Transcript of Ninoy Aquino’s Memorable Speech in Los Angeles (1981)

Two years ago I wrote my thoughts on the late Ninoy Aquino’s memorable speech in Los Angeles in 1981, two years before he was assassinated at the then Manila International Airport, because if his threatening presence to the dictatorial Marcos regime of that period.

Today in the Philippines marks the 28th death anniversary of the country’s most charismatic politician, and one that was considered the greatest president that the Philippines never had. In remembrance, I am reposting the memorable speech from Youtube, and adding a complete transcript of what he said, courtesy of Real Encounters.

Watch the video, hear his voice, and read his words. Aquino is one of those rare people, the likes of which we might never see again in our lifetime….

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U2 Live on Youtube – The Aftermath

What can I say?  Awesome, awesome concert by U2 at the Rose Bowl tonight!  Even though I was just watching it via Youtube, I still liked how the concert was done (well, I was actually using the PlayOn app for the PS3 so I can watch it on my TV, hehe).

Youtube kept hiccuping at first, the picture freezing but the sound/music still going, and I think it was slightly delayed by about 10-15 seconds, since I got a call from my friends Don and Richie (who were there at the Rose Bowl) a few seconds before the intermission started.  One thing that annoyed me no end was that twitter gadget at the bottom… it wasn’t that it distracted me, it was more because the thing was choppy and buggy as hell.  Well, anyway, I decided to take advantage of it a couple times by saying hello to fellow Filipinos watching the live streaming – and there were a LOT!

As for the band itself… well, Bono still has it.  Great production value, and the props were astounding… that spinning video contraption above them was a sight to see, especially when they were playing Vertigo – it was like a spinning UFO beaming the guys back home!  That little hanging steering wheel/microphone thing near the end was trippy too… seeing Bono hang onto that thing while it carried him across the stage, his legs almost touching the audience, was fun to see.

U2 belted out a pretty balanced set, making sure they played old favorites like I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Sunday Bloody Sunday and With or Without You near the end.  I was kinda hoping they’d play Pride, but I guess they’re promoting the newer singles as well.

Anyway, it was great to witness the concert on Youtube, and I’m sure it’s even better to see it live.  Great songs, great sound, great props, great production value, and an all around great performance by the band.  Then again, I didn’t expect any less from U2…


Ninoy Aquino’s Memorable Speech in Los Angeles (1981)

(click here to skip to the video of the speech)

I have been and always will be a staunch supporter of the most brilliant and charismatic opposition leader the Philippines ever had, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino.  But the truth is I that I never knew much about what this person experienced and achieved in his lifetime until I first heard this speech on a cassette tape, almost two years after his assassination at then Manila International Airport.  I have wondered why my parents back then were almost rabidly supporting this person, as well as my other relatives, saying that he is better than the current president at the time, President Ferdinand Marcos. But then again, I was just a six-year-old kid during the time…

I admit that I have greatly admired President Marcos when I was in grade school.  When he did his speeches, I got the impression of a very intelligent, very wise, and very articulate man who knew what he was doing.  Back then there was no Google to try and see what was happening in the background during his almost 30-year reign as president of the Philippines, and again, I was a kid who didn’t know any better.  I think I was in third grade when Aquino was assassinated, and I didn’t actually get to hear the guy speak until I was already starting sixth grade.

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Never underestimate parking during E3…

So yesterday, I was ready to go to E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, but I left the house a bit too late.

And when I got there, I spent two hours circling the damn place looking for parking. Convention parking was fully packed, and all other potential parking spaces were taken. And the traffic was horrendous. The only “available” parking I found was this stupid little lot that charged a flat rate of $50! I was like “what the fuck!” And the funny thing is it was also decently packed as well. I guess if I had the dough to shell out I woulda allowed myself to be suckered into it.

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