Sunday, 3 September 2017

2017 Hand Game Rock-paper-scissors (Bato-bato Pick)

Rock-paper-scissors (also known as paper, rock, scissors or paper, scissors, stone) is a hand game usually played between two people, in which each player simultaneously forms one of three shapes with an outstretched hand. These shapes are "rock" (a simple fist), "paper" (a flat hand), and "scissors" (a fist with the index and middle fingers extended, forming a V).

A zero-sum game, it has only two possible outcomes other than a tie: one of the two players wins, and the other player loses.

A player who decides to play rock will beat another player who has chosen scissors ("rock crushes" or sometimes "blunts" scissors"), but will lose to one who has played paper ("paper covers rock"); a play of paper will lose to a play of scissors ("scissors cut paper").

If both players choose the same shape, the game is tied and is usually immediately replayed to break the tie. Originating from China and Japan, other names for the game in the English-speaking world include roshambo and other orderings of the three items, with "rock" sometimes being called "stone".

Rock-paper-scissors is often used as a choosing method in a way similar to coin flipping, drawing straws, or throwing dice. Unlike truly random selection methods, however, rock–paper–scissors can be played with a degree of skill by recognizing and exploiting non-random behavior in opponents.

The players usually count aloud to 3 or speak the name of the game
(e.g. "Rock! Paper! Scissors!" or "Ro Sham Bo!"),
each time either raising one hand in a fist
and swinging it down on the count or holding it behind.
They then "throw" by extending it towards their opponent.

Variations include a version where players use only
three counts before throwing their gesture
(thus throwing on the count of "Scissors!" or "Bo!"), or a version
where they shake their hands three times before "throwing".

History-Origin source Wikipedia:

The first known mention of the game was in the book Wuzazu by the Chinese Ming-dynasty writer Xie Zhaozhi (fl. ca. 1600), who wrote that the game dated back to the time of the Chinese Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). In the book, the game was called shoushiling. Li Rihua's book Note of Liuyanzhai also mentions this game, calling it shoushiling (t. 手勢令; s. 手势令), huozhitou (t. 豁指頭; s. 豁指头), or huoquan (豁拳).

Mushi-ken, the earliest Japanese sansukumi-kengame (1809). 
From left to right: slug (namekuji), frog (kawazu) and snake (hebi).

Throughout Japanese history, there are frequent references to sansukumi-ken, meaning ken (fist) games where "the three who are afraid of one another" (i.e. A beats B, B beats C, and C beats A). This type of game originated in China before being imported to Japan and subsequently also becoming popular among the Japanese.

The earliest Japanese sansukumi-ken game was known as mushi-ken (虫拳), which was imported directly from China. In mushi-ken the "frog" (represented by the thumb) is superseded by the "slug" (represented by the little finger), which, in turn, is superseded by the "snake" (represented by the index finger), which is superseded by the "frog". Although this game was imported from China the Japanese version differs in the animals represented. In adopting the game, the original Chinese characters for the poisonous centipede (蜈蜙) were apparently confused with the characters for the slug (蛞蝓). The most popular sansukumi-ken game in Japan was kitsune-ken (狐拳). In the game, a supernatural fox called a kitsune (狐) defeats the village head, the village head (庄屋) defeats the hunter, and the hunter (猟師) defeats the fox. Kitsune-ken, unlike mushi-ken or rock–paper–scissors, is played by making gestures with both hands.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Love Locks at Redemptorist "Baclaran" Church

MANILA, Philippines
Love locks have found a new home at a grotto outside Baclaran Church, the newest “love escape” for people to display and declare their undying love, with God as their witness.

The fence around a grotto outside Baclaran Church in Parañaque City is now heavy
with “symbols’’ of relationships seeking heaven’s blessing.

Filipinos have caught up with the trend of affixing padlocks to bridges, park fences and other landmarks as symbols of their unbreakable vows. However, the country’s first love lock location, which is beside a church, is proving to be quite different from the other sites found around the world.

“Some call them love locks, others call them faith locks. But the main thing is that they celebrate different types of relationships,” said Fr. Ino Cueto, the rector of the church also known as the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Parañaque City.

Madonna and Child

Grotto Wishing Fountain 

Grotto Wishing Bridge

The first time I heard about love locks in France and Korea, but the “mini-shrine” that has formed in Baclaran is “not just for lovers.”  After seeing these locks I think I need to write something about it when I affixed my own love family lock with a Prayer for a united, happy, loving and healthy family, for a celebration of our love, 26th year Wedding anniversary this coming December 18, 2017. 

The keys along with coins from those making a wish are tossed into the pond surrounding the grotto. Aside from padlocks, the fence outside the church has also been strewn with rosaries, scapulars, and even rings.

Father Cueto said he doesn’t openly endorse the practice, though he recalled mentioning it once during a service on Valentine’s Day. “At first, we (in the church administration) tried to decide if we will remove them or not. But we eventually thought that they were there for a reason, so we just allowed them.” With the trend not expected to wane anytime soon, Cueto is already thinking of the time when all sides of the grotto are already bristling with padlocks. “We don’t want to simply regard them as unimportant. But I suppose the most practical thing to do is just remove them and we will pray for all the vows and relationships they represent.”

Curious passersby often direct their questions to Jun Cuayzon, the grotto’s caretaker. “I hold the key to this place and I also tell people what this is all about. And sometimes, I also have to guard it from those who might take the coins tossed here,” he said.

Cuayson has taken upon himself to fish out the keys from the pond and hang them on one side of the grotto, near a shrub, because “you’ll never know if people want them back. But so far, nobody has returned to get their keys or remove the locks. And besides, most of the locks are now rusty. Good luck to them if they think they can still tell their keys apart from the others,” he said with a grin.

My not so old Prayer Book
26 September 2012

Redemptorist "Baclaran" Church Grotto 
Click the link to watch YouTube Video

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Rev. Fr. Reginald Rivera Malicdem (Awesome Priest)

December 18, 2016, Sunday and it is our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We renewed our vows in the same church where we're wed has held 25 years ago.  

It is a moment that was truly meant a lot to us, we're sincerely thankful from the bottom of our grateful heart to you Rev. Fr. Reginald Rivera Malicdem, Rector of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Metropolitan Cathedral) for officiating our Renewal of Vows. God is so sweet to grant our pure wishes, our humble intention to renew our wedding vows through you.  We will always remember the kind words you said and how comfortable you made us feel on a day when we were already excited. Your officiating was gift enough for us to cherish. You took the time to get to know us and as a result, the solemn ceremony was perfect. It was a fantastic day with an even more special blessing. 

There is nothing more beautiful than love, that lasts forever. Our anniversary may be Silver, but our love is even more precious than Gold. It was a wonderful milestone for us to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in a very solemn and meaningful way.  

Rev. Fr. Reginald Rivera Malicdem

We really appreciated and admired this young priest in so many kind ways. We love to hear his wisdom through his homily Gospel of Matthew 1: 16-25 (Saint Joseph remain silent and God speak in his heart) Fr. Regie, a humble, young and gentle Rector of Manila Cathedral will always be a part of our life.

As we renew our vows of marriage today,
we also renew our commitment to be loving and caring parents to
Andreij, recognizing with gratefulness the happiness and fulfillment that
Andreij has brought to our marriage and family life.

Our 25th Wedding Anniversary is a time to look back at the good times
and a time to look ahead to live our dreams together.

Thank you, Rev. Father Reginald Malicdem, Rector of Manila Cathedral
 for the time you spent for our Renewal of Vows, the wisdom you have imparted to us,
and for being there for our 25th Wedding Anniversary.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Our "Palangga" Mr. Maurice Arcache at The Launching of The Bridal Lookbook.

Today, Thursday, April 20, at The Theatre Lounge of Solaire Resort and Casino, Inquirer Lifestyle launch “The Bridal Lookbook”

The book launch is part of “A Wedding Affair: A Salon Show” an event co-presented by Solaire, Philippine Tatler Weddings, Bvlgari, and Inquirer Lifestyle.

It was a nice evening, I am happy and grateful for being invited to witness many beautiful works of our favorite fashion designers of the evening specially the works of Mr. JC Buendia.

To add to this event, it was my 1st time to meet and talk with my favorite Inquirer columnist, society icon, and Philippine Tatler's "Palanga" Maurice Arcache and have a souvenir picture with Consul Ms. Anette Ablan of Belarus.

I will always remember Mr. Maurice in "Oh No! It's Johnny" was premiered on ABS-CBN in October 7, 1987 hosted by Johnny Litton and it was originally aired every Wednesday night. the show was produced by Silverstar Communications, Inc. and it was similar to American late-night talk shows.

In 1992, Maurice Arcache joined the show as co-host. It was also during this period when an IBC gag show TVJ (TeleVision's Jesters) spoofed the show (as Oh Yes! It's Jimmy!) and further gained more popularity.

In 1995, Oh No! It's Johnny was moved to Sunday night and its reformatted with Johnny's daughter Issa Litton joins the show as an additional co-host.

The show was ended in 1999 after 12 years of airing. Yet, I never forget Mr. Maurice "Palangga" Arcache whom I admired a lot in his many funny but sweet and respectful ways of expressing his thoughts.

Princess Sol, Mr. Maurice Arcache, and Consul Ms. Anette Ablan of Belarus

Mr. Maurice "Palangga" Archache

So happy and grateful to meet and talk with my favorite Inquirer columnist,
society icon, and Philippine Tatler's "Palanga" Maurice Arcache.

Light side, It was so nice of him to tell us, kaon-kaon lang ta, Palanga! 

A Wedding Affair Book Launch

Today, Thursday, April 20, at The Theatre Lounge of Solaire Resort and Casino, Inquirer Lifestyle launch “The Bridal Lookbook”  

The book launch is part of “A Wedding Affair: A Salon Show” an event co-presented by Solaire, Philippine Tatler Weddings, Bvlgari, and Inquirer Lifestyle.

The affair feature the creations of 17 of Manila’s top designers: Maureen Disini, Mike de la Rosa, Rei Escario, Jun Escario, Joel Escobar, Michael Leyva, Pablo Cabahug, Pablo Mendez, Mike Andree, Nat Manilag, Randy Ortiz, Rhett Eala, Lulu Tan Gan, Philip Rodriguez, Noel Crisostomo, Edwin Tan, and JC Buendia.

Mr, JC Buendia, Celebrity Fashion Icon
Ms. Pauline Balagtas wearing a JC Buendia silk charmeuse gown

Ms. Pauline Balagtas wearing a JC Buendia silk charmeuse gown

Ms. Tessa Prieto Valdez
Is a fashion designer, columnist and socialite-philanthropist
known for her flamboyant outfits.
She also comes from the wealthy Prietoclan, who controls one of the
largest newspapers in the Philippines, the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Table setting in Red motif.

Table setting in Orchids flower motif

Table setting in Rose motif

Table setting in Rose motif

Accent pieces

Accent Decorations

Fabulous layered fondant cakes

Wedding Gift's by Rustan's

Cocktail at the Theater Lobby

Musician at the coctail lounge

Fabulous Chocolates

Cocktails at the Wedding affair Book Launch
(In YouTube Video)

Other Photos

With Mr. JC Buendia and Ms. Tessa Prieto Valdez

Sol Albar and Celebrity Fashion Designer Mr. JC Buendia

So happy and grateful to see and talk with my favorite Inquirer columnist, society icon,
and Philippine Tatler's "Palanga" Maurice Arcache. 

Princess Sol, Mr. Maurice Arcache, and Consul Ms. Anette Ablan of Belarus

Nice souvenir shot with a nice lady
Irene Martel-Francisco, owner, and publisher of Philippine Tatler

Sol Albar, Mr. Maurice Arcache, Fashion Icon Mr. Mike Dela Rosa, and Ms. Sylvia
Congratulations Mr. Mike Dela Rosa

Congratulations Mr. Rhett Eala

Sol Albar, Dra. Elsie Pascua (Robotic Surgeon at Saint Luke's Hospital),
and Pianist Ms. Serla Russelle

Sol Albar with nice and gentle Zita Buendia

Sol Albar with Melissa "Famous Painter" and Miara Villaseñor
Read more about: Melissa the Painter and her works

Sol Albar with lovely Empress, and company

Princess Sol, Rhett Eala, Liza Ilarde, Luis Espiritu, JC Buendia, and Alvin Cornista

Saturday, 1 April 2017

2017 Timezone Champion "PBE Doujin" (Tekken 7)

It’s Timezone’s Tekken 7 tournament. Players from all over the country gave their best to qualify for the grand finals. Timezone Philippines finished their Tekken 7 Tournament 2017 at the Trinoma Cinema Lobby last Saturday, April 1, 2017.

The event was attended by a large number of the local Tekken community, including players all the way from Pangasinan, Cebu, and other distant places outside of Metro Manila. The finals were between Alexandre Laverez and Andreij Albar both from the team of Playbook Elite. After the tournament, players PBE.Doujin got the 1st place, PBE.AK 2nd Place, and Luckyfighter 3rd place.

Congratulations to one of the best Tekken Player that the Philippines can offer!

Champion Andreij Hosea D. Albar 
"PBE Doujin"
2017 Timezone Philippines' Tekken 7 Tournament

2017 Champion "PBE Doujin" Andreij Albar (Tekken 7)

2017 Champion "PBE Doujin" Andreij Albar
Tekken 7 Timezone Philippines'
(YouTube Video)

Congratulations to the Grand Winners
Champion PBE Doujin
2nd PBE AK
3rd LuckyFighter

Grateful Andreij said: Thank you, Timezone Philippines, Playbook Elite,
and to all the sponsors and supporters.

"The Champion's freebies"

Timezone Philippines, Tender Juicy, Roar, Toblerone, Cadbury, Pepsi, and much more.

Thank you, to all sponsors.

Congratulations to PlayBook Elite
"Champion" PBE.Doujin Andreij Albar and "1st Runner up" PBE.AK Alexandre Laverez
for taking the top 2 spots in the tournament.

Congratulations to all the finalist representative
The top two players from each participating store
list to qualify for the grand finals.
The tournament will be 1-vs-1

Congratulations to Sen Dela Cruz, Quarter Finalist

Congratulations Kunkun Chu - Finalist Representative

Registration starts at 10:00 AM at Timezone, Trinoma Quezon City

Gamers are all gathered here at Timezone Trinoma for the Grand Finals

Andreij's friends and co-finalist Sen Dela Cruz and Sodam

Congratulations to Hagar and Doujin
The father and son team

Andreij's Winning Moment
(YouTube Video)

Tekkener's Fun Shots
(YouTube Video)

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