#MondayThoughts No. 4: Of Bed Weather and Two Holidays

Last Friday, PAGASA declared the onset of rainy season.

Hence, the past weekend harnessed the force of laziness and demotivation to work or socialize outside, hence, the term bed weather, and chill with hot coffee or hot chocolate.

As of this writing, classes are suspended in Metro Manila (except Makati), Cavite, Batangas, Bataan, Meycauayan, Bulacan, Olongapo City and Subic, Zambales due to such inclement weather and recession of floods.

This new week, we will observe two regular holidays, Independence Day (tomorrow) and Eid al-Fitr (on Friday).

The students residing in the aforementioned area who are still under bakasyon mode can use that time to prepare themselves before shifting to the effective balik-eskwela mode.

Araw ng Kalayaan is the most important national day for the Philippines, in to establish and to reflect on patriotism.

Every country in the world has at least one official national day (except the United Kingdom and Denmark).

However, the never-ending question of the state of independence, freedom and patriotism continues to roll, especially over commentaries on AM radio.

Right now, a lot of us are not happy about that state. In the surrealist geopolitical shift, the orthodox definition of standing by the country is irreversibly twisted as the submissive and unconditional love of its leaders that perverted the sense and principles of liberty, freedom and responsibility. (That is fanaticism.) Not to mention, the Chinese hegemony and the government’s constant laziness and suckup.

Rizal’s ominous words in the penultimate chapter of El Filibusterismo about independence, slaves and tyrants still rings to us today.

Makabayan ka ba o maging habambuhay kang alipin ng mga inaapi?

Aside from that, the government-sponsored rites are deemed boring with speeches and parades (sorry if I offended anyone) which will offset such negativity with #RP612fic.

Heck, the official logo from National Historical Commission (NHCP) is recycled — a template by just replacing it with a year and its corresponding theme.

If only graphic designers can design a better concept, it would be OK as Filipinos are naturally creative. In all honesty, the government has no taste in creativity from its people or sometimes, they’re inherently picky in order to fit their partisan agenda.

On Friday, it is Eid al-Fitr, a Muslim holiday.

For those who couldn’t file a leave today, you can still file your vacation leave from Wednesday to Thursday. If not, the automatic long weekend will serve you to spend with your dad for Father’s Day.

Speaking of that, I wish everyone an advanced Happy Father’s Day (except sa mga neglectful at mga bastos na mga tatay).

Timow out.


#MondayThoughts No. 3: On School Calendars

Today is the first day of schools across the Philippine. Of course, we all expect the news items on traffic, price watch on school supplies, separation anxiety of kids, crowded classrooms and bizarre human interest stories of people who are devious of the normal school age, eager to finish their studies to succeed in life.

If you’re studying in private school, you don’t need to follow the date as long as it must not be beyond August.

The nation’s school calendar is dictated by the climate of our country. As we were taught in school, the country is divided into four types of climate. The Type I climate — where there are two pronounced seasons: dry from November to April, wet during the rest of the year — became the basis of the academic year.

In light of that, one of the conversations in social media brewed out: “They continued to ignore the new school calendar that some private schools and colleges have already adapted.”

A lot of you have known that it’s been a long time to debate about shifting the school calendar to August due to the unfavorable weather that can disrupt classes.

But then, it got me thinking over the school calendar.

It reminded me back in 2013 when my dad gave me a planner from Festo. The information at the information of that planner is printed in German.  In the front, it detailed about the school vacation dates in states of Germany and Austria, in addition to their holidays (at the back).

There are two problems with the calendar imposed by DepEd:

  • After the 1st quarter exam in August, it automatically starts a new quarter (no rest).
  • The third quarter ends on the second week of January after students go on Christmas vacation.

This is not what happened to our Southeast Asian neighbors. Malaysia and Singapore’s school year is based on the calendar year; they are divided into four terms. After the first and third term, they have a week break before starting another. The second term’s break lasts a month and the big break usually lasts about six weeks.

In Europe, France, their classes begin at the same date but during winter and spring vacation, it is divided into three zones to avoid traffic congestion and tourism impact.

In the United Kingdom, that depends on their local council but they have half-term vacation for a week and between term vacation about two weeks. Their summer vacation is about six weeks.

In the United States, the school schedule depends on the individual school districts, complying with their encompassed state educational laws. They have the freedom to go on the traditional or balanced.

Come to think of it, our country is soon to be federalized. That means, the Department of Education’s responsibility of scheduling might be delegated to the states but they must keep the minimal regulation on the set numbers of instructional and INSET days.

Anyway, enjoy your new school year.

How I Redesign 11 Non-Metro Manila City Flags?

Dedicated to the Philippine Vexillological Association and Jenine Shiongshu

As I said last Monday, today is still part of the Flag Days. This attracted me to tackle the interest of vexillology.

In 2015, I made a #JuanPilipinas side project to end the bland and apathetic seals on a bedsheet template on 81 provinces and 17 Metro Manila local government units, giving them the banner of their civic pride. No, Batangas, putting blue and red fringe above and below the white background still doesn’t make you better.

In my YouTube video, this is how I conceive the redesign (if they have officially adopted) or a concept (if they haven’t) on 11 out of 129 non-Metro Manila cities.

For those who cannot understand what I said in the video, I’ll enumerate them comprehensively.

City of San Fernando, Pampanga

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  • BASIS: Culture
  • COLORS: White, green and gold (from the current seal-on-a-bedsheet flag and seal)
  • SYMBOLS: Giant Lantern (for obvious reason and aspirations), Encircled rope of 35 twists (for barangays and strength) and a 10-tooth Gear (from the city seal, act as a rotor for progress)

Baguio City

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  • BASIS: Geography
  • COLORS: Green, Gold and Red
  • SYMBOLS: Four gold coins (mines), Diagonal (zigzag road) and background (pine trees and mountains)

Antipolo City

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  • BASIS: Geography and Culture
  • COLORS: Blue, White and Green
  • SYMBOLS: Hills/Cathedral’s Dome (Geographic situs), Marian Star above two five-pointed stars (Our Lady of Peace and Voyage), Blue Division on the hill (Hinulugang Taktak)

Naga City (Camarines Sur)

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  • BASIS: Religious, Geography and Culture
  • COLORS: Green, Gold and Red
  • SYMBOLS: Heart (Heart of Bicol), Triangle (Mt. Isarog), Pall (seat of Archdiocese of Caceres and convergence of two historical rivers)

Legazpi City (Albay)

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  • BASIS: Geography, History and Etymology
  • COLORS: Blue, Gold and Red
  • SYMBOLS: Truncated Cross of Burgundy (Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Mt. Mayon), Three-pointed star (transportation hub)

Cebu City

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  • BASIS: Religious and History
  • COLORS: Gold, Red, White and Black (from the City Seal)
  • SYMBOLS: Raiment of Santo Nino, Magellans Cross and ten eighted-pointed stars (for 80 barangays)

Dumaguete City

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  • BASIS: History and Culture
  • COLORS: Gold, Brown and Blue (from the City Seal)
  • SYMBOLS: Negros Star (from the short-lived Negros Republic) and Silliman University’s Gate of Knowledge

Iloilo City

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  • BASIS: History and Culture
  • COLORS: Blue, Gold and Red (from the City Seal)
  • SYMBOLS: Fort (old way to guard the coast) and seven-pointed sun (districts)

Cagayan de Oro

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  • BASIS: Culture and Geography
  • COLORS: Blue and Gold
  • SYMBOLS: Middle Blue Band (Cagayan River), Abstract motif suggesting CDO (“City of Golden Friendship”)

Davao City

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  • BASIS: Culture and Geography
  • COLORS: Green, White and Goldenrod
  • SYMBOLS: Trapezoid (Mt. Apo) and Durian with 11 Spikes (Pride and 11 Districts)

Marawi City

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  • BASIS: Culture and Geography
  • COLORS: Green, Gold and Blue
  • SYMBOLS: Simplified Islamic arch (home to Mindanao’s Kilometer Zero) and Blue shape (Lake Lanao)

Have another city to conceptualize? Do drop us.

#MondayThoughts No. 2: MAY-hem

I can’t believe it’s the last Monday of May — a Spring Bank Holiday in UK and Memorial Day in America.

While summer vacation opens in the States from this date, it marks the impending end of it here, which means parents are getting ready to buy things for their kids for school come June 4 (public) or later (private).

With that, public schools will begin to refurbish and repair the facilities and equipment before the opening. The DepEd’s school calendar has finally released, awaiting the agony of public school teachers to plan their daily lessons.

Today also marks the start of the Flag Days, pursuant to Republic Act 8491, until June 12 for the 120th anniversary of the country’s declared independence. In light of that, I will upload an educational YouTube video within this week in light of the patriotic days leading to the core national holiday.

I’m at lost of words right now because of the pressure in writing on my main media blog. I have to meet the deadlines.

Until next week, Timow out.

A Reaction to the Promotion of Sen. Tito Sotto to the Senate Presidency

It’s nothing surprising anymore that this sleazy government is SUPREME than its people.

From the Tube

Welcome to the ‘Tito Sen’ era.

Monday afternoon marked a changing of the guard at the Senate, as erstwhile Senate President Koko Pimentel relinquished his position in favor of Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III. The long-time senator/entertainer will now take on a more arduous task of leading the Senate for the next several years.

It also means that ‘Tito Sen’, as his co-hosts at ‘Eat Bulaga’ call him, will no longer join his fellow Dabarkads at the said noontime show for an indefinite time period. Given the many responsibilities of a Senate President, it was only fitting for Sotto to leave ‘Eat Bulaga’ since he would stay busy even during days without Senate sessions.

Sotto, nearing 70, has served a total of four terms as Senator. He had been elected to the Senate on four different occasions: 1992, 1998, 2010 and 2016.

The selection of Tito Sotto as Senate President earned…

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#MondayThoughts 1: Limited Capabilities and Lost Opportunities


If you just stepped in and say, it has been six weeks since I transferred all media-related content from this domain to a new one. This was in response to my college classmate’s admission to blogging in WordPress.

After that long wait, I have decided to put the blog as a penny of my thoughts and most non-media hodgepodge. Talking politics, for now, will still be under consideration.

Without further ado, let’s get on with the first of my Monday thoughts.

You have heard about From the Tube. That’s where I follow for insights on the media industry and caught my inspiriation to set up a more decent blog.

After four years, his blog is officially defined and programmed.

I know that comparing myself to him is not a good thing but, to tell the truth, everyone should understand his transactions as his blogging policy:

  • He only publish one post per day every weekday except one. No posts are made when it falls on a national holiday.
  • He prioritizes on South Triangle networks. Preferably, on both networks’ teleseryes, then sports.
  • Teleserye endings are published early in the said week. Its replacements are to be published at latter part or Monday if two teleseryes happened.
  • Rumors of artists switching to another network are dismissed, unless confirmed by social media accounts and supporting news item.

Most of you will not trust him. Few visitors, dropping comments, are very critical over his favoritism to ABS-CBN and related cable channels whenever they read despite his claim otherwise.

Well, as a friend, I understand that and that’s why my aforementioned insight blog comes to the rescue.

Unfortunately, so far this year, I expect to post three a month and gradually decreasing per passing month.

Since last year, I redefine my article request policy but most proposals are not all child’s play but not all are manageable to research and to formulate all alone.

On that progress, few of my insights were traded off:

  • The punctuality issue replaced on the return of American Idol,
  • My thoughts on financial disclosure for the lackluster coverage of Palarong Pambansa,
  • The thoughts on Brillante Mendoza’s Amo,
  • Recently, the failure to cover the insights of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duchess of Sussex).

While Palarong Pambansa occurs annually (which I don’t think I’ll carry that soon or in FTT’s case, at all), others happen once in a lifetime.

I felt regretful and grieved over the sacrifices for others’ choices and it would have been an opportunity to supply and to satisfy the disgruntled lot.

Thus, I asked myself: Am I being a pushover to heed their outnumbering and overwhelming demand with a bottleneck of supply?

To be honest, I have realized that we have distinguished specializations but we are packaged with limited resources — including time.

Nonetheless, the fact of life still persists: lost opportunity will never appear again.