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.

July 19, 2008

The Second Baguio LGBT Pride Prade

Two weeks ago, a friend and fellow activist from Baguio City invited me and our other comrades for the 2nd Baguio LGBT Pride Parade on July 20(that's tommorrow). Unfortunately, due to family responsibilities I won't be able to attend the event.

This year's event was organized by Lesbians for National Democracy(LESBOND), Progressive Organization of Gays in the Philippines (PROGAY- Baguio), BIND, Cordillera Womens Education, Action & Research Center (CWEARC), and Gabriela Women's Party, and will start tommorrow at the Baguio Post Office, 8:30am.

Last Friday I was able to watch LESBOND coordinator Julie Palaganas regarding the preparations of the said activity. Hay, I wish I could attend. But anyway, cheers to our fellow filipinos who continously support the LGBT community!

July 1, 2008

It's Official: Google terminates Adsense for Referrals

By the end of August this year, Google will officially remove its Adsense Referrals service.

The letter I received today from Google stated that after August, AdSense Referrals code will nolonger display ads. For some reasons maybe, that according to Google, "We’re constantly looking for ways to improve AdSense by developing and supporting features which drive the best monetization results for our publishers. Sometimes, this requires retiring existing features so we can focus our efforts on the ones that will be most effective in the long term."

Bad news for Filipino bloggers like using this program.

So before that deadlines comes, Google Adsense advised its users to:

* Remove all referral code from your site(s): Please take amoment to remove all referral code from your sites before the lastweek of August, so that you can continue to effectively monetiseyour ad space.

* Replace your referral ads with AdSense for content ads: Ifyou have less than three AdSense for content ad units on a page,we recommend replacing referral ad units with standard AFC adunits. This will minimize the risk of decreased AdSense earningswhen the Referrals programme is retired.

* Run and save all referrals reports to your desktop: All Referrals reports will no longer be available at the end of October.

While scanning at the Adsense Blog, I have found out that some bloggers find it a bad move while others say it was a good move for they are not earning much from it.