November 5, 2008

Obama Makes History as America's First Black President

News Source: Yahoo! News



His name etched in history as America's first black president, Barack Obama turned from the jubilation of victory to the sobering challenge of leading a nation worried about economic crisis, two unfinished wars and global uncertainty.


"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned.

Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated Republican John McCain to become the first African-American destined to sit in the Oval Office, America's 44th president. He was the first Democrat to receive more than 50 percent of the popular vote since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

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"It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America," Obama told a victory rally of 125,000 people jammed into Chicago's Grant Park.
For the Vice Presidential race, Sen. Joe Biden won against Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Obama scored an Electoral College landslide that redrew America's political map. He won states that reliably voted Republican in presidential elections, like Indiana and Virginia, which hadn't supported the Democratic candidate in 44 years. Ohio and Florida, key to Bush's twin victories, also went for Obama, as did Pennsylvania, which McCain had deemed crucial for his election hopes.

With just 76 days until the inauguration, Obama is expected to move quickly to begin assembling a White House staff and selecting Cabinet nominees.


After the longest and costliest campaign in U.S. history, Obama was propelled to victory by voters dismayed by eight years of George W. Bush's presidency and deeply anxious about rising unemployment and home foreclosures and a battered stock market that has erased trillions of dollars of savings for Americans.

Six in 10 voters picked the economy as the most important issue facing the nation in an Associated Press exit poll. None of the other top issues — energy, Iraq, terrorism and health care — was selected by more than one in 10. Obama has promised to cut taxes for most Americans, get the United States out of Iraq and expand health care, including mandatory coverage for children.

Obama acknowledged that repairing the economy and dealing with problems at home and overseas will not happen quickly. "We may not get there in one year or even in one term," he said. "But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there."


McCain conceded defeat shortly after 11 p.m. EST, telling supporters outside the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, "The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly."

"This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and the special pride that must be theirs tonight," McCain said. "These are difficult times for our country. And I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face."

Black Americans celebrate Obama's Victory

'CIVIL WAR ENDED'

For anyone with a sense of America's history of slavery and the 19th century Civil War that tore the country apart, Obama's win was a landmark.

Slavery and its successor, a brutal system of racial segregation that prevailed in the South until the 1960s, long tarnished the country's pride in democratic ideals.

"And so it came to pass that on November 4, 2008, shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern time, the American Civil War ended, as a black man -- Barack Hussein Obama -- won enough electoral votes to become president of the United States." wrote New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.

It was not just columnists seeing a moment to savor.

"This is definitely history in the making," said elementary school teacher Sheneka Mayes, 32, in Atlanta. "This night will be burned into my memory and into the memory of my children."
In a politically polarized country, many conservatives bemoaned the defeat of Republican John McCain but supporters of Democrat Obama delighted in his win, and many of them because he will be the first black president in U.S. history.

A big crowd held a candlelight vigil at King's tomb in Atlanta, setting the election firmly in the context of the movement in the 1950s and 1960s to end racial segregation and win the right to vote for black Americans in the South.

In his victory speech, Obama even told his daughters, "they earned a new puppy that wil come with them to the White House" and thanked his family especially her grandmother who passed away recently.


For more of the election results, you can take a look HERE. Obama's acceptance speech HERE.
McCain concedes. His speech HERE.


October 16, 2008

The Effective project proposal Part I

Hello guys, sorry for delaying this post. I promised last July to write this article, but I've been busy since that month, I almost forgot about this promise. Again, I'm sorry. But anyway, here's the article I promised to share to you.

This is the first part of your guide to write a very powerful project proposal But first, we have to define what exactly a project proposal is.

A project proposal is written, to make an offer and to try to convince a supervisor or a future customer to accept it. In a project proposal you state that, in exchange for time and/or money, you will give them something that they want (an analysis of a procedure, for example), make something they desire (a prototype of a new product), or do something they wish to have done (redesign an existing structure). In other words, you are asking a decision-maker to invest a resource, (time or money or both), so that the project you propose can be completed, and your readers, whether a future supervisor within your own organization, or your client for your project, will invest their resources carefully. Therefore, it is crucial that your proposal answers questions your readers may have about what you propose to them.

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The purpose of a project proposal is in the first place to mobilize and generate resources (funds, goods, solidarity networks, etc.). Secondly, a project document is the basis for project implementation. People will regularly consult the document in the future to review plans, budgets, time schedules, and, agreements.

Systematizing the information for the project proposal

During the first three phases of the project cycle, many people are involved in data gathering and planning sessions. A lot of information is compiled in notebooks and diaries; maps diagrams and workshop results are drawn on craft paper; pictures are taken; feasibility studies are conducted and a budget is prepared. The first question now is how to select and systematize the information that should be included in the document. The following steps might guide you:

Step 1: organize a workshop-type meeting with people who are tasked to write the document, and those who were involved in conducting the situational analysis, in the project conceptualization and planning.

Step 2: put the work sheet on a blackboard or on the wall. Be sure that you have enough space to see all columns in one glance. This will facilitate the cross-checking to make the column consistent with the other ones.

Step 3: start with writing down the project components and corresponding activities.

Step 4: continue with filling out, the columns at the right side components and activities should all be reflected in the required inputs and corresponding budget. Add time frame and responsible people. This information is the result of the project planning sessions.

Step 5: continue with the columns at the left side; formulate each component or project activity a specific objective and then one general objective. Be sure that the objectives are SMART.

Step 6: the column on “solution/strategy” refers to the information you gathered during the project conceptualization phase. Write down why the people in the community selected these project activities. How do people think that the selected project activities will benefit them? How do the solutions fit in the citizenry-based and development-oriented framework?

Step 7: The last column to the left is the “rationale” and the most difficult one. Here, you will write down the information that justifies the selected intervention. Explain what the main problems and concerns that were identified by the community members. Explain the underlying causes and consequences of the problems. Include only those problems and concerns that will be addressed by the project.

Step 8: if you have diagrams, maps, a seasonal calendar and a problem tree, include these in the proposal, since they facilitate the presentation of information. It is much shorter and more effective in transferring information than when it is just text.

Step 9: feasibility studies, community profiles, etc. can be kept in the appendices.

Step 10: when you have selected all relevant information, you can now start to write the first draft. Sometimes, Funding Agencies request to follow their format. If no format is available, the following can be used:

Cover Page with identifying data
1- Rationale: problem description
2- Description of selected solution/strategy; criteria used for selection
3- Project objectives: general and specific objectives
4- Project components and/or activities
5- Project management(including the community’s capacity)
6- Monitoring and evaluation plan
7- Project continuity
8- Risks/opportunities
9- Work plan
10- Budget requirements
11- Appendices: community profile, feasibility study

Next step: The Do’s and Don’ts of writing an effective project proposal

October 15, 2008

Koi Fish!


These cute guys are so adorable. And hungry. Can you tell me where'd I took this nice photo?

October 11, 2008

Review: Ultraman Mebius and the Ultraman Brothers

Release date September 16, 2006
Tsuburaya Productions

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Ultraman franchise, Tsuburya Productions released its 10th Ultraman film last 2006.

The story begins with the Ultraman Brothers(Ultraman, UltraSeven, Ultraman Jack, and Ultraman Ace) fighting a giant monster controlled by their deadly foe, Yapool.
giving thier enemy a critical hit, they combined their energies to create a seal to lock Yapool deep into the ocean near Kobe, but in exchange, they sacrificed and gave up threir ability to transform into Ultraman. But to watch over the enemy, they decided to live in Kobe as ordinary citizens.

Now 20 years later, an officer from CrewGUYS and a rookie from Space Garisson, Mirai Hibino to investigte the unusual events happening around Kobe. A warning sign appears to him and the four brothers and together, they must save the world from the evil plans of the four aliens that try to awaken and free the evil Yapool from the seal.

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First of all. I was super happy to see Ultraman Mebius and how he transformed to another Ultraman by merging with his brothers. honestly, I haven't watched the Mebius series on TV, so I was glad to see him in action. There is one similarity between Mebius and Ulltraman Cosmos, and that is their fighting stance. Unlike the previous Ultraman films, CG effects were used in this film, especially on the flying scenes. This was the same effect used in Ultraman Nexus(remember th fight between Nexus and Dark Faust?) Even the Ultraman suits were improved. before, UltraSeven was like wearing a Large-sized shirt. But in the movie, it ws well-fit and nice. They just retained the original rough surface on Ultraman's face to resemble the rough first mask from the early episodes of the original series.

But the most memorable part of this move was the return of the original Ultraman brothers- Susumu Kurobe, Koji Moritsugu, Jiro Dan and Keiji Takamine, returning to their roles as Hayata, Dan Moroboshi, Hideki Goh and Seiji Hokuto respectively. Instead of taking different roles, they actually reprised their original characters in the previous Ultraman series.

And of course if there's the original Ultramen, the original foes also returned! The classic Ultraman foes Alien Guts, Alien Zarab, Alien Temprer and Alien Nackle plan the invasion of Earth bby freeing Yapool. Indeed old school rocks! At the end of the movie, the original female characters appeared but not in the movie but in at the 40th anniversry party. Hiroko Sakurai, Yuriko Hishimi, Shunsuke Ikeda and Mitsuko Hoshi were present in the event together with the male charactersand the Ultraman Family.

All in all, the movie experience was great. My favorite line? "The power of faith becomes courage."

For those who want to watch and experience Mebius, you can watch the whole movie HERE

October 9, 2008

May this Flowchart I made be with me.

Analyze, analyze and analyze. This was what our IT02 prof told her class during our first meeting. This first week of this subject was a mayhem with me. A strict prof who hates noisy class, and a seatwork that turned out to be our first assignment. Hay, flowchart. I have a strong feeling that you will infiltrate and intrude my life this semester.

But, our professor was right. Indeed you have to work your brains out. You may say drawing a flowchart was easy, but drawing a flowchart for computer programs? It was not as easy as 123; this is where you have to analyze the problem needed. For example, creating a flowchart that will determine if a student passed a certain subject. See? Its not that easy. But I am determined to learn.

I am hoping that as I attend this IT02 class I will learn to appreciate and enjoy it, even if our prof was, let's say, strict. But you know what? I'd rather have a strict teacher than a nice but lazy one.

October 5, 2008

La Union Hosts Lunduyan 2008!

College Editors Guild of the Philippines
Office: Rm. 305 National Press Club bldg., Intramuros, Manila
Telefax: (02) 5243927
Email: cegphils@gmail.com

September 2008

Editor in Chief
The official student publication

Fellow campus journalist:


Greetings from the National Office!


The College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Luzon will hold the LUNDUYAN 2008, the annual Luzonwide journalism skills training workshop on October 25-29 at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Condora, Damortis, Rosario, La Union.

CEGP is the oldest and widest intercollegiate alliance of student publications in the country. This year, the Guild celebrates its 77th year of existence committed to the advancement of campus press freedom.


LUNDUYAN will provide lectures and workshops on basic, intermediate and advanced journalism skills. Likewise trainings on different literary genres will be given. And as part of the Guild’s dedication to educating student journalists regarding the plight of the country, various socio-political discussions will also be featured.


The Guild has invited respected media practitioners and luminaries of Philippine literature.
Also, promising literary writers will be honored in the 4th Gawad Emman Lacaba (GEM), CEGP-Luzon’s annual literary contest.


In this regard, we invite your publication to attend the LUNDUYAN 2008. Registration fee is pegged at P2, 350 per delegate, which is inclusive of food, lodging and kits for each participant. Attached herewith are the program and GEM’s mechanics. CHEd endorsement will follow as soon it is available.


For those yet to pay their annual CEGP membership fee, settlement of your dues is highly encouraged. CEGP’s institutional fee is P500 plus the regional fee (for example, NCR’s regional fee is P250) which is determined by the local chapters.


For queries, you may contact our Program Coordinators Mr. Gerg Anrol Cahiles at 09273670948 and Ms. Trina Fideris at 09104803098.
We look forward to your publication’s participation.


For a free press,

(sgd.)Rheyne Robledo
Chair, Organizing Committee

(sgd.)Mark Benedict Lim
Vice President for Luzon

October 2, 2008

The Best Buko Pie is in Nueva Vizcaya.

Finally,I found the tastiest Buko Pie in the country. And it's right in Nueva Vizcaya. But first I want to share to you my very first visit to this province.

My 8-hour trip to Nueva Vizcaya was fun. From San Fernando, La Union, I took the bus going to Isabela at 9:30 am. Since there's no regular bus trips around, my other option would be going to Rosales, Pangasinan and take a bus to San Jose, Nueva Ecija and from San Jose take another bus going to Bayombong. But since Armie had established a contact to Cabacungan Trans (they have daily trips from Laoag City to Isabela from Mondays to Saturdays), I just waited for this bus in front of our house and went off- lucky day. Though I expected a long winding bus ride, I was surprised to know that the bus fare was not that expensive- Php285, how's that for an 8-hour ride?


September 27, 2008

Birthday.


Kaarawan ko, Aniversary ng dalawang kaibigan, at kaarawan ng namayapang kaibigan.



Sa araw na ito, ako ay 23 years old na. Pupunta kami sa dagat ngayon dahil kaarawan ko. Aniversary din nina Lui at Paola ngayon. At birthday din ng kaibigan naming si Jermaine- naalala ko siya at biglang na-miss. Hay..


Sana ay hindi umulan. Para naman maenjoy namin ang dagat. Kasi pag umulan ngayon, wala kaming plan B. Pero kahit pa, rain or shine tuloy talaga.
Natutuwa ako at makakasama ko ulit ang mga kaibigan ko. Sana ay makarating din si Kuya Ric para kahit papano makapasyal siya.


Naalala ko ang mga nangyari sa akin sa nakaraang 23 taon. Ang mga taong nakilala ko sa aking paglalakbay, ang iba’y nakakausap ko pa rin. Ang iba’y wala na sa Pilipinas at ang iba’y wala na dito sa mundo. Nakakamiss sila. Gusto ko silang makita ulit.


Ang mga masasaya at malulungkot na pangyayari sa akin ay hindi ko pinagsisisihan. Dahil ito ang humuhubog sa akin sa kung ano ako ngayon. At handa na ako sa mga pagsubok na darating sa akin ngayong taon.

Bakit ba ma drama na naman ako?

September 16, 2008

Off to NV.

I will not be able to blog for the next 3-5 days; I will invade Nueva Viscaya with Armie. I will see around next week guys. Keep reading Llarenas Blog!

UPDATE:

We are currently trying to contact Kuya Ric's former coleagues and friends from CAP. Good thing, Ederic from Tinig.com responded to my letter and promised to give my letter to CAP.
My friends Louie and Paola, were doing the same. If you want to help Kuya Ric and happen to know some friends from CAP, please email me.

For more details, read this article.

September 11, 2008

A Day with Friends

Yesterday, on our visit to UCCP- Condora Retreat Lodgehere in La Union. We took some photos including the bullfrog below. If you are planning to have some seminars, workshops and trainings, this place is perfect.





September 2, 2008

Saijyo Nagi Blogs.

Saijyo Nagi, the mean(and quite bitch) Deputy Captain of Night Raiders blogs.




Now 3 years later after Ultraman Nexus, award-winning actress, accomplished model and singer, check out Yasue Sato thru her blog HERE.

August 29, 2008

Ultraman Cosmos Blogs.

Haruno Musashi of Team EYES, and Ultraman Cosmos' human host blogs.
Aside from being a good and cute father to his daughter Nono, Japanese actor Taiyo Sugiura
also loves blogging about his adventures and his family. Check out his blog HERE.

August 26, 2008

Hawaii Wins 2008 Little League World Series




Hawaii celebrates victory this year as the youngsters from Waipahu(Waipi'o) Little rocked the Matamoros, Mexico team, winning this year's Little League world Series Championship in South Williamsport, Pa.

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The Hawaiian team headed by one of their leading hitter and third baseman, Pikai Winchester did a really god job during the innings, but the main event of the game was 2nd baseman Tanner Tokunaga hitting 2 homeruns for the team against Matamoros' pitcher Sergio Rodriguez.



Waipahu's number 8 Iolana Akau also scored a homerun and made an incredible diving catch despite of his left elbow fracture. Starting pictcher and Filipino-American Caleb Duhay made
51/3 strikeout pitches for the win.





Fil-Am Caleb Duhay pitches for his team against Mexico


Considered one of the underdog of all Little League teams, the Waipahu team did their best and played with thier heads up.

A little trivia for this team: almost half of the Waipahu little league team are of Filipino descent. Want to know? They are:
Team Catcher Keelen Obedoza and Outfielders Jedd Andrade, Jordan Ulep and Matthew Yap.

August 24, 2008

Flowers!

I want to show you some photos I took that features different kinds of flowers growing in aroung ur house. I hope you'll like it.





August 6, 2008

The Night Raiders Markswoman Blogs.

Hiraki Shiori, the Night Raiders markswoman from the hit Japanese toku, Ultraman Nexus, blogs.
Known as Keiko Goto in real life, she spends her spare time watching movies and blogging. You can check out her blog HERE. But of course, don't forget to us Google Translate!

August 1, 2008

GreenPeace Forest Love: Get Involved

Greenpeace launched another campaign to protect our forests, together with this new intro video. This time, Greenpeace wants us to participate by simply:

Take pictures and/or videos of yourself and your friends spreading the love in a forest.
Submit your pictures in the flickr group or
Watch the vid and get involved.

July 30, 2008

Ultraman Max Blogs.

No, not the actual Ultraman Max. But his human form does.



Indeed, Sota is a very good-looking guy



Toma Kaito, Or Sota Aoyama in real life indeed has a blog and blogs all his daily activities and even posts some of his daily snapshots. His blog is of course in Japanese, but guys, what's the use of Google Translate?

July 28, 2008

Help Kuya Ric

I always remember Kuya Ric Gonzalo as a theater master. Experience-wise, Kuya Ric was not only a theater actor but a mentor, director, and facilitator. A member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines and Manila Mobile Theater(formerly Tanghalang Sta. Ana, famous for the play "Ang Martir sa Golgotha" and others), Amazing Philippines Theater’s first director, a workshop trainor for both Kapuso and Kapamilya stars, a proud member of the gay community, an Ilocano and a friend, yan si Kuya Ric.


Years later I learned that Kuya is suffering from Diabetes. And was in its final stage.




Weeks ago I accompanied some friends to visit Kuya Ric. He cried when he saw us in front of an old barung-barong situated at the slum area of the city where he lived alone. Seeing his conditions. We decided to bring Kuya to our friends' boarding house where he can eat and sleep well and where we can look after him. His kidneys were not functioning. He can't breathe well. And he had a hard time getting up and walking due to his swollen legs and feet. Last Friday, Kuya told me he might not be there on my birthday celebration. He believes that he'll pass away soon.





We were doing our best to help Kuya Ric. I am trying to establish contact on his former theater groups in Manila. So guys, fellow readers, if you happen to have some friends from Tanghalang Sta. Ana, Brownman's Theater, and CAP, please let me know. Aand if you want to provide some help to kuya, just send me an email sandramariellarenas@gmail.com

July 25, 2008

2nd Baguio Pride Parade 2008 Photos

Want to see them? The Baguio Pride Network has posted photos of the said activity, on their Friendster page. Here are some snapshots.



For full photos, click here.