Friday, August 15, 2014

Week 3: Feel the Love



As Leap 61 continues on our journey, one has dropped from the program, while another thought of doing so.

The latter was one of my councilmates, and thankfully our coach, the great Coey, managed to let him see that he is indeed Wholehearted.


He shared in our council meeting why he chose to join Leap. It was because of a friend who had a money goal, targeting about half a million pesos, and in the span of two months he was able to collate a staggering TWO MILLION PESOS!

So he asked how did his friend do it? "Love." was the simple reply.

Puzzled as he was, how can love, an emotion so complex, give you all that result and more.

So, as he continues on with the story, he tells us that after our Sunday meeting, he talked to his girlfriend, and she asked him if he had told us of his decision, to drop the course. He said, he has changed his mind as it was because of Love.

Like him, I feel the love of those around me as I continue on this journey. Apart from the personal goal (to publish my own Ebook) and professional goal (to present to 100 people, we also had an enrollment goal.

No doubt about it, I wanted my sister to enroll for Foundations of Leadership Excellence (FLEX).
At first there was hesitation, resistance even. When she did come, I was more than happy.

The second day, she was late. Of course I was freaking out, she was missing out on some of the important details, and more so the possibility of her not going was big.

Yet, she did, she did go, and at the end of the second day I received the tightest and longest hug I have gotten.

The hug coming from a girl who told me that we can never be close, and that I was just a friend of hers who she can help out whenever she could. The love was so overwhelming that I could feel her tears,  feel my tears.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Week 2: Professional Goal on a Clean Slate

As my Wholehearted #Leap61 Journey continues, I need to make a declaration about myself and for this whole journey, and that is: 

Declaration: I Make Great Things Happen with my love and power!

For me to achieve this declaration, I must first come from essence, or come from: Be-Do-Have.

Along with this, we Team #Leap61 also created goals for ourselves.
Mine are for
Personal Goal: Creative Expression: Release an E-book with two other creative activities
Professional Goal: Present to a hundred people. 

*****

Friday, August 01, 2014

A Wholehearted Journey Begins #Leap61



I confess the reason why I joined the Advanced Leadership Course (ALC) was so that I can get in to LEAP.

Why not?

It was a life coaching and goal setting program. Some had money goals, some had dating goals, And me? Greed got the better of me. The program ended with a hundred percent ---.  That was why I was thinking if I joined this, I can have my car, a condo, or even both.


I was not however fixed on the idea that I would take LEAP right after ALC. I needed some funds, my savings has been wiped out.

But after the ALC experience (which you have to experience for yourself, mind you), I was dead-set on joining LEAP that I enrolled after a week or two's time after ALC.

What is so special with ALC? with LEAP?

Think about it: your greatest, grandest version of yourself, how you can imagine yourself will be known to the world after taking this course.

I know I haven't yet answered the question, however that is the exact reason I am writing this post.

Join me as I begin my Wholehearted, LEAP 61 journey and you find out why this program is so special. Join me as I Make Great Things Happen.




Monday, July 28, 2014

Make Me Blush! the total nail experience

I'm a big fan of nail care salons, as I always find it a need to take care of this part of the body.

After all they say,cleanliness is next to Godliness, and what better way to show it by paying attention to the little details (the devil is after all in the details). 

So, when a friend invited me to join her in this new nail care salon, syempre Go na aketch!

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The very colorful and welcoming interiors

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The ever friendly staff, who redid my polish, and even gave me temp slippers, as my sandals had smudged my new nail coat.


Check out their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/makemeblush

Make me Blush is located at 

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Japanese Film Fest in Manila

Hey movie geeks, after the recently concluded French Film Fest, now it's the Japanese who be on the spotlight as the Eiga Sai 2014 or the Japanese Film Fest is set to happen beginning July 3.

“Otouto” is Master filmmaker Yoji Yamada’s first contemporary feature in ten years. He has always been known for his humanistic films.Paying homage to Ichikawa Kon's film of the same title, the film’s story revolves on a widow's unconditional love for her prodigal brother, as well as that of other people who have been touched by her kindness.

It is a heartwarming depiction of the bond between a hard-working older sister Ginko (Yoshinaga Sayuri) and her younger brother Tetsuro (Shofukutei Tsurube), an unsuccessful performer and drunkard. Widowed young, Ginko runs a pharmacy in Tokyo and lives with her daughter, Koharu (Aoi Yu). Koharu is to marry a distinguished doctor; but, out of the blue, Ginko's long lost brother, Tetsuro shows up at the wedding—wasted and not in his best elements, he ruins the occasion. Having to put up with him all her life, Ginko is ready to disown her burdensome younger brother; but, some things are easier said than done.

The film has enjoyed successful runs at various international film festivals abroad and emerged as one of the most acclaimed films from Japan in 2010, earningthe closing night attraction at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.

This year’s festival will also feature the complete edition of Always - Sunset on Third Street (ALWAYS Sancho-me no Yuhi) Part 1 to 3, Confessions (Kokuhaku), Kamui (Kamui Gaiden), Rinco’s Restaurant (Shokudo Katatsumuri),  Mai Mai Miracle (Mai Mai Shinko to sennen no maho), Castle Under Fiery Skies (Katen no Shiro), Japan, Our Homeland (Furusato - Japan), Parade and Dear Doctor.



All films will be shown with English subtitles. Screening venues are at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 (July 4 to 14), Abreeza, Ayala and FDCP Cinematheque, Davao City (July 19 to 28), Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 7 to 11) and UP Film Institute, Quezon City (August 19 to 25).  For detailed screening schedules and inquiries, please access the Japan Foundation, Manila website: www.jfmo.org.ph or call the JFM telephone numbers (+632) 811-6155 to 58.



- See more at: http://www.jfmo.org.ph/audio-visual-and-film/view/610/newsid/845/eigasai---japanese-film-festival-takes-the-lead-on-july-3--in-the-monthlong-activities-of-the-philippinesjapan-friendship-celebration.html#sthash.MjGeswrA.dpuf

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fête celebrates its 20th anniversary in Metro Manila It’s more Fête in the Philippines!

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, the Alliance Française de Manille (AFM), the Department of Tourism (DOT), Intramuros Administration, the Embassy of France to the Philippines in partnership with B-Side Productions and Viva Manila present the 20th anniversary of Fête de la musique in Metro Manila.  On June 20th, there will be a Fête Kick-Off Party at Baluarte de SanDiego in Intramuros at 8pm featuring French, Filipino, and Indian artists: DJ M.MAT, SinIndia, Caliph 8 and Kate Torralba.

For the first time in 20 years, Fête de la musique will be celebrated simultaneously on the 3 main stages across 2 cities and 19 pocket stages, all free of cover charge as always. The main stages will be at A-Venue Parking Lot on Makati Avenue, Greenbelt 3 Park and Maestranza Plaza in Intramuros. The extension in Intramuros, one of Metro Manila’s richest historical sites, is made possible through the new partnership with the Department of Tourism, Intramuros Administration and Viva Manila.

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Fête de la Musique aims to showcase the breadth and depth of Filipino talent while promoting universal values such as freedom, cultural diversity as well as generosity, as most of the artists are performing for free. The spirit of Fête also promotes brotherhood among nations and the joy to share together the same passion for music, art and culture.

From 3.30PM to 1:30AM, over 200 local acts and 2 French artists (M.MAT and DJ Jon Attend) will rock the main and pocket stages all over Makati, Intramuros and Malate.  Fête de la musique 2014 will feature Tropical Depression with Lolita Carbon of Asin, Kalayo with Joey Ayala, Radioactive Sago Project with Kat Agarrado of SinoSikat, Basti Artadi with Radha, Motherbass with June Marieezy, Imago, Pedicab, Barbie Almalbis, Cocojam, Kjwan, Taken by Cars, Flippin’ Soul Stompers, Brigada, Miss Badkiss, Caliph8, Red-I, Philippine All-Stars, just to name a few.

Independently organized pocket stages around Makati, Intramuros and Malate will be located near the main stages for people to freely jump from one venue to another.  They are as follows: Acoustic Stage & Fete Throwback Photo Exhibit by Li Perez + Generic Mawmaw at A_Space; Chillout Stage by Radar MNL at Buddha BarRock/Reggae/Ska Stage by Chronic Wheeze & FoolMoon Productions at B-Side; House Party Stage by Personal Space + Durrty Hotdog + Riot House at Black Market & Finders Keepers; World Stage by Luna Fest & Musikeraw at Café Curieux; Latin Stage at Chihuahua; Blues, Soul & Funk Stage by MamboRat Productions at H&J; Hip-hop & RnB Stage by Boogie Down Manila at M Café; Cabaret Stage by PI Jazz Festival Foundation at Murphy’s Pub; Mod Stage by MOD Philippines + Ava Primeat Society Lounge; Jazz Stage by PI Jazz Festival Foundation hosted by Sandra Lim-Viray at Bayleaf Lounge, St Giles Hotel; Electronica Stage by Nomad Massive at Time in Manila; Indie Stage by NDFY@12 Monkeys in Century City Mall; Alternative Rock Stage by Red Ninja at Sazi’s Kalye Nakpil; Experimental Hip-hop by BuwanBuwan Colletive at Eat Café, V Hotel; Spoken Word Stage by Speak Philippines at Sev’s Café; Bass Beats Breaks Stage by Torta Manila at Heaven Malate; Nouveau Jazz Stage by PI Jazz Festival Foundation at Lyceum University of the Philippines.
Fête de la musique 2014 is organized by the Alliance Française de Manille, the Department of Tourism, Intramuros Administration, the Embassy of France to the Philippines in partnership with B-Side Productions and Viva Manila, and through the support from corporate partnerships with Rustan’s, Stores Specialists Inc., Bensimon, Smart, Spinnr and Illustrado; venue partnerships with A.Venue Mall, Ayala Center and Greenbelt; institutional partnerships with the City of Makati, Barangay Poblacion, MAPSA, Makati Police; hotel partnership with Best Western Plus Antel Hotel; and media partners BusinessWorld, High Life, HerWord.com, Esquire, Myx Music Channel, Solar News Channel, Deezer, Yahoo!, Radio Republic, Amplify.ph, Balut Radio, Travelife and the Tourism Promotions Board. The Fête de la Musique organizers would especially like to acknowledge the support of all the pockets venues and production partners for their continuous involvement and contribution to the success of this event that is celebrated worldwide.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Audrey Tautou Movie Mood Indigo in French Film Fest

I cannot wait to see Audrey Tautou dazzle me with her rom com quirks.

Her movie,  L’Écume des jours (Mood Indigo (Directed by Michel Gondry and Produced by Brio Films)) is part of this year's French Film Fest.


I loved Audrey in her movies Priceless, Delicacy, and of course Amelie, I just can't wait to see this film in cinema pa!

Here is a brief synopsis of the film.
Running time: 2 h 5 min
Released: April 24, 2013
Production year: 2013

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD_I5VleaZM


This is the surreal and poetic story of Colin, an idealistic and inventive young man, who meets Chloé, a young woman who seems to be the incarnation of a blues by Duke Ellington. Their  idyllic marriage turns to sorrow when Chloé becomes ill, due to a water lilly growing in her lung. To pay for her medical care, in a fantastical Paris, Colin must work in increasingly absurd conditions, while their apartment falls to bits around them and their circle of friends, including talented Nicolas, and Chick, a fanatic of the philosoper Jean-Sol Sartre, disintegrates.

Screening dates: June 10, 8:30pm / June 13, 1:00pm / June 15, 6:00pm

See you!

19th French Festival Screening Schedule


Finally, the much awaited (for me) French Film Fest is happening this month at Greenbelt Cinema 3.

What more, Audrey Tatou of Amelie fame has a movie in this film fest. (Yay!)

Better come early as this is on a first come first serve basis only. :)

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Bright and Fun For Everyone MyPhone Rio Fun

Bright and Fun For Everyone
MyPhone Rio Fun now available in Lazada Philippines


The MyPhone Rio Fun is said to be the trifecta of eye-popping color, crisp functionality, and affordability. Its five-inch LCD screen is perfect for squint-free wide format view for all your photos and videos.

So here’s what you will  get out of your PhP 2,999 with the MyPhone Rio Fun:
  • 5-inch FWVGA TFT LCD screen @ 854×480 pixels, 195ppi
  • MediaTek MT6572 1.3GHz dual-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mali-400MP1 GPU
  • 512MB internal storage
  • Expandable 32GB internal storage
  • 2G only
  • Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • 3.2MP rear camera, LED flash
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Li-Ion 1800mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Purchasing the MyPhone Rio Fun from Lazada.com.ph gives you nothing but effortless and risk-free shopping experience. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Viking Screamfest in Manila

Welcome to Viking Screamfest, an open cinema featuring the scariest part of Norwegian culture.

On the 17th of May, Norwegians all over the world will celebrate the 200 years Bicentenary of the Norwegian constitution, also known as “the people’s constitution”. Since the best way to celebrate a people’s constitution is with a party for the people, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila is hence proud to present Viking Screamfest, a one night open air film festival, hosted in partnership with Kanto Artist Run Space, supported by Vinyl on Vinyl, WabiSabi, B-side and The Collective.

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As Norway celebrates its 200 years of independence, the Norwegian cultural roots dates from much earlier times.Living far from each other, surrounded bydark woods, tall mountains and deep fjords
Norwegians have partly entertained and partly scared each other with myths and folk tales about trolls and gnomes for thousands of years.

Even in our days, the creatures from Norwegian folk tales and folklore still exists in Norwegian culture, and Norwegians still like to scare each other. In fact, this is partly the source of the continuous production of Norwegian horror films, embracing the gloomy parts of the Norwegian history, fantasy and scenery. These films are both nationally and internationally acclaimed and loved, and on the 17th of May, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila wishes to offer a glimpse of this part of the Norwegian culture for those who dare.

To quote the author Strindberg August: “To fight with trolls, free princesses and kill werewolves, that is to live!”

Monday, March 24, 2014

A taste of local Filipino flavor for a budget of $25 a day

On a budget, but want to go to the Philippines to have a bite of the famous Filipino cuisines. Having been named by host of Bizarre Foods Andrew Zimmerman as the next best thing, it wouldn't be a wonder why many have been wanting to try some Pinoy cuisine. 


We have made this list that will help you spend $25 or P1250 (assuming that the dollar exchange rate is P50 for $1) a day for some local flavor.

Breakfast:
- Pandesal (Pinoy bun) in local community bakeries may cost about P2 to P5. But, if you are wary of anything, you may try Pan de Manila, there are many branches of this bakery scattered all over the metro. It may be a bit higher than the community bakeries, but the size and quality will make up for  the P6 a piece bread
- Longaniza, Tocino, Tapa are available in carinderias. If you want to know if the place you are eating to is safe, be discerning enough to observe the foods served as well as the number (and type) of people who eat there. Don't want to try a carinderia, try Jollibee (worth P73 to 89), Adobo Connection, and even Mc Donald's (breakfast meal only, which serves between 4am to 10am)

Lunch 
(this will no longer be classified into food but by restos, since you are in a budget, we included fast food chains)
Jollibee - This is a local fast food chain (about 800 branches) that not only serves western favorites such as hotdog and burgers, but also serves Pinoy faves such as Pansit Palabok (P62 to 78), Daing na Bangus (P89 to 99), among others. If you want to try the Pinoy spagetti (which is sweet), you can do so here!

Mang Inasal- Grilled chicken Filipino Style! Also try their Halo-Halo, which Anthony Bourdain comments, "Oh, yes, halo-halo. Dig deep and you hit delicious stratas of red beans, white beans and chickpeas, cubes of red and green jell-o, young white coconut, shaved ice, and is that flan? It makes no goddamned sense at all. I love it.”

Adobo Connection - The name is a definite give away of what this resto serves.  But don;t go judging that easily as there are amany ways to cook adobo as this food chain shows us: Traditional Adobo, Adobo sa Gata, Adobong Kangkong, and even Adobo Flakes. Price range: P50 to P200.

Max's Restaurant- though this restaurant became popular because of its fried chicken, best with Banana Catsup (a Pinoy orginal), it wouldn't hurt to try other Filipino dishes such as sinigang, Kare-Kare, and nilaga that ranges from P200 (can serve 2 to 3 persons) to P800 (there are set meals available). I included this with the fast food chains as there are abound within the whole country.

Snacks
Chicharon,Cornick, are all avaiable in convenince stores such as 7-11 and Mini Stop.

Apart from Mang Inasal, do try the Halo Halo of Chowking!

Dinner
Dampa - this isn't exactly a high-end resto, but Sarah Jessica Parker did try Pinoy food here and said she loved it. This is a unique experience as you have the option of buying what you wanted cook in the Dampa market, and having it cooked the way you preferred alongside the different carinderias. Princes may vary depending on food stalls and canteens. Be sure to haggle!

Aristocrat, Dencio's, are other restaurant you can try to sample the local flavor. Dencio's will satiate your sisig yearning while Aristocrat is best known for its Fried Chicken.

Kamayan, Cabalen, Kamay Kainan offers buffet meals for about P300 to P800.

Have about a P1000 left try: Romulo's, Fely J's, Sentro, this all serve Filipino cuisines and even offer a fusion of local favorites.

Now if you want some street foods, without thinking if this will give you hearbum (:D), try:
Mercato Centrale ( a night market in uptown Fort), Cucina Andare (located in Makati CBD). Based on my experience you can get isaw (innards) , betamax (pig blood), and other street food favorites which are incredibly big in serving for 3 for P100.

Do note that the best way to eat Filipino food, as some people say, is to be invited in a Filipino home, where people will serve you local dishes made with their unique twist to a long living recipe.

Click on the links to find out more about the restos as well as the different branches.

This is in response to the Polish bloggers ranting about Filipino street food. Their excuse was that they were travelling on a budget and that locals pointed them towards that certain type of food. So, this list will hopefully serve as a guide for people like these two tramps, who should have done research first before saying that they would rather go hungry than eat the Filipino food. 




Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Celebrate France! Francophonie in March

Francophonie in Manila celebrates cultural diversity and human rights in March

Manila joins in the celebration of cultural diversity and human rights as the different francophone embassies and cultural institutions come together this March for the Month of the Francophonie.

The celebration takes its name from the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), an area composed of 57 member states and governments that share the French language and engage in cultural, scientific, economic, and judicial cooperation. Of great importance to the OIF are the promotion of cultural diversity and the protection of human rights, values that are inherent in the French language and in the OIF as an organization.

The commitment of the OIF to cultural diversity is proven by its geographically-diverse membership, which includes countries in Asia such as Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, and in Africa, such as Madagascar, Egypt, Tunisia and Mali. The OIF has also been active in promoting peace and engaging in conflict resolution.


Although the Philippines is not a member of this organization, the values to which the OIF stands find relevance in Filipino society.

The month-long Francophonie celebration in Manila patterns its activites on these two values, along with an appreciation for the French language.

The general public is enjoined to experience the finest in French animation through a series of film screenings at the Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium in all weekends of March. Admission is free of charge and authentic French snacks will be available for the audience.

Different public and private Filipino high schools and universities will be testing their knowledge in the French language in a national theater contest on March 8 at the European International School. At present, over 1,500 Filipino public school are learning French as part of their school curriculum.


Critically acclaimed director Lito Casaje presents his interpretation of Jean-Paul Sarte’s Huis-clos (No Exit) onMarch 14, 7:30pm at the Rajah Sulayman Theater in Fort Santiago. The premise lies in three people condemned to spending eternity with each other in a single room in the afterlife, which ultimately leads to the play’s most memorable line, “Hell is other people.”

The Alliance française de Manille will also host the annual Printemps des Poètes, a night to appreciate and share French, English and Filipino poetry.

Finally, the Embassy of France is proud to launch a documentary video contest on the theme Les Droits de l’homme à l’ère du numérique (Human Rights in the Digital Age). Open to 18 to 25 year olds learning the French language, the contest aims to explore the role of social media both as a catalyst in protecting freedom and rights and as a means of putting these values in danger.

The winning participant will be given a 10-day, all expeses paid trip to France in July and will join a delegation representing over 120 countries to visit French institutions and meet with officials specializing in the issue of human rights.

The Month of the Francophonie is organized by the embassies of France, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Laos, Switzerland, and the Consulate of Monaco.

For more information on the Month of Francophonie, visit www.ambafrance-ph.org or www.facebook.com/FrenchEmbassyManila.

Jericho Rosales Mugshot Revealed

PRESS RELEASE: 

Manila — TV and film star Jericho Rosales is the latest celebrity to join People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia's campaign to transfer the elephant Mali from a concrete enclosure at the Manila Zoo—which is causing her pain from potentially fatal foot ailments every day—to a lush sanctuary where she can finally receive adequate veterinary care and the companionship of other elephants. Rosales is in good company: Charice, Aiza Seguerra, Dingdong Dantes, Kim Chiu, Xian LimSam Milby, Marian RiveraPaul McCartney, and many other stars have posed for "mug shots" in support of Mali's transfer. In addition, the world's most respected elephant experts, including Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, Dr. Philip K. Ensley, and Dr. Vicki Fishlock have stated their support for the transfer. Rosales' photo is attached and can also be viewed on the campaign's Facebook page.



In addition to starring in the new print ad, Rosales also stars in a video public service announcement (available here, with a broadcast-quality version available here), in which he calls for Mali's freedom. "All evidences tells us that Mali is lonely and badly in need of veterinary care," he says. "I don't understand why Mali's transfer has not already happened—she deserves a life that is more than the confines of the Manila Zoo."

Mali has received essentially no veterinary care for more than 36 years, leaving her to endure constant pain from debilitating foot problems. Also, elephants are highly social animals who naturally live in herds and suffer greatly in the absence of other elephants. Mali is all alone, making her transfer even more urgent.

Even if the elephant exhibit at the Manila Zoo were to be doubled or tripled in size, it would still not be adequate to house one elephant, never mind additional ones. While zoos around the world routinely spend 2 billion pesos on attempts at more appropriately sized elephant enclosures, more and more zoos have recognized that the needs of these complex and intelligent animals cannot be met in captivity. The Detroit Zoo, the ZSL London Zoo, the Toronto Zoo, the Greater Vancouver Zoo, and the San Francisco Zoo are just a few of the zoos around the world that are closing their elephant exhibits and transferring the elephants to sanctuaries. If the Manila Zoo were to follow the lead of these zoos, the decision would undoubtedly be met with accolades from around the world and set the Philippines apart as a nation highly concerned with animal welfare.

For more information, please visit PETA Asia's website FreeMali.com.

The British are Coming!

Press Release:The Great British Festival Comes to Manila

The five-month ‘THIS IS GREAT Britain’ campaign that featured a full spectrum of the best in British business and culture reaches its climax in the forthcoming Great British Festival happening at the Bonifacio High Street on March 7 to 9.

Everyone is invited to the three-day festival, which will highlight the United Kingdom’s world-class contributions in industry, entertainment, fashion, sports, education and the arts and will feature exhibitions and performances that will shine the spotlight on these areas of excellence. 

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British Ambassador Asif Ahmad is inviting everyone to join the celebration. “The Great British Festival is the grand finale of our five-month campaign which has built on the affinity Filipinos have with our country. We saw how British creativity in  music, fashion, art, writing, film and design was appreciated by those who came to our events. Shopper came out in large numbers to look at British brands that are now available here. We have reached out to the Philippines and Filipinos in turn  responded to us in a warm and loving way. We began our the campaign by going out to the community when my embassy colleagues and friends from the British Alumni Association went with me to the Philippine General Hospital to cheer up children who were unwell. We amazed and inspired people by showing what Britain does well-  a live cinematic production of Macbeth from the National Theatre, delicious food, trend setting fashion and world class education. British businesses shared their capabilities, innovations and their growing confidence in Asia as a marketplace. Our 3-day festival will bring it all together. I am inviting everyone to walk along Bonifacio High Street and come and see a great display, it is an open event and it is free! There will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.  

The weekend festivities include a Trade Exhibition featuring British brands that are familiar to many Filipinos, a Car Show of some of the world’s most iconic automobiles, an Education Pavilion where people can interact with alumni of the UK’s Chevening scholarship programme, a Visa Information booth for those interested in visiting the UK and the Britain in Miniature exhibits featuring top tourist attractions where passersby can take photos and take a selfie or two.


Catch the Younghusband brothers and Philippine Volcanoes in the Sports Area where they will coach budding athletes. Don’t miss country’s top para athletes as they demonstrate the sport of Wheelchair Basketball. Followers of British style are invited to the Fashion Show with the UK’s most well-known brands showcasing their Spring /Summer ‘14 collection. Movie buffs can grab their mats and popcorn for a Cinema in the Park and enjoy British movies under the stars. Head to the Main Stage to catch musical acts from Taken by Cars, She’s Only Sixteen, Bleu Rascals, The Bloomfields and many more.

 Admission to the Great British Festival is free.

 ‘This is GREAT Britain’ is organised by the British Embassy and its partners.  It is co-presented by Fox International Channels, Bonifacio Global City and Bonifacio High Street, in cooperation with Lee Cooper, Marks & Spencer, Surface Technology International, GSK, Jaguar/Land Rover, Pru Life UK and Fil-Anglo management & Promotional Consultants.

For more information please contact the GREAT Events team at GREAT@britchamphil.org

Saturday, January 04, 2014

QC residents to pay for simple trash collection.

Although yes, it has been said that it will be an annual payment, the law passed by the Quezon City Council, and approved by Mayor Herbert Bautista is just absurd.

Trash collection just as law enforcement is a public service, and should remain free. People are already paying their taxes for that, why is there a need for an add-on?

What more, after making it an annual due, will the Quezon City government lae it to a monthly thing? Heaven forbid, that once other LGUs have seen the extra income that garbage collection has given to politicos in QC, will they follow suit? Charging everyone in the whole metropolis, then the whole country for public service.

To quote an editorial from the inquirer:

Bautista, Ferrer, et al. may cite lofty reasons for this new tax, but its arbitrary nature cannot be papered over. If something as fundamental as garbage collection can now be “taxed” separately, over and above the other requisite fees ordinary citizens have to pay the government, then what’s to stop the Quezon City government from levying payments next for, say, assigning more police presence to a particular area? Or installing new street lights? Or repairing busted pipes, putting out fires, managing traffic, saving people from floods and disasters?