Tuesday, December 29, 2009

MMFF 2009 Awards Night Winners

The list of winners of the recently concluded awards night of Metro Manila Film Festival 2009 held last night at the SMX Convention Center of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
Best Director – Joel Lamangan (Mano Po 6)
Gatpuno Antonio Villegas Cultural Award – Mano Po 6
Best Supporting Actress – Heart Evangelista (Mano Po 6)
Best Supporting Actor – Phillip Salvador (Panday)
Best Actor – Bong Revilla (Panday)
Best Actress – Sharon Cuneta (Mano Po 6)
3rd Best Festival Picture – Ang Darling Kong Aswang
2nd Best Festival Picture – I Love You Goodbye
Best Picture – Ang Panday
Best Production Design – Ang Panday
Best Visual Effects – Ang Panday
Best Theme Song – Ang Panday
Best Child Performer – Robert “Buboy” Villar (Ang Panday)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Facebook Privacy

Want privacy on Facebook? Here is how to get some
Over the past week, Facebook has been nudging its users — first gently, then firmly — to review and update their privacy settings.

You may have procrastinated by hitting "skip for now," but Facebook eventually took away that button and forced you to update your settings before continuing to use the site.

After finally accepting Facebook's recommendations or tweaking the privacy settings yourself, though, you might have made more information about you public than what you had intended.

At the same time, Facebook has given users many granular controls over their privacy, more than what's available on other major social networks.

So if you want to stay out of people's view, but still want to be on Facebook, here are some things to look out for as you take another look at your settings.

1. Some of your information is viewable by everyone.

Everyone can see your name, your profile photo and the names of work and school networks you're part of. Ditto for pages you are a fan of. If you are worried about a potential employer finding out about a quirky fetish or unorthodox political leaning, avoid becoming a Facebook fan of such groups. You can't tell Facebook you don't want those publicly listed. Your gender and current city are also available, if you choose to specify them. You can uncheck "Show my sex in my profile" when you edit your profile if you don't want it listed, and you can leave "Current City" blank.

2. Your list of friends may also be public.

Facebook also considers your friends list publicly available information. Privacy advocates worry that much can be gleaned from a person's list of friends — even sexual orientation, according to one MIT study. But there is a way to hide the list. Go to your profile page and click on the little blue pencil icon on the top right of your box of friends. Uncheck "Show Friend List to everyone." Either way, those you are already friends with can always see your full list.

3. You can hide yourself from Web searches.

There is a section for "Search" under Facebook's privacy settings page, which is accessible from the top right corner of the Web site under "Settings." If you click the "Allow" box next to "Public Search Results," the information that Facebook deems publicly available (such as photo, fan pages and list of friends), along with anything else you have made available to everyone, will show up when someone looks up your name on a search engine such as Google. The stuff you've limited access to in your profile will not show up.

This is useful if you want people you've lost touch with, or potential work contacts, to be able to find your Facebook page. If you'd rather not be found, uncheck this box.

A second setting, controlling searches within Facebook, lets you refine who can find you once that person has logged on. Limit searches to friends only if you think you have all the friends you need and don't want anyone to find you when they type in your name to Facebook.

4. Beware of third-party applications.

Quizzes and games are fun, but each time you take one, you first authorize it to access your profile information, even if you have made that available only to your friends. You're also letting the app access some information on your friends.

Under "Application Settings," Facebook lists all the apps you have opened your profile up to. If you no longer want to authorize access to "Which Golden Girl Are You?" you can always remove it by clicking on the "X" next to its name. Apps you use regularly, such as Facebook for Android if you update your status from your mobile phone, should stay.

Next, by clicking on "Applications and Websites" on the privacy settings page, you can edit whether your friends can share your birthday, photos and other specific information. Remember that applications can access your "publicly available information" no matter what.

The security firm Sophos recommends users set their privacy settings for two of Facebook's own popular applications, notes and photos, to friends only.

5. Go over your list of friends.

The average Facebook user has 130 friends. But many people interact with a much smaller group when commenting on status updates, photos and links. So it doesn't hurt to occasionally review your list of your friends to get an idea of just who can view your status posts, vacation photos and funny links you've shared over the years. Don't feel obligated to add anyone as a friend, even if that person adds you first. For professional acquaintance you don't want to snub, send them to a LinkedIn profile you can set up. Some workplaces and schools have rules about Facebook interactions between bosses and employees or students and teachers.

6. Create custom friends groups.

If you have friended a lot of people, sort them. Think of the groups you interact with in real life — co-workers, college buddies, girlfriends, grandma and grandpa — and organize your Facebook friends in these groups, too. Go to "All Friends" under the "Friends" button up top, click on "Create New List" and fire away. Then decide what aspects of your profile, and which status posts and photos, these people will have access to. Or, simply create a "limited" list for acquaintances or distant relatives and limit their access.

7. Customize your status posts.

Type "I'm hungry" into your status update box. Click on the little lock icon. You'll see a range of privacy controls pop up, letting you either allow or limit access to the post. If you want, you can even hide it from everyone by clicking "Only Me" under the custom settings. Click on "Save Setting." Repeat with each post, or create a default setting for most updates and increase or decrease privacy as you see fit.

8. Let your friends know you have boundaries — in person.

Many of us have woken up on a Sunday morning to find that an overzealous friend has posted dozens of photos from that wild party we barely remembered — the good, the bad and the hideous. Chances are, they didn't do this to embarrass you, though if they did you have bigger problems. Rather, they probably don't know that you don't want these photos posted. Sure, tweak your photo privacy settings on Facebook. But if someone starts snapping pictures of you at a party, ask them to check with you before posting it anywhere.

9. Never assume complete privacy.

Even for the most tech-savvy person, unflattering photos, incriminating text messages or angry status posts about work have a way of worming their way out in the open. Just saying.

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay, Ap Technology Writer – Thu Dec 17, 3:54 pm ET

Friday, December 11, 2009

Rebellion in Maguindanao? Cabinet officials give mixed answers

By Purple S. Romero, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak | 12/12/2009 1:11 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Is there really a rebellion going on in Maguindanao that warranted the martial law declaration?
Two days into the joint session held by Congress, cabinet officials said yes—and no.
Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera said there was an ‘actual’ rebellion going on. But Executive Sec. Eduardo Ermita, in the same joint session, said there was no ‘actual’ rebellion. He said there have been some ‘firing of guns’ and that the groups are just re-grouping for a possible attack.
The existence of rebellion was MalacaƱang’s reason for issuing Proclamation No.1959, which placed Maguindanao under military rule.
However, critics doubt if there really is an armed revolt in the province, as the report submitted by Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to Congress only showed that ‘the Ampatuan group has consolidated a group of armed rebels.’
Most of the armed rebels, however, belong to the private army of the Ampatuans who are being alleged as the mastermind of the massacre of 57 people last November 23.
There are allegedly no testaments of attacks against the local authorities, which is required under Article 134 of Revised Penal Code to justify rebellion.
No courts: the trigger for martial law?
Devanadera and Ermita, however, both referred to the absence of local court justices who have the power to issue search warrants or warrants of arrest that the military could use in their local operations against the perpetrators of the Maguindanao massacre.
“Courts weren’t functioning, even today. Processes availed of came from other provinces. With respect to removal of allegiance [and others, there were reports from] the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines, military] and the PNP [Philippine National Police} that ‘armed men’ were not following orders from duly-constituted government but merely from Ampatuans,” she said during the interpellation of Sen. Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino.
However, when the third speaker – Cong. Edcel Lagman – came up at the podium, the replies of Executive Sec. Ermita did not entirely jibe with Devandera’s.
Lagman inquired about the basis of the proclamation. “Honorable Executive Secretary, was this collective decision recommending to President, based on an actual finding by those making recommendation that actual rebellion is occurring in Maguindanao?”
Ermita replied that actual uprising had not been a factor. “Not on whether actual fighting going on.”
He said that the actual determination of elements of rebellion came from “reports that armed groups indeed prevented authorities from exercising duties, reports of PNP, DILG and NBI that there was difficulty in obtaining warrants,”
Ermita stressed that “because no judges willing, hence necessary to declare martial law,” he replied.
Looming or actual rebellion?
On Wednesday, Day 1, Justice Secretary Devanadera, answering to the interpellation of Maguindanao Rep. Didagen Dilangalen, said that there is ‘actual’ rebellion.
She based the ‘actual rebellion’ tag on the existence of armed groups that have already taken hold of ‘strategic offensive positions’ in the province—and has caused the breakdown of the local courts.
Earlier, however, Devanadera said there was only a ‘looming rebellion,’—not an actual one.
‘Looming rebellion’ as basis for martial law declaration came up on Dec. 5. Not long after—3 days to be precise—the Devanadera was saying that there was already ‘actual rebellion.’
“I thought that there was only looming rebellion,” Devanadera said, but added that ‘further study’ of on-the-ground-reports coming from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police showed that there is already ‘actual rebellion.’
Ermita: no uprising
However, when the third speaker – Rep. Edcel Lagman – came up at the podium, the Executive Sec. Eduardo Ermita said the exact opposite.
Lagman inquired about the basis of the proclamation. “Honorable Executive Secretary, was this collective decision recommending to President, based on an actual finding by those making recommendation that actual rebellion is occurring in Maguindanao?”
Later, Ermita admitted that there is no ‘actual rebellion.’
“You may be correct there was no actual rebellion going on but all indications on the ground indicated inability of authorities to undertake their duties,” he told Lagman.
Where’s the fighting?
Since the state of emergency was proclaimed in Maguindanao on November 24, Ermita also said that there have also been no violent clashes between state agents and the armed groups.
Pressed by Sen. Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino if hostilities have erupted, Emita said that they gathered information that the some groups were ‘preparing.’
“No clashes, but they were just regrouping,” he said.
Meanwhile, PNP chief Jesus Versoza said that there had been one encounter between the Special Action Forces and the said rebels since martial law was proclaimed.
“There was an actual encounter between Special Action Force and rebel 3 days ago. No casualties,” he said as a response to the query of Sen. Francisco Pangilinan.
He added that there have been no other clashes, but there were ‘firing of guns,’ from the groups.
as of 12/12/2009 3:55 AM

Monday, December 7, 2009

Galit Sa Puso.

May galit sa puso ko. Pelat na sadyang hindi na ata mawawala kahit kelan. Idinulot ito ng taong kilala ko rin. Tinuruan nya kasi akng magalit at malamang habang buhay ko syang kamuhian. Hindi lng SIYA. kundi marami SILA! Ang isa nga namatay na pero dito sa puso ko hindi ko pa sya napatawad.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

PGMA Scheduled her trip to MAguindanao

President Arroyo spokesman said on tuesday that PGMA will go to Maguindanao this week to release a command conference and to comfort the families of 57 victims of the awful massacre in the said province last week. According to Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, the peace and order situation in Maguindanao had to be taken into consideration that's the reason why the president scheduled her trip to the province a week after the massacre.

Remonde told reporters"It would be very irresponsible for any president to go when the authorities have not yet secured or restore order (in Maguindanao)," after a rally in support of Mrs. Arroyo's congressional bid in the Second District of Pampanga.The Concerned members of the Ampatuan Clan will only look for a review of thier expulsion from lakas-kampi CMD once they have been cleared of any engagement in the massacre said Remonde.

"They stand charged of crimes against humanity. They stand charged of something that has become a big black mark against the nation and therefore, they have to clear themselves first before they can stand before the honorables of the ruling party and the administration."Remonde also said about the ruling party will reconsider the expulsion of the Ampatuans.Right away, after awful killings,the Lakas-Kampi CMD National Executive Committee, upon the recommendation of former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr., the party chairman, had discharge Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., and ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan, who is also Lakas- Kampi CMD regional chairman.