Thai boxing match (Muaythai), Ratchadamnoen Boxing Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand

llast Monday I was standing in line for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back when I overheard two seniors discussing their grandsons. It was apparently about sharing a piece of cake or something of the sort.

cake-cutting-collage“Ako, wala akong problema pagdating jan.” said the guy in front of me, “Ang ginagawa ko, sa isa ko pinapahiwa tapos ang mamimili ay yong isa, para walang gulo at lamangan. Tiyak aayusin niya ang paghiwa dahil yong isa ang mamimili.”

“Oo nga ano, gawin ko nga yon,” replied his friend.

Their exchange of thoughts and perceptions was quite interesting. It also touched on the names of famous personalities.

“Alam mo, ang pangalan ng tao importante. Tulad halimbawa ni Manny Pacquiao. Palagay mo ba magiging champion yan kung apilyido niya ay ‘Talunan’ o kaya ay ‘Higa’? Tignan mo apilyido ni Manny – ‘Pacquiao’. Tapos ‘Manny’ o ‘Money’- Pera. Pinakyaw niya lahat! Napakaganda ng kombinasyon. Walang kawala! Yayaman talaga.”

I couldn’t help but chuckle over it and they must have overheard it. “Tama, hindi ba pare?” he asked. I said, “Tama ka jan.” “O tignan mo, kaya pre,” he continued to his friend, “kung magkakaapo ka uli, tiyakin mo maganda ang pangalan ibibigay mo. Wala na tayong magagawa sa apilyido, nan jan na yan eh, kahit yong pangalan na lang kelangan maganda.”

I suddenly remembered a close brethren of mine. She had no issues with her name until one of her chums pointed it out to her. Her name was Lina and her last name was Labasan.

By the way, I think you should skip Jack Reacher, the first one was much better. The plot’s too complicated and seemingly forced. But if Tom Cruise is your forte, who am I to say otherwise. Watch and enjoy 🙂

duterteGoing back to names. Though it shouldn’t be taken too seriously did you know that all our names have meanings. Let’s start off with Rodrigo, our President.  What does the net have to say about the name “Rodrigo“.

“You are a law unto itself. Your tendency is to finish whatever you start. You are tolerant and like to help humanity. You are very active. You are generally warmhearted and gives freely of your time, energy, and sympathetic understanding. You have tolerance and acceptance of the frailties of others. Universal and humanitarian in outlook. This is very compassionate name.You are frank, methodical and believe in law, system and order. []”

“People with this name have a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in public speaking, acting, writing or singing. They also yearn to have beauty around them in their home and work environment. People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They tend to be optomistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily. They may be changeable, restless, untidy, and rebellious. [ ]”

Uncanny but described to a T don’t you think. Now let’s see what they have to say about “Eduardo” aside from that description given in his biography by Iglesia Ni Cristo blogspot as “guardian”. But actually it’s not merely “guardian”, but “prosperous guardian” [] . Well, it continues –

iglesia_ni_cristo_inc_executive_minister_brother_eduardo_manalo_cropped“The name Eduardo is an English baby name. In English the meaning of the name Eduardo is: Wealthy guardian. From the Old English name Eadweard, meaning rich or happy, and guardian. Famous bearer: King Edward the Elder, son of Alfred the Great; Edward VIII, who abdicated in 1936 to be with the divorced woman he loved.”

“You have large ambitions, and it is difficult for you to be tolerant and understanding of those who desire less in life or who are more slow and methodical by nature. Patience is not your forte. You do, however, have leadership ability and would never be happy in a subservient position. You are ambitious and aggressive by nature. You would be happiest in positions where you are free to express individually and creatively and where opportunities are not restricted; you desire freedom, and do not tolerate being possessed by others. [] “

And while we’re at it, maybe it wouldn’t be wrong to see how Erano” fares.

egm1_0“Your first name of Erano has given you the vision and foresight to be able to organize others and to hold positions of responsibility with poise and self-confidence. This name creates an optimistic outlook on life and favourable conditions in your personal affairs. You have the ability to express your thoughts and ideas, and you are friendly, likeable, and generous. []

It makes you smile doesn’t it? But like I earlier said, not to be taken seriously. The fortune of an individual does not lie on his name alone. There are many more factors to consider. But again who doesn’t enjoy his fortune read even if he or she doesn’t believe in it 🙂

Going back to the basic topic of this article. Have you ever wondered why despite the old age, constant cussing in his speeches,  the drab outfit he wears in public, the Visayan accent he exudes, and the not so dashing facial features, young women swoon over Digong wherever he goes? Watch the following clip of the President and Robredo meeting for the first time.


And the most recent in Japan.


That is what you call “Presence”.  It can not be seen but ohhh it can definitely be felt. That someone who grabs your attention when he enters the room. Some call it “Charisma”, others say it is “Appeal” but more appropriate and true to form would be “Animal Magnetism”.  Maginoo pero mejo bastos.  Girls like that. Feeling of security, protection, and of course love. Do you know any of our past presidents who showed as much love and compassion to our country? He would cuss through his breath anyone demeaning the Filipino heritage and that means anyone. Who else would have had the guts to downsize America, by a third world country at that. That is what we call balls. But does he have a soft spot? Watch this clip.


Everyone loves their Mom right? Who would we be without them? The sacrifices they made before you were even born. Kept you safe and sound inside her for nine months until she was sure you could survive on your own. But in this cold world, you wouldn’t have lasted one day without your mothers embrace keeping you warm throughout those nights. I miss her, we all do.

Now, what shall I say about the great “Eduardo”? Not much really, that he also flies on an airbus, but this one “he” owns. Digong doesn’t. Flies around in a helicopter “he” owns. Digong doesn’t own any. He has his face and OWE sign everywhere. Digong doesn’t. He celebrates his “parties” at the biggest arena in the world. Digong doesn’t. He spends the members money at his own pleasure. Digong doesn’t. He has two mansions, Digong has none.  But let’s give the guy some credit. He has started to curse with the word,” TANGA!” Bravo, you’re learning but frankly you have a long long way to go amigo.

A letter I received just today from dear friend Phoenix. His reaction on the recent Webex WS officiated by the one and only plus a few other observations. Dear Phoenix, may I add you have written very clearly and I see no reason why I should edit it. When the heart speaks, the lips take second notice. Digong remember? 🙂

“A family member told me after that worship service last Sunday that Bro EVM’s laughter was diabolical. Well, I don’t really think so since I kinda get the joke, and why our Executive Minister thinks it’s funny. Nonetheless, no one laughed, at least from our locale. I guess a few smiled or chuckled, but no one laughed. If not for his sanggunian (church elders), I’m afraid no one would indeed laugh. I think the only reason the brethren laughed in the other side of the screen was because the ministers were laughing (or more of a nervous laughter because of how awful or awkward the joke was). Or another possibility was that the laughter that we heard was just from them, the sanggunian, like the crooks they are.

How awkward would that be if nobody laugh during that time? He’d be the only one who’d look stupid (siya ang magmumukang tanga). That would have been funnier.

There was this story (I don’t know how accurate since it was just passed down with the word of mouth, so correct me if I’m wrong) about Bro EGM and his church elders during his time. According to the story, Bro EGM said that if he laughs, the elders behind him will burst out laughing as well. If he cries, they’ll cry too like a no-brainer. Yup. Mga sipsip (sycophants)! Bro EGM was aware of that. I’m not so sure about EVM. But I think he is. EVM and JS seem to know what their ministers’ weaknesses are and held them by the leash. No loyal dog would want to bite the one giving him food and security, wouldn’t they? And no one would want to end up with the inhuman harassment (physically and verbally) experienced by Menorca and the others (also those people in Tandang Sora), wouldn’t they?

I’m tired of trying so hard to give my respect to a man who acts as if he knows respect but doesn’t seem to earn it or even deserve it. They (him and his ministers) even act as if they knows what we’re going through with our everyday hardships in this God forsaken country (or the world in its entirety). They said they care, but they don’t help the brethren. Kung may kailangan man lingapin, di ba dapat mga kapatid muna? Di ba dapat tayo ang priority nila?

Don’t get me started with their contradictions and hypocrisies like we care about our fellowmen (sanlibutan) that’s why we have the “lingap sa mamamayan”, but at the same time continue to preach that they’ll all burn in hell (insert hate speeches or hate sermons).

One would say, “kaya nga natin sila aakayin, di ba?”

Right. By saying, “Come and join us. We have free rice, and grocery items! As you can see we also have free medical services! We also have free tickets to concerts! We have christian hip hop now! BAM! We even have our own star-studded blockbuster movie with over-the-top 100/10 rating making it the best movie ever created for the human race! No one can top that! And most importantly, we have an ARENA! The biggest of the biggest! If that’s not a good enough sign that this is indeed God’s church, then I don’t know what is! Wait, there’s more! World records! World recognition. Church locales all over the world! All for God’s glory! We have all sorts of lovely brethren you can choose from! Business opportunities! Month-long activities that would eat both your time and your money so that you wouldn’t be distracted by WORLDLY desires! We are always happy! Our Executive Minister truly is the wisest of the wise! The Holy Spirit flows in his veins! We love you Bro EVM (please notice me EVM-senpai)! What more can you ask for? Would you rather burn in the fiery depths of hell? Be the wise! Choose INC!”

You people would really say anything just so the brethren would give more in the name of your earthly lifestyles (also another contradictory of its own)?!

It’s kinda funny though, when if comes to our fellowmen, we need to help them with our special offerings, but when it comes to the brethren in need, they’ll say, “ang Ama na ang bahala sa inyo (our Father will provide for you, no worries)!”.

That always gets me. I wanna laugh so hard, but I can’t. Lagi nyong dinadamay ang Ama sa mga kalokohan nyo! Do you ministers have a better script? Who’s your scriptwriter? You bunch of morons need to fire that guy (or girl). It’s making you ministers look and sound more stupid (tanga) than you already are. For once, hire someone with brains, not dickheads!

PS. I know they might counter this by saying, “Tanga, hinanay pa ng Sugo at ng Ka EGM ang mga sinasabi namin, lalo na sa mga leksyon.” Right. Asan ebidensya (where’s the proof)? For the love of God, they’re dead. That type of argument is invalid and has a lot of holes (which by itself can be made into another article which I hope Bro William or AE, or whoever would make one). So, give it rest will ya?

(For Bro William, if you think this needs to be edited out, please do so. And if you decided not to post for some reason, please do inform me so that I’ll know where I’m wrong and improve my writing. Thank you for providing this blog site as a outlet for us members of EVM’s “tanga” community).”

  • Phoenix”