Congrats, Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup!

For the past two years, our candidate to the Miss Universe beauty pageant made it to the final 5, among the 80+ beauties all over the world. It is an accomplishment in itself.

Miss Universe is considered the World Cup of beauty pageants. Once in the top 5, it is the question-and-answer portion that decides which candidate gets it. This year’s Miss Philippines is Ms. Shamcey Supsup. When I heard Shamcey’s answer, I somewhat knew that she would not bagged the crown. Somewhat, I (and my daughter) was confused of her answer. It is probably because of the redundancy of words and the usage of the pronoun “he-she”. The erroneous usage of he-she (and his-her) is common among  Filipinos in speaking English. In fact, I am guilty of this. Whether Shamcey said “…she’d love my God too” or not, she is still a winner. Congrats!

White Is Beautiful

Summer is soon be over, so as my 9-year old daughter’s Summer Camp. Truth be told, I am quite relieve. She is so dark now that I worry. I obviously still want her to have a fair skin. Am I obsessed with having a whiter skin? Perhaps, yes. Admittedly, I still have the traditional Filipino perception in me that white is pretty. Shallow-minded? Yes, I am. After all, I am a Filipino.

Filipina Fiancee Swallowed By The Sea In Oregon, US

Life is full of surprises. Just when you think that it is so kind to you, in an instant, it can be mean . This is probably what a 45-year old American in Oregon, who was about to wed his Filipina fiancee of two years, feels right now. A fairy tale romance and a wonderful loving woman — everything a man could ask for. However, his life became sour because of an unforeseen event.  READ MORE.


PDA Season 2 Grand Star Dreamer: Laarni Losada

I was not a fan of her, but I still think that the nation was not wrong in putting her in the pedestal as the Grand Star Dreamer. I congratulate her for being the best and garnering more than six hundred thousand votes from the viewers.

What I like about the show is that – it hones talents from nothing to something. If you are an avid follower of the show, you must have seen how these aspiring talents grew and developed. I admit, I was not really that impress with the voice quality of this season’s PDA scholars, but in a way, it tell us that talents can be developed if you believe in it.


I Dream Of Traveling

Traveling is one childhood dream that has yet to be fulfilled. In fact, it is one of the items posted in my dream board, which I attached in my refrigerator’s door. Hopefully, getting a US greencard will make it easier for me to travel around the world with less restrictions. And so, I am preparing myself to explore the US and hopefully, the world.

If there is one other state in the US that I want to visit first, it would be New York City. I adore seeing the high-rise skyscrapers and the trendy people, dressed like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and The City. I know for a fact that New York hotels are very expensive. Hopefully, I can decide soon so that I can book as early as six months in advance. My next choice would be Chicago. I want to see Oprah. I emailed the show for a free ticket about a year ago, but until now, I do not have a reply. It only means that there are a lot of people, mostly women, who are in dire need to see the show. I am not losing my hope. I will wait even if it takes forever.

Outside the country, it is Rome! KISA had been there when he was younger, and I asked him if he can show me the place. For me, Rome equates to romance and love. The people are nice and friendly. Its culture is still intact amidst the globalization of its neighboring countries.

There it is, my list of places to visit. What’s yours?

Drug Addiction: The Downfall Of The Rich and Famous

My daughter, Amber, is an avid fan of Hannah Montana. Whenever she goes online, she visits the show’s website. The site is very child-friendly, so I do not have qualms about it. She plays games, and tries to imitate Hannah‘s rock star appeal. She is her greatest idol ever. With all the racy photo controversies about Miley Cyrus. I hope that she will stay true to her wholesome image and will continue to be a good role model for the youngsters. She has the power to influence. She must use it constructively.

For years now, celebrity tabloids and magazines report a number of famous child stars who fell into the trap of drug addiction. A news about Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears going in-and-out of the alcohol treatment center is not new anymore, but it sold millions of copies. In Hollywood, enrolling in a drug rehab, and alcohol detox facility is a fad. It does not bother people anymore. If you can still remember, Amy Winehouse, won three coveted awards for the 2008 Grammy’s. It created a controversy amongst the music industry. That’s life. We all have our different perceptions on things.

Let us not wonder anymore if there is a big boom in the drug treatment  programs as well as the drug use trends. Take note, they are not just plain treatment centers, but they are established with utmost taste to ensure proper ambiance for fast recovery of its clients. The Science of Addiction makes sures the these facilities, just like The Canyon in California, adhere to understanding the behavior of addicts. After all, it is the best place to cure an addiction-stricken person- teens or adults.

Dry Drowning, A Silent Killer

It is summer time. It is time to enjoy the coolness of water in the nearby pool or beach. Bringing the kids and hearing them splashing the water, what a great joy it brings. But wait a minute, do you know the danger of this?

Just recently, a South Carolina 10-year old boy died from a silent tragedy of dry drowning. Reportedly, he died after hours from swimming in the pool. Before that, he walked home, talked and looked normal. His parents did not suspect any threat, but they were proven wrong.

Dry drowning transpires when a person’s lungs can no longer draw oxygen from the air. A person can be drowned with very little or no liquid at all. What is painful though is – it can happen totally as an accident. It can happen in hospitals and dental chairs, particularly laryngospasm, one cause of dry drowning.This kind of spasm can be triggered after a clinical operation when tubes are taken off from the throat and it is a danger for some people during dental procedures wherein water can strike the throat. People with chronic coughs and throat irritations are more prone to this reflex.

Dry drowning is a silent killer. Be forewarned, parents. Be cautious.

The Rise Of Rice Problem

As the staple food in the country, rice is the most important part in a typical Filipino meal. Without it, we seem to feel not full. For some family, rice plus sugar or salt is already a meal. We all know it not nutritious at all. But do they have a choice? None. Blame poverty. It is a family nightmare to see the ascending prices of major commodities, like food and fuel. Not all are born with silver spoons. Even employees (as long as they are not rice traders) suffers the burden of this crisis. A crisis that does not only engulfs the Philippines, but as well as rice-eating nations. It is a ripple effect the it far from vanishing. If there is shortage in Asia and a drought in Australia, expect a shortage too in countries who imports the product from them.

Rolando Dy is right. The rice crisis is actually an income crisis. There is said to be under-investment in the agricultural industry. An industry that sometimes forgotten, especially when the nation is busy talking about political scandals. But what nation is not is crisis nowadays? It ‘s like a plague. Nobody can avoid it. Also, some businessman are taking advantage of the situation. These rice hoarders do not know the words social responsibility. All they know is – how to get richer. Suckers!

About same time last year, a kilo was only Php.25.00, but now it rose up to Php.40.00+. It is insane. I wonder how poor Filipino family can eat three times a day now. How are they going to survive?

Well, let us keep our hopes up, and pray that this crisis will be over soon.

Philippine Legal Holidays Proclamation OF 2007 & 2008

Official Holidays Of 2008
RA 1463. Declaring The Regular Holidays And Special Non-working Days of 2008


Official Holidays Of 2007






WHEREAS, R.A. No. 9492 dated July 24, 2007, entitled “An Act Rationalizing the Celebration of National Holidays Amending for the Purpose Section 26, Chapter 7, Book 1 of Executive Order No. 292, as amended, otherwise known as The Administrative code of 1987”, was issued to declare certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;

WHEREAS, August 20, 2007 (Monday), may be declared as a special (non-working) day while August 21, 2007 (Tuesday) may be declared a working day, provided that all activities and celebrations in observance of “Ninoy Aquino Day” shall remain to be observed on August 21, 2007;

WHEREAS, November 30, 2007, Friday (Bonifacio Day) need not be moved to the nearest Monday as provided under RA No. 9492 because the day falls on a Friday, and thus already serves the purpose of RA No. 9492;

WHEREAS, December 30, 2007, Sunday (Rizal Day) need not be moved to the nearest Monday as provided under RA No. 9492 because December 31, 2007, is already a special (non-working) holiday under RA No. 9492.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDUARDO R. ERMITA, Executive Secretary, by authority of Her Excellency, GLORIA MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, do hereby declare the following:

SECTION 1. August 20, 2007 (Monday), shall be a special (non-working) day throughout the country.

Sec. 2. August 21, 2007 (Tuesday), shall be a working day throughout the country. All activities and celebrations in observance of “Ninoy Aquino Day” shall, however, remain to be observed on August 21, 2007.

Sec. 3. Bonifacio Day shall be observed as a regular holiday on November 30, 2007 (Friday).

Sec. 4. Rizal Day shall be observed as a regular holiday on December 30, 2007 (Sunday).

Sec. 5. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.

Sec. 6. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately upon publication in a newspaper of general circulation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 6th day of August, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Seven.

By authority of the President:

Executive Secretary


Fox’s Prison Break

Who wants “fish”? I do.

I am talking about Prison Break’s fresh fish, Michael Scofield (actor Wentworth Miller). All weekend, I did nothing but watched this cute hunk gracing my TV screen. Actually, it’s a DVD I bought somewhere in Divisoria. I am still engrossing myself with Season 1, and hopefully, by end of this week, I’ll have Season 2. Yahoo!!!


Update July 21, 2007

Just finished Season 1 and 2, I am giddily waiting for Season 3….


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Wentworth Miller as an Actor

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