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Adamson bags fourth straight softball title
February 28th, 2007 posted by Ramon Millonte under Campus Issues, Campus News, Uncategorized. [ Comments: none ]

ADAMSON’S Lady Falcons downed the Lady Maroons of the University of the Philippines (UP), 7-4, yesterday to annex their fourth straight UAAP women’s softball crown at the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig City.

Foiled of a title sweep in the eliminations by the Lady Maroons, the Lady Falcons practically scored at will in the first five innings before coasting along in the last two frames where they prevented a UP uprising en route to their eighth crown overall in the league.
The Lady Falcons also had to teeter in the race-to-two finals.

They were outhit in Game One for a 3-2 loss, but came back with a bang in Game Two over the weekend, 3-0, to send the series to a winner-take- all third game.

Adamson’s Yocel Aguilar was named Most Valuable Player, Best Hitter and Best Striker, while teammate Chat Ditchon took the Rookie of the Year honors.

Lady Falcons’ Sarah Jane Agravante and Chat Ditchon shared the Most Home Runs award, while Cloiene Muyco was named Best Pitcher. UP’s Dione Macasu ran away with the most RBIs (runs batted in) title, while Joan Locsin of University of Santo Tomas had the Most Stolen Bases title.

Named to the Mythical Nine selection were Muyco, pitcher; Aguilar, catcher; Gedda Valencia of UST, first base; Ma. Christina Daque of UP, second base; Alexis Causapin of UP, third base; Sheirylou Valenzuela of Adamson, shortstop; Zenny Badajos of UP, left field; Agravante, centerfielder; and Macasu, right field.

“We lost twice to UP because we did not hit well. And we won twice in return because of we hit well,” said Adamson team consultant Filomeno “Boy” Codinera.

The Lady Falcons’ head coach, Anna Santiago, said: “Games One and Two, gigil kami, lahat gustong maka-home run. Dito [Game Three] nakuha na namin ang laro namin. Relax na sila, ‘di na gigil. Mas maganda na itong playoff at ‘di sweep para malaman king sino talaga ang mas magaling.”

Adamson opened scoring at the bottom first inning with Aguilar’s two-run triple. That feat sent Agravante and Muyco. Chat Ditchon made it 3-0 in the second frame when she scored on a catching error by UP centerfielder Zenny Badajos.

The Lady Falcons had the crown virtually theirs at the bottom fourth when they scored three runs – a Nelsa Delagente single for two runs and Aguilar scoring on a catching error by UP’s Chriselle Sangalang on first base.

Agravante doubled at the bottom fifth to send home Zhazha Alba, who scored when UP catcher Angel Jadloc dropped the ball upon tagging Alba at the home plate, for a 7-0 Adamson cushion.

Tags: Adamson+Falcons, Adamson+University

Ramon Millonte has blogged 17 posts

SSVP bags 8 awards
February 26th, 2007 posted by hart_patient under Uncategorized. [ Comments: 1 ]

In the recently concluded RSO Awards Night, the SSVP bagged eight major awards and three individual awards last Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007. The legendary SSVP continues bringing home coveted awards such as the Most Productive Religious Organization Award, Best Religious Activity, Best Socio Civic For The Poor, Best Research, 2nd Best Environmental, 2nd Best Coordinated, 2nd Best Academic, 2nd Best Socio Civic For Special Issue, as well as the Outstanding President, Adviser, and Officer awards.

Although unexpected, the night was really a triumphant evening for the SSVP.

hart_patient has blogged 1 posts

Oscar Predictions
February 19th, 2007 posted by Lady in the Dark under Media & Entertainment. [ Comments: none ]

Best Picture: Little Miss Sunshine
Best Director: Martin Scorsese
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker
Best Actress: Helen Mirren
Best Supporting Actor: Eddie Murphy
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson
Best Original Screenplay: Little Miss Sunshine
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Departed
Best Art Direction: Dreamgirls
Best Cinematography: Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Costume Design: The Queen
Best Film Editing: Babel
Best Music (Score): Babel
Best Music (Song): Dreamgirls (Listen)
Best Sound Mixing: Dreamgirls
Best Sound Editing: Letters from Iwo Jima
Best Make-Up: Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Visual Effects: Pirates of the Caribbean
Best Foreign Language Film: Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Documentary Feature: An Inconvenient Truth
Best Animated Feature: Cars

Lady in the Dark has blogged 1 posts

A snowy day in London
February 18th, 2007 posted by arlene.p under Alumni Stories, Living Overseas. [ Comments: 1 ]

It snowed in London a week ago. It was a Thursday and my mum and I had already planned to go to Billings Gate (London’s fish market where you could buy any seafood imaginable at reasonable prices!). Not even a snow storm could cancel our plans(some friends wold come to visit during the weekend and we had to go no matter what!). It took us more than 30 minutes to get on the bus and the usual 30 minute ride took an hour! It was snowing like mad when we got off and Billings Gate was still a 10 minute walk away (without snow, an endless 20 minutes on a snow-covered ground!). My face was numb from the cold, and I kept on telling my mum that I am probably suffering from frost bite! I was exaggerating of course, but I was very, very cold. Anyway, we got what we wanted but not without a cold. I was sneezing on our way back, never again will I go out when it is snowing!

Most Filipinos who travel pray for the snow. There is probably no Filipino abroad, without a snow pic somewhere. It is just too hot and too humid in the Philippines and the cold weather gives us a breather. it is also something new to us, and almost everybody looks forward to something new. But the snow could be something of a disaster, it affects the traffic and London that day had travel delays everywhere, it was a nightmare! After the experience, I prefer a sunny day.

arlene.p has blogged 3 posts

Juni Vargas, In Memoriam
February 18th, 2007 posted by arlene.p under Uncategorized. [ Comments: 2 ]

Juni was more than just a student, she was a friend. I could not even believe I am now writing about her in the past tense but she is indeed gone. Her life was rendered kaput just like that. I will never hear her laugh again. It is very sad to even think I will never see again.

The last time we were together (sometime in 2003 or late 2002) she would not let go of me. We chanced upon each other at Glorietta, she was a mall rat just like me. She was shopping, I was waiting for my husband. We talked endlessly. She was her usual self, bubbly,energetic, so full of life. When my husband came, she tagged along. She wanted to meet him. She knew about my lovelife and was so glad I was finally happy. She could not help but shriek when she saw my husband. “Papa, mam arlene, ang galing mo!!!” she said. We ate for the longest time in McDonalds. She told me about her successes and her misfortunes (but not with a sad note; Juni has a way of laughing at her failures like it was just that, nothing to be mournful about). She did very well, actually, by that time, she had built a house for her parents, she had a car, she had a job (at a call center). She had traveled. We talked about her life mostly, there were things that I could not share with everyone. She had regrets but she had accepted her fate. She was her family’s breadwinner and there were things that she did for their sake. We exchanged phone numbers but our busy lives (I was in and out of the country at that time) made it impossible for us to keep in touch.

After 4 years, I got an e-mail from one of her co-MASPs, saying that Juni died in an accident in Dubai. Initially, I was shocked and I insisted it wasn’t her. We tried to find her or news about her on the Internet, and Ellen (a former MASP based in New York) found an article about her passing, there was a phone number of Juni’s sister in the thread. I phoned that number and confirmed from her family that she is indeed gone.

Juni, wherever she is now, is probably having a ball. She would have accepted her fate, like she always did. Perhaps she would have regrets, there was still so much that she wanted to do, she had big dreams but she would have moved on and just shrug it off. She would still be vain (lol), she could never go without lipstick and powder! Her hair would still be gloriously flowing. She would never age. She would love the fact that in her friends’ and family’s memories she would remain that beautiful Juni with the great laugh, the great bod, but most of all the great soul. We shall miss you Juni. Your short life had been spent well, it was certainly full of colour.

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“Renaissance” and immortality
February 17th, 2007 posted by JB under Media & Entertainment. [ Comments: none ]

I recently saw the “quirky” French animated film Renaissance, and although I tend to disagree with its position that immortality is bad (”without death, life is meaningless,” says the character, Dr. Muller, seconds before he does something that provokes people to shoot him), the film’s visuals is captivating — the kind of black and white that reminds you of Sin City, sewer rats, and consistent neurosis. But I’m not saying it’s good — personally, I’m tired of film noir cliches, and Renaissance happens to shove all those cliches to your face.

Fact is, Renaissance is based on the current rage in scientific circles — prolonging life or making death obsolete. But unlike the film’s treatment of immortality as something mysterious or rests on a single person, in reality, discoveries are being made simultaneously around the world.

This enlightening write-up on Viewzone says if you can survive for the next 20 years, (and may I add, if you have money), you may be able to live forever. Worth checking out.

JB has blogged 120 posts

A Stephen Colbert Moment At Skirmisher
February 14th, 2007 posted by JB under Random Thoughts. [ Comments: none ]

My close friends know I’ve been running a “wickedly sarcastic/sometimes ironic” dark humor blog called Skirmisher. It has been a lot of fun, so far. But more and more, especially recently, I’ve been encountering other sites linking to some of our posts and completely missing the irony of it all.

Like this very recent post I wrote on the funny thing Google did today, which was graciously and quickly picked up by Newsvine:

When something so well-loved like Google farts even a few molecules of putrid man-air, the world sniffs it hungrily. So when it somehow “botched” its Valentines logo, almost everybody quickly grabbed their urine-filled water pistols and began sniping at it. No, we’re not joining those bunch of shallow fools. No matter how extremists would insist that this is “Googe” and not at all “Google,” we’re standing by our guns to “protect” a beleaguered company in need of sympathy and insist, like a love-crazed teen heady with his first crush, that Google is Google is Google, and that puny phallic strawberry stem is all that matters.

Kind of reminds me of that time when Stephen Colbert tried explaining to his daughter what irony is about. You realize trying to explain it away is like caging quicksilver; it’s just crazy. So crazy that you usually choose to ignore the misunderstanding and continue poking your fingers into the smelly orifices of the human race.

I’m not complaining; a site like Newsvine so much as drops your name and it’s enough to send you to a 300-volt braingasm. But I guess it’s just one of the curious things that happen when you’re oh-so-gently trying to sally forth, like a laughing hyena that has become so jaded from feasting on all that carrion, into the good, otherwise peaceful night.

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Get Free Copies Of This Year’s Academy Awards Nominees
February 14th, 2007 posted by JB under Media & Entertainment. [ Comments: 5 ]

“Officially,” I’d give you the usual disclaimer that clicking on this link and downloading all the free movies it contains — all Oscar hopefuls, and many of them very good films — is bad, illegal, and may disqualify you from your mommy-kissing privileges.

But who are we kidding? We’re in the Third World — with increasingly cheap broadband access. So enjoy it while you can.

Tags: bittorrent, Oscars, Academy+Awards

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Debunking the “a diamond is forever” myth
February 12th, 2007 posted by JB under Current Events. [ Comments: 1 ]

Sure, everybody’s excited about Valentine’s Day (I actually cringed as I typed that), and we all love the chocolates and the flowers and if you’ve made an advance reservation at some nice hotel, you’ve already completed half the battle. But if you’re of the more serious type and is actually shopping around for a diamond engagement ring, you might want to read this enlightening piece first on why much of what we know about this “precious” stone are not very accurate.

The whole “A Diamond is Forever” and the idea of a diamond engagement ring is not an ancient tradition to be revered and followed. It is Sprite’s “Obey Your Thirst.” It is Nike’s “Just Do It.” It is Gary Dahl’s “Pet Rock.” Not only did De Beers understand it had to control supply (buying up and closing down any diamond mine discovered), they had to control demand. They had to make it sentimental. And Americans were the perfect suckers. They targeted the US specifically for our marketability. This campaign is less than 70 years old yet has become so ingrained in our culture that the diamond engagement ring has become the ultimate symbol of how much the relationship, the girl, and love itself is worth.


Tags: diamonds

JB has blogged 120 posts

Having fun with CrazyTalk
February 12th, 2007 posted by JB under Media & Entertainment. [ Comments: none ]

It seems some members of our university’s official band have lots of time in their hands, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. Below is a funny [although unflattering) YouTube video featuring band member Dennis Enchano. This was presumably made with CrazyTalk software, which is quite similar to what Hollywood FX people use when they need to make live animals "talk."

View this other video for another example of how the software works. You can get CrazyTalk by buying it on its website, or simply use BitTorrent technology to download a free, cracked version of it somewhere.

Tags: CrazyTalk, animation, Adamson+University

JB has blogged 120 posts


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