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Road Rage in the Philippines with Gun and Knife

I ride the taxi all the time, and I have had some of the most bizarre moments.  However, this kind of situation would definitely scare the hell out of me.  Road rage is not uncommon, and it can occur anywhere, but when it is caught on video, it becomes a completely different story.  We get front row tickets to a real life movie, and we begin to discover human nature at its finest, or at its worst, in this case.

I am more forgiving than most drivers I know when it comes to undisciplined behavior on our roads.  My father, on the other hand, is less forgiving, and he demonstrates his road rage by speeding up and passing another driver, and finally cutting him off.  Fortunately, it never ended where the two vehicles would stop and altercation would ensue.  My father respected my mom too much for that as she was always in the front seat.  In fact, my father’s semi-road rage was the cause of many of their arguments.

In my case, I am pretty calm and composed, even when driving here in the Philippines.  At first, I was afraid to drive because of the traffic situation here, especially with the undisciplined drivers and pedestrians, but I finally mustered enough courage to drive around the chaotic streets of Metro Manila.  I stayed within the lines.  I signaled left or right when turning.  I followed the speed limits.  I did not cross on the red light, even when there were no cars around at 2 am.  Yes, I drove the same way I drove when I was in the US.

I don’t have a car right now because I got into an accident a few months ago, and my car was totaled.  I have been earning extra cash, trying to save up so I can buy one pretty soon.  As a result, I have been taking the taxi at least once a day, and my taxi budget is almost Php 10K a month.  So that’s a lot of riding the taxi.  That means I have had first hand knowledge on how taxi drivers behave.  Some of them were really nice, but many of them were horrible drivers, swerving, speeding, and cursing all the time.  They mentioned the word traffic as if they have never seen or been into one.   I have had situations where the taxi driver would even fall asleep at the wheel, and I have had to remind him to stay awake. I have also seen how other drivers cut each other off, and it seemed that they didn’t mind since they, too, cut others off.  Just a vicious cycle of poor discipline.

To not be so stressed out with these moments, I focus on surfing the net with my phone until I get to my destination.

So what would bring two grown men to have the audacity to stop in the middle of traffic and threaten each other with a gun and knife?  And just when you think that the situation has been pacified, what would compel a man without weapons to chase and pursue another who just threatened him with a gun and a knife?

What do you think?

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Awesome Magic in Video Editing

I have always been mesmerized by magic and the magicians, especially when it’s so spectacular that my eyes can’t believe it. With the help of technology, we can all become magicians, so-to-speak. I wish I would be more tech-savvy so that I can create my own magic, in this case, using video editing software. I would also like to create special effects on my own. No need for big movie production studios. Just good home-made stuff.  Here’s the video:

What is your favorite “magic” here? Me, I have not decided yet.

Tan-ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals

GRAND CHAMPION – Laoag City’s Pamulinawen Festival

I am really not a fan of fiestas and festivals here in the Philippines.  For some reason, I seem to think of it as a nothing more than a gathering of people who don’t really know the value of what they are gathering for. Sometimes, I think they are just there because that’s what happens every year. I’ve been to the Panagbenga festival in Baguio several times as well as the Pahiyas festival in Lucban, Quezon. Several disappointments.

It would be nice if they had booths about the festival or fiesta so that we can learn something about the culture. However, all I see are endless rows of vendors selling fish balls, hot dogs, barbecues, and trinkets. I suppose I am expecting educational booths as well as tents for people to gather and do something together, like dancing, singing, and the like. I see most people just walking around and passing by.

Then one day, I saw this video of the Tan-Ok Ni Ilocano (Greatness of Ilocano) on Youtube. And of all places, it’s from my province, Ilocos Norte. I watched video after video, and I was truly amazed. I thought this was different. Then last week, I was in Ilocos Norte. On Friday, I found out that the festival would happen on Saturday. I took the opportunity to go and see this great event live. And it did not disappoint. It truly was amazing. Sorry Panagbenga. Sorry Pahiyas. I much prefer this one: Tan-Ok ni Ilocano Festival of Festivals.

This festival was spearheaded by the artistic Governor of Ilocos Norte, Imee Marcos. It showcases the unique culture of 21 municipalities and and two cities of Ilocos Norte through dance interpretation. This year’s winner was Laoag City’s showcase of Pamulinawen Festival. To be honest, I thought there were two others who did better based on the judging criteria. New Era’s Tadek Festival showcase or my town’s showcase, Vintar Siwawer Festival, was much better based on cultural interpretation. Laoag City’s and Batac’s showcases were too modern for my taste, since they used jazz and ballet in their performances.

But hey, judge for yourself. To all who would like to see a different kind of festival here in the Philippines, this is a must.

First Runner-up – Nueva Era’s Tadek Festival

Second Runner-up – Batac’s Empanada Festival

Third Runner-up – Vintar’s Siwawer Festival – Coming Soon

Tan-Ok Festival in Ilocos Norte – Vintar Town Contestants

Every year, Ilocos Norte celebrates Christmas with a bang! I am not into fiestas, but when I saw these videos on Youtube, I really wanted to see it live. This is Ilocos Norte’s annual Tan-Ok Festival, which will be held on December 6 in Laoag City. The video here is my hometown’s entry. They were 4th place last year, though they were the viewer’s choice.

The champion was Laoag City.  See video below.

What do you think?  Looks good, right?  This is worth the trip from Manila!  I am watching it tonight!  Whee…