Happy Independence Day!

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I miss school days because it is a holiday today in the Philippines to remember our Independence Day. I love going to work today because it is a double pay! :)

I hope that we Filipinos will always remember the heroism and sacrifices done by our forefather for us to achieve the freedom we have today.

Happy 114th Independence Day to all!

Ciao! :)

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.

Obama mania..

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The Americans have spoken and the 44th president elect of the United States of America has been proclaimed, Barack Hussein Obama.

Though, this half-Kenyan and half-American guy will officially take his post as the US president in January, 2009, his administration is yet to face many challenges that will be passed on by the Bush administration to his administration. I know that a lot of pressure is on Obama right now. But then, I believe, that before running into the presidential post, he is already aware of what lies ahead if he becomes the president.

My mother told me that though this man is only a junior with regard to political aspects, she finds Obama as an intellingent yet compassionate person. She said she was able to watch him on the news when he deliver his speech after winning the US presidential election.

I am happy that Obama wins the election. Though I cannot hide the fear that I have. As you see, Obama is not that open to outsourcing like McCain. It was a good thing that I was able to watch an interview with US Ambassador to the Philippines, Kristie A. Kenney about Obama’s stand on outsourcing. She said that Obama didn’t say that he wants other people to lose a job but what he wanted Americans to have a job. Somehow, that statement from Ambassador Kenney relieved the fear about losing my job.

Well, Obama has a long a way to go. He has so much work to do. The whole world is watching and waiting as he take his steps in leading the world’s strongest country.

Congratulations president-elect Barack Hussein Obama.

Aurora Quezon

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In search for Doña Aurora flower, I stumbled on an article dated which was dated, May 9, 1949. The article is entitled Murder in the Mountains from time.com, really saddened me.

We all know that President Manuel Luis Quezon died of Tuberculosis, but I believe that only a few knew what happened to his wife after his death. The province of Aurora in the northern part of the Philippines was named after his beloved wife, Aurora Aragon.

As history said, Aurora Antonio Aragon was born to Pedro Aragón and Zeneida Molina in the town of Baler, Tayabas. Quezon province is used to be Tayabas. Doña Aurora was a friend, companion and partner to his husband President Quezon.

After the death of her husband, she busied herself into charity work. She even refused to accept the pension she should received from the Philippine government for she thought the war widows and orphans needed the money more than her.

On April 28, 1949 while she on her way to Baler to attend the opening of Quezon Memorial Hospital, she and her entourage, were showered with bullets and instantly killed the President’s Quezon widow. It was then said that, Hukbalahap were the culprit.

To this, The then president, Elpidio Quirino called for a 9-nine day mourning. Aurora Blvd in Quezon City was named after her. President Quirino also created the Aurora sub-province , comprising Baler and surrounding areas(Wikipedia), and in 1978, it has become a separate province.

Her remains now lie in Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City beside the sarcophagus of her husband.

I really felt bad after reading that article. I never thought that a gentle lady who devoted her life to charities will be assassinated.

Mrs. Quezon left us a legacy and moral that serves as an inspiration to all Filipinas and the Filipino people.

Aurora Aragon Quezon

Province of Aurora, Philippines

Doña Aurora

(A flower named after Mrs. Aurora Quezon)

Taking a Break in Rome

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I have mentioned in my previous post that if I will in another country , or I will be given a chance to visit another continent, it would be Europe. And I would definitely take some city breaks in Rome.

As I continue my research about this historical city, I learned that there are many places that I will be interested in. Well, not only I, but other tourists who would love to taste Rome city breaks and be part of its rich past and cultures. Even if you would only spend some Rome short breaks, that would be long enough to take pleasure in its prehistoric times.

Aside from my dream of visiting the Vatican City, there are a lot more places that Rome has to offer. Places that will definitely give you comfort and take you back in time on how Rome earns its name today.

These places that would be interesting for tourists and I are:

Vatican City

A visit to Vatican museum and St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the place of interest when visiting in Rome.

St. Peter’s Basilica

The Colosseum

Colosseum is an arena, which was designed to hold more than fifty thousand spectators. The remains of the Colosseum could ba a dramatic sight, but taking a tour inside it would reveal its history.

The Temples of Ancient Rome

The above picture is the temple of Venus and Rome.

This is where the ancient Romans worshipped their gods and goddeses. They even built temples to honor those who are feared most. These temples of include temples of Saturn, Castor and Pollux. There were also built commemorating the goddesses Venus and Roma.

Sant’ Andrea al Quirinale

This church is considered one of the Bernini’s finest works. It has been regarded as a Baroque masterpiece. It was built sometime in the 17th century and its interior creates such a statement.

And another one in my list is Rome’s Seven Hills.

Rome’s Seven Hills

Capitoline Hill

Palatine Hill

Aventine Hill

Rome’s Seven Hills played a huge part in Rome’s history. All the seven hills are located in the east of the Tiber River. But due to natural disasters, most hills will now be hard to find due to erosion and buildings are being built in its slopes. The Seven Hills are: Capitoline, Palatine, Aventine, Caelian, Esquiline, Viminal, and Quirinal. Today, Capitoline Hill is the most visible as well as is the Palatine. Those hills are the most visited hills in Rome.

I know someday that I will lay my feet on those hills as well. :)

Did You Know?

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I received an interesting email from my friend Vane today. And, I like to share it with you.. :)

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand .

And lollipop is the longest word typed with your right hand. (Bet you tried this out mentally, didn’t you?)

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange , silver, or purple.

Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters ‘mt’. ? (Are you doubting this?)

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

The sentence: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’ uses every letter of the alphabet. (Now, you KNOW you’re going to try this out for accuracy, right?)

The words racecar, kayak and level are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes) (Yep, I knew you were going to ‘do’ this one.)

There are only four words in the English language which end in ‘dous‘: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. (You’re not doubting this, are you?)

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: ‘abstemious‘ and ‘facetious.’ (Yes, admit it, you are going to say, a e i o u)

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard. (All you typists are going to test this out)

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (Some days that’s about what my memory span is.)

A jiffy is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

 

A snail can sleep for three years. (I know some people that could do this too.!)

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain. (I know some people like that also).

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!

 

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. (Good thing he did that.)

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls.

froze completely solid.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

Women blink  nearly twice as much as men.

The Rain-Thomas Kinkade


This is a Thomas Kinkade painting It’s rumored to carry a miracle!

Now you know more than you did before!! :)

What’s in a Totem Pole?

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If you were asked what’s common with Aztec, Cherokee, Inca and the Navajo cultures, what would you say? Alright, they are all relative of my friend Arvie the Indian ?. Kidding aside, those cultures are indeed Indians and they all have a person that takes the role of a religious leader. A spiritual leader utilizes nature in his religious and healing work is called, a Shaman. The animals from which Shamans seek help are called totem or power animals.

Indians believe that these animals are the messengers of the Great Spirit. They treat animals as human guides in their everyday living. They are like angels in other religion. Some tribes used them to symbolize certain traits. For example, Bears are thought to represent power, while the Eagle represents the Divine Spirit. These and other symbolisms should not be taken literally and should be taken with caution.

According to tradition, Totem animals are the one’s to choose and guide you. It is possible that two or more animals would manifest their presence to guide the individual. Anyone can have a Totem animal. To discover it, one must always be aware of any sign that tells a person that he is chosen. For example, you met a tiger in your dreams, and as you read the morning paper, you see a picture of a tiger in one page, then, while you’re on your way to work, you happen to pass by a store with a display of tiger figurines. These encounters may be telling you that the spirit of the tiger has chosen you.

Here is a list of some animals and what do they symbolize:

Bear – power, healing
Beaver – builder, protector
Buffalo – sacredness, life, abundance
Cat – independence
Coyote – the trickster, devilment, reversal of fortune
Crow – law, shape-shifting, change
Dog – noble, loyal, teaching
Dolphin - kindness and play, energy
Eagle – divine Spirit and connection to creator
Elk – strength and agility, friendship
Fox – cunning, agility, quick-witted
Hawk – messenger, intuition, discernment
Lion – Power of feminine energy
Lizard – conservation, caution, regeneration
Mountain Lion – courage, leadership, and foresight
Owl – deception, clairvoyance, insight(the night eagle)
Rabbit – fear, timidity, nervousness, humility
Raven – introspection, courage, self-knowledge
Snake – shrewdness, rebirth
Spider – creativity, balance, interconnectedness, industry
Tiger – caution, appropriate timing, stealth
Turtle – protection, longetivity, healing
Wolf – eliminating weakness, loyalty, teaching skill

Source: Manila Bulletin

                Pets Edition

                June 29, 2002

A visit to Quezon City Circle

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As we celebrate the birthday of the Father of the Filipino Language, Manuel Quezon, there is one place in Quezon City where you can paid respect to him and witnessed how his life had become.

There is this popular place in Quezon City where children can play and people can relax on its grounds. It is the Quezon City Memorial Circle. The site where it is erected is originally for the National Capitol to be built in Quezon City. But by the Presidential decree issued by Quezon’s successor, President Sergio Osmeña, a monument has built in memory of president Quezon.

The design was done by a Filipino architect Federico Ilustre. “The monument would consist of three vertical pylons (representing the three main geographic divisions of the country: Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao), 66 meters (217 ft) tall (Quezon’s age when he died), surmounted by three mourning angels holding sampaguita (the national flower) wreaths sculpted by the Italian sculptor Monti. The three pylons would in turn circumscribe a drum-like two-story structure containing a gallery from which visitors could look down at Quezon’s(linked agirlsnotebook) catafalque, modeled after Napoleon Bonaparte’s in the Invalides. The gallery and the catafalque below are lit by an oculus, in turn reminiscent of Grant’s Tomb. Construction of the Quezon Memorial was begun in the late 1950s but proceeded slowly, in part due to the cost of importing Carrara marble, brought in blocks and then carved and shaped on-site. There were also problems associated with the theft of the marble blocks and the management of memorial funds. It was finally completed in 1978, the centennial of Quezon’s birth. His remains were reinterred in the memorial on August 19, 1979. It was during that time that by virtue of a presidential decree, President Ferdinand E. Marcos mandated the site as a National Shrine. The National Historical Institute manages, and has authority, over the monument itself, while the Quezon City government administers the park.

On April 28, 2005, the remains of Mrs. Aurora A. Quezon, widow of the president, were solemnly reentered in the memorial as well.”

(Source: wikipedia.org)

Quezon City Circle

Filipino Facts

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Oh yes, we study history since elementary but do we really know our history? Here are some  interesting things to add up to the what we have:

  • Founded in 1595 by Spaniard, the University of San Carlos (USC) in Cebu City, Philippines is older than Harvard and is the oldest university in Asia.
  • University of Santo Tomas in Manila, established in 1611, is Asia’s second oldest.
  • In the Philippines, Filipinos were introduced to the English language in 1762 by British invaders, not Americans.
  • What is the world’s 3rd largest English-speaking nation, next to the U.S.A. and the UK? The Philippines.
  • The USA bought the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam from Spain in 1898. The Filipino-American Independence War from 1898 to 1902 ensued, killing 4,234 Americans and how many Filipinos? 16,000 were killed in action and 200,000 died from famine and pestilence. (The Philippines lost and was colonized until 1946.)
  • Los Angeles, California was co-founded in 1781 by a Filipino namedAntonio Miranda Rodriguez, along with 43 Latinos from Mexico sent by the Spanish government.
  • What antibiotic did Filipino doctor Abelardo Aguilar co-discover? Hint: Brand is Ilosone, named after Iloilo. Erythromycin.
  • The one-chip video camera was first made by Marc Loinaz, a Filipino inventor from New Jersey.
  • The first ever international Grandmaster from Asia was Eugenio Torre, a Filipino, who won at the Chess Olympiad in Nice, France in 1974.
  • This son of two Filipino physicians scored over 700 on the verbalportion of the Standardized Achievement Test (SAT) before age 13 is Kiwi Danao Camara of Punahou School, Hawaii.
  • Edward Sanchez, a Mensa member, bagged the grand prize in the first Philippines Search for Product Excellence in Information Technology.
  • Who was the Filipino-American dancer who scored a perfect 1600 on the SAT? Joyce Monteverde of California.
  • Who invented the fluorescent lamp? Thomas Edison discovered the electric light and the fluorescent lighting was thought up by Nikola Tesla. But the fluorescent lamp we use today was invented by Agapito Flores (a Cebu man named Benigno Flores of Bantayan Island, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer), a Filipino scientist.
  • Americans helped, then, President leader Ramon Magsaysay to develop for worldwide commerce. (Yes! Many foreigners have noted that the Filipino population has Asia’s highest rates of inventors and international beauty queens.)
  • Two Filipina beauties, Gloria Diaz and Margie Morgan, chosen as Miss Universe in 1969 and 1973.
  • Pure or part-Filipino celebrities in American show biz include VonFlores, Tia Carere, Paolo Montalban, Lea Salonga, Ernie Reyes Jr., Nia Peeples, Julio Iglesias Jr., Lou Diamond Phillips, Phoebe Cates and Rob Schneider.
  • The first Filipino act to land a top hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in the 1960 was a group Rocky Fellers of Manila. Sugar Pie deSanto (father was from the Philippines), The Artist Formerly Known as Prince (according to the October, 1984 article “Prince in Exile” by Scott Isler in magazine Musician), Foxy Brown and Enrique Iglesias followed.
  • Pure Filipinos who made success in minor charts were Jocelyn Enriquez, aka: Oriental Madonna, Buffry, Pinay and (Ella May) Saison.
  • Latina-American pop star Christina Aguilar lost to Filipina Josephine Roberto aka Banig during the International Star Search years ago. In a mid-1999 MTV chat, she said that competing against someone of Banig’s age was “not fair”.
  • Besides gracing fashion magazine covers, this international super model from Manila had walked the runways since the 1970s for all the major designers, like Calvin Klein, Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Donna Karan, Gianni Versace and Yves Saint Larent – Anne Bayle.
  • Who is the personal physician of United States President William Clinton? Eleanor “Connie” Conception Mariano, a Filipina doctor who was the youngest Captain in the US Navy.
  • The first Filipino-American in US Congress was Virginia Rep. Robert Cortez-Scott, a Harvard alumnus.
  • Distinguished British traveler-writer A. Henry Savage Landor, thrilled upon seeing a Bicol landmark in 1903 wrote: “Mayon is the most beautiful mountain I have ever seen, the world-renowned Fujiyama (Mt. Fuji) of Japan sinking into perfect insignificance by comparison. “Mayon has the world’s most perfect cone.”
  • Filipinos had their first taste of Mexican chili and corn during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade (1564-1815). In return, Mexico’s people had their initial taste of tamarind, Manila mango and a Filipino banana called racatan or lakatan.
  • The first female president of the Philippines sworn into office in 1986 was Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. Her maiden name is chinese.
  • On March 31, 1997 article, The New York Times reported that the CIA manipulated elections: “(CIA operative Col. Edward Lansdale essentially ran the successful presidential campaign of Defense Minister Ramon Magsaysay in the Philippines in 1953.”
  • Who was the first Asian and/or Filipino to snatch America’s Pulitzer Prize? Philippines Herald war journalist Carlos P. Romulo in 1941. (He was also the first Asian to become UN President.) The first two Filipino-Americans to garner the same award 56 years later were Seattle Times’ Alex Tizon and Byron Acohido, who was part-Korean.
  • Filipino writer Jose Rizal could read and write at age 2, and grew up to speak more than 20 languages, including Latin, Greek, German, French and Chinese. What were his last words? “Consummatum est!” (“It is done!”).
  • “What’s still impressive to me about the Philippines is the friendliness of the people, their sense of humor…” wrote Honolulu journalist John Griffin in a 1998 visit to Manila. Although, I lived in America longeryears than my birth place Bohol, I still have plenty of bagoong left in my body that can energize and catapulted me all the way to Maribojoc, Bohol, Philippines.

BE PROUD YOUR A FILIPINO!

Independence Day on June 12!

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! to all Filipinos, wherever in the world you are.

The first Philippine Independence Day occured in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898. It was then, the Philippine Flag was raised and waved by President Emilio Aguinaldo. Even though the Philippines was taken over by the Americans and the Japanese way back in the 1940′s, the very first Independdence day is being celebrated on this day. This is to commemorate the country’s declaration of independence from Spain, who ruled the nation for more than 300 years.

                                      

The proclamation of the Philippine independence from the Spaniards was depicted on the back of the old 5-peso bill.

June 12 Independence Day had not been possible without these famous heroes:

       

DR. JOSE P. RIZAL        APOLINARIO MABINI    

    

  ANDRES BONIFACIO     GREGORIO DEL PILAR

     

 GEN. JUAN LUNA             EMILIO JACINTO                    

   

 MARCELO H. DEL PILAR     EMILIO AGUINALDO

                                               THE GOMBURZA

                     

        BURGOS                                 GOMEZ                             ZAMORA                       

MELCHORA AQUINO

There were speculations though that Emilio Aguinaldo planned for the murder of Andres Bonifacio in Bundok Buntis. I remembered my history teacher in highschool, Sir Manny. He said that Aguinaldo died sad because of what he did to Bonifacio.

Whether it is true or just a rumor, we should not forget the heroic deeds they’ve done for our country. Today, as our country faces economic difficulties, I believe, that we can  also be a hero in our own special ways to help our country..

 

Happy Independence day!

 

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