Sunday, November 27, 2011

They Use to Visit my Blog

I've been blogging since 2005 (skip that if you've already read about it here, many times). Yes, it started with Friendster - did you also try blogging with them? LOL.

Two years later, I discovered Blogspot/Blogger. And so this blog was born.

That time, I didn't know anything about the blogosphere yet, terms like "x-links" were all jargon to me. But within weeks, I started adding people in my side bar - check it out, the very long list is still there.

I became a regular visitor to these blogs, leaving comments on any topic that I find interesting. In return, they've visited and commented on my blog too. The exchanged of visits and comments went on for about two years. After that, only a few remained. Perhaps, everyone has got a good number of followers already, so we they don't need to blog hop anymore.

This post is dedicated to all those who have been here before, and vanished...

Of course, Honney, Aajao, Dong Ho, Ronnie, Reyn, Reyna Elena, Doc Ced and Pusa are excluded as I know you still visit my blog once in a while (after all these years)! Hehe.

If we have been visiting each other's site before, check your name/URL below:

1. Vince of - One of the first comments here came from him. Still very active at blogging.
2. IvanHarry of - Ang dakilang Lolo. His last post is dated June 10, 2011.
3. Eilanna of - Also one of the first to leave a comment in my humble blog. Last post: June 25, 2010.
4. Footiam of -He use to visit my photoblog regularly. He's still blogging!
5. Dorkzter of - One of my first readers. He stopped blogging after January 30, 2009.

6. Abaniko of - He bid farewell to his blog in January 29, 2010.
7. Abou of - Active pa rin ang blog.
8. - What happened to his site?
9. Prily of - Last update: April 14, 2010
10. Jep of - No more posts after May 28, 2009.

11. - His page has been moved somewhere.
12. - His page is also already down.
13. Eric of - Still an active blogger.
14. Acey of - Her blog is still regularly updated.
15. Undecided21 of - Hindi na rin daw mahanap ni Blogger.

16. Arjay of - He closed his blog after a year?
17. Bebsims of, formerly - Direktor na ng mga Indie Films. Congrats!
18. Chelle - She use to own
19. Compass of - He's still blogging, I guess.
20. Chres of - She stopped posting 3 years ago.

21. Deliciosa of - Now a food blogger.
22. Did You Know of - Last post: January 23, 2010
23. R-yo of, formerly - The Islander in the City.
24. everyadam of - Looks like his blog turned in to a magazine.
25. Iggy of - Glad to see he's still actively blogging.

26. Janus of - His site is already down.
27. Lalaine of -Her blog is now exclusive for invited readers only.
28. Makoy of - Still blogging.
29. Malditang Pinay of - Her last entry is dated January 15, 2009.
30. Normand of - His last post is, dateless.

31. Portia of - She hasn't posted anything after January 2008.
32. richard24 of - Is he back or not?
33. Rio of - Also now exclusive to invited readers.
34. Ruthi of - Still at it!
35. thesocialcritic of - See number 33.

36. Zeus of - He last posted in February 15, 2011.
37. Yoshke of - He's now got a very busy site.
38. enrico of - He also stopped blogging in 2009.
39. Looking for the source of - No more posts after March 2010.
40. Dakilang Islander of - See number 26.

41. The Scud of - He bid goodbye to blogosphere in May 6, 2010.
42. Alkapon of - Last post: March 29, 2011.
43. Onatdonuts of -See number 26.
44. Ice of - Hiatus mode?
45. Moonsparks of - Last post: July 4, 2011.

And looks like the following are in Hiatus mode too:

46. Neil of
47. Olan of

I'm glad to still see updates from these blogs:

48. Lucas of - His writing skills is absolutely... flawless!
49. Chyng of - The traveler of the year award goes to you!
50. Duke of - 7 blogging years and counting!!!
51. Fern of - Updated.
52. RJ of - Still blogging from... Australia.

53. Blogolag of - Now a food blogger?
53. Chuva of - Magazine!
54. Jake of - He use to give me hairstyle tips.
55. Dacordyte of - Still a very busy blogger.
56. Malen of - Nonstop nose-bleeding.

57. Ambo of - Must be the most successful blogger I know!

The list goes on... Na-miss ko bigla ang mga "x-links" days.

To everyone, thank you so much for having been part of my blogging life. Apologies to those whose blog I forgot to include on the list. Many more blogging years for us all! Cheers!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Panabenga 2012 Shedule

I didn't make it last February, so I am quite excited to be in Baguio this 2012 for the Panagbenga Flower Festival (note: it's PAnagbenga not PInagbenga). I was a Baguio resident for 8 years, so I have always been in attendance in the past.

My favorite part is when Session road is closed for at least a week (imagine outdoor dining, street foods, souvenir shops, street partying, etc. etc.!) If you love all of these, make sure to be there on February 27- March 4, 2012.

The 2012 Panagbenga Baguio Flower Festival Schedule:

Panagbenga 2012 Launch and Concert     November 14, 2011

Panagbenga Opening Parade                    February 1, 2012

Market Encounter                                        February 1- March 4, 2012

Let a Thousand Flower Bloom                    February 11, 2012

Handog ng Panagbenga sa Baguio           February 12, 2012

Fluvial Float Parade                                   February 12, 2012

Chinese Spring Festival                             February 21, 2012

Grand Street Dancing Parade                   February 25, 2012

Grand Float Parade                                   February 26, 2012

Session Road in Bloom                             February 27- March 4, 2012

Pony Boy's Day                                         March 2, 2012

Panagbenga Closing Ceremonies             March 4
 and Grand Fireworks Display

Sunday, November 20, 2011

End Impunity: NUJP's Countdown to Ampatuan Massacre's Second Anniversary

Two years and still no justice: A call to bloggers, Twitter users and social media activists

by End Impunity: NUJP's Countdown to Ampatuan Massacre's Second Anniversary

On November 21, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, in cooperation with other media groups, is launching a Blog Action Day in connection with our commemoration of the second anniversary of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre and the first International Day to End Impunity.

As today, only two Ampatuans have been arraigned. Only 93 of the 196 accused have been arrested. Prosecution and defense lawyers have listed 300 and 320 witnesses, respectively, which, according to Senator Joker Arroyo, a veteran human rights lawyer and courtroom litigator, may take 200 years to present.

Meanwhile, the families of the 58 victims continue to suffer from the loss of their loved ones, most of whom were family breadwinners. Some of the children continue to innocently wait in vain for their murdered parents to come home.

On this day, we would like to invite all of you to use the power of communication and the Internet to speak out for justice and against the continued impunity with which those who wish to suppress freedom of expression impose the ultimate censorship – death – and how the apathy and inaction of government has made this so.

Let this be the start of a meaningful partnership as we forge onward together to realize the full expression of our rights and freedoms as communicators and as citizens of our country.

Below are some links that provide background information on the Ampatuan massacre and current status of the 57 counts of murder filed against the 196 accused:

“End Impunity: NUJP’s countdown to the Ampatuan Massacre’s second Anniversary” on Facebook (

NUJP (@nujp) on Twitter (

NUJP on Tumblr  which features artworks of children of the victims of the massacre and other media killings. These artworks express how they are coping with the death of their slain parents (

Let’s do our share in not forgetting the fallen victims of the Ampatuan Massacre.


Rowena C. Paraan

Secretary General

Nestor Burgos

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Excellent Analysis of the recent Pacquiao-Marquez Fight!

Was Juan Manuel Marquez robbed? Here's a very interesting analysis from Bryan Armen Graham of Sports Illustrated:

It was close.

That much everyone can agree on.

Manny Pacquiao beat back an improbable, heroic effort from an aging champion to retain his WBO welterweight championship on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, eking out a majority decision over the magnificent Juan Manuel Marquez in a fight that was just as close as their previous two ring wars. In doing so, he narrowly avoided a seismic upset.

One ringside judge scored it 114-114, with the other two giving it to Pacquiao at 115-113 and 116-114. had it 114-114.

Call it a lot of things, but don't call it a robbery.

A heavily pro-Marquez crowd rained boos on the floor after Michael Buffer's announcement of the outcome, hurling bottles and cans toward the ring -- a far more vehement reaction than Floyd Mayweather experienced after his ungentlemanly knockout of Victor Ortiz in the same room just two months ago.

But the outcry was not commensurate to the injustice.

Yes, most of the media at ringside scored it a draw or a narrow victory for Marquez. But most of the rounds were very close. How close? Not once after the sixth did all three judges score a single round the same way.

Fact is, Saturday's fight could have gone either way. There have been far more egregious iniquities in boxing -- this year alone.

Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), a 7-to-1 underdog who'd appeared vastly out of his depth in his only previous fight above lightweight, looked better than anyone expected from the opening bell, staying away from Pacquiao's power in the early rounds and peppering him with well-timed counterpunches. The Filipino champion had trouble getting inside and landing shots, finding his hyperkinetic flurries thwarted regardless of his tack or pace. Marquez even managed to rock Pacquiao several times, most notably by gigantic right hands in the fourth, fifth and seventh.

During those the middle rounds Pacquiao was as apprehensive as he's looked in years, wary of the counters, as confounded by the Marquez riddle as he was when they met at featherweight in 2004 and super featherweight in '08. (They fought Saturday at a catchweight of 144, or 14 pounds above their most recent fight.) He was doing enough to bank a few rounds and keep the Mexican challenger from running out too far ahead, but it was clear the more disciplined Marquez was in control. After nine rounds, the fight was there for Marquez to take.

And then he took his foot off the gas.

So you can say what you want about Saturday's result, but Marquez can only blame himself. All three judges scored two of the last three rounds for Pacquiao -- and gave him all three.
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) showed great heart, and an even greater chin, to absorb Marquez's best shots and keep moving forward through the first three-quarters for the fight. Then as the reality of his 38 years became manifest -- as the Mexican's crisp, exquisite combinations began to lose their bite -- it was the 32-year-old Pacquiao's superior finishing kick that made the difference.

"The fight was there for there for Marquez," Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said. "But he chose to stay in that counterpunching mode and not come forward, and if I'm going to give a close round to someone I'm going to give it to the aggressor."

Throughout the buildup to Saturday's fight, Pacquiao had talked endlessly about the desire for a definitive conclusion to a trilogy that's now spanned 36 rounds over seven years and three weight classes. This was not that.

Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum was first to float the idea of a fourth installment for May, a reality even Roach grudgingly agreed with.

"It's a fight I kind of don't want to do again, but I think we have to," Roach said. "He's given us problems three times now and he's very good at what he does. He deserves a rematch."

For now, it appears the dream of a megafight between Pacquiao and Mayweather is on hold. If Pacquiao had this much trouble with Marquez's counterpunching, how could he expect to fare against a guy who's almost identical stylistically, only bigger and faster and far closer to his prime?

"Commercially speaking it will be huge fight," Marquez said through an interpreter. "But boxing is about styles, and the style of Mayweather will get very complicated for Pacquiao."

The workmanlike Marquez will never run for president. He'll never star in an action movie or cut a gold record or make Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people. He will never have his own branded hand sanitizer or cologne like Pacquiao (both of which were available Saturday at the merch stand, for $5 and $50, respectively).

But he will always have Pacquiao's number, the Ken Norton to Manny's Ali.

"I have to accept that it's not too easy to fight Marquez," Pacquiao said. "He's always backing off, he's waiting for me to create action. It's not easy."

Monday, November 7, 2011

Someone from Beverly Hills, California is frequenting my new blog

I’ve been getting lots of clicks from this visitor since last month. S/he visits my new blog at least five times a week, and when s/he does, s/he clicks on the links leading to my other posts. I don’t know if s/he actually reads them as s/he seem to open at least 20 entries in one minute! Strange. Is s/he a spammer? If yes, why isn’t s/he leaving spam comments? 
Regretfully, I couldn’t tell his/her identity. The only think I know, as per Feedjit, is that s/he uses Internet Explorer and that s/he is located in Beverly Hills , California , U.S. of A!