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Change…you either dread it or embrace it. That is the reality of the world that we live in. It is a reality that can either make a person or break a person. It is uncomfortable to face change especially at a time where the environment that you are working on is also changing dramatically. The one thing that will make you survive is your ability to quickly adjust to these changes as they also shift on their own.

I had the same experience last week after my planned trip had adjustments hours before I was to depart from Clark. My plan was to fly out of Clark to Cebu via Cebu Pacific Air and then stay overnight in Cebu, go around Cebu the next day, and then fly out of Cebu to Cagayan de Oro via Airphil Express in the afternoon. I have already mapped out my itinerary in Cebu and I already checked in my flight via the internet. I was excited and getting ready for a Cebu holiday. Five hours before departing from Clark, Airphil Express calls me up and informs me that my flight to Cagayan was cancelled and that they would have to book me to the next day. I was not amenable to it and they offered me the option to fly out of Cebu to Manila and then to Cagayan de Oro. I explained to them that it would mean that I would just be going around. Airphil Express was more than willing to just provide me with a direct flight to Cagayan de Oro instead at no extra cost.

It was really a choice of having to cancel everything in Cebu and take the morning flight to Cagayan de Oro or to take another night in Cebu. In both case, I would have to make changes in my plans. I made my decision to take a direct flight to Cagayan and I did not want to be a hassle to Cebu Pacific and my hotel in Cebu so I had to cancel everything before it was too late. I managed to make the changes and everything went smoothly from there.

What did I learn from the experience…one need to embrace change and to act fast when there is change happening. The speed by which you catch up with this change will determine the result that will come out of it. If you are fast to react to these changes then you are able to manage the changes to your advantage. That is the key to winning…taking the upper hand in all circumstances as fast as you can.

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Raving: I am quite impressed with the services that I got from Airphil Express and the fact that they had offered me a different option when I was not amenable to their preferred choice. Airphil Express customer service is probably the best in the country right now.

Raving: Cagayan de Oro is trying to get back on its feet and I am quite happy that a lot of help is still coming through to those who were affected by typhoon Sendong. It is also good to see that Kagay-anons are really trying their best to recover. I believe that they can rise from this tragedy and it will bring out the best in them.


Watching the news late in the evening is something that I do often not because it interests me but because it’s just one of the things that I do as a regular routine when I get home. I get home, I turn on the TV, I cook, I eat, and I go to sleep. This is my nightly routine as I live alone in my place here in Pampanga. Every now and then I stop to check on a news item that catches my attention. I guess this is my way of getting my dose on what is happening around me.

Lately, I have been watching the news about Chief Justice Corona’s upcoming impeachment trial. I have seen the prosecution hurling accusations left and right, some members of the defense panel quitting, Corona attending church services, and senator judges giving varying ways on how they have been preparing for the trial that will be starting on Monday.

Last night, the prosecution’s claim that Corona owned almost 40 properties caught my attention. It has been in the news for quite sometime now and it is not really new to me. What caught my attention was how the prosecution is handling the case against Corona. I understand that the prosecution is out to make him answer questions and make him accountable if Corona is found guilty but what I find amiss is how the prosecution is presenting these issues and properties against Corona.

Prosecution has divulged that Chief Justice Corona and his family are alleged to have amassed about 40 properties during his term. These properties were not stated in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth. Is this relevant to the case? Yes. Why not present the case during the trial? Why does the prosecution need to divulge this information to the public as early as now?

What is with all the publicity?

I am starting to think that the prosecution has a weak case against Corona and is now resorting to trial by publicity so as to sway public opinion and judgement. I just hope that more Filipinos are keen in understanding and identifying these tactics so as not to be swayed by it. I am starting to think, as well, that this whole plot is setting itself up on backfiring to those who started it in the first place. Could it be that PNoy’s camp is heading towards de-stabilizing its own ranks?

Publicity may work for you now but then in the end only time and the truth will be able to justify whether the actions that our government officials took was worth all the attention and hype that they generated. I just have one question to the prosecution panel: should the case be that these “properties” are proven to be not of Corona’s, will you also be that passionate to go public with a decent apology?

I am just asking.

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Raving: It is heartwarming to see that a lot of individuals and organizations are still working towards helping our fellow Filipinos in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. Our “kababayans” there need a show of support from everyone…yes…that should include PNoy’s.

Ranting: A lot of talk has been running about the SALN for the past days. Here is a challenge: ilatag ng lahat ng opisyales ng gobyerno ang mga SALN nila para makita kung sino ang mga hipokrito.


It has already been a week since we ushered in 2012 and I am wondering how many of us have already started working on our goals and/or resolutions for this year. I remember posting on twitter, days before the 2011 ended, on how people have already started posting what changes they are planning to take on with the new year but how many took the time to reflect on what they have actually set for 2011, whether they achieved or accomplished it, is the real question. Beginnings involve reflections and reflections will help you with beginnings.

Talking about reflections and beginnings, it was nice to get in touch with friends and former officemates. I realized that moving forward would always mean acknowledging and thanking the people who helped you along the way. The point is by recognizing your humble beginnings and keeping your feet grounded, you will progress faster.

Beginning today the Department of Tourism launched the new branding for Philippine Tourism – Its More Fun in the Philippines. After social networking sites got hyped for the past days on the release of the new tourism slogan, it has finally landed. Judging from the buzz it is creating on twitter, most people seem to have picked up the excitement with a few throwing in a word or two against the campaign. The tagline is good and when I checked on the website, I enjoyed the pictures and the concept presented. DOT did not fail those people, including me, who waited and got excited with its release. I see this as a good beginning for a successful tourism campaign for the country.

This year is also a beginning for me as I promised myself to be more socially involved, more physically fit, and to be more environment friendly. I am taking the initial step of starting a new blog and I intend to update it weekly with my thoughts, insights, and opinions – adobongpinoy.

What’s with the name?

Adobo is a regular dish that you will find on the table of every Filipino house. I presume that we don’t miss out a week without having adobo as a viand. It is for the same reason that I am committing myself to updating adobongpinoy at least once a week this year.

Adobo is also a dish that has many variants across the country. Some are cooked with soy, without soy, with coconut milk, with chili, etc. – each province having their own variation on how to prepare the dish. In the same way, my new blog will have variations on the topics that I will be tackling and with varying emotions and opinions to share.

Now…why Pinoy? Go and figure it out!

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Raving: DOH is pushing for a bill that will ban the individual use of firecrackers after they admitted the department’s failure with their campaign against firecrackers during the New Year revelry. The penalty if an individual is caught lighting a firecracker is a choice of cutting of one of your fingers or one of your toes.

Ranting: Jinky Pacquiao said that for those who have doubts about her picture on the magazine cover, they can just look at her to confirm. One thing is for sure…with money, you can get services to make you beautiful or the money will make you beautiful. Teh, walang pangit sa taong gipit.

Raving: Filipinos will always have a heart to help out and it was nice to experience how fast the whole Philippines came together to help out those who got affected by Sendong. When PNoy was asked to comment on reactions that he did not act fast enough, he answered…”Parteh! Parteh!”

Ranting: Another calamity struck Mindanao this week. A landslide happened that killed more than 20 people in Compostela Valley. Where is PNoy? Ano ba…nung mangyari nga yung sa CDO at Iligan kung saan libo-libo ang namatay…e ilang araw pa bago nagpakita si PNoy…ano pa kaya ito na less than 50 lang? Nagpa-schedule siya ng visit sa March sa area. “Parteh! Parteh!”

Raving: I enjoyed reading Chico and Delamar’s The Morning Rush Top 10. It was a nice read for the start of the year, it was nicely compiled, and it got me giggling and laughing. A must read for 2012.

Raving: I am happy with the DOT tagline “Its More Fun in the Philippines” that I encourage everyone to explore the country. You can also check out my travel blog: marctravels.livejournal.com where I share my travel experiences here in the country. Gee…shameless plug!!! #itsmorefuninthephilippines