Archive for May, 2006

Manila Jazz Fest on June 16!

This is awesome news for those who love music, jazz in particular! Last year I was at the Jazz Festival in Greenbelt’s Expo Exchange and this year, it will be in Market Market. It will start at around 5pm. For details, you could check out the Manila Jazz Fest site :D

The UP Jazz Ensemble, the Jamie Oehlers Quartet, Mon David, Jewelmer Jazz Band, et al will be there :D

Can’t wait for it ;)

RP idol judges now complete

The list of Philippine Idol judges ios now complete. Together with Ryan Cayabyab, Francis M. and Pilita Corales will head the local version of the world’s most watched reality program. The show which will air on ABC 5 would be hosted by Ryan Agoncillo.

Connect?

What’s your Internet connection?

I’ve been using Smart Wi-Fi (now repackaged as Smart Bro) and their service completely sucks. During my first week with them, my internet connection was down for the whole week! It took them sometime before the company finally sent guys to fix the connection. Now, I still “suffer” disconnections on random days (take note: days and not just hours), and if I do get a connection, more often than not it’s very unstable and super slow! Their technical support is not exactly such a supportive lot either.

My friends using PLDT myDSL are not very happy with their connection as well. Drat. Any suggestions on which Internet service to take?

Filipino Team in Finals of M.I.T. Business Competition

(continuing my string of globaly-recognized Filipino’s posts…)

A team of 5 Filipinio’s has created a business plan which has been nominated for the final 5 entries for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Entrepreneurship Competition- grand Prize being $100,000 USD. The final 5 came from a pool of 165 other entries and this is the first time any Filipino has reached the finals in it’s 16 year history.

The team’s plan, titled “CentroMigrante” works as follows:

“Over 200 million impoverished people in developing countries leave their rural hometowns and flock to urban areas to seek employment but are usually unable to afford decent lodging while searching and waiting for jobs. In the Philippines, as many as 1 million Filipinos a year spend up to six months away from their home provinces, looking for jobs as seafarers in Manila’s port areas with most of them living in shanties under depressed and undignified living conditions.

“CentroMigrante provides a unique solution to this problem with a self-help business model that provides clean, safe and affordable urban housing for such indigent, transient job seekers. The team tested the market through a pilot shelter in Manila that has shown profitability during the past two years, and has already helped 80,000 Filipinos.

“They are ready to start construction in the 4th quarter of this year, and are currently seeking an initial investment of quarter of a million dollars to build the first phase of the shelter network in Manila.”

The members of the CentroMigrante team are Illac Diaz (team leader), Niel Ruiz, Saldivar-Sali Artessa, Tina LaForteza, and Chester Yu.

Congratulations to the team! Good luck!

(original article seen in Phliippine News.com)

The Best Thing About Asia….Halo-Halo?

This month, Time-Asia magazine described about 30 of “Asia’s finest experiences for the Mind, Body and Soul…Discover the secrets in our annual guide to the gloriously diverse splendors of Asia.”

The Philippines was not about to passed up in this list!
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Under the category “Best Legal High“, writer Liam Fitzpatrick praises the “intoxicating delectation that is halo-halo“, specifically the version created in the lobby bar of the Pennisula Hotel, located along the “smoggy carnage of Ayala Avenue.”

And I qoute: “This psychadelic eye-ball popper comprises of egg-yolk custard, chickpeas, sweetened kidney beans, colored gelatin, red white and green sugar palm, coconut gel, purple-yam preserve, sago in syryp, jackfruit, makapuno, purple-yam ice cream, toasted rice crisps, about an inch of evaporated milk, and- with emphatic excess- sugar.”

Ooof. What do you chase that with?

Apparently it is a hit- “The lobby’s patrons- a Who’s Who of Manila society- are said to order 7,300 hala-halo Haranas a year, or to put it another way, 20 patrons a day seeing double, reeling through the glass doors…thinking “It’s okay. I can deal with it all now. I’m feeling absolutly fine.”

Until the insulin coma hits.

Congrats, Manila! It’s certainly unique!

Summer fun in the city

I’ve been to Laguna, Bora, Bacolod, Iloilo, and Dumaguete this summer but so far, the summer photo I love the most is the one taken at. . .Intramuros! It was one of those windy Caloy days and I was out jobhunting-slash-dating. The boyfriend and I would have taken more photos but the big droplets of rain started to fall by the time I whipped out the cam.

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For those who still haven’t been on a summer break now that the season is about to end, you don’t really need to go out of town and spend way too much just to have fun. Intramuros is just a ride away! :D

Filipinos Conquer Mt. Everest

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This week saw the first conquest of the highest mountain on the planet by a Filipino. On Wednesday, Heracleo “Leo” Oracion won the nation’s praise by becoming the first from the country to carry the Philippine flag to the 29,028 summit in Nepal. Then, 17 hours later, teammate Erwin “Pastor” Emata also reached the peak. Following these 2 in hot pursuit is competitor Romeo Garduce, who is expected to reach the summit later today.

“Summit to Base Camp…Ang ginaw-ginaw dito” (“It’s so cold up here!”) Were the words spoken from Mt. Everst’s highest reaches by Emata apon ascending to the summit.

Congratulations to all, and good luck getting back down (reaching the summit is only half the trip!)

Pinoy Everst Blog
Everest News.com

Story details from article in The Philippine Star.
Image from Friendly Planet.com

Caloy kills 24, blacks out Manila and cancels flights

Landslides, flashfloods, power outages, cancelled flights and embarkations all over the Metro and the rest of Philippines as tropical storm Caloy (international name Chanchu) passed over Luzon. Power has been restored in most areas of Manila while 2 ships are reported to have sunk including the ferry MV May Ann where 5 are still missing. The NDCC (National Disaster Coordinating Council) have been put on alert.

EDSA all rained out
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Where to be in Manila when the water rises

Here’s a great way of finding out where to invest on that house or condo in Manila. When the sea water rises to about 7 meters, this Flood map shows which areas will be submerged and which will remain above water. Luneta Park, SM Mall of Asia and even parts of the Airport will be submerged. Fort Bonifacio, Ayala and most of Quezon City remains above water.

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Tropical Storm Caloy ends Summer in Manila

Summer has officially ended with typhoon Caloy which entered the Philippine Area of responsibility last May 9. Caloy which is about 200 kms east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar since about 5pm today is estimated to be within 170 kms east southeast of Manila by tomorrow. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph. Public Storm Signal Number 2 has been raised over Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Ticao Island and Samar provinces. Public Storm Singal Number 1 has been raised over Camarines Sur, Burias Island, Masbate, Leyte Provinces, Biliran Island, Surigao Provinces, Siargao and Dinagat Islands. Provinces with warning signals are alerted against flash floods and landslides especially in Leyte which is prone to land slides.

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