February 25, 2013

Guest Post: Why the Sultan of Sulu is Wrong

photo credits: globalnation.inquirer.net

The sultan is embarrassing not just himself but all of us. By sending his “people” into another country’s territory, supposedly to reclaim it, he has shown how ignorant he is of the principles behind international law and simple ethics. It’s tragic that this man doesn’t see how fallacious his position is. If it were true that any country still possesses a right to control a former territory, then, pray, we should not at all complain if the Spaniards, Americans, and Japanese all call up Malacanan Palace today and inform us that we are still theirs because we were once so before. 

But it gets worse. As usual, the greater part of the netizens who comment about the issue share the same myopia. In other words, the people who think the Sultan and the rest of the Filipinos in Sabah are right because they are courageous are also wrong. For courage is a virtue, and there is nothing virtuous in occupying a piece of property that is no longer ours, even if it was ours before. President Aquino is right in choosing not to support the Filipinos there. True nationalism consists not in supporting your fellow Filipinos even when they are in the wrong just because they are Filipinos too, but in dissuading them from doing something wrong, despite their being your countrymen, because a bad act is still a bad act, whatever your nationality might be. 

Only Filipinos blind to what is really at stake here can ever think that what the sultan is doing can ever be something honorable. His “army” is just a gang of innocent ruffians who had surrendered their right to think for themselves to a pseudo-monarch who lives somewhere in suburban Manila because the real army, the Philippine army, is against him. “Reclaiming” Sabah for the purpose of forcing oneself into the peace agreement between the government and the MILF is pathetic, incredible, and just plain wrong. 

Guest Post from: 
Mr. Gian Carlo Velasco

Anne Curtis Diamond ASAP Performance

Anne,  "Lord kahit di nyo ako binigyan ng magandang boses, maraming salamat for letting me sing here and giving the Gift of Confidence"

Beauty, Confidence and a Funny person, that's what we love about Anne Curtis, right? Check out the video below and you'll gonna love her more as she sang Diamond by Rihanna as her birthday performance in ASAP yesterday.

February 22, 2013

Harris "The Hitman" Sarmiento Retains PXC Ligthweight Title

STILL THE CHAMP. Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento emerged victorious over fellow Filipino Isiah Cordiz in the recently concluded PXC 35

Pacific X-Treme Combat general manager EJ Calvo delivered on his promise to start the year with a bang as PXC staged its eighth mixed martial arts event in the Philippines and 35th overall last Feb. 16 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

In the first of possibly four events this year in the country, the PXC treated Filipino MMA junkies to nine equally electrifying fights highlighted by the successful title defense of lightweight champion Harris ‘The Hitman’ Sarmiento.

“PXC 35 only solidifies the reign of PXC as the premiere MMA company in Asia Pacific,” Calvo said. “The nine fights we had so far gave MMA fans here in the Philippines something to remember and will definitely make them come back for more PXC events.” 

PURE DOMINANCE. Harris Sarmiento was all over challenger Isiah Ordiz and ended the fight with an impressive kimura submission at the end of the first round. 

Coming off a disappointing first-round loss to PXC featherweight superstar Mark Striegl last November, Sarmiento moved back to his natural weight class and retained his 155-pound title belt at the expense of Isaiah Ordiz.

The victory was expected from the veteran Sarmiento, who marked his 60th professional bout with his 36th win, but how he did it was surprising.

Expected to go toe to toe with Ordiz, Sarmeinto instead opted to take the fight to the ground and emerged successful as he forced his San Pedro, Laguna-born challenger to tap out with a kimura submission move late in the first round.

“I just wanted to play it smart,” Sarmiento said of his surprising ploy. “I just took advantage of an opening and once I brought him to the ground, I knew I could finish the fight right away.”

In the main undercard between flyweight contenders, Louis Smolka survived an early beating to defeat Alvin Cacdac via submission and earn a title shot against champion Ale Cali of Davao.

I-DAWN ZULUETA MO AKO!”. PXC lightweight champion Harris “The Hitman”
Sarmiento prepares to body slam challenger Isiah Ordiz in the recently concluded PXC 35. 

After suffering a right eyebrow cut that turned his face into a bloody mess in the first round, Smolka suddenly turned the tables in the next two rounds as the Hawaiian turned to his ground and pound game before finishing the game with a rear-naked choke.

“I’m kind of used to that because I get beat up all the time in training,” said Smolka, who stretched his winning streak to three fights.

Meanwhile, Troy Bantiag caught Tony Reyes with a solid right punch then finished off his Guamanian opponent with continuous blows to score a referee-stoppage win late in the first round.

Likewise impressive were the rest of the fights in the event, presented by San Mig Strong Ice and Sports 5, and backed by E-Games, Fitness First, FHM Philippines,FHM.com.ph, Premiere Condoms, Healthway Agility Phil, Beer Below Zero, Eden NightClub, Real Sports Radio, and Loqal.ph.

Dario Banario scored a unanimous-decision victory over Joseph Mercado in an all-Filipino battle, Japan’s Chuji Kato forced Egons Racz into submission, Zebastian Kadestam registered a referee-stoppage win against Ron Jhun, while Ernesto Montilla Jr. Miguel Mosqura, and Glen Ranillo all scored a submission wins over Ruel Catalan, Steve Grandeza, and Mark Billena, respectively.

“Our fight cards are one of the best in the industry, matching some of the most skilled fighters against each other as they climb the rankings,” Calvo said.

"We are confident that our upcoming shows here in the Philippines will continue to draw bigger crowds. Fans will enjoy watching their favorite PXC fighters and get a chance to see new stars from across the globe.”

Thanks a lot for inviting me Team PRC

Will be posting more pictures...

All Set and Ready for the Medicard-Metafit Fitness Boot Camp

Left to Right: Grace Siongco (APEX-Metafit) Hazel Chua (Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Finalist), Coach Jim Saret (METAfit founder) Raffy Tan (Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Finalist),Coach Toni Dimaguila-Saret (APEX-Metafit) Dr. Nicky Montoya (Medicard President) and Kate Cruz-Joaquin (Medicard Marketing Manager).

Last February 7, 2013, one of the leading health maintenance organizations Medicard Philippines represented by Dr. Nicky Montoya, officially signed and joined hands with METAfit founder and famous Sports and Fitness Science Specialist, Coach Jim Saret to create the Medicard-Metafit Fitness Boot Camp. Present in the contract signing were Ms. Kate Cruz-Joaquin, Medicard Philippines Marketing Manager; and Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition finalists and METAfit coaches, Raffy Tan and Hazel Chua. 

“We (at Medicard Philippines) are trying to be pro-active in promoting health…” shares Dr. Montoya, President of Medicard Phillipines. “Here’s a real program where we ask our members to join; that should promote a more active and healthy lifestyle.”

“If you have the nutrition, the exercise and the psychological motivation, putting that together, it fits into what we are trying to promote.” Dr. Montoya further expounds. 

Left to Right: Hazel Chua (Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Finalist), Coach Jim Saret (METAfit founder), Dr. Nicky Montoya (Medicard President) and Kate Cruz-Joaquin (Medicard Marketing Manager).

In fact, Coach Jim Saret believes that the Medicard-METAfit Fitness Boot Camp is the first of its kind when it comes to fitness programs. “It’s a really good match to have the physical with the medical side, for any fitness and wellness program of any person… METAfit together with Medicard is the first one to offer all components of a total health and wellness.”

METAfit and Medicard Philippines are known in the country to help Filipinos reach their health goals, whether to lose weight or to be medically healthy. Before the partnership, these two industry movers are doing great works on their own, but they felt there was something lacking. Coach Jim couldn’t agree more, “It’s a perfect combination for a METAfit program because we are providing the physical, the motivational and the nutritional program but what’s missing basically is the medical side of this.”

Left to Right: Hazel Chua (Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition Finalist), Coach Jim Saret (METAfit founder), Dr. Nicky Montoya (Medicard President) and Kate Cruz-Joaquin (Medicard Marketing Manager).

The 12-session program is designed to cater to all types of individuals and fitness backgrounds. The idea of the program is to acquaint participants with basic work-outs; and depending on their capacity and determination, they will progress to more advanced routines until they graduate. Fitness goals will also be laid down, however, as Coach Jim states, participants should not be worried as he, and his team will support them every step of the way, under the medical care of Medicard. Coach Jim guarantees that at the end of the course, many would be surprised by their own bodies’ capabilities. 

Joining the METAfit team are Raffy Tan and Hazel Chua. They will work as motivators and facilitators of the boot camp with Coach Jim’s lead. 

The sold-out Medicard-METAfit Fitness Boot Camp will start on February 25, 2013 at the Medicard Lifestyle Center in Paseo De Roxas corner Buendia, Makati City. Medicard members, as well as non-members who signed up for the boot camp couldn’t wait any longer; they are very excited and looking forward to maximizing their body’s potentials. 

Not even on its first session yet, many are already inquiring about the next boot camp. With that, the team behind the Medicard-METAfit Boot Camp couldn’t wait to get started… for sure; people can expect many more boot camps in the near future!

For inquiries and added information, please visit the Medicard Philippines website at http://www.medicardphils.com

February 16, 2013

Getting Ready for Pacific X-treme Combat 35

Are you excited to see Harris "The Hitman" Sarmiento fight for his redemption? Buy your tickets now here at the Ynares Sports Arena and see the Hard Hitting MMA Action live.  Let's get it on! as  Pacific X-treme Combat 35 will be starting in a few hours.

February 14, 2013

Win a romantic date for two from PRC INC – Summer Lovin’ Romantic Getaway Photo Contest

More than that warm and fuzzy feeling from dear Cupid, Mr. Sunshine’s all prepped up for the coming summer season too! Yes, things are getting really heated up, but PRC INC will about to make it sizzling hot with LOVE!

PRC INC presents… “Summer Lovin’ Romantic Getaway Photo Contest”

Here’s how to join:

1. LIKE the PRC INC page and share the SUMMER LOVIN’ ROMANTIC GETAWAY promo poster on your wall (Make sure that the post is in public visibility setting).

2. PM us a photo of you and your loved one with the theme “MOST ROMANTIC SUMMER GETAWAY” with your NAME, YOUR PARTNER’s NAME, AGE, EMAIL ADDRESS, MOBILE NUMBER and the LOCATION where the photo was taken.

3. All entries must be an original material fully-owned by the sender and should not include watermarks, signatures, frames, date and/or time stamp or any other markings on the photo. (Digital manipulation is not allowed. Enhancements must be limited to basic post-processing such as adjustments of contrast, minimal color-balancing, sharpening, cropping, and dodging and burning)

4. Photo entries may be submitted until February 26, 2013 only. Approved entries shall be posted and 
open for voting on the PRC INC page on February 28, 2013 until March 31, 2013. 

5. Approved photo entry (clear and thematic photo with complete details and a like to the PRC INC page) shall be uploaded to the page for voting.

6. Photo entries shall be judged based on the following CRITERIA (to be judged by three (3) representatives from PRC INC)
- 35% (Creativity); 35% Relevance to the Theme; 30% Votes

7. The TOP 3 Photos who will receive the following prize/s:
- TOP 1 – Overnight Accommodation with Spa Session for Two (2) at Nurture Spa, Tagaytay
- TOP 2 – Romantic Full-Course Dinner for Two (2) at Italianni’s Restaurant
- TOP 3 -  Spa Session for Two at Blue Water Day Spa

8. Contest is open to all Metro Manila and Greater Manila residents of legal age. (Prize/s may only be picked-up from PRC INC office in Greenhills, San Juan or through a special appointment with the company’s representative/s).

9. Contest winner/s shall be notified through email on or before April 5, 2013. Prize/s may be claimed by an authorized person (with an authorization letter from the winner with other identification documents).

10. Employees of PRC INC, and its subsidiaries and affiliates, and their immediate family members, and/or persons living within the same household as the employees (related or not) are not eligible to submit photo entries.

11. PRC INC reserves the right to use the submitted photos for any promotional or publicity efforts related to the promo.

There’s no time to waste… start searching for romantic getaway photos of you and your honey now! This is brought to you by the love struck summer lovin’ folks at PRC INC. Get to know us through our website, http://www.teamprcinc.com or LIKE us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PRCinc

February 13, 2013

The Uber Cutest Valentine's Surprise

Check out the video of a boy named Jacobo, the cutest little boy in the Philippines, as he steals your heart this Valentine's Day. 

This might just be the sweetest thing you'll see this Valentine's.

Happy Heart's Month!

February 11, 2013

ABANGAN ang Suaveng Ahit, Gwapong Schick Barangay Tour sa inyong Barangay!


February 9, 2013
Cupang Covered Court, Ma. Corazon Subdivision, Brgy Cupang, Antipolo City

February 10, 2013
Dagohoy Covered Court, Purok Dagohoy, Bargy UP Campus, Quezon City

February 17, 2013
Parang Covered Court, General B.G. Molina Street, NGI, Parang, Marikina City (beside Parang Brgy Hall)

Suaveng Ahit, Gwapong Schick Barangay Tour Launched

Looking and feeling good is not just about taking care of yourself; it’s about caring for the things around you and the world you live in. This is precisely what razor brand Schick strives to promote with its ongoing Suaveng Ahit, Gwapong Schick Barangay Tour.

As one of the most trusted personal grooming brands for both men and women, Schick goes all out in pushing its advocacy by reaching out to their valued patrons. Through this project, the brand hopes to continue its goal of imparting positivity and self-confidence not only on a personal level but on the community scale.

The tour got off in on a rousing start last December when the caravan rolled into Salamalabanan Subdivision in Imus, Cavite, where the group initiated different activities focused on engaging and educating the community on proper physical grooming, healthy and active lifestyle, and community awareness.

The project was well received and garnered positive feedback from the community—something that Schick hopes to replicate in other locations within the metro. “We could not have asked for a better start to this tour,” says Claire Guevara, Schick senior brand manager. “The Salamalabanan community here in Imus, Cavite was very gracious and receptive to what we were trying to accomplish as a brand. We greatly appreciate the effort and the participation put forth by the community and we hope that the same goes with our next destination.”

The tour will continue to visit designated locations throughout 2013, including communities around the area of Caloocan, Muntinlupa, Antipolo and Quezon City. 

As part of the brand’s continuing mission to make people feel good both inside and out, the tour’s initiatives include activities such as giving free shaves and haircuts to residents, as well as conducting clean-up drives that help encourage community awareness of health and safety among the youth.

In the first leg the tour also hosted competitions that included a three-on-three basketball game, a free-throw and half-court shootout, as well as a dance showdown, all of which promoted good sportsmanship and camaraderie within the community. The winners and participants received cash prizes and gift packs from Schick.

The group stayed true to its promise of reaching out to the grassroots level. Together with celebrity host Regine Tolentino, the caravan visited tricycle terminals, groceries, and sari-sari stores and immersed themselves in the community while handing out free Schick products.

For more information on other tours, prizes, and promos, visit Schick’s website (www.schick.com.ph) or connect with the company via Facebook (facebook.com/schick.ph). For Twitter updates, follow @schicksuave.

February 9, 2013

Learning Experience: Sin of Presumption

Please Take Time to Read

A dog was so faithful that the woman could leave her baby with it and go out to attend other matters. She always returned to find the child soundly asleep with the dog faithfully watching over him. One day something tragic happened.

The woman as usual, left the baby in the "hands" of this faithful dog and went out shopping. When she returned, she discovered rather a nasty scene, there was a total mess. The baby's cot was dismantled, his nappies and clothes torn to shreds with blood stains all over the bedroom where she left the child and the dog. Shocked, the woman wailed as she began looking for the baby.

All of a sudden, she saw the faithful dog emerging from under the bed. It was covered with blood and licking it's mouth as if it had just finished a delicious meal. 

The woman got angry and assumed that the dog had devoured her baby. Without much thought she beat the dog with a wood to death. But as she continued searching for the"remains" of her child, she beheld another scene.

Close to the bed was the baby who, although lying bare floor, was safe and under the bed where the body of a snake was torn to pieces in what had been a fierce battle between the snake and the dog which was now dead. Then reality dawned on the woman who now began to understand what took place in her absence. The dog fought to protect the baby from the ravenous snake.

It was too late for her now to make amends because, in her impatience and anger, she had killed the faithful dog. How often have we misjudged people and torn them to shreds with harsh words and deeds before we have had time to evaluate the situation?

This is called SIN OF PRESUMPTION Presuming things our way without taking the trouble to find out exactly what the situation really is. Little patience can drastically reduce major lifelong mistakes. Who Are You misjudging right now?. Don't think what you think others are thinking. Take time to get the whole truth.

source: Pure Love

February 7, 2013

PXC-35: The Return of a Champion

Harris "The Hitman" Sarmiento is back to defend his PXC Lightweight Championship

PXC is set to rock Manila AGAIN on February 16th, featuring a Lightweight Championship & some of the best rising stars of MMA from the Philippines, Guam, California, Hawaii, Japan, & Korea.

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For people who can’t get enough of action, there’s nothing better than watching a good old fashioned brawl. Come February 16, there is going to be plenty of that and more inside the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City as the Pacific X-treme Combat, Asia Pacific’s biggest and best mixed martial arts organization, once again rolls into the country with PXC-35.

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PXC has already established a name throughout Asia Pacific and its arrival in the Philippines last June 2011 cemented their reign as the premiere MMA organization by attracting the best fighters from the all over the world. With its most recent installment, PXC again makes its way to the Philippines to put a show in front of thousands of MMA fanatics.

“We are very excited to kick off the year with great matchups at PXC-35 in the Philippines,” says PXC CEO, EJ Calvo. “The card features fighters from all over the world along with rising MMA talent from the Philippines,” Calvo adds.

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PXC-35 scheduled 9 action-packed fights to be headlined by a Lightweight title fight between Filipino talents Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento (35-24) and Isaiah Ordiz (2-0). Coming off a disappointing loss to fellow Filipino-American Mark “Mugen” Striegl in PXC-34 last November, the veteran Sarmiento is set to bounce back and defend his belt against the young blood, Ordiz. This is surely a battle between a veteran and future star of the sport.

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In addition, the match between American Alvin Cacdac (11-9) and undefeated Hawaiian Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka also draws attention primarily because the winner will most likely be the next contender for the Flyweight title currently held by Filipino fighter Ale “The Young Gun” Cali.

The PXC-35 fight card also includes Team Lakay’s Troy Bantiag (4-1) vs. Guam’s Tony Reyes (5-5), Japanese Chuji Kato (3-1) vs. Korean Top Team’s Hong Seung Chan (2-0), and Hawaiian Ronald Jhun (24-24) vs. Swede Zebastian Kadestam (3-0).

Other homegrown Filipino talents featured on the night are Dario Banario (2-0) vs. Joseph Mercado (1-1), Ruel Catalan (1-2) vs. Ernesto Montilla Jr. (0-1), Adrian Hillana (1-0) vs. Steve Grandeza (0-1), and Glenn Ranillo (1-2) vs. Mark Billena.

PXC-35 expects nothing but fireworks all night as fighters punch, kick and sprawl their way all for the glory of being crowned PXC victors. “We hope to see everyone at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City on the 16th of February and we promise you that it is going to be an exciting night of fights,” Calvo says.

Pacific X-treme Combat will hold the following events at the Holiday Inn Manila Hotel in Pasig City

Date: February 14, 2013
Venue: Fab Restaurant
Call time: 10:30am
Time: 11am-1pm

Date: February 15, 2013
Venue: Bar One, Holiday Inn Manila Galleria, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Pasig City
Call time: 10:30am
Time: 11am-1pm

PXC-35 is presented by San Mig Strong Ice and Sports 5. With special thanks to E-Games, Fitness First, FHM Philippines, FHM.com.ph, Premiere Condoms, Healthway Agility Phil, Beer Below Zero, Eden NightClub, Real Sports Radio, and Loqal.ph.

For more information on PXC, check out www.pxc.com.ph or www.facebook.com/pxcmma


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