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News and general information that’s happening around us..

Prenup shoot gone wrong?

It came across my facebook wall early this morning and here’s the complete link to read the rest of the article.

This is about a prenuptial shoot that was taken at the Libingan ng mga Bayani which gained a lot of mixed reactions in the online world.  Even AFP disclosed their disappointment over the matter.  Saying that Libingan ng mga Bayani should be treated with respect and honor.  This is the resting place of Filipino soldiers and dignitaries.

Here are some of the pictures taken of the controversial prenup shoot:

Picture came from interaksyon.com

Picture came from interaksyon.com

Being a photography enthusiast/hobbyist myself, I have my own reaction on this.  I have seen a lot of prenuptial shoots but I prefer not to disclose it in this post.  😛

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Djokovic wins Wimbledon 2011

Defending champ Rafael Nadal lost to Novak Djokovic in the recent Wimbledon 2011 Men’s Final.  The Serb took advantage of the game, 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 winning most of the sets’ break points.

Djokovic kisses his Wimbledon trophy

This is Novak’s first Wimbledon title. 

“It is the best day of my life,” Djokovic said. “This is the tournament I always dreamed of winning. I think I am still sleeping, still dreaming. When you’re playing the best player in the world … I had to be on top of my game. I played probably my best match on grass courts ever.” According to the new World No. 1 seed.

For me, it’s one of the few games that Nadal wasn’t in good shape producing several unforced errors.  Djokovic advanced with the first two sets but Rafa came back to claim the third.  On the fourth set, Novak continued to dominate the grass court winning the last set at 6-3.

Честитамо Ђоковић!! (Congratulations Djokovic!)

 

Total Lunar Eclipse… and I missed it!

Earlier today upon getting to my workstation, Gepay was asking me if I saw the red moon.  I pasued for a few seconds then.. “What moon? red?” Obviously, I was not yet in to my senses, read:  wala sa wisyo… ang aga pa kasi.. lol..

Then I peeked at the photo and wow it really was RED.. lol 😛 Lunar Eclipse!

Photo Credit: Dave Gallegos

I checked my FB wall and all I can see were posts about the RED moon. Tsk! They had a good view from the 11th floor.

Why didnt I know that this was happening? I watched the news last night.. Hmmm.. Did I?? hehe Sayang! A phenomenon like this is really hard to miss. Whenever I leave for the office, I frequently see the moon from our gate.  It’s just this time that I wasn’t able to see it – at kung kelang Lunar Eclipse pa!.  Another Tsk! 😛 I was already awake at 3:30AM and I should’ve seen it!.. waaaahh.. It was also visible from eastern Africa, central Asia, the Middle East and Western Australia.  We’re lucky many were able to see it in its totality.

Okay, moving on… Lunar Eclipses happen more frequently than Solar Eclipses. And in case some of you are still confused between the two phenomena, Solar is when the Moon gets in between the Earth and the Sun while Lunar takes place when the Earth is in between the Moon and the Sun.

I think I’ll just look after the next one and will make sure that I won’t miss it! 🙂

P.S. Rod, I post a comment in your photo asking to borrow the pic.  But it seemed that you’re asleep already dahil effort ang paghihintay sa eclipse na yan.. hindi ko na nahintay ang reply mo.. wehehe 😛 Salamat bro! 🙂

Boracay Reclamation Project – Boo!

Just a few days ago I heard that there’s a reclamation project to be executed in one of the top tourist destinations of the Philippines – no less than in Boracay Island.

Won't you want to see it like this a few years from now?

Boracay's white, fine sand

I read some articles to get a grasp of what this reclamation project is aiming to achieve.

Got the information below from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/regions/view/20101031-300743/Govt-to-pursue-Boracay-reclamation-project and http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/06/02/11/boracay-reclamation-project-not-yet-approved-denr

The 10-year project estimated to cost more than P1 billion consists of reclamation and development projects in Caticlan and in Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Boracay.

Phase 1, which is estimated to cost P260 million, involves a 2.19-ha reclamation project at the northern end of the jetty port in Caticlan. The first phase, expected to be completed in 306 days, involves the expansion of the jetty port, and the construction of various structures and facilities for tourism-related activities and commercial purposes that will include an integrated transport terminal bay, common parking areas and huge recreational open-court space.  The governor has said that the project is essential in improving the support facilities for Boracay, bringing revenues to the province and creating more jobs.

A  foundation  based  in  Boracay  Island  on  Wednesday  filed a  petition  before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to stop a reclamation project on the portions of Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan.  In a petition for mandamus, the Boracay Foundation, Inc. sought for the issuance of a temporary environmental protection order (TEPO) by the SC in the world famous island resort.

The petitioners argued that there’s no more need for a reclamation project in Boracay Island, citing that, based on a study conducted by marine biologists from the University of the Philippines (UP), such a reclamation project would only result to sand erosion in Boracay.

They pointed out that the Boracay Island is considered as an “environmentally critical area”. They also argued that the reclamation project in Boracay Island violated the Local Government Code, adding that, the project is strongly being opposed by the municipal government and the barangays in Caticlan, Aklan.

Moreover, Loubelle Cann, president of the Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI), claimed that the government of Albay plans to proceed with the project on a stage-by-stage basis.  She, meanwhile, said their organization is not opposed to the development and progress of Caticlan and Boracay, as long as it does not affect the ecosystem.

For me, the project aims for the betterment of the place.  More so boosting the tourism in Boracay and the Philippines as well.  However, if the safety of the coral reefs and our environment in general are at stake, make an alternative.  Developments are always good but not in the expense of our nature.  In the first place, Boracay became famous because of it’s white sand, pristine beaches and refreshing ambiance.  We don’t want to damage it just because we want to make business out of it.  I am one of the many people who’s against this project.  It just clearly states that this project will just generate money for businessmen while the paradise we have learned to love is suffering.

Blessed John Paul II

It was May 1, the day that would be remembered not only in the whole Catholic Community but in the whole world as Pope John Paul II will now become BLESSED JOHN PAUL II. The Beatification was held during the Feast of Divine Mercy as all Catholics gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City.  The biggest delegation came all the way from Poland, the birth land of the most-loved Pope.  Karol Wojtyla, the Pope’s real name, served 26 years as Pope and has the second longest term in history.  The ceremony was led by Pope Benedict XVI which started 4PM (Manila Time) and witnessed by millions in different countries around the world.

The smiling Pope during his Papal years

I gathered some facts about my beloved Pope that I want to share with you:

– He was born May 18, 1920 and died April 2, 2005.  He’s 84.

– He attended a drama class during his childhood.  There’s a thespian blood running through his veins eversince.

– At the age of 26, he was ordained to be a priest.  One of youngest in history.

– He’s the only Pope from Poland.

– During his pontificate, Pope John Paul II made trips to 129 countries.

– He visited the Philippines twice, in 1981 and 1995

– There were a few times Pope John Paul II was assassinated.  First was on May 1981, where a Turkish shot him and the Pope was severely wounded.  The Pope personally visited the assassin in his prison and forgave him for what he did.

– He’s always been an advocate of the youth’s prosperity.  He started the World Youth Day in 1984 and our country was one of the most fortunate that served as its ground in 1995.

I was in grade school then.  I remember our school sent a delegation to join other youths from other provinces and countries.  I was asked to join but I don’t know why I refused.  15 years later, I realize how I let a great chance of a lifetime slipped my hands.  It’s not that I regret it but I could’ve been one of the luckiest Filipinos who experienced such a historical gathering.  But looking at the future, I might have not gotten a chance to see my hero while he’s living, I know I’ll be able to see his relic and tomb up close in the next 3 years.

He’s such a good, kind hearted man.  May his teachings live in the next 5, 10, 20 hundred, thousand of years.  I’ll be forever be his follower.

Pope John Paul II's signature

Reflections on Visita Iglesia

Barely 3 years ago I was with Anne when I started Visita Iglesia. That was also the time when this blog should’ve been born. 3 years later, I did this again but this time visiting 7 churches only as compared to 14. But to clear it up, how many churches do we really need to visit? 7 or 14? Some visit 15.

According to Visita Iglesia’s website, CBCP cited seven (7) churches to visit during the Holy Thursday of Lent. Nowadays, some Filipinos choose to visit twice that number. Here’s the route we took as we head our way to visiting seven churches this Maundy Thursday.

1. Edsa Shrine

2.  San Beda

3.  St. Jude

4.  San Sebastian

These three candles represent my prayers for my family, my parents and myself.  May they always be safe and in good health.

5.  Quiapo Church

When I was a kid, Nanay used to bring me here every first Friday of the month even after school.  Friday is Quiapo day.  I was in grade school then.  I remember she always dresses me up like the Black Nazarene that time – but I don’t know what for.  All I know is she’s a devotee of the Black Nazarene.  Until this time, it gives me a different kind of feeling whenever I go to this church.  It’s serene.  Though it’s a number of miles away from Antipolo, I make sure I get to visit it during my birthday.

6.  Sta. Cruz Church

From Quiapo we walked our way to Binondo Church and we saw Sta. Cruz Church along the way. We pay a visit and say our prayers.

7.  Binondo Church

Aside from visiting 7 churches, other activities during Visita Iglesia include washing of the feet and station of the cross.  We finished at around 7:30 in the evening.

It’s so good to see families praying together and going from one church to another.  This is one thing that we haven’t done though we had other traditions we observe in our neighborhood during the Holy Week – that’s PABASA,  Processions during Holy Wednesday and Good Friday and Salubong during Easter Sunday.

As Catholics we have our respective responsibilities and duties to our religion.  Doing all these things are not merely a requirement – in my opinion.  As long as we keep our faith strong and do what we think is good for ourselves and others, we remain children of God.

Pia Toscano out on American Idol 10!

Only the Top 9 remained last night (PH time) on American Idol.  By far it was the best episode I’ve seen with all of the remaining hopefuls singing their hearts out with the episode’s theme being “Rock and Roll” hall of fame.  The judges unanimously agree that it was the best show, so far.  All of the contestants showed and enjoyed their performance – almost seamless.  They even partied and danced carelessly before the show closes.

But just this morning (PH Time), a few minutes after the AI 10 Results show (US Time) I’ve learned that PIA TOSCANO was voted out.  I think she’s one of the best (also the best-looking among the ladies) and she lands in my top 3 along with Scotty McCreery (the Country Guy) and James Durbin (Adam Lambert voice alike).  She even outstaged Scotty’s performance which Randy Jackson thought was the best of the night.

Here’s the video of Pia singing River Deep Mountain High, a Tina Turner original.

I never thought she would land in the bottom 3 and worse, be booted off.  A lot must’ve been surprised by this result.  I’m about to find out later how it shocked the audience when I watch it tonight.

AI’s making it more controversial.