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Friday, May 28, 2010

The Search for the Toughest Jobs Philippines



I have just arrived from Manila as I  was invited to witness the launching of  The Search for the Toughest Jobs Philippines at the Ople Hall, Department of Labor and Employment  in Intramuros, Manila. It was an event that was spearheaded by Alaxan FR and Alaxan endorser, Manny Paquiao, together with the Department of Labor and Employment. It centers on giving honor to Filipino men and women who take pride with their jobs, who are resilient, and most importantly, those who show toughness towards all the challenges attached to every task parallel to the job description, whether it's physical, mental or emotional. I believe this is a very good project as this will boost the moral of  Filipinos and will help each one to do  better in their jobs, much more than alleviating poverty or  merely to bring the family a decent means of survival. It positively promotes work values and the value of hard work, despite hard labor and difficulties on the job.

The “Search for the Toughest Jobs in the Philippines” is open to all working Filipinos and  this said contest will run starting May 26 until August 21, 2010. To join, a participant must log on to www.toughjobsphilippines.com, where he or she will have to register and upload a picture explaining why they have the toughest jobs. The winner shall be the one with the entry who gets the most number of votes online. He or she will bring home a trophy and a cash prize if he or she will win.


To quantify what a tough job is, let us refer to Alaxan's thrust, that a hard working person feels pain  with rigorous efforts attached to the working process, that is why Alaxan exists in the first place. To provide temporary relief to aching muscles brought about by strenuous efforts that are work related. In taking Alaxan, the worker will be able to continue working again, unless of course when the pain already warrants medical attention. Well, I have taken Alaxan many times, and it really works well whatever pain I experience-- menstrual cramps, headaches, muscle pain, etc.. To give you guys my understanding of this, let me refer to this video I found on You Tube.
I often see this commercial of  PACMAN on television and I wonder why BRABALINTAWAN does not include the hands and the butt. BRABALINTAWAN stands for BRAso(arm), BAlikat(shoulder), Likod(back), bINti(leg),  hiTA(thigh), kataWAN (body)--- these are the regions of the body where pain is usually associated parallel to the activities a person's job calls for. But for a blogger like me, it's more than that. The hands and the butt muscles are strangely painful after a day's work. And a day's work for a blogger like me is not just 12 hours.. sometimes,  and the worst part of all is when I get just 3 hours of sleep.. or usually, short naps in between tasks.

Seriously, the hands and the butt are areas where I am feeling pain when it comes to my job as a blogger. Hmm.. I see eyebrows raising here. Yes. Blogging is a job for me. I write posts for other blogs, as well as blog for my own blogs. I have companies that assign me to specific blogs and write entries for them as a contributor, and I get paid. I also do paid advertising in my own blogs. Notice those posts which says that they are sponsored posts? They are the ones that actually provide me and my daughter all that we are enjoying now. But to be good at it and to get more tasks, I have to be awake when everyone else is asleep and even after everyone has awakened in the morning, has left for their respective offices  and so on and so forth. Apart from being a blogger, I manage my home, and take care of my daughter's needs. Well, that's not all. I also cater to online tutorials for Korean and Japanese friends. Offline, I manage our tutorial center, making sure that our clients are matched to the teacher that can help them in their academic needs, as well as make sure payments are made, wages and benefits are given, bills  paid, and so on and so forth..

Technically, apart from the pain in the hands and butt, I also experience frequent headaches and back pains. Stress resounds in the physical. But mental tasks are quite draining too. Mental or physical, both still shows  physical symptoms to stress. The body complains when it can no longer tolerate sleepless nights and too much time spent in front of the PC. Sitting 12 hours straight or more just to finish tasks, is not at all healthy.  And composing original entries is a rigorous thinking activity, matching a specific deadline with which specific posts need to be accomplished, headaches become worse than bad. But as a single mom and solo provider for a promising child, I  can not complain. I do not complain for the rewards of having a child, advanced and awarded in school is an inspiration.

So this made me think that I should join The Search for the Toughest Jobs Philippines. Why? What makes blogging a tough job? Well, it may look like blogging is as simple as counting ABCs, it's not. Of course there are jobs out there that are really physical, which the Department of Labor and Employment classify as labor intensive jobs--- like those of the laborers, the plumber, the mechanic, the jeepney drivers, the drillers, the street sweepers, and many others.  Yes, they may be seen to have a very tough job because they work under the heat of the sun,  and all other reasons, but a blogger who is a single mother, the lone provider also experiences similar if not worse stress on the job. First, the deadlines that have to be met. If one can not meet the deadline, the blogger loses money. Not only that, the blogger also loses credibility, hence, no more future projects will come for the blogger.  Me as a blogger, maintains not just one site. Many sites means many options and opportunities. If I fall short on maintenance of one blog, the blog loses PR and loss of projects follow. Maintaining a blog is not as easy as  changing templates only. There is so much to do to keep a blog going apart from writing entries into it. Changing the look alone takes time as codes and links need to be replaced and recoded. Apart from PR, there's also RR, and all other rankings that a blogger need to have, otherwise, the blog will die. And if  the blogger is earning by writing tasks, the blogger needs to seek out companies to write for. One company is not enough. Other companies require bidding for tasks which means clicking more than one task for more tasks, while others go by matching your blog categories with assignments per category. Whichever the case, the blog need to be alive with posts specific to its category to qualify. And many many more tasks to do to be on top of the blogging tribe.

If I am to Nominate and  Vote for the Toughest Jobs in the Philippines entry, I would vote for a SAHM Blogger or a stay at home mom who blogs, and I wouldn't just vote for myself. I  would vote for many others who share the same plight that I am in, regardless of our life stories. There's Ruby Ricafrente of www.rubzonline.com, there's Zoan from Davao of  www.luckyzoan.blogspot.com and many others.

Being solo providers for your children is tough enough, raising them solo is even more challenging, but working to meet all their needs is strenuous. Sometimes it is frustrating, especially when you need to do everything to make them happen, yet the funds are just not enough because you are the only one making money to sustain the child's needs. Working the night-shift as a blogger  and working as a mom during the day, that is tough!  What more if you have more than one kid and no help to manage everything. That sure can be a very bumpy ride.  On the contrary, getting results of your desired output is wonderfully exhilarating. It's no joke, and personally, I take pride in it. I am sure the two mommies do too.

Apart from the SAHM Bloggers, I think I will be nominating  and voting for my sister Denise. She works the night-shift at HSBC as a CSR, and studies theater during the day. Output-wise, she shares her skills and training by giving workshops for free. On really busy days, she gets sick or experiences tired muscles and pains, but just like me, she takes Alaxan and she survives every bodily challenges.She is one hell of a toughie, not because it pays well, but because she loves what she does that is why she continues to do them no matter what.

My friend Joy is an active police woman who is working the night-shift as she belongs to the night operatives. She has two kids and technically, the lone provider for her family as her husband's business is not doing well at this time. After her shift at work, she helps in her husband's business to make it work for them financially,  and of course, she takes care of the children and she works in the house doing the chores as she has no house help. Unimaginable, but it is true.

Lastly, my mother. She is tough at home and at work.  She always delivers the right output. Whether it is to prepare a meal or do other household stuff, whether it's to travel on foot in the far-flung villages just to get the requirements for her job as one of the technical people of NCIP Region 10, or get ample support for the tribal youth who needs financial assistance for education. She gets tired, and I often see how she is when she gets tired. But not once did she ever complain. Instead, she rests when necessary, and bounce back to get the job done.

Hmm.. notice that most of  them I mentioned here are women? Well, I believe that women workers who  do well in their jobs, while raising children at the same time and fulfill home duties are the toughest workers. Being a mother is the toughest job there is. Motherhood is a very important job, that is full time no matter how a mother works full time or part time outside the home to make money. It is not only to provide the family financially,  not only to fulfill current needs but to build dreams and a stable future for the kids. There is no mother  in the world who would not want her children to have a good life. And most of the time, if the father, for whatever reason, can not or do not want to fulfill his obligation to the child and the family, it's the mother who will plunge into hard labor at whatever cost (body pain and all) just to make it through. I know this for a fact because I work triple the load for my daughter's sake.

How about you? Who do you think has the toughest job? Visit www.toughjobsphilippines.com for more information.



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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mother's Day Gifts


May is the month for Mothers.. May is the month for me. I just received a wonderful gift from my BFF and partner in crime for life, lol.. And I am happy because I have a new set of Black pearls. I am sure they go well with my Black pearl pendants and pearl bracelets.

I have been collecting pearls since my mother's first pearls that she gave for my graduation in grade school. Since then, I have become an avid pearl collector. I love how you can match it with formal to semi-formal and even business attire. And if you are keen to detail and craftsmanship, a lot of pearls these days have become fashionably transcended. You can now see pearls mixed and matched with lace and ribbons in soft tones and even made into other accessories that one can use to make a dull looking outfit into a fashion statement. 

Investing in pearls need not be tedious, laborious and expensive. For as long as you know where to get pearls at a good price parallel to its quality, then you are good to go. Some pearl vendors even sell pearls cheaper when one buys them in bulk. And when you buy bulk, it doesn't always follow that you buy the same color and design as well as the kind of pearl your accessories or jewelry has.

As for me, I always invest in pearls when I can get them cheaply together with my friends who will also purchase a few pieces or strands. Some may get four, I will get three, some 2 and so on and so forth. When we reach a dozen or more, we are given discounts and even more ways of acquiring free pearls. What I can not afford yet though, are those pearls that are really really expensive, like the South Sea Pearls, etc.  Oh well, I may not need to have expensive pearls anyway.. I am happy with simple and locally cultured pearls. On the brighter side, I am helping the country and my fellowmen that way..

Anyway, BFF.. Thanks so much..





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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


 
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

OXIS.COM

Anyone here ever visited the website of Oxis.com? Well, if you have not, you can go ahead and copy http://www.oxis.com and paste it on you address bar, and see what this site is up to. 

Have you heard of this company before? My friend Janeen, who is always on the look out for new products and new innovations when it comes to anti aging treatments and beauty & healthy skin discoveries, told me about this site. She said that if one is to know more about products that are antioxidant,  or if one is to look for the next discovery in Glutathione, then she or he should drop by Oxis  to find out more or better yet, find new things about them. And so, that is just what I did. The secrets to a healthy and young looking skin is revealed thereat. 

I found out that Oxis has products that are often referred to as  therapeutic products with naturally occurring protective substances such as the “super antioxidant” compound, L-­Ergothioneine (“ERGO”), as a key component or ingredient that can be beneficial for the user. Hmm. I did learn something from that visit to the site..

You can go ahead and follow Oxis on Twitter, or LIKE and follow Oxis on facebook.





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Think About This...

This was shared by Influential BloggerMiss Janette Toral during the Cebu Blog Camp, which she also shared in FB. Sharing it on FB made us learn these even when we are yet away from Cebu..





Now, think about this. Are you ready for this new revolution? We should be..

I like the practical tips on how to be an influential blogger. She also shared this one at FB..





Thanks Miss J..


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Saturday, May 22, 2010

I Love These Organic Household Products


I have been using Plantex products for a couple of months now. They have proven to be very good in cleaning our house, our clothes, our dishes, our floors, the glass on the windows and the tables, even the cars and the fish pond. Fish pond? Yup.. Fish pond. 

Plantex products are organic. The raw materials and ingredients of Plantex products are derived from plants, fruits and vegetables, which are supposedly waste and with no more value, and they are usually from small framers, fruit and vegetable vendors. 
The raw materials are derived mostly from Banana trunks, barks, ripe banana fruit peelings, over ripe fruits and vegetables. And they are processed and made into what they are in the photo you see here.So that explains why we can even use these products in cleaning our fish pond. 

I specifically like the laundry detergent because after using it to wash clothes, the excess water can still be used to water the plants. Amazing isn't it?

Another is the all purpose cleaner. What magic does it do?  Well, Carmz adds a few drops unto the liquid she uses for mopping the floor. And you know what Carmz discovered that saved me lots of money? She didn't need to apply wax and scrub the floor anymore. It was ultimately shiny... OMG!

If you want to try these products, you may contact me and perhaps I can share with you how to be able to buy them and save more  money, aside of course from saving lots already prior to its use. Plantex products are also very affordable that the leading name brands can never level with in terms of affordability. It's quality and affordability at best. And the best part is, this product was developed by a FILIPINA! Hurrah for Filipino ingenuity.. .



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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Home Remedies


Is there a remedy for depression? I always believe that depression can be prevented. And I also believe that there is no cure for a person who thinks negatively. Sure, depression can be caused by a lot of factors in one's life. Each occurrence may have a different cause than the other occurrences. If a person takes it to himself to be overly pessimistic, then such pessimism is more likely to become worse.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a depressed person  can be seen as experiencing feelings of sadness, helplessness and hopelessness. In lay man's terms, if one says he or she is feeling "depressed", most people would often see it as synonymous with the feeling "sad", but  of course, both clinical depression and non-clinical depression can also refer to a multitude of  feelings, and not just one specific feeling. If we think about a common cold, surely, there is a proven home remedy for it. Specifically, a mother's home remedy, that works just right to send it away. Home remedies for colds, cough and even fever or flu.. Those are easy to come by. For there isn't any home that do not have home remedies of some sort. But depression? Depression is a clinical term, hence, a need for a clinical approach. But if we are to talk about sadness, melancholy, feeling bad on a holiday, for as long as it is not  over a long period already, recurring and extreme, then I believe there is a remedy for it. But come to think of it, if a person is at home with his environment, where there is unconditional love, acceptance and lots of loving and nurturing actions, them depression is less likely to occur. Unless of course, it has already been triggered, thus therapy is what is needed.

I am not an expert about this topic.  I may be wrong. But then, that's what I think. Let us all be happy. Happiness is a state of mind. Think happy thoughts, for when one is happy, regardless what happens in his or her life, she or he will be able to make it with a better disposition, hence better outcomes..


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Saturday, May 15, 2010

ANNOUNCEMENT:

If you are planning to teach English abroad, one of the requirements is a certificate in TESOL – or Teaching English to Students of Other languages. Do you know that there is a place where you can actually take lessons for TESOL and pay in PESOS? YUP! You read it right! To take TESOL there is a Promo offer of paying only P 450.00 per month.

And if you are Dreaming to be a writer you can also Study the art of writing with the Promo offer P150.00 only per month.

Now, if you want to know where that is, visit the website: www.amdwritingschool.co.cc

Friday, May 14, 2010

Installing LOVE

Here's something inspiring which I got from Robbie's Southside Titans Website. Reading through made me smile, for I know the words are simple, yet true to every word. And will hit you through the core. The way it is presented, I could relate because I was once a contact center agent. Anyway, I hope you guys like this, coz I did...


Installing Love

Tech Support: Yes, how can I help you?

Customer: Well , after much consideration, I've decided to install Love.
Can you guide me through the process?

Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: Well, I'm not very technical, but I think I'm ready. What do I do first?


Tech Support: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart?


Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are Running?

Tech Support: What programs are running?

Customer: Let's see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge and Resentment running right now.

TechSupport: No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but ! it will no longer Disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off?

Customer: I don't Know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been completely erased.
I loved this!
Customer: Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, "Error - Program not running on internal components." What should I do?

Tech Support: Don't worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer: So, what should I do?

Tech Support: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer: Okay, done.

Tech Support: Now, copy them to the "My Heart" directory. The system will overwrite any conflicting files a! nd begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before We hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool! modules back to you.

Customer: Thank you, God.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Encounter with a Hacker



The image above is a print screen of an email as well as a window on yahoo chat of my encounter with a hacker who purposely hacked and now is in the process of extorting money from the people in Sir Arnoldo Alvez' yahoo address book. .

Please, if this person will contact you and send you email. Do not believe him, he is not Sir Arnoldo Alvez. How I know? My former boss is not like that. First of all, he wouldn't ask his friends for money and he is not in UK. He is in Cebu-- Mandaue City to be exact. 

The hacker is using the yahoo email address arnoldoalvez@yahoo.com and he will not stop until anyone from the Yahoo address book of Sir Alvez will give in and give him or her the cash he wants. 

Amy, a blogger friend of mine, also a Filipina, who is now residing in the US was a victim of the same modus operandi. What's scary is that, the hacker of my friend's email is a Filipino also because the Pinay used globe to contact Amy's friends and sadly, one or two of them gave in, thinking that they were dealing with Amy. It was some sort of a business deal regarding loading, and since Amy is known to be business-minded,  her friends didn't doubt at all. 

As to this case with Mr. Alvez,  the hacker is a foreigner because he or she wanted me to speak in English while I typed some words in Tagalog. And of course, when I confronted him or her and said that I know he or she is a hacker, and I will be reporting the incident, he or she signed out, lol.. Afraid of me, I guess.

We should all be very careful about giving strangers our personal information.  Hackers and phishers are aplenty online. Sometimes, we take it forgranted, but we do have to check emails and see whether the email matches the company from which the email claims to be. Otherwise, if you click on a link within this mail, your personal info will be phished and goodbye to everything...


I have shared this information at Facebook. Should you want to join the thread, CLICK HERE.

Trust In Your Purpose


Everything belongs somewhere.

The stars belong to the sky,

The waves to the ocean,

The rain to the clouds,

The wind to the trees,

The mountains to the valleys.

Everything has meaning and purpose

Some need to fill

Something to accomplish.

So do you.

You have meaning and purpose,

You have a need to fill

You have something to accomplish.

Trust in your purpose,

Although it may not be clear at times

Trust it all the time,

Your heart knows it’s there,

Your heart will lead you to it.

Make life easy for yourself –

Follow it!

Don’t doubt it!

Don’t fight it!

Don’t dismiss it!

Do only one thing – Fulfill it!

Trust in your purpose

And you’ll never go wrong.

If it feels right, it is right,

If it makes you happy

You are where you belong –

And when you are where you belong,

There’s no greater feeling……


By Nancye Sims


What do you think of this poem? Nice, isn't it? I am sharing this here because I believe in its message... This isn't mine. I just found this online.. Nancy Sims truly got it right..

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

INC & The Philippine Election Results 2010

Before the Philippine Elections 2010 transpired there had been rumors that the Iglesia Ni Christo will be supporting Noynoy's candidacy, and with that in mind, he is surely going to win the presidential race. According to some people who talked about this issue at the party I attended days before  the elections, no candidate has ever lost in any election post once the INC is behind  him or her. I  simply listened as the group  talked about religious groups supporting candidates during national elections for I really didn't have a clue about this. SGI- Philippines do not endorse any candidate and would only pray for a more peaceful elections to transpire. I guess Buddhists in the Philippines do not really go beyond that level of support. Although some leaders and members are  directly related with local candidates from opposing parties, still, campaigning for candidates during meetings are never loudly expressed.  I have not known that these facts were very much pronounced in the previous elections. It was always, the CBCP, The El Shaddai, Ang Dating Daan, The Born Again Christians, and yes INC who were always sought for support of candidates but I could not really believe that it is rather very effective for a particular candidate to win with just one religious group to back him up.

Today at plurk, a plurk pal plurked a link of a specific area in the Philippines known to be the   stronghold of INC members. See the result below:


That's in Rodriguez Montalvan, Rizal.  CLICK HERE & HERE. I wonder what other places will have a similar result..



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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

One and Thirty Four..

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Monday, May 10, 2010

God Bless The Philippines


Done with CASTING MY VOTE. I just wanna say I believe in MY PRESIDENT! 

Who ever will win, I vow to support MY PRESIDENT.. I will give HIM a CHANCE to PROVE HIMSELF TO THE COUNTRY & TO HIS OFFICE.. REGARDLESS of the fact that I may have VOTED for Someone else.. That is what's RIGHT, isn't it? But if MY PRESIDENT is the ONE I VOTED FOR, then ALL THE MORE I WILL SUPPORT HIM.. Because I decided to vote for him.. 

That was my shoutout in FACEBOOK, PLURK and TWITTER.

Yes, and I mean every word of it. 

It is quite sad that most of  the FILIPINO people can easily believe COLORED PROPAGANDA to ruin a leader of the land by smear campaigns and allegations with NO VALID PROOF. That is why, at the onset of a controversy, it is easier and faster for a turn around decision in terms of support. And the intelligent, greedy and self serving will often use this weapon of destruction to climb up the stairway to power and dominion.  Most of the time, when puppets are used as front for the planners and masterminds,  he or she, gets a dose of this bitter medicine when he or she realizes that he or she is placed as replacement only,  but decisions are solely done by his or her loyal supporters, cum advisers.

Anyway, it's 7:00 PM. End of  VOTING.. Although many are still not done and are continuously lining up for their turn, I am sure it will be done when all is done and fast. I pray for their safety and hope there will be no more burned precincts or bombs or grenades to blow precincts up..  No more wasted lives sacrificed for the greedy.

Before I end this post I would like to COMMEND & THANK THOSE WHO VOTED WISELY..
HERE'S KEEPING A POSITIVE THOUGHT....


Sunday, May 09, 2010

Mommy 2 Mommy 4 Mommy...

Mommy Ruby was asking me yesterday about the numbers for Greenwich Pizza, unfortunately, I don't have it so I recommended the newest pizza craze in Cagayan de Oro, the first and by far the most affordable pizza ever, Pizza de Oro.  I was touched by her efforts to make her mom happy today, so I volunteered to help get her  order and have the guys at Pizza de Oro deliver them the next day, Mother's Day-- between 11 AM to 12 Noon today. Unexpectedly, she gave me a mother's day treat as well..

Below is the De Oro Overload Supreme. Thanks Mommy Rubz.. Happy Mother's Day to you..

Mommy Rubz ordered the same pizza above for her mom, and the Spicy Tuna Pizza (photo taken from my previous Pizza de Oro experience), also for her mom.. Well, happy mother's day to you Mrs. Caberte. I wanna thank you too for being Mommy Ruby's mom. I am blessed to have known her, an inspiration for me in my blogging career.

Anyway, I  bought a box of  Longga de Oro, one of Pizza de Oro's newest flavors for Lili and Mommy Carmz to enjoy. 


Pizza de Oro white sauce pizzas are worth a try.. So visit their FACEBOOK page today.. or call (088) 858-4874  or mobile numbers 0915-4430-588.

Happy Mother's Day to all moms.. Cheers to us.. 

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Brownout Schedules for May 8 to 16, 2010

Actual Interruption Schedule:  05/08/2010
Time Start:  rotational 5 hours (8:00am-1:00pm; 1:00pm-6:00pm; 6:00pm-11:00pm



5 May 2010

NOTICE to All CEPALCO Customers

Subject: DAILY Brownout Schedules for May 8 to 16, 2010

[NO Power Curtailments from May 9 to 11 Due to the National Elections]

As relayed by NGCP to CEPALCO, there will be NO power curtailments for the period May 9 to 11 [Sun-Mon-Tues] to ensure continuous power supply in Mindanao for the May 10 national elections. Power curtailments will resume on May 12.

Please find below the load shedding schedule / guide [5 hours DAILY rotating brownouts] within the CEPALCO service area for the period May 8 to 16, 2010 due to the continuing power supply curtailments imposed by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines [NGCP] all over Mindanao. Again, CEPALCO would like to caution customers that the actual switch off and switch on time may vary from the announced schedule depending on the actual load curtailment levels imposed by NGCP on CEPALCO on a day to day basis.

Time of Brownout

Dates: May 8 & 14
8:00am to 1:00pm - Group B
1:00pm to 6:00pm - Group C
6:00pm to 11:00pm - Group A

Dates: May 12 & 15
8:00am to 1:00pm - Group C
1:00pm to 6:00pm - Group A
6:00pm to 11:00pm - Group B

Dates: May 13 & 16
8:00am to 1:00pm - Group A
1:00pm to 6:00pm - Group B
6:00pm to 11:00pm - Group C

GROUP A Areas [Charlie 1 & Charlie 4]:
CHARLIE 1:
1. Greater portion of the City Poblacion along and bounded by Hayes St., Mortola St., JR Borja St. including S.Daumar St. up to corner JR. Borja St., Aguinaldo St. up to corner Justo Ramonal St.,
2. Along Pabayo St.; including portions of C. Pacana St., JR Borja St., Gomez St., C.Taal St., T.Neri St., Abejuela St., Hayes St. and Gaerlan St. from Pabayo St..
3. Hayes St. from corner A.Velez St. towards City Hall area & Burgos St., along T.Chavez St. from Burgos St. up to Tiano Bros. St. - including portions of Tiano Bros. St., Rizal St., Capistrano St. from Hayes St.; and; Dolores St..
4. Along Burgos St. from T.Chavez St. up to corner Gomez St. including portions of Abejuela St., T.Neri St., Cruz Taal St. and Gomez St. from Burgos St..
5. Surroundings along Mabini St. from corner A.Velez St. towards Capistrano St. up to corner Gomez St. including portions of Tiano Bros. St. from Mabini St.; Yacapin St. from Capistrano St. towards Burgos St.; and; C.Pacana St., JR Borja St. and Gomez St. from Capistrano St.
6. Along Pabayo and T. Saco Streets from Dolores towards Clementino Chaves St. up to 15th-26th St., Nazareth.
7. Greater portion of Macasandig, all of Tibasak, all the way to Taguanao.
CHARLIE 4:
1. Portions of Camaman-an near and including towards Manto to the San Jose and St. Vianney Seminaries, greater portion of Camaman-an proper towards Bontong, Bolonsori up to Upper Camaman-an and Hayes Subdivision including Tipolohon.
2. Part of Limketkai Center, Lapasan including Mc Donalds, PNB and Allied Bank.
3. Along Recto Ave. from corner Agora Road towards Maharlika Bridge including Coca-Cola Plant & Osmeña Ext.. up to Gaabucayan St.
4. Portion of A.Luna St. towards all of Mabulay Subdivision including portion of the Provincial Capitol and Provincial Hospital Area.
5. Medical Center area along and bounded by Capistrano St., Echem St. up to corner Akut St., A.Velez St., and Recto Ave.(UCCP side), including all of Consolacion.
6. Corrales Ext. from Gaabucayan St. towards most of PPA area.
7. J.Pacana St. from Recto Avenue towards all of Macabalan area.
8. All of RER Subdivision Phases I & 2 including Dolores compound; towards Fortune Express Shop along Maharlika Highway; including all of NHA-KSS Subdivision and portion of Bayabas near Manila Broadcasting Radio Station to Capisnon area.
9. Greater part of Bulua from Bulua Rotonda towards all of Iponan.
10. Greater part of Patag including Calamansi Drive, Apovel subdivision, Terry Hills subdivision and Anhawon, Bulua area.

GROUP B Areas [Carmen 3, Tango 1 & Pueblo 2]:
CARMEN 3:
1. Portions of Carmen: along vicinities of Villarin St. towards portion of Canitoan-Pagatpat Road; including St. Mary's Academy (formerly Cathedral School of Technology), Golden Village, City Hospital-DOH Area, COWD reservoir and Seriña St. from Villarin St. down to Madonna and Child Hospital.
2. M.Suniel St. from Villarin St. down towards portion of Mabolo St.; including Matilde Neri St., Dabatian St. and Cagayan de Oro College area; and; portion of Lirio St. area.
3. Portions of Upper Carmen towards Dagong including SM CITY; PRYCE HOTEL; SPUM & SEARSOLIN.
TANGO 1:
1. Portions of Natumulan down to Casinglot, Tagoloan.
2. All the Barangays of Bugo, Puerto, Tin-ao, Agusan, Tablon, Baloy, Cugman, Gusa, and greater portion of Lapasan.
3. Portions of Lapasan-Camaman-an road from Recto Ave. towards Limketkai Commercial Center including Grand Caprice Restaurant.
4. All of Osmeña St. and portion of Cogon Market Area (JR Borja side and Yacapin side) including Roxas St. towards portion of JR Borja St.
5. Upper Gusa, Indahag, Malasag, FS Catanico and Balubal.
6. Agora Market area including Gaabucayan St.
7. Corrales Ext. from corner Recto Ave. up to Gaabucayan St.
8. DMPI plantation, MENZI Agri, etc.
PUEBLO 2:
1. Portions of Upper Carmen, Upper Balulang and all of Brgy. Lumbia including; PNR Sawmill, Shop and transmitter; Pueblo de Oro, Camella Homes, Xavier Estates, Xavier Heights, Xavier High School, La Buena Vida, Frontiera and Montana subdivisions; CAA-BAT Lumbia Airport & Rio Verde.

GROUP C Areas [Charlie 2, Carmen 1, Carmen 2, Tango 2]:
CHARLIE 2:
1. Portions of T.Chavez St. from Corrales Ave. up to Tiano Bros. St. including portions of A.Velez St from Hayes St..
2. Along Hayes St. from Camaman-an towards V.Roa St. up to corner J.Ramonal Ext., including Pinikitan, Adela, Balangiao area, Quirino St. and Yacapin Ext.; portions of Macasandig, XU Grade School areas.
3. Along J.Ramonal Ext. from Sto. Niño, Cogon towards V.Roa St., R.Chavez St. up to Corrales Ave. corner A.Luna St.; D. Velez St & Yacapin St., JR Borja Sts between V. Roa St. and Mortola St.(PNB/Everbest) towards Daumar Sts. To Yacapin Ext. up to Doña Nieves St.
4. Along Corrales Ave. towards FICCO, Nazareth, including Yacapin Street Towards Capistrano St.,
5. Greater portion of Nazareth; greater portion of Ramonal Village. From Hayes-12th Sts up to T.Saco-14th Sts. ,T.Saco-6th Sts.,14th-21st Sts., and 15th-21st Sts.
CARMEN 1:
1. Greater portion of Carmen along Lirio St., from Trinity St., towards Oak St., Max Suniel St., Vamenta Blvd, up to cor. Jasmin St. including Waterlily St. and the Carmen market area.
2. Along Mabolo St. from Lirio St. towards corner Rosal St. including portion of Marigold St. .
3. Portions of Carmen: vicinities along Vamenta Blvd. from Fernandez St. towards greater part of Ilaya including Zayas St. up to Callos-Elloso St.: portions of Ipil St. and Mahogany St. from Fernandez St.; and; Seriña St. from COA towards Gumamela Ext.St., Guani Coliseum (former O.Roa’s) and Maharlika Police Station.
4. All of Macanhan, Carmen towards all of Lower Balulang.
CARMEN 2:
1. Portions of Carmen along Yacal St. towards Lirio St., Vamenta Blvd., Waling-waling St. upto GSIS area including Ferrabrel St., Mango St. and portion of Rosal St. and Marigold St.
2. All of Kauswagan proper including Fairlane Village and portion of Capisnon, Bonbon and Bayabas.
3. Isla de Oro.
4. Along Montalban St. from near Tiano Bros. St. towards Burgos St., del Pilar St. and Magsaysay St. including portions of Macahambus St. and Abellanosa St. from Burgos St..
5. Portions of A.Luna St. from corner Corrales Ave.; towards vicinities along A.Velez St. upto corner Mabini St. including portion of Macahambus St. from A.Velez St. and Tiano Bros. St. from Macahambus St..
TANGO 2:
1. Portions of Natumulan, greater Tagoloan proper, all the Barangays of Baluarte, Pulot, Sugbongcogon, and Gracia, Tagoloan
2. All the Barangays of Sta. Cruz, Mohon, Sta. Ana, and Sto. Rosario, Tagoloan including Kimaya, Villanueva.
3. All of Villanueva and Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.

We hope all CEPALCO customers & the public in general will be guided by this announcement. Thank you.

Released by:


Marilyn A. Chavez Senior Manager Customer & Community Relations Dept.


Thursday, May 06, 2010

L P G MA party list (LPGMA)


Guys, are you aware that among the party lists that we should vote for this May 10, 2010, Liquified Petroleum Gas Marketer's Association party list (LPGMA) is one that may need support from all LPG users all over the Philippines? I know you guys have your bets and choices already, since we are just a few days away from The Philippine Elections come May 10, but I read that this party list may be one of the many party lists to consider, simply because, it can be very much useful for all LPG users all over the country.

Personally, when I choose a party list, I always think of the greater good it can do, and the greater majority it can serve. Likewise think of the good it can do for the country, province or city and the people, whether directly or indirectly, or for a few specific concerns that can trigger so much concerns. As such, LPG Price Hike is one of the many concerns that we should be well aware of. It may not be as popular as oil or gasoline, but it sure is fuel to mostly every home as food is prepared, be it for residential purposes or for commercial advantages. Just like gasoline, it is one very important factor in daily activities and measures  how much we would fare in terms of budget concerns. Just imagine, if your LPG is so expensive, how much would you be spending just to prepare a simple meal? I am sure you wouldn't want to go back to the traditional ways of cooking food, using wood or charcoal or whatever is cheaper but time consuming and unsafe. If you go into food business, I am sure you will want cheaper LPG for less expenses, better profit.   At home, electricity is not even a closer option to a fast and safe cooking simply because we are suffering from rotational brown outs.

If  you wish to know more about this party list, you may follow LPGMA 161 on Twitter or like this party list, LPGMA 161 on Facebook.



Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Amazing Giveaways as Amazing Grace Turns 1...


Amazing Grace is now celebrating her 1st Blog Anniversary and she’s having a contest with lots of amazing give-aways.
If you want to join, the rules are very simple.
1. Make a post about this contest and add the site AMAZING GRACE and her other blog sites to your bloglist: A Walk to Remember, Gracia Fashionista , Asia Today World Tomorrow .
3. One entry per blog site
4. Bloggers outside the Philippines are also welcome ( just leave a Philippine address for the delivery of the items)
5. One winner for each item. Winners will be drawn through random.org
6. Contest Runs from May 01 – June 15,2010.
Join now and greet Grace on her 1st blog anniversary!