June 23, 2018, 2:37 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.87962 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 169.05164 Guinea Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 3.88526 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14739 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44866 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1197 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23812 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.22103 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 261.46479 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06819 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27817 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.23474 Iraqi Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.06607 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.89577 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28255 Kyrgyzstan Som
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1 Philippine Peso = 16.90141 North Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.0385 Nepalese Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06993 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.70047 Paraguayan Guarani
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.1966 Russian Rouble
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1 Philippine Peso = 149.29577 Sierra Leone Leone
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1 Philippine Peso = 397.4216 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16432 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.67099 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25817 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61446 Thai Baht
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.56648 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.59155 Tanzanian Shilling
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01878 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59211 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 147.69953 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1498.59155 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 429.12676 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02911 Vanuatu Vatu
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1 Philippine Peso = 10.62592 CFA Franc (BEAC)
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.92432 Pacific Franc
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Disciplining kids

A FEW days ago I espied the post of a friend on Facebook, lamenting the stress he was going through.

“Get a kid,” said one of his friends. “Kids have a wonderful way of removing one’s stress.”

Naku, I said, this must be “misery loves company,” I thought, as I remembered my kid years. I don’t think I was a stress reducer for my parents (and my mom died at an early age by the way). Ask my aunt whose necklaces I cut up to use the individual semi-precious stones as props for a pirate (me) who had just unearthed a cache of gemstones?

In my mind also flashed images of so many kids who I would have (if I could) sent back to the womb – kids who couldn’t be contained by mom or dad who always thought whatever they did was cute (even if a vase came crashing down in a house they were just visiting!), or kids who didn’t know how to share or who, if they didn’t get their way, resorted to tactics that would put the PNP’s “Tokhang” forces to shame.

Those surely weren’t stress reducers.

But even if kids were stress reducers, here’s the bad news – they never remain kids forever! In fact before you know it the kids are now at that stage when they already know everything that needs to be known and as a parent your only role was to provide them a roof over their heads, food to eat, clothes to wear and an allowance. If you can provide some means of transportation that’s even better. You’ll be “cool” to their friends! Of course we know this stage because we all pass through it – our teen years. Now think about it – do you know someone in your circle of friends who seems to have NOT gotten over his or her teen years? I know of a handful...

Kids as stress reducers? Oh my God – maybe for as long as they weren’t created in the likeness of me!

Now you know why I am happy to remain a single father to dogs!

On the other hand, there are the lucky ones. Like my parents, at least as far as my two brothers were concerned, who were (and are) great exemplars of how boring a life of a good kid turns out to be. Another lucky pair is Gensan-based Franciz and Stephanie Palacios-Allera, who are parents to two well mannered (and good looking!) kids in Rafael Inigo (aka Iggy) and Samantha (I think her full name is Samantha Beatrice but I was lobbying for Samantha Dionisia). Franciz was one of our players at the Coca-Cola/Powerade Tigers and Tippy was his college sweetheart. After he gave up the hardcourt they decided to stay in the city where they grew up and raise their family there. Tippy is now one of the more productive managers of a bank which I will not identify as AUB.

Anyway Tippy and I were chatting on FB messenger yesterday about her kids and she was telling me how young Inigo already has a crush and goes home thrilled to tell his mom his latest “crush stories.” “Kasing pretty ba ng mommy” I asked, to which I got a very Filipino mom’s reply: “Mas maganda si Mommy Kuya. Hehehe.”

When Tippy mentioned that the little girl’s parents are successful entrepreneurs I asked a typical Filipino “relative’s” question: “Kailan aAng arranged marriage?”

And that got us talking about what had to be done to raise a child properly – she speaking from the day-to-day experience of raising a boy and a girl, and me of course speaking from the experience of having been the most spanked.

“Is there a disciplinarian between you and Franciz?” I inquired and she mentioned the daddy. I then labeled her the “Ina ng Laging Saklolo” which she admitted she was, to a fault in her own opinion.

But, I said, you’ll learn. Just as your mom learned. And her mom before her. Heck, I said, I am sure even Eve learned the hard way (while maybe once in a while hearing from Adam about why on Earth she had to eat the apple).

Then I had an insight. I told Tippy, “Siguro only Mama Mary didn’t have to learn the ropes the hard way! First, may powers ang anak niya. Superpowers pa nga. Second, can you imagine Mama Mary having to spank Baby Jesus? Susmaryosep.”

But then who wouldn’t want to have a kid like Baby Jesus? If he wanted something and you couldn’t give it, no problem. He will just do it himself.

Oh well, I guess the bottom line is not all kids are a curse like Dennis the Menace, because not all parents are pushovers. Many know what it takes to hold the reins and how tightly to hold it and when and how to let go, little by little , because you have to. As a parent you must know that you most probably will never be around always and therefore your kid will need to learn the ropes – especially how to get up when he falls – and how to get even (hehe).

So what matters is (not in any order) providing your kids the best education you can (hoping they can pass the best schools without breaking the bank), and imparting values, best done through example.

Even if it has to be as an example of what they should not grow up to be like - especially in such things as the words you use and in the way you treat women — while praying they’ll know the difference.

(Bato-bato sa langit, Ang tamaan sa mga pulitiko wag naman magalit!)
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