Archive for December, 2009

by  Earlie Doriman

Filipinos, where ever they may be in the world, celebrate Christmas the traditional way.  In spite of the heavy snow and more than 10cm of freezing white flakes on most of UK’s roads, the Rochdale Filipino Community (Manchester City) held its annual Christmas Party yesterday with lots of fun, prizes, and surprises.

Young Pinoys Dyan Tabor, Onil Bachoco, Noah Bachoco, and Friends enjoying the party

In attendance were Filipino families, British friends, and invited guests who did not only enjoy the food and games, but were also awed by the presentations rendered by both the young ones and ‘once youngs’. (more…)


By Earlie Doriman

To many of us Filipinos overseas, Christmas is one of those times which remind us that we are away from home, and that in some way could make the season incomplete.  I should say, there is no better merriment of the birth of Christ than the way we Filipinos do.  And now for three years in a row, I desperately miss Christmas in the Philippines. (more…)

by Earlie Doriman

Millions of people around the globe have found social networking sites attractive and relaxing.  Nowadays, most computer users spend much of their internet time either chatting or exchanging messages through these media. And honestly speaking I am a big fan of Facebook because I find it easy, practical, and entertaining.  With Facebook, I am able to create a channel to my long lost friends, relatives, family, and classmates from many years back. And if one wants some challenges, games are also available for you to enjoy. BUT BE CAREFUL, computer worms don’t get terminated, they only evolve and modify themselves into various disguises to be hardly suspected. (more…)

by Earlie Doriman

Regrettably, fifty seven lives or might be more, had to be sacrificed to uncover enormous wealth and heaps of weapon and ammunition concealed within the premises of the Ampatuans.  It takes Martial Law in Maguindanao to pursue a family of politicians who have been in power for couple of decades and it needs an inconceivable massacre to discover millions-of-pesos worth of mansions.  More outrageous is the fact that behind all these, there is a suspicion of conspiracy with the supposed men in uniform whose primary function is to protect the majority rather than the few abusive individuals.  When money does the talking, evil prevails and more often than not, even the most principled man becomes a slave of its power – this happened to the military commanders who were not able to function as expected, in the recent hostilities.  When money rules, it consumes the mind of the helpless and eventually loses his sense of pride and character – this occurred to the civilian volunteers whose families waited for food on their tables.   Whilst the powerful and the affluent continue its deception, the society becomes restive and vulnerable. (more…)

by Earlie Doriman

Let me start by saying that I am not exaggerating  but what is so pleasant about us, Dabawenyos (syempre apil gyud ko kay Dabawenyo man kong dako) is that at Election times, we know how to choose the best leaders in our city. We understand the needs, and we translate our vision into responsible casting of ballots by writing the names of those who could carry out the task properly. We vote for credibility and not for money.

Davao City Hall, standing proudly before an attractive Rizal Park fountain

For three consecutive terms, our choice to put Rodrigo Duterte in the proud City Hall of Davao is more than just our best resolution, it is the perfect option and we draw a very good portrait of history in this part of the country. (more…)

by Earlie Doriman

I don’t know if I should laugh or just play numb about some of the bloopers in the ABS-CBN’s HARAPAN 2010 on the 2nd of December hosted by the award winning newscaster and radio commentator Ted Failon.  First and foremost, there was nothing wrong with Ted, in fact he is always good at his craft.

Outstanding candidates at the HARAPAN 2010 Presidential Debate

Generally, the presidential debate went fine and some presidential aspirants have truly shown the competence and leadership to govern the country. However, one could see and say that some were simply a nuisance. (more…)

by Earlie Doriman

The semi-final result of the X-FACTOR dropped Danyl Johnson in the top 3 finale next Saturday. Garnering the lowest public votes, my personal bet sang his last song ‘Man in the Mirror’ with a huge heart. So it is now down to three outstanding performers and the exhilaration starts to put pressure on these talented singers. It is going to be an exciting final showdown between two boys and a lone girl survivor – OLLY MURS, JOE McELDERRY, and STACEY SOLOMON.

Top 3 Finalists: (From left) Joe McElderry, Stacey Solomon, Olly Murs


by Earlie Doriman

I am honestly exasperated when someone asked me about the recent massacre in Maguindanao and would insist that Mindanao is certainly a dangerous place to go.  So annoying indeed when people give out a conclusion on something they don’t exactly know about or at least exert considerable efforts to read as regards to it, to get a logical picture of the whole thing.

map of mindanao with emphasis on Maguindanao

I would suggest that those who are badly informed geographically should try to find a map and figure out how big is Maguindanao against the total land area of Mindanao. It’s a straightforward knowledge to start with before making any ignorant analysis.  Or maybe simply shut your mouth out. Well, you don’t need to ask me if I am angry, do you? Would it be intelligent to say that Luzon is an illegal drug sanctuary because of the many shabu laboratories raided in Cavite? Or is it fair to declare Visayas as Arroyo country if she only got massive votes in Cebu? And so it is mediocrity to call Mindanao a dangerous place if the facts reveal that only a small part of the island has armed conflicts, and where unfortunately the recent massacre happened in only one of its provinces. (more…)

by Earlie Doriman

For the past three performance weeks, I didn’t bother to watch the X-FACTOR over the telly due to my disappointments in the previous result nights.  But when I learned that the worst performers were finally voted out in those weeks, I sighed in relief and said the ‘X-FACTOR is back on the right track’.  It is now very encouraging for everyone who spent money and time patronising the show every Saturdays and Sundays that at least they are watching worthy and quality talent competition.

X-FACTOR Survivors (From Left:Joe McElderry, Danyl Johnson, Olly Murs, and Stacey Solomon


by Earlie Doriman

Davao City today is thousands of miles different from what it used to be in the late 70’s until the mid 80’s.

Justice Hall of Davao City, in front of San Pedro Cathedral

As a matter of fact, the city was shortly considered the Nicaragua of the Philippines in the 80’s(Nicaragdao as a reference to barangay Agdao) due to lawlessness and hostilities.

Agdao's public market at an ordinary day

Criminalities were commonplace in the most parts of the suburbs, summary killings were widespread, and the communist movement had established its ranks and penetrated most of the major districts of Davao, those who did not cooperate in their cause were punished and tortured to death.   Fear and terror prevailed amongst its people and the city never dared to crawl to little progress. (more…)