Love, Poem, Uncategorized

Mona Lisa

Don’t speak because it hurts me even more

Every words you utter shows your fake motion picture

You’re false emotion seems speak so loud

Yet, you never ever heard my voice complaining.


Saying you love me is just a lie

I am no indifferent from broken, alone and lost

From the time I set to fail with your sweet fantasies

I am taking my step away from you

Took my deep sigh of relief

And start living in my own world,

The home of such a weak.



I can still hear your voice in the back of my head

And I was continually running from myself

Hiding, yet you still chasing me in my dreams

And from there, I understand the meaning,

Behind those mysterious smile.

Christine Gaoa, Deep thoughts, Environment, Uncategorized

Kalikasan: Yamang ‘di Batid

Dahilan sa patuloy na pagbabago sa aspetong teknolohiya ng ating bansa, iba’t-ibang isyu at problema tungkol sa pagkasira ng ating kapaligiran ang nagsulputan. Nandiyan ang mga makabagong paraan ng paghahanap-buhay gamit ang mga makabagong teknolohiya. Mga makabagong teknolohiya na siya ring nagdudulot ng polusyon sa mga tubig, lupa at hangin.

Nakakalungkot mang isipin ngunit kung ating pagmamasdan ay isang ganap na pagbabago ang bumabalot sa mundo at sa ating napakagandang kalikasan, at ang katotohanang ito’y ‘di lingid sa ating kaalaman. At ang katotohanang isa tayo sa mga saksi, saksing nagbubulagbulagan sa kasalakuyang narararanasan ng Inang Kalikasan. Tao ang nagiging dahilan ng unti-unting pagkasira ng ating kapaligiran.

Ang pagkawasak ng kagubatan, kabundukan, mga ilog at karagatan ay nagresulta na sa isang krisis sa kalikasan na lalong nagpapahirap at nagiging banta sa paghirap ng mga mamamayan.

Makiisa tayo sa pagrereserba ng ating kaligiran, ang konsekwensiya ng ating maling gawain ay hindi natin matatakasan hangga’t hindi tayo nakiisa sa pagaalaga at pagpapanatili ng malinis at luntiang paligid. Hindi ba’t mas masarap samyuhin ang malinis na hangin kaysa sa maitim na usok mula sa ating magagarang sasakyan? O kaya’y uminom ng malinis at libreng tubig?

Tayo ang sumisira sa ating kayamanan. Kung sinisira natin ang ating kalikasan para na rin nating sinisira ang ating kinabukasan, darating ang panahon na tayo ay magsisisi, ang pagkaisra ng ating kalikasan ay dahilan kung bakit tayo ngayon nakakaranas ng maraming problema tulad ng napakainit na panahon, pabago-bago ang klima at marami pang iba. Ang mga problemang ito ay ganti ng kalikasan sa pagsira natin sa kapaligiran.

Ang Pilipinas ay sagana sa likas na yaman ngunit tayo mismo ang sumisira sa ating buhay. Bakit? Dahil ang kapaligiran ang siyang nagsisilbi at nagbibigay sa atin ng buhay, kaya huwag nating abusuhin datapwa’t alagaan at pagyamanin na lamang ito upang magamit pa ng ating mga susunod na henerasyon.

Unti- unti na nating nararamdaman ang mga epekto ng ating pang-aabuso sa inang kalikasan. Huwag na natin hintayin na umabot pa sa puntong kailangan natin mawalan ng kapamilya.

Buhay at kapaligiran ang nakakasalalay, makialam tayo bago pa mahuli ang lahat!

Christine Gaoa, Deep thoughts, Environment, Uncategorized

Saving Mother Nature

Nowadays, it is a cliche to tackle such issues about the degradation of environment. But let me added into that cliche to save your sanity. Yeah, you read it right, your sanity and of course to that brain of yours that are not eaten yet by the zombies as to open another wake-up call.

Due to unavoidable changes, we, the people become dependent on what technology give and brought us, never mind on the possible negative effects it may give in our environment. People learned to distinguish his own way of living to the lives of others, people are not contented on what they have, so technology are developed in seeking for convenience. Because of our carelessness, implication came which affect the way of our living. Different problems and issues about environment are leaving us in nowhere and we cannot escape, unless, we engaged ourselves and be part in saving our Mother Nature.

Destruction of our environment are seen by our naked eye but we are just passing and give them a disgusted look but never done anything to lessen this problem. Those undisciplined people who throw their garbage anywhere and everywhere are one of the main contributors in destroying the environment. Tons of waste materials are dumped into the bodies of water making them unfit as a source of drinking water or a habitat for marine life. Thousand of fish can be seen floating at the surface of oceans, lakes and rivers because of pollution. Water becomes far worse as years pass by.

The destruction of our environment will lead us in tragedy; there are no more trees to hold and ceased flood and landslide, it also affect our wildlife- the endangered species whose lives and survival depend in the forest and mountains.  Different infrastructures are now planted in our land instead of trees. Farmers use chemicals in their crops instead of bio-waste that came from the livestock, that’s why the production of food decreased.

But we are not also escaped from the melting of ice in South and North Pole, this melting would surely lead to the displacement of millions of people in low-lying areas and number of small island could be wipe out. It also bring the problem about ozone layer depletion which result in increasing  in UV-B radiation that are likely leading and affects human health particularly on the eyes and skin. The rapid growing of our population also affects the human health and our resources: too many people, too few resources.

See what we have done in our environment? We are now suffering the consequence of our wrong practiced. We see all this, but we are not moving to take an action. Well, it’s not too late, right? We must learn to control our patience and virtue by taking a step by step formula towards a better and green living. Stand for our Mother Nature! It’s just a matter of discipline, courage and unity.  Doing such little thing for the environment can’t kill you. Environment is not ours not also a heritage, so we must learn to protect our Mother Earth!

Christine Gaoa, Edible, Feature, Flowers

Today’s Menu: Flowers!!!

What would happen if there are no flowers to this world of ours? Simply boring, perhaps meaningless, without color, seems barren.

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into,” noted Henry Beecher. “Earths laughs in flowers, “Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in Hamatreya. And Emma Goldman declared, “I’d rather have rose on my table than diamonds on my neck.”

In Victorian times, certain flowers had specific meaning because the flower selection was limited and people used more symbols and gestures to communicate than words. But today, with so many flower choices, there are no rules – it’s the sentiment that gives the gift its meaning.

People always need to add some freshness in their lives. Flowers have a capacity to regulate people’s emotions. For example, the chrysanthemum makes people feel loyal and truthful; lilies represent purity and love.

But flowers are not merely objects of beauty for decoration and fragrance. Unknowingly, hundreds of fresh flowers are edible but only few are widely marketed as food. Flowers are not only for appreciation but consumption as well. While flowers are often used fresh, they are also preserved for later use when they are stored dried, freeze-dried, candied, crystallized, or even frozen in ice cubes.

Oftentimes flowers are used to add color and flavor to salads. Squash flowers for instance, are dipped in breadcrumbs and fired. Some edible flowers are sometimes candied such a daisy. See there is more to discover in our environment. Most people might not know this, but roses are edible and as with many edible flowers, they actually are quite tasty. Some claim they taste like a sweet apple fruit and others fail to describe the taste of a rose, but a favorite is always candied rose petals, which are a great confection to decorate cookies, cakes, and puddings.

But did you know that you can make omelet out of gumamela leaves? It was discovered in a study conducted by researchers from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB). Gumamela is very common in many gardens, but it is mostly used to adorn table tops or a girl’s hair. The petals of gumamela flower can be pickled or even made as jelly. The flower buds and leaves can also be prepared into a vegetable salad as an omelet (fried with scrambled egg) or a sautéed vegetable dish.

The red and fleshy calyces (outer petals) of rossele flowers can be made as well into wine and jellies. In addition, the young leaves can be used as substitute for spinach, or maybe cooked with fish or meat in making sinigang.

But the use of edible flowers as food also raises a number of concerns. First, culinary flowers must be free from insecticides and herbicides. In one sense, assuring toxin-free flowers is easy because fresh flower buds and flowers grow quickly. On some plants it takes only a few days for new buds and flowers to form. On the other hand, commercial flowers are often sprayed to keep them pest-free and visually attractive.

Perhaps there is still much more to be learned about the secret of flowers.

Christine Gaoa, Eclectic, Feature, Genre, Music

The Nameless Genre of Up Dharma Down

Music is in the air we breathe, it is tighter, every words bursting into a different dimension of sounds that hit the spot and made a subconscious merge in our tangled-up sensation. What if this kind of music brings in our ears? Well, another band takes the seats in our local music arena. In a scene this vibrant, it’s hard for any act to rise above the clamor, but Up Dharma Down might just be doing so.

One of their more ear- catching pieces is “Sana”, a song about past romance; another is “Taya”, a song about the struggles involved in a relationship that turns sour and their quite break-up song the “Unspoken Definite.”

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Up Dharma Down is a Filipino band with no specific genres but the best way to understand their nameless genre is to press play and listen to their music. They named their band from the concept that everything is interconnectivity and has a purpose of being so. The band composed of four members, being led by Armi Millare (keyboards and vocals), Carlos Tanada (lead guitars), Ean Mayor (drums and loops) and Paul Yap (bass).

The Manila got its first taste of Up Dharma Down on 2004 at Café saGuico-a proving ground for Manila’s young bands- and immediately caught the attention of local cognoscenti. Since then, the band have played in regional music festivals, received numerous nominations and garnered recognition for their work from award-giving bodies: NU107 In The Raw Award (2005), NU107 Best New Artist (2006), NU107 Best Female Award (2006), and MYX Favorite Indie Artist(2008), Avima2010 Best Female Vocalist, AVIMA 2010 Best Video (Sana), AVIMA 2009 Best Female Vocalist, NU 107 Rock Awards 2009 Artist of the Year, NU 107 Rock Awards 2009 Album of the Year (Bipolar), NU 107 Rock Awards 2009 Vocalist of the Year, NU 107 Rock 2005 In The Raw Award, NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Best New Artist, NU 107 Rock Awards 2006 Best Female Award, MYX Music Awards 2008 Favorite Indie Artist. Up Dharma Down was also the first Filipino band to appear on MTV’s Advance Warning, a showcase of up-and-coming international artists that has featured the likes of the U.K.’s Bloc Party and Canada’s Arcade Fire.

Their influences range from Jill Scott, Robert Plant, The Blue Nile, Janis Joplin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, The Cure Incognito, Spyro Gyra, Zero 7, Photek and  Portishead and even John Williams to name only a few of the band’s list of their musical heroes. The band was influenced by so many but they were able to balance and combine everything and they make music that manages to be both thoughtful and sensual. Their generic goal is “to be heard” for that is something promising.

Perhaps, we would say that music is immortal, most famous artistic musicians of all time spent years pleasing churches and courts. But we can be artists in our own mind as well, expressing emotion in every touch and every breath but don’t expect to convey emotion through music if you haven’t lived enough life to understand the full spectrum of human feelings.

Christine Gaoa, Feature, Games

Street Games vs. Computer Games

In this technology-driven world where almost everyone – including children – practically lives a virtual lifestyle, only a handful of those who are aware of indigenous street games remain. After school or during weekends, children retreat to their own little world — watching TV shows for hours on end, or playing computer games at home, at internet shops or malls.

Traditional Filipino Games or “street games” in the Philippines are games commonly played by children, usually using native materials or instruments. Due to limited resources of toys of Filipino children, they usually come up on inventing games without the need of anything but the players themselves. With the flexibility of a real human to think and act makes the game more interesting and challenging.

Here are some of the known Filipino traditional or street games that seems forgotten by most of us: Patintero or harangang daga, Tumbang preso, Luksong-Baka , Luksong-tinik , Piko , Sekqu Base, Agawang sulok , Araw-lilim , Bahay-Bahayan, Bahay-Kubo, Bati Cobra, Bulong-Pari, Buwan-Buwan, Chinese Garter, Holen, Jack ‘en Poy, Juego de prenda, Kapitang bakod, Langit-lupa,  Lawin-Lawin (Hawk and Chicks, Pacpa Can, Banog Banog), Palo-sebo Pitik Bulag, Sawsaw-Suka, Sipa , Taguan, Takip-silim, Ten-twenty, Siato, Ubusan lahi and Teks or teks game cards.

These games are mostly played before, during and after school as well as during PE class. Some of them are played during fiestas or and when there’s wake for the dead.

Studies shows that street games promote total fitness — from the physical with the locomotor (moving from one place to another) and non-locomotor (moving on-the-spot without going anywhere) movements incorporated into the mental fitness. It was also promoting national culture and Filipino pride among the new generation of youth.

It is also commonly known that games play an important part in the learning process of the child. This educational influence of games on the physical, mental, and moral vitality of a child, by playing street games, children has learned to cooperate with people. They also gained a lot of friends and became physically fit.

Many have always thought that native street games have only been dead in the upper class of society but it still exists in other part of the country, especially on the rural areas. A few decades ago, kids used to gather in the streets or in their neighborhood playground to play their favorite Larong Pinoy games like piko, patintero, taguan, tumbang preso, siato, luksong tinik, etc. These has been their regular and popular pastimes, as well as the favorite games of their parents and grandparents until new and modern forms of entertainment has taken over the interests of young kids.

Moreover, the advent of information technology has ushered high-tech gadgets and computer games that has fascinated children and even adults. Computers and game gadgets are mostly played indoor, with less outdoor physical activity and bonding for children among neighborhood friends.

Amidst by the age of computer and video games, the re-introduction of the traditional Filipino games can be a good vehicle to promote active outdoor play and attachment in things that are Filipino. Our childhood memories won’t be completed if we do not try at least one of those street games that, we, Filipinos have.

Christine Gaoa, Literary, Poem


Panahon na upang bumangon mula sa pagkalugmok

Boluntaryo nating ipaglaban ang kalayaan at demokrasya

Alisin ang mali, palitan ng tama

Kumalas na tayo sa maling lipunan.

Kapit bisig tungo sa pagbabago

Para sa kasalukuyan at sa darating pa na henerasyon

Ating buhayin pangarap na pinatay ng makabagong panahon

Reyalidad ang susi sa lahat ng ito.

Ito ay hindi lamang laban ng isang nilalang

Kasangkot ka sa lahat ng magagnap

Huwag tayong magpipi-pihan at magbulag-bulagan

Nasa harap na natin ang katusuan.

Tingnan mo ang ating bansa,hindi ba’t kabilang ka din dito?

Kahihiyan mo’y kahihiyan ko din

Sa lahat ng mga Pilipino, sa lahat ng masa

Ikilos natin ang ating mga katawan.

Itigil na natin ang away na nag-ugat sa kasakiman

Abutin mo ang aking kamay

Na nais hugasan ang makasalanan mong kamay

Upang matanglawan mo ang liwanag at iwan na ang karimlan.