Philippines will hold three local conferences about Google Map Maker this April 2012, after the successful Google Map Maker Workshop which was held in Makati City last March. The local Google Map Maker Summits will be held at the cities of Bacolod City, Baguio City, and General Santos City respectively.
On December 15-16, Tropical Storm “Sendong/Washi” gave Mindanao its first major typhoon in decades. The island and its residents were not used to such phenomena that usually devastates parts of Luzon and the Visayas. Sendong was one of a kind this year, and it has devastated lives in the cities of Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, the Province of Compostela Valley and other provinces. Iligan was caught by a surprise as flood and muck rushed towards the city, 200 missing and 100+ dead so far. In Cagayan de Oro, 20,000 families were affected–this major city in Northern Mindanao has tasted the worse flooding in its recent history.
We humans have a basic instinct to move wherever “there are greener pastures.” My thesis back at college about migration depicted it so. Human beings move from scarce to bountiful. Rural to urban, less money to earning more money, these are dictated by our instinct to survive and live. Now, think about the animal kingdom—ever wonder why whales migrate, butterflies flutter to Mexico, to moving red crabs carpeting the forest floors of Christmas Island, and wildebeest went on the madness to swim with the crocs—survival. It is Darwinian at its finest.
The City Government of Manila has now allowed the entry of provincial buses coming from Cavite (Dasmariñas line, Tagaytay line, Mendez-Nuñez line, Ternate/Naic line) at Taft Avenue, all the way to Lawton (Park and Ride) from 5 in the afternoon to 6 in the morning, the next day. Although limited, the Cavite-bound buses are allowed only until Quirino LRT Station before going back to Cavite from 6AM to 5PM, everyday.
No need to wait in chaotic Buendia-Pasay!
This is still subject to changes. Better ask the bus conductors or the Manila traffic officers for more information.
Indeed, Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, central Manila, capital of the Philippines, is one historical place. It was here where several presidents took their oaths, celebrate the independence of the country from the United States, concerts and a whole lot more. It is a landmark dedicated to the former President Elpidio Quirino. The Grandstand that I guess all Filipinos know and synonymous to Luneta and Rizal Park–just several meters away from the place. On August 01, 2010, the 15th President of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, took oath here. On August 23, 2010–a massacre unfolds as a former policeman took hostage of Hong Kong nationals in a stand-off that left the hostage and several hostages dead, and a mark of trauma in the image of the Philippines in the international community. Luneta has seen another blood spilt over her domain.
Easter really did catch up my surprise. It was almost noontime when I received the good news of 4438. Like how the Easter should be celebrated, Globe finally revealed the good news from 4438—have patience and ye shall be rewarded! I started my day editing some photos and cooking for lunch. While I was editing photos, my phone beeped and shown “Message from 4438.” Finally, it is the text that every Globe and TM subscribers have been waiting for.
In the Philippines, Easter Sunday comes in with the good news of the resurrection of the Saviour. A holiday that is observed by millions of Filipinos, as the atmosphere becomes jubilant after three days of spiritual reflection. Festive as it is, families and friends all gather and celebrate life in the province, homes, malls or wherever it may be!
An earthquake rocked the Philippine capital of Manila and its surrounding metropolitan area and provinces in Tuesday, January 12, 2008. According to USGS, the epicenter is located 50 kilometers west of Manila, pertaining directly to Bataan and was measured magnitude 5 on the Richter scale. So far, no damages have been reported.
For more technical information, please refer below: (Source USGS)
Location of the earthquake:
|Depth||112.4 km (69.8 miles)|
|Distances||30 km (20 miles) SE of Olongapo, Luzon, Philippines
50 km (30 miles) W of MANILA, Philippines
55 km (35 miles) S of Angeles, Luzon, Philippines
105 km (65 miles) SSW of Cabanatuan, Luzon, Philippines
|Location Uncertainty||horizontal +/- 14.2 km (8.8 miles); depth +/- 19.4 km (12.1 miles)|
Thousands of faithful will gather again this Saturday, January 9 for the annual feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo district, Manila. As old as tradition, Manila’s streets will be jam-packed with thousands of devotees flocking the Quiapo Church, Plaza Miranda and the streets of downtown Manila. The Manila Police District, in cooperation with the Quiapo Parish, released the 2010 procession route of the image of the Black Nazarene. It would still start at Quirino Grandstand and will pass by Lawton towards the streets of Quiapo, just like last year. However, the Quiapo area of the procession has been changed back to its traditional route because nakasanayan na ng mga deboto ang ruta na ito to prevent another untoward incident like that of last year. The reason is to accommodate the growing number of devotees to have contact with the image. And along with that would be the closure of some streets right at the heart of downtown Manila.