Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Be Cleanly Rich with Safeguard, Ariel and Tide’s Yaman Promo

Buy specially marked Safeguard “Yaman sa Kalusugan” promo packs, Ariel “Yaman sa Kalinisan” promo packs and Tide “Yaman sa Kaputian” promo packs, for the chance to win up to 1 million in cash prizes! Just check the text inside the pack to know if you’re the winner.

If you have a winning Safeguard pack, text the following info to 2910: SFG, name, age, address, unique promocode. A confirmation message will be sent to you to let you know where you can claim your cash prize or if your e-load winnings have already been transferred to your cellphone.

To claim the cash prize, you must present the following – the valid and specially marked winning Safeguard pack, the SMS reply from 2910 that states your prize and how you can claim it, any two (2) valid IDs (i.e SSS, Driver’s License, Passport, Company ID) and the SIM card with which the entry was made. If you are a minor, please ask your parent or guardian to accompany you in claiming your prize.
If you have a winning Ariel or Tide pack, claim your prize by presenting the valid and specially marked winning Ariel or Tide pack and any two (2) valid IDs (i.e SSS, Driver’s License, Passport, Company ID) at any participating LBC outlets nationwide.Clean up with your favorite brands today – join the Safeguard, Ariel and Tide Yaman Promo now!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Interior Door Company

One thing you definitely want to look for in the quality of a door is to make sure it is energy efficient. This includes fitting in your door frame properly to seal the space completely. There is often magnetic weather's stripping included on the door to ensure a tight seal. Some doors will also have a bottom expander with a vinyl sweep to keep that seal.  I have a small budget and i need a company that will help me.Whatever my tastes or budget, I just need to be sure that the
interior door company can do  the job.

I'm also looking for an exterior door company  that offers Quick, professional, full-service interior door installation.  It can be also be great if the company can  measure a door in less than one minute using their custom designed, patented digital measuring tool.

Since I'm always on the go I need the installation to be  quick and easy - no hassle.I also need to ask around for a replacement window company  while I'm at it.

An energy efficient door will greatly decrease drafts in your house which will in turn decrease your utilities. Heat and air conditioning will stay in therefore decreasing running time of your units. Besides having a new door that will help to lower utility bills, you can completely change the way your home looks by choosing a new door. Some can be painted in any color you choose to give your home a beautiful new fresh look. Shut a new energy efficient door on your home today.

Interior doors can really enhance and add to the value of a person's home. I think that is what I actually need.I need help with the improvement and the appearance of my home which will increase the value of our home. A lot of things need to be replaced like the old, flat interior doors and front entry doors with custom designer interior doors and front entrance doors at very affordable prices and hassle-free service. I need a company who has great experience in getting the job done.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

ATTY. ERWIN GENUINO: A New Voice for Makati

For the hundreds of thousands of residents in Makati City, Erwin “Win” Genuino is a leader whose time has come.  Win Genuino’s advocacy is empowerment of families, communities and institutions. 

For more than two decades, only one family and party governed and controlled the political, socio-economic and fiscal structure of Makati City—our country’s undisputed financial and commercial capital. 

Makati has engendered the development of an urban warlord over the years, one who employs the abundant revenues of the city in order to ensure a bottomless barrel for patronage.  This ruling family has fortified its uninterrupted 24 years in power by applying a simple yet effective solution of exploiting Makati’s enormous funds to cultivate a culture of mendicancy, dependency and fear among the city’s poor but voting communities.

There is an estimated 1.7 million people during daytime in Makati and only around 700,000 are residents.  Most of the people who work here do not actually reside and vote in the city.  The actual constituents or voters are mostly residents in poor communities including those bordering Taguig in Makati’s second district.  Most of these residents depend on dole-outs or contractual jobs created by the city government.

Apart from having the most expensive real estate in our country, several offices of giant multinational and local corporations and the wealthiest individual taxpayers are found in Makati.  The city has enormous revenues but a relatively small voting base.  The distinctive ratio between the size of its revenues and the number of actual constituents accounts for the highest per capita municipal budget in our country. 

This unusual ratio is being methodically used as a political tool to strengthen a grassroots-based patronage machinery. This manipulation is dispensed to ensure the ruling family’s political control and survival even if the people are deprived of any significant social or economic improvement and are perennially on the losing end.

To become Makati’s next Mayor after more than two decades, his weapons are charisma, youthful idealism and strength in character, exceptional work ethics, aptitude and fresh insights in governance.

His philosophy in the domain of governance is to be proactive rather than reactive and preventive instead of curative; to practice judicious spending and transparency in all transactions.  He believes that resources available should be maximized for the greater good and not manipulated for selfish political ends. 

Under his vigorous leadership, he intends to fulfill the Bagong Makati Program: Kalusugan, Karunungan, Kapayapaan, Kabuhayan at Kinabukasan.

Win Genuino’s Program of Governance intends to dismantle the endemic patronage politics that breeds dependency and powerlessness among the poor of Makati’s second district.  His vision of a dynamic and vibrant district takes into paramount interest the empowerment of families, communities and institutions.

I.Health Care, Women, Elderly and Children

Free medicines, ambulance and hospice service to senior citizens

Employment or livelihood opportunities for the elderly

Increased support, including additional budget and manpower, for the improvement and maintenance of a 24-hour Barangay Health Center in all barangays equipped with one ambulance per barangay

Support the “Breastfeeding Act” which promotes the health benefits and makes breastfeeding compulsory in all government hospitals and barangay health centers

Budget allocation to construct a permanent building of a Women’s Crisis Center that will address the concerns pertaining to violence against women and children and provide preventive measures to ensure their safety and well being

Support the “Patient Detention Ban” which prohibits any medical institution to hold the discharge of a patient because of unpaid hospital bills

Ensure maternity benefits such as free post-natal care, infant formula and medical treatment to women whose family’s monthly income is below Php 5,000.00.

Support the proposed “Anti-Rabies Act” which will hopefully decrease, if not eliminate, cases of rabies infection and casualties

Ensure health insurance and burial assistance to senior citizens whose family’s monthly income is below Php 5,000.00.

Regular feeding and monitoring programs to combat malnutrition among children.

II   Livelihood and Socio-Economic Development

Provide mass housing projects where labor requirements will be supplied by residents of the second district

Construct a Barangay Livelihood Training Center in all barangays that will provide training and micro-financing assistance to small entrepreneurs and instill economic self-reliance among the poor

Institutionalize the One Barangay, One Product Project, through budget allocation, that will encourage entrepreneurship and enhance a vibrant business environment in communities

Implement a comprehensive labor intensive program and maximize employment opportunities by requiring large multinational corporations headquartered in the city to acquire 10 percent of their respective workforce from residents of Makati

For infrastructure projects, a strict and transparent policy to employ only workforce from Makati.

Eradication of “ghost employees”  and provision of additional benefits to current Makati City employees. (MAPSA, City Hall, etc)

Require a periodic rezoning of all converted military camps, especially the former Fort Bonifacio, as basis to expedite awarding of rightful ownership

Support the enactment of a Magna Carta on the Rights and Welfare of Jeepney, Taxi and Tricycle Drivers

Support the proposed Magna Carta for Small Enterprises and House Helpers

Support the proposed “Billion Trees Act” and the “Renewable Energy Resources Act”  which promote environmental awareness and community involvement in mitigating the ominous trend of global warming

III.  Education and Youth Welfare and Development

  Automatic appropriation for high school and college scholarship plans to poor students who excel academically

Budget allocation for the Win Extra-Curricular Computer Literacy Program (Win Ex-P) that aims to increase knowledge in Information Technology, augment PC penetration in all barangays and provide free Internet access to all public schools

Establish a Student Entrance Examination Review Center in all barangays that will provide free tutorial to incoming primary and tertiary students

Increased support, including complementary budget allocation, to the University of Makati for additional scholars especially of technical/vocational courses that supply the manpower needs of large corporations in Makati

Budget allocation as support for the improvement and maintenance of existing sports facilities including the crafting of a comprehensive professional training program for athletes in the barangay level

Support to projects of the Barangay Kagawad Cultural Council that aim to enhance awareness of the rich culture and heritage of Makati

Enhance the skills of public school teachers in all levels by providing training and post-graduate scholarships aimed at updating and enhancing the knowledge and teaching skills of the teachers.

Institutionalize a “Trabaho Sigurado” (Sure jobs) program for college students to try to ensure and maximize their employment potential.

Institutionalize a “Senior Workforce Program” that will allow senior citizens, those with disabilities, and out of school youth to work under certain conditions in certain industries and enterprises within the city, specially within the local government system

IV.        Barangay Empowerment

Automatic additional allocation of Php10M per barangay per year for their community development projects

V.         Peace and Order

Strengthen inter-agency cooperation, headed by Local Government Units (LGUs), to sustain the battle against drug trafficking and other criminal syndicates

Budget allocation as support to augment police visibility in all barangays and improve barangay police per shift to population ratio

Authorize barangay councils to employ—depending on geographical size—more than twenty (20) barangay police force as amendment of an existing provision in the Local Government Code

No non-sense drive against the proliferation and use of illegal substances/ drugs in the city

VI. Business Community

Comprehensive study on the feasibility of lowering business and other related fees and taxes

No rally policy in Central Business District

Automation and cut down on the bureaucratic red-tape, that delays local permits and exposes entrepreneurs, businessmen, local and multinational companies to extortion and the “lagay” system, which will encourage the influx of business into the city.

Study on the integration of the city policy on number coding with that of the greater Metro Manila area

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Summer Fever at SOFA is Here



School of Fashion and the Arts
55 Paseo de Roxas near corner Buendia
Tel. 892-8807 local 106

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Start Getting Scent-sual

What’s the fastest way to a woman’s heart? Through her nose.
If you think going out of the house without a bath makes you a rugged hunk in women’s eyes, it’s time for a serious reality check. According to a study done by Cambridge zoologist Tim Clutton-Brock and Harvard researcher Katherine McAuliffe, the female of the species make use of their nasal compass to find their potential mate. 
That’s why picking the right scent obviously means a lot when it comes to leaving a lasting memory in a girl’s mind.  And Axe, a popular scent brand made for wannabe ladies’ men out there, gives you the chance to get noticed among the girls, with their range of olfactory teasers.

Even Out the Playing Field
Think you don’t have a shot at that girl the neighborhood jock is eyeing? Spray on some Axe Click and get ready to have her swoon with the watery freshness of cranberry-orange inspired by the Sea Breeze vodka cocktail. A bit of warning though: be ready to fend off wild swarms of women you might unwittingly attract along the way!

The Beat of Love
Life’s a party and love’s your game, so get her grooving to your rhythm with Axe Pulse. With its playful, energetic citrus fragrance with floral spice scents that linger on, the night’s going to be one wild spree for you and your girl.

With Something this Sinful, She’ll Confess Her Love
Why make a move, when you can turn a shy girl into a vamp with a simple push of a spray button? Put on some Axe Vice and let its sensual fougère scent intertwined with naughty juicy fruity notes with a woody dry down make good girls unleash their darkest fantasies on you!

Out of this World
Bring the ladies to a whole new level with your charm – with Axe Dimension. With its strong, masculine oriental citrus notes enveloped with aromatic herbs, girls will surely be swept away even before you show them your smooth moves!

Let Them Indulge On You
Girls like a good treat, and nothing spells pleasure than a bite of pure, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. And with Axe Dark Temptation’s rich chocolate therapy heart combined with the sensually provocative oriental back notes of dark patchouli, vanilla and amber, these ladies will definitely start melting in your hands. 

Spray On Some Lovin
So the next time one of the ladies comes your way, don’t wait for Cupid to strike her. Getting the ladies to notice you is as simple as spraying on your favorite Axe scent, now available at 75 pesos per canister. So grab a scent now – and win your girl’s heart instantly!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Special Olympics

Special Olympics is made up of passionate, committed individuals from every walk of life, who recognize the value and unique gifts of people with intellectual disabilities. And who, together, share the common belief in dignity, equality and opportunity for ALL people.
Special Olympics is a global nonprofit organization targeting the nearly 200 million people round the world who have intellectual disabilities. With a presence in nearly 200 countries worldwide and seven world-region offices, we are constantly expanding. We can say with all truth that “the sun never sets on the Special Olympics movement.”
Working Every Day
Every day, 365 days a year, our Board members, global leadership, staff and volunteers work to bring Special Olympics to as many communities as possible. Speaking hundreds of languages and coming from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the common thread tying us together is our belief in people with intellectual disabilities and in Special Olympics: its unique ability to envision and create a world where every person is celebrated and accepted — all through the simple platform of sport.
Growing Support
In the decades since Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics in 1968, Special Olympics has been supported by a who’s who of outstanding leaders in the fields of sports, education, business, government and disability advocacy. They serve on the International Board of Directors, give financial and political support, act as spokespeople, help build awareness, and establish connections with important organizations and reluctant governments.
International Board members include President of Iceland Olafur Grimmson; Olympic Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci; pop singer and actress Vanessa Williams; Coca Cola CEO Muhtar Kent; and former First Lady of Panama Vivian Fernández de Torrijos.
A Family of Millions Worldwide
Under the Board’s guidance and the guidance of Special Olympics leaders, our global family of grass-roots volunteers, athletes, family and staff work tirelessly to ensure a quality sports experience for Special Olympics athletes and an accepting community for their families.
Every day, talented individuals in offices around the world work to bring our sports, education, and health programs to as many places as possible. We work so that we may realize founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s vision: to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities everywhere, and, in turn, transform the lives of everyone they touch – building a better, more accepting world for all of us.
What does Special Olympics Philippines offer? 
Special Olympics Philippines Offer a year-round program of recreation, physical education, sports training and competition. The success of which depends on the love and dedication of volunteers who believe that persons with intellectual disability have important contributions to make in the society.
It accommodates individuals with intellectual disability who are four years of age or older, with an IQ of 75% and below. It provides sports and fitness training of the highest quality at every level. Every athlete is given the opportunity to join athletic competitions through local, regional, national and international Special Olympics games.
A full range of developmental sports is offered to those athletes whose mental and physical disabilities are too severe. Each special child is given a "feeling of belonging" by offering him/her membership in a SPECIAL OLYMPICS CLUB.
A Special Olympics athlete is instilled a "sense of pride" by giving him/her a chance to know success. By allowing youngsters of similar abilities to compete, each special child experiences sports in the truest sense. For no records are broken in Special Olympics except those for courage, determination and sportsmanship.
 How can you help?
  • Serve as trainors, sports coaches, officiials and chaperons for sports events.
  • Provide sports facilities, equipment, transportation and other in-kind assistance.
  • Assist in your community's public awareness effort.
  • Assist in the year-round training programm and sports competition on the local, regional, national and international levels.
  • Help organize a Special Olympics Club in your community.
  • Contribute your time and financial support by sponsoring a Special Olympics program in your community.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Are You Ready for the Emergence?

After the devastating effects of various calamities that visited the Philippines in 2009, yet another one looms over the country. A measles epidemic threatens our children, and only early vaccination can stem the tide.

Caused by a member of the paramyxoviridae family, this highly contagious disease is spread via airborne droplets. While a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available, measles still remains one of the leading causes of death among young children and affects more than 20 million people each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in 2008, there were 164,000 reported measles deaths (under the age of five) globally, making it 150 deaths every day or 18 young lives snuffed out every hour. While an aggressive worldwide vaccination campaign targeting nearly 700 million children resulted in a 78% drop in deaths between 2000 and 2008, it still occurs in low-income countries with weak health services. In 2004, the local campaign called Ligtas Tigdas inoculated many Filipino children and reduced measles cases and deaths by over 96%.

Spread via coughing or sneezing, measles can also affect adults who were never naturally infected or were not previously vaccinated, but severe measles often affects malnourished children lacking vitamin A or with weak immune systems. Serious complications arising from measles include severe diarrhea, dehydration, ear infections that can lead to deafness, severe respiratory infections like pneumonia, eye infections that may lead to blindness or even encephalitis. Outbreaks of the disease are common in countries that have experienced a natural disaster when routine health services become interrupted and overcrowding at evacuation centers increases the risk of transmission/infection.

With the crowded conditions at many evacuation centers endured by several Filipinos who were affected by Ondoy and Peping, it is inevitable that a measles outbreak will happen. As of March 3, 2010, four infants

have died from the disease. There have been 954 reported cases of measles from January 1 – February 20 of this year, compared to 330 cases reported the same period last year –making it a 189% increase in cases throughout the country. Metro Manila has the most number of cases at 431 from 74 during the same period last year, while other regions with high number of cases are Western Visayas, Bicol, Calabarzon and Central Luzon.

But with a proactive campaign to inform the public of available and affordable vaccines, spearheaded by the Department of Health and GlaxoSmithKline, healthcare practitioners hope to arrest the spread of the disease as mothers bring their children to barangay health centers or a clinic near them. The measles vaccine is often incorporated with rubella (german measles) and/or mumps vaccines and is equally effective in the single or combined form.  Two doses of the vaccine are recommended to ensure immunity, as about 15% of vaccinated children do not develop full immunity from the first dose. Women planning to get pregnant are also advised to get vaccinated against measles and german measles to prevent pregnancy complications and birth defects.

A new combination vaccine protecting against measles, mumps, german measles and chickenpox has also been made recently available by GSK. Chickenpox is also a common disease among children. The new vaccine is indicated for children 1-12 years old.

Help by spreading the word, and not the disease, and save a young child from becoming just another statistic.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Help ANYA listen

Dear friends! Please help spread the word! Please tell your parents and your parents' friends!

Come and listen to Chopin's Music! And help ANYA hear!

World known virtuoso pianist Cecile Licad flies to Manila to perform Chopin's classical masterpieces with the Manila Symphony Orchestra on March 29, Monday 8pm in the Philam Life Auditorium

Ticket prices are:
PhP3,000.00 orchestra center
PhP2,000.00 orchestra side
PhP1,000.00 balcony

Part of the ticket sales will be donated to Anya Racho-Orobia, a 9 month old baby with profound hearing loss and mental retardation. Funds will be for Anya to improve her hearing so she can listen to the beautiful world of music!

For tickets, please contact:
Krissy Racho-Orobia at 0917-8299808 or 2167748 or email krissyracho@gmail.com

Anya has been diagnosed with profound hearing loss. The sound of an airplane engine is deafening to our ears, but comes as a whisper to Anya. She is a candidate for cochlear implants which cost around PhP1,000,000.00 per ear. By statistics, the sooner a child has cochlear implants, the better the outcome will be. Early intervention is always the best. She can also already enroll in Auditory-Verbal Therapy which will help her develop her speech.

Part of the ticket sales of the concert will be donated to help Anya hear and eventually help her speak. Anya will be 9 months and half by the date of the concert.

To know more visit http://anyasmiracle.multiply.com

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's World War II miniseries 'The Pacific' to begin Sunday

No question, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have made great attempts to honor the Greatest Generation. "Saving Private Ryan," directed by Spielberg and starring Hanks, was one of the most honored films of 1998. The miniseries "Band of Brothers," with Spielberg and Hanks in command as executive producers, was one of the most celebrated programs of the 2001-02 television season.

Both of these acclaimed efforts followed American soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II. But Spielberg's father and uncle served in the Pacific theater, and as proud as they were of little Steven, they did have a question for him.

"What about the boys in the Pacific? You're celebrating all those guys from Europe. We did something, too!"
That question was echoed in letters from veterans who saw action at Guadalcanal, Wake Island, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Solomons and Midway. What about the boys in the Pacific?

Spielberg's profoundly moving answer to that question is "The Pacific," a powerful 10-part miniseries that begins at 9 tonight on HBO. It is, of course, the story of American boys who went to war. And the battle scenes are depicted with horrifying ferocity. This is war as a hellish and pitiless nightmare.

But even more horrifying -- and heroic -- is how "The Pacific" explores the appalling emotional impact of war on frontline soldiers. Again teaming up with Hanks and Gary Goetzman as executive producers, Spielberg gives us a compelling dramatic framework that helps us imagine the unimaginable.

The support for this framework is provided by the true stories of three Marines: Robert Leckie (played by James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda), who won the Medal of Honor. Both Leckie and Sledge wrote books about their experiences in the Pacific, and these works were primary sources for the 10 episodes molded by six writers and six directors
(including Tim Van Patten, David Nutter and Carl Franklin).

Leckie, a newspaper reporter before and after the war, published his memoir, "Helmet for My Pillow," in 1957. Sledge, a scientist and professor after the war, published "With the Old Breed" in 1981. Both men died in 2001.

The miniseries begins by introducing us to Leckie, a sportswriter who grew up in a large Irish Catholic family. It is a cold day, not long after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Leaving a church in New Jersey, he runs into a friend and tells her, "I joined the Marines . . . thought I'd do my bit."

Basilone, also living in New Jersey, is the child of Italian immigrants. He already has enlisted. And Sledge, the son of an Alabama doctor and World War I veteran, wants to enlist, but is kept home by a heart murmur.

Tom Hanks, right, and Steven Spielberg attend a ceremony at the World War II Memorial on Thursday, March 11, in Washington, DC. The two are among the producers of the miniseries "The Pacific." Sledge's best friend, Sidney Phillips (Ashton Holmes), and Leckie are sent to Guadalcanal, the setting for most of the miniseries' first two episodes. Basilone, who will win the Medal of Honor, arrives on Guadalcanal during the second part on Sunday, March 21. And Sledge finally makes it into the Marines in the fourth part.
"The Pacific" follows these Marines from one carnage pit to another. Between the frightening battles on bloody beaches and in dense jungles, they fight boredom, malaria, loneliness, loss, fear, tedium, heat, mud, rain and the demons of war.

So this is not simply a story about men at war. On a deeper and more illuminating level, it is the story of men dealing with the consequences of war.It is not all unrelenting misery. We see them on leave. We see them at play. We see them grabbing at chances for fun, even on the eve of battle. We see them pursuing healing moments, but there never seem to be enough.

In many ways, "The Pacific" is superior to "Band of Brothers." It certainly is more tightly focused, maximizing the outstanding work of the three lead actors.Dale, Mazzello and Seda are the heart, soul and conscience of this miniseries that so poignantly depicts soldiers coping with scarred souls, battered spirits and shattered psyches. Mazzello, best known as a child actor in "Jurassic Park" and "The River Wild," comes of age in "The Pacific."

There was a time when the major broadcast networks got maximum ratings out of the miniseries. That time was the period from the mid-1970s the late '80s -- the glory days of "Roots," "The Winds of War" and "Lonesome Dove." Thanks to HBO, PBS and a couple of basic-cable channels, the true multinight, big-canvas miniseries still has a place on an ever-widening TV landscape.

You only see a few of these a season, but the results tend to be glorious. It won't be a lost art, therefore, not as long as visionaries like Spielberg and Hanks take command of masterful campaigns like "The Pacific.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

ABBA,  will become the latest inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, officials said.  Other inductees this year include Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies and the Stooges and individual recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award -- record executive David Geffen and songwriters Jeff Barry, Otis Blackwell, Ellie Greenwich, Barry Mann, Mort Shuman, Jesse Stone and Cynthia Weil.

An induction ceremony is set for Monday night at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
The inductees "represent a great cross-section of artists that define the broad spectrum and history of rock 'n' roll and people that have contributed immeasurably to our business," Joel Peresman, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said when they were named last year.

The inductees were chosen by a voting committee of the foundation. Artists are eligible 25 years after their first recording is released.

An exhibit featuring all the inductees opens Monday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cleveland, Ohio. Their stage outfits, instruments, handwritten lyrics, photographs and more will be on display through March 14, 2011.

The museum -- which says it "exists to collect, preserve and interpret the impact the Rock has made on our world" -- features seven floors of exhibition space, spanning 150,000 square feet.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Infant Deaths Prompt CPSC Warning About Sling Carriers for Babies

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising parents and caregivers to be cautious when using infant slings for babies younger than four months of age. In researching incident reports from the past 20 years, CPSC identified and is investigating at least 14 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers, including three in 2009. Twelve of the deaths involved babies younger than four months of age.
Slings can pose two different types of suffocation hazards to babies. In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles. The sling’s fabric can press against an infant’s nose and mouth, blocking the baby’s breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two. Additionally, where a sling keeps the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, the airways can be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate. 

Many of the babies who died in slings were either a low birth weight twin, were born prematurely, or had breathing issues such as a cold. Therefore, CPSC urges parents of preemies, twins, babies in fragile health and those with low weight to use extra care and consult their pediatricians about using slings.

Two months ago, the Commission added slings to the list of durable infant products that require a mandatory standard. Additionally, CPSC staff is actively investigating these products to determine what additional action may be appropriate. Until a mandatory standard is developed, CPSC is working with ASTM International to quickly complete an effective voluntary standard for infant sling carriers.

CPSC recommends that parents and caregivers make sure the infant’s face is not covered and is visible at all times to the sling’s wearer. If nursing the baby in a sling, change the baby’s position after feeding so the baby’s head is facing up and is clear of the sling and the mother’s body. Parents and caregivers should be vigilant about frequently checking their baby in a sling.

CPSC is interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are directly related to infant slings. You can do this by visiting www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772.
Pictures of right and wrong ways for baby postitions in a sling
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Avon Fashions Unveils Sizzling Summer Collection 2010

The annual Avon Fashions Summer Collection launch has earned recognition for its glamour and style, and this year is no deviation from tradition. Set against the breathtaking evening Manila skyline atop one of the city’s tallest properties, Avon Fashions once again captivated the fashion industry when it unveiled its stunning summer collection of Intimate Apparel, Jewelry and Accessories.

The event, entitled “Avon Fashions Penthouse,” transformed the venue into a fashion haven for the stylish pieces included in the summer collection.

Welcoming the VIP guests were the captivating city-skyline view, overflowing cocktails amid relaxing house music, and the presence of Avon Fashions Style Ambassador Ruffa Gutierrez and the new Avon Mix endorser, Bianca Gonzalez.

Each area of the glamorous penthouse was transformed into a fashion haven, dedicated to engage the guests and let them experience Avon Fashions. The Intimate Apparel Room allowed guests to discover what Intimate Apparel matched their personality and to bring home their Avon Fashions undergarment alter ego as a treat. In the Accessories Room, guests enjoyed a shopping spree as they chose from Avon Fashions’ collection of summer must-haves like flipflops, shades, bags and wallets. In the Jewelry Room, the guests enjoyed the chance to “frost themselves” with Avon Fashions’ mesmerizing fashion jewelry pieces, as inspired by the movie “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” Afterwards, donning the pieces of their choice, guests struck a pose for a glam photo.

The event’s piece de resistance was the high-energy fashion show directed by renowned director Robbie Carmona. Some of the country’s top mannequins sashayed down the catwalk and brought to life the exciting pieces from the eight fashion stories – Kaleidoscope Summer, Tutti Frutti, One Love, Spring Fantasy, Ode to Leaves, Pool Party, Bouquet of Memories and Black Rose.

The launch also introduced the Men’s Club collection, the line up of Intimate Apparel, Jewelry and Accessories especially made for the needs of men.

Avon Philippines President and General Manager, Mike Gudgin, was a picture of pride when he officially opened the event and welcomed the guests.

“Avon Fashions, like all Avon brands, echoes the company’s commitment to respond to what women need and want. Avon Fashions products show we keep abreast of fashion trends as we ensure that these are within their reach and are attuned to the local fashion taste,” shared Mr. Gudgin.

Avon Fashions Style Ambassador, Ruffa Gutierrez sang her praises for the brand. “I’m proud to speak for a brand that offers high quality products and allows Filipinas to be fashionable while being practical. And that’s important nowadays…to be a sensible fashionista,” said Gutierrez.

The evening also formally introduced celebrity host and model Bianca Gonzalez as the new face for Avon Mix Jewelry and Accessories.

”Being the face of such a big brand is indeed flattering. I am ecstatic to be representing the Avon Mix Jewelry and Accessories line. I am excited to share this news and give my fashionista fans the chance to try these new pieces,” said Gonzalez.

It was indeed an evening of breathtaking proportions --- from the awesome cityscape, the engaging activities, to the electrifying fashion show featuring the exciting Avon Fashions Summer Collection 2010.

No doubt about it, it will be one sizzling, stylish summer ahead on the fashion front. Thanks to Avon Fashions.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Where is Barbara???


How to Join
Watch out for Barbara in different places around the metro and take a picture of her.
Learn about her forthcoming apparitions by following her on TwitterFacebookMultiply or her blog. 

IMPORTANT: Pictures can be stolen shots (ala paparazzi). You are not supposed to pose with Barbara or to ask her to pose for you. Just take a picture.
Go to the Veet Catch and Shoot Barbara Promo website, http://www.catchandshootbarbarapromo.com/ andupload the picture.
The picture will serve as your entry for the raffle draw.

A valid entry must have all the following information:
• Name
• e-Mail
• Contact Details (Telephone and/or Mobile Number/s)
• Date of Sighting
• Place of Sighting

A participant may submit more than one entry per sighting but each entry must have a different picture.
Pictures must be in JPEG format and must not exceed 2MB in size.
Use the "Share" button to share the link and invite your friends to vote for your picture on the Veet Catch and Shoot Barbara Promo website. The highest rated pictures of the week will get special prizes. Highest rated pictures are still eligible for the weekly draw or grand draw.

Prizes are here! Join na!



Monday, March 08, 2010

Watch Pacquiao win, live and free from your PC!

PLDT MyDSL Watchpad just keeps getting better for you!

It’s been less than 6 months since PLDT MyDSL Watchpad was launched and everyday, their team continues to work on improving your PLDT myDSL Watchpad experience.
Now there are 18 channels you can enjoy for free, with more movies to choose from, including films that have not been released locally.
PLDT myDSL Watchpad has the most robust platform, on the road to becoming the biggest entertainment portal in the country—thanks to all your feedback.

Now, PLDT myDSL Watchpad is all geared up for the biggest entertainment event of the year—THE PACQUIAO-CLOTTEY FIGHT on March 14, 2010.
The LIVE streaming of this event will be absolutely FREE to all myDSL Subscribers.
But you must confirm on or before March 11, 2010.


If you want to get the best seats in the house, in front of your PC, register now to the THE PACQUIAO-CLOTTEY FIGHT by logging on to your Watchpad. 
Logging on will also update your Watchpad Player for a better viewing experience.


Sunday, March 07, 2010

Kris Aquino's Official Statement

I had dinner with Noy tonight after his tv commercial shoot.
He told me di raw ba pwede na may quiet Sunday kami?
And he asked why sya nadamay when he's not even part of the Buzz
I would like to extend a loving hug to Ruffa.
I viewed the tape and although I still feel I gave my comment with affection.
Maybe it made her feel even worse because she's moving in a new direction.
We had what I believed was a good working relationship in the almost 2 years we were together on the Buzz.
I can also understand why Ruffa's mom dislikes Noynoy and my family.
Maybe because of association and our vocal proclamation of admiration for Dingdong.
And his selfless contribution to help Noy's presidential bid.
It is with Ruffa that I enjoyed a healthy working relationship with.
And I only have good words to say about her.
To Ruffa, I sincerely apologize for causing you hurt.
My brother Noynoy would like to add that we live in a democracy.
One where we are very free to make our own choice for president.
This text came from my sister Pinky : Tomorrow is Women's day.
And March is women's month. Fyi, it was mom who passed laws making this possible.
(Proclamation No. 224 and 227, both signed in March 1988).
And RA 6949 (signed April 1990 - declares March 8 as National Women's Day.
We celebrate women who triumphed despite odds and need to look at ways to further improve.
That's why I want Ruffa to have a great career ahead of her because she is a woman.
Raising two beautiful daughters, and I champion all women who triumph despite the odds.
Just like my own mom.
Noy told me in any election, we'll have our share of supporters and harshest critics.
And if you can't take the heat, then politics isn't for you.
As a woman, and as Ruffa's mom and the lola of Lorin and Venice, I respect you Tita Anabelle.
And on behalf of our family, I apologize for the distress we caused yours.
Hindi po ako mayabang, kaya ako nagpapakumbaba ngayon.
On a last note, I promised Noy that if he does WIN, and I'm a cause of stress for him and his presidency..
I will gladly take my two boys to live anywhere there's TFC.
So that I can continue to work but with our Overseas Filipino brothers and sisters.
Of course Noy said - dinner daw yun - hindi teleserye ko.
I love my family and I'm so grateful to have such a supportive and grounded brother and sisters,
Who have learned to love me for what I am.
Thank you for your time and may god bless all of us with a peaceful weekend.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

The Red Shoes

Set amidst the backdrop during the revolution, among the crowds that stormed the palace was a young boy who found himself in front of the First Lady's vast collection of shoes.10-year-old Lucas Munozca catches sight of the First Lady’s 3000 pairs of shoes at the Presidential Palace and decides to steal a pair of red shoes. He took a pair of red shoes and gave them to two significant women in his life His Mom and Bettina his first love. Years later, the shoes come to haunt him in unexpected ways.

That is how the story begins.

“The Red Shoes” is a love story, plain and simple, but one set against an intriguing chapter of Philippine history, produced by Unitel, the group  that made the box office hit “Crying Ladies” and “Santa Santita.”

“The story unfolds through three decades as we tell Lucas’ story,” Young, resolute and in love, there is nothing that will stop him from pursuing his goals – not even committing an act amidst the chaos and confusion of the 1986 People Power revolution – all in the name of love.”This is an amazing movie, the script was well thought of and well written. It's something that our local cinema industry needs. Great movies such as

The movie also stars Liza Lorena, Tessie Tomas, Iwa Moto, Tetchie Agbayani, Monica Llamas and Tirso Cruz III.

Congratulations to James Ladioray for a great script,for director, Raul Jorolan, and Unitel for producing a magnificent film wortht of international recognition.

 It will be shown in local theaters on March 10, 2010. To get pumped up by “The Red Shoes,” visit


Friday, March 05, 2010

Cop Out

The movie opens with Jimmy (Bruce Willis) and Paul (Tracy Morgan) in the interrogation room, working on a suspected drug dealer. Paul convinces Jimmy to let him try the interrogation this time and the crazy scene with all the movie quotes from the trailer ensues. They get the guy to rat out his supplier, so the next scene is at the guy's cell phone store, where Paul works as a sales person on the street with a cell phone costume on. He's casing the place, waiting for the supplier to show up so he can bust him, but when he does, the informant accidentally tips off the supplier who shoots him and splits out the back door. Paul chases him in the cell phone costume and eventually beats up a kid and steals his bike to chase the supplier. This is taped and put on YouTube, and when they don't catch the guy both cops are suspended without pay.

Next, we see Jimmy and his ex-wife, daughter, and the ex-wife's new husband out at dinner. The daughter, Ava (Michelle Trachtenburg) wants an elaborate wedding (we see a bill for $48,000). Jimmy can't afford to pay for that, least of all now that he's suspended without pay. The new husband Roy (Jason Lee) offers to pay for it, but it's more to humiliate Jimmy than to help Ava. Jimmy can't let that happen, so he decides to sell his one of a kind baseball card, worth up to $80,000. When he arrives at the card shop to sell it, the shop is robbed by Dave (Seann William Scott) and an accomplice, who take money and memorabilia, including Jimmy's card. Jimmy sees Dave's distinctive tattoo and he and Paul figure out which shop he got it at, pressuring the tattoo artist and get a tip on the house he's going to rob next. They stake out the house before Dave gets there and once he arrives, they capture him and find out who's buying all the stuff from Dave.

The buyer is drug overlord Po' Boy, who's brother was the supplier in the cell phone store. Jimmy and Paul go to see Po' Boy, and he agrees to give them the card back if they find his new car (which was stolen en route to him). The car was sold to a Russian lawyer, and they track him down. Once they get the car (and get Po' Boy's brother killed in the resulting chase), they decide to figure out why it's so important to Po'Boy, and they find Gabriella (Ana de la Reguera) in the trunk. She doesn't speak any English, so they take her to a diner to a guy they know who speaks Spanish, and he tells them she is the mistress of a Mexican drug lord. They know she's in trouble so they take her to a hotel to keep her safe, and just then Jimmy gets a call from some other cops who tell him Paul is a dirty cop (because his gun was used in a couple of gang killings after Dave stole it during the card shop robbery and sold it to Po' Boy). He rebukes them and goes back to the hotel, where he finds Paul asleep and Gabriella escaped through the window (saying she doesn't want to cause them any trouble by hanging around with them). She has left her crucifix on the table, which turns out to be bank account information for lots of accounts linked to drugs, which Po' Boy was attempting to steal.

So now, knowing that the entire Po' Boy operation will be at the funeral for Po' Boy's brother for about an hour, they bail Dave out of jail so he can help them steal the card back. He promptly slips off the roof and is knocked out (setting up an in-credits gag where he wakes up in the morgue). Jimmy gets himself to the second floor and is still there when the organization returns to the house after capturing Gabriella off-screen. The other two cops who accused Paul show up (they had been working the case as well), and one is shot, prompting the other to call for backup to the house. This is when Paul is roused from his depression, figuring out that his wife, Debbie (Rashida Jones) isn't cheating on him, after all (a side-story running throughout). Paul and Jimmy proceed to clear the house of gangsters, leaving them with Po' Boy -- who has Gabriella hostage. They both shoot and both hit him, killing him instantly.

After securing Gabriella with the paramedics, Jimmy returns to the house to find his baseball card, only to discover that it was in Po' Boy's front pocket, and Paul had destroyed it with his shot.

The movie closes at the wedding, which Roy paid for. Jimmy's ex-wife Pam (Francie Swift) asks Jimmy to give away the bride with Roy (since Roy paid for the wedding, and all). He agrees, mostly because she threatens him. At the fateful moment, however, we see Paul (who is sitting behind Roy) put his gun in Roy's back, threatening to shoot if he stands to give away the bride -- allowing Jimmy the privilege all alone

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Gulp® Your Vote to the 2010 Elections!

This coming election, Filipinos can have a drink and vote with it, too.

Beginning March 10, 7-Eleven Philippines will be giving the entire Filipino nation a voice in the upcoming Presidential elections through the 7-Elections.

“7-Eleven in the USA first conducted this in 2000 and has run for three consecutive elections,” explains Jose Victor Paterno, President and CEO of Philippine Seven Corporation, Philippine licensee of 7-Eleven stores. “Partnered with two of the most prominent news networks in the U.S., CNN and USA Today, the informal polling was able to provide the public with daily and weekly poll results.”

While the poll may be informal, evidence from its U.S. precedent revealed surprisingly accurate results—revealing a one to two percent discrepancy between actual numbers from U.S. Voters versus 7-Election participants. In the same vein, the local 7-Election is set to provide Filipinos a fun and informal Presidential polling platform that not only makes it more accessible for the voting public to make their voices heard, but introduces the concept of choice and responsible voting to a wider demographic.

Locally, 7-Eleven hopes to highlight the Filipino’s Presidential options by making sure that all the Presidentiables–the top five, namely Manny Villar, Joseph Estrada, Richard Gordon, Noynoy Aquino, and Gilbert Teodoro alongside fellow candidates Jamby Madrigal, JC de Los Reyes, Nicanor Perlas, Eddie Villanueva, even the voter’s right to abstain, are represented. The idea is to engage the greater public in this national initiative anchored on the value of freedom of choice and underscore the importance of responsible voting.

“For the duration of the campaign, anyone who wants his vote to be counted can just visit any 7-Eleven store and pick up a 16oz Gulp® Cup that bears the colors and image of their Presidential bet. And we’re making it easier and accessible for Filipinos to let their voices be heard by making it available in over 450 stores.“ he explains.

To ensure the veracity of each vote, each Presidentiable is assigned a specific barcode, which 7-Eleven cashiers will scan upon purchase of your Gulp® cup. All votes are carefully audited and may be verified online at www.7-election.com.ph where the public can also view updates on detailed polling results, to give the public regular updates on the Presidential race. Voters may even share their vote thru Facebook.

“This has the potential to provide a pulse on the upcoming National elections. Our strong network of over 450 stores caters to Filipinos from all walks of life and may offer a good indication of how the real elections will turn out,” ends Mr. Paterno.

And because Every Gulp® Counts! Filipinos can literally drink to their candidate.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

AVENUE Q is Here!!!

avenue q_with humans

Atlantis Productions brings back Broadway’s hit Tony Award winning musical AVENUE Q to Manila from March 12 – 27, 2010 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. AVENUE Q first premiered in Manila in 2007 and has had three sold out runs since then plus a hit run in Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre in 2008.
Tony-winning musical Avenue Q is the hilarious and heartfelt story of a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York with big dreams and little money. He can only afford to live on Avenue Q but—good news!—his neighbors turn out to be a remarkably funny bunch of characters (and monsters!).

Described as a cross between SESAME STREET and RENT and performed by an unholy comedic alliance of humans and puppets, AVENUE Q was the winner of the 2004 TONY AWARD® for BEST NEW MUSICAL, BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL and BEST ORIGINAL SCORE!  Featured in the cast are Aliw Award winner Rachel Alejandro, Felix Rivera, AizaSeguerra, FrenchieDy, TheaTadiar and Joel Trinidad.  Joining them for the first time is Calvin Millado.
AVENUE Q, with Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez and a Book by Jeff Whitty, is Directed by Bobby Garcia and Chari Arespacochaga and has Set Design by Mio Infante, Lighting Design by Jonsy Reyes, and Puppet Design by Samuel Fuentes based on the original Broadway designs of Rick Lyons. Due to full puppet nudity, parental discretion is advised.
Tickets on sale now!  Call Atlantis Productions at 892-7078 or 840-1187.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010


“ CONNECTING WITH GREATNESS ” is an all new series wherein artist Ferdinand Cacnio came up with a lot of small human figures and surrounded them with tall graceful trees.

Ferdinand has been applying his style of composition inspired by the fluid lines of dance on subjects other than dance. He has done this with his sculptures of fishing villages in a previous exhibit. This time around, he applied it on trees. He has always had a fascination for trees. “They dance with the wind; they change with the seasons; they make me feel alive and safe.” He played around with the leaves, branches, tree trunks and even the roots, infusing them with strength, fluidity and grace. And then he conveyed his message of the need to connect / reconnect with Greatness by adding a lot of small human figures. His delivery of this message is ever so subtle, with a play of bigness and smallness, but a viewer would know that the artist’s understanding of Greatness is that which comes from the Almighty.

Upon viewing the collection in its entirety, the audience will conclude that the artist, without a doubt, has connected with Greatness.

In a separate exhibit area, LRI Design Plaza and the Galerie Astra decided to display a few dancer sculptures. In keeping with the nature theme of the exhibit, Ferdinand introduced a new element in his flamenco dancers – their long flowing skirts appear to be embroidered. Upon close scrutiny, it is evident that the artist derived inspiration from foliage.

In the local art scene, it is quite common for artists to keep doing whatever it is that has made them successful. But this complacency does not sit well with artist Ferdinand Cacnio. Despite the critical acclaim and commercial success of his dancer sculptures, his effusive creative energy led him to push the envelope some more.

Ferdinand R. Cacnio is, in essence, a visual artist. He finished his studies at the University of the Philippines, Diliman with degrees in B.S. Psychology and B.S. Civil Engineering. Although he had no formal training in the arts, he has been nurtured in the aesthetics of fine arts since childhood with the mentoring of his artist-father and members of the Philippine art world.

This led him first to a fruitful 20-year career in graphic design as Creative Director of his Atelier Cacnio. In 2005, Ferdinand's career as a sculptor started with a successful solo sculpture exhibit "The Dancer." In that same year, he bagged an award from the Art Association of the Philippines. His passion has produced a public art in Bonifacio Global City, seven solo exhibits, participation in a number of group shows and art auctions that have caught the attention of art collectors and the elusive approval of well-respected art critics. His recent solo exhibit “Sapatusin” (October 2009) received the critical nod of Dr. Alice Guillermo,

Ferdinand is a member of numerous art groups in the Philippines: Tuesday Group of Artists, Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), Sining Tambobong and Society of Philippine Sculptors (SPS).

“ Connecting with Greatness ” will be on view until March 27, 2010. Open from Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

LRI Design Plaza is located at 210 Nicanor Garcia St. (formerly Reposo St.), Bel-Air II, Makati City. For further inquiries, please call tel. nos. 895-1772; 895-7949.