Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me…” (Psalm 30:1, the Holy Bible).
TWO SISTERS KILLED BY CANNED MEAT LOAF? Can anyone tell the Filipino people what was the brand of the meat loaf that is being suspected to have poisoned and then killed two sisters from Alcoy, Cebu? The report from a major television network from Quezon City did not only fail to mention the names of the sisters. It also failed to identify the meat loaf brand.
I am sure the TV network could have done a greater public service if it mentioned the brand, to warn people against eating meat loaf, or any other product, coming from the company that made them. As it is, the death of two women arising from eating contaminated food is a public interest case that warrants identification of the offending brand or the company that produced the food.
The health and safety of the eating public is much more important than the reputation and good standing of a food manufacturing or processing company, even if that company happens to be an advertiser paying millions of pesos in advertising or commercial revenues.
MIKAELA FUDOLIG: BE BRAVE: I am sharing here portions of the 2007 graduation speech of then 16-year old Mikaela Irene Fudolig, a summa cum laude with a degree of BS Physics from the University of the Philippines. For one reason or another, some fans of Mikaela Irene have been uploading the speech in Facebook. Read on:
“… Today, the nation needs brave, defiant pioneers to reverse our nation’s slide to despair. Today, we must call upon the spirit that beat the tracks. Today, we must present an alternative way of doing things. Do NOT just take courage, for courage is not enough.
“Instead, be BRAVE! It will take bravery to go against popular wisdom, against the clichéd expectations of family and friends. It will take bravery to gamble your future by staying in the country and try to make a prosperous life here. It might help if for a start, we try to see why our Korean friends are flocking to our country. Why, as many of us line up for immigrant visas in various embassies, they get themselves naturalized and settle here. Do they know something we don’t?
TAKE NOT THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: “Do NOT just be strong in your convictions, for strength is not enough. Instead, DEFY the pressure to lead a comfortable, but middling life. Let us lead this country from the despair of mediocrity. Let us not seek to do well, but strive to EXCEL in everything that we do. This, so others will see us as a nation of brains of the highest quality, not just of brawn that could be had for cheap.
“Take NOT the road less traveled. Rather, MAKE new roads, BLAZE new trails, FIND new routes to your dreams. Unlike the track-beaters in campus who see where they’re going, we may not know how far we can go. But if we are brave, defiant searchers of excellence, we will go far. Explore possibilities, that others may get a similar chance. I have tried it myself. And I’m speaking to you now.
“But talk is cheap, they say. And so I put my money where my mouth is. Today, I place myself in the service of the University, if it will have me. I would like to teach, to share knowledge, and perhaps to be an example to new UP students in thinking and striving beyond the limits of the possible. This may only be a small disturbance in the grass. But I hope you’ll come with me, and trample a new path.
Good evening, everyone…”
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By Atty. Batas Mauricio
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