Ateneo Blue Eagles – 2008 UAAP basketball champions!

Ateneo Blue EaglesCongratulations to the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles for winning the UAAP Season 71 men’s basketball championship series today against the De La Salle University Green Archers! YES!!!

The Loyola-based Eagles pulled off a series championship sweep to dethrone the Taft-based Archers, who were last year’s champs.

The Eagles last won the seniors championship in 2002.

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Related News:

1. Inquirer.net – Ateneo bags UAAP crown
2. GMANews.TV – Trademark ‘D’ catapults Ateneo to top of UAAP
3. ABS-CBNNews.com – Six year wait ends as Ateneo wins UAAP basketball crown

Get rid of catering budget problems once and for all

Do you want to host an event but find your catering budget tight?

After many years of prodding by family and friends, Conne and her mom finally set up their own food catering and events management business in the Philippines, called Caterrific Catering Services. And their take on catering is that having a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to “get what you pay for”. You can get quality food and service for less.

So, if you’re looking for a food caterer to cover your corporate or personal event, why don’t you try Caterrific out? One thing’s for sure, they won’t use any melamine-laced dairy products!

They’re more than a caterer, they’re Caterrific!

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Caterrific Webiste: http://www.caterrific.ph

Milk, melamine and China-made products – What now?

What milk does your child drink? Our son, CJ, currently drinks NIDO, a milk product produced by Nestle Philippines.

As a parent, the ongoing milk scare brought about by Chinese-made milk that are tainted with melamine, a toxic substance, caused us so much concern.

Our fears have somewhat been allayed by Nestle Philippines’ recent announcement assuring the safety of their milk products.

According to Nestle’s website, the other products that they produce or carry aside from NIDO are the following: BEAR BRAND, NESLAC, NESTOGEN, NESVITA, and NESTLÉ.  They also import NAN 1 from the Netherlands, NAN 2 and 3, from Switzerland, and NAN HW 1 and 2 from Germany.

Well, at least that’s one less milk-related item to worry about, now the problem is what of other milk-based products circulating our Philippine markets (pastries, milk snacks, candies, etc)? What do we do now?

I’m sorry, but you can’t blame me if I stay clear of Chinese-made or Chinese-sounding products for the meantime. Melamine-tainted milk, formalin-laced white rabbit candies, toxic lead-laced toy paints and defective christmas lights are more than we can handle for now, thank you.

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Related blog entry:
Warning: Do you know what milk products have melamine?

In the news:
1. Philippine Daily Inquirer: Ban on China milk eyed
2. ABS-CBN News: Nestle assures safety of milk products
3. GMA News: Arroyo orders temporary ban on China-made milk products

Why commemorative plates in the Philippines are useless

PGH 100 - Philippine Commemorative Plate

Do you own Philippine commemorative license plates? I bought and used a valid PGH 100 commemorative plate last year but have recently been forced to toss it aside. It’s sad since I can’t even use the dang thing as paperweight!

Ever since the authorities decided to change the rule earlier this year on how these plates should be displayed – you’re now not allowed to superimpose commemorative plates on top of regular plates, but must have both plates visible at the front – you can just imagine how utterly ridiculous the outcome would be depending on the owner’s interpretation of the ruling. You can see some owners forcing the issue by placing the plates either side-by-side, or by setting the commemorative plate literally on the top of the regular one. I guess they wanted to make the most out of their investment, and you can’t blame them. The majority though decided to do away with the commemorative plates altogether, for the sake of aesthetics.

The cops even had a heyday apprehending “violators” (me included *sigh*) as a result of the new ruling. And a few unscrupulous ones even had the gall to threaten and/or extort bribe money from the poor and unsuspecting, innocent commemorative plate owner.

Given the above, I wonder how the new batch of commemorative plates will fare. Are the new ones worth buying at all? I don’t think so.

Browse the web the Google Chrome way

Google recently released the beta version of their new web browser named Google Chrome.

I installed it a few hours ago and found its features to be excellent in terms of security, ease of use and performance! It looks like the Google guys have another hit in their hands!

The problem is now I can’t decide which browser to use, Firefox or Google Chrome. 🙂

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Related Reading:
Official Google Blog: A fresh take on the browser