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Goodbye, Mimay…

Posted in November 7th, 2008

It is with the deepest of sorrows that we announce that our Pansita.net member Mimay of Coatable Coats has passed away. The community would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the loved ones she left behind.

We would like to request everyone to join us as we pray for the repose and peace of her soul.

Rest in peace, Mimay. We will miss you.

(As a tribute and to pay homage to a sweet and wonderful woman, I am keeping her site up for as long as Pansitan.net is alive so that her relatives and friends can always come back and read her entries while she was still with us.)

Mimay

Inang Maria, Inang Bayan

Posted in October 23rd, 2008
Published in Uncategorized

You are invited to watch a concert of musical works that celebrate love for Mother Mary and love for the Motherland performed by the Manila Symphony Orchestra with guest artists, Camille Lopez-Molina, soprano, and Pablo Molina, tenor, this Saturday, October 25, 2008, at the Philamlife Auditorium, UN Ave, at 7:30 in the evening. Free admission. Hope to see you!
p.s. poster and program designed by yours truly.

Maui goes to Baguio.

Posted in August 15th, 2008

This is the Baguio Midland Courier article which comes out on this Sunday’s issue. For background info on Maui, please click here, and for photos of her Baguio trip, please go here.

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Baguio people show ailing girl what kindness is about

Human beings have always had it in them to extend a hand to someone in need, even if it’s someone they barely know.

This was proven once again by a number of this city’s residents when they helped grant the wish of a six-year-old ailing girl from a hard-up family in Pateros to see Baguio City.

A University of the Philippines Baguio alumnus’ fund-raising drive to send Chrislyne Maui Dollaigue to Baguio City produced about P18,000, a sizeable part of which was contributed by a Baguio resident.

Last Aug. 9 to 11, the fund drive culminated in Maui’s consequent trip to Baguio City. Her parents Chito and Evelyn and younger sister Abel came with her. Fundraiser Jose Orlando “Tiki” Garcia accompanied them.

The cash is apart from the various forms of kindness and kinship extended by some Baguio residents who have read about Maui and her wish to see the city.

Continue reading this post…

The ‘Bring Maui to Baguio City’ project

Posted in August 1st, 2008

Hello everyone! I am Kat of http://tissuepaperworld.pansitan.net

I am posting here to solicit help for my friend Tiki’s personal mission.

Tiki and I went to college in the University of the Philippines, Baguio campus. (Tiki graduated in 2001, I graduated the following year)

We are both from Metro Manila and in the course of our college lives, we have developed a deep affinity for Baguio City. This city has become a very special place for both of us. In fact, I have relocated here (my second attempt, the first one was in 2005) and Tiki regularly visits the city whenever time permits (at times even if it does not).

Anyway. Tiki met six-year-old Maui in the UP-Philippine General Hospital last month. Maui has been a regular patient at the hospital since she was born. In one of their talks, Maui mentioned to Tiki her fervent wish to be able to go to Baguio when her treatment is through. For the complete story on Maui’s condition and Tiki’s special project, please click here.

For an article on Maui published in Baguio City’s leading community newspaper, please click here. In that article you will also find Tiki’s (real name: Jose Orlando Garcia) contact details.

Any kind of help will be highly appreciated. Prayers for Maui, most especially, are needed. She was rushed to the emergency room last July 24 and as of now Tiki and her family want Maui to satisfactorily recover before her Baguio trip pushes through.

Thank you all for your time.

Soprano Katrina Saporsantos in Homecoming Recital

Posted in July 26th, 2008
Published in Uncategorized

Katrina Saporsantos in Recital

The Foundation for the Musical Filipino (FMF), in cooperation with the MCO Foundation and BDO, takes pride in presenting soprano Katrina Saporsantos, who recently returned from her studies abroad, in a concert at the Francisco Santiago Hall, BDO South Tower (formerly PCIB), Makati City on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at 6 p.m.
In May of this year, Ms. Saporsantos received her master of music degree in classical voice performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York under the tutelage of soprano Ashley Putnam. While at MSM, she sang for masterclasses conducted by soprano Lauren Flanigan and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. She won 1st prize in the 2008 Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition and was invited by the South African Consul General to sing the South African National Anthem at their Freedom Day celebration. At the personal invitation of Ambassador Hilario Davide, Permanent Ambassador of the Philippines to the UN, she sang at the Philippine Independence Day Dinner held at the United Nations in New York.
Prior to her studies in New York, Ms. Saporsantos received her bachelor of music degree in voice at the University of the Philippines College of Music studying under tenor Ramon Acoymo. She was a prizewinner at the 2002 Solo Voice Category of the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA). She was a featured singer for three consecutive years at the Bamboo Organ Festival from 2004 to 2006; at the 7th San Agustin International Music Festival; and at performances of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, most notably for Orff’s Carmina Burana and the Philippine Premiere of Mahler’s 8th Symphony. In 2003, she performed the role of Bizen no Kata at the world premiere of Manuel Maramba’s Ukon Takayama in Japan.
For her homecoming recital, Ms. Saporsantos will perform music by Amy Beach, Augusto Espino, Richard Wagner, Alfredo Catalani, Giacomo Puccini, Jules Massenet, and the world premiere of a piece by John August Pamintuan. Accompanying her will be pianist Benjie Dia.
Ms. Saporsantos will be shortly returning to New York to pursue a Professional Studies Certificate under a scholarship from the Manhattan School of Music. She will also be performing Wagner’s Wesendock Lieder with the Manhattan Philharmonia under the baton of Maestro Klauspeter Seibel on March 27, 2009.
Soprano Katrina Saporsantos in Recital, Francisco Santiago Hall, BDO South Tower, Makati Ave., corner HV de la Costa, Makati City, August 3, 2008; 6 pm. Tickets, priced at P200 for students and P500 for the general public will be available at the hall entrance on the day of the concert. For reservations, please contact Mayenne at 9366781/09178997579 or emsaporsantos@yahoo.com. For sponsorships please contact Conrad at 3874392/8924769 or cmlancion@yahoo.com.

Better Weekends

Posted in May 2nd, 2008
Published in Sponsored Posts

I love hosting parties, most specially parties with my closest girl friends. The get-togethers I have with them that last the whole weekends are the best. The fun, the people, getting together, it always gives me a warm feeling even while I put things away the morning after.

Altho I enjoy cooking and setting all the food, I have to admit that it’s really very tiring. There were times that the guests would be arriving and I wouldn’t be done cooking yet, not to mention not showering yet. There were some partie, too, that my husband and I had to wake up so early in the morning just to get a headstart with the cooking and the preparation. When you get to be that tired, you don’t get to savor these memorable moments with your friends to the fullest.

Enter Betterweekends.com (http://www.betterweekends.com/). Betterweekends.com, a UK-based company, are event organizers that can put a party together in any part of the world. They are one of the most trusted tour operators in the United Kingdom that specializes in party celebrations. They do hen parties. But aside from that they also do stags, birthdays, corporate events or just a get together with friends. Employing the betterweekend team saves you time which you can use to have a good time with family and friends.

Their website lets you book the event online. Once you’ve booked the occassion, a betterweekends representative will start preparing your event. Other than booking online, they also give you the option to book it over the phone. If you’re not satisfied with the packaged events on their site, they also let you tailor-make your party.

Since they have business relationships with their suppliers they can offer you their packages in very affordable prices. What else can you ask for? They save you not just on time but also on money. A really perfect time to spend with your girls.

So whether its a 2 nights in a Budget Blackpool hotel, or a Magaluf Party Weekend, or a Hen Weekend in Las Vegas, you and your Hen Weekends couldn’t be much more fun with the betterweekends.com staff.

(This is a sponsored post)

The 3GB Community

Posted in May 1st, 2008

There’s a social networking site out there called the 3GB Community (http://www.3gb.biz). It’s a community website aimed for the members to meet new friends, search and reconnect with old friends they have not corresponded or connected with for awhile now. Members can also upload their photos, join smaller communit groups, blog and chat with other members. There’s also a page where you can listen to MP3s.

The site is basically functions just like other networking communities but the one thing that is good about this site is that it’s new and you can be one of the pioneers before they become huge. To date they have 645 members and 36 groups . It’s really new but with the links and features, there’s a potential for 3gb to be at par with the other social networking communities out there.

The developers of 3gb guarantee privacy of your personal information and would not share it with any third party.

The community also lets you create your own blog. You can also share your blog with the community and you can view the blog entries of the other members. Right now, there are about 52 blogs that you can read and enjoy.

You can also search for other members using their advanced search engine. You can search by state, by country, yahoo messenger or facebook id.

SO give 3gb a whirl and see why it’s a social networking site on the rise.

(This is a sponsored post)

There IS Help

Posted in March 28th, 2008
Published in Sponsored Posts

According to Wikipedia, “Addiction was a term used to describe a devotion, attachment, dedication, inclination, etc. Nowadays, however, the term addiction is used to describe a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences to the individual’s health, mental state or social life. The term is often reserved for drug addictions but it is sometimes applied to other compulsions, such as problem gambling, and compulsive overeating. Factors that have been suggested as causes of addiction include genetic, biological / pharmacological and social factors.”

Previously, addiction only pertained to the “drugs” kind. But now, addiction doesn’t just mean substance abuse. It also could be an addiction to gambling, alcohol, sex or the internet.

It isn’t easy dealing with an addiction – for the person and for his/her family. A lot of families or relationships break down because of one person’s addiction. A lot of time, professional help is really needed. There’s a lot of help centers out there but if you live in Florida or choose to be in Florida, you could look up C.A.R.E. Florida (http://www.careflorida.com).

C.A.R.E. Florida is a very good provider for holistic drug rehab and addiction treatment. They have a unique outlook on curing addictions and preventing relapses so that the patients can avoid going back to their old habits. They successfully use yoga exercises, therapeutic massages, other forms of exercises and group therapies as part of their program to get people well.

Drug Rehab is still hard work, and CARE lets their patients know that they will be working hard since their interdisciplinary treatment program includes really good individual therapy, psychiatric evaluation and treatment, a structured living environment and the alternative holistic treatments. Their patients will be involved with a lot of activities – physical, mental and spiritual.

The C.A.R.E. Florida website introduces to the visitors to their very competent staff from their executive director, Mitchell E. Wallick, to their nurses and therapists and counsellors and their methods of treatments for different kinds of addictions and eating disorders. The website also gives the patients instructions during their admissions to the center as well as show visitors the available ammenities at the center. A good bonus in the website is the explanation/definition of a lot of common terms related to addiction and it’s treatment. This is a big help to the people who want to learn more about their problems. Also, it features videos of rehabilitations.

So if you or a loved one is having a problem with addiction or some eating disorder, a visit to http://www.careflorida.com might be the answer to a lot of your questions.

(This is a sponsored post.)

Let’s Talk Stats

Posted in March 23rd, 2008
Published in The Community

Top Ten Pansitan.Net Subdomains

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Pansitan.net enjoys very good web stats. Above, you can see the top ten most visited subdomains in the community. I guess, one of the reasons we get a lot of visitors is because of the variety of entries we offer our readers. The above statistics are ranked based on number of visitors. (Based on January 2008 webalizer)

If you maintain a website, and have a site counter tool installed on your site, you probably enjoy looking at your numbers growing month by month (depending if you diligently refresh your contents to entice your guests to come back). But what do those measures really mean? Here’s a bit of explanation for each of them:

Hits -A hit counts each file on a page. Look at a page on your site. Including the html file your visitor is looking at, a hit also counts if you have images, sound files, or whatever else you have on that page that’s being called. So if you have 2 images, 1 mp3 file streaming, 1 video file; a javascript exec, then a visit to this page would give you a total of 6. If you really think about it, a hit doesn’t really mean anything if you want to know how much traffic you get on your site.

Requests - Also called a “page request” or “page” , a request is basically the same as a hit.

Visitor - A visitor is one IP (internet protocol, each computer that connects to the internet has its own IP) that goes to your site in a 30-min period. So if this same visitor comes back to your site after 30 minutes, she would be counted as a different visitor.

Unique Visitor - Much like a visitor, but with a unique visitor, your visitor’s IP is just counted once.

Page View – Page views show you a count of the number of pages looked at, not counting the graphic or whatever else file you have on your page.

There’s a lot of things you can learn from your statistics. Altho they may not be taken as the “end all and be all” since there might be some other factors involved like page caching and visitors who go thru a router to go to the internet but there still are some useful information that can teach you how to improve your site’s popularity and “reader-reach”. Also together with your stats, you might also want to know how your visitors found your site and which pages they go to and which they don’t look at.

Basically, when you study your website stats, consider your number of visitors, the pages they frequent, what link/site referred them to your site, and what are the normal keywords they used that landed them to your site. Site referrers could be your ad campaigns, or if you own a blog, a reciprocal link or search engine referral. Keywords are a very invaluable source of information for you. Your website counter will actually tell you which keywords you used you scored high on. Using these keywords you could try to optimize on those words a lot.

Another thing that you’d also like to look at is your daily visits per day. For Pansitan.net, the days with the highest visits among the members happen every Mondays and Wednesdays, with Tuesdays and Thursdays close seconds. The least day we get visitors is on Sunday (2 out of 25 websites). Knowing the day of the week your visitors come more often, would at least give you an insight on when you should normally update your site. If they come most often on a Tuesday, have your entry up and running by Monday night. This would at least give you a chance to set your visitors’ visiting habits to your site.

So how do you increase web traffic to your site?  That’s something we’ll be talking about next time… For now, do visit our sites in the community and be entertained no end with what we offer you :)

Stumble Upon “StumbleUpon”

Posted in March 20th, 2008
Published in Places To Go

There’s a cool web-surfing tool I’m addicted to right now – StumbleUpon.  It’s an engine that shows you websites recommended by other surfers with the same interests as you do.   It uses ratings to form opinions on the quality of a website.  So you get to view websites that other surfers rated as high-quality.

I actually like it because I get to find websites that I wouldn’t know with an ordinary search engine.  Altho, I will still be an avid Google’r, but StumbleUpon is a fun way to while away the time on the ‘net.

StumbleUpon is also a cool way to add more visitors to your site.  If your visitors tag your sites as a favorite, it gets added to the roster of stumbled sites and there’s a better chance that other surfers will “stumble upon” your pages.  But this doesn’t happen without some social networking.  If you want to get stumbled, you should also stumble some pages.   Tit for tat, as they say.

But even just for surfing StumbleUpon really is cool.  If not for them, I wouldn’t have discovered these pages (may they be awesome, hilarious, weird, whatever…):

Creative Photos by Chema Madoz
Children’s Letters to George W. Bush

Starry Night

Rubik’s Cube Solution

Palani Mohan

There’s so much more…

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