Electric shock

During dear Tito Armand Fabella’s wake [ + 27 November 2008;  our Valdes de Pampanga patriarch ] on 28 November 2008 at the gym of the Fabellas’ JRU Jose Rizal University, I found myself seated with Cousin Butch Valdes, the late Tito Charlie’s [ CJV’s ] son.  I knew Butch and regarded him highly because he and my uncle Brother Andrew Gonzalez F.S.C. [ youngest brother of my father ] worked together at the “DepEd” Department of Education during the controversial Estrada presidency and they shared some downright difficult times as well.  But that’s another story worth telling on its own.

Butch told me that within two years there would be a power shortage of +- 2,000 megawatts…   We would again be suffering from those inconvenient blackouts and brownouts during the end of the Aquino presidency and the beginning of the Ramos.

He said that one solution — and indeed it would be imperative — would be the operation of the BNPP Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.  It could supply much of the power deficit.

The Philippines had one of the highest electric power rates in Asia because we still didn’t have the benefit of nuclear power.  I knew that well because my Korean sister-in-law kept on complaining how much cheaper, almost negligible, electricity was back in Seoul and Busan.

I hoped against hope that Cousin Butch’s prediction would not come true…  I remembered how business in general really slowed down during the big power shortage of 1992-93.

But, lo and behold, here it is staring at us in the face!!!

Be that as it may, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should not be christened “The Queen of Darkness Part II”…

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Widest Reach

We had a big laugh yesterday at lunch when a rich distant cousin of mine related that her sisters and their families, along with other La Vista residents, had gone to the beautiful Batanes islands way up north last week for R & R…

A group of lively children had approached and offered to sing to them, for a few pesos of course.  Thinking that the kiddies would sing a charming Ivatan ditty, they agreed.

The children sang:

“Si Villar ang tunay na mahirap,

Si Villar ang tunay na may malasakit,

Si Villar ang may kakayanan na gumawa ng sariling pangalan…”

“NALOKAH SILA!!!”  my cousin laughed.

They were horrified.  That Villar campaign jingle in faraway Batanes!!!

After all, many of them were diehard Noynoy Aquino.

Except for Erap’s sister M*rita Ejercito, who was also with them.

Harharhar…   😛   😛   😛

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Another group of cousins were in Puerto Princesa in Palawan last week.  As tourists, they were taken around the various natural splendors of the place…

A group of children approached them with sticks and stones as makeshift musical instruments to accompany their singing…

The children sang:

“Si Villar ang tunay na mahirap,

Si Villar ang tunay na may malasakit,

Si Villar ang may kakayanan na gumawa ng sariling pangalan…”

“NALOKAH KAMI!!!”  screeched my cousin.

They were horrified.  That Villar campaign jingle in faraway Palawan!!!

After all, they were diehard G1BO Teodoro.

Harharhar…   😛   😛   😛

Lookalikes

Friends were hunched over their laptops laughing.  They were watching “SpongeBob SquarePants.”  Understandable.  But what made their giggling excessive was that they were likening the various political characters to those in the “SpongeBob SquarePants” cartoon…

There were SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles, Sandy Cheeks, Eugene H. Krabs,  Sheldon J. Plankton, Gary… Mrs. Puff, Mermaid Man, Pearl Krabs, Larry the Lobster, The Flying Dutchman, Karen, French Narrator, Patchy the Pirate, Potty the Parrot, Harold and Claire SquarePants, Squilliam Fancyson, Mrs. Krabs, Man Ray, Dirty Bubble… Redbeard Krabs, Bubble Bass, Stanley SquarePants, Flatts, Grandma SquarePants, Old Man Jenkins, Painty the Pirate, Scooter, King Neptune, Jack Kahuna Laguna, Fred the Fish, and Jim the Original Frycook…

“That’s Gloria…”

“Noynoy!”

“Manny!”

“G1BO!”

“Dick”

“Eddie!”

“Jamby!”

“JC!”

“Mar!”

“Jejomar!”

“Loren!”

“Edu!”

“Mike Arroyo!”

FUNNY.   😛   😛   😛