Saturday, October 21, 2017

How Digitalization Would Cripple Entire Government and Private Operations

Do you have any idea how digitalized technology would cripple the entire operations of any institutions when the Big One comes? This must worry those who are now  largely dependent on computerization and other forms of digitalization. As part of your contingeny plan, do you have Plan B? What about plan C?
A friend of mine who now works as Document Control Analyst under Capital Infrastructure Department of the BC Hydro in Bancouver, British Columbia shared this layered contingency plan for their dams. 
This amazed me. 
This must be replicated by all other countries including the Philippines that is now in the brink of the highly expected The BIG ONE. Not only on dams but of all documentations that are now highly dependent on digitalization.
Here's the full lenght of my friend's  post worth sharing:
"I was going to post this in the morning to say HAPPY FRIDAY! It's now 4:30 p.m. so, Happy Friday Evening! Swamped with work today, no time to check my phone whole day. This is our Library in the office, those are hard-copy engineering drawings. You would ask WHY? Why the need for hard-copies when they're in the database. This is part of the Earthquake Culture we live in the office. When "the big one" strikes, we expect all our servers to be down or destroyed, lucky if we can even open our computers. Hopefully our dams will survive the shaking, if not, we will need engineering plans for emergency measures, and since there's no internet, these drawings are our Plan-B. We also send a 2nd copy to Iron Mountain as Plan-C. Retention in Iron Mountain is 100 yrs. That's how prepared we are BUT..... they say no preparation is enough for "the big one." It will be a disaster we no one has seen yet. (Just like typhoon Yolanda.) At least we tried. Happy weekend folks! Lab yu! <3 font="">


Friday, August 11, 2017

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits Nasugbu, Batangas sent panic in southern Luzon and Metro Manila.

Office workers in Filinvest, Alabang settled in the designated open field evacuation area right after the August 11, 2017 quake as rehearsed by them in the recent shake drill that was just last month.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake with epicenter at 016 km S 57° W of Nasugbu (Batangas) sent residents and workers out from their homes and offices. The tremor was felt all over south Luzon and Metro Manila.

The strongest intensity (Inensity 4) was felt in  Calapan, Mindoro; Subic, Zambales; Rosario, Cavite; Manila City; and in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Intensity 3 was felt in the town of Pateros of medtro Manila as well as in Quezon City and Makati City. Same intensity was recorded in Malolos, Bulacan; Cainta, Rizal;  and in Calamba, Laguna.

Information about any damage to property or injury to person is yet to be known. It will be reported in a few hours from municipalities' respective local government unit. I will be made known via news releases through news agencies, televisions and radio stations.

So far, it was reported that a rescue official at the town closest to the epicentre said that there was no damage or casualties in their area od responsibilities.  

Because of the strong quake, office workers from various companies in Filinvest, Alabang area orderly evacuated their respective offices and settled safely in an open field.

Office workers in Filinvest, Alabang settled in the designated open field evacuation area as rehearsed by them in the recent shake drill that was just last month.   

A first aid station tent was installed. Nobody was reported hurt in the quake. Few complained of dizziness and were immediately assisted by medical worker

Aftershocks are expected following the temblor according to Phivolcs. However, damage to properties is not expected by Phivolcs. Director Renato Solidum of Phivolcs has said this afternoon on government television, “Due to its depth we do not expect any damage."

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) sent a public text massage that aftershocks are expected. The public  was also advised to be ready and secure oneself and family from danger.

Phivolcs did not issue any tsunami warning.

For info and statements direct from the locals of affected areas,  CLICK HERE - info sourced directly from (USGS).

Similar scenarios of evacuation in public places were seen all over Metro Manila. 

Based on the #WalangPasok post of GMA7, the following schools in southern Luzon and Metro Manila declared the suspension of classes after the strong quake struck Batangas that affected nearby cities and towns:
  • DasmariƱas, Cavite - all levels
  • Imus, Cavite - all levels
  • Olongapo City - all levels
  • Taguig City - all levels
  • De La Salle University - Manila, Makati, BGC, and Laguna
  • Far Eastern University Manila and Makati
  • Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas
  • Lyceum of the Philippines University Cavite
  • Manila Tytana Colleges
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
  • Philippine Women's University Manila
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines - classes in all Metro Manila branches and campuses
  • University of the East Manila and Caloocan campuses - all levels except UE College of Law


Wednesday, August 9, 2017



Ramdan ko ang pagyabong ng wikang Filipino sa pamagitan ng wika at pagkain.

Dito na yata magkakaisa ng tuluyan ang mga Tagalog at Bisaya sa pinagbigkis na iba't-ibang wikang pagkain. Kasama siyempre ang wika at pagkain ng ibang rehiyon at mga pangkat etniko. Dito, kung anu ang kulang ng mga wala ay mapupunan ng mga meron sa kabila.

Tulad ng resipe ng pagkaing masarap, ang pinagsama-samang sari’t-saring wika ng ating kapuluan ay katulad din ng mga sangkap, lahok, at rekados na nagmumula din sa iba't-bang lugar ng ating bansa na pinagsamasama sa kaldero at kawali at naging isang masarap na potaheng pagsalu-salohan sa hapag-kainang Pinoy.

Ang pinagsamang wikang pagkain ng buong kapuluan ay bigkis ng wikang FILIPINO. Tulad ng pagkabigkis ng mga pahina ng diksyonaryo ko, dito magsama-sama ang dati ay buklod-buklod na iba’t-ibang salita at wika ng ating bayan.

FILIPINO ang wika.
FILIPINO ang pagkain.

Monday, July 31, 2017



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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Unusual sequence of big tremors hit Batangas

The stronger tremor that hit Batangas was magnitude 6.0 at 3:09pm. It was supposed to be an aftershock expected  to follow shortly the magnitude 5.6 at 3:07pm. But it turned out to be stronger. Both were tectonic in origin with epicenters at west of Mabini,  Batangas.

The sequence of tremors appeared to be unusual.  The one that followed was stronger in magnitude. Phivolcs director Renato Solidum called the phenomenal sucession of quakes an " earthquake swarm." Both big tremors were felt in Metro Manila and provinces nearby, sending people out from their houses and buildings.  Some malls were reportedly forced to close right after the wave of strong tremors to avoid chaotic situation inside.

For the intensity readings reported to Phivolcs bulletin, please refer to the list  right below the imaged map (see below).  The strongest, Intensity 7,  was in Tingloy,  Batangas

At least 7 more aftershocks occured so far. 3 of which are quite strong tremors being above magnitude 4.0.

The extent of damage, if any, is yet to be known.

Phivolcs issued NO TSUNAMI ALERT after the strong quakes in Mabini,  Batangas.

Stay safe specially those near the epicenter and us all here in Metro Manila.

Next week is the observance of the Lenten season.  The Philippines Illustrated is giving a friendly advice to please differ any of your plan for Visita Iglesias this season of uncertainty.  The stability of old chuches might have been jeopardized by the series of strong shockwaves.  

Be safe.  

Stay safe

Friday, March 3, 2017

This may help understand the phenomenal death of fishes & quake in Mindanao

Take a good look at the map and study well the presence of mining sites and the locations where the dead deep-sea animals were found. This may help you find the answer.  

Unknown to most of us, Phivolcs recorded that almost every day there are big tremors occurring in Surigao after the February 10 magnitude 6.7 earthquake but were no longer reported in the mainstream news media. If you are interested, you can openly view the recorded seismic events online. See the Phivolcs official daily updates of seismic activity in the country HERE.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Gourmand Awards shortlist of 2016 finalists

This afternoon, the Gourmand Book Awards had just released its short list of finalist and we are lucky my book is included. Here's the email from Gourmand Award's president, Edouard Cointreau:


From: yaping zhang

The shortlist is published TODAY. Please see Categoriy D04 in the attached document. It is posted on website

Best wishes

Edouard Cointreau


Shown in the image, below, is an extracted list from the original PDF file that included the other categories with finalists coming from the Philippines.

Congratulations and good luck to all of us. 


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Writers, historians, and anthropologists will treasure this book

Phil.Daily Inquirer photo @inquirerdotnet
2 books make a delicious survey of ‘edible history’

When Felice Sta. Maria sent a copy of her book, “What Kids Should Know About Filipino Food” (Adarna House, 2016), I expected a simple source of information for children about Philippine cooking.

But it was more than that because it kept even an adult like me enthralled by the wealth of knowledge the author provides, aided with colorful illustrations by Mika Bacani.

If millennials don’t appreciate long readings, more so children. Sta. Maria’s texts are short but replete with facts—historical, medical, cultural, geographical, botanical. Folk riddles and proverbs add to the fun.

I expected to breeze through the book, much like scrolling through my phone screen to get to the next pages. But every page and section held my attention because there was so much to absorb.

The chapter on rice explains what bran, white rice and husk are, as well as traditional cooking methods using the bamboo tube and clay pot, and the use of banana leaves and pandan to enhance the taste.

The reader is also introduced to the “rice soul,” called “umayun” by the Mandaya people of Davao Oriental and Davao del Norte.

"Another book, one that writers, historians and anthropologists will treasure, is titled 'Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary' (Anvil Publishing, 2016)."

Ingredients in Filipino cuisine are effectively presented. For example, Sta. Maria provides not only the scientific name of banana, but the plant’s varieties as well. She also explains the process by which sugarcane is pulped which becomes white sugar.

She even includes an Aklanon proverb on sugar (“The fruits of our labor are sweet to us…”), and a historical tidbit (“Sugarcane was so highly valued that only a leader could select who should enjoy it…”). And then a riddle about banana: “Make it a flower first or you can’t eat it.

Kitchen info

There are pages devoted to the kitchen, the author identifying old equipment and storage areas and their respective terms.

For instance, “a small cupboard for utensils and highly valued ingredient” is called “kaling” in Filipino, and that “a rack above the stove where salted fish, meat, tobacco and even kindling are hung” is called a “paya” by the Ivatan of Batanes.

Regional cuisine occupies several pages because each region has distinct cooking, terms for ingredients and dishes.

In effect, the book gives the reader the scope of Philippine cooking, as Sta. Maria invites us to appreciate the country’s “edible history”: “It is what makes us unique as a people” but “because it is so commonplace in our lives, we often forget that food is part of our cultural heritage.”

Photo by Edgie Polistico 2016
Dining dictionary

Another book, one that writers, historians and anthropologists will treasure, is titled “Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary” (Anvil Publishing, 2016).

Edgie Polistico, a lexicographer, compiled the many terms of ingredients, cooking and ways of eating through several regions and languages.

He says he became a food lexicographer when he started translating Cebuano food terms to English. His interest was so aroused that he started to look into other Philippine languages as well.

Polistico has a day job as an insurance employee handling the digital monitoring of accounts; this brought him to places where he became interested in local food cultures. 


Seeing the thick manuscript by Anvil Publishing two years ago, I couldn’t wait until it was published. Polistico’s work has helped me with my own writing; I would refer to his digital dictionary when a regional term proved difficult.

But even with the book’s 300-plus pages, some terms were still not included because it would have made the publication too expensive.

Sta. Maria, who wrote the foreword, says the book is a local Larousse Gastronomique, the French cuisine encyclopedia.

Polistico says the book has been chosen to represent the Philippines in the food writing category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. The winners will be announced in May.

This article is a reprint from Philippine Daily Inquirer Lifestyle Section column. See the original post here.  By Mickey Fenix Makabenta - @inquirerdotnet, Published on January 12, 2017
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

PFCDD - the first Philippine Food Dictionary ever printed. Best gift for all seasons.

After more than two decades of research and another 2 years of pre-publication works, the first Philippine food dictionary now sees print. Edgie Polistico's Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary (PFCDD) is dedicated to feature multifaceted Pinoy food culture, local tastes, and cuisine.

This book is published by Anvil Publishing in Metro Manila and was first released in September 2016 during the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay, Philippines.

Get to know more about Pinoy food culture with this book.

Know the local and common names of Pinoy food, ingredients, tastes, implements, and other words Filipino used in culinary and related food culture.

We have more in this food dictionary. Learn how locals call the different colors, flavors, and tastes. You can find in the book most of the fishes commonly found in the Philippine seas and freshwater, with their local common names. As well as list of other animals (including the exotic ones), vegetables, fruits, grains, crops, spices, etc. also with their local common names. And when appropriate, with their corresponding scientific names.

The book is ideal for culinary students and teachers, food researchers, food writers and bloggers, foodies, historians, tourists, local travellers, home cook, those in food business. and those who want to learn new words of the many languages and dialects we have across the archipelago.

Because of his extensive research and the story of struggles behind the creation of this book, Edgie Polistico was featured by ANVIL Publishing in October 2016.

Incidentally, the Gourmand Awards jury has announced in December 2016 that this book won the national category on Food Writing. The book will represent the Philippines in international competition in its category against winners from other countries for the Best in the World to be announced at the annual Gourmand Awards Ceremony in Yantai, China on May 27 & 28, 2017.

Buy a copy for someone dear and someone special. Of course, gift yourself a copy too.

It's a unique and worthwhile gift you can give. The best gift for all seasons. It is the first of its kind - the first Philipine food dictionary printed ever.

The Philippine Food, Cooking, and Dining Dictionary (PFCDD) is available in the Powerbooks and the National Book Store, or shop a copy online.


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