You're holding an election, the President is coming over to check on things and you don't know what to serve for the occasion. Dear oh dear, what do you do? Never fear! From the Comelec kitchens, we bring you these time-tested favorite recipes as prepared by our famous chef, Garci.
All right, so we know it's the President who's "Ma'am." But who is this "Garci" she's talking to? Everybody and his dog have their ideas on the matter. Anyway, we put together our finest investigative team, and found out we didn't have any. So we did intensive and extensive research on the matter and have produced a list of suspects who might answer to the name "Garci."
Perhaps President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo can't take a hint. The most respected and credible members of her cabinet have abandoned her and want her to resign; the Makati Business Club has asked that she step down; Cory Aquino twice called on her to relinquish her post. Demonstrations against her are increasing and show no signs of abating, opinion polls show her credibility in the negatives and political allies are turning against her. There's even a website that's been set up called gmaresignnow.com
|The 19th century Basilica|
Payoffs to journalists have become so much a part of the journalistic culture that they have engendered a language all their own. These are some of the terms used in the journalistic community to refer to various forms of corruption the media.
I'm here today to talk about "why it's worth visiting the Philippines." And also why the editor might live to regret giving me the assignment.
See, I'm a news journalist. This means that when I write about the Philippines, it's usually in relation to corruption, crisis, crime and violence. Not exactly the kind of words you'd put in glossy travel brochures, unless you're preparing a tour package for mercenaries.
Every mother has ambitions for her kids. But are you sure you have the right goals? We're not talking here of anything ordinary or run of the mill, like seeing your child win the Nobel Prize, or even becoming a finalist in "Survivor."
No, we're talking about something much more crucial than that, we're talking of a question that holds the key to your children's future, a question you should spend late nights tormenting yourself with.
You can flash any passport you want, speak in any language you desire -- but if you read this glossary from the Internet and start giggling after the first few words, you ARE a Filipino.
Aspect - Pantusok o pandurog ng yelo
Backlog - bacon saka egg
Beehive - magpakatino ka
Calculator - tawagan kita mamaya