Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My GLOCK Madness

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Welcome Blog!

or should I say, welcome back!

My last entry for this blog was June and that makes it almost 5 months or so ago...

I just woke up from a two hour nap after having slept in under 4 hours since yesterday because of work. We are currently in the process of ... 1) making a new show venue in Boracay Island, 2) making a new show venue here at the Manila Film Center to save on expenses and streamline our operational requirements and 3) the usual and annual beauty pageant which we've decided should be held in our new theatre in Lapu Lapu City in Cebu.

So I guess that we've been busy lately. But it does not mean that I wasn't able to document all of these activities. Facebook has been keeping me busy in the cyberspace world and it's quite difficult to maintain two sites at once.So most of everything that went on is there...

As for this blog site, I'm keeping it for the purpose of my rants, raves and commentaries  about everything and anything about my sad sorry ass life.

In brief, I could probably describe my past six months as "chaotic" but calm... I am generally happy these days. Despite the challenges of everyday life, I have managed to stay afloat and at peace with the world. I retook on my pistol shooting hobby and currently with a group called "Civilian Defensive Shooters Alliance" or CDSA and I am quite frankly at home with them. They've managed to convince me to change pistol platforms from my obsessiveness in favoring the 1911 to the Gaston Glock platform. And I am now a proud owner of a G17 USA Gen4 9mm pistol.

We've had major accomplishments this year despite this economy and I am looking forward to a brighter year come 2013. The losses are not as much as last year's although we can't really be happy with that and it seems that with all the busy and hectic lives we live, payback will soon be with us.

If I were to gripe... but then again I won't, since there hasn't been anything that I've not come through before... I really think that it's just one real silly cycle and that I am enjoying the current lull of the angst and leave things be. I may have been disappointed at some points, but then again I could have disappointed others as well. And if I did, I am truly sorry. For those who disappointed me, I wouldn't really care if you know or not... I'd leave that be -- peace!   :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

President’s Inaugural Speech

Center for Philippine Arts and Cultural Entertainment Assoc., Inc.

President's Inauguration   June 9, 2012, Manila Film Center

Magandang Hapon po sa inyong lahat!

Good afternoon to everyone…

Today I am privileged to stand in front of you, my family, my friends, my workmates and my chairman… It has been more than a decade since a man with a vision, our very own and beloved Chairman Lee Jong Hyun brought forth the idea of putting up a theatre in this country that will cater to the growing tourist market.

Over the past decade we have so far offered employment and opportunities for our people, provided entertainment and valuable service to tourists and most importantly placed our company in the map.

We have gone far, we have gone wide… We have seen the skies, we have touched ground…

Like any other business, we have had our ups and downs and so far we have prevailed… or so we thought…

These days, we are plagued and haunted by the successes we have achieved because we are now on the verge of collapse as a company. Lately, I have had nightmares about our fate and the paths we will have to take to ensure that we remain afloat… not only afloat but seek the greatness we so deserve.

Yes, these are bad times to become President. I would have welcomed this presidency four years ago when there were resources under our disposal. I so desired this presidency when I was on top of my game and when I knew most that I was invincible and unbeatable.

These days, I am more scared than anything else looking at the prospects as to why I am President. But like anything else that life throws upon us, I welcome this challenge. I am proud that I am anointed President at this juncture of our company’s history because these are real bad times.

There was an instance when I was asked; would I rather go to heaven or hell? And without hesitation, I said, hell… simply because heaven would only bore me towards my 2nd death. Because what is life without challenge? What is life without pain and suffering? So much like anything deserved, this Presidency is sweeter for me.

Becoming president four years ago would have been too easy. Remember that great men are born from fire and greater men evolves from chaos.

Today, I will share with you why this company matters most to me and why like seemingly in a prophetic kind of way, I am here. In 1989, right in this very theater, audience right, I held the hand of a co-teacher from the science department of St. Scholastica’s College as we watched Denzel Washington in Cry Freedom. She would later be my wife and mother to my children and one of my best supporters in life and love.

September 1, 2001… My mother’s birthday, I was convinced by then Amazing Philippine Theatre Vice President, Park KiSuk to take my rightful place in this organization as we met for the first time at Aloha Hotel. As the day ended, I rode to my mother’s grave and offered the opportunity to her.

Today, I offer this new opportunity, this presidency to my 2nd mother on her 85nd birthday. Tita Menie, Happy Birthday and thank you for making me feel as if I was your own; I was never an orphan because you are always by my side.

And finally, I offer this presidency to the people who make up this family, past and present… Our Amazing Show Family! A decade of toil and perseverance, a decade of happiness and grief, most important is the decade of entertainment that we have given our public, the prominence that we have given this country… and our initiatives to keep ourselves “world class”… despite, despite, despite…

You have always made me feel as if I was already president long time back. I have always been happy here because despite our trials and tribulations, we have remained together and steadfast in keeping ourselves tightly knit as a family. We have proven time and again that we are strong yet flexible and that we have the ability to bounce back in times of crisis. In this presidency, now more than ever, I shall ask for your help like always and I know that you will offer the best that you have.

Allow me to summarize my immediate program of action… For the first six months, we will immediately start renovation of our organizational structure to allow us to better facilitate our actions as an entity. This will entail changes that would mean democratizing decision-making capabilities to smaller units to allow each employee to participate and be accountable to matters pertinent in rebuilding this company.

Because we as a business entity is now in the red, it is quite obvious that sacrifices will have to be made on all levels of this organization. For that matter, do not worry too much. As per my experience, no sacrifice is without reward and no hardship is without redemption.

The six month set up period will hopefully allow us to reap what we have sowed for us to be allowed to benefit more. Rhetorically, let us take care of the chicken so that we may harvest the eggs.

I am thanking all of you in advance for your diligent cooperation and your understanding. You know, unlike my predecessors, this is the first time in my institutional memory that such an event occurred… an inauguration for an incoming president. I am deeply flattered and at the same time worried since this is also the first time that the presidency of this company will carry with it a term of office. Therefore, I will only have a short period of time to accomplish what must be accomplished and perform long term miracles before I am crucified.

With the challenges ahead, I shall always seek guidance from you, our stakeholders, my loved ones and the man who has been father, brother and friend for a decade, our Chairman. Thank you, sir.

Thank you everyone for the trust, confidence and support… Amazing!

(full pic set)  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.279041278859711.56892.100002615242145&type=1

Thursday, April 26, 2012

a day in my life

a video by lawrence dizon sumulong

a day in a life of a .45

I miss stress release sessions like these...


one of the last videos made by Lawrence Sumulong in Manila... cheers, man!

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Unnecessary...

On the job, there are some things that we can prevent by making logical and practical decisions. This I have learned by making wrong ones as well as excellent ones over the many years as part of the labor force and eventually as a decision maker. And there are those things that are beyond our control... much like the weather, we are at its mercy.

Now for the life of me, over the last ten years of this company's existence, people seemed not to have learned from experience. It is as if I am destined to watch the same decision-making mistakes over and over again. That makes some of the stresses suffered from work "unnecessary"...

Pride + Prejudice = Mistake

As a rule, a company's priority would be to deliver the services and/or products to your customers... that's it. All decisions therefore is simply a means to achieve this end. Anything beyond it should be of minor concern. If a manager's hobby is that of rocking the boat, then he should be be out of the equation. But then again, what if he is higher than a manager?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pistol Shooting Practice

Casie Villarosa Photography feat. PASAY SWAT

Ang Pamantayan, the 65th Anniversary Magazine of the Pasay City Police Station
; cover design by Casie Villarosa

Monday, January 23, 2012