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Youtube Replay / Re: An Unlikely Ambassador - trailer
« on: September 08, 2008, 10:45:53 AM »
btw, your email is not hidden here since you used it for your MSN id.

Youtube Replay / Re: An Unlikely Ambassador - trailer
« on: September 08, 2008, 10:42:50 AM »

Youtube Replay / Re: An Unlikely Ambassador - trailer
« on: September 08, 2008, 09:45:49 AM »
bran...when i tried to invite you to, I got the following reply:

The following email address cannot be invited:


did you block facebook from your gmail acct?...joey

Youtube Replay / Re: An Unlikely Ambassador - trailer
« on: September 08, 2008, 07:49:51 AM »
lorenzo...was wondering if the stuff i posted here got lost in the transition. glad to see it made it thru. even more happy that it made a personal connection for you!

tried to get some of the old timers on the recently revived mailing list, since the demise of the mailing list, over here, or even Facebook where a lot of us boomers are. Seems the gen gap is too wide for most of them beside the tech gap even tho Facebook is a lot more user friendly than Friendster or Myspace for us old timers.

my interests are a lot more varied than what tubag has to offer, tho tubag is great for Boholanon stuff. But Facebook even has a group just for Boholanos and has the apps to show your flair for Bohol, as well as for me really being a NYer...joey

Question and Answer / Re: Hillary or Obama???
« on: March 30, 2008, 08:47:27 AM »
It may be neither! McCain may win the Presidency no matter who the Dem nominee is. This will not be due to the Dem infighting for the party nominee turning off the Dem and independent voters. If any of you had the chance to watch the program "Stealing Democracy?" on satellite LinkTV, you will learn how the Republicans have been using underhanded and even maybe illegal means to steal the votes so that the Presidency has and will go to the Republican candidate.

Just some of the tactics the Republicans, including the Bush regime's Justice Dept, are using is to challenge Democratic voters especially if they are a racial minority, like us! By denying these voters their privilege to vote or having these votes thrown out at the polling places, or tying them up in the courts systems long enough for them not to be counted toward the election, they have and still hope to steal the Presidency.

It would behoove any registered Democrat to make sure that their voter registration is in order, especially to make sure their party registration has not been switched by some Republican shinanagan. It would also be prudent to be prepared to be ready to have you or your vote challenged at your polling place.

If you find that all this is too much of a hassle to bother to vote, then you'd better be prepared to spend the next hundred years, the next 4 at a minimum, for our country to be in Iraq and Afghanistan since US forces had been in the Philippines for longer than that. After all, it's only your tax dollars as well as the higher cost of living incurred that is being spent making the big business MIC regime members richer.


Now that the MIAA has been designated to operate Bohol International Airport at Panglao, how much of the money made from the PBIA operations will end up in Bohol and not go to Manila?

How much will the bosses of the MIAA up there in Manila care about the conditions there in Panglao when it comes down to the bottom line?

How much will they up there in Manila care about sustainability once their investment is recouped?

Question and Answer / Re: Hillary or Obama???
« on: March 25, 2008, 06:51:04 AM »
That's because the Republicans usually divorce their current wife before they go out and commit adultery unless they are Mormon where they just add another wife! :D

Met Christine Gambito, her Italian Am husband and kid, and the rest of her Filipino side of her family when I visited Virginia Beach, VA in March of 2007 last year. She had just moved back there to her childhood home from living here in New York City on Roosevelt Island in the East River for many years.

Spent more time talking to her mom than her tho since she was a star of the show and mobbed by the crowd at the Fil Am Biznet Expo held there annually. Unlike many of us, she had never been to the Philippines before this visit. More on her at, her personal website!

As a Fil Am actor, she was recently chosen by the Philippine Dept of Tourism for a FREE trip to the RP as sort of an ambassador to the Internet and America (a hopefully wise choice of RP taxpayers funds?) to promote tourism to the RP, especially for the decedents of the diaspora like her who have never been back to the old country. Lucky for us, a major part of her trip there was to Bohol!

You can view her video "Experience Philippines! Episode 2 -Let's Dance in Bohol" at this Youtube link:

In addition to YouTube and, she is also on MySpace, Friendster, Facebook and iTunes. Hope you enjoy it as I did seeing the old country province of Bohol again ...joey

Talk of the Town / Re: Vote for Chocolate Hills
« on: March 21, 2008, 04:56:41 AM »
Tubbattaha reef climbs to 28th in New Seven Wonders vote

By Erwin Oliva
First Posted 16:50:00 03/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines' Tubbattaha Reef in the Sulu Sea is now ranked 28th in online voting for the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

Tubbataha Reef is an atoll coral reef in the Philippines. It is now known as a marine sanctuary protected by government because of over 1,000 species, including endangered ones, found on the reef. These include manta rays, lionfish, tortoises, clownfish and sharks.

The opening of nominations for the New Seven Wonders of Nature was announced in Lisbon, Portugal in 2007.

As of March 19, Tubbattaha Reef has inched its way up to the 28th ranking, a position it held on February 14.

Bohol's Chocolate Hills is also fast catching up at 32nd, according to the New7Wonders website.

Bohol's Chocolate Hills is a unique geological formation composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills, all about the same size, spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometers. The hills are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, thus earning them the name "Chocolate Hills."

As of March 19, three natural wonders in Vietnam occupy the top three spots: the Ha Long Bay, the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, and Fansipan Mountain also in Vietnam.

Online voters can choose from 77 official nominees fro the New Seven Wonders of Nature after they register in the website. The live ranking is updated twice a day.

Voting will end on December 31, 2008, then a panel of experts will short-list 21 candidates from which voters worldwide will select the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2009. The New Seven Wonders of Nature will be announced in 2010.

Youtube Replay / Re: An Unlikely Ambassador - trailer
« on: March 19, 2008, 11:25:22 AM »
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: john zielinski dreamingronin@...
Date: Feb 12, 2008 6:34 PM
Subject: Looking for Filipino/Bohol historians, scholars
To: contact@...

Sir or Madam:

I am currently working on a documentary and I need interviews with historians that are well versed in Philippine history and also Philippine/US relations. The synopsis of the documentary follows:

"At dawn, on December 16th, 1944, Lt. Charles "Chuck" Hartman ran out of fuel on a return from a bombing run in the Philippines. Chuck was able to control the crash into the ocean, hitting approximately 100 yards off the shore of the island of Bohol. Floating in his raft, the young pilot spotted several dark figures with machine guns gathering on the beach. His .45 in hand, Chuck planned to make a suicidal attempt to fight what he perceived to be Japanese soldiers. The figures then called out to him in English, revealing themselves as Filipino guerrillas.

Lt. Hartman would spend three weeks stranded on the island of Bohol, hidden in the town of Valencia. For a people that thought they had been forgotten by the Allies, this young man became a symbol of hope.

60 years later Lt. Chuck Hartman returns to the island and the people that protected him. We will follow Chuck as he rediscovers his past and we will also uncover the long, complex history between the USA and the Philippine people. In a different time and a different war Lt. Hartman finds himself once again becoming an unlikely ambassador."

A trailer of the film can be found at:

If you can help in any way it would be greatly appreciated. I can be contacted at 412-334-8868 (cell) or through email at

Thank you for your time,

John C. Zielinski

Youtube Replay / An Unlikely Ambassador - trailer
« on: March 18, 2008, 02:39:22 PM »
An Unlikely Ambassador - trailer
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Talk of the Town / Vote for Chocolate Hills
« on: March 18, 2008, 02:07:22 PM »
Vote for Chocolate Hills
By Jerry Sisican
The Chocolate Hills is an unusual geological formation in Bohol, Philippines. It is composed of around 1268 perfectly cone-shaped hills, all about the same size, spread over an area of more than 50 sq km The hills are covered in green ...
Bohol On My Mind -

How can you make sure that the growth in the tourism industry is done in a sustainable manner and the money earned in tourism will trickle down to the grass roots level???

Question and Answer / Re: Hillary or Obama???
« on: March 12, 2008, 10:21:54 AM »
Global Nation / Mind Feeds
You are here: Home > Global Nation > Mind Feeds

The artist abroad
Barack or Hilary? The politics of color

By Luis H. Francia
First Posted 08:55:00 03/11/2008

Another reason McCain will win in Nov, since, as implied in this link, Hilary supporters will vote for McCain if Obama wins the party nomination; besides the Republican, backed by multinational corporate funding, judicial challenge of as many non-white Democratic voters as reported by both the LA Times/Bloomberg and Mason/Dixon pollsters. These Republicans are the same folks who complain about judicial legislation, ignoring the anointment of the Bush regime by the US Supreme Court in 2000...joey

Bohol Latest News / Re: Flashfloods sweep Bohol barangays
« on: March 08, 2008, 09:20:35 AM »
grazie...the loss of tropical rain forests is one of the biggest problems leading to climate change and species reduction. The difference in my perception of the tree cover in Ubujan from 1972 to 2005 was surprising to me. This may be an exaggeration but there is no more jungle. The density of coconut trees seemed much lower where copra and tuba use to reign.

The flooding that results from the loss of the tree root systems that use to bind the soil is just one problem resulting from the lower density of trees. Worse is the mudslides that result from that tree root anchor that kept the topsoil in place. That also results in a lower water table as the rain just rushes out to the rising sea. In Bohol, it will be the lack of potable water that will create a crises long before the lack of oil ever affects the entire population...joey

Bohol Latest News / Flashfloods sweep Bohol barangays
« on: March 08, 2008, 05:50:11 AM »
PIA Press Release
Flashfloods sweep Bohol barangays

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (7 March) -- LIKE A real lady, La Niña came accompanied by graceful showers to occasional surging downpour, but long and steady to gather enough water in upland catch basins, spill and cause flash floods in certain parts of Bohol, leaving in its wake yet undetermined damage to crops and property here.

In low-laying barangays of Pondol and Catagbacan Jandig in Loon, water from the mountains swelled the Pondol and Catagbacan creeks rendering some highway portions impassable to vehicular traffic for hours, Loon police reported.

Some 13 kilometers from the flooded roads in Loon, Calape councilor and civil defense deputized agent Engr. Lucio Carajay reported an overflowing of water on the banks of Liboron River on almost the same time between midnight of March 6 to early morning of March 6.

Moreover, low-laying areas in the next town Tubigon suffered similar fates, said Councilor Marlon Jamila, the towns civil defense agent.

He reported that flash floods were experienced in barangays Panaytayon, Pandan and Centro specifically in Sitio Ingod, due to the overflowing Bateria river.

Initial reports from Jamila said at least the flashfloods damaged some pumpboats and caused a fence to collapse in Tubigon.

Heavy and continuous rains also caused another flashflood in Bacani Clarin, specifically down the Bacani bridge, as reported by Clarin civil defense deputized coordinator Isidro Arcales.

No casualties however were reported in separate incidents.

Just as calls for weather updates swarmed the local Philippine Atmospheric and Geo-Physical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) weather station here, weather forecasters report no storms on the Philippine area of responsibility.

The rains, they said were caused by the cold front across Extreme Northern Luzon, while the wind convergence affected the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

The cold front, a complex weather system that brings the rains even in the beginning season of summer has actually heightened the effects of the onset of the La Niña phenomenon, said Engr. Emmanuel Oronan of the local weather station.

Bohol Civil Defense Coordinator Engr. Ver Neil Balaba and the Provincial Disaster Coordinator immediately went to inspect the areas affected while triggering municipal disaster teams to investigate and evaluate the damages.

As this developed, Balaba has urged communities settled along possible landslide and flash-flood prone areas to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on the telltale signs of impending disasters, especially with the rains still expected until August. (PIA)

Bohol Latest News / It's going to be watery summer
« on: March 01, 2008, 12:40:12 PM »
PIA Press Release

It's going to be watery summer

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (29 February) -- IT's going to be a watery summer it that would technically be a summer at all!

But if it's any consolation, there wont be storms, says Bohol chief meteorologist at the local weather station here.

Emmanuel Oronan, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) says the weather aberration is due to the La Niña.

Guesting the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, Oronan came up with the La Nina situationer and expounded on the climate changes including the La Nina as experienced by the world and as brought about by the phenomena of global warming.

The La Niña, which is a generally wet season caused by unusually lower and sometimes extensive cooling of the ocean-atmosphere as affected by different factors. This impacts in several areas across the globe, sometimes causing events that are generally associated with wetter conditions.

According to Oronan, as per latest La Nina advisory that his office received, the weather aberration intensity has gone from moderate to strong.

He said the La Niña forecast could extend the wet climate from March to May, the summer months. Moreover, the rains may be relentless from July to August, when the rains dwindle to its normal conditions.

If this forecast would be true to the dot, then there could be no more summers the By this, rains in May, the hottest part of the year may be expected, one that could probably impact again on the local farming practices.

And when the rainy days officially start in June, it would not be announcing itself as the rains have emphatically preceded its coming.

In fact, according to reports, the rains that came last month was above the normal 70 millimeters and in this month, Cebu weather monitors have recorded more than 100 millimeters of rainfall.

As this developed, weather forecasters here have been on the constant alert for rain induced landslides which may pose danger to lives and property.

Local disaster coordinating council here in tandem with the Office of the Civil Defense have strengthened their community based disaster alert system based on the newly crafted disaster maps.

At the forecast, the weather watchers would rather ask farmers to go shift for crops that could withstand the generally wet season through August.

Failure to do so may again prove disastrous to the local agricultural harvest and could impact not just on the farmer's projected income per planting season but on the local food production as well. (PIA)
(always the weather watcher! stay tuned for more climate change...joey)

World Daily News / Is the US Presidential 2008 election a world election?
« on: February 28, 2008, 01:58:14 PM »
This topic has come up on many national and international news broadcasts and media here in the US. It is said that the US Presidential 2008 election is talked about in many bars, cafes and coffee shops all over the world. It is said that Obama fascination is sweeping the world! Is this true in Bohol?...joey

20 to give the credit for this to my son Jon who found it and also has tattoos of his 1st 2 kids names on his arms in Bisaya Hervás - Baybayin Alibata. I spent 21 years in the military and never managed to get one. My kids, who managed to avoid the military, have tattoos all over their bods as well as piercings, including the boys. Brave New World with old world markings...joey
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