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- Good Earth
July 9th, 2016Good Earth 0 Comments

THE International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced that whale sharks are sliding towards extinction. The world’s largest fish is now listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (previously listed as Vulnerable) due to growing human pressures. In the ?Philippines,? whale sharks have been protected since 1998, but active

- Good Earth
July 8th, 2016Good Earth 0 Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Imagine a planet with triple sunrises and sunsets every day for part of the year, and nonstop daylight at other times. Astronomers revealed such a place Thursday: a strange new world in the Constellation Centaurus that has not one, not two, but three suns. What’s more, a year there lasts half

- admin
July 4th, 2016admin 0 Comments

A FILIPINA, who uses paper art techniques, recently won in a contest in Brasov, city of Romania.

The 31-year-old artist Debra Liz Recuerdo won the grand prize for Visual Arts Contest Debu’s Visual Art held in Scoala Populara De Arta Brasov on January 25, 2016.

The award was given by the Brasov Country Council School of Art and Crafts.

“I did not expect that I will win the biggest prize, because a lot of talented students here and most of them are very good,” she said.

She said she started learning paper art techniques in September 2015.

She uses different colored papers, rolled them up, and put them together forming an art.

Here are some of the <a href=”http://www.artebrasov.ro/expozitie-e-visual/editia-i-15-oct-2015-25-ian-2016/” target=”_blank”>contestants </a> who joined the January 2016 contest.

In November 2015, her artwork won fourth place or mentiune for the International Exhibition of Fine Arts and Decorative Arts’ Decorative art-Traditional theme at the Popular School of Art and Craft.

The Filipino artist is holding an exhibit at Villa Adler, Romania that shows some of her artworks. The exhibit will run until July 17.

When asked what her advice is for those who are interested in paper art techniques, she said: “Do not be afraid to try as long you are happy with what you are doing. Don’t give up, especially in these (paper art) techniques. You need a lot of patience.”

She said in the next five years, her art will be recognized as a unique craft and hopes that more people will get interested.

Recuerdo, whose relatives hail from Danao and Carmen in Cebu, Philippines, is set to come back in the Philippines in July this year. <b>(PR)</b>

- admin
July 1st, 2016admin 0 Comments

YOUNG Filipino students won five medals in their first international mathematics competition abroad this year in Romania.

The Philippine team, composed of six students, grabbed one gold, one silver and three bronze medals at the 20th Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad held in Slatina, Romania from June 24 to 29, according to the Mathematics Trainers Guild (MTG)-Philippines.

Andres Rico Gonzales III, a Grade 9 student at Colegio de San Juan de Letran, bagged the country’s gold medal in the contest and was also the highest scorer among the 10 guest countries.

Winning a silver medal is Ryan Mark Shao, Grade 10 student of Xavier School.

The bronze medalists are Stefan Marcus Ong, Grade 9, St. Jude Catholic School; Dion Stephan Ong, Grade 9, Ateneo de Manila Junior High School; and Steven Reyes, Grade 8, St. Jude Catholic School. The other Filipino contestant is William Joshua King of Bethany Christian School.

According to the MTG, they are dedicating the win of the Filipino kids to incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, who is set to take his oath today in Malacañang.

“This is the first international math contest that Filipino kids have joined this year and they are set to compete in other competitions abroad. We dedicate our first triumph to President Rodrigo Duterte who will lead us in the next six years,” said MTG president Dr. Isidro Aguilar.

Aguilar said the MTG has selected a new batch of Filipino students who will represent the Philippines in various math competitions abroad.
Accompanying the students to the Romania contest is team leader Zheng Rong Wu, who is one of the trainers of the students along with Renard Eric Chua, Gari Lincoln Chua, Kerish Villegas, Dr. Li Sheng Hong, Prof. Huang Xing and Prof. Tang Song Jin.

A total of 21 teams competed in the contest from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, France, Tajikistan and the Philippines.

Some members of the Philippine delegation arrived in Manila on June 30 while the rest will arrive today (July 1). (PR)

- Good Earth
May 26th, 2016Good Earth 0 Comments

WASHINGTON — A new discovery about how clouds form may scale back some of the more dire predictions about temperature increases caused by man-made global warming. That’s because it implies that a key assumption for making such predictions is a bit off. “What this will do is slightly reduce and sharpen the projections for temperature

- Good Earth
May 26th, 2016Good Earth 0 Comments

PORTLAND, Maine — With summer whale watching season fast approaching, conservation advocates and government agencies who want to protect whales say a mobile app designed to help mariners steer clear of the animals is helping keep them alive. The Whale Alert app provides a real-time display of the ocean and the position of the mariner’s

- admin
May 17th, 2016admin 0 Comments

HIS Majesty Sultan Qaboos of the Sultanate of Oman has granted royal pardon to two overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who were jailed for criminal offenses, the Philippine Embassy in Muscat said Tuesday.

Citing reports from the embassy, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that the royal pardon was granted on the occasion of the Isra Wal Miraj that was commemorated on May 5.

Philippine Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman Narcisco Castañeda welcomed the royal pardon given to the two convicted OFWs. (MORE)

- admin
May 13th, 2016admin 0 Comments

BEING born and raised in the Philippines and seeing how life is back home, it makes me realize how fortunate I am to live the life of a US Navy sailor, to experience the things that come with this career and to be part of the US Navy team.

Senior Chief Rolen Jiao
Senior Chief Rolen Jiao

Q: Why did you decide to join the Navy?

A: I guess I’m just following in the footstep of my father. My brother (YNC) and I are third generation Sailors of the family. Serving in the US Navy and wearing this uniform has allowed a comfortable and exciting lifestyle for my family. We have been given the opportunity to experience so many different things, to live in different countries, visit exciting places and experience a myriad of different cultures.

Q: Who are the role models or mentors that have influenced you, or helped guide you?

A: My last Command Master Chief and Maintenance Master Chief are two of the many role models/mentors that have helped me along the way. They showed me the ropes of Navy life. They provided me with support, direction and advice, taught me how to better balance work and family life so that I could succeed in the Navy without sacrificing quality time with my family. One thing I continue to do to this day is ensure that I keep in touch with the many role models and mentors I have met during my career in the Navy and seek guidance and inspiration from them as my Navy career progresses.

Q: Which past assignments are the most memorable to you, and why?

A: In my twenty four years of service in the Navy, every duty station has been special in its own way, new countries, new friends, new cultures, new customs and of course new foods. There are many challenges to getting accustomed to your new home and many sacrifices that every Sailor and his family must make when choosing assignments, however it’s not really where you are but really more about what you make of your time while you’re there.

I have no regrets with any of the places I’ve been stationed. All of my experiences have been memorable. But remember, no matter what duty station you should choose, make sure your family is included in your decision and happy with your choice. If you’re a single Sailor, then it’s all up to you on where you go and what you make out of it.

Q: Can you share a story about someone who has influenced or challenged you to become your best?

A: I recall two pieces of advice that I received from one of my mentors and role models in my early years coming up in the Navy. The first was, wherever you are in your career, no matter how far the Navy takes you, whether things are good or bad, there is always someone out there who has it worse off than you!

The second piece of advice which I really took to heart was, to be successful in the Navy, you have to make sure that your spouse and your family always have your back. They are the backbone of your Navy career and lifestyle. Everyone in the Navy has a different career path, a different goal they want to achieve, a different image of success in the Navy. What it all boils down to is that it’s up to the Sailor to make it work. This mindset is what has worked for me and has allowed me to be where I am in my career.

Q: May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. What does being an Asian American Pacific Islander leader in the Navy mean to you? Is there someone from this community that has influenced you, or who has a story that is interesting to you?

A: Being born and raised in the Philippines and seeing how life is back home it makes me realize how fortunate I am to live the life of a U.S. Navy Sailor, to experience the things that come with this career and to be part of the U.S. Navy team. I’m hoping that someday they open the window of opportunity back in the Philippines to the people there so that they have the opportunity to be able to apply to become a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.

- Good Earth
April 22nd, 2016Good Earth 0 Comments

MANILA — The Philippines signed the landmark international climate agreement reached in Paris last December during a high-level signing ceremony held on April 22 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The signing ceremony for the Paris accord took place on the first day the agreement was opened for signature, which coincides with

- Good Earth
April 22nd, 2016Good Earth 0 Comments

LET us make every day an Earth Day. This was the call of Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella for the global Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 22, saying that it is not just a day of celebration but a time to realize that Mother Earth needs people every day. “I call on every Bacolodnon,

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