Monthly Archives: June 2010

Cabinet Members of President-elect Benigno C. Aquino III Named

This was the most awaited news of the day. So here you are:

Paquito Ochoa Jr., Executive Secretary
Julia Abad, Presidential Management Staff
Edwin Lacierda, Presidential Spokesperson
Eduardo de Mesa, Presidential Legal Counsel
Sec. Alberto Romulo, retained for Foreign Affairs
Cesar Purisima, Finance
Leila de Lima, Justice
Voltaire Gazmin, National Defense
Cayetano Paderanga, NEDA
Br. Armin Luistro, Education
Florencio Abad, Budget and Management
Rep. Proceso Alcala, Agriculture
Usec. Ramon Paje, Environment and Natural Resources
Jose de Jesus, Transportation and Communication
Rosalinda Baldoz, Labor and Employment
Dr. Enrique Ona, Health
Gregory Domingo, Trade and Industry
Alberto Lim, Tourism
Corazon Soliman, Social Welfare and Development
Mario Montejo, Science and Technology
Jose Almendras, Energy
Rogelio Singson, Public Works and Highways
Virgilio delos Reyes, Agrarian Reform
Teresita Deles, Adviser on the Peace Process
Patricia Licuanan, Commission on Higher Education
Kim Henares, Bureau of Internal Revenue

Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide will lead a “Truth Commission.”
Maj. Gen. Ric David will become Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff.
Gen. Jesus Verzosa is retained as Philippine National Police chief.


Leading Causes of Road Accidents in the Philippines

On my way to work this morning, we were slowed down by traffic caused by yet another car accident. This time it involved a car and a pick-up truck. I am glad nobody was hurt, but I felt sad because the car was brand new and the pick-up had nice truck accessories. And more importantly, the accident could have been prevented had either one been more patient and more cognizant of traffic rules.

Which made me think about the leading causes of road accidents here in the country. I got the figures from Yahoo Answers:

Cause –  Number / Frequency (%)

  1. Driver Error – 4,222 / 25.72
  2. Speeding – 2,908 / 17.71
  3. Mechanical Defects – 2,003 / 12.20
  4. Overtaking – 2,042 / 12.44
  5. Turning – 1,543 / 9.40
  6. Overloading – 1,174 / 7.15
  7. Self Accidents – 806 / 4.91
  8. Road Defects – 783 / 4.77
  9. Hit and Run – 673 / 4.10
  10. Others – 123 / 0.75
  11. Drunk Driving – 94 / 0.57
  12. Using Cellular Phones – 47 / 0.29

Be safe everyone!

Catch PowerBooks Greenbelt 4 PowerBarter!

Yes, the newly renovated, which they term the New Chapter, PowerBooks outlet at Greenbelt 4 has launched the PowerBarter. You can trade in your old books for new ones.

I only got wind of this promo last Sunday when I went there. And I found out that the PowerBarter is good only for all weekends of June. Well, we still have one more weekend, so we better catch it!

For more info, check out their website, too!

Vuvuzela at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

If you’re like my husband and kids who love watching football, then you’re following the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

During the early games, we were watching a match but all we heard was a loud droning-sound. We thought it was the sound system of the station or the coverage was bad. It was really bad!

Then later on we found out that the sound was produced by a vuvuzela, a three-foot long horn that emits a loud sound. And it’s part of South African culture to play this. But what if it hinders players and audience alike from concentrating and enjoying the games?

Find out more about vuvuzela HERE.

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Blessings & Prosperity Food Court Opens on Ayala Corner Rufino Streets

A new food court opens on Ayala Avenue and Rufino Street, Makati City. Called Blessings and Prosperity Food Court, it houses stalls that offer street food such as fish balls or kwek-kwek (quail eggs covered with flour and deep fried), or even siomai.

It’s a  welcome treat for all workers in the area. If you like eating street food in an air-conditioned restaurant, then this food court is for you. Check it out!

SM Supermarkets Green Wednesday

Last Wednesday, I went to SM Makati Supermarket and did some grocery. At the check-out counter, I was asked, “Ma’am, paper bag or plastic bag?”

I said, “OK, paper bag.”

The bagger then put all my groceries in two paper bags. I had to carry the two paper bags by hugging them. With my shoulder bag and camera sling, I realized that it would be difficult for me to carry all of them to the shuttle parking. So, I asked the bagger if I could have a plastic bag to put my two paper bags in.

The bagger went, “You will have to pay Php3.00 ma’am. It’s our Green Wednesday rule.” Or something to that effect.

SM Supermarket’s purpose for this Green Wednesday dawned on me. Feeling guilty and since I’m also an advocate of going green, I endured the little inconvenience and carry the paper bags.

I commend SM really for all their green initiatives!