Showing posts from October, 2010

Greenin’ Philippines Environmental Project | Time for a sustainable solution to denudation of our lands

We are in the era where people no longer question if the planet is sick; people are now asking what they can do. We are all plagued by the effects of climate change especially in our country like typhoons, droughts, and the unpredictability of weather. So it gives me so much pride to present you an environmental that could it in its own ways make a significant impact to reversing punishments that nature has bestowed upon us.Introducing Greenin’ Philippines!Generation,
REdemption and
Expansion of
Natural resources
INitiatives in the
PhilippinesIt is an up scaling of rehabilitation and conservation practices used by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) *, in improving environmental conditions and landscapes. Greenin’ Philippines aims to go beyond tree planting by developing real forests.Basically, the five-year biodiversity program is about integrated and holistic land rehabilitation through massive planting of native tree seedlings, protection of remaining tree species and continuous u…

Mortgage Misfortunes and how one man changed the game | Story of an accountant accused of securities violations

By Jaysee Pingkian There comes a time when foreclosure because more than just about lost documents, it’s about shredding the dreams.An accountant from Florida has stopped making payments on his $1.5 million mortgage because the Securities and Exchange Commission has fined him around $100,000 for not filing the proper forms and his assets are frozen.Joseph Lents is now at a brink of a financial mess none of wishes to be in. He was a CEO of a failed voice-recognition company which is publicly traded and sold shares without proper filing. Now, being accused of law violations on securities, he might also lose the home he worked so hard for all his life. Here’s the story:Washington Mutual, the loan servicer, tried to foreclose on his home some seven years ago but was never able to show a promissory note from Lents. So the court dismissed the case. DLJ Mortgage Capital bought the loan from WaMu and tried to do the same, but claimed to have lost the promissory note too. Eight years have pa…

Paint Roofs White and Fight Climate Change

Did you ever wonder why wearing dark clothes are advisable to be worn on cold days?Dark colors absorb light better.
Dark colors radiate heat better. That is why white roofing is the in thing when you want a cooler home. But this is nothing new as homes in Greece follow this method of insulation for more than four thousand years now. White roofing actually reflects 80% of the sunlight while existing roofs in dark red or dark brown reflect only 10% to 20% on the other hand.* Less absorbed light radiation reduces heat significantly.What does this mean to you?Improves comfort and lowers demand for cooling Increases life cycle of roof Reduces urban heat This is advocated by Dr. Glen Martin Green and graduate student Mehdi Asadi. For further information:Pagtambayayong Foundation
102 P. del Rosario Ext., Cebu City
Telephone Number (+632)253-7974
Email Photo by David Campos

Support Philippines in BBC World Challenge 2010 | AIDFI makes it to Top 12 Finalists

VOTE HERE: is BBC World Challenge?World Challenge is a competition held globally that will finance projects or small businesses that have shown amazing enterprise and development at a grassroots level. This is brought to you by the biggest media partnership between BBC World News and Newsweek in association with Shell. It’s about advocating and rewarding projects that matter and is now on its sixth year. About Ram Pump Program in the PhilippinesA Philippine NGO based in Bacolod City has created a hydraulic Ram Pump which effectively pushes river water up to the mountains without any electricity! It is the flagship program of AID Foundation (AIDFI) which made it to the Top 12 Finalists of this year’s BBC World Challenge 2010 among 1000 nominations! Watch the BBC documentary on AIDFI’s workNovember 6 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM and on November 7 10:30 PM For more informationhttp://aidfi.orgVote nowhttp://www.theworldchallenge…

Jesus Walks on Water | Story Summary

After feeding the 5000, Jesus sends his disciples ahead of him in a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee. Several hours later in the night, the disciples encounter a storm. Jesus comes to them, walking on the water. This terrifies the disciples and they think they are seeing a ghost. Jesus tells them,
"Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
Peter replies,
"Lord, if it's you, tell me to come to you on the water."So Jesus invites Peter to come. Peter gets out of the boat and begins walking on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter takes his eyes off Jesus and sees the wind and waves, he begins to sink. Peter cries out to the Lord and Jesus immediately reaches out his hand and catches Peter. As they climb into the boat together, the storm ceases. Then the disciples worship Jesus, saying,
"Truly you are the Son of God.":) It’s never too late. He will find you again. Thank you to my newfound friends.

Philippine internet shops reap great rewards despite major drawbacks

By Jaysee Pingkian

Almost everything is turning to the internet for harnessing more means of extending opportunities in sales, partnerships and branding. Nobody can underestimate the powers that online communications can give you on a personal and business level.

Every known business, especially SMEs, has been smart enough to set up a website for consumer engagement and education, and in conducting online transactions whether you are in retail or service oriented industries. With the convenience it gives to both parties, the internet as a medium to business is the future of the commerce landscape in developing countries like the Philippines.

Online shops are now sprouting like mushrooming all over the internet with the advent of Facebook and Multiply’s popularity among Filipino netizens. Working women are enjoying great products, lowered costs and pricing in fashion and beauty consumer products that only online shops could offer compared to the brick and mortar ones. With payment sche…

Greenin’ Philippines presented to Cebu partners | Going beyond tree planting and developing real forests

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated (RAFI) has pooled together all systems and resources to embark on a large scale environmental project that will be launched nationally.They have officially launched the program dubbed as Greenin’ Philippines at the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center in Cebu City. Afternoon of October 27, 2010, yours truly along with several other program partners were asked to commit to a five year program that will go “beyond tree planting by developing real forests,” as their motto says which excites civic-minded people like myself. It started with the introduction of RAFI through an AVP presented by Mr. Neil Papas, RAFI Program Coordinator. RAFI in its 44 years of outstanding development work in the Visayas and Mindanao has consistently “touched people, shaping the future.” Their wide range of portfolio projects are focused on integrated development, micro financing, culture, leadership and education. Ms. Rowena Bandola, RAFI Executive Director fol…

Lola Paping will be missed forever

Lola Agripina ‘Paping’ Yabo-Pingkian was 90 when she passed away. She didn’t left us, just went ahead to be with Lolo whom she shared the rest of her life with. They were awarded as the Golden Family of Lopez Jaena by a local government unit. She was president of Catholic Women’s League and was the most celebrated teacher of her time. The love story she has with our grandfather is probably the only one I could think of that lasted forever. It was simple, chaste, and genuine. Inseparable. A model most of us can only hope to achieve. They were also active in social and civic developments in Mindanao and were able to let all of their seven children finish college. Now they are engineers, ship captains, managers, teachers and successful family heads. Lots of things we can never forget about her is her love for dancing, how great she was in swimming, her unbelievable memory as she could remember all the birthdays of her children and grandchildren and her interest in our studies. In fact, a…

Watch Disney’s Tron Legacy in IMAX 3D

Disney takes us to another adventure and this time set in the distant future as Tron: Legacy takes us to a world unlike anything we’ve seen. The PlotSam Flynn, a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn, a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade—a signal that could only come from his father—he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra, father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe—a universe created by Kevin himself that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape. The MovieProducer Steven Lisberger co-wrote and directed the original Tron (1982). Daft Punk, a Grammy award-winner, composes the music i…

Cebu Pacific: My very first plane ride!

Last October 25, we woke up around 3 in the morning at our Aunt Inday’s home because it was near Mactan International Airport. Still a little bit sleepy, I rushed into the showers to prepare myself for our first ever plane flight. When we arrived one noticeable thing about the airport was the security level of every entry. We passed through two x-rays, one before we got into the check-in counter and the other when we got into the passenger’s lounge. At the check in counter, the CebuPac guy weighed us and our bags. Every thing should’ve been fine before he asked the dreaded question to my sister, “anyone pregnant?” The alarm sounded on the second entry point as I had my phone in my hand but it didn’t get much attention as I quickly placed it on the screening machine. It was at this juncture that we had to remove the shoes too. There is free internet access provided by Smart Broadband and we took the opportunity to browse through profiles before heading out. At the airportBefore boardi…

Happy Birthday Ate Cy! Boat ride on the way home from Mindanao

Just this morning, we docked at the Cebu Port all the way from the seas of Ozamis together with the rest of my family. I woke up around 5 AM by the kind cradles of the ship and sneaked to my cousin-sis Ate Ceewai who is celebrating her 21st birthday. We immediately roamed around the ship for some good ol’ photo op and as requested I made some digital art for her. We’d also like to thank God for giving her beauty enough to lure the ship’s crew to allow us to shoot on some restricted places.Ate Ceewai is all smiles by the railingsThis was where the crew was chatting us out eventually asking her number. If I’m not mistaken, this is the ship’s forecastle. Guys, she’s taken.Of course, would a shoot be complete without me in it?More about our trip soon.

More Math dilemma and rising from it

AMA Cebu students solvingContrary to what most people think of me, I actually don’t like Math as much as I wanted it to. Numbers cause me great misery deep inside and it causes unexplainable head spins even at a young age. What I was deprived of was the fact that I didn’t have any math homework help as accessible as I sought for since internet and the new media was not yet fully developed or widespread then. I began to be resourceful and made the most of my notes from school and textbooks to comprehend such technical topics. As education becomes a necessity in this world, it is best you invest nothing but the best for your child because you can never learn how to do lessons like factoring polynomials in just a snap. When I stepped into college four years ago, I already had the basic fundamental to understand advanced mathematical topics as the curriculum in grade school was designed to pave the way for tertiary subjects. One such topic that came easy after going through the younger y…

Simala Cebu: It’s Miracles and Beauty

With so much to thank God and Mama Mary for the past few months, I immediately jumped at the invitation of a dear friend, Jesryl to come to Simala in Sibonga, Cebu.

I owe them so much for all the opportunities that come my way and the fact that I have some things to ask Him for. If you are in Cebu you must have heard about the miracles that Our Lady of Simala gives its fervent patrons. After packing up light and going to the bus station early, we soon found ourselves a day of new beginnings last October 16, 2010. 

Good thing the bus we rode on had a karaoke with wireless mic on so as the rest of the passengers were not so enthusiastic about singing as much as we do, we took the opportunity and sang the songs ourselves. Jesryl and Jennifer took turns in singing for the whole duration of the trip while I kept silent at the back. Joke. Surprisingly, Rhecel and Irish took centerstage as they sang theirs wholeheartedly at one point.

I have not been there for around three years tops so you c…

Gear and Glam Circle of Ten will put Cebu on the fashion and motoring map of the world | Grand. Festive. Glamorous at SM Cebu Northwing

One thing to love about Cebuanos is
our taste in classy cars and gorgeous clothes.

What better to launch such ideal than through the annual Gear and Glam event in SM Cebu Northwing last October 8, 2010.

The Northwing was literally turned into an indoor high way where Cebu’s top models strut their way around the venue while vintage car collections roll their way for the audience’s amazement.

Grand. Festive. Glamorous.

This year’s theme is called “Gear and Glam Circle of Ten” featuring the 10 vintage cars of the Performance and Classic Car Enthusiasts of Cebu (PACE). Each was complemented with dresses by the designers from the Fashion Council of Cebu. The clothes were brought to life by the top members of the Models Association of Cebu.

The dresses and suits are designed by Cebuano fashion designers of Arcy Gayatin, Albert Arriba, Cary Santiago, Philip Tampus, OJ Hofer, Jun Escario, Philip Rodriguez.

The rare cars were proudly owned by Cebu’s elite people in governance, show biz, an…

Fort San Pedro Cebu: More than a Heritage Park

Do you ever believe that some things are not meant to happen because God has bigger plans? That is what I always tell myself in the midst of a disappointment in life no matter how small it is. We may not be able to understand his ways at first but it is worth it in the long run. I had such a realization when we excitedly went to Pier One in Cebu City with my AMA Angels friends and we soon found ourselves saddened when the guard halted us from coming closer to the Galleon Andalucia. It was midday of October 13 and the sun was getting the best of us so instead of going back to school immediately, we decided to pay a visit to Ford San Pedro. It was a first time for most of us and we could never be more excited. Students only have to pay around P20 for the entrance fee and the experience is more than what you bargained for.The place was gorgeous and looked more a like a well manicured park than a military defense structure it was intended to be. Would you believe that the following shots …

Galleon Andalucia Cebu Media Tour as part of the celebration of the Dia de Galleon Festival

The Galleon Andalucia Media Tour was arranged last October 16, 2010 to make the public appreciate our history and understand the importance of culture and heritage to the development of the country. It was held on a beautiful evening at Pier 1, Cebu City near Malacañang sa Sugbo. Media practitioners, public relation officers, government officials from key cities and guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and were able to meet the all-Spanish ship crew of the Galleon. After that, everyone was able to board the ship and get an up-close encounter with a sneak peek from a distant past. This Media Tour is Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.’s (RAFI) way of expressing its gratitude to the media for actively covering their community development projects to promote Cebuano culture. The event reminds us of the important role of the Galleon not only as a link in the international trade but, also served as a cultural highway among peoples touched along the route.  Aboard the shipAt first step you would co…