Noynoy Aquino continue to top the polls

>> Thursday, December 17, 2009

Noynoy continue to lead the polls which is a proof in the pudding that he is what the Filipinos today are hoping for to bring change to the ever sinking country. They believe that the main reason for their povery is corruption and Noynoy is obviously has been proven to be not what corruption is.

Emil Jurado's attack on Noynoy's integrity is misleading and confusing especially we know that the country is great turmoil not to mention facing extreme hardships mainly due to corruptions of highly qualified and experienced government officials (kuno) today and even in the past who were even said to have excellent record and expertice but only to fail us over and over again.

 He said:

What this country needs is a President with enough experience and know-how. The challenges we face are daunting.

Certainly, anybody who claims he is “clean” is not good enough.

As I have been saying all along, the presidency is not a training ground for someone whose only qualification is that he is the son of famous parents.

Integrity is not enough. Our problems are too enormous and we need the leadership of somebody with experience and expertise.
But the opinion of Butch Abad came out to be more convincing:
Aquino’s campaign manager Butch Abad said Noynoy’s popularity is based on people’s perception of his integrity, which people equate to having a government with less corruption and more resources for their economic needs should he succeed as president.

They expect this perception to be sustained through the May elections.

“It’s not just the perception of integrity of Noynoy that endears him to the people, but also their awareness that curbing corruption means more basic services for them,” Abad said in a telephone interview with The STAR.

Abad said voters began prioritizing the integrity of presidential aspirants after the death of Noynoy’s mother, former President Corazon Aquino.

“Before the death of President Cory (Aquino) and the entry of Noynoy (in the presidential race), integrity was always below in the order of priorities of voters. They had wanted a provider. But the death of President Cory made people realize that they now want a leader who is clean and not corrupt,” Abad said.
People will decide as long as they use their own good judgment and not allow themselves to be swayed back and forth. In other words, never ever to sell their votes and then regret the outcome later.


Charice, best Oprah Show musical performer 2009

In the recent poll held at Oprah.com, Charice garnered 70% of the votes for her touching performance of her first single, "Note to God". This new success proves to us once again that Charice will continue to soar in her quest to reach for the highest star in her career. ABS-CBN has the story:

MANILA, Philippines – Teen singing sensation Charice beat Whitney Houston, James Taylor, Michael Bublé, Journey and the Black Eyed Peas to cop the “Best Oprah Show Musical Performance” honor.

The 17-year-old was the runaway winner in the online poll on Oprah.com as she received 70% of the votes for her “Note to God” performance.

“Note to God” is her debut international single which she launched on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on May 18. The song, written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster, peaked at No. 35 in the Canadian Hot 100 and No. 44 in the US Billboard Hot 100.

The Black Eyed Peas, meantime, got 9% of the votes for their “I Gotta Feelin’” kickoff party performance.

According to a Charice fan site, the other nominated performances are Taylor’s “How Sweet it is to Be Loved by You” and Houston’s “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.”

Journey, fronted by Filipino Arnel Pineda, was nominated for “Don’t Stop Believin’” while Bublé was nominated for his performance of “Haven’t Met You Yet.”

American Idol finalist and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson was also in the nominations list for “You’ve Got The Best of My Love/I’m Every Woman.” The country group Rascal Flatts were also nominate d for “Summer Nights.”

Meanwhile, Oprah.com also cited Charice’s other achievements in 2009, including recording her first international album and going on tour with “David Foster & Friends” in the United States and Canada.

She is also included in the live action-animation movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel” slated for release next year.


A kind of serendipity

>> Wednesday, December 16, 2009

He found a book that his mom borrowed from a library that should have been returned on May 10, 1910 or 99 years ago. Here is the story.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – The book returned to the New Bedford Public Library in Massachusetts this week wasn't overdue by a week, a month or even a year. It was nearly a century overdue, and the fine came to $361.35.
"Facts I Ought to Know about the Government of My Country" was supposed to have been returned by May 10, 1910.
Stanley Dudek told the Standard Times newspaper he came across the book while going through things that had belonged to his mother, who died about 10 years ago. He decided that returning the book to the city was the right thing to do.
The overdue book fine was a penny a day in 1910. But Dudek wasn't asked to pay it.
The library plans to display the book in its special collection.


Student, a rape victim commits suicide and why the school got in trouble

A student took her own life because her school badly botched an investigation into her alleged rape on campus, a lawsuit claims.

Megan Wright enrolled as resident student at Dominican College in the fall of 2005. According to a lawsuit filed by her mother, Wright was raped by three men in a residence hall at the school in May 2006.

Wright’s mother says that after the rape, the school failed to reassign her to a new room, waited a month before viewing a security videotape taken from the residence hall, and discouraged Wright from pursuing a complaint through the school.

She also claims the college’s president refused to meet with her or Wright and collaborated with a local police detective to conceal reports of other sexual assaults.

About seven months after the alleged attack, Wright committed suicide.

The lawsuit against the school alleges a violation of Title IX. It adds claims of fraud, infliction of emotional distress and violation of Wright’s equal protection rights.

The college filed a motion to dismiss those claims, but the court rejected it. It said the complaint adequately alleges that the college acted unreasonably following the alleged attack.

Cite: McGrath v. Dominican College of Blauvelt, New York

Source: HigherEd Morning


Can Octopus play too? Watch footage

An interesting footage of an Octopus carrying a coconut around but it looked like it's having fun with it. The footage was shot by Dr Julian Finn of Museum Victoria.


Be born again art

>> Sunday, December 13, 2009

This great and inspiring piece of art was on display by the entrance of a clinic and was originally posted here.


How corrupt is Manny Villar? Watch this!

>> Saturday, December 12, 2009

We had and still have so many corrupt leaders – the main reason why our country is in such serious hardship and turmoil, so when are we ever going to learn our lessons? Villar has not proven his innocence in this accusation, so why should we entrust our country to him. It seems like he is a “no show” to anything where he might get confronted about the issue. Watch this video!


Ampatuan wealth investigated - why only now?

>> Thursday, December 10, 2009

The government must know but must have looked the other way. In looking at those mansions of the Ampatuans built so comfortably while being surrounded by people of extreme poverty, you would think somebody would have noticed, questioned, or investigated them. But, out of fear, no one as in “no one” could dare because there’s too much power behind them. Keeping the poor people’s mouth shot makes them alive today. As they say: Arroyo is the president today because of the Ampatuan’s who gave her the Maguindanao votes 100% - and I’m sure there’s a lot of favors attached to it. It’s sad that 57 people had to die first before questionable wealth could get checked. Watch video.


This is one why Philippines has gotten extremely poor

>> Wednesday, December 9, 2009


More troubles for Tiger Woods

>> Monday, December 7, 2009

US Mag and NYPost has more here and here.


33 car accidents involved

Witnesses said dense fog in the area brought visibility to zero, leading to the chain-reaction crash of 33 vehicles. This is one of those accidents that can happen to anyone no matter how careful they are.


The 50 Best Protest Signs Of 2009

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This photo will make you cringe

A man pulling a van with a rope attached to his eye sockets. The demonstration happened during a performance in Hefei, in China's Anhui province. There were no further report about this, perhaps because the man was just posing for a photo to impress?  Click on photo for more.



Are you into watercolor arts and paintings? French Toast Girl is a watercolorist and her blog has her most priceless pieces. Check it out.


Arroyo, a Marcos repeat?


Trolley Scooter, the new luggage invention

>> Sunday, December 6, 2009

Interesting. You can also also pull up the luggage part to make it like a normal, regular square luggage. Just don't run over anybody at the airport.


Pacquiao's richess

>> Friday, December 4, 2009

Click here to see inside Jinkee's shop.


Kaya Natin 'To - HD video

>> Monday, November 30, 2009


Massacre protests begins

According to the headlines:

Hundreds of journalists, human rights activists, lawyers and students marched in downtown Manila demanding justice for the 57 victims, including 30 journalists.

Blocking traffic and carrying mock coffins, the protesters claim President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is creating a climate where perpetrators believe they would not be held responsible for the brutal crimes.
But it seems like Gloria Arroyo is too engrossed to think or react about the massacre perhaps this is why abot tenga ang ngiti niya habang ang mga tao ay nagluluksa. If she is taking this horrible crime lightly, well, the people are not going to stop unless justice is fully served.


Ricky Lo: Gina shouldn’t say sorry to the Ranillos

This is from Ricky Los' article in Philippine Star today and I'm sharing it here because I totally agree that Gina should not say sorry to the Ranillos. Gina has the right to express her feelings whatsoever, especially about the woman who was said to be the cause of the breakup of her family. In my opinion, there was truth to the Manny-Krista rumors especially when Manny said that Krista is "katalik", ops, I mean "matalik" na kaibigan for Manny. So I don't understand why he had to apologized. Do you?

Yes, I agree with Gina Alajar that she shouldn’t apologize to the Ranillos who are demanding for a “public apology” from her after she uploaded on her Facebook a message to Jinkee Pacquiao, wife of Manny Pacquiao who is being linked to Krista Ranillo, daughter of Mat Ranillo III — you know, for Jinkee not to leave Manny because “Krista is not worth it.”

Unconfirmed reports mentioned Krista as one of the causes of the break-up of Gina’s marriage to Michael de Mesa years ago (the marriage has since been annulled).

“When I wrote something in my Facebook,” Gina told Funfare, “I was actually speaking for wives who are in the same situation as Jinkee.”

In the next breath, Gina added that she (and her four sons) are the ones who deserve an apology, presumably from the Ranillos, but to no avail.

“We’re waiting up to now but the apology hasn’t come yet,” said Gina.

Reminded that the Ranillos are threatening to haul her to court, Gina said, “I have never been charged in my whole life. If and when, it would be the first time.”

In short, Gina is ready to face the Ranillos in court.

Well, there will always be a first time.

If Gina could sing “for the first time” in public in the just-concluded Celebrity Duets, she can always “sing” in court, ehem, “for the first time.”

Meanwhile, more and more juicy items about Manny and Krista are coming out in print despite a “threat” by the Ranillos to also file charges against the “offending” media.

An unsolicited advice for Mat: Remind Krista to stay as far from Manny as she can especially when they are in public to prevent them from adding fire to the rumor. And if they, well, “can’t help it,” the two should at least keep things under wraps.


Angel Locsin looking stunning at Emmy"s

>> Thursday, November 26, 2009

Angel Locsin recently attended the International Emmy awards where in she was nominated in the Best Actress category for her teleserye with Piolo Pascual entitled "Lobo", and although she didn't win, her beauty won the hearts and admirations of many. She was just so captivating. The picture says it all


Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao together again and plans for family - watch interview

>> Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fans are still a little skeptic about the real score between Manny and wife Jinkee but as we can see in this interview at the airport upon their return, they seem to have reconciled. That's good news for all his fans. At least, it looks like Manny is doing his best to win Jinkee's trust again. Filipinos truly love and cares for the couple and were obviously affected by the controversy so the "Team Jinkee" was formed overnight in support of the champ's wife. Watch video:


Ralph Recto, Vilma Santos, moved to Liberal joining Noynoy and Mar

>> Sunday, November 15, 2009

Have you heard that Ralph and Vilma Santos-Recto has decided to move to Liberal Party, from the administration to the opposition. Yes, totoo na to. Hindi naman nakakagulat dahil may mga pinag-samahan din sila. Lalong magiging maiinit ang laban, and in my opinion, the move will strengthen the already strong team of Noynoy and Mar. Kawawa naman si Luis, mahahati ang suporta para sa mommy at daddy ngayong si Edu ay lalaban bilang bise under the administration.

Tama ba ang ginawang move ng mga Rectos? Absolutely! because they will have a better future sa Liberal and the country will be better served because they will be united. o di bah?


Manny Pacquiao and Krista Ranillo

Oh my God! If you have not heard this, ewan ko na lang sa yo. It's been the latest talk of the town that Krista is always "nakabuntot" kay Manny. Abah eh bawal na bawal iyan lalo na kapag may asawa na yung tao. They are also saying that Jinkee already know the so-called "affair" and that she will be having a talk with Manny after the fight in Vegas. This was said by Kris Aquino at "The Buzz". Siempre pa kapag galing kay Ate Kris, maasahan mo na tutuo. Hindi yun dumadada ng hindi kumpirmado. O di bah?

Pa-alala lang, Manny, if there was any truth to this, o please, tigil na po agad before pa mag-giyera. Napaka rami pa naman ang humahanga sa yo. Sabi nga ni Gina Alajar sa kanyang Facebook, Krista Ranillo is not at all worth it. O maski pa sinong chicks diyan na naguwa-guwapuhan sa dollar, ops, I mean sa mukha mo. Ayusin mo yan hane? Napaka-ganda ng asawa mo at apat na anak. Remember also, magiging very bad example ka niyan kuya. Mention ko na rin na hindi gusto ni God yan ha. Sabi nga sa bibliya, what God gives, God can take away. Baka mauwi sa lahat yung gulping inaabot mo sa boxing. Opinyon at pa-alaala lang. O di bah?


Charla Nash, the Chimp victim, shows her face on Oprah - watch video

>> Thursday, November 12, 2009

Charla Nash was viciously attacked by a 200 lbs. Chimpanzee last February and has now appeared on Oprah to face the public. Her strength and positive attitude in facing and accepting what happened to her

was very inspirational. I could not explain the feelings I had once she removed the veil cover from her face. It felt like I felt some of the pains she must have had but there are no words to express the gravity of what she went through. I pray that she may be able to move on and live a normal life. Read source here.


A man tried to rob a grandma was reduced to tears instead - watch video why

>> Friday, November 6, 2009

This is an amazing story of how a grandma witnessed to a robber. Watch video.


Is voting for Erap Estrada a waste?

>> Wednesday, November 4, 2009

When Estrada announced his interest to run for president again after being convicted of plunder, the world was in disbelief. When he announced that he will indeed run for the position with him saying "this is the last performance of my life..." people around the globe were making fun of him taking his announcements as a stupid political joke. The Daily Inquirer's editorial tells us why:
At a time of great crisis, in the middle of a calamitous month, during a continuing emergency that has traumatized millions of Filipino families, pardoned plunderer Joseph Estrada formally declared his intention to contest the presidency anew. Why should the people vote for him again? Because, he said, “This is the last performance of my life and I will not fail you.”

The country is reeling from the devastation wrought by two catastrophic floods, and Estrada thinks the coming elections are about him and the movie of his life? The country is deeply anxious about the prospect of a Machiavellian extension of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s hold on power, and Estrada thinks the crucial 2010 elections are nothing but an opportunity to burnish his public image? The country is suffering from years of morale-sapping corruption scandals, and Estrada thinks the make-or-break elections of May 10 are merely about his own personal vindication, over his conviction in yet another morale-sapping corruption scandal?

It is difficult to shame a shameless, runaway ego, but we should do it anyway. For shame, Mr. Estrada.

It is clear that the Supreme Court will have to decide on the legality of Estrada’s bid for reelection; a suit before the high court is the only option. For the tribunal to take its time until after the elections is, of course, itself already a decision, but we are confident that, just as the high court acted on the citizenship case filed against presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr. in 2004 with a real sense of urgency and great dispatch, the Supreme Court too will attend to the inevitable legal challenge with all deliberate haste.

Until then, we will have to suffer from Estrada’s insulting double-talk.

At the Plaza Amado Hernandez in Tondo, Manila, last week, before some 10,000 supporters, Estrada denied the very basis of his conviction two years ago on two charges of plunder. “I have not stolen a single cent from the country’s coffers,” he said, repeating a favorite line.

Technically, he has some basis for deluding himself. He was convicted on two counts: for centralizing the illegal numbers game of jueteng right in Malacañang, in the process pocketing over P545 million between November 1998 and August 2000; and for coercing the Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance System into buying stocks in the controversial Belle Corporation, in the process earning himself a commission of over P189 million. These acts of plunder did not directly involve “the country’s coffers.” Jueteng is illegal gambling “owned” by private sector financiers who are merely “protected” by government officials; the two insurance agencies are essentially independent institutions. But the public record, accessible to anyone who is the slightest bit interested, shows, beyond a doubt, that he did betray the public trust.

“If I had sinned against you,” he said at the political rally, “I would not have the nerve to stand before you.” This is not a test of probity or uprightness, only a measure of his nerve. After all, Estrada has said time and again that his “conscience is clear” when it comes to the issue of his many mistresses, his complicated families. (It was the mansions he built for his women, while he was living the high life as president, that first focused public indignation on his administration.) Indeed, the pivotal testimony of banker Clarissa Ocampo, that he had signed as Jose Velarde, he has not even dared to refute; he has only said that he was doing it on behalf of a crony—but his conscience was clear.

In Filipino, he also told his supporters in Tondo: “I swear to run in the coming elections so I can again be of service to the masses as president of the Philippines.” We have seen what service to the masses means, in Estrada’s world: the midnight Cabinet, the constant carousing that his chief of staff later deplored, the factionalism that divided his administration and sometimes paralyzed its decision-making processes, the voracious deal-making, the institutionalization of jueteng.

Now his supporters, including ex-senator Ernesto Maceda, grown old but still so much the same, are using the intellectually dishonest argument that the public should be allowed to decide on Estrada’s eligibility. Dishonest, because eligibility in a public vote is precisely the issue.

There is, truly, no shaming the shameless.


Noynoy Aquino's Ad: Hindi Ka Nag-iisa

>> Monday, November 2, 2009


Taylor Swift Pranked By Ellen Degeneres for her Holloween 2009

>> Saturday, October 31, 2009

Oh so funny! I remember my son did a similar thing to me when he was young. I was alone in our kitchen preparing our family's dinner when out of nowhere, my son jumped and surprised me and I freaked out and kept on hitting him. He had to stop me while saying: mom! mom! it's me! I was so sorry I hit him but I had no idea how I would react when surprised. We both said sorry and we always laughed about it whenever it's brought up.


What we should never forget about Cory's governance

When I read this new blog of FVR's niece, Lila Shahani, this one reader's comment caught my attention and got me to think about why putting Noynoy as a replacement of Gloria Arroyo can become a history repeat. The comment is a reminder for us about the deep chaos left for Cory to clean up, and she did her best within her power inspite of the many sharks and snakes that surrounded her. Admit it or not, it was she who paved the way to Ramos' success, if any. If Noynoy wins, he will be left with Gloria Arroyo's mess to clean up as well. The biggest advantage we have with Noynoy, just like his mom, is his honesty and simplicity; and he will lead by example.
Chinky said...

To anonymous who said Cory's administration was "wala lang"...

May I remind you that Cory inherited a deeply wounded country not just in economics but in EVERYTHING else. When she became president, she has to pull up a country not just from the ground but from a very deep pit. A lesser person could barely extend a hand towards that deep pit. True, there were problems but the problems that surfaced could happen to any country with lesser evil backgrounds. Had Pres. Cory been corrupt, we would have been in deeper sh*t.

May I remind you also that when she came to power everything about human rights in this country was in chaos. What she did in her administration is what YOU enjoyed today.

The failures and successes of every Filipino does not lie in who will be the next president. Try to examine your life: what brought you success... and failure? It's not the president of our country. We are successful because we did something right.

And the Filipino people needs a president to inspire them to do something right. The only one who can do that is someone who has been living honestly and simply since he/she was born.


Cory's daughters: Kris, Balsy, Pinky and Viel are cover girls in magazine

>> Friday, October 30, 2009

L - R: Pinky, Ballsy, Kris and Viel Aquino. Mark Nicdao & Town and Country

This month the late President Cory Aquino’s daughters step into the limelight in a coup of a different kind—a casting coup for what seemed to be an impossible dream magazine cover. Publicity-shy daughters Ballsy, Pinky and Viel were reluctant when first asked to pose for the cover of Town & Country’s November issue. But they later relented, even if they were nervous about facing the daunting (to vanity-free women like them at least) challenge of getting glamorized and “exposed" in a manner unfamiliar to them.

“We can’t even remember when we last had our hair and makeup done," Pinky said at the cover shoot. Throughout the time the entire nation’s eyes were on them as they mourned their mothers’ death, Ballsy, Pinky and Viel showed grace under pressure devoid of the trappings of makeup, jewelry or designer clothes. They were paragons of simplicity, in contrast to their more fashion- and beauty-conscious Showbiz sister and “baby" Kris. In fact, so media-wary are her three older sisters that despite the fact that they were the country’s First Daughters for six years, not much is known or has been written about Ballsy, Pinky and Viel.

They stayed true to character at the shoot. Says Monique Villonco, Town & Country editor-in-chief, Viel, who was first to arrive, pleaded, “No, no. No makeup, please. I’ll be wearing my own clothes. My hair? Just blow-dried." Writes Villonco in her editor’s note, “I felt very guilty having to put her through this.

“Cheery and wide-eyed Pinky examined and observed every detail of what went on around her with wonder and excitement, like a child in a doll’s house. She marveled at the shoes and dresses that had been prepared for them to wear, and took full advantage of the rare celebrity treatment, being all giggly and self-deprecating at the same time.

“Ballsy just wanted to make it easy for everyone. She is sweet, strong, smart and bold. I don’t know what was in her mind. She had committed to do this and she was going to enjoy the ride.

“Kris had informed us ahead of time that she could get to the shoot only at 7 o’clock, two hours later than the requested call time. She arrived, on the dot, followed by her personal assistant and a slew of ‘bellhops’ carrying suitcases and plastic bins filled with her own designer shoes and clothes. I thought she might be a bit of a problem, being a big star and all, but to our surprise she turned out to be an enthusiastic collaborator! She adores posing for the camera. She entertained and amused everyone on the set with her chatty nature. She doted on her sisters, but with a critical eye, making sure they looked picture-perfect. With that iconic sing-song voice, I can still hear her say, ‘Ates, I’m so proud of you! You don’t believe me, but look, now everyone can see your small waistlines!’ Ballsy may be the head of this family, but we all knew who the boss was on this set."

More behind-the-scenes insider tidbits: Ballsy, Pinky and Viel, who are all slim, don’t like wearing form-fitting clothes, and so the dress sizes they specified were two sizes larger than their actual sizes—the clothes that fashion editor Rorie Carlos sourced for the shoot had to be pinned at the back. (Except for Viel, who, as she wished, wore her own dress). Also, as they were being made up by Juan Sarte III and Patrick Rosas in the dressing room, the three were praying the rosary! And why not? It was, after all, September 8, birthday of the Virgin Mary. But also, unbeknownst to all, it turns out that the next day was when their brother Noynoy would announce whether or not he had decided if he would run for President. The sisters say they did not know what his decision would be at the time.
[GMA News]


Mercy in action: wife forgives husband's killer

>> Thursday, October 29, 2009

LUBBOCK, Texas (CNS) -- On July 9, 2007, while unloading groceries in his garage, Don McCullough noticed a young man hurrying along the sidewalk and perspiring on the hot day. McCullough called out and offered the stranger a bottle of the water he was carrying in his grocery sack.

Alonzo Lewis took the water, left, then returned. He robbed and killed Don McCullough, stabbing the 73-year-old retired Air Force colonel more than 30 times.

McCullough's wife, Margaret Mary, heard the commotion and called 911. When Lewis, now 27, was arrested at his workplace, holding some of McCullough's property, the local media reported widespread shock and outrage.

More than two years later, Margaret Mary McCullough confronted her husband's murderer and the story, once again, caused an uproar. This time, however, it wasn't shock and outrage. It was astonishment and awe. She told Lewis that she has forgiven him.

Lewis pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in mid-September. Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney Matt Powell offered the deal after speaking with McCullough's family.

Don and Margaret Mary McCullough were "among the most devout and active Catholics in the Diocese of Lubbock," said Deacon Leroy Behnke, diocesan director of communications. "In addition to serving in just about every ministry and on just about every committee in their home parish, Don McCullough had the distinction of serving as the very first president of the Diocesan Pastoral Council. I've heard several people say it was Don's heartfelt commitment to the corporal works of mercy that brought about his, their word, 'martyrdom.'"

Last September, Father Jerry Kenney, the pastor of St. John Neumann in Lubbock, and parish leaders invited Bishop Placido Rodriguez of Lubbock to preside at a dedication ceremony for the Don McCullough Education Center, a new classroom addition to their church facilities.

After learning of the kindness she extended to her husband's killer, Bishop Rodriguez wrote a letter to Margaret Mary McCullough, thanking her for the witness given by her family.

"Despite enduring unimaginable, heartbreaking grief, you (Margaret Mary) and members of your family displayed remarkable grace as you addressed Alonzo Lewis after he pled guilty to murdering the father of your children," wrote the bishop. "When you said you hoped he would accept Jesus into his life and go to heaven when he dies so he would have the opportunity to face Don 'once again and tell him how sorry you are,' you spoke with the countercultural conviction of a true saint."

Bishop Rodriguez later met with Powell to commend him for his role in the agreement. During their visit, the bishop presented Powell with a copy of "Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice," a statement by the U.S. Catholic bishops.

"Bishop Rodriguez says that our society's response to crime is a challenge for our church -- and a moral test for our nation," said Deacon Behnke. "He is grateful to District Attorney Powell for his willingness to accept life without parole instead of execution for Alonzo Lewis. The bishops' statement explains our Catholic teachings and advocacy and explains the reasons for his gratitude."

Members of the McCullough family said they have thanked the district attorney for helping them through such a difficult time and allowing them to move on.

Bishop Rodriguez said the family deserves a profound expression of gratitude, too.

"Thank you," he wrote to the widow, her three daughters and two sons. "With this forgiving and life-affirming imitation of ... Jesus Christ, you consecrate Don's memory, you inspire our neighbors, and you bless your bishop along with this local church, the Diocese of Lubbock, which Don served so well."

Bishop Rodriguez noted that the Catholic Church "teaches that state-sanctioned execution of capital criminals can be a moral option." But it also teaches, he said, that the "fact that it can be done doesn't mean it should be done."

"As Jesus taught with his words and revealed in his actions, the only true road to justice and peace passes through mercy," he added. "Neither justice nor peace can be served by adding violence to violence. Mercy must prevail."

Rick Wardroup, the attorney for Lewis, said he has "never seen a classier family than (the McCullough) family."

Bishop Rodriguez concurs. "It's an honor for your bishop to agree with (his) sentiments," said the bishop. "We thank God for you (Margaret Mary), we cherish the memory of your heroic husband and we pray for your family."


An amazing story of a dying girl, Elena Desserich, and the many notes she left behind for family

>> Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Elena was almost 6 years old when she was diagnosed with Pediatric Brain Cancer. The doctors told her she had only 135 days to live; she survived 255 days until she lost her battle with cancer.

As her cancer progressed she lost the ability to speak and turned to writing and coloring. She would express herself through little notes to her parents, family members and even pets. After Elena passed away her family began finding notes hidden everywhere: briefcases, books, drawers, shelves, etc. and after awhile the Desserich’s realized that Elena had been planting these notes throughout the house to be found after she was gone.

A year after her family found what they thought to be the last note they found another, in a coloring book. Elena’s parents hope that they never stop finding notes.

In tribute to Elena her family has published a book called, Notes Left Behind, which is a collection of these special notes. Proceeds benefit “The Cure Starts Now”.


Curry spice 'kills cancer cells'

An extract found in the bright yellow curry spice turmeric can kill off cancer cells, scientists have shown.

The chemical - curcumin - has long been thought to have healing powers and is already being tested as a treatment for arthritis and even dementia.

Now tests by a team at the Cork Cancer Research Centre show it can destroy gullet cancer cells in the lab.

Cancer experts said the findings in the British Journal of Cancer could help doctors find new treatments.

Dr Sharon McKenna and her team found that curcumin started to kill cancer cells within 24 hours.

'Natural' remedy

The cells also began to digest themselves, after the curcumin triggered lethal cell death signals.

Dr McKenna said: "Scientists have known for a long time that natural compounds have the potential to treat faulty cells that have become cancerous and we suspected that curcumin might have therapeutic value."

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, said: "This is interesting research which opens up the possibility that natural chemicals found in turmeric could be developed into new treatments for oesophageal cancer.

"Rates of oesophageal cancer have gone up by more than a half since the 70s and this is thought to be linked to rising rates of obesity, alcohol intake and reflux disease so finding ways to prevent this disease is important too."

Each year around 7,800 people are diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in the UK. It is the sixth most common cause of cancer death and accounts for around five percent of all UK cancer deaths. {source: BBC News]


You see a girl being gang raped, would you just stand there and take pictures?

Police in Richmond, Calif., believe that as many as 20 people may have either watched or participated in a vicious rape of the Richmond High School teenager that lasted for more than two hours in a dimly lit corner of the sprawling campus.

Rather than call for help, some of the students took pictures, police told ABC's KGO-TV in San Francisco. KGO reported today that police have arrested two suspected rapists but believe that between four and seven people could have participated while as many as a dozen stood and watched. Read full story here.


A woman's alertness helped catch a murder suspect

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — A murder suspect who left his car running in a Florida street couldn't get away because a woman took the keys from the ignition.

Now, 28-year-old Paul Gayle is being held at the Broward County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and armed burglary.

Police say a woman walking her dog called 911 Tuesday, telling the dispatcher she heard screams from inside a home so she took the keys from the running car because she wanted police to check the vehicle.

The unidentified woman stayed on the line with the 911 operator until officers arrived and arrested Gayle.

Officers found Hasting Clarke dead inside the Coconut Creek home.

Authorities said Clarke and Gayle had been fighting over Clarke's former girlfriend. [FoxNews]


An abortion clinic volunteer is a nun

>> Tuesday, October 27, 2009

HINSDALE, Illinois, October 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Dominican nun has been seen frequenting an abortion facility in Illinois recently - but not, as one might expect, to pray for an end to abortion or to counsel women seeking abortions, but to volunteer as a clinic escort.
Local pro-life activists say that they recognized the escort at the ACU Health Center as Sr. Donna Quinn, a nun outspokenly in favor of legalized abortion, after seeing her photo in a Chicago Tribune article.
"I've called her sister several times, and she never responded," local pro-lifer John Bray told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN). "But it's her."
Amy Keane, a pro-life witness for 11 years, says Quinn has acted as escort for "six years, at least." Keane described one incident in which Quinn began shouting at the pro-lifers as they spoke to a woman about to enter the abortion facility.

"[Quinn] was so angry, and burst out very loudly so everyone could hear: 'Look at these men, telling these women what to do with their bodies!'" said Keane. "She was so angry, that it really took all of us aback." Keane says that the group was peaceful, and that the men present were not among those engaging the woman.
"For those of us who are Catholic, to have a member of a religious order so blatantly - it is so disheartening. It really is," said Keane. "She's participating actively in abortion. That is what is so disturbing for us."
Sr. Donna Quinn, OP, is renowned in the Chicago area as an advocate for legalized abortion and other liberal issues.
In 1974 she co-founded the organization Chicago Catholic Women, which lobbied the USCCB on a feminist platform before it dissolved in 2000. She is now a coordinator of the radically liberal National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN), which stands in opposition against the Catholic Church's position on abortion, homosexuality, contraception, and the male priesthood.
While LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) was unable to reach Sr. Quinn for comment, NCAN's Sr. Beth Rindler confirmed to LSN that Quinn is still a member of their group, which favors unrestricted legalized abortion and disagrees with the teaching that abortion is intrinsically evil. "We respect women, and believe that they make moral decision, and so we respect their decisions," Rindler explained.
In a 2002 address to the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School, Sr. Quinn described how she came to view the teachings of her Church as "immoral": "I used to say: 'This is my Church, and I will work to change it, because I love it,'" she said. "Then later I said, 'This church is immoral, and if I am to identify with it I'd better work to change it.' More recently, I am saying, 'All organized religions are immoral in their gender discriminations.'"
Quinn called gender discrimination "the root cause of evil in the Church, and thus in the world," and said she remained in the Dominican community simply for "the sisterhood."
Sr. Patricia Mulcahey, OP, Quinn's Prioress at the Sinsinawa Dominican community, said in an email response to LSN that the nun sees her volunteer activity as "accompanying women who are verbally abused by protestors. Her stance is that if the protestors were not abusive, she would not be there."

Though Sr. Mulcahey claimed that her sisters "support the teachings of the Catholic Church," she declined to comment on Quinn's public protest of Catholic Church teaching.
Joe Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League says Quinn came in contact with his own office in 1982, when she and a group of other pro-aborts picketed his building on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
"She figures it's part of her religion to take these women in and protect them, and get them abortions," said Scheidler of Quinn's recent activity. "Something dreadful has happened to make a Catholic nun become an escort at an abortion clinic - that's the lowest form you can reach, where you escort a woman with a living child in her into a place to have the child killed, and to ruin that woman's soul."
"If I didn't even believe in the humanity of the child - which of course would be crazy - even if I didn't, I would fight abortion for the sake of the women," Scheidler added. "They miss that baby, and they can't get it back. They never can."


Mar-Korina's people's wedding special news coverage

Guests arrives at Santo Domingo church:

The ceremony begins:

Korina walks down the aisle:

The promise:

The wedding dress, motifs, flowers, decorations, etc.:

Read full article:

MANILA - Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and broadcaster Korina Sanchez on Tuesday afternoon exchanged "I do's" at the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City. The ceremony started at 4 p.m. Tuesday as thousands of guests and well-wishers arrived to witness the union.
Crowds outside the church cheered and shouted "Korina!" as Sanchez, wearing a Filipiniana gown, stepped out of the bridal car. A white sheet held up by several ushers prevented people from seeing Sanchez until the start of her bridal march.
The Philippine Madrigal Singers sang “Ave Maria” as the entourage marched toward the altar.
As she was walking down the aisle with his brother, Sanchez shed tears of joy while Ray An Fuentes' “Umagang Kay Ganda” was being played in the background. Roxas, who was waiting at the altar, was also seen wiping away tears.
In his homily, Fr. Tito Caluag reminded the couple to love and serve one another throughout their married lives. "I believe that giving one's self to love brings blessing to one's self and to society," he said.

Wedding vows

In his wedding vow, Roxas described his bride as "God's precious gift."
"Korina, I take you as God's precious gift. I love you as you are. You are precious to me. I am happy we are together and truly thank you for taking me and putting up with me. I give myself to you as your best friend, to applaud when you succeed and encourage when you stumble. I offer myself to you as your husband in respect and in trust. Today I take you to be my wife. I promise to be with you and be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love and honor you all the days of my life," he said.
In turn, Korina said Roxas was the fulfillment of everything she ever wanted in a husband.
"Minamahal kong Mar, matagal ang panahong lumipas na tayo ay nagsarili ng landas at naghintay ng pagkakataong ito. Tayo ngayon ay pinagpala ng tadhana at ng Panginoon na mahanap ang isa't isa. Totoo pala na ang pangarap ay nagaganap.
"Ikaw ang katuparan ng lahat ng aking hinintay at minimithi ng aking puso na maging kasama, karamay, kaibigan at kakampi. Ikaw ang aking pinili upang alayan ng lahat ng iyong kakailanganin sa isang kasama at katabi sa buhay sa abot ng aking makakaya. Dumaan man ang unos, mga pagsubok, ang sakit, ang kabiguan, ako ay mananatiling dikit sa iyong dibdib kahawak ng mahigpit ng iyong mga kamay. Ngunit sabay din tayong lalakbay sa landas na itinahak ng Panginoon sa atin. Magkasama tayong ngingiti, tatawa, hahalakhak sa malaki man na tagumpay at sa pinakamababaw na biro.
"Mar, ang pangako ko sa iyo, saksi ang aking mga yumaong magulang na si Celia at Ramon, katuwang ng aking buong pamilya at lahat ng nagmamahal sa ating dalawa, basbas ng langit ang aking pagmamahal sa iyo at kasama ng Panginoon kahapon, ngayon at bukas, ako'y iyong-iyo."

Who's who

A veritable who’s who of the Philippine society attended the wedding ceremony. Political and show business personalities as well as representatives from various political organizations and non-government organizations have been invited to the event.
Among those spotted at the church were Randy David, Rey Langit, Pitoy Moreno, Paeng Nepomuceno, Vehnee Saturno, Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, Secretary Ronnie Puno of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Basil Valdez, Wilson Tieng of Solar Films, ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio, former Senator Letty Ramos Shahani,Ralph Recto, Lily Monteverde, Teodoro Locsin, former President Joseph Estrada, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri and his wife; US Ambassador Kristie Anne Kenney;
Broadcasters Bernadette Sembrano, Ina Reformina, Willard Cheng, Alex Santos, Ted Failon, Joey Villarama, Julius and Christine Babao, and Doris Bigornia, former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, former Senate President Franklin Drilon, Congressmen Teofisto Guingona III, Antonio Cuenco and Neptali Gonzales, Lopez family patriarch Oscar Lopez. Fernando Zobel, Rizal Gov. Casimiro Ynares III and wife;
Jacqui Aquino, Maurice Arcache, Viel Aquino, Joselito Payumo, Joey Lina, Lauren Dyogi, Greggy Araneta and wife Irene Marcos-Araneta, Cesar Purisima, Karina David, Renato Constantino, Sister Mary John Mananzan, former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, Fr. Tito Caluag and Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada.
White roses and sampaguita, Sanchez's favorite flowers, adorned the church. Sponsors and guests wore Filipiniana attires.
Fans and supporters of the couple also gathered in church ground to get a glimpse of the bride and groom.
The principal sponsors are Chief Justice Reynato Puno, former Senate President Jovito Salonga, Eugenio Lopez III, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, Jorge Araneta, Ms. Rosa Rosal, Helen Costales, Ruby Roxas, Cecilia Lazaro, and Maria Fores.
Roxas’ 16-year old son, Paolo Zaldarriaga, stood as the senator’s best man, while Dang Cecilio-Palance was the matron of honor.
The ring bearer is Kris Aquino’s son, James Yap Jr., while Miguel Sanchez and Matthew Garcia are the coin and Bible bearers.
In their earlier interviews on radio dzMM, both Sanchez and Roxas could not contain their excitement. "Hindi na yata mapipigilan ito," Sanchez said.
"Parang bungee jumping. Para siyang isang malalim na malalim na talon tapos hindi mo talaga matitiyak kung ano ang kala-landingan mo. Pero dahil mahigpit ang pagkakatali sa iyong binti ng lubid ng pagmamahal, alam mong ligtas ka na la-landing…. it's really a very exciting adventure," Sanchez added.
The senator, for his part, said he felt both tense and excited after waking up on Tuesday, knowing that he would be a married man at the end of the day.
"Ang unang agenda sa abot kaya ng panahon at tuhod ko ay magkaroon ng mga anak...Ang sarap isipin na sana may mga chikiting kami at nakaupo kami sa sofa. Nai-imagine ko ‘yong Sunday lunch na magkasama kami at mga anak namin at mga apo sana. Komportableng-komportable ‘yong imahe sa puso ko at sa kaisipan ko. Kaya dumating na 'This is it!'" he said.
There will be no grand reception after the ceremony. The senator from Capiz and the veteran broadcast anchor decided to donate the money to 6 charity organizations providing assistance to victims of typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng.”
After the ceremony, the couple is set to meet with their guests in the courtyard where food and refreshments will be served.
Reports said more than 200 police have been deployed in the area to maintain peace and order. With reports from Reyma Buan-Deveza and Boy Villasanta, abs-cbnNEWS.com, and ANC

The fiesta like reception:

MANILA - It might not have the folkloric intensity of a Vilma Santos-Ralph Recto wedding at the Lipa City Cathedral in Batangas some years back, or the grand, starry exchange of vows between Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion at the Manila Cathedral. But the Mar Roxas-Korina Sanchez union was still the wedding of the year to boot.

It was also a big bang, a party of perfect mix of social classes.

The venue, to begin with, had a citified ambience with metro guests coming in and a Hispanic feel of its Dominican-dominated locale.

Of course, the elegance wasn’t lost a bit primarily because the celebrators were mostly stylish.

As early as Tuesday, the preparation at the Santo Domingo Church was to the letter as the wedding planners were all agog in setting the whole place with Filipiniana mood and atmosphere.

Cibo catering was in place hours before the occasion. It served native delicacies of Spanish influences like rice cake, diced banana cakes, mini sandwiches of pan de sal, pastillas and other merienda cena.

The wedding day was a lot cozier and more tranquil, but not without the threats of impending climate idiosyncrasy. The sun shone brightly despite the previous night’s drizzle in some parts of the city.

People from all walks of life started milling around the church yard, trying to find out how to get in and had a good chance of watching the event.

It was history in the making, of course. Here was a senator of the land, a grandson of a former president of the country and a son of a great statesman, marrying a controversial broadcast figure.

All eyes were laid on them.

A comfortable space was allotted to ordinary folks inside the compound, but only a number of them, a good number of them, though, could be accommodated.

It was fiesta-like.

As usual, sidewalk vendors took a good chance at their merchandise as an enterprising man displayed his full scale of Korina and Mar pins. They were sold for P15 and were selling like hotcakes, but a lady photographer had it for free from the media registration panel.

A helicopter hovered above before and during the matrimonial ceremony.

Media people who didn’t have invitations were fighting tooth and nail to get access cards.

Most of the guests were on time to fill up the huge holy place, a historic landmark.

As usual, the corridors leading to the church were filled with people not necessarily hearing mass, but attending to some businesses directly or indirectly connected with the Roxas-Sanchez wedding.

Some principal sponsors, especially the senior ones, were early birds. Other members of the entourage were ready to march, but had to be stationed in one corner for common instruction.

The little boys and girls had to be looked over by their moms particularly. Bridesmaids and best men had to wait patiently.

What to do in waiting for the bride to come? Pleasantries could be more effective to combat boredom.

Outside, the people were frantic to see their favorite stars on film and TV, and would easily yell or shout their names in wild abandon.

One and a half hour late of the scheduled procession, the lady of the hour came rushing in. This time, she had to be covered with yards of seemingly piña clothes to the church doorsteps.

When she was finally unveiled, the crowd broke loose.

The proceeding was entirely solemn. Unto the night, the moon was shining its half.

It wasn’t the end of the fiesta celebration but just the beginning of it.


A quote to remember for 2010 election

>> Monday, October 26, 2009

“Leadership is first and foremost about character, one who is in power but not subordinate to it, one who has control of money but is not lured by it, one whose position opens all doors but prefers the simplicity of lifestyle, and one who is followed by many but takes the heart of a servant.” - Jose Ma. Montelibano, columnist for the Philippine Inquirer.


Charice made us proud again


The People's Choice, young and old

By Jose Ma. Montelibano
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:33:00 10/23/2009

Filed Under: Inquirer Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Benigno Aquino III

There are many Filipinos, from professional social scientists to amateur political analysts in barber shops, who have tried to explain the Noynoy phenomenon. From a senator who did not even think of running for president, and was not seriously considered by even his own party of being the standard bearer, Benigno Aquino III, after his mother Cory's dramatic illness, death and burial, was catapulted by a groundswell urging him to run for president. It was not the trite and often comical claim by wannabes that "the people are calling me," but an incredible, palpable public demand that has changed the rules of the game.

Of course, Noynoy was not the only one who felt the powerful sentiment of tens of millions of Filipinos. More than him, it was the other presidential hopefuls who were shaken by the sudden turn of events. Whatever their plans, whatever their ratings, however long they had been working for their candidacies, all these were almost laid to total waste by the tsunami of a people-powered call for Noynoy for president. In late August, a friend who was running a local mayoral survey for a largely populated Laguna town included Noynoy in the survey and was shocked at the numbers he got. Two weeks later, the numbers increased even more when the Social Weather Stations (SWS) did a quick Dagupan-to-Lucena survey or the Luzon "heartland" which sets the trend for national candidates.
Read full article.


An Open Letter to Manny Villar



An Open Letter to Fidel Ramos as written by her neice, Lila Shahani


Opal Horton, child abduction survivor and how she lived a fearful life after

>> Sunday, October 25, 2009

This story tore my heart into pieces. It’s about a child abduction survivor whose fear and and guilt never left her. It was a horrifying story of abduction that happened in 1985. The abductor, Brian Dugan, tried to kidnap Opal Horton and her friend Melissa Ackerman. Both were 8 years old. Opal Horton was able to escape but not Melissa Ackerman, who was found dead five days later. Read in detail the ordeal of the young girl who is now 32, and how she lived and coped, if she did. Click here.


A priest, a mother of three childen, and their secret love affair

O’FALLON, Mo. — With three small children and her marriage in trouble, Pat Bond attended a spirituality retreat for Roman Catholic women in Illinois 26 years ago in hopes of finding support and comfort.
What Ms. Bond found was a priest — a dynamic, handsome Franciscan friar in a brown robe — who was serving as the spiritual director for the retreat and agreed to begin counseling her on her marriage. One day, she said, as she was leaving the priest’s parlor, he pulled her aside for a passionate kiss. Continue...
You can also watch their story on slides here.
Please say a prayer for everyone involved.


Huge anti-abortion rally in Spain, can U.S. do the same?

A huge crowd is seen at the Puerta del Sol square during a march against a bill to ease restrictions on abortion, in Madrid, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. The protest was called to denounce a bill that would allow unrestricted abortion at up to 14 weeks of pregnancy and let girls aged 16 and 17 have abortions without parental consent, a vivid and emotional show of how the issue remains sensitive two decades after abortion was legalized in this traditionally Roman Catholic country. (AP Photo/Arturo Rodriguez)
Read full article.


Catholic priest found dead, stabbed 32 times.

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Authorities investigating the stabbing death of a priest arrested the church janitor Saturday, alleging he stabbed the cleric 32 times with a kitchen knife after arguing with him in the rectory.

Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi said 64-year-old Jose Feliciano was charged in the murder of the Rev. Ed Hinds, whose body was found Friday in the rectory kitchen of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Chatham.

The announcement of Feliciano's arrest was met with shock at Saturday evening Mass, a double blow to the church community where the priest had served for six years and the janitor had worked for 17. Read full article here.


Are Smart Choices food labels misleading? Find out.

>> Saturday, October 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - An industry-funded food labeling program was halted on Friday just days after U.S. officials warned they were investigating if nutrition claims on the front of packages were misleading. Read more.


Baby on stroller got ran over by a train - watch actual video

>> Saturday, October 17, 2009

Warning: Don't watch if you have some phobia, panic disorder, afraid of videos, or whatever.


A chinese and black ladies fight over a seat under investigation

>> Friday, October 16, 2009

Apparently, the Chinese lady tells people on the bus that all she wanted to do was sit down, but the other lady refuses to move her bag from the other seat and does not let the Chinese lady sit down. (Ironically, the first thing I thought of was Rosa Parks.) An argument breaks out, with the Black woman woman throwing the first punch and the Asian woman retaliating — unleashing fists pounding on the head and drop kicks! All this over a seat? I’ve had to use public transportation on a everyday basis before, and I can understand that it can be uncomfortable sitting next to strangers, but if I ever felt like I didn’t want to have to sit next to anyone, I would of have simply stood up and gave my seat away.

8Asians has more including funny video response and comments.


Couple's Retreat movie trailer

>> Thursday, October 8, 2009


"2012" Movie Trailer in HD


Rio de Janeiro to host 2016 Olympics

>> Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Brazilians celebrate at Copacabana beach after the announcement that Rio de Janeiro won the bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games. (Silvia Izquierdo / Associated Press / October 2, 2009) Get more details here.


Charice’s song included in the annual holiday album, “A Very Special Christmas”

Charice’s song is going to be featured on this year’s “A Very Special Christmas” CD, Volume 7, which will become available on November 24. The annual holiday album will again benefit Special Olympics. Main artists are Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Colbie Caillat, Vanessa Hudgens and Kellie Pickler. Songs of Ashley Tisdale, Sean Kingston, Leighton Meester, Carter Twins, Kristina DeBarge, and Gloriana and Mitchel Musso are also included.
"This is a fantastic Christmas record created by and for a new generation that wants to make the world a better place," Special Olympics Chairman/CEO Timothy Shriver said in a statement. "The songs on 'A Very Special Christmas Volume 7' have all the freshness and energy of the talented artists who recorded them. Through the spirit of their musical performances, these young recording stars bring the same passion and dedication to Special Olympics that our athletes display every day of their lives."

The first edition of the charitable holiday album, released in 1987, sold one million copies. The subsequent albums in the series, which have featured some of the most influential artists of the time, have raised more than $100 million for Special Olympics. Previous contributors to the annual Christmas release include U2, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Sting, Reba McIntyre, No Doubt, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Mary J. Blige, among many others.[LiveDaily]


What You Need to Know About Social Security

>> Monday, October 5, 2009

What You Need to Know About Social Security:

QUESTION 1: Can I count on Social Security to be there?
QUESTION 2: How much will I get every month?
QUESTION 3: At what age should I begin collecting?
QUESTION 4: Will I lose benefits if I work?
QUESTION 5: Will my benefits be taxed?
Read Full Article.


A four-year old named Rizzo imitates Kurt Russel's famous "Miracle" speech

>> Saturday, October 3, 2009

The famous speeck of Coach Brooks (Kurt Russel) in the movie "Miracle"

Rizzo, age four, immitating Kurt Russel:


Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2009

>> Thursday, October 1, 2009

For each person's pink ribbon update in October, Yahoo! will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, up to $50,000, to help uninsured women get free mammograms.


Learning to dance "Pinoy Ako" dance

>> Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I'll be learning this dance. Looks like a lot of fun!


Michael Jackson, Beyonce, best dancers of all times - video

>> Sunday, September 27, 2009


When failure can turn into success

>> Friday, September 25, 2009

I learned something from this video, I hope you will too.


Mar: Filipinos are hungry for change

>> Monday, September 21, 2009

It's now official, Noynoy and Mar are standard bearers for the Liberal Party Election 2010. The Noy-Mar tandem is the choice by the people for the people.
"This fight is not just about Noynoy and me. It’s bigger than the two of us. It’s bigger than the Liberal Party. It’s bigger than anyone of us. It is about our collective thirst for change. It is about finally overcoming those who want to continue the tayo-tayo system, the horse-trading, the greed, the self-interest, the transactional politics that has been the biggest roadblock to progress and prosperity for all," said Roxas who three weeks ago dropped his plan to run for president to give way to Aquino. Continue reading...


Warning to Gibo Teodoro: "No Garci repeat"

>> Saturday, September 19, 2009

Marine Col. Ariel Querubin said Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., who has been chosen as the administration’s standard bearer for the May 2010 elections, should ensure the military will not be involved in cheating operations.

"Everybody has the right to run for any post in the government... But he (Teodoro) should not use his office to devise another cheating scandal. A repeat of `Hello Garci’ will not sit well with the rank and file of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. That will not be allowed anymore," he said.

Read full story.


Noynoy Aquino and sisters

For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV


Whitney Houston’s voice then and now

>> Friday, September 18, 2009

Whitney Houston can hit the highest notes with ease but this was before, but - as reported in the celebrity world - she lived a life involving drugs and other forms of abuse that were harmful to her perfect voice. Whitney is now ready to come back to the music world but it seems like her voice is not ready yet. Here are two videos of Whitney singing I’m Every Woman, listen and compare:




Jennifer Aniston sings at Ellen Show - watch video

Jennifer is a long-time favorite. She’s funny, cute, adorable, and confident. But can she sing? She tried in this video at Ellen Show. Watch this and judge for yourself:


Oprah not taking the credit for Charice's success

We all know how Charice started her successful U.S. career and there is no denying that Oprah played a very important role in that success. But when Oprah was asked about how she'd helped the most talented girl in the world, Oprah humbly replied:

“I would have to say that my staff is responsible for that because I said to them, ‘Look, I’m not in the record business.’ And they said, ‘This girl has something.’ From the beginning, I brought Charice into a room and sat her down with some people whom I thought could help her. They were asking me, did I want to manage her? I don’t. I don’t want to make any money from her. I just want her to be as successful as she can.”


Charice eyes career in Hollywood - why not

>> Thursday, September 17, 2009

MANILA – After starring in 20th Century Fox's live-action animation film “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," conquering Hollywood is most likely next for international singing sensation Charice.

In the “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” Charice plays herself, the biggest rival of the Chipmunks in a singing competition. Like other Hollywood stars, Charice auditioned just to get the role.

"Kumanta ako ng mga Beyonce songs at ginaya ko ang boses ng chipmunks. Tuwang tuwa sila. After a week noong umuwi ako ng Pilipinas, tinawagan nila ako at nakuha ko ang role. Gusto nila ang role ko daw po ay bilang Charice,” she said in an exclusive interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com.

The film is yet to be screened in the United States, but the management of Warner Bros. is already discussing the possibility of her appearing in more movies in the future.

"Tinanong ako ng Warner kung ready na daw akong pumasok sa movie. After ng the 'Alvin and the Chipmunks,' doon ako na-convince na pwede na," Charice, a contract artist of Warner Bros. Records, said.

There are a lot of movie offers already, the YouTube sensation admitted. What she wants though is to appear first in a horror film.

"Hopefully, ay mabigyan nila ako [ng horror film project]. Sabi ko sa kanila ang gusto ko ay iyong parang 'Orphan' movie ang dating. Gusto ko ako ang pumapatay, ayoko nang ako ang pinapatay," she said.

Charice also wants to make a special appearance in a popular American television series, “CSI.”

She said: "Pwede din nila akong i-guesting sa ‘CSI.’ Like iyong mawawala ako at hahanapin nila ako.”

When "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" holds its premiere showing, meantime, Charice said she will attend the big event along with its American cast.

As of the moment though, Charice is focusing on her music career. She flew back to the US recently to complete her first international album.[ABS-CBN]


New Guiness World of Records tallest man is 8'1"

The new tallest man as presented by Guinness World of Records in London measures 2 meters 46.5 centimeters (8’1”) taking over the title from China’s Bao Xishun who stands 2.36 meters (7’ 8.95”). The new tallest man’s name is Sultan Kosen, 26, and is from Turkey. He also has the largest hands measuring 10.8” and largest feet measuring 14.4”.
More details and photos can be found here.


Murder of Annie Le an issue of workplace violence, DNA matched and lab tech arrested

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