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PNoy’s SONA amid people’s disenchantment

PNoy’s SONA amid people’s disenchantment
By Dionesio C. Grava
First Posted in Watchdog

Four years and a month into his six-year term President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA). It has always been a delight listening to the president’s low key style as opposed to the pompous oratory of some politicians we know. The words streamed in rhythmic cadence of fluent, unhesitating delivery that we in the Visayas liken to a few of our local speakers. No mean feat for an hour-and-a-half speech sprinkled with a dose of statistics sans the prompters of Obama fame, thus belying the more those fraudulent psychological reports that dogged President Noynoy during the campaign and in the early days of his administration.

USA: The Return of the Lotus

The return of the lotus

Text and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
First posted in watchdog

It used to be called The Day of the Lotus until organizers added a second day of activities and the Lotus Festival was born.

Cadet Cudia has what it takes to be a loyal, honorable soldier of the people

Cadet Cudia has what it takes to be a loyal, honorable soldier of the people
By Dionesio Grava
First Posted in

The grossly underhanded manner authorities and the cadet body of the Philippine Military Academy regarding l’affaire Cudia is symptomatic of the arrogance and contempt those in the military hierarchy perceive the civilian populace. Spawned by the unmitigated licentiousness and profligacy of the Marcos dictatorship, many of those in the uniformed services had gone berserk with whatever pretensions of honorable moorings and had turned their greed and cruelty on the unarmed people who were responsible for shouldering their livelihoods and upkeep in the first place. It has been years now since the dictatorship was dealt a death blow by an aroused citizenry but has all its evil vestiges been wiped off as well?


Artists United” Concert to Raise Funds Through the Foundation International

Los Angeles, CA. – November 2013 – On Tuesday morning, October 16, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the Visayas and parts of Mindanao and Luzon in the Philippines. The epicenter was located 2 kilometers southeast of Carmen town in the Bohol province, known for its internationally famous “Chocolate Hills” and the world’s smallest primates, the tarsiers. The seas receded, beaches became elevated and wider, mountain tops gaped open and Bohol gained 500 meters of new shoreline. All in all, the earthquake affected over 3 million residents in the central Philippines – 222 dead, over P2Billion (pesos) in damages to roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and other public buildings in

USA: Filipino Community Events

2nd FilAm BookFest in San Francisco
October 19-20, 2013

At the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room
Author Book Signing throughout the day
Venue: San Francisco Main Library
Civic Civic Center, San Francisco, CA
Please support our authors with your presence. Many of them have written
award-winning books. Come, meet and greet them and have a book autographed for your private library or for donation to your local library or school. If you will be unable to attend, we accept orders by phone for autographed copies..

Filipino pioneer in California

Filipino pioneer in California
Words and Photo by Dionesio Grava
First Posted in

Son Lester had a fun time convincing Filipino co-workers in a Ventura facility that a compatriot was among the earliest inhabitants of nearby Santa Barbara, a world-rated resort city. Lester was showing them photos of the burial place of eminent Filipino Antonio Miranda, which I requested from him earlier to be used in this article. As this is being written (Sept. 4, 2013), the city of Los Angeles is celebrates its 232nd Founding Anniversary. Happy Birthday LA!

Events in Los Angeles


September 6, 2013 / 8 pm
At St. Genevieve Church
Roscoe Bl., San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles
Tickets are only $10.00,

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The Old Zoo in Griffith Park
Los Angeles
Touches of Sweet Harmony
in collaboration with
Independent Shakespeare Co.
Saturday, Sept. 7th at 7:00 PM

HAGIT: In search of an honest public official in the Philippines

By Dionesio Grava
First Posted in
on August 11, 2013

The story of a philosopher in tatters named Diogenes bearing a lighted lamp in broad daylight in search of an honest man is part of Greek mythology. On the other hand, in his fourth State of the Nation Address on July 22 during the joint session of the 16th Congress at the House of Representatives in suburban Quezon City, Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was obviously also looking for honest men in public office.

HAGIT: Abysmal greed and dishonesty of some Philippine solons

By Dionesio Grava
First Posted in

Even to a country long numbed by the excesses of a pompous bunch of mostly dullards who pass themselves off as ‘honorable’ legislators, the most recent revelations on how some of them surreptitiously skinned the motherland to the tune of P10 billion takes the cake.

HAGIT: Greedy Filipino businessmen, gov’t regulators trifle with the lives of passengers

By: Dionesio Grava
First posted in
July 30, 2013

Who hasn’t heard of the Titanic? The largest ship afloat at the time, RMS Titanic was a British ocean liner considered to be the epitome in comfort and luxury. And safety — but not where it counts most. She had watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors but there were only enough lifeboats for barely half of the 3,327 passengers and crew.

HAGIT: Philippine SONA: Rosy portraits even as the inside is hurting

By Dionesio Grava
First posted in
on July 28, 2013

Well-meaning sectors of the Filipino citizenry finally regained their voices and unleashed them accordingly in protest of what has been going on in their country. For a long while they had kept mum in a self-imposed goodwill gesture to allow the popularly elected president to live up to the legacy of his patriot parents. As with majority of their countrymen, they generously gave breathing space for then president-elect Noynoy Aquino to find his footing while in the process of sorting out the sordid mess that previous administrations had left our country and people.


Graphics by: Tas Espiritu

By Dionesio Grava

It is fine that Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago had kept alive the issue of excessive senatorial perks and other abuses these legislators had committed against the taxpayers. It is necessary that all culprits who betray the trust of citizens should be shamed in public. Considering that the hides of our kind of national leaders have grown too thick to be adversely affected by the usual brand of criticisms, the issue should be fanned continuously if only to prompt outrage on everyone who has the best interest of the country and countrymen in mind.


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USA: International Women’s Day: A loud protest against violence

Marching on, their voices heard

International Women’s Day: A loud protest against violence
Text and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
First published in The Filipino Advocate

They were conspicuous in their absence, they who were a hit during last September’s Women’s Equality Day rally in the heart of entertainment city, Hollywood. Filipina speakers like Jollene Levid, chair of the Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization and Marginalization (AF3IRM); Cheryl Zarate of Kabataang Makabayan and Angela Bartolome, Stand with Grace Campaign.

Sabah Issue: Sino ang Panalo, Sino ang Talo? Si PNOY o Ang mga Pinoy?

Ang Tunay na Ama

Totoo na ang responsableng ama ay hindi kinunsente kung may kamalian mang nagawa ang isang anak.. Pero ang totoong ama ay hindi papayag na sasaktan ang kanyang mga anak kahit may kamalian man itong nagawa.. Simple logic, na hindi naisip ni PNOY…

At sa halip na makiusap at maghanap ng paraan para maresolba ang problema ay isinuko ni pnoy ang kanyang obligasyon bilang ama nating mga Pilipino. Sa halip ay ginatungan pa nya ang malaysia na saktan ang mga Tausog warriors.

HULING PAALAM ni Rizal – a Tagalog translation by Andres Bonifacio

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This is a Tagalog translation by Andres Bonifacio of the poem Mi Último Adios (My Last Farewell) originally written in Spanish by Filipino national hero Jose Rizal.

Pinipintuho kong Bayan ay paalam,
Lupang iniirog ng sikat ng araw,
mutyang mahalaga sa dagat Silangan,
kaluwalhatiang sa ami’y pumanaw.