The 68th Leyte Gulf Landing Anniversary: A Celebration of Victory

The Leyte Landing Memorial in Palo, Leyte was among the places I first visited when I arrived in Tacloban.

Image from tourisminthephilippines.com

The spot where General Douglas MacArthur and the American liberation forces had landed fascinated me. It was not only good site to take pictures but the best site to remember the lessons of war. It was the same spot where General Douglas MacArthur said his famous line, “People of the Philippines, I have returned! By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil.” – as famous as his “I shall return”. (See Battle of Leyte)

This year marks 68th year of Leyte Landing. This year’s celebration has the theme: Leyte Gulf Landings: A celebration of victory.

Among the highlights of the celebration are the different activities planned and organized by different stakeholders (source: PIA)

  • On October 14, 2012: 12.5 KM Marathon Race (men and women categories) on October 14 organized by the Leyte Amateur Sports Association
  • On October 18-22, 2012: 4th Leyte Gulf Landings Photo Contest and Exhibit organized by the Camera Club of Leyte and Samar
  • On October 18-22, 2012: Battle of Leyte Gulf and 100K and 50K Ultra Marathon
  • On October 20, 2012: 7th Annual Regional Inter-school Band and Leyre/Bugle Competition at the RTR Plaza (Tacloban City), organized by Pintados Foundation
  • October 21, 2012: 3K and 5K Liberation Fun Run organized by the Local Government Unit of Palo, Leyte

I think the best way for me to celebrate is to visit the Leyte Landing Memorial.

I hope the wish of Department of Tourism in Eastern Visayas (DOT – Eastern Visayas) will be realized soon. That is to have wartime museum. It would be best place that would remind us and the next generation about the lessons we should learn from history.

Event: Liberate Concert

I mark 20th of October as an important date. It is the 68th Leyte Gulf Landing anniversary. On the same date, 8 Magazine brings us its 2nd Year Anniversary and Benefit Concert called, Liberate.

Liberate Concert

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Liberate concert features the band Six Part Invention, Pinoy Idol winner Gretchen Espina , and actor Daniel Matsunaga. Among the popular songs of Six Part Invention are Falling in Love With You and All This Time.

The concert will benefit the Leyte Young Men’s Catholic Association (YMCA-Leyte) and The Sisters and Sons of Mary and Adorers of The Holy Eucharist (SMAHE) for The Orphanage of The Virgin of Guadalupe.

Be there on October 20, 2012 at the Leyte Park Hotel Gym, Tacloban City. The concert starts at 8PM. Ticket is 120 pesos only!

Oktubafest 2012

People must be very sad kon waray na tuba ha Leyte (if there is no more tuba in Leyte). Fortunately Warays are producing a lot of good tasting tuba, bahal, and bahalina.

Image from philippine-made.blogspot.com

And to further promote the most well known wine in Waray region, An Waray party-list sponsored and organized Octubafest. This year is the 5th Oktubafest!

Patterned after the famous Octoberfest in Germany, Oktubafest comes from words Octubre, tuba and festival.

Let’s join and take part on the activities of Oktubafest 2012 on October 26, 2012 at the Leyte Park Gymnasium. This year’s Oktubafest will be highlighed with the seach for best tuba, bahal and bahalina; and tuba concoction and tuba infused dish contest.

Tuba should not be confused with the musical instrument tuba. Tuba is coconut wine.

Waray’s bahalina is considered as the finest local wine. Bahalina is a one-year old carefully fermented tuba (coconut wine) which tastes like red grape wine. Dried bark of barok (mangrove) makes tuba reddish.

In 2009, there was an attempt to break the world record for the biggest number of participants of wine tasting event. It was held at the McArthur Shrine and National Park. However, organizers has not received yet the certificate from Guinness World Records (as reported by Sun Star).

Online Petition: 1 Million Signatures to Oust Senator Tito Sotto

I agree with thousands of online petitioners who call for the resignation of Sen. Tito Sotto III. This will soon reach more than a million.

Image from Voltaire Domingo as used in change.org online petition.

After copying other’s work without attribution and spreading far-from-truth information about reproductive health, Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III must resign as senator of the Philippines.

I invited my friends to check the online petition in change.org to understand the reasons why we are calling Sen. Tito Sotto III to resign.

Here are the reasons why the senator must be unseated as cited in the online petition.

  1. He is a serial plagiarist and shows no remorse. He steals other people’s intellectual property when he doesn’t have his own, which only shows that in his career as a senator, he DOES NOT EXERT ANY EFFORT to think and carefully arrive at strategic, impactful decisions. Does the Philippines really need that kind of leader right now? He also shamelessly takes Bible verses out of context to justify his acts and hence serves as a bad example to our youth.
  2. He is a popular public figure yet he uses his political and showbiz influence to spread misinformation about reproductive health. It’s not even about the RH bill itself–whether you’re anti- or pro-RH, WRONG INFORMATION AND LIES only confuse the general public, prevent intelligent discussion, and pointlessly prolong decision-making.
  3. He is sexist. He blames the death of his first-born child on his wife’s use of contraceptives when he could have prevented the unwanted pregnancy by ABSTAINING from sexual intercourse. Must the burden of responsible pregnancy always fall first on the shoulders of women?

As of this time, Sen. Tito Sotto has not shared yet his thoughts about the online petition. Will  he cry? Will he propose a legislation? Or he will once again deliver a speech. Let’s hope that it will not be a translation of someone’s speech and let’s hope he will not copy it from blogs.

Originally posted on Third Wave:

Reproductive Health bill once again gets life in the 15th Congress of the Philippines. And once again, the staunch killers of the RH Bill do all ways to once again abort it.

Do you support the Reproductive Health bill and join the calls so that the 15th Congress enact it?

It’s alright if you haven’t decided yet but as responsible Filipino citizen and faithful follower of your Church, you need to take a stand.

I already did. And I use my conscience on my decision.

We all have the moral sense of right and wrong. We all have conscience. When we get confused and find it difficult to decide, we use our conscience. A very good friend always reminds me to “follow my heart”. What he try to say is to be where my conscience is.

With my conscience, I support the Reproductive Health bill. But I am a…

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