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New Credit Card US Federal Law goes into effect

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The Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act has three separate implementation dates, 90 days, nine months and 15 months. Now that it has been nine months since the legislation was signed into law, the following provisions started today:

  • Issuers can no longer charge arbitrary interest rate increases and universal default on existing balances;
  • No more over-limit fees unless the cardholder elects to allow the issuer to complete over-limit transactions;
  • Payments in excess of the minimum must be applied first to the credit card balance with the highest rate of interest;
  • No more early morning deadlines for credit card payments;
  • No more interest charges on debt paid on time;
  • Issuers must get the signature of a parent, guardian, or other individual 21 years or older when extending credit to young consumers under the age of 21

Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Written by Raffy Pekson II

February 23, 2010 at 1:22 am

Aquino leads surveys, followed by Villar then Erap

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The survey, conducted by Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) of London, from January 28 to February 3, with 3,000 respondents, placed Aquino at the head of the pack with 42% followed by Villar with 31%. In third place was former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada with 12%.

Another poll conducted by the independent survey firm the Issues and Advocacy Center (The Center) had different results. Senators Aquino and Villar reportedly shared a statistical tie of 27% based on the feedback of their 1,800 respondents.

…the presidential election might end up as a five-way race with Estrada at the third spot with 17%, followed by Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro and Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon with 14% and 8% of the votes respectively.

In The Center’s survey, for the vice presidential race, Senator Mar Roxas reportedly led the polls at 37% with Senator Loren Lagarda in second with 28%. NP candidate Legarda told GMA News that she’s not concerning herself with surveys, stating that they’re merely a part of an on-going psychological warfare or “psywar.”


Written by Raffy Pekson II

February 22, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Disney movie UP created by Fil-Ams

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Among the Best Picture awards nominated this year is Disney Pixar’s tenth full-length computer animated film UP. The critically-acclaimed blockbuster movie grossed more than $720 million worldwide and has been hailed as one of Disney’s best-animated movies.

Fil-Am animators Ronnie del Carmen and Ricky Nierva are part of the Academy Award-nominated Pixar team.

Del Carmen served as the Oscar nominated movie UP’s storyboard supervisor and Nierva led the production design team.

Read more at Asian Journal

Written by Raffy Pekson II

February 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm

The 35th Edition of the International Bamboo Organ Festival

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The 35th edition of the International Bamboo Organ Festival that will be held from February 18 to 24, 2009, will feature several musical masterpieces from various periods. JS Bach’s Cantata no. 130 and John Rutter’s Mass of the Children will the highlight of the opening Gala Concert. Swiss organist Guy Bovet, Filipino organist Alejandro Consolacion II, the Las Pinas Boys Choir, and the UP Singing Ambassadors will the featured performers of the evening. Other artists are soprano Karina Gay Balajadia-Liggayu, counter-tenor Mark Carpio, tenor Ervin Notes Lumauag, bass Noel Azcona and the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Eudenice Palarauan.

The Festival has always designated one night exclusively for organ music. On February 19, organist Guy Bovet from Switzerland will be the featured artist for An Evening of Organ Music. One evening has likewise been customarily set aside for less serious musical fare. Entitled Concert under the Trees, the event is in fact one of the best-attended evenings of the Festival. On Feb. 20 the Singing Priests, the Morrizwind Orchestra and a surprise guest artist from the world of pop will be the stars of the show. Organ and Trumpet are an essential combination in Baroque music- organist Jarek Malanowicz from the Czech Republic and Filipino trumpet player Robert de Pano will play as a duet in the concert of February 21.

On February 23, works by Filipino composers National Artist Lucio San Pedro and Alejandro Consolacion II will be performed in a concert dedicated to Filipino music and entitled Saring Lahi. Organists Armando Salarza and Rea Jimenez, the Las Pinas Boys Choir and soloist Bernard Caro, baritone Noel Azcona, tenor Ervin Notes Lumauag, and the Festival Orchestra will the performers for this event. Also part of the program are the Kasilag Trio (guitarists), named after the late National Artist Lucrecia Kasilag, while Eudenice Palaruan will the conductor for the evening.

Source: Press Release from the Bamboo Organ Foundation Inc.

Philippine Properties Auction Dubbed New Moon Auction

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Foreclosure Philippines recently posted that Property Forum Philippines will be holding a series auctions of foreclosed properties, dubbed “New Moon Auction.” This will be held on February 13, 2010 at the Max’s Restaurant along Jupiter St. in Makati City. Registration starts at 8:00 AM.

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For more information, go to Foreclosure Philippines site.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

February 2, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Homemade Bibingkang Galapong

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I saw this blog that brought my mind back to the Christmas tradition of the Philippines. Much like the Spaghetti ala Makati Supermarket’s famous meal, look into this recipe from “Pinoy Food | Free Filipino Food Recipe” and savor the taste that’s truly Filipino.

By the way, this blog has a Kindle version, in case some of you are “Kindlers.”


  • 4 eggs, well-beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups coconut milk (2nd or more presses; see separate recipe)
  • 1/4 cup melted margarine
  • 2 tbsps. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coco cream (first press)
  • 1/4 cup sugar for topping


1. Add sugar to beaten eggs.

2. Combine salt and rice flour; add to egg mixture.

3. Add melted margarine and baking powder.

4. Pour into banana-leaf lined mold.

My sister’s note: Tita Mimi assumes we know that the banana leaves have to be wilted, that is, passed over an open flame on the stove top.

5. Bake in 375 degree Fahrenheit oven.

6. Brush top with coco cream and sugar; bake until golden crust is formed.

note: Tita Mimi doesn’t say when to take out the bibingka to brush the top with the coco cream and sugar. I would assume that this is done when the bibingka is 3/4’s done (so the batter doesn’t flop). We would have to experiment on time frames.

7. Makes 3 large bibingkas.

Source: Pinoy Food | Free Filipino Food Recipe

Written by Raffy Pekson II

February 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm

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