30 August 2008

The Capitol Lagoon

The Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Capitol
Dubbed as the Luneta of the North
(The Cordilleras in the background)

The Capitol Lagoon
Provincial Capitol Compound
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

The Bureau of Internal Revenue Building
RD-14, Bayombong (Nueva Vizcaya)
Located right across the Capitol Lagoon

By Bus: Cubao to Bayombong


From Manila, take any bus going to Cagayan Valley. When you depart from Manila by aircon bus, it will take approximately 7 hours to get to Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. For new comers, the bus conductor or driver usually announces “Bayombong” when it gets to the Caltex (Gambito) Gas Station. If ever you miss to drop off from the Caltex Station, you can still try a little further down at Sea Oil Gas Station.


Saber Inn—Located along the Provincial Road, close to the Police General Headquarters. take a tricycle from the diversion road. The Saber Inn is 50 meters away from the Provincial Capitol, also located along the Provincial Road. It will take less than a 10-minute walk to get there.

Highlander Hotel—Located along the National Road, 20 meters away from the Caltex Station. You can simply walk your way to the hotel, or you may advise the bus conductor or driver to drop you off right in front of the hotel. The Highlander Hotel is a 5-minute ride by tricycle to the Provincial Capitol.

(located along EDSA)

Baliwag Transit, Inc.(BTI)
EDSA Cubao Tel. (63 2) 912-3343, (63 2) 912-9132, (63 2) 912-3361 to 62

Schedule and Fares (as of 08/01/08)
EDSA, Cubao (near Aurora Boulevard)

3:00PM 5:30PM 8:00PM 9:00PM 10:30PM 11:00

Victory Liner, Inc.
KamiasDispatcher's Office (02) 920-7396
Ticket Seller (02) 921-3296

Fare from Cubao to Bayombong (as of 01 August 2008): P315.00
Victory Liner Trip Schedules from Kamias to Cagayan Valley (as of 01 August 2008)

From Kamias to Cagayan Valley(Ilagan)

  • 10:30PM

From Kamias to Cagayan Valley(Roxas):Via Cabatuan

  • 8:30AM
  • 6:00PM
  • 8:00PM

From Kamias to Cagayan Valley(Roxas): Via Gamu

  • 8:30AM
  • 6:00PM
  • 8:00PM

From Kamias to Cagayan Valley(Roxas): Via San Mateo

  • 8:30AM
  • 6:00PM
  • 8:00PM

From Kamias to Cagayan Valley(Tabuk): Via Roxas

  • 7:00PM
  • 8:45PM

From Kamias to Cagayan Valley(Tuao): Via Tuguegarao

  • 5:00PM

From Kamias to Cagayan Valley(Tuguegarao): Via Ilagan

  • 4:30AM
  • 7:30PM
  • 9:30PM
  • 11:00AM
  • 3:00PM
  • 4:00PM
  • 6:30PM
  • 7:30PM
  • 8:30PM
  • 9:00PM
  • 11:30PM

From Kamias to Cagayan Valley(Tuguegarao): Via Roxas

  • 10:00PM


Note: Please contact their offices for further updates. Hope this post could guide our guests, especially those from the BIR Cooperative Association based in Quezon City, find their way to our Office come Tuesday. See you!

29 August 2008

Issue: Effectivity Date of the Tax Relief Law

"The new red is green!"

The Tax Relief Law would be retroactive to January 1 "if that is the intent of the law" to quote the Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary, Hon. Gary Teves. He announced that a decision regarding the effectivity date of the Tax Relief Law should be reached in two weeks.

The IRR is yet to be approved by the DOF and released by the Office. R.A. No. 9504 took effect 6 July, 15 days after its publication. However, the issue on the effectivity shall be resolved in favor of the intent of the lawmakers, notwithstanding the provisions of the Civil Code of the Philippines on the effectivity of laws, to wit:

"Article 2. Laws shall take effect after fifteen days following the completion of their publication in the Official Gazette, unless it is otherwise provided."

The Secretary further stated that "We will try to thresh this out and consult with members of Congress as far as this particular issue and the ramifications of it are concerned before we make a final decision".

If we are to provide relief, the benefits of the law should cover the entire taxable year. However, we have to forego billions of potential revenues which is much needed by our government—additional sources of revenues should therefore be considered.

28 August 2008

The Twin Brothers

Born 24th December 1987
Alfred Christian Aurelio & Wilfred Christian Rogelio
The Cruz Twins

Photo taken in 1975, our camera
My older brother Edgardo
Born 29th August 1961

I never knew that our family had a history of multiples, not until the twins was born. Only then did I learn that actually, I had aunts and an uncle who were triplets!

The older photo was actually just an experiment by my older brother Ed, who got curious in effects in photography. I would not know, but i guess he didn't notice until now that the effects in the photograph became a reality—he got his twin sons!

Advance Happy Birthday Diko Ed! Wish you more...

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27 August 2008

Let's Have Coffee at the Quaddro

Just the aroma may alter activity of some genes in the brain, study finds
Source: www.msnbc.msn.com

Ah, wake up and smell the coffee ... and that's all you may need to do to pep up in the morning, a new study finds.

An international group of scientists reports that inhaling the rich, warm aroma of a hot cup of joe may alter the activity of some genes in the brain, reducing the effects of sleep deprivation—no drinking required.

Coffee has been a part of the human diet for more than 1,000 years, and is now the most widely consumed beverage worldwide.

At Saber Inn & Restaurant
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

26 August 2008

Ms. Miriam Quiambao

Ms. Quiambao, 1999 Binibining Pilipinas-World and

25 August 2008

The Never Ending Call

The Never Ending Call
~Author Unknown~

The boy walked along the ocean shore... trying not to stray.
He looked up to his Father saying "Dad I want to play."
His Father looked upon him, with love showing in his eyes.
"Do what you want to, my son... but do not leave my side."

"I would never leave you daddy, I love you way too much."
But the boy took a step away, out of his fathers range of touch.
He walked through the surf, The waves tickling one toe.
"If I take one more step in... " he thought "Father will never know."

His father called out to him, "Son, to me remain true."
The boy thought with glee... "At the moment I don't need you."
His Father felt a sadness, But he held his tongue.
Sometimes lessons need to be learned... even when so young.

The boy stepped out a little further... the water covering his waist.
His Father spoke with urgency... his father spoke with haste.
"My Son come Back to me," he said "The day is almost done."
Not yet, Dad," the boy yelled, "I'm having too much fun!"

But the Boy did not have his fathers sight... So he could not tell...
The Tide was coming in fast... There would be no time to yell.
"Father!" he tried to scream As the water covered his head.
"I need you now daddy!" was what the boy had said.

And in a single instant his father was by his side.
"I thought you left me daddy... I thought you went to hide."
The Father looked upon his son... a tear streaming down his cheek.
The Boy looked upon his father. and cried the sobs of the meek.

"I would never leave you son... For I love you just the same.
I was only waiting... for you to call upon my name."

NV Goes to Alabang—Be there!

Check this out:

NV Goes to Alabang 2008

  • Venue: 2/L Mini Trade Mall, Festival Supermart, Alabang

  • Time: 22 August - 2 September

  • A Provincial "One Town One Product (OTOP)" Trade Fair in Metro Manila

24 August 2008

US: Graffiti art takes presidential race to the streets

L.A.-based artist Shepard Fairey created the now-ubiquitous graphic of Obama,
who wrote to him, “Your images have a profound effect on people.”

Artists including Shepard Fairey and Ray Noland head to
the Democratic National Convention in Denver, home of MoveOn.org's Manifest Hope Gallery Contest.

ON A brick wall in downtown Atlanta that usually is splattered with graffiti tag names, a spray-paint portrait of Barack Obama now gazes over the streetscape.

In Chicago, an abandoned warehouse on the city's South Side displays a life-size silhouette of the Illinois senator, microphone in hand.

And all over Los Angeles -- on stop signs, underpasses, buildings and billboards -- hundreds of posters and stickers of Obama, emblazoned with the word "Hope," have been slapped up, guerrilla-style.

This year, some of the most arresting images in the race for the White House are not the work of ad agencies, political consultants or photojournalists but of a subculture of artists who use the streets as their canvas. Their pro-Obama work -- there is no similar phenomenon for John McCain -- has been spotted everywhere, even Paris and Beijing.

It's an odd twist in the world of street art, an arena where creative renegades question power and convention with their homemade posters and hand-painted murals -- and don't usually endorse major party politicians.

"It's not cool with the sort of rebellious, punk, street-artist types to support something that is seen as a part of the system," said Shepard Fairey, the Los Angeles-based street artist responsible for the "Hope" posters and stickers.

Coming together

Yet when it comes to Obama, street artists around the country are falling into line. "Obama's a rock star, he's got a great brand and he's a very sexy candidate," explained Ian Bourland, a University of Chicago graduate student who is one of the few academics studying recent street art. "It's his race, his politics and his charisma."

Street artists embrace the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's experience as a community organizer, in part because they view their own movement as similarly grass-roots. "He's perceived as sharing their ethos," Bourland said.

Fairey and Chicago artist Ray Noland plan to be in Denver next week for the Democratic National Convention. Noland will be hawking his paintings and posters and Fairey will be there as a judge in the Manifest Hope Gallery Contest, a national art competition he is sponsoring with MoveOn.org. Artists from around the country were asked to submit work about Obama or centered around the themes of hope, progress, change, patriotism or unity. The best works will be displayed at the Manifest Hope Gallery, which will be set up in downtown Denver.

Controversial approach

Street art -- regarded as creative, non-gang graffiti by its admirers and as vandalism by its detractors -- evolved in part out of the do-it-yourself punk movement of the 1980s.

Current targets of its rebellious edge include the Iraq war and gentrification, along with old enemies such as capitalism. "It's pretty unusual to find things that street artists and graffiti artists are in support of," said Joe Austin, a University of Wisconsin history professor who studies youth movements.

Still, street artists such as San Francisco's Eddie (he asked that his last name not be used for fear of legal retribution) are enthusiastic about Obama, and they say they are expressing their sentiments in the vocabulary they know best.

"I could go and volunteer at the campaign and make calls, but that's probably not the best use of my skill set," said Eddie, who has plastered the Bay Area with red-and-black posters that feature a close-up of the candidate's face. "Street art is what I do."

Noland, 35, also a freelance graphic designer, makes Obama posters filled with basketball imagery to appeal to urban youth. In one, a smiling Obama clutches a red, white and blue basketball and stands beside the slogan "Obama got next" -- a play off the lingo basketball players use to claim a court.

Noland became interested in Obama while reading his 1995 autobiography, "Dreams From My Father." "I thought, 'This guy has got it all. He's got the pedigree. He's gone to Harvard, but he's also connected to the community, to the neighborhood,' " Noland said. "He also plays ball!"

His art is, Noland said, "a conscious effort to position Obama in a certain way, to position him as cool and to position him as hip."

Noland first sold his posters to friends. Then, just before the Illinois Democratic primary, he rented a storefront and made it a temporary art gallery, where he marketed his screen-printed Obama posters and paintings. He eventually packed the pictures into his Subaru and took his work on the road. Noland set up shop in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Oregon for those states' primaries.

In North Carolina, Noland was surprised by a visit from Obama and his wife, Michelle, who "spent all of this time just gazing at the images," Noland said. "I think he was overwhelmed at seeing all of this work with his face all around." But, Noland said, Obama told him to keep up the good work

LA Times, 23 August 2008

23 August 2008

Shoes et al.

"Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes.
That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and
you have their shoes."—Jack Handey

I am designing a shoe/footwear calendar for the year 2009, I hope our readers could send me pictures of their shoes or anything about footwear that might be included therein. The sender grants this blogger an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual and royalty-free right and license to use, reproduce, adapt and translate the contents of any picture and any other materials and information submitted, in whole or in part, anywhere in any form or manner and in any media including but not limited to web casting, podcasting, broadcasting and print, all in relation to the calendar promotional efforts, now or in future. Nothing shall apply to your trade mark(s) and logo(s).

If you would like to contribute pictures, poems, quotes or anything about shoes email: lakwatsera2@yahoo.com Check it out: Shoes et al.

Looking forward.

Manalo's Breads N' Bites

"Bread N' Bites. Very popular.
Open 6.30am-8.30pm"

[Quote from Insight Guide—Philippines (p. 374),
co-published with Discovery Channel]

Try Breads N' Bites' Bacon Wrapped Burger—the burger connoisseur's delight. First, the black sesame stands out. Second, the beautiful buns are specially baked by Breads N' Bites, a family owned bake shop in the province. A Hall of Famer in the Clean and Green Program of Nueva Vizcaya. Third, the patties are home made and devoid of extenders; and lastly, the bacon is just super! They say "the proof of the pudding is in the eating". Go ahead, try it!

The Montessori field trip to Breads N' Bites.
In this 1993 picture, Becca Manalo (now Mrs Rebecca Asuncion)
shows a kid, the young G, how to knead dough.
Photo taken with a Canon Camera © nca

Breads N' Bites Cafe and Restaurant is located along the Daang Maharlika or National Highway of Solano, Nueva Vizcaya. It is strategically located in the heart of the commercial town of the province—in front of the Catholic Church and the Children's Park. It is adjacent to the only branch of Allied Bank in the province. Owned by Ms. Josephine Paluero (née Manalo), now managed by Jesse Manalo. They are now being operated and managed by the daughters and sons of Mr and Mrs. Jesus Manalo of Bayombong, a Certified Public Accountant but opted to concentrate on the bakeshop until his retirement.

There are Breads N' Bites branches located at Bambang and Bayombong in Nueva Vizcaya... but the magazine mentioned the Solano Breads N' Bites in particular.

22 August 2008

Maternity Leave Benefits

Photo by ©Michael 2008The Philippines’ first state-of-the-art Oceanarium,
open water marine habitat, boutique mall,
restaurant row and function facilities all located in one complex

Pertinent laws and resolutions on maternity/paternity leave benefits

CSC Resolution No. 021420:
“Every woman in the government service who has rendered an aggregate of two or more years of service shall, in addition to the vacation and sick leave granted to her, be entitled to maternity leave of 60 calendar days with full pay.” It further provides that “maternity leave shall be granted to female employees in every instance of pregnancy irrespective of its frequency.”

CSC Resolution No. 992166 Section 18:
"Maternity leave of Contractual employees.-Married contractual employees whether or not receiving 20% premium on their salary shall be entitled to maternity leaves benefits like regular employees accordance with the provisions of Section 11 hereof."

The aforecited rule, which took effect on January 15, 1999, is explicit that married contractual employees are entitled to maternity leave.

RA No. 8292 provides for maternity leave benefits for women employees in the private sector, regardless of whether married or not—the same is not enjoyed by women in the government sector.

R.A. No. 8187 Paternity Leave Act of 1996
Section 2. Notwithstanding any law, rules and regulations to the contrary, every married male employee in the private and public sectors shall be entitled to a paternity leave of seven (7) days with full pay for the first four (4) deliveries of the legitimate spouse with whom he is cohabiting. The male employee applying for paternity leave shall notify his employer of the pregnancy of his legitimate spouse and the expected date of such delivery.

21 August 2008

The Human Reproductive Clock

When parents are over 35 years old, man and woman alike,
the following cases become prevalent:
  • Up to a third of all cases of schizophrenia are linked to increasing paternal age.

The Ring on the 4th Finger

Q: Why should the wedding ring be worn in the fourth finger?
A: A beautiful and convincing explanation given by the Chinese...

Thumb represents your Parents
Second (Index) finger represents your Siblings

Middle finger represents Yourself

Fourth (Ring) finger represents your Life Partner and the
Last (Little) finger represents your Children.

Firstly, open your palms (face to face), bend the middle fingers and hold them together—back to back. Secondly, open and hold the remaining three fingers and the thumb—tip to tip.

Now, try to separate your thumbs (representing the parents)... they will open, because your parents are not destined to live with you lifelong, and have to leave you sooner or later.

Please join your thumbs as before and separate your Index fingers (representing siblings)... they will also open, because your brothers and sisters will have their own families and will have to lead their own separate lives.

Now join the Index fingers and separate your Little fingers (representing your children)... they will open too, because the children also will get married and settle down on their own some day.

Finally, join your Little fingers, and try to separate your Ring fingers (representing your spouse).

You will be surprised to see that you just CANNOT, because Husband & Wife have to remain together all their lives—through thick and thin!!

Do try it out...

20 August 2008

It Was 20 Years Ago Today

Agraam-Cruz Nuptials
20 August 1988
Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

Right now three things remain: faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love
1 Corinthians 13:13

Our Zodiac Signs

"Signs of compatibility... or the lack thereof."
(Neriz' and hubby's signs)

Astrological signs:

Astrological signs:

Gender symbols:
♀ Female—The hand mirror and comb of the Roman Goddess Venus
♂ Male—The chemical element iron; the Roman God Mars

19 August 2008

20th on the 20th

Sea shells* from Pagudpud (Ilocos Norte)
Through my own experience, I can very well say,
that the name "Pagudpud" really fits.
But it is well worth another trip!
That's when i got the second sea shell.

It takes two to tango... so goes the cliché. As it is my twentieth (20th) year of marriage (Oh how time flies!) on the twentieth (20th) of August, I would like to share twenty (20) quotes that caught my interest:

1. Though women are angels, yet wedlock's the devil.—LORD BYRON

2. Marriage is like life in this - that it is a field of battle, and not a bed of roses.—ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

3. Those who talk most about the blessings of marriage and the constancy of its vows are the very people who declare that if the chain were broken and the prisoners left free to choose, the whole social fabric would fly asunder. You cannot have the argument both ways. If the prisoner is happy, why lock him in? If he is not, why pretend that he is?—GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

4. When a match has equal partners, then I fear not.—AESCHYLUS

5. Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence—HENRY LOUIS MENCKEN

6. Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.—TOM MULLEN

7. For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked.—BILL COSBY

8. The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men.—ARISTOTLE

9. Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets them.—OGDEN NASH

10. What ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries? Mere killing would be too light.—MARK TWAIN

11. In my house I'm the boss, my wife is just the decision maker.—WOODY ALLEN

12. The longest sentence you can form with two words is: I do.—HENRY L. MENCKEN

13. Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.—HENRY YOUNGMAN

14. The great question... which I have not been able to answer... is, "What does a woman want?''—FREUD

15. Do not marry a man to reform him. That is what reform schools are for.—MAE WEST

16. Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.—OSCAR WILDE

17. A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished.—ZSA ZSA GABOR

18. Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.—ALBERT EINSTEIN

19. God, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts into one.—SHAKESPEARE

20. What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.—LEO TOLSTOY

*Photo taken with a Sony Ericsson cellcam, August 2008 © nca

The Choice is Yours

Photo taken with a Sony Ericsson cellcam © nca
Bascaran, Solano 08.18.08

One is going south,
the other is going north,
One is traditional,
the other is modern...
One is horse driven,
the other by horsepower.
With the changing times,
which one is better?

Should we stick
to the tried and true?
Or consider innovation
as a challenge?
Each will have its
own advantage and
Each definitely have
its own setbacks.

Times are hard, but
Had it ever been easy?
In the end, it's all
a matter of choice.
Easier said than done,
But it is better than none.
So, shall we go south
or should it be north?

Note: This piece of work is still in process (subject for editing), corrections are welcome.

18 August 2008

In Honor of Ninoy

Before this note was printed, the 500-piso banknote was to have Ferdinand Marcos and
its back was the Batasang Pambansa Complex until
People Power Revolution when it was replaced by the current 500-piso banknote.
Remnants of this version of the banknote are only for media purposes.

In Aquino's honor, the Manila International Airport where he was assassinated was renamed Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and his image is printed on the 500-peso bill. The Philippine Congress enacted Republic Act (R.A.) 9256, declaring August 21, the anniversary of his death, as Ninoy Aquino Day, an annual public holiday in the Philippines. Several monuments were built in his honor. Most renowned is the bronze memorial in Makati City near the Philippine Stock Exchange, which today is a venue of endless anti-government rallies and demonstrations.

Source: wikipedia
Note: 18, Monday: Holiday economics on account of Ninoy Aquino Day

17 August 2008

Languages Matter!

August was declared as the "Buwan ng Wika" (Language Month) in the Philippines;
the United Nations had declared 2008 the International Year of Languages

In the Miranda v Arizona case, the ruling of the United States Supreme Court was: "the statements made to the police could not be used as evidence, since Miranda had not been advised of his rights". The following is a minimal Miranda warning, as outlined in the Miranda v Arizona case—Father of the "Right to remain silent".

You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.

The first instrument of a people’s genius
is its language—Stendhal

The Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) headed by Mr. John R. Young, Regional Administrator—North, whom I have met by chance during one of my field work, informed me that due to the importance of the Miranda Warning, they came up with its translations in Gaddang and Ifugao dialects. Would there be better way to understand what you are being told than hear it in your own language or dialect? In effect, a person under custodial investigation shall be clearly "Mirandized".

Nagafut ka, ikka e maimbestigan, ana karapatan nu a mena mabid, karapatan nu yo mangappa si sarilim a abogado, no mem kaya yo mangappa si abodago, yo gobyerno indan naka si libre a abogado a awan paganno, maski nenay itundum onnu abidanno sitaw a inbestigasyon, damana a mausa a pabor onnu maikontra sijuam maski sintaw a korte na Pilipinas.

He-a inarestar ya maimbestigaran. He-a ya waday kalintegam/karbengam an umop-opya ya he-a ya siwawaya an mangala ya pumili hi abogadom an inilam an mangitakdog ki he-a an mabalin ya mapalubusan an umali nga bumisita ya makihummangan uray nganne an oras nu adim kabaelan/kaya an mangala/pumili hi abugadom ya hay gobyerno di mangdat ki he-a an libre. Ngem nu nganne man di mahapit mu nah inbistigasyon ya mabalin an mausar nga kontra ki he-a nganne man an korten di Pilipinas.

Babaen iti mondamiento de aresto ken panagsukisok, ket addaan ka iti karbengan nga agulimek, maikanatog ken siwawaya a mangala ken mangpili iti kabukbukudam nga abogado a mabalin ken mapalubusan nga umay bumisita iti ania man a kanito ken oras. Nu saan mo nga kabaelan ti panagserbi iti maysa nga abogado ket maipaayan ka iti libre manipud ti gobyerno. Ket iti aniaman a palawag nga aramidem iti agdama a panagsukisok, mabalin nga mausar maibusor kenka iti aniaman a mangukuman ti linteg ti Pilipinas.

Ikaw ngayon ay arestado/nasa ilalim ng pagsisiyasat. Karapatan mo ang magsawalang-kibo at magkaroon ng patnubay ng isang mapagkakatiwalaang abugado na sarili mong pili na bibigyang laya ano mang oras na ikaw ay dalawin o makapulong. Kung wala kang kakayahang kumuha ng iyong abugado, ikaw ay pagkakalooban ng libre ng pamahalaan anumang salasay ang iyong ibibigay sa imbestigasyon ay maaring gamitin laban sa iyo sa ano mang hukuman sa Pilipinas.

You are now under arrest/custodial investigation. You have the right to remain silent and to have a competent and independent counsel of your choice who shall be allowed to visit you at all times. If you cannot afford the services of a lawyer, one shall be provided for free by the government. Any statement made by you during the investigation may be used against you in any court of law in the Philippines.

Note: The above copies of the Miranda Warning is through the courtesy of Police Senior Inspector, Maciste Extor B. Serrano, Bagabag Chief of Police.

16 August 2008

Phelps' 0.01 Sec. Lead

Phelps is the newest phenomenon in swimming.
My son just can't help but google him,
only to find out they got the same first name—Michael.

Trivia for Phelps (as googled by Michael):

  • Birth Name: Michael Fred Phelps
  • Height: 6'4" (1.93m)
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian
  • Trade mark: His black Cadillac Escalade
  • At age seven, he began swimming. His sister Whitney was also a swimmer and was a member of the 1994 World Championship Team
  • Years in swimming: 12
  • Greatest Swimming Moment: 4 x 200 free relay in Athens
  • His feet have been referred to as "fins" by the media, because he wears a size 14 shoe. His wing span measures in at 6 foot 7 inches.
  • "Phelps Flys", winning 8 medals at the 2004 Olympics, was ranked #17 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Most Awesome Sports Moments (of the last 15 years)". [17 July 2005 issue]
  • He was the youngest male Olympian since 1932 (he was only 15 when he made it in the 2000 Olympics)
  • First person under one minute and 55 seconds in 200m fly with world record swim.
  • He was a guest judge for the 2005 Miss USA beauty pageant.

He got lucrative endorsements: Nasdaq, PowerBar, Visa, Omega, and
AT&T Wireless, and Speedo to name but a few

  • He's been a guest on Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
  • His diet amounts to 12,000 calories + per day.
  • Seven down, one more to go... Right now at the Beijing Olympics, he's trying to break a new record by taking home eight gold medals. There is only one more event to go: 4x100 m medley relay on August 17.

Phelps touched the wall 0.01 second ahead of Serbian Milorad Cavic.
It's the smallest margin of victory in swimming!
This is an underwater camera view of Phelps touching the wall.
He is seen below with the low cut Speedo LZR

(Photo credit: Patrick B. Kraemer/EPA)

Update as of 08.17.08 @ 1pm: Phelps won his 8th—setting a new olympic record!
He set seven world records and one Olympic record, doing a personal best time in every event.

A Year Older

Birthday Time

I would like to thank all the well-wishers on the occasion of 15 August, my birthday. Most ignored my clear instruction to keep mum so I could spend the day in full silence and solitude to be able to: reflect, reconsider and review all the years that was. I actually felt like a century old ;))

Thanks again!

15 August 2008

Authenticated Birth Certificate

Republic Act (RA) 9048 authorizes the city or
municipal civil registrar or the consul general
to correct a clerical or typographical error in an entry and/or change
the first name or nickname in the civil register without need of a judicial order.

The law took effect on 22 April 2001.

© nca

Surprise! The midwife missed the other "s"—never knew until I applied for a National Statistics Office (NSO) authenticated birth certificate. It is one of the passport requirements for first time applicants. Luckily, Republic Act No. 9048 was already in effect when I needed this birth certificate! The law allows, without judicial order, certain corrections as follows:

1. Correction of clerical or typographical errors in any entry in civil registry documents, except corrections involving the change in sex, age, nationality and status of a person.

(A clerical or typographical error refers to an obvious mistake committed in clerical work, either in writing, copying, transcribing, or typing an entry in the civil register that is harmless and innocuous, such as a misspelled name or misspelled place of birth and the like, and can be corrected or changed only by reference to other existing record or records.)

2. Change of a person's first name in his/her civil registry document under certain grounds specified under the law through administrative process.


  • Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said that Proclamation No. 1574 was signed on Aug. 2, 2008 declaring Aug. 15 as special non-working day in the City of Tuguegarao to enable the people of this city celebrate their patronal feast dubbed as “Pavvurulun Festival 2008.
  • I availed myself of one out of the three allowed special privilege leave—birthday leave.
  • From astrology.com: Did you know that on your birthday the Sun returns to the exact position in the sky as it was the day you were born? This is called a Solar Return. Investigating the position of the planets during your Solar Return can give you a great deal of insight on the upcoming year.

14 August 2008

UTM installed

SnapGear Unified Threat Management
(UTM) box/appliance SG-580



One Year Hardware Warranty
Web knowledge base, firmware upgrades, advance replacement hardware support,
level-1 web-based training, 24x7 (2 incidents) of web or phone support

Physical Specs
Ethernet Interfaces (base/max) 1 - 10/100, 4 Port Switch (5 Total)
Memory-Hash/RAM 16/64MB
Hardware Crypto Acceleration

Stateful Inspection Throughput 200Mbps
VLAN (802.1q)
12Mbps PPTP/VPN 128bit throughput
45Mbps IPSEC/VPN AES throughput

Product Highlights
Gateway Anti-Virus (POP3, SMTP, FTP, HTTP)
Web Cache (Squid non-transparent)
IDS & IPS (Snort)
Policy Enforcement (NASL Scripts)
Port Based VLAN
Failover/Load Balancing
Traffic Shaping/QoS
L2TP and GRE
White/black URL lists
Content/Web Filtering (optional)
ICSA Certified

For the National Rollout of Computerized System (NRCS)
by MSI, supplier of MCA-PTP-TAP & USAID
12-17 August 2008

Gilbert A. Valencia from the BIR Revenue Data Center Luzon 1
installed and configured the UTMs

Assisted by Jose Angel Regado of Systemantech, Inc.
for Management Systems International (MSI)

The UTM was installed in Revenue Region No.3 and its Revenue District Offices. The appliance is intended to prevent unauthorized internal activities which have been contributory to slow response times. In Revenue District No. 14, Bayombong, adequate testing of existing applications and required functionalities in the site was done after the appliance was installed.

Note: Importance—High

12 August 2008

Text Shorthand & Chat Acros

Photo taken thru a Sony Ericsson, 2008 © nca

ic = i see
ur = you are
jk = just kidding
lol = laughing out loud
brb = be right back

cuz = because
pos = parents over shoulder

ltns = long time no see
cyo = see you online

gtg = got to go

taw = teachers are watching
ttl = talk to you later
l8r = later

fitb = fill in the blanks
gi = google it
afaic = as far as i'm concerned

diy = do it yourself
afk = away from keyboard

gj = good job

cu = see you

2moro = tomorrow
f2f = face to face

b4n = bye for now

Note: Text messaging and chatting had become a way of life. Listed above are the most often used text shorthand and chat acronymns. For a more comprehensive list, click here.

Rabindranath Tagore Poetry

Shangri-La, N90 2008 © nca

Poems on Time

The butterfly counts not months but moments,

and has time enough.


Time is a wealth of change,
but the clock in its parody makes it mere change and no wealth.


Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.

11 August 2008

What's Up From www.bir.gov.ph

Double checking for the approved IRR on the Tax Relief Law from the Office website. Last Friday we checked the district office e-mail at the close of the office hours, but we did not find the approved IRR. Today's update concerns registration. For my part, I consider it best to conduct the Tax Update armed with the approved IRR. But time and again, may we remind our WAs and TPs to familiarize themselves with the proposed IRR (and apprise the employees on the new requirements) so we could facilitate the discussion of the 33pp. IRR (at least) once it gets approved.




PUBLIC HEARING: The BIR will conduct a Public Hearing on the Proposed Consolidated Revenue Regulations relative to Primary Registration, ITS Updates and Cancellation on August 11, 2008 (Monday), 2:00 PM at the BIR National Training Center Auditorium, BIR National Office Compound, BIR Road, Diliman, QC. Notice/draft RR


Subject Matter: Proposed Consolidated Revenue Regulations on Primary Registration, ITS Updates and Cancellation Full Text | Annex A | Annex B | Annex C | Annex D | Annex E | Annex F | Annex G | Annex H | Annex I
Send Comments To: rosana.sanvicente@bir.gov.ph

Subject Matter: Proposed Revenue Regulations implementing pertinent provisions of Republic Act No. 9504 relative to the withholding of income tax on compensation and other concerns Full Text
Send Comments To: marivic.galban@bir.gov.ph

Note: Hopefully, within this week.

36 Oras

Today's elections in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be completely automated. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) had issued the Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) to spend P867M for the full automation. The technologies that will be used are:

1. Direct recording electronic (DRE)—uses an Automated Voting Machine (AVM), which allows voters to enter their choices on an electronic voting pad and confirm their votes using a simple touch screen system. Voting takes less than 1 minute and is as easy as using any ordinary ATM machine, and

2. Optical mark reader (OMR)—uses an optical scan solution that captures digital ballot picture images during scanning to provide electronic audits of the paper ballot counting process. The capturing of picture images during scanning is like taking a video of the actual ballots that have been submitted for counting.

It is expected that the COMELEC will be able to proclaim the winning candidates in less than 36 hours (36 oras). Expect a fully automated system in the 2010 Presidential elections, too.

Note: Photo credits by COMELEC.

10 August 2008

Guinness Record Holder

Photo taken thru a Nokia N90 camera phone

Bayombong, 2008
Dr. Maria Teresa F. Calderon—World's Fastest Reader as
listed in the Guinness Book of World Records
(80,000 wpm with full comprehension)

TRIVIA: Other Famous Personalities from Bayombong

Janet Belarmino-Serdenia—Pinay Mount Everest Team member

Herminigildo C. Dumlao—Administrator, North Luzon Growth Center (NLGC)

Lalaine Bennett—former Ms. Philippines and Ms . Universe Finalist

Dr. Samuel R. Soliven—2006 Awardee for the Twelve Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) ,
2003 Awardee for the Ten Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines

Rodolfo Q. Agbayani—Ex-Congressman

Gen. Thompson Lantion—Former USEC of DOTC, now Chief of the LTFRB

The late Leonardo B. Perez , former Chairman of COMELEC

The late Joe Quirino—former TV host

The late Patricio G. Dumlao—former governor

N.B. Still wanting for more, please feel free to add to the list.

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