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The Family Planner.

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Plan with your best science, please!By Frank A HilarioApril 21, 1740 hours Manila time. I have just come from a serious ‘Roundtable Discussion on Food Security with Focus on Rice’ organized by the College of Public Affairs (CPAf) of the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños and held at the Operations Room, Abelardo G Samonte Hall (Admin Bldg) on campus. (If it's UP, it must be something very important and very intellectual. It was a one-day conference; I was late because I wasn't invited to it, and I learned of it only mid-morning. Anyway, I am UP, and so I was attracted to it like a bee to a flower in waiting.)
The objective of this roundtable discussion is to come up with a list of recommendations that can guide the Department of Agriculture in defining strategies to increase rice production through the following: increase areas planted to rice, increase palay yield per hectare, minimize post-harvest losses, minimize marketing inefficiency, and minimize rice consumptio…

Is the problem population?

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No, people interpreting the data are!By Frank A HilarioThe Roman Catholic Church and the Filipino people, the size of the moral imperative and the size of the population. The critics of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and of the Catholic Church are one in saying that the Church’s adamant stand against family planning along with GMA’s fearful concurrence is what is causing the population explosion and, ergo, the current rice crisis. Logical but wrong. I'm sorry to say that this time, excellence is in the data, not in the people interpreting the data.
If the population is the problem, then why couldn’t we export rice and still have enough to feed the population when it was only 68.6 M in 1995 when Fidel ‘Eddie’ V Ramos was our President? He was and is Protestant and he was a good President. Why couldn’t we export rice when we Filipinos numbered only 76.5 M in 2000 when Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada was President? He had as an adviser a former Chancellor of the University of the Philippines…

Pool Trick? No, Excellence.

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Gerry Watson, now showing in ManilaBy Frank A HilarioThe 3-time Canadian Open Pool Champion is scrambling out of his native Cornwall, Ontario, Canada and, across the globe, jumping into a billiard pocket called Manila, Philippines. This is a tricky shot by ‘The Pool Trick Guy,’ but he’s been living with tricky and difficult shots for at least the last 25 years. He calls himself in his own website 'Canada's Premier Billiard Entertainer' (gerrywatson.com). Well, the show must go on! if it has to be in the Philippines.
Excellent choice, Manila! We Filipinos welcome Gerry Watson. We don’t mind another billiards champion moving in. After all, we’re used to having World Pool Champions around here, you know: Efren ‘The Magician’ Reyes, Francisco ‘Django’ Bustamante, Alex ‘The Lion’ Pagulayan, Jose ‘Amang’ Parica, Ronato ‘The Volcano’ Alcano.So, let me introduce him to the Filipinos. At 12, Gerry Watson began playing pool at a neighbor’s home; at 15, he was the top player in Cornw…

Secret of PowerPoint?

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Word! If you're thinking Excellent - I amBy Frank A Hilario
To Excel, to make a Great PowerPoint presentation, here’s powerful advice, and it’s free: Stop! Write first, present next. I mean, use Microsoft Word first before Microsoft PowerPoint. You can outline your presentation in Word before you finalize them in PowerPoint; you can easily write and rewrite using Word; you can even print-out and read and revise your text from there. Remember: If your writing is lousy, your presentation will be lousy; if your writing is good, your presentation will be good.
And yes, if your photography is creative, your presentation will be exciting to watch. Remember, you heard it first from me - creative writer, editor, desktop publisher, photographer, blogger, teacher. Excellent!Remember the days of the slides - color films mounted; positives, in contrast to negatives - and the slide projector and the carousel? You couldn’t have a slide presentation without the slides, right? And you couldn’t h…

Your smile is precious to you.

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April 12, 2008 – The pastoral text of Fr Reuter is this: Our Lord said, loud and clear: ‘I have come that my joy might be in you, and that your joy might be complete!’ Smile!I took this photograph of two girls with the different smiles: Nilda is at left, Cindy at right - they live with a good friend, Dr O. Each one of us has a different smile, Girl Friday, student, doctor, writer, but they all mean the same thing: At that precise moment, we are glad. A smile blesses you. Then that gladness disappears as the smile is wiped off our face.The SMS (short message service) text of Fr Reuter does not refer to smiles that disappear as if they were wiped off our faces. The smile that Fr Reuter is referring to does not last a day, does not last a week, does not last a month – it lasts forever! The joy blesses you forever. So, your smile is precious to me - and to you.
But how do you smile when you’re unhappy? Good question. One trick is to smile as if you were happy – and then you will be happy. …

Your smile is precious to you.

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April 12, 2008 – The pastoral text of Fr Reuter is this: Our Lord said, loud and clear: ‘I have come that my joy might be in you, and that your joy might be complete!’ Smile!I took this photograph of two girls with the different smiles: Nilda is at left, Cindy at right - they live with a good friend, Dr O. Each one of us has a different smile, Girl Friday, student, doctor, writer, but they all mean the same thing: At that precise moment, we are glad. A smile blesses you. Then that gladness disappears as the smile is wiped off our face.The SMS (short message service) text of Fr Reuter does not refer to smiles that disappear as if they were wiped off our faces. The smile that Fr Reuter is referring to does not last a day, does not last a week, does not last a month – it lasts forever! The joy blesses you forever. So, your smile is precious to me - and to you.
But how do you smile when you’re unhappy? Good question. One trick is to smile as if you were happy – and then you will be happy. …

Fear of English?

Fears of excellence, the unknown, Manuel Luis QuezonIsabel Pefianco Martin writes of students ‘Fearing English in the Philippines’ (April 12, inquirer.net). In one school, where it was English-only in classrooms, corridors and faculty lounges, she would see everyone rush to the quadrangle during break timeto exhale English and inhale Filipino. Haaah!She thinks students will not learn a language if they fear it. I agree. Aside from the fear of punishment in strictly-English schools, this fear of English arises from peer pressure – the peers prefer Filipino, because they equate it with nationalism or love of country. If that’s all the nationalism you have, your school has not taught you anything at all. Learn from the Ateneo; the Jesuit Fathers don’t teach nationalism – they teach internationalism. They don’t teach love of country – they teach love of fellowman. I explain what Isabel refers to as fear of English also as fear of the unknown – English is largely unknown to us, isn't i…

The Possessing.

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In rescuing Yahoo, Bill Gates rescues MicrosoftBy Frank A Hilario
Bill Gates is human; he desires Yahoo! ‘Desire creates the power,’ says Raymond Holliwell. ‘What makes the engine go? Desire, desire, desire,’ says Stanley Kunitz. ‘We always long for the forbidden things,’ says Francois Rabelais, ‘and desire what is denied us.’ Bill Gates dreams of the possessing. So don’t be surprised about Microsoft’s giant shout at Yahoo! at 44.6 B decibels to drown out any other noise that may disturb the possessing.Noise abating, let’s play 20 Questions:(1)US$44.6 Billion. Does Microsoft's audacious bid for Yahoo reveal the extent of Microsoft’s failure to adapt to the Internet age? (‘Microsoft and Yahoo: Perfect Partners?’ Darren Waters, bbc.co.uk/blogs). ‘This is about gearing up for the Second Internet Age – an age where commerce, community and communications are dominated by the Web.’ Not by Microsoft. (2)Is the business model for the advertising industry outdated and only Google has the an…

My Population Explosion.

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Vasectomy! Ligation! Condom!

By Frank A Hilario
Google News - Philippines gives me today, April 10 in Manila, 2 items that catch my attention. One: ‘Philippine Solon visits Winnipeg to expose 900-plus extra-judicial killings’ by ANN (author not named) (story in filipinojournal.com). Two: ‘Population plan may help ease food crisis – NGOs’ by D’Jay Lazaro (gmanews.tv). A matter of lives and deaths.
The Philippine Solon is Congressman Satur Ocampo, known to be a leftist (no offense meant); the NGOs are EnGendeRights spoken for by lawyer Clara Rita A Padilla who is Founder and Executive Director, and the Forum for Family Planning and Development spoken for by its President Ben de Leon. Strange bedfellows? Not really. It looks to me like a modern if miniature Noah’s Ark of Rights sailing on friendly seas: human rights, women’s rights, social rights. Sail on!ANN in Winnipeg tells me:Congressman Ocampo is one of three members of the Philippine Congress visiting Canada from April 4 to 18, 2008. …