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Free Tickets to Cats the Broadway Musical in Manila

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Think you can just get it for free? It’s a promo by McDonald’s.

Every order worth at least P400 via gives you a chance to win 2 tickets to Cats Musical.

One winner of two tickets worth P 3,500 each and one winner of two tickets worth P5,000 each will be electronically drawn daily!

For the weekly grand draw, a total of 16 tickets worth P7,000 each will be raffled off to 8 lucky winners!


Promo runs from May 15 – June 7, 2010 only!

Source: Nuffnang

Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm

There are more “Political Dynasties” in the Philippines than ever!

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After the euphoria of the country’s first automated voting system, now comes the reality – there are more political families who won tandem posts. Is this the start (or return) of feudal-style politics in the Philippines?

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As of the unofficial tallies and electoral results, in 34 out of 80 provinces, political families won two (or tandem) posts – one as governor and the other in Congress. In 20 cities, the winning mayors had relatives also winning as congressional representative, governor or both.  (Click to see entire list or see below.)

These dynasties also seem to have mastered the art of skirting the three-term limit which was imposed in 1998. The new arrangement allows two or three family members to serve in office at the same time, coming after 12 years of experience lending one elective position to spouses, children or other relatives. Now, they could all sit in office together and still trade places when their terms are up.

Also, oe factor that could have carried families to victory in this year’s election was the practice of members splitting affiliation, to ensure they had a finger in every political pie.

Read more at Vera Files

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 13, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Vancouverites in BC – You’re Invited!

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Are you living in the Greater Vancouver Area of British Columbia?
Are you free tomorrow, Saturday, May 15, 2010, 9:30am?
Are you interested in learning more about “Glutathione?”
Are you looking for a better quality in life?
Are you looking for some opportunities in earning more?

If you fit one of these questions – read on!

You're invited by Shirley Tomsic

Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Will the Real @PCOSmachine Please Step Forward (Drum-roll)

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Screenshot from Yve's Facebook Photos

TJ Manotoc finally revealed the man behind @PCOSmachine, the Twitter account that provided us with wit and comic relief in the midst of post-electoral jitters during the 2010 Philippine elections where “PCOS” became a new Filipino byword that referred to the automated election machine, besides TIM and Smartmatic.

The 27 year old lists his Twitter description as iPhone/iPad developer, lawyer, founder and @PCOSmachine – what a combination!

The @PCOSmachine has 10,745 followers to-date with 195 tweets since inception (that part I still don’t know). His Facebook bio reads rather straightforwardly:

Lawyer- 2010
Congressman – 2016
Senator – 2022
Head of Corporate Legal Counsel- Apple Inc. 2028
Diplomat – 2035
Time-traveler – 2050

Fave music icons include Music includes Tiesto, Chicane, Way Out West, Moony, Sade, Sarah McLachlan, Craig David Official, Hed Kandi, Miguel Migs, Norah Jones, Paul Oakenfold, Puff Daddy, Robert Miles, Quentin Harris.

Oh! He recently celebrated his birthday last May 2. And he’s a BAR Top 10 finisher, too!

What’s his name? Yves Gonzalez a.k.a. DobleZeta.

Your turn at amateur investigative work 🙂

Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 12, 2010 at 5:41 am

Monitor All 2010 Philippine National Election Tweets in One Screen

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You can go to TweetGrid and follow the election-related Hashtags #JuanVote #Eleksyon #Halalan #PollWatch #Eleksyon2010 and #Halalan2010.

Click to TweetGrid Now!

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

Philippine National Elections is Green-and-Go – Here’s How the Ballot Looks Like

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The Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) has assured everyone that the national and local elections tomorrow, May 10, 2010, will push through. This is despite all the clamor for a side-by-side manual electoral process, the complaints of missing or burned PCOS machines, missing, misplaced or wrong computerized Flash Cards, and a whole lot of more issues propping up everyday since weeks before tomorrow’s election day.

For everyone inquiring about how the ballot looks like, here’s a graphical copy. Click on the image to expand the view to full-size.


Sample Ballot


Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Buy Ink Get Condo Free! HP’s New Promo

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From HP website

Source: HP Ink website

From HP website

Written by Raffy Pekson II

May 9, 2010 at 8:53 am