Angelo Castro Jr.
Pine Trees of Baguio
Remembering Angelo Castro Jr.
I always tell people I'm happy to be a teenager in the 90s. I loved watching those intelligent, English-language public affairs shows on ABS-CBN then: The Inside Story with Loren Legarda on Tuesdays; Assignment with Teddyboy Locsin on Thursdays; Dong Puno Live with Dong Puno on Wednesdays; and of course, the late night news The World Tonight, anchored by Loren and Angelo Castro Jr.
I felt sad when I heard he died last week; he was such a part of my teen years. It was the passing of an era.
I remember a TV Patrol news clip years back: Angelo celebrating his birthday, with Carly Simon's Nobody Does It Better playing in the background. No song could be more appropriate. For delivering the news with intelligence and credibility, nobody does it better than Angelo Castro Jr.
Why The Azkals Are Being Kicked
When The Azkals was first formed, a lot of Filipinos was riding on their Pinoy lineage. Now that two members, Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado, are accused of sexual harassment, The Azkals is being demonized. Even their European ancestry is being used against them.
It's one thing to express an opinion, it's another to make self-righteous personal attacks. Some people in this country doesn't seem to know the difference. That's the dark side of the Filipino character.
What If I Become A Billionaire Who's So Freaking Bad?
The pine tree is the soul of Baguio. It gives that unmistakable sense of place, that character that makes Baguio really special. Now they're being cut down to make a carpark for SM Baguio.SM is fast becoming the symbol of environmental and social irresponsibility.
I'm thinking: What if I'm a billionaire owner of mall chains around the country? Will I become greedy enough to make the world an uglier place? Will I even care about the non-income-generating environment? How much will satisfy my greed? Why will I listen to the treehugging "little people" if I can buy government permits?