Saturday, December 08, 2007

Newly ordained classmate Claretian Priests


Me, Peter de Guzman, Fr. Gilbert Quinano CMF, Alvin Macaranas


Me, Peter de Guzman, Fr. Efren Limpo CMF, Fr. Gilbert Quinano CMF, Michael Gonzales

The ordination mass was celebrated at Claret Parish, UP Village, Quezon City. The reception was held at Claret High School.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Survey Dry Run at Fataldao, Brgy San Jose, General Santos City


This is the second day of the PDMS Survey training. We went to Purok Fataldao in Brgy San Jose to interview homepartners.

This time is different from the previous survey projects we have conducted. Instead of the field interviewers going house to house, the homepartners were all gathered at the local chapel. After their regular meeting with DSWD, the interview started right were they sat.

I just have a feeling that we are starting the project right. We have 10 interviewers and 5 supervisors to monitor them. At the moment a supervisor sees doubtful data, the questionnaire is given back right away to the interviewer and clarify the data.


A new customization is need to the PDMS software as we must accomodate cultural aspect of the survey. We need to think about a strategy in the software to link separate households who have one father, as is common to muslim culture they call "duaya".

This is a day of hardwork for everybody.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Build for Peace in Mindanao

I took a slow boat from Bohol last night at 10.30pm and arrive cebu at 2.30am. I met my long time friend and classmate Jeffrey Real on the boat. He was lucky to have a cot while i just slept on the bench. I rise up sometimes to watch segment of all 3 Blade movies being shown in the entire ship.

I just stayed in the boat until 6.00am. I met Tony Irving at Mactan Airport.

We were met by Mr. Butch Batilong ang Mr. Boyet Macorol in General Santos Airport just in time for lunch.

We start the household survey component of Build for Peace in Mindanao Project on my 29th birthday (today)!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Tatsulok

Kumakain kami sa "Payag" restaurant sa Bohol kasama ang isang kaibigan kong babae. Alam niya na mahilig na talaga ako sa music ni Bamboo going back to the old Rivermaya days.

Sinabi niya na napaunod niya si Bamboo habang nag-promote ng "bagong" album sa ASAP kaninang tanghali. Inisip ko naman, kung may bago na album na si Bamboo, bakit di ko alam? Tinanong ko siya kung ano ang kinanta ni Bamboo. Sabi niya di niya ma-alala ang melody pero ang pamagat ay "Tatsulok".

Ang unang pumasok sa isip ko ay ang bandang Buklod. Tinanong ko siya, ganito ba ang lyrics: ... habang may tatsulok, at sila ang nasa tuktok, hindi matatapos itong gulo....

Hindi ko halos mapaliwanag ang saya ko -at lungkot- nang malaman ko na naging mainstream na ang isa sa mga pinakapaborito kong kanta.

Lalo akong sumaya ng malaman ko na si Bamboo ang nag-revive. Kahit noong panahon na iyon, di ko pa narinig ang version ni Bamboo, dama ko na rin ang lungkot. Malungkot ako kasi alam kong, wala nang makapaggawa ng version ng Tatsulok na mas maganda pa sa orihinal na Buklod.

Lalo din akong naging malungkot baka gawin na lang na isang "fashion statement" ito ng music crowd ngayon. Pero ako'y kontento na rin sa pagkaggawa ni Bamboo ng version niya na hindi masyadong "sold out" o "pop" ang dating. Ako namay saludo pa rin sa artistic taste ni Bamboo. Masaya ako ng malaman ko na "we have something in common" with Bamboo - pareho naming gusto ang kantang "Tatsulok"