Bridges of Leyte

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Leyte is home of not only that famed bridge called San Juanico Bridge, but of bridges whose number can be so easily noticed, recurring every 5 minutes of your time on a road trip. These bridges over rivers link cities and towns of this very mountainous province.

The last time, which was last year, I traveled by bus in Leyte. I made it a point to capture its bridges along the way. I have seen and often forgotten they exist for the many times I've visited the province maybe because land trips could be so tiring, and I mind too much gathering energy for the next stop. But it changed last year. I did capture about 20 bridges or anything close to that, I couldn't be too sure.



Debate in the Time of Manny Pacquiao and Charice

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Two or three points only (pretty quick):

The “I’m proud to be Pinoy” line and the like can get us downright pathetic, sounding always proving ourselves to the rest of the world, to the point of being hated. That to me is inferiority talking, which has evolved into just too much pride, and it’s plain obvious. I don’t know, but the reason maybe is that we have endured for long discrimination (that I hope is now virtually non-existent) plus perhaps taking the fact that our history is but a collage of alien cultures. I want to believe that we are struggling from identity crisis, always trying to fit in someone else’s world. It’s obvious that we want to get noticed; desperate I hope not we are. It’s a good thing to be proud of what we have, what’s worse is to have none. Filipino blood runs through my veins, I am proud of it, and I’ll always find love in my motherland. But too much pride can be sickening, and we don’t have to embody ourselves with the sin of sins. Teach ourselves some humility, shall we?

To top it all, we too have a penchant for self-destruction. See for yourself comments on Charice’s videos on Youtube. While Charice has tons of fans, she is as well greeted by detractors flooding her videos shamelessly with comments of bitter, jealous comparisons between her and our local superstars, which are unnecessary and often below the belt. It’s easily laughable to be reading a form of civil war online. Yes, the crabs, and they need not spare Manny Pacquiao with all the jokes.

For the sake of discussion, the question is – Who is greater, Manny Pacquiao or Charice? Will Filipinos character assassinate one for the other? Who do you love more? In the meantime, while you debate on this for long, let me watch Pilipinas Got Talent clips on Youtube.

Making Sense of It All

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Loving living despite the harsh realities of life is a good hope, and it is something that no one can take away from you. I am the captain of my own ship, sailing in turbulent waters, mastering its might and finding refuge to the calm. I will always be the perennial optimist that I am.

I salute these people for finding strength in the life they have and braving every minute of it. All of it makes sense to me.