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STA ROSA CITY IS SO LUCKY TO BE
BLESSED WITH AN HONEST MAYOR




NOW THE FUTURE IS ASSURED FOLLOWING OUR LANDSLIDE RE-ELECTION OF SANTA ROSA CITY'S DREAM TEAM LED BY MAYOR ARLENE ARCILLAS AND VICE MAYOR ARNEL GOMEZ WITH THEIR DEDICATED HARDWORKING CITY COUNCILORS, THE OWNERS OF SANTA ROSA MAGAZINE WILL REVERT TO THEIR ORIGINAL CONCEPT OF CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF OUR PATRON SAINT AND SPREADING HER LOVE OF JESUS THROUGH OUR ENTIRE TROUBLED 21ST CENTURY WORLD

CORRUPTION'S IGNOMINIOUS DEFINITIVE AND HUMILIATING
DEFEAT BY THE ENLIGHTENED VOTERS OF STA. ROSA


AMAR VILLAGE GANGSTER'S NOTORIOUS PAST ABUSE OF PUBLIC OFFICE IN BARANGAY BALIBAGO
RECEIVES RESOUNDING DOUBLE BACKLASH OF REJECTION BY LOCAL ELECTORATE

The biggest threat to our wonderful city in 2013 was that gangster Manuel Alipon - the most corrupt vice mayor in Santa Rosa's history, who was decisively booted out of office by the voters' backlash in 2010 - might return as vice mayor by means of bribery, vote rigging and violence on the way to achieving his much-flaunted ambition to become city mayor.

Resistance was again too powerful, even though his illegal private army was unlawfully armed with unlicenced weapons.

Balibago gangster Alipon lacked public support even to achieve runner-up in his failed bid to be elected vice mayor for the second time. Thanks to GOD's help and guidance, the Rosenian voter power crushed the gangster's private army. Below are the 2013 Election results.

CITY MAYOR
Arlene Arcillas
CITY VICE MAYOR
Arnel Gomez
CITY COUNCILORS
Ma. Theresa Aala
Luisitio Algabre
Mythor Cendana
Eric Puzon
Antonia Laserna
Paulino Camaclang Jr.
Petronio Factoriza
Raymond Ryan Carvajal
Edward Fernnandito Tiongco
Laudemer Carta

Manuel Manoy Alipon finished last. At rock bottom. 15 candidates for the 10 councilor posts received more votes than he did. He was publicly dumped by the people of Santa Rosa City into the stinking open street sewers of Balibago Complex, which his corruptions created when as Balibago Kapitan he stole the funds allocated by Malacanang to clean them up. Gangster Alipon's feeble, weak, fraudulent campaign was an abysmal failure, fooling only those he paid for. The landslide majority of voters decisively rejected him in a collective public reaffirmation and reinforcement that we NEVER AGAIN want Manuel Manoy Alipon or any of his family or cronies in Sta. Rosa City public office.


This was a warning to all future "wannabe corruptos" that Santa Rosa City Laguna Philippines has matured and in future will never again tolerate their obsolete destructive insanities. The future of our city is with honest representatives, not with greedy, fraudulent, power-obsessed criminals like Alipon. The enlightened voters of Sta. Rosa are to be congratulated on their resounding double backlash against Alipon's political corruption. To all our voters in this year's barangay elections, in particular barangays Balibago, Malitlit and Dita, we strongly urge you to vote for opponents of Alipon's family and cronies.

We can all now look forward to Santa Rosa Laguna's golden era. An epoch of breathtaking progress in which our city will lead Asia in terms of growth and prosperity that will benefit every man, woman and child. A new blending and blossoming of arts and sciences that will benefit every citizen, whatever their gender or age. Already, as a direct result of our voters' actions, both Filipino and foreign investors have confidence in us.

Supporting and trusting our renewed political choices, investors who were previously deterred by Alipon's notorious corruptions are now enthusiastically returning, especially the OFWs who were previously impressed with residential developments in Eton City and Nuvali but held back because of Manuel Alipon's infamous political corruptions.

Manoy Alipon is a God-insulting Satan worshiper, an administration-insulting criminal, a voter-insulting pathological liar,
a wife-insulting adulterer, a children-insulting betrayer, a business-insulting fraudster, a crony-insulting doublecrosser, a tax-evading BIR cheater, an employee-insulting manipulator, a volunteer-insulting exploiter.

Thanks to GOD his Satanic attempts to control our city in 2010 and 2013 were decisively defeated. Thanks to GOD his insidious Satanic mission has collapsed in public disgrace and disgust. Politically, Manuel Manoy Alipon is as dead as the Dodo. He is the trapo corrupto with zero integrity that all intelligent voters will permanently oppose. Manuel Manoy Alipon must never be allowed to bribe and assassinate his way to become mayor. This prehistoric zombie controlled by Satan and using photo artwork to prettify a Barbie Doll disguise of his age must never be mayor of our great and growing city.

We can all now look forward to the end of poverty, YES the end of poverty! There will be more equality, more jobs, more opportunities in every GOD-created field of human activity. All of this, and more, will come if we abolish corruption forever. We've made a great start. Let's now follow up and see it through. We can do it. YES we can do it! Let's make it happen!


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HAVE YOU SEEN LEA SALONGA'S TEARJERKING PERFORMANCE ON
DVD AT THE 25th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT OF LES MISERABLES?

OPINED TO BE THE BEST STAGE MUSICAL OF ALL TIME, this extraordinary French musical based on a classic French novel broke record after record in London's Theatreland and New York's Broadway. Just imagine 25 years of sellout nightly performances at the two top live theatrical cities in the world. And just imagine the talent needed by a Filipina to star in both cities with equally phenomenal success.

Lea Salonga's combination of beautiful voice with outstanding acting ability has earned her the recognition and appreciation of professional critics and knowledgeable theatergoers alike. Both of these globally theaterwise groups are accustomed to experiencing the best of the best, and both are unanimous in their applause and praise for the gifted and dedicated Filipina from Angeles City, Pampanga.
In 2011 Lea was also named a Disney Legend for her work with the company.

For those unfamiliar with classic literature, Les Miserables has been acclaimed as one of the world's top 10 novels of all time, earning both public popularity and professional critics' acclaim everywhere on our planet:-


"Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!
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- Lyrics of "Do You Hear The People Sing" from Les Miserables.

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PROVING BEYOND ANY DOUBT THE POINT THAT SRM IS CONSISTENTLY MAKING, THE AMAZING LEE CRANE'S SINGING TALENT SHONE THROUGH EVERYTHING TO MAKE GLOBAL HEADLINES FOR OUR TV REALITY SHOW "THE VOICE OF THE PHILIPPINES"


"The Voice of the Philippines" Judges Lea Salonga, Apl.de.Ap, Sarah Geronimo and Bamboo Manalac were not only unanimous but ecstatic in their praise for the singer from Quezon City.

What Santa Rosa Magazine has stated consistently since its founding in 2007 is that talented Filipinos and Filipinas are equal to the best in the world, whatever their chosen field of endeavor might be. What held so many of them back in the past was political and economic corruption at every level of government, depriving them of opportunities and funding.

At long last our nation, our province and our city have all come to their senses. Talent is recognized and rewarded. Corruption is recognized and penalized. This is how it should be. This is how we receive GOD's blessings with gratitude and how we defeat all the efforts of Satan to undermine success and progress.

Fortunately, by means of sacrifices from family members and generosity of supporters, some get through the blockades that corruption places in their paths and go on to achieve their potential. Unfortunately, without such backing, others of equal talent fall by the wayside because they have no way to overcome the relentless obstacles of local and national corruption.

"The Voice of the Philippines" is a Filipino reality television singing competition on ABS-CBN. It is based on the reality singing competition "The Voice of Holland", which was originally created by Dutch television producer John de Mol as part of The Voice franchise.

This popular Philippine TV show is hosted by Toni Gonzaga, while Robi Domingo and Alex Gonzaga serve as the show's V-Reporters or the social media correspondents.

Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Manalac, Lea Salonga, and Apl.de.Ap serve as the four coaches and the judging panel of the show. The first season premiered on June 15, 2013. It is the fourth national franchise in the Southeast Asian region after Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia.


(Information courtesy of Wikipedia, video courtesy of ABS/CBN and Google/YouTube).


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GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
THIS IS NOW THE STORY OF STA. ROSA

Santa Rosa City
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SANTA ROSA MAGAZINE is overjoyed at the alliance between Team PNoy and Team Arlene, To ensure that you never miss any important Sta. Rosa Laguna events, we highly recommend regularly visiting our city's 3 official government websites, which have been created to assist and inform you: the Santa Rosa City Government Official Website, the Santa Rosa City Council Official Website, and the Santa Rosa City Government Official Facebook Page. Also don't miss out the official City Mayor's Facebook Page which is less formal and more energized than the necessarily formal city government websites. Such prolific information easily accessible to every Rosenian, whether with a home computer or smartphone or at low cost in any internet cafe, is a sure sign that our city government is leading the country with its genuine responsibility and public transparency. - Sarina Fernandez, Editor

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CONGRATULATIONS TO SANTA ROSA'S DREAM TEAM OF MAYOR ARLENE AND VICE MAYOR ARNEL ON RE-ELECTION
BY LANDSLIDE MAJORITIES IN 2013

City Mayor Arlene ArcillasCity Vice Mayor Arnel Gomez
NOBODY CAN DISPUTE THAT THE CITY OF STA. ROSA HAS ACHIEVED UNIQUE GLOBAL SUCCESS IN EVERY ASPECT OF DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH SURPASSING ALL PHILIPPINE ACHIEVEMENTS OUTSIDE MANILA.
      This is due mainly to the blessing of our remarkably gifted City Mayor Arlene Arcillas (above left), strongly supported by her talented and continuously loyal City Vice Mayor Arnel Gomez (above right).
      Just look at the photos below to see for yourselves how well they work together and why this dream team leadership with our dedicated hardworking dream team councilors have made Malacanang and the whole nation sit up and take notice of what's happening in Santa Rosa City Laguna.
      It's not an imaginary pipe dream. It's a reality team that has achieved more in reality than any pipe dream ever could in imagination. Study the photos below and ask yourselves why in God's holy name anyone would want to shatter this sweet dream that successfully benefits us all and go backwards to the ungodly nightmare of conflict and corruption and killing that previously made the City of Sta. Rosa Laguna infamous instead of famous? Why change something that's so demonstrably the best? The best for all Rosenians, and already recognized nationally as the best in the entire country!


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      The fathers of our City Mayor and City Vice Mayor were both murdered for political reasons, and instead of giving up at that time, when Sta. Rosa Laguna had one of the worst reputations in the country for political killings, Arlene Arcillas and Arnel Gomez bravely continued their dedication to public service.

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      As the elections approached, voters focused carefully on the candidates and to assess what they had done for the people of Sta. Rosa in the past. Not what their campaigns declared what they would do, but their track records. What had they ever done for us and our city?
      It's important that voters consider what really matters to all Rosenians as well as to themselves as individuals, especially voters with young children whose future is at stake. Of all the candidates campaigning for election, which ones could we trust long-term and which ones would ditch the electorate as soon as they were elected? It was essential to look at their known characters and history.
      For example, Manuel Alipon made his fortune as Kapitan of Barangay Balibago. How? By tricking his barangay voters into believing that he would represent their interests, when in fact he represented only his own interests exemplified by a corrupt contract with Nissin, whereby he permitted a multi-hectare industrial complex right in the very center of an otherwise strictly urban (commercial and residential) area.
      His corruption contributed enormously to the abominable time-wasting traffic congestion and unhealthy air pollution of Balibago Complex. One of his rewards from this contract was that his trucking company, Man-Ali Enterprises, has since been used to distribute Nissin's products.
      SRM does not blame Nissin, because this company was unaware of Alipon's corrupt trickery and had no knowledge of Man-Ali's nefarious activities such as illegal transportation of protected species, unlawful logging, banned drugs and unlicensed weapons. Nor of Alipon's illegally armed gang of thugs (aka private army) who were used by him to rip off and rob foreign investors in Santa Rosa City, nor of his tax evasions.

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Santa Rosa City Vice Mayor Arnel Gomez, pictured above center officiating at SM's fabulous Christmas Season launch has transformed the shambles, immoralities and corruptions left behind when gangster Manuel Alipon was voted out in 2010. The public office of City Vice Mayor deserved far better than the adulterer and armed robber Alipon, whose criminalities are notorious throughout Laguna, Cavite and Batangas provinces. Voters did the right thing, and they elected the right man for the job.

      President Benigno Aquino was elected by a landslide majority in 2010 to clean up our national culture of corrupt officials like Alipon in every city and municipality. And more specifically, our City Vice Mayor Arnel DC Gomez was elected to rid our local public office of Alipon's previous vice mayoral corruptions. Vice Mayor Gomez has proved himself to be the opposite to Alipon that we all wanted. Gomez is younger and more active, and he is completely honest. He and his beautiful wife are positive assets to our city's future development and prosperity.

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Above: Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas and Santa Rosa City Vice Mayor Arnel Gomez, officiating at the
Barangay Fire Olympics (left photo) and at the birthday celebration of Kapitan Willie Castro (right photo).
Below: Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas and Santa Rosa City Vice Mayor Arnel Gomez, taking part in the
One Billion Rising event (left photo) and officiating at Senior Citizens Oathtaking in Golden City (right photo).

Mayor Arlene and Vice Mayor ArnelMayor Arcillas and Vice Mayor Gomez

      Our highly accomplished and highly honored City Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas, along with City Vice Mayor Gomez and our dedicated and efficient City Councilors form a Dream Team which is the envy of all the Philippines. It's why Sta. Rosa Laguna is so successful. It's why it attracts so much national and foreign media attention. It's why it attracts so much national and foreign business investment. It's why our social, medical, educational, housing and environmental conditions are improving so dramatically.
      SRM wants Santa Rosa City Laguna Philippines to be a beacon of Philippine growth, not a rat-infested sewer saturated with the evil of adulterous, immoral, fraudulent, thieving, criminally corrupt degenerate gangster Manuel Alipon and his gang of unlawfully armed relatives, cronies and employees. They plan to create an Ampatuan-style Cotabato of the North and to destroy the Eton-style Makati of the South. The methods they use exemplify why the corrupt want the poor and uneducated to remain forever poor and uneducated.
      Even Manuel Alipon's daughter Almira, privileged with an expensive Quezon City education and luxury condo both funded by her father's ruthless robbery of the poor, first as kapitan of Barangay Balibago then as vice mayor of Santa Rosa City, could not refrain from revealing the result of her father's corrupt upbringing in her infamous "Eat Shit" high school philosophies, her infamous "Eat Shit" college philosophies and her infamous "Eat Shit" blogs on Multiply.
      Manuel Manoy Alipon used public money to fraudulently brainwash the poor into thinking that every local public project was paid for out of his own pocket, and that he also paid personally for every local supply of food and other necessities after natural disasters. None of this was ever true. He kept most of these funds for himself, and also evaded tax by never declaring them to BIR as personal income.
      For example, Alipon not only fraudulently tricked the foreign furniture manufacturer HRLD into improving the property and paying for monthly rent and electricity of his trucking company Man-Ali in barangay Dita and then giving him more than a million pesos for his 2007 election campaign, but after election he sent his illegal private army, with its unlawful unlicensed loose weapons, to shut down HRLD's factory and steal all its equipment, machines, spare parts, supplies and raw materials. This is known and confirmed by SRM in absolute certainty, with certified witnesses and documented evidence. Only Alipon's briberies of officials (using his vice mayor's public funds) prevented his arrest and conviction.
      He would then give the poor and uneducated a few pesos each to vote for him, and send his gang to threaten or bribe election officials into tampering with results wherever he thought his opponents might have a majority. He is far worse than a natural disaster, because his methods are always to suppress the poor and keep them at starvation level in dire poverty so that he can manipulate and control them while stealing the public funds allocated to help them.
      Balibago would have improved in every way beyond recognition if Manuel Alipon had never been involved in barangay politics to syphon off its funds for himself. We must ask ourselves in all honesty: "Is this archaic destructive corruption truly the 'Philippine Way' or is there a better way that benefits every Filipino and Filipina in every part of the Philippines?"
      Manuel Manoy Alipon, Santa Rosa City's Public Enemy #1, was rejected by the voters in 2013 as predicted and trailed a long way behind in last place. NOW is the opportunity for our local People Power to eradicate every remaining vestige of reprobate Alipon's destructive corruption forever. He is a despicable Balibago gangster who thinks he's an emperor, and surrounds himself with thugs unlawfully armed with illegal guns, but even his private army failed to get him back into City Hall. Later this year we must all make sure he and his cronies fail to seize power again at the lower levels of local government.
      VOTE FOR HIS OPPONENTS in Barangay, SK and Purok 2013 elections to make certain that Manuel 'Manoy' Gonzales Alipon NEVER achieves his evil ambitions in Sta. Rosa City Laguna.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This updated feature by Angel Tugado is published by SRM without reservation. Although SRM has no direct dealings with Manuel Alipon, since our first online publication in 2007 - when we discovered after supporting him that in fact he was the opposite of the image he presented to us and to the public - we received so many authenticated stories of his adulteries, immoralities, corruptions and criminalities that we cancelled several later features that would have boosted his chances for re-election. SRM does not support corruption such as that of Manuel Manoy Alipon, and it never will. - Sarina Fernandez, Editor, Santa Rosa Magazine, Laguna, Philippines.


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GLOBAL POP LEGEND TOM JONES
SAYS HE IS "THRILLED TO BITS"
TO HAVE FILIPINO SINGER IN HIS
TEAM ON THE VOICE UK 2013


WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW"?
Joseph Apostol
Turn up the volume to hear what Tom Jones raved about. After Will.i.am used Filipino learned from his Black Eyed Peas co-star Apl.de.ap, Tom praised Joseph Apostol's vocal range, passion and originality, adding to plaudits for Joseph that: "I know Filipinos are great singers because I've been there and heard them." How many times have you heard or sung yourself: 'Delilah', 'The Green Green Grass Of Home', 'It's Not Unusual'
and other famous Tom Jones hits on local videoke? Such praise from a global pop legend, whose Las Vegas shows often outsold Elvis Presley's, is not to be sneezed at. Joseph Apostol's voice is something special.

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WILL THE NEXT MISS UNIVERSE
BE FROM LAGUNA?

Not quite from Santa Rosa but a very close neighbor from Los Banos!

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Binibining Pilipinas Results 2013 (L to R) 1st Runner Up: Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Bb. Pilipinas - Tourism: Joanna Cindy Miranda,
Miss Universe Philippines: Ariella Arida, Miss Bb. Pilipinas - International: Bea Rose Santiago,
Miss Bb. Pilipinas - Supranational: Mutya Johanna Datul.

THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. WITH OUR CANDIDATES IN THE TOP 5 OF THE GLOBAL CONTEST FOR THE PAST 3 YEARS, GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THAT #1 TITLE SPOT, FILIPINA BEAUTIES ARE ON A RUN. The 24 year old UP Chemistry graduate from Laguna's Los Banos, Ariella Arida, is this year's candidate and the hopes of every red blooded Filipina and Filipino are resting on her beautiful shoulders.
      SRM is proud to mention here that the annual Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant, which Ariella Arida has won, is a project of Binibining Pilipinas Charities. This is a non-stock, non-profit organization founded by its chair, Stella Marquez Araneta.
      Its mission is to spread peace and love across the nation, and its pageant is basically a fund raising event to support projects that benefit orphans, indigent families and other less fortunate members of Philippine society.
      To find out more please visit the official Binibining Pilipinas Charities website.

                                                                                                               - Sarina Fernandez (Photo courtesy of Binibining Pilipinas Charities)


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The Arangkada Philippines Forum: Realize the Potential! took place last month at the Rizal Ballroom, Makati Shangri La Hotel.
Scroll down this page to see this topnotch event's great program of essential themes and eminent speakers crucial to our global investors
and then find out more by visiting the Arangkada Philippines Forum website.

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To ensure that you never miss any important Sta. Rosa Laguna events, Santa Rosa Magazine recommends
regularly visiting our city's 3 official government websites, which have been created to assist and inform you:
the Santa Rosa City Government Official Website, the Santa Rosa City Council Official Website,
and the Santa Rosa City Government Official Facebook Page.

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Above: American Idol's Fil-Am star Jessica Sanchez sings "Ikaw" to tumultuous applause in her fabulous sellout Valentine's Day concert at Manila's Smart Araneta Coliseum. (Video courtesy of YouTube.)
      Also, visit the welcome new website of Manila Concert Scene to see the video of PSY's "Gangnam Style" live performance at the Mall Of Asia on February 16. His wildcard viral phenomenon has broken every world record in pop music, and will PSY be able to maintain this level of global success with a series of equally phenomenal follow-up hits? Only time will tell....


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WILD, WACKY, WITTY AND WONDERFUL!
WHAT A WAY TO WAKE US UP!

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Above (left to right): Edu Manzano, Paolo Bediones, Cheryl Cosim, Joseph Holandes Ubalde, Chiqui Roa Puno, Patricia May Sanchez, Christine Babao, Analie Martinez, Grace Lee, and Shalala. GMC's Sta. Rosa segment was a "Makata Adventure", one of the series in which presenter Makata Tawanan visits interesting places to meet local people, find out about local attractions and events, and sample local delicacies. Naturally he started with the sexy ladies who won the street dance competition. Who wouldn't? But there was ...(More)

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Nuvali Avida EstatesNuvali Avida Estates
Been to Nuvali lately? Open air movies are free and take place at intervals during the year, so if you missed the Romantic Valentines'
show watch out for similar future events. (Read more.)


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SM Prime Holdings President Hans T. Sy (3rd from left) launches the 5th SM City in China. (More)

AT CHRISTMAS TIME SANTA ROSA'S SM EMPLOYEES BROUGHT HAPPINESS TO ORPHANS AND STREET KIDS

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Employees of SM City Santa Rosa Laguna busy packing goodies for the kids.

THE LESS FORTUNATE WERE NOT FORGOTTEN DURING SM'S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS. Administration staff, not only those in Sta. Rosa Laguna but from all four SM malls in South Luzon, namely SM Supercenter Muntinlupa, SM City Santa Rosa, SM City Calamba and SM City San Pablo, ushered in the Year of the Water Snake by spreading love and sharing their blessings via the Christmas gift giving drive organized by their respective HR Departments led by Regional Head Evangeline King.
      Visit our special Christmas/New Year Page for photos from all four South Luzon SM malls, as well as videos of 2012 seasonal events in Sta. Rosa City and also including the famous New Year Fireworks Display in London, and PSY's live Gangnam Style featuring MC Hammer, introduced by Ryan Seacrest and complete with 'sexy ladies' in New York City's Times Square.


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TALKING OF GANGNAM STYLE AND
PHILIPPINE SEXY LADIES, WE JUST
COULD NOT RESIST THIS VIDEO OF
OUR OWN STA. ROSA SEXY LADY...


Video of City Mayor Arlene Arcillas dancing Gangnam Style during the celebration of Angat Kababaihan's 3rd year Anniversary
(Courtesy of City Information Office, Santa Rosa Laguna, and YouTube).

WHAT CAN I SAY? THIS IS AN ASPECT OF OUR CITY MAYOR'S PERSONALITY THAT NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW. Outside her universally acknowledged dedication to Sta. Rosa City Laguna , and her efficient handling of heavy 24/7 responsibilities of important public office, already recognized by Malacanang's Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, Mayor Arlene Arcillas here displays dancing talents that took us by surprise because we'd never seen them before!
      It's evident that she not only keeps abreast of pop trends, but also genuinely enjoys joining her electorate's enjoyment of them. Hey, how rare is this in a politician at any level of government? Plenty pretend to, but anyone can easily see how phony most of them are.
      Rosenians can count their lucky stars that they have a City Mayor in Arlene B Arcillas, a City Vice Mayor in Arnel DC Gomez, and a team of fantastic city counselors all running again in 2013.
      They all deserve to win, and we all deserve to benefit from their devoted hard work, making every resident of Sta. Rosa City a winner too.

                                                                                                                                       - Sarina Fernandez, Editor, Santa Rosa Magazine.


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SANTA ROSA CITY'S DREAM TEAM TOGETHER FILE CERTICATES OF CANDIDACY FOR 2013 ELECTIONS


Video courtesy of City Information Office, Santa Rosa Laguna, and YouTube.

ALL ROSENIANS CAN REST ASSURED IN THE CERTAINTY that Sta Rosa City's Dream Team of favorite daughters and sons have registered their candidacy for the local elections next May.
      The incumbent 2010-winners, City Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas, City Vice Mayor Arnel D.C. Gomez, and Councilors: Dr. Luisito B. Algabre, Mythor C. Cendana, Laudemer Carta, Ma. Theresa Cecilia-Aala, Petronio C. Factoriza, Raymond Ryan F. Carvajal, Antonia Tatlonghari-Laserna, Eric T. Puzon, Paulino Y. Camaclang, Jr., and Edward Fernandito S. Tiongco have all made their candidacies for 2013 official.
      In SRM's opinion this entire Dream Team, led by its Presidential award-winning City Mayor, has proved to be honest, dedicated, hard-working and deeply motivated by the public service of managing and improving our city for the maximum benefit of every resident.
      We sincerely believe that every member of this team deserves to be re-elected for another term of office. Their achievements since May 2010 speak for themselves. Every vote counts, so give them yours in May 2013 and let's see an even bigger landslide win than last time.

                                                                                                                                       - Sarina Fernandez, Editor, Santa Rosa Magazine.


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CITY MAYOR'S OFFICIAL FACEBOOK
PAGE IS A BIG HIT WITH ROSENIANS

OUR SANTA ROSA CITY MAYOR NOW HAS AN OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE, and already it has notched up almost 6000 'likes'.
      SRM urges all Rosenians to visit it frequently and take part in in any discussions and forums. It demonstrates Mayor Arlene's honesty and openness to communicate with residents, and confirms her determination to keep local governance transparent.

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      I was delighted to see the above photo of Mayor Arlene and Vice Mayor Arnel warmly welcoming Bro. Eddie Villanueva, founder of the Jesus Is Lord Church, on his recent visit to Sta. Rosa. Also the photo below of our Mayor and Vice Mayor celebrating the birthday of Joel Aala.

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      Whilst making the most of the City Mayor's Facebook page, don't neglect the city government's two dedicated websites: Government and Council, and also its own separate Facebook page.

                                                                                                                                                           - Angel Tugado (See also Opinion page.)


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MUCH MORE THAN A NEXT WAVE CITY,
STA. ROSA IS NOW READY TO BECOME
AN ICT CENTER OF EXCELLENCE

SANTA ROSA CITY LAGUNA IS NOW VYING TO BE RECOGNIZED AS THE NEXT ICT CENTER OF EXCELLENCE after consistently belonging to the top three "Next Wave City" for the past years.
      Activities of the city distinguishing it from other cities include the establishment of the Technology Business Incubator for start-up Business Processing and Outsourcing (BPO) companies interested to grow and expand later.
      Other activities are the conduct of the Science cum ICT Expo in cooperation with the Philippine Science Foundation; the implementation of the animation education and training for the students of the Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School assisted by the Animation Council of the Philippines and the Business Processing Association of the philippines; the DepEd managed ICT learning facility, capability building courses; and the conduct of the Laguna ICT Education Summit.
      Similar to the Philippine Economic Zone Authority-funded TBI in UP Diliman, the Santa Rosa TBI to be located at Nuvali with the support of Ayala Land, PEZA, DOST-Information Communication and Technology Office and Technology Resource Center (TRC).
      The TBI will also accommodate the BPO Centrum conceived by Business Processing Association of the Philippines. The Centrum is an interactive facility wherein students and enthusiasts will have the chance to find out more about the potential IT-BPO careers, understand what skills are required, how to acquire these skills at levels of expertise required by the industry and how to gain access to these opportunities.
      The Centrum will also serve as venue for budding ICT-related entrepreneurs renting affordable spaces, venue for ICT council meetings, job trainings, and continuous ICT jobs fair.
      The Science cum ICT Expo at Robinson's Place (Robinsons Sta. Rosa Market), Sta. Rosa City, was a joint undertaking of the City of Santa Rosa, Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A, Department of Education Division of Santa Rosa, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority - Laguna, and PUP Santa Rosa Extension.
      The objective of the activity was to showcase the talents in science and ICT and at the same time provide awareness of ICT-related career opportunities to students. The expo will include science and ICT exhibits, competitions and forum. Target participants are students from primary to tertiary level in the City of Santa Rosa and neighboring cities and municipalities.
      As a potential candidate for the Galing Pook Award in 2013, an animation education and training project will be launched by the Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School students.
      The training will enable students develop their skills and knowledge for the animation industry as well as to instill the values of entrepreneurship. A DepEd-managed ICT Learning facility primarily funded by the city government located in Central 2 with numerous desktop computers are available for ICT trainings of public school students as well as a venue for ICT-related programs of the city.
      The Laguna ICT Education Summit was conceptualized in collaboration with Laguna Industry Network for Knowledge, Innovation and Technology headed by its President - Antonio Del Carmen, board member of the NICCEP.
      The activity aims to gather all members of the academe in Metro Laguna and discuss with them the opportunities of the ICT sector. Among the output of the summit will be a curriculum matched with the needs of the industry, increased tie-ups of schools with BPO companies, and enhanced local support to the city's hosting of the 5th NICP Summit.

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Solenad, the retail and restaurant zone at Nuvali is already a big attraction for visitors to Sta. Rosa. (Photo courtesy of Ayalaland.)

      ICT Development is the key to inclusive growth in the City of Santa Rosa. Inclusive growth means a fast-paced, broad based pattern of sustainable growth. Fast-paced growth will be attained primarily through increase in productive employment. In order to promote increased employment, greater than ever investments focused in providing work/employment opportunities and labor skills development is needed.
      One of Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas' pillars of development is an increase in productive employment. The ICT sector promises a bright future in employment creation in the years to come.
      With the city's aggressive efforts in ICT promotion and development spearheaded by the City Planning and Development Office, robustly supported by the dedicated leadership by the City Mayor and Sangguniang Panglungsod members, the objective of inclusive growth is within reach from the city's development agenda.

                                                                                                                     - Danilo C. Pablo, City Planning and Development Coordinator


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SANTA ROSA LAGUNA IS FEATURED
TWICE ON GMA7'S I LOVE PINAS

Special Message to readers of Santa Rosa Magazine from Carlo Lorenzo

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The Museo de Santa Rosa's fascinating exhibits, photos and reports give you an opportunity to reflect on the city's remarkable history and culture.
Visit Carlo Lorenzo's blogsite to find out more.

TWO EPISODES OF I LOVE PINAS FEATURED SANTA ROSA CITY LAGUNA:

      1) -----Bisitahin natin sa I LOVE PINAS GMA News TV on Channel 11 (formerly QTV) ang Museo de Santa Rosa... Puntahan natin ang Kwartel ng Sto Domingo at silipin ang umano'y underground tunnel papuntang Cavite... Gumawa tayo ng scented candles. Ilubog ang mga itlog sa putik para maging itlog na maalat. Magluto tayo ng ukoy na may bagoong!
      Episode 1: Kwartel ng Santo Domingo - Museo De Santa Rosa - GK Candles (Bgy. Tagapo, Sta Rosa, Laguna) - Bok's Homemade Original Ice Cream (LM Subd., Market Area, Sta Rosa, Laguna) - D'Original Nene's Special Ukoy - Nenet's Balut at Itlog na Pula - El Cielito Inn - Southpick Resort.

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Taking a boat ride on the lake, feasting at a choice of delicious restaurants, and feeding the fish are some of the visitors' favorite activities at Nuvali.
Visit Carlo Lorenzo's blogsite to find out more.

      2) -----Tara na para sa I LOVE PINAS GMA News TV on Channel 11 (formerly QTV). Adventure packed trip sa Sta Rosa Laguna! Experience the super fun rides and new activities sa Enchanted Kingdom... Pakainin naman natin sa Nuvali ang gutum na gutom na isda, mag boat ride, puntahan ang greens and patches para ma-experience ang pag-ani ng fruits and vegetables at siyempre pa mag foooood trip tayooooo!
      Episode 2: Enchanted Kingdom - Nuvali (Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary, Greens and Patches, Fish Feeding, Taxi Boat Ride, Biking, Evoliving Center Exhibit) - Pig Out - Domo Tomo - LZM Restaurant - Chato's Canteen
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Carlo said: "I love the fireworks at EK. There are so many things I enjoy in this theme park which keeps me coming back again and again and again."
Visit Carlo Lorenzo's blogsite to find out more.


"GOD BLESS THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA!"

Carlo Lorenzo

You are also invited to follow me on:
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twitter @carloflorenzo

I LOVE PINAS Via GMA LIfe TV International:
Hong Kong: 9:45 - 10:15PM Saturday & 10:50 - 11:20AM Monday (replay)   Japan: 10:45 - 11:15PM Saturday & 11:50AM - 12:20PM Monday (replay)   Guam/Papua New Guinea / Australia: 11:45PM - 12:15AM Saturday & 12:50 - 1:20PM Monday (replay)   New Zealand: 1:45 - 2:15AM Sunday & 2:50 - 3:20PM Monday (replay)   Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: 4:45 - 5:15PM Saturday & 7:55 - 8:25PM Tuesday (replay)   Italy: 3:45 - 4:15PM Saturday & 6:55 - 7:25PM Tuesday (replay)   US Pacific/ Canada (Vancouver): 7:50 - 8:20PM Sunday & 9:55 - 10:25 am Tuesday (replay)   US Central/ Canada (Winnipeg): 9:50 - 10:20PM Sunday & 11:55AM - 12:25PM Tuesday (replay)   US Eastern/ Canada (Toronto): 10:50 - 11:20PM Sunday & 12:55 - 1:25PM Tuesday (replay)   Hawaii: 4:50 - 5:20 pm Sunday & 6:55 - 7:25 am Tuesday (replay)

(SRM Editor's Note: Carlo brings humor, energy and a feeling of excitement to his presentations that make them fun to watch as well as getting a lot of interesting information, especially as his hands-on approach gives you every little detail of whatever he's focusing on. Following an introductory chat with Tourism Officer Narcisa Esguerra, who gave an enticing overview of the numerous varied attractions the city of Sta. Rosa has to offer, in Episode 1 Carlo literally worked his way round it. He studied its history at the Museo De Santa Rosa, very nearly scalded himself with hot wax while making a star-shaped candle at GK Candles, went on to make some Bok's Original Ice Cream and some Nene's Special Ukoy, then prepared some Nenet's Balut at Itlog na Pula-- but the program shoot couldn't wait 15 days for incubation! Even on home ground it's a daunting experience for those not normally in the public eye to face TV cameras and microphones and know that millions will see the resulting video. Carlo Lorenzo, like Willie Revillame, has the rare gift of creating a close rapport with non-media people featured in his programs. He gives them the needed confidence to feel at ease and express themselves. Add to this the clever direction, camerawork and editing-- from panning through valuable antiquities at the Museo de Santa Rosa, luxurious rooms at El Cielito Inn, and sporting activities at Southpick Resort to stunning quick shots of other local scenes. All in all, "I Love Pinas" is a great production that entertains as it informs. Carlo and his energized young team had a wild time in Episode 2 at Enchanted Kingdom and Nuvali. You and your club- or team-members, family, friends or work colleagues may avail January through September 16, 2013 a fantastic bonding and money-saving special I Love Pinas Promo Deal at Sta. Rosa's sporty Southpick Resort. See below.)

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Find out more about Nuvali Evoliving.

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Aquabest employees and franchisees recently participated at Haribon's tree planting activity at Nuvali, Santa Rosa City, Laguna in support of Haribon's Road to 2020 initiative. Aquabest is a long time partner of Haribon in promoting reforestation and environmental awareness.

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THE PHILIPPINE STOCK EXCHANGE FOUNDATION DONATES TO TYPHOON PABLO VICTIMS THROUGH PBSP

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The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) Foundation turned over PhP 1M for the casualties of Typhoon Pablo through Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). The amount contributed will be utilized for a rehabilitation program in Compostela Valley. In Photo are (from left): PSE Director & PSE Foundation Trustee Alejandro T. Yu; PSE Foundation President, Harry G. Liu; PBSP Executive Director Rafael Lopa; PSE Foundation Chairman Hans B. Sicat; PSE Foundation Trustee Trinidad Y. Kalaw; PSE Foundation Trustee Edwin Luy; and PSE Foundation Trustee Atty. Erlaster C. Sotto.

PBSP SUPPORTS ERNST AND YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR PHILIPPINES 2013

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(L-R): Co-presenters sign a memorandum of agreement to support Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2013: Jerry Clavesillas, Director, Bureau of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, Department of Trade and Industry; Dr. Ben Paul Gutierrez, Dean, UP College of Business Administration; Cirilo Noel, President, SGV Foundation and Audit Committee Chair, Philippine Business for Social Progress; Hans Sicat, President and CEO, Philippine Stock Exchange; Victoria San Juan-Co, Manager, Corporate Affairs and Relationship Management, Philippine Business for Social Progress.

THE PHILIPPINE BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL PROGRESS (PBSP) has signed a memorandum of agreement to support Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2013.
      The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 is managed by the SGV Foundation, Inc. with this year's theme, Breaking Barriers. The program was able to recognize 141 outstanding men and women entrepreneurs over the last 10 years.
      The search is open for all Filipino entrepreneurs who may join the following award categories: Master Entrepreneur, Small Business Entrepreneur, Social Entrepreneur, and Woman Entrepreneur.
      The Entrepreneur of the Year will be chosen from the award categories winners, and will represent the country in the World Entrepreneur Of The Year in Monte Carlo, Monaco in June 2014. For nominations and other information, contact Entrepreneur Of The Year Secretariat at 891-0307 local 7766 or email eoy.info@ph.ey.com.

CATHAY PACIFIC HELPS IMPROVE READING SKILLS OF STUDENTS

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Cathay Pacific employee volunteers spend their weekend helping improve the reading comprehension skills of public school students of the Kapt. Eddie Reyes Palar Annex Elementary School in Taguig, Metro Manila. Aside from employee volunteering, Cathay Pacific also donated supplemental reading books, bags, and other school items for the kindergarten students. Cathay Pacific is strongly committed to corporate social responsibility as an active and enthusiastic member of the Philippine Business for Social Progress.

                                                                                                                        - Reports by Joyce Franzly Racoma (Photos courtesy of PBSP)


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THE EDUCATION REVOLUTION
IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW


Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, the co-founders of edX, have since been joined by Berkeley University of California, The University of Texas System, Wellesley College and Georgetown University. More are expected.

WHY PROTEST ABOUT PHILIPPINE COLLEGE TUITION FEE HIKES, WHEN YOU CAN GET BETTER COURSES ONLINE FOR FREE? We don't say this lightly, as in many ways our colleges do a great job - if you can afford them.
      But if you can't,
then SRM's advice is: never give up, just search online for free courses in the subjects that interest you most, then study them independently in regular communication with students around the world who are studying the same subject.
      At first, it may look hard to take this on yourself without support, because you're on your own. But look again, because you're not. Far from being alone, you're in the company of many more students than the total number that all Philippine universities put together could ever support.
      The target is at least a billion online students. Just imagine a billion students, female and male, black and white, from east and west, south and north - whatever their nationality, race, religion or social status - will be taking free online courses alongside you.
      The experiences that you share will be simultaneously competitive and cooperative. Your deepest interests and talents will be nurtured and expanded a long way beyond the physical capacity of any single country's traditional education system. You'll make lifelong friends online from every corner of the globe, and possibly meet some of them later to form closer relationships and possibly start new enterprises with.

      WARNING! You will never again have any excuses by blaming heredity from your ancestral DNA and genes, pressure from your peers, lessons from your parents and teachers, or hard knocks from your relationships and work experiences, or hikes in your college tuition and accommodation fees when you have insufficient income to fund them. As long as corrupt politicians and corporations are prevented from seizing control of the internet, as they're currently attempting to, the free global online reference and educational resources such as Google, Wikipedia, edX, Khan Academy and TED-Ed will remain free to everyone everywhere, as will the social and entrepreneurial resources such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr. A free and open internet gives you, and the rest of us, the opportunity to become wholly responsible for every aspect of our own lives. Without exception. No more excuses. None. Of any kind. Ever.
      So to quote again a frequently quoted adage: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!" The metaphor simply means that not everyone is ideally suited to a lifetime career in the high pressure from customers and the high temperature from cooking appliances in a busy restaurant kitchen at the center of a densely populated major world city.
      If you do thrive on this type of challenge, it's fine. If you don't, there are many other careers to choose from that have lower built-in stress levels. Your preferred environment might be very different. Decide what it is, study for it, focus on it, go for it, and it will be yours.
                                                                                                                            - Angel Tugado (Video courtesy of MIT, Harvard and YouTube)

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SINCE 1988, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PHILIPPINES has played an active role in providing decent, durable and affordable housing for low-income families. It started in the Cagayan Valley Region in the north and in Metro Manila. Through a network of project offices in rural and urban areas, the organization has built and repaired tens of thousands of homes, and has also assisted more than 5,000 families displaced by typhoons, fires and landslides. In addition, it has completed over 300 classrooms. Visit the HFH Philippines website for more info.

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URGENT MESSAGE TO AMERICANS OVERSEAS

OUR BIRTHRIGHT AND THE FUTURE OF OUR LOVED ONES AT HOME ARE UNDER ATTACK FROM WITHIN. The revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance apparatus, if true, represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights. Go to the Stop Watching Us website to find out more and add your support to demanding that the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA's spying programs.

"Unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights
that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society."
- Tim Berners Lee

"It will be shocking for me if American citizens allow this to continue."
- Ai WeiWei

"Democracy requires an informed citizenry in order to function properly,
and transparency and accountability are essential parts of that.
That means knowing what our government is doing to us, in our name."
- Bruce Schneier

"The National Security Agency's capability at any time could be turned around on the American people,
and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything:
telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter. There would be no place to hide."
- Senator Frank Church

"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence,
nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection
of the law against such interference or attacks."
- UN Declaration on Human Rights

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
- Benjamin Franklin

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JOIN GOOGLE'S GLOBAL ACTION TO
KEEP THE INTERNET FREE AND OPEN


WHEREVER YOU ARE IN THE WORLD, YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING THE GREATEST ASSET WE ALL HAVE TO CONNECT AND COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER. Once again the most corrupt politicians of the world are attempting to take control of the internet for their own purposes of power and profit.
      These politicians don't believe in freedom of speech or freedom to communicate. They don't want anyone to post photos or videos on the internet of scenes that politicians want to prevent the public from seeing. Like, for example, innocent women and children being massacred by Assad's army in Syria.
      The internet is the greatest and most democratic force for good that the world has ever experienced, and it's available in every country. It must be kept permanently free and open to everyone.
      Watch the above video and join
Google's Action. Santa Rosa Magazine has already done so.

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not many people can afford to spend 2 to 4 years of their lives in formal study, Businessmaker Academy has
created practical, straightforward and direct short-course business seminars. Since 2003 it has served over
20,000 satisfied clients, and its website www.businessmaker-academy.com has details of latest schedules.

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PBSP MARKS 42ND FOUNDING DAY
AND MEMBERS MEETING

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Nine new member companies were inducted at PBSP's Annual Foundation Day and Members Meeting held at Dusit Thani Hotel. L to R in photo: PBSP Executive Director Rafael Lopa; Manila Water Company, Inc. Group Director for Corporate Strategic Affairs, Ferdinand Dela Cruz; Watsons Personal Care Store (Phils.) Inc. General Manager, Robert Sun; Baker and McKenzie Global Services Manila Human Resources Director, Martina Veronica Garcia; Felta Multi-Media Inc. President and CEO, Mylene Abiva; PBSP Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan; PBSP Membership and External Relations Committee Chair Marixi Prieto; Jardine Lloyd Thompson Insurance Brokers Inc. AVP Corporate Risk Solutions, Nick Canoza; The Generics Pharmacy Franchising Corporation President, Benjamin Liuson; Webdotcom Website Development Philippines, Inc. Managing Director, Jhermaine Fernandez; Erikagen Inc. President, Teodoro Ferrer; and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Dennis Uy. All the new members share PBSP's vision to eradicate poverty through Corporate Social Responsibility.


THE PHILIPPINE BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL PROGRESS (PBSP) CELEBRATED 2013 - ITS 42nd YEAR OF BEING THE BIGGEST BUSINESS-LED SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION IN THE PHILIPPINES - at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati. Its main theme was: "The Role of Business in Promoting Inclusive Growth".
      The Annual Membership Meeting was highlighted with an Inclusive Business Forum entitled "Are We Ready for Inclusive Growth?" that provided a venue for the government and business sector to discuss the conditions in achieving inclusive growth and surfaced the important role of business in social development.
      Among the panelists of the forum from the government sector were Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo; Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Authority Director-General Arsenio Balisacan; Department of Health Secretary Enrique T. Ona.
      Panelists from the private sector were Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Co. and PBSP Chairman Manuel V Pangilinan; Philippine Investment Management (PHINMA), Inc. President and CEO and PBSP Board Treasurer Ramon R. del Rosario; Chairman and CEO Nestle Philippines and PBSP Trustee John Martin Miller.
      "We see inclusive growth happening, especially if economic growth continues its pace at 6% to 7% over the next 10 years. But it can be faster if there are businesses that seek to hit all sectors of society", said Secretary Balisacan. Overall, it was established that the goal is new and challenging and there is a need for the government to consider providing "financing to businesses", as mentioned by Asian Social Enterprise Incubator (ASEI) Executive Director Markus Dietrich.
      PBSP directs to further strengthen its present Platforms for Collective Engagements (PlaCEs) in the areas of Health, Education, Environment, and Livelihood and Enterprise Development (HEEL) through Inclusive Business and the support of its member companies, with local and international partners who are one with the foundation's vision to reduce poverty.
                                                                                                                                                                        - Joyce Fanzly Racoma


OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT FROM PBSP MEMBERS HELPS TO REBUILD LIVES AFTER THE FLOODS



TROPICAL CYCLONES VISIT OUR COUNTRY ANNUALLY, and a considerable number result in devastating after-effects, exacerbated only too often by eco-unfriendly human activities such as the illegal logging that produces landslides and the casually dumped garbage that blocks drains. High winds, torrential rain, landslides and flooding cause damage and homelessness, injuries and fatalities in the metropolis and in the provinces. Recent southwest monsoon conditions brought about by Typhoon Gener (Saola) flooded over 80% of Metro Manila and affected the lives of almost 3 million people.
      Philippine Business for Social Progress, comprised of 240 corporate members, harnesses corporate philanthropy for collective impact. During times of necessity, member companies heed our disaster-stricken fellow Filipinos' calls for help.
      An outpouring of support came from member organizations and donors both from Metro Manila and other provinces: Epson Precision Philippines, Inc., IBM Care Club, Airlift Asia, Inc., UP College of Social Work and Community Development student volunteers, MediCall Group, and USAID TB LINC supported PBSP's relief operations which distributed Sphere relief packs and humanitarian assistance to over 700 families in Navotas and Laguna as well as medical assistance to 267 patients.
      PBSP members in other areas also donated aid: In Cagayan De Oro, Fast Cargo Logistics and Magsaysay Shipping Co. made sure that 2 container vans of relief goods were safely delivered; Philippine Banana Growers Association and Solid Shipping Lines also extended a helping hand; and in Zamboanga, relief aid was sent through Lorenzo Shipping. Other PBSP member companies, donors, and partners like Petron Corporation, United Way/The Hershey Company, UNILAB, Fluor Daniel Philippines, Inc., ZOTO, The Generics Pharmacy, and WATERS Philippines generously supported the relief efforts.
      The overwhelming assistance for the Habagat Relief was a clear affirmation of PBSP's collective impact at work.

                                                                                                                   - Report by Joyce Franzly Racoma and Ivy Candelaria


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HOW OPEN DATA IS CHANGING INTERNATIONAL AID

"Making sure that development and aid money
actually goes to the people who most need it."


ACCORDING TO SANJAY PRADHAN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD BANK INSTITUTE, the biggest challenge of developing the Third World is: "abject poverty surrounded by corruption".
      We can see this for ourselves only too clearly in the Philippines, but we are not alone. So, how do countries learn? And in a state with a history of corruption, failure and debt, how can its leaders -- both public and private sector -- gain the ability to grow, build, govern?
      This is the big question addressed by the World Bank Institute, which teaches those skills, focusing on the key force behind real change and building teams and coalitions to carry it through. Sanjay Pradhan joined the WBI in 2008, and has worked since then to refine its strategy into three interconnected plans: Open Knowledge, Collaborative Governance, and Innovative Solutions. He is an advocate of transparency and openness as development tools.
      "For more than 50 years, WBI has influenced half a million public and private sector decision makers around the world, many of whom have become leaders and change agents in their countries," he says.
      In this TED talk, Sanjay demonstrates how to make sure that development and aid money actually goes to the people who most need it. He lays out guidelines to help relief efforts make the most impact -- while curbing the corruption that works against it -- by connecting the players who are striving to change broken systems with the data they need to get the job done.


HIP HIP HOORAY FOR THE
GOOD OL' US OF A

THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT is suing named executives of a Philippine NGO for misappropriation of 300 million pesos donated by US AID. At last agencies of foreign aid are taking action against the frauds perpetrated by corrupt Philippine officials who pocket their funds which were sent to help victims. I applaud this action by the Americans and I hope it will trigger similar actions by other countries. This reinforces PNoy's campaign against all the entrenched corruption that makes officials rich whilst leaving millions of Filipinos in distress.
      The NGO in question is the Visayan Forum Foundation Inc., and named executives include its president Ma. Cecilia Flores-Oebanda. The organization is accused of fraud on a massive scale involving false receipts and fake contracts to justify expenditures that never happened. Thousands of falsified documents were discovered and seized in a raid by the National Bureau of Investigation.
      As the VFFI has received vast sums from both foreign government and non-government donors, this could be just the tip of the iceberg.

                                                                                                                                             - Angel Tugado (See also Opinion page.)


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LONDON'S LIVELY FILIPINO COMMUNITY PROMOTE THEIR HOMELAND AT
FAMOUS CULTURAL EVENTS

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The Manila Times estimated that there were 200,000 Filipinos living in the UK in 2007. Five years later, the number is considerably higher. Those in London are actively promoting the Philippines at every opportunity. Among them Roderick Enriquez, pictured above, designed the colorful Philippine float that took part in London's famous annual Lord Mayor's Procession last November (before the 'It's More Fun' motto was introduced). This is one of the powerful reasons why more British tourists visit the Philippines than from any other European country, because they are shown the wonderful attractions of our nation by wonderful Filipinos living in the UK.

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BORN: JUNE 19, 1861, AND UNJUSTLY
EXECUTED BY SPANISH OCCUPYING FORCES ON DECEMBER 30, 1896.

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CELEBRATE RIZAL'S BIRTH EVERY YEAR by reading, or re-reading, his predictions of how the Philippines would develop a hundred years after he wrote them for Spanish newspaper La Solidaridad in Barcelona. Under the title "The Philippines A Hundred Years Hence", you may now download the complete collection in English as a PDF e-book by clicking the above graphic. It's totally FREE with no form to fill in so you don't need to give your name, email address or any other personal information if you don't want to.
      Rizal's astute writings contain many perceptive insights into Filipino conditions of his time and their relevance to Philippine history during the first few decades after independence from the USA in 1946.
      The Philippine Star published a brilliant article on the subject by Boo Chanco to mark the 150th Anniversary of Rizal's birth. He said: "Rizal in his writings often revealed an uncanny ability to describe Philippine society a hundred years hence".
      For instance, the Lopez Museum website points out that in his historical essay, "Dentro de Cien Años and Sobre La Indolencia de los Filipinos", Rizal observed that as a colony of Spain, "the Philippines is depopulated, impoverished and retarded, astounded by the metamorphosis with no confidence in her part, still without faith in her present and without any flattering hope in the future".
      Spain may be long gone as a colonizer, but it seems things haven't changed much, (the Lopez Museum official website seems to be offline at the moment with some unexplained difficulty, but it also has a Facebook page. - Ed.)
      Read The Philippines A Hundred Years Hence by Jose Rizal now. Nothing to pay. Nothing to lose. Amazing insights to gain from our #1 Philippine Hero in the 152nd year after his birth at Calamba Laguna on June 19, 1861. It's our history. It's our heritage. It's the heroic blood that runs in our veins. It's the patriotic force that enabled People Power to depose dictator Marcos. It embodies the inspirational spirit, energy and determination behind President Benigno Aquino's robust and popular war against Philippine corruption, which is destined to bring about the greatest transformation of Filipino life and culture in our nation's history for the betterment of each and every one of our people, not just the privileged few.


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Gone but never forgotten, as you can see from the video below - courtesy of Mayor Leon C. Arcillas Foundation and YouTube.


A letter to the foundation
(The primary goal of the Mayor Leon C. Arcillas Foundation is to give the youth of the City of Santa Rosa
access to higher education in order to tap and maximize their potentials.)

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The Foundation now goes even further and helps many others in Santa Rosa. See more on its Official Website and Facebook.

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We highly recommend that you frequently visit the two official Sta. Rosa City websites:
Santa Rosa City Government Official Website (above) and Santa Rosa City Council Official Website (below).

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SANTA ROSA MAGAZINE HITS THE TOP
SPOT AGAIN IN GOOGLE SEARCHES

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IT'S HAPPENED MANY TIMES IN THE PAST AND WILL HAPPEN MANY TIMES IN THE FUTURE. During the past 5+ years since the magazine of Santa Rosa City Laguna first appeared online, it has several times captured the top spot (excluding paid positions like Google's TripAdvisor ad above) of every major search engine on the internet. Why? Because it's dedicated to supporting all that's good in Sta. Rosa Laguna and to opposing all that's bad. And we recognize that as a rapidly growing city, its residents take an interest in global issues and have opinions on matters that affect them.
      We don't claim to own Google's or any other top search position, which can change not only from day to day but also during any day. What we do claim with ample justification is that SRM is the most accepted and respected of any Sta. Rosa local media.
      We sincerely appreciate all the local support, and the support of so many Filipino OFWs around the world, that bring us this position.


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City Mayor Arlene Arcillas and City Vice Mayor Arnel Gomez of Santa Rosa Laguna bring humility and integrity to public office as they help to build houses for people relocated after being made homeless by natural disasters and for people who cannot afford to buy homes for their families
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Arangkada Forum
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The Arangkada Philippines Forum: Realize the Potential! takes place on February 26, 2013 at the Rizal Ballroom, Shangri La Hotel, Makati.
PROGRAM (as at January 31, 2013).
7:30-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:35 National Anthem
8:35-8:40 Welcome and Introduction by Ian Porter, President of Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Managing Director of Cardno.
8:40-8:50 Opening Remarks: Trends and Key Reforms in Trade and Industry in the Philippine Economy by Sec. Gregory L. Domingo (invited), Department of Trade and Industry Public Sector Co-Chairman, and member of National Competitiveness Council (NCC).
8:50-9:00 Message from US Ambassador and Launch of USAID-AmCham Partnership, The Arangkada Philippines Project: Ebb Hinchliffe, Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr., US Embassy, Gloria Steele, Mission Director, US Agency for International Development.
9:00-9:10 Purpose of Forum and Explanation of Assessment, John D. Forbes, Senior Advisor, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.
Part 1: Growing Too Slow
9:10-9:30 Key Reforms Needed to Grow Twice as Fast, Former Finance Sec. Roberto F. de Ocampo, OBE, Co-Vice Chairman, Makati Business Club.
Part 2: Becoming More Competitive
9:30-10:00 Moving into the Top Quartile, Guillermo M. Luz, Private Sector Co-Chairman, National Competitiveness Council.
Part 3: Big Winner Sectors
10:00-10:10 Introduction of Speaker, Moderator, and Panelists, Michael Raueber, President, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), President, Royal Cargo Combined Logistics.
10:10-10:20 SPECIAL PRESENTATION
National Tourism Development Plan, Sec. Ramon Jimenez Jr., Department of Tourism.
10:20-10:50 Panel Discussion 1
Moderator: Coco Alcuaz, Business News Head, ABS-CBN News Channel.
Agribusiness: Rolando Dy, Executive Director, Center for Food and Agribusiness, University of Asia and the Pacific.
Manufacturing: Roberto Batungbacal, President, Samahan sa Pilipinas ng mga Industriyang Kimika (SPIK), Director, Federation of Philippine Industries.
Mining: John Ridsdel, Chief Operating Officer, TVI Resource Development Inc.
Tourism, Medical Travel, and Retirement: Aileen Clemente, Public Relations Officer, Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA).
10:50-11:00 Open Forum
11:00-11:10 Introduction of Speaker, Moderator, and Panelists: Takashi Ishigami, President, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines, President, Marubeni Philippines Corporation.
11:10-11:20 SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Public Sector Infrastructure Planning Policies and Spending: Rolando G. Tungpalan, Deputy Director General, National Economic Development Authority.
11:20-11:50 Panel Discussion 2
Moderator: Maria Ressa, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Editor, Rappler.
Policy (including Public-Private Partnerships): Eduardo V. Francisco, President, Banco de Oro Capital.
Transportation: Airports/Seaports/Roads/Rail: Meneleo Carlos, Chairman, Federation of Philippine Industries, Private Sector Co-Champion, Infrastructure Working Group, National Competitiveness Council.
Power and Water: Ray Cunningham, First Vice President for Business Development, Aboitiz Power.
Telecommunications: Donald R. Felbaum, Managing Director, OPTEL Ltd.
11:50-12:00 Open Forum
Start of Luncheon
Part 4: General Business Environment
12:00-12:10 Introduction of Guest Public Sector Speaker: Edward Chang, President, Korean Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO, Asia Pacific Express Corporation.
12:10-12:20 SPECIAL PRESENTATION
The President's Social Contract: Sec. Florencio Abad, Department of Budget and Management.
12:20-12:50 Panel Discussion
Moderator: David Celdran, Senior Anchor Reporter, ABS-CBN News Channel.
Business Costs: John D. Forbes, Senior Advisor, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.
Governance: Heidi Mendoza, Commissioner on Audit.
Judicial: Sherisa P. Nuesa, Head, Judicial Reform Initiative.
Social Services: Jaime Galvez Tan, President, Health Futures Foundation.
12:50-1:00 Open Forum
1:00-1:10 Awarding of the Arangkada Philippines Lifetime Achievement Award.
1:10-1:20 Message of Joint Foreign Chambers and Introduction of Keynote Speakers: Rhicke Jennings, President, American Chamber of Commerce, Managing Director, FedEx Express Philippines and Indonesia.
1:20-1:40 Keynote Speeches
House Speaker: Feliciano R. Belmonte Jr.
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (invited)
1:40-1:50 Open Forum 1:50-2:00 Closing Remarks: Julian Payne, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Managing Director, SEAREP Limited.
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2:00-2:30 Press Conference (for media only) with Joint Foreign Chambers of the Philippines.


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1) How many couples got married at the same time in the above multiple wedding ceremony?
2) Where did the above multiple wedding ceremony take place?
3) When did the above multiple wedding ceremony take place, Chinese New Year's Day 2013, Valentine's Day 2013?, or some other time?


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NOT ONLY HUMANS COURT EACH OTHER AT THIS TIME OF YEAR
The photo above taken by Octavio Aburto in the Cabo Pulmo National Park, Mexico, shows diver David Castro in front of a school of fish. Photographer and conservationist Aburto from California spent years photographing the fish and had been trying to capture this exact shot for three years. Thousands of these fish gather in the sea like this in a kind of underwater courtship dance.
So what do you think? Are they romantic? Or sexy? Or what?


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IF WE ALL DECIDE TO CHANGE THE WORLD ALL WE NEED IS LOVE


MANY SELF-PROCLAIMED GURUS OF THE MAYAN CIVILIZATION categorically stated that the world would end on December 21, 2012 because the Mayans had predicted it and ended their Calendar then.
    Now we can just as categorically state that the world didn't end on that date. Or can we?
    An alternative Mayan interpretation is that the world as we then knew it would end in 2012, and a better world would take its place.
    This opens up a totally different scenario, positive rather than negative, creative rather than destructive. And the only way for us to prove or disprove this alternative interpretation is not to wait and observe another date (the Mayan Calendar has ended) but either make it happen or allow it not to happen.
    It's up to us. It's our own decision. All people of the world are equally important, with the collective power to save our planet and improve life. Not greedily and selfishly only for themselves, but for everyone else as well.
    Unlike George Orwell's "1984" or Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", our new global model needs to be collaborative and loving. Sir Thomas More's "Utopia", published in 1516 (amazingly over 400 years before Orwell and Huxley) was much closer to the desired mark.
    There's no better advocate of a "love everyone philosophy" than Bermuda's 89 year old "Mr. Happy Man", Johnny Barnes. Watch the above video, and I guarantee you will feel happy too.
    It would indeed be wonderful for us all if the troubled world of 2012 did end on December 21, and now in 2013 is changing into a peaceful new world in which everyone thinks like Johnny.

        - Angel Tugado, with eternal thanks and blessings to Johnny Barnes
         (Vimeo Video courtesy of Matt Morris Films)


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WATCH THE TOP 6 BLACK EYED PEAS VIDEOS on our November Video Page. It's our more.than.willing response to all you apl.de.ap fans who requested them. See also the story on our Luzon Visayas Mindanao Page. The world famous rapper and record producer born in Barangay Sapangbato, Angeles City, Pampanga, never lets you down!

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SANTA ROSA ENTERS ITS 221st YEAR WITH UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITIES

Building on 2011's successful achievements, 2012 was yet another year of sustained excellence, honoring the creativity and community spirit of its people, and bringing us into 2013 with unprecedented prestige and opportunities.

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"FROM A CUB TO A ROARING LION." This is how City Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas equated the growth of the Santa Rosa from a provincial municipality depending on agriculture to a progressive city bustling with industries and commercial establishments that reflect its new national and international appeal.
      At last year's event, Mayor Arlene declared with the genuine passion of a family member true to its historic generations of dedication to Santa Rosa: "Today, we are not only celebrating our 220th Foundation Anniversary, but we are also celebrating the spirit of our people, the people who worked so hard for Santa Rosa to become what it is now -- the Lion City of the region,".
      And 2012 was even better yet. Major achievements included building on landmark legislations such as City Ordinance No. 1675-2011 otherwise known as the City of Santa Rosa Revenue Code. Through 2012 Santa Rosa City has implemented the new schedule of rates of taxes, fees and charges. This new revenue code had not been amended nor revised since 1992.

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      Another milestone legislation was City Ordinance No. 1720-2011 or the City Environment Code. A first in Laguna, it is a comprehensive compilation of rules and regulations to effectively manage the environment in the City of Sta Rosa thereby helping mitigate climate change and other environmental problems. The Environment Code provides for Land Resources Management, Air Quality, Noise Management and Energy Saving Practices, Water Resources Management, Integrated Waste Management, and Institutional Mechanisms. Also included in the Code are the provisions in the prohibition of the use of plastics and styropor.
      There were also reforms in governance and efficient delivery of basic services supported and encouraged by the awards received. "Truly this has been a year of excellence," the Mayor said.
      Her own work has been recognized with the highest honor that any government official can achieve in performance of her or his duty. Our City Mayor is officially included in the list of public servants who are "models of honor, excellence and integrity in public service". She received the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañan Palace.


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Santa Rosa Laguna's winning team of City councilors, led by Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas
and Vice Mayor Arnel DC Gomez.

      Another recognition was conferred to the City for its dedication and commitment towards transparency and accountability when it was awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping by the Department of Interior and Local Government last December 13, 2011. According to govt. Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who handed the award to Mayor Arcillas very late in the proceedings, Seal is for achieving the first level in transparency and accountability.
      Only recently, the City is among the five (5) cities in the Philippines cited in the top 100 destinations for information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) services in a report by technology investment and research firm Tholons. Santa Rosa ranked (86th) after Metro Manila (4th), Cebu City (9th) and Davao City (69th). Iloilo City is ranked 92nd.

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      Mayor Arcillas shared some priority projects that the City will commence this year including a planned convention cum sports center that will promote the City as a cultural, sports and recreation area; the Aplaya de Santa Rosa Waterfront Development Project that is set for takeoff once approved and endorsed by Regional Development Council CALABARZON; a Flood Control and Drainage Master Plan.
which includes hazard and vulnerability assessment of Santa Rosa as major input in updating the Comprehensive Land Use Plan incorporating the disaster risk reduction management; and the socialized housing project for the city's informal settlers.
      "For these, I am positive that the 220th year and the coming years would be better for the City," the Mayor said.


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Laguna Governor Jeorge "ER" Ejercito-Estregan and his wife Maita were very welcome
guests at Santa Rosa's Sikhayan celebrations, sharing the honors with Mayor Arlene
and Vice Mayor Arnel in presenting competition winners with trophies and prizes.

      Every year, the City celebrates its Sikhayan Festival in conjunction with its Founding Anniversary.
      Sikhayan, which stands for Pagsisikap sa Kabuhayan, is an annual event celebrating the Rosenians' spirit of enterprise that has, through the decades, fueled the city's economic growth. The event was highlighted by the annual street dance competition participated in by eight (8) public elementary schools. The winners are Southville IV Elementary School (4th place), Malitlit Elementary School (3rd place), Dita Elementary School (2nd place), Don Jose Elementary School (1st place) and Sto. Domingo Elementary School (Grand Winner).
      Present to witness the event were Governor Jeorge "ER" Ejercito-Estregan with wife Pagsanjan Mayor Maita Ejercito, Vice Governor Caesar Perez, Board Members Emil Tiongco and Carlo Almoro, and Provincial Administrator Atty. Leonardo Ragaza Jr. Guest performers include Yeng Constantino, Alden Richards, Sarah Lahbati and Derrick Monasterio.
                                 (Information and photos courtesy of Santa Rosa City Government.)

Footnote: Santa Rosa Magazine is independent. It isn't part of the city government, and its stakeholders and contributors have no personal or business connections with city officials, whether elected or appointed.
      SRM, its stakeholders and contributors always reserve their rights to agree or disagree with past, present or future administrations.
      This is the magazine's core value to the Santa Rosa City electorate, which is regarded and respected by SRM as an informed and responsible electorate comprised of intelligent individual voters with equal rights.
      At election times, we do not support incumbents if we feel their performances in office did not live up to their past election promises, nor do we support any new candidates if we disagree with their policies and we feel they will not bring any improvements to our city.


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History and culture of Santa Rosa City Laguna Philippines were lovingly revived with colorful displays and entertainments in the "My City My SM" event at SM City mall. (Read more:)

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HELP GOVERNOR TO MAKE LAGUNA EVEN GREATER

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Luguna De Bay could be a beautiful attraction as well as a haven for nature and a rich source of food, but it badly needs help.

WE APPLAUD OUR PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR FOR HIS EFFORTS TO MAKE LAGUNA GREAT. He's already doing great things to improve housing, medical care and education for the poor, and has launched high profile campaigns and initiatives to clean up pollution, nurture the environment, and attract the wide range of investments needed for future development and growth.
      Visit the Laguna Province official website for a free Investor's Guide and details of the Save Laguna Lake campaign. Also see the story on our Opinion Page.


                         - Sarina Fernandez (Photos courtesy of Laguna Provincial Government).

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Luguna Governor Jeorge "ER" Ejercito-Estregan has made it a top priority to clean up our lake's pollution and restore its natural beauty.

IT'S AN AMAZING DOUBLE
FOR LAGUNA!

Governor Jeorge "ER" Ejercito-Estregan also received a Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award for 2011, the first provincial Governor ever to win this prestigious official recognition of excellence in public service, and along with the award to Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene B Arcillas
making it an unprecedented double for our province.

LAGUNA GOVERNOR JEORGE "E.R." EJERCITO ESTREGAN has set another milestone for the Province of Laguna for being the first Governor to be awarded the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award during the 2011 Outstanding Public Officials and Employees Awards Rites on November 9, 2011 at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malacañan Palace.
      The Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award is the highest and most prestigious award given by the President to public officials and employees who have shown excellence in their conduct of duties as public servant leaders.

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Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco T. Duque III (left), and Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr.(2nd from left) presented the award to Governor Ejercito-Estregan. Former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada (right) also graced the event as honorary guest.

           (Article and Photo by Gerry Tomandao courtesy of Laguna Provincial Government)


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PHILIPPINE SMEs WIN GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO REACH MAJOR INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

Habi Footwear and Pineapple Fiber progress to the International Final in Europe.

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5th BiD Challenge Philippines victors, Habi Footwear and Pineapple Fiber Production, were especially recognized to compete in the international BiD Marketplace in the Netherlands this coming November.

BiD (BUSINESS in DEVELOPMENT) CHALLENGE is an international business plan competition promoting poverty reduction through enterprise development. It started in the Netherlands in 2004 and after three years was adapted locally and launched in partnership with Philippine Business for Social Progress.
      A footwear retail promoting social entrepreneurship by making fashionable shoes from scrap cloths and rubber won the top prize and the opportunity to compete in the Netherlands in the 5th PBSP Bid (Business in Development) Challenge Philippines.
      Habi Footwear, a start-up business managed by the 22-year-old Albert Go, made it a goal to do something extraordinary for the country -- one shoe at a time. By engaging its partner community, Go and his colleagues were able to provide a source of income for the financially-challenged families of their partner site by using their hand-woven materials in making shoes.
      Fighting poverty through a profitable and sustainable way is BiD's strategy to encourage more entrepreneurs to look at social responsibility as an integral part of business success.
      PBSP believes that small, medium, and microenterprises should have a venue where potential investments may be acquired for the expansion and growth of social enterprise.
      Like Habi Footwear, Pineapple Fiber Production of Batas MPC by Sheilah Vergara will also represent the Philippines in the BiD Challenge International Marketplace this coming November where they will showcase their business ideas together with the other entries across the globe. Vergara's SME produces fiber from leftover pineapple leaves, thereby helping the unemployed women and youth in Silang, Cavite.
      The top 10 BiD winners are awarded a grant of PhP 100,000 each by Citibank. They are: Habi Footwear: Shoes That Care by Albert Go; Pineapple Fiber Production of Batas MPC by Sheilah Vergara (Accenture Skills to Succeed Awardee); Donnabelle Coconut Sugar and Syrup by Benjamin Lao; Batangueno's Best Prime Ground Roasted Coffee with Pandan Extract by Rosauro Luntayao; Haws Blend Milking Profit from Carabao by Samantha Marie Libunao; Deo's AquaVermiPonics by Deogracias Magbal, Jr. (Shell Green Enterprise Awardee); Best Chevon by Mary Joy Quisaot; Production of Prio-Bio Inoculums for Animals and Fish by Nemesio Diamante (FSSI Triple Bottom line Awardee); Bamsnacks by Vina Domingo-Roy (FSSI Triple Bottom line Awardee); and T'nalak of the T'bolis by Yasmin Gatal Yashimoto.
                           - Joyce Franzly Racoma and Grace Muncada (Photo courtesy of PBSP)


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CONGRATULATIONS TO JESSICA AND THANKS TO OFW VOTERS!

Jessica Sanchez comes second in American Idol

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Photo courtesy of American Idol: Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Ryan Seacrest.

IT WAS AN ENORMOUS ACHIEVEMENT FOR 16 YEAR OLD FILIPINO-MEXICAN-AMERICAN JESSICA SANCHEZ to be voted into second place (first runner up) from the more than 100,000 contestants in American Idol season 11. When the record 132 million votes were counted after its Grand Finale, the winner was Phillip Phillips from Georgia, USA.
      But Jessica did us proud, and the rave reviews of her singing talents forecast a great future in show business. Her powerful voice belied her youth, which made her a tad nervous in live performances, and it was not until the later stages of the contest that she began to dress and move like a confident young woman rather than the inexperienced teenager that she basically was.
      Jessica's success in American Idol will bring her a recording contract, professional coaching, professional management and professional promotion. We look forward to her singles, CDs, interviews and guest appearances on TV, and live concerts -- hopefully soon to perform in Manila for her many thousands of Philippine fans. Congratulations Jessica! You're fantastic!


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    Manipulation of the human race and perceived reality is given new levels of understanding and he calls for humanity to rise from its knees and take back the world from the sinister network that covertly controls us from cradle to grave.
    Icke has moved the global cutting edge so many times since his incredible awakening in 1990. In this book he does it yet again, and then some.
    He says there are higher levels of technology in existence that ordinary people are never told about, and he describes what he calls the Moon Matrix, a fake reality broadcast to the world from the Moon and decoded by the human body/mind in a similar way as portrayed in the Matrix movie trilogy but without the Hollywood violence and gloss.
    The Moon Matrix, he says, has hacked into the human body's computer system and it is feeding us 24/7 a manipulated sense of self and the world.
    David Icke is regarded as the most controversial speaker in the world today, and his talks around the globe attract sell-out crowds, including many thousands of all nationalities for an all-day event at Wembley Football Stadium which was packed to the rafters. You can see clips from it on YouTube. For more info about him visit his website.


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ALLEN DIZON TALKS ABOUT MIGRANTE: A FILIPINO DIASPORA


Find out what Allen Dizon has to say about this must-see movie in which he starred as the husband of of Jodi Sta. Maria who plays an OFW domestic helper raped by her employer. It's a powerful movie scripted by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark and directed by Joel Lamangan, and it raises many questions concerning why such things are allowed to happen when as a last resort Filipina mothers are forced to leave their kids behind and work unprotected and alone in menial jobs overseas because it's the only way they can take care of their families in the Philippines.

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AIR ASIA APPOINTS WOMAN CEO

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Described by her predecessor as "tough", Aireen Omar has the financial expertise
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CONGRATULATIONS TO AIREEN OMAR ON HER APPOINTMENT TO CEO OF AIR ASIA MALAYSIAN OPERATIONS. Formerly the Head of Finance, she will keep a tight rein on Southeast Asian operating costs at the same time as expanding the Kuala Lumpur based budget airline's markets in the region.
      Tony Fernandes, whom she replaces, will oversee the group business with a main focus on core operations. He is well-known for his flamboyant style and he thrives on world market downturns, which he sees as major opportunities. After being headhunted from the music industry 10 years ago, he turned Air Asia around from serious losses to sustained profits. He said: "We are always growing when things are tougher. We are now the beneficiaries of a slowdown. We are always growing when there is a slowdown."
      2015 will see implementation of the Southeast Asian open-sky policy, which is great news for Filipino travelers as it will attract more budget airlines to give them a bigger choice of flights and destinations coupled with more competitiveness of price and quality of service. Already Air Asia is increasing its flights from Clark Airport in Pampanga to domestic and international destinations at prices comparable to the promos of Cebu Pacific but at much more convenient times and with much better customer after-sales support than Cebu Pacific.

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Aireen Omar (third from left) and Group CEO Tony Fernandes (second from left)
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      Also, the operation established by Air Asia in the Philippines is a genuine subsidiary with responsible staff employed by Air Asia, unlike the outsourced branches that Cebu Pacific has in other countries, making it impossible for Filipino travelers to get help when a Cebu Pacific promo trip goes wrong, as the disinterested staff of outsourced companies simply say the problem's not their responsibility and leave the customers stranded. Fortunately the smarter Filipino budget airlines such as AirPhil Express make good use of the internet, providing accessible 24/7 after-sales support wherever their customers may be.
      Air Asia by contrast now has genuine subsidiaries in Thailand and Indonesia, and will be opening its next one in Japan. Further new competitors attracted by the open air policy will, along with Air Asia, produce a travel market scenario in the Philippines where their goal is to create happy and satisfied repeat customers who are accorded the importance they deserve and who make recommendations by word of mouth to all their friends, relatives and colleagues. This is the way to guarantee profitability and growth in a streetwise budget market.
                                                            - Eduardo Garcia (Photos courtesy of Air Asia.)

SRM Editor's comment: A recent survey of major European corporations produced the amazing fact that those with women in senior management achieved 26% higher profits than those without women in senior management. Philippine businesses please watch CNN's 'Leading Women' features on cable and satellite TV and take note!


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DRAGONAIR LOOKS TO TALENTED YOUTH FOR A FABULOUS FUTURE

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The lucky 24 eager youngsters get ready for takeoff as Dragonair launches its seventh Aviation Certificate Programme in Hong Kong.

THE DRAGONAIR AVIATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAMME is an educational initiative co-organised by the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps and an integral part of the Dragonair Youth Aviation Academy. Established in 2005, it offers local youth a solid platform to explore the world of aviation through training sessions and facility visits hosted by various Dragonair departments and aviation-related organisations. Each participant is paired with a Dragonair pilot who acts as a personal mentor.
      Out of the 24 participants in the 2012 programme, 12 are members of the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps while the remaining 12 were recruited from the general public in Hong Kong. The programme was opened up to the public for the first time in 2011 and this year saw a 30% increase in the number of applications.
      Officiating at the inaugural ceremony were Guest of Honour Director-General of Civil Aviation Norman Lo, Dragonair Chief Executive Officer Patrick Yeung and Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps Deputy Commanding Officer, Training Wing Commander John Siu. Guests from supporting organisations, programme participants, Dragonair pilot mentors and programme alumni were also in attendance.

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Director General of Civil Aviation Norman Lo (centre, right), Dragonair CEO Patrick Yeung (centre, left), Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps Deputy Commanding Officer, Training Wing Commander John Siu (sixth from left) and Dragonair General Manager Operations Captain Peter Sanderson (sixth from right) together with the 24 students participating in the 2012 Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme.

      Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Mr Norman Lo said that the aviation industry is developing rapidly and young talents are needed to sustain the development."Moving on to its seventh year, this programme has become stronger and more versatile," he continued with great enthusiasm. "I learnt that the number of applications from the general public increased significantly compared with that in last year. I encourage mentees to embrace diversity among themselves and share their experience in the programme so as to inspire their friends and bring more talents into the aviation industry."
      Mr Patrick Yeung said at the ceremony: "The prospects for the development of aviation in Hong Kong are very promising and there will be strong demand for new young talent. We are excited to see the Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme bringing new blood into the industry, and to date around 30% of our programme alumni have already embarked on an aviation-related career."
      Support from related organisations is one of the key factors in the success of the programme and three new partners -- Hong Kong Fire Services Department, Hong Kong Police Force and Dragonair's inflight catering provider LSG Lufthansa Service Hong Kong Limited -- are all taking part for the first time this year.
      The other aviation partners include Airport Authority Hong Kong, Aviation Security Company Limited, the Civil Aviation Department, the Government Flying Service, Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Ltd, Hong Kong Airport Services Ltd, the Airport Meteorological Office of the Hong Kong Observatory, and TAG Aviation Asia Limited. The mentorship scheme is a core part of the programme and Wing Commander John Siu said: "The examples set by the pilot mentors, including their high professional achievements and their very own unique personal experience, will serve to influence and inspire our next generation."
      Mr Yeung expressed his appreciation to all the Dragonair pilot mentors for contributing their precious time, and thanked programme co-organiser the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps for sharing the same passion as Dragonair in nurturing Hong Kong's aviators of the future.

      - Report and photos courtesy of Dragonair. More information on the Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme and other activities in the Dragonair Youth Aviation Academy is available at www.dragonair.com/aviationacademy.


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VICTORIA BECKHAM TALKS ON CREATIVE GREAT BRITAIN AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES


Videos of Victoria Beckham (above) and Victoria's Secret (below) courtesy of YouTube.

AS REFLECTED IN SM's PARISIAN COLLECTION, THE 17TH CENTURY ENGLISH SCHOOLBOY'S REAL-LEATHER SATCHEL IS AN ICONIC STYLE THAT'S STILL GLOBALLY POPULAR FOR 21ST CENTURY FASHION ACCESSORIES. This practical functionality and creative design, combined with top quality materials and workmanship, have been the backbone of British fashion for centuries.
      Victoria Beckham's phenomenal worldwide success embraces this tradition and expands on it with her unique imagination and flair for modern materials and colors which enhance today's lifestyles. Enthusiastic fans include several Hollywood A-List celebrities.
      Victoria admits she's a very lucky lady with homes in Los Angeles, which she loves, New York City, which she also loves, London, which she also loves and Paris, which she also loves. In the above video she explains why she is is so proud to be English and why she decided to base her fashion business in London.
      Meanwhile, husband David Beckham sealed his contract with top French soccer club and current league leaders Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), donating his million Euros a week salary to charity. He is one of the group of star players who won three league titles in three different countries, in his case with Manchester United (England), Real Madrid (Spain), and Los Angeles Galaxy (USA).
      Victoria and David have 4 children - Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper.

Victoria Beckham's Wikipedia Page
Victoria Beckham's Facebook Page

VICTORIA'S SECRET LAUNCHES TWO LONDON STORES


Unconnected with Victoria Beckham, but showing similar rapport and affection for London's long established traditions, the American retail chain Victoria's Secret - whose name derives from the style of 19th century shops in Victorian England - launched its first ever European flagship store on July 25 in Central London's classy New Bond Street and then on July 26 a smaller store at Westfield Stratford in East London, where the 2012 Olympics were located.

Victoria's Secret Wikipedia Page
Victoria's Secret Facebook Page


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If you're going to London - whether for study, vacation or business - take advantage of the London Pass to visit some of the many fantastic shopping, entertainment, sightseeing and cultural attractions of England's world-famous historical capital city.

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BILL AND MELINDA GATES BACK THE
KHAN ACADEMY

online tutorials make world-class math education
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PHILIPPINE STUDENTS CURRENTLY REBELLING AGAINST HIKES IN TUITION AND OTHER FEES may take heart in the fact that rich and powerful people in other countries are doing a lot to assist them.
      The Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org) is a a not-for-profit organization with the mission of providing
FREE WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION TO ANYONE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD VIA THE INTERNET.
      It started with math and over 228 million lessons have been delivered to-date. More than 3800 free online video tutorials cover everything from basic addition to advanced calculus, physics, chemistry and biology.
      Founder, Salman Khan, holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (www.hbs.edu), an M.Eng and B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT (web.mit.edu), and a B.S. in mathematics from MIT.
      Bill Gates in the above video describes what Salman Khan is doing as "the start of a revolution". The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (www.gatesfoundation.org) is now helping to fund Khan Academy's expansion to embrace other subjects than math, and to develop analytical software that will be an enormous boon to students and teachers alike.
      The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also helping to fund other empowering educational work such as The Big History Project (www.bighistoryproject.com), which has already proved to be of tremendous benefit to high school and university students.


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WE'VE A PLANETARY EMERGENCY THAT NEEDS A MODERN GENERATION OF HEROES

"A hero generation brought democracy to the planet. Another hero generation ended slavery. Another hero generation brought women the right to vote."

"We now need a generation of heroes with a generational mission to save our planet. If we had just one week's worth of what the USA spent on the Iraq war, we would be well on the way to doing this."

In the above TED video, Al Gore presents evidence that the speed of climate change is much faster than previously predicted, and he warns of the urgency to act NOW.
      Once the US Vice President, then star of "An Inconvenient Truth", now Nobel Peace Prize winner, Gore found a way to focus the world's attention on climate change. In doing so, he invented a new medium -- the Keynote movie -- and reinvented himself.
      Unlike most people in public office, Gore always intended to get things done and, since leaving Washington in 2000, he's still at it.
      His campaign for alerting the world to the dangers of climate change is steadily gaining momentum. His Oscar-winning "An Inconvenient Truth" is the third most successful video documentary ever released at the box office. It is being used by governments around the world to inform the local public, and the UK government even sent a copy of the film to every high school in England, Wales and Scotland.
      Gore's famed PowerPoint presentation, with its meticulously researched content and lucid style, has energized rapidly increasing numbers of worldwide activists -- both young and old.
      Meanwhile, Gore has transformed his image as a communicator. The once 'wooden' style has given way to a warmth and humor that reveal the depth of his experience as a soldier, congressman, senator, Vice President, TV executive, teacher and author.
      Arguably, he is better positioned today than ever before to affect the future of our world environment.
      Along with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in 2007 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
      Rolling Stone magazine has commented: "The only Vice President ever to mock his own stiff image by imitating a wax-museum figure, Gore turns out to be the best professor that you never had -- easygoing, knowledgeable and funny."
      To find out how you can get involved, visit The Climate Project official website. Al Gore has written an article published in the June 22, 2011, issue of Rolling Stone that you may read online.
      Also read the report in USA Today's online edition of June 22 confirming that
"97 percent of scientific experts agree that climate change is very likely caused mainly by human activity" based on Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
      USA Today includes an excellent interactive graphic that explains clearly how global warming occurs.


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Watch this YouTube animated video by Ericsson Multimedia about life in 2015
and the networked society.
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There's no live theater in Sta. Rosa yet, but the Insular Life Theater features productions by the talented and popular drama group Theater Down South at nearby Alabang. SRM sincerely hopes that before long there will be a thriving theater in our city also.

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Do you and/or your kids need to know the nutritional values of different foods and the
necessity of a healthy balanced diet? Michelle Obama has launched...
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We highly recommend frequently visiting the Santa Rosa City Government Official Website (above), and the Santa Rosa City Council Official Website (below).

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COME HOME TO QUEZON CITY'S NEWEST RESIDENTIAL HAVEN - WEST WING TROPICS. Just 5 minutes away from SM Novaliches and a short hop to the best of Quezon City. Malls, schools, hospitals are all within easy reach. Swing to the rest of the metro via Quirino and Mindanao Avenues or make a quick exit to the NLEX via the new Mindanao-NLEX access. Belton Communities' newest offering features well-designed modern homes - a perfect balance of form and function you can enjoy at West Wing Tropics. Come home to light and airy living spaces nestled within lush greeneries and inspiring outdoors. For full details, visit the West Wing Tropics website.

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                                  Rosa City Laguna Philippines Local girl Charice Pempengco from Cabuyao has become a global superstar through her own talent and hard work. Now she's criticized by some for adopting a new image. Why don't these critics want her to grow up? We disagree with them, and we like her new image. She's no longer a child star but a fully fledged adult star with her own personal style. SRM loves her for herself, and we support her right to express her own fashion preferences. If it's OK for us to choose clothes and hairstyles that we like, then why on earth should Charice be prevented from doing the same?

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                                  Rosa City Laguna Philippines Sta Rosa's superstar City Mayor has been recognized publicly by Malacanang with the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award. This is the highest and most prestigious Award given by the President to public officials and employees who have shown excellence in their conduct of duties as public servant leaders.

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America Again
Following up on 2007's best-selling "I Am America (And So Can You!)", the writing team behind The Colbert Report delivers an election-time parody that employs the cocksure, egotistical voice of Stephen Colbert to inform readers about how the USA is "Americeptional" in a wide range of subjects: like healthcare, Wall Street, energy, and, of course, elections.
    Depending on your political bent, you'll rank this book anywhere from amusing to downright hilarious. Jokes galore, and it even comes with 3-D glasses.
    Colbert was The Daily Show's longest-running and most diverse correspondent.
    His personality, insight and overall rightness could only lead to The Colbert Report, a half-hour nightly platform for him to give his take on the issues of the day, and, more importantly, to tell you why everyone else's take is just plain wrong. The show has been hugely successful.
    In the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the #1 nation at being the best at greatness.
    But perfect as the USA is in every way, America is broken. We can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around you - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and our newly elected Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.
    Worse, the Los Angeles Four Seasons Hotel doesn't have a phone button for the Spa. You have to dial an extension! Why and where did we lose our way?!
    It's high time we restored America to the greatness it never lost!
    AMERICA AGAIN will singlebookedly pull this country back from the brink. It features everything from chapters, to page numbers, to fonts.
    Topics covered range from healthcare ("I shudder to think where we'd be without the wide variety of prescription drugs to treat our maladies, such as think-shuddering") to the economy ("Life is giving us lemons, and we're shipping them to the Chinese to make our lemon-flavored leadonade") to food ("Feel free to deep fry this book - it's a rich source of fiber").
    Colbert gives America the dose of truth it needs to get back on track.
                                   - Chris Schluep


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Matching and hopefully even surpassing the record number of K-Pop phenomenon PSY's video views on YouTube will be the number of people all over the world who will on Valentine's Day 2013 demonstrate publicly their solidarity with OBR's global stand against violence to women.
    Visit the One Billion Rising website to find out more. Please do it NOW because violent abuse, rape and victimization of all women is against every religion and every civilized society on our planet. It needs to be stopped NOW and FOREVER.
    When you and your date are enjoying Valentine's Day, please pause for just a brief moment to pray for those in other countries, and in your own, who can't do the same.
    Filipinas are not exempt. Abuse of women in the Philippines is not given much publicity, yet it exists. Abused women don't have economic or political muscle to improve their situation, just as they don't have the physical muscle to fight off rapists and other violent men.
    It needs to be publicly recognized in Philippine culture that such men are cowards who victimize the 'weaker sex' because they are too weak themselves to behave like civilized human beings.
    It was the so-called (only by men) 'weaker sex' who endured 9 months of exhausting pregnancy followed by painful childbirth who gave life to these men in the first place.
    In all the millions or billions of years of our planet's history, no man - however rich or physically/politically/militarily powerful - has ever had the strength to endure this human life-giving experience.
    Women must not be exploited by men merely because their human qualities are different.
    Their differences were created by God as complementary for God's purpose. Men were created to be humans too, equal and not superior to women.


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PSY Gangnam Style
On December 21, 2012 PSY's Gangnam Style broke through the Billion Barrier of YouTube views. No video of any kind has ever achieved this phenomenal popularity before.
    Watch his amazing 'horse dance' again on our December Videos page, which has all of the top seven most viewed videos in YouTube's history.


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                                  Philippines Philippine national sweetheart Anne Curtis wins the FAMAS Best Leading Actress Award for her role in Star Cinema's "No Other Woman". Her natural exuberance and lack of inhibition in ABS-CBN's TV midday hit Showtime has made her a favorite with Filipinos and we congratulate her for this great success in movies too.

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Actions speak louder than words. Support your favorite team on the PBA's Official Facebook Page.

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                                  Philippines Congratulations to De La Salle student from Dasmarinas Cavite, Carl Crystle delos Reyes, who represented Sta. Rosa in Miss Earth Philippines and went on to win the Miss South East Asia crown in Singapore. We hope to see her succeed in many future beauty pageants.
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Read the inspirational book that Oprah Winfrey said has influenced her life more than any other.

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TAKE A LOOK AT OUR LATEST VIDEO PAGES. For October we featured the boy band One Direction that's now taking the world by storm. For November we featured the Black Eyed Peas with their Philippine born rapper and record producer apl.de.ap. December featured YouTube's top 7 most viewed videos its history, headed by PSY. January 2013 features four short videos on subjects of supreme importance to future life on Planet Earth. Make no mistake, all our lives are now at risk due to politicians' corrupt self interests and their negligence in failing to recognize what's at stake. And February 2013 offers a fascinating mixed bag of 7 (yes, seven!) videos, including 2 from the Wall Street Journal, Celine Dion singing in Beijing, Jessica Sanchez at the Araneta in Manila, a Disney trailer and 2 more. All short, and all worth watching!

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GOOGLE FOR ENTREPRENEURS has now been officially launched. It's described as a microsite to help business startups around the world. It provides tools and guidance, and the initiative has already established operational partnerships in several countries of great value to their local startup communities.
Watch Google's short introductory video above (you can enlarge it to full screen if you prefer) and visit the microsite yourself to find out more.


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                                  philippines In January 2012, the reddit community along with those from Google, Facebook, Wikipedia and tens of millions of other enlightened Americans defeated SOPA and PIPA, two bills that threatened the Internet, one of the healthiest parts of the American economy. Now it's making sure the US government understands just how important the Open Internet is to every American - at home and overseas, both.
    This October, reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Erik Martin (reddit GM), other reddit staff, and some entrepreneurs took a bus (literally half red, half blue) through the Midwest to rally reddit and the larger Open Internet community and campaign for the Open Internet during Presidential & Vice Presidential debates.
    Click above graphic to read more about the tour on reddit's blog page.


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ANOTHER BLOW TO CORRUPTION IN HIGH PLACES. Below is a quote from the excellent Philippine Inquirer newspaper:
    "The Comelec is reviewing the qualifications of organizations seeking party-list seats in the House of Representatives to eliminate dubious groups organized by politicians and wealthy, influential people to advance their political interests.
    In a recent interview with the Inquirer, Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes described the party-list system as a 'joke'.
    With illegitimate groups infesting the party-list system, multimillionaires sit in the House as nominees of parties that claim to represent poor sectors of society. In reality, those sectors are not members of the groups and do not know the nominees."
    Read the amazing Philippine Inquirer report online. It shows how devious and dishonest some of the rich and powerful clans are in their scandalous abuse of our democratic electoral system behind the scenes. Perpetrators should be jailed as public enemies and traitors of our nation.
- Angel Tugado


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SEPTEMBER 26 every year since 2001 is the European Day of Languages and if you are interested in learning one, which would it be? English? Italian? French? Spanish? German? Dutch? Or one of many others?
    Although in practical terms, English is far the most globally understood second language wherever you go, you may have a specific reason for choosing another.
    After all, English is the official second national language of the Philippines, and you may already be proficient in it.
    Also, looking to the progressive rise of Asia, you may wish to study Chinese or Hindi or Japanese or Korean or Malay.
    If you wish to do business with Africa, you may prefer to learn one of the many African languages.
    There's no limit to what's available free online. All you need to do is search for it with Google or Yahoo.


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Victims of the Martial Law imposed on Filipinos by dictator Ferdinand Marcos protest that 40 years on they have not been compensated for his injustices.
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With Bongbong Marcos gleefully declaring that his life was much better under Martial Law, no doubt because his father was murdering opponents and plundering the public purse, read the enlightening article by Pablo A. Tariman for Vera Files, which was posted on Yahoo News September 22, 2012. This gives an accurate picture of what Martial Law meant to journalists and other Filipinos without freedom of speech.
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Vergel O. Santos wrote the biography of Chino Roces, founder of the Manila Times newspaper shut down because it opposed dictator Marcos. It describes a man with integrity and patriotism beyond question, whose life's achievement was vandalized by a self-appointed tyrant devoid of either integrity or patriotism. 'Chino' is available from Anvil Publishing.
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Carmen Guerrero Nakpil, like Vergel O. Santos and Pablo A. Tariman, used to work for the Manila Times. She relates in her book how Martial Law caused the "hyper-real destruction" of her family. The autobiographical 'Legends & Adventures' can now be obtained from Amazon in an e-book version for its Kindle digital reader.
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Santa Rosa City
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After his successful State Visits to the UK and USA was quickly back at work in the Philippines. With regard to the conviction of Renato Corona, he said:
    "There were some officials who blatantly violated the law, and just as blatantly escaped accountability.
    The Constitution that was meant to be the refuge of the common citizen became a plaything in the hands of those who wielded power with impunity.
    They acted as if they held the blindfold of justice in their hands, as if they were licenced to amend, reduce, change, and distort our Constitution."
    "True democracy for all Filipinos: this is the essence of our Constitution; this is the lifeblood of our free State.
    Cognizant of the mandate enshrined in our Constitution, we will not allow it to be infected, sullied or used by anyone who seeks only to best his fellow men, or wallow in power."
    Three cheers for P'Noy!!! He's doing a positively fantastic job for every Filipino except the criminally corrupt officials and politicians who can no longer strangle and plunder our beloved nation in the certainty of getting away with it. They are the ones who, with their bribed cronies, negatively attempt to sabotage Philippine progress.


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City Mayor Arlene Arcillas was delighted to be guest of honor when Arnel Gomez and his wife celebrated the Vice Mayor's happy birthday at Sta Rosa City in June.

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The primary goal of the Mayor Leon C. Arcillas Foundation is to give the youth of the City of Santa Rosa access to higher education in order to tap and maximize their potentials. One of its projects this semester to help towards achieving this goal was to distribute free packs of school supplies to the neediest students.

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The City of Sta. Rosa government recently acquired an 8,820 m2 residential lot in Barangay Pulong Santa Cruz for the relocation of informal settlers occupying land opposite the Coca-Cola Plant. This will give 158 families a chance to own a home of their own. The City Government, Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation and Gawad Kalinga signed a Memorandum of Agreement for building the TOYOTA-CITY GOVERNMENT OF SANTA ROSA-GK VILLAGE, and beneficiaries will include families whose existing homes are already situated at the relocation site.

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Congratulations to Santa Rosa City's own Business in Development prizewinner Deo Magbal whose innovative and eco-friendly indoor fish and vegetable growing system was featured at the Dept of Science and Technology Expo in Manila. Read more on our National Capital Region page.

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Congratulations to 90.7 Love Radio's Nicole Hyala on her award as the 2012 Yahoo! OMG! Female DJ Of The Year.

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The Spanish team rejoices in Ukraine after beating Italy 4:0 to win the Euro 2012 title. Two of Spain's goals were scored by club mates Fernando Torres and Juan Mata of London's Chelsea Football Club that won the Champions League and sponsors the football academy run by the Azkal stars Phil and James Younghusband in Manila.

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In his latest book Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles economist Ruchir Sharma says:
    "Now at long last, the Philippines looks poised to resume a period of strong growth. The new president, Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III, probably has enough support, and looks likely to generate just enough reform momentum, to get the job done.
    The Aquino name is still virtually synonymous with the promise of change."
    "Aquino is delegating power to competent technocrats and seems to understand what needs to be done to get the lights back on.
    It could be made to happen, if the third Aquino can get the people-power revolution right."
    Ruchir Sharma is head of Emerging Market Equities and Global Macro at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He generally spends one week per month in a developing country somewhere in the world. He is a former contributing editor for Newsweek and a regular contributor to Wall Street Journal and Economic Times.
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Publishers' Synopsis
    'The old rule of forecasting was to make as many forecasts as possible and publicise the ones you got right. The new rule is to forecast so far in the future, no one will know you got it wrong.'
    Ruchir Sharma does neither.
    In 'Breakout Nations' he shows why the economic 'mania' of the 21st century, with its unshakeable faith in the power of emerging markets - especially China - to continue growing at the astoundingly rapid and uniform pace of the last decade, is wrong.
    The next economic success stories will not be where we think they are.
    In this provocative new book, Sharma analyses why the basic laws of economic gravity (such as the law of large numbers, which says that the richer you are the harder it is to grow your wealth at a rapid pace) are already pulling China, Russia, Brazil and other vast emerging markets back to earth.
    To understand which nations will thrive and which will falter in a world reshaped by slower growth, it is time to start looking at the emerging markets as individual cases. Sharma argues that we must abandon our current obsession with global macro trends and the fad for all-embracing theories.
    He offers instead a more discerning, nuanced view, identifying specific factors - economic, political, social - which will make for slow or fast growth.
    Spending much of his professional life travelling in these countries as Head of Emerging Markets at Morgan Stanley, Sharma is uniquely placed to present a first-hand insider's account of these new markets and the changes they are undergoing.
    As the years of unbelievably swift growth draw to their close, this book shows us how it is time for both investors and economists to halt their blind thrust towards an impossible future.
    Fareed Zakaria commented: "Ruchir Sharma has written a fascinating and important book-- nothing less than a new guide to the global economy. Breakout Nations is the most interesting book on the new economic landscape that I have read in years."


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Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN program "Fareed Zakaria's GPS", editor-at-large of Time Magazine and is also author of New York Times bestseller The Post American World, first published in 2008 with a new revised and updated version out in 2012 called like computer software Release 2.0.
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Amazon Synopsis of Release 2.0
    Fareed Zakaria's international bestseller "The Post-American World" pointed to the "rise of the rest" - the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, and others - as the great story of our time, the story that will undoubtedly shape the future of global power.
    Since its publication, the trends he identified have proceeded faster than anyone could have anticipated.
    The 2008 financial crisis turned the world upside down, stalling the United States and other advanced economies.
    Meanwhile emerging markets have surged ahead, coupling their economic growth with pride, nationalism, and a determination to shape their own future.
    In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of this rapidly changing landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years - the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States - to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the "rise of the rest".
    The great challenge for Britain was economic decline. The challenge for America now is political decline, for as others have grown in importance, the central role of the United States, especially in the ascendant emerging markets, has already begun to shrink.
    As Zakaria eloquently argues, Washington needs to begin a serious transformation of its global strategy, moving from its traditional role of dominating hegemon to that of a more pragmatic, honest broker. It must seek to share power, create coalitions, build legitimacy, and define the global agenda-- all formidable tasks.
    None of this will be easy for the greatest power the world has ever known-- the only power that for so long has really mattered.
    America stands at a crossroads: In a new global era where the United States no longer dominates the worldwide economy, orchestrates geopolitics, or overwhelms cultures, can the nation continue to thrive?


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TAKE A LOOK AT OUR LATEST VIDEO PAGES. For October we featured the boy band One Direction that's now taking the world by storm. For November we featured the Black Eyed Peas with their Philippine born rapper and record producer apl.de.ap. December featured YouTube's top 7 most viewed videos its history, headed by PSY. January 2013 features four short videos on subjects of supreme importance to future life on Planet Earth. Make no mistake, all our lives are now at risk due to politicians' corrupt self interests and their negligence in failing to recognize what's at stake. And February 2013 offers a fascinating mixed bag of 7 (yes, seven!) videos, including 2 from the Wall Street Journal, Celine Dion singing in Beijing, Jessica Sanchez at the Araneta in Manila, a Disney trailer and 2 more. All short, and all worth watching!

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Habitat For Humanity always welcomes volunteers from within the Philippines or from other countries.
    Some 40% of the Philippines' 80 million people live below the poverty line, with an estimated 4.2 million families in need of decent shelter.
    Clustered shacks dominate Manila; families live crowded together under bridges, or dangerously close to railway tracks. Urban slum dwellings are pieced together from scrap wood and rusty metal sheets, while families in rural areas construct huts made from bamboo and palm leaves.
    These homes offer neither protection from pollution nor access to clean water and sanitation, and are threatened by annual floods from typhoons and tropical storms.
    Interested parties may contact HFH Philippines Volunteer Programs Manager, Ms. Imee T. Pagdanganan be email at info@habitat.org.ph

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During your build project you will build simple, decent houses in partnership with local Filipino people. You will experience traditional Filipino warmth and hospitality, and will contribute to one family's dream of a home.
    Teams assist local volunteers and home partners with a variety of unskilled tasks such as mixing and passing cement, carrying and laying blocks, digging and landscaping. No prior construction experience is necessary.
    Since 1996 HFH Philippines has hosted about 200 volunteer teams, including youth teams from Japan, Korea and New Zealand; JET (Japan Exchange Teaching) teams from Japan; corporate teams from the Netherlands and adult teams from Northern Ireland and the U.S.A.
    The Philippines has trained and qualified affiliate hosts nationwide that best fit each teams' interest and convenience.

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Edwina Payapag and her husband Zaldy are two of the people who were guided by attending a Habitat for Humanity financial education workshop held in Pateros town, Metro Manila.
    Workshops are intrinsic to the three-year partnership between HFH and Citi Foundation for helping those who live in disaster-prone areas to make home improvements with their own savings and Habitat's building technical assistance. A similar Citi-Habitat Microsavings Program is run in Thailand and Vietnam.
    After the training, Edwina needed only 200 pesos to open a savings account with First Macro Bank in Pateros and aims to save 20,000 pesos over 12 months to repair her flood-prone and termite-infested home.
    Edwina commented: "The training was an eye-opener for me. There is hope. Even with a small amount of savings, I can improve my house. It will be just a matter of time."


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Collective support for the Cebu Hillylands reforestation program is growing. Some 1500 employees from 35 Philippine-based companies set aside their paperwork and took off their suits for a while to be garbed as eco-volunteers in the 20th run of the massive Cebu Hillylands Reforestation Caravan.
    This joint effort to mobilize the various employee volunteers in a single cause to save the Tabunan forest was spearheaded by the non-profit Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) in partnership with the Visayan Electric Company (Veco), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and KEEP Foundation.
    PBSP is a corporate-led foundation that advances its platform for collective engagements for businesses to get involved in national agendas for the environment, livelihood, education, and health.
    The reforestation caravan's theme, "We don't just plant trees, we let them grow," focuses on how well the trees have grown despite the many issues of climate change and illegal logging.
    This year, PBSP aims to plant 15,000 native and endemic tree seedlings on a series of tree planting activities set to run for 18 Saturdays starting June 23 up to October 20 in Sitio Cantipla 2, Barangay Tabunan, Cebu City.
    The forest has been undergoing this systematic rejuvenation since 1991 when the project started. "It is the first project by PBSP to involve not only the business sector but also volunteers," said Reggie Barrientos, PBSP corporate affairs associate in the Visayas.
    During tree planting sessions, the employee volunteers will apply the technology of vermicomposting, strip brushing, ring weeding, and replanting of damaged trees. The planted trees are regularly maintained by the communities surrounding Cebu Hillylands.
    The Central Cebu Protected Landscape (CCPL) is metro Cebu's web of life, "It provides water to thousands of residents and is home for Cebu's endemic species," said Eileen Mangubat, chairperson of PBSP Visayas Hillyland Development Committee.
    The 28,000-hectare area that PBSP is reforesting includes the watershed for Metro Cebu. The forested uplands that comprise the watersheds are important to cities as these supply sustainable water and regulate flooding. These forests are already heavily degraded and have been depleted in the past when the city was overdeveloped as the main Asian trade port. PBSP claims to reverse the natural loss by conserving, protecting, and rehabilitating the Cebu Hillylands.
    The reforestation caravan also ensures biodiversity in its forests by protecting species such as the Cebu Black Shama, Cebu cinnamon tree, and the Cebu Flower Pecker which is one of the top ten most endangered species in the world.
    In the duration of PBSP's reforestation effort, the Biodiversity Conservation Foundation reported that most of these species have reappeared. "This shows how successful the reforestation program has been," explained Lisa Paguntalan of the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc. (PBCFI).
    Part of the caravan is a storytelling session for children on how to plant and take care of trees. There were also "green clinics" that provided volunteers with mini-lectures, a pop quiz on environment by PBCFI, and a session on wildlife photography and bird watching by Godfrey Jakosalem.

     - Report by Joyce Franzly Racoma and Grace Muncada

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Ignore the negative attitudes of stick-in-the-mud critics and do a Google search yourself to see the creativity of Filipinos who have posted on the internet their own humorous images to illustrate DOT's inspiring new tourism slogan. Who cares what the Swiss did in 1951? They didn't invent the English language and they didn't coin the "it's more fun" phrase. Positive-thinking Filipinos like the new slogan and are having lots of fun proving the truth in it. DOT merits and deserves our enthusiastic congratulations! (See Angel Tugado's caustic comments on SRM's Opinion page.)
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Congratulations to Iglesia ni Cristo on breaking 3 Guinness world records during its medical-dental mission at an informal settlers (often described as squatters) community in Parola, Tondo.
    New world records were made for the biggest dental health check (4,128 people) in one day, the most blood pressure readings (8,026) taken in 8 hours, and the highest number of blood glucose level tests (5,217) in 8 hours.
    Tarik Vara, the official adjudicator for Guinness world records, said: "This was a truly extraordinary event. I have truly not seen anything like this, not just as a representative of Guinness world records, but in my life. I've never seen an organization so dedicated to helping other people free of charge all day from 10 past 10 in the morning to 10 past 9 at night. I would like to say that I was extremely pleased and moved, and I'm just completely humbled by the fact that you gave your services today. The standards were incredibly high. All of you ensured that you were following the Guinness world record guidelines which I was adamant you had to. So, thank you for listening to me. You are now, officially amazing!"
    There was more to it than breaking records. Aid-for-humanity is a regular activity of the church, based on biblical teachings to love and care for others, and this event involved no less than 200 doctors, 600 paramedics and several hundred nurses and volunteers.
    Ultrasound, x-ray, 2D-echo and laboratory services were provided and minor surgeries were performed - all free of charge. Wheelchairs were gifted to the most needy, and 50,000 relief bags were handed out containing canned goods, noodles and rice.
    Tarik Vara was absolutely right. It was a truly magnificent achievement.


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When were in the UK for the Olympics last year, a London newspaper reported that British researchers were trying to find out what makes cows happy because happiness made them more productive.
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Sorry Brits, but across the Channel the French got there first. Leon Bel registered his French trademark for "La vache qui rit" (the laughing cow) in 1921, inspired by French author Victor Hugo's 1869 novel "L'homme qui rit" (the laughing man)*.
Every day, more than 33 million portions of Bel cheeses are consumed worldwide. As of 2011, the Bel Group is established in 31 countries, and its products are sold in over 120 countries. Read more on its own website.
*As an interesting footnote, Victor Hugo also authored the novel "Les Misérables", on which the long-running stage musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg was based**, and on which in turn the 2012 movie musical was based*** that won three Oscars in February 2013, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Helena Bonham Carter.
**This time, Brits made up for the laughing cow by beating the French at their own game, because the original French stage musical bombed in Paris only to become a runaway success with London's English translation and Cameron Mackintosh (a Scot based in London) production.
***From there it went global as a stage production, then progressing to the 2012 movie made at world famous Pinewood Studios in West London where the James Bond movies are also made.


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While on the subjects of 2013 Oscars and James Bond, at this year's ceremony the iconic annual Hollywood celebration of the past year's movies paid special tribute to the longest ever and most successful ever movie franchise of 007, dating back to the year 1962 when Sean Connery created an iconic screen character that to this day is one of Hollywood's top attractions.
According to Wikipedia "The James Bond film series is a British series of spy films based on the fictional character of MI6 James Bond 007, who originally appeared in a series of books by Ian Fleming.
It is one of the longest continually-running film series in history, having been in on-going production from 1962 to the present.
In that time it has produced 23 films, usually produced at Pinewood Studios.
The series has grossed over US$6 billion to date, making it the 2nd highest ever grossing film series (behind Harry Potter), or the single most successful if adjusted for inflation."
The latest 007, Daniel Craig, is in keeping with our times. Fitter and tougher, he is no longer privileged by an old-school-network like previous Bonds. He is one of a global breed of new fiercely independent fighters like Manny Pacquiao.


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Back home in the Philippines, according to recent reports we are 8 years behind our target to halve poverty by 2015. Hardly surprising, considering the corruption of Gloria Arroyo's regime. The unstoppable People-Power backed improvements of PNoy Aquino need more than 2 years to get our country back on track, but it really is happening. All the economic indicators confirm it. Our present annual growth rate, combined with relatively low inflation and increasing foreign investment, are raising the status of the Philippines in the world. These are real facts, not mere hopes, and they create opportunities, developments, and new jobs. Bit by bit, the poverty levels are now at last going down.

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Here at SRM we find it hard to contain our optimism. Since the defeat of corruption, which was destroying our souls, followed by the rise and rise of People Power that rescued and rejuvenated our souls, we're now very confident in our country's future. We didn't expect any overnight miracles. Social and cultural change are complex to say the least, and the key to them both is political change. This, we all know, can't ever be made easily or lightly. Amazingly the fact of the matter is it's happening by itself like evolution. Philippine politicians are actually developing social conscience, which by any standards - local, regional or national, really is a miracle.

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Gregory Poling, research associate of the Southeast Asia Program at Washington based think-tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the Philippines and nations of Southeast Asia enabled to press lawful claims can "present a united front to China in arguing one crucial point: The only acceptable basis for maritime claims in the South China Sea must be international law, especially UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea). Were the ASEAN claimants to present an agreed-upon framework for establishing what is and is not disputed, the burden would rest with Beijing to clarify the basis for its own claims. At that point, Beijing would have limited options." This confirms the opinions of many people who believe China's aggressive stance is nothing but bluster intended to intimidate. It has no historical foundation and no legal substance behind it, and despite China's current rapid economic growth it remains decades behind the military might of the USA. If China will start a third World War over an unlawful claim to the whole South China Sea, this will be a disaster for itself from which it might never recover. It's such a crazy claim in the first place that one can only wonder what exactly the Chinese government is really thinking. How would the world react if France suddenly claimed ownership of the entire Mediterranean, or if Iran claimed the Persian Gulf, or if Canada claimed the North Atlantic, or if India claimed the Indian Ocean, or if the USA claimed the entire Pacific Ocean was part of California? Territorial limits around the coast of each country are agreed internationally, and the open seas are not owned by any country. The ASEAN countries need a leader who is strong enough to stand up to China, which must not be allowed to bully its neighbors merely because it has a bigger population. At the same time, Chinese people need to stand up to the bullying that their own government directs towards them. History always repeats itself, and what happened to the dictatorial USSR could easily happen also to a dictatorial China. - Angel Tugado (see Opinion page for more)

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OFWs around the world are more affected directly by the global financial crisis than Filipinos living at home. Weak economies abroad mean less job opportunities, and sometimes wage cuts, employee layoffs or company bankruptcies. At the same time the strength of the peso means their remittances are worth less to their families after conversion from foreign currencies. As if this wasn't enough, OFWs can often have many different problems to contend with. "Migrante: The Filipino Diaspora" is a movie about some of the worst. Based on a story by Maridol Rañoa-Bismark and directed by Joel Lamangan, it stars Jodi Sta. Maria and Allen Dizon. If you have relatives or friends working overseas or if you are an OFW yourself you must not miss it. Even if you have no connections with OFWs, watch it anyway because it will open your eyes to what Filipinos and especially Filipinas sometime have to go through to help their families back home in the Philippines.

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A feature in the Veterinary Record journal by Craig Sharp of Brunel University reminds us that animals would win many of the Olympic gold medals if they were allowed to compete. For instance the fastest human sprinter runs at half the speed of a racehorse or greyhound, and only one third the speed of a cheetah. An Aussie kangaroo would win the long jump, a South African gazelle would win the high jump (although there's a fish that leaps even higher out of the sea) and an Arabian camel would win the marathon. An Indian elephant would easily beat any human weightlifter, and all the swimming medals would be won by fish. Sharp concludes that our best quality compared to animals is versatility, as there is no animal that could combine all the different skills and abilities that are needed for events like the decathlon or to cope with complex rules and strategies of team games like soccer or basketball. The whispered team tactics
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or more graphic communications of beach volleyball teams are outside the realm of wild animals, not to mention the players' popular glamorous bikini-clad sex-appeal.
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Unless all the spectators were the same species of animal as the players, in which case a separate beach volleyball olympics would need to be organized for every type of animal. Unfortunately for them, animals are not usually very good at organizing big international sports events. I, for one, am happy to let wild animals play in the jungle while I grab a 6-pack of San Mig Lite and ogle the 2012 Olympics beach volleyball on cable TV. Wow, look at that.. er, what a great.. er, oh yes, yes, fantastic volley!!!
- Angel Tugado (pics courtesy of London Olympics 2012)


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Still about the London Olympics 2012 but going off at a tangent, just take a look at Will and Kate enjoying themselves. As far
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as I'm aware, no high ranking members of the royal family have ever been permitted to show their real affections for each other in public before. Generations of paparazzi
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have spent their lives trying to get photos like these of each successive generation of the royal family. It's so refreshing to see the future King and Queen so uninhibitedly having a good time and so clearly in love. I think it's wonderful for the United Kingdom and wonderful for the world. When we are so deluged with global crises, we really do need international celebrity role models to lead by example and show us that lives of humanity, integrity and collective purpose are not fairy tales but attainable reality. It's something the UK can be proud of and the rest of the world can share. We can all be part of the fresh creation of a better world.
- Angel Tugado (pics courtesy of London Olympics 2012)


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A recent Social Weather Stations survey showed that the Philippine public regards its judiciary as inherently corrupt.
    Perceived corruption is that: 1) Judges and Justices ask for bribes, 2) Litigants pay bribes, and 3) Lawyers advise clients that bribes win cases.
    The Integrated Bar of the Philippines National President Atty. Roan Libarios said in a press statement: "Corruption breeds contempt of the judicial process. With the new and refreshing spirit of transparency sweeping the JBC, the search process, as aired live on media, has drawn public attention to the pressing problems that beset our justice system."
    He considered that the twin evils of corruption and court docket congestion rendered the Philippine justice system inefficient, unreliable and unjust, which in combination are root causes of low public trust and confidence in the judiciary.
    Atty. Libarios went on to say the next Chief Justice must "be able inspire and lead the judiciary, steer its course from the backwaters of clogged dockets and corruption into the high seas of judicial efficiency, integrity, independence and excellence."
    SRM applauds the IBP President's directives, and we'd like to see similar principles applied in every field and at every level of public service.
    Efficiency, integrity, transparency and excellence in all public service would transform the Philippines into a nation truly to be reckoned with in the world.
    It's not a pipe dream. The national will is already there, and we can all play our lawful democratic parts at every election by using our votes wisely to clean up our country and make it happen.
    Graft and corruption, along with their resultant injustices of poverty, malnutrition and inadequate education can only exist in a culture that permits them to. All we need to do is stop turning a blind eye to it all and decide that it's time for us to take action. Our votes are powerful weapons.


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Following the two July episodes of "I Love Pinas" devoted to Santa Rosa Laguna, GMA made it a glorious triple whammy with the Kapuso Mall Show on August 5 at Sta. Rosa's SM City. Aljur Abrenica, Sam Pinto, Gabby Eigenmann and Bianca King starred, with the fabulous energized crowd-pulling performances they're rightly famous for. And the crowds were pulled from toddlers to grannies and all ages in between. SM City mall was packed to the rafters long before the show started, and every single person there of whatever age still felt elated, happy and in high spirits when the show was over and they made their way home. SM and GMA are to be congratulated for putting on great shows like this around the country. They wash away the cares and woes of everyday life for a while, and give us renewed hope and faith deep down that the good will always overcome the bad, and that even if times are difficult they will always get easier.

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TAKE A LOOK AT OUR LATEST VIDEO PAGES. For October we featured the boy band One Direction that's now taking the world by storm. For November we featured the Black Eyed Peas with their Philippine born rapper and record producer apl.de.ap. December featured YouTube's top 7 most viewed videos its history, headed by PSY. January 2013 features four short videos on subjects of supreme importance to future life on Planet Earth. Make no mistake, all our lives are now at risk due to politicians' corrupt self interests and their negligence in failing to recognize what's at stake. And February 2013 offers a fascinating mixed bag of 7 (yes, seven!) videos, including 2 from the Wall Street Journal, Celine Dion singing in Beijing, Jessica Sanchez at the Araneta in Manila, a Disney trailer and 2 more. All short, and all worth watching!

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