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Talk of the Town / Re: Should We Recoil in Fear, or Step Out in Faith?
« on: September 10, 2007, 05:08:31 PM »

I'm sure you'll make a fearsome, legendary vigilante, Sigbin. Just live up to your name. I still prefer re-claiming our peace peacefully.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Welcome benelynne of Japan
« on: September 10, 2007, 04:59:41 PM »

Hi, nice meeting you. I am sure your daughter will enjoy it here. Maanad na lang ka sa linog diri. Earthquake-resistant man kasagara ilang buildings dire.

Naa gyud tay concern no bisag asa ta muadto... So Tagbilaran is fair game. One has better chances of avoiding crime than earthquake! And yet people in Japan carry on with their daily routine like the Big Quake is not forecast to come anytime since ten years ago. You should see their maze of subways, and half of the commuters take them. Can't imagine what's going to happen when the earth moves under these structures.

So if Japan doesn't seem so inviting now, let's see each other in Bohol.

Talk of the Town / Re: Should We Recoil in Fear, or Step Out in Faith?
« on: September 10, 2007, 03:23:24 PM »

I'll say yes to vigilance, but no to vigilantism.

Don't you think that that cuddlesome tarsier that symbolizes Bohol very much symbolizes our peace as well--so fragile, so delicate, yet so worth protecting and fighting for?

Introduce Yourself / Re: Kumusta na mga Bol-anon
« on: September 10, 2007, 07:08:10 AM »

Hi proud BOJOLANA,

Nasugdan na nato ang mga sugilanon sa kinabuhi dinhi sa self-introductory thread. Daghan kaayug salamat.

Some of our career trajectories are similar. Although I made my career abroad, I spent only two years as an employee and the rest as a small-time entrepreneur. My wife is the more business-minded between the two of us, and I rode onto the business track only midway. As you probably know, being one's own boss has as much its headaches as its perks. You take care of everything, and as I mentioned elsewhere, you're a slave of your own time. And the taxes you pay! And of course, there are the business cycles which inevitably whisk small-time businessmen through troughs and crests.

Anyway, you're right. There is no perfectly security-sealed place in the world. Even in Japan, with its vaunted low criminality, a young white female English teacher, was murdered last year and the body cast in cement and left on the veranda of the Japanese suspect's apartment. And the perpetrator remains on the loose.

In my supposedly safe academic neighborhood on the outskirts of Tokyo, there are two heinous crimes that remain unsolved by the police to date. One victim was the Japanese translator of the Satanic Verses by Salman Rusdie whose throat was slitted by an unidentified criminal as the victim stepped out of the elevator in a national university, about a kilometer from home. The other victim was a Filipina, a client of ours, who was living alone and whose head was found severed in her apartment (also about a kilometer from where my family was living). The police questioned all Filipino residents in the area. And since she was a client, and I was supposed to have an information network in the community, they visited me frequently. On the nth time, I had to bawl out at the police as I demanded a court order for me to allow them in. They finally relented.

Gruesome crimes shock. But after a few months, the community has regained its composure. Most of the residents soon realized that targets of such crimes are more or less singled out for specific reasons.

I am sure Boholanos will regain their peace, too. In the case of Bohol, the fear is mostly the rampancy and randomness of the crime. Therefore, security measures have to be put in place by both the local government and the community. I  believe we should also think of our part in ensuring peace in our paradise.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Kumusta na mga Bol-anon
« on: September 10, 2007, 06:32:21 AM »[/url]

Thanks a lot. Wa ka bay audio or video link ani? Mike, kantaha na lang ug i-post sa YouTube. Bitaw, salamat kaayo.

Talk of the Town / Re: Should We Recoil in Fear, or Step Out in Faith?
« on: September 09, 2007, 06:51:13 PM »
Let me start with what I observe and experience here in Japan.

Aside from the central police station, there are small police boxes called koban spread out in strategic corners of the community--commercial centers, transportation hubs, recreation facilities. I even see them in remote areas. These police boxes are manned by 2 to 5 policemen and are open 24/7, and policemen take turns patrolling the surrounding areas by car, motorcycle or even bicycle. They are not intrusive to the day-to-day affairs of the neighborhood as long as there are no apparent violations. People here know that the police will come anytime you call the police hotline 110.

I am sure there is also a police hotline in Tagbilaran, is there?

I see these cops with a detailed map of their area of coverage. The bulk of their job is in fact giving directions. But with the detailed map, they can quickly respond to SOS calls in the neighborhood.

Also, especially in the countryside, neighborhoods clustered around elementary schools here usually have joint activities such as picking up trash on the streets once every three months or more. Aside from contributing to cleanliness and beautification, this civic activity gives residents an added benefit of socializing and acquainting themselves with one another. New people are introduced and suspicious characters are reported. After an accurate account of untoward incidents or accidents are gathered, an official report is prepared by the school and circulated among families through an information sheet distributed to pupils and students.

I can see that maintenance of peace is not only due to the diligence of the police but also community vigilance.

Talk of the Town / Should We Recoil in Fear, or Step Out in Faith?
« on: September 09, 2007, 06:28:10 PM »
Nothing takes longer to heal than innocence shattered.  It seems that the Boholanos' comfort zone has been irreversibly violated by the spate of crimes, petty and big. Miles away, I can almost feel the pall of fear that overcasts the land we all love. Browsing through this forum, I could discern that fear has gripped not only the residents and overseas Boholanos, but also the foreigners who have considered this their home.

There is nothing more numbing than fear. What is more frightening, however, is what fear does to us. It immobilizes us, makes us paranoid and feel powerless. I can feel it not only among the ordinary Boholanos, but also among those whom we've entrusted to safeguard our peace. Even as a neophyte here at TB, I have immediately felt this undercurrent of fear. If I were closer to the epicenter of this tremblor, I would perhaps get a better sense of why even the more levelheaded among us are verbally pelting officials and calling them names.

At the risk of being irreverent (since I am writing from the secure walls of one of the most peaceful cities in the world), I would like to invite Boholanos all over the world to put their heads together on what we can do pro-actively about the situation. We all want to go home one day, and the best time to prepare ourselves is now.

I am sure we are capable of being more that just the wait-and-see spectators or joining the tomato-pelting bandwagon. To rephrase JFK, "My fellow Boholanos, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what can you do for your country."  Was it Voltaire who said that "Evil triumphs because good men do nothing?"

So what do you think we can do? Those who live in places in Northern Europe, Japan, NZ, etc. where crime rates are known to be low, what security policies and laws are implemented or community activities undertaken that make your surroundings comparatively safe? Maybe some will work for us, some will not. But let's share our observations and personal experiences. There are people with decision-making powers here at TB. I believe they would appreciate constructive inputs.  I am sure this is a better exercise that blame-throwing that only provides temporary catharsis but no long-term solution.

These lawless elements will have won the day if we concede to them by doing nothing.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Kumusta na mga Bol-anon
« on: September 09, 2007, 02:30:42 PM »
Hi, Dong Bene!  Mo welcome pod ko nimo ... even if I, myself, is also new dire sa TubagBohol!

I think every commentator of this thread is very much on the ball, so to speak.  While we cannot but feel concerned over the latest numbers of criminal activities diha sa ato sa Bohol,  I still think that Bohol is still a peaceful and safer place to live, compared to others.

Wa lang ta maanad about having such criminal activities being perpetuated diha sa ato, maong mas shocking to our system whenever crime happens ...

I would even sing my husband the Bohol Hymn ... "imong kalinaw giampingan ... to my dear home .... Bohol" ...

Does anyone still know the song?  Or is it still being sung after the National Anthem?   ;D

I have mentioned about the Bohol Hymn kay, as my Username indicates, I proudly claim Bohol to be one of the best, if not the Best Province in the entire Philippines --- The Boholano folks with its untiring quest for betterment and originality; nga even as far back as roughly 50 years ago, Bohol has its own provincial hymn, unlike other provinces ...[/color]

Hi proud2B-a-BOJOLANA,

I'd appreciate it if you could share with us the complete lyrics of the Bohol Hymn. Sounds nostalgic...

I feel a little compelled to explain why I claim my roots in Bohol, even if I did not grow up there nor speak the language like a native.

My father is from Candijay, Bohol and my mother is from Aklan. They met in Mindanao.

I spent only about three to four consecutive years of my early childhood (up to kindergarten) in Jagna, Bohol. If I remember correctly, the school was Colegio de la Medalla Milagrosa where my mother finished her AB English as well. Is it still existing?

After that, we settled in Mindanao--half of the time in the borderland town of Wao, Lanao del Sur (my birthplace) and the other half in Cagayan de Oro. Then I went to a university in Manila, and after that, abroad. I married abroad with a kababayan from Pangasinan and raised my family here.

Aside from that relatively long childhood residency in Jagna, my family and I have made short trips to Bohol about 10 times in the past after my parents resettled in Tagbilaran in the late 80's. I feel I've been everywhere--and yet somehow, rooted nowhere.

But I've always felt a special affinity for Bohol. My wife and I disagree about many places to go to or visit--but we simply love Bohol. Whenever somebody asks me where I'm from in the Philippines, I invariably say Bohol. I am so proud of Bohol and to be a Boholano.

Murag hilaw man ko nga Bol-anon but in my heart and soul, I am a true-blue Boholano. I am glad I've found home here at TB. I learn more about the hearts and minds of Boholanos.

Fellow proud Bojolanos, I really appreciate what you can share with me in terms of our cultural and historical roots, and of course about current events.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Kumusta na mga Bol-anon
« on: September 09, 2007, 01:59:22 PM »
hello benelynne.
 Welcome.. feel at home and  enjoy..
It's one great party here at TB. Enjoy kaayo!

Introduce Yourself / Re: Kumusta na mga Bol-anon
« on: September 09, 2007, 08:28:28 AM »

Hi Bambi,

Nice meeting you here!

I am using my 15-year old son's portrait as my avatar, so that's exactly how young I looked centuries ago. Bitaw, 43 lang ko.

I'll show my real face if the tarsier goes down and you go up and show your real smile.

Maayong buntag! Mas nauna pa ning TB da kaysa Sunday service naku! It's a sun-bathed beautiful Sunday morning here in the Land of the Rising Sun! God bless!

Introduce Yourself / Re: How Is Your Day?
« on: September 08, 2007, 05:26:19 PM »

Mike, daghan salamat sa TB. I haven't been as excited about going home as I am now. Magtigum-tigum sa tag pamelete ug mga amigo-amiga diri sa TB.

Introduce Yourself / Re: How Is Your Day?
« on: September 08, 2007, 04:18:15 PM »

ms da binsi,

I love red wine for its salutary effects... sunod nimo bakasyon sa bohol bring your merlot and syrah and i'll bring cabernet and let's all toast to TB...

Halos kaedad ra diay ta--just the age when we are the least concerned about retarded growth but the most concerned about retarding aging.

Have a nice weekend!

Introduce Yourself / Re: How Is Your Day?
« on: September 08, 2007, 11:18:09 AM »

I guess you didn't coin this username for nothing, murag expert ka sa chemical compounds, particularly aphrodisiacs...

Jogging and red wine (made from Cabernet Sauvignon which is said to contain a lot of antioxidants) take care of my physical vitality.

TB should take care of my mental and emotional vitality... It seems to bring me a lot of sunshine from Bohol!

Introduce Yourself / Re: How Is Your Day?
« on: September 08, 2007, 09:01:25 AM »
Would you believe I'm actually starting my day with TB! Tinuod diay nga contagious disease ni, and communicable like virus through the internet! Great pep to start the day with...

Feel I've slipped lower than mid age in your company--what with wild quaker oats and cognac to boot. (I usually drink a glass or two of red wine to wind up my day.)

Being self-employed, I'm a slave of my own time even on weekends. But Sunday, I lead the music team at church. Practice time Saturday PM.

Have a nice weekend!

Introduce Yourself / Re: Welcome benelynne of Japan
« on: September 07, 2007, 01:12:19 PM »
All three of my kids were born, raised and are studying in Japanese schools.

The reason I stumbled into this forum is because I was looking for info on the local situation as I have plans of bringing them to Tagbilaran to study English and re-immerse themselves into their being Filipino. Makasulti silag Tagalog pero kulang ang reading ability nila sa English ug Filipino. Mas first language nila ang Japanese.

Nakabalaka lang ko sa mga nabasa nako sa headlines nga rising criminality sa Tagbilaran. I am monitoring the development closely before I make my final decision. Plano pa man namong mag-asawa next year unta.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Welcome benelynne of Japan
« on: September 07, 2007, 12:52:43 PM »
I'm all ears. [/color]

Regards from the US.

I am tempted to keep my last cloak of anonymity by accepting your "Ma'am" address. I am actually a "Mr."

The handle I am using is a composite of my wife's first name and mine. This is a compromise I made with my wife so she doesn't keep hovering behind my back when I'm on my computer and give her the assurance that I am not prowling the webworld incognito for hanky-panky but to link up with respectable, real Boholanos. I can even make a hard print of your response as evidence.

Nice meeting you, Sir.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Welcome benelynne of Japan
« on: September 07, 2007, 11:43:09 AM »

Hi. I just stumbled into this forum yesterday, but it seems I've been here forever. Of course you are one of the most familiar ka-tubag since you seem to be everywhere and always passionately engaged.

Perfect imong Japanese. How did you learn the greetings? As I am in my early 40's, the "chan" after my handle is a bit incongruous but I don't mind assuming a cute persona in this forum.

Where are you based, Lorenzo?

Introduce Yourself / Re: Welcome benelynne of Japan
« on: September 07, 2007, 10:56:58 AM »
Am already hooked. This is a lively discussion group. We also have a forum for Filipinos in Japan--the Timog Forum. I'll invite the Japan-based Boholanos to log into Tubag Bohol.

Introduce Yourself / Re: Kumusta na mga Bol-anon
« on: September 07, 2007, 10:19:21 AM »
Bohol, Mari and Delaguna,

With your prompt and warm replies, it seems I am getting a garland of grand welcome not only to Tubag Bohol but to Bohol as well.

I am well aware that there are crimes anywhere in the world, and peace can't be achieved or maintained while we lay back in complacency.

Looking at it the other way, the Boholano's collective shock at the recent criminal incidents is a positive signal that we don't take robberies, burglaries and physical assaults as the normal course of events. We should funnel this collective outrage into a community action against crime.

Mari, I really want to hear more about your experiences. As I browsed through this forum, I chanced upon your post on that creepy incident of a peeping Tom (or was it a prying would-be burglar?) Like you, I remain optimisic that Bohol can achieve progress with peace if the people and the government work hand in hand towards a clear vision of a beautiful, peaceful Bohol. Tagbilaran's motto should be Safety to Residents and Guests; Hazard to Lawbreakers and Culprits!
Bohol and Delaguna, I hope to have an EB with you one of these days. Naa na ba'y EB ang Tubag Bohol!

Nice meeting you all!

Introduce Yourself / Kumusta na mga Bol-anon
« on: September 06, 2007, 07:30:11 PM »
Bol-anon Friends,

As you can easily tell, I am new in this forum. I've been residing with my family (wife and three children) in an Asian country for many, many years now and I am contemplating of starting something new in Bohol, which is my father's birthplace. Some of my siblings are presently residing in Bohol. I have a house in Tagbilaran which my brother is looking after. My wife and I have always talked about settling in Bohol, and at this point we are thinking of advancing our timetable. Gikan sa Pangasinan ang akong misis pero gusto kaayo n'ya ang Bohol.

My kids are aged 16, 15 and 8. They are deficient in English skills and I plan to have them continue with their studies in Tagbilaran City so that they can catch up with the the English language. Regretably, teaching them English is the one luxury my wife and I never had because of our hectic work sked in this foreign land (not really an excuse) and they have been totally immersed in the local language and culture.

The reason I joined this forum is to get a feel of the place from you who are actually living in Bohol, as well as those from abroad who have decided to return either experimentally or for good.

I have some nagging concerns about the safety of the place given the spate of robberies with physical assaults. Is Bohol's vaunted peace and safety gone? Is Tagbilaran safe--especially for children?

I am still resolved in going ahead with the plan. Any pointers, suggestions, advice?

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