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bombs, grenades, guns and carnapping – why are they all over the philippines?

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

crime seems to be all over the country – don’t you get the feeling?  it’s all over the news – it seems there is no day of the week where we do not see these things happening all around us.

having evil people around, the law-breakers is expected but here is what we are wondering about – why does it seem to be so easy to commit crimes in the country?

there is the cfase of this woman who was given a gift and a grenade exploded when she opened it.. not only that, four other grenades were in the box but they just did not explode.

5 grenades, really? is it that easy to buy grenades in this country? to buy 1 we thought would be difficult, but a total of 5?

that was not the only case of grenades being used in a crime. there are many others. one more popular case was the grenade bombing in front of la salle on taft avenue during the end of the bar exam. a grenade was also used in that incident.

it is not like a grenade is common in the streets around the country.  perhaps guns ate easier to get. guns are understandable – we can see a few gun stores in many many malls.  but there are no grenade stores anywhere.

bombs have also been exploded. the most recent is the one that happened today where a home made bomb was exploded on a bus on EDSA. are bomb making materials that easy to find also?

police authorities are concentrating on finding the criminals and the motives but we wonder if they are also looking into how these criminals were able to obtain  the tools like guns, grenades and bombs  to commit their crimes.

surely the police authorities must know that remove  bombs, guns and grenades from the market and you remove crime of these sorts. we have not even heard of efforts to figure these things out.

carnapping has been in the news recently.  come on, the authorities never knew about the spare parts industry that is thriving in bulacan and pampanga? these shops selling spare parts are right on the streets in plain sight.  it is easy to understand that the parts they are selling in these shops must come from carnapped vehicles.

tv and newspaper reports seem to give the impression the police authorities never knew of these stores selling spare parts of cars.

the other part of the carnapping crimes is that the police actually have names for these gangs. they are syndicates and they know how they look and they operate. why are they out free then?

the other important question –  how is it that these carnapping syndicates are able to sell carnapped cars? to be able to sell a car means you need to have registered at the LTO. for sure there is a connection there. but are the police looking into that?

with the frequency of use of grenades and bombs in crimes, you would think they are available for sale in the nearest shopping mall.  really? it is that easy?

ateneo de manila’s ACET results posted at Blue Eagles Gym, 8 am, Jan 15

January 14, 2011 1 comment

January 15, 8:00 am – results of the ACET  posted at the side of the Blue Eagles Gym at the loyola campus.

the crowd at the Blue Eagles Gym at 8:45 am checking out the 2011 ACET results

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this has been confirmed by the admissions office of the ateneo – results of  the ACET will be released tomorrow, january 15. results will be posted in the morning, 7:30 am beside the Blue Eagle Gym and the the internet posting will follow in the afternoon.

source: http://ls.ateneo.edu/acet_results.php

calls by local singers to regulate and tax higher foreign acts are way out of tune, very pitchy

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

in the last few days, we have been seeing in the news some local singers like ogie alcasid and kuh ledesma  calling for the regulation of foreign acts holding concerts in the country. kuh ledesma was on the forefornt of that one.  ogie alcasid on the other hand has suggested foreign acts should be taxed higher while the amusement tax levied on local artists should be removed.

all this noise from the local singers  is being made as we approach valentine’s day.  there is a large market for valentine’s day concerts in the philippiunes where many go out on dinner and concert dates. on that day, heavy traffic is expected the whole evening through early morning and all the restaurants, hotels and concert venues will be full.

producers of foreign acts know this and they have also made it a point to bring foreign acts to the country on valentines day or a few days before and after valentines itself. bringing the foreign acts to the country on or around valentines day ensures a market for them. there is a ready and willing set of concert goers for these acts even though they will need to pay much,much more for the concert tickets. after all, lovers will not scrimp on a valentine’s date.

why are the local artists calling for regulation and higher taxes?

well, the local singers are singing this tune because they know these foreign acts are very strong competitors for their own valentines concert plans.  many if not all the local singers also have their own valentines concerts. they do this in all types of venues, hotels, restaurants big and small and for the brave ones big venues like he araneta coliseum.

in other words, the local signers are scared shit of competition.

is the solution regulation or banning foreign acts in the country or imposing higher amusement taxes on these foreign acts as the local singers are singing?

these local singers are suggesting these to basically ensure that the local singers have an audience during their valentines concerts, that the foreign acts do not siphon out all the concert goers and leave the venues of the local artists empty or not full. in other words, this is a question of their target market or their audience buying  in to their concerts.

what are the local signers afraid of?

are local concert goers not buying tickets to local concerts because there are foreign acts around?  or because  tickets to foreign acts are cheap that as ogie alcasid is suggesting, the amusement tax on local acts need to be removed and the foreign acts increased?

they are all out of tune.

the reality is the prices of tickets of foreign acts as they stand now are already way costly versus local concerts, anywhere from 3 times to 5 times the cost of local acts.  if price is the issue which the taxes are supposed  to fix, then the foreign acts will not get an audience. but the fact is the foreign acts scheduled for valentines are already sold out since late last year when the tickets went on sale.

these foreign acts are being sold out for one reason – they are world-class performers, world-class singers and they have world-class acts.

we are talking here of someone like justin bieber who at the moment is one of the hottest acts not only in the US but all over the world. bieber has sold many millions of records worldwide. has won awards in the US and considered a phenom in the US music industry. that is the kind of entertainment and performance one buys in spending 3 tp 5 times more on a bieber ticket versus local concerts. and to us that is very much worth it.

if these foreign acts did not go to the philippines, the only way we can see them perform live is for us to fly to the US and watch one of their concerts there. how much is a plane ticket to the US? and how much will you need to spend in hotel and food just to watch a bieber concert in the US? spending 3 to 5 times more than a cost of a local concert ticket is definitely much cheaper than all of the above one needs to spend in the US.

the local artists need to accept that not only do they compete among themselves, they also compete with other singers from abroad. we do hear their songs on philippine radio, watch them on tv in their music videos and other US shows. we even hear the local singers perform their songs on tv almost on a daily basis.

and that is where the core of the problem of the local singers lie.

these foreign acts are popular not only in the philippines but all over the world because they sing and perform their own original songs! they have an audience basically because of the original songs they sing and perform.  some of them have even started trends in music and have changed the music industry in the US and in the rest of the world.

bieber, swift and gaga have their own very distinct styles and universe. they are loved for their individuality and the messages they have in their songs.

our local singers cannot even compare to any of them. in this regard. when was the last time that kuh ledesma and ogie alcasid release an original song of theirs?

the local singers , ledesma and alcasid in particular need to accept that the local acts are nothing, as in zero compared to these foreign acts. the local singers are just that – singers. the foreign acts on the other hand are “acts”, “preformers”, “entertainers” and yes they do carry their own message both in terms of music and lyrics.

the foreign acts have set trends in the music  world with their own unique brand of originality while the local artists have done nothing but sing the songs of foreign singers and composers. that is the reason why local concert goers do not mind buying concert tickets that are 3 to 5 times more expensive than local concerts. if the local singers want to compete with the foreign acts, then they should start singing their own original songs and setting the trends in the local music industry.

our local singers really need to stop being just singers but more being artists. that is what the foreign acts are – artists.

regulating the concerts of foreign acts will not stop the foreign acts from being popular in the country. we see them on tv and hear their songs on radio. tey are already famous and have a wide fan base in the country even without them being seen in the country in person.  the local singers on the other hand are based in the country  and we see them in our tv sets almost daily or at least weekly. but when we see them perform on tv, we hear them sing other people’s songs, often the very songs of the foreign acts that they want to regulate.

imposing higher amusement taxes on the foreign acts will also not do it. ticket price is not the issue. local concert goers do not buy the tickets of the foreign acts because they are cheap. these tickets in fact are already way too expensive. they buy them because of the artistry of these foreign acts. they like to see them perform the original songs they are famous for.

martin niviera in this article said it right – he is not afraid of the foreign acts because he knows what to do to compete with them. he says he will deliver a great concert to compete with the foreign acts.  i do not think he meant original songs, but martin is on the right track.  it’s a good beginning.

alcasid and ledesma on the other hand are way out of tune and yes very pitchy.

Ogie Alcasid wants higher tax rates for foreign acts

abs-cbnNEWS.com
Posted at 01/07/2011 5:30 PM | Updated as of 01/07/2011 5:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Amid all the preparations for his Valentine concert, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) board member Ogie Alcasid has also called for immediate regulation of foreign acts here in the country.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News on Friday, Alcasid seconded Filipino pop diva Kuh Ledesma’s suggestion to regulate concerts of international recording artists in the Philippines.

He said higher tax rates must apply to international artists who wish to hold concerts here.

“We must push for higher taxes on foreign shows and lowering of taxation sa local concerts,” he said.

Meanwhile, Concert King Matin Niever and Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo refused to get affected by the upcoming foreign shows.

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ateneo de manila university’s ACET results release – january 15 & 16?

January 9, 2011 2 comments

at the Blue Eagles Gym, 8:45 am:

more here : https://wawam.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/confirmed-ateneo-de-manilas-acet-results-for-release-on-january-15-2011/

checking out the names on the 2011 ACET results at the Blue Eagles Gym

this is the latest:

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this is what is on the ateneo de manila website on the ACET (ateneo college entrance test). does that mean the results of the ACET  will be released on those dates?

view it here: http://www.admu.edu.ph/index.php?p=1622

UPCAT Results 2011 – now available online, view results here

January 3, 2011 60 comments

the 2012 UPCAT (for SY 2012-2013) results are out!

click here : 

http://wp.me/paTrm-1CR

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UPCAT Results 2011 – now available online

4th update, Jan 4, 7:35 am – results are out and available online since last night, close to midnight. click for names here. this is an exact copy of what is on the UPCAT site.

good luck to all!

make a comment, greet those who passed or tell us if you passed – post the name  for us to celebrate!

University of the Philippines
UPCAT Results 2011 Online
(For incoming freshmen of AY 2011-2012)
MAIN SITE | MIRROR 1MIRROR 2MIRROR 3

PAGE NAME RANGE
1 ABAD, CESAR JR GALAMGAM – ABLAN, MA ALISSA KATRINA PANDAN
2 ABLANG, MARIA GABRIELLE SEVILLA – ADAN, VERONICA GRACE GOMEZ
3 ADAY, JOSE EDGARDO NATHANIEL TRAYA – AGUILAR, CHARMAINE GUMPAL
4 AGUILAR, DOROTHY GAIL DUMRIQUE – ALBINA, STEPHANIE SHANE FUENTES
5 ALBINO, CARLA JANE LINCOD – ALINGASA, HOMMER MACUJA
6 ALINSASAGUIN, REGINE PERFAS – ALZAGA, MA REGINA JANINA BERTILLO
7 ALZATE, CLAUDETTE MAE CUADRAZAL – ANCLA, ALYSSA FAYE GABAN
8 ANCOG, MA MIKHAILA LOGRONO – ANISLAG, BIANCA IRIS MINTALAR
9 ANJAO, VALYN JOY LAGTAPON – AQUINO, MARY JOYCE LACAMBRA
10 AQUINO, MARY ROSE CUEVA – AREOLA, CHARIS FAITH TALAVERA
11 AREOLA, FREILICH EZEKIEL QUEROL – ASTILLERO, JONNIE GERARDO
12 ASTILLERO, TRIXIA RAFAELA – AZUCENA, PAOLO ALLAN AMPERE
13 AZUL, NADINE BAMBAO – BALBA, ZAFARULLAH DELA CRUZ
14 BALBEDINA, JORRIEL BERJA – BANARES, CHRISTINE NICOLE ABADA
15 BANARES, JOHN RENALD MANCAY – BARRIETA, KONSTANTIN RIOJA
16 BARRIGA, KIRSTEN HANNAH GICA – BAUSA, DANICA MARIE CARDANO
17 BAUTISTA, AIMEE DRESA ROSAL – BELEN, GHALE ANNE NICHOL ALEGRE
18 BELEN, MAE KHRYSTELLE MANALO – BERNAL, JAMES ALDRIAN CABANGON
19 BERNAL, KEVIN LLOYD HALLASGO – BOCALA, JAYCE ANN VIERNES
20 BOCANEGRA, ANN SUARING – BOTIAL, MIKAELA POALA SAGUN
21 BOTIGAN, EXCEL BALICAO – BUEZA, LORENZO MARI SEVERINO
22 BUEZON, JOHN PAUL ATCHASO – CABAL, MARY ANGELIQUE LAGASCA
23 CABALAG, LADY LEANNE VIDA – CABUGATAN, HAROUN DIABO
24 CABUGATAN, JONAIMA ANTAO – CALANOGA, CHRISSIE JOY CORALDE
25 CALANZA, ROMULUS JACOB ABAD – CAMPOS, DALE CAMILLE BASA
26 CAMPOS, JANINE RILLERA – CAPIO, JANINE MAGAT
27 CAPISTRANO, ANGELINO CRUZ – CARPIO, RAY PAULO MORILLO
28 CARPON, MONESA ARGUELLES – CASTRO, CYRA GERINA ROCELA
29 CASTRO, DAWN MARIE PAVILLAR – CENTENO, ANDRE NUYDA
30 CENTENO, FRANZ MARTIN CASTRO – CHUA, CHRISTIAN CASINO
31 CHUA, CHRISTINE JOY SABALA – CO, KRISTINE CASSANDRA TAN
32 CO, KYRA GISELLE TAN – CONSUNJI, LOVINA MARIE GRANADOS
33 CONTAOI, ALLAN BOLANTE – COZ, MA CARMELLA SABBAN
34 CRAMALES, CHARMINE JUMAWID – CUATON, GINBERT PERMEJO
35 CUBALES, LIMARYSIAD LAPAZ – DAEZ, MARIA BEATRICE BANZON
36 DAFROSA, CARMELA HANDUGAN – DATA, MARIA LIYAN ASTORGA
37 DATANAGAN, JAYDEE – DE GUZMAN, IAN JOSEPH AMISTOSO
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40 DELA CRUZ, ALECS LORAINE – DELA VEGA, DANA THERESE UYBARRETA
41 DELA VEGA, KATHERINE LOUISE CARABLE – DEVELOS, KRISTEL ANN DIONZON
42 DEVERA, YERIM KIM – DION, CARL FRONDA
43 DIONALDO, LEANNA NEPOMUCENO – DOMDOM, JASTINE ESPEDIDO
44 DOMETITA, ANDRE\’ MACARANAS – DULFO, DIANNE VIRMIEL DALA
45 DULFO, RODRIGO III RIVERA – EDHAO, MICHELLE LAGUDAS
46 EDJAWAN, GABRIEL SANAGUSTIN – ENOK, NORHANAH ACOB
47 ENOMOTO, HIDEO PALACAY – ESPANOLA, JAY ANN JORDAN
48 ESPANOLA, LUIS MIGUEL ARAGON – ESTRADA, JILLIANE BACOLOR
49 ESTRADA, JOANNE MARIE SUANQUE – FALLENA, MARY BONETH TALADTAD
50 FALLER, KRIS BERNADETTE PADILLA – FERNANDEZ, ROBERTO EMMANUEL MENDOZA
51 FERNANDEZ, STACKY JOHN CARAVANA – FLORES, JOYCE ANN MARIE TUGADE
52 FLORES, KATE ROSELLE CARRILLO – FRIAS, JOHN DAVE NISPEROS
53 FRIAS, KIM PATRICK PA-AS – GALANTO, ALYSSA VERAS
54 GALAO, DANIELLE DIANNE AGOOT – GARCIA, CHRISTELLE ANNE CUENCO
55 GARCIA, CHRISTINE RAMOS – GATDULA, CARLO DUMO
56 GATDULA, KARL ANDREW AGUILON – GILE, ROBB PRIETO
57 GILHANG, JOSHUA MACAPAGAL – GONZALES, DONA JOY JARATA
58 GONZALES, GENEVA NENIA DEQUITO – GUANZON, JOHN CARLO POLINTAN
59 GUARDAPEZ, GLENNY RAE APACIBLE – GUTIERREZ, CHRISTINE MORTEL
60 GUTIERREZ, CLAIRE BALATUCAN – HERNANDEZ, YRYKA ELEVADO
61 HERNANDO, HANDRICH JOHN PAUL ZURBITO – IBISATE, GEORLAN AMOYLEN
62 IBISATE, IRIS MAE MABALE – IP, KEVIN ONG
63 IQUIN, JULIAN JR GAUIRAN – JAO, JOHN PATRICK SY
64 JAO, JOVEE NICOLE ANG – JOO, MINHYUNG
65 JORDA, LEANNE ABIGAIL CEJUELA – KATIPUNAN, APOLINARIO JAVIER
66 KAU, MARYJANE ALMIRA COLE – LAFORTEZA, GIFE REEVEN KAZTER GALAN
67 LAGADO, NICOLE ANNE ROA – LAPICEROS, HARIET LIAN CABARLES
68 LAPID, DARLEENE DUCLAYAN – LEAL, ADRIAN JAVIER
69 LEAL, GENESIS IJAY RONQUILLO – LIBRANZA, ALEXANDER KEN PAULO
70 LIBRERO, KIMBERLY RIVERA – LINTAO, RYAN CRISTIAN VERGARA
71 LIPARDO, KARINA ANGELA GALLEGO – LOPEZ, STEPHANIE NIETO
72 LOPEZ, VIRNADETTE LUCIELO – LUSANTA, AARON PAUL DY
73 LUSTESTICA, VANESSA LYN DESTACAMENTO – MACUJA, JORHIZ ANNE AROJADO
74 MADAMBA, CHRISTINE JOY CARISMA – MAGSALIN, MA TERESA INTERIOR
75 MAGSANOC, SAMARA CASEY DE MESA – MALONG, ANGELO PAOLO MANO
76 MALONZO, DINDO KARL MARI ASIS – MANGAO, MARK GIL LASIC
77 MANGAOANG, JOHN SALVADOR USTARE – MARABULAS, CLAYTON BABOR
78 MARAGINOT, LAKANDULA NAVARRO – MARTINEZ, BIANCA LOUISE SY
79 MARTINEZ, DANIEL BRACERO – MAYUGA, ARIEL BAUTISTA
80 MAYUGA, KATRINA YSABEL PANUELOS – MENDOZA, MANUEL JR VACARO
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82 MINA, TAMARYN TAULE – MONTANEZ, JUL PAULINE SUICO
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86 NG, EARL CHRISTIANSON CHUA – NUNEZ, EDZCEL RENZOBER SUBA
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88 OLAVARIO, ROSELLE ERICA REYES – OPENIANO, POL JED EYA
89 OPERARIO, ALLAN PAUL ORBETA – OSABEL, LOVEIL ROSERY LEONES
90 OSABEL, RAYMUND JOSEPH NUNEZ – PADUA, SIWARD ENOCH ADRIANO
91 PADUL, MIELYN JURADO – PALO, MARIA IRINA ROMERO
92 PALOMA, DIANA MAE ALCAZAR – PARALLON, ARCHILLES RENDIEL LEGASPI
93 PARANAL, KATRINA MAY FILARMEO – PATINO, REGINE VIAJE
94 PATIO, WRAKLE SANCHEZ – PERALTA, CARL CHESTER NONES
95 PERALTA, CATHERINE FELICIA MARIE ABELLA – PILAPIL, DAINELA YVE FAJARDO
96 PILAPIL, MYCAH CANUA – POLICINA, JULPHA CLARISSE POLICARPIO
97 POLIDARIO, YASMIN JANE QUILILAN – PULMONES, MARIEL JADE PREXY TANTENGCO
98 PULMONES, SZARLYNE JANE SARENAS – QUINTO, MARIZ DELADIA
99 QUINTO, MAUREEN TRINIDAD – RAMOS, AERHOLL SON REMPILLO
100 RAMOS, ANGELA LORRAINE SANTOS – REBANGCOS, JUVHAN TINGA
101 REBATO, PATRICK LEO FUENTEBELLA – REVESENCIO, FRANCIS IBARDOLASA
102 REVILLA, DENISSA MARIE PAMINTUAN – RICA, CHARLES IAN GALANG
103 RICAFORT, FRANCES PAULIN MARASIGAN – ROBLES, INNA KARISSA RITUMALTA
104 ROBLES, JEFFREY – RONAN, LEANZA MAE CADAG
105 RONCAL, SHAI ELDRIK MICO – RUPISAN, CARLOS ANTONIO NIEVA
106 RUSIANA, EUNICE RAPHAELA ORDIALES – SALAZAR, CARL RAYMUND PAGUNSAN
107 SALAZAR, CHEZA TUDTUD – SAMBO, JENELLE GUILLERMO
108 SAMBO, NAOMI IRYS CALINGASAN – SANICO, APRIL ANGELI FERNANDEZ
109 SANIDAD, JEREMIAH GABATINO – SANTOS, LYNELLE RUTH MARTINEZ
110 SANTOS, MA JESSICA CHRISTINE SALAMAT – SE, ANGELO LACSON
111 SE, GABRIEL LACSON – SEVILLA, JOHN MARVIN BAUA
112 SEVILLA, MA PATRICIA DAWN SANTOS – SIOCO, JOHN PETER BAGARES
113 SIOJO, ANN JERICA OCLARIT – SORIANO, JOSE QUINTIN GABRIEL HERNANDO
114 SORIANO, KRISTINE BERNADETTE FRANCISCO – SUMATRA, MARYLEX GUELOS
115 SUMAYA, SHARMAINE GECOLEA – TABORADA, JASAFE RINON ONG
116 TABUCAO, JULIUS CESAR OLARTE – TAN, AL JOSEF RAI ANIBAN
117 TAN, ALEXANDRA MONICA YU – TANHUI, KIMBERLY KANG
118 TANJANGCO, MA ALEXANDRA FELICE DELFIN – TENORIO, NOELLE JOSUE
119 TENORIO, PATRICIA DOMINIQUE DELA CRUZ – TIU, EUNEACE ANTONIO
120 TIU, IAN JIM DOLLETE – TORRECAMPO, CHRISTINNE EUPHROSYNE CHE BUENSUCE
121 TORRECAMPO, ROSELLE JOYCE MOYA – TULIN, EA KRISTINE CLARISSE BAUTISTA
122 TULIO, MONICA NATHANIELLE BEA TINSAY – URGENA, GLESSA DARLING HERMANO
123 URI, BRYNNE BERIEL BRION – VALENCIA, DYLAN REY LIBRODO
124 VALENCIA, ISABEL-MARIE BRIONES – VELASCO, BENEDIC JUSTINE USMAN
125 VELASCO, CHARLES ROMERO – VICTORIO, JUDITH MERARI BUADA
126 VIDAL, ADRIAN RAMOS – VILLANUEVA, REGINE REMOLANO
127 VILLANUEVA, ROI VINCENT CALAGOS – VITA, CHRISTOPHER JADE QUINTANILLA
128 VITAL, LUIGI MARIUS – YAP, REGINA MARIE CALLADO
129 YAP, REGINALD JASON KEH – ZAFRA, JESSMAE SAMARITA
130 ZAFRA, MARY SHADDELINE LABITAG – ZURBITO, KRISTOFFER WILLIAM ESPARRAGO

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