Sunday, March 19, 2006

Aladin: Goodbye and Good Luck



If you're wondering why ABS-CBN correspondent Aladin Bacolodan is not visible on TV these days, it's because he has left his job and his country to go to the land of milk and honey. Aladin's wife got a job as a nurse in Philadelphia. So, our very own war correspondent, best known for his fearless reports of the bombings in General Santos City and the tsunami aftermath in Banda Aceh, has decided to be a "houseband." And he'll definitely be a busy one taking care of his one-year-old daughter while his wife works in the hospital.

I was shocked when I heard the news and confronted Aladin about it. He just said something like, you gotta do what you gotta do. It may be stating the obvious, but when a successful broadcast journalist like Aladin decides to give that all up, then something must be terribly wrong with our country. Still, I wish him well.

Aladin, do remember us when you're rich and famous in Hollywood. :)

23 comments:

kim said...

this is sad. we're continuously losing good citizen's of this country. Pwede bang si GMA na lang ang umalis ng Pinas?! anyways, Nina, sana inde mo na kame ulet iiwan. iwas iwas ka sa mga nurse at baka mapunta ka rin ng US. :D

lawspeak _007 said...

Wala ba si Aladin sa watchlist ni Raul?

ken said...

wow.

so that's why I don't hear him signing off on his reports anymore.

lucky guy.

it's not that easy to go to the US as a nurse, lots of exams to pass, which are not cheap--they're in dollars.

most of my friends are taking up Nursing--you don't earn much here, even when you get to be a manager. being a manager sounds nice, but financially not that good, considering that tuition for a semester is hitting P50 thou. if you have 2 or 3 kids...then tough luck. P150 thou, and you haven't factored in the uniforms, the food, and the transportation.

public school? aside from the UPIS, then Manila Sci or Phil Sci... I'm not married, nor do I have a kid, so I wouldn't know; but my friends don't think the other schools will prepare their kids for entrance to UP or La Salle or Ateneo.

Aladin is right. "You gotta do what you gotta do." my friends are taking up Nursing for their kids. for their future.

there's this saying, "Money can't buy Happiness."

as I get older, I find that wanting in money is a factor in unhappiness.

having money is a good thing, so you don't have to worry about the little things...so you don't have a bad day when the gas prices go up even when world prices go down.

ah, Nina.

twistedman said...

It is really unfortunate that we continue to lose the best and brightest people to other countries. Before it was Jim Peredes and his family, now it's aladin naman. sigh.

twistedman said...

It is really unfortunate that we continue to lose the best and brightest people to other countries. Before it was Jim Peredes and his family, now it's aladin naman. sigh.

ken said...

Nina! ang ganda-ganda mo sa Star Patrol! bagay sa iyo ang gold Chinese dress.

lovely Nina!
:)

jeniperr said...

Sayang naman si Aladin, pero that's okay since he would be more focused on his family now. :)

Anonymous said...

Ah too bad for him naman, kaya pla wala na siya sa Tv patrol. Hay.. life nga naman. I'll miss him, for sure.

jenny said...

hello..pwede tayo exchange links?

Steph said...

Nothing is forever I guess, now we have to move on because life shouldn't just get stuck somewhere there.

ken said...

wow, ganda-ganda ni Nina!

bigay ba ni Mayor ang shirt mo?
:D (joke!)

funny comment, lawspeak_007!

bottomline in this case is survival.

you might be a martyr, but it's hard to make martyrs of your family. especially your kids.

ken said...

Claudine looked so pretty in her wedding gown!

a dream wedding.

but Nina looked as lovely & as radiant as the bride!

so when are we seeing Nina's wedding?
:)

fatfingur said...

Marami ng nagsisialisan sa bansa natin. Bad trip naman kasi ang nangyayari sa bansa natin. Anyway, Nina, I'd just like to say na matagal na kitang crush. Galing mo. Astig!

cawldpley said...

Nina ask ko lang...nasaan na ba si GIGI grande?

nina said...

You can catch Gigi Grande doing in-depth reports for The Correspondents every Monday. Gigi left her reportorial job in the news department and transferred to current affairs almost a year ago, if I'm not mistaken.

ken said...

lovely Nina!

can you post your pic from your coverage of the Raymart-Claudine wedding?

you looked so pretty!
:)

ken said...

pic naman ni Nina sa Yes party!

you look so pretty!

Jennifer said...

With the life in the Philippines today, would anyone still wonder why people decide to live abroad? I believe Aladin made a very good decision, i made the same decision 5 years ago. Now i have my own house here in UK, 2 cars, etc.
Do you think magkakaron ako nyan with my 8,000 pesos salary as a nurse in Pinas?
Don't get me wrong, i love the Philippines nakamiss magkaron ng katulong (hehehe! sa abroad kasi lahat ikaw) pero everytime i watch the news sa TFC, i get mixed emotions, natatakot sa dami ng crime, naaawa at nalulungkot sa hirap ng buhay.
Well to you Aladin, i'm sure you wont need a four leaf clover because i'm sure you'll do just great! GOODLUCK AND GOD BLESS!!!!

ebtg said...

I found his reporting from the quarantined region somewhere up north (Pampanga, is it?) to be not only in-depth and well-informed but utterly courageous just for the sheer bravado of facing a new and fatal disease. Cheers!

Raimon said...

ah.. sad.. :(

Gerremarc Ysalina Cayhao said...

hay naku sana magbalik na ang idol kung si aladin bacolodan, kasi kaya ako nag mass comm dahil magkatulad kami ng diction sa pagrereport ng mga balita...

seguro baka ako din ang papalit sa kanya ....
kaya watch out guys.... and see you soon on tv the new aladin bacolodan or the resurection of young aladin bacolodan of butuan na walang iba

kundi si Gerremarc Ysalina Cayhao

Gemar Cayhao said...

Hi salamat graduate na gyud ko sa SJIT butuan sa aking kursong kinuha na Mass Comm sana ako ang papalit kay Aladin Bacolodan...
the new version
magkatulad kami ng diction
i love documentary report

Anonymous said...

sa jolo sulo doon ang first coverage namin sa mga abusayaft ako po si Gerffccel Gecce Ysalina Cayhao AB Mass Communication Graduate