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Bo Sanchez’s Best Sunday. The Greatest Car in the World

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Revised 30 August at 2245 hours Manila
MANILA (29 August 2010) – Smile. “Welcome Sir, welcome Ma’am.” My son Jomar, his wife Clarisse, their child and baby Sean and Lucia, along with Malen, Nene, and I are attending the last session of the preaching series, T3: Secret of Big Returns of The Feast at the Philippine International Convention Center along Manila Bay; this is a Roman Catholic Sunday prayer meeting of the Light of Jesus Family congregation. Fr Romy Castro is celebrating the mass; we come in just before the Mass begins. My notes begin with the 1st Reading, which comes from Sirach 3: 17-18, 20, 28-29. Here are the 17-18 verses (NRSV): My child, perform your tasks with humility, then you will be loved by those whom God accepts. The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself, so you will find favor in the sight of the Lord. The 2nd reading is from the book of the Hebrews but I don’t catch chapter and verse, I don’t know why. The Gospel (Luke 14: 1, 7-14) is about the Phar…

Practical gospel. My Double-Best Bo Sanchez Sunday yet

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Revised 30 August at 2245 hours Manila
MANILA (29 August 2010) – Smile. “Welcome Sir, welcome Ma’am.” My son Jomar, his wife Clarisse, their child and baby Sean and Lucia, along with Malen, Nene, and I are attending the last session of the preaching series, T3: Secret of Big Returns of The Feast at the Philippine International Convention Center along Manila Bay; this is a Roman Catholic Sunday prayer meeting of the Light of Jesus Family congregation. Fr Romy Castro is celebrating the mass; we come in just before the Mass begins. My notes begin with the 1st Reading, which comes from Sirach 3: 17-18, 20, 28-29. Here are the 17-18 verses (NRSV): My child, perform your tasks with humility, then you will be loved by those whom God accepts. The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself, so you will find favor in the sight of the Lord. The 2nd reading is from the book of the Hebrews but I don’t catch chapter and verse, I don’t know why. The Gospel (Luke 14: 1, 7-14) is about the Phar…

Manila Bungle. Manila journalism hostage on live TV

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MANILA - The 23 August 2010 Manila Bungle: Bus + jungle + mangled angle: It happened on a bus; the police came as if from the jungle, lacking something and a great many other; and the media showed the worst angle of the whole thing, showing ineptitude and decadence - on live TV. It was a bad day for Manila tourism; it was a bad day for Manila militarism; it was a bad day for Manila journalism; and it was a bad day for Philippine nationalism. In Manila, police officer Rolando Mendoza got mad when he was dismissed from service and thereby lost his retirement benefits due next year yet; he got his gun, got himself a bus with tourists from Hongkong, and got the attention of the whole world - via live TV coverage, courtesy of Manila journalism. And 9 people died on the spot, including the hijacker.
And the hopes of Miss Philippines to win the Miss Universe titled died.
And the Manila Police died.
And Manila journalism died. The people who died on the bus cannot be resuscitated. Some people…

Venus Falling, Charice Rising. Confronting your demons

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MANILA - An impossible dream, I knew. A couple of hours before the Miss Universe finals aired from Las Vegas, I uploaded my essay and declared that Miss Philippines Venus Raj had The WIT Factor and should win with her wit, insight, and talent (see my "The It Factor Isn't It? Venus Raj as Miss Universe 2010," 23 August, American Chronicle). I said that wit, insight, and talent could be summarized in 1 word; I said The WIT Factor can be equated to smart. She was smart. But she placed only 4th Runner-Up, or 5th among 5, not even 1st Runner-Up or almost winner. Like I said I would if Venus didn’t win, should I now call the Board of Judges The ...WIT Factor? Having noted certain things, whether dimwit or not, I would be a nitwit if I did that. As Filipinos, my friend Double O and I wanted Miss Philippines very much to win, but she didn't. She wanted very much to win, but she failed. Sometimes the impossible dream doesn't come true. She was rattled. She had been unde…

The It Factor Isn’t It? Venus Raj as Miss Universe 2010

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Revised 24 August at 0820 hours
MANILA - The broadcast of the Miss Universe beauty pageant is yet at 0930 hours 24 August 2010; it’s 0231 hours as I begin typing the very first words of this essay, following my jottings yesterday afternoon after I read the blog of Joyce Burton Titular on “Making My List and Checking it TWICE!!!,” where she lists down the items she looks for in a beauty contestant (22 August, ABQ):(1) beauty of face & beauty of smile
(2) body & pose
(3) personality
(4) intelligence
(5) “that X-Factor that you just can’t describe.”Beauty. When I was a child, I was attracted to girls; now that I am a man (well, I’m 69), I am attracted to beauty. Never mind the smile; ask the men what beauty is, and they will approach her instantly.Body & pose and personality, I will fuse them together into projection. As a male, I have always been interested in projection. Joyce lists down her “fearless” Top 20 choice, alphabetically by country. In that ABQ list…

Morning becomes Electra. Melody, smiles to you!

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MANILA - Morning has broken, and another. Morning becomes Electra, not mourning. It’s the morning after the day before, and the day before that, and I, while mourning the death of young, business-minded, beautiful, bright Melody Adelaide Manuel Gersbach from Albay, Miss Magayon 2008, Miss Bicolandia 2008, and Miss Philippines-International 2009 - you may pause at this point and read my “Unchained Melody. Miss Gersbach on a red Innova,” 21 August, American Chronicle) - I now have to be moving on. I shall be moving on to, yes, smiles. That certain smile of Melody Gersbach was what she left us, and we have to hang on to that.Gladly.She was a stranger to me, but Melody’s smile was also offered gladly to strangers. Stranger still, you know what, a few years ago when my mother died, Baket Satur Agapito of the village of Sanchez in the sleepy town of Asingan, Pangasinan, my brother Emilio hired a chorus of young, pretty girls to sing and dance through the night. I was shocked silly. My mothe…

Unchained Melody. Miss Gersbach on a red Innova

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Revised 22 August at 0920 hoursMANILA - How do you say goodbye in Bicol? How do you say goodbye to Miss Melody Adelaide Manuel Gersbach, Jewel of Beauty (Mutya ng Magayon) 2008? I never even saw her; I didn’t know her at all. I didn’t meet her when I was in Legazpi City for 6 days from 04 August in an e-journalism visit courtesy of Albay Governor Joey Salceda. So why is it that when I think of her, I think of that song as old as me, “Unchained Melody” and want to sing it - and cry?Come on, sing with me! Cry along with this 1955 song by The Righteous Brothers (Wikipedia). It is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th Century, with 500+ versions; music by Alex North, lyrics by Hy Zaret. Unchained Melody

Oh, my love, my darling 
I've hungered for your touch 
a long lonely time 
and time goes by so slowly 
and time can do so much
are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love 
Godspeed your love to me
Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea 

Albay Discovered. 1, Tourists’ delight, visitors’ pleasure

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LEGAZPI CITY - Here’s a lovely legend from Albay (from Wikipedia): Magayon was a beautiful maiden whom many an ancient young warrior in Albay wanted to marry. Pagtuga gave fabulous gifts to her to win her affection, but it was Panginorin who won her heart. Male ego hurt, Pagtuga challenged Panginorin to a duel, and Pagtuga lost his life. In joy, Magayon rushed to the arms of Panginorin only to be struck down by an arrow, while a spear plunged on the back of Panginorin, the revenge of the dead by the living. The lovers both died and from their graves Mayon Volcano rose, a most beautiful mountain. Legendary beauty & brawn lost and beauty gained.In my first time as a tourist to catch a glimpse of Mayon Volcano in late 1980 or early 1981, 30 years ago, as a passionate young man I had an inspiration, an instant, original joke. We were on a journalistic journey in the name of the Forest Research Institute based at Los Baños for its quarterly color magazine Habitat that I founded and was…

I, Kauffman Labs mogul. The biggest publisher in Asia

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MANILA (17 August) - The subject of the email was “Last call for the Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Program” and as a teacher once and still at heart at 69, I was intrigued. You are never too old to be intrigued. These words of Kauffman Labs caught my eye:Interested in applying for the Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Program? Listen in on the final international teleconference to learn more about the program and ask questions. Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. CDT/2:30 p.m. EDTKauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation, an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is searching for aspiring founders to launch high-growth, scalable companies in the education market. Through an open application process available to anyone over the age of eighteen with a transformative idea, Kauffman Labs will identify up to twenty entrepreneurial concepts for the education market and work with the aspiring founders to teach them how to establish their organizations. Those words “aspiring fo…