"Throughout the day, we
had people calling with messages like: 'We have taken Caloocan.' We were not aware then
that they were leftist signals, although we already knew that there were same plans afoot.
But I did not think that they would do it that night."
The Beggar's Hand:
The Plight of Poverty
A website on poverty in the Philippines.
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1:15 am.The night is
certainly melting away. It's not really that late if you ask me, but my eyes are really
getting heavy. It has to be the caffeine. As of this writing, a good number of pages in
the website are still under heavy construction; I just bothered writing my page down,
since my brain isn't functioning at its utmost efficiency. Well, welcome to my little
niche in cyberspace. (For those interested in knowing more about my boring life, do go
Society has always taken
democracy for granted (and perhaps any good thing out there). Such open channels and means
in running the government are often victims of abuse and corruption. Yet, when democracy
is taken away from us, we suddenly feel this surge of supression from the authorities. We
wanted democracy back. But I guess, before we could really enjoy democracy, we have to
know how to love it first.
EDSA taught us a lesson or
two about loving ones country: It doesn't take a hero to save the day, you just have to
stand up for what you believed in. Along the entire stretch of EDSA, you have people from
all walks of life, jamming the streets, and even hanging on the light poles. For what?
They just want their freedom back. It was just as simple as that. One person may seem
unimportant to any of those significant events that unfolded, but each soul present makes
a difference than having none at all.
Honestly, I don't remember
much of the riots and demonstrations that happened at EDSA and even prior to that, since I
was just a kid back then. I didn't really know what what was happening, nor I even cared.
As far as I am concerned, my mother just dragged me all the way to Malacaņang (a
place were we have our fieldtrips) to hang behind steel black bars and watch people trash
down the gate and make an entire ugly scene. Next I think I knew it, I was right under a
truck, saving myself from the storm of stones and debris flying in the air. I don't
remember much of EDSA after that, asides from the things I was seeing in TV. But when I
was there, you somehow feel this aura of the people. You feel their spirit and passion
towards something they wanted the most.
Marc and I made this website
It took us about 8 months to design and write.
Although we didn't win anything, since our site (at least the first version for that
matter) only made it until the semi-finals round, the experience of making this was all
the success we needed. (Yeah, even though we really wanted to fly to the US and earn muchos dineros and all. Enjoy the sites and babes...oh well).
I'm already in college right
now, taking up Communications Technology Management. It's this mix of Computer Science,
Mass Communications and Management. (Since I'm in college, this makes me illegible for ThinkQuest). I like making websites
(obvious, ain't it?), and just hanging around the house playing Final Fantasy VIII - a totally cool
video game. Worth playing for hours and hours on end. I'm about to turn 19 in the
millenium, (good bye to puberty) and roughly found my purpose in life. You'd find me
biking in the afternoons or perhaps hanging around the local gym (I want to get thinner).