Archive | July, 2004
29 Jul

OPTIMISM



I was moved more by the fact that the GM of Intel counted himself
as a Filipino! The following was written by INTEL General Manager Robin
Martin
about the Philippines:

Filipinos (including the press, business people and myself) tend
to dwell too much on the negative side and this affects the
perception of foreigners, even the ones who have lived here for a while. The
negative perception of the Philippines is way disproportionate to reality
when compared to countries like Colombia, Egypt, Middle East, Africa, etc.
Let us all help our country by balancing the negative with the positive
especially when we talk to foreigners, whether based here or abroad.
Looking back and comparing the Philippines today and 1995 (the year I
came back), I was struck by how much our country has progressed physically.

Consider the following:
1. The great telecom infrastructure that we have now did not exist in 1995.
1995 was the year the telecom industry was deregulated.
Since then billions of dollars have been invested in both fixed line and
cellular networks producing a system with over 5,000 kms of fiber optic
backbone at a world competitive cost. >From a fixed line capacity of
about 900,000 in 1995 we now have over 7 million. Cellular phones
practically did not exist i n 1995; now we have over 11 million line
capacity.

2. The MRT, many of the EDSA flyovers including the Ayala Avenue flyover),
the SKYWAY, Rockwell and Glorietta 4, the Fort, NAIA terminal 2
and most of the new skyscrapers were not yet built in 1995.

3. If you drive to the provinces, you will notice that national roads
are now of good quality (international quality asphalt roads).
I just went to Iba, Zambales last week and I was impressed that even a
not so frequently travelled road was of very good quality.

4. Philippine exports have increased by 600% over the past eight years.
There are many, many more examples of progress over the last eight years.
Philippine mangoes are now exported to the US and Europe.

Additional tidbits to make our people prouder:
1. INTEL has been in the Philippines for 28 years. The Philippine plant
is where Intel’s most advanced products are launched, including the Pentium
IV.
By the end of 2002, Philippine operations are expected to be Intel’s biggest
assembly and testing operations worldwide.

2. TEXAS INSTRUMENTS has been operating in Baguio for over 20 years.
The Baguio plant is the largest producer of DSP chips in the world.
DSP chips are the brains behind cellphones. TI’s Baguio plant produces
the chip that powers 100% of all NOKIA cellphones and 80% of Erickson
cellphones in the world.

3. TOSHIBA laptops are produced in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

4. If you drive a BENZ, BMW, or a VOLVO, there is a good chance
that the ABS system in your car was made in the Philippines.

5. TREND-MICRO, makers of one of the top anti virus software  PC-Cillin
(I may have mispelled this) develops its “cures” for viruses right here in
Eastwood Libis, Quezon City. When a virus breaks in any computer system in
the world, they try to find a solution
within 45 minutes of finding the virus.

6. By the end of this year, it is expected that a majority of the top ten
U.S. Call Center firms in the U.S. will have set up operations in the
Philippines.
This is one area in which I believe we are the best in the world
in terms of value for money. (my comment: One is InterContinental Hotel’s
Group headed
(& corp hand-picked) by a Filipino expat.)

7. America Online (AOL) has 1,000 people in Clark answering 90% of AOL’s
global e-mail inquiries.

8. PROCTOR & GAMBLE has over 400 people right here in Makati (average age 23
years)
doing back-up office work to their Asian operations including finance
accounting,
Human Resources and payments processing.

9. Among many other things it does for its regional operations network
in the Asia-Pacific region here in Manila, CITIBANK also does its global ATM
programming locally.

10. This is the first year ever that the Philippines will be exporting cars
in quantity
courtesy of FORD Philippines.

Next time you travel abroad and meet business associates, tell them the good
news.
A big part of our problem is perception and one of the biggest battles can
be won
simply by believing and by making others believe.

This message is shared by good citizens of the Philippines who
persevere to hope and work for our country.

28 Jul

“WHAT IS ART?”

This is a specific question that yields broad and elaborate answers.

If we are to define “ART,” we can safely say that it is the skill acquired by experience or study, a branch of learning, especially one of the humanities; an occupation requiring knowledge or skill; the use of skill and imagination in the production of things of beauty; works so produced.

Aw, come on! You can do better than that!

As for me, I think “ART” is anything, everything, anyone or everyone that not only catches the attention but also ignites mixed emotions from somebody, anybody or everybody that is capable of perceiving “TRUE ART.”

But sad to say, many people have temporarily lost their ability to perceive true art, and what is sadder is the fact that they are not even aware of their predicament.

How and why is this possible? Simple, many people rely on their “INTUITION” and not on their “INSTINCTS” when art is involved.

Art perception that is based on intuition loses its authenticity, reality, sincerity and honesty. Why? Because intuition is man’s automatic response which is purely influenced by his “acquired” knowledge and experience.

Therefore, art perception should be based on instincts. Because our instinct is our natural tendency to make complex and specific response to a stimuli without involving reason and it originates below the conscious level.

This is why “WORDS CANNOT COMPLETELY EXPRESS OUR EMOTIONS” when we experience “TRUE ART.” Because “emotions” originate from “instincts” and “words” come from “intuition.”

Let us focus our attention to an “UNKNOWN” and “UNFAMILIAR” piece of RUGGED METAL SHEET that we will brand as “pF”.

Now answer these two simple questions:

What do you think will be the perception of people to pF if it is found inside a junk yard?

What do you think will be their perception if pF is found inside a museum?

If your answers to the questions are the same, then you are a person who bases art perception on instincts. You haven’t lost your capability of perceiving true art.

If your answers to the questions are different, then you are basing your art perception on intuition. But it’s not too late; you can still recover your capability to perceive true art. The good thing is, NOW YOU ARE AWARE!

27 Jul

Good Day!

I really appreciate your kind gesture by reading on this far.

Well, this is my first time to do this kind of stuff on the net. So please bear with me. Again, thanks!

So…let me first crunch my knuckles, catch my breath, adjust my seat, wink my eyes a bit and get on with it!

To begin with, I really don’t know how to start this “posting thing.” Maybe this is also what writers experience when they are about to begin an article. I do believe that the first sentences are crucial to an article’s fate. They make the readers decide either to continue reading or dump the article early on. I hope my articles don’t suffer the latter.

So here goes…

Since I was a kid I have always been fascinated by puzzles and I really love solving them. And to my amazement, however enigmatic, perplexing and boggling they seem the solutions to their answers are always unexpectedly plain and simple.

My problem maybe ridiculous and irrelevant to you but please…if you can (in any way) help me, I will highly appreciate it. But first, let me tell you a story that is very much related to this day’s issue.

When I was in Grade 1 elementary school, I learned that the Filipino translation of the word “pen” is “pluma.” I thought that it was kinda weird, and wondered, “Where the hell did that word came from?” And I never expected that the answer to that question would hit me 20 years later in the most unlikely place and in the most unlikely situation.

It was a clear and bright Sunday afternoon, I can hear the water dripping from the faucet, and I can feel blood starting to rush to my head. Suddenly my eyes gazed on an all too familiar shower curtain as I sit comfortably on the bowl. As my sight relentlessly scoured the bright pink flamingos dancing against the encouraging green background, my voice talked inside my head and said, “Flamingos have magnificent pink plumage.”

Then all of a sudden, I was simultaneously caught in a phantasmagoria of words and a trance-like state for less than 2 minutes (I think). All those seconds, it felt like I was traveling back in time. Particular words started to become clear and line up one after another. They visually began to show their meanings and correlation with each other. First the word “Plumage,” then “Plume” then the word “Pluma.” After those almost 2 minutes was over, I felt a sweet satisfaction inside, but a bit different in its own way!

So the thing is, I finally got the answer to my 20-year old question, “Where did the word ‘pluma’ came from?” The English word “pen” is translated as “pluma” in Filipino because it came from the word “Plume” meaning “Feather.” As we all know, before, people use feathers or “Quill” which they dip on ink bottles as pens for writing.

My other puzzle of the same kind is this:
“What are the deeper meanings, relationships and significance among the following words?”

1. Gene
2. Gender
3. Genealogy
4. Genus
5. Genuflect
6. Genu-pectoral
7. Knee
8. “Apo sa Tuhod” (Filipino) – “Grand Offspring to Knee” (English) – direct word-to-word translation; the correct translation is “Great Grand Offspring”
9. “Lolo sa Tuhod” (Filipino) – “Grandfather to Knee” (English) – direct word-to-word translation; the correct translation is “Great Grandfather”

So far, here is what and all I have got:

Gene means a part of DNA or RNA that contains chemical information needed to make a particular protein (as an enzyme) controlling or influencing an inherited bodily trait or activity (as eye color) or that influences or controls the activity of another gene or genes.

Gender pertains to any of two or more divisions within a grammatical class that determine agreement with and selection of other words or grammatical forms.

Genealogy is the study of family lineages or pedigrees.

Genus pertains to a category of biological classification that ranks between the family and the species and contains related species, to further elaborate, let us use “dog” as an application:

Kingdom – Animal
Phylum – Vertebrates
Class – Mammal
Order – Canine
Family – ?
Genus – ?
Species – Golden Retriever

Genuflect means to bend the knee especially in worship or knighting ceremonies.

Genu-pectoral (Knee-chest) is referred to in medical terms as a body position where in the knees and chest are pressed against the bed or examining table while the buttocks are elevated for examination.

Knee is the joint in the middle part of the leg.

Numbers 8 and 9 were already explained.

Please help me answer these questions:
1. Why is it called “Apo or Lolo sa Tuhod”?
2. What is the connection and importance of the “knee” to all of these?
3. Which of these are “root” words and which are the “inflections or declinations”?
4. What are the origin of these words, are they from Latin, Greek, Arabic, Old English or Middle English?

Thank you for bearing with me.

I am hoping that you and the net can help me make things easier and accelerated for my quest. Meaning, I don’t have to wait another 20 years, and be on a clear and bright Sunday afternoon, listening to the sound of dripping water from the faucet, and feel my blood start to rush to my head as I sit comfortably on the bowl.