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April 2011

The Blessed John Paul II

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Undoubtedly, the most loved Pope worldwide (especially by Pinoys), John Paul II's beatification is set on May 1, 2011.

Pope Benedict XVI set the date after declaring that a French nun's recovery from Parkinson's disease was the miracle needed for John Paul to be beatified. A second miracle is needed for the Polish-born John Paul to be made a saint.

Though I have never seen JPII, I hold him in high regard. My father was very lucky to have attended a couple of masses that he officiated when he visited Rome in the 80s. My dad told me that seeing the Pope in person was a surreal experience. It still gives him goosebumps, just talking about it.

As for me, I always get teary-eyed when I watch stories about JPII. I remember crying while watching the World Youth Day celebration here in the Philippines in 1995.

Childhood in Poland


Born in Wadowice, Poland, on May 18, 1920, Karol Josef Wojtyla was the son of a retired army officer and a school teacher. He studied literature and philosophy and later was a playwright and poet.

A man of the cloth


Wojtyla secretly studied theology during the Nazi occupation of Poland. By age 34 he had two doctorates and was a professor of ethics. A cardinal at 47, he led the only moral and social force in Poland that could counter communism.

The highest order


In October 1978, Wojtyla became the first Slavic pope ever and the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. He took the name John Paul II.

Returning to Poland

Within months of his election, the pope went to Poland for a June 1979 visit that some historians say helped end the Cold War. He gave his blessing to an underground labor movement called Solidarity.

Assassination attempt


While the pope was circling St. Peter's Square before a general audience in May 1981, Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca opened fire. He returned to the Vatican after 22 days in Gemelli hospital in Rome.



In December 1983, the pope offered forgiveness to Agca during a meeting in prison. During the trial, Agca had claimed that East European communist agents had helped him set up the attack on the pope, but he later recanted.

Governing a world of spirit


By the 1980s, the pope had reaffirmed the church's position on controversial issues such as abortion, birth control and the ordination of women. He communicated his message in eight languages and traveled widely.

Papal media


A recording of the pope reciting the rosary in Latin was set to music and sold commercially in 1994. An Italian journalist published the pope's responses to 20 questions; the book became a best-seller.

Confronting communism


The pope's historic trip to Cuba in January 1998 celebrated Catholicism and urged Cubans everywhere to find "new paths" of reconciliation. He met with President Fidel Castro and condemned the U.S. economic embargo against Cuba.

Easter Mass at the Vatican


The pope wished a Happy Easter to the world in 58 languages as part of his "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) address in April 1998. Age and deteriorating health forced the most traveled pope to cut back on his visits.

Papal health


The most widely traveled pope in history, age and deteriorating health forced John Paul II to cut back on his visits. He suffered from arthritis and Parkinson's disease. John Paul II also is the third-longest serving pope.


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Fetal development - 18 weeks pregnant

Excited na ako magpa-ultrasound. Boy or Girl?

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Your baby is approximately 6 inches/ 14.2 centimeters long from crown to rump and she weighs about 7 ounces/ 190 grams. Her chest moves up and down to mimic breathing but she's not taking in air, only amniotic fluid.

A mid-pregnancy ultrasound scan is often done sometime in the second trimester (usually between 18 and 22 weeks) to assess fetal growth and development, screen for certain birth defects, check the placenta and umbilical cord and determine whether the gestational age is accurate. During this scan, you might see your baby kick, flex, reach, roll, or even suck her thumb. Bring your partner along, and whether or not he's able to accompany you, make sure you ask for printouts of the baby in various poses.

If you're having a girl, the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes are in place. If it's a boy, the genitals are distinct and recognizable.

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I Believe

from the blog "http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com". Really inspiring.

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I Believe...

That just because two people argue,
It doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue,
It doesn't mean they do love each other.

I Believe...
That we don't have to change friends if
We understand that friends change.

I Believe....
That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe...
That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.

Same goes for true love.

I Believe....
That you can do something in an instant
That will give you heartache for life..

I Believe...
That it's taking me a long time
To become the person I want to be.

I Believe...
That you should always leave loved ones with
Loving words. It may be the last time you see them..

I Believe...
That you can keep going long after you think you can't.

I Believe...
That we are responsible for what
We do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe....
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe...
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I Believe...
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I Believe...
That my best friend and I, can do anything, or nothing and have the best time.

I Believe...
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you When you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up..

I Believe...
That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
But that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe...
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had
And what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

I Believe...
That it isn't always enough, to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe...
That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I Believe...
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,
But, we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe...
That you shouldn't be so eager to find
Out a secret. It could change your life Forever.

I Believe...
Two people can look at the exact same
Thing and see something totally different.

I Believe...
That your life can be changed in a matter of
Hours by people who don't even know you.

I Believe....
That even when you think you have no more to give, when
A friend cries out to you - you will find the strength to help.

I Believe...
That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe...
That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

I Believe...
That you should send this to all of the people that you believe in, I just did.

'The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything.

Thank you God for all the wonderful people who help us throughout the journey of life...

May Angels guard you and guide you

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TV Marathon

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Last Holy Week, nag TV marathon kami ni TSA ng mga documentaries at movies. Ang gaganda ng mga documentaries ng I-Witness at Wish Ko Lang ng GMA 7. Ganun din sa Cheche Lazaro Presents at Rated K ng Channel 2.

Here are the most memorable and touching episodes:

Kathrina Lopez Yarza

Naiyak ako nung napanood ko si Kathrina / Kcat. She was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) in August 2004. Marami syang tumors sa katawan. Ang nakakabilib sa kanya, walang bitterness. Tanggap nya ang sitwasyon nya. Never nyang kinuwestiyon ang Diyos kung bakit sya.


Eto pa, hanggang maaari, ayaw nyang manghingi. Kasi nga, alam nya kung gaano kahirap kumita ng pera. Ang ginawa nya, nagtitinda sya ng mga t-shirts, tumblers, ballers at pins. Here is an excerpt from her site:

I'm not really asking for money, buying from me is much better. But you can donate if you want to. There's no big or small in helping, it's the HELP that matter.

To help Kcat, please visit her site http://www.kcatyarza.com/Home_Page.html

Geraldine J. Oliva

Geraldine J. Oliva was once very beautiful. Because of a chronic kidney disease she acquired while on dialysis and a metabolic problem in her bones (causing them to deform), her life and the lives of those around her had tragically changed when she failed to receive regular dialysis for many reasons.


Dating beauty queen si Geraldine / Dane sa lugar nila. Tulad ni Kcat, malakas ang paniniwala nya na everything will turn out okay. In her interview, sabi nya, kung sya ang masusunod, gusto nya ng peaceful death. Pero dahil may apat na anak sya, dapat, kailangan nyang lumaban. Dahil sa Wish ko lang, nabigyan ng college scholarships ang mga anak nya, at nabigyan sila ng maliit na negosyo. Nakakabilib din ang asawa ni Dane dahil mahal na mahal sya at patuloy na inaalagaan. Lagi pa syang sinasabihan ng "You'll always be beautiful in my eyes".

Sadly, Dane lost the battle last March 10, 2011. She was only 41 years old.

Juan Tanga

Habang pinapanood namin ito ni TSA, panay ang tawa namin. Pero pagkatapos ng pagtawa, siguradong malulungkot ka dahil napakababa ng quality ng education sa bansa natin. Ipinakita ng 5th anniversary special ng Imbestigador ang mga defective na mga libro na ginagamit sa mga public schools, kakulangan ng matitinong classrooms, at pati na rin ang ilang mga teachers na mali-mali ang itinuturo sa mga estudyante.


Sa pamamagitan ng isang game show, inalam ni Mike Enriquez kung masasagot pa ng mga ordinaryong mamamayan ang mga simpleng tanong tungkol sa math, science at kasaysayan ng Pilipinas. Ito ang ilan sa mga halimbawa:

Complete the sentence:

Ang taong hindi magmahal sa sariling wika ay...

Answer 1: Aso!

Answer 2: Hindi Pilipino!

Time is...

Answer 1: ngayon na po ba? Wala akong relo eh.

Answer 2: Oras.

Ano ang pambansang prutas ng Pilipinas?

Answer 1: Grapes. Ay mali English yun. Apple pala.

Answer 2: Saging. Lakatan. Yun kasi paborito ko.

Ano ang capital ng Pilipinas?

Answer 1: Mindanao. Ay, Japan pala.

Answer 2: Letter P.

Grabe, nakakapanlumo noh? Sana lang maremedyuhan pa ang education dito sa atin. Kawawa ang mga bata. Kawawa ang bansa. Anyway, to watch the full episode, please visit this link.



One of the best movies I have seen in a long time. Ang galing ng pagkakagawa. Napanood ko din sa balita na hindi alam ni President Noynoy Aquino na gumagawa pala ng movie si Coco Martin kaya sunod ng sunod sa kanya. Akala nya die-hard supporter lang talaga.

Very realistic. Pinakita ang tunay na sitwasyon sa Pilipinas.

Here comes the Bride


Sa sobrang dami ng mga problema sa mundo, dapat talaga na maging habit na manood ng mga comedy films.

Angelica Panganiban plays the role of Stephanie, a shy bride who is about to marry her fiance, Harold, played by Tom Rodriguez of Pinoy Big Brother Double Up fame. Stephanie is a Maria Clara-type of girl who will do everything to save her virginity for her fiance. One solar eclipse, while Stephanie is en route to her wedding, she met an accident that changed her life and the lives of people who were also included in that accident. The supernatural event that happened triggered the souls of those people in the accident area to go out of their respective bodies and transfer to the bodies of different people.


In the accident area, there include John "Sweet" Lapus's character. Sweet plays a gay make up artist whose soul ended up to Stephanie's body, turning Angelica Panganiban's character into a flirty, man-hungry sexy woman. This event makes Stephanie different from her natural being.

Meanwhile, Jaime Fabregas's character, a 69-years old man with seems to have no social life at all, his soul ended up with John Lapus's body. Now being a much younger man, Jaime Fabregas's character soul learns to become excited with life and finds himself a girlfriend. Remember, John Lapus's character is a gay make up artist, right? Hahaha...


What if a very powerful attorney's soul is transported to the body of a maid? This is what Eugene Domingo's character got into trouble with when her soul was transferred to Tuesday Vargas's character's body. Tuesday Vargas plays the role of a maid.

Now that all of the souls are all mixed up together, finding their body is not suited for their soul, how will Harold (Tom Rodriguez) find the soul of his true bride? Will he able to find the correct soul of Stephanie? Can the souls go back to their respective bodies?

The line in the trailer that sums it all:
Eugene Domingo (as the bride trapped in the body of the "ninang"): Kung ako nasa loob ni Ninang, si Ninang nasa loob ni Yaya, si Yaya nasa loob ni Lolo, si Lolo nasa loob ng isang Beautician, ang yung Beautician... Ninang, there's a gay man inside my body.

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Maagang Mahal na Araw para sa amin ni TSA

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Tulad ng naikwento ko more than 2 weeks ago, nahulog sa hagdan si TSA. Wala namang sugat, pero namaga ang tuhod nya. On the 5th day mula ng nahulog sya, nagulat na lang kami na sumobrang maga na at di na sya makalakad. Ang ending? Dinala sa Orthopedic Hospital sa may Banawe, Quezon City gamit ang sasakyan ng Baranggay. Super emergency.


Buong akala namin ni TSA, sandali lang kami sa hospital. Makakauwi din kami nung araw na yun. Masama talagang mag-assume. Na-confine si TSA. Dun kami nag Palm Sunday. Super penitensya.


Mahirap maospital, at mahirap na may kapamilya na nasa ospital. Lakad dito, lakad dun. Bili ng ganito, bili ng ganun.

Ang mga gamot ni TSA, sobrang mamahal. May anti-bacteria syang gamot na tumataginting na five hundred pesos ang isa. Three times a day. So, dun pa lang, P1,500 daily na. Eh, yung iba pang gamot...Ang mga pagkain... Mga toiletries. Tubig. Basta, ang dami palang gastos.

One week si TSA sa hospital. April 13 to 19. Nakauwi kami ng Holy Tuesday. Thank God hindi kami inabot ng Good Friday dun. Presently, naiaapak na ni TSA ang paa nya, at nakakalakad na. Ang problema lang, puno sya ng rashes. Parang may tigdas o severe allergy sya. Ang tapang kasi ng mga iniinom nya na gamot. Sa Friday, babalik kami sa Orthopedic for his check-up.


Ang findings pala kay TSA ay Cellulitis.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria are the most common causes of cellulitis.

The skin normally has many types of bacteria living on it. When there is a break in the skin, however, bacteria can enter the body and cause infection and inflammation. The skin tissues in the infected area become red, hot, irritated, and painful.

Risk factors for cellulitis include:

•Cracks or peeling skin between the toes

•History of peripheral vascular disease

•Injury or trauma with a break in the skin (skin wounds)

•Insect bites and stings, animal bites, or human bites

•Ulcers from diabetes or a blockage in the blood supply (ischemia)

•Use of corticosteroid medications or medications that suppress the immune system

•Wound from a recent surgery



•Chills, shaking


•General ill feeling (malaise)

•Muscle aches, pains (myalgias)

•Warm skin, sweating

•Pain or tenderness in the area with the rash or sore

•Skin redness or inflammation that increases in size as the infection spreads

•Skin sore or rash (macule):

•Tight, glossy, "stretched" appearance of the skin

•Warmth over the area of redness

Other symptoms that can occur with this disease:

•Hair loss at the site of infection

•Joint stiffness caused by swelling of the tissue over the joint

•Nausea and vomiting

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Fetal development - 17 weeks pregnant

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Your baby is now nearly 5.5 inches/ 13 centimeters long from crown to rump and weighs approximately 5 ounces/ 140 grams. Her skeleton is mostly rubbery cartilage, which will harden later. A protective substance called myelin slowly begins to wrap around the spinal cord.

With the help of a special stethoscope, you can now hear your baby's heartbeat. There's almost nothing more comforting or exciting than hearing your baby's heartbeat galloping along. On days when you're worried about how your pregnancy is progressing, hearing the heartbeat lets you know that your baby's developing and growing. For times when boredom strikes and you feel as if you'll be pregnant forever, it can be a pleasant reminder of what will come at the end of 40 weeks of waiting.

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It's hard to preach to an empty stomach

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Minsan, nagtataka ako kung bakit hindi makita ng ibang tao ang mga bagay na malinaw na malinaw. Tulad na lang ng kontrobersya na hinaharap (na naman!) ni Willie Revillame ukol sa isang 6 na taon na bata na sumayaw na parang macho dancer sa show nya habang umiiyak. To watch the clip, click here.

Ako kasi, bilang isang magulang, obvious na child abuse diba? Kapag ang isang bata, lalo na at anim na taon pa lang, umiiyak, natural na patigilin mo sa kung ano ang ginagawa nya at tatanungin mo kung ano ang problema. Hindi mo pagtatawanan, diba?

Nakakainis pa na sinasabi ni Willie na wala syang kasalanan. Talent daw yun ng bata. Talent? Kailan pa naging talent ang pagsasayaw ng malaswa habang umiiyak ng isang anim na taon?

Mas nakakainis ang magulang ng bata sa pagsasabi na "nag-iiniternalize" ang bata kaya umiiyak. Kasi daw "in character". Malungkot na macho dancer. Dios ko, ganun na ba ang mga tinuturo sa mga bata ngayon? Paano magsayaw na parang macho dancer? Upsetting.

Nanood kami ng isang documentary ni TSA at doon nabanggit na "It's hard to preach on an empty stomach". Napa-comment si TSA na totoo. Mahirap ipakita sa isang tao na naghihirap sa buhay ang mga bagay na obvious para sa iba.

Ikinwento nya ang naging pag-uusap nila ni Wally (basurero sa village namin) tungkol sa Willie incident. Ang pananaw daw ni Wally, hindi child abuse ang nangyari. Kung anak nya daw ang pasasayawin ng ganun, papayag sya at magiging "proud' pa syang na-TV ang anak nya at nabigyan ng sampung libo. Sinabihan pa nito si TSA na "Pare, may pera kasi kayo. Hindi ganun ang tinuturo nyo na tricks sa anak nyo. Pero sa aming mahihirap, okay lang yun". Napa-iling na lang si TSA.

Iba-iba man ang estado o kinalalagyan natin sa buhay, sana makita natin kung tama o mali ang isang bagay. Kaso, idinadahilan na ang kahirapan kung bakit pinapayagan ang mga bagay na hindi dapat. Nakakalungkot noh? Sana lang,,. mabago pa.

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TSA's Bad Day

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Sobra ang trapik sa lugar namin. Meron kasing daan na ginagawa. Last Thursday, 6:30pm na ako nakarating sa bahay, when usually 4:45pm nandun na ako. Si TSA, alalang-alala. Sabi nga ng mga neighbors namin na nakakasalubong ko, ang tagal na daw naghihintay ni TSA sa gate ng village. Unfortunately, di na ako nagdadala ng cellphone dahil nga lagi akong nahihilo sa byahe at natatakot na baka masalisihan.


Nagulat ako na pagdating ko, umakyat agad sa kwarto namin si TSA. Balot na balot ng kumot. Nahulog daw sya sa hagdan. Grabe yung tuhod nya, namamaga. Imagine nyo yung tuhod nyo, patungan nyo ng santol. Kulayan ng pula. Ganon ang tuhod ni TSA. Mula Thursday night pa sya may pabalik-balik na lagnat. Di nakakatulog ng maayos. Hirap maglakad.

Joke time daw

Kahapon naman, nanood kami ng Happy, Yippe, Yehey. May beauty contest kuno dun. Ang walang kamatayang tanong sa mga contestants "If you were an animal, what would you be and why?"

Contestant 1: Aso po. Dahil loyal ako at handa akong ipagtanggol ang mga taong mabait sa akin.

Contestant 2: Ibon. Dahil gusto kong lumipad at maging malaya.

Contestant 3: Pusa. Dahil malambing ako.

Nagtanong bigla si TSA.

"Ikaw hon, anong animal gusto mo at bakit?"

"Obviously aso", sagot ko. "Kita mong ang hilig natin sa aso eh. Loyal kasi. Diba, man's best friend?"

Ngumingisi si TSA. Na-feel ko nang may corny joke ang mokong. "Tanungin mo ko hon, kung anong animal ako".

"O ano ka?", sabi ko.

"Garapata. Kung aso ang man's best friend, ano pa kaya ang garapata na laging hinahanap sa mga aso".

Grrrr. Ang corny mo talaga hon.

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Dogs are angels on earth


Naiyak ako ng napanood ko ito.

Made me realize how much I love my dogs. I really cannot imagine my life without them...



Alam ko na ang gagawin para makaiwas sa morning sickness. Mag-ordinary na bus pag umaga. Mahangin kasi. Nakakahinga ako. Okay lang naman at hindi pa gaanong mainit, at hindi rin siksikan. Although di ko maimagine na sasakay ako sa ordinary na bus kung hindi madaling araw.

May isang negative na epekto sa akin ang pagsakay sa bus. Nung pababa na ako, mukha na akong bruha. Super buhaghag hair!


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Pregnancy = Bedrest

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Sa buong buhay ko, di ko matandaan na nagbedrest ako. Naalala ko na nung naospital ako nung 2007, nagdusa ako dahil sa diet restrictions. Halos isang buwan din akong panay Skyflakes at mansanas lang ang kinakain. Minsan akong pinakain ng lugaw, wala namang seasoning kahit isang kurot na asin. Nakakalungkot.

Kaya ngayon, naiisip ko tuloy na ang pagbubuntis ko kay Tyler ay katambal na rin ng bedrest. Una kong bedrest ng February, 2 weeks. Nakapasok ako ng 1 araw. Nag-spotting ako. Pinag-bedrest ulit. 3 weeks naman. Tapos nakapasok ako for a week. Tapos pinagbebedrest ulit ako ng 3 weeks.

1 week pa lang ang nakukumpleto ko sa 3 weeks bedrest pero heto na ako sa opisina. Emailing and chatting galore. Inip na inip na kasi ako. Tapos 1 month na ako hindi sumasahod. Purita talaga.

Bilib nga ako sa sarili ko. Sabi ko "Wow, go for it. Sige, pumasok ka na. Kaya yan."

Pero kanina sa bus, tinatanong ko sa sarili ko ano na naman ba naisip ko. Paano naman mega-throw up (para shushal naman) ang lola mo sa bus. Nung umpisa ng byahe, pinapalakas ko pa ang loob ko. Peptalk galore.


"Hindi ako masusuka, hindi ako masusuka".

Pero hindi pa ako nangangalahati sa byahe, di ko na kinaya. Tinawag ko ang konduktor. Pasigaw. "Kuya, Kuya!!! Plastik!"

Hawak pa ni Kuyang Konduktor ang plastik, nagthrow up na ako. My goodness, namiss ko bigla ang kama ko at ang bedrest na yan.

Walang tumatabi sa akin sa bus. Nanliit ako. Sanay nga naman ako bumyahe tapos ganun pa nangyari. Nakakainis pa yung matandang babae sa kabilang aisle na tinititigan ako ng masama. Nakita ko may white flower sya, di man lang ako inalok. Heller, aamuyin ko lang naman. Di ko tutunggain.

Pagdating sa may Sandiganbayan, may sumakay na lalakeng halatang construction worker. Naka cut-offs na maong. Ala Jacob sa Twilight. at puting t-shirt. Tumabi sya sa akin.


Di ko napigil sarili ko. "Kuya, may plastik ka?"

Nagulat si Constru. Pero binuksan nya ang bag nya. Tinanggal ang plastik ng kanyang packed lunch. Inabot sakin ang blue SM plastic bag.

"Ok lang po kayo? Wala ba kayong kasama?", tanong nya.

Syet. I felt old. "Okay lang. Naduduwal lang ako at buntis kasi."

Ang bait nya talaga. Inakay pa ako pababa ng bus.

Lesson of the day: Do not judge the book by its cover. Tignan mo si Lola, dinedma ako. Parang galit pa sa akin na masama pakiramdam ko. Pero si Constru, super helpful. Mabuhay ka Kuya Constru!

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