She was swept to power by the world's first peaceful revolution, the People Power EDSA Revolution of 1986. From Boston, she returned home with her children in 1983 to bury her husband, Ninoy Aquino, who had been assassinated in the airport tarmac and in a breathtaking turn of events, led her people in dismantling the Marcos dictatorship and became the Philippines' first woman president.
Now, grateful for all that she has done, we pray for Cory as she battles her illness. Yellow ribbons, the symbol of the opposition movement she led in 1986, are sprouting in places physical and virtual. We thank the Lord for sending us this widow who wrapped her grief over her assassinated husband with faith and turned it into infectious courage.
I put this together from all sorts of YouTube videos and pictures on line. This is my tribute to the widow who led the nation in braving that storm. She made me proud to be Filipino.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Other blogs which I would like to nominate/vote for are the following:
2. Absolute Cousins
3. Happy Foodies
5. Kaya Natin
6. The Art of Changemaking
7. Through the Focal Glass
8. Video Chops
9. Pencil Pusher/Number Cruncher
Monday, July 27, 2009
It was more than eight years ago when tens of thousands of Filipinos gathered around the world-renowned Epifanio De los Santos Avenue, chanting in unison the letters G-M-A. They were, of course, not referring to the network giant; people were reciting the initials of who was supposed to be the new hope of Philippine democracy at that time.
An icon of the Filipino’s passion for change, she stood in the center of the shrine, one hand resting on a holy book while the other raised in the air, a symbol of her commitment to a people worn to shreds by a corrupt administration.
Eight years have passed and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the leader who had the chance of changing the political landscape of the Philippines, has put herself and the country in an entirely different situation. She is now in the center of the most controversial corruption charges since the Marcos administration, her hand firmly clutching on her seat of power, the other raised in a gesture meant to hush her critics. What was supposed to be a symbol of hope turned out to be an object of public disgust. People are still chanting her name, although the context now has dramatically changed.
Summing up Arroyo’s years as the most powerful person in the country, one cannot help but recognize her indefatigable will to stay in power. Impeachment cases and mutinies proved impotent in ousting the leader, who, as of late, may very well be preparing yet another scheme to extend her stay in power through a charter change. It’s as if nine years will never be enough.
Arroyo started her presidency in 2001, but it didn’t take long before her administration got murky with controversies. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo got involved in a 50 million-peso bribery accusation meant for the president to recall her veto on franchise bills for two telecommunication companies. The same year, Mike was also accused of using five million dollars to fund the campaign of administration senatorial candidates and to bribe radio commentators.
And then there’s the 470 million-dollar deal with an Argentine firm meant to regenerate a power plant in Laguna. Malacanang was accused of being bribed 4 million dollars for the deal to push through, just four days after Gloria Arroyo sat in power. The case could have been further investigated, if only the graft charge wasn’t junked last November 2008 by the Sandiganbayan because the Ombudsman failed to expedite the complaints.
All these allegedly happened only during the first year of Gloria Arroyo’s presidency. Other noteworthy controversies involving her and the first family include the overpriced Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, mismanaged funds of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the Government Service Insurance System, the questionable contract with Piatco on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, the Jose Pidal accounts, the Northrail project, the fertilizer fund scam, the Philhealth cards used for her re-election campaign in 2004, the Commission on Elections’ overpriced modernization project and the JPEPA deal.
Add to that the innumerable extra-judicial killings, the NBN ZTE deal and the legendary Hello Garci scandal. And the list just keeps on getting longer.
Yet she still stays in power, not a single sign of giving up. She did apologize, though, during the height of the Hello Garci scandal. The instruction to COMELEC Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano to make sure she wins by 1 million votes was only a ‘lapse of judgment’ on her part, she told the entire nation.
In other countries with leaders decent enough to save their own dignity and the image of their country, a single controversy similar to any of those accused against Gloria Arroyo is enough to merit a resignation, regardless if it is true or not. But here we have our president and a mountain of evidences supporting the accusations against her. She has no plans of quitting. In fact, it even looks as if she has plans of extending her term. Talk about delicadeza—or the lack of it.
Eight years have passed, yet the promise of a better Philippines is nowhere in sight.
Have the Filipinos been so apathetic about the political situation of our country so much so that our leaders get away with every controversy scot-free? The countless demonstrations and cases filed against Arroyo prove otherwise. We do have enough consciousness to point out the excesses within our government, and with proper action and constant vigilance, it’s never too late for a political reform to ensue.
There is a call for an unwavering struggle, a steadfast call for the people to be watchful and involved to the actions of a government which commits offenses in the highest order. We cannot afford another dictatorship; the Filipinos have had enough.
The year 2010 is Gloria Arroyo’s last year as the president of the Philippines. It should be.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
On the eve of President Gloria Magacapagal-Arroyo's State of the Nation Address (SONA), people from all walks of life will come together in the world wide web clamoring and protesting against her allies in Congress' Constituent Assembly (CON-ASS). Everyone -- you, you, and most especially YOU -- is envited to be one with us in this day of Cyberprotest and Blog Action Day vs. #con-ass.
Let it be known this day that our websites, blogs, and status updates show why were are vehemently against Con-Ass and PGMA's struggle to hold on to power. Let us blog and use these Blog Action Day and Anti-Con-Ass buttons/banners above (NoToConAss.com)
Saturday, July 25, 2009
As CHED called off classes this Monday, due to "traffic that will be caused by the 95th celebration of the INC" and the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of GMA, I urge and challenge the UP System to suspend all its classes - from UP Diliman, UP Manila, UP Visayas, UP Los Banos, UP Mindanao, UP Baguio and the UP Open University, to all of its 12 campuses all over the Philippines.
The UP Diliman University Council, composed of assistant professors, associate professors and full professors and chaired by the Chancellor – "said that Macapagal-Arroyo’s attempt to remain in power and to escape accountability 'is an affront to the values (of) public accountability, transparency, honor, and excellence in service' which are held dearly at UP." In line with this, the UP Diliman professors denounce GMA’s con-ass in their latest statement.
The UC vowed to “oppose all attempts of GMA and her allies to convene an illegal constituent assembly and to prolong her rule,” stressing that “(t)he people should freely choose leaders that would truly represent the people’s interests.”
The University Student Council of UP Diliman, the other day, issued a statement vehemently condemning the upcoming SONA of GMA as a mere perpetuation of her lies and illusions.
Now that everything is clear and set, GMA will deliver her last "State of the Nation Address" on Monday. The fate of the country, which we all know, is still uncertain. I appeal to the UP System Administration and the UP Constituent Units and Campuses to call off classes and declare Monday as a National Day of protest!
"And we, too, shall be there— the proud, defiant and tireless Iskolar ng Bayan—to say once and for all, the curtain on GMA’s regime shall fall."
Join the July 27 SONA mobilization! Assembly at Quezon Hall at 10 am.
In the service of the UP students and of the Filipino nation,
University Student Council - Councilor
University of the Philippines, Diliman
*If you believe in this, please sign your name above, and pls pass on to your network/ contacts. FOR DISSEMINATION: PLEASE PASS! :)
In the video, which will be made available to the public via the internet, opposition Sen. Francis Joseph "Chiz" G. Escudero reports on how the president has failed to meet the very standards she set when she took over the presidency in 2001. And how despite holding her position for over eight years the country continues to suffer, particularly in the areas of education, job generation, food security, and good governance.
Aside from giving a somber account of the state of the nation, Sen. Escudero also points out what should have been done to address the country's myriad problems, and looks forward as he presents alternatives so that the questionable policies of the present administration can be rectified.
Friday, July 24, 2009
N.B. – This is a press release on the July 20 statement of the University Council of UP Diliman.
Despite President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s claim to the contrary, professors of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman said that she is planning to stay in power even beyond 2010 so that she can enjoy immunity from suit.
In a statement of the UP Diliman’s University Council (UC) – composed of assistant professors, associate professors and full professors and chaired by the Chancellor – they said that Macapagal-Arroyo’s attempt to remain in power and to escape accountability “is an affront to the values (of) public accountability, transparency, honor, and excellence in service” which are held dearly at UP.
The UP Diliman professors added, “There now exists political uncertainty as the public is unaware of what will happen between now and May 2010 when elections are supposed to be held. There is no justice in a situation where an extension of her immunity from suit would bar any prosecution when her term as President expires on June 30, 2010.”
In this context, the UC vowed to “oppose all attempts of GMA and her allies to convene an illegal constituent assembly and to prolong her rule,” stressing that “(t)he people should freely choose leaders that would truly represent the people’s interests.”
At its 109th meeting, the UC approved last July 20 the statement titled “No to GMA’s Illegal Constituent Assembly.” Of those present, 148 voted in favor; 4 voted against and 11 abstained.
No to GMA’s Illegal Constituent Assembly
A Statement of the University Council of the University of the Philippines Diliman
On the eve of her supposedly final state of the nation address (SONA), the feeble attempt of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her allies to change the Constitution shows that she is planning to stay in power even beyond 2010 so that she can enjoy immunity from suit.
At the height of the Garci scandal, the University Council (UC) on July 13, 2005 called for her immediate resignation. And on February 28, 2008, the University Council, in the face of massive corruption in GMA’s administration and unsolved extrajudicial killings, unanimously approved a resolution telling GMA it was time to go. To this day, GMA continues to ignore calls from various sectors of society for her to step down.
Today, with 345 days left to her term, GMA and her allies are not preparing to leave office. They are instead preparing to change the Constitution in order to, among others, lift term limits.
House Resolution No. 1109 which seeks to convene the House of Representatives (HOR) into a constituent assembly shows that in the next few days, GMA and her allies would try to prolong her rule. The brazen manner in which this is being done is manifested by the House Speaker’s pronouncement that immediately after the SONA, the HOR would convene itself into one, with or without the Senate and with or without public approval.
Any attempt to change the Constitution at this time could result in the amendment or revision of the following contentious issues: term limits of the President and members of Congress; the date of the elections, or whether such elections would be held; change in the form of government from presidential to parliamentary.
The attempt of GMA to remain in power and to escape accountability is an affront to the values that we hold dear in the University: public accountability, transparency, honor, and excellence in service. There now exists political uncertainty as the public is unaware of what will happen between now and May 2010 when elections are supposed to be held. There is no justice in a situation where an extension of her immunity from suit would bar any prosecution when her term as President expires on June 30, 2010.
In the hundred-and-first year of the University, the University Council of UP Diliman reiterates its call for public accountability, and renews its commitment to work for a just and progressive society. We in the University Council oppose all attempts of GMA and her allies to convene an illegal constituent assembly and to prolong her rule. The people should freely choose leaders that would truly represent the people’s interests.
University Council Secretariat
University of the Philippines Diliman
Office of the University Registrar (3/Floor)
Phone 981-8500 ext. 4558, 4554
Fax 927-6084; Mobile 09199464416
For verification, please call UP College of Mass Communication Dean Roland B. Tolentino (928-1388) who is also chair of the University Council Committee on National Policies and Programs.
As I heard Secretary Teodoro give his vision for the Philippines the other day, I can't help to nod most of the time, and disagree with some parts of what he said. Yes. So far, he might have the most concrete and "laid-out" plans for the country, which is, admittedly, in sync with what I have been studying in the National College of Public Administration and Governance. But sadly, even if he's that good based on what he says, one cannot remove the image of being one of Gloria's supporters, through and through.
Sec. Teodoro's plans are, somewhat (I say), military and defense-centric -- nation building by strengthening disaster risk management, security operations, strengthening legal offensive of the armed forces, and all will follow - he says. Also, he's very vocal about changing our constitution, to fuel the "state of evolution of our young democracy." He advocates a top to bottom change, and he says we have to shape institutions to motivate not to do bad.
I am sure he would do a great administrator. He is intelligent, and he knows what he is saying. But you know, saying something is different from actually doing it. As what Fr. Zulo said during his invocation, "This country has a lot of people who talk, what this country needs are people who do."
The challenge for Gibo, and those who would fall under the administration ticket, is to be critical, truthful, and real. It is true that he cannot be an Opposition candidate since it will be unethical and wrong. On the other hand, he should stick with the administration or run independent, but at the same time, work on the ills of this Administration. He should advocate for policies that's pro-poor, and set an example to the Filipino people that he's independent, and cannot be dictated.
My verdict - Right now, and in the near future, he won't win over the likes of Chiz Escudero, who's both brilliant and very admirable with his vision. He should consider running for Senator or Vice-president instead - maybe there, he'll win. Maybe there, I'll vote for him. What I demand is that he don't tolerate the wrongdoings GMA has been and is perpetuating, and instead, capitalize on that.
Strengths - Peace and Order, Defense, Governance
Weaknesses - Education, Economics and Social Services
This coming Monday, we will again be subjected to fiction of such magnitude as to leave us incredulous— not because the lies are unbelievable in themselves, but because we cannot understand how anyone has the sheer audacity to take us for utter fools.
And yet for the past eight years, the Gloria Arroyo administration has done nothing but to fabricate lies and illusions of development and change to the Filipino people, despite the stark realities of increasing poverty, unemployment, the fiscal crisis, lack of adequate social services, political persecution, and human rights violations, to name a few.
As a final tribute to GMA’s talent for deception, we offer a compilation of her finest tall stories as a eulogy in what would hopefully be the last SONA of her final days as the President.
Lie #1: GMA does not have political ambitions beyond 2004/2010
Even before Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo stole the presidency in 2004, she had already begun to spin her web of lies. Back in 2002, GMA had announced that she will not run for President in the next elections. Little did the Filipino people know that she was already in cahoots with Garci to rig the elections in her favor. And now, GMA’s frequent visits to her home province of Pampanga stirs speculations that she has plans to run for Congresswoman, and eventually Prime Minister. We shall be guarded against the possibility that GMA has secret political ambitions to remain in power beyond 2010, for we refuse to be hoodwinked again.
Lie #2: GMA will reduce corruption in her government
GMA knows that if she steps down, she will have to face the criminal and administrative charges that she has been hiding from under the cloak of presidential immunity. She will have to answer for the corruption scams, kickbacks, and scandals that she and the First Gentleman have used to bleed our national treasury dry. The Jose Pidal Scandal, the overpricing of the Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, the Fertilizer Fund Scam, and the ZTE-NBN deal, among others, sums up to a staggering P20.9 Billion in ill-gotten wealth. We shall hold her accountable for her insatiable greed, in juxtaposition with our country’s underdevelopment and poverty, as the latest government survey shows that the number of poor Filipinos had increased by 3.8 million to reach 27.6 million in 2006.
Lie #3: GMA upholds human rights
As the Commander-in-Chief, she will also have to answer for human rights violations, in what has been tagged as the bloodiest regime post-Marcos era. The number of politically-motivated killings and enforced disappearances has breached unbelievable levels in today’s modern democracy; and yet political harassment and quasi-dictatorial measures are still a reality among us Filipinos. We shall remember the unconstitutional PP1017, the Calibrated Preemptive Response, and the persecution of the Batasan Five, for we refuse to regress into the Dark Ages of authoritarian rule and terror.
Lie #4: GMA sees Cha-Cha as venue for social and political change
GMA thinks that she is insulated from the critiques on her administration by surrounding herself with opportunists and hypocrites, who are all too eager to fork over their accountability to their constituencies for additional pork barrel, and perhaps a travel junket or two. Her accomplices, such as favorite toady Rep. Nograles, have only recently demonstrated how deeply entrenched they are in traditional dirty politics by railroading the Con-Ass House Resolution, despite the staunch opposition from the masses. The manner and ill-timing in which GMA’s administration is fast-tracking Charter Change stink of desperation, self interest, and self-perpetuation. We shall remain steadfast in our principled stand against GMA’s Cha-Cha, for any constitutional change must be for the people and by the people.
This Monday, the stage is set for yet another show— her enthusiastic audience will be over-eager to applaud, her fascist police are freshly-trained to pounce on innocent civilian protesters, and Gloria Arroyo herself has prepared a new speech containing the same old lies.
And we, too, shall be there— the proud, defiant and tireless Iskolar ng Bayan—to say once and for all, the curtain on GMA’s regime shall fall.
Join the July 27 SONA mobilization! Assembly at Quezon Hall at 10 am.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
If you have questions, suggestions, comments, violent reactions you wish to address to Sec. Teodoro, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me at Plurk. I shall ask them in the Forum later.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Reverend Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, the current Superior General of the Society of Jesus (SJ) came to the Philippines last week. He celebrated The Eucharist in commemoration of the return of the Jesuits to the Philippines 150 years ago.
"The Superior General of the Society of Jesus is the official title of the leader of the Society of Jesus—the Roman Catholic religious order, also known as the Jesuits. He is generally addressed as Father General. The position carries the nickname of Black Pope, after his simple black priest's vestments, as contrasted to the white garb of the Pope." (Wikipedia, accessed 07/19/09)
"The Superior General’s visit to the Philippines will hopefully foster greater union among collaborators within the various Jesuit apostolate in the Philippines." The Father General, as he is commonly called, visited Xavier School and Ateneo de Manila University among others.
Above: Fr. Nicolas, SJ with the Mary the Queen Parish (MTQ) and Xavier Community Below: Fr. Nicolas, SJ with Papal Nuncio, Cardinal Rosales, and other bishops.
"Fr. Nicolas was Director of the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Quezon City from 1978 to 1984, and later served as rector of the theologate in Tokyo from 1991 to 1993, when he was appointed Provincial of the Jesuit Province of Japan. In 2004 he returned to the Philippines after he was named Moderator of the Jesuit Conference for Eastern Asia and Oceania. On January 19, 2008, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas was elected by General Congregation (GC 35) as the Order’s thirtieth Superior General and was promptly confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI."
In his stay in the Philippines, he also gave a keynote address in the Jesuit Basic Education Congress (JBEC) on the Challenges and Issues in Jesuit Education in the Irwin Theater of the Ateneo de Manila University.
"From July 11 to 14, the Philippine Province was blessed to receive among us Fr. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, and 29th Successor of St. Ignatius. His presence at a variety of celebrations and encounters brought deep joy and inspiration to many." - Fr. Daniel Huang, former Phillipine Provincial now Assistant to Fr. General.
Special Thanks to:
Fr. Danny Huang, SJ and Anthony Coloma, SJ for the Photos
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Friday, July 17, 2009
We were asked by our PI 100 professor to go to Monumento, where a national monument of Bonifacio, the Great Plebeian, is located. The monument was made to commemorate the most proletarian of all Filipino heroes, Andres Bonifacio. It marks the first encounter between Bonifacio and his revolutionary group called Katipunan with the Spanish soldiers on August 3, 1896.
In 1930, National Artist Guillermo Tolentino's design which consists of a 45-foot pylon topped by the winged figure of victory was chosen to be erected. Its base is a platform-like structure with figures symbolizing the causes of the Philippine Revolution. The pylon is composed of five parts which correspond to the five aspects of the Katipunan-Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK).
The monument stands on a base in the shape of an octagon whose eight sides symbolize the first eight provinces placed under martial law for revolting against Spain and the eight rays in the Philippine flag. There are three steps leading to the monument, representing the three centuries of Spanish rule.
Another Philippine contemporary hero who has monuments around the country is Ninoy Aquino, a great man who fought the Marcos dictatorship and was eventually assassinated and shot to death because of his opposition to the government. This event resulted to what we all now know as the People Power Revolution.
To let you in a little secret, the Marcos regime and Ninoy, and things that happened and might have happened between these fraternity brothers and in the Philippines that time always fascinate me. The conspiracy theories and all that we don't know seem to interest me greatly; that's why when I saw the trailer of "The Last Journey of Ninoy," I immediately felt the need to blog and share about it. Not to mention the cinematography, and the way the trailer was crafted says that this will be a different (in a very good way) to other Filipino films.
This feature-length documentary on the final hours of Ninoy Aquino's life; his fateful journey from Boston to Manila will feature never-before-seen footage of clandestine meetings, secret conversations, dangerous deceptions, and grand conspiracies which will come soon to theaters this August 2009.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Meanwhile, Atty Santiago Dumlao, Jr, Vice Chair of Public Affairs Committee of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) and Ms. Henedina Abad, former member of the House of Representative are the invited panel of reactors.
There will be an open forum later with a good array of guests from the experts in academe, government service, financial institutions, students and those interested in the topic.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Senator Francis Chiz Escudero recently dialogued with the students and some teachers at the CHIZmisan forum on social transformation in the UP School of Economics auditorium last Wednesday held by the UP ETC, PhilCES and the University Student Council of UP Diliman.
Student Council Chairperson Titus Tan discussed the current state of governance in the Philippines, and suggested some key point actions where the government must address in order to solve these problems; meanwhile Prof. Riza Tablarin, of the Tarlac College of Agriculture, talked about the state of Agriculture and Farming in the Philippines.
On the other hand, the bulk of the discussion focused on Josteen Vega, the National President of the Philippine Council of Economic Students (PhilCES) and his presentation of the state of Economic affairs in the Philippines and issues intertwined with it. He ended by giving an agenda of the youth on certain issues to the senator.
The Chizmisan Forum was the first of a series of forum by the UP Economics Towards Consciousness in order to raise the awareness of students on issues the country is facing. The next forum will be with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Seasoned broadcast-journalists and Correspondents Karen Davila, Abner Mercado and Bernadette Sembrano presented their greatest works and talked about being in the business of making documentaries.
The first documentary, “Ito Ang Klase Ko”, a 3-segment story by Karen Davila, showed the inhumane state of our elementary schools. They compared and contrasted a public elementary school to a not so expensive private elementary school, and the learning environment the kids are subjected to. Also, they pointed out the absence of the ideal environment for kids to be able to learn.
She was really shocked and disturbed when she did the story on Payatas Elementrary School. To illustrate, one Grade 4 classroom had 146 students, and neither one of them was able to spell a simple word --- “beautiful.”
“Kids nowadays do not learn anymore,” Karen said. She explained that the kids do not even have the nutrition they should get, the right learning environment (teacher to student ratio, classroom facilities, etc) and the right home environment, for them to be able to study and to really learn something.
The short segment elicited a mixed feeling of sympathy, frustration and anger. “Wala tayong karapatan maging tamad, at ‘di pumasok,” one student said. She’s right. We don’t have the right to cut classes and be irresponsible because those kids should deserve more to study in a good school in your place.
In her 20 years in News and Current Affairs, Karen admits that the writer in her stands out. From being an anchor in the daily news TV Patrol World, in Wonder Mom, co-anchor in Pasada Sais Trenta, and in the Correspondents, Karen says that she enjoys doing stories for the Correspondents the most because she can educate the people.
As Iskolars-ng-Bayan, like Karen, we should be able to be “agents of change.” She says that even though every year stories may be similar, it’s important to look for these stories (of injustices, inhumanity, and other ills of society), because one way or another, it will touch people, and change will bound to happen.
What I admire most of Karen is her humility and her passion in doing the best she could in her line of work, and to be, one way or another, an agent of change in the Philippine society.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to finish the event because I had to rush to my STS class, which discussed the “Possibility of a transcendental subject” by CSSP Dean Zosimo Lee. Blog about lectures of ENG’G Dean Rowena Guevarra on “Science, Technology and Music,” and CSSP Dean Lee shall soon be posted.
“Science Technology and Society,” CS Dean Caesar Saloma
“The Culture of Medicine,” Anthropology Prof. Felipe Jocano, Jr.
“Alternative Sources of Energy,” NIP Director Henry Ramos
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The director of the National Institute of Physics, Dr. Henry Ramos discussed with the class “Alternative Sources of Energy”. He presented and mapped out energy resources, the World’s and the Philippines energy consumption, and presented sources of energy we can harness.
At the end of his lecture, the questioned I posed was “What’s the best source of energy the Philippines can focus on?” He said that our country should continue to invest in different alternative sources of energy depending on the location and the capacity of the region. Although this was the case, he pointed out that Biomass and Geothermal (and Wind) are the best sources for the Philippines.
He added that solar power is not a solution as of the moment because even though with the popular notion that our country is in the tropics, thus having warmer temperatures, it doesn’t mean it’s conducive to producing solar power.
With the amount of pollution we have, and that the solar waves are diffused when it reaches the earth’s surface, it’s hard for us to harness as much solar energy that would sustain our consumption.
SM Megamall follows other SM super malls in giving mall-goers free WiFi. Currently, the area where they cordoned and provided sofas and seats is now full. WiFi is working, but once in a while, it fluctuates. It's not that fast as proven by Shar's speed test of the Free WiFi on her blog. Right now, their WiFi is 80% up already, in 2 days, it will be fully functional! :)
UPDATE: Lu Jean just won a WOW MAGIC SING fiesta! :) Congrats to Ade Magnaye as well :)
The other day, Trinoma launched its newest Cinema, the TriNoma Digital 3D Cinema (Cinema 4) and premiered a really wonderful and cute family movie, the Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in 3D.
It was my first time to experience a 3D full-length movie. At first, wearing a special 3D glasses was quite uncomfortable, in fact I felt a little dizzy, but in the end, I adjusted, and I can say that it's definitely an exciting and a new way of experiencing a movie.
They say that to each his own; as I would like to experience 3D movie experience (once in a while), I would still prefer to watch my movies the way I used to. Admittedly, I still prefer to watch in Trinoma, in Cinema 7 (specifically), because every time I see a movie there, I can boldly say that this Cinema lets me be comfortable and at the same time I get to experience real Dolby THX the way I want to experience it.
“When TriNoma opened in 2007, it was meant to become a point of convergence in Northern Metro Manila. We are very well aware that watching movies is one activity that brings people together so we took pains to make sure that we bring competitive cinema entertainment that appeals to our market,” explains TriNoma General Manager Mark Sablan.
In trying to achieve optimum viewing pleasure, Trinoma Cinemas sees to it that they excellently provide what moviegoers would want to experience while watching a movie -- that's why they offer a varied and quality Cinemas for everyone.
Catch the Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in Trinoma Digital 3D Cinema 4. For ticket reservations, visit http://www.sureseats.com/
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Talakayan 2010, an issue-based forum by the Movement for Good Governance (MGG) that aims to tackle pressing issues of our nation today on Education, Governance, Economy, Health, etc, started yesterday at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) with guests Senator Chiz Escudero, Senator Dick Gordon, Isabella Governor Grace Padaca and Mr. Nicanor Perlas.
The topic of the forum was of Education. They invited the Philippine Business for Education and Education Nation to articulate the present environment and situation of our Education in the Philippines.
Even before entering the room, guests were asked to drop a poker-chip in the box representing the candidate he or she would vote for right there and then, even before hearing them.
Participants were given each of the guests’ profiles. They were free to ask any question related to the topic during the forum. At the end of the forum, guests were asked to rate the guests according to the scorecard given.
The next forum would be on August 06, and it will be on the Philippine Economy, with the Makati Business Club and the Management Association of the Philippines. For more details log on to their website at http://wedeservebetter.ph/.