Friday, March 31, 2017

March 2017 Summary


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Straight from the Bible

Prime Weekly Edition Vol. 3 No. 13, March 31, 1988
On the cover: Melanie Trinidad

The article “Straight from the Bible” (pp. 8-9) is a collection of information about the Holy Scriptures. This was re-written with a title “Facts from the Bible” and published in Celebrity World April 17, 1995 issue. You can also read a much-improved write-up in my “In the Bible” blog.

“GOD said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.....” – Genesis 1:3, The Revised English Bible.

Pinay Matematika: Higit na Magaling ang mga Asiano & Noah, His Ark and the Great Flood are for Real

Pinay Digest Taon 1 Blg. 24, Marso 30, 1994

Sa aking kolum na “Pinay Matematika” ay inilahad ko ang mga Asiano, kabilang na ang mga Filipino, ay higit na matatalino kung matematika ang pag-uusapan.


Mr. & Ms. Vol. 22 No. 49, March 30, 1999
On the front cover: Kevin Costner
On the back cover: Mauro “Malang” Santos signing his painting
in the presence of his grandchildren, for the Nestle Bear Brand milk print ads.

“Noah, His Ark and the Great Flood: They are for Real” is a very popular Lenten article. It was twice published under the same title: (Celebrity World magazine’s April 8, 1996, and Mr. & Ms. magazine’s March 30, 1999 issues). An earlier shorter version titled “Noah and His Ark: Were They Real?” was published in MOD Filipina magazine’s April 17, 1992 issue. Additional, more recent discoveries and information were later added. Another abbreviated version (pertaining only to “The Construction of Noah’s Ark”) was published in MOD Girl magazine’s March 25, 2005 issue.

“I (GOD) am putting my bow in the clouds. It will be the sign of My covenant with the world. Whenever I cover the sky with clouds and the rainbow appears, I will remember my promise to you and to all the animals that a flood will never again destroy all living beings. When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between me and all living beings on earth. That is the sign of the promise which I am making to all living beings.” – Genesis 9:12-17, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The 2012 Remake of Valiente

Atlas TV Guide, March 2012
On the cover: Kiefer Sutherland and David Mazouz
For the television series Touch.

This is an assigned write-up I did for the Atlas TV Guide March 2012 issue about the remake of Valiente, the classic teleserye of the 1990s.
“He will wear justice like a coat of armor and saving power like a helmet. He will clothe himself with the strong desire to set things right and to punish and avenge the wrongs that people suffer.” – The Book of Isaiah 59:17, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Crossword Puzzles: TV Star Guide Celebrity Crossword & Mr. & Ms. Krosword

TV Star Guide (Later Atlas TV Guide), March 2003 & March 2005 issues
On the cover: Jennifer Lopez and Julia Roberts, respectively
Two examples of “Celebrity” Crossword Puzzle I did exclusively for Atlas TV Guide, just like the popular crossword puzzle in the TV Guide (US) magazine. The crossword is unique in the sense that almost all the entries pertains to films and television, and about celebrities in the live screen industry

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 23 No. 46, March 28, 2000
On the cover: Julius Babao and Christine Bersola

Another crossword puzzle I made for Mr. & Ms. March 28, 2000 “Krosword” section.

“Sing to Him a new song; strike up with all your skill and shout in triumph, for the word of the LORD holds true, and all His work endures.” – Psalms 33:3-4, The Revised English Bible with the Apocrypha.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Pump that Needs No Power

Celebrity World Vol. 4 No. 190, March 27, 1995
On the cover: Eric Quizon and Giselle Tongi

The features article “The Pump that Needs No Power” (pp. 8-9) is about the phenomenon known as “water hammer.” The principle of which is used and utilized in the design of the Hydraulic Ram.

“He (GOD) split rocks open in the desert and gave them water from the depths. He caused a steam to come out of the rock and made water flow like a river.” – Psalms 78:15-16, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Health: Scratch Out Allergies

MOD Vol. 36 No. 1693, March 26, 2004
On the cover: Christine Jacob (front),
Lydia de Vega and Ramon Fernandez (inside, folded)
My article “Scratch Out Allergies” (p. 28) in MOD magazine’s Health section tackles the persistent problem of 19 of every 100 people.

“The prayer offered in faith will heal the sick man, the LORD will restore him to health, and if he has committed sins they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. A good man’s prayer is very powerful and effective.” A Letter of James 5:15-18, The Revised English Bible with the Apocrypha.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Let's Save Our Planet: The Ifugao Rice Terraces: Saving a Wonder of the World

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 20 Nos. 45 & 46, March 18 & 25, 1997
On the cover: Stefano Mori, Angelica Panganiban, Carlo Aquino & Camille Prats (left)
and Aljon Jimenez, Manilyn Reynes & their son Kyle (right).

The “Let’s Save Our Planet” section of Mr. & Ms. featured in two succeeding issues (March 18 and March 25, 1997) my article “The Ifugao Rice Terraces: Saving a Wonder of the World.” This is an updated version of an earlier write-up of the same title I wrote for Celebrity World May 8, 1995 issue.

MOD Girl, March 25, 2005
On the cover: Marylaine Louise “May” Viernes

The “Girl Trivia” section of MOD Girl March 25, 2005 issue featured a much abbreviated version of the “In the Bible” article that I submitted. I didn’t like it, because for me nothing in the Bible is trivial. It only included two items: “It is Not Delilah” that cut Samson’s hair, and “The Construction of Noah’s Ark.”
NOTE: See also “Noah, His Ark and the Great Flood: They are for Real” (Mr. & Ms., March 30, 2017) for the entire article, “Straight from the Bible” (Prime Weekly Edition, March 31, 1988) and “Facts from the Bible” (Celebrity World, April 17, 1995) posts.

“If something is crooked, you can’t make it straight. If something is missing, you can’t say it is there..... With much wisdom comes much disappointment; the person who gains more knowledge also gains more sorrow.” – Ecclesiastes 1:15 & 18, The Everyday Bible, New Century Version.

Friday, March 24, 2017

G.I.S.T.... What?

Movie FAN-Celebrity World Vol. 3 No. 137, March 24, 1994
On the cover: Lala Angeles

The first of my “G.I.S.T... What?” column (p. 11) that I did exclusively for Celebrity World magazine.

“Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.” – The Book of Proverbs 16:3, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Protect Your Kids This Summer

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 27 No. 49, March 23, 2004
On the cover: Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar

A timely March article that contains tips on how to “Protect Your Kids This Summer” (P. 16), especially for those who are planning a family vacation.

“..... I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like a child. And whoever welcomes in My name one such child...., welcomes Me.” – The Gospel According to Matthew 18:2-5, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

They Who Swallow Snakes, Coin, Toothbrushes.....

Moneysaver magazine Vol. 4 No. 3, March 1995

Originally titled "The swallowing Fever," the article was first published in Celebrity World magazine Vol. 3 No. 140 (April 14, 1994) under the title "Swallowing Weird Things: Gluttony of the Stupid Kind" and, here, in a shorter version, on Moneysaver magazine's "Amazing Stories" section under the title "They Who Swallow Snakes, Coins, Toothbrushes and Other Curious Objects" (pp. 11-12).

"How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and Pharisees! You hypocrites! .....Blind guides! You strain a fly out of your drink, but swallow a camel!" The Gospel According to Matthew 23:23-24, The Good News Bible in Today's English Version.

Let's Save Our Planet: Stop Stuffing the (Sea) Turtles!

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 18 No. 46, March 21, 1995
On the cover: Emilio Garcia and Jenette Fernando

One of my earliest article contributions for Mr. & Ms. magazine is “Stop Stuffing the (Sea) Turtles” (p. 19) that was featured in the magazine’s “Let’s Save Our Planet” section.

Mr. & Ms. magazine Vol. 23 No. 45, March 21, 2000
On the front cover: Regine Velasquez
On the back cover: Sharon Cuneta for the Alaska Milk print ads.
In my early freelance career as a magazine contributor, I used to make all sorts of trivia “quizzes” and “puzzlers” like “Quiz for the Wiz” for Chinatown East magazine, “Showbiz Quiz” for MOD Filipina magazine, and “Braintwister” for Mr. & Ms. magazine. I try to make them unique and interesting. Here’s an example, “Word Countries” in Mr. & Ms. “Braintwister” March 21, 2000 issue, where I even added an illustration.

“To the LORD belong the earth and everything in it, the world and all its inhabitants. For it was He who founded it on the seas and planted it firm on the waters beneath.” – Psalms 24:1-2, The Revised English Bible with Apocrypha.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Sexy Geeks of Television

Celebrity World Vol. 4 No. 189, March 20, 1995
On the cover: Pilita Corrales

A glimmer of hope was proposed with this article.

Atlas TV Guide, March 2010
On the cover: Taylor Schilling, Michelle Trachtenberg and Jamie Lee Kirchner
of the TV series Mercy.

Three of my favorite American TV actresses, Allison Mack, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Pauley Perrette, were featured in my article “Sexy Geeks” (p. 12) of television.

“Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do. Whatever else you can get, get insight. Love wisdom, and she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will bring you honor. She will be your crowning glory.” – Proverbs 4:7-8, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dagdag Kaalaman: Ang Kulay Bughaw

The Daily Sun, Vol. 01 No. 17, Marso 19, 2013 Nasa bungad-pahina ang headline na “Misis ni Binay Hinarang sa NAIA!”
na isinulat ni Alvin Madan.
Tampok din ang “Photo Balita” tungkol sa pagsasagawa ng “Black Protest”
ng mga mag-aaral ng University of the Philippines laban sa pagtaas ng tuition fees
kasabay na panawagan ng katarungan
para sa nagpakamatay na estudyante na si Kristel Tejada.

Ang kolum na “Dagdag Kaalaman” tampok ang tungkol sa “Kulay Bughaw.”

“Kahit baha ay di kayang pigilin itong paggiliw,
          buhusan man nitong tubig, di makuhang palamigin.
Subukin mong ang pag-ibig ay sa yaman mo daanin,
          baka nga ang mangyari ay ikaw pa ang siyang kutyain.”
                    – Ang Awit ni Solomon 8:7, Magandang Balita Biblia,
                       Tagalog Popular Version.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Math-O'Logics: The Modern Math

Celebrity World Vol. 4 No. 240, March 18, 1996
On the cover: Sakura Queen Ikuko Toriyabe

Collected information from reading and conversations led to this write-up.

MOD Filipina Vol. 20 No. 863, March 18, 1988
On the cover: Isabella Rossellini
One of the most popular columns that I pioneered is Math O’-Logics. It deals with Math and Logic, the first of its kind in the Philippines. It was a big hit among students, teachers and professionals. From its start on August 28, 1987, the column ran for more than 100 issues spanning six years. On this issue, the approach to “The Modern Math” is concisely explained.

“Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.” – The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 7:3, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Runaway Asteroids: Are We Ready for Them?

MOD Vol. 32 No. 1486, March 17, 2000
On the cover: Shaira Luna

MOD magazine’s March 17, 2000 “Headliners” featured my article “Close Encounters of the Massive Kind: Runaway Asteroids – Are We Ready for Them?” (pp. 10-11). This was also published in the Manila Standard (January 3, 1999).

“The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood; and a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water; and the name of the star is Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter. Then the fourth angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened; and a third of the day did not shine, and likewise the night.” – The Revelation of Jesus Christ 8:7-12, Holy Bible, The New King James Version.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Let's Save Our Planet: Charge of the Last Tamaraw

Mr. & Ms. Vol. 22 No. 46, March 16, 1999
On the cover: Piolo Pascual and Angela Grant
I’m a consistent contributor for the Mr. & Ms. magazine section “Let’s Save Our Planet.” This one, “Charge of the Last Tamaraw” (p. 39) is a reissue taken from the 9-part special features article “An Education of Philippine Endangered Species” published earlier in Celebrity World magazine (September 4 – October 30, 1995), for which I won the top prize of the Science and technology Journalism Award sponsored by the Philippines Press Institute and the Philippine Geothermal Inc. 

“In addition, I have noticed that in this world you find wickedness where justice and right ought to be. I told myself, ‘GOD is going to judge the righteous and the evil alike, because every thing, every action, will happen at its own set time.’ I decided that GOD is testing us, to show us that we are no better than animals. After all, the same fate awaits man and animal alike. One dies just like the other.....” – Ecclesiastes 3:16-19, The Good News Bible in Today’s English Version