The Manila-Acapulco Galleon Museum

The Galeon, the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Museum will be opening on 2015. The groundbreaking ceremony happened two weeks ago with Senator Edgardo Angara, his Excellency Ambassador Julio Camarena of Mexico and Hans T. Sy initiated the ground-breaking ceremony at the Mall of Asia.

The Galeon Groundbreaking Ceremony

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More photos here.

Stark, our Belgian Mallinois dog


Have you met Stark yet? He is currently our pet. He is a Belgian Mallinois and in need of behavior modification. Hah, to say he needs the process is an understatement, he needs intense behavior modification techniques. He is chained here because the big gate is open and we can’t risk having him run outside.

He is too much energetic and has a predilection to biting a tree trunk when he is barking intensely. He loves anything that is on the floor. Anything.

For now, he loves running. He rarely walks. He gets exercise by running and by jumping in between the grills of the fence to bark at people walking on the street. I hope it will still be years before he is prescribed a carpaquin.

Poverty in the Philippines

Excerpt from my new Coursera course on How to Change the World:

I live in the Philippines, country ranked as 12th  populated country in the world, growing at a rate of 1.89% per year. I do not have the capacity to know exactly how much poverty there is in my country but with dwindling resources in a country with 300,000 sq km total land area and a projected population of 100.6 million for 2014, there is a huge imbalance that I see.  Our country is situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire and needless to say, we’ve had our share of Category 5  hurricanes. Natural disasters occur due to denuded forests because of mining which causes mudflow during onslaught of rain. Crime is on the rise especially during the Christmas season. Poverty and hunger are present especially in the urban and rural poor communities. More than one-quarter (<b>27.9%</b>) of the population fall below the poverty line the first semester of 2012  where the average monthly wage is $279, calculated by the ILO as 19% of the world’s average wage. This places the country at the bottom 3 out of 72 listed countries.

I reside in the biggest city with a population of 2,679,450. Beneath this city lies a major fault line that has not move for a few hundred years or so. I actually live a block away from a river where a water reservoir’s overflow go to when there are heavy rains. Beside the river are so many informal settler families and their young children. The streets become these children’s playground (and that includes our elevated driveway). The river becomes their garbage dump. The city council do not seem to notice the dangers because these informal communities mean votes during elections.

I know this sounds bleak and negative but this is the reality that we have to face. Why did I start this article with the number about our population? For me, I believe that population plays a big role in determining the poverty (and progress) of a nation.

1. More people mean more resources are used up: land space, water, food.
2. More people mean cramped classrooms, informal communities, increased crimes due to not having enough income for daily needs.
3. More people mean more families not being able to send their children to school and in turn when these children grow older, will be unable to send their future children in school to be educated and to learn skills that will pave the way for them to have jobs and incomes to provide for their families.
4. More people mean lack of space to live thus people form informal communities in places that are vulnerable to natural disasters like foot of the hills, riverside and seaside areas.

How can I help?

How can you help?

Different Generations

Do you know from what generation you belong to?

The Greatest Generation is where those born before 1928 belong to, they who fought and won (or lost) World War 2.

The Silent Generation are the people born from 1928 through 1945. They are also known as the “Children of the Great Depression and World War 2”. They are said to be “silent” because most of them are conformists and has a striking contrast with baby boomers.

The Baby Boomers are those born after World War 2 and around 1964, when the birth control pill was first introduced to the market.

Generation X are those born from 1965 to 1980. They are also called the GenXers.

Millenials or the Generation Y refers to those born after 1980. They grew up during the time of the World Wide Web.

Generation Z are called digital natives or those born from 1995 onwards. These young folks grew up in time social media. They can also be referred as the ‘Google generation.’ If you want to know all kinds of fender rumble series they are the resource people to go to.

Finding Inspiration

For me, finding inspiration is not difficult to do. This is a matter of personal perspective of course but when we look around us and find beauty in the little things that do not seem to have any significance, we find inspiration.


When my youngest child plays the guitar with her soulful interpretation of some songs, it brings tears to my eyes that she is able to do these things, taught herself to do these things, unaided by us. She “studies” musical pieces and even looks for hardware that can help her with her musical abilities (read more here for additional info)