Sunday, June 29, 2008

Have we met?

An invitation from Ms. LadyRider of and her friends to all lovers of art/paintings to come to:

What: Margaret Rodriguez's and Michelle Lim's simultaneous solo exhibits entitled, "Have we met?"

Where: Art Informal Gallery

When: July 3 to 21, 2008 (Thursday) at 6:00 PM

Ms. Rodriguez's works can be previewed here.

Art Informal is located at 277 Connecticut St., East Greenhills (Near Red Ribbon and Dencio's). Its telephone number is 725-8518.

There shall be free food and drinks!

For Tsikoteers, come on July 3, 2008 at 6 PM; and Ms. LadyRider shall personally be serving Free Desserts and Coffee from the Coffee Farm of GerardTagaytay of Tsikot!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

PhotoHunt 116 - Bright


PhotoHunt 115 is BRIGHT.

A BRIGHT day two days after typhoon "Frank" (international code name Fengshen) lashed the Philippines last weekend.

This typhoon is one of most devastating typhoons that hit the country. Despite the BRIGHT days afterwards, the lives of most of the victims are still gloomy.

Upcoming PhotoHunt themes:
  • 117 - July 5 - "pointed"
  • 118 - July 12 - "support"
  • 119 - July 19 - "What IS that??"
  • 120 - July 26 - "hanging"
  • 121 - August 2 - "cloud(s)"

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Taste of Beauty at Taste Asia

Bloggers party again? I just visited Aileen Apolo’s An Apple A Day blog and learned about another bloggers party. The Buhay ng Coke bloggers party hasn’t happened yet; and there’s another one coming up in a span of exactly a week at the same venue. This time it’s sponsored by Pond's. Here are the details I got from Aileen Apolo:

For: All bloggers
What: Taste of Beauty at Taste Asia (party!!!)
When: July 4, 2008, Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Taste Asia (beside SM Hypermarket) at the Mall of Asia

It's a party about being your best! Want an iPhone? I heard they're planning to host a contest and the "I" gadget was mentioned!

The party is open to guys and gals! Guy bloggers must bring a girl friend and girl bloggers must bring more girl friends! To join, REGISTER HERE. (I'm really excited to see how they'll dress up Taste Asia!).

REGISTER NOW. Don't forget to register and bring your girl friend/s.


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

437th Araw ng Maynila

Today is Araw ng Maynila (Manila Day).

Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim shall lead the celebration of Manila’s 437th anniversary by honoring the city’s top citizens at a reception at the historic Manila Hotel.

Manila Day is a special non-working holiday by virtue of Presidential Proclamation no.1500 to give Manilenos the full opportunity to celebrate this occasion with appropriate ceremonies. The Manila Zoo will be opened today with free entrance as Manila Mayor Lim’s way of thanking the Manilenos for their support in keeping the city the premiere city in the metropolis.

For more information about this event, please visit Manila City website.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

PhotoHunt 115 - Water

This Saturday’s theme is WATER.

I am not posting a picture of WATER but of the unique WATER fixtures – a bicycle of WATER faucets.

I estimated that it has more than a hundred of functional faucets. It is one of the attractions in a restaurant called “Isdaan” (fish pond) located in Gerona, Tarlac in Central Luzon, Philippines. It’s called “Isdaan” because underneath it is a fish pond. I think I have to post pictures of WATER – the fish pond.

Upcoming PhotoHunt themes:
  • 116 - June 28 - "bright"
  • 117 - July 5 - "pointed"
  • 118 - July 12 - "support"
  • 119 - July 19 - "What IS that??"
  • 120 - July 26 - "hanging"

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Buhay Coke ng Bloggers with SM Hypermarket

I just learned from Mr. Marhgil Macuha and Ms. Aileen Apolo's blogs about another bloggers' party, which are sponsored by Coca-Cola Philippines and SM Hypermarket.

What: Buhay Coke ng Bloggers with SM Hypermarket (party ito!)
When: June 27, 2008, Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Taste Asia (beside SM Hypermarket) at the Mall of Asia
Why: Para magsaya! Loads of prizes up for grabs!

Come in an angel or devil attire (or wear black, red or white) and get a chance to win more prizes!

If you want to join and party, you may register here. All bloggers who register and come also get a case of Coke Zero 330ml.

I already registered and see you there!

Check other bloggers:

Ten, nine, eight . . . three, two, one, COKE ZERO! - by Tom
Buhay Coke Bloggers Party - by Marhgil Macuha
Buhay Coke ng Bloggers with SM Hypermarket -by Aileen Apolo
Then I was invited - by Dazedblu


Dr. Jose P. Rizal's Birthday

Today, we are commemorating the date of birth of Dr. Jose P. Rizal - the Philippine's National Hero and pride of Malayan race. He was born on June 19, 1861, or 147 years ago, in the town of Calamba, Laguna. He was the seventh child of eleven children of Francisco Mercado and Teodora Alonzo Rizal.

To learn more about him and his works, please visit Jose

Note: Image taken from Wikipedia.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

To all Fathers, Forefathers, Fathers-in-law - IT'S OUR DAY!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

PhotoHunt 114 - Emotion(s)


The theme for this Saturday is EMOTION(S).

I found these pictures of three persons from three generations showing the same EMOTION:

Ichu - my grandson

Jaja - my daughter

And, me.

These were taken during the birthday celebration of another grandson, Kalvin Jonvic, whose EMOTION was very happy.

Upcoming PhotoHunt themes:
  • 115 - June 21 - "water"
  • 116 - June 28 - "bright"
  • 117 - July 5 - "pointed"
  • 118 - July 12 - "support"
  • 119 - July 19 - "What IS that??"

Thursday, June 12, 2008

110th Philippine Independence Day

Today is the 110th anniversary of the Declaration of the Philippine Independence. Today is supposed to be a non-working holiday to give Filipino people the chance to celebrate it. Due the holiday economics of the government, it was moved to the nearest Monday, which was last Monday – June 9, 2008. Nonetheless, all activities and celebrations in commemoration of the Independence Day shall still be observed today. (Proclamation no. 1463-A)

At 7:00 AM, the President of the Philippines, Her Excellency Madam Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will lead the traditional Flag-Raising and Wreath-Laying Ceremonies at the Rizal National Monument, Rizal Park, Manila. This particular activity shall be replicated in places of national historical significance, such as the Barasoain Church Historical Landmark in Malolos City, Bulacan; the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; the Mausoleo de los Veteranos de la Revolucion at the Manila North Cemetery; the Bonifacio National Monument in Calookan City; and the Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine in San Juan, Manila. Some cities and municipalities around the country shall also simultaneously hold similar activities.

She will also lead the unveiling of the flagpole marker “Republic Act 8491” in Rizal Park. The unveiling rites shall also be held simultaneously in Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City; Barasoain Historical Landmark in Malolos, Bulacan, Mausoleo de los Veteranos del Revolucion in North Cemetery, Manila; Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan City; and Marcela Agoncillo Historical Landmark in Taal, Batangas.

The President will deliver her Independence Message at the Tanghalang Sentro K3, Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz.

The President's Independence Message:
My fellow Filipinos and friends of the Philippines -- Mabuhay!

I greet you from the grand hall of the MalacaƱan Palace Museum on this 110th Anniversary of our Declaration of Independence.

A century and a decade ago today, our revolutionary forefathers braved superior arms and the privations of war to break the chains of colonialism and stand proud among the free nations of the world, Asia’s first republic.

Today, as we celebrate with pride that historic moment, we take stock of what we as a nation have achieved with unity, audacity, sacrifice and patriotism, and we look forward with hope, to what we shall claim for our national future.

Our vision is based on a strong and growing economy. It is the central pillar we have labored to create to help guarantee peace, order and stability in our country. Our labor is paying off: last year we had the strongest economy in over 30 years, investments are surging and we are close to balancing our budget.

True to our heritage of freedom, we staunchly protect and strengthen the vibrant democracy that we have restored twenty-two years ago. Our political discourse is vibrant, our press is free, our Constitution shelters all who seek its protection and embrace the rule of law.

We have tackled our unfortunate legacy of political violence whether it is in the Philippines or abroad with foreign leaders and human rights organizations. We have met with a lot of success since the formation of what was to become the Melo Commission. Extrajudicial killings are down and prosecutions are up. We will not be satisfied until we are at zero, but we are making progress.

We have made tough and politically unpopular decisions to raise revenues and crack down on smugglers so that we could invest in our physical infrastructure and in our people.

We are delivering investments in three critical areas, what we call the “three
E’s,” namely: the Economy, the Environment and Education. These issues are central to lifting our nation up and getting it ready for the next generation of leaders.

The results of our efforts come none too soon. There are global clouds on the horizon that are driving up the price of oil and food, particularly rice.

Thankfully, we are now in a vastly improved position to weather this storm than at any other time in recent memory.

Our people are enterprising and welcomed everywhere, as quick learners and hardworkers who are also generous of spirit to strangers and friends alike. As our countrymen and women build successful careers and prosperous lives all over the world, foreign investors and travelers flock to our islands eager to harness Filipino talent, enjoy Filipino hospitality, and marvel at the beauty and grandeur of 7,108 magnificent Philippine islands. Our archipelago shelters us all -- Filipinos, foreigners, and compatriots across the world warmed by memories of your homeland.

With solidarity, sacrifice and singular purpose, our heroes brought forth a new nation. With the same love of country binding all Filipinos, we too shall achieve for the Philippines and all its peoples the blessings of freedom, justice and progress, and our esteemed place among the great nations of the world.

We remain bullish on our country, optimistic about our future and deeply committed to being a force for good.

In this march to our collective tomorrow I ask all of you to join as one – for our motherland, for our families, and for the generations to come.

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The 28th Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Annual Bowling Tournament Opens

Last night, bowlers clad in a common white, black, and orange t-shirt uniform gathered in Coronado Lanes – Star Mall Shopping Complex for the opening ceremony and the first day of the 28th Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Annual Bowling Tournament. The tournament is being hosted by Leighton Contractors Philippines.

The programme (emceed by Ms. Alice Capistrano of Leighton Contractors Philippines):
  • The invocation was led by Ms. Nelia Halcon, EVP – Chambers of Mines;
  • The opening remarks was given by Mr. Philip Naughton, the General Manager of Leighton Philippines;
  • The inspirational speech was delivered by Mr. Benjamin Romualdez, President of Chamber of Mines;
  • The presentation and induction of the Official COMP Bowling Committee;
  • The oath of sportsmanship was led by Mr. Art Ranin, QUESH Manager of Leighton Contractors;
  • The ceremonial roll was participated by all team captains;
  • The tournament was declared open by the Tournament Director, Mr. Christian Kho of Cathay Industrial and Mill Supply.
There are 19 teams participating this year or short by 5 teams from last year. The tournament proper shall be played in 19 weeks (every Tuesday) and will end on October 14, 2008. Then, the top bowlers will be chosen for the Masters Event.

The bowlers were very ecstatic to bowl and see their bowling buddies once again after about six months.

Free food and drinks were served during the games.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Sun Moon Beach Resort

This year, we chose to celebrate my birthday here. It’s where we planned to celebrate the birthday of Jon, our nephew, last month; but, it was spoiled by typhoon “Cosme”. It is located in Bagac in the southwestern part of Bataan. We have been in this part of Bataan several times but in another and farther place - in Barangay Saysain. Sun Moon is just after the renowned Montemar Beach Resort and along the way to Saysain.

The water is shallow with mild waves. The sand is not white; and, there are rocky portions. The place is cheap – P800 a day for the hut we rented and P50 entrance fee per head. We just rented a hut and pitched three tents for the overnight stay. I slept in the car but the place is infested with mosquitoes. You can bring and cook food there.

Here are some pictures of the place taken during our visit there:

Sunday, June 8, 2008

My birthday celebration

I just celebrated my birthday yesterday and today at the Sun Moon Beach Resort in Bagac, Bataan. We were supposed to celebrate the birthday of Jon, our nephew, here; but, typhoon Cosme spoiled the plan. I've posted some pictures in my personal blog, "Think Of Me!". And, here are more pictures:

And my very special guest:


Saturday, June 7, 2008

PhotoHunt 113 - BAD HAIR

BAD HAIR is this Saturday theme for .

I woke up earlier this morning (before 4 AM); as we are going out of town. After doing some morning routines, I opened my laptop to search for my PhotoHunt subject. While searching, I looked up at mirror and saw myself with BAD HAIR.

This is my work station where I found my subject

And, this is my BAD HAIR.
Worse, it already contracted HIV (Hair Is Vanishing).

Upcoming PhotoHunt themes:

  • 114 - June 14 - emotion(s)
  • 115 - June 21 - water
  • 116 - June 28 - bright
  • 117 - July 5 - pointed
  • 118 - July 12 - support