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Three Hundred Years of Philippine Maps from 1598 to 1898



"One of the most interesting facts about Carta hydrographica y chorographica de las Islas Filipinas map is it included the previously named Bajo de Masinloc or now called as Scarborough Shoal (often called Panatag Shoal) as part of Zambales. Since the dispute of China claiming that Scarborough Shoal is theirs is growing intense day by day, maybe we can let them go back and scan their history books and ours as well and let history be the judge. Dr. Leovino at the end said that it is sad that Spain is always and only portrayed through Rizal's novel in the 19th as always the villain and the colonizer. This is not true at all. He said."

Social Media and Faith


"I was adding Facebook friends like crazy because I want a good share of readership to this blog. I want to add every single relative I know, every former classmate, coworker and guys I am interested with. I see my Facebook list as a market not as a friends list anymore. I was trying to build a different persona out of my posts. I was trying to impress the whole world when I only wanted to impress someone through my many status."


If there's one book that I least read -  it is the bible and if there's one topic that I have nothing much to talk about  - it is faith.But I don't think this makes me a lesser person nor a greater person. I am still in the process of getting into these stuff. Yesterday I was walking in the mall and got so taken by the sound of a loud band from a Christian gathering. Yes I am born Catholic but I am a very open minded person. I have joined this group sometime ago not wanting to know which one is best but to check what do they have and what they don't have in comparison.I went inside slowly and sat down. It is very good timing that the introduction of the topic given by the pastor which everyone can relate is social media. He shared about a study of people's behavior about it.  How we are connected to a vast information, authority and people is a priceless privilege. But there are two negative things that arise to this connectivity: we have become shallow and lonely.

Found an Almost Five Year Old Email in my Old Inbox



I was checking my old email inbox I am using back in college days when the only websites I know are Yahoo and Friendster. Now that I have Gmail and Outlook account I rarely open this yahoo email and it is now dominated by thousand of spams and virus-stricken emails. I scroll down slowly and I found an email sent in 2007. It was an email with an MS Word attachment. It was one of the last emails sent to me by a seminarian friend who was studying for priesthood in Vatican City, Italy before we continued keeping in touch in Yahoo messenger, on Facebook and not anymore. I am just amazed how our online technology plays an integral role in our lives and how it preserves memories. 

Preserving the Chabacano Language of Zamboanga


Chabacano or chavacano language is often referred as “español de cocina” or “lenguaje del calle” according to history books and  research papers of international linguists in their studies. It is composed of 60% Spanish words but the grammar rule is based on the remaining 40% which is a combination of words from local dialects such as Visaya, Tagalog, Pampangueno, Cebuano etc. The “chabacano” word in Spanish literally means “broken, vulgar or street”. It is one of the oldest Spanish-based creole (a language derived from two or more languages or dialects combined) in the world. Chabacano language was born in many parts of the Philippines like in Ternate, Cavite, Cavite, Basilan, Jolo, Cotabato etc. because of the long presence of the people from Spain and Mexico before. Zamboanga is the most noted place since this is the place where the language is best preserved. 

How To Do the Business Registration Process in Manila, Philippines

Lately I have been posting a few times my very "much publicized" inclination to offer local tour packages in this blog. Next thing that that came to my mind is how to do the business registration process in Manila where I am based. I am done taking up another workshop from a DTI accredited tour operator and she is currently my tie up until I find my own suppliers and contacts. So when Full Suite announced they will be conducting a workshop. Heck this is all I need further!

Entitled "Setting up a Creative Business", the workshop's speakers are the founders of Portfolio MNL. Trina and Rina are the well - accomplished entrepreneurs behind this idea under the creative industry. They aim that their website not only a bridge for their clients but also for artists with portfolios to be found by employers thus helping each other.

A Review about Manila Social Media Day 2012

First time I heard about The Philippines is the social media capital of the world, not sure If I feel proud because I am proud of it or it is only a title. Anyone who is connected to any of my social media accounts may notice always in my About section "I am a social media addict." I could probably not think of any period  in my life of enjoying it better than in this social media era. 

Jose Javier Reyes or Direk Joey, a local movie director is the guest speaker of  Manila Social Media Day 2012 held at Tea 101 Quezon City. He started his talk by saying he has 16,500+ Twitter followers and 5,400+ Facebook friends. That in this social media infused life the word "friend" has become so cheap. it is very easy to call someone a friend. In fact it has become a verb and even an international dictionary has added the  word "unfriend" officially to its list. Like me he also can't start and end his day without checking his Facebook and Twitter. He's got a blog as well and he does it seriously. Then he started becoming conscious about what will he post always thinking of which will have the best appeal and will have the most like or retweet from his friends and followers. That it came to a point he felt that who is he in person and who is he online are now two different personas.

Remembering My Late Dad

As a kid I grew up seeing coffins being spray-painted in our backyard and my younger siblings playing hide and seek inside these. When typhoon comes these coffins are placed inside our living room and we have lots of barrels of formalin stored too. I somehow got used to getting a chuckle or a quick laugh whenever I would mention what my dad does for a living. 

Papa never liked school when he was young. He would cut classes and eventually became friends with some guys in the funeral parlor back home. This is how he got into this business. I am used to waking up from loud door knocks in the middle of the night or early mornings from people whom their loved ones just died. Papa never mind though be woke up anytime because this means money to him and food for us.