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Mark Timothy J. Libunao is a 32-year old registered Medical Technologist, a father to a 5-year old amiable and smart little boy and a husband to a registered Physical Therapist. He is an accomplished campus journalist, student leader, businessman, salesman and most of all, a loving father and husband, an obedient son, a caring brother, a very loyal and dear friend.

An Editor-in-Chief of his high school and college publications, a student council president for three years in college, a volunteer grade school teacher and a social mobilizer who was able to spearhead various community projects in Quezon City. He led several national organizations including the Quezon City Red Cross Youth Council, College Editors' Guild of the Philippines, Jesuit Volunteers of the Philippines and Philippine Society of Medical Technology Students. His glorious years came when he was elected as a student commissioner of the National Youth Commission under the Office of the President of the Philippines last 2002 and 2003. He worked and was designated as the Chief Medical Technologist of Murphy Diagnostic & Multi-Specialty Center and Hope Medical & Multi-Specialty Center in Quezon City before he entered medical school.

He is the eldest son of Mr. Freddie Mandario Libunao & Mrs. Ma. Sonia Jaleco Jesena of Hughes St., Maasin, Iloilo. He has two siblings: Bryan Paul graduated with a Masters Degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications in the University of Asia and the Pacific and Maria Mikaela who is a second year Medical Technology student of Centro Escolar University.

His wife, Ma. Theresa Acay of Marikina City is a registered Physical Therapist while his son Mikhail Thaddeus is a pre-school pupil of Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Christian Academy (JCA) in Quezon City.

He finished his grade school and high school in Ateneo de Iloilo (formerly Santa Maria Catholic School). He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology in World Citi Colleges and was awarded as the Most Outstanding Intern of the Year of Philippine Heart Center & World Citi Medical Center. He is presently on his third year Post Graduate course as Doctor of Medicine in Far Eastern University - Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation where he served as the Treasurer of the Medicine Student Council last 2007 and 2009. He was a former faculty of the KATINKO Wellness Institute Foundation Inc. where he taught Anatomy & Physiology, Massage Economics, Microbiology, Parasitology and Public Hygiene to Massage Therapists. Presently, he is one of the board of directors of Healthville Inc., a wellness company he co-founded with his brother.

Saturday, June 14, 2008


I met him last December 2007 during the Marikina Christmas Festival Tiangge along the Marikina River. We own a food stall while this friend was a salesboy of juice drinks (palamig) and quail eggs (tokneneng, kwek-kwek) in a stall beside ours. He was very amiable and he would dance along my playlist of trance and hip-hop music. I just cannot forget the way he danced to the tune of our stall jingle Boy Bondat.

April of this year, I asked him if he would like to work for me as an assistant and will take charge of the chores in my pad. I asked him too if he would like to become my patient for my classes in Medicine in FEU-NRMF. He was okay with all the conditions including a bit smaller pay. We got along well as I would bring him to my school everytime I would go there. He was just silent all the time. I thought that maybe he was just like that, but at the back of my mind I can sense that he has a lot of issues, a very typical introvert. Days have passed this May and I finally got enrolled with him as my assistant and soon-to-be patient. Since classes are yet to start and that i still haven't moved in to my pad yet, I told him that I will just text him if the time comes that I will be needing him.

Third week of May came, my mom told me to ask him to go to come visit us and that he will be working temporarily in our store in front of our house while my classes aren't open yet. I would text and call him but he never replied nor called back. One instant came, he sent me a message saying that he will be coming. The next reply I got from him was a retraction. The same thing happen the second time, he told me that he will be watching over his cousin who is at the hospital therefore he cannot come. The third time he messaged me, he said that he was about to leave and that he will just eat and take a bath before going to our house. He never came. I kept sending messages to him, calling him asking if he's still interested to work with me. There were no replies, no call backs. It was that time I felt that something was wrong, that he was into something, a problem that he can't handle well.

Last Tuesday (June 10) while I was on my way to school, I received a message from him. It was sort of a note or a short letter and there were words of apologies and good byes in it. I didn't gave it much attention since I didn't know the names of the people in the message. I just replied and asked him what the message was all about and that I could not understand the meaning of it. I thought maybe it was just a wrong sent message. Yesterday, I told my mom to look for a new one to replace him since he was not returning my messages and calls. My classes have already started and I needed someone badly to help me out. Nevertheless, I was still hoping that he would reply or call back and express his interest. He never did. I was still expectant, still he never did.

Just tonight, I tried my luck to call his mobile phone. I said to myself, maybe this time he's available to take my call, taking chances that is. To my surprise a lady answered, it was his sister. She told me that he is "gone" in a straight forward voice. Gone as in dead, I asked myself. Judging from the tone of his sister's voice, I can't tell if she was serious or it was just a big joke. He's dead she said. He drank a silver cleaning solution and wasn't able to make it. My heart was pounding fast of disbelief. I even asked her if she was joking, she said she wasn't. I asked for details and she told me that he was brought to PGH (Philippine General Hospital) and that his body is already scheduled for an autopsy. I was still in disbelief! I called up PGH and I was able to confirm that my friend was indeed brought there but I got no information as to his status. I was transferred from one department to another until I reached the PGH Pediatric Emergency Room.

A lady answered, then she said that she was my friend's attending physician. My heart was pounding fast, anticipating for her answer. She then said, "patay na nang dinala siya dito". I was speechless, getting numb, my breath became shorter and shorter every second. Still I couldn't utter a word and felt like something inside my chest wants to explode. I thanked the lady then said goodbye.

Tears were flowing down my face as I was putting the phone down. He is indeed gone, dead! Here is another victim of silver cleaning solution poisoning! Silver cleaning solutions were a constant news content about being used as a suicide agent and I can't believe that one of those who used it to end his life was someone close to me. Goodbye my friend! If only I knew that the message you sent was really intended for me and that you are already telling me of your plan of leaving, I could've done something.

In Memoriam
Jaybee Lumutac Alvarado
Sept. 10, 1989 - June 13, 2008


Friday, June 13, 2008


I just don’t understand the reason why some people cannot stand up and fight for what they believe is right. More often, they tend to remain neutral as to avoid taking sides and not have trouble for themselves. There are instances when these people get confronted with situations wherein they have to make a stand, unfortunately they chose not to and worse, they would just go with the flow even though they know that the current is headed towards a wrong direction.

In a world where gossip and mockery has become common, it is not unusual to see people talking about others. It's not only in the Philippines, the whole world is guilty of that. Of course who wouldn't, to talk about other people can be fun and entertaining, sometimes informative. I see nothing wrong with that as long as the context of the act is not about destroying someone else's dignity. Nevertheless, talking about other people's lives should not be even considered gossiping initially especially if the intention of the talk is only to verify information. "Information dissemination" only becomes a gossip if it satisfies any three of the five descriptions: 1) the source is unreliable, inconsistent or notorious for gossiping, 2) the information is untrue or unverified, 3) the information is at the same time damaging, 4) the intention of the act is only to spread bad things about the subject and 5) the sole purpose of the spread of untrue or wrong information is to destroy someone. The word gossip is a negative word in itself and once an act is considered a gossip, there is should be no justification for it. The more devastating scenario is that people who heard the gossip would tend to believe the information, despise the subject or the person concerned without even verifying whether the data is true or even close to being true. Pathetic as it may seem but this is true.

The question now is why do these people continue to do gossip despite the fact that it is socially and morally wrong? To do gossip is the same as lying because of the false information involved. It is the same as killing because of the intention to destroy someone else's dignity. Yes, gossips are just words be it written or uttered orally but history has proven that the pen or the mouth is mightier than the sword. It is therefore very deadly to spread wrong information against someone. There maybe retraction but once the damage has been done, no amount of apologies can heal the wound made by spreading and believing in wrong information. Destroying someone through gossip is probably the most morally untoward action. Since the world is so engrossed in doing gossips, I will not be wondering to find out in the next coming years that another World War will be ignited by gossiping.

At the end of the day, I wonder what kind of satisfaction these gossip mongers get. How about those who believe in gossips, are they plain gullible or idiotically stupid? How about those who cannot make a stand on their own, will they continue to go with the wrong flow and eventually drown in the deep waters of cowardice?

Four words to describe these kinds of people: immature, troubled, stupid and coward!

Thursday, June 12, 2008


An Atheist Professor of Philosophy was speaking to his Class on the problem Science has with GOD, the ALMIGHTY. He asked one of his new Christian students to stand

Professor : You are a Christian, aren't you, son?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor : So, you believe in GOD?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good?

Student : Sure.

Professor : Is GOD ALL - POWERFUL?

Student : Yes.

Professor : My Brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn't. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent)

Professor : You can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fella. Is GOD Good?

Student : Yes.

Professor : Is Satan good?

Student : No.

Professor : Where does Satan come from?

Student : From...GOD...

Professor : That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this World?

Student : Yes.

Professor : Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student : Yes.

Professor : So who created evil?

(Student did not answer)

Professor : Is there Sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the World, don't they?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor : So, who created them?

(Student had no answer)

Professor : Science says you have 5 Senses you use to Identify and Observe The World around you. Tell me, son...have you ever feen GOD?

Student : No, sir.

Professor : Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

Student : No, sir.

Professor : Have you ever Felt your GOD, Tasted your GOD, Smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any Sensory Perception of GOD for that matter?

Student : No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.

Professor : Yet you still believe in HIM?

Student : Yes.

Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student : Nothing. I only have my Faith.

Professor : Yes, Faith. And that is the problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as Heat?

Professor : Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as Cold?

Professor : Yes.

Student : No, sir. There isn't...

(The Lecture Theatre became very quiet with this turn of events)

Student : Sir, you can have Lots of Heat, even More Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat, White Heat, a Little Heat or No Heat. But we don't have anything called Cold. We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is No Heat, but we can't go any further after that.

There is no such thing as Cold. Cold is only a Word we use to describe the Absence of Heat.
We cannot Measure Cold. Heat is Energy. Cold is Not the Opposite of Heat, sir, just the Absence of it.

(There was pin-drop dilence in the Lecture Theatre)

Student : What about Darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as Darkness?

Professor : Yes. What is Night if there isn't Darkness?

Student : You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the Absence of Something. You can have Low Light, Normal Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light... But if you have No Light constantly, you have nothing and its called Darkness, isn't it? In reality, Darkness isn't. If it is, you would be able to make Darkness Darker, wouldn't you?

Professor : So what is the point you are making, young man?

Student : Sir, my point is, your Philosophical Premise is flawed.

Professor : Flawed? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. You argue

There is Life and then there is Death, a Good GOD and a Bad GOD. You are viewing the Concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can't even explain a Thought. It uses Electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view Death as the Opposite of Life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a Substantive Thing. Death is Not the Opposite of Life, just the Absence of it.

Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your Students that they evolved from a Monkey?

Professor : If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes, of course, I do.

Student : Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and cannot even prove that this Process is an On-Going Endeavor are you not teaching your Opinion, sir? Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher?

(The Class was in uproar)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor's brain?

(The Class broke out into laughter)

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The Room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable)

Professor : I guess you'll have to take them on Faith, son.

Student : That is it sir...Exactly!
The Link between Man & GOD is FAITH.
That is all that Keeps Things Alive and Moving.

That student was ALBERT EINSTEIN.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


How do we draw the line between a person who is "plain good" and someone who possess values and manners? If a person is good, does it imply that he has values or good manners? The common denominator among the population of today is that the majority lacks the values and manners that we all should expect. Nevertheless, before drawing the line to separate the implausible, an analysis on what core values we lack would be a vital requirement.

Etiquette, courtesy and good manners--and "class," perhaps, are worthy qualities that enrich individual life and contribute to smooth and affable community relations. A person with agreeable qualities in these areas is much advantaged. Too often, we are disappointed or offended by the absence of such qualities and sometimes we just tend to be charmed by their quiet manifestation. Many will probably agree that in addition to all the usual and customary qualities of a nice person (physically and mentally on track, so to speak), good etiquette, courtesy and good manners are or should be considered qualities of a well-bred person.

Etiquette, courtesy and good manners are three terms closely related and complementary. Each has its own meanings and applications, but all are vital to a smooth and enjoyable sense of shared values and a supportive community. There are a few fine distinctions in the terms though. Whereas courtesy and good manners are always invaluable and appreciated, an awareness of and adherence to the applicable local rules of etiquette are more important at some times than others. For instance, it is only mildly of use to know just where to place each piece of flatware should Her Royal Highness, the Queen of England, drop by unexpectedly for dinner. It is mildly important, among other reasons, because the chances of an unexpected stopover from Queen Elizabeth are slim. Nevertheless, it is of utmost importance to maintain and practice such good manners and etiquettes because these forms the whole being of a person. It only implies that the person is well-bred, educated and fit to thrive with full sense of accord and piety. Otherwise, one would only be viewed as savage and barbaric.

Judith Martin, best known as "Miss Manners," believes "freedom without rules doesn't work." Edith Wharton, Henry James and the legions of pacesetters (or enforcers of established refined sensibilities!) would surely concur. Similarly, no matter how healthy and proper one's lifestyle is if it is without any due consideration for the sensibilities of others, it will not work so well, either, especially in terms of harmonious and successful relationships.

All of which gives added significance to the trend in many high schools even in college and more in graduate schools around the country to impose and teach etiquette, courtesy and manners as part of the core curriculum. It may be hard to accept, but even the most educated in the society lack the correct manners, values and even the civilized attitude. For varied reasons on which there is little consensus, a certain degree of civility seems to have been lost over the last few generations. Or, if you prefer, there never was a sufficient level of civility and that deficiency has become more pronounced. Either way, some educators and other community leaders should pioneer courses in schools to teach our savage population everything from table manners to the basics of how to treat each other with greater kindness, respect and civility. It is a fine trend that wellness enthusiasts might wish to embrace and promote in their own fashion.

From a wellness perspective, it seems to me that we might at least try to model valued aspects of these three qualities. We can do that by being unflinchingly kind, considerate, forgiving, pleasant, courteous, thoughtful, gentle and most of all respectful. For starters. I won't mention patience, charity, leadership, citizenship or diligence. "Whatever happened to class?" Then again, I never said etiquette, courtesy and good manners are easy, but don't worry about perfection. Do what you can and always try to get better, little by little and bit by bit.

As George Eliot observed, "What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?" Well, I can think of other reasons for living, but this is surely a good one to add to the mix.

Sunday, June 8, 2008


Congratulations Ejay Falcon of Pola, Oriental Mindoro, 2nd Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus Big Winner. As my blog would show, I am an Atenean who supports Robi and felt really bad that my bet didn't make it. Nevertheless, I would like to commend Ejay for dreaming big and making it big in the Big Brother house. He won the competition and I sincerely hope and pray that he will use his winning pot to advance himself, study hard and prove that he is indeed worth the win. I hope that he will utilize the money to improve the life of his family, send himslef and his siblings to school and become the man that many Filipinos believed on. His life is a good example of how one small man can conquer the universe, giving hope to the millions of poor Filipino youth that nothing is impossible when one strives hard to achieve his goals. It cannot be denied that Ejay, who was raised in a rural area and lacks the excellent educatioinal training was a focus of ridicule because he can barely communicate with English-speaking housemates. He too lacks the urban social attitude (urbanidad) and his point of views, influenced by his rural environment is somehow twisted. Nevertheless, he was declared the big winner and that in itself should serve as a pivot point for his change for the better. I pray that he will serve as a good example not only by dreaming big but also by giving high regard to education that hw himself lacks. CONGRATULATIONS! Strive for MAGIS! Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

Saturday, June 7, 2008


In the Big Brother House:
The Archer has left and the Tamaraw has bowed.
The Spanish, Italian, Belgian and German are gone.
Gone too is the one from Dumaguete and three from Davao.
The Chinese must give up their control in business.
The Haciendera should share her parcel of lands.
In Mindoro, Falcons are soaring high. . . . .
but in Manila, its the Blue Eagles who dominate the skies!
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

Friday, June 6, 2008


Many praised him for his kindness and affection. Teens try to emulate him for being responsible, humble, emphatic and intelligent. Ejay, an exact opposite, nominated him for being rich and witty while Nan, a self-confessed lazy dude, thinks he is bossy (irrational). Josef thinks Robi nominated him because of the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry (bitterness). Worst, Big Brother said he has only seen Robi as an Atenean and not as Robi himself, that he is just playing safe (safety is the best policy).

The common denominator why you get the nominations:
bullying, offensive words and actions, laziness, uncooperativeness, insensitiveness, flirting (acceptable)
being rich, smart, witty or intelligent, being responsible, likable and playing safe (irrational)

Despite the odds, Robi has managed to conquer the tasks and remained prudent until the end. He now becomes a part of the Teen Big Four, designated the color BLUE.


The title "QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH" was given to Iloilo in 1855 by no less than HER ROYAL HIGHNESS MARIA CRISTINA, QUEEN REGENT OF SPAIN. Therefore no one, except the Queen Regent alone, can take away whatever she has vested upon Iloilo.

Before any city or place in the Philippines enjoyed its present glamour and fame, Iloilo was already a fluorishing city, so fluorished that the Spaniards need not establish a settlement. The Barter of Panay stands as a solid proof that Iloilo was already an organized settlement of natives who engage in trade & industry. Since Iloilo bore a political system before the Spaniards came, no settlement was established and only the trade between the two groups took place. Before any title was given elsewhere, Iloilo was already decreed by Spain's Queen Regent as the QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH & LA MUY LEAL Y NOBLE CIUDAD DE ILOILO. Therefore, it is only rightful to claim that Iloilo is the MOTHER QUEEN OF THE SOUTH before the many so called queens came into existence.


Tuesday, June 3, 2008




The term “playing safe” came out as the widely used term in the recent episodes of PBB-TEP. Many of those who are accused of being playing safe are the actual and evident strong contenders like Robi and Rona. Too bad that Rona and Valerie were matched up with Robi in the previous eviction nights thereby leaving supporters with a divided choice on who to vote. Nevertheless, sensible and intelligent viewers pick Rona, Robi and Valerie as their three choices for the Big Four but unfortunately, only Robi has stood the challenge.

What does the term “playing safe” really mean? In being playing safe, does it imply that one doesn’t show his real self? That he is plastic? Or does it mean that one is only careful not to commit mistakes to avoid suffering the consequences or punishments? How do we measure a person’s capability to be real? Can we call someone who shows his bad side and keeps on committing mistakes a real person? Is someone unreal if he happens to excel in all the things that he do? In the quest to find out who among the housemates are showing their real self, do we have to reach the point of praising a brat for her ill-mannered actions just because "nagpapakatotoo lang siya" and brand a goodie, rule abiding guy as plastic and playing safe just because he is responsible of his actions and is able to control his outburst of emotions? With all the questions to consider, for me the term “playing safe” came out as a double standard.

In my quest to search for an answer, I went back to the basics and queried on the objectives of Endemol in staging Big Brother. stated that the purpose is basically to see how people react when brought into contact and forced into close confinement with people who lie outside their "comfort zones", strangers that is. Since the housemates may hold different opinions from each other, express different ideals, or come from a different group of people, it is likely that we can see a multitude of different social attitudes. The format is ideally suited because the viewer sees how a housemate reacts from inside the house through the constant recording of their actions, and also what they feel on the inside through the Confession Room. The outcome can often result in violent or angry confrontations, providing additional entertainment to the public.

Nevertheless, Big Brother is a social experiment that aims to find out how different people react in a given situation based on their respective familial or cultural backgrounds. The daily or weekly tasks provides a learning experience and aims to test their character as to patience, creativity and camaraderie and later on to develop a better sense of person of the housemates from its previous being or state. In short, they have to conquer the tasks and learn from it and become better persons. Therefore, at the end of the season, it is expected that the remaining housemates were able to complete the tasks, has maintained a law-abiding character and are already able to open up, socialize and interact better than when they first entered the house. It is also expected that the housemates must have a clean house-citizenship; a reflection whether they have remained law abiding inside the house. The prize only serves as a reward to those who have abided with the rules, interacted well and learned from the tasks. Its not for those who are financially challenged. Nominations are based on personal convictions but the housemates are encouraged to nominate based on the actual performance inside the house and not only because of social status.

The Big Brother house, just like a regular community has rules that the housemates have to follow. The rules serve as a guide on how the housemates should live their daily lives inside the house. Therefore, that section clearly disagrees with the common Filipino notion that the Big Brother house wanted the housemates to utmostly show their real self (magpakatotoo). Instead, Big Brother aims to provide both positive and negative reinforcements to test a person’s character whether they can remain calm, prudent and good mannered despite the challenges and eminent danger of being noinated. It is therefore a test to verify the housemates’ sense of self-preservation and accountability to the other housemates.
Therefore, the term “magpakatotoo ka”, “pagiging totoo” and “nagiging totoo lang ako” should not be the basis of a housemate’s stay in the house. A housemate should perform a task properly, abide with the house rules and learn from the tasks that has challenged them.

In Robi’s case, people accused him of not revealing his true self. As an Atenean myself like Robi, we were trained henceforth to be passionate and responsible with our work, careful with our actions and face its corresponding consequences, abide with the rules, being able to emphatize by becoming men and women for others and consider everybody as a personal accountability. Big Brother told Robi that he has already seen him as an Atenean but not as Robi himself. Big Brother didn’t realized that the Atenean he saw in Robi is already the Robi he wanted to see. Growing up in a school that fosters strict values formation, it is not unusual to see that students, Ateneans in that case, have already assimilated the values inculcated upon them and lived their lives the Atenean way. That is why people can easily spot a person who comes from Ateneo because of their ways and actions. Its simply the Atenean way. It is very difficult to separate a person from being an Atenean because both comes together. There are maybe other aspects that define a person but taking out the Atenean in him would only make him cease to exist as a person. It is therefore quite unfair that Big Brother uttered that statement and accused Robi of being playing safe without really thinking about it. Maybe Big Brother has to attend Ateneo and find out for himself.

As in the case of being playing safe, basing on the Big Brother rules and guidelines, the better way to remain inside the house is to play safe. To play safe means to be careful of your actions, plan your activities, abide with the rules, avoid committing mistakes, accept a fault, be prim and proper and interact with the other housemates as to not offending nor hurting them…… all of which are covered by the house rules. If one has committed a mistake, they get to have a punishment or even forced eviction. Therefore a housemate has no choice but to be “good” to stay longer in the house. The aspect of revealing their true self will just come out naturally as the days and the activities unfold. Sigmund Freud even stated that "no human nor superhuman can remain superficial for more than half a score of weeks (score is 20, so half a score is 10) if continuously treated with reinforcements, the reality of his inside will inevitably come out". It basically implies that given the tasks inside the house, it is impossible for anyone to remain superficial or plastic amidst all the tasks and that a person's real character will eventually come out once provoked. If they claim that Robi is plastic or playing safe, I wonder how he has managed to keep his impulse, be calm, patient and prudent up to the end. It only justifies that he has already portrayed his real identity henceforth and that people just failed to notice it.

The bottom line is, Big Brother is not a venue to showcase your real self or bad attitudes. It is not a charity that doles out prizes to poor housemates. It is a competition wherein a reward is given at the end and a social experiment with guiding rules to abide with. Therefore, it is expected that you really have to play safe to stay up to the end.


Just like Rona, Robi was also branded as playing safe. Is it because being good is really their real character? If indeed Robi’s attitude inside the Big Brother house is untrue or plastic, then why has he managed to remain calm, responsible, prudent and sensitive to the feelings of others despite all the challenges that were aimed to test their characters? I thought that people cannot just believe that Robi is really good that’s why he was branded as “too good to be true”.

Do good people no longer have space in the society?
Do we need to brand people as plastic if we see that they are good?
Is “pagiging totoo sa sarili” always have to be bad?
Is being good not accepted anymore?
Does being true mean you should be bashful and ill-mannered?




Wow! Never thought that many of my school mates can take some time to drive by ABS-CBN to buy vote cards for Robi. The lines are a bit long, good thing they gave us queue numbers so that we don't have to line up anymore. A Kopi Roti shop nearby is our comfort haven for the heat.

My mind went particularly nasty & creative after watching Pacquiao's interview with Diane Castillejo. Here's the product of my imaginative thinking whole waiting... I hope Manny will find delight in these... haha


1. TACTICS - tunog ng orasan
2. NO PEER - nike commercial
3. MOTOR KID - paglibot nya sa Manila
4. CHECK IN - manok sa McDo
5. CORRUPT - pagsara ng mata
6. WIT - timbang
7. DUET - gawin mo
8. NOODLE - sagot kay Kris sa Deal or No Deal
9. QUOTES - tawag nya kay Freddie Roach
10. CAKE - sipa
11. PANTS - suntok
12. LEAP - kaliwa

This published blog entry (PACQUAIO VOCABULARY) may be reblogged & reposted but this blog stands as a solid proof that this is where it all started. Kaya Pacquiao, 'pag sumikat ang vocabulary mo, alam mo na kung sino ang sisisihin mo. =)



The eviction last Saturday (May 31, 2008) has proven to us again that a good man will always be redeemed. Robi’s 77.04% against Nan’s 22.96% of votes just proves that the televiewers aren’t stupid enough to be fooled by Nan’s antics. Good job Nan, I hope you have learned a lot of lessons from the Big Brother House. Let’s keep on supporting Robi Domingo, the true epitome of the Filipino youth.



Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

I am an Ateneo alumnus, 25 years old and presently a 2nd Year Medicine student from FEU-NRMF Institute of Medicine. I have never met Robi nor know him personally. It is only through my peers who handles Robi’s Tulong Dunong class that I got bunch of echoed details, a lot of very good stories about this guy. An experience Robi had with my peer once happened in Daang Tubo along Katipunan Road. That moment made my friend really admire Robi a lot because he was able to convince two previously hesitant out-of-school youths to join their study activity.

I have known that he is currently in the final enrollment list of the Ateneo Office of Admissions under the AB Interdisciplinary Studies though I cannot really confirm that information. I cannot also verify if he is going back to school after PBB or will he join the showbiz bandwagon for a while. Though I am a bit curious about the course he's taking. Since he wanted to become a doctor like his dad, IS should not be his pre-med course. Nevertheless, I am hoping that from Tulong Dunong Program of the Ateneo High School, I will be meeting him in Jesuit Volunteers of the Philippines (JVP) when he finishes AB IS (if that's indeed his college course).

Congratulations Robi, seeing how you lived your life inside the Big Brother house, i can very well say that the value instilled to us Ateneans by St. Ignatius of Loyola is very evident in you. MAGIS! Continue to spread our message of truth and accountability by being men and women for others. As our song goes, we bid farewell to our Alma Mater as we leave. But for Robi after high school is over, college life will commence and he will be back again to his big house of Blue. As we have been singing, WIN OR LOSE, IT’S THE SCHOOL WE CHOOSE, THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE WE BELONG.

We stand on a hill between the earth and the sky;
Now all is still, where Loyola’s colors fly
Our course is run and the setting sun ends
Ateneo’s days; eyes are dry at the last good-bye;
This is the Ateneo way.

Mary for you! For you’re White and Blue!
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary constantly true!
We pray you’ll keep us, Mary faithful to you.
Down from the hill, down to the world go I;
Remembering still, how the bright Blue Eagles fly
Through joy and tears, through the laughing years
We sang our battle song;
Win or lose, It’s the school we choose;
This is the place where we belong!
Mary for you….

Ateneo is proud of you. I will be here to back you up, together with all those whom you won their hearts, because of your genuine heart and affectionate soul. I hope to see you go on with your dream to become a doctor and become my one of my colleagues. KUDOS Robi, may your tribe increase.