Friday, August 31, 2007
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Blog Lecture No. 77: Anti-Hazing Law

Been a long time, class.

Can you give me the full text of the Anti-Hazing Law?

Sure.

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8049

AN ACT REGULATING HAZING AND OTHER FORMS OF INITIATION RITES IN FRATERNITIES, SORORITIES, AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR


Section 1. Hazing, as used in this Act, is an initiation rite or practice as a prerequisite for admission into membership in a fraternity, sorority or organization by placing the recruit, neophyte or applicant in some embarrassing or humiliating situations such as forcing him to do menial, silly, foolish and other similar tasks or activities or otherwise subjecting him to physical or psychological suffering or injury.

The term "organization" shall include any club or the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Military Academy, or officer and cadet corp of the Citizen's Military Training and Citizen's Army Training. The physical, mental and psychological testing and training procedure and practices to determine and enhance the physical, mental and psychological fitness of prospective regular members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police as approved ny the Secretary of National Defense and the National Police Commission duly recommended by the Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Director General of the Philippine National Police shall not be considered as hazing for the purposes of this Act.

Sec. 2. No hazing or initiation rites in any form or manner by a fraternity, sorority or organization shall be allowed without prior written notice to the school authorities or head of organization seven (7) days before the conduct of such initiation. The written notice shall indicate the period of the initiation activities which shall not exceed three (3) days, shall include the names of those to be subjected to such activities, and shall further contain an undertaking that no physical violence be employed by anybody during such initiation rites.

Sec. 3. The head of the school or organization or their representatives must assign at least two (2) representatives of the school or organization, as the case may be, to be present during the initiation. It is the duty of such representative to see to it that no physical harm of any kind shall be inflicted upon a recruit, neophyte or applicant.

Sec. 4. If the person subjected to hazing or other forms of initiation rites suffers any physical injury or dies as a result thereof, the officers and members of the fraternity, sorority or organization who actually participated in the infliction of physical harm shall be liable as principals. The person or persons who participated in the hazing shall suffer:

1. The penalty of reclusion perpetua (life imprisonment) if death, rape, sodomy or mutilation results there from.

2. The penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period (17 years, 4 months and 1 day to 20 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall become insane, imbecile, impotent or blind.

3. The penalty of reclusion temporal in its medium period (14 years, 8 months and one day to 17 years and 4 months) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have lost the use of speech or the power to hear or to smell, or shall have lost an eye, a hand, a foot, an arm or a leg or shall have lost the use of any such member shall have become incapacitated for the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged.

4. The penalty of reclusion temporal in its minimum period (12 years and one day to 14 years and 8 months) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall become deformed or shall have lost any other part of his body, or shall have lost the use thereof, or shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged for a period of more than ninety (90) days.

5. The penalty of prison mayor in its maximum period (10 years and one day to 12 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged for a period of more than thirty (30) days.

6. The penalty of prison mayor in its medium period (8 years and one day to 10 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged for a period of ten (10) days or more, or that the injury sustained shall require medical assistance for the same period.

7. The penalty of prison mayor in its minimum period (6 years and one day to 8 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged from one (1) to nine (9) days, or that the injury sustained shall require medical assistance for the same period.

8. The penalty of prison correccional in its maximum period (4 years, 2 months and one day to 6 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim sustained physical injuries which do not prevent him from engaging in his habitual activity or work nor require medical attendance.

The responsible officials of the school or of the police, military or citizen's army training organization, may impose the appropriate administrative sanctions on the person or the persons charged under this provision even before their conviction. The maximum penalty herein provided shall be imposed in any of the following instances:

(a) when the recruitment is accompanied by force, violence, threat, intimidation or deceit on the person of the recruit who refuses to join;

(b) when the recruit, neophyte or applicant initially consents to join but upon learning that hazing will be committed on his person, is prevented from quitting;

(c) when the recruit, neophyte or applicant having undergone hazing is prevented from reporting the unlawful act to his parents or guardians, to the proper school authorities, or to the police authorities, through force, violence, threat or intimidation;

(d) when the hazing is committed outside of the school or institution; or

(e) when the victim is below twelve (12) years of age at the time of the hazing.

The owner of the place where hazing is conducted shall be liable as an accomplice, when he has actual knowledge of the hazing conducted therein but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring. If the hazing is held in the home of one of the officers or members of the fraternity, group, or organization, the parents shall be held liable as principals when they have actual knowledge of the hazing conducted therein but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring.

The school authorities including faculty members who consent to the hazing or who have actual knowledge thereof, but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring shall be punished as accomplices for the acts of hazing committed by the perpetrators.

The officers, former officers, or alumni of the organization, group, fraternity or sorority who actually planned the hazing although not present when the acts constituting the hazing were committed shall be liable as principals. A fraternity or sorority's adviser who is present when the acts constituting the hazing were committed and failed to take action to prevent the same from occurring shall be liable as principal.

The presence of any person during the hazing is prima facie evidence of participation therein as principal unless he prevented the commission of the acts punishable herein.

Any person charged under this provision shall not be entitled to the mitigating circumstance that there was no intention to commit so grave a wrong.

This section shall apply to the president, manager, director or other responsible officer of a corporation engaged in hazing as a requirement for employment in the manner provided herein.

Sec. 5. If any provision or part of this Act is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other parts or provisions thereof shall remain valid and effective.

Sec. 6. All laws, orders, rules or regulations which are inconsistent with or contrary to the provisions of this Act are hereby amended or repealed accordingly.

Sec. 7. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) calendar days after its publication in at least two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.


What is hazing under the law?

It involves putting a new recruit to an organization to embarrassing or humiliating situations such as forcing him to do menial, silly, foolish and other similar tasks or activities or otherwise subjecting him to physical or psychological suffering or injury as an initiation rite or practice as a prerequisite for admission into membership in a fraternity, sorority or organization.

For purposes of this act, what does the term "organization" include?

The term "organization" shall include any club or the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Military Academy, or officer and cadet corp of the Citizen's Military Training and Citizen's Army Training.

What is not included in hazing?

The physical, mental and psychological testing and training procedure and practices to determine and enhance the physical, mental and psychological fitness of prospective regular members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police as approved by the Secretary of National Defense and the National Police Commission duly recommended by the Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Director General of the Philippine National Police shall not be considered as hazing for the purposes of this Act.

(Mostly because this are pretty standard and there is no hint of secrecy here.)

What is the procedure if initiation rites are to be legal?

Briefly:

1. Prior notice to authorities
2. List of activities
3. Not longer than 3 days
4. List of participants
5. Undertaking not to use violence
6. Presence of at least 2 school or organization representatives to make sure

Who are to be considered as accomplices if something wrong happens in these rites?

1. Owner of the place where the rites are held, if he has actual knowledge of the hazing conducted therein but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring.

2. School officials, including faculty members who consent to the hazing or who have actual knowledge thereof, but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring

Who are considered principals along with those who actually committed the crime?

1. If the owner is one of the officers or members of the fraternity, group, or organization, the parents shall be held liable as principals when they have actual knowledge of the hazing conducted therein but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring.

2. The officers, former officers, or alumni of the organization, group, fraternity or sorority who actually planned the hazing although not present when the acts constituting the hazing were committed shall be liable as principals.

3. A fraternity or sorority's adviser who is present when the acts constituting the hazing were committed and failed to take action to prevent the same from occurring shall be liable as principal.

4. The presence of any person during the hazing is prima facie evidence of participation therein as principal unless he prevented the commission of the acts punishable herein.

Is the mitigating circumstance of no intent to commit so grave a wrong available in this crime?

No. But express provision of this law. Also, this law is mala prohibita so there is no need to prove criminal intent.

What are the penalties?

1. The penalty of reclusion perpetua (life imprisonment) if death, rape, sodomy or mutilation results there from.

2. The penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period (17 years, 4 months and 1 day to 20 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall become insane, imbecile, impotent or blind.

3. The penalty of reclusion temporal in its medium period (14 years, 8 months and one day to 17 years and 4 months) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have lost the use of speech or the power to hear or to smell, or shall have lost an eye, a hand, a foot, an arm or a leg or shall have lost the use of any such member shall have become incapacitated for the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged.

4. The penalty of reclusion temporal in its minimum period (12 years and one day to 14 years and 8 months) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall become deformed or shall have lost any other part of his body, or shall have lost the use thereof, or shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged for a period of more than ninety (90) days.

5. The penalty of prison mayor in its maximum period (10 years and one day to 12 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged for a period of more than thirty (30) days.

6. The penalty of prison mayor in its medium period (8 years and one day to 10 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged for a period of ten (10) days or more, or that the injury sustained shall require medical assistance for the same period.

7. The penalty of prison mayor in its minimum period (6 years and one day to 8 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged from one (1) to nine (9) days, or that the injury sustained shall require medical assistance for the same period.

8. The penalty of prison correccional in its maximum period (4 years, 2 months and one day to 6 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim sustained physical injuries which do not prevent him from engaging in his habitual activity or work nor require medical attendance.

Can this law be enforced?

Your guess is as good as mine.


Thursday, August 30, 2007
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From seriously funny to serious

Look at Jim Carey before:



Seriously funny, right?

Look at him now:



Just plain serious.

Well at least these Hollywood stars use their star power for good...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007
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Compressed Day

Since I got the car that's on color-coding for the day, I had to compress my day in the 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m. window the car was allowed.

Fortunately, I succeeded.

Scooted over to my consultancy for a short meeting at 10:00 a.m. Then I went to La Vida Lawyer's office to discuss some common cases. Turns out, the guy has big plans and he's hiring. If you're a law school student or a newbie lawyer, you may want to try this one out.

I was also fortunate to share with him and his wife The Law of Attraction the first time I encountered it and it has likewise worked wonders for them. For that, I am likewise grateful.

Anyway, that ended about 2:00 p.m., more than enough time to get back home. I then finished of my work day at home with prospects of my own.

Mission accomplished.

Does not matter if you don't get results for the day. All that matters is they all move along towards the goal. Sooner or later, it gets there.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007
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Red Moon!



Captured from livestreaming Discovery Channel Asia.

Here's something you don't see everyday.

For his homework, Nico had to watch this lunar eclipse. But the cloudy night prevented us from doing this outside.

Thank God for the internets.

Forever in My Heart

Not wanting to disappoint, Happyslip released a video of her own, showcasing her vocal and songwriting prowess:




Not particularly keen to this video or the song. But this is perfect because it gives me something to blog about.

Enjoy!

Monday, August 27, 2007
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A working holiday

But I rested for a good part of the morning.

Such a nice, cool, rainy day today. It was raining just enough to beat the heat, but not too much to cause floods.

Traffic was a breeze today because of the holiday. Went to my appointment in less than 20 minutes. But the meeting was long and I just got home today.

Oh, my weekend went well also. I immensely enjoyed the Bukas Palad album launch last Saturday night. And more than that, there's something about going back to your alma mater. It's like returning home from a long trip.

Since there was no choir service last Saturday so we could go to the concert, I had my "make-up" service on Sunday. It went reasonably well.

Anyway, there's a new workweek ahead full of opportunities. I can't wait.

Sunday, August 26, 2007
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Just a couple of new HapplySlip videos

Happyslip did a couple of new videos, albeit found in KevJumba's page.

Of course, this is Kevin's videos so his directorial style prevailed here. Shows HappySlip's versatility as an actress, having to "play" herself while she directed by someone else.

Here they are:

Part I:



Part II:


Enjoy!

Saturday, August 25, 2007
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Feeling Better

Aside from some driver duties, and because of a lingering bout with the flu, I chose to rest the whole day. I was supposed to have a hearing in a far, far away place, but I chose not to.

Fortunately, most of my work for the week was done, anyway, so I just took my meds and intermittently dozed off to recharge. I really found it hard to even stare at any computer screen so I gave that one up completely yesterday.

Of course, no one tended to me, as you know. But I'm already used to that. I just needed rest and some peace and quiet, which I got for most of the day.

I'm feeling a lot better now which is good because I have some driving errands to go to. Plus I'm going to the Bukas Palad event tonight so I'll need all the energy I can muster. Our choir swapped duties for tonight so we can attend. Oh, and there's no chamber session today, either because our maestro gave as homework instead. That will resume next week.

It's a good thing I'm feeling better because I'll need all the energy I can muster today. Then tomorrow, I can rest again.

I already have something in mind to post in my new blog, so just wait for it during the day. Or tomorrow perhaps.

Have a wonderful long weekend.

Thursday, August 23, 2007
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Attraction In Action

Will all the thoughts I have on the Law of Attraction, I feel like it deserves its own blog.

And so I did.

So here is Attraction In Action.

I hope you follow this new blog as you have follow me here.

This blog, then, will still contain my personal thoughts as well as my blog lectures. Semper Fidelis will remain as my professional blog.

I'm so excited already!

Keep your feet warm...

It was a good day yesterday because of the work.

Did stuff at home, then off to two meetings that lasted well into the night. I was tired (and still fighting off the flu) but I still felt good despite that.

Then when I got home, there was still more work.

By the law of attraction, I maybe thinking of work so I attracted more work. But since I was thinking positively this time around, I was attracting fulfilling (and lucrative) work. That's the difference between my past and my future, I think.

But it does not mean I have regrets. I am grateful for what I have experienced, although now I know I was attracting the wrongs things then. It has prepared me for the bright future that I shall have henceforth.

Driving back home and listening to a talk show, there was an advice of some German doctor that stuck to me.

"Keep your feet warm and your head cool and you'll live to be a hundred years old."

So true on so many levels.

Now, I'll be off... to work of course... but I think I'll rest first for an hour or so...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
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Together in Electric Dreams

Here's a song from my youth...




(Together In) Electric Dreams
Philip Oakley and Georgio Moroder

I only knew you for a while
I never saw your smile
'Til it was time to go
Time to go away (time to go away)
Sometimes it's hard to recognize
Love comes as a surprise
And it's too late
It's just too late to stay
Too late to stay
We'll always be together
However far it seems
(Love never ends)
We'll always be together
Together in Electric Dreams
Because the friendship that you gave
Has taught me to be brave
No matter where I go I'll never find a better prize
(Find a better prize)
Though you are miles and miles away
I see you every day I don't have to try
I just close my eyes I close my eyes
We'll always be together
However far it seems
(Love never ends)
We'll always be together
Together in Electric Dreams

Tuesday, August 21, 2007
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iPhone working in the Philippines?

Saw this pic and it blew me away...



Look at the carrier... what does it say?

An iPhone... running on Globe? Now?

Now all I can say is I want one. And I'm going to get one...

Monday, August 20, 2007
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Second Plug for Bukas Palad



Hindi Kita Malilimutan
Album Launch
of the Bukas Palad Music Ministry.
25 August, 2007, Saturday 7:00 p.m.
Church of the Gesu, Ateneo de Manila, Loyola Heights, Q.C.

Sunday, August 19, 2007
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Clarry's debut

I'm happy to announce that Clarry made his debut at last night's mass.

I felt ready to play her with the choir. Two songs only, though ("Glory and Praise to Our God," which, providentially, is also the first song I played when I got back to my present choir, and "Glory to God"), because I just wanted to get my feet wet using Clarry.

It went quite well with only a few runaway notes. It was a nice start. And since the songs for this afternoon's mass are the same, I played Clarry again today with comparable results.

Anyway, there's no cable TV right now so I just made do with watching DVDs.

Again, that girl contacted to a few days back to ask if she could visit her kids. Of course, I did not object and it was supposed to happen this afternoon.

Surprisingly (or not), it was again a no-show.

But then again, I took the prudent move and not reveal the visit to the kids until she was actually here. It was a good move. At least they did not end up waiting for nothing this time.

Here's to a good week ahead. And I know that I know that I know what I have wished for is on its way. And for that, I am grateful, even for what I have right now.

Saturday, August 18, 2007
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Wait a Minuet




Luigi Boccherini, Minuet and Trio from the String Quartet in E, 3rd Movement.

According to the annotations, this is supposed to be conducted by Vladimir Spivakov in Hillary Hahn's concert in Moscow (2005), but there's no way to verify this.

A happy long weekend to the people of the Philippines.

Friday, August 17, 2007
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Give thanks





Give Thanks
Artist - Don Moen
Album - Give Thanks
Lyrics - Give Thanks



Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks unto the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son (repeat)

And now let the weak say, 'I am strong'
Let the poor say, 'I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us' (repeat)

Give thanks

Thursday, August 16, 2007
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A good day no matter what

I'm really convinced that the difference between a good day and a bad one is perspective.

Take my day yesterday. Despite the weather, I had to go all the way to Serendra for a meeting. I did not like it at first because I already turned back and people know that when I'm already at home, it takes a lot of effort for me to overcome the law of inertia.

I said to myself, "This will still be a good day, despite it all."

And lo and behold, my trip was light, despite the heavy rains. It was already after lunch and students and government employees were already sent home. Floods in EDSA already subsided. And I actually made the trip with minimal stress.

And when I got to the meeting, it turns out I was badly needed and they piled me up with a lot of work. That's good news because that's directly proportional to what I charge them.

And I'm going to attend to that work today. That's today's agenda.

And since I was in Serendra already, I already made a "visualization" trip by actually seeing and touching the things I am going to get someday, like the new iMac, that's already here. I'm getting the 24-incher, you know...

There's really everything to gain (and nothing to loose) with having a positive perspective. At the very least, you get good days, everyday. No matter what happens.

Try it. You'll be surprised how beneficial it is.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007
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Collective Thought

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. (Buddha)


It naturally follows that once you start to change your thoughts from evil to good, one will attract the good.

So there really is wisdom with thinking happy thoughts. And the good thing is, it is possible to literally change one's life by the power of thought.

And what if we all (as in the country) think of good thoughts? By this theory, we will attract the good henceforth. Perhaps, that will start our country's recovery.

Now I do not mean this at the cost of justice and accountability. Those will come in their own time. But we can always start with having good thought and good moods at the beginning of the day, everyday.

I've been trying that since my change in perspective and it has worked for me since. And I'm sure, my life will turn around. And I'm grateful even for that already.

Try it. There's nothing to loose and everything to gain.

Monday, August 13, 2007
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Opportunities

Our job is not to figure out how our desires will come to be.

Our job is just to focus on what we want, with such passion and such positive feelings that the universe will figure out a way.

But when the opportunity comes, we have to grab it.

Radical but positive words. And this I have proven today.

When a door seemed to close on me today, another opened, because I took an occasion when possible opportunities may arise.

I did not regret that decision.

Now to focus on what I want some more so I the correct way will be shown me...

This new perspective really excites me. And for that, I am grateful.

Thank you, Lord.

Sunday, August 12, 2007
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Elvira Madigan

It's Sunday. So let's listen to one of the most beautiful Mozart pieces.




Mozart Piano Concerto no. 21 K.467 ("Elvira Madigan")- 2nd Movement, Andante
Pianist: Mexican Citlalli Guevara
San Luis Potosi Symphony Orchestra.
Jose Miramontes Zapata, conductor.

Saturday, August 11, 2007
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Punziology

I'm rarely into memes. But it's the weekend, a time to kick back and relax. Besides, this is a chance for you to know more about me without actually meeting me.

Taken from Carlo:

No tags. I'm not into that, also. But you can let others know a little more about yourself, repost as “[Your name]OLOGY”

Q: What is your salad dressing of choice?
A. None. (Don't eat salad.)

Q: What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
A. It's a toss-up between Pizza Hut and KFC

Q: What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
A. Triple V (but you move around that because it's buffet) so it has to be Aristocrat (or its variants like Alex III)

Q: On average, what size tip do you leave at a restaurant?
A. 20, on the average. I rely on that "service charge" item on my bill

Q: What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of it?
A: Fried Chicken and/or pizza

Q: What are your pizza toppings of choice?
A. Pepperoni and extra cheese

Q: What do you like to put on your toast?
A. Butter with peanut butter (Try it. It's actually very good.)

TECHNOLOGY

Q: What is your wallpaper on your computer?
A. Lindsay and Scarlett both have pictures of Bea and Nico in them. But different pictures.

Q: How many televisions are in your house?
A. (Drum roll....) 6, counting my LCD TV that's under repair that'll return next week. All working (sometimes all at the same time, heheheheheh!). We're obviously TV addicts.

(I have to agree, Carlo. They could have asked more questions here I was willing to answer them.)

BIOLOGY

Q: Are you right-handed or left-handed?
A. Right-handed

Q: Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
A. Almost had a kidney stone removed.

Q: What is the last heavy item you lifted?
A. My old TV when I put it back in my room after the LCD TV blowing up incident.

Q: Have you ever been knocked unconscious?
A. No. Unless you count the time I was in the hospital

BULLCRAPOLOGY (pardon the words)

Q: If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
A. Of course

Q: If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
A. I'm going with Stephen, the patron saint whose feast day is my birthday. It's a good name.

Q: What color do you think looks best on you?
A: I don't know.

Q: Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
A. I don’t remember.

Q: Have you ever saved someone’s life?
A. All the time. I'm a lawyer (but not a doctor, heheheheh!)

Q: Has someone ever saved yours?
A. Yes, actually. My first nanny picked me up when I was drowning at some pool.

DAREOLOGY

Q: Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
A. Did that last night, repeatedly on the lips, when Nico kissed me goodnight. (Heheheheheheh!)

Q: Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000
A. No. I need it to make music.

Q: Would you never blog again for $50,000?
A. I guess.

Q: Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
A. Assuming I had a body to show.

Q: Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
A. Probably.

Q: Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000?
A. No.

DUMBOLOGY

Q: What is in your left pocket?
A. I have no left pocket at this time.

Q: Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie?
A. Haven’t seen it

Q: Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house?
A. Hardwood.

Q: Do you sit or stand in the shower?
A. Stand (what do you think I am?)

Q: How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
A. 2 cheap ones

Q: Last time you had a run-in with the cops?
A. None.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A. Successful at everything

Q: Who is number 1 on your top 8?
A. Of what? Women? I have my "oogle" girls but I don't rank them.

LASTOLOGY

Q: Friend you talked to?
A. Kim

Q: Last person who called you?
A. Beejay

Q: Person you hugged?
A. Nico, last night

Q: Person you kissed?
A. Nico, last night

FAVORITOLOGY

Q: Number?
A. 7

Q: Season?
A: I actually seen? Has to be autumn.

CURRENTOLOGY

Q: Missing someone?
A. Not really.

Q: Mood?
A. Excited

Q: Listening to?
A: The Law of Attraction audiobook

Q: Watching?
A. The computer screen.

Q: Worrying about?
A: Nothing.

RANDOMOLOGY

Q: First place you went this morning?
A. Bathroom

Q: What can you not wait to do?
A. For today, choir.

Q: What’s the last movie you saw?
A. OMG! I think it's Mr. Bean. We don't really go to movies.

Q: Do you smile often?
A. Always.

Q: Are you a friendly person?
A. Of course.

Friday, August 10, 2007
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Greater Scheme of Things





Pilgrim's Theme (Greater Scheme Of Things)


Music by: Manoling Francisco, SJ
Lyrics by: Johnny Go, SJ
Arrangement: Paulo K Tirol
Soloist: Julius Guevara

Tired of weaving dreams too loose for me to wear
Tired of watching clouds repeat their dance on air
Tired of getting tied to doing what's required
Is life a mere routine in the greater scheme of things?

Through with going through, one more day what's new?
Does my life still mean a thing in the greater scheme of things?

I think I'll follow the voice that calls within
Dance to the silent song it sings
I hope to find my place
So my life will fall in place
I know in time I'll find my place
In the greater scheme of things

Each must go his way but how can I decide,
Which path I should take, who will be my guide?
I need some kind of star to lead me somewhere far
To find a higher dream in the greater scheme of things

The road before me bends, I don't know what I'll find
Will I meet a friend or ghosts I've left behind?
Should I even be surprised that You're with me in disguise
For it's Your hand that I have seen in the greater scheme of things

I think I'll follow the voice that calls within
Dance to the silent song it sings
I hope to find my place
So my life will fall in place
I know in time I'll find my place

For Yours is the voice in my deepest dreams
You are the heart, the very heart of the greater scheme of things

Why don't we follow the voice that calls within?
Dance to the silent song it sings
I hope to find my place
So my life will fall in place
>I know in time I'll find my place


From the Hangad website:

There comes a time in everyone’s life when one has to choose between roads. Often it’s a choice between a road we already know too well, and one that’s much narrower, less familiar, bending beyond what your eyes can see. The thing is, you know you must choose—lest you remain a wanderer all your life and you simply run out of roads. Each one’s road is different. But all of us are born pilgrims: We are all meant to seek that one road that will lead us home. It’s not an easy task, but don’t be afraid.

If you seek it, your road will find you.

(Have a nice weekend, everyone!-- This one's from me.)

Thursday, August 09, 2007
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Looking at the Bright Side

The following events today may seem to be less than desirable. But a mere change of perspective instantly shows these are good things.

1. Had a hearing that I just knew about 30 minutes before it was to start. Present were none other that Supreme Court Justices and a very formidable opponent.

The bright side: The venue was only 5 minutes from my house, I think we defended our client's position pretty well even against such adversity and of course, the appearance is billable...

2. The big case I'm working on recently will probably push through instead of getting settled quickly.

The bright side: We'll win in the end, even if it takes a little longer and the conversation with the client opened with an opportunity which may turn out to be even better that what settling this case will bring.

3. "That girl" called tonight asking to exercise her visitation rights.

The bright side: I said she's entitled to visit and she should visit, by all means and if she takes this seriously, at least my children will have a mother. Well I hope she has changed, for her children's sake. I think it's better late than never for her to establish a relationship with her kids.

On a personal note, I did not recognize her voice but when she (re)introduced herself, I felt nothing (no anger, no resentment, nothing, just surprise that she called after more than 2 years), which I think is a good sign. She wanted me present when she visits (two Sundays from now), I said I will be close by but I'll leave them to themselves so she can know her kids without my influence over their behavior.

Anyway, still haven't had a bad day so far.

This is a good change for me. A day becomes good when I think it is... whatever happens.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007
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Brown Beauty...



This video is hot off the press... er... editing room of the HappySlip studios...

Now, we know that Tita's (Auntie's) name is Baby Cruz. Did not catch the name in the previous videos.

Anyways, take the Filipino reference jokes in stride. I didn't know Filipinos are the same all throughout the world... and the way she sneaked in her father and his famous "Deesaaasterrr!" line in that scene was simply brilliant. She really has talent.

And the outtakes... a nice touch. The technical comments remain the same and can only get better with the new iMacs and iLife '08.

Cheers me up even further that I am.

And I told you, I'm still having good days if I will it! Even today.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007
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Singing in the Rain...




Don Lockwood:
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo
Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo...

I'm singing in the rain
Just singing in the rain
What a glorious feelin'
I'm happy again
I'm laughing at clouds
So dark up above
The sun's in my heart
And I'm ready for love
Let the stormy clouds chase
Everyone from the place
Come on with the rain
I've a smile on my face
I walk down the lane
With a happy refrain
Just singin',
Singin' in the rain

Dancin' in the rain
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
I'm happy again!
I'm singin' and dancin' in the rain!

I'm dancin' and singin' in the rain...
[ADDITIONAL VERSE]
Why am I smiling
And why do I sing?
Why does September
Seem sunny as spring?
Why do I get up
Each morning and start?
Happy and head up
With joy in my heart
Why is each new task
A trifle to do?
Because I am living
A life full of you.

Five days in a row! Going for No. 6 tomorrow!

Monday, August 06, 2007
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Song of Ruth

But Ruth said,
‘Do not press me to leave you
or to turn back from following you!
Where you go, I will go;
where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God.
Where you die, I will die—
there will I be buried.
May the Lord do thus and so to me,
and more as well,
if even death parts me from you!’
(Ruth 1:16-17)

Another feel good passage of unwaivering loyalty and faith. And given that Ruth told this to her mother-in-law, all the more this becomes special. Then add to that the fact that she was actually Ruth's ex mother-in-law since her son (Ruth's husband) already passed on and hence, Ruth had already finished her obligations towards her mother-in-law, this passage becomes even more inspiring.

Now let's hear the song. But this is in Filipino. If you cannot understand the lyrics, just try to feel the song.



Pananatili

Music and lyrics by: Noel Miranda
Arrangement: Paulo K Tirol
Soloists: Chad Arcinue
Leanne Laudico-Arcinue
Flute: Jay Gomez

Huwag mong naising lisanin kita;
Wala 'kong hangaring ika'y mag-isa.
Sa'n man magtungo, ako'y sasabay,
Magkabalikat sa paglalakbay.

Mananahan sa tahanang sisilong sa 'yo,
Yayakapin ang landasin at bayan mo.

Poon mo ay aking ipagbubunyi
At iibigin nang buong sarili.
Sa'n man abutin ng paghahanap,
Ikaw at ako'y magkasamang ganap.

Ipahintulot nawa ng Panginoon:
Ni kamataya'y maglalaho, anino ng kahapon.

Dahil pag-ibig ang alay sa 'yo, mananatili ako.
H'wag nang naising tayo'y mawalay,
H'wag nang isiping
Magwawakas ang paglalakbay.


If you really must know, I can play the flute part of this. And I actually played it in a concert.

Sunday, August 05, 2007
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Gratitude

As I have promised, I'm going to blog about gratitude.

To me, gratitude is all about being thankful. Gratitude is about being positive. Gratitude refocuses a person to the side of the right and the side of the light.

It's a good feeling to attempt to capture for good vibes.

So here goes...

I'm grateful and thankful for:

1. My kids, who are growing up pretty well, healthy in all respects.

2. My family, who have always been there for me.

3. My friends, (you know who you are) who I can count on for anything.

4. Myself, as I have undergone a lot and still endured. With this new perspective, I will prevail.

5. God, for I am still here, still alive and kicking. He truly has a purpose for me. And what is fun about it, I get to participate in such a purpose.

(Maybe you want to take this up as a meme. Please feel free to do so. Now, I believe in spreading the good feelings to everyone because everyone would benefit.)

Here's to the next step, the next chapter in this wonderful journey called life....

Cheers!

Saturday, August 04, 2007
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Having fun in the process

As a first step to my new life perspective, I'm start to blog about what I'm grateful for instead of other things.

I'm making a conscious effort to put only positive words in my blog from now on. Positive words evoke a positive outlook and elicit a positive thought. Positive thoughts attract positive things and positive feelings.

So far it has worked. Now I try to see the positive side of things and it has been working. I'm having the time of my life. I'm having fun in the process. And I've had two great days in a row. And for as long as I continue this, I'll always have good days.

I remember the time when I was a new lawyer when I tried to relearn my writing style to mainly use the active voice. But it has been worth it. It has brought about dramatic clarity in my sentences and my thoughts on paper (or on screen).

Now, it's a more ambitious project.

Now, time to learn to put everything in a positive light in any circumstance. It will take some time, but I believe it will be also worth it. It will turn my life around and attract only positive things.

Hence, I shall start with gratitude, with what I am grateful for. Tomorrow.

In the meantime, I'll treat myself to watching the HappySlip live chat a little later.

And here's to a great weekend (and a great future) to us all!

Cheers!

Friday, August 03, 2007
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Change of Perspective

Something happened to me today that I think has changed my life.

And this will reflect in the tone of my blog entries from now on.

Henceforth, you will only read positive things, a positive perspective on everyday life and anything. You will only hear of solutions, happy thoughts, positive spins and constructive matters.

Because now, I believe if I think it, it will come. If I think, feel and believe in the positive side of things. Positive thoughts and perspectives will only attract positive events.

And I tested that today and it worked.

Hence forth, I will be forever thankful for the life I have and resolve to think of the good in all. Because if I think it, I will attract it.

There, I even managed to accomplish that in this entry. Success!

I have found the secret. And it has changed my life.

Thanks Gabe! That little tweet of yours showed me the way.



Thursday, August 02, 2007
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You Are Near





You Are Near


Music and lyrics by: Dan Schutte
Performed by Hangad


Yahweh, I know You are near
Standing always by my side
You guard me from the foe
And You lead me in ways everlasting

Lord, You have searched my heart
And You know when I sit and when I stand
Your hand is upon me
Protecting me from death
Keeping me from harm

Where can I run from Your love?
If I climb to the heavens You are there
If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea
Still I'd find You there

Wednesday, August 01, 2007
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Happiness

Talked to an old friend who had known what happened to me but only got the chance to say something to me personally last night.

The first thing she said was "You know, Punzi, you deserve to be happy."

I can only agree with half of what that statement implies.

Contrary to what you may be thinking, that statement implies two things, not one:

1. That I deserve to be happy; and
2. That happiness is defined as having someone (albeit a so-called second time)

Readily, I can believe the first statement because everyone deserves to be happy, not only me.

But I cannot believe that happiness can only be defined as having someone.

Don't get me wrong. This may be the formula for happiness for other people. But I refuse to believe that this is the only measure for happiness.

So what is happiness, for me?

Of course, I don't know that for sure.

But I refuse believe it is just having someone, no matter how great the relationship is. In the first place, it's not constant or permanent. It's a journey with highs and lows, a bumpy road filled with potholes, rocks, cracks, hanging over the cliff on either side. It's a balancing act, with a hairline tightrope.

I also believe that I cannot return to that life anymore. And even if I can, I think I don't want to go on that journey again. I've seen what it has done to other people. More importantly, I've been there. I've done that. The costs far outweigh the benefits.

So why not a happiness defined as a dedicated life of service to others and/or to God?

That's equally fulfilling.

What about a fulfilling professional career and family life at the same time? What about a life surrounded by dear family and friends?

That may be the happiness for me.

What about contentment and peace of mind?

I think these are more the brand of happiness for me than what my friend was referring to.

Of course, that's just me. Feel free to disagree.

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PRAYER FOR GENEROSITY
Lord Jesus,
Teach me to be generous,
Teach me to serve You as You deserve
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labor and not to ask for reward,
except that of knowing
That I do Your Holy Will. Amen

THE LAWYER'S PRAYER
May every word I speak be from Your Truth...
I ask come from Your Wisdom...
May every case I handle receive Your Guidance...
May every heart, every life I touch, feel Your Love.

THE JABEZ PRAYER
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying,
"Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory,
that Your Hand be with me,
that You would keep me from evil,
that I may not cause pain."

So God granted him what he requested.

Side Oath

The Lawyer's Oath
I do solemnly swear that
I will maintain allegiance to
the Republic of the Philippines,
I will support its Constitution
and obey the laws as well as
the legal orders of the
duly constituted authorities therein;
I will do no falsehood,
nor consent to the doing of any in court;
I will not wittingly or willingly
promote or sue any groundless,
false or unlawful suit,
nor give aid nor consent to the same;
I will delay no man for money or malice,
and will conduct myself as a lawyer
according to the best of my knowledge
and discretion with all good fidelity
as well to the courts as to my clients;
and I impose upon myself this voluntary obligation
without any mental reservation
or purpose of evasion.
So help me God.

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