Why STaiRwaY?
Upon taking a glance on my blog, STAIRWAY... maybe you'll ask why STAIRWAY? What is in it? Well, I chose STAIRWAY simply because it speaks of taking a STEP either going up or going down in order to reach the next level or even reach a place where you want to go. It is my avenue to reach out to the world and share my hopes and aspirations in life as well as sharing the wonders of dwelling here in the Philippines.

STAIRWAY, An Example of a Blog

>> Sunday, January 31, 2010

Teacher   : Our lesson for today is on how to make a blog.
Mary Ann : Maam, I already know how to make a blog. Faye of “My Life in Holland
                   taught me how to do so.
Teacher   : Very good Mary Ann. Okey, give me an example of a blog.
Mary Ann : STAIRWAY, maam.
Teacher   : Excellent!  Another example.
Mary Ann : Another STAIRWAY maam.


Belated Birthday Greetings

Belated birthday greetings to my sister in law, Nida Carreon Libre who had celebrated her birthday. May the Lord shower you peace, happiness and abundance in everything all throughout your life...


Who Will Be The Next Philippine President?

     Six presidential aspirants came to Cebu last week at the “Choices and Voices 2010” hosted by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Cebu Business Club, with the support of Aboitiz Equity Ventures and the Visayas Electric Company, Inc. They were:
                Joseph "Erap" Estrada
1.   Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino I
          (Liberal Party). Philippine senator and the only son of the former President Corazon Aquino and  
     former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr. The brother of the popular TV host and actress Kris Aquino. 
2.  Joseph “Erap” Estrada
          (Political Party: PMP). Former Philippine president who was convicted of plunder but subsequently
     pardoned by President Gloria Arroyo.
3.    Richard "Dick" Gordon
          (Political Party: BAGUMBAYAN). A member of the Senate of the Philippines and former mayor of
     Olongapo City and also a former administrator of the Subic Free Port.
4.    Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. 
          A member of the Cojuanco clan. The current Secretary of National Defense.
5.    Eddie Villanueva
6.    Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr.
          (Nacionalista Party). Filipino businessman and former Senate President of the Philippines.  The
     most visible presidential candidate who has announce his presidential aspiration years back.  His ad
     campaigns have been going on for quite sometime.  Seen by most as using his money for his utmost
     advantage in the coming presidential election.
       The aspirants were asked questions on certain issues. It’s now up for the people to choose their bet for the upcoming 2010 presidential election.
        Do you have your bet now? Wanna bet?


Jason Ivler, a fan or not?

Are you a fan of Jason Ivler?



Filipinos from Haiti, Welcome back!

     Six Filipinos from Haiti arrived in Manila yesterday morning on board Philippine Airlines 
They were:
1.    Gregoria Bacurin
2.    Donna Bacurin
3.    Rochelle Cruz
4.    Sonny Maning
5.    Mikaela Santos
6.    Rosario Santos
Welcome back home to the Philippines!
They were the first batch to arrive and another batch is expected to be home this
 weekend. OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) assured them assistance. 


Belated Birthday Wishes

     Kathleen Ann “Kathy” Carreon Libre, belated birthday greetings and wishes for you. May all your wish come true. I was reminded of your birthday when I visited Faye’s blog, “My Life in Holland”.
     Lots of love from me and the whole family


70 Filipinos from Haiti (Port Au Prince) are set to arrive in Manila this week

>> Thursday, January 28, 2010

     OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Administrator Carmelita Dimzon said the first batch of 16 Filipinos would arrive on Friday, January 29, 2010 on board Philippine Air Lines (PAL) flight PR 103.  The next batch of 54 Filipinos would arrive the next day at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
     From Haiti, The Filipinos would be brought to the Dominican Republic and then to Los Angeles, California for the connecting PAL flights to Manila.


You Tube Posted Videos of CPDRC Inmates

       You Tube had posted videos of different views of CPDRC (Cebu Provincial detention and Rehabilitation Center) dancing inmates last January 26, 2010 who gained world recognition. Its new dance routine with the music DRILL of Michael Jackson’s hit song, “They don’t Care About Us” with the King of Pop’s own choreographer Travis Payne.
     The prisoners expressed pride of being a Pilipino. Cebu Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia expressed her thanks seeing the jailers transformation.
     It was Sony Pictures Entertainment who uploaded the pictures last January 22, 2010 with the approval of Capitol Consultant on Security Byron F. Garcia.


Asean Ministers of Education Met in Mactan, Cebu

      Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Council conference opened yesterday, January 26, 2010 with eleven member countries and eight affiliate countries. Delegates of the 45th SEAMEO are in Mactan, Cebu to discuss current education trends, issues and possible policy reforms in education.
     The Department of Education Secretary Jesli Lapus is the new SEAMEO President. President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo challenged the delegates to work for innovative and technology-based teaching and learning in the region.


COMELEC Tested Machines & Canvassing System in Cebu

     COMELEC (Commision on Election) machines and canvassing system was successfully tested in Cebu yesterday, January 27, 2010.This automated polls will be utilized as polling precincts this coming May 2010 election according to Election Commisioner Gregorio Larrazabal.
    COMELEC also tested its Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in 10 polling precincts in different five areas. Alfaco Elementary School and Bairan Elementary School in Naga, Cebu were among the 10 precincts. COMELEC spokesman James Jimenez said this test was for transmission system only.Cebu was the first to feed its test results to the national office and is now ready  for the COMELEC automation.
       Another field test will be conducted tomorrow in Pateros and Taguig. The mock elections are scheduled on February 6, 2010 in two areas in Cebu City.


I Write as I Talk

     A conversational tone makes for a readable writing. It increases interest. It helps understanding too. Revising is part of my writing. It also allows me to spot a libelous word or an unfair adjectiveThis is my last chance to give my reader an even break.
     Words are my tools in writing. The kinds of words I have in me depends on the reading I have done. “Good reader, good writer” as some old editors would say. However, I have to use words which are familiar to me.


My disclosure

>> Saturday, January 23, 2010

     This blog is a personal blog that speaks about the author’s honest beliefs, experiences, views and opinions irregardles of any compensation received by a third party. All advertisements and product reviews will be identified as paid one and will never influence the content, topics and posts made. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question. All paid posts will be edited and filtered to prevent conflict of interest.


Think First, Write and Post

      Clear writing is the result of clear thinking. If my facts are inadequate and if the points I wish to convey are broad and abstract I cannot organize my materials. I won’t get any clearer simply because I’ve been put down on chaos.
     To blog clearly, I must think ahead of time. I must have a tool and outline to guide me in writing. This device enables me to work in a logical structure.


Keep the Sentences Short

      Write short sentences because for me the longer the sentence, the more words. The more words, the more complex the relationships. The more complex the relationships, the more
difficult for the readers to follow and the greater the chances for misunderstanding.
     Sentence readability has been tested and measured. We know that people read with ease. One way of breaking those long sentences is to have one sentence with one idea. I use periods or semi-colons to break the sentences into idea components. Variety spices up reading. I balanced the short ones with a long sentence every now and then.


Blog to Express, Not to impress

>> Wednesday, January 20, 2010

          One of my functions as a blogger is to post an article in my blog because I have some opinions, ideas and thoughts to convey. However, it is important that my reader will understand what I am trying to communicate.
          Blogging is my right  therefore  to express my ideas, thoughts  and opinions concisely and briefly and not  to impress by writing high polluting words.  
                    Ginger anodyne clears the palate


My Second Award for 2010

>> Tuesday, January 19, 2010

         Thanks to Amina of “It’s My Life”, who gave me this award. I really love it! How nice of you to be so thoughtful this year. You inspired  me to blog more. Blog wizard, thanks again for the award.
          Aside from posting this award, I am also required to list down 7 things that most people probably don't know about me.
1. My real name is
Mary Ann.

2. I am an educator by profession.
3. Happily married with four children.
4. I love to read and write since it’s my only way out being a silent person.
5. I seldom talk but I always listen to others. I love to be alone especially when I write.
6. I believe that there is peace in silence.
7. I hate  loud and agressive persons.
           I'm passing this award to 10 bloggers whom I find Kreativ:  Faye,  Scribbler,  An, Fe,  Eden , Arvin, Screenivas, Jenny, Bananaz and Marianne


Sinulog 2010 Grand Mardi Gras in Cebu

>> Monday, January 18, 2010

Sinulog 2010 Grand Mardi Gras in Cebu
     “Environment and Culture” was the theme of the Sinulog 2010 in Cebu. Despite the wet, chilly weather the Sinulog fever went on with its, “One Beat, One Dance, One Vision”. A total of 133 contingents – floats, dance troupes and “hegantes” covered a carousel route to the Cebu City Sports Center for the festival’s 30th anniversary.
     Tribu Sinanduloy of Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, the defending champion for the Sinulog-based Category grabbed again the first prize but this time both in the Sinulog-based category and Street dancing competition while the Grand parade’s free interpretation category was awarded to Tribu Himag-ulaw of Placer, Masbate.
     The Sinulog Grand Mardi Gras was participated by famous politicians. Among them were Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., Actor Philip Salvador, Senator and Nationalista Party Presidential Candidate Manuel Villar, Senator Loren Legarda - Vice Presidential Candidate, Adel Tamano, Bongbong Marcos, Satur Ocampo, Susan Butch Ople, Gwen Pimentel, Former Congressman Gilbert Remulla of Batangas, Nerie Acosta of Bukidnon, Cerge Remonde of Cebu City, Mayor Tomas Osmeña, and Raul del Mar.
      Well known television and movie stars also appeared in the Sinulog grand route. Stars from TV Networks GMA – 7 and ABS CBN rode on their respective floats drawing screams from the crowd. Heart Evangelista, Richard Guttierez and Patrick Garcia boarded on GMA 7 float. Noontime show host and actress Valerie Concepcion rode on board the Cebuana Lluillier float with basketball star Dondon Hontiveros.
     The M Lluillier float was boarded by the ABS-CBN stars Matt Evans and Melissa Ricks who threw basketball hats and T-shirts to the crowd causing commotion. ABS-CBN Actor Derek Ramsey boarded the Bello Medical Clinic Float. A vast variety of radio personalities also joined the parade cordon.
     Pit Senyor! “Sadsad” sa Sinulog 2010. 


Grandest Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Pit Senyor!

Grandest Sinulog Festival in Cebu 
Pit Senyor!
        The Sinulog is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu CityPhilippines. The festival honors the so called vision of the child Jesus, known as the Santo Niño (Holy Child), who used to be the patron Saint of the City of Cebu (since in the Catholic faith Jesus is not a saint, but God). It is a dance ritual that commemorates the Cebuano peoples Islamic and pagan origin, and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism.
          The festival features a street parade with participants in bright colored costumes dancing to the rhythm of drumstrumpets and native gongs. Smaller versions of the festival are held in various parts of the province, also to celebrate and honor the Santo Niño. There is also a "Sinulog sa Kabataan" performed by the youths of Cebu a week before the parade. Recently, the festival has been promoted as a tourist attraction, with a contest featuring contingents from various parts of the country. The Sinulog Contest is usually held in the Cebu City Sports Complex.
          The Sinulog celebration lasts for nine days, culminating on the final day with the Sinulog Grand Parade. The day before the parade, the Fluvial Procession is held at dawn with a statue of the Santo Niño carried on a pump boat from Mandaue City to Cebu City, decked with hundreds of flowers and candles. The procession ends at the Basilica where a re-enactment of the Christianizing (that is, the acceptance of Roman Catholicism) of Cebu is performed. In the afternoon, a more solemn procession takes place along the major streets of the city, which last for hours due to large crowd participating in the event. It is noted that excessive alcohol consumption is commonly observed at this event.
          On the feast day at the Basilica del Santo Niño Church, a Pontifical Mass is celebrated by the Cardinal with the assistance of several bishops of Cebu. Most devotees go to the Basilica to attend the mass before heading out to the streets to watch the parade.
        The word Sinulog comes from the Cebuano adverb sulog which is "like water current movement," which describes the forward-backward movement of the Sinulog dance. The dance consists of two steps forward and one step backward, done to the sound of drums. The dance is categorized into Sinulog-base, Free-Interpretation. Candle vendors at the Basilica continue to perform the traditional version of the dance when lighting a candle for the customer, usually accompanied by songs in the native language.
          The Sinulog dance steps were believed to originate from Rajah Humabon's adviser, Baladhay. It was during Humabon's grief when Baladhay was driven sick. He then ordered his native tribe to bring Baladhay into a chapel where the Santo Niño was enthroned. Moments later, surprisingly, Baldhay was heard shouting and was found dancing with outmost alertness. Baladhay was questioned as to whether why was he awake and was shouting. Baladhay explained that he found a small child, pointing to the image of the Santo Niño, on top of him and trying to wake him up. He, at great astonishment, scared the child away by shouting but couldn't explain why he was dancing the movements of the river. Up to this day, the two-steps forward, and the one-step backward movement dance is still used by the Santo Niño devotees believing that it was the Santo Niño's choice to have Baladhay dance. 


My First 2010 Award

>> Sunday, January 17, 2010

I received this award a while ago from Khim of “Anything At All, Man and Food  and  Canted Shots”
It´s a sign of good health and prosperity.
Thanks for your kindness and friendship.
I wish you good health and prosperity for all the year round.
I love to give this award to all  bloggers of year 2010. Grab it now!


Cebu ... Cebu ... Cebu!

>> Saturday, January 16, 2010

          Cebu will be celebrating its annual fiesta with a grand Sinulog festival tomorrow, January 17, 2010.Welcome to Cebu... Cebu... Cebu!

          Cebu is a province in the Philippines, consisting of Cebu island and 167 surrounding islands. It is located to the east of Negros, to the west of Leyte and Bohol islands. Cebu is a long narrow island stretching 225 kilometres from north to south, surrounded by 167 neighbouring smaller islands, that includes Mactan, Bantayan, Malapascua, Olango and the Camotes IslandsCebu has narrow coastlines, limestone plateaus and coastal plains. It also has predominant rolling hills and rugged mountain ranges traversing the northern metres high. Flat tracts of land can be found in the towns of Bogo, San Remigio, Medellin and Daanbantayan at the northern region of the province. Its capital is Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines which forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan Area together with four neighbouring cities which include Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Talisay City and eight other municipalities. Mactan-Cebu International Airport, located in Mactan island, is the second busiest airport in the Philippines.

          Cebu is one of the most developed provinces in the Philippines, with Cebu City as the main centre of commerce, trade, education and industry in the Visayas. The United Kingdom based Condé Nast Traveler Magazine named Cebu the seventh best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region in 2007, eighth best Asian-Pacific island destination in 2005, seventh in 2004 and fourth in 2009. Cebu then known as Zubu (or Sugbo).


I Laugh in School

>> Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Teacher   :  Are the test questions giving you any trouble, Mary Ann?
Mary Ann :  No, the questions are clear, teacher
Teacher   :  What’s the problem?
Mary Ann :  It’s the answers that are giving me the problem.
     I laugh in school. Do you?

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