christopeter paragas

Home | Explore Paradise Philippines | Dream Vacation | Transportation | Contact Us


.


Share

landscapes of Mayoyao

1

Written on 5:42 PM by yahoo

delivers the latest breaking news and info


The spectacular landscapes of Mayoyao
Words and photos by Elmer Cabotage


In 1995, five rice terrace clusters in four municipalities of the province of Ifugao were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dubbed as a "Living Cultural Heritage Site," these rice terraces express and conserve the harmony between the environment and its indigenous people.

The Ifugao rice terraces include the terrace clusters of Batad and Bangaan in Banaue, Nagacadan in Kiangan, the terrace cluster in the municipality of Hungduan, and the Mayoyao central cluster. Of the five, Mayoyao is the least accessible from Banaue, making it all the more appealing for backpackers and adventurers to visit the place.

A lot of patience
"Grueling" best describes our 17-hour bus ride to Mayoyao, which is best accessed through Santiago City, Isabela. No wonder we were advised to bring a book, a pillow, and a lot of patience! After traveling practically the whole day, we checked in at the Mayoyao Hostel to rest our sore bodies and prepare for the next day's adventure.

After a hearty breakfast, we met with the local tourism officer, Robert Pinalgan, one of the few Department of Tourism-accredited guides in the municipality. Our first activity was a short trek to the historical marker on Mt. Nagchajan, site of the battle between the retreating Japanese and the combined Filipino and American soldiers during World War II. Locals who have explored the mountain peak reported seeing several stone-walled trenches and foxholes, rusty shells, and machine guns.



Microsoft slashing up to 5,000 jobs

0

Written on 10:05 PM by yahoo

delivers the latest breaking news and info


Company says it can't accurately forecast earnings for next six months


Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that it planned to cut thousands of jobs because of the current recession, in a move that underscores the difficulty even some of the most stable U.S. companies are having in dealing with these hard economic times.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker announced the job cuts Thursday as it released lower-than-expected quarterly earnings. In a highly unusual step, the company also said conditions were so uncertain that it could not accurately forecast its earnings and revenue for the coming six months.

Microsoft executives could only say that they didn’t expect conditions to improve soon for the company or for the economy.



Philippines fears 60,000 IT job losses after Intel shutdown

0

Written on 8:25 PM by yahoo

delivers the latest breaking news and info

MANILA (AFP) — Up to 60,000 jobs could be lost in the Philippines' key electronics sector after Intel Corp. shut a facility and Texas Instruments announced a number of lay-offs, an official said Thursday.

Intel, the world's biggest computer chip maker, announced plans Wednesday to close plants in Malaysia, the Philippines and the United States, with the loss of 1,800 jobs in its assembly test facility in Cavite province south of Manila.

Texas Instruments, another big US player in the sector, told the government last month it was laying off 400 workers from its semiconductor factory in the northern resort town of Baguio due to the global financial crisis.

The cuts highlight the poor state of the electronics industry and could be the beginning of a wave of job losses in the sector.

"The impact of the economic downturn on our business was more severe than we anticipated and the outlook is uncertain," Intel Philippines said in a statement explaining the closure of its facility.

The laid-off employees "will be offered a severance package," and various "transition services" the company statement said without giving details.

Intel was once one of the biggest exporters in the Philippines and one of the first to set up semiconductor manufacturing facilities in there 35 years ago, investing about a billion dollars over that time, according to its website.

"The semiconductor industry is already getting hit," Labour Secretary Marianito Roque told ABS-CBN television in an interview.

"We have seen this as early as three months ago," he said.

"We expected that we'll be getting hit in the first semester of this year," he added.

Roque said the government is giving counselling and retraining to "about 60,000 workers that could be affected nationwide".

The labour department is "getting daily notices now not only of retrenchments but on the reduction of work shifts, reduction of working hours, and compression of the work week," he said.

Plants employing 19,000 people have so far reduced shifts or working hours, he added but did not say how many had been laid off.

"We have to admit that this is not business as usual in the Philippines for the electronics sector and in the garments sector as well," Roque said.

"These will be the two particular areas that would be affected by the global financial crisis."

The electronics sector accounts for about 70 percent of the Philippines' exports and employs 480,000 workers.

Roque said Manila expects the business process outsourcing sector to take up some of the slack, with a "nominal growth" in the call centre industry creating about 130,000 jobs this year.

The Philippines also hopes to send its workers to "hotel jobs in Bulgaria and even manufacturing jobs also in some countries like Australia."

0

Written on 11:45 PM by yahoo

delivers the latest breaking news and info


Hari ng DAANG HARI

2nd Cycling Zone XC Mountain Bike Challenge
January 31, 2009
Portofino, Alabang Race Track

Categories:
kids up to 12 y.o.
Ladies
Big Boys 200lbs up
18 - 29 yo
30 - 39 yo
40 above
OPEN

Medals, trophies, cash prizes and raffle prizes

Entry fee P500
On-site registration starts 7am
You can also pre register at Cycling Zone

Thanks to:
Yellow Cab Pizza
Britanny
The Department of Tourism
Mayor Aldrin San Pedro
Councillor Allan Camilon
Pocari Sweat
Trek
Giant Trek
Specialized

  • Paradise Philippines~Philweb Support

  • Paradise Philippines

  • JOC Marketing

  • Paradise Philippines~Offshore Outsourcing

  • Paradise Philippines~Philweb

  • Paradise Philippines~JOC

  • Paradise Philippines~Outsourcing

  • Paradise Philippines~Philweb

  • Paradise Philippines~MIT-MC

  • chris macho

  • Paradise Philippines~Adventure Racing

  • Paradise Philippines~Trek Gear

  • Breaking news World

  • Lifestyle and leisure

  • Travel Advisory


  • Jingo Hervas
    Cycling Zone
    Shell Madrigal Gas Station
    Alabang-Zapote Rd. Alabang
    Muntinlupa

    French copter crash off Gabon kills 7

    0

    Written on 2:54 AM by yahoo

    delivers the latest breaking news and info

    (CNN) -- Seven French soldiers were killed when their military helicopter crashed off the coast of Gabon, the country's official news agency said Sunday.
    A French ship with investigators on board look for clues near the crash site area.

    A French ship with investigators on board look for clues near the crash site area.

    Two French soldiers survived the Saturday night crash, the agency said.

    French Defense Minister Herve Morin arrived in Gabon's capital of Libreville on Sunday and met with President Omar Bongo to coordinate recovery efforts for the body of one of the seven soldiers whose remains had not been found.

    According to the French minister, "the cause of this tragedy remains unknown. It may be natural or human, or a combination of both."

    Divers were inspecting the helicopter, which was in water 35 meters (about 115 feet) deep, Morin said.

    French forces were in the former French colony for maritime security exercises with Gabonese soldiers when the incident happened.

    related stories

  • Paradise Philippines~Philweb Support

  • Paradise Philippines

  • JOC Marketing

  • Paradise Philippines~Offshore Outsourcing

  • Paradise Philippines~Philweb

  • Paradise Philippines~JOC

  • Paradise Philippines~Outsourcing

  • Paradise Philippines~Philweb

  • Paradise Philippines~MIT-MC

  • chris macho

  • Paradise Philippines~Adventure

    Racing

  • Paradise Philippines~Trek Gear


  • philippines~="Philippines~">Breaking news World


  • philippines~="Philippines~">Lifestyle and leisure


  • philippines~="Philippines~">Travel Advisory
  • Flirt-Express is now accepting passengers from 10 major German cities

    0

    Written on 10:18 PM by yahoo

    delivers the latest breaking news and info


    Flirt-Express is now accepting passengers from 10 major German cities
    Flirt-Express now accepting passengers from 10 major German cities for its second year of heart service.

    Flirt-Express extends their service to all German singles on this Valentines season. Singles and lonely hearts will now have a chance to ride on the Flirt-Express train and meet their potential love partner for life at the same time each of the passengers will experience the best ride during Valentines Day. The flirt-express train departs from 10 major German cities on the night of February 13. Singles will ride the rails for the “nationwide flirt” hoping to meet a new potential lover and sweetheart every five minutes. If two hearts felt that they are strucked by cupid’s arrow during the Flirt-Express ride, they can decide to exchange personal details and extend their meeting further.

    By the time the train pulls back into the station, there is a party for everyone. Successful couples, lonely hearts, singles and those who failed to meet a special someone in the Flirt-Express will have another chance to continue flirting “to their heart’s content.”

    Flirt-Express is basically a speed-dating service with a twist during Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Eve. Flirt-Express dating service for singles is now on its second year of service. It was very popular last year that it reached over 5,000 singles registered knowing only 800 seats were offered.

    Speed dating is a form of matchmaking process or dating system. The purpose of speed dating is to encourage people to meet a large number of new people. Its origins are credited to Rabbi Yaacov Deyo of Aish HaTorah, originally as a way to help Jewish singles meet and marry. “SpeedDating”, as a single word, is a registered trademark of Aish HaTorah. “Speed dating”, as two separate words, is often used as a generic term for similar events.

    The first speed-dating event took place at Pete’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998. Soon afterward, several commercial services began offering secular round-robin dating events across the United States.

    Flirt-Express is one of speed-dating service with an excellent and unique love ride. Now, I want to ask you. What do you think of Flirt Express speed dating service?

    How to Survive a Plane Crash

    0

    Written on 5:19 PM by yahoo


    delivers the latest breaking news and info


    NEW YORK (CNN) -- A US Airways plane with 155 people on board went into a chilly Hudson River, apparently after striking at least one bird upon takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport, according to officials and passengers.
    iReporter Julie Pukelis put a camera in front of a telescope to get this view of the scene in the river.


  • Paradise Philippines~Philweb Support

  • Paradise Philippines

  • JOC Marketing

  • Paradise Philippines~Offshore Outsourcing

  • Paradise Philippines~Philweb

  • Paradise Philippines~JOC

  • Paradise Philippines~Outsourcing

  • Paradise Philippines~Philweb

  • Paradise Philippines~MIT-MC

  • chris macho

  • Paradise Philippines~Adventure

    Racing

  • Paradise Philippines~Trek Gear


  • philippines~="Philippines~">Breaking news World


  • philippines~="Philippines~">Lifestyle and leisure


  • philippines~="Philippines~">Travel Advisory



  • Everyone on board was accounted for and alive, officials said. About 15 people were being treated at hospitals and others were being evaluated at triage centers.

    Flight 1549, headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, was airborne less than three minutes, according to FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown.

    The pilot radioed to air traffic controllers that he had experienced a bird strike and declared an emergency, a New Jersey State Police source said.

    Sources identified the pilot as Chelsey B. "Sully" Sullenberger.

    "I think a lot of people started praying and just collecting themselves," said passenger Fred Berretta. "It was quite stunning."

    PADYAKAN LABAN SA TAMBAKAN

    0

    Written on 10:06 PM by yahoo



    delivers the latest breaking news and info



    The San Mateo "PADYAKAN LABAN SA TAMBAKAN"

    A sequel to the previous FREE RIDE for FREE DUMPsites held last Dec.
    27, 2008 which gathered 300++ concerned cycling advocates who took an
    environmentally fellowship bike ride around the town of San Mateo to
    announce to the general San Mateo residents that a gigantic dumpsite
    is about to destroy and diminish their town into a massive heap of
    garbage much like Payatas and Smokey Mountain. Along with it would be
    our beloved Maarat trail which we enjoy riding freely in wooded fire
    trails and forests during weekends.

    From our previous experience last Dec. 27th's advocacy ride we have
    seen a great effect in terms of its environmental awareness campaign
    done by all cyclists who joined. This coming Saturday, January 17th at
    the Aling Tinas Cycling Station and Resto, we shall now be joined by
    international environmental and eco-waste experts such as Green Peace
    and the Eco- Waste Council as well as the media who will join our
    Fellowship ride to stop the massive dumping of garbage in San Mateo
    forest's Bgy Maly and Guinang.

    Once again the concerned cyclists from all over the Metro are calling
    on ALL cyclists Mountain bikers and Roadies alike to once again join
    and be the voice of the San Mateo residents to the world. This
    Saturday, we are expecting at least 500 riders from all over the metro
    who will join this fellowship FREE RIDE for a cause. We hope you can
    all share in this momentous and historic cycling occasion.

    Details of the cycling event are as follows:

    The event will be on January 17, 2009; Registration starts at 6:30am.
    Critical mass ride starts at 8:00am.

    Other than being a FREE RIDE for a cause, upon registration; the first
    500 cycling registrants will receive a FREE The San Mateo "PADYAKAN
    LABAN SA TAMBAKAN" event T-shirt (It's a nicely cool shirt, S,M,L,XL
    sizes available) and a food coupon that entitles a FREE post event
    ride breakfast at Aling TINA's resto and cycling station in Daang
    Pari, Ampid, along Maarat rd. San Mateo, Rizal. (Befrore climbing The
    WALL).

    All for FREE (T-Shirts, Food/ Drinks and Fun Bike Fellowship) for the
    FIRST 500 cyclista participants who register early. Cool huh?

    The ride will simply cover approximately 15kms from Aling TINA's
    Maarat rd. go out towards the Marikina / Sn. Mateo main Rd towards San
    mateo towns and residents then converge at the Nuestra Senora de
    Aransasu Church beside McDonalds where a priest will bless the riders
    and some excellent guest speakers will share the meaning of this
    historic ride for a cause to free San Mateo and our Maarat Trails from
    massive dumpsites. Then upon convergence the group will then proceed
    back and clinb the semi-sloped Batasang Pambansa rd. going towards
    Commonwealth Avenue then back to Sn Mateo rd then back to Aling TINA's
    for FREE post ride breakfast.

    We hope we can all support our 2nd FREE RIDE for a cause this first
    month of 2009. Let us all help save our natural cycling trails and our
    forests so we can be able to allow our next generation to enjoy the
    clean and wholesome bike trails and forests we now enjoy.

    YOU CAN make a difference this weekend. Lets FREE Ride for a Cause!

    STEPHEN

    0927-2721697

    PS: Again, after the critical mass bike ride event, most of the
    participants who may still want to challenge The WALL going up to
    GIANT may do so. This challenge is optional for those who want ONLY.

    PS:PS: This is NOT a RACE but simply a FREE fellowship ride for a cause.

    "We all hope to see you there cycling folks and bike ride to protect
    our planet."

    Labels: bike. mountain bike, paradise philippines, past times, Philippines


    Related Posts with Thumbnails