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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Another World Record For World Peace Through Inner Peace

56, 860 candles were initially lit to break the previous world record set by Pakistan in 2009 

Few minutes later, the rest of the candles were lit bringing the total number of candles being lit to 100,000 

Another Guinness World Record has been broken and created in the Queen City of the South, Iloilo in the town of Oton last night Monday, April 14, 2014. The initial lighted candles of 56,680 is enough to set a new world record of largest flaming image using candles previously set by Pakistan on December 10, 2009 with 35,478 candles however minutes later, the rest of the candles were lighted bringing the total number of candles lit to 100,000. This world breaking event is about prayer and meditation spreading the message "World Peace Through Inner Peace" uniting different religious groups - Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, government organizations, non-profit organizations, institutions and most especially the youth. Last year, Iloilo flown 15,185 to set a new world record for the most number of sky lanterns flown previously set by Romania in June 2012 with 12,470 sky lanterns flown. 

Photo Sources: 

Batusay SSC, Iloilo Metropolitan Times thru Batusay SSC 
James Dee Images, Discover Panay Island by Hawili Hurom

World's Most Peaceful Countries

World's Most Peaceful Country 

1.  Denmark
2.  Norway
3.  Singapore
4.  Slovenia
5.  Sweden
6.  Iceland
7.  Belgium
8.  Czech Republic
9.  Switzerland
10. Japan
11. Ireland
12. Finland
13. New Zealand
14. Canada
15. Austria
16. Bhutan
17. Australia
18. Portugal
19. Qatar
20. Mauritius

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Miss USA 2014 Pre-Arrival Favorites

         The 63rd Miss USA 2014 will be held on June 8, 2014 at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Fifty-one (51) contestants representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia will battle it out for the crown of Miss USA 2014 and to represent the United States at the Miss Universe 2014 at a venue and specific date to be announced by the Miss Universe Organization. The reigning Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady of Connecticut will crown her successor at the end of the event. 
         Meanwhile, before the ladies hit the stage and compete for the title, photos of the 51 ladies surfaced on the web and the pageant fans and pundits including me cannot help but make their own favorites or bets for the crown before their arrival and even before they compete. Here is my own list of pre-arrival favorites for the crown. These ladies, whose timeless and effortless beauty, natural elegance and personality in the pictures captured my attention most. So here goes my early favorites for Miss USA 2014!

 1. Florida - Brittany Oldehoff

 2. South Carolina - Christina Zapolski

 3. Tennessee - Kristy Landers Niedenfuer

 4. Wyoming - Lexi Hill

 5. Alabama - Jesica Ahlberg

 6. Connecticut - Desiree Perez

 7. Nebraska - Amanda Soltero

 8. Georgia - Tiana Griggs

 9. North Dakota - Audra Mari

 10. Alaska - Kendall Bautista

 11. Louisiana - Brittany Guidry

 12. Minnesota - Haley O'Brien

 13. Illinois - Lexi Atkins

 14. Maryland - Taylor Burton

 15. New York - Candace Kendall

 16. Utah - Angelia Layton

 17. Iowa - Carlyn Bradarich

 18. Pennsylvania - Valerie Gatto

 19. Montana - Kadie Latimer

 20. New Hampshire - Bridget Brunet

Photo Source: 

Miss Universe Organization, LLP.., LP.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Letania de Loreto IN LATIN

Painting of Litany of Loreto 

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison
Kyrie Eleison
Christie, audinos
Christie, exaudi nos

Pater de Caelis Deus-Miserere
Fili redemtor mundi Deus
Spiritu Sancte Deus
Sancti Trinitas unus Deus
Sancta Maria – ORA PRO NOBIS

Sancta Dei Genetrix
Sancta Virgo Virginum
Mater Christi
Mater Divinae Gratiae
Mater Purissima
Mater Castissima
Mater Inviolata
Mater Intermerata
Mater Immaculata
Mater Amabilis
Mater Craetoris
Mater Salvatoris
Virgo Prudentissima
Virgo Veneranda
Virgo Praedicanda
Virgo Potens
Virgo Clemens
Virgo Fidelis
Speculum Justiciae
Sedes Sapientiae
Causa nostrae laetitiae
Vas Spirituale – ORA PRO NOBIS
Vas Honorabile
Vas Insigne Devotionis
Rosa Mystica
Turris Davidica
Turris Eburnea
Domus Aurea
Fedelis Arca
Janua Caeli
Stella Matutina
Salus Informorum
Refugium Pecatorum
Consolatrix Afflictorum
Auxilium Christianorum
Regina Augelorum
Regina Patriarcarum
Regina Profetarum
Regina Apostolorum
Regina Martirum
Regina Confesorum
Regina Virginum
Regina Sacratisimi Rosarili

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata
Mundi – parce novis comine

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata
Mundi – Exe audinus domine

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata
Mundi – Miserere nobis

Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei
Genitrix Ut digni officiamur
Promissionibus Christi.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

RISING DRAGON OF THE SOUTH - Two Newest Building Projects To Be Constructed In Iloilo City

Two of the newest planned and proposed construction projects in Iloilo City, Philippines

New Residential and Commercial Complex to be constructed in Iloilo City 

Proposed Mall In Iloilo City

Monday, March 31, 2014

THREE TIME'S A CHARM: Determined Woman Wins Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2014!

Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Winners: (From Left To Right): Hannah Ruth Sison (2nd runner-up), Parul Shah (Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2014), Kris Tiffany Janson (Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014), Mary Jean Lastimosa (Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2014), Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti (Binibining Pilipinas International 2014), Yvethe Marie Santiago (Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014), Laura Victoria Lehman (1st runner-up) (Rappler)

Announcement of Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Winners (ABS-CBN Online)         

          A strong-willed, determined woman was crowned Binibining Pilipinas 2014 in a glittering ceremony Sunday, March 30 held at the Araneta "The Big Dome" Coliseum filled with screaming, adoring fans. A pageant veteran, the 26-year old Mary Jean Lastimosa from Tulunan, North Cotabato bested 39 other lovely contestants to finally capture the elusive Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2014 on her third and last attempt. Visibly shaken when she was announced as the winner, she was crowned by reigning Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela and Binibining Pilipinas 2013 and Miss Universe 2013 third runner-up, Ariella Arida. On her final question asked by the reigning Miss Universe 2013 about the advantage of a woman, she talked about composure of standing firm in front of the audience despite the yells and rants celebrating womanhood. This is her third attempt at the Binibining Pilipinas crown. She previously competed at Binibining Pilipinas 2011 and 2012 editions earning her a second runner up and Top 15 finalist finish, respectively. She was also Miss Kadayawan 2008 in Davao City and Reyna ng Aliwan 2008 in Intramuros, Manila. She represented the Philippines in Miss ASEAN 2012 in Thailand where she was among the Top 10 finalists.  Earlier in the night, she also garnered the special award Best in Swimsuit. Binibining Pilipinas International 2014 went to Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti from Taguig City, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 went to Kris Tiffany Janson of Cebu, Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014 went to Yvethe Marie Santiago of Albay and Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2014 went to Parul Shah of Pangasinan. 1st runner-up went to Laura Victoria Lehman and second runner-up is Hannah Ruth Sison both from Makati City. The singer who performed at the Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, Azerbaijan-born Emin serenaded all the forty (40) contestants in the evening gown shortly before the announcement of Top 15 finalists who will answer the final question. The pageant was hosted by Anne Curtis and Xian Lim with color commentators Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup and Janine Tugonon with telecast by ABS-CBN and The Filipino Channel worldwide. Paula Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization was among the special guests. Here is the complete result:

Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2014 - Mary Jean Lastimosa of North Cotabato

Binibining Pilipinas International 2014 - Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti of Taguig City

Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2014 - Kris Tiffany Janson of Cebu

Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014 - Yvethe Marie Santiago of Albay

Binibining Pilipinas Tourism 2014 - Parul Shah of Pangasinan

1st runner-up - Laura Victoria Lehman of Makati City

2nd runner-up - Hannah Ruth Sison of Makati City


Binibini No. 1   - Julian Aurine Flores - Manila
Binibini No. 3   - Joanna Angelica Romero - Camarines Sur
Binibini No. 8   - Pia Wurtzbach - Misamis Oriental
Binibini No. 23  - Nichole Marie Manalo - Parañaque City
Binibini No. 16  - Zahara Soriano - Pasig City
Binibini No. 14  - Emma Mary Tiglao - Pampanga
Binibini No. 20  - Kenneth Santiago - Nueva Ecija
Binibini No. 19  - Mae Liezel Ramos - Camarines Sur

Special Awards:

Ambassadress of PLDT Home DSL    - Binibini #25 – Mary Jane Lastimosa (North Cotabato)

Binibini Friendship   - Binibini #21 - Racquel Kabigting (Bataan)

Binibini Talent          - Binibini #33 - Gabrielle Erika Tilokani (Mandaluyong City)

Binibini Best in National Costume  -Binibini #13 - Kris Tiffany Janson (Cebu)

Face of Bb. Pilipinas (Photogenic) - Binibini #13 - Kris Tiffany Janson (Cebu)

Lactacyd's Binibini Best in Swimsuit - Binibini #25 - Mary Jean Lastimosa (North Cotabato)

Binibini Best in Long Gown - Binibini #22 - Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti (Taguig City)

People's Choice Award - Binibini #25 - Mary Jean Lastimosa (North Cotabato)

Miss Philippine Airlines - Binibini #8 - Pia Wurtzbach (Misamis Oriental)

She's So Jag Award  - Binibini #8 - Pia Wurtzbach (Misamis Oriental)

Binibining Avon  - Binibini #35 - Yvethe Marie Santiago (Albay)

Miss Creamsilk  - Binibini #35 - Yvethe Marie Santiago (Albay)

Bb. Manila Bulletin Readers' Choice Award - Binibini #39 - Ladylyn Riva (Aklan)


Gabriela Isler – Miss Universe 2013 from Venezuela
Jeron Teng –  De La Salle University Green Archers UAAP men's basketball player
Adam Laker – General Manager, Sofitel Philippine Plaza
Cory Vidanes – Channel Head, ABS-CBN
William Christopher – Consul Officer, United States Embassy
Gregory Domingo – Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry
Kevin L. Tan – Vice President, Megaworld Corporation
Korina Sanchez – News Anchor and Chief Correspondent, ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs
Carlo Katigbak – CEO, Skycable
Julio Camarena – Mexican Ambassador to the Philippines
Juan Edgardo Angara – Senator


Anne Curtis - Showtime host and actress, Dyesebel
Xian Lim  - actor

Color Commentators:

Venus Raj - Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up
Shamcey Supsup - Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up
Janine Tugonon - Miss Universe 2012 1st runner-up

Telecast: ABS-CBN, The Filipino Channel


Photo Source: 


Sunday, March 30, 2014

20 Years Of Internet Connection In The Philippines

It's the 20th year anniversary of Philippines connection to the world through Internet started on March 29, 1994.

Altavista, Lycos, Yehey, Webcrawler are just some of the Filipino search engines in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Mozcom is the first commercial Internet service provider in the Philippines founded in 1994 by William "Bill" Torres, regarded as the Father of Philippine Internet and Willy Gan.

 mIRC, is the most popular Internet chat room in the Philippines

          Twenty years ago on March 29, 1994, the Philippines finally gets connected to the world through the Internet. The Internet first made its connection to the Philippines on March 29, 1994. On that date the Philippine Network Foundation (PHNet) connected the country and its people to Sprint in the United States via a 64 kbit/s link. 

          Here are just some of the significant dates in the history of the Internet in the Philippines: 

August 1986: The first Philippine-based, public-access BBS [bulletin board system], First-Fil RBBS went online with an annual subscription fee of P1,000. A precursor to the local online forum, it ran an open-source BBS software on an IBM XT Clone PC with a 1200bps modem and was operated by Dan Angeles and Ed Castañeda.

1987: The Philippine FidoNet Exchange, a local network for communication between several BBSes in Metro Manila, was formed.

1990: A committee helmed by Arnie del Rosario of the Ateneo Computer Technology Center was tasked with exploring the possibility of creating an academic network of universities and government institutions by the National Computer Center under Dr. William Torres. Recommendations were made but not implemented.

1991-1993: Emergence of email gateways and services in the Philippines, including some from multinational companies like Intel, Motorola, and Texas Instruments, which used a direct Internet connection, X.25, or UCCP protocol. Local firms ETPI, Philcom, and PLDT also operated commercial X.25 networks. Another milestone: Local and international email to FidoNet users was introduced.

June 1993: With the support of the Department of Science and Technology and the Industrial Research Foundation, the Philnet project (now PHNET) was born. The Philnet technical committee, composed of computer buffs working at the DOST and representatives from the Ateneo de Manila University (Richie Lozada and Arnie del Rosario), De La Salle University (Kelsey Hartigan-Go), University of the Philippines Diliman (Rodel Atanacio and Rommel Feria), and University of the Philippines Los Baños, would eventually play a significant role in connecting the Philippines to the World Wide Web.

July 1993: Phase one of the Philnet project shifted into full gear after receiving funding from the DOST. It proved to be successful, as students from partner universities were able to send emails to the Internet by routing them through Philnet's gateway at the Ateneo, which was connected to another gateway at the Victoria University of Technology in Australia.

November 1993: An additional P12.5-million grant for the first year's running cost was awarded by the DOST to buy equipment and lease communication lines needed to kickstart the second phase of Philnet, now led by Dr. Rudy Villarica.

March 29, 1994, 1:15 a.m.: Benjie Tan, who was working for ComNet, a company that supplied Cisco routers to the Philnet project, established the Philippine's first connection to the Internet at a PLDT network center in Makati City. Shortly thereafter, he posted a short message to the Usenet newsgroup soc.culture.filipino to alert Filipinos overseas that a link had been made. His message read: "As of March 29,1994 at 1:15 am Philippine time, unfortunately 2 days late due to slight technical difficulties, the Philippines was FINALLY connected to the Internet via SprintLink. The Philippine router, a Cisco 7000 router was attached via the services of PLDT and Sprint communications to SprintLink's router at Stockton Ca. The gateway to the world for the Philippines will be via NASA Ames Research Center. For now, a 64K serial link is the information highway to the rest of the Internet world."

March 29, 1994, 10:18 a.m.: "We're in," Dr. John Brule, a Professor Emeritus in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Syracuse University, announced at The First International E-Mail Conference at the University of San Carlos in Talamban, Cebu, signifying that Philnet's 64 kbit/s connection was live.

2012 - The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, codified as Republic Act No. 10175, criminalized cybersquatting, cybersex, child pornography, identity theft, illegal access to data and libel. The act has been criticized for its provision on criminalizing libel, which is perceived to be a curtailment in freedom of expression. After several petitions submitted to the Supreme Court of the Philippines questioned the constitutionality of the Act, the Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order on October 9, 2012, stopping implementation of the Act for 120 days.

2013 - A Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom has been filed in the Philippine legislature to, among others, repeal Republic Act No. 10175.



Saturday, March 22, 2014


          Just a week from now, Binibining Pilipinas 2014 will take place on March 30 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Forty (40) contestants from around the Philippines will compete for the following titles: Binibining Pilipinas-Universe, Binibining Pilipinas-International, Binibining Pilipinas-Supranational, Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism and the newest title up for grab is Binibining Pilipinas-Intercontinental. The two month long competition saw the girls actively participating and enjoying some of the activities of the pageant most especially socio-civic activities as well as fashion shows and sponsors visits. After most of the activities has just concluded, there are consistent stand out in the bunch of beautiful ladies. Although, some Binibini contestants who were not included in this list were just a little bit short of making a good impression to make it they might still pull some surprises in the finals since all of them will compete on March 30 finals in both swimsuit and evening gown competition to find out who will make it as finalists who will answer the final question and from there, the Top 5 who will get the five (5) coveted titles. There are still possible spoilers and usurpers in the finals. 

          Here are the Binibini women to watch out for whom Watchful Eyes Of A Silhouette blog believe gave some stunning impressions towards the conclusion of the event and my ratings for them. 

Note: Play the Youtube music video of Kylie Minogue's Into The Blue while reading this article. See also all of the contestants in the Youtube video below.

The HOT FIVE To Watch Out: 

North Cotabato - Mary Jean Lastimosa (Binibini No. 25) - 92.359

Misamis Oriental - Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (Binibini No. 8) - 90.53

Mindoro Oriental - Diana Arevalo (Binibini No. 17) - 89.871

Taguig City - Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti (Binibini No. 22) - 89.83

Albay - Yvethe Marie Santiago (Binibini No. 35) - 89.734

Barging / Closing In 

Pangasinan - Parul Shah (Binibini No. 4) - 89.59

Makati City - Hannah Ruth Sison (Binibini No. 27) - 88.682

Mandaluyong City - Angelique Celine De Leon (Binibini No. 31) - 88.293

Marikina City - Kimverlyn Suiza (Binibini No. 15) - 88.28

Makati City - Laura Victoria Lehmann (Binibini No. 11) - 87.811

Nueva Ecija - Kenneth Santiago (Binibini No. 20) - 87.615

Manila - Julian Aurine Flores (Binibini No. 1) - 87.489

Las Piñas City - Ellore Noelle Punzalan (Binibini No. 18) - 87.393

Aklan - Ladylyn Riva (Binibini No. 39) - 87.159

Pangasinan - Joy Antonette Diaz (Binibini No. 9) - 87.069

Special Mentions: 

Pampanga - Emma Mary Tiglao (Binibini No. 14) - 87.067
Sultan Kudarat - Aiza Faeldonia (Binibini No. 7) - 86.987
Cebu - Kris Tiffany Janson (Binibini No. 13) - 86.961
Bulacan - Krystal Alonday (Binibini No. 36) - 86.683
Benguet - Shauna Indra Salina Curran (Binibini No. 10) - 86.476


Photo Source:

ABS-CBN Official Youtube Account - Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Promotional

JAG JEANS Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Official Glamshots 

Binibining Pilipinas Inc.