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Music Is Everything

Music travels all around my body
Now I can say it’s living right through me
Listening to music puts me in a good mood
It makes me want to stand up and start to groove

Music can make me forget all of my pain
It brings out the sun when I can only see the rain
I put on my headphones and play all of my songs
I could listen to it all day long

Music takes me to another place
Higher than the sky and far away from the space
There’s nothing to compare to it in the whole world
It wouldn’t even be better than my favorite girl

Music can teach you many lessons
Like stand up for your rights and all the good reasons
I know there’s people who thinks the same way
Because they know music lives in us everyday on a tablature

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IMMAP launches the country’s first Digital Congress: The Power of X


To celebrate its 10th anniversary this year, the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP), the premier organization of digital marketing professionals in the country, will hold the first “IMMAP Digital Congress” or IMMAP DigiCon to encourage practitioners to amp up their skills in the rapidly evolving digital industry. Carrying the theme “The Power of X: Digital Multiplied,” the IMMAP DigiCon fuses together other regular digital marketing conferences such as the Mobile Marketing Summit, Digital Commerce Summit and the IMMAP Summit into one grand event that is expected to draw around 3,000 delegates from various industries across the country.

Participants at the IMMAP DigiCon will gain the opportunity to listen to content provided by powerhouse experts and acknowledged regional and global thought leaders in the field of digital marketing. A total of 100 speakers representing the various sectors of digital marketing’s diverse ecosystem will enlighten delegates on 10 tracks of topics: “Branding and Marketing,” “Content and Distribution,” “Start-Ups,” “The Digital Creative,” “Social and Search,” “eCommerce and Payments,” “The Digital Agency,” “CRM, Data and Analytics,” “Research and Measurement,” and “Media and Ad Networks.”

Included in the speaker lineup for the IMMAP DigiCon are Steve Kalifowitz, Twitter’s Head of Brand Strategy and Advocacy for Asia Pacific and Middle East and North Africa (APAC-MENA); Sunita Kaur, Spotify’s Managing Director for Asia; Ryan Morales, Head of Consumer Marketing for Google Southeast Asia; Eleanne Hattis, Head of Asia Pacific Sales for Waze; and Sandhia Devanathan, Head for eCommerce, Financial Services for Travel, Southeast Asia, for Facebook eCommerce, among others.


Other highlights of the IMMAP DigiCon will be a Trade Exhibit that will showcase digital commerce and other impressive and innovative technology solutions, and the Boomerang Awards, which celebrates the most effective and creative digital marketing campaigns developed and produced over the last year.

“We have long dreamt of establishing the country’s first digital congress, and now it’s finally happening after months of planning and painstaking work. We would like to thank the IMMAP DigiCon management committee for putting together this milestone event for our association’s 10th anniversary, and we’re looking forward to a successful event,” says Margot Torres, IMMAP President.

 For his part, IMMAP Vice President and DigiCon Director-in-Charge Eduardo Mapa, Jr. said, “The array of speakers gathers the best of the best, the brightest of minds when it comes to digital marketing. We are glad that they are willing to speak during this event to help spread the word on the importance of digital marketing and, eventually, help transform the marketing landscape to make it even more vibrant and dynamic in the 21st Century.”

“What we are preparing for is the establishment of what we call a ‘digital economy.’ It is slowly and surely happening so everyone, whether in the traditional or digital marketing industries, should be able to embrace it and witness it. Our goal in digital marketing is to complement the tenets of marketing and hopefully transform and bring it to a whole new level. The road is tough, acceptance from companies is trickling, but we are moving forward. We hope that our event will help achieve that goal,” explains Donald Lim, co-founder of IMMAP and overall Chairman of the IMMAP DigiCon.

 The first “IMMAP DigiCon, The Power of X: Digital Multiplied,” will be held on October 10-12, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Vicente Sotto Street, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City. For more information and other event mechanics, go to www.immap.com.ph or www.powerofx.ph.

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All 100% Pure Fun Travel Destinations Before Summer Ends

It has been drizzling for the past few days and we we are definitely at the end tail of summer but nothing can stop our pure love for travelling with our family and friends. However, sometimes things get in the way of planning like applying for vacation leaves, scheduling flights or bus routes, and most especially, budget. This list would like to help you plan your trip during the remaining summer month with options of doing a day trip, a weekender, or maybe spending some nights in a nice town outside the city bringing along the perfect baon for everyone in the family or your barkada.

The Day Tripper

We understand the struggle of scheduling a trip when some can only take a day off. So why not beat the heat chasing waterfalls in Pagsanjan, Laguna? The Pagsanjan Falls is one of the most popular falls in the Philippines and is very near Manila. With a travelling time of two hours from Manila, you can board a small boat and enjoy watching the bangkeros make their way to the falls, conquering rapids and rocky stream.


While being in awe looking at the majestic falls, serve a quick fix for everyone on the trip with some crackers and a can of Mega Tuna Spanish Style! It is made from 100% tuna so you can make sure that you are getting the benefits from tuna like Omega 3, protein, and B-vitamins.

The Weekender  

Some of us are lucky to have weekends off and there is no doubt that maximizing it during the summer is the best way to spend days off from work or school or dance lessons.

 Pack your bags and head off up north on a Saturday and visit Minalungao National Park in Nueva Ecija. Limestone formations can be seen by foot or on a bamboo raft along the Penaranda River.

If the waves are calling, head to to Zambales and take a siesta in a hammock under hundreds of agoho trees. Enjoy ashen sands of Anawangin and Nagsasa Cove with the barkada for some ultimate camping experience.

 On the way up north, the gang will surely get hungry on the road. Bring out the bread and a can of Mega Tuna Flakes in Oil or Hot and Spicy for the daredevils! Because it comes in an easy-to-open can, you can have a mini picnic inside the van! For family members or friends who are health enthusiasts, they don’t have to worry for they can be sure that they are savoring the true taste of tuna, because all Mega Tuna variants are made from 100% tuna with no extenders, no preservatives, and no MSG, making them 100% delicious.


 

More Days, Mega Fun

 

If your family has some days to spare for your trip, file your leaves and brush up on some history as you walk along the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. You can also visit Syquia Mansion where the former President Elpidio Quirino used to live. The mansion’s beauty can be seen through its wood carvings of pageboys and country lasses and its antique furnitures will surely bring back the yesteryears. For the youngsters, a trip to Baluarte would be a great idea. It is a zoo owned by a former governor of Ilocos Sur.

 

After a day filled with lots of historical tours, end the day with an easy but nice dinner with flair. Since Ilocos Sur is one of the few remaining intact Hispanic towns in the country, pass around some tortillas and Mega Tuna Sweet and Spicy! So yummy! With Mega Tuna, you can be sure that only the right ingredients are being used because it does not utilize Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) or commonly known as “extenders”. Hence, you get what is being promised, the delicious taste of true tuna.

Wherever you go this summer, be it a daytrip or a week-long vacation with your family or friends, the most important is that you will have a Mega trip filled with 100% pure love and fun!

 If you’re up for solo travelling, Mega Tuna has come up with 155g Flakes in Oil and Hot and Spicy that is easier to pack and lighter to carry in you travel bag!

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A New Chapter 

I have been waiting since yesterday for the final results of the elections so I could post a final election-related post hoping to congratulate the winners: the duly elected officials and the Filipino people.

I was prepared to accept whoever wins because I believe in the democratic process. All I wanted was to move on from the election circus and start reading more of the positive posts that previously dominated my news feed about the exciting goings-on in my family and friends’ lives.

Instead, the circus still hasn’t left town.
The clowns are still running high . We have always been a bipolar country, I should have expected it.

Anyway…

1. I am happy that around 16 million Filipinos are happy about the results of the presidential battle. Pres-elect Duterte has called for healing. Let’s heed his call, let’s stop the hate, let’s work together, let the discipline begin with ourselves, and let us love our countrymen and country as much as he says he does.

2. Overall, I would take the character assasinations on social media over actual assasinations that previously plagued elections in the past. This has been a relatively peaceful electoral exercise and, although a lot of egos have been shredded by the written word, egos can be rebuilt but not any lives shredded by actual bullets.

3. The election circus has been such a migraine-inducing experience. Again, I will take that over the apathy of the voters in elections past. This year’s elections have shown how much Filipinos have started to become so invested in the choosing of their next leaders. It hasn’t been a fair affair by far with all the mudslinging and all, but I hope this puts the Filipino people on the right path towards becoming a more mature, involved, informed, respectful, and accepting electorate.

4. Now, for some mudslinging of my own. On the vp front, it is no secret that I am not a Marcos supporter. All I can say about this is: why should Robredo suffer for the sins of the past administration when its so easy for some people to forgive Bongbong Marcos for the sins of his Father’s regime? Oh, the double standards.

5. And the Marcoses being cheated in the elections? Oh, the irony.

6. And so what about Plan B? Everyone has to remember that Pres Duterte is a lawyer. He will not allow a legal impeachment if he can help it. He beat out the “yellow machinery” in the election, so he’s good enough to thwart whatever “plans” they have for him. He promised that he will do his best for the country. If you believe that he will do exactly this, then there will be no cause for an impeachment proceeding to be filed against him. Trust your president, you elected him.

7. Thank you for the concessions. Thank you for starting the process of support and unification. I pray that the rest of the Filipino people will now start to follow in your example of humble personal acceptance, as well.

8. Thank you also to the BEIs, teachers, volunteers, poll watchers, police forces, and everyone who put in their hard work to make the elections an orderly, peaceful, and credible endeavor. Thank you for your service.

9. For all the shortcomings of the Aquino administration, we have to accept that there has been a lot of improvement in the economy of our country, the effects and benefits of which, however, have yet to be felt by the masses. Thus, the discontent. Please understand that it takes more than six years for the gradual trickle to become manifest. We have been the sick man of Asia for decades. The job of the new government is to continue boosting this trajectory and make sure the sick man continues to take its maintenance meds, and eventually get better. Nay, Stronger.

All I can hope for after the elections is peace, a renewed respect for one another and the government processes, and acceptance of the changes that we chose to deserve.

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Vilma Tops 2016 Lazada Polls: Mom for all Seasons

  To celebrate mother’s day, Lazada (www.lazada.com.ph), the country’s one stop shopping and selling destination, conducted an online survey among members of the Lazada Super Moms and main FB page. Survey results are based on direct consumer responses and not reflective of the views of Lazada.com or its employees.

Lazada moms are Vilmanians at heart with 69% of respondents saying she is the best representation of a mother, winning over other showbiz icons Sharon Cuneta, Dawn Zulueta and Jaclyn Jose.


Ely beats Chris, but Brad lords over them all

When it comes to music and entertainment, the popularity of local band Eraserheads (40%) beats out international bands, Coldplay and U2. But when it comes to Hollywood crushes, Leo (24%) still has a long way to go before reaching Brad’s (53%) stature.

Mom’s everyday essentials

Moms are more active than ever before. With the limitless number of mom apps available, almost three (71%) out of four respondents prefer using an Android over an iOS. Function over femininity rules as moms prefer wearing shorts (45.3%) as their comfy #OOTD, with jeans as a close contender (43.7%). Baby wipes top their survival kit must have (36.0%) to take out


Value Hunters and Pamperers

Moms are always on the lookout for great deals, especially during sales (37.6%). For example in diapers, Huggies was ranked as the most preferred and trusted brand by moms (34.4%). Interesting to note that moms would rather (1) buy during a sale, (2) use discount vouchers or (3) buy product bundles than ask allowance from dad when the household budget gets pretty tight.

One thing moms aren’t afraid to scrimp on are themselves. 36% of respondents described themselves as part of the Health and Beauty category. When asked what form of dieting they prefer, moms prefer a diet of fruits and veggies (58%) instead of depriving themselves of sweets or rice. For mini-breaks, a surprising 41.2% prefer staycations over out of town getaways.

Mother’s Day Mindfulness

As Mother’s Day is just around the corner, Lazada treats all mothers out there with Mother’s Day Specials until May 5, 2016 with up to 80% off on a wide assortment of products. Perfect gifts for mothers are available from kitchenware, cameras, gadgets and a whole lot more. Lazada also makes flower deliveries possible on Mother’s Day for its first 400 customers who would be pre-ordering on or before 5:00p.m on May 6.

Mom is definitely the queen this May. Treat your royal highness by visiting www.lazada.com.ph or by downloading the mobile app for free.

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Why Filipino Voters Should Vote For My Presidential Bet

Yes, we get it. You’re angry and frustrated, and God knows the administration of Noynoy Aquino has given us plenty of reasons to be seething with anger, especially with the way his rabid supporters try to deflect all blame and defend him and his officials from all criticism. But that’s no reason to lash out in anger and vote for a candidate who is the complete opposite just because you want change. 

What kind of change are you expecting, based on words and actions? And why are people so overprotective that they attack anyone who criticizes , and dismiss any critical article as unbiased, while sharing even fake stories and accepting them as gospel truth ?

10. He/She is a hardcore politician. With long service behind him/her, he could pull the handle of power more succesfully.

9. A lifelong advocate of fighting corruption in the country.

8. He knows the fundamental issues in the labor system. Contractualism will no longer be an issue.

7. A goal of generating enough energy to solve the country’s energy problem.

6. He will improve healthcare coverage to all and every Filipinos.

5. He will invest and improve the country’s infrastructure and connect the country in the way the Aquino administration had failed to do so.

4. He will fight for the welfare of women and children as well as protect human rights.

3. His educational program will pave the way for better Filipino students.

2. He will crackdown all the companies and improves the country’s taxation.

1. His foreign policy will improve Philipppines relation to other country and will not let our country be subdued to other country’s might and power.

Yes, no president will ever be perfect, but that doesn’t mean you have to lower your standards and make excuses for disgusting behavior that I sincerely hope deep down you really can’t stomach. Maybe you just feel you have no choice left but Duterte, but stop wearing blinders and defending what you never used to defend. You say change is coming, but that shouldn’t mean radically changing who you are and the values you once held dear.

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Bonbon Festival – Celebrate Art, Environment and Community!

 
Now on it’s second year, Bonbon Festival is back to celebrate Arts, Environment and Community in a one of a kind one-day event which will be participated by young professionals, students, different artists in Batangas Province, and invited guests from other places. 

Bonbon Festival is the first eco-green festival in the province which aims to support and sustain the environment by using arts and culture as one of the tools for preservation and development. The festival will be at Sitio Tagbakin, Brgy. Halang Lipa City, Batangas this coming May 21, 2016 from 6am onwards!

 What to expect:



 Gala at Pasyal sa Lawa/ Knowledge Tour

Know the story of the lake region and eruption history of Taal Volcano via boat ride from Sitio Tagbakin, Lipa City to San Nicolas to Volcano Island and back. Enjoy the horse ride and trek with local tour guide and the rest of the team.

Mananghalian/Lunch

Savor a sumptuous lunch of Batangas fusion cuisine and local refreshments.

Huntahan sa Lawa/ Talkback

Join a series of meaningful talkback and discussions about Art and Environment with interactive community workshops that culminates the afternoon activities.

Hapunan/ Dinner by the Lake, Art Installations and Performance Art

Experience Batangas Art and Culture through performances. Listen to the old time Kundiman music plus musical performances dedicated to Taal led by independent Batangueno musicians including LAC Music Department. Cocktails are available with a party capping the night with all-out-fun and dancing.

Participants may choose from 2 packages:

For inquiries and ticket purchase you may contact:

Mr. Carlo Aguila at 043-740-7112 or 09178779144

Let’s end this summer season with a purpose. See you there!

 

First published in ohohleo.blogspot.com. Http://obhohleo.blogspot.com/2016/05/BonbonFestival.html 

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A Test of Century Park Hotel’s Emergency Preparedness


Century Park Hotel held its yearly fire drill last April 27, 2016 to check the efficiency of the hotel’s emergency plan.


The annual exercise aimed to evaluate the hotel’s ability to handle critical situations by ensuring the safety of the people including the hotel’s employees and especially the guests.



For more information, contact them at telephone no. 528-8888 or email them at information@centurypark.com.ph

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Be Healthy with Philcare and Fly For Free with Get Go

From March 22 to May 31, 2016, get as much as 750 GetGo points for a minimum spend of P3,500 on selected PhilCare health cards. Use these points to redeem free flights with Cebu Pacific!
* Eligible Products GetGo Points

 
Mechanics:

Offer is open to all customers who purchase PhilCare health cards from March 22 to May 31, 2016.

Get as much as 750 GetGo points per health card* for a minimum spend of P3,500 single receipt purchase made at www.philcare.com.ph

Qualified customers will be notified thru email once acknowledgement from GetGo of transfer of points has been received.

GetGo membership caard name and number must be specified in the notes portion upon checkout or email to order@philcare.com.ph indicating the order ID number and GetGo name and ID number.

Redemptioin is only until 60 days from end of the promo period.

Terms and Conditions:
Offer is valid only for purchases made at www.philcare.com.ph and cannot be used with any other ongoing promos.

GetGo points are non-convertible to cash.

No crediting of points to multiple accounts.


Philcare’s partnership with GetGo Rewards will give their members Get Go Rewards points when they purchase selected health card products, the points will allows the members to redeem FREE flights with Cebu Pacific flights.You can get as much as 750 GetGo points by purchasing any Philcare health card products.p


  All selected Philcare Health Card for a minimum spent of Php 3,500.00, the member can use it to redeem points or flights from Cebu Pacific. PhilCare prepaid health cards included in the promo include ER Vantage cards, Medical and Dental cards, Health Vantage cards and Health Vantage Elite cards. PhilCare members are automatically eligible for a GetGo cards upon purchase of any of the prepaid health cards mentioned above.

If you’re not a GetGo member yet Philcare will give a FREE membership when you purchase your health card and best thing about it they will deliver it to your doorstep…

PhilCare believes that the path to wellness goes beyond having an effective health care coverage or an immediate access to medical providers. To be truly healthy means taking the time to enjoy life’s little pleasures while ensuring that you are protected for medical emergencies at all time.

This is the vision behind PhilCare’s latest partnership with GetGo Rewards by Cebu Pacific, a lifestyle program that allows card holders to accumulate points on everyday spending and redeem these points for free flights. GetGo points can be earned from buying groceries, paying utility bills, refilling the car with gasoline, and now—even when taking care of your health.


“PhilCare has always advocated for a 360 degree view on health and wellness. We have addressed the need for affordable and accessible health care products by offering our prepaid cards, starting from the ER Vantage cards, with 40K, 60K and 80K maximum benefit limits which allows access to medical providers for emergency health concerns; and then we supplemented it with the introduction of the Health Vantage and Health Vantage Elite cards, which offers a more comprehensive and extensive one-year emergency health care coverage; and finally, to answer the clamor for an unlimited consultation card to complement ER Vantage, we introduced our Medical and Consultation cards for kids, adults and senior citizens early this year. The partnership with GetGo meanwhile addresses our belief for over-all wellness and health,” shared Noemi G. Azura, president and chief executive officer (CEO) for PhilCare.
By partnering with GetGo, Azura hopes that PhilCare members will be more inspired to travel discover new places and get much needed R&R.


(from L to R) Jhoan Gomez, Actuarial Head, PhilCare; Katryn Supapo; Head of Partnerships, Loyalty Division of GetGo; Allan Florendo; Director of Marketing, GetGo; Noemi G. Azura, President & CEO, PhilCare; Jaeger L. Tanco, Chairman, PhilCare; and Karen Sarte, OIC – Marketing


Buyer can no longer change GetGo ID number once submitted to PhilCare except if member ID is invalid.

For existing GetGo members, points will be credited within 10 working days.

For new GetGo members, points will be credited and new card will be delivered within 30 working days.

Enrollment in the GetGo program is required for qualified customers of PhilCare to avail in the promo.

Non-GetGo members who will meet qualified purchase shall be automatically enrolled to the GetGo program within 10 working days.

Per DTI FTEB SPD Permit No. 4633, Series of 2016

How to purchase online and avail of Get Healthy, Go Places Summer Online Promotion
Step 1. Visit philcare.com.ph and click SHOP NOW
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Step 2. Purchase eligible products and ADD TO CART and proceed to CHECKOUT
2. 


Step 3. During checkout, complete all billing and shipping information and include the Getgo name and ID number in the NOTES portion.
3. 


You may also send in your Getgo details, to order@philcare.com.ph along with the following information: Getgo name, Getgo ID number, PhilCare order ID number.

 
 

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Vote Wisely

The litany of whines goes perpetual. We run wild and berserk against what this government is not. Our growing dissatisfaction and unrealistic sense of entitlement fuel our drive for change. But in introspection, have we done enough as a people? Have we not realized that the government we want to change is the self we badly wanted to change? We say that the government is corrupt. But have we honestly declared our income and other business interests in paying our taxes? How many under the table negotiations we made to protect and serve our own interests? Doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers most often than not undervalue their income and pay so little taxes. But they parade around town in their flashy Mercedes or SUVs. Save for some who are honest in their transactions.
 I am sad that the supporters are resorting to bullying those that are not supporting their candidates. I want to tell them if you you are just as passionate about your candidate, then I am just as passionate about my country. Being No to a particular candidate does not mean I am Pro to anyone . It just means being pro-country and thinking about the greater good. The hope lies not just choosing a candidate on election day . Yes, I not sure who I am supporting but I will certainly watch whoever wins. Our work does not end on Election Day.

Concerned with the plight of the filipinos and of my country, I appeal to my fellowmen to vote wisely.  

Vote with your reason and not with your emotions. 

Is your candidate:

– of good moral standing?

– capable of good governance?

– respectful of the fundamental human rights especially of the poor?

– give good example both in public and private?

– observant of all moral values?

– and above all, a god-fearing person?

It is about time that we, filipinos, should wake up and not be swayed away in our personal decision, rejecting whatever form of vote buying, of coercion from sectarian groups and of a mere consideration of the elections as a popularity contest.

Rather, in the moment of electing our government officials, filipinos should think about who could really contribute to the good of our country and our fellowmen, uplifting the living conditions of those who are victims of poverty, corruption and injustices. 

We say that the government is inefficient and corrupt. How many times did we attempt to pay the MMDA officer so that we won’t get a ticket? But how many times were we reprimanded by our boss for the usual tardiness at work? Sleeping on the job? Facebooking on official working hours? Quality and volume of work is compromised because we settled for mediocrity. Come to think of it, inefficiency is not actually exclusive to the government. It’s us in different forms.

We say that our government is unresponsive to the needs of its people. It is true but I would like to believe that the government does its best to serve us. There are just too many complex and pressing needs to attend to but have we becolme, as a people, responsive to the needs of our less fortunate brothers and sisters? 

PNOY is not the only man in the government. VP Binay is part of it. Mayor Duterte is also a part of it. Miriam, Chiz, Grace, Cayetano, BBM, Enrile, Estrada and many other rogues and scoundrels clothed in nice barongs are also part of it. We are so quick to point a finger at PNOY as the culprit of our undeserved misery. If I may surmise, it is not impossible to say that we also have parents, siblings, spouses, close friends who are part of the government bureaucracy. They, too, form part of the government we call corrupt, inefficient and unresponsive. For whatever misfortune this country is into, we have nothing but ourselves to blame to. 

We are exercising our constitutional right to vote in the days to come. We are still politically immature as a nation but immense power is already given to us people on the belief that we can ascertain for ourselves what is best for us. Immature as we are politically, we bank on the politics of personality not on politics based on policy and platform. We create and disband political parties based on politics of convenience. We sustain the patron-client relationship so typical of the feudal and elite system. The poor were syndicated to remain poor to depend on the behest of the rich and the powerful. 

As we exercise our right to vote, I ask for sobriety. As our ballots are cast, seal it with individual resolve towards transformational change. The government that we disdain must die at the moment we drop our ballot in the box. It must be our last ticket to a path forward and upward. Come out in that polling place like a new baby excited to acquire only the good skills but with the wisdom of an old man. Only by then that the government in us is transformed.  

I want our leaders to be accountable and hold them to their promises. That is why we need encourage all Filipinos to go beyond just voting wisely. We need to make them accountable on how they will fight corruption and they need to give us a plan on how they will do good governance. We must watch them.Who do we watch? All of those we elected in office, as well as the people appointed to head different government agencies. It is our civic duty to be participative in nation-building as well as in being a check and balance to those in power.

The hope lies in each one of us. Change is coming to each one of us.