Hope springs eternal, Welcome 2018



WE, Beyond Deadlines volunteer editorial staff and writers, would like to share with you our innermost thoughts for the New Year as a sign of our gratitude and appreciation because your untiring support made it possible for us to survive this long. Thanks a lot and may God bless us always….  — Publisher Rev. Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK

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Isang mapayapa at masayang Bagong Taon sa mga mambabasa ng Beyond Deadlines. Harinawa ay manaig sa sangkatauhan ang pagmamahalan at pagtingin sa positibong aspeto ng buhay.

Manaig nawa ang pagtutulungan ng mahirap at mayaman, ng malakas at mahina, tungo sa buhay na masaya at matiwasay.

Sana’y salubungin natin ang 2018 ng may kasiyahan sa ating mga puso at damdamin. Maligayang Bagong Taon sa inyong lahat! — Nida Mendoza-Abu, Lipa City

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Isang maligaya at masaganang bagong taon sa ating lahat.

Nagpapasalamat kami sa patuloy ninyong pagtangkilik sa Beyond Deadlines. — Rod Andal, San Simon, Pampanga



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You will seriously work out and lose 30 lbs in 2018. You will purge your closet, declutter your room and adopt a minimalist lifestyle. You will reconnect with the people you care for— in real life, instead of just “liking” their Facebook posts.

You will exercise prudence in shopping. You will take up a hobby, such as gardening, jewelry making, or painting. You will lessen your Netflix binging and go back to reading books. You have been promising yourself you’d start reading “War and Peace,” and you’ll actually do it in 2018.

You will start writing the book that you have been talking about since 1995. We make New Year’s resolutions every start of the year Sometimes we fall in the abyss of failure and self-disappointment. It’s not the end of the world. Each year offers a brand-new start that presents fresh hope and new opportunities. Good luck to you all and Happy New Year! – Mar-Vic Cagurangan, Hagatna, Guam

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Isang taon na lumipas, isang taon na pasasalamat sa mga biyaya at pagmamahal na ating natanggap mula sa Dakilang Maylikha.

At kung may pagsubok man tayong naranasan at nakasalamuha sa taong 2017, tayo ay pinagkalooban ng panigabong pag-asa na maghahatid sa ating mga pangarap.

Mula sa bumubuo ng Beyond Deadlines, maraming salamat po sa isang taong pakikibahagi sa aming paghahatid ng mga samut saring pangyayari at kaganapan, hindi lamang sa Pilipinas, maging sa ibang panig ng mundo…

Ipagdiwang natin ang Bagong Taon 2018 na ang puso ay tigib ng pagmamahal para sa isa’t isa. Maligayang Bagong Taon sa Lahat… – Luke Coloco, Cabuyao City 

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As we embrace the coming of 2018, we Filipinos always want to welcome the New Year with a bang! It could be literally or figuratively.

Our bucket list is full of great surprises and wishes here at Beyond Deadlines. For our website, may it continue to flourish and for our staff, we wish everyone good health, peace of mind and abundance in everything – financial and more blessings.

A little trivia: Samoa, Tonga and Kiritimati or Christmas Island are the first places to welcome the New Year. And when everybody’s already taking a respite from a long and tiring celebration, American Samoa and Baker Island in the United States of America are among the last to welcome the year.

We look forward to a better year for Philippine economy and politics. Wishing that every poor Filipino be alleviated from the bondage of poverty. May the lives of Marawi people be rebuilt and may they mentally and emotionally recover from the trauma of war, especially the innocent ones.

May the Duterte administration continue to do good for its people and may it realize that not all that is legally right are morally upright. We wish everyone a Happy New Year! Love your dogs. It’s their year… – Janet Rebusio Ducayag, Quezon City, Metro Manila

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Former President Barack Obama helped end 2017 on a high positive note this week with his tweets.

Obama spurred introspection and reflection about how we can be, do, and have better in 2018. The examples he cited in three simple tweets showed how our new year’s resolutions do not have to be monumental. Simple acts of kindness made huge impacts in 2017.

Transformational Leadership

Obama said in his tweet on 29 December 2017, “All across America people chose to get involved, get engaged and stand up. Each of us can make a difference and all of us ought to try. So go keep changing the world.”

The theme of change, transformational nation building at citizen level, continued on December 30, 2017 when the 121st death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines national hero, was commemorated.

Rizal was known for igniting the hearts and minds of the Filipinos to rise up and to contribute to changing the Philippines for the better. He once said, “The example could encourage others who only fear to start.”

Where can you start in 2018?

Start with the Be-Do-Have Paradigm Shift!

The examples Obama cited are simple ways to create a positive difference in the lives of others. Sometimes to make a difference in the lives of others, we need to start closer to home – with a personal paradigm shift, a personal change, transformation.

Most people live with a do-have-be perspective of life. Meaning that they believe that if they “do” the right things, they will “have” what they desire and only then will they “be” the person who deserves those things.

Does this sound familiar? “If I do what I need to do, I’ll get what I want to have, then I can be the person I’ve always dreamed of being.”

Reality check. The person you have been in 2017, is not going to think, act and react in a way that is going to get you to your goal in 2018.

BE the person who you would be if you already had achieved your goal: then you will DO the things that a successful person would do, which will allow you to HAVE exactly what you want. BE-DO-HAVE – your 2018 New Year’s Resolution in a nutshell.

Begin today to act, to live, to be the person you would be if you had already achieved your goal. How would you carry yourself? What would you focus on? How would you treat yourself? How would you treat other people? What would your relationships be like? How would you look at finances? What would you be doing to be healthy? Begin “BEING” right now!

Inspired? Interest piqued? If so, seeking more information on Personal Transformation via quick Google search or some time well spent in a the transformation section of a local book store.

Here’s a great article with some basic tips or tenets to help you on your path in 2018


Seize the Opportunity

As we enter 2018, let us seize the opportunity like FPOTUS Obama and Dr. Rizal to make a difference in our communities across the globe. Let us strive to emulate their sense of duty whilst igniting a burning passion in our fellow citizens to bring progressive societal and personal reforms forward.

May this be a profoundly transformational year for you Kababayans and Kaibigans wherever you are on the Planet – Los Angeles, Manila, Houston, or Dubai.

Mabuhay ang Pilipino! — Daniella Flanagan, Murrieta, California

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Almost anyone could draw up a list of the best things that happened in 2017. Yes, great things did happen in this concluding year despite the bad things and the challenges that seem to have overwhelmed our collective optimism.

Hope springs eternal in the human breast (An Essay on Man),” says a line in a poem by English poet Alexander Pope. Indeed, a phrase ever so true. And the beginning of this year provides us with an opportunity to respeak the phrase with renewed conviction.

2018 is going to be better for everyone. We know this because we are children of an Almighty who reigns over a kingdom of justice, peace and love.

We will not be overwhelmed by those who believe that their comfort, safety and prosperity is more important than the lives of some downcast class of people.


We will stand on our belief that all men are created equal; and thus, each man deserve the full protection of law; and thus, would be presumed innocent; and thus, would be accorded due process.

It is not good to hope for a prosperity built on lawlessness and bloodshed.

We are hopeful for 2018 because we know that there will persons, rising up one after another, to add their voices to speak against bad and wicked ideas that are being peddled as “necessary and correct solutions” to the ails that plague our country.

2018 is going to be better.

To those who fearlessly stand in the forefront of resistance – it’s a bold forecast. For those who never cease to believe in the inherent goodness of man, it’s a prayer. — Abner Galino, Los Angeles, California

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Tapos na ang ating kabanata ng 2017, heto na’t magsisimula na ang bagong kuwento ng ating buhay sa 2018.

Tayo na’t salubungin ang Bagong Taon na magdadala ng mga bagong aral, bagong alaala, bagong pagsubok at bagong pagkakataon.

Mula sa amin dito sa Beyond Deadlines, Happy New Year sa inyong lahat! — Dennis Gasgonia, Las Piñas City, Metro Manila

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FREEBLANCE or Free and Balanced thoughts from me, whose pen acronym is johngil or jungle (aptly coined Facebook from the Jungle for mostly FB readers), as an online column gladly wishes each and everyone reading BEYOND DEADLINES, where FREEBLANCE also appears in special form and edition, A HAPPY AND PROGRESSIVE 2018 AND BEYOND.


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As we welcome the New Year with cheers and hope, let us also celebrate our victories in the year that passed and also build upon the lessons of our experiences.

True, the past year has had its challenges, but it is in the human nature and spirit to persevere, adapt and overcome difficult situations.

That is why each New Year, we come up with so-called resolutions — to better ourselves, to do the things that were left undone and to cast away bad habits the took the better of us.

Whether these resolutions would be fulfilled or not, that is a different story. The most important story now is that we set our sights on bigger goals and loftier ones in the coming year.

Are you ready? Here’s a boost to the New Year! — Gerald Lacuarta, Toms River, New Jersey

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Whenever we hear bad news in the Philippines, most common reaction of Filipinos abroad are: “Wala na talaga pag asa ang Pilipinas” or “kelan kaya magbabago ang Filipino/bansa/mga politiko?”

However pessimistic our reaction/expression is about the Philippines, there is always longing in us to go back home and be with friends and families, especially during Christmas and New Year. Why? Because deep within ourselves we still believe that one day our beloved country will rise up and become a better place.

As we welcome 2018, let us all start the year with prayer and reflect on God’s words and claim that Philippines will be blessed tremendously by God.

Deutronomy 28:

1. If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.

2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:

3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in obedience to him.

10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you.

11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.

13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.

14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.” – Lori Lyn Lirio, Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands

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Vics Magsaysay, Los Angeles, California

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As we welcome 2018, the same old issues of conflicts and tensions, of wars and frictions burden our humanity.

May the arrival of the new year fire our hearts and souls to work for the building of a better society, compassionate with and inclusive of all people, with the hope and aspiration of working and co-existing peacefully and joyfully in humane and productive conditions.

Let us toil without ceasing that 2018 will mark the quenching of the thirst for love, peace, joy, prosperity, and solidarity in all parts of the world. – Ibarra Mateo, City of Manila, Metro Manila

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As a New Year dawn on us, I would like to thank you for reading my book, Time to Breathe (Confessions of an Alien), and of course Beyond Deadlines for serializing it.

I am grateful and appreciative of the support.

May God bless us always and thank you for your untiring support. Happy New Year to everyone. Romy Morales, Barrow, Alaska

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This corner was raring to fire some shots at crime wave bosses today but I remembered that a ban was imposed on greeting the New Year with a bang.

With a “cease-fire” in place, I’ve decided instead to offer a list of New Year’s resolutions that I hope would come in handy in the face of things to come for us this 2018.

First, Filipinos should refrain from igniting firecrackers outside the government-designated areas. This would bring down deaths and injuries to a minimum and ensure the safety of our homes from fires and other damages to properties.

Second, Filipinos should avoid firing guns in celebrating the new year.

Third, we must obey the law at all times. Breaking them only keeps some corrupt policemen’s hands and bellies full that they can’t run after the real crooks and thugs out there. Also, they’d have more time to discipline themselves.

Fourth, let us be kind, fair, and cooperative neighbors so that community problems may be solved pronto. The government is bloated with its own problems mainly because many leaders try to refute if not keep ahead of one another.

Sitting on this list, I began being hopeful — like everyone else does this time of year — that buds of prosperity, health and peace springs through 2018.

Well, today has come and as for all our hopes and resolutions, they are but last year’s planted seeds that need watering and care until sprouting, blooming and bearing fruit finds its season in our lives.

So, for now, the best resolution for all of us is to fulfill our good intentions by not hoping too hard for them as much as working hard to attain them. With that, God will make the New Year a prosperous and happy one, indeed.

As we usher in 2018, let’s just hope and pray that there will be less casualties this celebration compared with that of last year.

Be it firecrackers, guns or grenades… if you have it, don’t light it up, don’t fire it, don’t blow it up. 

With 2017 almost over, it is best that we forget all the travails and hardships of the past year and look to the future. The calamities, natural and man-made, the crimes and discontent; and politics of selfishness: the oppressive laws and corruption and evil leaders; the horrendous traffic, squatters, inept law enforcers, human rights violations, and such vicissitudes. We have something to look forward to: The promise of the steady economic upturn and the benefits albeit hard-to-find. 

We must be positive and, above all, united.

There is so much to do and so little time to do it. But the Filipino, with his manana habit, has a history of cramming. With a little luck, we can yet make a go of it and come abreast of our Asian neighbors who made dragons of their economies. This the “manana” we are fond of, putting off the things that must be done. There is no tomorrow.

On this note, we greet all our readers the best of the season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year! – Robert Roque, Paranaque City, Metro Manila

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BEYOND DEADLINES is for me the best thing that ever happened in the world of Hi-Tech Journalism. I believe that BD can be considered as Truth-Possessed Reportage.

BD is here to co-exist with the current “Information Wars,” so to speak. In this era when Global Power and Government are part of the consciousness, it is our journalistic quest to search for the truth.

Ours is an Initiation, I would say, into the “Technology of Power” wherein we wield silent weapons in the on-going Information War. Happy New Year to all!!! — Arturo C. Sampana, Guiguinto, Bulacan

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It has been a tradition for many of us to come up with our new year’s resolution. The start of a brand new year gives us a time to reflect on the year that was and think of something we might do differently this year.

However, we can come up with our resolutions anytime we want, even without waiting for the new year. We need to be conscious of making this world a better place to live in, not just for us but for other people as well. In addition, we should also realize that we need to learn to accept that we just cannot please everybody.

In the fields of entertainment and arts and culture, where most of my articles for Beyond Deadlines fall under, I have affirmed my belief that it is better to focus on artistry if you’re aiming for longevity. Popularity can only bring you to a certain level of public consciousness but you’ll surely fade into oblivion if you really don’t have the talent.

The year 2017 is now history but we should not forget that it is still a significant part of our life. As we usher in the new year, we don’t just need to be optimistic but, more importantly, wiser that we don’t commit the same mistakes that we did before.

Happy new year, everyone! — Seymour Barros Sanchez, Makati City, Metro Manila

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Romulo “Jimbo” Velasquez, Pasay City, Metro Manila

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Sa malugod naming mambabasa, ikinagagalak po namin ang patuloy niyong pagsuporta sa Beyond Deadlines.

Sa darating na taong 2018, sana’y lalong lumikwad ang ating pamumuhay at mapasaatin ang matagal na nating pinapangarap at inaasam-asam.

Higit din po akong nagpapasalamat sa pagtangkilik nyo sa mga artikulong hinango mula sa Paliparang Pambansa ng Ninoy Aquino.

Hangad ng Beyond Deadlines na lalo pang mapabuti ang nilalaman nito at maging daan o instrumento para sa serbisyong pampubliko.

Manigong Bagong Taon! – Benjie Vergara, Paranaque City, Metro Manila

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