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Havaianas, US Ambassador Kenney and Go Green
Â· Food for the soul: In faith be like the wind chimes, hold steady until faith, like the winds, moves you to joy.
Â· Our sincere sympathy and condolences go out to Manny Baluyotâ€™s family and to his friends and co-workers with Philippine Gift of Life. This has been a very trying time for everyone involved. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. He is survived by wife Maam Fancy who is the president of the Philippine Gift of Life; seven children and 12 grandchildren. Sir Manny served as a member of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professional, a volunteer of the Philippine National Red Cross and an NBI agent in 1963. Interment is today, Sept. 8 at the Victoria Memorial Park after a requiem mass at Saint Joseph Cathedral.
Â· Luciano Pavarotti, the Italian singer whose ringing, pristine sound set a standard for operatic tenors of the postwar era, died Sept. 6 at his home near Modena , in northern Italy . He was 71.
Â· Congratulations to Bol-anon poet Noel â€œRoyâ€ Tuazon who recently won a Palanca Award (3rd prize) for Short Story in Cebuano, Kundat sa Unang Gugma. He also won the Gawad Komisyon 2007 Poetry in Cebuano Category. According to Vida May Tirol (who posted the message at tubagbohol) Roy is an original member of the Kaliwat ni Karyapa (KaKa), a group of writers in Tagbilaran. Sir Noel was my Literature teacher in 1998 at University of Bohol (heâ€™s kind enough to excuse me when I came late to his 7:30a.m. TTh Lit class). He went back teaching at Divine Word College (now HNU), then left Bohol for greener pasture. Home is where the heart is, heâ€™s back teaching at HNU. I met him last week at HNU where I was busy for the myHNU sim (the first in Bohol ).
Â· Important events to remember: Mother Teresaâ€™s10th death anniversary, Sept. 5. Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. For over forty years, she ministered to the needs of the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying in Kolkata (Calcutta), India; and The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist suicide attacks by Islamic extremists on that date upon the United States of America.
Â· From eventologist and icon Tim Yap: The main reason why I joined Celebrity Duets is because Iâ€™m a volunteer for the Philippine National Red Cross. Itâ€™s just more of an advocacy and a cause. Kawang-gawa ko. Ive been blessed in my life so ito. Celebrities are paired with legendary singers in this singing competition. Hosted by Asiaâ€™s Songbird Regine Velasquez and the Ultimate Singer and Songwriter Ogie Alcasid Celebrity Duets has been popular in the United States and produced by Fremantle Limited, Simon Cowell, a judge of American Idol, invades Pinoy TV screens via GMA-7 to give famous celebrities a chance to showcase their singing prowess. Unlike the typical singing contests, the Celebrity Duets contestants are not only competing for the cash and special prizes for personal use but also to win the cash prize which they will donate for their chosen charitable institution. To vote, type Name of Contestant and send too 367 for Smart and Talk N Text and 2364 for Globe, Sun and Touch Mobile. Watch Celebrity Duets every Saturday after Bitoyâ€™s Funniest Videos" on GMA-7.
Â· Could it be true that Capitol employees could no longer â€œcheatâ€ their daily time record (DTR)? Better late than never, the provincial government has been using the biometrics to replace the old DTR. Before, employees could â€œdoctorâ€ the DTR, in this technology the personal thumb mark of the employees would serve as â€œattendance.â€ Read: No proxies. Whether they like it or not the employees are â€œforceâ€ to wait for their turn to have their thumb mark scan. No more bulakbol please!
Â· Could it be true that a government-owned car (with a green plate number) is said to be a â€œsex car?â€ According to the tsismosos relayed this information that the driver and his girls would perform â€œcircusâ€ inside the car. Mmmâ€¦car for pleasure? The official should investigate this matter because it sells like hotcake in the Capitol.
Â· Hookups and a breakup! September flings are just coming and a couple of â€œ Bohol â€™s whoâ€™s whoâ€ are looking for new mates to keep warm, as the temperatures begin to drop.
First up, serial dater â€œBaby Aâ€ (whoâ€™s a self-proclaimed Bohol â€™s elite because of her step dadâ€™s vast of richness) has found a new boy to lock lips with. Her latest conquest? Her new â€œbarkadaâ€! The message of the film, A Love Story, certainly doesn't apply to â€œBaby A,â€ (read: layuan mo siya..kailangan ko siya) who was seen making out with the guy (who looks like a college student) on many different occasions (during Friday and Saturday in bars).
Secondly, a male mobile businessman took his female â€œfriendâ€ (not a well known girl in the city) to Alona beach in Panglao last week. True Very Reliable Source (VRS) says they were "making out all over the place. They are thinking they own the place.â€
Lastly, a young married businessman has broken up with his labidab because of his â€œinfidelity?â€ This businessman, who is in his early 30s loves to date young girls (below 18 years old, the most vulnerable, read: taking advantage of his face). A source close to this man told True, â€œIt was a distance thing, a break up.â€
Are we shocked? Not hardly.
An everyday thing like strolling at the mall can be a mini-adventure in itself. If you know where to look.
Recently, True found himself at Island City mall (ICM) for simple dinner and a movie and the experience was far from interesting.
Iâ€™m not a mallrat and I seldom go malling unless I have to something to buy.
It was three years ago that a modern mall was introduced to the Boholanos. Family and friends used to shop in Cebu . How things can change with timeâ€¦not anymore, people with different taste buds can choose what they want in mall with lots of signature tenant shops. I just learned this from True VRS that ICM management (headed by Sir Mario Cirujales) is â€œchoosyâ€ because ICM wants to project as a first class mall comparable to the malls in Manila . First class enetertainments and events can be witness at the ICM (especially weekends) withtopcaliber artists and bands from Manila. This is because customers like us deserve the best from the best mall in Bohol.
My agents cum nurses from the Holy Name University who were involved in the myHNU sim launching became â€œmallratsâ€ for the day. One Kareen "Kimi" Trabajo says: ICM Screenville turns between public interest and personal relationship. Screenville is surely something that is worth to measure up and bring entertainment alive to the people lives. Sulit imong pagtan-aw. In fact, it would seem like there are more who are coming in than those who have left.
The famous Havaianas holds their first pop-up shop at the Island City Mall (see separate story) making Icm the best choice of international companies like Havaianas.
Signature tenants are coming in this year, says Ariel Fullido, a total shopping leisure for all Boholanos.
Ambassador Kenney and Go Green
She always has interesting, famous lines when she gives speeches. The woman has a sweet, soft voice and her words are dear to the hearts of the Filipinos since her arrival to the Philippines last year.
I have total admiration for this woman because watching her on television helping people is simply inspiring. She is elegantly approachable. She is no other than US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney.
She visited Bohol last Friday to focus on the many partnerships and initiatives the U.S. Government works on in the city and immediate region.
The Ambassador said that Bohol is â€œleading the way, several times beforeâ€¦â€
The wide variety of partnerships between the American people and Boholanos is a great example of the continuing friendship between our two countries, she said. More than that, she encouraged all people to create bright future.
During her visit, Ambassador Kenney met with local government and business leaders, including Gov. Erico Aumentado, Rep. Edgar Chatto, David Valdes, the WWF President and TB LINC stakeholders.
Ambassador Kennyâ€™s visit to Bohol was her first time. She had a face to face encountered with worldâ€™s smallest primate, the tarsier. The internationally-acclaimed Loboc Childrenâ€™s Choir also draws in tourists. Ambassador Kenney, too, made sure she saw Loboc townâ€™s famous choral group when she visited Loboc. It was covered by GMA 7â€™s Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho last night.
The Ambassadorâ€™s visit was highlighted y a joint celebration of development partnerships featuring the signing of a MOA for a Bohol Childhood TB Control Program and launching of Going Green: An Environmental Toolkit for the Tourism Sector in the Philippine Coastal Areas. Both initiatives are directly supported by the US Agency for International Development.
â€œâ€¦Create healthy children and healthy planetâ€¦ and going green,â€ Ambassador Kenney said.
Her biography (thanks to Karen Schinnerer, Deputy Press AttachÃ© at the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy in Manila ) says: Ambassador Kenney served as executive secretary of the State Department for three years, the first woman to hold the key position. In that capacity, she headed a staff of 185 persons responsible for inter0agency policy coordination and crisis management working directly for Secretary of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albirght.
Ambassador Kenneyâ€™s overseas postings include Economic Counselor at the US Mission to International organizations in Geneva , Economic Officer at the US Embassy in Argentina and Consular officer at the US Embassy in Jamaica . Her Washington assignments include director of the State Department Operations center, a detail to the White House as a member of the National Security Council staff, and Political-Military Officer in the Office of NATO Affairs.
She holds a Masterâ€™s Degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University , and a bachelorâ€™s degree in Political Science from Clemson University . Ambassador Kenney also attended the National war College. She speaks Spanish and French.
She is a recipient of the State departmentâ€™s Distinguished Honor Award, the Arnold Raphel Award (for leadership, motivation and mentoring) and several honor awards. An avid tennis player and skier, she is married to William Brownfield, a Senior Foreign Service Officer, currently the US Ambassador to Venezuela. The two share their homes with three black and white cats adopted from an animal shelter in Virginia .
If thereâ€™s anyone who brings a message of hope and encouragement for the people of Bohol , I say itâ€™s US Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney.
Going Green is an investment for the future. Reading the kit, there are straight forwarded advices that do not require expensive investment in technology. Rather, it gives practical tips for us to protect our environment:
Â· Save water. Save energy.
Â· Respect wildlife. Paradise is their home. We are the visitors.
Â· Marine protected areas are like money in the bank. Support MPAs.
Â· The sea is not a garbage can.
Â· Corals are fragile. No corals. No fish.
Remember, every interaction between man and nature will always have an impact on the environment. We are part of the magic web of lifeâ€¦
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