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Egyptian Polychrome Wood Sarcophagus, Akhmin, Late Dynastic Period,  26th-30th Dynasty, 664-332 BC

Of typical anthropomorphic shape on a small integral square plinth, the white face with black details of the eyes and eyebrows and red for the lips, depicted wearing a black tripartite wig and a short ribbed fake beard, with an elaborate broad collar composed of bands of geometric shapes, white eight-petalled rosettes, lotus palms and lotus flowers, the lower section of the body in maroon slip, with a rectangular section above the ankles inscribed with five columns of text, with an offering formula to Osiris ‘who resides in Ipu’, the name of modern-day Akhmin, on behalf of Tasheretmin, ‘daughter of Djedhor, born to the Lady of the House’, name now unintelligible

Just.

“The sudden change of Elmo. Why?”

“Si Julie kase, pabebe.”

“Kasalanan na naman ni Mudang.”

“Mga reklamador na faney.”

“Bwiset, bwiset.”

“Ibalik ang JuliElmo.”

Nabasa ko somewhere. Narinig ko. Basta. I don’t know. Do I have to agree?

A part of me says, yes. Majority will, too.

Is it right?

A part of me says, yes. Majority will, think.

Why? Majority knows how to think. It may not be alike, but, most use their heads. Most of the time.

Kilala ko ang mga fans ng JuliElmo. I may follow few but I know most of the solids. Lalo yung mga matagal na.

“Just.”

It’s a form of agreeing and whatnots. It’s reasonable and it’s proper. I write because I think I’m writing what is right. Well, as per me, is right. Right?

All of the time pag may nangyayaring mali or hindi maganda, unang ginagawa ng tao ay humanap ng sisisihin. That’s the usual. Sakit na natin yan. Gusto ko lang sanang magpaliwanag.

Elmo Magalona - - yung lalaking laging nasisisi.

There is this someone who told me na hayaan na natin si Moe kase, he’s doing this for himself. Para sa career niya. Which I think is right. This is a make or break for him. Here comes Janine Gutierrez, a new love team was form. Maraming tutol —- JuliElmo fans. And when I say marami, lahat ng solid yan. Elmo is or was doing what he’s doing because he was told. It happens na may mga taong labas sa fandom ang somewhat may naramdaman when they’re seeing Elmo and Janine together. For certain, that made them happy. Kapag ba may masayang tao, dapat naging ipagkait yon? Hindi di ba? Kaya lang, at kaso lang, may iba namang nasasaktan. Nasasaktan in a way na yung happiness naman nila yung nagiging kapalit para maging masaya yung iba —- JuliElmo fans.

Other’s happiness. What about us?

Julie Anne San Jose — yung babaeng tiga-salo ng lahat.

I always read how thankful they are to her kasi lagi silang pinagtatangol. Para sa image niya, she have do it. Hindi lang dahil mahal niya ang fans niya. Pero, don’t get me wrong, it’s always a plus point to Julie na pinapakita at pinaparamdam niyang mahal niya ang fans niya. Simula nung nakilala si Julie, wala siyang make or break. Because, she always make it. Unlike Elmo na at some point nawala sa circulation, which is his choice. Kristoffer Martin came, and there are so many things happen. May mga tumutol — some of the JuliElmo fans. And I mean, hindi lahat. Marami ang nasaktan, may ibang tinanggap. That’s because, that’s how they love the girl. And, it’s fine, it’s pretty fine.

But, let’s talk about being fair.

Sa love, sabi nila, walang pantay-pantay. Laging may mas. But, what’s good in loving is that, you never measure it. Sa paghanga, sa pag-idolo, ganon din. Laging may mas hihigit. Unang-una, babae si Julie at lalakki si Elmo. Papa-alala ko lang, in case nakalimutan niyo.

Being the girl, it’s a natural thing na mas appreciative, thankful at vocal sa nararamdaman niya si Julie. Spare Elmo with “Oh, that username is familiar.” Hindi imposibleng kilala ka ni Elmo pero maliit ang chance. Spare Elmo with replying to your non-sense tweets just to show how valued you are to him. Spare Elmo in everything you expect him to be because Julie is like this and that. Hindi dapat si Elmo ang sisihin niyo. Hindi rin si Julie ang pwedeng sisihin kung lagi na lang tama ang nakikita ng karamihan sa ginagawa niya. Anong ibig kong sabihin?

Stop comparing. Wag mo silang i-kompara sa Tagalog, para mas intense.

First, it’s unfair. Second, it’s just not fair. And third, it’s really not fair.

In the first place. Magkaiba sila. Sa totoong buhay, magkaibang-magkaiba sila. Nang lifestyle, nang ways. Na kahit nga sa fanfiction, may mga ganong factors na naglalagay ng pagitan sakanila.

Actually.

Actually, actually. Pang-artista lang yan. Actually, sila na daw. Janine and Elmo is now an item. Isa lang ang isasagot ko. “Balikan mo ako after ng Villa Quintana.” It’s my way of saying, sa ngayon, hindi ako naniniwala.

Promo - promo - promo.

Madaya kayo eh. Kapag kay Julie, “She looks happy, sige na nga.” E kapag kay Elmo, “Promo na naman yan.” Jeskelerd. Kawawang Elmo. Alam niyo kung bakit kayo ganyan? Ito, makinig ka.

Most of the time, sa ganitong sitwasyon, lalaki yung kailangan mag-effort. Lalaki yung kailangan mag-effort. Delikadesa para sa babae, effort para sa lalaki.

Natatandaan niyo pa ba sa Leandro na dapat ka-third party lang na naging leading man bigla? May promo act din yon. Yung may akbay pa. Yung may nililigawan na daw yung bagong ka-loveteam niya. Yung mga ganon. Tanda mo pa? Malas lang nila, patay na bata si Julie Anne. Ewan ko ba, kinulang yung promo nila kase si Julie mismo, hindi nakipag-cooperate. Baka kasi may magalit. Hoy. Wag kang kiligin friend, yung magagalit? Yung parents niya, friend. Wag kang assuming.

Problema lang kay Lynette, game din siya. Effort si Elmo, effort din si Janine. Kaya ka naiinis. Pabayaan mo. Hintayin mong matapos, kapag ganon pa rin, dun ka na mawalan ng pakialam. Kung yun ang gusto mo.

Ako? Maiinis lang ako kapag naramdaman kong Julie’s trying para maibalik yung dati, pero aayaw si Elmo. Or vice-versa. Yun yung instance na mawawala yung pagkapit ko.

Yun lang.

Pia Magalona —- yung …

Hindi ko alam. I just don’t know kung bakit most of the time nasisisi din siya. Sagot ko na lang, “Hindi naman natin alam yung totoo.” para matapos lang.

The JuliElmo faneys —- yung mga biktima.

Naawa ako sa faneys. Laging sila yung kawawa. Laging sila yung mali. Pero, hindi rin sila yung dapat sisihin. Wala naman silang ginawa kundi humiling na sana pagsamahin ulit yung dalawa. Yun lang masaya na sila. Nandiyan pa rin yung karamihan, naghihintay. Sumusuporta pero hindi na agad-agad naniniwala. Masakit din naman ang paasahin di ba? Masisisi niyo ba kame? Hindi, di ba?

And what about our own happiness?

Choose your happiness. Julie and Elmo being together happens to be that happiness. Paano kame magiging masaya?

What hurt us?

Yung parang nakalimutan na nila yung isa’t-isa. Akala mo tuloy hindi sila magkakilala. Why is it so hard to reply sa mga tweets ng isa’t-isa? Yung tipong magre-reply ang isa sakanila na naka-tag silang dalawa, pero aalisin yung username ng isa. Bigla ka na lang mapapatanong, “Bakit? May nagbabawal ba?” That moment na they don’t dare liking each other’s Instagram post kahit in the first place like-able naman yon. “Bakit? Makakasira ba ng image?”

Bakit ang dami kong tanong?

Bakit walang sagot?

Isa lang ang gusto kong sisihin.

Ang GMA.

Bakit hindi sila marunong magpahalaga? Bakit hindi nila kayang ipakitang thankful sila sa mga sumusuporta? Bakit everytime na nasa pick ng kasikatan ang isang artista o loveteam, pilit nilang hinihila pababa? Bakit hindi nila kayang pagbigyan ang fans? Bakit ang hilig nilang mag-experiment? Bakit hindi sila marunong tumupad ng pangako? Bakit?

Quantity over power.

JuliElmo fans. Kahit sobrang dami natin we can’t over-power them. Because, they have the power, ganun kasimple. Kahit pa sabihing ginagawa nila ‘to para sa fans. Pero, mali sila. Maling-mali.

Alam mo yung nandon na eh. Biggest rival na ng iba pang loveteam, mapa-GMA man or ABS-CBN. JuliElmo na yun eh. Tapos biglang gumanon eh. Biglang pinaghiwalay. Anong initial reaction mo?

“Ayy. Ang lakas maka-putangina.”

Ano yung sayo? I-reply mo nga dito. Gusto ko lang malaman. Malay mo, mag-post ulit ako.

As a fan, gusto ko yung pinagbibigyan. Yun bang bigay-hilig. Tulad sa KathNiel. Sige na, aamin na ako. Naiinggit ako sa fandom na meron sila. Hindi dahil sa bond nila or what. Mas higit tayo don, alam ko. Pero yung suportang meron sila from the network, yun yung nakaka-inggit.

Hindi lang naman sila sa JuliElmo ganito eh. Pero ang hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit kailangan nilang paghiwalayan? Tapos, after a year or si, ibabalik din nila? Ano? Para pag-usapan. Ano? Para mapa-ayyiiee yung mga tao? Ano? Para instant issue?

Tanga. Nauubos na ang mga fans. Napapagod na sila. Sumusuko na. At yung iba, pinipiling makalimot at mag-move on at iba na lang ang suportahan.

It’s always too late, GMA, para sa mga ganyang actions. Always.

Sana balang araw, magising na ang GMA. Sana balang araw, maintindihan nila kung paano nila pinapagulo ang lahat.

Sabi ko nga, sa lahat ng oras, when something’s not right, sakit na natin ang manisi. So, ako? GMA ang gusto kong sisihin sa lahat ng ito.

I’m not playing safe, I’m being myself.

The jeje network, d3$èRvEś j3jÊ fÄn$.

But, that’s not us.

We are classy, and we think what’s right.

What’s just.

Patigasan na lang kami ng GMA. Kung ayaw nilang ibalik ang JuliElmo, hindi ko ipagpipilitan. Kung ayaw nila, edi wag.

Bibili ako ng sariling network and ipu-push ang gusto ko.

I’m classy, and I think I am right.

Meng —

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