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Marketing Magic Flakes? I like mine browner

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MANILA: This morning I bought 6 packs of Magic Flakes at my old favorite store (my OFS). When I bit on one cracker, it tasted differently, definitely bland, not the way I loved Magic Flakes to taste. I like my crackers a little toasted, and the one I have been buying at my new favorite store (my NFS) is the one I like better (in the scanned image, the one below, which is browner especially at the right edge.) If you had to know, I graduated from Skyflakes, which now to me tastes bland. It's either less salt or less toasting. Late this afternoon, I had a hunch, and I played it out. I bought Magic Flakes from my NFS and compared the taste. This afternoon's crackers really tasted just like I thought they would. Better. I had the feeling that there was something wrong somewhere, so I compared the packages. I looked at the fonts, colors and design of the 2 packs from 2 different stores. They looked exactly the same and contained exactly the same information. Such as on the display …

Conscientization, Paulo Freire. Creativization, Frank Hilario

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MANILA: It is Good Friday! 29 March 2013 and I have just invented a process whereby you, whoever you are, are guaranteed to become creative, to generate more ideas where you had none before. I Filipino educator and social mind reformer call it Creativization, a new approach to creative thinking. You can do it!Are you following me? Creativization is actually a new name for an old practice of mine. How else do you explain how I have blogged as well as uploaded to the American Chronicle online at least 1,200,000 words (1,200 essays of an average of 1,000 words each) in the last 7 years alone? That's at least 3 essays a week! And each of those is tightly written, yes, with a beginning, middle and end, not simply rambling thoughts as in hundreds of thousands of run-of-the-mill blogs. I have also come to realize that Creativization is in contradistinction to Conscientization, which is the creation of Brazilian educator and social reformer Paulo Freire (1921-1997), which is based on crit…

Free Summer Minds. Free Creative Writing Workshops by Frank A Hilario

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MANILA: Summer is here. And best of all, it's free! I'm also free. Anywhere your group, club or association is in the Philippines, you may invite me to give you a free 3-4 hours of a Creattitudes Workshop in Creative Writing, Nonfiction. It's all in your attitudes. At the very least, you'll enjoy it, and so will I. And why wouldn't you, when I will show you on the big screen, using your LCD projector, how I inspire myself, how I write and rewrite, and how you can be like me. Wouldn't you want to find out when you learn that, would you believe, I'm 72? You can do it! Like I like to say, age doesn't matter because gray matter doesn't age when it's creative. Among other things, 2 years ago, 2011, I received the first-ever award, "Outstanding Alumnus for Creative Writing" from the UP Los Baños Alumni Association, with Pids Rosario of Madecor as Chair, the result of an international selection that included alumni abroad. You can say this …

Healing Without Forgiving. Joe Vitale's Selfish, Limited, Vulnerable Ho'oponopono

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MANILA: I writer am interested in healing because I know that healing leads to much creativity. Age doesn't matter because gray matter doesn't age in creativity. I have a mind of a 72-year old to prove that! Among other incontrovertible pieces of evidence, in October 2011, when I was 71, I received from the University of the Philippines Los Baños Alumni Association the first-ever award "Outstanding Alumnus for Creative Writing." There was no such awardee in 2012. Great!The old Polynesian (OP) Ho'oponopono was oriented to family & tribal or village healing. "Ho’oponopono has been used for centuries by the indigenous people of Hawaii and other Polynesian islands to heal illnesses in individuals and even wounds within the family and the tribe" (ANN, processcoaching.com). Excellent! Then Morrnah Nalamaku Simeona reinvented Ho'oponopono; Hew Len and Joe Vitale in turn reinvented that and made it personal; so I'm going to call it the Simeona-Len-V…

Life After Shows. Kris Aquino should take up Love, not Law

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MANILA: Have you heard? Kris Aquino, celebrated & controversial actress & TV host and complicated sister of Philippine President Benigno "Noynoy" Cojuangco Aquino III, she has quit all her shows and is in Europe right now taking a 2-week vacation with her sons Josh and Bimby, alone together (ANN, 25 March 2012, femalenetwork.com). Doesn't she know when you're lonely, you're lonely anywhere you are?What's she up to now, nobody knows. Everybody knows the boys have different biological fathers. Josh was born out of wedlock; at the moment, Kris is out of wedlock, as her marriage to James Yap was annulled February of last year. So, she is a single mother also to Bimby, James' son too. Is Kris out of luck? I say there are no bad lucks; there are only bad choices.The Kris Aquino I love is one of the daughters of idolized, once-Senator and martyred Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. It was 7-year old Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino who spoke in ral…

My Noynoy's Complaint? Billions for condoms and not one cent for tuition!

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MANILA: Another question: Is there intelligent life UP there in UP? Not before 16-year old Behavioral Science student Kristel Pilar Mariz P Tejada committed suicide because she couldn't pay her tuition at UP Manila and they forced her to file a leave of absence, which forced her to file a leave of absence on life. The resignations of UP Manila Chancellor Manuel Agulto and Vice Chancellor Josephine De Luna would have brought to them high honors, but their logical reasoning got the better of them. They thought it was a choice only between this, holding on to their positions as an explicit statement that they did nothing wrong, and that, resigning as an implicit admission of guilt. A limited view. UP did not teach them how to think out of the box. Now they have to think out of the box that carried the body of Kristel Tejada, their student who killed herself because of UP Manila's killer policy on delayed payments of tuition fees. The old lesson for those old school heads? Better…

Healing reinvented by Vitale. Eppie Brasil's & my Ho'oponopono

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MANILA: Sometimes learning comes when you're not going after learning. Yesterday, Saturday, 23 March 2013, my wife Amparo and I attended the 2013 Lenten Recollection sponsored by the Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines (MEFP West Cluster) held 7 AM to 6 PM at the Cuneta Astrodome along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City. The theme was "Marriage & Family in the Year of Faith." Of course this is a subtle Catholic reaction to the passage of the RH Bill into Law, which in essence is anti-life, anti-marriage, and anti-family. The 4 main speakers scheduled were Bro Chito Jongco, Head Servant of Beloved of the Lord Community; Sister Eppie Brasil, Founder, Dominican Sisters of the Regina Rosarii; Msgr Esteban Lo, Chaplain, Chapel of the Eucharistic Lord at SM Megamall; and Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani of the Diocese of Novaliches. We arrived late and left early, so we caught only the tail end of Bro Chito's talk; since he didn't summarize his preaching, I…

UP Must Die! In memory of Kristel Pilar Mariz P Tejada

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MANILA: Thinking of the death of a UP student, today the Oblation has a different message for me, a UP alumnus: "Death, where is thy victory? Death, where is thy sting?" I mean, will the suicide of Kristel Tejada be lost on UP? Judging from all the news, I can see that if UP Manila Chancellor Manuel Agulto resigns, it will be to his Honor. If he doesn't, it will be to his Horror. He belongs to the new UP with its new charter and new policies that have proven deadly to the interests of poor students. In fact, UP must die! To itself, to its old self be true. In Act 1, Scene 3 of Hamlet, didn't Polonius say to his son Laertes as advice? "This above all: To thine old self be true / And it must follow, as the night the day / Thou canst not then be false to any man." If I misquoted, I say it to UP as my advice anyway! I am not actually blaming Manuel Agulto for the suicide of Kristel Tejada but, it's there; like Philippine President Noynoy Aquino and the …

Goodbye, Kristel Tejada! Education, condoms & moneymakers

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MANILA: With her death, it's clear to me that instead of University of the Philippines, UP means Unconcerned People. Hamlet knows Death, the unconcerned country, from whose bourn no traveler returns. I'm concerned, people, because UP is my alma mater. More than that, a life is a life. At around 3 AM on Friday, 15 March 2013, college freshman and 16 years old, Kristel Tejada drank silver cleaner at their home in Tondo, Manila; finding out later, her parents rushed her to the Metropolitan Medical Center, but it was too late to save her (Edu Punay, 16 March 2013, philstar.com). On forced leave of absence from school, she took her life, despondent over the fact that her poor family could not pay the PhP 10,000 (about $250) tuition fee she owed the University of the Philippines Manila where she had been pursuing a course in behavioral science. Her adviser, UP Manila Professor Andrea Martinez said, "The girl had been depressed since going on forced leave." Bad behavior f…

Writers' Club, anyone? Together, each achieves more, TEAM!

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MANILA: With a little bit of imagination, it's easy to become a creative writer - it's not easy to be good, better, best. I'm talking of Creative Writing, Nonfiction, especially PC-based writing of articles, essays, columns, book reviews, lectures, presentations, sharings, seminar papers, speeches, even sermons. And the writing of auto/biographies, manuals, textbooks, even coffee-table books. And writing in Sci Language (my coinage), that is, writing science in popular, people-friendly, even charming English. If you ask me, creative nonfiction is more exciting than fiction. More challenging and, therefore, more fulfilling when you master it. Knowing better, one of these days I'm going to visit the campus of UP Los Baños (I'm an alumnus), teach them a handful of secrets in Creative Writing, and with them found a club of writers and would-be-writers young and old. Yes, including the old. Don't forget I'm 72. As in any art, age doesn't matter, gray matt…

Walk for Life Laguna. Life is what we make it, or take

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SAN PABLO CITY: I write for Life; I also shoot. I estimated 2,000 of them in this 2013 Walk for Life in this City along Jose Rizal Avenue; compare that to my estimate of 1,000 warm bodies in the 2012 Walk for Life on the same street. "We Choose Life" says a printed placard. I think our National Hero Jose Rizal would have chosen Life - he grieved when Josephine lost her baby because of his prank. And the enthusiasm of the walk was palpable today. I'm not surprised. We have a new Pope who walks his talks: love for Simplicity, Humility, Life. He will walk for life - if you ask him. From what I've read so far, Pope Francis shuns exclusive and expensive limousines; if he had the choice, he'd rather walk. Cardinal Bergoglio's motto was "Miserando atque eligendo" (I literally translate that into "miserable but worthy of being chosen"), which now that he is Pope Francis I liberally translate into "Comfortless yet chosen" that has 2 me…

Poor Christian Science Monitor! CSM finds I know only 64% the Catholic Church and I'm a Catholic

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MANILA: What I didn't know could have embarrassed me. Today, Friday 15 March, with some trepidation I took the Christian Science Monitor online quiz, "How much do you know about the Catholic Church?" (csmonitor.com), and found out that I answered correctly only 16 out of 25 questions. 64%: Is that bad? Some of my answers were really just guesses. First, let me tell you the questions where I got the right answers, and you can try answering them yourself: (1) What country has the largest total number of Roman Catholics? (2) Which of the following is not a requirement to be a member of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, the Pope's personal bodyguards? (3) In 2007, the Vatican released a document titled "The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die without Being Baptized," which cast doubt on the existence of what place? (6) In what year was the doctrine of Papal infallibility formally declared? (7) Which of Michelangelo's famous works of art is not housed in t…