Monthly Archives: March 2009

LRT ART 2009

in partnership with the
“LRT Buhay ng Pinoy”

LRTArt 2009 is a flagship project of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), recognized as the premier rail transit authority in Metro Manila, and the Philippine Association of Printmakers, Inc. (PAP), the prime movers of multiple original artworks in the country. This project is a national painting competition, which aims to promote art while raising consciousness of train riding as a way of life in the metropolis among Filipino commuters.

The competition is open to all Filipino citizens age18 years old and above as of May 30, 2009.
Entrants must present a valid ID and/or document showing birth date and citizenship when
submitting their entry (passport, school ID, birth certificate, driver’s license, voter’s ID, senior citizen ID), and must submit together with the entry form a photocopy of the same. Each entrant may submit only one entry. Employees of the LRTA as well as Officers and Board Members of the Philippine Association of Printmakers are not eligible to participate in the competition.

The Artwork: Entries must have been done in the year 2009, must be the entrant’s original and exclusive work, and must not have been exhibited, revised, nor entered in any other competition.
Medium: Oil or acrylic on canvas only. Size: 3 feet x 4 feet excluding frame, horizontal or vertical in orientation, and not thicker than 2inches in width. Entries must be wall bound. Appropriate support, and/or equivalent devices should be provided to ensure proper hanging of the art work.
Only box type frame or museum wrap (gallery wrap) will be accepted. Entries must be signed but must be covered with masking tape prior to submission (to conceal artist’s identity).

Wet paintings will not be accepted

Upon submission, the entrant must also submit together with the entry,
the following in order to qualify:

  • Completely furnished and signed official entry form
  • Signed and notarized affidavit (attached with entry form)
  • Photocopy of required ID (see B. under Eligibility)
  • One 2×2 ID photo of the artist
  • One 4R color photograph of his/her work bearing the following information at the back: Artist’s name, title of work, medium, and selling price.
  • There is NO entry fee for the competition
  • The entrant must be responsible for the transport of his/her work to and from the venue of submission/retrieva l.

Submission of all entries will be on May 30, 2009, Saturday, between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm only at the LRT Cubao Station West Side. For provincial entries, the participant must advise Mail Forwarders that entry will only be accepted on the said date, time and venue. Participants from the provinces are encouraged to organize the shipping of their works together to make cost of transport cheaper.


  • One GRAND PRIZE winner to receive PhP 200,000.00 exclusive of tax
  • Five JURORS’ CHOICE to receive PhP 100,000.00 each exclusive of tax
  • Six FINALISTS to receive PhP 50,000.00 each exclusive of tax

All winning entries will automatically become the property of the LRTA. LRTA reserves all rights to its reproduction.
All entrants shall be given a certificate of participation.

The LRTA reserves the right to use the name and photo of the artist and his/her work for free in any broadcast or print media. The artist also grants the LRTA and the PAP the right to exhibit the entries as deemed fit and shall have the right to decide which of the entries will be selected for inclusion in the exhibition and the catalogue. Winning entries and selected none winning entries will be exhibited at the Cubao Station East Side from July 11 to August 10, 2009. Selected none winning entries will be offered for sale to the general public subject to 20% commission due the Philippine Association of Printmakers, Inc., the organizer, to support their programs and projects. All possible care will be taken for the handling and security of the entries submitted. However, the LRTA and the PAP assume no responsibility for any loss of or damage to the entry or entries before, during and after the competition/ exhibition due to force majeure.

All entrants whose entries are selected for the exhibition will be notified via email, text or phone call by June 5, 2009. If entrant does not receive any notification, he must retrieve his/her work within the period from June 6 to 13, 2009 between 9:00am to 5:00pm only. Unclaimed works may be forfeited. The rest of the none-winning entries that are included in the exhibition may be retrieved at the submission site from August 10 to August 21, 2009 from 9am to 5pm only. Only entrants or their representatives with official retrieval form will be released the entry.


Awarding of winners and exhibition opening will be held on July 11, 2009, Saturday, at 4:00 in the afternoon at the LRT Cubao Station East Side, to coincide with the LRTA anniversary.

Golf & Sports Expo at Ayala Center Makati

Wizheart and I went to our usual Friday date last night. We were strolling in Glorietta when we saw some commotion in the side of  Glorietta 3 (that corridor going to Mercury Drug, Rustan’s along Tag Heuer, M&S, Goodwill, Cinderella, Guess, Zara, Speedo, etc.). The sale is part of BPI Credit Cards Installment Madness.

Of course, Wizheart bought Carlton court shoes for only Php800 (original price is 2,500) and Php200-worth of slippers (original price is Php600).

Sale items are drivers (Php9,000) golf sets (Php8,000), putters (Php3,000), golf footwear (Php1,500), golf apparel (Php400/pc minimum 2 pieces), boxing shoes (Php1,500), boxing shorts (Php300), track pants (Php350), gym bags (Php600), full graphite pro rackets (Php1,000 with bag),  kids rackets (Php150/pc minimum of 2pcs), court shoes (Php500/800), beginner rackets (Php250/pc minimum of 2 pcs), and more!
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Show your Love for the Earth

… for  one hour on March 28, 2009. From 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening, everyone is enjoined to turn off all your lights. More suggestions are found here.

I remember when I was still in Iligan living with my parents, my father would say that he liked brownouts because it gave the family time to talk and enjoy the night.

Yeah, we would then sit on our veranda, look at the skies, breathe in the mountain breeze (our village is a valley, you see, so we were sort of surrounded by mountains), and talk the night away. We would always welcome this peace and quiet, and of course the humor only Hutsai has. Sometimes, we would also sing along while Hutsai plays the guitar.

So why not enjoy some peace and quiet, which we all need badly, and at the same time Vote for Earth. Like us, mother Earth also needs a break from all this noise, all this hassle and bustle we call “technology-driven” life.

For us, we’ll turn off the lights and all electric appliances, no texting, iPods, iTouch, PS, and just enjoy the peace and quiet.

Can Mother Earth count on your vote on Saturday?

Bulacan Pilgrimage – 5th Stop: National Shrine of St. Anne, Hagonoy

The first instance I saw the National Shrine of St. Anne in Hagonoy, I blurted out: “Wow a pink church!” Indeed, it was pink and green through and through except for its intricate carvings of saints on the wooden doors, and the wooden pews with carved names of families, perhaps avid church supporters. The interiors such as ceilings and walls were all in rose color. The altar was also in rose mixed with dark green. It’s a beautiful church.  :)

Sta. Ana Church in Hagonoy, Bulacan was declared a National Shrine (and then renamed to National Shrine of St. Anne) on October 29, 1991 by the Catholic Bishops Conferene of the Philippines (CBCP).

Like other old churches, the Augustinian friars’ influence is so marked in its arhitectural design. The church’s notable features are the massive Tuscan columns that give the structure an upward thrust and the rose windows at the center makes the location of the choir loft. The bell tower, lofty and tapering, has six levels and harmonizes with the facade. The images of Augustinian saints as well as the large portico were added to the structure in the 20th century.

the intricate carvings on the wooden doors are awesome!

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IIFA Launches Workshop on Broadcast Performance

Do you have what it takes to be a news anchor?  Are you ready to battle it out as a field correspondent? Do you think you can be better than Larry King?  Are you ready to rumble with the best in broadcasting? Join the International Institute for Film and Arts(IIFA)’s Broadcast Performance Workshop and jumpstart your career!

With sportscaster and Center for Sports Communication founder NOEL ZARATE as Workshop Master, IIFA’s Broadcast Performance Workshop will be held on

March 25-27, 2009 from 8am to 5pm at LAB 315, Evekal Building, 855 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City.

Ideal for anyone who wants to improve their skills in broadcast performance, the workshop will take participants through a retinue that includes lectures on TV and radio journalism complemented by simulated interviews, beat reporting and news anchoring.

Workshop fee is P 8,000.00 per participant which covers workshop materials and meals. Limited scholarship slots are available.

For inquiries and applications, contact IIFA at telephone 818-7201, mobile 091-5918815 or 0917-9182592, or email filmarts.manila@gmail. com.

Waste Disposal at St. Rita Parish, Baclaran

With the increasing number of people getting aware of proper waste management, you would think that only the big corporations and organizations are doing it.

But no, even the small communities or parishes are doing it—away from the limelight. It doesn’t make the effort less successful, though.

Yesterday, I went to the baptism of my 10th godchild, Kiela Xzereen, in St. Rita Parish, Baclaran, Parañaque City. While waiting for the ceremony, my husband and I explored the place a bit, and saw these:

No wonder the place is quiet and clean despite its being at the center of Baclaran. 😉

Double Midnight Madness Sale

Ayala Malls Online Community

… in Glorietta and Greenbelt today, March 13.

What a good way to spend Friday the 13th than to shop till you drop. Your wallet may be horrified, but at least you enjoyed every minute of it. 😉

What I like about this midnight madness sale in Ayala Center Makati is that surrounding hotels also participate and give discounts.

Here’s the sked:

March 13-14, 2009 : Up to 12 Midnight
March 15, 2009 : Up to 9PM

List of freebies and other offers:

1) Free Parking Tickets
• Free Parking for four (4) hours for a minimum single purchase receipt worth P1,000 dated March 13-15, 2009.

2) Free Movie Tickets
• Buy 3 Take 1 Cinema Ticket on the last 2 show screenings at Glorietta 4 on March 13-15, 2009.

3) Free Games
• Pay P16O for a P200 Powercard load and get two (2) Yellow Swiper games for FREE from March 13-15, 2009 at Timezone. Valid at TIMEZONE Glorietta 4 and Greenbelt 3 only.

For Special Rates, call these participating Hotels:

  • Renaissance Makati City Hotel (811-6888)
  • Mandarin Oriental Manila (750-8888)
  • Hotel Inter-Continental Manila (793-7000)
  • Ascott Makati (729-8888)
  • DusitThani (867-3333)

4.) Free Show:  Watch Martin Nievera Live on March 14, 2009 at the Glorietta 4 Park at 6:30PM


Music and Women

In celebration of the Women’s Month, Paco Park Presents, Thea Perez will host a free shows focused on women. These free shows are happening at Paco Park, San Marcelino, Manila every Friday at 6:00pm.

*March 13: “Songs of Women” – Raymond Roldan (tenor) and wife Janelle Roldan (soprano), both former members of the UP Concert Chorus, will render song that reveal the different facets of womanhood—as daughter, lover, and nurturer.

*March 20: “Two Flutes & A Piano” – Listen to light classical music dedicated to all women by flutists Sonny Yangco and Ray Sison, with painist Harold Galang.

*March 27: “The Guitar & Other Strings” – The show will be staged by the Berea High School of Science & Arts Guitar and String Ensemble of Vista Verde Cainta Rizal.

There are also shows at the Rizal Park open-air auditorium every Sunday at 5:00pm. Dubbed Concert at the park, Minette Padilla has prepared the following sked:

*March 8 – Dance performance by the Novo Ecijanos Dance Troupe, composed of scholars from different colleges in Nueva Ecija under artistic director Maryo Eugenio

*March 15 – Production numbers by the Lipa Integrated Performing Arts of Batangas, under the artistic direction of Aylene Acorda

*March 22 – “Ang Musika ng Pangkat Kawayan,” the internationally acclaimed group under the music direction of Victor Toledo

*March 29 – Romantic Band Music from the San Jose Band of Las Pinas City, under the music direction of Obet Abadine

Sunday Inquirer Magazine, March 8, 2009 edition

Crocs Weekend Sale


Crocs, those comfy and colorful high quality leather and EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) based sandals, will have a weekend sale.

Dates: March 13, 14, and 15, 2009.

Venue: MegaTent, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Time: 10:00am to 8:00pm

Good news for BPI Express Credit or BPI Edge MasterCard card holders! For you the discounts will be up to 80%.

And for those who can’t wait for the weekend, check out Crocs, Greenbelt 5. I saw they were already on sale yesterday. 😉