blue Monday

I can’t get myself to start my next blog post. Still inside my camera are photos to be downloaded. Last Monday, I attended a tourism consultation meeting at the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol with no less than Jun Palafox and his team of the world-renowned Palafox Associates and Governor Imee Marcos. They presented a Master Tourism Plan for Ilocos Norte. Tourism stakeholders including heads of local government units were in attendance for a whole day of workshops. While talking about big dreams for tourism in the province, little did we know that the rest of the world was glued to the news… an unfolding drama was taking place in Manila.

Later in the evening, after I took a shower, I opened my television like I normally would do. The news was shocking — 8 Hong Kong nationals just died in a hostage crisis, and the hostage-taker, of all people, was a police officer.

I am saddened by what happened. I grieve for the lives that were lost. I feel the anguish of  the victims and their families.

What happened should serve as a wake-up call for the present government. More than nitpicking over the past administration, the PNoy administration should prioritize what needs to get done first. The system is just plain rotten. To set the record straight, I’m just an ordinary citizen with big hopes for honest-to-goodness changes.

The latest news, more than 100 Hong Kong tourists cut short their visit in Ilocos Norte today.

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Ilocanas make the front page of

Congrats to Jaynny Lao and Ericke for making the front page of (July 28, 2010). I’m excited for the both of them, especially Jaynny. I heard people in Hawaii want to interview Jaynny. Go, go, girl! *wink*

Here’s the link to the original post by KC Santos via loQal.phLaoag’s Jaynny Lao dreams of making it big as a fashion designer.

You may want to read my March 13, 2010 feature on promising Jaynny’s first fashion show ever.
PS On a different note, Lovi Poe, alleged girlfriend of Congressman Ronald Singson, another Ilocano, was on the same screenshot.

PSS On a sour note, here’s a pretty shocking  report on the politician. Equally pretty shocking is the purported special treatment prominent people still get in the country after PNoy has promised in his inaugural speech — “No more junkets, no more senseless spending. No more turning back on pledges made during the campaign, whether today or in the coming challenges that will confront us over the next six years. No more influence-peddling, no more patronage politics, no more stealing. No more sirens, no more short cuts, no more bribes. It is time for us to work together once more.” In his first SONA, PNoy said, “Pwede na muling mangarap.” I hope the SONA is not just another “sana”.

PPPS Promise, the last… I’ll end this on a funny note, or rather a lighter note, the one thing that puts the key personalities in this post, including me, is that we are all dreamers, don’t you think? ‘The Dreamers’ would have been a better title, but the postscripts were unplanned. I suddenly remember Inception, that “segue” movie.

I second Jaynny’s sign language… PEACE ON EARTH.