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Archive for October 2010

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Halloween Treat

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Visit any Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf store on October 27, between 7pm and 9pm, and yell… “TRICK OR POMEGRANATREAT!” and you’ll receive a regular sized Pomegranate Frozen Swirl – on the house!

Okay, be fair, boys and girls. One treat per person only 🙂

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 25, 2010 at 11:25 pm

American Business in Philippines More Optimistic

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American business in the Philippines are the second most optimistic in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), second only to Singapore, according to a survey by the ASEAN Business Outlook Survey 2010.

Based on the survey, 66 percent of total respondents said they expect their profits to increase in 2010, while 82 percent said they expect profits to increase in 2011.

The survey further said that respondents in the Philippines show increasing optimism about the future of the local economy.

Read more at U.S. News Las Vegas

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Long Beach honors October as Filipino-American History Month

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Long Beach’s Filipino-American population will now be honored in October, as City Council unanimously voted to officially designate October as Filipino-American History Month last Tuesday evening.

First District Councilman Robert Garcia, the primary author of the council resolution, said approximately 20,000 Filipino-Americans live in the Long Beach area, and that number is likely to increase once 2010 U.S. Census data is tallied.

According to City Council documents, the United States Congress currently is considering legislation (H.R. 155) to grant official status to Filipino American History Month.

The Long Beach City Council declared the boundaries of the city’s Filipino Neighborhood in 1992, which are Santa Fe Avenue from 20th Street to Spring Street.

Read more at Gazettes.com

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Free Recipe – Suman Na May Latik

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When I encountered this foodie blog “Sugarlace,” the first thing that came to mind was having to trek Quezon to buy this one-of-a-kind delicacy from the market, packaged in a small square basket, with the rice-based sticky thingie wrapped in banana leaves with a small bottle of (still) sticky, gooey, sweet, thck sauce. It was because of my in-laws that I discovered this kind of their specialty from their province.

This is dessert in the Philippines, the only way Filipinos would die for after a scrumptous meal of meat with all the fat trimmings you can ask. Enjoy and thanks for Trisha, the 24 25 year old Filipina-Chinese from Sydney, Australia.

Please go to her blog-post to get all the ingredients and instructions on how to prepare one of the best-tasting desserts in the world.

Read more at Sugarlace

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Manny Pacquiao has small role in new Nike TV ad

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If you watch the entire Nike “Say Boom” advertisement, you’ll see the boxing fight in the television set features the Philippines international boxing champ Manny Pacquiao in a live boxing fight.

Source: Digital Journal

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 14, 2010 at 8:58 pm

North Carolina Physicians for Peace helps 17-year old in the Philippines

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A brief conversation, an e-mail from the U.S. to the Philippines and less than $200 helped set in motion a chain of healing that culminated this summer in an optical implant for a 17-year-old girl.

Edita Adams heard about Seeing Clearly, Physicians for Peace’s comprehensive optometric eye care program, at a fundraiser for the group last May in Chapel Hill, N.C. After the event, Adams asked Physicians for Peace to help one of her relatives in the Philippines, a teenager named Mary Grace who was hit in the eye by a coat hanger in 2006. The accident deformed and incapacitated Mary Grace’s eye and robbed the girl of her self esteem.

Read more at Read Media

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 14, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Qatar Telecom (QTel) may increase stake in Philippines thru Liberty Telecoms

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Qtel may raise its shareholding in the Philippines’ Liberty Telecoms company and is discussing further expansion of the mobile broadband venture with local partner San Miguel Corporation, according to reports from the Reuters news agency.

Qatar’s dominant telco currently has a 32.7% stake in Liberty, while San Miguel holds 33% of the holding company, which is valued on the market at just under US$110 million. Its subsidiary, Liberty Broadcast Networks, operates a WiMax based Wi-Tribe 4G broadband service which launched in February, following similar ventures by Qtel and Saudi Arabia’s A A Tukri Group (Atco) in Jordan and Pakistan.

Read more at Rapid TV News

Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm