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There's more to life than what you see...



Updated: 2016-09-29T15:55:56.781+08:00

 



Starting Anew

2012-09-13T15:58:09.998+08:00

HELLO WORLD!!!

A big hello indeed!

It's been a while since I have posted anything on this blog and I bet some of you missed me!  Hahahaha!  Times have changed and are still changing...and I can assure you that whatever led you to this blog before will be revived and more!  There's more magick waiting to pop out from My Magick Basket!

Life runs in cycles and now is the time to start fresh and rekindle connections!


For now let me leave you with lines from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.


See you on my next post!(image)



Body Painting

2010-03-24T22:14:00.356+08:00


For more than a couple of months, Awatiro and I have been thinking of doing something like this - a body painting session!  We're kinda bored and we wanted to entertain ourselves and we're lucky that we found people who are willing to contribute their time and services for free all for the sake of art!

I did most of the color splashing on Mina and Johnny with the help of Sharon.  I already had ideas in my head on what to paint but I had been under so much stress and I didn't have enough sleep, I messed up with the plans!  Well excuses aside, I was more than ready to give up but they cheered on... I didn't want to take them down with me that's why we pushed through until almost 9pm...

I know I could have done better if I didn't give in to my mood swings but hey, we were already there that day...There's no turning back!

To the four of you, thank you very much! 


*Photos are not to be used without permission from the blog author.
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WHITE NIGHT PARTY

2010-03-10T12:00:43.086+08:00


On 27 March 2010, Saturday, wear WHITE and party all night at JCI Macajalar 24k's WHITE NIGHT party!  

See you there!
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We Too Are Stardust

2010-03-09T12:25:35.970+08:00


These are some of my favorite lines from Jostein Gaarder's book Sophie's World...

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We're All Connected

2010-03-07T23:01:47.047+08:00

We are all connected... You may believe it or not but you can't deny that every move you make has an effect in The Universe.  I came across these lines from two memorable people...  I don't know if you will acknowledge what they said but I do.  The earth does not belong to man.  Man belongs to the earth.  All things are connected like the blood that unites one family.  Man did not weave the web of life.  He is merely a strand in it.  Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.--allegedly said by Chief Seattle, Chief of the Suquamish Indians All life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.  We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality.  --Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Laureate and Civil Rights ActivistTHINK ABOUT IT.  ;) [...]



Kill Boredom With A Paintbrush

2010-03-04T12:20:50.213+08:00


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Beads

2010-01-27T00:26:20.761+08:00


I have always loved beads.  I love them as accessories on the neck, wrists, or ankles.   I even love them on clothes too!  I love stringing beads and this latest project is courtesy of that DIY kit I found at Toy Kingdom.  I found "Egyptian" beads and I don't think they look Egyptian at all but I bought the set.  I added some of my own beads to create this neck thingy...
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The Natural Cosmic Laws

2010-01-20T16:39:51.179+08:00

I have read a book on Enlightenment and have found this list of natural cosmic laws to be very useful. Not everyone might believe these laws but then if we try to understand deeper, we will know that these laws really do exist. A lot of people suffer in their present states because they are not aware of or they violate the natural cosmic laws. The natural cosmic laws are immutable and they apply even if you do not believe in them. Ignorance of the law excuses no one thus, it is essential that we are aware of the natural cosmic laws in order for us to be guided in our activities in this life.The Natural Cosmic LawsThe first natural cosmic law is the Law of Reincarnation. Various scientific researches including hypnotic regression which have been conducted in different countries have proven that reincarnation is real. This law states that we can live through several incarnations in order to evolve into a better soul and become a master of matter.The second law is the Law of Karma. This law proclaims that “Whatever you sow, you reap.” It is also known as the Law of Causality or the Law of Action and Reaction. The three types of karma are: Sinchit karma which is accumulated karma of many lives and constitutes the patterns of actions and reactions; Pralavda karma which is the destiny karma and a part of the Sinchit karma that you are paying off or balancing in your present incarnation; and the Kriyaman karma which is what you choos to do at each instant and only appears in milliseconds, giving you the freedom of choice and it offers escape from destiny karma. The third is the Law of Sharing. This law states that “As you give, so shall you receive.” It also proclaims that whatever you share with the universe, it will come back to you multifold. Learn to share with joy, don’t count how much you have given but concentrate on the joy you felt when you shared. The art of giving is to give from the heart voluntarily. The fourth law is the Law of Praise. This law is also known as the Law of Positivity. When you meet people in your life, don’t dwell in their negative aspects; always try to look for the beauty in people. By looking at the beauty in people, we change how we look at ourselves. The fifth is the Law of Thanksgiving. You may be experiencing misfortunes in your life but nevertheless, give thanks for your blessings. Make it a habit to be grateful for what you have and you will change. In order to change your life, the first thing you should do is change yourself.The sixth law is the Law of Forgiveness. Recall all the people who have hurt you and caused you pain. You might feel hatred and other negative feelings toward those people and you have to change how you feel. You might also react negatively to other people who resemble the people who have hurt you and it will only cause you to be hurt again and again. Changing how you feel towards those people will help change you. [...]



I See You

2010-01-13T20:29:40.699+08:00

Almost a month after its premiere, I finally had the chance to watch James Cameron's Avatar.  

I have read and heard various reviews (and spoilers) of the movie and most of them had been positive that's why I watched it!


When it comes to James Cameron films, viewers could only expect everything to be on a grand scale.  Well, I like the story and the whole movie.  The effects are great and Cameron really knew exactly when to create and release it.  If he made the movie years ago, it might not be as great as it is today.

Shall I write down a synopsis of the movie?  Nahhh... Too many people have already written about it and I don't want to join the bandwagon.  Hahaha!  But I love the system of belief of the Na'vi...  Everything is connected... I love you Eywa...


Should I rate the movie with stars and all?  Hmm...I am not a movie critic and it would not be fair if I give out stars just for the heck of it.  I love the movie.  That's it!


If only CDO has an IMAX or 3D theatre...maybe I'll give the movie a gazillion stars... hahahahaha!




I SEE YOU...

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Money Laundering

2010-01-08T22:22:29.331+08:00


I normally clean out the pockets of my jeans before I drop them in the washing machine.  What a pleaseant surprise!  I thought I already cleaned out the pockets and whalaaa... Two 20 peso bills rise from the gyrating waters.

It's a new year...

Time to wash off the dirt from the previous year and have a fresh start!

I quit my job...



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Aum

2009-12-19T00:21:24.606+08:00

AUM3x3 ft/ 36x36 inOil on CanvasAUM is the most sacred symbol in Hindu dharma. Aum (OM) is the sound of the infinite.Aum is said to be the essence of all mantras, the highest of all matras or divine word (shabda), Brahman (ultimate reality) itself. Aum is said to be the essence of the Vedas. By sound and form, AUM symbolizes the infinite Brahman (ultimate reality) and the entire universe. A stands for Creation U stands for Preservation M stands for Destruction or dissolution This is representative of the Trinity of God in Hindu dharma (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) The three portions of AUM relate to the states of waking, dream and deep sleep and the three gunas (rajas, satva, tamas) The three letters also indicates three planes of existence, heaven (swarga), earth (martya) and netherworld (patala) All the words produced by the human vocal organ can be represented by AUM. A is produced by the throat, U & M by the lips In the Vedas, AUM is the sound of the Sun, the sound of Light. It is the sound of assent (affirmation) and ascent (it has an upwards movement and uplifts the soul, as the sound of the divine eagle or falcon.As the creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound "AUM".Aum provides a dualistic viewpoint. On one hand, it projects the mind beyond the immediate to what is abstract and inexpressible. On the other hand, it makes the absolute more tangible and comprehensive. It encompasses all potentialities and possibilities; it is everything that was, is, or can yet be. It is omnipotent and likewise remains undefined.Source[...]



PAGLANTAW: Visions of the Past and of the Future

2009-12-09T23:58:12.665+08:00

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PAGLANTAW
Visions of the Past and of the Future




"You cannot change the past or the future. Instead of changing the past and future, what you do is create them."



The past and the future cannot be changed, yet they can be created and re-created in various ways through a person’s imagination and they can be manifested in various forms whether through literature, the performing arts, or the visual arts.

Memories and dreams help a person create or re-create a distant past or a forthcoming future. With visual art, these visions can be exhibited through paintings and works of various media that is why Circulo de Arte and the Circulo de Arte Alumni have come together to look back on the past and look forward to the future through PAGLANTAW: Visions of the Past and of the Future, a collaborative group art exhibit.

A vision of the past: In 1995, students of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan who were art enthusiasts gathered together and formed the Ateneo Art Society and looked forward to create an established art organization in the campus.

In 1996, the core group of students through the help of the organization moderator Mr. Pennessencio “Nonoy” Estarte, renamed the group into Circulo de Arte, and aimed to gather more art enthusiasts in Xavier University in order to share, develop, and exhibit various art ideas and techniques. From then on, generations of young artists and their art have graced the halls and walls of Xavier University and other establishments through Circulo de Arte group art exhibits.

Now celebrating its 14th year as a school-based art organization, Circulo de Arte looks forward to creating a flourishing future in art by creating visions that are never impossible to attain, always within reach through art and imagination.

We invite you to view PAGLANTAW and have the opportunity to see different visions of the past and of the future through colorful works by young artists.
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The Tarot of of Marseilles According to Alejandro Jodorowsky

2009-11-28T13:31:37.581+08:00

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Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean scholar in comparative religion, playwright, director, producer, composer, actor, mime, comic book writer, tarot reader, historian and psychotherapist. I am amazed with his wisdom. He surely is somebody to look up to!




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Pacquiao Defeated Cotto!

2009-11-16T12:08:57.835+08:00

I know this is a day late and a lot have already made posts regarding the fight... However, I still want to say to the world that I am glad and proud that I am a Filipino in this lifetime!

Manny Pacquiao is a living example of a person who had humble beginnings but is now one of the most influential and inspiring people in the world. In spite of all the glory, he still remains humble...that's what I admire most about him. Congratulations Manny!

As for Miguel Cotto, I admire his sportsmanship. He even bothered to go up to Manny and give him a hug. Cotto is a great warrior too, he lasted longer than the others but he's not just tough enough for The Pacman.

For the next few days (or weeks) the Philippines will surely remain in a hazy state due to Pacman's victory. I just hope that after the celebrations, everyone will go back to their normal lives and work hard not only for themselves but also for the country. Elections are coming up and we have to do our duty to choose leaders who will help us make changes! But before that, we should cheer on and vote for Efren Peñaflorida to be the ultimate hero of CNN Heroes. The guy needs our help so he can help more children!

I am proud to be Filipino. I am happy I am Filipino. I believe that we still have a lot to share to the world not only with our natural resources but also with our talents too! The Filipino race is a brave and honorable race. In my own little way, I will do what I can to make my country proud and help restore it back to its glory!


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White Water Rafting in CDO

2009-10-23T18:44:00.627+08:00

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Last weekend I faced my fear of the water by going white water rafting in the Cagayan de Oro River with my old friend and a new one. I was quite scared at first but after the initial four rapids, I got used to it and had so much fun! I even jumped off from that big rock and dunked into the water!!!

Thanks to Odessa and Anya for sharing that experience with me and more thanks to the river guides who made sure we were not harmed.


Until then...


I want to go rafting again and again and again and again... Hahahaha!



Music: Blur - Song 2 Remix
Photos: Kagay White Water Rafting Tours


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CDO Bloggers Group Hosts Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3!

2009-10-21T19:25:30.258+08:00

(Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines – October 21, 2009) – It’s all systems go for the Cagayan de Oro Bloggers (CDO Bloggers) as they play host to the much-awaited Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3, an annual gathering of Mindanao-based bloggers, IT industry experts, community leaders and new media advocates, on October 24, 2009 at Pearlmont Inn, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City. Roughly 300 bloggers are expected to attend this year’s summit.With the theme, “Mindanao: Bag-Uhon Ang Panan-aw,” (Changing The Way People See Mindanao) the event aims to uphold the beauty and strength of Mindanao, to highlight the diverse cultures and fascinating tourist spots that are uniquely Mindanao and to provide a platform where bloggers and other new media practitioners can discuss concerns related to Mindanao – all with the help of new and emerging technologies.“Mindanao is the home of everything fascinating or in bloggers’ lingo – bloggable. Through the Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3, it is the hope of the CDO Bloggers, along with our partners and generous sponsors, that we listen to knowledgeable resource persons, meet other Mindanaoan bloggers, share and maximize all of our skills and resources and adopt tried and tested practices that can help us to fully promote Mindanao and for us to become better bloggers as well,” emphasized ChiQ Montes, president of CDO Bloggers.“Of course, we also want all of the participants to have a good time and experience the sights and sounds of Cagayan de Oro,” Montes added.Montes said that apart from Mindanaoan bloggers, the summit will also see the participation of some bloggers from Luzon and Visayas.Expected to grace the summit are United States Embassy’s new Deputy Chief of Mission Leslie Bassett, Atty. Adel Tamano, Agusan Lone District Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Constantino "Tinnex" Jaraula.Considered unprecedented in the Philippine blogosphere, a top ranking United States Embassy dignitary is set to deliver the keynote address. Bassett’s trip to CDO will be her first trip to Mindanao since assuming office in June. She previously served as DCM in Mexico.“We are deeply honored. We’re certain that the summit participants will be delighted to meet her and we can’t wait for her to see our beautiful city,” Montes said.Other speakers during the whole-day affair include Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Constanton "Tinnex" Jaraula, Agusan Lone District Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza and Atty. Adel Tamano.Google’s Philippine representative Aileen Apolo, whose talk will focus on beginners, Digital Filipino’s Janette Toral, who will discuss blog advertising and Lyle Santos, who will talk about making money online will also be present. Representatives of other blogger groups including those in Davao City, General Santos City and Zamboanga will also give updates.After the summit proper, participants have the choice of joining either the city tour (Xavier University Museum, Cathedral, Divine Mercy Shrine, Opol Aviary, Limketkai Mall) or the whitewater rafting adventure.Also happening on October 24, right after the MBS 3, is the Philippine Blog Awards – Mindanao awarding ceremonies.CDO Bloggers, Inc., a group duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is the lead organizer of this year’s Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3. Previous summits took place in Davao City and General Santos City.The Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3 is generously supported by SMART Communications Inc, Nokia, Syntactics, Inc., STI, Rafting Adventure Philippines, MakatiAve.com, Majesty Sales Center, Havaianas Philippines, OLX Philippines Free Classifieds, Clar[...]



Gratitude

2009-10-12T19:14:19.915+08:00



A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest. As he was wandering about there he came upon a Lion lying down moaning and groaning. At first he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him.

As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had got into it, and was causing all the pain. He pulled out the thorn and bound up the paw of the Lion, who was soon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a dog.

Then the Lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day used to bring him meat from which to live. But shortly afterwards both Androcles and the Lion were captured, and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the Lion, after the latter had been kept without food for several days.

The Emperor and all his Court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena. Soon the Lion was let loose from his den, and rushed bounding and roaring towards his victim. But as soon as he came near to Androcles he recognised his friend, and fawned upon him, and licked his hands like a friendly dog.

The Emperor, surprised at this, summoned Androcles to him, who told him the whole story. Whereupon the slave was pardoned and freed, and the Lion let loose to his native forest.


Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
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When I was younger, my mother made me read, read, and read. I remember she let me read Aesop's fables and this story about Androcles and the Lion was part of that compilation. The original story was said to be by Apion but this version on my post is attributed to Aesop since it has a "moral" at the end of the story.

Gratitude may be a sign to indicate the nobility of a soul but then we should alsobe aware on what we should be grateful for.

I am grateful for every day of my life. Yes, even the bad days. ;)


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Amazing Grace

2009-09-28T21:18:32.980+08:00

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The Philippines: Man Loses His Own Life After Saving Dozens From Floods

2009-09-28T20:56:08.774+08:00

I stumbled upon this story from The Age and I want to share it with all of you... Thanks to The Age..._____________________________________________________________Philippine man loses own life after saving dozens from floods September 28, 2009 - 2:28 PM An 18-year-old construction worker braved rampaging floods in the Philippines to save more than 30 people, but ended up sacrificing his life in a last trip to rescue a baby girl and her mother who were being swept away on a styrofoam box. Family members and people who Muelmar Magallanes saved have hailed the young man a hero, as his body lay in a coffin at a makeshift evacuation centre near their destroyed Manila riverside village."I am going to be forever grateful to Muelmar," said Menchie Penalosa, the mother of the six-month-old girl whom he carried to safety before being swept away himself. "He gave his life for my baby. I will never forget his sacrifice." Mr Magallanes was at home on Saturday with his family when tropical storm Ketsana unleashed the heaviest rains in more than 40 years on the Philippine capital and surrounding areas. At first the family, long used to heavy rains, paid little attention to the storm. But Mr Magallanes and his father quickly decided to evacuate the family once they realised the river 800 metres away had burst its banks. With the help of an older brother, Mr Magallanes tied a string around his waist and attached it one-by-one to his three younger siblings, whom he took to higher ground. Then he came back for his parents. But Mr Magallanes, a strong swimmer, decided to go back for neighbours trapped on rooftops. He ended up making many trips, and eventually saved more than 30 people from drowning, witnesses and survivors said. Tired and shivering, Mr Magallanes was back on higher ground with his family when he heard Ms Penalosa screaming as she and her baby were being swept away on the polystyrene box they were using in an attempt to cross the swift currents. He dived back in after the mother and daughter, who were already a few metres away and bobbing precariously among the debris floating on the brown water. "I didn't know that the current was so strong. In an instant, I was under water. We were going to die," said Ms Penalosa, her eyes welling with tears and voice choking with emotion. "Then this man came from nowhere and grabbed us. He took us to where the other neighbours were, and then he was gone," Ms Penalosa said. Ms Penalosa and other witnesses said an exhausted Mr Magallanes was simply washed away amid the torrent of water. Neighbours found his body on Sunday, along with 28 others who perished amid Manila's epic flooding. The official death toll stands at 100 with 32 missing. Standing next to his coffin, Mr Magallanes' parents paid tribute to their son. "He always had a good heart," said his father, Samuel. "We had already been saved. But he decided to go back one last time for the girl." His mother, Maria Luz, wept as she described her son as incredibly brave. "He saved so many people, but ended up not being able to save himself." AFP_____________________________________________________________Now that's a real hero! Helping others without expecting anything in return! Mr Magallanes was just one of the many simple folk who risked their lives just to save others from the great deluge t[...]



My Sweet Lord - George Harrison

2009-09-25T01:03:19.655+08:00

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My Sweet Lord
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George Harrison



George Harrison is my favorite Beatle and this song is one of my favorites. I am just grateful with how things turned out in the past few weeks and I am looking forward to greater things. Life is not simple; we have to learn to go with the flow...

Life is never easy but it's better if we face the vicissitudes of life with optimism.

One more thing, never ever forget to be grateful always... ;-)



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Blood Head Sculpture Acquired By The National Portrait Gallery

2009-09-18T19:12:20.585+08:00

Self, Marc Quinn (2006) Click image to go to original story Most museums that hold precious art in their premises protect their art by maintaining a temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit in their halls. In the National Portrait Gallery in London, a colder climate is needed for its newest acquisition, a work known to be one of the most important works of the BritArt era. The National Portrait Gallery has purchased a newly minted version of Marc Quinn’s Self sculpture; the artwork is the fourth reproduction of the British artist’s head made out of nine pints of his own frozen blood. Three previous versions of the art piece sit in private collections yet this one was acquired by the gallery in order to show to the public. The Art Fund, a charity in the UK that is devoted to collecting important works for public collections contributed £100,000 to the £300,000 ($500,000) cost of the sculpture. It was already an arranged discounted price since the work was intended for the museum. The remainder of the funds used to purchase the blood head sculpture came from other nonprofit organizations. The National Blood Service in the UK recommends that there should be a 16 week waiting period in between blood donations. If Quinn follows the necessary protocol, it takes him almost three years to collect the necessary amount of blood to make another version of the sculpture. If Quinn aspires to create another version, the next sculpture will be available for sale in 2011. [...]



Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3

2009-09-15T09:18:27.535+08:00

Mindanao is a big, beautiful island and it has a lot of interesting sites, people, and traditions. Since pre-colonial times, the island of Mindanao has captivated many people from near and afar and it still continues to do so with more people from a wider scope. Mindanao has kept abreast with changing times and through the internet, it remains an important place that should not be missed. The Mindanao Bloggers Summit is an important event that allows bloggers from and of Mindanao to convene and uphold the goal to celebrate and promote Mindanao. Now on its third year, the Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3 aims to change the way people see Mindanao.The Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3 has the theme “Mindanao Bag-ohon ang Panan-aw” and it will be held on October 24, 2009 at Pearlmont Inn, Limketkai Drive here in Cagayan de Oro City. The following is the schedule of activities for Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3:October 24, 2009, Saturday7:00 – 8:30 : Registration8-30 – 8:45 : Opening Prayer & National Anthem8:45 – 9: 00 : MBS3 Introduction – ChiQ Montes9 :00 – 9:30 : Welcome Speech – Mayor Tinnex Jaraula9:30 – 10:00 : Introduction on Mindanao Bloggers – Blogie Robillo10:00 – 10:30 : Adel Tamano/ Khalid Dimaporo – State of Mindanao10:30 – 11:00 : AVP on Mindanao and BREAK11:00 – 11:30 : Tourism Director11:30 – 12:00 : Keynote speaker12 :00 -1:00 : LUNCH BREAK1:00 – 1:30 : Aileen Apolo – Target: Beginners1:30 – 2:00 : Janette Toral – Blog Advertising2:30 – 3:00 : BREAK3:00 – 3:30 : Lyle Santos – Make money Online/ Adsense3:30 – 4:00 : Davao Bloggers Update4:00 – 4:30 : GenSan Bloggers Update – Avel Manansala4:30 – 5:00 : Zamboanga Bloggers Update – Ryann Z. ElumbaAt 7pm, the Philippine Blog Awards Mindanao Awards Night will take place and make MBS 3 a more memorable event! If you would want to be part of the said event, pre-register now and hope to see you soon!The Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3 is organized by the CDOBloggers, Inc. [...]



Do You Remember The Time?

2009-09-14T09:37:53.629+08:00

I had quite a lot of adventures and (misadventures) way back in my younger days. I just had fun reminiscing about those times and believe me I still wonder how I lived through them. I lived one day at a time and sometimes the days were too fast they passed by like a blur…

I wasn’t being fair to some people especially to my parents since they never knew (and still have no idea) that I had wasted a lot of money on mindless things. Back then it was cool to drink, smoke, and just let things be. Now I have realized it’s not easy to spend hard-earned money if you are the one doing all the earning… Spending is easy if you never had to lift a finger to earn the dough.


Cleaning and sobering up could be a sign of maturity in my own vocabulary even though to some it is not the case. Who cares anyway? But I am glad I’m over it and I am more than glad to say that I have a lot of stories to tell when I’m older. I never regretted a moment in my past. There were some things I silently wished never happened but right now, I’m glad they did. I’ll never get to where I am today if I never did all those crazy stuff back then.


Life is weird and so was I and I am still.


-reposted from a Hubpage dated 06/02/08




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Black Woman, White Kids

2009-09-11T00:10:17.033+08:00

Black Brazilian mother with albino children A black woman has puzzled many scientists because three out of her five children are white. Rosemere Fernandes de Andrade and her partner Joao are Afro-Brazilian must be carriers of the albinism gene since it requires both parents to be carriers in order to produce albino offspring. The genetics professor Valdir Balbino of the Federal University of Pernambuco said that it is a very rare occurrence since the parents and two other children are black. The family lives in the slum area of Olinda in north-east Brazil and the children have been ridiculed by the other students at their school. Mrs. Fernandes struggles to pay the medical bills for her children Ruth, 10; Esthefany, 8; and Kauan who is just 5. She must also buy the children expensive sunblock and extra clothing to protect their skin. The mother of five has also been challenged by security guards who insisted she could not be the children’s mother because they look different.Albinism affects around one in 17,000 people and those with albinism do not produce enough melanin which gives color to the skin, hair, and eyes and protects the body from the sun’s harmful rays. People with albinism often suffer from extreme short-sightedness and a severe sensitivity to light.In several parts of the world, people dare to pass judgment on people with albinism, calling them names that could only hurt. People with albinism did not wish to be born that way and most of them are having a hard time coping up with the people around them. Be nice to them!If you would want to help people with this condition, read on to the original article. Thank you.[...]



Kahlil Gibran On Love - The Prophet

2009-09-10T13:05:29.762+08:00

On Love: When love beckons to you, follow him,Though his ways are hard and steep.And when his wings enfold you yield to him,Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.And when he speaks to you believe in him,Though his voice may shatter your dreamsas the north wind lays waste the garden. For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.He threshes you to make you naked.He sifts you to free you from your husks.He grinds you to whiteness.He kneads you until you are pliant;And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;For love is sufficient unto love.When you love you should not say, "God is in my heart," but rather, "I am in the heart of God."And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.To know the pain of too much tenderness.To be wounded by your own understanding of love;And to bleed willingly and joyfully.To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;To return home at eventide with gratitude;And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet[...]