Monday, December 29, 2008

Watercolor Study and Happy New Year

Break from usual post. Let me share to you this post - one of my watercolor paintings done this year. I could no longer remember when was the last time I spent long hours just to paint. One of my passions aside from drawing regular editorial cartoons for Sun-Star Davao. And the last time I joined group art exhibits was in 1996.

I attempted to paint again this year but I was only able to do some watercolor studies like one that I posted here. This is my rough watercolor study to fire up my creativity using watercolor - my favorite medium next to oil.

With remaining days before the yearend, I am sure this one will cap as the only watercolor painting I ever did this year. I can't help it - was so busy with other matters. Perhaps, next year I will be able to paint more and maybe depend my earning from it.


I have other blogs on graphic arts (grapika), miscellaneous but talks usually about my family (bluesandwhich) and my ride Waka (1200bug). I hope I will be able to attend to them further next year despite the mounting pressures from eking out for a living. The upcoming 2009 will hopefully be good to all of us and to the world that it will succeed to bailout itself from the global financial crisis. Happy new year, my friend! See you again in 2009! :-)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sorry Aquino

Mrs. Aquino spiced up her apology with a saving phrase “lahat naman tayo nagkakamali (we all are prone to err)” as she referred to her participation in the ouster move of Erap during the 2001 EDSA 2. The EDSA 2 installed GMA to power.

Mrs. Aquino and Erap met at Joe de Venecia’s autobiography book launch recently where she, as speaker on the occasion, used the podium to apologize. Erap accepted her apology in an interview with the media. But I think Mrs. Aquino should also apologize the people for the admitted error was unjust to the supporters of Erap if not to the entire Filipino people.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CBCP on Corruption

“Here’s another one who is not only corrupt but also an HR violator…” The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has proved to be one of the nasty critiques of the government now when it was recently by the media quoted criticizing the government over the issue of corruption.

I don’t know if we will be able to cleanse up our image as one of the corrupt nations in Asia. Not unless we will get rid this country of corrupt officials and government employees who continue to plunder the country’s coffers.

Graft and corruption is deep-seated in the bureaucracy. It is well-entrenched in that it appears that everyone is doing it or has a part of it. I believe that the bureaucracy is being run by a hoard of corrupt employees long before another officials are gotten elected into the office. Perhaps, some government departments have intact systems for these anomalous operations managed by corrupt employees in critical positions. They are the ones in control of the modus operandi of graft and corruption. With that, any newly-elected government officials are faced with a challenge whether or not to join the bandwagon and receive his share or do his own machinery to rake in government funds for his own benefits and interests. It happened and it continues to happen in this land whose majority population has been pushed to the quagmire of poverty for so long a time already. It will take really well-meaning elected officials to go against this system of corruption. That is why we normally hear: “If you cannot get them, join them.”

These people know where the anomalies begin and end. So, if we want to eliminate graft and corruption in the bureaucracy, all government employees, from top to bottom, should resign.