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Bible Study / Everyone Wants a Place in Heaven
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:57:39 AM »
Isn't it strange how everyone wants a place in heaven, but they don't want to believe, do, or say anything to get there?

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Bible Study / What Magazines and Newspapers Say
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:56:50 AM »
Isn't it strange how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say, but we question the words in the Bible?

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Bible Study / Sharing God's Word and Spreading Gossip
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:56:06 AM »
Isn't it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others, but how easy
it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

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Bible Study / Last-minute Preparation
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:55:25 AM »
Isn't it strange how we need to know about an event for Church 2-3 weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events at the last minute?

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Bible Study / Front-row-tickets to Concerts and Games
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:54:35 AM »
Isn't it strange how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games, but they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in Church?

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Bible Study / Reading the Bible and Reading a Novel
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:52:31 AM »
Isn't it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible, but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel or ZANE GREY book?

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Bible Study / Praying to God and Talking to a Friend
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:51:30 AM »
Isn't it strange that you can't find a word to say when you're praying, but you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

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Bible Study / Going to Church and Watching Movie
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:48:33 AM »
Isn't it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you're at church, and how short they seem when you're watching a good movie?

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Bible Study / Donating to Church and Shopping
« on: February 26, 2009, 09:47:35 AM »
Isn't it strange how a 100-peso bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?


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LGU Philippines / Cory Aquino Says "Sorry" to Erap Estrada
« on: January 04, 2009, 02:13:35 AM »
Former president Corazon Aquino has apologized to deposed president Joseph Estrada for participating in his ouster in 2001.

Aquino said she is one of those who would plead "guilty" for her role in the military-backed popular uprising that removed Estrada from power and replaced him with his then vice president, now President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"Lahat tayo nagkakamali, patawarin mo na lang ako [All of us make mistakes, please forgive me]," she told Estrada.

The two former leaders, along with another former president, Fidel Ramos, were at the launching of the biography of former speaker Jose de Venecia.

Later, Estrada escorted Aquino, who has been diagnosed with colon cancer and is undergoing treatment, to her car.

Asked for his reaction to Aquino's apology, Estrada said he felt "vindicated" by the statement.

"I feel vindicated, coming from a respectable person, our icon and symbol of democracy," he told reporters in an interview after the event.

He said he did not expect the apology to come from Aquino.

"It's unexpected, that's why I am very happy today," the deposed leader said.

“It is fantastic,” he said in a separate interview, repeating the word again and again.

“She [Aquino] told the truth [about] what she feels. I am very happy she is very true, an example of a president who is transparent, who is honest and tells the truth,” he added.

At the height of the national broadband network deal controversy, Aquino and Estrada joined the interfaith rally in Makati City in February calling for truth and accountability, reform and the resignation of Arroyo.

Asked how he felt being surrounded by personalities from EDSA Dos, as the uprising that ousted him as called, Estrada said: "As they said, the weak cannot forgive, but forgiveness is the attribute of [the] strong, so I forgive them because I have the attribute of being strong."

In his speech at the book launch, Estrada identified De Venecia as one of the officials who asked him to step down in 2001.

“Today, I give you my full and absolute pardon. That is my exercise of executive privilege,” Estrada told De Venecia. - source: http://www.asianjournal.com

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Learn English Online / English in the Philippines
« on: January 04, 2009, 02:01:22 AM »
By Antonio Aboitiz
Published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer

The ubiquity of the English language in these islands is a bittersweet reality of our culture.

The entire world is scrambling to learn the planet’s current lingua franca while we, who had it thrust upon us for better or worse, are coming dangerously close to losing our fated headstart because of a variety of complex factors.

One of these factors is the fact that many of us who do not pronounce the words like the people on the pirated DVDs everyone purchases (piracy is a crime!) are very intimidated by this inability, and therefore become frustrated or ashamed and give up. This is something that must be smashed. Not the DVDs, but the stigma and teasing that can come along with bad diction.

Making fun

The perpetuation of the national pastime of making fun of someone’s English abilities should be ended. That is because we have our own English. It is Filipino English, and it is as valid—if not more so—than the English spoken by say, Australia or Canada, nations whose populations are but a fraction of ours.

We are supposedly the third largest English-speaking nation in the world. However, that all depends on how you define fluency. If you take the number of speakers of English as a second language, we probably rank around that.

English is a difficult language to learn. It has many rules, but also has almost as many exceptions and is fantastically non-phonetic (why is knife spelled with a k?). Its earliest evolution from its Germanic base, running into long and bloody backs and forths with the Romans, Vikings, then the French, then a liberal spiking of words obtained from conquered lands belies the history of the incredible islands from which the language bursts forth and itself conquered the world.

There may be more speakers of Chinese, but their geographic scope and influence around the globe cannot rival that of English.

This is THE language of international business, diplomacy, aviation, science, entertainment, and the World Wide Web.

English was brought to us by Americans, who started our public school system (an educated citizenry is a pre-requisite to true democracy) and left us speaking lots of good English. That is, until we decided to make Pilipino the national language in 1936 (check the preface on your kid’s Balarila) and the Bagong Lipunan tried desperately to force it as a medium of instruction.

We have our own English. We say comfortable the way it is spelled, not as “cumftabul” the way an American would. We use the word “already” as no one else does. “It is ready already” “it is finished already” this is pure Filipino-English. An Australian or an American would likely say simply “it’s done.” We say “for a while”—what exactly does that mean? I take it to mean, “when it’s ready already.” Again other English speakers might say “just a moment” or “just a sec”—but they mean the same thing really. The British and their Commonwealth members use “take away” Americans, “to go” Filipinos say “take home”—or at least used to.

God help you if you ask for the “CR” in any other English-speaking nation. But hey, we’ve also contributed to the English language in general: “boondocks” is a corruption of bundok.

The very difficulty and inconsistency of the English language—its fluidity and ability to invent and co-opt words—lies at the heart of the creative potential it imbibes to those who speak it.

Our ability to comprehend English is a trump card that we have to develop further and play to the hilt.

It makes courting foreign investments easier, makes tourism more attractive, adds to the “by the grace of God” advantages we have—great natural wealth in terms of biodiversity and minerals, strategic crossroads location, and more importantly, truly friendly, caring people who have a great sense of humor.

English is a living language, just as our own languages are. We also co-opt other words and usage as they come into our lives and become ubiquitous, and unavoidable. Its evolution is not determined by scholars and laid down as the law of the land.

Evolution

This just tells me we are primed and ready to evolve our language at the pace this world now demands of everyone: fast. We share some of those built-in ethno-linguistic evolutionary characteristics that gives English its creative advantage.

Back to the pronunciation aspect. I believe one great advantage we have in the growing field of business process outsourcing/information communications technology/call centers—is that we are not grating to the native English speaker’s ear, the Americans and British folk who are our major call center customers.

You outsource that to someone from India, or Singapore, or Hong Kong, and their accents will not be as pleasing to those customer’s ears as our own accents which we make such fun of.

Let’s not lose our aces. We’ve already done that with a few of the good cards we had already been dealt.

I have several suggestions to keep our edge in English:

1. Keep speaking English and continue to use it as a medium of instruction. Take what we want from either of the other two largest English-speaking nations but be consistent in our textbooks, particularly in spelling and grammar.

2. DO NOT make fun of someone’s pronunciation unless it is constructive.

3. DO NOT fear ridicule. That person making fun of your English, well, you could probably run circles around them in your own dialect.

4. Keep speaking your home dialect, teach it to your children, and present it as a language class in school. While English may be slowly changing some of our already fractured-culture nation’s heritage, we will never ever give up our identity and cultural characteristics. Don’t worry, we will still be Filipino.

5. Remember that each dialect we lose, we lose a complete worldview. So the old languages must somehow find a way to survive or they will perish forever.

6. Keep it to a minimum with the silly acronyms. We are just plain crazy about those. Some are unavoidable (it’s a waste of time to say “Subscriber Identity Module card” rather than the omnipresent “SIM card”). For your own sake, don’t use the silly acronym unless you know what it stands for. This acronym insanity permeates business, nongovernmental organizations, cooperatives, civil society, government (“Epira—what’s that? Such silliness because if they called Republic Act No. 9136 the “Industry Reform Act for Power and Electricity” instead of the “Electric Power Industry Reform Act” we might be calling it “I RAPE”), education, religion, etc.

Numbers game

7. Remind those arrogant enough to challenge our English that on many terms, we win because we have the numbers. The United Kingdom herself only has about 60 million people, and even those guys can’t agree on the proper pronunciation of words.

8. At some point in time, our own Noah Webster will create a Filipino Dictionary of the English Language. When that happens we will have truly come of age as another birthing place for this unique modern language.

(Aboitiz recently retired from the Aboitiz Group of Companies and is current chairman of the Visayas regional committee of the Philippine Business for Social Progress.)

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Philippine Laws / Government Authority Comes from the People
« on: January 04, 2009, 12:33:27 AM »
The Philippine Constitution

ARTICLE II
Declaration of Principles and State Policies

   
    Section 1. The Philippines is a republican state. Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.


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Philippine Laws / National Territory of the Philippines
« on: January 03, 2009, 11:01:51 PM »
ARTICLE I of the Philippine Constitution
The National Territory
 
    Section 1. The national territory comprises the Philippine archipelago, with all the islands and waters embraced therein, and all the other territories belonging to the Philippines by historic or legal title, including the territorial sea, the air space, the subsoil, the sea-bed, the insular shelves, and the submarine areas over which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction. The waters around, between, and connecting the islands of the archipelago, irrespective of their breadth and dimensions, form part of the internal waters of the Philippines.


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Philippine Laws / Preamble of the Philippine Constitution
« on: January 03, 2009, 09:21:48 PM »
Preamble of the Philippine Constitution

We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Divine Providence, in order to establish a government that shall embody our ideals, promote the general welfare, conserve and develop the patrimony of our Nation, and secure to ourselves and our posterity the blessings of democracy under a regime of justice, peace, liberty, and equality, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.

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Showbiz & Celebrity / Son of John Travolta Dies in Bahamas
« on: January 03, 2009, 08:00:01 PM »
The teenage son of American actor John Travolta has died suddenly while on a family holiday in the Bahamas.

The actor's lawyer, Michael Ossi, said Jett Travolta, who was 16, suffered a seizure, and attempts to revive him at the scene failed.

The family were staying in a property in the grounds of the Old Bahama Bay Hotel on Grand Bahama Island.

Jett, who had a history of seizures, was the eldest child of Travolta and his actress wife, Kelly Preston.

The couple also have a daughter, Ella Blue, who was born in 2000. - BBC

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Love Talk / Re: An Open Love Letter for an Unknown Woman
« on: December 31, 2008, 07:29:50 AM »
hi abcdefg,

kung wala palang nimo gisalindot ang gugmang akong gihalad kanimo ug kita ang nagdayon...

    naa na unta tay grade 1 karon ug kinder.

mao seguro puy atong palad.

happy new year nalang diha...

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Philippine Provinces / Sitting On Top of Gold
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:28:19 AM »
By Aurelio Pena

Filipino jewelry makers from seven small towns here who just started to churn out little pieces of gold earrings, rings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, etc. a few years back, are sitting on mountains of gold.

Deep beneath the rugged mountain ranges of Compostela Valley lies a rich ore field containing gold with a density of 25 to 100 grams per metric ton, approximately 25 to 50 times more than the famous gold ore at the Witwatersrand Basin in South Africa, according to United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) data.

"It's still largely untapped -- even with all the gold mining there all these years. There's still so much gold there," a Bureau of Mines spokesman here said.

These seven small towns in the Philippines' richest valley are sitting today on top of 36,328,700 metric tons of gold, with the small mining town of Mabini topping the list with around 17 million metric tons of gold underneath, according to data provided by the Bureau of Mines here.

The other gold-laden towns are New Bataan with 15,594,689 metric tons of gold, Maco with 2,304,010 metric tons, Monkayo with 670,000 metric tons, Pantukan with 500,000 metric tons, Nabunturan with 198,000 metric tons and Compostela with 62,000 metric tons.

Towns with lesser volumes of gold ore, however, have bigger deposits of copper ore, one of the most sought-after minerals here. These copper-laden towns include Pantukan with a whopping 245 million metric tons of copper, followed by Maco with 68 million metric tons and New Bataan with 50 million metric tons.

Compostela Valley governor Arturo Uy said the valley's quality of gold goes as high as 18 karats while its silver comes out 100 percent pure, making the valley one of the world's best sources of high-quality gold and silver.

"This place is going to be the primary source of gold and silver for the country's jewelry industry and the world's markets," says Uy.

So far, the mountain district of Diwalwal in Monkayo along the Mt. Diwata rugged mountain ranges, is the most visible and popular in the country. This famous gold mining site has produced billions of US dollars worth of gold during the last 30 years since gold was discovered here, according to Uy.

Blessed with so much gold and silver, this rich valley has started developing its own jewelry-making industry with the help of the region's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

At least seven small jewelry manufacturing shops had been set up at Diwalwal during the last few years after the province was included in the nationwide One Town One Product (OTOP) program of the government which identified jewelry-making as one of the emerging industries of Compostela Valley.

Other industries of the province include furniture-making, banana production, diary production, fish production, rice and corn production, food processing, gold production and processing, etc.

"Jewelry-making has all the potentials of succeeding in Compostela Valley because of all that gold over there," says DTI regional director Marizon Loreto.

"And to their advantage, this region has its own pool of product designers who can turn out creative jewelry designs for local and foreign markets," she added. (PNA Feature)

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Health and Food / What Dancing Can Do For You
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:26:42 AM »
Vietnam's modern transformation from a very poor, hard-working country to a nation of fun-lovers is evident in the recent rise in popularity of dance classes, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported Monday.

In the old Vietnam, those who showed a love for dance were quickly reminded that nhan cu vi bat thien (idleness is the root of all evils). Today, the country is shaking off out-dated attitudes and embracing frivolous fun.

The young and old across the country are recognising that dancing does wonders for their health and wellbeing.

Nguyen Van Nhan, 80, from Hanoi's Cau Giay ward, Tu Liem district asked his son to bring him to the Quang Trung Dancing Club in the city's downtown district, Dong Da, so he could socialise in the fun environment with hundreds of other people of his age.

"My friends told me about the club and I was keen to join in because it's good for my health. Most importantly, I can make friends with others and make myself happier," said Nhan.

The club was founded spontaneously in 2003 by a group of energetic, elderly couples. One of the founders, Tran Duy An (who passed away several years later) brought up-beat music to the Go Dong Da ground, and invited everyone to join in. - Xinhua

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They are the super couple of Hollywood but when it comes to exchanging gifts at Christmas, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt go for home-made gifts rather than big or expensive ones.

Actor Brad Pitt, who is raising six children with partner Angelina Jolie, has revealed that when it comes to gifts his family exchange home-made gifts instead of big gifts.

"We do exchange gifts, although we don't feel any pressure to make them big or expensive gifts," Pitt told 'Hello' magazine.

The couple have twins Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Leon, a daughter named Shiloh and adopted siblings Maddox, Zahara and Pax.

The actor also makes sure that the children do not watch much American cartoon television, which he believes is packed with "manipulative" advertisements.

"The kids don't ask for big gifts for the reason that they don't see a lot of the American cartoon television, which is packed with all those manipulative commercials for big toys that look so fantastic.

"When they do see that stuff is when they start asking for the toys, so we figure if they don't see them they won't know they're there," Pitt said. - PNA/Xinhua

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Showbiz & Celebrity / After Titanic: DiCaprio and Winslet
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:23:55 AM »
It is more than a decade that they starred together in 'Titanic' as young but doomed lovers, but years have been kind to Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, who have united once again for 'Revolutionary Road'.

The actors charmed the crowd as they posed for photographers at the Los Angeles premiere of their film looking slimmer and stylish than they looked at the premier of 'Titanic' in 1997.

The 33-year-old Winslet, who is also a mother of two children, showed off her slim and toned body in an asymmetrical black dress. The actress has certainly become more polished in her appearances over the years, the Daily Mail reported.

Winslet appears slimmer than she did in her 20s. She had a fuller figure at the time of her first film 'Titanic'. She was bullied throughout her youth for being overweight but had refused to conform to the Hollywood ideal.

At the time she starred in 'Titanic' she was seen as the champion of fuller figured women. But it appears that since moving to US, Winslet has worked hard on cultivating a more glamorous image.

The actress was recently the centre of controversy over a photoshoot for 'Vanity Fair' magazine which was apparently airbrushed to give her a line-free and incredibly slim look. - PNA/Xinhua

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