Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
The Balikatan exercise is indeed a great help for the Filipinos particularly in Mindanao. We are much secure with the presence of American troops and our confidence in the government has been restored. The peace and order situation in the area has improved and it boosts our economy.
Those who are opposing the Balikatan should go to Mindanao so as to experience what we are going through. The Balikatan must be continued and we are giving our all out support to it.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Pacquiao intends to cement his hold on greatness with a victory in the dream fight billed as the biggest fight of the year. He will not only earn the biggest purse of his career. He will also attempt to claim the biggest scalp of all.
Today, Pacquiao attempts to extend not only his winning streak. He also hopes to live up to the expectations of his countrymen. On his shoulders Pacquiao will carry the burden of a people hungry for an ego-boosting triumph.
The task is easier said than done. De la Hoya is no gullible trial-horse set up for the slaughter. He may not be getting any younger, but the golden boy is definitely no pushover.
In fact, the wise money pick would be de la Hoya. He is not only bigger and heavier, de la Hoya has also packed his corner with some of the best minds the sport has seen in the last few decades.
The point here is not so much to enlist our people to rally behind Manny because he is a safe bet. It is not only also because Pacquiao might yet mock the experts once again and pull off a major upset.
This is something about taking a stand and making a commitment. This is something about ourselves and our character as a nation and as a people.
Manny has become the single, most credible point of unity for the country today. From Malacañang to the street that has become the refuge of the homeless, Pacquiao has elicited excitement like none other.
Indeed, if this country has to rise above the din, if it has to climb out of the pit, Manny would have to play a vital role in that. For one caught who is in such a situation and who has willingly lived up to the role, the least that we Filipinos could do is rally behind Pacquiao.
It is time to circle the wagons behind a man who has become a national treasure.
One trait that Filipinos are often faulted for is our failure to unite for a common cause. The main reason why so few Filipinos make it in elections abroad is their penchant for putting up opposing candidates when one should suffice.
Perhaps it is time we come to our senses and put a stop to all these unflattering reputations. For once, let us rally behind Pacquiao with a single-mindedness that leaves no doubt about our loyalties.
Indeed, a national treasure deserves nothing less. - Sunday Post Editorial, December 6, 2008
This request was made by Tagbilaran Mayor Dan Lim yesterday as the nation braces for the biggest fight of its most favorite son.
"Tomorrow, he will fight the biggest fight of his career against Oscar "Golden Boy" de la Hoya," the mayor said.
Lim, who knows de la Hoya personally and even has a photo in his office to show it, admits that the Golden Boy is "a worthy opponent, a dangerous one if I may add".
"Indeed, a 'golden boy' who is more than a match to Manny as far as many experts are concerned," the mayor added.
Lim said that while money comes to many people's mind when talking of this fight, there is more than money to it.
"First of all, Manny has become a symbol not just of our nation but more importantly a symbol of hope in a country where there is little hope left," he noted.
Lim pointed out that Manny was born to impoverished parents and naturally was deprived of education which could have been his way out of his poverty.
"And yet, Manny refused to take no for an answer and set out in search of his destiny the only way he knew how. He let his fists do the talking," he said.
Lim said Manny's victory is not only his personal victory.
"It is not only a triumph of a nation. It will also be a triumph for persistence in the face of adversity, of hope in the face of insurmountable odds, of faith even when there is little reason to do so," he added.
The mayor believes Manny knows how to make it.
"He had faced far more daunting challenges in the past. He has been there. He knows how to do it. He will come out of it in the manner that we expect him to be: triumphant and great".
Lim noted that many experts say Manny has met his match in de la Hoya. He said that the latter's size and weight advantage makes it easier to believe that.
"De la Hoya's experience in fighting in heavier divisions makes it even easier to believe that," the mayor added.
And yet, Lim said fights are not always won on size and weight. He said they are not always won on experience.
"In boxing as in life, there are intangibles, factors that cannot be measured by human instruments," the mayor added.
Lim said this is one of those fights.
"As a Filipino, as a close friend, as a fan, and as a believer in hope, I know Manny will make it. There is no doubt in my mind that Manny's hands will be raised after they have done their part in the ring," he added.
"Whatever happens, Manny's place in Philippine history is secure. He will always be remembered for raising the hopes of our people in a time such as this," the mayor said. - Sunday Post Newspaper
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I think in the past years our foreign policy has been focused to Asia, U.S.A, and the Middle East. I have nothing against this, however, since most of these regions have gone quite shaky this days our interests if not our dependence might be taken with low regard by their respective governments.
What I'm trying to say is that why dont we find other potential allied countries to have more friendly and subsequently more trade relationhips. The Baltic states and the rest of Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and the Latin Americas. The Baltic states are known to be stable countries, politically or economically.
There is also as of the moment a burgeoning population of OFW's in Australia and New Zealand. Latin American Countries too are players in the Oil industries we could invite oil companies to invest in the Philippines, the more competition here the more healthy our economy might become. Our foreign policy is yet moderately open we have to maximize our full potential, after all our economy is quite dependent on foreign investors.
My mother is a TNT in the USA for 3yrs is there a possible that my application be denied? Please help me. I'm planning to apply for a tourist-visa and this is my first time. I'm 32yrs old single mother and I have 3 children.
My supporting documents are Land Title, COE for 10yrs working in a private company and well compensated, bank account amounting Php50k plus only and dollar accounts one is a time deposit with insurance (known as bancassurance) $9000 2nd is the dollar savings $2000 plus only, and credit cards.
I've been to bangkok 2007 and hongkong 2008 to have record (tatak) in my passport. Anyone knows my chances if I present these documents to the consul?
Hello, I just wanna seek advise or opinions from anybody outthere who had encountered this kind of situation.
"the question is; Is there any problem that will arise sa pag petition ng mga anak if the kids are using the family name of the 1st filipino husband in the Philippines? Kids age are 18 & 14
"Both filipinos were married in the Philippines, then got separated for years, then the filipina went to USA, later filed a divorce in the USA against her husband in the Philippines and finally married to a citizen after almost 10 years of being separated from the filipino husband. Marriage is not yet annulled in the Philippines."
Another question is: Pwede bang mag File ng annulment ang filipino na currently nasa USA against filipino husband in the Philippines? Since there's no whereabouts of the hsband for almost 9 yrs but for sure his still alive.
hello everybody, i just want to ask if i need cfo seminars because i have already passport with my name . i get spousal visa, my interveiw is this coming july 25.
what's that cfo for? they said so that we can get passport but i have my passport already, do i need to get the certificate? please i need your advise.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
There is nothing new in the so-called expose of Tagbilaran City Councilor Zenaido Rama against alleged questionable items in the financial transactions of the city government.
"It is just like the others before it," remarked Tagbilaran Mayor Dan Lim in reaction to the latest tirades launched by his erstwhile political ally turned bitter critic.
Lim said that just as he suspected when Rama defected to the camp of Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso on his first day as councilor last year, Rama's role is to spread lies to destroy the city government.
The mayor said that for those who doubted whether the move to isolate Rama, his subsequent acts removed all that.
Lim recalled that the first bomb that Rama and his fellow destabilizers did was to sabotage the Blue Card program. He added that the accusers did not mince words in hurling accusations against people in the mayor's office who were allegedly involved in the anomaly.
"As we expected, the accusations were proven to be a big lie. No less than the management of the ( Medical Mission Group Hospitals and Health Services Cooperative) admitted that the irregularities were committed from their end and apologized to the city government for the inconvenience that it caused," Lim said.
The mayor said that nothing was heard from Rama and his cohorts, not even an acknowledgment that their accusations were irresponsible and unfounded.
"They were not bothered about the shame and humiliation they caused to those whom they unfairly accused in pursuit of their political ambitions," he added.
The mayor said the second attempt to destroy his administration was the concerted attack against the Botika sa Katawhan.
"It did not matter to them that the only contribution of the city government was the office where it is located and the people who assisted Deputy Mayor Mario Uy in dispensing services," he added.
Just like his first try, Lim said Rama did not hesitate to humiliate and cast aspersions on people who are serving the city and its people through a project that is the object of envy of other cities.
"Rama and his ilk did not care that the city was put in an embarrassing position out of their fear that the project would be a threat to the political ambitions of his patrons," the mayor added.
Like the first, Lim said no anomaly was found because there was none.
"There were no cash donations but all come in the form of actual medicines," he pointed out.
Again, the mayor said Rama and his backers did not bother to admit the mistake much more apologize for all the hurt feelings they have caused.
Lim said there is nothing more to explain about the latest allegations made by Rama because these are the findings of no less than the Commission on Audit (COA).
"The COA as a watchdog has not seen any impropriety. It exists only in the malicious minds like Councilor Rama and his fellow destabilizers," the mayor added.
Lim said that Rama himself cannot make up his mind about his allegations.
"First he said there are idle funds. Next, he is questioning the expenditures. If the funds are idle, it means that they have not been spent. If they are spent, they cannot be idle. This only proves that he does not know what he is talking about," the mayor added.
Lim said that he does not need to explain anything because the COA itself does not find anything questionable.
"The people who understand what we are doing are not asking for explanations. The ones who are demanding for it are those who refuse to accept any explanations," he added.
The mayor said that if it is difficult to rouse a person who is already awake, it is much more difficult to explain anything to those who already understand. - Sunday Post Newspaper
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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By Pepper Teehankee
How well do women really know their skin? L'Oreal Paris dedicated seven years of research to give women the product to achieve younger and more radiant looking skin.
With the aim to promote youthful looking skin, Glowie Ramiro-Robillo, L'Oreal Paris marketing manager, gave a talk at The Spa at Bonifacio High Street about how L'Oreal Paris continuously brings out the beauty every woman deserves.
Junior product manager for L'Oreal Paris Dermo and Body Expertise Sep Cimafranca revealed Derma Genesis, explaining the two key complementary ingredients of this anti-ageing skincare range — namely Pro-Xylane, a patented anti-aging molecule which is biodegradable, non-bioaccumable and non-ecotoxic and naturally derived to create the optimal cellular environment for the creation of new cells; and Hyaluronic Acid, a powerful natural moisturizer and replumper known by dermatologists.
Together, these two ingredients help create new cells (upper layers of the epidermis) for visibly young skin. Guest speaker and dermatologist Flordeliz Abad-Casintahan enlightened the guests about the skin and how aging takes place as early as in the 20s due to stress, sun exposure and other factors. She furthered on the importance of Pro-Xylane and Hyaluronic Acid as vital components of the skin.
The Penelope Award was given to Alyanna Martinez who exuded confidence with her youthful, smooth and radiant skin. Guests also enjoyed cocktails prepared by Cav and got pampered with spa treatments from The Spa. Everyone got to bring home a L'Oreal Paris shoulder bag filled with Derma Genesis products as well.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
By Ben Arche, Manila Bulletin
Two men and a woman were each sentenced to life imprisonment for manufacturing prohibited drugs and delivery of various drug apparatus and other paraphernalia.
RTC Branch 9 Presiding Judge Romeo C. Albarracin convicted Jed Pilapil Sy, Jong Pilapil and Carlos Sy after the prosecution proved their guilt on the charges filed against them.
The convicted shabu producers were among those arrested following the death of several Oriental-looking men inside a drug laboratory in Barangay Dumoy, this city, on Dec. 26, 2004.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Region 11 arrested the shabu makers during the raid of a clandestine laboratory for dangerous drugs in the city.
The court also ordered the accused to pay P500,000 each for the delivery of apparatus and another P5 million each for manufacturing of illegal drugs.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
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Saturday, October 4, 2008
What or where exactly is the soul of the city? Armed with Nokia's latest imaging wonder, the Nokia N82, ten thrill-seeking and adventure loving teams recently raced against each other and attempted to discover what Manila has to offer after the sun has gone down at the Nokia Nseries Wireless Adventure 2!
The concept for Nokia Nseries Wireless Adventure 2: Discover the Soul of the Night was similar to the inaugural wireless adventure in 2007 in which participants were tasked to discover new locations and activities in their cities. The twist to this year's race was that it was conducted at night with participants being encouraged to use the advanced features of the Nokia N82 to identify and reveal the 'Soul of the Night' in their city.
The Nokia N82 is equipped with a 5 MP Carl-Zeiss lens, built-in GPS capability and a powerful Xenon Flash that enables users to take excellent photographs wherever they are, even at night. Beyond that, the Nokia N82 has the latest multimedia functionality that lets consumers capture and share images and stories, and interact online.
Discover the Soul of the Night taps into this unique all-in-oneness of the Nokia N82 to expand the photography experience, encouraging users to not only post great photographs online, but also discover and share their experiences instantaneously through the use of the built-in GPS and advanced wireless connectivity features of the Nokia N82.
The ten teams who joined the Nokia Nseries Wireless Adventure 2 were composed of fun and fearless consumer, celebrity, and media participants all after the Grand Prize of P100,000 and a trip to Macau. Participants included - Advertising colleagues Ramon Rodriguez and Vina Cruz, Business folk Bea Corpus and Aris Ladaw, Call center friends Sharo Domingo and Karen Pimentel, Cute Couple Niki Santiago and Justin Rivera, Programming partners Jane de Claro Chua and Christian Wong, Philippine Star 's Kathy Moran and musician Paolo Valenciano, Philippine Daily Inquirer 's Pam Pastor and VJ Geoff Eigenman, Gadgets Magazine's Michelle Callanta and Actor Alfred Vargas, and Sunstar Cebu columnist and Radio DJ Charlene Go and Radio DJ / MTV VJ Andi Manzano.
Discovering the soul of the night
Each team member had a Nokia N82 device and were required to complete several tasks from dusk till dawn. "Before the race, Geoff said we should try to complete every task in twenty minutes or less. I think we managed to do that almost the entire race. We finished early and even were the first ones at the last stop. Our other strategy was really to just have fun. We were intense about the game but we were relaxed too - no temper, no panic. We had a blast!" shares Team Music Fanatics and Super Editor Pam Pastor. Some of these mind exercising and exciting tasks included decoding a set of clues to get the Help Line Number and styling and taking photos of a fruit platter at Jumbo Floating Restaurant. "Aris and I found the first task the most difficult which, at the end of the race was disgustingly hilarious! Math being both our waterloo, it took us a good few minutes to solve the equation!" said Team Culinary Quests' Bea Corpus. Teams also had to get behind the wheel to play Asphalt 3: Street Rules by Gameloft using the N-Gage application in the phone at the Extreme Gaming Grounds in Mall of Asia, which Team Music Fanatics' Geoff Eigenmann enjoyed. "The easiest task was the video game because I'm a gaming god!"
Teams were asked to shoot a video of their team singing "I Love the Nightlife" at Red Box Karaoke. "The videoke task at Red Box was the easiest," shares Team Voltage Up's and Gadgets Magazine's Michelle Callanta. "Thanks to my mom for making me listen to her disco-loving music! I think I sang pretty darned well," she added. Sunstar Cebu columnist and radio DJ Charlene Go also enjoyed the videoke task. "It was easy to be silly and I love to sing!"
After, teams had to rush to The T-Shirt Project in Tiendesitas and had to put together a unique shirt design. Then they had to pose for creative shots. "Finding the location on the picture that was given and just capturing photos at those places were easy," said Team Aftershift's Sharo Domingo & Karen Pimentel. Teams were also tasked to shoot a video of their partner's energetic zip performance, take photos of the fiery poi dancers, and take panoramic shots in Eastwood. "I used to do arnis back in college and when I picked up the zip lines I was thinking maybe I can use some of my old stick drills for this task," said Team Free Spirit's Ramon Rodriguez. After finishing the last task, teams had to rush to Piedra Bar in The Fort to pose with the models in baroque costumes. "I thought this task was easy," said Team Free Spirit's Vina Cruz. "Find 5 masked people in Piedra?? We spent nearly 20 minutes looking for them." The last task had the teams running to Café Xocolat in Serendra to weave a slideshow story with music and graphics using the photos taken of the team throughout the race. "I enjoyed the editing part the most," says Team Voltage Up's Alfred Vargas. "I saw the meaning of the whole night of challenges and pressure through the slideshow that we did."
At the end, it was Team Voltage Up's Michelle Callanta and Alfred Vargas who were declared Souls of the Night. They went home with the grand prize of P100,000 and a trip to Macau. Other awards were also given to the other teams such as the Love Team Award, Breakthrough Performance in Fruit Eating Award, I Will Survive Award, Best I Love the Nightlife Comedic Performance Award, Best Soul of the Night Statement Awards, Best Panoman Photo Award, Best Poi Dancer Award, Photographers of the Night Award, and Best Nokia Story Tellers of the Race Award.
The Nokia Nseries Wireless Adventure 2 was an exhilarating and exciting experience for all the teams. "It was tiring but super fun!" exclaims Team Femme Fatale and Manila Bulletin writer Therese Camet. The race also made them realize the immense capabilities of the Nokia N82 - from its camera functionalities, multimedia applications, to its internet ready possibilities.