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Sports and Fitness / Hatton is very predictable?
« on: May 02, 2009, 02:58:13 PM »
Hatton may be on the downgrade and will struggle to make 140 pounds. Nevertheless, this is a very interesting fight and not easy to predict, especially if both men are at their best. Neither man will give ground but Pacquiao can win it if he uses footwork to avoid Hatton's rushes and steps in and out with quick counterpunches, avoids a war of attrition, and keeps a busy jab in Hatton's face. Hatton is very predictable and will fight as he always has--straight ahead with both guns blazing. If the Pac Man chooses to go head-to-head with Hatton he is in for a rough evening. But I think he will fight the smart fight (as Roach will instruct him to) and will win a close 12-round decision.

from Mike Silver, author of "The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science:"

Manny Pacquiao has the edge in speed, technique, boxing knowledge and training. Ricky Hatton has size, strength, stronger chin and a referee, Kenny Bayless, who isn't likely to interfere if he tries to impose that size by mauling Pacquiao. The two men have roughly equivalent stamina and willpower. It will come down to Pacquiao's recent surge as a technician and his full repertoire of defensive and offensive skills leading to the dissection of Hatton's brawling style. Pacquiao will win by unanimous decision.

- by Jose Moreno, Newsday

Sports and Fitness / Hatton-Pacquiao Forecast
« on: May 02, 2009, 02:48:13 PM »
I love Pacquiao in this fight, but then again, I loved de la Hoya in the fight against Pacquiao. I just can't see a glorified clubfighter like Hatton beating the fighting machine that pummelled Oscar into retirement. Hatton tries hard and is pretty fast with his hands, but he's basically a straight-ahead fighter who gets hit too much, and unlike other guys who fought a similar style--Dempsey, Frazier, Duran, to name a few of the best - Hatton doesn't have the chin to pull it off. He was wobbled by Juan Lazcano, a journeyman, two fights back, and needed 11 rounds to dispose of feather-fisted Paulie Malignaggi, who basically gave up after three rounds. Hatton's only truly standout performance was against a washed-up Kostya Tszu four years ago, and people went nuts over him, but the easy beating by Floyd Mayweather Jr. I think is more indicative of his true abilities at this level. There's juist no logical reason to pick Hatton on his merits.

Pacquiao, on the other hand, seems to have vastly improved as both a boxer and a puncher as he's moved up in weight, his best performances coming against David Diaz and de la Hoya in weight classes he had never tried before. In some respects, the Oscar KO is a mirage, because de la Hoya turned out to be a shot fighter going in, but that should not detract from Pacquiao's performance, which was probably the most complete of his career. The guy is not a young 30--he's been fighting almost 15 years and was knocked out twice as a bantamweight--and he's fighting almost 50 pounds above the weight he started at (106) so I don't think he will have a particularly long shelf life. But he certainly has enough left to handle Hatton. He'll cut him up before stopping him in eight rounds. Or less.

- by Wallace Matthews, Newsday

Sports and Fitness / Prediction: Pacquiao vs Hatton
« on: May 02, 2009, 02:45:59 PM »
Manny Pacquiao looked great against a bigger fighter in Oscar de la Hoya. But there is a big difference between Hatton and de la Hoya. Hatton is much younger and quicker than de la Hoya at this point in his career. Yes, Hatton struggled against the quickness of Floyd Mayweather Jr., but Pacquiao isn't nearly as fast. I can't see a knockout in this fight, but I do believe Hatton has the power to press Pacquiao. Hatton will win a split decision.

by Marcus Henry, Newsday

Philippine Provinces / Laptops for Cebu Judges Cost P80,000 Each?
« on: May 02, 2009, 11:16:48 AM »
By Linette Ramos
Sun Star

Cebu City officials are now pointing at each other on who recommended the P80,000 price for each laptop to be given to 24 judges and justices assigned in the city, following questions raised on the proposed P1.9-million purchase.

Councilor Gerardo Carillo said his office made a request for 24 laptops, but did not prescribe any brand, unit specifications or price.

He denied the statement of Management Information and Computer Services (Mics) head William Artajo that it was his office that set the price at P80,000 for each laptop.

Even Cebu Regional Trial Court (RTC) Executive Judge Meinrado Paredes admitted an P80,000-laptop for a judge is too much.

“It’s too expensive. There are laptops that cost P20,000 to P30,000. I don’t need an expensive laptop,” Paredes told Sun.Star Cebu in a mobile phone interview yesterday.

Philippine Expats / German Consulate in Cebu, Philippines
« on: May 02, 2009, 11:02:24 AM »
To provide consular services to a growing number of German citizens in the country, Germany re-opened its honorary consulate office in Cebu after 100 years.

The German Government appointed long-time Cebu resident Dr. Franz Seidenschwarz, a botanist who teaches at the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus, honorary consul.

“We are proud to re-establish our presence in this historic and dynamic city. The new consul will promote business, cultural, and scientific activities in Cebu. And Dr. Seidenschwarz is the right man at the right place,” said Ambassador Christian-Ludwig Weber-Lortsch,.

Weber-Lortsch said the first honorary consul of Germany based in Cebu was appointed in 1871 but “disappeared” in 1910. Since then, Germany opted to close the honorary consulate. - Sun Star Zamboanga

Philippine Provinces / Swertres Rampant in Zamboanga
« on: May 02, 2009, 10:59:53 AM »
The City Council has requested the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) to stop all forms of illegal gambling, particularly the so-called "swertres" in this southern port city.

Vice Mayor Jose Manuel Dalipe II said the request was made through a resolution sponsored by Councilor Charlie Mariano, and was unanimously approved during the council's regular session Thursday.

Dalipe said that Mariano sponsored the resolution after noting that the illegal numbers game known is proliferating in almost all of the city's 98 villages.

Operators of the local swertres gambling based the results on the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)-sponsored Three-Digit Lottery. - Sun Star Zamboanga

Philippine Provinces / Imported Rice for Zamboanga
« on: May 02, 2009, 10:55:30 AM »
A top official of the National Food Authority (NFA) announced that a shipment of 6,000 metric tons of imported rice is arriving in Zamboanga City.

NFA Assistant Regional Director Rolando Maravilla said the commercial cargo vessel loaded with 6,000 metric tons or 120,000 sacks of rice from Vietnam is set to drop anchor Friday at the local wharf to unload the rice shipment.

Maravilla said the rice will be distributed to the NFA provincial office in the city and other parts of the Zamboanga Peninsula.

The Zamboanga Peninsula NFA office covers the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga del Sur and the cities of Dapitan, Dipolog, Isabela, Pagadian, and Zamboanga City. - Sun Star Zamboanga

World Daily News / Swine Flu in South Korea
« on: May 02, 2009, 10:33:33 AM »
South Korea Saturday reported its first confirmed case of swine flu, according to Yonhap news agency.

A 51-year-old nun, who has been quarantined since Tuesday after returning from Mexico, has the disease, an official at the health ministry told Yonhap. She had been the nation's first "probable" case of the new flu virus.

"We confirmed the first probable patient was infected with the virus," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The nun was among three probable flu patients reported this week, Yonhap said.

The two others -- a 44-year-old woman and 57-year-old bus driver -- did not travel to affected countries, raising concerns the disease has passed from person to person in the country. - AFP

General Topic / Melrose, is it true?
« on: December 24, 2008, 12:18:37 PM »

Dear Melrose,

I heard you are tying the knot on Dec. 28th.

Now that you'll be tied with the love of your life from then on,
does this mean you won't be able to tie the yellow ribbon
around the old acacia tree anymore?

Wishing you all the best!

- GEC348

Anonymous Diary Blog / Out of Tune
« on: August 13, 2008, 01:10:51 PM »

Now I'm singing out of tune
after I learned that Melody
is already someone else's song

The revelation:

Just as Mari is already someone else's flower

Help & Support / I'm happily trapped!
« on: May 11, 2008, 08:46:55 AM »
That haunting strain in "Hotel California" comes to mind: "You can check in but you can't check out".

It's not that I'm not having a wonderful time but I am pleasantly surprised that the door has been locked. I've been trying to see what will happen if I'll click LOGOUT but each time I do so I find myself still in the same room/page. Could it be because when I first entered Tubag Bohol I chose "log-in forever"?

I can go to other sites by going out through the window (new window) but not through the door ;) .

Could it be that the settings in the pc/laptop I am using is now permanently configured to my username identity in TuBo? That forever I will be GEC (but definitely not a geek) and will not have the same liberty enjoyed by others of changing their usernames every now and then?

Gec will be Gec; the happily trapped Gec
The door's lost key he half-heartedly seek
Always through the window, never through the door
Typing on the keyboard, even when Gec snore!

Yep, our baby is back!
But she's unranked and it could only mean the votes we cast before are not counted.

We may be back to square one but this should not discourage us.

Let's! Vote! In!

Tanan-tan tanan tan-tan! (Tune of Voltes V)


I checked it again... it's now at no. 9 ;D

Anonymous Diary Blog / When work and emotion get in the way
« on: January 09, 2008, 12:45:25 PM »
When was the last time I was here?

It seems like coming home after having been away for 20 years.The old and familiar names are a welcome sight. And new names are flourishing, cheerful and bright.

There are many things that I missed in life. Among them was to be online at the turn of the new year... or even last Christmas. As i feared, work got in the way. And an untimely emotional ebb tide quenched the sunshine for a moment.

I've heard about the eyeball in Bohol... from the pictures posted here, everyone really had a grand time. I am happy for all of you.

And I'm sure it's never too late late to greet all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!


Anonymous Diary Blog / My 1,000th post
« on: November 14, 2007, 08:26:59 AM »

Hello dear friends,

This is my monument of my 1,000th post in "Tubag Bohol... We Listen" (this is the full name of this site when Mike started it) after logging in for 8 days, 6 hours and 50 minutes. I've been a member since June 1, 2007 and today is November 14, 2007, 8:23 AM local time.

I look forward to my next 1,000 post.

Spread the sunshine!

Tubag Bohol rocks!

Philippine Daily News / Bomb explodes at House of Representatives
« on: November 14, 2007, 01:19:29 AM »
Akbar dies, Teves in critical condition

Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar passed away following the blast  that took place at the Batasan Pambansa Complex Tuesday night in Quezon City.

Negros Oriental Rep. Henry Teves, meanwhile, is in critical condition after sustaining severe blast injuries and burns following the explosion.

Those who were rushed to General Malvar Hospital on Commonwealth Avenue were identified as Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan, who sustained shrapnel wounds to the legs and back; Ismael Lim, driver of Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza; Kim Ar, bodyguard of Akbar and Maan Abustanilo, a staff of Teves.

Teves has been transferred to St. Luke’s Medical Center where his relatives, including his grandfather, former congressman Herminio Teves, and his uncle, Finance Secretary Margarito Teves, rushed to meet him.

Teves's relatives refused to issue a comment as of this posting.

Dr. Mike Hernandez, attending physician at the New Era General Hospital said that Teves’s condition is critical. He said the lawmaker sustained burns on the face and blast injuries to the body. His aide, Denis Manila, is now in stable condition at the hospital.

ABS-CBN News correspondent Niko Baua reported that another victim identified as Larry Noda, 34, an administrative aide of the Philippine Broadcasting System, suffered burns on the head and face. He is now in stable condition at East Avenue Medical Center.
Additional reports, meanwhile, said three other victims were taken to the Philippine Heart Center.

Source: abs-cbn news interactive

Philippine Business News / Earthquake Tremor just a few minutes ago
« on: November 07, 2007, 12:32:26 PM »
We in Tagbilaran just experienced a tremor here. No details yet where is the epicenter, or how strong...

LGU Philippines / Call for SK abolition gaining ground
« on: November 06, 2007, 12:14:07 AM »
Bohol Chronicle Editorial (Nov. 5, 2007)


The Chronicle speaks with one voice with 92% of surveyed Boholanos in calling for the abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan. The entity has become as useless as a refrigerator in hell and has led the youth towards the Road of Perdition.

Infamously, the SK's performance in youth or community projects is as dismal as the Philippine sporting record in the Olympics - a few medals and far between. It is as inutile as Projects deemed "white elephants" - expensive to create and maintain but neglectful of the youth concerns like drug addiction, youth gangsterism and violence, premarital sex and unwed mothers and scores of drop-outs roaming the streets armed with bad intentions.

The SK's constituency (youth) are in a state of neglect while the leaders concoct the equivalent of "Inner Circle" social clubs married to the proposition of advancing their narrow self-interests. Meantime, the SK chairmen collect the equivalent salaries of barangay captains and kagawads, the citified ones getting P 7,000 a month and the poorer cousins in the towns at P1,000- P5,000 a month. Collectively, that translates to millions in useless Government Expenditure.

We thought Imee Marcos in her KB (Kabataang Barangay) time was a political opportunist. But at least the elected youth leaders were required to make professional monthly reports and had leadership training programs. Our SK today is a worse one -and decadent,too.

Decadent - because it corrupted the morals of the Youth so early in their life by prostituting the electoral process that we just witnessed so clearly last Monday during the SK Polls. Supposed to be non-partisan, the SK polls instead brought out the worst elements of politics and made the SK candidates the "interns" to perfect the art of corrupting elections.

It was an ageless political Kingmaker who astutely said "In the Philippines, all politics is local." Having confirmed that hypothesis into theory , the SK became the battleground of older politicians who want to retain or wrest the political levers at the barangay level. Thus like their older folks who "corrupt by example" - they drowned the community with money (P300 per voter) plus (leader and entertainment expenses) and completed the sham of elections whose results are determined by money and patronage politics.

They expect these barangay leaders to be the road runners in the next local and national elections -and return the favor of those who had financed their campaign by getting them elected likewise by hook or by crook - usually by crook.

Aside from the politicians, unfortunately, it is also the parents themselves and relatives with dollars abroad who also contribute to the financing scheme to "buy their children into positions of power." Return on investment? Or just the pride to be have kins called as elected officials?

The Chronicle had rightly postulated that expensive elections is one of the glaring reasons why corruption exists in this country (as in the worst in Asia) because recouping time (for election expenses) means corrupting the dispersal of public funds and projects.

This whole corrupt cycle stinks - both the deserving (but penniless) candidates lose elections. Meritorious projects are set aside in favor of less useful ones but which will benefit the financial and political supporters of the winning candidates.

The SK and the mode the officials get elected stink to high heavens. Shame, shame, shame, Our National Hero Dr Jose Rizal who hoped the youth would be the hope of the Motherland is now squirming in his grave - wanting to rise from his grave on All Souls Day and lecture us about nationalism and public service.

Let's do ourselves a favor -abolish the SK now. By legislation if possible. Calling our Honorable solons.

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LGU Philippines / Next battlefield: barangay & SK federations prexies
« on: November 06, 2007, 12:08:30 AM »

Battle shifts to brgy.,
SK federated prexies
By KIT BAGAIPO, The Bohol Chronicle

Barely a week after the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, the fight for the presidency of the Liga ng mga Barangay and the Federated SK is on.

Although the elections will not be called until late December or January next year, this early, names have surfaced as contenders for the posts that earn its holder a seat at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan as ex officio member.

Reports reaching the Chronicle bared that former provincial board member and recently elected barangay captain Concepcion Lim of Valencia town is eyeing the presidency of Liga ng mga Barangay.

If she wins in her bid, Lim can serve again at the provincial board which she served for three consecutive terms that ended last June.

However, Lim will be facing incumbent Liga president Dr. Romulo Cepedoza, having been re-elected barangay captain of Poblacion, Danao town. He will be seeking a full term as president of the barangay captain's league.

It may be recalled that Cepedoza assumed the presidency last year after the death of then Liga president Cariso Camacho.

Meanwhile, a tough race also looms for the provincial federated SK presidency as three hopefuls have emerged.

Incumbent SK federated president Frances Bobbith Cajes may be bowing out but her younger sister, Jean Censoria Cajes might be taking over.

Elected as SK chairman of barangay Guinobatan, Trinidad town, the younger Cajes will be running with a well-oiled Cajes political machine - with the blessings of her parents, Second District Rep. Roberto Cajes and Trinidad Mayor Judith Cajes.

Another younger daughter was also elected as SK chairman in another barangay of Trinidad.

Cajes' contender is the daughter of Loay Mayor Mae Lim-Imboy and Philippine Councilors League (PCL)-Bohol president Kag. Brigido Imboy who is also eyeing the federated SK presidency.

Rochelle Brigitte Imboy was elected as SK chair of barangay Calvario, Loay.

She is likely to win the Loay federated SK, according to reports, as majority of the 24 elected SK chairmen are allied with Mayor Imboy.

Another contender for the SK presidency that has surfaced is Ma. Fe Cadeliña, daughter of Bilar Mayor Fanuel Cadeliña.

With reports that her bid is allegedly backed by Manila-based businessman Angelo Balili, then the provincial federated SK elections will be a tough three-cornered fight.

Bohol Latest News / CPG's Visayan version of the National Anthem
« on: November 06, 2007, 12:04:27 AM »
Pres. Carlos P. Garcia's Bisayan
Version of the National Anthem
By: Dr. Jes B. Tirol

Last Sunday I failed to mention that the Makati firm that wants to hire Boholanos for a Call Center job will be the one to come here in Tagbilaran City. They offer high salaries and full benefits. For interview reservation please call cell phones numbers 0917-8291223 or 0915-9016976 or landline # (02) 8927893.

Last November 2, 2007 the University of Bohol and the Tirol family celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of Atty. Victoriano D. Tirol. He was University of Bohol's first President, a great educator and great father.

Today November 4, we also celebrate the birthday of the Boholano former President of the Philippines Carlos P. Garcia.

As a tribute to CPG we will discuss his translation of the national anthem to Bisayan. This translation was based directly from Spanish, a language that CPG spoke well.

The National Anthem

The Marcha Nacional (National March) was first composed in music by Julian Felipe. It was played the first time during the celebration of independence on June 12, 1898 at Kawit, Cavite. It did not have lyrics. Later on, the poet Jose Palma was commissioned to put the Spanish lyrics to fit the music. When it was completed, the whole composition was adopted as the National Anthem.

Theme of the Spanish Lyrics

When the lyrics were composed, the Filipinos were still fighting a revolution against Spain. The thrust of the wordings is about the people offering their lives and services to the country. It was in the "active sense" and full of vigor.

The Pilipino translation was finalized on May 26, 1956 through Department of Education Order No. 5, s-1956 signed by the Secretary of Education G. Hernandez Jr.

I do not know whether it is by design or omission, the Tagalog translation we sing today is rendered in the passive sense. It is now about the country serving or acting towards the people instead of the original sense that the people serve the country.

The English version by Camilo Osias that we sang when we were yet young was a different case. It was not a translation but another set of poetic words composed to fit the music. It was similar to the Spanish original but couched in such a way that it will not offend the American colonizers.

How They Differ

The original Spanish lyrics says:
Tierra adorada (Land adored)
Hija del sol de Oriente (Child of the sun of the Orient)
Su fuego ardiente (Your ardent fire)
En ti latiendo esta (Is palpitating in us)

It is very clear, the action is to be done by the singer to his country.

The Tagalog translation says:
Bayang magiliw (Loving country)
Perlas ng Silanganan (Pearl of the Orient)
Alab ng puso (Fervor of the heart)
Sa dibdib mo'y buhay. (Is alive in your breast)

The sense is now reversed. The prefix "ma" in magiliw indicates that the bayan (country) is the one that loves. In the original sense it is the singer who loves his country. To capture the original sense the Tagalog words should be ginigiliw and not magiliw. If it is difficult to fit in the notes, then iniibig would still fit.

The last two lines in the Spanish original has the English sense, "Your ardent fire is palpitating in us." However, the Tagalog translation put the "ardent fire or fervor still in the country and not in the singer". It is apparent that the Tagalog translations have a "colonial mentality." They were careful not to offend American sensibilities.

CPG's Bisayan translation says:
Yutang hinalaran (Land adored)
Anak sa adlaw's sidlakan (Child of the sun of the Orient)
Ang kayo's kalag mo (The fire in your soul)
Nagsiga's among dughan (Is burning in our breast)

This translation of CPG captures the original Spanish sense of the singer acting or praising his country.

The last stanza of the Spanish original says:
Tierra de dichas, de sol y de amores (Land of honors, of the sun and loves)
En tu regazo dulce is vivir (In your lap is sweet to live)
!Es una Gloria para tus hijos (It is a glory for your sons)
Cuando ofenden, por ti morir! (When you are offended, to die for you)

The Tagalog version says;
Lupa ng araw, ng luwalhati't pagsinta (Land of the sun, of glory, and love)
Buhay ay langit sa piling mo (Life is heaven in yoru side)
Aming ligaya, na pag may mang-aapi (It is our happiness, when there will be oppressors)
Ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo. (To die because of you)

In the original Spanish the singer will wait for an offender or oppressor and gladly die fighting for the country. In the Tagalog version, is vague and misleading. The singer will gladly die when there will be oppressors and the "because of you" is not clear. Is it the oppressor or the country? And besides, oppressors are always present. In the original the singer will wait for an offense but in the Tagalog version, the singer will immediately die. Maybe it's the reason why many Filipinos are going abroad. They do not want to die even if there is no offense.

CPG's Bisayan Translation
CPG was a poet and not a musician. His Bisayan translation captures the original Spanish sense but it is very difficult to sing because the syllables sometimes do not fit the musical notes.
Balaang Awit Nasodnon
Hubad ni: Carlos P. Garcia
Yutang hinalaran
Anak sa adlaw's sidlakan
Ang kayo's kalag mo
Nagsiga's among dughan

Yutawhan sa gugma
Duyan sa mga bayani
Walay manunulong
Kanimo mag-ulipon

Sa bughaw mong langit
Sa kabukiran ug sa kadagatan
Nagdilaab ang nindanag sa balak
Sa mahal mong kagawasan

Bandila mo nga sa panggubatan
Nagbanwag sa kadaogan
Ang iyang adlaw ug mga bituon
Dili gayod mapalong

Yuta sa adlaw sa kalipay ug gugma
Sa sabakan mo tam-is ang kinabuhi
Apan himaya namo ang kamatayon
Pagbuntog sa imong manunulong.

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