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Queen Pia: Assuming Command Responsibility

December 28, 2015 1 comment

I’ve come to realize one more reason for me to admire Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.  She has demonstrated a sense of leadership by assuming command responsibility of the controversy surrounding her coronation.

Pia immediately assumed being part of the Miss Universe organization, that is why when asked why she kept on apologizing for what happened, she said that she is now part of the MUOrg and that she is now the voice of Miss Universe.  [Source: What You Didn’t See during the Miss Universe Presscon]

Technically Pia didn’t have to apologize at all because the issue was literally not her fault.  She could have just deferred the matter to the person responsible for the controversy; Steve Harvey owned up to it, too, so there wouldn’t be any problem if she wanted to pass it to him.  But she apologized anyway since she now considered herself part of the Miss Universe organization upon inheriting the crown – and all its responsibilities and liabilities as well.  Owning up to your mistake is courageous; owning up to the mistake of someone else because of a sense of duty is heroic.  The fact that she assumed the liability of the mistake barely a few minutes after joining the organization just further cemented her right to the honor bestowed upon her because she showed she now also owned the situation of the organization.

There is nobility in leadership, not just because of the honor it carries, but when said honor is actually seen by assuming accountability in resolving issues.  It’s not just a matter of getting what you deserve; it’s taking ownership of everything that comes with it, including any problems, and doing something to try and fix it.  The mark of a leader is getting things done, even if it means fixing someone else’s issues, because at the end of the day, a leader doesn’t lose sight of the end goal; a leader does what he can and should do.

And to all the fans who are still fighting about this… Please let’s all stop now. The Miss Universe Organization is about uniting empowered women from all over the world. Arguing and sending hateful messages to each other defeats the whole purpose. You believe in the message of Miss Universe and so do I. Again, thank you for the love. [Source: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach on Instagram]

Assuming command responsibility isn’t as common a trait as it used to be in leaders these days.  Honestly, this same criticism applies to me at times (or often?), too.  I hope Pia’s example inspires all of us, whether we’re in positions of leadership or not, to do our part to do what’s right to fix what’s wrong, simply because it’s the right thing to do, and ultimately because we’re all in this together and we ought to help one another in whatever way we can.

It’s only fair that you should get what you deserve – and it’s also only fair for that to include all the good and bad that come with it.


Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Queen Pia: Inspiration to Get What I Deserve

December 25, 2015 1 comment

I came across one more example of how Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is such a good role model for someone who is determined in life and thus doesn’t give up.

What You Didn’t See during the Miss Universe Presscon (excerpt)

Instead of a celebratory mood, the atmosphere inside the press room was sober and almost tense. There were several Latin press that were almost antagonistic in their questions to Steve and Pia. The great thing was that they both held their own against the questions being thrown at them…

When Pia was asked did she talk to Ariadna after the incident, Pia explained that she did try but there were girls already surrounding Ariadna. She also told during the presscon that she believed that she also deserved to win Miss Universe… hence being empathic to Miss Colombia’s situation without being a pushover. She stood her ground.

Kame bahala kunin mo

The fight we put up to defend what we stand for or to get what we want defines and upholds who we are.  This is not a case of being defensive or overly-sensitive, or forcing ourselves where and when we don’t have a right to do so.  In this world, no one else will fight for us except ourselves.

On a personal note, Pia’s example inspires me on what I feel I should do in my own life, specifically getting what I feel I deserve.  It’s more than just a matter of pride (and not being proud for the wrong reasons), but also about preserving my own self-respect and dignity – and I think it’s only right.


Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Queen Pia: Beautiful in Body, Mind, and Soul

December 24, 2015 1 comment

I absolutely adore Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach!

Miss Universe 2015 - 11

I think it will take a while before I get over the euphoria of her win, and I don’t mind.  I can’t help but admit this to be true, given that I’m actually following the Miss Universe and official Pia Wurtzbach Facebook pages because of her, something that I wouldn’t have imagined myself doing.  (If Instagram and Twitter existed in the redneck part that’s my neighborhood then I’d be following her from there, too.)  It’s rare for me to be this star-struck over any celebrity, or over anyone for that matter; the last time I felt this way was with a Starbucks barista, and even she is literally a beauty queen in her own right!  (And for the people that know me, the latter is another story for another day.)

I’m attracted to Pia because she’s gorgeous – that’s a given.  There are many beautiful women in this world, but what makes her more attractive to me is that beneath that immaculate exterior, she has a mind that’s brilliant and a will that’s strong.  These traits aren’t immediately obvious, which for me only adds to the understated elegance and allure that she exudes; it’s there, you just need to look a little bit further, and when you find it you’ll be amazed.

I’m so impressed with Pia’s answers to the two questions posed to her.  The first question about U.S. military presence in the country was a charged one; her quick thinking to come up with a smart and politically-savvy answer demonstrated a keen intellect of someone who’s aware of what’s happening in this world.  The second question on why she deserves to be Miss Universe showed an element of compassion in her since she intended to put such a position to good use to advance important causes.

Learning a little more about Pia’s story, it’s inspiring to see her determination in life.  She knows what she wants – and she’s doing whatever it takes, for how many times it takes, to get it.  She tried for Bb. Pilipinas three times before winning.  She was criticized for “trying too hard,” but that’s exactly why she got what she wanted because she kept on trying and never gave up.  She’s a role model for people to never lose hope and just keep on trying.  A person who is determined despite lacking resources will go further than one who already has everything but isn’t doing anything.  (I can’t say the same for a lot of people, and to be perfectly honest that includes me.)

One other thing that makes her more beautiful is her kind and humble character.  Bino A. Realuyo in his Huffington Post article said it best:

For you, kindness is more important than ambition. The crown can wait, a human touch can’t… Before you even start your Miss Universe voyage, your legacy in humility is already being written… You have reminded us in the past twenty-four hours to search within and elevate our human values against angry mobs. You have transformed a beauty pageant of glitter, appearances, and high-heeled logic into a pageantry of virtues and human decency. You have taught us already to never give up on our dreams and move forward with grit. You are showing the world what it means to be a daughter of the global village, and how she must carry herself on the ashes of controversy. But most of all, your triumph is embedded in your humility, a message so desperately needed in a global village that keeps getting battered by hubris, impulsive reactions, and lack of self-awareness.

I’m a convert; you have a fan in me, Pia!  I wish only the best for you.  Please continue to inspire and positively influence not just your fans but all of us who appreciates a bright spark in a world that can grow so dark.  In a time when we need more good people in this world, it’s nice to know that you’re at the forefront of where you’re called to be now.

Pia, you are a woman who is truly confidently beautiful with a humble heart!


Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

PowerShell Management of Built-In Modern Apps

December 23, 2015 Leave a comment

The built-in Modern Apps that came with Windows 10 can’t be uninstalled easily.  However you can uninstall and reinstall these apps via PowerShell session.


  • Uninstalling Modern Apps that don’t work / got corrupted for some reason cannot be repaired by uninstalling and then reinstalling them.  If an app isn’t already working before you uninstall it, then it will still not work after reinstalling it – at least, that’s from my experience.
  • Actions done to uninstall and then reinstall Modern Apps in one user profile account don’t impact other user profile accounts.  In other words, the scope of the PowerShell commands used was just for the currently signed-in user.

The command to list all Modern Apps installed for a user profile account is as follows.

get-appxpackage | select name, packagefullname

The key command here is get-appxpackage; you pipe the output of this command into a readable format just listing the name and full package name of all apps in a user profile account.

Obtain the exact package name of the Modern App first.  Examples:





Built-in Modern Apps cannot be uninstalled from the Settings > System > Apps & features section, so the only way to remove it is through PowerShell.  The command to uninstall a particular Modern app is as follows; the full package name needs to be specified as in the example here that removes the Photos app.

Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos_15.1208.10480.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe

The command to reinstall a Modern App is as follows; the full package name needs to be specified, as well as a few other parameters needed.

Add-AppxPackage -register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\[PackageFullName]\appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode

Note that this is the location of the app’s manifest file that describes the package to be installed.

C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\[PackageFullName]\appxmanifest.xml

The following is an example to reinstall the Photos app:

Add-AppxPackage -register “C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Windows.Photos_15.1208.10480.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe\appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode


Euphoric Moments

December 22, 2015 4 comments

Nothing lasts forever… but this is getting good now! – Taylor Swift, Wildest Dreams

I’ve been thinking about the country’s very recent win in the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.  The effort that Pia Wurtzbach put in, the help that she got to make it this far, and especially the way she eventually won the crown, is something that will be a topic of discussion for some time to come.  She deserved to win; she made her country so proud of her.

As a nation, now is the time for us to relish such a joyous occasion.

This of course got me thinking about the “bigger picture in life” to this story.

Enjoy the euphoria while it lasts.  It’s certainly a wonderful feeling while you have it, and you deserve to savor every minute that you have it.  If it were only possible to hold on to ecstatic moments forever, then such would obviously be great, but that’s not how the world works.  Once the amazing feeling fades away – and it will fade away sooner than you would want it to – it’s back to the daily grind of everyday life.  You might have to go back to something that isn’t glamorous at best, but if that’s where you need to be and what you need to do, then you should be there and just do it.

It’s sad that good times eventually come to an end, but such is part of life.  Ironically, life wouldn’t be as exciting and as colorful if every time was always a happy moment, devoid of any angst and struggle, for the latter gives us a reason, even an inspiration, to do something to make things in our lives, and consequently in our world, better.

What makes the end of a euphoric moment even more heartrending is if it’s because of someone, and not an event or thing.  Some people come into your life, but never really leave your heart.  When it’s their time to go, as eventually everyone will do, for whatever reason, they leave a large gap that can never be refilled; the best that anyone can do is to cope and move on.  For what it’s worth, be grateful that at least both your paths crossed in your lifetimes.  And who knows, someday you might see each other again.

Exhilarating moments don’t last forever.  The fact that such are fleeting is what makes it so special and thus something worth cherishing.  Thus, enjoy the moment for as long as it lasts.  And when it’s finally over, don’t worry – God wants all of us to be happy, and so we can keep our hopes up that somehow, somewhere, someday, there will always be a next time.

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy