Series 6

THROUGH THE YEARS Series 6 “Rod, if you agree with me let us name her Rosa.” she looked towards to Rod as he was putting his whole attention still to the baby while playing happily to her little gentle fingers. “Ok… honey…she would be our very special sweet red rose in our family.”  Rod replied jokingly to Aning as he looked at her smilingly. Rod kissed tenderly her lips. Aning could really feel the so much joy and excitement of her husband upon having now their first baby. Since that time when they had already their first child, Rod had become more so sweet to Aning. “Honey! Here are your favorite red roses…hmmm…I love you!” Rod told Aning while embracing her tightly every time he arrived home in the afternoon from his work. Rod was already an Electrical Engineer in an electric company in Tagbilaran City. “Thank you, honey! …I love you!” Even they were already married but as if Aning was still continuously courted by Rod just to prove her that he was really thoughtful to his promise, to love her truly all through the years. From every single day Rod made her realized always, again and again, how much she was truly loved by him by bringing always to her sweet red roses. Aning recalled what Rod had been undergone for the past almost four years in making her falling in love with him. But, Rod never gave- up even once despite that he was turned -down by Aning so many times. “Why you are here?” Aning asked. “… did I told you many times not to...

Smallest Animals in the World

TRIVIA Smallest Animals in the World When you think of the word animal, you might think only of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Maybe you also include fishes and birds. All of these creatures are vertebrates — that is, animals that have backbones. But inverterbrates — animals that lack backbones — are considered animals, too. As you might have learned in science class, insects are invertebrates. So are spiders, earthworms, snails, clams, starfish, jellyfish, corals, and many other types of animals. Invertebrates, in fact, represent an estimated 97 percent of all animal species. Now that we’ve defined animal, let’s get to the answer. According to many sources, the smallest known animal in the world is a microscopic water-dwelling invertebrate called the tardigrade. It is also known as the water bear or moss piglet. Tardigrades have eight legs and segmented bodies. They look like short, chubby caterpillars. They are found all over the world, from the highest mountains to the deepest ocean trenches. Scientists have identified more than 1,000 different species of tardigrades. In the smallest species, adults reach lengths of less than 0.1 millimeter, or 4/1,000ths of an inch. It is these smallest species that earn tardigrades the title of world’s smallest animal. Now let’s look at the smallest representatives of the other groups mentioned above. Insects: The smallest known insect is a type of wasp called the fairyfly. The males of one fairyfly species on the island of Guadeloupe reach a length of just 0.17 millimeters, or 7/1,000ths of an inch. Fishes: The world’s smallest fish — and smallest vertebrate — is thought to be a species of carp...

COUNTDOWN FOR RUBY

COUNTDOWN FOR RUBY TAGBILARAN CITY.- We ask for an apology to our dear readers if our column last Wednesday was re-printed in the issue yesterday. There was some sort of a technical glitz. At any rate, we were supposed to meet yesterday with this paper’s editor here with Ric V. Obedencio but it was cancelled in the last minute. So our projected meeting did not push though. We just hope and pray that our meeting will finally be realized before another super typhoon hits Bohol. God forbid. * * * * * The social media has instantly been converted into a weather forecasting web site. Since Wednesday, the Facebook has been loaded with posts about the weather situation by its members That is why we stopped monitoring it as it has become a beehive of doomsday seers. They really like making typhoon Ruby as more devastating than Yolanda. Well see if all their predictions will become true once Ruby makes a land fall this afternoon. * * * * * We just mentioned in the postscript of this corner in the last issue that we will be amplifying here the current attacks against Atty. Salvador Diputado. It immediately sparked a reaction in the air lanes. We felt slighted when a local broadcaster chided those who discussed about politics when everybody was concerned about the incoming typhoon. We simply made true to our promise in discussing about the 2016 presidential elections. We did not know that a typhoon was already coming at that time. * * * * * These Capitol paid hacks really wanted to control the issues to be discussed in...

THE NAME OF BIEN UNIDO TOWN, A SPANISH WORD MEANING “WELL UNITED”

THE NAME OF BIEN UNIDO TOWN, A SPANISH WORD MEANING “WELL UNITED” The Municipality of Bien Unido was once a barangay of the municipality of Trinidad. Way back in 1935, two sitios in northern Trinidad were united into one barangay under an executive order and given the name of Bien Unido, a Spanish word meaning “well united”. In order to hasten its economic, social, cultural and political upliftments the people of Barangay Bien Unido aspire for independence and wanted to become a municipality. This longtime dream of the residents which started in 1965 became a reality when in 1981, it was approved by Batasang Pambansa Blg.93 through the efforts of then Assemblyman Bartolomeo Cabangbang and Eutiquio Cimafranca. This makes Bien Unido the youngest of all municipalities in Bohol. Off the coast of Northern Bohol, extending from the mid-Cebu island to the shores of Leyte lies a well-defined coral reef formation marked in some maps as Danajon Bank. While the Danajon Bank formation is a barrier reef, it is special because it is also a double barrier reef which is one of the only six known in the world and the only one of its kind in the Philippines. Recognizing its unique status in our country already known for its beaches and coral reefs, Danajon Bank is now known as the Danajon Bank Double Barrier Reef. Inside this reef ecosystem is the Philippine’s largest municipal-declared Marine Protected Area (MPA) which is known as the Bien Unido Double Barrier Reef Marine Park. This marine park is the result of the initiative of the local government of Bien Unido to conserve and protect this valuable ecosystem. Mayor Nino Rey Boniel of Bien Unido, Bohol...

LIFE AND ITS QUESTIONS

LIFE AND ITS QUESTIONS Going abroad and working there is an alternative route to achieve one’s goals in life. These successes include buying a house, car, clothing, gadgets, and other things which makes life more convenient and happier. Additionally, one can travel to different places and find meaning in doing so. For the most of us, our quest really never ends because once we’ve achieved said goals, a new set of higher and much more complicated objectives almost always replaces the accomplished ones. For others, it may simply be finishing college, getting a job, marrying a good woman, and grinding out daily endeavors. As a 90s song goes, “What has life to offer me… What’s there to look forward to,” such Introvoys song entitled “Next in Line” vividly illustrates the travails and uncertainties of life. These are questions which my High School friends and I usually discuss over a couple rounds of beer back then (but still end up clueless maybe because of inebriation). But what has life really have in store for us? This question has baffled me since time immemorial. We usually seek for something which we do not have but when we already have that something which we’ve previously searched for, a new quest almost always begins. This cycle never ends until we’ve breathed our last. Three years ago, our personal life completely took a 180-degrees turn which resulted into a better and more clearer perspective of things and circumstances around us. In a sense, we’ve figured out a lot of things which made life simpler, more balanced, and more moderate which included, among others, a revamp of our moral,...

THE NAME OF BIEN UNIDO TOWN, A SPANISH WORD MEANING “WELL UNITED”

THE NAME OF BIEN UNIDO TOWN, A SPANISH WORD MEANING “WELL UNITED” The Municipality of Bien Unido was once a barangay of the municipality of Trinidad. Way back in 1935, two sitios in northern Trinidad were united into one barangay under an executive order and given the name of Bien Unido, a Spanish word meaning “well united”. In order to hasten its economic, social, cultural and political upliftments the people of Barangay Bien Unido aspire for independence and wanted to become a municipality. This longtime dream of the residents which started in 1965 became a reality when in 1981, it was approved by Batasang Pambansa Blg.93 through the efforts of then Assemblyman Bartolomeo Cabangbang and Eutiquio Cimafranca. This makes Bien Unido the youngest of all municipalities in Bohol. Off the coast of Northern Bohol, extending from the mid-Cebu island to the shores of Leyte lies a well-defined coral reef formation marked in some maps as Danajon Bank. While the Danajon Bank formation is a barrier reef, it is special because it is also a double barrier reef which is one of the only six known in the world and the only one of its kind in the Philippines. Recognizing its unique status in our country already known for its beaches and coral reefs, Danajon Bank is now known as the Danajon Bank Double Barrier Reef. Inside this reef ecosystem is the Philippine’s largest municipal-declared Marine Protected Area (MPA) which is known as the Bien Unido Double Barrier Reef Marine Park. This marine park is the result of the initiative of the local government of Bien Unido to conserve and protect this valuable ecosystem. Mayor Nino Rey Boniel of Bien Unido, Bohol...

The relevance of Youth Activism today

The relevance of Youth Activism today Fifty years ago today, November 30, 1964, the nation saw the birth of the most militant and comprehensive youth organization, Kabataang Makabayan (Patriotic Youth). Members ranged from 15 to 35 years of age, from the ranks of students, workers, peasants, professionals and other sectors. The organization came about after 5000 students protested against the Committee on Anti Filipino Activities’ anti-communist witchhunt for the professors and students who had written articles against the Marcos regime for its corruption, for being a US subservient and on the issues of land reform and low wages and the like. It advocated the completion of the struggle for national independence and democracy, national industrialization and land reform, a national, scientific and mass culture and independent foreign policy. It wanted to change the present society they called semi-feudal and semi-colonial into a socialist society. The KM was in the forefront of the First Quarter Storm of 1970 and in all succeeding mass actions. At the suspension of writ of habeas corpus and martial law, it was forced to go underground and joined the armed revolution up to this day. Now, in an advance information technology age, the youth seems to lack anymore the ideals to be that participative on social issues we are facing today. The social issues of the 60s and the 70s is not that different of the problems of today. We still have issues of corruption, human rights violations, high tuition fees, low wages, landlessness, etc. The youth represent a significant portion of our population. They have historically played an important political role through long tradition of political concern and activity. They...

The Multi-Century Tradition of the Denizens of Loboc In The Art of Music and Theater

In the three centuries of Spanish rule from 1565 to 1898 in the Philippines, the Spanish colonizers, specifically the friars, showed a keen awareness of the power of theater as a tool for the Christianization of the natives. Consequently, the Spanish regime gave rise to and popularized the various types of secular and religious plays. It was a great fortune for Bohol to have been initially evangelized in the procession of centuries by the first Jesuit missionaries: Fr. Juan de Torres, S.J. and Fr. Gabriel Sanchez, S.J. who officially commenced the spiritual conquest of Bohol in 1596. The theatrical presentation dramatizing the life of a saint appealed to the simple Boholano people understanding and accepting the gospel values as the beneficiaries of the 172 years of excellent formation by the sons of St. Ignatius Loyola- the Jesuits. Given the historical background of the Philippines, it is safe to assert that its theater tradition is as old as the country itself. Dr. Gregorio Hernandez and many great historians attest to the fact that the first theatrical presentation of European standard or nowadays “a lo broadway” was La Vida de Santa Barbara presented in 1609 and the subsequent year La Vida de San Gregorio Magno and La vida de Santa Inez commenced by the alumni of the Seminario de Loboc in Bohol, two years ahead of the drama presented by the Dominican El Colegio de Santo Rosario de Manila in 1611 and later on became La Universidad de Santo Tomas. Therefore, the Seminario de Loboc produced the first theatrical presentation in Philippines. Aside from theatrical presentation, Fr. Jose Ma. Luengo described,...

Remembering the words of Ninoy

Remembering the words of Ninoy Today, November 27, is the birthday of the Benigno Aquino Jr, a known opposition Senator during the time of the dictatorship of Marcos who was assassinated upon his return to the country in August 21, 1983. He was born in 1932 and died at the age of 50. He was the father of the present president, who is his namesake Benigno III. His assassination fired up the already angy Filipino against the corruption and curtailment of freedom of the Marcos regime that lead up to EDSA uprising. Let’s remember a few words of this known dynamic speaker of his time. “We should not depend on one man, we should depend on all of us. All of us is expandable in the cause for freedom and therefore I say stand up now and be a leader, and when all of us are leaders, we will expedite the cause of freedom.” Ninoy also quoted Archibald Macleish in his speech: “How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms; by truth when it is attacked by lies; by democratic faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, and in the final act, by determination and faith.” “Subversion stems from economic, social and political causes and will not be solved by purely military solutions; it can be curbed not with ever increasing repression but with a more equitable distribution of wealth, more democracy and more freedom, and For the economy to get going once again, the workingman must be given his just and rightful share of his labor, and to the owners and managers must be restored the...

Who’s afraid of Duterte?

Who’s afraid of Duterte? Driving a taxicab at night pretending to be a real taxi driver just to observe Davao City’s goings-on is uncharacteristic for a local mayor in our country. As the passenger of that taxicab recounted, she was surprised when she realized that it was nonetheless Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who was carefully weaving through the familiar roads while eloquently analyzing the social and political affairs of the city. With the monicker as “The Punisher,” Mayor Duterte has cleansed the largest city in terms of land area in the Philippines from all possible negative elements. Urban legend stories narrate that no criminal in Davao City gets to repeat his felony the second time around for fear of his life. If said criminal underestimates Duterte and becomes stubborn, the Mayor allegedly won’t think twice in doing the city and his constituents a favor. Much has been said about the colorful life of Duterte. Human rights groups have condemned his swift response to prevent criminality. But for the people of Davao City, they are thankful for Duterte’s no-holds-barred battle against crime, corruption, poverty, among others. Ever since he became Mayor of the once no man’s land in Mindanao, Davao City became a consistent bright spot for our country being awarded with local and international accolades in local governance and good government. Recently, there has been a clamor from civic society groups to convince Mayor Duterte to run for the highest office in the land. But repeatedly, Duterte has rejected such proposals. Among his reasons that he won’t seek said post is that he has no money to finance such campaign and that his health...