Dear DOTC, LRTA & MRT, BEEP Cards, Anyare?!

Dear DOTC, LRTA & MRT, BEEP Cards, Anyare?!

Ang blog post na ito ay nasa wikang pambansa dahil gusto ko na agad i-post ng mabilis. Agad agad.

Noong nakaraang Marso 2015 habang papasok ako sa huling klase ko sa aking unibersidad sa Maynila, ay napansin ko ang sangkatutak na posters na sumisigaw at ipinagyayabang ang bagong “BEEP” stored value cards ng LRT. “Inaabangan na ang maligayang Mayo sa LRT 2!” Halos sa bawat kanto ng bawat istasyon ng LRT, LRT2 at MRT at makikita ang mga nasabing posters. Nakasaad sa posters na ngayong Mayo 2015 ay maaari ng mabili ang nasabing BEEP cards. Sa isip-isip ko, “Aba, mabuti naman at may petsa. May aasahan na kaming pagbabago bukod sa mga hindi gumaganang escalators at elevators. Sana totoo.” Kaya umasa ako na sa muling pagsakay ko ng LRT ng Mayo ay makakabili na ako at magagamit ko na ang beep cards.

BEEP Cards Posters at LRT Katipunan, 25 May 2015

BEEP Cards Posters at LRT Katipunan, 25 May 2015

Inaamin ko na natuwa at na-excite ako nung nalaman kong magkakaroon na ng standard electronic smart card ticketing system ang LRT1, LRT2 at MRT. Pero kahit alam ko din na halos lagpas isang dekada na ang teknolohiyang ito na ginagamit sa ibang bansa tulad ng Singapore, Hong-Kong o Japan, ay natuwa pa din ako dahil marami sa aking mga kababayan ang ma-iibsan, kahit papaano ang perwisyo ng bulok na kasalukuyang sistema ng mano-manong pagbili ng ticket sa tatlong linya ng tren.

Dahilan ng pagkakataon, kanina lang ulit ako nakasakay ng LRT 2 pagkatapos ng huling pagsakay ko noong Marso. Inasahan ko na bilang nasa huling linggo na ng Mayo, ay makakabili at magagamit ko na ang ipinagmamalaki ng DOTC na “BEEP” cards. Ngunit ako’y nagulat, nalungkot at nayamot nung nakita ko ang mahabang pila ng pasahero sa Katipunan station kaninang tanghali. WALA PANG LRT BEEP CARDS! Ayun, ang kawawang pinoy commuters, nakapila pa rin ng pagkahaba-haba sa dalawang ticketing windows. At ang BEEP cards machine? Ayun, may nakapaskil na “TEST In Progress”.

SVC Machines Testing In Progress at LRT Recto Station, 25 May 2015

SVC Machines Test In Progress at LRT Recto Station, 25 May 2015

Ano po kayang nangyari sa “Maligayang Mayo”? Tila naging Malungkot at Mahabang Pila ng Mayo ang nangyari. Wala po ba talaga tayong sense of urgency DOTC? Tska napansin ko po bakit po kaya parang pang-coins lang yung SVC machines? Para pong walang pang bills? Eh kung tutuusin, mas may P20, P50 at P100 bills po ang mga pasahero ngayon. Kung coins lang po ang tatanggapin ng machines, magkakaroon na naman po ng pila sa LRT PAO para magpabarya. Dapat nga po, puro pang-bills na ang machines natin. 2015 na po. Bakit po kayo ganyan? Wala po bang nag-isip nyan? O sadyang ganyan po ang inorder nyo sa supplier para sa next na kontrata ay mayroon na naman po tayong pagkakakitaan?

Eto pa. Nagtaas na po kayo ng pamasahe mula Enero ngayong taon, pero ang escalators at elevators hindi pa din po gumagana. Bakit po kayo ganyan?

Escalators not operational. LRT Recto. 25 May 2015

Escalators not operational. LRT Recto. 25 May 2015

Sadya po bang wala kayong paki-elam sa pubiko? Bakit po hindi nyo madaliin? Bakit po sobrang tagal ng pag-improve? Noon po ang issue nyo, nag expire na kasi kontrata ng maintenance, tapos naging lugi kasi, mababa ang pamasahe. Ngayong nagtaas, wala pa din pagbabago. Ano po ba? Okay lang po na ganyan kasi nakakapagtiis naman kami? Pwede na yan. Kasi nakakauwi pa din naman kami sa mga bahay namin. Pwede nang walang air-con ang mga tren, kasi nakakapagtiis naman, may pamaypay naman. Pwede na yan kasi nakaka-akyat naman sa hagdanan. Konti lang kasi ang pilay sa Pilipinas. Pano naman po yung mga naka wheel-chair, sila lolo at lola?

Bakit po kailangang magtiis ng publiko habang kayo po ay nagpapakasasa sa sarap at lamig ng air-con ng mga sasakyan nyo na napakalakas sa gasolina na binabayaran ng taong-bayan. Bakit po kaya?

Patapos na ang administrayong PNoy, magpapalitan na naman ng gabinete. Ano ba ang nagawa ng DOTC? 6 na taon nang ganyan ang LRT, LRT2 at MRT. Anong nangyari? Sumesweldo kayo buwan buwan, pero simpleng pagkuha ng maintenance contractors ng escalators at elevators hindi magawa? Simpleng pagbili ng tama at nararapat at sulit na SVC machines hindi magawa? Bakit po kaya? Bakit po kaya? Bakit?

Iniinsulto ako ni Nancy Binay

Iniinsulto ako ni Nancy Binay dahil siguro iniisip niya na …

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1. ako ay isang “name-recall voter” – – siguro iniisip niya na lahat ng Pilipino ay tinitingala at bilib sa Tatay niya na dating Mayor ng Makati at ngayon ay bise-Presidente ng bansa na laging ipinagmamalaki ang kanyang mga nagawa. At siguro iniisip din niya na kapag “Binay” ang apelyido mo eh isa na itong kasiguraduhan na siya ay magiging isang Senador. Teka, dib a may asawa siya? Bakit hindi niya gamitin ang apelyido ng asawa niya? Pwede din natin tanungin ang mga tunay na taga Makati, kung ano nga ba talaga ang kalagayan ng bayan nila bago at habang nasa pwesto ang mga Binay.

 

2. ako ay “Mangmang” – – na hindi ako marunong bumasa at sumulat para siyasatin ang kanyang mga kredensyal at mga nagawa (kung meron man). O baka iniisip din niya na ang buong pamilya ko ay walang pinag-aralan at kami ay nanghuhula na lang ng iboboto tuwing eleksyon.

 

3. gustong-gusto ko ang “Campaign Ads” – – na tuwang-tuwa ako sa mga komersyal niya sa TV para makumbinsi niya akong tunay nga siyang Nanay at siya ang magsisilbing Nanay sa Senado. Sandali lang ah, kelan pa ba nagkaron ng mga sanggol sa loob ng Senado at kailangan meron magpa-dede?

 

4. ako’y uhaw na uhaw sa mabulaklaking mga salita (pangako) – – “Education to Employment.” – Kung ito ay totoo, bakit kaya hindi siya umalis sa kanyang tatay at magsimula ng sarili niya? Nakapagtapos siya ng pag-aaral, bakit hindi kaya niya gamitin ito para humanap ng sarili niyang trabaho? – – “Kay Nancy Binay, mga bata gaganda ang buhay.” –Nung huling nasa Makati ako, na-ireport ko kaagad sa DSWD yung mga batang palaboy sa kalye. Madami sila. “Nanay de Pamilya.” –nakakatawa ang linyang to, sa totoo lang.

 

5. ako’y naniniwala sa surveys – – na meron akong mentalidad na iboboto ko lang kung sino yung nasa top 12 kasi baka masayang yung boto ko kung yung iboboto ko eh nasa 13th pababa sa surveys. Sa totoo lang, hindi ako naniniwala sa kahit anong survey na may bahid politika. Ang mga surveys ay  mayroong  maraming kadahilanan katulad ng statistics. Ang mga resulta ay pwedeng hulaan at baguhin base sa mga iba’t-ibang variables at datos na ibinibigay. Masyadong teknikal, sakto na siguro yan. Siguro iniisp din niya na nakadepende ang boto ko sa surveys, na kung sino yung gusto nung iba, yun din ang boboto ko.  Na maniniwala ako sa surveys kahit ako mismo eh ni minsan hindi napasama diyan sa mga surveys na yan.

 

6. ako’y tanga – – siguro iniisip niya na ako ay isang bobo o tanga na wala akong kapasidad na mag-isip at kumilatis ng aking mga iboboto. Eto lang, ako ay isang matalinong botante. Pakibasa yung ika-pito.

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7. iboboto ko siya – – kasi mukhang okay naman siya. Pwede ba. Panigurado, hindi ko siya iboboto. Hinding-hindi ko iboboto ang isang kandidato na sinasabing sorbra ang pagmamalasakit niya sa mga nanay at sanggol pero hindi pabor sa RH Law. Seryoso? Sarili niya mismo di nagtutugma ang pananaw? Hindi ko din iboboto ang isang kandidato na sinasabing ayaw niya sa divorce dahil sabi niya “Makakapag-bigay ban g trabaho ang divorce? Pag may divorce ba, dadami ba ang pagkain ng tao?” Oh diba? Anong klaseng rason yan? Pagkumparahin talaga ang dalawang magkaibang issue?  Hinding-hindi ko din iboboto ang isang kandidato na hindi kayang iharap ang sarili sa mga pampublikong debate para ipamalas ang kanyang talino. Ang isang Senador ay haharap sa maraming matitinding debate. Kung hindi niya kayang makilahok, kahit isang beses lang, sa mga debate, eh ano sa tingin mo ang gagawin niya sa loob ng Senado? Ano, uupo lang sa pwesto niya habang umiinom ng mainit na tsaa? O baka naman magsasalita lang siya kapag meron siyang kodigo, ano? Lahat scripted? Pwede ba, madami nang ganitong Senador. Hindi na para madagdagan pa. Hindi ko iboboto si Nancy Binay dahil hindi siya karapat-dapat sa listahan ko ng iboboto kong Senador. Hindi niya nakamit ang mga kwalipikasyon na hinahanap ko sa isang Senador.

 

 

At para sa inyo na dumedepensa sa kanya na hindi dapat siya sisihin sa pagtakbo niya bilang Senador kasi kinumbinsi lang siya ng Tatay niya. Pwede ba, trenta’y-nuebe anyos na siya. Hindi ba niya kayang magdesisyon para sa sarili niya? Hindi niya ba kayang mag-isip para sa sarili niya? Siya ay siya. Ipinapangako nya na kaya nyang magbigay ng trabaho sa lahat, pero siya ay walang sariling trabaho. Nasasaktan siya dahil sa lahat ng batikos sa dyaryo, TV, internet? Syempre naman, masakit talgang mabatikos. Dapat binalaan siya ng tatay niya. O baka naman, masyadong kampante na si Tatay na mananalo siya. Aba, tignan natin.

 

 

@NJayMaldito 

 

Reference for the above Nancy Binay quote:

http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2013/01/31/903144/who-nancy-binay

Images from:

Rappler.com & politicallyintoxicated.blogspot.com

 

 

#NoProofread #Welcome #GrammarNazi

As one quote says:

“Sa araw ng eleksyon pinakamakapangyarihan ang tao. Ito ang panahon na kayang impluwensiyahan ang gobyerno.”

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Original English post:

https://njaymaldito.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/nancy-binay-is-offending-me/

 

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Bobong Botante

Ang bobong botante.

(Paalala, may mga salitang di ka nais-nais mabasa o marinig) 

Ito ay nakasulat sa wikang pambansa upang maunawaan ng mas nakakarami ang aking balak ipahiwatig. Ito ang mga sintomas na ikaw ay isang bobong botante at walang kwentang mamamayan. Pasensiya na sa mga salitang yan, pero kung tinamaan ka, di ko na problema yon.

Isa kang bobong botante kung madalas o minsan nasasabi mo ang mga ito tuwing panahon ng eleksyon:

  1. Wala namang magbabago, di na ako boboto.” –- Oo, tama ka! Walang magbabago dahil napakatamad mo, pagboto lang di mo pa magawa? Hindi mo ba alam na napakaswerte mo kung malaya at may karapatan kang bumoto? Yung mga tao sa ibang bansa, hanggang ngayon, umiiyak, nakayuko dahil wala silang kalayaang pumili kung sino ang gusto nilang iluklok sa pwesto. Tapos ikaw, sasayangin mo lang dahil pakiramdam mo walang magbabago? Simulan mong magbago ng mentalidad sa pagboto, makikita mo ang pagbabagong hangad mo.

  2. Di ko naman kilala yang mga yan, bahala na sa eleksyon.” – – Di mo kilala? Aba, eh di kilalanin mo! Marunong kang magbasa diba? Marunong kang magsulat? May kamag-anak kang nag-aaral, marunong mag surf sa internet diba? Alamin mo kung sino sa tingin mo ang karapat-dapat na umupo sa pwesto. Ipagtanong mo kung sino sila, kilatisin mo. Bakit mo sasabihing bahala na sa eleksyon, tapos pag na-badtrip ka sa binoto mo kasi walang kwenta, magrereklamo ka. May utak ka para mag-isip. Lahat tayo may kapasidad para kilatisin ang bawat isa.

  3. Boboto ko siya, mukhang mabait at matulungin eh. Gwapo/Maganda pa!” (Artista at mga kilalang personalidad) – Naks naman, ano to “Search for the most pleasing personality?” Di porke’t mukhang mabait at sa tingin mo matulungin, eh yun na yung totoong pagkato niyan. Kilatisin mo kung totoo ba talaga, na kahit wala sa pwesto, walang camera oh walang nakakakita eh talagang mabait sila. Tska, mabait nga at matulungin, magtaka ka baka pag nasa pwesto na yan, lahat ng tulong eh ibibigay sa mga kaibigan. Yung tipong hindi maka-hindi kahit alam na mali. Tska iba ang nasa TV sa totoong buhay. Maging mapanuri ka dapat.

  4. Sayang ang boto ko, di naman mananalo yan.” – Dito ko badtrip na badtrip. Oo, sayang ang boto mo kasi kung yun boto mo eh ibinigay mo dun sa karapat-dapat eh di sana puro tamang lider ang mga nasa pwesto ngayon. Bilib na bilib ka sa surveys? Eh ang bobo mo. Bakit mo itutulad yung pagiisip mo dun sa mga sumagot sa survey? Wala ka bang utak? Wala ka bang sariling isip? Susundin mo din sinabi sayo ni Pastor o ni Father o kung sino mang may awtoridad sa relihiyon mo? Sige, pero kung sa tingin mo may mali sa mga kandidatong inendorso nila, aba mag-isip isp ka. May free-will tayo. May kanya-kanya tayong utak at balota sa araw ng eleksyon. Isip isip din pag may time.

  5. Siya na lang, gusto ko kasi vision ng Nanay at Tatay niya.” – – Anong vision? Pareho sila ng mga mata? Pareho sila ng isip? Walang ganon! Di porke’t mula sila sa pamilya ng mga politiko eh sila na ang karapat-dapat. Mabahala ka kung halos lahat sila eh nasa pwesto na nang gobyerno. Di na paglilingkod-bayan yan! Pagtatakip-butas na yan. Gusto nila, sila na lang ang nasa pwesto para mapagtakpan ang anomalyang ginawa at gagawin nila. Obserbahan mo, ilampung-taon na sila sa pwesto? May nangyari ba? Pareho nga sila ng apelyido, pero may napatunayan na ba? Katulad ng isa diyan, namatay lang si Mommy, tumakbo na. Syempre yung mga bobong botante, naawa. Ayun, panalo! Tapos eto pa, yung nakulong na, aba! Nag #2 pa! Susmaryosep na mga botante to!

Wag tayong maging bobo. Lagi na lang tayong, “ay mabait yan. Uy mukhang di corrupt.” Diba pwede namang “Magaling yan! Matalino yan! Ay, talagang totoo sinasabi niyan. Sa (insert city/province), pag pumunta ka, talgang ibang iba. Napakaayos. Siya nga nagpatupad ng ganito, ganon….” Siguro pwede naman? Kaya yang mga kandidatong yan, kahit alam nilang nanloloko lang sila eh laging kasali dahil malakas ang loob nilang mananalo sila dahil sa pagkakaalam nila eh bobo tayo. Nakakbadtrip diba? Ako, di na ko papayag na ganon ang isipin nila. Hindi ako bobo. Oo, sige sabihin na nilang magaling ako, na ang yabang ko, pero sa pagkakataong ito. Di ako papa-uto sa kanila dahil hindi ako bobong botante. Ikaw, bobong botante ka ba?

O, tanong nga ni Vice Ganda: 

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by: @NJayMaldito

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As one quote says:

“Election day is when citizens are most powerful. It is the day when they can influence the government.”

Nancy Binay is offending me

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Nancy Binay is offending me because maybe she thinks I…

 

1. am A name-recall-voter – maybe she thinks and assumes every Filipino looks up to his Dad who happens to be the former Mayor of Makati City and now a Vice President who also kept on bragging how ‘he himself’ made Makati the way it is today. And that by having a Binay last name would automatically grant her a Senate seat. Wait, isn’t she married? Then why not use her husband’s last name? Oh, let’s ask the real people of Makati, what Makati really is like before and during the Binay regime?

2. am Illiterate – That I cannot read nor write to research her credentials and track records (if there’s any). Or maybe she thinks we are a family of illiterates who does the “pick-a-boom” selection during elections.

3. love Campaign Ads – that I will be persuaded by her TVC which shows how motherly she can be in the Senate. Excuse me, last time I checked, there’s no nursery there that badly needs breastfeeding and diapers.

4. am hungry for flowery words – “Education to Employment.” If this is true, then why not emancipate herself from her father’s arms and start having her own? She has the education, why not go out and look for her own employment? “Kay Nancy Binay, mga bata gaganda ang buhay.” Oh, last time I was in Makati, I ended up tweeting DSWD. Why? Oh yes, street children. “Nanay de Pamilya.” – this line is a joke. Seriously.

 

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5. believe in surveys – that I have the mentality to only vote for those who are in the top 12 because my vote will be wasted if I will still vote for those who are in the 13th and below spots. Guess what, I do NOT believe in any politically/campaign motivated surveys. Surveys have lots of factors and so as statistics. Results can be predicted and modified based on the different variables or data supplied. Oh well, I need not to go further.

6. am Stupid – I am under the impression that maybe she is assuming that I am stupid, idiot and a moron that I have no capacity to think who I should vote for. Well, I am not. I am a smart voter and please read number 7.

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7. will vote for her – because she looks nice. Please. Of course, I will NOT vote for her. Again, I am NOT voting Nancy Binay. I am not going to vote for someone who claims that she is so concerned with the protection of the mothers and infants and at the same time is an anti-RH law. Contradicting yourself ma’am, really? I am also NOT going to vote for someone who said that she is not in favor of divorce because, and I quote: ”Will divorce give jobs? Will it mean more food for people?…” Wow! Talk about apples versus oranges. Again and again, I will NOT vote for Nancy Binay because she cannot even present herself in public debates/forums to showcase her intellect. Being in the senate will expose a person to rigid intellectual discourse. If she cannot even once, attend and participate in any debate, what will she do in the Senate then? Sit in the corner and sip a hot steaming chamomile tea? Or will she only talk when she has her notes, script? Please, we already have several senators doing it now, I don’t need another one. I am NOT going to vote for Nancy Binay simply because she is not qualified to be on my list  of Senators. She did not meet my required qualifications to become one. She simply failed.

And for those of you who keeps on defending her that she is not the one to be blamed for running because she was just convinced by her Dad, please! She’s already 39yo, can’t she decide on her own? can’t she think on her own? She is her own self. She is she. She presents herself that she can give employment to everyone when she herself doesn’t have a real job on her own. All these criticisms hurt? Oh yes, sure it does. Daddy should’ve warned her. Or maybe Daddy was very assuring that she will win. Well, let’s see.

@NJayMaldito 

 

Reference for the above Nancy Binay quote:

http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2013/01/31/903144/who-nancy-binay

Images from:

Rappler.com & politicallyintoxicated.blogspot.com

#NoProofread #Welcome #GrammarNazi

As one quote says:

“Election day is when citizens are most powerful. It is the day when they can influence the government.”

Click here for >>  Tagalog version

https://njaymaldito.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/iniinsulto-ako-ni-nancy-binay/

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Useless LED TVs on LRT and MRT

Most Filipinos do not own a car simply because most of them cannot afford to buy one, cannot be approved for a car loan due to their economic status, and some of them just left the idea of owning a car in their dreams. Having said that, public transportation is a big role to every Filipino, almost all Filipinos have experienced riding a jeepney, tricycle, pedicab, bus, shuttle and the MRT/LRT. These modes of public transportation help the common man to go on their daily lives. But let me just focus on one, the train system in Metro Manila or what we all call, the MRT and the LRT. The Manila LRT is the first metro rail transit system in SouthEast Asia, older by three years than Singapore MRT. It has been one of the major achievements of the Marcos Administration giving the public a new way of transportation within Metro Manila, fast and hassle-free. Fast forward today, we now have 3 major train lines; the Yellow Line which is the oldest (opened in 1984) now has 22 stations, the Purple Line (opened in 2003) with 11 stations and the MRT (opened in 1999) with 13 stations. These 3 train lines are somewhat connected to each other but not totally linked efficiently like the Singapore MRT and SBS Transit systems inSingapore.

As an everyday commuter, I ride the purple line almost 4 times a week and I can’t help but to compare our train system toSingapore’s train system (having been there several times). One is LRT/MRT ticketing system, if you ride the yellow line and need to alight at a station in the purple line, you need to buy 2 tickets, one for the yellow line and another for the purple line. And yes, you cannot buy the tickets at the same time. So you need to buy before boarding the yellow line and you need to buy another one before boarding the purple line, and you have to do it again going back. Imagine how hassle it can be, not unless you want to buy a stored-value ticket worth P100 to avoid the inconvenience, but you have to buy 3 of those, each per train line. If only our government can upgrade our ticketing system just like in Singapore’s SMRT/SBS transit wherein you can buy one ticket and you can use it in any train line (Singapore has 5 lines, 134 stations linked altogether throughout the entire city), less hassle, less time and energy, not to mention how fast their trains are.

Other issues are the trains, there are trains that I think are older than me that are still being used, LRT/MRT officers, security, cleanliness, elevators and escalators and the list goes on and on. But one thing that I want to focus on is how the LRT and MRT use their LED TVs for business and not for benefit of the public. There are around 8 to 10 LED TVs in each station showing commercial products advertisements. When I first noticed the TV, I spent time watching all the ads because I thought after 4 ads, there will be an information video about the security measures the LRT/MRT is doing and what they are expecting for the public to do as well to prevent what had happened last 2000 (Rizal Day Bombing), I was expecting something like this:

But after watching all the ads, the only information video I saw was on how to do business with them by placing ads on those LED TVs. Frustrated, after I got home, I sent an email to LRT, MRT and to the DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas suggesting to use those TVs for the benefit of the public. Surprisingly, no one replied.

I am not against placing advertisements on those TVs, what I want is to use that medium to inform the public about the different security measures everyone can do to prevent such cases from happening just like in Singapore. Sure, place 4 advertisements but after that make sure that we have this info video which will make the public realize that everyone should be vigilant.

My apologies from some grammatical errors, did not proof-read. Just ranting. LOL

There’s No Place like “Maynila La Imelda”

Livin La Vida Imelda 

I’m not really into writing stuff but let me give this a try to express my gratitude for this man who will tell and teach you how to look at Manila differently.

I have been a fan of Carlos ever since I saw him the first time inside the walls of Intramuros when I and my college friends were strolling around 4 years ago. He was in front of a group of foreigners, pointing his fingers to some historical structures and narrating some stuff as if he’s the spokesperson, it seemed fun because of his jolly aura which is very perfect in presentations. His tiny speaker hanging around his belt makes his voice vivacious which adds up to the energy of his audience. Back then, I was just a mere observer on how he does his tour and a person in the background who wished to be part of it in the future.

Fast forward, 4 years later. Being a Twitter follower of @CarlosCeldran I got a chance of taking advantage of his generosity by having Barter Tours. Given that as of this writing I don’t have the capacity to pay the tour fee, I requested two slots for the Barter Tour for me and my friend which gladly he confirmed.

So me and my friend brought our gifts for him in exchange of joining his tour for free yesterday (October 21, 2011| 14:00). The tour that we joined in was titled: “Livin La Vida Imelda”, it’s all about the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Romualdez Marcos, he shared some bits of her biography, tiny drops of romance here and there, her grand ambitions for Manila, her achievements and the best part, the spicy gossips about herself, her husband, her insurmountable pairs of shoes, and the undying controversies behind all the structures that was built during her reign as the “Steel Butterfly”.

The tour lasted for about 2 ½ hours. I totally enjoyed how Carlos presented it in a way that his audience literally pays attention to any word that he utters. With him is a folder with mostly pictures that I have not yet seen on Google, which serves as his secondary presentation tool next to his tiny speaker.  A portable CD/Cassette player which is really my favorite because as we “Walk this Way” (transferring to another spot inside the CCP (Cultural Center of the Philippines)  and PICC (Philippine International Convention Center)) he will play the 1970’s music which was dubbed as the “Manila Sound”, since my parents have not thought of having me yet in this world during that time, I can honestly say that I am familiar with VST & Co. songs like “Disco Fever”, “Magsayawan” and “Awitin Mo, Isasayaw Ko”. (PS: as I’ve said I was not yet born when those songs were played over the radio, but I thank my parents for having and keeping these records at home, thanks also to YouTube. LOL). For the record, Carlos was not playing these songs from a CD, he literally used cassette tapes that I find really really cool! The best part of the presentation was when he mimics the way Imelda Marcos speaks while throwing some really funny lines and yes this was partnered by Imelda’s signature of having a hankie, in this case, if my observation was correct, Carlos used the Black Nazarene of Quiapo handkerchief. And of course, who can forget his black hat that surely fits his round head. =)

Cultural Center of the Philippines

The entire tour was very educational and entertaining. I really learned a lot and there’s really some “Ah-a” moments. For a guy who really did not witness howManilawas so impressive and famous back in those days, I was really amused and surprised about the things that I saw and heard. And given the main subject of the tour, Imelda Marcos, it just made me really fascinated to know more about her. I clearly remember my late Dad who happened to be an architect once said that he was very fond of Imelda because of her great sense and appreciation in beautiful and grand architecture.

Of course in every story, it can never always be just happy times; you cannot be at the pedestal forever. The dark side of the “Steel Butterfly” was also exposed which I am sure will give you some “Oh? Really?” moments, and did I also say about some conspiracy theories about the People Power and Ninoy Aquino’s assassination? Interesting, interesting stuff. Yes, these were all covered. Although not very detailed but the idea will keep you inclined to the stories. I almost forgot, Carlos also dropped some well-known and who-is-that-again names that Google cannot tell you. (Idk, I haven’t checked but for sure there were some names that surprised me.)

The controversial ghost-inhabited Manila Film Center

Oh well, after the tour I just observed one thing. Carlos did not give us the opportunity to ask questions which I thought an important part in presentations. Lack of time perhaps? However, I realized that there’s no need to ask questions because I haven’t thought of asking anything during the tour which only means that he pretty covered if not all, most of it. And yes, we are not in a classroom setting where there’s recitation and stuff after all.

So, if you guys want to be part and enjoy it the same way I did, contact him now. I’m sure you will not regret it.

Here’s a snippet of the Livin La Vida Imelda Tour when an Al Jazeera correspondent joined and featured Carlos Celdran:

 

 

 

(I hope he liked my gift. I gave him my own copy of a book titled “The Poisonwood Bible” and I thought it’s a good read.)

Website:           http://carlosceldran.com

Twitter:             @CarlosCeldran

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CARLOS-CELDRAN/329069471130

 

Thanks for reading!

@NJayMaldito

From another man’s suggestion: The experience will be the “bestest” (if there’s such a word) had Carlos gave away some souvenirs as a token of appreciation too. (Like a key-chain with the image of his hat or whatever just to remember that you were once a part of his journey.)