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Happy birthday, Meryl Streep!

In celebration of Meryl Streep's 62nd birthday on June 22 (yes, that's today) , this blog has been created to give tribute to her Royal Hollywood highness (if Hollywood is royalty, of course). But more importantly, today, this entry will also give due recognition to her fans all over the world who has done or has been doing certain things -smart, funny or downright weird- all over the world, and through the years, to honor the said to be greatest living actress today.


So what makes a Meryl Streep fan? Do you have to go over
 her extensive biography? Or Google the latest news about this notable thespian? Certainly, we all do have standards or some 'qualifying' moments for us to be considered a certified Streeper. And today, we will share them here. As for me, these are just some of the moments that I can vividly remember of which I had utterly professed what a Streep-aholic I am. 


"You Know when You're a Meryl fan when/if (you)..."

 

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See TV’s behind-the-scenes, and everything… in between. 

CAST:
Meryl Streep…Elise
George Clooney…Michael
Vera Farmiga…Katherine
Rachel McAdams… Natalie
Ryan Reynolds…Justin
Justin Bartha… Jake
Christine Baranski… Tanya
Amy Poehler... Lisa
Pierce Brosnan…Thomas

SYNOPSIS:
How does it feel to be part of a television network? How does it feel to lead a profitable media empire? 
Meet Elise (Meryl Streep), the top executive of Trend TV network. As she eyes for a smooth and quite retirement, she mentors the young, ambitious and idealistic newly-hired Katherine (Vera Farmiga) to take her place. Everything seems to be going smoothly in the boob tube: TV ratings are boosting, advertisers are on queue for more exposure, employees performing well in the workplace…until the rise of GTV, a newly-launched TV network.
After a few weeks, Elise is alarmed that her company is now on the brink of a meltdown. She receives an invitation from the now-leading TV network that says GTV is buying Trend TV out. As she agrees for a meeting about the settlement’s further details, she discovers that she is going to deal with its president, Michael (George Clooney), her lover…ex-lover.
Will business strictly be business? Or would love get in the way and rekindle the two’s past?
See TV’s behind-the-scenes, and everything… in between. 


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Comments are appreciated. :)
Much thanks.
 

"Moments that make life worth living"

Note: ambiguous, boring, cheesy, but true.

And so have been here in this place called Earth for quite some time...a rough estimate? 18 years or so?

Celebrating your birthday can either bring those tears or smile in your face. Tears for those who don't want to grow old and have wrinkles on their faces; smiles to those who look for another chance to learn and spend more time with their loved ones.

It was, as I expected it to be, a simple, intimate moment. No grand party, no abundant foods, no extravagant gifts, no colorful themes, the 18 blah blah...but the people that I want to be there were there (though not all because they have separate dates to have FUN with me. INSERT: EGO music.lol).

Technically, had it in Valle Verde country club. Started the day with a different kind of mass that I was used to. Then headed to Glorietta. Had eaten, and then like what we do so often, we talk, we converse,we get in touch with each other's lives...something I really look forward to because I learn a lot. Also, I listen to them, and they to, in turn, listen to me.

In a world where a smile can easily be forced, or happiness can be easily faked, I've found people, and that different company to prove others that this is not always the case. It was never deliberately crafted or forced, but rather it was something that was established through first, small talks, then going out together, next, dining out and even those ice cream moments. And that "constant and conscious effort to be together".

Simply put like the line from a famous song, "It's funny how from simple things, the best things begin."... I thought.

At that moment, I ask myself, "how many times do I get to find people like these people I am with right now?"...

"Do I always have this kind of fun company?"

Like what they say, "Water seeks its own level".

Thank you to everyone who greeted and wished me a happy birthday.

Still thanks to those who were silent and....(forever held their peace??)lol

Family, friends, loved ones, Him, everyone, thanks.

And the people who were with me on that day...maraming salamat! Maraming maraming salamat!!!

Streep Effect and Music Vid

Oh,. it has been a while. I've been so busy and I didn't even notice that it was September already. Anyway,I just want to extend my advance (really advance) Holiday greetings to everyone. As we are now in the 'BER' months, it's very obvious that December is just around the corner. Happy holidays!:)

August has been a wild month for me (and I bet September is wilder and will be wilder). University works have been restraining me to blog and update social networking sites (whatever), AP has taken so much of my time, and this all-month Meryl spazzing has frequently bugged me with my already-fixed schedule. Nevertheless, it was a very memorable month. Some things are just plainly unforgettable.

First of course is my 'anniversary' with a fellow Streeper, Jayzhelle! It was a wild year for us- lots of Meryl spazzing and budget-losing streak for both of us! lol. (and I better have another blog for that)... Toast Jayzhelle! "To the forces of destiny that brought us together!"

My real concern actually is to ask for suggestions since I will be making a term paper about Meryl Streep! And I know that my fellow Streepers are the best possible advisers for this! :). Can you, my fellow Streepers, be willing to suggest any topics? I am thinking about the recent report of Meryl causing a certain thing called THE STREEP EFFECT. What do you think? Also, im thinking about making a biography. But that would be too extensive. So, do you have any other interesting topics about Meryl? It's not a major term paper really, but if it's for Meryl, why not make it special right?

A music video

In the same class where I'm preparing for my term paper about Meryl Streep, we're also required (actually only one but I've decided to both the term paper and the music video) to do a music video. I'm thinking of a music video about Meryl. Now that is pretty much simple. But it should be of original composition. And what's difficult about this is the fact that I can't interview Meryl (at least not now, but may be soon? lol). And so video clips of her movies, interviews or any other appearances are not allowed. Again, does anyone have suggestions?

also, there's a problem about a song. May be some of you here have original song compositions? And may be i can use that to make you a music video?


Thank you very much everyone!

PGMA's SONA 2009 [full speech]

You are welcome.


Thank you, Speaker Nograles, Senate President Enrile, Senators, Representatives, Vice President de Castro, President Ramos, Chief Justice Puno, Ambassadors, friends:

The past twelve months have been a year for the history books. Financial meltdown in the West spread throughout the world...
Tens of millions lost their jobs; billions across the globe have been hurt 14the poor always harder than the rich. No one was spared....
It has affected us already. But the story of the Philippines in 2008 is that the country weathered a succession of global crises in fuel, in food, then in finance and finally the economy in a global recession, never losing focus and with economic fundamentals intact...
A few days ago, Moody 19s has just announced the upgrade of our credit rating, citing the resilience of our economy. The state of our nation is a strong economy. 20 20Good news for our people, bad news for our critics...
I did not become President to be popular. To work, to lead, to protect and preserve our country, our people, that is why I became President. When my father left the Presidency, we were second to Japan. I want our Republic to be ready for the first world in 20 years...
Towards that vision, we made key reforms. Our economic plan centers on putting people first. Higit sa lahat ang layunin ng ating mga patakaran ay 20tulungan ang masipag na karaniwang Pilipino. New tax revenues were put in place to help pay for better healthcare, more roads, a strong education system. Housing policies were designed to lift up our poorest citizens so they can live and raise a family with dignity. Ang ating mga puhunan sa agrikultura ay naglalayong kilalanin ang ating mga magsasaka bilang backbone ng ating bansa, at bigyan sila ng mga modernong kagamitan to feed our nation and feed their own family....
Had we listened to the critics of those policies, had we not braced ourselves for the crisis that came, had we taken the easy road much preferred by politicians eyeing elections, this country would be flat on its back. It would take twice the effort just to get it back again on its feet 14to where we are now because we took the responsibility and paid the political price of doing the right thing. For standing with me and doing the right thing, thank you, Congress...
The strong, bitter and unpopular revenue measures of the past few years have spared our country the worst of the global financial shocks. They gave us the resources to stimulate the economy. Nabigyan nila ang pinakamalaking pagtaas ng IRA ng mga LGU na P40 billion itong taon, imparting strength throughout the country and at 20every level of government...
Compared to the past, we have built more and better infrastructure, including those started by others but left unfinished. The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway is a prime example of building better roads. It creates wealth as the flagship of the Subic-Clark corridor.
We have built airports of international standard, upgraded domestic airports, built seaports and the RORO system. I ask Congress for a 20Philippine Transport Security Authority Law....
Some say that after this SONA, it will be all politics. Sorry, but there 19s more work....
Sa telecommunications naman, inatasan ko ang Telecommunications Commission na kumilos na tungkol sa mga sumbong na dropped calls at mga nawawalang load sa cellphone. We need to amend the Commonwealth-era Public Service Law. And we need to do it now....
Kung noong nakaraan, lumakas ang electronics, today we are creating wealth by developing the BPO and tourism sectors as additional engines of growth. Electronics and other manufactured exports rise and fall in accordance with the state of the world economy. But BPO remains resilient. With earnings of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and productivity. Let us have a Department of ICT....
In the last four years tourism almost doubled. It is now a $5 billion industry...
Our reforms gave us the resources to protect our people, our financial system and our economy from the worst of shocks that the best in the west failed to anticipate....
They gave us the resources to do reforms 20para palawakin ang suportang panlipunan and enhance spending power....For helping e raise salaries through joint resolution, thank you Congress.
Cash handouts give the most immediate relief and produce the widest stimulating effect. Nakikinabang ang 20700,000 na pinakamahihirap na pamilya sa programang Pantawid Pamilya.
Our preference is to invest in projects with the same stimulus effects but also with long-term contributions to national progress....
Sa pagpapamahagi ng milyun-milyong ektaryang lupa, 700,000 na katutubo at mahigit isang milyong benepisyaryo ng CARP ay taas-noong may-ari na ng sariling lupa. Hinihiling ko sa Kongreso na ipasa agad ang pagpapalawig ng CARP, at dapat ma-condone ang P42 billion na land reform liabilities dahil 18% lamang ang nabayaran mula 1972. Napapanahon dahil 20it will unfreeze the rural property market. Ang mahal kong ama ang nag-emancipate ng mga magsasaka. Ii-mancipate naman natin ngayon ang titulo....
Nakinabang ang pitong milyong entrepreneurs sa P165 billion na microfinance. Nakinabang ang 1,000 sa economic resiliency plan. Kasama natin ngayon ang isa sa kanila, si Gigi Gabiola. Dating household service worker sa Dubai, ngayon siya ay nagtatrabaho sa DOLE. Good luck, Gigi...
Nakinabang ang isang milyong pamilya sa programang pabahay at palupa, mula sa PAG-IBIG, NHA, community mortgage program, certificates of lot awards, at saka yung inyong Loan Condonation and Restructuring Act....
Our average inflation is the lowest since 1966. Last June, it dropped to 1.5%. Paano nakamit ito? Proper policies lowered interest rates, which lowered costs to business and consumers.
Dahil sa ating mga reporma, nakaya nating ibenta ang bigas NFA sa P18.25 per kilo kahit tumaas ang presyo sa labas mula P17.50 hanggang P30 dahil sa kakulangan ng supply sa mundo. Habang, sa unang pagkakataon, 20naitaas ang pamimili ng palay sa mga magsasaka, P17 20mula sa P11...
Dahil sa ating mga reporma, nakaya nating mamuhunan sa pagkain 14anticipating an unexpected global food crisis. Nakagawa tayo ng libu-libong kilometro ng farm-to-market roads at kasama ng pribadong sector, natubigan ang dalawang milyong ektarya. Mga Badjao gaya ni Tarnati Dannawi ay tinuruan ng modernong mariculture. Umabot na sa P180,000 ang kinita niya mula noong nakaraang taon. Congratulations, Tarnati. We will help more fisherfolk shift to fish farming with a budget of P1 billion...
Dahi dumarami na naman daw ang pamilyang nagugutom, mamumuhunan tayo ng bago sa Hunger Mitgation program na nakitang mabisa. Tulungan nito ako dito Kongreso...
Mula noong 2001, Nanawagan tayo ng mas murang gamot. Nagbebenta na tayo ng mga gamot na kalahating presyo sa libu-libong Botika ng Bayan at Botika ng Barangay sa maraming dako ng bansa. Our efforts prodded the pharmaceutical companies to come up with low-cost generics and brands like RiteMed. I supported the tough version of the House of the Cheaper Medicine Law. I supported it 20over the weak version of my critics. The result: the drug companies volunteered to bring down drug prices, slashing by half the prices of 16 drugs. Thank you, Congressman Cua, Alvarez, Biron and Locsin....
Pursuant to law, I am placing other drugs under a maximum retail price. To those who want to be President, this advice: If you want something done, do it hard, do it well. Don 19t pussyfoot. Just do it. Don't say bad words in public.
Sa health insurance, sakop na ang 86% ng ating populasyon...
Sa Rent Control Law ng 202005 hanggang 2008, 20hanggang sampung porsyento lang maaaring itaas taon-taon ang upa. Iyong kakapirma nating batas naglagay ng isang taong moratorium, tapos pitong porsyento lang ang maaaring itaas. Salamat, Kongreso....
Noong isang taon, nabiyayaan ng tig-P500 ang mahigit pitong milyong tahanan bilang Katas ng Pantawid Koryente para sa mga small electricity users....
Iyong power rates, ang EPIRA natin ang pangmatagalang 20sagot. EPIRA dismantled monopoly. 20But minana natin iyong power purchase agreements under preceding administrations, so hindi pa natin makuha iyong buong intended effect. Pero happy na rin tayo, dahil isang taon na lamang iyan. The next generation will benefit from low prices from our EPIRA. 20 Thank you...
Samantala, umabot na sa halos lahat ng barangay ang elektrisidad. We increased indigenous energy from 48% to 58%. Nakatipid tayo sa dollars tapos malaki pa ang 20na-reduce pa iyong oil consumption. The huge reduction in fossil fuel is the biggest proof of energy independence and environmental responsibility. Further reduction will come with the implementation of the Renewable Energy Act...and the Biofuels Act....again, thank you.
The next generation will also benefit from our lower public debt to GDP ratio. It declined from 78% 20in 2000 to 55% in 2008. We cut in half the debt of government corporations from 15% to 7. Likewise foreign debt from 73% to 32%. Kung meron man tayong malaking kaaway na tinalo, walang iba kundi ang utang, iyong foreign debt. Past administrations conjured the demon of foreign debt. We exorcised it....
The market grows economies. A free market, not a free-for-all...
To that end, we improved our banking system to complement its inherent conservatism. The Bangko Sentral has been prudent. Thank you, Governor Tetangco, for being so effective. The BSP will be even more effective if Congress will amend its Charter....
We worked on the Special Purpose Vehicle Act, reducing non-performing loans from 18% to 4% and improving loan-deposit ratios....
Our new Securitization Law did not encourage the recklessness that brought down giant banks and insurance companies elsewhere and laid their economies to waste. In fact, it monitors and regulates the new-fangled financial schemes. Thank you, Congress....
We will work to increase 20tax effort through improved collections and new sin taxes to further our capacity to reduce poverty and pursue growth. Revenue enhancement must come from the Department of Finance plugging leaks and catching tax and customs cheats. I call on tax-paying citizens and tax-paying businesses: help the BIR and Customs spot those cheats 26
Taxes should come from alcohol and tobacco and not from books. Tax hazards to lungs and livers, do not tax minds. Ang kita mula sa buwis 20sa alak at sigarilyo ay dapat pumunta sa kalusugan at edukasyon. Sa kalusugan, 20pondohan ang Philhealth premiums ng pinakamahihirap. Ponhodhan ang mas maraming classroom at computers.....
Pardon my partiality for the teaching profession. I was a teacher....
Kaya namuhunan tayo ng malaki sa edukasyon at skills training....
Ang magandang edukasyon ay susi sa mas mabuting buhay, the great equalizer that allows every young Filipino a chance to realize their dreams...
Nagtayo tayo ng 95,000 na silid-aralan, nagdagdag ng 60,000 na guro, naglaan ng P1.5 billion para sa teacher training, especially for 100,000 English teachers. Isa sa pinakamahirap na Millennium Development Goals ay iyong Edukasyon para sa Lahat pagdating ng 2015, na nangunguhulugang lahat ng nasa edad ay nasa grade school. Halos walang bansang 20nakakatupad nito. Ngunit nagsisikap tayo. Binaba natin ang gastos ng pagpasok. Nagtayo tayo ng mga eskwela sa higit isang libong barangay na dati walang eskwelahan, 20upang makatipid ng 20gastos ng pasahe ang mga bata. Tinanggal natin ang miscellaneous fees para sa primary school.
Hindi na kailangan ang uniporme sa mga estudyante sa public schools...
We assist financially half of all students in private high schools....
We have provided 600,000 college and post-graduate scholarships. One of them Mylene Amerol-Macumbal, finished Accounting at MSU-IIT, went to law school, and placed second in the last bar exams--the first Muslim woman bar topnotcher. Congratulations...
In technical education and skills training, we have invested three times that of three previous administrations combined. Narito si Jennifer Silbor, isa sa sampung milyong trainee. Natuto siya ng medical transcription. Now, as an independent contractor and lecturer for transcriptions in Davao, kumikita siya ng P18,000 bawat buwan. Good job.
The Presidential Task Force on Education headed by Jesuit educator Father Bienvenido Nebres has come out with the Main Education Highway towards a Knowledge-Based Economy. It envisions seamless education from basic to vocational school or college....
It seeks to 20mainstream early childhood development in basic education. Our children are our most cherished possession. In their early years we must make sure they get a healthy start in life. They must receive the right food for a healthy body, the right education for a bright and inquiring mind 14and the equal opportunity for a meaningful job....
For college admission, the Task Force recommends mandatory Scholastic Aptitude Tests. It also recommends that 20private higher education institutions and state universities and colleges should be harmonized. 20It also recommends that CHED 20will oversee of local universities and colleges. For professions seeking international recognition 14engineering, architecture, accountancy, pharmacy and physical therapy 14it recommends radical reform: 10 years of basic education, two years of pre-university, three years of university...
Our educational system should make the Filipino fit not just for whatever jobs happen to be on offer today, but also for whatever economic challenge life will throw in their way....
Sa hirap at ginhawa, ang ating overseas Filipinos ay pinapatatag ang ating bansa. Iyong padala nilang $16 billion noong isang taon ay record. Itong taon, mas mataas pa....
I know that this is not a sacrifice joyfully borne. This is work where it can be found 14in faraway places, among strangers with different cultures. It is lonely work, it is very hard work....
Kaya nagsisikap tayong lumikha ng mga trabahong maganda ang bayad dito sa atin so that overseas work will just be a career choice, not the only option for a hardworking Filipino in search of a better life...
Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile. Dapat gumawa tayo ng mga mas malakas na paraan upang proteksyonan at palawak ang halaga ng kanilang pinagsikapang sweldo. That means stronger consumer protection for OFWs investing in property and products back home. Para sa kanila, pinapakilos natin ang Investors Protection Task Force.... 
Hindi ako nag-aatubiling bisitahin ang ating 20 taong bayan at ang kanilang mga hosts sa buong mundo 13 mula Hapon...hanggang Brazil, mula Europa at Middle East hanggang sa American Midwest, nakikinig sa kanilang mga problema at pangangailangan, inaalam kung paano matulungan sila n gating pamahalaan 14-by working out better policies on migrant labor, or by saving lives and restoring liberty.... 
Pagpunta ko sa Saudi, pinatawad ni Haring Abdullah ang pitong daang OFW na nasa preso. Pinuno nila ang isang buong eroplano at umuwi kasama ko.... 
Mula sa ating State Visit to Spain, it has become our biggest European donor. At si Haring Juan Carlos ay nakikipag-usap sa ibang mga bansa para sa ating mga namomoblemang OFW. Ganoon di si Sheikh Khalifa, ang Prime Minister ng Bahrain.... 
Pagpunta ko sa Kuwait, Emir al-Sabah commuted death sentences. For overseas workers, maraming salamat.
Our vigorous international engagement has helped bring in foreign investment. Net foreign direct investments multiplied 15 times during our administration. 
Kasama ng ating mga Together with our OFWs, they more than doubled our foreign exchange reserves. Pinalakas ang ating piso at naiwasan ang lubhang pagtaasng presyo. They upgraded our credit because our reserves grew by $3 billion while those of our peers have shrunk..... 
Our international engagement has also corrected historical injustice. The day we visited Washington, Senator Daniel Inouye successfully sponsored benefits for our veterans as part of America 19s fiscal stimulus package... 
I have accepted the invitation of President Obama to be the first Southeast Asian leader to meet him at the White House, this week.... 
That he sought us the Philippines testifies to our strong and deep ties.... 
High on our agenda will be peace and security issues. Terrorism: 20 how to meet it, how to end it, how to address its roots in injustice and prejudice 14and most and always how to protect lives.... 
We will also discuss nuclear non-proliferation. The Philippines will chair the review of the nuclear weapons non-proliferation Treaty in New York in May 2010. The success of the talks will be a major diplomatic achievement for us.... 
There is a range of other issues we will discuss, including the global challenge of climate change, especially the threat to countries with long coastlines. And there is the global recession, its worse impact on poor people, and the options that can spare them from the worst. 
In 2008 up to the first quarter of 2009 we stood among only a few economies in Asia-Pacific that did not shrink. Compare this in 2001, when some of my current critics were driven out by people power, Asia was then surging but our country was on the brink of bankruptcy.... 
Since then, our economy has posted uninterrupted growth for 33 quarters; more than doubled its size from $76 billion to $186 billion. The average GDP growth from 2001 to the first quarter of 2009 is the highest in 43 years. 
Bumaba ang bilang ng nagsasabing mahihirap sila, mula 59% sa 47%. Kahit na lumaki ang ating populasyon, nabawasan ng dalawang milyon ang bilang ng mahihirap. GNP per capita rose from a Third World $967 to $2,051. Lumikha tayo ng walong milyong trabaho, an average of a million per year, much, much more than at any other time.... 
In sum:
1. We have a strong economy in a strong fiscal position to withstand political shocks.... 
2. We built new modern infrastructure and completed unfinished ones. 
3. The economy is more fair to the poor than ever before.... 
4. We are building a sound base for the next generation.... 
5. International authorities have taken notice that we are safer from environmental degradation and man-made disasters.... 
As a country in the path of typhoons and in the Pacific Rim of Fire, we must be as prepared as the latest technology permits to anticipate natural calamities when that is possible; to extend immediate and effective relief when it is not 26.The mapping of flood- and landslide-prone areas is almost complete. Early warning, forecasting and monitoring systems have been improved, with weather tracking facilities in Subic, Tagaytay, Mactan, Mindanao, Pampanga.... 
We have worked on flood control infrastructure like those for Pinatubo, Agno, Laoag, and Abucay, which will pump the run off waters from Quezon City and Tondo flooding Sampaloc. This will help relieve hundreds of hectares in this old city of its age-old woe.... 
Patuloy naman iyong sa Camanava, dagdag sa Pinatubo, Iloilo, Pasig-Marikina, Bicol River Basin, at mga river basin ng Mindanao.... 
The victims of typhoon Frank in Panay should receive their long-overdue assistance package. I ask Congress to pass the SNITS Law.... 
Namana natin ang pinakamatagal ng rebelyon ng Komunista sa buong mundo. 
Si Leah de la Cruz isa sa labindalawang libong rebel returnee. Sixteen pa lang siya nang sumali sa NPA. Naging kasapi sa regional White Area Committee, napromote sa Leyte Party Committee Secretary. Nahuli noong 2006. She is now involved in an LGU-supported handicraft livelihood training of former rebels. We love you, Leah!
There is now a good prospect for peace talks both with both the Communist Party of the Philippines and the MILF, with whom we are now on ceasefire.... 
We inherited an age-old conflict in Mindanao, exacerbated by a politically popular but near-sighted policy of massive retaliation. This only provoked the other side to continue the war.... 
In these two internal conflicts, ang tanong ay hindi, 1cSino ang mananalo? 1d kundi, bakit ba kailangang mag-away ang kapwa Pilipino tungkol sa mga isyu na alam ng dalawang panig over issues na malulutas naman sa paraang demokratiko.
There is nothing more that I would wish for than peace in Mindanao. It will be a blessing for all its people, Muslim, Christian and lumads. It will show other religiously divided communities that there can be common ground on which to live together in peace, harmony and cooperation that respects each other 19s religious beliefs.... 
At sa lahat ng dako ng bansa, kailangan nating protektahan an gating mamamayan kontra sa krimen -- in their homes, in their neighborhoods, in their communities.
How shall crime be fought? Through the five pillars of justice. We call on Congress to fund more policemen on the streets.... 
Real government is about looking beyond the vested to the national interest, setting up the necessary conditions to enable the next, more enabled and more empowered generation to achieve a country as prosperous, a people as content, as ours deserve to be.... 
The noisiest critics of constitutional reform tirelessly and shamelessly attempted Cha-Cha when they thought they could take advantage of a shift in the form of government. Now that they feel they cannot benefit from it, they oppose it. 
As the process of fundamental political reform begins, let us address the highest exercise of democracy...voting! 
In 2001, I said we would finance fully automated elections. We got it, thanks to Congress.... 
At the end of this speech I shall step down from this stage...but not from the Presidency. My term does not end until next year. Until then, I will fight for the ordinary Filipino. The nation comes first. There is much to do as head of state 14to the very last day.... 20
A year is a long time. Patuloy ang pamumuhunan sa tinatawag na three E 19s ng ekonomiya, environment at edukasyon. There are many perils that we must still guard against.... 
A man-made calamity is already upon us, global in scale. As I said earlier, so far we have been spared its worst effects but we cannot be complacent. We only know that we have generated more resources on which to draw, and thereby created options we could take. Thank God we did not let our critics stop us.... 
As the campaign unfolds and the candidates take to the airwaves, I ask them to talk more about how they will build up the nation rather than tear down their opponents. Our candidates must understand the complexities of our government and what it takes to move the country forward. Give the electorate real choices and not just sweet talk.... 
Meanwhile, I will keep a steady hand on the tiller, keeping the ship of state away from the shallows some prefer, and steering it straight on the course I set in 2001....
Ang ating taong bayan ay masipag at maka-Diyos. These qualities are epitomized in someone like Manny Pacquiao....Manny trained tirelessly, by the book, with iron discipline, with the certain knowledge that he had to fight himself, his weaknesses first, before he could beat his opponent. That was the way to clinch his victories and his ultimate title: ang pinakadakilang boksingero sa kasaysayan..........Mabuhay ka, Manny! 
However much a President wishes it, a national problem cannot be knocked out with a single punch. A President must work with the problem as much as against it, and turn it into a solution if I can 26 
There isn 19t a day I do not work at my job or a waking moment when I do not think through a work-related problem. Even my critics cannot begrudge the long hours I put in. Our people deserve-a-government that works just as hard as they do... 
A President must be on the job 24/7, ready for any contingency, any crisis, anywhere, anytime.... 
Everything right can be undone by even a single wrong. Every step forward must be taken in the teeth of political pressures and economic constraints that could push you two steps back-if-you flinch and falter.. I have not flinched, I have not faltered. Hindi ako umaatras sa hamon.... 
And I have never done any of the things that have scared my worst critics so much. They are frightened by their own shadows.... 
In the face of attempted coups, I issued emergency proclamations just in case. But I was able to resolve these military crises with the ordinary powers of my office. My critics call it dictatorship. I call it determination.... We know it as strong government.... 
But I never declared martial law, though they are running scared as if I did. In truth, what they are really afraid of is their weakness in the face of this self-imagined threat.... 
I say to them: do not tell us what we all know, that democracy can be threatened. Tell us what you will do when it is attacked.... 
I know what to do: 
I know what to do, as I have shown, I will defend democracy with arms when it is threatened by violence; with firmness when it is weakened by division; with law and order where it is subverted by anarchy; and always, I will try to sustain it by wise policies of economic progress, so that a democracy means not just an empty liberty but a full life for all.... 
I never expressed the desire to extend myself beyond my term. Many of those who accuse me of it tried to cling like nails to their posts.... 
I am accused of misgovernance. Many of those who accuse me of it left me the problem of their misgovernance to solve. And we did it.... 
I am falsely accused, without proof, of using my office for personal profit. Many of those who accuse me of it have lifestyles and spending habits that make them walking proofs of that crime.... 
We can read their frustrations. They had the chance to serve this good country and they blew it by serving themselves.... 
Those who live in glass houses should cast no stones. Those who should be in jail should not threaten it, especially if they have been there.... 
Our administration, with the highest average rate of growth, recording multiple increases in investments, with the largest job creation in history, and which gets a credit upgrade at the height of a world recession, must be doing something right, even if some of those cocooned in corporate privilege refuse to recognize it.... 
Governance, however, is not about looking back and getting even. It is about looking forward and giving more 14to the people who gave us the greatest, hardest gift of all: the care of a country. 
From Bonifacio at Balintawak to Cory Aquino at EDSA and up to today, we have struggled to bring power to the people, and this country to the eminence it deserves.... 
Today the Philippines is weathering well the storm that is raging around the world. It is growing stronger with the challenge. When the weather clears, as it will, there is no telling how much farther forward it can go. Believe in it. I believe... 
We can and we must-march-forward-with-hope, optimism and determination. 
We must come together, work together and walk together toward the future. 
Bagamat malaking hamon ang nasa ating harapan, nasa kamay natin ang malaking kakayahan. Halina 19t pagtulungan nating tiyakin ang karapat-dapat na kinabukasan ng ating Inang Bayan.... 
And to the people of our good country, for allowing me to serve as your President, maraming salamat. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas.

Cinemalaya Short Films B

COMPETITON SHORTS PROGRAM B: 
UGAT SA LUPA by Ariel Reyes, SI BOK AT ANG TRUMPO by Hubert Tibi, LATUS by John Paul Seniel, BLOGOG by Rommel "Milo" Tolentino, BONSAI by Alfonso "Borgy" Torre III

18 July/Sat, 12:45PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
21 July/Tue, 9:00PM at Bulwagang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
22 July/Wed, 6:15PM at Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
23 July/Thu, 9:00PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
24 July/Fri, 6:15PM at Bulwagang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
25 July/Sat, 3:30PM at Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
26 July/Sun, 12:45PM at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)

UGAT SA LUPA by Ariel M. Reyes
UGAT SA LUPA (Roots on Earth) is a non-dialog film about a farming family who lives in an island. It dramatizes the family 19s hardships of living in an island bereft of fresh water, hence their struggle to fetch water from another island in order to water the plants periodically. It is also about family relationships and the sacrifices of elder siblings for the benefit of the younger ones.

SI BOK AT ANG TRUMPO by Hubert Tibi
Bok is a playful boy who enjoys counting the things he sees around him, posting pieces of paper everywhere, and playing with his favorite toy top. One day, Bok accidentally forgets his toy top at his grandmother 19s house. When he decides to come back and get it, Bok discovers something far more precious than his beloved toy.

LATUS by John Paul Seniel
This true to life based story is about Vicknelyn, who was raised by her father with too much punishment, and Jenelza, her good friend. Both are 16 years old and studied in the same school where they became friends. They differ in their economic status in life and share same experiences on corporal punishment. To gain relief from pain, Vicknelyn joined the Kuyaw gang who have similar experiences as hers. On the other hand, Jenelza focused her time on her studies. When Jenelza witnesses Vicknelyn being punished by her father, she is traumatized.

BLOGOG by Rommel 1cMilo 1d Tolentino
A seven year old boy got more than what he bargained for when picked up a filthy yellow ball down by the creek.

BONSAI by Alfonso 1cBorgy 1d Torre III
BONSAI tells the story of Romy, an obese, insecure security guard who attempts to capture the attention of his neighbor, Daisy, an ambitious laundry woman, and hopefully make her fall in love with him. The film explores insecurity and the distance once is willing to go through for love.


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Cinemalaya Short Films A

The Cinemalaya 2009 Shorts:

COMPETITON SHORTS PROGRAM A: 
MUSA by Dexter Cayanes, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by Mark Philipp Espina, TATANG by Jean Paolo Nico Hernandez, HULAGPOS by Maita Lirra Lupac, WAT FLOOR MA'AM by Mike Escareal Sandejas & Robert Sena

18 July/Sat, 6:15PM at Bulwagang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
19 July/Sun, 9:00PM at Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
21 July/Tue, 3:30PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute
22 July/Wed, 6:15PM at Bulwagang Alagad Ng Sining (CCP MKP Hall)
23 July/Thu, 12:45PM at Tanghalang Nicanor Aberlardo (CCP Main Theatre)
24 July/Fri, 3:30PM at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theatre)
25 July/Sat, 9:00PM at Tanghalang Huseng Batute

MUSA by Dexter Cayanes
A poet into faith-healing finds his muse. A short film feature showcasing the poems of Amado Hernandez and Jose Corazon de Jesus.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by Mark Philipp Espina
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is a story of relationships and the lies that unwittingly go with it. Butch and Sarah are a married couple whose relationship is not quite as smooth as it seems. A banana flavored condom found by Sarah will unravel the many secrets that happen Behind Closed Doors.

TATANG by Jean Paolo "Nico" Hernandez
Tatang Ruding lives in the streets of the Philippines 19 urban Manila with his grandaughter Ester. Tatang makes ends meet the easiest way he knows, stealing and pickpocketing. He does it with Ester as his aide and apprentice. One incident goes awry and Tatang gets beaten up by a group of men. Tatang bitterly takes out his misfortune on Ester and starts to feel useless. Ester, on the other hand, starts to make it up to Tatang by becoming the breadwinner. She becomes better and better with stealing and Tatang realizes that he created a monster in her. One day, Tatang hears a gunshot---a moment that will serve as a wake-up call and will change the rest of his being.

HULAGPOS by Maita Lairra Tupac
A ten year old girl named Angeli has a stern, cold and seemingly unfeeling mother---Maria. To prevent her daughter from entering a forbidden room, Maria tells her daughter that a child-eating monster resides in there. Fully believing what her mother told her, Angeli refuses to go inside the room until a prank leads her to believe that the monster got her friend. Going inside the room, Angeli discovers her mother 19s secret.

WAT FLOOR MA'AM by Mike Sandejas and Robert Sena
A flamboyant former First Lady of the Philippines and a 1cBad Boy 1d actor from local cinema find themselves trapped inside the elevator of an old Government building. While waiting for rescue, the First Lady emotionally reveals to the Bad Boy the shocking secret history of the Philippines.


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Meryl Streep plays Julia Child in Julie & Julia, Nora Ephron 19s sweet and spicy adaptation of the memoirs of two women whose obsession with food changed their lives. Streep 19s Julia is a perfectly divine souffle.

The other half of the title 19s duo is Julie Powell, the New York writer who decided to prepare all of Julia 19s 524 recipes in 365 days, while blogging her triumphs and frustrations on a daily basis. The blog became a best selling book. In the movie, Amy Adams plays Powell.

Streep and Adams previously shared the screen in Doubt, but in Julie & Julia, they 19re in parallel universes. As Julia, Streep faces the singular challenge of re-creating the quirky and beloved icon who 19s so widely and vividly impersonated that it 19s hard to recall just what the real Julia was really like. How did Streep approach becoming Julia?

MERYL STREEP: Well, humm, I bet everybody in the world can do their own version of Julia Child. That voice was so familiar. And then there was Dan Ackroyd 18s famous impersonation. And, how do we know whether we 18re doing Julia, or Dan 19s version of her. Everybody can sort of pull that (she slips into her Julia voice) 18bon appetite 19 out of themselves.

What made you decide to take the role?

STREEP: When Nora Ephron told me she was doing the script, I thought that would be great. And the script was beautifully written. And, I thought this was a good opportunity to do a couple of things 14 not only to impersonate Julia Child, or really to create Julie Powell 19s idea of her, because I 18m doing an idealized version of Julia.

But I 19m also doing an idealized version of my mother, who had a similar joie de vivre, an undeniable sense of how to enjoy her life. Every room she walked in to, she made brighter. My mother was really something. I have a good deal of my father in me, which is another kind of sensibility, But, really, all of my life I 19ve wanted to be more like my mother. So this is my homage to her spirit. That 19s actually what I was doing, more than just a version of Julia Child.

Julia Child 19s life 14 at least the part covered in the movie 14 is so much about food. Was your mother fascinated with food, too. Did you have special memories about your mother and food?

STREEP: My mother was of the I Hate To Cook cookbook school of cooks. My mother 19s food philosophy was if it 19s not done in 20 minutes, it 19s not dinner. She had a lot of things she liked to do, and cooking was not one of them. Yeah, my food memories were 14 well, I 18d have to say that I really do think Julia Child did change our whole perception about food.

I remember when I was ten years old, going to the little girl 18s house up the street, and she and her mother were sitting at the kitchen table doing something to big white tennis balls, and I asked what they were doing, and she told me they were making mashed potatoes, and I said, 1cWhat do you mean? Mashed potatoes come in a box! 1d They were peeling boiled potatoes, and I had never seen a potato before.

I recently found my knitting book at the bottom of my knitting bag from the 1960s 14 well, it wasn 19t a knitting book. It was a magazine called Woman 18s Day from 1967, and it had knitting patterns in it and it 19s filled with recipes and food ads, and it 19s all Del Monte canned peas, Del Monte canned corn, Del Monte canned peas and corn, Del Monte canned greenbeens. And, all the recipes are to take ground meat and mix it with artificial mashed potatoes, layer it, top it off with tomato sauce out of a jar, put it in the oven 14 presto: dinner.

This is how we ate. People forget. Really. The organic movement, the Alice Waters thing have by now all come into it, but Julia changed the way people thought about cooking and what she did was great.

If you could meet Julia Child in person, what would you like to ask her? And what would you like to ask Paul, her husband, who was so supportive and loving?

STREEP: I think I 19d love most to have heard Paul 19s voice. Julia 19s is so vivid and she left behind such an articulate trail of her journey in her memoir and her cookbook. Her voice really comes through. But I would love to have heard Paul. I 19m sure he was a really interesting person to hear, so full of stories about his life and experiences.

And there are so many mysteries about Julia and Paul 19s story, now that we know they worked for the OSS. How did Julia manage to write this 700 page cookbook in between collecting secrets 26or whatever she was doing?

Julia and Paul 19s relationship is fabulous. Paul seems to be the ideal husband. It 19s unusual, perhaps, to find men 14 on screen and in real life 14 who are so dedicated to sustaining their wives 19 goals. Have you found that to be rare?

STREEP: You know, it 19s hard to say. With regard to my life? I don 19t really think about sustaining my career. Like every other actor, I 19ve been unemployed more than I 19ve been working. Because of the nature of what we do, it seems we have a lot of down time, even though it seems you 19re working, working, working. So it 19s a very uncertain life. I 19ve never gotten used to either working or being out of work. And there are only a very few people who would sign up to be married to someone doing that kind of career. My husband is an artist, so he understands the vagaries of my job. I just take it as if every day is a miracle, and I 19m really glad that I 19m working and that people are not sick of me 26because (she laughs) I 19m sick of me!

Well, then, I guess you 19re really lucky to play such interesting women and explore their worlds. Of all the characters you 18ve played, is there one you 18d like to hang out with for a while?

Yes, I 19d choose Isak Dinesen. She was a really interesting person, and I 19d like to spend some time with her.

Getting back to Paul, Stanley Tucci is lovely portraying him in the film. As actors, you two have extraordinary chemistry. Did you know each other before? What was the recipe for creating this particular onscreen relationship?

STREEP: Well, it so happens that Stanley and I are often on opposite sides in a very famous charades game at Christmas, so we 19ve been at each other 19s throats for many years, and we know each other that way.

And I 19ve been sort of in love with him from afar, actually with the totality of the man 14 fromBig Night to all of his acting and directing work. It was a real treat to get to work with him, and it wasn 19t a tough job to imagine being in love with him.

Then the relationship really fell into place when Nora (Ephron, the director) did a costume test that was actually her way of introducing us to our world. She took us to the rooms they 19d built to be our Paris apartment 14 which was actually built in Queens (New York) 14 and she let us walk around in our costumes, and it sort of absorb it all. Well, when you 19re in isolation in your Winnebago, or whatever trailer it is, you sort of have a hard time preparing. But when you walk into this world, and the light comes into the room in a certain way and there 19s a skyscape of Paris 14 which is, of course, a photograph 26but still 14 and you see the man of your dreams. It sort of came together that way before we began shooting.

Stanley Tucci is a foodie in real life, too. Did you and he have any special experiences bonding over food?

STREEP:Well, there was the time he came to dinner. As I said, I knew Stanley, so I thought I might as well invite him over for dinner. So he came. I decided I 19d make blanquette de veau, and it was not quite done when he arrived. So he came in 14 and completely took over in the kitchen: (She lowers her voice) Why are you doing it that way? Not to be critical, but just asking. Why do you hold it that way? It 19s okay but I can show you an easier way to do it.

Stanley 19s a great chef, and I 19m a cook.

In the film, Julia finds herself through cooking 14 at age 49 14 and through writing her cookbook. She overcame enormous challenges 14 skepticism at cooking school, publisher rejections, and all that. When you were starting out your career, what were the biggest challenges you faced?

STREEP: Starting out? My biggest challenge was making a commitment to acting, and convincing myself to think it was a serious enough thing to do with my life. You know, the question was what are your going to do with your one wild life? And, I just didn 19t think acting was 26I don 19t know 26I thought it was silly and vain, acting. Even though it was the most fun thing that I 19d ever done and it remains being that. But you know, ergo, it can 19t be good for me, or that was my underlying thought. And, so, my biggest challenge was just deciding to do it.

I remember when anyone asked me (she uses a deep, imperious voice) 1cWell, what do you do?, 1d I 19d always say (and she sort of swallows her words in an uncharacteristic mumble), 1cWell, I 19m an actor. 1d I didn 19t want to admit it. It took me a long time before I would admit it. Seriously.

You found it difficult to take acting seriously, yet you 19ve commented forcefully through your acting about qualities of humanity and qualities of life. What things were you considering back then as alternatives to acting?

STREEP: Well, when I was in school, I was obsessed with the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull, and I 19ve always been interested in environmental issues and I still am, and that seems to me to be very worthwhile work.

But over time I 19ve understood 14 from what I take from seeing other actors 19 work 14 that I need, we need art as much as we need good works. You need food and you need inspiration to keep going on the days that you 19re low. We need each other in that way, and so, yeah, I 19ve reconciled myself to the fact that you can make contribution as an actor, and I 19ve even reconciled myself to the fact that my children can choose this profession. At one point that didn 19t seem to be okay, but now it 19s fine. Really I was pushing the sciences, but I 19ve stopped that.

Yes, audiences learn much of what they know of the world from movies. AlthoughJulie and Julia is a truth-based romantic comedy, there are certainly challenging political questions 14 not only about women getting ahead in their careers, but also about how McCarthyism impacted Julia and Paul when Paul, a U.S. diplomat, was called in for questioning about his politics. Is that aspect of the script important to you?

STREEP: It 19s hard for us to imagine now the kind of terror a lot of people lived under back then, when your entire livelihood could be taken away. A mention on the blacklist, and it was gone. People 19s lives were ruined within a year. Within one year of being blacklisted. That blacklist was a done deal. It was over. It was over. Karel Reisz 19 19s wife (Julia Coppard) moved to England and never worked again in this county. So many people. I don 19t think we have any sense of it now 14 how an association (with a political party) could 14 in this free country 14 it could prevent you from making a living forever. That happened, though. So it 19s an important reminder of that.

With The Devil Wears PradaMamma Mia! and, now, Julie & Julia, your range of roles just keeps expanding. Do you have all the choices you 19d like?

STREEP: I seem to have more in the last five years than in the previous five years, and I really don 19t know why that is. But part of it has to do, I think, with the fact that there are more women executives making decisions. Because it all has to do with budgets and where the money comes from, and so I 19m sure they have had more to do with making choices available to me that than I have.

You 19ve been working with women directors 14 Phyllida Lloyd on Mamma, Nora on this, and Nancy Meyers 19 new and as yet untitled film coming up. Does that make a difference?

STREEP: There isn 19t really a category of women directors. Every director is different, really, really different. Nora 19s different from Phyllida and Nancy is very different from each of them. It 19s just that sometimes directorial opportunities for women haven 19t been there 14 and they should be and I hope we see that more and more.

Your name attached to a project is, I imagine, the key to getting it produced. Do you have a dream project you 19d like to work on?

STREEP: No. Do you have an idea for me?