Thursday, May 30, 2013

Filipino Setting New World Record for Longest Name

A Filipino is set to break the World Record on Longest Name. The 15-year old highschool student from Pangasinan is born Ratziel Timshel Ismail Zerubbabel Zabud Zimry Pike Blavatsky Philo Judaeus Polidorus Isurenus Morya Nylghara Rakoczy Kuthumi Krishnamurti Ashram Jerram Akasha Aum Ultimus Rufinorum Jancsi Janko Diamond Hu Ziv Zane Zeke Wakeman Wye Muo Teletai Chohkmah Nesethrah Mercavah Nigel Seven Morningstar A. San Juan CCCII

The current holder of the title of a given birth name was Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr. If you follow the pattern, he was given names with the alphabet as initials. Another long name holder is Englishman Barnaby Marmaduke Aloysius Benjy Cobweb Dartagnan Egbert Felix Gaspar Humbert Ignatius Jayden Kasper Leroy Maximilian Neddy Obiajulu Pepin Quilliam Rosencrantz Sexton Teddy Upwood Vivatma Wayland Xylon Yardley Zachary Usansky. This Englishman also followed the alphabetical pattern. He, however, wasn't born with the name but renamed himself as an adult.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Color of Politics: Baguio - Benguet Election Day

Politics in Baguio and Benguet is probably one of the most peaceful for the reason that there are no violence reported. In spite of some threats and vote buying reports, no political related killing was committed. Here is a series of photos taken during the election day in Baguio and Benguet. Throughout the City and the province, posters and streamers are abundant. There are posters located inside the 50-meter required distance from voting precincts set by Comelec like this one in Irisan located just at the entrance of the school. Searching for name takes several minutes and several hours to fall in line to cast your votes. The Irisan school went the extra mile by computerizing the names of voters to make it easier for them to find their names. Some can't vote because they are registered as Overseas Absentee Voters. It may take a while to fill up your balota specially if you haven't listed the people you want to vote. Some voters arrived at the last minute because they hate to the long lines. After the voting comes the counting watched closely by voters and supporters of politicians. Some foreign observers joined the watch team to witness how democracy is unfolding in the country. Community leaders sign the results of the counting when no questions or problems arise. Only one machine malfunctioned in Baguio caused by defective CF card. Another problem was the ballots mistakenly shipped to Compostela Valley supposedly intended to Barangay Lualhati in Baguio City. The defective machine from Upper Kayang Barangay was brought to Convention Center where it waited for recounting. In spite of the two precincts not counted, Comelec declared that the votes will not change the results of the winners and declared the City's next leaders on May 14, a day after election.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Kwentong Party List

Challenge: Make a story using names of party lists. Let me try.

Ang aking AMA, SANLAKAS ng mga BAYANI, umutang sa ATING COOP ng BINHI at ABONO, at sa tulong ng ARARO, AANI ng BUTIL.

Ang ADING ko si ADAM, ay isa sa ATING GURO na may 1 ABILIDAD. Sa mga KABATAAN, ARAL at ABAKADA tinuturo nya, gustong magsilbi sa BAYAN MUNA. Ngunit ALAY BUHAY, aking kapatid ni walang KAAKBAY. Kaya kapatid ko, A TEACHER, sa OFW FAMILY sya na ANGKLA.

AKO si GABRIELA, ANAKPAWIS na NARS , taga punas ng pwet ng SENIOR CITIZENS. Ang inyong ABANG LINGKOD, ang nais ay AANGAT TAYO. Ngunit dahil BUHAY di AABANTE sa AMIN, sa ABROAD MIGRANTE na. Ang tanging KASANGGA ay ang ALYANSA NG OFW.


Click here for the complete list of the approved party lists.

(I don't intend to discredit any party list, just want to show life's realities in the country that could have been the reason why these party lists were created in the first place.)