Chicken All You Can Max’s Restaurant

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It’s Max’s Restaurant’s 65th Anniversary, what better way to thank their loyal customers with this mouth watering CHICKEN ALL-YOU-CAN for Php 165.00

Terms and Conditions:

1. Chicken will be served in quarter pieces, and parts will be based on availability.

2. Add P39.00 for bottomless Pepsi Softdrink.

3. Promo period is from June 17 – July 17, 2010 and from 6 PM to 10 PM only.

4. Promo valid for dine in only.  Not available for take-out, delivery and bulk orders.

5. Cannot be combined with other offers. No sharing. No Leftover. Chicken will be served after each piece has been consumed.

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Palace declares June 30 2010 a special non-working holiday

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has declared President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s inauguration on June 30 (Wednesday) a special non-working holiday, a Malacañang official announced Thursday.

Presidential Management Staff chief Elena Bautista-Horn said presidential spokesperson Ricardo Saludo will issue a statement about the holiday declaration.

The inauguration of Aquino, the 15th Philippine president, at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park (formerly Luneta) in Manila is expected to be simple, but star-studded.

Aquino is slated to fetch Arroyo from Malacañang. When they arrive at the Quirino Grandstand, Arroyo will be given arrival honors.

The 2 presidents will shake hands and then Arroyo will make her exit.

According to inaugural spokesperson Manolo Quezon, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Prospero Nograles will read the proclamation.

Vice President-elect Jejomar “Jojo” Binay will then take his oath, followed by Aquino.

A 21-gun salute to the new commander-in-chief will follow and then he will deliver his inaugural address.

At this point, there will be a slight break in tradition because inaugural committee co-chair Maria Montelibano said this was a people’s campaign and Aquino is the people’s president.

“Panata ng taong bayan… ‘Di lang dapat ang pangulo ang mag-o-oath taking,” said Montelibano.

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the Madrigal Singers will perform “Bayan Ko.”

After the inauguration, a Cabinet meeting and an inaugural reception are scheduled at the Palace.

At night, a street party will be held at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

Various groups and sectors will even get a chance for a photo-opportunity with Aquino and Binay.

“Alam mo naman ang Pilipino, mahilig sa kodakan,” commented Montelibano.

Montelibano, meanwhile, promised that the program will also be star-studded. She said concert artists Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera and even the disbanded Apo Hiking Society will do a reprise.

She added that Aquino might just have a surprise number: “Baka mag-song and dance siya.”

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*Rates vary per night. Availability is limited. Room rates quoted are per room per night, exclusive of VAT. Changes in booking details, including transfer of booking to another person, are allowed up to 48 hours before check-in time but appropriate charges will apply. Bookings at rates of P588 and below are non-changeable and non-cancellable. All payments made are non-refundable. Log-on to www.gohotels.ph to view Booking Terms and Conditions. Please prepare a refundable deposit of P300 for keycard and towel to be paid in cash upon check-in.

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Explore Coron, Palawan

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Places to go to in Coron, Palawan:

Lakes and lagoons on Coron Island (both buffeted by towering limestone formations), perfect for snorkeling:

1) Lake Kayangan – asia’s cleanest and clearest lake, see as far deep as 15 to 20 feet

2) Lake Barracuda – fresh water on the surface and warm saltwater (35 to 40 degrees Celsius) at depths of 9 m or more, unique marine life and breathtaking limestone formations underwater

3) Twin lagoons – water can be both clear and slightly brackish depending on the temperature (water has 2 temperatures); very picturesque

4) Banol beach – small strip of fine white sand sitting at the foot of a towering limestone cliff, very nice and private

Island hopping along the Calamianes group (arguably the best beaches in the Philippines, Boracay and Amanpulo included):

5) Banana Island – lonely island with small coral reefs around it that show abundant marine life; fine white sand and rustic accommodations

6) Malcapuya Island – fine white sand with a longer shoreline than Banana Island; rustic accomodations

7) Calumbuyan Island, Malcatop Island, North and South Cay, Debutonay Island, Black Island (Gutob Bay) – another must-see for beach lovers; fine white sand and fantastic coral reefs (marine sanctuaries)

Dive sites abound (possibly the Philippines’ most varied and technical SCUBA diving location):

8 ) Wreck diving – many wrecks from World War 2 litter the archipelago (Akitsushima, Irako, Kogyo Maru, Olympia Maru, Morazon Maru and several more); depths range from 9m to 45 m

9) Cathedral Cave – steep drop off to 30m, cave on 7m; about 20m long tunnel with large underwater cave where you can surface

10) Dynamite Reef – a marine sanctuary off tangat (also sangat) island with corals, fish, anemones, and tunicates

11) CYC Beach –  I believe this stands for Coron Youth Club. It is the only public beach (and free!) in the vicinity. It was a good place to stay into.

12) Siete Pecados – Siete Pecados is a good place to snorkle & swim with the multi-colored fish of different sizes and shapes. This is a marine park, and it is protected. Unfortunately, some of the corals have been destroyed.

Inland tourist spots:

13) Maquinit hot springs – enjoy therapeutic 40 degree Celsius saltwater hot springs

14) Mount Tapyas – enjoy a breath-taking view of the entire island and enjoy the unique sunset

15) Mount Tundalara – 640 m high, you can reach the peak in 3 to 4 hours; the second highest peak in Palawan

16) Calauit nature reserve – see zebras, giraffes, mousedeer and other animals roam freely in this safari-like environment

15) Horse valley – riders of all skill levels can enjoy the many horses located in this ranch located 2.5 km from Coron town

Please let me know if I missed anything.

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Rescue Can

Brand New Rescue Can FOR SALE

Rescue Can

Calling all people who are interested to buy a very affordable rescue can its brand new for only 1,100PHP. Inquiries you may email markey@yekram.com

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Things to Know About ePassport

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PR-614-09, What is an ePassport?

An ePassport is a passport which features microchip technology. An integrated circuit (chip) within its pages contains the data that are essential in verifying the identity of the passport holder. These data include the personal data found on the data page of the passport, the biometrics of the passport holder, the unique chip identification number, and a digital signature to verify the authenticity of the data stored on the chip.

The chip technology allows the information stored in an ePassport to be read by special chip readers at a close distance.

What are Biometrics?

Biometrics are the unique and measurable physical characteristics of an individual that include face recognition, fingerprints, and iris scans.

The Philippine Electronic Passport (or Philippine ePassport) uses the digital image of the passport photograph that can be used with face recognition technology to verify the identity of the passport holder.

It captures the fingerprints of the passport holder, for identification using the Automated Fingerprint Verification System (AFIS).

What are the special features of the Philippine ePassport?

The Philippine ePassport allows information stored on the chip to be verified with the information visually displayed on the passport.

It uses contactless microchip technology that allows the information stored on the chip to be read by special chip readers at a close distance.

It contains an integrated photograph of the holder, a digitized secondary photo, and an electronic print of the holder’s signature.

It contains overt and hidden security features such as Invisible Personal Information (IPI), letterscreen, microprinting, and UV reactive ink, among others.

What is the difference between the existing maroon machine readable passport (MRP) and the ePassport?

An MRP is a passport that contains a machine-readable zone (MRZ) printed in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standard. It is capable of being read manually and with the use of a machine.

An ePassport has an embedded IC chip where the photograph and personal information of the bearer are stored in accordance with ICAO specifications. These information can be read by chip readers at close distance. An ePassport also contains a machine-readable zone.

What advantages does the Philippine ePassport offer?

The ePassport is highly secure, hence avoids passport reproduction and tampering. The ePassport database is enhanced with AFIS that guards against multiple passport issuances to the same person and enhances imposter detection.

It facilitates fast clearance of travellers at immigration checks.

ePassports provide travellers benefits such as use of automated border clearance or “E-gates”, automated issuance of boarding passes, and faster travel arrangements with airlines.

For countries, the use of electronic passport also provides better border protection and security.

Why do we have to use ePassports now?

The MRP has the minimum ICAO standards in travel documents. The ePassport is the world standard in travel documents. As member of ICAO, the Philippines has an international obligation to enhance the security of its travel documents.

The issuance of ePassports will allow the Philippines to offer world-class consular services to its nationals.

Countries have greater confidence and acceptance of the ePassport since it is enhanced with biometric technology.

ePassports are already being used in more than 60 countries worldwide. In ASEAN, five countries have already issued e-passports (Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia).

Who can avail of the Philippine E-Passport?

The ePassport will initially be made available in limited number. Regular issuance will start sometime in October 2009 from whence all applicants who can comply with the documentary requirements may avail of the ePassport.

How much does an ePassport cost?

The ePassport is available for P950. A passport applicant, however, may choose between the ePassport and the less expensive Machine Readable Passport, both compliant with ICAO standard.

Why is the ePassport more expensive than the current passport?

The added security features of the ePassport are factored into the production cost. Comparative prices of ePassports from different countries, however, show that the cost of the Philippine ePassport is among the lowest in the world.

What other countries use ePassports?

ePassports are already being used in more than 60 countries worldwide. In ASEAN, five countries have already issued ePassports (Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia). In the future, all countries are seen to switch to the ePassport due to the increasing need for efficient and better border security.

What is the ePassport logo and what does it mean?

The ePassport logo which appears on the cover of the ePassport is the international symbol for an electronic passport. It means that the passport has an integrated circuit or chip on which data about the passport and passport holder is stored. The logo will alert border inspection lanes at all airports and transit ports equipped with special data readers for ePassports that the passport is an ePassport.

I have a previously issued passport. Can I use it for travel as long as it is still valid?

Yes. Previously issued passports (MRP and non-MRP) are valid until their expiry. It is a good practice to make sure your passport is valid at least six months before intended date of travel to avoid any inconvenience.

Will there be additional requirements needed for the processing of ePassports?

None. Essentially, the requirements for ePassport processing will remain the same as that for the MRP, although personal appearance is required for the taking of biometrics (i.e., fingerprints, photo, and signature).

Can existing holders of the maroon MRP simply surrender their passports and have them converted to an ePassport?

As soon as the production of the ePassport comes into full swing, holders of MRPs can have their passport cancelled and apply for ePassport if they so wish.

Where can I apply for an ePassport?

The ePassport will be initially available at DFA Manila, to be followed by Philippine Embassies and consulates abroad and throughout the Philippines through DFA’s regional offices.

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2010 PIFGEX “Gifts of Nature” Photography Competition

The “Gifts of Nature” is a photography contest being organized with the purpose of increasing awareness of the need to protect our environment, educate people about the Philippine’s natural beauty with its rich yet fragile biodiversity, its endearing culture and also, its unique products.

Categories: We are looking for impressive or unusual images of nature — on land, in the air and beneath the water’s surface—from anywhere in the Philippines.

Category A: Flora (Plants)

This category includes photographs focusing on Philippine endemic or indigenous plants or flowers. Partial adjustment of the brightness and color variation of photos is allowed. Sharpening adjustments that will not reduce the photo’s natural effect are allowed.

Category B: Fauna (Reptiles, Amphibians, Marine, Avians, Mammals, Insects)

This category includes photographs focusing on Philippine endemic and indigenous animals portrait and behavior. Partial adjustment of the brightness and color variation of photos is allowed. Sharpening adjustments that will not reduce the photo’s natural effect are allowed.

Category C: Nature and Landscapes

The category includes photographs of any landscape or object in the Philippines in its natural state regardless of geographical location, weather or season, such as rains, mists, sunrises, sunsets, flowers, trees, mountains, rivers, animals, plants, etc. Partial adjustment of the brightness and color variation of photos is allowed. Sharpening adjustments that will not reduce the photo’s natural effect are allowed.

The Organizing Committee of

PIFGEX 2010 Photography Competition

Mechanics and Guidelines

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