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Why Filipinos Love SM?

Stare at the logo of SM and think for a second on why this very simple logo became very popular to the Filipinos. White traces at the center of the blue letters are an elementary color combination that is now worth around 300 billions pesos. That is Henry Sy’s worth. He is the founder of “Shoemart” which is now known to be simply “SM”.

On the Photo: SM City Clark as Advertise on a Hot Air Balloon

On the Photo: SM City North EDSA

Why Filipinos love SM?

Compared to some decades back, there are now thousands of reasons why. One of them is that it is a shopping mall for almost everything under the sun. As the SM slogan says "We've got it all for you." Walk back and forth inside the SM department store and its likely impossible that you cannot find your favorite item there. Software, hardware, fashion accessories, gadgets, computer, grocery, tools, foods, movies; everything is here. It all started from shoes and now there is the free wifi inside this mall that keeps people from l…
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The Guide for Modern Filipinos in Improving their Lives in the Philippines

This 2019, I would like to write a post in "Pilipino" language or the native "tagalog" dialect. For this is the year that I would like to extend the reach of my personal campaign of helping my fellow Filipinos in improving their personal lives. This is also yet another year that I would take sacrifices just for my voice about positive changes in the country to be heard across the four corners of the Philippines, if not the world. Here is that post:


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Ang Gabay
Pilipino ka? OFW, tambay, may-bahay, empleyado, part-time ang trabaho,ex-convict, retired na, na-layoff, maganda na ang kita pero gusto pa umasenso? Makinig ka kababayan at baka ito na ang magmumulat sayo sa katotohan.



BUSINESS? NEGOSYO?

Yung totoo, talaga bang alam mo ang tama at makabagong pamamaraan ng pagbi-business? Nagaalinlangan ka at wala kang sapat na puhunan o baka matalo ka lang ng kompetisyon. Nagududa ka sa iyong kakayanan. Huwag. Maging positibo ka dapat. Maraming negosyante ang naging matagumpa…

The Deeper Meaning Behind Filipinos' Celebration of New Year

Every year all over the world, peoples are welcoming the coming year in different ways and styles. The Filipinos is a part of it.

But think of these for a second.
Foods are flooding every Filipino home’s table, though many still find themselves eating almost none. Fireworks are bursting in different light colors in the air, while still some folks are just under their homes with lit candles or lamps. Gifts, new clothes, huge amount of money and expensive items wow Filipinos in delight though millions of kids and parents receive almost none. Commercials on televisions try to inspire viewers yet many Overseas Filipino Workers are still unable to be convinced that the spirit of celebration is there. Undeniably, many is excited to face the new year but unknown to many of us, inside hospitals, prisons, camps, remote places, war zones and some homes are people crying, mourning or feeling nothing at all about this celebration.

On the Photos: Foods on the table during 2019 New Year's Eve c…

Our "Kapitan Eddie Panganiban", 1959 - 2018: Our Good Tatay, Our Masipag na Kapitan

This blog post is in memory of Kapitan Eddie Panganiban who lost his life as a good public servant, a kind father to his barangay, a person who cares for the benefit of everyone.

Who is Kapitan Eddie?
Kapitan Eddie is the chief captain of barangay Panghayaan, Taysan, Batangas in the Philippines. A big part of his life was spent as a public servant, from councilor to chieftain. Earning recognition and applause from people who knows him from the inside and out, our beloved kapitan is known for his kindness and care among his constituents. He is known to help people in need. His significant projects and personal actions in his baranggay are exceptional, always sided for the benefit of the masses. On December 22, 2018, he was brutally killed in his residence. Many expressed their disbelief in the incidence. The life of a good kapitan was just taken that quick.

Allow me to share this short story of how Kapitan Eddie was able to extend his help to my personal life.

When I got diagnosed with a…

A Walk to Divisoria - Filipinos Love this Place!

“Divisoria” - almost every Filipino knows this word. The millennials even call it “Divi”.



We paid another visit to Divisoria. Same as usual, it is so crowded that more than half of your energy will be spent on bumping people, spinning round and round to find a better direction, and on walking back and forth, up and down. Of course, finding that product and bargaining for its price is where the remaining energy will be spent.



We arrived there at around nine in the morning and streets are still not too busy. But you will notice that shoppers are on their feet rushing towards the popular 168, 999, Tutuban Center, Divisoria Mall and 11/88 shopping malls. (Any idea why the malls' names are numbers? Chinese thing? I’m not sure. That’s a trivia.) You can see the excitement on them. With a few bags, themselves and that money on the pocket, it is like going into a shopping war. Meanwhile, sellers are all set up with their products too. Their energy is always on top, some are shouting while…

Made in China

China products are everywhere, even to the remotest barangay in the Philippines. Filipinos buy products with Chinese characters they couldn’t understand. This is just the obvious part of the bigger problem. There are more alarming truths underneath.





From the Filipinos Perception
Before we go over the complicated "Made in China" thing, let me first share with you this short conversation among Filipinos.

This conversation with my co-barangays in Batangas about substandard quality of products being sold and used in the Philippines by the Filipinos started on a morning cooking session for a despedida party. One guy complained:

“Ano ga naman yan, ano gang pagkakanipis naring siyansi na are! Pag may kaunti pang diin ay pihong bali.”
(What the heck, why this spatula is so thin! Some more pressure and this will surely break.)

This guy is in-charge of frying fish and tofu and he’s not satisfied with the kitchen turner’s ability to do its thing.




Then another guy said this:

“Pag mahinang klase…