The Philippines’ version of Chinatown is located in Binondo, in the downtown part of Manila. Coming from the Intramuros area, you will immediately know that you are in Chinatown once you arrived in the area. Restaurants, banks and other commercial establishments have Chinese characters in their signs. Bright red and yellow lanterns hang on the doors and sides of buildings. Depending on which part of Binondo you are located, you can also smell freshly-cooked dimsum and pancit wafting through the numerous Chinese eateries.
Before Chinatown was formed, Binondo used to be a wetland area filled with tubers. Over the years, the area was transformed from a plain residential area to one of the busiest trade centers in the country. Ongpin Street is famous for its blinding array of gold from shops that sell original jewelry at low prices. The street is also the place to go to for genuine Chinese tea, traditional medicine, acupuncture services and mah-jong parlors.
Devotees should visit the Binondo Church, an ancient stone structure which houses the Cristo de Longos, a black wooden crucifix which have been known to produce miracles. Buddhists can worship at the Seng Guan Temple, also called The Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
Shoppers should be able to find pretty much everything that they need here in Binondo. There are certain streets in the area that specialize on a particular type of merchandise. Sabino Padilla former Gandara Street is the place for upholstery materials. Carvajal in Nueva Street sells imported vegetables and fruits. Fruits like cherries and pears can be bought here cheaply.
Of course, Binondo would not be complete without the wide variety of talismans, charms, calendars and Buddha images being sold by stores and street vendors. In order to complete your Binondo experience, you must dine at one of the genuine Chinese eateries which promise absolutely gastronomic delight. Feast on hopia, machang, pancit and dimsum after a long, tiring day of shopping.
The Araneta Center is a commercial complex built around the Araneta Coliseum, the preferred venue for most of the major concerts and sports events in the country. Developed by Araneta Center Inc., the complex is a sprawling, 35-hectare property composed of shopping malls, bars and restaurants.
Aside from the coliseum, another landmark in the complex is the Gateway Mall, a five-story destination for shopping, entertainment and dining. The mall is known for having the first La-Z-Boy theater in the Philippines, which is only one of the 10 posh cinemas inside the premises.
Housed inside the Araneta Center are Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza, some of the oldest malls in the metro. Ali Mall is known for being the country’s first fully enclosed mall, and is currently undergoing extensive renovation and major makeover. Farmers Plaza is known for having shops that offer merchandise with affordable prices. It is directly linked to the MRT 3 station, which makes it the Araneta Center’s gateway to Edsa.
Other structures within the Araneta Center complex include Farmers Market, the Aurora Tower and Cubao Expo, a group of shops and cafes that has become a favorite hangout of bohemians and artistic crowd.
Recently, Megaworld Corp. started the construction of Manhattan Garden City within the complex. It is a prime real estate project which is a joint venture with the Araneta Group, and it is expected to generate new revenue sales worth PHP6 billion. The first two phases of the condominium were sold out in just a little over two years. The third phase, called Manhattan Heights, will have residential units that will sell units from PHP2.5 million to PHP6.1 million.
The main endorser of Gateway Mall is actress and TV host Kris Aquino.
Psychological incapacity is one of the valid grounds for a marriage to be annulled by the court. A lot of annulment cases in the country are filed under this category, but it can be quite difficult to prove it because it provides a lot of evidence for the court to decide on before handing down a decision. Here are some basic information regarding the procedures in proving psychological incapacity.
One does need a psychological report before he or she could file for an annulment. Actually, the law does not require expert opinion when filing for a petition. But most law firms require their clients to submit a psychological report before filing. They argue that the report is the very foundation of the client’s petition, and it would be easier for the firms to point out the manifestations when the facts are already written in the psychological report. In this case, the client is asked to undergo a psychological test with the firm’s resident psychologist. Clients are strongly urged to take the test prior to filing.
Each law firm has its own style of handling annulment cases, but for extra guidance, it would be helpful if the client is informed about the guidelines released by the Supreme Court in filinga petition for an annulment case.
The main concern of clients regarding annulment cases is the length of time it will take to have a marriage annulled. Processing usually takes one year and six months to two years. This will highly depend on the trial dates and the availability of witnesses. However, the processing can last more than that if the petition is contested by the spouse. Other factors that can delay the process include property issues and custody of the children. Uncontrollable factors such as the judge retiring or becoming sick can postpone the trial dates.
As a rule, petitioners do not need to appear in every court hearing. Petitioners have to be present only during pre-trial conference and during his scheduled testimony.
To prove a client’s case, the firm will require three or four witnesses. The first one is the client himself as the principal witness, the second one is a psychiatrist/psychologist as the expert witness, and one or two more witnesses who have personal knowledge of the client’s marital relations and can affirm the story.
The couple cannot file a joint petition because the court will automatically dismiss it for collusion. The law states that a petition can be filed by a husband or wife alone.
The explosive revelations in Brian Gorell’s blog a couple of years ago opened not only the alleged secret lives of the country’s elite set, but questions on the scope of libel in cyberspace. First, it is important to know the definition of libel under Philippine laws. Article 353 of the Revised Penal Code defines libel as “a public and malicious imputation of a crime, or of a vice or defect, real or imaginary, or any act, omission, condition, status or circumstance tending to cause the dishonor, discredit or contempt of a natural or juridical person, or to blacken the memory of one who is dead.”
Based on the given definition, an insinuation must have the following requisites in order to be considered libelous.
- It should be defamatory
- It should be malicious
- It should be revealed in public
- The person/subject in question should be identifiable
If you call somebody names and used defamatory words to describe the person, you can be sued for libel, even though your statements are true. Accusations can be considered malicious if there is an intention to defame the name and reputation of a person without just cause. Also, the defamation should be given publicly, whether in blogs, forums or message boards. To complete the validity of a libel suit, the person victimized by the offending words should be identifiable.
Because the libelous words can be seen on the Internet, some people will assume that service providers should be held liable for the malicious acts. But most of the time, service providers cannot be held responsible for the libel. Under Republic Act no. 8792, otherwise known as the Electronic Commerce Act, a party or person acting as a service provider incurs no civil or criminal liability in the making, publication, dissemination or distribution of libelous material if:
a) The service provider does not have actual knowledge, or is not aware of the facts or circumstances from which it is apparent that making, publication, dissemination or distribution of such material is unlawful or infringes any rights;
b) The service provider does not knowingly receive a financial benefit directly attributable to the infringing activity;
c) The service provider does not directly commit any infringement or other unlawful act and does not induce or cause another person or party to commit any infringement or other unlawful act and/or does not benefit financially from the infringing activity or unlawful act of another person or party.
So unless a service provider has actual knowledge of the libel, gain financial benefit from it or directly committed the libel himself, he should not be held liable. What service providers should do however is to remove the offending material as soon as possible and terminate the account responsible for creating the libel. This will show that the service provider acts responsibly and does not tolerate such acts.
He never died and he never will. So, on his birth month, die-hard fans of the immortal King of Pop Elvis Presley will flock to Enchanted Kingdom (EK) in the City of Santa Rosa, Laguna, to relive his music, his fashion style and his inimitable life.
Saturday, January 31, will see the country’s premiere theme park welcome Elvis fans young and old, and treat those who come in appropriate Elvis costume to FREE entrance and rides at the park. There will be free Elvis movies, a parade of Elvis look-alikes, a best Elvis costume competition, an Elvis singing championship, retailing of Elvis CDs and DVDs and other paraphernalia, and a concert by four professional Elvis Tribute Artists. Enjoy Elvis’ eternal music performed by Nonie Yambao, the new Elvis Presley of the Philippines; Alex Torres, winner of the 2007 EPFC sound-alike contest; Douglas Masuda, Elvis from Japan; Atty. Homer Mendoza, Elvis Best 50’s Sound Alike, and the internationally known Elvis Band. The winners of the costume competition will win exciting EK merchandise items and the winners of the singing competition will win cash prizes, trophies and merchandise items from EK, Magnavision and event sponsors. Visit www.enchantedkingdom.com.ph for contest details and more information about this special Elvis event presented by Enchanted Kingdom in cooperation with the Elvis Presley Friendship Club Philippines International, the only Filipino Club accredited by Elvis Presley Graceland Enterprises, and Magnavision Home Video.
Rock, Alternative rock, Jazz fusion
Bamboo Manalac – vocals
Ira Cruz – guitars
Nathan Azarcon – bass
Vic Mercado – drums
How the Band Was Formed
The four musicians were veteran members of other bands before Bamboo was formed. Bamboo Manalac and Nathan Azarcon were from Rivermaya while Ira Cruz and Vic Mercado were from Passage. When Bamboo left Rivermaya, he stayed in the States for four years. He and Nathan caught up with each other after a long time, when he called up his former bandmate from the States. Bamboo learned that Nathan had also left the band. The two toyed with the idea of Bamboo going back to the music scene. Nathan then notified Ira and Vic of their possible plans. When Bamboo got back to Manila, he went to see Ira and Vic play with Makatha. The next day, they had a jam session in the small studio in the house of Ira’s father. From that moment, they knew that they are on to something special.
Their efforts to have a record deal were not easy. The music industry was on shaky financial ground, and the record labels wanted to have control over the type of music that they should put out. The band stood its ground and refused to compromise their principles. They approached producer Angee Rozul, who liked the band’s material, and got to work. They came out with the band’s debut album, As the Music Plays, with the carrier single, Noy-pi, which became a monster hit. Thus, Bamboo the band stormed into the music scene, the frontman a prodigal son who rose from the dead.
- As The Music Plays (2004)
- Light Peace Love (2005)
- We Stand Alone Together
- Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday (2008)
- Full Volume: The Best Of Pinoy Alternative (2005 EMI Philippines)
- Rounin OST (2007 Star Records)
- Astig…The Biggest OPM Hits (2008 Universal Records)
- Contrary to popular belief, the band was not named after its frontman. The decided to adopt the name Bamboo because they can want to refer to the plant’s durability and strength, as well as the fact that bamboos are very Filipino and Asian at the same time.
- They were thinking of naming the band Audio Barangay, but decided against it because it’s hard to pronounce. Also, the band Audioslave was becoming popular during that time, so they scrapped the idea to avoid confusion with the names.
- Francisco is Bamboo’s real name
Las Pinas, once a rustic coastal town good enough for plain suburban living, is now a booming area of residential and commercial real estate. It is bordered by the following:
Paranaque City – north and northeast
Muntinlupa City – east and southeast
Imus, Cavite – south
Bacoor, Cavite – southwest and west
Manila Bay – northwest
The city is currently composed of three zones: the Manila Bay, the coastal margin and the Guadalupe Plateau. Las Pinas is bisected by the Alabang-Zapote Road, which forms a portion of the Maharlika Highway. The Alabang-Zapote Road connects the South Luzon Expressway, which reaches the Coastal Road along Manila Bay.
There is now a new highway called Daang Hari, which connects Las Pinas to its neighboring towns and San Pedro, Laguna.
History of Las Pinas
The city, which was once a barrio of Paranaque, has a colorful history which dates back to the 17th century. It was Fr. Diego Ciera, the appointed parish priest in the area in 1795,that spearheaded the development of Las Pinas from a sleepy fishing village to a center of industries like handicrafts, salt-making and dye-making. It was under his supervision that the Las Pinas church was established in 1819. The Spanish missionary was also responsible for construction of the Bamboo Organ.
When the priest had to go back to Spain because of failing health, the barrio suffered a serious decline. A strong earthquake shook the barrio in 1880. Hundreds of residents died because of cholera and smallpox outbreaks. The barrio also became a battlefield for revolutionary forces and the Spanish soldiers.
The barrio was proclaimed as an independent municipality on March 27, 1907 under the Philippine Commission Act No. 1625. Las Pinas later became a first-class municipality during the 1960s, largely due to the construction of the South Superhighway. The wide stretches of land and the proximity to Manila made it attractive to real estate developers.
President Fidel V. Ramos signed the cityhood bill on February 12, 1997. In March 1997, Las Pinas became the 10th city of Metro Manila.
Districts and Barangays
Las Pinas is divided into 20 barangays grouped into two districts.
District 1 Barangays
- CAA-B.F. International
- Daniel Fajardo (Poblacion)
- Elias Aldana
- Manuyo Uno
- Manuyo Dos
- Pamplona Uno
- Pamplona Tres
- Pulanglupa Uno
- Pulanglupa Dos
District 2 Barangays
- Almanza Uno
- Almanza Dos
- Pamplona Dos
- Pilar Village
- Talon Uno
- Talon Dos
- Talon Tres
- Talon Cuatro
- Talon Singko
Schools in Las Pinas
Academy of Jesus
– Almanza Baptist Christian Academy
– Angelus Academy (Las PiÃ±as Preparatory School)
– Antioch Christian Academy of Las PiÃ±as
– Arclight School
– Augustinian Abbey School
– Bernardo College
– B.F. Homes School
– Bj Best Christian Learning Center
– Blessed Mother Mary Learning Center
– Blessed Trinity School
– Bloomfield Academy
– Bright Morning Star School, Inc.
– CAA Baptist Academy
– Camella School (Camella Learning Center)
– Child's Joy Pre-school and Learning Center
– Copel School
– Creative Playskool & Grade School
– Discovery Montessori School
– Divine Light Academy
– Don Carlo Cavina School
– Don Stevens Institute of Las PiÃ±as
– Elizabeth Seton School
– Faith in Jesus Christian Academy
– Fr. Angelico Lipani School, Inc.
– Fr. Donato Giannoti Foundation, Inc.
– Green Vineyard Learning Center
– Harvest Time Christian Academy
– Holy Rosary Academy of Las PiÃ±as
– Homeschooled in Las PiÃ±as
– Immaculate Mary Montessori School
– Infant Jesus Institute, Inc.
– JEIB Star Academy, Inc.
– Jesus Cares Christian Academy
– Jesus Is Lord Christian School Foundation
– Kencare Learning Center
– Las PiÃ±as College (Dr. F. Uy Foundation)
– Las PiÃ±as East NHS
– Las PiÃ±as East NHS – Talon Village Annex
– Las PiÃ±as Golden Acres NHS
– Las PiÃ±as Montessori School
– Las PiÃ±as NHS
– Las PiÃ±as NHS – CAA Annex
– Las PiÃ±as North NHS
– Las Pinas East National High School
– Las Pinas Municipal High School
– Light and Knowledge Learning School, Inc.
– Little Angels Study Center
– Little Christian Kiddieland School
– Madre Guilla Salzano School
– Manreza High School
– Mary Immaculate Parish School
– Mayflower Learning Center
– Merry Treasure School (Merry Toddlers School)
– Metro Hill School
– Montessori de Manila School
– Mother Mary of Pilar Child Development Ctr.
– Mulberry Hills Prep. School
– OB Montessori Center, Inc.
– Our Lady of Fatima Children Learning Center, Inc.
– Our Lady of Pilar Montessori Center
– Perpetual Help College Of Rizal
– Perpetual Village Pre-School
– Philamlife Village Nursery & Pre-school
– Preparatory Camp
– Regis Grace Montessori School
– Rizal Experimental Station And Pilot School Of Cottage Industries
– San Jose Kindargarten School
– Silverdale Learning Resource Center
– Skyview Learning Center
– Southville International School
– Southwood Integrated School, Inc.
– St. Anthony School
– St. Catherine De Ricci School, Inc.
– St. Cyrill School
– St. Francis of Assisi College
– STI Academy Grade School
– STI Academy High School
– STI Pre-School
– St. Joseph's Academy
– St. Mark's Institute
– St. Michael's School, Inc.
– Sto. NiÃ±o de Eucharistia Academy
– St. Therese School, Inc.
– The Garden of Child Culture & Dev't. Ctr.
– The Little Martin Learning Center
– Treasury of the Golden Word School
– University of Perpetual Help Rizal
– Woodridge School
Business and Tourism
From its humble origins, Las Pinas has blossomed into a booming residential and industrial and commercial area. The city has also earned the reputation as one of the cleanest in Metro Manila, and has made it to the Clean and Green Hall of Fame list. Las Pinas has been extensively recognized for its consistent efforts in protecting the environment.
Recently, Las Pinas was placed among the country’s Most Competitive City list, along other progressive and prosperous cities such as Makati City and Marikina City.
Mayor: Vergel A. Aguilar
Vice Mayor: Henry C. Medina