The Good Thing About RCBC Bankard

RCBC Bankard has a new feature that benefits each cardholder. Each time you use your credit card online, just a few seconds after, you are going to receive a alert message to your mobile phone saying your card xxxx-xxxx just made an online transaction in the amount of Pxxx. If you didn't do this transaction, you are advised to call its hotline immediately. So far, Bankard's customer support persons who have called me up reminding me of my payments are friendly and considerate. On the contrary, some other credit card companies still use the old tactics of harassment and malicious stories. Good job, Bankard! Please maintain it that way.


Places To Visit During The Christmas Season In The Philippines

Without spending much money, you can bring your children at these places in Metro Manila to enjoy music, lights, and colors. Whether you spend big or not, your children will be just as happy.
Ayala Triangle Gardens Lights and Sounds Show
It started in Christmas 2010. Set in a garden, the lights dance with the rhythm of a medley of Christmas music. The show lasts only 5 minutes. It starts at 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. Show is every 30 minutes. Each show is not like the next one. The show runs from Nov 16 to Dec 30. The show is held just behind the Philippine Stock Exchange. After the show, you can dine at the row of restaurants within the park. Ayala Triangle is located within the corners of Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, and Makati Ave in Makati City. It was the old Ugarte Field. Even older than that, it was called the Nielson Field -- an airport. Yes, there was a Makati airport -- the Manila International Air Terminal. It was the first modern and commercial airport in the Philippines. You can still see the Nielson Tower, now Filipinas Heritage Library, standing in the old field. 
Trinoma's Merry Musical Lights
Quezon City
Belenistas de Ortigas
Mandaluyong City
For an expensive holiday treat, try the following Christmas places without leaving Metro Manila
Resort World
Manila Ocean Park
Snow World in Star City
Outside Metro Manila, the following spots are worth enjoying the Christmas spirit.
Christmas House in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
Belenismo in Tarlac
Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga

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The Cyber Crime Law Pandemonium

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The cyber crime law indeed megamorphed a scare on the Net. Filipino netizens all of sudden stopped clicking, liking, sharing, and tweeting.

I'm not against the cyber crime law but it sure froze my mouse from clicking it. Probably that's the reason why many groups and individuals are shouting out their disapproval. The freedom of expression suddenly went six feet under.

I agree, though, that cyber bullying, whether you call that libel or otherwise, should be a crime that is punishable by law. I don't care if the sentence is 1 year, 2 years, or 10 years of imprisonment. The punishment should scare the hell out of the bully so that they would behave like good netizens. After all, the majority good netizens do not want them around on the Net. These bullies and "pasaway" on the Net are incorrigible, low-self-esteemed pain in the ash.

What scares me, and perhaps, other concerned citizens as well, is that what if a politician or a government official was doing something under his nose with blood money under the table? Can you not expose to the public his anomalous activity? If the government sided with this corrupt official in one hammer of a gavel, who else can you turn to? Doesn't it look like the cyber crime law was written to protect the lawmakers themselves from being criticized or exposed?

Let's example a scenario. I want to make this clear. What follows is only an example.

A writer wrote an article to expose a politician who used his pork barrel to purchase a beach resort. A concerned netizen, who is connected to thousands of netizens, stumbled upon his article and shared this to the social media grid. His thousand connections took the time to read the article, tweeted it, liked it, and shared it. The article turned viral on the Net that TV networks broadcast the digital epidemia on news programs. Consequently, it caught the politician's attention.

The politician denied what was written about him. Another higher-authority politician backed him up and witnessed in favor of him even if they both knew that the article was true and factual. To cut the story short, the writer was brought to court together with the thousands of netizens who shared the article, the web host provider and site owners included.

If you are going to ask the honorable blindfolded justice, who's side are you in: the lawmaker-lawbreaker politician or the concerned citizens?

There is a variety of reasons why netizens like, tweet, or share a post or an article.

  1. They are a fan of the author. 
  2. They like the content of the article. 
  3. They like how the article was written. 
  4. They share the same advocacy with the author. 
  5. They quote part of the story and give due credit to the site and author.
  6. Technically, they provide a back link to make a reference to an item that they did not author.
  7. They like or abhor the politician's activity. 
Can the cyber crime law distinguish these reasons? Is it just to be punished for liking an article due to how it was creatively written?

This like button, especially the like - unlike button, seen in YouTube, is tricky. For example, if the video exposes an anomalous activity, which are you liking or un-liking: the video itself or the anomalous activity? A newbie or low-grade techie can get confused on how to use the button.

I wonder if the lawmakers are regular social media users. I think they have to understand how it works digitally in the social media cloud.

I hope there's nothing libelous about what I wrote. In the meantime, to keep you out of trouble "think before you click" (credits GMA multimedia news campaign), don't name names, limit your opinions to positive criticisms, and avoid arguments.

If you were bullied one time or fell victim to an identity theft, you'd be thankful there is cyber crime law. On the contrary, if you fell victim behind bars for sharing a good advocacy like the "anti-epal campaign", the cyber crime law becomes your nightmare on elm street. With that alone, you know that there's a loophole somewhere in the law.

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I-Witness's "Minsan Sa Isang Taon" By Kara David

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A beautiful documentary that subliminally projects an irony of life.

"Minsan Sa Isang Taon" (Once A Year), an I-Witness documentary (aired Oct 8, 2012, GMA Network) by Kara David may look like a simple documentary but it's not. It's depth has significant things to say.

"Minsan Sa Isang Taon" weaved paper bills (cash, money) to be the irony of abaca, also called Manila hemp. A year of hard work produced 20 kilos of abaca fibers. When sold, those fibers are worth 1000 pesos. Imagine earning 1000 pesos a year for a family of more than 5! Those cash bills that the hard-working man was holding were made of a few fibers of abaca compared to 20 kilos of fibers that he produced for a year. Quite an irony!

We perceive money as symbol of wealth; yet what it's made of is a symbol of indigence. What happens now to the truth that hard work is the key to success? Somewhere in between must be missing.

The abaca farmer is surrounded with gifts of nature - hills, trees, unpolluted air. He must be rich. Unfortunately, he and his family gets to taste rice only once a year. If luckier, meat for his kids. 

Actually, the abaca farmer is surrounded by abundance. He only needs to cultivate bright ideas. If only given the proper education and assistance, he doesn't have to wait a year in order to earn a thousand pesos.

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Who Will Be The Next Supreme Court Chief Justice?

There are 22 nominees. Names I heard once or twice on TV. Some are popular for the reason that they are very visible on TV. Some are newbie to my ears for the reason that I had not heard their names until now. Who will be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines?
  1. Andres Bautista, Presidential Commission on Good Government Chairman
  2. Soledad Cagampang-de Castro, law professor
  3. Leila de Lima, Justice Secretary
  4. Jose Manuel Diokno, Free Legal Assistance Group chair
  5. Francis Jardeleza, Solicitor General
  6. Katrina Legarda, women’s rights and family lawyer
  7. Justice Roberto Abad
  8. Rafael Morales, law professor and Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan managing partner
  9. Raul Pangalagan, Inquirer columnist and former University of the Philippines law dean
  10. Justice Arturo Brion
  11. Rene Sarmiento, Elections Commissioner
  12. Manuel Siayngco Jr., retired Judge
  13. Amado Valdez, University of the East law dean and former government corporate counsel
  14. Vicente Velasquez (disqualified), lawyer and chair of the government negotiating panel with the National Democratic Front
  15. Antonio Carpio, Senior Associate Justice
  16. Justice Leonardo de Castro
  17. Cesar Villanueva, Ateneo de Manila University law dean
  18. Teresita Herbosa, Securities and Exchange Commissioner
  19. Rufus Rodriguez  (disqualified), Cagayan de Oro City Representative
  20. Ronaldo Zamora, former Executive Secretary and former San Juan City representative
  21. Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno
  22. Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr.
First guess: Raul Pangalagan, Leonardo de Castro, or Teresita Herbosa. I think he or she is somebody the public least expect it.
Second guess: Antonio Carpio, Rene Sarmiento

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Fort Drum Sa Isla El Fraile Sa Ternate Cavite

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Ang kinahinatnan ng Fort Drum sa Isla El Fraile sa Ternate, Cavite ay isang patunay ng walang pagpapahalaga sa yaman ng kasaysayan ng ilang Pinoy, kawani, at nanunungkulan sa pamahalaan. Sadyang ang mga politiko at nanungkulan noon sa pamahalaan ay pagpapayaman lamang ang inatupag.

A historic site like Fort Drum in El Fraile island could have been a priceless tourist spot if only taken care of. Built in 1909 through 1916, Fort Drum is a concrete battleship built by the United States Army.

Read more at Wikipedia about Fort Drum.

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