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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Dumaguete: The City of Gentle People #IlonggoOFW




Dumaguete: The City of Gentle People #IlonggoOFW

Dumaguete is the capital city of the Province of Negros Oriental. It is located within the Negros Island in the Central Visayas Region. Dumaguete is also known as "The City of Gentle People" because of the friendliness of the people and the warm welcome you will get every time you visit the place.

Dumaguete has a land area of about 3,551 hectares. On November 24, 1948, Dumaguete became a chartered city of the Philippines.

Dumaguete is rich with historical sites as well as tourist attractions, both man-made and natural. Dumaguete is the home of the Cathedral Bell Tower that was built in 1811. The Silliman University and its Luce Auditorium and Anthropological Museum as well as the Rizal Boulevard are among the man-made tourist attractions of Dumaguete. Structures like centuries-old churches and historical shrines are abundant in the city.

Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete is named after the Philippine national hero Jose P. Rizal who made a visit to the city on the way to Dapitan to be exiled. Today, Rizal Boulevard is Dumaguete City's place for nightlife because it has a beachfront promenade and many landmark manors.
Natural tourist attractions are abundant in Dumaguete. There are beaches, forests, caves, mountains, lakes, underground rivers, hot springs, dive sites, and other attractions.

Dumaguete is predominantly an agricultural city. The coconut and sugar cane products are the city's top earners. Products like vegetables, rice, fruits, root crops, corn, poultry, and livestock are produced in Dumaguete and shipped out to other parts of the Philippines.
The construction industry is now growing in Dumaguete with the increase of the cement consumption within the city. The small-scale industries in Dumaguete are mainly focused on the cottage-based products.

The climate in Dumaguete City is great. The seasons are wet and dry seasons. June to November are the rainy months and December to May are the sunny months of the city. Dumaguete is seldom affected by strong typhoons.

Dumaguete has a seaport located on the eastern coast of Barangay Looc. The seaport has about 13,231 sq. meters of land area for operations. The seaport of Dumaguete has two lighthouses. The lighthouse that is operational is located at the top of the building of the Philippine Coast Guard. The other lighthouse is non-operational and is located at the Pier 1 entrance.
Dumaguete may be a small city but the city has many interesting sites that the people are proud of. To visit Dumaguete City is to be around people who are warm and friendly.



Monday, March 9, 2015

OFW



Synopsis

A weak young man…A first true love…A beautiful-rich woman obsessed with love…A kind-loving wife…A circle of friends…Chasing their dreams abroad as OFWs…All brought together with their destiny to love aflame with conflicts, ambitions, lies, hatred, revenge and friendship.

Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW): The Game of Life is a struggle of a young man from a small island of Negros Occidental, the Philippines, who discovered his life in a city and found his true love. He never thought that life in Manila (The City of Hopes) is a rugged terrain of heartaches, lies, hatred and revenge. He found his true-self when destiny engulfed him working in a faraway place called Dubai (The City of Dreams) as an OFW. Lied and played his game so well to reach his dreams, used his charms to build corporations, and became a Billionaire.

Marco Fernando’s new status in life was confronted by a series of discoveries he never imagined. Poverty consumed him to continue his journey until a rich woman Danielle Gustilo shed light playing the game he mastered; she never thought that Marco became her enemy for life. Marco decided to play the dirty game of love without the knowledge of his wife Ayah Isabel Gonzales, while reaching his dreams abroad and a lifetime journey in molding his future. He longed for happy-family-life through his money, but boredom surrounds him that nearly broke his family.

WARNING! This book contains scenes of a sexual in nature, violence, drugs, and other facets of false elements but it’s a vital part of the story. It is not intended for the easily offended or persons with different beliefs according to the fiction elements given by the author. You have been warned, so if you read on, it’s with your own accord, knowledge and motivation without the author’s liabilities.

This is a work of fiction: The names, characters, organizations, places and events in this book are products of the writer's imagination through his experiences and research or have been used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any similarities to real persons; living or dead, actual events, locales or organizations is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted (in part or in whole) in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical including photocopying, recording or any information storage (online and offline) and retrieval system, or by any means existing now or in the future without the permission in writing from the author.
Thank you.

Fernando Lachica
Author



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Pnoy Administration 2015 Budget Still Laced With Pork Barrel? #IlonggoOFW



The Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) are being used by the Pnoy Administration to hasten the development of every government sectors through which these were given to priority projects for its constituents. The essence of these two funding are thoroughly applied but other political leaders opposed and even the Judicial arm found it unconstitutional.

It’s the most controversial in the governance of President Aquino which made the Administration to fight back, that DAP is constitutional in its form and usage. The present administration molded this funding system to augment with increased and prioritized projects for development.

The Supreme Court ruling on the DAP was one of the most difficult challenges for the President in 2014. This also brought on the President’s lowest performance and trust ratings since mid-2010. The High Tribunal’s decision declaring the DAP unconstitutional can also be blamed for the uncertainty in government spending, which slowed down the country’s economic growth. The SC was bound to uphold its earlier decision and junk the motion for reconsideration filed by the Office of the Solicitor General. The voting on the matter, however, was deferred until the resumption of en banc sessions in January 2015.

In regaining his lofty approval ratings in the fourth quarter, the President also overcame criticism on how he responded to discredit the administration on account of alleged ‘selective justice’ in the investigation and prosecution of legislators said to be involved in anomalies related to the disbursement of PDAF or ‘pork barrel’ funds but these were eventually hurdled.

It’s a fact that majority of the people and political observer have negative notion that Pnoy Administration will eventually follow the Supreme Court ruling. For 2015 budget, it’s still laced with DAP system in another form of funding. The savings of the government’s properly guided by its meaning to use in prioritized projects but it will be monitored and checked.

The Pnoy Administration’s penultimate year, and the GAA duly reflects President Aquino’s development priorities for 2015, pouring even more investments into the Administration’s anti-poverty and economic growth programs, as well as strengthening governance reforms.

The GAA signing is likewise of historical note. Not since democracy was restored in 1986 has the government enacted the National Budget on time for five years straight. When the Administration began, its aim was to establish a tradition of promptness in the signing of the GAA, so that government agencies can also ensure the swift delivery of public goods and services. Now that it entered its fifth year of enacting the budget on time.

The 2015 budget also continues the Administration’s GAA-As-Release-Document regime, which the President—through the Department of Budget and Management—spearheaded in 2014. Under this regime, appropriations are considered released to agencies the very moment the budget is enacted, with the exception of specific conditional items.

The signing of the 2015 GAA likewise brings the Administration to its second year of Performance-Informed budgeting, where an agency’s budget for the entire fiscal year is expected to support the accomplishment of specific targets, as outlined in a department’s Performance Information.

Is it really heading for increase developments in terms of its form and substance in Philippine governance? How about the negative elements of the funding claimed by the opposition leaders?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Negros Island (Occidental) Philippines #IlonggoOFW



Negros Occidental (Filipino: Kanlurang Negros; Hiligaynon: Katundang Negros) is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is Bacolod City and it occupies the northwestern half of Negros Island; Negros Oriental is at the southeastern half. Across the Panay Gulf and the Guimaras Strait to the northwest is the island-province of Guimaras and the province of Iloilo on Panay island. Known as the "Sugarbowl of the Philippines", Negros Occidental produces more than half the nation's sugar output.

The population of the province is 2,907,859 if Bacolod City is included. Making it the most populated Province in Western Visayas.

History:

Negros Island was originally known to the natives as "Buglas". When the Spaniards arrived in April 1565, they named it "Negros" because of the dark-skinned natives they found. Two of the earliest native settlements were Binalbagan and Ilog which later became towns in 1572 and 1584, respectively. Other settlements were Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, Bago, Marayo (now Pontevedra), Mamalan (now Himamaylan) and Candaguit (a sitio in San Enrique).

Ilog was made the first capital of the province in 1743. This was later transferred to Himamaylan. Bacolod became the capital in 1849.

The island was divided into Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental in 1890. The two provinces were briefly united as an independent Republic of Negros with Bacolod as the capital on November 27, 1898. It became a protectorate of the United States until 1901, when the republic was dissolved, with the two provinces annexed to the Philippines.

During the succeeding decades between 1901 to the 1930s, Negros Occidental was under Insular Government of the United States of America as with the rest of the country and later under the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines. Economic growth continued especially with Philippine sugar having a part of the US market. The socio-economic life of Negros Occidental from the 1950s up to the 1980s depended as before mainly on the sugar industry. Negros del Norte was created from Negros Occidental on January 3, 1986. Its creation was declared unconstitutional on July 11, 1986, and was abolished on August 18, 1986.

Towards the end of 1987, the rays of hope started to shine when the over-all economic situation showed a positive upturn. The campaign for agricultural diversification had been gaining momentum, paving the way for more landowners to invest in prawn farming and high-value crops such as fruits, vegetables, livestock and other cash crops. Investments upswing became apparent by 1988. The participation of the industrial sector accelerated the consumer-led economic growth and development manifested by the increase in sales of consumer goods and by-products. Today Negros Occidental remains one of the most progressive and largely developed Philippine province, in large due to the profits from the sugar industry but also due to diversification to other fields.

Geography:

Negros Occidental is located in the western side of Negros Island, the third largest island in the Philippines with a total land area of 972,607 hectares or 9,726.06 km2. The province is approximately 375 kilometers long from north to south. It is bounded by the Visayan Sea in the north, Panay Gulf on the west, Tañon Strait and Negros Oriental province on the east and Sulu Sea on the south. Negros is basically volcanic, making its soil ideal for agriculture. Eighty percent of all arable land is cultivated.

The north and western parts of the province are largely composed of plains and gentle slopes. A mountain range lines the eastern part of the province, forming the basis of the border with Negros Oriental. Mount Kanlaon, which is partially located in Negros Oriental, rises to a height of 2465 m (7987 ft) and is the highest peak in the Visayas.

Most residents are of Austronesian heritage. Residents of Negros are called "Negrense". Negros Occidental is predominantly a Hiligaynon-speaking province, because of ties with Iloilo. However, the cities and towns facing the Tañon Strait are Cebuano-speaking due to their proximity to the island-province of Cebu. Sagay City, which is facing both Iloilo and Cebu, speaks a hybrid language composed of Hiligaynon and Cebuano. Tagalog/Filipino and English are widely spoken on both sides of the island.[citation needed]

Negros Occidental is the second-largest province in terms of population after Cebu, with the second largest number of congressional districts

Negros Occidental has long been a center of culture and arts; the wealth brought about by the sugar industry made sure that the Negrense principalía enjoyed the very best.

Silay City to the north of the capital Bacolod City, nicknamed the "Paris of Negros", is the cultural and artistic center of Western Visayas. It has 30 heritage houses declared by the national historical institute, most notable of which is Balay Negrense; it is also the hometown of National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture Leandro Locsin and international mezzo-soprano Conchita Gaston.

This blossoming in art was due to the economical importance of the area during the Spanish era, Negros became probably the most hispanized area and pro-Spanish area, due to the enormous investments of Spain in the sugar business.

Another famous treasure of Negrense art heritage is to be found in Victorias City, within the confines of the Victorias Milling Company in its chapel is the world famous mural of the Angry Christ, painted by artist Alfonso Ossorio, a scion of the Ossorio family who owned the mill.

The Negrenses' joie de vivre is manifested in the various festivals all over the province, foremost among which are famous MassKara Festival of Bacolod, Pasalamat Festival of La Carlota, Bailes de Luces of La Castellana and Pintaflores Festival of San Carlos. These and other local festivals are featured during the Pana-ad sa Negros Festival staged every April at the 25-hectare tree-lined Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City. Dubbed as the "Festival of Festivals", Pana-ad brings together the 13 cities and 19 towns in a showcase of history, arts and culture, tourism, trade, commerce and industry, beauty and talent as well as games and sports.


Negros Occidental is rich in structures and buildings that are remnants of a once affluent lifestyle. The Palacio Episcopal (1930), San Sebastian Cathedral (1876), and the Capitol Building (1931) are popular landmarks. In most towns, steam locomotives that used to cart sugarcane from the fields to refineries attract steam-engine enthusiasts from all over the world. There are also impressive churches all over the province, both built recently and during the Spanish era.

Hacienda Rosalia, setting for 1981 film Oro, Plata, Mata

Modern communication facilities, as well as radio, television and newspapers, are available in the province. Most are provided by dominant national players in the industry like PLDT, Globe Telecom and their subsidiaries. For television and radio, the major providers are giant network ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5 and RPN. Cable TV provides access to CNN, BBC, ESPN and other international programs. National and international newspapers are available on the same day of issue in Manila.

Bacolod City is noted for being the home of the Negros Summer Workshops, founded by multi-award-winning filmmaker and Negrense Peque Gallaga. Founded in 1991, Workshops has long been training students from different parts of the country who wish to learn courses in film-making, acting, writing, and more. Some of its alumni include actors in mainstream Philippine show business.

Negros Occidental has also been used as a setting and location shoot for various films and television shows, most notable of which is the 1981 epic Oro, Plata, Mata. Recent films that were set and filmed in Negros are Ligaw Liham (2007) and Namets! (2008).

Source: Wikipedia

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A freelance writer who meticulously structured and maintained blogs just for you:A LIFE SO FAR AWAYand my other blog:OFW: THIS IS MY LIFE AND STORY Thank you for your valuable time. Follow my business & writings and you'll find what life's meant to be.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Article Marketing Strategy: 5 Ways to Recycle Your Articles (Article Marketing Goes Green!) #IlonggoOFW



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Article Marketing Strategy: 5 Ways to Recycle Your Articles (Article Marketing Goes Green!)

If you spend a lot of time on your articles, the idea of using them only once can seem like a waste. Never fear! Submit Your Article is here to give you some great article recycling ideas to make the most out of your hard work.

You may never have thought of recycling your old articles into something new and refreshed, but I find it's a great way to really leverage your articles into a full-blown marketing campaign. Without further ado, here are 5 extra uses for your articles that will help your articles double up as something else!

1. Upcycled Blog Posts

This is something I use as part of my own article marketing strategy, as it's easy to do and means I can really use my time effectively. Essentially, take something from your blog - a post you enjoyed writing and wouldn't mind working on is best - and then rewrite it into a unique article based on the same ideas.

One downside with this technique is you have to make sure the new content remains unique - otherwise, you'll actually harm your SEO efforts. However, using fresh eyes on an old subject, you're bound to come up with a new way of expressing old ideas.

2. Podcasting

After an article is published, why not turn it into a podcast? Personally I record my own voice reading my articles, but if you're not comfortable with that, there are plenty of freelance voice artists that are willing to record short articles for a minimal amount. You don't have to do this with every article - just choose a few every month to recycle this way.

3. Make a Video

Try using your article to create an informational video that can be uploaded to YouTube. If you've already got a podcast of the article, you can sync this with a video for extra podcast leverage.

4. Convert it into an E-book

E-books can be a great way to go into more detail on a specific topic in your niche.

Gather together a group of your articles related to a specific topic - an article series can work really well with this - and edit them into your very own e-book. You'll need some tweaking to make sure the chapters flow, but e-books are easy and cheap to publish, as well as a great way to get the word out about your business. By re-using content you've already written, your e-book will practically write itself, so don't feel intimidated!

5. Create a Squidoo Lens

If you haven't used Squidoo, I encourage you to play around with it. Pages on Squidoo have an easier time of ranking highly in search engines, so it can be a worthwhile investment to create a quality web page there.

This is a great way to get a bit return for a little effort, which is the holy grail of recycling your articles - so give it a go!

Which of these ideas appeals to you? This week, when will you set aside some time to get started?



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A freelance writer who meticulously structured and maintained blogs just for you:A LIFE SO FAR AWAYand my other blog:OFW: THIS IS MY LIFE AND STORY Thank you for your valuable time. Follow my business & writings and you'll find what life's meant to be.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Ang Aking Mga Nobela



A weak young man…A first true love…A beautiful-rich woman obsessed with love…A kind-loving wife…A circle of friends…Chasing their dreams abroad as OFWs…All brought together with their destiny to love aflame with conflicts, lies, lusts, ambition, hatred, revenge and the struggle for life in a faraway place.

Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW): The Game of Life is a story of young man from a small island of Negros Occidental, the Philippines, who finds his life to a city and found his true love. He never thought that life in Manila (The City of Hopes) is a rugged terrain of heartaches, lies, hatred and revenge. He found his true-self when destiny engulfed him working in a faraway place called Dubai (The City of Dreams) as an OFW. Lied and played his game so well to reach his dreams; used his charms to build corporations and became a Billionaire.

Marco Fernando’s new status in life was confronted by a series of discoveries he never imagined. Poverty consumed him to continue his journey until a rich woman Danielle Gustilo shed light playing the game he mastered; she never thought that Marco became her enemy for life. Marco decided to play the dirty game of love without the knowledge of his wife Ayah Isabel Gonzales while reaching his dreams abroad, and a lifetime journey in molding his future. He longed for happy-family-life through his money, but boredom surrounds him that nearly broke his family.





Marco Fernando's life in Dubai City continues while expanding his business empire globally. The CIA wanted him so much to be a part of the operations in which he cannot denied because of his family's in danger. The Americans gave him a mission in China for cyber espionage, but instead discovered that his country, the Philippines is under demolition.

His friendship with Oliver, the son of Mike Luna, resulted to a disaster during their operation because of his love to a beautiful Chinese lady. Confronted the danger inside the enemy territory, his children wanted to rescue him at all cost. But, love blossomed between him and his enemy counterpart that resulted his mission to be aborted. He met his counterpart that broke his heart in two.

Despite for all the odds of his mission, he's determined to proceed because of the love for his country. His journey to penetrate the Chinese Espionage Team gives him the power to accept other facets of life that he thought to be just as simple as loving his wife, Ayah Isabel Gonzales.


A secret research center's built in one of the new island in the Philippines through the American government. It's utilized for research and experiment of newly born babies who are destined to lead every nation to the future.

A classified agreement between the American and Philippine government high official respectively who controlled the research center as covert as possible. The building of this project consists of the CIA agents, Filipino Spies and other Presidents of other nations who wants to control the world system for the new generation to come.

Marco Fernando's family was totally involved on this endeavor wherein each member contributed differently with their own principles in life.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A freelance writer who meticulously structured and maintained blogs just for you:A LIFE SO FAR AWAYand my other blog:OFW: THIS IS MY LIFE AND STORY Thank you for your valuable time. Follow my business & writings and you'll find what life's meant to be.

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