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)
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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?
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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.

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