Showing posts from May, 2014

UP looking for Revolution. Rizal looking far ahead

MANILA: And I'm looking to entertain you on the subject of Jose Rizal before, during or after his birthday on 19 June 2014, his 153rd. If you need an original, entertaining, motivational, free speaker next month, I'm volunteering – I will speak breezily on the subject "7 things you should know about Jose Rizal that will forever change the way you look at him and the Philippines yesterday, today and tomorrow." (The list I have here is only 5, and it's not meant to be spoken, only to be read.) 1 hour or so, with Q&A. Contact How can I do that? I'm a certified teacher. I have been writing in the last 57 years, and I have been studying Jose Rizal in the last 17. I have translated in English 2 of his poems (the boy poem and the valedictory), and I have written a book on him (details below).Anyway, have you noticed? The UP Oblation is always looking UP. Jose Rizal is always looking Far Ahead (statue in Calamba City, while under construc…

The Dr Antonio C Oposa Sr I didn't know

MANILA: I've just finished reading the latest (certainly not the last) email from just turned 90 years old (April Fool's Day) outstanding Manila surgeon Antonio Oposa Sr and, after reading this long one, consisting of back-and-forth emails, I emailed him back (in red font):So, you turn out to be better than I read in your book, than I came to know you.He just wrote back, "THANK YOU FRANK!" And that has inspired to write this new one.THE DR ANTONIO OPOSA I KNOWHe has been a great surgeon, of this I have no doubt, working on soft and hard and warm bodies; but he has not been a great operator in working with software and hardware with or without warm bodies, of this I have no doubt too – he couldn't have formatted "THANK YOU FRANK!" in caps & lower case like "Thank you, Frank!" with the font in bigger size, or in red, like you can do in Gmail, which he uses, and often. It doesn't matter really. He is 90 and I am 74, going on 75, and I sup…

Yearbook disaster in Phoenix. The Ghosts of Errors Past

MANILA: After its yearbook disaster, Barry Goldwater High School as Top 28 in Arizona is dead. Can BGHS rise again, like the Phoenix? "Most Memorible Experience" is horrible. Wrong spellings, capitalization errors, misplaced text, wrong page references, missing pictures, even wrong volume number and year on the spine – that describes the 2013-2014 yearbook of the Barry Goldwater High School; it's a "book of blunders," says Kristen Keogh (16 May 2013, This one is a "book of wonders" because it's unbelievable. The BGHS campus is found in Phoenix, Arizona. The BGHS has had award-winning yearbooks in the past; will this Phoenix rise again from its ashes?BGHS student Ashtyn Dial said, "There's a lot of mistakes in it." Each student paid $70 for a copy of this yearbook of errors. Senior student Teresa Martinez said, "There (are) a whole (bunch) of typos and I (have) a friend who (has) her name seven times in the yea…

­The Good Earth of Nestor Salvador

EVEN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE is now advocating organic fertilizers. As direct proof, at noon today, 30 April 2014, in Asingan, Pangasinan, I witnessed 29 farmers in Barangay Dupac graduate from a "Farmer Field School on Sustainable Agriculture with (Emphasis) on PalayCheck." The graduation ceremony even had a theme: "Learning, checking and sharing for the best farming practice."If you ask me, what is more important to learn there is not PalayCheck but Sustainable Agriculture, because you can be perfect in checking out important technological landmarks (ü), and yet fail if you cannot sustain your family from your farming.So, what is the best farming practice? If I have to choose one, it's organic farming. Necessary in sustainable agriculture are organic fertilizers, which are inexpensive and effective, not inorganic fertilizers, which are many times more expensive and less effective. The organic fertilizer that I'm interested in right now is called wor…