On Watching Ely Buendia On Stage

On Watching Ely Buendia on Stage

One of the best highlights of my 2017 was that I got to watch Ely Buendia play Eraserheads hits onstage. It was probably the first time where I really jammed hard.


He was the lead singer of Eraserheads, one of the bands that I listen to regularly. One of my fave songs for them was Ligaya, which he unfortunately did not sing. The one song that I really sang hard to (and everyone else) was Pare Ko. Everyone just sang along to the song especially the best part: “… diba, TANG INA?!!”


You know that the concert was amazing because at the end of the night, my voice was super hoarse. But it was worth it. I might not have known all of the songs but it was still a concert to remember. ❤️❤️


On Devina Dediva and Megan Young

We all know that Megan Young is the new Miss World. This is the first time that the Philippines had a Miss World winner so it’s a big deal for us. The social media was filled with posts of congratulations and happiness to Megan Young. However, a person can never please everyone. There are always some people who would find something bad from it.

Devina Dediva is a normal person who is also part of the social media. One thing about the social media is that it can easily spread anything you post on it. On Devina’s case, what she posted insulted thousands of Filipinos everywhere.

The photo above shows like the summary of the ‘racist’ comments that Devina has posted on her Facebook. It was quite defaming actually. When I read that, I was quite insulted because of how she put the Filipinos done.

Knowing the Filipinos, they will never let anyone put them down. So here comes the Filipino Netizen soldiers that started bashing Devina. Even if I didn’t see any hate messages that was sent to her, I’m pretty sure they are really hurtful and over the line. Some Filipinos are false patriot that they become hypocrite. They would send hate messages such as, “Your race is way lower than ours so you better not say that” or “You’re as smelly as a pig”. I think Devina Dediva is Indian so this kind of just justified the sample hate messages.

Well first of all, I’m not putting down the Indians okay? I’m just saying that a lot of Filipinos might be thinking of sending these kind of messages to her. Let’s not do this. Devina Dediva just posted whatever is on her mind. Is that wrong? NO. But what she posted is wrong and insulting. But is that enough to send her stupid hate messages? Freaking no..

Grow up people. Sending her any hate messages or threatening her won’t do anyone good. Does Megan Young shows in public that she gives a damn? No. People are sending her hate messages because their ego and their pride was put down. Think like a mature person would. She apologized, let’s accept it. It’s not like she killed a person or something. Go hate on those freaking thieves (CORRUPT POLITICIANS) and bash them to no end. Or is it because these freaking thieves can do anything to you and Devina can’t?

Move on.

On Learning Baybayin

Baybayin (or wrongly known as Alibata) is the ancient writing of the Philippines. My interest for Baybayin started when I was in high school but it’s just now that I’ve taken the time to pratice it.
Practising writing Baybayin is difficult. The main reason is that this wasn’t taught in the school and I wasn’t really exposed to this. When I saw the characters, it really looked foreign to me and I was at awe. These characters looks so cool!

Then I started practising with it. First with my name, then my parents’ name then more Filipino words. It’s quite fun actually because I feel so unique knowing this art of writing where only a few Filipinos takes interest in.

As I practice writing, I divide the word into syllables based on how I hear them and how they were supposed to be in Tagalog. This is kind of tricky actually because there are times when I think if what I’m doing is right or wrong. What made it more difficult to learn this is that there’s no website that I can find that offers practice lessons for Baybayin. It gets me so frustrated to just follow the principles that I’ve read and take it from there.
My learning in writing to write Baybayin can be compared to how I learned writing in Korean. First is that I divide the word by syllables then supply the corresponding letter. Except for Baybayin, one syllable is one character.
Truthfully, I find learning the Korean writing easier than learning this. Well, it just adds to the fun, right?
Below is my name in the English alphabet, in Baybayin and in the Korean Alphabet.


Sam Concepcion’s No Limitations (Review)

This is like the next song that I’ve heard from him after I heard him sing in Kris TV (that was a long time ago). He was singing Forever Young and still, his talent in performing is very much visible. Gone was the boy who won Little Big Star. He is no longer the skinny Boy Bawang of Super Inggo. He is now the manly, hawt and talented Sam Concepcion.

I have never expected him to have music like this. I used to think that he would stick to like bright music videos and songs. But, I was proven wrong. His manliness and darker side showed. His biceps and abs… oohh, he grew up reaaaaally well. The whole music video is shown in darker hue maybe to add seriousness and mysteriousness of the MV.

The MV might be set post-apocalyptic or in the future. There were flying cars and tall buildings. People were clothed in dark-colored clothes. The setting is in a room where there is a chandelier on one side and appears to be quite worn.

Sam’s voice definitely change. I remember seeing comments before when he sang “Kung Fu Fighting” about how girly and high-pitch his voice was. If those people can hear him now, they might flip out. He sounds so good right now and the song is a definite awesomeness. And add those dance choreography. It might not be the most awesome out there but it’s definitely a something.

When the mystery girl was revealed, I was quite disappointed to see Solenn. It’s not because she’s not good enough (SHE’S PRETTY!) but because I think she’s too old for Sam. During the ‘intimate’ parts that they have, I can’t feel any spark whatsoever about them. They look good together but they just don’t make the cut. This is the only part though that I got so disappointed.

I’m quite happy right now to see this music video. Truth be told, I’ve been waiting for a long time to see Filipino music videos like this, Well-thought and tailored. You can really see the effort that they exerted to make this video something that many people would want to watch. They should be given a pat on the back. This is something world-class.

Rating: 4/5

Living Abroad is NOT Easy

When I told some of my friends that I’m already moving to Canada, a lot of them said “Maypa ka” or “Wow, you’re so lucky”. At that time, I thought I was. I was living  the dream of lots of Filipinos! But when I moved here, it’s not really that easy.

The only family that I have here is my parents. I don’t have my grandma or aunt here that I can easily talk to. All of my friends are back in the Philippines. I don’t have a job YET so I don’t have work friends YET. I really do hope that I can someday have lots of friends here that I can hang out with so that I won’t just keep on staying in the house.

Clothes are pretty pricey. But guess what? I was able to buy lots of clothes at THRIFT STORES! A lot would say, ew! I used to think that too. But after going to one thrift store, I realized that it was a high-class ukay-ukay. The clothes are all up in hangers so you don’t have to dig deep and most of the clothes are branded! Some were even just barely used! How awesome is that? Of course we still have to wash it before using but still, it’s a really good bargain. Some people wants to be ‘Canadian’ or ‘American’-like, then go buy at ukay-ukay.

Another is my problem with my education. Because I wasn’t able to be part of the K-12, I don’t even know if I’ll still be a college/university student this school year or if I’ll still go back as a high school senior. No way will I go back to high school but I don’t really know what will happen.

Gosh, I may living the Canadian dream but it’s far from happy ending YET! I need to work HARD. gosh.

Filipino Time or Just Laziness?

Every time we have a group project and needs meetings during non-class days, part of the plan is always making the meet-up time 30 minutes earlier. So if we decide on meeting each other at 9 am, we set the meeting time at 8:30. In this way, we can be ‘assured’ that all of us would be at the meeting place by 9:15 or 9:30. You may ask, what kind of logic is this? Logic? Well, it’s just that we put in mind the freaking ‘Filipino’ time.

What is the ‘Filipino’ time? This is the time when a Filipino arrives late at a meeting place. Preferably, 30 minutes late. It’s quite common actually. A lot of people are doing this. And it’s really annoying.

I grew up with my grandmother and at an early age, it was instilled in my mind NEVER to be late. She was an elementary teacher and so she needs to be at  school before 7 am. Ever since I was almost 2 years old, I have been going with her to school and so I was disciplined in the art of going to a meeting place early. I just hoped that this same time discipline has been instilled on ALL PEOPLE. But I was wrong.

One of my hatest things in life is lateness. I hate waiting at the meeting place. I feel like I should have been doing already a lot of things if not for the waiting. I hate my time being wasted by other people. It’s very rude to waste another person’s time and make them wait. It’s like your making yourself special. You’re not. You’re annoying.

So please, please, just don’t be lazy. There’s no such this as Filipino time, just lazy people.

Can this be true, CAGAYAN DE ORO?

I have lived here in Cagayan de Oro ever since I was born. For the past 17 years, I have seen lots of improvements and downsides of the city. I have my own opinions, good and bad, about my city.

Before April 2011, I saw Cagayan de Oro as a ‘clean’ city. Of course, I have observed that their are trashes everywhere, but I have never thought that our city is really THAT dirty. When I went to Cebu, I was amazed on how clean their city is. Yes, there are still garbage a bit here and there, but the cleanliness is nothing compared to Cagayan de Oro. I have told myself, wow, Cagayan de Oro is really dirty. Then we went to Hong Kong for a vacation and please, it’s WAY cleaner that Cebu. You’ll actually feel embarrassed if ever you would throw even a wrapper of candy because the place is almost spotless clean. Can CDO be like this too?

I have a list of things that I would to see here in our city. Of course not immediately because that’s impossible, but I hope this would be sooner.

  • CLEAN CITY– I would like to go out of my house without not worrying about stepping on an animal feces or seeing a pile of garbage on the side. Aren’t we trying to attract tourists here? If that’s the case, then why don’t we clean our city first? Aren’t we embarrassed that these tourists can see how dirty our place is?
  • LESS TRAFFIC– I have experienced travelling from our house to Divisoria at 6 am and the travel was a breeze. No rowdy drivers, faster travel time, no traffic jams and other traffic problems. However, during rush hours, the traffic is unbelievable especially near Gaisano as well as the street near Coca-Cola and Cogon (I’m sorry, I’m not good with remembering street names). Traffic lights should also be put in stratgeic places especially those without RTAs. And I hope RTAs will really work because some of them just stand at the side. I hope traffic problems would be less.
  • NO MORE ROWDY DRIVERS AND UNDISCIPLINED PEDESTRIANS – and that means drivers who knows where the jeepney stop is and where is not. For the Jeepney drivers, anywhere is a jeepney stop except if there are RTAs or police or security guards who reprimand them. Also, people should know why pedestrian lanes exist. This is actually very irritating because it shows lack of discipline and inability to follow simple rules.
  • LESS STREET PEOPLE- or family. At Divisoria, every morning, there is this family who sleeps beside Dunkin Donuts. It’s annoying because they actually are potential workers but then they just ASK FOR ALMS. There was a little child, maybe 1 year old, who just struts there without clothes on.  Also, these people who live in the streets are very annoying. There are times when I eat food while walking because our break time is only very short, then this street child would usually just go in front of me and ask for my food. I haven’t eaten enough yet. There are lots of people who lives on the streets and I hope their is a branch of government or NGO who would address to this problem.
  • BETTER HEALTH FACILITIES– I was already exposed to the City Hospital and Provincial Hospital and I was really disappointed. This is a government-owned hospitals yet I don’t think this service is enough. Personally, I would rather go to German Doctors Hospital rather than to the government-owned hospitals.
  • CURFEW– which should be properly implemented. This is the reason why a lot of minors are being involved  in crimes. Policemen and officials should be alert when they see minors because their safety could be endangered or they are the ones who could endanger someone else’s safety.
  • DEEPER RIVERS – remember Sendong? They say that one of the cause of the flood was our shallow rivers and I agree. The river is getting shallower and I hope that soon, they will have to act to make a the rivers deeper.
  • CLEAN ELECTRICAL WIRING – one of my hatest sight. You look up, and the first thing that you see is a badly-tangled electrical wiring. I heard that the government is starting to fix this problem.

These is my list. I understand that for Cagayan de Oro to progress, it should not only be the government who will work but also all of us. All of us are affected on the things that happen in our city and we should be involved.

(more stuffs may be added to the list) ^_^

Love the Philippines

This is my take in the letter of Jaeyoun Kim which I posted (https://ohamerl.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/my-short-essay-about-the-philippines-by-jaeyoun-kim/).

Love the Philippines. It´s easy to say “Mahal ko ang Pilipinas” (I love the Philippines). Whenever someone brings home the glory to the country even if it’s from boxing or a math olympiad, we can see comments like these. But what really is the mark when you can say that you love the Philippines?

I love my country. I really do. This is not just something that I say because I have to, because I live in this country. After I read the letter, I felt ashamed. Ashamed because I feel like my love for my country is not enough. My country is one of the corrupt countries in the whole world, thankfully not the top. One of the dirtiest and most undisciplined country. We can never see the bad side of our country if we are not open minded and won’t take into consideration the opinions of the foreigners who have visited our country.

I actually envy South Korea. A lot of times I have thought, what if I was born a Korean? I wouldn’t have to endure living in this polluted place. I would live in a clean environment. I won’t be worrying if I have stepped on a dog feces if I smell something bad. South Korea is a booming country because it’s not just the government who is working but also it’s people. Unlike here in the Philippines where the poor’s problems is also the problem of the government. Can’t they handle themselves?

Let’s love our country. Start off by not throwing garbage ANYWHERE. This is basic but can really help us big time. No more clogged canals, no more mountains of garbage, no more embarrassing sights. Follow the rules and regulations, and that includes falling in line, traffic rules and everything that all of us does not follow.

Showing your love to your country should not be just until the comments and posts. It should be shown even in your own little ways.


(Reprinted in its original, unabridged, unedited form since 2003)

FILIPINOS always complain about corruption in the Philippines. Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines.

Let me first talk about my country, Korea. It might help you to understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch because the country was destroyed completely during the war, and we had no natural resources.

Koreans used to talk about the Philippines, for Filipinos were very rich in Asia. We envied Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father’s brother died because of famine. Korean government was awfully corrupt — and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination — but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with patriotism. Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighborhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism.

Forty years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea. He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan or attract a foreign investment because the economy of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through a horrible experience.

In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money. Hundreds of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park. They asked him, “President, when can we be well off?” That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone worked hard for Korea. The president of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea. So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea. He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart.

Many Korean scientists and engineers in the US came back to Korea to help in developing the country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salaries, they did their best for Korea. They always hoped that their children would live well off country.

My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people lived. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. I also worked for the Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from the Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And I have loved my neighborhood.

Have you cried for the Philippines? I have cried for my country several times. I have also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people.

I have been to the New Bilibid Prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to Mass and work for the church. They pray every day. However, they do not love the Philippines. I talked to two prisoners in the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they were released from the prison. They said they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines.

Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so we can share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factories and corporations distributed their profits to their employees fairly so that the employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children.

When I was in Korea, I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines, I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I saw them every day in the Philippines.

The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia, but there are too many people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has changed. My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids.

When we went to Pagsanjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would fun. However, they were not happy after taking the boat. They said they would take the boat again because they sympathized with the boatmen, who were very poor and had a small frame. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But my parents did not enjoy it because of love for the boatmen.

My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just went to Mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic in deed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received great love from God.

I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off. I am sure that love is the keyword that Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once; it should start from the person. Love must start in everybody on a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love.

Let’s put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes. I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world.

Please love your neighborhood and country. Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines, there is God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love.

If you have children, teach them to love the Philippines. Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country. You know that God also will be very happy if you love others. That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4541701234995

Philippines Needs DISCIPLINE

During our Sociology and Anthropology class, our teacher asked us if my city is a progressive country. Well, for now actually, my city has attracted lots of tourists and businesses are already booming. Naturally, a lot of us said yes. However, at the back of my mind, I can’t help but think that we’re not really that progressive. A classmate of mine who seats behind me said, “Dili kay wala’y disiplina ang mga tao” (“No, because the people are not disciplined”). I turned to her and gave her a high five.

You see, Philippines is a place where you can see a lot of undisciplined people. Let’s look at it in details. A simple falling in line can never be usually followed. You can always see line breakers or someone who just insert. Of course, a lot of people instantly get pissed and then a little confrontation could happen then the line would disperse then the people will start pushing. Where the heck is discipline there? Shouldn’t we fall in line properly to avoid any confrontations and pushing? Shouldn’t we have orderliness for things to finish smoothly?

Another thing my teacher told us is that when we live here, we cannot see how dirty our country (or city) is. But when we go to other country, we instantly compare their country to ours. I have been to Hong Kong and Macau and I can tell you that their country is really clean. Their people are very disciplined in throwing trashes on garbage bins. Once, when we we back to the hostel we were staying, a Filipina (a tourist) was eating something. Then she accidentally dropped the floor on the ground. Thinking that no one saw her, she tried to walk fast without even picking up the food. Unfortunately for her, the guard saw her and made her pick up the food. I felt ashamed seeing this because it just shows that even in other countries, a lot of my countrymen are not disciplined and not even bothered on leaving a liter on a VERY CLEAN PLACE WHERE NOT EVEN A LEAF IS SEEN!

Discipline is one problem equally worse with Corruption, if not worst. Without this, our country can never move forward. We will never regain our former glory.