MARDI GRAS at the Central Colleges of the Philippines!

 Last year, I blogged about the schools foundation day although I was quite busy knowing the activities, but since I became more involved with the school this year, we had meetings on how the foundation day will be celebrated and the theme is now MARDI GRAS as it falls near the great celebrations this February. 

The Central Colleges of the Philippines will celebrate its 57th founding anniversary with a lot of activities like battle of the bands, school fair, and a lot of interesting booths! This is one big celebration that you should not miss! I will be posting the schedule of activities in a few days, so tell your friends to visit CCP and have a great party! CARNIVAL!

Remember the date February 10-12, 2011.


ART IS A BANG: Ani ng Sining Philippine Arts Festival 2011!



Its almost February and we can have a lot of fun with Art at the Philippine International Arts Festival 2011, check on the poster for schedules and activities! And to kick it off, they have this event this January 30 and the festival runs the whole month! So art lovers arise!

Blah Blah Blogs: Ang Tunay na BBB!


Unang una, nais ko sabihin na ang nag-iisa at walang katulad na BBB ay walang iba kundi ang BLAH BLAH BLOGS! Halos malurkey na ang buong blog world dito sa Pinas sa pagsulpot ng issue ng Big Bad Blogger, nung una ay hindi naman siguro kailangang pagusapan pa ang ganitong balita dahil medyo madalas na mangyari na ang  mga ito, ngunit sa pagkakataon na ito, napansin ko sa loob lamang ng kaunting panahon, tulad ng apoy ay kumalat at lumaki na ito hanang nakaabot sa sa iba't ibang sulok. Nahihiwagaan pa rin ang karamihan, kasama na ako sa tunay na Big Bad Blogger (ayokong isulat na BBB dahil blah blah blogs ito, oks lang kahit mag type pa ako ng extra).  

Blah Blah Blogs: NABULABOG ANG ZODIAC UNIVERSE!




Tila nabulabog ang ang Zodiac universe sa pagsali ng Ophiucus sa horoscope. Pero sa totoo lang, matagal na palang nakapwesto dun ang constelation ngunit hindi na ito na-consider na mapabilang sa super elite group ng zodiac. Ang ibig sabihin ng Ophiucus ay "serpent-bearer" at hawak nito ang Constelation na Seprens. Ngunit kahit kadikit na ito ang iba pang signs ay hindi na ito binilang. 

Kailan lang ito napagusapan muli nang nabangit sa isang pagaaral na nag-'shift' ang posisyon ng mundo sa kalawakan matapos ang ilang dang siglo at dapat na daw ibilang ang Ophiucus sa zodiac. At sa ganitong pangyayari, makaling shift din ang naganap sa zodiac dates at horospope. Pero paliwanag ng mga Astrologers, hindi naman sa posisyon ng mga bituin nababatay ang horoscope at astronomy kundi sa pwesto ng mga planeta na bihira naman magpalit ng pwesto sa labas ng kanilang orbit.

Kung gayunman, nakaktuwang isipin na marami ang nahumaling dito, parang nung isang linggo lamang ay nataranta ang marami sa pagkalat ng balita na mawawala na ang Facebook sa March 15. Kahit ako ay muntikan nang mapaniwala dito dahil sa galing ng pagpaliwanag sa mangyayari at sa gawa-gawang interbyu kay Mark Zuckerberg. At dahil sa mga balitang ito, marami ang naguusap at naniniwala na sa katapusan ng mundo sa 2012.

Well since napagusapan na natin ang bagong Zodiac sign kuno, pagtripan este pagusapan natin ang inyong magiging kapalaran sa taon na ito lalo na sa mga nagbago ng zodiac sign dahil sa pasaway na si Ophiucus!
Una, check pala natin kung ano na ang bagong sign mo bago mo basahin ang kapalaran ( see chart A)

Chart A
ARIES - APRIL 19 - MAY 13 
TAURUS - MAY 14 - JUNE 19
GEMINI - JUNE 20 - JULY 20 
CANCER - JULY 21 - AUG 9 
LEO - AUGUST 10 - SEPTEMBER 15 
VIRGO - SEPTEMBER 16 - OCTOBER 30 
LIBRA - OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 22 
SCORPIO - NOVEMBER 23 - NOVEMBER 29 
OPHIUCHUS - NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 17 
SAGITTARIUS - DECEMBER 18 - JANUARY 18 
CAPRICORN - JANUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 15 
AQUARIUS - FEBRUARY 16 - MARCH 11 
PISCES - MARCH 12 - APRIL 18

Aries
Love: Sige, ikaw na yan!
Money:  Ay, ikaw lang yan...
Career:  ikaw ba yan?

Taurus
Love: Marasap mangarap ano?
Money:  Magdala kagi ng calculator
Career: Ano nagsisisi ka na ba?

Gemini
Love: I-handa ang love songs, at pumili ng theme song niyo
Money: Alam mo madaling maubos na ang isang libo
Career: Balik na lang ikaw sa probinsya at magtanim

Cancer
Love: Aba bakit nagseselos ka, wala ka namang jowa
Money: Nanalo ka ba ng lotto? ay ... false alarm
Career:  Nagtugma ba ito sa kinuha mong kurso?

Leo
Love: Uy! Bakit bumibili ka ng Love enhancement pill!?
Money: handa mo na bang i-labas ang piggy bank mo?
Career:  Hindi ka keyboard, wag shift ng shift!

Virgo
Love:  Sorry Virgin ka pa rin...
Money: Magtayo ng negosyong skrambol
Career: Ay meron ka pala nun?!

Libra
Love: Timbangin kung sino sa kanila... ang mas mataba
Money: Mag aral muna ikaw ng accountancy...
Career: Magreresign ka na naman?!

Scorpio
Love: Sundin ang love story ng Alakdana sa GMA 7
Money: Habol mo ba yung bagong design ng pera?
Career: Define career.


Ophiucus (aka. Zuma)

Love:  Love niya ang love handles mo!
Money:  Aba pa-starbucks na lang ikaw
Career: Sa panahon ngayon dapat karir ng karir


Sagittarius
Love: steady lang period.
Money:  ilan libo piraso ba credit card mo?!
Career: Magturo ng English, mas malaki ang kita


Capricorn
Love: Bakit ang haba ng hair mo?
Money: Mahal ang pag rebond ng kilay noh?
Career:  Magreresign ka dahil mahirap sumakay?!

Aquarius
Love: At kanino ka naha-high?
Money: Huwag halikan ang pera, hindi dyan ang syota mo.
Career: Mahirap magtayo ng bahay gamit ang Lego!

Pisces
Love: Marunong ka palang mag compsoe ng love song!
Money: Ang pera hindi ginagawang confetti....
Career: Maraming career ang naghihintay sa CityVille sa Facebook.

At mula dito ay sana ay naliwanagan kayo sa inyong kapalaran na hindi din dapat iasa lamang sa mga bituin kundi sa ating sarili na rin di ba? At kumunsulta sa suking astrologer at huwag sa mga manghuhula sa quiapo. Isang palala mula sa mas pinabongang bonga at major major na Blah Blah Blogs 2011!  

ART IS A BANG: Pasinaya 2011 at CCP



Venue : All CCP Venues
Time : 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Date : Feb 6 2011


The most popular one day multi-arts festival features more than 80 shows and 2000 participating artists led by the Resident Companies of the CCP. Artists perform previews of the upcoming music, theater and dance season. The festival also features visual arts exhibits, film screenings, storytelling sessions, an arts and crafts market. All you can see, pay what you can.

Suggested donation: Php 20.00. Priority Pass: Php100.00

Lyf's Guide to Commuting: Ferry Joy Ride






I love going to new places, however since I'm always busy with a lot of things however I actually got a chance to ride the pasig river ferry service. Yep you heard it right, this ferry goes trough the pasig river. My original location was Intramuros where one station, Plaza Mexico is located. I was very fustrated with the traffic in road at that time and tried to go on a cruise on that ferry service. I was aware that this service is already operational however I never tried to go on board. Well it was really a new feeling knowing that you road is the pasig river. And that one fact is I cant swim, so it was one of my hesistations. But because of the need to go to school I had to take a chance to take the ferry service. I was quite impressed about the station and the ferry itself. a fare of 20 pesos is fair for a student from intramuros to the PUP station.

the golden mosque near the river

a boat! a boat!

pandacan oil depot

also part of the oil depot

under the bridge


inside the ferry

the other ferries...

under the Quezon bridge

a different view of escolta

guess where...

And the journey itself is also an adventure. Seriously, how many of us go to work or school through the river. I have passed to stations like Escolta, Lawton, and the highlight was to pass by the Malacanang palace which again we don't see directly since it faces Malacanang park. You know, security purposes. Also with this reason I was not permitted to take a click on the "white house". Don't also miss the oil depot, one of the benefactors of the river but also contributes to its contamination. However, another sight to see are the birds that fly over the polluted river. They seem to adapt the environment of man and was able to survive with it. Thus there might be some hope in reviving the river. And practically there had been improvements thanks to the linear parks on the side but still a lot of work to be done to attain the former glory of the river.

Traslacion 2011: The Feast of The Black Nazarene

The ageless tradition lives on of the oldest and probably the longest procession in the country happens again in Manila. And today is my 8th year joining the procession. Thank God that the date falls on a Sunday in which I don't have a shift on that day. Most of us would know what happens on this feast, that there will be a lot of people, not just hundreds, not just thousands but millions! This would make manila the most dense place on that day! Amazingly enough that there are people that actually came from near and far provinces. 


The feast of the Nazareno shows faith and prayers can make a difference. I admit that I have never tried to join in the procession walking on my bare feet but I think i will try that on the next years of the feast. This year, I was not able to start the mass at Luneta, but decided to attend mass. It was the most physically challenging mass as I pass through the sea of devotees to get inside the basilica. I took me almost two masses to get in and out of the church. I took the chance to take pictures and the video of the NPJN hymn.


Of course, the feast is also the the many faces that makes the celebration colorful. This includes the religious cults and fanatics. Aside from the millions of bare footed devotees there are also the countless number of Nazareno replicas from small ones to the ones that have its own entourage. The celebration wont be complete without businesses that take advantage of the moment to make a sale from shirts, towels, food, drinks and many other things that could or could not be related to the Nazareno. This expands from Luneta to the ends of Recto which every year becomes a war zone of garbage after.


But amidst the chaotic and dense environment, you would notice the power of the human spirit especially in prayer. Its already a big effort to go through the hassle of heavy human traffic plus the threat of snatchers and rowdy devotees. You could also see people of senior ages still devoted to the Señor because of the gratitude they  are thankful.


I myself still find myself to this realization and that is why I am still here. I know that even I cannot get to the actual statue paraded, he would still see what is inside of us that proves our faith in him. For a financially poor country like ours, we find ourselves to be spiritually rich and this also forms our values and morals. Though its already the age of globalization, these things remind us of where we started.


Though there are really sad parts about the feast that many would take advantage of this for their personal goals. It is given, but what they cannot never corrupt is the power of the human spirit to make an impact, a very big impact actually, and this sometimes makes it fun even with all the pain. There is also the fact that when you attend this one with your family and friends is definitely a bonding moment.


Thank God that this year there is no fatalities but there was an increase of the injuries. But its a god sign to see that the trend is improving. I hope there will be the day that all can enjoy the feast without getting hurt. Overall, I was satisfied with the new way of seeing the procession, I may have not witnessed the Original Nazareno action this time, it showed me a different side that showed me how it made an impact on the heart of its devotees.


Here are some of the other interesting pics on that day...
 their group is staring at the sun at 11am praying
I admire the people in the medical team, so far the busiest team every year
Its Maroon everywhere!
literally a 'sea of people'
the church is jampacked every mass
rescuers prepared on McArthur bridge if ever someone would fall...

you could also check out what happened last year on my blogpost here.

and also view the complete photo album.

GIRLS! Do Wanna be Discovered?

REEL DEAL: Gulliver's Travels PLUS Scrat's Continental Crack Up!

 When you insert Jack Black into a great classic story, the effect is a LOL-a-thon! We have been familiar with the story written by Jonathan Smith centuries ago. And the classic picture of having a man tied up on the beach by hundreds and hundreds of little people called Lilliputians. Though the story is a fairy tale classic, having this one retold with the modern touch is good and absolutely funny. 
 The setting of Lilliput actually follows the classic traditions and customs, basically Gulliver is the only thing modern. This makes the clash and a lot of laughs with so many things one could relate to. You would definitely like the Royal Family of Lilliput especially the princesses. You could actually learn a classic word from the nobles, something you can add to your vocabulary.
I could say it is a family movie since you could realize values with the turn of events. Though if you would compare it to the classic story, it goes to almost a 270 degree turn. I could definitely say that you will laugh at the edge of your seats every time Gulliver (Jack Black) gives out his line. Black does the thing he do best here, hitting you with nostalgia mixed with comedy!

And theres more! Before the movie, a special short from the unlikely character from Ice Age, scrat the squirel and his never ending quest to save his beloved acorn! Of course, this becomes a hilarious misadventure into the earth as in literally. You would realize how the continents were formed and also the evolution of many species, and the unending quest if he would achieve his goal with the coveted acorn! Go Scrat!




Deliberation time kids!

Movie summary in 3 lines: All Hail Lilliput!
Technical Effects: 4 out of 5 stars
(Shrunken people has been done many times, but what amuses me is the robot)
Plot 3 out of 5 stars: (Classic tale but there are still moments that needs to be filled up)
Popcornmeter (the rating if this movie would make you hungrier while watching) 5 out of 5 stars (Just looking at Jack Black's face makes us so hungry)
Acting and Actors 3 out of 5 stars (Good but I feel I saw those acting somewhere...)
DVD worthiness: 4 out of 5 stars (it includes a life-size Liliputan!)
Sequel worthiness: 3 out of 5 stars
(Though I really enjoyed the movie, it would be in another title perhaps)
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
 (So Far , so Good,  Great to watch with friends and family to laugh really loud inside the theater)

There is Something I Want You to Know about Minute Maid!

I just drank a bottle of Minute Maid Pulpy. They say it’s got ‘no preservatives added’. Aw, c’mon…It’s bottled juice. Is that even possible? So I thought maybe... there is an exception, there could be a way of having natural juice without adding nasty preservatives... hmmm... I want to take another sip just to sure...

I didn’t believe it the first time I heard it’s got no preservatives added.  So I read the ingredients (even the fine print) and everything checked out! It really has NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED!  That means it doesn’t have ingredients that may turn out to be allergens, or worse...carcinogens!  Whew! Now that’s healthy goodness that tastes so good, I... was surprized with what I have found and feels at ease knowing that what I drink inside is as real as the real fruit itself! I suddenly remembered that through the years I have been drinking preservatives! Now knowing of a healthy option, so its OK to have it everyday!

So okay, it’s got no preservatives added. That’s really good, right?  Not just because it doesn’t have those icky, harmful ingredients, but it also means... that in evrey drop and every pulp from Minute Maid Puly is oozing with natural goodness!


So far anyone who still has a hard time believing that Minute Maid has got no preservatives added - meaning it's THAT natural, it's almost like it's plucked straight from the tree, it's just as Mother Nature wanted your orange juice to be, it's got nothing but the good stuff yes, none of those potentially toxic stuff that can harm your brain, kidneys, heart; cause tumors aargh- the list of preservatives' bad effects just go on!!! Anyway, just to prove a point on just how good Minute Maid Pulpy is 'cause it's got NO PRESERVATIVES ADDED, I'm gonna share these with my friends and family and even with you! I would even have this one featured in my food blog and upcoming videos! Probably compose a song about this one, though I dont know how to play an instrument. Whatever it is, I really like to share this to all to know that there is the best alternative and the most natural thing from the fruit itself! 

Feels good to know about the real pulpy deal, right? C’mon show me a smile on the comment box, and you might win yourself a Really Pulpy Deal! (That’s a chance to win a Minute Maid gift pack simply by commenting. Sweet! C'mon you just might be picked as the lucky 'commentor'!)

Love,

FPJ jr


P.S. to prove this claims, I did made the experiment with minute maid pulpy orange in one of my secret laboratory...

under laboratory test, minute maid pulpy passes the pulpiness! 
examining the contents and nutritional facts also passes with flying colors, an no preservatives!
the verdict: Pure goodness in every pulp!
And the effect, absolutely tasty!

So what are you waiting for, 
 taste and experience real juice and have fun 
with a bottle of  minute maid puply!



Misa De Gallo Diaries 2010 Day Nine: Long Journey

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Day 9: Long Journey 

The last day of simbang gabi was actually the most challenging since I have to search for the last stop for the Misa de Gallo series this 2010. The challenge for me was to find that church in the wee hours of the night as I planned that the final mass should follow the dawn schedule. However, since I do have a shift at 6 am, I need to find a schedule that fits either the 4 or 4:30 schedule to be able to reach the office on time. My first option of course would be the Mandaluyong area but I have explored the nearest parishes and churches in that area. Also St. Francis church in Ortigas masses start at 5:30 am, which is not a good idea. I then decided to go to Makati and check out the churches near Ayala like the Greenbelt chapel but they would start at 5 am. Then also checked the schedules at Don Bosco Makati, it was 4:30 but Makati is along way to go still. 
Then I decided to hop to another jeep now going back to Manila and decided to go with Manila Cathedral. Though alone, the journey was worth it as I saw the big church with a lot of people and saw a scene that is what I picture the simbang gabi. I used to think that since it is the Cathedral of the Archdiocese and the premiere office of the Cardinal, the church goers would be more of the high society, but I saw that the church does open its doors to the less privileged citizens of the Intramuros and South Pier area.  

I miss going back to Intramuros since I was studying in PLM and also attending activities from the Archdiocese of Manila. I look forward of being more active in the church and be of service in the next year. And after going to several churches just to cap off the tradition of having the dawn masses of Misa de Gallo, it was definitely worth it.  It was the first time to complete it with 9 different churches, with going trough many things before, during and even after the mass. For the small reflections I have realized during the one hour mass that strengthened my faith. 

I have to admit it was really tiring and the same time frustrating since I dont have a handy laptop with me and also finding the venue would be accidental or due to critical observation. I couldn't have done and completed this without his providence. And the reason why I blog about this one is just one way of how I thank him for all of these. For the bountiful year and new friends I have met. For giving me a time to encounter him even at the darkest hour. Truly the message of Christmas is about hope and love. I does sound cheesy but taking a look on all of it. The Misa de Gallo became my own personal journey, a recollection or even a retreat to ponder about these experiences and share it to others. 

2010 is the most difficult yet blessed year for me, I almost lost everything yet here I am and again rising to another life with optimism and hope. The Long journey does not stop here, his arrival is just the start. Now we walk again looking ahead yet still looks behind to remember the learnings, looking left and right to see friends and family that is journeying with you and looking up to see the God that is leading you to the direction to the Kingdom that we definitely want to go to.

The Misa de Gallo 2010 is now over
Christmas is here!
Also a happy new year to all!
Next year will be another story,
another set of diary stories.
Yet the Journey still goes on...

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Blah Blah Blogs! JUAN MINUTE!


This 2011, start the year right.
be in the spotlight!

Coming this year will be the year I will make video blogs!
Presenting JUAN MINUTE!

Details will be given soon...
also I want to post some of my plan for this 2011.
not like a resolution but goals to achieve this year
probably a good way of reminding me what will I do this year 
here are my eleven main goals and the sub-goals and mirco-goals will be discussed next time
I am very positive to achieve them and they would be very successful.

1. Be nominated for the Philippine Blog Awards
2. Publish the 'Manual to lyf' book
3. Submit an entry (and hopefully win) for the Palanca Awards
4. Win/Buy a new laptop (very needed)
5. Upgrade to a DSLR camera
6. Launch JUAN MINUTE and other video blog projects this year
7. To be/have my radio show
8. To attend WORLD YOUTH DAY in Madrid Spain!
9. To be more active in advocacies and charities this year.
10. To do more projects in cosplay, komiks (KRISIS KOMIX), and Theater 
11. To graduate!

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