Friday, December 21, 2007

Philippine TV Ratings December 19, 2007 Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) not AGB due to TRO

Dahil sa TRO sa AGB Nielsen na isinampa ng ABS-CBN 2, wala na muna tayong makukuhang ratings galing sa survey firm na ito.

May nakukuha naman akong overnight ratings sa survey group na TNS o Taylor Nelson Sofres. Ito ang bagong survey firm kung saan nagpa-subscribe rin ang GMA 7 bukod sa AGB Nielsen.

Narito ang Mega-Manila overnight ratings nu’ng MIYERKULES (Disyembre 19) mula sa TNS, kung saan hindi umabot sa 40% ang Marimar:

SiS 10% vs. Boy and Kris 8.9%;

Takeshi’s Castle 14.8% vs. Game Ka Na Ba? 16.8%;

Eat Bulaga 17.1% vs. Wowowee 15.1%;

Daisy Siete 15.8% at Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig 14.1% vs. Prinsesa ng Banyera 11%;

My Only Love 11.8% vs. Pinoy Movie Hits 12.4%;

Whammy 18.4% vs. Deal or No Deal 18.2%;

24 Oras 28.5% vs. TV Patrol World 24.3%;

Zaido 35.2% vs. Princess Sarah 24.9%;

Kamandag 38.4% vs. Lastikman 25.2%;

Marimar 39.9% vs. Maging Sino Ka Man 20%;

La Vendetta 30.9% vs. Ysabella 17.1%;

Hwang Jini 18.3% vs. Pinoy Big Brother 17.3%;

Kung Ako Ikaw 13.2% vs. Bandila 10.1%. (ABU TILAMZIK)

Saturday, December 15, 2007

MP3 or MP4 or WMA or AAC ???

maybe anyone could help me out with this? ive been listening to a lot of digital music, if you are to choose, which is better, MP3, MP4, or WMA?

MP3 "MPEG 1 Layer 3" is the popular among them all

AAC or M4A or MP4 (Advance Audio Coding) audio is widely used by ipod and apple

WMA is used by Microsoft (Windows Media Audio)

Which of them would give me the best sound experience as near as cd quality audio...

please help

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Philippine TV Ratings November 19, 2007 Mega Manila

November 19 (Monday)


  1. Whammy! Push Your Luck (GMA-7) - 24.3%
  2. Eat Bulaga! (GMa-7) / Daisy Siete (GMA-7) / Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal (ABS-CBN) - 21.6%
  3. Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 18.1%
  4. Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig (GMA-7) - 17.6%
  5. Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 17.3%
  6. Couple or Trouble (GMA-7) - 16.1%
  7. My Only Love (GMA-7) - 16%
  8. Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 14.6%
  9. Pinoy Movie Hits (ABS-CBN) - 13.2%
  10. SiS (GMA-7) - 10.8%


  1. Marimar (GMA-7) - 43.3%
  2. Kamandag (GMA-7) - 42.7%
  3. Zaido (GMA-7) - 36.7%
  4. 24 Oras (GMA-7) - 34.5%
  5. La Vendetta (GMA-7) - 28.8%
  6. TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 26.5%
  7. Princess Sarah (ABS-CBN) - 23.6%
  8. Pangarap Na Bituin (ABS-CBN) - 23%
  9. Hwang Jini (GMA-7) - 22.4 %
  10. Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition (ABS-CBN) - 20.8%

Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines

Saturday, November 03, 2007

The ending of da Harry Potter series has felt like da loss of a gr8 friend... from Article

We've grown up with Harry Potter. We've grown attached to him — whether on purpose or by just hearing Daniel Radcliffe say, "Expecto Patronum!" on-screen — and we don't want to let him go.

First, we fell in love with the wonderful books based on his adventures and then we fell in love with the movies that brought the story to life. We've grown attached to Harry and his merry band of mischievous pals. We've sympathized with him when he mourned for his parents. We've felt hatred with him when he confronted Malfoy. We've felt happiness with him when he found love. We've also experienced fear and dread for the unexpected dangers that laid ahead awaiting his arrival — although he may have been bold enough to confront them.

Now, we can deduce that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" — the concluding book — has finally brought Harry and the rest of the wizarding world immense triumph over the Dark Lord and his mercilessly tyrannical acts which mainly comprised of his frequent use of: the unforgivable curse , "Avada Kedavra!" to kill innumerable innocent people including James and Lily Potter & Cedric Diggory; and of his snake, Nagini, which also killed loads, ruthlessly, but on Voldemort's orders. One of the great personalities to have passed away in this manner is, Severus Snape.( R.I.P)

Harry has given us love for books and a love for knowledge that we wouldn't have had without reading the first line of the second book: "Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive." He got us to start reading all sorts of different books, and we don't think that we would be as big a fantasy fanatic as we are now without him. Because of Harry, we often stayed up until 4 or 5 in the morning, finishing a book that had us hooked.

So yes, we certainly do have love for Harry despite what everyone thinks!

Most of us who've read the Harry Potter series have found ourselves wishing that our principal was more like Dumbledore, or that we had a friend like Ron or Hermione. The characters, though rooted in fiction, are very relatable and most of us can identify with Harry, Ron and Hermione on some level. The books have created a whole new world that could be right outside our doors, or inside our train stations.

And now, letting Harry go has been one of the hardest things we've ever done. Harry is close to many people's hearts and no one wants to let him go. Of course, that doesn't mean he's dead, certainly not! Its simply means that the series has come to a final end, but nobody wants to accept the bitter truth.

Yet, here we stand, feeling immensely sad, completely lonely, with nothing so gripping to read, nothing to divert our attention from the real world; our lives half over, our souls half missing… the world seems to have come to a weird predicament, with nothing so fascinating to keep life going the way it used to, as there is no 8th book coming out to satisfy our insatiable greed for more!

Although the movies are also pretty entertaining, unfortunately they do not prize the same charm as the books (even though in the form of movies, all the parts have not been released and are still yet to come!). Hence we will always miss Harry Potter; and even if we re-read the books, it will definitely not feel the same as reading a fresh book, moving a step ahead in the adventure that we thought would never come to an end; simply because, by re-reading we may be quenching our thirst temporarily, but it will surely return, pricking for more (unread) quests, occurrences and events belonging to Harry Potter's life!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Catholic Mass media Awards 2007 Winners

Kubrador bagged the Best Picture Award in the 29th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) held last Thursday, October 25. This indie movie features three days in the life of a jueteng bet collector played by Gina PareƱo. This MLR Films production was also hailed as Best Picture during the 30th Gawad Urian.

The CMMA took place at the Marie Eugenie Theater of the Assumption College in San Lorenzo Village, Makati City.

The two rival networks both received a total of seven awards and citations from the award-giving body. The CMMA chairman this year is Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.

GMA-7 took home Best News Program for 24 Oras, which is hosted by Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco. Another Mel Tiangco show, Magpakailanman, is named Best Drama Series/Program.

The Kapuso network's election special program Philippine Agenda is cited as Best Adult Educational/Cultural Program. A special citation was given to Sa Isang Boto Ko-Teacher for Best TV Public Service Advertisement.

Vicky Morales's Wish Ko Lang! is Best Public Service Program. Best Children's Program went to Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang.

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho is Best News Magazine Program, tying with ABS-CBN's The Correspondents. Media In Focus, shown on the Kapamilya Network's sister cable channel ANC, is Best Talk Show.

ABS-CBN's TV special, Sa Kambas ng Lipunan is adjudged as the best. Sharon is named the Best Entertainment Program for this year. The funny gang at Goin' Bulilit got the Best Comedy Program. Special citations were given to Super Inggo as Best Drama Series/Program and to regional station, ABS-CBN Bacolod for Amiga.

The CMMA gives out rock trophies to honor the country's best values-oriented work in student communications, radio, print, television, cinema, music, the Internet and advertising.

Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo were among the guest speakers.

Below is the complete list of winners in the Television, Music, and Radio categories:


Best Drama Program

Maalala Mo Kaya sa DZMM, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630

Best News Commentary

no winner

Best News Program

Radyo Patrol Alas Onse Y Media, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630

Best Public Service Program

Sugpuin ang Korupsyon, DZRH-MBC

Best Educational Program

Sulyap Kultura, PBS-BBS DZRB 738 Radyo ng Bayan

Best Entertainment Program

Wan Dey Isang Araw, DZAS AM 702 Khz

Best Business Program or Feature

Radyo Negosyo, DZMM Radyo Patrol 630


Best News Program

24 Oras, GMA Network Inc.

Best Comedy Program

Goin' Bulilit, ABS-CBN

Best Sports Program

The Sports List, National Broadcasting Network (NBN)

Best Entertainment Program

Sharon, ABS-CBN

Best Talk Show

Media in Focus, ABS-CBN's ANC Channel 27

Best Business News or Feature

No winner

Best Adult Educational/Cultural Program

Philippine Agenda, GMA-7

Best Children's Program

Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang, GMA-7

Best Special Event Coverage

No winner

Best News Magazine

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, GMA-7

The Correspondents, ABS-CBN

Best Drama Series/Program

Magpakailanman, GMA-7

Best TV Special

Sa Kambas ng Lipunan, ABS-CBN

Best Public Service Program

Wish Ko Lang!, GMA-7


Best Picture

Kubrador, MLR Films


Best Album - Religious

Believe Like a Child, Star Recording Inc

Best Album - Secular

Pop Virtuosity by Reuben Laurente, D Concorde Recording Corp

Best Music Video

Power to Unite,Catholic Family Bible Group, Inc/Music World/World Impact Communications



Best Music Video

Ehemplo, EHEM/Jesuit Communcations Foundation Inc


Best Business Program/Feature

Amiga, ABS-CBN/RNG Bacolod

Best Drama Series/Program

Super Inggo, ABS-CBN


Best Business Program/Feature

Business Matters, DZFE-FM (FEBC)

Best Drama Program

Huwag Mangamba, DZRV Radio Veritas

Monday, October 22, 2007

Philippine TV Ratings 10/16 - 18/ 2007

Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines

October 16 (Tuesday)


Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 20.9%
Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap (GMA-7) - 20.4%
Pasan Ko ang Daigdig (GMA-7) 20%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 19.5%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 18.8%
Pilipinas, Game KNB (ABS-CBN) / Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) -
Whammy! Push Your Luck (GMA-7) - 18.2%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 14.6%
SiS (GMA-7) - 13.8%
Couple Or Trouble (GMA-7) - 13.6%

Marimar (GMA-7) - 44.6%
Zaido (GMA-7) - 35.7%
Hwang Jini (GMA-7) - 30.1%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 28.2%
Kokey (ABS-CBN) - 25.8%
Lastikman (ABS-CBN) - 25.7%
TV World Patrol (ABS-CBN) - 23.9%
Jumong (GMA-7) - 23.8%
Ysabella (ABS-CBN) - 22.1%
Pangarap Na Bituin (ABS-CBN) - 21.4%

October 17 (Wednesday)


Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap (GMA-7) - 22.3%
Pasan Ko ang Daigdig (GMA-7) - 22%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 21.1%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) - 20.6%
Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) - 18.3%
Whammy! Push Your Luck (GMA-7) - 18.2%
Couple Or Trouble (GMA-7) - 18.1%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 16.7%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 15.6%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 15.1%

Marimar (GMA-7) - 44.3%
Zaido (GMA-7) - 34.8%
Hwang Jini (GMA-7) - 30.5%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 29%
Lastikman (ABS-CBN) - 27%
Kokey (ABS-CBN) - 25.3%
Jumong (GMA-7) - 23.9%
Pangarap Na Bituin (ABS-CBN) - 23.2%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 23%
Ysabella (ABS-CBN) - 22%
October 18 (Thursday)


Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap (GMA-7) - 23.6%
Pasan Ko ang Daigdig (GMA-7) - 22.5%
Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) - 20.1%
Daisy Siete (GMA-7) / Whammy! Push Your Luck (GMA-7) - 19.7%
Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) - 18.9%
Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 17.8%
Wowowee (ABS-CBN) - 17.2%
Couple Or Trouble (GMA-7) - 16.9%
Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 14.4%
Prinsesa ng Banyera (ABS-CBN) - 12.6%

Marimar (GMA-7) - 41.7%
Zaido (GMA-7) - 34.5%
24 Oras (GMA-7) - 30.6%
Hwang Jini (GMA-7) - 29.2%
Lastikman (ABS-CBN) - 24.8%
Kokey (ABS-CBN) - 23.7%
Jumong (GMA-7) - 23.1%
TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 22.7%
Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition 2 (ABS-CBN) - 21.6%
Ysabella (ABS-CBN) - 21.3%

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Philippine TV Ratings September 23-24, 2007


Takeshi’s Castle 13.8% vs. Love Spell 9.7%;

SOP 15.2% vs. ASAP 14.7%;

Coke’s Ride to Fame 13.4% at Boys Nxt Door 12.8% vs. Your Song 12.3%;

Showbiz Central 15.9% vs. The Buzz 16.6%;

Kap’s Amazing Stories 28.2% vs. TV Patrol 18.8% at Rated K 22.7%;

Tok Tok Tok 28.4% vs. Goin’ Bulilit 21.2%;

Mel and Joey 25.9% vs. Sharon 19.2%;

All Star K 18.8% vs. That’s My Doc 16.7%;

Fulhaus 15.7% at Sunday Night’s Boxoffice 11.9% vs. Sunday’s Best (KC) 15.1%.

LUNES (Setyembre 24):

SiS 11% vs. Boy and Kris 10.8%;

Takeshi’s Castle 13.3% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 18.2%;

Eat Bulaga 20.8% vs. Wowowee 17.9%;

Daisy Siete 18.7% at Pasan Ko ang Daigdig 18.6% vs. Zorro 11.8%;

Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap 20.2% vs. Pinoy Movie Hits 15%;

Couple or Trouble 20.7% at Meteor Garden 24.8% vs. Deal or No Deal 23.5%;

24 Oras 35.2% vs. TV Patrol World 30.4%;

Zaido 34.6% vs. Kokey 29.2%;

Mga Mata ni Anghelita 31% vs. Lastikman 30.3%;

Marimar 30.5% vs. Pangarap na Bituin 23%;

Jumong 23.9% vs.
Ysabella 19%;

Kung Ako Ikaw 12.4% vs. Sineserye 15% at Bandila 7.2%.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Philippine TV Ratings September 13, 2007

Narito ang overnight ratings ng mga programa ng GMA 7 at ABS-CBN 2 noong Huwebes (Setyembre 13):

SiS 12.4% vs. Boy and Kris 9.8%;

Takeshi’s Castle 15.4% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 20.9%;

Eat Bulaga 22.3% vs. Wowowee 17.7%;

Daisy Siete 21.4% at Pasan Ko ang Daigdig 21.2% vs. Zorro 11.1%;

Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap 21.2% vs. Pinoy Movie Hits 10.4%;

Foxy Lady 16.2% at Meteor Garden 20.7% vs. Margarita 13.7%;

24 Oras 29.7% vs. TV Patrol World 25.8%;

Mga Mata ni Anghelita 35.2% vs. Kokey 28.8%;

Marimar 39.3% vs. Pangarap na Bituin 28.8%;

Impostora 36.2% vs. Ysabella 25.8%;

Jumong 26.9% vs. Deal or No Deal 21% at Sineserye 16%;

Magpakailanman 16.4% vs. Bandila 9.6%.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Philippine TV Ratings Sept 5, 2007, thanks to Abante-Tonite

Narito ang overnight ratings ng mga programa ng GMA 7 at ABS-CBN 2 nu’ng MIYERKULES (Setyembre 5):

SiS 13.2% vs. Boy and Kris 10.8%;

Takeshi’s Castle 15.5% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 19.3%;

Eat Bulaga 22.4% vs. Wowowee 20.3%;

Daisy Siete 18.9% at Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso 20.9% vs. Inocente De Ti 12.7%;

Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap 20.9% vs. Pinoy Movie Hits 10.3%;

Foxy Lady 16.5% at Meteor Garden 21.5% vs. Margarita 12.1%;

24 Oras 30.7% vs. TV Patrol World 25.8%;

Mga Mata ni Anghelita 33.7% vs. Kokey 29.5%;

Marimar 34.3% vs. Pangarap na Bituin 25.6%;

Impostora 35.1% vs. Ysabella 25.2%;

Jumong 25.9% vs. Deal or No Deal 24.7%;

Kung Ako Ikaw 15.3% vs. Sineserye 17.6% at Bandila 8.1%.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Apple Releases New Line of iPod

Yup, u read it ryt, apple jst ann0unced d release of their new line of iPod. N0w, ipod nano boast of its new sleek design and features a wider display that can support videos, wow! This is amazing.
Ipod classic disc0ntinued d producti0n of its 30Gb. Instead, dey introduce d new 80Gb and 160Gb m0dels, sleeker and a lot m0re r0om for all your multimedia c0ntent, surely, ds new ipod will never let u decide which s0ngs or m0vies to be added!
And finally, hold ur breath! The new iPod Touch, a touch screen ipod jst like the iphone, ds is really great, plus ds ipod features wifi access, meaning u can surf the net, download s0ngs and m0vies, access ur email and a lot m0re on ur ipod itself, wow man, this means dat im n0w thinkng of a new ipod again!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

my iPOD?

this gadget really help me a lot not only bringing my music, movies and clips on the go but serves as my external disk for my data storage. so far i have 2500 song from different artists, genre, from popluar to classis and everything else and i have 84 movies on the go.

Trains... from YOUNGBLOOD of

By Tish Martinez
Last updated 01:59am (Mla time) 08/28/2007

It will soon be my father’s birthday. I wish he were here with me to celebrate it.

No, he’s not abroad like most fathers in this day and age. My father has gone on to realms where I cannot reach him. My loss feels deeper these days than ever. Others have told me that things like these get easier over time, but no matter what they say, I still feel hollow and topsy-turvy inside. I lost a parent and a confidant in one blow.

When people ask me what I remember most about Daddy, I feel as if I’m fumbling through a dark school corridor. Although my childhood was generally a happy one, there are reasons old memories appear to me in shades of gray. I have bipolar manic depression and because of this, some of my memories are clouded. Sometimes I cannot decide whether one thing really transpired or it happened only in my mind. I think my permanent “state of mind,” so to speak, affects the way I have grieved so far.

When my father died, I plunged into another episode of manic depression. Although I did not know it then, a great part of it was because I could not accept that my father was forever out of my reach.

It has been a little over a year since my father died, but I still have recurring feelings of loneliness, helplessness and despair. Even when I sleep, I try to grasp the hands I once held. I constantly dream that I’m with Daddy -- that his passing away is just a nightmare that I would wake up from. I wake up crying alone in my bed because I’m too grown up to be sleeping next to my mother or sisters. It’s in those small hours in the morning when I’m sobbing quietly in bed that I regret that I have grown up. I realize that the perks of becoming a grown-up never compensate for childhood’s assurance that everything will get better, that someone will make it better for you.

When I was young, someone making things better for me meant my father or the other grown-ups in our family buying me ice cream, chocolates or animal crackers. Today, when I go to a convenience store to buy chocolates to make myself feel better, I sense that the chocolates I eat aren’t as magical and comforting as the chocolates of my childhood. And of course, this makes me sadder.

People say that every person grieves in a different way. And after what I’ve told you so far, you probably know that I don’t grieve like normal people. I grieve too deeply. Indeed, I feel things more strongly than others. I’m more sensitive to certain sights and smells than others.

I can give you an example: It is my secret that trains bring tears to my eyes. It may sound silly to other people, but I can’t help but feel melancholy every time I board a train.

My father adored trains. He loved riding in them and he loved constructing miniature models of train routes and train stations. He always believed that trains were the way to the future and would insist that trains should be part of my daily commute to school.

A long time ago, when I was a freshman in college, my father asked me to find a particular train set that was being kept in our school library. I asked the library personnel, but no one could locate it. No one, that is, until I got to an unexplored floor of the library. And there it was. It was a diorama with a train set. I rushed to the ladies room and cried. I just couldn’t understand the sheer futility of finding that train set now that the only person I knew who adored trains would no longer be able to see it.

It doesn’t end there. When I go on my daily commute to school and ride the train, my eyes mist over as I push my ticket through the ticket slots. I keep thinking my father once rode these trains with me and his hands could have touched one of the cards I’m holding now. Sometimes, I turn to see if he is right behind me, but of course he will never be there again.

You cannot imagine how difficult it is to take your daily commute with these thoughts swimming in your head. It always happens to me, no matter how much of a rush I’m in. I always remember and grieve when I ride those trains. I just can’t help it. I can’t help remembering that he reached his terminal station way before his time and left me fumbling for my ticket at the turnstile.

Will I ever get over his passing away? I don’t think I ever will for as long as a train line rumbles through this city and through my heart.

Tish Martinez, 21, is a human rights advocate.

Copyright 2007 Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

my ipod speaker

my ipod speaker
Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

My fifth gen ipod finally has its own docking station. I could now share my music.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Philippine TV Ratings 8/13/2007



Maganda ang pagsisimula ng telenobelang Marimar ni Marian Rivera na inaabangan kung papatok.

Narito ang overnight ratings ng mga programa ng GMA 7 at ABS-CBN 2 noong LUNES (Agosto 13):

SiS 12.7% vs. Boy and Kris 12.2%;

Foxy Lady 15.5% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 20.7%;

Eat Bulaga 23.2% vs. Wowowee 18.8%;

Daisy Siete 20.2% vs. Inocente De Ti 13.6%;

Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso 20.4%. Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap 17% vs. Pinoy Movie Hits 15.4%;

Lovers in Prague 11.3% at Meteor Garden 20.2% vs. Margarita 14.1%;

24 Oras 29.2% vs. TV Patrol 24.7%;

Mga Mata ni Anghelita 35.7% vs. Kokey 25.1%;

Lupin 36% vs. Ysabella 26.5%;

Marimar 36.6% vs. Deal or No Deal 26.5%;

Impostora 33.9% vs. Walang Kapalit 21.1%;

Jumong 30% vs. Sineserye 16.1%;

Kung Ako Ikaw 16.3% vs. Bandila 10.7%.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Natural farming seminar

Natural farming seminar
Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

At 2nd flr, chowking mandaue, centro, mandaue city with andre lim as the speaker.

Monday, June 25, 2007

just a thought

 Cool art that will mess with your head
How many horses in this picture? Should find 7

Look at the middle column.
Where does it end? 


Who is the tallest?

A face?  ...  Or, the word 'liar' ?


What do you see here?

Do you see the word "LIFT"? 
Or, a bunch of black splotches  ?



Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Filipino potential... thanks to YOUNGBLOOD of

The Filipino potential

By Mark F. Mabanglo
Last updated 02:32am (Mla time) 06/09/2007

I first set foot on the United States in August last year. I was lucky to get a scholarship to pursue a PhD degree here in Utah. The last 10 months of taking advanced courses in biochemistry and structural biology has taught me a lot about nature's many wonders. More important, however, is my realization that the Filipino student has the potential to excel if given the opportunity.

The day before I left the Philippines, I had a conversation with my Physical Chemistry professor, Erwin Enriquez. I asked him how the Filipino student fared in a graduate setting as compared with his American counterpart. He made a reassuring observation: The Filipino student excels in the graduate school classroom because of his innate ambition and perseverance. The American student is very independent, aggressive and creative, and the Filipino student needs to acquire these qualities in order to be competitive. He then mentioned an idea from Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point" about how a certain individual's success depends greatly on his environment and the opportunities available to him. He told me that if I worked hard and prayed hard, I would do just as well in my graduate studies as he did in his class, in a setting where many of my hidden talents could be tapped and where opportunities are abundant.

I went home feeling better prepared and believing more in myself. I guess I had always known what he told me, but I needed someone to remind me of it. I packed my books, and the next day flew to Salt Lake City to face the most taxing courses I have taken in my academic life.

I once attended a seminar sponsored by a student organization in Ateneo de Manila University in which the speaker said that there are many opportunities out there for the Filipino student, but he needs to know where to look. The speaker related that some local scholarship funds remain unused because no one applies for them. International scholarships and assistantships are also available at many American universities for qualified Filipino students.

I am grateful that in the university my ambitious spirit was awakened by mentors and professors who "had been there" and who had the spirit of service to come back to the Philippines and show others "how to get there." From my class alone (Chemistry, batch 2002), at least four are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States. Dom, our class valedictorian, is doing proteomics research at Cornell University. Maybs is at the University at Buffalo doing organic synthesis. Denise is in a structural biology lab at the University of North Carolina. Some who had graduated ahead of us made it to other prestigious universities like Princeton, Georgetown and the University of California.

From all this, it is evident that knowledge of opportunities as well as caring mentors are necessary to bring out the potential of the Filipino student. I am truly blessed to have had access to both. I can never forget how Nina Rojas, my biochemistry teacher and undergraduate thesis mentor, inspired my decision to do medical research. It was in her class that I saw the beauty of science and the tremendous power of achievement I have if I burn the midnight oil, believe in myself and take advantage of opportunities.

Recently I finished my last course requirement for admission to the PhD track. The past nine months have been intellectually challenging and fulfilling for me. I have been taught here in Utah by scientists, many of whom are doing cutting-edge research with global impact. This summer I will be joining a laboratory to study the structure and function of an enzyme. I intend to apply myself to my studies so that I can get a postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University (I am a Blue Devil fan and Duke is my dream school) and delve into the intricacies of mechanism-based drug design. Then, with my newly acquired skills and expertise, I will go back to my beloved country and "pay it forward." I know I still have a long way to go, but the promise of success is reassuring.

I believe in the potential of the Filipino student. So many have already made it, and there are so many more in our universities who are qualified to go to graduate school in America. I hope that the professors in Philippine universities will not hesitate to build close mentoring relationships with their students. Sometimes, the need to preserve authority hinders them from becoming the mentors they should be. I believe that a teacher's genuine concern for a student is just as important as his or her expertise in a subject area. The professors who are most dear to me are those who knew me, who listened to what I had to say, and who did not care if they were not always right.

I also urge the Filipino college students to study hard and not to be discouraged by the lack (or abundance) of financial capability in working toward a degree. While the grade point average does not by itself define one's mental aptitude, it becomes important when one applies for a job or a graduate scholarship. Opportunities to better yourselves are abundant -- you only need to know where to look. And when you find them, grab them!

Finally, I pray for all of us, graduate students in America, that the Lord's graces be upon us as we work for our master's or Ph.D. degrees. We get out of our studies what we put into them, but we must also remember that the Grand Designer's hand has something -- in fact, a lot -- to do with whether our experimental designs work or not. And when we achieve our loftiest goals, I hope that we will find a way to repay the country that reared us.

Mark F. Mabanglo, 25, is in the Chemistry PhD program at the University of Utah. He hopes to publish an article in the journal Science, but his biggest dream is to become a professor.

Copyright 2007 Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Philippine TV Ratings June 7, 2007... thnaks to ABANTE-TONITE

Narito ang overnight ratings ng mga programa ng GMA 7 at ABS-CBN 2 noong HUWEBES (Hunyo 7):

SiS 13.3% vs. Homeboy 10.4%;

Love in Heaven 12.5% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 19.7%;

Eat Bulaga 21.2% vs. Wowowee 22.5%;

Daisy Siete 18.2% vs. Inocente De Ti 13.2%;

Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso 18.1% at Sinasamba Kita 16.5% vs. Kapamilya Cinema 10%;

Love Truly 13.8% vs. Pangako sa 'Yo 7.9%;

GTO 17.5% vs. Sineserye 11.2%;

24 Oras 27% vs. TV Patrol World 22.9%;

Asian Treasures 31.4% vs. Maria Flordeluna 31.6%;

Impostora 28.7% vs. Walang Kapalit 30%;

Lupin 35.2% vs. Which Star Are You From 24.7% at Rounin 17.4%;

Jumong 27.6% vs. Pinoy Big Brother 19.2%;

Magpakailanman 21% vs. Bandila 9.2%.

at last nakabalik din ako sa net life ko hehehe

wow, im back, with almost a month of my net hibernation, im online now hehehe.... hi there guys... nice to see you all here again...

Monday, May 28, 2007


Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Bora-bora sa costabella, summer outing of aboitizland group. I'm in my all white outfit!

Thursday, May 24, 2007


Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Go0d m0rning! Hapi thursday to all, anyone seen 'pirates of the caribbean'?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

Me, myself, and my iPod at my new work, kinda strange here, still adjusting to the people around here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

At last i have my own ipod, hehehe, it's ipod 80G 5th generation. Hehehe, so far ive used 3G of files already. Music and m0vies c0me together neatly in one c0mpact gadget.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

LOVE &RELATNSHP 101: there's always a posiblity dat a prs0n cn get attractd 2 an0thr.8s human nature.8s n0t wr0ng.Bt dats y a prs0n s in a c0mmitment, to dscipline 0ne's self.0ne may get attractd 2 numer0us pr0spects& 8s ok, as long as one d0esnt nurse d feling& w0nt do sumthng b0ut it. B0rderline betwn cheatng &faithfulnes. Rec0gnize d reality of already having d pers0n dat cn giv M0RE dan wat one cn get frm d CHEAP thrills of attracti0n..

Friday, May 18, 2007

Philippine TV Ratings May 16, 2007



SIS 9.8

hb 12.5


gknb 19.7


ww 21.2


idt 11.0

MULI 13.7

kc 16.1



psy 9.6


hnm 10.7

24RAS 28.3

tvpw 22.0


mfdl 24.7

wk 23.6


mskm 23.3

LUPIN 32.5

rounin 17.7


pbb 23.5

NUTS 14.4

bandila 12.3

Richard Gomez, Cesar Montano, Manny Pacquiao... the philippine midterm election

so far with the reuslt of the midterm elections, its nice to now that the mindset of the voters is growing and we could see that we have learned from past elections. its nice to see that popularity is not a factor in choosing an official. im glad that Manny Pacquiao did not make it to congress hehehe... i would pity him if he made it.... he would just be tagged as a rubber stamp congressman... also for Richard Gomez and Cesar Montano, at least now they have to know doing their homework first would be better to pass their grades hehehe... at least the electorate now is improving in choosing their leaders.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Thanks from Dr. Martin Bautista ... article from

as i surf thru the website of, i found this somewhat interesting. its nice to know a politician like this one... nice to ponder....

Thanks from Dr. Martin Bautista

Last updated 05:04pm (Mla time) 05/16/2007

The election is over. It’s time to examine and explain my participation in it to both skeptics and sympathizers alike.

I gave up a flourishing medical practice in America, joined
Kapatiran and ran for the Senate because I wanted not merely to prove a
point, but to live by it.

And the point is this: we can change our country, help our people –
not by talking or theorizing but by actually doing something about it.
One cannot simply make a statement. He must apply it in his life by
example, by involvement, by action. Our political campaign was such a

Did we succeed? We did not get enough votes for a seat in the
Senate. But we did get the attention of the electorate and, more
importantly, we made people aware of alternative solutions, better
political options.

We demonstrated that it is possible to conduct an open, honest, vigorous campaign on programs, not personalities.

We showed that there is no need for false promises, political
gimmickry, immoderate spending; but that there is a need for continuing
communication, defending and justifying our positions and priorities.

Our fundamental premise is this: Politics is not a means of
livelihood. It is not an economic investment that will pay off in
future material gain. Politics is a way of giving, of sharing, of
helping. It is not soliciting support but providing it. It is not about
rendering service in the Senate when elected, but rendering service
now, in the present, in this time and place, in one's capacity as a
candidate, a citizen, a Filipino of compassion.

If we have redefined politics in the Philippines even in a small,
tentative way, then we have been fully recompensed for our efforts. The
accomplishments of our greatest heroes cannot be judged in the
simplistic terms of triumph or defeat. Like Burgos, Gomez and Zamora,
the Kapatiran candidates won no instant victory. But they achieved a
beginning, advanced the cause for reform, and awakened a hope that such
reform is possible.

A personal note of accountability: We received donations from many
sectors of society. Added to our own private contribution to the
campaign, the total amount exceeded our modest campaign expenses. The
balance we shall turn over to Gawad Kalinga in accordance with our
conviction that politics is not an enterprise for profit.

Finally I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to all the men and
women of goodwill who stand with us in the common belief in a Filipino

Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.

Martin D. Bautista, MD
forwarded by Rachelle C. Garcia (

Precious vote ... from YOUNGBLOOD of


Precious vote

By Mark Anthony Goroy


Last updated 02:56am (Mla time) 05/17/2007

Philippines -- My luck has run out. For the first time in my university
life, I have flunked a subject. Fluid Mechanics should have been a
cinch, given the other tougher subjects I was able to pass during my
five years in the university. But taking the subject lightly proved too
costly for me. Not only did it blemish my transcript, it was also a
blow to my ego since most students get grades of 1 in the subject with
minimal effort.

Enrolling in the summer class was the obvious remedy. However, I
already had given my word that I would volunteer in a social outreach
program in Davao during the summer vacation. I just hoped I made the
right choice to honor my commitment.

It was the first time I stayed in a far-flung “barangay”
[neighborhood district] of Davao City. The place is a typical barrio
where farm animals roam freely and houses are built far apart. I was
with a group of three teachers and 13 college students who stayed there
for two weeks. Our task involved conducting academic tutorials, holding
leadership seminars for the youth, assisting a medical mission,
organizing a sports fest and laying a 650-meter-long pipe from the
water source to the barangay hall.

We thought that our main objective of laying pipes would be “as easy
as laying eggs,” as one student volunteer had joked. But we city
dwellers were dead wrong. Digging proved to be an arduous task
especially since most of us were doing it for the first time and many
of us didn’t even know how to handle a spade. The scorching summer heat
aggravated the situation. It was so hot that a mere ice candy tasted as
delicious as a Roman gelato.

In digging the soil, we came to know not only the nature of manual
work but also the difficulty encountered by people who construct roads
or lay down water pipes or wait on us while we eat or those who try to
keep our streets clean, etc. Doing their kind of work, I learned to
appreciate them more. It made me resolve to be patient when I can’t
have my way with them. It made me realize that they are not supermen
who can do anything we want them to do.

We got to know the members of the families we were helping. One was
Mang Edwin who has three children with his wife of 12 years. They live
in a house that is just big enough for an SUV to fit in.

Their apparent poverty didn’t keep them from sharing their joy when
we visited them. From their hospitality and engaging stories, we got
the impression that they feel more fulfilled than other well-off
families who live empty, materialistic lives. Their only wish is that
their children will be able to finish their education and grow up as
upright citizens.

Idealism rushed through my veins while I was conversing with Mang
Edwin and his family. I wished I could do more than lay pipes for their
barangay. I felt helpless. I could do little more than cheer them up
for a few minutes of the day. But my encounter with them made me more
grateful for the things I have and inspired me to think of ways I could
help them.

After reflecting on the situation, I realized that there was
something I could do to help alleviate their condition: I could do it
by voting prudently. In our society where most politicians become lords
instead of public servants once they get elected, the poor are the most
powerless. Their requests usually fall on deaf ears. It is therefore
every citizen’s responsibility to elect someone who will take up the
causes of the poor.

In one conference that I attended, a former governor revealed that
he had once been offered at least a million pesos every month simply
because of his position. The proposition was very tempting but he said
he never accepted the offer.

I can’t imagine too many of our government officials rejecting
similar offers. No wonder, many of them think every government post is
worth dying for despite the meager salary it brings.

There is only one characteristic that I look for in a candidate for
public office: his willingness to sacrifice. Latin honors, professional
competence and immense popularity are of no use in public service if an
official will pursue his own personal interests. I would rather have
someone who is willing to make enemies rather than make compromises
that do not promote the public interest. The candidates who are worthy
of support are those who have the fortitude to pursue the common good
even if it means inconvenience, struggle or even sacrifices on their
part and who work for the public interest and not their personal glory.

We volunteered to help Mang Edwin’s barangay but in the end we were
the ones who benefited most. Not only were we offered after a hard
day’s work the best coconut I have ever tasted, but our stay with the
rural folks also taught us things we could have not learned inside a
classroom or through mere observation alone. The experience changed my
perspective on life and the way we choose our leaders. I used to think
that my one vote would be too insignificant to have an effect on the
outcome of the election and that it didn’t matter who won since their
action or lack of it would not affect my life. But now, I consider my
one vote precious for it could help provide a glimmer of hope to people
like Mang Edwin.

I believe I made the right choice in volunteering for community work
in Mang Edwin’s barangay. And I hope every voter will choose his
candidates like I do in every election.

Mark Anthony S. Goroy, 22, is a fifth-year Bachelor of
Science Industrial Engineering student at the University of the
Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City.

Copyright 2007 Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be
published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Philippine TV Ratings May 13-15, 2007

Narito ang overnight
ratings ng mga programa ng GMA 7 at ABS-CBN 2 noong
(Mayo 13):

SOP% 16.1 vs. ASAP 15.6% at
Your Song 11.7%;

Magic Kamison 13.4% vs.
Lovespell 12.4%;

Showbiz Central 14% vs. The
Buzz 16.2% at TV Patrol Linggo 14.4%;

Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang
16.4% vs. Goin’ Bulilit 15.2%;

24 Oras 20.1% vs. Rated K

Philippine Agenda 21.9% at
Mel and Joey 20.3% vs. Sharon 14.2%;

All Star K 17.1% vs. Pinoy
Big Brother 18.2%;

Daddy Di Do Du 15.4% vs.
Halalan 2007 7.8%.

LUNES (Mayo 14):

Eleksyon 2007 10.3% vs.
Halalan 2007 7.9%;

Eat Bulaga 20.2% vs.
Wowowee 21.2% at Game Ka Na Ba 18%;

Eleksyon 2007 15.3% vs.
Halalan 2007 11.5%;

24 Oras 29.8% vs. TV Patrol
World 24.9%;

Asian Treasures 30.1% vs.
Maria Flordeluna 26.2% at Walang Kapalit 25%;

Super Twins 30.9% vs.
Maging Sino Ka Man 22%;

Lupin 30.4% vs. Rounin

Jumong 23.8% vs. Pinoy Big
Brother 19.4%;

Who’s Your Daddy Now
12.6% vs. Bandila 10.1%.

MARTES (Mayo 15):

Eleksyon 2007 8.6% vs.
Halalan 2007 8.2% at Game Ka Na Ba 17.7%;

Eat Bulaga 18.7% vs.
Wowowee 20.9%;

Daisy Siete 18.9% vs.
Inocente De Ti 10.9%;

Muli 16.3% at Sinenovela
14.7% vs. Kapamilya Cinema 12.4%;

Love Truly 12% vs. Pangako
Sa Yo 8.2%;

Hana Yori Dango 15.6% vs.
Sineserye 12.6%;

24 Oras 29% vs. TV Patrol

Asian Treasures 31.4% vs.
Maria Flordeluna 25.1% at Walang Kapalit 21.9%;

Super Twins 33% vs. Maging
Sino Ka Man 22.8%;

Lupin 32.8% vs. Rounin

Jumong 24.8% vs. Pinoy Big
Brother 22.1%;

Bahay Mo Ba ‘To 15.3% vs.
Bandila 11.6%.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Philippine TV Ratings May 11-12, 2007

Sa The Buzz lang nagsalita si Ruffa, kaya mataas ito na may rating na 16.2% at sinundan ng Startalk (15.6%) at Showbiz Central (14%).

Narito ang overnight ratings ng mga programa ng GMA 7 at ABS CBN 2 noong BIYERNES: (Mayo 11):

SiS 9% vs. Homeboy 8.2%;

Love in Heaven 12% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 19.1%;

Eat Bulaga 19.8% vs. Wowowee 22%;

Daisy Siete 17.6% vs. Inocente De Ti 13.4%;

Muli 16.8% at Sinenovela 14.6% vs. Kapamilya Cinema 14.3%;

Love Truly 12.5% vs. Pangako sa 'Yo 9.8%;

Hana Yori Dango 18% vs. Sineserye 14%;

24 Oras 26.5% vs. TV Patrol World 23.8%;

Asian Treasures 28.2% vs. Maria Flordeluna 25.1% at Walang Kapalit 24.4%;

Super Twins 26.1% vs. Maging Sino Ka Man 23.2% at Rounin 18.9%;

Lupin 31.3% vs. Maalaala Mo Kaya 25.3%;

Jumong 25.9% at Bubble Gang 14% vs. Pinoy Big Brother 19% at Bandila 8.9%.

SABADO (Mayo 12):

Takeshi's Castle 12.9% vs. Game Ka Na Ba 14.4%;

Eat Bulaga 19.7% vs. Wowowee 22.5%;

Startalk 15.6% vs. Nagmamahal Kapamilya 14.3%, Let's Go 9.6% at Star Magic Presents 10.6%;

Wish Ko Lang 15.3% vs. Little Big Superstar 12.2%; Fantastikman 12.2% vs. Komiks 18.3%;

Bitoy's Funniest Video 23.4% vs. John En Shirley 14.2%;

24 Oras 23.4% vs. TV Patrol 19.4%;

Pinoy Pop Superstar 17.6% vs. XXX 24.5%;

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho 20.6% vs. Pinoy Big Brother 20%;

Imbestigador 17.1% vs. Bumoto Kami Noon, Boboto Ba Kayo Ngayon 7.8%;

Hokus Pokus 9.5% vs. Sports Unlimited 3.9%.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Saturday, May 12, 2007

the midterm elections

since I'm not registered to vote this midterm elections, still i do care for the future of the Philippines what will happen to my future kids, my life with my future wife. i hope that the voting populace will already correct what mistakes have they done last elections. our country today needs new breed of politics, let us scrap all the "trapos" or the so called traditional politicians, I'm not either supporting the "team unity" or the "genuine opposition" straight but some of them deserve to be in the senate. please do vote for new and fresh faces either from the admin or the opposition. plus, select carefully what partylist you area going to vote, let us refrain from choosing groups that are so subversive and with radical ideologies. let us see from a wider perspective a group that has a positive outlook for the Philippine government.

Perfect mom... from YOUNGBLOOD of


Perfect mom
By Divine Love A. Salvador
Last updated 02:55am (Mla time) 05/12/2007

MANILA, Philippines -- My mother was up early that Sunday morning cooking food for 30 people. She had celebrated her birthday a few days earlier, so the pastor of the small church she and my father were attending requested her to cook lunch for the post-service fellowship. Apparently, that was the pastor's idea of a birthday gift -- a strange one -- but my mother did not seem to mind.

When I woke up, she was well into cooking the first of two viands on her menu, "giniling," or ground pork, potatoes, carrots and raisins stewed in a proudly Filipino combination of 1 part tomato sauce, 10 parts ketchup. The pot was already simmering and the sauce was beginning to thicken as I made my way downstairs, still sleepy but determined to offer my mother some help.

I had been strangely anxious about her latest project. For some unexplained reason, I did not feel that my mother was up to the task. Two nights before, I had badgered her about the lack of a menu. I could see in her eyes that she wasn't bothered by it, and that alarmed me. Cooking for 30 potentially judgmental Baptists wasn't adding a wrinkle to her remarkably smooth 50-something face. She assured me she already had a simple menu planned: giniling, which she was going to cook, and chicken lollipops, ordered from her caterer-friend.

The fact that she was going to cook only one viand eased my discomfort somewhat. Until the next day, when she announced that her friend was out of town. It meant my mother was going to have to wing the chicken wings.

That was why I was up earlier than usual that morning, ready to be the wind beneath her wings. But my mother was already flying high all by herself. She had everything under control; there was no need for wind. The robust, meaty smell that greeted my nose as I went into the kitchen told me the giniling was going to be a hit. The chicken wings were already breaded and waiting for the oil to heat, and the rice was already cooked white and fluffy. All I had to do was make the "sawsawan" [sauce] for the chicken, which I did with much gladness and no small amount of relief.

An hour later, the wings were fried and arranged on a large serving dish. There was even an extra plateful. My mother had cooked as if a great famine was going to sweep across the land. She had pulled through. Without breaking into much of a sweat, she was able to cook enough food for 30 Baptists, with something extra for her family.

So instead of helping my mother, what I did was become a kid again, sitting in the kitchen, greasing up my mouth and fingers with my mom's crispy, crunchy chicken lollipops. All the while, I gushed to my sister about what a culinary genius our mom was. "She didn't need my help," I crowed. "She did it all by herself." I sounded not unlike mothers who are seeing their babies walk unaided for the first time.

Later, I would find out from my father that the Baptists also loved the food. All judgments were positive, all comments glowing.

As I sat at the table, licking my chicken-flavored fingers, chicken bones littering the space in front of me, I wondered why I ever doubted my mother's skill and panache. It's not like cooking for 30 Baptists was the hardest thing she had ever done in her life. Yet, somehow, I had forgotten the various feats of parenting she had performed to raise three willful, independent, slightly smart, and therefore considerably condescending daughters. This was my mother who, among other things taught us the difference between the "p" and the "f" sounds (a difficulty for many Filipinos), cooked the best chicken macaroni "sopas" [soup], and even made ham and "tocino" [sweetened red meat] herself instead of buying them in the market.

When I was younger, such doubts would never have entered my mind. My heart would have told my mind to believe and my mind would have done so. But I am not as young as I used to be. I carry inside me almost three decades' worth of questions and the illusion that at least some of these have answers. The thing with asking questions, though, is that it requires an admission of the temporality of suppositions. What we believe today flies in the face of what we held true yesterday. Certainty is a ship with holes trying, nevertheless, to stay afloat in a sea of ambiguity.

It is not that I know more than I did when I was younger. It is that I doubt more and, therefore, believe less. In the case of my mother, it had been a long time since I took her word without checking with other sources. Like all children, I started out believing firmly that there wasn't much she couldn't do. Not that I thought she was perfect, but I never thought she was imperfect. Her imperfections existed, yes, but they did so outside of my mind and, therefore, they never crossed it. The end result was the same: my mother, as with all mothers, might as well have been perfect. Her word always seemed final.

But like all children, I got older and started to grow my own mind. The illusion of maternal perfection gradually dissolved to reveal my mother as just another flawed human like myself, and her word as just another hypothesis to be tested.

There are times when I wonder how it must be like to be a mother. (I am not one, and I probably won't be for a while.) What I imagine is that motherhood is an exercise in heartbreak. Human development proceeds from a state of relative ignorance and innocence to one of (at least ostensible) knowledge and awareness. It is the gradual replacement of wonder with unbelief, awe with indifference. The heart thrives on people's ability to be pleased. We begin our lives with this ability but we lose it steadily as we learn more, know more. Knowledge is power, the power to be fastidious. And the fastidious mind breaks hearts.

To be a mother, then, is to be the object of opinions that are bound to change. The evolution of Mother, from the child's changing perspective, is from one who can do no wrong to one who can do no right. From supreme repository of all worldly knowledge to hack who knows nothing about Me and the Stuff I Am Going Through. Motherhood, I realize, is an inevitable fall from grace.

And yet, watching my mother work her culinary magic that Sunday, I also realized that evolution does not preclude reverting to earlier ways of seeing and believing -- at least for a while. Maybe magic exists outside the natural imperative to grow up and to mature. Maybe the fastidious mind can still open itself up a little -- and be pleased, after all.

That Sunday morning, I saw my mother again through younger, easily pleased eyes. That Sunday morning, my mom could do no wrong. She did everything crispy, crunchy perfect. Just like she used to, when I believed more and doubted less, when my knowledge of her was still pure, untainted by my knowledge of anything else.

Divine Love A. Salvador, 28, is a freelance writer/editor and a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Copyright 2007 Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Philippine TV Ratings May 10, 2007... thanks to ABANTE-TONITE

Narito ang overnight
ratings ng mga programa ng GMA 7 at ABS-CBN 2 noong

HUWEBES (Mayo 10):

SiS 10.9% vs. Homeboy

Love in Heaven 12% vs.
Game Ka Na Ba 18.3%;

Eat Bulaga 21.9% vs.
Wowowee 23.6%;

Daisy Siete 18.8% vs.
Inocente De Ti 13.1%;

Muli 15.5% at Sinenovela
14.2% vs. Kapamilya Cinema 14.4%;

Love Truly 12.2% vs.
Pangako sa ‘Yo 11%;

Hana Yori Dango 20.4% vs.
Sineserye 15.4%;

24 Oras 27.6% vs. TV
Patrol World 23.5%;

Asian Treasures
32.1% vs. Maria Flordeluna 26.1% at Walang Kapalit 26.7%;

Super Twins 31.3% vs.
Maging Sino Ka Man 25.3%;

Lupin 32% vs. Rounin

Jumong 26.6% vs.
Pinoy Big Brother 19.5%;

Magpakailanman 16.3% vs.
Bandila 10.8%.

Friday, May 11, 2007


Originally uploaded by arleighmac.

My nephew during their recognition. Top 10 in their class

I'll be posting this one again... hehehe thanks Unsei for this one...

100 Things about me

001. Real name: ARLEIGH T. MACAPAGAL
002. Nickname: ARL, CHOI
003. Single or available: SINGLE
004. Zodiac sign: VIRGO
005. Male or female: MALE
009. Eye color: DONT KNOW
010. Hair color: BLACK
011. Long or short hair: SHORT
012. Shoe size: 9.5
013. Asthma? No
014. Are you health freak: A LITTLE
015. Height: 5'7"
016. Do you have a crush on someone: YES
017. Do you like yourself: YES, NARCISSISTIC NA NGA EH...
018. Piercings: A BIG NO!
019. Tattoos: A BIG NO TOO!
020. Righty or lefty: LEFTY


023. First piercing: WALA NGA EH
024. First best friend: VINCENT DELOSO
026. First sport you joined: ELEMENTARY BASEBALL


049. Eating: MCRICE BURGER
050. Drinking: ICED TEA
053. Listening to: BISAYA ROCK

058. Want kids? YES, 2-4 MAYBE
059. Want to get married? YES


068. Lips or eyes? LIPS
069. Hugs or kisses: BOTH
070. Shorter or taller: AT LEAST AN INCH SHORTER THAN ME
072. Romantic or spontaneous? SPONTANEOUS
073. Stomach or arms: STOMACH
074. Sensitive or loud: SENSITIVE
075. Hook-up or relationship: RELATIONSHIP


078. Kissed a stranger: NONE SO FAR
080. Lost glasses/contacts: I DONT HAVE THOSE STUFFS
081. Ran away from home: DI PA NANGYAYARI
082. Broken any bones: OK PA NAMAN LAHAT
084. Broken someone's heart: YUP, BUT IM MAKING IT UP
085. Been arrested: WALA PA
086. Turned someone down: A LOT OF TIMES.
087. Cried when someone died: IM NOT A CRY BABY HEHEHE
088. Liked a friend: YES


089. Yourself: A LOT
090. Miracles: YES
091. Love at first sight: NO
092. Heaven: Yes.
094. Fairies: MAYBE
095. Kissing on the first date: YES

097. Is there one or more people you want to be with right now? YES
098. Is Superman really better than Batman? I LIKE CLARK KENT MORE THAN BRUCE WAYNE
099. Have you had more than one boyfriend/girlfriend at the same time? NO
100. Do you believe in God? YES

Lazy Friday

im so tired of work...ive got severe body pains and i deserve to have a getaway...

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Our Kiss...

sarap ng kiss namin ng palangga ko...

Believe Me... you can read this...

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd

waht I was rdgnieg.
The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to a
rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer
in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny
iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be

in the rghit pclae.
The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it
wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey
lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig
huh? yaeh and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt!

Have A Real Nice Day

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