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Torrential rains from Tropical Storm Ketsana flooded the capital, Manila, and 25 nearby provinces on Saturday.

Some 80% of Manila was submerged, displacing 450,000 people. More than 115,000 are now in makeshift shelters.

World Daily News / Swine flu vaccine production
« on: September 29, 2009, 06:19:13 AM »
Production of H1N1 vaccine over the next year will be "substantially less" than the 4.9 billion doses previously forecast but one dose should provide adequate protection, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Based on clinical test results from some 25 drugmakers, weekly production of the new vaccine will be less than 94 million doses, WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said.

"The real figure will be substantially less than 4.9 billion (over the year)," Hartl told reporters.


city of mud

marikina riverbanks, total wasteland

up close




greenhills, san juan


ayala avenue underpass

eastwood city, quezon city


hypermarket, silver city

marikina city


valle verde

ghost-looking road

araneta avenue, quezon city




near xavier school

katipunan avenue

wading through raging waters

loyola grand villas area

stranded cars

cars swallowed by angry waters

Philippine Daily News / Pictures of Manila flooding caused by typhoon Ondoy
« on: September 28, 2009, 04:38:17 PM »
the following manila flood photos are shared by Joyce Castillo, M.D.

De Lasalle University, Taft Avenue

Quezon City area

Inspiration & Hope / Life is too short to wake up with regrets
« on: September 07, 2009, 10:48:12 AM »
Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right.. Forget about the ones who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Love Talk / No one falls in love by choice, it is by CHANCE. True or Not?
« on: September 07, 2009, 10:46:58 AM »
No one falls in love by choice, it is by CHANCE.
No one stays in love by chance, it is by WORK.
And no one falls out of love by chance, it is by CHOICE.

Suspects in Williams' Murder Arrested
published by the Bohol Chronicle

In its manhunt operations police arrested on Thursday two youngsters involved in the brutal killing of British national Martin Williams (aka Martin Hawthorne) who was found dead Tuesday morning in Boloc-boloc Spring, barangay Mansasa, this city.

The City Police confirmed they arrested one Christian Gulle, 22 years old, and his female teenage companion, 19-year old Irene Borja, both residents of barangay Mansasa.

Operatives found an identification card of Gulle at the crime scene which gave them a lead to arrest the male assailant who was at his parents’ house Thursday morning. Investigators said Gulle admitted to stabbing Williams 14 times after the victim allegedly tried to rape and hurt his teenage companion.

Gulle confessed that he met Williams Monday night at Bojol Grill where both shared food and drinks.

Later that night, at around 10 p.m., Williams purportedly invited Gulle and Borja to continue their drinking spree at Boloc-boloc Spring, just about a hundred meters from the Bohol Mangrove KTV Bar and Lodging house where the British man was checked in.

According to Gulle, he was a few meters away from Williams and Borja whom he believed to have been bathing at the spring when he heard the latter shout. Upon rushing to the scene, Gulle said he saw Borja lying on the ground and in pain. He said he tried to help the girl get up but Williams allegedly started shouting at him which he could not understand.

Gulle admitted “things happened so fast” and when he took his knife to stab Williams several times, he did not stop as he was scared that the heavily-built foreigner would get back at him.

Gulle provided policemen the identity of his alleged cohort (Borja) who sought refuge in the house of a brother-in-law in a remote barangay in Sierra Bullones.

She was arrested by elements of the Sierra Bullones Police Thursday afternoon and was later turned over to the Tagbilaran Police who launched a full investigation regarding the suspect.

Williams, 43, had been wearing just sandals, shorts and t-shirts and was dead for several hours when his body was discovered, according to Dr. John Paul Bernaldez of the city health office.

World Daily News / China's Aggressive Military Expansion
« on: March 26, 2009, 02:46:45 PM »
The United States' defence department says China is developing "disruptive" technologies for nuclear, space and cyber warfare.

These are shifting the military balance in Asia and have implications beyond the region, said the latest report by the Pentagon on China's armed forces.

It again criticised Beijing for a lack of transparency in reporting military spending and security policy.

The report also welcomed the rise of a peaceful, stable and prosperous China.

"However," it adds, "much uncertainty surrounds China's future course, particularly regarding how its expanding military power might be used." - BBC

Technology / Hiring a Hacker
« on: March 25, 2009, 03:47:35 PM »
A top New Zealand telecommunications company has hired a teenager who admitted to taking part in an international cyber-crime network.

TelstraClear said former hacker Owen Thor Walker was advising corporate customers on internet crime.

Mr Walker had been at the centre of a criminal network that infiltrated more than a million computers globally.

He was investigated by the authorities in the US, Europe and New Zealand while he was just 16 and still at school.

As well as taking part in an advertising campaign, Mr Walker had delivered a series of seminars to help senior executives and customers understand the security threats to their networks, said TelstraClear spokesman Chris Mirams.

"It was really just ... to let them know the type of cyber threats that are out there, developing," said Mr Mirams, according to the Associated Press news agency. - BBC

Philippine Business News / Re: Patay foreigner sa Mansasa
« on: March 25, 2009, 12:40:15 PM »
Thanks Ben for the lead. We're waiting for more details surrounding the death of this Briton.

Jokes and Humor / How far to that village?
« on: March 25, 2009, 11:29:39 AM »
How far to that village?

“How long will it take me to walk into the village from here?” inquired
the English tourist.
“No idea,” replied the Kerry farmer.
Off trudged the Englishman muttering to himself.
“Come back, sir,” called the Kerryman.
“What now?” asked the tourist.
“It’ll take you about ten minutes.”
“Why didn’t you tell me that in the first place?” asked the Englishman.
“Sure I didn’t know how fast you walked!” smiled the farmer.

Jokes and Humor / Rocket to the Sun
« on: March 25, 2009, 10:55:57 AM »
Rocket to the Sun

“You know that the Americans and Russians have sent rockets to the Moon and Mars?” said Profes­sor Muldoon. “Well, I’m designing a rocket to go all the way to the Sun.” “Surely the heat would be too strong,” mused O’Connor, “and the rocket would melt?” “No, no,” assured Muldoon, “I’ll be sending it at night!”

Showbiz & Celebrity / Did Francis Magalona Know He Would Die Young?
« on: March 22, 2009, 03:05:30 AM »
Tidbits from Ricky Lo, the Philippine Star columnist

Even long before he was diagnosed to be suffering from leukemia (the most aggressive type) in August last year, Francis Magalona knew that he would die young.

“Yes, he told me that during our early years,” confessed Francis’ widow Pia Arroyo who is revealing more hitherto unknown facts about Francis in this afternoon’s edition of Startalk (GMA, 2:30 to 5 p.m.). “We were newly married then and I told him to stop saying that, that we should stay happy and look forward to enjoying life with our children.”

In hindsight, Pia, who has remained “a pillar of strength” up to this very minute, said that she now realized why Francis was in a hurry to accomplish so many things, which he did. In his 44 years, Francis the Master Rapper recorded albums of nationalistic songs (Mga Kababayan, Kaleidoscope World, etc.) that cemented his reputation as, if I may coin a new title for him, the Pambansang Boses.

“And that, I think, is the best legacy he left not only for us his family but for all Filipinos,” added Pia who, together with her eight children, were in Malacañang a few days ago to receive a posthumous Presidential Medal of Merit Award.

Last Sunday which marked the ninth day after Francis’ death and the baptism of daughter Clara, 8, Maxene noticed a brown butterfly hovering around the family during a Mass.

“I knew it was Papa,” said Maxene, eyes welling with tears. “Sarado ang doors at windows, so how could a butterfly enter and stay that long? It just disappeared without anybody noticing it.”

In October, the month when her dad would have turned 45 (Oct. 4), Maxene will graduate from Ateneo with a degree in Social Sciences and she plans to write a thesis about her father.

“It was only after he died did I learn a lot more about Papa,” said Maxene.

LGU Philippines / Governor Aumentado Will Resign?
« on: March 22, 2009, 02:36:49 AM »
By June Blanco
Sunday Post

  “I will resign my position if the Panglao Bohol international Airport will be a no-go.”

  Thus Bohol Gov. Erico Aumentado staked his governorship over the latest skepticism in the construction of the proposed P4.2-billion airport, expressed this time by Tagbilaran City Mayor Dan Lim.

  Speaking during his weekly program The Governor Reports simulcast live over the city’s two radio stations, Aumentado gamely took Lim’s challenge.

  It came in the form of a letter to the governor dated March 13.

  Lim had responded to the governor’s letter of even date reminding the former to honor his promise to construct a wastewater treatment facility (WTF) in Taloto District in the city “after the conditionalities thereto have been met.”

  These conditionalities included the completion of the paving with concrete – instead of asphalt as originally planned – of part of Pres. CPG North Ave., and the construction of the San Jose outfall that drains into Tagbilaran Bay.

  Lim had announced the promise and its conditionalities during coordination meetings for the Bohol Circumferential Road Improvement Project Phase 2 (BCRIP 2).

  The project has since been inaugurated by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the outfall completed, but efforts to construct the WTF have been few and far between.

  Aumentado said he thought the facility will now be taking shape with the conditionalities already met, but was surprised – and was even worried – when informed by officials of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) central office that the city had not yet accomplished the requirements for the bank to process and release a loan for the purpose.

  He said DBP told him that the papers for the loan for the concreting of various city streets were already in but not those for the WTF.

  The governor said he cannot emphasize more the importance of the treatment facility. It is the ultimate solution to the flooding of Pres. CPG Ave. and the foul odor from the drainage canals even as it would prevent the pollution of Tagbilaran Bay that he calls “an environmental disaster,” hence his letter.

  But in his response, Lim said he has not been sleeping on the job. He took Aumentado’s move as “meddling” in the affairs of the city.

  He said Aumentado should instead focus on constructing the Panglao Airport – conceptualized when the governor was still a congressman. Lim said the project has not  taken off until now that Aumentado is on his third term as governor.

  In contrast, he said, the WTF – talked about only some three years ago – will be finished ahead of the airport.

  Aumentado preferred not to be belligerent.

  He thanked Lim for already taking seriously the WTF concern, adding that it is expected to be finished ahead because it requires a shorter gestation period than the airport.

  He thanked the mayor further because then, Tagbilaran will be up to the wastewater treatment requirements of a growing city, and the unnatural population boom expected from the influx of tourists, visitors and investors brought about by international and domestic flights – and even by budget airlines attracted to Bohol’s potentials.

  Aumentado is confident that civil works for the airport will start between July and October this year. It will be financed solely by local funds – no loans or Official Development Assistance (ODA) – hence, canceling the need for a loan application process.

  The airport will also be constructed in two phases – and the current phase in two packages undertaken simultaneously, to boot – to cut on the working days requirement.

  Plus, he said, the runway will now be asphalt-paved like European and some US airports instead of being concreted as the latter would be too abrasive for the planes’ wheels. This will cut construction time as the period for curing or seasoning of the concrete will already be deleted.

  At the same time, he challenged those in the same situation as he to similarly resign if they cannot make good their promises to the public.

Philippine Education / Say NO to 5-Year Nursing in the Philippines
« on: March 21, 2009, 11:43:39 PM »
Senator Francis Escudero on Saturday opposed the plan by the Commission on Higher Education to extend the nursing education from four years to five years.

“I am against adding another year for nursing, or for any other course,” the senator said in a statement e-mailed to media outfits.

“Our nurses are being praised all over the world. Why in the world does CHED want to change what is not broken?” he asked.

Escudero said CHED should instead weed out diploma mills that have proliferated due to the increase in the number of nursing students. He also called for stricter supervision of nursing review centers.

Echoing the call of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations against the CHED plan, Escudero said making nursing a five-year course would mean an additional financial burden to parents and students.

“Parents set aside a budget for the education of their children. Based on current figures each nursing student needs about P100,000 annually for matriculation plus textbooks, excluding review courses. Adding another year to the course makes it more expensive,” the senator pointed out. - PDI

The political season heats up with the onset of summer as the country’s treasurers auditors and assessors ended their 76th annual convention with a new contribution to the list of possible candidates: Finance Secretary Margarito Teves.

Teves’ name cropped up as a possible vice presidential candidate during the convention, held March 16-19 at the Manila Hotel and attended by more than 4,000 members nationwide.

During the convention, the president of the Philippine Association of Municipal Assessors, Mario Magcalas, endorsed Teves as the ideal running mate of Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, who last week announced his intention top run for president in elections scheduled for May 2010.

“This is a formidable and explosive duo,” said Magcalas, referring to the tandem as “T ’n T,” or Teodoro and Teves.

Magcalas, in a press statement, said the team-up favors the country’s grain of political tradition because Teves represents the Mindanao and Visayas islands and Teodoro, Luzon.

He said that with the country hobbled by two serious problems — national security and the economy — Teodoro and Teves would make an ideal tandem for the country. - PDI

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