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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Lists of Pinoys who have won Pulitzer prize

Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com

MANILA - Reuters journalist Manuel Mogato on Tuesday joined a handful of Filipinos who have a Pulitzer prize, the most prestigious award in journalism.

Here's a quick look at four Pinoys who have won a Pulitzer Prize. 



CARLOS P. ROMULO
1942 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Correspondence




Carlos P. Romulo received the award for his "observations and forecasts of Far Eastern developments" at the height of the second World War. 
Romulo's winning piece was a "a series of articles, after a tour of the Far East, about Japanese imperialism, and predicted an attack on the United States," according to carlosromulo.org
He wrote the stories while he was an aide-de-camp to American General Douglas MacArthur. 

CHERYL DIAZ MEYER
2004 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Breaking News Photography

Cheryl Diaz Meyer received the distinction after she and David Leeson, her colleague from The Dallas Morning News, published a series of photographs "depicting both the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq."
In January 2018, Meyer, born in Quezon City, achieved another feat after she brought home all the awards at the International Category of the White House News Photographers Association's "Eyes of History" Still Contest.
Meyer, who now works as a freelancer, was conferred with first, second, and third place as well as 2 awards of excellence for a set of photos depicting the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS
2008 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Breaking News Reporting

Jose Antonio Vargas was part of the Washington Post team that covered the 2008 Virginia Tech shooting. 
He has championed immigration rights in the U.S. after he admitted in 2011 that he came to the U.S. when he was 12 years old in 1993 using a fake passport.
Vargas' book about undocumented immigrants, entitled "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen," is set for release in September 2018.

ALEX TIZON 
1997 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Investigative Reporting


Alex Tizon was part of the Seattle Times team (with Eric Nalder and Deborah) which investigated "widespread corruption and inequities in the federally-sponsored housing program for Native Americans, which inspired much-needed reforms," according to pulitzer.org
His article, "My Family's Slave," published in The Atlantic after Alex passed away last year, went viral in May 2017. His article describes the life of Eudocia Tomas Pulido, a distant relative who came to live with the author’s family in the U.S to work as a household helper without pay for decades.
MANUEL MOGATO
2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in International Reporting


Manuel Mogato won the international reporting Pulitzer with Reuters colleagues Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall for their "relentless" reporting on deaths allegedly linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
Pulitzer.org said the work by Reuters "exposed the brutal killing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs." 
Mogato has been at the front row of the country's most turbulent events, including the end of Ferdinand Marcos' dictatorship, the ouster of former President Joseph Estrada in 2001, and the onslaught of Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. 












Pink Beach in Zamboanga, one of the worlds best says National Geographic

By:  Source: http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/291230/zamboangas-pink-beach-one-worlds-21-best-national-geographic-says/





The moment you set foot in Zamboanga City, won’t you want to stop wandering, and just head straight to the beautiful island facing its coasts?
In plain view from the city, Great Sta. Cruz Island’s clean sand looks white. But take a closer look, and you’ll see that the sand actually has a pinkish hue.
Last year, this pink-sand beach made it to the list of National Geographic’s 21 best beaches in the world. The crushed red organ pipe corals create the sand’s unique color.

Sta. Cruz Island is 4 km from the city’s Paseo del Mar, where bookings can be done by chance passengers and where visitors are reminded of the rules. The fare is at least P1,000—good for 10 persons. Advanced bookings are encouraged by management.
The boat trip takes 15-20 minutes from the city to the island. The crew, who are also residents of the island, occasionally turn off the engine in the middle of the trip while the boat passes over one or two huge, dark-blue waves.
Great Sta. Cruz is 251 hectares, while Little Sta. Cruz is about 21 hectares. The recreational area and the pink sand beach in Great Sta. Cruz stretches 350 meters long.
The Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands were declared protected landscapes and seascapes in 2000 under Presidential Proclamation 271. The surrounding areas were also declared buffer zones.
Critically endangered
Little Sta. Cruz is a strict protection zone. It is not open to the public. There are critically endangered marine turtles on both islands—hawksbill, green and olive ridley turtles.
Just like several barangay in Zamboanga named after saints, the island got its name during the Spanish colonial period.
Visitors are allowed on Great Sta. Cruz only from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are limited to 500 persons per day. The city government and island keepers practice risk-reduction management and encourage visitors to be responsible ecotourists.

No trash should be left on the island. Washing of utensils in the swimming area is not allowed. Collection of corals and shells is also prohibited, except for the fish catches, souvenirs and trinkets sold by residents of the island.
Once on the beach, visitors can enjoy beach volleyball and take photos in a tree arrangement with Zamboanga City in the background.
Security remains a concern, but visitors need not worry because they will be accompanied by the Coast Guard and armed policemen the whole time.
Sandbars are fleeting, and their formation depends on the northeast and southwest monsoons (amihan and habagat, respectively). They usually appear when it’s habagat season, and disappear when it’s amihan. The length of the sandbars changes with the current.
According to Richard Aliangan, operations officer of the Protected Area Management Unit, the sandbars slowly get separated from Little Sta. Cruz.
The sandbar reflects the sunlight brightly, and waves come from opposite sides, meeting each other on an edge, like the closing of zippers—an unbelievable sight.



There are different species of mangroves on the island. They are even assigned genders. Those with pointed leaves, the size of a bud or coffee bean, are male, while those with blooming broad leaves are female.
Majority of the over 400 people living on the island are fisherfolk with alternative livelihoods, including tourist operations. Most of them also have motorized boats to travel to and from Zamboanga City (still docking at Paseo del Mar).
Stingless jellyfish
There are light-brown stingless jellyfish in the island’s lagoon. The tour guide explains the do’s and don’ts of holding them. The hands should be free of sunblock first, so that the jellyfish skin won’t be affected.
The jellyfish, which also come in gray-to-violet colors, should never be totally taken out of the water.
“Visitors get excited while touching the jellyfish, and their fear lessens,” Aliangan said in a phone interview.
Great Sta. Cruz happens to have a burial ground or heritage tombs for the Badjao tribe. There are artifacts, boat-shaped grave markers that are locally called “sunduk,” and mugs above the grave. This burial ground is part of a reserved national park under Presidential Decree 654.
The island also serves as a venue for Zamboanga’s celebration of Fiesta na Isla, an eight-week festival from April to May with activities like sand sculpture-making, boat racing and mussel-eating competitions. There are cultural performances such as the traditional “Pangalay” dance in which the dancers wear hand accessories, making their nails look unusually longer, imitating the wings of a bird.
Aliangan also said that there is a plan to allow visitors to walk around Great Sta. Cruz through eco-trekking. It will cover 6-8 km.
As the song goes, “Don’t you go to far Zamboanga…” The place can make visitors want to always come back, if not stay.

How to get to the city
Direct flights to Zamboanga City are available in Manila, Cebu and Davao. One-way fare ranges from P2,000-P4,000 depending on the promo and the time the ticket was booked.

Where to stay
Upon arrival, there are a number of hotels to choose from. The nearest one to Paseo del Mar is Lantaka Hotel by the sea, a perfect place to view the sunset. But for travelers who want to be practical, other convenient and budget-friendly hotels in the city proper like Hermosa Hotel and Red Cross Youth Hostel, which is just in front of Lantaka, can be the best choices.


Must-try dishes
Zamboanga is also known for food like curacha (red crab), spicy satti and chicken pianggang. There is also a wide variety of eats in Paseo del Mar. One famous restaurant that offers a seafood platter is Barcode. Zamboanga’s famous dessert called “Knickerbocker” is the ideal healthy finish. It is a mix of melon, apple, mango, pineapple, jelly and condensed milk topped with strawberry ice cream.















Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pinoy Waiter In Singapore Wins Best In Customer Service Award

By
 Rexan Chan
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October 15, 2016



Filipino Waiter wins best in Customer Service award in the Singapore Tourism Awards given by the Singapore Tourism Board.
A Filipino Waiter who has been working in at the Marina Bay Sands’ Adrift Restaurant For almost Five years has been reportedly named as the Best in Customer Service Awards in Singapore.
According to a recent news report of ABS-CBN News, Mark Anthony Cacal won the award after he was observed by the Customers and his co-workers of having a good attitude in his work.
He consistently received good comm
ents from customers, he has a good record, and great reviews from popular travel site TripAdvisor.
The result was announced and the Filipino waiter was named as the Best in Customer Award given by the Singapore Tourism Board.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New surfing destinations in Sorsogon and Palawan

Thea Omelan, ABS-CBN News

Big waves in Gubat, Sorsogon have become a hit among local surfing enthusiasts.
This month, as the town celebrates Swell Festival, expect more surfing fans to visit and join the surfing competition, a festival highlight.
Gubatnon for Adventurism Inc. President Noli John Mercader revealed, the proceeds from the tournament will benefit scholars and other institutions.
Local surfers also offer surfing lessons for just P350.
Aside from surfing, visitors can also join the beach volleyball competition, enjoy the town's delicious delicacies and revel at firedancing at night.

Meanwhile, Puerto Princesa, Palawan also boasts of a new surfing destination, the Nagtabon beach.
National surfing champ Jasher Villaruel is among those who love the beach.

"From the view deck, makikita mo yung Nagtabon Cove. It's so beautiful and the water here is green tapos pagpunta mo pa dito during December may storms right? So maganda rin mag-surf,” he said.
[From the view deck, you can see the Nagtabon cove. It's so beautiful and the water here is green. If you go here during December, there are storms, so it's good to surf.]
On top of these, another must-see in the area is the beautiful sunset at the Nagtabon View Deck.





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Push for clean energy gains support in Palawan

Cherry Camacho, ABS-CBN News
PALAWAN - The Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy (PACE), a group of concerned citizens and non-government organizations (NGO), has announced support for the "Reclaim Power" campaign of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ).


PACE, together with civil society groups Palawan NGO Network Inc. (PNNI) and Environmental Legal Assistance Center (ELAC), youth volunteers, and indigenous communities, joined the call to promote the use of clean and renewable energy in Palawan.
They are opposing a proposed 15-megawatt coal-fired power plant of D.M. Consunji Holdings Inc. (DMCI) in Palawan.
According to environmentalists, the coal-fired power plant will damage the health and livelihood of locals.
Environment Secretary Gina Lopez earlier said in a forum in July in Palawan that there will no new Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) to be issued for coal-fired projects.





Monday, March 30, 2015

Philippines among Happiest Countries in the World

Is it really more fun in the Philippines? Maybe its residents can convince you. Filipinos are one of the happiest citizens in the world according to a global survey.

The Philippines follows close behind ten Latin American countries – most of them sharing ranks based on the results of a Gallup poll Positive Experience Index released a day before the United Nations International Day of Happiness on March 20.
Gallup asked 1,000 individuals aged 15 or older in 143 countries in 2014 if they had positive experiences on the day before the survey. Results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews. Gallup compiled the “yes” responses from five questions: “Did you feel well-rested yesterday?”, “Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?”, “Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday?”, “Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?” and “Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment?” into a Positive Experience Index score for each country.
Paraguay topped the survey with a score of 89.
In second, third and fourth places are Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala which all received a score of 84.
Honduras, Panama and Venezuela shared the fifth, sixth and seventh place on the list with a score of 82.
Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua got 81, placing eighth, ninth, and tenth.
The Philippines received a score of 80, sharing the spot with Singapore, Switzerland and Uruguay.
Money isn’t everything. Latin American countries aren’t the wealthiest countries but they certainly have some of the happiest people in the world. Pinoys have certainly had their fair share of environmental disasters and general misfortune but at the end of the day, most Pinoys can still look at the bright side and crack a joke-or two.


- See more at: http://www.goodnewspilipinas.com/philippines-among-happiest-countries-in-the-world/#sthash.3PUFhn78.dpuf









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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Antonio’s Tagaytay in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list

Antonio’s in Tagaytay has put the Philippines for the first time on the elite Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
The 2015 edition of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list ranked Antonio’s in the 48th spot, after a voting of 300 restaurant industry leaders from Asia.

The elite list released by William Reed Business Media, which also publishes The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, billed Antonio’s as a restaurant of “Idyllic surroundings with a menu to match.”
The fine dining restaurant with an offering of Modern European with Philippine influences is set in a colonial-style mansion with its own farm and is found amidst lush gardens and a cool climate in the volcano ridge town of Tagaytay, a two-hour drive and some 50 kilometres south of Manila.
The list hailed owner-Chef Antonio “Tony Boy” Escalante’s cooking and marked his Lechon de leche or slow-roasted suckling pig rubbed with herbs and spices as Antonio’s “standout dish.”
In a Facebook post Chef Escalante referred to the award as an honour and a humbling experience, “While being part of this prestigious list is an acknowledgment of the hard working team at Antonio’s, it is also a statement that Filipino cuisine is ready and waiting for the world.” Escalante’s team includes Ricky Sison and pastry chef Reymond Abdon.
The Best Restaurant feature also highlighted the fact that most of the restaurant produce is sourced from the adjacent farm, which also supplies Chef Escalante’s two other restaurants, Breakfast and The Grill.
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants was launched in 2013 with six voting regions: South-East Asia – South; South-East Asia – North; Hong Kong, Taiwan & Macau; mainland China and Korea; Japan; and India and Subcontinent. The list is created by the Diners Club Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.



- See more at: http://www.goodnewspilipinas.com/antonios-tagaytay-in-asias-50-best-restaurants-list/#sthash.pOB7pLcH.dpuf








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