Ang Aking Pangulo

Ngayon nalalapit na ang halalan, naisip ko sa sarili ko “Ano nga ba ang gusto ko sa isang presidente?” Nandiyan na ang mga kampanya, iba’t ibang pakulo at punchline ng bawat kandidato ang makikita natin, nandiyan ang “daang matuwid”, “sa makati”, “in 3-6 months aayusin ko ang krimen” at kung ano ano pa. Pero ano nga ba ang mga katangian na hanap ko sa isang pangulo?

Una sa lahat, ito ay aking mga opinion lamang. Wala sanang “mabubutthurt” o “magkakaviolent reactions” dito. Kaya ito na, isa isahin natin ang mga bagay na gusto ko sa isang pangulo.

 

ANG GUSTO KO AY…

 

Matapang, yung di matatakot sa mga malalaking tao na maaaring makabanggaan niya kung sakali man may batas na gagawin.

 

Kakatakutan, yung tipong magdadalawang isip ka gumawa ng kalokohan. Yung alam mong ang batas ay batas at hindi ito dapat malabag dahil may kapalit na parusa ang gagawin mong di tama.

 

Di makikipagkumprimiso sa ibang pulitiko para sa kanilang personal na hangarin. Yung alam mo na ang gusto ay umunlad ang bayan, hindi ang kanyang bulsa at bank account.

 

Di madaldal at puro gawa, ika nga nila “action speaks louder than words”. Di lamang sa magjojowa applicable ito kundi para sa susunod na presidente ng ating bansa. Sawa na tayo sa mga presidenteng nangangako na aayusin daw ang bayan. puro paninira sa nakaraang administrasyon , at puro kwento tungkol sa ginawa ng kanyang mga magulang ilang dekada na ang lumipas.

 

Kayang pagkaisahin ang mga Pilipino. Yung tipong kayang pumunta sa mga kung tawagin nila ay “rebelde” ng buo ang loob. Yung kayang kausapin sila para maayos ang matagal ng alitan nila sa administrasyon. At higit sa lahat, may kakayahan na magsalita sa harap ng milyong-milyong Pilipino at sabihin na “Mahalin mo ang inang bayan sunod sa Diyos. Magsasama tayo para ikauunlad ng bansang Pilipinas!”.

 

Kayang pugsain ang krimen. Ilang beses na ko nakawitness ng holdapan at pangunguha ng gamit ng mga snatcher at sa patuloy na pagkampi ng Commission on Human Rights sa mga kriminal na naagrabyado(daw, sabi ng CHR) ay tila ata mas lalong dumadami at nagkakalakas ng loob gumawa ng kalokohan ang mga kolokoy. Gusto ko ung pag sinabi niyang “stop or else i’ll shoot you” ay tatayo ang mga balahibo ng mga kriminal at talagang titigil sila sa mga kawalang hiyaan nila.

 

Straight to the point. Pag nagsalita siya, walang paninira sa ibang kandidato, walang pagyayabang sa kanyang mga nagawa. Kung issue ang pinaguusapan, ung issue lang, wala ng ibang satsat. Yung pag nagsalita, alam mo na totoo ung sinasabi niya.

 

May respeto sa kapwa pulitiko. Oo, maraming loko lokong pulitiko pero mas maganda siguro kung magrerespetuhan sa dahil sa huli, tumakbo sila hindi para magpasikat kundi para maglingkod sa bansang Pilipinas.

 

May alam sa batas, yung di malilinlang ng maaaring makaaway ng bansa gamit ang mga treaties. Yung kayang ipagtanggol ang bayan niya gamit ang karanasan at kaalaman niya sa batas. Isang presidenteng alam ang ginagawa, alam ang constitution pati ang international laws.

 

Di nagmamalinis. Yung kayang aminin ang mga kasalanan na nagawa niya at aminado sa mga kapalpakan na nagawa niya sa kanyang panunungkulan. Di siya magmamarunong at handang tumanggap ng pamumuna sa kanya ng taong bayan.

 

May isang salita. Hindi ung nangangako na magpapasagasa sa LRT pag di natapos ang proyekto nila noong 2015. Oo, Mr. Aquino, ikaw ang tinutukoy ko dito. Di naming kailangan ng pangulo na walang isang salita, gusto ko ung may paninindigan sa kanyang sinasabi. Yung may intergridad at gawa.

 

May positibong pananaw sa buhay. Gusto ko yung pangulo na nakikitang uunlad ang Pilipinas. Saan pa nga ba magsisimula ang pagbabago? Kundi sa pagiisip. Kung ang pangulo natin ay nakakakita ng pagasa na magiging maunlad ang bayan natin. Yung tipong, in 10 years alam niya na gaganda ang Pilipinas, malamang gawan niya to ng paraan para makamit.

 

Mahal ang inang- bayan, sunod sa Diyos. Kagaya nga ng una kong sinabi, gusto ko ay ung kayang sabihan ang bawat mamamayan na mahalin ang ating bansa. Siyempre bilang pangulo, di niya lamang sasabihin un, bagkus isasabuhay niya ang pagmamahal sa bayan na dapat tularan ng bawat tao sa ating bansa.

 

May banal na pagkatakot at pagmamahal sa Diyos dahil alam ko na kapag may respeto at pagibig sa Diyos ang isang lider ng bansa ay di niya kayang gumawa ng kalokohan at korapsyon sa kanyang termino. Alam niya din na siya ay itinalaga ng Diyos na maging pastol ng ating bansa para ayusin at mas lalong pagbutihin ang estado ng Pilipinas. Isang malaking responsibilidad ang pagiging pangulo, alam niya na kapag ginamit niya ang kanyang kapangyarihan para sa pansariling interes ay mananagot siya sa Diyos.

 

Ikaw kaibigan, anong gusto mo? Maaaring magkomento para ating talakayin ang ating iba’t ibang pananaw ukol sa mga gusto natin sa isang taong mamumuno sa ating bansa.

 

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Pinoy Speaks: What do you think of our country?

Pinoy Speaks: What do you think of our country?

Last month, I did a survey regarding how a regular Pinoy view our current state in the Philippines. I gave questionnaires. The questions are the following:

1) 3 things that you love in our country?
2) Overall satisfaction in our country (5-highest, 1-lowest)
3) What are the things that needs improvement to make our society better? And do you see our country rising to the top? If yes, how long would it take?


I asked 40 people, mostly college students and some adults. I did manual survey not online survey because I believe it will be better to do it personally.
Here are the results of the survey:

1) Most of us thinks that the thing that needs to be improve in our country…

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Of course, none other than our Traffic/ Transportation problems. Almost all of the people who answered the survey told me that traffic is the thing that needs most improvement. According to Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogotá, “A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. Its where the rich use public transportation” which is proven to be true. Look at those rich countries in Asia. In Hongkong, you will see that most of them uses MTR(which is equivalent to our MRT/LRT) as their main way of transportation. Their train station is very clean, unlike here in our country where an elevator isn’t even working. I hope that the next administration will focus on improving our public transportation, for it will make Filipinos more productive and efficient. We have to admit that there is no perfect country, but there is a country better than the other, and we can be that kind of country.

2) Beautiful sceneries. Beaches!

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This is the most answered thing on what the Filipinos love in our country. I’m quite surprised here because I’m not a fan of beaches. Our country is really beautiful, a tropical country where a lot of trees and plants grows, an archipelago that is surrounded by water. Our very own Puerto Princesa Underground River is included in the 7 wonders of natures in the world. If we will all unite to make our country clean, imagine how spectacular this place can be.

President Benigno Aquino III said “The Philippines has vast minerals that are still untapped. It has one of the world’s largest deposits of gold, nickel, copper and chromite. Through responsible mining, we intend to generate more revenues from the extraction of these resources.“ which I believe is true, we have the resources to be one of the most powerful country on Earth. If utilized properly, there is no question, our country could be one of the greatest.

3) With a satisfaction rating of…

3.2!. It’s really good to know that a lot of our fellow countrymen are still contented with the way they live in our country. According to a study done before, Filipinos are one of the happiest people in the world. Despite all the struggles a regular Pinoy faces in his life, you will always see his brightest smile shining through. To be honest, our country really needs a major improvement. Flashfloods, traffic and crime are the few of the many things we need to address in the Philippines. With this being said, if all Filipinos will unite towards a common goal, there’s no reason to doubt that someday we will have the highest satisfaction rating of our lives. Having this kind of mentality will boost the energy of people to do good things for our country that can result into improvement

“Kung panaginip lamang ang umasa sa pag-unlad, managinip tayo hanggang sa kamatayan”- Heneral Antonio Luna

This is a powerful statement said by Gen. Antonio Luna in the film Heneral Luna, we have to keep on being positive at the same time, do things that will benefit our nation. We have to make sacrifice if we want change. Change is sacrifice, we will lose our dream of a better country if we don’t sacrifice for our motherland. Our heroes didn’t die for us to have a bad life, they want the best in us. They want us to be the happiness species in Earth. They want us to be free from the sufferings of our invaders. You can be a hero my friend, we can improve the quality of life of our fellow Filipinos. I hope that the next time that I conduct a survey, our country will get the highest rating of 5.

4) Filipinos still believe…

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They still believe that in the near future, our country will be one of the best in the world. They believe that if there is unity and a better government this country will be one of the best nation in Earth. It is the belief of the majority that will push everybody to do their best for the country. It’s a collective effort, one person cannot simply do it by himself, it will take millions of Pinoys whose dreaming of a better Philippines. One day, our kababayans will not go to other countries to search for greener Pasteurs because our country will provide better job opportunities. One day, people will not just work for monetary values. Instead, we will work to contribute for the improvement of our nation and for the greater good. Never stop believing mga kababayan! If there is a will, there is a way.

Still not convinced? How about the answer of this little girl.

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At age 11, she believes that someday our nation will be great. Picture a group of youth, doing things for the country. A future generation where people would find joy based on their contribution for the goodness of human being, not on monetary values.

To end this, I just want to quote what President Manuel L. Quezon once said:

“My fellow citizens: there is one thought I want you always to bear in mind. And that is: that you are Filipinos. That the Philippines are your country, and the only country God has given you. That you must keep it for yourselves, for your children, and for your children’s children, until the world is no more. You must live for it, and die for it, if necessary.

Your country is a great country. It has a great past, and a great future. The Philippines of yesterday are consecrated by the sacrifices of lives and treasure of your patriots, martyrs, and soldiers. The Philippines of today are honored by the wholehearted devotion to its cause of unselfish and courageous statesmen. The Philippines of tomorrow will be the country of plenty, of happiness, and of freedom. A Philippines with her head raised in the midst of the West Pacific, mistress of her own destiny, holding in her hand the torch of freedom and democracy. A republic of virtuous and righteous men and women all working together for a better world than the one we have at present.”

Together, we can make this country a better place. Together, we can live better.

Image Credits:

  • http://www.directgreen.net/blog/e-trikes-vs-traffic-pollution-in-the-philippines/
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Things Books Have Taught Me

Things Books Have Taught Me

Some people find reading books boring. When I was younger (di pa naman ako matanda) I really didn’t like to read. I thought it was boring. Something only nerds will understand. Then, the long vacation of summer 2014 came. There was a 3-month vacation because of the academic calendar shift.

One day, I saw my mom’s books and tried to read it. To my surprise it was good. I really got into it. The first book I read was Beyond Talent by John Maxwell. It talks about molding your character and doing your best to reach your ceiling. After that, reading has become my hobby. I read books every time I get a chance.

There are a lot of lessons I learned from the books I read. As of now, here are the things I learned:

1. Encourage and inspire one another

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“Everyone has the potential to become an encourager. You don’t have to be rich. You don’t have to be a genius. You don’t have to have it all together. All you have to do is care about people and initiate.” – John Maxwell

Encouraging and inspiring people is a noble job. You don’t get paid for it. You do it because you know it can change the world. Changing people’s perspective is not that easy. Turning those negative thoughts into positive ones is a hard task to do. Also, you need to walk the talk. You can’t expect someone to believe in you if he doesn’t see it in you. To be a person of influence, you must be a person of integrity. Let us also not forget that a motivated and inspired person performs at a high level. Imagine if all of us have the right mindset, we can really change the world. Making people motivated will result into a better Earth.

2. See things beyond our capabilities

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“You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” –Zig Ziglar

I’m pretty sure that no matter how good you are, you still think that there are a lot of things beyond your capabilities. We tend to limit ourselves when things get tough. Eric Thomas once said, “When you want to succeed as bad you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful”. Have you tried pushing yourself to the limit? If not, then burn that midnight oil! Greatness is the product of passion, patience, toughness, and belief. You can do anything if you believe and work hard for it.

3. You are unique and you are God’s masterpiece

“Constantly remind yourself that you are a masterpiece and you have a role to play in creating the overall masterpiece God intended the world to be” – Marianne Mencias

We are all different from one another. That guy who smokes the cigarette in the street is different from you. The cashier at SM is also different from you. We each have our own unique set of skills. Just like in basketball, you can’t create a team with five point guards on your starting lineup. You will need a point guard, a shooting guard, a small forward, a power forward, and the center. All of our difference will cover up each other’s weakness. The world is created like a puzzle, and we are the pieces to create that masterpiece.

4. “Imagination mo ang limit”

“If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” –Zig Ziglar

I believe that you need to have a dream for yourself. You have dream to be a successful person in the future. God gave us those visions for us to work on it. Dream high, it won’t hurt you. Use your imagination to envision greatness in you. Use it as your motivation, your inspiration and the engine that will drive you to peak performance. NBA Superstar Kyrie Irving, as a kid once dreamed playing in the NBA. Now look at him, he’s not just your average basketball player, he became one of the best point guard in the league. See how a dream could turn into a reality? Don’t limit your dream, as the old saying goes “Imagination mo ang limit!”.

5. There is always a potential for us to be great

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“Your potential is really up to you. It doesn’t matter what others might think. It doesn’t matter where you came from. It doesn’t even matter what you might have believed about yourself at a previous time. It’s about what lies within you and whether you can bring it.”

– John Maxwell

Look at the mirror: Do you see that guy to be a world-changer? If not, then you’re wrong. Every one of us has the talent to inspire, lead and create change in society. More than your known skills, there is still something yet to discover within us that could be a useful tool to achieve the best life. Whether you come from a poor family or might have been sick for a long time there is still something great inside you. Maybe you don’t know yet what is it but I believe you have what it takes to be the best version of you. Remember what I said in the first part, you are God’s masterpiece!

6. Highly favored and blessed!

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“Start your day with faith and expectancy, and then go out anticipating good things. Expect circumstances to change in your favor. Expect people to go out their way to help you. Expect to be at the right place at the right time.”- Joel Osteen

From the moment you wake up, what do you anticipate? Is it having a bad day with bad weather and a bad day at the school or office? Or is it having a “better than good” day filled with joy, fulfillment and love? If you think about the former, then it’s time for you to change that attitude. Expect things to go on your favor, our thoughts are like magnets. Whatever we anticipate, it might happen. Have you seen a successful person who thinks of himself as a weak guy that can’t do anything? Of course those guys look forward to a great days. So let’s all put our faith in the Lord for He will do great things for us.

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Why We Need to Love Our Politicians

Why We Need to Love Our Politicians

I’m sure you raised your eyebrows when you saw the title of this post- am I right my friend?

Seriously, this is something we need to do. It’s the complete opposite of what’s happening in our country right now. From the alleged cheating of 2004 Presidential election, the PDAF scam, the events of the SAF44, and now the upcoming 2016 elections. You might be thinking “Sino ba tong batang to? Alam niya ba mga pinagsasabi niya?” Opo,marahil bata pa po ako pero tulad nga ng sinabi ni tropang Nelson Rockefeller “Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love”. Without love we are nothing. Our world would not exist without love. From the very beginning, it was God’s love that made this world come to existence. A few years ago, it was your parents’ love that created you.

At One Point in Their Lives…

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Think about the politician. They had their childhood and their beginnings too. They might have once said, “I’ll be the one that will change the world. Someday my country will be the most powerful in the world. But as time goes by, as they are placed in the position of limitless power, they might forget what they said to themselves all those years ago. Because of that they chose to use their power to achieve their desire, to get more money, and increase their influence.

And then Here it Goes,

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Now, people hate them so much. They curse them- they think that those politicians are the ones to blame for why our country never succeeds. Politicians and leaders have an integral factor in the development of our country. But we must not forget that each of us, all the people of this country also have the power to do things that will benefit our motherland. Let us also assess ourselves if we have done something great for our country.

Antagonizing them, makes it even worse. Hating someone will surely degrade and discourage them from doing the right things. Instead, it’s possible that by showing trust and belief in someone, it could inspire and motivate a person to do things beyond their capability. Think of yourself. Do you like being hated or not? Isn’t it better when someone believes in you? John Maxwell once said,

“A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.”

Maybe we can,

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Maybe instead of hate, a word of encouragement to a politician can change the way they lead. We don’t know what effect it could have, and there is no harm in trying to show them that we still care for them. Majority of us make mistakes and those mistakes formed us to be the person that we are today.

“A man is but the product of his thoughts, What he thinks, he becomes”

-Mahatmi Gandhi

If people believe that they are persons with integrity, that could change their whole perspective on how to use their power and authority. Maybe they could change for the better. Using love to solve problems could be the most cliché thing to do. But in reality, this world will be better if we love one another. Inspiring and motivating one another is a noble thing to do and when it’s done, it could benefit society. The same goes for our leaders. Encouraging them to do what is right will move their hearts to the good side. It will not happen instantly, but it is a long process we must do to achieve our desired outcome.

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From the song Speak Life by TobyMac, “Lift your head a little higher, spread the love like fire, hope will fall like rain when you speak life with the words you say.” We always have the choice in our lives. Speaking about hope and love is never a bad choice. Love is the thing that rules and governs the world, if you will ask me “Bakit maraming masasamang tao sa mundo?” This reminds of Einstein’s response on his professor:

“Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love that exist just as does light and heat. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.”

God is love…

He loves us unconditionally. He loves us even though we always fail Him. He loves us so much that he gave us only Son to save us from our sin. Imagine that kind of love? In Mark 12:31, He said “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” God want us to love each other, he does not want chaos reigning in the world, instead He wants love to be the focal point of our lives.

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From Misery to Ecstasy: The Internship Story

From Misery to Ecstasy: The Internship Story

“Saan ka papasok ng OJT pre? Ayos ba diyan sa OJT mo? Haha” Those were the everyday messages in my Facebook account before I started my internship. It was already June 8, which is the official start date for internship when I found the company I will work at. I never looked for a company that will accept me as an intern. But God gave me that opportunity to me to work at Potatocodes.

I’m not really good technically in terms of programming and coding – all of my friends know that. Honestly I don’t even like it. It makes me puke every time I see someone coding. Seeing my co-interns coding makes it even worse. I have no idea what they are doing, when there is a task, I always ask them until I produce something. It was so hard and I could not imagine doing it every day for the rest of my life. I’m like Kokey here on Earth. At a different dimension that I will never understand.

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Days have passed. Tasks keep filling up, like raindrops pouring over me. I did not know that those raindrops were actually blessings from the sky.

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“The Lord will fight for you, you need to be still.” Exodus 14:14

Those tasks led me to question myself and ask God for answers.
Every morning I would go to office early. Work starts at 8am, and I would be there around 6:30am (naks, earlybird). As I would wait for my co-interns and leader, I would read a lot books about life, passion, purpose. I always asked myself ”Ano bang gusto kong gawin ko sa buhay ko?” These books helped me find signs about what would I like to do with my future.

One day, my mentor asked me “Nageenjoy ka ba sa ginagawa mo?” I told him “Di po masyado, para po kasing iba ung gusto kong gawin sa buhay”. After that conversation, he supported me as an individual and he put me in a place where I would find what I wanted and would be able to grow professionally. I tried different things- from coding to management and marketing, and even writing articles here at Ideastalk.

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I realized that in order for us to know what we really like we must try different things. Sometimes God will give us duties that we don’t like, and for a while we’re down and anxious but as he says in 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” God will never leave us. He is always there to guide us.
Slowly, I started to enjoy my internship. Day after day, I started to feel the rush of excitement as I faced new challenges.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

At first I thought I was the worst one on our team. The one who wouldn’t have a good future. The one who will never succeed. But I was wrong. All of us have our own talents, passions, and own destiny. For God’s ways are better than our ways. His plan for us is better than our plan. And now, I’m starting to find the joy that I really want for me to continue my career.

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Life gives us options. Do you want to be satisfied? Or do you want a life of regrets? It is up to us. If we choose to be satisfied, then we should do what we love to do. This will set us on the path to succeed. If you like a life of full of regrets (I guess no one will choose this) then do those things that you don’t like and it will kill you slowly. Benjamin Franklin once said,

“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75”.

Being happy is a choice. Honor God in everything that you do, and success will find its way.

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