Monday, August 31, 2009

Today is National Heroes Day 2009


Today is declared as a legal non-working holiday for the entire Philippines in observance of the National Heroes Day, as per Proclamation No. 1699. The day (August 30) originally commemorates the “Cry of Pugad Lawin” by Filipino revolutionaries or the Katipunan led by its leader Andres Bonifacio.

It is the best time to remember our heroes and the myriad faceless other men and women who have sacrificed their lives and given up so much for our country. These people have done noble acts and selfless deeds in the service of their fellow Filipinos to make our motherland a better place to live in.

As a people, it is time to renew our vow to uphold our traditions and aspirations and celebrate the achievements, the deeds of valor and nationalism of our nation’s heroes and martyrs.

May the hearts of every Filipino be filled with patriotic fervor, and the firm determination to serve our country not only in times of war but also in peace, and to make the Philippines a truly progressive and strong nation.

Happy National Heroes Day to all!


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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 31, 2009) Featuring 2NE1's "I Don't Care"


Top Ten

01. Sarah Geronimo - Dahil Minahal Mo Ako
02. Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
03. Hale - Bahay Kubo
04. Silent Sanctuary - Hiling
05. Lady Gaga - Paparazzi


06. Paramore - Ignorance
07. Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again
08. Jonas Brothers - Fly With Me
09. 2NE1 - I Don't Care
10. Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone


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Friday, August 28, 2009

Forbe's Richest Man in the Philippines

If we were to base the Philippine’s economy on the wealth of the country’s richest people then things are looking brighter in the Philippines. This was indicated in the Forbes report of the Philippine’s 40 richest man published last August 25.

This year, 25 tycoons are richer compared to the previous list available last October 2008, including nine of the top 10. The biggest gainer is mall mogul Henry Sy, who is once again the Philippine’s richest person. His net worth increased $700 million to $3.8 billion, as shares of his main holding company, SM Investments, appreciated by 28% since October.

The Sy family has the widest network of retail outlets nationwide. Four of the family’s over 100 malls in the Philippines and China are included in the world’s biggest malls.

In the meantime, former Philippine’s richest Lucio Tan (#2) and Ayala conglomerate’s chairman emeritus Jaime Zobel de Ayala (#3) took the next slots.

Tan has interests in tobacco, beer, and banking. He is also in highly regulated industries, including aviation. Philippine Airlines, where he has a controlling stake, has been having financial troubles as it faces tougher competition.

On the other hand, Zobel de Ayala, who is of Spanish descent, has left the day to day management of his family’s interests in property, retail, banking, telecommunications, and water to his children. He is now an art advocate and is into photography.

Another notable member of the top 10 is Sen. Manuel Villar (#9) who is a May 2010 presidential aspirant. He has interests in real estate, which includes listed home developer Vista Land and Lifescapes. Forbes calculate his current wealth at $530 million or about P25 billion.

Here's the complete list of RP's richest people:

Rank/ Name/ Net Worth ($ MIL)/ Age
1 Henry Sy 3,800 84
2 Lucio Tan 1,700 75
3 Jaime Zobel de Ayala 1,200 75
4 Andrew Tan 850 57
5 John Gokongwei 720 82
6 Tony Tan Caktiong 710 59
7 Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. 660 74
8 Enrique Razon Jr. 620 49
9 Manuel Villar 530 59
10 George Ty 515 76
11 Emilio Yap 510 83
12 Inigo & Mercedes Zobel 440 NA
13 Beatrice Campos 410 NA
14 Vivian Que Azcona 390 NA
15 Oscar Lopez 350 79
16 Andrew Gotianun 310 81
17 David Consunji 300 88
18 Robert Coyiuto Jr. 290 56
19 Alfonso Yuchengco 230 86
20 Mariano Tan 180 NA
21 Menardo Jimenez 160 77
22 Gilberto M. Duavit 159 74
23 Felipe Gozon 135 69
24 Jon Ramon Aboitiz 125 60
25 Betty Ang 120 NA
26 Alfredo Ramos 115 65
27 Manuel Zamora Jr. 110 69
28 Bienvenido R. Tantoco Sr. 90 88
29 Tomas Alcantara 75 63
30 Benjamin Romualdez 70 79
31 Wilfred Uytengsu Sr. 65 81
32 Lourdes Montinola 60 81
33 Luis Virata 56 55
34 Eugenio Lopez III 55 57
35 Enrique Aboitiz 53 87
36 Philip Ang 50 68
37 Jesus Tambunting 45 72
38 Frederick Dy 40 54
39 Rolando & Rosalinda Hortaleza 39 50/52
40 Marian Rosario Fong 38 NA

Source: www.forbes.com

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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 28, 2009) Featuring Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone"


Top Ten

01.Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
02.Sarah Geronimo - Dahil Minahal Mo Ako
03.Hale - Bahay Kubo
04.Jonas Brothers - Fly With Me
05.Lady Gaga - Paparazzi


06.Paramore - Ignorance
07.Green Day - 21 Guns
08.Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone
09.Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again
10.David Archuleta - Touch My Hand




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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cory Aquino stamps.


The photo above is on the front-page of a national broadsheet. Based on the report, the post office will soon issue a limited number of the late President Corazon Aquino stamps like the photo shown above on the 40th day of Aquino’s death, on Sept. 8. The stamp was designed by Marco Ruben Trinos Malto II, a UP fine arts graduate, and photographed by Menchit Ongpin.

Well, this is a fitting tribute to the icon of democracy. I'll be looking forward to seeing these stamps. And I'm sure that stamp collectors are waiting for these as well.


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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 26, 2009) Featuring Jonas Brothers' "Fly With Me"


Top Ten

01.Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
02.Hale - Bahay Kubo
03.Sarah Geronimo - Dahil Minahal Mo Ako
04.Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again
05.Lady Gaga – Paparazzi


06.Jonas Brothers - Fly With Me
07.David Archuleta - Touch My Hand
08.Britney Spears - Radar
09.Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone
10.Green Day - 21 Guns




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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Filipina Miss Universe Beauties.


It’s the Miss Universe season once again. Like many people around the world, Filipinos stay tuned to watch the Miss Universe Pageant last Monday. Although the Filipina beauty Pamela Bianca Manalo failed to enter the Top 15 (surprisingly, no Asian candidate was on the list) the show was a celebration of beauty after all and it was a fun show to watch.

While browsing the internet, I came across a couple of information about the Philippine’s participation in the most celebrated beauty pageant.

The Philippines already won 2 Miss Universe title: Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margarita Moran in 1973.


The Philippines has won the most Miss Photogenic award having won seven times (including a back-to-back and a three-peat).

Gloria Díaz, the first Filipina to win the Miss Universe title was only eighteen when she became Miss Universe of 1969 after outsmarting other candidates on the question on how to welcome the first men that had just landed on the moon as soon as they were back on the planet.


Margarita Moran was a full-time university student and part-time model won the Miss Universe crown in 1973 in Athens, Greece. She is a granddaughter of former Philippine President Manuel Roxas. She said that she entered the contest because of the incessant urgings of friends and family.

Margarita Moran (Philippines, 1973) is one of the four Miss Universe winners who were also awarded Miss Photogenic.

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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 25, 2009) Featuring Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi"


Top Ten

01.Sarah Geronimo - Dahil Minahal Mo Ako
02.Hale - Bahay Kubo
03.Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
04.Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
05.Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again

06.Green Day - 21 Guns
07.David Archuleta - Touch My Hand
08.Britney Spears - Radar
09.Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone
10.Paramore - Ignorance





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Monday, August 24, 2009

MYX Daily Top 10 (August 24, 2009) Featuring Silent Sanctuary's "Hiling"


Top Ten

01.Sarah Geronimo - Dahil Minahal Mo Ako
02.Hale - Bahay Kubo
03.Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
04.Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
05.Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again

06.David Archuleta - Touch My Hand
07.Britney Spears - Radar
08.Green Day - 21 Guns
09.Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone
10.Silent Sanctuary - Hiling




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Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Alleged Undelivered Speech of Ninoy Aquino.


Last Friday, we commemorated the martyrdom of the late Philippine Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. whose death was pivotal to the downfall of a dictator and the eventual restoration of democracy in the Philippines.

Based on reports proliferating the internet, he was supposed to deliver a speech upon his return to the Philippines but was unable to do so when he was assassinated on the tarmac of the then Manila International Airport (now Ninoy Aquino International Airport).

This was taken from a post from Thea Alberto of Yahoo! Philippines:

What follows is dubbed as ‘The most famous undelivered speech in Philippine history,’ the alleged speech Ninoy was supposed to read before his supporters.

(This is the entire statement as it appears (all-caps, italicized quote, and all) in “A Testimony by Ninoy,” a pamphlet published on September 1, 1983 by the Human Development Research and Documentation office of the La Ignaciana Apostolic Center as Human Society No. 21)

I have returned on my free will to join the ranks of those struggling to restore our rights and freedoms through nonviolence.

I seek no confrontation. I only pray and will strive for a genuine national reconciliation founded on justice.

I am prepared for the worst, and have decided against the advice of my mother, my spiritual adviser, many of my tested friends and a few of my most valued political mentors.

A death sentence awaits me. Two more subversion charges, both calling for death penalties, have been filed since I left three years ago and are now pending with the courts.

I could have opted to seek political asylum in America , but I feel it is my duty, as it is the duty of every Filipino, to suffer with his people especially in time of crisis.

I never sought nor have I been given assurances or promise of leniency by the regime. I return voluntarily armed only with a clear conscience and fortified in the faith that in the end justice will emerge triumphant.

According to Gandhi, the WILLING sacrifice of the innocent is the most powerful answer to insolent tyranny that has yet been conceived by God and man.

Three years ago when I left for an emergency heart bypass operation, I hoped and prayed that the rights and freedoms of our people would soon be restored, that living conditions would improve and that blood-letting would stop.

Rather than move forward, we have moved backward. The killings have increased, the economy has taken a turn for the worse and the human rights situation has deteriorated.

During the martial law period, the Supreme Court heard petitions for Habeas Corpus. It is most ironic, after martial law has allegedly been lifted, that the Supreme Court last April ruled it can no longer entertain petitions for Habeas Corpus for persons detained under a Presidential Commitment Order, which covers all so-called national security cases and which under present circumstances can cover almost anything.

The country is far advanced in her times of trouble. Economic, social and political problems bedevil the Filipino. These problems may be surmounted if we are united. But we can be united only if all the rights and freedoms enjoyed before September 21, 1972 are fully restored.

The Filipino asks for nothing more, but will surely accept nothing less, than all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the 1935 Constitution — the most sacred legacies from the Founding Fathers.

Yes, the Filipino is patient, but there is a limit to his patience. Must we wait until that patience snaps?

The nation-wide rebellion is escalating and threatens to explode into a bloody revolution. There is a growing cadre of young Filipinos who have finally come to realize that freedom is never granted, it is taken. Must we relive the agonies and the blood-letting of the past that brought forth our Republic or can we sit down as brothers and sisters and discuss our differences with reason and goodwill?

I have often wondered how many disputes could have been settled easily had the disputants only dared to define their terms.

So as to leave no room for misunderstanding, I shall define my terms:

1. Six years ago, I was sentenced to die before a firing squad by a Military Tribunal whose jurisdiction I steadfastly refused to recognize. It is now time for the regime to decide. Order my IMMEDIATE EXECUTION OR SET ME FREE.

I was sentenced to die for allegedly being the leading communist leader. I am not a communist, never was and never will be.

2. National reconciliation and unity can be achieved but only with justice, including justice for our Muslim and Ifugao brothers. There can be no deal with a Dictator. No compromise with Dictatorship.

3. In a revolution there can really be no victors, only victims. We do not have to destroy in order to build.

4. Subversion stems from economic, social and political causes and will not be solved by purely military solutions; it can be curbed not with ever increasing repression but with a more equitable distribution of wealth, more democracy and more freedom, and

5. For the economy to get going once again, the workingman must be given his just and rightful share of his labor, and to the owners and managers must be restored the hope where there is so much uncertainty if not despair.

On one of the long corridors of Harvard University are carved in granite the words of Archibald Macleish:

“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms; by truth when it is attacked by lies; by democratic faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, and in the final act, by determination and faith.”

I return from exile and to an uncertain future with only determination and faith to offer — faith in our people and faith in God.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

"The Yellow Ribbon" by Jun and Mitch Morala, a tribute to President Cory Aquino.

I saw this video in the ABS-CBN newscast "TV Patrol World" tonight and I instantly liked the lyrics and the melody of the song so I've searched the internet for this wonderful video so i can share it with you.

It was written by Jun and Mitch Morala as a tribute to the late President Cory Aquino.





The song with lyrics:






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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 21, 2009) Featuring Hale's "Bahay Kubo"


Top Ten

01. Sarah Geronimo - Dahil Minahal Mo Ako
02. Hale - Bahay Kubo
03. Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
04. David Archuleta - Touch My Hand
05. Britney Spears - Radar

06. Jonas Brothers - Fly Away With Me
07. 2NE1 - Fire
08. Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
09. Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again
10. Kelly Clarkosn - Already Gone

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tomorrow is Ninoy Aquino Day.


Tomorrow is another special non-working holiday in the Philippines as we commemorate the death anniversary of former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino. He was assassinated August 21, 1983 at the then-Manila International Airport (now the Ninoy Aquino International Airport) upon returning to the Philippines. His death led to the downfall of the dictator, Ferdinand Marcos on February 24, 1986 through the non-violent People Power revolution which also catapulted his wife Corazon Aquino to the presidency.

Ninoy Aquino was a prominent critic of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos. He was later incarcerated for about eight years after martial law was declared in the country. But even in his imprisonment, he managed to win a seat in the senate. Aquino remained in prison but he continued to fight for democracy in the country and against the oppression of the Filipino people. However, he suffered a heart attack in March 1980, so he needed to flee to the United States with his family for his surgery and eventually led to his self-imposed exile in the US. There, he continued his advocacy by giving speeches to the Filipino-American communities. His assassination was pivotal to the downfall of a despotic ruler and the eventual restoration of democracy in the Philippines.

This day in honor of the late icon of democracy was created by Republic Act 9256, which was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

MYX Daily Top 10 (August 19, 2009)


Top Ten

01. Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
02. Sarah Geronimo - Dahil Minahal Mo Ako
03. David Archuleta - Touch My Hand
04. Wonder Girls - Nobody
05. 2NE1 - Fire


06. Britney Spears - Radar
07. Hale - Bahay Kubo
08. Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again
09. Kelly Clarkosn - Already Gone
10. Green Day - 21 Guns



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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tomorrow is Quezon Day.


Tomorrow is a special holiday in Quezon City, Philippines in commemoration of the birth of the late Philippine president Manuel Luis Quezon who is recognized as the second President of the country. The city was named after the late president.

Quezon was born on August 19, 1878 in Baler, Tayabas (now Aurora) and was recognized as the foremost advocate of social justice during his lifetime. He was the first Filipino president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines under U.S. occupation rule during the early period of the 20th century. He also holds the distinction of being the first Senate President elected as President and the first president elected through a national election.

Quezon is best remembered for making Pilipino the national language thus earning him the honor as the “Father of the Philippine Language.”


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Monday, August 17, 2009

MYX Daily Top 10 (August 17, 2009) Featuring Sarah Geronimo's "Dahil Minahal Mo Ako"


Top Ten

01. Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
02. David Archuleta - Touch My Hand
03. Sarah Geronimo - Dahil Minahal Mo Ako
04. Hale - Bahay Kubo
05. 2NE1 - Fire

06. Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again
07. Britney Spears - Radar
08. Green Day - 21 Guns
09. Wonder Girls - Nobody
10. Lady Gaga - Paparazzi


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Video courtesy of www.sarahgeronimo.com


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Filipino Pride, Donaire wins World Boxing Title



Nonito Donaire Jr. also known as “The Filipino Flash” is the Philippines newest world boxing champion after his triumph over Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion via unanimous decision in the main event at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Donaire, the 26-year California-based fighter, took home the World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight crown. It is his third title in his second weight division. He previously held the International Boxing Federation and International Boxing Organization flyweight belts but had to forfeit both 112-lb crowns after his decision to jump up the super flyweight class.

Wearing a yellow robe with red trimmings in memory of the late President Cory Aquino (with Aquino’s name at the back of his robe and trunks), Donaire entered the ring in a customized Philippine-themed boxing boots. And with the Filipino song “Sarung Banggi” at his back ground to the delight and cheers of his mostly Filipino fans.

Early in the fight, Donaire managed to open a cut on the Panamanian’s left eye lid in the second round but failed to exploit on that advantage. Concepcion also retaliated with several power punches and jabs at the Filipino’s face and body capitalizing on his almost five-lb weight advantage. But Donaire made his move in the latter part of the fight connecting solid punches. Both fighters showed toughness with no one being knocked down.

The three judges are unanimous with their decision, giving the fight to Donaire. Judge Max De Luca scored it at 117-111, Duane Ford saw it at 115-113 while Jerry Roth gave a 116-112 edge all for Donaire.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Celebrating a special day at the Office.


Today is Friday, the last day of the week, which also happens to be a payday since the 15th falls on a Saturday. No matter how hard I tried to make this day as ordinary as possible, I cannot deny the fact that today is an extraordinary day. I can only blame Facebook and Friendster on why our friends and colleagues know what is happening in our lives. Now, all my friends know that today is my birthday.

I don’t usually go to work during my birthdays. I don’t want to give my colleagues a chance to make fun of me and make me the center of attention so I would rather file for a vacation leave even if I will just spend the day at home, in retrospect. I simply can not stand my co-workers pestering me for a blow-out or a pizza treat. I may give in that easily hehehe. Not today, though. I decided to go to work for a change. And I managed to get through it unscathed. In fact, it was a great day!

I never expected it. My colleagues never gave a sign that they were planning for something. And just when I thought that this was just another humdrum day, it ended with a pleasant surprise.

I am not posting this to fish for compliments; I just want to thank my team mates for their efforts to make this day a memorable one for me. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your friendship, love and respect. You guys are the best!


Inside the birthday card are short messages from my teammates. And yeah, the card is playing a "happy birthday" tune.



Here's the yummy cake, but it's not as sweet as my colleagues :)



Meet my beautiful co-workers: Angel, Mitch, Kat, Grace, Bea and Meg. I should be paid for this hehehe.



Oops... Be careful with the balloons. They can still be used for another birthday celebration.



Photos courtesy of Nel, Jiro and Mao.

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M YX Daily Top 10 (August 14, 2009)


Top Ten

01. Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
02. David Archuleta - Touch My Hand
03. 2NE1 - Fire
04. Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again
05. SpongeCola f/ Gary Valenciano - Ayt!

06. Britney Spears - Radar
07. Sarah Geronimo - Dahil Minahal Mo Ako
08. Hale - Bahay Kubo
09. Wonder Girls - Nobody
10. Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone



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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Filipina elected as vice president of UN Human rights body

A Filipina was unanimously voted as Vice-President of the United Nations Human Rights Council's advisory committee. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Presidential Envoy for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Dr. Purificacion Valera-Quisumbing was elected during its third session at the United Nations office in Geneva last August 6.

The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, composed of 17 independent human rights experts, is the think-tank body of the Human Rights Council, of which the Philippines is a founding member.

One of the most important tasks given to the Advisory Committee is the elaboration of a draft United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education.

Dr. Quisumbing’s election as Vice-President of the HRC Advisory Committee adds to her long list of accomplishments in the human rights field, among others, as a Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, former President of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and Assistant Secretary for Human Rights under the administration of the late President Corazon C. Aquino.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

TIME Magazine honors the late President Cory Aquino.


TIME Magazine pays tribute to the late and former Philippine President Corazon Aquino one last time on the cover of their latest issue, dated August 17, 2009.

The death of the “plain housewife” who became a universal symbol of democracy made headlines across the globe.

The international news magazine honors the former Philippine President who was praised as “The Woman Who Changed Asia, “The Saint of Democracy,” and “A Miracle Worker in a Plain Yellow Dress.”

The publication also highlighted that the former President was on the 1986 cover story, where she was proclaimed as that year’s Woman of the Year. She was the second woman to hold that distinction.

According to the Time article: “She was a good woman whose goodness alone, at the very end, was what proved enough, if only by an iota, to save her country.”

It was not only the TIME Magazine who gave honor to President Cory, other global publications honored Tita Cory for being an icon of democracy from the the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

“Whenever the country appeared to be in a crisis, Cory Aquino rose above the bureaucratic procrastination that had always bogged it down, reminding her people that they once astonished the world with their bravery — and that they could do it again. But Filipinos must now take stock. Whom will they march with now that their saint has gone to meet her God?” the Time article said which is also a challenge to all Filipinos to value the legacy of the country’s icon of democracy.



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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

MYX Daily Top 10 (August 11, 2009)


Top Ten

01. Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
02. David Archuleta - Touch My Hand
03. 2NE1 - Fire
04. Britney Spears - Radar
05. Wonder Girls - Nobody

06. Green Day - 21 Guns
07. SpongeCola f/ Gary Valenciano - Ayt!
08. Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again
09. Jesse McCartney f/ Ludacris - How Do You Sleep
10. Sarah Geronimo - Dahil Minahal Mo Ako

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Monday, August 10, 2009

MYX Daily Top 10 (August 10, 2009) Featuring Demi Lovato's "Here We Go Again"


Top Ten

01. David Archuleta - Touch My Hand
02. Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
03. 2NE1 - Fire
04. Britney Spears - Radar
05. Wonder Girls - Nobody

06. Green Day - 21 Guns
07. SpongeCola f/ Gary Valenciano - Ayt!
08. Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again
09. Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
10. Jesse McCartney f/ Ludacris - How Do You Sleep


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Saturday, August 8, 2009

What is your advocacy?


The question is not only for fellow bloggers but to all people who are reading this blog: What is your advocacy? It was the same question that left the most impact when I attended a pro-blogging seminar a couple of months ago. Honestly, the question came as a surprise since I was expecting a thorough discussion of topics revolving around the “Content is King” or “Marketing is Queen” clichés. But yeah, we were told that if you want to make it big in blogging, you have to have an advocacy.

Again, what is your advocacy? Advocacy is the act of actively supporting a cause or idea. Or it may be a personal conviction that you want to promote.

Do you blog just for money? Do you blog to gain friends? Do you blog just to have a place to post your pictures and brag about your personal escapades? Do you blog just to rant? Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It is your blog; you can do anything with it.

So what is my advocacy? Looking back at the very first post on this blog, I only stated that I wanted to write, that’s my only purpose when I started this blog. I just want a medium where I can post my thoughts and ideas. But then after a month, I started posting news of fellow Filipino’s achievements especially those that gives honor to the country. In one of my posts, I wrote: “Amidst the problems that beset our country today, with all the rising cost of basic commodities, one thing that badly needs a raise is our spirit and our pride as a Filipino.” It was the beginning; I started posting good news on this blog that will make every Filipino proud. It has become my advocacy. Before I change my layout, I even had a blog subtitle declaring: “Celebrating Filipino pride.” I don’t know how to put it back but even without that sub-title, I will continue to embrace this advocacy as long as this blog lives.

Okay, I have to admit, there were times when I can’t help but to criticize and complain. I also had my share of rants on this blog and for those times, I’m sorry. Please understand that I used to be an activist before I had this paradigm shift.

If you don’t have an advocacy yet, ask yourself these questions:

1. Do you want to display your expertise in a particular field?
2. Can you think of a problem that you believe you personally have a solution for?
3. Do you detest a certain habit, common practice or personality trait and you want to do something to address it?
4. Do you want to promote your passion or do you want to share your ideas that you think will help many people?

Ultimately, what do you want to be remembered for? What if you die tomorrow and you know that you’ll be writing your last post today? Will you rant? Will you post about your complaints and criticisms about a particular person, institution or life in general?

I would rather see life in a positive light and work on uplifting the morale of my countrymen. This is the least I can do for my beloved country.

How about you? What is your advocacy?


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Friday, August 7, 2009

MYX Daily Top 10 (August 7, 2009)


Top Ten

01. David Archuleta - Touch My Hand
02. Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
03. 2NE1 - Fire
04. Wonder Girls - Nobody
05. Britney Spears - Radar

06. Green Day - 21 Guns
07. SpongeCola f/ Gary Valenciano - Ayt!
08. Jesse McCartney f/ Ludacris - How Do You Sleep
09. Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
10. Demi Lovato - Here We Go Again



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Proofreading can be a deadly job.

I once applied as a proofreader in a national broadsheet when I was still in college. I didn’t get the job because of conflicts with my school schedule. But never did I imagine that the job is dangerous, actually, it can be deadly lol.

Just look at the photo below. I saw this photo yesterday on Facebook and some blogs that I visited but I thought it was a hoax so I didn’t give it much attention. But on closer look, it was a scanned photo from the actual broadsheet.

If you didn’t get to see this photo and you don’t know what I’m talking about, then this is your chance. Just look at the caption of the photo below taken from a national broadsheet.

“With utmost care. Military honor guard carefully moves the coffin of President Arroyo out of the Manila Cathedral.”



According to the caption, it was not President Cory Aquino’s coffin that was being moved by the honor guard out of the Manila Cathedral but President Arroyo’s!

Some find it very funny; some find it irresponsible and disrespectful. I believe that this is just a mere human error, an honest mistake by whoever wrote the caption that was also overlooked by the proofreader and the section editor. But they just “killed” President Arroyo in the process.

They said that the controversial photo was published in the early edition but the section containing the photo was promptly removed from the newspaper sets after they discover the error. Is there anybody out there who still has a copy of this newspaper so we can verify if this is a hoax or not? This newspaper’s special edition may easily end up as a collector’s item, lol.

I pity the proofreader or the section editor. This mistake may just cost them their jobs.

So what do you think of this photo?

Photo credit.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

What color are you?


Much has been written about colors and its impact on our everyday lives. They said that colors can influence our emotions and even our actions and the way we respond to different people and ideas.

The late and former President Cory Aquino was associated with the color yellow. They said that yellow symbolizes wisdom. It also means joy and happiness.

What color are you? As you can see below, my color is blue and I won’t complain because it is actually my favorite color.

If you want to know your color, you can take this color test that I first saw on Melissa’s blog. You can simply answer ten short questions and you’ll know your color. This is something fun so go here to answer the questions.


BLUE

You give your love and friendship unconditionally. You enjoy long, thoughtful conversations rich in philosophy and spirituality. You are very loyal and intuitive.

Find out your color at QuizMeme.com!






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Monday, August 3, 2009

“I Have Fallen In Love (With The Same Woman Three Times)” lyrics and video



As Filipinos around the world continue to mourn the death of former President Cory Aquino, let this blog pay tribute to the woman who served as a key to our freedom and democracy with the song that was made out of a poem that her beloved husband wrote. The poem, entitled “I Have Fallen In Love (With The Same Woman Three Times)”, was written by the late and former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. for Cory Aquino at Fort Bonifacio on Oct. 11, 1973 for their 19th wedding anniversary. It was set to music by Jose Mari Chan who recorded it in 1989.

Thank you and have a safe trip home, Tita Cory!

Here’s the lyrics and a video from youtube:

I have fallen in love
With the same woman three times
In a day spanning nineteen years
Of tearful joys and joyful tears

I loved her first when she was young
Enchanting and vibrant, eternally new
She was brilliant, fragrant
And cool as the morning dew
I fell in love with her the second time

When first she bore her child and mine
She’s always by my side
The source of my strength
Helping to turn the tide

But there were candles to burn
The world was my concern
While our home was her domain
And the people were mine
While the children were hers to maintain
So it was in those eighteen years and a day
Till I was detained, forced in prison to stay
Suddenly she’s our sole support
Source of comfort, our wellspring of hope
On her shoulders fell the burden of life

I fell in love again with the same woman the third time
Looming from the battle her courage will never fade
Amidst the hardships she has remained
Undaunted and unafraid
She is calm and composed
She is God’s lovely maid



video


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MYX Daily Top 10 (August 3, 2009)


Top Ten

01. Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me
02. David Archuleta - Touch My Hand
03. 2NE1 - Fire
04. Wonder Girls - Nobody
05. Green Day - 21 Guns

06. Jesse McCartney f/ Ludacris - How Do You Sleep
07. SpongeCola f/ Gary Valenciano - Ayt!
08. Jordin Sparks - Battlefield
09. Katy Perry - Waking Up In Vegas
10. Britney Spears - Radar




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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Top Ten EC Droppers for July 2009

The month of July has finally ended and it’s time again to thank the top ten Entrecard droppers of the month for their continued support.

Congratulations to those who are on the list. I also want to extend my gratitude to those who are not on the list but who continue to visit and drop EC here. Your efforts are greatly appreciated, guys. If you have a minute or two, I'll appreciate it if you will also spend some time to visit these great blogs.

Thank you very much for your continued support!



Computer Aid

The Matthias Chronicles

Guitarbench.com

A Little Boy's Blog

AddYours®

The Modern Historian

D Anjhel Scraps Of Life

Bloody Computer!

Melissas Homeschool

Ungkutan



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