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How to deal with Duterte’s painful presscons (Part 1)
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Even my Duterte-loving friends and supporters have given up trying to watch Duterte presscons on TV.
“Why did you even watch?” Grace asked me earlier.
“Cause Patrice and I were stuck in traffic for three hours, so we watched CNN on livestream.”
How do I put this? Ang sakit sa bangs.

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It’s so painful to watch Duterte in a presscon because he is unfiltered and comes across as uneducated.
I can’t deal with Freddie Aguilar songs anymore. But I have to stress how much I want Duterte to succeed and prove all of his haters wrong, that he can do good and bring about change despite being brutish and rough around the edges (to put it lightly).

I’d like to share something our friend Mavis sent to our What’s App group, written by Emanuel A Soriano Jr. on Facebook:

Emmanuel Soriano

To My Anti-Duterte Family and Friends
I’ve noticed there is much angst, anxiety and animosity going around because of certain behavior and speech of President-elect Digong.
Let me offer 3 P’s to help you deal with this in the next 6 years:

(1) Peace of mind.
There’s a nice saying that goes something like, “When you go beyond yourself, you will find peace of mind.”
I do believe that deep in his heart, Digong has the heart for the poor.
I suggest that we just go beyond ourselves and our sensitivities and just look deep into his heart knowing that he means well especially for the downtrodden. Despite his rough and unpolished ways, there is much proof to show that Digong has a soft spot for the poor and the masses.

(2) Pardon his French.
Digong is 71 years old. By the time his term ends, he’ll be 77. He will not change his ways. If fact, it’s his ways that made him win. So why change?
Instead, I suggest we have an accepting attitude but never forgetting to encourage the younger generation on better ways to behave and speak. Ironically, we will discover that it’s in acceptance of what we don’t expect and of what is beyond our control where we will find inner peace. As the good book says, “Be still and know that I am God.” He is in control of everything. So why worry?

(3) Pray for him.
In the words of Mar, “Digong, I wish you success. Ang iyong tagumpay ay tagumpay ng ating sambayanan at ng ating bansa.”
Let’s sincerely pray and wish Digong all the success. Because indeed his success is the success of the entire nation.
I do believe that Digong wants to succeed, especially for the sake of the poor and powerless. Who doesn’t want that? I believe that the charitable thing to do is to bombard the heavens with prayers for Digong, not only for his own sake, but for the sake of all.
Wishing you all peace, love and hope.
Thanks and blessings.

(Have an appointment with Belo. To be continued)

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Prayers for the President
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We have a Vice President who wants to take the bus and a President who wants to take the plane home to Davao on a daily basis.
What have we gotten ourselves into?
Never mind the bus, but I’m a bit concerned about the plane rides.
First of all, it’s bad for the environment and it’s costly.
Second, it’s bad for his health. Sorry, but I find flying very stressful. He’s not the youngest. I’m also concerned about his heart and his stomach. I do hope he’s getting good medical advice.

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Why can’t the President live in Manila and just go to Davao on the weekends?
Seriously, I’m very afraid.
I get that he’s unconventional because I’m unconventional.
He doesn’t want to wear a barong, like I don’t even want to wear a gown, heels, and jewelry. Ever.
I get that he wants to start his day at 1 PM because I start my day around that time.
But I’m not the President.

Before you think I’m one of those people who want him to fail, I’m not.
Even though I didn’t vote, I wanted Duterte to win so badly. I wanted him to win because I saw our maids and drivers passionate about this election. I saw that they felt a connection with Duterte, instead of the elitist/DBF (de buena famille) candidates. They didn’t want the corrupt one either.

My heart sank when he made the rape joke. Seriously, I felt feverish for a day and had to stay in bed. I thought it was game over. But people got over it, I got over it.
I continued to see red flags like this photo of his lawyer with GMA (sans neck brace).

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But I chose to sweep all of it under the rug. Mostly because the “yellowtards” were so nasty, including ABS-CBN News. They were and toxic and disgusting, I had to remove, block, mute, unfriend about 300 people online.
There were much black propaganda against Duterte, but the one that outweighed everything for me was the one saying there would be massive cheating on the LP side. For that alone, I wanted to Duterte to win.

On April 26, my husband, our friend Rhoda and I watched Andrea Bocelli at the SM Arena.
After the concert, while walking towards our car, Rhoda and I saw this vehicle, which I thought looked pretty cool, I started taking pictures of it.

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When all of a sudden, this guy came out. He looked like the Piolo Pascual of Davao, with a mole on the same spot as Piolo’s face, but in a hideous, tight printed shirt.
He offered us baller bands and stickers, which Rhoda and I accepted.
“Panalo na ba tayo?” we asked the Piolo of Davao.
“Kung hindi dadayain,” he said.
“Paano kung madaya?”
“Magkakagulo,” he warned.
“Anong klaseng gulo?”
“Manggugulo ang NPA at Abu Sayyaf. Magkakadugo.”

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I started shaking on the way home. Oh God, please don’t let that happened, I prayed. I’m so scared.
My family and I left for Tokyo after that and stayed until after elections.
On May 8, while my boys and I were having dinner in Roppongi, we watched a livestream of Duterte’s phenomenal miting de avance which showed everyone who really had the numbers.

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But I was very afraid of some people who went onstage that night. First, Chavit Singson.

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Second, the man in the gold outfit.

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Third, Duterte couldn’t stop cursing and talking about killing. I watched until I fell asleep.
When I woke up, I got this message in my head:

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I thought, Grace Poe is the one that makes sense, though I knew she had no chance.
What would I have done if I had voted?
Elections went peacefully, Duterte and Robredo were proclaimed today, though I wish Duterte had gone to the proclamation because we all wanted to see him.
What could he not have delayed for one day to attend this proclamation?

I’m trying to look for a prayer for the new President to help him finish his term and fulfill his promises to the people. The good promises.
I can’t wait to watch the inauguration on TV. I want to see if he will wear a barong and leather shoes. I really want him to succeed because I love our country.
If you have any good prayer to share, please leave a comment below.
But please refrain from leaving negative comments here because we’ve all suffered from election fatigue and it’s time to move on. Let’s hope for the best.

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Here’s your chance to join Amazing Race Asia Season 5
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Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks, Asia is bringing back The Amazing Race Asia for a fifth season.
Hosted by Allan Wu, The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 is looking for couples or pairs (with pre-existing relationships) who are ready to face different challenges as they race around the world.

The show will debut in its fifth run on AXN in late 2016. Ten teams chosen from across the Asia-Pacific region will compete for a chance at the winning crown and US$100,000 in cash.

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Contestant Requirements:
1. Must be 21 years old above.
2. Must have valid passports.
3. Must be a citizen or resident of Asia.
4. Physically and mentally fit.
5. Must be outgoing, adventurous and socially savvy.
6. At least one member must have a driver’s license and can drive automatic transmission and manual transmission.
7. Interested applicants need to apply online and submit a three-minute audition video.

The site is now open for application and can be found at www.axn-asia.com/TARA.

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Authentic Chinese and Indian food festivals at Hyatt City of Dreams Manila
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Hyatt brings two great Asian cuisines to their kitchens this coming June and July 2016.
From June 14-19, enjoy authentic flavors of Guangdong, China through dishes prepared by visiting Cantonese chefs Xi Qing Hui and Zhao Pan Fei.

Cantonese Food Festival at Hyatt COD

Then, from July 17-24, discover south Indian thali and other Indian delicacies when Chef Ajith Kumar of Hyatt Regency Gurgaon, New Delhi brings news spices and recipes to The Café.

Indian Food Festival at The Cafe, Hyatt City Of Dreams

The Café is the main dining space at Hyatt City of Dreams Manila, open 24 hours, with a 315 seating capacity, buffet stations and hot dishes prepared by experienced chefs in an interactive show-kitchen.
For reservations, call +632 691 1234, extension 1162 or click HERE.

Hyatt City of Dreams Café
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