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Monday, September 28, 2009
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Let’s extend our help to those victims of this natural phenomena, “Bagyong Ondoy”. Let’s together show our love to our fellow-countrymen.

Donation Drop Offs:

1. Cebu musicians & Outpost Restobar will help Ondoy victims! We’ll need you to bring your goods, clothing food etc. Joseph Castillo, hubby of musician Lia Luisa A. Castillo will send a 20ft Container to MLA 4 esp Cainta & Marikina. Details to follow. Drop in some love while you listen to some music. Get in touch with him through 09082368999 or 09322117111.

(Ondoy-Live-Aid at the Outpost, 7pm on Wednesday September 30. Bring your donations. Let’s fill up Joseph Castillo’s container!)

2. Donations drop off at Banilad Church of Christ (bldg in front of Bright Academy near Sto. Nino Village), Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

3. SUNBURST FRIED CHICKEN-TABUNOK BRANCH accepting donations from 10am to 9:30pm. Tabang Para sa mga Biktima ni Ondoy…Istorya.net asks you to donate to the victims of Storm Ondoy. Our brothers and sisters in Luzon need our help.

4. Aunt Genie’s Breadhouse: 1279 Talamban, Cebu City (In front of the Talamban Sports Complex). call at 416-0495 if you need directions to the drop-off area. (Accepting: Canned Goods, Old Clothes, Blankets, Diapers for babies, Noodles, Rice, Medicine, Soap, Toothpaste, Water Container, Iodized Salt)

5. Bizroute Solutions (Mon – Sat 11PM to 4PM) Unit 302 Keppel Bldg. Ayala. call at 416-0495 if you need directions to the drop-off area. (Accepting: Canned Goods, Old Clothes, Blankets, Diapers for babies, Noodles, Rice, Medicine, Soap, Toothpaste, Water Container, Iodized Salt)

6. Bizroute Solutions Lahug Office (Mon – Sat 11PM to 2PM) Unit 201 MIT Bldg. Gorordo Ave., Lahug (near JY Square). call at 416-0495 if you need directions to the drop-off area. (Accepting: Canned Goods, Old Clothes, Blankets, Diapers for babies, Noodles, Rice, Medicine, Soap, Toothpaste, Water Container, Iodized Salt)

7. Cue Cafe Crossroads accepting donations in cash or kind as part of JCI Zugbuana relief ops. Accepting clothes,blankets,towels,underwear,footwear,food and water for our suffering brothers and sisters in manila.

8. Citigym accepting donations in cash or kind as part of JCI Zugbuana relief ops. Accepting clothes,blankets,towels,underwear,footwear,food and water for our suffering brothers and sisters in manila.

9. Y101 station accepting donations in cash or kind as part of JCI Zugbuana relief ops. Accepting clothes,blankets,towels,underwear,footwear,food and water for our suffering brothers and sisters in manila.

10. CEBU WORLD VISION SPONSORS and VOLUNTEERS can help. Cash donations to BPI: 4251-0024-15 or BDO: 2700-4341-1

11. Holiday Gym & Spa Banilad Cebu set up a relief operations Drop-Off center beginning today 1:00 PM, Sunday, September 27. Please bring blankets, clothes and canned goods to the front desk/ reception area.

12. ABS-CBN CEBU is now accepting relief goods… adto lang mo sa ABS mga cebuanos…

13. Victory Cebu is a part of the Typhoon Ondoy Relief Operations, send your donations of goods to Victory Cebu center and they will consolidate sending of it to Metro Manila. They’re located at 3/F Dacay Building, 72 Escario St., Cebu City.

14. Very Mary (shop of designer Mary Melody Ty) is accepting goods. 2nd Floor, Myra’s Pensoionne, Escario Street. Beside Golden Peak Hotel.

15. Julie’s Bakeshops used as drop-off centers for PLAN ONDOY, mobilized by Rotary Clubs in Cebu. (For further verification. If you have more information on this, pls message me or leave a comment.)

16. Andorra Tiles Office used as drop-off centers for PLAN ONDOY, mobilized by Rotary Clubs in Cebu. (For further verification. If you have more information on this, pls message me or leave a comment.)

17. WADE SM located at the 2nd floor of the Northwing will serve as a drop off point until Wednesday 5pm. Goods will be forwarded to Outpost afterwards.

18. Orange Brutus P. Del (across USC Main) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

19. Orange Brutus – Cebu Doctor’s Hospital will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

20. Orange Brutus – Centro Mandaue (near Mandaue City Hall) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

21. Orange Brutus – Maguikay Mandaue (near Mandaue Flyover) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

22. Orange Brutus Mactan (Marina Mall Mepz1) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

23. Orange Brutus Southagte Plaza Mepz 2 will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

24. Orange Brutus Ayala will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

25. Orange Brutus SM will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

26. Orange Brutus Colon (near University of Visayas) will accept donations starting Monday from 2pm-8pm. Tuesday to Thursday 10am-8pm.

27. Orange Brutus Fuente branch will be accepting donations 24 hours from Monday to Thursday.

28. All Sun Star branches now accepting donations (cash or in kind). Pls call 2546100 local 201 and look for Jed or Sheena for more info.

29. UP Cebu is accepting donations. Head to the Malacañang tambayan, beside the guard house. It’s a small campus, it’s not hard to find. (Can someone from UP pls confirm exact drop off point? Thank you!)

30. Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry is encouraging its member companies to donate! Donations in cash or in kind are accepted in the CCCI Center in North Reclamation Area. Yeah, it’s far, but it’s for a cause, right?

31. Aboitiz 2GO Cebu main office and branches accepting donations as well – heard on the radio this morning, announced by Aboitiz representatives.

32. Mooon Cafe Guadalupe is now accepting donations as part of Ondoy Live Aid. Look for TJ.

33. Green Booth @ BTC is now accepting donations a for relief donations for Joseph Castillo Container Van

34. Kaona grill at A.S. Fortuna is now accepting donations as part of Ondoy Live Aid. Look for Ryan.

35. Kumon Center and RCTV at Ginza Compound is now accepting donations as part of Ondoy Live Aid. Look for Gerry.


Other ways you can help:

1.ABS-CBN through Banco de Oro account number 56300-20111 account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Incorporation

2. Red Cross Load Donations: Right now the easiest way to make donations from the seat of your chair is via mobile phone load. The Red Cross Rescue and Relief Operations. Text: REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)

3. TXTPower now accepts donations via SmartMoney 5577514418667103, GCash 09179751092 and Paypal http://is.gd/3GvuN

4. Worldvision Foundation is also accepting donations/volunteers to pack relief goods in QC. For $-donations, BPI:USDacct #4254-0050-08


For those of you in Cebu who have loved ones in Manila, try the people tracker:

People Tracker (using your phones, get your friends and family to turn on their finderservice for you)

* FINDERSERVICE. For Smart, text “wis ” to 386.
* FINDERSERVICE. For Globe, text “find to 7000.

Please donate anything you can. Donations can come in the following form or the like:

* Canned Goods
* Old Clothes
* Blankets
* Diapers for babies
* Noodles
* Rice
* Medicine
* Soap
* Toothpaste
* Water Container
* Iodized Salt
* Monggo Beans

Cash donations of any amount will also be accepted.
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Sunday, September 27, 2009
Philippine Blog Awards 2009 in Cebu

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To all Visayas Based Bloggers, the Philippine Blog Awards 2009 Visayas: "One Blogging Nation" Event will be held here in Cebu City, Cebu this October 18, 7 PM at the Ayala City Sports.

This Event will be a first in the Visayas Region. The Philippine Blog Awards 2009 which will be held this coming October 18, 2009 at the Ayala City Sports, Cebu Business Park (fronting Marriott Hotel) at exactly 7PM. There are 4 categories in the upcoming Philippine Blog Awards 2009 for the Visayas Region:

Best Visayan Blog: This award goes to the blogger whose blog showcases his talent in blogging in any of the Visayan Languages.

Visayas Bloggers Choice: The Visayas now has a growing community of Bloggers from Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo and more. There are a good number of impressive blogs but some stands out above the others. This awards goes to the blogger whose blog is the talk of the town, influential blog, & inspirational blog. This award will recognize the blogger who is well respected in the Blogging communities in Visayas.

Best Visayas Locale Blog: We have different travel blogs showcasing the different beautiful places a travel blogger goes to, this next award focuses on a Visayan blog which will promote one’s hometown or city here in Visayas. This award goes to the best blog which talks about a certain blogger’s hometown or city.

Best Visayas Nature Blogger: When one coming to the Visayas region, he/she may have the different choices of experiencing the Life of nature. There are the white sand beaches, rare virgin forests filled with exotic wild life and the beautiful waterfalls that are located in this region. We recognize the blogger who best presents these best things in life found in Nature.

Interested Visayas based bloggers may fill-out the Pre-Registration Form and reserve for a seat. For more information and details or this event, please visit the official website of the Philippine Blog Awards.

Nomination Deadline is on the 28th of August, Friday. Nominate your favorite blogs now before it’s too late. So, see you at the Philippine Blog Awards 2009 in Cebu!
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Thursday, September 24, 2009
A 9th ray to the sun in the Philippine Flag?

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The Senate and the House of Representatives early this week approved the addition of a ninth ray to the sun in the Philippine Flag to acknowledge the courage, bravery, and integrity of Muslim Filipinos who fought for our nation's independence.

While I commend the heroism of the Muslim people, adding a ninth ray to the sun in the Philippine flag in their honor would serve as way for the other groups, like the Visayans, or other groups to argue for a ray of their own.

This is a grave disrespect to our heritage, a mockery! It's as if it is a lame-a** correction to our flag which represents a part of our history. United States of America changed it's flag four times (If I'm not mistaken) as new state/s were added. The United Kingdom also added new features in it's flag as the new kingdom (Great Britain) was united. But there is a big historical significance to it. We can't deny that the Muslim Filipinos played a major part in defending our homeland against Spain. But adding rays to the sun of our flag just for the sake of the so called unity is not enough.


Why not adding more pages of Muslim heroism, culture and history to our so-called history books. Or even include local heroes to be taught on different provinces. Through the enhancement of our educational system Muslim children will be able to see and feel the real meaning of Filipino nationalism, equality and unity. And What about the efficiency of simple quality services (Education, Health care, jobs & like) to reach our brothers and sisters down south?

I am no expert on this matter, But I am a Filipino and I have a right to my opinion on this one. 1st, what's the use of NHI if they will not listen and consider their position; 2nd, did they consider the general people's opinion? if so, where's the survey?; 3rd, can the government afford to buy new flags for government buildings and offices including public schools and the like places?; 4th, what about the Muslim community? what if they don't like a ray?; They they consider the cost of re-training or information drive to teachers and another alteration of history books just to explain this so called change/modification of our flag?; You could have used your time and money for other important matters.

The congressmen should have thought of adding the sun ray before 2009 because the possible passing of the bill's proximity to the 2010 elections betrays their intentions. Now it seems it is just a very obvious display of political gimmickry. Also, can't they focus on more urgent matters? Like, education, health care, poverty, law implementation creating special laws against abuse of minors in cybersex, climate change or a law that helps mindanao as a whole or something?

They should use their pork barrel to contribute to the Filipinos Urgent needs. The adding of the ray is just like creating another beautiful law which is not properly implemented; if they want unity don't just create a lame symbol, ACT UPON IT for that speaks louder than words or symbols!

In short, VERY UNNECESSARY!!!

Many are expressing mixed reactions to this move, some see it as unnecessary and expensive while others see its importance in fostering national unity. What do you think?

See the reference News Article HERE
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Monday, September 21, 2009
Philippines 2010 Presidential Election Results

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Presidential aspirants for Philippine 2010 Presidential Election are starting to bombard the Filipino people with campaign ads on tv, print, radio and internet! Who do you think among the current so called Philippines presidentiables will win this prestigious position to lead our country?

I’m calling upon all Filipino citizens who are of legal age to be registered and cast their votes wisely to choose the next president of the Republic of the Philippines this coming Presidential Election in 2010.

The upcoming 2010 Presidential Election may be one that would make or break the Philippines and would be forever remembered in our History.

Let’s pray that the next Presidential Election this 2010 may result in an organized and peaceful execution of the electoral process in the Philippines. May the COMELEC be much prepared as well as those young volunteers to be heroes on this time! And hopefully for the 1st time, it will be automated! Lastly, may we filipinos choose a rightful candidate without making compromises..we need to move forward and be once again be the Tiger of Asia if not BETTER!

Stay tuned for the 2010 Presidential Election Results here (to be updated).
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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Asus P7P55D Motherboard Launched

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This has been out in most countries but this just recently arrived in the Philippines. The ASUS P7P55D Series motherboards with the latest processing core and a cutting-edge design to deliver ultimate overclocking, better cooling, improved power efficiency, and one of the fastest memory booting. It is also based on groundbreaking “Xtreme Design”, a winning design formula drawn from many years of engineering innovation, which optimizes overall system performance and reliability of PC hardware.

Featuring the Intel® P55 Express chipset, the P7P55D Series supports the latest LGA 1156 socket for Intel® Core™ i7/Core™ i5 Processors for maximum performance. It also includes the latest Hybrid Technology—Hybrid Processor, Hybrid Phase, and Hybrid OS—to give users intelligent performance enhancement, active cooling, and rapid online access.

Achieve 6Gbps Storage Bandwidth with Exclusive Expansion Bridge
Equipped with a specially-designed onboard chip, the P7P55D Premium is the first motherboard to natively support 6Gbps data transfer bandwidth with the latest SATA storage interface. With this expansion bridge, the P7P55D Premium unleashes the performance potential of the latest hard disk drives, achieving almost double the throughput from existing SATA compatible drives. By eliminating any transmission bottlenecks, the expansion bridge enables 50% faster reading and writing of disk data. For other P7P55D Series models, ASUS also provides an expansion card to achieve the same results.

Extraordinary Performance Efficiency with Hybrid Phase
Expect maximum power efficiency, extremely cool operations, and enhanced component longevity from the P7P55D Series. Hybrid Phase combines ASUS Xtreme Phase with ASUS T.Probe phase control for maximum power efficiency, cooler system operations, and prolonged component lifespan. Xtreme Phase represents one of the best power delivery systems ever designed to enhance power efficiency, improve overclocking, and boost system stability. A new frequency conversion technology further improves efficiency by maximizing energy utility. ASUS T.Probe, the world’s first active cooling technology, detects and balances power phase loadings and temperatures in real time to lower the temperature around the active CPU. Also, to ensure longer component lifespan, only high-quality materials are used—which further reduces power loss and boosts energy efficiency.

Enhancing Performance with Intelligent Hybrid Processor
With its new Hybrid Processor, the P7P55D Series lets users achieve superior overclocking performance with the latest Intel CPU and the ASUS TurboV EVO, which functions like a second microprocessor. Both novice and hardcore overclockers can easily boost system performance with TurboV EVO’s intuitive interface. Additionally, overclocking is simplified by onboard tools including Auto Tuning which automatically overclocks the system to an extreme yet stable state; ASUS OC Profile which offers the best overclocking settings for different scenarios; ASUS Turbo Key which creates more physical overclocking buttons on the keyboard for instantaneous overclocking; and ASUS TurboV Remote* which allows users to overclock from a convenient controller.

Hybrid OS Delivers Express Gate and Windows 7 Benefits
Hybrid OS integrates Windows® and ASUS Express Gate onto the ASUS P7P55D Series for more flexibility. Users can upgrade to Windows® 7 and have better security and faster performance, while Express Gate delivers rapid access to online applications—within five seconds.

I have always been a fan of ASUS, from there MoBo and Netbooks...I don't want to put too much info. here so my readers don't get too nosebleed with the terms (If I have readers that is...) and besides this isn't a "techblog". So Bottom line, ASUS makes the BEST Mother Boards out there and go out to your nearest store & give it a try!
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Saturday, September 19, 2009
My Fair Lady Stage Play Review

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The Cebu Bloggers' Society and me went to watch this event at CAP Theater, Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City. I actually watched this twice last September 12 and 19, 2009, it was that Good! It was a mixture of fun, happiness, sadness and anger, the actors were able to portray that in their performance. The main characters were very good, they were really funny and into their characters as well and what surprised me the most was the kissing scene!!! It was a first for me to be able to really watch a stage play and it was a great experience! See the synopsis below:


Synopsis

London, 1912. It is a blustery March evening outside Covent Garden, where flower girls are selling bouquets. Dapper young Freddy Eynsford-Hill accidentally bumps into Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower merchant, causing her flowers to fall into the mud. As she protests volubly, Professor Henry Higgins, a distinguished phonetician interested in all kinds of dialects, laments that of all nationalities, the English are the ones incapable of speaking their own language correctly. He tells Eliza that he and his newfound friend and fellow phonetician, Colonel Pickering can teach her to speak like a lady. Pickering and Higgins decide to turn this experiment into a bet; to see if they can pass Eliza off as a duchess.

The next day, Eliza appears at Higgins' home ready to learn, but her Cockney mannerisms and morals become so exasperating that Higgins nearly gives up. She, in turn, is driven to distraction by his thoughtless treatment and incessant instruction. Finally, however, she triumphantly learns correct pronunciation. As one of her lessons, Higgins takes Eliza to the Ascot Races and introduces her to society for the first time. She at once attracts the attentions of Freddy Eynsford-Hill, who follows her home, hoping to see her again. Finally, after months of hard work, she is ready for the big test, and is taken to a splendid ball. While there, she succeeds in brilliantly convincing all that she is a royal duchess.



After the ball, Higgins and Pickering congratulate each other on their technical work, completely forgetting Eliza. Hurt and angry, she rushes out of the house, and runs into Freddy. He professes his love, but she demands that he stop talking about it. When Higgins awakes in the morning he discovers that Eliza is gone, and muses on the frailties of women. Higgins is now haunted by reminders of the way she has changed his life. The musical ends with an encounter between Eliza and Higgins that suggests each has made a lasting impression on the other.

The next time there would be a stage play in cebu, I suggest you watch it and hopefully I can watch it too!!
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Birthday Traditions and Wish

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I have heard of stories from my Grandparents and from Culture Majors with regards to the change in our birthday Traditions. It got me interested in these past few days since I was emo and was worried as to how to celebrate it, so I researched and reflected.

Before the World Wars, the way they celebrated Birthdays was very different, if not foreign compared to today. During those times, the birthday celebrant is celebrated, she said. It’s like a surprise type of party or celebration minus the western style of today. Early morning before the celebrant wakes, the family with friends prepare for the greeting. When the celebrant wakes up, he or she is then greeted with songs, cheers, food offerings and dedications. Native foods, poems or “tula,” dedications, and live song performance with matching musical instruments. After which they or those who are able to go with them to mass, see mass together with the celebrant to thank God. To my awe I said, not too expensive, not too complicated and very awesome (In my opinion, I wish I can experience this someday).

Next, was during the American occupation; of course American influence starts to sink in; Cakes and parties were introduced, night or day outs and the party hats with confetti. By this time I asked, did the celebrant treat the family or friends? No, lola & lolo said. A group of friends or the family prepares for everything while maintaining secrecy, they laugh and said: it a way it was like mission impossible, you can’t tell the celebrant. What about the Japanese? Well they added something too, the wearing or acquiring of new stuff on the day.

Then I fast forwarded, so that leaves our Spanish and Chinese influences. Well the Chinese style was more family oriented with a few friends around and with a bunch of extended families; Chinese food, ampaos, feng shui stuff and lots of noodles and red attire. I said with a grin on my face, I agree. Spanish is quite similar with: fine food, piñatas, and in a way much more “Sosyal.” I asked again, so when did the celebrant’s treating of friends/families started? They can’t quite give quite a concrete answer.

I have actually tried to find these birthday history or traditions on the internet but was unable to, or maybe I didn’t try hard enough (most of what I find is the NOW traditions of celebrations).

Filipinos have a propensity for free-loading. In fact it’s in our vocabulary: “blow-out,” “balato,” “pakain,” “libre,” “Banka”. Sad, but this has become part of our culture, that foreigners scorn us Filipinos for being so thick-skinned. Just like what happens when a foreigner who marries a Filipina?! He is considered a “big catch” so he ends up marrying not just the Filipina, but the whole barangay – from parents, to siblings, to cousins, to second and third cousins, to grandfathers, grand children etc. And if it's "sweldo" or pay-day, once has to treat others? What is up with that? And if you have more money, you have more relatives..

So now I will no longer practice this Celebrant-treat people/friends, cause hey! it's my birthday! My birth and entry to this world is to be celebrated and why in heaven's name should we spend oh so much money? A birthday can be cheap and yet memorable, that's how I want it, to be surrounded with friends, family and love. It doesn't have to be on one day, one can have a pre-birthday celebration, on the day, or even a post birthday celebration, why not? have you ever wondered that what if we can make these birthday celebrations more proactive, vibrant, creative and memorable?

Well, maybe some of you have experienced new types of celebration, but I haven't. This should be listed in my birthday wish list. Talking about wishes, here are the stuff I want (LOL):

Netbook (Very useful for internet and future masters'), Mp3, A new phone (iphone? wahhaaha), Taste of new food, having fun, spending time with love ones, and I must not be the one to treat!

So with that, I will be finally turning 22 this coming September 19, 2009! Happy Birthday to me!!!
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Saturday, September 12, 2009
REALITY gave me a slap on the face – part 3

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I AM ONLY HUMAN

The collection of emotions that I felt on that day…

DISAPPOINTMENT

I was very disappointment with my effort and leadership as a whole. It’s as if along the journey I lost myself like I was exiled or kidnapped without even knowing I was kidnapped or exiled. I have no right to call myself a leader, despite all the “S” & leadership trainings. If I am unable to lead myself properly, what right to I have to lead others? I realized how pathetically lacking I was. ~Mada ~Mada Da ne (I still have lots to work/learn on)

COMPLACENCY

The sad reality of my life..too nice, too complacent, too carefree; I do not want to be too complacent on things and believing everything will be alright without putting any action or input on it. I still believe that everything will be alright but I have to work my ass off in order for me to deserve it. It is my decisions, not my conditions that shall determine my future and ultimately my destiny.

BONDS

Bonds is what keeps you going (Sounds cheesy just like in naruto) but its effect is far more and beyond than I can ever imagine. When you take away everything insignificant, the bond of deep friendship between people is really what makes life truly meaningful. When people think their life is over, almost everyone has the same thought. It's not about money or problems or who is right and who is wrong; it's not about politics or philosophy. All is stripped away except the single most important value, the one that made this trip worth the trouble.

To sum it up, this is what I would’ve wanted:
1. Work together for a purpose. (At first we did this but somewhere somehow I dunno what happened)
2. Believe in your comrade. (Easier said than done, you cannot just believe in a person’s abilities but more on the character and attitude)
3. Be loyal. (There are limits for this, if you are to be loyal one must give full 100% not just being forced to do something or being “Na-ikog nalang”)
4. Fulfill their trust. (Together Everyone Achieves More!)
5. Speak the truth. (I thought transparency was only for politics, I was wrong)
6. Happily make sacrifices for your comrade. (I’d trade commitment & attitude over brains & abilities anyday)

SUPPORT SYSTEM

The more, the merrier. The more support you have the better. A journey will always take a toll on you and you must have people whom you know will be there, who will give you & offer an extra mile to help you without thought for in the end, even if you fail or lose they will be there to cheer you up. I was never a seeker of personal glory, but rather a seeker for a glory that is shared.

ENVY

I am human, no matter how much I try to control my emotions I still feel. It cannot be denied that I was jealous during the Awards ceremony. I believe all of us had the potential to win something but despite that, the leadership was not enough, teamwork has disappeared, and most especially I was envious of the support system which was repeatedly displayed in which I really longed for.

SADNESS

How sad that I was unable to display and take advantage of my full potential. How sad that I could’ve done more, made more bonds and all the other what ifs scenario. I believe this is a good sign of being alive, sadness. It re-assures one’s humanity and awakens the slumbering potential within. It provides a darker view but at a distance the light of opportunity shines. This is not the end of the fight but rather the beginning, I may have lost the battle but war rages on.

CONFUSION

This event both unexpectedly ruined but also changed my life. It forced me to re-assess my whole self; with regards to my current projects & endeavors, work life, social life, spiritual life and the future.

JOY

I am overwhelmed with emotion, both positive and negative. I should be grateful for I had just experienced an opportunity of the lifetime. And all the experiences, the learnings, and bonds that I had created and built are forever locked into my consciousness and my heart. I now know that I am not happy but I am joyful for I am grateful with what I have, now is the time to pursue what I want and have no regrets!

See the Part 4 here
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Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Noynoy Aquino for President in 2010 - Noypi

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For some reason it was on September 9, 2009 where he announced at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City Wednesday morning at the end of the 40-day period of mourning for his mother's death that he is running in next year's presidential election under the Liberal Party.

About Noy:

Noynoy is the son of democracy icon Corazon Aquino and the late Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., and brother of Kris Aquino. Here's an article about him from Bong Wenceslao's Opinion in Sunstar:
Subjectivism is getting hold of little information and then jumping to conclusion, like what some people are doing with regards to Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s capability and political record. There were those, for example, who claimed Noynoy did not author a single measure when he was congressman and now as a senator. Lots of bull.

Among the bills Noynoy authored or proposed: HB No. 4397, reinforcing the authority of DTI to implement consumer laws; HB No. 4252, which raises penalties for employers who do not comply with mandated adjustments in wage rates of workers; HB No. 4251, which gives yearly productivity incentives for workers in the private sector.

Noynoy was not nondescript as a three-term congressman like what some people say and even became deputy speaker of the House from 2004 to 2006. By the way, he has a degree in economics from the Ateneo de Manila University where he studied from elementary to college. He also worked in some organizations and private firms.

Noynoy not only suffered, like the rest of his family, from the incarceration of his father, Ninoy, during Martial Law but was almost killed when rebel soldiers ambushed him and his bodyguards near Malacañang in the 1989 coup. Three bodyguards were killed while he sustained five bullet wounds. A bullet is still embedded in his neck.

Noynoy is not a bum, after all.


Most of the people I've met and known, blatantly judge noynoy based from what media and there peers' perception say which is quite sad. It's as if one person says it, it is almost already a fact. People should do more research these days to get to facts and truth. To be honest, my 2010 bet before this announcement was quite divided between Mar Roxas, Richard Gordon and Chiz Escudero. My argument is simple really, it's not about qualifications, but character is whats more important.

He has not proven himself to be impressive in terms of qualifications, but what's impressive is his character's consistency. He is the son of ninoy and cory, and if it were other politicians' offspring, they would have jumped on the wagon early. But noynoy's scenario is different, he would have just immediately announced it before the 40 days of mourning if he was really riding her mother's bandwagon.

"Reason, Education, and Intellectual quickness are to be prized, but they are no substitute for good character, kindness and ethical values." - Jeff Jacoby

Ok, people want to put an economist as one of there chosen qualifications for running a country (Do I really need to argue on this? PGMA is an economist..bow); how a about a brilliant lawyer/lawmaker and an outstanding orator, perhaps a very intellectual personality (Ferdinand Marcos - he fits the bill, he did good things but more bad things); what about somebody who upholds the law? (We had a general - Fidel Ramos; as far as my memory goes...the dollar rate was around 20-24 and the jeepney fare was 2 pesos); How about someone popular, who can relate to the masses? (Erap - an actor/celebrity by his own right, I should have just added theif/convict as well); A family oriented person- We had a housewife (Cory - she was the mother of filipino democracy, nuff said); Business/Management Savvy? (Our country is not a one man show on top, we are a democrazy este democracy); So How about we try someone untainted yet untested, honest and values driven?

Is it Noynoy? That's a yes for me..not enough qualifications? well my guarantee is that noy won't destroy the reputation his father, mother and family has built. By family I mean Ninoy and cory's family, not the extended. Do I have something against the extended? not really but there are some wherein noynoy is being compared to, but bare in mind that noynoy was brought up by his mother and father...so far, he has fulfilled his promise to his father in taking care of his sisters and mother.

But if you think you need someone more intelligent, then ponder upon this: Highly intelligent people are perfectly capable of monstrosities, nuff said.

And lastly, we must not forget that we, the people of the Philippines must also play and do our part. Not just by voting, but by also getting our hands dirty, by that I mean by being a good and productive citizen. Do not expect that who ever is elected, it is there sole responsibility to make your life better. Take note, by my estimation around 1-2% maximum are public servants out of the almost 90 million inhabitants and citizens of this great country, and if we work hand and hand we can finally bring this country forward. But if those who are elected abuse there power, then bare in mind also that we the people outnumber those who are in power. LABAN!
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009
REALITY gave me a slap on the face – part 2

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PLASTICITY – It is when I wear my mask when all my inhibitions are lost…

After those 2 inspirational speeches, was the awards ceremony….another slap (its as if I was in pokemon, I would get a doubleslap from a pokemon). During the presentation, I just realized that I was forcing myself in every way. I already new that there was a strain in the group and I was in a way disappointed with our performance but I just wore my smiley mask diligently. I just found out how really damaged I was, how sad, and pathetic this life I am living.



Now, back to the awards..I don’t really care much for personal awards in general but at the back of my mind, the Team Awards was my target. I said to myself almost 2 years ago to no longer seek personal excellence but rather for a glory that is shared. But a slap on face just shocked the hell out of me: It is easier said than done.

I sat back facing the stage, at first preparing to grab my mask but eventually wore it. I never thought I would do that again, I am simply too nice, too non-confrontational and its taking a toll on my life. While sitting there I was thinking…What a good liar I was to myself…”Daghan nag naka tambag nko pero wala ko naminaw believing that everything will work out…it did actually but it was not excellent for the input wasn’t so the output is just so-so. I thought I had given my all but deep-down the effort I gave was simply “The tip of the iceburg.”

While browsing my pictures in my cam, I just saw someone who is a mess. Usually when a speaking engagement was coming, I make it an extra effort to prepare physically, mentally and emotionally. But on the day I was in a way “Ga-tama”; I had enough sleep, woke up early but decided to be late; I didn’t really put much effort on the physical either, my wardrobe choice sucked totally and didn’t even use my gel (I usually try to look good for success or failure); Mentally I wasn’t prepared (Didn’t review the slide & hardcopy), I thought I cared but unconsciously it was the opposite (Looking at the pics, my body language says it all); And the one thing I really didn’t do that I usually do before…seeking spiritual guidance, a prayer.

I was a ticking time bomb, I unconsciously was setting up for failure. Even now at my work, I am not giving much effort to it and it is really shocking to know that this is what I have become. I am once again thrust into the crossroads of life, I am forced to make a big decision on which path I should take: A decision with regards to my work, with my current endeavors, my passion and overall about my current state.

I need to re-assess myself…badly

See the Part 3 here
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Monday, September 07, 2009
REALITY gave me a slap on the face – part 1

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The day was September 5, 2009, a day I will never forget. It was the date of the “Best of Young Minds Academy Conference, Awards and Graduation.” When I woke up I thought to myself, finally we are graduating from this program of RAFI, and didn’t care much about it for I was tired and ready to move on with my life.

I and my team did our project presentation and I was thinking “I did my best,” but during the awards and graduation ceremony I got a reality check. I did not get one slap but it was pretty much a barrage of slaps. The first was from an inspirational speech from RAFI Vice President and Aboitiz Equity Ventures CEO Jon Ramon Aboitiz in his inspirational speech (An excerpt of the story of Don Ramon Aboitiz):

“All I have after the war was my name, word and my reputation. Money can be lost and recovered, but once your reputation and trust is lost, then you are finished.”

He then followed it up with values to live by such as Integrity, Trust, Loyalty, Hard work, Fairness, Perseverance, Love of family & concern for others and also emphasized YMA’s 9 Pillars of character and Leadership. We as the youth should seek personal excellence and not just aim for success but also significance.

The 1st slap was the values he emphasized to us which I thought I have, but the truth was that I did have them once upon a time but it was lost and I just kept on pretending that I uphold them. My INTEGRITY is currently at the borderline, having to step foot in REAL WORLD has pretty much tested my character and values. HARD WORK, I do work hard but its most of the time conditional depending if I am interested or like what I am doing. TRUST, FAIRNESS and PERSEVERANCE, I considered myself to be a leader but I no longer do. You see I am the HERO-MARTYR type of leader which means that when things get difficult I have the tendency to be-HEROIC and shoulder almost everything myself.

I do seek to achieve personal excellence, success and significance, but I just realized that my actions are contradictory to it.

The 2nd slap was during the 2nd inspirational speech by RAFI President Roberto E. Aboitiz talking about the “BUGSAY PHILOSOPHY” which comprises of the following: Destination, Round up, Effort and Attitude; in which he placed a great emphasis on ATTITUDE. One must not only have the desire to be a person of character, the will to continuously improve but also the courage to put it into action and continue doing it despite the challenges and problems along the way towards one’s goal or destination.

Being an Industrial Engineering graduate, I take pride in upholding the principle of KAIZEN which is Japanese for continuously improving. But lately it is truly hard to do with so many factors and negativity to fight off. It’s as if I really don’t know myself anymore, I have become stagnant…a zero as emphasized in an example of Sir Bobby aboitiz’s which was about the 3 types of people through a diagram. It was a simple 2 sided arrow, one going to the left, the other to the right; the arrow to the right represented positive, to the left was negative and the center is zero. Sometimes I am optimistic then pessimistic or just simply think that it’s ok. Yes, I am an OK person, never really getting out of one’s comfort zone. But what’s really funny is that I was totally the opposite 6-8 months ago. I seek the pressure, the passion to become more than what I was, the unwavering desire to act and do things excellently and if I failed, I would not surrender without a fight and until I have nothing left to give that is where I accept defeat. But now, I just don’t take things as seriously anymore, it is sickening that I have become such a person having to loose one’s enthusiasm, attitude and one’s self.

See the Part 2 here
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Thursday, September 03, 2009
Miss Cebu 2010

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Who will be the next Miss Cebu this coming 2010?! Miss Cebu 2009 Ms. Kris Tiffany M. Janson will most definitely be there to turn over the crown. And Miss Cebu 2010 as always it will be an activity within the Sinulog 2010 season where in a lot of events and activities will be launched.

Miss Cebu is a coveted title for past winners have had there own share of success stories be it pursuing a national or international title/s, go into showbiz or modeling. The winner would not only represent cebu but its people as well. For I believe Cebuanas are stand-out beauties in any pageant, both for local and international level.

I Hope that the next Miss Cebu winner this coming 2010 will be deserving of the title. Good luck and Godspeed to the next Miss Cebu this 2010!

For those interested in joining for future Miss Cebu in the coming years, here are some helpful info. Click Here.

Entry Forms for Miss Cebu 2010 are available:

* Cebu City Tourism Office – Tel. No. 412-4355 c/o Cinbeth Orellano; Tel. No. : (032) 412-43-55 Fax No. (032) 253-1109 Email Add: cebucitytourism@yahoo.com website: cebucitytourism.com
* VICE-MAYOR’S OFFICE - Tel. No. 253-2045 c/o Mr. Erwin Dela Cerna
* FILIPPO, Lower Ground, Ayala Center
* CAROLINAS, 2ND Level, SM City Cebu
* PIERRE ANGELI BOUTIQUE, F. Ramos Tel. 253-6569 c/o Mr. Philip Rodriguez
* STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICE of Different Schools and Universities

Miss Cebu 2010 Qualifications:

-Single, between the ages of 18 and 25;
-pleasing personality with a minimum height of 5’3”;
-Good moral character;
-At least a graduating High School student and articulate in English;
-A resident of Cebu for not less than one year;
-Willing to travel and to reign for a full term of one year;
-Must be a Filipino citizen;
-Must not be a participant/applicant of a beauty search during the duration of the pageant.

To all the single ladies of Cebu, join now and Good luck!

Watch out for the updates of the official list of Miss Cebu 2010 in the months to come.
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Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Sinulog 2010 Festival Activities

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In Sinulog 2010, the whole of cebu and pinoys around the world will witness the most anticipated, grandest, biggest and most colorful festival of the country, the Sinulog Festival 2010 here in Cebu!

The Sinulog festival is the country’s biggest pageantry of sights, sounds and colors as it honors and pays homage to the patron saint of Cebu , the child Jesus — Sr. Sto. Niño. Aside from the main spectacle which is the Sinulog Grand parade, there are also other activities lined up by the Cebu City Government and the Sinulog Foundation. The Sinulog 2010 Festival Activities' Schedule will be from January 9-18, 2010:

January 5, 2010- Sinulog Photo Exhibits in Mactan Airport, Ayala, SM City and Emall
January 10, 2010 – Sinulog sa Kabataan—Lalawigan
January 11, 2010 – Sinulog sa Kabataan—Dakbayan
January 16, 2010 – Fluvial Procession (AM) Foot Procession (PM)
January 16, 2010 – Sinulog Festival Queen (evening), Cultural Shows, Street Party bands at Fuente Osmeña
January 17, 2010 – Sinulog 2010 Grand Mardi Gras Street Dance

Here's a detailed list:

Dec 01 – Jan 31, 2010
Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.
Janaury 3-31, 2010

Sinulog Photo Exhibits featuring 2008 Sinulog Photo
Winners , 2nd level of the Northwing SM City Cebu

Janaury 3-31, 2010

Sto. Niño Exhibits, SM City Cebu Art Center

January 9-19, 2010

Dancing Pilgrims: Sinanduloy of Tangub City
Exhibit of Tangub City dancers from past to present
SM City Cebu

January 07, 2010 (Thursday)
Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus

4:00 AM Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 AM Start of Walk-Fuente Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 AM Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2010

January 08, 2010 (Friday)
Sinulog 2010 Kick Off

Sinulog Photo Exhibits through the years @SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu, MCIAA

2:00PM Solemn Mass (Basilica del Sto. Niño)
3:00 PM Launching Parade (Basilica del Sto. Niño to Cebu City Sports Center)
7:00 PM Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña featuring Mandaue City Children’s Choir, Dancesports Team Cebu and Dance Troupes from Cebu’s schools and universities

7:30 PM Ms. Cebu 2010 Presentation, Fuente Osmeña

January 9, 2010 (Saturday)
Sinulog sa Kabataan – Lalawigan

1:00 PM Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 PM Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan, Cebu City Sports Center
4:30 PM Awarding of Winners
7:30 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña) DepEd, Cebu Province
9:30 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 10, 2010 (Sunday)
Sinulog sa Kabataan- Dakbayan

1:00 PM Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 PM Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan, Cebu City Sports Center
4:30 PM Awarding of Winners
7:00 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)

Southwestern University,
Asian College of Technology,
Salazar College of Science and Institute of Technology

9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 11, 2010 (Monday)

7:30 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)

Univ. of Southern Philippines Foundation
University of Cebu

9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 12, 3009 (Tuesday)
7:30 PM Cultural show (Fuente Osmeña)

University of San Carlos

9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 13, 2010 (Wednesday)

9:00 AM Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
7:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña)

Abellana National School,
Cebu Doctor’s University,
Cebu State College of Science and Technology,
USJ-R COE Talents Guild

8:00 PM Ms. Cebu 2010 Coronation Night, Waterfront Lahug Hotel
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 14, 2010 (Thursday)

9:00 AM Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
10 AM – 9:00 PM Photo Shoot Sinulog Festival Queen , SM City Entertainment Plaza
7:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña)

University San Jose Recoletos,
Cebu Institute of Technology,
Velez College

9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 15, 2010 (Friday)
Visual Merchandising Contest
(Dept. Stores and Malls)

4:00 AM Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmeña-Sto. Niño
7:00 AM Misa de Translacion (Motorcade)
7:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña)

DepEd, Cebu City

7:30 P.M Cebu Popular Music Festival, Cebu Coliseum
7:30 P.M Sinulog Festival Queen 2010, Cebu City Sports Center
8:00 PM Balik Cebu, Welcome Party @ Ayala Center Cebu
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 16, 2010 (Saturday)

6:00 AM Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
9:00 AM Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah Humabon Basilica del Sto. Niño
2:00 PM Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
6:30 PM Cultural Shows
7:00 PM Street party @ Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia
8:00 PM 1st Sinulog Fireworks Competition , fronting SM North Wing
8:00 PM Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras @ Ayala Center Cebu
8:00 PM Handumanan Concert, USP-F Theater for the Performing Arts

January 17, 2010 (Sunday)
SINULOG GRAND PARADE

4:00 AM Mañanita Mass @Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 AM Pontifical mass with His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal
9:00 AM Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 PM Grand Fireworks, Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 PM Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña

January 18, 2010 (Monday)

1:00 PM Awarding Ceremonies, Cebu City Sports Center

January 22, 2010 (Friday)
“HUBO”
4:00 AM “HUBO Mass” Ritual @ Basilica del Sto. Niño
January 29, 2010 (Friday)
6:00 – 8:00 PM Showing of Sinulog Short Film Festival, SM Cinema 4

January 30, 2010 (Saturday)

1:00 P.M Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest and Video Documentary Contest / Sinulog Short Film Festival

February 1 – Feb. 10, 2010

Photo Exhibits “Winning Photos Sinulog ‘10 @SM City Cebu



Tickets are available starting January 2010, only at the Sinulog Foundation Office. If you want to know more about the Sinulog 2010 Festival, please contact (032) 254-50-10, 253-37-00 and look for Mr. Ricky Ballesteros, or Juliet/May or visit the Sinulog homepage



See the official site of Sinulog Here.
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Tuesday, September 01, 2009
1st Taste of Korean Food - Bibimbap & Kimchi

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We went to eat at a Korean restaurant after the CBS Events Committee meeting to get a taste and experience Korean cuisine. I was up for it, so was Kevin Ray Chua, Pibi, Atty. Ethelbert and Sinjin (Sinjin was clearly nervous from his facial expression even more when he was handed the dreaded “Chop Sticks”).

We had the Bibimbap and Kimchi in which at first quite intimidated me due to the presence of veggies and all. But at the back of my mind, I knew that Korean food or serving is of a balanced meal which is good for our health, so I just thought “Charge to experience Dammnit!!”

Bibimbap (Korean pronunciation: pibimpap) is a popular Korean dish. The word literally means "mixed meal." Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot.

Vegetables commonly used in bibimbap include julienned cucumber, zucchini, mu (daikon), mushrooms, doraji (bellflower root), and gim, as well as spinach, soybean sprouts, and gosari (bracken fern stems). Dubu (tofu), either plain or sautéed, or a leaf of lettuce may be added or chicken or seafood may be substituted for beef. For visual appeal, the vegetables are often placed so that adjacent colors complement each other.


Source: Wikipedia

But If you are interested or want to make it yourself, here’s a good resource Click Here
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Kimchi represents Korea's best known food. Koreans serve kimchi at almost every meal, and few Koreans can last more than a few days before cravings get the better of them. During the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, thousands of foreigners were introduced to it for the first time. Despite a reputation for being spicy, most people usually develop a taste for it, and many foreigners also find themselves missing it after returning to their home country.


Source: Life in Korea

It is also also spelled gimchi, kimchee, or kim chee, is any one of numerous traditional Korean pickled dishes made of vegetables with varied seasonings. Its most common manifestation is the spicy baechu (cabbage) variety. Kimchi is the most common banchan, or side dish. Kimchi is also a common ingredient and combined with other ingredients to make dishes such as kimchi stew (kimchi jjigae) and kimchi fried rice (kimchi bokkeumbap).



After tasting these two dishes, I have now developed an interest in korean food although I have a craving for Japanese foods (price wise would be Korean). I’ll definitely find me some Korean dishes to taste when I have money with me next time.

Thanks to Atty. Ethelbert Ouano for the treat!

Try the Kimchi and Bibimbap now!

***Does the battle sport a such contour?
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