Showing posts from February, 2009

Dr Manny Pacquiao, I presume?

PacMan’s full name can now be written as Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, PhD in Humanities. Southwestern University President Eldigario Gonzales (right) bestowed on the legendary Filipino boxer the honorary degree in conferment rites on Wednesday evening, 18 February at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, Queen City of Central Philippines, where Southwestern is located. 
There had been a brouhaha about the conferring of a doctorate degree, even honoris causa, to Manny, as some vocal local critics claim Pacquiao does not deserve such an honor for his lack of intelligence. In reference to all that, in his acceptance speech, PacMan said, ‘Ang katalinuhan at kagalingan ng Pilipino ay hindi nasusukat sa dami ng librong nababasa.’ (The intelligence and talent of the Filipino is not measured by the number of books read.) Thanking the University, he said, ‘Sa kabila ng batikos sa SouthwesternUniversity, pinagpatuloy niyo pa rin ang pagtitiwala sa akin. Maraming salamat po sa inyong pagtitiwala.’ (D…

Rewards After. At 69, never mind the journeys!

I live in Manila, Philippines, you may have heard of it? We Filipinos have heard of your financial crisis: American, Australian, European, Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Singaporean. Where are all the brilliant economic models when you need them most?! The financial crisis is actually one and the same; it’s an excellent example of the saying that I hereby revise: ‘The end of the journey is the reward.’

At the end of a journey like that of Wall Street, there are no financial wizards, only financial wheezes. Why is it, my little President GMA, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, wondered aloud and proud at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland this January, that the big countries like the United States are reeling from the collapse of Wall Street, while the small ones like the Philippines are not? Madam President, the higher they fly, the harder they flail. The US financial wizards are now cowering at the financial sorcery they themselves conjured; now nobody knows how to exorcise the werewolves …

Verses & Controversies.

Revisiting Romans 1:17, Reviewing Context That girl in red. 13 September 2008. It was love at first sight. I fell in love with her the first time I saw her last year at the Manila International Book Fair at the Mall of Asia along ManilaBay, and that feeling continues to this day. Can love at first sight happen again? It did. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. I had to take her home. I’m glad I did. She was mine.

This girl in red. 07 February 2009. At home, 5 months later, she remains faithful; she remains seductive. She is dressed in scarlet, inviting to the eyes; her silent eyes are open, her body gently yields to the touch – she is the NRSV, the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. My Little Red Book, my softbound copy. The silent eyes are the multiple thumb index tabs. On the computer table next to this one I’m using, she intrudes into my thoughts, and she says, silently, strangely: ‘Context.’ My Little Red Bible leads me to think:Context is the silence that gives meaning to a s…