Monday, September 30, 2013


With the Zamboanga Crisis, several evacuation centers have sprouted as the number of evacuees have escalated to more than 120,000 people. We see how depressing their life has become as basic resources become more elusive.

The Archdiocese Social Action Group headed by Director Fr. Alain Ruiz and Sr. Ces developed the THERAPEUTIC SHOW as a way to help in sharing joy with the evacuees... some kind of Stress Debriefing!

One of the Evacuation Centers is the Immaculate Conception Elementary School and here are some scenes:
washed clothes all over the grounds
Immaculate Conception Elementary School

Such sincere smiles in spite of the Crisis!

I'd like to share some photos taken during the show at ICES Jumbo on Day 13, all taken by Fr. Elmer Sumile.
Fr. Elmer is also using his talent in photography to be able to share the message of hope and inspiration! 

Fr. Jude Duncombe, ICES Director welcomes everyone.

Here are the performers who made them happy!
Comedians: Dana and Company

WMSU Jambangan Dancers

Moving Colors

Audience participation.


Zamboanga Hermosa Chorale

Happy faces!!!

Community Singing

Baloons and clowns

Message from Social Action Apostolate through Darren Torres, Program Director.
Here is Fr. Elmer's message to the Team through FB:
HERMOSA CHORALE, JAMBANGAN, MOVING COLORS, DANA & company...did a superb job of bring the JOY in the lives of the evacuees.....THANKS TO YOU GUYS....AND TO ALL VOLUNTEERS...MEO, CYRIL, DAREN, FR. BUTCH....MAM ANGIE...AND MANY MORE

This is such an innovative way to share... sharing world-class talents for free!
I salute the people who conceptualized the show... the talents who gave great joy to the adults and kids alike...and of course, to the movers and all the support staff who made the show a success!

They have prepared the show to be presented to the different evacuation centers: 
Day 12 = Tetuan
Day 13 = ICES Jumbo
Day 14 = ICAS HS
Day 15 = Pasonanca
Day 17 = Grandstand

Thank you so much for sharing your HEART and YOUR GOD-GIVEN TALENTS to the evacuees!!! 


Another BREAK from my Zamboanga Crisis posts!

I am not so sure if the ZamboangueƱos can even think about holidays at this time of the Zamboanga Crisis.  

For school kids these days, they are so delayed with their classes for almost a month now! So, more likely, they would have to adjust the school calendar, maybe, extending to the summer vacation! 

But, I would still like to share the holidays for 2014 for those who are interested and here are the links: **

President Benigno S. Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 655 declaring regular holidays, special non-working holidays and special holidays (for schools) for the year 2014 last September 25, 2013.

The following holidays and special days shall be observed in the country. 

The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid/l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays shall have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon the islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.

Here is a list of the three long weekends:
**January 19, Friday for Chinese New Year
**Observance of Lent: April 17 to 18 for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
**December 24, Wednesday which is Christmas Eve is a special non-working holiday.
~~December 25, Thursday for Christmas is a regular holiday
~~followed by December 26 as a special non-working holiday, thus, a very long weekend!

Just for your reference, in case you might want to plan your vacation early!!!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

JUST AN ICE BREAKER: BLABLA METER - How Much Bullshit Hides In Your Text??

Just a short break for posts about the Zamboanga Crisis!

I was looking for Ms. Aileen's comment area for her I Heart Good Health, but couldn't so I was going through her other blogs and found this post:  

Do You Blab When You Write?

I found it so interesting, too! 
It was about testing out the BlaBla Meter and how much "bullshit" hides in our texts.

This is how I went about it:
1. You open the BlaBlaMeter site with this link: 

2. You open your own blog and choose some text which you would like to test. Copy the text.
~~~You have to try to put in at least 5 sentences for it to evaluate. 
~~~If it is so short, no score is given!

3. Place the chosen copied text into the box and paste.

4.  Press Check, seen below the box.

5.  It automatically gives the Bullshit Index and the meaning.

So I tried it out on multiple blogposts from "In Pinay's Footsteps" and here is what I got!

The results are presented in this way:

The lower the score, the better!
I am so proud of the scores... the lowest of 0.1 and the highest of 0.02.
This means my texts shows no or marginal indications of "Bullshit"-English.

My first ever long post had the score of 0.1!
Good, it improved through the succeeding posts!

I guess, I should thank my teachers in St. Theresa's College Cebu grade school and in UP College Cebu high school for this!

Anyway, this is just a fun test for us to try out! I suggest you check it out, too! 

P.S. You don't have to take it seriously, though!


After Jhari's comment, I edited this post to be more detailed and clear.

But, what entered my mind is, "What really is "bullshit-English"?

So, I checked my other blogsite, "In Pinay's Eyes"   and looked into some posts and tested them, too.

I got one with this score:

Now, I know what Bullshit English is!

The text I tested was basically a Thank You message as follows:
I guess, Service and Care are already embedded in their hearts...

But, most of all, we greatly thank our hospital support group, because maintenance, security, supplies, food, janitorial services are all readily available to augment the medical, nursing and ancillary services and they, themselves, are also unsung heroes!
(By the way, the Admin group, have also extended their hours when they are needed!)

And, especially, to the Finance group who really exerted great effort to coordinate with the banks for the payroll to be completed on time. You know you are highly appreciated by your colleagues! 

The assessment is:
Something's getting a bit fishy. You probably want to sell something, or trying to impress somebody.
So, this is what they consider BlaBla!!!

Since this is the intention of the blogpost, then, I am forgiven for this!

Again, you don't have to take it seriously, though!