Thursday, July 3, 2014

Writing A Business Story

 What you see below amounts to an audition for The Manila Times. Yes I do my fun pieces and my rants here and elsewhere but I have not had this mindset in writing since working at the high school newspaper. Those numbers are real from the PSE website and that quote is real. Who knows I may have a few more in me? Speaking of karmic justice, I hope to be a recipient in this life after doing a lot of this in a previous life.


PSE's Bouncing Trend Continues Into July

As of midday July 3 2014, the PSE's performance seems to be still taking its cue from June. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) closed up 43.70 points, or  .64 percent higher at 6,894.30, while the wider all shares added 24.57 points, or 0.60 percent to finish Wednesday’s morning session at 4,129.06.

Ali Yu, President of brokerage R.S. Lim and Company said that the trend of bouncing between 6500 and 6900 has been going on for a while. Traders have been treating 6900 as a sign to get out. However if the market breaks through 6500 with volume "all bets are off". Yu added that that the political mood can affect trading in the coming weeks. He specifically mentioned karmic law seems to be working its way to our local scene. What was being done to the former president seems to be finding its way to the current president. 

 All  the sectoral indices paused in   positive territory  at  the midday break. Lead by the property index   advancing 29.33 points or 1.13 percent to   2,618.68. Followed by the financial sector rising by 13.17 points or 0.80 percent to    1,659.26.  Industrials climbed by 56.09 points or 0.54 percent to    10,408.87         .  Mining and Oil is up 76.79 or .47 percent to 16,591.68.  Holding Firms up 28.83 points or 0.46 percent to 6,266.50. Services sector up 8.62 points or 0.42 percent to  2,060.31.

Total volume at the break is 746,306,935 shares coming from 19,336 transactions for a total value of 2,979,599,115.00 pesos. Number of advancers double the number of the decliners 113 to 57 while 43 stocks remain unchanged. 

Stocks seeing the most trading in the morning were Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., ending up  0.34 percent at P2,988.00;  Universal Robina Corp., up 1.31 percent at P155.90; Bank Of The Philippine Islands., up 1.60  percent at P95 ; Alliance Global Group, Inc., down .25 percent at P29.10.  Finally Metropolitan Bank., up 1.25 percent at P89.40.

 On Thursday , the PSEi closed the morning session  up 43.70 points, or  .64 percent higher at 6,894.30, . The wider all shares added 24.57 points, or 0.60 percent to finish Wednesday’s morning session at 4,129.06.

Edward Lopez

Friday, June 27, 2014

Comic Geek Problems

Very well circulated picture. But it is wrong. Superman could always fly as in up up and away. The Hulk can not fly, just makes mega jumps. Wonder Woman has the ability to ride the air currents.  So essentially the difference between Superman flying and Wonder Woman is like comparing a Cessna to a glider. She can't go up up and away. Therefore making this elevator picture totally false. Aren't you glad you know that now? 


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ejercito Family Convention

Since Jinggoy has been all the news I was reminded of a story I read 14 years ago. I tried to find it using Google and alas no where to be seen. I was prepared to type it from memory then luckily it was sent to the email that I had back then. Here it is in all it's glory. 


  3,000 Ejercitos meet in Erap's residence in Greenhills for a "Ejercitos Are Not Stupid" Convention. President Erap says, "We are all here today to prove to the world that the clan of Ejercitos are not stupid. Can I have a volunteer?" Jinggoy gingerly works his way through the crowd and steps up to the stage. Erap asks him, "What is 15 plus 15?" After 15 or 20 seconds Jinggoy says, "Eighteen!! Obviously everyone is a little disappointed.Then 3,000 Ejercitos start cheering, 

"Give him another chance! Give him another chance!" 

 Erap says, "Well since we've gone to the trouble of getting 3,000 of you in one place and we have the world-wide press and global broadcast media here, gee, uh, I guess we can give him another chance." So he asks, "What is 5 plus 5?" After nearly 30 seconds Jinggoy eventually says, "Ninety?" Erap is quite perplexed, looks down and just lets out a dejected sigh-everyone is disheartened - Jinggoy starts crying and the 3,000 Ejercitos begin to yell and wave their hands shouting,


 Erap , unsure whether or not he is doing more harm than damage, eventually says, "Ok! Ok! Just one more chance-- What is 2 plus 2?" Jinggoy closes his eyes, and after a whole minute eventually says, "Four?". Throughout the stadium pandemonium breaks out as all 3,000 Ejercitos jump to their feet, wave their arms, stomp their feet and scream...


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Motorino Pizza Now In Makati

This had a life span of about twenty minutes. And I was by myself. 

I enjoy writing but not about food. I usually just destroy anything in my path as long as it is not fruit or pork. I finished that anchovy pizza pictured above by myself. Yes, fold it as they recommend. 

Others who will give you a more rounded observation on the place:


When you get there, mention my name and prepare to get puzzled looks.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

It Is WE not ME

They are still trying to figure out how to do it consistently together. They are at that age when someone says  "be aggressive!" they hear  that "go for my shot!". The maturity of basketball comes when you understand  the we of the game over the me of the game. It does not mean you are always looking to score but you are trying for our score instead of my score. Not my shot but our shot. The teams that get that are the ones that cut down banners.

Jay Bilas on ESPN SVP and Russillo radio show Feb 14 2014

I feel  totally great that I wrote this.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

For What It's Worth

I have been playing Call of Duty Black Ops II for three weeks now. The one player campaign and the online Multiplayer. The other night I played against and with three players with the same clantag [pnoy]. That would be the coolest thing if those three players were Noynoy, Josh and Bimby.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sharper Than A sWORD



 I noticed today that there is nothing in Google Images for Father James (McTavish)  book Sharper than a sWord. So let us rectify that. I included a third party write up of the book below. For more information on the work of Father James and Verbum Dei you may go to their blogspot which I conveniently co edit. 


Easter and the phoenix

I was wondering what to write about in this Easter Sunday column when a package arrived from my friend from high school, Marissa Ampil. I remember she had told me she would send over a copy of the book “Sharper than the Sword,” a compilation of Sunday homilies by Fr. James McTavish of the Verbum Dei Missionaries. Thank you, Marissa, for the timely gift and for saving my hide!
The Verbum Dei Missionaries was founded in 1963 by Fr. Jaime Bonet in Spain and was granted pontifical approval in 2000. Now present in over 30 countries around the world, the community is also present in Manila, Quezon City, Tagaytay and Cebu, with a lay community in Cagayan de Oro. The order’s charism is centered on evangelization and formation of lay people.
One of them was Father McTavish, who hails from Scotland (though we haven’t met, I can just imagine his accent), and who was a practicing pediatric plastic surgeon (he is a graduate of Cambridge University) until he heard his “call.”
Describing this call, Father McTavish says: “I realized that the Word of God is so sharp, sharper than any sword or scalpel. I just wanted to announce it and set the world on fire with love for Jesus. As a plastic surgeon I had enjoyed my career so much, trying to reconstruct various wounds, but Jesus, the ‘Good Doctor’, asked me to reconstruct his people.”
Below are excerpts from Father McTavish’s homily for Easter Sunday. For the full text and for the rest of his homilies for the year, you may buy your own copies of “Sharper than the Sword” at the Verbum Dei House in Varsity Hills Subdivision, Loyola Heights in Quezon City.
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When I first met the Verbum Dei community in Sydney, Australia, after a few months I got the chance to go to the Philippines to spend time with the Verbum Dei community there. While I was away I lent the Sisters my little car, it was a Daihatsu Charade. A severe hailstorm struck Sydney and damaged property and cars. When I returned to Sydney after the enjoyable Philippines trip I phoned up the Sisters to inquire about my beloved little car. I was worried about it and asked them if the front windscreen had been smashed. I was relieved upon hearing that it was not. As I walked to their house to pick up my car I was thanking God that my car had been saved. That was until I saw my car. True enough the front windscreen was intact but the rest of the car was smashed to smithereens! The other windows were broken and it had hundreds of deep dents where the large hailstones had struck it. I started to complain to God. Then I discovered that all cars affected by the storm would get a full insurance rebate so I thanked God once again! One way we can live a risen life is by being more generous, especially with what we have.
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The Lord is also risen in our relationships, in that relationship that maybe we have taken for granted, in the relationship that maybe is strained or dead. Here the Lord has resurrected! It reminds me of the Christian art in catacombs. Sometimes the Lord’s resurrection is symbolized by the phoenix. This mythical bird after its death in fire would rise up again from the ashes. St. Clement (the fourth Pope) in his first epistle to the Corinthians cites the phoenix as an emblem of the resurrection. “Let us consider that wonderful sign (of the resurrection) which takes place in Eastern lands, that is, in Arabia and the countries round about. There is a certain bird which is called a phoenix. This is the only one of its kind, and lives five hundred years. And when the time of its dissolution draws near that it must die, it builds itself a nest of frankincense, and myrrh, and other spices, into which when the time is fulfilled, it enters and dies. But as the flesh decays a certain kind of worm is produced, which, being nourished by the juices of the dead bird, brings forth feathers. Then, when it has acquired strength, it takes up that nest in which are the bones of its parent, and bearing these it passes from the land of Arabia into Egypt, to the city called Heliopolis. And, in open day, flying in the sight of all men, it places them on the altar of the sun, and having done this, hastens back to its former abode. The priests then inspect the registers of the dates, and find that it has returned exactly as the five hundredth year was completed.”
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Of course the description of St. Clement is rather colorful—well, he is writing in the second century AD and if he had Google, one quick search would have confirmed that the phoenix is actually a mythical creature. Still, it is beautiful to cite from early Christian writing and see that the analogy of faith still holds true today. St. Clement then asks: “Do we then deem it any great and wonderful thing for the Maker of all things to rise up again those who have piously served Him in the assurance of a good faith, when even by a bird He shows us the mightiness of His power to fulfill His promise?”
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Christ is risen, like the phoenix and death no longer has power over him. We are all called to be witnesses of his resurrection. How can we be witnesses?
…Well, we can eat and drink with Jesus in the Eucharist, the sacrament of his body and blood, a privileged place to open our eyes of faith, to see his risen presence there… We need to pray, folks! We need to contemplate the Easter mystery and in our prayer to experience the risen Christ. In this way we can truly become witnesses of the resurrection!

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