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From a hovering chopper of Aero-Tour Services, the enormous structure of the newly-opened SM Lanang is an amazing view to gaze at with the Davao Gulf and Samal Island at its background. SM Lanang, which opened on Friday, is considered as the largest mall in the island of Mindanao.

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines-Having problems of not having enough cash in your pocket to pay for the cab?

Have you also experienced having an argument with the cab driver for not giving you your exact change?

A taxi company in Davao City provided a solution for their customers.

Claiming to be the first in the country, the Mabuhay Taxi Corporation said that they have deployed last July 6 at least 20 units of their Black Taxis that are equipped with wireless debit card/ATM payment terminals.

In partnership with Chinabank, these taxis are now accepting payments by swiping your Bancnet and Megalink cards, the company declared.

Pierre Ryan Tan, assistant manager of Mabuhay Taxi, explained that the new state-of-the-art cashless transaction machines in their cabs was the answer to their desire to bring something that is pioneering in the public transportation industry in the country and at the same time something that would bring convenience to their customers.

“This wireless cashless transactions in our taxis is really convenient for both the driver and passenger. Many passengers are requesting the driver to pass by an ATM because they have no enough cash,” Tan said.

He explained that these taxi units are using the General Packet Radio Service System to connect the transactions to Megalink and Bancnet.

With some passengers speculating that the new service would bring in additional charges, Tan clarified that there are no additional and hidden charges if commuters would use their ATM and debit cards to pay their fare.

“Regardless of any new features in our taxis, these would not affect the rates of our taxis. We are following the standard fare rates declared by LTFRB,” Tan remarked.

He added that customers have still the option to either pay in cash or use their cards.

Also added in their fleet of taxis are global positioning systems gadgets so that unit dispatching are easily monitored and done through a central computer. This would also advise drivers which route to take to avoid traffic jams.

With the new technology, Tan said that the drivers were given training on how to use the new gadgets in their cabs to avoid confusion.

In the initial week of the operation of the wireless payment terminals-equipped units, the company received positive comments from the customers, Tan shared.

“In fact, we have noticed an increase in our customers. There are really many passengers who wanted to try swiping their cards in our payment terminals. This is an added attraction to our taxi units,” Tan said.

Tan announced that the company is planning to implement the technology to their entire fleet of more than 200 taxis.

 

Amazing car chase scene most especially the spinning jeepney… I was able to witness a 5-second sneak peak of the shooting in Manila when I attended the Vera Files PWD Reporting Training. Can’t wait to watch the full movie.

Movie info as posted by the TheMuvikliptela Youtube account:

The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines-In a dark mangrove conservation area, a woman in a white gown silently totters in a dirt road towards a clearing in the drizzly dawn of February 14. Beside her is a young man dressed in an off-white barong who appears to be floating if viewed from afar.

A woman shrieked from somewhere deep in the mangrove forest. There were also muffled voices from a scurrying group of adolescents. A composite unit of policemen and barangay tanods armed with rifles and truncheons flash their flashlights and shouted indistinct commands.

This is not a horror story. The man and woman are part of the 176 couples that exchanged vows in Sitio Tagbacong, Barangay San Jose, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

A bride takes off her gown in a portable restroom.

Dubbed as a “Love Affair With Nature”, the local government of Puerto Princesa has annually dedicated Valentine’s Day as a special mass wedding day. To make things more special and significant, the newly weds are required to plant mangrove saplings to symbolically strengthen the bonds of their newly declared union.

Now on its 10th year, the annual event is also a pledged community mobilization for residents and tourists to express their love for Mother Nature by helping in restoring the degraded mangrove areas of Palawan.

Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn, who officiated the mass wedding, advised the men to never hurt their wives and to always take extra care of them.

In the middle of the sea of couples, an aged man with bloodshot eyes who is wearing blue jeans and a white polo with a sunglasses tucked in it, endured the drizzle as he face his partner and swore that he will take care of her forever. He is Rodulfo Tabada, 57 years old and a resident of Barangay Liwanag, Puerto Princesa City, and he was married to Lisa Marcelo, 51, whose first husband died due to an illness when she was 33.

“I was the town’s drunkard before. But about 15 years ago, I fell in love with Lisa and this changed my life–our lives. When I learned that she’s single again I decided that I should change my wrong habits to woo her. I stopped drinking to prove the sincerity of my love for her,” said Tabada.

With bloodshot eyes, Rodulfo Tabada sits with his wife, Lisa, as they were declared as husband and wife in a mass wedding in a mangrove forest in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Rodulfo and Lisa are living together for more than a decade along with their 2-year old son and Lisa’s 27-year old daughter with her first husband. They said that the reason for the late marriage is that they do not have the financial capacity to pay for the wedding expenses.

“Because of poverty our marriage was delayed. But it was not a hindrance to our deep affection with each other. We are lucky that we are able to avail of the mass wedding sponsored by the local government. Even the reception expenses are shouldered by the city. We are very happy that finally we are now officially Mr and Mrs Tabada,” Tabada said.

But unlike the prince and princess wedding story, Rodulfo and Lisa are not going to spend their first night as legal husband and wife in a ritzy hotel or a luxurious resort.

“We will have no honeymoon. Actually after the wedding ceremony, I will just drop-off Lisa in our house and I will change clothes and proceed to my work at the port,” Tabada said.

More than 150 couples exchange vows in a mass wedding in a mangrove forest in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The "Love Affair With Nature" is not just a mass wedding but also a community mobilization for residents and tourists to help in restoring the mangrove forests by planting mangrove saplings.

Sa wakas! Nagkaroon na rin ng pagkakataon na magrelax, lumangoy at magpaka-deep sa Samal Island. 🙂

Dr. Sigmund Freud Discovers the Sea Shell 

by Archibald MacLeish

Science, that simple saint, cannot be bothered

Figuring what anything is for:

Enough for her devotions that things are

And can be contemplated soon as gathered.

She knows how every living thing was fathered,

She calculates the climate of each star,

She counts the fish at sea, but cannot care

Why any one of them exists, fish, fire or feathered.

Why should she? Her religion is to tell

By rote her rosary of perfect answers.

Metaphysics she can leave to man:

She never wakes at night in heaven or hell

Staring at darkness. In her holy cell

There is no darkness ever: the pure candle

Burns, the beads drop briskly from her hand.

Who dares to offer Her the curled sea shell!

She will not touch it!–knows the world she sees

Is all the world there is! Her faith is perfect!

And still he offers the sea shell . . .

What surf

Of what far sea upon what unknown ground

Troubles forever with that asking sound?

What surge is this whose question never ceases?

 

 

Sino si Archibald MacLeish?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archibald_MacLeish

Sino si Sigmund Freud?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigmund_Freud

Weather Advisory No. 05
For: Low Pressure Area (LPA)and Tail-end of a cold front
Issued at 10:00 a.m., 04 January 2012
At 8:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 240 km East Southeast of General Santos City (5.0°N, 127.0°E) while tail-end of a cold front affecting Eastern and Southern Luzon.

Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains and thunderstorms over the eastern section of Southern Luzon, Eastern and Southern Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

The next advisory will be issued at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow.

Source: PAGASA