Rizal’s 113th Death Annivesary

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I hope that everybody remembered that the reason for December 30th holiday pay is Rizal’s Day. Amidst, the busy schedule and everyday routine, we should not forget the heroism shown by Dr. Jose Rizal and all of our national heroes.

As I was looking over the Internet for a good picture to accompany my post, I found this picture entitled Rizals execution. I wonder whether this picture was really taken on December 30, 1896. Well, whether this picture was real or just a re-enactment of Rizal’s execution, it is still a reminder to each one of us and to tomorrow’s generation about his love for our country.

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To this day, I still wonder about the contents of the letter he wrote for one of his sisters. History said that Rizal hid it in his socks. But when his body was claimed by his family, the letter was no longer there.

In our time today, we need not to die to become a hero. There is a hero in every one of us.

Ciao! :)

Bonifacio Day

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Today is Philippine’s National holiday. We are celebrating Bonifacio Day. I guess everybody knows who Andres Bonifacio was. He was the founder and said to be the father of Katipunan. History told us that way back then, Katipunan was split into two. Humors said that Andres is a no read-no write person. But the truth is, he can write and he can read. I have read an article that he was into teaching then.

I remember my history teacher in high school, sir Manny. He said that Emilio Aguinaldo had a lonely life. Why? Andres Bonifacio was executed at Bundok Buntis on May 10, 1897 under the orders of Aguinaldo. I am not sure whether the issue about Aguinaldo taking Andre’s wife Gregoria de Jesus is true or just a rumor.

Nevertheless, we should never forget the great things that Andres Bonifacio did for our country. We should not forget that November 30 is set to remember him aside from enjoying the holiday.

Ciao! :)

United Nation’s Day

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United Nation’s Day is celebrated every 24th of the October. I remember when I was in elementary and highschool, whenever United Nation’s Day is approaching, we were asked by our teachers to make a flag of a country that is a member of United Nation Organization. I often choose to make my own country’s flag, the Philippines. Aside from being nationalistic, it is easier for me to make my own flag. :) Some of the most famous flags being made by students are Japan, Libya, France and Indonesia.

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Students find those flags easy to make! :)

United Nations was established in 1945. Currently, United Nations has 192 members. Their headquarters is located in Manhattan, New York City. It has 6 official languages which are used used in intergovernmental meetings and documents. These languages are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. The Secretariat uses two working languages, English and French.

The Secretary-General of UN is Ban Ki-moon. He took over Kofi Annan’s position in 2007.

I know that United Nations will continue to help different countries and will help maintain peace in conflicting countries as the next century unfolds. God bless UN!

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Ciao! :)

At the Beginning

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Another song that Dwight wanted me to sing for them is At The Beginning.  This one, is the theme song of the movie Anastasia. I believe it was not produced by Disney. The story is about a Russian princess. It was based on a true story but there are scenes that are made out of fiction. The princess name is Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. She was the daughter of Russia’s last czar, Nicholas II.

Anastasia

Anastasia

In 1918, her whole family with some faithful servants were murdered. But there are rumors that Anastasia survived that night. And that she was taken cared off by one of the Bolshevik police. Several woman have falsely acclaimed that they are the Grand Duchess Anastasia. The most popular of them all was Anna Anderson. I have read a lot of articles about Anna Anderson and her claims being Anastasia. There are some incidents that you would really believe her. But DNA results said that Anna Anderson has no relation at all to the royal family. That the remains of the four daughters of the Nicholas II, including his wife and only son, Alexi have been recovered and now been accounted for. That no one escaped that dreadful night.

I always get goosebumps every time I talk about them. Well, I know that a lot of you are familiar with this song. I like this song from the cartoon movie Anastasia. But, I like Journey to the Past more. :)

At the Beginning

We were strangers starting out on our journey
Never dreaming what we’d have to go through
Now here we are and I’m suddenly standing
At the beginning with you

No one told me I was going to find you
Unexpected what you did to my heart
When I lost hope you were there to remind me
This is the start

(chorus)
And Life is a road and I want to keep going
Love is a river I want to keep flowing
Life is a road now and forever
A Wonderful journey

I’ll be there when the world stops turning
I’ll be there whenthe storm is through
In the end I wanna be standing
At the beginning with you

We were strangers on a crazy adventure
Never dreaming how our dreams would come true
Now here we stand unafraid of the future
At the beginning with you

(chorus)

I knew there was somebody somewhere
Like me alone in the dark
I know that my dream will live on
I’ve been waiting so long
Nothing’s gonna tear us apart

(chorus)

In the end I wanna be standing at the beginning with you

Anastasia the Movie

Ciao! :)

Samuel Morse

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I supposed to post this yesterday but wasn’t able to. Anyway, when I opened my IE browser yesterday, found something ”weird” icons instead of the usual GOOGLE name which is actually set as my homepage.

Well, yesterday the world celebrates the birthday of Samuel Morse. The man behind the invention of the telegraph and of course the Morse Code. :)

Ciao! :)

The Unsinkable

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As always, I spent hours of watching DVDs since it’s my off from work. I finished the season 1 of Charmed, which is actually my favorite TV series. I started watching few episodes of season 2, then I decided to watch an episode from the National Geographic Video Collections I bought a month ago.

I chose to watch an documentary entitled “The Secrets of Titanic.” I admit that I had been a fan of the Titanic movie in 1998, which starred Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. You bet I went gaga like any other teener, with Leonardo DiCaprio. In fact, I have bought several magazines about the Titanic and its lead stars. My dear godmother even sent me a 1000-pc jigsaw puzzle of Titanic and an address book. The thing is, I have not finish working on the puzzle and it has been 11 years since I got it!

The episode featured how the wreckage of Titanic is located by sending down sonar device that sends signal to the mother ship. It happened sometime in 1985. Then, in 1986, the expedition to get closer to it happened.

I am really having goose bumps while watching it. And as the submarine came closer into it and took pictures of once “most biggest and luxurious” ship in the world, I can’t help but imagine the tragedy that occurred about 97 years ago, during its first and final voyage.

There are a lot of websites, books and information about Titanic, which has been pass years after years. But the fate of Titanic taught us a valuable lesson. No matter how monstrous a device man has ever made, we should not be boastful of what we have made but instead be thankful for the wisdom and knowledge that was given to us by our one powerful and the truly unsinkable, Almighty God.

 

Titanic

White Star Line’s Titanic

Wreckage of Titanic

Titanic on its final resting place, which is about 2 miles deep into the ocean. It was found in 1986.

Cadillac One: Obamamobile

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I received an email this morning from my previous team leader, Vane. It has been said that President Obama is more important than anybody in the past and so is the new presidential limo, called Obamamobile. The car really amazed me. :)

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The mobile was built based on a Cadillac chasis by General Motors in Detroit. Though the company didn’t give the precise information on how it will protect the president, we know that it is it’s primary purpose.

Cadillac One is its official call sign but it will always be known as the Obamamobile. With its features on how the mobile will defend the president from its detractors, I don’t think Mr. President will even need a personal injury claims.

Like other, presidential vehicles, it has a bulletproof glass and armour plating throughout. It has been hermetically-sealed also that will make it withstand chemical weapons. The mobile is also packaged with foldable desktop, a wi-fi ready laptop and with a satellite phone that has a direct line to US Vice president and the Pentagon. Wow! What a feature! :)

Well, that is if you’re the president of the United States of America. But for ordinary citizens, we need always to think about our security and safety when on the road. Accidents could happen on the time you expect it to occur. Whiplash or neck injuries can mess one’s life. But then, if you accidentally got it, then a whiplash injury claims can be of good help.

Even non-motor vehicle is a not an exemption. Though, our main and public roads have designated lanes for bicycles, bikers can never be sure of their safety especially when on the road. It a good thing though, to know that there are companies who offer Bicycle accident claims.

As per Obamamobile, it has to be really good and will shield the president from any attacks. I just hope one day, I will be able to ride in it. :)

Barack Obama: 44th President of United States of America

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America is in great rejoicing right now. Barack Obama has sworn to office yesterday, January 20, 2009 at Washington DC as the 44th President of the United States of America.

It was an extraordinary celebration. The world’s eyes are set to the inauguration of the new US President. A president that will give US and the world a new hope for peace and economy.

Well, I have the full inaugural speech of President Barack Obama. Here are some of its parts. These are actually my personal favorite. To read the complete Inaugural speech, just click here.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet…

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist…

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it…

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations…

Well, congratulations to and more power President Obama.

President Barack Obama

Looking Back

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I am cleaning my files this morning when I stumbled on a folder named “Manila Old pictures”. Well, maybe you seen these pictures before and this could be a cliche’, but then I just want to share these to some who have not seen Manila City was. Enjoy :) !

binondo churh

This is Binondo Church.

binondo church convent

This is the church’s convent. I am not if this still stand there today.

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Can anyone tell me where this place is in Manila City?

old manila pictures

This picture shows the old street of Manila.

old manila pictures

See the train that passed by?

old manila pictures

Those were Japanese soldiers.

old manila pictures

Those were Chinse guerillas.

Well, I am still checking for other “old Manila pictures” from my grandmother’s “baul“, which I can share with you. :)

Happy Rizal Day!

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I just received a text message from Bilog boy which gave me an idea to write something on. Today, is December 30. Today is a national holiday in the Philippines, for we remember Dr. Jose P. Rizal’s death.

He was shot to death at the Luneta Park, then called Bagumbayan, on December 30, 1896. It was 112 years ago. Well, is someone will do a google search, he may be able to find many websites containing information about our national hero. So, I will not elaborate what is it with this man.

Almost every year we celebrate Rizal Day. But then, does the essence of celebrating Rizal Day did any change in our lives? Do we still give importance to the reason behind his death? Or do we just celebrate or remember this day for the sake of “remembering” it?  

Ask your selves…

Jose Rizal

All About Andres..

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Last November 30, the Philippines celebrated one of its heroes birthday,  Andres Bonifacio. He was born on November 30, 1863. I believe that almost all Filipinoes know who Andres Bonifacio was. He was known for his bravery during the Spanish occupation and he led the KKK (Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan). History rumors said that it should have been Andres Bonifacio and not Jose Rizal to be called the country’s National Hero. My youngest sister said that it is because, Rizal was a reformist only. He doesn’t actually wanted “freedom” from the Spaniards but an equal treatment for Filipinos. Being conquered by the Spain, Rizal wanted equality between Spaniards and Filipinos. Unlike, Bonifacio, he wanted complete freedom the Spaniards.

We also thought that Bonifacio was no read and no write. But then as kuya Kim Atienza reported last Monday, Bonifacio actually thought Spanish and English! So, he’s not what we thought.

Another thing I learned about him which I have not read from any history book was that he was married twice. He was first married to a certain Monica and became a widower. Then, he married Gregoria de Jesus as what we knew.

He died in Bundok Buntis in Cavite. I will never forget this from my history teacher in highschool, Sir Manny Villamarin. Who was the culprit? It was Emilio Aguinaldo. That’s why Aguinaldo didn’t live a happy life. Rumors has it, that aside from political reason, Aguinaldo had Bonifacio killed because of Gregoria. After Bonifacio died, it has been said that Aguinaldo took Gregorias as his wife or mistress.

Well, whatever rumors surrounds Bonifacio, we still cannot deny the fact that he is of our greatest heroes. A brave man who showed his undying love for his country and of its countrymen. His legacy should live in us forever.

Andres Bonifacio

Anastasia

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I just finished reading ample of articles about the “lost” Grand Duchesss Anastasia. Who would not known Anasatasia. I have been reading stories and articles about the lives of the last Russian Royalties. And whenever I read something about them, I always get goosebumps. No one knows how dreadful it was when Russian’s last Tsar Nicholas II and his family was murdered in the night of July 17, 1918. Yet, many believed that one of the Princesses survived that night. And that could have been Anastasia. Although, recent DNA testings and reports showed that all the royals bodies are recovered. Yet, maybe because of power and money, the truth has been covered up.

Many claimed that they were Anastasia. But maybe the most popular of them all was Anna Anderson. Based on the articles I have read, I think she could have been the real Anastasia. But what made me think twice is that when she died,  her body was cremated. Could it be because she is tired already proving to everybody that she was indeed the Grand Duchess Anastasia and when she died, she doesn’t want to leave anything that could be use for further testing and experiments. Or, could it be because she wanted to hide something and be buried it with her.

Anna Anderson and Anastasia

Anna Anderson and Anastasia Romanov

Well, even though Science and Technology have shown proofs and evidences, we may never know the truth behind the mystery that evolves around the Romanov’s family. Even while I am writing this article, there are many questions behind my back that long for an answer. Answers that I may never get.

I guess we should remember Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra’s family as a family that stayed and been there for each other during the last minutes of their lives.

As for Anna, whether she is or not, the Grand Duchess Anastasia, what is important is that we learned a lot from her life.  A life of struggle for identity and acceptance.  

Czar Nicholas Children

Clockwise from top are Tatiana, Anastasia, Olga, Alexei, and Maria.

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