Friday, May 27, 2016

Prediction: Presumptive President Duterte

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Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte hasn't been sworn-in to office yet but there are so many things happening--issues, more issues, and a lot more cursing.

I did a quick reading to try and understand what Duterte is going through now.

There seems to be a lot that he wants done. He has high hopes for the Philippines and he remains hopeful that he's able to accomplish them. However, there's a lot of energies blocking or delaying these plans, making it hard for him to do what he's supposed to do. It's as if he has a hard time choosing the right path to take or even paving the way for how he wants things done.

All this may frustrate him, pull down his morale, and may steer him off course. But if there's one advice from the cards: Don't forget your core. Why are you doing this? What do you really want to accomplish? Reminding himself of these will help him focus, become more hopeful, and fulfill his plans.

With all the commotion, the cards suggest that Duterte will be out of the spotlight for a bit soon--not for a vacation but for a forced (bed)rest. Is he going to get sick soon?

I hope not.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

How to Get A Cedula

Here's another first while adulting: getting a cedula. 

A cedula is the Community Tax Certificate. As to its purpose, I have no idea. I just had to get one as a requirement for a contract I signed. That's all.

To me, this is just another way for the government to get our hard-earned money. 

For those who are in the dark on how to get their own cedula:

1. Go to Barangay Center
After living in our area for almost 3 decades, today was the first time I went to our Barangay Center. I didn't even know we had one! But yes, all barangays should have one. 

2. Fill up a little form 
I went to the Information Desk to ask for guidance since I was clueless. The lady asked me to fill up this little form. Details to fill in: Name, Address, Birthday, Citizenship, Height and Weight (Seriously.) 

Note: She told me not to fill-in the occupation and TIN # so I wouldn't have to pay extra. As to how much, I didn't bother asking. Basta makatipid!

3. Submit to Barangay clerk
This is so that clerk can fill up the cedula using the information written.

4. Sign and put thumb print 

5. Pay
Cost of cedula was Php 60.50. (For that piece of paper?!) I thought it'd cost Php 20. 

The entire process took less than 10 minutes. 

Thought bubble when I got it:

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

2016 Philippine Election Ads that Suck

I'll try not to be mean but some of this year's election ads are downright generic, pretentious, and absolutely cringe-worthy--not to mention a waste of money.

I'd like to believe that if ad agencies were involved, these probably started out as great ideas but were just watered down by the clients. I can just imagine the politico's team nitpicking it to death, or worse, writing the scripts and directing the material themselves.

Sayang. Yun lang.

I recently wrote about this years' political ads that stuck. Now it's time for a rundown of those that suck. Again, these don't factor in my personal judgement about the candidates.

1. Serge Osmena's "Tumutulong at Maaasahan."
How generic can this get? Isn't it basic that all government officials should be helping and dependable? This material is forgettable, though ironic how I remember it as such.


2. Leila de Lima's "I Love You"
Unfortunately, this the worst of Leila's ads. The "I love you" was probably heartfelt and an attempt to make the material memorable but to me, it came across as plastic and painfully funny.


3. Daang Matuwid's "Fast Forward" 
While I admire the celebrities who supposedly waived talent fees to support Daang Matuwid, the music video just seemed fabricated. The best/worst part was Mar's high-five fail (2:00). Nice song, though.

4. Grace Poe's "Sisiguraduhin ko po."
Grace Poe isn't an actress. I wish the people behind her ads would stop making her act--even as herself. This conversation with mom Susan Roces seems so pretentious. I'm still waiting for a punchline!


5. Chiz Escudero's "Gobyernong may Puso" 
While this may be on point in terms of messaging, Chiz's delivery is cringe-worthy. He fails miserably trying to look and sound like he cares. I wonder how many takes they had to do during the shoot--with various degrees of happiness, I'm sure! This, for me, is the worst this year.


What do you think?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

My Fearless Forecast was Half Wrong

So maybe I was half wrong (or right) in my fearless forecast for this year's national elections.

My gut told me that Grace Poe would win as President. She didn't. Rodrigo Duterte emerged as the clear winner, Mar Roxas came it at a far second, and Poe came in at third.

For the Vice Presidency, as of writing, the counting hasn't ended yet. But so far Leni Robredo is still in the lead in a neck-to-neck race against Bongbong Marcos. I still feel that she will win this, though.

The cards never pointed to a clear winner for any of the candidates due to some of their reversals which could mean a blockage, delay, or opposite of its meaning. Perhaps my intuition needs a bit more sharpening.

Again, I'm no psychic and I don't have super powers. I use tarot cards to try and understand certain situations and where energies may be headed as probabilities.

But for the record, I did vote for Duterte and Robredo.

Voting was a Breeze

Let me start the barrage of selfies with dirty fingers.
Para sa bayan, Para sa sambayanang Pilipino, at para tapos na.

I was done voting in a record-breaking 10 minutes.

I wanted it to be over as quickly (and as painlessly) as possible. I took more time deciding who I wanted to vote for rather than the actual voting process. I think that's a good thing?

The night before election day, I was only sure about 1 person that I was going to vote for. 

On May 9, election day, here's what happened in a span of 10 minutes or so.

I forgot my list at home so I tried to re-create it in the car. 

I arrived at our village gym to vote at 6:15am. So quiet.

Step #1
I had to find my name in the long lists on the board. I think this was the precinct number?

Took me quite a while. Ang liliit ng font! 

Finally found my name somewhere there.

One volunteer filled up a small form with my name, precinct number, and whatnot. 

Step #2
I gave that small form to this station. Another volunteer searched her list for my voter information, which I had to sign off on. I saw my photo taken years ago when I applied for a Voters' ID (which I still don't have). Ang bata ko pa!

A ballot was then given to me.

At this point, I was reprimanded and was told that I wasn't allowed to take photos anymore. Oops! Sorry.

Step #3
I filled up my ballot with the help of my re-created list. Checked it twice.

What the ballot looked like. It was back-to-back.

Step #4
I had to line up to submit my ballot. 

I felt nervous feeding my ballot to the PCOS machine. What if it wouldn't get accepted? What if something went wrong? Would I be cheated? 

Thankfully, all went well. 

Step #5
The PCOS machine read my ballot and gave me a receipt. I checked to make sure that the people I voted for were there. The receipt was placed inside a black box for safekeeping. 

Indelible ink was placed on my finger. I chose the left index finger. Voila! 

I'm fortunate that we were able to vote in our village. It was quiet, cool, and extremely stress-free. I hope other precincts had it that way, too.