A must on Sinulog 2010: SM City Cebu Pyrofest 2

The country’s grandest festival is never complete without the most-anticipated fireworks display. One of my most anticipated activity on Sinulog 2010 is the Sinulog Pyrofest 2 on January 16, 2010 (Saturday, at 8:00 PM), fronting SM City Cebu Northwing.

Here’s the teaser of 2nd Sinulog Pyrofest at SM City Cebu from YouTube.

See you there!

RAFI launches the fifth triennial awards

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) has launched the 5th Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Triennial Awards for the Visayas and Mindanao at Casa Gorordo Museum, Parian, Cebu City on December 3, 2009.

RAFI Triennial Awards trophy

RAFI Triennial Awards Trophy

This starts the acceptance of nominations for the award’s two categories, the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual and the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution.

Anyone can nominate individuals or institutions by filling out and submitting a short nomination form at all 2GO offices in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Nomination form can also be downloaded from the RAFI website. The deadline of nomination is on July 16, 2010.

The RAFI Triennial Awards recognizes individuals and institutions who have committed themselves to build a more humane, equitable and caring society. It honors those who become instrument in changing the lives of the less-privileged, reflect the philanthropic, humanitarian and holistic ideals and values of the RAFI founders, Don Ramon Aboitiz and his son Don Eduardo Aboitiz.

Roberto E. Aboitiz, in his message, lamented on the recent events in Maguindanao but was very optimistic by saying, despite the apathy and indifference of some people, we have lot of good work taking place in our country. Roberto E. Aboitiz is the president of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation.

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A good place to eat, meet, and share

We never run out of topics on politics. And the quest to find good place to fire up political views continues. We hear moderate but heated arguments (read as exchanges of views) in cozy coffee shops but seldom in mall’s foodcourt.

But wait, SM foodcourt is becoming a favorite hotspot of bloggers meeting with bloggers to savor a wide-variety of great tasting food and talk about palatable topics while Plurking, Blogging, and Facebooking. SM City Cebu has mall-wide free wi-fi. So we won’t get disconnected to WWW while sitting and eating.

Not just bloggers but lovers, family, friends, new acquiantancies and politicos and their allies.

Isn’t it interesting?

SM City Cebu Foodcourt offers more than foods. It becomes a place of convergence of people and interest.

On November 30, SM City Cebu invited Cebu bloggers for the Asia-in-a-Basket Food Blogger’s meet. The activity showcased the the wide-variety of foods SM City Cebu foodcourt is offering. Fellow members of Cebu Blogger’s Society did food reviews. And it pays to read their posts.

Clarence of Everything UbeC mentions on this blog about great food and excellent service at the foodcourt. Rabsin described the food as inevitable to be eaten. He got some pictures in his blog, too. Checkout also Mark’s blog because he enumerated the different food outlets at the foodcourt and included brief description of what they can offer. See also Miong’s great photos.

Food, places, and politics are the perfect team. History can attest that. Some of our Katipunero’s discussed and planned about revolution while drinking kapeng barako ang eating suman. Of course, ours will be different. We are not planning a revolution. Have you heard a group of men who sipped coffee in Mandaue and after a while stood up support a national candidate for 2010 elections?

The next time you shop and suddenly got a call from ally reporting about political disaster, don’t drop yourself. Invite your ally to eat then drink fresh refreshments before allowing him to talk about disaster. Later, you’ll be surprised because you will end up talking about children instead.

My Vote for the 2009 Bloggers’ Choice Award (Visayas)

I vote for the blog of Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS) for the 2009 Bloggers’ Choice Award in the Visayas.

Visayas Bloggers’ Choice Award is one of the special award given by the Philippine Blog Awards (PBA) to a blog in the Visayas that gained most support from bloggers.

The nomination of CBS blog excites many members of the Visayas blogging community. Although the blog is younger compared to most of CBS member’s blog, its influence is phenomenal. Perhaps it is because the blog contains up to date information and provides readers various topics. As it is maintained by a group of bloggers, the blog serves as home of CBS members who share common ideals, vision, and aspiration.

In addition to Visayas Blogger’s Choice Award, the PBA 2009 also give these awards: Best Visayan Blog, Best Visayas Locale Blog, and Best Visayas Nature Blogger.

PBA 2009

The Philippine Blog Awards in the Visayas will be held on October 18, 20o9, 7:00 PM at the Ayala City Sports, Cebu Business Park.

Please register to reserve your seats.

Walk against breast cancer and Pink for October

More Filipino women are at risk. According to Philippine Breast Cancer Network (PBCN), the Philippines has the highest incidence rate of breast cancer in Asia and is considered to have the 9th highest incidence rate in the world.

A good friend and fellow member of Cebu Bloggers Society, Clarence, blogged about Moon walk: A walk against breast cancer. I was fascinated and it started a good online talk.

The walk against breast cancer will be on October 3, 2009 (starts at 5:30 PM) from Cebu Business Park grounds to Cebu IT Park. This walk for a cause is organized by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (RAFI) through the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC).

Moon walk: A walk against breast cancer is just one of many activities this month. October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Similar activity called We Walk As One – Avon Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer 2009 spearheaded by Avon (a cosmetic company) will be held on October 4. Quennie Sanchez Bronce wrote about this in The Freeman. In another news article in Sun.Star Cebu, Avon’s anti-breast cancer campaign in Cebu, We Walk As One will benefit Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) and other select hospital in Cebu province.

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Poets, Patriots, and the Trees

Trees teach me a hundred lessons – and still counting. I admire the strength of a tree. I am amazed at its patience, persistence, and perseverance. I honor its generosity to my race.

At home, I planted Molave Tree (Tugas) beside the fast-growing Narra which was planted by my father. The last time I visited home, I saw how Molave Tree which I planted four years ago grew. Its green leaves looked very gratifying.

Perhaps, trees are so inspiring that it nurtures and continuously nourish the poet’s spirit. Perhaps, trees is an epic that it motivates heroes to fearlessly shed their blood.

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The Physics problem

Once I was pulled and remained at rest for minutes staring at one Physics problem! But certain forces called motivation keep on pushing until my senses gain the momentum and finally solved the Physics problem.

How far have I journeyed after almost one and half decade since I left my Physics class? How much I gained with all the efforts I exerted?

Since I left the Physics class of Mr. Zosimo Cabase, I always carry with me the solution to Physics problem. My heart always beats on the realization I gained from Physics problem.

Every problem has solution, our Physics teacher, Mr. Zosimo Cabase told us. I remembered his line because in silence I protested and told myself, ‘but the solution is a problem to me’. It’s amazing that such details are remembered.

There is no magic in Physics! But in our Physics class with Sir Cabase, there was certain magic which took me long to understand.

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