400 thoughts on “Guestbook

  1. Who is to blame for the huge number of deaths and injuries that occur on our roads?

    There seems to be little being done to ensure road rules are being followed and vehicles are in a safe road going condition.

    Perhaps this major problem has been going on for so long that we have become complacent and just ‘put up’ with it.

    The problem can be fixed with efficient and strong policing and ENFORCED regulations on the safety of vehicles – but until the Government takes public safety seriously, I’m afraid nothing will change.

    We need to speak out and let them know that we won’t put up with it for any longer!

  2. Reading your blogs made me forget to cook for lunch, ouch! If my stomach hadn’t started twitching, I would have read on and on and on. Gracias por compartir tus ideas y palabras…

  3. Hi sir im currently working in abscbn and fortunately I had the chance of watching your the Explainer program there. Keep it up that’s a very informative profram. I hope you could write another book, I knew you had one before but i think it would be great if you could write another. thanks!

  4. Hi sir I am a journalism graduate and currently working in abs-cbn. Fortunately I had the chance to watch you the Explainer program there. Nice program keep it up. I hope you could write a another book, I knew you had one before but wring another would be great. thanks!

  5. Dear mr. quezon, thanks for your words, you insights. you are an inspiration. i love your show, the explainer. makes me feel like i’m in my university classroom again. love the movie clips, love the illustrations, love the guests asking questions, love the show. keep it up

  6. Manolo,

    I like your show and your blog. Learning a lot from it.
    …Saw your show on Martial Law this week : the explainee’s views on MArcos and Ninoy was very revealing. In fact it saddens me that many people today (both young and old) see Marcos in a very positive light. Saying that he was putting together good policies and it was only Imelda and the cronies who messed things up. Although it may be true that he put in some reforms that were good…much of what he did during martial law has done ir-repairable damage to our institutions.

    ..May your show provide more facts for us Filipinos to understand our history better and not just to rely on hearsay coming from everywhere.

  7. Manolo,

    in your article years ago, you recommended a biography of a Filipino congressman from the 40’s (or around that time, not that sure). I want to look for it but I forgot the name of the congressman and the title of the book. Can you still remember it?

    I seem to remember that it provided some good insight about waht happens within the halls of congress.

  8. Vancouver, Washington – 1 de octubre- HOLA Manolo!!! This is Joey Razón (José Miguel Razón) we exchanged e-mails for years but lost touch. I salute you and congratulate you for such good work! I just sent you an E-mail. Am a member of hispanofilipino a website that promotes the Spanish language, chats in that language among Filipinos abroad. I have sent poems to Carlos Celdrán of Walking Intramuros..and he told me he was going to publish them. Ya te escribo privadamente..¿vale? Viva MLQ… oye hace mucho que no oigo de ti y te he echado de menos.

  9. As I fly over your city, and eventually your building, one thought comes to mind: How much more are there like you? Beneath your name and your image, I see someone pretty much like me– an artist, ready to burst with colorful thoughts, emotion, angst, windmill-like ideas…. Many more, I hope!

  10. Hi Manolo,

    I am in the 70 something group and that means I am one of the few (still kicking) citizens of this “unlucky generation” to experience a kind of government that is out of this world, meaning–so abusive in terms that I feel is even worst than Hitler and Marcos. Your article “Konfrontasi” dscribes the tacics Arroyo and her subalterns use to intimidate our people. Perhaps they think the killings of media people, students (not unlike Marcos) and even a Filipino Bishop will intimidate the 80 million Filipinos to the extent that they can assure themselves to stay in power “forever?”. Is the Filipino character so subservient that it can remain obtuse and even oblivious to abuse? I am very sad!

  11. Hello Manuel,

    I am Ann Laureano. I have browsed through your site and thought it’s very interesting. I am interested in sponsoring some posts on your blog on behalf of our advertisers. We have 5 different sponsors that are interested in sponsoring posts on your blog.

    BlogtoProfit is a company that connects blogs with advertisers who are interested in blog advertising! I handle Philippine blogs and bloggers.

    Let me know if you’re interested. Please send me an email at [email protected].

    Have a nice day!

  12. Dear Manuel III,
    I don’t know if you still remember me . I am one of the friends of your Gr. 2 Adviser Miss Beth Santos of Don Bosco Tecnical School Mandaluyong. I was then the adviser of Grade 3 Yakal. I entered the convent of the salesian Sisters in 1980 and since then i lost contact of my pupils in the Elem. Department. But you and some others are still vivid in my memory.You especially..why..because during that time if i am not mistaken you would be brought to school by your dad Nonong and I used to be there at the entrance of our elem. department to meet you and the other pupils with the famous salesian smile.At that time I had already forseen that someday you’ll be a successful lecturer or a journalist because at grade 2 you were already able to MC one of our Programss in Araling Panlipunan.at the big AVR .remember?

    Anyway.. allow me to congratulate you for the beautiful, practical, and interesting write ups in the Inquirer..Keep it up Manuel..By the way I also come from Aurora Province..Casiguran. But I have not been there since the last strong typhoon that hit it 2 years ago. Nice seeing you Manuel as a grown up guy in picture….though I ws not your teacher that time..I was there in Don Bosco as one of the primary school teachers and I was a witness to how you patricipated in your
    school activities and to your growth as a pupil of Don Bosco..I think you only stayed 1 or 2 years there, right? Now as a full pledged salesian nun, I am assigned here in Don Bosco School Sta Mesa..just near Don Bosco Mandaluyong. I would be happy to meet you in person manuel if it is possible. I only see you in your picture at your column.Maybe you still remember the best friend of Miss beth santos, Miss Perry casala- she is my sister.Both Perry and Beth are married now and with big Kids..Beth is in the States now with her family..may mga apo na..How about you? It would be nice to hear from you..Manuel.God bless you and I keep you in my prayers..Love sr. Veny casala, FMA

  13. AT LAST I FOUND YOUR WEBSITE!!! at 3:20 in the morning on Oct. 23, 2006. Sir, I enjoyed your columns which taught us the WHYs, the HOWs of historical events; also your “Explainer” and occaional guestings in TV shows. I am fond of history partly becasue of what Santayana said that those wyou do not learn their lesson from history are doomed to repeat it, and partly because of what you have written. Your insights on history and contemorary events are full of ‘lessone to be learned.’ I’ve been part of the First Quarter Storm generation, the EDSA I and EDSA II, but we as a people didn’t learn. There are lessons to be learned from the People’s Republic of China is now a capitalist (in business dealings and international trade) country and has moved around 400 million souls out of poverty. There are also missed opportunities for greatness in our history.

    I am now in nmy fifties but I learned a lot from your generation.

    Sir, more power to you. May I ask, have you complied your articles into a book? God bless you!!!

    Albert A.

  14. Sir, on my previous comment, re last paragraph, the word ‘complied’ should be compiled.

    thanks again!!

    Albert A

  15. I will put this site on top of my links. IMHO, Every Pinoy with varying interests and taste should have an oppurtunity to read your site.

    Why don’t you run for public office? With a name recall like you have, you’re a shoo-in for a national position..

  16. Whether tragic events touch your family personally or are brought into your home via newspapers and television, you can help children cope with the anxiety that violence, death, and disasters can cause.

    Listening and talking to children about their concerns can reassure them that they will be safe. Start by encouraging them to discuss how they have been affected by what is happening around them. Even young children may have specific questions about tragedies. Children react to stress at their own developmental level.

    The Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign offers these pointers for parents and other caregivers:

    * Encourage children to ask questions. Listen to what they say. Provide comfort and assurance that address their specific fears. It’s okay to admit you can’t answer all of their questions.
    * Talk on their level. Communicate with your children in a way they can understand. Don’t get too technical or complicated.
    * Find out what frightens them. Encourage your children to talk about fears they may have. They may worry that someone will harm them at school or that someone will try to hurt you.
    * Focus on the positive. Reinforce the fact that most people are kind and caring. Remind your child of the heroic actions taken by ordinary people to help victims of tragedy.
    * Pay attention. Your children’s play and drawings may give you a glimpse into their questions or concerns. Ask them to tell you what is going on in the game or the picture. It’s an opportunity to clarify any misconceptions, answer questions, and give reassurance.
    * Develop a plan. Establish a family emergency plan for the future, such as a meeting place where everyone should gather if something unexpected happens in your family or neighborhood. It can help you and your children feel safer.

    If you are concerned about your child’s reaction to stress or trauma, call your physician or a community mental health center.

  17. I’m an avid TV viewer of your ANC “The Explaner”Program. Here’s my article your great grandad is worth mentioning; hence, this transmittal:

    (By: dinggol a.divinagracia)

    The Filipino “Rasputins”… or are they ?

    Behind the success or failure of Filipino Leaders; be it family, friend or acquaintance who have greatly influenced their fate for history … is a Bisaya and/or an Ilonggo!

    * President Emilio F. Aguinaldo
    Gregorio S. Araneta of Molo, Iloilo City– As Secretary General of Malolos Congress led in framing the Constitution of the First Philippine Republic under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.
    * President Manuel L. Quezon
    Jorge B. Vargas of Bago, Negros Occidental was his Executive Secretary. The forgotten era when most Illustrious Statesmen and Gentlemen-Politicians would prefer to suffer personal bankruptcy rather than to be corrupt.
    * President Sergio Osmena
    A Bisaya from Cebu of Chinese descent, whose son Serging married an ilongga ..Lourdes de la Rama. The Taipans “Golden Rule”began and gave a shot-in-the-arm to Philippine economy.
    * President Jose P. Laurel
    War time President: A risky decision to accept a difficult position in a very precarious situation. His son Salvador “Doy” married Celia Diaz of the Bacolod Locsin Clan. And another son Mariano married Alice of the Iloilo Yulo Clan.
    * President Manuel A. Roxas
    A Genuine Ilonggo from the Province of Capiz . The capital…Roxas City was named after him. His son Gerry married Judy Araneta y Araneta of Negros Occidental.
    * President Elpidio Quirino
    His Bisaya Senate President, Jose Avelino of Samar, one of the few Filipino politicians at that time censured for his dealings; in reply to question on widespread corruption in government, cynically asked, “What are we in power for? We are not hypocrites. Why should we pretend to be saints when in reality we are not? . . .
    * President Ramon Magsaysay
    Was born in Iba, Zambales to Ezequiel Magsaysay, a blacksmith, and Perfecta del Fierro, a schoolteacher of Visayan descent. His daughter Mila married Cezar Infante Valenzuela of Valladolid, Negros Occidental.
    * President Carlos P. Garcia
    A Bisaya from Bohol. His nationalistic “Filipino First Policy” caught the ire of Multi-National Giants and he lost the propaganda war against the big global Business interests.
    * President Diosdado Macapagal
    Entrusted to Ilonggo Fenny Hechanova the Cabinet positions of: Executive Secretary, Press Secretary, Finance Secretary and Secretary of Trade and Industry… not necessarily in that order. Calixto Zaldivar of Antique, likewise served as his Executive Secretary.

    This poor boy from Lubao’s family, evidently love ilonggos. The low-profile son Arturo married Mariter Lacson Jalandoni of Iloilo while small but terrible daughter Gloria married Mike Tuason Arroyo of Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.
    * President Ferdinand E. Marcos
    Married to the Imeldefic Bisayan Beauty, the Rose of Tacloban City, Leyte. His son Bong-bong married Liza of the Araneta clan-Negros while youngest daughter Irene to Greggy scion of Araneta clan-Iloilo Branch.

    Under his administration served, the “Yen and Yang” of the Salas Clan of Negros; “Nonoy Bobby” and “Toto Cay”.
    * President Corazon C. Aquino
    When “Ninoy” became a dream and “Cory” the reality…she depended to ilonggos; Franklin M. Drilon as Executive Secretary; Raul M. Gonzales as Tanodbayan (Ombudsman) and Solicitor General Frank Chavez to face the tentacles of a deposed dictator.
    * President Fidel V. Ramos
    Married to the dainty and demure ilongga Amelita”Ming”Jara Martinez of Lapaz, Iloilo City
    * President Joseph Ejercito Estrada
    His favorite connection, among others is his “Guiding Lady” from Bacolod City. …Guia Gomez.
    * President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
    Her first and only Gentleman is Miguel Tuason Arroyo of Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. A great grandson of Negros Island Revolutionary leader Gen. Aniceto L. Lacson and Rosario Emilia Araneta.

    Presently, her ardent backers are ilonggo Justice Raul Gonzales and “Chief” Mike Defensor. While with “Joc-Joc”…. a thorn in her throat.
    Even Filipino leadership in the opposite side of the political and religious spectrum; NDF-CPA-NPA Jose Maria “Jomao” Sison; has the ilonggo conjugal ex-clergy, Father Luis Jalandoni and Sister Coni Ledesma who also literally calls the shots.
    Today, a ray of “Hope” is conspicously glowing along the horizon that might revolutionize Filipino society. This was initiated by yet another modest ilonggo… Antonio P. Meloto of Negros Occidental.

    Tony has effectively started rekindle the inherent Filipino trait; the “Bayanihan Spirit” as Founder and Executive Director of GAWAD KALINGA.

    GK is making waves throughout the Philippines and supported not only by concerned Filipino expatriates but also by benevolent groups worldwide.
    There must be something about the Bisaya or Ilonggo that makes them “Click!”

    Ano ayhan ?… Your guess is good as mine.
    (Source:http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/Banwa_Mo )

  18. It seems a shame that some many intelligent people do not know of the other forum called MING THE MECHANICC SANTA ROMANA forum, that explains a sulution to get the Philippines out nof poverty and back on their feet, I wished Manuel L. Quezon was alive as He would never had allowed the Philippines to end up into the present toilet bowl. BUT all of you must be ready for Year 2012.

  19. hi! i came across your blog couple of times and read some of your articles.. the PLDT one was hilarious~ i can relate, though i have different ISP ^^

    anyways, you look stiff on screen (TV) ^^ or is it just me? hehe Owie~ look at the time! i was just planning on some fast browsing but been hooked up for almost half an hour scrolling your entries. btw where i can find your ATIENZA article? haven’t read that yet ^^

    your blog rocks!

  20. Hi Manolo! I read your essay about why your father turned into a ‘recluse.’ His way of standing up to Marcos might have been a bit unconventional but I salute him nonetheless for being courageous enough to do it up to the end.

    I was just thinking about the parallelism about your father and Gen. MacArthur’s son. Both have fathers who had cast long shadows. It seems they reacted differently: Your father tried to live up to MLQ’s ideals at great cost while MacArthur’s son (from what I read) fled from his father’s influence, even to the extent of changing his name. By the way, any word where is MacArthur’s son now?

  21. about your ica-xavier article…

    they were there first. go walk.

    stop blaming the schools.

    the main reason why there are so many cars there is that parents would like to be secure knowing that their kid has already went inside the school grounds. maybe it never occured to you that there had been kidnappings and other malicious threats to these kids? it’s not like anybody enjoys traffic. it’s just a consequence of having an unsafe society.

    but they’re trying to fix it so will you EASE UP on the ica-xavier-not-practising-what-they-preach shebang?

    it’s not funny at all.

  22. ayos yan ah alam ko namn magaling aikop dahil magaling kaung g gumaw2a ng website at alam ko namn mas magaling ako inyo at sana ayusin nyo ang inyong site ang pangit namn eh its to old na eh kya

  23. great blog! very eloquent, very witty, and with just the right humor to spice things up! congratulations!

    i enjoyed your recent The Explainer episode that tours the many halls of Malacanang and describes how the President celebrates the New Year… very “entertaining”

    hope to see more of you! keep up the excellent work!

    all the best,

  24. Hi,

    I am just soo amazed at what you had accomplished. I still remember you as very impulsive and quite assertive too. The times your dad made you stay in the car just to be able to answer his question. The huge library in the Greenhills condo… No wonder you became a reader then ultimately a good writer. I was saddened to find out recently that he died…… I still remember him bringing you in Gilmore to swim in the Frog infested pool of the Avancenas…. Truly time had passed by..

    I had also recently read your column lambasting Isagani Cruz for his callous remarks on gays and in the same time to find out that you are gay. Really time flies……

    I wish you all the best. I wrote this coz I am in awe of what you have become and quite proud of you.

  25. I’ve been coming here everyday, but didn’t even notice that you had a guestbook. Well, just dropping by to put my mark 🙂 Come by sometime at Tingog.com

  26. I am Louis Quezon. I am the 7th generation of the 3 Quezons from Bilbao, ES. My relatives traced it with the help of the Spanish Embassy. The one that landed in Guimaras Island is my root. One was missing during the battle of Manila Bay, and the other could not be traced. It is embarassing to say they were convicts from Bilbao, ES. They were given the choice to either serve their prison term or serve in the contingent during the Spanish crusades to the Philippines. Now I know that there are different origins of the Quezons in the Philippines.

  27. hey mr quezon…love your show…very informative indeed….however you can do the show on your own with out another girl reading things for you…
    keep up tghe good work

  28. sadness rips my heart as a once great man has you to show for as a descendant. since you strongly feel the urge to appear on television pls do improve on your linguistic skills. because whenever you are on air, you appear both annoying and misinformed on all issues. thanks.

  29. Hi Sir manuel, im lysander from the bloodline of Querijero clan from baler.. i’m always watch you whenever you are on T.V. doing some commentary.. as i have said im from baler and i’m just wondering if no other Quezon will rise up to the politics arena ( from your line ). I think someone like you is what this country need now a days. I can see you as a great leader and talented young person. You do greats to other politician by making them look or be hear good.Why not you!!! Even the province were you come from was now ruled by single individual(family). From Congressman,Governor,Mayor( this Coming election they wanted to add the Vice-Governor and they will surely do everything to make this thing happen.)By the way I often agree from what you are saying regarding our politics in our country. Regards ! are more power,, keep it up.. ONDEY

  30. Hi! uli sir Manuel,

    By the way I’m from the bloodline of Leoncio Bitong Querijero(Ka Onto) and Galicana Villareal dela Torre(Ka Gali). My Father Nestor Querijero. Just to let you know who is the person submitting comment to your web page.. Taal na taga Baler ,, hehehe.. Regards uli.. at akaw ay bilib ako sayo.. Magaling kang sumulat at pab bibigay ng pananaw..


  31. Hello, there! I’m starting my family tree by searching on the internet of my maiden last name CUDIAMAT. I was led here by one of the links. Anyway, if you can help me lead to my CUDIAMAT roots in any way, i greatly appreciate it. Here’s the story:

    I don’t remember the exact name of my late paternal grandfather who was a CUDIAMAT. But we called him APONG LAKAY. From the stories that i heard from my paternal grandmother JUANITA ALEJANDRO-CUDIAMAT. There were 3 Cudiamat brothers, one of them APONG LAKAY, but they got separated because of World War 2. One brother CUDIAMAT went abroad, Hawaii or some place else, the other went some place else (I don’t know); and my APONG LAKAY CUDIAMAT went to Pangasinan and settled there as a logger (mangagaso with a truck). Then my APONG LAKAY with his family moved to ORIENTAL MINDORO and finally settled there and died. That’s all I know of CUDIAMAT history. But they say, all CUDIAMATs are related because we’re just a few but all have gone separate ways. My father’s name is JESSIE ALEJANDRO CUDIAMAT and they’re 8 siblings in the family. Dad currently resides in Laguna. I’m here in Los Angeles, California. My father’s siblings reside in Manila, Batangas, and some stay in Mindoro.

    Thanks again!

  32. Hello sir. This may be an off-topic, but just to let you know – one of the staunchest defenders of free press, Ellen Tordesillas, has banned me from her blog, a supposed free zone.

    She didnt like my retaliatory posts to her most prolific visitor – the source of her blog’s half a million hits – who started the name-calling and ad hominems in the first place. So she deleted my retaliatory post. I complained, telling her that her ‘censorship’ makes her no different from her favorite person, GMA.

    Then she banned me completely.

    And yes, the post of this prolific visitor, full of insults/ad hominems, is still present.

    In her blog, I never initiated the name-callings and ad hominems. If I ever used them, i was just returning the favor. If they insult me, I insult them back. But i never started the insulting.

    If she wants the delete posts with insults, fine. But she should also delete the offending posts of bloggers who are the sources of her million hits. Equal protection, ‘ika nga. I think her regular visitors average 100,000 hits a year. (So her blog’s million hits didn’t come from a million visitors, but from a few. There’s nothing wrong with that, its living proof of what repeat customers/loyal customers can do for an enterprise)

    A glaring irony – a supposed champion of free expression, yet practices censorship over, of all places, a blog!

    Yes I know as owner of her blog, she’s free to do whatever she wants, including filtering the visitors. But she would not be practicing what she preaches if she does that.

  33. Last Tuesday, I watched part of your weekly ANC show, The Explainer via TFC. It was really informative and interesting and actually caught the attention of my 11-year old boy, who’s a pre-historic dinosaur buff. As we only watched part of your show, he asked me who you are, so I googled and searched your website. I didn’t realize you were a Quezon. Keep up the good work!

  34. hello po.

    I’ve read your article about karaoke enthusiasts in the country. I’m quite amused on your thoughts about the pastime most Filipinos engage into. In our small community, Friday, saturday and sunday nights bring about pandemonium. Karaoke -lovers belting their way into the night clash with each others echoed voices. Made me think rude thoughts like filing a complaint for the nuisance they make. However, the revelry and pakikisama somewhat prevent me from doing so. Anyways, reading into your article is like reading into my thoughts regarding the subject.

  35. Hello MLQ3!!!Good Day….
    Do you happen to know Inocencia Quezon??She is my great-great grandmother.She is buried at Bagac,Bataan.She is the mother of my grandmother at my father’s side.My grandmother and her sisters say that she is a relative or she has a relation to your grandfather.Although I am just 13 years old,I like your show on ANC The Explainer because its about history and its one of my fave.subjects in school(along with religion).Anyweyz,one should remember also that the mother tongue of my mom-Cebuano(she’s from Bohol)is also spoken by a majority there.What should the government do is they should copy Spain.Aside from Spanish,they also established Catalan,Basque,Galician and Aranese(a dialect of Gascon which is a dialect of Occitan)as co-official languages in the respected areas there where it is spoken natively aside from Spanish.So,the government should do a law or something wherein Ilocano,Cebuano,Waray,etc. will be co-official with Tagalog and English in its respected areas where it is spoken natively.

    God Bless!!

  36. bosconians in the philippines will be hosting an asia australia convention of bosconians in 2008 and it needs all the help it could possibly get.

    im a bosconian too, and proud.

  37. Ааану-ка ребятки голосуем!!!

    Признакатйесь проказники и влдаельтцы сайта http://www.quezon.ph ))))

    ЧТО вы будете делать этим летом?!

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