Saturday, June 23, 2007


I'm watching MMK right this very moment and I had the heart to help 2nd Lt. Ariel Toledo by texting MMK GIVE to 2331. For 2.50php, I'd be able to help his family with his hospital bills. I really don't know what has gotten into me. I'm not really a fan of MMK and I usually don't use my credits for things of this sort. But maybe, just maybe, I'm someone who has a kind heart. I know I didn't waste anything for that.

After three months of service, Toledo was diagnosed of having bile cancer. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Class Valedictorian in PMA last year. I must say, without a doubt that his life story really struck me. Or perhaps, Jake Cuenca playing the role really moved me. HEHE. Biased talaga! Sorry, I crush him a bit eh! ;p

Seriously, stories of true love move me. Toledo has a girlfriend who gave up her career just to be able to take care of an ailing loved one. As a woman myself, It takes great courage to face such problem. Since Toledo already lost his parents, he is only left with his siblings and his beloved girlfriend to support him. I admire the girl's strngth. Really.

Here's the message sent by MMK to me:

Anumang pagsubok ang dumating sa buhay, hindi na mahalaga ang sugat o sakit na iniiwan nito. Dahil mas importante pa rin ang mga aral na itinuturo sa atin ng bawat karanasan.

Taos-pusong ngpapasalamat si Lt. Ariel Toledo at kami sa MMK sa iyong tulong.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Daddy's Day

Happy Father's Day sa ating mga ama! I'm sure most of you had the chance to hug your dad today. As for me, I only got to talk to him--on the phone. Unfortunately, no hugs for me; just his voice and his chuckles.

My dad left when I was in grade four. If I were to use some Mathematics, my dad has been away for ten years now. He wasn't able to witness a lot of important events in our lives: elementary graduation, high school graduation, and most probably, college graduation. Things like these really make me sad. But for daddy, he has a lot more reasons to feel alone.

I'd like this entry to be some kind of a "tribute" to my dad. I'd do this by enumerating all the things I remember about him.
  • After phone calls, he'd ask us to kiss him. Kami naman, may TSUP at MWAH sound effects palagi. Well, those things make daddy happy, why deprive him of them dba?
  • He has this mannerism wherein he distorts his face and pouts.
  • He always tells me that when my sister and I were little, he used to sip our sipon because we didn't know how to blow off mucus back then.
  • With his scooter, he used to bring me to school. Now, I think that scooter doesn't work at all but I enjoyed driving it before.
  • He used to pat our butts so we'd go to sleep right away. He calls that act "pikpek". So everytime we can't sleep, we'd tell him, "daddy, pikpik mo ako." Now it makes me wonder, is "pikpik" a tagalog term?
  • Waking up after siesta time was fun because daddy used to surprise us with merienda.
  • In Iloilo, he used to fetch my sister and i with his bike. And then, he'd treat us to the ice cream parlor near our school.
  • Since he was a seaman, he would tease us that he has another wife somewhere. I get too affected with the joke that I cry hard. Then, he'd approach me and tell me it wasn't true. The best thing was the hug he used to give me right after wiping away my tears.
  • One time, he gave me and my sister a five-peso bill. That was all he had in his wallet and since my sister and I were kids, we tore the bill in two. Share kasi kami eh, bakit ba? Unfortunately, our money was not accepted in the sari-sari store.
  • He is an avid fan of PBA. He watched games live in Araneta. My mom used to irritate him by siding with Sunkist. Dad's a fan of Alaska back then.
  • He would spank us when we don't obey his orders. At times, we thought he was scary because of his disciplining. But over-all, daddy is really kind and sweet. He loves us so much.
  • He used to teach us how to swim. Since he was good in it, he would impress us by saying, "oh, ito, one hand lang oh!" Then, he'd swim awkwardly using one hand only.
  • When he was a still a seaman, he'd bring home loads of chocolates for me and my sister. Sa sobrang dami, kahit naglalaro lang kami sa kalye, may bitbit pa kaming Cadburry bar.
  • Everytime he leaves for work, my sister and I would cry out loud and beg him not to leave.
  • He also loves pictures! When we were young, we had a lot of pictures with him in Iloilo.
  • Daddy is also a good cook, just like mama.
  • He taught me how to ride a bike.
  • We watched Free Willy [the movie with a captured whale] with Daddy. Also Pocahontas and Mulan [?].
  • He always brings pasalubong when he's from work.
  • He wears perfume. I miss his scent.
  • Daddy plays tennis well. Every morning, he used to play tennis with his friends in the court in front of the house in Marist.
  • He loves singing. When he sings and KTVs, he'd carry me and we'd dance to the tune of Delilah, My Way, or Green, Green Grass of Home.

Dance With My Father

Back when I was a child, before life removed all the innocence
My father would lift me high and dance with my mother and me and then
Spin me around ‘til I fell asleep
Then up the stairs he would carry me
And I knew for sure I was loved

If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him
I’d play a song that would never, ever end
How I’d love, love, love
To dance with my father again

When I and my mother would disagree
To get my way, I would run from her to him
He’d make me laugh just to comfort me
Then finally make me do just what my mama said
Later that night when I was asleep
He left a dollar under my sheet
Never dreamed that he would be gone from me

If I could steal one final glance, one final step, one final dance with him
I’d play a song that would never, ever end
‘Cause I’d love, love, love
To dance with my father again

Sometimes I’d listen outside her door
And I’d hear how my mother cried for him
I pray for her even more than me
I pray for her even more than me
I know I’m praying for much too much

But could you send back the only man she loved
I know you don’t do it usually
But dear Lord she’s dying
To dance with my father again
Every night I fall asleep and this is all I ever dream

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


I'm through with every article I have to accomplish and as early as now, I can say My OJT at Woman Today Asia (WTA) is finally over. On Tuesday, Madie and I will have our evaluation forms signed by Ms. Rhia. Yipee!

Admittedly, I'm really not familiar with the said magazine. Sir Delon even blurted out a violent reaction when he learned we were affiliated with it. He gave out a "Yuck" in front of Madie. But I really have to say, I liked my work at the magazine compared with my work at Star.

With WTA, I have a fun, youthful, cool trainee. Ms. Rhia totally rocks. She’s not the scary type. Plus, she’s open to suggestions and is not grumpy. In fact, she willingly approved my suggestion. She also texts us in a very warm manner.

In my experience with WTA, the most exciting was my Multiply article. The article has a part wherein I have to enumerate some local celebrities with Multiply accounts. I had fun searching for websites of artists. Ahahaha!

And then, there’s KC Concepcion’s account. I am totally in awe after seeing the 281 replies in her single entry. Just imagine the overwhelming number of visitors of her site. Who wouldn’t want the popularity? But if everyone becomes popular, nobody would be popular. Besides, there are a lot of disadvantages of being popular din naman. One of them is that you lose the privacy you want.

But then, masaya pa rin yata maging sikat. Wat u think?

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Pancit Lucban

Sine Totoo is airing in GMA and Ivan Mayrina is featuring different regional versions of our favorite PANCIT. Nakakagutom!

Anyways, I'm still working on my Multiply feature for Woman Today Asia. It will be my last article for my OJT and hopefully, it gets published. I've been working on this since Friday night. At this very moment, I've come up with an article 1,120 characters short of the required 3, 000 characters [with spaces]. Yeah, the article's too short for it to take me this long. Maybe it's just my PROCRASTINATION which delays the progress.

Dez wouldn't be Dez without the laziness and the "mamaya na" attitude. I know these characteristics of mine don't make a professional journalist. I just hope I overcome these attitudes so as to prepare myself for the profession I'm about to enter as I finish studying. Haha. Motherhood statements! PFT. Goodluck na lang sa akin.

The truth, I decided to write this entry kasi tinatamad pako magisip ng isusulat. Wahahaha! Sana mabigyan ko ng hustisya ang Multiply sa gagawin kong article. Wahahaha!