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Family is Important. [11 Jul 2009|02:11am]
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Busy Busy Busy! [21 May 2009|04:49pm]
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[23 Apr 2009|11:35pm]
so i've had this entry stuck in my head for days... if folks haven't noticed, i haven't posted anything up on blogspot in AT LEAST a week and half... maybe longer. i don't know. i just don't feel like i can write it there. i've just been really run down lately. work's wearin me out. my horoscope said it wouldn't last, and that something good was going to happen, that all the pieces would fit together, and i didn't think that it was actually going to happen because of all the things that have been going wrong.

but today, i got an email about an amazing job opportunity. my horoscope said that it was going to happen out of no where and it was going to happen pretty quick and my career was going to head somewhere really good on a specific day. well, the day is coming up, all i gotta do is wait. i've always thought i was good at being patient, but then again, i've never really known what was coming until now... but then again, it's a horoscope, so how can i tell for sure? see... that's the thing that's killing me. how can i know FOR SURE?? i can't... ohhhh tomorrow is going to be such a long day.

pray for me everyone... pray that everything will turn out all right. pray that what i've been hoping for all this time will finally come true.
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[16 Apr 2009|02:10am]
workin on something close to the heart, it's not up yet, but it'll get there soon.
just in case you haven't been caught up- http://yadadaminah.wordpress.com/
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[15 Apr 2009|12:18am]
BROOKLYN, We Go HARD! - http://yadadaminah.wordpress.com
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bloggin. [14 Apr 2009|10:31pm]
Slow and Steady. Small Steps.
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[26 Mar 2009|12:30am]
today was fucked right from the git.
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[Please Read and Repost]

Late in December 2007, ETHS/MUS/DANC 545: Traditional Kulintang Music and San Francisco State University was canceled due to a lack of funds and very low enrollment. Just a little over one month after his ordeal at SF State, Master K fears his class at Skyline College could be next.

There are currently about 5 students enrolled in Mus 420: Traditional Kulintang Music at Skyline College. And if more students don't add the class soon, we (students at Skyline College, San Francisco State University, the city of San Francisco, the Bay Area, or ALL of California) may never have the honor of learning about Philippine history or traditional cultural music from the Legendary "Master K" again.

If you or anyone you know is available, we urge you to sign up and save this class from extinction.


Mus 420 - Traditional Kulintang Music
TTh 12:35 - 1:50 p - 2 units
D. Kalanduyan


Sincerest Thanks,
Yaminah Lunar
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Save Kulintang, AGAIN! [07 Dec 2007|02:26am]
For those who are familiar to the San Francisco State University campus, they know how ethnically and culturally diverse it is. One would expect classes on campus to be as diverse as their students, but with each passing year, the Ethnic Studies classes are being reduced due to budget cuts.

Another class in the Ethnic Studies department is being threatened but this time, by the Music Department (since this particular classis housed in the Creative Arts building and is also under the Music and Dance Departments). The class, Kulintang has been taught at San Francisco State University for almost 5 years and hundreds of students have had the opportunity to take it, learning pre-colonial music that has many Filipino Americans eager to learn more about this dying but beautiful tradition in their culture.

Taught by Artist-in-Residence, Danongan Kalanduyan, also known as Danny or Master K, is a master in all aspects of Kulintang Music. Born in a little village near Cotobato, Mindanao, Master K began learning about this music at a very young age. With no formal training, he was able to master this music over the years and in 1995 he earned the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

There are only a handful of Filipino classes that cater to the vast population of Filipino American students at San Francisco State University. There are also only a handful of Filipino Professors. Cutting this class would be a devastating blow for the students at SF State, Filipino or not. Having access to an extraordinarily talented man, whom only teaches two classes (SF State University and Skyline College) substantially benefits not only his students, but the Filipino Community in the Bay Area.

In 2005, the administration threatened to cut this class, but because of the realization of students, staff and faculty of it’s historical, cultural and musical significance, many rose to the occasion to save it. We AGAIN appeal to all of you to sign this petition to help music continue to enlighten those within the musical community and more Filipino Americans for semesters to come.

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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Improve Santa & Christmas! [30 Nov 2007|08:14pm]
lol, awwwww!

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[12 Nov 2007|12:54am]
i'm freakin breaking down, man.
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Memoirs of Martial Law [24 Sep 2007|01:42pm]


Join us for a night of theater and performances as we remember the 35th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Doors open at 6:30pm
Filipino Community Center
35 San Juan Ave.
(between Mission St. and Alemany St.)
San Francisco, CA

This is a FREEevent.

The evening will feature a special performance by Pendong Aban Jr. of Asin, Bindlestiff's Movement Troupe will also perform along with ALAY, babae, and Anakbayan; together will present an adaptation of Augie Rivera's book entitled: Si Jhun-Jhun, Noong Bago Ideklara Ang Batas Militar

Sponsored by: BAYAN-USA, babae - San Francisco, Anakbayan - East Bay, League of Filipino Students - San Francisco State University </b></font>

For more information, please call (415) 637-4129 or email nc@bayanusa.org
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PROF. JOSE MARIA SISON RELEASED!! [13 Sep 2007|03:26pm]
Statement on the Release of Prof. Jose Ma. Sison
Reference: Renato M. Reyes, Jr.
Secretary General

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan is happy with the release of Prof. Sison from his more than two weeks of detention by the Dutch authorities. This is a victory in his continuing fight against political persecution by the Dutch, Philippine and United States governments. The three governments have conspired to have Sison listed as a terrorist and then later have him detained on trumped up charges of incitement to murder. This is a major setback in their dastardly plans to criminalize Sison and the cause he has fought for.

The Dutch court decision found that there was no strong evidence linking Prof. Sison to the deaths of Romulo Kintanar and Arturo Tabara.

Bayan will continue its scheduled mass action tomorrow from the University of Sto. Tomas going to Liwasang Bonifacio at 1:00 pm. As part of the celebratory mood of the action, we will be reading poems and singing songs Sison composed. We shall march with the call, "Tuloy ang Laban! Justice for Joma!"

The fight of Prof. Sison is by no means over. The Dutch prosecution will appeal the decision of the court. For all we know, this may not be the last fabricated charge against Sison that the Manila government will concoct.

We call for the immediate stop to the political persecution of Prof. Sison and the other progressives in Europe. In the same vein, we call for a stop to the political persecution of activist here in the Philippines. We call for a stop to the never-ending filing of trumped up charges to harass and detain activists.

The announcement of the Arroyo government that it is offering the CPP-NPA-NDF amnesty or face all-out war is contrary to the spirit of the peace process. We are very sure that the Arroyo government is using the amnesty proclamation to lay the basis for escalated war. This counter-insurgency tact has also resulted in the extra-judicial killings of activists over the span of six years.
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LFS OPEN HOUSE [13 Sep 2007|03:02pm]





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my. day. in. a. nutshell. [05 Jul 2007|11:57am]
[ mood | content ]

sleep. shower. tv. sleep. phone call. dressed up. lake merritt. sushi place. DUCKS! lake merritt. sunset. home. fireworks on the roof. beer and popcorn in the walk way. phone calls. planner. more fireworks and beer on the roof. anchorman. sleep.

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i didn't even realize... [07 Jun 2007|11:52am]
that old pineapple factory guy hasn't been in in the longest time. =(

an elderly hawaiian filipino man.
he came after to the united states after he served in the war.
his children are both here and back in HI.
he told me he would travel back and forth because he missed home.
he worked in a pineapple factory when he was younger.
love pineapples before he worked there
and got sick of them after a while.
after a while he started liking pineapple again
(this was after he left to serve in the war)
he married a nice filipina
they had children
he has grandchildren
(which i understand were quite adorable=])

he always wore a hat with a brim
one of those straw hats with a decorative band
yeah...he always wore a hawaiian shirt.
he always looked like summer... even with a jacket on.

he reminded me of "Grandpa" from Sparks Middle School.
big nose, big ears, big eyes, medium dark brown skin...
wrinkles. lots of wrinkles...
nice warm voice.
nice. stern. welcoming.
i'm sure he lived a great life.

i wish he told me more stories when he was came to the store.
2 scoop vanilla and hot fudge sundae
(he would occasionally switch the fudge to pineapple).
whip cream, nuts, cherry. for here. no tax=)
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[02 Jun 2007|02:06pm]
[ mood | aNNoYeD ]

so today, i read that 179 college, high schools, and elementary schools in manila are going to raise tuition by as much as %20.

how does the government expect their people to pay for that? don't they see that their people are already paying for so much when they already have so little?

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perterbed. [24 May 2007|02:03pm]
yesterday at filgrad practice, there was a lot of commotion.

first of all, everyone there is friends with someone... and because of that, no one could keep their mouth shut. i was guilty of that too... but it got kind of annoying after a while. i couldn't hear instructions, and i didn't hear that everyone was voting on what music we would be walking out to until the last minute. THANKFULLY, THE SONG "WALK IT OUT" WILL NOT BE THE SONG WE WALK OUT TO....BUT FUCK, THAT SHIT WAS PRETTY DAMN CLOSE.

another reason why i didn't hear about that, was because this girl was trippin about the choir not singing the American Nat'l Anthem AT FILGRAD. i really don't care who she is, what her major is, where the hell she is from, but i DO know, that she OBVIOUSLY would not have changed THIS FilGrad tradition if she knew the history of the United States and the Philippine's relationship. she was going off about how she was proud to be American, how members of her family served, how she thinks it's JUST NOT RIGHT to NOT sing it... then her and seriously 3 OTHER PEOPLE were yelling at everyone else and asking if anyone else had a problem with it... about 3 more people raised their hand. they asked if anyone would sing it... i told them, that choir WOULD NOT sing it, because we had no idea that anyone wanted us to... so why the hell would we? besides, FilGrad is like 3 days away... there is NO WAY that i'm going to teach them harmonies and words and all that bullshit.

"isn't there anyone who wants to sing the national anthem?!?!?" she yelled
"liezel, you can sing!" *silence*

all i was thinking was "if you want the AM Nat'l Anthem sung, then you should fucking do it yourself, cause obviously no one WANTS to do it.... fucker."

then me and marian looked at eachother and i was shaking my head... she finally gave in... and said... "well, i have to go back and memorize the words because i don't remember them..." and then the other girl was like


1) You just broke a Filgrad tradition.
2) The United States has done nothing but Fuck the Philippines a thousand times over.
3) The United States has a thousand times fucked over every other country IN THE WORLD. HAH, BULLSHIT, I TELL YOU. BULLSHIT.

I have the utmost resepct for those who risk their lives so that I can live mine. But if you think about it, those people are just pawns of a government that makes moves solely to play the game, not taking into consideration what effects those moves may cause. These "pawns" are people.... real people who don't necessarily see eye to eye as the gov't, but do it... just because they'll get fined, they'll get arrested, they'll be dishonorably discharged for having a conscience. what choice do they really have?

How can anyone HONESTLY think that killing civilians or anyone is the solution to peace on earth?

hah... all this spawned from some chick wanting us to sing the AM Nat'l Anthem at FilGrad.
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[11 May 2007|12:25pm]
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