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Chronicling the Experience at RTVM

To start with, I am very honored to be able to accomplish my internship at RTVM because you guys gave me so many things to remember, so many lessons to ponder, and so many experiences to treasure. I couldn’t ask for more.

            It was exhausting and yet fun working in the RTVM. Everything needs to be as fast as one, two, three. You will need all the guts you have once you work in this industry. As stressful as it looks like, I am more than willing to be a part of something like this.

            I will never forget my first coverage in RTVM. They let me be a part of the Team PNoy Rally coverage. It was exciting because I had the privilege of seeing so many politicians, especially President Aquino himself, up close and personal. But what’s more exciting was that I was able to saw how people from the media industry operate. Witnessing what they are doing during coverage was an honor because you got the chance to get a glimpse of reality. But what I like about that day was being able to be inside an OB Van. I only see it on televisions but to be able to be in it personally was truly exciting because I saw how the director gave instructions to the cameramen and so on and so forth. And, my mentor gave me the chance of writing the article in that event, to be posted in RTVM’s website. Although the event ended late, I was glad and happy because aside from that it’s my first time, not all students are given the chance to be part of something like that.

            Also, I was so euphoric when they gave me the chance of being with them during the coverage of the 27th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. For the first time (again), I was able to experience waking up as early as 1 a.m. because of the early pullouts. During the EDSA coverage, we did a live airing of the event. I must admit, the live airing I usually see on televisions is very different from what I saw personally in the EDSA coverage. Everyone was chaotic because they don’t want to commit ‘dead air’ or the scene where the host stopped talking. They wanted everything to be as smooth as silk. Moreover, it was very tiring to get your interviewees. I experienced talking to certain politicians, asking for their time, if they can allow us an interview session with them. Luckily, I was able to accomplish all of those things. The EDSA coverage was very memorable.

            But what would be the highlight of my internship here at RTVM was my first provincial trip with them. They let me be a part of the Quezon province trip. We covered the Team PNoy political rally in Catanauan and Gumaca, both in Quezon province. Admittedly, I was hesitant to come. But, of course, I don’t have any choice but to go with them. Though exhausting, the trip was a joy. It was all worth it.  The people were very kind to me. My mentor, Ma’am Faith, let me write the articles of that event. Moreover, I experience the perks of working in the media industry. What I like about the trip was the abundance of food. The stress was all worth it because it was an experience that taught me a lot of memorable lessons. I am very thankful for all of these.

            The memories that RTVM gave me are something I will keep on visiting down the memory lane. Although I struggled coping up with the RTVM environment, I was thankful I did my OJT here because the people were so friendly to me. I’m here at RTVM not because of an accident. I’m here because they taught me a valuable lesson – to become a better person. As challenging as it was, as bad as it hurts, I thanked God for putting me here because you blessed me with so many experiences. Thank you for giving me a heads up of what to expect once I set foot on the real world of media. Thank you for letting me experience this one crazy roller coaster ride. Thank you for letting me be a part of something big. I can’t find the words to say how grateful I am to all of you for everything you have given me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 

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Filipino students win top prizes in Kaspersky Lab’s student conference on cybercrime in Hong Kong

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions, announced that students from the Philippines bested 12 other finalists from various countries in the recently concluded regional preliminary round of the Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific and Middle East, Africa (MEA) Cup2012, an annual event that brings together students and young professionals from around the world in a collaborative environment to present and discuss issues relating to cybercrime.
The research papers presented by team leaders 21-year old Joshua Arvin Lat and 19-year old Ranyel Bryan Maliwanag won the first and second prizes, respectively, at the conference held on March 14 to 16 at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), a leading university in Asia in professional education and research.
Both Filipino students are from the University of the Philippines Department of Computer Science (UP-DCS). They said they carried out their researches at the department’s Computer Security Group.

Veniamin Ginodman, Kaspersky Lab head of educational programs management (left) poses with top prize winners Joshua Arvin Lat (center) and team member Rod Xavier Bondoc during the awarding ceremonies in Hong Kong. Not in photo is third team member Kevin Charles Atienza.

 

The top research paper written by Lat and his partners Kevin Charles Atienza and Rod Xavier Bondoc entitled “SOUL Sytem: Secure Online USB Login System,” recommended a secure online authentication system involving a two-factor authentication scheme using a password and an ordinary USB flash drive as a security token. The group took home US$1,500 in cash prize for their winning paper.

 

Veniamin Ginodman, Kaspersky Lab head of educational programs management (left) with second prize winners Ranyel Bryan Maliwanag and team mates Mariah Strella Indrinal and Marynyriene Silvestre during the awarding ceremonies in Hong Kong.

 

Meanwhile, Maliwanag and his team, composed of Mariah Strella Indrinal and Marynyriene Silvestre, created an application that uses voice recognition. Their research entitled, “Vox-Grid: A Mobile Voice Verification System,” which proposed a mobile voice verification system to improve the security of the username-password authentication scheme, won for the group a US$1,000 cash prize.
Third place winner was the research paper entitled “Mining Modules’ Dependencies for Malware Detection” by Masoud Narouei from the Shiraz University of Iran which won for him a cash prize of US$750.
This is the first time the Philippines joined the annual conference, which has this year’s theme of “IT Security for the Next Generation.”
Their wins in the Asia Pacific and MEA Cup 2012 have earned for Lat and Maliwanag their respective spots to represent the Philippines in the 2012 Kaspersky International Cup of the IT Security Conference for Young Professionals to be held at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands on May 11-13, 2012. Kaspersky Lab is sponsoring the all-expense paid trip of the team leaders to the global round.
This time, they will be competing against the winners of the three other regional preliminary rounds held in America, Europe and Russia & Commonwealth of Independent States. Lat and Maliwanag as well as the other participants stand a chance to win the cash prize of 3,500 euros plus the opportunity of an internship at Kaspersky Lab or a visit to a professional Information Security conference together with the company’s experts.
In the Hong Kong round, the research papers were presented and defended by Lat and Maliwanag to a panel of judges composed of experts from Kaspersky Lab as well as notable academicians and information technology experts from the United Kingdom, Australia and Hong Kong.
The undergraduate students from UP competed with tertiary and post-graduate students from the Asia Pacific, Middle East and African regions.
Selection was based on scientific and methodological level of work, the social importance of the topic presented, completeness, objectivity with collected information, as well as practical and innovation value in different areas ranging from technical, social, economic to legal topics.
“The quality of papers presented was of a very high standard with much thought and creativity having been put into the content,” said Veniamin Ginodman, Head of Educational Programs Management at Kaspersky Lab.
“Kaspersky Lab is committed to continue holding this student conference annually as a platform to engage in open discussion and knowledge-sharing to develop shared strategies and solutions to combat the relentless evolution of cyber threats. We hope that with more knowledge-building and sharing activities, the region will have an excellent youth brain trust when it comes to cyber security-related issues. Clearly, there is much potential here that has not been fully tapped yet,” he said.
A total of 52 papers were submitted to this year’s conference, five of which were from the Philippines. In Southeast Asia, only Malaysia and the Philippines made it to the Asia Pacific & MEA Cup 2012.
“This conference has again brought together the best from the Asia Pacific and MEA region with excellent support from internationally recognized academicians and analysts,” said Harry Cheung, Managing Director for Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific.
“The cyber world is youth-driven and the contribution of the young participants in furthering knowledge on cybercrime will significantly add to the body of work now available,” he said.
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately-held Internet Security company, providing comprehensive protection against all forms of IT threats such as viruses, spyware, hackers and spam. The company’s products provide in-depth computer defense for more than 300 million systems around the globe, including home and mobile users, small and medium-sized businesses and large enterprises. Kaspersky technology is also incorporated inside the products and services of nearly 100 industry-leading IT, networking, communications and applications solution vendors.
For further information about the company, please visit http://www.kaspersky.com.
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Selecta Magnum: More than an ice cream is a status symbol?

Come on, folks, let’s make this straight. Magnum is “just” an ice cream…JUST AN ICE CREAM!

It has been a week or two since the commercial of Selecta Magnum appeared on Philippine television. And hell yeah, it caused the Filipinos a sort of this feeling of “I want to taste it now! As in right now!”.

The Selecta Magnum - Enjoy The Royal Treatment

In the commercial, Selecta Magnum seems to be the ultimate ice cream, which the Selecta has to offer. After the hit Cornetto series and the Cornetto Disc, comes the ice cream, which promises to let you “Enjoy the Royal Treatment”. Would you believe it? An ice cream could really make you feel that way?

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Putting this in proper perspective, it is best to clear that this post is not here to stand against the ice cream, but rather against to the reaction of some Filipino out there about that ice cream.

It is just so funny to see how the people who can afford the ice cream, which is fifty (50) pesos in Grocery and sixty (60) pesos in Convenience store, post their pictures eating it [Magnum], and even just its wrapper, in their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Indeed, Magnum is becoming a status symbol. Once you are  eating it, you are leveling up your status, you will be rich and “in”; but if you will not try one, you will look so left behind.

A post in FB once said that if there will be Aliens visiting here, their conversation will be like this (only in foreign language, of course) :

Alien 1: Hey, this place looks so weird.

Alien 2: You think so?

Alien 1: Yeah. People here tend to take pictures of them eating something and even before they eat that. WTF is that?

Alien 2: So, let’s just leave them alone?

Alien 1: You said it right, dude.

The point there is simply, why do that? Especially with that ice cream, why?

Being critical is not the intent here, but just to demand a valid clarification on doing that action; because “aliens” will really not be overwhelmed seeing that.

Taking pictures is really unquestionable in making good memories. But really, most of those who are taking pictures of them eating that ice cream, seem to do that only to impress their friends. And more annoying part is that they are taking pictures with the expression of “I AM EATING MAGNUM. AND NOW I CAN FEEL THIS ROYAL BLOOD FLOWING IN MY VEINS”

It is best to end this in a sigh..so Ink Engine will just sigh.

BAYBAYIN IS OUR OWN

Baybayin or commonly known as Alibata is the Philippines’ ancient way of writing. It is an alphabet that was first used by Filipinos hundreds of years ago. Although it almost vanished during the Spanish Colonial Era, Baybayin, through its advocates is making its comeback.

The alphabet is composed of seventeen characters; with corresponding syllable. Kudlits (‘) are used to change the sound of the letters. For example: to make the character for BA to BE or BI, a kudlit on the top should be added and one on the bottom should be added to change it to BO or BU.

(blingcheese.com)

Tree barks and bamboos are the most common materials where the Baybayin or Alibata was written. The script is rarely used in communication; rather, early Filipinos used it to write spells and incantations to drive away evil spirits. They placed bamboo shafts with Baybayin inscription on their houses to protect them.

a Mangyan writing using the ambahan, their version of alibata on bamboo. (pbase.com)

During the Spanish occupation, Baybayin was not instantly wiped out. In fact, in the early part of their colonization, the alphabet was used in writing documents and even Filipinos signed their names in Baybayin form.

a 1665 document from Naujan, Mindoro


Now, there is a pending House Bill aiming to bring back this lost national heritage. It is a Bill that if passed into Law, will declare Baybayin as the national script of the Philippines like the Hangul of Korea and Japan’s Kanji and Kana. Gradually and hopefully, Baybayin will replace the Roman letters that we use today. This will going to be a big step in forming and strengthening our national identity. It will also prove to the world that Filipinos are with our own writing system even before the Europeans came.

As a matter of fact, the Mangyans of Mindoro still uses their local version of Baybayin called Hanunóo or Ambahan. It is still taught in their schools and used as their official script. This is a proof that Baybayin can be used every day and that it is not too late to revive this once glorious part of our identity.

M.V. LOGOS HOPE

For those who missed or forgot to visit M.V. Logos Hope and check out its cool stuffs, this might help you to have an overview of the ship so you can sort of experience it through reading or if when the ship visits Manila again, you already have a background about this floating bookstore.

M.V. Logos Hope, from the name itself: Logos or knowledge, and hope is not just a ship but an organization that is dedicated in bringing knowledge, help and hope to the people all over the world. There are 400 unpaid volunteers who seek to provide for the needy, bring change and to help others have a relationship with God that has given them the purpose and hope.

The ship is divided into five different sections,, each has its own and unique purpose. Upon entering the ship, you will see a Lifeboat Theater that shows what it is like to live on board. There are also pictures on the walls about the history of Logos Hope and the people whom they have helped. And definitely, kids will enjoy trying the simulation of how to drive a huge vessel.

The interior of the ship (photo by: synzmemoir.blogspot.com)

The second part is the Book Fair which houses 5,000 titles about different topics like cooking, parenting, travel and many more exciting books. And what is great about it is that the prices of the books are almost cut half compared to the bookstores outside!

(photo by: Rene Aldonza)

Next is the Journey of Life section where a story of the prodigal son is exhibited. You may watch how his life takes its twists and turns until he realized how wrong he was and what he did to correct it.

Another theater is located on the fourth section of M.V. Logos. It offers an ever changing glimpse into the work of the ship. You may also talk to the crew members who have a variety of jobs on the ship.

The tour around the ship must have been very tiring, and taking a stop on the International Café, which is the last section of M.V. Logos Hope, will give you an opportunity to talk with crew members and also share your story to them.

this flavor of coca-cola is rare in the Philippines, so try it while talking to the crew members of Logos Hope (photo by: Rene Aldonza)

M.V. Logos Hope is not just the largest floating book store, it is also a place where people from all over the world can get together guided with the aim to give knowledge, help and hope.

127 Hours: A Movie Review

Imagine being alone in the wilderness without having nothing at all except for a camera, a multi-tool, and 350 milliliters of water left to sustain your life for 5 days. It is really hard to picture ourselves in the middle of nowhere without someone who we can ask for help. And here’s the thing: it is really hard to visualize our right arm trapped by a dislodge boulder in a narrow canyon for 127 hours straight. No one would actually last that long. But not for Aron Ralston whose life has been the subject of the award-winning film, 127 Hours, starring James Franco. The film revolves around the struggle of Ralston in a canyoneering accident, where he was forced to amputate his arm to be able for him to free his self from the boulder.

To summarize the film, canyoneer Aron Ralston was hiking through Blue John Canyon, in Utah, where a suspended boulder from which he was climbing down became dislodge, crushing his right arm and forearm and pinning it against the canyon wall. He begin to cry for help but he is in an extreme isolation, which means nobody is within earshot. Assuming that he would die, he begin to record his self with his camcorder then with the use of his multi-tool, he attempts to chip the boulder, hoping to move it away. He also begins saving his supply of food and water since he has a limited stock. When realized that his efforts of using his multi-tool in removing the boulder is very useless, he then attempts of cutting his arm. But then again, because of its dullness, he can’t be able to cut his skin and it cannot break his bones. He suffered from dehydration and delusions because of lack of food and water supply. He even came to the point when he drank his own urine just to be able to quench his thirst. When it came to his fifth day of being trapped by a boulder, he saw a premonition of his soon to be son. It gives him the courage to apply enough force to break his arm and eventually severe his it with a dull knife. He then makes his way out of the canyon, rappelled down a 65 ft rockface before being able to see a family that gave him help and call for the rescuers.

The actual screen shot of Aron Ralston's video footage during the days when he was trapped by a dislodge boulder.

Well basically, 127 hours is not that typical movie we see everyday. It is apart from all of those dramas we shed tears. It is apart from all of those comedy movies we have laughed with. The movie features the reality of life. It tackles how people survives the unexpected incidents that will come in our way one day. It even teaches us a lesson that we should give importance to little things  we have that a day will come that we will be needing it the most. The movie is haunting, moving and touching. Moreover, James Franco really gave an impressive performance for portraying the life of Aron Ralston. He made us feel what Ralston have felt during those dark days of his life. You will really feel the agony of his struggle and at the same time his utter triumph of escaping death.

The film is not just about entertaining people and showing the inspiring life of a survivor. It is just a constant reminder that no matter how hard and unexpected our life is, we should always have the courage and faith to face it with bravery in our hearts. Furthermore, we should also value the people and things around us. Because one day, we may never know what destiny can bring us.

Top Endorsers of the Philippines.

We have seen them cry their hearts out in our favorite drama shows. We have seen them singing their lungs out. We have seen them making some hot dance moves on the dance floor. But now, we are looking at our favorite local celebrities testing their charisma and charms to attract millions of Filipino fans – doing endorsements. Yes, we all know that they have the looks and all of that alluring aura. But, it is hard to be a endorser of a product since the success of the brand they are endorsing depends on their convincing skills.

We can all agree to one fact that all of our Filipino celebrities have the ability to make people do or buy all the things they have. It is not a shock that every top companies across the country choose some celebrities to be the face of their product and to effectively catch their consumers’ attention. And because of these endorsements, the ‘stars’ of our local celebrities have tripled its brightness.

So, here are the list of who we think the most effective endorsers here in the Philippines. We have based it according to the number of commercials they have been featured.

 

  1. Kris Aquino – No doubt. The “Queen of All Media” has constantly been on the top as an effective endorser for every products in the country. From ice creams to noodles, from appliances to clothes, Kris Aquino has done it all. And for this, the endorsements she made has made it popular and people really gave her a positive feedback.

 

 

 

2. Marian Rivera – With her charisma, her alluring charm and very beautiful face, it is not a surprise that she became a sought after product endorser. She has that X factor that make every people like her. No doubt, Marian is one of the fastest rising star across the country.

 

 

 

3.  Sarah Geronimo – With her golden voice and pretty face, the princess of pop has too, became an effective product endorser. Since the time she rise to stardom, a lot of doors have opened for Sarah G. She became one of Philippines famous singer-actress.

 

 

 

4. Anne Curtis – This half Filipina – half Australian really made a quick way to stardom as top companies of clothing brands and beauty products chose her as the face of their commercials. We have seen Anne sing, dance and act. But Anne made people love her a lot. That is why she is very effective.

 

 

5. Judy Ann Santos – We have seen Juday as a teenage drama queen before. We have seen her on television shows, making us cry. But for now, Juday has finished that stage in her life and is now a mother of two beautiful children. Today, Juday is becoming one of the most sought after endorsers and commercial models. With her convincing looks, Juday is really an effective endorser.

 

Well, maybe everyone wants to be an endorser or a commercial model someday. That is possible. But for the moment, let’s remember that these artists, before they were able to experience the life they are experiencing now, they have also struggled a lot. So for the moment, let us all be thankful for what we have right now and keep on imitating the positive and good traits of these people.

 

The Harry Potter Fever!

Who would have thought that a school, exclusively for aspiring witches and wizards, will emerge out of nowhere? Who would believe that an ordinary owl can be a very good ‘mailman?’ Who would have thought that because of these, everybody dreamed of becoming a wizard someday?  Whatever the reasons may be, we can all agree to one understanding: Harry Potter had tickled our minds to explore a world beyond our imagination and once in our lifetime, made us realize that our lives are magical.

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

“The Boy Who Lived”, as what everyone calls him, has made his final adventure on the last installment of the Harry Potter films. The film has really made a huge impact on the lives of many HP fans, who from the start, had hold on to his epic journey of being a wizard. Everybody was happy of seeing the last battle of Harry with the Dark Lord, Voldemort. But, tears have flooded when Harry has made his last trip to Platform Nine and Three Quarters, which in the film, ended the Harry Potter franchise. Though Harry Potter has finally taken his last curtain call, many diehard fans still continue to sustain the Harry Potter fever around the world.

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

The Harry Potter books is originally written as a children’s book. Indeed, kids really embraced the goodness they found in Harry Potter. But, not only kids have been hooked up by the spell binding story of Harry. Even adults, the “young at heart” have been hypnotize by the adventure of the greatest wizard ever existed in the world of fantasy books. Harry Potter has made everyone believe that they can drink the ever famous butterbeer. He made us think that Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry really existed. You childhood days will never be completed if Harry Potter has not influenced your life.

The complete Harry Potter books

 

The Harry Potter series has made a total sale of 450 million copies worldwide. This is a big proof that the HP books has gained many fans around the world. But, why is it that many people from all races have been enchanted by this story? It seems like that the book has been sprinkled with some magical fairy dust that everyone is dying of becoming just like Harry. The fantasy that J.K Rowling, author of the book, offered to her readers is different compared to other fantasy books. The HP series has taken our imagination to it’s limits. Because of Harry, everyone agreed to be a witch or wizard someday. We all dreamed of casting spells someday. We all dreamed of riding the Hogwarts Express. And maybe, we all dreamed of meeting Albus Dumbledore someday. You see, this boy, really taught everybody to go beyond our imagination and explore the world around us. He made us feel a lot of unusual but awesome things we have never experienced before. Thanks to Harry Potter, he taught us that magic can be experienced by every people, from all walks of life. Magic is not exciting if its not for Harry Potter. Thanks to J.K Rowling for making a world that everyone is enjoying right now.

Author J.K Rowling

Long Live Harry Potter!

 

COINS: Artificial Shortage over its New Generation

PHILIPPINE Coins are undervalued in the country that mints them. How awful and unfair that they are not being used; rather being stocked at home, peeing behind figurines, unfortunately hidden and forgotten.

Philippine Coins: one-peso coin, five-peso coin and ten-peso coin

Their importance is not that known, yet they are, undeniably, indeed, worthy!

Artificial coin shortage

The coins in the Philippines are given out by the Bangko Sentral ng PIlipinas (BSP) for distribution and are characterized in seven denominations: one-sentimo, five-sentimo, ten-sentimo, 25-sentimo, one-peso, five-peso and ten-peso.

According to the BSP, they are always complying with the demand of coins in the country. In 2011, they were able to meet the demand of 1.13 billion pieces of coins. And as of last year, there should be more than 150 pieces of coin for each Filipino. However, the problem on artificial coin shortage still starts when it reaches the hand of the public.

Artificial coin shortage occurs when there is compliance in the demand and supply of coins, yet shortage arises due to some reason and another.

One of the reasons is the Filipino’s habit of neglecting the coins. Most of the people underestimate the value of a coin due to its limited power to purchase. Today, there is nothing you can buy with a 25-sentimo coin, and there are only few things that a one-peso can afford. Except from candy, junk foods, cigarettes and some other thing, which could be avail in tingi, there is nothing that we could buy using the Philippine coin. And so, because of that “low value” label applied to the coins, people tend to just keep them and neglect them as if they are worthless. They are commonly found scattered at the top of a refrigerator, hidden in the cabinet, there in the floor, acting like a piece of a non-value trash and gathering dust.

Also, blamed in the wide-ranging shortage in coins is the growing numbers of Automatic Tubig Machine (ATM), vending and video karera machines. Coins inserted on those machines are stored for some months, hence becoming unavailable in circulation.

And the commonly pointed cause of this shortage is the piggy bank or the alkansya. As part of saving money for the future, Filipinos are opting to put their money, specifically coins, to their piggy banks. They believe that they could protect their money better than commercial banks, as they could hide or bury their alkansya personally in places they prefer. It is traditionally right, nevertheless, still resulting to a negative implication.

 

Such implications of this artificial coin shortage are evident in underground economy. Transactions in smalltime businesses, like sari-sari stores and carinderia, are affected through the vendors losing panukli (coins use as change). Jeepney drivers also suffered in sometimes when the regular fare was at 7.50pesos. They were getting only the seven pesos in a person paying bills as they do not have centavos to be used as panukli. Groceries are no exception; they are also intentionally committing illegal trade of using candy as change due to the “no-can-do” situation when they have no more coins to use.

Meanwhile, in macro economy, the artificial coin shortage results to higher demand of coins; thus successively demanding additional budget in coin production. Imagine, you will produce more when there is indeed enough.

Solutions in Artificial Coin Shortage

BSP encourages everyone to give importance to the value of coins. Last December 2011, BSP organized a campaign that aimed to motivate people to bring out their coins and save it in a bank and not in an alkansya. By setting a Guinness World Record of the longest line of single-denomination coins, BSP tried to wake up the Filipino people to put their coins in the circulation. Also, BSP has its ongoing campaign on promoting awareness on the importance of coins in the macro and micro economy.

New Generation of Coins

Another goal of BSP is to bring out the new designs of coins until 2014.

After successfully introducing the new design of banknotes, the BSP will next release the new design of the Philippine coin. And in commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Philippines’s national hero Jose Rizal, BSP first minted one peso coin to start “New Generation” coins currency series.

Last year, the new design paper bills started in circulations, which contain various significant in their description of Philippine geography and wildlife. However, the new grayish, nickel-plated one peso coin has nothing to be different other than facing side to be front.

The new coin is 24 mm in diameter and 5.35 grams in weight same as the current one peso in circulation. The newly minted coin featuring Dr. Jose Rizal portrait and marking of “150 years” 1861 – 2011 on its head, while the new BSP logo on its tail. (http://www.whatsnewph.com, 2011)

Other designs of the “New Generation” coins series are yet to be released.

Though lesser in value, coins are as much as banknotes, both are money intended to use in trading. And so they say, you cannot have a million if you do not have a coin.

Remembering Mr. Isagani Yambot

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President Aquino visiting the wake of Mr. Yambot (photo by: newsinfo.inquirer.net)

After a stressful yet enjoyable fashion show we had last Friday, March 2, 2012, i went home with a big smile in my face because of that unforgettable experience. Though i was so exhausted, i have managed to view my twitter account. My attention was caught by this name, “Isagani Yambot”, which that night was trending on the said social networking site. I knew Mr. Yambot as the publisher of Philippine Daily Inquirer. To my surprise, many tweets have flooded announcing the death of Mr. Gani. I was silenced for seconds. I was shocked by that very sad news. I didn’t believe it for a moment for i considered it as a hoax. But, when i have heard it in television, i could not believe it myself. Philippines has lost one of the foundations of Philippine Journalism. Mr. Isagani Yambot passed away at the age of 77.

The death of Mr. Yambot really made an impact to everyone, especially to people in the field of journalism. The works of Mr. Gani, as what he is called by most of his colleagues, has made a lot of contributions in the press freedom of our country. Mr. Gani is a known advocate of press freedom during the Martial Law days.He survived the darkest stage of Philippine media fighting for what he knows the right thing to do. He has inspired many Filipino journalist to report and write the truth and nothing but the truth.

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photo by: ink engine

But one thing is for sure: He is not dead. He is living in the hearts of many Filipino whose hearts have been touched by his helping hands.

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photo by: ink engine

For a journalist in the making like us, i am proud to say that  2 months before the death of Mr. Gani, we had the privilege of talking to him. We had interviewed him for this particular class project. We were glad that he responded to our interview request. At first, we have thought that Mr. Gani is just an ordinary employee at the Philippine Daily Inquirer. But we were surprised to know that h is the publisher of the famous newspaper. He welcomed us very warm at his office until we started asking questions to him. I can still remember his calm voice when he is speaking to us. I can still remember those nice smiles when he cracked jokes at us. I will never ever forget that 1 hour interview we had with him. I will treasure al the things and lessons he had given us. but, most importantly, i am very thankful that once in our life, our paths have crossed with Mr. Isagani Yambot. I am glad that i have met one of the pillars of press freedom in the country. That is an achievement for us.

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Isagani Yambot Sr. (November 16, 1934 - March 2, 2012)

In many ways, the work of a journalist is hard and sometimes, your life is at risk. But, Mr Isagani Yambot has assured that no matter how tough it is, we should never forget the foundation of a good journalist: truthfulness, fairness, non-partisanship, and courage. His legacy will live forever. Our country is proud to have such a responsible, hard-working, and inspiring journalist like him. R.I.P Mr. Isagani Yambot.

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