My open letter to our leaders, our legislators, and my countrymen about the Reproductive Health Bill

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Dear fellow countrymen,

My name is Chester Coronel, a taxpayer, a person practicing the Roman Catholic faith, and a citizen of the Philippines of legal age. I have long followed the issues about the Reproductive Health Bill and heard almost every argument for and against the aforementioned bill ever since I was in my senior year in college.

I would like to state my position regarding the controversial Reproductive Health Bill which is now being read by our legislators in congress.

First and foremost, being part of the Roman Catholic faith is not the primary reason of my opposition to the RH bill as many of the advocates would like to assume. My opinions are based on what I see around me.

As a taxpayer, I want my hard earned money no matter how small my contribution is, to benefit my countrymen. By benefit I mean providing them with better if not the best healthcare that the state can offer – especially to pregnant women in areas where people don’t have access to OB-GYNs. I don’t want any of my hard earned tax money to go to contraceptives – it is not a moral thing to do. Not moral in the sense that instead of allocating that money to go into saving lives through better healthcare, we plan to allocate money to make sure that people have a satisfying sex life without possible consequences. I know people would start throwing different fallacies that they can find at me after the previous sentence, but this is what I believe – we have very limited monetary resources dear leaders and legislators – we have to prioritize where to spend those monetary resources and subsidized contraception should be the least of your priorities. Who would you think will benefit if the government starts to provide contraception? definitely not us but some will do (hint: companies who create products for that purpose)

As someone who is part of this generation, I don’t want to send the wrong message to my would-be sons or daughters. We should not alter the meaning of the conjugal act by enacting laws that would do so. Today, contraception may be acceptable to some of us while we all consider abortion something that is appalling but think of how the next generation would think in a time where contraception is promoted and practiced. I wouldn’t want to wake up to a day where unwanted pregnancies would be considered a disease that would be cured with abortion or to a day where having children is the least of the priorities of a husband and wife.

To my fellow countrymen, let us respect the position of the Roman Catholic Church regarding this issue especially to those of you who are for the Reproductive Health Bill. Some of you would invoke the “separation of church and state” clause in our constitution so as to explain why the church should keep its mouth shut regarding the issue (depending on your interpretation) but we are all guaranteed freedom of speech and expression. It is the job of the church to preach and to adhere to her principles and doctrines.

Thank you for reading.


Chester Coronel


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Things that I will miss about college and UA&P

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  1. Blue and Gold [I think they serve great food, although a little bit pricey]
  2. Pearl Drive and Amethyst Drive: TOSH, Buddy’s, Jollibee, name it all.
  3. Walang kamatayang Megamall and Shangri-la Plaza
  4. Block X-MAS Parties!!
  5. Fourth Year First Semester Lunch Triumvirate (Me, Kat, and Drew) and the discussions happening during lunch (Philo, Theo, etc.)
  6. Lunch at ADB
  7. Team Spotlight (in case of recession, execute business plan! wohoo!) – Me, Drew, Kat, Matt, JE, Jay, Edric
  8. Jack Welch!! [Background story: we didn’t knew that we will be presenting that day all of a sudden we find ourselves preparing everything under one hour, (with me having only one bullet in the prezo, in the end we were given a high grade!]
  9. First Year Lakwatsa (nakaabot kami noon sa Glorietta / SM North Edsa in between classes)
  10. Calculus 2 : Miss Endozo
  11. Online Enlistment Blues
  12. 4/F ACB Building
  13. Wearing a barong when everyone wears coat and tie
  14. Calculus 2 pa din
  15. Block Gossips, Gossip Girl (you know who you are) and “database”
  16. Overnight Block Party 3rd Year – Went to sleep with THAT blockmate singing, woke up a few hours after when the sun is up still with that same blockmate singing in the karaoke [you know who you are]
  17. Horatio, Gwell, and port 3128
  18. Calculus 2 – receiving the “notification” through facebook and getting super stressed and depressed afterwards
  19. Calculus 2 – receiving the “notification” through text notifying that you passed
  20. IT Faculty Room
  21. Clash of the Brains!
  22. The Calculus 7
  23. The time when we’re bored and decided to record a video of ourselves lip-synching [thank god no one uploaded that]
  24. Cutting one class only to realize that the rest of classes for the day are free-cut
  25. Cutting class and going to megamall (yes, I do it)
  26. Sem-end Starbucks Rituals [Ulrich and I]
  27. Starting and Ending the Semester at an Airport (3Y2SEM)
  28. Accounting with Sir Peter
  29. Funfest
  30. Trip to the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI)
  31. Dissecting Frogs, Mice and other stuff in Bio Lab
  32. Bio Laboratory
  33. All the cool gadgets in Physics Lab Class
  34. Instant Paper for Physics regarding TVs
  35. Spiritual Direction
  36. Stella Orientis Oratory
  37. Our carpeted classrooms in 5/F
  38. Praying that all my classes are all in ACB, and not on the dreaded CAS 4/F
  39. PS, PHL, TH subjects

Disturbed – until I saw a Doctor

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For the past few weeks, I can’t sleep properly, I can’t eat properly (there are days that I have no appetite to eat). In short I am disturbed and worried not because of the current macroeconomic climate and its possible effects on me but simply because of my forehead and what is possibly inside it.

Last March, as part of the employment process with my current employer I was asked to go to this multi-specialty clinic somewhere in Ayala to have my pre-employment exam done. Everything went well, except when I encountered this physician and the started asking questions about the prominent bump on the left side of my forehead. Although we had this x-rayed two to three years ago, we didn’t have a closure and it was not properly explained to me. So going back to this physician, she suggested that I see an orthopedic surgeon and there is a possibility that I need to undergo surgery to chip bits and pieces of my forehead off [Chester at this point had an image of some doctor using a chisel on his skull]. YIKES!

This made me really worried, especially that there are times that my head hurts on that exact spot and made me think “what if I have some kind of terminal illness already?” for weeks I have been thinking about this and came up with possible scenarios and what to do’s just in case I meet my greatest fear face to face. [Seriously, I thought of things such as accepting my fate, what FB status should I post, to leave all of a sudden and to visit as much places as I can, people to e-mail] 

Last Saturday, I told my mother that I want peace of mind [because I couldn’t stand it anymore] so we scrambled to find the best doctor we can get to have me checked once and for all and in a few hours I found myself at the Philippine Orthopedic Institute to see an orthopedic surgeon. I am his last patient and he ordered that I be subjected to a skull x-ray ASAP so he can evaluate. They took x-rays of my Skull, after a few minutes the results are in the surgeon evaluated it and he told me that there is nothing to be concerned about. He explained to me what it is, apparently it is a sinus cavity and I got it in-born.

Thank Goodness! I am relieved, I was able to feel better, sleep well and eat properly after that.

21 Things to do at 21: #21 – Start Collecting & Reading Books!

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When was the last time that I read a book that is not related to academics? It has been a long time! The last book I read is that Harry Potter Book that I purchased as a High School graduation gift for myself then was sold to the book club by my mother. How about a non-fiction book? Never unless it is IT related. After that it is either: I can’t (but not won’t) buy books or I don’t have time to read a book since I have to finish this and that.

I realized that I need to read more when I joined a public speaking organization in UA&P. Our adviser, during one of the exercises in speech suggested that I should read more books (non-IT) so that my views and ideas would not be restricted to a specific field. Later on, I found myself “auditioning” for a speech competition and here I realized (and believed) that I have a LOT of work to do.

Over the years, because of the influence of new kinds of media (e.g. DVD, Internet, etc.), my attention span for text was degraded and I can’t stand reading a 10-page reading for a specific subject. So now something has to be done, so that if ever I decided to work on either a second BS degree related to Politics, Diplomacy, MSIT, MBA, or JD, my mind is set and I am ready!

So what kind of books am I looking for?

Right now I am NOT looking for IT books.

During my junior year in the university, when I was working on my final paper for Philippine Culture and Society I came across with this work of Frank Lynch about the Philippine Society and for a short time I got hooked to the book, it discusses things like the aswang, and it helped me understand our culture deeper. I want books like this + books that discuss: International Relations, Law, History (other nations – after WWII (Cold War, etc.), Diplomacy, Management.

Right now, for to start off my collection I bought this yesterday at National Bookstore:

This book is about how the United States helped rebuild Europe after WWII. I haven’t really start reading and absorbing what is in it but I think it is a great start.

10 Things that I wanted to do in college but never had a chance

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These are some of the things that I thought that I wanted to do in college but unfortunately I never had the chance. Some of the things here, are things that I still wanted to do as a working person especially #1, #3 – hmm, I don’t know. It’s nice to list them down and set them aside once and for all since I would be very imprudent if I keep on looking back and think that I should have done this and that.

  1. Join an Extemporaneous Speech Competition or any other speaking competition – this is one of the things that I really wanted to do during my college years. I have joined numerous competitions related to IT (Web Design Competitions, Quiz Bees) and I wanted to do something different for a change. I imagined myself on the stage giving the best extemporaneous speech in the world (well not in the world, maybe in the hall), I almost had this chance when I tried out for a prepared speech competition but unfortunately the piece I created wasn’t good enough since I only created it that morning, tried to memorize it in-between class and presented it at night.  The piece would have been better if I have been reading a lot of non-IT books (as if I had the time).
  2. Be a writer / layout artist for the student paper – this is something that I did in late-high school. I was the layout artist for the Bosconian Journal (well better not mention the acronym here) and from there I thought that this would be something that I would like to do again once I am in college since a lot of Bosconian Journal contributors write for their respective university’s student publication. Well one problem though, my school doesn’t have one.
  3. Find Love – enough said, but I found another LOVE (Longhorn, Office, Vista, and Exchange). But seriously, I don’t know or I just think that college love is pathetic (well you go together in your college years and boom after your graduation you go on separate ways) or I just think that love is expensive (well the other LOVE is kind of expensive too but it is another thing) and I’m too busy to find love. What do you think?
  4. Night Out with Blockmates (and friends too) – well I don’t consider overnight Christmas parties with matching parlor games, injured people, etc. as night out, I’m thinking of something like we people wandering the metro at night thing doing things (good and wholesome things).
  5. Be Active in Church (again) – I was once a sacristan in our parish, waking up at 530 AM to prepare for the 715 AM mass. Until that one day when we were barred from serving in the mass (well because we missed a handful of Sundays of KOA meetings), it was a sad event but learned to move on. But there is this voice within me that makes me want to go back, I considered giving out catechesis but don’t know where to go.
  6. Participate in an international student exchange program – I find it too complicated, but this is something that I wanted to do in college.
  7. Participate in WYD – instead of getting down under, I found myself in the north a few months before the WYD. All I can say is that I promise that I will NOT miss Madrid 2011.
  8. Take classes in Political Economy and Communications – I don’t know if this is even possible (well you have taken at least 6 Units with the IPE and 3 Units with SCM but that’s another thing), but yeah I would love to take some classes in Political Economy and Communications. I think International Relations is COOL!
  9. Take IT Law as an elective – it was in the school’s brochure, I wanted to take it but in my four years as student in the university, it was not offered.
  10. Go somewhere else with my blockmates – enough said.

Pre-Employment Medical Exam

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Last Friday, I had my Pre-Employment Exam at the Grepalife Medical and Diagnostic Center in Makati City. It went pretty well, the blood extraction was done perfectly (unlike when I had my APE with that big clinic at the 5/F of Megamall, it was ouch). Got my Chest X-RAY even if my last X-RAY was done <1 year ago. Everything went smoothly as intended.

One thing though, and this one seems unusal. They have this area (a living room) where people sit while waiting for their names to be called. It is also where nurses measure the BP of patients. That area also has TV installed, and you know what they have been showing: Mind Freak by Chris angel. Yeah right another magic show, but it is not just an ordinary magic show, in that magic show you see him do tricks such as slicing himself up with a 4ft saw, getting himself pierced in the fence, etc. It is enough to shoot your respective BP up. No wonder why people have normal high BP there. 😛

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