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MAGIC BADMINTON CUP ‘08 SOARS HIGH MDIO ENDS FIRST QUARTER WITH A SMASH

Tolits Vierneza and PDRR Mhon Brazas smashing their way to the gold medal

The Rotary International Districts 3770, 3780,  3790, 3800, 3810, 3820, 3830, 3850, 3860, and 3870  Rotaract Clubs made wonders as they vied for the most coveted titles in the Magic Badminton Cup ‘08 in Blue , September 28, 2008.

PDRR Mhon and Tolits Vierneza of San Pedro East (D3820) unleashed their prowess and rattled their closest opponents JR Arenas of Cabuyao Circle and Jolas Argana of San Pedro East to clinch the gold in Men’s Doubles Division.

It was a close fight but the former launched a series of  magical drops and crashing smashes to cut the latter’s last thread of hope. A canto of the game was a see-saw rally of shuttlecocks that no one could forecast what would the outcome be. Another chapter was a landslide lead of  Jolas-Jr Tandem over Mhon-Tolits partnership. At this moment, someone could make a premature conclusion that the former team would win.

But Jolas  hurdled through a series of  seven straight games before he encountered the worst nightmare of his badminton stint. Jolas happened to be part of another team that was  a strong contender in the Mixed Doubles Division and due to fatigue he gave up and accepted the nipping result, 35-30 in favor of Mhon and Tolits.

Sir Paolo Rivera-Joffrey Po team (District 3810) settled for the bronze.

On the other side of the green  court was the championship match between Nicole So-Gold Ong duo (District 3810) and DRR Megs Abarca – Allen Desquitado pair (District 3820).

At the start of the game, the District 3810 women  showed a promising play courtesy of So’s long established badminton dexterity. However, So has gone through a chain of  exhausting bouts before the ultimate finals that her   momentum was stopped by DRR Meg’s equally powerful playing handiness.      The last part of the match was dominated by twosome Meg-Allen  who nailed the scoreboard at 35-28. Makati Women bagged the bronze.

PDRR Joanie Sitoy and her partner from D3820 won gold unmatched in the  Mixed Doubles Division. Jolas (D3820) and Hazel (Cubao) ended satisfied with silver after conceding due to fatigue. Brother-sister Team Nicole and Norman So brought home the bronze.

DRR Megs and PDRR Mhon were given special awards for playing  valuably  in DRR’s Circle.

Sir Magic Ong opens the battle
DRR Megs with 3810 & 3820 and 3830 Rotaractors
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3820 Dominates MDIO Pilipinas 4th Magic Badminton Cup

The Rotaract Clubs of Rotary International District (RID) 3820 once again proved that they still are the kings and queens of the Rotaract Badminton when they exuded their dominance over other districts in the Multi-District Information Organization (MDIO) Pilipinas 4th Magic Badminton Cup in Planet Badminton, Makati on January 30, 2011.

RACSPE Shatters RAC Parañaque East Paragon and RAC Makati in Men’s Doubles Division

The Dynamic Duo of 3820 Past District Rotaract Representative (PDRR) Mhon Brazas and Rtr. JB Vierneza, both from the Rotaract Club of San Pedro East (RACSPE), 3820 crashed the tandem of Angelo Tejuco of RAC Parañaque East Paragon, 3830 and Rey John Lorca of Makati, 3830 in the Men’s Division Finals. Almost invincible, this RACSPE partnership never had the hard time clinching the championship title against the joint venture of Angelo and Rey John as the former murdered the latter by the numbers. RACSPE took advantage of Mhon and JB’s seasoned badminton career. This duo was also the champion in this division last year. Perplexing reflexes and aged agility were their perfect weapon. Almost practically growing up in the badminton courts, Mhon and JB found this match nothing but an ordinary and casual game. The only difference was the additional stamina needed in this particular battle since winners must be known before the sun sets. Nevertheless, the Angelo-Rey John pair likewise played incredibly well all through out this double elimination competition not to mention the carried-over-from previous-matches fatigue on Angelo and the chronic attack of cramps on Rey John. RACSPE gave no mercy to the opponent in the first set after it nailed a six-point advantage 10-4. To add insult to injury, it made the gap even harder to come by, 17-6. The lead increased in linear progression and the first set ended with a frustrating score, 21-11. The show must go on for the sake of  spectacular rallies and the cruel game technicalities. Winners must be named and so the second set was laid. Angelo and Rey John never gave a hint that they would give up. Spirits still rising, they presented corresponding remarkable receptions to the dominating duo’s lightning smashes. They even rained equally stinging shots. Treacherous drops and witty placings were not monopolized by the leading team. The 3830 score was pinned down to 2 until 3820 counter reached 9.  Angelo-Rey John doubles barely made successful shots as the lead ballooned to twelve points, 18-6. The loud foot tapping of  JB and the thunderous shouts of Mhon when he walloped were somehow intimidating as their rivals showed no intention to get back before the set approached its end. The 3820 team did not prolong the agony of 3830- RACSPE pulverized its challenger, 21-8. Prior to the Men’s Division main event, the 3830 racketeers hurdled through a grueling match with another RACSPE formidable twosome Radney Hernandez and Carlo del Monte. Scores were made basically from errors but the tremendous playing power the teams both displayed could not be ignored. Test of strength was the name of the game for each winning team was scheduled to play right after.  Worn out quadriceps were no excuse and sprained wrists were no alibis. Inom lang ang pahinga (drinking was the only rest), they say. The only consolation the players got was the salable comic stance of ever happy and gay Radney a.k.a. Bekimon coupled with queer gestures of his similarly funny co-player Carlo. RACSPE’s laid back performance bore beautiful fruits when it baffled 3830 team in the first set, 21-15. The outcome of the first set was a persuasive evidence that this Angelo-Rey John and Radney-Carlo match was a game for all. Both teams had equal chance of winning. Non-stop Angelo and injury-prone Rey John took the relaxed scheme of Radney and Carlo seriously… and it paid off. The used-to-be exchange of errors that became a rally of shots soon emerged to a “this is it” scenario and the 3830 smashers got the advantage points to etch the scoreboard with well-matched 21-15. The third, the final and the conclusive set was a fluctuation of funny-serious and will-won’t moods. The fitter ones survived. The third set ended with the persistent score 21-15. that gave ticket to the 3830 smashers on their flight to the finals.  (More pictures to follow) Thus, Mhon Brazas and JB Vierneza, RACSPE, RID 3820 bagged the gold in Men’s Division. Angelo Tejuco, Parañaque East Paragon, 3830 and Rey John Lorca, Makati, 3830 pocketeed the silver medals while Radney Hernadez and Carlo del Monte, RACSPE, 3820 took home the bronze.

Preliminaries (Double Elimination)

Before these three teams brought their respective bacons home,  they and the other teams passed through a series of painstaking games.

  • Angelo Tejuco- Rey John Lorca vs. Fourth Placer Michael Hemedez, Cabuyao, 3820 and James Mabulac, RACSPE, 3820, 12-21, 21-16, 15-13
  • Mhon Brazas-JB Vierneza, RACSPE vs. Radney Hernadez- Carlo del Monte, RACSPE- 21-7, 21-12
  • Angelo Tejuco-Rey John Lorca vs. Macre Pelejo, Sta. Rosa South, 3820 and Ryan Bello, RACSPE, 3820, 21- 16, 16-21, 22-21
  • Mhon Brazas-JB Vierneza, RACSPE vs. Michael Hemedez-James Mabulac- 21-04, 21-14
  • Radney Hernandez-Carlo del Monte vs. Macre Pelejo-Ryan Bello, 21-18, 17-21, 22-20
  • Angelo Tejuco-Rey John Lorca vs. Flo Espiritu, Metro Olongapo, 3790 and Anthony Carandang, UN, 3810, 21-15, 21-11
  • Michael Hemedez-James Mabulac vs. Charlie Chua, Manila, 3810 and Andrew Abuso, Pueblo de Lucban, 21-16, 21-10
  • Mhon Brazas-JB Vierneza vs. Angelo Tejuco-Rey John Lorca, 21-8, 21-11
  • Radney Hernandez-Carlo del Monte vs. Flo Espiritu-Anthony Carandang, 21-7, 21-16

3820 Beauties Beat 3820-3810 Binary in Women’s Double Division

Tina “Ganda” Mencias of RAC San Pedro and Khate Buluag of RAC Cabuyao Circle both from RID 3820 outshone the double act of Immediate Past MDIO Chair Megs, Abarca, RAC Lucena South, 3820 and Bea Pacao, RAC San Marcelino, 3810 in Women’s Division. Tina, a gold medalist from last year’s cup of the same division merged her playing prowess with that of equally great Khate Buluag, a 3rd Magic Badminton Cup-Women’s bronze medalist to form an enterprise firm enough to win every battle required to retain the title. Megs, medalist in women’s and mixed doubles for the past three Magic cups joined force with Bea, a newcomer but obviously not a neophyte in terms of badminton. Everybody knew ab initio that the collision of these two teams would be a spectacular display of  playing skills and techniques. This would be a close fight, the audience assumed. To the satisfaction of the viewers, both teams opened the first set with awesome exchange of shots. Tina-Khate tandem, a union of badminton buffs cast fantastic smashes to counter Megs-Bea Team’s spear-like attacks.  Being P.E. instructors, Megs and Bea were accustomed with the ins and outs, ons and offs and do’s and don’ts of this fast and furious game called badminton. Rallies, smashes and drops were shown in constant cycle to the viewing pleasure of the spectators. Though the two teams were at par experience-wise, Tina-Khate nipped Megs-Bea, 21-20 in the first set. Back with high hopes, Megs and Bea tried to retaliate in the second set the modest loss suffered in the first set. Khate’s streamlined assaults were answered by Megs counter jump smashes and Tina’s tricky drops were offset by Bea’s clever placings. Optimism on a third and decisive set was conspicuous in Megs and Bea’s countenance during the first few minutes of the second set. Both teams had fair share on the scoreboard. However, it was proved that Tina and Khate’s longevity was more spanning than of Megs and Bea. The 3820-3810 Combo of Megs and Bea succumbed to the unadulterated 3820 pair of Tina and Khate. Point differential of one evolved to two, three… till Tina and Khate finally pegged the the second set with a score of 21-14. (Pictures to follow) Before Tina and Khate fought for gold against the bye tandem of Megs and Bea, they beat the duo of Hazel Lacbayo, RAC Makati, 3830  and Kristel Royo, RAC Malate, 3810. Tina and Khate whitewashed their opponents in two sets 21-3 and 21-4. Ergo, Tina Mencias and Khate Buluag got the gold medals. Megs and Bea settled for silver and Hazel-Kristel earned bronze.

Preliminaries

  • Hazel Lacbayo-Kristel Royo vs. PDRR Sen Villanueva, RAC Manila Metro, 3810 and PDRR Joannie Sitoy, RAC Parañaque Metro-Kapwa, 3830,  21-23, 21-13, 15-12
  • Tina Mencias-Khate Buluag vs. Megs Abarca-Bea Pacao, 21-19, 21-14

3820 Couple Topples 3810 Doublet in Mixed Doubles Division

Men’s Division was a magnificent match to behold for the men’s superlative characters and characteristics gave thrills to the viewers. Women’s not so vigorous yet not so subtle bout awed the eyewitnesses for its impressive showcase of skills comparable to that of Men’s.  But, Mixed Doubles was everyone’s favorite. Thrills and awes converged for the enjoyment of the onlookers. Odds and ends, pros and cons, ayes and nays and all the other dominant and recessive traits of both men and women were well-blended to add humor to the supposed-to-be serious game. So what’s the perfect combination for a perfect competition? Tina “Ganda” Mencias and JB “Tolits” Vierneza teamed up for the answer.  Their combination was the cream of the crop. Tina and JB were gold medalists in last years’ Magic Cup. Both were badminton court frequenters since they discovered the art and science of the game. Hinog sa panahon (ripe and right), an idiom once told. But the term perfect was a mere exaggeration,  for another says “walang perpekto sa mundo maliban sa pangalang Perfecto” (there’s no such thing as perfect but the name Perfecto). Their suitability for the title was put into test by another quasi-perfect duo of Bea Pacao and Carlos Nimo, both from RAC San Marcelino, Manila, 3810. This match was the ultimate test of endurance and tolerance. TIna, who paired up with Khate to bag the gold in Women’s had already showed signs of stress and strain. JB, who helped Mhon in the quest for gold in Men’s already gave symptoms of physical torture. Bea, likewise felt tired after her stint with Megs to stand up against Tina and Khate in Women’s Division but luckily had some sort of relief through her partner Carlos who only joined the Mixed Doubles Division. The players intermittently demonstrated signals of pain but not to the dismay of the audience. It was as if they charged high octane fuel into their systems that each never failed to make up for the precedent shortfalls. What added jolt to the game was the coincidental pair up of Tina and Jb who are both petite and the merger of Bea and Carlos who are both slender.  Moreover, the unique gestures of each player spiced up the meet. JB tried to exert extra effort whenever Tina was at a slack and Carlo was at his peak whenever Bea tried to relax… and vice versa. The first canto was set. Everything and everybody seemed all right as the score ticked 1-0, 1-1, 1-2 and 2-2. All was fair until Bea and Carlos took advantage of  Tina-Jb’s fatigue brought by the preliminary elimination games. Scores of four by each team were crucial as the following tallies had been far different. When Bea and Carlos scored five points vs. Tina and  Jb’s four, the 3820ers never had the chance to grab the lead. The 3810’s great playing strategy worked out. They tacitly knew the silent mines and yours. The other successfully inferred what the other psychologically implied. Spontaneous blows from the camp of the 3810ers overpowered the defense of the southerners whose score was fastened to 15 till the end of the first set 21-15. A conflict rose at the start of the second set. Tina-Tolits tandem got the first score on the board. A very long rally was witnessed before the most controversial second shot was pinned. Tina, being tired was almost stuck at one point that she was not able to take positions in her post of responsibility. Tolits literally was here, there and everywhere just to answer Bea and Carlos’ smashes and at the same time try to make a shot. The most notable was his Flash-like move when after coming from the back end line he sped to the line dividing the court just to make the ball alive. He hit it but the opponents said it was null for it was not a volley. Bea and Carlos argued that the ball touched the floor first before it was nose-dived by Tolits. The referee said it was a shot. The spectators agreed. There was an altercation but the referee prevailed. Tina and Tolits scored 2-0. Bea and Carlos tried to get back as the scoreboard read 1-2. But Tolits was furious, he stamped 3-2. The one-point differential grew into a 7-point advantage, 11-4 when Tina started to match Tolits’ effort. Bea and Carlos only saw the silver lining when the lead was cut to four, 12-8. There was an exchange of shots and the four-point difference was maintained till 20-16. Bea and Carlo tried to get closer in 20-17 but Tina and Tolits reigned in the second set, 21-17. Bea and Carlos never gave Tina and Tolits a chance to take the lead in the first set and it was otherwise in the second set. The third place was different. Bea and Carlos were confident enough that they could outpower their opponents for they had already hammered them during the preliminaries, 21-8 and 21-5. Bea and Carlo gave the San Pedronians a hard time. They even intermittently snatched the lead. Issues of of whose shots were rampant as rallies. It even came to the point that spectators had no unanimous verdict. The referee was even quoted saying to one onlooker- “Umalis ka diyan, ako ang referee dito.” (Get lost, I’m the referee here!) Twelve-12 was the last deuce in the game and close fight resurfaced. The 1-2 advantage was blown into four, 20-16 until the Tina and Tolits showed what it takes to be “bad” in badminton and ended the set and the game, 21-17. Thus, Tina and Tolits got the gold, Bea and Carlos settled for silver and Khate-Mike duo dig the bronze.

Preliminaries

  • Bea Pacao-Carlos Nimo vs. Khate-Mike, 21-14, 14-21, 15-13
  • Tina Mencias-Tolits Vierneza vs. Megs Abarca-Macre Pelejo, 21-7, 21-11
  • Megs Abarca-Macre Pelejo vs. Hazel Lacbayo-Rey John Lorca, 21-12, 21-12
  • Khate Buluag-Michael Hemedez vs. Kristel Royo-Carlo del Monte, 21-8, 21-5
  • Bea Pacao-Carlos Nimo vs. Tina Mencias-Tolits Vierneza, 21-8, 21-15
  • Bea Pacao-Carlos Nimo vs. Kristel Royo-Carlo del Monte, 21-9, 21-14
  • Tina Mencias-Tolits Vieneza vs. Hazel Lacbayo-Rey John Lorca, 21-9, 21-13

The Magic Badminton Cup was established in 2007 as a means of fellowship among the Rotaract Clubs comprising the MDIO Pilipinas Representing the Districts 3780, 3790, 3800, 3810, 3820, 3830 and 3860. It was named after RID 3810 SDG Edison “Magic” Ong who is considered “The Grandfather of the Philippine Rotaract”. MDIO, on the other hand is an organization with the purpose of disseminating information and facilitating communication between Rotaract clubs in the districts concerned. This fourth season of the cup was co-hosted by the Rotaract Clubs of Cubao, Makati, Manila, Malate, Metro Olongapo, Pueblo de Lucban , San Pedro East and Sta. Rosa South. Immediate Past MDIO Pilipinas+  Chairman Imelda/RID 3820 Past District Rotaract Representative (DRR)Imelda  “Megs” Abarca chaired the event and RID 3820 Immediate Past DRR Arlene Bacalla was the Master of Ceremonies. The opening Prayer was delivered by RAC Makati Rotaractor Rey John Lorca. MDIO Pilipinas+ Chair Charlie Chua opened the cup with his inspiring remarks. Event Chair Megs Abarca, MDIO Pilipinas+ Chairman Charlie Chua, RID 3790 PDRR Flo Espiritu, RAC Makati President Rio Radam, RAC Cabuyao Circle Past President Khate Buluag, RAC Pueblo de Lucban Immediate Past Presidnt Andrew Abuso and RACSPE President Francis “Gucci” Guttierez did the symbolic Ceremonial Smash. SDG Magic Ong gave the closing remarks. Also present during the event were RC Lucban Past President Andy Abuso and RID 3820 DRR Roy Casipit. *MDIO Pilipinas+ = MDIO Pilipinas Representing the Districts 3780, 3790, 3800, 3810, 3820, 3830 and 3860 ** Please give your comments, for any clarifications. *** Pictures to follow.

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Hodgepodge 1: My Last Blog Before I Hibernate

The tagline should have been- “My Last Blog Before I Aestivate”.

Hibernate is to Winter as Aestivate/Estivate is to Summer.

There’s no winter in the Philippines, just summer and rainy season.  So, why Hibernate not Aestivate?

  1. The word “hibernate” has just earned great popularity among the Filipinos as to mean- to opt not to be in the limelight or in the circulation, to hide, to ____.
  2. Aestivate sounds like masturbate.
  3. It’s getting colder and colder as if the Philippines will have its complete cycle of seasons very soon and only until then it’s not politically correct to use hibernate. (not to mention the office aircon temperature reading of  17°C)

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New Year’s Resolution

Making a list of New Year’s Resolution items is as easy as making a statement like this- “I will not smoke!”, but fulfilling the same is not at all that easy.  They say promises are made to be broken. So it’s better not to promise anything. Just try to make a change with all your might without the strings attached.

Be positive always. There are a lot of self-help books. Some tells that- If you are ugly, tell yourself that “I am not ugly!” every time the need to tell it arises. So if the apple of your eye doesn’t even make a glance of you. Don’t think it is because you are ugly. Tell yourself you are not ugly. You are not ugly. You are not ugly. You are not ugly. You are not ugly. You are not ugly. You are not ugly…

Self-help books do not help at all. It’s true.

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Brain Drain

I happened to read this article:

No Free Lunch
Of stolen cell phones

By Cielito Habito
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:15:00 01/11/2011

MY SON got robbed of his cell phone last week. It would have been just another incident we would have charged to experience, if not for two things. One, it was in full view of other passengers that he was brazenly accosted by three men on a bus, who forcibly took off his shoes and socks (apparently to prevent him from running after them later) while another pulled his phone from his pocket. And it was clear they only wanted his cell phone, as they didn’t bother with his wallet nor his backpack, where he had even more valuables (thank God). What pains him is that not a single person on the bus lifted a finger to help in spite of his shouts of “Magnanakaw, magnanakaw!” It is this public indifference that has emboldened such criminals to be so daring and brazen about their acts.

My son dutifully went to the nearest police station, and it took him up to the wee hours to file a proper report on the incident. When I asked him later why he even bothered to do so, he told me, “Because it’s the right thing to do.” That earned him my quiet admiration and pride. I wish all of us were like him.

He was told then by the policemen on duty that even if they manage to catch the thieves, they would go scot free because victims opt not to press charges once confronted with the apprehended thieves, especially upon recovering their phones from the culprits. This makes one wonder why such people cannot stay behind bars even if victims do not press charges directly, when they are clearly a menace to public safety. Isn’t this one reason we have a Public Attorney’s Office? It’s a problem for our legal system to address, as it gives us yet another reason to feel that our legal and justice system is much too “criminal-friendly.”

The second reason we just couldn’t let the incident pass is that all three of my children who work in the city have lost their cell phones to thieves in the last few weeks alone. And for each one, it has not been their first experience with having their phone stolen from their purse or pocket. The law of probabilities suggests to me that if this could happen so frequently within the same family in so short a time, then cell-phone theft must already be so extremely rampant that the likelihood that it could happen to anybody at any time is rather high.

The problem, it seems to me, is that it has become so easy for thieves to turn a stolen phone into cash, notwithstanding the electronic features in these phones that supposedly make it possible for the authorities to disable the handset. We are told that a phone can be “blacklisted” and we are made to understand that this will render it unusable if we report the phone’s IMEI number, its distinctive electronic fingerprint, to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). But few cell-phone theft victims probably do so anyway, for a number of reasons I can think of. First, it’s not unlikely that they have lost or misplaced the box the phone came in that bears that all-important number. While I never throw away the boxes that my cell phones come in, I find that Murphy’s Law prevails every time: you can never find them once you need them.

Second, even if people have the IMEI number, they may feel that reporting it is too much of a hassle to be worth the effort, especially with the doubt that such disabling by the NTC would really happen (I’d love to hear from someone out there who has confirmed first-hand that such handset disabling really works). I discovered myself how frustrating and even pointless it could be just to attempt having a stolen phone blacklisted. My telecom provider (or at least its call center agent I talked to) had so much difficulty trying to confirm that the IMEI number I gave him was really mine that I gave up in utter exasperation after nearly half an hour on the phone. Worse, I accidentally discovered within the course of the conversation that he actually never even bothered to note down the 15-digit IMEI number the first time he made me carefully dictate it to him! Had I not asked more questions and patiently stayed on the line to get answers, the conversation could have ended with the agent telling me that they would file the report, and that would have been the end of it. I was to realize later that had I not pursued it, this agent was really just humoring me and could never have reported my IMEI number to the authorities, because he never even noted it down in the first place! (I hope this is an isolated experience, but I could give Globe details if they care to check on it.)

But let’s assume that the report is indeed filed with the NTC, and the NTC indeed goes on and disables the phone. Still, the thief or the willing buyer can apparently simply go to Greenhills or any other place with cell-phone repair/hacking shops to “unlock” or even re-enable a disabled phone. Isn’t there a law against this? Can’t a proper government agency crack down on the illicit practice? And given the flourishing market for used (including stolen) cell phones, I can see it would be extremely difficult to control this, but it would help for government to show that it is at least trying to curb the problem.

So is the ultimate solution to have all cell phones registered, whether prepaid or postpaid? Herein lies yet another hot policy debate that I cannot dwell on here. Meanwhile, cell-phone thieves will continue having free lunches (and much more) at everyone else’s expense—and get more and more brazen about it. And my son now hates our country so much he is determined to seek his career overseas.

Hold on to your pockets. You could be the next victim.

***Aselpunzalan’s Annotations***

Habito earned my sympathy through this unlucky experience of his son.

He even earned my empathy when he enumerated the indifference and the insensitivity of fellow Filipinos in case like this.

He even put me in his shoes when he enumerated the what-must-have-done’s  and the  what-to-do’s in case like this.

But he got into my nerves when he added: “And my son now hates our country so much he is determined to seek his career overseas.” This statement made me decide to repost this

Brain Drain

(Editorial Proper, The Sphere, the Official Student Publication of San Pedro College of Business Administration, October 2004)

The exodus of Filipino workers can be traced from the days of yore. But it is far more remarkable now due to the economic crisis the country is facing. The engineers, teachers and nurses among others, looking for greener pasture abroad cannot be blamed. However, such phenomenon is tantamount to more serious catastrophe called Brain Drain.

Brain Drain is a practice by which those groups of people who have the “brain” flee from an unsatisfactory place in  search for a career move leaving the place behind drained, with mediocre or worse “brainless” ones remaining.

The migrants have the point. They can earn somewhere out there a thousandfold more than they can do here. There are more job opportunities, better working condition. lower cost of living and higher quality of life overseas. What is being left is a stagnant community- hospitals with less expertise, status-quo technologies and schools devoid of excellence, so to speak.

We will be lucky enough if the few good ones will remain to stay for good, for the sake of the country or for any other reasons the may have.. They are the ones who, in spite of discouraging environment are expected to initiate the economic and social revolution. Though ironic as it may seem, they are the persons looked up to to to trigger the betterment of a country that had never been good to them.

And this calls for another action in unison. The government should take the part of improving our economy and maintaining peace and order so as to minimize if not to annihilate the escapade.  Moreover, it must support its potential human resources. Its constituents in return must play the role of citizens responsible enough to start the improvement within themselves and to generate the osmosis of economic and social metamorphosis.

*tsk, better said than done.

Thanks everybody. Fell free to cast your sharp blabber blades. This is all for now.  More hodgepodge to come.