Wednesday, January 27, 2010

AVATAR tops box office


It’s official!  Avatar quashed Titanic’s stint as world’s top selling movie.  CNN reported “Avatar” is now the highest-grossing movie of all time. James Cameron’s 3-D epic adventure eclipsed worldwide box office sales of the previous top-selling flick, Cameron's “Titanic,” on Monday, making $1.859 billion at the box office compared to “Titanic’s” $1.843 billion.” A difference of $16 million after 6 weeks of showing and still counting.

I love how director James Cameron conveyed the message of respect for life and a hope for a peaceful planet.  It isn’t just a story about a paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission who became torn between following his orders and protecting the world he felt is his home.  Its about how nature and the inhabitants co-exist that if it became out of balance, chaos comes in.  it tells us our role in protecting our environment, and it tells us how we are connected with mother nature and that we need each other to survive.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Memoirs of a piscean

Even before, i love to take pictures. I'd rather hold the camera instead of in front of it smiling. During college, my classmates in photography class ask me to take a few shots for them for our requirements. A good friend Josie Rachel once said "you got the eye."
"Photography is one of the hobbies that people can pick up and learn fairly easily. Some people have the impression that there is a trick to taking great pictures. There are some different elements you need to consider in order to both enjoy photography as a hobby, and take great pictures. The fact is, with a little knowledge and some practice, wonderful pictures are a click away. There is nothing more enjoyable than capturing pictures of wonderful moments and images and sharing them with others (disabled-world.com)"
Here's some samples i took during my free time:

Monday, January 25, 2010

House of DOE exec's in-law yields guns, ammo

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATEas of 01/21/2010 3:09 PM) - Police on Thursday morning seized nearly 50 firearms and several ammunition from the house of Energy Undersecretary Zamsamin Ampatuan's brother-in-law in Davao City.

Operatives from the Davao City police and the Police Regional Office 11 raided the house of Mozulini Lidasan on Eagle Street, GSIS Heights in Matina district around 6 a.m.

Firearms seized from Lidasan's house include 24 pieces of .38 revolvers, 17 shotguns, 2 M-16 rifles, several ammunition and military camouflage uniforms.

An ABS-CBN Davao regional news bureau report said Lidasan, whose wife is a sister of Undersecretary Ampatuan, has a security agency.

Police, however, found out that the security agency's license to operate expired last August. Investigators were checking if the firearms have proper documentations.

Lidasan and an Army sergeant named Alberto Antisoda, who was "securing" the area, were arrested.

The report added that police were also preparing to enter another compound in Davao City where more firearms are believed stashed. -- Reports from Michelle Robin and Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Davao

as of 01/21/2010 3:09 PM

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ampatuans' patriarch files arbitrary detention charges vs military

MANILA, Philippines - Former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. has filed charges of arbitrary detention against senior military officials in the Southern Mindanao region.

Andal Sr. has been detained at Camp Panacan military hospital at the Armed Forces’ Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) headquarters in Davao City.

Authorities have said that the head of the powerful Maguindanao clan was arrested in Shariff Aguak during the martial law period in the province but was initially placed in a private hospital in Davao City after complaining of ill health. He was later forcibly brought to the military hospital.

In his complaint filed at the Davao City Prosecutor's Office, Andal Sr. named as respondents: EastMinCom chief Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferer, Army’s 601st Brigade commander Col. Leo Crescente Ferrer and Lt. Col. Joel Paloma as well as other military personnel allegedly involved in his arrest.

The complaint filed by Andal Sr.’s lawyer Philip Pantojan alleged that no warrant of arrest was presented by the military when he was nabbed.

Andal Sr. added that no commitment order was also issued after rebellion charges were filed against him. He also sought for his release from detention.

Physical injury case?

The camp of Andal Sr. also disclosed that they are mulling the filing of a physical injury case against the soldiers who forcibly took him from the Davao Doctors’ College hospital where he was initially confined.

Military officials, meanwhile, said they were only following orders.

"Our lawyers have answered all the allegations. Dapat maintindihan nila, nadakip siya during martial law (He should realize that he was arrested during martial law),” said Maj. Randolph Cabangbang, Eastern Mindanao Command spokesman.

The military command spokesman also said they would welcome the filing of the physical injury case.

“I urge them to file the physical injury case, kasi may video kami na ang sundalo namin ang nabugbog at di sila (because we have a video that shows our soldiers were the ones hurt not them)," said EastMinCom’s spokesman.

Aside from rebellion charges, Andal Sr. and other key members of the powerful Maguindanao clan have also been named as respondents in the multiple murder case in connection with the gruesome massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last November 23. Killed in the massacre were members of a rival clan in Maguindanao, lawyers and at least 30 journalists.

The patriarch’s son, Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., was tagged as the primary suspect in the massacre.

Panels of the Department of Justice, conducting separate preliminary probes on the rebellion and multiple murder complaints, were set to issue resolutions by January.

Andal Jr. and Andal Sr. have waived their rights to file counter-affidavits to the multiple murder complaints filed against them. From a report of Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao (as of 12/30/2009 6:44 PM)

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Bad Year-end!

“I have a good vibe for you next year,” said Tita Edna, our guest this morning in Maayong Buntag Mindanao. I was born under year of the horse. Tigers are most compatible with Horses, Dragons, and Dogs. As i arrive at my pad, a psychic friend who lives next door came to me and said, “you’re lucky today.” A little later, my phone rang. My tita was asking me to come to their school and fetch my gift. Unexpectedly, my tita gave me a “cash gift.” I thought tita edna and marge were right. I’m lucky today.
About twelve noon, I packed my things and hurriedly drove my way home. I’m excited to go home because of our family reunion. Aside from the fact that this is the only chance I got to go home this year after many attempts. Every time I decide to go home, duty calls.
As I arrive at a curved portion of national highway in Buda, Bukidnon, a girl crossed the street, unmindful of vehicles rushing by. I was about to hit her when I noticed her so I stepped on my breaks. I really didn’t know what happened after that. I just saw my car slammed at the railings. My breaks broke, my front tire exploded, bumper deformed.
As my car stopped, I just sat there for a few minutes until residents there knocked at my window and asked me to step outside to see if I’m ok. I felt pain in my back, arms and legs. Without the railings, I might have fallen to a cliff.
Fortunately, Toto, a habal-habal driver in the area passed by and decided to help me in fixing my car, or at least make it run safely until I reach davao.
After five hours, my car was up and running, not in good condition though. But at least it brought me back to davao safely even if I only have the back breaks and hand break.
Year 2009 did not end well for me. But at least i’m alive. Maybe i just got lucky today!