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Philippines is in Top Twenty Places to Emigrate for Young People by The Telegraph UK

Surprisingly or should I not say that  the Philippines is ranked 8th out of 20 countries in the list of  Top Twenty Places to Emigrate for Young People by The Telegraph UK. Reason it cited is "The Philippines has beautiful islands and beaches, many relatively unspoilt by tourism. Its position close to the booming heart of east Asia is an advantage."

Photo courtesy of The Telegraph UK. To view the whole list of countries you may click here. Can anyone tell where in Manila is this photo taken?

Christmas Trees with Environmental Consciousness in Greenbelt

Christmas trees made by the country's top artists, industrial designers and architects are displayed in Greenbelt 5 until Dec. 31st. These are no ordinary Christmas trees because  these are conceptualized and made with the spirit of environmental consciousness.  USE of PLASTIC things is a BIG NO! Instead these trees are made of recycled, reused or discarded things that still can be made to look good.

Two out of the eight Christmas trees stand out for me: the "James Bound"  tree of Tes Pasola and "Tree Bench" of Daphne Osena-Paez. Why? Not much because of glamour or what but the essence (you're reading it right) and the reusability of it. I had nothing in mind when I went to Greenbelt other than a quick stroll and eat my favorite crepe there so unfortunately I have no camera with me.

Tree Bench by Daphne

This Christmas tree is also a furniture. When the holiday ends, this can be converted into a bench. Now that's a very clever idea! Frame is made of reused mahogany wood & chair back is made of traditional cane sulihiya. Bench upholstery is made of plain jute sack from recycled lining material. This Christmas tree cum bench is perfect for space conscious people.

Daphne reminds us to:

HELP PASIG RIVER by bringing reusable containers and utensils when eating out and taking out the left overs.

James Bound by Tes Pasola

This is a challenge to the limitations set on recycled-paper materials. We are so used getting our Christmas trees in plastic, twirling itu p with energy-consuming lights, leaving paper to nothing than the gift wrappers under. This tree stands as a complete accessory on its own.

Tes reminds us to:

DITCH that PLASTIC BAG! Carry a reusable bag to your next grocery trip.

Daphne is a TV host, businesswoman and a furniture designer. She owns her own furniture line called as "Daphne". Tes is one of Philippine's best known designers. Her favored medium is paper. She has a line called "James Bound" which has won many international awards. There is a silent bidding anyone wants to join to help fund the rehabilitaton of Pasig river.

Photos courtesy of Daphne's blog "Daphne's Diary".

The Mind Museum's The Philippines Through National Geographic Lenses (1898-1966) Photo Exhibit

Thirty (30) rare images of the Philippines from the archives of the National Geographic Magazine from 1898 to 1966 are  formally opened to the public last Oct. 3 - 4 at Greenbelt 5, Makati. These images reflect the Philippines rich culture especially featured are tribes' traditions and practices. Known personalities like filmmaker/writer Jose Javier Reyes nd Urban Zone show host Daphne Oseña-Paez joined the event and the young-looking people behind The Mind Museum - the first class museum to open in the Philippines next year 2011.

This photo exhibit sponsored by the National Geographic Channel will be displayed to Ayala Malls from Oct. 7 - 10 at Glorietta, Oct. 21 - 24 at Trinoma and Nov. 12 - 14 at Bonifacio High Street. Individuals who cannot afford to help financially can devote their time and skills by signing up as volunteers. For as little as P1,000 anyone can donate and help build The Mind Museum by sponsoring their virtual exhibits. Names of the donors are mentioned in their website and will receive an electronic "Donor's Certificate" via email and when The Mind Museum opens, it will be included in the Donors' Marker in their galleries.

The Mind Museum's vision is to give the next generation the wings to fly against the challenge of a future shaped by service  and technology. The Mind Museum’s state of the art design will feature Five Galleries: 1. The Story of the Universe, 2. The Story of the Earth, 3. The Story of Life, 4. The Story of the Atom and 5. The Story of Technology. The Mind Museum will  feature over 250 interactive exhibits and will include a park where people can continue their science fascination outdoors. Only ninety percent of this P1 billion project has been raised and The Mind Museum is looking for individuals, groups or companies that can help them in many ways. To visit their website, this is the link:

A Few Snapshots of the Event

Artisans at Work: A Photo Exhibit on Filipino Arts and Crafts

The art of photography attempts to freeze passing moments into permanence. It hopes to capture timeless and unforgettable moments into a series of images. This is according to the people behind the photo exhibit entitled "Artisans At Work" which pays tribute to the men and women who produce useful objects that enrich Filipino culture. These photos taken by amateur and professional photographers focus on celebrating Filipino arts and crafts. Take a look!





Jeepney Driver


This exhibit is about a typical Filipino: it could be a jeepney driver, sculptor, fisherman, potter, weaver or a dancer. According to them "they are guided by a clear and a sure hand, these artisans create products that serve their function well they clothe us, store our food, help us travel. And yet these products possess a humble but genuine beauty that transcends everyday functions--the delicate needlework in traditional fabrics, the precise geometric patterns in woven baskets, the colorful flags and aluminum horses of jeepneys. These unique features prove we Filipinos glorify even the most ordinary articles with adornment."

The mosted noted photographer of this exhibit is Jaime Zobel de Ayala, the first Filipino photographer to be confirmed "Licentiate" by the Royal Photograpic Society and has received similar commendation from the French and Spanish government. Joining him is a priest, a columnist, a pastry chef, a Cebu-based dentist, a priest and even Piolo Pascual a local actor.

If you want to see these photos you may visit: Market! Market! (May 18-31), Glorietta (June 1-14), Marquee (15-28), Trinoma (June 19-July 12), Alabang Town Center (July 13-26), Ayala Center Cebu (Aug. 7-21) and Bonifacio High Street (Aug. 20-Sept.12).

Come See the Vatican

ANOTHER photo exhibit in Greenbelt 5 caught my wandering eyes (yes, wandering)during the Holy Week commemoration. Sixteen (16) exquisite pictures of the different spots in Vatican - the official residence of the Holy Pope are in display. I was totally amazed not only because I am seeing an insoluble piece of world history in terms of religion but I am also watching the many greatest works of arts in the world particulary in painting, sculpture and architecture by Constantine, Michaelangelo, Raphael and many more.

This exhibit aims to promote the Vatican Insider Tour Experience supported by the Vatican Observatory Foundation. A three-day-four-night VIP group package providing extraordinary off-limits and after-hour access to the artistic and spiritual treasures of the Vatican:
* Vatican Museum Candlelight Dinner after-hour in the Rafael Room with string quartet.

* Seating Near the Pope at his Wednesday Vatican Audience  (Castel Gandolfo in summer)
* Sistine Chapel Cocktail Reception after hours

* St. Peters Basilica Holy Mass in Private Chapel after hours

* St. Peter's Basilica Wine and Cheese Reception after hours

* The Pieta private viewing after hours

* Tower of the Winds Vatican home of the original Vatican Observatory with renowned artistry off-limits to the general public

* Vatican Museums Front of Line Access with Vatican Studies Professor and Vatican Certified Elite Senior Tour Specialists

* Access to Rarely Seen Vatican Sites including Scavi Tombs under St. Peter's Basilica, and the private Papal Gardens and the Museum of Papal Carriages off- limits to the general public.

In the coming months, this exhibit will also be displayed in other Ayala malls: Ayala Cebu (Sept. 1-14), Glorietta (Sept 15-30),
Market Market (Oct. 1-14) & Alabang Town Center (Oct. 15-28).

Anyone who are interested to join the tour and/or put up a business in producing merchandise licensed/acknowledged by Vatican such as Calendars,

Books, Bags, Apparel & Mugs please let us know. Contact information and

number will soon be added.

Photo Exhibit: Pinoy's Tribute to the 82nd Oscar's Award Night

THIRTEEN best Hollywood Oscar movies of all times were used as a theme of our local actors and actresses for the photo exhibit shown in Greenbelt 1 this evening. The earliest movie ever depicted was "Gone with the Wind" created in 1940 and "Inglorious Bastards" last year as the most recent.

The people behind this did a good job. The picture is a combined masterpiece of the actors, hair and make-up artists, costume designers and the photographer. Each scene if stared for quite sometime looked very, very realistic and intriguing. It did not appeared dull and picturesque but just like a real scene in any movie.

Two of my most favorite scenes are from Titanic - the highest grossing film of all times ( please update me guys if ever needed) which these two young actors are submerged in the water. They are hugging and facing each other like they are in an air atmosphere breathing normally! The hair was just perfect not messed up by the current, the long gown of the girl is floating up, a realistic indication that the photo shoot is really underwater. Even the guy's eye is opened and looking at the
girl too! Anybody could guess or tell for how long did they took this shoot and got this almost perfect scene?

This movie always remind me of my first year in high school. We are in a Biology class and we have a movie presentation. This movie was just showing up for a few weeks and it was in the verge of popularity that we convinced and connived with our teacher to show this movie instead of another dull Biology educational tapes scheduled to be shown. Without letting the other teachers know about it, of course!

Last is the Brokeback Mountain shoot. Why? Because knowing that this controversial movie is about two guys who developed intimate relationship with each other, instead it was portrayed by two girls! Two thumbs up to the one who conceived this idea. It was a twist but definitely worthy.

The two girls did a good job as well that their facial expressions and how they are grabbing each other's dress was simply erotic. Here is the list in chronological order:

1940 Gone With The Wind (Jake Cuenca & Maja Salvador)
1961 West Side Story (Nikki Gil & Billy Joe Crawford)
1967 Bonnie and Clyde (Shaina Magdayao)
1987 Dirty Dancing (Rayver Cruz)
1994 Forest Gump (Albert Martinez)
1944 Casablanca (Jericho Rosales & Maricar Reyes)
1995 Pulp Fiction Zanjoe Marudo & Mariel Rodriguez
1996 Titanic (Erich Gonzales & Enchong Dee)
1998 Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Melissa Ricks & Raymund Marasigan)
2005 Phantom of the Opera (KC Montero & Solenn Heusaff)
2006 Brokeback Mountain (Isabel Daza)
2006 Memoirs of Geisha (Kim Chui & Marc Nelson)

Tomorrow is another Oscar night... For sure another batch of shining starts in Hollywood will be added on it's wall of history. Fashion will be at it's highest tomorrow as the parade of stars will walk in the red carpet. Some will be praised, some will be mocked and a few will bring home an Oscar trophy - a lifetime achievement for them. Aside from their costumes please mind how are the
winners react impromptu of whom are the people they would like to thank for. That is pretty enough to know which one's are God-fearing, family or career-oriented, just blown away that they mumble or speechless or those who arrogantly say they have nothing or no one to thank for.