Monday, March 29, 2010

MM - MYX Daily Top 10 (March 29, 2010) Featuring "When I Look at You" by Miley Cyrus

For today’s MYX Daily Top 10, Justin Bieber is still on top with “Baby” while “Telephone” by Lady Gaga Ft. Beyonce is on the second spot.

“When I Look At You” by Miley Cyrus has entered the top 5. The American pop singer, songwriter and television and film actress who rose to fame after starring as the title character in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana will play a lead role in the upcoming movie “The Last Song.”

MYX Daily Top 10 - March 29, 2010

1. Baby - Justin Bieber
2. Telephone - Lady Gaga Ft. Beyonce
3. Sorry Sorry - Super Junior
4. Bingeul Bingeul – U-Kiss
5. When I Look at You - Miley Cyrus
6. World Behind My Wall - Tokio Hotel
7. Beautiful Girl - Christian Bautista
8. Whataya Want From Me - Adam Lambert
9. The Only Exception – Paramore
10. Alice - Avril Lavigne

Check out Miley Cyrus‘ new music video below called “When I Look At You:




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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Let’s support Earth Hour 2010!


As of writing, it’s barely an hour before the start of Earth Hour. Earth Hour 2010 will happen tonight, 27th of March, at 8:30 local time, all around the world. This is a global event held annually on the last Saturday of March, asking households and businesses to switch off their unnecessary lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.

Filipinos from 1,041 cities and towns will join the world in supporting Earth Hour which was organized by environmental group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). I’m strongly encouraging everyone to participate and help raise awareness in the increasing need to address the effects of climate change.

However, Earth Hour shouldn’t last for only an hour. It should signify the start of a lasting lifestyle change to mitigate the ecological impacts and to do our share in keeping a sustainable planet. When we turn on the lights again, let’s make a personal pledge to be more environment- friendly.

So let’s make a difference! Let’s remember that our future depends on everyone getting involved and spreading the message that we are committed to the future! This planet is the only one we’ve got.

It’s Showtime, Philippines! Let’s show the world what can be done!

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Six RP entries are finalists in the 53rd New York Festivals TV & Film Awards

Three shows and two promotional works from top TV stations ABS-CBN and GMA-7 plus a documentary film from Unitel Productions' Unico Entertainment made it to the finals of the 53rd New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards.

GMA network has three finalists which include "News on Q" from QTV-11 (a subsidiary channel of GMA) for Best News Analysis/Commentary, "Case Unclosed" for Docudrama and "Planet Philippines" for Environment and Ecology.

"News on Q" is an evening newscast hosted by Ivan Mayrina and Rhea Santos, with economist and professor Winnie Monsod sitting as analysis expert.

"Case Unclosed," which is hosted by Arnold Clavio tackles some of the country's most sensitive and controversial cases.

"Planet Philippines" is said to be a localized version of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." The environmental documentary was hosted by Richard Gutierrez.

On the other hand, ABS-CBN Network has two entries: one for the "Music Video: Low Budget" category ("Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo: Ako Ang Simula") and another for "News Promotion" ("Pagpag").

"Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo" is an ABS-CBN campaign to promote election vigilance and awareness among the youth. Its jingle was sung by various OPM artists such as Aia de Leon of Imago, Ebe Dancel of Sugarfree, and Raymund Marasigan of Sandwich.

Meanwhile, "Pagpag (Leftovers)" is an episode of "The Correspondents" by Dominic Almerol.

"The Last Journey of Ninoy," produced by Unico Entertainment and directed by Jun Reyes, made it in the "Documentary" category. It chronicles using a combination of actual footage, dramatized flashbacks, and interviews the last 48 hours of the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr.

The six finalists will be competing with finalists from countries such as the USA, England, Germany, Singapore, and Canada.

Source: www.mb.com.ph

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Green Technology

Many countries around the world will participate in this year’s Earth Hour tomorrow, March 27. This is a global event held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their unnecessary lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. I am fully supporting this worthy cause and I’m strongly encouraging everyone to participate and help raise awareness in the increasing need to address the effects of climate change.

However, I do hope that this advocacy is not only good for one hour. We should look for ways on how we can conserve energy and save our planet. We should look for other sources of alternative energy which will not contribute to global warming. Perhaps, more research should be focused on opportunity fuels and other sources of renewable energy as these can provide cheap and reliable alternative to fossil fuels. It is a good thing that clean coal technologies were developed to help mitigate the effects of climate change. This is a good start.

I do hope that more efforts will focus on converting waste to energy more efficiently. It will be good if organic wastes or waste streams can be utilized or recycled to produce valuable products. It will be a big relief to government and municipalities if there’s a more efficient technology that will address their bio solids and waste products.

This is the technology that N-Viro International Corporation has successfully developed and patented. Their processes employ lime and/or mineral-rich, combustion by-products to treat, pasteurize and convert wastewater sludge and other bio-organic wastes into biomineral agricultural and soil-enrichment products. What’s good about their technologies is it safely and efficiently transform waste streams into beneficial reuse products.

If you want to know more about their technologies and facilities, visit their website at http://www.nviro.com for more information.






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Monday, March 22, 2010

MM - MYX Daily Top 10 (March 22, 2010) Featuring "Telephone" by Lady Gaga Ft. Beyonce


For today’s MYX Daily Top Ten, Justin Bieber’s “Baby” is still on the number 1 spot while “Telephone” by Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce took the second spot dislodging “Beautiful Girl” by Christian Bautista who settled for the number 3 spot.

“Telephone" is a song from the second studio album “The Fame Monster” of the American recording artist Lady Gaga featuring American R&B singer BeyoncĂ© Knowles. It was said that Lady Gaga originally wrote "Telephone" for Britney Spears but plans did not push through.



MYX Daily Top 10 - March 22, 2010

10. Whataya Want From Me- Adam Lambert
9. Right Here Waiting- Sarah Geronimo (Re Entry)
8. Alice- Avril Lavigne
7. World Behind My Wall- Tokio Hotel
6. The Only Exception- Paramore
5. Sorry Sorry Answer- Super Junior
4. Oh!- Girls Generation
3. Beautiful Girl- Christian Bautista
2. Telephone- Lady Gaga Ft. Beyonce
1. Baby- Justin Bieber






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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Brillante Mendoza’s "Lola" won in the Miami International FilmFest


Filipino director Brillante “Dante” Mendoza’s winning streak is not yet over. After winning the Best Driector at last year's Cannes Film Festival in France for his film "Kinatay", her latest film “Lola” won the Grand Knight Award which is equivalent to the Grand Jury Prize in the world competition category of the 27th Miami International Film Festival in the US held from March 5 to March 14, according to the event's official website.

The Filipino film bested eleven other entries from filmmakers in the World Competition, the category that celebrates the works of up-and-coming moviemakers from around the world.

Mendoza took home the prize of US$25,000 from the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The movie “Lola” or “Grandmother” is about two elderly women who bear the consequences of a robbery-homicide incident involving their respective grandsons–one is the victim, the other is the suspect.

Top-billed by Anita Linda and Rustica Carpio, “Lola” also won the Second Best Picture at the Venice Film Festival last year and the Best Film award in Dubai.



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Fun food for the family

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Sunday is customarily our family day. It is a day dedicated to myself and my family. I don’t have to go to the office during weekends, not to mention that I don’t need to wake up early and I don’t need to think of anything work-related. How fun can that be? All I need to do is rest, relax and eat my favorite foods. My day is usually spent at home with my family if there are no planned outings, most of the time watching TV or DVD, reading books or playing PC games.

But it will not be fun staying at home, without food and I mean good food. We normally have to call food delivery so we can have something to eat while we are watching TV or movies or when we feel like eating but food deliveries can be expensive at these times. It’s a good thing that we have discovered that stacking frozen foods like pizza is a lot better alternative. It even saves you both time and money. We can have frozen pizza anytime of the day and it is very much easier to prepare. Our frozen pizza is ready to be heated at the comfort of our home and it tastes as yummy!

One of the best frozen pizzas in America today is Tony's Pizza. They have great tasting pizza at a very affordable price. I love their Tony’s Original Crust Pizza and the new Tonys’ Crispy Crust Pizza. The latter’s crisp crust is baked and it claimed to have zero grams of Trans fat. With Tony’s, you can only expect great tasting pizza loaded with all your favorite toppings. They surely provide fun food for your family.

Speaking of fun, Tony’s Pizza is giving away free bowling coupons for every purchase of specially marked Tony’s Pizza. This, I think is a perfect combination: free bowling and mouth-watering pizza. And it is more fun if you will spend it with your family or friends.

So if you haven’t tried Tony's Pizza, now is the time. Treat your family to a great pizza meal and get the chance to bowl for free!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Who is Gibo Teodoro?


Had he not declared his intention to run for the highest post in the land, I wouldn’t have known Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo "Gibo" Cojuangco Teodoro, Jr. According to his online biography, he was the youngest person who was appointed as Secretary of the Department of National Defense at the age of 43 and now he was aiming to become the third national defense secretary to become president after Ramon Magsaysay in 1953 and Fidel V. Ramos in 1992 with the administration machinery behind him.

I don’t know if it is a good thing that the former secretary and three-term congressman was keeping a low profile and not as well-known as the other presidential contenders as it may mean that he was not implicated in any government scandals but it could also mean that whatever he did as a legislator and a cabinet secretary did not impact the lives of ordinary citizens.

Admittedly, Gibo, as this was his chosen campaign name, is one of the most eloquent and smartest among the presidential candidates. After all, he was a bar topnotcher and was Harvard-educated. He also appears convincing and confident during presidential debates. He appears to have a good grasp of social and political issues. No wonder, youths easily bought his “Galing at Talino” slogan and I believe that some are inclined to support him.

Will his “Galing at Talino” slogan enough to win the Presidency?

If you will believe the surveys that are coming out, then Gibo clearly fell short. He has not even reached the two digit mark on his rating, placing only a far fourth in this nine-cornered fight. Some blame it on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s supposed kiss-of-death. They may be right to some extent but I don’t think that this is the only reason. Had Gibo used his “galing at talino” to successfully reform the Department of National Defense or had he provided excellent emergency response during Ondoy and other typhoons that hit the county, I’m sure he will not have a hard time convincing people to vote for him.

Unfortunately for him, his stint in the Defense Department was forgettable. Sure, he tried to reform the DND and called for more funds for the military modernization program, but was he successful? Was he able to stop corruption in the department? Can you still remember the boxes of firearms and ammunition that were dug by the military during the wake of the Maguindano massacre? The boxes even had the tag of the DND. Gibo was too quick to defend himself that those firearms were released not during his term as secretary which was probably true. But what the incident was able to establish was corruption was rampant in the department. The question is what did he do to clean the department during his watch? Was he able to catch anybody? Or this is just like one of the many ills of this administration that this gentleman doesn’t know about. What kind of leadership can he offer to the public if he is turning a blind eye to the many anomalies and scandals hounding the government?

Gibo was also one of the first to release infomercials last year about disaster preparedness. He was not yet Gibo back then but simply Gilbert Teodoro, he spelled out his last name TEODORO as an acronym on what to do in case of emergency. However, when Ondoy struck, it appeared that he himself and the disaster council had made no prior preparations for disaster. If you were living in Marikina or Cainta, you will know what I’m talking about. It took days before the rescue came if it ever came.

If the election was held after the onslaught of Ondoy, I will hands-down vote for Dick Gordon who heads the Red Cross at that time as he was clearly more prepared than Gibo. Gibo was clearly ill-prepared so he did what he can do better at that time, speak on TV and radio.

I’ve searched the internet even Gibo’s own website for bills or laws that he authored that may have benefited Filipinos. I was looking for bills reflecting his “Galing and Talino” but I was disappointed with what I have discovered. Most of the House bills he authored were bills converting Tarlac municipal roads to national roads and colleges to universities. Like Noynoy Aquino, he also served three terms as representative of the first district of Tarlac and was even an assistant minority leader in the 11th congress. Observers say that Gibo is best remembered not for the bills he authored but for the political moves that he supported or even initiated in the house.

In 2003, he led his party mates in the Nationalist People’s Coalition in a controversial move to impeach the then Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide that almost resulted in a constitutional crisis. Sure, it was a bold move but he was later accused of acting in the interests of his uncle Danding Cojuangco, founder of his old party Nationalist People’s Coalition, who had pending cases to the high court.

And how can he prove that he is not a GMA lap dog when he has consistently supported efforts to amend the Constitution and voted against all moves to impeach the president?

Do we really need a president with “Galing and Talino”? If these qualifications are what the country needs at this time then I can’t help but to wonder why we are in our present state after prolonged years of leadership from brilliant minds like the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. I don’t think that anybody can question the intelligence and competence of these two leaders.

Will I vote for Gibo Teodoro? Not at this time. I may consider voting for him if he is running for the Senate or Congress but not quite for the presidency.


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Monday, March 15, 2010

MM - MYX Daily Top 10 (March 15, 2010) Featuring "Wag Kang Magtatanong" by Yeng Constantino



Asia’s pop idol and romantic balladeer Christian Bautista is still on top of the MYX Daily Top 10 with “Beautiful Girl” while "Baby" by Justin Bieber is on the second spot.

Meanwhile, Yeng Constantion has entered the countdown with a new song entitled "Wag Kang Magtatanong" which debut at number 9 on the countdown. Yeng won as "Grand Star Dreamer" of Pinoy Dream Academy, the Philippine edition of Endemol's reality TV show Star Academy.


MYX Daily Top 10 - March 15, 2010

1. Beautiful Girl- Christian Bautista
2. Baby- Justin Bieber
3. Sorry Sorry Answer- Super Junior
4. Oh!- Girls Generation
5. Right Here Waiting- Sarah Geronimo
6. World Behind My Wall- Tokio Hotel
7. Whataya Want From Me- Adam Lambert
8. The Only Exception- Paramore
9. Wag Kang Magtatanong- Yeng Constantino (New Entry)
10. Alice- Avril Lavigne


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Friday, March 12, 2010

Manny Villar: Was he ever poor?



He served three terms in the Lower House from 1992 to 2001, and was the House Speaker from 1998 to 2000. After that, he served as senator from 2001 up to the present, and was Senate President from 2006 to 2008 which earned him the distinction of being the first post-war government official who became both Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senate President of the Philippines. That is how we can sum up the colorful political career of Manuel “Manny” Bamba Villar, Jr. in two sentences.

As if 18 years in public office is not enough, the country’s richest senator is aspiring for the highest post in the land and become the 15th president of the republic. I don’t see anything wrong with this. With his years of political experience and undoubted managerial skills, he certainly has the skills to run for the presidency. What I am wary is on how he is running his campaign. There’s just too much deception and lies that are being dished out to the electorate that is making me doubt his intentions.

First is the big fuss about Villar being “poor” once in his life as you can see in the multitude of paid ads on TV and radio. Needless to say, election season is the only time when opportunistic politicians would want to become poor. At least, they want to project that they were “one of us” to lure the masa or even the gullible voters to support them enough to catapult them to victory. They would project that they know how it is to be poor and they have the long-awaited remedy on how to free people from poverty. This is a time-tested propaganda by traditional politicians. But it was even raised to another level by Villar, who claimed to have ended his own poverty.

How do we measure poverty? Is it enough to call a person poor only because he was born in Tondo? Villar’s infamous jingle suggests that you need to “swim in a sea of garbage or spend Christmas in the middle of the streets” for you to be considered poor or “one of us.” How preposterous!

Clearly, this is a myopic view of poverty and it only shows how ignorant this candidate on the real plight of the poor people in this country. Clearly, he or his handlers doesn’t know how it is to be poor. And the only reason I can think of is because he was never really poor.

He was probably poor when compared to Noynoy Aquino or Gibo Teodoro but even his online biography on his own website did not mention that he came from a poor family. It says: “He was born to a simple family in Moriones, Tondo, Manila. His father, Manuel Montalban Villar, Sr., a government employee, hailed from Cabatuan, Iloilo and his mother Curita Bamba, a seafood dealer, came from Pampanga and Bataan. Manny is the second child in a brood of nine.”

Simple may be the right word but not poor. Poor is when you hardly make both ends meet. But if you have parents who were both working at those times, you were not poor. The family was middle-class perhaps, but not poor. To top it all, the family’s resources were enough to support nine children and even send young Manny to private schools! Yes, it was not on his website but one quick search in Wikipedia would yield the following information about Villar: “As a child, Villar attended Holy Child Catholic School, a private Catholic school in Tondo…. He finished his high school education at the MapĂșa Institute of Technology in Intramuros.”

If he was poor then I may have been a beggar since I spent all of my school days in public schools. I don’t think that a poor family with 9 children will have enough resources to send the children to private schools at that time. What then will you call those families who are lucky to have one meal a day because their parents were unemployed? Or those children who cannot afford to go to school and yet at their early age had to work in garbage sites just to earn something that they can put in their empty stomachs?

I take it as an insult that someone who made a fortune out of selling houses to poor people at exorbitant prices and interests will now claim to be "one of us." This man owes his billions to unfortunate people who bought houses from him who cannot even claim that they own the houses until they have paid the price in full. I think it is more apt to describe him as "yumaman dahil sa mahihirap" than "galing sya sa hirap."

And what is the big deal about being poor when has done nothing to help alleviate poverty in the country? If he is Tony Meloto who spearheaded Gawad Kalinga or Jimmy Carter who is with Habitat for Humanity, I may be singing a different tune now. But he is Manny Villar who is a cold-blooded businessman.

What has he done so far to end poverty aside from giving houses and scholarships in Wowowee which we all know were done for the media mileage and with his eyes firmly set for 2010? After serving three terms as a congressman in Las Pinas, has he ended poverty in this city? If he cannot do it in Las Pinas, why claim that he can end poverty in the entire country.

In fairness to him, he may have done a good job as a legislator having authored laws during the 12th Congress, among them are: RA 9178 Barangay Micro Business Enterprises Act, RA 9189 Overseas Absentee Voting Act, RA 9208 Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act, RA 9257 An Act Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizens, and RA 9262 Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act. But to say that Villar has been championing the cause of the poor is purely hogwash.

I am also not at ease with how Manny Villar has been handling the accusations against him. Instead of delving into the issues, he is simply brushing off the allegations as “politically motivated” and he has allies in Congress to back him up. I won’t go into the merits of the accusations being hurled against him about the C-5 extension project I just thought that it should have been faced head-on by the senator if there were no truths to the allegations. Does he think that all these allegations will die down once he become the President? I don’t think so. Without a proper closure to all these controversies, this will forever haunt him and will cause divisiveness in the country in case he managed to win the presidency. He should learn from PGMA and look at how the “Hello Garci” controversy has been haunting the administration and how it has affected the president’s credibility.

Can the country endure another six years of political instability and disarray? I still think that Filipinos deserve better than the quality of leadership that we now have. We deserve better leaders… and a better life.

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MYX Daily Top 10 - March 12, 2010 Featuring "Alice" by Avril Lavigne


Asia’s pop idol and romantic balladeer Christian Bautista is again on top of the MYX Daily Top 10 with “Beautiful Girl”. It was no less than young superstars Angel Locsin and Anne Curtis appeared as leading ladies in his music video. The song is one of the tracks in Christian’s latest album “Romance Revisited” which is a certified platinum record.

On number 9 is Avril Lavigne’s "Alice." The song was written and performed by the Canadian singer-songwriter for the soundtrack to the 2010 film "Alice in Wonderland." In addition to appearing on the soundtrack, the song was played over the film's end credits. The song, a mid-tempo ballad was sung from Alice's perspective, the film's lead character.

MYX Daily Top 10 - March 12, 2010

10. Makapiling Ka- Sponge Cola
9. Alice- Avril Lavigne
8. The Only Exception- Paramore
7. Whataya Want From Me- Adam Lambert
6. Sorry Sorry Answer- Super Junior
5. World Behind My Wall- Tokio Hotel
4. Right Here Waiting- Sarah Geronimo
3. Oh!- Girls Generation
2. Baby- Justin Bieber
1. Beautiful Girl- Christian Bautista


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Arnel Pineda to sing the Philippine anthem in Pacquiao-Clottey fight


The Filipino front man of American rock band "Journey," Arnel Pineda, will sing the Philippine national anthem in Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s upcoming boxing bout with Ghanaian Joshua "The Grand Master" Clottey on March 13 (March 14 in Manila) at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Pineda confirmed that he was invited by Pacquiao himself to sing "Lupang Hinirang" in this much-awaited fight.

The rock star said that he was also invited to sing in Pacquaio’s previous fights but he was not able to confirm because of his hectic schedule as Journey's vocalist.

Pineda, who also performed during the Pinoy boxer's birthday party in General Santos City last December, is set to fly back to US this coming April to record the latest album of Journey.


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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Heaviest jicama (singkamas) found in the Philippines?



A resident of Ilocos Sur, Philippines might just end up as the proud owner of the heaviest jicama (singkamas in vernacular) in the world after he dug up one weighing about 23 kilos and about the size of a large pot.

John Paul Garcia of Barangay Cabittaogan in Santa Catalina, Ilocos Sur had a hard time getting the giant jicama, which is normally as big as an ordinary potato, off the ground.

According to reports from abs-cbnnews, Garcia believes that the giant jicama will bring him good luck so he has no plans of selling his huge harvest.

Based on the Guinnes World Records website, the record of the heaviest Jicama weighed 21 kg (46 lb 4.8 oz) and was grown by Leo Sutisna in Bandung , West Java, Indonesia, and was weighed on 25 January 2008.

It was only last January when I posted about a 3.5-kilo mango fruit from Iligan City Philippines which was certified as the world’s biggest by the Guinness Book of World Records so hopefully this giant jicama will also officially set a new world record.

Photo Source: abs-cbnnews.com

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Monday, March 8, 2010

MM - MYX Daily Top 10 (March 8, 2010) Featuring "The Only Exception" by Paramore



The Canadian born Pop/RnB star Justin Bieber is once again dominating the MYX Daily Top Ten with his latest single "Baby." It grabbed the top spot from erstwhile number 1 "Beautiful Girl" by local Pop Prince Christian Bautista who now had to settle for number 2. The teen Pop star who was discovered on YouTube celebrated his 16th birthday last March 1.

Meanwhile, American rock band Paramore entered the countdown with their song "The Only Exception" at number 10. The band will be rocking Manila on March 9, 2010 for its "Paramore Live In Manila" concert. It will be held at the Mall of Asia Concert Ground.


MYX Daily Top 10 - March 8, 2010

10. The Only Exception- Paramore
9. I Hope- FT Island
8. Whataya Want From Me- Adam Lambert
7. Makapiling Ka- Sponge Cola
6. World Behind My Wall- Tokio Hotel
5. Oh!- Girls Generation
4. Sorry Sorry Answer- Super Junior
3. Right Here Waiting- Sarah Geronimo
2. Beautiful Girl- Christian Bautista
1. Baby- Justin Bieber





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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Meet the 2010 Philippine Presidential Candidates

This coming May 10, 2010, Filipinos will get to exercise the power to vote for a new set of leaders that will run the country for the next 6 years. Whoever will be the elected president will become the 15th President of the Philippines, succeeding Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The right of suffrage is a power that is being enjoyed in a democratic society like ours. This is a power that must not be taken lightly considering that the future of the country and our children will depend on whoever will lead the country in the next couple of years. As a comic book hero said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Since the country’s future lies on our shoulders, let’s take this task of choosing the next leader seriously. Let’s study our options and see who will fit the bill. Would you entrust our nation to someone who has a long list of involvement in scandals? Or to someone who lack experience? Would you prefer someone who appears brilliant but associated with traditional politicians?

Unfortunately, it is not enough for us to know these candidates. Yes, we saw them on TV with their boring ads and claims that they are the “chosen one” sent from above to lead the nation. But not everything that you see on TV is true. So it is the voter’s responsibility to discern which among the candidate’s claims are facts or fiction. Media especially TV is very powerful that it can condition the minds of the people. What is untrue can be later accepted as fact with less-discerning eyes. No wonder why candidates spend billions of pesos on TV and radio ads to condition the minds of the voters.

We are fortunate that information has become more accessible with the emergence of the internet. In fact, the candidates are expected to leverage the powers of the Internet in furthering their campaigns. Every candidate has his own website and his own social networking page. We can now check their websites if we want to know more about a candidate’s platform and stands on major issues affecting the country. But don’t be fooled by whatever you see on their website, some things are easier said than done. It is easy to say that they will do this and that just to win the support of the electorate or any particular group. You, the voter should ask questions. What were their stands in the past about major issues? Are they consistent? What have they done to support their advocacies or their battle-cries? If their battle-cry is to end poverty, what have they done in the past to support this cause? If they had not ended poverty in the city or municipality where they previously held office, how will they do it in the whole country? If they are claiming competence, it should be supported by their track records. They should be asked to name laws that they authored or brilliant reforms that they did while holding public office. I’m not impressed with those who are projecting that they have a monopoly of brilliance and competence when they can’t even show sterling achievements in their work experiences.

This is the first of a series of posts that I will be doing about the 2010 Philippine elections. I will be discussing more about the individual candidates on my next posts. I will try to be as objective and unbiased as possible. Honestly, I am not rooting for any particular candidate at this point. If elections are held today, I will have to choose among three candidates on my short list. Considering that each candidate has his own strengths and weaknesses, I will have to choose one who I think is the leader that is needed by our present situation. I am not expecting grand things from the next president, I am just hoping that he/she can inspire all Filipinos to unite as a country and work on improving our own individual lives.

Below is the list of serious candidates for the highest post in the land. I’ve also included their websites, blogs and social networking pages. It is an invitation for all of you to seriously consider your candidates. Set aside your biases if you could and scrutinize each one of them. But please try to validate their claims with facts.

Note: Candidates are listed alphabetically and photos are taken from various online sources.


1. BENIGNO SIMEON “NOYNOY” AQUINO III
Party: Liberal Party
Website
Facebook Fan Page
Twitter
Official Blog


2. JOHN CARLOS “JC” DE LOS REYES
Party: Ang Kapatiran Party
Party Website
Facebook


3. JOSEPH “ERAP” EJERCITO ESTRADA
Party: PMP
Website
Facebook
Blog
Twitter


4. RICHARD “DICK” GORDON
Party: BAGUMBAYAN
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Official Blog


5. JAMBY MADRIGAL
Party: Independent
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog


6. NICANOR “NICK” PERLAS
Party: Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan (PANGMASA)
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Blog


7. GILBERTO “GIBO” TEODORO JR.
Party: LAKAS-KAMPI
Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter


8. EDUARDO “BRO. EDDIE” VILLANUEVA
Party: Bangon Plipinas
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Official Blog


9. MANUEL “MANNY” VILLAR
Party: Nacionalista Party
Website
Facebook Fan Page
Twitter
Blog


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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Top Ten Entrecard Droppers for February 2010

Here are the top Entrecard droppers for February. My heartfelt gratitude for the continued support. I also would like to thank those who are not on the list but kept on dropping their EC’s here. If you have a minute, please visit each of these great blogs.

Thank you very much!

comatised
Dreaming in digital

Marriage and Beyond
on marriage, everything in between and thereafter

Lainy's Musings
A blog showcasing my mutterings, random rants, raves and whinings on life's daily maneuvers.

The Ad Master
Tons of Tips and Tricks to help you advertise online. From lists of free traffic resources to advice on keyword placement and linkbuilding.

Melissas Homeschool
Looking for other homeschoolers in North Florida, info and tips for all homeschoolers. Links, printables, info.

Tyson Chaney's Life 2000
For people who want to understand what's happening as I see it.

My Sweet Haven
A collection of my thoughts, rantings and ravings, dreams, reveries, hobbies, interests and so much more.

gpartha
all the world is fun

Superficial Gallery
The Superficial Gallery has the funniest columns, the best videos, a great forum, free gum* games with great prizes and thousands of celebrity pics thrown in for good measure.
*We are out of gum. Deal with it.

Work From Home Followers
LEARN HOW TO MAKE MONEY BEFORE YOU START YOUR HOME ONLINE BUSINESS EMPIRE. DO NOT THROW YOUR MONEY AWAY LOOKING FOR BAD PROGRAMS. THIS AFFILIATE REVIEW AND REAL STORY, GIVE YOU THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT WORKING AT HOME.


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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"Pilipinas Got Talent" Featuring Jovit Baldivino and Ezra Band


It was only two weeks ago when Pilipinas Got Talent was launched in Philippine TV and yet it has captivated the nation with powerful performances from ordinary Filipinos from all over the country. True to its promise, the program has showcased what Filipinos are really made of.

The reality show was acquired from the Got Talent franchise which is a British TV format conceived and owned by Simon Cowell’s SYCO Company. And lucky for us it was, this is the only time of the week that people will stop playing computer games or foxy bingo online or whatever it is they normally do. It's a chance for people to sit down with their families and friends to watch some truly great acts.

I’ve watched the two first episodes of the show and I was impressed by some of the performances showing pure talent. One of the first performers who really impressed the judges is a 16-year-old student from Batangas, Jovit Baldivino. The awkward-looking boy sang a heartfelt rendition of Journey’s “Faithfully” that blew away the judges and the live audience. I will not be surprised if this boy will be the next Youtube star like Arnel Pineda as his video now has over 200,000 views.



Another memorable act was that of the Ezra band from Davao Del Sur. The band is composed of a girl vocalist named Kaye and a differently-abled keyboard player. Their soulful version of “Wonderful Tonight” wowed the judges.





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