Tuesday, June 29, 2010

President Noynoy Aquino's Inaugural Speech

 Here is the English translation of President Noynoy's speech after his oath taking earlier today at the Quirino Grandstand in front of more than 500 thousand attendees and millions of Filipinos  from all over the world watching in their homes. It is a 20-minute speech that will be the basis of his performance as President during his entire term of office.

His Excellency Jose Ramos Horta, Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Former President Joseph Estrada, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and members of the Senate, House Speaker Prospero Nograles and members of the House, justices of the Supreme Court, members of the foreign delegations,Your Excellencies of the diplomatic corps, fellow colleagues in government, aking mga kababayan.

My presence here today is proof that you are my true strength. I never expected that I will be here taking my oath of office before you, as your president. I never imagined that I would be tasked with continuing the mission of my parents. I never entertained the ambition to be the symbol of hope, and to inherit the problems of our nation.

I had a simple goal in life: to be true to my parents and our country as an honorable son, a caring brother, and a good citizen.

My father offered his life so our democracy could live. My mother devoted her life to nurturing that democracy. I will dedicate my life to making our democracy reach its fullest potential: that of ensuring equality for all. My family has sacrificed much and I am willing to do this again if necessary.

Although I was born to famous parents, I know and feel the problems of ordinary citizens. We all know what it is like to have a government that plays deaf and dumb. We know what it is like to be denied justice, to be ignored by those in whom we placed our trust and tasked to become our advocates.

Have you ever been ignored by the very government you helped put in power? I have. Have you had to endure being rudely shoved aside by the siren-blaring escorts of those who love to display their position and power over you? I have, too. Have you experienced exasperation and anger at a government that instead of serving you, needs to be endured by you? So have I.

I am like you. Many of our countrymen have already voted with their feet – migrating to other countries in search of change or tranquility. They have endured hardship, risked their lives because they believe that compared to their current state here, there is more hope for them in another country, no matter how bleak it may be. In moments when I thought of only my own welfare, I also wondered – is it possible that I can find the peace and quiet that I crave in another country? Is our government beyond redemption? Has it been written that the Filipino’s lot is merely to suffer?

Today marks the end of a regime indifferent to the appeals of the people. It is not Noynoy who found a way. You are the reason why the silent suffering of the nation is about to end. This is the beginning of my burden, but if many of us will bear the cross we will lift it, no matter how heavy it is.

Through good governance in the coming years, we will lessen our problems. The destiny of the Filipino will return to its rightful place, and as each year passes, the Filipino’s problems will continue to lessen with the assurance of progress in their lives.

We are here to serve and not to lord over you. The mandate given to me was one of change. I accept your marching orders to transform our government from one that is self-serving to one that works for the welfare of the nation.

This mandate is the social contract that we agreed upon. It is the promise I made during the campaign, which you accepted on election day.

During the campaign we said, “If no one is corrupt, no one will be poor.” That is no mere slogan for posters — it is the defining principle that will serve as the foundation of our administration.

Our foremost duty is to lift the nation from poverty through honest and effective governance.

The first step is to have leaders who are ethical, honest, and true public servants. I will set the example. I will strive to be a good model. I will not break the trust you have placed in me. I will ensure that this, too, will be the advocacy of my Cabinet and those who will join our government.

I do not believe that all of those who serve in our government are corrupt. In truth, the majority of them are honest. They joined government to serve and do good. Starting today, they will have the opportunity to show that they have what it takes. I am counting on them to help fight corruption within the bureaucracy.

To those who have been put in positions by unlawful means, this is my warning: we will begin earning back the trust of our people by reviewing midnight appointments. Let this serve as a warning to those who intend to continue the crooked ways that have become the norm for too long.

To our impoverished countrymen, starting today, your government will be your champion.

We will not disregard the needs of our students. We will begin by addressing the glaring shortage in classrooms and educational facilities.

Gradually, we will lessen the lack of infrastructures for transportation, tourism and trade. From now on, mediocre work will not be good enough when it comes to roads, bridges, and buildings because we will hold contractors responsible for maintaining their projects in good condition.

We will revive the emergency employment program established by former President Corazon Aquino. This will provide jobs for local communities and will help in the development of their and our economy.

We will not be the cause of your suffering or hardship. We will strengthen collections by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and we will fight corruption in the Bureau of Customs in order to fund our objectives for the public welfare, such as:

• Quality education, including vocational education, so that those who choose not to attend college or those who cannot afford it can find dignified livelihood;
• Improved public health services such as PhilHealth for all within three years;
• A home for every family, within safe communities.

We will strengthen the armed forces and the police, not to serve the interests of those who want to wield power with impunity, but to give added protection for ordinary folk. The armed forces and the police risk their lives daily so that the nation can live in peace and security. The population has doubled and yet their numbers remain unchanged. It is not right that those who make sacrifices are treated pitifully.

If there was a fertilizer scam in the past, today there will be security for farmers. We will help them with irrigation, extension services, and marketing their products at the best possible prices.

We are directing Secretary Alcala to set up trading centers that will directly link farmers and consumers thereby eliminating middlemen and opportunities for corruption. In this way, funds can be shared by farmers and consumers. We will make our country attractive to investors. We will cut red tape dramatically and implement stable economic policies. We will level the playing field for investors and make government an enabler, not a hindrance to business. This is the only means by which we can provide jobs for our people.

Our goal is to create jobs at home so that there will be no need to look for employment abroad. However, as we work towards that end, I am ordering the DFA, POEA, OWWA, and other relevant agencies to be even more responsive to the needs and welfare of our overseas Filipino workers.

We will strengthen the process of consultation and feedback. We will strive to uphold the constitutional right of citizens to information on matters of public concern.

We relived the spirit of people power during the campaign. Let it take us to good and effective governance. Those who believe in people power put the welfare of others before their own.

I can forgive those who did me wrong but I have no right to forgive those who abused our people.

To those who talk about reconciliation, if they mean that they would like us to simply forget about the wrongs that they have committed in the past, we have this to say: there can be no reconciliation without justice. When we allow crimes to go unpunished, we give consent to their occurring over and over again. Secretary de Lima, you have your marching orders. Begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all.

We are also happy to inform you the acceptance of Chief Justice Hilario Davide of the challenge of strengthening and heading a Truth Commission that will shed light on many unanswered issues that continue to haunt our country.

My government will be sincere in dealing with all the peoples of Mindanao. We are committed to a peaceful and just settlement of conflict, inclusive of the interests of all — may they be Lumads, Bangsamoro or Christian.

We shalI defeat the enemy by wielding the tools of justice, social reform, and equitable governance leading to a better life. With proper governance life will improve for all. When we are all living well, who will want to go back to living under oppression?

If I have all of you by my side, we will be able to build a nation in which there will be equality of opportunity, because each of us fulfilled our duties and responsibilities equally.

After the elections, you proved that it is the people who wield power in this country.

This is what democracy means. It is the foundation of our unity. We campaigned for change. Because of this, the Filipino stands tall once more. We are all part of a nation that can begin to dream again.

To our friends and neighbors around the world, we are ready to take our place as a reliable member of the community of nations, a nation serious about its commitments and which harmonizes its national interests with its international responsibilities.

We will be a predictable and consistent place for investment, a nation where everyone will say, “it all works.”
Today, I am inviting you to pledge to yourselves and to our people. No one shall be left behind.

No more junkets, no more senseless spending. No more turning back on pledges made during the campaign, whether today or in the coming challenges that will confront us over the next six years. No more influence-peddling, no more patronage politics, no more stealing. No more sirens, no more short cuts, no more bribes. It is time for us to work together once more.

We are here today because we stood together and believed in hope. We had no resources to campaign other than our common faith in the inherent goodness of the Filipino.

The people who are behind us dared to dream. Today, the dream starts to become a reality. To those among you who are still undecided about sharing the common burden I have only one question: Are you going to quit now that we have won?

You are the boss so I cannot ignore your orders.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fight the Signs of Aging

I am nearing my 30s and I am now concerned of finding ways to prevent the early signs of aging like wrinkles, dark spots and fine lines.  I admitted to being a bad girl when it comes to skin care.  I just wash my face and put toner as my skin care routine.  Visiting a dermatologist wasn't even included in my calendar of activities.  Having admitted to being a bad girl, I don't want to be punished for it so now I will do everything to keep my skin looking younger (if possible).

There are a lot of cosmetic procedures that promises immediate results--you can go from natural means or the more invasive ones.  Of course, I want everything to be as natural as possible because it is a cheaper procedure and it is safe for me and the environment.  I actually discovered a product courtesy of  SkinGenX that is both safe for use and produced to not harm the environment.  Skin Gen X  Anti-Wrinkle CompleX targets emotion lines (wrinkles).  It is the most comprehensive anti-aging product without harmful chemicals like parabens, PEG, ureas, synthetic dyes or frangrances and it is not tested on animals.  In fact, the product is included in the PETA's Cruelty-Free Program.  The company also helps economically disadvantaged communities.  Isn't that wonderful?!  That is being beautiful while helping others improve their lives.

Ingenious Grill Glove

I love to cook!  One of my favorite dishes to cook is barbecue because it is easy to prepare and I can save it for later.  I know that most of you don't like to barbecue because of the hassle of flipping meat from time to time.  Worry not, I have found the most ingenious barbecue tool that will make your barbecuing a breeze--the GrillGlove.  It is a glove that you wear to flip burgers, steaks and everything on top of your barbecue grill.  It is made of 100% food grade heat resistant silicone that is dishwasher safe and can be used to up to 500 degrees centigrade!  Just don't get carried away flipping.

Order your very own gloves by clicking this link.  This is not available in stores.  By ordering now, you can get 2 gloves for $14.99 and a FREE lava mitt for use in your kitchen.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Katy Perry's Smurfs Look

When Katy Perry arrived at the MTV Movie Awards, we are all in awe of her Smurf-like look.  Guys, you don't need to wonder no more because there is an explanation for her get-up.  This is just in, The Smurfs will make a comeback, but this time, on the big screen... and guess what, Katy Perry will lend her voice to  the yellow-haired Smurfette!  Katy opted to wear a blue wig because for all we know, that yellow/blonde wig was already worn by Lady Gaga.  So guys, it was all an early promotion of Katy Perry's new gig.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Jolie as Cleopatra

 Photo from E! Online.

This is something to watch out for... Angelina Jolie is the new Cleopatra!  I think she'd give justice to the glamorous and powerful persona such as Cleopatra. 

Philippines' 112th Independence Day

 Image from rheasan on Flickr.

Happy Independence Day to the Philippines!

It has been 112 years since Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo proclaimed the Philippine independence in Kawit, Cavite and the start of the First Philippine Republic.  I remember the lecture of my professor in college that it wasn't actually Aguinaldo who waved the Philippine flag.  Whoever waved it, he sure made history.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Losing Someone

I received a bad news today and it has something to do with losing someone you nurtured and cared for inside your womb.

We all got excited of the news that our friend is expecting her second child.  We are more than ecstatic to know that she is expecting a girl.  She would post on her Facebook account the would-be name of her little princess and we would joke about her punishing her child if she will give her a really long name.  She is not married but lives with her boyfriend together with their three year-old son.  It wasn't a conventional and happy set-up because she would miss reporting to the office because of obvious bruises all over her body.  Yes, she is in an abusive relationship but she chose to stay with the man for hopes of change... nothing has changed, though.  Our friend is expecting her child on July but we were surprised that she had a CS four weeks earlier.  She was discharged from the hospital three days after but her baby remained inside the NICU.  We receive news about the baby's condition from time to time and each and every update, the child's condition becomes worse and just this day a friend confirmed that the baby didn't make it.

My friend have had preterm labors weeks before the baby came out and she would said  that it is due to stress.  We later found out that the cause of her stress is her boyfriend.  They had a huge fight in the morning  before she had an emergency CS.  She asked her neighbor to take her to the hospital because she feels that the baby would come out any time soon.  Her boyfriend is drinking in bouts outside their house. 

I felt hate to the man that my friend chose to love.  There is just no excuse for abuse.

Her little angel is now gone.  She was not given a chance to write her very long name... maybe because He knew that if she will live long enough, she will just witness her mom being abused by her dad.

I know that many women around the world have had an abusive relationship and many more women are struggling to get out of the situation.  Fear is the only emotion that would let the victim stay--fear of her own life and fear for the life of her children, but if she knows that there are people out there who will help her, she'll realize that it isn't late to gather up strength and courage to set herself free.

For tips on how to escape an abusive relationship, click here and you will be directed to Dr. Phil's official website.

Aquino Proclaimed as President of the Philippines

It is official, Benigno 'Noynoy' C. Aquino III is the new President of the Philippines.  More than a month after the first ever automated elections in the Philippines and after many controversies surrounding it, we now have a new president.

Noynoy is the son of the murdered Senator Benigno 'Ninoy' Aquino and the late former President Corazon Aquino.  Whatever brought him to what is right is a mix of his parents' legacy, a little bit of his sister's popularity (Kris is his younger sister) and a whole lot of luck or fate.  He's my bet so I am happy that he got the post.  My hopes for his term is for the Philippines to become a better place for Filipinos or foreign migrants to live in.

He will officially take office on June 30--earlier than the usual start of term.  His running-mate, Sen. Mar Roxas on the other hand was not able to bag the VP post but nevertheless, I think the Filipinos also made a wise decision to vote for Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay as the Vice-President.  Binay positively noted that whatever it is that the President wants him to do for the benefit of the country, he will do it.

Let us wait and see and hope that the next six years of our lives during their term would be better.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

No Internet

No internet for five days... hell!

No internet for five days would be okay if:

1. I don't have a farm to tend... I don't want my plants to wither!

2. I don't have a restaurant to manage... thank goodness Restaurant City has improved their settings.  I opened my restaurant for 24 hours.

3. I don't have fishes to feed... I am now forced to harvest them all.

4. I don't have a pet to look after... Jimmy would be hungry... and his pet Swiper too!

5. I don't have a blog... err blogs to update... I have five for Pete's sake!

6. I don't have an online boss... I am a Virtual Assistant by night.

I still have a lot to enumerate but these six things are more important.  Generally, my life evolves into facing the computer and click until my hands get tired... numbers 5 and 6 helps me earn moolah.  I guess I have given enough good reasons to panic a bit.

Good luck to me on those five days!
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