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World Daily News / JEFF BEZOS, the world's richest man
« on: July 30, 2017, 12:01:42 PM »
Jeff Bezos on Thursday became the richest person in the world.

According to The New York Times, the Amazon founder and CEO has $90.6 billion to his name.

He beat out fellow billionaire and Seattle resident Bill Gates to snag the top spot.

In addition to founding the online retail behemoth Amazon, Bezos also owns The Washington Post and an aerospace company, Blue Origin.gettyimages-173376078 - Show Posts - balong

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Introduce Yourself / WELCOME CalebZach
« on: July 13, 2017, 01:34:09 AM »
welcome caleb zach. our newest member who registered july 10 ;D

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Love Talk / complicated love story
« on: June 07, 2017, 05:39:57 PM »


Before love, comes friendship. Friendship that has been built from solid rock. Couple’s bond started when they were still younger or even older. There’s a proverb: ‘You can never be friends with a guy without developing it to something else’. Which many couples can attest.

A woman named Mia posted her touching love story in UP Secret Files. Technology has a way of helping other people vent out their emotions through posting with these kind of pages. Secret files lets you be free and pour your heart out. Also, you can stay anonymous if you want to.

Mia’s lovestory was 18 years in the making. She met her first love at a classroom during their freshman year. They were inseperable from having the same classes, organizations and even together during lunch breaks. They became best of friends.




 
They spent Christmas with each others family. People that knew them were wondering why they weren’t dating which they shrugged and gave definite answers. But they talked about it and still nothing is official.

Then, Mia realized she was falling deep and can’t fathom life without him by her side. But she kept her feelings to her self in fear of loosing her best friend and first love.

One day, she was supposed to go home but was forced to stay in her apartment because she was so sick. He then knocked on her door step and took care of her the entire day. He sang Hey Jude from Beatles to lull her to rest. His gestures made Mia more deeply inlove.


 
A beautiful relationship started when he asked Mia on a date during Chirstmas break. She was ecstatic and in disbelief that finally he was starting to feel something for her.

They graduated at the University, then, a year after, he proposed to her in the place where they first met. Their friends and family helped him staged the sweet proposal which Mia said yes.

They decided to get married the next year. Unlike other brides, Mia’s wedding preparation was smooth sailing. Two weeks before they say I do, he kneeled infront of her and was asking to cancel the wedding. He was being a coward and so afraid that his love was not true. He felt like that he is oblige to love Mia because everyone said so.



Due to heartbreaks and devastation of reality, Mia went to the States to start fresh. Years has passed, he got married to someone else. Mia went back to the Philippines to visit some family members, when she bumped into him in a mall. Talk a about fate. They had awkward conversations but still managed to be adults.

Mia went back to the US and suddenly received an email from him. Saying he’s not in good terms with his wife and still inlove with her so he’s coming to the US to search for his lost soul.

They played house and selfish Mia grabbed their borrowed time. But their time has come to an end, he received a text from his wife that they were having a son. Mia decided to leave him and went into hiding because she can’t fathom being a homewrecker. He returned to the Philippines to be with his wofe and new born son.

You may hate Mia all you want, but the real reason she did what she did is because she was diagnosed with Stage 2A bone cancer. On her self defense, if you love someone you will do everything to be with him. She was spending her time left with her first love for selfish reasons. Lowkey, he never knew about Mia’s condition at all. Also, they never had any closure since Mia suddenly left.

This is not your ordinary love story/confession. Ang confession na ito ay almost 18 years in the making. Sana mapagbigyan kahit mahaba. Sinubukan ko namang pagkasyahin dito ang lahat ng nangyari within the last 18 years. Hindi man masyadong masaya ang ending, I regret nothing.
Nagkakilala tayo sa AS. Sa isang classroom sa first floor. Pareho tayong freshman sa isang GE class at naging close tayo. Matagal na rin kaya hindi ko na masyado maalala ko pano tayo naging close. Basta simula nun, hindi na tayo mapaghiwalay. Pareho tayo ng org na sinalihan, sabay tayong mag-lunch, mag-dinner. Basta we were always together. Sabay tayong lumaki, sabay na nagbago ang ideals at namulat sa realidad ng mundo. We were the best of friends, yung tipong every other year magkasama mag-celebrate ng Christmas ang families natin. Dumating rin sa point na laging tinatanong ng mga magulang natin kung kailan daw ba magiging tayo. Yun na lang daw ang kulang satin.
Pati friends and orgmates natin lagi tayong tinutukso. Bakit pa raw kasi pa-bestfriend pa tayo e sa pagiging magsyota rin naman daw tayo babagsak. All through the years natin sa UP, lagi nila tayong sinasabihan ng ganun pero di natin sila pinapansin.
Madalas rin namang mauwi sa mga ganung topic ang paguusap natin. Minsan nasabi mo sakin na never mo pang nararanasan ma-inlove ng katulad sa mga telenovela. Yung tipong papatay at gagawa ng kung anu-anong katangahan para sa taong mahal mo. Ang sabi ko sayo di naman ata totoo yung love na katulad sa tv. Di naman kailangan maging OA pag in love.
I was wrong though.
Nainlove ako sayo. As in nahulog talaga. You were my first love. Hindi ko alam kung pano. Hindi ko alam kung kailan basta ang alam ko kailangan kita sa buhay ko at hindi ko kayang mabuhay ng wala ka. Siyempre hindi mo alam yun. Di rin naman ako nagtapat bilang duwag ako at ayokong mawala ka sakin.
Tapos isang araw bigla na lang nagbago tingin mo sakin. Sa pagkakatanda ko, nagsimula ang lahat nung nagkasakit ako nung last year natin sa UP. Magpapasko nun at wala akong ibang kasama sa apartment na tinutuluyan ko. Hindi ako makauwi samin kasi nga may sakit ako at di ko kayang gumalaw. Hindi pa masyadong uso ang cellphones nun kaya wala akong way para ma-contact ka kaya nagulat na lang ako nung dumating ka. Akala ko umuwi ka na sa inyo, instead inalagaan mo ko buong araw. Napaka-patient mo pa sakin kasi nung umiiyak na ko sa sobrang sama ng pakiramdam ko niyakap mo lang ako at kinantahan mo ko.
Hinding hindi ko makakalimutan yung song na yun. Yung Hey Jude ng Beatles. Pinakita mo sakin kung gano ko ka-importante sayo at dahil dun, lalo pa kong na-in love sayo. Kaya nga sobrang saya ko nung niyaya mo kong mag-date after ng Christmas break. Hindi ko alam kung tatalon ba ko or sisigaw sa sobrang saya. Hindi ko inakalang mahal mo rin ako. I thought it was the start of a beautiful relationship.
And for the most part, it was. We were awesome together, dare I say perfect? Walang mapaglagyan ang saya ko nung maka-graduate na tayo. Then, fast forward to one year later, 2003. With the help of your friends, nag propose ka sakin sa harap ng college kung san tayo unang nagkakilala. I was the happiest woman in the world when I said yes. Akala ko talaga yun na.
Nagkasundo tayo, pati pamilya natin, na magpakasal the next year. Never ako na-stress sa pagaayos ng kasal natin. Sobrang na-enjoy ko nga e. Pero two weeks before the actual wedding, dumating ang stress ko. Lumuhod ka sa harap ko ang nagmakaawang patawarin kita kasi hindi mo kayang ituloy ang kasal. Sabi mo na-pressure ka lang ng pamilya mo, mga kaibigan mo to pursue a relationship with me. Akala mo rin mahal mo ko kasi nga di ka pa naiinlove. Pero ngayon, nainlove ka sa isang girl sa office niyo na hindi ko naman kilala. Siguro kung gano ko nahulog sayo, ganun ka rin nahulog sa kanya.
Sobrang sakit pero pinilit kong ipakita sayo na ok lang. Na kaya kong tanggapin na hanggang best friend lang talaga ang pagtingin mo sakin. Na nag-settle ka lang for second best at since nakita mo na yung best, the love of your life, ready ka na mag move on. Pinatawad kita kasi mahal kita e pero hindi na naisalba ang friendship natin. Naisip ko pa nun, dalawang linggo na lang, bat di pa umabot? Pero naisip ko rin na mas mahirap nga naman kung natuloy yung kasal natin pero di mo naman ako mahal.
After nun, sa sobrang humiliation and pain, I ran away to the States with my family and I never spoke to you again. I spent a few years there and tried to rebuild my life na nasira ng sobrang pagmamahal ko sayo. On my second year, sa US, nagkasakit ako. I was diagonsed with stage 2A bone cancer. Nasa lahi rin namin but still, it was surprising. May hope pa naman for treatment so lumaban ako. Radiation. Chemo. Ginawa ko lahat. For a while, I was in remission. Akala ko nanaman yun na. Akala ko second chance ko na yun para sumaya.
Mali nanaman ako. Bumalik yung cancer ko and this time, mas malala na sya. Pwede pa rin naman daw i-treat kaya lang pampahaba na lang raw ng buhay ko yun. Di na raw ako gagaling. Maghintay at magdasal na lang raw ang magagawa ko. Nung una, hindi ko matanggap. Hindi ako makapaniwalang hanggang dito na lang ang lahat ng pinaghirapan ko. Eventually, natanggap ko rin. Mahirap. Masakit. Pero ano bang magagawa ko?
2010 nang bumalik ako sa Pilipinas. Di sinasadyang nagkita tayo sa isang mall. Tumubo na ulit buhok ko nun kaya di halatang may sakit ako. Niyaya kitang magkape. Nung una awkward. Ano nga ba naman masasabi mo sa babaeng iniwan mo sa altar di ba? Pero eventually, naging ok rin naman paguusap natin. Matagal na nga naman nung nangyari yun. Move on na. Catch up lang sa mga nangyari over the last four years. Nagtatrabaho ka na pala sa isang sikat na law firm. Pinakasalan mo na rin pala siya. Halos 1 year na pala kayo. Mukhang sya talaga ang true love mo.
Nasaktan ako. Kasi bakit hindi ako? Mas matagal tayong magkakilala, nagsama. Mas gusto ako ng pamilya mo, mga kabarkada mo. Ako dumamay sayo sa lahat ng problema mo simula pa college tayo. Bakit hindi ka na lang sakin nahulog e ako yung nakaabang? Bakit sa kanya pa e napadaan lang naman sya.
So tinanong kita kung minahal mo ba talaga ko. Ang sabi mo hindi mo alam. Ang alam mo lang mahal mo ko kasi kaibigan mo ko, na mahirap bigyang kahulugan yung mga nararamdaman mo sakin kasi masyadong kumplikado. Pero inamin mo rin na sobrang nasaktan ka nung umalis ako ng Pilipinas ng di nagpapaalam. Tinanong mo ko kung posible bang magmahal ng dalawang tao ng sabay.
Napaiyak na lang ako. E anong gusto mong gawin ko? Umarte na parang best friend mo pa rin kahit sobrang pakiramdam ko nagamit ako? Pero higit sa lahat, napaiyak ako kasi narealize kong after all these years, mahal na mahal pa rin kita. At mamatay yata akong ikaw lang ang minahal ko.
Ewan. Binigay mo saking ang number mo at naghiwalay tayo nung araw na yun ng mabigat ang kalooban ko. 2011, nagpasya ko na bumalik sa States. Tinext kita at sinabi kong babalik na ko sa Amerika. Di ko alam kung bat pa ko nagpaalam sayo. Di ka rin naman sumagot.
2 months after kong makabalik sa States, nakatanggap ako ng email galing sayo. Di ko alam kung san mo nakuha email address ko. Tinanong mo kung san ako nakatira. Nung una ayokong sumagot pero di rin naman ako nakatiis. Binigay ko rin sayo address ng apartment ko.
Nung dumating ka, may daladala kang isang malaking suitcase. Natakot ako kasi, anong ibig sabihin nun? Then sinabi mo sakin na iniwan mo yung asawa mo. At least, yun ang pagkakaintindi ko. Sabi mo nagaway kayo at sabi mo sa kanya gusto mo lang hanapin ang sarili mo. Na bigyan ka lang niya ng ilang buwan. Siyempre hindi siya pumayag kaya bigla ka na lang umalis. Tumakas.
Ang sabi ko sayo baliw ka. Nagmakaawa ako sayong umuwi ka na sa Pilipinas. Lumuhod ako at umiyak at sinabi kong ayokong maging maninira ng pamilya pero sabi mong hinding-hindi mo na ko iiwan. Na kailangan mong mag-apologize para sa lahat ng nagawa mo sakin.
Pinatuloy kita sa pamamahay ko. Tao lang ako. Mahina lang din ako. At dahil mahal na mahal kita, hindi ko magawang humindi. Hindi ko sinabi sayong may sakit ako kasi alam kong matatauhan ka rin naman at babalik ka sa asawa mo. Kung malaman mong may sakit ako, hindi ka aalis kahit gusto mo na kong iwan kasi magi-guilty ka. Kilala kita e.
For a while, we played house. I did my best na itago sayo ang condition ko. At times, sobrang hirap dahil pahina na ng pahina ang katawan ko. There were days when I can barely get out of bed. Ganun kasakit. Pero you stayed with me. Took care of me. Sa mga days na sobrang sakit, niyayakap mo ko at kinakantahan mo ko ng Hey Jude, tulad ng dati.
During that time din, sinabi mo sakin na nagkamali ka. Na mahal mo rin pala ko katulad ng pagmamahal mo sa asawa mo. Masaya na ko, kaso kahati ko pa rin siya. Pero wala akong pakialam. I'll take what I can get.
Akala ko dati, ako yung taong hindi kayang maging kabit ng kung sino mang lalakeng may asawa. Akala ko kakainin ako ng konsensya ko pero totoo pala yung love sa mga telenovela no? Kapag mahal mo yung tao, lahat gagawin mo, kahit pa may nasasaktan kang iba, para lang mapasayo yung taong mahal mo.
Sobrang naging selfish ako nung mga panahong yun. Ang iniisip ko, mamatay na rin naman ako e. Gusto ko lang makaranas ng kasiyahan sa mga nalalabing oras ng buhay ko. Kahit hiram na kasiyahan lang sa asawa mo, sana pagbigyan na nya ko. Sana pagbigyan na ko ng tadhana na kahit sandali lang bago ko mamatay masaya ko.
Then dumating yung time na kintatakutan ko. Simula nung dumating ka sa US, never mo sinagot ang emails and messages sayo ng kahit sinong kakilala mo sa Pilipinas. But then you began communicating with your wife again. I had no idea what the nature of your conversation was. Ang alam ko lang, eto na yun. Malapit ka nang umalis ulit. Malapit mo na kong iwan ulit.
Kaya naisip ko, kung sasabihin ko kaya sayo na may sakit ako, will you stay? You probably would. Ayokong gamitin yung sakit ko para maitali kita sa akin pero wala na akong iba pang maisip. Hindi ko kakayanin kung iiwan mo ko ulit. Blackmail na kung blackmail. Mali na kung mali. Wala akong pakialam.
Pero on the day na sasabihin ko na sayo na may cancer ako, naunahan mo ko at sinabi mo sakin na kakapanganak lang ng asawa mo. Lalaki ang panganay niyo. Hindi mo alam na buntis pala siya nung umalis ka. Hindi niya sinabi sayo dahil sobrang galit siya pero kinalaunan naisip niyang may karapatan kang malaman na may anak na kayong dalawa.
Para akong pinagsakluban ng langit at lupa noon. Wala na rin pala akong pagasang sumaya. Hindi ko pagkakaitan ang isang inosenteng bata ng ama niya dahil lang sa sobrang pagmamahal ko. Napaka-destructive ng love ko para sayo. Pero di ko sisirain ang buhay ng anak mo.
New Year 2012. Iniwan kita. Natutulog ka ng mahimbing. Nilagay ko ang passport mo at isang ticket pabalik ng Pilipinas sa lamesa kasama ng isang sulat kung saan nagmakaawa ako sayong pakawalan mo na ko at bumalik ka na sa pamilya mo. Kahit kailan di ko ipanagtapat sayo yung tunay na kalagayan ko. Mas mabuti na rin siguro na hindi mo alam. Mas mabuti na siguro kung iisipin mo na lang na iniwan kita kasi di na kita mahal kaysa malaman mo yung totoo. Mas matatanggap ko kung magagalit ka sakin kaysa maawa ka.
So nagtago ako sayo. Itinago ako ng pamilya ko.
Kamakailan lang, nataningan na ko. Six months or less daw. It wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Ngayon siguro, since nabigyan ako ng chance to be with you again kahit sandali lang, I'm more prepared to face what's going to happen to me. I guess hindi lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng happy ending. Dati bitter ako about that, pero ngayon ok na ko. I guess it's true that the prospect of death changes your view of certain things. Kung dati galit ako dahil kahit anong gawin hindi tayo para sa isa't isa, ngayon thankful ako kasi kahit sandali nakasama kita. Kahit sandali, nabigyan ako ng chance na mexperience ang love.
Last I heard, you're back with your family. That's good. I love you so much, J. I never stopped. You were my first love and you will be my last. I had so many good memories with you. My college life was the happiest time of my life because of you. I hope you live a good life and be happy for the rest of your days.
If we weren't meant to be together in this life, then I hope we can be together in the next life. Goodbye.

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Photos Unlimited / Cliffhanger
« on: June 04, 2017, 05:17:51 AM »
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Philippine Daily News / Manila terror attack
« on: June 03, 2017, 12:36:07 AM »
Young moms, fathers, beloved bosses among those who died in the Resorts World Manila attack
By: the Super staff - @inquirerdotnet 09:22 PM June 02, 2017

At least 37 people died when a lone gunman stormed into Resorts World Manila’s casino area, firing shots, setting fires and stealing chips. Most of the victims were casino employees and guests who suffocated after inhaling smoke.



Read more: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/264189/young-moms-among-those-resorts-world-manila/#ixzz4irblVOXG
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USA and Canada / World Order in the Age of Trump
« on: June 01, 2017, 02:29:43 PM »
World Order in the Age of Trump
 
The future world order will resemble a multiplex cinema involving a larger audience and multiple stakeholders. The world will be pluralistic with cultural and political diversity but fragmented international governance modules, rather than being directed by a global hegemon.

What does the United States President Donald Trump’s presidency mean for the geopolitical world, and how will his steps affect the international liberal order, were some of the questions that the Boeing Company Chair in International Relations at the Schwarzman Scholars Program, Tsinghua University, Beijing –  Professor Amitav Acharya discussed during his public lecture, titled ‘World Order in the Age of Trump.’ He began his talk by highlighting that the western dominated world order has already been on a decline, and Trump will not be able to reverse that decline. His actions so far have been unpredictable and what he can or will do is yet to be seen. Acharya stated a few main trends to underline this argument and projected a different geopolitical trajectory.

Firstly, Trump is the consequence of the current world crisis and not its cause. The U.S. has had a role to play in reversing the advancement of international liberal order in recent times. It is evident from the slowing down of the rate of increase in world trade in the past four years as well as the fragmentation that international institutions associated with the U.S. such as the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have been undergoing  in recent times. These three factors are considered the pillars of the U.S.’ idea of liberal order and President Trump is taking steps to further weaken these pillars in the name of harnessing the national strength of his country. Examples of this can be seen through his recent actions such as  disbanding the Trans – Pacific Partnership (TPP), having an inward-looking approach to economic globalisation, threatening liberal alliances like North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and bilateral relations with South Korea and Japan, thereby challenging the foundational elements of the liberal order.

Secondly, emerging powers like China and India can act as the defenders of the liberal world order. Elements within the scope of BRICS such as South Africa’s recession, China-India tensions over One Belt One Road Initiative (over the disputed territory of Kashmir in India), withdrawal of BRICS fund by Goldman Sachs in 2015, are trends which render emerging powers’ capacity to protect the liberal order weak. However, China has shown efforts to defend globalisation while countries like United Kingdom through Brexit and US through Trump’s protectionist agenda, have threatened it. Thereby, in the coming times, these emerging powers will act as protectors of the western initiated order.

Thirdly, globalisation in the current times will be different but not defunct. It will be headed by the East than by the West, focused on more South-South than the previous North-South links, and will draw more attention to development over trade. Acharya demonstrated this by using a few historical examples of the brief period of western trade dominance in the entire world history, showing the influence of the Arab world on world economy. He further stated the importance of China and India in respecting state sovereignty, cultural and political diversity and keeping their capitalist ambitions intact in this new age. All these factors will define the diversity in economic and political ideology laying the basis for globalisation. The global power shift ‘shows the rise of the rest than just the rise of the BRICS,’ as developing countries will account for 57% of the world’s GDP by 2030 (as per KPMG predictions).

President Trump will aggravate these trends through his non-recognition of the stakes of multiple alliances in the U.S.- led international order, which encompass nations, institutions and trade. This may lead to the destruction of the present order which has been key to America’s greatness so far. It is yet to be seen what President Trump promotes as his foreign policy, in terms of his one-to-one trade deals as opposed to the multilateral ones, among others. Recent survey (Pew Research 2016) claims that globalisation is taken in a positive light, with majority populations in China and India agreeing that it is vital for a healthy economy, their children’s welfare and their countries’ role in the future.

Acharya concluded his lecture by stating that the future world order will resemble a multiplex cinema involving a larger audience and multiple stakeholders. The world will be pluralistic with cultural and political diversity but fragmented international governance modules, rather than being directed by a global hegemon.


This is an event coverage piece by Master in Public Policy student Mariyam Raza Haider.

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Chess & Mind Games / AMBUSH
« on: May 21, 2017, 04:18:42 AM »
My story happened in 1971. Niadtong panahona, bag-o pa lang nag sugod ang gera gera sa Mindanao. Muslim vs. Christian. At that time, 3rd yr. ko sa civil eng.g. sa University of Bohol. Nahitabo nga nang recruit ang Phil. Army sa ROTC. Para ibala sa Mindanao. Jolo and Palawan. Gi laay ko sa ahong eskwela kay lagi boloktorian man, daghan ko ug hagbong sa mga subjects sa civil eng.g. Mao to nga naka hunahuna ko nga mo join na lang sa Phil. Army. Mi enlist ko. Nag training mi diha ra sa Tagbilaran. Ang among CO si Calimbayan. Nakalimot na man ko sa ijang first name. Ricardo man tingali to. Ang training officer namo was a Tagalog. Lt. Grio. Kining sundawo ta dali ra maka attract ug chicks. Si Geesnel Lim, of the well known Lim family of Tagbilaran mo adto pod sa stadium. Motanaw namo mag training. Kay naka sight man sija ni Lt. Grio. Pagka gwapa ni Geesnel. Kalami na lang unta ipanguyab. Pero kotob ra intawon ko sa tanaw. Tulo laway. Ang ang man ug mo entra ka. Tenyente ang kontra.

Mo dalikyat ko ug uli sa Maribojoc kay duol ra man. Naka fatigue ug takin sa garand. Pagka hawod ni Balonglong. hihihi. Barog barog dajon sa eskina. Pa view sa mga chicks. Kay sundawo lagi konohay. Sailor, soldier, salesman. Mao ni mga attractive sa chicks. I have been all three. Anhi ta mo concentrate sa pagka sundawo kay ug e apil pa naho ang sailor ug salesman. Di na ta mahuman. Adto ko mag istambayan sa ilang Dodong Hugo nga balay. Pa atbang sa tindahan ni Nang Lilang Campos. Naa man gud sijay duha ka gwapang dalaga, Si Espie ug si Lita. Nanguyab ko ni Espie. Pero wa jud ko ka dama. Very poor pa man mi sauna. Unja ahong kontra nanguyab ni Espie, si Al Barcinas, rich ug gwapo man. So no effect ahong pag unporme uniporme, takin sa garand.  Wa jud mo lingi si Espie naho.

Miabot ang panahon nga nahuman mi ug training. Deploy na mi sa Palawan. Sa ahong hunahuna, basin pa ug magka uban mi ni Bokatch. Kay dugay ra man nga nag sundawo si Bokatch. Pilay pad ug maka join ko sa ilang unit. Swerte jud tingali, nag kauban ra mi si Bokatch. Sugod na sa gera gera. Permero nahong engkwentro, naka igo ko ug usa. Katawa ko ug doro. Ingon ani man diay ning gera. Mora ra pod ta ug nag duwa duwa ba.

To be continued.........

Watch for the    4th JESUS ANQUILERO Chess Tournament   on Sept. 30 sa Maribojoc Cultural Center . Ginagmay nga prizes for kids under 13.
1st prize......P5000
2nd prize......P3000
3rd prize......P2000
4th prize......P1000

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Travel and Tours / Lamdalag Divine Mercy Sanctuary
« on: December 14, 2016, 10:13:01 PM »
Divine Mercy Sanctuary is situated uphill in Brgy. Lamdalag. Lake Sebu, South Cotabato It is a beautiful place to visit for prayers, to reflect and to relax, and be closer to God.

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The Gospels tell us that Jesus was born in cave or stable in Bethlehem “because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2.7) There, our Lord – God made man – was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. What a blessed place!

The Church has always held this place in high esteem, which is why at the beginning of the fourth century a small chapel was built around it so that everyone could visit it.

Unfortunately, this chapel was destroyed in a revolt in the 6th century. Soon after, though, when a period of peace reigned, the Emperor Justinian ordered that the chapel be rebuilt, but now much larger – it would be a basilica! It is precisely this basilica that continues to this day.

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Love Talk / Love Story
« on: December 09, 2016, 05:42:39 PM »
Where do I begin
To tell the story of how great a love can be
The sweet love story that is older than the sea
The simple truth about the love she brings to me
Where do I start
With her first hello
She gave new meaning to this empty world of mine
There'll never be another love, another time
She came into my life and made the living fine
She fills my heart
She fills my heart with very special things
With angels' songs, with wild imaginings
She fills my soul with so much love
That anywhere I go I'm never lonely
With her around, who could be lonely
I reach for her hand, it's always there
How long does it last?
Can love be measured by the hours in a day?
I have no answers now but this much I can say
I know I'll need her till the stars all burn away
And she'll be there
How long does it last?
Can love be measured by the hours in a day?
I have no answers now but this much I can say
I know I'll need her till the stars all burn away
And she'll be there

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Market & Economic Trends / mini-plane
« on: December 05, 2016, 10:45:39 PM »
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Niklas Zennstrom

LONDON — Niklas Zennström, Skype's cofounder and former CEO, is backing a company building car-sized aircraft in Germany through his venture capital firm Atomico.

Lilium Aviation, a two-year-old Munich startup, received €10 million (£8.4 million) on Monday from Atomico and other investors to help it develop the personal electric planes that are capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL).

Founded by four entrepreneurs in 2014, Lilium envisages building a quiet, lightweight commuter aircraft that will be capable of flying between cities at a height of 3,000m. It is gearing up to test its first full-sized prototype early next year.

With an expected range of 300km and estimated top speed of up to 300km/h, the Lilium Jet is aiming to make inter-city travel, faster than any widely available mass transit system. San Francisco to Palo Alto would take less than 15 minutes, while Munich to Frankfurt would take just over an hour.

"This is a really good example of founders who are using deep technology to take on a very big problem," said Zennström, who has joined the board of the company, at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference. "The way we deal with transportation today is broken. There are congestions and to get from East London to West London takes forever. There is pollution in our cities with carbon dioxide so we get climate change.

"Of course you have electrical vehicles and autonomous vehicles to deal with some of those things but really to solve it in a big way we think you need to take to the skies."

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Atomico, which was set up in 2006 and has raised over $600 million (£472 million) to invest in startups, also backed Lilium in a smaller undisclosed round in June. Lilium said it intends to use the new money to expand its existing team of 35 aviation specialists and product engineers.

Other companies are also building personal planes but they're going about it in a different way. "Others are taking the concept of a drone and making it really big," said Zennström. "The problem with a drone is the propellers have to create lift all the time so it’s going to use a lot of electricity. But Lilium, they’re just using thrust to get it up and then it transitions to flight mode with the wings using much less energy. About the same as an electrical car. It's extremely energy efficient."

Lilium claims that its aircraft — powered by 36 directable electric fans, mounted along the wings and front pods — will be quieter than helicopters and other competitors, while also requiring less infrastructure.

Lilium CEO Daniel Wiegand said in a statement: "When we founded Lilium we had a single, simple goal — to design the best possible means of transportation for the 21st century. With our technology we can triple the radius of people’s lives while preserving our environment, avoiding congestion and eliminating the cost of infrastructure. We can also flexibly connect whole states to single metropolitan areas.

"A personal vertical take-off and landing aircraft has been the dream of generations. It is the ultimate means of transportation. Together with Atomico we share the vision to make this dream come true for everybody, in the form of the VTOL Lilium Jet."




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Photos Unlimited / BALONG's Farm
« on: December 05, 2016, 08:52:36 PM »
nahuman na ang ahong nobela nga how i made a million dollars. unja nag said goodbye na ko. kay ma uwaw na ko nga mag sigi ug pamotbot dinhi sa atong website. kay basin naay maka basa nga taga maribojoc, maka ingon nga daghana diay ug kwarta ni si mr. balonglong tikongkong. naa unjay maka hunahuna nga ipa kidnap ko ug ipa ransom. wala na ra ba ang ahong protector nga si bokatch. sa tinood lang, baho pa ko sa tae, way nahot bisan pa ug BSN ahong profession Binuhi Sa Nurse. anyway, i promised to post pictures of my farm. kay kini gong kwarta numero lang ni kong dili nimo gamiton. actually, diha koy gamay nga ganansya when i sold JAZZ company. nag withdraw ko ug $200,000 from my ganansya. gi palit naho ug farm para makita naho ang kwarta. i bought the farm for $145,000. the rest of the money i spent for happyness. you know how it is. pang beerhouse. pang k sa mga dancers kay bisan tiguwang na ko nanimaho nang menteryo, mo ots pa man gihapon ang oTEN.

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Sports and Fitness / Maribojoc CHRISTmas Basketball League
« on: November 12, 2016, 01:20:06 PM »
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How Donald Trump won the White House and stunned the world
Lesley Clark, David Goldstein and Anita Kumar, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Nov 9, 2016
Published in News & Features
 
NEW YORK -- America, he's hired.

Donald Trump, the bombastic reality-TV-star-turned-politician, won by harnessing deep discontent with Washington and deep-seated loathing of his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In so doing, he upended every scrap of conventional wisdom. With zero political experience, Trump dismissed the trappings of a routine candidacy. He insulted people. He warred openly with his own Republican Party. And he eschewed politically safe talk for calls to "build the wall" and "drain the swamp," tapping into a deep vein of American populism.

"People entirely underestimated the hunger for change and a true outsider," said Brian Ballard, Trump's Florida finance chairman.

Trump's victory calls into question the elaborate party system, Ballard said, given Trump's ability to "bring millions of new voices to the political process."

Trump's win also could raise the value of celebrity over government experience and give rise to other boldface names who believe they have a shot at holding elected office. Already there has been speculation about Mark Cuban, the Clinton supporter and billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

"Our culture allows a celebrity style to flourish quickly," said Scott Jennings, who ran Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's 2012 Ohio campaign. "They've got the instant name recognition. They can move faster because of it, and that's what Trump did."

The results could also force another search for so-called "undercover" or "shy" voters, who wouldn't tell pollsters that they backed Trump. His campaign argued for months that his campaign was churning out new voters and pollsters were missing some of his supporters, though data analysts said they found no proof.

But Trump may have been "right all along there is a group that he managed to harness and surprise the world," Jennings said.

Trump's star status gave him entry to voters through free television appearances. Early in his effort as he dispatched 16 less-colorful primary rivals, Trump reaped the benefits of free media. Cable and TV networks carried many of the former reality TV star's campaign events live and he dominated the Sunday morning political talk shows, conducting interviews by phone, a courtesy not extended to his rivals.

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Youtube Replay / my favorite free movie website
« on: November 06, 2016, 06:51:56 PM »

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General Topic / The SATANIC Temple
« on: October 30, 2016, 02:08:41 PM »
ngil-ad na kaajo ning america. mao nga ujon ko sa decision ni duterte nga mo buwag na sa america. dinhi sa states, people glorify SATAN.

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Philippine Daily News / The DUTERTE MANIFESTO
« on: October 30, 2016, 01:50:29 PM »
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Philippine Daily News / The DUTERTE Revolution
« on: October 23, 2016, 09:34:20 AM »
The Duterte revolution

By: F. Sionil Jose / @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 01:30 AM July 30, 2016



We are at the start of a revolution that is uniquely Filipino in the same way that Edsa I was. The past decades that were a slow drift to an implosion due to rampant corruption, weakened institutions and the apathy of Filipinos have finally been arrested—not by a man on a white horse, or a soldier atop a tank, but through the ballot by a foul-mouthed Indio, the first politician courageous enough to challenge the Catholic Church and the powerful, arrogant and, yes, unclean media. His ideology in its basic simplicity is love of country and people, and a willingness to sacrifice for it.

The ramifications of Mr. Duterte’s assault on the rotten status quo, which has begun with the war on drugs, will go deeper into the matrix of our society and government as police, politicians and powerful Filipinos are subjected to the harsh scrutiny of the revolution. Eventually the highest enclaves of privilege will feel its impact for the simple reason that rampant corruption also afflicts our business and banking sectors.

Many of our problems are due to the irresponsibility of the oligarchs; they are the No. 1 culprit of our economic and moral decline. They argue and make decisions from comfortable positions. The revolution is happening, and they cannot see it. Perhaps, when it reaches them, they will be forced to be more socially involved and invest in enterprises that will “spread money like fertilizer.” They may even bring home the money they have stashed or invested abroad, and participate in the resurgence of ethics and patriotism.

Populist programs particularly in education, in health and in housing are an absolute necessity, but they should not cultivate mendicancy. It is important that many jobs are created as President Roosevelt did during America’s Great Depression. The monetary aid being dispensed to the very poor under the past administration should be stopped and jobs put in its place.

Populist programs should not bankrupt the economy and result in dire shortages of food and medicines, as is happening in oil-rich Venezuela. Apart from creating jobs and therefore increasing production, the Duterte administration should also widen the tax base and intensify tax collection. As in the United States, tax evasion should be dealt with severely by imprisonment and confiscation of assets. There is hardly anyone in this country that is put in jail for tax evasion. It will take a lot of courage to do this, but President Duterte has tons of it.

His massive support cuts across ethnicities, across social, economic and generational divides. All sorts of people supported his election, among them those who saw where the wind was blowing. Even the Moros did. The Left did not; as in Edsa I, their feet were not on the ground. They supported Grace Poe, unmindful of the big money that was behind her.

Yet, upon occupying office, President Duterte took the high moral ground by accommodating the communist left and extending a hand to the Moro rebels. The response of these rebel movements to his offer of a unilateral ceasefire and peace will validate—or invalidate—their sincerity. It is only with peace that we can have real development.

The first weeks of the Duterte administration have given us hope in several sectors—in agriculture, in the welfare of our overseas Filipino workers, in transportation, education, housing, telecommunications and services. And most of all, access to the very top for the aggrieved, and transparency of government transactions, long withheld by politicians and the powerful with secrets to hide.

His major failing, as I see it, is his accommodation of the Marcos dictatorship. Why? He is fully aware of its evil, its immoral excesses, and its singular role in impoverishing our country. For that reason it is too early to be euphoric.

Make no mistake, though. This revolution is rooted in ethics and patriotism, as were most revolutions in the past.

It will not be a quick fix. The Mexican and Vietnamese revolutions lasted one generation; we must be prepared for the painful process, the collateral damage, the emotional travail.

Yet there is no certitude, no guarantee, that this revolution will create a free and just society. Remember how the French revolution devoured its own children, Madame Roland exclaiming before the guillotine, “Oh liberty, what crimes are committed in your name!”

That revolution ushered in Napoleon, just like the American revolutionary war preceded the civil war, the Chinese revolution brought about the great proletarian cultural revolution that decimated hundreds of thousands, and the Iranian revolution brought about Islamic fundamentalism. But the revolutions changed these countries forever. For this is what every revolution does: It alters society, and transfers power from the oppressor to the oppressed.

It is a risk that all people must take to be free of oppression, to have justice. It is up to the survivors of any revolution to realize that it does not bring immediate social benefits to the people. At its conclusion, it is precisely at this opportune time that revolutionaries have to work harder to make that cataclysmic change bear fruit. It is the time when they should depart to be replaced by excellent administrators who have the technical knowledge and expertise for development. The sword must now be forged into a plowshare.

In ushering in meaningful change for the Philippines, President Duterte has incurred the wrath of so many in all levels of society, from the slums to the perfumed precincts of the very rich who feel that their status and privileges are threatened. It is very possible that this very day, conspiracies are being hatched to assassinate him. If such plans succeed, they may well halt the revolution although several changes have been made permanent.

But our past has shown how Filipinos easily forget and are not all that vigilant. Soon, the baser side of our nature, our instincts, will prevail. President Magsaysay brought about a clean government but upon his death in 1957, in that airplane crash which up to this very day is considered by many as sabotage, corruption returned instantly. And the very stalwarts who supported Magsaysay could do little to stop the resurgence of this evil.

Whatever good the Duterte revolution succeeds in implanting in the Filipino consciousness must therefore be made permanent, institutionalized. This can be made possible by constant testing under stress, as metals are tested and strengthened by fire, and by also ingesting in our hearts the ideal of love of country and people—and the willingness to sacrifice for it—so that we can redeem this unhappy country at last.




F. Sionil Jose is a national artist for literature.

 

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Cars and Automotive / my new car
« on: October 20, 2016, 10:27:01 PM »
pila ka adlaw nga wala ko maka post kay medyo busy. gawas nga busy kaajo ang mga bata, si ian ug si gina sa ilang school band ug chorus activities  , na aksidente pa jod. gabii na nga mi uli mi gikan sa school . ngitngit along south poinciana blvd. nag u turn ko. careful kaajo kay bag-o lang ko nga naka dawat ug overspeeding ticket nga $300. when i looked, lajo pa ang oncoming car so i decided to make a uturn . BAM BAM BAM. na bangga-an ang lobot sa van. kay perteng kosoga man diay sa oncoming car. tungod sa ka kusog sa impact, i went up over the aisle and the van went back to the opposite road where we came from. maajo na lang kay walay oncoming cars. kay kong diha pa, doble disgrasya. miabot ang polis, unya nag imbestigar. well,well, well, ako mao konoy sad-an kay failure to yield. guba na ang van, pa bayron pa jud ko $166 sa traffic citation.

i traded my 2012 toyota sienna van for a compass. karong dominggo,when my children are done w/ a whole week of activities i will post pictures. di man ko maka post kong ako ra. ahong mga anak maoy mag upload sa mga pictures to the computer kay i am computer illiterate. all i know how to do on the comp is buy and sell stocks. online trading. i promise nga humanon na ang nobela nga HOW I MADE A MILLION DOLLARS kay tigulang na si mr. balonglong tikongkong, walay mata walay ilong. ;D

next month, i will turn 65, nanimaho nang menteryo :'(

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Bible Study / The Lord's Prayer
« on: October 14, 2016, 05:13:46 AM »
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