Vices and Gainful Destruction are Conceived by the Selfish and Evil-Minded

By Apolinario Villalobos


People travel to places after being told by friends that they are worth visiting, aside from reading about them in magazines, both printed and televised…so they spend for it. Their need to see places have been conceived by other people and various forms of media that practically, entice them to embark on an adventure. Without the encouragement, people will not even think of leaving their home because they have no idea that beautiful places exist somewhere.


It is in this manner that the evil-minded have conceived vices for their unsuspecting victims to enjoy, such that, they will attain a euphoric state of satisfaction when they indulge themselves in them. Later, these vices which could be alcohol, cigarette, gambling, and drugs would develop into some sort of necessities of their victims. At the end, the evil-minded have become successful in creating the needs for their victims.


There has been no need for bombs and guns until such need was created by people who thought of gainful destruction. Along with what have been made to attain a selfish motive, the manner, with which they could be used have been conceived, so there are wars and terrorism. Had the evil-minded not brought forth into the world such instrumentalities of destruction, people would have thought of just reaping the grains in the field as they get ripe, hunt for food needed for a day or two, enjoy the moon when it is in its fullest, and worship Nature as a manifestation of a powerful Force….in other words, just lead a simple life, until today.


The tendency of man to abuse has underlined his evil-mindedness. And, because of that, practically, everything that has got to do with life has been abused, such as, kindness, authority, trust, love, Nature, food, water, medicine, animals, plants, mental faculty, etc. His disdainful selfishness has eventually, led him to a gainful destruction that likewise, leads him along the path of self-destruction!



On What People Should Be By Doing Things Expected of Them

On What People Should Be

By Doing Things Expected Of Them

By Apolinario Villalobos



One cannot be a Christian, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant unless what he or she learns from the Bible or Koran are not given substance by acting them out, otherwise, he or she is just a hollow breathing creature who speaks, and thinks but without a heart.


All creations on Earth have a purpose…not only humans, just because they are supposed to be the image of the Creator. Lifeless objects have their own purpose, too…to give support to the live ones. Sands, rocks, stones are components of a sturdy home. The air has oxygen which is among the basic element of life. How much more for the trees, rivers, wildlife and the rest of living lesser creatures that are being misused and abused?


The intelligence of man made him invent things that eventually become tools for his self-annihilation. He invented insecticides, guns, drugs, synthetic foods and drinks, gadgets, etc….abused and misused. The factories belch out fumes that contaminate the air and their poisonous residues flow into streams, rivers and finally into the sea and further on towards the bigger bodies of oceans. Fertilizers that boost agricultural yields practically destroy the natural elements in the soil….all misuse abuse of intelligence!


Mountains and hills are bulldozed, flattened, to give way to housing projects. Canals are filled and coastal areas are “reclaimed” to give way to skyscrapers, business and commercial establishments. Oftentimes ill-planned, the projects result to floods….all misuse and abuse of nature!


The idiotic acts of man are killing him, instead of sustaining his life. He misused and abused the blessings with good purposes. His selfish discontent has made him blind to what are supposed to be emulated and acted out. The houses of worships have become useless as they seem to have become like cages of parrots! MANY listen to the Words read from the Books of Life but they do the contrary as they step out of the structures where they congregate. They kill fellowmen using religious belief as an excuse. They exploit the vulnerability of the poor to enrich themselves.



An Encounte with a Quote Enthusiast

An Encounter with a Quote Enthusiast

By Apolinario Villalobos


I really do not know what to call the guy I met through another friend. He loves to quote other people and I admire his memory for he can even quote historical personages, with their sayings that I must admit are strange to me. We exchanged notes on blog subjects as he is also a blogger in his own right, though constrained by his busy schedule in their company as Operations Director. Practically, our styles do not have even a single similarity. While his blogs are full of “according to”, “as…..says”, or quotation marks, mine are simply stated and based on my own experience. However, we found out that two of our blogs tackled similar subjects.


We are both fond of history and biography. While I take note and absorb the essence of what I have read and tend to forget about the books later because of my short memory, he patiently takes note of statements of personages. While I am my own self in the course of our banter, his obsession shows no end about the personalities as he interjected quoted statements in our conversation which impressed me a lot. His memory is admirable.


He proudly told me about the “Tadhana…the story of the Filipino People”, supposedly written by Ferdinand Marcos. He also told me about the ancient books written by Greek philosophers, reprinted copies of which he found in a famous library in the United States. He even mentioned about Kahlil Gibran, and many more. I was humbled because although, I have read many books, I honestly could not recall their titles and authors, not even the history books that I was required to read as a high school and college student. I practically forgot about them. But, although, I hate Marcos, I have collected 7 books about him, especially, on his exploits as dictator, aside from those about his wife, Imelda. As regards Kahlil, I have two of his books.


I was dazed by the quotations that he impressed on me. All I could contribute was the “Golden Rule”, the author of which I do not even know. In the course of one of our conversations during a party hosted by a common friend, while I meekly told him about my AB course, earned from a then, struggling parochial school “sa isang liblib na bayan (noon, ngayon lunsod na) sa malayong lalawigan ng Cotabato sa Mindanado, at halos nasa paanan na ng Mt. Dagoma”, he bragged about his Master’s Degree earned from a university in the United States.


He slipped when he confirmed the fact that some students really copy/paste paragraphs from research materials in the internet. He admitted that he committed the same when he was finishing his Political Science course in a state university in Manila. His revelation was followed by a hearty guffaw to show that he enjoyed his act of plagiarizing materials from the books which made me shudder. In response to what he told me, I told him that I blogged about plagiarism a year ago, under the title “Plagiarism” a subject which also included plagiarized photographs and paintings. My revelation made him quiet suddenly and left me alone with my mug of coffee.


My encounter with the guy, made me ask questions such as, why some people have to quote others, even on simple subjects such as love, kindness loyalty, life, corruption, etc. when all they need to do is bring out their own experience or look around them for the needed input that can be shared. Why must they go to the extent, for instance, of quoting Mother Theresa or the new pope about compassion, love and charity when they can write about it based on the relationships that prevail among the members of their family or community? I cannot understand why they have to quote famous names when they write about corruption when all they need to do is open their eyes to what are happening around them. And, I cannot understand, too, why they must quote philanthropists when they write about poverty and other deprivations in life, when all they need to do is throw a glance at families living on sidewalks, and whose sustenance come from garbage dumps which is what poverty is all about-plain and simple.


On the other hand, if these “quoters” cannot help it, they should also try to absorb what they quote and put them into practice. I presume that the reason why the quotes caught their attention is that they are relevant, hence, worth remembering. But if they persist on just mumbling them to impress others, they become hollow “amplifier” of others or they are just acting like parrots. They cease to act as intelligent creatures who are supposed to use to the fullest what God gave them, by bringing out what are in their own mind, or better, act them out.


Finally, I am not saying that quoting others is wrong. What I am trying to imply is that, it should be done only when necessary, especially, when one is trying his best to emphasize his point, as quotes, especially, of reputable historical personages can help in the confirmation of ideas being presented.

Ang Mga Pagkakaiba ng Mga “Private” at Public School Teachers

Ang Mga Pagkakaiba ng Mga “Private” at “Public”  School Teachers

Ni Apolinario Villalobos


Iisa ang pagkakatulad ng trabaho ng mga guro, ma-private o ma-public man, at yan ay ang “layunin” ng kanilang ginagawa na magturo. Ang mga pagkakaiba ay nasa uri naman ng kanilang “employer”.


Ang employer ng public school teachers ay taong bayan dahil ang suweldo nila ay galing sa buwis. Ang employer naman ng private school teachers ay mga negosyante.


Maraming pinagdadaanang “butas” ang pera na kailangan ng mga public school teachers at marami ring sagabal na hindi kontrolado. Ang mga sagabal na ito ay nadadanasan ng mga public school teachers na nakatalaga sa malalayong barangay na ang iba ay nasa paanan o sa gilid ng bundok, at bago marating ay kailangang tumawid pa sa mga ilog. Samantala, ang mga private schools ay karaniwang matatagpuan sa mga barangay ng bayan at lunsod.


Kung may mga bagay na kailangan ang mga public school teachers, pupunta sila sa principal na sasangguni naman sa district office, na makikipag-coordinate naman sa mas nakakataas na opisina. KUNG NASAGAD NA PALA ANG BUDGET, NO CHOICE ANG PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER KUNDI DUMUKOT SA SARILING BULSA! Samantala, kung may kailangan ang private school teacher para sa pagtuturo, lalapit lang siya sa kanyang employer na negosyante na obligado namang gumastos…dahil negosyo niya ang eskwelahan. Yong isang dating schoolmate ko na may isang eskwelahan na ngayon, siya mismo ang namimili ng mga gamit sa eskwela dahil ayaw daw niyang masira ang quality ng pagtuturo ng kanyang mga teachers.


Pagdating sa suweldo, nakakaungos na ang mga public school teachers kahit kaunti dahil nagkaroon sila ng adjustment, pero kulang pa rin kung tutuusin, batay sa kanilang ginagawa. Samantala,  masuwerte ang mga teachers ng mga high-end o “class” na mga private schools na naniningil ng lampas-ulong tuition fees dahil malaki ang suweldo nila.


Dahil sa mga nabanggit, dapat ay tumahimik na lang ang mga pumupuna ng negatibo sa ginagawang diskarte ng mga public school teachers upang kahit walang nakukuhang suportang financial mula sa nakatataas sa kanila ay tuloy pa rin sila sa kanilang ginagawa, kaya kalimitan ay gumagastos sila ng sariling pera.  Hindi rin madaling lumapit sa PTA dahil marami nang pinagbawal lalo na pagdating sa contribution. Malabo rin ang pagboluntaryo ng mga magulang na todo-todo ang kayod kaya kulang pa nga kung tutuusin ang buong araw upang kumita para sa kanilang pangangailangan



Mga Napansin Kong Ugali ng Ilang Kababayang Nakatira sa Ibang Bansa

Mga Napansin Kong Ugali ng Ilang Kababayang Nakatira sa Ibang Bansa

Ni Apolinario Villalobos


Unang-una, bilib ako sa perception ng mga Pilipinong gumawa agad ng desisyon na lisanin ang Pilipinas at manirahan sa ibang bansa dahil napansin nilang hindi maganda ang pamamalakad sa gobyerno. Totoo naman, dahil sa pag-usad ng panahon ay lalong dumadami ang problema lalo na sa korapsyon. Sa kabila ng kanilang kinalalagyan ngayon, ang ilan sa kanila ay nakakapagpadala pa ng mga impormasyon tungkol sa ginagawa ng mga kababayang NASA AMERIKA AT IBANG BANSA na pilit na nagdidiskaril sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas.


Ang hindi maganda ay ang ginagawa ng ilan na naghahambing ng kinalalagyan nila ngayon sa kalagayan ng mga nasa Pilipinas. Mababasa ang takbo ng kanilang isip sa mga comments nila tulad ng, “ano ba kayo diyan….!”, “mabuti pa kami dito….”, “ano ba yang presidente NINYO….”etc.  Ang mga sinasabi nila ay parang asin na ibinudbod sa sugat na nagpapahirap na sa mga Pilipino dito sa Pilipinas.


Kung magbalikbayan naman ang ilan, unang napapansin agad ay ang trapik na para bang ikinabigla nila, ganoong maski saang lupalop ng mundo ay nakabalandra sa screen ng TV ang mala-impiyernong kalagayan ng trapik sa Manila, Cebu, Davao at unti-unti na ring nangyayari sa iba pang panig ng bansa. Para bang gusto nilang ipaalam na sila ay balikbayan, bagong dating, galing abroad, etc….sosyal nga naman! Kapag nilapitan ng namamalimos, kunwari ay mabibigla at magsasabi ng , “ano ba yan….bakit ayaw asikasuhin ng DSW?!”….NAKU NAMAN, PARA BANG HINDI NILA ALAM ANG KORAPSYON SA PILIPINAS!


Noong sila ay hindi pa nakarating sa ibang bansa kaya lumalanghap DIN ng maruming hangin ng Maynila at iba pang mauunlad kuno na mga lunsod ng Pilipinas, alam na ng mga stateside Pinoy na ito kung anong uri ng bansa meron tayo. Ang nadagdag lang sa landscape ay mga nagtatayugang commercial at condo buildings at pagdami ng mga Intsik na namumuhunan saan mang panig ng bansa…at, pagdagsa ng mga kababayang Badjao sa ilang lunsod. Dahil diyan, huwag na lang sana sila magtaka pa dahil nababalitaan naman sila ng mga kaanak na nasa Pilipinas.


Sa isang banda, bilib ako sa mga Pinoy sa abroad na ang layunin ay kumita lang upang makatulong sa mga mahal sa buhay na naiwan sa Pilipinas. Ang payo ko naman na unsolicited o hindi hiningi, yong mga nakalutang sa ere (air) ng bansang tinitirhan nila, huwag nang magdagdag ng pasakit sa mga naiwan sa Pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng mga binibitiwang unsolicited o hindi hininging arrogant comments, sa halip ay mag-imbita na lang sila ng mga kababayan to join them…join the fun in their new heavenly “home”!



Ni Apolinario Villalobos


Tambakan daw ng mga patapon

Pugad ng mga kapuspalad

Hangganan ng pangarap –

Ng mga taong

Madilim ang hinaharap.


Marami na ang sumumpa

Na sa Tondo’y hindi babalik

Nguni’t iba ang tawag

At hila ng ugat

Pilit nagpapaliwanag.


Tondo, oh, bakit ba?

Naturingan ka

Na pugad ng dalamhati

Pinagkaitan ng saya

Ng ngiti at ng ganda.


Ang lahat ay may pagbabago

Kung may araw, mayroon ding gabi.

Kung may lamig, mayroon ding init

Tulad ng Tondo

Gumaganda, dati’y pangit.


Ngayon, iba na siya

Unti-unting nagbabago

Nasisinagan ng pag-asa

Na ang dulot

Ay bagong buhay

At may ligaya!

Ang Ayaw Tumulong Huwag na lang Manlibak ng mga Kapus-palad

Ang Ayaw Tumulong

Huwag Na Lang Manlibak ng mga Kapus-palad

Ni Apolinario Villalobos


Napilitan akong sumulat uli tungkol sa subject na ito dahil sa narinig kong pag-uusap ng dalawang babae sa dyip. Galing ako noon sa mga nasunugan kong kaibigan sa Tondong nakatira pansamantala sa isang basketball court ng barangay na hindi kalayuan sa pinangyarihan ng sunog. Habang tumatakbo ang dyip galing sa port area papuntang Divisoria, sinabi ng isang babae sa katabi niya na, “mabuti ngang nasunog ang mga bahay sa Parola dahil pinamumugaran lang ng mga drug addict, mga puta at mga bata madudungis”.


Gusto ko mang sumabad, hindi ko na ginawa dahil mukhang mataray ang babaeng nagsalita at siguradong magtatalo lang kami. Mahirap na dahil baka makarating kami sa barangay, mabisto pa kung sino talaga ako dahil kukunin ang pangalan ko. Hindi kasi ako nagpapakilala sa mga taong tinutulungan ko sa Tondo.


Ang pinakamasamang ugali ng tao ay ang paglibak sa kapwa nilang kapus-palad o naghihikahos, na ayaw naman nilang tulungan. Palibhasa daw ay hindi mapapagkatiwalaan, madudungis kaya nakakasira ng tanawin, mga magnanakaw, mga puta, mga adik, mga tamad, mga putik ng lipunan.


Ang dapat gawin ng mga ayaw tumulong sa mga nangangailangan ay tumahimik na lang at magpakasaya sa yaman nila na pinaghirapan nilang kitain. Pero tulad ng sabi ko, dapat ay huwag manlibak ng mga taong kapos na inaakala nilang nakikibahagi sa kanilang yaman.

Walang may gustong maging mahirap. May sinusuwerte kahit hindi masyadong nagsikap at mayroon ding hindi sinuwerte kahit ang ginamit sa pagsisikap ay mismong karangalan at buhay, kaya nagpuputa at nagnanakaw. Ang mga nagpuputa ay nagkakasakit ng AIDS at ang magnanakaw ay napapatay.


Ang nawalan ng ganang magsikap ay siguradong may dahilan kaya huwag silang husgahan agad, tulad ng isang nakausap ko na ilang beses nang nagtrabaho subalit palagi ring biktima ng pagmamaltrato. May mga biktima ring ginawang “tuntungan” ng mga taong gusto lang yumaman…ibig sabihin, ginamit lang sila.


May mga taong sinuwerte sa buhay pero sa halip na lumingon sa kanilang pinanggalingan ay nanlibak pa ng mga kaanak at kaibigan na hindi sinuwerte kaya naghihirap. Kung mapansin naman nilang nagsisikap ay sasabihin pang “trying hard” at pati ang mga simpleng pagsasaya na nakikita sa mga larawang naipo-post sa facebook ay nililibak din sa pagtanong ng, “ganyan ba ang naghihirap?…naka make-up pa at magagandang damit ang suot?” Para sa akin, hindi dahilan ang kahirapan upang magpabaya sa pag-ayos ng sarili dahil marami ngayong magagandang damit sa ukayan at mura lang.


Dapat alalahanin ng mga may kaya sa buhay na nanlilibak, na ang yaman ay hindi nila madadala kung sila ay patay na. Ang mayayamang nanlilibak ay kumakain ng masasarap, hindi tulad ng mahihirap lalo na ang mga sobrang kapos na ang mga kinakain ay galing sa basurahan. Subalit, magkaiba man ang kanilang pagkain, pagdating sa bituka ng kanilang kinain ay parehong nagiging dumi o tae na mabaho! At, tulad ng mga kinakapos sa buhay, kung mamatay ang mayayamang nanlilibak, kakainin din ng uod ang nabubulok nilang bangkay…. pwera na lang kung na-cremate sila!