Anti-Human Trafficking and Anti-OSEC Efforts

Visited a home for human trafficked survivors today and met amazing young women (some less than 18 years of age) who shared their stories of pain and darkness. But what’s most inspiring is their faith in God and the strength they’ve found.

It’s a struggle for many of them to trust people again, but with great faith, prayers, support, and time, I hope for their healing.

I also applaud the people who work in this field for their perseverance even if the situation becomes too dire throughout the world. They never lose hope and continue the fight.

Campaigns to end human trafficking, and now OSEC, need our support. Report anything suspicious, for it can save a young child’s life. And remember that victims aren’t just female, but can also be male as well.


A Graduation and the Pyramid

I’m still exhausted from yesterday, but nevertheless, another new day to rise up to and live on.

And what happened yesterday was the UP Cebu graduation, wherein JP finally put a cap to his school life (kinda NOT literally…UP sablay just got moved from one shoulder to the other — no caps were present nor thrown). Life awaits him now, and I’d say he’s pumped for it.

I wasn’t graduating. I still have another year at UP Cebu. But seeing all those people finally getting out, like being freed from a really long 18+ year sentence, is something to behold. The music was of utmost help to the celebratory mood as well.

And with the guest speaker being none other than the Hon. Manuel B Villar Jr. founder of Camella Homes and with a speech that focused on entrepreneurship, I was extremely inspired, just as JP was. And for good measure, I voice recorded the whole speech just to have it when I need inspiring the most.

After the graduation, we got a ride to The Pyramid by his uncle. We’d booked a table at the place the night previous to yesterday and I was eager to try out their food.

And as food goes, it was pretty great. Pricey though, with a very limited menu that isn’t very large-gathering friendly. Since 12 people were invited, we needed a lot of food, but with each dish costing around PHP 150+, it would’ve been more ideal if there were more group deals available aside from the Father’s Day special (which we ultimately chose, plus some other dishes).

Since we ordered in advance, I kept a photo of the list:

The corkage fee also isn’t very inviting for cake-essential events since said corkage fee is twice the price of the cake (or outside food) that gets brought into The Pyramid and eaten there. BUT if you want to just take photos with the cake (or other outside food) without eating it, there’s no corkage.

They do sell beautiful cake at the place for PHP 1,000+ a cake.

It WAS a pretty place though, with a great view at night.

They also have a great selection of wine.

In any case, it isn’t much of a place if you’re going for more of a feed-many-people-with-group-deals kind of a place. But if you do want a fancy place for a fancy date (or just have the money to splurge on good expensive food with no budget limit), then this is the place to go, since they do have many great solo meals.

As for being chosen as JP’s graduation dinner venue, it was not bad at all. Quite luxurious actually

Passengers need to be considerate as well

I was running late for a meeting and got Angkas to avoid the traffic I knew was building up at Escario. My rider and I were conversing about all sorts of things and then we landed on his one time experience where a ride was booked on the other side of the street from where he was, but due to traffic rules, he couldn’t just cross over, which was what was requested. The booking was eventually cancelled due to their disagreement.

Mo bati sad unta ang ubang pasahero sa amoa.”

He does what he can to get to his bookings, but he’s still bound to traffic rules and regulations so he won’t lose his main source of income.

Anti-Noise Ordinance not enforced here in Sambag I, Cebu City

One of the things that irk me are when ordinances made in good faith aren’t enforced. And this is certainly a trying case when it comes to the Anti-Noise Ordinance.

That screenshot is from an article entitled “No one is enforcing the anti-noise law” by Bobit S. Avila.

And from what I’ve read — at 3 frickin’ AM because of loud music from huge speakers posted right outside the gate of our small compound of row houses — Mr. Avila has experienced almost the same thing as me.

It turns out that the Anti-Noise Law in Republic Act. No. 386 has Article 26 that specifically states, “Every person shall respect the dignity, personality, privacy and peace of mind of his neighbors and other persons.” There’s also the law on unjust vexation that states, “The Supreme Court defined unjust vexation as any human conduct which, although not productive of some physical or material harm, would unjustly annoy or irritate an innocent person. The paramount question is whether the offender’s act causes annoyance, irritation, torment, distress or disturbance to the mind of the person to whom it is directed.”

And upon further research, I also found that Cebu City has its own via the article “Enforce Anti-Noise Pollution Measures” by Doris C. Bongcac.

“City Ordinance No. 309, which is an amendment to the city’s anti-noise pollution regulation or Ordinance No. 1940, makes it ‘unlawful for any person to willfully cause loud and disturbing noise through, among other means, the uncontrolled operation of video karaoke sound systems, and other similar sound-producing devices within the City of Cebu, between the hours of 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. of the following day.
The volume of these machines or sound systems shouldn’t be more than 40 decibels.

But as it turns out, these ordinances never seem to be enforced. And with the recent elections, I’m guessing the new barangay captain in Sambag I doesn’t care enough about enforcing this ordinance. Or is even complicit in noise-making.

And this is a video I took at around 2:41AM as proof.

You can’t see much, but that’s because it’s already pretty late and dawn’s about to hit us all soon.

I was startled awake by that very song and considering I’ve been drained from my first full week at internship, I really needed good sleep this weekend. But thanks to these inconsiderate asses living right outside Mya 2 Townhomes, I am now struggling to get back to sleep. Sure, they shut off the music at 3:03 AM, but that’s sleep stolen from me. I consider myself really vexed right now.

I love my sleep and I’m never really out past my bedtime, unless it’s a special occasion (introvert here). I’m a good enough citizen, I hope; hardworking and all. So is there a way to keep these Sambag I noise polluters from doing this again? This has been happening for almost every single day these past two weeks since I’ve arrived from out of town (June 9-24, 2018). If this were a fiesta, which it was at the start since prayers would be held at the chapel nearby in the first few days, this revelry shouldn’t have lasted this long.

I really abhor inconsiderate and selfish jackanapes.

#CebuCity #Cebu #Philippines

P. S. Also, fiestas are overrated. Wasting money for food that’ll bring health issues and getting wasted with this bloody tagay culture (of even more senseless waste that also lead to health issues) are all a contradiction to what fiestas are meant to be about. Dedicated to the patron saint, it’s a celebration of that specific saint. Lechon and all the spending done during fiesta is unnecessary. A simple meal with less cholesterol involved would be better for everyone, plus ACTUAL prayers dedicated to the saint.

Update: Around 8AM, their loud music started yet again.

Shawarma Gourmet

JP and I had just come from a meeting at Escario’s Cafe Talk and were heading off to find food when we took a left at Escario Central. We saw a couple of restaurants and ended up going into Shawarma Gourmet.

I’ve often been drawn to Middle Eastern cuisine because of the colours and the scents, which Shawarma Gourmet was no exception to. The interiors were both cozy and vibrant, plus the seating was comfortable to the buns.

We decided to each get a wrap. He went with the beef shawarma combo meal, complete with drinks and spiced fries. I went vegetarian and got a falafel wrap.

I also got Lebanese coffee to go with my order. It came with a date

Hahaha get it? I was there with my date, and the coffee came with a date. Hahahaha just me? Ayt…

Great customer service by the way. We expressed our need for guidance at the start just to see which ones were the best options and the server that came to us was very helpful and friendly.

The food was delicious and they also smelled divine. The falafel wrap I bit into had great texture, the fries with spices was perfection, and the coffee was liquid gold.

Verdict: Warm place. Loved the food. Would definitely come back for more.