Monday, April 18, 2016

Mar Roxas May Have a Silver Spoon But ….

He maybe born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he is more than just his prominent surname and multimillion peso asset (talk about being a scion of the marriage between the Aranetas and the Roxas, owners of the major financial and shopping district of Quezon City, Araneta Center). While I was growing up, I always associated the name Roxas only to Manuel Roxas, Sr.  As we all probably know, Manuel Roxas, Sr. was the last Philippine President of the Commonwealth, that government created by the Americans, and was the first president of the first Philippine Republic, that period of our political history when the Americans have decided for us to chart our own destiny, so to speak.

These days, the name Mar Roxas keeps trending and popping in the headlines of major dailies, and in the social media.  Some news are favourable, while other news just keep on hitting below the belt areas.   Well, what else is new, such is always the scenario during election season in the Philippines.    There’s so much mud-slinging and even the oldest misdemeanor one has committed gets blown  out of proportion, all for the purpose of discrediting candidates. 

And this is just what I admire about my candidate, Mar Roxas; he comes squeaky clean.  Coming from a familial lineage that is not tarnished with any dishonourable act, he has a duty to keep such reputation unblemished.   This is probably the reason why to this day, there is no Roxas that holds a high position in the government, other than him.   Which is just as well, if only to protect the family’s clean record.  Mar Roxas’s service record is just impeccable that no one can throw any accusation of corruption at him.  While other candidates have questionable records and have faced corruption cases while in office, Mar Roxas’s record remains unblemished.  Mar Roxas is just a candidate whose main purpose is to effect change in the lives of the Filipinos by being sincere in performing his duties to serve the public and show
integrity in actions and words.   He does not make huge promises which he might not be able to keep, and very statesmanlike in his words.  I’d say it’s the one thing that sets him apart from other candidates. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mar Roxas Vows To Find Solutions to Traffic Problems in Metro Manila

How to solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila is the multimillion-peso question that our government is still struggling to find the answer to.  There have been many attempts to solve or at least lighten the traffic condition especially in EDSA, Metro Manila’s main artery in the past, by different administrations; however, with hundreds of thousands of cars added yearly, the traffic problem has compounded and this is affecting greatly our economy.   Our government loses millions or even billions of pesos when productivity suffers because of delays caused by traffic.  Our officials cannot simply scratch their heads and hope for the solution to fall on their laps out of nowhere.   It’s time to get a few ideas from our experienced neighbors. 

How does Bangkok manage its traffic situation and how does Singapore maintain order on its roads  despite being a tiny nation?  They both have an efficient mass transport system that the government runs and manages.   Bangkok’s train system within the city is clean, comfortable and well-managed;   I wish I can say the same for our three train lines.     Being a commuter myself, I will not mind paying premium amount if I will be in a safe and clean environment.   Safety is everybody’s main concern.  Recently, we saw videos of the old LRT with defective doors and we hear news of our MRT conking in the middle of the tracks.  This is tantamount to subjecting our commuters to an abusive situation and this is unacceptable because public safety is a responsibility of the government. 

Singapore, on the other hand, has very strict laws when it comes to selling and purchasing cars.   No one is allowed to own/purchase a car or any vehicle unless he also purchases a parking lot for it.  This will never happen in the Philippines.   The government agency that issues car licenses will never implement this law, if there is one.  Hence, we see cars parked on the roadsides which add to the congestion of roads.

“Presidentiable” Mar Roxas from Daang Matuwid has expressed his plans in resolving the traffic problem by constructing a train system that is at par with international standards and most of all, a public transport system that is run by the government and not politicians and select businessmen.   I wish “presidentiable” Mar would include stricter implementation of traffic laws in his plans like fining and impounding smoke-belchers that not only make everyone’s life miserable but also destroy the atmosphere.    

Monday, November 16, 2015

Starmobile Play Spark...Starmobile's Latest Star

Starmobile cell phones have slowly gained momentum in the past few months as people have started to be more curious about this new player in the gadget industry.  Though Starmobile is relatively new and a 'baby,' there are already cell phone models that are competitive with some of the products from big players.  I have a particular liking to one of its products which is a TV phone because it is just so ideal for watching the news while commuting or in the car.   However, now, I would like to give a short, concise but helpful review of one of its latest products the Starmobile Play Spark.  

The Starmobile Play Spark was just released this month and I can honestly say that it has a lot of positive qualities. Let me start with the obvious ones.  First, it is affordable because it costs only P1,999.  Considering that it has a quad core processor and costs barely P2,000, it really is already cheap.  Second, it easy on the hands.  I don't really like bulky phones coz I have small hands, so I like that the Play Spark is easy to carry and fits snugly between my fingers and palm.  I can also just slip it in small and tiny spaces within my bag.  But there is more than meets the eye in this small but useful phone.  Well, it isn't a smartphone for nothing; right? 

But first the specs:
Price: 1,990;
Display Screen: 4 inch;
Dimensions: 124.3 x 64 x 10.8 mm;

Weight: 117 g;
FM Radio;

Dual SIM;
CPU: 1.3 Ghz, quad-core processor;
ROM 4 GB expandable up to 32 GB with micro-SD; 
RAM: 512 MB;
Back Camera: 2 MP w/ 1080 video capture;
Selfie Camera:  VGA;
Battery:  1,500 mAh;
Connectivity: Wifi, 3G, HSPA+ Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, OTA; 
OS:  5.0 Lollipop Android; 
Sensors:  Proximity, accelerometer, gravity, light.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dairy Queen Gets Endorsements from Beauty Queens

Winners of the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant namely: Bb. Pilipinas Universe, Pia Wurtbach; Bb. Pilipinas International, Janicel Lubina; Bb. Pilipinas Supranational, Ms. Rogelie Catacutan, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Cristi McGarry; and Bb. Pilipinas-tourism, Lorraine Golis, are the current endorsers of Dairy Queen, the ice cream that we all associate with the iconic word 'blizzard.'  Blizzard is served upside down to prove the consistency of its components.    I remember that I consider eating Dairy Queen as a treat, it's not the ordinary run-of-the-mill ice cream.  It's more expensive yet, many times more delicious than most ice creams we all have gotten used to.   

Pia and her entourage also are featured in the first thematic television commercial of Dairy Queen.  Incidentally, Dairy Queen International celebrated its 75th anniversary on June 23, 2015.  Imagine that, little do we know that Dairy Queen has already been around for 75 years, providing us quality ice cream.

According to the beauty queens, they had fun in creating the TV commercial which was the first experience for some of them.  They expressed their gratitude to the COO of Pizza Hut, Teck Huak Lim, for giving them the opportunity to endorse one of the products that they absolutely believe in.  They said that Dairy Queen is one ice cream that they will not hesitate in endorsing because of its really a good ice cream and a good product.

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