Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon, Bicol, Philippines

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Pagkatapos ng napakahabang byahe, almost 16hrs of driving (kasama na ang stop over para mag CR, kumain at 1hr traffic sa Quezon) for 500+ KM from Tagapo, Sta. Rosa, Laguna to Matnog, Sorsogon, Bicol na halos feeling mo eh flat na flat na yung pwet mo kakaupo, sobrang sulit naman ang lahat ng ‘yon dahil sa relaxing view ng lugar ng Subic Beach! 

Great islands to be hopping on and in between.

Subic Beach of Matnog, Sorsogon, Bicol

Super fine ang sand. Parang Boracay! This place is a hidden gem of bicol. The beach is awesome. You don’t have to pay a lot to experience white sand and blue waters. This is nature at its finest. I am hoping that people who come here won’t spoil this place.

Photo: Ms. Mica Infante

Fine white sand din ang floor ng dagat kahit malayo ka na.. Hindi masakit sa paa kahit walang slippers. Mag eenjoy ka talaga!

Photo: Mrs. Leticia Tapang

Amazing amazing view! Cool blue water and has a relaxing atmosphere. Great place for camping with family or with friends and loved ones! I super love this place. I hope it maintains its cleanliness and virginity!

Photo: Erica Banasihan (ME) and Mr. Mikhail Lorenzo Tapang
Beautiful view of Subic Beach

If you’re looking for a place with an awesome scenery worth spending time with your family and friends, you don’t need to go somewhere else. Subic beach will keep you enthralled by its pink soft sand and crystal-blue waters. Island hopping will keep you busy for a while or you can rent a boat and try visiting the Fish Sanctuary…

SUMMER 2014!

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Since summer na, magpo-post ako ng mga ideas kung san kayo pwede pumunta this summer! Syempre yung mga napuntahan ko na. Hehe!

Enjoy lang tayo guys.. Gala lang ng gala! Sulitin lang ang bawat weekend natin with family and friends! Kasi pagtanda natin di na natin magagawa yan. 🙂 Sabi nga ni Gandhi, “Live like there’s no tomorrow and learn as if your life depended on it.” Ayos diba?

Para naman sa mga taong takot mangitim ngayong summer, tamang tama sainyo itong quote na ‘to, na nabasa ko lang sa Pinterest:
“The tans will fade but the memories will last forever!”

Oh ‘di ba? Makes sense! 😀 kanya kanyang paliwanag nalang. Haha!

Photo: Legs of Samantha Tapang Infante at Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon
Photo: Legs of Samantha Tapang Infante at Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon

WOMEN AS AGENTS OF CHANGE

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago’s speech at the International Women’s Day celebration of the International Rice Research Institute, on 11 March 2014, at IRRI Los Baños, Laguna

 

THE GENDER GAP

The Constitution provides the state policy that: “The state recognizes the role of women in nation building, and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men.”  (Article 2, Section 14).  Further, under the Equal Protection Clause, women’s rights are placed in equipoise with men’s rights.

On the level of international law, the protection of women’s rights is found in an impressive and still growing number of treaties among states.  The most basic of these treaties, to which the Philippines is a party, is known as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or the CEDAW.  It provides that all states-parties shall eliminate discrimination against women in the political and public life of the country.

The United Nations has declared certain Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs.  One of the goals is to promote gender equality and to empower women. In numerical terms alone, there is still a wide gender gap between the sexes.  Numerically, half of our high government officials should be women, and half should be men.  And yet the division between the sexes is highly disproportionate in favor of men.  There have been fifteen Philippine presidents, of which only two have been women.  In the Philippine Senate, in the 16th Congress, of 24 senators, only six of us are women.

The Civil Service Commission has issued a memorandum circular setting a target of 50-50 representation of women and men in executive positions.  And yet in 2011, the Civil Service Commission found that women occupy only less than one-third of third-level positions in the government; more than one-third in government-owned and controlled corporations; less than twenty percent in local government units; and more than one-third in the judiciary.  Overall, the proportionate share is 1:2 in favor of men holding top posts in the government.

The Geneva-based World Economic Forum conducted a 2011 Global Gender Gap ranking.  There were four categories that determined the gender gap.  These are: (1) educational attainment; (2) health and survival; (3) economic participation and opportunity; and (4) political empowerment.

In the first category of educational attainment, the Philippines was among the countries that were listed in the first rank, meaning that the number of females who attended elementary to college education is about the same as that of males.  In the second category of health and survival, the Philippines was also placed in the first rank.  This means that in the Philippines, women and men have more or less the same life expectancy, which is affected by various factors such as disease, malnutrition, and violence.

But in the third category of economic participation and opportunity, the Philippines ranked only No. 15 because of evident gaps between men and women in terms of work participation, remuneration, and advancement opportunities. And in the fourth category of political empowerment, the Philippines was ranked No.16, because of the disproportionate women-to-men ratio in government positions.

 

WOMEN AS AGENTS OF CHANGE

Women as Agents of Political Change

Research shows that a lawmaker’s gender has a distinct impact on policy priorities. This makes it critical that women are present in politics to represent the concerns of women and other marginalized sectors.  When women are empowered as political leaders, countries often experience higher standards of living with positive developments in education, infrastructure, and health care.[1]

After languishing in Congress for some 16 years, Republic Act No. 10354, or “The Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012,” aka RH Law, was signed by President Aquino last 21 December 2012.  As the principal author and co-sponsor of the RH law in the Senate, I saw how our women lawmakers, the medical community, and women’s groups fought long and hard to pass this measure. The RH law affirms that reproductive health care is a human right. The people are entitled to demand it from their government, and the government is obligated to provide it to its constituents.

However, the RH law remains under an indefinite status quo ante or halt order, pending the Supreme Court’s decision on 14 petitions questioning its legality.

In the Philippine government, women account for 58.7% of the total 1.31 million government personnel. However, the women are more likely to be technical staff, while the men are likely to be clerks, managers, or executives.

We have had female presidents and now we have a female chief justice. But Congress has never had a female Senate President, or a female Speaker. The greater majority in both chambers of Congress has always been men. Possibly, this is one reason why there is so much corruption in Congress.

Therefore, in order to correct the numerical mistake of the past, the logic of gender equality dictates that we should elect six more women as Philippine presidents, until we obtain the same number of female presidents as male presidents.  Under this logic, we should elect a woman president in 2016. We should also vote for at least six qualified female candidates in the Senate in 2016, so that eventually we would have 12 male and 12 female senators at the same time.

Women as Agents of Economic Change

According to statistics, the vast majority of the world’s poor are women. Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population are women. While millions of people around the world eat two or three times a day, a significant percentage of women eat only once. Many women even deny themselves that one meal to feed their children.

In many countries, women remain economically marginalized. The UN’s MDG Report for 2010 indicates that in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 80 percent of women workers are in some form of vulnerable employment, with no benefits or security, low pay, and in many cases, no pay at all.[2]

According to an SWS Survey, the incidence of joblessness for women is much higher than that for men. As of August 2012, some 42.5 percent of jobless Filipinos were women and some 19.3 percent were men.

And yet, Filipino women are more active in starting a business than men. The Philippines has the least gender gap among business owners in the world, 55% male versus 45% female. This shows that government must fully support women’s economic activities as entrepreneurs in terms of market, capital, training, product development.

Research shows that empowering women benefits society as a whole. When women are educated and empowered economically, their families become healthier, their children go to school, incomes increase, and communities thrive.

FEMINIZATION OF AGRICULTURE

In feminist economics, the feminization of agriculture refers to the measurable increase of women’s participation in the agricultural sector, particularly in the developing world. In Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, women contribute at least half of total labor inputs in rice production. In the Philippines, as of October 2010, there are 5 million women laborers and unskilled workers; and 839,000 women farmers, forestry workers, and fisherfolk.

While women’s role in the agricultural sector continues to grow, women are often poorer than their male counterparts. Their plot sizes are smaller. They have less access to productive resources like education, tools, and seeds; and social connections like credit and market networks.

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) leads the way in empowering women in the agriculture sector. The IRRI’s Training Center has trained 2,450 female scholars.  From 2002 to 2012, the institute has also given 200 women from 26 countries leadership training courses in agricultural research, development, and extension.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has stressed the importance of developing rural female farmers organizations to improve the conditions of women in the agriculture sector, and address the larger problem of food insecurity. I salute the important work that Sulo ng Pamayanan, an IRRI group of women leaders, is doing in promoting women’s rights in agriculture. The group conducts training in sustainable and income-generating livelihood projects for women to benefit their families and their communities.

 

ENDNOTES

[1] “Women as Agents of Change: Advancing the Role of Women in Politics and Civil Society,” statement by Kenneth Wollack, president, National Democratic Institute, before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight, 9 June 2010.

[2] “Empowering Women to Change the World: What Universities and the UN Can Do,” keynote address of UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, at the 5th Global Colloquium of University Presidents, University of Pennsylvania, 5 April 2011.

 

SOURCE: Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago‘s Facebook account

Flappy Bird Free Download

Flappy Bird is a 2013 mobile game developed in Hanoi by Vietnam-based developer Nguyễn Hà Đông (Dong Nguyen) and published by .GEARS Studios, a small, independent game developer also based in Vietnam. The game, which was released on May 24, 2013, was removed from both Apple’s App Store and Google Play by its creator on February 10, 2014.

How to play:
> Tap to flap your wings to fly.
> Avoid pipes.
> Try to get 4 medals: Bronze, Silver, Gold (hard), Platinum (very hard)

What’s New in Version 1.3:
1) Support Android 2.2
2) Fix bugs.

Here’s a screenshot of the game played by my brother Kim Banasihan:

Flappy Bird by Kim Banasihan
Flappy Bird by Kim Banasihan

Click here or here to download Flappy Bird.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, apkandroid

VM300 and VM500 Denomination

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Samsung Galaxy S IV

Samsung Galaxy S IV (Coming Soon)

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Samsung’s highly anticipated Galaxy S4 smartphone will feature a 5in Full HD 1080p screen.
The Galaxy S4, when it launches later this year, will sport a 4.99in screen with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, according to Anandtech. The Samsung roadmap shows a planned launch of a FHD display in Q1 of 2013.

It’s also highly likely that the Galaxy S4 will be powered by Samsung’s recently announced Exynos 5 Octa 8-core processor.
It seems doubtful that Samsung will announce the Galaxy S4 at this year’s MWC since it decided to hold its own event afterward for the Galaxy S3 launch. Therefore, March would seem a suitable month for the Galaxy S4 to make its debut.

Full Specification

Source: PC ADVISOR


Hands-on Samsung Galaxy S4 – First Look (Render)
~Is it Real or Fake? 🙂