Monday, November 30, 2009

President Arroyo will run again in 2010

Yes you've read it right, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will run again in 2010 but it not for the position of president but as a congresswoman in her home province, Pampanga. “Yes, I will file my certificate of candidacy,” Arroyo told reporters in the Macanang palace when she was interviewed about her political plans when she step down on her position on June 2010. She revealed her political plans just the night before the deadline of filing of certificates of candidacy.

Many critics says that once Arroyo is elected into office, her colleagues in Congress would push for a shift into a parliamentary system of government and subsequently elect her as prime minister, thus allowing her to circumvent the Constitution and return to power anew.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Congratulations Efren Peñaflorida

I am very froud to be a Filipino, and Efren Peñaflorida made me more proud being a Filipino. Efren Peñaflorida has brought a prestigious award for the Philippines for getting the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Award, for helping those poor Filipino children to get education thru his “Kariton Klassroom.”. There are 10 finalist for this award and still Efren Peñaflorida got the award by having the highest votes, he have gathered 2.75 million from online votes. He also received $ 100,000.00 for him to used to continue his advocacy to help educating the youth.

According to Efren, “Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes and sizes. We are one great tapestry,” Peñaflorida said. “Each person has a hidden hero within, you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need.”

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Long Weekend Again, No Work On Monday November 30, 2009

This weekend it will be a long weekend because on Monday November 30, 2009 it is holiday here in the Philippines. That day was declared a holiday in honor for the birthday of a great hero of the Philippines which is Andres Bonifacio. Andres Bonifacio y de Castro was born on November 30, 1863 at Tondo, Manila, he was a Filipino Nationalist and a revolutionary. He was the founder and the leader of the Katipunan, who fight for the Independence of the Philippines against the Spanish Colony. And according to some historians Andres Bonifacio was the first president of the Philippines although he is not officially recognized.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Philippines Veteran Got Check For Lump-sum

Finally after the long months of waiting my grandfathers check was got into the hands of my mother. My mother was the one who is taking care of filing and getting the necessary documents for my grandfather because my he can't travel that much because of his old age. The check was from US bank amounting to $ 9,000.00. According to the local banks here in the Philippines it will take up to 2 to 3 weeks for that check to be cleared because it is from outside our country.
By the way let me tell you something about my veteran grandfather, his name was Nicanor Luz as of today his physical condition was still okay in spite of his old age, he can still walk, he don't have difficulties in hearing and the only problem is he got some loss of his memory, he can't recognize most of his family. But if you ask him about the war and how fight, he can still remember every bit of the story. Until now he still have the anger against the Japanese, when you told him that there is a Japanese near by he closed his fist and say "where are those Japanese I will kill them, they make us all suffer". I know that he suffered a lot and sacrifice a lot, that's why until now he can still feel that way.
The sacrifices of every Filipino veterans during the WWII is really priceless, but still we should be thankful that US still recognizes all their efforts for fighting our freedom.

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Villar, Legarda Team Up For 2010 Elections

MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Loren Legarda called it a victorious day for two Mannys.

On the day Manny Pacquiao made history as the only fighter to dominate seven weight divisions, Sen. Manuel "Manny" Villar Jr. quietly captured the heart of his much-coveted vice presidential running mate.

At a private dinner in Makati City Sunday, Sen. Loren Legarda said yes to the standard-bearer of the Nacionalista Party, who showed up with his spouse Cynthia, the representative of Las Piñas.

Villar will personally make the announcement on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Laurel House on Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong.

Legarda confirmed this to the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview shortly after the dinner, which lasted three hours.

In explaining her decision to coalesce with Villar, Legarda spoke out on charges that Villar's real estate empire benefited from the C-5 road extension project

Reminded that she once criticized Villar's decision not to participate in the ethics investigation by the Senate, Legarda said: "I don’t even call that criticism. In a democracy, you allow all views to come out. I wanted it to come out so that we can listen to all views," she said, adding that she would not prejudge the results of the investigation being conducted by the Senate committee of the whole.

"A committee report is coming out. All I can say is let the people decide in next year's elections. I will not prejudge him and the issue," said Legarda.

Legarda said her decision was based on the fact that their platforms clicked.

"He told me, 'I believe in your platform on environment, agriculture and climate change, and then I said, 'I believe in your platform on helping migrant workers and pushing for their rights.' In that respect, we clicked right away," she told this reporter.

She made it clear to Villar that the next administration should focus on the environment as the cornerstone of the overarching goal to defeat abject poverty in the land.

"I want the country to be great again, green again, and what I bring to the vice presidency is green economy, investments and jobs, and green sustainable development," said Legarda, who has championed environmental causes for over two decades.

The one-on-one meeting between Legarda and Villar followed several weeks of talks, but finally materialized on the auspicious and victorious day of Pacquaio.

"It was a day of two Mannys," quipped Legarda, pointing out that Pacquiao's victory had largely brought glory, inspiration and hope to a storm-devastated nation.

"His victory gave us hope that the Filipino can," she said.

There was no fanfare in finally sealing an election union, which was largely expected by political observers following the decision of Sen. Francis Escudero to bolt the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC).

That decision stunned the nation, leaving Legarda suddenly without a presidential running mate.

Legarda refused to comment on rumors reaching NPC that its erstwhile standard-bearer has been his own run for vice president.

"No comment, for now," she said.

Legarda said that once elected vice president, she would ensure the strict implementation of environmental laws she had authored, and make the national budget "anchored on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction."

This will benefit agriculture, fisheries and rural livelihood.

"There is hope if we only give priority to the countryside," she said, pointing to empowerment of local government units as critical to effective governance.

"If we bring government closer to the people, then we bring peace and prosperity to the countryside," she said, explaining that environment was a cross-cutting issue.

Asked how would giving premium on the environment address widespread hunger among Filipinos, she said:
"Going green is an antidote to poverty because climate change directly affects our right to food, potable water and access to jobs and livelihood as what storms Ondoy and Pepeng have shown," said Legarda.

Asked why she chose Villar over other presidential aspirants who also courted her to be their running mate, she said: "I woke up one day realizing that our platform and aspirations for this country, especially uplifting the poor's lot in life, converged. We want to bring back dignity to the common folk and make us all proud that we are Filipinos."

She pointed to the "meeting of the minds" of two national candidates who built their alliance on a "pro-people-country-and-environment platform, and "not based on personalities."

"We both realized that we came from our humble beginnings--he was born in Tondo and I was born in the flood-prone Malabon. We both scaled the political ladder through sheer hardwork and patience. We are both self-made in our own respective fields before we ventured into politics--he in business and I in media."

The lady host served sushi and sashimi during the dinner arranged by a "private person."

Legarda observed that Villar was "very relaxed, very open."

"When I asked about Cynthia, he told me that she was attending a wedding. So I said, 'why don't you bring Cynthia here? Please ask the real boss to come," Legarda teased Villar.

And so Villar's better half came.

Asked about the fineprint of the political merger of the NP and NPC, Legarda said operational matters had not been discussed.

"It was a very light meeting focusing on the platform and alliance but operational details of the campaign were not yet discussed. There would be a formal press conference within the week to formally announce the alliance," she said.

Legarda was optimistic that the Villar-Legarda tandem would capture the imagination of the electorate.

"It's not only me winning, both of us must win. You must believe--do you have any doubt?--that I really want you to be my vice (president)," said Legarda, quoting Villar's exact words.

She said their "point of convergence" was the desire to "help heal our divided nation."
"We just want to focus on a positive campaign," said Legarda.


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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Philippines May 2010 Election

One of the most awaited event all over the Philippines for the coming 2010 is the election for the government officials. Most of the politicians here in the Philippines are planning everything ahead of time, they planned everything about their candidacy for this coming election. And as we become nearer and nearer on the campaign and election period, most politicians have decided on what position they are running and who among they will teamed up.
As of the moment the politicians who are planning to run as presidents are
Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay, Vice President Noli de Castro, MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, Senator Noynoy Aquino, Senator Manny Villar, Senator Francis Escudero, Secretary Gilber "Gibo" Teodoro, Senator Richard Gordon, Former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada and Bro. Eddie Villanueva

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Big Event - Pacman Vs. Cotto

pacquia vs cottoThe very long wait is almost over, cause on November 14 the boxing fight between Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) VS Miquel Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs) will happen. It will be held at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. The fight is set at 145-pound limit, will be shown live on HBO pay-per-view. It is scheduled for 12 rounds. Here in the Philippines on November 15, 2009 all SM cinemas branches will be showing the live fight entitle Firepower.

Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto at SM Cinema Ticket Prices

Price: 400 Pesos
Branches: SM Pampanga, SM Clark, SM Baliwag, SM Rosales, SM Lucena, SM Dasmarinas, SM Batangas, SM Lipa, SM Naga

Price: 450 Pesos
Branches: SM Sta. Rosa

Price: 500 Pesos
Branches: SM Marilao, SM Muntilupa, SM Molino, SM Cebu, SM Davao, SM Iloilo, SM Cagayan de Oro, SM Bacolod

Price: 550 Pesos
Branches: SM Megamall, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Manila, SM San Lazaro, SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Marikina, SM Valenzuela, SM Southmall, SM Bacoor, SM Sucat, SM Bicutan

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Philippines 2010 Legal Holiday

2009 is almost over, so we need to welcome the year 2010. As early as July 21, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo already signed Proclamation 1841 which declaring the 10 regular holidays for 2010.

It was declared a little bit early, but according to executive secretary Ermita it was for the benefit of business men who are very conscious about holidays impact the employees productivity.

The Regular holidays for 2010 are:

· New Years Day (January 1)

· Maundy Thursday (April 1)

· Good Friday (April 2)

· Araw ng Kagitingan (April 9)

· Labor Day (May 1)

· Independence Day (June 12, moved to June 14 Monday)

· National Heroes Day (August 30)

· Bonifacio Day (November 30, moved to November 29 Monday)

· Christmas Day (December 25)

· Rizal Day (December 30, moved to December 27 Monday)

Non Working Holidays:

· Ninoy Aquino Day (August 23)

· All Saints Day (November 01)

· December 24 and December 31

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