Day 334/335 Christmas Spirit

Day 334/335 Christmas Spirit


December 1, 2011

Day 334/365

My First Reindeer



The Christmas breeze is now on the air. The bright lights adornment everywhere simply says its Christmas time! The songs and melodies that promotes joy, peace and love for everyone surely touches every heart for excitement,unity, celebration and remembering that we have a God that truly loves us and was brought on this world to save and redeem us.

As I count the days for the first Christmas Day for my first born, it is truly exciting and surely an all year round celebration with God pouring blessings and glory!


December 2, 2011

Day 335/365

Christmas Tree



The History of Christmas Trees

Evergreens have been associated with seasonal celebrations since ancient times.

Seasonal celebrations occur at the time of winter solstice.

Evergreens have been used as symbols by various nationalities and/or religious groups, including: Egyptians, Romans, Druids, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Spaniards and Slovaks.

Yule log traditions contributed to superstitions, as well as the traditions of gift giving and decorating the log or tree.


Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries people believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits and illness.
Winter Solstice

In the Northern hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year falls on December 21 or December 22 and is called the winter solstice. Many ancient peoples believed that the sun was a god and that winter came every year because the sun god had become sick and weak. They celebrated the solstice because it meant that at last the sun god would begin to get well. Evergreen boughs reminded them of all the green plants that would grow again when the sun god was strong and summer would return.

The Ancient Egyptians

The ancient Egyptians worshipped a god called Ra, who had the head of a hawk and who wore the sun as a blazing disc in his crown. At the solstice, when Ra began to recover from the illness, the Egyptians filled their homes with green palm rushes which symbolized for them the triumph of life over death.

The Ancient Romans

Across the Mediterranean Sea, the early Romans marked the solstice with a feast called the Saturnalia in honour of Saturn, the god of agriculture. The Romans knew that the solstice meant that soon farms and orchards would be green and fruitful. To mark the occasion, they decorated their homes and temples with evergreen boughs. The Saturnalia was a special time of peace and equality when wars could not be declared, when slaves and masters could eat at the same table, and when gifts were exchanged as a symbol of affection and brotherhood.

The Celts and Vikings

In Northern Europe the mysterious Druids, the priests of the ancient Celts, also decorated their temples with evergreen boughs as a symbol of everlasting life. The fierce Vikings in Scandanavia thought that evergreens were the special plant of the sun god, Balder. Many historians believe that our word for Yule came from the Norse word, ‘rol’, the Gothic word ‘hiul’ or the Saxon work ‘hweol’ all of which mean wheel and refer to the cycles of the sun.

The Yule Log

When families bring home their Christmas tree from a sales lot or a choose-and-cut tree farm, they are following a tradition that is more than a thousand years old. “Bringing in the Yule log” was a ritual that began in Great Britain and that spread throughout Europe, eventually reaching North America. On Christmas Eve, the large central trunk of a great tree was dragged from the forest. Everyone in the family, both adults and children, helped with the job by pulling on the ropes. When the log was finally brought into the house, it was thrown on the family fireplace where it burned for the 12 days of Christmas. Many superstitions surrounded the log: it had to be ignited the first time a flame was put to it or bad luck would surely follow; it had to be lit with a stick saved from the fire from the year before or the house would burn down; and unless charcoal from the great fire was kept under the family beds for the following year, the house might be struck by lightning. As the Yule log spread through Europe it acquired many customs and many names. In Ireland, it was called “bloc na Nodleg”, or Christmas block. In Spain, children followed the log as it was dragged through the village, beating it with sticks to drive out the evil spirits; they were rewarded with gifts of nuts and chocolates by people who lived along the way. In the Balkan areas of Europe, women decorated the log with red silk, gold wire, needles and flowers before it was thrown into the fire. Hardly anyone burns a Yule log anymore, but some memories of it remain. In French homes, instead of Christmas cake, children enjoy a rich chocolate roll covered with a dark brown frosting that looks just like bark. Sometimes the “buche de Noel”, or Christmas log, is decorated with frosted berries and holly needles, or with marzipan mushrooms, as a reminder of the great logs that were once dragged from the forest.

Paradise Trees

In the fourteenth century, when hardly anyone knew how to read, churches held “miracle plays” to tell the people in villages and towns stories from the Bible. Special plays were held at special times of the year, in accordance with the early Christian Calendar of Saints. The play that was held every December 24, which was Adam and Eve’s Day, was about the Garden of Eden. The play showed how Eve was tempted by the serpent, how she picked the apple from the forbidden tree and how the couple was expelled from Paradise. The time of year that the play was held created a problem for the actors and the organizers of the play. How do you find an apple tree with needles on it in the middle of the winter? In Germany, someone solved the problem by cutting down an evergreen tree, probably a spruce or pine, and tying apples onto it. As well, the tree was hung with round white wafers to remind the audience that even though Adam and Eve were expelled from Paradise, the birth of the baby Jesus Christ would bring redemption. The idea of a Christmas tree hung with apples amused people in Germany so much that before long many families were setting up Paradiesbaum, or Paradise trees, in their own homes. The custom persisted long after the miracle plays were no longer performed. Ever since, red and green, the colours of apples hanging on a pine tree, have been the official colours of the festive season

The Christmas Tree

As the years passed the trees were loaded with many more things to eat in addition to apples. Gilded nuts and gingerbread cookies were hidden in the tree while marzipan candies, shaped like fruits and vegetables, were hung from the boughs. Brightly decorated eggshells, cut in half and filled with tiny candies, were set in the tree like birdnests. So many sweets were hung from the tree that some people called it “the sugar tree”. On the Twelfth Night of Christmas, January 6, when it was believed that the Magi arrived in Bethlehem bearing gifts, the tree was shaken and the children finally were allowed to eat the sweets that fell from the tree. The wafers once hung on the Paradise tree were replaced with cookies in the form of hearts, bells, angels and stars. With time, perhaps because so many decorations were eaten before the tree was taken down, the cookies were replaced with decorations made out of thin, painted metal. When families in colder climates combined the decorations on the Paradiesbaum with the candles on a conifer tree, they created the Christmas tree that is still found in homes today.

The First Christmas Tree in Canada

The first Christmas tree in Canada was set up in Sorel, Quebec in 1781 by Baron Friederick von Riedesel. The baron, who was born in Germany, selected a handsome balsam fir from the forests that surrounded his home and decorated it with white candles. The next recorded use of a Christmas tree appears in Halifax in 1846, when William Pryor, a local merchant, cut down an evergreen and decorated it with glass ornaments imported from Germany to please his German wife. After that, the custom spread quickly as German and British pioneers settled throughout the growing nation.

Christmas in the Provinces

Christmas in Canada, in the 19th Century, was often a rough and ready affair: In Newfoundland, a new twist had been added to the custom of bringing in a huge Yule Log that would burn for the twelve days of Christmas; the Newfoundlanders threw a piece of the flaming log over the roof of their homes in the belief that this would protect the inhabitants from fire during the coming year. In Quebec, children hung stockings beside the tree on Christmas eve in the belief that they would be filled by the Christ child; until well into this century, French-Canadian children waited until New Year’s Day to receive the rest of their presents. In Ontario, Christmas was observed in the manner of Victorian England. Carol singers roamed from house to house, brilliantly coloured Christmas cards were exchanged, and banquet tables were laden with roast beef, plum pudding, and boar’s head. In 1882, the Toronto newspaper, The Globe, reported that nearly a million Christmas gifts had been sold that year in the city. In the newly settled Prairie provinces, Christmas dinner was like nothing ever seen in Europe. Fish browned in buffalo marrow, boiled buffalo hump, beaver tail and buffalo veal were just as likely to be the centrepieces of a Christmas feast as roast turkey. After supper, young people would put on their “steels” to go skating on a pond or nearby frozen river. In British Columbia, in the week before Christmas, loggers came down from the mountains, where they had worked for months cutting down the gigantic Douglas firs, to settlements along the coast where they would gather to celebrate the holiday.

Getting a REAL Christmas Tree

The seasonal tradition that is celebrated in Canada today has borrowed many customs from many lands, but families who have come from all over the world have adopted the Christmas tree as the symbol and centrepiece of the festive season. As much as decorating the tree, choosing the tree has become a tradition of its own. Bundled in boots and winter coats, families walk through the snow to Christmas tree lots in the city or drive to farms in the country in search of the right tree. On some choose-and-cut farms, the growers may welcome the family with hot chocolate, a bonfire or a wagon ride through fields covered with beautifully shaped trees. Making the right choice is never easy especially when it comes to Christmas trees. Discussions on the matter are always very lively. Is the tree big enough or will it fit in the house? Is it full on every side? Is a pine tree with its long soft needles more beautiful than a spruce or fir with their stiff, short needles? Decisions are hard but sooner or later everyone agrees on the perfect tree.

Decorating the Christmas Tree

Decorating the tree is an especially important job that is shared by everyone in the family. These days glittering glass ornaments, electric lights, and shining tinsel have replaced the gilded fruits, pine cones, sweets, apples and candles that were once used as decorations. But the ceremony itself has changed little over the centuries. Glittering with colour and light and topped with a star or radiant angel, the Christmas tree, green and lush in the winter, is a symbol that life is eternal, while the presents below it are reminders of the love, joy and close ties that are shared by families and friends.

O Tannenbaum

The German folk song, “O Tannenbaum” says: Not only in summer’s glow, But ‘mid the winter’s frost and snow O faithful pine, O faithful pine, You’re true and green forever. As it has for centuries, the evergreen still symbolizes belief in renewed life and the hope and faith that dwell in all the world’s peoples regardless of race or creed. It is a symbol of joy and delight to all.



Day 332/365: The Marvel’s Bubble Gum

Day 332/365: The Marvel’s Bubble Gum

November 29, 2011


Are you a fan of Bubble Gums? Do you still remember your favorite candy box when you were still a kid? Well, I am showing here a photo of bubble gum box with your favorite Marvel Heroes- Spiderman, Xmen, and Fantastic Four. The box was really enticing and I am fan of X-Men Series and Fantastic Four, not so much of Spiderman. Why? I prefer the team and group heroes with different enemies and can save the world! not just New York City 🙂 Anyway, I wonder how this boxes can be commercially available with the permission of the copyright/patent owners? I see this very often in different merchandise for kids, even on their notebooks. Is this legal? Maybe you can tell me on the restrictions of use of patents and copyrights.

About the Bubble Gum? I suggest to have an age restriction on the labels and recommend it probably to teens and not good for kids! Why? they should be thought on its proper disposal, its all sugar and not good for their diet, and can probably ruin their scheduled meals. It’s not a toy that they can play on their hands and stick it anywhere. The schools and nearby stores should also prohibit selling bubble gums to children and if they do, if found messing up the area should penalize the selling establishment. Am I being too strict? It’s just a suggestion to protect our children and protect our environment too. Let me know your comments too about Candy Bubble Gums .

Till next!



Day 331/365: Making Your Baby Smile and Laugh

Day 331/365: Making Your Baby Smile and Laugh

November 28, 2011


The most joyful moment each parents will always remember was their babies first smile and laughter. It is really a challenge to make babies giggle and laugh, but that was a moment when you will surely feel that same excitement and happiness like a child. That magnetic babies smile will surely lift up your spirit and forget all your worries.

How to make your baby smile?

– Baby should be on a proper mood. They were not hungry and sleepy. And the best timing is probably 30 minutes after they eat and wake up.

– Set their mood by their favorite song. Sing it to them and do your baby dance

– Use their baby language like – Dadadada and Boboboboo. Yoyoyoyo, Papapapap, Booom booom booom. Anyway, any baby funny song will do 🙂

– Look at their eyes, carry them and dance. Dont shake them! A little of body swaying will do with their favorite tune.

– Focus on what they like to hear. No yelling and shouting! Its for fun 🙂

– Connect with your baby with all the positivity of love and care. Let them feel it.

– Just keep on laughing and smiling as if your entertaining thousands of people on stage. This is your moment to make your number one fan anyway to smile 🙂



Always remember this quote:

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey

Day 330/365: Tao-Tao (Scarecrow)

Day 330/365: Tao-Tao (Scarecrow)

November 27, 2011

Green fields. A very nice fields of crops that is very pleasant to our eyes. But what are those weird human looking stuff standing in the middle of those fields? A tree plant? A post? What?…It’s a scarecrow!

What about scarecrow? and why it is standing in the middle of the fields?

A scarecrow is, essentially, a decoy. Traditionally, it is a human figure (or mannequin) dressed in old clothes and placed in fields by farmers to discourage birds such as crows or sparrows from disturbing and feeding on recently cast seed and growing crops (from Wiki)

So my question is, How come the bird was scared? Its not moving anyway and for sure they know if its not alive or they can check if its moving or not. Probably from a distance, they will thought its their favorite farmer standing on the middle of the crops. And probably look for other field of crops which they will assume safe than having a human watcher (?) that is looking at them. I assume it was just a folklore story. I have seen scarecrow and the birds even stands on the scarecrow shoulders or head. So probably, there should now be a robotic scarecrow that can move and even dance 🙂 Well I hope to see one soon! For now let me try to be scarecrow to shoo the birds away 🙂

Here are the different names of Scarecrow per Language

Name                                             Locale/Language
Fugleskræmsel                                       Danish
Vogelverschrikker                                   Dutch
Epouvantail                                            French
Vogelscheuche                                       German
Bijuka                                                     Hindi
Spaventapasseri                                      Italian
Kakashi                                                 Japanese
Nokku Kuthi                                         Malayalam
Nuffara                                                   Maltese
Matarsack                                               Persian
Tao-tao                                               Philippines
Espantalho                                           Portuguese
Espantapájaros                                      Spanish
Sola Kolla Bommai                                  Tamil
Bujgaavane (बुजगावणे)                             Marathi
Flay-crow                                             unknown
Mawpin                                                unknown
Mawkin                                                unknown
Bird-scarer                                           unknown
Mog                                                     unknown
Shay                                                     unknown
Guy                                                      unknown
Shuft                                                    unknown
Rook-scarer                                         unknown
Kelson                                                 unknown



Day 328/365: Selfless Love of Lola Ising.

Day 328/365: Selfless Love of Lola Ising.

November 25, 2011

Today, I remember Lola Ising. She is one of those grandmother who truly care for me and watch me over my growing years when I used to live in Malabon. A woman who never had her own child but cares for her husband and his children which she consider as her own too. A woman where her heart is immeasurable by the love she offered throughout the years. An inspiring selfless love.

As you join hand with our Lord. I pray that you found the eternal peace and I will never forget your care as I carry it with my own family and live a life of love of Lola Ising.

Here’s a beautiful prayer for you Lola Ising.

Thank you for the gift of love,
now you’re sharing it up above.
You had many things to say.
All in a caring way.
You always saw good in everyone,
No matter what they’ve done.
You were always the one we could all lean on.
Even though it must have felt like a ton.
You were always the strength of the family.
Now we must let you rest calmly.
As we say goodbye,
as tears roll down our eyes.
I know your place in heaven has a good view.
Because you’re telling God,
I need to keep an eye on a few.
I know you will always be in our hearts and mind.
So Lola Ising,
I must go, but I’ll never forget you’re one of a kind.




This picture was taken in Floresco Funeral Homes in Concepcion Malabon. Sitting beside me is my favorite Aunt. Tita Yolly.

Suggested Funeral Wake Donation aside from Cash – Sweet Donuts like Mister Donut 🙂

Day 326/365: Fisher Price Baby Toys

Day 326/365: Fisher Price Baby Toys


November 23, 2011

Great stuff for kids and very common for parents- A brand name Fisher-Price.

From wiki: Fisher-Price is a company that produces toys for infants and children, headquartered in East Aurora, New York. Fisher-Price has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel since 1993.


Founded in 1930 by Herman Fisher, Irving Price, Price’s illustrator-artist wife Margaret Evans Price, and Helen Schelle, the name Fisher-Price was established by combining two of the three names. Fisher worked previously in manufacturing, selling and advertising games for a company in Churchville, New York. Price had retired from a major variety chain store, and Helen Schelle previously operated Penny Walker Toy Shop in Binghamton, New York. Fisher-Price’s fundamental toy-making principles centered on intrinsic play value, ingenuity, strong construction, good value for the money, and action. Early toys were made of heavy steel parts and ponderosa pine, which resisted splintering and held up well to heavy use. The details and charm were added with colorful lithographic labels.Mrs. Price was the first Art Director and designed push-pull toys for the opening line, based on characters from her children’s books.
In 1931, the three founders took 16 of their wooden toys to the American International Toy Fair in New York City and they quickly became a success. The first Fisher-Price toy ever sold was “Dr. Doodle” in 1931. (The same toy, in excellent condition, would be worth a considerable amount in today’s collectibles market.) In the early 1950s, Fisher-Price identified plastic as a material that could help the company incorporate longer-lasting decorations and brighter colors into its toys. “Buzzy Bee” was the first Fisher-Price toy to make use of plastic. By the end of the 1950s, Fisher-Price manufactured 39 toys incorporating plastics.
During the 1960s, the Play Family (later known as Little People) product line was introduced and soon overtook the popularity of earlier toys. Herman Fisher retired at the age of 71 in 1969 and the Quaker Oats Company bought Fisher-Price the same year.
In 1991, Fisher-Price regained its independence from The Quaker Oats Company and became a publicly traded company. Two years later, in November 1993, Fisher Price became a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel. A new management group set the company’s focus on basic, infant and preschool products and began expansion into international markets. By 1997 Mattel decided to market all of its preschool products under the Fisher-Price name.

Playing tips for your Baby for 1 Year
1 Month

  • Baby can see objects 8-10 inches away but can’t make out details or the full color spectrum.
  • He follows objects slowly with her eyes over very short distances.
  • She mimics simple facial expressions and, when someone speaks to her, looks intently.
  • He’s startled by loud or unexpected noises.
  • Her fists are closed.

Suggested Toys: Mobiles, Crib Music Boxes, Soft Stuffed toys or Dolls

2 Months

  • He may smile at people and coo when spoken to.
  • She shows excitement by waving her arms and legs.
  • He’s able to learn that one event follows another.
  • She will turn toward a sound at her side, but she can only locate those sounds that are in front of her.
  • He can start learning to make things happen

Suggested Toys: Floor gyms with flashing lights, music and hanging parts to look at, Toys that encourage physical activity, such as kicking, Activity quilts

3 Months

  • She recognizes Mommy, and is interested in others’ faces.
  • Lying on his tummy, he can support himself on his elbows and raise his chest.
  • She turns her head toward a sound and watches you as you speak.
  • He knows if something is familiar to him.
  • She can swipe at an object but does not reach for itWhen toys are placed in his hand, he can grasp them and wave them around.

Suggested Toys: Hand Held rattles or toys on a rings, Floor Gyms, Child Safe Activity Mirrors

4 Months

  • He laughs, squirms and squeals with delight.
  • With your help, she can reach for things.
  • He’s interested in watching his hands move.
  • She can recognize familiar faces and takes an interest in others.
  • He can grasp toys that he touches.

Suggested Toys: Take-along activity toys, Toys with a variety of sounds, bright colors & lights, Toys with friendly faces, Hand-held rattles or toys on a ring

5 Months

  • She can reach out and grasp toys.
  • He smiles at other babies—and his own reflection!
  • She can now “multitask”—for example, babbling and reaching for something simultaneously.
  • When offered a toy, he adjusts the position of his hand to accept it.
  • She can roll from belly to back.
  • He deliberately reaches out and grasps toys.
  • To explore her world, she begins mouthing objects.

Suggested Toys: Roly-poly bat-at toys, Toys that help develop a sense of self, Hand-held musical toys, Activity toys

6 Months

  • She can sit up with only a bit of support—and on occasion, none at all.
  • When he drops something, he looks for it.
  • She participates in activities that center around her.
  • He can bang a toy and shout simultaneously.

Suggested Toys: Toys to encourage crawling, Action/reaction toys, Stacking toys, Toys for imitative play with familiar objects

7 Months

  • He can support all of his weight if he’s holding onto furniture.
  • She may be able to walk from place to place clinging to furniture.
  • From his tummy, he can creep forward.
  • She rocks when on her hands and knees.
  • With full color vision, he enjoys looking at complex objects—and will even move for a better view.
  • She responds to her name, recognizes voices and different tunes.
  • He starts cupping his hand around toys and can push them into his hand with his thumb.
  • Her eyes help her explore, and she uses them as a gauge when reaching out for objects.

Suggested Toys: Entertainment centers that encourage crawling and standing, Bat-at floor toys, Shape sorters, Action/reaction toys

8 Months

  • He can crawl in both directions—and sometimes hold an object while he’s at it.
  • She starts to connect two behaviors together.
  • He develops “object permanence,” understanding that objects don’t disappear when they’re out of view.
  • She has recall of recent events.
  • His fine motor skills have improved, allowing him to pick up tiny objects.
  • She is exploring her world.
  • He begins to articulate sounds, beginning with vowels.

Suggested Toys: Musical toys, Entertainment centers that encourage standing and cruising, Sorting and building toys, Toys with dials, levers & buttons

9 Months

  • She adjusts her posture as she moves, using furniture to steady herself.
  • If a ball is rolled right to him, he can catch it.
  • Her hands are more dexterous; she can pass objects between them.
  • Her movements are more varied and deliberate.
  • He can indicate with gestures, perhaps waving goodbye or lifting his arms to be picked up.
  • She may follow your gaze.
  • He can reach for a toy without falling over.

Suggested Toys: Stacking, sorting and building toys Toys to encourage physical development, such as standing and cruising ,Toys with dials and buttons, Language development toys

10 Months

  • With you holding his hands, he may walk.
  • With her depth perception developed, she won’t try crawling downstairs head first.
  • He can respond to one or two simple instructions.
  • She may anticipate the “surprise” phrase in favorite children’s songs.
  • He likes to play peek-a-boo—and peek around corners, too.
  • When she drops something, she may look for it.
  • He uses his hands to explore, poke and prod.
  • She mimics more, copying others’ actions.
  • He begins to show preferences for the different sounds he hears in language.
  • She can anticipate and remember simple sequences, such as expecting food when you open the pantry.

Suggested Toys: Toys to encourage physical development, such as cruising and walking,Toys to encourage early learning Sports-themed toys that encourage physical development, Early role-play toys

11 Months

  • She can stand unassisted and cruise along the furniture.
  • His babbling begins to have the inflections of language.
  • She can pull herself up and sit securely.
  • He understands that smaller objects fit in larger ones.
  • She understands what “no” means but may be too curious to resist.
  • He can respond to one or two commands.

Suggested Toys: Sports-themed toys that encourage physical development Link-together toys Toys that encourage eye-hand coordination Outdoor toys and swings

1 Year Old

  • He understands much of what you say to him.
  • She mimics others’ actions, like talking on the phone.
  • He can anticipate your action: when he sees you holding his jacket, he’ll hold out his arms.
  • She likes other children but doesn’t play with them.
  • He will move a toy out of the way to get to another.
  • She only makes sounds in the language she knows.
  • He’ll show affection with hugs, kisses, smiles and pats.

Suggested Toys: Foot-to-floor ride-on toys, Toys to enhance physical development and coordination, Musical toys, Animal-themed playsets

Day 324/365: Philippines Parol

Day 324/365: Philippines Parol

November 21, 2011


As early as September every year, the Christmas season starts in the Philippines. We call it the “ber” months where the ultimate December moment of Christmas is what everyone is waiting for. The most common Christmas ornaments you can see in the only Christian country in Asia- The Philippines is the “parol”

According to Wikipedia, It is an ornamental, star-shaped Christmas lantern common in the Philippines. It is traditionally made out of bamboo and paper and comes in various sizes and shapes, but generally the basic “star” pattern remains dominant. The design of the paról evokes the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to the manger. It also symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and the Filipinos’ hope and goodwill during the Christmas season.

It has become an iconic symbol of the Filipino Christmas and is as important to Filipinos as the Christmas Tree is to Western cultures. Its annual debut on houses and streets is usually happens in September along with other Christmas symbols, signalling the coming of the season. The paról also retains its original association with the Simbang Gabi ritual, a series of dawn masses that lasts for nine days. These lanterns remain until January, traditionally removed after Epiphany, to honour the Three Kings and their visit to the child Jesus.

Many communities, such as villages, schools, and groups hold competitions to see who can make the best paról. One such event is the annual Giant Lantern Festival in Pampanga, which attracts various craftsmen from all over the archipelago. The competition revolves around the illumination and performances of giant paróls that can reach up to 40 feet  in breadth. These giant lanterns are made to “dance” to the accompaniment of a brass band. In Greater Manila Area, the Parol Parade happens in University of the Philippines Quezon City campus wherein each colleges and departments shows their craftsmanship in creating different types of Christmas Parols.

To create your own parol. Visit this site- 

Day 323/365: Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill

November 20, 2011

What so special about this movie?  It’s not my favorite nursery rhyme movie or your known Jack and Jill’s snacks. The reason why I would like this movie to be part of this project was because of it’s showing date. November 11, 2011 🙂 The same time we open our Sugarleaf in Makati at the Medicard Lifestyle Center. So Hooray for to Sugarleaf and Mr Adam Sandler. So many things really happens last 11.11.11

About the movie:

Jack & Jill

Directed by Dennis Dugan
Produced by Todd Garner, Adam Sandler, Jack Giarraputo
Written by Adam Sandler, Ben Zook, Steve Koren, Robert Smigel
Starring Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino
Cinematography Dean Cundey
Editing by Tom Costain
Studio Happy Madison Productions
Broken Road Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s): November 11, 2011
Running time: 91 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $79 million
Box office: $147,758,157

About Adam Sandler:

Born: Adam Richard Sandler

Date of Birth: September 9, 1966 (age 45)

Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Nationality: American

Occupation: Actor, comedian, musician, songwriter, screenwriter, film producer

Years active 1987–present

Influenced by Mel Brooks, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield

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Day 322/365: UST Fusion Concert by Ms Mela Guevarra

Day 322/365: UST Fusion Concert by Ms Mela Guevarra

November 19, 2011

Another first! Thanks for Project 365 and I was able to visit the historical University of Santo Tomas (UST) College of Music. I heard so much of famous artist who started from this school and was able to conquer the world of music. Salute to UST!

Fusion, a benefit concert was a collaboration of future artists who mesmerizes us with their musical talents from Strings to Bands, to Solo Performers to Rock and Pop Groups. Awesome! A round of applause to Ms Mela Guevarra for inviting us and lead this talented artists for a cause. A lovely lady with a beautiful heart and gifts of natural talents.

Congratulations Mela!

Fusion Concert, A benefit concert for a Parish in Bulacan.

Program Director: Mela Guevarra

Hosts: Miko Hizon and Mark Mendoza

Event Sponsors: Sole Academy

Fusion Mini Concert
Miko Hizon, Mela Guevarra, Mark Mendoza

The drummer: Just for a Pose

About UST College of Music: 

Should you want to master the arts of music, there’s two department in UST to serve you best.

College of Education:

THE College of Education was recently designated by the Department of Education (DepEd) as a Center of Training (COT) in the areas of Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH).  As such, it now offers a Certificate Program for Non-Specialist Teachers in Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH), a program designed to equip teachers with the necessary skills and competencies in teaching the subject.  Integrated skills in the course program are actual performances, hands on experiences and actual demonstrations of all components of MAPEH in the perspective of a well-balanced curriculum of secondary schools.

Conservatory of Music:

As one of the two Centers of Excellence in Music, the UST Conservatory of Music has maintained its efforts and achievements to be a premiere music school. It is the only music school in the Philippines which has an all-student symphony orchestra and an all-student symphonic band. The Conservatory of Music has choral groups namely The Coro Tomasino, The Liturgikon Vocal Ensemble and the world-renowned UST Singers. It also has instrumental groups; The UST Jazz Band, The UST Guitar Ensemble, Rondalla, Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet, USTe Mundo- the ethnic ensemble and various smaller groups which can be called on as the need arises. Every year, the Conservatory takes most of the major prizes in competitions such as the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) and in other national music competitions. The Conservatory of Music is very proud that in terms of population, it is the biggest music school in the country and is able to graduate a considerable number of competent and talented musicians every year.

Office Location:5th floor, Albertus Magnus Building University of Santo Tomas Espana, Manila 1083
Telephone: (632) 406-1611 Loc. 8246:(632) 7314022


Bachelor of Music in Piano
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Bachelor of Music in Guitar
Bachelor of Music in Voice
Bachelor of Music in Music Literature
Bachelor of Music in Music Theory
bachelor of Music in Composition
Bachelor of Music in Conducting
Bachelor of Music in Percussion
Bachelor of Music in Violin / Viola / Cello / Contrabass
Bachelor of Music in Flute / Oboe / Clarinet / Bassoon
Bachelor of Music in Trumpet / Trombone / French Horn / Tuba