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TANG INA NAHULI AKONG NAG-JAYWALKING SA EDSA PART 2!

April 15, 2013 – Napadpad ako kanina sa Shaw Boulevard para mag jaywalking HAHAHAHA! WALA LANG, TRIP KO LANG.. Ayun, dalawang beses na kong nahuli sa loob ng isang taon, at gusto akong ipagmulta kanina ng 200 pesos. Kuya MMDA, di porket POGI AKO + naka shades at polo eh mayaman na. Boss naman, 150 na nga lang ang pera ko eh, kukunin mo pa?

Kaya ayun, nadaan sa pagpapa-cute at hindi na ko siningil. Hayaan niyo boss, uulit ulitin ko yung pagje-jaywalking sa edsa para may part 3 hihi..

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The 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution gathered throngs of people, filling the capital’s main artery. However, the spirit of their movement didn’t remain contained in the streets of Manila. Pockets of dissent manifested nationwide creating a stir in local communities and uniting the nation in the desire to attain freedom.  Cebuanos and Davaoeños gathered in their own plazas, packing streets with slogans and singing the anthems of the revolution. [Read more]

EDSA, ElsewhereAfter hearing the news that the Marcoses had fled Malacañan, people flocked to the streets in Davao City (TOP) and Iloilo (BOTTOM). Photos from “People Power: The Philippine Revolution of 1986: An Eyewitness History.”

Since May is Elhers Danlos syndrome awareness month I shall educate you all a little so you can be aware!

This syndrome is not very commonly know although many people are born with it, including myself. This is known as an invisible illness, meaning you can look at me and see absolutely nothing wrong with me physically, when I’m actually struggling with this syndrome. wether it’s with chronic pain or Chronic fatigue syndrome. Basically what I want everyone to get out of this is that everyone is fighting a battle, wether you can see it or not. So be nice and love everyone please.

There are many types of EDS, I have type III, the hyper mobile type. EDS is a collection of inherited conditions that fit into a larger group known as heritable disorders of connective tissue. Connective tissues provide support in skin, tendons, ligaments and bones.

There are different types of EDS, but they have features in common. These can include joint hypermobility (increased mobility of joints), stretchy skin and tissue fragility. The fragile skin and unstable joints often found in EDS are the result of faulty collagen.

Hypermobility joints are joints that move further than the usual range, taking into account someone’s age, gender and ethnic background. Many individuals have one or several Hypermobility joints and factors such as bone shape and muscle tone can increase the range of movement of a joint.

Although I have have quite a few of these symptoms, I don’t have all.
Individuals with HEDS may have the following features:

Joint hypermobility with the joints having a wider range of movement than usual.
Loose, unstable joints that can lead to dislocations and subluxations.
Joint pain and fatigue.
Easy bruising.
Gastrointestinal dysfunction.
POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) causing fast heart rate, dizziness and fainting.
Mitral valve prolapse, a heart valve abnormality which is usually only mild in HEDS.
Uterine, rectal or bladder prolapse.
Urinary dysfunction.
Varicose veins.

This a real syndrome, that causes real pain and real problems with daily life. Just because it’s invisible doesn’t mean it’s not effecting us!!

All of the information was from the website linked go read more about it!! You can educate yourself for some extra smarts to have under your belt for those who like to learn! Be aware of everyone’s battle! Be sympathetic, and less apathetic!

http://www.ehlers-danlos.org/

EDSA Dos at Twelve: A Historical Repression

Today is the twelfth anniversary of the conspiracy that ousted Former President Joseph Estrada from Malacañan Palace and put Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the helm of power in January 2001. We commonly know it by the name of EDSA Dos. And no one seems to give a damn to throw a celebration.

I have been observing the internet (Twitter, Facebook, and news websites) the whole day and only a handful posted stuff about the day that changed our Political history. I searched the word “EDSA” on Twitter earlier and I only saw less than 10 tweets (mine included) about EDSA dos. GMA News’ YouScoop tweeted a query, asking their followers about the lessons of EDSA dos but that was it. The results are mostly MMDA’s traffic update on EDSA and some commuters’ rant on how horrendous the traffic situation at EDSA is. 

How come nobody commemorated the events that happened eleven years ago at EDSA Shrine? Maybe because we are too busy celebrating the Sinulog Festival and the feast of the Santo Nino.  Maybe because some of us choose to watch and discuss Les Miserables and Ricky Lo’s interview with Anne Hathaway instead. Or too engrossed with the Atimonan, Quezon shooting and the US Warship that destroyed a part of the Tubbataha Reef.

Or is it because EDSA Dos is considered a nightmare, a dark part of our history that should be forgotten and should never be repeated again? Maybe yes.

Where were you eleven years ago?

I was eleven years old then, a graduating student in Elementary. The last days of the impeachment trial and the mass protest in EDSA Shrine coincided with our third quarterly exams. Prior to that, whenever I go home early from school, I see to it that I watch the impeachment trial. I can still remember how my classmates and I would horse around, imitating the Chief Justice, the Prosecution, and the Defense Panel. The words Objection your honor, overruled, and sustained became a part of our daily conversation.

I remember watching the controversial voting whether to open the second envelope or not with my father. I can still recall how Senators Pimentel and Drilon hugged each other and in tears, how Senator Legarda wept, how Chief Justice Davide removed his judicial robe, how the Prosecution panel resigned and walked out in disgust, and how the aunt of our current President, Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta danced a la dougie in jubilation. Minutes after the controversial decision, the streets are filled with protesters, the car owners are blowing their horns, and the members of the crowd in EDSA Shrine, increased in number.

The next day, I remember my father putting up a printout of JOE’S COHORTS in the windshield of our car as a sign of protest. It is a mnemonic of the Senators who opposed the opening of the second envelope - Jaworski, Oreta, Enrile, Santiago, Coseteng, Osemeña, Honasan, Ople, Revilla, Tatad.

Text messaging was a new technology then (there were no unlimited text and calls promos though) and it also helped to spread the message to gather in EDSA Shrine and force the President to step down from office. As expected, ERAP jokes became rampant to taunt President Estrada. The Senators who opposed the opening of the second envelope were also not spared from taunts and heckling. Some of the famous lines then which I can still remember are Tadtarin si Tatad!, Oreta Dancing Queen!, and  Ninoy Aquino’s photo with the lines ’My sister is not worth dying for’.

The protest to became festive with artists and bands performing at the stage and with the presence of, uhm, some artistas. (The most memorable personality then was President Estrada’s friend, Nora Aunor, who joined the crown on calling him to resign). But if there is one song which I can associate with the protest, it would be Sam the Sham and the Paraoh’s ’Wooly Bully’ which the protesters sang as ‘Huling-huli! Si Erap! Huling-huli!

Though I was not present with the protesters during that time, for obvious reasons, I made myself updated by constantly tuning in to news programs on television. And some of the memories were still vivid because when I was in high School, my tambayan is our library and I have repeatedly read this coffee table book:

The President was twelve eleven years ago today and his Vice President succeeded him - with the help of the high-ranking military officials, political and business elites, and the Catholic Church led by Jaime Cardinal Sin. Conspiracy, as they say, to oust the President extra-constitutionally, a de facto coup that led to the  proclamation of Gloria Arroyo.

In the later months and years, Erap would be arrested, EDSA tres would happen, Erap would come out saying he was forced to sign a resignation paper during the height of EDSA Dos, and Gloria Arroyo would become the infamous President that we know today.

Was EDSA Dos a historical success? No. Did it play an important part in history? Maybe, but what we learned more are lessons for the future of our country.

A contemporary Filipino writer who goes by the pen name Bob Ong, wrote something about EDSA Dos in his book Stainless Longganisa. He compared the protest in EDSA to drinking antibiotics to cure a disease.

He wrote that it is wrong to immediately go to the street to call for the resignation of a leader - or to immediately drink antibiotic without first consulting the doctor. Time will come that the bacteria would become immune to antibiotics and it would be more difficult to cure the disease. Just like the cancer of our society, the more we use the usual way of cure, that is, to march in the streets and call for change, time might come that the usual way will no longer work for us. And worse, during the time when we really need change.

Many of the prominent personas involved during the EDSA Dos have already expressed their regret on being a part of that event. And maybe, most of the participants in EDSA and in key cities of the country who helped, in a way, put Gloria Arroyo into power in 2001 did the same.

It is said that we cannot change history, and that there are no ifs in it. But we can always carve the future of our country. May the lessons of the events of yesteryears be a guide on making a better future for our country.

Today is the twelfth anniversary of EDSA Dos. Did it already become a repressed memory? Do you still give a damn about it?

Today is the twelfth anniversary of the EDSA Dos. And no one seems to gives a damn to throw a celebration. And I don’t think the woman who replaced Joseph Estrada, who is now detained at the Presidential Suite of Veteran’s Memorial Medical Center, is celebrating either.

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