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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

Pangarap Mo Bang Magka-Negosyo?

Mahilig ka bang magsulat sa blog? Ito na ang iyong pagkakataon para manalo ng PLDT Cyberya Negosyo. Napakadali lamang manalo kayo bilis- sali na. Sundin lamang ang "contest mechanics."

PLDT KaAsenso Cyberya 

Cyberya Blogger Contest Mechanics:

1. To join, interested and aspiring bloggers must first “like” the PLDT KaAsenso Facebook page, and follow @PLDTCyberya on Twitter for updates.

2. Entrants must then write a blog entry about PLDT Cyberya.
The title and theme of their blog entry must be:
“Why I Want a Cyberya Minigosyo”

3. Entrants must Tweet or post on their Facebook page a link to their blog entry, and tag PLDT Cyberya with the hashtag: #iWantACyberya. For example:
“Cyberya is the perfect way for me to earn extra income, right from home! Read my blog post about it at (link here) #iWantACyberya

4. Entrants will be given until January 6, 2014 to submit their entries, create links to their blog, and create noise for their entries.

5. Blog entries will be shortlisted to 3 Finalists after the deadline of submission of entries on December 10.

6. For the final round, the finalists will have Cyberya unit for two months where they experience running a Cyberya minigosyo, take home all the earnings from it and share their experiences with their readers and fans. They must write a creative and informative blog entry on their experiences of operating the Cyberya mini internet café.

9. Finalists’ entries will be seeded on SNS (Facebook/Twitter), but Finalists may also creatively create more noise for their entries, to increase the Virality score.

10. Only one (1) winner will be picked from the 3 Finalists. The winner will be selected through a combination of virality and content quality.
Their prize will consist of one (1) Cyberya unit, with 12 months FREE Monthly Service Fee for PLDT KaAsenso Broadband Connection.

11. This contest is open only to Filipino bloggers. Employees of PLDT, its third-party suppliers, and their relatives up to the second degree of relativity and consanguinity are disqualified from joining this contest.

12. No purchase is necessary to enter this contest. Prizes are non-transferable and are not convertible to cash.

Not Just For Kids

The Rumble Yard is a super cool event not only for kids but for the whole family as well. DC Shoes, a skateboarding and action sports brand shoes teamed up with ResToeRun for an action filled weekend at Solenand 2 in Nuvali. The event gave the kids a firsthand experience of the DC urban lifestyle and to introduce cool kicks to them.

The first Rumble Yard was held last December 7-8 at Solenand 2- Nuvali, Laguna and has a sequel on February 1-2 in Trinoma, Quezon City. DC Brand Associate Edilyn Yu said, "We want to embody the fun, active and exciting lifestyle of the youth today and join them as well through Rumble Yard." She added that, "There's an energetic side in all of us, from parents down to the kids, and this is what we wish to relive through the fun-filled weekend."

"The idea of putting up an action-packed event came to us as we wanted kids to enjoy the same quality time they have with their parents as they enter ResToeRun and we wanted to bring them out of the store and into a playground made especially for them," shared Dale Camandang, ResToeRun's Marketing Officer.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

SMART To Offer iPad Air & Latest iPad Mini

SMART announced that the latest iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular and iPad mini with Retina display with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be offered to subscribers soon. These new range of iPads comes with attractive data plans that will give customers fast connection to LTE network with up to 42 Mbps speed.


Evoluzn ZN 7V & ZN 8P


1. Are you a Tablet PC user?
2. Are you lemming to buy one for your yourself sometime soon?
3. What are the features that you want to see in a tablet that will make you decide you want to buy it?
4. Design
5. Affordability or price range.

Friday, December 6, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: The House of Hades

I've been reading Rick Riordan's books ever since he came out with Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief and I'm glad that my daughter collects the books also. No, I did not influence her with her choice of titles but happy to note that she has a good eye when it comes to books.

For those of you who is not familiar with Hades, he is the Lord of the Underworld a.k.a. Pluto. No, not the pet of Mickey Mouse. Anyways, Hades is the Greek name of Pluto, Pluto is the Roman name of Hades. Capisce?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

OOTD: My Not-So-Little Fashionista

Years ago when my daughter Isabel was just in Prep 1, people ask her what she wants to be when she grows up. This was her answer then- A fashion designer. Okay! That was weird since I am a bit conservative when it comes to my outfits and most often just wore what's readily available on the closet even if it doesn't match- hahaha. My hubby's like that also.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

PARENTING 101: Who's Itchy?

As far as I can remember, we've been patronizing this brand of "anti-itchy" cream because my daughter always seem to have a red insect bite on her arm or leg. Its not that she rolls on the floor or something but maybe because she just smells nice to be bitten.

Anyways, she happen to wake up in the middle of the night the other day and there were red marks on her arms and legs. She shares our bed so I don't really have any idea why she gets this bite marks on her when we don't. As usual, I gave her the "anti-itchy" cream which she generously spread on the red spots in her body.

Then early this morning, I remembered to ask her about her bite marks and if she was itchy again last night since I came home late. She happily told me that all the red marks are gone thanks to the Virgin Coconut Oil that her Dad gave her. Huh?!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

EVENT: Cinemajam


It starts with a clear vision. Crizal Transitions, the world’s leading Photochromic lens and World Vision, the global charity helping underprivileged children achieve a brighter future through education, have the same goal – to make the world a better place.

Crizal Transitions lenses combine leading technologies to provide the superior clarity of vision that optimizes physical mobility and skills, allowing an individual to perform at his best every day. Likewise, through its highly laudable educational and healthcare programs, World Vision provides every needy child the skills and physical security he needs to grow up to be a self-fulfilled and productive member of society.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dance For Health: Healthway Medical Celebrates 16 Years

Movement means a lot of thing. It can be interpreted as motion, action, or progress. In this case, movement is about looking back and pushing forward as the country's trusted and most preferred network of mall-based clinics celebrate's its 16th anniversary the right way with the "Dance for Health, A Healthy Way to Live" dance battle.

And Glorietta 3 in Makati City becomes that battleground as the top 3 finalists from the competing schools shows of their dance prowess. Of course, not to be left behind are the finalist from the corporate division. It was really an exciting event, full of adrenalin pumping moves from the finalists. Even the audience are all worked up and swayed with the beat.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Who Loves Pokemon?

Last November 16, I had the privilege to meet-and-greet Mr. Kenjiro Ito, the President of The Pokemon Company along with Mr. Susumu Fukunaga, Pokemon Movie Executive Producer at the presscon in Fairmont & Raffles Hotel in Makati.

SM Sta Mesa Heralds In The Christmas Cheer

Christmas is for children so what better way to begin the Christmas Festivities at SM Sta Mesa than inviting some Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders (PSOD) children along with their families for a short program, putting up the "star" on the Christmas Tree and of course, gift giving and some sweet snacks to cap off the event.

Sleeping In Comfort And Style

Last November 14, The Kensington Collection by Uratex Premium Mattress was launched at the Our Home, SM Megamall Branch.

Experience "majestic" sleep with the Kensington Collection by Uratex Premium Mattress

Kensington is a district west of London, England known for its elegant and opulent properties, with Kensington High Street as its commercial center and Notting Hill as one of its most famous areas.

With Kensington's widely renowned regal appeal that has captured the attention of visitors from all over the world, it thus became the inspiration for the latest and most majestic premium mattress collection from Uratex, the Philippines' largest manufacturer of commercial and automotive polyurethane foam products- the Kensington Collection by Uratex Premium Mattress- as a response to modern Filipinos' discriminate bedding needs.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

ANIME REVIEW: Le Portrait de Petit Cossette

This is an old anime OVA (original video anime) that was shown in 2004 in Japan. This 3 episode series was also shown in the U.S.A. and Canada in 2007 and 2008 respectively. The Anime Cartoon Network added the series to its list in 2010. Source:

The poster is nice also, it made me think of Victorique de Blois in Gosick.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

SALE ALERT: This is For Book Lovers

I've always love reading books and I grew up in a home literally filled with books that one day, my father and mother decided to open up a library in our province simply because our house was overflowing with books. And now that I have a family of my own, the scenario is still the same. Hubby loves books, daughter loves books and I love books. Going to the mall for us is not complete without going to the bookstore and buying a book, or two, or three.

So here's the exciting part, everyone is invited to the warehouse sale of National Bookstore this coming November 14-19, 2013. I always have fond memories of my previous NBS sale especially if I happen to find a title that I really, really like and that it costs like P100 or even less.

Friday, November 8, 2013

ASUS Unveils T100 with Detachable Tablet Display

Last November 5, ASUS invited both members of the media and ASUS partners to Club Haze for the formal launch of the Transformer Book T100, a 2-in-1 ultraportable laptop with a detachable 10 inch tablet HD display. Powered by the latest Intel Atom 'Bay Trail' quad-core processor and that can be used as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet. With a slim design and durable finish, Transformer Book is not only one of the lightest laptops currently available at just 1.07kg, but also one of the lightest 10-inch tablets around, at 550g.

Just 10.5mm thin, Transformer Book's tablet display features IPS technology for wide 178-degree viewing angles. Its lightweight keyboard dock has precision-engineered keys for comfortable extended use, plus a large multi-touch touchpad with full Windows 8 gesture support.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Make Friends With Paktor

Making friends is not that easy for some but with the help of Paktor, it is not impossible anymore. All you have to do is download the Paktor app and register. Simple as 1-2-3. 

It is on this note that Paktor, the newest name in social networking, was developed. Launched in mid-June of 2013, Paktor is the brainchild of Joseph Phua and co-founders Christopher D’Cruz and Charlene Koh. A user-friendly app that allows people with similar interests to connect with one another, Paktor is built on the principles of locality, usability, and anonymity.

The first thing a Paktor user will notice when signing up is how easy it is to do so. Unlike other apps that require users to fill-up several fields of personal information, Paktor allows you to sign in directly through your Facebook account, without having to modify any of your existing information. All it takes is a simple two-click, 15-second process for new users to immediately browse for new friends. Additionally, those who have doubts about logging in through Facebook can be rest assured that Paktor will never post on your behalf on your Facebook wall, or require you to manipulate anything in your account.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dell Latitude Series

Dell recently unveiled the Latitude Ultrabooks and Laptop Series at K-Pub in Bonifacio Global City. The well attended event highlighted the Latitude 7000 Series Ultrabooks, Latitude 5000 Series and Latitude 3000 Series Laptops. The Laptop Series are available with touch display options, leading the way for business touch devices that enable better interaction with customers, enhanced student engagement, improved patient care, and collaboration among knowledge workers.

"These exciting new additions to the Latitude line provide our commercial customers what they've been asking for by bringing touch capability to the workspace at desirable price points," said Christopher Papa, country manager, Dell Philippines. "The new Latitude 7000 Series builds on the success of the award-winning XPS and Latitude 643ou to redefine the corporate laptop, complete with security, manageability, reliability, and beautiful design. And with the Latitude 5000 and 3000 Series, we've addressed the needs of today's dynamic workforce by enabling easy entry into business-class computing."

Sunday, October 13, 2013

PTT's CEO Wisarn Chawalitanon Planted the 10,000th Tree in Morong, Bataan

Barely three months after its first tree-planting activity, PTT Philippines Corp's ennvironmental campaign has achieved its goal to plant 10,000 tree for this year with the third leg of its "Gas Up for A Tree" planting activity Friday at the denuded portion of the Bataan National Park (BNP) in Morong town.

Smart 4G LTE Leads In Coverage

Wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is expanding further its fourth-generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) network which already has  over 1,000 sites covering 180 cities and municipalities, including  Metro Manila, as well as areas in North Luzon, South Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

LTE is currently the fastest commercially available 4G wireless broadband service.  Smart introduced LTE in the Philippines in August 2012 and has since been rolling out the service in more areas of the country.

Smart is the only operator to provide 4G LTE coverage  for mobile users in Caloocan, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, Pateros and Valenzuela.

Smart is also the only network to offer 4G LTE services in key areas in Albay, Bataan, Batangas, Benguet, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Mindoro Oriental, Pangasinan, Quezon and Zambales.

Moreover, Smart is the sole 4G LTE provider in Capiz, Iloilo, Leyte and Negros Oriental in the Visayas, and Misamis Oriental and Zamboanga Del Sur in Mindanao.

“Our 4G LTE rollout is the cutting edge of our wireless broadband offerings. This technology platform offers our subscribers the best high-speed, multi-media mobile internet experience," said Rolando G. Peña, head of technology services at PLDT and Smart.

"If we count as well our HSPA+ and Wi-Max services,  Smart offers the most extensive wireless broadband coverage for both fixed and mobile applications.  All of these services are powered by superior fiber optic transmission network of PLDT and Smart, which is the most powerful and pervasive in the country," he added.

Moreover, Smart is upping the ante by being the first to conduct tests of LTE Advanced,  the next stage of development of LTE. In the past three months, the mobile operator   has already tested LTE Advanced in Manila, Davao City and Boracay, Aklan.

"LTE Advanced is capable of delivering data speeds of from 200 to 700 mega bytes per second  (Mbps). This will open up new possibilities for mobile internet service, especially in multi-media and video applications," Pena said.

Smart’s expanded  4G LTE coverage is supported by the domestic fiber optic cable network of PLDT and Smart which is now over 71,000 kilometers long, as well as PLDT's extensive international cable networks. [END]
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

VoiceBlast: Its For Everyone

Last October 2, VoiceBlast was launched and introduced to the blogging community with an intimate merienda cena at Zarzuela Restaurant at the East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Mr. Rafael Pekson II, VP and Chief Marketing Officer of GoAutoDial Inc., along with Media Partner W@HPINAS hosted the event and introduced VoiceBlast to the guests.

VoiceBlast, a unique customer contact, browser based, cloud or web app that allows small and medium enterprises (SMEs), large enterprises, entrepreneurs, independent professionals, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, contact centers, and practically any type of for-profit and non-profit group to send short sales spiels, marketing messages, survey questions, relevant advises or notices, important announcements, and even emergency broadcasts to its customers or members using the best medium since the world began – the human voice. In return, organizations using VoiceBlast can get immediate customer responses to close the sale, and statistical data to measure its sales, marketing, service or support campaigns.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Global Visas - Making Dreams Come True

Have you ever tried getting a work visa but felt so overwhelmed with the requirements and procedures that when you finally reached the in-person interview, you felt you gave a bad impression? Or even worst, has your visa application been rejected because you lack the necessary requirements? The steps to obtain a visa are tedious; the requirements are extensive. Each person's situation is different and there is no proper explanation or a single document, certificate, or letter which can guarantee visa issuance.

But with all these complexities and uncertainties, why do Filipinos leave the country in the first place? Why spend so much money applying for a visa when there’s an oft chance that their visa application might be rejected? The simple truth is that Filipinos have more job opportunities abroad. Other countries pay better and provide better benefit. The minimum wage in the Philippines is quite low compared to other countries while local companies do not compensate their employees well. There are also those workers who do not find their salaries enough to sustain them and their families. It is for this reason that Filipinos travel out of the country in order to get better compensations.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Relient K at The Ayala Malls

Last September 26, Relient K was presented to the media and bloggers alike by the Ayala Malls team. The meet-and-greet event was at the Roof Deck of Holiday Inn Makati. It was explained to us that an old hand-me-down car by one of the band members was the inspiration of the band's name. Cool, right?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nintendo Kid

I grew up playing Nintendo. It used to be called- "Game & Watch" back then and one game is one unit. So if you want to play three different games, you need to buy all three units. Famous game back then was Donkey Kong.

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I can't remember the game called "Ball," which happen to be the first photo but I remember playing "Parachute." There were others as well like- Egg, Octopus, Fireman, etc. Then Nintendo came up with the double screen version and the mini game & watch. 

A lot of adults now (like me) grew up playing those games and now, new and improved versions of the Nintendo are being played by our children. There's the Gameboy, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, etc. 

Then I happen to read this in the news today that Mr. Hiroshi Yamauchi, who used to managed the company passed away. You can read the article -- here. He is the force behind the success of our much love game. Rest in Peace, Mr. Yamauchi.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Daniel Matsunaga: Gatsby Aqua Ambassador

Last September 13, Gatsby Philippines launches its latest line, the Gatsby Deodorant Aqua at The SM Makati. From the way I see it, a lot of girls pulses were rising especially when Daniel Matsunaga came on stage and was announced as the ambassador for the Gatsby Deodorant Aqua.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ultimart and Liliw Shopping Challenge

Sundays for me are usually reserved for my family, waking up late and eating brunch together then going to the church and mall afterwards. But today- I, along with 11 other bloggers were treated to a Food & Cultural Tour hosted by The Aristocrat Group which also includes a 30-minute shopping challenge at Ultimart in San Pablo City and Liliw, Laguna respectively.

It is my first time to join this kind of event and have a chance to bond and get-to-know my fellow bloggers. The long trip was filled with tales and laughter (and food), some trivia and gossip, and all the things that happen during a fieldtrip ride including taking a nap, bumpy roads, and traffic. But it was really fun.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: City Of Bones

Years ago, I used to choose what books are suitable for my daughter to read. Now, its the other way around. She's been bugging me for ages to read --- City of Bones even before the movie. I think she read all four books and is waiting for the last installment. Then she and her ninang scheduled a movie date for City of Bones but it didn't push thru since the Metropolis was flooded with moonsoon rains and her ninang lives in Cavite. Luckily, one of her BFFs lives nearby so they scheduled a movie date- chaperoned by her friend's mom and achie.

At last, I have found the time to read the book and I can say I'm hooked. I'm now reading the second installment. But will talk about the City of Bones first.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

SEAIR International Re-launches Flights to Caticlan

Great news for Boracay beach lovers! SEAIR International (SEAIR) announces the re-launch of your favourite flights to Boracay. 
            SEAIR's Manila - Caticlan flights will feature an innovative premium boutique service offering a unique passenger experience.
            The brand that pioneered commercial flights to Boracay in 2005, is back to offer premium services with fast and stress-free travel to the island using state-of-the-art Dornier 328 aircraft. 
            SEAIR passengers will enjoy exclusive lounge access at the Manila Domestic Airport Terminal 4, where services such as VIP concierge check-in, superior baggage handling, snack and beverage services are complimentary.
            “We are delighted to re-launch our Boracay flights, with premium travel services to be enjoyed exclusively by SEAIR passengers. This is just a first step towards SEAIR’s goal to provide luxurious, comfortable and value for money travel to Boracay” said SEAIR’s Mr. Patrick Tan.
            SEAIR uses the Dornier 328 aircraft on its Manila- Caticlan flights. It is the fastest, most advanced jet-prop, and the latest in a long line of technologically-innovative aircraft manufactured by Germany-based Dornier. The aircraft enables SEAIR to offer the fastest flights from Manila to Caticlan at just 35 minutes. It has a large seat pitch with a feel of a big jet and is designed with more interior volume per passenger than the 100+ seater Boeing 737. Dornier 328s are capable to perform Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) and is ideal for the small runway of Caticlan.

            To find out more about the new and exciting services, we invite you to visit at the Philippine Travel Mart, Booth No. 1200 Hall 1 SMX Convention Center, Pasay City on September 06 to 08 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily. For Boracay flight reservations, visit or call 849-0100. Please like the SEAIR Facebook fan page at www.facebook/flyseair for updates on promotions and new routes.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Introducing SmartConcept


SmartConcept launches “Affiliate Marketing Program”

To help curb unemployment or provide additional income to Filipinos

With the idea of having more Filipinos earn a decent livelihood amid a strong yet still largely volatile local economy and rising unemployment numbers, SmartConcept, Inc., one of the country’s fast-rising direct advertising and marketing companies, launched today a marketing program that hopefully will bring good news to many Filipinos who are unemployed or even those who want to supplement their income.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

FAME's Bloggers Night

FAME or Friendly Alliances and Media Expressions Inc., a 10-year old publishing company that started out from a doctor’s passion to write and spread health-awareness throughout the Philippines, is the creator of first rate lifestyle magazines H&LDiabetEASETravelPlus and ZEN Health, and newsletters Vital Signs,Urban Scroll and Baby on Board.

Last month, FAME invited tons of bloggers to a party aptly named-- Blogger's Night" which featured FAME's brands and corporate partners. The party was held at Arts in The City in Bonifacio Global City.

We bloggers were pampered that night, not only with food and music but with tons and tons of prizes as well.

Trianon International Inc. They supply herbal products that is readily available in pharmacies nationwide.

Restylane sponsored a beauty enhancement package as one of the major prizes that night. Lucky winner!

Actually, aside from the raffle, everyone didn't go home empty handed because each participating booth gave out its own loot bag, not to mention the loot bags from FAME after the program ended. We were really pampered. Thank you, FAME!

The beauties of Shinagawa. This Japanese leading beauty care gave us products that costs more than PhP2,500. Thank you, thank you. I'm very happy with the items you gave us. :)

Mr. Godfrey Santos of FAME Inc., giving the closing remarks.

IiP Symposium: HR Standard for Improving Business Performance

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IiP Symposium presents the HR Standard for Improving Business Performance

Investors in People (IiP) Philippines, in collaboration with Breakthrough Leadership, is mounting the very first IiP Symposium in the Philippines to make the Investors in People Standard accessible to organizations who aims to improve their business though people strategy. The IiP Symposium will be held on September 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the SGV Hall of AIM Conference Center, Makati City.

Investors in People is the world-leading best practice quality standard for people management. It works for all kinds and sizes of organization. Those that use the Standard improve their results, including revenue, profit, productivity and customer satisfaction. In transforming business performance, Investors in People can help organizations develop effective strategies, execute them and review the results!

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Saviour (Ang Tagapagligtas) at The 13th Gwangju International Film Festival

On September 1, 2013, the Indie Film- Ang Tagapagligtas is this year's entry to the 13th Gwangju Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea. The story is about a man who is known as Kristong Hari in his neighborhood and who walks on foot every year during the procession of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo. 

Faith and Armageddon
text and photos by Boy Villasanta

My new documentary film, “Ang Tagapagligtas (The Savior)” tells of a megalomaniac impersonator of Christ the King, the seventy four-year old Lauro Gonzales who conveniently left his comfort zone three decades ago to fulfill his promise of saving the world from decay and destruction as he was, according to him, possessed by the Black Nazarene of Quiapo Church in the city of Manila.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

GARAGE Anniversary Ball 2013

GARAGE celebrates five stylish years!

GARAGE held a fashion ball in REPUBLIQ last August 29 in celebration of its fifth anniversary. The event was attended by the most stylish denizens of the metro eager to see the reunion of the men's style magazine's best-dressed list for the past years as well as this year's roster.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Feminine Confidence

Just the other day, I received a gift pack of pH Care Feminine Wipes for product review. I must say that the timing was perfect because I have my "monthly visitor" that time and its really uncomfortable especially when I ran errands the whole day. 

Feeling clean and fresh is a must for me and this wipes helped a lot. Its like being able to "wash" the feminine area without water that's not really handy especially if you're in the mall, school, grocery, office. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Idyllic Calatagan

Calatagan, Batangas is one of the places here in Luzon that I would love to visit again and again if possible. The journey may be long and tiring but there's excitement upon reaching the place. It has a lot of interesting shoreline, hillside and just plain greens. I also love the fact that there are so many things to discover and do here. The people are also friendly and full of tales.

The Lighthouse of Calatagan also know as: Punta de Santiago, Faro de Santiago, Cape Santiago or even plain "parola." This was constructed in 1890 and was named Punta or Faro de Santiago since it was Don Santiago Zobel who donated the land where it stood. Reference: Calatagan Lighthouse Punta de Santiago

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Ramon Magsaysay Awardees 2013

The Board of Trustee of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) announced that this year three individuals and two organizations from Afghanistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines will receive Asia's premier prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award. The Awardees are:

Ernesto Domingo, from the Philippines. He is being recognized for "his exemplary embrace of the social mission of medical science and his profession, his steadfast leadership in pursuing 'health for all' as a shared moral responsibility of all sectors, and his groundbreaking and successful advocacy for neonatal hepatitis vaccination, thereby saving millions of lives in the Philippines." 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Filipino Students Reigns At The International Math Contest

Our countries math wiz reigns at the International Math Contest held in Singapore last week with a total of 161 medals, beating China's 153 medals who's been on top of the competition for several years.

Read more about it here.

Again, congratulations to the winners especially to the St. Jude Catholic School students. Mabuhay!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

PTT's 2nd Tree Planting at Bataan National Park

PTT revives denuded forest in Bataan; 300 volunteers join 2nd leg of tree-planting

Because of illegal logging, a large part of the forest within the Bataan National Park lost its precious trees. But thanks to PTTPC, DENR, National Commission for Indigenous People, the National Research Council of the Philippines, the Bataan Peninsula State University, Mga Bayani ng Kalikasan, Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), Municipality of Morong, Bataan and Wide Out Technology, the denuded forest is slowly turning green again as 300 volunteers trekked the mountain last July 27 to plant more seedlings.

Excerpts from the Welcome Remarks of PTTPC President and CEO Wisarn Chawalitanon:

Today, we are embarking on yet another worthy undertaking aligned to our vision of helping preserve the environment. It is PTT Philippines' way of giving back to our mother earth and to the Philippines for embracing us become one with the Filipino community.

As everyone knows, PTT is a Thai-owned company that came here in the Philippines not only to do business but is committed to be with Filipino people in nation-building. This led us to create the PTT Philippines Foundation in 2007 for us to take an active role in community development, including the protection and preservation of the environment.

He compared the many similarities of the Filipinos with the Thai and that motivated the PTT group to do business here, as well as push their "Gas Up For A Tree" Project.

Since our launching in May, when we made our first tree-planting activity in this area, we now have close to 1,000 growing trees here. Thanks to our stakeholders and supporters for helping us make this endeavor possible. I am particularly referring to our partners from the national and local government, the NGOs, the Diplomatic Community, our Aeta Brothers from the Magbukun Tribe, all other volunteers including our own employees, and the consumers, especially those motorists who visited our service stations and committed themselves to plant at least one tree for their P1,000 gas up.

Let us continue doing our share for this. Nobody would love our abode. Nobody would love our environment. Nobody would take care of our Mother Earth-- but us. Therefore, it is a great challenge for us to take the lead in protecting and preserving the environment.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Exhibition and talks on Astrology in the Philippines

Viva Manilena
Aug. 15-17 at Lopez Museum

An exciting exhibition and series of talks will be held to commemorate the birth centennial of poet, journalist, publisher, and astrologer Serafin Lanot and to mark the existence of astrology in Philippine culture and history.

"Poetry of Stars: An Overview of Astrology in the Philippines" will be held at Lopez Memorial and Library from Aug. 15-17, 2013

Letter written by former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino to Serafin Lanot.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Himno Nacional Filipino

The Philippine National Anthem In Spanish

I had goosebumps while listening to the original version in Spanish. This was the song that my grandfather used to hum (or so I was told by my aunt) during the pre-war years.

read lyrics after the break ...

A Story That Warms The Heart

I chance upon the story of Emerson Paguia on the internet the other day. His tale is one of determination to achieve one's goals in life and he made it and became successful.

Nowadays, there are people who just simply stop reaching for their goals because life is hard and they eventually give up. But with these kind of stories like that of Emerson Paguia, I think there is the positive message here that thru hard work and perseverance, nothing is impossible.

Read his story here.

"Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest what you haven't planted." - David Bly

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Art Sculptures Await Ironman Champions

The victory of being the strongest and fastest among the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines contenders shall come with an exceptional trophy envisioned by internationally renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue, and crafted by the metal artisans of Suarez and Son.

The trophies feature flowing metal figures, which showcase the three categories in triathlon. These perfectly represent the movement involved in the sport, and each is plated with gold, silver, and bronze. The figures rest on a wooden base for the female division and on a metal base for the male division.

And since this year's Ironman shall be held in Mactan Shangri-La on August 4, it is fitting to showcase the artistry of these world-class Cebuanos through these commemorative prizes.

Kids Activity at The Manila Collectible Co. This August

Want something cool and fun and EDUCATIONAL for your kids this August? Then head off to The Manila Collectible Co. (TMCC) in Intramuros and let your kids join the Archaeological Fun on August 10, Ancient Writing (Baybayin) and Terracotta Painting on August 18, and The Kiddie Codex on August 24. For added details, please get in touch with TMCC at or call 0918-9855830.

The Whale Call Project

Last July 23, The Whale Call Project which was spearheaded by Mr. Gil de Palma, was formally launched at the Mango Tree Cafe in Taguig City. Following the launch was a covenant signing by the Whale Call Project Ambassadors which includes Dr. Lem Aragones, a marine biologist, and Ms. Stephany Stefanowitz, Miss Earth- Air 2012.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

MD Juan: Breathing History Into Life

Does this vehicle look familiar? You may have seen this in old war movies such as South Pacific, a Ricardo Montalban war movie, or Marilyn Monroe visiting soldiers during the Korean War.

Monday, July 1, 2013

I.T. Competition for Intelligent Trip-Planning by the DOTC

July 1, 2013


Manila, Philippines – The launch of the first national transport application (app) development competition led by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will be heldtomorrow2 July 2013, in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Cebu City Government.

In a move to maximize the conveniences made possible by modern technology in delivering its services to the people, the transport agency is opening its database on bus, train, and jeepney routes in Metro Manila, called the Philippine Transit Information Service (PTIS), to the public, via the Philippine Transit App Challenge.

The competition will be a three (3)-month long hack-at-home event – a new trend in the IT community which allows software developers to create apps at their own pace and on their own time, using the same datasets provided to them.  Based on the international experience, hack-at-home events lead to the development of a broad spectrum of apps, many of which were not previously conceived and which give end-users a wide range of products to utilize and enjoy.

“We are very excited about the Challenge and we expect it to bring out a lot of innovation from software developers.  The goal is to create all sorts of apps which will make commuting in Metro Manila much more convenient,” said DOTC spokesperson Migs Sagcal.

The PTIS database contains previously-unavailable data gathered from participating agencies such as the MMDA, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3), the Philippine National Railways (PNR), the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM).

It will contain two (2) kinds of datasets: regularly-updated geographic location and service information on bus, train, and jeepney routes in Metro Manila, as well as live traffic incident data streams in both Metro Manila and Cebu City.

This means that the commuters will now be able to easily check the various routes available to take from one point to another, including how many transfers each route will require, how much fare will be needed, and how much travel time will be involved.  This will allow the public to make better-informed decisions when they plan their trips, resulting in more convenience and efficiency, and a better passenger experience overall.

“The point is to empower the public with better decision-making abilities using our data.  This project stems from government’s effort to look at public service delivery from the viewpoint of the end-user, and to make commuting better for everyone,” Sagcal remarked.

The Philippine Transit App Challenge, which will be open to all interested app developers, will be launched at the Toyota Auditorium of the University of the Philippines’ Asia Learning Center in Diliman, Quezon City, on 2 July 2013 at 9:30am.  More details about the event are available on the competition’s official website,

Sunday, June 30, 2013

DOTC To Make Commuting In Metro Manila More Convenient

June 30, 2013

Manila, Philippines – An exhaustive, two (2)-year effort to gather and organize previously-unavailable data on buses, jeepneys, and trains in Metro Manila has been completed by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), now making it possible for commuters to plan their trips more efficiently and conveniently.

The initiative of building the Philippine Transit Information Service (PTIS) began in 2011, at a time when the Transport agency could not immediately provide certain essential information to commuters, such as the best route to take at a particular time, as well as the travel times involved. 

“The need to gather reliable data at that time in order to deliver convenient and efficient services to the public was immediately recognized and pursued,” explained DOTC spokesperson Migs Sagcal.

Using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, the DOTC gathered data on more than nine hundred (900) bus, train, and jeepney routes.  It also collected useful information such as the fares and amounts of time required to take these various modes of transport.

Following this, the data was organized and analyzed by the DOTC along with other concerned offices such as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), and the Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC).

As a result, it will now be possible to find out what a commuter’s options are to get from one point to another in Metro Manila, what types of transportation and how many transfers will be involved, and how much money and time each option will require.

“Our next step is to make the PTIS accessible to the public.  The intention has always been to use modern technology in empowering people to make well-informed decisions on their commute,” added Sagcal.

The two (2)-year data gathering and analysis effort was made possible by a grant from the World Bank, which also funded a similar project of the Cebu City Government to make its traffic management efforts more advanced.

The DOTC, MMDA, and the Cebu City Government will be hosting a three month-long competition called the Philippine Transit App Challenge along with other government agencies beginning this month, where individuals and groups mainly from the Information Technology (IT) industry will compete to develop applications using the PTIS database, which the public may then use to choose their best routes at any given time.
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