Saturday, May 31, 2008

Rudy's Birthday Celebration at the Hard Rock Cafe

Ngonyan na 48th birthday ko na, naisipan kong magpa-party, ito bagang may mga balloons. Dakol si nag-attend. Abangan na lang nindo sa blog kun si-isay an mga nag-abot.

Sa aga palan, birthday man ni Fely Jacobs, dai ta paglingawan na i-greet siya.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Rudy

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Today is Philippine National Flag Day

The flag of the Republic of the Philippines was adopted on May 19, 1898. The Philippine flag has two equal horizontal bands (blue on the top and red on the bottom during peacetime; red on the top during war); a white equilateral triangle is based on the hoist side - in the center of the triangle is a yellow sun with eight protruding rays and three yellow, five-pointed stars (one in each corner of the triangle). The ratio of the height to width is usually 1:2.

In the flag, the red color represents blood, courage and bravery, the blue color stands for unity and noble ideas, and the white color stands for peace and purity. The white triangle originally stood for the Katipunan, a revolutionary organization that led the revolt against Spanish rule in the late 1800s - it now stands for equality among men. The sun represents the dawning of a new era of self determination. The 8 rays of the sun stand for the first 8 provinces that revolted against Spain. The 3 stars stand for the 3 main geographic areas of the Philippines: Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

This flag was designed in 1897 by General Emilio Aguinaldo, the President of the Revolutionary Government, when he was in exile in Hong Kong during the Philippine Revolution against Spain. The first flag was sewn by Doña Marcela Marino Agoncillo, the wife of the first Filipino Diplomat (Don Felipe Agoncillo). This flag was banned by the Americans during the Philippine-American war and by the Japanese during World War 2.

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Lunch Date with Marybeth and Willy

Marybeth and Willy are going back to the US today. Last Monday, May 26 we had a get together over lunch at the Kamayan Restaurant in Glorietta 3, Makati City. It was supposed to be a despedida treat of the group for the couple, but Marybeth was faster to the draw. She was able to pay for the meal before we did.

Among those present were Alot, Marynat, Baby/Nemia, Lina, Ebot/Manuel, Rori, myself, and Dra. Yoly who happened to be in Manila. Ed was not able to make it. He had to rush home to Daet because his father was brought to the hospital on Sunday evening. Happily he, gave an update yesterday morning that his father, who's already 87 years old, is already okay. He was already discharged from the hospital and is now back to his home. He also said that Mendy already contacted him.

We're also glad that finally, after months of being indisposed, Rori was already able to join the group.

Tess was out of town, while Rudy (who's celebrating his birthday tomorrow) and wife Ineng are still out of the country. We missed Bert and Marie who're now in the US.

You can see the Kamayan band serenading the group. They sang not just once, not just twice, but many times more. Baby and Dra. requested for songs from the Beatles, Dave Clark 5, Hermans Hermits, etc. Before the requests though, the band sang Besame. Pagkahiling sa mga lalawgon mi, ito tulos an kinanta. Grabe man, bako ta mang panahon ito. Sobra namang sa gurang ito. And of course, for finale, ang walang kamatayang, "When Summer is Gone".

Dra. Yoly has a suggestion for a bonggang 2010 Reunion. She asked me to try to get some cost estimates and to sound this off to you to get your reactions. Hold on to your seats or to your laptop......... she's suggesting a cruise......... an Asian cruise ..... with your partners, and children perhaps...... She says that by that time, many would have already retired and would have not much financial burdens. There would be more time to enjoy as a reward for the hard work.

So what say you? We welcome your reactions.

Ako, napa-krus na lang. Akala ko biro lang, seryoso pala. Sagkod Calaguas Island na lang ako. Pwede man sa Krus na Ligas, sa UP.

What is a class reunion but a social gathering of former classmates to renew old ties. How many of our classmates can afford the luxury of a cruise? As Marybeth suggested, don't call it a class reunion, and make it a separate activity after the reunion, for those who really want to go on a tour of Asia.

Have a safe trip Marybeth and Willy and see you in 2010!

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Small Touching Story Mainly For Professionals

After a long period of silence, Imay/Irma shared with us this story. You may no longer be as busy as the Father portrayed in the story, and your children may no longer be as young as the boy here, so you may want to share this with your own children so they'll find time to spend with your grand children. Okay ba, mga lolo at lola?

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.

SON: 'Daddy, may I ask you a question?'
DAD: 'Yeah sure, what it is?' replied the man.
SON: 'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?'
DAD: 'That's none of your business. Why do you ask such a thing?' the man said angrily.

SON: 'I just want to know.. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?'
DAD: 'If you must know, I make $20.00 an hour.'
SON: 'Oh,' the little boy replied, with his head down.

SON: 'Daddy, may I please borrow $10.00 ?'

The father was furious, 'If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I work hard everyday for such this childish behaviour.'

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.
The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy's questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money?
After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think: Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $10.00 and he really didn't ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy's room and opened the door.

'Are you asleep, son?' He asked.
'No daddy, I'm awake,' replied the boy.

'I've been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier' said the man.
'It's been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here's the $10.00 you asked for.'

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. 'Oh, thank you daddy!' He yelled.

Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled up bills. The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again. The little boy slowly counted out his money, and then looked up at his father.

'Why do you want more money if you already have some?' the father grumbled.

'Because I didn't have enough, but now I do,' the little boy replied.
'Daddy, I have $20.00 now. Can I buy an hour of your time?

Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.'

The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

It's just a short reminder to all of you working so hard in life. We should not let time slip through our fingers without having spent some time with those who really matter to us, those close to our hearts.

Do remember to share that $20.00 worth of your time with someone you love.

If we die tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.

But the family & friends we leave behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than to our family.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Awesome Translations Part II

More of the funny signs from Bing.

How do you do?
Translation: "no parking on bicyclists at any time"
Thank you for open!
One lump or two?

I wouldn't dare...We really never know what kind.
Got too many kids?

plenty of meat for everybody.

I told gramps to use protection..

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

What's New Today?

Wilma would like to thank the DPS Class 67 for remembering her on her special day.

Thanks too, to our frequent contributors, Ed C and Bing CH. With their contributions, I have a reserve of articles for posting. I just hope, there'll be enough free time to be able to do daily updates.

We're organizing a small get-together for Marybeth and Willy before they go back to the US. It seems though, that most of the Manila-based members are busy, so we'll just have lunch on Monday in one of the restaurants at the Greenbelt. Let's just make the most out of the limited time. See you!

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Why is the Philippines Poor

From Ed,

Na-alaala ko ang isang old but still relevant piece I got from the net (and sometimes I use in my courses) that I can share about the Philippines. Have a look. Lots of huggggssssss….Na-alaala ko ang isang old but still relevant piece I got from the net (and sometimes I use in my courses) that I can share


The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not the age of the country:

This can be shown by countries like India & Egypt , that are more than 2000 years old, but are poor.

On the other hand, Canada , Australia & New Zealand , that 150 years ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries, and are rich.

The difference between poor & rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources.

Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture & cattle raising, but it is the second
world economy. The country is like an immense floating factory, importing raw materials from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.

Another example is Switzerland, which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate in the world. In its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year. Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality! It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order & labor, which made it the world's strongest, safest place.

Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.

Race or skin color are also not important: immigrants labeled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich European countries.

What is the difference then? The difference is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education & the culture & flawed tradition.

On analyzing the behavior of the people in rich & developed countries, we find that the great majority follow the following principles in their lives:

1. Ethics, as a basic principle.
2. Integrity.
3. Responsibility.
4. Respect for the laws & rules.
5. Respect for the rights of other citizens.
6. Love working.
7. Strive for savings & investment.
8. Will of super action.
9. Punctuality.
10. and of course...Discipline

In poor countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.

The Philippines is not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us. In fact, we are supposedly rich in natural resources.

We are poor because we lack the correct attitude. We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich & developed societies.

If you do not forward this message nothing will happen to you. Your pet will not die, you will not be fired, you will not have bad luck for seven years, and also, you will not get sick or go hungry.

But those may happen because of your lack of discipline & laziness,
your love for intrigue and politics, your indifference to saving for the future, your stubborn attitude.

If you love our country, share this message to many Filipinos, so they could

reflect & CHANGE & ACT!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Interesting Conversation

An Atheist Professor of Philosophy speaks to his Class on the Problem Science has with GOD, The ALMIGHTY.
He ask s one of his New Christian Students to stand and . . .

Professor :
You are a Christian, aren't you, son ?
Student :
Yes, sir.
Professor :
So you Believe in GOD! ?
Student :
Absolutely, sir.
Professor :
Is GOD Good ?
Student :
Professor :
Student :
Professor :
My Brother died of Cancer even though he Prayed to GOD to Heal him.
Most of us would attempt to Help Others who are ill.
GOD didn't.
How is this
GOD Good then ? Hmm ?

( Student is silent )

Professor :
You can't answer, can you ?
Let's start again, Young Fella.
GOD Good ?
Student :

Professor :
Is Satan good ?
Student :
Professor :
Where does Satan come from ?
Student :
From . . . GOD . . .
Professor :
That's right.
Tell me son, is there evil in this World ?

Student :
Professor :
Evil is everywhere, isn't it ?

GOD did make Everything. Correct ?
Student :
Professor :
So who created evil ?

( Student does not answer )

Professor :
Is there Sickness ? Immorality ? Hatred ? Ugliness ?
All these terrible things exist in the World, do! n't they ?

Student :
Yes, sir.
Professor :
So, who Created them ?

( Student has
no answer )

Professor :
Science says you have 5 Senses you use to Identify and Observe the World around you.
Tell me, son . . . Have you ever Seen
Student :
No, sir.
Professor :
Tell us if you have ever Heard your GOD ?
Student :
No , sir.
Professor :
Have you ever Felt your GOD, Tasted your GOD, Smelt your GOD ?
Have you ever had any Sensory Perception of
GOD for that matter ?
Student :
No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.
Professor :
Yet you still Believe in HIM ?
Student :
Professor :
According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn't exist.
What do you say to that, son ?

Student :
Nothing. I only have my Faith.
Professor :
Yes. Faith. And that is the Problem Science has.
Student :
Professor, is there such a thing as Heat ?
Professor :
Student :
And is there such a thing as Cold ?
Professor :
Student :
No sir. There isn't.

( The Lecture Theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events )

Student :
Sir, you can have Lots of Heat, even More Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat, White Heat,
a Little Heat or No Heat.
But we don't have anything called Cold.
We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is No Heat, but we can't go any further after that.
There is no such thing as Cold.
Cold is only a Word we use to describe the Absence of Heat.
We cannot Measure Cold.
Heat is Energy.
Cold is Not the Opposite of Heat, sir, just the Absence of it.

( There is Pin - Drop Silence in the Lecture Theatre )

&nbs! p;

Student :
What about Darkness, Professor ? Is there such a thing as Darkness ?
Professor :
Yes. What is Night if there isn't Darkness ?
Student :
You're wrong again, sir.
Darkness is the Absence of Something.
&nb! sp; You can have Low Light, Normal Light , Bright Light, Flashing Light . . .
But if you have No Light Constantly, you have Nothing and it's called Darkness, isn't it ?
In reality, Darkness isn't.
If it is, were you would be able to make Darkness Darker, wouldn't you ?

Professor :
So what is the point you are making, Young Man ?
Student :
Sir, my point is your Philosophical Premise is Flawed.
Professor :
Flawed ? Can you explain how ?
Student :
Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality.
You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a Good
GOD and a Bad GOD.
You are viewing the Concept of
GOD as something finite, something we can measure.
Sir, Science can't even explain a Thought.
It uses Electricity and Magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one.
To view Death as the Opposite of Life is to be ignorant of the fact that
Death cannot exist as a Substantive Thing.
Death is Not the Opposite of Life : just the Absence of it.
Now tell me, Professor, do you Teach your Students that they Evolved from a Monkey ?

Professor :
If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes, of course, I do.
Student :
Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir ?

( The Professor shakes his head with a Smile, beginning to realize where the Argument is going )

Student :
Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and cannot even prove that this Process is an On - Going Endeavor, are you not Teaching your Opinion, sir ?
Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher ?

( The Class is in Uproar )

Student :
Is there anyone in the Class who has ever Seen the Professor's Brain ?

( The Class breaks out into Laughter )

Student :
Is there anyone here who has ever Heard the Professor's Brain, Felt it, Touched or Smelt it ? . . .
No one appears to have done so.
So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that
you have No Brain, sir.
With all due respect, sir, how do we then Trust your Lectures, sir ?

( The Room is Silent. The Professor stares at the Student, his face unfathomable )

Professor :
I guess you'll have to take them on Faith, son.
Student :
That is it sir . . .
&nbs! p; the Link between Man &
GOD is
That is all that Keeps Things Moving & Alive.

I believe you have enjoyed the Conversation . . . and if so . . .

you'll probably want your Friends / Colleagues to enjoy the same . . . won't you ? . . .

Forward them to Increase their Knowledge . . .


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The news these past few days both here and abroad have been depressing - typhoon in MyanMar and the restrictions imposed by the military junta which made it difficult for aid to reach the typhoon victims; the earthquake in China and the aftershocks which resulted in a big number of casualties, the massacre in RCBC branch in Cabuyao, Laguna; the massacre of several families in Calamba, also in Laguna; the filing of charges by the NBI against Jun Lozada (why give priority to his 'malversation' case, even if true, when government should be running after Abalos, and of course, the big/biggest fish involved in this case); and the fare hike which starts today after flipflopping by Malacanang.

Another bad news (at least for me, and the farmers involved) is an Order issued by the Office of the President which excludes a 127-hectare land in Camarines Sur from agrarian reform coverage and cancels the title to the land already awarded to 57 farmers, ten years ago in 1998. I was then the head of DAR-Camarines Sur and we encountered a lot of difficulties in covering the property and in installing the farmers even after they already held the title to the land. I was sued for P6M damages and the case lasted for seven years from 1998 until its final dismissal by the Court of Appeals in 2005. Aside from the court case, I also had Ombudsman case, and administrative case before DAR and OP resulting from my coverage of this property. A son-in-law of the landowner is the first cousin of Manny Gaete (the Malacanang guy under Sec. Ermita, who was so generous as to have "lent" P500,000 to Jun Lozada). Now DAR says it can not do anything because it was already OP which decided and DAR is under OP. (Almighty talaga ang OP, hindi pwede question-in). I am worried about what would happen to the 57 farmers and their families who will be ejected.


I am posting another contribution from Bing. It's something about philosophy and theology. Medyo, heavy ano? I'll post the rest of the pictures from the Awesome Translations as soon as I have the time. Medyo matagal magpost.


Tomorrow is the birthday of Wilma Quintela-De Belen. I'll greet her on behalf of the Class via cp. I don't think she opens our blogsite.


By the way, today is the FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF OUR BLOGSITE. Although there are posts which are dated earlier than May 21, daya iyon. Those were really the messages which you sent to our egroup at the time that we still didn't have this blogsite. I just transferred them from the egroup to this site. Then I adjusted the dates in the Post Options so the dates that would be reflected are the dates in your messages to the egroup.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Awesome Translations (Part I)

Remember the billboard signs, "Pek(2x) Carinderia" and the "Inuman Elementary School", which were posted in this blogsite last year?

Here are some signboards in Japan contributed by Bing. I'll post some of them today, and the rest is reserved for some other time.


Falling should be planned...
Flavor with heart...

That would explain the beer cubs outside...

Well, it is free...
Are you smiling?

Start with the big toe...

I think it was that "screw you" comment...
Other children are OK...

A difficult meal...

And if you're dead, please get to a hospital...

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Gian Karlo Dapul, Another Pinoy Big Winner!

Congratulations Gian, winner of the prestigious English Speaking Union's International Public Sol student at the Philippine Science High School. He bested other contestants from 30 countries, most of whom are college students. You make us proud to be Pinoy!

Gian is the second Filipino to win the contest. The first was Patricia Evangelista, whose winning piece and picture we already posted in this blogsite (please see the archive).

Who would have thought of a speech about fish mucus and aliponga in a public speaking competition? Gian says, he hopes people will pay attention not only to his winning but to his speech as well! I am posting a copy of his speech below, but it would be good if we can listen to his actual delivery. I'll check the You Tube and other web/blogsites.

Credits: picture of Gian is from the ABS-CBN as posted in; background article also from ABS-CBN as posted in (i'm sure he's not the taipan that we know).

16-yr-old Pinoy wins UK public speaking contest

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A 16-year-old student from the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) won the prestigious English Speaking Union's (ESU) International Public Speaking Competition held in the United Kingdom on May 9.

With his speech titled "Fish Mucus and Foot Fungus," incoming senior Gian Karlo Dapul bested other contestants, including college level students, from 30 countries at the ESU’s headquarters in London.

"A hindi pa po nagsi-sink in. It doesn't. Hindi pa po nagre-register ‘yong panalo. Siguro po pag-uwi ko," the scholar said."

Dapul was the first speaker in the highly competitive Heat 1, which was participated mostly by the world’s native English-speaking countries.

"A lot of people wanted to win pero especially people in my Heat kasi I was put in the Heat along with the native English-speakers such as ‘yong taga US, UK, Australia along with some others like China, Pakistan Hong Kong, the Netherlands. So there was a lot of competition especially in my Heat. The speakers were really, really good… I wasn't really expecting to win, although I was hoping to win," he said.

The finals were held at the US Embassy in London. Dapul was the last speaker among finalists from Thailand, Poland, Bulgaria, Argentina, Lebanon and China.

Dapul won praises not just because of his speech delivery but with his confident way of responding to questions from the panel of judges.

"Well deserved, and an honor again for the country ... and when Gian beat all of those contestants from English speaking countries I felt very confident ... especially Gian being a very young, 16 years old, participant when the other participants are all college students, it makes me feel very proud that Filipinos can do better than the other nationalities," Philippine Ambassador to the UK Edgardo Espiritu said.

Dapul was the second Filipino to win the prestigious contents. Four years ago the top prize was won by 19-year-old Patricia Evangelista.

By accident

Dapul became the official Philippine representative by accident when he was invited by a friend to join the a local contest for 16- to 19-year-old students held at University of the Philippines Diliman a few weeks ago.

His family said they were not suprised when he won the competition, noting that Dapul is an achiever. He graduated valedictorian from Claret Elementary School and a consistent dean's lister at PSHS. He is also an officer of the Student Council and member of the debating team and drama club.

Dapul is also a long term member of the Kilyawan Boys Choir whose choirmaster and conductor is Mark Anthony Carpio. Carpio is also a conductor and trainor of the world famous Madrigal Singers.

Dapul will fly back to London in November for the ESU awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace. He will receive his certificate from less than Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

"I hope people pay attention to this kasi there are some of the more important aspects 'yon nga I spoke about in my speech... I hope they will pay attention to my speech, not only to my win, yon so I hope a lot of people realize what I have been trying to say doon sa speech ko," he said.

Although extremely proud of his win, Dapul insisted that this shows that Filipinos can win such prestigious international events provided they work at it.

"Ang masasabi ko lang po is na the Filipino can talaga, and ang kailangan lang talaga hard work... maraming Filipinos na so long as they keep at it magagawa nila. Kaya naman talaga natin, hindi lang dito pero sa napakarami pang fields... in future marami pang ganito maraming pang Pinoy in the future that will have something like this. So this is just my I don't know 15 seconds," he said.

Gene Alcantara, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

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Fish Mucus and Foot Fungus by Gian Karlo Dapul

What we need is an army of scientific researchers that will help find scientific solutions in advance.

When I was in 6th grade, I hated Mathematics. You would have, too, if you had my teacher. He would drop huge workbooks on our tables and croak, "Thirty problems, fifty minutes." A lot of these problems seemed unsolvable, so we complained: "Sir, there are no answers to these!" But then he’d reply, "To every question there is an answer, to every problem there is a solution." Although I’m only sixteen years old and an incoming 4th year high school student, I know that my country has more problems than any Mathematics book. Strangely enough, the answers to some of our problems are fish mucus and foot fungus. These seemingly improbable items are products of what we call scientific research.

Research turns our guesses into real knowledge, serving as the sifting pan of our hypotheses. It challenges what we assume, because, as they say, if you only learn from what you ASS-UME, you make an "ass" out of "u" and "me".

In the early 1800s, someone warned that the streets of London would be filled with horse manure due to the uncontrolled use of horse-drawn carriages. Of course, that never happened. Combustion engines, products of research and invention, replaced horses, and the manure piled up in Parliament instead.

Coffee and droppings

While on the subject, few people know that the most expensive coffee in the world is taken from the droppings of the Asian Palm Civet found in the Philippines and Indonesia. The small mammal excretes the coffee berries it eats, and forest trackers recycle the fruity feces to create what is known as Kopi Luwak in Indonesia or Kape Alamid in our country. Research has led to a synthetic process that simulates the droppings' exotic flavor and quality.

So, who’s had coffee with their breakfast? Well, soon nobody will have had coffee and breakfast if the looming global food crisis worsens. Are you all feeling fine? Well, nobody might be fine for long if some new disease creeps up on us.

Health can be enhanced and life can be extended. The nudibranch, a beautiful, soft-bodied creature unfairly called a "sea slug" — a favorite among underwater photographers for its marvelous colors and shapes — has actually been used in tumor research. Samples of fish mucus have also displayed certain antibacterial properties. And as the Home Shopping Network would say, "Wait! There’s more."

Science fair like Idol?

Certain types of infectious fungi that coat some of your toes here form beneficial relationships that support plant growth. The International Rice Research Institute based in the Philippines continues to develop ways to improve rice growth and help alleviate the current food crisis.

New challenges are coming, and they will always confront us. What we need is an army of scientific researchers that will help find the solutions in advance. I want to be part of that army that would cross the new frontiers first. If only we could make science fairs and contests as popular as the thriving "Idol" franchise. Although I’m not sure if Simon Cowell’s sardonic comments will sit well with my peers. But we need the same hard-hitting passion in research and invention. To conduct research is to be innovative; avant-garde. Researchers are like artists with test tubes and lab gowns instead of paintbrushes and smocks. When I graduate from the Philippine Science High School next year, I want to begin my "masterpiece" and apply for a university degree in Biochemistry.

New frontier

But sometimes, I am discouraged by those who say that a researcher from a Third-World nation is like a Jesuit adhering to a vow of poverty, or worse, like a Benedictine monk observing the vow of chastity. It is indeed a challenge, but it’s also another frontier to cross, for me and many young people like me.

We Filipinos are well known for their dedication to service, in foreign homes, hospitals and hotels. In our hotel, I found three Filipinos working at the front desk. I want to be one of the pioneers that will make the Philippines known for its excellence in scientific research, as part of the driving force that will expand our horizons towards tomorrow. And I intend to have a lot of fun while doing it.

Going back to my math teacher, I eventually realized that, well, he was right. As he said, "To every question there is an answer, to every problem there is a solution." We just have to go looking for the right ones. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll be answering the questions that haven’t been asked yet.

This is the speech of the author who won a public speaking contest in the United Kingdom. Pasted from

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008


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What's New Today?

What a pleasant surprise when my cp rang on my way to the office, yesterday. It was Marybeth! Yes, she's here in the Philippines to attend their family reunion in Oas, Albay. She's waiting for sister Bobbie before going home to Bicol. After the reunion, she'll be attending the wedding of Willy's relative in Bacolod. She'll only have the time to go out with the Manila group one or two days before they go back to the US on May 28. We hope Rudy will be here on that week, so we can also celebrate his birthday!

Another pride of our batch is the daughter of Men Venida and husband Rene Abot, MYRENE ANDREA VENIDA-ABOT, who is graduating from the Lincoln Law School of Sacramento with the degree of Juris Doctorate on May 18. She'll also be receiving several awards. I'll be posting her graduation invitation, picture and profile in this blogsite later today.


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Monday, May 12, 2008

What's New Today?

The new posts today should have been posted yesterday - Fechie's Mother's Day Greeting Card and Bing's Bible Study Humor (appropriate for Sunday reading).

I was able to greet Linda a Happy Birthday yesterday morning on behalf of the class. She sends her thanks to everyone for remembering.

Last Saturday, I saw this full page color ad of Senator Loren Legarda in the Phil Daily Inquirer. It's an advertisement for LUCIDA-DS, a skin smoothener, anti-ageing, imune booster detoxifier.... Hmmm. it seems that there are many senators who are product endorsers now. Do you think this is right?

Ping Lacson is endorsing FACIAL CARE (yes, facial care, day!!)
Cheez Escudero and wife have a TV ad for a vitamin supplement (I forgot the brand name).
Pia Cayetano has a TV ad for Downey, fabric conditioner.
Manny Villar also has a billboard ad, for which product, I can not at the moment recall.
Of course, Bong Revilla has his weekly TV show, KAP, AMAZING STORIES.
and Mr. Palengke, Mar Roxas, also has a TV info-mercial (again I can't recall for which campaign).

Let's wait and see if Enrile and Joker Arroyo who are both in their 80s will be endorsing Myra-E, or any anti-ageing product.

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Bible Study Humor

The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, 'My Mommy looked back once while she was driving,' he announced triumphantly, 'and she turned into a telephone pole!'<>

A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, 'If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?'
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, 'I think I'd throw up.'

A Sunday school teacher asked, 'Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on theArk?'
'No,' replied Johnny. 'How could he, with just two worms.'


A Sunday school teacher said to her children, 'We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a Higher Power. Can anybody tell me what it is?'
One child blurted out, 'Aces!'

Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday Sc hool.
'Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue missi! on to l ead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea , he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.'
; 'Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?' his mother asked
'Wel! l, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!'

A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible - Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to l earn the chapter. Little Rick was excited about the task - but he just couldn't remember the P! salm.&n bsp; After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.

On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know.'

The preacher's 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why.
'Well, Honey,' he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages.'I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.'
'How come He doesn't answer it?' she asked.

A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, 'So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That's very commendable. What does she say?'
The little boy replied, 'Thank God he's in bed!'

During the minister's prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews. Tommy's mother was horrified. She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked, 'Tommy, whatever made you do such a thing?'
; Tommy answered, soberly, 'I asked God to teach me to whistle, and He did!'

A pastor asked a little boy if he said his prayers every night.
'Yes, sir,' the boy replied.
'And, do you always say them in the morning, too?' the pastor asked.
'No sir,' the boy replied. 'I ain't scared in the daytime.'

When my daughter, Kelli, said her bedtime prayers, she would bless every family member, every friend, and every animal (current and past).
For several weeks, after we had finished the nightly prayer, Kelli would say, 'And all girls.'

This soon became part of her nightly routine, to include this closing. My curiosity got the best of me and I asked her, 'Kelli, why do you always add the part about all girls?'

Her response, 'Because everybody always finish their prayers by saying 'All Men'!'

Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother's house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.

'Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer.' said his mother.
'I don't need to,' the boy replied.
'Of course, you do,' his mother insisted. 'We always say a prayer before eating at our house.'
'That's at our house,' Johnny explained. 'But this is Grandma's house and she knows how to cook!'


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