Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bloggers Carol and Give Gifts to Fire Victims

Not later in November of this year, tabloids in Cebu City had similar news headlines. It was all about a fire accident that happened. Houses were burned down in Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City. Over 213 families lost their belongings.

To show concern and love, the members of the Cebu Bloggers Society extended help to the fire victims. Since the Christmas Season is present, the bloggers came up with the idea of caroling and giving donations to the affected families.

Last December 19, 2010, the event took place. It was graced by the band Bethany who rendered songs. At the end of the day, the bloggers successfully put smiles on the faces of the fire victims. 

All hands together for the generous bloggers and sponsors who shared their Christmas blessings in the event:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

St. John Bosco Relic - Visayas Pilgrimage

A Spiritual Icon of Today
One of the great saints of modern times is St. John Bosco. He was an Italian Catholic priest, educator and writer of the 19th century who dedicated his life to the betterment and education of poor youngsters and employing teaching methods based on love rather than punishment.

Following the spirituality and philosophy of St. Francis of Sales, he founded the Salesian Congregation to help the young become upright citizens and good Christians. When he was younger, he would put on shows of his skills as a juggler, magician and acrobat. He gained a reputation early on of being a saint and miracle worker.

When he died on January 31, 1888, his funeral was attended by thousands. He was canonized on Easter Sunday of 1934 and was given the title “Father and Teacher of Youth".” He is also the patron saint of editors, youths, school children, students, magicians, apprentices and young workers

Visayas Pilgrimage
In preparation for the August 16, 2015, celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth, his relic will go on a World Tour in 130 countries.

In the Philippines, the pilgrimage will start in Bacolod on December 5; then it will head to Mambucal, Victorias, Kabankalan and Dumaguete. And from December 12-23, the relic and the pilgrimage will stay in Cebu. By December 23, it will head up north to Metro Manila. The arrival of the relic is part of its world tour that kicked off from Valdocco, Italy, on April 25, 2009.

The relic consists of St. John Bosco’s right hand carefully preserved inside a sealed case and inserted at the chest of lifelike wax replica of the saint. This is transported in a light truck specifically made for the occasion driven by Italian chauffeurs for the duration of its worldwide journey. Fr. Pascual Chavez, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco had directed the worldwide pilgrimage “to renew the desire to know and love the Father and Teacher of Youth and reignite the passion and mission for the young.” 
Don't miss the chance to see the relic of Saint John Bosco as it will be brought in the province. This is no ordinary visitation for it doesn't happen all the time..

Friday, December 10, 2010

DePuy Orthopedics To Recall Hip Replacement Products

United States of America- DePuy Orthopedics Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson has issued a recall of two major lines of hip replacement products. The company has announced that ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System have to be taken out from the market because of its system defects.

Orthopedic Surgeons identified that the failures occured due to component lossening, component malalignment and metal sensitivity. Moreover, they explain that the system consists of a metal socket and a metal femrol head hence, the connection is metal to metal. frequent rubbing of metal surfaces release ions and metal particles into the joints and the blood resulting to bone staining, necrosis, swelling, nerve damage, tissue damage and/or muscle damage. 

Research show that people who have these implants have a 1 in 8 chance of needing a revision surgery within five years. Patients who are utilizing the ASR are given notices that even in the absence of pain, any inflammation and body reaction can develop due to the circulation of ions in the body. They are strongly recommended to go and see their surgeon to have some tests. The end result is that a very expensive and painful replacement surgery intended to last about fifteen years ends up needing revision within two or three years. 

The recall affects an estimated 93,000 patients worldwide replacement systems in more than 29 different models of hip replacement implants.

The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System first became available in 2005 in the United States. At the beginning of 2010 DePuy Orthopaedics said they were phasing out the ASR Hip Implant because of declining sales, but never mentioned the high failure rate data from an Australian implant registry. In March 2010 the New York Times reported that DePuy issued its first warning to doctors and patients about the high early failure rate.However at this point they still had not issued a recall of the product. In fact, they adamantly denied there was a recall and claimed any statements referencing a recall were false. In turn of the damages being made, the DePuy lawsuit will cover all reasonable and customary costs of monitoring and treatment for services, including revision surgeries, associated with the recall of ASR products.

"Their financial losses could include lost wages and they may be entitled to money damages for physical impairment, disfigurement, scarring, mental anguish or emotional trauma, and pain and suffering in the past or future," says Thomas J. Henry of Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys. Patients and health care professionals with questions related to this recall should visit As of August 27, patients in the U.S. and Canada can contact DePuy by calling 888-627-2677 Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. Patients in other countries can place a collect call to the U.S. at +1 813-287-1651 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Diary of a Cebuana Cosplayer

For those of you who have been living in Mars since 2007, costume playing (cosplay) came to inception in Cebu that year. The aim to dress up and meet new friends opened a way to a few of Cebuano youth to cluster up and live their way of art.

Three years after, cosplay groups and organizations launched and sprouted. It bolted the small anime-dress-up community into a bigger one. While some entered the world of cosplaying because of the dressing-up and friendship, some counted in because of positive peer pressure and the existence of the groups and organizations.

Costume playing unleashes the inner child of a person as it requires an explosion of initiativeness and creativity to look totally and perhaps, exactly as one's desired character to follow.

Cosplay is booming in Cebu. Its community of cosplayers has grown largely this year. From fairly 8-15 youth dreamers and believers, the vision to live our favorite characters, usually anime, came true and turned out to become a hundred and counting.

Just when you thought that cosplay ends there. Think again. It doesn't. Costume playing doesn't end in the embellishment of an attire on a person's body. There is more to suit, make-up and props.

Once in a costume, cosplayers take the gestures, body language, and attitude of the character they represent. They look cute, angry, happy, cuddly, scary, funny, unpredictable and others. When dealing with them, expect an anime character, not a true person in other way.

At times, when I talk to my co-cosplayers, I sense that I am not talking to the real person. I am talking to the character they are portraying. I find it magical and very fun. It's funny. Being a cosplayer myself, I don't get the 'nose-bleeds' and amazements anymore but I feel a bit worried with the kids who'll approach them (most especially the monster/scary characters).

Indulging oneself in the hobby of cosplay is not only just for fun. Being time-consuming and an environmental activity, the hobby allows the youth to avoid involving themselves in unpleasant actions and undesirable circle of pals nowadays. Aside from enhancing one's confidence and critical thinking, costume playing opens a pool of opportunities in line with modelling, illustration, role playing, singing and dancing, photography, and other forms of arts.

Many have achieved great accomplishments because of cosplaying. It makes one, known and moreover, if proven, be offered for career opportunities that will take a person farther than he/she could dream of. One big thing that will make you hasten yourself in cosplay is the fact that you get exposed to different people (ordinary, media, model searchers, cosplay enthusiasts, photographers etc.) It's not about the money. It's not about the fame. It's the fun you feel when you get in the game.

I myself cosplayed too. My world have collided in the realms of cosplay just last year. It was a break-through to me as it opened my world to a lot of things. I gained wonderful friends, received undeniable opportunities, and much more.<

It was in November 2009 when I first went to a mall; dressed-up the way I am not me. It was very different. It felt so strange but I had so much fun. That time, I joined the competition and guess what? I won second place! For the curious, I cosplayed Traxex from the World of Warcraft.

Thankful and happy of what I got in the game, I continued the hobby that which improved myself. Here are other fictive characters I cosplayed that followed in the next cosplay events that came along the calendar.

Ontonashi Saya of Blood +
Being a first-timer in cosplay occasionally makes one to follow characters wearing outstanding looks and styles. I'm not part of the sort.

When you're new to the hobby, in the first moment that an idea pops out of your mind that you'll be joining/attending a gathering is the word 'simple'.

Nobody would want to go wrong in their first-time experience so one wants to play safe and good. As for me, I thought of cosplaying Otonashi Saya from the hit japanese anime show Blood +.

The attire is simple and quite easy to make, I got cut off with the equipment the character possesses though. The Katana was pretty difficult to make but good thing I have a woodworker friend, who answered my help and made the weapon of no charge.

Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland
Cosplay doesn't limit its world in anime. It covers everything that is followable. It may be bounded from the oldies toy characters to the modern personalities in techy movies.

With the thought of stretching the line in Cebu Cosplay, I thought of coming out of the scene as Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. I conducted a photoshoot and it went well.

A female can cosplay a male character and a male character can cosplay a female character. In cases like these or case like in mine, Me, a girl cosplaying a boy is what you call costrip. It's not always that a boy cosplays a male character and vice versa because it's not all the time wherein guys like male characters and the other way around. Anyone can costrip but mind you, it needs a little more confidence acting the opposite way you act in the real world and during the competition.

It did went hard. Since the character had so many colorful fabrics on skin and wore several blingblings, I had to find and make up the attire from anything I had. Big thanks to a impulsive friend who helped me go over with the pictorial.

Red Empress
If you are not into anime/Japanese stuff, you may have not noticed that the character is not in any media.

Red Empress is actually an original character which I created out of borrowed wig, rented clothes, and purchased footwear.

When you want to cosplay and you have limited resources, you have to squeeze your creative juices to figure out the best you can make out of what you have.

At times when you roughly get what you desire to perfectly follow, you have only one choice; go for an original character (OC). Understood by the name itself, original character is a character created by oneself. Usually in competitions, OCs are not allowed to join but are given acknowledgements in coming up with the role.

to be continued...

MY COSPLAY DIARY is a series of write-ups about Cosplay, Cosplayers and Cosplaying in Cebu. Originally written by me, you can read it all for free. The upcoming parts will be posted soon so stay tuned! CONNECT with to get an alert on the continuation of this article.

header photo credits : Maki Kazagami & Joebert Cimafranca

Monday, December 6, 2010

Best Cebu Blogs 2010

With the aim to recognize the existence and relevance of blogs, bloggers, and blogging in Cebu, Best Cebu Blogs (BCB) came to inception. On its third wave of annual blogging recognition, it spiced up the local scene of blogging in the Queen City of the South.

An online votation screened down 20 blog entries from 41 nominations last November 26. For the final judgement, each of the Top 20 Bplogs will be appraised by BCB Team's handpicked experienced and credible bloggers from different parts of the country namely Azrael Deasis Coladilla (Luzon), Stanley Cabigas (Visayas), and Avel Manansala (Mindanao).

This year, Best Cebu Blogs Awards will be held at the The PenthouseSugbutel Cebu City on December 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. I for one will be there to witness the offline gathering of Cebuano and Cebuana Bloggers.

Something catchy in this event: my blog, is part of the Top 20 Blogs. My hopes aren't high but wish me luck :) Thank you so much to all of you who supported my blog by voting it in and encouraging your friends in voting it too.

The 3rd Annual Best Cebu Blogs Awards is made possible by the following:

Sugbutel Bed and Bath

Gold Sponsors
Virginia Foods, Orange Brutus
Maribago Bluewater
Amuma Spa

Silver Sponsor
Timex Philippines Inc.

Donor Sponsors
BigSeed Media Solutions

Business Partner
Mandaue Chamber of Commerce

Official Online Media Partners
Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc.

Official Photographer
Alvin Asayas Photography

Official Radio Media Partner
Y101 FM CEBU- Always First

Blog Partners
Bjorn Cebuano

Bjorn iMedia

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December: Christmas, Thanksgiving and Reflections

Let's all celebrate! December is here!
Today, the last month of the year starts its countdown from 1 to 31. Time to wrap up annual tokens, hang up colorful lanterns, alter red curtains, embellish cabinets with socks, decorate series lights, top our shelves with snowman figurines and so much more.

When it's Christmas Season, there are a whole lot of things to do that is very fun. It should be fun. Though December denotes that the year is about to end, everybody should be merry and joyful.
We should be thankful that we have arrived on this day alive and kicking. For God, who has given you the best gift ever, what will you give Him back on His birthday?

Addressing you these questions could be quite advance, but allow me to do it so- "How is your 2010?", "What did you accomplished?", "Did you lived up your Christmas Resolutions of last year?". Many of you may have the answer 'yes', but some have the n'o'. Santa is coming so you better be good ;)

2010, thank you!
Talking about this year would make me a very dramatic person. 2010 has given me bountiful opportunities and happenings that, for sure, will be reflected in a way or another on what will I be in the years to come.

This is the year that I boomed. And by the term 'boomed', I mean that I have been involved in so many things, I never thought I could be a part of. I have met so many kind and loving friends and had chances in attending sublime events.

Enjoy Christmas Season
It's not all the time wherein you get to bond with your family. This Christmas Season, don't let it end without exchanging hugs, kisses and 'I love yous' with them. Make peace to those you have confronted and find forgiveness to those you have made sins.

May God enrich our lives abundantly, fulfilling our earnest longings, answering our prayers and hold us closely in his loving hands. Enjoy your Christmas!

Adventurouslei <3

December 2010 Movie Releases

The last month of the year is here! Christmas time is in the air and for that, we all have to look forward for quality time with our love ones. Why not hang out in the movies with our dear dads, moms and siblings this season?

It's December, so expect a full-packed list of the year's lesson and adventure-filled movies. Check out these films that will be rolling this month of merriment and joy.

December 3

All Good Things (limited)
Black Swan (limited)
Dead Awake (limited)
Meskada (limited)
Night Catches Us (limited)
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (limited)
The Warrior's Way 

December 10

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (3D/2D theaters)
The Company Men (limited)
The Fighter (limited; wide release: Dec. 17)
Hemingway's Garden of Eden (limited)
The Tourist 

December 17

And Soon the Darkness (limited)
Casino Jack (limited)
How Do You Know 
Rabbit Hole (limited; expands: Dec. 25; wide: Jan. 14)
TRON: Legacy (3D/2D theaters and IMAX 3D)
Yogi Bear (3D/2D theaters)

December 22
Country Strong (limited; expands: Jan. 7)
Gulliver's Travels (3D/2D theaters)
Little Fockers
True Grit

December 25
The Illusionist (Sony) (limited)

December 29
Another Year (limited)

December 31
Blue Valentine
Miss not your favorite movies that will air this season! Go watch a movie!

Friday, November 26, 2010

SM City Cebu: Buy Movie Tickets at Home

Absolute Experience of Total Convenience
High technology is truly everywhere. From cellular phones to portable music players, to the sleekest laptops and to several on-the-go gadgets- mostly invented for entertainment.

With the film industry growing bigger and faster, theaters continue to roll its way to improve viewing satisfaction. Technology stars its name again.

SM Cinema, the leader in nationwide movie screening has made another benchmark in the industry of filming. It has discovered a new way in defining convenience through entertainment paired with technology.

No more lines. Go Online! SM Cinema has fabricated a revolutionary way of providing added convenience to its costumers, across all of its cinemas nationwide. Witnessed by shoppers, bloggers and technology geeks , was launched last November 17, 2010 at SM City Cebu's The Northwing. is the newest website in the country that will bring you ultimate guidance in movies. The highlight of the website is the power of every costumer to purchase movie tickets straight from the comfort of their own home.

Why Register Online?
Signing up in the website will open you to a wide range of convenience in movie watching. You'll get up-to-date with the latest movie listings and events. You will, as well, receive special film promotion offers. Contests are in store for the online members to wherein one can can win exclusive movie items.

How to Buy Tickets Online?
So here is the big question- "How do you buy movie tickets online?" The answer is as simple as 1, 2, 3. Check it out below :)

You Deserve Entertainment
Everyone wants and needs entertainment. With all the hassle and bustle of work in school or in the office, one should reward his or herself with quality time with his/her family and friends. What could be better than movie watching?

Schedule a date now and buy yourself a ticket or two of your favorite movies showing this week. Miss not the pleasure of watching stories portrayed by your adored actors and actresses of today.

Watching a movie is not plainly for fun. Lessons are learned and in most cases, scenes touch and move you that influences your actions and beliefs.

Always, nothing beats movie watching in an SM Cinema. Name it.- they have it. Buy movie tickets now and head on to SM City Cebu for a movie watching like no other.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

93rd and 1st Radio Bar Lounge Opens at The Terraces

Party people and Cebu's socialites bundled up the night of November 13, 2010 at The Terraces of Ayala Center Cebu (ACC). It was a big gathering for music lovers as Cebu's only  FM radio station that plays house music, 93.1 Club Radio opened its lounge in the mall named 93rd and 1st Radio Bar Lounge.

Drench yourself with unlimited party sound and music. With Club Radio airing only house music across Cebu, anyone could party even when the sun is still up. Tune in to its aired house music during these timescales:

  • Monday - Thursdays: 6:00 am -12:00 am
  • Friday - Saturday: 6:00 am - 23:00 am
  • Sunday: 6:00 am - 12:00 am

Club Radio 93.1 FM Cebu is the newest, hippest, sexiest and the only true FM house music station in the metro. It is located at PSU-JSU VIMCONTU Mariner's Court Building in the Queen City of the South.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Enchanting Christmas at SM City Cebu

SM City Cebu's joyful Christmas celebration kicked off last November 6, 2010 at The Northwing Atrium. The event highlighted the grand launch and ceremonial lighting of the Enchanted Christmas Forest and showcased magnificent performances of Cebu's top musical and dance groups.

Mrs. Margot OsmeƱa, Councilor of Cebu did the honors in lighting the five stunning Christmas Trees of SM City Cebu's Enchanted Christmas Forest that was held simultaneously with 40 SM Supermalls nationwide. The show was graced by the Executives of the SM City Cebu, the candidates of Miss Cebu 2010 and some media personalities.

SM City Cebu Northwing - Lighting of Enchanted Forest
This year, SM City Cebu is partnered by Samsung in spreading the true spirit of the season. Stay tuned for surprise updates of SM's guest artists to perform live at the Northwing Atrium by December.

Listen to this Season's Melodies
Catch these musical specials at The Northwing Atrium from November 11 - 14.

  • November 11 - Manila Symphony Orchestra - 5:30 pm
  • November 12 - Natasha Cang - 6:00 pm
  • November 13 - Princes Velasco - 6:00pm
  • November 14 - Fidelis Choir - 5:00pm

Jazz Up Your Weekends
Head on to SM City Cebu every week for surprises and a series of events that will make your Christmas memorable. Feast your eyes on glourious sights as each SM mall unveils its own special and unique centerpieces.
  • Now's your chance to see Santa and his elves at work in his two-story snowcapped workshop.
  • Don't miss out on the Soleful Christmas parade featuring the latest collections from Crocs, Hush Puppies, Timberland and more.
  • Let ten Santas brighten up your holidays as they parade around the malls and do a dance showdown.
  • Be on your toes when Christmas ballet classics come to life at SM Supermalls
  • Dance to the rhythm of 23 feet tall mechanical drummer boys and hear modern versions of classic carols.
  • See a real candy house made of favorite childhood treats – candy canes, lollipops, and gingerbread.
  • Well-loved Christmas carols are given a new spin in grand production numbers by a Christmas choir.
  • Experience the romance of the season by celebrating it the French way.
  • Enjoy a one-of-a-kind spectacles like giant red mushrooms growling from snow at SM Supermalls.
  • Take to the skies for one amazing joy ride around the world with Santa in his magical sleigh.
  • Make this season all the more exciting and special as you walk your way to the 12 days of Christmas.
  • Get a close-up view of colorful gingerbread houses decked with giant candy canes.

Gather the family around the red chair for a Merry ChriSMs!
The red chair is the holiday centerpieceof SM Supermalls. Here, family and friends may come together and share the warm comfort of the Christmas red chair for photos.

The Song to Sing
With full pride, SM City Cebu revealed its 2010 Christmas bop- Christmas ChriSMs. With Luke Mejares playing as lead singer of the night, the University of Cebu Chorus and the Peace Philharmonic Double Quartet sang the song with full spirit.

Christmas ChriSMs
Let’s have happy times, good cheers are here
Let’s have some greetin’ and kissin’ my dear
Let’s have the Christmas ChriSMs all,
Shoppin’, shoppin’, shoppin’ at SM malls!
Santa Clausin’, reindeer and sleighin’
Misteltoein and tableau playin’
All that Christmas ChriSMs we do
SM Supermalling me and you
All you kids both naughty and nice
Playin’, gamin’, zillion surprise!
Toys, candies and ChriSMs for you
Shoppin’, shoppin’, shoppin’ all fun and new!
Gifts are here, gifts are there
One giant spirit everywhere
Christmas ChriSMs, great big fun
SM Supermalling and we’re not done
Skatin’, snowin’, movie screenin’
Wrappin’, rollin’, feastin’, rushin’
Christmas ChriSMs, sight and sound
Shoppin’, shoppin’, shoppin’, round and round!
Gifts are here, gifts are there
Great big lovin’ everywhere
Christmas ChriSMs, here to stay
Shoppin’, shoppin’, shoppin’, SM Supermalling
Merry Christmas ChriSMs all the way!

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