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P25,000 Pay Sought for Teachers, Nurses

This is something I hope gets approved quickly. For reasons that are quite obvious….

MANILA, Philippines – At least three congressmen are proposing that public school teachers and government nurses be entitled to a monthly salary of at least P25,000.

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Looking for Real Estate Properties in the Philippines?

My wife is currently working on a Philippine Real Estate site for a friend.

Hope you can visit the EAF Properties site some time and see if it fits your needs.

As always, comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Thank you in advance!

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1st Filipino Online Casual Game

MANILA, Philippines — Over five years in development and with only about a dozen people to develop it, Bangu-Bang Mania has finally been shown to gaming journalists in a simple ceremony at GameFrog at Metrowalk, Ortigas Center.

Bangu-Bang Mania, developed by VITAS, is considered as the first fully Filipino made online casual game.

You can visit this article for more details.

Great job Vitas chaps!

Excited to see your game in action.

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Sun Tech Days in Manila

Sun Tech Days will be in Manila from June 17-19.

Now in its 10th year, Tech Days is a Worldwide Developer Conference that spans 15 cities across the world reaching more than 100,000 developers. This is your chance to develop skills and advance your career in a Web 2.0 world; share knowledge and grow your network; participate in communities with fellow developers changing the face of technology.

Below are some details on what the sessions will be like:

Two Java development tracks will cover sessions in the following areas:

So if you’re in the area, and have some annual leaves to spare, be sure to check them out.

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Vanessa Carlton in Manila

Coming from a pediatrician visit for our six month old baby boy, my wife and I decided to spend Mother‘s day “eve” at Glorietta to have a glimpse of Vanessa Carlton.

Most of us know Vanessa from her hit single “A Thousand Miles” from the Album “Be Not Nobody” back in 2002.

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We were not able to get the best seats so we barely understood what she was saying most of the time.

But it was really fun to see her perform live and for free (although our little boy would have a different opinion about this because he just slept the entire show).

If I remember it correctly, the last concert my wife and I saw was that of Jars of Clay which we also enjoyed.

But Vanessa Carlton’s show at Glorietta, falling almost on Mother‘s day makes it extra special.

Anyway, thanks for gracing us with your presence Vanessa!

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May 1 – Labor Day

To those of you who are wondering whether next Monday will be declared a non-working day because of the Holiday Economics Act and the upcoming Labor Day, the answer can be found here.

Labor Day will STILL be celebrated on May 1 (Thursday) and will not be moved to the nearest Monday.

They should probably update the ra9492.pdf file because it does not match the other announcement they have in their website.

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Sponsor a Child

A few months ago, I was reading the blog of Cay Horstmann (author of Core Java, Core JSF and many others) and came across his The OLPC and Java post.

I got an OLPC for the holiday season. No, it wasn’t for the Horstmann twins—after all, it is one laptop per child, so the child must be myself. I got it through the “give one, get one program”. For $400, I got mine and a much more deserving kid somewhere out there got one as well. (Hurry if you want to get yours—the program ends today.)

It was nice to see the BIG guys participate in such a worthy cause. And if they can do it, why can’t we?

In line with this, I would like to invite YOU (Yes you! The person reading this post) guys to participate in a similar project from World Vision. But instead of giving away laptops, you help underprivileged children get the education they have been dreaming for.

But what do you get in return? You hopefully get a BIG smile on your face whenever these little kids try to send you back a letter saying even the simplest “THANK YOU”.

PS: If you’re from the Philippines, you can also visit this alternate link.

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