Sir Felix Daray, who I know is engaged in backyard organic farming and mango plantation in Digos City, Davao del Sur. I happened to be on a business trip in Davao City last September 28 in relation to my main job in the academe. I was not looking to buy any land in Davao. While there, I just wanted to look at his agricultural projects, which he kindly shared with us here in other earlier threads. Sir Daray is a Boholano from Corella who is now based in Davao.

I know that your place is close to Danao in Bohol, and not in Davao. Yes, the agribusiness I am starting is based in Bohol. I am initially setting up base in Tagbilaran. I have been considering to buy farmland in places closer to Tagbilaran like Corella and Sevilla.

Sir Daray,

I was in Lanang, Davao City, last Sept. 28 and had dinner with Mike. Nangutana ko kung duol ra ba ka kay motan-aw unta ko sa imong farm. I was there for only 2 days, so my time wasn't really enough. Unta maka business-cum-leisure trip ko ug dugay-dugay next time.

Music and Video / Re: FOR BENELYNNE: Holly Holy (Neil Diamond)
« on: November 08, 2010, 05:25:43 PM »
with the breadth of your off-the-cuff collection, i can imagine you as the musical type. why, even your prose is lyrical. i haven't graduated from the church choir, and my teenage daughter (who used to play percussion and drums) often tells me I either skid or trip on my rhythm without anyone holding up a baton in my face. i'm glad there's such a thing as videoke that tells you you're in synch or sinking. thanks for these song collections. neil diamond classics bring such nostalgia i'm sure i'm going to listen to all of them before i hit the sack tonight.


Music and Video / Re: FOR BENELYNNE: Holly Holy (Neil Diamond)
« on: November 08, 2010, 01:35:20 PM »
Hi Island,

Thanks! Would you believe I really like Neil Diamond? I like to sing Love on the Rocks on karaoke, and this one's added to my fave list. (I just love the melody of the song, but I'd like to rewrite it as Love Rocks.)


OK, I'll take note of this number.

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