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Dia Internacional del Libro or International Book Day at Instituto Cervantes

Posted in News and Announcements by juned on the March 31st, 2008

I received this email from my friend Marc. Its a press release from Instituto De Cervantes. It all about Dia Internacional del Libro or International Book Day. A day of books, roses, tours, food (Paellas y Tapas to say the least) and dances. On April 19, 2008. It starts from 10 in the morning till Midnight.

What: D?a Internacional del Libro
When: April 19, 2008 from 10 am to Midnight
Where: 855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila.

For more information, please call InstitutoCervantes at 526.1482 to 85 or log on to manila.cervantes.es

Here is the original press release:


*Although it’s only summer, Instituto Cervantes is already getting ready
for the rainy season as a deluge of books arrives on April 19 at the
third edition of /D?a Internacional del Libro /(International Book

*Instituto Cervantes celebrates D?a del Libro or International Book Day,
an event that aims to promote the love for reading and the written word.
Regularly celebrated on the 23^rd of April, World Book Day was inspired
by a tradition from Barcelona, Spain that celebrates St. George’s Day,
where men and women exchange a rose for the gift of a book.***

*Coming after last year’s successful run, where guests had their pick of
books and the chance to witness and participate in activities such as
wine and cheese-tasting, dance classes, concerts, and free Spanish
classes, the 3^rd D?a del Libro promises to be even grander and bigger.***

*Opening its doors to bibliophiles, culture lovers, and the curious on
April 19 from 10 am to midnight, Instituto Cervantes revives the grand
Barcelonan tradition with the D?a del Libro book fair.***

*Giving the gift of a rose with every purchase of a book, flowers will
be overflowing as book lovers take advantage of rock bottom prices.
Publishers and book stores are bringing in thousands of titles covering
a wide range of subjects, with brand new copies available at prices
starting from Php20.00. ***

*Together with books and roses, Instituto Cervantes dazzles guests with
even more treats. Free Spanish and Latin dance classes, and guided tours
are among the delights that guests can expect during D?a del Libro. ***

*Visitors can get a taste of the rich Spanish culture with poetry
readings, and film showings, featuring several well-known Spanish and
Latin American actors and actresses, including recent Oscar winner
Javier Bardem. Renowned choreographer and dance master, Myra Beltran,
gives a fiery performance entitled /Not Mine/ at 3pm/./***

*And to cap off the celebrations, get ready to party with fabulous dance
performances, overflowing Spanish food, festive Latin music and more at
the D?a del Libro Fiesta!***

* *

*D?a del Libro is presented by Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration
with the Embassy of Spain, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha and
Manila’s leading bookstores and Spanish restaurants. Catch the
festivities on April 19, 2008, from 10 am until midnight at 855 T.M.
Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila. For more information, please call Instituto
Cervantes at 526.1482 to 85 or log on to **manila.cervantes.es*

Cao Dai: The High Place

Posted in Places & Travel, Snapshots, podcasts and videocasts by juned on the March 30th, 2008

The Cao Dai’s Holy See, called the Tay Ninh Holy See, is located in Tay Ninh, Vietnam

One of the interesting places in Vietnam is to Tay Ninh. And this is because in Tay Ninh you will get to visit the Holy See of the Cao Dai, Its more formal name in English being Great Religion of The Third Period of Revelation and Salvation.

nside the Church
Inside the Cao Dai’s Holy See

I would not delve too much into the belief and faith of the Caodaiists because I am not one and nor I have don extensive studies. It would be an unfair for me to comment on their religion and belief. Better left to the scholars and believers.

The Eye
The Eye

What is interesting though are their ceremonies and symbolisms. It is an interesting mixture. The Eye represents God overlooking our world. And in Cao Dai belief there are 36 levels of Heaven and 72 planets that have intelligent life. Number 1 planet being closes to Heaven and the number 72 planet closest to Hell. For practical information our planet, Earth, is planet number 68.

People of the Cao Dai




Leaving the people of the Cao Dai. Lets meet one of their more well-known member.

Tr?nh Minh The

One of the more prominent practitioner of Cao Dai is a gentleman called Tr?nh Minh The - General Tr?nh Minh The. The Kempetai trained Trinh broke from the Cao Militia and formed the Lien Minh dedicated to fight the French and the Viet Minh. He was given the title of General when his army was integrated into the South Vietnamese army. He and the Lien Minh had a Triumph of sorts. They held a march into Saigon. He was assasinated on May 3, 1955. One of the more powerful main in South Vietnam his death remains a mystery. Some suspect he was killed by the French while others believe he was killed by his ally - the South Vietnamese Government.

The Lien Minh were implicated in a series of terrorist bombings that occurred between 1951 and 1953. At the time the bombings were blamed on the Communists. Stories also hint that the General and the Lien Minh were also responsible for the assassination of the French General Chanson at Sadec in 1951.

The General though lives, in a fashion, in Graham Greene’s novel The Quiet American.

But in Cao Dai as in everthing in life location is everything. It is said that the lowliest citizen of Planet 67 would never exchange places with the mightiest king of Planet 68.

Inside the Cao Dai’s Holy See, called the Tay Ninh Holy See, in Tay Ninh, Vietnam

Bloggers and events

Posted in Blogging & Technology by juned on the March 28th, 2008

I am blogger. And that is what I am. I blog for personal reasons and I also blog as a sideline. And the truth of the matter is at this point its a good sideline but having said that nothing still beats my day job. I have often spoken about the personal reasons for blogging - (i) To point things out; (ii) To record, report and chronicle things; (iii) To move and to persuade people; (iv) and in the words of George Orwell SHEER EGOISM. In fact most if not all of those points I learned from Orwell and his essay Why I Write.

There are of course other personal reason why I blog. First, To talk and interact with people and Second, To make friends. As cheesy as it sounds this is one of the least sounded of thing about blogging. To find kindred spirits; comrade-in-arms; companions; & sons, daughters, brothers and sisters of your heart. Then of course you also meet persons you would rather have not met. It happens. Something always happen. Life is like that. And if an Eagle would mistake my bald head as a rock where he can crush the shell of turtle he just caught causing my untimely demise my thought about bloggers I have met would be something similar to what Bilbo Baggins:

I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. -Bilbo Baggins (The Fellowship of the Ring: J.R.R. Tolkien)

In terms of percentages, Mr Baggins and I differ significantly. On the whole I relish I have had very positive and interesting encounters with bloggers. My bad experience with bloggers on-line and more off-line tend to be in a noisy minority.

But I digress. I also blog as a sideline. And for me this involves working for a blog network. I get paid to write niche articles. And recently I joined the BlogBank to put ads on the site. No I have not yet earned from the ads. But I am happy because there are benefits to joining the BlogBank and again its a sideline. The Blogging Life. And even with the ads I can still say or write about anything.

Recently and not so recently I have read and heard things said about bloggers who attend events. And often some people and even bloggers portray them in a bad light. So why do bloggers attend these events? Or why do I attend these events.

1) I am a blogger and a lot of the people hosting these events consider blogs a medium to which they can promote their product; show their event or even begin discussion about a certain topic.

2) Most of these events were established to deliver a message and often time to a wide array of mediums - Newspaper, radio, TV, magazines and Web-based media. And events organizers often use things like lunches, giveaways, and even raffles as an added incentive for people from these different mediums to come. They are promoting a product, cause or case.

3) However, as attractive and enticing these freebies are,. The main benefit one can get from these events is that one leaves with a story to tell. An event that promoted a line of printer with a trip an exotic locale or an experience gives you material to tell a story. A blogger is a storyteller and such gives you a story to tell. And if ever you find there is no story worth telling and then do not write about it.

So as a blogger do I feel obliged to write a post about an event? No. I will write about it only if I find it interesting.

So as a blogger do I feel obliged to write a favorable post about an event? No. I will write what I think about the product.

I am blogger I write what I want to write. And I go to events first and foremost because there is a possible story in it.