Alternative Engagement Rings for 2013

The standard diamond engagement ring has a lot of girls yawning. These days, many women prefer a ring that expresses their uniqueness. They’d be happiest with an engagement ring that’s different, just like they are. If you’re searching for a ring for your one-of-a-kind lady, check out these non-traditional picks. They shine with a distinctiveness that’s essential to a woman who doesn’t conform to traditional standards.

Losing for a Change

If Facebook has a trending topic exclusive for Ateneans, "Ateneo Fiesta" will surely be in the number one spot. Students, especially those coming from my division, are posting status updates about how sad they are for losing this year. After ten long years of being the champion, Accountancy Division finally gives way for the Engineering and Architecture Division.

Here are some of their rants and you can read the rest in our FB page.

No one can blame BSA-MA students from expressing their feelings of sadness as Ateneo Fiesta 2011 ends. Do you expect these people (well, count me in) to be happy after losing? It is really a heart-breaking news for all of us since ten years of excellence is taken away just like that. We may be sad but still, we're smiling to show everyone that we are good players. We always expect winning but we also know that losing is part of the game. Most of all, we know that we don't have to prove anything to anyone. Losing is no disgrace because we've given our best.

Whatever happened this night, YELLOW WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVORITE COLOR. Nothing will ever change that. I will never get tired of cheering for Griffins!


“That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.” - Richard Bach


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Kadayawan 2011

Everyone in Davao city is so excited for the upcoming Kadayawan festival which will start on Monday of next week. Kadayawan is an annual festival in Davao city which is a celebration of life, thanksgiving to the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. It comes from the word "Madayaw" which is a Davaoeño's friendly greeting meaning "good, valuable, beautiful or superior." The city will be filled again with bright colors everywhere! I must say, the city will be at its best. It is also expected that many tourists will visit Davao in the coming week to be one with the Davaoeños in celebrating the festival of all festivals.

Kadayawan festival long-week celebration

Aug 15 : Hulagway sa Kaliwatan Visual Arts Competition @ Museo Dabawenyo (9am)
Aug 15 : Kadayawan Hall Grand Opening @ NCCC Mall (10am – 12nn)
Aug 15 : Kadayawan Opening @ Peoples Park (4pm)
Aug 15 : Agro-Industrial Trade Fair & Exhibit Opnening @ SM Davao (4pm)
Aug 15 : Meet Iggy The Eagle and Dory The Durian @ NCCC Mall (5pm)
Aug 15-16 : Kalumon Ethnic Band Performance @ NCCC Mall
Aug 15-18 : Mannequin Appearance @ NCCC Mall
Aug 15-21 : Hudyakaan sa Kadayawan @ Roxas Aveue (5pm)
Aug 15-21 : Flora Mindanaw Dish Garden Competition, Indigenous Village Photo Booth, Trajes de Boda Los Hijos de Davao @ SM Davao
Aug 15-21 : Fruit and Floral Fair, Kadayawan Fiesta Sale @ NCCC Mall
Aug 16 : Hiyas sa Kadayawan Talent Night @ Abreeza Mall (6pm)
Aug 16 : Open Bowling Tournament 2011 @ Fair Lanes Bowling Center (7pm)
Aug 16-21 : Lumadnong Gama @ People’s Park (9am)
Aug 16-17 : Sayaw Mindanaw Preliminary @ SM Davao (10am)
Aug 17 : Magallanes Dance Troupe Peformances @ NCCC Mall (1pm)
Aug 17 : Taligsik Band Performances @ NCCC Mall (5pm)
Aug 17 : Hiyas sa Kadayawan Grand Coronation Night @ Davao City Recreation Center (6pm)
Aug 18 : History Quiz @ Davao City Library, 3rd Flr. Sangguniang Panlungsod Bldg. (8am – 12nn)
Aug 18-19 : 7th Mindanao Statistics Congress @ UM Auditorium, UM Matina Campus (8am – 5pm)
Aug 18 : Panagtagbo, Lumadnong Bantawan @ Peoples Park and Rizal Park (3pm)
Aug 18 : Open Cheering Competition Screening @ NCCC Mall (4pm)
Aug 18 : Sayaw Mindanaw Finals @ SM Davao (5pm)
Aug 19-20 : 2nd Mayor Inday Sara Cup Level 3 Pistol Shooting Competition @ Team Davao Shooting Range Diversion Road, Maa (9am)
Aug 19 : IP dances and IP songs presentations @ Tribu K’Mindanawan Cultural Village, Crocodile Park (4pm)
Aug 19 : Kapuso Mall Show @ SM City Davao Event Center (4pm)
Aug 19 : Kadayawan Sensations @ NCCC Mall (5pm)
Aug 19 : Pahalipay ni Mayor ug Vice Mayor @ Rizal St (6pm)
Aug 19 : Broadway Theatrical Show “Follies de Mwah” @ CAP Auditorium (8:30pm)
Aug 20 : 1st Kadayawan T’ai Chi for a Cause @ Rizal Park, San Pedro Street (6-8am)
Aug 20 : Bancarera 2011 @ Sta. Ana Wharf/Beach, Sta. Ana 27-C, Davao City (7am – 3pm)
Aug 20 : Indak Indak sa Kadalanan @ Magsaysay Ave. (cor. Guerrero) to Rizal Park (12nn)
Aug 20 : NCCC Supermarket Bingo @ NCCC Mall (1pm)
Aug 20 : Kapamilya Caravan @ SM Davao (4pm)
Aug 20 : Davao’s Finest feat. Davao’s Best Talents @ Peoples Park (5-8pm)
Aug 20 : Tunog Mindanaw @ Abreeza Mall (6pm)
Aug 20 : Open Cheering Competition @ NCCC Mall (6pm)
Aug 21 : Phoenix Run Series: Kadayawan Festival Leg @ SM Open Parking B (4am)
Aug 21 : Classic and Sports Car Joyride 2011 @ Around Davao (6-7am)
Aug 21 : Pamulak Kadayawan @ Magsaysay Ave. to Rizal Park (8am)
Aug 21 : Ginoong Kadayawan @ NCCC Mall (1pm)
Aug 21 : Kadayawan Sensations with Marcelito and Happy Feet @ NCCC Mall (5pm)
Aug 21 : Universal Reality Combat Championship @ Garden Oases Convention Center (6pm)
Aug 21 : Moda Mindanaw Finals Night @ SM Davao
Aug 21 : Pahalipay ni Mayor ug Vice Mayor @ Rizal Park (6pm)
Aug 21 : Kapuso Mall Show @ Gaisano Mall
Aug 21 : Mr. Handsome Davao 2011 @ Davao City Recreation Center (7-10pm)


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Pure Love


Below are the links to the episodes of the Koreanovela "Pure Love" (English Sub). Please report any missing or broken links. Thank you. Enjoy watching!

EPISODE 1 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 2 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 3 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 4 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
EPISODE 5 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
EPISODE 6 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 7 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 8 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 9 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 10 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 11 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 12 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 13 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 14 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 15 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 16 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 17 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 18 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 19 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6
EPISODE 20 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6


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49 Days (Lines)

Below are some of the screenshots I got from the Korean TV series entitled "Pure Love" (49 days). I'm not really into watching Korean stuff but this one has touched me in a way I could not understand. This is the first time in years that I got hooked, touched and fell in love with a Koreanovela.



I will blog about the learnings and insights I got from this film soon. I strongly suggest that you watch this series too. It will teach you more about love, life, family and friendship. You can watch it on Youtube (I will post the links tomorrow) or on ABS-CBN, every 10:30PM.

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Obituary of Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
Why the early bird gets the worm;
Life isn't always fair;
and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place:
Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate;
teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch;
and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools required parental consent to administer sunscreen or an Aspirin to a student; but were not allowed to inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault..

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, sued the restaurant (McDonald's) and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death
by his parents, Truth and Trust;
by his wife, Discretion;
by his daughter, Responsibility and
by his son, Reason.


He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers:

I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To blame
I am a Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on.
If not, join the majority and do nothing.


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Faith That Does Justice

The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” – Mitch Albom

Above is a photo of me with my classmates and our foster families in Sitio Lower Kibalang where I have spent two Saturdays of immersion. Below the picture is a quote by a famous author Mitch Albom. It simply says that in order to get the meaning of one’s life, one must have devotion to himself and to others. I believe with what he has said because from the two days of being with the community of Sitio Kibalang, I have known a deeper meaning of my life. I have learned that I am not only living for myself but also for others. I have no idea that I am capable of making people, who come from a different world from mine, happy. Everything that happened last July 23 and 30 was really heart-warming.

Some people look at the immersion simply as a requirement to pass Theology 141. However, for me, it is not just a simple requirement to be accomplished but most especially, it is an experience worthwhile. I will always look back to what happened during those two special days. I will always remember the smiles at Ate Elsie’s face and her family’s laughers as we share moments together. I will always share the stories to other people of how extraordinary my experience was at Sitio Lower Kibalang. I will always be proud that I am one of the students of Ateneo de Davao University who have really shown what it means to be “men and women for others.”

The best part of my immersion was during the program on the last Saturday of our visit in the place. Everyone gathered in the basketball court and was so excited with what is about to happen. We were all standing under the scorching heat of the sun but no one complained about our situation. My classmates and I were busy preparing for the program while our foster families were waiting with smiles in their faces. On the program proper, everyone participated which made our culminating activity a successful one. The most touching part during the program was when our foster nanays sang for us a “Thank You” song in their own language. Below is their picture:



I was really moved hearing them sing a wonderful song and seeing them really happy. It was during that moment when I have proved that I am good person who has a faith that does justice. My experience with them is irreplaceable and priceless. I can now go on with my life bringing the happy and fun memories I have shared with the people of Lower Kibalang.

I am an Atenean because I am a woman for others. I am really happy knowing that in my simple acts, many people have been inspired and given more reasons to love their lives. The people of Kibalang will always be in my heart and I will always be proud of having met them even just for two days. I wasn’t expecting that people who used to be strangers for me would stay in my heart forever. I will be graduating soon in Ateneo de Davao University not only with a diploma but also with a happy story. All these, I owe, to the Theology department, to my classmates, to Josefa Segovia foundation and most especially, to the community of Sitio Lower Kibalang.


Here's a link to all the pictures taken during our immersion:

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