Monday, August 31, 2009

Up The Movie And Rancho Palos Verdes Experience

UP movie
During the Kadayawan culmination day, Rey Winston, his girl friend (or girlfriend?) and I went out to watch the movie UP courtesy of '2+1'. I never thought UP would be remarkable that I learned two important lessons from this film-- perseverance and sacrifice.

If you have a dream, you have to take that dream out of the drawing board and make it a reality. However, reaching your dream may not be that easy. There are obstacles you have to defeat. And sometimes, those obstacles are intentionally given to remind you that your goal may not bring you complete happiness. And those obstacles are a way for you to reach your true happiness in life. You may sacrifice your dream but you know it's worth it.

After seeing that heartwarming film, we ate at Blue Carabao, Davao City branch. It's a 'maka-masa' eatery—you know the type of place where you may catch HC. And after eating hinalang without spice, squid adobo and lechon kawali, we headed to Rancho Palos Verdes Country Club, Diversion Road, Davao City (near Crocodile Park). That trip was unplanned, though.

It's a sports and country club with PHP 80,000+ annual membership fee.

To go there, you should have a car. If you do not have an automobile, then you might want to consider shedding those pounds by walking approximately 1 km from the Diversion Road entrance before reaching Rancho Palos Verdes.

Anyway, the place has a 3-ft deep swimming pool with a beach-like landscape on one side. They also have courtsides for badminton, table tennis, basketball and a lot more. But I did not see a tennis court—too bad.

But it was a quiet place when we got there. Only few people managed to eat at their poolside restaurant.

If Rancho Palos Verdes Country Club would only reconsider making their annual membership fee affordable, then I would immediately apply to become an exclusive member.

Well, after using their ***, we left. Thankfully, Rey managed to drive us home before the downpour.

On the other hand, I would like to thank these people for frequently dropping EC on my blog, even though I rarely reciprocate the gesture. They may not be reading my posts, but their visits are highly appreciated. You might want to check out my Top 10 Entrecard droppers at this page => Token Of Gratitude.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Miss Venezuela Crowned Miss Universe 2009 But Heidi Montag A Big Mistake

Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez
Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez

I was keeping my fingers crossed for Bianca Manalo to win the crown of Miss Universe 2009. Sadly, she didn't make it to the top 15.

I was sitting on my couch, eating twister fries from McDonalds, while watching the show of beauty and perfection. But Heidi Montag ruined my day by performing at the 58th Miss Universe 2009 held in Bahamas.

They could have chosen a better performer than Heidi Montag. So, I changed channel (from ABS-CBN to HBO to Disney Channel and to other cable channels) and forgot to switch back to the live coverage of Miss Universe 2009. Because of Heidi Montag's performance, I wasn’t able to winnow Miss Venezuela from other contestants. Heidi Montag performing live at the Miss Universe 2009 was definitely a big mistake (in my perception).

Anyway, Stefania Fernandez of Venezuela—yet again-- walked away with the title of Miss Universe 2009. Miss Dominican Republic (Ada Aimee De la Cruz) took the first runner-up prize, while Miss Kosovo (Gona Dragusha) gained the second runner-up throne. Miss Australia (Rachael Finch) and Miss Puerto Rico (Mayra Matos Perez) finished as third runner-up and fourth runner up, respectively.

The Miss Photogenic title was given to Miss Thailand (Chutima Durongdej) while Miss Congeniality was awarded to Miss China (Wang Jingyao). And for Miss Philippines—better luck next time. :D

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Kadayawan Festival 2009

Kadayawan Festival
The weeklong celebration of Kadayawan Festival starts today. Almost all malls in Davao are celebrating with "huge" discount (up to 75%). Unfortunately, I'm out of budget.

The theme

"One People in Communion with the Earth (Nahiusang Katawhan Nakigdait sa Kalibutan)" is this year's Kadayawan Festival theme. The theme describes the unity of the people from various cultures in preserving our planet Earth.

Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan and Floral Float parade are just two of the activities of the annual celebration of Kadayawan Festival.

Where to stay in Davao?

Davao offers comfortable places for you to stay during this week-long celebration of Kadayawan Festival. For instance, you can have a good night's sleep at Eden Nature's Park after your exciting expedition in the city of Davao. The 95% man-made resort offers 40% off on rooms, as well as Mountain Villas. Or you can stay within the city in a five-star hotel, like Marco Polo Davao.


The culmination of the 24th Kadayawan 2009 will be on the 23rd of August. I'm fortunate enough to live in one of the Philippines's progressive cities—Davao. I can witness this colorful festival. But one thing is missing; the camera won't be available this week (huhuhu).

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Monday, August 10, 2009

What I Know About The Philippines: By An American

To be completely honest, like most Americans, I don't know much about the country or culture of the Philippines. I know it's a small island or country located in the Pacific Ocean. I know it's somewhere South of Japan and North of Australia. And I believe there was a US military base located there at one time (maybe it's still there.)

After I was asked to write an article describing my knowledge of the country, I considered searching “Philippines” in Google before writing the entry. I could have used the information found in a Wikipedia page to comment on the history, politics, and social mores of the country. But I wanted this to be honest.

Don't take offense by my lack of knowledge about your country. Most Americans don't know much about any other country besides our own. Most are too consumed with day-to-day survival to get the opportunity to travel or learn about other places. Most of us are very simple folk. We wake up, go to work, pay pills, raise families and repeat. The people depicted in movies or TV represent a very small minority in America. These are the people obsessed with butt augmentation, breast implants, and other forms of cosmetic surgery.

I would like to visit the Philippines some day. I've had the opportunity to do a bit of traveling in my life and always find it interesting how many questions people have about the United States and our views on politics. But until I get the chance to visit in person, I'll do a quick Google search to learn more about the country online.

Yours Truly

Jack Edmund
An Average American

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Goodbye For Now, Former President Corazon Aquino

Exactly 21 days before the 26th death anniversary of her husband Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., former Philippine President Corazon Aquino bid farewell to her life here on earth.

I don't have a vivid image in mind of what happened during her administration. I was so young then to understand.

Nonetheless, Corazon Aquino is considered by Filipinos as the icon of democracy. After the assassination of her husband Ninoy Aquino, Filipinos could no longer swallow the atrocities showed by the Marcos regime.

She and thousands of Filipinos gathered at EDSA to make the historical People Power Revolution, which led to the ejection of Ferdinand Marcos's 20-year administration.

Corazon Aquino may be gone by now, but her legacy will always remain. I may not have a clear picture of her regime, but I can remember my aunt, an avid supporter of Tita Cory, always wearing yellow shirt. Hmm, I think she had given me a shirt with Corazon Aquino's face printed in front. But as I mentioned earlier, I was so young to understand what's going on… so young to comprehend that the expulsion of the Marcos's presidency was the beginning of our freedom.

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