Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Discover Metrobank Art And Design Excellence In 34 Years

Carrying its tradition and honoring Filipino artistry and creativity, Metrobank Foundation Incorporated (MBFI) established on January 8, 1979 by Dr. George S. K. TY, held its annual Awarding Ceremony and Exhibit Opening on September 20, 2018 at Le Pavilion, Metropalitan Park, Pasay City. This highly anticipated event presented by The Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) recognized Filipino painters and sculptors through Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE).

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Yong Kim and Cultural Center of the Philippines chairperson Margie Moran-Floirendo graced the event as Guests of Honor, who were welcomed by Metrobank chairman emeritus Dr. George SK Ty, Metrobank and MBFI chairman Arthur Ty, Federal Land chairman Alfred Ty, Metrobank vice chairman Francis Sebastian, Metrobank president Fabian Dee, and MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña. Along with National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, diplomats, government officials, local and foreign artists and dignitaries, gathered in the evening flocked by art and music performed by The Manila Symphony Orchestra and the University of the Philippines Dance Company.

“MADE has continued to be a platform for discovery for the most passionate and persistent creative visionaries in the country. Our roster of winners—now counting to more than four hundred—discovered their potentials, and majority of them are now carving significant names in the local and even international art scenes,” said MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepeña.
“But more than a competition that breeds artistic talent, MADE has evolved to become an implementing entity that facilitates a generation of fresh ideas for social development. The works of the artists we celebrate this evening are testaments to that,” he continued. On its 34th year, MADE chose the theme “Discover” inviting Filipino painters and sculptors to immerse into a whole new experience one that demands looking at the world with fresh eyes to discover the beauty in things mundane and overlooked. Since 1984, MADE has recognized more than 400 artists, architects and designers serving as the venue to discover emerging names in the art scene.
Two (2) Grand Awardees for the Painting Recognition Program and one (1) Grand Awardee for the Sculpture Recognition Competition received a financial assistance worth P500,000 and the “Mula” glass trophy designed by 2009 Metrobank Prize for Achievement in Sculpture (MPAS) awardee Noell El Farol.

On the other hand, two (2) other finalists for the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas Category, Painting Recognition Program were given Special Citations for their remarkable artworks. 25 year old full-time artist Noel M. Elicana from Oton, Iloilo is the Grand Awardee for the Oil/Acrylic on Canvas Category with his piece "Kanya-kanyang Tinik, Kanya-kanyang Ginagalawan, Iisa Ang Ginagalawan" portraying both creation and destruction. 34 year old teacher Alex P. Ordoyo from Santa Barbara, Iloilo is the Grand Awardee for Watermedia on Paper Category with his monochromatic piece "Destroyed" portraying the devastation in Marawi City. 51 year old Architecture graduate from University of Sto. Tomas, Maria Ronna Lara -Bes from Cainta, Rizal is this year's Grand Awardee for the Sculpture Recognition Program. A medley of spheres and lines symbolizing binding ties "Interconnected," is a visual representation of how the disparate islands of our archipelago are bridged together by the shared identity of the Filipino people. Special citation for Oil/Acrylic on Canvas for both Francis Eugene E. Andrade for his piece "The Sacrifice" about mother's undying love for her children and Roland F. Llarena's "The Diminishing Memories Of Home" describing a subtle and sad representation of reality in abandonment of a home. Another highlight of the night was an art exhibit by the MADE Network of Winners (MADE NOW) —the alumni organization of former MADE winners entitled “Voyage of Senses”.
Artworks displayed were made available for sale during the exhibit run of which a percentage of the proceeds go to the various pay-it-forward projects of the alumni organization such as art therapy. Once young and amateur artists, most of the members are now the most sought after contemporary artists of today. Participating artists include Roberto Acosta, Andrew Tan, Samuel Penaso, Siefred Guilaran, Eugene Jarque, Jonathan Dangue, Melvin Culaba, Clarence Eduarte and Rolando Ventura.

The 2018 MADE Grand Awardees and Special Citation automatically become members of the MADE-Network of Winners (MADE-NOW) where they will be implementing pay-it-forward projects that benefit marginalized sectors. A two-day lecture on rediscovering Philippine arts and cultural heritage, entitled “Panoramic Endeavors” was held in the same venue on September 21 to 22. With themes “Arts and Design as Personal Advocacies” and “Conservation of Tangible Heritage” in day one and “Hubs for Creative Ingenuity” and “Shaping Creative Public Spaces” for day two, the lectures seek to rediscover the importance of arts, architecture and design in everyday life through the nationalistic efforts of dynamic individuals in the art and design community.

Text by Gilbert Kim Sancha. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Segundo Matias Jr Holds Book Signing event at Manila International Book Fair 2018


A book signing event was held last September 14, 2018 by Author Segundo Matias Jr for the installment of his fifth book entitled: Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Lihim Ng Libro.Apart from the author of the book, the illustrator : Jomike Tejido was also present at the event . Child actor Noel Comia Jr. also graced the book signing event. Segundo Matias Jr. is a recipient of numerous literary award giving bodies, which include three Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine’s most prestigious—known as the “Pulitzer Prize” of the Philippines—and longest running awards program.

Mr. Matias has also written screenplays for major movie outfits, as well as teleplays for various TV shows before entering the world of children’s literature. He is also a publisher and has published over 1,500 books for children and young adults The first four books published by Lampara books for the Moymoy Lulumboy Series are: Moymoy Lulumboy (Ang paghahanap kay Inay ) ,Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Batang Aswang (Book2) Moymoy Lulumboy, ang nawawalang Bertud and the 4th one being Moymoy Lulumboy: Mga Dulot ng Digmaan. With the growing public interest on the franchise, ABS-CBN acquired Moymoy Lulumboy with the hopes of developing the series into a TV series, film, digital piece, merchandise or an attraction.  
Antz and Sir Matias. 
Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Lihim Ng Libro is available on Precious Pages retail outlets, National Book Store, Pandayan Book shops and leading books stores nationwide. For inquiries you may contact, inquiry@lamparabooks.com.ph.

Text and Photos by Antz Cabrera. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Choosing Chevy Car Covers Made Easy


Are you shopping for a car cover? You ought to know where to start looking. There are a lot of Chevy car covers that choosing can be a bit overwhelming and complicated. How will you choose when you do not know what you are looking for?

The vehicle you have is a great investment and you know that. Do you realize that all of the items that you have to purchase for it are investments too? Having a car means that you are going to spend some money on making sure that your car will look amazing even in the years to come. It might not be easy but it can be done.

Instead of looking for ready-made ones, you can opt to get custom car covers instead. There are some benefits that you can get such as the following:
  • You can protect your car’s paint and interior from the damaging rays of the sun. The UV rays are not visible to the naked eye but they can definitely make damages to your vehicle.
  • It will prevent your vehicle from bird droppings and all of the other things that may change your car’s appearance. If there is a big chance of acid rain in your area, a customized outdoor cover will make a huge difference.
  • The right custom cover will allow your car’s interior to stay cool especially during the summertime. It can be frustrating when you open your car door and hot air rushes out. You know that it will be uncomfortable. It will also take longer for your air conditioning unit to do its job of cooling down your car’s interior.
  • You can save some time and money because you can keep your car looking cleaner. If you wax your vehicle, you can also keep it looking shinier for an extended period of time.


To choose custom car covers, you need to think about where your car is usually placed. The material that will be used to create your car cover will vary. You also have to be specific about the modifications that you have done to the vehicle since you purchased it. Know how often you are going to use the car cover. Your answers to these questions will help you make the right choice.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Hotel Fleuris Palawan celebrates 19th year anniversary

One of the best well maintained 3 star rating hotel in Puerto Princesa City is now 19 years old, it remains as elegant and classy type accommodation Palawan can offer. As they turn 19 year old last Sept 15, a sumptuous treat of Japanese buffet is offer to their regular guests and patrons, with a bonus of eco-fashion show and a cook fest mise en place for aspiring culinary enthusiasts.
Chef Calimutan during the awarding ceremony with Lui Oliva.
Local culinary celebrity Lui Oliva of the fame Kalui Resto headed the jury of judges for the cook fest, wherein a surprise adobo cooking challenge is set among its four group of participants mostly from different restos and academe sector. 
The four participating group for the Cookfest with Lui Oliva.
Sarah Monzon-Po, the Director of Operations of Hotel Fleuris opens the program on that stormy night, she assure everyone that they will continue the legacy of Hotel Fleuris in providing the best services in the local tourism sector. 
Best In Eco Costume Chloe Nagar.
Chloe Nagar receiving her first prize award.
While the cook fest is on going at the We Be Sushi resto, the guest of the meaningful 19 year celebration, a showdown of creative mind is happening at the function hall for its Eco Fashion Show with 7 models doing the rounds of promoting ecological and environment friendly attire, mostly made of indigenous and recyclable materials.  The most colorful and innovative costume winner goes to Chloe Nagar. 
Chef Calimutan and Senil while cooking their best adobo.
The winning Adobo. 
The adobo cooking contest is quite a challenge, Oliva describe it as most fun since majority of the participants are using same ingredients, the winner in presentation with outstanding taste goes to Group #4 that is composed of Levy Calimutan and Joshua Senil of Sislag Resto from El Nido. 
Sushi Galore
Fleuris resident entertainment pianist Ricky Guinto serenade the guest while we enjoy the wide array of Japanese food at the buffet table. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mass Storage Data Options

Management mass data storage uses different electronic devices that are used for storing a large amount of data. Due to advances in technology, management mass date storage has become fairly easy.

Mass storage is a way for individuals or businesses to store sucessfully a large amount of data. The most common form of mass data storage is on computer drives. The most popular storage devices are:

• Floppy disks
• Hard disks
• CD-Roms
• USB ports

According to Webopedia, mass storage devices still hold information even when the computer or operating system is not powered on.

A common device for organizing management mass data storage is the CD-ROM Disc. Although CD-style discs come in a wide variety brands, all kinds resemble a music CD or DVD in their appearance. There are some discs that only record data once. Many times, these discs are referred to as "read only" discs. "CDRWs" is a common name for discs that can have data erased and re-entered on the disc over and over again. CD-ROM Discs are popular because they are portable, which means they can be removed from the CD-ROM drive that reads and stores data on them. CD-ROM drives are generally tagged with a speed number; for example, 4x. Many CD discs are also associated with a speed number. Technology has allowed these speeds to increase, and are making storing and retrieving data from a CD disc much easier and faster.

Floppy disks were, and still are, a popular way to store and transfer important data. Although management mass data storage is generally used for large businesses, many individuals or families use floppy disks as a way to store their important personal information. Floppy disks work specifically with disk drives that can be found on most standard computer operating systems. A floppy disk is convenient, because it is portable and can be removed from the floppy drive and stored someplace safe. Handling the management mass data storage is easy for companies and individuals with a floppy disk.

Hard disk are another common and secure way to manage and store mass amounts of data. The majority of computers sold today have hard disks. Many larger businesses or computer networks have at least one, and at times, multiple hard disks drives. a hard disk is often compared to a traditional cassette tape, because both use special magnetic recording. This magnetic recording process allows for the data to be stored, copied, or even erased.

USB ports is another management mass data storage device. The USB port allows external devices to be connected to many standard operating systems. This allows data to be retrieved, copied, or stored from a source outside the computer. Various kinds of media equipment use the USB ports on a computer. For instance, many MP3 players, iPods, video cameras, and digital cameras can be connected to a computer by a USB cable. It is possible to purchase external CD drivers or external hard drives. These items are often used when an operating system may not have a hard drive installed, or if additional space is needed.


Windows, Mac, and other electronic operating systems generally have one at least one kind of mass data management strategy, and some have a combination of different storage options. operating and maintaining of management mass data storage is a safe and efficien way to eliminate paper filing systems or and the overuse of traditional, handwritten materials.

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Balag at Angud: of Passion and Activism.

Based on the life of the remarkable contemporary installation artist, Junyee, Tanghalang Pilipino presents ‘Balag at Angud’. Playwright by Layeta Bucoy, the play takes the theatergoers through a journey of undying passion for the art and relentless struggles for standing on one’s principles.

First staged in a university production, Bucoy’s playwright’s title came from Junyee’s two prominent art installations- all uses natural resources. Balag, a birthchild of the 70’s activism, is an installation of interwoven bamboo decorated with protest placards. Locally known as tree’s skull, Angud uses the collection of interconnected logged-trees remains- a protest against deforestation. The play captures the colorful journey of Junyee’s artistry and passion enriched by music and songs that captures the spirit of journey of his life.
The play started with a scene where Junyee fall into the floor after recognition of his work and the flashback commences with the appearance of his father’s apparition of doubtfulness. This brings back to his middle-class roots in their hometown as the heir to their family’s Palace hotel and where his fondness of creating art blossomed. He crafted installations from nature’s abundance such as wood branches and twigs as hotel’s ornamental pieces. Foregoing of having a stable life of being the heir of their family hotel and pursuing his passion for the art, Junyee fled his hometown in search for his life in art with a suitcase filled with his passion and his muse.

His journey eventually landed him to attend UP Diliman and an apprenticeship with the National artist Napoleon Abueva. His passion for student activism sparks his participation for the rallies agains dictatorship in 70’s where his screams and disappointments gave birth to his protest art installation-Balag. His passion for interweaving art installation with social activism continues over the years and transcends plethora of social and environmental issues. 
His artistry is no walk in the park as the public’s appreciation and acceptance to his chosen craft is a challenge that he hurdles constantly. This challenge has peaked in 2007 when vandals destroyed his on-going installation in CCP grounds weeks before the showcase gala. With his own muse beside him, Junyee picked up his pieces as they ran into a mang-aangud- tree remnant pickers. The idea of collecting tree remnant as symbolism of its skull was formed as a protest to deforestation of the forest. His installation art “Angud”, interwoven remnants of logged-trees,was showcased in CCP in 2007.

The play casts Rody Vera as Junyee. His singing prowess is at its finest with his effortless portrayal of the character. Paw Castillo’s acting as the young Junyee was exuberating the youthful passion and was exciting to watch. The life of the party as brought by the divine voice of the Musa Bayang Barrios. It was the excellent harmony of her unique timbre and the music that touches local ethnic sound that brings the play into the smooth grooves.

It was also another great performance for Tanghalang Pilipino Talents. Jonathan Tadioan’s portrayal of Tatay Luis, Junyee’s father, was haunting and surreal. Ensemble comprised by Eunice Pacia, Monique Nellas, Joshua Tayco, Raflesia Bravo, Cheeno Macaraig, Sigrid Balbas, Karl Jingco, Cyril Balderama, Antonette Go, Lhorvie Nuevo and Aldo Vencilao brought the show alive with their production numbers that captures your senses.

The production set gives justice to an artistry tribute to Junyee’s obra. Each installation was skillfully incorporated in each milestone in Junyee’s life accompanied with projections that takes this production a notch in artistry. Not knowing Junyee before the show, it was as if I had a front seat experience into both his life’s journey as well as a tour to his beautiful obras. The stage production and design were really a work of art. Toym Leon Imao, John Batalla and Datu Arellano did excellent in this play.
To start with, the material was really great. The playwright’s pace may seem slow, but the phases of Junyee’s life that was captured was essential in building the concept of his struggles as an artist, the influences on his art and also the message that he wants conveys with his installations. I was captured on the first scene- an unusual victory scene of falling from podium after a recognition for a well-celebrated artist in his craft. The use of installations really sets the mood and brings sophisticated touch of artistry to each scene. From a very lively songs from the musa to the heartfelt ballads of Junyee and her wife, the accompaniment of the songs marries the narrative well.

First show may not give you the best glimpse of the play, but overall it was a good experience of watching how passion can take your life into fulfillment. It was a journey of a genius of incomparable vision and artistry.

“Balag at Angud” will have its run from August 30 until September 16 at CCP’s Little Theater.
  
Text and Photos by Arianne Dave Farnazo. 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Island Rose Offers Lower Rates in All LBC Branches this October!


Flowers are gifts that warm the heart, no matter the day or occasion. This is why LBC is giving customers a chance to show loved ones how much they care by giving special discounts when they purchase from their partner Island Rose.

Under the promo,  Island Rose will offer a 12% discount for every order of 3 stem, 6 stem, 1 dozen and 2 dozens red rose arrangements from October 1-31, 2018.

With the special discount, a 3 stem rose is now priced at P704; a 6 stem rose is at P1,012; 1 dozen is now at 1,830; and 2 dozen now costs only P2,596.

In enhancing their offerings in all LBC branches nationwide,  Island Rose wants to remind customers that gifting flowers is not only limited to  Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day – and are the perfect tokens during  birthdays, anniversaries and graduation and even, during ordinary days when one just needs to send their love and thoughts to someone they hold dear.

So make someone feel special by giving them any of island Rose’s special flower arrangements.  Visit any of LBC’s hundreds of branches today!




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Friday, September 7, 2018

Finding the Best Personal Injury Lawyers


If you've been injured in an accident, then you may be able to recover compensation. Remember that you must take legal advice from a quality personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Get legal help for your injuries by finding an injury lawyer that has experience in your claim area and is confident they can help you.

If you consider asking a Tampa personal injury lawyer/attorney for legal assistance, you must not be discouraged by the sudden mesh of advertisements of various law firms and independent personal injury lawyers everywhere. For your information, there is an easier way to find the best legal counsel for your personal injury case – learn how to find a lawyer through an online directory. By this, you’ll be able to save time, money and effort, and you’ll not be searching through databases of reliable, experienced and previously-screened attorneys in your geographic region.

In searching a personal injury attorney, you won't even have to pay him unless you win a settlement for your case. Upon using a good online lawyer directory, you’ll be able to know the particulars on your legal fees, your location will then be considered, and will then weigh highly in your list of responses. What’s truly important, however, is the history of your potential attorney in handling your type of case. Since the law can be complex and complicated, you must be sure that you’ll retain the best-trained personal injury lawyer possible.

In addition, you don’t only need a personal injury lawyer who excels in personal injury law. You also need someone who completely understands the jurisdiction of your region. Also, you must ask yourself this question before hiring a personal injury lawyer – Are you comfortable with that lawyer and are you confident in his abilities? If the answer is anything other than a resounding "yes," you must keep looking. Your case is too important to entrust to someone who does not inspire your confidence.

When you start looking for personal injury lawyers in Tampa, don't randomly pick names from advertisements that stretch the truth. Take advantage of matching services and ensure that your needs are going to be met. When you find the best possible resource for personal injury lawyers, you will have a greater chance of turning a bad situation into one that you can cope with. Take just a little time and try using one of these services. You’ll never know, you may not have to go any further to find the most competent counsel for your legal needs!




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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Great Portraits in the Great Outdoors

If you have ever photographed your weekend outing, family reunion, or a special vacation getaway with your friends or family, you know that outdoor photography can present some very special challenges. This is true even for the most seasoned photographer. Direct sunlight can be harsh. Unwanted objects can interfere with your composition. Proper color rendering can be problematic. And many times, good old Mother Nature is just not feeling cooperative. Perhaps, there’s not much that can be done about Mother Nature, but with some practice and patience you can overcome many of the other challenges you face as an outdoor portrait photographer. 

Along my journey as a photographer I’ve learned some outdoor techniques that may benefit those who choose to follow: 
1. Keep it simple. The subtle pattern and color of an adobe wall, the simple repeating pattern and muted tones of planks on a fishing pier, or the uniform color of a patch of blue bonnets, snapdragons, or yellow primrose can serve as wonderful backdrops for your outdoor portraits. When you are composing your portrait, you want your subject to be the focal point that all eyes are drawn to. Busy patterns, large areas of excessively vibrant colors (especially a mixture of different colors), or over imposing forms in your foreground or background that are not treated properly, can really distract from her if you are not careful. 

2. Control the depth of field (the range of distances from your camera that are in focus). The edge of a forest, or mountains in the distance may render beautifully as a backdrop for your subject with proper control over the depth of field. If you have an SLR camera, you can adjust your depth of field to bring the background more or less out of focus relative to your subject. This serves as eye control for the observer of your portrait. The eye is naturally drawn to what is brightest and most sharply focused. If your subject is sharply focused relative to the background, she will be accentuated as the focal point of your portrait. Controlling the depth of field is accomplished by adjusting your aperture setting (the size of your lens opening, expressed in f-stops). The smaller the f-stop the larger the opening of your lens, and the smaller the depth of field will be. For instance, when you see a photograph in a nature magazine of a beautiful butterfly in a patch of flowers, and the butterfly is in razor sharp focus but the flowers are gently blurred; this was accomplished by the photographer using a narrow depth of field (small f-stop setting). For bright light situations this may be difficult to achieve. For any given intensity of light, as you open up the aperture (lower the f-stop) you must increase the shutter speed (thereby decreasing exposure time) to avoid over exposure. Increasing the shutter speed generally reduces resolution in the image. Experiment to find the combination of aperture setting and shutter speed that gives the result you desire. 

3. Be mindful of distracting objects behind your subject. What is plainly a bush, a mailbox, or a birdhouse to your eye, can appear like an extra appendage growing out of the top of your subject’s head in your two dimensional portrait. You may get some interesting effects this way, but generally they will not make a good impression on your subject. Take the time to find an interesting angle that eliminates distracting objects from the background. 

4. Control the light. “Down light” (e.g. harsh midday light) is generally undesirable. Due to the shadow patterns it creates, it can bring out the worst in your subject … can anyone say, “Raccoon eyes”? “Lateral light” (e.g. early morning and late afternoon light) is much more desirable. Lateral light can be controlled and directed to create beautiful shadow patterns across the face of your subject. There is a saying with many photographers who shoot outdoors, “the first tree in the forest is best” for a background. The reason is, the canopy of the first tree controls the harsh down light, but being on the edge of the forest, you still have lateral light to work with. The same idea holds true for porches or the edge of any other type of overhang. Professional photographers sometimes use shade cloth and reflectors to block down light while directing available lateral light to enhance their subject and achieve their desired effect. 



5. Correct the color. Before the digital age, corrective filters or special films were mostly used for color correction in outdoor portraits. With digital cameras, the color can be corrected using your white balance setting (expressed as color temperature in degrees Kelvin). Most digital cameras today do a pretty good job of automatically adjusting the white balance for outdoor exposures. If you would like to experiment with your manual white balance setting use the table below as a guide.  For a more detailed understanding of the meaning of color temperature correction, see the article at: http://www.sizes.com/units/color_temperature.htm

Temperature Typical Sources
1000K....... Candles; oil lamps
2400K....... Early morning sunrise
3200K....... Tungsten light bulbs
4000K....... Fluorescent
5200K....... Typical daylight; electronic flash
6000K....... Cloudy Day
7000K....... Shade

Keeping your composition simple, controlling the depth of field, and eliminating objects that may distract from your subject, all help to accentuate your subject as the focal point of your portrait. Controlling the available natural light and correcting the white balance of your photographs can reveal and enhance the true beauty of your subject. 

Beyond this, make it your aim each day to unleash your creativity that you may see the world around you in fresh and unique ways. Never be content with seeing the ordinary as ordinary. Just stop and think for a moment, everything there is, is ordinary to someone. You may visit Adrian Rubin for some great photos.

Art is created by those with the ability to see beyond the ordinary, to interpret their world in an exceptional way, and to reflect their interpretation for others to see. So, experiment and don’t be afraid to try something new. The world is abundant in forms, textures, colors, and patterns of light ... all the handy-work of God. Grand landscapes and magnificent man-made structures are not required for great photos in the great outdoors. May Mother Nature always cooperate with you. 



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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How to Raise Creative Kids

“Where did he come up with that?” Kids often amaze us with their imaginative ideas, and we should give ourselves a pat on the back for playing a role in this development. Innovative thinking is essential for success in school and in life, and it’s our job as parents to nurture our kids’ innate desire to be creative. Inventive play fosters original thinking, an asset when children are confronted with new situations. By providing activities that use their creativity and imaginations, we are giving our children an important tool to deal with life down the road.

Give them ideas. 
Children come up with things to do on their own, but we also need to provide them with new ideas of interesting activities. Think back to what you did as a kid. Did you write a diary, create elaborate puppet shows, or sing and dance for relatives? Share ideas from your own childhood experiences. Offer creative writing ideas like writing an episode for a favorite television show or writing a new ending to a favorite story. Craft projects offer another outlet for inspiring imaginations. Craft kits, especially those from Curiosity Kits and ALEX, offer a wide variety of unusual and fun projects. They’ve brought us a long way from the sock puppets of our youth. These manufacturers offer ideas and supplies to make such things as scrapbooks, powerballs, soaps, candy, sun catchers, dolls, planes, dinosaurs, jewelry treasures, and lots of decorative items. Kids can gather ideas from the instructions, and then give the projects their own unique touches.

Keep ideas fresh.
Pick up any parenting magazine and you’ll find lots of ideas to get those creative juices flowing in your kids. Search the web and check out craft stores. Keep a journal or file for magazine clippings and ideas as you find them. Stockpile so that you’ll know how to answer the whiny “I’m bored” call from your kids.

Give them freedom.
Once you’ve given your kids some suggestions and supplies, step back and see which they choose and where they go with them. This unstructured play time gives kids an opportunity to stretch their creative muscles. Watch as they incorporate your ideas and branch out on their own.
Set an example.

Chances are, if you are a creative person, your child will be too. You display creativity in your everyday activities like when you reason with a disgruntled child, change lyrics to songs, and maybe even do some interpretive dancing to entertain a toddler. Your children see your silliness and it rubs off on them. You surely use creativity to juggle your and your family’s schedules. It’s a great idea to point out to your kids how you use creativity in your daily life.

As parents, we always try to do the very best for our kids and provide opportunities that will help them mature into intelligent, capable adults. Nurturing their creative spirits helps them along this road. With their well-developed imaginations, maybe they’ll turn it into a yellow brick, pink polka-dotted road with sparkles!


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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Why Hire A Personal Injury Attorney?

Before you can make a decision as to whether or not you should hire a personal injury attorney / lawyer, you first have to know what a personal injury case is. 



Most people think that a personal injury claim is a car or motor vehicle accident claim. While an injury sustained in an automobile accident where another was at fault would be a personal injury claim, there are many other matters that also fall under that heading. 

A personal injury attorney / lawyer handles matters where there has been a personal injury, either physical or emotional, which was caused by the negligence of another. If there was no negligence then there is no case. There must be negligence, whether intentional or unintentional, on the part of another, for a claim to be valid. In other words, you would have trouble making a case against your landlord, where you spilled water on your kitchen floor and then slipped and fell because of the water. However, if the landlord had failed to fix the plumbing under your sink and the water was on the floor because of leaky plumbing then you may, I say may, have a case. There are other variables that could come into play and you would need to seek the advice of a good personal injury attorney, in order to determin your rights. 

There are many matters other than car accident matters that can many times be included under personal injury, IE: slips and falls, workplace accidents (after a workplace accident you may be covered under workers compensation or disability but you may also have a personal injury claim), injuries caused during a storm or power outage, airplane, bus and train crashes, construction accidents, fires, food poisoning, drug or vitamin overdoses, animal bites, getting beat up, robbed or otherwise injured inside or outside of a business, medical malpractice and even malpractice by an attorney. 

There are many variables that can come into play in determining negligence and many times you may think that there was no negligence on the part of anyone when there actually was. I myself, know of a case where a party was struck by a car while riding a motorcycle and injured severely. He settled with the driver and the driver's insurance company for the $100,000.00 maximum of the driver's insurance policy. This settlement did not even begin to cover his medical bills. Some time later, a personal injury attorney, while speaking with a member of the injured party's family, found about the case and was asked to look into it for the family. The injured party was broke and paralyzed. The attorney did some checking and then agreed that, even though the man had accepted the settlement, there might still be a case. He then hired my detective agency and another to do further research. Finally, he filed a law suit against the car driver, the drivers insurance company, the motorcycle manufacturer and others. I won't go into the whole case, but suffice it to say that he went to trial and ended up obtaining a verdict against several of the parties, including the drivers insurance company and the motorcycle manufacturer, for several million dollars and the injured party is no longer broke. I might add that the attorney took the case on contingency and advanced, out of his own pocket, all of the expenses including court costs and investigation fees. 

The point of the foregoing is that if you have been injured, you should seek the advice of a competent personal injury attorney even if you don't think that there is anyone at fault. Only a good experienced personal injury attorney can attempt to make that determination.



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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Why Coming Home to Pampanga is a Privilege

When Mount Pinatubo had its deadly eruption in 1991, San Fernando City in Pampanga painfully saw hundreds of families leave home to look for a safer home.
Decades after, the seemingly ghost city founds its way to become one of the most desired addresses not just for those who found fortune in north and central Luzon but also to busy Metro Manila families wanting a home full of unlimited adventures, authentic dining experience, and select privileges. 
Thanks to the colorful lanterns that were hung in the corners of the city weeks after the disaster that reminded the families that the San Fernando, no matter how cursed it may appear, still is a perfect home. 
This story has been portrayed in an episode of ABS-CBN drama show, Maalaala Mo Kaya about Mr. Rolando Quiambao who pioneered lighting of grand lanterns in Pampanga to share hope.
Mr. Quimabao’s store, RolRens Lantern in San Fernando is one stop no one should miss when visiting the city as it retells the story of how disasters result to beautiful, humane stories that last for generations.
First Privilege: The Kapampangan Cuisine Dining Experience
It’s a universal fact- Kapampangan Cuisine is one of the world’s must-try. No one will argue with that.
A food tour is basically the best way to get the best of this provinces’ best dishes. And while eating sisig,pindang kalabaw, balo balo, bringhe and other Kapampangan signature food, an Aeta, among the original inhabitants of the place, stands barefoot near the door with his native attire belting out pop tunes.
Only people in Pampanga can regularly eat at Apag Marangle in Bacolor overlooking a pond and eat dinner at Matam-ih in Angeles followed by pieces of cheese bread desert from LA Bakeshop. These two restaurants and one bakery are a known gem to certified foodies in the country.
And the dining experience will not end without trying exotic food: sautéed crickets, fried stuffed, and fried crocodile meat!
Second Privilege: The Incredible Memories of San Fernando Train Station
San Fernando Railway Station was part of Jose Rizal’s life as he was among the first passengers who stepped foot on the facility.
During its opening in 1892, Rizal went to Pampanga for three reasons: recruit members of La Liga Filipina, look for funds for the publishing of Noli Me Tangere, and seek the love of a Bacolor woman who later gave him a sad thumbs down.

Looking like a Harry Potter setting, the non-functional station was converted into a museum by the local government.
 
The museum features old dollar bills and coins, ammunition, kitchen utensils and other memorabilia shared by Filipino and Americans during the colonial period.
Another note-worthy event was the Death March in 1942 where Filipino prisoners of war walked from Bataan to this train station which has a distance of 102 kilometers. They proceeded to Angeles where many died.

To complete the tour of historical spots in San Fernando, a “Heritage Passport” is available at the train museum giving a checklist of sites to visit and get its page stamped.
It is sad that the railway is gone so the station is the only surviving relic of Philippine National Railways in the area. And only people living Pampanga can see this museum easily.
Third Privilege: The Upcoming New Clark City
At this time when Metro Manila is heavily- congested due to countless reasons, both local and foreign companies look for alternative locations for their businesses.

Clark New City, covering the former military base and currently an economic zone, will open its doors as another Bonifacio Global City providing thousands of job opportunities.
The community will have its own government, central business, academic, agri- forestry research and development, wellness recreation and eco-tourism districts.

Clark New City will be located in Tarlac as an addition to Clark Freeport Zone. A visit at the Clark Museum and 4D Theatre gives a glimpse of the yesteryears of the area.
Once this business hub opens, those living in Pampanga have new options where to work while continue coming home every day to their family.
NorthPine Land, the property developer co-owned by giants Metrobank, BDO, San Miguel Properties and Hong Kong Land, knew all these privileges will come one day.
As of now, those with regular schedules in Quezon City can come home in Pampanga in about two hours through well-developed North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and MacArthur Highway.
NorthPine Land opened Montana Views in San Fernando City which was sold out immediately. The developer, had to open Montana Strands.
Montana Strands features an American countryside community. Coming home to this village is like going to the Northwestern region of America where there are lots of open spaces, pine trees, and rustic colors.
To check on the features of the house and enjoy the privileges of coming home to Pampanga, CLICK HERE.

Text and Photos by Christian Aligo.