The year 2009 may be described in terms of the plans and preoccupation of the people. In the Philippine social context, the 2010 elections, economic difficulties, corruption, and the drive for charter change are among the prominent issues that will be in the limelight.
A look into these issues in terms of the actors involved brought to mind an interesting theme: shapin' up, holdin' on. On one hand, a group of people is quite busy preparing for an electoral exercise. On the other hand is a group of people dreading the approach of the exercise and their descent to oblivion.
The year 2009, it seems, will be a year for hardworking individuals and organizations. Those who want to grab power and those who want to stay in power.