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Saturday, July 16, 2016

The ALDUB Magic

      It has been a year since the ALDUB is a by-word not only in the entertainment world and our homes, but even as well in the cyber world through social media. The ALDUB phenomenal love team are Alden Richard and Maine Mendoza, the power couple that spans the world, created noise through different social media especially Twitter. Celebrities even outside the Philippines, began to ask and curious what is ALDUB.
     The power couple, has so far received ten (10) awards, aside from the solo awards they
each have received since last year. They are also the most sought brand endorser, as a couple and solo garnering thirty (30) commercial ads from different companies in just a span of one year. Bigger companies such as McDonalds, Coca Cola, Bear Brand Adult Plus, Mitsubishi, Cadbury are among those whom they have endorsed. Successful as it is, they have been in the cover of various magazines from local to international such as Reader's Digest and Forbes magazines. Just recently, in time for its 1st anniversary, the power couple ALDUB, also known as MaiDen or MaiChard leads the YES! Magazine 100 Most Beautiful Artist of the Year. ALDUB is also recognized by Guinness World Records as the Most Used HashTag in 24 hours on Twitter, for its #AlDubEBTamangPanahon (AlDub at the right time) with 40,706,392 tweets in October last year.
     The ALDUB Magic continues .. the power couple celebrated its 1st anniversary, (July 16) in its home tv station and program, GMA Channel 7 & Eat! Bulaga, the number 1 noontime variety show in the Philippines. For the record, Twitter created customized social media emoji for ALDUB for every tweets with its hashtag #ALDUB1stAnniversary, the 1st in Asia. Twitter only does this for NBA FInals , Game of Thrones, and Marvel Movies. And weeks before the anniversary, ALDUB shoot their first solo movie in Como, Italy for their anniversary offering to their fans, the ALDUB Nation. "Imagine You & Me" garnered Php 21 million (almost $ 500,000) on its 1st day of opening.

* The hashtag #ALDUB1stAnniversary garnered 6.6 million tweets in 24 hours on July 16. Real magic!

WATCH: ALDUB 1st Anniversary

#ALDUB #ALDUBMagic #ALDUBPhenomenon #twitter #ALDUB1stAnniversary
 #MaiDen #MaiChard #powercouple #ImagineYou&Me

Saturday, July 9, 2016

English 101: The Perfect Tenses of the Verb (series 1.C4)

     After detailing the Simple Tense of the verb, we now go to perfect tenses. Perfect Tense is another set of verb tenses. Perfect tenses are actions already completed. As the word implies, perfect means  "completely done" or "made complete". So what's the difference between simple and perfect tenses? Perfect tense is used when the time of an action is not specified, while Simple tense is used when the details of time or place of an action is given. For perfect tenses, we have the Present Perfect Tense, Past Perfect Tense, and Future Perfect Tense.

It is important to know the regular and irregular verbs with their equivalent past participle in constructing a sentence with perfect tense.

Present Perfect Tense > this is an an action completed with respect to present. It is used to express an action that has just or already  happened, how often the action has happened, or emphasizing a past action's result or consequence.

Forms: he /she /it /singular subject noun = has + past participle of the verb ;
            I /you /we /they /plural subject noun = have + past participle of the verb

          1) She has blown her hair already.
          2) It has happened twice.
          3) Pete has discussed a new lesson.
          4) I have just bought a new cellphone.
          5) We have gone here many times.
          6) The basketball players have shown their best in that game.

Past Perfect Tense > this is an action completed with respect to the past. It is used to show action that has happened before another action happened in the past.

Forms: subject(s) = had + past participle of the verb

     1) They had won the game when he fell.
     2) He had studied the layout before he arrived in the meeting.
     3) The children was sad since she had left the convent.
     4) The men build this dam because the plants had been dying from drought.

* the italicized words are the actions in the past, while the underlined words are the actions completely done in the past before another action in the past.
* conjunctions such as when, before, since, because are also used to show action in the past perfect tense.

Future Perfect Tense > this is an action completed with respect to the future. It is used to show that an action will have been completed at some time in the future.

Forms: subject(s) = will /shall + have + past participle of the verb

     1) You shall have arrived by 5:00 in the morning.
     2) He will have been here for three weeks to finish the work.
     3) Joy and Kate will have known each other this coming week.
     4) Won't they have stayed here tomorrow night?

*won't = will not

#perfecttense #verb #tenses #pastperfecttense #presentperfecttense #futureperfecttense

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


*image credit to realitysandwich
     Every person has its own fears. These fears came out of unforgettable and fearful experience one had encountered. It only differs how its fear has been taken, to what degree the experience was and to what extent the fear itself. A deeply disturbing experience. Once you have seen the same scenario from other people, or almost the same situation, the fear comes back. The trauma that paralyzes you on that very moment...the trauma that could make you hysterical...the trauma that could even lead to nervous breakdown. I am speaking not only for myself, but for others as well, to those who have that traumatic experience.. one that hits like a dagger, inability to move, a sudden recoiled of that event. Sometimes you have that uncontrollable sudden burst of emotions like crying, anger, fear...the experiences you never wanted to share, the fear that you are afraid to show, the weakness you keep hiding even to yourself..anger to the person who has hurt you throughout. Trauma is a wound so deep..that when you thought it's already healed but it's not .. who can understand the pain? the fear? the memories?.. and why I am writing this?.. only someone who had been or had gone the same experience can understand...and it has no place, I think, in the world of others who has not...

#trauma #pain #experience #fear #traumaticexperience

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Celebrate Life !

    Did you ever see how important.. that.. every.. single.. moment..  when you see a person alive or not in pain?.. Did you ever feel how life can be happier if you see someone sick in bed but was able to stand and go on with his life?.. Did you ever think that lying on bed because it is night and taking a rest for tomorrow's task are such a bliss, instead of being in bed with sickness? The moment  I open my eyes without the pain, I am glad I can eat my favorite dish I have cooked yesterday, I can hear the crunch of my favorite mixed nuts "Ding-dong", I can savor the sweetness of my favorite chocnut "Hany".
     Succumb to an unknown chronic pain that could stop my world for a time, I cherish every moment that I can touch and hold hands with my kids, especially my youngest..Faith, stand and go out looking at the greens, smelling the breeze at the beach, eating my favorite foods, working on my laptop to write what I was thinking. Pain can make one surrender life itself. So much throbbing pain every minute wet my eyes to tears. Pain that lasts, it seems no end. Every pain I dreaded to feel. Worries came in, when I feel its onset. 
     Life is wonderful..why end it?..Everything on earth is amazing.. why destroyed it?..Some people fighting for its life to stand, to walk, to run, to speak, to eat normally, to see things the way it were. God is wonderful to make me see things as it were and were it not, to think deeply of all things He has created for what it is. I'm thanking Him for every time that I can open my eyes and see the light of the day, hence, hoping what the day would bring. Oh, yes, God.. thank you I'm still alive! I'm celebrating my life!

#life #celebrate #experience #pain #sickness

Thursday, May 26, 2016

What We Need To Know About El Niño & La Niña

With the ending phase of El Niño and the coming of La Niña, everyone seems to be bothered on what it would cause the environment and the food supply in a certain country as well as its economy. El Niño is a Spanish word which means "The Little Boy" or "The Christ Child", and was used since the occurrence emerge around christmas. Whereas, La Niña (also called"El Viejo") is the counterpart of El Niño meaning "The Little Girl", this is the ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) cold phase or event. El Niño occur every 3 to 5 years and almost always followed by La Niña.
      *oscillation > movement from one position to another .  
What is El Niño?
     El Niño is the warm phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), it is characterized by warm ocean temperatures that develops in equatorial Pacific.

What causes the El Niño?
     It is caused by the warmer waters of Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Why the waters are warmer?
     As the trade winds lessen or reverse their direction, winds from the west push the warm surface of waters to the east in the direction of South America, such that there are lesser cold waters pulled up from below due to increase in warmer waters.

What are the effects of El Niño?

Changes in weather patterns
  • temperature changes
  • precipitation changes
  • storm track changes
  • changes in currents and ocean temperature
These changes lead to another consequences such as:
fires, drought, flooding, economic changes, price of heating and food, crash of fisheries, famines, plagues, insect population explosion, crop failure.

However, there are also positive effects  brought by El Niño such as,
fewer hurricanes and other tropical cyclones in the North Atlantic, milder winters in southern Canada and the northern continental United States, replenishment of water supplies in the southwestern United States, less disease in some areas due to drier weather like malaria in southeastern Africa.

What is La Niña?
     La Niña is the cold phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), it is characterized by cold ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific.

What causes the La Niña?
     It is caused by the build-up of cooler-than-normal waters in the tropical Pacific, the west coast of South America.

Why the waters are cooler?
     The unusually easterly trade winds and ocean currents bring this cold waters to the surface, known as the process of upwelling.

What are the effects of La Niña?
  • drops in the ocean temperature
  • cold currents rise up along the coast
  • extended rains
  • higher than average rainfall
  • hurricanes and cyclones
  • flooding
These effects can also have consequences in agriculture and food supply of countries, as well as in private and insurance costs in crops.
There are also positive effects such as enhanced growth of fish populations and marine life due to the nutrients brought about by upwelling cold currents, thus fishermen get good catch.

Click to watch more >> Observing El Niño

#elniño #laniña #ENSO #warmwaters #coldwaters #oscillation #pacific #tradewinds

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Presidential, Parliamentary, & Federal - What Are They?

     The Philippine National Election  on May 9 have shown that people are becoming excited on who would win the election and the changes that might take place once the popular becomes the president. People are clamoring for changes and sensitivity that they wanted someone in authority who would overturn the increasing crime, yet approachable that can be easily reached and mindful of the people's plight. Questions as to "would he stand by his promise, when is he going to do it, and how he would do it" are being asked by people. What could be his first task at hand?
     One declaration that elected President Rodrigo Duterte had stated during his campaign, is to change the present form of the Philippine government. There are as numerous as a public classroom students the list of varied forms of government in the different parts of the world. We mostly hear the anarchy, oligarchy, communist, socialist, marxist, imperialist, parliamentary, federal, to name a few. Actually  the different systems or forms government are being taught as early as grade 4 or 5.

     At present, Philippines is a republic with a Presidential form of government. Under the Presidential form, our country is divided into three (3) branches with equal powers but separate from each other as illustrated in the image below.
1) Legislative Division is responsible in making laws, altering or repealing them. The Senate  and the House of Representatives or Congress are under this division. Elected by people.
2) Executive Division is responsible in executing and implementing the laws. The President and his Vice President, along with the mayoralty are under this division and elected by people. The President however, appoints his own cabinet members (department secretaries) as granted by the Constitution.
3) Judiciary Division is responsible in settling controversies which are legally demandable and enforceable. The Supreme Court and Lower Court are under this division. It has also the power as granted by the Constitution to declare a treaty, international or executive agreement, law, presidential decree, proclamation, order, instruction, ordinance, or unconstitutional regulation. Appointments are made by the President based on a list submitted by the Judicial and Bar Council under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

Parliamentary on the other hand, consists of two organizing body who are closely related and dependent upon each other. The two organizing body share their powers. See illustration below:

1) Legislature may either be called assembly, congress, or legislators. It is the law-making body of a government that has the power to amend and repeal public policy; observes and steers governing actions in a government system. Depending on certain countries or states, it may be in the form of unicameral or bicameral.
2) Executive consists of the head of state, it may be a President or Monarchy. As the case may be, they are the head of state but not the head of the government. The majority party who wins in the election for Legislature is appointed Prime Minister, also called as Premier or Chancellor. The Prime Minister possesses much greater power and status than the other ministers. The President or Monarchy appointed Cabinet Ministers with the advice of the Prime Minister. However, the Cabinet or Ministers are responsible to the legislature for all its activities and policies. The President is elected wherein the Monarchy is inherited.

Federal system of government is a division of power between a central national government and local governments that are connected by one another by the central national government. See the illustration below to have a clear grasp how federalism works.

     There are powers designated to the Central/National government and powers reserved to the Regional/State government, but there are also the same shared power depending on what the constitution stated. Each regional/state government elected a governor aside from its mayoralty. And just like in presidential system, the central.national government has the Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary division with its separate powers. The idea behind Federalism is to better suit the needs of each area in the country. The smaller branches of government from each region/state could deal with true things that need to be changed.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Gift of Giving

       I have come across a story which seems like a fairy tale but truly happened in the early 90's during the Bosnian war. It would remind you of an old fairy tale about a golden fish caught by a poor fisherman who begged to free him since he was actually a prince. When the wife of the poor fisherman was told of his experience, she asked her husband to return and make a wish to the golden fish for them to be free from poverty. Though a disaster had happened later in the fairy tale, the true story I have read is in a way different since the blessings given to the family are intact.
      This true story began in the northwestern village of Jezero, before the outbreak of the Bosnian War. A father named Smajo Malkoc returned from a trip in Austria bringing with him a gift of an aquarium with two goldfish for his two teenage sons. Two years later, women and children fled but the men stayed back to resist the attacking of Bosnian Serb forces. Smajo Malkoc was killed and his wife, Fehima, sneaked into the destroyed village, secretly buried his husband, and took whatever remains she could get of their belongings. Fehima, took pity on the fish in the aquarium and she let them out in the nearby lake saying to herself, "This way, they might be more fortunate than us."
      Later in 1995, Fehima returned with his two sons on their home. Looking toward the lake, she glimpsed something strange on the lake and walked over to the shore to find out. She found out that the whole lake was full of shining golden fish. From then on, they started caring for and selling the goldfish and 3 years after, the Malkoc house is one of the biggest in their village. The Malkoc family said they have enough money to quit worrying the future. According to one of the sons, it was a special kind of gift from their father. 
       The father took the initiative of giving the gift of goldfish to his two sons, then the mother follows by giving the gift of freedom and life to the two goldfish by letting them to the lake during the war, thus, life underwater had flourished and the gift of hope and new life had come to the Malkoc family after the war. Homes, stores, coffee shops all over the region had their aquariums with goldfish from Jezero. This story is a good example of giving and receiving that the gift of love or an act of kindness, no matter how small or insignificant it maybe, God blesses and uses it to accomplish and fulfill great things. "Give, and it will be given unto you" (Luke 6:38). We should not doubt that God can take whatever  we offer Him and turn it into something magnificent. In the midst of chaos and trouble, God's grace is relentless, his kingdom is flourishing even though life on the surface is full of trouble and strife. 

#goldfish #MalkocFamily #BosniaWar #Jezero #giftofgiving #inspirational #actofkindness #luke638