Monthly Archives: July 2009

Book Fair ’09 at Market Market

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Are you Mad About Books? Then go and check out the book fair at Market Market.

Crazy book discounts await in the Market Market Book Fair

Plus chapters and chapters of fun activities:
Arts and Crafts Corner
Reading and Coffee Lounge
Donate a Book
(Old books will be donated to the Children’s Host)

July 27 – August 1, 2009, Activity Center

There’s still time to check it out!

PinoyBiz Fueling Pinoy Entrepreneurship

I see these colorful stalls on Pasong Tamo Extension, that part of Pasong Tamo that is already part of Taguig City and not Makati City.

These stalls are labeled, Forward Taguig-Global Kalinga-PinoyBiz. This project must be supported by Taguig City, Global Kalinga, and Pinoy Biz groups. From what I see, each stall is assigned certain products to sell. So, one stall sells fruits,  another fish, yet another meat or rice.

The stalls are standing on the  paved sidewalks along the streets. I’m not sure if the vendors have business permits or perhaps the city of Taguig has given them permission to sell.

Whatever it is, this idea of PinoyBiz is indeed fueling the spirit of entrepreneurship among Filipinos.

A Fighting SONA

If there was any way I wanted the SONA to be written and delivered, I would want it to be that of today’s SONA. It was a fighting SONA, loudly ringing of the truth that this government had done for the past nine years, which is caring for the economy and business.

President Gloria Arroyo, for the first time, addressed her critics, and at the same time talked proudly of her accomplishments. She should be.

  • The Philippines has the strongest, sustained and continued growth in GDP. Jobs created by BPOs, IT investors have benefited as well the taxi drivers and the vendors.
  • While the world is in crisis, Philippines is weathering it because of the strong economic policies, though unpopular they may be. Investing in the country has never been fair and investment friendly as before. I know because I work for a multinational company, and I know how dismissive government agencies had been before.
  • Good infrastructure such as nautical highways and expressways and highways, airports that are of international standards. Can you remember a time before today when Filipinos traveled, visited, and started exploring the country? One of my projects is a directory of Philippine destinations, and in one of our studies, we found out that many of our tourists lately are Filipinos themselves.
  • The easy movement of goods and people as well as giving the people the capacity to earn, have made this country stand the economic and political crises.

There are more here…

I couldn’t help nodding my head in agreement on these points:

The noisiest critics of constitutional reform tirelessly and shamelessly attempted Cha-Cha when they thought they could take advantage of a shift in the form of government. Now that they feel they cannot benefit from it, they oppose it.

As the campaign unfolds and the candidates take to the airwaves, I ask them to talk more about how they will build up the nation rather than tear down their opponents. Give the electorate real choices and not just sweet talk.

This is my wish, too.

I say to them: do not tell us what we all know, that democracy can be threatened. Tell us what you will do when it is attacked.

To titillate even more his critics, she went:

At the end of this speech I shall step down from this stage, but not from the Presidency. My term does not end until next year. Until then, I will fight for the ordinary Filipino. The nation comes first. There is much to do as head of state – to the very last day.


I am sad that many opposition Senators did not attend. It does not speak well of the kind of statesmen that we have. I believe it is their duty to hear the SONA in Congress. Sen. Biazon put it well when he said that he was there because it was his duty to be there, although he might not agree with what President Arroyo was saying.

In the U.S., during Bush’s unpopularity, when Bush delivered his SONA, the democrats were there, stayed on, and listened. Never mind if the democrats didn’t approve of Bush’s policies or give his governance a thumbs up.

Here in the Philippines, those on the other side, as expected said that GMA did not portray the true state state of the nation, and that in no categorical terms did GMA say that she would be stepping down in 2010/2011. Well, isn’t it sentido comon? 😀

I wish everyone of us had been vigilant of the changes that the country underwent in the last nine years, that is if everyone was able to tune out the political noise.

In the end, it’s anybody’s interpretation, depending on which side are you, and how open minded you are. :)

Read the SONA.

Ang Munting Prinsipe!

I was in National BookstoreShangri-la Plaza this morning because I was meeting a friend for lunch. We agreed to meet at the Fiction Section of National Bookstore.

I was there browsing, and imagine my surprise when I saw a Filipino (or should I say Tagalog) version of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince! I browsed the book, and it sounded good.

Now why didn’t I get a copy of it?

Pizza Hut Book It!

I am big on education, especially literacy. If we all are literate, then we won’t have the kind of  elected officials that we have now. If the surveys are to be  believed, just imagine how Erap even figured on the list as one of the leading candidates for presidency in the 2010 Elections. But that’s another story.

Let me go back to a much worthy news, the Pizza Hut Book It! program.

I went to their website, and what I saw were great opportunities to help build literacy. There are programs for school administrators, teachers, and parents. It’s cool.

The latest news says that Pizza Hut Book It! donates books to  Kids Foundation.

Recently, Pizza Hut’s Book It! Program showed these out of school children that Pizza Hut cares by granting some of their wishes to enable them to go back to school this year.

Pizza Hut Book It! Program, in partnership with the Department of Education, collaborated with National Book Store Foundation Inc. and donated school bags with study packs and reading books to KIDS Foundation for its upcoming event this July and September dubbed “TREK,” which will benefit far-flung public schools in the Philippines.

Continue reading…

Cebu Pacific Celebrates T3’s First Year Anniversary with 50% Off Airfares

Cebu Pacific Air celebrates T3‘s first year anniversary by offering a 50% discounts on local and international airfares. Book now and travel time is from September 1 to November 30, 2009.

I am not really a big fan of  Cebu Pacific, but if you know what to expect already from the airline’s service and is willing to put up with it, this promo might be worth a try for you. :)

Give Your English the Winning Edge Book Launching

Jose Carillo, nationally awarded writer and editor, and an internationally awarded corporate communicator, is launching his third book in the English-usage trilogy.

The event will be tomorrow, July 20, 2009, 3:00 p.m. at Sampaguita Hall, The Manila Hotel.

Jose Carillo won the National Book Award for Linguistics from the Manila Critics Circle in 2005 for his first English-usage book, English Plain and Simple: No Nonsense Ways to Learn Today’s Global Language.

Mid-2008, Jose Carillo released his second English-usage book, The 10 Most Annoying English Grammar Errors.

You can also check out his online English forum and his blog.

Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #3

Taken from Sketches by Anna Marie Pamintuan
The Philippine Star, July 17, 2009

If foreign investors and economic analysts are keeping tabs of the political intramurals for 2010, it is to look for hints of fiscal and investment policies that they might expect from the known presidential aspirants.

So far, the foreigners are groping for the hints. Most of the questions posed to the aspirants during public debates have focused on political matters, and what the aspirants plan to do with President Arroyo once she loses her immunity from prosecution.

Sen. Manny Villar, the frontrunner in recent surveys, told us last week that his economic model for progress was not the western democracies but a country that is closer to the Philippines’ level of development: India. He explained that India is an emerging democracy with all the accompanying political and social problems, it suffers from terrorism, and it’s one of the Philippines’ biggest competitors in business process outsourcing.

Villar and Sen. Mar Roxas are seen to be business-friendly, although Roxas is losing some points (but may be winning mass votes) in his campaign against Big Pharma.

Sen. Francis Escudero, though perceived to be business-friendly, suffers from the specter of cronyism because his principal patron, if he becomes the standard bearer of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, is businessman Danding Cojuangco.

Cojuangco’s estranged nephew Gilbert Teodoro is also seen to be business-friendly, but first he needs a party, and then he needs to rise from his ratings that have remained below water level.

Vice President Noli de Castro, whose ratings rival those of Villar, is tabula rasa as far as economic matters are concerned.

Many foreigners have told me that the worst prospect for the country in 2010 would be a return to power of the still popular former President Joseph Estrada. This, the foreigners said, would be a giant step backward for reforms.

The country cannot afford to continue with business as usual in 2010. While dramatic reforms are unlikely after the elections, it is possible to build the foundations for enduring change. And the way we vote and conduct the elections could determine how quickly we can get out of our current economic woes.

Read more…

Related posts:
Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #2
Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #1

This Rainy Thursday…

I woke up to heavy downpour knocking the windowpanes and roof.  When I looked out the window, I saw  dark skies and wet pavements. It seemed like there would be no let up.

The weather looked perfect for people who didn’t have to go out and work. We need rain, you know. Especially the plants and trees. 😀 But rainfall in Metro Manila is different. It means flooded streets, and traffic jams. It’s synonymous to inconvenience!

But who can stop the rain?

As I am one of those who needed to get to work, I left the house armed with my umbrella. When I got outside the village, this is the sight that greeted me. WET!