Santa Rosa City Laguna Philippines - attracting investors from all over Asia and the world.
Hey gals and guys, drop everything else on Dec 15 and get to the Mall Of Asia Arena in Pasay City. That's where it's at from 5 pm to 2 am. Gates open at 4 pm. Headlining the 9-hour concert are rock icons Slapshock, Pupil, Wilabaliw, Razorback, Greyhoundz, Kjwan, Typecast, Chicosci, Callalily and Pedicab. The line-up also includes Imago, Moonstar88, Sinosikat, The Youth, Siakol, Grin Department, Alamid, Mayonnaise, Radioactive Sago Project, Hilera,
Hijo, Stonefree and True Faith. Completing the roster are Paramita, Gayuma, Taken by Cars, Karl Roy Band, Even, Light of Luna and Salamin. Are we serious? Never more so. This fantastic event cannot be missed....
SANTA ROSA MAGAZINE TOPS
GOOGLE SEARCHES AGAIN
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.
JOIN GOOGLE'S GLOBAL ACTION
TO KEEP A FREE AND OPEN INTERNET
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.
BORN JUNE 19, 1861, AND UNJUSTLY EXECUTED BY SPANISH FORCES ON DECEMBER 30, 1896, AGED 35.
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
Solidaridad in Barcelona. Under the title "The
Philippines A Hundred Years Hence", you can 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.) Download The Philippines A Hundred Years Hence by Jose Rizal now. Nothing to pay. Nothing to lose. Amazing insights to gain from the #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's the spirit and energy and determination behind President Benigno Aquino's war against Philippine corruption.
THE UNITED KINGDOM BACKS THE PHILIPPINES
ENGLAND IS THE HOME OF MODERN FOOTBALL (AKA SOCCER), AND BRITISH AMBASSADOR STEPHEN LILLIE, speaking from the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Manila, gives a strong thumbs up to doing business in the Philippines. To avoid confusion, England is part of Great Britain which is part of the United Kingdom which is part of the European Union.
Therefore with reference to the 2011 Royal Wedding, Prince William and Princess Catherine are now second in line to be King and Queen of the United Kingdom - but not of the European Union, although millions of Europeans have publicly expressed the opinion that 'Will & Kate' also belong to them, as Will's ancestors came to Britain from from Germany and they have branches all over Europe.
Stephen Lillie does not discuss this issue and states that the Philippine population of 92 million makes us the 3rd English-speaking country of the world. He goes on to praise the international success of Philippine call-centers, whose clients include British blue-chip companies such as Shell, HKBC, and the Financial Times.
He says that our battle against corruption is being won, and the presence of more than 200 major British companies here signifies clearly that now is an excellent time for British and other European companies to invest in the Philippines.
Enthusiastic about the developing popularity of Filipino football and the inspiring progress of the Philippine Askals, most Englishmen everywhere look forward to seeing them qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and they also hope that before then Filipino sports fans will join them in visiting the 2012 Olympics in London.
Welcome to Santa
Rosa Magazine - the accessible open e-magazine of Santa Rosa City,
Laguna, Philippines. No payment, no registration, no login required.
Forget the negative attitudes of stick-in-the-mud critics and do a Google search to see the creativity of Filipinos who have posted on the internet their own versions of 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 deserves congratulations!
(See Angel Tugado's comments on our Opinion page.
Congratulations to Miss Universe 2011 above, Leila Lopes from Angola,
and to our own Shamcey Supsup, who was placed 3rd Runner Up,
one position higher than Venus Raj last year. Editorial photo courtesy of Miss Universe Organization. (More...)
No need live in Manila to get superfast internet. Now you can apply online in Sta. Rosa.
Villa Caceres - at the Heart of Santa Rosa City
Inspired by the old city of Caceres in Spain, Villa Caceres Sta. Rosa recalls some of the leisure of its Iberian namesake. VSCR is a joint-venture project between Moldex Realty, Inc. (developer) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Retirement Separation Benefits System (owner), and exclusively marketed by Moldex Realty Marketing, Inc. (MRMI).
Its location on the Old National Highway, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, makes Villa Caceres the most central of the city's Premier Subdivisions. It is easily accessible via the South Expressway through the Sta. Rosa Interchange. Turn left to Balibago Road then right turn to RSBS Boulevard (landmark: Waltermart) or straight ahead to the old National Highway (turn left at the intersection of old National Highway and Balibago Road)
Community Features include:
* Street lighting on Meralco posts
* Elevated water tank and pumping stations
* Centralized water supply
* Underground drainage system
* Concrete road network
-Main Road: 18 m.
-Secondary Road: 10 m.
* Concrete sidewalks and gutters
* Provision for electricity, water supply and telephone to each Lot
* Landscaped entrance gate with guardhouse
* Secondary entrance gate
Recreational Features include:
* Swimming pool
* Tennis court
* Basketball court
* Children's Playground
* Game rooms
* Multipurpose hall
* Jogging lane
Valla Caceres is conveniently close to Walter, Target, SM and Robinsons shopping malls, Laguna Technopark and Santa Rosa Business Park, all local schools and hospitals, and all other work and leisure attractions for which Sta Rosa Laguna is internationally famous including the world-renowned Enchanted Kingdom entertainment park.
The above photos, graphic and text are from the developers of Villa Caceres.
To find out more please visit their official website: Villa Caceres
THE MOST ROMANTIC DAY OF THE YEAR BEGINS AND ENDS
WITH "I LOVE YOU"
Eric Santos sings to lucky wedding couples
at SM City Sta. Rosa.
City Mayor Arlene Arcillas, looking like a Hollywood movie star, flanked by Vice Mayor Arnel Gomez and city councilors, made sure that Valentine's Day 2012 would be a day for 355 wedding couples to remember and tell their children about.
THE ANNUAL KASALAG BAYAN was held at the mall's Event Center on February 14. A total of 355 couples exchanged marital vows in a ceremony overflowing with promises of undying love and devotion. Santa Rosa Mayor Arlene Arcillas, together with Vice Mayor Arnel Gomez and city councilors, made their special wedding day an event to remember for the rest of their lives.
Later, like cream on their wedding cakes, the newly married couples were serenaded by popular romantic crooner Eric Santos. This emotion-packed Valentine's Day tradition at SM City Sta. Rosa gives couples engaged to be married a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their weddings on the day of the year that's dedicated to love, and enhanced by sharing it with others who also wish to marry on the same symbolic day. Without a doubt, it's a tradition that their children and grandchildren will wish to follow when their time comes.
Relatives and friends shared this special occasion, enjoying every moment, full of love and joy for the happy couples who invited them.
Today Valentine's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, mostly in the West although it is gaining popularity in the East. The original St. Valentine was an early Christian saint named Valentinus, but romantic connotations were added centuries later by English poets. The date February 14 was first associated with romantic love by Geoffrey Chaucer. To honor the first anniversary of the engagement on February 14 1381 of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia, he wrote in 1382: "For this was on Saint Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."
In the next hundred years it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other with flowers, confectionery, and greeting cards known as 'valentines'. Edmund Spenser wrote in 'The Faerie Queen' (1590): "She bathed with roses red, and violets blue, And all the sweetest flowers, That in the forest grew." William Shakespeare's play 'Hamlet', written 1600-1601, has Ophelia saying: "Tomorrow is Saint Valentine's day, All in the morning betime, And I a maid at your window, To be your Valentine." And John Donne's 'Epithalamion' (1613) says: "Let not this day, then, but this night be thine, Thy day was but the eve to this, O Valentine."
Modern Valentine's Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, mass-produced greeting cards have replaced handwritten 'valentines', but the fundamental message remains the same: "I Love You."
- Pam Peters-Baun (Photos courtesy of SM Prime Holdings. History courtesy of Wikipedia.)
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Breaking News, February 2012:
"THE PAINFUL TRUTH IS THAT I MARRIED AN ABUSER, A SCROOGE, AN INCORRIGIBLE PHILANDERER, AND WORSE - A PERVERT."
Susana Ortigas, the wife of Francisco Ortigas for 43 years, stated the above in an affidavit to the police.
IN YET ANOTHER CASE OF IMMORALITY AND CORRUPTION IN HIGH PLACES, FRANCISCO ORTIGAS HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CONCUBINAGE. His wife of 43 years also accused him of frequent sex with a company employee and a maid. If convicted, Ortigas will be sentenced to from 6 months to 4 years imprisonment.
Especially in the month that Filipinos with true integrity celebrate their love on Valentine's Day, this story is a sad confirmation of the decadence and spoilt-brat mentality of so many rich and powerful Philippine families. As one of the Philippines' richest, Ortigas enjoys enormous inherited wealth, and can afford to pay vast sums to all the lawyers who represent him and attempt to defend his corruption and immorality.
But what he no longer has is any credibility with stockholders or leverage with SM's Henry Sy, who is negotiating the purchase of Ortigas Holdings Inc., owners and developers of prime Manila real estate. Corruption and immorality of existing management always undermines investor confidence, especially when evaluating a takeover bid.
This means that under Ortigas control the stocks will fall in value, and under SM control they will rise. Not a good legacy for any rich man to leave either his immediate family or his company's wider stockholders. And not a good reputation for any eminent citizen to bequeath as example to patriotic Filipinos who wish to believe in their country.
We applaud Susana Ortigas for standing up for her rights, and we encourage all Philippine wives - rich or poor - to do the same. Women are equal to men and should not be subjected to such humiliation and disgrace by arrogant, dishonorable, immoral, unfaithful husbands.
Every High School student, male or female, knows that Philippine Hero José Rizal warned us in El Filibusterismo of dangers that oppressed peoples must protect themselves against when seeking freedom from tyrannical foreign occupation. He asks: "Why independence if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow?"
Now, after several decades of independence on the surface, layer upon layer of corruption below the surface have created more oppression in the Philippines than that of the Spanish in Rizal's time, camouflaged by the bribe-taking lawmakers and judges whose job is to stop it.
Too many former "slaves" have indeed become today's "tyrants", just as Rizal feared, making our nation a global laughing stock and undermining all the good works that genuine patriotic Filipinos are doing to build the Philippines into the shining light of Asia that it can become. - Angel Tugado
PEOPLE AND NATIONS CHANGE FASTER THAN SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS PREDICTED
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
VIDEO GAMES ARE GOOD FOR YOU (AND FOR OUR PLANET'S PROGRESS)
Far from their earlier image of fantasies that wasted kids' time and 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
this YouTube animated video by Ericsson Multimedia about life in 2015
and the networked society. (Read more....)
History and culture of Santa Rosa City Laguna Philippines were lovingly revived with colorful displays and entertainments in the "My City My SM" event at SM City mall. (Read more:)
Do you and/or your kids need to know the nutritional values of different foods and the necessity of a healthy balanced diet? Michelle Obama has launched...(Read more:)
Lea Salonga's superb acting combined with beautiful singing have made her a favorite in
hit stage musicals on New York's Broadway, London's West End, and around the world.
BROADWAY WORLD FEATURES
LEA SALONGA AFTER THE
LANDMARK 25TH ANNIVERSARY
LES MIZ CONCERT
The Philippines' own Lea Salonga starred in the mega mega 25th Anniversary concert of the longest running stage musical ever, Les Misérables. The official video of this concert is now available on DVD/Blu-Ray, and you can read the heartwarming interview with Lea, courtesy of Broadway World, on the Santa Rosa Magazine home page.
The Les Miz 25 celebration was staged at London's magnificent riverfront O2 Arena, chosen
by Michael Jackson for his 50 "This Is It" live concerts before his tragic untimely death.
L to R: 1st Runner Up (Lithuania), Winner Danica (Philippines), 2nd Runner Up (Poland)
CONGRATULATIONS TO FILIPINA DANICA FLORES MAGPANTAY ON WINNING THE TITLE OF FORD "SUPERMODEL OF THE WORLD" 2011!
Danica Magpantay, a 17 year old Fine Arts student at the University of the Philippines, won the title Ford Supermodel of the World 2011 at the annual contest held in New York, beating contestants from over 50 countries and thereby gaining a $250,000 modeling contract. At 5'9" and 109 lbs, Danica has the perfect physique for a career on the international catwalk. She trains hard to keep in shape and her ambition is to be a top model for Victoria's Secret.
Another deserved worldwide success for another beautiful Filipina!
See our Home Page to find out how the new "I Am Involved" SM Eco Bag helps to conserve Philippine forests
Treveia is Alveo Land's maiden project in Nuvali.
It is a 60-hectare development located in Canlubang,
Calamba, Laguna, centrally located within Nuvali,
Ayala Land's newest and biggest township development
for the 21st century, offering modern urban conveniences
to be readily available for its residents.
Less than an hour south from
Metro Manila is Nuvali, Ayala Land's vision of a new,
fully-sustainable metropolis of the future. Nuvali
represents the evolution in Ayala Land's approach
to master-planning and is the first large-scale development
in the Philippines to be built in the principles of
Alveo Land Corp. sets its
mark in Nuvali with Treveia, a residential haven that
introduces a lifestyle that warmly nurtures close
family and community ties in a healthy, upscale and
Treveia offers modern conveniences
which are readily available for its residents. Eco-friendly,
tech-ready and cutting edge amenities in Treveia will
revolutionize contemporary living. Eco-Friendly In-line
with Nuvali's sustainability campaign, Treveia is
designed to be an eco-friendly living environment
with sustainable elements infused in the design. Living
an eco-friendly lifestyle will be easy, if not effortless
for Treveia's residents through forward planning of
community facilities, utilities and educational programs.
and Community Nurturing
Treveia will foster relationships
within the community. Treveia's extensive and innovative
open spaces will give residents a venue to nurture
the bond between family and neighbors. Highlighted
by its 2.5 hectare grand central park and nature-
themed pocket parks, Treveia will provide much needed
space for community building among its residents.
Size of Lot: 239-576 sqm
Price Range: 2.6-4m
Size of Lot: 250-400 sqm
Price Range: 2.6-5m
For more information and site
viewing call: ADZNA MALLI
0917.523.9626 / 0939.363.5225 or
In Bi?an, Laguna, just outside the stress and pollution
of the city, Verdana Homes Mamplasan offers houses
and lots that are perfect for those who want to combine
the warmth and traditions of suburban living with
modern-day facilities and amenities. With clustered
units to keep the neighborhood intimate, as well as
wide open spaces and recreational amenities for everyone
to enjoy, this sprawling 42-hectare subdivision is
designed to foster ideal family living.
focused and neighborly
Verdana is a walkable, intimate
community primarily offering ideally sized residential
lots with an average size of 200sqm. Its unique sub-cluster
concept allows residents to get to know their neighbors
easily and enjoy the lush greeneries in the parks
near each cluster. The Asian-Balinese theme accentuates
this 42-hectare masterplanned development with a total
of 804 lots. With its top-of-the-line security features,
wide array of amenities, and accessibility, Verdana
is the ideal community where it's easy to become a
to all your family needs
By virtue of its location,
Verdana connects its residents to an extensive roster
of dining options, leisure and recreation destinations,
as well as prestigious educational institutions in
the South. Located in Binan, Laguna which is only
15minutes away from Alabang Town Center and an easy
drive to Paseo de Sta. Rosa. It's proximity to reputable
schools such as Brent International School, St. Scholastica's
College - Westgrove, Ateneo Graduate School and De
La Salle University - Canlubang.
for work and leisure
With a scenic drive away
from vacation hotspots like Tagaytay, Batangas, Cavite
and Laguna. Easy access to Nuvali and its rising metropolitan
area creating possibilities for shorter commutes to
work, larger venues for interaction, and a more vibrant
1 and 2
Size of Lot: 181-499 sqm
Price Range: 2-6m
For more information and site
viewing call: ADZNA MALLI
0917.523.9626 / 0939.363.5225
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.