Thursday, March 01, 2007
Actress in lettuce bikini for global animal rights ad
Promoting vegetarianism and animal rights in the Philippines and around the world is actress/model Alicia Mayer.
She joins Hollywood actresses Pamela Anderson and Traci Bingham who advocate animal rights and people who can live happily and healthily with only fruits and vegetables.
Mayer promotes this advocacy by posing only clad in a lettuce bikini outfit in a campaign for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
The lettuce bikini shoot was not exactly a new idea, said PETA Asia Pacific Director Jason Baker, who has done photo shoots with dozens of Filipino and foreign celebrities including the Baywatch babes Traci and Pamela who support the PETA cause.
The voluptuous actress, a newly converted vegetarian revealed that she saw a website depicting how chickens were treated prior to being slaughtered to become food supply for a popular food chain. She stopped eating meat after that, to protest the sheer cruelty of the animals' treatment.
"Of course, I won't force people to stop eating meat and become vegetarians immediately. They have to experience it," Mayer said.
She added: "I'm proud wearing what I eat."
However, Baker said this was the first time they had a local celebrity wear the lettuce bikini. It was also Alicia who first approached PETA regarding vegetarianism until the idea of a photo shoot came up.
"PETA is always trying to look for something new to do. This pictorial with Alicia, we hope, would get people to think about vegetarianism and animal rights," Baker said.
Posted at 10:50 pm by robyvan
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Groundbreaking discoveries found in RP waters
A French-led marine expedition has discovered thousands of new species of crustaceans and mollusks in waters around the central Philippines.
The discovery was made by the Panglao Marine Biodi-versity Project, which has been conducting "an intensive inventory" of the complex coastal ecosystem off Panglao Island for the past two years.
Some 80 scientists, students and volunteers from 19 countries took part in the ground-breaking research.
"Numerous species were observed and photographed alive, many for the first time," the scientists, led by Philippe Bouchet of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in France, said in a statement.
"It is estimated that 150-250 of the crustaceans and 1,500-2,500 of the mollusks are new species," the statement said.
"To put it in perspective, the whole decapod crustacean [shrimp or prawn] fauna of Japan barely exceeds 1,600 species," Bouchet said.
"The Mediterranean [300 million hectares] has 340 species of decapods and 2,024 species of mollusks," the statement said.
Some 50 species were presented to the Philippine National Museum on Monday.
Bouchet said data was collected using academic and traditional methods such as dredging and trawling, diving and deep-water nets which Panglao fishermen traditionally use.
Bouchet said the international science expedition in Panglao is the most comprehensive coral reef mollusk survey ever undertaken worldwide.
To push the research forward, the French Embassy has announced a five-year program to explore the deep-water fauna of the Philippines titled "Census of Philippines Deep-Sea Bio-diversity."
The embassy said the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project was the most comprehensive survey of deep-sea invertebrates ever conducted anywhere in the tropics. Total Foundation helped with gasoline supply.
courtesy of AFP
Posted at 10:40 pm by robyvan
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Why is the Filipino Special?
Filipinos are brown. Their color is at the center of human racial strains.
This point is not an attempt at racism, but just for many Filipinos to realize that our color should not be a source of or reason for an inferiority complex. While we pine for a fair complexion, white people are religiously tanning themselves, under the sun or artificial light, to approximate the Filipino complexion.
Filipinos are a touching people. We have lots of love and are not afraid to show it. We almost inevitably create human chains with our perennial akbay (putting an arm around another's shoulder), hawak (hold), yakap (embrace), himas (caressing stroke), kalabit (touching with the tip of the finger), kalong (sitting on someone else's lap), etc. We are always reaching out, always seeking interconnection.
Filipinos are linguists. Put a Filipino in any city, any town around the world. Give him a few months or even weeks and he will speak the local language there. Filipinos are adept at learning and speaking languages. In fact, it is not uncommon for Filipinos to speak at least three: his own local dialect, Filipino, and English. Of course, a lot speak an added language, be it Chinese, Spanish or, if he works abroad, the language of his host country.
In addition, Tagalog is not 'sexist.' While many "conscious" and "enlightened" people of today are just by now striving to be "politically correct" with their language and, in the process, bend to absurd depths in coining "gender sensitive" words, Tagalog has, since time immemorial, evolved gender-neutral words like asawa (husband or wife), anak (son or daughter), magulang (father or mother), kapatid (brother or sister), biyenan (father-in-law or mother-in-law), manugang (son or daughter-in-law), bayani (hero or heroine), etc. Our languages and dialects are advanced and, indeed, sophisticated! It is no sm all wonder that Jose Rizal, the quintessential Filipino, spoke some twenty-two languages!
Filipinos are groupists. We love human interaction and company. We always surround ourselves with people and we hover over them, too. According to Dr. Patricia Licuanan, a psychologist from Ateneo and Miriam College, an average Filipino would have and know at least 300 relatives.
At work, we live bayanihan (mutual help); at play, we want a kalaro (playmate) more than laruan (toy). At socials, our invitations are open and it is more common even for guests to invite and bring in other guests. In transit, we do not want to be separated from our group. So what do we do when there is no more space in a vehicle? Kalung-kalong! (Sitting on one another). No one would ever suggest splitting a group and wait for another vehicle with more space!
Filipinos are weavers. One look at our baskets, mats, clothes, and other crafts will reveal the skill of the Filipino weaver and his inclination to weaving. This art is a metaphor of the Filipino trait. We are social weavers. We weave theirs into ours that we all become parts of one another. We place a lot of premium on pakikisama (getting along) and pakikipagkapwa (relating). Two of the worst labels, walang pakikipagkapwa (inability to relate), will be avoided by the Filipino at almost any cost.
We love to blend and harmonize with people, we like to include them in our "tribe," our "family"- and we like to be included in other people's families, too.
Therefore we call our friend's mother nanay or mommy; we call a friend's sister ate (eldest sister), and so on. We even call strangers tia/tita (aunt) or tio/tito (uncle), tatang (grandfather), etc.
So extensive is our social openness and interrelations that we have specific title for extended relations like hipag (sister-in-law's spouse), balae (child-in-law's parents), inaanak (godchild), ninong/ninang (godparents) kinakapatid (godparent's child), etc.
In addition, we have the profound 'ka' institution, loosely translated as "equal to the same kind" as in kasama (of the same company), kaisa (of the same cause), kapanalig (of the same belief), etc. In our social fiber, we treat other people as co-equals.
Filipinos, because of their social "weaving" traditions, make for excellent team workers.
Filipinos are adventurers. We have a tradition of separation. Our myths and legends speak of heroes and heroines who almost always get separated from their families and loved ones and are taken by circumstances to far-away lands where they find wealth or power.
Our Spanish colonial history is filled with separations caused by the reduccion (hamleting), and the forced migration to build towns, churches, fortresses or galleons. American occupation enlarged the space of Filipino wandering, including America, and there is documented evidence of Filipino presence in America as far back as 1587.
Now, Filipinos compose the world's largest population of overseas workers, populating and sometimes "threshing" major capitals, minor towns and even remote villages around the world. Filipino adventurism has made us today's citizens of the world, bringing the bagoong (salty shrimp paste), pansit (sautéed noodles), siopao (meat-filled dough), kare-kare (peanut-flavored dish), dinuguan (innards cooked in pork blood), balut (unhatched duck egg), and adobo (meat vi naigrette), including the tabo (ladle) and tsinelas (slippers) all over the world.
Filipinos are excellent at adjustments and improvisation, managing to recreate their home, or to feel at home anywhere.
Filipinos have Pakiramdam (deep feeling/discernment) . We know how to feel what others feel, sometimes even anticipate what they will feel. Being manhid (dense) is one of the worst labels anyone could get and will therefore, avoid at all cost. We know when a guest is hungry though the insistence on being full is assured.
We can tell if people are lovers even if they are miles apart. We know if a person is offended though he may purposely smile. We know becau se we feel. In our pakikipagkapwa (relating), we get not only to wear another man's shoe but also his heart.
We have a superbly developed and honored gift of discernment, making us excellent leaders, counselors, and go-betweens.
Filipinos are very spiritual. We are transcendent. We transcend the physical world, see the unseen and hear the unheard. We have a deep sense of kaba (premonition) and kutob (hunch). A Filipino wife will instinctively feel her husband or child is going astray, whether or not telltale signs present themselves.
Filipino spirituality makes him invoke divine presence or intervention at nearly every bend of his journey. Rightly or wrongly, Filipinos are almost always acknowledging, invoking or driving away spirits into and from their lives. Seemingly trivial or even incoherent events can take on spiritual significance and will be given such space or consideration.
The Filipino has a sophisticated, developed pakiramdam. The Filipino, though becoming more and more modern (hence, materialistic) is still very spiritual in essence. This inherent and deep spirituality makes the Filipino, once correctly Christianized, a major exponent of the faith.
Filipinos are timeless. Despite the nearly half-a-millennium encroachment of the western clock into our lives, Filipinos-unless on very formal or official functions-still measure time not with hours and minutes but with feeling. This style is ingrained deep in our psyche. Our time is diffused, not framed. Our appointments are defined by umaga (morning), tanghali (noon ), hapon (afternoon), or gabi (evening).
Our most exact time reference is probably katanghaliang-tapat (high noon), which still allows many minutes of leeway. That is how Filipino trysts and occasions are timed: there is really no definite time.
A Filipino event has no clear-cut beginning nor ending. We have a fiesta , but there is visperas (eve), a day after the fiesta is still considered a good time to visit. The Filipino Christmas is not confined to December 25th; it somehow begins months before December and extends up to the first days of January.
Filipinos say good-bye to guests first at the head of the stairs, then down to the descanso (landing), to the entresuelo (mezzanine), to the pintuan (doorway), to the trangkahan (gate), and if the departing persons are to take public transportation, up to the bus stop or bus station.
In a way, other people's tardiness and extended stays can really be annoying, but this peculiarity is the same charm of Filipinos who, being governed by timelessness, can show how to find more time to be nice, kind, and accommodating than his prompt and exact brothers elsewhere.
Filipinos are Spaceless. As in the concept of time, the Filipino concept of space is not numerical. We will not usually express expanse of space with miles or kilometers but with feelings in how we say malayo (far)or malapit (near).
Alongside with numberlessness, Filipino space is also boundless. Indigenous culture did not divide land into private lots but kept it open for all to partake of its abundance.
The Filipino has avidly remained "spaceless" in many ways. The interior of the bahay-kubo (hut) can easily become receiving room, sleeping room, kitchen, dining room, chapel, wake parlor, etc. Depending on the time of the day or the needs of the moment. The same is true with the bahay na bato (stone house). Space just flows into the next space that the divisions between the sala, caida, comedor, or vilada may only be faintly suggested by overhead arches of filigree. In much the same way, Filipino concept of space can be so diffused that one 's party may creep into and actually expropriate the street! A family business like a sari-sari store or talyer may extend to the sidewalk and street. Provincial folks dry palayan (rice grain) on the highways! Religious groups of various persuasions habitually and matter-of-factly commandeer streets for processions and parades.
It is not uncommon to close a street to accommodate private functions, Filipinos eat. sleep, chat, socialize, quarrel, even urinate, or nearly everywhere or just anywhere!
"Spacelessness," in the face of modern, especially urban life, can be unlawful and may really be counter-productive. On the other hand, Filipino spacelessness, when viewed from his context, is just another manifestation of his spiritually and communal values. Adapted well to today's context, which may mean unstoppable urbanization, Filipino spacelessness may even be the answer and counter balance to humanity's greed, selfishness and isolation.
So what makes the Filipino special? Brown, spiritual, timeless, spaceless, linguists, groupists, weavers, adventurers; seldom do all these profound qualities find personification in a people. Filipinos should allow - and should be allowed to contribute their special traits to the world-wide community of men- but first, they should know and like themselves.
Posted at 04:01 am by robyvan
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Filipina Shines in Findland's Nokia
This Nordic nation famous the world over for its "midnight sun" and a leading mobile phone brand hosts less than 1,000 Filipinos, majority of whom are married to Finns.
On the distaff side of the Filipino community here, Carol Soriano easily tops the list of successful Filipinas here. An international relations graduate of the Ateneo University, she is the only Filipina at Nokia-Finland.
Moreover, she is not an ordinary employee of the international conglomerate. She's the global marketing manager of the cell phone company, no less.
Carol said she never feels intimidated nor discriminated because of the color of her skin, nationality or anything. Finnish people are noted for racial tolerance, and after all, her employer is fixated on her performance and contribution to Nokia, not the color of her skin or her race.
Aside from heading an outfit of around 20 people of mixed nationalities, Carol is in charge of formulating Nokia's global marketing strategy. And she has been here for three years only.
Filipinos are held in high regard here, she said proudly.
Photo courtesy of Bandila, ABS-CBN
Posted at 01:10 am by robyvan
Saturday, September 30, 2006
He comes from humble beginnings. He works hard. He fears no one in the boxing ring. He is skillful. He is charismatic and popular. He is loved by the Filipino people. He inspires us to believe in ourselves and pursue our dreams. He is respected. He is the pride of the Philippines. He has united a fragmented country. He is the People’s Champion! As Pacman mania rings in all over the country, internet emails have also been awash with tributes to Manny, inclusive of this very interesting imagined 5 peso bill currency bearing his heroic image, and a Jose Rizal like photo pose.
Is Manny Pacquiao our New National Hero?
Posted at 12:43 am by robyvan
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Furniture makers target Middle East market
The Philippines furniture manufacturers want to make a bigger mark on the Middle Eastern market this year.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), said the Philippines will again send a group of local furniture companies to the Dubai exhibition with the hope of bagging some big-ticket contracts.
In 2005, the Philippines generated sales of $ 4.8 million, 60 percent higher than the previous year's $ 3 million.
The deparment expects the local group to bag more export deals as more Middle Eastern countries recognize the country's ability to produce unique and quality furniture designs.
The Philippines has been cited by the International Design Yearbook and the Frankfurt Tendence Lifestyle as an influential force in new Asian design.
The DTI noted that countries that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council imported some $5-billion worth of in furniture and interior products last year as reported by the MEED, the region's leading online business opportunity tracker.
Big projects such as the opening of the residential property market in Abu Dhabi, multimillion projects in Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Auwain and Qatar, plus the recently announced Enaar mega-residential and commercial development that will create an entire suburb in Cairo are among the opportunities that the Philippine delegation is looking at.
“Even Qatar, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, demands bigger furniture and construction supply due to its budding real estate sector including the $5-billion New Doha International Airport, Hamad Medical City, Qatar Education City, the General Library, the Islamic Museum, Science and Technology Park, modern shopping malls, new hotels and sports venues,” the DTI said.
To date, the Philippines ranks 36th on the list of furniture exporters worldwide, with total shipments amounting to $260 million as of last year, according to the National Statistics Office.
There are about 5,000 Filipino contractors handling local and foreign projects from airports and industrial plants to design consultancy. The country's technologically driven manufacturing processes contribute much to the Philippines’ image as a reliable provider of furniture and construction materials to United Sates, Japan, Great Britain, Australia, Europe and the rest of Asia.
Scheduled from Nov. 7-11 at the Dubai International Exhibition Center, the Philippines will join the annual show for the fourth time. It will showcase more than 1,000 exhibitors from 50 countries including Europe, America, and the Far East, and is expected to attract over 30,000 trade visitors including architects, hoteliers, contractors, agents, and private buyers from around the globe.
Filipino furniture manufacturers are known for creating classic designs with a modern touch from natural elements such as stone, wood, shell, and coconut. The country's technologically-driven manufacturing processes contribute much to the Philippines’ image as a reliable provider of furniture and construction materials to vast markets like the United Sates, Japan, Great Britain, Australia, Europe, and the rest of Asia.
Posted at 10:53 pm by robyvan
Sunday, July 30, 2006
100 Things About Being Pinoy
What is being a Pinoy all about--aside from pointing with our lips and having an action star for our President? We talked among ourselves and we tried to come up with the 100 best things about being a Noypi. Okay, okay! So, the idea is not so original, after all, the Philippine Sunday Inquirer Magazine already published their 100 Best Things in their centennial issue. But we tried to do this on our own, without referring to the SI's article (really!).
We hope that these will make you smile and will make you laugh. Above all, we sincerely hope that these things will make you proud of being a Pinoy.
- Simbang Gabi. Nine dawn masses during the Christmas season. Attended by the religious, the people with panata, the uzis, and the girl and boy watchers. Of course, Simbang Gabi is not complete without the mouth-watering bibingka and puto bumbong sold outside the church.
- Tabô. An absolute way of identifying a kabayan in a foreign land.
- Po at opo. Shows the importance and respect accorded to the elderly and the authority. Children in the Tagalog areas are taught (trained?) to say po and opo before and after every sentence.
- Tingi-tingi. Where else can we buy one tablespoon of Star margarine, peanut butter, or matamis na bao? Or a 10 ml shampoo and a five gram toothpaste in a sachet?
- Sawsawan. Patis, toyo at kalamansi, suka at sili. Spices up ordinary dishes and gives one freedom to experiment with various concoctions. What better way to stimulate the appetite? Hmmm!
- San Miguel Beer. Considered to be one of the world's best. Para sa Pinoy, iba ang may pinagsamahan.
- Kakanin. Puto, kutsinta, sapin-sapin, suman sa ibus, bibingka, puto bungbong, maja blanka, bico, atbp. What would fiestas, Pasko, Bagong Taon, at Pista ng Patay be without these native delicacies?
- Kutkutin. Butong pakwan, kalabasa, kornik, at mani. Sa lamayan, sa handaan, sa inuman, o sa kuwentuhan, kutkutin ang kailangan.
- Parol. The Pinoy symbol of the Star of Bethlehem. Bright and colorful, the parol adorns every household during the Christmas season.
- Pambahay. Ang isang Pinoy, naka-amerikana man sa opisina o kaya'y naka-uniporme sa eskuwela, ay siguradong magpapalit sa duster, puruntong, o kaya'y t-shirt pag-uwi ng bahay. At 'di tulad ng mga dayuhan na ang tsinelas ay sapatos pa rin, ang tsinelas ng Pinoy ay Spartan, bakya, o kaya'y abaca.
- Song translations. Foreign song hits translated to Filipino to become more madamdamin.
- Dirty Ice Cream. Well-loved by Filipino children, the dirty ice cream is pedalled from one household to another. This ice cream comes in the usual cones and sometimes, on bread bunwiches. It costs cheap and has a variety of flavors - cheese, mango, avocado, chocolate. Name it and the Mamang Sorbetero has it!
- Balut, penoy. Balut is the luscious embryo of ducks. Penoy, on the other hand, is also duck egg but without the baby duck. Both are Pinoy delicacies and both are very nutritious. As they say, "Ang balut at penoy ay pampalakas ng tuhod".
- Choc-nut. Who could ever forget Choc-nut, the sweet mini peanut butter bars which give everyone, young and old alike, delight? As they say, once you get to taste it, there's no stopping your asking for more!
- Sabong. The Filipino term for cock derby, sabong is a favorite Pinoy pasttime, especially in the rural communities. It has its own mechanics and rules which make the game more exciting.
- Ninoy Aquino. A model of bravery and self-sacrifice, he is certainly one Pinoy whom we can be truly proud of. He has uttered the words "A Filipino is worth dying for" and has thus proven this by offering his life for the Filipino people.
- Sing-a-long. This is a clear proof of the Filipino's love for music. Everywhere you go, may it be in bars, in small restaurants or even in carnivals, you'll always find a sing-a-long machine (which can be considered as the modern version of juke box stations). Just drop a coin or two and pronto!!! - you'll hear the latest songs on play.
- Christmas season. We are the folks to observe the longest Christmas season. And why not? The spirit of giving and sharing is in our hearts.
- Soap operas. Flor de Luna, Gulong ng Palad, Anna Luna, Mula sa Puso. Long before the telenovelas became hits in t.v., these soap operas captured the interest of the Filipino viewing masses. With themes tackling the ups and downs of life, these programs continued to touch and influence the lives of many.
- Pinoy Komiks. Aliw, Hiwaga, Liwayway. Long before international magazines like Glamour, Vogue, Teen, etc. came out in circulation, these Pinoy publications were printed and suited for the needs of the Filipino masses.
- Ano, kuwan, eh. These are the expressions Filipinos use when they find themselves at a loss for the words. It is common to hear a Filipino saying "yung ano" or "yung kuwan" at the middle of a conversation. Amusing, isn't it? These 'word-gap-fillers' certainly work. What's amazing is that we manage to understand each other even when we're not certain about what the other is talking about!
- Halo-halo. A very delicious refreshment that offers a variety of native sweets. Halo-halo is more than just a desert, it is a meal in itself.
- Multo, kapre, tikbalang, manananggal, tik-tik, duwende. Spooky creatures that added spice to our childhood adventures. Stories about these grotesque creatures never fail to amaze us.
- Jeans. Comfort is a very important factor to consider when we're expressing our fashion statement and there's no doubt, we find comfort in jeans.
- Hilod. Long before loofah invaded the Filipinos bathrooms, hilod was the available "scouring pad" of our bodies. It just proves that we Filipinos value personal hygiene.
- Darna, Dyesebel, Cap't Barbel, Lastik Man, Kenkoy. They are the Filipino superheroes who were created by the imaginative minds of Filipino cartoonists and artists. Initially introduced in print media, these characters also appeared in television when special cartoon shows and movies were created for them.
- Kamag-anak. A Filipino has hundreds of kamag-anak. Filipinos value kinship so much that we acknowledge even the "pamangkin of the pinsan of the bayaw of the kapatid...."
- CJ de Silva. If da Vinci or Van Gogh were still alive, they would truly hail this very young painter who is, well, a Pinay.
- Sarao jeepney. A showcase of the Filipino ingenuity, the jeepney is the assembled remnants of World War II. You have to agree with us , it's much more economical to ride jeepneys, especially in these days of economic slump.
- Tricycles, sidecars, pedicabs. Thank God for these vehicles which can squeeze in at even the narrowest "eskinita" in our country and for the pedicab drivers who furiously pedal to bring us to our destinations.
- Philippine Eagle. This magnificent, royal, and endangered bird is Filipino, too. Now, if only we could save them from extinction.
- Terno, baro't saya, Barong Tagalog. One of the unique and best ways of representing the Pinoys abroad.
- Paeng, Akiko, Lydia, Bea, Onyok, Eric, etc. They make their fellows Pinoys and Pinays gleam with pride and hope that we will soon be recognized as champions in the Olympic games.
- Resilience. Spanish colonization, American rule, Japanese invasion, earthquakes, typhoons, Martial Law, coup d'etats, El Niño-we have seen them all, we have survived them all.
- Padala. This is the Filipino system of delivery or door-to-door remittances. It is usual to hear an OFW asking a companion to drop an item or two for his family back at the Philippines.
- Nora at Vilma. Celebrities who have the largest circle of LOYAL fans. We should thank them for gracing the Philippine cinema and stage with their charisma, extraordinary talents, and unique beauties.
- Dolphy. The greatest Filipino comedian of all times. Pidol is the longest living, too.
- Sarsi. You're not a Filipino if you haven't had a gulp of this sarsaparilla. Known to many as the Filipino root beer, Sarsi has a distinctive Filipino taste.
- Jollibee. The Filipino version of McDonald's, this food chain has captured the taste of the Filipinos with its specialties like the Yum, the Champ, and the palabok fiesta. Tayo nang magpunta sa Jollibee at langhapin ang sarap dito!
- Divisoria. Divisoria offers a variety of items to choose from at very, very low price-shoes, shirts, bags, textiles, candles, toys. Name it and Divisoria has it!
- Bahay-Kubo. The traditional humble homes of Filipinos in the provinces. This structure, which is made from materials like pawid, kugon, and nipa, manifests the ingenuity and resourcefulness of Filipinos.
- Siesta. When the sun is at its peak, what else can one do? Well, we ordinarily spend our afternoons taking a break from school or office work or even from household chores by snoozing. We have devised a way of elluding the heat of the noonday sun. Thank heavens, there's such a thing as siesta!
- Balikbayan Box. They say that Filipinos are inherently generous, especially when it comes to giving pasalubong and other presents. Well, this is one of the clear proofs that we surely are generous! Balikbayans come home with 2 × 2 × 2 ft boxes filled with corned beef, shampoos, and bars of soaps which are to be given to their relatives and friends.
- Pasalubong. Ang ina-abangan ng lahat-ang pasalubong. Pumunta man sa ibang bansa, sa kabilang barrio, o sa kabilang kanto, kailangan may dalang pasalubong.
- Pagmamano. Respect for the elders can be shown in various ways. Pagmamano is THE Filipino way.
- Bayanihan. Put simply. It's pagtutulngan sa oras ng pangangailangan.
- San Lorenzo Ruiz. The first Filipino saint, he is an exemplar of courage and martyrdom for the Catholic faith. Thank heavens we have him for a saint. At least now, we can be assured that someone up there is praying for the Filipino people.
- Kapit-bahay. He lives outside of your house, he's certainly not an outsider to your family. He's someone you frequently chat with when you have nothing else to do at home. You share your blessing with him, even your family's viand for the day. Yes, that's your friendly neighbor.
- Filipino folktales. Who could ever forget the intrepidity of Lam-ang, the struggles of Malakas at Maganda, and the salient idleness of Juan Tamad? Well, these are the stories Filipino children grew up with. Passed on from generation to another by word of mouth, these folk tales continue to enrich the heritage of the Filipinos.
- Bagoong. Who could ever say no to manggang hilaw topped with mouth-watering bagoong? Well, I can't.! Bagoong, one the Pinoy's specialties, is made from small fishes or shrimps. Despite its not so attractive appearance, bagoong simply is irrisistible.
- Tropical fruits. Mangga, saging, dalanghita, lanzones, siniguelas, papaya, tis-an unending list of fruits to choose from. This is certainly one of the best things we can offer especially to those foreigners who never had a taste of these succulent fruits.
- U.P. The Philippines' premier state university, U.P. is known for producing intellectual, vigilant, and patriotic citizens.
- Kapwa. A word that can't be translated because this is unique to Pinoy's culture. We don't treat others as strangers but as people we can identify with, as people who in some ways all connected with us.
- Magsasaka. Being an agricultural country, farming is the foundation of the Philippines' economy.
- Filipino dances. Tinikling, Pandanggo sa ilaw, Itik-itik. These Filipino dances exhibit the innate gracefulness of the Filipino.
- Samalamig. Sago't gulaman, melon juice, buko juice. Siguradong pamatid uhaw.
- Mayon volcano. Considered as the eight wonder of the natural world, Mayon Volcano has a perfect cone shape and smooth slope.
- Streetfoods. Fishball, isaw, kikiam, banana Q, maruya, turon, adidas, bituka, dugo, laman-loob. These are the foods that can be seen along the streets. Tasty and delicious, these are truly Pinoy.
- Filipino singers. Lea, Regine, Monique, Pilita, Ka Freddie. The Pinoys are very musically-inclined. And these world-renowned artsists are the proofs of it.
- Filipino actors and actresses. Nora Aunor, Philip Salvador, Vilma Santos, Albert Martrinez, Lea Salonga. Though we only have a few internationally-acclaimed actors and actresses, their awards still show how talented we Filipinos are.
- Jose Rizal. Some say he is the greatest Filipino ever. He fought with his pen and not with his strength, which is far, far more powerful.
- Larong Pinoy. Patintero, sungka, piko, tumbang preso, sipa, chatÃ´. Thses games show the creativity of the Pinoy mind. Long before arcade games came into being, these games were already played and enjoyed by our lolos and lolas.
- Pilots and seamen. Pinoy pilots and seamen are the best in the world. I, for one, would not hesitate to trust my life with them.
- Lupang hinirang. The Philippine national anthem. The march that shows the love of every Filipino to their mother country.
- Ate, kuya, tito, tita, lolo, lola, manong, manang. We use these words although the people we address to are not our relatives. These show how much respect we give to elders.
- Turo-turo. Turo-turo are food stands that are seen along the streets. Their menu of homecooked meals are on display and customers point (turo) to the food they want to eat, thus the name. Fods in these establishments are cheap and delicious.
- Chicharon. Chicharon is anything that is deep fried, very crunchy, and dipped in vinegar. Pinoys are very fond of this delicacy.
- Sinigang. According to one writer, sinigang is the best viand to represent the Pinoy. Sinigang is a blend of spiciness and sourness that will certainly make mouths water.
- All Saints' Day. The celebration of the Pista ng Patay in the Philippines is very festive. People spend days in the cemetery. This tradition manifests the respect the Filipino has for the dead.
- Banaue Rice Terraces. Banaue rice terraces is one of the best sights in the Philippines and is considered to be the eight wonder of the modern world. The rice terraces showcases the perseverance ingenuity of the Pinoys.
- Fiestas. Fiestas are celebrated in respect for the town's patron saint, usually thanking the saint for a prosperous harvest. Everyone is welcome in every house and there's no limit to what you can eat.
- Basketball. Basketball is a very popular game in the Philippines. Fans would kill and be killed for the sake of its favorite team.
- Lambanog. Why drink tequila when there's a cheaper, not to mention, tastier alternatives available?
- Hospitality. Pagiging magiliw sa bisita is a Pinoy trait that can be easily observed. Everyone is welcome and very much taken cared of.
- Paglalamay. Filipinos pay their last respects to the deceased as they spend sleepless nights praying for and watchng over him/her.
- Festivals. The fun-loving nature of the Pinoys is manifested in the different festivals for which they spend much time, effort, and money celebrating.
- Panliligaw. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, and live happily ever after, right? â€¦Not quite! In panliligaw, it's boy meets girl, he serenades her, brings her flowers, chocolates, and the like, serves her family, confesses his love for herâ€¦ What happens next is up to her.
- Tuba. The all-time favorite of manginginom in lands where coconut trees abound.
- Kalesa. A very romantic mode of transportation, the kalesa was introduced by the Spanish.
- Yoyo. Not only children but also adults play the yoyo. There are competitions where the players display their expertise by walking the dog or rocking the baby.
- Beaches. Want to go to a place where the sun, sky, sand, and sea come together in perfect harmony? Look no furtherâ€¦ beaches in our country offer all these and more.
- Tuyo. A very popular food for breakfast. Much more delicious than bacon especially when eaten with sinangag and kape.
- Tiangge. The best thing about tiangge is the tawad, thus one can get her desired item at a lower price. It is a department store out of the mall.
- Kamayan. If the Europeans have spoon and fork, the Chinese and the Japanese have chop sticks, we Pinoys have our hands.
- Pamilya. One of the amazing things about the Pinoy is the importance we give to our families, be it our family of orientation or our family of procreation.
- Education. Filipinos value education very much that parents prioritize their children's education. Kahit na magkabaon-baon sa utang basta makapag-aral lamang ang mga anak.
- Pagtuturo sa nguso. People it's rude to point but there's no rule about using one's nguso, is there?
- Tsismis. Pinoys know that they belong if they're being talked about OR they talk about others, i.e. if they make tsismis about one another.
- Pan de sal. Flour plus salt equals the best tasting bread in the planet.
- Walis tambo at walis tingting. Cleaning materials that has lots of uses. Not just for sweeping the floors and dusting but also as pambambo for naughty kids.
- Pakikisama. Because of our kapwa concept we Filipinos deal with each other in a special way. It is more than just joining or conforming to somebody or something, it is adjusting our lives in order to establish mutual trust.
- Merienda. Having a five or six meals a day could really be called a feast. Because Pinoys like meriendas so much, many delicious "short order foods" were created like the kakanin, champorado, a variety of lugaw, a variety of mami, and a variety of refreshments.
- Original Filipino Music. The Filipino music is very rich and very unique, very Pinoy.
- Philippine Airlines. The Asia's first airline, and being the first means being the first best.
- Yaya. It is undeniable that a Pinoy yaya and her alaga enjoys a deep emotional attachment. Often, yayas serve as second mothers.
- Filipino Artists. Luna, Amorsolo, Manansala. Filipino artists are heroes for their arts are used not only for the public's entertainment but sometimes, also to express patriotism.
- Damayan. Admittedly, the Filipinos has a very low voting rate. Some say the Pinoys are apathetic about the state of the country. But come earthquakes, typhoons, volcanoeruptions, and you will see Pinoys helping their kababayans.
- Gayuma, agimat, anting-anting. Filipinos just love stories about the supernatural. So is it any surprise that many believe in agimats, anting-antings, and gayumas?
- Bahala na. In contrast to what others believe, Bahala na is not mere fatalism, it is a "come what may" attitude which means that a Pinoy will face whatever problems he might encounter.
Posted at 01:38 am by robyvan
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
He became famous around the world for his distinct talent. The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized Filipino National Artist Levi Celerio as the only man who could play beautiful music with a leaf.
Celerio appeared in "That's Incredible" and the Mel Griffin show where he played music with a leaf. The Guinness Book of World Records said: "The only leaf player in the world is in the Philippines". As a composer and lyricist, Celerio wrote more than 4,000 songs.
World's Largest Shoes
In December 2002, the Guinness Book of World Records has recognized Marikina City for crafting the world's largest pair of shoes - each measuring 5.5 meters (18.2 feet) long, 2.25 meters (7.4 feet) wide and 1.83 meters (six feet) high. The materials for the P1.2 million pair of shoes could produce 250 pairs of regular shoes.
World's Largest Golf Event
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the biggest amateur golf tournament takes place in Baguio City, Philippines every year. Dubbed as the Fil-Am Golf Championship since 1949, the 72-hole golf tournament attracts close to 1,000 amateur golfers from all over the archipelago. The sites of the prestigious event are the challenging par-69, 5,001-yard Camp John Hay golf course and the par-61, 4,038-yard Baguio Country Club. Among the top contending teams in the event are the Canlubang, Southwoods, Calatagan, and Wack Wack.
World's Largest Synchronized Aerobics Exercises
On February 16, 2003, some 107,000 Filipinos joined a 30-minute aerobics exercise supervised by the Department of Health at Rizal Park in Manila, which could be the largest synchronized exercise in the world. Thousands of people also gathered at different venues in Cebu City and Davao City to participate in the exercise simultaneous with the Manila event. The new record broke the previous Guinness Book of World Records set at a park in Guadalajara, Mexico by some 38,633 people who joined the massive aerobics exercises in June 1998.
World's Largest Lantern
On December 24, 2002, the city of San Fernando in Pampanga province switched on the world's largest Christmas lantern - a P5-million structure with 26.8 meters in diameter.
World's Fastest Reader
As a student at the Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, Maria Teresa Calderon became the world's fastest reader. She set the record of having read 80,000 words per hour.
The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes Eriberto Gonzales of Camalig, Albay as the fastest chili eater. In the Philippines, he is known as the "Sili King". Gonzales accomplished his feat in the "Sili-Eating Challenge 1999" in Bicol where he ate 350 pieces of sili in three minutes. (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)
World's Best Finance Minister
In 1997, Roberto de Ocampo who was serving in the Cabinet of former President Fidel Ramos, was recognized as the "World's Best Finance Minister" for overhauling the country's tax system through the Comprehensive Tax Reform Package.
World's Best Central Bank Governor
In October 2002, international magazine Global Finance named Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Rafael Carlos B. Buenaventura as one of the world's two best central bankers for "his remarkable skill in guiding" the Philippine economy under a trying year. The other central banker named was Reserve Bank of Austalia (RBA) Governor Ian MacFarlane.
World Young Business Achievers
In 1995, Joseph Donato Pangilinan, president of Manila Pearl, won the World Young Business Achiever Award (WYBA) in London. In 1997, Renato Pangilinan, chief executive officer of Juventus International won the Entrepreneurship Award in Newfoundland, Canada. In 1998, Andrew James Masigan, founder of Dimsum n' Dumpling won the Award of Excellence in Business Strategy.
World's Sweetest Fruit
What can be considered as the world's sweetest mango is produced in the island province of Guimaras. While other countries have different varieties of the tropical mango (Mangifera indica), none of them tastes like the superbly delicious Guimaras mango, which is a variety of the popular Carabao Mango (Manginera indica).
In 1995, the Guinness Book of World records listed the Carabao Mango as the sweetest fruit in the world. In the Philippines, mango ranks third among fruit crops in production, next to banana and pineapple. The country supplies mangoes to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and recently the United States. In 1995, the Philippines produced 432,322 metric tons of mangoes, with an average production of 6.35 metric tons per hectare and 250 kilograms per tree from a total production area of 68,056 hectares.
World's Largest Legal Tender
In 1998, during the Philippine Centennial celebration of independence, the Central Bank asked the Guinness Book of World Records to accredit its P100,000 commemorative bills, measuring 8 Â½ inches wide and 14 inches long, as the world's largest legal tender. The commemorative bills were called Brobdingnagian bills.
World's Largest Bamboo Organ
The bamboo organ at St. Joseph Church in Las Pinas City is arguably the world's largest bamboo organ. The centuries-old musical instrument was constructed between 1792 and 1819. It has 174 bamboo pipes, 122 horizontal reeds of soft metal, a five-octave keyboard, and 22 stops arranged in vertical rows.
World's Largest City
The residents of Davao City claim they live in the world's largest city. They are talking about the land size of the city that covers 2,212 square kilometers. Most of these areas, however, are distributed as forests, coconut groves and rice fields. In comparison, New York, the largest city in the United States, has an area of only 787 square kilometers while the whole of Metro Manila covers only 636 square kilometers.
Davao City lies at the mouth of the Davao River near the head of Davao Gulf. It encompasses about 50 small ports in its commercial sphere. Davao has large banana plantations, whose produce are exported to Japan and other countries. The city also boasts of a modern international airport. Puerto Princesa City, a chartered city of Palawan province, is disputing Davao City's title. It claims to have a total land area of 2,539 square kilometers encompassing 66 barangays.
In terms of population and land area, the world's truly largest cities are Tokyo, Mexico City, Sao Paolo, New York City, Bombay, Shanghai and Los Angeles.
World's Largest Volume of Text Messages
Smart Communications, one of the two giant mobile phone networks in the country, claimed that the volume of text messages passing through its network reached 240 million daily as of 2001. This excluded text messages sent via the other networks. Such volume of text messages is said to be larger than those sent in the entire European continent during the same year.
World's Largest High School
The Rizal High School in Caniogan, Pasig City (eastern Metro Manila) is said to be the world's largest high school in terms of student population. The school has more than 20,000 students.
World's Longest Barbecue
On April 30, 2002, about 50,000 people participated in the "Kalutan ed Dagupan" festival in Dagupan City (Pangasinan province, Northern Luzon, Philippines) to help grill and partake of the 1,001-meter long barbecue, that broke the previous World Record of 613 meter-long barbecue grilled in Canchia, Peru on November 13, 1999.
The people of the city used hundreds of grills, each measuring 1.2-meter long, to cook the barbecue. The grills' total measure was about 800 meters long, enough to surpass the Peruvian record. The barbecue consisted of bangus (milkfish), pork, chicken, vegetables and cold cuts. A video footage was sent to the Guinness Book of World Records for validation. (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)
World's Largest Flower
In February 2002, an environmental organization discovered what could be one of the world's largest flowers in the 5,511-hectare Sibalom National Park in Antique province. Measuring about 22 inches in diameter, the endangered flower, locally named as "Uruy", (Rafflesia sp.) has no stem and leaves. (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)
World's Largest Salad
The residents of Baguio City took pride in having tossed what was believed to be the world's largest salad - a three-ton mix of assorted vegetables.
On September 29, 2002 during the Tossed Salad Festival in commemoration of the city's 93rd charter anniversary, 67 students and members of the Baguio Association of Hotels and Inns (Bahai) mixed 2,976 kilograms of lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers and other vegetables in a tin and wrought iron bowl measuring 20 feet long, 10 feet wide and 2 feet deep.
Some 13,657 people were able to partake of the P1.5 million mixtures. They paid P20 for each serving of the tossed salad with Thousand Island dressing and another take-out bowl of salad with a gourmet vinaigrette dressing consisting of apple cider vinegar and olive oil.
The city broke its own record set a year earlier. On September 16, 2001, a 917-kilogram of salad was able to feed 4,861 residents and tourists of Baguio City. On September 14, 2002, a religious group prepared a giant Caesar's salad that fed only 1,000 people in Salt Lake City, Utah.
World's Largest Durian Candy Bar
On March 15, 2002, 25 people in Davao City spent six hours to cook, mold and roll the world's largest durian candy bar - a 6-meter, 200-kilogram delicacy made of durian, a smelly but sweet fruit commonly associated with the name of the city. (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)
World's Longest Mat
The people of the agricultural town of Basey, Samar own the distinction of having weaved the world's longest mat, or "banig" in the local parlance. During the town's Banigan-Kawayan Festival on September 29, 2000, hundreds of people paraded the mat, which extended for more than a kilometer.
The one-meter wide mat has been weaved for several weeks by groups of people from the different barangays of Basey. While the mat was not submitted as an entry to the Guinness Book of World Records, Basey Mayor Wilfredo Estorninos described the feat as a source of pride for all Basaynons.
Each year, the town, which has weaving as its prime industry, comes to life when it celebrates outlandishly the feast of St. Michael, its patron saint. The highlight of the feast is the Banigan-Kawayan Festival, where the women of Basey weave a variety of intricately designed mats from sedge grass locally known as tikog (Fimbristylis milliacea). This tradition was handed down from many generations. The Church of Basey was built in 1864.
World's Largest Pearl
A Filipino diver discovered what is now described as the world's largest pearl in a giant Tridacna (mollusk) under the Palawan Sea in 1934. Known as the "Pearl of Lao-Tzu", the gem weighs 14 pounds and measures 9 Â½ inches long and 5 Â½ inches in diameter. As of May 1984, it was valued at US$42 million. It is believed to be 600 years old.
World's Largest Covered Coliseum
At the time it was completed in 1959, the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City was touted as the world's largest covered entertainment center. Otherwise known as the Big Dome, it has a floor area of 2,300 square meters and a seating capacity of 33,000 people.
One of the World's Best Hotels
In 1983, British magazine Executive Travel named Manila Hotel as one of the ten best in the world while Business Traveler, another British publication named it as one of the top ten business hotels in the world in 1986. In 1992, the Institutional Investor magazine called Manila Hotel as the world's best hotel and in 1993, the Vienna-based Treasury Publishing included it in the list of the most famous hotels in the world.
Among the many political luminaries and celebrities who have stayed at the Manila Hotel were Ernest Hemingway, General Douglas McArthur, Marlon Brando, Helen Keller, John Wayne, Rocky Marciano, Richard Nixon, Robert Kennedy, Emperor Akihito, John Rockefeller, Dwight Eisenhower, Neil Armstrong, Anatoly Karpov, Bob Hope, Henry Kissinger, Princess Margaret, Brooke Shields, John Denver, Bon Jovi, Ben Kingsley, Richard Attenborough, Julio Iglesias, Richard Cheney, Garri Kasparov, Sultan Bolkiah, Rod Stewart, Nick Price, Greg Norman, Arnold Parmer, Bill Clinton, Helmut Kohl, Nelson Mandela and Prince Charles. (Source: Panorama magazine)
One of the Best Banks
Global Finance, a financial magazine in the US, named the Bank of Philippine Islands, the oldest bank in the country, as the best domestic bank in emerging markets in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001. Emerging markets refer to developing economies, mostly in Asia.
Asia's Best Business School
The Makati-based Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is richly considered as one of the top business schools in Asia. In the year 2001, it received the Beyond Grey Pinstripes Award for having MBA programs that integrate social, environmental and sustainability topics into business training. The award is a joint project of The Aspen Institute Initiative for Social Innovation through Business (Aspen ISIB) and World Resources Institute.
In its 2002 list, US-based Fortune Magazine ranked Teresita Sy-Coson, a daughter of Filipino-Chinese tycoon Henry Sy Sr. and executive vice president of SM Prime Holdings, as the world's 39th most influential woman in international business outside the United States. The SM Prime Holdings is a conglomerate engaged in retail, real state, manufacturing, banking and finance.
World's Second Most Devastated City
The late US President and General Dwight Eisenhower described Manila as the world's second most devastated city during World War II, next to Warsaw, Poland which was reduced to ruins by the Nazi's attack. Before he became president, Eisenhower served in the Philippines under General Douglas Macarthur from 1935 to 1939.
Second Largest Geothermal Power Source
As of 2002, the Philippines was producing about 1,765 megawatts of geothermal energy, making it the world's second largest geothermal power user after the United States. The Department of Energy said the country could edge out the US at the top by installing a new geothermal power plant with a 900-megawatt capacity.
World's Third Largest Banana Producer
The Philippines is considered as the world's third largest producer of bananas, after Costa Rica and Ecuador. Large plantations in southern Mindanao produce most bananas exported by the Philippines. Some 30,000 hectares in the region are planted to bananas.
The Philippines is also one of the largest producers of coconut, cassava, mango, pineapple, tilapia, tuna, shrimps, and prawns.
Posted at 06:49 pm by robyvan
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Hollywood-type studio set to break ground in Clark
A Hollywood-type studio will soon rise in the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.
The Clark Development Corp. said the $10-million investment project is a joint venture between CCTL and Shogee Studios Hong Kong.
Shogee president Charles Lawrence and Cyber City Teleservices Ltd. chairman Jonathan Rosenberg said the facility will offer full studio services, including computer graphics imaging and production studios for props and facades, for export to Hollywood-type studios in the United States and Canada.
The primary objective is to outsource a variety of studio services in the global film making industry. It's also a movie studio that would focus on special effects that will cater to the needs of the movie industry in the country as well as other film industries in Asia.
Lawrence and Rosenberg said the studio is expected to generate more than 500 jobs once it is fully operational, and expects to make Clark, the country's hub for high-tech movie-making.
Shogee Studios' main headquarters are in Santa Clara, California, with offices in China, Singapore and Canada. It is considered among the leaders in creating computer generated imaging (CGI) for animated films utilizing special effects technologies similar to those used in movies like King Kong, The Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter movies and others.
Rosenberg said that aside from CGI, Shogee will provide clients full pre- and postproduction capabilities such as the use of sound stages and prop and set design that will result in first-class outsourced support services for television and film production industry worldwide.
He said Shogee's technology and techniques will also be shared with the Philippine film industry. Filipino filmmakers and artists will learn the technology and knowledge that originate from Hollywood from foreign experts who will share their knowledge and expertise.
Rosenberg added that in three to five years, the studio will also serve as a tourism destination similar to California's Universal Studio as many films would have then been made at the 40-hectare Clark Shogee Studio.
Posted at 08:38 pm by robyvan
Sunday, March 12, 2006
We Can Make A Difference!
Invest on agricultural ventures
Encourage more businessmen to invest on agricultural ventures
Make the Philippines self-sufficient in FOOD
No Filipino should lack food
Buy only filipino-made goods
When we buy foreign-made goods, we are supporting the economy of other countries.
Remember â€“ every time you buy goods made in the Philippines, you are opening up more jobs for our graduating children; discouraging imports that drain our countryâ€™s finances;
Buy only filipino-made goods
The power of philippine population!
Imagine 85 Million Filipinos buying Philippine-made goods. Imports will go down and surplus production of goods will encourage exports â€“ more funds will flow into the Philippines
Make ourselves productive
Use spare time to study entrepreneurship
Learn a new business
Learn from the experiences of successful people
Always have a positive mental attitude
There are indications that we are only using 60 to 70% of our abilities!
Cut down recreation & entertainment
What percentage of our income goes to recreation and entertainment?
Movies, DVDs, VCDs, shows, concerts, karaoke equipment, television, cellphones, ipods, etc.
Cut down on recreation and entertainment expenses â€“ SAVE.
Save 10% of your income
Try to live and survive on 90% of what you earn. Live within your means.
If only half of all Filipinos (42 million) save P10/day, our local banks will have P12.6 Billion every month!
Save 10% of your income
Whatever you save is still yours! When the time comes, you can use your savings to buy appliances or pay for medical expenses.
EFFECTS: More domestic capital for businessmen; lower interest rates for operations; more businesses; more jobs
Almost all Filipinos have relatives or friends who are now abroad.
We are 85 million Filipinos today!
Each one of us should write to or email our relatives abroad to visit the Philippines once or twice a year.
RESULT: At least 10 million visitors per year! More than the current 2.5 million tourists.
Help the poor by organizing cooperatives.
Cooperative members earn from what they produce or contribute. They also earn dividends.
Cooperatives reduce cost of goods by eliminating middlemen.
Coops start with very small capital.
Write to our lawmakers for legislation that support agriculture and production of goods.
Reduce tariffs on imported production & agricultural equipment.
Provide more incentives for companies employing over 500 employees
Respect property rights.
Observe all laws and regulations.
List down all our past violations and resolve now to follow the law.
BE HONEST in everything we do, even if others cant or wont.
Teach our children to be honest.
A better life!
I believe that 85 million Filipinos
acting together can make
life better for all Filipinos.
“NO ONE CAN DO EVERYTHING, BUT EVERYONE CAN DO SOMETHING”
Posted at 09:36 am by robyvan
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