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Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

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Philippine International Pyromusical Competition

Program Schedule:

February 12, 2011
7:00PM Woori Fireworks, Inc. (KOREA)
8:00PM Pirotecnica Igual (SPAIN)

February 19, 2011
7:00PM Macedos Pirotecnica, LDA. (PORTUGAL)
8:00PM Jubilee Fireworks, LTD. (UNITED KINGDOM)

February 26, 2011
7:00PM Jinsheng Fireworks, Inc. (CHINA)
8:00PM Lacroix-Ruggieri (FRANCE)

March 5, 2011
7:00PM Tamaya Kitahara Fireworks Co. (JAPAN)
8:00PM Apogee Fireworks (CANADA)

March 12, 2011
7:00PM Fireworx (AUSTRALIA)
8:00PM Platinum Fireworks, Inc. (PHILIPPINES)
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Cyberzone... Gaming fanatics?

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Visit  us on January 30, 20011 at cyberzone SM city North EDSA


Helping our friends out from Cyberzone... Gaming fanatics? Come one, come all and let's rumble!!! Try our DEAD SPACE 2 before it even becomes available here in the country... FREE admission, but first come first served, they say. So... see you suckers!

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Transformers 3 Dark of the Moon Trailer - Official (HD)

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Kung Fu Panda 2 Movie Trailer Official (HD)

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Floods hit Brisbane, Australia

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SYDNEY - Prime Minister Julia Gillard Saturday warned that massive flooding in Australia's northeast would recede only slowly, as some communities learned they could be isolated by rising waters for weeks.
Muddy floodwaters have inundated a huge area of Queensland state, cutting off roads and railway lines, destroying crops, swamping mines and forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes.
"The scale of the floodwaters, the sheer size of this is best appreciated from the air and we are talking about huge areas, lots of water," Gillard told reporters after flying over the region in an army Black Hawk helicopter.
"And so it is going to be a long time back. Flood waters do not subside quickly. It takes some time, it's going to take some time here."
Residents of the largest centre hit by the flooding, Rockhampton, were warned they faced another week of misery with two major highways to the town to be cut for a week and the airport out of action for several weeks more.
Rockhampton mayor Brad Carter said while the Fitzroy River had peaked it was receding more slowly than had been predicted, and floodwaters would probably not drop significantly for at least another eight days.
"The peak has held steady for a couple of days longer than we thought," he told reporters.
Carter said residents were becoming more and more concerned about their homes, many of which can only be reached by boat, and were anxious to return to see how badly they had been damaged.
"The stress and the angst is starting to increase as people are away from their homes for a longer period of time," he said.
"There is an expectation in the community that when you reach the peak, floodwaters immediately start going down and the airport opens up. It will take something like three weeks (to open the airport)."
As some towns continued their massive clean-up, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh warned that other communities were yet to be dealt the worst from the deluge and would be completely cut off within days.
"We also know that there's many other towns downstream (from St George in the state's southeast), Dirranbandi, Bollon and Hebel likely to be cut off and isolated for many weeks," she said.
"So getting supplies into these towns will continue to be a big priority."
The flooding also claimed another life on Saturday -- that of a truck driver delivering water to the stricken town of Condamine, who died when his vehicle overturned.
The torrential rains that have lashed the state and created a massive flood zone have already claimed 10 lives since November 30, including four people who drowned after their vehicles were swept away by the surging flood waters.
As residents of those communities where the flooding had passed began clearing muddy debris, Gillard said payments of some Aus$4 million dollars ($4 million) had already been dispersed to some of the 200,000 people affected.
But she said there was more to come as the recovery intensified.


Cars are pilled up in central Toowoomba following the flash flood. The wall of water came without warning, overturning cars and swamping homes.


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A car was overturned by a flash flood in Toowoomba on Monday. The deluge was compared to an "inland tsunami" that came with little or no warning despite weeks of rain.
This building in Toowoomba was damaged by the flash flood on Monday.
The flooding hit Rockhampton, Australia, earlier this month. The flooding seen above took place on January 6.
This aerial photo shows the flooded Depot Hill area, south of Rockhamption, on January 6.
Residents of West End remove stock from a business on January 12 in Brisbane.
Debris litters the side of the road following flash flooding that killed at least 10 people in Toowoomba.
A road covered by floodwaters is closed in Ipswich, Australia, on Tuesday. Evacuation centers were filling up Tuesday night with residents seeking shelter.
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39 special kids reach for the sky

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For the latest Philippine news stories and videos, visit GMANews.TV
By Tonette Orejas
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Central Luzon Desk
First Posted 03:11:00 01/10/2011





Filed Under: Good news, Air Transport, Children, Disabled,Corporate social responsibility, Photography

MAGALANG, Pampanga—Blessed with a sunny yet cool day and aided by 15 aircraft manned by Filipino and foreign pilots, 39 special children and teens from Luzon learned and felt what it was like to be up in the sky while enjoying an aerial view of Mt. Arayat and Central Luzon’s verdant farms.
When Nikko Tallada, Jeremy Lapeña, Carol Inere and other children with disabilities and ailments joined the “Reach for the Sky” event at the airfield of the Angeles City Flying Club (ACFC) here on Saturday, more than 50 photographers were on hand to capture their joy, excitement and fear.
The children and teens rode in groups on three helicopters of the Philippine Air Force and the Philippine Navy or took turns riding with pilots on 12 two-seat light planes. They spent 10 to 20 minutes up in the air and were allowed to ride the planes and helicopters more than once.
Tallada, who lost his right leg to bone cancer last August, looked tense when he took his seat on a light plane.
“Oh, you’re a veteran of the Vietnam War,” Boy Guevarra said before his 16-year-old passenger, donning two dog tags on his neck, put on the audio system and handed his crutches to his mother.
By 10:20 a.m., the plane took off, giving Tallada what he called a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
“I’m happy. The flight made me happy. I feel loved because they gave us this experience,” said Tallada, who wants to be a policeman.
This feeling of being touched, said John Chua, founder of Photography With a Difference (PWD), was what his group’s project, “Reach for the Sky,” was all about. Chua, 63, has been doing advertising photography over the past 40 years.
“One photographer can make a difference and many photographers can do a lot of difference,” Chua told the Inquirer.
He was referring to his encounter in 2008 with Ian, a young man with autism. Instead of just helping the mother and Ian bond at Manila Zoo and giving her solace through photographs of her son, Chua taught Ian point-and-shoot photography.

Unique perspective
He produced what Chua called “pictures with unique perspectives.”
Tallada’s mother, Teresita, said the event also helped her son cope with the sadness of losing his leg.
Jeremy Lapeña, 14, stricken with Down Syndrome, was both excited and afraid. But he never asked Jay Cook, a retired Australian bush pilot, to put the light sport aircraft down.
The plane’s owner, Helmuth Cotter, gave the free flight because it was for a cause. “All this flying is putting a smile on the faces of the children,” Cotter said.


Ecstatic
“He overcame his fear and look at him, he’s ecstatic,” said Lapeña’s mother, Agnes. In fact, he also rode the Philippine Air Force chopper.
“This is learning for him,” she said, adding she was not afraid for her son because “we want him to experience all the possibilities.”
Terry Hockenfhull, president of the ACFC, said the 15-year-old club lent the facility because “it’s the right thing to do.”




Clouds as gift
JC Lee, 8, who is blind, jumped around as he waited for his turn and blurted loud: “Gagawin kong pasalubong ang clouds (I’ll bring clouds as my homecoming gift).”
The whole day affair saw Henry Munarriz, a 12-year-old boy with autism, helping paint a mural after the flight. Fun activities, games and picnics followed.
From Ian in 2008 to a similar but small event, called “Dream Flight,” in 2010, the PWD advocacy for the well-being and acceptance of special children and youth has grown.
Support
The event started with the support of the Philippine Navy and the Kythe Foundation last year. But this year’s event also drew support from Canon Marketing Philippines and SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls.
Aside from Kythe Foundation, the beneficiary organizations now include the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders Inc., Autism Society Philippines, Parent Council for the Welfare of Hearing Impaired Children Inc., Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines Inc., AD/HD Society of the Philippines, and Parent Advocates for Visually Impaired Children Inc.
Photo exhibit
Photographs taken from the event will be exhibited at SM malls, said Bien Mateo, SM Supermalls vice president for mall operations and program director for SM Cares program for persons with disabilities.
“We want the exhibits to help change attitude toward PWDs and special kids and youth,” Mateo said.
Chua said he was amazed by how he got organizations and people on the advocacy through the social networking site Facebook.

He initiated similar events in Singapore and Indonesia last year and is set to do Reach for the Sky next month in the United States with Filipino photographers.

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