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Monday, March 30, 2015

Philippines among Happiest Countries in the World

Is it really more fun in the Philippines? Maybe its residents can convince you. Filipinos are one of the happiest citizens in the world according to a global survey.

The Philippines follows close behind ten Latin American countries – most of them sharing ranks based on the results of a Gallup poll Positive Experience Index released a day before the United Nations International Day of Happiness on March 20.
Gallup asked 1,000 individuals aged 15 or older in 143 countries in 2014 if they had positive experiences on the day before the survey. Results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews. Gallup compiled the “yes” responses from five questions: “Did you feel well-rested yesterday?”, “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?”, “Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday?”, “Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?” and “Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment?” into a Positive Experience Index score for each country.
Paraguay topped the survey with a score of 89.
In second, third and fourth places are Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala which all received a score of 84.
Honduras, Panama and Venezuela shared the fifth, sixth and seventh place on the list with a score of 82.
Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua got 81, placing eighth, ninth, and tenth.
The Philippines received a score of 80, sharing the spot with Singapore, Switzerland and Uruguay.
Money isn’t everything. Latin American countries aren’t the wealthiest countries but they certainly have some of the happiest people in the world. Pinoys have certainly had their fair share of environmental disasters and general misfortune but at the end of the day, most Pinoys can still look at the bright side and crack a joke-or two.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Antonio’s Tagaytay in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list

Antonio’s in Tagaytay has put the Philippines for the first time on the elite Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
The 2015 edition of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list ranked Antonio’s in the 48th spot, after a voting of 300 restaurant industry leaders from Asia.

The elite list released by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, billed Antonio’s as a restaurant of “Idyllic surroundings with a menu to match.”
The fine dining restaurant with an offering of Modern European with Philippine influences is set in a colonial-style mansion with its own farm and is found amidst lush gardens and a cool climate in the volcano ridge town of Tagaytay, a two-hour drive and some 50 kilometres south of Manila.
The list hailed owner-Chef Antonio “Tony Boy” Escalante’s cooking and marked his Lechon de leche or slow-roasted suckling pig rubbed with herbs and spices as Antonio’s “standout dish.”
In a Facebook post Chef Escalante referred to the award as an honour and a humbling experience, “While being part of this prestigious list is an acknowledgment of the hard working team at Antonio’s, it is also a statement that Filipino cuisine is ready and waiting for the world.” Escalante’s team includes Ricky Sison and pastry chef Reymond Abdon.
The Best Restaurant feature also highlighted the fact that most of the restaurant produce is sourced from the adjacent farm, which also supplies Chef Escalante’s two other restaurants, Breakfast and The Grill.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was launched in 2013 with six voting regions: South-East Asia – South; South-East Asia – North; Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau; mainland China and Korea; Japan; and India and Subcontinent. The list is created by the Diners Club Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.

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Towards an educated citizenry, one town library at a time

“Before nationhood, the Philippines must first have an educated citizenry.” – Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Thus went the words penned by the national hero at a time when access to books and education were limited to a privileged class. The very same words a foundation now uses as its battle cry.
More than a century later, Quintin Jose Pastrana found the vision still relevant, made it his own, and is now leading the charge in getting local communities to educate their own children by building public libraries, turning them into community education centres to “help forge an interconnected archipelago of readers and leaders.”

In an age when the digital native would claim that all information can already be found on the internet and therefore the redundancy of physical public libraries, Pastrana’s Library Renewal Partnership (LRP) foundation insists on the value of the kind of library where one can experience the joy of discovering a new book on the shelves, the feel of turning an actual page, and community access to a democratic space that knows no economic or social class.
In March 2015 the LRP is set to open the doors to its 80th library on its way to at least 200 public libraries by 2020. The LRP envisions empowering 2 million citizens with these libraries collaboratively set up by communities, private groups and local governments.
LRP’s 10-year mission started in 2010 when Pastrana looked at various researches indicating that Filipino children in rural areas decide to look for jobs rather than to study to earn a living.
Pastrana looked back at his own experience, realizing how fortunate he was to have been raised in a family that could support his reading interests. He saw the reality about Filipino children who lacked reading abilities due to deprived access to learning materials and facilities.
LRP partners with local and international organizations to get local authorities to provide the infrastructure for a library and the library staff, and gets educational material from leading publishers to provide the content.

Within just five years, the organization has already built libraries in various slums and rural areas of the county including Albay, Aklan, Ilocos Norte, Kalinga, Quezon City, Tacloban and Manila. The organization also built public libraries in the conflict areas of Mindanao such as Marawi, Maguindanao, Zamboanga and South Cotabato. LRP has also built libraries for public and private organizations such as the New Bilibid prison, The Philippine Heart Center and Gawad Kalinga farms.

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Bayanihan Dance Company bags grand prize in Italy

Filipino dance group Bayanihan Folk Dance Company has given the Philippines another world class award, this time from the 60th International Folklore Festival in Agrigento, Sicily, Italy.
This is the 3rd time the dance company has won the Golden Temple at the folk dance competition, the first one in 2002, and the second in 2005. They have competed with the dance companies of the counties of Bulgaria, Croatia, Holland, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand, and Ukraine.

The Bayanihan Dance Company bagged the “Tiempo d’ Oro” Award or the Gold Medal Award in the 70th edition of the week long competition called the Sagra del Mandorlo Festival in Agrigento.
Bayanihan Dance Company shared with GoodNewsPilipinas their thoughts after receiving the gold award, “Winning the competition gives one extreme pride in what our country can offer. We continue to gauge our success vis a vis the best companies in the world. We realize how talented our young people are, how passionate they can be for their art as well as pursuit of excellence through teamwork and cooperation.”
The Philippine dance company also shared that aside from preparing themselves physically and mentally daily, the group attributes their success to requested holy masses, prayers from family and friends, and blessings from the Chaplain so that their trip will be safe, smooth and successful.
The Bayanihan advises young Filipino dancers that although “there is no money in cultural endeavours such as this one, however the satisfaction of bringing pride to the Philippines and letting the world know of the beauty of the Philippines through music and dances is more than enough to actualize one’s dreams.”
The Bayanihan Folk Dance Group was originally established in the Philippine Women’s University and has since been recognized by Congress as the National Folk Dance Company.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Pinay house cleaner makes it big in American investments

Former house cleaner Mila Ferrer is now a millionaire owning 52 properties in America.
Ferrer is also regional Vice President in an international investment company.
The 60-year old single mother of five children migrated to America with just twenty dollars in her pocket some 40 years ago.
Ferrer is a native of Alcala, Pangasinan and admits she had humble beginnings as an orphan and recounts her story as one of four siblings who were trying to survive. She promised to herself then that she would not let her children live a hard life like she did.
Her life as a migrant Filipino was not easy – she was broke and lived in a trailer home. A fresh graduate, she tried out for 17 job interviews and was still jobless, thinking that her luck had failed her.

Not one to be discouraged, she managed to clean houses to make a living.
She took on a clerical post in an investment company and later on rose to become a loan manager.
“I learned how to make my own money. I was cleaning houses, working in the bank, doing real estate, working as personal assistant to doctors, and being a mom,” she said while reminiscing her early days in the United States.
Finally, the opportunity to live a life like she wanted came and she seized it.
She now currently resides in Plano, Illinois and lists as part of her properties the house she used to clean.
Her advice? “You have to find a mentor. Kasi yung pera mo kung pagulungan mo you’ll be able to make it.”

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Cavite's Best Investment Opportunities and Why: Antel Grand Village

Antel Grand Village
The first and only self-contained island community, south of Metro Manila, with more than 100 hectares of carefully planned residential villages, social and commercial districts, and a 1.7- hectare clubhouse, all in the midst of verdant sceneries and breath-taking riverside vistas.
AGV Island Community is strategically located between the urban municipalities of Kawit and General Trias, a few minutes away from the booming industrial zone CEZA, and a convenient stop-over on the way to Tagaytay and Batangas through the R-1 diversion road.

Live in contemporary modern house models that put the family first in every way, making sure every member feels at home
With a name that reminds one of timeless fairy tales, the grand facade of this house model is like a simple castle in a modern urban neighborhood. A huge balcony is always there to hold feasts and parties with friends and loved ones.

Simple-looking but more than what anyone can ask for. This house model has a balcony by your bedroom - take a breath of fresh air in the morning or share stories with your loved ones under the moonlight.

This cozy homestead is perfect for small and large families, looking to enjoy a more intimate lifestyle. Enjoy the morning breeze, and the beautiful Cavite sunrise on your very own balcony, in the company of your loved ones.

Admire the scenery of Antel Grand Village in this 3-bedroom house. Every waking day is never dull for the family - run around the lawn, cook in the kitchen, and bond in the living area!


We borrowed an idea for a spacious home from the suburbs of London and Paris. It works, after all.
Built for the modern family, with an impressive layout that focuses on elegance and style. With windows designed to provide soft, natural light into the interiors, Victoria provides the best of your home essentials, and beyond.

Antel Clubhouse
The Antel Grand Village Clubhouse's Water Park is the grandest recreation site in this side of Cavite. It has nine (9) gazebos and seven (7) interconnected swimming pools: a white sand Beach Pool with two (2) water slides, Lap Pool with submerged sun loungers and relaxing water jets, Activity Game Pool with water jets, Spa Pool with four (4) Massage Beds, Party Pool with sunken Pool Bar and bubble jets, Fountain Pool, and Children's Pool with bubble jets.

Beach Pool
This man-made white sand beach and tropical palm trees gives you that island vacation vibe. Water slides, beach benches, and gazebos what more can you ask for?

Lap Pool
The Lap Pool is 25 meters long, half the size of the Olympic Pool for the sports enthusiasts who want to do daily swim laps.

Pool Slides
For the adventurous ones who are not afraid of the water, we have installed slides to add some spice to your waterpark experience!

Clubhouse Features

Grand Ballroom
This spacious events area can accommodate big gatherings. Let the clubhouse be part of your sweet family memories.

No need to shell out expensive membership fees. AGV already provides world-class equipment to match the demands of the daily grind.

Aerobics Area
Restore the balance in your out-of-sync life through aerobics and other exercise classes. Do some yoga with friends on weekends.

Spa & Sauna
Time to de-stress from the hustle and bustle of the city. Give yourself the much deserve "me" time.

Village Amenities

Entrance Gate
The majestic fa├žade welcomes anyone who would like to explore the island-living vibe.

Basketball Court
Call out the boys and sweat it out over a few rounds of ballgame.

Pocket Parks
Take the kids for an afternoon stroll into the lush mini gardens or bring your darling to fall in love again.

Tennis Court
Pro or amateur, hone your skills in tennis and bring out the grand slam champ in you.

Kids want to run around all the time. We have a lot of fun recreational sites in this area where your little loved ones can make friends.

24-Hour Security
Nothing is more important than the safety of the neighborhood. Guards monitor the 5 gated villages 24/7.

For More info and to schedule a FREE Tripping please feel free to contact us @ 09063468424 (Globe) or 09192634101 (Smart) or visit our website:

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Rattan Backpack Charger: Proudly Pinoy Powerbank!


For most people on the go, we almost always depend on our phones and tablets for our daily schedule, weather reports, news updates, putting down not-so-mental notes, and taking snapshots of everything and anything. And, of course, for texting and calling once in a while.
We do a lot of things with our gadgets, even capturing the breathtaking mountain ridge of Sagada through Instagram.
That is until the battery indicator says otherwise and there’s no electric socket in sight.
Then, it's time to panic.

Luckily for us, a power-generating equipment is right in our own backyard (or, at least, up in the mountains of Northern Luzon)—in the form of a traditionally-woven bag made of rattan!
Called the "Solar Pasiking" (pasiking or sangie: ancient, indigenous basket-backpack found among the various ethno-linguistic groups of Northern Luzon in the Philippines), these bags combine solar technology, 1.5 soda-bottle containers, and the rich heritage of the Ifugao people (Ifugao: an ethnic group calling the mountains of Northern Luzon their homeland).

It's one of the many creative applications of the soda-bottle technology -- OpenCharger -- developed in the mountains of Northern Luzon where nature is still untainted, if only for a bit.
OpenCharger is also a movement dedicated not only to harnessing power and energy from natural resources and eco-friendly materials, but also to maximizing the potential of local communities, especially that of the indigenous people in the Cordillera.
Unlike traditional microelectronics, the assembly of OpenCharger requires no special skills and equipment, minimal energy, and zero toxins.


  • Charger circuitry is crafted in Mt. Province, Philippines from bottles, e-waste and custom manufactured components that meet cradle to cradle, non-toxic values
  • Zero energy, zero waste, non-toxic assembly and upgrade
  • The charger port is made from soda PET and thus 100% recyclable
  • User repairable
  • Open Source: Everything from our core circuit to the assembly specs are on the site

Key Bag Features

  • 500mA solar panel
  • Mini-USB charging input port (so you can charge up your bag for a rainy day)
  • Regular USB 1.2 Amp output port (for cell phone charging)
  • 3000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery pack
  • Red LED safety light (activated by the cap switch)
  • Warm white flash light (activated by the cap switch)
The next time you're going to the mountains, let the Solar Pasiking light your way!
Help fund this innovation. Order through the OpenCharger website.

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