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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Exhibition and talks on Astrology in the Philippines

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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.

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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,
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