March 2010

The Earth Hour was once again successful in uniting the world with the issue on global warming. Yesterday, as expected, 2010 Earth Hour became the biggest event ever! Initial report was that Vietnam’s electricity fell half a million KWh during the Earth Hour. This was trice of what they saved when they first join the event in 2009. Though increase in awareness on climate change is the main cause of event, saved energy is going to be the application of this awareness.

Earth Hour 2010 was the fourth of its kind, 2007 being the first. It all started in Sydney with the 2.2 million residents participated with (World Wide Fund for Nature) WWF’s cause in cooperation with The Sydney Morning Herald. From then on, it became a worldwide event and is scheduled every last Saturday of March.

In 2008, 400 cities from 35 countries supported the March 28, 2008 8:00-9:00 Earth Hour. This includes the iconic landmarks in all seven continents. Zogby International equate these to 36 million participants and a four percent increase in awareness on climate change and all other environmental issues.

Another monumental increase was noted in the 2009 Earth Hour held last March 28, 2009 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. The numbers flared up to 4,088 participating cities from 88 countries. For the first time, United Nations headquarters in New York City participated and save $102 in energy. The United States also topped the participation with 80 million people from 318 cities of its eight states. Philippines seconded with 15 million participants from some 647 cities and towns. Greece followed with 484 cities and towns and Australia with 309.

This year, 137 countries signed up to participate and while the true numbers of people who joined is yet to be finalized, estimates shows that it will also leave the 1 billion goal of 2009 behind.


Jerry Brown filed a 12-page petition to the Los Angeles Superior Court against, asking the high court to suspend Michael Jackson’s former doctor from practicing medicine. His basis was that “(The) Defendant is alleged to have administered a lethal dose of propofol and other powerful drugs to patient M.J., which resulted in the patient’s death. The exercise of such poor professional judgment and placing the life of a patient in jeopardy requires that the (California Medical) Board take measures to protect the public from future harm.”

Murray, who faces involuntary manslaughter charges is on a $75,000 bail and if this petition materializes, loses his license temporarily while the charges are being heard. The defendant, with his army of legal defense team, is still denying the whole thing. The doctor pleads not guilty and tells the police he is not the only doctor who gave the late King of Pop propofol to help him sleep.

Brown’s intention is tainted though, as he seeks the Democratic nomination for Governorship. Brown was a former California governor and has waged campaign against doctors over-prescribing drugs. He has been investigating high-profile cases such as that of Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith and actor Corey Haim. Both deaths were related to prescription drug overdose.

On Saturday, at exactly 8:30 in the evening, unplug all your appliances to show your love to Mother Earth.

Earth hour has already become an annual event. This year, let us show our support to its organizers. Let us all shut down our electrics and save Mother Earth!

This is history! While most of the 82nd Oscars winners are first timers, we cannot ignore that ex-wife to -James Cameron Kathryn Bigelow is this year’s Best Director! She is the first lady-director to be honored in the highest award-giving body in Hollywood.

Kathryn competed with ex-hub James Cameron for the greatest box office hit of all times ‘Avatar’, Lee Daniels for ‘Precious’, Jason Reitman for ‘Up in the Air’, and another biggie Quentin Tarantino for ‘Inglorious Basterds’. She won the title for her indie film “the Hurt Locker’. It is an action thriller movie based on the personal wartime experience of Mark Boal, who also won the ‘Best Writer’ award this year.

Kathryn Bigelow was also nominated in the Best Director category of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year and won the title in different prestigious award-giving bodies: the Austin Film Critics, Boston Society of Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics Association, and Directors Guild of America.

The movie presents the soldiers’ point of view and constant death threat in the Middle East conflict. The film is also heavily casted: Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, and Ralph Fiennes

Who can forget the First People Power or the Edsa Revolution that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos? It was a national happening that showed Filipinos are democracy-loving people. No one is going to forget that, but few will celebrate it nowadays unlike the good old days.

One of the reasons cited for the absence of many personalities in the 3-day celebration is that they are engaged in other events. Come to think of it, after the government have made the day a holiday, they are still out for their own personal engagements? Isn’t it more truthful if we say that they have already lacjed the interest to celebrate something that had been part of our history? Besides, Filipinos are basically ‘ningas kugon’.

The forgetfulness to show up in the celebration may also be caused by confusion. Just imagine, the real date of the People Power Revolution is February 26. That should fall on a Thursday but instead, the government moved it to the nearest Monday. I myself forgot that Monday was a holiday and filed a vacation leave to file for a HDMO loan. I was surprised no one was in the office at the first day of the week!

Or maybe, it is just the timing. People have already felt tired of the celebration for 28 years now. The fact that it is celebrated by a government that most of the countrymen despised. If that is the case, isn’t it better to be at home and spend the day with the family?

Anyway, whatever reason/s they have, we can’t oblige the People Power Revolution personalities to be there. We are living in a democratic country, isn’t that what this revolution was all about?