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Sunday, August 30, 2009
Meeting Joseph "Ace" H. Durano

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This shall be one of the first of many posts talking or featuring influential people that I have met. We had the chance to have a little chit-chat with Sec. Ace Durano about how influential bloggers are in our generation and he even said he would also like (if possible) to sit down with us (bloggers) and share thoughts. This was after the premiere of “Sangtuwaryo” - a cebuano, cultural and environmental movie in which I had a previous blog post. Overall, he's a very down to earth guy, easy to approach and friendly. I was honored to meet him and would like to meet and talk with him again.

More on Ace:

Joseph "Ace" H. Durano was one of the youngest to be elected representative to the 11th congress. He was an Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Trade and Industry during this time.


As Congressman:

Ace was the Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Trade and Industry during his time as a member of the 11th Congress of the House of Representatives. He also became a member of the House of Representatives during the 12th Congress and took on the role of Chairman of the Committee on Public Order and Security and the Vice Chairman of the Committees on Public Works and Highways and Dangerous Drugs. During that time, he was also chosen as Secretary General of the Nationalist People's Alliance (NPC).

As a representative of the 5th District of Cebu, Ace was known for his accomplishments:

* building infrastructures in Port of Camotes
* granting scholarship to 132 high school students and 233 college students
* construction of school buildings
* initiated the Hospitalization Assistance Fund and other health programs
* initiated programs on agriculture
* implemented the rice subsidy and basic commodity programs
* provided housing assistant funds to 1100 members of 4 Teachers' Cooperatives
* provided capital for the infrastructure assistance fund worth 3 million pesos for 6 multi-purpose cooperatives

As Secretary:

When he was appointed as secretary of the Department of Tourism, Ace continued the I Love Philippines! Biyahe Na! Project. This project aims to attract more tourists to visit the most interesting and scenic spots in different areas of the Philippines. One of the projects that Ace has committed himself to is the beautification of the Rizal Park found in Manila, which may be considered as one of the major tourist attractions in the country. Ace also led the Ginintuang Pamana Project, which aims to make the beauty of Intramuros, Manila known to people all over the world. He is also committed to the conservation of the natural resources found in Palawan because it is considered as one of the most beautiful destinations in the Philippines.

Source: Here

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Saturday, August 29, 2009
Be A Guerrilla Blogger

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Almost a year ago, The prince of Philippine SEO, Marhgil Macuha and Zigfred Diaz launched an ebook entitled “Guerilla blogger’s strategy and tactics on how to make cash online.” The ebook is simply a compilation of most of Marhgil’s post and Zigfred’s posts, however the material is organized in a very unique manner. The free ebook was met with positive responses and appreciated both by newbie and veteran bloggers alike.

This coming October 2009, in celebration of the first anniversary of the launching of our ebook, we will be launching and updated version of our ebook. We will be including a “testimonial” section wherein “Guerilla bloggers” who have achieved success by following our “guerilla” techniques or those who followed the suggestions of our ebook and those who followed Marghil’s blog or Zigfred’s blog even before the first ebook was released.

The Guerilla strategy and tactics to make money online:

I read the e-book but I haven’t fully applied everything there since one cannot learn everything in one lecture, sitting or even reading. It should be a continuous process of trials, errors and improvements. My Personal blog is powered by blogger and it would be difficult to apply some aspects in the e-book for its easily applicable to wordpress but one thing’s for sure, I have tried some the tactics and IT WORKS.

What I like about this ebook is that pinoy bloggers initiated it. Oh sure there are a lot of SEO guides and website/blog utilizations out there, but its different when a co-pinoy/blogger shares there insights and strategies with corresponding examples. Such as: Case Studies, sample keyword densities, hi-jacked keywords, data graphs and the likes.

I would suggest anyone who reads the ebook slowly but surely and repeatedly incase there was something/part which you missed. The presentation is simple and direct to the point, blogging isn’t rocket science but one needs a guide such as this ebook & lots of patience, enthusiasm and the mindset to continually learn and improve.

So, Be a Guerrilla Blogger now!
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Friday, August 28, 2009
My Fair Lady Stage Play

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Note: See Details on Image

The Department of Languages and Literature (DOLL) of The University of San Carlos in partnership with the English Majors Association (EMA) will be staging “My Fair Lady” which is a play based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion”. This will be an opportunity for the viewers to look into the socio-cultural and historical values portrayed in the story.

Play dates are on

September 12 and 19 (Saturday):
10AM-12NN
12:30-2:30PM
3-5PM
5:30-7:30PM)

Septemmber 20 (Sunday):
12:30-2:30PM,
3-5PM
5:30-7:30PM

For queries and further details about the production, you can contact these numbers: 09167811930 and 09202112860, or look for Hannah Aranas at 09159112274.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sangtuwaryo: Cebuano Film Experience

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Sangtuwaryo is a film about a fisherman’s family stricken with poverty and tormented with their indiscretions hostile to the natural current of the environment. It is a story of hardships and the redeeming principles of man painted over the waves at the beautiful but battered fishing village of Duyong.

The movie was beyond from what I expected, I had that typical Filipino Crab mentality thought: "Don't Expect much from a local production.." but I was wronged and I am sorry. In my opinion, with a budget of around Php300-400++k...I would say that it's quality was that of around millions. The editing was great, the lighting, the breathtaking views and camera illusion and the like was all in the hands of one person which was the director, camera man and editor!

The Law of Nature Foundation presents Sangtuwaryo a film by Archie Modequillo and written by Cora Rosales-Jayma. Archie Modequillo is a film director and a tri-media news caster. He finished his Master’s on Film Making in the U.S.A. and he is a correspondent filmmaker for the National Geographic Channel in Southeast Asia while Corazon Rosales-Jayma is a versatile cebuano radio broadcaster, stage play drama, actress, and script writer.

The guests were of course CBS!!! (A few members of CBS); Department of Tourism Sec. joseph "Ace" Durano; Dr. Angel Alcala (a world class authority in ecology and biogeography of amphibians and reptiles, and is behind the invention of artifical coral reefs to be used for fisheries in Southeast Asia. Angel Alcala is the Director of the Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management); Environmental lawyers; Actors (Real Fisherfolks communities); and Atty. Antonio Oposa (a renowned environmentalist and the lone Filipino among six recipients of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award this August 31, 2009); NGOs (I saw representatives from aboitiz and RAFI) students, teachers and many more were there.

After the movie, we listened to the closing remarks and had short talks and photo-ops with the screen play writer and director; and also a little longer chat with DOT secretary Ace Durano (which I will talk more on a separate post).

The project was supported by:
The Department of Tourism
Global Legal Action on Climate Change
Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, Inc

The movie was beautiful and makes me want to watch more cebuano films but the i was wondering...where was the DENR people...hmmm?
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Monday, August 10, 2009
Education Nation Launching in Cebu

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Coalition for Better Education, in cooperation with Education nation presents the launching of Education Nation Forum. August 10, 2009 at the Center for Teacher Excellence, Cebu Normal University. After the official launch, there was a corresponding forum after.

Speakers from various sectors both from the LGU and NGO shared their insights and urged the participants to join together in addressing the current challenges and problems of our educational system.

If one would describe the presentation strategy of one of the speakers, it would be "Shock and Awe." Why? because the figures our very disappointing and shocking. If we are able to enhance student performance in our country with an average of roughly 40-45% in 10-15 years, other countries average would be around 80-100%. Best practices were also shared by DepEd and NGOs but we have still a long way to go.

Many participants represented different sectors, to name a few: Philippine Business for Education, Ramon Aboitiz Foundaion Inc., University of the Visayas, Cebu Normal University, Cebu Institute of Technology, DepEd,University of San Carlos and many more...


Education Nation Manifesto:

We are Education Nation!

Affirming that education is the most powerful means out of poverty, ignorance, exclusion and war;

Believeing that every Filipino must have access to quality education - an education founded on the four pillars of learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be;

Recognizing that the Philippine Education System cannot be left to the government alone as it takes a village to raise a child;

Understanding that education reform, though an urgent need since the 1970s, has failed to deliver the desired and sustained learning objectives as reform efforts have been projectized and crisis response driven; and

Understanding further that politics has often been the bane of education reform as political considerations have poisoned education policies and decisions time and time again;

We have Banded together to form EDUCATION NATION.

For we believe that:

The Philippines must become an Education Nation -
  • where every filipino demands quality education for all,
  • where a system of education ensures our country's global competitiveness, and
  • where every election makes education a priority agenda

Our government must become an education government -
  • that makes education the national priority and key strategy to combat poverty,
  • that provides the needed resources for the right inputs, and
  • that ensures transparency and accountability in education governance and financing

Our next president should become and education president -
  • one who shall lead a sustained education reform effort with learning and the learner at the center,
  • one who shall appoint education managers who truly understand the education system and are committed to genuine reform, and
  • one who can create conditions for our educators to perform better, aspire higher and deliver continuous improvements.
Let us be an Education Nation Now!
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Thursday, August 06, 2009
Jamby Madrigal Bracelet Fiasco

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This was "Plurked" by a plurk buddy "Bong" which lead me to click the link and see the post in New Media Philippines by Carlo Ople. It is what it is, a Jamby Madrigal Bracelet Fiasco. This is just a re-post taken from the author's Facebook Notes. And to all bloggers in the blogosphere, please re-post this and Let’s spread the word out till it reaches her?

by Happy Feraren:

Now that we’ve remembered, relived and recreated the spirit of ’86 let’s make sure this yellow ribbon doesn’t get tangled up in other people’s political campaigns.

Subtle electioneering IN A FUNERAL?!?! SHAME ON YOU. Do not ride on Cory’s wave to pursue your vested interest. The people who waited in the streets weren’t there to see you! The revolution doesn’t belong to you, phony politician, it belongs to the people. And what makes you think you could get away with such a dirty trick? Cory’s lasting impression of sincerity, humility and honesty is now the benchmark of what leaders are supposed to be. You think people don’t see through you? The respect we have for Cory is not something you acquire with falsity (or through endorsement from Judy Ann Santos) it is earned. How dare you pose as someone offering sympathy to the Aquino family while you think about the votes you’re going to get come election time.

As I waited for the cortege (news networks’ new favourite word) along the South Super Highway, my mom and I bought 2 yellow umbrellas from this street vendor who was also selling nuts. And then as we paid, he pulled out something from his pocket – a yellow beaded bracelet nicely packed in a small clear plastic bag. Upon handing it over to us, he said: “Eto o, bonus para sa inyo.”Of course my mom and I were pleased and were all “awww how sweet.”Until I actually looked at the bracelet and saw a little tag with the name and photo of Jamby Madrigal.

I called out to him and asked, “O bakit may Jamby Madrigal itong bracelet na ito” and when I looked at the vendor for an answer he had already walked away.

Maybe an hour before this incident, I saw her car passing by the growing sea of people. Window open, flashing the L sign and strangely enough, a cameraman in front filming the people. My mom started shouting “Transparencyyyy!” and then I looked at her asking if I could put up my middle finger and my mom looked at me and said I should just shout transparency, accountability or good governance. In other words “BOOOOOOOO!!!!” And then the two of us just started shouting BOO JAMBY!!!

I am utterly disgusted by you, Ms.Madrigal. And to you other filthy politicians, behave yourselves because we are all watching you, even if you’re supposedly Cory’s “favorite” mayor. Genuine democracy is People Power and everything Ninoy and Cory stood for. It also means that now, whenever there’s a phony claiming he or she is there to protect Cory’s legacy, we will be able to speak up and act with the same fearless fervour we had before.

You know sometimes I wish I could march in the government offices with a magical broom that can sweep away all the dirty politicians we have in this country. A giant clean up, but this time not just for the environment but for our government. Haha, imagine if we could really do that? I'm already writing down the names of the people I'd attack first with my magic walis!

So, before you file for candidacy (a bit too late though in this case) think again. Actually, good luck! The people have remembered.


To Senator Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, if this is true or false..then you better have a GREAT explanation! Either way, I'm still choosing my options properly and perhaps my criteria would definitely be similar of that of the values our late President Cory Aquino promoted, defended and stood for!
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Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Buy A Postcard, Pay It Forward

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In our effort to unite artists, promote their artwork while at the same time serving our community, we would like to invite photo enthusiasts, photographers – both amateur and professional, to contribute their talent and skill for a cause. The entire proceeds of this project will go to Tsinelas Foundation, a non-profit organization which promotes literacy and assists poor students in poor barangays in Cebu.

If you are interested about "Buy A Postcard, Pay It Forward," we are giving you the venue to make a difference. Here’s how:

1. Submit two (2) of your photos. Any subject will do as long they are original. Rest assured that you will be properly credited as the photographer. You will retain full ownership of your photos.
2. Each photo will be printed out into three (3) postcards, that’s a total of six (6) postcards per photographer. Each postcard will be sold for P35.
3. One of your photos will be blown up and put up in an exhibit at The Outpost on September 5, 2009. After the event, the blown up photo will be given back to you.
4. You will have to pay a fee of P150 to shoulder the printing expenses.
Payment should be made on or before the deadline. Meeting place will be at Turtle’s Nest, Gorordo Ave., Lahug. We will inform you of the payment schedule. It would be best to come personally so we could also meet and orient you about the project and Tsinelas Foundation.
5. Deadline of submission of photos will be on August 12, 2009.
You can submit your entries to beyondartssake@gmail.com on or before the deadline. Please include the following:

a) title of each photo
b) caption or short description of each photo
c) your contact number
d) your email address
e) website (if you have one)

Specifications:
high resolution photos
file format – JPEG

6.) If you have any questions, feel free to contact us:

BEYOND ART’S SAKE
Nonon Yee 09273413737
Dan Guillano 09263567270
Tinay Buenavista 09276132998
Yowee Gonzales 09167970140
email: beyondartssake@gmail.com

TSINELAS FOUNDATION
Insoy NiƱal 09228243800
Rei Sarmiento 09239552257
www.tsinelasdiaries.wordpress.com

so, Buy A Postcard, Pay It Forward now!

Buy A Postcard, Pay It Forward a repost from BEYOND ART'S SAKE
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Monday, August 03, 2009
Corazon Aquino: Icon & Champion of Democracy

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Corazon Aquino was a world-renowned advocate of democracy, peace, women's empowerment, and a religious & prayerful christian. She served as the 11th and first female president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992 and of Asia. She died of colon cancer last August 1, 2009 at the age of 76.

Corazon Aquino once united us as a people in Life, and now in death. It is true that we do not really know the value of something, until we have lost it. Even though I am not of the People Power one (1) generation, such achievement of that time has paved the way for a democratic life that I am enjoying and living today, and for that I express my gratitude to our great leader and a Filipino, Corazon Aquino.

Cory Aquino was not just an inspiration to the Filipinos but also of the whole world through her promotion and defense of Democracy. Her death is also timely, in that people who became apathetic are now re-learning or caring for our democratic life and this is good for the upcoming 2010 presidential Philippine Elections.

We must not only grief but also celebrate her life and we must uphold her hopes, dreams and live her principles, we owe her that much. Once again, "Thank You" Corazon Aquino for all that you have done for the Filipino People.
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