Water snake good for government top 3 ‘rats’


The cautious and the wise water snake will slither through the new year most likely to bring an “intimate and passionate” love life to the country’s bachelor leader if he finds it, according to a feng shui consultant.

The Year of the Water Snake, which officially holds sway from Feb. 10, 2013, to Jan. 30, 2014, also augurs prosperity for the government especially with three of its top officials—President Aquino, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. born under the Year of the Rat.

“The Rat is one of the prosperous sign for the Year of the Water Snake… and if you have three Rats under one roof, it’s super lucky!,” said  Dr. Andy Tan in a phone interview on Sunday.

It will also likely bring good fortune to banking and finance, real estate and property development, and even to sari-sari stores or carinderias (eateries), said Tan.

Tan has been practicing for more than 20 years feng shui, an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of heaven and earth to help improve one’s life by receiving positive energy (qi).

During the Water Snake’s reign, the country will continue to experience progress and abundance amid the festering fiscal crisis in the United States and financial market meltdown in Europe if good governance is sustained and the public-private partnership (PPP) projects is fully implemented.

“These factors will provide us with a beautiful economic forecast for the new year,” said Tan. An accelerated government spending and a boost in consumer purchasing power will also lift the country’s credit ratings, he added.

Not great for Binay


The new year won’t be exactly great for Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was born in the Year of the Horse—the “contrapelo” of the Rat sign in the Chinese zodiac and whose compatibility with the Water Snake is “merely average,” Tan said.

But 2014, which is the Year of the Wood Horse, will be another story for Binay, said Tan.

As 2013 progresses, the Rat’s luck will start to wane and this will most likely affect Mr. Aquino’s approval rating, which is expected to gradually slump after the midterm elections in May.

But the mysterious and careful Water Snake will allot the President room for a “very exciting and very intimate” romance in the third quarter of its reign—from August to October.

Passionate love

If he manages to get hitched in the last quarter, from November to January, he will have a “very passionate” love life, Tan said.

“If he doesn’t get hitched in 2013, it’s not advisable to marry in the next two years because the energy is low,” he said.

“So the best time for him to get married is toward the end of 2013… and if he can marry someone born in the year of the Monkey or Dragon, it will be a jackpot. He will be very happy and everything will be positive,” Tan added.

Tan also said that the brewing coup in the Senate against Enrile could succeed. Enrile’s hold on the upper chamber will highly depend on the outcome of the May elections, which are expected to become a season of balimbings (turncoats), ahasan (betrayal) and nepotism.

All about popularity

According to his forecast, the administration-led Liberal Party will win only at least four seats in the Senate while its rival, the United Nationalist Alliance will score five to six seats.

Unfortunately, the wisdom and careful planning of the Water Snake will have no influence in politics, especially in the coming elections in the absence of “a good basket of candidates,” said Tan.

“Like the Snake, the people will supposedly think but the majority of the voters belong to Class E. So there’s not much wisdom [at play]…it’s all name recall and popularity vote,” he said.

There is nothing much to expect from the national elections but he said the local balloting would be hotly contested, noisy and festive “with a little violence but not much bloodshed.”

Low energy for GMA

The stars won’t align yet this year for former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The Pig, Arroyo’s animal sign, has the lowest energy in the Year of the Water Snake.

“Based on my personal reading, her health will continue to deteriorate and she will be defeated if the charges will be pursued against her,” said Tan. But she could be spared “out of mercy” due to her health, he added.

Good for households

Generally, the new year will be good for Filipinos. Households will experience an increased cash flow, particularly during the election season, which could continue later in the year if the government pushed through with its infrastructure projects.

Big businesses like banking and finance, and real estate and property development will run smoothly in the Year of the Water Snake.

Water refilling

For enterprising Filipinos, they can reap good fortune in businesses related to consumer products, haute couture as well as landscape and floral designing.

But plans to invest in a water refilling station should be put on hold. “That’s too much water,” Tan said.

Ordinary entrepreneurs may also want to explore the gaming industry, which is expected to provide fertile opportunities when it booms this year, he added.

Small sari-sari stores and carinderias are expected to do well this year. “No need for franchising food businesses which is just a waste of money. Go for homemade products, which will make money because the people have money to spend on food and services,” said Tan.


Attend happy occasions

For those whose animal signs are not compatible with the Water Snake, especially the Pig and the Tiger, they are advised to attend happy occasions like baptism and wedding, and skip funerals and visiting the sick in hospitals for a balanced “yin and yang.”

Those born under these animal signs are also advised to hold on to their cash instead of investing in any business.

But there is good news for these apparently luckless batch. Tan said they could counter their misfortunes not with expensive lucky charms but by what he called “inner charm”—prayers, hard work and perseverance.

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  • ztefertilizerscam9

    3 SNAKES

    • filosopotasyo


    • abner


  • ganggreenny

    “feng shui consultant”….  This is tabloid materail. Why is this a front page story ? Why is the Inquirer disseminating this kind of non-sense ? 

  • dodong1

    Tatlong ahas kakainin lahat yung daga…ha ha ha ha

  • rogerlio


  • catmanjohn

    Considering that China is one of the most disaster prone nations on earth, and they seem to be cursed, their fung shui should be taken as such. If anyone has anyone seen how depressing and sterile their environment is with their cheap fluorescent lighting, sickly green walls, and skanky smells, one would think that any thing they claim, the opposite would be advisable. Let us hope that the ‘Natural’ ways will prevail, where the Year of the Snake will have these politician rats running for their lives. May the Love of Jesus Christ our Saviour bless all those who seek his path in 2013.

  • disqusted0fu

    If its going to be a good year for the 3 rats mentioned, that means that it might be another not so good year for the Philippines

    • abner

       diba 3 kings??

  • nti_boohaya

    Election nanaman kaya headline siguro:  “Water snake good for Crocs in government”

  • chuggy

    Horoscopes and feng shui are for gullible idiots. I don’t understand how educated people could possibly place their faith in such mindless superstition.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_65YVCO7CYSN3KFOZNSOGUGYMVA jdg

    galit na galit tayo sa chinese pero ito naniniwala kayo sa mga feng shui horoscope at iba pa na imbento ng mga intsik. just work hard  and save minimize your expenses, wag palit ng palit ng cellphone every year, wag gawing laro ang texting at gamitin sa importanteng messages, matutong magluto ng pagkaing bahay imbis na kain ng kain sa labas, kung mamili bumili nga kailangan lang bawasan ang display sa bahay, ang problema sa pinoy ang mayaman ay kuripot ang nagkukuwaring mayaman ang magastos.

    • KapitanBagwis

      Oo nga naman :) Korek ka jan friend

    • abner

       galing ah….hehe

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FFVPH2R22XWJ3Z6QOP3WBA6KA4 EC

      May your tribe increase.

    • ever green

      happy new year….

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OKC53SVPRIE3IXH34V7RDHLGQM James

       I agree with JDG’s comments, but take exception to his bigoted statements. 

  • To_Be_Continued

    This story got me confused. Am I reading “news” on ABANTE online? So much space wasted for this kind of trash. This tells you the PDI writer and editor in charge of this story were former avid readers of “Xerex.” and very much titillated to the max by a senseless article  that feeds their imagination.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      fantasy mode.

  • $53950194

    sana nga MALAS para kay BINAY ang taon ng mga AHAS!  

    AHAS???  ay sori po Mr Binay, kapanahunann nyo pala ang taong ito, sorry po sa inyo at sori nalang sa taong bayan!!!!

  • Touch_Me_, Nuts!


  • carlcid

    Why is P-Noy’s love life the focus of attention? Why is there so much fuss about his love life? He’s gay anyway.

    • To_Be_Continued

      you sounded so sure that he is gay. did you go to bed with him? it is the ONLY way to find out para hindi tsismis ang dating. did you enjoy it? so, who now is gay?!?! just asking. happy new year…

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    They will rat everything but after that the water snake will swallow them  to never never land.

    Good riddance.

  • divictes

    Uh-oh… ain’t gonna be a good year for the wheelchair pig…

  • Count du Fount de Cakes

    Animal sign ni GMA = Pig. Hehehehe

  • ever green

    These so called feng shiu experts and geomancers always have an escape clause pagnag””predict” sila…..not so good year for pig and tiger …BUT CAN BE COUNTERED BY …..prayers, hard work and perseverance……..

    • boldyak

      and items that you can buy from them….hahaha..

  • http://www.facebook.com/emmacv1 Emma Custodio Villa

    We are a people who believe in a sovereign God whose grace and mercy blesses us to no end. Why do we even give this kind of senseless article in this premier news paper. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OKC53SVPRIE3IXH34V7RDHLGQM James

     Take Feng Shui suggestions positively: That is, if it predicts something nice for you, walk away happy with the compliment; if it predicts something less than something savory, then take it with a grain of salt, knowing that your future largely depends on you.  Work and pray with a sincere and humble heart, and quite surely things will certainly go your way.  Blessed new year!  

    • nakatutok

      how can we take something positively if it offers READY MADE solutions para maging maswerte or ma-overcome ang malas by BUYING these items???…

  • ben987654321

    for a predominantly christian nation, heck even a muslim in small part, why we even give attention to this CHINESE originated b0llsh!t is beyond me. you’re just giving money and business to those so called feng shui experts and those peddling chinese crap trinkets in the malls. go to a church pray to the ONE who truly matters and your life will all depend on him, not on some stupid frog biuting some stupid fake-gold coin or some other plastic animals

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/O47U7LYPBEKMZEIIUJHAXJJFJA Peehel

      I agree with ben987654321 and with the others with similar comments because of this:

      from Deuteronomy (in Filipino):

      18:9 Pagpasok mo sa lupain na ibinibigay sa iyo ng Panginoon mong Dios, ay huwag kang magaaral gumawa ng ayon sa mga karumaldumal ng mga bansang yaon.18:10 Huwag makakasumpong sa iyo ng sinomang nagpaparaan sa apoy ng kaniyang anak na lalake o babae, o nanghuhula o nagmamasid ng mga pamahiin o enkantador, o manggagaway,18:11 O enkantador ng mga ahas, o nakikipagsanggunian sa mga masamang espiritu, o mahiko, o sumasangguni sa mga patay.18:12 Sapagka’t sinomang gumagawa ng mga bagay na ito ay karumaldumal sa Panginoon: at dahil sa mga karumaldumal na ito ay pinalalayas sila ng Panginoon mong Dios sa harap mo.

      • generalproblem

        ang the best na example na intsik na umalis sa paniniwala na ito ay yung may ari ng sioland. sya ay natauhan dahil ang lagi daw na sinuswete kada magpapa fung shui sya ay yung fung shui master. sya ngayon ay isa nang christian at hindi na naniniwala sa kaugaliang intsik.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LJVSZRQ7PBVINM5F6LL2HRURKA Rinaanir

    Mali ata ang pagkasort out ng mga balita ngayon ah. Sa Inquirer Libre ata dapat lalabas to eh. Hehehe.

  • Dieserweg

    How can this year be any good to the country when it continually refers to pagan calendar courtesy of China.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DRXM5DJDBWNZ6FEPZDIJYIATNA Billy Mosende

      what so pagan about the scientific lunar calendar?  ….helloooooo!?

      • boldyak

        feng sui is scientific???????

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    I will not be surprised if Madam Auring  or her likes will run for seat in the senate soon.

  • Don Dee

    Taena pungsuy. Ano ba Inquirer?! Nakakabobo ang mga ganitong article. Kung meron kayong suggestion para sa business, why not interview an entrepreneur or business expert. Kung politics, e di political scientist. Ano ba tong pungsoy bullshit na ito? Dapat ba talagang paniwalaan ang mga “expert” na ito? Mas mabuti pa siguro, next new year, mag interbyu kayo ng mga taong grasa at tanungin nyo opinyon nila about politics and economics sa new year. It makes as much sense as interviewing these “experts”.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DRXM5DJDBWNZ6FEPZDIJYIATNA Billy Mosende

      sige, simulan mo mismo mag-interview ng taong grasa – yun tulad ng sabi mo taena …tapos, gawa ka ng analysis …hihi

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Inquirer, efeature nga ninyo ang mga buhay ng mga pungsuyero please. Super yaman na ba sila dahil kung mag predict eh akala mo alam na alam nila.
    Again for a change, pungsuyero naman.

    • boldyak

      lahat ng feng sui consultants ay nagbebenta ng feng sui items, kaya sigurado mayayaman na…hahaha

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/O47U7LYPBEKMZEIIUJHAXJJFJA Peehel

    We need to educate our children at an early age about Christian way of life so that if ever they will pursue a career in journalism, they will not write an article like this. This kind of beliefs or culture that is destroying the foundation of the Christian church and our society is now embracing this culture more and more. This culture from china is becoming successful in infiltrating of our religious practices. There are these merchants that are capitalizing from our faith that we tend to buy religious articles and images from them even though they are non-believers of Christianity or worst their government prohibits the practice of Christianity. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DRXM5DJDBWNZ6FEPZDIJYIATNA Billy Mosende

      you are making a comment on a subject that you are obviously NOT knowledgeable of.  now you sound $tuPlD….tsk…tsk…tsk

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/O47U7LYPBEKMZEIIUJHAXJJFJA Peehel

        Don’t allow yourself to be an example of a living proof that anti-Christ practices were embraced already.

  • boldyak

    ang feng sui ay ginawa ng mga chinese para may bibili sa mga pinaggagawa nilang mga kung ano ano…naniniwala ako na yayaman ka sa feng sui, KUNG ang business mo ay pabbebenta ng mga fensui items…hahahaha

  • boldyak

    dadami ang water snakes sa pinas kasi palaging baha…hahaha

    • bugoybanggers

      Hinihintay ko ang YEAR of the CROCODILE.. Siguro nga naman sa PILIPINAS na taon taon talaga YEAR of the CROCODILE.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HUBZQT7WKGEBIJNEV6VVWRCZ34 Mr

    Headline News ba talaga ‘to??? Parang tabloid article, meant para mang-asar lang.

    PDI, serious journalism naman dyan please!

  • nakatutok

    madami pa din talaga nauuto ang Fengshui…saan ka nakakita ng negosyo na sasabihin sa iyo BUMILI ka ng ganito para maging maswerte ka…at kung malas ka sa year na ito, BUMILI ka din ng ganito para maging maswerte!!!!…EITHER WAY KIKITA ANG FENG SHUI ARTIST SA IYO!!!! ha ha ha ha ha…….

  • nakatutok

    yung part na tungkol sa “lovelife”ni PNoy….malabo yun….ang isang lalaki hindi aabot ng 52 years old na walang asawa kung wala siyang IMMATURITY/COMMITMENT issues; or hindi siya BEKI!!!

  • bugoybanggers

    Pang INSTIK lang ito. Bakit ang mga ARABO hindi naniniwala dito pero tuloy naman ang buhay. Tama na nga itong kaletsehang paniniwala! Maka INTSIK at INTSIK lang ang kumikita!

  • entong238

    Ogag ka yata. Balik ka na lang sa tsina at doon mo ipalandakan ang feng shui mo. Paanong good yan sa gobyierno samantalang nakakahiya itong ginawa ni Abnoy na pagtawanan ng UNA ang kanyang awtoridad sa pagiging duwag na ipatupad ang batas sa kumakalaban na gob. pareho kayong intisk ni abnoy kaya uwi na lang kayo sina at ang matapang na walang sinasanto ang maging presidente para umunlad

  • http://www.facebook.com/vilma.samuel.5 Vilma Samuel

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat are we the only Christian country in Asia or the paganised country by Tan’s & Go’s…..2013 is in God’s control and not the Water snake!!

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