“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”—
Lea Salonga honored as Disney ‘legend’ in California
08/23/2011 | 11:30 AM For lending her voice to two Disney princesses, Philippine singing icon Lea Salonga has joined the ranks of Disney Legends.
Salonga was feted for providing the singing voices of Jasmine in “Aladdin” (1992) and Fa Mulan in “Mulan” (1998) and “Mulan II” (2004).
“Right now I’m rendered speechless by this… This is a really big deal and it’s wonderful for all these princesses to be honored in such a wonderful way by the Walt Disney Company,” she said at the Disney Legends Award at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena last Aug. 19.
The awards kicked off the first day of the D23 Expo, a gathering of the fast-growing Disney official fan club.
At the Disney Legends 2011 Awards, Salonga was cited for her role in Repertory Philippines’ “The King and I” at age 7, and having her first solo album at age 10.
She was particularly cited for her starring role in the international Broadway musical “Miss Saigon” and for her many entertainment awards in the Philippines.
This year’s awardees included:
Jodi Benson (Princess Ariel, “The Little Mermaid”)
Barton Boyd (Disney Consumer Products)
Jim Henson (creator of the “Muppets”)
Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine, “Aladdin”)
Paige O’Hara (Belle, “Beauty and the Beast”)
Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana, “The Princess and the Frog”)
Ray Watson (served the company for 30 years and established a worldwide reputation as a real estate development visionary)
Guy Williams (“The Sign of Zorro” and “Zorro the Avenger”)
Jack and Bonita Wrather
Salonga particularly thanked “Aladdin” composers including Alan Menken “for their faith in me.”
Jokingly, she thanked Linda Larken, the non-singing voice of Jasmine, “for not knowing how to sing.”
“I also have to thank Linda Larken for not knowing how to sing because if she did I wouldn’t have this job and I wouldn’t be standing here today,” she said.
She particularly thanked the cast and director of “Aladdin” for the “hundreds of hours” they spent actively hunting her down in New York.
“We have been looking for you. Please give me a call… We are looking for Princess Jasmine,” she recalled a message left for her in New York.
Established in 1987, the Disney Legends program recognizes men and women who made an extraordinary contribution to The Walt Disney Company. — JE, GMA News
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let our bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
WALKING DOWN column by Michael Xiao Chua, Good Morning Philippines, 19 August 2011
Dahil kaarawan ngayon ng Pangulong Manuel Quezon na nag-adhika na magkaroon ng isang Pambansang Wika na batay pangunahin na sa Tagalog ngunit kabilang dapat ang mga salita mula sa ibang mga wika sa Pilipinas, kaibigan, tara, usap tayo… sa Filipino.
Madalas ako makakita ng mga karatula sa mga paaralan ngayon na ipinagmamalaki na “This is an English-Speaking Zone.” Diumano upang tayo ay maging “globally-competitive,” ipinatupad ng nakaraang administrasyon ang polisiya na halos lahat ng asignatura ay dapat itinuturo sa Ingles. Dito, kapag ikaw ay nagsasalita sa Ingles, kahit wala namang laman ang sinasabi mo, ang tingin sa iyo ay matalino. Sa isang mamahaling kolehiyo aming nakita minsan ni Dr. Zeus Salazar, “English is the language of leaders.” Sabi niya, “Bakit? Si Napoleon ba iningles ang mga Pranses? Si Mao ba iningles ang mga Tsino?”
Kahit marami ngayon ang “wrong grammar” sa paggamit ng Ingles, ipinagmamalaki natin na mas marami pa ring nagsasalita ng Ingles dito sa Pilipinas kaysa sa Inglatera. Kung totoo ito, bakit tila hindi tayo mga pinuno sa daigdig? Bakit tayo naghihirap? Bakit walang sapat na marangal na trabaho sa bansa na kinakailangan na matuto tayo ng Ingles upang magsilbi sa pangangailangan ng mga dayuhan sa mga kasambahay, nars at caregiver at tagasagot ng telepono? Bakit ang Hapon, Tsina, Europa ay mayaman kahit na maging ang mga CEO ng kanilang mga kumpanya ay bobo sa Ingles? Sapagkat ang biyaya ng edukasyon, ekonomiya at pulitika dito sa Pilipinas ay nananatili lamang sa mga marunong mag-Ingles. Ang may kontrol sa wika ay may bahagi sa kapangyarihan. Maraming dahilan kung bakit tayo mahirap, ngunit hindi ba’t kabilang dito ang katotohanang hindi talaga makasawsaw ang mas nakararami sa mga isyu ng pagkabansa? It’s the language, stupid.
“There are a lot of good players in the squad who want to show what they can do on the international stage,” said Horst Heldt, prior to taking off for Helsinki.
The Royal Blues set off for Finland on Wednesday morning. Their first European game of the season, the Europa League play-off first leg at HJK Helsinki, is this Thursday (6.30pm). Not on board the plane to the Finnish capital were Raul and Jermaine Jones. They trained this morning with the players recovering from injuries, Tim Hoogland, Jefferson Farfan and Christoph Moritz, at the Schalke training complex.
According to general manager Horst Heldt, it was already decided several days ago that Raul would not travel with the team to Helsinki. As Heldt explained, there are two reasons for Raul’s absence. “For one thing, we don’t want to expose Raul to the risk of getting injured, as we’ll be playing on an artificial pitch in Helsinki. Secondly the team has probably got lots of midweek games coming up,” said Heldt, explaining that in that case a large, fit squad would be needed.
The club also wanted to protect Jermaine Jones from the risk of getting injured again on the artificial pitch in the Finnish capital. “We want to avoid him straining his legs on that pitch, as we don’t know how his shin might react,” explained Heldt, referring to the shin problems that the midfielder had suffered in the past. Jones had also already made one long intercontinental flight last week, he added.
Nevertheless, Heldt stressed that “there are a lot of good players in the squad who want to show what they can do on the international stage. We certainly won’t be underestimating Helsinki.”
Official: Barcelona confirm signing of Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas
The 24-year-old midfielder returns to Camp Nou on a five-year-deal, bringing an end to one of the most protracted transfer sagas in modern times.
Barcelona have officially announced the signing of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas on a five-year deal that could be worth as much as €39 million to the north Londoners. The Catalans will pay an initial guaranteed fee of €29m for the midfielder in two installments due before September, with another €5m owed if Barca win two league titles or a Champions League crown within the first three years of the player’s contract, while a further €5m is to be paid by the midfielder himself out of his own salary spread across the duration of his contract at €1m a year.
The Catalans had been chasing their former youth team midfielder for three summers and finally agreed a deal to sign the 24-year-old on Monday following weeks of arduous negotiations with the north London outfit.
Barca announced the deal on their official website, saying: “Cesc has signed a contract that will keep him with Barcelona until 2016. He has a limited fee release clause of €200m.”
Speaking at his unveiling at Camp Nou, Fabregas said: “I have waited many years for this moment to come. It is a very special day for me. I come back home after eight years, and this is the biggest challenge of my life, but I know that with your help, I will prevail.”
FC Schalke 04 received an official enquiry from Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday outlining the Premier League club’s interest in signing Raul. “Our coach Ralf Rangnick, my fellow board member Peter Peters and I have always stressed that we don’t want to sell him,” said general manager Horst Heldt in response.
Nevertheless, the Royal Blues informed the player of the approach from England. Heldt said: “Raul told us he wants to stay at Schalke and asked us to reject the approach from Blackburn Rovers, which we’ve already done. We are delighted Raul will continue to contribute all he can to ensure the club’s success.”
RAFA, the book, that is. Thanks to some nice promotion people, I have three copies of Rafa’s new biography to give away. Since they also gave me a preview copy to read and review, I’m going to throw in the one I ordered from Amazon as well.
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