State of the Nation Address or commonly known as SONA is the annual address of the President and delivered every 4th Monday of July at the Batasang Pambansa. It is a way of the President to inform its countrymen or the nation about the country’s economic, social, and political condition. It is also the President’s way to share his contributions or accomplishments and his plans for the growth and for the betterment of the country.

President Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino just delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address last July 28, 2014. It took almost two hours for the President to broadcast his speech. Charts, figures, and videos were provided to aid his accomplishments under his administration. PNoy also recognized the people who contributed so much and lend a hand to accomplish all his projects and programs. 

Some of the highlighted topics in PNoy’s fifth SONA are the following:

  • Upgrade in investment-grade ratings
  • Benefits of DAP for the scholars of TESDA
  • The Expanded Conditional Cash Transfer Program
  • Poverty rate went down
  • Tax collections
  • Recapitalization of the Central Bank of the Philippines
  • International Civil  Aviation Organization
  • Budget for Infrastructure
  • Rehabilitation efforts
  • AFP modernization
  • Education

The Philippines was upgraded to investment grade status. This will give the government to borrow funds for projects and programs at a lower interest rates. Investors will be attracted in our country and, with this, there will be more businesses that will open in our country. Then the countrymen will be benefited with this.

DAP has been so controversial after the Supreme Court declared some portions of it as unconstitutional. The executive department defended the DAP through its contribution for the economic growth and insisted that it was done in good faith. However, some critics said that ‘good faith’  doesn’t make the DAP correct. Some of the scholars of TESDA has been interviewed and said that the program helped them to have a work. TESDA’s Training-for-Work Scholarship Program was funded by the DAP. 

Lots of poor people are complaining about their situations. They said that life has been so tough to them and the government should give more attention and help them to abscond to their uncomfortable lives. But according to National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the poverty rate of the country went down and millions of Filipinos have been lifted out of poverty. 

I won’t be tackling more about the other topics discussed by PNoy in his SONA, for I know that everyone had already watched his broadcasted annual address.

Comments were spilled after PNoy’s fifth SONA. Both positive and negative feedbacks were lashed online and offline. The comments were not only focusing on the speech delivered by PNoy but also to the ones who attended the event. The netizens have different takeaways about the occasion. And I think some of their statements don’t even have anything to do with SONA per se. Some criticized the outfit of the government officials who attended the said event. I don’t think there’s a problem in showcasing their best attires or best dresses. For me, it’s just a way to show their respect to the grand event and also to the President. Do people want the government officials wear a baggy jeans in the event? A t-shirt? Short pants? Mini-skirts? Skorts? or whatever-outfit-there? Senator Binay was bashed due to her unfortunate-outfit-choice. Yeah, her outfit was somewhat like an upside-down hot air balloon. So what? Does it affect the SONA or the economy of the country? I don’t get it why people need to  be mean just to grab an attention in social media or whatever. So absurd, yknow. To the netizens, just promote love instead of hating people.  

Back to President Noynoy’s address. Okay, I’m not an anti nor pro-administration here. PNoy is not a magician that he can turn the lives of his countrymen to a mega-cozy-life in just a single snap. Of course, it will take time to fix everything and to correct all the flaws of the government. I can see the effort of the President for the amelioration of our country. And yes, there are positive and negative sides of its programs and projects. But we know that his only main goal or the core of his term is to help alleviate the country’s problems and to put into effect his promises to the Filipinos. “Hindi na ipapamana pa sa susunod…" This line is referring to his projects. Does this mean that his projects will be accomplished before his term ends or what? This is somewhat implies that his plans should be accomplished before he leaves the position. It makes also sense that he won’t run for the next election when he gave an advice to the Filipino voters that they should elect the right one who will continue his "tuwid na daan” legacy. 

President Noynoy’s fifth State of the Nation Address became emotional when he discussed about his parents and the obligation given to him. All in all, he has delivered his message properly and cited all his contributions and his officials for the improvement of the country. He said that he’s already contented with the accomplishments of his administration. Well, I’m just hoping that his present/future projects and programs are/will be implemented accordingly. And the corrupt officials will be exposed anytime soon and face the consequences for their wrongdoings.


The thing that I won’t forget in his fifth SONA is when he said, "Hangga’t buo ang ating pananalig at tiwala, mapapatunayang “The Filipino is worth dying for, the Filipino is worth living for. Idadagdag ko naman po, the Filipino is definitely worth fighting for.” Hoping that the last line will move the Filipinos and will prove to the President that they are indeed worth fighting for. As Filipinos, we should not depend only to the President. We should also strive on our own and do our best to help improve ourselves so as our country.

P.S. I do not own the photos. 


“‘Do you really believe that God expects you to show Him your respect by repeated bowing and kneeling and prostration? Might it not be better only to look into oneself and to pray to Him in the stillness of one’s heart? Why all these movements of your body?’ As soon as I had uttered these words I felt remorse, for I had not intended to injure the old man’s religious feelings. But the hajji did not appear in the least offended. He smiled with his toothless mouth and replied: ‘How else then should we worship God? Did He not create both, soul and body, together? And this being so, should man not pray with his body as well as with his soul? Listen, I will tell you why we Muslims pray as we pray. We turn toward the Kaaba, God’s holy temple in Mecca, knowing that the faces of all Muslims, wherever they may be, are turned to it in prayer, and that we are like one body, with Him as the centre of our thoughts. First we stand upright and recite from the Holy Koran, remembering that it is His Word, given to man that he may be upright and steadfast in life. Then we say, “God is the Greatest,” reminding ourselves that no one deserves to be worshipped but Him; and bow down deep because we honour Him above all, and praise His power and glory. Thereafter we prostrate ourselves on our foreheads because we feel that we are but dust and nothingness before Him, and that He is our Creator and Sustainer on high. Then we lift our faces from the ground and remain sitting, praying that He forgives our sins and bestow His grace upon us, and guide us aright, and give us health and sustenance. Then we again prostrate ourselves on the ground and touch the dust with our foreheads before the might and the glory of the One. After that, we remain sitting and pray that He bless the Prophet Muhammad who brought His message to us, just as He blessed the earlier Prophets; and that He bless us as well, and all those who follow the right guidance; and we ask Him to give us of the good of this world and of the good of the world to come. In the end we turn our heads to the right and to the left, saying, “Peace and the grace of God be upon you” - and thus greet all who are righteous, wherever they may be. ‘It was thus that our Prophet used to pray and taught his followers to pray for all times, so that they might willingly surrender themselves to God - which is what Islam means - and so be at peace with Him and with their own destiny.’”

— An extract from ‘The Road to Mecca’ by Muhammad Asad (via baluchx) Read this book if you haven’t. (via thegreaterjihad)

(Source: kalbasgonnahate)


Christina Perri

God Damn You're Beautiful

Chester See


The month of Ramadhan is very special and the holiest month for the Muslims. It is the month where Muslims observe fasting from morning (sunrise) to evening twilight. In Islam, fasting is mandatory. It is an obligation not an option. This obligation makes the poor and the rich equal. The rich people will have a taste of pain and hunger that the poor and the weak are battling. This will help the rich people become more lenient to the weak and more merciful to the hungry ones. Fasting does not only mean abstaining oneself from eating and drinking. One should also abstain himself from doing unpleasant acts and shackling some of his inclinations. Ramadhan is a month of starving the body and feeding the soul. It is a month of doing good deeds and forgiveness. Fasting is not about a diet of burning calories. It’s about burning ego, pride and sins. Ramadhan is the season of igniting your longing and yearning to Allah (swt). 

RAMADHAN is a school of faith and a place to recharge our spiritual cells. Ramadhan is:

  • Self-discipline
  • Self-control
  • Self-restraint
  • Self-education
  • Self-evaluation. 

Days from now, the month of Ramadhan will bid farewell to us. Have you ever asked yourself if you have exerted all the efforts to fulfill all the requirements of Ramadhan? Have you defeated your evil desires or you’ve overtaken them? Have you performed the mandatory prayers and good deeds properly? Have you done enough to please Allah (swt) by doing his commands? As we bid farewell to this holy month of Ramadhan, we should ask ourselves with these questions for us to evaluate and reflect with our actions, our motives, and perhaps the way for the continuity of our good deeds. May all our Salahs (prayers), fasting, sacrifices and righteous deeds be all accepted in this sacred month of Ramadhan. May we all continue the righteous actions though this holy month of Ramadhan is getting near to its end. This end is also a renewal, a reaffirmation, a resolution, and a positive change to us. To my Muslim Sisters and Brothers, advance Happy Eid’l Fitr. May Allah (swt) bless us all.

All of the Stars

Ed Sheeran

Ramadhan Kareem!

Ramadhan Kareem!

She doesn’t have a princess complex. She demands that you treat her with respect — but because she is a person you love, not because she is a woman and therefore magically entitled to something. Just as she would expect you to treat your friends and family with respect, she knows you wouldn’t treat her any other way. A high-quality woman wouldn’t be with a man who was disrespectful to the people he is close to in life.


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