Thursday, January 31, 2008
The Philippines was bested only by the late Indonesian President Suharto who topped the list with an ammased wealth of $15 to P35 billion. The country's own President Ferdinand Marcos came second with an amassed wealth of $5 to $10 billion.
Former president Joseph Estrada said he will sue the UN (no, not for placing him in the 10th place as the most corrupt leader with an amassed wealth of $78 to $80 million instead of the 1st ha!ha!)but for the baseless accusation. If conviction for plunder in 2007 is not basis enough then something must be wrong somewhere.
Estrada was convicted by the Sandiganbayan for plunder with a 40-year prison terms. This was confirmed by the Supreme Court.
The complete list of the UN Top 10 Most Corrupt World Leaders:
1. Suharto of Indonesia
2. Ferdinand Marcos-Philippines
3. Mobutu Sese Seko-Zaire
4. Sani Abacha-Nigeria
5. Slobodan Milosevic-Serbia
6. Jean Claude Duvalier-Haiti
7. Alberto Fujimori-Peru
8. Pavlo Lazarenko-Ukraine
9. Arnoldo Aleman- Nicaragua
A College Degree is good for display in your living room. Of course, when you first apply for a job, it does help if you can present a transcript of records with very high grades. It will impress anyone. But after a few months, it's what you know and not what's on paper that matters. And in most cases, what you know is not measured by the grades in your TOR.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
If I had a hundred peso reward for every private-yellow-license-plate-bearing-taxi I get on camera then I say that's a great alternative to being a problogger because it would provide me a regular source of income on a daily basis.
That one way of saying that there are SOOOOO MANYYY taxicabs in the city bearing a green license plate which should only be used by private vehicles. Turns out that the Land Transportation Office is so inept its personnel couldn't see these taxicabs even if the cabs run pass their noses everyday.
Keith Bacongco himself spotted a Mabuhay Taxi bearing a green license plate. I caught this one, I think it’s an Alleyaa (did I get the spelling right?) on this photo last Tuesday and that’s not even the whole story. A few minutes after passing that taxi, I saw two taxis parked along the side of the Matina highway---bearing green license plates. And then another one in Juna after 5 minutes. I did not bother getting their photos anymore. It's tiring, you know especially when its the people at the LTO who are getting paid for the job I was doing.
Alvin and Chipmunks is finally here! We've (the other part of we being "B") been waiting for this movie since Christmas last year. I was wondering why the cinemas kept on postponing the showing of the movie during the Holiday season when it was very fitting with the times. It was even shown in Manila theaters ahead.
We have had Alvin and the Chipmunks playing in our CD for several years already it would be nice to finally meet the gang that made us laugh even just in audio.
Well, I hope Alvin and the Chipmunks is well worth the wait.
Alvin and the Chipmunks (G)
SM Cinema 2 11:50/13:40/15:30/17:20
NCCC CInema 2 12:00/2:00/4:00/6:00
John Rambo (R13)
SM Cinema 6 11:20/13:1515:1017:05
NCCC Cinema 3 12:25/2:20/4:15/6:10
I Could Never Be Your Woman (PG13)
SM Cinema 3 12:10/13:55/15:40/17:25
NCCC Cinema 4 12:00/2:00/4:00/6:00
Alien vs Predator is on an extended run at both SM and NCCC Cinemas.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Members of the PMSNC, who conducted a 4-day medical mission in the city from January 21 to 25, 2007, shouldered their own airfare and accommodation, brought their own hospital equipment and rendered free services to almost 10 thousand Dabawenyos during the mission.
Among the medical services provided by the group are dental, medical and eye check up as well as minor and major operations including an open heart surgery (which would normally cost P500,000) and pacemaker insertion (which costs P300,000). The group also gave away free eyeglasses for those with eye problems.
Now, this is what I call giving back a portion of your blessings. The Philippines need more of these people. A lot of Filipinos who have made it big in the United States have shared their blessings to their fellow Filipinos in terms of school building and facilities, medical mission, scholarships and monetary aid.
Those who have made it big in the Philippines should follow suit.
I used to wear correction glasses but my eye doctor said its no longer enough for my requirements. Contacts doesn't work for me primarily because my eyes wouldn't accept them---don't know why but I they just wouldn't go in. So here I am scouting for a nice pair of prescription glasses so I wouldn't have to squint anymore when updating this blog.
Luckily, Zenni Optical: Sell Rx Glasses $8 with case!. The trendy prescription glasses I found at ZenniOptical lifted my spirits since I did not want to use glasses that would make me older than my real age. Most prescription glasses can make you look really old and witch-like and that does not appeal to me. What would Hilary Clinton look like if she did not have access to those killer prescription glasses she wears during the US primary?
The variety of frames available at ZenniOptical amazed me. I also want to check out their sunsensor or photochromic lenses which darkens when exposed to sunlight and lightens when you are back indoors. I am a heavy computer uses so this might also help me.
What makes ZenniOptical ideal for me aside form the wide selection of frames and lenses is the amazingly low prices since they manufacture the frames they sell so no additional price at all. I'll check this out before talk of politics and daily issues blur my vision.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Funny how some sites forget the importance of getting a shopping cart software like the one being offered by Ashop Commerce. Online selling and buying for that matter, would be easier and more convenient if merchants prioritize the shopping cart feature so that buyers like me can just click on the shopping cart image or link without having to click on different pages just to get my order in.
I also have plans of setting up an online store and you bet my first priority would be to get a shopping cart software to encourage buyers to just click and buy. No sweat.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynaldo Puno issued a circular yesterday reminding judges of the higher court's preference for the imposition of fines in libel cases instead of imprisonment. However, chief legal counsel Sergio Apostol said it is unconstitutional as the circular would in effect amend the libel law. Under the separation of powers principle, it is Congress that has the authority to amend laws unless it refers to the Rules of Court which falls under the jurisdiction of the SC.
Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales however said it is not illegal because the SC did not impinge on Congress' rights to amend the Revised Penal Code as the circular did not change the provision of Article 355 (Crime of Libel) of the RPC.
But whether the circular is constitutional or not, who would declare it unconstitutional? Only the SC has the final say and from what I learned in Law School, it will never declare its own circular unconstitutional.
There are pending bills in Congress that seeks to decriminalize libel. In fact, this was one of the concerns of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte when he was still 1st District Congressman.
While the executive and the judicial branches of the government argue their points, the media is left with their palms empty and their long-time request of decriminalizing libel still gathering dust in Congress.
Friday, January 25, 2008
But why fear that when some naysayers predicted before the death of movie theaters with the popularity of Betamax and then the VHS and then the CD's and the DVD's. Now comes Internet rentals. You know why the movie theaters will stay? It's because it's a different experience, watching movies in a big screen. Unless of course you are one of the lucky ones who can afford the new 150-inch plasma TV by Samsung.
More Filipinos will not be able to sleep tonight. Not for thinking about their economic plight but because of thoughts that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo might have the gall to stay at the Burj Al Arab, one of the most expensive hotels in Dubai and in the world, where an overnight stay can cost from $1,770 (P70,800) for a basic suite to as much as $10,890 (P435,600) for the Royal Suite.
Hundreds (if they have not reached the thousand mark already) of Dabawenyos are working in Dubai's lavish hotels and restaurants. Majority of them get a monthly salary of P13,000 for working in restaurants with shifting schedules leaving them sleepless and suffering from ulcer. Others who are not as lucky get less.
In the Philippines, P70,800 can be used to pay for the first two years in school of a college student enrolled in a private school. In the Philippines, P435,600 can mean a low cost home for a homeless family.
The Burj Al Arab is a 1,000 foot hotel that boasts of gold-plated interiors as well as butler service and a size 42" plasma TV for every room. Before sleeping, guests will have difficulty which of the 13 options in their pillow menu they will choose.
If you doubt its grandeur, see this YouTube of Federer & Agassi on the world's highest tennis court.
If PGMA decides to sleep in Burj Al Arab, I pray she gets a good night's sleep.
The infamous Manero brothers were former members of the Integrated Civilian Home Defense Force (ICHDF), a defunct paramilitary group. However, they became infamous (somehow a legend in Mindanao) as members of the Ilaga Group who fought Muslim insurgents in the 1970s .
Manero's prison term was commuted by then President Fidel V. Ramos from 40 to 24 years. Former President Joseph Estrada granted him a conditional pardon in December 1999 but was quick to revoke it in March 2000 after he was accused of the 1977 killing Ali and Mambawatan Mamalumpong. The Sarangani Regional Trial Court however dismissed the case in 2002, making him eligible for the commutation.
Manero's two brothers were released in 2003 after serving 18 years of their sentence while Norberto served a total of 23 years.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
National Treasure is now on its third week at NCCC Cinema 2. The movie leads the Top 10 Box Office Hits (US and Canada) with a weekly ticket sales of $36.5 million. National Treasurer has earned an estimated $199 million as of January 21, since its release last December 2007.
Will Smith's I am Legend, number 3 in the Top 10 Box Office List, is not on its second week here in Davao City. It's amazing how Smith can hold almost the whole movie with only himself and his dog Sam as the active characters (if you don't count the zombies). Not surprising though considering his antiques in MIB. But this time, Smith plays a different character, that of a military doctor trying to find a cure for a virus (to which he is immune) and trying to stay sane in his aloneness.
Aliens vs Predator (R13)
SM Cinema 1 11:25/13:20/15:15/17:10
NCCC Cinema 1 12:00/2:00 4:00/6:00
Elizabeth The Golden Age (PG13)
SM Cinema 2 11:20/14:30/16:40/1850
SM Cinema 3 12:20/14:30/16:40/18:50
NCCC Cinema 4 12:20/4:25/5:10/7:35
SM Cinema 4 12:15/14:00/15:45/17:30
Martian Child (GP)
SM Cinema 5 12:20/14:30/16:40/18:50
I am Legend (PG13)
SM Cinema 6 11:05/13:00/15:00/17:00
NCCC Cinema 3 12:00/2:00/4:00/6:00
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Television has been blamed for breaking relationships and even families but it seems television is slowly being replaced by the Internet. The television has not been called the boob tube for nothing. In fact, it is a shortcut for IDIOT BOX, a name given by those who believed that majority of the programs being shown on television are foolish.
But who can blame people for wanting to spend endless days and nights in front of the computer when the world is virtually in their hands? The World Wide Web has also become one of the most accessible venues for income opportunities.
A lot of people can no longer survive one day without the Web. Are you one of us?
But who is to blame these people? While blue collar jobs command respect and higher salaries in foreign countries, the same types of jobs are not only frowned upon in 3rd world countries but they are also at the lowest end of the salary bracket.
PDEA Central Mindanao chief Amado Tana identified the five drug lords as: Sultan Kudarat (Marcos Fatima Baliwan and Black Moro), North Cotabato (Maghanoy), Maguindanao (Montawal) and Cotabato City (Kagui Lao). Of the five, Tana said, only Black Moro has been neutralized.
Cotabato Anti-Drug Task Force chairman Cotabato Vice Governor Manny Piñol castigated the PDEA for its failure to arrest and have the drug lords convicted in court despite the fact that they have already been identified. The drug enforcers do not even have photos of the suspected drug lords.
Mobile service providers should not take advantage of the control they have over your messages. In the first place, SMS is not a free service so they do not have a right to send any marekting message at all unless the user has subscribed or has indicated his willingness to receive such messages.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Here comes one private school in Matina (which the main school near the downtown area) charging P100 for the class photos of the kids (including one 2x2 in B&W and one 4R). That's easy enough to shell out but if you know how much the prevailing rate is then you would really question the rate. Of course, the rate is pretty cheap if the studio tasked to get the class photos is Lito Sy. Otherwise, its pretty overpriced.
A group of concerned parents wrote a letter of request to the school requesting a lowering of the rates. The school in-charge talked to them saying it's too late to back out ow as they have already signed a contract with the photo studio. The parents said they can recommend other photographers (with lighting and other equipment also but cheaper) but the one in charge said it's too late. The parents were also blamed for not volunteering such information when they had a copy of the school's activity. Funny. How can the parents suggest when they were only told the price two days before the actual shoot.
One parent asked for an official receipt form the studio. The teacher said they will not issue individual receipts because they already gave a package receipt to the school. Some of those who paid ahead got a receipt all right, but not official at all. Calling BIR!
The parents were one in saying that the school should inform the parents in advance of the rates by sending them letter necessitating replies. The answer was so far negative saying some parents do not really send back replies. But that's the lookout of the parents. If they don't reply then they forfeit their right to complain.
The letter elicited a lot of reaction, most of them negative, from the school with the teachers calling the signatories one by one, now and then, to comment on the matter. Why not call a general meeting to get the consensus of the whole body?
Now, I understand why PTA's are significant.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Dabawenyos are trekking to Merco Bolton not only for their usual fill of specialty ice cream but for the Buy 1 Take 1 Fruit and Ice Cream Festival. The Festival was supposed to be from January 1 to 15 only but the promo was extended. The staff of Merco Bolton could not however say the exact dates of the extension but the last time we were there (that's Saturday January 19), the promo was still on.
Take your pick at the following "Buy 1 Take 1" ice cream specialties:
Watermelon Basket P110
Buco Salad Sundae P 82
Lover's Delight P 94
Fruit Salad Sundae P 60
Banana Split P 82
Chocolate Parfait P 78
You can also avail of the Buy 2 Take 1 promo for Special Halo Halo or Maiz Con Hielo.
Merco has been in Davao City for a long time now. I still remember our family eating sessions at Merco when I was still a child. The in demand drink then was ChocoVim (now i'm revealing my age). It's like the Magnolia Chocolate Milk the kids love now, not in Tetra Pak but in a big bottle.
Of course investing is an opportunity that is open to everybody and we should take advantage of it whenever possible. But if we are to be practical and honest about it, it is true that only the rich are able to invest because they have extra money just sitting around.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Zozobrado authored an ordinance requiring motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. Aside from banning children below 7 years old from riding motorcycles, the ordinance also mandated that only two people be allowed to ride motorcycles to avoid accidents.
Barely two years after the implementation of the local ordinance, here comes Senator Bong Revilla with Senate Bill 1863 requiring the wearing of standard helmets for all motorcycle drivers and the back rider for all types of trips.
While this policy is already incorporated in the Land Transportation Office rules, it has gained much popularity when Zozobrado took the challenge of penalizing the local habal-habals and other motorcycles that did not follow the ordinance. Some of his peers believed it was political suicide but knowing the late councilor who never backed away from a challenge, it was a small price to pay for the safety of the Dabawenyos.
At least 45% of the total vehicles registered in the country comprise of motorcycles. Latest figures show there are 3.5 million registered motorcycles throughout the country but the number is expected to go up. It is alarming to note that 24% of the 11,425 accidents in 2005 and 35% of the total traffic accidents during the first two months of 2006 involved motorcycles.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Most people especially in the Philippines barely have enough money for their daily subsistence. They are lucky if they have a little left to be called savings. Where do they get money for investment in this case?
Easy for Warren Buffet to teach people about wealth creation when he has enough capital and opportunity to start with. But wasn't he the one who said people should look for an opportunity to create wealth?
Smorty and Payperpost are only among the few methods available to bloggers who want to monetize their blogs. Smorty pays fast but there are only few opportunities available. Aside from that, most of the opportunities are only worth $6 each. Payperpost waits for one month (I think) before they release your payment but they have varying offers. I even saw an opportunity worth $50 once but the problem here is you have to grab the offer fast (if you can catch them at all) or wait for the next one to come. There are plenty of opportunities in the site but most of them limited to those based in the US and other foreign countries.
I asked the smorty people about this and they responded saying they could not control the requirements of their advertisers. I just feel that something strange is going on here because I checked all the previous offers I got and nothing about the payperpost prohibition was indicated.
Does it mean we bloggers have to choose between Smorty and Payperpost after all?
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I thought I was seeing double when I was told there's a new Elizabeth movie. And why not when I already watched that in 1998. Turns out that the new "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" is already part II. The first one being the Academy Award winning "Elizabeth" which was shown in 1998 (minus Joseph Fiennes). Another thing which made me look twice is the fact that both Elizabeth movies starred my favorite Cate Blanchett but she looked different in both posters, the second and newest one looked more like a Joan of Arc than an Elizabeth. I still have to watch part 2 tonight but the first was a great movie. A real tearjerker with lots of history. This is what I like about movies like these--include National Museum, National Treasure, 300, etc---they give us a not-so boring detail of history. However, make sure you do some research as some of the history depicted in the movies may be twisted after all.
It seems the National Treasure (NCCC Mall only) and Bee Movie are still showing at SM cinemas 1 and 3 respectively so you can still catch them. Here's the movie schedule for this week. One of Datelinedavao's visitors asked why there's no Gaisano Mall listing here---will try to do that when I have more time to go to Bajada.
Elizabeth The Golden Age
SM Cinema 2 12:20/14:30/16:40/18:50
NCCC Cinema 4 12:40 /3:00 /5:20/7:40
SM Cinema 5 12:20/14:30/16:40/18:50
I am Legend
SM Cinema 6 11:0513:0015:0017:00
NCCC Cinema 3 12:00 / 2:00 / 4:00 / 6:00
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The recent controversy involving government firefighters and private volunteer firefighters brought to light how ill-equipped and how inept this supposedly safety and prevention agency we call Bureau of Fire Protection. The BFP once again got entangled in this messy word war with a private volunteer fire fighting group on the issue of water.
The inability of the BFP was the issue in Cito Beltran's January 8 column in the Philippine Star. As Cito said, "why should we pay for their services when there are volunteer groups that are more efficient in providing firefighting skills?" One of the reasons cited by the BFP for its failure to immediately respond to emergencies is the state of our roads. "If the roads are narrow then why can't they get smaller firetrucks to get in" Beltran added.
This reminded me of the tiny firetrucks of Davao City 1st District Representative Prospero Nograles. The teeny weeny firetrucks have been the butt of jokes and sarcasm here in the city but come to think of it, isn't this what Beltran was referring to?
Of the P52.61 billion budget allotted for the Department of Interior and Local Government for 2008, only P4.88B will go to the BFP. Unfortunately, the agency's budget seems not enough to pay for additional firefighting equipment and protective gears for the firefighters who are facing their lives on the line every time they respond to an emergency.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I just got one from firstname.lastname@example.org asking me to update my account following this link "http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_login-run" or face account cancellation.
I wrote PayPal and verified if the said email came from them and as suspected, it was a phising email. The response was very fast--no more than 5 minutes from the time I sent the query.
Phising is an illegal way of acquiring information which can lead to identity theft. The people behind this can get hold of important financial information about the victim and make life miserable for him.
With the availability of PayPal to Dabawenyos (generally to the Philippines), it is also expected that more people will get phising emails like this. If you get suspicious PayPal emails then please send a query to email@example.com.
The 2008 Presidential elections (and all US presidential elections for that matter) should be of interest to Filipinos. And why not when most overseas filipino workers are stationed in the US, thousands of Filipinos have migrated to the US already and there are millions more who want to migrate to the US given the chance.
When America sniffs, the Philippines coughs. That's how dependent we are to the the milk of land and honey. So see which of your US presidential candidates will most likely win the race and look at his policy on immigration and hiring of foreigners. Most probably, it will mean a lot to you or somebody in your family.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Councilor Rachel Zozobrado is against the proposal saying it is an unreasonable and additional burden to the Filipinos. The same sentiment was raised by councilor Pilar Braga. Councilor Peter Laviña is however against the proposal not only because of the government's promise not to impose new taxes but because the government should tax the rich people and big corporation.
With the proposed P0.50 tax per text message, the government is expected to raise P36 billion in specific excise taxes plus P41 billion in VAT collections---all to be used for projects including the Artica Sports Dome in Langub (worth billions but never benefited the Dabawenyos) which according to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is a "monument of corruption."
Considering this, a person who normally sends out 10 messages a day will pay an additional P5 tax-wise. How many text messages do you send per day? You might just be a future investors in another one of the government's white elephant projects when that tax proposal is approved.
Friday, January 11, 2008
The College of Science and Mathematics or CSM also as a new Dean in the person of Prof. Reynaldo Abad. Abad is replacing Dr. Antonio Obsioma as head of the CSM. I ran into Sir Tony a few weeks ago and he proudly said he is retiring from administrative work and is going back to teaching full time. Sad. He is among the most well-loved personalities in UPMin even when he was still Vice Chancellor for Admin.
This is perhaps the second McDonald Branch that is open 24-hours daily. That Victoria Branch was our library when I was still at Law School so the Matina Branch will probably be a haven for law students who live nearby.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
After reading rhodilee’s blog, I knew there was something wrong with me!
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Wednesdays from now on, will be Wednesday Movie Blog. Take your pick of the best movies in town. Most cinemas in the city change movies during Wednesdays so if you want to relax but don't know which movies are showing, just drop by this blog.
SM Cinema 2 12:15/2:00/3:45/5:30/7:00
NCCC Cinema 4 12:25/2:20/4:15/6:10
I've been hounding both SM and NCCC cinema with queries as to when they will be showing this movie. Did that since I first saw the poster last November. No, I am not a 5-year old kid but kiddie movies arouse my interest. They have simple plots yet they tell us about life and make us want to enjoy life more with its simplicity. Adults make life complicated. Maybe this is why I'll never grow old.
The Bee Movie talks about real life only in simple terms. It talks about a bee who thinks he deserves a better job than making honey. Isn't that what most of us yearn for everyday---a better job?
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
SM Cinema 1 11:20/1:45/4:10/6:35
NCCC Cinema 2 12:00/2:30/5:00
This is another movie that will surely entertain you especially if you love mysteries, treasure hunting and of course Nicolas Cage! This is a sequel to the National Treasure which was a hit among moviegoers enough to warrant another episode. This movie talks about Abe Lincoln's assassination and other conspiracy theories of the US government., If you love Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code then you will surely love this movie.
Of course, I haven't seen Sakal, Sakali,Saklolo yet but the first one (Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo) is a riot and I loved it! The movie, which was a Manila Film Festival entry, has been extended and you can still catch it at both SM and NCCC Cinemas.
I saw these payperpost affiliate icons while browsing some of the websites and I became interested. Well, anything legit enough that allows me to make additional income interests me, so I browsed further and looked at the paid posts. What made me warm up to the idea of pay per posts is that most of the entries I read seemed to be interesting facts, not just plain advertisements, about products and places.
However, it took me about a two weeks (maybe more?) before I was able to take an Opportunity at payperpost (that means writing offers) since it took sometime before my blog got approved. Kudos to the support team because they immediately got back to me and helped me with my dilemma since I could not get a complete look at the opportunity details.
What I love about this gig is that it allows me to choose which opportunities to take and to write about. A quick look at the various opportunities offered for registered and approved sites made me salivate as there are indeed a lot of opportunities to choose from. Unfortunately, these opportunities are classified and you can only get the opportunities that fits the requirements (which includes blog rank, the hosting site you are using and your location).
I have yet to get paid for this blogging opportunity but judging from the earnings that most of my friends got from their posts, I am looking forward to finally having enough to buy that videocam this year.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will take a leave of absence in line with COA's investigation. he has also irrevocably resigned as chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council, a post he has held for the past 12 years. Dabawenyos would not miss the name Duterte though as Davao's political scene is awash with Dutertes---his daughter Sara is Vice Mayor while his son Paulo is president of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC)
Monday, January 7, 2008
Davao's traffic is considerably better than Manila traffic but Dabawenyos still complain about the way the traffic lights seem to hold motorists on the queue. While there is actually no traffic, the time spent waiting for that light to turn green makes impatient people red with rage. Another cause of congestion along the city streets are public utility vehicles that get passengers wherever they want, even in the middle of the streets.
Traffic (and the problems that comes with it) is definitely part of Davao. Well, how's that as a bargain for progress?
Sunday, January 6, 2008
I have never played a casino game before. Well, I've been inside the Casino before not to play but to watch a concert. However, I've noticed the different games being played and I would have tried the slot machine since it looked the easiest among the other casino games but I desisted, not wanting to look stupid in front of the other more experienced players.
Lucky for those who want to try playing the various casino games, now that online casino is all over the Internet. There are various online casino sites so you can take your pick as to which online casino site you want to try your luck with. But if you want to do it the easy way, Pro360 provides a convenient way to choose an online casino. The website presents a review of at least a hundred online casino sites. Imagine this: there are over 3000 online casinos and it would take you days if not months to try and test each site. With Pro360, you can just read their reviews of the Top 20 online casinos and take your pick.
What is good about this site is that it offers a bonus for those who will sign up. Every review page has a bonus banner. Just click that and you qualify for the bonus which, I should say, is bigger than most bonuses being provided by online casino sites when you go to their sites directly. All the casinos being reviewed by Pro360 offers the basic casino games like Roulette, Craps, Online Poker and my favorite, the Slots.
Playing casino online is easier than going to the physical casino. For one, I do not have to risk looking stupid in front of the other players. Plus, you don't have to travel and waste your precious time just to go out of your house. You can play casino games right in the comforts of your own home. Now, I can finally try the Slots.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
The Business Process Outsourcing industry particularly the Call Center industry is still alive and kicking despite the recent strength shown by the Philippine peso against the greenback. This is evident with the mass hiring being done by call centers in the city since last year.
Call Center Directory has listed a total of nine call centers operating in Davao City. Among these are:
Bottomline Interactive Multimedia Speech Laboratory
Trends & Technologies
However, there are other call centers in the city that can be classified as small and home based business and they may not have been listed in the Directory.
Another call center (not listed in the Directory and up to now I could not find its website so they may have none) is looking for 120 new call center agents to operate its 120 new stations as well as 12 Managers. The company promises to pay for the employees’ weekly salary and weekly production bonus.
Agents can earn from P18,000 to P30,000 monthly while the Managers can earn from P40,000 to P60,000 monthly. For those who are interested, you can call 234-5080 or 234-8250.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Duterte's no nonsense and iron-hand ruling in the City has made wonders for Davao, making it one of the top performing cities in the whole country. Now, if only those under the mayor can replicate his achievements in making the city a better place to live in.
Sending money anywhere in the Philippines is now a lot easier thanks to the various money remittance centers like Palawan Express, Cebuana ...
There's a new kid in town and it's going to help change the landscape of J.P. Laurel Avenue. A P1-billion 18-storey condomin...
Mauricio Mendez, the 22-year old triathlete from Mexico, won the first Alveo Ironman 70.3 Davao Sunday (March 25) after finishing the ra...
Waterfront Insular Hotel is one of Davao City's oldest hotels but while it has been renovated it still has that old charm that has made ...