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Miss Longest Legs meets Mr. Tiniest Man meets Mr. Tallest Man

September 17, 2008

In Trafalgar Square in London, UK, title holders Svetlana Pankratova of Russia and He Pinging of China meet each other on September 16, 2008 to promote the Guinness Book of World Records. Standing at 6 feet and 4 inches, the lady with legs which measure 4 feet and 4 inches (52 inches) carries the title of Miss Longest Legs and the little guy, Mr. Smallest Man has height of 29.37 inches. Earlier, He Pingping also met Bao Xishun, a 56 year old Mongolian who is known as the tallest man at 7 feet and 9 inches.


15,000 Filipinos in a bid for a Guinness World Record:“Samahan na walang katulad!

September 6, 2008

It’s superb company whenever relatives, friends, and the family get together for a drink. San Miguel beer is pre-eminent in its popularity. It’s the nation’s leading brew which brings Filipinos together. OO! Samahan na walang katulad! (friendship like no other!)

Be it on a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation, a throw-away party for someone going abroad, a returning OFW’s welcome, a dead man’s wake or a sulking footnote of a love-relationship gone sour, San Miguel beer is arguably our drink that perks up the day. It sets the tone of our celebrations. It brings a lot of delights and sometimes trouble.

San Miguel beer, the popular amber-colored brew, a proud product made in the Philippines, carries mild alcohol which easily knocks out our inhibitions, makes us dreamy, relax, loquacious, and merry. Desirably taken icy-cold to ward off tropical heat in the country, the beer goes well with scrumptious food: pulutan like sisig, chicharon bulaklak, ligo, balut, kinilaw or caldereta. It’s just the perfect bubbly concoction which defines fun in our gatherings.

On September 5, 2008, the city of Manila embarked on a San Miguel beer drinking fest which brought a crowd of more than 15,000 people in Ortigas to start a long celebration, hoping to set a world record. The road from Lourdes Avenue to Julia Vargas became an amazing 603.5-meter-long beer bar, with four concert stages for the fiesta patterned from Germany’s Oktoberfest. PDI (O9/06/08, Natividad, BT)

The beer-fest was mainly for merriment, but strangely unusual, it was attended by 15,000 people. With tinge of self-importance and hubris which commercial organizers thought could topple a record in the Guinness Book, they eyed on making Las Vegas’ distinction of 13,000 people gulping beer at the same time obsolete.

The event was disturbance-free with tight security details in place. It was a successful fun-filled “samahan” like a large gathering of “barkadas” around a pitcher of beer, but an accidental electrocution of 20 workers (causing burn injuries) occured during the dismantling of the props.

One ponders on the event’s undertones, its meanings when the din of merriment has subsided. Can casual beer drinking lead to alcohol dependence and abuse? Is it beneficial for us to win a drinking distinction in the Guinness Book of Records? Where will a whole-scale commercial promotion of drinking bring our nation? What impact does it have on the campaign to control alcoholism in the country? What effect will it have in the next generation?

A disorder characterized by unusual craving for liquor, alcoholism (alcohol dependence) is a problem in the Philippines. Just like in other countries, it’s a major cause of job loss, family fued, car-crash, and accident. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates about 140 million people in various countries have alcohol dependence and 78% aren’t treated.


Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol dependence increases the risk of liver disease (hepatitis and cirrhosis), dangerously irregular heart rhythms (“holiday heart” syndrome), stomach ulcers, brain damage, stroke and other health problems. In pregnant women who drink alcohol, there is also the danger that the child will develop fetal alcohol syndrome, a cluster of health problems including unusually low birth weight, facial abnormalities, heart defects and learning difficulties.

In most Western countries, including the United States, the lifetime chance of developing alcoholism is about 10% for men and 3% to 5% for women. Although there is strong evidence that at least part of a person’s risk for alcoholism is inherited, having a family history of alcoholism does not guarantee that someone will become an alcoholic. Other lifestyle factors a social setting where alcohol is a regular part, easy availability of alcohol, severe personal problems may be even more important than heredity in determining whether some people develop alcoholism. For those who have a strong family history of alcoholism, a supportive family and healthy friendships often can prevent the illness from starting.”— =0=

The Elfin Lady in Red & the Tall Guy of the White House Beside Her

Come to think of it, isn’t the presence of Ambassador Kenney in Kuala Lumpur an anomaly? The US has never been part of the peace process in the South unlike the OIC, Malaysia and Indonesia.” — MyTy, Philippines (Photo Credit:


Saro pang madahom na kandidata kan Miss Bicolandia 2008

September 4, 2008

Siempre kada taon, pirme nang gusto kan mga tawo an maka-hiling nin kagayonan na natutuparan sana sa Kabikolan. Sa pag-pugay sa sarong kandidata, uya siya. Marhay an huyom-huyom, halangkaw, may pulag ang tindog!

Dae ko maling’wan kan sadit pa ako. Sa UNC Sports Palace sa ciudad kan Naga an ralaban kayan. An mga ka-aki’an nasakat sa kudal, sa halangkaw na kahoy. Halos magaba an entablado kun an mga tawo nadaragsa para makahiling man kan mga tabay na maputi’on, pusod na hararom, ngirit na nakaka-akit.

Bago sa kapistahan ni Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia sa Septiembre 21, 2008, dia kan Misa de Gracia sa Basilica, siguradong may mapipili ng madahom na Miss Bicolandia 2008! Photo Credits: JerryLimLee & Bicol Mail =0=


Tiya Dely: giving away advices like lollipops and candies

September 1, 2008

If a name could mirror one’s life and vocation, it might apply to Fidela “Tiya Dely” Magpayo. A popular broadcast personality in Manila, she dispensed advices (payo) to radio listeners as if she gave away lollipops and candies. She was known as a commentator, dramatist, on-the-air counselor, singer, and patron of Filipino music. The public admired her as a familiar consoling voice in the airwaves.

Many radio listeners with diverse dilemmas, running from personal to political, came to Tiya Dely for a piece of her mind, alleviating their insecurity, brushing aside distress, giving them common sense suggestions to approach life’s mundane challenges.

Stricken with massive cerebral bleed, Tiya Dely, the soft-hearted grand dame of local radio who dispensed public information and popularized Filipino music, quietly died at the age of 87 at the Manila Doctors Hospital on September 1, 2008.

The DzRh broadcaster with a long professional career spanning 6 decades had a big heart and ear for people with problems. Leaving a legacy of compassion and public service, she had been an epitome of a simple life made larger as an aunt, a mother, a sister, a wife, and a friend who was always willing to listen.

So long Tiya Dely! May God shower you with the love you gave away when you were with us!

Miss Bicolandia 2008 Search is On!

August 30, 2008

The Penafrancia Fiesta heats up with the presentation of candidates for the Miss Bicolandia 2008, the traditional search which highlights the famed annual festival of the Bicol region. On August 23, 2008, 20 hopeful candidates from different cities and provinces have been chosen from in an exciting poolside selection held at the Naga City Civic Center. In a dazzling evening pageant-competition, the winner will be crowned at the UNC Sports Palace on September 17, 2008.

According to Bicol Mail, a leading newspaper of the region, the young beautiful ladies vying for Miss Bicolandia 2008 are: Norify Kristal, Alexandra Raro, Mae Liezel Ramos, and Suserain Algura from Naga City; Alexis Joyce Beldon, Kelly Obligacion, and Amanda Powell from Legazpi City; Melody Adelheid Gersbach and Irene Loterena from Daraga, Albay; Katrina Villanueva (Cabusao), Ariane Natalie Lim (Canaman), Glaiza Reveza (San Fernando), Cherry Rose Juico (Caramoan), and Jean Babor (Baao), all of Camarines Sur; Margie Perena of San Andres, Catanduanes; Maricel Manzano of Masbate City; Honeyly Maninang of Iriga City; and Krystel Joy de los Santos, Ma. Farah Lopez, and Ma. Czarina Paita, all of Camarines Norte. Bicol Mail (08/30/08) (PhotoCredits: JerryLimLee)

Southern Philippines’ Colorful Kadayawan

August 28, 2008

On the main day of the celebration the major Davao tribes and various invited non-Davao tribes like the Talaandig, Dibabawon, Sangil, Subanen and T’boli performed in the main plaza. Eye-popping shiny but authentic costumes were plenty in display alongside native musical instruments. The crowds rushed the stage when it was the turn of the T’boli maiden to perform and I was able to see with my own eyes that their reputation was not undeserved.” —Apolonio Baylon, UP Ibalon, Davao City, Philippines. Photo Credits: Eric Dee/ =0=

Fashion in Manila

August 24, 2008

Not to be outdone by fashion events in Paris, New York, London, or Tokyo, the Bench Denim and Underwear Fashion Show pushed through in Manila with a rousing display of skin, entrepreneurship, and imagination in July 25, 2008.

Among the models was popular comedienne Ruffa Mae Quinto who appeared in Araneta Coliseum with an underwear that hinted how hot it could be when midnight fell in the city. Her dazzling intimate attire combined rooster’s feathers and miniscule wavy cloth, dazzling the eyes of the audience and driving the crowd’s heart aflutter.

With the incandescent whiteness of an Edison bulb and crisp softness of a halogen light, her smooth alabaster legs were breath-taking as the naughty curves of her butt. Her firm bosom (erect like her lordotic spine,) stood as though the national anthem was played all along.

Celebrities like Alessandra de Rossi, Sam Milby, Diether Ocampo, Rachelle Go, Priscilla Meirelles, Angelica, Panganiban, Sarah Geronimo, John Pratts, Robi Domingo, Kim Chiu, Wendell Ramos, Valerie Weigmann, Gerald Adnerson, Egay Falcon, JC de Vera, Rayven Cruz, Shaine Magdayao, Dingdong Dantes, Margaret Wilson and many others were in attendance. Mabuhay! (Photo Credit: Pep) =0=

Ricky Martin, singer, a father of twins

August 21, 2008

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, 36, becomes a father of boy twins born through ‘gestational surrogacy” this August 2008. The identity of the mother who donated the egg(s) nor the woman who carried the babies to term isn’t presently known, but babies, and dad are reportedly well.

La subrogación gestacional es la transferencia del embrión a una mujer que lo carga en su útero. Generalmente la mujer que lo carga no tiene ninguna relación genética con el feto.’—NY Daily News /AP/Prensa Associada (08/20/08) “Gestational surrogacy” is the transfer of the embryo to a woman who carries the baby to term in her uterus. The woman has no genetic affinity with the embryo (becomes a fetus when it gets older in utero.) The embryo is fertilized in vitro from a donor egg of a woman (different from the one who carries the baby to term)with the father’s sperm.

Known for being a member of the popular boy dance-sing group called Menudo, his later hit interpretation of “Livin’ with La Vida Loca” and his charitable works for the prevention of human trafficking and child exploitation, Martin has custody of the twins and is elated to assume fatherhood. *PCredit: Getty Images)=0=

Human Imagination, DNA Test & the Big Foot Hoax

August 16, 2008

It’s the stuff that children usually imagine and adults take advantage of. A story of a huge hairy half-ape, half-man named Big Foot doesn’t fail to stimulate our curiosity in spite of tell-tale signs of fakery and hyperbolic imagination. After decades of search for the mythical beast, there’s nobody who has proven (with unequivocal certainty) that the beast truly exists.

This week Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, co-owners of a business that commercially sells Bigfoot merchandise, ostensibly appeared in a news conference in Palo Alto, California to claim having found the carcass of the creature while hiking in the a forest of northern Georgia. Naturally, curious people were abuzz. The tabloids, talk radio, TV, and the internet had cryptologists and skeptics debating on the legendary bipedal humanoid while the two men hugged public attention.

To clarify their outrageous claim, DNA tests were done on the purported Big Foot corpse. Scientist Curt Nelson of the University of Minnesota who performed the test revealed that of the two samples submitted from the beast, one came from a human being and the other from an opossum, a marsupial. =0=

Elvis Presley’s Wide-legged Costume Sells for $300K in an Online Auction

August 8, 2008

His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense, and he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness, and good humor of his country.– President Jimmy Carter

The king of rock and roll Elvis Presley still commands following and fascination. The singer-actor’s favorite wide-legged pants which made women crazy sold for $300,000— so far the most expensive piece of his possession offered in an auction. Worn by the star in 1974, the outfit was a hand-made blue and gold peacock jumpsuit fashioned at a cost of $10,000 by LA designer Bill Belew, the maker of famous singer’s clothes in the 60’s and 70s. Prior to this sale, the most expensive Elvis collectible was his car, a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II which sold for $295,000. AP (08/07/08, Ilyntsky,U.)