Saturday, June 12, 2010

Blog Review # 37 - There's No Place That Far

Sam in her uniform

Sam with her dear patients

Sam resplendent in her uniform

Her pretty daughter- Shaneika

Shaneika in one of her playful moments

Shaneika growing up to be a pretty young lady

Sam with her dashing hubby

Sam posing like a model besides a work of art

It's Shaneika's turn to pose besides a work of art

The beautiful Sam in her stunning pose

Sam in her pose at a facade

Sam's hubby in a sporting get up

Playful Sam among the shrub

Sam in a wedding party

Sam in her wedding dress

Romantic pose of Sam with her hubby

Wedding picture of Sam's parents

Name of Blog - There's No Place That Far
Writer - Sam

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About Me

I'm a very observant person,realistic, caring woman, family is always the top of my list and a hopeless romantic. I adore natures beauty. I love to be around with hubby, our little one,family and friends.


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Template and overall layout of Sam's blog are just about average. No frills, just honest to goodness blog. No commercial widgets nor gaudy decorations.

Ratings For Technical Features - 9


Contents of the blog are mostly anecdotes of the personal life and adventures of Sam and her family. She relates happenings in her life as she sees and interprets them.

Ratings For Contents - 9

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Friday, June 11, 2010

A Repost From Thea Alberto at Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Arroyo bids farewell to military, cites legacy

By Thea Alberto – June 11th, 2010
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By Thea Alberto, Yahoo! Southeast Asia

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has bid farewell to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, an organization known to have firmly stood by her amid several coup attempts and persistent calls for her resignation.

“I thank the Armed Forces of the Philippines for this testimonial review but more than that for the last nine years when you gave me the best of your efforts, best of your skills, best of your sacrifices, best of your passion to serve the flag and the constitutional authority. Thank you,” Arroyo said in her speech during her last military testimonial parade.

After nine years in power, Arroyo will formally step down from office on June 30.

In her speech, Arroyo claimed she will be leaving a legacy in the AFP, with soldiers getting more pay and benefits.

“Within the nine years of my presidency therefore, we’ve increased the base pay of soldier five times,” Arroyo said, also noting that all soldiers will get another round of salary increase starting July 1.

Arroyo also said her administration has ensured that more soldiers’ family will be able to own a home.

More importantly, Arroyo said she delivered her promise of cutting insurgency.

“The number of insurgency today is half of what it was in 2001,” Arroyo said.

For his part, AFP Chief of Staff Delfin Bangit thanked Arroyo for everything she has done for the military.

“Madame President thank you very much. It’s been a pleasure to serve the country with you as our commander in chief,” Bangit said in his speech.

Photo by Bullit Marquez/Associated Press

Reposted From Thea Alberto Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Repost From GMA News.TV

Noynoy: Obama said he'll help me quit smoking

If President-elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III ever decides to quit smoking, he can turn to one of the world's most powerful leaders, US President Barack Obama, for advice.

Aquino said he and Obama, a smoker who is also trying to quit the habit, briefly talked about the issue when the US president congratulated him over the phone Wednesday night.

"At some point I attempted some humor, sabi ko (I told him) 'Mr. President I understand we have the same issue with smoking.' Sabi niya (He told me), 'Well, I quit that already. I quit, it's your sole problem but I'm ready to offer advice,'" recalled Aquino.

"He'll send it raw," Aquino said. "'At the time that you decide to quit, I'll send the advice.' I think that was almost the exact quote."

Obama is known to be waging a public battle against smoking ever since he was elected president January last year. By his admission, Obama has slipped several times and enjoyed an occasional cigarette.

Obama called up Aquino a few hours after Congress proclaimed Aquino the next president and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay the incoming vice president.

Aquino said he had "a very pleasant conversation" with Obama, who he said seemed "very sincere" in his intention in strengthening ties with the Philippines.

The call lasted 15 to 20 minutes, longer than the phone conversation between President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Aquino after his proclamation. Obama was the first one to call Aquino.

The Department of Health, anti-tobacco advocates, and other groups have urged Aquino to quit smoking, saying that aside from causing health problems, his habit may pose security woes.

Aquino's smoking habit has even been featured on the New York Times.

Aquino, however, has maintained that he does not intend to kick off the habit anytime soon.

"Noong tumakbo ako, alam ng taumbayan [na] naninigarilyo ako. At the appropriate time na hihinto ako, titigil ako. So long as nako-control ako sa mga batas at wala akong naiistorbo baka parte ito ng kalayaan kong natitira ," Aquino said back then.

(When I ran for the presidency, everyone knew I was a smoker. I will kick the habit at the appropriate time. As long as I follow the controls of the laws and I don't disturb other people, then maybe this is a part of what remains of my freedom.) — KBK/RSJ, GMANews.TV

Reposted From GMA News.TV

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Repost From Erwin Oliva Of Yahoo Southeast Asia

Noynoy Aquino fulfills destiny

By Erwin Oliva – June 9th, 2010
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(UPDATED) Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III becomes the 15th president of the Republic of the Philippines.

The son of national hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino II and former president Corazon Aquino, Noynoy is “The new Aquino” who won convincingly in the country’s first automated — and fastest — elections Filipinos have ever witnessed.

A consistent topnotcher in polls, Aquino’s rise to power started after he reluctantly decided to become the Liberal Party’s bet after some prodding from supporters and family following the death of his mother on August 1, 2009.

The outpouring of love and devotion to the country’s mother of democracy convinced the unassuming Aquino to make a run for the highest post in the country, taking Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, a former presidentiable and also a strong contender, as his running mate.

Just a day after four of his rivals conceded, the ever-reluctant Aquino has refused to claim early victory. “My parents taught me to be humble,” he said at a press conference a day after the May 10 elections.

Amid the chaos of election day — defective electronic ballot machines, shootings, and long queues in polling precincts — the Commission on Elections placed Aquino on top of the race as it disclosed partial and official tallies coming from polling precincts.

The Comelec claimed that this year’s elections produced the highest turnout of voters and the “most peaceful” exercise of suffrage. Philippine stocks surged the next day, with investors relieved that the election passed without any major problems.

Aquino was slow to declare victory as after he received news that the Nacionalista party bet Manuel Villar’s decided to quit the race.

“Based on the partial election results, it is clear that I have significant lead over the next contender in the presidential race. I am grateful to the Filipino people for their support and to the loyal supporters in our People’s campaign who made this achievement possible,” he said.

Aquino will formally takes office on June 30.

The 50-year-old bachelor who drew on the enormous public support for his democracy hero parents, secured just over 15.2 million votes, or nearly 42 percent of the total, according to final results released by parliament on Tuesday following the May 10 election.

Former president Joseph Estrada finished well behind in second place with nearly 9.5 million votes.

A joint public session of Congress formally ratified the results and proclaimed Aquino.

His inauguration is scheduled for the end of the month.

The rafters were packed with supporters wearing yellow, the trademark campaign color of the Aquino family.

Wearing a barong, Aquino arrived at parliament surrounded by family and friends and was escorted to a holding room.

Legislators from the two houses of Congress approved Aquino’s election by acclamation, and Senate majority leader Juan Miguel Zubiri declared him “the duly elected president of the republic”.

“It is now time to heal the wounds of the election. It is time to move forward,” Zubiri said earlier on ABS-CBN television.

Ironically, the 73-year-old Estrada held the record for the biggest win in recent Philippine political history when he triumphed in the 1998 elections with 39 percent of the total vote.

But the former action-movie star was ousted three years later, half-way through his term, amid allegations of corruption for which he was later convicted.

“I sincerely offer my congratulations to my good friend and worthy opponent,” Estrada said in a speech read by his son in Congress.

“I am confident that president-elect Aquino will fulfill his campaign promise to address the problem of corruption.”

For Aquino, victory is another chapter in his family’s dramatic political story.

His father, Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, was shot dead in 1983 at Manila airport as he returned from US exile to lead the democracy movement against Marcos.

His mother, Corazon Aquino, took over from her slain husband and led the “People Power” revolution that eventually toppled Marcos in 1986. She then served as president for six years.

Her death from cancer last August triggered a massive outpouring of support for the family that turned the son from a low-key senator to presidential front-runner.

Aquino, an economics graduate, has said that fighting corruption, improving the economy and bridging the enormous wealth divide will be among his top priorities.

But his Liberal Party will be hamstrung in its efforts to implement reforms after its choice for the vice presidency, Mar Roxas, lost.

Estrada’s running mate, Jejomar Binay, won the vice presidential contest and could potentially be a destabilizing force for Aquino.

However, Binay insisted on Wednesday he would be a positive influence in government.

“I am a team player and I am willing to work with the president. Whatever is asked of me (I will do),” Binay told AFP.

The Liberal Party will also not have a majority in either house of parliament.

The Lakas Kampi CMD coalition of outgoing President Gloria Arroyo will remain powerful in parliament, and Arroyo won a seat in the lower house, where she could lead opposition to Aquino.

Reposted From Erwin Oliva Of Yahoo Southeast Asia

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Repost From Thea Alberto at Yahoo News

Canvassing ends; Aquino, Binay win

By Thea Alberto – June 8th, 2010
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by Thea Alberto, Yahoo! Southeast Asia

After eight days, the joint session on canvassing ends its committee session with Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III emerging as winner with 15,208,678 votes for the presidential race.

Former president Joseph Estrada lagged with 9, 487, 837.

Although unofficially proclaimed, Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay also have sealed his win with 14, 645, 574 votes, with over 700,000 vote lead over his closest rival, Senator Mar Roxas.

Aquino and Binay are expected to be proclaimed before the joint Congress on Wednesday.

House Speaker Prospero Nograles allayed fears that a proclamation might not push should there be lack of quorum.

“We think everybody is excited for this historic event. I don’t foresee any quorum problem,” Nograles told reporters after the canvassing ended past 4 pm.

Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile also called on his colleagues to “rise above ourselves.”

“Let’s respect the will of the people and follow the rule of law,” said Enrile.

Nograles explained the process for the proclamation would start with the submission of a report and somebody has to sponsor it. The call for a vote, via Ayes and Nays, will follow.

“After the voting, we will allow anybody who would want to make any manifestation,” said Nograles.

Enrile said they have yet to make a formal invitation to Aquino and Binay but call for their presence have been coursed through their lawyers and party-mates.

“They know the time, they know the day, they know the hour. We expect to have them,” said Enrile.

Nograles said a holding room will be prepared for the two.

Reposted From Thea Alberto of Yahoo News

Monday, June 7, 2010

A Repost From Abac Cordero Of Philstar News Service

With Floyd out, Cotto rematch eyed

MANILA, Philippines - Floyd Mayweather Jr. can retire if he wants to and Manny Pacquiao will just end up fighting whom he wants to.

Amid reports that the American superstar has “retired” a second time, Pacquiao watched as Miguel Cotto stopped Yuri Foreman yesterday to crown himself as the new WBA super-welterweight champion.

Bob Arum had said that if Cotto wins, and the fight with Mayweather doesn’t push through, then he might push for a second match between Pacquiao and the new super-welterweight champion from Puerto Rico.

That’s Plan B, as far as Arum is concerned, even if the Top Rank president reportedly isn’t buying Mayweather’s retirement episode, which came out of The Examiner the other day, hook, line and sinker.

Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s chief adviser, talked to yesterday about the possibility of a rematch between Pacquiao and Cotto, who was stopped inside 12 rounds by the Pinoy icon last November.

Koncz talked about a “minor discussion” within Team Pacquiao just as they left the Yankee Stadium after the Cotto victory. The Canadian adviser to the world’s greatest fighter said they’re going “to see what happens.”

A rematch with Cotto should give Pacquiao a crack at the “Eighth Wonder,” an eighth world title in eight different weight classes. So far, he’s the only fighter in history to have seven world titles in differnt weight classes.

Still, it’s the fight with Mayweather which everybody’s been hoping to see in November.

For one, facing Cotto at 154 lb may put Pacquiao at a disadvantage.

While Pacquiao had faced Oscar dela Hoya, Cotto and Joshua Clottey at 147 lb, he’d never weighed in heavier than 142 because his handlers feel that’s as far as he can go, and climb the ring at around 149.

Cotto must have climbed the ring way over 160 pounds against Foreman.

“Mabigat na masyado ang laban sa 154 (A fight at 154 would be too heavy),” a Team Pacquiao insider said was how Pacquiao had reacted.

Mayweather said in a videotape that he wants another “year or a couple of years off boxing” and if he does then it should dash all hopes that the superfight between him and Pacquiao would ever happen.

Aside from Cotto, also lining up for a shot at Pacquiao are former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito and Juan Manuel Marquez. - By Abac Cordero (Philstar News Service,

Reposted From Abac Cordero of Philstar News Service


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