Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NO APRIL FOOL'S TRICK - April Fool's Day Possible Virus Attack

I came across plurk messages of friends downloading antivirus. I was not aware of the April Fool's possible virus attack news that came up several days ago.

Well I might take a fast of my internet browsing then tomorrow... So folks be careful with your internet browsing just the same...

So I am posting here links about those news:

March 24, 2009 -- Updated 1215 GMT (2015 HKT)
No joke in April Fool's Day computer worm

(CNN) -- A computer-science detective story is playing out on the Internet as security experts try to hunt down a worm called Conficker C and prevent it from damaging millions of computers on April Fool's Day.

The anti-worm researchers have banded together in a group they call the Conficker Cabal. Members are searching for the malicious software program's author and for ways to do damage control if he or she can't be stopped.

They're motivated in part by a $250,000 bounty from Microsoft and also by what seems to be a sort of Dick Tracy ethic.

"We love catching bad guys," said Alvin Estevez, CEO of Enigma Software Group, which is one of many companies trying to crack Conficker. "We're like former hackers who like to catch other hackers. To us, we get almost a feather in our cap to be able to knock out that worm. We slap each other five when we're killing those infections."

The malicious program already is thought to have infected between 5 million and 10 million computers.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The Times/Fox News

The Conficker Internet worm could strike at infected computers around the world on April 1, a security expert warned Monday.

Conficker is a sophisticated piece of malicious computer software, or malware, that installs itself on a Windows PC's hard drive via specially written Web pages. It then conceals itself on a computer.

Graham Cluley of the British security firm Sophos confirmed that Conficker is programmed "to hunt for new instructions on April 1."

However, he added, "This does not mean that anything is going to happen, or that the worm is actually going to do anything. Simply, it is scheduled to hunt a wider range of Web sites for instructions on that date."

One strange thing about Conficker is that no one yet has any idea what it is programmed to do.

In February, Cluley told The Times: "It's as if someone is assembling an army of computers around the world, but hasn't yet decided where to point them."

A worst-case scenario for April 1 would be for all the world's millions of infected computers to receive simultaneous instructions to attack, or to flood the Internet with spam e-mail.

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Source: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,510296,00.html

Thursday, March 26, 2009

First Year Anniversary - Playboy Philippines

From Playboy Presscon

PLAYBOY Philippines

Join PLAYBOY Philippines as it celebrates its first birthday with its biggest issue ever! Photographer KRISTINE SOGUILON lenses the magazine’s most ambitious cover yet, leading into a nautical-themed pictorial, All Hands On Deck, featuring our previous Playmates guaranteed to shiver anyone’s timbers. To document this historic shoot, we take readers Inside: Behind the Scenes of a PLAYBOY Pictorial for a special look into the work that became a labour of love for all involved. We also tag along for the Playmate Anniversary Getaway, where our girls take some well-deserved time to themselves. In the spirit of celebration, two of Deal or No Deal’s 26K Girls, ANDREA SHIN and RUBY BASCO take center stage as our Anniversary Playmates of the Month. Also exclusively, for the first time in the Philippines, we are proud to present TETCHIE AGBAYANI’s legendary pictorial, straight from the German edition's archives. Sitting down with us for 20 Questions is Senator GRINGO HONASAN, speaking on his experiences on both sides of the law. Rounding off the month is an excerpt from legendary screenwriter RICKY LEE’s recently-released first novel “Para Kay B: Ester”. Living up to PLAYBOY’s status as the ultimate men’s lifestyle magazine, we present for this month features on Andropause (the male version of menopause), and what to ask your tailor for when buying the perfect suit. It’s our birthday, ladies and gents, and you won’t believe what we’ve got coming up.



A lot can happen in a year, and Heaven knows the last 12 months have been nothing, if not tumultuous, for the global economy. We in the magazine business certainly haven’t been immune: Every day, we read or hear about publications folding or opting for the online route. We at PLAYBOY believe there’s something to be said for the written word that you can hold in your hand (to say nothing of the inherent joy of physically opening a Centerfold).

I realize I would be remiss if I didn’t admit to the birthing pains that we experienced (and continue to experience, to some extent) starting out, but I would be outright negligent if I didn’t make mention of the outstanding work being put out by my core editorial team. Over the past few months, they have never ceased to impress me with their tireless energy, ability and outright enthusiasm that shows on every page of the magazine you now hold.

As we graduate from our freshman status and enter our sophomore year, I thank our readers, who have been with us since the beginning. For your loyalty, your letters, and most especially your criticisms, I thank you. For those of you picking us up for the first time, welcome to the family.

Believe me when I say, ladies and gentlemen, we’re just getting started.

Adam Penn


In 1953, Hugh Hefner created PLAYBOY and, in the process, set the standard by which all subsequent men’s magazines would be judged.

Irreverent, yet never immature; Sexy, yet never lewd, PLAYBOY would deliver on its promise of being the ultimate men’s lifestyle magazine, featuring entertainment, politics, culture, humor and sex - all presented with a sophistication and intelligence uncommon to men’s publications before or since.


PLAYBOY’s groundbreaking combination of lifestyle and editorial content has featured contributions from some of the most important names of the journalistic, business and entertainment worlds, including Marshall McLuhan, Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, Alex Haley, Martin Luther King, Jr. (his last published work before his death), Shel Silverstein, Lenny Bruce, David Halberstam, Nat Hentoff, P.G. Wodehouse, Vladimir Nabokov, James Baldwin, Kenneth Tynan, Herbert Gold, T.C. Boyle, Ken Purdy, W. Somerset Maugham, Vladimir Nabokov and Gore Vidal, as well as local writers and Palanca Award winners, Butch Dalisay, Krip Yuson, Mike Marasigan and Susan S. Lara.

Literary icons who have had their works published in the pages of PLAYBOY, many exclusively, include Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Jack Kerouac, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Tom Clancy, Margaret Atwood, Michael Crichton and John Updike.


PLAYBOY has featured some of the most beautiful women in the world, from its girl-next-door Playmates to celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford, Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba, Denise Richards, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Pamela Anderson, Ursula Andress, Kim Basinger, Shannen Doherty, Brooke Burke, Gena Lee Nolin, Charisma Carpenter, Drew Barrymore, Daryl Hannah, Naomi Campbell, Bo Derek, Katarina Witt, Stephanie Seymour, Farrah Fawcett and Sharon Stone.


PLAYBOY Interview and 20 Questions subjects are the movers and shakers of their chosen fields. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Fidel Castro, Jimmy Hoffa (Hoffa's last interview before his disappearance), Jimmy Carter, Yasser Arafat, Muhammad Ali, The Beatles, John Lennon, Miles Davis, Edu and Luis Manzano, Ryan Cayabyab, Tetchie Agbayani, Gloria Diaz, Atty. Felipe Gozon, Chavit Singson, Sen. Chiz Escudero, Sen. Gringo Honasan, and Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, have all taken their turns, speaking candidly on anything and everything that came to mind.

Check the sizzling photos of the First Year Anniversary Issue from this link: http://www.masterdiwa.com/happy-birthday-playboy-philippines/

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

iBlog5: The 5th Philippine Blogging Summit Slated


Just signed up for the iBlog5: The 5th Philippine Blogging Summit slated on 9 May 2009 at Malcolm Hall, College of Law, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

For Registration, link at: http://iblogph.org/?page_id=119

The Program

The schedule below is still tentative and still subject for revisions.

Morning session: (some can be sponsored talk)

* 9:00 - 9:20 Blogging 101 (Micaela Rodriguez & sponsor slot)
* 9:30 - 9:50 Photo Blogging 101 (Faith Salazar and Fritz Tentativa)
* 10:00 - 10:15 Break
* 10:15 to 10:35 Video Blogging 101 (Azrael Coladilla)
* 10:45 - 11:05 Mobile Blogging 101 (sponsor slot)
* 11:15 - 11:35 Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging 101 (Benj Espina and Juned Sonido)
* 11:45 - 12:05 Blog Promotion & Traffic Generation Strategies 101 (Winston Almendras and Coy Caballes)
* 12:05 - 1:00 Lunch break

Afternoon session:

* 1:00 - 1:20 Legal issues in Blogging
* 1:30 - 2:30 Preparing Bloggers for the 2010 Elections
- COMELEC on Blogging & Bloggers
- Citizen Journalism for the 2010 Elections (Oliver Robillo, NAMFREL Chairman - Davao City)
- The Bloggers Election Handbook project release (Janette Toral)
* 2:40 - 3:30 Blog Advertising Situation in the Philippines (Yehey and 2 sponsors)
* 3:30 - 3:45 Break
* 3:45 - 4:45 Blogging to the Next Level (Fitz Villafuerte and another speaker)
* 4:45 - 5:00 Raffle & Group picture taking

7:00 pm onwards After-Event Party (sponsored)

Call For Sponsors

Avail of the opportunity to increase your visibility in this highly-anticipated event. BE AN iBLOG5 SPONSOR! Special low-cost sponsorship packages are available.
As this is a non-profit event, all fees will be paid directly to suppliers by sponsors. This includes:

* 2 Gold Sponsors (P45,000 per sponsor)

This includes keynote address during the morning or after session; 2 table spaces; 2 streamers posted at the event. Collateral material included in the delegates kit. Logo posted in the website, badges, posters, and streamers.

* Silver Sponsors (P25,000 per sponsor)

This includes 1 table space; 1 streamer posted at the event. Collateral material included in the delegates kit. Logo posted in the website, posters, and streamers.

* Patron Sponsors (P10,000 per sponsor)

Collateral material included in the delegates kit. Logo posted in the website, posters, and streamers.

Parties interested can e-mail

* hermie(dot)nas(at)gmail(dot)com
* You can also call the UP ISP for details. Just look for Elen Arzadon at +632-927-0368.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bloggers will be here tonight!

To celebrate and unravel the new image of PLAYBOY Philippines which is all about a classy and smart lifestyle, PLAYBOY Philippines is hosting an exclusive night of mingling, dining, and partying - bloggers' style.

Be the first to feel the difference and taste the new flavour of PLAYBOY magazine as it moves away from the stereotype of the usual men's magazine into a sophisticated, classier men's lifestyle magazine.

This event is solely by invitation. Get ready to party in style and participate in our exciting games and come home a winner! See you there.

Free admission, food and drinks to all invited BLOGGERS only.

So even in times of crisis, bloggers still party and get free drinks.

Got an invite?

Check these links:


sama ka ! Bloggers will be here tonight!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

COMSOFIL and Project Help Twitch

I started blogging in 2004 when I was an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) in Saudi Arabia. A mixed of boredom, anxiety and anger made me blog. Aside from writing journal I learned to blog and mostly pictures in the beginning. I was supposed to go back home after my 2 year contract expired but we were forced to stay and finish the project for another 5 months. I was so nostalgic of home, family and friends. Yet I and my co-workers got extended and exploited by the company with a 4-5 months delayed release of salary. Indeed it was harsher than a Saharan winter and the onslaught of sandstorm ushering in an oven hot temperature of summer.

My saving grace was COMSOFIL (Computer Society of Filipinos – International) for the opportunity to do volunteer work. COMSOFIL offers computer classes to OFWs in Riyadh (it has now branched out to other Cities of KSA ). I had a chance to help conduct a class, take minutes of the board meeting, served as a speech writer of two of its president. We had parties and organizational programs at estrahas (rented out desert resort places), since it is not allowed for men and women to mix in public or have gatherings. I also had an opportunity to experience Toastmaster through TOC (Toast of COMSOFIL) and finished the basic communication and leadership program.

The spirit of voluntarism is the most admirable nature of COMSOFIL. The instructors are themselves IT practitioners who offers their services to their compatriots on voluntary basis every Friday.. During my last year of stay in 2005 at least there were 500 enrollees to its various courses. IT Olympics were also held to culminate each semester.

Leadership skills are honed among its officers and their commitment to help others is commendable. This initiative of COMSOFIL is admired gaining recognition from the OFW community and also the embassy. Their effort as model is now being replicated.
I am happy to be of help and maintain my connections in the Middle East, through my sadiqs or friends. One them is kenji whom I came across online. He recently conducted the Pinoy OFW/Expat Blog Award and I helped him come up with the judging criteria. He is again asking friends to repost and promote Project Twitch to help a kababayan in distress. Indeed an OFW has only him/herself to rely on. It would be great if fellow OFWs lend a kind helping hand. In this case it is kenji who initiated an effort to help a fellow OFW through his blog.

Well it is a consolation if the Philippine Consulate or Embassy can extend assistance. But most often than not, never would an OFW rely support from an agency that is supposed to protect and promote the welfare of its people abroad much more its migrant workers who serve as pillars of its economy.
To read more about Project Twitch please follow these links:




Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Master

It is not uncommon for my blog to appear on google search for the words - love+life, well my blog posts are stories of my life and others and definitely it features my passion and love for life.

So adding to the tome of my entries on love and life is a poem by Edgar Lee Masters below:

Edgar Lee Masters (1868–1950).
Spoon River Anthology. 1916.

207. Lucinda Matlock

I WENT to the dances at Chandlerville,
And played snap-out at Winchester.
One time we changed partners,
Driving home in the moonlight of middle June,
And then I found Davis. 5
We were married and lived together for seventy years,
Enjoying, working, raising the twelve children,
Eight of whom we lost
Ere I had reached the age of sixty.
I spun, I wove, I kept the house, I nursed the sick, 10
I made the garden, and for holiday
Rambled over the fields where sang the larks,
And by Spoon River gathering many a shell,
And many a flower and medicinal weed—
Shouting to the wooded hills, singing to the green valleys. 15
At ninety-six I had lived enough, that is all,
And passed to a sweet repose.
What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness,
Anger, discontent and drooping hopes?
Degenerate sons and daughters, 20
Life is too strong for you—
It takes life to love Life.

(Source: http://www.bartleby.com/84/207.html)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ilocos Norte and Pagudpud

If the omnipresence of grand houses among the rice fields of Ilocos Norte is an indication of progress then I can consider it as a good sign. But I would suppose that those beautiful houses are owned by the Hawaiinos (Ilocano immigrants of Hawaii) or OFWs. Since the few of the prominent elite families belong to the region’s political dynasties.
It is sad to note that hardly would you find an ATM machines or commercial banks along the highways and main poblacions of Pagudpud, Bangui and Burgos. I saw in Pasuquin a PNB ATM machine. It is such an inconvenience to travelers who would prefer using their cards instead of cash. As consequence the resorts and restaurants of Pagudpud does not have facilities for credit cards. This limit a traveler’s period of stay once cash runs out. Pasuquin or Laoag would be an hour or two to travel.
Visiting those beautiful places and attractions in the northern tip of Ilocos is a transport challenge for individuals or groups without their own cars. Transportation are not readily available to bring to those destination. For example Kapurpurawan Rock almost 2 kilometers away from the main road it would be a long hike and wearisome walk especially on a sunny day. The sign is even biased to only one side of the road, approaching the place from the opposite side you will not see the place anymore.
Ilocos Norte is such a beautiful place. I hope our government officials would look and address these concerns of bank and transport facilities. In other countries Tourist Information Kiosks are located at strategic places but I have yet to find one in the capital City of Laoag. The brochure that is given out is not so detailed especially its map. And even the road maps available mostly feature those of the cities. I hope that next time they make the map more comprehensive for travelers to access landmarks being highlighted. In the Ilocos Norte Tourist Assistance, Provincial Tourism Office brochure my hometown of Pinili was even missed out.
Ilocos Norte is indeed such a beautiful place distinct of its own history, culture and tourist attractions. But with all the rich Ilocanos and influential people, I wonder why its present state seems to reflect what the brochure says:
Welcome to our province…
where time stands still.
Travelling to Ilocos Norte
is like stepping back in time.
Although the intention is to feature its glorious past but it seems the welcome message is well meaning and true to form. As if Ilocos has been left behind by progress though its people are well known for their hardwork and industriousness. So much is to be desired for Ilocos Norte to showcase its real beauty and worth as a tourist destination. And definitely I am not in favor of gauging development of a city or province based in terms of the number of Jolibee stores and SM Malls but a development that truly benefits its people, humane, ecology friendly and sustainable.

Agbiag ti Ilokos, mabuhay, long live!
Day to day account of my vacation to Ilocos

After 5 years I had the chance to travel once again to Pagudpud, my second time. I saw this Cebu Pacific promo called Menos Gas’To! (Domestic Sale Seat) I and my good friend Marcel availed of the PhP 188 litefare to Laoag City. For our round trip plane fare we only paid for Php 1,322.48. A bus fare to Ilocos or Laoag for that matter would cost around PhP 600-800.00/person. Indeed it is a big saving. But when you take a bus that travels 8-10 hours Manila to Laoag you are not charge an airport terminal fee of PhP 200.00.
Since Cebu Pacific flies to Laoag on Monday-Tuesday -Friday-Saturday and Sunday it follows that our flight back can only be any of those days and it so happen that the return date open/available and covered by their promo was 6 days after. Since it is discounted we purchased it. So the date gave us enough time to spend in the beautiful beach of Pagudpud.
Day 1 Saturday – Laoag Internati onal Airport - Fort Ilocandia
Fort Ilocandia is now owned by a Taiwanese tycoon. They have a shuttle bus to pick up guests for a 15-20 minutes drive from the airport to hotel. The first time I was there was with friends taking photos of the hotel. This time I had a chance to sleep in one of its room and partake a “not so 5-star hotel buffet breakfast”, since the 3-star hotels of Hongkong or Malaysia for that matter serve more better food with their varieties of cereals, fruits, breads and meals.

Day 2 Sunday– Laoag – Batac- Paoay
After checking out I visited my sister-in-law in Laoag and was lent their old Revo to use to drive around Ilokos. A visit to the Apos’s Mausoleum was requested by Marcel so we went to Batac. After we proceeded to Paoay and paid visit to my pamangkin (nieces and nephews). Nana Charito was so eager to tell her stories and she showed us around her cooperative office. We stayed at Casa Dona Emilia just right across the municipal hall and close by the famous Paoay Church. Empanada was for dinner purchased on the street.
Day 3 – Monday Paoay – Pinili – Batac- Pagudpud
After breakfast, I got caught up with the live broadcast of Senate hearing on Legacy with two of its former top officials squealing on their former boss and implicating SEC Commissioner Martinez receiving bribes. One of the witnesses who made a statement was an Ilocana from Batac. Lunch was in Pinili with my parents. We passed by scenic Pangil Bay on the way home. Nanay prepared delicious laing, sinigang na bangus and halabos for lunch. The photo of dog and cat sharing meals is so admirable. Amon-ra was home with lolo, lola and tita cely (his surrogate mom) quarantined away from his siblings in San Nicolas who are suffering from chicken pox and mumps. After lunch we proceeded on our journey and made a stop-over in Batac to change tire. Then motored for Pagudpud.

My companion was my driver while I direct and take pictures along the way. One of the stops made was in Burgos for the famous Cape Bojeador. It was closing time when we arrived at the summit and Mr. Jun Abad was about to leave his workplace but was gracious enough to allow us to take photos and go up the light house.
Another stop was in Bangui for the Wind Mills. It was after sunset, the moon was shinning already and about to shower. They look like towering electric fan of giants, the noise it produce was not very loud at all.
It was dark when we reach Saud beach and decided to stay at Villa del Mar. Although there were other cheaper places but not the magnificent view of the beach. New resorts are being built and improved in the area. I can foresee that the place will soon look like congested Boracay 4-8 years from now, ughhhh… I hope they regulate the building of structures and make the place more eco/sea-friendly .

Days 3-4-5
Villa del Mar resort has a wifi access good thing I did not bring my laptop with me otherwise I will just get hooked online. Indeed staying by the beach was such a relaxing experience as if “time stands still”, Hakunamatata – trouble free philosophy, no cares , no worries (except for the lack of credit card facilities when cash runs out). By the beach reading a negative utopia novel of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was very appropriate. Watching the ebb and flow of the sea as break makes my focus of the grim realities of a controlled society, the blue sky, sea and white sand are good enough “soma”(name of the drug in the novel for tranquilizer/hallucinogenic).

Then watching and filming fisherfolk doing their livelihood. For a very hard work they shared among themselves just a handful of small fish from their meager catch. They catch in the morning and afternoon. I observed when driving out from the resorts gate, these fisherfolks live among rows of huts just outside the resort’s gate like informal settlers of Manila. I wonder if they were displaced from the places now occupied by resort owners by the seashores.

The Blue Lagoon beach is located at the northernmost tip of Ilocos close by the first town of Cagayan where the famous Patapat bridge connects the two provinces. In the 70’s and 80’s several lives have been claimed I that dangerous section of the road. I would hear a cousin’s doing business in Cagayan of stories of busses that falls the ravine or plunged to the sea.

Blue Lagoon does not have much established resort houses, Hannah is the biggest of the resorts there. Although some house owners were asked by the Dept. of Tourism (DOT) to accommodate guests under its homestay program.

Day 5 – Good bye Pagudpud
Travelling back to Laoag we made two stops at the Burgos Viewdeckoverlooking a panorama of valley, mountains, beach, and those imposing windmills. There were ominous crosses on the walls of the viewdeck. We later found out that the road is an accident prone area where several deadly road mishaps had happened.
Kapurpurawan – rock calcified that continues to be smoothened by the wind and sea water breeze. Very far from the main road and mainly dirt road to the edge of the sea. There’s s a DENR sign board to promote Bakawab and a question mark below it what it is. Bakawan is mangrove. Definitely the view to Kapurpurawan is worth the visit. Careful though, and know the low and high tide of the place.

Take time to cool down at Villa Lita’s River Resort. The river scene is beautiful. The place is up for sale for PhP 25 M. I suppose more guests would go to the place if there are more river activities that the resort can offer. The river resort is an alternative t o the beach scene.
La Elliana Hotel was the place we booked for that day arriving in the sunshine heat of Laoag City. The hotel was not there during my high school days but today there are more than 15 hotels just within the Centro (center of Laoag) are existing, when back then, only Texicano Hotel was there to go.
Took some shots of the city scene, especially Laoag’s famous landmarks – the Sinking Bell Tower Close by the controversial Laoag Central School which is planned to be the site for a mall. Calesas are also a common sight which took my fancy taking foto.
Arriving back to Manila are realities of life: that the airport taxi concessionaire does not allow other taxi drivers/companies to get passengers who does not want to ride their taxi, as if they own the road to the exit gate of the arrival area of the airport. And so if you are wanting a metered taxi then you are punished to climb steps to get your taxi, outright discrimination and also a violation of the accessibility law, of people with different abilities to negotiate or climb such steps with their luggage. Well traffic, getting used to the slow paced life of Ilocos is disconcerting coming back to congested Manila street. The weather, although it is warm in Ilocos but Manila heat with all the dust and smoke is wearisome.
But then I should be glad and be happy to be reenergized by that short and wonderful break, so I should stop complaining… savor the memories, reminisce with the photos I’ve taken…
Definitely it is a must for all Filipinos to visit Ilocos and Pagudpud, if you aim of visiting other countries, there's no excuse why you should not visit Ilocos. Spare some savings to visit other parts of our country and Ilocos is truly a place to go... “Napintas nga Ili”, a beautiful place.

Related post/reading:
Very nice infographics by Anton Diaz here:

Saturday, March 07, 2009

So, have you lost an ID Card?

I created a new blog and here's an excerpt:

Public Service

Let’s help one another. It is too cumbersome to apply for a lost ID. It entails money, lost time, effort plus all those hassles of filling up forms, securing affidavit of lost, queuing lines, dealing with bureaucracy and whatnots.

Let us know where you have found those lost IDs. If you have a digital camera we encourage you to take photos of them and have them posted on this blog (photo line/blog/website link). Or if you do not have access to a digital camera we hope someone out there could volunteer to take fotos of them and have them posted.

Maybe you left your ID in some particular place and could not go to that place because of your circumstance let us know and let us see if there will be volunteer to check it out and verify it for you.

And if you are familiar with the person whose ID have been found, do let the person know about it and the details where it can be reclaim.

Should you find an ID or a document that is important for those people who have lost them you may turn them over to the nearest police station in your place, to your barangay captain and other institutions that you trust.

Read more here: http://lostnfoundphilippineidcard.blogspot.com/

Thursday, March 05, 2009

LAST CALL: 2009 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights


Deadline for the submission of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights is now very near - 30 March 2009. So please submit your nomination now!


The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights was established to celebrate the spirit of May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising by recognizing both individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed in promoting and advancing human rights, democracy and peace in their work. The prize is awarded by the citizens of Gwangju in the spirit of solidarity and gratitude from those whom they have received help in their struggle for democratization. It is hoped that through this award the spirit and message of May 18 will be immortalized in the hearts and mind of humankind.

The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights which is given yearly has the following aims:
1). To enhance the spirit of the May 18 Democratic Uprising by awarding individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad on their contribution to improving human rights and peace throughout the world.
2). To reward individuals, groups and institutions in Korea and/or abroad for promoting the goals of the May 18 Democratic Uprising as a movement toward unification and cooperation.

Deadline for submission of application form is 30 March 2009.

For more information and other details please check this link:

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Urban Poor Groups Meet Mar Roxas

More than 300 members and leaders of Urban Poor Groups assisted by Tricor (CO Multiversity, COPE and UPA) met today Sen. Mar Roxas at Bahay Ugnayan, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. The originally set 45-minute meeting was extended to more than two hours when the urban poor groups sufffering from threat of evictions engaged the senator into discussion.


Una at pangunahin sa lahat ang maralitang taga-lungsod ay nararapat bigyan ng isang pagtrato na may respeto tulad ng respetong meron ang isang mamamayang Pilipino. Katulad ng tinuran ng Obispong Katoliko, “Ang ating mga maralitang taga- lungsod, bilang mga tao at anak ng Diyos, ay may karapatan para sa malinis at murang patubig, disenteng pabahay, karapatan sa pamayanang ligtas sa anumang klaseng sakit dulot ng hindi maunlad na sistemang patubig at pangangalaga sa basura.”

Ating inoorganisa ang ating hanay at mga samahan upang ang ating mga tinig ay marinig sa panahong nagbubuo ng mga pagpapasya. Ibig nating makilahok sa pagbubuo ng mga kapasyahan kasabay ng ibang mamamayan. Ibig nating makibahagi sa kapangyarihan meron ang isang siyudad.

Ang mga sumusunod ang mga ibig nating mangyari at maisagawa:

1.Itigil ang lahat ng iligal at pwersahang pagigiba. Lalo’t higit kung walang ibibigay na maayos na relokasyon.
Ang mga iligal na pagigiba na ito ay hindi makatao, hindi kinakailangan at walang dahilan upang isagawa; hindi ito ang kalutasan ng problema, nagdudulot lamang ito ng higit na kapabayaan at pagdurusa, nilalabag nito ang karapatang pantao at karapatan sa pabahay at nagdudulot ito ng pinsala sa ekonomiya ng lungsod.

2.Kailangan natin ang lugar sa loob ng siyudad.

Ang ating Konstitusyon ay nagsabi. “Dapat magsagawa ang estado, sa pamamagitan ng batas at para sa kabutihan ng lahat, sa pakikipagtulungan sa pribadong sektor ng tuluy-tuloy na programa kaugnay sa repormang palupa at pabahay sa lungsod na magbibigay ng abot-kayang disenteng pabahay na may mga pangunahing batayang serbisyo para sa mga kapos at walang tirahang mamamayan sa sentrong lungsod at mga lugar na relokasyon.” (Art.XIII, Seksyon 9)

Paano ito maisasagawa:

• Ang pamahalaan ay dapat na patuloy na mag-proklama ng mga lupa para sa pabahay ng maralita.

• Ang mga lupang pag-aari ng gobyerno na hindi na ginagamit o pinakikinabangan sa loob ng 10 taon ay dapat ng ipagbili sa mga maralita sa abot-kayang halaga, ayon sa sinasabi ng batas ng Urban Development and Housing Act.

• Ang mga relokasyon ay dapat sa loob na lamang ng siyudad o malapit sa siyudad, kung hindi man ay doon sa abot-kayang layo ng biyahe

• Ang pamahalaan ay dapat lamang magbigay ng katiyakan sa paninirahan sa lahat ng mahihirap na pamilya. Ang katiyakang ito ng paninirahan ay mahalagang batayan ng pag-unlad (UN Habitat).

• Palawakin ang Community Mortgage Program at gawing de-sentralisado ang operasyon nito.

• Ang hanapbuhay at trabaho ng maralita ay matatagpuan sa siyudad. Kaya dapat ay naroon din ang mga mamamayan na ito.

3.Pondo para sa Pabahay

Ang ating adbokasiya ay maitayo ang isang komite sa ilalim ng Opisina ng Pangulo, ang mga nakapaloob sa komite na ito ay ang simbahan, pamahalaan at pribadong sektor, na siyang titingin sa gamit ng pondo para sa panlipunang pabahay, pagpapaunlad ng pamayanan at iba pang proyektong itinalaga para sa mga mahihirap. Ang mamumuno dito ay mula sa pribadong sektor. Ang gawain ng komite na ito ay maari pang dagdagan ng iba pang gawain tulad ng plano para sa lungsod, ebalwasyon sa takbo ng programa at adbokasiya.

Ang Social Housing Finance Corporation ay maaring maging ganap na lugar ng ugnayan, kung mabibigyan ng tamang liderato, higit na papel at kinatawan ang mga sibilyang mamamayan at maralita

4. Relokasyon

Bago magkaroon ng pagpapaalis para sa mga proyektong imprastraktura, pagpapaganda at iba pang dahilan; ang mga panukalang proyektong imprastraktura ay dapat masusing pag-aralan upang tingnan kung ito ay kapaki-pakinabang sa kabutihan ng lahat upang matiyak na makatarungan ang gagawing pagbabakalas ng libu-libong pamilya. Halimbawa, ang proyekto bang pagdurugtong ng C-5 ay napakahalaga sa mamamayan ng Metro Manila, kung kaya kailangan alisin ang higit sa 30,000 pamilya na naninirahan dito? Makakabawas ba sa problema ng trapiko ang mga alternatibong ruta? May mga imprastrakturang nakakatulong, samantalang mayroon ding hindi.

Ang mga usapain kaugnay ng “danger areas” ay dapat na marepaso. Ang mga sinasabing mga delikadong lugar na ito kung pag-aaralan lamang ay maari ring maging lugar para sa programang pabahay kung gugustuhin lamang ng pamahalaan, tulad ng kaso ng “Home Along Da Riles”. Ang mga baybaying ilog at esteros ay maaring maging isang magandang pamayanan. Ang gantiong pabahay ay ginawa na sa Indonesia, Thailand, Florence, Italy, the Netherlands at marami pang ibang bansa.

5.Batayang Serbisyo

Trabaho. Kailangan natin ang trabaho. Isang halimbawa ng ating magagawa, maari tayong maglinis ng mga daanan ng tubig, tulad ng naging plano ng Unang Ginang noon na si Amelita Ramos. Maari tayong gumawa ng kahit na anong pampublikong gawain. Ang mga manininda sa bangketa ay maaring isaayos, lagyan ng tamang lugar at oras sa kanilang panindahan. Maaari nating aralin ang ginawa ng bansang Thailand at iba pang bansa sa usaping ito.

Tubig at Kuryente. Ang bawat pamilya at may karapatan para sa isang malinis at murang serbisyo ng patubig at kuryente. Madalas ang mga tao ay tinatakot ng mga sabit sa barangay na siyang namamahala ng mga serbisyong ito, na sumisingil ng apat hangang pitong doble ng halaga na orihinal na ipinapataw ng Meralco at Manila Water/Maynilad. Ang mga taong ito ay dapat na maaresto. Ang mga naghahatid serbisyo ay iminumungkahi na babaan ang singil at/o magbuo ng eskema ng pagbabayad na maaring hati-hatiin sa ilang panahon.

Pagpapaunlad ng Pamayanan. Ang lahat ng lugar ng mahihirap ay dapat paunlarin sa loob ng anim na taon. Hangang maari, tiyak ang paninirahan sa lugar na ito, na may malinis na tubig at serbisyong kuryente, malinis na kapaligiran at sanitasyon.

Paaralan. “Edukasyon ang puputol sa Kahirapan” Ang mga eskuwelahan ng mahihirap ay higit na nangangailangan ng karagdagang pondo at magagaling na guro kaysa sa may mga kaya at nakaka-angat sa buhay.

Kalusugan. Huwag ng buwisan ang mahihirap. Magbigay ng mga murang gamot.

Pagkain. Palawakin ang bilang ng mga benipisyaryo ng programa sa pagkain ng pamahalaan. Dapat ay walang bata na matutulog ng gutom.

Pautang. Ang mga maralita ay tamang nag-iimpok upang mapaunlad ang kanilang pamumuhay, subalit kinakailangan din na ang mga ahensya ng pamahalaan, tulad ng Social Housing and Finance Corporation, ay maglaan ng maliliit na halaga para sa madaliang pautang kung ang mga mamamayan ay nagnanais na magkaroon ng pagkakakitaan sa loob ng kanilang tahanan at/o pamayanan.

6. Pamamahala

Ang bawat siyudad ay dapat magkaroon ng Urban Development and Housing Board na siyang magpapatupad ng mga programa na may kaugnayan sa problemang palupa at pabahay, ng mga batayang pangangailangan sa serbisyong panlipunan at iba pang bagay kaugnay ng kagalingan ng maralita. Dapat na may kinatawan ang lupon mula sa hanay ng simbahan, mga NGO’s na direktang kaugnayan ng mga maralita at mula sa pamahalaan.

7. Katiwalian

Parusahan ang lahat ng mga lumabag sa Urban Development and Housing Act (RA 7279).

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Presscon: Playboy Philippines March 2009 Issue

Tamed bunnies were on the loose at Sulo Hotel for a presscon of Playboy Philippines. Young and very sweet models graced March 2009 issue. Present at the presscon were cover girl Sara Polverini, an Italian-Pinay mix very matured looking on the cover but at the presscon she looks radiantly youngish and adorable and centerfold girl Jessie Medina, dazzling and gorgeous both on paper and peeled-off the paper.

Compared to other Playboy mag in other countries the Philippine issue would be considered prudish. Its managing editor Mikhail Lecaros maintained that the mag is classy, tasteful and artsy in nature. Add to that literary, several pinoy great writers contribute to the mag following a tradition. The second installment of Ricky Lee’s first novel Para kay B is featured for its fiction selections. Aside from the usual lifestyle and entertainment pages, the Playboy Forum tackles hot issues (well not what you think, that should be a regular fare, right?), am referring to social-cultural-economic-political issue in particular global migration and Filipino Diaspora (the OFW in me, hehehe).

Thanks to Azrael for the invite. Through him am getting a feel of what Pinoy bloggers are up to these days. Few weeks back I came to know an event through plurk. So I got a chance to attend a wifi test at SM City Marikina a supposed to be blogging event that turned to plurking event and met several people whom I would greet and chat through plurk.

Well, I hope that my women and feminist friends will not take this against me. International Women’s Day is just few days to go. Definitely I am not into commodification of women’s body (just into appreciation of a woman’s body as an art form, hmmm.. does it still sounds not sooo politically correct?). And to think that Playboy’s Big Boss have even co-opted the word empowerment, “Women have embraced the brand in a way that was unthinkable 20 years ago. What previously was seen as a male chauvinist brand now is seen by women as a source of empowerment as well. That makes me very happy.” Happy indeed is Hef that his empire is continued to be admired and Playboy Philippines will soon be celebrating its first year anniversary next month.

Okey my reason maybe lame but read what Fashion Designer Laura Whitcomb has to say, “When I was a fashion stylist, I’d always turn down any job demeaning to women, but I think PLAYBOY is the only magazine of that type not demeaning. The women are empowered in their sexuality. Our clothes are based on sexiness, because that’s a token of empowerment.” Hmmm, getting mixed-up with my notion of women empowerment.

So what is your take?

More fotos here:

Job Hiring, Wanted: Financial Assistants

Community Organizers Multiversity a non government organization (NGO)with office address at 18 Marunong Street, Bgy. Central, Quezon City, is currently in need of 2 Finance Assistants for its offices in Davao and Manila with the following qualifications:

Accountability objective:

The FA is primarily responsible for providing assistance to the Finance Officer through the systematic recording of financial transactions in accordance with the generally accepted principles and practices to ensure accurate and efficient financial reports.

Principal accountabilities (Manila and Mindanao Office)

1. Handles bookkeeping of all projects
2. Prepares vouchers and checks and facilitates signing of checks
3. Reviews and records liquidations of cash advances.
4. Summarizes cash advances made per project and submits the summary every 1st Friday of the month.
5. Maintains files of monthly financial statement, cash disbursements, cash receipts, journal and trial balance both in hard copies and back-up disks.
6. Submits monthly bank reconciliation every 5th day of the following month.
7. Prepares monthly trial balance, fund balance report, budget utilization report, variance analysis and project expense reports every 15th day of the month..
8. Reorders new sets of checkbooks when needed.
9. Executes the policy that cash advances will only be released when the previous cash advance had been liquidated.
10. Supports all program activities.
11. Performs other related functions as may be required by the Finance Officer.


Accounting graduate
Proficient in English, both oral and written communication
With previous NGO background is desirable
Newly graduates are welcome to apply

Knowledge & skills:

Knowledge in computer application (Excel, MS Word, Powerpoint)filing, recording

Able to work and relate with different types of personality

Can work with grace under pressure
Willing to work other administrative and technical tasks when needed

Salary is commensurate to skill and work experience.

Please send your application by post or email together with comprehensive curriculum vitae including your certificate of trainings and three (3) work-related references with contact numbers on or before, 15 March, 2009 to:

Loida P. Ortiz
Email: lportiz_2000@yahoo.com
Tel. No. 922-0246 / 927-0794