Dreams, Optimism, Wisdom


Erle Frayne Argonza

Magandang gabi! Good evening!

The year just passed was full of surprises, or rather replete with news that were both brightening and threatening. As people were beginning to celebrate the holiday season, Gaza suddenly ignited as Israel’s Defense Forces brazenly entered the inner zones of the already blighted Palestinian corridor and indiscriminately terminated hundreds of suspected terrorists including children.

But as the hell fires of Gaza were gathering hotter winds of hostilities, the world’s peoples warmly enthused to watch the much awaited match between the top champs in boxing, Oscar De La Joya of Pan-Latin world and Manny Pacquiao of Southeast Asia. On that very moment of the fight, the world’s gaze was glued on this battle of the sports titans, and were so amazed to watch the impeccably peerless Pacman exhibit his prowess, whose every punch pounded on the helpless Oscar like pummeling boiled potatoes into some salad mix.

There was no doubt that the year 2008’s best year ender news was no other than Manny Pacquiao himself. Not only did he brighten up his own home city of General Santos or his beloved country the Philippines, he added light of optimism to the entire sports world and planet Earth as a whole.

Today the entire boxing arena had transferred its spotlight from the previous heavier weights to the middle divisions, where both Pacquiao and De La Joya are situated. Pacquiao is the world’s top boxer, he is the spotlight of the entire boxing profession, and he is likewise the world’s top athlete as of the end of 2008.

What else can we ask from this greatest champ of the season, then to accept our accolades and best wishes? From former bakery worker of his poverty youth days to the world’s best athlete and one of the best paid too, the same wealth that he openly shares to his poorer compatriots as philanthropic boon, this noble man deserves everyone’s esteem and respect.

Let us hope that we can have more news this year 2009 that could approximate the light of hope exhibited by Manny Pacquiao, aside from the expected victories that the Pacman will again demonstrate to us all facilely.

[25 January 2009, Quezon City, MetroManila]


WELCOME 2009! January 24, 2009

Erle Frayne Argonza

Hello Fellow Earthans! Hello world! Welcome 2009, the Year of the Ox!

This economist, sociologist and self-development guru has been hibernating for awhile as part of a year-starter contemplation period. I’m now formally ending this hibernation, and will resume sharing my thoughts about world events and wisdom.

The holiday season is surely a period of excitement and fast-moving events comprising of parties, reunions, and chows. Like everyone else, I was swept away by the enchantment of this unique period, and ended the year with over 10 pounds of extra weight.

In January 1-4 I took some time out to visit the Sabang Beach of Puerto Galera, Mindoro. An excellent place for scuba diving, this spot is just contiguous to two (2) other wonderful sites, the La Laguna Beach and Coco Beach. I spent the tour with my cousin Evadne Argonza-Bautista and her other half, Rudy Bautista, chief engineer and overseas seafarer, who brought along their two starseed kids Raissa and Randoll. I also had a reunion in the beach with my cousin Ricky Argonza, a master scuba diver, who manages the Garden of Edens resort (German-owned).

I was just about to begin orienting myself to the new year, by detailing my annual battle plan (goals) and burning the excess fats gained from the holidays, when my Dad’s 2nd wife (Lorna Argonza) suddenly died last January 15 while travelling back by bus Manila. Being the only son of Dad (Steve Argonza) who’s here in Manila (all of my sibs are in the USA), I had to conduct my filial duties and be the burial event organizer-operator for my old man. The lady, Tita Lorna, was finally buried last 20th of the month. The day after, the 21st, saw me hit by allergic rhinitis, a recurring ailment, after all the stressful though preparations for the burial.

Still nursing my rhinitis, I finally am finding the time to catch up on my goal-refinements, fat burning gym sessions, and reflections about global events. The year opened up with Gaza (a spill over from late 2008), the pessimistic facet, and the installation of Barack Obama as US president, the optimistic facet. We will all be watching the aftermath of these two events for sure, as they contribute to the shape of 2009 as a whole.

We’re also preparing for the celebration of the start of the Year of the Ox, which is a legacy of the Chinese culture. I’ve already bought new crystal materials for balancing my home, and an ox figurine for my work room & study. A positive year this will be in terms of bountiness, as the underlying Tao philosophy of the celebrations so explain.
Well, Fellows, let’s hope for the better for 2009 in terms of moving out of the economic and politico-economy cul de sacs that our planet has been seemingly entrapped into. Welcome the Ox Year with a Big Bang!

[24 January 2009, Quezon City, MetroManila]