Showing posts from April, 2008

Wednesday Movie Guide

Ironman is finally here in Davao particularly at SM City Cinema 1. (I just checked with NCCC Cinema and they have it too --- they have new theaters, new seats!) I'm excited to see Robert Downey in that gold and red hit-tech suit to fight crime. Downey is Tony Stark, a billionaire industrialist and weapons maker who was captured by terrorists in the Middle East. He dons the suit and becomes Ironman to protect the very people who have been victimized by the weapons he created. It also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, a very talented actress who starred in unforgettable movies like Shakespeare in Love.

As a promotional gimmick for the movie, an LG IronMan 18 karat gold phone has been released. The phone, which is worth $2000 is not available anywhere but only at the IronMan website. That is, if you are lucky enough to win their contest.

Well, you can buy cheap IronMan memorabilia at Jollibee Just buy the Kiddie Meal and choose from the IronMan watch, game, notebook and shades.

IronMan GP SM Cinem…

Davao Businessman Eyeing Investors For P15M Cable Ski Park

Campo Agua: future site of cable wakeboarding facility in Mindanao

Campo Agua in Sirawan, Toril, Davao City may just become the venue of Mindanao’s first cable wakeboarding facility if the vision of owner and manager Kenneth Valderama is realized.

“We are looking for investors who would be willing to invest at least P15 million for the construction of a cable wakeboarding park here in Toril either on a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) scheme or other method,” Valderama said. He said he already has the land but an investor is needed to provide the equipment.

The Valderamas own a 13-hectare property right where Campo Agua Resort is located but the latter only occupies about 2.4 hectares. Of the total land used, 400 square meters have been allotted for the pool, 2 hectares for the fish ponds, 3,000 square meters for the boating lagoon and some space for the crocodile farm.

Campo Agua Resort is being marketed as an interactive water playground for kids with open slides, tunnels, mushroom showers,…

Lord Of The Wings

Filipinos are known for their creativity. If you have seen the Harry Cutter barber shop or the Mang Donald's burger then chances are you are quick to recognize name brands that have been localized by Pinoy's. Here's one of them along Toril.

The Church And A Close Mindset

Will the church keep its word that it will not give the sacrament of Holy Communion to the Davao City councilors who voted YES to the Local Development Plan for Children during last Tuesday's sessions? For sure, no councilor would be brave enough to prove the church's claim by attending mass.

But come to think of it, is the church's proclamation rational? Is it based on clear thinking or were they just misled? During the 3rd reading of the resolution, councilor Angela Librado said she could not find any of the allegations hurled by the church against the LDPC. Archbishop Capalla was invited during the committee hearings but unfortunately, he failed to attend. Was that because the matter was insignificant to the archbishop? Or could it perhaps signify the closed mindedness of the church represented by the archbishop?

Davao City may be considered as one of the most livable cities in Asia but poverty and child problems are mounting. Look around and even in your neighborhood you…

Society And Media Influence

Are your choices being influenced by the media and by the society? The media is a very potent medium of changing mindsets. Just take the case of tri-media advertisement (or should I say quad-media including the Internet?) which promotes and sells products. Constant bombardment to certain products and ideas are bound to influence your choices sooner or later.

How about the society? How often do you rely on your friend's recommendation even on simple things like soap or even the food you eat? Examine your life. Examien you choices. Then decide how your life is being run by society and by the media.

Rediscovering Song Writing And Suzanne Vega

I have always liked the songs of Suzanne Vega but that was a long, long time ago when I still had the luxury of listening to my favorite CDs. One of her songs which really made an indelible mark in my subconscious is "Luka". My interpretation of the song is of an abused child or an abused woman. What would you conclude with this lyrics..."they only hit until you cry, after that you don't ask why; you dont' argue anymore.."

I lost my Luka CD but then the song remained. Several years forward. I was reading the New York Times earlier when I saw Suzanne Vega's column "Measure for Measure--How To Write A Song And Other Mysteries". I did not know until now that aside from being the voice behind her songs, she was also the writer and the composer. And I was right, the inspiration behind the song is a neighbor, a boy who was not really abused but was queer or just different from the other kids.

I found a commonality between Suzanne and me, knowing …

Braga Blames Land Conversion, Imports For Scarcity Of Rice

Councilor PilarBraga yesterday blamed land conversion from agriculture to housing and industrial use and the continued importation of rice as the culprits behind the present rice shortage in the country. However, she clarified that there is no rice shortage, only a rice-land shortage.

Braga also blamed the government's stance in discouraging people from becoming farmers by "discouraging agriculture as a way of life" leading to the closure of farming and agricultural schools in the country.

This reminded me of that time several years ago when the entry of the University of the Philippines in Mindanao is still being debated and protested by various universities here saying the state-financed university will only duplicate the existing courses being offered by the Mindanao institutions.

The defense of UP then was that they will offer different courses to differentiate itself to the other institutions. Several years later, UPMindanao is offering almost the same courses being …

Davao City Council Approves Local Dev't. Plan For Children

The city government voted 18 to 4 to approve the Davao City Local Development Plan for Children despite a warning and an appeal from Archbishop Fernando Capalla. In a pastoral letter, Capalla warned the councilors that exerting moral pressure on their subordinates to adopt the LDPC "may create public scandal and thereby making themselves openly unworthy to receive the Sacraments."

The resolution to adopt the LDPC is authored by councilor Angela Librado who tried to combat the allegations made by the oppositors of the resolution led by religious groups. Capalla said LDPC is "dangerous and detrimental" because it is in the guise of reproductive health and safe pregnancy and it:

mocks parental authority
belittles the value of family
denigrates the virtue of chastity
makes available all contraceptives to children from 0 to 18 years old
promotes pre-marital sex and promiscuity

Librado however said she does not know where the Archbishop got his information because nowhere in th…

No Rice Shortage In RP

Is there a rice shortage in the Philippines? Answering this question can be tricky. Rice shortage means the supply of rice is not enough to feed the population. if this is your definition of rice shortage then there is no rice shortage in the Philippines because there is plenty of rice supply both local and imported. However, the answer should not stop there.
While sustainable agriculture should be looked into by the Arroyo government to avoid a rice shortage from really happening in the future, it should go deeper and look into the cause of the seemingly rice shortage in the country. There is no rice shortage. However, you can bet your breakfast that the price of rice is really skyrocketing and this is the problem.
The price of every commodity in the country is rising but the spending power of the Filipinos is running the opposite direction. Ideally, a directly proportional increase between the price of goods and the spending power of the people will not result to a rice shortage. Th…

Writers' Strike

When America sneezes, the whole world catches a cold. This has been proven time and again with the changing economic status of the Philippines everytime the dollar moves. However, the influence wielded by the US of A has also been proven during the long writers' strike when Filipinos got lost lookign for their favorite imported TV shows.

McDonalds Now In Digos City

If McDonalds is an indicator of a promising economy (since a franchise costs millions and no one will invest in a place where he coudl not get his ROI) then Digos City has arrived. Passed by the city last weekend and there it was---the proverbial junkie outlet which is patronized by a lot of people--McDonald's. Jollibee has been in Digos for years now so McDonald's will be a refreshing change for those who have gotten tired of seeing the busy bee.

This is a bad shot but I was rushing since I did not expect to see this one. Unfortunately it was already difficult to stop and get photos since we were in a hurry and we did not want to cause a traffic.

Sta. Cruz' Thriving Wood Industry: Buying A Sungka

If you had the chance to pass along Sta. Cruz highway going to Digos, Davao del Sur then you must have seen the various woodworking stalls located just beside the road. You may have noticed the intricate furniture being displayed in the bigger stores but what catches the eye, even of a local (much more foreigners) are the various wood works shaped that are left hanging in the stalls just several feet from the highway.

Check it out because most of the woodworks are very practical for home use especially the lechon server (that's the wood shaped like a pig). How many times have you ordered a lechon for a home party and then rushed to the nearby store to buy some boards? With the lechon wood server, you are assured of a regular container for your fare everytime there is a party or a gathering in your home or office where the starring role goes to what else, but a pig.
There are also fish-shaped wood servers which can be used for sinugbang isda and that is a common fare in every Filipin…

Road To Gensan Now Better

The road to General Santos City is undergoing repair and maintenance but it is definitely better now. Motorists from Digos City will however have to take a detour because the bridge connecting Guihing and Digos City is totally unpassable and all vehicles have to take the long way by going right into Guihing proper.

If not for the damaged bridge I would have surmised that the government is just showing off the newly constructed bridge inside Guihing. Funny though because construction of the Guihing project has not yet started and there is as yet no sign that there are preliminary works being done except perhaps for the road signs.

Gensan and South Cotabato has come a long way from being just a dusty city somewhere in the south. Aside from its tuna, pineapple and asparagus exports, the city is starting to become a financial hub with its own share of malls like Gaisano Mall and KCC. However, unless mayor Pedro Acharon finds a way to solve the peace and order problem of the city, it may b…

Yamaha Launches Apparel Line At SM City Davao

Yamaha, the company famous for its motorcycle line is launching their apparel line during a six-day exhibit being held at the SM City Davao from April 8 to April 13. The exhibit is dubbed as the "Yamaha Evolution: Feel the Excitement 2008".
The exhibit features the Yamaha Motor Show, the Yamaha Experience (showing off their latest big bikes), the Yamaha Experience (test riding, student riding) , Special Events which includes the Bamboo Kitty Girls and a Trial Bike Show.
Here's a line-up of the event:

April 8-13-Yamaha Motor Show-Atrium
April 8-13-Yamaha Experience-Parking Lot
April 12-Special Events-Parking Lot C
April 12-Trial Bike Show

What's Your News?

Just came back from a very short vacation in General Santos City and here I am cramming for a thousand and one blogging and writing responsibilities that have been pending since last week. How about you, what's your news? Got to hurry!

Unionbank Explanation On PayPal Fiasco Illogical

I am still uncomfortable with my PayPal deposits via Unionbank because of the discrepancy that happened just this week. The amount which appeared in my account record is way below the expected amount withdrawn from Paypal. However, what is more disconcerting are the events following my written email to Unionbank about the discrepancy which has remained unanswered up to now.

My mistake. I did not get a printscreen of the transaction. When I checked back, the P1,900 something wrongly deposited to my account disappeared. What more? The transaction fiasco itself disappeared from the online transaction box like Houdini's Magic.

After hounding the bank staff she agreed to connect me to the 1-800-188882277-not-so-hot-hotline and after several attempts we were able to talk to the operator who lo and behold! said she was seeing my accounts and the transactions I made and there was no transaction reflecting the P1, 900 deposit made to my account nor the transaction withdrawing the same amount…

Davao Bloggers Welcomes Summer With Campo Agua Resort Tour

So what happens when Davao Bloggers meet up?
Food, fun and photo-ops but not necessarily in that order. It's my first time to join the Davao Bloggers group and proved that I was normal. I always carry my Canon Powershot A540 (nakakahiya itabi sa Super Pogi na EOS ni Jojie) with me wherever I go and I take photos of everything; even the food at home I have to take photos of first before they are allowed to eat. Now I know there is nothing abnormal about me because it was lunchtime already and Campo Agua's crunchy and mouth-watering deep-fried tilapia and hito were already beckoning to our stomachs but the guys were completely unmindful and proceeded with photo-ops! Well, perhaps, that was a strategy because once the eating started everything was going, going, gone....

Campo Agua is hands down a kiddie resort and nothing beats the kids market. It boasts of an interactive water playground with water hydrants that kids can control just like they were sailors. For those who have the…

Off To Campo Agua Resort For Bloggers Tour

It's final! I'm joining the Bloggers Tour of CampoAgua in Sirawan, Toril today. Called up Jojie (who's organizing the tour along with Blogie) yesterday and confirmed the arrangements. I'm still here blogging though since i'll just meet the group at the resort while they will all be meeting at Jojie and Rhonson's studio at MTS at 9AM.

I've been to CampoAgua a lot of times and I have always enjoyed my stay there. Even the whole family enjoyed not only swimming but also eating the sumptuous dishes and fishing! We are usually the first people there arriving at 7Am and we are the last---leaving at 6PM. That's how nice the place is especially for those bringing kids with them.

Jojie said the kinilawnatilapia is yummy but I haven't tasted it yet---tried their kinilawnabangus though and I got hooked it is now a regular fare in the house. I was trying to get all my photos of CampoAgua (one of which came out in Working Mom with Brylle and his dad on the photo) …

Unionbank Where Did My Money Go?

"Don't make me angry, you won't like me when I'm angry" might as well be the slogan Unionbank for clients who complain a lot and i belong to that group. Huhuhuhuhu. It has been two hours since I emailed Unionbank about the discrepancy in my PayPal withdrawal and when I checked out just now, even the P1,900 they deposited to my account is gone! waaaaaahhhhh.....And not even a word as to what happened! And by the way, I sure would like to tell Unionbank to shove their 1-800-1888-2277 number on their ---wherever---since up to now, I still can't access the supposedly HOTLINE customer care.

Unionbank's PayPal Bloopers

Is Unionbank efficient enough to handle PayPal remittances, not only for its debit cards but also for savings accounts?

This question did not accidentally enter my mind. I just had a very bad experience with Unionbank'sPayPal remittance services. It may be called a minor blooper in the ordinary world but for a bank as big as Unionbank (who may be handling millions of dollars and accounts for its clients) this is not only a blooper but it speaks bad about how it handles its accounts---big or small.

I was waiting for my PayPal withdrawal of $196.19 so I kept on checking my online account with Unionbank. Funny but when I checked this morning only P1,905.81 was reflected. Either the peso-dollar rate has plunged to P10 per dollar or Unionbank committed a booboo in its data entry. I was just watching TV earlier to check the business news so I know the peso-dollar rate is P41.80 to a dollar. Which means Unionbank's data entry personnel or teller or whoever the hell is in charge o…