Quote for the Day


It’s not your salary that makes you rich, it’s your spending habits.
Charles A. Jaffe

Philippine High School for the Arts needs YOUR help!

PHSA is similar to Philippine Science High School, except that it focuses on the arts. It is located at the National Arts Center, Mt. Makiling, Los Banos, Laguna and has served as a haven for aspiring young artists who would be future leaders in the socio-cultural transformation of our country.

<!– D([“mb”,”visit their families every other weekend.

In
September, super typhoon Milenyo wrecked havoc to several major infrastructure
of PHSA. Some of the remarkable Locsin-architected dormitories
and classrooms were also damaged.

Unfortunately, PHSA is also a government institution. Thus, funding
for its rehabilitation must come from the government. PHSA has already
asked the help of the local government units concerned. It has also
sought the help of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the
Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

While these government agencies have extended some help, PHSA is still
suffering the effects of the storm. The students were required to have
their semestral break as soon as the roads became passable. They only
returned to school on November 5. Up to now, the National Arts Center
still does not have electricity and water supply. They are reliant on
a generator which is turned on only at limited hours during the
evening. The kids have to draw water from drums outside their rooms so
they can take their baths. They hold their classes outside their
classrooms so that they will have sufficient light.

The PHSA community, composed of alumni, students, parents, teachers
and staff, has embarked on fund-raising activities to help the
government in the rehabilitation of PHSA. One of the fund-raising
activities is the homecoming concert of PHSA graduates.

The Benefit Reunion Concert for the Milenyo-hit PHSA will be held on
01 December 2006 at the Francisco Santiago Hall, Equitable PCI Bank
Tower 1, Makati Avenue corner dela Rosa streets, Makati City. ENTRANCE
TO THE CONCERT IS FREE. Donations are sincerely requested. There will
also be an exhibit of artworks of past and present PHSA students at
the foyer. CDs and artworks will also be sold.

Performers for the Benefit Reunion Concert include Vienna-based
pianist Aries Caces, Belgium-based soprano Fiona de Ocampo and
“,1] ); //–>PHSA is a dormitory school. This means that all the students and its academic faculty live in the National Arts Center. They only get to visit their families every other weekend.

In September, super typhoon Milenyo wrecked havoc to several major infrastructure of PHSA. Some of the remarkable Locsin-architected dormitories and classrooms were also damaged.

Unfortunately, PHSA is also a government institution. Thus, funding for its rehabilitation must come from the government. PHSA has already asked the help of the local government units concerned. It has also sought the help of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

While these government agencies have extended some help, PHSA is still suffering the effects of the storm. The students were required to have their semestral break as soon as the roads became passable. They only returned to school on November 5. Up to now, the National Arts Center still does not have electricity and water supply. They are reliant on a generator which is turned on only at limited hours during the evening. The kids have to draw water from drums outside their rooms so they can take their baths. They hold their classes outside their classrooms so that they will have sufficient light.

The PHSA community, composed of alumni, students, parents, teachers and staff, has embarked on fund-raising activities to help the government in the rehabilitation of PHSA. One of the fund-raising activities is the homecoming concert of PHSA graduates.

The Benefit Reunion Concert for the Milenyo-hit PHSA will be held on 01 December 2006 at the Francisco Santiago Hall, Equitable PCI Bank Tower 1, Makati Avenue corner dela Rosa streets, Makati City. ENTRANCE TO THE CONCERT IS FREE. Donations are sincerely requested. There will also be an exhibit of artworks of past and present PHSA students at the foyer. CDs and artworks will also be sold.

<!– D([“mb”,”Italy-based pianist Jourdann Petalver.Violinist-conductor Jeffrey
Solares, violinist Lorenzo Raval, flutist GJ Hernan Gomez, banduria
player Rowena Bicaldo, pianists Katherine Fernandez-Asis, Miguel
Castro, Milkos Zalameda, Jonathan Arevalo Coo, Virginia
Gomez-Arambulo, Melissa Geronimo, Marianna Fajardo, Veronica
Gomez-Tan, Reubel Rodriguez-Uy and Harold Galang, sopranos Karlene
Denolo and Ethel Alon and Tenor Chrios Borela (who is also the
assistant choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers) will also be
performing. (I\’m the production and stage manager.)

The concert will be hosted by Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2000 and PHSA
Visual Arts alumna Nina Ricci Alagao.

I hope you can attend this free concert so you can see the talents of
PHSA alumni.

If you wish to help rehabilitate PHSA, you can send donations to:

Account Name – PHSA-PTSC, Inc.
Account No. – 3131-0374-56
Bank – Bank of the Philippine Islands, Vito Cruz Harrison Branch 313
Bank address – BPI Building, Pablo Ocampo corner Maytubig Streets,
Malate, Manila, 1004 Philippines
Swift Code – BOPIPHMM

You can send donations even after 01 December 2006. Kindly fax your
deposit slip to +6327500863 c/o Fe Ferriols.

Thank you so much! Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Abie Co, Theater Arts and Creative Writing, Batch Rizal (1991)

“,0] ); //–>Performers for the Benefit Reunion Concert include Vienna-based pianist Aries Caces, Belgium-based soprano Fiona de Ocampo and Italy-based pianist Jourdann Petalver.Violinist-conductor Jeffrey Solares, violinist Lorenzo Raval, flutist GJ Hernan Gomez, banduria player Rowena Bicaldo, pianists Katherine Fernandez-Asis, Miguel Castro, Milkos Zalameda, Jonathan Arevalo Coo, Virginia Gomez-Arambulo, Melissa Geronimo, Marianna Fajardo, Veronica Gomez-Tan, Reubel Rodriguez-Uy and Harold Galang, sopranos Karlene Denolo and Ethel Alon and Tenor Chrios Borela (who is also the assistant choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers) will also be performing.

The concert will be hosted by Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2000 and PHSA Visual Arts alumna Nina Ricci Alagao.

I hope you can attend this free concert so you can see the talents of PHSA alumni.

If you wish to help rehabilitate PHSA, you can send donations to:

Account Name – PHSA-PTSC, Inc.
Account No. – 3131-0374-56
Bank – Bank of the Philippine Islands, Vito Cruz Harrison Branch 313
Bank address – BPI Building, Pablo Ocampo corner Maytubig Streets,
Malate, Manila, 1004 Philippines
Swift Code – BOPIPHMM

You can send donations even after 01 December 2006. Kindly fax your deposit slip to +6327500863 c/o Fe Ferriols.

Thank you so much! Your help will be greatly appreciated.

[from Abie Co, Theater Arts and Creative Writing, Batch Rizal (1991)]

Get off the Holiday Rollercoaster!

Christmas season is a rollercoaster of stress and spending. By the end of the ride, you exit with a hoarse throat, empty wallet, frazzled nerves and shaky legs. For many, the short ride is not one of exhilarating joy but of stomach turning stress (“I need to find the perfect gift!” “Forget the credit card bill… There’s always the mid-year bonus…”)

Holiday spending has become a symptom of our consumption driven society’s lack of self-restraint. It doesn’t have to be this way. Stop and take steps to actually enjoy the holidays this year. Here are a few suggestions care of Diane McCrudy, an experienced financial planner with over 25 years of professional experience under her belt:

1. Make a spending list based on hard numbers, not emotions. When you have hard numbers in front of you, you’ll be less likely to overspend out of guilt or desperation or just simple ignorance of how much you’ve already spent. If you find that you can’t afford a big holiday this year, then don’t. Postpone it to next year.

2. It’s OK to break your holiday spending traditions. All too often, we try to outdo ourselves in getting the PERFECT (read: usually expensive) Christmas present for our loved ones. If money is tight this year, just warn your family and close friends in advance. You never know, they might just be in the same predicament. =)

3. If your extended family wants to cut back, suggest some money-saving ideas. Start of tradition of “grab-a-gift games”, set price limits of settle on a gift-to-kids-only policy.

4. Think edible, biodegradable, or readable or… homemade! Try not to add to the bulging closet of dust-collectors. Most people appreciate gifts like sugar cookies and a nice bottle of wine. My gift this Christmas is Desto’s Leche Flan, a melt-in-your-mouth flan whose secret recipe has passed down at least 3 generations in my husband’s family.

5. Favor holiday activities over holiday stuff. Think about what means the most to you during the holidays. Is it the gifts in your stocking… or the time you share with loved ones? There are so many activities that the family can enjoy… like the fireworks display in the Ayala Malls or the tree-lighting ceremony at the village park.

6. Create new traditions. As a young parent, I try to build memories for my son to savor and treasure. Creating your own traditions is far more rewarding than going along with the expensive, stressful status quo of giving and receiving lavish gifts.

This holiday season, simplify and relax. Enjoy your holidays! =)

Holiday Saving

This year, there have been so many unexpected yet necessary expenses in our household that I’m starting to view Christmas with quite a bit of trepidation.

My next couple of posts will be about how to spend wisely during this holiday madness. Sana matuto din ako. =)

St. Luke’s: Great Expectations Package

[from Manila Bulletin]

St Luke’s recently launched it’s “Great Expectations Package” for expectant moms.
For expectant mothers who will be undergoing uncomplicated normal spontaneous delivery, the Great Expectations Package (GEP) offers a two-day ward room stay with the package cost varying according to the following categories: a) under General Anesthesia with rooming-in P40,000; b) under General Anesthesia without rooming-in P41,000; c) under Spinal Anesthesia with rooming-in: P40,000; d) under Spinal Anesthesia without rooming-in: P41,000; e) under Epidural Anesthesia with rooming-in P48,000; f) under Epidural Anesthesia without rooming-in P49,000; and, g) Lamaze Delivery with rooming-in P36,000.Besides the two-day room and board, the Great Expectations Package also includes: a) service for a maximum of 20 hours labor period; b) three-hour recovery period at the Recovery Room; c) nursery accommodation for up to two days; d) medicines and supplies related to normal delivery starting labor up to the 2nd day; e) Hepatitis B Vaccine, Newborn Screening and the use of Otoacoustic Emission (OAE); and professional fees for the obstetrician, anesthesiologist and pediatrician.

“The Great Expectations Package recognizes the predicament of many Filipino mothers who may want nothing less than the best for their newborn, but fear that they may not be able to afford it. This package assures them that the services we provide are well within their reach, and they do get value for every hard-earned peso,” said Dr. Marietta Sapaula, St. Luke’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chairman.

Hospitality Under the Influence


I want this book!

It’s a how-to book, a cookbook and an instruction manual for keeping nosy guests from snooping around in your medicine cabinet (not unlike Miles who loves to ascertain in the people in the house use his company’s products). It’s outrageous and hilariously quirky, something that I’ve come to expect from the sister of David Sedaris. =)

Tinotoyo ka na ba?

Sometimes I get emails which simply must be shared… =)

Famous Melanie Marquez quotes:

I won’t stoop down to my level.

Hello? Bulag ka ba? Bingi ka ba? Are you dep?

Yung STD, baka sa maruming toilet lang niya nakuha yan.

Eh, ikaw ba naman, durugin ang ari mo… Pag di ka naman manutok ng baril.

We are lovers, not fighters.

My brother is not a girl; he’s a gentleman.

That’s why I’m a success, it’s because I don’t middle in otherpeople’s lives.

Kapatid ko pa rin siya. We are one and the same.

Bakit ang dami mong tanong? You’re so questionable.

Eto na po ang pinakamaligayang pasko at manigong taon sa inyong lahat. (during her acceptance speech at a Metro Filmfest awards night where her bioflick, directed by her late father Temyong Marquez, won an award)

Sumasakit ang migraine ko.

Ang tatay ko ang only living legend na buhay!

Period na talaga; wala nang exclamation point. (when asked on S-Files if her present husband, Adam Lawyer, is her Mr. Right)

(at a talk show after her break-up with Derek Dee, Melanie was asked if she had some words for Derek’s mother, whom she partly blamed for the separation) “O o nga ,” said Melanie , “pero i-English-in ko para maintindihan niya.” She looked into the camera and, with the peremptoriness of royalty, said, “And to you, Mrs. Dee, I have two words for you. Ang labo
mo!”

(when asked for a message to her daughter who was allegedly abused by their houseboy) “Don’t worry little angel, big angel is here.” (on what they should do to the houseboy who molested her kid) “He should be put behind bar!”

“You can fool me once, you can even fool me twice, you can even fool me thrice. But you can never fool me four!”

(while waiting backstage during a noon time show, after watching Nikki Valdez do her dance number ) “Nikki, you’re so galing. You should go to the States. You will sell hotcakes!”

ATE LUDS: “Paano ka nag-susurvive sa mga trials mo?”
“Alam mo Ate Ludz, you know, when you are alone, you really have to istep your foot…ah ,forward!”

Eddie Mercado: “Angie Dickinson has insured her legs for a million dollars, would you also do the same?” Melanie: “No, of course no, because I am proud and contented with my long-legged.” With this answer, she bagged the crown and eventually won the Miss International in 1978.

(while she’s in Morning Girls With Kris & Korina promoting her movie with Aleck Bovick )
“Please watch “Hiram” starring Aleck Baldwin, and myself. It’s director by Romy Suzara.

Hindi ba kayo naawa sa kapatid ko… sa mga kwento nya? Di ba kayo na-persuave ng mga kinwento nya?”

“Hindi si Joey ang tipong mambubugbog ng babae… talaga lang malapit sya sa mga gulo… pro-accident kasi sya eh…”

Boy Abunda: O, Melanie, paano na ang showbiz career mo ngayong nagmo-Mormon ka na?
Melanie: Ah okay lang yan Boy, kasi matagal na rin akong semi-retarded.

Forex Gain

A currency stategist for the Royal Bank of Scotland recently analyzed data from remittance offices in Hong Kong. He found that the transfer of funds to the Philippines from Filipino workers overseas tend to be the most on the first Sunday of each month because that is when they have their day off and wages are generally paid at the end of each month. How does this translate to locals with forex transactions? Take advantage of the spike in demand and sell dollars on the First Monday of each month.

Giving without spending (too much)

‘Tis the season for giving… it is the time of the year in which we not only show our loved ones how much we love them but also look for ways to share our many blessing with the community. www.savingadvice.com listed a number of ways that we can help our favorite charities which won’t damage our wallets (too much anyway).

* Donate Your Time: Organize an outreach and try to make it a regular affair (and not just for the Christmas season). Hands On Manila recruits, educates, and coordinates a network of volunteers for diverse community projects within the greater Manila area. For more information, to find out the next date and location of an orientation or to check the monthly events calendar, contact: handsonmla@yahoo.com, homla@info.com.ph.

* Donate Your Skills: Less obvious to many is that you may be able to donate a skill that you have to the charity. This is great for people like me who have poor interpersonal skills. If you are an accountant, help keep the books in order. If you have a flair for organizing, organize a garage sale… the options are endless. If you have a skill, ask the charity if they can use it (chances are they’ll give you a resounding aye).

* Donate By Clicking: There are a number of websites that receive money by you simply clicking on a button. When you do, advertisers are displayed and they pay a certain amount for each click. You can find a large list of charities that make money this way at Charity Click Donation

* Place The Charity In Your Signature: Place the website address to the charity in the signature of your emails (this will make it show up at the bot om of every email you send out). If you participate in a number of online forums, place a link to the charity in your signature that will show up each time that you post on those forums. This is a great way for others to learn about the charity, especially if you are active and well liked in the community (hehe… assuming).

* Sell Goods For Charity: If you have old stuff lying around the house, consider selling it on eBay and having the income generated go to the charity of your choice. I’m going to be joining the San Lorenzo Village community garage sale on Nov. 18. Proceeds from the booth rentals will go to Perdisco, an organization geared towards helping the persons with disabilities in my community live normal, productive lives.

With a bit of creativity, there are a lot of ways that you can help your favorite charity without spending a lot of money.

10 Things to Buy That Will Save You Money

I read this great article at www.pfadvice.com which listed a few items which more than pay for themselves in the savings they provide.* Water Filter: Some people feel their home tap water is not good to drink. If you are concerned about the quality of your tap water and regularly buy bottled water, purchasing a water filter will save you hundreds of dollars over time. A quality water filter will make your water just as pure as most bottled water and pay for itself within months in most cases.* Faucet Aerator: Faucet aerators are small devices you can place on your faucets in your house. They reduce the water flow coming out of the faucet by about half. Even with half the water flow, the water stream from the faucet will often feel stronger than the normal flow due to the way they work. Using faucet aerators will save a typical family of four about 280 gallons of water a month and pay for themselves in less than a year.

* Low Flow Shower Heads: Much in the same way that faucet aerators reduce the amount of water used from your faucets, replacing regular shower heads with low-flow shower heads can reduce your hot-water consumption while showering by as much as 30%. Due to the way they are manufactured, they will provide a strong, invigorating spray. The low-flow shower heads save money in two ways: a reduction in water consumption and a lowering of the energy costs needed to heat the hot water for the showers. An added benefit for those with larger families is low-flow shower heads will make the hot water last longer for multiple showers.

* Compact Fluorescent and LED Lights: While compact fluorescent (CF) light bulbs cost more than regular incandescent light bulbs, they use about two-thirds less energy and last years longer.

* Things You Use When They Go On Sale: Anything that you use on a regular basis that goes on sale is worth buying and stockpiling. As long as you know that you are going to eventually use it and won’t end up throwing out a large portion of it due to it expiring in some way, then it is worth purchasing it ahead of time. So the next time a 3 day midnight madness sale is advertised, make a shopping list of must have items (and I’m not talking about the red shoes or frilly blouse that you like in the window display).

* Rechargeable Batteries: Batteries can cost a small fortune, especially if you have a large number of electronic equipment that are “high drain” devices. While initially more expensive than regular alkaline batteries, purchasing Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries can save you a lot of money in the long run. These replaced old-style NiCad rechargeable batteries and have a much higher capacity than NiCad’s do. Best of all, they don’t suffer from memory effect that could quickly shorten their life.

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Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

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