Monthly Archives: September 2008

i was there

I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy reading about the same piece of news over and over.

Inquirer.Net: Senate approves renewable energy bill on 3rd reading
ABS-CBN News: Senate OKs renewable energy bill
BusinessWorld: Renewable energy bill OK’d by Senate; bicam is next step
Manila Bulletin: Senate passes Renewable Energy bill
GMANews.TV: Senate approves clean energy bill, seen to cut oil dependence
The Manila Times: Senate approves Renewable Energy bill

Some people in the Senate gallery clapped, something that’s usually frowned upon during session. Nobody tried to shush them, I mean us 🙂

Image: A father-and-daughter who signed our support RE Bill board during our exhibit at Greenbelt a few months ago



I’ve lived in the Sta. Ana area for about three years now, and all that time I’ve only been vaguely aware of the various Old Manila-ish sites and structures within easy reach. There’s the old Sta. Ana church, for example. The Sta. Ana station of the Pasig River Ferry is just a few minutes away from the house, but I haven’t even tried it out yet. Some of the houses in the neighborhood, in fact, still reflect the Spanish-era style, albeit in various degrees of maintenance.

An old building that caught my eye one day, though, is the original Paco Station of the Philippine National Railways, near the corner of Quirino Highway and Pedro Gil. I rarely pass by that area and therefore did not notice the crumbling structure until recently.  A few days after spotting the building, I had dragged Don back to the place so we can take a few photos.

Today, the formerly grand and regal Paco station is slowly disappearing right before our very eyes. Practically just the façade is remaining. In fact, one reason why I was such in a hurry to go back and take photos of it is because I had spotted some construction going on there and I was afraid that they’d be tearing down the building soon.

As it turned out, the building under construction that I saw has stayed that way for many years. It was supposed to be a mall, and was supposed to be part of a bigger project on the area, but it got cut short when Estrada was thrown out of office (at this point I feel compelled to tell you that my sources were the Pulis Oysters sweeping the area at the Plaza Dilao across the street, he he). Some construction was going on in the railway itself when we went there, though the workers that I asked didn’t have any idea about the plans for the building.

stuck in time

stuck in time

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NBC Heroes Countdown

hindi naman ako masyadong excited. slight lang, he he.

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ghost from comm. res. past

Got momentarily disoriented during one of my grocery shopping trips, when, cruising the aisles and having just picked up a packet of powdered orange juice, I suddenly got accosted by a ghost from Comm. Res. Past:

next to the Tang shelves
The Practice of Social Research by Earl Babbie

One of those staple books in our Communication Research major subjects (Comm. Res. 115 if I’m not mistaken), one of those books that got photocopied to death chapter by chapter, as students compiled those thick sheafs of “readings.”  Reserve book sa Mass Comm library, meaning you can only take it out after five in the afternoon then return it by nine the next morning, per hour ang multa pag late ka so good luck na lang.

There it was, hard-bound and looking hardly used, selling for P150 at, of all places, Puregold Makati. I was like, damn, we would have killed for this in college! Well, I couldn’t help it. I was so amused that I bought it.  Some of the concepts and methodologies are naturally outdated  (I mean, who still uses mailed-in questionnaires, right?), but I’m guessing some are pretty much applicable through time (basic research design questions, survey sampling procedures, etc.). Of course, there’s also the nostalgia factor.  It’s like a time-space portal suddenly opened up right there at the supermarket.  I would have been more tickled if it had been one of the more iconic books, let’s say, Gravetter’s book on Quantitative Analysis, or Mass Comm Theory by Dennis McQuail (I had to Google the author name, basta ang alam ko Mac- or Mc-something, haha). But this will do. It can be a useful resource for those times when I’d get faced with a seemingly basic research question and couldn’t do anything except helplessly mutter, sheesh, I used to know this in college.

Maybe I can bring the book in one of our dinners among college friends, so that when the conversation goes to the inevitable recalling of embarrassing stories, past loves, marathon overnight group work sessions and such, we’ll actually have a prop, he he.