All Blog Posts Tagged 'Philippines' (39)

PHILIPPINES AS FRIENDSTER CAPITAL: SOCIAL & SPIRITUAL FACETS

Erle Frayne Argonza



Magandang hapon! Good afternoon!



A gladdening news just filtered out recently about the Philippines having now capped the Top Friendster end-user notch. Accordingly, there are today 30 Million end-users in the Philippines of the top social networking platform, the Friendster, out of a total of 85 Million users worldwide. Just couples of months back, it was at 24 Million Filipino ‘ka-Friendsters’ that represented 1/3 of the world total.



This… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on November 22, 2008 at 5:21am — No Comments

MANILA PEACE UPDATE: GOVERNMENT SCRAPS PEACE DEAL WITH MUSLIM REBELS

Erle Frayne Argonza



Dreadful night to everyone!



What a dreadful way to greet fellows. I just mean to humor you pals a bit. We got too many hostilities going on in the planet today, and so I’m trying to capture the cryptic mien of the moment via a ‘dreadful’ greet.



Right here in Manila, the Philippine state finally decided to scrap the MOA with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF. In the perception of palace bureaucrats, the MILF rebels have been using the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 24, 2008 at 8:25pm — No Comments

TRADE & HUNGER: SALVING HUNGER VIA TRADE POLICY

Erle Frayne Argonza



Let me continue on the issue of hunger, which many politicians are raising howls this early in time for the 2010 polls. The tendency right now, with politicians’ short-sightedness and poverty of wisdom, is that hunger will be perpetuated and sustained even long after the same politicians are all dead.



In the study on fair trade & food security I did for the national center for fair trade and food security (KAISAMPALAD), I already raised the howl… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 15, 2008 at 7:14am — No Comments

MANILA’S HUNGER PANGS

Erle Frayne Argonza



In a previous article about obesity, I already touched on the hunger issue. It is particularly interesting to study nutrition issues in Manila today, nutrition patterns render the Philippines among the ‘transitional populations’ that characterize emerging markets.



Needless to say, in a transitional population as defined in demographic theory, both problems of hunger and overweight co-exist, with obesity rising at faster paces than hunger. Depending on… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 14, 2008 at 6:55am — No Comments

MANILA’S EMERGING OBESITY: IGNORE OR ADDRESS IT?

Erle Frayne Argonza



Nutrition-related issues and problems in the Philippines constitute a long list. Among all the related issues and problems, hunger stands out as the most highlighted today. While there is no question about highlighting hunger and addressing it with determination, over-focusing on this single issue tends to mask the other issues involved.



Among the emerging issues and problems in nutrition, I would handily pinpoint obesity as the most focal. Needless to… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 13, 2008 at 4:31am — No Comments

GONZAGA’S BAGOONG BRIGHTENS YOUR DAY

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



Two towns away to the east of Appari, Cagayan is the town of Gonzaga. Like its neighboring towns of Sta Ana (to its east) and Ballesteros (to its west), and those other coastal towns north of Cagayan, Gonzaga is home to fishery engagements. These are largely small fishers, or municipal fishers who could only go fishing by as much as ten (10) kilometers from the shoreline.



A town in the doldrums economically, this town though had the luck of being… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on July 1, 2008 at 3:53am — No Comments

COMMUNICATING CHANGE – GRASSROOTS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



Development communication is a fascinating field of development management, and I speak about the subject through experience. Here I’d focus on communicating change to the grassroots, my early experience being the first designated Public Relations Manager – Region II of the (defunct) Ministry of Human Settlements or MHS. (That’s a Director I post by the way, and I was only 24 years old then.)



Change programs for the marginal sectors are not… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 29, 2008 at 5:54am — No Comments

BATANES’ GARLIC & ROOTCROPS, WORLD BRIGHTENERS

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



As I went around Batan Island, Batanes province’s main isle that contains the capital Basco and the domestic airport, for the 1st time in 1981, I immediately scheduled visits to the Mayors of Mahatoa, Ivana and Uyugan towns. I heard from my kins, the Basco Mayor Castillejos included, and staff that these towns still practiced consuming ‘sweet potato’ and ‘gabi roots’ as staples. Prior to that, I saw with my own eyes the huge bulbs of garlic that dwarfed… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 26, 2008 at 3:36am — 2 Comments

UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES: HAPPY CENTENNIAL!

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago



Happy Centennial Anniversary to my Beloved Alma Mater, the University of the Philippines!



Being a development expert, I wish to highlight in this briefer the developmental side to the premier university of my beloved country. The University or the Philippines or U.P. is foremost of all an indication of the maturity of Filipino education and educators, in that after 100 years of existence, we as a people were able to show to the world the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 21, 2008 at 5:57am — No Comments

SAMURAI PRODUCERS OF LARION

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



Samurais in Tuguearao! That must be a farfetched chimera, but truly in this capital town of Cagayan province (Northern Philippines) is located a village of cottage industries run and managed by marginal artisans. Their chief craft was, and remains to be that of bladed metal works.



I was pretty busy scouring for bankable projects in my own hometown (my basic education years were spent in Tuguegarao) as early as 1981 when news came to me that a… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 17, 2008 at 3:54am — No Comments

UNFURLING BIGGEST PHILIPPINE FLAG: SIGNIFYING GLOBAL LEADERSHIP DESTINY

Erle Frayne Argonza

[The author is a yogi-mystic, guru of self-realization. He's also a social scientist, technocrat, former university mentor. He has written and delivered talks on destiny and prophecy.]



Good morning!



As I was moving back to home-base, done with my gym exercise, my eyes caught the news bit in the newsstands about the biggest Philippine flag recently unfurled in Baguio City. So huge was the flag, it weighed over 3 tons.



Whoever may… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 12, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

ELECTRIFYING RP, ELECTRIFIED JOY!

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



Good day to everyone!



There is great reason to be electrified with joy in the Philippines over the electrification of the islands. For sooner or later, way before 2010 is over, no more town or village shall ever remain darkened by the eons-old absence of electricity. Power development will then move on to its more ambitious tasks, including electrifying the powerless zones of other countries.



As a little boy then who grew up in the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 12, 2008 at 4:38am — No Comments

FISHPOND ATOP A MOUNTAIN

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 12 April 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila. The author was former community development assistant at the Ministry of Human Settlements, Region II, in early 1981.]



If Bob Marley were alive today and visited Mayoyao in Ifugao, Cordillera region, he might achieve euphoria even without having to smoke pot. And his cause for Dionysiac wonderment would be: a fishpond atop a mountain. And he’d declare wide-eyed, with nary a 2nd thought, that “the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 11, 2008 at 4:51am — No Comments

Tutoring Street Children

Sadly our country is so poor that kids are not being taken good care of in their homes. Some 70,000 roam the streets begging, working as wash-your-car kids and even prostitutes. They are growing in number and their lives just keep getting deeper into crime and poverty and as they age, so too do their children.



It is a great blessing then that people like Joe Dean Sola and his wife Ardis have tried to make a difference in the lives of these kids. Since a decade ago, they started… Continue

Added by Christina on June 5, 2008 at 6:55am — No Comments

PHILIPPINE DEVELOPMENT MOVES AHEAD TOWARDS MATURITY

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Writ 11 April 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila]



Most recently, Philippine economic growth reached impressive levels of 7.3% GDP and 8.4% GNP. GNP is measured by adding the Net Factor Income from Abroad or NFIA, comprising largely of remittances from overseas workers and overseas investments. There is surely cause for elation over these developments.



How far has Philippine development progressed? Quite far, to say the least. In 1946,… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on June 1, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

PARADISE ISLAND PROVINCE WITH ITS OWN SHIP

Erle Frayne Argonza



[Writ 09 April 2008, Quezon City, MetroManila. The author was former Acting Deputy Provincial Manager, Ministry of Human Settlements, Batanes & Northern Cagayan, in 1982.]



A BrightWorld day to you all!



In the northernmost corridor of the Philippines is located the idyllic province of Batanes, a province with its own maritime ship. Small and sparsely populated, the province used to be perennially cut off from the rest of the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on May 27, 2008 at 9:20am — 1 Comment

BRIGHT MANILA AS A JEWEL OF PLANET EARTH

Erle Frayne Argonza





Good day, Fellows!



This primate city, my beloved Manila, was dubbed as the Pearl of the Orient before the 2nd World War. Reading through accounts of the city during the late President Quezon’s time, and viewing pictures of it during those halcyon days, one’s jaw would surely drop at this jewel of the orient.



I was never that lucky to have witnessed that great past. But I’m lucky enough to bear witness to Manila’s unfolding into a… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on May 25, 2008 at 7:57pm — No Comments

FIND LIGHT & PEACE IN BRO. ERLE FRAYNE ARGONZA'S BLOGS

Gracious Day to all friends, partners in development, fellows in the Path!



You’re all invited to relish moments of Light-seeking reflections, call to relevant actions and self-development thoughts with me, through my blogs:



Development, Economics, Better World: http://unladtau.wordpress.com



Seekers’ Lessons, Freethought, Yoga, Self-Development:

http://erleargonza.blogspot.com, http://raefdargon.mysticblogs.com



Poetry for Inspirational Living:… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on May 8, 2008 at 4:30am — No Comments

NEW NATIONALISM: GRANDEUR AND GLORY AT WORK!

Erle Frayne D. Argonza



[Excerpts. Revised edition, Quezon City, Feb. 2008. Original version writ August 2004.]





ECHOING THE NEO-NATIONALIST THEME



This paper echoes the emerging discourse referred to as New Nationalism. Note that various writers have formulated theories anchored on New Nationalism. Their theories out-rightly impact on public policy and development practice, such as the framework articulated by Robert Reich (see The Work of Nations). Here at… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on March 23, 2008 at 9:15am — No Comments

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