The Mechanization of Tourism Industry and the Relevance of Bloggers or e-Journalists

The Mechanization of Tourism Industry

And the Relevance of Bloggers or e-Journalists

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Practically, almost every endeavor in this world has got to do with “tourism”…as anything that can elicit visits can be called a “touristic result”. A city with plenty of trusted clinics and medical practitioners can become a destination for “medical tourism” program. A village that became popular because of a Marian (Virgin Mary) appearance becomes flooded with pilgrims, and that is “religious tourism”. The situation of a place as regards security and hygiene affects tourism. And, the likeability of a place in general, revolves around tourism.

 

Tourism is about sports, nature, wildlife, food, culture, education, as well as, various segments of travel industry such as air, water and land. The constantly varying cost of fuel that affects the various modes of travel at the end, affects tourism…. even the food and the hotel accommodation.

 

The travel craze has brought about the BLOGGING PHENOMENON. Suddenly, anybody who has a facebook and maintains blog sites in the internet has become a blogger. Even a mug of coffee with a floral design formed by squirted cream becomes a subject for the blog posted on the facebook. Visually recorded travels, foodie trips and drinking sprees have become curious subjects and unwittingly become honest references of future travelers who would like to retrace the steps on the trails taken by the bloggers.

 

The effect of the e- journalists on the tourism industry is impressively tremendous. It has made travel easy and direct, booting the government tourism offices out of the picture and transaction, as bookings are directly made with travel and tour agencies. And, many travelers today are using direction applications in smart phones. The phenomenon has practically relegated government tourism offices on the sideline for  ”coordination” purposes which actually, are generally viewed as no longer necessary….making them inutile. Even for international conventions, there are professional seminar and convention handling agencies. As regards the Travel Tax, it can be handled by a representative of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) at all points of entries and exits of the country.

 

I have personally observed that the quality control of services of touristic facilities that is supposed to be handled by the local tourism offices is not carried out properly. Facilities found in small cities and towns are left on their own to cater to their clients, as they show their best smile. While in Manila, Cebu and Davao, touristic establishments are stuck with supposedly sticker of guarantee indicated by the number of stars, the rest around the country have none. If the small touristic establishments do not “come up” to the standards indicated by stars, then, such system is useless as they are just good for the big hotels in equally big cities. THERE ARE PLENTY OF AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN TOURISTIC  ESTABLISHMENTS  IN FAR-FLUNG TOWNS  WHERE “TOURIST ATTRACTIONS” ARE FOUND, AS WELL AS  SMALL CITIES WITH PROVINCIAL SETTING THAT SERVE AS “JUMP OFF POINTS”, INSTEAD OF BIG HOTELS, MALLS AND SKYCRAPERS.

 

It has been found out that real tourists, the seasoned ones who comprise the biggest chunk of the statistics on this industry, do not give a damn on the number of stars stuck on the door of a hotel and restaurants….they are after the cheap hotel rates, clean rooms and safe foods. They rely more on the suggestions and recommendations of their agents and personal experience that make them “repeat customers”, and, “WORD OF MOUTH” OR STORIES OF FRIENDS. These “stars” may be good for the glossy pages of magazines not read by the aforementioned travelers who “KNOW” what they want as seasoned travelers.

 

Here are important points to ponder on:

  • If a tourist has lost a baggage at the airport, the airline acts on it.
  • If the bag of a tourist has been snatched while he is shopping, he goes to the police.
  • If a tourist becomes sick in a hotel, he is brought to the hospital.
  • If a prospective tourist wants to visit a place, he consults the internet for blogs.
  • If a tourist destination is made accessible by road, the budget either comes from the LGU or the congressman.
  • Photos and write ups on festivals, activities and foods in the internet and made as references of tourists are uploads of bloggers. (Most LGU tourism offices collect photos via contests among the visual bloggers.)

 

The “tourism office” is not in any of the situations mentioned above. On the other hand, the information needs of the tourist can be handled by the Information Office of the LGU- from the province and city or town, down to the barangay level to MAXIMIZE their function while maintaining their being an INFORMATION OFFICE staffed with KNOWLEDGEABLE researchers.  The tourism-related functions  have become purely coordinative and informative, hence, do not need any managerial skill. In other words, ANYBODY WHO HAS A KNOWLEDGE OF ANY TOURIST SPOT OR DESTINATION OR ACTIVITY OR WHATCHAMALLIT, CAN BE A “TOURIST GUIDE”….even the guys who sweep the streets can be such and they may prove even more effective than those sitting out their time in their aircon offices chatting with fb friends.

 

Information about local destinations may have the chance to land on the pages of international magazines and the internet. HOWEVER, THEY ARE INNATELY AND VERY MUCH AVAILABLE IN THE MINDS OF THE RESIDENTS OR LOCALS…MAKING THE HIRING OF “CONSULTANTS”  FOR THEIR PROMOTION ALSO, NOT NECESSARY.  For budget proposals, the Finance guys of any LGU can do it. For the description of tourist spots or activities, the most appropriate is the Information Office, again, to maximize their function.

 

My suggestion ONLY is, dissolve the Department of Tourism and the rest of the government tourism offices and replace them with INFORMATION KIOSKS TO BE SITUATED AT STRATEGIC AREAS SUCH AS AIRPORTS (INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC), PIERS, MALLS, PROVINCIAL CAPITOLS, CITY/MUNICIPA/BARANGAY HALLS. THESE KIOSKS SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH COMPUTERS THAT CONTAIN TRAVEL AND TOUR INFORMATION ABOUT THE PHILIPPINES, ESPCIALLY, THE PLACES WHERE THE KIOSKS ARE LOCATED, AND WHICH LOCAL AND FOREIGN TRAVELERS CAN EASILY ACCESS. THE UPLOADED INFORMATION SHOULD BE BACKED UP BY PRINTED OR HARD COPIES IN CASE OF POWER BREAKDOWN, AND KEPT IN THE FILING CABINET OF THE INFORMATION OFFICE WITH A REPRESENTATIVE POSTED AT EVERY KIOSK. AS FOR TOUR GUIDES, “JOB ORDER” EMPLOYESS WITH MULTI-FUNCTIONS CAN BE UTILIZED.

 

FINALLY, THIS IS WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO CALL AS THE “MECHANIZATION” OF THE TOURISM INDUSTRY.

 

 

My Sincere Prayer of Gratitude…as a simple blogger

My Sincere Prayer of Gratitude

…as a simple blogger

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Thank you Lord,

…for leading me to people whose good deeds need to be exposed that they may inspire others;

…for giving me the courage to call the attention of fellowmen for their misdeeds;

…for the prayers of those who appreciate what I do, and which provide me with strength;

…for the encouragement of friends who give me inspiration;

…for the vintage laptop that has been helping me a lot;

…for the cellphone with camera that a cousin gave for quick photo shots of my subjects;

…for the strong wi-fi signal in the home of a cousin where I do my blogs;

…for the hi-tech communication system without which, my effort would be futile;

…for the tranquil nights and dawns during which I wake up to jot down prospective blogs;

…for words that come into my mind, and which I could develop into blogs;

…for the fingers that have recovered from carpal tunnel syndrome, so that I could work fast;

…for the effort of a nephew who provided me fast mobility with his motorcycle;

…for a stomach that could withstand pangs of hunger;

…for the lungs that have resisted the onset of respiratory ailments;

…for the nose that have been straining the polluted air;

…for my overall health to keep me going;

…for the strong comments of viewers who affirm my views;

…for the extras that I could spare for others;

…for making me wake up with sprite at dawn to prepare myself for the day;

…for the compassionate viewers who make donations for blogged needy people.

 

I pray that You continue to keep me and the rest with similar advocacy as mine, in the shadow of your protection at all times.

 

Amen!

Praying man silhoutte

Respect Should Prevail Over Arrogance When Presenting Views in the Internet

Respect Should Prevail over Arrogance

When Presenting Views in the Internet

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

Definitely and obviously, differing views create rifts and even violent reaction among internet users on different issues. Commentors on blogs are themselves, considered as bloggers. Those who post extensive write-ups on issues, who consider themselves full time bloggers are just “view initiators”. Ill-feeling even among friends results when commenting friends criticize the blogger as a person which for them is the reason why he came up with certain blogs. On the other hand, the criticism of some commentors, though, directed to the issue, are ill-founded and tainted with more selfishness, rather than with consideration of the majority. An example is the issue on the corrupted educational system that encourages the use of workbook-formatted “text books”. Some commentors who can afford the sky-high cost of books that should be purchased every start of the school term, have no kind words for bloggers who criticize the government agency for continuously allowing such practice to happen.

 

Another is the issue on the killing of drug lords and pushers. Just because the rich feel safe inside their homes in exclusive subdivisions and because they do not go out often to earn their keeps and if ever, in chauffeured expensive cars, they criticize the killing which for them is against the right to live, instead, of appreciating the result which is the eradication of the criminals who kill the innocents who have the same right. Those who are exposed, however, to these criminals because they live in thickly populated communities and slums, feel otherwise, so that they are thankful that the criminals  are eliminated before they can go on spreading terror. IN THIS REGARD, ALL OF THEM, DESPITE THEIR DIFFERING VIEWS ON THE ISSUE, SHOULD BE RESPECTED FOR THEIR OPINION FOR AS LONG AS THEY DO NOT EXCHANGE ACCUSATIONS, AS BY ALL INDICATIONS,  IT IS CLEAR THAT WHAT IS GOOD FOR SOMEBODY MAY BE BAD FOR ANOTHER.

 

Views that may enhance the blog of the initiator should be presented “based” on his presentation, hence, should come out as not necessarily criticisms. If this happens, it would encourage others to come out with their own without fear of being lambasted. A heated uncalled for heated exchange can be avoided if commentors will only respect the blogger and fellow commentors. Telling the blogger and other commentors that they are wrong because their views are different, is tantamount to showing the arrogance of those who do such, because their act is a clear manifestation of their “felt superiority”. The view of the latter can be better appreciated if they are humble enough to just simply present them and if they need clarification on certain aspects they should say so.

 

The internet, particularly, facebook should not create ill-feelings among friends with differing views for which subject personalities such as politicians do not give a damn. Personally, I like Duterte because of his effort to eradicate or at least minimize the drug problem in the country, aside from his inspiring phenomenal soar to power despite his humble beginnings. But I do not like his brashness, especially jokes on women which are better shared during drinking sprees. So viewers could see that I am not 100% for Duterte as I only like him for the good aspects of his person.  I also have nothing against the Catholic Church, but only to her erring priests and nuns. I have the right to present my observation as I feel for those who are concerned and affected. This attitude also goes for my view of other churches and religious communities, because, first and foremost, my being a Free Thinker makes it so. I am for ALL for as long as they are good and not selfish.

 

If I had been selfish, I would not be blogging, risking my security in the process, due to the sensitive issues that I am tackling. I would just also be enjoying my life and what is left of Nature which is my other passion, while not giving a damn if families are affected by the drug problem and the Catholic flock who are fooled by SOME of the priests to whom they give utmost  respect because they view them as “representatives” of God on earth.

Ang “Blogger”, “Basher”, at “Nakawan” sa Internet

ANG “BLOGGER”,  “BASHER”

AT “NAKAWAN” SA INTERNET

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang “blog” ay maaaring ituring na “noun” o “verb”. Kaugnay niyan, kapag “noun” ay pwedeng sabihing “the blog”, kapag “verb” ay masasabing, “to blog”. Subali’t kung tutuusin ay tungkol lang ito sa “pagsusulat” o “pagpo-post” ng buong sanaysay o komento man lang o di kaya ay ng larawan sa sariling facebook o sa facebook ng iba pero may pahintulot nila, at iba pang sites sa internet, lalo na ang mga pag-aari ng blogger.

 

Ang “basher” naman ay mga nagbabasa ng mga blogs at dahil kampon yata ng demonyo, sa halip na tumulong sa pagpapalinaw sa isinulat ng blogger, ay umiikot sa mga personal na bagay ang isinusulat bilang komento. Ibig sabihin ng “personal” ay tungkol sa mga bagay na may kinalaman sa blogger kaya nade-derail ang mensahe ng blog. Sila yong mga kung tawagin ay “viewers” o nagbabasa ng blogs na hindi nagpaparamdam at tumatayming ng blog na pwede nilang sirain o bulabugin kaya nagagalit rin ang ibang mga seryosong nagbabasa. Kalimitan ay gusto nilang palabasin na mas magaling sila sa blogger sa paggamit ng Tagalog o English, o di kaya ay palabasing mas maganda ang kanilang pananaw. Kung ganoon sana ang paniniwala at pananaw nila, sumulat na lang sila ng sarili nilang blog upang mai-post sa kanilang fb.

 

Sa isang banda, maraming taong matatalino sa larangan ng teknolohiya ang nakakakita ng “ginto” sa internet…mga oportunidad na pwede nilang pagkitaan sa anumang paraan, kahit masama. Ang isang paraan ay ang illegal na pag-hack ng mga sites, gawaing itinuturing ng mga hacker na isang prestihiyosong kaalaman. May mga hantaran pang umaamin na sila ay hacker dahil maraming tao at kumpanya ang umuupa sa kanila upang makapanira ng kalaban o kakumpetensiya sa negosyo. Yong ibang hacker naman ay pumapasok sa sites ng iba bilang katuwaan lang o para patunayan na sila ay magaling. Sa ganitong gawain ay may mga sinuswerte rin, tulad ng Pilipinong nag-hack ng IT system ng Pentagon. Sa simula ay kinastigo siya, pero kalaunan ay kinuha na lang ng Pentagon upang mapakinabangan ang kanyang katalinuhan.

 

Ang iba namang “magagaling” ay gustong kumita sa pamamagitan ng panloloko. Ang mga paraan ay, ang paggamit ng email kung saan ay magpapadala sila ng mga nakakaiyak na kuwento ng kanilang buhay upang makapag-solicit ng tulong; pakikipagkaibigan upang mapagamit sila ng bank account ng kinakaibigan na paglalagakan kuno ng perang minana nila; pagpapadala ng email message tungkol sa isang pasyente sa ospital na kailangang operahan kaya nakikiusap sa pinadalhan na ikalat ang message dahil kapag ginawa ito, bawat isang message na ipinadala sa isang kaibigan ay may katumbas na pisong didiretso sa isang account, kaya kung mag-viral ang message dahil sa dugtung-dugtong na koneksiyon ng mga may-ari ng emails, siguradong hindi lang 1 milyong piso ang malilikom; pagbebenta sa internet ng mga kalakal lalo na gadgets, subalit kapag nakapaglagak na ng bayad sa ibinigay na bank account ang niloko ay parang bulang mawawala ang on-line seller.

 

Ano pa nga ba’t ang magandang layunin sana ng teknolohiya ay sinira ng mga taong may mala-demonyong pag-iisip. Dahil sa mga nangyayari ngayon, nagkaroon ng agam-agam o takot ang mga internet users sa pagpadala ng mga mahahalagang impormasyon sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay tulad ng numero ng passport, mga kopya ng dokumento, bank account number, numero ng telepono, at pati address ng bahay o negosyo. Yong isa ngang mayabang, nag-post lang ng kopya ng kanyang First Class plane ticket at boarding pass sa facebook ay nakuhanan na ng mga personal na detalye tulad ng contact number at address ng bahay na nakapaloob pala sa “bar code” ng boarding pass gamit ang isang skimming device na gawa sa China! Kaya habang nagliliwaliw ang mayabang at ang pamilya niya, inakyat-bahay sila! Nangyayari ito kapag ang pasahero ay miyembro ng promo program na nangangailangan ng mga personal niyang impormasyon, kaya ang pangalan niya ay naka-connect sa information archive ng information system ng airline.

 

Ang epekto ng teknolohiya sa tao ay hindi nalalayo sa epekto ng mga inimbentong bagay na magdudulot sana ng kaginhawaan sa buhay ng tao. Ang gamot halimbawa, ay inimbento upang makapagpahaba ng buhay, subalit inabuso, kaya may namamatay dahil sa overdose o maling paggamit. Ang baril ay inimbento sana upang maging proteksiyon subalit ginamit sa katarantaduhan. Ang dinamita na gagamitin lang sana sa pagpasabog lang ng malalaking tipak ng bato upang hind maging hadlang sa ginagawang kalsada sa gilid ng bundok ay ginamit sa maling pangingisda at terorismo. Ganon din ang ginawa sa marami pang inimbentong ginamit na pagpuksa ng kapwa-tao at kalikasan. At, lahat ng iyan ay nangyayari dahil sa pagkagahaman ng tao  na umiiral sa mundo!

 

 

On Defending Idolized Politicians and Blogging

ON DEFENDING IDOLIZED POLITICIANS

AND BLOGGING

By Apolinario Villalobos

 

The problem with the “defenders” or “supporters” of politicians is that they tend to be overzealous in what they do and say to the point of even killing or get killed by those who belong to the “contra-partidos”. Most often, during election campaign, we hear of political leaders being ambushed on the way to rally sites or shot right inside their home. When they die, the politicians that they support shoulder the wake and burial expense….that’s all. Some politicians do not even know most of these “leaders” from Adam or Eve, except those who belong to their inner circle, as they are just names on their payroll. The tight handshake and smile that the politicians give to the “lesser leaders” do not necessarily mean closeness. After the election, winning politicians forget the names even of those who belong to their “inner circle”, as new set of butt-lickers march into their offices.

 

In blogging, there should likewise, be restraint in the showing of emotion. Bloggers should stick to the issue and not the character of fellow bloggers. Commentors to the blogs are considered as bloggers themselves, hence, they become responsible for the enhancement that they contribute to the blog, be it positive or negative. Again, idolized politicians do not personally know all the bloggers who support them, so there is no reason why the latter should overdo their unsolicited overzealousness. Laying down one’s own ideas to support those of the idolized politician should be enough to show that the supportive bloggers are just around…the bigger their number, the better.

 

I must admit that I have been guilty of overzealousness in the course of my blogging that made me cuss sometimes. Fortunately, I do not cuss anybody in particular, not even the politicians who I hate, as I do it only to release my pent up emotions being one with a “type A” personality. To show more maturity in this effort, though, I try my best not to cuss…unless provoked. Again, as expressed in my earlier blogs, I am not a saint who is virtually shielded with Godliness, as I consider myself an ordinary creature who has got no patience in just parrying insults to my person. I am not the type of a guy who throws back bread to someone who bombards him with rocks. As we all know, bread is a precious food so I can’t just throw it at an idiot who deserves a rock, instead….which for me should not only be a single rock, but a huge one, too!….bashers deserve a Peter to jolt them back to their sanity!

 

MABUHAY ANG MGA BLOGGERS!…COMMENTORS, LIKERS, AND FULL-ESSAY WRITERS!

 

 

 

Mayroon akong Sincere Commitment bilang Blogger kaya walang Sinuman ang may Karapatan na Tawagin akong Zombie ni Duterte

MAYROON AKONG SINCERE COMMITMENT BILANG BLOGGER

KAYA WALANG SINUMAN ANG MAY KARAPATAN NA TAWAGIN

AKONG ZOMBIE NI DUTERTE!

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

HINDI AKO BLOGGER NA BAYARAN AT LALONG MAY SARILI AKONG ISIP. HINDI AKO PANATIKO NA TULAD NG INAAKALA NG IBA. HINDI DAHIL MADALAS KONG I-BLOG SI DUTERTE AY SASABIHIN NA NG IBA NA BULAG AKONG TAGASUNOD NIYA. AT, HINDI SA PAGBUBUHAT NG SARILI KONG BANGKO, MABUTI NGA AT GINAGAMIT KO ANG KAALAMANG BIGAY NG DIYOS KO SA AKIN SA TAMANG PARAAN, HINDI TULAD NG IBA DIYAN NA MASYADONG BILIB SA SARILI DAHIL GRADUATE DAW NG MALAKING UNIBERSIDAD SUBALIT PULPOL NAMAN ANG PANUNTUNAN SA BUHAY DAHIL KUNG ANO ANG MALI AY SIYANG PINAPANIGAN.

 

ANG MGA BINA-BLOG KO AY MGA GOOD POINTS NG MGA TAO, KILALA MAN SILA O HINDI UPANG MAGING INSPIRASYON NG IBA. DAPAT UNAWAIN NA WALANG PERPEKTONG TAO KAYA KUNG HALIMBAWANG SI MARCOS NA NAGING DIKTADOR AY HINDI NAGUSTUHAN NG MARAMING PILIPINO TULAD KO, MERON DIN NAMAN SIYANG GINAWANG MAGANDA PARA SA PAGPAHINAY-HINAY NG PAGKALAT NG DROGA NOONG PANAHON NIYA NANG IPA-FIRING SQUAD NIYA ANG INTSIK NA DRUG LORD SA LUNETA KAYA NAGDULOT NG TAKOT SA MGA KASAMA NIYANG NAGSI-UWIAN SA TSINA!

 

NGAYON, KAHIT HALOS DALAWANG BUWAN PA LANG SA PAGIGING PRESIDENTE AY NASINDAK NI DUTERTE ANG MGA PROMOTOR NG PAGKALAT NG ILEGAL NA DROGA SA BANSA…GOOD POINT NIYA ITO NA GUSTO KO KAYA BINA-BLOG KO SIYA. HINDI KO RIN ALAM KONG SA PAG-USAD NG PANAHON AY KAKIKITAAN SIYA NG BAD POINTS KAYA HINDI RIN MAIIWASANG BATIKUSIN KO SIYA. ANG TURING KO SA KANYA SA NGAYON AY AMPALAYA NA ISANG PAGKAING MAPAIT SUBALIT MAY KATANGIANG PANLABAN SA DIABETES. IBIG SABIHIN, MAPAIT O HINDI MAGANDA ANG DATING NI DUTERTE SA KANYANG MGA DETRACTORS, SUBALIT KITANG-KITA AT MALINAW PA SA SIKAT NG ARAW NA NASINDAK NIYA ANG MGA SALOT NA DRUG PERSONALITIES, LALO PA AT WALA SIYANG SINASANTO NI ISA MAN SA KANILA KAHIT MGA KAIBIGAN NIYA…DAHIL DIYAN AY ITINUTURING KO SIYANG GAMOT LABAN SA DROGA!

 

ANG BINA-BLOG KO AY PURO MGA ORIGINAL VIEWS AT IDEYA KO….NA ANG IBA AY BATAY SA AKING MGA KARANASAN, LALO NA ANG MGA TUNGKOL SA HUMAN VALUES AT MGA TAONG KUNG ITURING NG IBA AY MGA YAGIT….MGA KAIBIGAN KO SILA. HINDI AKO BASTA-BASTA NAGBA-BLOG KUNG HINDI AKO KUMBINSIDO NA MAKAKATULONG ANG MGA ITO SA IBA SA PAMAMAGITAN NG PAGBUKAS NG KANILANG KAISIPAN….SUBALI’T SA BANDANG HULI, GUSTO KO PA RING PAIRALIN ANG KASABIHANG, “TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT”, KAYA WALANG KARAPATAN ANG SINUMANG BUMATIKOS NG PAGKATAO KO DAHIL AYAW NILA ANG BLOG KO. KUNG AYAW NILA NG BLOG KO, KONTRAHIN NILA SA PAMAMAGITAN NG PAGLAHAD NG NALALAMAN NILA….WALANG PERSONALAN….I-SENTRO ANG KOMENTO SA BLOG, HINDI SA BLOGGER! YAN ANG MATALINONG PARAAN! WALANG MASAMA SA PAGKOMENTO LABAN SA BLOG, BASTA SA BLOG LANG. AT, LALONG MABUTI KUNG I-UNFRIEND NA LANG AKO UPANG HINDI NA MAKABASA, PERO HINDI AKO GAGAWA NIYAN DAHIL MATINO AKONG TAO.

 

LAHAT NG NAKIKIPAGKAIBIGAN SA AKIN AY ITINUTURING KONG KAIBIGAN KAHIT GALIT AKO SA KATARANTADUHAN NG IBA SA KANILA. SA ISANG BANDA, HINDI DAHIL GALIT AKO SA ISANG BAHAGI NG PAGKATAO NILA AY MAGAGALIT NA AKO SA KABUUHAN NITO….MALI ANG GANYANG UGALI. PARA SA AKIN, HINDI DAHIL ANG MGA PUNONG HINDI NAKAKAIN NG TAO ANG MGA BUNGA AY DAPAT PUTULIN NA. KAHIT PAPAANO AY NAKAKAIN PA RIN ANG MGA BUNGA NILA NG MGA HAYOP, AT HIGIT SA LAHAT AY NAGBIBIGAY SILA NG LILIM, NAGSISILBI RING DAPUAN NG MGA IBON KUNG SAAN SILA NAGPUPUGAD.

 

ANG MGA NAGAGALIT KAY DUTERTE DAHIL SA PAGMUMURA NITO AT MGA NANGYAYARING PAGPATAY SA MGA DRUG PERSONALITIES ANG MAY MAKIKITID NA PANG-UNAWA! BAKIT HINDI SILA MAG-RESEARCH TUNGKOL SA TAONG IBINA-BLOG KO AT I-COMMENT, HINDI YONG KUNG ANU-ANONG PINAGSASABI NA AMPAW NAMAN? PASASALAMATAN KO ANG MGA IMPORMASYONG IKOKOMENTO TUNGKOL SA “KASAMAAN” NI DUTERTE KUNG MERON MAN. DAPAT ALALAHANIN NA GUSTO NGA NI DUTERTE ANG TRANSPARENCY KAYA SA LEVEL NG EXECUTIVE BRANCH NG GOBYERNO AY MAYROON NANG FREEDOM OF INFORMATION NA WALANG PAGDADALAWANG-ISIP NIYANG INAPRUBAHAN.

 

HINDI MADALI ANG MAG-BLOG DAHIL MARAMI ANG NASASAGASAAN AT NASASAKTAN, SUBALIT ANO ANG GAGAWIN KO KUNG ITO LANG ANG PARAAN UPANG MAKAPAGLAHAD NG KATOTOHANAN AT PAGSUPORTA SA MGA TAONG MAY MAGANDANG LAYUNIN? ILANG BESES NA RIN AKONG NAG-APOLOGIZE UPANG IPAKITA NA HANDA AKONG TUMANGGAP NG PAGKAKAMALI DAHIL TULAD NGA NG SABI KO, HINDI PERPEKTO ANG TAO….KASAMA  AKO DIYAN. AT, AKO AY TAONG MAY MATINONG INTELLECT, HINDI ZOMBIE NA ANG KATINUAN AY NILUSAW NG LASON! HINDI AKO NAKAGAWA NG MAHIGIT 3,000 NA EDITORIALS, POEMS AT MGA TULA KUNG AKO AY ZOMBIE!

 

SA LAHAT NG AYAW KO AY ANG INSULTUHIN ANG KATINUAN NG PAG-IISIP KO DAHIL YAN AY MINANA KO PA SA MGA MAHAL KONG MAGULANG AT NILINANG SA ISANG ESWELAHAN SA MINDANAO NA KAHIT HINDI UNIBERSIDAD O MALAKING KOLEHIYO AY MAY MATATALINONG ADMINISTRADOR AT MGA GURO – ANG PINAGMAMALAKI KONG NOTRE DAME OF TACURONG COLLEGE! PAROCHIAL SCHOOL NGA KUNG ITURING HINDI NAMAN TULAD NG MGA UNIBERSIDAD AT MALALAKING KOLEHIYO NA ANG ILANG NAGTAPOS AY MAYAYABANG AT SAGAD SA BUTO ANG KORAPSYON!…AT, MAKIKITID PA ANG ISIP!…UULITIN KO, IILAN LANG NAMAN SILANG NALILIGAW ANG LANDAS!

 

ANG MGA DIPUTA, GUNGGONG AT INUTIL NA MGA MAPAGKUNWARING KRISTIYANO KUNONG ITO ANG DAPAT MAWALA SA MUNDO….SILANG MGA HINDI MARUNONG MAGHAMBING NG MGA KAPAKANAN!…NA ANG HALIMBAWA AY ANG PAGHAMBING SA IILANG DAANG PINATAY NA MGA PROMOTOR NG ILEGAL DRUG, SA MILYUN-MILYONG KABATAAN AT PAMILYA NA NASIRA ANG KINABUKASAN KAYA KUNG TUTUUSIN AY KASIRAAN NA RIN NG BUONG PILIPINAS DAHIL PATI LIBLIB NA BARANGAY AY INABOT NA RIN NG BISYONG ITO!

 

PARA SA MGA MAHIHILIG SA QUOTES, HINDI BA MAY KASABIHANG, “BEHIND THE STORMY CLOUDS IS A SILVER LINING”? ITO PA ANG IBANG MGA TANONG: HINDI BA BAGONG BUHAY ANG KAPALIT NG PAGHIHIRAP NG ISANG INANG NANGANGANAK?…HINDI BA KUMALAT ANG KRISTIYANISMO DAHIL SA PAGHIHIRAP AT PAGKAMATAY NI HESUS SA KRUS? HINDI BA ANG IBANG GAMOT AY MAPAIT? HINDI BA ANG PALAYAN AY INI-ESPREYHAN NG CHEMICAL NA NAKALALASON UPANG MAPUKSA ANG MGA KULISAP AT DAMO? PAANONG LALAGO ANG MGA GULAY AT BULAKLAK KUNG HAHAYAANG MATALO SILA NG MGA DAMO? ANG PAGHIHIRAP NG PILIPINAS DAHIL SA KRIMEN AT DROGA, NA PILIT WINAWALIS NI DUTERTE UPANG MAGKAROON NG PAGBABAGO AY HINDI NALALAYO SA MGA BINANGGIT KO….KUNG MAUUNAWAAN NG MGA MAKABASA NITO….SANA.

Dialogue namin ng isang Makulit na “Kaibigan” tungkol sa Blogging…(ito ang sagot kung bakit may nagba-blog)

Dialogue namin ng isang Makulit na “Kaibigan”

Tungkol sa Blogging

(ito ang sagot kung bakit may mga nagba-blog)

Ni Apolinario Villalobos

 

Ang nakaganda sa ginagawa kong pagba-blog ay nai-exercise nito ang utak ko upang hindi agad ako maging ulyanin. Hindi ko kasi kaya ang mga larong “candy crusher” at crossword puzzle sa cellphone o computer. Ang mga disadvantages naman ay ang pagbalik ng sakit kong carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) na sanhi ng pamamanhid ng mga daliri ko, pagtaas ng blood pressure kung ang isinusulat ko ay tungkol sa pulitika, at ang pag-isipan akong kumikita sa mga sinusulat ko dahil akala ng iba ay bayaran ako ng ilang pulitiko na may gustong siraing kapwa pulitiko.

 

Ang sumusunod ay dialogue namin ng isang makulit na ay maurirat pa, na akala ko ay isang matalinong “kaibigan”. Naganap ang pag-uusap namin sa kapihan ng isang mall:

 

Makulit:   Pare, balita ko namumutiktik na ang internet sa blog mo.  Nakakainggit ka.

 

Ako:   Eh, di magsulat ka rin.

 

Makulit:   Hindi ko kaya, eh. At alam mo namang hindi ako nag-iinternet o nagpi-facebook. Kaya yon ngang sinasabing pagbukas man lang ng computer sa bahay ay hindi ko alam. Mga anak ko lang ang gumagamit noon. Si Misis nga eh, galit din sa computer. (Naalala kong binanggit nga niya ito noon, kaya mabuti na lang din dahil kung may facebook siya, hindi ko ito maiba-blog).

 

Ako:   Eh, di huwag ka na lang maiinggit sa akin dahil marami ka namang ginagawang pinagkikitaan. Sobrang yaman mo na nga, eh. Sana ay marami ka pang kitain. Pasalamat ka sa Diyos dahil sa grasya.

 

Makulit:   (medyo napangiwi, pagkarinig ng “Diyos”) Siyanga pala, pare, ang sabi nila pinagkikitaan din ang pag-blog. Yong iba alam kong binabayaran upang manira ng ibang tao. (Muntik na akong mabilaukan ng kape sa huling sinabi niya, dahil kulang na lang ay sabihin niyang bayaran ako.)

 

Ako:   Yong iba siguro. Sa kaso ko naman, wala akong pinipili dahil basta may mali, pinupuna ko at hindi paninira yon dahil ang ang sini-share ko ay alam na rin naman ng iba, pero sinasarili lang nila. Hindi ko naman kayang ipunin sa dibdib ang mga dapat kong i-share dahil baka sumabog ako sa sobrang himutok.

 

Makulit:   Paano ang gastos mo sa blogging?

 

Ako:   Mga oras lang yon na nagamit naman sa tama. At least hindi ako basta nakatunganga lang o nangungulit. (Paramdam ang huli kong sinabi upang sana ay tumigil na siya, pero tuloy pa rin.)

 

Makulit:   May banta ka na ba sa buhay?

 

Ako:   Secret. Pero mas malaking banta sa buhay ko ang pagtaas ng blood pressure dahil sa mga taong walang alam gawin kundi mangulit sa akin kaya naiinis ako. (Hindi pa rin niya naramdaman ang pagtumbok na ginawa ko dahil tuloy pa rin siya sa pangungulit.)

 

Makulit:   I-share mo naman yong tungkol sa mga project mo sa mga iskwater.

 

Ako:   Huwag na. Pero kung magdo-donate ka o tutulong sa pagpapa-aral ng mga bata, marami kang malalaman.

 

Makulit:   (Tumahimik siya sandali nang marinig ang mga salitang “donate” at “tulong”). Good luck na lang sa mga project mo, pare.

 

Ako:   (Nakakita ako ng pagkakataong mangulit naman sa kanya.) Hindi pare. Palagay ko bilang kababayang Pilipino dapat tumulong ka rin sa kapwa mo, mabawasan man lang ang “dirty money” mo. (Mabuti na lang hindi naintindihan kung ano ang ibig kong sabihin sa “dirty money”, dahil alam kong may mga illegal siyang transaction kaya biglang yumaman. Akala niya sa “dirty money” ay okey dahil siya ay tinawag ko noong “filthy rich” na okey lang ang ibig sabihin, ganoong sa Pilipino, ito ay katumbas ng “maruming mayaman”.)

 

Makulit:   Next time na lang pare, at good luck uli sa mga ginagawa mo sa mga iskwater. Siyanga pala, si Misis nasa supermarket sa ibaba, pupuntahan ko baka tapos na siyang mamili. Usap na lang tayo uli. (Dali-daling siyang tumayo.)

 

Ako:   Teka pare, ano nga pala ang itatanong mo?

 

Makulit:   Text ko na lang sa iyo.

 

Nagpasalamat ako sa huling pag-uusap namin ng “kaibigan” ko dahil nabisto kong allergic pala siya sa salitang “donate” o tulong, kaya sa susunod, sa simula pa lang ng usapan namin ay pariringgan ko na siya ng mga ganoong salita.

 

Paalala lang sa makakabasa na ang blogging ay hindi palaging pinagkikitaan. Ito ay sakripisyo sa panig ng nagba-blog lalo na kung ang sinusulat niya ay tungkol sa maling nagaganap sa paligid, kaya hindi dapat pag-isipan na ang taong maraming blogs ay marami ding pera. Ang mga nagbaba-blog ay mahilig lang talagang makibahagi ng kanilang saloobin sa pamamagitan ng pagsusulat ng sanaysay, kuwento o tula. Huwag ding akalaing mayabang ang mga bloggers, dahil kung tutuusin, namemeligro pa nga ang kanilang buhay lalo na kung tungkol sa pulitika ang kanilang sinusulat. Pero bilang dagdag-kaalaman, kumikita lamang ang mga blogger kung papasukan ng advertisements ang kanilang sites, na kalimitan ay tungkol sa fashion, shopping, cooking, travel , sports, at makabagong gadgets. Ang mga blogs ko ay hindi tungkol sa mga nabanggit na paksa.

 

A Day in the Life of a Struggling Blogger

A day in the Life of a Struggling Blogger

By Apolinario Villalobos

In countries like the United States, bloggers have no problem because all they need to do is just go to a park, and there, with free wifi connection, they can blog for as long as they want. But not in a third-world country like the Philippines where the government’s promise for free wifi sites in public places is part of nauseating propaganda of the administration. A blogger has to have a landline for an assured strong signal that can be sucked by a modem. An option is to have a USB broadband and portable or pocket wifi which must be loaded. Lucky are the bloggers that can connect to a neighbor with a repeater wifi that he can use, with consent of course.

But for a struggling blogger who has no landline to which a modem for wifi can be attached for a strong signal, or cannot afford a post-paid plan for broadband or pocket wifi, there’s no other choice but a load from a corner store bought for 50pesos which is good for one day. As soon as the load has been registered, the blogger must get to work immediately to maximize the use for the allotted time. The problem is the weak signal, especially, if several blog sites have to be opened for uploads. During unfortunate days with a weaker signal, uploading may take the whole day, instead of the normal four to five hours. During those days the indicator for a successful connection would just turn round and round, almost infinitely.

There are times when blogs which are thought to have been uploaded successfully are trashed due to incompleteness of attempt. Other times, due to the weak signal, uploading process hangs. And, worst, is when the signal is cut off in the middle of uploading!

What aggravates the situation are the promo offerings of servers, enticing internet users to buy their cheap surfing package which are deemed useless because, even until the purchased load has been consumed, no connection has been made! It is like rubbing salt to the wound.

The National Telecom time and again has expressed it s disgust over the inutility of the service of the different Philippine-based servers, but just like the mumblings of other government agencies for show, nothing has been done which is a clear defiance on the part of the servers, an obvious loss of respect to the government. Meanwhile, the internet users suffer, especially, struggling poor bloggers. And, just to assure a little bit of strong signal, bloggers of this kind have to do the uploading in the wee hour of 3AM!

To Blog and Risk Losing Life, Friends and Kinsfolks or Not to Blog and Remain Nice to All…and Stay Alive

To Blog and Risk Losing Life, Friends and Kinsfolks

Or Not to Blog and Remain Nice to All…and Stay Alive

By Apolinario Villalobos

The difference between “blogging” and “contributing” is that while the former gets published in the web of the information technology, the latter gets printed on papers. However, their common denominator is the “purpose” which is to “share”…a risky endeavor, especially, if what are shared concern politics, corruption, and religion. The risk is on losing one’s life, kinsfolks, and longtime friends.

In our province, Marlene Garcia Esperat, a courageous mediaperson lost her life when she exposed anomalous transactions in a government agency. The obviously hired killer had the gall to enter her house and pumped bullets into her head, to make sure that she was disabled for life. That’s one risk, made real – losing one’s life. Similar stories get splashed on pages of tabloids and broadsheets that many people do not take seriously, as they are perceived to be just ordinary incidents akin to road accidents and apprehension of drug pushers.

Bloggers cannot limit themselves with shares about fashion, literary, foods, travel, photography, etc. Sometimes they have to touch on controversial matters, such as politics that include corruption, and religion.  Blogs on these topics may affect the bloggers’ sensitive relatives and friends. Bloggers, therefore, wonder why, all of a sudden, some relatives and friends shy away from them. Some find themselves ignored by friends and buddies since grade school, as well as beloved relatives.

This unfortunate reality is happening to all bloggers. I found this out when I attended a small gathering of bloggers, during which blogging updates were passed around. Two bloggers shared that their sites were hacked, and another started getting threats via facebook messages when he uploaded blogs shared from other sites, about a controversial politician from their province in the north. Expectedly, the sender uses a fictitious personality.

Bloggers are just human instruments of the information technology, so that what they do should not be taken against them. A lot of sacrifice is made, aside from exhaustive effort in coming up with blogs, not to mention the precious time spent and money saved from scrimping on other necessities. Some bloggers earn, but most do not…as they bring out ideas, mainly due to their ardent love for writing and sharing.

Ideas Are not Owned by Writers Alone

Ideas Are not Owned by Writers Alone

By Apolinario Villalobos

Ideas that suddenly crop up in blogs are not owned by the writers alone. They are also ensconced in the minds of others, waiting to be tapped. It just happened that there are some people – the writers, who happen to bring them out ahead of others. Writers are just articulators of ideas that are innate in all of us. It just happened that they have the nerve to do so. Others may already be thinking about them but are hesitant to bring them out. While others are made aware by the blogs that they have the same ideas in their mind, only, they did not give them much attention.

The writer who comes out with ideas can be helped by others through comments, be they negative or positive. Negative comments do not mean that the commenter is mad at the writer, as the written ideas are the issue, not the writer. Also, those who are harboring the same ideas should not feel bad because others beat them in the posting.

Expression of ideas should not be competitive, as proving who writes the best dissertation. Writers should treat each other as comrades in risks, enhancing each other’s works. If the commenter feels that what has been blogged is lacking or wanting in substance, he should enhance it by giving comments – for the sake of the readers. Writers should not be selfish as to keep information from the public and fellow writer, as these could be made as basis for the ensuing relevant additional information.

Most importantly, ideas that have been exposed by writers should be put into action if necessary by others who have encountered them. This is where role playing comes in. In other words, as not all can be articulate in writing, the others must be good in implementing. Also, if ideas found to be beneficial that have been exposed are worth sharing with others, let us not hold ourselves from doing the necessary action. However, it is expected that writers practice what they preach.

Finally, the popularity of writers, if indeed they become such, is just an incidental result of his effort, and should not be viewed as a big deal at all, because primarily, the objective in writing is to share or expose ideas for the sake of others.