Mar
26
2012

Andy Bowen, project manager and principal developer of the Nereus, an ROV that explored Challenger Deep in 2009, said a manned mission also has the potential to inspire public imagination in a way a robot can’t.

“It’s difficult to anthropomorphize machines in a way that engages everyone’s imagination—not in the same way that having boots on the ground, so to speak, can do,” said Bowen, who’s not an expedition member.

Biological oceanographer Lisa Levin, also at Scripps, said that the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE program’s potential for generating public interest in deep-ocean science is as important as any new species Cameron might have discovered.

“I consider Cameron to be doing for the trenches what Jacques Cousteau did for the ocean many decades ago,” said Levin, who’s part of the team but did not participate in the seagoing expedition.

At a time of fast-shrinking funds for undersea research, “what scientists need is the public support to be able to continue exploration and research of the deep ocean,” Levin said.

(Video: Cameron Dive First Attempt in Over 50 Years.)

Perhaps referring to his friend’s most recent movie, expedition physician MacInnis called Cameron a real-world “avatar.”

“He’s down there on behalf of everybody else on this planet,” he said. “There are seven billion people who can’t go, and he can. And he’s aware of that.”

For his part, Cameron seems sure that the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER will be exploring the depths for a long time to come. In fact, he’s so confident in his star vehicle, he started mulling sequels even before today’s trench dive.

Phase two might include adding a thin fiber-optic tether to the ship, which “would allow science observers at the surface to see the images in real time,” said Cameron, a National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence.

via James Cameron Completes Record-Breaking Mariana Trench Dive.

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Mar
25
2012

It was without a doubt, a drama worth telling. Carlos Celdran was questioned of his performative tour and was distanced to the Art Dubai hallway in order to finish his on-going tour. With everyone’s amazement, the content of his tour was scrutinized. He was ordered to do his act in front of five men in a close door room where they justify if Carlos somehow talks of Arab nations. As he was released he was told to alter any religious and political content of his tour.

I remember in one of his stop, Carlos talked about the Tripoli Peace Agreement between former Libya leader Ghaddafi and Mrs. Imelda Marcos. In that particular context Carlos told his audience that Mrs. Marcos held a Koran with her as she spoke these words to Ghadafi “Islam is all about peace, but if you are funding a war in my country you are turning Filipino to fight against Filipino, you are also turning Muslim to fight against Muslim. If you are doing this, how then are you following Mohammed?”

via No green light for Carlos Celdran’s last performative tour in Art Dubai « mARTching thoughts.

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Jan
26
2010

Of all the candidates I believe Gibo wins the person I’d love to hang out in a coffee shop with!

Manifesto For Positive Campaigning

January 27th, 2010 by Paula Nocon

We, the supporters, volunteers and friends of former Defense Secretary Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro, vow to uphold the principles of POSITIVE CAMPAIGNING this election season. These principles shall unite us and guide us through this adventure that has brought us all together, inspire us throughout this journey, and lead us to victory.

We recognize, we believe, we affirm:

- that we have chosen our CANDIDATE because he represents what is best and excellent in all of us, because he champions our greatness rather than our mediocrity, because he is a visionary of means and not just a dreamer of ends, because we recognize the potential in him just as we recognize the potential in ourselves;

- that our VOTE is sacred. We do not take our vote for granted, for we are aware that millions around the world do not enjoy the privilege of electing their own leaders, and therefore do not have a say in mapping out their own destiny. Our vote ennobles us, reminds us that we can choose, we can decide and we can exercise our freedom to evolve our democracy to greater heights, as we give our full support to leaders who can serve the highest ideals of democracy;

- that this is a CAMPAIGN that does not stop with our candidate, nor does it end on Election Day. It is a deeper movement, a paradigm shift, that calls for the raising of awareness of every Filipino, the enlightenment of our entire race, so that we may pull ourselves out of a culture seeped in negativity and divisiveness, and enjoy the benefits of higher consciousness;

- that we align with POSITIVITY rather than negativity. We focus on our country’s innate wealth, rather than endemic poverty; we choose to be balanced, rather than extreme; we see opportunities in every problem; we are constructive and not destructive; we would rather defend than attack; we do not manipulate or persuade, but we educate; we do not struggle, but we strive; we see the long view rather than the immediate. We choose our words carefully, because through thought, act, deed and speech we convey our compassion, our sincerity and our tolerance, and our capacity to heal our wounded nation;

- that we are in this endeavor because we love our COUNTRY, and we are eager to find our true place in the world. Our sense of country is not limited to just our islands, but to the Filipinos found in every corner of the globe, for the influence of the Filipino is actually planetary. Our sense of “what is Filipino” goes beyond region, dialect and citizenship, and deeper into what we can do for our country, more than what it can do for us, what we can do for the world, than what the world can do for us;

- that the ENVIRONMENT is the most pressing underlying factor behind the exigency of our present cause; that we are the Green Team; that we support Life and never exploit Life; that we shall always consider the preservation of our natural resources, the cleanliness of our surroundings, and the love of Nature in every exercise of our campaign, for it is our positive mindset which is needed to save our planet from irreversible destruction;

- that GOD, or a Higher Power, inspires us in all these things; that the victory of a President is not just prescribed by the number of votes garnered or the efficiency of his campaign, but by the guiding hand of destiny and invisible forces we cannot fully explain; and so we fully align ourselves with this Power, which is embodied in Truth, in Justice, and in Peace, because this is what prevails, and we shall, absolutely, prevail.

SO HELP US GOD.

via Manifesto For Positive Campaigning | Filipino Voices.

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Jan
03
2010

Hero cop in Baleno 9 sinking honoredBy Abigail KwokINQUIRER.netFirst Posted 10:01:00 01/04/2010Filed Under: Disasters general, Heroism, Police, Maritime AccidentsMANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police on Monday honored a young policeman who helped in the rescue of passengers of the ill-fated MV Baleno 9, which sunk off Batangas City on December 26.Police Officer 2 Mark Valliant Rey of the 405th regional mobile group was awarded the Medalya ng Kadakilaan PNP Heroism Medal during the flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame for saving the lives of dozens of passengers of the ill-fated ferry.Rey was also on board the ill-fated ferry when it sank off Isla Verda in Batangas City Saturday night.Immediately, Rey assisted passengers in wearing life vests and boarding life craft.After waiting for almost an hour at sea, stranded passengers spotted the MV Baleno 5 a mile away from the site.

via Hero cop in Baleno 9 sinking honored – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

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Dec
23
2009

Published platforms

December 23, 2009 by mlq3

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See my previous entries, Platforms and Platform time begins November 30.

In chronological order, the platforms thus far, are the following.

via Published platforms : Manuel L. Quezon III: The Daily Dose.

Manolo Quezon is a gem. He has compiled all published platforms of Presidential Candidates to the 2010 National Elections of the Philippines.

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Dec
19
2009

Man killed trying to patch up quarreling neighbors

By Julie M. Aurelio

Philippine Daily Inquirer

First Posted 16:14:00 12/19/2009

MANILA, Philippines—A man was hacked to death with a Samurai sword as he tried to patch things up between two men who were arguing on a street named Peaceful in a depressed area in Quezon City, police4 said Saturday.

The victim, Alvin Afable, died of several hack and stab wounds sustained in the incident, which happened at around 6 p.m. on Peaceful St. in Area 4, in the village of Bagong Silangan.

Police said Afable, 24, was simply trying to mediate between two men having an argument when a brother of one of the men arrived and mistook him for an enemy.

Chief Inspector Benjamin Elenzano Jr of the Quezon City Police District’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit said they were able to arrest one of the brothers, identified as Raymund Bongalesa, 29.

Bongalesa’s older brother, 31-year-old Ryan, allegedly came in defense of his brother and mistook Afable as one of the men Raymund was arguing with, Elenzano said.

via Man killed trying to patch up quarreling neighbors – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

In honor of someone who tried to do something good and died for it!

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Nov
15
2009

Whatever more happens, politics, fall from grace I will choose to remember when he was fighting in the ring.  Quoting from “For The Love Of The Game”. “You and that game, you’re perfect together!”

Pacquiao TKOs Cotto, makes history

INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer

First Posted 13:34:00 11/15/2009

Filed Under: Sport, Boxing, Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 3) Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao made history Sunday (Manila time) when he bagged the welterweight title, his seventh in as many divisions, via technical knockout of Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, the reigning champion in that division.

Kenny Bayless, the referee of the match, stopped the fight at 2:04-minute mark of the 12th round declaring Pacquiao the winner in the fight held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pacquiao bucked a size disadvantage against Cotto on his way to becoming the first fighter to win world titles in seven divisions.

Pacquiao has won the world championships in the flyweight (112 pounds), super bantamweight (122 lb), featherweight (126 lb), super featherweight (130 lb), lightweight (135 lb), and light welterweight (140 lb).

No man has won seven world titles in seven weight divisions and only five boxers have won six – Pacquiao, Oscar de la Hoya, Thomas Hearns, Hector Camacho, and James Toney.

via Pacquiao TKOs Cotto, makes history – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

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Oct
30
2009

I used to believe that this would set a bad precedent and would fracture the Philippines;  but recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that if we want to survive the modern world as a nation we better really learn to embrace our differences while we embrace our similarities. I use to doubt we could. I do not know what has changed either within me or outside of me but I am more hopeful now that we can.

Good job PGMA , we almost never see eye to eye but praise to whom praise is deserved.

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Sep
28
2009

An 18-year-old construction worker braved rampaging floods in the Philippines to save more than 30 people, but ended up sacrificing his life in a last trip to rescue a baby girl and her mother who were being swept away on a styrofoam box.

Desperate relief effort amid rising death toll

Family members and people who Muelmar Magallanes saved have hailed the young man a hero, as his body lay in a coffin at a makeshift evacuation centre near their destroyed Manila riverside village.

via Philippine man loses own life after saving dozens from floods.

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Sep
22
2009

Balangay crew rescues woman in Romblon

By DJ Yap

Philippine Daily InquirerFirst Posted 18:42:00 09/22/2009

MANILA, Philippines – The 21st day of a sea adventure aboard the “balangay” precolonial boat turned into an impromptu rescue mission as the intrepid crew rolled into a remote island off Romblon Monday and came upon an old woman on the brink of death.On the island of Maestro de Campo, the balangay expedition members saved 68-year-old Aurora Tomining, who was suffering from a heart condition coupled with pneumonia, team leader Art Valdez said in a phone call to the Inquirer.“She was in very critical condition when we came. There was no hospital on the island, and the last time a doctor was here was one year ago,” he said.An emergency rescue operation was launched with the help of Capt. Ferdinand Velasco and his crew aboard Coast Guard search-and-rescue vessel no. 3502, Valdez said.“She had to be flown in by helicopter to Manila. I heard she was already in Manila by Tuesday,” he said.

via Balangay crew rescues woman in Romblon – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

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