Gift Ideas for Teens: Heroes of Newerth (Game)

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Touted as one of the best upcoming games of 2010, Heroes of Newerth takes the
DotA Based Game genre to another level by vastly improving on the Warcraft III fan favorite map. For those clueless about the online gaming habits of Filipinos: thousands of Pinoys are already in the beta. And what's a better way to satisfy the materialistic gamer in your family in the spirit of commercialism... er... I meant Christmas than to give him/her a paid HoN account!



For 30 US Dollars or roughly 1500 pesos, Heroes of Newerth is considered a steal in granting the typical Pinoy teen's wishlist.

Warning: HoN needs an internet connection to download the game and it can get pretty addicting.

How do buy the game as a gift for someone or for yourself?
Go to http://www.heroesofnewerth.com/gift

P.S.
I'm thinking about holding a contest for my hundreds of loyal readers. And it goes along the lines of giving away a paid HoN account. No more begging for HoN beta keys at the Newerth Facebook for you! hehe...

For related information about this great gift idea, you can view the Skiverz article about
Heroes of Newerth.

Good Times With Mo KSP Challenge - Win 500000 Pesos

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The country's biggest morning radio show - Good Times with Mo has a new gimmick.
It's called THE KSP CHALLENGE!
500 000 Pesos baby! Yes! They're giving away half a million pesos!
What do you have to do?

Just impress Mo, Grace Lee and Mojo Jojo with your most creative, radical and mind-blowing way to shamelessly promotetheir freakin' morning show. Deadline? Well... you've got about a month to concoct your mischief (from the day Skiverz posted this blog entry)


Anyone anywhere can join this viral promotion for Magic 89.9's Good Times with Mo, Mojo and Grace Lee.Just document the stuff you did and you're on your way to 10 000 US Dollars. That's halfway through your own dinner at Le Cirque! (lol)

DJ Mo Twister has actually given us an unofficial wishlist that would garner him your favor but I suggest that you take your game to another level and come up with your own crazy promotion.


1. Disrupt either Boy Abunda on the Buzz or Willie Revillame on Wowowee while they are live on tv by streaking across the stage with a signboard promoting the show
2. Get Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, or any other airline to put a photo of Mo on one of their airplanes.
3. Go behind a tv reporter while he/she is broadcasting live on air and while in the background, promote the show with either a signboard or a chest paint.
4. Make a low quality homemade tv commercial for the radio show and air it on a TV network.
5. Hack into a major website and promote the show on the front page.
6. Call a rival radio station and when on-air, promote Good Times with Mo on Magic 89.9
7. Get them on the cover of a magazine.
8. Put ads of them all over the city ala Bayani Fernando MMDA tarps, or the other scumbag politicans that litter the city with their ugly photos.

And by the way, he'll also be giving weekly prizes
Don't get incarcerated.

Why Facebook is catching up with Friendster in the Philippines

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Friendster or Facebook?
A few years ago, anyone you asked would scream "FS! FS!"
What the heck is Facebook?

Well... times are changing ladies and gentlemen.
At the rate Facebook is climbing the charts of the Philippines' most visited websites, there's a big possibility that Facebook will be overtaking Friendster's dominance in the Philippine market.


Now what could be the reasons why this is happening? Here are a few reasons:

1. Friendster is spammer galore.
Can't they find a way to stop this epidemic like Myspace did? This problem has been around for a long time and until now they haven't put an end to this problem. Just goes to show the dedication that these Friendster developers are putting in on their website.

2. Friendster Groups Forum Function is a nightmare
It's too outdated in my own opinion. If you compare it to the Facebook groups.

3. Friendster's apps suck
The apps! The apps! Facebook has a good variety of apps. Although receiving all those quiz updates can be a tad bit annoying.

4. Friendster heavily compresses images when you upload them sacrificing image quality.

How about you? What are your reasons for leaving Friendster?

Heroes of Newerth: DotA Revisited

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For those unaware of what the young adults are playing in the LAN centers/internet cafes around the country, this article will be something educational for you.

DotA All-Stars was one of the most played game in the Philippines after the Counter-Strike fad died out. Basically, DotA is a modification of Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne. The official DotA maps can have 10 players playing at the same time and 5v5 DotA matches can last between 40 minutes to over an hour.

So basically, what the players do is to control a certain hero and try to "push" all the way to the enemy base. Simple concept, yes. But the game itself has a very steep learning curve.

Millions of gamers around the world have played DotA and it was only a matter of time before game developers took notice. There's a market out there for games like this but the question is... How can you make money from it?


Enter S2 Games.
S2 Games is a small-time game development outfit that has released good games that can be played not just on the Windows operating system but can also be played natively on Linux distros and Macs as well.

So basically what they have done is to take the DotA All-Stars concept popularized by Icefrog and port it over to their own K2 engine. Change the character names and the look of the game a bit and you get DotA 2.0.

Heroes of Newerth is DotA 2.0

An example of an in-game screenshot. Please click to zoom in.

It is the HON version of EarthShaker (a DotA hero) using Fissure (a hero skill).
You can also see a Sentinel catapult and the green things called creeps that help you "push" towards the enemy base.

Heroes of Newerth (HON) is currently on the closed beta testing stage.
If you want to get in the Heroes of Newerth beta, you can try your luck at the
Heroes of Newerth fan blog.

If you play DotA, I'd like to hear your views about this DotA clone.

UNO Marketing a Filipino Scam?

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A successful pyramid scheme combines a fake yet seemingly credible business with a simple-to-understand yet sophisticated-sounding money-making formula. The essential idea is that the mark, Mr. X, makes only one payment. To start earning, Mr. X has to recruit others like him who will also make one payment each. Mr. X gets paid out of receipts from those new recruits. They then go on to recruit others. As each new recruit makes a payment, Mr. X gets a cut. He is thus promised exponential benefits as the "business" expands.
- Wikipedia

If ever you have been invited or tricked to a seminar conducted by UNO Marketing Philippines, here is a little insight provided by Maggie of Yahoo Answers Philippines.


Don't listen to any high pressure sales talk from anyone, answer these questions honestly for yourself and you will know whether this is for you or not.
1. Do you have a large enough network to be able to recruit people at a pace that it going to make you money.

2. Do you feel comfortable about getting family, friends and other people you know involved in this?

3. Can you sell? Are you any good at it?

4. Are the products sufficiently saleable for you to be able to make money from commission?

5. Is it the sort of product you would be able or want to sell to your family and friends?

6. Are you happy to function without a regular salary, on commission only?

7. Can you afford to lose the initial outlay if the venture is not successful?

8. Have you thoroughly researched the company and read the good and the bad reports about them?

9. Do you understand that the salaries claimed as possible are only available to their top recruiters who sell promotional and training materials to the network?

10. Are you prepered to lose friends and fall out with family if they are recruited by you and lose money as a result?

If you can answer yes to all these then go for it. If you have any reservations, stay away from it.
I have gone to an UNO seminar after much prodding by a friend.
"Alright, I'll go to that "seminar" of yours but I won't be promising that I'd commit and join."
He gleefully agreed to the bargain and off we went to the UNO office. The orientation started and I listened attentively.
It's a good thing that I listened attentively because it made me realize that this was a weak business model. It was nothing more than pyramiding fueled by greed. So after the seminar, I walked out and then the unexpected happened. My so called friend ambushed me and started convincing me to join UNO.

Being a nice guy, I just listened to all the things he was saying but I told him that I was not convinced. So he asked help from a guy who seemed like an UNO veteran and the veteran started showing a lotta cash. While the guy was busy showing me wads of cash, I remembered an old story by a classmate of mine back in college who got scammed by Legacy. These were the same old tactics. In the back of my mind, I was saying "you gotta try harder than that boy."

The guy then asked me if I had life savings and started hinting that I should use it to pay the fee for UNO. I said no. At that moment, someone called up on my phone and invited me to a free dinner. As I put down the phone back in my pocket, the guy asked "How about your phone? You can sell it."
I smiled and told him as I started to leave "I'll think about."

In my mind, all I was thinking was "These UNO guys should work more on their sales talk."
Those tactics would have worked for ordinary people driven by hype,trusting emotions or greed but they should come up with another strategy for people who know how to think and analyze the situation.

The other thing I was thinking? the dinner invitation! lol.

Anyways, I walked away. I had no plans of joining a pyramid scheme and scamming my fellow Filipinos. Money can be earned without sacrificing your dignity.

Other notable UNO experiences by other Filipinos:
*Their opinions are their own and do not necessarily reflect my own opinion.

Allen Yuarata
Michicochico
Kamaru

So after reading all these... what can you say?
Do you think UNO marketing is a scam or not? Discuss.

Starcraft 2 No LAN announcement a marketing ploy?

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A few days ago, rumors started flying out that Blizzard will not have LAN support for Starcraft 2.
And now it's been confirmed by a Blizzard representative.

But of course, majority of the players who buy Blizzard games are enraged?
No LAN?!? Insane!

Here's what Karune (Community bigshot) had to say:

For me personally- I loved LAN parties, but the direction in which Battle.net is headed, I would always choose to play on Battle.net > 99% of the time and even if for whatever reason I did decide to lug my computer to a friend's house in this day of age (<1%),>
I think a No LAN Starcraft 2 announcement is just a marketing ploy.
Starcraft 2 is currently in heavy development and they haven't entered the beta stages yet.
All those previews and videos you've been seeing are still part of the Alpha phase and one way to prevent a lull and maintain hype for the game is to make a shocking announcement here and there.

But of course, nothing beats potential customer feedback.
Disgruntled Starcraft gamers have already started creating online petitions.

You can join the petition to enable LAN here:

http://www.petitiononline.com/LANSC2/petition.html

REASONS TO KEEP LAN CITED ON THE PEITION
- While many of your fans might have internet access with the required speed to play without lag, there are still many that don't, or would like to play with a friend or sibling residing in the same house. LAN is NOT an expensive upgrade, and once you have it, it's yours. Internet is something that you have to pay for every month, and in a bad month you might choose to buy groceries instead of paying for the internet.

- LAN is what birthed SC popularity in the first place. Please don't ignore the heritage of the original game.

- Using LAN is a little bit of freedom. Often you might be at a friend's place with the only option to ad hoc the wireless connections instead of using internet, excluding the Battle.net gaming possibility.

- There are little to no ill effects in implementing LAN compared to the advantages. The piracy rate of people actually interested in the game would be negligible. Just look at SC1 now. Even with a laggy Battle.net, it is still selling so well that it once again reached top-10 on the NPD charts a decade after its release!

-Having LAN functionality in the game makes it feel you have more freedom of choice. You can choose to be part of the greater community, or you can choose to just play with one or two friends. LAN is a vital part of what makes StarCraft so great, and what will make StarCraft II even greater. Sometimes you don't have to use a function in order to appreciate having it there. It's the sort of freedom we have come to expect from Blizzard Entertainment.
Bookmark this page and open it up when Starcraft 2 is released.
You'll see I'm right. There will be Multiplayer LAN support for Starcraft 2.

Be updated to the latest Starcraft news and announcements.
Subscribe to http://sc2portal.blogspot.com/

Island Souvenirs PI Apparel Wear Your Pride

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If you've seen all those Philippine pride shirts around, you must have been wondering where these cool Pinoy shirts were bought.

If the shirts you're looking for cannot be found at Penshoppe, 3 Stars & a Sun or Team Manila, chances are the shirts you're looking for belong to the Island Souvenirs Philippine Islands ( P.I. ) clothing line.

Wear Your Pride!
And wear your Filipino pride indeed with these good looking shirts.


Gabby Alipe of Urbandub sings the national anthem with stoic pride.


Kris Janson of Miss Cebu rocks the Hero of Mactan shirt.

And oh yeah, these shirts come relatively cheap with a price range of 230 to 380 pesos.

Wear an authentic Adidas Philippine Track jacket with any of these shirts and you'll absolutely look real cool.

PI Apparel is on Facebook. The other shirt designs are there.

Garena Philippines Switches to Latest Warcraft Patch

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Garena Philippines has had a long problem with cafe users who have been stuck using the old Warcraft TFT 1.20e patch. But just recently, the administration of PH Garena have finally turned hard line by mandating that the latest Warcraft Frozen Throne patches should be used.

Since DotA AllStars has updated to DotA v6.60, it is only natural for Garena to use the latest patches released by Blizzard Entertainment to minimize maphacks, cheats, bugs, and collided DotA maps.

So if you are from the Philippines and wonder why you cannot see any hosted/created games or maps on your Warcraft LAN games, then you must be using an old and obsolete Warcraft patch.

To fix this problem, just update your Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne version.
Download the Warcraft Version Switcher now.

I will be posting patch installation guides as soon as possible.

Google Philippine Flag Logo June 12

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I'm pretty sure many Filipino Internet users will be looking for this soon so that's why I posted this very interesting logo that Google Philippines had in store for us.

This is their creative rendering of the Google ph logo for June 12, 2009.
For those who are not aware, June 12 in the Philippines is called the Araw ng Kalayaan which translates to "Day of Independence"

The Philippine flag is composed of 3 stars, a sun and the color blue over red.
Each has a symbolic meaning which will be explained below:

3 stars = 3 main geographical divisions of the Philippines which are Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao

8 ray sun = 1st 8 provinces that joined the Philippine revolution
These are the provinces of: Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Manila, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Bataan

For those who didn't pay attention to their Philippine history classes: the flag's colors can actually be inverted during times of war (red on top and blue below)

You learn something new each day huh. hehe

If ever you watch a Philippine revolution war film, always expect a scene to go like this:

Individual voice by Skiverz: Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!!!
Crowd: MABUHAY!!!!

Please don't feed this country to the dogs on the 2010 Elections.
Vote for the candidates who would bring this nation to greatness.

Oops... before I forget...
Meron pala akong gustong ihandog sa inyo mga binibini at ginoo.
Ito ang http://thebrownraise.org Movement.
Marami kang matutunan dyan. Pangako yan, kapatid.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Movie Review

I went out Monday afternoon to watch Xmen Origins: Wolverine at an Ayala cinema. A week prior to that, this cute girl I've been dating asked me out to watch Wolverine. That meant one week of me getting so excited for 2 good reasons:

1. I was expecting a lot from this movie. In my mind, I was thinking along the lines of IronMan or Batman Begins.(These 2 are the best superhero movies in my opinion.)
2. I was gonna watch it with this real great girl.


Monday came and the 2 of us met. There were 2 cinemas showing showing it - all SureSeats. I let her choose the seats as she was the one who paid for the both of us. No popcorn for me, boyo. Movies Rule number one: You never EVER buy popcorn nor drinks if you think the movie's gonna be good.

After all the trailers (my date got real excited when she saw the new Harry Potter trailer), the opening credits started flashing. It showed James (Wolverine) and his brother fighting in the civil war, the first and 2nd World War and Vietnam. From that point on, I knew this was gonna be better than the other Xmen movies. (Never liked 'em anyway)

Anyways, Wolverine was on okay movie. It wasn't that bad, it wasn't that good either. I felt disappointed because it wasn't even near the level of IronMan. After the Africa scenes, the whole movie went practically downhill from there (except for the Gambit scenes)


I wasted more than 300 pesos for Wolverine. Well technically, my date did since she was the one who paid for the tickets. My advice to all other couples planning to watch the movie? Spend it on a quick lunch date. Better yet, donate it to ChildrensHour

Skiverz has rated the movie a 5.8 out of 10.
Worthy to be on your DVD collection, my friend but not worthy enough for the big screen.

P.S. Hugh Jackman was good though and a Gambit Origins would be fun too - they could do it in Cajun French (subtitled to add to the appeal)
*It would be quite interesting to see how he pulled off a prison break from the island (lol. Lost?)

Ako Mismo Exposed

AKOMISMO.org Exposed on Skiverz

I know a lot of you probably saw the tv ad campaign wherein peeps like Maxene Magalona and Charice Pempengco appeared holding the red dog tag.

They were all saying "Ako Mismo" over and over again.
But what is AkoMismo actually truly about?

Some other Filipino bloggers have been skeptical about the AkoMismo thing.
But hey, I can't blame them. I was skeptical too before I took the dive.
(I used a back up email just in case these guys started spamming my mailbox.)

At first glance, AkoMismo.org is kinda suspicious. You have to sign up first before you actually knew what it was all about. Pretty shady eh?

Anyways, to erase all conspiracy theories, I have posted here the FAQs only accessible by the ones who signed up already. So to make it easier for my readers to know about this AkoMismo advocacy, let me post to you the FAQ page of AkoMismo.org

*P.S. I cannot validate the truthfulness of the statements below. These were extracted verbatim on May 6, 2009 at 8:38 pm Cebu Standard Time. I will not be held liable for anything that may happen to your account or cellphone number once you register at the AkoMismo website.

As posted on the AkoMismo FAQ page (no edits)
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Thank you for your interest in learning more about Ako Mismo and the people behind the advocacy. Ako Mismo is an apolitical, inclusive movement based on the principle of volunteerism. It is an invitation for people to be part of making a difference in society, starting with oneself. It was born out of the collective vision of people who believe in the power of the individual to effect positive change. Since we launched the Ako Mismo campaign on May 3, we have received a number of inquiries and we are happy to respond to these through this vehicle.


Q: Who is behind the Ako Mismo campaign?
A: DDB, under its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, DDB Cares, is the spirit behind the campaign. For many years now, DDB Cares has been supporting causes it firmly believes in, using its creative and media resources to espouse positive values. From taking care of the environment, to education of children, responsible voting, protection against domestic violence and human trafficking, role of media in shaping society, religious efforts for Veritas and Caritas, and now, this advocacy for hope and empowerment. We do this, probono oftentimes, both for our clients and for our own advocacies.

Q: What is Ako Mismo about?
A: Ako Mismo is a patriotic initiative anchored on optimism. It is a battle against indifference and the feeling that the individual is helpless. Amidst all the bad news and negativism gripping the nation, Ako Mismo provides a refreshing message of hope and empowerment. It is an apolitical and inclusive movement to energize and rejuvenate Filipinos, especially the youth, and move them to action. It is our collective desire that the action arising from our individual commitments as Ako Mismo advocates will mobilize a groundswell of change, contributing to a bright future for our country.

Q: Why did DDB Cares choose this particular initiative?
A: We believed that there was an urgent need to bring hope to Filipinos, particularly the youth, in the face of growing cynicism that is heightened by the current political, economic, social and moral crises. We also believe that most Filipinos still desire change and would like to overcome the manifestation of hopelessness, which is apathy. This change can emanate from the power of the individual contributing in small, meaningful ways and building up a collective effort that can change the nation. This was the inspiration for Ako Mismo. And judging from the overwhelming response we got, the time had truly come for an advocacy such as this. People were just looking for a vehicle to express what has long been in their hearts.

Q: Is Ako Mismo the launchpad of any candidate in the future?
A: No. This is an apolitical effort as it shifts the initiative for change from government and politics to the individual. Although this was an initiative of the agency, it was our hope to get the support of like-minded individuals and companies. We are fortunate that the PLDT Smart foundation has been inspired to support this effort at the very onset and we are encouraged by the interest of many more corporations to contribute to the cause. We realize that the campaign touched a deep chord and could very well be used for commercial or political gain. Which is why we choose our partners and personalities well. We have to make sure that they are true believers and role models for the cause by their life’s example.

Q; How did you choose who to feature in the campaign?
A: We had certain criteria. We wanted to represent different sectors: from celebrities to ordinary folk, from religious to business, students, the academe, and working people. It was also important that whoever we featured genuinely believed in our message, and were already engaged in their own worthwhile advocacies so they could be credible, inspiring role models for others. And because this is an inclusive and apolitical movement, it was also critical that whoever we featured did not have any strong political affiliations. In fact, we were particularly inspired when those we sought and who sought us to be included in the campaign, shared their concern that they not be used for political gain.

Now that we’ve opened up the movement and people are signing up with their personal commitments, however, we anticipate that there will be those who will express views that not everyone will agree with. But so long as we have inspired each person to take it upon himself to do something good, whether it’s a change in attitude or behavior, a commitment to provide financial support to the needy, or support institutions that benefit the community, society, and the country at large, we will have done a good thing.

Q: How has the response been to the campaign?
A: It has been phenomenal. The overwhelming response of people and the tens of thousands who have signed up for their commitments—it’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before. Apart from the sign-ups, we have also been approached by companies who want to do more for the cause, and we are thrilled about this because Ako Mismo is an inclusive movement where the more people we have taking positive action, big or small, the closer we will all be to creating a better future for Filipinos. We believe this is a compelling message that has touched the young.

Q: Are you open to accepting other companies to support the cause?
A: Absolutely. This is the whole point behind Ako Mismo. It is an instrument for unity in a fractious society. As such, we welcome diversity, whether it be individuals, groups, companies or sponsors. The broader our support, the better it is for the advocacy to flourish and be able to support worthwhile socio-civic activities. However, we have to ensure that whoever partners with us is aligned with our vision and that the movement not be commercialized.

Q: The registration for Ako Mismo requires information from those who sign up. Will the database be used for commercial or political gain?
A: No. The basic information we asked for will be used to guide us in the deployment of the dogtags to the right people. The information will also be useful as we mobilize our socio-civic activities, as it will determine where and what projects are relevant in specific areas. It is important to point out that this whole movement is one of volunteerism. And while we hope more people will sign up, or that our members will participate in future activities (the choice of which will be guided by feedback we receive about what matters to them), ultimately each individual has total freedom to decide whether he will participate or not. We are very protective about the information we receive and we have taken security precautions against people accessing the information for their use without our knowledge. We are zealous about protecting the movement from being exposed to those with political or commercial agenda.

Q: People are asking for dogtags and where they can get them?
A: We wanted the dogtags to be a symbol for Ako Mismo and one’s commitment. The dogtag is a military symbol, a commitment to a mission, and we see the advocates as an army of hope. But to be quite honest we didn’t expect the clamor for the dogtags to be this huge. And so we are rushing to produce them in quantities to satisfy the demand. But for sure they will be made available in a few weeks. From the many blogs and comments we received, people wish to pay for them, and for those who do, we will ask only a minimal fee to defray cost, the proceeds of which will go to a respected and established charitable organization. We will identify these organizations soon on our Ako Mismo website.

Q: People are asking where is Ako Mismo leading up to, now that people have become aware and signed up their commitments?
A: Our initial objective was to change people’s attitudes and behavior and encourage belief in themselves and their innate power to make a difference. It is our hope that they will act on their commitments, which is the next step. We will provide a vehicle online for people to share their achievements, and in so doing, get more people inspired and engaged in taking real action. We will also feature real people who have made a difference in society, simple folk who cared enough to use their gifts and resources to serve other people.

One such inspiring story is Efren Penaflorida, who has spent the last ten years of his life travelling the country to teach street children. He does this with very simple implements: a kariton bearing his teaching aids, books and monobloc chairs. Another is Susan Fernandez, a sociologist, teacher, and women’s rights advocate who has spent her life using her music to uplift the plight of women. And we have Filipino talents who have become international stars bringing pride to our country, like Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda. Their stories and their humble circumstances are an inspiration to everyone.

Q: What are the future activities of Ako Mismo beyond creating awareness? Where will you take the movement?
A: We hope to engage more companies in the movement and organize and/or support socio-civic activities in pockets all over the country, guided by the information we receive online about the causes that resonate most consistently among the most number of people. And God-willing, if we are able to raise enough funds through all our activities, we will partner with established and respected socio-civic and charitable organizations that have the infrastructure to reach out to and help the most number of people nationwide. We are in the process of evaluating this now.

This is the long view, where we hope to take Ako Mismo in the future. But every worthy endeavor must start with small steps, and right now our focus is on keeping the momentum for Ako Mismo as we all proclaim—change starts with me!
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By the looks of it, the movement looks quite legit.
Dogtag looks quite good too.

To sign up with the AKOMISMO Movement, make a pledge at:
http://akomismo.org

Let me recommend to you this great Pinoy enlightenment site:
http://thebrownraise.org - deserves to be bookmarked by all my Pinoy readers

Manny Pacquiao 2nd round KOs Ricky Hatton

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It's May 3, 2009 right here in the Philippines.
Today is a Sunday and the streets are silent for millions of people await the much-hyped about fight between Pacman and the British Bulldog from Manchester.

Because the place I was staying in had no pay-per-view, I had no choice but to watch the fight on GMA - a local TV station.
I received the results from my girlfriend before 12 pm with a surprising result.
Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton lost...
... in the second round
I knew Pacquiao would win, but I didn't expect it to end that fast.

After agonizing hours of endless advertisements bombarded by GMA 7, the delayed telecast of the bout finally started.
It was a fight full of clinches but on the second round, it came...
Left hand by Pacquiao knocks down Hatton to the canvas.

Fight is stopped.
The slow motion replays are played again and again at different angles.
I kinda felt sorry for Ricky Hatton when he was knocked out cold.

Ricky Hatton was a good sport. We respect a fighter like that.
I'll be watching his future matches hoping he learned something from the match.

Anyways, here are some little tidbits for y'all.

Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao
General Santos, Philippines
Birthdate: December 12, 1978
Southpaw

Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton

Manchester, England
Birthdate: October 06, 1978

Final result: Manny Pacquiao wins over Ricky Hatton via 2nd round KO.

Google Morse Code Logo April 27

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If you visited Google's website back in April 27, you may have noticed that Google's logo was like this.

Actually it's their rendering of the GOOGLE logo into Morse code.
The Morse code was named after Samuel Morse, the guy who invented it.
His birthday was back in April 27, 1791.

As you guys might have noticed, Google has this habit of changing logos that suit a particular event related to that date.

Good stuff!
*I wanna learn the Morse code. =)

Garena Philippines - Local Tambayan for Gamers

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Hamachi, Zion, PldtPlay, BattleNet, UCPro are so yesterday.
Garena - the worldwide leading gaming platform has embraced the Filipino gaming community much more with the launch of their Philippine Garena community.


By serving the thousands of Filipinos who play DotA, Fufu Ninja, Elimination Tournament, Left4Dead, Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Starcraft (and just about any LAN game I could think of), Garena has now made it's mark on Philippine gaming history.

Come join our kababayans at http://ph.garena.com

Selecta Gold Series

No grocery is complete without passing by the frozen section and so it happened just like any grocery day. At that time, I was craving for some of McDo's caramel sundae. 25 pesos for a small cup? Bitin. As my mind was thinking of these frozen delights, a black pint catches my attention. It is black and gold to be exact and screams luxury. I closely examine the packaging- Selecta Gold series.

The Selecta Gold series comes in 3 flavors.
Hazelnut? Too fancy.
Chocolate? Too common.
Strawberry - Aah! Perfect.


I glance at the little carton on top of the shelf and immediately focus on the strawberry notes. Apparently, the creator is J. Gamboa of Cirkulo - the actor? lol.
Berry Strawberry is luxuriously yummy. It's so creamy and I love the strawberry bits.
Ice cream indeed has come a long way.

P.S. Jollibee should bring back the old strawberry sundae.

Do not take up Nursing

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Do not take up nursing!

Fresh graduate, you may be wondering what to take up right now for college. When I was your age, I found myself in that situation. Fresh out of high school, I absolutely had no sense of direction whatsoever. What I had were people hyping a course called Nursing.

They were claiming it was the practical course to take. These people were saying that Nursing would assure you a job abroad. But this my friends is fallacy. And by the time I realized that I was halfway through my course... A course I simply had no passion for.

I was in college wasting my time and my parents' money on a course I thought I would gradually learn to love but never did. I've graduated and so have thousands of Filipinos. There are not enough job opportunities. By the simple law of supply and demand, there is an oversupply of nurses in the Philippines. DOLE knows that, the PNA knows that, even educational institutions like the University of the Philippines have proven that.

So unless you truly want to be a nurse to serve the sick and the needy and not just because of those dreams of making money. You don't have to take up Nursing. Forget those "advices" by those misguided peers. Do not be pressured by those seemingly unchangeable orders of your parents. It's your choice!

Are you at the brink of insanity in choosing the course for you? Pray to God.

Racist writer Chip Tsao from Hongkong

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Alright guys, here is the racist article released by a certain Chip Tsao from Hongkong.

Verbatim (not edited)

The War At Home

March 27th, 2009

The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That’s no big problem—we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.

But hold on—even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.

As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell every one of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.

Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.

Oh yes. The government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout “China, Madam/Sir” loudly whenever they hear the word “Spratly.” They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, “Long live Chairman Mao!” at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that’s going a bit too far, at least for the time being.

Well... I don't necessarily have to add anything to this issue. I just presented the article. It will be up to you to say something about it.

Turn your lights off this March 28 2009 8:30 PM

On March 28 2009 at 8:30 pm (+8 Cebu Standard Time), please turn off the lights.
That's tonight, my friends.

This is a global effort by earthhour.org to send a message to our leaders about conservation.
Turning the lights off for about an hour is a symbolic way to participate in ways to prevent a wasteful lifestyle that is harmful to the environment.

60 means 60 minutes of conservation.
Help do your part. Turn out the lights... even for just an hour.

How to Change the Garena Skin

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How to install the Garena Fufu Ninja Skin

Log-In Screen


What's the inside look:


Steps on how to do it:

First is to Download the file at:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/6xq818

How to install:

1)Extract the file and copy

2)Next is ti Go to:
Program Files > Garena > Skin

3)Delete the current skin.ggz on the Skin folder

4)Paste this file called Skin.ggz

START GARENA and voila!
If you encounter any problems, just post about it here and I'll answer.

How to Change a File Extension on Windows

This tip is for all those Microsoft Windows users.
I'm currently using Windows Vista right now but this works on older versions too.
Changing a File Extension on Windows?
Anyways, here's what to do.

1) Open My Computer
2) Click Tools then click Folder Options
3) Select the View tab.
4) Then Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types


After that, it's time to go to the easy part.

Right click on the file you want to change the file extension with and rename appropriately.

Example:
a) from Skiverzfile.rar to Skiverzfile.zip
b) from Skiverzpic.jpg to Skiverzpic.jpeg

Hope this one helped.
Got any questions?
Post a comment.

Globe Tattoo Broadband Sucks

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Let's face it. One of the reasons why a company changes a brand name is because - that product sucks.
Recently, Globe Telecom relaunched Globe Visibility as Globe Tattoo.


New name, same old service.
For those consumers who want to try it, here's a little heads up based on experience:
It probably is one of the worst, if not the worst internet service in the Philippines.
Heck, a dial-up connection runs faster with a cheaper price.
At 5 pesos per 15 minutes, you're better off going to the nearest internet cafe or buying a dial-up card.
Note: You pay 10 pesos if you have been connected for 15 minutes and 1 second.

What's the Skiverz Advice?
If a line connection is available in your area, better take that opportunity.
Mobile internet is not yet fully mature in this country.
You're better off with cheaper, more stable alternatives - like dial-up. lol

Friendster Mobile Updates Spamming my Phone

Why am I receiving Friendster updates on my mobile phone EVEN IF I did not sign up for the service? Chances are, you are having the same problem.

For the past few days, I have been receiving unnecessary Friendster Bulletin Updates on my Globe handyphone. It's annoying plus they are charging me for it.
Tsk tsk...
This started happening a few days after I reloaded my prepaid account with 300 pesos and quickly saw my remaining balance vaporize into thin air.
Yup, thanks to their Friendster mobile I did not sign up for.

Anyways, to solve this problem, I came upon this solution.
Just point your web browsers to http://m.friendster.com
That's for the mobile version of Friendster which many see as a failed attempt to hold the Asian market, particularly the Philippines.

They send you spam. You get charged for it.
By the way, I've finally signed up for Facebook.
I personally don't like Facebook's layout, but hey at least they haven't sent me spam... (so far)

To continue the solution...
After you are able to log-in the mobile version of Friendster, quickly scroll down to the Menu called TEXT ALERTS.


Click it then Uncheck everything.
And click NO under the Receive text messages option.

Hope I helped.
Feel free to comment or ask a question and Skiverz will show you how to go about it.

Skiverz Links

Time and time again, I will be posting and adding more links here at Skiverz
If you are interested in a link exchange, please feel free to add a comment on this blog entry.

I would recommend you guys to read the following blogs.

Rest in peace Francis Magalona

Readers of Skiverz, the date is March 6, 2009.

The Philippine music scene lost somebody great today.
Francis Magalona died a few hours ago after battling leukemia.
One of my earliest musical influences, Francis Magalona was a man I respected and looked up to when I was a kid.

I still remember the time when I heard his song screaming "Mga Kababayan Ko!" for the first time and right there and then, being only a little kid, I seemed to know how being patriotic could feel good.

No other man has changed the Filipino rap scene as much as Francis M.
He could rap in both Tagalog and English and showed us that hiphop could fuel a political sentiment among others.
It showed us that music could open eyes just like how Jose Rizal did with his writings.

Much respect to the Man from Manila.
I hope the Philippine hiphop scene will learn from these words of wisdom:
"Ang magka-away, ipagbati." (Let enemies have peace with each other.)

We love you man!
Thank you for helping change the Philippines one song at a time.

Nicole Uysiuseng CANDY Cover for Jan-Feb 09

Last night, while I was browsing through the net, a banner showing Candy Magazine's newest issue quickly caught my eye.

"This month's covergirl looks cute," I said to myself and I wondered who it could be...
Till I read the fine print...
"candy loves NICOLE UYSIUSENG"

The name sounded eerily familiar and so I quickly did a search on Google and voila!
She's the girl from Cebu who joined this local pseudo-reality TV show.
Oh! That Nicole!
haha!

Anyways, since the articles splashed on the front did not sound that bad, I quickly made up my mind to get a copy.

I went to the nearest mall this morning and I was disappointed to find all 5 bookstores had marked this issue "OUT OF STOCK."

What the hell...

So, I called up the local distributor and got a tip where to find probably the last copy of this issue sold on the stands.

I'm going there tomorrow.

Nicole Uysiuseng is the CANDY Covergirl for the January - February 2009 issue!
Feast your eyes! haha.

P.S. They should create a CANDY mag counterpart for teenaged guys.
Cute girls on the cover, interesting articles and no sleazy content.

Yahoo Answers Philippines Pranksters

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Yesterday, while surfing the web, I came across this question regarding Bench Fix on Yahoo Answers.

No need for me to go on typing, just view the attached pic.
Click to enlarge...

To view the original "RESOLVED QUESTION", go to:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080518052754AAMWOEd
(recommended)

Filipino in Skittles Commercial

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Hehe... this one has been shown on national TV.
*Wondering if they'll be showing it back in the Philippines.



Anyways here's the script:


White guy sees the 3rd reflection eating Skittles.

White guy: Wait... I'm not eating... Skittles...

*Thai looks at the mirror

Thai Tailor: Hey! Don't eat while you're working.
Filipino in the Mirror: Eh. Nagugutom ako eh
Thai Tailor: I have to tell you again, dummy.
Filipino in the Mirror: Nagugutom na ako di kakain na ako
Thai Tailor: Youre so lazy!

Epic Argument occurs.

Filipino: P*tang Ina, itong gusto ko (SPARTAN KICKS the mirror)

*shocked faces by the Latino and black.

GG!