Tuesday, December 28, 2010

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New Year Quotations

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ~Oprah Winfrey
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"
A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.
~Edgar Guest
The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. ~G.K. Chesterton
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Monday, December 27, 2010

Conti's Branches

I know many of you will be buying cakes for New Year’s Eve. If I may, Conti’s is one of the places you can buy great cakes, pastries, pasta dishes and more. To help you find the nearest Conti’s store in your area, you can check out the information below for advance order.

(Function rooms available)
#61 President’s Avenue, BF Homes
Commercial Center, Parañaque City.
Tel. No: (+632)807-3388; (+632)772-3041; (+632)850-5852
Mobile: (+63917)792-2437; (+63922)847-3003

Tel. No: (+632)842 5265; (+632)850 5852

Mobile: (+63917)8445852; Mobile: (+63917)7922437; (+63922)8473004

#53 Connecticut Street Greenhills, San Juan City
Tel. No: (+632)744-4184; (+632)744-4208; (+632)727-6898
Mobile: (+63917)826-6848; (+63922)330-6721

1C-17 Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. No: (+632)856-2352 to 53; (+632)901-3486
Mobile: (+63917)322-6684; (+63922)847-3005

(Table reservations accepted)
P1 Level, Trinoma, EDSA corner North Avenue, Quezon City
Tel. No: (+632)900-5013 to 15
Mobile: (+63922)881-9127

(Function rooms available)
Solenad, NUVALI
Tel. No: (049) 3026050 / 55
Mobile: (+63922)8819126 / (+63905)2545110

(Function rooms available)
Space 11 & 12 Greenbelt II, Esperanza Street, Makati City
Tel. No: +63 2 756-0047/+63 2 756-0137
Mobile: (+63922)8473063 / (+63917)5951302

(Contis Bakery & Cafe)
G/F 1107 Corte De Las Palmas Alabang Town Center, Ayala Alabang City Of Muntinlupa
Tel. No: (+632) 556-7720
Mobile: (+63923)7134801 / (+63917)5542996

(Now Open)
224 Katipunan Ave., Brgy. Blue Ridge, Quezon City
Tel. No: +63 2 682-0812 / +63 2 438-4763
Mobile: (+63922)8473065 / (+63917)8726132

Lucky foods for New Year

Looking for some lucky foods to cook or buy for your media noche to bring luck and make the coming year a prosperous one? Epicurious.com shares these 6 major categories of auspicious foods considering the differences and similarities in traditions:

GRAPES – consume twelve grapes at midnight for 12 prosperous months. In the Philippines, we do prepare 12 rounded-shaped fruits to bring luck.

COOKED GREENS – including cabbage, collards, kale, and chard, are consumed at New Year’s in different countries because their green leaves look like folded money, and are thus symbolic of economic fortune. Maybe I can prepare “chopsuey” or “vegetable salad” to have that lucky green touch in the table.

LEGUMES – these includes beans, peas, and lentils that also symbolic of money. I think the chicharo in my “chopsuey” will be good.

PORK – pigs symbolize progress. My “crispy pata” will be perfect for this.

FISH – symbolizes good luck, fertility, long life and good harvest. My mom will by “sugpo” (big shrimp) and I will make a buttered-garlic shrimp out of it.

CAKES, etc. – special emphasis placed on round or ring-shaped items. Conti’s will help me here. Family loves mango so we will be buying a big “Mango Bravo Cake” and a “Mango Tart.”

Lobster, for instance, is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

List of 2010 MMFF winners

And the winners in the recently concluded 36th Metro Manila Film Festival (2010) are:

Best Picture
Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To! (Star Cinema)

2nd Best Picture
Rosario (Cinemabuhay & Studio5)

3rd Best Picture
RPG: Metanoia (Ambient Media & Star Cinema)

Best Actress
Ai-Ai delas Alas (Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To!)

Best Actor
Dolphy (Father Jejemon)

Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award

Best Director
Wenn Deramas (Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To!)

Best Screenplay
Mel del Rosario (Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To!)

Best Story
Mel del Rosario (Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To!)

Best Supporting Actress
Eugene Domingo (Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To!)

Best Supporting Actor
Dolphy (Rosario)

Best Cinematography
Carlo Mendoza (Rosario)

Best Editing
John Wong (Rosario)

Best Production Design
Joel Luna & Miki Hahn (Rosario)

Best Visual Effects
Rico Guttierez & Co. (Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote)

Best Makeup
Nestor Dayao & Co. (Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote)

Best Theme Song
“Kaya Ko” (RPG: Metanioa)

Best Musical Score
Jesse Lazaten (Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To!)

Best Sound Recording
Super Inday and the Golden Bibe (Ditoy Aguila)
tied with RPG Metanoia (Ambient Media)

Best Child Performer
Xyriel Manabat (Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To!)

Best Indie Film
Presa by Adolf Alix, Jr.

Gender Sensitive Award
Ang Tanging Ina Mo: Last Na ‘To!

Gender Sensitive Award (special citation for animation)
RPG: Metanoia


Best Float

Best Dressed
Dennis Trillo and Jennylyn Mercado

Faces of the Night
Sen. Bong Revilla and Sam Pinto

Beef Morcon Recipe

I have tasted this “Beef Morcon” several times because mom used to serve it during our town fiesta. She had a friend who is in food business and she occasionally ordered this during fiesta. It is a very good dish especially this holiday. I checked the web for the recipe and I found one from “Filipino Food Recipes.”

Estimated cooking time: 2 to 3 hours.

  • 1 kilo beef, sliced 1/4 inch thick (3 pcs.)
  • 1/4 kilo ground beef liver
  • 200 grams sliced sausages or ham
  • 200 grams pork fat (cut is strips)
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • 100 grams cheddar cheese in strips
  • 100 grams grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 5 bay leaf (laurel)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 meters thread or string (for tying)
Cooking Instructions:

  • Spread and stretch the sliced beef on your working table.
  • Arrange the filling on the sliced beef: sausage strips, cheese strips, sliced eggs, pork fat and some ground liver.
  • Roll the sliced beef with all the filling inside and secure with a thread or string.
  • Repeat the procedure for the two remaining beef slices.
  • On a pot, place the beef rolls and put the water, the remaining ground liver, grated cheese, chopped onions, bay leaves, ground black pepper and salt.
  • Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for one hour.
  • Add the vinegar and continue to simmer of another hour or until beef is tender.
  • Slice the beef morcon, arrange on a platter and top with the sauce/ gravy poured on top.
Cooking Tips:
  • A spoon or two of flour can be added to water to thicken the sauce.
  • Instead of boiling in a pot, you can use a pressure cooker for faster cooking.
  • Optional: Garnish with olives before serving.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Maytinis Festival @ Kawit, Cavite

Kawit, a historical town in Cavite, (Philippines) takes pride of its highly Hispanized culture and traditions. One of which is the "Maytinis"- a town-wide religious event held every 24th December assaying the Nativity of the Virgin Mary.

About a dozen floats depicting several Biblical characters gather in a procession which usually starts at 8:00 in the evening. These extravagantly adorned platforms are manned by men and women symbolically clad in wardrobes typifying the likes of Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, Moses, etc. to name a few.

It's actually a montage of several religious characters found in the Bible with Holy Couple as the major attraction. A chosen pair of young man and woman is lodged on a float, believed to be Joseph and Mary, re-enacting their seemingly futile efforts of finding a shelter in Bethlehem. The selected couple who are melodious singers, chant some biblical verses/passages, seeking refuge from different homeowners and in retaliation being bombarded with sarcastic remarks, denying them entry into their houses. Several attempts are usually done leading the entire entourage to the Parish Church where a makeshift stable called "BELEN" awaits the Holy Couple. This climatic event's celebrated by several priests in a gleeful, music-filled church ceremony. The altar has been creatively transformed into a cave adorned with lights and life-sized statues resembling the manger where Jesus Christ was born.

At the strike of 12 midnight, the High Mass starts commemorating the Nativity. The whole scenario focuses on the birth of Baby Jesus Christ. A vibrant choir fills the air with songs through the accompaniment of the tambourines and drums, heralding the commencement of Christmas Day. A cherubic image of Baby Jesus Christ is presented to the church-goers, queues of people flock the altar to kiss His image. This is a once-in-a year chance of communing with Baby Jesus.

This rich cultural heritage has been handed down centuries ago and is still annually practiced in this town. A truly concerted effort presented by the Kawiteños which is worth witnessing.

Medical scrubs & apparel @ Blue Sky Scrubs

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Blue Sky Scrubs started mid of 2005 as a manufacturer of scrub caps that quickly became a must-have accessory for doctors, nurses, surgeons, dentists, and other medical professionals worldwide. In December 2005, they added nursing scrubs, medical scrubs, and hospital uniforms in their line. Their line of nursing scrubs includes women’s medical uniforms in 2 different designer medical scrubs styles as well as one line of fashionable scrubs for men.

Blue Sky Scrubs is always up for innovation and personality. In the beginning, scrubs were only offered in ceil blue, but are now available in over fifteen different solid colors like pink, chocolate, lilac and navy blue scrubs to name a few aside from the classic surgical green scrubs. As to scrub for men, they do have executive collection to give that professional look and their urban and sports collections to showcase their personality and passion.

Looking for medical scrub uniforms and more? Try Blue Sky Scrubs line for chic, professional and comfortable medical scrubs.

Friday, December 24, 2010

36th Metro Manila Film Festival

Family is thinking of what to watch among the eight film entries in the 36th Metro Manila Film Festival. The festival started with a parade today, Friday, taking off at the Mall of Asia grounds, along the stretch of Roxas Boulevard, and ended at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park. The 8 colorful floats (karosas) representing the 8 official film entries in the festival are:

• the joint force productions of GMA Films, Imus Productions, M-Zet, APT Entertainment and OctoArts Films’ “Si Agimat sa Mundo ni Enteng Kabisote” which featured mainly Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. and Vic Sotto;
• Star Cinema’s “Ang Tanging Ina Mo Rin (Last na ‘To)” which presented Ai Ai de las Alas and her costars;
• Star Cinema and Cine Media’s “Dalaw” which carried Kris Aquino and Diether Ocampo and some of their support stars;
• RVQ Productions’ “Father Jejemon” where Dolphy stood by until the end of the event;
• Cine Mabuhay’s “Rosario” which gave the queue of kibitzers Jennylyn Mercado, Yul Servo and Dennis Trillo;
• Star Cinema and Ambient Media’s “RPG: Metonia,” a 3-D animation which starred Zaijan Jaranilla among others;
• Regal Films’ “Shake, Rattle & Roll XII” with a smorgasbord cast
• Regal Entertainment’s “Super Inday and the Golden Bibe” with Marian Rivera

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ogie-Regine wedding pictures

After 3 years of being together, singers Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez tied the knot on Wednesday (December 22) afternoon at Terrazas de Punta Fuego beach resort in Nasugbu, Batangas. Regine was wearing a beautiful red Monique Lhuiller gown – a gift from Dra. Vicki Belo while Ogie’s gray suit was by Randy Ortiz.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Proclamation No. 84: 2011 Holidays

Proclamation No. 84 of President Noynoy Aquino outlined the special and regular holidays for 2011. The holidays still follow RA 9492 or the “Holiday Economics” law passed in 2007.

A. Regular Holidays

  • New Year’s Day – January 1 (Saturday)
  • Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Saturday)
  • Maundy Thursday – April 21
  • Good Friday – April 22
  • Labor Day – May 1 (Sunday)
  • Independence Day – June 12 (Sunday)
  • National Heroes Day – August 29 (Last Monday of August)
  • Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Wednesday)
  • Christmas Day – December 25 (Sunday)
  • Rizal Day – December 30 (Friday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
  • Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Sunday)
  • All Saints Day – November 1 (Tuesday)
  • Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Saturday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
  • EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Friday)
In addition to these, the national holidays for the observance of the Islamic holidays Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall be determined in accordance with the Islamic or lunar calendar. The dates shall be determined by National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

BetterBathrooms.com: Better Bathrooms, Prices & Service

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Hon. Reynaldo Laigo & wife killed in traffic accident

Five days before Christmas, another traffic accident happened on Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City before dawn Monday and took the lives of a couple who were about to attend the “Simbang Gabi.” Victims were identified as retired Makati City regional trial court judge Reynaldo Laigo and his wife Layla. The victims’ black Pajero was rammed at around 4:30am by a Corimba Express Inc. bus. I am hoping that government agencies involve in transportation will seriously do their jobs to eradicate erring bus drivers and keep the highways safe for all the commuters.

Makati judge, wife killed in car crash
Commonwealth Ave a 'killer highway': police

Friday, December 17, 2010

Party.. Party.. Party..

My 2 kids had the same date for their Christmas Party. Justin studying in Virgen del Pilar School began the party at 7:30am and ended at 10:30am. Nicole who is in St. Matthew College took her periodical exam that day from 8-9:30am and had the party at 10am. I fetched Justin after the party and we proceeded to St. Matthew College and took part in her sister’s classroom party.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Quotes

Wish you all A Merry Christmas,
May the Joys of the season
Fill your heart with goodwill and cheer.
May the chimes of Christmas glory
Add up more shine and spread
Smiles across the miles,
To-day & In the New Year.
-Rosie Cash
Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever.
- Bess Streeter Aldrich
And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold,
I bring you tidings of great joy, Which shall be to all people.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David A Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. – St. Luke ii
Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.- Washington Irving
It was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well,
if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!
And so, as Tiny Tim observed, “God Bless Us, Every One!
- Charles Dickens
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Religious Christmas Graphics

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Successful Escape & Evasion Training for Journalists

Journalists from print and broadcast base in Metro Manila successfully undergone “Escape & Evasion Tactics Training” to improve their confidence and to be physically and mentally prepared in case of an actual threat to their lives or of their families. Media teams from MPD Press Corps, MERPO Press Corps, Congress, Senate, Manila Bulletin, DWIZ, CPD Press Corps, Task Force Jericho, Defense Press Corps, PNP Press Corps, photographers group and southern tri media press corps participated in the one day paintball tournament at Global Gutz Paintball Field at CCP Complex, Buendia corner Macapagal Ave., Pasay City, Philippines.

It is an advocacy of 777 Media Forum, an organization of broadcast journalists in Metro Manila, which intends to teach journalists escape and evasion tactics through playing paintball. A reality game wherein playing journalists will be shot and also have the chance to shoot back to their opponents.

777 Media Forum Inter Press Corps Paintball Tournament was the biggest media event of the year. Three time world champion Global Gutz Philippine Paintball Team owned by businessman Sonny Torres handled the training. The tournament also improved the confidence of participating journalists and alleviated their fear of gun fire or by mere sight of firearms. Learning the escape and evasion tactics even without owning a firearm will be a vital weapon against any assailant.

Winners of the event are:
Champion: DWIZ Paintball Team
1st Runner Up: Team Task Force Jericho
2nd Runner Up: Team Senate

The event was made possible through the support of Ericsson Telecommunication, Cebu Pacific Airlines, Duty Free Philippines, Splash Island, Global Gutz, Pocari Sweat Energy Drinks, Philippine Airlines, Universal Robina Corporation, Shell Philippines, Parañaque Mayor Jun Bernabe, Parañaque Councilor Benjo Bernabe, CAAP Director General Alfonso Cusi, Usec Bebot Villar, Businessman Jesus Arranza, Senator Loren Legarda, Senator Bong Revilla, Senator Lito Lapid, Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Senator Tito Sotto.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

DOT: Wow Philippines or Pilipinas kay Ganda

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is changing the catchphrase from “Wow Philippines” to “Pilipinas kay Ganda” but that’s temporary until the final and right catchphrase has been decided. It is one of the debatable issues right now as to why change it and why such a name. In your opinion what would it be: Wow Philippines, Pilipinas kay Ganda or other believable catchphrase?

Which is better, ‘Wow Philippines’ or ‘Pilipinas Kay Ganda’?

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