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General Topic / Re: GOODBYE NA POD KO
« on: July 18, 2008, 06:26:05 PM »
ayaw usa sir balong, kay maka lingaw baya tong story nimo..sumpayi nato..

Health and Food / Re: what's your favorite native dish?
« on: July 18, 2008, 06:24:29 PM »
naay big event diay sa dominggo sir sigbin..

Health and Food / Re: what's your favorite native dish?
« on: July 18, 2008, 06:20:42 PM »
sir, naa na dapit sa ilo ilo murag native cooking pod na.. wala ko kaila ana nga isda.. pero bisan unsang isda pwedi lagpangon..

Health and Food / Re: what's your favorite native dish?
« on: July 18, 2008, 06:11:01 PM »
sir sigbin, murag wla lagi gi aydaan..ako sad same at you pero akong dugangan na ug NILAGPANG NA TURAGSOY ug TIRA MISO..

eh gamot sa bukol meron ka?

Inspiration & Hope / The Basureros
« on: July 15, 2008, 02:47:36 PM »

Ever since it was diagnosed that I am having a possible
heart enlargement in the last APE, I have exerted more effort to do
physical exercises.

I do jogging during week days and do long - ride mountain biking every Sunday.

But this Sunday is a special Sunday to me. While I was on my way to the mountains
of Busay (cebu) hoping to strengthened my heart by thisexercise, instead,

I personally encountered a heart-breaking scene that changed me.

I already passed the Marco Polo Plaza (formerly Cebu
Plaza Hotel) when I decided

to stop to buy bananas at a small carenderia located
along the road. I haven't taken any solid food that morning
so I need fruits to have the needed energy to get to my destination - the mountain top.

I am almost done eating with the second banana when I
noticed two children

across the street busily searching the garbage area.
"Basureros" I said to myself

and quickly turn my attention away from them to sip a
small amount of water.

I cared less for these kind of children actually; to
make it straight, I do not like them,

and I do not trust them even more.

You see, several times I have been a victim to these
kind of children who are

pretending to be basureros looking for empty bottles and
cans when in fact the

'plangganas' , 'kalderos', and 'hinayhays' are their

I remember one afternoon while I was watching a Mike
Tyson fight when I noticed

that the TV screen suddenly became blurred. I checked
outside and saw two young

basureros running away with my newly installed antenna.

Hatred may be a little bit stronger word to describe my
feeling towards these

basureros, but I do not like them honestly not till I
met these three children.

I was about to embark on my bike again when I heard one
of the two children,

a girl of about 7 or 8 of age saying aloud to the other,
a 12-yr old boy, "kuya si dodong

kuha-a kay nag-sige'g tan-aw sa mga nagkaon, mauwaw ta"
(kuya si dodong kunin mo

kasi tumitingin sa mga kumain, nakakahiya), only then
that I noticed a small boy standing

near to me biting slightly his finger. He's a few inches
shorter if compared to my

5 years old son (but I knew later that he's also 5 yrs.

Though he did not asked for food to anyone in the
carenderia, the way he looked at

the customers who were eating , enough to convinced me
that he intensely craving for it.

The older boy then quickly crossed the street and gently
pulled out the little one who

politely obeyed. As I watched the two crossing back the
street to the garbage area,

I heard the tindera saying "Lo-oy kaayo nang mga bataa
uy, mga buotan ra ba na"

(kawawa naman yung mga batang yun mababait pa naman). I
learned further from

the carenderia owner that the children are from a good
family , both parents were working

before, and that their father got a stroke 3 years ago
and became partially paralized and

their mother died of heart attack while their father was
still confined at the hospital.

The parents were still in their early forties when the
catastrophe happened, and the children

became basureros since then to meet their daily needs
and for their father's medication.

Deeply moved by what I heard, I went to a nearby bakery
and bought 20 pesos

worth of bread and gave it to the children who initially
refused including the little boy.

"Sige lang noy, salamat na lang, magpalit lang nya mi
kung mahalinan na mi" (sige lang po,

salamat na lang, bibili na lang po kami mamaya kung
makabenta na kami) the young girl said to me.

I explained that they need to go home because it started
to rain. "Naanad na man mi ani"

(nasanay na po kami) the girl answered again.

Again, I explained that the rain can make them sick and
if they'll become sick there's

no one to take care of their father. Upon mentioning
their father, they nodded and

accept the bread but I noticed that the older boy did
not eat.

When I asked him if he does not like the kind of bread I
bought for them he smiled but

as he's about to explain, the little girl, who is the
more talker of them interrupted,

"Domingo man gud ron ,noy, basta Sabado ug Domingo hapon
ra siya mokaon kami ra

ang mokaon ug pamahaw pero dili na pod mi mokaon inig
hapon,si kuya ra. Pero basta

Lunes ngadto sa Biyernes, kay klase man, si kuya ra sad
ang seguro-on ug papamahaw,
kami hapon na sad mi moka-on Pero kung daghan mi ug
halin mokaon mi tanan."

(Linggo po kasi ngayon,pag sabado at lingo hapon lang po
sya kumakain, kami lang po

ang kumakain ng agahan pero di na po kami kakain
pagdating ng hapon si kuya lang po.

Pero pag lunes hanggang biyernes, kasi may pasok, si
kuya lang po nag-aagahan, kami hapunan

lang pero kung marami kaming benta kami pong lahat
(kumakain) she continued. "Ngano
man diay ug mokaon mong tanan, bahinon ninyo bisan ug
unsa ka gamay?" (bakit kung kumain

kayong lahat,hati-hatiin nyo na lang kahit kunti lang
ang pagkain?) I countered.

The young girl reasoned out that their father wanted
that her older brother to come to

school with full stomachs so he can easily catch up the
teacher's lessons. "Inig ka trabaho

ni kuya mo undang na man mi ug pamasura, first honor
baya na siya " (pag nagkatrabaho

si kuya, hihinto kami sa pamamasura, first honor kasi
sya) the little boy added proudly.

Maybe I was caught by surprise or I am just overly
emotional that my tears started to fall.

I then quickly turned my back from them to hide my tears
and pretended to pick up my

bike from the carenderia where I left it.

I don't know how many seconds or minutes I spent just to
compose myself; pretending

again this time that I was mending by bike.

Finally I get on to my bike and approached the three
children to bid goodbye to them

who in turn cast their grateful smiles at me. I then
took a good look at all of them specially

to the small boy and pat his head with a pinch in my
heart. Though I believe that their

positive look at life can easily change their present
situation, there is one thing that
they can never change; that is , their being motherless.
That little boy can no longer taste

the sweet embrace, care, and most of all , the love of
his mother forever. Nobody can

refill the empty gap created by that sudden and untimely
death of their mother. Every big events

that will happen to their lives will only remind them
and make them wish of their
mother's presence.

I reached to my pocket and handed to them my last 100
peso bill which I
reserved for our department's bowling tournament. This
time they refused
strongly but I jokingly said to the girl " sumbagon teka
ron kung di nimo dawaton"

(suntukin kita pag hindi mo tinanggap yan). She smiled
as she extended

her hand to take the money. "Salamat noy makapalit gyud
me ron ug tambal ni papa"
(salamat po, makakabili na kami ng gamot ni papa) she
uttered. I then turned to
the small boy and though he's a few feet away from me, I
still noticed that
while his right hand was holding the half - filled sack
, his left hand was holding a toy ?

a worn out toy car. I waved my hands and said bye bye to
him as I drove towards

the mountains again. Did he just found the toy in the
garbage area or the toy was

originally his - when the misfortune did not took place
yet? - I did not bother to ask.

But one thing is crystal clear to me, that inspite of
the boy's abnormal life, he did not

given up his childhood completely. I can sense it that
way he hold and stare at his toy.

My meeting with that young basureros made me poorer by
100 pesos. But they changed me

and made me more richer as to lessons of life are

In them, I learned that life can changed suddenly and
may caught me flat footed.

In them, I've learned that even the darkest side of
life, cannot change the beauty of

one's heart. Those three children, who sometimes cannot
eat three times a day, still able

to hold on to what they believe was right. And what a
contrast to most of us who are quick
to point out to our misfortunes when caught with our
mistakes. In them, I've learned to hope

for things when things seem to go the other way.

Lastly, I know that God cares for them far more than I
do. That though He allowed them

to experience such a terrible life which our finite
minds cannot comprehend, His unquestionable

love will surely follow them through.

And in God's own time they will win.


Love Talk / Re: Love is...
« on: July 07, 2008, 05:55:20 PM »
Love is a universal migraine..

Philippine Education / Pinoys proficiency in English improves
« on: July 07, 2008, 05:52:32 PM »
Filipinos ability to write and speak English has recovered and improved in the last two years. The Social Weather Station in a recent study revealed that Filipinos have made great stride of improvement in the fields of written and spoken English.

The survey, conducted from March 30 to April 2, 2008, showed that the ability of Filipinos to write in English improved from 48 percent in March 2006 to 61 percent in April 2008. Filipinos? proficiency in spoken English also improved from 32 percent in March 2006 to 46 percent in April 2008.

Filipinos? understanding of spoken and written English also improved in April and even surpassed previous levels set 15 years ago.

The SWS said Filipino adults? understanding of spoken English was at 75 percent in December 1993, dipped to 65 percent in March 2006 and went back up to 76 percent in April 2008. Filipinos who read in English also started high at 73 percent in December 1993, dipped to 65 percent in March 2006 and improved to 75 percent in April 2008.

Filipinos? ability to think in English also improved from 27 percent in March 2006 to 38 percent in April 2008.

SWS president Mahar Mangahas said the improvement in Filipinos? English proficiency shows a greater awareness among Filipinos to improve their skills in written and spoken English.

?The most important finding is that there is an improvement in all the expected properties. This is all age groups, of different classes and sectors. These are the people actively thinking of improving themselves. They are drawing from their own foundation and improving themselves first,? he told reporters.

He added that the increasing dependence on the Internet is also pushing people to review their English skills.

The survey said eight percent of the Filipino adults polled claimed they made full use of the English language; 39 percent said they made fair use of the English language; 29 percent said they made partial use of the English language, and 17 percent said they made almost no use of the English language.

The SWS interviewed 1,200 respondents nationwide for the survey, which was conducted for the Promoting English Proficiency Project of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and the Makati Business Club (MBC).

MBC President Ramon del Rosario said the move to improve English proficiency is largely market-driven due to the rise in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry in the Philippines.

?I believe this is a response to the perceived deterioration in English proficiency in the Philippines. After all, the perceived advantage of the Philippines in terms of English proficiency is not being born out because the recruitment rate in call centers has been very low,? he said.

He said the business sector is addressing the problem by pushing for the improvement of the overall quality of education in the country.

He added that English proficiency is advantageous not just to the BPO industry but also to the local tourism sector especially with more English-speaking tourists going to the Philippines.

source: goodnewspilipinas.

Philippine Provinces / Cebu Pac cuts fares by more than 30%
« on: July 07, 2008, 05:44:05 PM »

 Despite soaring jet fuel prices, domestic carrier Cebu Pacific is reducing local airfares effective June 12, 2008 to encourage more people to fly around the country.

Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing Candice Iyog said the airline is also implementing an “Allin” pricing format to make booking simpler for customers who used to have to deal with confusing surcharges.

Iyog said the new lower all-inclusive fares includes the fuel and insurance surcharge, aviation security fee and 12 percent VAT.

She added that they are considering implementing the same format for their international flights although it will take some time to compute the ideal rates since international charges are more complicated and different destinations have unique charges and taxes involved.

The ‘all-in’ pricing format is introduced with a seat sale across CEB’s domestic network. The promotional offer will run from June 12 to 17, 2008 and is valid for travel on July 1 to October 15, 2008. There are more than half a million seats allocated for this promotion.

‘All-in’ fares for short sectors such as ManilaLegaspi are at P699 oneway while a one-way ManilaCebu flight would cost P999 and a Manila-Davao sector would cost only P1,499 during the seat sale.

At seat sale levels, these reduction represent savings of up to 56 percent over regular rate rates. Promo seats are non-refundable but regular seats are both refundable and rebookable, subject to standard penalties.

Iyog also said CEB is shifting to an ‘all-in’ pricing format so passengers will immediately know the total amount they need to pay and can easily compare CEB fares with other modes of transportation including ferries and buses.

After the seat sale, the one-way Manila-Davao would cost P2,499 ‘all-in’ while a one-way ManilaCebu is sold at P1,499. On the other hand, out of pocket cost for one-way ManilaLegaspi is P999 one-way.

“We would like to continue domestic tourism’s growth momentum by introducing reduced all-in fares. We want to assure the public that CEB will do everything possible to keep air fares down because this is also good for the economy,” Iyog said.

Iyog also added that they are doing this to respond to the public’s desire for a more transparent and simple communication of fares.

“We really hope that this new move is deemed as a positive change in the industry and we encourage other airlines to do the same,” Iyog emphasized.

CEB has a fleet of ten A319s, eight A320s, and two ATR 72-500 aircraft. The airline flies to 16 international destinations with the addition of Kota Kinabalu next month. It will also add Tuguegarao and Naga,in its domestic network this June and San Jose (Mindoro) in July.

source: goodnewspilipinas


 The E-Charge mobile phone charging machine is now available in the country with the objective of serving an estimated 50 million mobile phone users who may have, at one time or another, experienced “low batt” (low battery) for their cellphones.

A first of its kind in the country and proven effective in other countries like the United States, China, Portugal, Spain, Chile and Mexico, the E-Charge is fast, easy and convenient to use — and most of all, users can charge their phones for free.

The E-Charge machine can service almost all major mobile phone brands available in the market today. Its multiple mobile phone charging heads can accommodate as cellphones all at the same time for worry-free charging.

To reach a large number of mobile phone users, the E-Charge machines are going to be installed in high-pedestrian areas like malls, airports, seaports, hospitals, schools, and government institutions.

The E-Charge machines can also be the perfect business partner to businessmen and companies out to create hype and buzz about their product or service offering.

The E-Charge is just the right advertising tool as it is equipped with two advertising mediums — a 32-inch LCD monitor that can play vivid and crisp advertising images and videos, and a 29-inch lighted box that can display print advertisements.

Compared to traditional stand-alone LCD advertising monitors, E-Charge’s built-in advantage is that it attracts people because of the unique service that it provides.

At present, two E-Charge stations are operational at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, and one each at Metropolis Starmall and Alabang Town Center.

More E-Charge machines will be installed at Market! Market! Mall in Taguig City, SuperFerry terminal and other leading establishments.



Elaine Quijano Filipina-American Elaine Quijano is one of CNN’s most important reporters, as she covers the most powerful head of state in the world.

Quijano is the White House correspondent for CNN responsible for covering the activities of the president and the administration, domestically and internationally. Named to this position in January 2006, she is based in the network’s Washington, D.C., bureau.

According to the CNN website, Quijano joined CNN Newsource in December 2000 as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent and in 2004, became a general assignment correspondent for CNN/U.S.

Since 2000, Quijano has filed reports on such stories as the inauguration of President George W. Bush, Bush’s 2005 trips to Asia and Argentina, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Washington, D.C.-area sniper pursuit and capture as well as the continuing coverage of the ongoing war on terrorism.

Throughout the 2004 election year, Quijano traveled with Bush, covering the campaign trail, his time in Washington, D.C., Crawford, Texas and stops throughout the United States.

In the spring of 2003, Quijano traveled to Kuwait City, where she remained for one month to report on the war in Iraq for CNN. During September 2003, Quijano reported live as Hurricane Isabel lashed the North Carolina coastline, and in February 2003, she was part of the team of correspondents that covered the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy.

Quijano joined CNN Newsource after working as a general assignment reporter for WFTS-TV in Tampa, Fla. Before that, she worked as a reporter/producer for WCIA-TV in Champaign, Ill.

Quijano earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois.

source: goodnewspilipinas

Love Talk / Re: For MEN Only
« on: April 22, 2008, 04:30:27 PM »
share lang ni nga story sa college pako sa akong classmate, managtrato sila ang lalaki mihatag ug usa ka bugkos nga red roses didto sa ilang balay, nasuko ang babae kay ang iyang gihatag lawos na kaayo kanang nanggahi na gyod, halos ibunal nalang ang usang bogkos na Red Roses, gibiyaan ang lalaki misaka ang babae sa iyang kwarto nga walay panamilit sa lalaki, pag abot nya sa kwarto nya iyang gibasa ang card sa red roses..nag ingon ..THIS IS ME WITH OUT YOU! :'( :'( :'( :'(

Introduce Yourself / Re: Welcome Professor Rogelio C. Licayan
« on: April 22, 2008, 04:19:54 PM »
Welcome Mr. licayan..

ig unsa man mo ni recardo Licayan?

Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi
« on: March 20, 2008, 03:10:24 AM »
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Jokes and Humor / Re: FUNNY VIDEOS!
« on: March 20, 2008, 03:02:27 AM »
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Mr. Clay Welcome
« on: March 18, 2008, 07:15:32 PM »
ytesskie & langamtamsi tnx alot.. God bless

Introduce Yourself / Re: Welcome Negamax!
« on: March 18, 2008, 07:12:58 PM »
welcome aboard negamacs..

History / Re: Jealous Husband?
« on: March 18, 2008, 07:09:28 PM »
 sakto gyod na..mailhan naman gyod na daan..

Sports and Fitness / Re: A CLoser Look to PACMAN
« on: March 18, 2008, 08:19:57 AM »
tnx ..keep posting such!

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