Just another WordPress.com weblog

Archive for February, 2011

My Country..

A tribute to the classic art of Fernando Amorsolo, the powerful filipino song, Bayan ko, and the timeless artist, Kuh Ledesma.
The song is taken from Kuh’s newest album, K. It is a precious collection of filipino songs given a neo-ethnic sound through the expertise of Bob Aves. This album is The Philippines’ proud contribution to World Music.
Though the song may promote nationalism, let us not forget that we are all ONE. Let this be a celebration of the beauty of diversity and uniqueness. Any thing unique, we value. Any thing we value, we lovingly accept


Tagalog ( Filipino) Lyrics

Ang bayan kong Pilipinas
Lupain ng ginto’t bulaklak
Pag-ibig na sa kanyang palad
Nag-alay ng ganda’t dilag.
At sa kanyang yumi at ganda
Dayuhan ay nahalina
Bayan ko, binihag ka
Nasadlak sa dusa.
Ibon mang may layang lumipad
kulungin mo at umiiyak
Bayan pa kayang sakdal dilag
Ang di magnasang makaalpas!
Pilipinas kong minumutya
Pugad ng luha ko’t dalita
Aking adhika,
Makita kang sakdal laya!

Here is the translation in  English lyrics “Bayan Ko  (My Country)”

My country the Philippines
Land of gold and flowers
With love in her palms
She offers beauty and virtue.
And of her modesty and beauty
The foreigner was attracted
O, my country, you were enslaved
Mired in hardship.
Even birds that are free to fly
Cage them and they cry,
Much more a beautiful country
Shall long to be free.
Philippines my beloved,
Cradle of my tears and poverty
I’ll aspire,
To see you truly free.

written by Eddie Aguilar a Filipino Folk singer and song composer.


Yesterday morning ..  I was bound to work , it was my turn to drive and pick my colleague  up.We take turns in driving for the sake of our beautiful environment and of course we save   money for it.  On our way, it came to a topic, about people in my country of origin, the Philippines. I haven’t forgotten  at all my roots and the country where  I was born.  I have lived in Europe for over 30 years now, I  lived  in England and grounded a family in Germany.  My grandmother ,from my mom’s side which I have visited  almost every year,  lived  with her other sisters in Chicago  and some other members of the family, she passed away a couple of years ago. My mother passed away  three years ago now in the Philippines.

The topic came  in the  1990s about the women working  in her country ( JAPAN) in the clubs as barmaids , singers or sorry but I have to say..from her own words ..prostitutes. In the 1990, as far as I know officially, there were jobs offered to women from the Philippines, trained as singers and dancers and not as Pro…..tes.  These women were in fact were forced to do the kind of job they wanted them to do.  It’s sad because they didn’t choose to be there as …. It was found out that these people who offered jobs were connected to suckers and gangsters.  Many of these women were trapped deeply, not knowing what to do.These gangers hold there passports , they could never go out freely  as they wanted or leave until they are released. One could not even imagine how they were able to pay all there expenses to apply a job. It caused them to borrow money from the banks or from friends or relatives. I  will not say I’m lucky but I’m fortunate not to experience such things but so sad to say .. they haven’t  chosen how they are now for many reasons or no  one have chosen to be poor. Many wanted to live a descent life with a descent job not being used and misused by people who have power in their hands. Thanks that the  Philippine government have reacted to these matter.  At end of her topic , I said to her, before you judge them and what they do,  and so with my country get to know the facts and then judge whatever. I  further said ,visit the Philippines and you will get to know the bad, the good, the ugly and the beautiful.   ***  connie***

Feb. 19,2011

This is the original song, sang by the original singer and song writer



Flying Without Wings



Everybody’s looking for that something
One thing that makes it all complete
You find it in the strangest places
Places you never knew it could be
Some find it in the face of their children
Some find it in their lover’s eyes
Who can deny the joy it brings
When you found that special thing
You’re flying without wings

Some find it sharing every morning
Some in their solitary lives
You find it in the words of others
A simple line can make you laugh or cry
You find it in the deepest friendship
The kind you cherish all your life
And when you know how much that means
You’ve found that special thing
You’re flying without wings

So impossible as they may seem
You’ve got to fight for every dream
‘Cause who’s to know
Which one you let go
Would have made you complete
Well, for me it’s waking up beside you
To watch the sunrise on your face
To know that I can say I love you
In any given time or place
It’s little things that only I know
Those are the things that make you mine
And it’s like flying without wings

‘Cause you’re my special thing
I’m flying without wings
And you’re the place my life begins
And you’ll be where it ends
I’m flying without wings
And that’s the joy you bring
I’m flying without wings

by Westlife



Valentine’s Day



SOS the Indigenous Peoples – the Rainforest – the Amazon River

Please help with the action by signing the petition

link below



Friends ..please have care for this appeal .. for the sake of our nature,our environment, the Indigenous people, for the future of the next generation, not only in BRAZIL BUT THAT CONSCERNS US ALL IN THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN  “Our Mother Earth” Think of the destructions of many lives and their living.. the wild life, the  beautiful nature,  and most of all for our future and the future of the next generations to come .It’s really a SHAME  THEM TO HAVE THOUGHT OF THE MONSTROUS BELO MONTE DAM. In this way we shouldn’t think of any luxury…IT IS A DESTRUCTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT and a CRIME TO OUR  MOTHER  EARTH.








First ever aerial footage of uncontacted Amazon tribe released


At link, there is a related corner ..click to view more related videos and photos.

Astonishing new photos of one of the world’s last uncontacted tribes 31 January 2011

Dramatic photos show tribe threatened by loggers invading neighbouring territory. 
UPDATE: 4 February 2011 

An extraordinary new film of the tribe in these pictures has been released. It is the first aerial footage of any uncontacted community. Watch now »

New photos obtained by Survival International show uncontacted Indians in never-seen-before detail. The Indians are living in Brazil, near the Peruvian border, and are featured in the ‘Jungles’ episode of BBC1’s ‘Human Planet’ (Thurs 3 Feb, 8pm, UK only).

The pictures were taken by Brazil’s Indian Affairs Department, which has authorized Survival to use them as part of its campaign to protect their territory. They reveal a thriving, healthy community with baskets full of manioc and papaya fresh from their gardens.

The tribe’s survival is in serious jeopardy as an influx of illegal loggers invades the Peru side of the border. Brazilian authorities believe the influx of loggers is pushing isolated Indians from Peru into Brazil, and the two groups are likely to come into conflict.

These pictures can be reproduced provided the following link is included:

http://www.uncontactedtribes.org/brazilphotos. Contact

mr@survivalinternational.org for high-res versions.

First ever aerial footage of uncontacted Amazon tribe released
updated 4 February 2011

Extraordinary film footage narrated by movie star Gillian Anderson has launched Survival International’s new campaign to protect some of the world’s last uncontacted tribes.

New film footage released today shows uncontacted Indians on the Brazil-Peru border in never-seen-before detail. It is the first-ever aerial footage of an uncontacted community.

Ms Anderson said today, ‘What comes across very powerfully from this amazing footage is how healthy and confident these people appear. I hope they can be left alone – but that will only happen if the loggers are stopped.’

A still from the new footage of an uncontacted Amazon tribe in Brazil. 

A still from the new footage of an uncontacted Amazon tribe in Brazil.
© BBC/FUNAI/Survival

The footage was filmed by the BBC in collaboration with the Brazilian government, for the new BBC 1 ‘Human Planet’ series (broadcast 3 Feb). The Brazilian government has authorized Survival to use the footage as part of its campaign. Photos of the tribe were published worldwide by Survival earlier this week.

Global coverage of the story has already pushed the Peruvian authorities into action – they have announced they will work with Brazil’s Indian Affairs department (FUNAI) to protect the area more effectively.

The Indians’ survival is in jeopardy as an influx of illegal loggers invades the Peru side of the border. Brazilian authorities believe the influx of loggers is pushing isolated Indians from Peru into Brazil, and the two groups are likely to come into conflict.

Survival Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘The very dangerous future for uncontacted tribal peoples should be of worldwide concern. Gillian Anderson’s help here will draw more attention to it – vital if the world is finally going to call a real halt to the centuries of destruction.’

This slideshow requires JavaScript.