Rest in peace, Mrs. President.

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The iconic face behind the Edsa Revolution, María Corazón “Cory” Cojuangco Aquino died early this morning, August 1, 2009 around 3:18AM at the Makati Medical Center.

Tita Cory, as she is fondly called, served as the 11th president of the Philippines from 1986 to 1992. She was the first female president of the Philippines and was Asia’s first female president. She had a year-long battle with colon cancer and finally succumbed to cardio-respiratory arrest this morning.

Rest in peace, Mrs. President.

Tropical storm “Jolina”

Do we really have to name the tropical storm “Jolina”???

Jolina is the tenth tropical cyclone to enter the country this year and the fourth weather disturbance in July. PAGASA is warning residents of Panay Island, Negros, Zamboanga Peninsula, Mindoro, Zambales, Bataan, Pangasinan, Palawan, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal and Quezon against possible flashfloods and landslides. Actually, Antipolo City, Rizal already reported a landslide yesterday. I do pray people will heed the warning and transfer to safer grounds even for the duration of this storm.

Anyway, it just baffles me why PAGASA is naming the storms this way. I think they want to be funny and relevant? But the celebrity with the same name is already a has-been, right?

No classes in Metro Manila tomorrow

Red alert has been raised in Metro Manila tomorrow, due to the president’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) as well as the celebration of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC)’s 95th founding anniversary.

Not only that, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced that classes in the elementary and secondary levels will be suspended on Monday, July 27, 2009. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) followed suit and made their own announcement that classes in the collegiate level are also suspended. This is understandable considering the center of the INC celebrations will be in Metro Manila.

I am sure that students will either be at the rallies or at the mall. Probably the latter since the weather in Metro Manila has gone hotter the past two days. It’s as if there were no storms that passed by the country.

Wherever you will be tomorrow, be vigilant. People with nothing else to do will surely start something to create chaos. Stay safe!

Bringing in traffic with the use of suggestive images

I don’t know with you but I get turned off by racy ads, or those suggestive images. I’m not being a prude or anything but I think there are other ways to entice a customer. I also think that more and more kids using the internet should not be exposed to these ads. They are impressionable and let’s face it, not everyone has an adult with them to guide them and teach them right and wrong.

In Entrecard, you will see widgets of women in sexy poses or costumes. I normally don’t approve ads with these images. Why? Because the little girl at home would often look over my shoulder and ask what the image she sees on the computer. This is also the reason why I stopped dropping on blogs with racy or suggestive content. I’ve run into a lot of these blogs.

I know some people use sexy women or suggestive images to entice curiosity, bring in traffic. When I was still a member of Spott, I noticed that this is what they do. Use sexy women in their ads. I stopped being a member and deleted the widget when friends started asking if I was already featuring a porn ad in my blog!

There are so many ways to entice a customer or a reader to go visit your blog/site. I believe we need not use sexy women or suggestive/porn-like images to achieve this goal.

Entrecard has new management

Anna of A Commuter’s Life voiced the question that entered my mind when I read Graham Langdon’s email: What lies ahead for Entrecard and its users?

For those of you who don’t know it yet, Entrecard has been acquired by another company, Los Angeles based ZipRunner Inc. You can read the email in its entirety after the jump.

Entrecard has been good to my blog’s Alexa rating. I was also able to lure some members into becoming regular readers and even subscribers to most of my blogs. I have met great bloggers and have found great blogs through the system. In short, I have benefited from the system a lot. It is only natural that when I read the email, questions popped in my mind. I began to worry that the change in management will surely affect the current system. Of course, funds changed hands and I wonder how the new owner would get back their money through the program. Perhaps, we can expect to be asked for membership fees. Or get bombarded by advertisements we wouldn’t want to put in our widgets. And there are many possibilities if you think about it. Sure, the system might improve now that the new owner has more resources than Graham. But will we really benefit from the improvements? Do we really want those possible changes?

Everything remains to be seen. I am just hoping that this change will make the program better and will truly benefit the members in the long run.

Read the email from Graham below… » Read more

Beware of copycats!

Plagiarism is fast becoming a big issue in the blogosphere at the moment. A lot of bloggers are complaining about being flagged by programs for having an exact same copy of their posts. I remember there was a post by Reyna Elena about this. He found out that his posts that he submitted to 3P were copied. Antedated, if I am not mistaken. Then, there’s Juliana‘s plagiarized post. With the same program. And then there’s another blogger complaining of being flagged by 3P. For the same issue. Copied post.

Those bloggers copying from another is really shameful, enriching themselves at the expense of another. I pity those who were copied from, flagged by the program and their work going to waste. I know how hard it is to come up with an entry that you have to write immediately. It’s even harder when the topic is something you are not familiar with. And then only to find out that your work is being rejected because someone else already claimed it…

To those copycats: I hope you can still sleep soundly at night knowing that you just robbed someone of their hard work!

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