Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Oneness through Wellness

In celebration of the 29th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, HIV advocacy group Yoga for Life will unite the city in an open-for-all yoga practice at the Quezon Memorial Circle on May 20, 2012, 4 p.m. during the "Oneness Through Wellness" event. Yoga teachers will guide the public in the mass yoga practice as volunteers educate attendees about HIV and AIDS.

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Saturday, May 05, 2012

One Language, One Frequency: Breaking the Barriers of Speech for the Deaf

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A breakthrough tool is set to integrate modern technology in helping the hearing-impaired live their already challenged lives with less difficulty.

It’s a given fact that the technological advancements of late are, to the hearing-impaired, rendered obsolete. With the Filipino deaf community amounting to an estimated three to four million, Telecommunications Service Network for the Deaf (TSND) steps up to introduce a groundbreaking technology that breaks the barriers of language through a convenient teleconference sign language interpreting service—the Video Relay Service (VRS).

Because the right to communicate is a crucial ability not many of us are blessed with, VRS is developed to give the deaf community equal access to communications. Its major components are specialized devices called the V-Pads and the trained sing language interpreter designated to provide assistance. A V-pad is a touch screen videophone with which a deaf user can ask for the help of a trained interpreter for specialized teleconferencing service that enables the deaf user to conveniently converse with virtually anyone in the country for free. With the aid of the VRS, deaf or hearing-impaired individuals can now sign a message and get real-time response in seconds.

Spearheaded by TSND Chairman George Taylor, the only Filipino deaf student to graduate with a BS degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering in DLSU Manila, VRS technology is set to defy disabilities related to hearing and speech. Throughout his lifetime of experience in getting involved with assessing the needs of hearing-impaired groups, Taylor now advocates for the widespread reach of the VRS technology in hopes of it leading to a multitude of prospects for the deaf community's benefit.

With the deaf having equal access to communication, comes the inevitable outcome of exposure to employment opportunities, voting registrations, educational grants and more. “Being able to communicate and be understood are human entitlements that must not be denied,” shares Bagong Henerasyon party-list Representative Bernaddette Herrera-Dy, the congresswoman spearheading the campaign for the passing of the bill entitled, "Video Relay Service - House of Bill No. 5670."

Such mandate, when passed, requires the government to provide their full-support by having an additional legal subcharge on all telecommunications and telephone subscriber's bills to fund the development and implementation of the VRS systems, just as a host of other international governments did.

Without this the individual progresses of our deaf comrades are severely hindered. Just imagine how it feels to be blanketed in silence, reality moving past you, with only sign language to express and nary a soul to assist. With that established, VRS is the deaf community's beacon of hope that aims to shed light in pursuance of equal opportunities for technology, communication, and media accessibility.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Homeschooling Conference

The Homeschooling Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI) recently made announcements that the country's 4th Homeschooling Conference has been scheduled to happen on May 19, 2012. Set to take place at St. Francis Square Ortigas Center in Mandaluyong, the event will gather parents, academe, and homeschooling experts in one venue to promote awareness of the program, as well as provide guests with access to homeschool-related tools and services.

Homeschooling is a practice that, over the years, has rapidly gained popularity in the Philippines. Providing children with a familiar and relaxed learning environment that allows parents to tailor-fit certain aspects of their education based on their needs, remote education shatters the long-standing concept that prime education happens only within the confines of the classroom, and is also proven to unlock certain hidden potentials of the student—presenting more room for growth and enhancement.

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This year's Homeschooling Conference is themed “Laying a Strong Foundation.” It will feature lectures from esteemed homeschooling authorities both here and abroad including: noted inspirational speaker, best-selling author and homeschool parent, Bo Sanchez; and former high school and college educator and best-selling author of award-winning books like “Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling,” “Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens,” and “Ultimate Planners for Moms, Teens and Students,” Debra Bell.

The event is supported by the 3,000-strong force of Filipino families, who are currently homeschooling by choice and discovering its priceless benefits.

About HAPI

The conference is organized by the Homeschooling Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI), an organization that has dedicated itself as a catalyst for nation-building by advancing home education and unifying home educators in the country.

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Monday, April 09, 2012

The Drakensangers Photo Caption Contest!

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The contest is open to all.

No Drakensang-Online account needed but you will need to open one to avail of the prize/s (you will need to provide us with your in-game username and your server’s name. Entries will be in the form of photographs or graphics that include the following: you (the contestant) and the Drakensang-Online logo (download here:

There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.

Entries that do not include either an image of the contestant and/or the Drakensang-Online logo are not eligible for entry and/or will be disqualified. Furthermore, entries must not violate Facebook’s terms of usage.

There will be three winners:

• 1st Place 10,000 Andermant, Box Keys, and featured on the Drakensang-Online Facebook, Twitter, and official forums and the Drakensangers Blog
• 2nd Place 5,000 Andermant, Box Keys,  and featured on the Drakensang-Online Facebook, Twitter, and official forums and the Drakensangers Blog
• 3rd Place 3,000 Andermant, Box Keys,  and featured on the Drakensang-Online Facebook, Twitter, and official forums and the Drakensangers Blog

The ten (10) runner-ups will receive 10 Box Keys and will be mentioned on the Drakensang-Online Facebook and Twitter Page and the Drakensangers Blog. The winners will be determined by the number of “likes” (one like, one vote) their entry receives. The entry with the most number of “likes” wins.

The contest procedure is as follows:

1. Upload your entry (with the required image of you and the Drakensang-Online logo) on your Facebook account
2. Copy the URL of the entry and email to admin(AT) with the subject line: Drakensang-Online Contest
3. You will receive an email to confirm that we have received your entry and has been included in the list (allow 1-2 business days for reply, after which feel free to re-submit your entry or follow up)


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Trip to Legazpi!

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The Magayon Festival celebration apparently lasts a whole month (April 1-30) which is awesome!

I've been thinking about doing a little bit more traveling and thought of returning to Legazpi, Albay for some rest and relaxation. The last time I was there was a few years ago and it was for business purposes so I didn't get to enjoy the place (at least not as much as I wanted to).

Some of my media contacts suggested I try out the Oriental Legazpi - Albay’s newest luxury hotel (I'm very particular about where I stay when going out of town, you see) enthusing that I will love it there. Even better, it seems that the hotel has some special rates going for accommodations in celebration of the Magayon Festival.

Dubbed as “Magayon sa Oriental,” the special rates that are 50 percent off the hotel’s published rates for all rooms have taken effect starting March 1 and will be implemented until April 30, 2012.

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The Magayon sa Oriental room rates for both single and double occupancy are as follows:
  • Php 3,500 for Deluxe
  • Php 4,000 for Deluxe Mayon
  • Php 6,000 for Executive Suite
  • Php 7,000 for Executive Suite Mayon
  • Php 10,000 for Governor’s Suite
These same special rates will also apply to online and traditional travel agents and are inclusive of complimentary round trip airport transfers, in-room coffee and tea selections, replenished bottled water, use of infinity swimming pool, breakfast for two, and high-speed broadband internet service.

They had me at high-speed broadband internet service.

They assured me that the place is very much accessible to the city (but distant enough not to be hassled by the typical urban hustle and bustle) and it is the only hotel in Albay to offer a full view of the legendary Mayon Volcano.

I plan to check it out soon, work permitting. I will make sure to take lots of photos.

For more information, please visit, www. OrientalHotels.PH or email at inquiry(AT)

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Aubrey Miles' PAWNSHOP

Saw this while walking the other day to Makati Cinema Square to get dinner. I didn't know that Aubrey Miles had a pawnshop. I guess that makes her a pawnstar.

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