Monday, March 22, 2010

Manuel - Joy Wedding - March 18, 2010, Intramuros, Manila

A million cheers to Manuel and Ate Joy for a beautiful wedding on March 18, 2010. Ceremony was held at the historic San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila. Reception was held in Patio Victoria, also in Intramuros. It was attended by Manuel and Joy's closest, best friends and family. :)

Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Nascimiento! May you be blessed with healthy children, prosperity, and everlasting bliss. :)

(Not) The First Kiss

First Dance

Party Time!

The Entourage

With host Dale Padilla! CONGRATULATIONS!

Thanks for the invite!


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pacquiao - Clottey Fight: What Fight??

The Pacquiao - Clottey fight was a total waste of time... Too bad it got the third-highest indoor boxing game...

Clottey mentioned he was taking his time. Looks like he's expecting a 15-round fight...

In fairness to Manny, he gave his best punches to the Ghanaian, but it seems that Clottey is just too scared to be knocked down. Ugly. Simply an ugly fight.

It looks like the Gayweather fight will be as boring as these. Fraud and Joshua have the same tcheating tactics, they have the same boring blocking stance, they're both looking for good money, they're both scared of slugging it out with Manny. We'll expect more of the same from the Pacquiao - Mayweather sparring session.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey: The Event - March 13, 2010

Tomorrow is the main event. Two welterweight boxers will try to slug it out in the Dallas Cowboys arena. Manny at 145 1/2 lbs, and Joshua at 147 lbs. Who will be the the Welterweight King after tomorrow's contest?

So what do these fighters do on their final training day? Joshua trains harder, while Manny practices harder... for the after-fight party. :)

"Kaya join na lang kayo, let's all have a good time!!!!!" --Manny Pacquiao, Bonggahan

Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey: The Event
March 13, 2010
Dallas Cowboys Arena
Dallas, Texas

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mark and Cecille, March 6, 2010

Congratulations to my buddies, Mark and Cecille! The finally tied the knot on March 6, 2010, in Sto. NiƱo Parish, Quezon City. Reception was at Gazebo Royale, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.

I'm glad I was witness to this memorable event. I was Mark's best man. :) Thanks buddy!

May your family life be filled with love, joy, prosperity and wonderfully cute kids!

Here are a few snapshots:

The Groom
The Bride

The Newlyweds
Bride and Groom with the Maids of Honor and the Best Man
Gazebo Royale

With Do and Nice
With Pete and Lala
With Bel
With yours truly


Monday, March 08, 2010

Deadpan in the House

The great Edu is back in town! My good friend Do Oda has arrived in Manila for a month-long research for his Masters Degree in the Land of the Rising Sun. Welcome home, Mr. Oda!

The traditional Japanese pose. :)
OKPMS with tourist
Tienan, Bel, Nice, Do, Pete

Friday, March 05, 2010

Gong Xi Fa Cai in Capones Island, Zambales

February 14. While lovers are getting ready for their much-awaited Valentine's date and Chinese folks feast and welcome the year of the Tiger, we were about to conquer one of the most beautiful islands of Zambales. A 30-45-miunute boat rider from Pundaquit, Capones island boasts its white sand, rocky terrain and its old Spanish lighthouse that has become the main attraction for travelers and photographers alike.

We arrived the island at around 10am. The boat men were not able to take us to the easier trek to the lighthouse because they said the tide was high during that day. So we needed to take a 40-minute walk. The road was rocky and the weather was extremely hot. But that did not stop us from conquering the island. :)

The lighthouse's staircase was a bit shaky so we were advised to take the stairs one at a time. The view from the top was truly breathtaking. Our exhaustion just disappeared. The wind was strong and breezy. The view was terrific. The trip to the top was worth it.

Unfortunately, the lighthouse is not maintained that well and is fast becoming dilapidated. Walls had vandalisms of names and lovers and other nonsense information. Guys, we don't want to now that Ricky is in love with Donna, or if Jojo was there or not. We want the place as is, vandalism-free. Travelers and tourists, please, don't destroy the natural beauty of Capones.

Currently, the lighthouse of Capones is not functional because some people have stolen one of its solar panels. We hope that something gets done to bring it back to life. Calling the attention of the Philippine Coast Guard. We heard that one yacht collided with the island just a day before we got there. Could the absence of the lighthouse be the reason for the mishap?

Pictures in no particular order (Taken using my NSLR Canon Powershot A590IS):

The trek begins...

The Spanish Lighthouse
The Lighthouse
Uphill trek: Cardioooooo (Gasping for air)...

Destination: Lighthouse
The Capones Conquerors: Me, Ian, RN, Emman, Grape, Sheryl, Joan, Maan, Paola, Elsie, Ruel, Sheryll, Manny. Not in picutre: Mike and Joseph

Rock Formations of Capones

Capones Island

We survived the Trek!
Rocks of Capones
The gates of the Lighthouse
The View from the top of the lighthouse
Nice View

This concludes my 2-day Valentine's weekend trip. Ayos!

Capones Island
San Antonio, Zambales

Power Crisis 2010

When we say history repeats itself, we don't mean to take it literally. This year, we are back in the power-crisis status, after escaping it in 1992. What happens next? A Former Defense Secretary as President? :)

We are now experiencing rotating brownouts around Metro Manila. 2 hours of brownout per day per group just to avoid power shortage. This is in the midst of an extremely hot summer weather. No one's enjoying this, except the exporters and retailers of power generators. Business for them is once again blooming.

I have already heard this crisis around 7 years ago. In 2004, there was a feature article in an investigative magazine, Newsbreak, about the possible power crisis in 5 years time. 6 years hence, the power crisis is here. It was brought out 6 years ago and people in government did not react. Now, in the most crucial, unprecedented period in Philippine history, the period when we are about to test a long-awaited automated elections, authorities will not tell us that we have insufficient power. Coincidence? Perhaps. As our dear Secretary of Energy said, "It's Force Majeure. Act of God. If you want to blame somebody, blame God."

Sir, with all due respect, I can't blame God on this one. God has given us the signs of power crisis several years back. God has given us the brain to process the problems. And now, we have to blame it on force majeure? I don't get it...

Now, there are talks of emergency powers to fix the crisis. First, Mindanao. Then, if things get worse, emergency powers will be necessary in Manila. What happens then to the May elections?

If Sec. Reyes wants to keep a good legacy in the cabinet, he should make things happen in the next few months, the last few months remaining in his term. The first thing to do in solving the problem is accepting it. We should first accept this problem and not blame it on the Supreme Being. We have a few months left before the elections. Time is running out...