Now Playing at the Music Bar below:

Selfish (Chillout Version) - Sunset Daze

Don't Fear the Reaper (Cover) - The Beautiful South

Clarity (Neon Sky Remix) - Zedd ft. Foxes

Alive in Paradise - Tiesto & Dyro feat. Krewella

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Robredo Effect

Several weeks have passed since DILG secretary Jesse Robredo left this good earth. As much as possible I do not want to post any articles pertaining to politics or a political figure. But Mr. Jesse “Pogi” Robredo is an exception. Honestly, I do not know the man personally nor have I come across any of his achievements. He never touched my life, never gave me any advice, I only knew him by face and by name as the DILG secretary, period. So why make him an exception?
After his untimely death in a plane crash, all of a sudden, everybody knew what kind of a man he was and what he has done for our government. Both the Internet and the Social Media provides an in-depth look at how this man lived and served our country. Beloved by many, hailed by the media as an icon of good governance and an ideal family man, the perfect public servant. One who does not grandstand and brag about his accomplishments, one who does not expect any recognition or favors in return for his work, one who exemplifies humility and simplicity.
(A politician who rides the bus going home to the province? No wonder that almost every Filipino now wants to be like Jesse…including me.)
But this doesn’t mean that I want to go into politics. Despite my family on my father’s side having served the Filipinos in our province for more than 40 years now, I’m probably just not born for it. With the Robredo Effect, this tells me that I must simply do more selfless acts as a citizen, a husband, a father, and as a man for others.
Now I am pretty sure we have met several other “Robredos” in our lives, most likely in our office, where we do business with our leaders. You know at the onset if that individual has great work ethics if you tend to emulate his/her leadership characteristics. But with the passing of Mr. Robredo, I somehow push myself to the next level in terms of maintaining the highest integrity, taking full accountability for my actions, having the eagerness to get things done right away, and most importantly, making sure that I devote the rest of my free time with my family.
Easier said than done, especially to our politicians. Each and every one of them is now being compared to Mr. Robredo, since he is now the benchmark of an honest and true public servant. Yes, you may have committed and broadcasted that we shall continue Mr. Robredo’s legacy, and that we will instill in ourselves the values in which Mr. Robredo has practiced in providing good governance…so he’s been there, he’s done that, now can you really act on it?
And it’s not just a matter of kicking off or starting off something, there really has to be sustainability. You can’t just grace the opening and cut the ceremonial ribbon. This is a typical “Ningas Kugon” mentality. And one good deed is not enough, you’re simply a one-hit wonder, but who’s counting anyway; or probably you’re the type who is too proud that you even paid a newspaper to publish all your achievements. This is not like a video game that you get a trophy or level up for reaching a certain number of points.
The sense of fulfillment is the prize; not the recognition, not the awards. This may be the key as to why Mr. Robredo did so well, because he was never disappointed if he was not recognized, was never de-motivated for not receiving a token, he knew what had to be done, and this was his drive, and he did it for the people.
The Robredo Effect wants to mold us into better leaders at the same time better servants. To be an example of how we can make a difference and properly serve those who rely on us.
It’s really sad that a good man like "Pogi" left this mortal life so soon. I guess good guys don’t finish last after all…because he is way ahead of us in the heavens and is now enjoying his immortality.
“The most important ingredient of leadership is character. Most of the proficiencies can be learned, but what's inside you is something that's difficult to change” – Jesse Robredo

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Featured Clips of the Day: To Protect & Serve

Let's just hope that when the time comes, our armed forces and police won't be like this...
Mortar Fail


SWAT Fail 2


Monday, September 3, 2012

Elements Bits: Moneyball

Brad Pitt – Billy Beane
Jonah Hill – Peter Brand
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Art Howe
In the world of sports, the club with the most cash to spend gets to have all the good players. For some it may be about entertainment, but for Billy Beane, it’s all about winning.
Competing against the likes of the New York Yankees that have a salary cap of 140 million, all Billy has to work on is a player salary budget that is roughly 38 mil. So how do you come up with a team that can win championships without the right players? It’s all about the math. And when Billy hires Peter Brand, an economics graduate from Yale, they used this science to recruit the players they need to win.
But then their theory does not live up to its expectations, and the team is spiraling down to last place. So how will Billy turn things around?
(Film is based on a true story)
Elements Bits number 1:
Best talents money can buy versus seasoned or experienced competitors. One good example is the ever famous NBA team, the Miami Heat. Two years ago they got two of the best players in the league to join their premier player to have the most formidable Big Three that year. Everyone thought that they would railroad themselves to the championship, which of course they did, but they did not expect to lose against a team that had oldies and veterans in their lineup.
The Miami Heat were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks. Experience seemed to trump the easy way out by getting the best players with all those cash. You see, it’s not all about the hype and the individual talents. It is years of hard work,leveraging on the role players and experience that really matters, and the numbers would speak for itself. The numbers can’t be denied. The law of averages shall prevail. (I guess the Miami Heat figured that out last season because they finally won their championship)
Memorable Quotes:
Billy: “Let them make the mistakes. When your enemy’s making mistakes, don’t interrupt them.”
Peter: “People are overlooked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws.”
Bill James
Bill is known to be a sportswriter and a statistician that focused on baseball. His work is about the scientific analysis of baseball statistics in finding out how a team can win or lose games. Efficiency ratings, percentages, range factors, all of these stats are analyzed to provide an answer on how this can affect a victory or defeat.
Bill is part of the 2006 Top 100 Most influential people in the world according to Time Magazine.

"Ber" Months are Here

Wow. Time does fly really fast on some occasions. "Ber" months are here and Christmas is just around the corner. But what makes these 2012 "ber" months a bit special;

I'm turning 2 years in my current company, and what a ride it has been. I can't seem to ask for anything more as of the moment..(Well, of course with the exception of an increase hehe.) but in terms of guidance and support from top management, they've been there. With regards to the welfare of the employees, the company has made great strides to make changes.

This year marks a major milestone as the company launches it's new Vision, Mission and Values. Aside from that, we will also be implementing a new Code of Discipline and Dress code. (It's about time!) And as an added feature, this last quarter would test our Makati site if it is deserving to claim once again the overall championship in our Globalympics. (Site pride you know.)

Most importantly for me though is that, this year's "ber" months would mark some of the special events within my family.

Our eldest son becomes a teenager...
My unica hija turns one...
My dad will be filing his candidacy for re-election...
2012 is the year of the Dragon, my birth year, and so far things are really good and I can't wait what the remainder of this year has in store for me.
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