Rizal Day 2013 Commemoration
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Rizal Day 2013 marks the 117th anniversary of our National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal's martyrdom at Luneta. Read more!
Bonifacio 150th Birth Anniversary
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Click the Image for the Virtual Tour The nation celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio, the Father of the Katipunan on November 30, 2013 at the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City with President Benigno S. Aquino III as guest of honor. Read more!
Typhoon Haiyan’s Aftermath
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Typhoon Yolanda (International Code Name: Haiyan) tore thru the Philippines on November 8, 2013 and devastated Eastern Visayas particularly Tacloban City with massive lost of lives and properties. International aid and support poured-in after CNN highlighted the destruction in a week-long broadcast that saw an unprecedented scale in humanitarian effort. I finally visited Tacloban City on November 20 and 21, 2-weeks after the super typhoon made landfall. With only a backpack with enough food and water to last 4 meals, I took a commercial flight from Manila to Tacloban, and as our plane is about to land, the scene from the air almost move me to tears. Never in my life had I seen such widespread devastation and the scenarios on the ground was equally heart breaking. Upon landing at the airport, I proceeded to shot (photograph) the many evacuees waiting for a ride on military C-130s on the tarmac; as I was busy shooting, I saw these group of journalists dashing across to a waiting V-22 Osprey. Curious, I approached the US Marine officer and quip: “Where is that bird going (pointing to the Osprey)?” “It’s going to Guiuan.” the officer answered back. “When is it coming back?” I […] Read more!
PSID2013′s Obra Para sa Musika Exhibit
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The Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) is a prestigious institution dedicated to interior design education. Every year, the PSID Advanced Class hosts an exhibit that showcases the students’ ability to formulate, propose and work out design solutions that are safe, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing. On it’s 46th year, PSID gives tribute to original Filipino music. This October, the PSID Advanced Class presents “OPM: Obra Para sa Musika”. The theme aims to translate Filipino music into livable interior spaces built in a socially and environmentally conscientious way. Click the Image for the Virtual Tour This year’s exhibit was staged at the Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City with 21 booths from October 3 to 31. Here are some of the rationales and perspectives courtesy of the exhibitors: Booth 1: Noypi, Artist: Bamboo, Room Type: Spa, “The design of the spa features a nature-loving setting with tribal elements.” by: Diana Tan, Morris Uy, Erika Gegato, Ezra Romero, Andree Martinez, Ali Lobongco Booth 2: Saan Ka Man Naroroan, Artist: Ric Manrique Jr., Room Type: Living Room, “It showcases sentiments of a man with his underlying emotions towards a woman he’s been waiting for his whole life.” by: Jen Capulong, Sarah Garcia, Arjay […] Read more!
FVR Graces Masskara, Launches Zipline
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October 18, 2013, former President Fidel V. Ramos arrived in Bacolod-Silay airport this morning and graces the annual Masskara Festival. He was welcome with a reception breakfast by Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentebella together with Chinese Consul Zhang Wei Gou at Cityhall. After giving a rousing speech, the convoy with the former president traveled to Brgy. Igmayaan in Don Salvador Benedicto, a place located at 500 meters above sea level with a Tagaytay-like weather. He first planted a pine tree before proceeding to launched a 1.7km long “Everest zipline” spearheaded by members of the 1st Philippine Mt. Everest Team headed by team leader Art Valdez, expedition doctor Ted Esguerra, mountaineering legend Fred Jamili, and Everest summiteers Pastour Emata and Carina Dayongdong. FVR also cut the ribbon for a road near the barangay that was named in his honor as well as visited the ancestral house of Juan Anacleto Araneta, he also planted another tree at the garden. Bacolod Cityhall Reception Tree Planting Launches Everest Zipline Read more!
The 2013 ManilART Show
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At its 5th year, ManilART is positioned to be the definitive visual art event in the Philippines — indeed the hottest contemporary art fair in the country. ManilART 2013 is at once the venue to support new talent, celebrate icons, and advance art appreciation into the cultural mainstream. Organized by the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization (BAGO) and supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), ManilART 2013 will showcase Philippine contemporary art through exhibitions of the country’s finest galleries, as well as forums, workshops, and various activities for aficionados, artists, collectors, and investors. Last year’s attendance of more than 40 art galleries, 500 artists, 11,000 guests, and 1,400 artworks on display fulfills ManilART’s thrust to be the premier international art fair in the country. But it propels the goal even further. The event was slated from October 9 to 13, 2013 at a brand-new stage, the recently opened SMX Aura Convention Center in Taguig City, a more urbane location worthy of carrying the best in Filipino art. – Text from http://www.manilart.com If you missed the show or simply want to re-live some of the scenes, just click the image below for the virtual tour. Scenes at the […] Read more!
Mazda’s Medium Rare Art Show
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Mazda Pasig opened recently the “Medium Rare Art Show” featuring the mixture of functional and sculptural works by Joey De Castro and Gabby Tiongson at the showroom in C5 (E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue). Acoustic live music permeates throughout the event attended by the car industry media as well as art aficionados. The exhibit is ongoing until November 9, 2013. Works of Joey de Castro Works of Gabby Tiongson Read more!
Million People March @ Ayala
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The protest against the “pork barrel” funds took its second run last Friday (August 4, 2013) at Ayala Avenue in Makati City. Staged by the same organizers of the first Million People March at Luneta, they hope to gravitate support from the working class of the financial district as well as support from the business community. Site was at the intersection of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas streets, used to be airport runways in the early 1900s. Scenes during the protest at Ayala A stage was set-up complete with lights and sound systems that saw various local performers took turns in entertaining the crowd with speeches from know personalities of the anti-pork groups. A giant golden pig made of papier-mache was paraded on the streets during the culmination to the actual program. The protest rally started at 3PM and ended way after 10pm with an estimated 3000 people. Noted personalities during the event included former Archbishop Oscar Cruz, NBN-ZTE whistle-blower Jun Lozada, and Juana Change. Read more!
International Coastal Clean-up 2013
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The Philippines was one with the world in commemorating September 21st as International Coastal Clean-up Day. Participated by students, government agencies, NGOs, and the private sector, everyone do their share of picking up the trash that line along coastal areas. Here in Manila, the concentration site was in Roxas Boulevard, particularly the stretch from the US Embassy to the Manila Yacht Club. Further down south, people trove to the bird sanctuary of Freedom Island, officially named as the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), along the Coastal Road. Here are some of the scenes below. Near the US Embassy Along Roxas Boulevard Freedom Island Beach Scene Students’ No to Reclamation march Read more!
One Parisian Day
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Charles de Gaulle Airport, Terminal 1, Paris – there were only 2 luggages left in the moving carousel, and neither of which are mine. I calmly walked over to the missing luggage counter and reported my situation, the clerk was friendly and accommodating, she help me filled up a form, get my contact information and assures me they will trace the whereabouts of my beloved luggage. It’s now pass lunch time, I’m still sitting in the almost empty arrival area of the airport, munching on the 3-layered peanut butter and jelly sandwich that I have prepared from Iceland last night, deep in-thought, trying to digest not the sandwich but the fact that I may not see my luggage again, making mental notes of the items inside and what am I to do for the remaining days of my trip. In my backpack, apart from the clothes I was wearing, I only have a couple of newly bought tees from Iceland, an extra jacket, one washed underwear, and my dental kit. A profound sadness was about to set in, but at the same time, another thought came to mind… wouldn’t it be a great call-to-fame if you could survive Paris and […] Read more!
2013 Ramon Magsaysay Awards
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Three individuals and two organizations who share the virtue of selflessness in working for their people’s welfare received the 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Awards in a formal presentation ceremony at the CCP Main Theater on August 31, 2013. This year’s awardees come from diverse cultures and regions — Lahpai Seng Raw from Myanmar, Habiba Sarabi from Afghanistan, Ernesto Domingo from the Philippines, Shakti Samuha from Nepal, and the Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) or Corruption Eradication Commission from Indonesia. The Awardees of 2013 Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi was recognized for its fiercely independent and successful campaign against corruption in Indonesia, combining the uncompromising prosecution of erring powerful officials with farsighted reforms in governance systems, and the educative promotion of vigilance, honesty and active citizenship among all Indonesians. Lahpai Seng Raw was recognized for her quietly inspiring and inclusive leadership—in the midst of deep ethnic divides and prolonged armed conflict—to regenerate and empower damaged communities and to strengthen local NGOs in promoting a non-violent culture of participation and dialogue as the foundation for Myanmar’s peaceful future. Ernesto Domingo was recognized for his exemplary embrace of the social mission of his medical science and profession, his steadfast leadership in pursuing “health for all” as a […] Read more!
Million People March at Luneta
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The call for the Million People March finally happened today at Luneta, coinciding with the commemoration of the National Heroes’ Day celebrated every last Monday of August. People from all walks of life came together in a peaceful rally to signify their sentiments and show their disgust on the festering pork barrel scam attributed to Janet Napoles. Police estimated the crowd at around 100,000 while the organizer pegged it at close to 400,000. Clad mostly in white shirts, people didn’t seem to mind the mud and the threat of rain as they show solidarity; most came prepared with ground mats, umbrellas, including food, water and trash bags. Here are the scenes of this morning’s rally. Due to rush editing, some minor image errors may be observed and are purely non-intentional. Near Kilometer Zero marker Infront of Quirino Grandstand Flags waved, music played Muddy grounds with constant threat of rain One big picnic [google-map-v3 width="100%" height="350" zoom="12" maptype="roadmap" mapalign="center" directionhint="false" language="default" poweredby="false" maptypecontrol="true" pancontrol="true" zoomcontrol="true" scalecontrol="true" streetviewcontrol="true" scrollwheelcontrol="false" draggable="true" tiltfourtyfive="false" addmarkermashupbubble="false" addmarkermashupbubble="false" addmarkerlist="14.581264, 120.975973{}pedestriancrossing.png{}Million People March" bubbleautopan="true" showbike="false" showtraffic="false" showpanoramio="false"] Read more!
National Heroes’ Day 2013
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The nation commemorated this morning the National Heroes’ Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City with President Benigno S. Aquino III as guest of honor. Attended by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, different government agencies, foreign ambassadors, aging WWII veterans, boy scouts and girl scouts, students, and members of the general public; the 40-minute ceremony saw the arrival of the presidential convoy at exactly 8am. The program started with the usual arrival honors accorded by members of the armed forces to the President, then Col. Ernesto R. Cimatu led the opening prayer, followed by a welcome address from Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano, NHCP Chairman Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno delivered a message, Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin of the Department of Defense introduced the guest of honor, and finally President Aquino delivered his speech. Present also during the commemoration were Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Senator Cynthia Villar. During wreath laying ceremony The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier [google-map-v3 width="100%" height="350" zoom="12" maptype="roadmap" mapalign="center" directionhint="false" language="default" poweredby="false" maptypecontrol="true" pancontrol="true" zoomcontrol="true" scalecontrol="true" streetviewcontrol="true" scrollwheelcontrol="false" draggable="true" tiltfourtyfive="false" addmarkermashupbubble="false" addmarkermashupbubble="false" addmarkerlist="14.519842, 121.044264{}catholicgrave.png{}Libingan ng mga Bayani" bubbleautopan="true" showbike="false" showtraffic="false" showpanoramio="false"] Read more!
Ice, Ice, Iceland
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It was raining and cold as I hurriedly drag my luggage to the waiting bus, the 100 meter dash across unsheltered terrain of the Keflavik Airport sent a momentary shiver down my spine; the temperature must be less than 10C, a far cry from the 40C I just left behind some 30 hours ago. As the shuttle got its fill of passengers, we traversed along what seems to be a moss covered, lava-hardened landscape going to the capital city of Reykjavik, I was seated on the front row, and can clearly see the chaotic raindrops on the windshield while dark clouds and fog appear to stretch beyond the horizon, and I wondered, is this the kind of weather I’ll be experiencing for the next 8 days of my stay in Iceland and consequently, my very first visit to Europe? Fortunately the fog lifted, then the rain stopped as we reached Reykjavik; I transferred to another bus for a 20-minute ride, then one more 40-minute bus to finally reach my destination of Selfoss. It’s almost 5pm local time, the sky was still bright, and the sun is playing peek-a-boo with the overhead clouds as I made my way to my hostel, […] Read more!