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Default Re: 4th Annual Padyakan sa Bataan: 29 March 2009
4th Annual Padyakan sa Bataan 2009
The Provincial Government of Bataan in cooperation with Bataan Tourism Council Foundation, Inc. Municipality of Mariveles, Bataan Economic Administration and the Bataan Trailriders and Adventurers Network (BaTAAN)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Registration starts at 6:30 AM
Race proper at 7:30 AM

Karagatan Bay View Peaks, Bataan Economic Zone, Mariveles, Bataan

The course is a 3 km (approximately) loop that features single and double tracks, climbs and descents, with amazing view of Corregidor, China Sea and Bataan mountain ranges.

The number of laps is based on level of expertise.

Open category riders will do 5 laps, Age category with 4 laps, Fun and Single Speed riders will do 3 laps. Kid category riders will race around the base camp. For Super D riders (please wait for details)


1st Place 6,000
2nd Place 4,000
3rd Place 3,000

20 and below
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
51 and up

Note: Cash prizes and trophies for top 3 winners per category
1st Place 3,000
2nd Place 2,000
3rd Place 1,000

FUN CATEGORY (Men and Women)
1st Place 2,000
2nd Place 1,000
3rd Place 500
(Separate awards for men's solo and women's solo)

1st Place 3,500
2nd Place 2,500
3rd Place 1,500

1st 3,000
2nd 2,000
3rd 1,000

13 to 15
10 to 12
9 and below
(Top 3 winners/age category)

ALL race participants MUST wear a helmet the entire time while riding their bikes. Failure to have your helmet on or buckled at any time on the bike will result in DISQUALIFICATION.

… registration is FREE!
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Dutch Allow Sex in All Parks


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AMSTERDAM, 08/03/08 - The police's National Diversity Expertise Centre (LECD) wants sex allowed in all public parks in the Netherlands. The police institute has advised the cities to follow the example of Amsterdam, De Telegraaf newspaper reported Friday.

In Amsterdam's Vondelpark, owners of dogs let off the leash can be fined, but sex will shortly be permitted. "Why should we try to maintain something that is actually impossible to maintain, which also causes little bother for others and for a certain group actually signifies much pleasure?" says Paul van Grieken, the responsible Alderman in the Oud-Zuid district of Amsterdam.

Van Grieken confirmed that the plan to tolerate public sex in Vondelpark is part of a draft version of new rules of conduct for the city's best-known park. The regulations are to come into force after the summer. "Of course there are strict rules attached. Thus, condoms must always be cleared away, it must never take place in the neighbourhood of children's playgrounds and the sex must be restricted to the evening and night-time."

The draft memorandum says that fines will be maintained for dogs running around off the leash that, for example, cause nuisance to sunbathing or cycling users of the park. "The research showed that many people find this disturbing," according to the alderman.

LECD is now calling on Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht to tolerate 'cruising' gays in all their parks. In a letter to the administrators of the three cities, the police institute says that by regulating sex in public, the safety of homosexuals from 'queer-bashers' can be better guaranteed.

Thus, it says in the recommendations that "officers must not disturb the activities, as long as they do not cause any actual nuisance" and they would "only have to take corrective action if there is a question of actual offensive behaviour that is visible from the public path."

Homosexuals' organisation COC is pleased that the Amsterdam Oud-Zuid district is to be the first to tolerate sex in the Vondelpark. "Cruising is something belonging to all time and banning it does not work anyway. They do it surreptitiously and mostly without others being annoyed by it. But homos at cruising spots are often attacked. By now agreeing rules of behaviour on this, safety can be increased," according to COC Amsterdam chairman Dennis Boutkan.

delivers the latest breaking news and info hot air balloon


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- Hot Air Balloon Flight 5:30 am - 7:00 am
- AFP Sky Diving Exhibition 7:00 am- 7:30 am
- ACFC Ultra light Aircraft Flyby 7:40 am - 8:30 am
- Private aircraft airplane fly by AOPA- Phil. 8:30 am - 9:30 am
- Aerobatic show by Meynard Halili and Bill Wright 9:30 am - 9:50 am
- Gyro Plane Flying Demonstration by Gyroplane Rotorcraft 9:50 am-10:20 am
- AFP Sky Diving Demonstration 10:20 am -11:00 am
- Radio Control Aircraft Flying by N. Hedeki and A. Ishimura 11:00 am -11:30 am
- ACFC Ultra-light airplane bomb dropping 11:30 am- 12:30 pm
- Choreographed Kite Flying Exhibition by Kite Team Philippines 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm
- AFP Sky diving Exhibition 1:30 pm -: 2:15 pm
- Aerobatic Show by Meynard Halili and Bill Wright 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
- Microlite air show 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
- Hang Gliding exhibition 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
- Hot Air Balloon Flights 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
- Hot Air balloon night Glow 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm

feb 15.

Hot Air Balloon Flight

5:30-7:00 a.m.

Higantes Parade from Anggono

7:00 a.m.

Paragliding Exhibition

7:00-7:30 a.m.

Angeles City Flying Club Ultralight Aircraft Flyby

7:30-8:30 a.m.

SIL Helio STOL Demo

8:30-9:30 a.m.

RC Helicopter Show

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Helicopter Flying Exhibition

10:00-10:30 a.m.

Skydiving Exhibition

10:30-11:00 a.m.

Light Airplane Balloon Bursting Competition

11:00-12:30 a.m.

KiteTeam Phil Choreographed Kite Flying Exhibition

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Angeles City Flying Club Ultralight Flying Display

1:30-2:30 p.m.

RC Airplane Flying Demonstration

2:30-3:00 p.m

Aerobatic Exhibition

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Airplane vs. Car Race

4:00-4:45 p.m.

Search and Rescue Exhibition

4:45-5:30 p.m.

Hot Air Balloon Flight

5:30-6:45 p.m.

Crew and Awards Night Party

7:30 p.m.

Face transplant patient regains self-confidence


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CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- The woman who received the first-ever near-total face transplant in the United States told her doctor she has regained her self-confidence, said Dr. Maria Siemionow, head of plastic surgery research at the Cleveland Clinic and leader of the transplant team.

The patient, who prefers to be anonymous, is finally able to breathe through her nose, smell, eat solid foods and drink out of a cup, Siemionow told participants of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago over the weekend.

The complex surgery, a 22-hour procedure, took place in December at the Cleveland Clinic. The patient received her new face in one graft from a donor cadaver.

"I believe this procedure is justified because you need a face to face the world," Siemionow said.

The patient had previously "suffered severe facial trauma," the Cleveland Clinic Said.

She had no nose, right eye or upper jaw before the procedure, and could not smell or eat normally. People would call her names on the street, Siemionow said.

The surgery gave the patient a nose with nasal lining, as well as a palate. This, combined with the olfactory receptors in the brain, gave the patient the ability to smell, Siemionow said.

Social reincorporation is as important as the face transplant itself, Siemionow said. At this point, the patient doesn't want to face the "common world," but she is facing her family, the surgeon said.

The patient said she is happy because when she puts her hands on her face, she feels a nose, Siemionow said. She can also taste a hamburger and pizza, and drink coffee from a cup, the "things we take for granted every day," Siemionow said.

The patient also received lower eyelids, upper lip, skin, muscles, bone, hard palate, arteries, veins and nerves.

As for the aesthetics of the new face, Siemionow suggested that restoring function was more important. "At this point, no one is really looking at beautification," she said.

Siemionow, who has been working on face transplant research for 20 years, received approval from the Institutional Review Board in 2004 to conduct a full facial transplant.

Only patients who had already exhausted all possible options for conventional repair were considered for the transplant, Siemionow said.

Currently, cancer patients are not candidates for face transplants because transplant recipients must take immunosuppression drugs for life so that the body does not reject the donated tissue, Siemionow said. In the future, however, lifelong immunosuppression may not be required, she said.

While burn damage is normally patched with pieces of excess skin from a person's own body, this does not work if the whole face needs to be covered -- the skin of the entire back is less than half of what would be needed to cover the full face and scalp, Siemionow said.

Previously, three facial transplants had been completed -- two in France and one in China. The Chinese recipient, Li Guoxing, died in July of unknown causes, Guo Shuzhong, a doctor involved in the case, confirmed to CNN.

One of the French face transplant recipients was a man who had a genetic disorder that created large tumors on his face. The other French patient had been bitten by a dog. The Chinese patient had been attacked by a bear.

European news media recently reported that a surgeon in Spain received approval for another face transplant, which would be the fifth in the world.

Researchers are also making headway into treatments for disorders that give rise to facial abnormalities, experts say. They are identifying genes that become mutated and cause the skull and facial features to become distorted.

"We're moving into the arena where we can do medical treatment," Dr. Ethylin Jabs, professor of developmental and regenerative biology at Mount Sinai Medical School, said at the conference.

One example is Treacher Collins syndrome, a condition found in one in every 50,000 births, which affects the development of bones and other tissues in the face. Scientists have determined that the gene TCOF1 is involved in the disorder, and research is ongoing into the precise function of this protein.

By looking at the genetic underpinnings of disorders that lead to facial deformities, scientists can also understand what accounts for the normal differences in face and skull types.

"These are going to be some of the genes that cause some of that variation," Jabs said.

Weakness in Chris Brown Case -- Prior Attacks


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Chris Brown may have gotten lucky because the charge he was booked on is kinda weak, law enforcement sources tell TMZ. But he's still in big trouble, and Rihanna says it's not the first time he's attacked her.

Sources say the Los Angeles County District Attorney kicked the case back to the police for further investigation because evidence that he made criminal threats against Rihanna is kind of thin. Our sources are quick to say he will, however, almost certainly be charged with felony domestic battery, a lesser offense but still serious.

Here's how it went down, according to the police report. After Chris received a text message from a woman who wrote about getting together, an argument erupted. By the way, initially, Rihanna would not tell cops what started the argument.

She did, however, tell them that during the argument, he started hitting her. According to the police report, she ordered him to drive her home and "faked a call" to someone, saying things like, "He's dropping me off. Make sure the cops are there."

Rihanna told cops the fake call enraged Brown. He said something to the effect of "You are really fu**ed up now. I'm going to kill you." This statement is the basis of the criminal threats charge.

At that point, according to the report, Brown allegedly began a violent attack with his fists. At some point, Rihanna took the keys out of the ignition and threw them outside.

And there's this. According to the police report, she told cops this was not the first time Brown hit her. She referred to it as an ongoing and escalating abusive relationship.

We're told the criminal threats charge is based on that one statement Brown allegedly made. As one law enforcement source told us, "It's kinda weak, and the D.A. is not going to prosecute a high profile case like this unless it's solid." That's why it was kicked back for further investigation.

Given the brutal nature of the attack, which the photos clearly show -- contusions on the face, swollen eyes, cut lip, bloody nose, bite marks on fingers and arm -- a felony domestic battery charge is virtually a done deal. That, however, is a less serious offense than making criminal threats.

Chris Brown brutality


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Singer Chris Brown broke his silence Sunday, a week after allegedly attacking his girlfriend, fellow performer Rihanna, on a street in Los Angeles, California.
Chris Brown was arrested February 8 on suspicion of making criminal threats.

Chris Brown was arrested February 8 on suspicion of making criminal threats.

"Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired," the 19-year-old said in a statement released by his spokesman. "I am seeking the counseling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God's help, to emerging a better person."

He added, "Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reported in the media is wrong. While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else. Those posts or writings under my name are frauds."

Police are investigating the incident.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said Wednesday the office needed more information before deciding on whether to charge Brown.

Brown was arrested February 8 -- the day of the Grammy Awards, where he was scheduled to perform -- and booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, the spokeswoman said.

Brown, who did not appear at the awards show, was released from jail that night on $50,000 bail and given a March 5 court date.

Brown's lawyer did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Police said Brown and a woman were in a vehicle near Hollywood's Hancock Park early February 8 when they became involved in an argument.

The woman "suffered visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker," police said.

Police did not identify the woman, but sources close to the couple told CNN the alleged victim was his girlfriend, the 20-year-old singer Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

She has made no public comment. Her spokesman issued only a short statement on the evening of February 8, when she canceled her performance at that night's Grammy Awards. "Rihanna is well," her spokesman said at the time. "Thank you for concern and support."

Police have refused media requests to hear the 911 call that led to their investigation.

BEST OF CORDILLERA Single’s Escapades


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BEST OF CORDILLERA Single’s Escapades

SAGADA & Bontoc in Mt. Province With BANAWE in Ifugao Province

Feb 27 to Mar 1, 2009

SAGADA is a pleasant little tranquil community in the mountains where the people are so warm and friendly. BONTOC is the capital of Mountain Province and is right in the middle of Cordillera. Bontoc rice terraces are made of stone walls to separate their rice fields.

PARTICIPANTS are encouraged to donate educational toys & books, any medical equipment to Sagada Hospital or medicines. These actions will make your trip more meaningful and memorable and you spiritually and emotionally healthy.

Banawe View Points, Banawe Museum , & Banawe Town Proper

Bontoc Museum and Bontoc Town Proper

SagadaTown Proper, Sagada Museum , Echo Valley with hanging coffins, Burial caves and Big Cave , Bokong Waterfalls.


Day 1 Feb 26 Thur 10pm Assembly Bus Station

Day 2 Feb 27 Fri 5 am ETA Banawe to Sagada

Day 3 Feb 28 Sat Sagada Tour

Day 4 March 1 Sun Sagada to Banawe

Day 5 March 2 Monday 4 am ETA Manila

Inclusive of

* Round Trip Aircon Bus Manila Banawe Manila
* Round Trip Jeep Service Van Banawe to Bontoc to Sagada and Back
* Private Jeep transfers around Sagada Tour
* 3days/2nights Accommodation (8 pax room sharing)
* 3 set Breakfast (option for coffee, tea, or choco)
* Entrance Fees and Environment fees
* Cave Guides and Lamp
* Local Sagada Guides
* Government Taxes

Not Included : Lunch and Dinners, pasalubong, personal medicine, tip to the guides

First Come First Serve, Book and Buy Reservation

Deadline of reservation on Feb 9 Monday (if there are still slots available)

Nature Awareness and Conservation Club, Inc

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