They Still Care

In the news clips that I’ve seen, it seems that the support of some people is simply unwavering. The still love the host, they still adore the show, they still support the television station.

Okay. I realized that the last line of the previous post was a bit unfair. So it wasn’t just desparation. Perhaps, most of them just wanted to support the show that made them laugh, that made them smile, that made them hope, that made them feel a bit more alive each day.

That somebody cared for them.


Wowowee Tragedee

I’m still finding it difficult to accept what just happened this morning at Philsports stadium in Pasig. It’s simply devastating. According to the latest update from this source and this source, the death toll was 74* plus over 300* more injured.

Wowowee, ABS-CBN’s highly-rated noontime show was supposed to hold its 1st anniversary show at the said venue. Given its extreme popularity, one can expect that people – a LOT of people – will be there to celebrate, to enjoy, to watch the show, to see their beloved Willie, and of course, to get a chance to win. Tragedy, however, struck when a stampede erupted as the admission tickets were being given early this morning.

Very much like its predecesors, this show has been the beacon of hope for many, many Filipinos. It’s thru shows like Wowowee that the masses get a chance to win, whether its a thousand or a million Pesos. Some people will do anything just to get that chance. It’s half perseverance – you wait in the longest lines under the scorching heat of the sun – and half luck – if you get picked as a contestant; you’re half way there.

I have seen winners cry their eyes out on-air after winning the one million jackpot. And in all honesty, I really feel happy for them. In a society where earning a decent living is often a daily struggle for the almost anyone, Wowowee represents the great opportunity. A possible break from the monotomy of poverty.

What today’s tragedy has clearly illustrated is how desparate people can get. Or maybe, how desparate many are already.

It’s not their thirst for knowledge that drove these peole to religiously follow these so-called infotainment shows.

It’s not their blind adoration for Willie and the rest of the Kapamilya entertainers that drove these people to go berzerk for a milli-space in that stadium this morning.

It’s not their hope that drove these people to camp out there and brave the dangers that are ever-present in such big events.

It’s desperation. For that chance of change in their lives.

* – numbers updated. 02.05.06

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A Reply to a Letter

The CBCP should be reminded time and again on the basic principle of the separation of Church and State. Let us not allow religion to divide mankind. Let us respect the law just as we respect the rights of others.

I just read this letter/email by Mr. Jaime de Vera to the editor. You can read the rest here. I do agree with the letter sender. The CBCP, as an organization, does have the tendency to get involved in State affairs. And more often, they are pretty vocal to say the least.

The way I see it, however, the Church cannot always remain an observer of political issues, especially when the issues concern our people, not as mere cheated citizens of our country, but as human beings who in their day-to-day lives experience the consequences of unjust social structures copulated by an ineffective government.

It’s not just about praying or spirituality or religion any more.

The role of the Church, us and not just the CBCP, concerns truths that do affect people’s lives; their living and working conditions; their rights, hopes, and dreams; and their dignities.



For some reason, I often find myself composing blog entries during the early part of the day… at work. I can’t blog while I’m there.

But everytime I find myself in front of the computer, I can’t even recall a single word of what I mental-blogged. Parati na lang.

I wanted this day to be different. Thus, this entry.

After 1 hour: 2 previous posts updated plus 1 new entry.