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Mar 31 2007

Daghang Salamat

Sa Philippine Blog Awards 2007 organizers, nominees, winners, judges, volunteers, bloggers etc,

sana next year manalo na hehehe

daghang salamat!

Mar 31 2007

The 2007 Philippine Blog Awards: Ivan About Town is Best Travel Blog!

Ivan About Town was named Best Travel Blog at 2007 Philippine Blog Awards! I found out about it from text messages of fellow finalists Bikoy and Karlo who were there at the event. It was depressing not being able to attend since I had wanted to meet fellow bloggers whom I’ve known only through their blogs. But it was physically impossible for me to travel from Batangas City to Makati in time for the event.

Again, my heartfelt gratitude goes to the organizers, judges, volunteers and fellow bloggers who made this event a great success! Do let me know when the next Pinoy bloggers’ gathering is. My appreciation goes as well to all of you who take time to read what I have to say. Let’s all travel around the Philippines! It’s such a beautiful country! Thanks again!

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Mar 31 2007

Winning in the Philippine Blog Awards

In 1997, someone told me I’ll never understand FTP. Last night, I won in the best technology blog category in the first-ever Philippine Blog Awards.

What difference a decade makes, huh?

The colleague who told me I won’t be able to grasp FTP probably never meant it as an insult. He was grumbling on being given the added task of sending magazine pages via FTP to the server of a Hong Kong-based company. He was right to grumble, imagine the upload speeds in 1998. I asked him what FTP was and I think he meant it to be a brush-off when he said I wouldn’t be able to understand it.

I’ve gotten more familiar with FTP, among other things, since then.


Mar 31 2007

Blogger goes AWOL

I’m on vacation in Iligan and thus busy playing with my younger siblings. Mostly i played with the youngest. Though i have internet connection here in iligan residence i have time to check emails and read others blog but i hardly have time to write and update my blog. Aside from playing with my younger siblings […]

Mar 31 2007

Of all the things to write about..

I could write about that Jun Ducat-hostage-taking-but-not-quite brouhaha, but that issue got stale fast. I could write about watching watching and listening to Mario Ongkiko (of the ‘Ang Kapatiran’ Political Party, whose three senatorial bets I will vote for, regardless of the stinking fact that they prolly will never make it to Magic 12) speaking candidly on Forum:2007, and shaking my head ‘coz I know the rest of the voting public will never EVER know better than to vote for Gringo, Ping, Chavit, or—gasp—Victor Wood(!). How mature. T-T—Wait, maybe I’ll write about this one but not today, ’cause it’s early morning and I don’t want to get my brain all worked-up and bothered until the next morning.But what I really want to write about is…(deep breath) my failure to take a bath for this day. Yes, I have gone without soap or water for more than 24 hours. It all began when I took a look(took a look, took a look, took a look—it sounds stupid nu?) at my white bath towel, and noticed that it looked…unclean. Like—even if I took a bath, I wouldn’t feel too clean if I wiped myself dry with something that looked like someone had wrapped herself around it and rolled around in dust and dog hair or something. Plus, I saw some very visible, dirty handprints. ‘The hell? Is my househelp mad at me or something, and so now she’s decided to take all her frustrations out at my one and only bath towel? I don’t think she’s taking care of it very well; perhaps she just drags it around outside the yard, and hangs it to dry where street-dust can have easy access to it.Anyhoo, I convinced myself that I won’t need to take a bath since I’m pretty sure I won’t be doing any strong physical activity for the rest of the day. But that was 14 hours ago and now yesterday’s deodorant has broken down and my head itches and I feel a serious dandruff attack coming on. I feel so bad.I don’t know why I’m blogging about this. All I’ve been doing these past few weeks is whine and complain, whine and complain, bitch about something, and then whine and complain. Wah wah wah, my towel isn’t clean. Boo hoo. When did this become a big deal for me anyway?I don’t know, really. I’m sorry, at first I thought it was fun to air my trivial grievances, but I realized in mid-typing that I’m just being lame. Laaame. And now my post is too long and too precious to delete and so now I can’t stop typing lame-ness. Plus I just realized that I am being incoherent, and Lord knows how incoherence is such a big issue with bloggers, ’cause every blogger I know always ends up feeling bad or saying «I’m sorry Im sorry please bear with me precious reader, please dont give me forty whacks» when they type-up something incoherent.But what the hell?!? Why am I apologizing to my dear, precious readers now?!? Am I obliged to kow-tow to them, and offer them flowing verses and intelligently-phrased thoughts and well-planned posts? Is there no place for incoherence and mediocrity and just plain spontaneity in this world?!?Now you know there is.


Anyhoo, my friend Claire finally sent me an SMS—the first in almost 3 months.

«Plip, inom ta.»

Oh, the economy of her messages never ceases to touch me.

I really don’t like to drink (I remember, the last—and first—time I drank beer, my whole body swelled-up and broke out in red, itchy patches. How sissy-full.), but she likes to drink. And that’s that.

Whatever. I will not be coerced into chipping-in for a bottle of alcohol whose taste I will probably not enjoy. I don’t care for getting into that whole ‘getting-drunk-and-light-headed and-forgetting-all-your-problems’-state, ’cause I’m guessing the whole thing’s just overrated. Plus, I never enjoy throwing-up. It’s the only reason why I’m afraid of getting fevers: I hate the taste of vomit.

But I’ll probably take her up on that invitation, ’cause I miss her, and I terribly need to be with my friends. My good friends. No, my better friends.

There are no best friends.

Mar 31 2007

Techie tips: Bandwidth exceeded!

An early morning shockerThis morning when I opened my blog, I was surprised to see something like this:

Argghh… I scrolled down and found out to my dismay that each and every image in my blog displayed the ‘Bandwidth Exceeded’ warning sign instead of the usual images. 🙁

So what exactly does bandwidth mean?
From a blogger’s perspective, it is the amount of traffic (measured in bytes of text, images, audio, video, etc.) between your blog site and the rest of the blogosphere as opposed to the disk space which is the amount of data stored in your hosting site. My gracious host i.PH allows for me a monthly bandwidth quota of 2GB and a disk space of 100 MB for free. I checked my dashboard and was surprised to see this:

I’ve only consumed 7% of disk space but my bandwidth reached 102% already. Oh well… my site’s traffic has increased. 🙂

Mar 31 2007

A Blogger’s Prayer

So compassionate, so faithful, so loving You are Our Father. We ask You to increase our faith and our love for You that we may use blogging as an instrument to fulfill Your purposes. May we become bloggers of truth and promoters of peace. Help us to be steadfast in our Christian commitment that visitors may […]

Mar 31 2007

the camera is here

with a 1G memory and a fast charger for batteries to boot. orayt!for the point and shoot, it’s pretty easy. but am trying to figure out all the fun things you can do with it.

ang saya-saya!!!

Mar 31 2007

Judging people by their phones

What’s your phone? Mine’s a Sony Ericsson and, according to a survey by Nielsen Media Research, I’m likely to be an ambitious, success-driven, professional, and individualistic young man.

Nielsen Media Research, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, found in a survey in Australia that certain customer types were attracted to certain phone brands.

I’d like to believe I fit the profile of the group that showed an inclination towards Sony Ericsson. I certainly am ambitious. At 31, I can still be young, depending on which side of the age line you are on. I’m also deeply individualistic although I make it a point to do more than my share in a team.

According to the same survey, Nokia users are likely to be family-minded, balance-seekers, health-conscious middle managers. Motorola users, according to the study, are likely to be fashion conscious, fun seekers, under 24, and individualistic.


Mar 31 2007

Langis Mula Solar 1 Tanker, Masisimot Na!

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / 31 Mar) – Makukumpleto na rin sa wakas ang ang paghigop ng mga nalalabing langis na tumagas buhat sa Solar I tanker sa Guimaras island sa loob ng susunod na Linggo.

Ito ang kinumpirma sa Mindanao Examiner ni Office of Civil Defense administrator retired General Glen Rabonza. Una nang pinasimulan noong Enero ang oil recovery operations dahil na rin sa inaasahang magandang panahon para mabilis na maisakatuparan ito.

Ayon kay Rabonza, kasunod ng paglinis ng mga langis, pasisimulan naman ang rehabilitasyon ng mga apektadong lugar sa isla.

Sa mga nakalipas na araw, kaunting langis na lamang ang nakukuha ng Allied Shield ng Italya na nangangahulugan na malapit na ring tuluyang maubos ang oil spill.

Gumastos na rin ng multi-milyong piso ang International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC) para sa siphoning ng oil spill sa naturang lalawigan. (Juley Reyes)

Mar 31 2007

Women’s Group Ends Int’l Celeb With Medical Missions In South RP

DAVAO CITY – The Gabriela Women’s Party ended Saturday the International Women’s Month celebration with two simultaneous medical missions in Davao City and Davao del Sur province in southern Philippines.The humanitarian missions were held in poor communities in Matina Crossing in Davao City and in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur.The group organized the medical missions to culminate the International Women’s Month in order to highlight the health issues of women, it said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner.The Gabriela party list said women health, among others, is oftentimes sacrificed by Filipino mothers to give way to other needs of their families.

Some 100 women participants attended the two missions.

Mar 31 2007

Yahoo! Mail to offer unlimited storage capacity

As celebration for their 10-year anniversary, Yahoo! Mail will offer unlimited mail storage capacity starting on May 2007 as announced on Tuesday.

The free version of Yahoo! Mail (basic), which is used by majority of users, offers only 1GB of storage and limited features such as the limited 10MB attachments. You need to upgrade to Yahoo! Mail plus to get more features you want including a “virtually unlimited” 2GB mail storage capacity and larger attachments.

Yahoo! Mail used to be the “giant” in mail industry but when Google started Gmail, millions have converted to it as their primary e-mail provider. This was due to the larger storage capacity — 2GB — and several other great features.

As a Yahoo! Mail user, this may sound great (err, or not). This would mean that you will have more storage for spam messages (or you could say, a potential attractant for more spam) due to their inefficient e-mail spam filter. Other than that, I find this “upgrade” unnecessary. I think Yahoo! Mail should upgrade more of their spam filtering and virus scanning feature. Perhaps they should get an idea from the great features of Gmail. That would be more attractive to users.

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Mar 31 2007

“Good Work!” Ani PGMA Sa Metro Troops!

QUEZON CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 31 Mar) – Pinaboran diumano ng Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ang operasyon ng militar sa Metro Manila sa harap ng lumalaking batikos ng mga residente at militanteng grupo kontra Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).Nabatid ito kay AFP National Capital Region Command Chief Major General Mohammad Dolorfino kasunod ng pagbisita sa detachment ng militar sa Baseco, Tondo, Maynila kaninang umaga. «Congratulations and keep up the good work,» ayon kay Dolorfino na sinabi umano ng Pangulong Arroyo sa kanila.Wala rin umanong nabanggit ang Pangulo hinggil sa pag-alis ng tropa ng mga sundalo sa Kalakhang Maynila.Sinamahan pa ang Pangulo nina Defense Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Hermogenes Esperon at Army Chief Lieutenant General Romeo Tolentino sa pag-ikot sa mga proyekto ng militar sa Metro.Matapos lumisan ang Pangulo ay pinasinayaan sina Ebdane, Esperon, at Tolentino ang itinayong palikuran ng mga sundalo sa Isla Puting Bato.Sa kanyang talumpati, sinabi ni Dolorfino na nilalayon ng militar na tuluyang mapilayan ang mga komunista sa pamamamagitan ng pagtulong para mapagaan ang buhay ng mga mahihirap.»Using military force is not enough. The real solution is at the root of the problem – poverty,» punto ni Dolorfino.»What we are doing is to make the CPP-NPA irrelevant. If there are no problems in the communities, they will die a natural death,» dagdag pa nito. Subali’t muntik nang mapahamak ang isang babae matapos na ito’y mapagkamalang miyembro ng hit squad ng New People’s Army sa Tondo, Maynila kanina rin.Inakala ng mga nagpapatrulyang sundalo na tattoo ang tuldok ng bolpen sa pisngi ng isang 42 anyos na babae, isang palatandaan ng mga komunista noong 1980s.Katwiran ng babaeng tumangging magpatukoy ng pangalan, nakuha na ang tinta ng bolpen sa mukha habang nakikipaglaro sa kanyang mga pinsan.Nang lumabas siya ng bahay ay tinanong ito ng mga sundalo hinggil sa pagkakaroon ng marka sa mukha. Hindi na aniya nagpumilit ang militar nang kanyang ipaliwanag ang pinagmulan ng tuldok sa mukha.»Hindi ko alam kung ano ang ibig nilang sabihin pero sinabi ko sa kanila (mga sundalo) na mga pinsan ko ang naglagay nito nung naglalaro kami,» sumbong pa ng babae sa pahayagang Mindanao Examiner.

Bagamat nasita ng mga sundalo, pabor pa rin ang babae sa deployment ng militar sa kanilang lugar. «Mas matahimik nga ngayon dito. Wala ng magnanakaw at adik,» dagdag nito. (Juley Reyes)

Mar 31 2007

those newly opened bars behind Philosophy which is beside Baseline and East, West

Anton, Paulo and I were at this new place last night at the back of Philosohy [which is beside East, West and Baseline Mango Square ] – whew. They don’t have a name yet unlike Paseo but it’s a dead ringer to the latter except that it’s less crowd-y and and less rowdier. Stalls of […]

Mar 31 2007

Cinema as poem

I couldn’t even begin to formulate words to describe how immensely satisfied I am after walking out of the theatre. It’s one of those movie experience when you walk out in awe, and you carry that awe for quite a time only to relive it on your second and so-forth viewings. To even begin a critique of the film would be an insult to Darren Aronofsky’s cinematical poem called The Fountain. The director helmed Requiem for a Dream (which I’m still about to see) which starred Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly. More than anything, I think The Fountain is a personal film considering what Aronofsky has to go through to get this film on the road.

The narrative transports us — to the moon and back — in three time zones, which could readily explain the disgust of many of those who’ve watched it —and have not understood. No one can really blame them for it’s not easy to jibe with its criss-crossing style, the head-trip very similar to that of Michael Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The opening salvo gives you that instant shot-in-the-head confusion.

We would later learn that the bearded and long-haired Hugh Jackman dueling with throngs of Mayans during the opening scenes is Tomas, conquistador, who was ordered by Queen Isabella of Spain to search for the Tree of Life in the middle of Central America. They are characters of an unfinished children’s book by Izzi (Rachel Weisz who also played the Queen) titled The Fountain. Izzi, dying of terminal cancer, is wife to a modern-day Jackman, now a scientist Tommy Creo who along with his team, discovered the anti-aging properties of a Guatemalan tree upon testing it to an ape. As Tommy, desperate to save his dying wife, Jackman is at his best thespic abilities than any of his previous films.

While jumping between fiction and reality, we are also introduced to a narrative which suggests a future (metaphorical?) Jackman — who is now completely bald — inside a futuristic bubble levitating in space. Inside the bubble is a lonely and remorseful Tom who nurtures and loves a tree (Tree of life it seems) and is haunted by ghostlike apparitions of Izzy. Through the final phase, it is made apparent that the bubble enters through a nebula (where a star dies and is born into a new one), which was previously referred by Izzy viewed from Earth through a telescope as Xibalba (pronounced as Shi-bal-ba) — the Mayan allusion to the underworld. (Death as an act of creation; Death is the road to awe.)

The critics have lashed out The Fountain as an incoherent mess. One can’t blame Aronofsky for cutting a substantial amount of scenes because of reported budget costraints that could have shed more light to the characters. Thus, editing may have blurried whatever messages the film wanted to impart. But this supposed lack is made up to dazzling effect by the way the director handled the visuals, both a metaphysical and science-fiction-inspired experience. It is also important to look at the biblical (Genesis), historical-cultural (the Grand Inquistion; ancient Chinese philosophy) and scientific (quest for cure) allusions as philosophical meditations on the films messages.

But the amazement and euphoria one contains after watching the film renders negligible all these flaws. Definitely, Aronofsky has displayed unconventional and audacious craftmanship in telling a story that could have been a cliche — life, death and love; and love’s transcendence throughout eternity. It’s a meditation that’s deeply heartfelt and shames our very own invulnerabilty and indifference. It definitely worked for me.

Trivia: On an extreme budget, the film originally cast Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett (who turned out to be a troubled couple Babel). Rachel Weisz is Aronofsky’s fiancee. The space sequences are magnified shots of chemical reactions the director manipulated on petridishes.

Photocredit: rottentomatoes.com

Mar 30 2007

What This Blog Is All About

Quoting from a much appreciated invite received from Editor Cheri of the Tracy Press, the main community paper of the City of Tracy, of which I am glad to be a resident:

“If you send me something like that (the name of the blog and your name and town) along with a 50-word-or-less description of your blog, I’ll add it to the page.”

Somehow, my initial attempts at complying have been stymied by a stubborn inability to reduce to 50 words or less what this blog is all about.In starting the blog, I had initially declared that I suffered from a deep-seated urge to cram and savor as much of life as I could in a short lifetime, dipping my puny fingers in much anything that caught my fancy, and in matters that I could decently understand, and that in turn I could tolerably gather together and maybe imaginatively write about.And true to form, my harried attempts at writing have been all over the place, at times defying any logic at archive classification.And I say that much like real life, the disparate parts go beyond being capable of any neat and easily understood categorizing. And that much like real life, it will always appear as messy and much clutter.But attempt I should, based on the parameters laid down.Finally, I came up with this:

The Ignatian Perspective

While its title may betray the impression of writings adhering strictly to the admirable tenets of the Jesuits founder, the reality has been one of free-wheeling musings on varied subjects that hopefully people value and want to read about – family life, immigrant perspectives, spirituality, and some politics and economics.

And the spin-off blog, Hobbies and Pastimes

A little menagerie of revealing and at times, amusing, bits and pieces of activities that litter and lend a bit of color and interest to any typical life. And along the way, a little bit of self-discovery.

Mar 30 2007

Some Somber Uninvited Thoughts

During moments of quiet introspection, I unerringly am guided to plan for another expectant trip back to the old homeland, strongly prodded by some kind of homing device pointing my wander-struck ken toward that familiar destination.While every trip provides revealing and refreshingly new insights about the ever-changing old homeland, especially with regard to how sadly different it is from a first-world country like the US, many other things remain static and unchanged over time making the requisite adaptation to local conditions easy and trouble free. However, certain uncontrollable issues like the weather and the environment continue to be irksome challenges that grudgingly have to be seriously dealt with each time, unfortunately needing for one to expend the self-same vigor and dedication in sufficiently jousting with these fortuitous vagaries.On the more unpleasant negative side, however, I am personally experiencing an unsettling sense that has stubbornly bothered me and which rears its ugly head every time I begin to seriously interact with the local people and unobtrusively observing how they go about doing their workaday mundane business.It is not a pretty picture and does not bespeak kindly of a serious part of the pervasive attitudes of the local citizenry. This attitude is revealed more in personal interaction rather than in media.

No doubt the typical Filipino looks up to the US kindly in more ways than typically imagined. The US is not only regarded as a possible source of economic salvation for many, but its social and political institutions are typically adulated with respect and deference, regardless of how the vocal local minority may prognosticate otherwise.

Many serious discussions about politics, society, education, and even entertainment, are more likely premised on how things are done or regarded in the US, and then how the local milieu has adapted and/or deviated from such “standards”. Filipinos would like to see their kids being educated in American schools, their employment with American companies where the dollar’s exponentially higher purchasing capabilities badly overhaul those of the dismally meager local peso.

In a manner of speaking, in a country that is now terribly debauched with pernicious economic hardships, many dream of finding themselves in the US, should the first available opportunity unexpectedly shows up allowing them passage.

But what many, in my personal estimation, possessing such attitudes and dreams may fail to comprehend and take into account is that there are consequent duties and responsibilities associated in turning these hopeful plans into realities. That, for example, going to America and living there to earn a living requires more than just being able to physically transport oneself to the place and start earning and availing of its perceived bounties. Important considerations requiring essential changes in attitudes and behavior, like being earnest about learning and obeying laws and acceding to the demands of culture of the host country, whether with regard to petty traffic rules, immigration requirements, or social demeanor expectations; where in the old homeland unfortunately many of these are renowned for their being mindlessly disregarded rather than their being adhered to by its ordinary citizenry. While no country can boast of having all their citizenry strictly comply with its laws, the US does distinguish itself from a country like the Philippines for its earnest commitment and regard in the application of the rule of law, regardless of station, race, status, etc.

Another critical issue that appears prevalent is the typical Filipino’s limited grasp of the bigger picture, learning to think beyond the tight circle of one’s family’s dreams and interests, and extending that to the health and well-being of an entire country.The typical Filipino with dreams of immigration, especially to the US, finds it easy to imagine himself or herself immersed in hard and at times back-breaking work when he/she finds that doing so promotes the narrow interests and welfare of the family. But rarely does that solicitude, for example, extend beyond, into thoughts like how one’s actions, multiplied by many, may adversely affect the general welfare and interests of the host country. To illustrate, a prospective Filipino visitor may not hesitate to hide his real intentions about going to the US, most especially with regard those that may be in contravention with the restrictions imposed by a visitor’s visa; like that the stay is only for a very limited period, and that employment is not allowed while under the auspices of such a visa. But once on board, many will not be burdened much in soliciting and accepting employment or even overstay if doing so works for the family’s welfare. Thus this justification trumps other equally critical considerations and makes the violator feel personally justified. After all the family’s welfare is being ameliorated, they would advance.May we be able to find the answer to all these in how the typical Filipino views the oft-resorted one-world concept? That the entire globe is one big borderless place where everybody is free to fluidly move about and pursue his and his family’s welfare? After all, many citizens of other countries feel justified espousing such causes – one government and one world for all.

Unfortunately, these hopes are expressed by those who ordinarily come from beleaguered countries which cannot provide adequately, whether in job opportunities or good living standards, for many of their own citizens. Their hapless citizens are then compelled to seek their fortunes outside the confines of their own homelands.

While many may be fiercely nationalistic and ethnically patriotic about a homeland that has essentially failed them, they express no qualms laboring under a foreign country with a foreign government. Neither are there honest desires to integrate and assimilate in societies where, in a some real sense, they are said to be parasitically exploiting for their personal ends. Since they are not really invested in working toward insuring the economic and/or political health of the host country.Like drowning men flailing and desperately clutching to each shred of life-giving buoyant straw, one must learn that sooner than later an entire country can only carry so much inert weight before it too begins to be weighed down to the level of the distressed countries from whence these new residents came from. And then nobody will be any better.

Let the light be on each one of us.

Mar 30 2007


i am throwing in the towel. it is high time that i admit defeat. i am no longer going to fight with the great forces that restrict us and deprive us from the only joy we know at prison camp. *sigh* how sad is life for me.. (hihihihi..)


conversations (sort of) at prison camp…

shenzee: making up for the months without chocolate, lurch? *looking at me stuffing my face with chocolates*

me: uhmm mmm… mmm.. uh huh.. *grins sheepishly* want some..

shenzee: nuh thanx..

me: *tosses two chocolate eggs over at shenzee* here.. EAT.

shenzee: whohohohoho…! thankx..

~~ 5 minutes later ~~

me: hmmmmmmm….

shenzee: hmmmm…

me: bored?

shenzee: hmmm…

me: yeah, me too…

shenzee: hmm…

me: are you asleep?

shenzee: hmmm…

me: hmmm…

shenzee: im sleepy..

me: me too…

shenzee: wehehehehe..to h3ll with the file! im tired..

me: im going to find myself a pet.

shenzee: mee tooo..!!

.: boredom is evident when things are restricted. tiredness takes over the minds of those who try desperately to concentrate. minds fly all over the place when tiredness prevails.. they should not have deprived us. look what you’ve done!! :.

Mar 30 2007

Gilas widens partnership base

Source: Manila BulletinAbout 5,789 public schools nationwide will be connected to the Internet by 2010, with growing support for Gearing-Up Internet Literacy and Access for Students (GILAS), a movement launched by the Ayala Foundation in 2005.The newest partners of Gilas are the Business Processing Association of the Phils. (BPA/P); Computer Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers Association of the Phils. (Comddap); and Yahoo Phils., Ayala Foundation president Victoria Garchitorena announced recently.As of today, all Quezon City public high schools are connected to the Internet making the former capital the model Gilas city due to the multi-sectoral support that it received for the achievement of its completion.

Read more here.

Pidjanga Notes:

I wonder what happened to the GILAS Applications of Mainit National High School and Matin-ao National High School? I’ve sent them GILAS application forms as early as 2005. Can someone from Mainit follow this up? Please contact Dr. Mordido of MNHS and Mr. Ganut of Matin-ao High. Zimm

Mar 30 2007

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Questions from the question box:

  • baho ka?
    u. wahaha! =p

  • unsa imong top 5 favourite na foods?
    kuan, sipit sa crabs, kinilaw with mayo, tinola ni mama, bistek sa midway and baka nila liza. ahaha! yum.

  • what’s the latest message in you inbox?
    «Natigil na ang iyong Globe UNLITXT…» ahaha! poverty.

  • who do you want to be the president of this country?
    oooh… politics. ahaha! ping lacson. strict.

  • unsay nauna? itlog o manok?
    ahaha! ambut. basta, aku ra hibal-an kai dili sila gapangihi. wahaha!


I think pictures can narrate better. Ehehe! Too tired to type. Sorry.

Mar 30 2007

Profits in Summer

It’s summertime finally as the kids stay home away from school and I get to have some extra time for myself; like watching wide-winged birds navigate the sky– which at times can be muddled these recent days—while sipping coffee near our front porch. I don’t know if it’s climate change that should be blamed for […]

Mar 30 2007

The Fulfillment of God’s Covenant

John 11: 45-57 Ez 37:21-28 / Jer 31:10-13 . . . it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may be saved. (John 11: 50) Many things may not be understood, Such is the mystery of God’s plan; But all things will work out for the good, The reason why Jesus […]

Mar 30 2007

Photo: The Dilangalens And The Semas

Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) Cotabato City mayoralty candidate Bai Zendig Dilangalen and husband, congressional aspirant Digalen Dilangalen file their candidacies at the Commission on Elections in Cotabato City in southern Philippines Thursday, 29 Mar 2007. While LAKAS Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) re-electionist Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema and wife Bai Sandra Ampatuan Sema, who is seeking a seat for the lone district of Shariff Kabunsuan province, pose with election officer Alen Mangelen and other candidates. (Mindanao Examiner Photo/Mark Navales)

Mar 30 2007

cherry on my sweet day

my kid sister’s ballet recital is the cherry on top of my sweet day. it was really cute and was truly a joy to witness. they even danced to some of my favorite classical compositions, like rhapsody on the theme of paganini performed by the hot maksim mrvica.

my 7-year-old indian buddy performed, too. but i was still hurrying from a turnover procedure and a short meeting during her act. it was just chance that her family sat in front of our incomplete “clan”. her mum—who is, by the way, always nice—turned to me and said in her indian english that my little buddy would be very excited to see me again, even if i just missed her part. we didn’t get to be with each other after the thing, though. but there will always be a next time. i hope!

today has been another testimony of the lord’s goodness. i honestly thought i would commit high crime against my super kid sister by missing her recital. i also thought the entire day would be filled with heaps of stuff to do. but, lo and behold, the newsroom (yes, i’m already having my internship in a local daily!) said i don’t have a mission for today. oh, goody good good!

Mar 30 2007


You know when they say you are getting older if out of nowhere you find yourself attending baby showers, baptismals, weddings and in some cases funerals more often than you used to. In most cases they are of your friends. Next month, my cousin is getting married so is my older brother (with no blood relation whatsoever). Next week will be my childhood friend’s death anniversary. Last week, my cousin’s daughter was born. And two of my favorite babies in the world turned one year old this month. I just wonder when will I create my own milestones. Until then, I’ll just marvel at all these comings and goings of life.

This is baby Paul. My college best friend Jima’s baby. I am the godmother that he still has not yet seen. I owe this very cute baby a lot (yes Jim!). When we were still in college, Jima and me made a pact that we will be godmothers to each other’s children (was it not just years ago?). Later this year, they are going to have their church wedding and I will definitely be there this time. My best friend is now a mom and a wife and I can’t even have a decent boyfriend. Hahaha. See you soon dear!

And this is the guy without whom I wouldn’t be here where I am now. Literally. He is the reason why I moved back to Cebu when I thought I would be staying in my sugar cane fields forever. Gean is my youngest cousin and the love of my life. I felt like I could have given birth to this little guy. I have seen him when he still looks like a lump on the ultra sound monitor, I was there when he was born, he was baptized and when he had his first tooth. He has eight teeth now. And I will be there for him for a very long time. Even when I’d have a Gean of my own. If this is what getting old looks like, then I am looking forward to it.

Mar 30 2007


Now in my hometown, these are the “hits” that started my summer in an extraordinary way—and truthfully they both gave me a smile and a frown on my aging face. And please baby, don’t hit me one more time! I had enough.


HIT 1: Upon reaching our house in Calceta last Sunday afternoon, I found a small white lump in our garage. And suddenly it moved and went on yelping. I don’t know what’s with my brother but he called him Bubu, the three-month old unshaved poodle. Sir Ian, don’t worry, he is cute.

HIT 2: …and my nephew was bitten by the playful Bubu.

HIT 3: The hundreds of mosquitoes were so welcoming—they hugged, kissed, embraced, and sucked (the blood) me in my early stay at home, day and night.

HIT 4: We went to a fast-food chain last Wednesday with their mascot’s name exactly the same with a certain chocolate milk brand. We bought a bucket meal, dined in, and left. The thing is we left not minding the three-or-four large pieces of spicy chicken inside the bucket. What a waste.

HIT 5: Fresh from London, my other nephew (I have lots of nephews) and sister-in-law finally arrived. My, I can’t wait with the sweets they hide in those luggages.

HIT 6: As what Donna Amethyst said to me lately, I am now on my legal-age! Now does this mean I can do logging? It isn’t illegal anymore since I’m nineteen, am I right? Yipee.

HIT 7: Room-exchanges happened in a blur, it was so confusing.

HIT 8: My cellphone network’s unlimited text service went into a zilch and I’m in the middle of nowhere!

HIT 9: What’s happening with the world—or should I say what’s happening with Tagbilaran? Every morning we can’t witness even a single drop of water in our faucets but then, by 1 o’clock at dawn, water gushes out in an instant. Is this another naughty action moved by the city’s running officials? Let me guess…

HIT 10: My mother has extremely long hair! Maybe I should hide the scissors in our house, they might spring into life and go radically chasing and cutting everything.

HIT 11: Still can’t recover the unconstrained internet connection right in the comfort of one’s abode. Eye-strain and migraine, here I come!

HIT 12: And on this special day, my requirements for this one special workshop I am ambitiously eyeing for were finally submitted. Special delivery care of Lyde.

Mar 30 2007

Woman Gets 20 Years For Pimping Teener In South RP

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 30 Mar) – A Philippine court convicted a woman for pimping a teenager in Davao City on the southern island of Mindanao.

Judge Wenceslao Ibabao sentenced Lucita Magnifico to 20 years in prison after finding her guilty of the violating the country’s Child Abuse Law.

Magnifico, a street hawker, had offered the 17-year old victim to her clients in exchange for money in various occasions in 2005.

The teenager testified against the woman that prostitutes call Ate Luz and told the court that she was offered to different men who wanted to have sexual favors in exchange for some money.

She said the woman paid her some money as commission for the sex, but she later sought the help of the police and filed charges against Magnifico.

Prostitution is rampant in southern Philippines. (Romy Bwaga)

Mar 30 2007

Techie buzz: IBackup

IBackup is a leading provider of online backup solutions for small businesses. While there are cheaper services, what differentiates IBackup is its breadth of features and performance. IBackup online backup has won several awards including PCWorld and PCMagazine editor’s choices. Check out their website for more infos.

Mar 30 2007


yummy! my tita cooked this during my lola’s 8t7th birthday…..im not sure if it’s malasugue or blue marlin…

Mar 30 2007


In the darkness,In the dance of the fire.I hear your thoughts,The murmurs of your heart,The longings of your mindto understand me,To see what’s inside my heart.And so I touch you,To feel the heat of your body,To tell you what I can only speak in silence,Or in a language only I canUnderstand.To tell you that i amEmpty.

Just an empty shell.

Mar 30 2007

Photo: Philippine Marines Guard Basilan Pier

Members of the Philippine Marines guard the pier in Isabela City in Basilan island off Zamboanga City. Marines have taken over Philippine Army forces on the island. (Mindanao Examiner Photo/Mark Tia)

Mar 30 2007

Numerology: What Your Name Means?

from Ala Paredes

You entered: maria rosario salazar francisco

There are 28 letters in your name.Those 28 letters total to 132There are 13 vowels and 15 consonants in your name. 

What your first name means:

Swedish Female Bitter.
Spanish Female Bitter.
Shakespearean Female ‘Love’s Labours Lost’ A lady attending on the Princess of France. ‘Twelfth Night’, also called ‘What You Will’ Olivia’s waiting woman.
Norse Female Name not originally Norse but it appears in several sagas and is the name of King Harald Sigurdsson’s daughter.
Latin Female Commonly-used variant of Mary: Wished-for child; rebellion; bitter. Popular with both Spanish and non-Spanish cultures.
Italian Female Bitter.
Hebrew Female Variant of Mary: Wished-for child; rebellion; bitter.
German Female Bitter.
French Female Bitter.

Your number is: 6

The characteristics of #6 are: Responsibility, protection, nurturing, community, balance, sympathy.

The expression or destiny for #6:The number 6 Expression provides you a truly outstanding sense of responsibility, love, and balance. The 6 is helpful and ever conscientious, making you quite capable of rectifying and balancing any sort of inharmonious situation. You are a person very much inclined to give help and comfort to those in need. You have a natural penchant for working with the old, the young, the sick, or the underprivileged. Although you may have considerable creative and artistic talents, the chances are that you will devote yourself to an occupation that shows concern for the betterment of the community.

The positive side of the number 6 suggests that you are very loving, friendly, and appreciative of others. You have a depth of understanding that produces much sympathetic, kindness, and generosity. The qualities of the 6 make the finest and most concerned parent and one often deeply involved in domestic activities. Openness and honesty is apparent in your approach to all relationships.

If there is an excess of the number 6 in your makeup, you may exhibit some of the negative traits associated with this number. There may be a tendency for you to be too exacting and demanding of yourself. In this regard, you may at times sacrifice yourself (or your loved ones) for the welfare of others. In some cases, the over zealous 6 has difficulty distinguishing helping from interfering. You may have difficulty expressing your own individuality, because of involvement with responsibilities and causes. Like all with the Expression of the number 6, it’s quite likely that you worry much too much.

Your Soul Urge number is: 7

A Soul Urge number of 7 means: With a number 7 Soul Urge you are very fond of reading, and retreating to periods of being alone and away from the disruptions of the outer world. You like to dream and develop you idealistic understandings, to study and analyze, to gain knowledge and wisdom. You may be too laid back and withdrawn to really succeed in the business world, and you will be much more comfortable in circumstances that are tolerant of your reserve, your analytical approach, and your desire to use your mind rather than your physical being.

You are very timid around people that you don’t know very well, so much so at times that casual conversation and social situations can be strained. You tend to repress your emotions to the extend that some people have a good bit of difficult understanding you. You tend to be very selective with friends and you don’t easily adapt to new environments or to new people very quickly.

The negative traits of the 7 include becoming too much the introvert and isolated from others.

Your Inner Dream number is: 8

An Inner Dream number of 8 means: You dream of success in the business or political world, of power and control of large material endeavors. You crave authority and recognition of executive skills. Your secret self may have very strong desire to become an entrepreneur.

Copyright © 2006 Paul R. Sadowski (http://www.paulsadowski.com)

Mar 30 2007

Pagsibak Sa Manila Police Chief, Hinarang Ng PNP!

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / 30 Mar) — Hinarang ng liderato ng Philippine National Police (PNP) ang pagsibak kay Manila Police District Director Senior Superintendent Danilo Abarsoza kasunod ng mga naging kapalpakan sa hostage crisis sa Maynila.Sa pulong balitaan, sinabi ni PNP Chief Director General Oscar Calderon na hiniling nito kay Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno ang pagpapaliban sa administrative relief na iniatas para kay Abarsoza.Katwiran ng heneral, makabubuting bigyang-daan muna ang pagsisiyasat ng inatasang grupo sa naganap na insidente at nang makapagpaliwanag si Abarsoza sa sinasabing procedural lapses sa pangangasiwa ng hostage drama.Masyado aniyang kritikal ang posisyon ni Abarsoza upang basta na lamang tanggalin sa posisyon.Pumayag naman kanina si Puno na ipagpaliban muna ang pagsibak kay Abarsoza.Gayunman, nilinaw ni Puno na hindi pa rin tuluyang ligtas sa pananagutan si Abarsoza dahil magpapatuloy ang imbestigasyon sa kanya nang pumalpak sa pangangasiwa ng 10-oras na hostage drama.Pinagbigyan ni Puno ang kahilingan ni Calderon para sa deferment sa katwirang nasa kalagitnaan ng panahon ng eleksyon at maaaring masira ang implementasyon ng security plan sa Maynila.»Upon the request of PNP Chief Calderon in a letter to me, I have deferred the order to relieve Senior Supt. Abarsoza considering that we are now in the middle of an election season and Abarsoza is already in the midst of implementing his security plan for this critical period.”»We will give him a chance to air his side in connection with his handling of the hostage situation,» ani Puno.Subalit, tuloy naman ang naunang direktiba ni Puno na pag-alis sa puwesto kina MPD Station 5 commander Superintendent Rogelio Rosales at police precinct commander Chief Inspector Bernardo Cubacub.Kasabay nito, pinatatahimik rin ni Puno ang mga opisyal ng pulisya sa pagbibigay ng komento sa naturang isyu at hayaang matapos ang imbestigasyon ng panel na pinamumunuan ni Deputy Director General Avelino Razon.Iniutos nnaman ni Calderon ang pagsasailalim sa retraining ng lahat ng mga tauhan ng MPD hinggil sa hostage crisis management.Matapos ang MPD ay isusunod na rin ang iba pang kapulisan sa Metro Manila at sa buong bansa.Handa naman si PNP National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Director Reynaldo Varilla na maimbestigahan sa anumang posibleng pananagutan sa naganap na hostage crisis.Si Varilla ang maituturing na pinakamataas na opisyal ng PNP na nasa lugar ng insidente ng panghohostage subalit nabigo umano itong ma-organisa ang krisis at nagkaroon pa rin ng maraming kapalpakan.

Iniligtas ni Varilla si Abarsoza na aniya’y naging maayos naman ang pangangasiwa nito sa naturang pangyayari at ang mga isasagawang pagsisiyasat ay hindi naman nangangahulugan na kailangang magdiin ng opisyal. (Juley Reyes)

Mar 30 2007

You want my advice?

How do you handle a friend asking for an advice? Me, I usually just ask questions that would lead to making a decision, like what really matters most, what are the priorities, etc. but most of the time, a person who comes for advice doesn’t really need your piece of mind. They just needed somebody who’ll listen. After those ‘therapy sessions’ with you acting as a shrink wannabe quoting some encouraging phrases from a Stephen Covey book, sometimes the person sees a different light, a different perspective and that’s admirable, but some are just so stubborn they still stick to those things that created their problems in the first place. Sigh. Sometimes you just want to shake their shoulders to wake them up… but what are friends for anyway? Well, this time, if somebody would come to me asking for an advice, I’d still lend my listening ears and hope to shed some light on the matter at hand, but I would also give him an additional practical tip: Get a blog! Really… I’m serious. 🙂

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