Sunday, January 18, 2009

SINULOG – The feast of the Blessed Senior Sto. Niño

SINULOG – The feast of the Blessed Senior Sto. Niño

The display of little colorful flag-lets that hang over the major streets of Cebu City, gives a distinction that the city is celebrating the Feast of the Patron Saint of Cebu, the Blessed Sto. Niño (Christ Child). Actually, in my own personal understanding, the Burnt Holy Child of Jesus could not be considered as saint because Jesus Christ is of Godly nature. But since, it has been accustomed that the patron saint of Cebu is Sto. Niño, that’s why I am using the title.

The celebration / feast happens during the third day of the first month of the year, which is January. This year, the Sinulog Festival happens today, January 18, 2009. Thousands of devotees, tourist (both local and international), international and local media, celebrities, politicians, and prominent personalities, come to witness this once in a year event and flock here in Cebu City.

The feast focuses on the burnt image of the Christ child Jesus, which was discovered by a Spanish soldier during the Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines on the remains of a burnt settlement decades ago. The Child image of Jesus Christ gained its reputation because of its miraculous nature.

The feast starts with a fluvial procession that reenacts the entrance and arrival of the Spaniards and Roman Catholicism in the country. Followed by the world famous presentation of street dance, offering, parade, and celebration, the Sinulog Mardi Gras. With colorful costumes, participants from all over the country compete for the Best Sinulog Based Participation category, which includes best in interpretation of the Sinulog concept, theme, and history.

The criteria includes:
  • Theme, Concept / Ritual 10% - relevance to Sinulog, choice of material as to musicality, movement qualities and expressions, clarity of message and interpretation to dance movement.
  • Performance ----------------------------- 25% - precision and coordination, fluency, alignment, balance, focus, projection, rhythmic and spatial interest
  • Choreography --------------------------- 25% - creativity and artistry of steps and formation, style and expression.
  • Costume ---------- --------------------- 20% - artistic choice of color and style, effective use of props relevant to the interpretation of the theme / concept / ritual.
  • Props --------------------------------- 10% - Effective use of props relevant to the interpretation of the theme/ritual.
  • Sinulog Musicality ---------------------- 10%
  • TOTAL ------------------------------------- 100%
The Sinulog festival is also a time for both young and old, to enjoy and celebrate. Some household, prepare modest meals for the expected and the unexpected guest that would visit Cebu to celebrate the fiesta. Colorful souvenirs, accessories, and shirts, flood the side streets, to meet the demands of potential customers and buyers. Every restaurant offer their own kind of marketing strategy, such as hiring a playing song band, that would attract costumers to their establishment. Hotels are fully booked and occupied. With unlimited places and parties to go to, Cebu City has become a venue for fun, entertainment, and leisure.

For most Cebuanos and the rest of the Filipino people, the essence remains the same for today’s celebration and that is to celebrate, give thanks, and honor, our Protector, Provider, Healer, and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Thanks for reading, I hope you would post your comment and share you insights about this topic. I would be posting some amateur pictures after the parade, so in order to keep you updated, please do subscribe to my blog. Here.

Pit Senyor everyone and Happy Fiesta Cebu!!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

How to add Most Popular Post in Blogger Widget (Most Commented)

How to add Most Popular Post in Blogger Widget (Most Commented)

After you have set up your blog, most of the finishing touches to do is to put a widget on your blogspot / blogger blog containing your most popular post. You can see a sample on the lower right part of this blog. Your most popular posts are those post which contains the most comment or reactions from readers. Hence, in this case, its not the traffic that counts that makes the post popular.

How do you do this? Open up your blogger dashboard, go to page elements then add a gadget on a place where you desire to place the popular post. Click on add Html/Javascript, a pop-up will open for you. Input your desired title, it could be Popular Post, Most Commented, Most Talked, etc. Now copy the code below and paste it on the window, change the capitalized with your own blogname. Don’t touch the capital “F”, it stays there. And the number 5 with how many post you would like to show.

<script type="text/javascript">
function pipeCallback(obj) {
document.write('<ol style="text-transform: capitalize;">');
var i;
for (i = 0; i < obj.count ; i )
var href = "'" obj.value.items[i].link "'";
var item = "<li>" "<a href=" href ">"
obj.value.items[i].title "</a> </li>";
<script src="

I hope you will find this post useful. Don’t forget to comment.

Mesothelioma – Cancer from Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma – Cancer from Asbestos Exposure

Source Wikipedia:
Mesothelioma - is a form of cancer that is almost always caused by previous exposure to asbestos. In this disease, malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. Its most common site is the pleura (outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), the heart,[1] the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart) or tunica vaginalis.

Read more here for Mesothelioma diagnosis and general info -

I am writing this post, to raise awareness regarding the use of exhaust (mufflers) and gasketsi n motorcycles with asbestos on it. We don’t know the long-term effect for this type of product. Asbestos as we know can cause cancer, and therefore if present on air, may expose ourselves to lung cancer if inhaled.

Friendster Virus – LOL Message

Friendster Virus – LOL Message

Recently I just received a message from one of my friends on Friendster. The subject was LOL, when I opened the message it took me to a site similar to Youtube. At first, I thought it was YouTube but when I looked again it was spelled in a wrong way “YuotTube” with the U and O interchanged. The address also on the address bar was way too different. The site asked me to download a file “setup.exe” in order to watch the video that was displayed. Which of course is a virus, and if downloaded, would definitely put your computer at risk. And every time you open your Friendster, it would send spam messages to all your friends, without you knowing it.

If you ever come across this site, don’t download the said file, close your browser right away. Inform your friend about the message that you received, and inform him or her to change his password right away. Lets all inform our friends about this stuff that are abusing Friendster. Lets make Friendster a safe and fun place. Thanks for reading.
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