Sunday, August 31, 2008

Filipino dancers win 'High School Musical' contest in HK

"Janssen Knights" , an all-girl dance team from a Quezon City high school won the grand prize at the Disney Channel inter-school dance competition in Hong Kong last Saturday.

The team from Holy Spirit School composed of Jessica Meñez, Czarina Jose, Krizia Duka, Lyza Torsiende and Julia Mella are all part of the dance group that bested other dance groups in the Southeast Asia in the “High School Musical: My School Rocks!” competition.

A video of Janssen Knights' performance was posted as an entry at the Disney Channel Web site, where it had gathered 29,000 votes from viewers across the region.

With the victory, the Janssen Knights got the chance to perform in the upcoming “High School Musical: Live!”, which will also be staged in Hong Kong Disneyland.
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Van makes it to the PDA top 6, Sen was expelled.



The final top six of the Pinoy Dream Academy season 2 is now complete and it was Van who made it to the list. Sen even thought it was his name that was called to complete the top 6 but it was Van who made it.

Van received 54.58 % of the total votes while Sen Nichols got 45.42%. Sen was the latest expelled scholar of the Academy.

Van will be joining Bugoy, Laarni, Liezel, Cris and Miguel to complete the elite Top 6 of the PDA season 2.
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Review a site or blog now.

I was looking for a website where I can see updated traffic stats, page rank, alexa rank, link stats, and more for my blog when I stumbled upon TalkReviews. It doesn’t only give you your blog’s statistics but it will also allow you to review other blogs.

Finally, this is the place where internet users can praise or criticize websites and recount their experiences with the websites that they have visited. And webmasters in return, can also view the user generated Web Site Reviews for their site. Who knows? They may pick up a good suggestion to improve their site or blogs.

You can also view on TalkReviews, the Top Websites and other categories like Shopping/ Retail Websites, Arts/ Entertainment Websites, News/ Information Websites, Kids Websites, Sports Websites and Travel Websites.

So if you have something to say about your most visited website or blog, go to TalkReviews, register as a member and start posting your reviews.
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Pinoy Dream Academy Season 2 Statistics.



If you’re a PDA season 2 fanatics, here are some trivia that you should know:

Bugoy Bogayan - Scholar with the highest individual weekly grade, 9.81 - Week 10
Sheng Belmonte - Scholar with the lowest individual weekly grade, 4.36 - Week 2
Zhel Garcia - Scholar with the most Star Scholar award, 4 times
Zhel Garcia - Scholar with the most consecutive Star Scholar award, 3 times
Miguel Mendoza - Scholar with the most weekly probationary status, 5 times
Bea Munoz - Scholar with the most weekly consecutive probationary status, 4 times
Miguel Mendoza - Scholar with the highest percentage of viewers' voting turn-out for a pool of two, 75.97% - Week 10
Laarni Losala - Scholar with the highest percentage of viewer's voting turn-out for a pool of three, 72.74% - Week 8
Bugoy Bogayan - Scholar with the most appearance in the individual top 3, 6 times
Zhel Garcia and Bugoy Bogayan - Scholar(s) with the most consecutive appearance in the individual top 3, both 5 times
Miguel Mendoza, Sen Nichols and Bunny Malunda - Scholar(s) with the most appearance as the last place in ranking, all 2 times
Sen Nichols - Scholar with the most consecutive appearance as the last place in ranking, 2 times
Cris Pastor - Scholar with the most number of times saved by the fellow scholars, 2 times
Miguel Mendoza - Scholar who is saved most by the voting public:, 3 times
Zhel Garcia and Bugoy Bogayan - Scholar(s) with no probationary status


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org
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Thursday, August 28, 2008

MYX Daily Top 10 (August 29, 2008)

Top Ten

01.Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
02.Christian Bautista - The One Who Won My Heart
03.Jonas Brothers - Burnin' Up
04.Hale - Leap Of Faith
05.The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
06.Rihanna - Disturbia
07.Sarah Geronimo - A Very Special Love
08.Rachelle Ann Go - The Search Is Over
09.Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Restrt
10.6Cyclemind - Saludo
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Plastic Surgery PA

It seems that everybody wants to be beautiful and fit nowadays. I know people who religiously go to the gym to improve their physique and some would undergo strict diet regimens to lose weight. No wonder, weight loss pills and other beauty products are just everywhere.

However, with the advent of modern technology, there are better and faster ways for you to achieve the body that you desire. One is plastic surgery. Well, you’ve heard of it but probably hesitant to try it because of safety issues. But let me tell you that millions of people undergo plastic surgery procedures these days and on almost all parts of the body that it has now become quite a common procedure. Of course, any surgery carries some risks but plastic surgery is comparatively safe especially in good hands. It’s just a matter of choosing the best surgeon. He may have the best possible degree from the best medical school but unless he has good experience, I suggest that you think a dozen times.

Nevertheless, you can be in safe and reliable hands if your surgeon has enough experience and expertise in the field. One of these is Dr. Peter Pacik, MD, FACS of the Plastic Surgery Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. He has been performing cosmetic surgery procedures since 1972 with patients from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine! This Plastic Surgery Center specializes in cosmetic plastic surgery, including body lifts, breast enlargements, breast lifts, breast reductions, eyelid surgery, ear surgery, facelifts, fat grafting, liposuction, neck and chin surgery, rhinoplasty, surgery after massive weight loss, and tummy tucks. They also offer facial rejuvenation and other advanced skin care to patients from all over New England. Their goal is to make every patient comfortable when they walk into their office because they understand that choosing to undergo a cosmetic procedure can be a difficult decision.

If you want to know more about them, just visit their website and schedule a consultation.
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Featured PDA Scholar of the Day: Hansen



Full Name: HANSEN NICHOLS
Age : 24
Birthdate: 21 October
Place of Birth: Burlingame, California, USA
Height: 5’10”
Civil Status: Single
Educ. Attainment: B.S. Economics
School Attended: University of San Francisco
Interests (other than singing): Dancing
Favorite Singer: Justin Timberlake
Musical Influences: Martin Nievera, Ariel Rivera, Gary V., Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Enrique Iglesias, Babyface, Jenner Mallari (a friend), Mom, and my Ate
Discovering my voice: I remember my Mom would sing at parties and family gatherings and everyone would watch her and it inspired me to want to sing.We discovered my talent before I was in Kindergarten.
First song I ever performed: If I remember correctly, If Your Not Here By My Side by Menudo.
Musical instruments I can play: When I was in elementary school I took violin lessons and learned how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.On Piano I learned how to play SwanLake.
Musical instruments I’d like to learn: I want to re-learn playing the piano or keyboard and the guitar.
Greatest Achievement: Being able to finish college despite doing (cancer) treatment at the same time
Biggest Failure: Not making it into PDA Season one
Greatest Dream: To be successful, rich and famous by way of the entertainment industry, and to go into business
Songs Of My Life: Angels Brought Me Here, This Is Now
Quote Me: “I’m very passionate about music and show business. I’m here at this level of the competition because I’m living my dream rather than just watching others life it. I have every reason to quit through rejection, but I forged on and made sacrifices, which is why I’m here today.”

Notes on Sen:

For PDA fans who have followed the show since Primer 1 Season 1, Hansen Nichols is not a new voice. He made it to the NCR leg but failed the final casting during kick-off. “I almost gave up,” he confesses. But like the true survivor that he is, he wouldn’t take failure seriously. If he could succeed a tough fight for a second chance at life, surely he could claim a better opportunity with PDA. So when Season 2 auditions came, Sen did not hesitate to join once more the long lines of hopefuls and subjected himself in front of the judges. This time he passed all stages of the competition for a scholarship slot.

US-grown and educated, Sen could have picked any job at any corporation anywhere in the world but he sacrificed stability to pursue a yet-uncertain career in music. But the dream that started way back when he was a small boy watching his mom sing at parties, and which burned alive in his heart even through a near-fatal brush with cancer, is too strong to ignore.

Source: www.pinoydreamacademy.ph

Songs Performed:

1. Kailangan Kita - Piolo Pascual
2. I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly
3. Escape - Enrique Iglesias
4. Burn - Tina Arena, duet with Cris
5. My Chérie Amour - Stevie Wonder
6. Yesterday - The Beatles, a cappella trio with Bugoy & Van
7. Tearin' Up My Heart - *NSYNC, trio with Bugoy & Van
8. Bailamos - Enrique Iglesias, face-off with Van
9. Hold On - Side A
10. Say That You Love Me - Martin Nievera , counterpoint with Bunny
11. Can We Just Stop and Talk a While? - Kyla feat. Gary Valenciano, duet with Rachel Alejandro
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Relax and have fun playing Banzai.


For me, playing games is the best way to relax and unwind. That is why I’m always at the look out for games that I can play alone or with my family. One of the games that caught my fancy is the ScreenLife Game “Banzai”. I find it funny and exciting and I will surely play it with my siblings and my nephews.

You haven’t heard of it? Here’s how it works. Players need to watch stunts from the Super Banzai Video show after which the players will bet on the conclusion of the stunt. Players only have to fill the betting bowl with sushi using chopsticks to bet. The player who wins all the sushi wins the game.

If you want to know more about the game, visit their website where you can play the Tako-gotchi or even download wallpaper like what I have above. This DVD betting game can also be purchase online from the website for a discounted price. You can also visit Tako’s MySpace page if you want to see more of this character.

So what are you waiting for? Check out their website and start playing Banzai!

ScreenLife Games is at it again. They launched a new Banzai game. Check it out:

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Download "The Science of Getting Rich" ebook

It’s been a long time since I posted here and shared the e-book of “The Alchemist” and I wrote then that it was just a start of me sharing some of the e-books in my collection.

Another book that created a great impact on me is “The Science of Getting Rich”. Although I haven’t totally applied the principles in the book (that’s why I’m not yet rich), the book only reminds us that attaining wealth is possible.

The Science of Getting Rich written by Wallace D. Wattles introduced the world to the power of positive thinking even before the release of “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale. It is considered a philosophy of Mental Science or Mind Science.

If you still don’t have this e-book, you can click on the link below to download a free e-book. However, if you like the book you owe it to yourself to buy the paperback, the CD or download the audio program, it’s that valuable.

Click here to download.
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Keep your family safe.

As a family-oriented person, I worry too much on the safety of my family especially during these times when it seems that nobody is safe from criminals. Preserving our families and protecting our family members especially children are at the top of the list on many people’s concerns.

The evening news can attest to how criminals are just everywhere, and this includes sexual predators. And it seems that the government can not guarantee us safety from these bad elements of society. As the law enforcers are trying to tackle this critical issue, we can do our share to protect our family by keeping our vigilance and awareness. You can find out if there are sexual predators in your neighborhood by going to Megan’s Law. You will be able to access the complete list of sexual offenders in the US on this website and you can also get email alerts when a sex offender moves into your neighborhood. You can subscribe now and be aware of the danger that may exist in your area.

Remember that awareness can keep your family safe.
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Featured PDA Scholar of the Day: Van



Full Name: VAN LOUELLE POJAS
Age: 18
Birthdate: 08 November
Place of Birth: TalisayCity, Cebu
Height: 5’8”
Civil Status: Single
Occupation: Student
Educ. Attainment: B. S. Physical Therapy (ongoing)
School Last Attended: Cebu Doctors University
Interests (other than singing): Playing the guitar
Favorite Bands: The Used, Mayday Parade, Paramore
Musical influences: Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon
Discovering my voice: At school, my teacher asked me to sing.
First song ever performed: I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
Musical instruments I can play: Guitar
Musical instruments I’d like to learn: Piano
Greatest achievement: Making it to Pinoy Dream Academy as a scholar
Greatest Dream: To finish my studies and be a very good physical therapist
Songs of my life: All That I’ve Got by The Used; Warrior Is A Child by Gary V.

Quote Me: “I’d go as far I could go as long as people love to hear my music and my voice. I would do my best to show my talent.”

Notes on Van:

Coming from a well-off family, good-looking, and talented, Van is expected to be contended with his life. But when asked what song would describe his general feeling, his immediate reply is “Incomplete.”

Van’s family used to be complete and happy until his parents separated. His mom is now based in the States while his father has his own life away from Van. All by himself, he has no one else to turn to but his textbooks and his music. But since it’s music that make shim happy, he has opted to postpone schooling for the meantime.
PDA will not give the Van the feeling of wholeness that he yearns for, but it will train him to become a better singer and perhaps, a complete artist.

Source: www.pinoydreamacademy.ph

Songs Performed:

1. Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
2. Next In Line - Wency Cornejo
3. Turn Back The Clock - Johnny Hates Jazz
4. Nobody Wants to Be Lonely - Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera, duet with Apple
5. Bed Of Roses - Bon Jovi
6. Yesterday - The Beatles, a cappella trio with Sen & Bugoy
7. Tearin' Up My Heart - *NSYNC, trio with Sen & Bugoy
8. Through The Fire - Chaka Khan, face-off with Sen
9. Tatsulok - Bamboo
10. Maybe - Peabo Bryson, counterpoint with Poy
11. Bulong - Kitchie Nadal, duet with Kitchie Nadal
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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 27, 2008)

Top Ten

01.Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
02.6Cyclemind – Saludo
03.Christian Bautista - The One Who Won My Heart
04.Sarah Geronimo - A Very Special Love
05.Hale - Leap Of Faith
06.Jonas Brothers - Burnin' Up
07.Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest
08.The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
09.Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl
10.Rachelle Ann Go - The Search Is Over
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Featured PDA Scholar of the Day: Miguel




Full Name: MIGUEL MENDOZA
Age: 18
Birthdate: 21 August
Place of Birth: USA
Height: 6’1”
Occupation: Student
Educ. Attainment: A.B. Philippine Mass Media (Freshman)
School Last Attended: De La Salle University-Manila
Interests (other than singing): Playing musical instruments, arranging and putting melody in a song
Favorite Singers: Billy Porter, Mariah Carey, George Benson, Regine Velasquez, John Legend, Eric Benet, Justin Timberlake, Gary V.
Musical influences: Eric Benet, Ryan Cayabyab, John Legend, David Foster, Jay Durias, Jose Villanueva, Kitchy Molina, Billy Porter, Beyonce
Discovering my voice: My mom enrolled me into music schools and in the process I discovered my musical ability.
First song ever performed: Ikaw by Sharon Cuneta
Musical instrument I can play: Piano, drums, guitar
Musical instruments I’d like to learn: Saxophone, violin, cello
Greatest achievement: Having worked with music icons at a very young age and having them appreciate my talent even if it is still in the process of improvement.
Biggest frustration: To go back to the country where I was born.
Greatest Dream: To be able to achieve a showbiz career, to have a pretty much stable business, to make my family whole again, to make everything I see pleasant to look at
Quote Me: “The wrong decisions that I have done and the mistakes that have occurred are already part of a better me.”

Notes on Miguel:

Singing is Miguel’s first love and like most first loves, it has caused him a great deal of frustration and pain.

But like all great lovers and great dreamers, Miguel has managed to emerge from his anguish and bounce back. Now he is again ready to face all the challenges, the criticisms, even the intrigues.Only this time, he knows he will be armed with knowledge shared by the best music mentors in the industry.

Source: www.pinoydreamacademy.ph

Songs Performed:

1. A House Is Not A Home - Luther Vandross
2. Farewell - Raymond Lauchengco
3. Hahanapin Ko - Anthony Castelo
4. Araw-Gabi - Regine Velasquez, duet with Bea
5. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Westlife
6. Let's Groove - Earth, Wind & Fire, trio with Laarni & Apple
7. Too Much Heaven - The Bee Gees, a cappella trio with Laarni & Apple
8. When Doves Cry - Prince, face-off with Iñaki
9. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? - Sarah Vaughan
10. Stay Awake - Ronnie Laws, counterpoint with Zhel
11. Never Ever Say Goodbye - Nonoy Zuñiga, duet with Sheryn Regis
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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 26, 2008)

Top Ten

01.Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
02.6Cyclemind - Saludo
03.Christian Bautista - The One Who Won My Heart
04.Sarah Geronimo - A Very Special Love
05.Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest
06.Rihanna - Disturbia
07.Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time
08.The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
09.Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl
10.Jonas Brothers - Burnin' Up
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Alleged audio recording of Winston Garcia.

This is a deviation from the original theme of this blog and I apologize that I can not help myself from putting this video on these pages. I have always envisioned this blog to live up to its slogan: to celebrate Filipino pride. And this video will surely not help boost our pride as a Filipino. But I hope that this will serve as an eye-opener to us who opted not to accept the reality: that there are problems that need to be resolve and that we need to do our part to bring about change.

I don’t know where this video came from (or who put this into YouTube), I’m not even discounting the possibility that this was fabricated. But we know in ourselves that somehow, there’s a tinge of reality in these words.

This is an audio recording of an alleged GSIS President Winston Garcia where he purportedly remarked that Meralco should resort to extra-judicial means to win its court cases just like other big companies and that they should take advantage of the corrupt courts. To think that this statement came from a government official is alarming especially as this is the same person who is doing his best to take control of a private company that is vital to the country.



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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Bugoy is the Star Scholar of the week.



Jay “Bugoy” Bogayan, snatch the limelight from fellow scholars after he emerged as the Star scholar on a night when they performed with celebrity partners. Bugoy received the highest grade of 9.81 to bag the award following their rendition of the song “Muli” popularized by Gary Valenciano and Regine Velasquez with celebrity partner Vina Morales.

To watch the performances of the scholars on the 10th Gala Performance night, just click on the links below:

Muli by Gary Valenciano & Regine Velasquez - Bugoy with Vina Morales

Tell Me by Joey Albert – Liezel with Joey Generoso (of Side A)

The Prayer by Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion - Laarni with Jed Madela

Never Ever Say Goodbye by Nonoy Zuñiga - Miguel with Sheryn Regis

Can We Just Stop and Talk a While by Kyla feat. Gary Valenciano - Hansen with Rachel Alejandro

Kissing A Fool by George Michael - Cris with Richard Poon

Bulong by Kitchie Nadal - Van with Kitchie Nadal

Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival - Iñaki with Bituin Escalante

Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi - Poy with the Ryan Cayabyab Singers
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Iñaki, expelled from the Academy.



On a night when the scholars are paired with celebrity singers, Iñaki made his last performance as a PDA scholar. The Stage Performer only got 24.03% of text votes compared to the 75.97% of Miguel to earn him his ticket out of the Academy. Nevertheless, his duet with celebrity partner Bituin Escalante was welcomed with positive feedbacks from the jury. Juror Louie Ocampo said that he loved his performance and he wasn’t at all intimidated with his partner.



To view Iñaki’s last performance, click on the link below:

Iñaki with Bituin Escalante
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Featured PDA Scholar of the Day: Cris


Full Name: CRISTINA PASTOR
Age: 21
Birthdate: 20 November
Place of Birth: PasayCity
Civil Status: Single
Profession: Interior Designer
Educ. Attainment: Interior Design
School Last Attended: Phil.School of Interior Design
Interests (other than singing): Designing, drawing, reading
Favorite Singers: Alanis Morissette, The Beatles, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Lenny Kravitz, Heart, Sade, to name a few
Musical influences: The Beatles, The Doors, Alanis Morissette
Discovering my voice: Second year highschool, nilait ako ng teacher ko sa music na di daw ako marunong kumanta. Hiniritan ko nga ng Ave Maria, tulala siya.
First song I ever sang: Lupang Hinirang
Musical instrument I can play: Guitar, piano, bass, kahon
Musical instrument I’d like to learn: Drums
Greatest achievement: Having a job, graduating and making my family proud of me kahit black ship ako.
Biggest frustration: To be a model… ang liit ko eh…
Greatest Dream: To be a superstar and a popular interior designer and to have my own family.
Song of my life: One Hand In My Pocket by Alanis Morissette

Quote Me: “I would do anything (to show my talent to the world). Kahit kailangang pang kalbuhin ako.”

Notes on Cris:

At one look, Cris makes an immediate impression of someone coming from a lavish upbringing. Though she grew up having all things she wanted, she is more at home with an ordinary lifestyle.

She temporarily turned her back on interior designing - a career she worked hard for and is proud of – to pursue her passion for music.

Not the run-of-the-mill karaoke-goer who belts out everytime they see a mic, Cris doesn’t just sing. She is also into guitar and piano.Her first piece on the guitar?The intricate Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin.

Source: www.pinoydreamacademy.ph

Songs Performed

1. Papa Oom Mow Mow - The Beach Boys
2. Come Together - The Beatles
3. These Dreams - Heart
4. Burn - Tina Arena, duet with Hansen
5. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
6. Stop - Spice Girls, trio with Bunny & Zhel
7. The Tide Is High - Atomic Kitten, a cappella trio with Bunny & Zhel
8. It's Raining Men - Geri Halliwell, face-off with Bunny
9. Tattoo - Jordin Sparks
10. Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita - Roselle Nava, counterpoint with Iñaki
11. Kissing A Fool - George Michael, duet with Richard Poon
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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 22, 2008)

Top Ten

01.Christian Bautista - The One Who Won My Heart
02.Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
03.Sarah Geronimo - A Very Special Love
04.6Cyclemind - Saludo
05.Jonas Brothers - Burnin' Up
06.Rihanna - Disturbia
07.The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
08.Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time
09.Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl
10.Hale - Leap Of Faith
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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Featured Scholar of the Day: Bugoy

Another personal favorite among the scholars of the Pinoy Dream Academy is Bugoy. He is the farmer’s son from Camarines Sur who confessed that he used to practice singing with the cows and the birds while on the farm. Now, the whole county has been mesmerized with his great voice and talent.



Full Name: JAY BOGAYAN
Age: 18
Birthdate: 01 January
Place of Birth: Camarines Sur
Height: 5’5”
Civil Status: Single
Occupation: Working student
Educ. Attainment: College undergraduate (2nd year)
Course: Food Service Institutional Management
School Attended: University de Sta. Isabel
Interests (other than singing): Sports (track and field, swimming), acting, dancing
Favorite Singers: Guy Sebastian, BoyzIIMen
Musical influences: Guy Sebastian
Discovering my voice: When I was in first year college and a working student, my friend would hear me singing while holding the mop. He encouraged me to join a singing contest in our school.
First song ever performed: Nasaan Ang Liwanag
Musical instruments I can play: Wala po
Musical instruments I’d like to learn: Guitar, piano
Greatest achievement: Being a Pinoy Dream Academy scholar
Biggest failure: When I lost my scholarships. Hindi ko alam kung saan ako kukuha ng pera pampaaral sa sarili.
Greatest Dream: To be a successful singer and chef!
Song of my life: Angels Brought Me Here
Quote Me: “I’d sing until my last breath… Kahit man lang sa kanta ko, mapangiti ko sila.”

Notes on Bugoy:

Bugoy only recently discovered that he had a stage-ready singing voice, and only accidentally.

Coming from an impoverished family in a far-flung area in Camarines Sur, the hard-working farmer’s son went into university with the dream of earning a degree. He payed his tuition through scholarships and earned his pocket money working as janitor, dish washer and other odd jobs.

It must have been a habit for Bugoy to sing while doing menial jobs. But back in the farm where only the cows and the birds could hear him, his voice went unappreciated. It took a friend, who heard him singing while cleaning with a mop, to make Bugoy realize that he could actually carry a tune. Winning school competitions soon emboldened him to dream some more and try out for PDA.

Look where he is now. Pursuing his dream of becoming a singer. Wherever this takes him, Bugoy will has packed enough prayers in his suitcase to see him through. And he has yet another dream… to meet someone he could fall in love with and call his girlfriend. “Para hindi na ako paghinalaang bading.”

Source: www.pinoydreamacademy.ph

Songs Performed

1. You'll Never Walk Alone - Frank Sinatra
2. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
3. Forevermore - Side A
4. If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys, duet with Zhel
5. I'll Make Love To You - Boyz II Men
6. Yesterday - The Beatles, a cappella trio with Sen & Van
7. Tearin' Up My Heart - *NSYNC, trio with Sen & Van
8. Nakapagtataka - Sponge Cola, face-off with Apple
9. As - George Michael & Mary J. Blige
10. Back At One - Brian McKnight, counterpoint with Laarni
11. Muli - Gary Valenciano & Regine Velasquez, duet with Vina Morales
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Filipino Wushu athlete won gold in Beijing.

Just after the lackluster campaign for gold of the RP team at the Beijing Olympics has ended, a big consolation came from the Wushu team after Willy Wang won a gold medal in the sports demonstration event yesterday (Friday).

Willy Wang vanquished 20 other competitors at the men’s nanguan and nangun event. Two other Filipino wushu athletes are assured of a bronze medal following their victory from their respective fights in the opening round.

Wushu, however, is just a demonstration sport in the Beijing Olympics so Wang’s gold medal will not reflect in the official medal tally.
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Featured Scholar of the Day: Liezel



I already told you that one of my personal favorites in the Pinoy Dream Academy season 2 is Liezel. Her voice is unique and distinctive. No wonder, she holds the record of the most Star Scholar award. She had it four times. However, to sustain the pressure of being a Star Scholar is a big challenge for her. And since she started on top, there’s no other way to go but down. The other scholars are quickly catching up but Liezel is still putting up a good fight. Below is Liezel’s profile:

Full Name: Liezel Garcia
Age: 23
Birthdate: 20 December
Place of Birth: Oriental Mindoro
Height: 5’1”
Racial Descent: Filipino
Occupation: OFW (office work)
Educational. Attainment: Mass Comm.
School Last Attended: Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Interests (other than singing): Dancing, acting
Favorite Singers: Beyonce Knowles, Celine Dion
Musical influences: Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles, Kyla, Lani Misalucha, Jaya, Sarah Geronimo, Ella Mae Saison
Discovering my voice: When I was very young, my grandmother and I would get up at 5:00 a.m. She would teach me Tagalog songs and we’d sing together. I remember I started singing in public since I was three years old.
First song ever performed: Dalagang Tagabukid
Musical instrument I can play: Guitar (basic chords only)
Musical instrument I’d like to learn: Piano, drums
Greatest achievement: My two greatest achievements: when I finished college and when I was chosen as a finalist in PDA
Biggest frustration: I want to be a model but I know I’ll never be one because I’m too small
Greatest Dream: To be a professional singer
Song of my life: On The Side Of Angels

Quote Me: “You should fight for your life even thru trials… we need to grow, explore and move on.”

Notes on Zhel:

Probably her lola had great dreams for Zhel, thus the early morning trainings at 5:00 when she was too young to even appreciate what it could mean for her later in life.All she knew was that people would go crazy over her whenever she was given the microphone and made to sing in public.

She was able to use this talent as she grew up, gaining popularity in her hometown as she reaped first prizes in local singing contests.Now that she has moved on to a grander scale, it’s just too bad that her lola can’t watch and hear her sing anymore.

But what her lola can’t hear, perhaps her father can.He was never there to listen to her in her every singing contest; he left the family when she was six years old and was never heard from again until she was 20, then disappeared again.Maybe, inside the Academy, her voice will be able to reach out to her father and make him come home again.

Source: www.pinoydreamacademy.ph

Songs Performed:

1. Dance With My Father - Luther Vandross
2. Count On Me - Whitney Houston
3. So Much In Love - Sheena Easton
4. If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys, duet with Bugoy
5. Sa Aking Pag-iisa - Regine Velasquez
6. Stop - Spice Girls, trio with Bunny & Cris
7. The Tide Is High - Atomic Kitten, a cappella trio with Bunny & Cris
8. Listen - Beyoncé, face-off with Laarni
9. Best Of My Love - The Emotions
10. Sometimes A Love Goes Wrong - Carrie Lucas, counterpoint with Miguel
11. Tell Me - Joey Albert, duet with Joey Generoso (of Side A)
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Planning for Black Friday shopping.

It pays to plan ahead in everything that you do. Planning will save you time and unnecessary stress. This is also true even when shopping. I make sure that I have a list of all the things that I need to buy before going to the store especially during important occasions like Christmas and other shopping holidays.

Aside from Christmas, there’s one shopping holiday that every shopper has been waiting for. It is the day after the Thanksgiving or the Black Friday. It’s a good thing that as early as now, shopper’s can now view the Black Friday circulars of major retailers. You can now see the items that are available from various retailers online even before d-day so you can plan ahead and decide which items you want to buy on Thanksgiving morning. Blackfridayonline.com even holds the record for the earliest Black Friday ad ever. It will even send you email alerts that will inform you when new Black Friday ads have been posted from retailers.

I browse through the different offers from the retailers and I was delighted to see great prices for electronic gadgets in Circuit City that I’ve been planning to buy one of these days.

With about three months to go before Black Friday, I think it's high time to start browsing the website and start planning and completing our shopping list.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Featured PDA Scholar of the Day: Laarni

I’m an avid follower of the Pinoy Dream Academy season 2 eversince it started and I’m a witness on how far the scholars have improved with their performances. I will be posting more information about the scholars in the coming days and I will start with the star scholar from the previous Gala Night.

One of the scholars who have improved immensely is Laarni Losala. One mentor dubbed her as the “apparition lady” before because her eyes were always fixed on the floor when singing. But that was before, Laarni is now full of confidence with her performances. No wonder, she was named as the star scholar on the 9th Gala Performance Night. Two jurors even told her that she has a “great voice”. Below are information I grabbed from the official web site of the Pinoy Dream Academy.



Full Name:Laarni Losala
Age:22
Birthdate: 23 June
Place of Birth: Pasig
Height: 5’2”
Civil Status: Single
Occupation: Student
Educ. Attainment: Bachelor or Secondary Education major in English (ongoing)
School Last Attended: Philippine Women’s University
Interests (other than singing): Acting, debate, teaching
Favorite Singers: Lea Salonga, Whitney Houston, Charlotte Church, Sitti, Charice Pempengco, Gary V., Renee Olstead, Enya
Discovering my voice: “Bibo po ako sa amin when I was a kid. Ginagawa kong microphone ang sandok. Then, lagi akong kumakanta sa loob ng klase during elementary years. Ang saya ko everytime ako kumakanta ng Lupang Hinirang sa flag pole.”
First song ever performed: Ang Tao’y Marupok Kay Daling Lumimot
Musical instrument I can play: Piano. My tita financed my piano lessons at PWU.
Musical instrument I’d like to learn: Violin, guitar
Greatest achievement: I’ve been able to support myself financially, and getting into PDA.
Biggest failure: When I failed and lost my scholarship in college.
Greatest Dream: To have a meaningful and peaceful life
Song of my life: Karamay Mo Si Hesus, composed by Mr. Anderson Go
Quote Me: “Music is my passion.Music will save me.”

Notes on Laarni:

At a young age, Laarni left Sultan Kudarat to find a better life in Manila, but with the promise that when she came back home, fresh with accomplishments they could all be proud of, she would set the family free from the poverty.

In Manila, Laarni came face to face with more hardships and suffering.Without her family to turn to, she found a lot of friends who shared her interest and passion in singing. Through them, her knowledge in music was enhanced, boosting up her confidence to sing.

Her voice as her asset, Laarni found ways to send herself to school. To graduate from college would be the first step toward fulfilling her promise to her family. But when the opportunity for a showbiz career knocked, she chose to drop school for the meantime and give PinoyDreamAcademy a try.With PDA, she could find herself delivering her promise of achievements to her family earlier than she expected.

Source: www.pinoydreamacademy.ph

Songs Performed:

1. In Your Eyes - Regine Velasquez
2. As If We Never Said Goodbye - Barbra Streisand
3. Fighter - Christina Aguilera
4. Kung Ako Na Lang Sana - Bituin Escalante, duet with Iñaki
5. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
6. Let's Groove - Earth, Wind & Fire, trio with Apple & Miguel
7. Too Much Heaven - The Bee Gees, a cappella trio with Apple & Miguel
8. ‘Di Ko Kayang Tanggapin - April Boy Regino, face-off with Zhel
9. And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going - Jennifer Holliday, face-off and duet with Poy
10. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
11. On The Wings of Love - Regine Velasquez, counterpoint with Bugoy
12. The Prayer - Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion, duet with Jed Madela
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My blog was approved!


Last Monday, I received a good news through email. Finally, my blog has been approved by Payperpost. It was a breath of fresh air for me as a week ago I submitted this same blog and received a rejection. I was told then that I don’t have enough posts on my blog. Apparently, they require the blog to have about 10 posts within the past 30 days and they said this blog currently has less than 10 posts within the past 30 days. I don’t know how they count the posts as I made sure that I met all the requirements before I dared to submit it. However, it’s all water under the bridge now. I’m happy that it was approved the second time.

After surpassing the first step, I thought then that everything else will go smoothly but four days after my blog was approved I still haven’t received a task from Payperpost. Yes, there are opportunities available but it’s either my blog is not qualified for the task or all posts are fully reserved.

Luckily, I have a regular job and I’m just blogging part time, if not then empty stomachs will start to complain. Lol. Mind you, it once crossed my mind that if I earned well enough money from blogging I’ll consider doing it full time, now I’m hesitant. I wonder if there are tips or tricks that I need to learn to grab opportunities. Do I have to do something else aside from checking the PPP website from time to time and making sure that my blog has a decent traffic and pagerank? Do I just have to depend on luck? Your thoughts will be greatly appreciated, fellow bloggers.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

MYX Daily Top 10 (August 21, 2008)

Top Ten

01.Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
02.Christian Bautista - The One Who Won My Heart
03.6Cyclemind - Saludo
04.The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
05.Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest
06.Sarah Geronimo - A Very Special Love
07.Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time
08.Hale - Leap Of Faith
09.Jonas Brothers - Burnin' Up
10.Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl
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Do you want to be the next Nouveau Riche?


Bonjour, Au revoir, merci and Bon appétit... Don’t get me wrong, these are French words that are somewhat familiar to me. I’m happy to announce the addition of another French word into my French vocabulary. The word is Nouveau Riche, it literally means “new rich” which refers to an individual who has gained considerable wealth that used to be unattainable.

Nouveau Riche people have emerged from “rags to riches” stories and the world has a good number of people who have risen from poverty and obscurity to wealth and fame. Stories of Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Carnegie, Bill Clinton and J.K. Rowling will definitely ring a bell. These people are living monuments that wealth and fame can be achieved through determination and perseverance.

It is inspiring to read the stories of these Nouveau Riche people who have triumphed over poverty, we may even learn something from them or we can pick up an idea by reading their stories. The way I see it, the trusted route to accumulate wealth is still through entrepreneurship. CNNMoney has a very interesting article for determined entrepreneurs who want to be Nouveau Riche. They have uncovered promising ventures for those who have determination to be a successful entrepreneur.

So do you want to be the next Nouveau Riche? Then, dream it, live it and realize it.
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Monday, August 18, 2008

PDA season 2 9th Gala Performance Night videos.



Me and my girlfriend are hooked with the Pinoy Dream Academy season 2. Every Saturday nights, we are glued to the Television to watch the performances of the scholars. And just lately, we started recording their performances on our computer.

I personally like the voices of Liezel and Bugoy, they have great talents in not so pretty faces. My girlfriend is rooting for Laarni, I don’t know why. Lol.

By the way, I added a poll on the side bar of this blog about the Pinoy Dream Academy. You can vote for your favorite scholars if you think they deserve to become the Star Dreamer.

For those who missed the 9th Gala Performance Night, you can view the performances of your favorite scholars from the links below:

Laarni and Bugoy

Van and Poy

Miguel and Liezel

Sen and Bunny
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Harry Potter 6 trailer.

I confess that I’m a Harry Potter fanatic and I am one of those who are disappointed when the release of the sixth installment of the movie was postponed until the summer of 2009.

For now, we can just be contented with the trailer of the movie.

Here’s the synopsis and the trailer of the movie based on the sixth book of J. K. Rowling:

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane's chocolates! And then there's Hermione, simpering with jealously


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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 18, 2008)

Top Ten

01.6 Cyclemind - Saludo
02.Christian Bautista - The One Who Won My Heart
03.Sarah Geronimo - A Very Special Love
04.Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
05.Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time
06.The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
07.Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl
08.Itchyworms - Penge Naman Ako Nyan
09.Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest
10.Urbandub - The Fight Is Over
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I Get Robbed.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted on this blog about the series of unfortunate events that has happened to me recently. I thought I already saw the end of it, I’ve never been so sad to be proven wrong…

Donna and I thought it was just an ordinary day that was about to end. We got home from another stressful day at the office and we’re just happy to enter our new apartment to rest.

The house was just how we left it, the door was locked; and I used the key to open it. The living room was still cluttered with our things, nothing unusual.

Donna then, started to look for her cell phone; both of us left our phones when he hurried to the office that morning. She complained that she can’t find it; I began to sense that something was wrong. Our cell phones were definitely in our room where we left it but she said they were nowhere to be found.

My fear was confirmed when I entered the room, the usual clutter of clothes and other things were still there; but what she hadn’t noticed was the cabinets on top of our bed were all opened. It looks like somebody was looking for something.

Whoever it was, found not only our cell phones but also my precious Kodak EasyShare V1253 digital camera. Nothing else was missing. It appeared that the culprit was looking for things that can be put in pockets. It made sense since we’re living in a compound of apartments and anybody carrying televisions or refrigerators out of an apartment would be too noticeable.

We can only guess that the burglar entered the house through the front door as there was no forcible entry anywhere in the house.

I felt bad about losing the camera as it was given to me by the company; it was worth two years of dedication and service.

I can only hope that whoever got it will put the proceeds to good use this time.
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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Laarni, the star scholar of the week.


The jurors of the Pinoy Dream Academy season 2 finally noticed Laarni as she was made the star scholar of the week on the 9th Gala Performance Night. Her counterpoint performance with Bugoy earned her the highest grade of 8.97. Completing the Top 3 is her partner Bugoy and honorary scholar Poy.

Watch her winning performance with Bugoy from the link below:

Laarni and Bugoy - 9th Gala Performance Night
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Bunny says goodbye to PDA season 2.



The Teacher Wife bids her farewell on the Pinoy Dream Academy season 2 after the 9th Gala Performance Night Saturday night.

She was up against Sen for the people’s votes. Unfortunately for the scholar from Negros Oriental, Sen garnered more votes with 60.33% while she only got 39.65%.

However, the bottom four were Hansen, Iñaki, Cris and Miguel. The Dream Mentors decided to save Sen.

Watch her last performance from the link below:

Bunny and Sen - 9th Gala Performance Night
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'Foster Child' wins in Brisbane International Filmfest


Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza once again proved that Filipino films are world-class after he recently won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (Netpac) at the Brisbane International Film Festival in Brisbane, Australia for his movie “Foster Child” last August 10.

This award is just one of the recognitions this movie has been continuously receiving. “Foster Child” also won the Best Film and Best Actress award for veteran actress Cherry Pie Picache at the Durban International Film Festival last July in South Africa.

“Foster Child” is a film about a poor family hired by a local foster care facility to provide temporary care and shelter for abandoned children waiting for adoption.

Mendoza is also the director of the much-talked-about movie “Serbis” which was officially invited to the 46th New York International Film Festival.
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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 15, 2008)

Top Ten

01.Christian Bautista - The One Who Won My Heart
02.Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
03.Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time
04.Sarah Geronimo - A Very Special Love
05.6Cyclemind - Saludo
06.Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest
07.Mariah Carey - Bye Bye
08.The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
09.Rivermaya - Sleep
10.Rihanna - Take A Bow
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

MYX Daily Top 10 (August 12, 2008)



Top Ten

01.6Cyclemind - Saludo
02.Christian Bautista - The One Who Won My Heart
03.Sarah Geronimo - A Very Special Love
04.Miley Cyrus - 7 Things
05.Pedicab - Ang Pusa Mo
06.Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time
07.Rivermaya - Sleep
08.Rihanna - Take A Bow
09.Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest
10.Itchyworms - Penge Naman Ako Nyan
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Looking for DVDs?




I was home for five straight days last week including the weekends and my three-day sick leave owing to a pink eye. And guess how I spent these days? I can’t think of a better way than to spend it watching Television and DVDs?

I actually hunted for latest movies on DVDs from my neighbors and even through the internet for my viewing pleasure. The search wasn’t hard as there are websites with surprisingly wide range of DVD selections. I even found a site which is a premiere resource not only for DVDs but for blu-ray discs as well. Blu-ray Disc is the next-generation optical disc format developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well as storing larger amounts of data compared to DVD.

DVDs.com is not just another online DVD shop, the site is easy to navigate and ensures tons of information about your favorite movies and DVDs. You can browse through the different categories from Action & Adventure to Sports and Television. I wasn’t able to browse through the different categories yet as I already had my eyes full with great movies from the three categories that I love.
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Monday, August 11, 2008

Dyosa premieres today.



The much-awaited fantaserye "Dyosa" starring Anne Curtis finally airs today (Monday) on Primetime Bida after months of preparation. The fantaserye, directed by Wenn Deramas is based on an original storyline featuring some of Philippine folklore’s most loved characters like Mariang Sinukuan and Bernardo Carpio.

With a powerhouse cast including heartthrobs Sam Milby, Luis Manzano and Zanjoe Marudo. Jaclyn Jose, Epy Quizon, Lloyd Samartino, Matt Mendoza and Mickey Ferriols also round out Dyosa’s impressive supporting cast.

Here’s the Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Josephine is living a normal life as a student, a part-time cosplay model and a loving daughter to her midget parents when she discovers that she is not an ordinary girl. A Satyr (half-man half-goat) appears before Dyosa on her 18th birthday to reveal that Josephine is actually a 'Dyosa' (a goddess), a descendant of Mariang Sinukuan and Bernardo Carpio, who is destined to rule the world of the upper gods.

Josephine has to make a choice: Will she heed the call of her destiny and save the dying world of the Philippine gods and goddesses and leave the life she has lived for 18 years? Or will she resist her new role as a goddess and give up her powers to stay in the human world with the mortal she loves?

Main cast:

• Anne Curtis as Josephine Sinukuan, Dyosa Cielo (Goddess of the Heavens), Dyosa Tierra (Goddess of the Earth), Dyosa Agua (Goddess of the Seas)
• Sam Milby as Adonis
• Zanjoe Marudo as Mars
• Luis Manzano as Kulas

Supporting cast
• Epi Quizon as Bakos
• Mickey Ferriols as Mariang Sinukuan
• Matthew Mendoza as Bernardo Carpio[3]
• Jacklyn Jose as Magayon
• Lloyd Samartino as Amang Suga
• Carlos Morales as Tadaklan
• Maricar de Mesa as Calliope
• Nikki Bacolod as Diana
• Vice Ganda as Salaminsim
• Rubi- Rubi as Huling
• Jojit Lorenzo as Miong
• Tess Aquino
• Andrew Wolff
• Carlo Guevarra
• Micah Muñoz
• Sophia Baar as Young Josephine Sinukuan
• Joseph Andrei Garcia as Binoy
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Sunday, August 10, 2008

ARMM votes today.


Democracy is at work as the Administrative Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) votes today. And based on initial reports, the election is going smoothly despite of clashes between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in North Cotabato.

Reports had it that all voting centers in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi and Shariff Kabunsuan have opened and there are people queueing to vote.

This election will also put the automated election to the test as voters will use voting machines. Results of the automated polls are expected after 36 hours at the latest.

I do hope that this election will continue to go smoothly. I guess it’s high time for us to have a true, credible and peaceful election.
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

MYX Daily Top 10 (August 8, 2008)




Top Ten

01.Sarah Geronimo - A Very Special Love
02.Christian Bautista - The One Who Won My Heart
03.Miley Cyrus - 7 Things    
04.Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time
05.Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest
06.Rivermaya - Sleep      
07.The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
08.Mariah Carey - Bye Bye
09.6Cyclemind - Saludo
10.Itchyworms - Penge Naman Ako Nyan
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

MYX Daily Top 10 (August 6, 2008)



Top Ten

01.Sarah Geronimo - A Very Special Love
02.6Cyclemind - Saludo
03.Christian Bautista - The One Who Won My Heart
04.Pedicab - Ang Pusa Mo
05.Mariah Carey - Bye Bye
06.Rivermaya - Sleep
07.The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
08.Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time
09.Rihanna - Take A Bow
10.Itchyworms - Penge Naman Ako N'yan
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The Frisky.


I usually shy away from websites that has sex and dating as the central theme as I found the topic too sensitive. But then I realize that not all these websites are done in bad taste. A few are even good and entertaining. And it’s not all about sex and dating, topics are informative and in-depth.

I stumbled upon one website that is worth sharing. “The Frisky” ( a daily romp on the sexy side) is a website that puts modern dating, sex and relationships into an all new dimension. To top it all, it also features celebrity gossip and all that yummy stuff. It’s like reading your favorite men’s magazine at the comfort of your computer. LOL.

The Frisky also features Relationship Advice aside from sections on other topics like News and Culture, Celebrity, Food and Travel, Health and Beauty,. One particular section that draws my attention is the Sex Advice Column. Not that I personally need advice on this topic but it’s quite enjoyable to read the posts.

Another section that you should check out especially for women is the Hot Guys section. It features (of course!) hot guys and handsome hunks. Isn’t it nice for men as well to know what women consider as “hot” these days?
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Viral Conjunctivitis aka Pink Eye


I’ve been contemplating on filing a vacation leave for a couple of days as I think i’ve earned myself a rest for all the stress and pressure from the office. Never did I imagine that the rest will come unexpected and unwelcome. Last week, I’ve had flu-like discomforts. I have colds, cough, mild fever and frequent headache. I also noticed increase amount of tears, itchiness and redness in the eye as well as blurred vision. I was told that this has got to do with the eye and somebody even warn me that I may have astigmatism which I immediately dismiss as I have a near 20-20 vision the last time I was checked.

It was Friday when I can no longer take it, I wasn’t able to go to the office. The next day I went to the nearest Eye Center and I was told that I have a viral conjunctivitis. The name is quite alarming but the doctor said there’s nothing to worry about it. Had he said sore eyes or pink eye, it would have made a better impact. The doctor prescribed topical steroid drops to reduce the discomfort from inflammation. He said it usually goes away within 3 weeks.

Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is an infection of the conjunctiva, the thin clear tissue over the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis has a number of different causes, including viruses, bacteria, irritants such as shampoos, dirt, smoke, and pool chlorine or allergies like dust or pollen.

Conjunctivitis caused by some viruses and bacteria can spread easily but is not a serious health risk if diagnosed promptly. To avoid spreading the disease, take these precautions:
• Wash hands frequently
• Avoid swimming (bacterias can be spread in the water)
• Avoid touching the face
• Disinfect surfaces such as doorknobs and counters
• Don’t share towels or washcloths
• Do not reuse handkerchiefs (using a tissue is best)
• Avoid shaking hands

I still have it and I was already on sick leave for 3 days. Hopefully it will go away in the next couple of days. I want to be able to rest without this discomforts.
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Monday, August 4, 2008

Erik Santos to perform at the Beijing Olympics



You may have heard this from elsewhere but this is a good news that deserves a space in this blog. I just learned from a friend that our very own Erik Santos, also dubbed as Prince of Pop, was chosen among selected foreign artists who will perform in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
It is said that he will sing during the closing ceremonies of the event. Based on reports, Erik was contacted by the Chinese Embassy through ABS-CBN to let him know that he was selected to sing. He is set to perform a different arrangement of songs “I Believe I Can Fly” and “This is the Moment”.
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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 4, 2008)


Top Ten

01.Sarah Geronimo - A Very Special Love
02.Christian Bautista - The One Who Won My Heart
03.6Cyclemind - Saludo
04.Mariah Carey - Bye Bye
05.Jordin Sparks - One Step At A Time
06.Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest
07.The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up
08.Pedicab - Ang Pusa Mo
09.Rivermaya - Sleep
10.Madonna - Give It 2 Me
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