Category Archives: Honor

May 2013 Elections: Your Choices Define You

My fellow Filipinos, this is your opportunity to be heard.

The choices that you will make on election day will define our government.

The choices that you will make on election day will shape our country.

The choices that you will make on election day will mold this generation and the next for years to come.

Your choices define you. It’s time to take responsibility for those choices and be courageous in exercising that right.

There is this line in the Interpreter where in Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) confronts corrupt Matobo President Edmond Zuwanie (Earl Cameron) and delivers her winning line that encapsulates a people’s desperation:

“How could you give us so much, so much… then take away more?”

Those lines capture what any living country wants: integrity based leadership.

Don’t be afraid to tackle corruption, cronyism, vote buying, manipulation, most especially political dynasties and compare it to those running for government office.

I encourage you to take part in being critical and unafraid to point out the things in our society that need to be corrected and also to choose to do what is right most especially in the coming elections.

Do your research on the people you will be reinstating in office (yes, Filipino, you have that power). My fellow Filipinos, this is your family, country and life on the line.

May this 2013 election be an informed one.

“The gunfire around us makes it hard to hear. But the human voice is different from other sounds. It can be heard over noises that bury everything else. Even when is not shouting. Even if it’s just a whisper. Even the lowest whisper can be heard – over armies – when it’s telling the truth.” 

Lessons I Learned From The Godfather

The Godfather is the I-ching. The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question. What should I pack for my summer vacation? “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” What day of the week is it? (insert Sicilian accent) “Mo-nday, Tu-esday, Thur-sday, We-dnesday.”

Though the movie was a masterpiece, the book provides better detail, strength and ferocity only Mario Puzo can pen. The Godfather is the best. Below is a compilation of all my favorite quotes.Enjoy!

On family: “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” – Don Corleone

On love: “You can’t hide the thunderbolt. When it hits you, everybody can see it. Christ, man, don’t be ashamed of it, some men pray for the thunderbolt. You’re a very lucky fellow.” – Calo

On profession: “Lawyers can steal more money with a briefcase than a thousand men with guns and masks.” –Don Vito Corleone

On friendship: “Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.”- Don Corleone

On gratitude: “Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty!”

On decision-making: “Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.”

On society: “I don’t trust society to protect us, I have no intention of placing my fate in the hands of men whose only qualification is that they managed to con a block of people to vote for them.”

On Godfathers:Italians have a little joke, that the world is so hard a man must have two fathers to look after him, and that’s why they have godfathers.”

On business: “Tom, don’t let anybody kid you. It’s all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business. OK. But it’s personal as hell. You know where I learned that from? The Don. My old man. The Godfather. If a bolt of lightning hit a friend of his the old man would take it personal. He took my going into the Marines personal. That’s what makes him great. The Great Don. He takes everything personal Like God. He knows every feather that falls from the tail of a sparrow or however the hell it goes? Right? And you know something? Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.” – Michael Corleone