(message board 23)
Name: Paul Pruel
PO Box 10120, Riyadh,
Central, 11433, Saudi Arabia
December 25, 2005
Christians believed that
December 25 was the birth of Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, the great High
Priest, the founder of the Christian church and central figure of the human
But December 25 was also the
birth of Sir Isaac Newton in 1642. He was a genius that explained gravity.
Isaac Newton's discoveries were so numerous and varied that many consider
him to be the father of modern science. A graduate of Trinity College,
Cambridge, Newton developed an intense interest in mathematics and the laws
of nature which ultimately led to his two most famous works: Philosophiae
Naturalis Principia Mathematica and Opticks.
Also it marked the death of
some well-known and historical personalities such as, Pope Adrian 1 died on
December 25, 795. He was a Roman, successor of Stephen IV. At Adrian's
urging, Charlemagne crossed the Alps and defeated the Lombard king,
Desiderius, who had annexed papal territory. That defeat marked the end of
the Lombard kingdom. Charlemagne, during the siege of Pavia, went to Rome,
there confirmed the donation of Pepin to the Papal States, and joined
additional provinces to it. Adrian in turn confirmed Charlemagne's title of
patrician of the Romans, thereby acknowledging Charlemagne's protectorate
over all Italy.
Adrian supported Empress Irene in her struggle against iconoclasm, and he
sent legates to the Second Council of Nicaea.
Karel Capek, a Czech, author
and inventor of the word robot had died on December 25, 1938. He was a
playwright, novelist, and essayist. He was best known as the author of two
brilliant satirical plays—R. U. R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), which
introduced the word robot into the English language, and The Insect Play,
written with his brother Josef. He also wrote travel sketches, romances,
essays, and short stories. Čapek's three philosophical novels, Hordubal,
Meteor and An Ordinary Life are profound and even mystical in tone. Distinct
from his other works, they constitute Čapek's masterpiece.
December 25 is the 359th day
of the year. It is also the 360th day in leap years in Gregorian calendar.
And it is the 300th day counting from March 1, every year.
In the Roman year, December
is the 10th calendar month. Now, it is the 12th month of the year and it is
one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. Astrologically the
month begins in Sagittarius and ends in the sign of Capricorn. The
December’s flower is the holly and its birthstone is turquoise.
In Old Japan Calendar,
December is called Shiwasu. In Finnish it is called Joulukuu (month of
Christmas) since about 18 century. Earlier it was called Talvikuu (month of
winter). In Irish it is called Mi Na Nollag (the month of Christmas).
The Christmas tree,
Christmas ham, Yule log, Holly, mistletoe and the giving of presents are the
most familiar traditional practices and symbols of Christmas practiced by
most Christians in Western countries and in
The Philippines is well
known for the longest celebration of Christmas season in the world. During
this period the children are visiting their godparents, the elderly, close
relatives and sing beautiful Christmas songs in exchange of gifts and some
amount of money. The “Simbang Gabi” starts on 16 December ‘til the 24th
midnight though Christmas celebration is extended ‘til the day of the Three
Kings, which falls on January 6. But the season starts as far back as
Because December is one of
the most costly months of the year, those who can afford enjoy the
extravagant shopping for the season. Unlike those who are less fortunate,
they would have to think twice to buy even the cheaper one.
Congratulations to my sister
Rechie for passing the Nursing Board Examination and also hi to all my
friends, relatives and family in Pagsanghan. Looking forward to seeing you
all when I come back home in January. Cheers...
Name: Cesar Torres
Date: Yuletide 2005
BONO, BILL & MELINDA GATES,
GEORGE BUSH AND BILL CLINTON, AND A GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL RECONCILIATION IN
Friday in California,
December 23, 2005 and I have to go to work. I envy the privilege of the
intellectual, and sometimes, impertinent but impoverished elite of
Philippine academe, the faculty members of the UP.
I don't think they are
slaving it out on December 23, 2005.
I took the BART train to work. This is the train that crisscrosses the San
Francisco Bay Area which goes under the San Francisco Bay. Everytime I take
this train, I commend my soul to Bathala-Allah-God-Yahweh-Christ-Buddha. And
I bear all my thoughts, the power of my mind, on all the girls I loved
before so that they will not say anything unflattering about me in case I am
transported to Paradise to the waiting arms of 72 virgins.
Because of too much hate and
irrationality in this world, I cannot forget the bombings in New York, in
Madrid, in London, in Moscow, in Bali, in Makati, in the ferry going to
Bacolod, in the LRTs in Metro Manila. And the suicide martyrs in Iraq, in
Lebanon, in Israel, in Palestine, in Egypt, in Africa. If this could happen
in those places, there is no reason that this cannot happen anywhere in this
I was leafing through the
latest issue of Time Magazine while in the train. Of course, I had earlier
read about the world famous entertainer Bono, and the beautiful Melinda
Gates and the not so handsome but the richest man on Earth, Bill Gates who
have been chosen Persons of the Year. Bono, a world-class entertainer, and
a protégé of Jeffrey Sachs, ("The End of Poverty") is just doing his thing,
wanting to minimize extreme poverty in Africa through his "DATA" Foundation.
I don't think Bono, wants to become President of the US unlike two-bit
entertainers in Bangsa Malaya.
And Bill Gates and Melinda,
far richer than King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and King Midas. And
with all the power in their hands – they can easily paralyze the universe if
they want to because of Microsoft Office Suite and Windows – Bill and
Melinda do not seem to be interested in staying in the White House so that
that UP Home Economics alumna, sorry I forgot her name, can serve them
pancit luglog, pinangat, bibingka, salabat, puto bungbong, balut,
blood-blood, and kilawen. Unlike some of the very rich thieves in the
But it was the story of
former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, "When Opposites Attract" and
dubbed "Partners of the Year", that struck me. I am not fond of talking
about US Presidents because they are so powerful and so rich. Even if their
features are human, I imagine them as extraterrestrials, worshipped by the
Mayas and the Incas, thus laying low the civilizations of
South America, and resulting in massive genocide of the indigenous Indian
populations. So I think they are so far removed from me and my kind.
But in this instance, my
attention was riveted on the story of President Bush and Clinton. I was
amazed at the sincerity in the friendship of these two political leaders.
Their political parties do not seem to matter to them anymore while they are
collaborating in helping the tsunami and the Katrina victims. It was just
incidental that in recent years, America has become so divided. Fervent
partisans of these divisions are practically spitting venom and fire at each
other. The two simply wanted to do something to alleviate suffering. They
are just intelligent and compassionate men. In the words of Time: "Both are
confiding, forgiving men, welcoming to almost all comers and still nursing
bruises from their time in office. Clinton told a reporter that because Bush
had to reconcile with someone who had beaten him, he merited the most praise
for making the partnership work."
Ilang tulog na lang – kung
makakatulog dahil sa pighati at kahirapan – and it will be 2006 in Pilipinas
Kong Mahal. Many are conjuring dire predictions for our 87 million people.
Despite the availability of the Internet and a little familiarity with the
lessons of history in addition to the privilege of being able to behold a
panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay Area and being able to see tomorrow
beyond the Golden Gate Bridge when one is dining in a world class restaurant
by the Berkeley Marina, the crystal ball is murky about January 2006 and
beyond in Perlas ng Silangan.
But how I wish that we can
learn from the humility and passions of Bono, Melinda and Bill Gates, and
President George Bush and Bill Clinton. This is not really original with
them. The Samarnons have forgiven the Americans after turning Samar into a
"howling wilderness." We have forgiven the Japanese. No need to elaborate.
Susan Fujita and Tonette Binsol can explain. The Communist Chinese have
forgiven each other despite the Red Guards and the Massacre in Tienanmen
Square. So have the Moroccans and the South Africans. The Viet Congs have
forgiven the Americans. And the Sufi Poet, Morsidy Husin and Alex Kho and
Don Loong, all Tausugs have forgiven the Americans, despite Bud Dajo and Bud
Bagsak. And the Germans and the Japanese and the Americans have probably
forgiven each other.
And of course, the most
dramatic example of forgiveness, humility, and statesmanship is the one
exemplified by the Tupamaros in
Because of the Frente Amplio, Uruguay seems to be the most
politically-stable society in South America. And its lessons are
reverberating all over the world. Witness Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales. They
are crafting massive political change in their societies through the
electoral process, not through the armed struggle by bombings, ambuscades,
Peace to us all, especially
to all men of goodwill. I think 2006 would be a defining year for us all.
May it be for a better Pilipinas Kong Mahal, with wise, courageous, and
gracious leaders whom we can trust and follow.
I fervently hope that
starting next year, this derisive, insulting expression: "Trapo" or "dish
rag" would no longer be part of our political discourse. I pray that Senator
Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr., the only Senator that I voted for in 2004, and
ex-UP President Dr. Jose V. Abueva, the best example of the tradition of
liberal democracy in the Philippines, can help guide us in treading the path
along our national destiny, in the midst of the political darkness that may
Name: Lov Asero
Address: Brgy. Dawa, Basay,
24 Dec 2005
Felicito D. Buad; Leo Ramirez;
Hon. Bartolome R. Castillo III
You are wondering if I am
really from “Basay”? I owe you no explanation, but to appeace your agnostic
mind, I’d like to let you know that I was born and I grew up in a barrio
named Dawa along the Golden River. All my ancestors and predecessors were
born, have died and have been buried in Basay. If the way I spell Basay is
the reason of your doubt, I am telling you, you should be more skeptic with
the spelling ‘Basey’. Obviously, you are the one who is not from Basay.
Thus, I suggest that before you assault my spelling of Basay. You ought to
have read more about our province.
For your enlightenment, the
real name of our town is Basay. From time immemorial up to the end of WW II,
it has been spelled ‘Basay’ by our predecessors. By conspiracy of the
Americans and Philippine government officials who wanted to be Americanized,
they opted to change the name of Basay to ‘Basey’ without consulting the
majority of the Basaynons. Thus, the term Basey. Now, it is my choice
whether or not to uphold such change. I choose to stand by our native term ‘Basay’.
Did that appease you?
In anycase, is my spelling
of the word Basay of primordial importance in the issue at hand? I beg to
differ that just because I spell Basay in a different way, my motives for my
homeland should be questioned. On the other hand, I believe it is the other
way around. People who know nothing of what they speak of should be even
more doubted in their motives because they act without thinking. And more
importantly, people who are willing to sacrifice the lives of other people
in exchange of what they call “development” should be the once who should be
doubted because greed maneuvers their souls.
The solution of the problem
of poverty of the people in the three provinces of Samar is not logging.
Logging has been banned for so many years all over Samar. Logging started
in Basay in the early 60’s up to late 80’s after the moratorium on logging
operations was imposed. I witnessed how logs were cut, hauled to the river
banks and towed to the sea where foreign vessels awaited for its loading.
Now, what have these logging operations left us? As we all can see, Basey
is STILL void of development!!! What it left to the people of Basay are
traces of their abundant past and present misery.
Have you ever been to Basay,
Mr Baud? If not, I suggest you see for yourself what has become of our
precious homeland. Maybe when you see Basay, you’ll have a change of heart.
Maybe when you see Basay, you’ll see that the precious logging operation you
adhere to is not the solution after all, at least, not at the expense of
Basaynons and/or peoples lives.
At present, the main river
of the Golden River in Basay is silted, others have dried up. Variety of
fish species and other marine lives used to abound these rivers and was once
a source of livelihood of the people of the 20 large barangays along the
Furthermore, because of erosion and floods, beaches are no longer covered
with sand but mud. Farmlands are now less productive because of irrigation
and yet, you still want to implement the logging operations? I think not.
operation? This sounds doable. This is clearly spelled out in Timber
License Agreements (TLA) between concessionaires and the government. My
question is, was this ever implemented? Logging companies put up their
respective impressive nurseries with variety of wood specie in order to
deceive the people where in fact these specie are only transplanted along
the main roads and has left vast area in our homeland denuded. It is worth
mentioning at this juncture that these particular specie are not suitable in
Samar. These may
grow in other areas in
Mindanao whose climate have frequent rainfall. This is significantly
far from that of Samar. This is
the reason why most of the logs coming from Samar are sinkers while that of
Mindanao float on water.
Samar logs are also harder and tougher. Therefore the success of
PICOP cannot be achieved in
I agree with you that what
we need now in Samar is action rather than rhetoric of politicians. Instead,
we need to focus on developing our agriculture, fishing and tourism
industries. We ought to develop the seaport and airport in Guiuan and make
the area and its vicinity an economic zone to mention a few. Put up
canneries in towns where fish abounds, like Catbalogan and Guiuan, Eastern
Samar. These are alternative ventures that need to be explored in order to
bring factual development in Samar Island. However, it is sad to note that
it cannot be implemented with our present political situation. It is an
acknowledged fact that most of our government officials are not sincere in
pursuing development rather, they act for their personal advancement.
Indeed, corruption is the root of the decline of good governance. Thus, it
must be eradicated out of our political system.
I am not a politician and I
never intended to be one. If my airing my concern for the protection and
betterment of Basay and Samar Island as a whole makes me look like an
“aspiring politician”, then so be it. I would rather be branded as such than
see my homeland cease to exist as the result of these illegal logging
operations, than to see my kababayans suffer in silence. Most importantly, I
would rather be branded an “aspiring politician” than to be a killer of
humanity. I am happy for what I am now that is why I want my fellow
Samarnons to be happy as well.
MALIPAYON NGA PASKO NGAN
MAINUSWAGON NGA BAG-O NGA TUIG HAIYO NGATANAN!!!
Name: Aida Uy Luma-Ad
Address: Cany- Barville Str. 70,
Woerth Am Rhein, Rheinland -
Pfalz 76744, Germany
Kumusta mga Batch...3 nala
ka adlaw Alumnie na liwat, mga pasaway ayaw naman kamo pagura-ura pagininom
hinay-hinay la it paghubog! sayang waray ako, kamahidlaw na gad pira na ka
Alumnie waray ako pero sige la sunod nala maloy an Dios. To Vangie, Vivian,
Gina dida nala ako matawag ngahaw hit Alumnie kay bisan harayo ako baga
mabati gadman ako hit iyo karisyuhan miss tana kamo balitaw. Regards to all
bisan an deri nangangasi ha aton han-hani he he he!!! Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year to all. Thank you to all the staff of samarnews for website
Name: Lorna Sim
Date: Dec 22/05
Ha mga taga Catbaloganon
labi na gud an akon mga sangkay.. Nena Luchana and family, Mana Edith
(former Ms Nabablit) and family an Jimmy Nabalit...Merry X'mas and Blessed
Maupay nga Pasko ha iyo nga
tanan!!! Pag ampo kita na unta an bago nga tuig magdara han aton bago nga
paq-asa, para han kabubuwasan hini nga aton gugma nga tuna han Samar.
Tikang han iyo sankay nga
permi nag didinalos, maupay nga Pasko ngan mamingaw nga bag-o nga tuig.
Name: Adelbert S. Batica
207 W. 31st St.,
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408, USA
Date: 22 dec. 2005
Re: Grace Villalon's request.
She can actually visit the
Borongan website at: http://www.borongan.homestead.com/ or simply go into "Search", then
type "Borongan, Eastern Samar" for very helpful information. I've been able to locate
long-lost friends from Borongan by simply posting a message in the Borongan
website. I'm not from Borongan, but went to school there a long time ago, so
it's not surprising I'd miss the town every now and then.
Name: Paul Pruel
PO Box 10120, Riyadh,
Central 11433, Saudi Arabia
To Adelbert Batica: Re warning on e-mail scams
Recently, I experienced and
almost had become a foolish victim of fraud in the Internet. I was hoaxed
into believing that I would become a millionaire just in a short time. I
entered into a business transaction with the people whom I believed would
help me change my life. But I was wrong. I found myself a big foolish
Ito ay naging lesson ko at
idinadaan ko nalang sa tawa sa tuwing I look at my name printed on the
change of ownership approved by the high court of South Africa as the
heir/beneficiary of the property deposited in the bank of (SA) I couldn’t
hold to laugh at myself and thought how foolish I was though it thrilled me
so much too thinking that I owned million of dollars there hahahaha….
And promised to myself never
again to entertain any unsolicited letters coming into my mailbox.
Regarding these Scams it
even has its own name, "419 NIGERIAN SCAMS". And the website address is:
http://www.secretservice.gov/alert419.shtml. Another website got from my
other forum, which is all about a farm lady, don’t have anything to do with
her life and decided "scamming these scammers":
http://bustedupcowgirl.com/scampage.html. Emails are hilarious - stories
like selling mules, working in a mental hospital etc.
Name: Roselyn Bernardo
Address: No. 9 Pinagbuhatan, Victorino, Pasig
Kumusta mga taga Guiuan,
labi na han akon mga kasangkayan dida hira Bael, Odie, Erwin nganhi Amigo...maupay
nga pasko mga Guiuananon....pati an mga makakabasa hine nga akon mensahe...salamat
!!! Merry Christmas to all of you!!!!
Name: Grace Villalon
Carriage Ln. #1, Westmont, Illinois 60559, U.S.
I'm originally from Borongan
Eastern Samar now living in
about 45 minute downtown Chicago. I would like to meet any Boronganon or
anybody from Eastern Samar. My e-mail address is
firstname.lastname@example.org so feel free to e-mail and also I would like to
know if there's any organization for Leyte Samar here in
Thank you in advance for
Name: Paul Pruel
PO Box 10120, Riyadh,
Central 11433, Saudi Arabia
To Mr. Ray Gaspay, Samarenos, Leytenos and Yahoo users:
I’m just wondering bakit
sinulat ito ng Yahoo now readable in the net. Is Yahoo admitting na nadadaig
na sila ng ibang internet servers such as Google etc.? Gusto ko nang
maniwala na totoo nga ito dahil mag-iisang lingo na I can’t access to my
yahoo mail. Ito ay nasungkit ko while surfing the net. Kayo ba’y
nakakapagbukas pa ng inyong Yahoo mails? If they are really running out of
resources bakit hindi sila magdagdag. O baka naman pananakot lang ito ng
Yahoo… please read below.
Subject: YAHOO IS CLOSING DOWN
Dear YAHOO User,
Because of the sudden rush of people signing up to YAHOO, it
has come to our attention that we are vastly running out of resources. So,
within a month's time, anyone who does not receive this email with the exact
subject heading, will be deleted off our server. Please forward this email
so that we know you are still using this account.
We want to find out which users are actually using their
YAHOO accounts. So if you are using your account, please pass this e-mail to
every YAHOO user that you can and IF YOU DO NOT PASS this letter to anyone
we will delete your account.
From Mr. ALLEN SMITH
YAHOO Admin. Dept.
Our YAHOO system is getting to crowded!! We need you to
forward this to at least 20 people. I know this seems like a large number,
but we need to find out who is really using their account. If you do not
send this to at least 10 YAHOO members, we will delete your account. Sorry
for this inconvenience.
Director of YAHOO Services
Name: Bonifacio Obrador
Address: Salug Dist., Catbalogan,
Date: 21 December 05
I think there is a need
first to address the root causes of the instability besetting our country,
before politics. In our political system that candidates gained votes
because of guns, goons and gold that poor people have got no means to turn
to than to accept the current political system. If most of us are
economically empowered we won't be cowed by these self serving politicians at
all. Get rid of the roots and we will bear fruits in the end. In addition
you don't need flat lands to build factories, Cebu is a good example of
progress. If a certain locality experiences economic progress the need to
improve infrastructures and logistics will follow suit.
Name: Adelbert Batica
207 W. 31st St.,
Minneapolis, MN 55408, US
20 December 2005
RE: Paul Pruel's warning on e-mail scams.
I get these notices of
awards almost on a daily basis. Some I read, others I delete. If I do read
a notice, I reply with, "Thank you for your generosity. I request that my
winnings be donated to the tsunami victims. This message serves as
authorization for you to make the proper remittance to the International Red
There are also other e-mail
scams, including those involving somebody getting killed in a plane crash in
Africa being represented by a "barrister" (lawyer) in search of a next of
kin. Obviously, the reason some get the notice is because, as the
"barrister" says, "Mr. So and So does not have a next of kin." Then the
notice continues, saying that, if you agree to have the insurance money
deposited in your (U.S.) account, you will get a commission of 20% of the
amount (usually in the millions). Then the "barrister" gives a fax and phone
number, some even give you a cellphone number, giving the impression that
it's legit. My usual response: "Thank you, but I can't assist you at this
point. I would highly recommend that you contact either the INTERPOL or the
U.S. FBI as they have the resources to process your request." In some
cases, I even give them the local number of the FBI.
There are just too many
crooks out there.
Dec 19, 2005
I totally agree with Lov
Asero, the Samar Island is one of the remaining natural low land forest in
our country and that's the way we should utilize it. Sell the beauty of our
island to the world as something no one else have, the likes of Maqueda bay
a sheltered bay from the big waves of the Pacific. Samar is truly a GOD gift
of nature, cutting the trees down and digging huge holes for profit is a
wrong way of utilizing the said natural wonder.
There are people in our
province who think that industrializing
Samar is the answer to poverty of which I completely disagree for
the following reasons. 1) Samar geographical location is out of the way from
the major shipping lanes 2) It does not have a secured or ideal sea port for
huge container ships 3) It does not have the ideal flat lands to put
factory. Not to mention the peace and order that is required for a region to
Before we can talk about
poverty alleviation we must first achieve political stability, we must first
find and put the right people in government, not the people who are there
right now, people who love to hear themselves in their privilege speeches,
which they did not even wrote, people who talks a lot but do nothing but
steal calamity fund and broker their company for various government
contract. Ang kakapal talaga!
Name: Felicito D. Buad
P. de Rosdario St.,
Dec. 19, 2005
To Lov Asero,
I am just wondering if you
are really from Basey because you are betrayed by your spelling of Basay
(Instead of Basey). Anyhow, I am encouraging you to be proactive in your
criticisms. What is your solution to this nagging problem of poverty in our
province? What can you suggest that would help alleviate these problems? We
need actions rather debates which would only add fuel to an already inflamed
situation. That's why our country don't prosper because we have so much
aspiring politicians who would like arguments than addressing the problem
head on. We have some opportunities in the pasts that we were hang ups with
all these meaningless rhetorics. Tekwa before becoming a Mayor was
considered a good for nothing candidate because of his background, but he is
doing good for Catbaloganons at present.
My suggestion is to
take some opportunities with an open mindedness attitude, study them
carefully, know the causes and it's possible effects and how we can avert
them so that we can move ahead. Stop this nonsense challenge of debate and
instead take action in your own locality.
Name: Leo Ramirez
Address: Bgy. 10. Patag Dist.,
To Lov Asero,
Speech of Hon. Castillo
I totally agree with you
[link] that logging per se is disastrous to our ecosystem let alone the
consequences to our fellow Samarnons, but you probably missed the point of
what Hon. Castillo was advocating which is a responsible utilisation of our
natural resources, not the wanton extraction of forest trees without
sustainanble management systems. I think the govt. with the auspices of DENR
should work together with prospective logging concessionaires, and local
communities on how to develop our resources with an effective and workable
sustainable forest management system for their mutual end. An example is
planting of fast growing trees to replenish the harvested ones or we can
prohibit cutting of indigenous tress and instead encourage the logging firms
to plant fast and export quality tree species like gmelina. PICOP can help
us out on these technologies.
We shouldn't close our eyes
to the reality that we need to generate industries and employment in our
region to benefit us all. There are some ways that we can work together to
address our enemy which is poverty.
Debate will just end up with
PRIDE to the victors and bruised ego to the losers, or we might as well end
up as frustrated politicians.