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WHAT MORE CAN WE SAY ABOUT JESSE ROBREDO THAT HASN'T ALREADY BEEN SAID BY EMINENT COMPATRIOTS IN THE PHILIPPINES AND OVERSEAS? Like millions of other Filipinos we are still in shock, because Jesse was such a shining star of the Aquino Administration and we had such great hopes for him in the future.
So close to Dolphy's passing, we feel like a boxer being dealt yet another brainshaking uppercut when he has already collapsed helplessly against the ropes. How can ordinary laymen like us ever understand God's purpose when something like this happens? And just imagine how much worse it must be for Jesse Robredo's family. All we can do is express our sincere condolences and pray for his soul, but this never feels enough to fill the sudden void left by such an unexpected heartwrenching loss.
Members of the Philippine armed services move the casket of Jesse Robredo. (Photo from the official Facebook page of President Benigno Aquino III).
Nagueños lined the streets to have a glimpse and pay their final respect to Jesse Robredo during the funeral procession for the State Funeral at the Imperial Crematory and Columbary in Naga City. President Aquino conferred to the former DILG Chief the Philippine Legion of Honor with the Rank of Chief Commander (posthumous). The Philippine Legion of Honor is considered the highest award the President can bestow without the need for approval of Congress. Secretary Robredo is being conferred the Philippine Legion of Honor for life achievement as DILG Secretary and Naga City Mayor. (Photo by Ryan Lim, Malacañang Photo Bureau)
Leonor "Leni" Robredo, widow of Jesse Robredo, carries the folded flag that had been draped before her husband's casket. He was cremated Tuesday August 28. (Photo from the official Facebook page of President Benigno Aquino III).
"As the widow of Jesse Robredo and mother of their three daughters, Leni Robredo experienced personal loss, personal emotional trauma, care for the effect on her children of their loss and trauma, concern for the family's future, and on top of all this the multifaceted pressures of high profile national media focus on every aspect of their family's bereavement along with the responsibility of going through the nation's shock, acclamations and official events in respectful memory of the great man who was her husband.
She displayed the national qualities that give me and hundreds of other journalists faith in the future of the Philippines.
As a foreign travel writer and editor who has visited the Philippines several times over many years and has experienced some of its negatives at first hand, the exemplary public appearances of Leni Robredo are to me a significant positive indication that advances of the Aquino administration are established on solid foundations that are here to stay and that will lead to the fantastic future that the country deserves. Without a shadow of a doubt, for all her continuous support Jesse Robredo himself would have publicly shared with his wife every accolade directed to him.
The traditional English metaphor that one rotten apple will contaminate and make bad a barrelful of otherwise good healthy apples holds as true in the Philippines as in other countries. One cannot judge a nation by the 'bad apples' amongst its population. One must look at the bigger picture and see that by filtering out any bad apples, the majority that's left are good apples.
Jesse Robredo was not only a good apple himself, but an inspiration to a multitude of others. Make no mistake about it, his inspirational and influential leadership by example lives on, and the solid egalitarian human principles upon which they were based will continue to grow exponentially more recognized, more accepted and more powerful. His beliefs were the unversal truth, and no amount of backward corruption will ever prevent their inevitable ultimate progress."
- Al Collins
THE ONE AND ONLY DOLPHY MADE EVERYONE LAUGH RIGHT UP TO THE END
The King of Comedy will be missed with great sadness, but his legacy of happy laughter will live forever.
President Benigno Aquino elequently expressed the feelings of millions, describing Dolphy as embodiment of a "humble, honest, and helpful" Filipino, making daily life easier for his friends and followers in difficult times. Aquino stated: "He changed not just his industry, but also the national consciousness. Through his art, he widened our outlook, he gave us the power to find and cherish happiness in our daily lives."
Aside from his ever-popular comedy movies, Dolphy was known and beloved for helping the poor and unemployed. God Bless you, Dolphy. Rest In Peace. We will always love you.
Dolphy's mission in life was to make people laugh, not cry. We are sure he would appreciate that we will always miss him, and we are sure he would want the joy and laughter that he gave us to continue from other entertainers. So wipe away your tears, and watch the funny video below of "Don't Worry Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin, courtesy of YouTube. It will help you to smile through your sadness, and Dolphy would like that.
And yes, you're right! The man dressed as a woman in this video is none other than Hollywood star Robin Williams. There's lots of great stuff to watch on our special video pages from pop songs to advances in technology, to dancing, to medicine and health, to motivation, art, nature, education, travel, and much much more.... Before browsing through them, if you're not yet convinced that the Philippines is rapidly progressing upwards and onwards, just watch the top video ("Philippines 2015 - Exciting Projects") on our new National Capital Region page. You'll get a very pleasant shock!
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this magazine is dedicated to St. Rose and extending the
love that she gave to her world
through spreading her love, our modern troubled world can
be helped to receive healing,
because genuine pure love like hers is the most powerful
healing agent in the universe
The One Billion Rising campaign against violence to women has achieved phenomenal global success in a very short time, and Filipinas are among its leading lights. Read the inspirational report by Pia Ranada with superb photos by Franz Lopez on RAPPLER, the brilliant new Philippine online newspaper.
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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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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.
Back by popular demand for this concert at the Araneta in Manila, a great show for you and your Valentine's Day date. Tickets from: Ticketnet.
Although she's of Mexican-American/Philippine combined DNA, Jessica's exquisite vocal skills and confidence in public performance of them are those of a true Filipina. Sta. Rosa Magazine absolutely adores her, without the slightest reservation, as do millions of her other global fans.
Happily telling the world that "It's more fun in the Philippines" is typical of Jessica's natural affinity with all Filipinos. She was not paid to hold a Dept. of Tourism slogan. She did it voluntarily, willingly, without payment, because it's where her heart is. Jessica, we deeply and truly love you. Update (top): Jessica sings "Ikaw" at the concert to tumultuous applause. (Video courtesy of YouTube.)
IF WE REALLY REALLY WANT 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 interpretation of the Mayan prediction 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 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)
SISTER GIANT'S CALL IS TO WORK FROM THE INSIDE OUT. Its Founder Marianne Williamson is the author of Return To Love, which Oprah Winfrey describes as the single book that, since it was first published in 1992, has continuously influenced her life more than any other.
"We view politics from a holistic perspective, seeking to address the internal, causal aspects of an issue as well as its external symptoms. From the psychological and spiritual to the legislative and institutional, we seek a deeper understanding of our problems and a greater effectiveness at dealing with them," Marianne says.
"People often say to me, 'I don't want to get involved with politics because it makes me upset. What am I supposed to do with the anger, the rage, the cynicism?' Well, I know what we shouldn't do. We shouldn't use our own upset as an excuse for not helping. We shouldn't come up with a pseudo-spiritual excuse for turning away from the pain of the world. There is nothing spiritual about complacency…"
"These are very serious times, and serious people need to be doing some serious thinking. The last thing we should do is allow ourselves to be infantalized by a counterfeit version of enlightenment. No true search for enlightenment ignores the suffering of other sentient beings. Ever. If the present is to evolve in the direction of a sustainable future - if we're serious about the notion at all - then our politics must evolve as well."
In fact, what we think about a problem is as important as what we do about it, for everything we do is infused with the consciousness with which we do it. The state of our being is as important as the state of our doing, and internal breakthroughs are necessary before permanent external breakthroughs can occur."
"Some see such analysis as having no place within a serious political debate, as though maybe one more round of negotiations, or one more round of elections, or one more round of killings will yet make the difference. But the mindset of humanity is evolving beyond the mythology of the to-do list, that too often false belief that if we just knew what to do about a problem, then we could do it and all would be resolved. Americans, particularly, have the tendency to do very well with a to-do list, but become almost dithering when a problem demands more rethinking than redoing."
"No new politics will begin until first we have a new conversation, and despite the only-to-be-expected trivialization of such ideas by today's power elite, those who embrace the notion of nonviolence and soul force will do the quietly powerful work of saying it nonetheless."
"All are welcome to join the Sister Giant National Conversation. Monthly conference calls feature compelling guest speakers, updates on campaigns and issues we care about, and the creation of a space to engage in conversation around national and global peace, non-violence and politics. Our goal is always the same: how to make love the bottom line."
MANNY, PLEASE, PLEASE RETIRE!
NOW, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! WE LOVE YOU TOO MUCH TO SEE YOU SUFFER SERIOUS BRAIN DAMAGE.
THE WORLD LOOKED ON AGHAST AS MANNY PACQUIAO LAY MOTIONLESS ON THE CANVAS IN LAS VEGAS, floored by a knockout counterpunch from Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round, and ending an era of international boxing in which Pacman had come to be regarded by many people around the world as the best professional boxer of all time.
Frenzied public controversy about what went wrong covers a wide range of subjects including Manny's age, weight, change of religion, possible divorce, lackluster training, overconfidence, and increasing commitments to various career activities outside boxing.
I've no personal familiarity with his religious belief or marital relationship, but his persuance of several simultaneous careers outside boxing is continuously in the spotlight for all to see. I'm not the only fan to think he's trying to do too many different things at the same time.
Others might argue that it's an example of successful multi-tasking. I disagree, and quote the centuries old saying: "Jack-of-all-trades equals Master-of-none." How can one person sustain - all at the same time - the diverse roles of world champion professional boxer, professional pop singer, professional television game show host, dedicated evangelical preacher, and incumbent Congressman whose electorate depends upon him to represent them in day-to-day national government?
Each of Manny's high profile activities demands the topmost level of professionalism in its field. To do them all at once is to divide that level by the number of activities. Inevitably, they all suffer.
Something had to give, and in Las Vegas it was Manny's boxing. He no longer fought like Pacman, the World Champion at 8 different weight categories. So when Marquez saw his chance, he took it.
On that night, in that fight, who can dispute that Marquez boxed like a dedicated professional? Unfortunately, Pacquiao didn't. Your mother's pleas are justified, Manny. Your retirement from boxing is overdue, and you now need to prioritize what is most important to you between showbiz and politics for your post-boxing career. Or alternatively -- train, manage and sponsor the best of young Pinoy boxers.
You can't possibly do everything at the same time. By means of an unexpected Marquez knockout, God has given you and your family a powerful message. Please don't throw it back in His face. Nobody in the Philippines or the world wants to see you receive permanent brain damage or worse from putting off inevitable retirement from boxing for too long.
- Angel Tugado
Above is the header banner from thje city's official Facebook page, courtesy of the Santa Rosa City Government. Click on it to go directly to the page itself.
CITY'S OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE IS A BIG HIT WITH ROSENIANS
SANTA ROSA CITY GOVERNMENT NOW HAS AN OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE, and already it has notched up more than 1400 'likes'.
SRM urges all Rosenians to visit it frequently and take part in in any discussions and forums. It demonstrates the city government's honesty and openness to communicate with residents, and confirms its determination to keep local governance transparent.
I was delighted to see the slide show of Jesse Robredo's happy visit to Santa Rosa, although it brought back the deep sadness that we all felt on hearing about his tragic early death.
And whilst making the most of its Facebook page, don't neglect the city government's two dedicated websites: Government and Council, and also the City Mayor's website.
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. Cendaña,
Ma. Theresa Cecilia-Aala,
Petronio C. Factoriza,
Raymond Ryan F. Carvajal,
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.
MOZILLA FESTIVAL LONDON 2012
ENTHUSIASTS OF OPEN SOURCE FROM ALL AROUND THE GLOBE MADE NEW FRIENDS, SHARED LATEST IDEAS AND INSPIRED EACH OTHER
LOCATED NEXT TO LONDON'S O2 ARENA, IN NOVEMBER 2012 AN 11-STOREY CUBE DOTTED WITH CIRCULAR WINDOWS WAS THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE!Ravensbourne University, whose global reputation for cutting edge courses in digital media and design is second to none, was hosting MozFest, the eagerly-looked-forward-to annual event organized by Mozilla, much loved creators of the globally popular web browser Firefox and other free open-source software.
Instead of telling you about it ourselves, SRM suggests taking a look at what some of the internet blogs say about it. There are many more if you want to make your own searches.
Just to get you started, click on any or all of these:-
Then, if you want more - a lot more, including YouTube videos - simply do your own web searches, using Mozilla Firefox browser of course!
- Angel Tugado
AS MICROSOFT LAUNCHES WINDOWS 8 NEW PHILIPPINE CEO KARRIE ILLAGAN FACES HER BIGGEST CHALLENGE
CONGRATULATIONS TO KARRIE ILLAGAN ON HER APPOINTMENT AS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF MICROSOFT PHILIPPINES. The company's Vice President for the Asia Pacific Area, Tracey Fellows, said: "It is with great excitement that I announce Karrie Ilagan as Country Managing Director for the Philippines. She brings with her an excellent mix of sales and marketing management experience, having held both the Enterprise Sales and Marketing leadership positions in Microsoft Philippines over the last 6 years, and 18 years in the IT industry. I am especially proud that she's the first Filipina to head Microsoft Philippines in the 17 years since we opened our business in the Philippines and I'm confident that she will bring a strong local perspective to the business and the industry."
Under Karrie's leadership in her previous roles, Microsoft Philippines increased its focus on growing the capabilities of Filipino-owned companies. "I believe that there are still a large number of Filipino companies that can achieve global competitiveness by enhancing their IT capabilities that are focused on empowering people," she said.
Karrie continued: "The latest data from World Economic Forum ranks Philippines 75th globally in terms of national competitiveness. I'm certain that with the right combination of technology, education and appropriate government initiatives, Microsoft Philippines can make a valuable contribution to the development of the country."
The company has been at the forefront of innovation and making its technology available to Filipino businesses and individuals since 1995, with the mission to fuel growth and healthy communities, as well as transform locally-based businesses and empower them to compete in the global economy. There's no doubt the launch of Windows 8 towards the end of October will be a resounding success in the Philippines as in other countries, but her job description reaches far beyond this.
"Our focus has changed tremendously over the past years. We are not just a company that sells software. Since Microsoft established its Philippine office, we have worked towards creating solutions that are relevant to the market and worked hand in hand with the government, businesses and the academe to ensure that we make a real impact on people, whoever or wherever they may be," added Karrie. "In the end, it's still about growing the local software economy and championing the right of consumers and businesses to have a choice in the technology that gives them the best experience."
Since the World Economic Forum report that she mentioned, a World Bank and International Finance Corp report Ease of Doing Business shows the Philippines as ranking lower in 7 of its 10 indicators and dropping to 138th position overall out of the 185 nations it reviews every year. Significantly, it's the least corrupt countries that do best: #1 is Singapore, and #2 is Hong Kong.
Tiny Cambodia, with less than one sixth of our population, has now overtaken Asia's infamous untreated sewage dump of stinking corrupt business and officialdom called the Philippines that remains our legacy from Marcos and Arroyo, giving Karrie Illagan a very tough challenge to help us get wise, eradicate corruption permanently, stop falling further behind, and catch up even the civilized nations of Southeast Asia - leave alone the rest of Asia and the world.
SRM sincerely hopes she succeeds!
- Story by Eduardo Garcia (Photo courtesy of Microsoft Philippines.)
IT MAY BE MORE FUN FOR TOURISTS
BUT IT'S MORE FLOOD FOR FILIPINOS
years after Ondoy, where is the infrastructure to
prevent flood damage to densely populated areas? Where
are the flood barriers? Where are the storm drains?
Where are the sea walls? Regarding Lake Laguna, where
are the lake walls? I'm looking at the chaos in Manila,
and I can hear Swiss bankers in Zurich and
Geneva yodelling with joy. Switzerland is the most
corrupt nation on Planet Earth. The insidious Swiss secret banking system is the ultimate global corrupter. It instigates crime and corruption throughout the world by seeking and protecting the proceeds of crime and corruption. Switzerland makes criminals of all countries successful and rich. Its only floods are the floods of dirty money from the Philippines and elsewhere.
were told in 2009 that billions would be spent to
ensure that such a calamity would not happen again.
Yet in 2012 it is now happening again in exactly the
same areas. What was all that money spent on? What
flood prevention measures are in place? Families affected
by Ondoy have not received compensation for loss of
home and possessions. Families affected by Ondoy did
not receive any help towards the funeral costs of
their drowned loved ones. So who exactly was it that
benefited from all those billions of expenditure that
we were told about? One of them was right here in
Sta. Rosa. At the time of Ondoy, Manuel Manoy Alipon,
the most corrupt Vice Mayor in Santa Rosa's history,
spent considerable sums of public and donated emergency money
on his own personal self-promotion including, among his other sick schemes, issuing brand new tee shirts with his name and
flattering pictures of himself prominently plastered
over them to volunteers who had rallied to work for nothing to help those in distress.
He spent considerable sums of public and donated emergency money
to form an unlawful private army equipped with unlicenced
loose guns. He spent considerable sums of public
and donated emergency money on extravagant gifts for a series of adulterous relationships. He spent considerable sums of public
and donated emergency money to construct security barriers for
his family compounds in Amar Village,
Barangay Balibago, and in Villa Susana, Barangay Malitlit, and for the commercial lot in Purok 3, Barangay
Dita, rented for his crooked Man-Ali trucking business. He spent considerable sums of public and donated emergency money
to develop his crookedly acquired properties in Laguna, Cavite and Batangas. He spent considerable sums of public and donated emergency money
to send his own children to expensive private schools
and colleges whilst his criminal actions prevented
underprivileged and underserved Santa Rosa residents
(many of whom he had paid a few pesos each to vote
for him at the 2007 election) from receiving any compensation
for Ondoy-induced losses of loved ones, homes and
belongings. Alipon's notorious bloated ego and arrogance
underestimated voters' intelligence. They collectively
retaliated by voting him out of office in 2010, with
the result that we now have an award-winning team
of City Mayor Arlene Arcillas, Vice Mayor Arnel Gomez
and a genuine public-spirited council whose mission,
dedication and hard work are unrivalled in the Philippines.
Let's support them all in 2013. Let's oppose and thwart
any and every attempt by Manuel Manoy Alipon's family
or cronies to get back in, which they will try to. Alipon and his supporters want to permanently prevent social progress. They want to keep our nation bogged down in the Third World. They want to maintain poverty, malnutrition and lack of education by force because this enables them to buy votes cheaply and follow up their demands with violence if anyone refuses to comply. We must all stay alert and make certain the Alipon clan and cronies are kept permanently out of public office. If not, they will turn Santa Rosa City into the 'Cotabato of the North' as opposed to Eton City's 'Makati of the South'.
Year on year, every rainy season, the same places are flooded over and over. Billions intended for aid and relief end up in secret Swiss bank accounts. Nothing is done to prevent repetition of the same disasters, because - with no accountability - the corrupt politicians want to repeat their huge offshore deposits every year.
DO WE REALLY NEED THIS EVEN IN OUR MOST REMOTE PROVINCES, LET ALONE IN OUR CAPITAL CITY? NO WE DON'T! LET ME REPEAT: NO, WE DO NOT!! LET ME REPEAT AGAIN: NO, SUCH SITUATIONS AND SCENES ARE THE RESULT OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION NOT NATURAL CALAMITIES!!! Every Filipino knows it, so what are we doing about it? Why do we continue to allow the greedy inhumane murderous local politicians and local government officials to divert billions of dollars of both foreign aid and Filipino taxpayers' money into secret Swiss bank accounts when so many of our people are killed and even more of our people are made homeless, losing all their possessions in the process? Wake up!!! It's been happening for decades. Year on year it's the same old story. In the rainy season we get typhoons. Since when has this been a surprise? In the rainy season we get tropical cyclones. Since when has this been a surprise? In the rainy season we get monsoon rains. Since when has this been a surprise? Local governments love to claim they have a natural calamity on their hands. It provides them with access to enormous emergency funds both from Malacanang and in foreign aid. Because it's an emergency situation and lives are at risk, they can get away with any number of excuses for disregarding requirements for transparency. The money disappears and no questions are asked. Banks in Zurich and Geneva are ecstatic. Existing and new secret bank accounts receive billions of dollars in fresh deposits from the Philippines, while nothing is ever done to protect the vulnerable areas that flood in the rainy season. Get wise, Filipinos! Vote against the inhuman corrupt parasites in our midst who profit from death and destruction of innocent Pinoy families.
NOBODY CAN ARGUE WITH LIFELONG SUCCESS, AND HENRY SY GETS IT RIGHT TIME AFTER TIME!
IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES, HIS SM MALL SHOWS BRING EXCITEMENT AND HAPPINESS INTO PEOPLE'S LIVES, AND IF THIS CREATES MORE BUSINESS FOR HIS MALLS IT'S DESERVED, BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE EXCITED AND HAPPY!
FOLLOWING THE TWO JULY EPISODES OF "I LOVE PINAS" DEVOTED TO STA. 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 fabulously entertaining 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.
SANTA ROSA LAGUNA IS FEATURED TWICE ON GMA7'S I LOVE PINAS
Special Message to readers of Santa Rosa Magazine from Carlo Lorenzo
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.
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.
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.
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 Willy 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.)
Get a group of 12 friends together and grab this great half price opportunity. Find out more.
- Report by Joyce Franzly Racoma and Ivy Candelaria
TO ALL WHO HELPED THIS MOVIE ABOUT EXPLOITATION OF PHILIPPINE
WOMEN TO ACHIEVE ITS
KICKSTARTER TARGET AND GO ON TO COMPLETE POST-PRODUCTION
IS A FUNDING PLATFORM FOR CREATIVE PROJECTS.
this very second, thousands of people are checking out
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friends' ideas, backing projects from people they've
long admired, and discovering things that make them
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Every project is independently crafted, put to all-or-nothing funding, and supported by friends, fans, and the public in return for rewards. It offers up original video content that marries the talent of great teachers with top animators to bring concepts like neuro-science to life in short videos, typically 5 minutes long. The channel is part of the youtube.com/edu offering, a collection of half a million educational videos available in many schools as well as to the public online. Hello Forever is the story of four courageous women faced with the harsh realities of single motherhood, poverty, prejudice, and corruption. In a world dominated by men, together they embark on a journey to find a way out. A tale of human survival! Hello Forever is a film that was conceived by Australian award winning Director Peter Kirk two years ago while visiting his in-laws in the Philippines. Peter is married to a Filipina and while vacationing there, became intrigued with how and why the prostitution industry has become normalized in society. Peter pulled together a talented team of experienced industry professionals and their proteges and has been able to pull off this project thus far with a shoestring budget by indie film standards.
A three time Academy Award Winner, an America's Next Top Model Contender, an Online Film Festival Director... the cast and crew of Hello Forever is composed of talented, passionate individuals each trying to be an instrument of change.
This collaboration of seasoned veterans and new industry professionals makes for an intriguing blend of old and new school film making. Academy Award winning sound engineer Chris Newman has brought on board two of his former students from the Manhattan School of Visual Arts to anchor the sound and scoring. The actors are a mix of trained veterans and emerging talents. Isis King from America's Next Top Model is making her acting debut. What we have is a group of talented creators, learning from each other, and needing your help to complete this project.
The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control and responsibility over their own projects. They spend weeks building their own project pages, shooting their own videos, and brainstorming
what to offer as rewards.The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control and responsibility over their own projects. They spend weeks building their own project pages, shooting their own videos, and brainstorming
what to offer as rewards.
Rewards are things
like a copy of what's being made, a limited edition,
or a custom experience related to the project. This
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Since the launch of Kickstarter in 2009, more than 24,000 creative projects have been successfully funded by awesome people from around the world. But Kickstarter is about much more than money...
Find out more on the Hello Forever Facebook page. -- Iya Nakpil-Roxas (Iya is a 26-year old artist, free-spirit, dreamer, individual with an eye for detail, a sense of adventure, a wandering imagination, a blossoming creativity and a foundation of truth. She is currently managing the Kickstarter for Hello Forever. Help her out! Also, see Iya's contribution to the Coalition Against Trafficking In Women - Asia Pacific and read this article about her paintings by Barbara C. Gonzalez from the Philippine Star. - Ed.)
JUNE 19, 1861, AND UNJUSTLY
EXECUTED ON DECEMBER 30, 1896.
CELEBRATE THE 152nd YEAR SINCE RIZAL'S BIRTH by reading,
or re-reading, his predictions of how the Philippines would develop a hundred years after he wrote them as a series of contributions to the the 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 or email address or any other information.
Rizal's astute writings contain 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 last year's 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 website seems to be offline at the moment but it 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.
ENCHANTED KINGDOM LAUNCHES ENCHANTED EVENTS PLACE IN SANTA ROSA CITY
Laguna's biggest for major corporate and social functions, and top world-class shows.
The newly launched "Enchanting Events Place" in Santa Rosa, Laguna, is the biggest covered events venue south of Manila. (Read the full story on our Home Page.)
NICOLE HYALA'S VISIONARY HARD WORK IS REWARDED WITH BUSINESS SUCCESS
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.)
The Foundation now goes even further and helps many others in Santa Rosa. See more on its Official Website and Facebook.
Rosa Magazine is the magazine of Santa Rosa City, Laguna, Philippines
Has anyone ever asked you what living in the Philippines
is like? Well, this is what we're about. SRM (Santa
Rosa Magazine) is the online magazine of the people,
by the people and for the people who live, work, study
and play in Santa Rosa, Laguna - and for people who
want to and are planning to.
We don't focus so much on everyday life because there
are others who do this, including the City Government
via its two official websites. Instead we reflect the
maturity of our city, and its cosmopolitan population.Sometimes
our features are local, sometimes they are regional,
national or global.
Santa Rosa Laguna is a city experiencing rapid growth,
due in part to its proximity to Manila and the National
Capital Region, and due in part to its surrounding successful
business and industrial zones, most notably the Laguna
The official Santa
Rosa City Government website is a great source of
information and news about local activities, and we
highly recommend that you visit it frequently. It has
enabled and empowered us to take a wider national and
global approach to Santa Rosa Magazine's content, reflecting
our readership both among the city's rapidly expanding
cosmopolitan population and among many many thousands
of OFWs and foreign investors around the world.
Whether you live in Santa Rosa or somewhere else in
the Philippines, or anywhere else in the world, Santa
Rosa Magazine enables you to read online about the good
life here. We include stories from other parts of the
Philippines and from overseas, because we do not live
in isolation. We are part of our nation and of our planet,
and this is why we have recently begun to include content
which might by some readers be considered controversial
but which we feel is important to a vibrant maturing
city as it continues to grow bigger and more cosmopolitan.
For example we strongly feature the international education revolution
that is enabling the poorest people in the world to study free online.
We also strongly feature the international revolution to save our
planet from destruction by commercial products and human behavior
hostile to the environment. We have also recently introduced an opinion
column by highly respected Filipino writer Angel Tugado whose opinions are
personal, not ours, but we do not censor them in any way because the
points made are important ones, and we firmly believe that a mature
society needs to consider and discuss them.
Right now the eyes of the world are on us. Not only because of our most
recent calamitous natural disasters, but also because the Philippine
nation shines out like a beacon in the present global financial crisis.
Our economy and currency are among the strongest on the planet, and our
potential to lead the world rapidly out of its crisis with
inspirational new development and growth is second to none. The
Philippine Peso has made enormous gains against the American Dollar,
the European Euro and the British Pound. Our nation and our city can be
proud of our economic performance.
In terms of normal life and social conditions here, until now the eyes
of the world have seen only bad news of Philippine corruption and
murder on television or in their newspapers. Another aspect of
our mission at
Santa Rosa Magazine is to show them that there is another side to the
coin by bringing them good news about life in our very fortunate city.
Whilst working to improve whatever gives rise to bad news, we also highlight the good news that is too often internationally
Santa Rosa is a growing community of Filipinos and foreigners,
perfectly located within commuting distance of Manila, with the best
selection of modern, international standard, residential subdivisions
in the whole country. And this can be a wonderful country to live in.
We generally enjoy a tropical climate envied by many millions of people
around the world, and opportunities are now increasing for us all to
lead happy, successful, rewarding lives.
The best news is that we are the friendliest and most talented people
in the universe. The millions of OFWs are already demonstrating this
from Australia to Japan, the Arabian Gulf, Europe, the USA and other
countries. So let's give them our appreciative support from home
wherever they are. Don't hold back. Express yourself. Tell everyone
This country deserves world recognition for what is good here, and with
God's help the bad will be transformed step by step by the increasing
strength and influence of People Power as it brings education, health,
peace, prosperity and happiness to every Pinoy and Pinay, however poor
they are at present and however remote their home is from the capital
The way to help all our people is to make lasting reforms wherever
things have gone wrong in the past and rebuild this nation steadily and
securely to its rightful greatness in the world. Already individual
Filipinos and Filipinas are leading the way, led by President Benigno
Aquino, and we rejoice in featuring so many of them in Santa Rosa
Magazine. We'd love to see more, and more, and more!
Verifiable stories and photos of relevance to Santa Rosa City are
always welcomed, whether official press releases or from local
residents (see The Other
Side Of Santa Rosa), and we are particularly keen to hear
from OFWs wherever they are located.
Did you know?
Rosa City is named after St. Rose of Lima, the Patron of:
Americas, Central America, Peru, Phillippines, South America, India,
New World, florists, gardeners, and people ridiculed for their piety.
St. Rose was born in Lima, Peru, on April 20, 1586, and died there on
April 30, 1617. She had great reverence and pronounced love for all
things relating to God, and had an intense devotion to the Infant Jesus
and His Blessed Mother.
Her life was given up to prayer, mortification and penances in
expiation for offences against His Divine Majesty, for the conversion
of sinners, and for the souls in Purgatory.
Her days were filled with acts of charity and industry, her exquisite
lace and embroidery helping to support her home. In her twentieth year
she received the habit of St. Dominic.
Many miracles followed her death, and in 1667 she was beatified by
St. Rose was canonized by Clement X in 1671, the first American to be
so honored. Her feast is celebrated August 30.
This magazine is dedicated to St. Rose and extending the love that she gave to her world. Through spreading her love, our modern troubled world can be helped to receive healing, because genuine pure love like hers is the most powerful healing agent in the universe.
Feast Day Prayer
St. Rose of Lima we pray on your feastday, and more so because our city
is named and dedicated to you. We honor you as the first American saint,
and saint of all peoples and races. We admire your total commitment and
love of Jesus. In your trials, temptations and illness you continued to
praise God and receive all these afflictions with grace and charm. We
pray that with your intercession we can all be like you. We pray for peoples
of the world who are from Asia, Africa and Latin America where there is
much poverty and illness. May Christ bring consolation, relief and
upliftment to them. We pray for all children who are born with
afflictions. Free them from their torment and all developmental delays.
Give them the gifts of speech, learning and living skills. This we ask
in Jesus name. Amen.
Patron Saint source: The Catholic
Encyclopedia, Robert Appleton Company, New York.
Did you also know?
- just like Tagalog under Spanish occupation - was suppressed under
occupation of England first by the Romans (43 BC), then by the Vikings
(793 AD) and then by the Normans (1066 AD)?
Centuries after these occupations 3 other forces, first of Spain under
King Philip (1588
AD), second of France under Emperor Napoleon (1812 AD) and third of
Führer Hitler (1940 AD), all tried and failed to invade the small
island shared by England, Wales and
Scotland which together with Northern Ireland became the UK (United
Kingdom) and later joined the EU
(European Union). The total UK population today is only approx 65%
of the Philippines.
Did you know that the English language - just like Filipino, as Tagalog
is now referred to globally - made a powerful comeback after occupation
because the native population had protected it, nurtured
it and eventually revitalized it?
Did you know that even the most nationalistic Europeans (notably
Austrian, Belgian, Czechoslovakian, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian,
Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swiss) and Scandinavians
(notably Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish) choose English as
their business language so that they may understand one another.
Did you know that for the same reason (so that people from different
regions speaking different languages may understand each other) there
are more than 2000 English-language newspapers in India alone?
Furthermore, did you know that Indian publications have been widely
commended as producing a higher standard of English than publications
Did you know that in 2010 there are more people in China currently
learning English than the combined populations of all primary - in
other words their main not second language - English-speaking nations
(UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and many smaller
countries scattered around the globe)?
English Language source: The
Biography Of A
Language, Hodder and Stoughton, London.
We mention the above for two reasons:
1) It’s why Santa Rosa Magazine is produced in English. In recent years
Santa Rosa City has become a cosmopolitan hub, with people from many
different countries located here due to world-acclaimed industrial
zones such as Laguna Technopark, and due to world-acclaimed commercial
and residential developments such as South Forbes Golf City, Eton City,
Greenfield City and Nuvali. Our readership is global and consists not
only of foreign residents, but also of OFWs around the world and of
local Filipinos who wish to see Santa Rosa City grow into a place that
they can be proud of. The latter and foreign investors are our
“raison d’être” and signify our open
approach to everyone who seeks the best possible future for our city,
wherever they originally come from in the Philippines or in the world.
2) We wish at the same time to congratulate and support all Filipinos
for continuously protecting and revitalizing Filipino following the
lead of of our Republic's second President, the acknowledged "Father
of our National Language" Manuel L. Quezon (1878-1944). Based
on Tagalog, which survived despite more than 400 years of foreign
occupation, Filipino has become the heart and soul of the Philippine
nation. When SRM was launched, it was planned to produce tandem
versions in Filipino and English. However, our international readership
makes English essential, and news of local events in Filipino can be
found on the official Santa
Rosa City Government website. Take a look at the video below,
courtesy of TED.
LEARNING ENGLISH CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND YOUR WORLD? You bet it can! American inventor and entrepreneur
Jay Walker calls
it the latest world mania. To illustrate it he shows video clips of
Chinese students learning English, and he quotes the amazing facts that
by law Chinese kids must start learning English in the third grade, and
that China will this year become the world's largest English-speaking
country. He concludes: "So is English mania good or bad? Is English a
tsunami, washing away other languages? Not likely. English is the
world's second language. Your native language is your life. But with
English you can become part of a wider conversation. A global
conversation about global problems. Like climate change or poverty. Or
hunger or disease. The world has other universal languages. Mathematics
is the language of science. Music is the language of emotions. And now
English is becoming the language of problem solving. Not because
America is pushing it. But because the world is pulling it. So English
mania is a turning point. Like the harnessing of electricity in our
cities, or the fall of the Berlin Wall, English represents hope for a
better future. A future where the world has a common language to solve
its common problems."
Vision and Mission
A "sine qua non" foundation of our vision is that we will never demand
a financial subscription from our readers. All that we will ever ask is
that you support our city's unique potential, and utilize your own
unique individual experience to help guide its future development for
the ultimate benefit of every Santa Rosa City resident - especially the
children, and even more especially those children whose parents'
poverty gives them at present so little hope for the future.
Our combined vision and mission is to help make Santa Rosa a safe,
healthy, happy, successful and prosperous city for all its residents,
which includes helping to bring about a situation in which there is no
poverty and every child will have nutritious food, hygienic housing,
medical care, a good education and unlimited career opportunities.
The key to making all of this possible, and more, is to attract foreign
investment. Whilst we applaud enthusiastically existing external
successes such as Laguna Technopark and the newest premier residential
subdivisions, we would also like to see similar successes outside the
special economic zones and premier subdivisions to improve the
infrastructure and development of Santa Rosa's city proper. Foreign
business investment would give this a tremendous boost.
Verifiable stories and photos of relevance to Santa Rosa are always
welcomed, whether official press releases or from local residents (see A Breath Of Fresh Air),
and we are particularly keen to hear from OFWs around the world.
TWO EVENTS WITH GLOBAL IMPACT EXCEEDED ALL EXPECTATIONS!!!
Korea, and London, England,
brought the world together in 2012
The first is an
inspirational overview of Expo 2012's main theme of
"The Living Ocean and Coast" with its three subthemes
of "Preservation and Sustainable Development of the
Ocean and Coast", "New Resources Technology", and "Creative
Korea's failed rocket launch on Friday April 13, 2012,
which eastern sages, Buddhist monks, Feng Shui experts
and superstitious westerners had advised North Korea against, numbers of participating countries and international organizations at Yeosu vastly exceeded the estimated 100 and the anticipated
8 million visitors turned out to be well over 10 million.
On August 12 the Yeosu Declaration was officially adopted at Expo
2012 calling for an international response to situations such
as pollution and overfishing that seriously threaten conservation
and sustainable development of the ocean's resources.
The Yeosu Declaration emphasized nternational cooperation
and feasible joint actions to solve problems around the world that concern
Following Expo 2012,
the city of Yeosu is now being developed as a model eco-friendly
coastal community, and used as a test bed of Green Home
projects. There is also a focus on ocean-themed
timeshares and premium dwelling places.
The above video
was a humorous indication of how the London
2012 Olympic Games were intended to have a fresh down-to-earth approach
based on its fundamental theme that ordinary people anywhere
in the world who are interested in sports are welcomed to take part and become champions.
Final results reflected this philosophy, as some of the world's smallest nations achieved astonishing medal wins. More astonishing yet was the medal chart based on population and Gross Domestic Product, which proved that the small nations achieved their wins far more cost-effectively than the biggest richest nations. Go to our own special 2012 Olympics page to see the medal table comparisons.
WORLD'S BIGGEST McDONALD'S WAS OPENED FOR THE
The new flagship McDonald's featured a completely different style of design and decor.
LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 BOASTED THE BIGGEST EVER FLAGSHIP McDONALD'S AS WELL AS 3 SMALLER BRANCHES AT STRATEGIC LOCATIONS.
Constructed mainly from recycled lumber, its brightly modern design and comfortably spacious layout are far removed from the tightly packed branches that over the years most of us have gotten used to.
This was the 9th consecutive time that McDonald's had been official restaurant to the Olympics, and for the first time it was exclusive provider of branded foods, although there was a wide variety of non-branded eateries at the games.
The spacious flagship McDonald's has 1,500 comfortable seats and employs 500 staff.
McDonald's at the London Olympics also offered its biggest ever menu, with a range made possible by a long-established food supply chain of 17,500 British and Irish farms.
Its 4 restaurants at the Olympic Park were set up to sell a staggering 3 million meals in 6 weeks, boosted by the flagship's perfect location next to the main Olympic Stadium. This included at least 50,000 Big Macs, 100,000 portions of french fries and 30,000 milk shakes.
The modern new flagship McDonald's has eyecatching murals and informative posters.
With a floor area of 3,000 sq ft spread over 2 storeys, the flagship is run as efficiently as a military operation. To achieve the speedy service that all customers expect, McDonald's advanced technology controls express lanes and contactless payment.
It also benefits from the cream of McDonald's "Champion Crew" - key staff from 40 countries specially trained and experienced in ultra-heavy customer traffic. 2000 of the top staff were available to ensure that all 4 restaurants ran smoothly throughout the Olympics.
Like many popular pizzeria, customers can see food being prepared in the busy kitchen.
Despite the global financial meltdown, McDonald's longstanding popularity continues to grow. Its extraordinary worldwide success at keeping its customers satisfied and happy is reflected in healthy annual results.
This year, the company reported global sales 9 percent higher than the previous year, with profits over the same period increasing by 10.9 percent.
- Eduardo Garcia (Photos courtesy of McDonalds.)
VICTORIA BECKHAM TALKS ON CREATIVE BRITAIN AS IT HOSTS THE 2012 OLYMPICS
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
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. In 2012, many of the most famous
international women celebrities are also among her most
Victoria now lives
Angeles, which she loves, and 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
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.
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.
outside the US Embassy in Poland demonstrate against
bid to pass laws in America that would remove freedoms
parents and parents fought the Nazis and the Russians
to obtain. See
Slideshow for a few examples of people around
whose lives would be directly affected by these
the above Yahoo
Slideshow to see its enlarged photos of people
around the world of all ages, including President
Obama, and US servicemen on active duty overseas,
using laptops to connect with their home, their office
or their global social network. More than 2 billion
people, most of which are not Americans, would be
adversely affected if bills to control the internet
are ever passed by the US Congress and Senate to become
American law. The internet gives us all the freedom
to communicate and learn and help others. It is not
owned by the USA, and our need to protest is not over.
Postponement pending consultation isn't the end. The
world must keep up its global pressure. (Screenshot
courtesy of Yahoo). Also see Angel Tugado's comments
on our Opinion page.
NOW WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW
WHAT DOES A BILL LIKE PIPA/SOPA MEAN TO OUR SHAREABLE WORLD?Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto -- a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume. He believes that new technologies enabling loose collaboration and taking advantage of "spare" brainpower - will change the way society works.
Shirky's work focuses on the rising usefulness of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, wireless networks, social software and open-source development. New technologies are enabling new kinds of cooperative structures to flourish as a way of getting things done in business, science, the arts and elsewhere, as an alternative to centralized and institutional structures, which he sees as self-limiting.
In his writings and speeches he has argued that "a group is its own worst enemy". His clients have included Nokia, the Library of Congress and the BBC. Shirky is an adjunct professor in New York University's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he teaches a course named "Social Weather".
He's the author of "Here Comes Everybody", about the power of crowds, and "Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age". WIRED magazine said about him: "Shirky is one of the handful of people with justifiable claim to the digerati moniker. He's become a consistently prescient voice on networks, social software, and technology's effects on society."
(Video and write-up courtesy ofTED.)
AROUND THE WORLD
In these troubled times, people everywhere are beginning
to search for something bigger than themselves.
CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS, HINDUS, BUDDHISTS AND DEVOTEES OF MANY OTHER FAITHS ARE COOPERATING AS NEVER BEFORE TO DO JOINT RESEARCH INTO THEIR SIMILARITIES RATHER THAN THEIR DIFFERENCES
SRM is not affiliated or connected with
any of these research programs, and we gain no financial or other
benefit whatsoever from reporting them.
Unlike US and European media controlled
by the likes of Rupert Murdoch, our OFW and foreign
investor publishers allow us to say editorially exactly
what we think. Always. Period.
We are happy with the trend towards more cooperation and understanding between people of different faiths, and we recommend that you take time to watch the videos below, posted here courtesy of Google, YouTube, and the individuals and organizations involved. They will open your mind to different ways of looking at the world -- and at your inner self.
BE YOUR OWN THERAPIST
We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing without question that happiness and suffering come from "out there." In reality, Buddhist teachings explain that they come from the way we perceive and interpret things, not the things themselves.
This deeply held misconception is at the root of our dissatisfaction, self-doubt, anger, depression, anxiety, and the rest.
But our minds can
change. By becoming deeply familiar with the workings
of our own cognitive processes through introspection
and learning to deconstruct them - truly, being our
own therapists - we can loosen the grip of these neuroses
and grow our marvelous potential for contentment, clarity,
and courage, which are at the core of our being.
Courtin is a Tibetan Buddhist nun for 30 years, beloved
teacher and power-house personality. She's the Executive
Director of Liberation Prison Project, based in San
Francisco. A lifeline
for people with nothing and no one to turn to, since
1996 Liberation Prison Project has supported the spiritual
practice of over 15,000 prisoners, mainly in the US
These days, the project spends $50,000
every month, nearly half of it on salaries and benefits
for a fulltime staff of ten (eight in the US and two
in Australia, including three former prisoners), supported
by a team of 150+ volunteers worldwide.
travels the world, teaching and raising funds, touching
countless hearts and minds with her down-to-earth, no-nonsense
packaging of the Buddha's teachings, often filled with
tasty stories from her own real-life struggles, attachments
She is able to put across to her
students in and out of prison that change is possible;
everyone can learn to develop their qualities, to be
joyful in the face of difficulties - even on death row.
"Ven. Robina has taught me to look at everything that
occurs in my life with a different view," writes one
Australian prisoner. "She has given me dignity, courage,
TRANSFORM YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BRAIN
In this talk, Richard J. Davidson explores recent
scientific research on the neuroscience of positive
human qualities and how they can be cultivated through
contemplative practice. Distinctions among different
forms of contemplative practices will be introduced
and they will be shown to have different neural and
behavioral consequences, as well as important consequences
for physical health in both long-term and novice practitioners.
New research also shows that meditation-based interventions
delivered online can produce behavioral and neural changes.
Collectively, this body of research indicates that we
can cultivate adaptive neural changes and strengthen
positive human qualities through systematic mental practice.
THE EXTENDED MIND: EXPERIMENTAL EVIDENCE
We have been brought up to believe that the mind is located inside the head. But there are good reasons for thinking that this view is too limited. Recent experimental results show that people can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even if they look from behind and if all sensory clues are eliminated. And people's intentions can be detected by animals from miles away.
The commonest kind of non-local interaction mental influence occurs in connection with telephone calls, where most people have had the experience of thinking of someone shortly before they ring. Controlled, randomized tests on telephone telepathy have given highly significant positive results. Research techniques have now been automated and experiments on telepathy are now being conducted through the internet and cell phones, enabling widespread participation.
Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 75 technical
papers and ten books, the most recent being "The
Sense of Being Stared At". He studied at Cambridge and Harvard Universities, was a Fellow of Clare College
Cambridge and a Research Fellow of the Royal Society.
He is currently Director of the Perrott-Warrick project,
funded from Trinity College Cambridge.
CHANGE YOUR MIND, CHANGE YOUR BRAIN
If happiness is an inner state, influenced by external conditions but not dependent on them, how can we achieve it? Ricard will examine the inner and outer factors that increase or diminish our sense of well-being, dissect the underlying mechanisms of happiness, and lead us to a way of looking at the mind itself based on his book, Happiness: A Guide to Life's Most Important Skill and from the research in neuroscience on the effect of mind-training on the brain. Matthieu Ricard is a gifted scientist turned Buddhist monk, who is now a best selling author, translator, and photographer. He has lived and studied in the Himalayas for the last 35 years.
Sarina Fernandez, Editor of Santa Rosa Magazine
Click the poster above to visit the Thrive Movement's Facebook page, or click the graphic below to see the mindblowing Thrive movie on YouTube. It lasts 2 hours and 12 minutes, so you might want to watch it in segments. For more info visit the official website.
Welcome to the Synthesis 2012 festival, A global gathering, world music festival and spiritual celebration in Piste pueblo and Chichen Itza in the Yucatan. This 2012 festival will occur at the end of the Mayan Calendar on Dec 20th to 23rd this year. We will arrive on the 20th and participate in the global gathering on the Winter Solstice on the 21st.
The Synthesis 2012 festival team is working directly with the local Mayan people, event producers in Mexico, to produce this historical event. Imagine yourself here at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan with the Mayans and thousands of others at the dawn of the new age and cycle this December.
Contrary to media sensationalism, the end of the Mayan Calendar does not mean the end of the world. When we listen to the words of the Mayan Elders, we learn that the end of the Mayan Calendar is comparable to watching your car's odometer roll over to all zeroes. The Mayan prophecies foretell of a transition to the age of the 5th Sun, a new time when consciousness, prosperity and the Divine Feminine prevail.
For more information visit the Synthesis 2012 official website.
THIS MONTH'S BIG 4 VIDEOS
See our Videos Page for this month's mind-expanding selection.
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).
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.
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)
AIR ASIA APPOINTS WOMAN CEO
Described by her predecessor as "tough", Aireen Omar has the financial expertise needed for the airline's controlled expansion.
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.
Aireen Omar (third from left) and Group CEO Tony Fernandes (second from left)
pictured with other top Air Asia officials.
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.)
DRAGONAIR LOOKS TO TALENTED YOUTH FOR A FABULOUS FUTURE
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.
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.
BILL AND MELINDA GATES BACK THE
online tutorials make
world-class math education free to
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.
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 30 million lessons have
been delivered to-date. More than 2000
free online video tutorials cover
everything from basic addition to
advanced calculus, physics, chemistry
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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
Gore's famed PowerPoint
presentation, with its meticulously
researched content and lucid style, has
energized rapidly increasing numbers of
worldwide activists -- both young and
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
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.
Oprah Winfrey "the most influential woman in the world"
WOMEN INSPIRING THE WORLD
Inspirational women from all over the planet are making a big difference to the whole world
and taking lead roles in finding ways to make it a better place for everyone. PART 1: (Videos of Michelle Obama, Melinda French Gates, Zainab Salbi, Sunitha Krishnan, Liza Donnelly, Lea Salonga, Charity Tillemann-Dick, Jehane Noujaim, Jody Williams, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Sheryl Wudunn, Kiran Bedi, Hanna Rosin, Elizabeth Lesser, Sheryl Sandberg, Halla Tomasdottir, Johanna Blakley, Jane McGonigal, Amber Case, Kiran Bir Sethi, Jane Chen.) PART 2: (Videos of Brene Brown, Ali Carr-Chellman, Lesley Hazleton, Majora Carter, Jacqueline Novogratz, Arianna Huffington, Diana Laufenberg, Deborah Rhodes, Kristina Gjerde, Nalini Nadkarni, Dee Boersma, Emily Pilloton, Amy Smith, Kim Gorgens, Amy Tan, Laurie Santos, Karen Armstrong, Carmen Agra Deedy, JK Rowling, Miwa Matreyek, Tony Porter.)
VIDEO GAMES ARE GOOD FOR YOU (AND FOR THE WHOLE WORLD)
"This is my daughter. She's playing a computer game. She's only two years old, and
she's having a blast. So she's really the driving force behind the development of graphics
processing units. As long as kids are playing computer games, graphics is getting better
and better and better. So please go back home, tell your kids to play more games, because
that's what I need." - Professor Anders Ynnerman, Ph.D., Linköping University, Sweden
Far from their earlier image of fantasies that wasted kids' time and parents' money,
video games are now acknowledged as a powerful force for improving the
real world we live in. Here's a selection of innovative thinkers and
doers who will open your minds to amazing new possibilities. Click here to read more and see the videos
HOW SCIENCE IS TRANSFORMING NATIONS AND PEOPLE FASTER THAN SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS COULD EVER HAVE PREDICTED
"Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children... All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them... The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing... It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
- Walt Disney
"What is an airplane after all but a circling of reality, an approach to gravity which says: Look, with my magic machine I defy you. Gravity, be gone. Distance, stand aside. Time, stand still, or reverse, as I finally outrace the sun around the world in, by God! look! plane/jet/rocket--80 minutes!" - Ray Bradbury, award-winning author of bestselling SF novels including 'Fahrenheit 451' and 'Dandelion Wine', several of which were produced as Hollywood box office blockbuster hit movies.
We all know that airplanes, submarines, space travel, cell phones, holograms, transplants, cloning, foods in tablet form and many other things were described in science fiction long before they became reality. Even present day security cameras and television's Big Brother show were spawned by the SF novel "1984" written by George Orwell and first published in 1949. New ideas and discoveries are now communicated so widely and rapidly in what is often dubbed the Information Age that scientific developments are overtaking fiction in the current real-life race to create a modern real-world utopian society. Click here to read more and see the videos
this YouTube animated video by Ericsson Multimedia about life in 2015
and the networked society. (Read more....)
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 are taking 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 the Presidential & Vice Presidential debates.
Click above graphic to read more about the tour on reddit's blog page.
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.
TAKE A LOOK AT OUR LATEST VIDEO PAGE. For October we're featuring the boy band One Direction that's now taking the world by storm.
Girls everywhere are falling in love with them, and their music is as much fun to listen to as their videos are to watch.
Moms and dads start tapping
their feet, and then jump up to sing and dance.
Even your grandad will grab
a skate-board, somersault over the garden fence, and
scoot off to have a party somewhere!
GOOGLE FOR ENTREPRENEURS was launched in September, 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.
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
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
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.
This invitation to participate in the Birth is the most important letter I have ever written.
Its intent is to present you with the greatest opportunity that humanity has ever consciously faced together: the effort to cocreate a planetary shift in time to avert global catastrophe by helping humanity cross the gap from "Here"- our current breakdowns - to "There" - our future of infinite possibility.
Why is this invitation so urgent?
Because our current condition of over-growth in our finite Earth system is simply not sustainable.
We will either evolve toward a more sustainable, compassionate, and creative global system, or we face the real possibility of devolution and destruction of our life support system and of much of life on Earth - within our own or our children's lifetime!
This dangerous reality is motivating us to enter into what I call the first age of conscious evolution - that is, evolution by choice and not by chance. It means that we need to be causal in the actions and direction we take in this lifetime. What is being required of us is to learn to co-evolve with nature and cocreate with Spirit.
Again, why do I say that the timing is so urgent? Why now? Can't we wait a while and see how it turns out?
No, we can't wait.
It's like the birth of a baby. You might not be ready, but if the baby is ready, it's coming out now for better or for worse. It can either be a disastrous birth, or a gentle one.
We are being called to a great experiment, for no one alive on Earth knows how to make such a vast evolutionary shift in this short of a time.
For the first time in our conscious history we are being given the opportunity to guide and ease our transition to the next stage of evolution. This situation is new for humanity, for we are the first Earth species to consciously face evolution or extinction.
This condition may be new for us, but it is not novel for the universe. Evolution operates by "punctuated equilibrium," meaning long periods of slow change that are punctuated by apparent sudden jumps.
For billions of years, nature has been going through such creative leaps. It has progressed from energy evolving into matter, to planets like our Earth, to primitive life, to animal life, to human life, and now to us going around the next turn on the Spiral of Evolution toward the next phase of humanity.
When we review this Big History, this deep-time past, we learn that certain lessons recur:
Crises almost always precede transformation.
Problems are evolutionary drivers.
Nature takes jumps through greater synergy and cooperation within and among species.
We are facing transformative crises and living through such a leap now - the great wake-up call for the maturation of humanity.
We have reached what systems theorists call a "chaos point." When a system in chaos is far from equilibrium, it tries to right itself by going backward to the old; this is why we see reactive movements everywhere in society right now.
But an evolving system cannot return to the past. It must seek out new structures and systems, and quickly ascend to a new configuration - or else face rapid decline. Fortunately, according to the theory, small positive fluctuations in this sea of social chaos can jump the system to such a higher order.
This book is dedicated to the fact that we can each be that small fluctuation!
The opportunity now being offered to us from the sacred process of evolution is to participate in creating many positive fluctuations as pioneering souls. We are being called upon to shift from ego-centrism to living from our Essential Selves; to discover our vocations of destiny; to give our unique Gift to the Shift; to work toward maximum global coherence; and to evolve our communities, our world, and ourselves.
In other words, our opportunity, right now, is to become planetary birthing mamas and papas!
Joining together, we can "gentle the birth" of a Universal Humanity connected through the heart to the whole of life-and guide our Earth community into its next evolutionary Stage.
Barbara Marx Hubbard
Cabuyao's global superstar Charice has been criticized for her 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?
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.
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.
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.
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. - Angel Tugado
his successful State Visits to the UK and USA last month,
President Aquino is back at work in the Philippines.
Referring to conviction of Renato Corona, he said:
"There were some officials who blatantly violated the
law, and just as blatantly escaped accountability.
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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to 90.7 Love Radio's Nicole Hyala on her award as the 2012 Yahoo! OMG! Female DJ Of The Year.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?
Will aliens from outer space be competing at the London Olympics? Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, and Lord Coe, who is in charge of the 2012 Olympics point out the colored 5-ring Olympic logo fixed on top of the famous historic Tower Bridge. How did it get there? Like Stonehenge, and many other English eccentricities, it remains a mystery, but Mr. Bean knows the answer. The British National Archive has released files relating to a government officer whose job was to investigate sightings of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) and report back to the Prime Minister at that time, Tony Blair. One such sighting was by a policeman who reported seeing a UFO hovering over Chelsea Football Club. The official government view then was that visitors to London from outer space would come for tourism, scientific development or military reconnaissance. There was no specific mention of aliens taking bets on Chelsea winning the Champions League or on humanoids planning to compete in the London Olympics. According to Mr. Bean, who was roasting peanuts on the overheated engine of his ancient Mini car, a UFO landed in the middle of the street and a thing like an octopus slithered out towards him. He said its tentacles picked up all the litter and dropped it into a hole on the top of its head. He thought aliens from outer space wanted to steal his Mini and he filled its gasoline tank with water so his car could not be driven away. But he overheard the alien's message to the spaceship, reporting that Mr. Bean had cleverly thwarted the attempted car theft so they must fly to Tower Bridge and fix their sign from the air, without an iconic car to stand on. An official government spokesman, after adjusting his top hat and conferring with NASA and Mr. Bean, issued the statement: "We now have a fascinating insight into some of the extraordinary reports and briefings which passed over the UFO Desk on a daily basis." - Report by Angel Tugado, (Photo courtesy of London Olympics 2012)
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 email@example.com
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.
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."
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
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
This year's recognition event at Summit Ridge, Tagaytay, of Motolite-Ramcar's partnership with Philippine Business for Social Progress announced its merger with the school chairs donation project in honor of former President and global democracy icon Corazon C. Aquino.
Under its Learning Enhancement Assistance Package project, the Motolite-PBSP Balik Baterya Program has involved the collection of used lead-acid batteries for proper recycling and the production of new automotive and industrial batteries.
Since its launching in 2006, the program generated funds that have helped improve basic education courtesy of donors supporting Project LEAP, which includes the provision of text/workbooks, training of teachers, remedial reading camps, and supplemental feeding.
As of 30 September 2011, the Balik-Baterya project has hauled at least 1,345 tons of ULABs worth an estimated P35.21 million, implemented and supported at least 46 projects, coordinated with at least 81 donor companies, reached out to 943 households, assisted 57 public schools, built and repaired 11 classrooms, fed 98 schoolchildren, trained 101 teachers, and distributed 1,931 textbooks.
From 2002 to 2007, the Cory Aquino School Desks Project provided desks and chairs to various schools from Iloilo to Basilan and Maguindanao.
With PBSP spearheading the project through Ambassador Bienvenido Tan, the school desk project was able to grant at least 23,259 school desks to around 120 public schools nationwide.
Revived in 2011, the desk project has targeted at least 486,303 seats for around 2,523 public elementary and high schools nationwide, mostly in the poor provinces of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
The project aims to benefit more than 5 million Filipino students who lack school desks and chairs, squatting on the floor or sitting on one-slab benches inside their makeshift classrooms.- Report by Joyce Franzly Racoma
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.
There was something science for everyone at the National Science and Technology Week held on July 10-14, 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia.
This 5-day annual event is designed to offer something for everyone, young and old, laymen and science-minded, students and professors, entrepreneurs and inventors.
DOST (the Department of Science and Technology) led the event with its theme of "Science, Technology and Innovation: Working Together for Growth and Development."
The celebration kicked off on July 10 with special messages delivered by the Guests of Honor, Secretaries Proceso Alcala (Department of Agriculture), Gregory Domingo (Department of Trade and Industry), Armin Luistro (Department of Education), and Enrique Ona (Department of Health).
Along with Science Secretary Mario Montejo, the Guests of Honor opened the NSTW exhibit that featured latest products and services on information and communications technology, agriculture, electronics, renewable energy, energy-saving devices and food processing among others. Exhibitors included inventors, beneficiaries of DOST programs, government and academic institutions. A scientific convention also took place simultaneously at the Manila Hotel.
An interactive activity by the DOST's Philippine Science High School opened the second day, followed by Technology and Industry, and Scientific Forums. Alongside was a forum entitled "The Science Behind Project NOAH" that featured University of the Philippines experts Dr. Carlos Primo David and Dr. Enrico Paringit talking about Rainfall Forecasting and LIDAR mapping, respectively.
Another highlight of the 2nd day was the awarding of outstanding researchers, inventors and young scientists conferred by National Academy of Science and Technology, DOST's advisory council, held at the Manila Hotel.
On the 3rd day, forums on technology and invention, technology and industry ran simultaneously. Among the technologies presented were disaster mitigation; health and food processing; information and communication technology for delivery of government and social services; nanotechnology; genomics; and biotechnology. These technologies will provide long term solutions to pressing national problems and contribute to socio-economic development.
Also during the day were the ON3 National Finals, the Science Education Institute-led "Talk and Play," and the awarding of outstanding DOST scholars.
Other events taking place were the SETUP forum for businessmen, and role-playing sessions at the Science Explorer bus for elementary students. Capping the fully-packed week on July 14 was the National Invention Contest and Exhibits, and awarding of outstanding inventors and researchers from the finalists of last year's regional invention contests.
The National Science and Technology Week is an annual celebration that highlights significant contributions of science and technology to national development. It has also served as venue to interface scientists and researchers with entrepreneurs and businessmen. NSTW takes its roots in the 1950s when it was still called the Philippine National Science Week, and instituted in 1982 as NSTW. - Framelia Anonas
To find out more, please log on to the DOST website or contact the secretariat c/o DOST Planning and Evaluation Service at 8372932 or 8373165.
Time is creeping up on us. It took one full second from our lives on June 30, when at the stroke of midnight it kept us waiting a second longer before starting July 1. This, say scientists, is a necessary adjustment because Planet Earth itself is in too much of a hurry. It races through its orbit round the sun to reach the finish line of each day faster than solar time, which at intervals is allowed to catch up. Measured atomically the time calculated is apparently accurate to a greater degree than our daily system of basing it on positions of sun and stars in relation to Planet Earth. But do the lost seconds of such adjustments mean that our lives are shorter or longer? Decide for yourself. Without them we would die at an earlier time because no seconds would be deleted from planetary time. With all the adjustment seconds deleted throughout our lives the atomic time of death would seem to be later, but would in life itself be exactly the same moment. So would you prefer to live your life by anonymous and invisible atomic technology or by looking at the sun and stars and feeling part of the universe? What if future scientists declare that atomic time is obsolete and another discovery should replace it?
Is this guy for real? Or is he just an agent for the products he displays? We don't know for certain, but his commitment to patriotism is equally admirable, whatever the reason... What we don't understand is why it's regarded as somehow unpatriotic to commercialize the Philippine flag in the same way. Whyever not? The Department of Tourism encourages people to play with their official motto, and this has done the Philippines nothing but good. The number of foreign visitors this year is already way above estimates. Set the imaginations of our people free, and this does more for the advancement of our nation than any small-minded government restrictions.
Enthusiastic American fans at the London Olympics have no doubts. They want their country to top the medal list again, as the USA did in Beijing 2008, and they convert American flags patriotically to any design of clothing or other products that serve to advance their cause with official approval, not restriction (which always backfires).
An ingenious designer combined the five Olympic rings with the London Olympics logo to create these eyecatching shades.
While we're in the UK for the Olympics, a news report said that British researchers are trying to find out what makes cows happy because happiness makes them more productive. 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, possibly 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.
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.
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.
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)
On July 25 the international credit rating agency Moody's downgraded the German government and 17 German banks. Its accompanying statement said: "Today's action follows Moody's decision to change the outlooks on the German sovereign and sub-sovereign ratings to negative from stable." It warned that further deterioration would lead to further downgrades. By contrast, all the recent agency ratings for the Philippines have been upgrades, and the World Bank forecasts growth of 4.6% for the Philippines in 2012, while most of Europe is either already in recession or getting much too close to the borderline.
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.
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.
Aquabest and mother company GQWEST Inc are proud to support that tree planting program of Haribon by participating in its tree planting activity in Sta Rosa Laguna.
Haribon in partnership with the company, the Water Quality Association of the Philippines among others will conduct a tree planting on August 4 at Nuvali in Sta Rosa, Laguna. The company's volunteers will be planting indigenous tree species in an effort to meet Haribon's goals of planting a million hectares of trees by 2020. The partnership with Haribon seeks to inform the public that nature and urban living can co-exist. Development can be done with low impact on the environment.
The company has long recognized the importance of forest conservation not just for the maintenance of the environment but also to ensure the continuity of its business. That is why the company has long supported environmental conservation initiatives. It also began its own tree planting campaign but still continued to look for ways to innovate with its corporate shared values program. That is why the company launched its "Green Mindset" campaign.
The campaign was launched with the grand vision of eventually giving back more than it takes. From its beginnings as a tree planting program the company decided to expand it to make greater contributions to the betterment of society. "We started the program after seeing the impact of environmental degradation, which affects our business by diminishing the water supplies our stores, rely on," says Carson Tan CEO of GQWEST.
In recognition of its origins, the company plans to upgrade their participation with the Haribon Foundation's tree planting efforts. The company plans to employ local residents in the tree-planting site to take care of the tree planted. Hiring the locals will provide them livelihood while at the same time increasing the survival rates of the plants.
Expanding from its tree planting roots is the company's efforts to make its operations carbon neutral and reengineer them so all its activities contribute to the program. This will make the program not only sustainable but also indistinct from the company's day-to-day operations.
The company understands that it cannot do it alone but it believes that it can serve as an example for other companies to follow. It hopes that the success of the Green Mindset Program and its partnership with Haribon will show other companies that being profitable and being ecofriendly can go hand in hand.
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
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.
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)
Still about the London Olympics 2012 but going off at a tangent, just take a look at Will and Kate enjoying themselves. As far
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
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)
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.
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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