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This message was posted by the beloved Cavite governor on his facebook page and gone viral, meaning that Caviteños are really paying attention to every announcement there is on his page. Caviteños are blessed to have a public servant like him. Farewell "GovPogi".
I was driving down Aguinaldo Highway the other day, and something struck me: I saw an owner-type jeep. I've been in professional politics for 21 years and so much has changed. It used to be that in Cavite, the sum of all ambitions for a young man was a lowered, owner-type jeep, fake fog lamps, Pioneer sound system, Isuzu 4K engine, no seat belts (uncool), and a loud horn. If you had one, you were THE MAN!
These days, they are rare. Cars are cheaper, air conditioning is a necessity, and traffic is so horrible. Expectations are different, life is more complicated, there is work to be found, and the possibility of a better life is real. Like much of Cavite, I am unrecognizable from who I was 21 years ago. I was brash, self centered, and entitled. I was the governor’s son, engaged to my college sweetheart, had my own business, and was starting a political career. I had everything and I had nothing. Like the emperor who paraded with his new clothes, I thought that I was above everyone. I was proud, but the people actually saw who I was.
I was a fraud. I pretended to know more than I did. I talked the talk but didn't walk the walk. The lenses of which I viewed the world were so tinted that I didn't actually care to see what was real. There was so much poverty but I didn't know what to do about it. There were drugs all around but I thought they were victims of their weaknesses. There was corruption and I just looked the other way.
In 2007, I quit politics. I didn't run. I didn't participate. I realized that for me to be governor, the one thing I have never done was take a personal inventory of who I was. I began going around the province and started listening. I listened to laborers in the zone and realized the dignity of their work. I listened to parents who were concerned about their children's education. I listened to the smaller employees of government and saw how demoralized they were that the people above were pillaging the coffers and getting the fat of the spoils while they were making ends meet by bridging paycheck to paycheck and loans to pay loans.
I ran in 2010 with the promise of making things better for the people. For the first time I realized that it wasn't about me, but about them. In 6 years the jobs have returned and increased; the school rooms have doubled; the teachers are better equipped. With the help of Congressman Loyola and Congressman Tolentino, Mayors Strike Revilla, Melan de Sagun, Ver Varias and Areng Poblete, access to public tertiary education has been increased.
Corruption in the capitol has been plugged and the employees are generally happier. The access to free wifi has begun and will continue to expand. And most of all, Cavitenos have a renewed sense of pride, purpose, and ambition.
In a few weeks, Gov. Pogi signs off. I hope to be back one day better, refreshed, with a clearer vision of where the province should go and how we can all help the country. I'm confident that my more able (but not better looking) brother will do a great job of steering the course and protecting the gains. I hope he solves the traffic problems and increases the access to better health care. There is so much to be done.
When you see me around please don't hesitate to greet me. I have never refused a selfie, and I have always cared to listen. I'll see you all soon.
In all appreciation,
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss
While Shaun Salvador is a young hot heart rob teen stars in the TV sitcom "Parang Normal Activity", a telemovie wherein they investigate paranormal activities.
What it will be like if you experience an earthquake?
( Kyushu) - A tsunami warning was lifted and no irregularities were reported at three nuclear plants early Saturday after a strong aftershock from a Thursday earthquake hit southern Japan, local media said.
The new quake, measuring 7.1 magnitude according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, caused some injuries and trapped some people in the area around Kumamoto on the southernmost main island of Kyushu, public broadcaster NHK said.
A tsunami warning after the 1:25 a.m. (1025 ET) quake was lifted, media said. There were no irregularities at Kyushu's Sendai nuclear plant, which continued to operated, or at the Genkai plant, also on Kyushu, or the Ikata plant on nearby Shikoku, NHK said.
A new aftershock measuring 5.4 hit southern Japan early Saturday, following a 7.0-magnitude quake that killed at least six people overnight.
Kumamoto Prefectural official Tomoyuki Tanaka told The Associated Press that the death toll in the latest temblor was still unclear.
More than 400 people were reported injured.
A magnitude-6.5 quake struck late Thursday, killing 10 people. Aftershocks have been rattling various areas in Kyushu, one of Japan's main four islands.
Hundreds of patients were evacuated early Saturday from a hospital near collapse after a powerful magnitude-7.0 earthquake — the second major temblor in barely 24 hours — struck the southwest Japanese island of Kyushu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Police said at least one person was confirmed dead in that quake.
The 500-bed city hospital in Kumamoto was one of several buildings nearly demolished by the quake, according to the Japanese broadcaster NHK.
First responders were also receiving calls from residents reporting people trapped inside houses and buildings, NHK reports. Video showed a resident, apparently rescued from underneath a collapsed house, on a stretcher being taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Tens of thousands of people reportedly fled their homes as the quake rocked the area around 1:25 a.m. local time early Saturday. In Uto, about 17 miles south of Kumamoto, the city hall partially collapsed, Kyodo News reports.
The earthquake was centered a half mile from Kumamoto, the capital city of the Kumamoto prefecture, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The region is located on the southwestern-most main island of Kyushu, where 13 million people live.
Mashiki, a suburb of Kumamoto, was the worst-hit town in Thursday's quake, a magnitude-6.2. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had planned to travel to the area Saturday, but canceled the trip following the second temblor, Kyodo News reports.
Saturday's quake was about 6.3 times bigger on a seismogram and 15.8 times stronger in its energy release than Thursday's temblor, according to the USGS.
About 5-10% of earthquakes are followed by a bigger one within a few days, said John Vidale, a seismologist at the University of Washington in Seattle. But magnitude-6 and larger quakes, especially so close to major cities, aren't common, he added.
"This one-two punch with a serious impact is fortunately quite rare," Vidale said.
Saturday’s quake occurred where two tectonic plates converge. The Philippine Sea plate is sliding under the Eurasia plate at a speed of about 2 inches a year, according to USGS.
Early Friday, rescuers pulled an eight-month-old baby girl from rubble in Mashiki after the magnitude-6.2 quake struck the area at 9:26 p.m. the previous night.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said over 140 aftershocks were recorded by Friday evening and warned more strong tremors might occur in the coming days, Kyodo news agency reported.
More than 44,000 people sought shelter in schools and community centers after the quake hit Thursday, with some spending the night outdoors, Reuters reported.
Buildings were damaged, highways crumbled and a bullet train was derailed by the quake, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. It said no passengers were aboard the train and there were no injuries.
None of the nuclear power plants in the affected area reported damage, according to a statement released by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office.
In 2011, an earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan, killing more than 16,000 people. About 2,500 remain missing.
Contributing: Kirk Spitzer, Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
The photogenic vegetable farmer from the Philippines won the hearts of the netizens when he was photographed carrying a basket of carrots over his shoulders. This is the opportunity of a lifetime.
Jeyrick Sigmaton’s new made-over image is all the rage among fans who are delighted that they’re getting a chance to see more of the 21-year-old.
Sigmaton's shot to the internet fame last february 2016, when a passer-by posted a candid shot of him carrying a basket of carrots in a rural mountainous province where he lived. Soon after, an enthusiastic fanbase sprung up online and #carrotman was born.
A comparison between the character of the hollywood actors Johnny Depp and Gary Oldman, which of them best ressembles our own Baron Geisler?
Once again Baron Geisler caught the attention of the netizens while he was caught singing inside a room and the video gone viral; singing his own version of the song "Can't help falling in love with you" as popularized by Elvis Presley.
Baron claims that he is not a professional singer. He wanted to become one but it was not destined to be his career. He also said that this song was dedicated to all his supporters and fans. His only wish is for the fans to love his video singing.