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It had been months since the great book blockade bombarded book distributors and importers, especially the book readers.
I wasn’t brave enough to blog about this. Being a bookworm myself, I was shocked with the news of DoF and Customs.

I wouldn’t dwell on the Florence Agreement that the Philippine Government signed way back August 7, 1979 and how it is now possibly being violated by the Department of Finance.
I wouldn’t put any negativity on the huge demand and importation of “twilight” that caught the attention of the Bureau of Customs.

In fact, wouldn’t one be glad to know that book importation has a high demand?
Wouldn’t it mean that the country’s getting into reading alot?
In a country where illiteracy rate is high, wouldn’t it be of concern to encourage the people to read more and educate themselves.
Wouldn’t it be of concern to put more attention to education?
Rather than implementing tax on materials that would encourage people to read more.

In a place like the Philippines, where illiteracy is high, taxes on books shouldn’t be considered. I’m not only pertaining to the “non-educational” books that they’re saying but to “educational” books as well.
Why?
This is because both categories would have taxes, 5% and 1% respectively.
Yes, Elementary and Secondary schools use textbooks that are, usually, locally published. But Colleges and Universities doesn’t use them, more or less, college students use reference books that costs thousands.
These reference books are mostly internationally published and “imported”, especially the science and technology courses.

Anyone could reason out that there’s the internet, always available for research and reference. Sure it is!
But how about for those who couldn’t afford that? Those who only rely on books in their school library?

Here’s an excerpt from Undersecretary Sales’ statement:

Customs Undersecretary Espele Sales explained the government’s position to a group of frustrated booksellers and importers in an Orwellian PowerPoint presentation, at which she reinterpreted the Florence Agreement as well as Philippine law RA 8047, providing for “the tax and duty-free importation of books or raw materials to be used in book publishing.” For lack of a comma after the word “books,” the undersecretary argued that only books “used in book publishing” (her underlining) were tax-exempt.

“What kind of book is that?” one publisher asked me afterward. “A book used in book publishing.” And she laughed ruefully.

I thought about it. Maybe I should start writing a few. Harry the Cultural and Educational Potter and His Fondness for Baskerville Type.

Likewise, with the Florence Agreement, she argued that only educational books could be considered protected by the U.N. treaty. Customs would henceforth be the arbiter of what was and wasn’t educational.

“For 50 years, everyone has misinterpreted the treaty and now you alone have interpreted it correctly?” she was asked.

“Yes,” she told the stunned booksellers.

“A book used in book publishing.”
This statement just shattered me. This means that every word written, printed and published would be included. And not just the “non-educational” books, as well as the “educational” books. Even though it’s a mere 1% tax, the point is that they are still taxing the books.

They seem so proud of the Department Order that they’ve released.
But they haven’t realized what they’ve done.
They’re taking away a very valuable thing from the citizens. Haven’t they realized that by simply implementing this book blockade, they’re increasing the illiteracy rate in this country? They are taking away the opportunity to know how to read and learn.
It’s just like taking away a story book from a child and say “don’t read.”

They are literate people, they’ve even managed to interpret the treaty and say that it’s been misunderstood because of the lack of comma, and bravo for that.

But I’m wondering why this? Why the storage of knowledge?

Do they have any answer when somebody asks…
“Have you done something to help others to learn how to read?”

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Wouldn’t it be a great honor if your country’s representative win an award from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival?
And not just any ordinary category but as the Best Director In Competition beating out premier directors like Quentin Tarantino and Ang Lee.

When the news reached half way around the world, it was greatly appreciated by people. Dante Mendoza, who is an Indipendent Film Director, is one of the Filipino film makers who are brave enough to enter such competition. Some say that Mendoza is really fond of International Film Awards, and thus his fondness of film making.
He believed in his talents and films, he believed that Filipnos can be really competitive in this industry.

Sure, Filipinos were really happy about this. Even me, who barely knew him as a director, I was proud of what he had achieved for himself and the country.
But just this morning, I’ve read from our daily newspaper that some people are dissing him, saying things about him which are really irrelevant. It was disappointing that you’d hear comments like this from your fellow Filipinos. Most of the it was pertaining to his physical looks such as he went under surgery to fix his chin so on and so forth.

I don’t know what are people’s intention by saying things like this after he won in Cannes.
The thing that immediately crossed my mind was envy. And it’s really sad to read comments like this after a fellowman had won an international award.

As for his film “Kinatay”, he said that he doesn’t want it to be screened by the MTRCB.

Why?

He doesn’t want any scenes to be chopped off and he doesn’t want it to be shown in public theaters since it’s a sensitive film. Most likely, his film would be featured in universities like in the UP Theater.
Why not, it would benifit the film students.

Source: Cannes Festival and “Our Daily Newspaper”
Photo: Reuters

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America crowned a new Idol, and it’s not Adam Lambert.

Yes, it’s Kris Allen!

Alot of people were disappointed and shocked with the results, including me. This was unexpected.
All along alot of people had hoped for Adam to win because of his talent and amazing performances.

Last night after the two finalists sang No Boundaries, which I didn’t liked, Randy Jackson commented on Kris’ performance saying that, “he thinks that Kris’ voice suits the song rather than Adams”
Oh well, there you have it, a mere prediction on who should win, eventhough Simon was rooting for Adam.

Anyhoo, after the competition, both of them would have recording contracts and careers of their own. I hope both of them would do well.

adam and kris

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…see yah next season!

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After an exhausting concert, David Archuleta had energy left to record a video blog about the concert and thank all those who went out there in the concert grounds, with us.

He can’t “salamat” enough to all the fans! Wow!

We love you David and we are really thankful that you came half way around the world to see us and play music. We do hope that you come back soon and perform again.

DA thanks vlog

David’s so exhausted but it didn’t took him another day to thank all those who supports him. I think this is probably around 12midnight or 1AM in the morning.

You and David Cook have a safe trip back home.

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Just had time to blog about the concert last night and take in all what had happened.

I don’t want to blog about how the way people in front of us stood on their chairs and we weren’t able to see the stage or even the David’s shadows. No, I’m not gonna blog about how they stood on their chairs when people at the back started to chant “walang tatayo”.

Instead, I’m gonna blog how amazing the concert was. From the moment David Archuleta came up on stage and started off singing Touch my Hand the crowd just went crazy!
In our case, we can’t see the stage because of the people standing on their seats, I just listened to him and glance at the monitors every now and then. It was enough for me to hear his voice. To hear that it was the same voice on TV and on the records.

Wow! I think I almost lose my voice screaming.

Here are the songs that he sang last night:
1. Touch my Hand
2. Barriers
3. A little too not over you
4. You can
5. My Hands
6. Your eyes don’t lie
7. To be with you
8. Don’t let go
9. Waiting for yesterday
10. Stand by me
11. A thousand miles
12. Angels
13. Zeo Gravity
14. Crush

He sang for 1 hour, non-stop! I just wish he sang Running hihihi. That’s one of my favorites. But he did sang Zero Gravity which is not yet released, or so I thought hahaha!
The crowd sang along with him in all of the songs that he performed! Such an amazing crowd!

People were so fast, they’ve uploaded videos on youtube about David Archuleta’s performances in the concert.

Here is the video of Zero Gravity. He was jumping and running around, he’s enjoying! And so did us!

At the end of David Cook’s performance, David Archuleta came back on stage and sang with him in the end of A Daily Anthem.
Here’s the video, I was recording this one but got a crap one. Luckily someone had a good video of this.
Got so overwhelmed when they’re both on stage. Almost cried with this one and realized that the show was about to end.

Hope both Davids had a great time here in the Philippines, because we all sure did!

Come back here whenever you can! We all be looking forward to that.

Oh by the way, check out the name of the one who uploaded the videos, he got all the songs!

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Yesterday was the Meet and Greet of David Archuleta at the SM Mall of Asia.
He only stayed on stage for 5 minutes. And hell! That was the best 5 minutes of my life so far!
I was really “star strucked”

He’s sooo cuuuuteee! And much taller than what I expected. He was of the same height as Magic 89.9 DJs. He was smiling all the time and the crowd just went insane!

We thought that he’s going to sing maybe just one song but he did not. Maybe he’s reserving his voice for the concert this saturday.

Here are some of the pics that my sister took, because she’s the one holding the camera.

david archuleta at SM MOA

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After David Archuleta’s Meet & Greet yesterday at the SM MOA, it’s Cook’s turn.

He would have his meet & greet at the SM North EDSA at 4PM today, May 14.
I don’t have any details yet on the passes.

For more info on this check this out: thedavidsofseven
or this David Cook Official

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