WHY I will vote for MANNY VILLAR

Since everyone has been making impressive, well-argued and written pieces about their candidate of choice, well here is one for the current #2 seed according to the latest surverys.

Many say that an intelligent man shouldn’t vote for Manny Villar for a good number of reasons. First, that he is a businessman and that his incentive for the presidency is monetary in nature. Second, that he is using the media to beguile the masses into blindly voting for him. Third, that he has spent copiously more than the other candidates in terms of campaign funds (billions of pesos no doubt). Last, is due to the C-5 controversy in which he allegedly used the project to increase the value of his properties.

And an intelligent man indeed finds good reason at the surface, for not voting for Villar given the above mentioned reasons. However, as one becomes open, looks deeper, with a wider perspective one might be able to understand the world, and perhaps politics better. I’ll do my rebuttal point per point.

First off, yes he is a businessman. However, we must not forget his rags-to-riches story in which he joins the ranks of Henry Sy, John Gokongwei and Lucio Tan. And you know what? I have never met a rags-to-riches mogul who didn’t live a simple life. My mother had the same story - grew up in a family of five siblings with a public school teacher as a mother and a soldier as a father. When fate smiled upon her, people around me and myself can attest to the fact that she used her wealth to help others. Sometimes we wrongly accuse someone of wealth for being greedy when in fact, in many cases and especially in the cases of those from humble beginnings - this is rarely the case. Money is only important to those who have a problem with it. I have seen Henry Sy’s relatively humble abode at Forbes. And yes, I have had dinner with Manny Villar at Camp Aguinaldo - no parade of bodyguards or fancy stuff. Just a man who joined us for a simple dinner. Truth is, while I may not objectively be able to say that his bid for presidency is NOT monetary in nature, one can’t say either than it is. I place my trust in him based on my experience with humble yet wealthy people such as Villar and my mother. Actually, one other thing I see common between self-made individuals such as him and my mother is this: that they will never hurt someone else for their own benefit. This is the “crab mentality” that we Filipinos are so good at. If there is one candidate who can help change this mindset in which we all pull each other down to get up, its Villar.

Second, people say that he is abusing the media to beguile the masses into voting for him. One thing people should understand is that effective marketing isn’t a sin - its a reality. Truth is, we sip expensive coffee and kill ourselves with cigarettes and fast food because of marketing. No one can say that they aren’t a victims of this nor are they immune. Villar, as a candidate knows how to utilize this in order to win. This in itself, should be a good sign for any leader - because any good leader knows the path and how to trek it. I believe in fact, that greed primarily belongs to those who are expending so much of their money for an office they possibly can’t win. Politicians who abandon their parties and run on their own resources are the ones who are greedy. Not only that, they are blind and they constantly burn their bridges. Do we want leaders like that? Take note that every good party has good funding and while the Nacionalista party benefits greatly from Villar’s wealth, we shouldn’t assume that he is the only one spending here. A healthy amount of funding for any party is a sign of a strong presence. Spending for ads isn’t bad - again it is a reality. If every candidate had the funding Villar had, they’d be spending billions of pesos too.

Point three is related to point two: that he’s spending HUGE amounts of money in order to win. I think that the biggest problem of Filipinos is that they have a “poverty” mindset - and I don’t mean the masses I include the middle class and myself in this area. So many of us are afraid of what might turn out here in our country that we migrate to other countries. Lawyers, engineers, teachers, doctors, nurses, the list goes on. Do you really think such people will end up in poverty here? I don’t think so. Most people in the country are worse off. And because of this most of us already accept the notion that the Philippines has lost hope. A lot of people might blame corruption, but I’d put that at number 2 and make the number 1 reason our poverty mindset. Villar is one man who sees the the mindset of the Filipinos in terms of dealing with reasons 1 and 2. No one who pities themselves can get rid of their own desires and greed. And if a doctor in our country can do that by going abroad because in his head he is “impoverished” and “not compensated for enough” here, what more for the less fortunate and educated? Down the line, a man like Villar knows that wealth is a result of hard work, taking control of one’s future and not blaming other factors and most importantly, to have a dream of a better, more prolific future. Perhaps he can lead us to this path? I hope so.

Lastly, is on the C-5 controversy. Most of us know that Villar was a billionaire. Not a peso billionaire, but a dollar billionaire. If one was worth at least $1B, he’s worth at least roughly P50B. Simple dollar-peso conversion. How much is he spending for his ads? Oh roughly around P5B by the time May 10 comes along. That is only roughly 1/10 of his wealth - and note that he isn’t spending for everything. Now I have P80k that I can withdraw from the bank right now - if I could spend P8K of that for my dreams would I do so? Yes I will! Now question: where did the billions of pesos come from? Villar’s business is the biggest housing developer in the country. That means he’s built more houses than any other housing company. Now imagine a life without company is a life in the Philippines with a lot less houses. If you can’t imagine the price spikes in our houses and definitely more poverty without his presence, then imagine if Cebu Pacific and Zest Air hadn’t come along instead. That would mean PAL would still have the monopoly and probably charging us more. But alas, there are many domestic and international flights in the Philippines and thus the prices are amiable enough. The C-5 controversy rises from the fact that Villar developed land that would have the C-5 extension build next to it. When that didn’t happen, he merely pushed for it because he knew that this would do much more good than harm - and it did. Imagine as well that this controversy is already the worst anyone can pull against someone who was as active in the government and in society as he is.

For my conclusion, I wish to say that we actually have good candidates this year. Noynoy Aquino for his integrity and determination to help the country, Gibo Teodoro for his brilliance and resilience to principle, Gordon for his passion and vision for a developing country especially in terms of tourism - the list goes on and on. I wish to not speak ill of anyone because it is against my beliefs. But I think Villar for what I have said is the most qualified, vision oriented and exciting next potential president our country can have. I know not of any other country in which a tycoon will be leading it - and I believe that it will be potentially amazing.

My life according to Rivermaya

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to 15 people you like and include me. You can’t use the artist I used. Try not to repeat a song title. It’s a lot harder than you think! Repost as “my life according to (band name or artist).”

Artist: Rivermaya

Are you a boy or a girl: Balisong XD

Describe yourself: You’ll be Safe Here (wink wink)

How do you feel: Elesi

Describe where you currently live: Flowers (garden ang bahay ko)

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Ballroom Dancing (hilig ni lola)

Your best friend is: Out of Reach (layo ng bahay amf)

What’s the weather like: Umaaraw, Umuulan (LOLZ)

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called: Awit ng Kabataan (yeah right!)

What is life to you: HIMALA!!!

Your fear: Ulan (GRABE KA ONDOY!)

What is the best advice you have to give: Wag na Init Ulo, Baby

How I would like to die: Kisapmata (mabilis lang)

My soul’s present condition: Hinahanap hanap kita (awww whoever you are XD)

My motto: POSIBLE!!! (yey I finished it)

BEST Dating advice for men and women:

Ready?

For the guys: remember, you only have ONE shot. Just one. Nope. Can’t be overridden. No excuses. Touch move. lalalalalala. 

For the girls: For goodness’ sake, give us more than just ONE shot!

lolz. feelz better now.

That is indeed me with a couple of my Chuck Norris Facts posters.
Happy 70th Birthday to the King of Badass!
Some of the good but not so famous Chuck Norris facts on them:
The first rule of Chuck Norris is you do not talk about Chuck Norris.
When Chuck Norris was born, the only person who cried was the doctor. Never slap Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris does not “style” his hair. It stays perfectly in place out of sheer terror.
When Chuck Norris exercises, the machine gets stronger.
Oxygen requires Chuck Norris to breathe.
Before he forgot to give a gift to Chuck Norris, Santa Claus was real.
There is no such thing as a nuclear war: just a bunch of countries fighting over Chuck Norris’ feces.

That is indeed me with a couple of my Chuck Norris Facts posters.

Happy 70th Birthday to the King of Badass!

Some of the good but not so famous Chuck Norris facts on them:

  • The first rule of Chuck Norris is you do not talk about Chuck Norris.
  • When Chuck Norris was born, the only person who cried was the doctor. Never slap Chuck Norris.
  • Chuck Norris does not “style” his hair. It stays perfectly in place out of sheer terror.
  • When Chuck Norris exercises, the machine gets stronger.
  • Oxygen requires Chuck Norris to breathe.
  • Before he forgot to give a gift to Chuck Norris, Santa Claus was real.
  • There is no such thing as a nuclear war: just a bunch of countries fighting over Chuck Norris’ feces.

Fucken Callalily.

  • Me: I wanna tweet: Ang panget ni @keancipriano
  • @noisyman: LOOOL aawayin ka ng 3 nilang fans, wag ka.
  • @elusiv: scenario at Paramore live in Manila:
  • Kean: TUUULAD NG MUNDOOONG HINDI.. (faces the microphone to the audience)
  • Audience: (looking at each other) umm are we supposed to sing that part?

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HAILEY SHIT!

Summary of Paramore experience with my cousin:

Hot Hailey.

Sup*t Callalily.

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Manila Toastmaster’s Club: NICE

I have been a public speaker for as long as I can remember. When most proud and ridiculously expecting parents were sending their children to piano lessons and basketball camps, I was made to declaim, debate & read Sean Covey’s “7 Habits to Highly Effective Teens” at only 11 years of age.

True enough in my first two years of high school, I became a debater for the La Salle Greenhills debating team headed by the late & legendary “Mr. 65” - Mr. Danilo Antonil. While I was really focused on it, the La Salle team was at the bottom while the Blue Eagles were unbeatable on top. Yup - not very good for my pride.

So I thought to make public speaking practical for me - and thus I learned close-up magic when I was in 3rd year. Not only did it help boost my self-confidence, my ability to express myself & conversational skills, it helped me a lot in impressing chix and making side income by performing in events.

This became my full-time sideline (eh?) until I was in 2nd year college when some evil salespeople convinced me to get into network marketing. AHA! There I was using public speaking for evil - to convince hundreds and hundreds of people to become recruited and to buy our overpriced products! (evil laugh mwahahahahahaha.)

When my conscience caught up with me, I decided to take it easy by being a normal student which led to me becoming a normal graduate. As any normal graduate I got myself a normal job in a typical office desk as a typical office drone.

Well this didn’t work for me. This is why I wish to thank my friend Mica for bringing me to the Manila Toastmaster’s Club! Just a few hours ago, my love for public speaking was rekindled and I now think of a bunch of career options where I can apply this wonderful, wonderful art. It seems that this skill can take me places and I wasn’t even aware of it!

When I was made to talk, I was humbly glad that I’m not “too rusty” and I’m happy with the impression that I made. I hope with my membership and the awesome training system they have, I can be the best public speaker that I can be beyond the limits of Fiel the debater, Fiel the magician & Fiel the networker.

Hopefully, I can finally be Fiel the ____ where ____ is inseparable with Fiel.

What do Sea Urchin and Burton’s Alice Have in Common?

Sea Urchin Roe or Uni used in sushi is one of my favorite foods of all time. However, it is a really love or really hate thing. Much like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in 3D? I loved it loved it loved it! Tim Burton was able to raise the bar much higher here for a very particular “twist” he put in the story. I’ll try not to spoil it I’ll take this part out since this is a spoiler you have been warned: his Alice is not a remake but as cleverly revealed in the storyline - a sequel. so you guys get to enjoy the movie even after reading this.

For once as well, Johnny Depp didn’t take “too much” of the spotlight this time as he usually does - as the crowning gem of the movie in my opinion unquestioningly belongs to Helena Bonham Carter - playing the Red Queen, who we last saw as Depp’s leading lady in Sweeney Todd.

As for the 3D part of it, well I’d say paying the almost double fee over the regular one is well worth the cost. Oh, and don’t forget to watch the trailers - believe it or not they are in 3D as well.

Easily the best movie I’ve seen so far this year. (Disclaimer: I missed Avatar)

One Day at a Time.

It was Stephen Covey who said that while we can’t control what happens to us, we can control what we do about it. Therefore, we should focus on things we CAN control.

Quite recently, a shocking turn of events turned my exclusively dating status into single and gotta-get-some-soon status in one fell swoop. To say I wasn’t happy would be an understatement. Oh yeah. I felt like some beat up superhero with too much pride not to just fall down and fall out.

I did all I could to keep it running. And when I couldn’t, I accepted it and tried my best to be just a friend for said exclusively datee. When that didn’t work either, I felt like I hit a wall.

But when THAT hit me, something else did. I realized that I have done all I could to the point that I regret pretty much nothing. There was no bad blood or hostility at all - just a matter of facing the music. I did my part and perhaps even more. From now on it is up to the heavens to decide our fates.

Suffice to say, I’m happily single now. Well, not as happy when I was in lala land to be honest, but happy enough to appreciate my time from now on - one day at a time.

On this first day, I got Tumblr. :D