The Office of Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., together with the UP Pagdumala, and the Center for Local and Regional Governance brought to the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance Dialogues on Federalism: Leaders’ Forum, with guest speaker Senator Sharon Carstairs from Canada, and Senator Aquilino Pimentel himself. Also in attendance were Senator Pia Cayetano, Congressman Antonio Cuenco and Congresswoman Faysah Dumarpa, among others.

Dean Alex B. Brillantes, Jr., of the UP NCPAG, welcomed and introduced everyone to the Leaders’ Forum. After his speech, Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. introduced the guest speaker to the audience.

Basically the main topic presented, discussed and enlightened by Senator Carstairs were the Trends and Challenges for Federalism, how it was for the Canadians, and their experiences and dealings in their own country.

Senator Carstairs was able to briefly and concisely retold the history of Canada, and how Federalism came about in their region - its evolution, major political milestones to the current issues and trends of Federalism in Canada. She also told us about their financial, educational, health, and other sectors and how it interplays in the Canadian system.

For me, she clearly painted a picture of how Canada came to progress with their system. Despite the flaws and intricacies of Canadian Federalism (Yes, they do have problems too, like the Philippines), for me, it’s ultimately about learning about these structures, and seeing if it will or will not, if it will help or will not improve our own system.

As Senator Pia Cayetano said, it’s important that we initiate these dialogues and debates in order for everyone to be challenged and think about how it will or will not affect us in the end.

Jester, on the other hand, was able to record the whole lecture, and the question and answer portion which came right after the lecture. Go and see for yourself what Senator Carstairs and the Canadian experience has for us. Enjoy! :)

Ploning brought both the UP students, their family and friends, and Judy Ann fans to the special screening of the movie in the UP Film Institute (Adarna Hall) last Wednesday night.

It’s a statement of support of the UP community to the bid of the Philippines to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 81st Academy Awards or the Oscars 2009.

Ploning, a Cuyonon folk song, is essentially a plea from a boy to her lover for the latter to wait for him and remember him as he leaves her for a different land. The final verses of the song bare the boy’s wish that the girl keep a stone wrapped with her handkerchief, as reminder that his love for her is undying. It’s a lovely song, with a melody that encapsulates the emotional longing that the lack of physical intimacy emboldens. Slow, passionate, and moody, the song functions as both a narrative precursor and musical anthem of Dante Nico Garcia’s film with the same title.” as stated in Francis Cruz’ blog.

Ploning was shown in limited release from April 30 to May 6, 2008 with Filipino subtitles in the Philippines before going to wider release and subsequent worldwide screenings with English subtitles. On August 2008, Judy Ann returned to Cuyo to grace the screenings and was awarded as the town’s “adopted daughter.”

Ploning Official Website | Ploning Multiply Site

10 Reasons Why YOU should watch and support Ploning:

1. The movie was graded an A by the Cinema Evaluation Board, the highest score possible in the Philippines.2. Critics and filmmakers around the world (France, United States, India, China and Singapore) took turns in praising this motion picture and showcasing it as part of their own International Film Festivals. It’s an official Selection to the 6th Paris Cinema International Film Festival, July 5, 2008 [4] and to the 1st Hong Kong Asian Independent Film Festival, November 16 and 21, 2008 [5]

3. High caliber character actors like Ronnie Lazaro, Joel Torre and Jojit Lorenzo accepted the roles with little exposure and dialogue given to them. Seemingly a testament to their faith in the movie’s quality.

4. Cuyonon actors were trained and hired to add authenticity to the film. All of the actors and even the major players in the crew has Cuyonon buddies to guide them as they film every scene.

5. Dante Nico Garcia is an authentic local of Cuyo Island who studied in UP and became Judy Ann Santos’s friend during her Mara Clara days. Dante grabs this rare opportunity to save the dying Cuyonon language. This is also his birthday gift to Judy Ann.

6. This movie made Judy Ann Santos transcend her soap opera image.

7. The film’s cinematography is simply superb. It is a visual candy that provides us an opportunity to know that the Philippines’ environmental beauty is beyond Boracay and Mayon.

8. Aside from the beauty of the island, Cuyonon’s rare culture was made public in the film.

9. It is seldom that a film that shows some tragedy would also be labeled by a lot of people as a feel-good movie.

10. This film is a saving grace for a dying local movie industry marred by traditional conservatism, censorship, dirty politics and commercialism.

My uncle, Martin, blaming me as his reason for being addicted to Plurk, created such genius invention - The Plurkybar! :) So you might ask, “What’s a Plurkybar?” Here’s his explanation on his creation lifted from his post, “Plurkybar: extending a bar to your life(line)“.

PlurkybarPlurkybar is “an immensely simple Plurk sidebar for Firefox.” Just download it and you’ll be able to plurk within Firefox without having to have a dedicated window or tab. It automatically refreshes every minute so that you’re assured that you get the hottest, freshest, latest plurks available in your timeline.


Here’s what it looks like on my Mac OSX 10.5.5. (see photo below)

If you like what you see, you can download Plurkybar 0.1 now at his site. He’s also asking for your feedback, comments and/or suggestions. Go land on his site, and see what Plurkybar is all about! :D Enjoy plurking!

This season, Krispy Kreme’s got a very special holiday treat for you - NEW Caramel Apple Pie!

“Fresh pick of the season” - Caramel Apple Pie, for a taste reminiscent of mom’s apple pie, we take our doughnut shell, fill it with apple filling and topped it with caramel kreme and graham cracker crunch. Best enjoyed with our Krispy Kreme Hot Chocolate or our Krispy Kreme Coffee.

Plus, we’ve made a holiday box with gift tag that’s perfect for gift giving and for every dozen doughnut purchase, we’ll share a holiday greeting card that comes with FREE Maple Iced doughnut! You can also bring your friends and design 3 Snowman Doughnuts for only P125!

Hurry, these treats are good just for this season, so come and visit the nearest Krispy Kreme store and grab a dozen to share with your family and friends!

Happy Holidays!

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Tippi’s bear Eis Bar (which went to all places here and there and to continents beyond the Philippines’) was kidnapped - by me! Bwhahaha ^^ I turned him into a Lasallian Archer (using Adi’s stuff during the recent overnight at their place). Now, I’m sure Tippi will get mad at me if (IF) she sees this o.o I hope she doesn’t read this blog that often. Or else it’s time to say good bye…



The University of the Philippines Chinese Student Association
together with KAISA will show Panoramanila Pictures’




PLONING Invite Poster 2


in the University of the Philippines Film Institute on


26th of November, 2008 (Wednesday) 5pm and 7:30pm


Tickets are priced 100 pesos (non-UP students) and 80 pesos (UP students) for both screenings. There will be an open session with the cast during after every screening.


You may contact me at superbong(at)gmail(dot)com or at 09178619022 for tickets.


Ploning Synopsis | Let us promote and support our bid to the Oscars 2009! :)



Year in and year out, party after party, the art of exchanging gifts has fallen into a creative rut as presents become more predictable, and recipients whittled down to a selected few.

Luckily, trendy French cafe Delifrance is adding a dash of daring and a large dose of generosity to the usual kris kringle, turning it into a metro-wide phenomenon.

With just a click on the My Secret Santa website (, Filipinos can shed off those tired Christmas hats and don, instead, a Secret Santa suit with a bottomless sack of freebies to give away.

“The My Secret Santa campaign is the first and biggest kris kringle celebration Metro Manila has ever been,” says William Tan-Untiong, President of Delifrance Philippines. “We have removed all the usual constraints of gift-giving. Now, everyone can become a Secret Santa and send delectable Delifrance treats to as many of their friends and loved ones. And yes, it’s all for free.”

Secret Santas partaking in this grand holiday gesture can choose from two special goodies: Almond Star Cookies (available from November 10 to 23) and Chocolate Chip Almond Biscotti (available from November 24 to December 7).

Almond Star Cookies are almond-topped, gluten-free cookies that are a delightful cross between a light macaron and a sweet meringue. As a playful twist to the classic German Christmas cookie, the Almond Star Cookies can charm the most discerning sweet lovers in town.

Meanwhile, the Chocolate Chip Almond Biscotti can turn up the holiday cheer with its choco-nutty goodness. Paired off with a steaming cup of Delifrance espresso, the Chocolate Almond Biscotti becomes an invigorating treat for those late-night coffee chats.

“My Secret Santa is more than just virtual greetings. Everyone who receives an e-mail gift coupon can redeem it for real treats at participating Delifrance stores in Metro Manila,” explains Tan-Untiong. “What’s great also is how the cycle of giving and receiving repeats itself. Those who get a gift from a Secret Santa can become one themselves by paying forward their goodies, so to speak. This makes for a wonderful spirit of gift-giving.”

With its My Secret Santa campaign, Delifrance is set to create Manila ’s biggest kris kringle celebration-a feat that makes this Christmas memorably sweet for all Filipinos.

To participate in the My Secret Santa campaign, simply log on to For additional questions and inquiries, please contact the Main Office at 642-0021. Visit Delifrance branches at AIM Conference Center, Glorietta, Insular Life Bldg, RCBC Plaza, SM Makati, Ayala Tower 1, Valero Makati, Zeta Building Legazpi Village Makati, Robinsons Place Manila, U.N. Avenue, Festival Supermall, Alabang Town Center, SM Mall of Asia, The Podium, C5 Libis, St. Luke’s, Greenhills Theater Mall, Roosevelt Greenhills, Philippine Heart Center, Shell SLEX Southbound, Shell SLEX Northbound, Shell NLEX, NAIA - Domestic, NAIA 2 - International, NAIA - Old Domestic, NAIA 3, and International School Manila.

Elation: The Finest Chocolate and Shooters Buffet launched last Friday at The Grand Terrace events place in Quezon City. It’s the brainchild of the Abesamis sisters, combining flowing chocolate indulgence with shots of self-concocted alcoholic delights to reach the state of elation.


Speaking as a foodie, the chocolates were good, but it could be improved. The shooters were okay. For the price, and from the turn-out (though I really thought that people who went were really a lot younger than me - and I’m just 20), the event for me was a success! :)

Winner shot of the night! Summer, Winter, Autumn and Fall :3

You may check out the Elation Buffet Site for more details.

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