Friday, October 31

Halloween Fun

Why did the vampire go to the orthodontist?
To improve his bite...

What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?

Why do witches use brooms to fly on?
Because vacuum cleaners are too heavy...

How do witches keep their hair in place while flying?
With scare spray...

What do you get when you cross a werewolf and a vampire?
A fur coat that fangs around your neck...

Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat the fingers separately...

Why don't skeletons ever go out on the town?
Because they don't have any body to go out with...

What do ghosts add to their morning cereal?

What is a vampire's favorite sport?

What is a vampire's favorite holiday?

What would a monster's psychiatrist be called?

What did one ghost say to the other ghost?
"Do you believe in people?"

What do you call someone who puts poison in a person's corn flakes?
A cereal killer...

Why do mummies have trouble keeping friends?
They're so wrapped up in themselves...

What kind of streets do zombies like the best?
Dead ends...

What does the papa ghost say to his family when driving?
Fasten your sheet belts...

What is a vampire's favorite mode of transportation?
A blood vessel...

What is a ghost's favorite mode of transportation?
A scareplane...

What type of dog do vampire's like the best?

What is a ghoul's favorite flavor?

What does a vampire never order at a restaurant?
A stake sandwich...

What is a skeleton's favorite musical instrument?
A trombone...

What do birds give out on Halloween night?

Why do vampires need mouthwash?
They have bat breath...

What's a vampire's favorite fast food?
A guy with very high blood pressure...

Why did the Vampire subscribe to the Wall Street Journal?
He heard it had great circulation...

Wednesday, October 29

Halloween Party for Bloggers

What: Clear Black Night, a Halloween Dance Event
When: October 31, 2008, Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Taste Asia (beside SM Hypermarket, Mall of Asia)
Attire: Come in Sexy Black (no need for costumes!)
What to expect: Just be in party mode and get a chance to win instant prizes!

To register, click here.

Halloween Trick or Treatin' Activities

Halloween is brewing with fun at TriNoma
October 30, 2008
Trick or Treat
10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Hip Hip Hooray! Today is candy day!

Come in your spooky costumes to claim your Halloween loot bags at the Concierge near the TriNoma Activity Center and begin your Trick or Treats quest!

Only a limited number of loot bags will be given out.

Halloween Treats Jack-O-Lantern Photo Station
Glorietta 3 Park
October 20 to 31

Halloween Fun Craze
Activity Center, Glorietta
October 31
10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Park Trick or Treat
Glorietta 3 Park

October 31
12:00 - 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 - 6:00 P.M.

How to be part of this Halloween Event:

1. Kids 12 years old and below are invited to attend Glorietta's Halloween Fun Craze.One (1) companion is allowed per kid.

2. Registration will begin when the mall opens at 10:00 A.M. on October 31,2008 at the Glorietta Activity Center.

How to get your Special Treats:

A. All participants will be given an activity passport upon registration. This passport will entitle you to visit our interactive booths. Each booth visited will be marked/stamped. Upon completion, present your passport to the event marshalls,. This will serve as your raffle ticket. All passports should be submitted by 11:15 A.M. and 4:15 P.M. Raffle draws will be at 11:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.

2. Kids in Halloween costume will be given a lootbag stub upon registration.

3. A maximum of 1000 lootbag stubs will be given away to a first-come, first-served basis.

4. Kids can claim their lootbags upon exit on October 31, 2008

Bonifacio High Street
Have a Spooktacular Halloween! October 31, 2008
Spook Troupe
Costumed buskers will be roaming around to perform tricks and to give away treats for shoppers.

Trick or Treat
Store after store with candies galore, just look for the Spooktacular sign!
Trick-or-Treaters meet up at the Tickled Pics area between B5 (near Figaro) and B8 (near Aldo) at 5:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M.

Tickled Pics
For every Php500 purchase at Bonifacio High Street, get to pose with members of the Spook Troupe and get a Spooktacular photo souvenir!
From 4:00 P.M.-11:00 P.M.

a. Receipts must be dated October 31, 2008 to qualify.
b. Present single or accumulated receipts amounting to P500 from the participating merchants of Bonifacio High Street to the tickled pics booth (located in the covered walkway near Figaro and Aldo).Qualified receipts will be stamped and returned to the customer.
c. Each customer may have a maximum of four photos upon presentation of receipts to the redemption booth.
d. Present the stamped receipt to the redemption booth to claim photo/s. October 31, 2008 Bonifacio High Street

Tuesday, October 28

BIL on Miami Herald

Philippine troops rely on a sympathetic public
McClatchy Newspapers

PATIKUL, Philippines -- Philippine Marine Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban strides through a large roadside field, gesturing to the location where volunteers are spending their Sunday building homes for the homeless.

"This was once a battleground," he says. "It was abnormal for you to see people gathering like this. But now it's normal."

Lush with palm trees and jungle greenery, Patikul municipality used to be one of the most dangerous addresses on Jolo island, a favorite ambush point for Moro Islamic Liberation Front insurgents and a haunt for the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf Group.

Much of the southern Philippines, however, remains violent. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which seeks an autonomous Muslim homeland, and the government have been engaged in their fiercest fighting since 2003.

However, places such as Jolo and Basilan - a larger island to the north - that once were the Filipino equivalent of Iraq's Anbar province have remained relatively calm since the fighting resumed in mid-August.

U.S. military commanders here give much of the credit to Sabban, and he said that U.S. forces are indispensable to his effort.

Sabban's baby-faced demeanor and soft voice belie a complicated past. As a junior officer, he was among those who helped overthrow dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986. Three years later, he participated in a coup attempt against President Corazon Aquino. He spent several years in jail and then on the run.

Sabban's marines took over from the Philippine army here three years ago, and began implementing a "hearts and minds" strategy to win over the populace. He calls it "a scramble for the masses."

It was a sharp change in approach for the Filipino government, which over the years had alternated between negotiating peace with the rebels and attempting to bludgeon them into submission.

Sabban gives his troops human rights training, and seems convinced - and proud - that the populace has shifted to his side and away from the rebels.

One day, a local village chief told Sabban's troops that Abu Sayyaf leader Khaddafy Janjalani and 150 of his men had just passed nearby. Filipino troops killed Janjalani in a firefight on Sept. 4, 2006, dealing the group a blow from which it's yet to recover. Sabban recounted the story in an interview a mile from where Janjalani died.

"Now we have early-warning devices all over the jungle," he says, referring to sympathetic civilians.

U.S. Special Operations Forces play a supporting role that's highly sensitive politically. Opponents of the U.S. military presence here charge that Washington is trying to re-establish the Philippines bases it closed in the early 1990s, an intention American commanders deny.

U.S. Army Col. Bill Coultrup, the commander of the 500-person Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines, includes a slide in his standard PowerPoint briefing that warns: "Any perception of U.S. offensive or unilateral operations equals U.S. strategic failure in the Philippines."

So, while American funds help pay for rebuilt bridges and refurbished wells, U.S. soldiers don't do a single good deed without Philippine military officers beside them, ensuring that the Filipinos and the government in Manila get the credit.

Officials at the Pentagon and the State Department say that Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, an early convert to President Bush's war on terror, has every incentive to keep the arrangement going for as long as possible - and with it the flow of U.S. money and expertise.

Filipino commanders say they still need U.S. assistance, particularly in the form of sophisticated intelligence.

The U.S. troops "have been a very big factor in our success here," Sabban said. "If the U.S. forces will be out, it will be a big blow to our strategy."

Monday, October 27

Weekend Snapshot: Kids on Break

Thank God, Kids Are On Break....

After two weeks of studying for the mastery and the quarterly exams, I thought I'm back in grade school. But this time, it's different. My 6th grader kid spend so much time studying all the names of our leaders and their biographies, even the Constitution for their Social Studies exams. The third grade kid studied the usual facts about the earth, plants and animals; about Noah, Moses, the prodigal son and some saints for their CLE . But she had a hard time studying for Math, they had the usual problem solving using multiplication and simplifying fractions plus finding the GCF. While my only son, who's in grade 1, exerted extra time and effort reviewing for Math and Makabayan (Social Studies) again.

I'm just thankful the exams are over. They're on a semestral break. Now we can all relax and unwind. Kids are now looking forward to Halloween's trick or treatin' activities

Monday, October 20

Weekend Snapshot: Pantene Bloggers' Party

Last Friday, I attended a bloggers' party sponsored by Pantene at Taste Asia (Mall of Asia). As usual, there's so much good food, drinks overflowing and wonderful people around. Thanks to Aileen Apolo for the invite. Check her site for the monthly bloggers' event. There's another one coming up this 31st.

At the party, I met newbie bloggers as well as the old-timers. We had some chikahan (chats) and picture-taking. I grabbed this photo courtesy of Mitch, a mommy-blogger I finally met at the party. She came all the way from Subic just to attend this event.

Sunday, October 19

Cute Halloween Costumes

The other day I have nothing to do, I surfed the net for halloween costumes for my kids. Then, I found these pics posted below, they're so cute. I suddenly missed having a baby. Speaking of babies, my good friend Feng is now havin' one. She's pregnant again, yehey! Congrats Feng. Enjoy it my dear.



Winnie D Pooh

Saturday, October 18

Photo Hunt: FAMILY

To see other photo hunters, click here.

I have posted so much about my family on this blog, now I want to show my other family....

my mommy-blogger friends, whom I consider as my family, too...

please click here to see more of wonderful family

Thursday, October 16

How to Lose Weight...

I have friends who have gained weight after they gave birth or went on a holiday or simply loves to eat like me. Speaking of holidays, another big celebration is coming up soon, Christmas. To prepare myself to more parties, buffet, social gatherings, cocktails, I feel I should go slow now on carbs, soda and my all time favorites, chocolates. And I should use our old stationary bike here, which hubs is bugging me to use. Better yet, I would follow these weight-losing tips;

*Replace fizzy drinks with water.

*Swap whole milk for semi-skimmed, or semi-skimmed for skimmed.

*Eat less lunch than usual. For example, make your own sandwich and limit the use of margarine/butter and full-fat mayonnaise (store-bought sandwiches often contain both).

*Stop taking sugar in tea and coffee.

*Have smaller portions of the food you enjoy.

*Avoid having a second helping at dinner. Limit your rice intake.

*Cut out unhealthy treats such as confectionary, sugary biscuits and crisps between meals.

*Eat more veggies and fruits.

*Cut down on beer, alcohol or soda.

*Walk your way to the nearby church, grocery/mall.

*Spend some time to exercise, burn some calories. Do house chores. Go biking with your kids. Or walk around your place with hubby or friends.

Or if you're not the type who goes to the gym, who have no time to exercise or do some walking, and still you don't want to skip your meals. Try this,

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Wednesday, October 15

Signs of Hope and Change

This is really a nice video, please check it out my friends.

Hope my relatives and friends in the States make the right choice come November 4, Election Day.

Tuesday, October 14

The Reliv Wellness Products

For the past two weeks now, we're taking the Reliv Wellness products and we can already see amazing results on our health. I've also attended business opportunity meetings with regards to these products and I've heard people's testimonies how the products cured them of their illnesses. So we gave it a try. We are taking the Reliv shakes (mix with cold water) twice a day. Now, I can truly say, we feel healthier. And my migraine attacks are gone. My kids are not sleepy in school anymore, they're more energetic and asthma-free. For more info on the company and the testimonials please click here and here.

Posted below are the basic products, considered as food supplements.

Relìv Now® For Kids

By the early teens, most children receive less than 50% of the RDI of key nutrients. Relìv Now® for Kids bridges this nutritional gap with a broad base of essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients necessary to keep growing bodies healthy, and to help boost energy and mental performance. Fortified with cell-protecting antioxidants, 5 grams of non-GMO whole bean soy, plus the “brain-building” nutrients DHA, PS and PC. One shake a day is all it takes. Ideal for children ages 2–12.

* Chocolate or vanilla flavor.

The “original.” With Relìv Classic®, you’ll be providing your body with the combination of nutrients it needs to operate at maximum efficiency. You’ll feel the difference that proper nutrition can make. Unlike single supplements which may not work properly in the absence of other vital nutrients, Relìv Classic® provides nutritional balance and contains the following:

* Significant amounts of every vitamin and mineral recommended by the U.S. Government as part of a daily diet

* A combination of vitamins, minerals, proteins, herbs and Beta Carotene

* An herb complex which provides essential phytonutrients

* This formula is vegetarian, certified Kosher and Halal, ideal for those with lactose intolerance, and contains no animal compounds, artificial preservatives or trans fat.

Reliv Now® delivers a powerful, synergistic array of nutrients designed to bridge the nutritional gap created by on-the-go lifestyles. Featuring the nutritional advantages of non-GMO soy protein, which retains all of the phytonutrients, isoflavones and antioxidants, that give soy its natural health-promoting power.

* Vegetarian

* Lactose free with no artificial preservatives

* Halal Certified

* Vanilla flavor

Note: This is not a paid post.

For inquiries where to buy or attend business opportunity meetings, email me at or send an SMS (text) at 0921-5473375.

Another Impeachment Case...

4th Impeachment Case vs GMA Filed in the House
By EDMER F. PANESA/ Manila Bulletin

Administration critics yesterday lodged a new impeachment complaint at the House of Representatives against President Arroyo, signaling the start of the so-called "impeachment season."

The 97-page complaint, filed by 19 individuals led by businessman Jose "Joey" de Venecia III and endorsed by three partylist lawmakers, is the fourth impeachment try against Mrs. Arroyo in four years.

The Chief Executive has survived three attempts to impeach her in the past three years, including one that accused her of rigging the 2004 presidential election with the help of then Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano and some loyal generals.

According to the House secretariat, the De Venecia complaint is the first to be "accepted" by the House since the one-year ban on the filing of a new complaint against the President expired last Saturday. For the rest of the story click here.

My thoughts---nothing will come out of it. They simply don't have the numbers in Congress. This is a futile exercise. We have no choice but wait til 2010.

Gabbie Turned Eight

My daughter, Maria Cristina Gabrielle celebrated her 8th birthday last October 10, 2008. She woke up early and dressed up for school. She doesn't want me to tell her teachers that it's her birthday. So I surprised her, brought spaghetti for her teachers and classmates and gave them chocolates, too (melamine-free, he he he). We fetched her in school and had dinner at Dencio's Capitol Golf. A day after her birthday, we treated her again at Timezone Glorietta and Starbucks where she feasted on iced chocolate drink, cookies, brownies and strawberry cheesecake. I'm sure she's enjoyed her special sweet day.

Here's a slideshow for you my dear Gabbie, we love you....

Friday, October 10

Nice Finds

As I was buying Milk & Co. clothes at the Star Mall, I saw this stall (store) selling buy one take one slippers. I saw this pair, bought it right away. My mom got one too.

Got this for only P75.00, now, am thinking of selling slippers on my shop, he he he.

Thursday, October 9

An Apple A Day: Facts and Tips

The old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" has been justified by its many health-rich properties. Apples are excellent detoxifiers and apple juice can destroy viruses in the body.

In one recent study , Riu Hai Liu of Cornell University, has found although apples has only a small amount of vitamin C, eating 100 grams of apple provides the same amount of antioxidant activity as taking 1,500 milligrams of the same vitamin.

Just make sure you do not take too many apple seeds because it could be toxic if taken in large amount.

Benefits of Apples

1. Apple cleans teeth and strengthens gum

2. Will make the cholesterol level lower

3. Detoxify the body and has an antiviral property

4. Apple will also prevent constipation because it helps digestion

5. One large apple supplies almost 30% of minimum amount of fiber that should be consumed daily

The use :

1. For people who suffer from gout and rheumatism, eat apple regularly because it will aid healing

2. Eating 2 apples a day will reduce your cholesterol level up to 10 %

3. Drinking an apple juice, 3 times a day, is said to prevent virus from settling in the body.

4. Another benefit of apple is for those who have problem with their stomach. If you have problem with indigestion, eat apples before meals.

5. Grated apple, when mixed with live yogurt may be helpful in cases of diarrhea

Tips :

1) Never buy apples that have not been kept cold since they can be over-ripe in a few days.

2) Apples should be hard. If you can dent an apple with your finger, DO NOT BUY IT.

3) Keep your apples refrigerated. If not, it will decay fast.

4) To prevent browning, rub the cut surfaces with a mixture of lemon juice and water.

5) Canadian researchers analyzing eight popular varieties found that the old standby, Red Delicious, and an apple called Northern Spy contain more disease-fighting antioxidants in their skin and flesh than any other studied. In English this means red apples are better than other apples.

6) Instead of drinking coffee (for call center people or students studying for exams), apple can make you stay awake on night time.

Who Wants to Buy Pearls?

I was surfing the net for a Christmas gift for myself (just like my good friend Cookie). And I couldn't help but look at this. Since I don't have extra moolah to buy this, am just wishing Santa would give me one. As if on cue, another good friend from the south promised to send me one. In fact, she offered me to add this on my business here in Manila. I will be selling/ trading south sea pearls (white, pink, lavender, black and gold) soon...Please watch out for it. To place an order, just send an email. We can have the pearls shipped to your place.

a gold south sea pearl-necklace

Wednesday, October 8

Movie Review: Righteous Kill


A pair of veteran New York City police detectives are on the trail of a vigilante serial killer. After 30 years as partners in the pressure cooker environment of the NYPD, highly decorated Detectives David Fisk and Thomas Cowan should be ready for retirement, but aren't. Before they can hang up their badges, they are called in to investigate the murder of a notorious pimp, which appears to have ties to a case they solved years before. Like the original murder, the victim is a suspected criminal whose body is found accompanied by a four line poem justifying the killing. When additional crimes take place, it becomes clear the detectives are looking for a serial killer, one who targets criminals that have fallen through the cracks of the judicial system. His mission is to do what the cops can't do on their own--take the culprits off the streets for good. The similarities between the recent killings and their earlier case raise a nagging question: Did they put the wrong man behind bars?

MY REVIEW: good combination for the box-office appeal, but, the plot is kinda' boring. I give it a 2-star just because am a fan of Robert De Niro & Al Pacino.

Pio's Report Card

Two weeks ago, I got my kids' report card. Am so happy to share my only son's progress report card for the first quarter. Bear with me, am just so happy and feels so proud for my Pio. He's my little fellow who spends so much time in the computer, playing games and watching the Disney Channel. Whenever I ask him if we can review or study together, he'll answer that he has studied his lessons already in school. True enough, I don't have to make kulit. On the other hand, I opted not to post Nicole and Gabbie's grades. They're kinda shy about it. Nicole is getting ready though for the entrance exams at the Philippine Science High School and the Quezon City Science High (both DOST managed schools). Anyway, here's what Pio worked hard for...

Christian Living Education- 90

Filipino- 94

English- 90

Mathematics- 91

Science- 87

Makabayan- 93

MAPE- 93

Computer- 92

Tuesday, October 7

Belo Services and Fees

A few months ago, I was curious on how much Dra. Belo charges for the various services she offers on her clinic. I've only tried (several times) their facial treatment at Forever Flawless. So I emailed them and asked for different procedures and fees. Actually my kid has a scar on her back from a major operation when she was barely a year old. The scar is growing as she grows. It's below her nape. I'm kinda' worried that it would affect the skin on her back. Anyway, here's the reply on my queries.

Cost information on AQUA LIPO:

Upper Abdomen= Php 33,600.00
Abdomen= Php 33,600.00
Waist= Php 33,600.00
Hips- Php 33,600.00
Arms= Php 44,800.00(both arms included)
Wings= Php 16,800.00
Back= Php 33,600.00
Chin= Php 28,000.00
Inner Thigh= Php 33,600.00 (both thighs included)
Outer Thigh= Php 33,600.00
Anterior Thigh= Php 33,600.00
Buttocks= Php 33,600.00

Armpit= Php 22,400.00
Chest= Php 33,600.00
Breast = Php 33,600.00
Knees= Php 16,800.00
Calves= Php 33,600.00

{Additional 20% for professional fee of Dr. Belo}

Smartlipo for the face=Php56,000
+ Anaesthesia= Php 11,200
+ Binder= Php 5,600

Cost information on SMART LIPO:
Upper Abdomen= Php 33,600.00
Abdomen= Php 33,600.00
Waist= Php 33,600.00
Hips- Php 33,600.00
Arms= Php 44,800.00(both arms included)
Wings= Php 16,800.00
Back= Php 33,600.00
Chin= Php 28,000.00
Inner Thigh= Php 33,600.00 (both thighs included)
Outer Thigh= Php 33,600.00
Anterior Thigh= Php 33,600.00
Buttocks= Php 33,600.00

Armpit= Php 22,400.00
Chest= Php 33,600.00
Breast = Php 33,600.00
Knees= Php 16,800.00
Calves= Php 33,600.00

Smartlipo for the face=Php56,000
+ Anaesthesia= Php 11,200
+ Binder= Php 5,600

Laser Hair Removal
Beard & Mustache- Doctor's Discretion with regards to pricing
Upper lip: PhP2,800
Armpit: PhP5,600
Bikini: PhP5,600
Face:PhP 8,400.00
Lower leg: PhP13,440
Nipple: PhP2,800.00
Others: PhP2,800.00
Whole leg: PhP22,400.00


Armpit: PhP 425.60
Bikini: PhP 560.00
Bikini (Brazilian): Php 952.00
Upper lip: Php 280.00
Eyebrow: Php 425.60
Half Leg: Php 739.20
Full Leg: Php 952.00

THERMAGE- Only available in Medical Plaza- Makati & Tomas Morato Q.C

Face- Php 112,000.00
Neck- Php 39,200.00
Forehead- Php 39,200.00
Eye area- Php 67,200.00 plus Php 5,600 for the anaesthesia
Face and Eye- Php 184,800.00 plus php 11,200 for the anaesthesia

BODY SCRUB WITH BLEACH - Php2,240.00 per session- (for women only)

A combination of sea salt, honey and almond scrub gently removes dead, dry,
rough skin leaving skin, baby soft and smooth, followed by an application of
a natural bleaching agent made from grapeseed extract, AHA and licorice to
whiten the skin naturally. The procedure takes 45 minutes and can be done as
often as one to three times a week. This treatment, when done regularly,
will help even out skin color all over the body and improve skin texture
giving it a natural glow.

POWER PEEL/MEGA PEEL Php 2,800 per session

Scar lightener:

For scars, especially keloids, it would be best if you visit one of our
clinics so that the proper assessment can be done.

For versapulse laser:
PhP6,720 depending on the size and deepness of the scars.

V-Beam- for red raised scars that are often caused by surgery, trauma, or
burns (hypertropic scars and keloids). Minimum price is Php7,840 and is
available only in Makati branch only.

Consultation with Dr. Belo is Php896 and with her associate doctors, Php448.
For active consultants (for blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, breast
augmentation and tummy tuck),Php560.

Note: This is not a paid post.

For more queries, visit the Belo Medical Group

A Murderer Walks Free...

After 13 years, convicted killer Claudio Teehankee Jr. was released from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City last week.

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez on Monday said President Arroyo has approved the granting of executive clemency to Teehankee by virtue of a letter dated October 2 to the Office of the NBP Director. Gonzalez said Teehankee walked a free man last October 2 for “good behavior.” He has been detained since 1991 for the murder of Roland John Chapman and Swedish-Filipino Maureen Hultman.

Teehankee is the son of the late former Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee Sr and brother of former Justice Undersecretary Manuel Teehankee, an Arroyo appointee. He was convicted in 1995 and was sentenced to one count of reclusion perpetua and one count of reclusion temporal, which carry a jail term of 20 to 40 years and 12 to 20 years, respectively.

“The President considered his (Teehankee) good behavior as enough reason to grant him clemency,” Gonzalez said.

The Hultman-Chapman murder case was a case that gained wide publicity in the country during the early 1990's. This is due to the fact that Claudio Teehankee, Jr., the perpetrator of the crime, was the son of the late former Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee, Sr. and the brother of former Justice Undersecretary Manuel Teehankee. The case helped sway the public view on crime and restore the death penalty in the Philippines.

Court records show that Chapman, Hultman, and another friend, Jussi Leino, were coming home from a party at around three o'clock in the morning of July 13, 1991. Leino was walking Hultman home along Mahogany street in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City when Teehankee came up behind them in his car. He stopped the two and demanded that they show some identification. Leino took out his wallet and showed Teehankee his Asian Development Bank ID. Teehankee grabbed the wallet. Chapman, who was waiting in a car for Leino, stepped in and asked Teehankee: “Why are you bothering us?” Teehankee drew out his gun and shot Chapman in the chest, killing him instantly. After a few minutes, Teehankee shot Leino, hitting him in the jaw. Then he shot Hultman on the temple before driving away. Leino survived and Hultman died two months later in hospital due to brain hemorrhages caused by the bullet fragments. Teehankee was arrested several days later on the testimony of several witnesses. The witnesses were Domingo Florence and Agripino Cadenas, private security guards, and Vincent Mangubat, a driver, all three being employs of residents of the village.

Claudio Teehankee, Jr. was convicted by the the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 1995 of murders of Roland John Chap­man and Maureen Hultman and sentenced to one count of reclusión perpetua and two counts of reclusión temporal. As of 2006, he was incarcerated for thirteen years at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

On October 6, 2008, Sec.Raul M. Gonzalez confirmed Claudio Teehankee Jr.'s release from prison by virtue of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo' commutation of sentence: "Everything went by the rules here. His [Teehankee’s] records have been reviewed by the Board of Pardons and Parole before a recommendation was given to the President."

* My thoughts- If the likes of Mr. Teehankee and Rolito Go are roaming the streets of Metro Manila again, maybe some "guys" can do what Al Pacino did in the movie Righteous Kill.

Source: GMA news, Wikipedia

Monday, October 6

Tagged: Kids' Names

Aiza of Typing Free tagged me to do this meme, this is about the story behind or the meaning of my kids' names. Since I have four kids and each of them has 3 names, all the girls have Maria on their name. Here's what I've got;

Maria- after Mama Mary's name, means the perfect one (in Hebrew), I also have Maria on my birth certificate and I chose this name for my girls.

Aurora- (Latin-Italian origin) after my mom's name, means daybreak/dawn

Nicole- (French origin) named after the famous Australian actress, means victory of the people

Cristina- (Spanish-Italian origin) means a christian, hubby chose this name

Gabrielle- (Hebrew-French origin) means heroine of God, I chose this after the name of one character in Sunset Beach and it also reminds me of Gabriela Silang

Angelica- (Latin-Italian)-means angelic messenger, hubby chose the name for our youngest child

Beatrice- (Italian origin)- means joy, I really like this name, it goes with Maria Angelica

Pio- named after Padre Pio, hubby chose this name for our only son

Miguel- (Hebrew-Spanish origin), means "who resembles God", after hubby's name (Michael)

There, I'm done. I'm not tagging anyone, feel free to do it. Do you know the meaning of your kid's names? Do your research. Have fun.

Friday, October 3

Congrats, Sis!

My sister Budeck just graduated from her masteral degree at the Kobe University. She took up International Studies. And I can say she's really one diligent student. She took up Accounting in college at the University of Santo Tomas. Worked for a few years at Asian Bank then transferred to the Philippine Senate as budget analyst (working with the Senators during budget deliberations). She pursued Theology at the Don Bosco School of Theology while working. Not content with that, she joined me in law school where we became classmates. She's the one who's always present in class while I go to the movies with hubby, he he he. She has received grants/scholarships abroad in the past, really wanted to study, learn and learn more.

Now that she has added feathers in her cap, she plans to work at the Department of Foreign Affairs, if possible at the Philippine Embassy in Japan.

To my very generous and kind sister, wish you more success sis. We love you. We're proud of you.

the certificate written in the Japanese language

her certificate