Monday, February 28, 2011

Andy's Equine Art


Painted by Equine artist Andrea Hartmeyer John, here are two nifty pieces depicting Shatner and his prized horses Call Me Ringo & All Glory.  The painting on the right was apparently purchased by Shatner himself.

Of course, my favorite Shatner horse painting is "Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before" by Lewis Lavoie.


This painting was panel #206 of The Horse Gift mural done for Mural Mosaic.  



Stephen Fry, Klingon!?!?


Whoa, hold on, Stephen Fry was in Washington DC last night performing Klingon Hamlet!?!?  And I Missed It!  Hu'tegh!!!  Apparently, Fry was participating in the annual event from The Washington Shakespeare Company as part of his forthcoming miniseries on language called Planet World.  Hu'tegh!  Hu'Tegh!  Hu'Tegh!  Last year I missed George Takei and now Stephen Fry.  I will definitely not be missing next year.

2/28/11- Alien Ant Farm- "Movies"


Since I didn't post any videos over the weekend, and since the Oscars were this weekend, I decided to dig up a movie double feature of the same song. If that made any sense.

Back in 2001, Alien Ant Farm released a video for their song "Movies" and it was pretty low budget. After they released "Movies" they hit #1 with their cover of "Smooth Criminal." The record label decided to re-release "Movies," sensing it could still be a hit, and they did a new music video for it, this time, with a.. slightly larger budget.

For today, enjoy both versions of "Movies!"




How To Get To Exportbank Plaza

I'm back! Fresh from 6-day vacation in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Thanks to Post Option of Blogspot, I was able to schedule publishing of three posts in advance. While I was away, the three posts I've created prior to my departure were published on their respective scheduled days. So, the three posts that preceded this entry were published while I was on vacation. And now, our topic contains an answer to the question of one of our guests in DirectionsOnWeb Answers, "How to get to Export Bank?".

Exportbank Plaza, with telephone number 878-0000 connecting all departments, is formerly known as Urban Bank Plaza. It's the headquarters of Export and Industry Bank, simply known as Exportbank. Situated at the corner of Gil Puyat Avenue, formerly known as Buendia Avenue and Chino Roces Avenue, formerly known as Pasong Tamo, Exportbank Plaza can be easily reached from any locations both outside and inside Metro Manila through major roads such as EDSA, Taft Avenue, Gil Puyat and Ayala Avenue. You can commute to Exportbank Plaza either by bus or combination of LRT/MRT and bus. If you want to go to it's location by car, the route are very easy as well. Going to Exportbank Plaza by car and by commuting are both discussed in this post.

How to commute to Exportbank Plaza:

Route #1

From Cavite, Tagaytay, Imus, Bacoor, Dasmarinas and Baclaran. This is also the route and direction on how to get to Chino Roces aka Pasong Tamo from these locations. Ride a bus or jeepney bound to Baclaran. In Baclaran, along service road of Roxas Boulevard near Redemptorist Church, ride a bus with this sign: "Ayala Leveriza Cubao Monumento" or "Ayala Leveriza Fairview". Don't ride bus with "Ayala-Monumento" or "Ayala-Cubao" or "Ayala-Fairview". It's important that "Ayala-Leveriza" is written in the sign whatever the destination of the bus is.

This bus passes through at the exact location of Exportbank Plaza. Ask the conductor to drop you off at Pasong Tamo. Once there, you will see the tall building of Exportbank at the corner of Gil Puyat and Chino Roces.

Route #2

From Alabang, Pacita, Metropolis Starmall, Festival Mall, Filinvest City, Sucat, Bicutan and nearby areas. This is also the route and direction on how to get to Chino Roces or Pasong Tamo from any of these locations. Ride any bus going to north of Metro Manila such as Monumento, Novaliches, Cubao and Fairview. Get off at unloading zone in MRT Magallanes Station where Alpha Southgate Mall is also located. It's the first bus stop after the bus turns to EDSA from Osmena Highway aka SLEX or from skyway if the bus takes the Skyway.

Once you got off the bus, walk towards Southgate Mall. This is the big building which is connected to the MRT Magallanes Station. Pass the mall and head towards the road intersecting EDSA beneath the EDSA-Magallanes flyover. That road is Chino Roces aka Pasong Tamo. Along Chino Roces ride a jeepney with "PRC" sign. Pay minimum fare and ask the driver to drop you off at Gil Puyat. Once you're at the corner of Gil Puyat and Chino Roces, you will see the tall building of Exportbank Plaza opposite McDonald's.

Route #3

From Monumento, Balintawak, Roosevelt, Project 7, Project 8, Congressional, Munoz, Novaliches, Tondo, Binondo, Sta Cruz, SM Manila, Manila City Hall and nearby areas. Take LRT-1 through any nearest station such as Roosevelt, Balintawak, Monumento, R. Papa, 5th Avenue, Jose Abad Santos, Blumentritt, Doroteo Jose, Central Terminal etc. This is how to get to Exportbank from LRT-1. Ride a "Baclaran" bound train. Get off at Gil Puyat Station formerly Buendia.

Along Gil Puyat Avenue formerly Buendia near corner of Taft, ride any bus that passes through Ayala Avenue. This buses' destinations are Cubao, Monumento, Fairview, etc. Or you can ride a jeepney with this sign: "Bel-Air Guadalupe" Ask the conductor or driver to drop you off at Chino Roces or the most familiar to driver which is Pasong Tamo. You can easily see the tall building of Exportbank right at the corner of Gil Puyat and Pasong Tamo.

Route #4

From Fairview, UP-Ayala Land TechnoHub, UP-Diliman, Commonwealth, Quezon City Hall, Philcoa, Quezon City Memorial Circle and nearby areas. Ride a bus with this sign: "Ayala LRT Leveriza". This bus passes through the exact location of Exportbank. Ask the conductor to drop you off at Pasong Tamo. Once there, you can easily see the tall building of Exportbank Plaza at the opposite corner of Gil Puyat.

Route #5

From SM City North EDSA, Trinoma, Project 6, West Avenue, Timog, Quezon Avenue, Centris, Cubao, SM Megamall, EDSA Shaw, Shangri-la Plaza, EDSA Crossing, Boni, Pioneer, Pasig, Mandaluyong and nearby areas. Take the MRT-3. This is how to go to Exportbank Plaza from MRT. Go to any nearest MRT Station such as North, GMA-Kamuning, Quezon Avenue, Araneta Center, Ortigas, Shaw, Boni and Santolan. Ride a train bound to Taft. Get off at Buendia Station also known as Gil Puyat.

From Buendia Station of MRT-3, take the exit towards the corner of Gil Puyat and EDSA where you will see SM Cybertwo building. This is how to get to SM Cybertwo from MRT. Located at the groundfloor of Cybertwo is McDonald's, next to it is KFC. There's a terminal of jeepneys in front of SM Cybertwo near KFC. The jeepney sign is "Bel-Air Washington" or "LRT Leveriza Taft". Ride one of these jeepneys and get off at the corner of Chino Roces, where you will see Exportbank at the opposite corner. You can ask the driver to drop you off at Pasong Tamo.

Route #6

From Bulacan, Pampanga, Subic, Olongapo and other areas in the North. This is also the route and direction on how to go to Chino Roces formerly Pasong Tamo from these provinces. All you need to do is ride a bus or an FX that will brought you to any of the following: SM City North EDSA, Trinoma, Balintawak or Blumentritt.

If you ride an FX to Trinoma or SM North EDSA, walk towards North Station of MRT-3 and follow the direction given in Route #5.

If you ride a bus, a jeepney or an FX and you get off at Balintawak, walk towards Balintawak Station of LRT-1 and follow the directions given in Route #3. If you get off at Blumentritt then walk towards Blumentritt Station of LRT-1 and follow direction also given in Route #3.

Route #7

From Marikina, Antipolo, Sta. Lucia, Pasig-Santolan and other nearby areas including Anonas, Katipunan, Ateneo de Manila, etc. This is also the route and direction to take to get to Chino Roces Avenue also known as Pasong Tamo. Take a bus, a jeepney, a tricycle or a taxi and get to the nearest LRT-2 Station such as Santolan, Katipunan and Anonas. Ride a train going to Recto Station. Get off at Araneta Center Cubao Station. Walk towards MRT-3 Araneta Center Station via Gateway Mall and the footbridge that connects it to Farmers Plaza where MRT-3 is connected. Ride a train going to Taft Station of MRT-3 and follow the direction given in Route #5.


How to get to Exportbank Plaza by car:

Route #1

From Baclaran and Coastal Road as well as Mall of Asia or MOA and World Trade Center. From Coastal Road and Baclaran, take Roxas Boulevard and drive northward going to Manila passing through EDSA-Roxas Boulevard flyover, then turn right onto Gil Puyat Avenue. From MOA, take Seaside Boulevard, turn left on Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard and turn right onto Gil Puyat Avenue where World Trade Center is located. From World Trade Center, take Gil Puyat and drive towards Roxas Boulevard.

Stay to the middle of Gil Puyat Avenue and drive all the way to Makati, passing through the LRT-1 Gil Puyat Station. Drive all the way in Gil Puyat, crossing Bautista, Dian, Batangas and Osmena Highway aka South Super Highway, where you will pass through underneath Buendia Osmena flyover followed by PNR rail track. Next intersection with traffic lights is Chino Roces. Turn right onto Chino Roces and immediately turn right onto the driveway leading to frontage of Exportbank Plaza. By this time, you're already seeing the ramp of the parking to the left of the building. Just follow the direction to the entrance of parking. There are lots of security personnels to assist you.

Route #2

From Alabang, Filinvest City, Metropolis Starmall, Sucat, SM Bicutan and nearby areas. Take the Skyway and exit via Buendia Exit. Turn right onto Gil Puyat. Next intersection with traffic lights is C. Roces. Turn right onto Chino Roces and immediately turn right onto the driveway leading to frontage of Exportbank Plaza. By this time, you're already seeing the ramp of the parking to the left of the building. Just follow the direction to the entrance of parking. There are lots of security personnels to assist you.

Route #3

From Bulacan, Pampanga, Novaliches, and nearby areas. Drive all the way to Balintawak and take EDSA going to Makati. From Novaliches, you can take Congressional Avenue then EDSA. Drive all the way on EDSA and turn right onto Gil Puyat Avenue formerly Buendia. Drive all the way along Gil Puyat and cross intersections of Paseo de Roxas, Makati Avenue, Malugay Street and Ayala Avenue.

Next intersection with traffic lights after Ayala is your destination - Chino Roces Avenue formerly Pasong Tamo where Exportbank Plaza is located to your left opposite side of C. Roces. But there's no left turn on C. Roces. So, cross C. Roces and after you cross C. Roces change lane to the rightmost of Gil Puyat. At the corner of C. Roces after you cross is Petron, followed by Caltex. Turn right onto Caltex to pass through and then turn right onto the street that borders it to the other side. That street is Malugay. Drive on Malugay and immediately turn right onto C. Roces. On C. Roces at this time, you're looking at the tall building of Exportbank to your right and opposite Gil Puyat. Cross Gil Puyat and exactly at the corner of Gil Puyat and C. Roces is the Exportbank Plaza. Turn right onto the driveway of Exportbank. By this time, you're already seeing the ramp of the parking to the left of the building. Just follow the direction to the entrance of parking. There are lots of security personnels to assist you.

Route #4

From SM North EDSA, Trinoma, Centris, Quezon Avenue, Fairview, UP Diliman, Ayala TechoHub, Philcoa, Cubao, Ortigas, SM Megamall, Shangri-la Plaza, EDSA Shaw and areas near EDSA. This route is via EDSA. Take EDSA and drive towards Makati. Turn right onto Gil Puyat Avenue formerly Buendia. Drive all the way along Gil Puyat and cross intersections of Paseo de Roxas, Makati Avenue, Malugay Street and Ayala Avenue.

Next intersection with traffic lights after Ayala is your destination - Chino Roces Avenue formerly Pasong Tamo where Exportbank Plaza is located to your left opposite side of C. Roces. But there's no left turn on C. Roces. So, cross C. Roces and after you cross C. Roces change lane to the rightmost of Gil Puyat. At the corner of C. Roces after you cross is Petron, followed by Caltex. Turn right onto Caltex to pass through and then turn right onto the street that borders it to the other side. That street is Malugay. Drive on Malugay and immediately turn right onto C. Roces. On C. Roces at this time, you're looking at the tall building of Exportbank to your right and opposite Gil Puyat. Cross Gil Puyat and exactly at the corner of Gil Puyat and C. Roces is the Exportbank Plaza. Turn right onto the driveway of Exportbank. By this time, you're already seeing the ramp of the parking to the left of the building. Just follow the direction to the entrance of parking. There are lots of security personnels to assist you.


Location Map of Exportbank Plaza

Sunday, February 27, 2011

"Viva Marinduque" as vehicle for cultural preservation

(Contd)

It wasn't just the honorable members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Marinduque who stepped forward to convey their positive response to the cnduct of the festivities. The Sangguniang Bayan of Gasan also conveyed their full appreciation.

Among others, the resolution stated that "Viva Marinduque is truly reflective of the richness of Marinduque's beliefs, customs and traditions, and can also be an effective vehicle in the preservation of these cultures."

It also stated that with respect to the participation of youths from Gasan to the theatrical presentations, "their participation in this theatrical production have elevated them to a new dimension of skills, confidence and discipline..."

Full text of said resolution resolved on motion of Councilor Jose Maria A. Sore and seconded by Councilor Patrick T. del Mundo of the Sangguniang Bayan of Gasan, Marinduque:

Republic of the Philippines
MUNICIPALITY OF GASAN
MARINDUQUE

EXCERPTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SESSION OF THE SANGGUNIANG BAYAN OF GASAN, MARINDUQUE HELD AT THE MUNICIPAL SESSION HALL ON FEBRUARY 26, 2008.
PRESENT:

Hon. Servillano M. Balitaan Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer
Hon. Celia Margarita L. Asuncion Councilor
Hon. Consuelo S. Salcedo Councilor
Hon. Jose S. Luna Councilor
Hon. Jose Maria A. Sore Councilor
Hon. Edelinda R. Sadiua Councilor
Hon. Patrick T. del Mundo Councilor
Hon. James Marty L. Lim Councilor/President
Liga ng mga Barangay
Hon. John Christopher M. Mascarinas Councilor/Vice President
SK Mun. Federation
ABSENT:
Hon. Nancy Arca-Iturralde (O.B.) Councilor
Hon. Elisa J. Lao (On Leave) Councilor

RESOLUTION NO. 2008-48

A RESOLUTION OF COMMENDATION IN FAVOR OF MR. ELISEO J. OBLIGACION FOR HIS UNTIRING EFFORTS IN BRINGING TO GASAN A WHOLESOME THEATRICAL PRODUCTION KNOWN AS “VIVA MARINDUQUE” AND FOR MOULDING AND DEVELOPING GASAN YOUNGSTERS ALONG THIS ART


WHEREAS, behind the conceptualization of “VIVA MARINDUQUE”, is a man whose love of arts can not be discounted;

WHEREAS, those who were able to watch the presentation of this theatrical production can not help but admire the depth of its message, the beauty of its choreography, and the craftiness of its adaptation of light and sound effects and musical scoring;

WHEREAS, Viva Marinduque is truly reflective of the richness of Marinduque’s beliefs, customs and traditions, and can also be an effective vehicle in the preservation of these cultures;

WHEREAS, most of the talents used in this theatrical production are Gasenos, because fact of the matter is that they are youths from Bangbang National High School and Marinduque Midwest College, something which Gasan must be proud of;

WHEREAS, surely, their participation in this theatrical production have elevated them to a new dimension of skills, confidence and discipline – and all these we owe to Mr. Obligacion who patiently trained and coached them along this discipline, and without him there is no such an entertaining production known as “VIVA MARINDUQUE”, which is worthy of watching again and again and again;

WHEREFORE, for and in consideration of the above premises, on motion of Councilor Jose Maria A. Sore, seconded by Councilor Patrick T. del Mundo, be it

RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved to recognize the services rendered by Mr. Eliseo J. Obligacion in showcasing the cultures of Marinduque, particularly the cultures of Gasan and his effort to preserve them.

RESOLVED FURTHER, to issue this commendation to Mr. Obligacion in recognition of the above-cited efforts and concern to Gasan youths.

RESOLVED FINALLY, that copies of this resolution be furnished Mr. Eliseo J. Obligacion and the Honorable Governor Jose Antonio ‘Bong Carrion’ for their information.

APPROVED: February 26, 2008.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:
(Signed)
DANILO M. DE BELEN
Secretary to the Sangguniang Bayan

ATTESTED AND CERTIFIED TO BE DULY ADOPTED:
(Signed)
SERVILLANO M. BALITAAN
Vice Mayor & Presiding Officer


Nimishamba Temple, Ganjam

Ganjam (State: Karnataka) is located at a distance of 17 kms from Mysore. Here is the famous Nimishamba Temple on the banks of river Cauvery.

This ancient temple was built by Mummadi Krishanaraja Wodeyar, king of Mysore. The presiding deity of this temple is Goddess Parvati. Idol of the Goddess is carved in black stone. People believe that she will grant your wish in a minute.

Other idols inside the temple are Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Surya Narayana and Hanuman. There are sculptures of Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati at the entrance on either side of the main tower.

Route: On the Mysore - Bangalore highway near Srirangapattana town, a road towards right leads to Ganjam.

Morning in Marigot Bay

We took a short weekend trip from Southern Martinique over to St Lucia to visit Marigot Bay and Rodney Bay once again. Luc and Nicole, our new friends from Belgium, invited us for a dinner in Marigot Bay last night and shared with us their stories of Mr Bernard Moitessier, as they knew him the years before he passed away in the beginning of the 90s. Fascinating man, the man of the myth. A lovely dinner was enjoyed on the cozy Rainforest Hideaway in the end of the bay - with live music and a beautiful atmosphere. Thanks guys for a great night! /Taru

Role of Holiday insurance in the development of a country

holiday insuranceInsurance plays a significant role to increase the economic condition of a country by the way of collecting premiums from the public and avail them the employment, which is the basic need of the public of any particular country. Insurance sector helps the country to increase the transactions and the turnover as well as to increase the GDP for the country.

The nation should have a healthy and vibrant insurance industry as well to appear in the list the developed countries, you can give a look to US and UK, UK has the maximum number of insurance policy holder on this planet, and most of the customers are using holiday insurance there. Insurance industry proved them in the act of creating the common pool, security and peace of mind. These are provided the likelihood or severity of losses may even be reduced, vast amount of money are investing for the economy prosperity, the country is relieved from the financial burden to compensate the victims of loss and finally the country gains large amount of money from the payments of premiums, by this country’s fund increased and helps to develop a country.

The growth of insurance sector depends upon the mentality of their customers – Being a prospective consumer, you need to know about the different ways of settlement opportunities associated through the different phases of their growth. The rate of success of this settlement opportunities would consequently rise the average time taken to resolve all the insurance claims. So be a perspective customer and understand the need of the insurance sector.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Star Trek Bathrobes Available in U.S.

Quick, click on over to the fine folks at Think Geek and snatch up your very own Captain Kirk bathrobe.  Mine is already on its way; hopefully be here for next week's Shat Attack.


Our Wonderful Wizard in Oz + The Title of Shatner's New Book Revealed!

            

While in Melbourne, Australia William Shatner sat down with the Courier Mail for a quick, but nifty retrospective interview.  Some highlights include:

"When you think there are shows like The Twilight Zone that I did that were even worse in terms of effects, with a furry little man on a wing, but it still remains in the public domain and is very popular to this day. But were you to look at it through an objective eye, rather than suspension of disbelief, you would see a furry little man on a wing and an actor trying to pretend it's not. So when you suspend that disbelief - and if I have been helpful making the audience do that - and you are into the show and the entertainment then you don't even see the irony."



"One place you won't likely see him is in the sequel to J.J. Abrams' hit reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise.  His old friend Leonard Nimoy played a key role as Spock in the last one, leaving Shatner a little miffed to be overlooked.  While he is certainly up for it, he has made it clear he's not really interested in a Captain Kirk cameo. `I would be so interested in doing it, especially with that wonderful director J.J. Abrams, but I don't see how it's possible and maybe we all have gone beyond that. But I have shot a wonderful documentary where I talk to all the captains of Star Trek and try to find a common denominator and in the meantime have some fun talking to them about them and their lives.'''



Also, hidden within the article we finally learn the title of Shatner's new book...Shatner's Rules!  Very cool.  Gives us some idea of what to expect.  Maybe something like Bill Maher's New Rules but with a little more of that "I CAN'T GET BEHIND THAT!!!" Shatner enthusiasm.

Cheap travel insurance features

cheap travel insuranceCheap travel insurance is like other insurance but having far more significance than that of other insurances; cheap travel insurance is the insurance which comprises of about much kind of insurance like life insurance, health insurance, trip / flight cancellation insurance, lost of luggage cover and many more. Cheap travel insurance covers you in many events as emergency medical assistance, canceled or delayed trip, canceled flight, lost baggage or any expensive goods, illness or death. You can buy every attributes separately. Even you can have a policy contains all the coverage. It shows the reliable nature of the insurance companies towards the customers.

There are three kinds of travel insurance: single trip cheap travel insurance, multi-trip Cheap travel insurance and annual trip Cheap travel insurance. These all are about same in terms of coverage but having difference in terms of the days or the duration of the trip / travel. Single trip is for those who are not a frequent traveler, who don’t use to be a backpacker on the regular basis. One who is frequent in traveling point of view need to buy multi-trip cheap travel insurance, and annual cover is for those travelers who are using travel for more than a month or year.

Many insurance companies offer “International Cheap travel insurance”, in this coverage if the patient is unable to reach at their home the insurance company or their agents are directly responsible to bring patient’s relative / family members in that country where the patient is. This is the best part of the cheap travel insurance because they think about the customer’s emotion in that special case when the patient is unable to reach home.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Raw Nerve Recap: Kevin Pollak & Carl Reiner


Well, since I don't have cable and rely on dvds & streaming video for my TV consumption, I've fallen quite behind with Season 3 of Shatner' Raw Nerve.  This year I've missed Carol Burnett, Rick Springfield, Penny Marshall, Florence Henderson, and a few others.  But I was damn sure not going to miss Kevin Pollak!  Pollak, of course, has built a career out of impersonations of Peter Falk, Christopher Walken, and our boy Bill.




And on his stand-up album, What Are The Chances, Pollak has a rather funny track in which he recounts the lunch meeting he had with Shatner to discuss the "Boxed In" episode of HBO's Perversions of Science.  A meeting that eventually degenerates into Pollak "doing Shatner" for Shatner.  For The Shat's point of view on that encounter check out the clip below.


So, of course! when I heard that Pollak was doing Bill's Raw Nerve I got pretty gosh darn excited.  Would we finally get to witness Pollak "doinng Shatner" for Shatner?


No.  Unfortunately, that bit of wishful thinking was just not meant to be.  Instead, we actually got a rather dull episode.  The first half of the show dealt mostly with how Pollak discovered comedy via Bill Cosby records.  How "College was just High School with ash trays" and the "School of Hard Knocks" was where he was supposed to grab his education.  The second half of the show detailed the destruction of Pollak's first marriage and the birth of his relationship with his new lady.  He's never been happier, blah, blah, blah.  I'm sounding a bit harsh...I'm just so frustrated about the elephant in the room!  Do Shatner!



The Carl Reiner episode was much more fulfilling with lots of neat little tidbits from both parties.  Shatner opens the interview with, "What is comedy?"  Reiner's cute response is "...seeing the truth, bending it a little."  And then they go on to have a rather interesting philosophical conversation.  Reiner admits that Mel Brooks is the funniest man he knows because he's "very, very, very, very, very well read and bright.  And neurotic."  He talks about how the Dick Van Dyke show spawned from a failed pilot about himself.  And Shatner and Reiner discuss the loss of both their wives.  Shatner at one point admits, "I talk to my dead wife frequently."  This leads to a quick discussion about the afterlife or the lack thereof.  And Shatner agrees with Reiner that god is a creation of man.  Pretty heavy stuff for a program that lasts just over twenty minutes.  I could have easily hung around for a full hour.  But that's the thing about Raw Nerve.  Shatner gives you just a taste of these personalities.

This weekend is the Scott Bakula episode.  Don't want to miss that.  Quantum Leap.  Lord of Illusions.  Necessary Roughness.  Some of my childhood classics.

Friday in the Caribbean

From one thing to something a bit more enjoyable. Today we're enjoying a warm and sunny day here in Martinique, +32°C, chill breeze and just enough clouds so that we're able to get a calm pause every ones in a while from the steaming hot sun. We've decided to take it easy this afternoon with some pizza and drinks without no distraction from anyone. Or maybe we'll join the carnival on the other beach later on, who knows if we'll have energy over. It is a very hard life we're living, mind you. Have a lovely weekend dear readers. / T&A

Direction Bytes: Baclaran Mabini Jeepney Route

There's no particular route of jeepneys from Baclaran to Mabini or Kalaw. To get to Mabini from Baclaran, you need to ride a jeepney with any of the following signs: "Quiapo Mabini", "Monumento Mabini" and "Divisoria Mabini".

You can ride one of these jeepneys along service road of Roxas Boulevard near McDonald Roxas Boulevard Baclaran branch. This jeeneys take F.B. Harrison Street, turn right onto EDSA and make a U-Turn, turn right onto Harrison Street, cross Libertad Street now known as Arnaiz Avenue, turn right onto Gil Puyat and make a U-Turn, turn right again onto Harrison, cross intersection of Vito Cruz now known as Pablo Ocampo, and along Mabini cross intersections of Quirino Avenue, San Andres, Remedios, Pedto Gil, Padre Faura, and U.N. Avenue.

From Baclaran, these are the important places, in this order, that can be found along this route up to Mabini corner T.M. Kalaw:

Copacabana Apartelle and Music 21 - located next to each other along EDSA near corner Harrison Street to the left, Sogo Hotel - to the right of Harrison before EDSA.

From EDSA to Libertad now known as Arnaiz, along F.B. Harrison Street:

EDSA Entertainment Complex - located at the corner of EDSA and Harrison to the left, Auto Mall - located to the right corner of Harrison and EDSA. From corner of EDSA and F.B. Harrison Street, you will pass by Queensland Motel, Philippine School for the Deaf, PLDT and Pasay City Hall in that order to your right; and to your left is Gideon Academy followed by U.S. Embassy Seafront Company. Next to it is the Pasay City Sport Complex and Cuneta Astrodome.

From Libertad also known as Arnaiz up to corner of Mabini and Kalaw, along Harrison Street and Mabini Street:

Miss Universal Night Club, Harrison Lodge, Harrison Mansion Condominium, Our Lady of Sorrow Church, OWWA or Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Harrison House of Wine, Chinese Temple, Longwood Gardens Hotel, Central Bank of the Philippines, CCP Complex, HP Village Square, Harrison Plaza, ShopWise, Malate Police Station-9, Ospital ng Maynila, Sogo Hotel Malate, Echelon Towers, Malate Church, Rajah Sulayman Park, Remedios Circle, Riviera Mansion, Las Palmas Hotel, Hyatt Hotel, Robinson's Place Manila, Citystate Tower, G-Point Bar, City Garden Suites, Mabini Mansion, U.S. Embassy, Rizal Park or Luneta, National Library and Manila Ocean Park.

To avoid delays, always ask driver's assistance and ask him to drop you off at your destination.

Mysore, the Heritage City

Mysore (State: Karnataka), is located at a distance of 140 kms from Bangalore. For many centuries the city was under the control of Wodeyar Dynasty.

Mysore is well known for the festivities that take place during the period of Dasara. It is celebrated for 10 days every year and was introduced for the first time by King Raja Wodeyar I in 1610.

The city is known for its heritage buildings, palaces which are all around the city. The city can be rightly called "The Heritage City".

The main attractions are:
Nearby Tourist Attractions are:
  • Somnathpur
  • Ganjam
  • Srirangapattinam


2/25/11- The Parlotones- "Push Me To The Floor"


They've outsold Coldplay and Oasis. Combined. In their home country of South Africa, that is. They've played in front of more than 1 Billion people as part of the FIFA World Cup Kick off last year too. And they won the 2010 South African version of the Grammy (SAMA) for best video for this song too. Not too shabby. Now they're trying to conquer the United States.

The band is called the Parlotones, and they've been around for a while, but their latest album, "Stardust Galaxies" is gathering attention in the states. It helps that they have stellar songs like this one on it. Enjoy "Push Me to the Floor" by the Parlotones!

World Wide Web full of Wackos

Internet is a funny place. Not only do you have to watch out for distant friends and acquaintances who doesn't master the fine arts of integrity and common sense as well as yourself and they might post texts and photos taken of you without your permission on their private blogs, Facebook walls or twitter pages, but there are also another type of creepy followers out there. With a blog like ours, this is maybe something to get used to as we're kind of private here and I can't hide the fact that there might be some content and photos in this blog which might tempt and distract and frustrate the ones who are easy to provoke. Let me now present to you one of the latest admirers of ours. This is a guy who apparently has a lot of spare time in his life and he has for a while now tried to get our attention, usually I do not let crazy people like this disturb my day but this one is so funny that I'd like to share it with you all:

First email of this conversation:


Whereupon I very shortly replied:

"Luis, get a life and fuck off, will you?
Best regards, Taru"

And this was something that apparently made him go crazy over there in Portugal as he took it one step further. He copied our little conversation and he sent it out to all of our sponsors and advertisers on the blog and sent me a copy of all the emails, saying:


He took the time to collect all of the email addresses he could possibly find on the Internet connected to the brands we work with, just to make sure that someone, please anyone!, could hear what he had to say. Also what is funny is that he said the same thing to all of the sponsors, "As a client of North Sails, Sperry Top Sider, Remoska .." Hilarious.

Isn't this such a funny anecdote from the world of online behavior in the 21st century. How many frustrating people are there out there, I wonder? How many unhappy and desperate human beings will we have to encounter - we bloggers and people who share our stories online. It comes with the job I assume, saying this with six years of blogging experience, but never will I stop getting surprised over how many of those locos there are out there. Like I said to Alex earlier; "we have just crossed one of the largest oceans of the world to get away from bullshit yet it seem to follow us more now than ever".

Oh lord, I'd much rather read stuff like this.

/Taru

"Araw '08": Unprecedented kudos to all individuals and orgs

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Spreading cultural and historical awareness and continuously exploring, searching for that something that could help bring about unity and positive change in a small, poor, politically divided island-province, promoting a sense of oneness, a clearer sense of identity and direction among Marinduquenos, are tasks cultural workers and artists take upon themselves to undertake. Existing political structures could make it rather difficult for cultural undertakings of the same magnitude as the first "Araw ng Marinduque" to prosper.

But the message of the Araw ng Marinduque celebration was clear. As the first Araw ng Marinduque celebration was concluded, a RESOLUTION was adopted by the SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN NG MARINDUQUE. It was to commend all the individuals behind the success of the two projects for such an achievement "despite the limited time and budget of the provincial government and the six municipalities... and even strengthened a collaborative effort with the national government offices/agencies and other organizations..."

The resolution stated that the celebration "exuded the province's unique culture, customs and traditions which were hailed by most of those who witnessed the various activities and presentations".

Full text of said Resolution adopted on motion of board member ELEUTERIO "BONG" RAZA, Jr. follows. In a strong show of support and solidarity with all those involved in the project, the said Resolution was "unanimously seconded" by all the members of the provincial council, and therefore unprecedented:



Republic of the Philippines
PROVINCE OF MARINDUQUE
Boac

OFFICE OF THE SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN

EXCERPT FROM THE MINUTES
5th SPECIAL SESSION, 11th SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN
SUPREME COURT COMPOUND, BAGUIO CITY
FEBRUARY 24, 2008



Resolution No. 264 series 2008

RESOLUTION

COMMENDING ALL INDIVIDUALS, OFFICES, AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE “ARAW NG MARINDUQUE”


WHEREAS, the recent celebration of the “Araw ng Marinduque”, the founding anniversary of the province, had exuded the province’s unique culture, customs and traditions which were hailed by most of those who witnessed the various activities and presentations relative to the same;

WHEREAS, despite the limited time and budget of the provincial government and the six municipalities, it did not constrain them from organizing a committee that made the event a success and even strengthened a collaborative effort with the national government offices/agencies and other organizations that led to such an achievement;

WHEREAS, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is truly grateful to all individuals and/or organizations who in one way or another, and through their efforts, have contributed to the success of such an endeavour;

WHEREFORE, on motion of Hon. Eleuterio R. Raza, Jr. unanimously seconded, it was:

RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved, to commend all individuals, offices/agencies and organizations who contributed to the success of the celebration of the “Araw ng Marinduque”.

RESOLVED, finally, that copy of this resolution be furnished the following for their information, to wit:

1. Provincial Governor
2. Provincial Administrator
3. Executive Assistant to the Governor
4. Mayor and SB of the 6 Municipalities
5. Organizing Committee through the Consultant for Tourism Affairs*
6. Department of Education
7. Department of Trade and Industry
8. Marinduque State College and all School Participants
9. National Commission for Culture & the Arts
10. National Historical Commission
11. Department of Tourism
12. Sponsors, Donors, Guests, Others.

ADOPTED, this 24th day of February 2008 at Baguio City.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:
(Signed)
NIMFA M. CABRERA,Secretary, SP

ATTESTED:

(Signed)
TOMAS N. PIZARRO
Vice-Governor & Presiding Officer

“Most specific in Travel Insurance”

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It is highly recommended to ensuring any pre-existing medical condition is declared to an insurance company is that it can be assessed and, hopefully, covered by the terms of the policy. It will insure that you should require medical treatment when you’re away that is linked (directly or indirectly) to the condition.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The First Araw ng Marinduque Celebration 2008

The idea of celebrating Marinduque’s founding anniversary in fitting ceremonies province-wide with activities showcasing its traditional arts & culture, history, products and uniqueness as a province, in the same vein that all municipalities, provinces and cities in the Philippines mark their own anniversaries, was proposed by the undersigned to the provincial government in late November 2007. The proposal received endorsement of support from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s Committee on Tourism chaired by board member Yolando Querubin.

Knowing that the funds of the provincial government for such activities were limited, I had the opportunity to discuss the possibility of obtaining a grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts with NCCA Commissioner Elmer B. Ingles while attending a seminar in Vigan. He was sympathetic to the idea of a joint Philippine Arts Festival (PAF) and “Araw ng Marinduque”celebration, both occurring in the month of February.

On my way back to Marinduque I got a phone call from a culture and arts officer of NCCA, informing me to immediately fax my proposal that should strictly follow the official guidelines for the Philippine Arts Festival grants, as the deadline for submission expired the next day. This was complied with, and soon after came the response for the inclusion of Marinduque in the arts festival project. A Memorandum of Agreement between the Provincial Government of Marinduque and the NCCA was eventually signed, witnessed by the Provincial Accountant with the Provincial Treasurer issuing a certificate on which bank account the funds should be transferred to.

PAF-ARAW NG MARINDUQUE COMMITTEE

A committee tasked to map out plans for the celebration was created. This was composed of representatives of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, the Provincial Tourism Office, the Office of the Governor, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Education, the Provincial Engineering Office and the six municipalities of Boac, Buenavista, Gasan, Mogpog, Torrijos and Sta. Cruz.

“VIVA MARINDUQUE” was adopted as the project title of the “Ani ng Sining in Marinduque: Philippine Arts Festival 2008”, and in line with NCCA objectives: To celebrate the Filipinos artistic creations; to promote the Filipino creativity, specifically of local and indigenous talents, through various forms of artistic expressions; to provide a venue for broader participation in creative activities; to drumbeat “Araw ng Marinduque” as a new avenue for cultural-tourism promotion and development in the province.

It also aimed to raise the level of cultural awareness among local artists and the community, in general, and expected to pave the way for the honing of local talents, as well as strengthening their network among other artists, cultural workers and arts enthusiasts within and beyond the island-province. It was also seen as a rare opportunity to raise the level of local and national awareness on Marinduque’s rich cultural heritage.

The “Viva” project was held as an interactive and collaborative project with the NCCA, the local municipalities, participating schools, cultural organizations, performers and participating groups. The showcase was presented in all the six municipalities, simultaneous with the arts festivals in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

VENUE

Available public spaces were utilized, namely, covered courts, gyms or open spaces, specifically Boac Covered Court, Mogpog Covered Court, Sta. Cruz Gym, Open Court in Torrijos, Open Public Park in Buenavista and Municipal Tennis Court in Gasan.
The February rains posed a problem as there were days when it rained the whole day on scheduled dates. In Sta. Cruz the original venue had to be changed from the Sta. Cruz Open Court to the Gym two hours before the show. In Torrijos, Buenavista and Gasan, the venues of which had open spaces the rains stopped as if on cue. In all the venues and scheduled dates the programs started at exactly 7:31pm).

The cast dressed up all the venues with backdrops, curtains, mobile platforms designed for the purpose, and additional plants and designs where needed. The municipal governments provided monobloc chairs for the use of town officials, visitors and guess. The general public used bleachers or watched standing on top of parked jeepneys or trucks. A technical crew that tavelled with the group was responsible for installation of lights and sound requirements.

THE SHOWCASE

Cultural and historical researches were major components of this project that went beyond the traditional arts expressions for which Marinduque is known for, such as moryonan and putong that remained important “Viva” features. Presented were:
“Moryonan” – dance drama on Marinduque’s famous Lenten tradition; “Bulong” – dance-drama on teleportation, a belief still popular in far-flung areas;

“Labanan sa Pulang Lupa” – dance-drama with original song on the “Battle of Pulang Lupa” with choral rendition by the Marinduque Provincial Capitol Choir; Mini-feature on one of the U.N. Millenium Development Goals, poverty alleviation (an NCCA requirement);

“Kalutang” played by the Pangkat Kalutang group of Gasan; “Harana”, local songs of courtship; and “Putong”, Marinduque’s welcome or thanksgiving ritual.

Students from Bangbang National High School and Marinduque Midwest School and out-of-school youth underwent workshops/rehearsals conducted by this blogger as artistic director and project coordinator with the assistance of choreographers Joseph Ogalinola and Ian Sotto (both from Buenavista), Oliver Macunat and Roselo Salvacion (both from Gasan).

Well known director Frank Rivera was also invited to conduct a workshop for the dance-drama cast and the participating cultural groups. Altogether, the “Viva Marinduque” artistic and production staff were composed of 100 persons. During the performance in Buenavista, Mayor Ofelia Madrigal requested that some dancers who took part in their municipal showcase be also included in the Viva repertoire to perform some of the local dances, increasing the number of participants to 120.


Part of the arts festival concept was municipal showcases. The municipality of Mogpog (left photo), came up with “Battle of Camarines (Bintakay)”, performed by DepEd teachers, about the revolutionary struggle in Mogpog during the Filipino-Spanish war. The story was presented from the point of view of Olympia Manuba, the local Gabriela Silang. The play also incorporated local dances, songs and cultural practices, and underscored the capacity of women to be so empowered as to join the fight for Inang Bayan.

In Boac, DepEd teachers presented a local folk dance; In Sta. Cruz the municipal choir rendered various local songs with an elderly veteran of “Harana” songs dishing out a few songs. In Buenavista, selected students from Buenavista National High School performed three local dances, including “Banderitas de Libas”, said to be a native dance that was eventually included in the Viva presentations. “Harana” songs complete with a movable ‘bahay kubo’ was likewise performed as part of the municipal contribution.

In Torrijos, DepEd teachers danced “Inalimango” as well as other lesser known folk dances. As most of the Viva performers were from Gasan including the Kalutang musicians, the municipal government helped in the technical aspects of the production from rehearsal, providing additional mobile platforms when necessary, providing additional meals and snacks to the cast and appointing a municipal staff as coordinator for all Gasan performers throughout the duration of the project (January-February).

Responsibility for lights and sound, production design, costumes and props, transportation, accommodation, meals and snacks, streamers and documentation were variously assumed by the provincial government and participating sponsors.

AUDIENCE

Government officials, employees, teachers, students, parents and people from all walks of life watched the “Viva Marinduque” presentations. Depending on the weather situation and other factors such as efforts exerted by the municipal governments to attract a good crowd the estimates were: Mogpog (2,000), Sta. Cruz (500 mostly people dressed up for the occasion); Boac (700); Buenavista (2,000); Torrijos (1,000) and Gasan (2,500). The Mogpog Viva presentation was shown on the two local cable channels and covered by the local paper, “The Weekly Marinduque”. Performances were held in Boac (Feb 9), Mogpog (Feb 12), Torrijos (Feb 16), Sta. Cruz (Feb. 17), Buenavista (Feb 23) and Gasan (Feb. 26, 2008).

THE OTHER “ARAW NG MARINDUQUE” FESTIVITIES

“Viva Marinduque” was the most visible of all the Philippine Arts Festival-Araw ng Marinduque celebration because of its province-wide presence. There were other activities undertaken, however, to mark the event. Among them: “Barakalan at Turismo” (Trade, Tourism and Food Fair) a cooperative endeavor among the six municipalities of Marinduque, the Department of Trade and Industry and the provincial government. The exhibition site (Boac Covered Court), served as a big bazaar of quality Marinduque trade and tourism products and served as tourist information center as a whole. (Feb. 16-21, 2008)

“Quiz-Bee & Oratorical Contests” organized by the Department of Education, the Quiz-Bee on Marinduque’s culture and history, as well as the Oratorical Contest were undertaken for high school students in public and private schools. The latter’s theme was “Marinduque: Alab ng Puso ng Pilipinas”. DepEd took care of the responsibility for the guidelines and mechanics of the contests. Held at the Boac Covered Court. (Feb. 18, 2008)

“Harana”. As Marinduque is known to be one of the few remaining localities in the country where the traditional “Harana”, local serenade, is being practiced, or where the old songs remain popular to oldtimers, all municipalities showcased their versions of Harana to generate new interest in this tradition. Held at Sta. Cruz Municipal Court (Feb. 18, 2008).

“National Conference on Marinduque”. The former National Historical Institute identified eminent historians, researchers, anthropologists and archaeologists to present papers on various aspects of Marinduque’s culture from pre-Hispanic times to the present.

Students, teachers, government officials, historic-cultural societies, researchers and media participated in this conference organized by the provincial government in cooperation with the National Historical Institute, National Museum, Philippine Historical Society, Department of Education, private schools and the six municipalities. Held at the Mogpog Central School. (Feb. 19-20, 2008).

“Grand Parada” (Street-Dancing Festival Showcase). Showcase of municipal festivals introduced in recent years to promote the province as a year-round tourist destination. Parade with all municipalities bringing their own festivals to the capital started from different designated areas in Boac Poblacion and converged at the Boac Covered Court.


Participated in by the provincial government, the six municipalities, Phiippine National Police, Department of Education, other participating agencies, NGOs and the business community.

Streets of Boac & Covered Court (Feb. 21, 2008 morning).

“Putong Festival”. Showcase of different “Putong” rituals from the six municipalities. Suceeding annual festivals were intended to be competitive, with traditional and modern categories. Organized by the Provincial Tourism Office in cooperation with the Municipal Government of Mogpog and the other five municipalities. Mogpog Covered Court (February 21, 2008 afternoon)

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