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THA CROSSROADS


Bone-Bone-Bone-Bone
Bone, Bone, Bone, Bone, Bone
Now tell me whatchya gonna do when there ain't nowhere to run
When judgment comes for you,when judgment comes for you
Now tell me whatchya gonna to do, when there ain't nowhere to hide
When judgment comes for you, cause its gonna come for you
Head south nigga this foe Wally
Eazy sees Uncle Charlie
Lil Boo and gods gottem and im gonna miss everybody
I done roll and blows my gauge look and he want to play
Wit Krayzie dustin they play too deep foe me ta say
Lil Layzie came to me told him the preacher deceased wit him please
Bury me by my gram, my gram, me where, you get, come follow me
God bless you workin on a plan to heaven
Follow the lord all 24/7 days
God is who we pray, even though the devil's all up in my face
But he's keepin me safe and in my place
Say praise to the gauge erased without a chance to face the judge
It's gonna get my sober buds, grudge, because there's no mercy for thugs
Ooh, what can I do, it's all about the family and how we roll
Can I get a witness, not enough fools, we livin our lives to eternal our soul, ey-o ey-o

Heeey, and we pray, and we pray, and we pray, and we pray
Everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday
And we pray, and we pray, and we pray, and we pray. Still we lazy

Now follow me roll, stroll, whether it's hell or it's heaven
Come lets go take a visit to the people that's long gone they rest
Wally, he's there, Terry, boo, it's steady creepin up on me family
Exactly, how many days we got lastin, while you laughing, we're passin passin away
We goin' to rest ya'll souls
Cause I know we might meet you up at tha crossroads, ya'll know
That forever got love for them Bone Thugs baby
Little Eazy's long gone, really wish he could come home
But when it's time to die, gotta go bye-bye, all a thug could do was cry, cry
Why they kill my dog, yeah man, I miss my Uncle Charles ya'll
And he shoudn't be gone, in front of his home, what they did to Boo was wrong
Whoooo, who was wrong, who was wrong, gotta hold on, gotta stay strong, when the day comes
Betta believe Bone got a shoulder you can lean on, lean on

Heeey, and we pray, and we pray, and we pray, and we pray
Everyday, everyday, everyday, everyday
And we pray, and we pray, and we pray, and we pray
Everyday, everyday, everyday, everday
See you at tha crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lonely]
See you at tha crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lone-ly]
See you at tha crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lonely]
See you at tha crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lone-ly]

And I'm gonna miss everybody, and I'm gonna miss everybody, [long gone, long gone]
And I'm gonna miss everybody, [long gone] and I'm gonna miss everybody, [long gone]
And I'm gonna miss everybody, [long gone] and I'm gonna miss every-body.

Livin in a hateful world, sendin me straight to heaven [That's how we roll]
Livin in a hateful world, sendin me straight to heaven [That's how we roll]
Livin in a hateful world, sendin me straight to heaven [That's how we roll]

And I'm askin the good lord, why, and inside he told me we live to die
What's up with that murder ya'll, see my little cousin was home
Somebody really wrong, anybody want to test us thug
And Ms. Sleazy set up Eazy to fall.
You know I be sendin that cousin and tellin me when he leave, murda come again, again and again
Now tell me what ya gonna do
Can somebody anybody tell me why, heeey
Can somebody anbody tell me why, we die, we die [oh, so wrong]
I don't wanna die [sooo wrong] oh, so wrong, sooo wrong

See you at the crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lonely]
See you at the crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lone-ly]
See you at the crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lonely]
See you at the crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lone-ly]
See you at the crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lonely]
See you at the crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lone-ly]
See you at the crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lonely]
See you at the crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lone-ly]
See you at the crossroads, crossroads, crossroads [so you won't be lonely]


25 years is 2003

What's Up? The Website has undergone a major renovation. New Pictures and Music were added for a better view. A good way to start the Year of the Goat.  I went to Baguio last January and the weather was crisply cold. The smell of strawberries is exhilirating! The breeze coming from the pine trees soothes the body. You're like transported to another continent, I should say. I'm off to my next vacation this month, Hongkong. Just wondering what's in store for March. Travelling has always been good. It gives us new perspectives. There are 1001 places to visit and i recommend www.lonelyplanet.com to help you plan your next trip.Gotta go now. Hunger beckons! >>>jowee boy 2/8/03



Superman


Five For Fighting

I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
I’m just out to find
The better part of me
I’m more than a bird…I’m more than a plane
More than some pretty face beside a train
It’s not easy to be me
Wish that I could cry
Fall upon my knees
Find a way to lie
About a home I’ll never see
It may sound absurd…but don’t be naive
Even Heroes have the right to bleed
I may be disturbed…but won’t you conceed
Even Heroes have the right to dream
It’s not easy to be me
Up, up and away…away from me
It’s all right…You can all sleep sound tonight
I’m not crazy…or anything…
I can’t stand to fly
I’m not that naive
Men weren’t meant to ride
With clouds between their knees
I’m only a man in a silly red sheet
Digging for kryptonite on this one way street
Only a man in a funny red sheet
Looking for special things inside of me
It’s not easy to be me.




The Top Billionaire Of The Philippines
Publish Date: [Tuesday, May 15, 2001]
Courtesy of the Philippines Star

Who are the top Filipino billionaires?

In an informal survey, various business people and some bankers helped this writer come up with a list of the wealthiest Filipinos. Like in most Asian societies, estimates and rankings of Filipino billionaires are difficult to ascertain.

Top Filipino Billionaires

1. Marcos Family – Recent reports have revealed the alleged multi-billion-dollar bank deposits of former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos in Hong Kong and her youngest daughter Irene Marcos Araneta in Europe. There are no new reports on the wealth of Ilocos Norte Governor Bong Bong Marcos and Rep. Imee Marcos Manotoc. Imelda Marcos last year told this writer that her family’s wealth was accumulated by her late husband President Ferdinand Marcos though international gold trading and investments, in response to charges of ill-gotten wealth.

2. Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr. – Fending off government efforts to dislodge him as kingpin of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) in the May 3 annual stockholders meeting, Cojuangco recently led SMC to take 94 percent control of Purefoods Corp. from the Zobel de Ayala family in the amount of P7 billion. SMC under the Cojuangco management has reversed its past record of declining profits and beer market share, with SMC posting record net sales of P88.7 billion last year. Danding also led SMC in purchasing Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines from Coca Cola Amatil of Australia, Wilkins from Metro Bottled Water Corp. and Sugarland from Chinese-Filipino Business Club president Dante Go. If the Gloria Arroyo administration decides to eventually sell the sequestered 27 percent stocks of SMC, it is possible that Cojuangco and his allies might bid for this crucial bloc of equity and consolidate their control of the world’s 20th biggest brewery.

3. Lucio C. Tan – Despite setbacks suffered by Philippine Airlines and Philippine National Bank, Tan is still considered one of Southeast Asia’s wealthiest billionaires with multinational business interests. A young banker commented: "Contrary to public criticism by his enemies, Tan has actually helped Filipino taxpayers. Due to his massive capital infusions in Philippine Airlines and Philippine National Bank, formerly state-run enterprises with huge losses, Mr. Tan has actually helped subsidize losses by the government that would otherwise have come out of taxpayers’ money." An immigrant boy who was too poor to complete his college studies and to attain his dream of becoming a scientist, Tan has helped build hundreds of public schools in the depressed rural regions under the "Operation Barrio Schools" project of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FFCCCII). His children who will inherit leadership of his diverse companies are his sons Lucio "Bong" Tan, Jr. of Fortune Tobacco (the nation’s leading cigarette producer) and Michael "Mike" Tan of Asia Brewery (producers of Beer na Beer, Budweiser, Colt 45 and Lone Star).

4. John Gokongwei Jr. – Marking his 75th birth anniversary this year, "rags-to-riches" Gokongwei has enhanced his reputation as one of Southeast Asia’s smartest billionaires by deftly overcoming the pitfalls of the 1997 Asian financial crisis. His publicly-listed JG Summit Holdings is the country’s most diversified industrial conglomerate, with bold plans to expand overseas in China and ASEAN. His Gokongwei Brothers Foundation is accelerating its philanthropic endeavors, and the tycoon once told this writer that he dreams of building a school and a hospital as part of his family’s commitment to socio-civic causes.

5. Henry Sy – ASEAN’s "Shopping Mall King" was a poor immigrant boy whose conglomerate was built on his hard work and marketing savvy, innovative ideas and conservative financial management. He also controls Banco de Oro and owns substantial shareholdings in the 81-year-old China Bank. Sy also has investments overseas. Among his heirs is the hardworking Teresita "Tessie" Sy-Coson, whose husband Louie Coson is from a successful Chinese lumber clan. The Sy family is well-known for supporting charities and the Catholic Church.

6. George Sk Ty – His Metrobank Group is the country’s largest and most aggressive financial conglomerate, surpassing the Bank of the Philipppine Islands (BPI). The group includes Philippine Savings Bank and Global Business Bank. Ty is also the manufacturer of Toyota vehicles in the Philippines, in partnership with Japanese investors. His Metrobank Foundation is one of the country’s biggest philanthropic institutions supporting diverse civic, educational, medical and cultural projects, including an annual art competition for young painters and annual awards honoring teachers.

7. Zobel de Ayala Family – The biggest landlord in the Makati financial district, the Zobel de Ayalas started to build their fortunes in an alcohol distillery, sugar and 19th-century haciendas. Today, the Ayala Group of Companies is a leader in banking, real estate, insurance, telecommunications and many major industries. Despite having supported the early years of martial law under President Marcos and serving as ambassador, Jaime Zobel de Ayala in 1986 threw his family’s support behind Corazon C. Aquino while his first cousin Enrique Zobel continued to support his compadre Marcos.

8. Lopez Family – Descendants of early Chinese immigrants to the town of Jaro in Iloilo province, the Lopezes were leaders of the once powerful Sugar bloc that influenced Philippine political, economic and social life. Today, the Lopezes have gone beyond sugar mills and haciendas, becoming leaders in broadcast media (ABS-CBN), electric power (Meralco), water utility (Maynilad Water), telecommunications (Bayantel), film production (Star Cinema), real estate (Rockwell) and many other strategic industries. The Lopezes are also active in philanthropy and are less active in politics unlike their elders who were political kingmakers for generations.

9. Other families on the list include the Aboitiz Clan Of Cebu, Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco of the RCBC/Malayan Insurance Group, Jose Yao Campos of United Laboratories, the two branches of the Concepcion Clan which owns RFM Group and Concepcion Industries, and others.


Biggest Filipino Real Estate Billionaires
1. Tan Yu – This self-made tycoon migrated to the Philippines as a child, grew up in Daet and Mercedes towns in Camarines Norte province, Bicol region. He is the founder of the Asiaworld International Group, which has diverse real estate and other holdings throughout Asia and also in North America. His KTTI Foundation has given thousands of college scholarships to poor provincial students and has built many rural barrio schools nationwide.

2. Manny Villar – Despite the recent slowdown in the real estate industry, Manny Villar’s family is still the leader in low-cost housing with his publicly-listed C&P Homes. Villar is a self-made man born in the working-class district of Tondo. Villar is the most flexible political survivor. A former stalwart of the Lakas-NUCD under President Ramos, he shifted loyalty upon the victory of President Estrada to clinch the Speakership of the House of Representatives, but he also quickly joined the impeachment campaign against then President Estrada and is now a senatorial candidate of the People Power Coalition of President Gloria M. Arroyo.

3. Madrigal Family – Led by Consuelo "Chito" Madrigal Collantes, the Madrigal family remains one of the country’s wealthiest landowning clans. The family raised so much cash during the Asian crisis with the sale of their various assets such as Solidbank and others.

4. Araneta Family – The Araneta family is one of the biggest landlords in Metro Manila, with valuable properties that include their multi-billlion-peso Araneta Center in Cubao. A scion of this landowning and political clan is former Wall Street investment banker and now Trade and Industry Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas III.

5. Mike Velarde – His family owns multi-billion-peso real estate properties, plus shareholdings in Manila Bank and others. Velarde is the leader of the El Shaddai religious movement which claims millions of followers, and he is a loyal ally of former President Estrada. His friends told this writer that the billionaire preacher from Catanduanes province in Bicol has plans to someday run for president.

Wealthiest Immigrants In Philippine History
1. Jose Cojuangco I – Although it has always been difficult to verify the true measure of a Chinese entrepreneur’s wealth, immigrant Jose Cojuangco I (Chinese name: "Co Guioc Huang") was a legendary empire-builder in Tarlac and Central Luzon in the 19th century. He had since passed on his entrepreneurial genius and ambitions to his remarkably talented heirs, who today include the branch of San Miguel Corp. chairman Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco, Jr.; the Pedro Cojuangco branch which includes former President Corazon C. Aquino and Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, Jr. – of Luzon’s biggest sugar plantation Hacienda Luisita – and the Ramon Cojuangco branch which includes the cash-rich widow Imelda Ongsiako Cojuangco (whose family earned a windfall with the sale of PLDT control of First Pacific/Salim Group) and her son Antonio "Tonyboy" Cojuangco of the Bank of Commerce.

2. Pedro Gotiaoco – Once considered among 19th-century Cebu’s wealthiest taipans and a respected community leader, the immigrant Gotiaoco has also passed on to his remarkably talented descendants his genius and ambitions. His descendants include four leading families from Southern Philippines–his son Sergio Osmeña, Sr. served as the incorruptible President of the Philippines and patriarch of Cebu’s most respected political clan; another branch of the clan includes billionaire industrialist John Gokongwei, Jr. and his uncle the educator Augusto Go (who is the president of the University of Cebu and former vice mayor of Cebu City); another branch includes Andrew Gotianun of Filinvest Group and East-West Bank; another branch includes the Sy-Gaisano clan which successfully operates shopping malls in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

3. Son Tua – First Gentleman Atty. Mike Tuason Arroyo told this writer that his Chinese immigrant ancestor Son Tua was once the wealthiest person in the Philippines during the 18th century. For his support of the Spanish colonial government in fighting the British invasion of Manila, Son Tua was awarded a title of nobility and vast tracts of lands. Tuason family lore recalls that the Spanish authorities awarded him lands which Son Tua could encircle on horseback from sunrise to sunset, but the wise Chinese trader had prepared many different horses waiting in different stations, so he had fresh changes of horses and was able to traverse huge tracts of lands in one day. Among these lands include the tens of thousands of hectares of old Tuason haciendas in Sta. Mesa, Mariquina (now spelled as "Marikina") and Diliman. The family later also acquired Hacienda Nagtahan. The University of the Philippines and vast portions of Quezon City were part of the Hacienda Diliman which the Quezon government bought from the Tuasons. The La Vista mansion of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her husband overlooking the Marikina Valley stands on land that used to be part of the Tuason haciendas.

Wealthiest Filipino Entertainers
1. Joseph Estrada – The Arroyo government accuses the former President of amassing billions of pesos in ill-gotten wealth, but Estrada once told this writer that he was once one of the country’s highest-paid actors and he claims to have wisely invested his earnings, mostly in real estate, through the years. Estrada also complained of "unfair trial by publicity and double-standard," because his other predecessors in Malacañang also faced various unresolved corruption cases.

2. Fernando Poe Jr. – The undisputed "King of Philippine Movies" is known to be an astute investor, a movie producer and one of the wealthiest entertainers. GMA Network, Inc. former president Menardo Jimenez recently told this writer that nobody knows if Fernando Poe Jr. will someday run for president, because they could not even convince him to run for governor of Pangasinan several years ago.

3. Sharon Cuneta Pangilinan – Sharon is admired by almost everyone in Philippine showbiz for the way she has prudently managed her phenomenal career as the highest-paid advertising endorser, top singer, actress and television talk show host. She is known to have wisely invested her earnings ever since her youth, due to the influence of her late "rags-to-riches" businessman father Mayor Pablo Cuneta.



I'm sharing this one I got from e-mail:

Jowee Boy
12/06/01

 WELCOME TO COÑOTICA

 Welcome, mga friends, to Coñotica-an academic
 community na built on the
foundations of liberal education at corporate
 culture. Yup. This is
 Coñotica. Ang ideal place kung saan ipe-prepare ka
for the corporate world!

 Coñotica is an academic institution na where
 two of its goals is to
make-turo the corporate culture and to make us gawa
 community development.
 Of course, siyempre, marami pang pillars ang
Coñotica pero two lang ito sa
 maraming goals.

 Pero wait lang. Bago ka maka make martsa sa
 graduation from Coñotica, you
must learn the wika. Kasi, you know, ang language
 ng coñotica ang number
 one feature nito. Ito ang magiging primary tool to
 make you handa to face
 the real world.

 Kailangan mong ma-master ang wika ng Coñotica? Why?
 It is the only way para
 ma-bridge natin ang gap ng corporate world at ng
real world. Hmm. Medyo
 bomalabs ba? Can't make -kita huh? Gan'to 'yan.
 Kasi the corporate world
 uses English bilang language niya. Language kasi
 yan ng mga elitists lalo
na ang mga rich di ba? Duh?! Where ka
nakakita ng corporate level na
 meeting in Tagalog? That is so third world!

 Meanwhile, sa real world, kung saan the students of
 Coñotica needs to apply
 the community development, Tagalog ang linggo.
At hindi lang basta
 tagalog! It's street language or
 salitang-kanto. So how are we gonna
make-ugnay the corporate world and the real world?

 Tada! That is where papasok ang lengguahe ng
 Coñotica! Hindi lang siya
 simple Taglish. Hybrid siya ng Taglish, Elitist
 English at salitang-kanto.
 And iyan ang minimake-aral ng mga estudyante ng
 Coñotica!

How very noble! Nagmake-imbento ang Coñotica ng
 isang exclusive language
 para ma make-ugnay ang corporate world at ang
 poor. In that way, magagawa
na nila ang community development. Because
 somehow, the students can
 make-intindi to the poor the ideas of the
 corporate world through the
 language.

 Ngayon, let me give the basics of the language.
You know, it is very easy
 actually. It is very similar to Jessica Zafra's
 iconography.

First, try mo na i-end o i-start ang sentence
 with a -ly word. Tulad ng
 actually, basically, at primarily, essentially, at
 iba pa.

 For example: Actually, you've made her kwento na
 that e!

 Second, i-insert mo in as many instances as
possible ang the word like.
 Madalas, kadikit ito ng phrase na you know!

 Example: Like you know...when you like...ask
someone...like a teacher...how
 to like...for example...like...
ake-apak-apak the ipis o!

 Of course, onomatopoeic words are pwede: I have to
 go! My driver's making
 me pot-pot na!

Religious din ang language na ito because in most
 cases lalo na pag excited
ang students, they always pray: My God! Nakita
 mo yung crush ko? He was
 making kaway na kanina to me; Oh my God! I'm bagsak
 na naman sa math test!;
 at pag irritated sa seatmate: God! Will you stop
 making me kalabit?

 Lastly, pag naubusan na ng words or examples and
 stuff, you can use the
 words things, stuff, something, at pasukan mo ulit
 ng you know.

 Halimbawa ay...uhm...ah...basta you know
 like...uhm...stuff and things
 like...something like...ah...wala akong maisip
 eh. Basta something like
 that.

 Ayan, you can now survive Coñotica and fulfill
 your roles in community
 development. Mas madali na nating i-fulfill ang
 roles natin as tulay to the
 poor. Wag mong kalimutang i-add ang basic
 iconography na jake, pare, ijo
 de, whaw, sheht at coño. Pag namaster mo na ang
 lahat ng ito, pwede ka nang
 mag make martsa and be liberally educated
 Coñotica student ready to face
 the corporate world!



Midnight Oil


Our Finals in Law School will be next week and I expect to burn the so called "midnight oil" to pass all my subjects. I have yet to
post new pictures because I'm kinda busy with school. I promise to post them during my semestral break. Christmas is just around
the corner. May we all have a blessed and happy Christmas ahead of us. Bye for now!


Jowee Boy
10/06/01



America Under Attack
September 11 Tuesday

8:45 a.m. (all times are EDT): A hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts,
crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it afire.
Then history unfolded.......I was in Glorietta 4 with a friend to watch the special screening of Princess Diaries. We were waiting to get inside the theater when another friend texted me that a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. I was flabbergasted because New York is one of my favorite cities in the world. I asked for updates and checked the wap site of CNN and ABS-CBN. People watching the movie were constantly in their mobile phones,  I guess to check on the situation in the United States. I share my sympathy with the American people and the rest of humanity for this somewhat senseless act of violence. Thousands died in what others claimed to be the start of World War III. We can only hope that the investigation will lead to the real perpetrators of this horrendous crime. Whatever it is worth, may this lead to a change for the betterment of this planet. Your planet. My planet.

Jowee Boy
9/14/01


Dear Family and Friends,

Its been a long time since I last put up a website. This website promises to be a reflection of my recent years.
Do check regularly. If i'm not busy, I might answer your e-mails.


Jowee Boy
9/06/01