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Cebu Journalism Seminar 2010: The Media, The Voters and The Candidates

The roles of the media, the voters and the candidates for this Philippines May 2010 Election


Cebu Journalism Seminar’s Tres Marias: (from left) Ria Jose, Chiq Montes and Lemski, CBS

Cebu Journalism Seminar was held last March 25-26 at Marco Polo Hotel and American Corner Library of University of San Carlos Cebu. It was not just a gathering of some local media but an effective brainstorming of all print, television, radio and the new media (the bloggers) aiming to lessen if not eradicate the cheating practices of Filipinos in general every during Election period. Present on those two-days seminar were not less than 40 media personalities from different provinces of Visayas and Mindanao region, some came from Antique, Basilan, Zamboanga, Masbate, Iligan, Davao, Cabalogan Samar, Marawi, Tawi-tawi, Koronadal, Julu, Leyte and General Santos. For the bloggers part, together with Lemski (Cebu Bloggers Society member), I got a chance of meeting the President of Davao Bloggers, Ms. Ria Jose also a Lifestyle Columnist of Sunstar Davao and Ms. Chiq Montes, the President of Cagayan De Oro Bloggers.

In my point of view, there are three main factors that contribute to the success or failure of every election. These are the media, the voters and the running candidates either for local and national position. They affect the results and the Philippines for the next six years.


With me is Mr. Leo Lastimosa, ABS-CBN TV-Patrol Central Visayas host and DYAB anchor
The Media

In other countries, media are the most powerful profession or I may say group of Professionals in television, radio and print. They influence the people through their column, television program or even some activities that concern the masses. They are not just bringing the news to the people but they are willing to sacrifice themselves to bring the facts and the right news to the common.

With this specified power, media can move people to vote and get them educated regarding the election process especially today that we are facing the first automated election. Together with the new media and digital media, we can bring the right news and information straight towards the voters. With our clean writings and programs, people will be influenced. With the political and economical crisis we have, we must not be so selfish. We must not be blind with those bribed envelope or big amount of money, in return is a journalism of self-interest; making articles for a certain candidates, marketing them to the public – this is a MUST NOT.


Im with Ms Chiq Montes
The Voters

During the seminar, I once heard from a certain journalist. “The voters in ____, instead of the Vote buying practices, they are vote selling!” See! Is it a doing of a responsible citizen? Yes, some may say that people keep on preaching the good practices every during election but are they exercising what they preached? But for me, if you want a CHANGE, then CHANGE yourself. As a voter, we must CHANGE! Change not for worst but change those bad and wrong doings we have. Let me enumerate the things we need to eradicate;

The Vote Buying/Vote Selling – we must not tag our RIGHTS with PRICE. This is priceless and must not be sold; one vote can change your children (if you’re married) for the next six years. Yes! One vote – your vote is important.

The “hakut” system – Don’t get tempted with this free transportation service of running political candidate. I know you can do more than that, why not walk?! If the nearest precinct is just a stone throw away, then use your leg and walk.

The fiesta-like practice – Oh my! Election is not a party! If someone from the running position is offering you a drink or food just to cast your vote to them, then decline! I know you can buy your own food. That food they give is just temporary, look for the future – the permanent.

“Election is business” tradition –In business, every employer aims a long term plan for living to all its employees. Is election touching this concern? Never! We vote him or her because we believe in his/her capability as a leader – national leader. We never vote that person just because we are hired as poll watcher or watchdog or any of the promised position as the election goes on. We vote them because we believe.

(If you knew of some wrong practices of Filipinos every during election, feel free to add them in the comment below and what should we do about this)


With me is running candidate of Cebu City, Vice Mayor Rama
The Candidates

This factor needs to be cleaned up and drained.  I remembered when I ran as President for Department of Science and Technology Scholars Association of Cebu (DOST SA CEBU), we do not have chance to do our campaign, it was on the spot. But despite of those shortcomings, the candidates for president were not corrupt as what we have in the national election. We didn’t bribe or give voters money. We didn’t entrust a position to the regional office just to get the vote of some DOST scholars. Yes, we might not have the money that’s why I have the courage to tell these things. But I believe, if we have the resources on that time, we still prefer a clean election.

And the worst thing that has occur in the past and I believe in the future is the dirty or problematic turnover of POWER. Once the candidate bet of the administration party failed to make it to the position (or vice versa), for sure some scandals, problems and other chaos will occur. If you are truly looking for the good of the people, why not cooperate, accept your failure and together, strive for the betterment of everyone.

I knew I cannot move those CANDIDATES to campaign cleanly and honestly, but I believe VOTERS can change them and everyone in the country — it can be attainable with the help and support of responsible MEDIA.

Keep the RIGHT VOTE, VOTE for the RIGHT!

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April 6, 2010 Posted by | abs-cbn, blogmate, Cebu Bloggers Society, Cebu Events, happenings, inspirational story, news, personal, pinoy, SEO | , | 3 Comments

My 2010 Holy Week

Since I started to notice and observe Holy Week during my 12 years of age, this week is never been the same as the past holy weeks in my life. I have definitely observed this week with holiness and solemnity, plus prayer for family, friends and relatives, I found this week more than the enjoyment that some people was experiencing in Daan Bantayan, the very famous and number one destination during Holy Week here in Cebu.  Even though, I am bounded with hectic schedule to the early days of this week, I still managed to celebrate the true essence of Holy Week as a Christian citizen.

So, what are the things and activities we had for this week? Here are some wrap-up of the Roman Catholic faith, beliefs and activities every during Holy Week on which some of them I did love and performed with heart.

Holy Monday

                Last Monday was my defend day for our System Analysis and Design project study. Jesus has always been with our group’s side since we got no technical errors to be changed in our document but just a glitch of spelling carelessness. Prayers and lots of “Tabangi mi Lord” murmurs have been cast out before and after our defend. In deed, the holiness for Monday was been a big help for our group to pass the said subject and as we always do, just believe and He will do the rest.

Holy Tuesday

                On this specific day of my 2nd semester life, I got more than 8 hours of rest. I knew Jesus has always been very delicate for our body’s care. Even in our busy and rush works, we must not forget to live healthily and with His guidance, everything will go well.  Yes, I was refreshed with my ever promising rest and I definitely believe to keep things Holy, we must take the first step to clean our body and soul for the Him.

Holy Wednesday

                I went to the office with ease and worry-free. But before that, I went to school to pass our error-free documents for System Analysis and Design subject. On this day, I was able to draft my official post for my Cebu Journalism Seminar held at Marco Polo and University of San Carlos while waiting for my SAD groupmate to come and bring the printed documents.  At the end of the day, I was able to prepare myself and my friends for two-day holiday.

Maunday Thursday

                As early as 5 AM, I bathe and made myself ready for our journey and visit to Simala, the famous holy place of miraculous Birhen sa Simala. Then I headed immediately to CITIlink, v-hire station going to Sibonga, Cebu. At exactly 8 AM, we started to move and we arrived around 10 AM.

                At Simala, we did the “HALOK SA BIRHEN”, and we were just so very lucky of not lining up hardly for Virgin Mary of Simala. After few minutes, we then headed to the mountainous front yard of the Church to do our way of the Cross. A true sacrifice was made and prayers were casted. I was able to bought their healing Simala Olive Oil (and I got it in just 3 pieces for 50 PHP,lols). After we did lunch, around 12:00 noon, we departure going to City.

                At the evening, around 7:00 PM, we prepared for our yearly Visita Iglesia. Our majority destination Churches were Churches of Lapu-lapu City namely: Our Lady of Fatima Parish of Basak, Mandaue City; Birhen Sa Regla, Opon, Lapu-lapu City; Perpetual Help of Babag Lapu-Lapu City; Cordova Church of Cordova province; Our Lady of Sacred Heart Parish; Sto. Nino of Lapu-lapu City; and lastly, Holy Family of Maguikay, Mandaue City. We spelled one Our Father, one Haily Mary and one Glory be in each of the Churches.

Good Friday

                This Friday is a rest day for me, have segrigated and cleaned my things which inlcude all my used and old notes at school. I put them all in a box and the sala is now clean. ^_^  In the afternoon, I watch “Siete Palabras” or Seven Last Words program in television. I then spent my evening at Zyra/Blair’s house.

Black Saturday


                I woke up very late around 10 AM.  I watched movie entitled From Paris With Love. After then, I took my lunch and took a bath. Around 1 PM, we were ready and headed to Tabor Hills in Talamban Cebu City for a Way of the Cross event, in this time, I am with my family and relatives. We ended around 3-4 PM and we rested for a while at the top with some snacks provided by Tito

Easter Sunday

                From night shift work, I ended up playing Plants Vs. Zombies at home. Around 9 AM, I took a sleep and woke up around 3 in the afternoon. I should have accompanied my auntie to attend a Sunday Mass at the morning but my body can’t make it. So I just decided to rest. In the afternoon, while waiting for my sleepiness to come again, I drafted this article for this evening post.

That’s how I spent my Holy Week this year. In between of those days, I personally spoke prayer for myself, to my family, relatives and friends. What phrase that will not be failed to mentioned in my prayer is that I hope that everybody who are close to me must be safe and be guided.

I hope you do enjoy your Holy Week guys.

April 4, 2010 Posted by | catholic feast, Cebu Events, contest, discovering cebu, happenings, holy week, inspirational story, news, personal, pinoy, Writeups | Leave a comment

Feliz Cumpleaños to all MARK

So what is the significance of the month MARCH? It is not just the month to know the new batch of DOST Scholarship passers; it is not just season of celebrating the Philippine’s Fire Prevention Month; it is not just a kick-off party of SARAP MAGBABAD PARTY of San Miguel Beer rather not just the month of all Technologians who hail maroon and gold while enjoying our College Days celebration specifically on March 2 and 3 ———————- Yes, MARCH is not just because of those.


Just a shot of my gift from my TIMEX-IT Department Family. Thank you very much!

 I think MARCH is definitely dedicated to all MARK in the whole world. I’ve known lots of them and some of whom shared the same views in life and are/is colleague/s of a certain organization. Happy Birthday to all my MARK friends!

 To MARK GALLARDO, a friend and a colleague of Cebu Bloggers Society, Happy Natal day ngay! – March 2, 1987

 To MARK ANTHONY BOISER, a close friend and a former member of DOST SA CEBU (Department of Science and Technology Scholars Association of CEBU), Maayong adlaw natawhan ngay! – March 7, 1985

 To all of you who are MARK or not MARK, a blogger or not a blogger, a friend or a foe but is celebrating your special day today —- Feliz Cumpleaños to all!

 THANK YOU!
Early last weekend, yesterday and today, text messages, emails and some greetings flood me to joy as I celebrate my 23rd birthday today. To the following people who are close to me, thank you very much for not forgetting my special day:

  • To my family and relatives,
  • To all members and BOTs of Cebu Bloggers Society,
  • To all my PLURKadas,
  • To all FACEBOOK hangouters,
  • To my long-time DOST SA CEBU family,
  • To all TECHNOLOGIANS (CIT Classmates and friends),
  • To all original CITE Bugits,
  • To my High School barkada and friends
  • To my TIMEX and IT Department colleagues and officemates,
  • To all my blogger friends,
  • To my other friends
  • To those who forget due to some busy matters

 I know that you know I cannot give you something in return for your kindness but I do believe that you will accept my simple but meaningful THANK YOU.

PS: You my refer here, for the 2010 DOST Scholarship Passers/2010 DOST Scholarship Exam Results, Congratulations!

March 2, 2010 Posted by | birthday, blogmate, Cebu Bloggers Society, Cebu Events, Cebu Institute of Technology, CITE, discovering cebu, family, happenings, inspirational story, news, personal, pinoy, school, SEO, showbiz | , , , , , | 7 Comments