Monday, January 30, 2012

Welcoming the Year of the Dragon!

We just recently celebrated the Chinese New Year. Right now, we already on the second week of the Year of the Dragon!

Since I'm very busy within the past days because of different events, I wasn't able to greet you formally with the coming of this dragon year!

So allow me to take this opportunity to formally say, "Welcome Year of the Dragon!"


Since we just stepped up to the new year, later I will share you my pending Accomplishmet Report for 2011. And of course, I will also share with you my vision and mission for this 2012! Cool!

Hope that the dragon will be more prosperous, more abundant, and luckier that the previous year of the rabbit! Go, go, go dragon! c",)

Friday, January 20, 2012

The New Philippine One Peso Coin!

Last year, we commemorated the 100 years death anniversary of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. And inline with this, the Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas released the new one peso coin.

Here is the new Philippine one peso coin as proposed by BSP. Let's take a look on its front and back design below:

This new coin will be 24 mm in diameter and 5.35 grams in weight same as the current one peso coin we have in circulation. The newly minted coin featuring Dr. Jose Rizal portrait and marking of "150 years" 1861 - 2011 on its head, while the new BSP logo on its tail.

BSB dubbed this coin series as the "New Generation" coins. So expect for more new coins like the five peso and ten peso coins to come in the public sooner!

What can you say about this new Philippine one peso design?! Do you like it?! What other suggestions you can make?! c",)

The Search is On for the Worst Workstation!

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Everyday in my previous office, I always ensure that my cubicle or workstation is so clean, smooth, fresh and neat! I always wipe it every time I came in. And best of all, I even wipe it with an alcohol to ensure it is free from germs and totally clean! 

Now here in my present company, still I practice the manner of cleaning my workstation before working! I always wipe my cubicle including my laptop to ensure the cleanliness though I'm not anymore using any alcohol or disinfectant! Yeah, I love to have a clean, neat, and fresh workstation to work with! As they say, it's better to work in a clean place to make you more productive bringing you with lots of income! But, what if your dirty workstation or cubicle brings you more money?!

Yup, that's possible! There is really a luck in the messy office you are hating on (rather you truly love to work in such office!) Right now, the search is on for the messiest, dirties, and  most pathetic working place! And it's all courtesy of the so-called Pimp My Cube! Are you ready? Well, let's start to dig the money in this dirty cube!

Pimp My Cube is searching for the worst, most pathetic and messy cubicle or office that may have bad furniture, old technology, messy, unorganized, noisy, dirty, dark and/or any other attributes that make it a bad space to work in . . .

This is a competition of the dirtiest cube entitled as Pimp My Cube Contest  wherein it encourages everyone to upload a video showing their cube/office/workspace while they explain the details about why it is horrible and why it is so important that Contest Factory come in and ‘Pimp’ their cube.

Once their video is entered, they can invite their  friends, family and coworkers to vote for the  video. Do you like to try?

You even get sweepstakes entry points for registering, voting, commenting and inviting others to register for the contest.

The grand prize of your cube being ‘pimped’ will be selected by CF judges based on various criteria including for the most votes, best (really worst) video and most compelling story.

Here is a quick video clip of the said contest. Let's  all watch this:

The contest has a total grand prize value of approximately $1200.

Prize is to update your office/workspace/cube with one of three prize packages namely:  first is a new high end computer system; second is new Desk, Chair and Decorations; and third is  New Entertainment Package with high end stereo, espresso machine etc. I love them!

Right now no has uploaded a video so the chances of winning are very good. It is easy to upload video to the site to enter from your phone or webcam. Video should be fun and witty – anything goes!! The better the story, the funnier the video – better chances of winning.

What more, a second sweepstakes prize of a $200 gift card will be awarded to the registered user chosen by random drawing at the end of the contest period.

The contest period is from 12/5/11 at 12:00PM to 1/31/12 at 12:00PM.

So what are you waiting for?! Start now visiting the PMC site, register and upload videos to enter in the contest. Once your video is approved, time now to have your friends and family vote on your own  video to enhance your chances of winning! Great! c",)

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Picture During the Advance Celebrity Screening of 'Walang Hanggan!'

This is one of the many pictures taken during the advance special screening of the much-anticipated teleserye "Walang Hanggan:"

The event was held last Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Cinema 6 of SM Megamall!

The event was star-studded! The main characters of the story were present during the said event! And of course, lots of fans and people were present!

On my next post, I will share with my pictures together with the stars I have mingle with during that said star starry night! Cool! c",)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Walgreens Plus Express Scripts Equals a Healthy Life!

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Everyone of us aims to have a better and a healthy life! A healthy body makes us achieve all our dreams and ambition! But what if we got an unexpected ill?! Then this becomes a burden not only in our human body but also more in the person's pocket!

Good thing, there is Walgreens and Express Scripts which help us in time of crisis and leading us to a healthy life!  Walgreens and Express Scripts join hands in helping customers in terms of health! These are the pharmacy teams who are guiding us in a better and healthier path! But how does the collaboration of these two started?! Well, allow me to discuss a quick glimpse about WAlgreen and Express Scripts!

For the past year, Walgreens has negotiated with Express Scripts for a new contract to continue as part of its pharmacy provider network. Those negotiations were unsuccessful, and the contract expired on Dec. 31. As a result, Walgreens is no longer part of Express Scripts’ pharmacy provider network as of Jan. 1, 2012. This includes all Walgreens pharmacies nationwide and Duane Reade pharmacies in the New York City area.

This situation of forcing pharmacy patients to go elsewhere to use their in-network pharmacy benefits was unnecessary. Express Scripts’ actions are causing disruption with no significant benefit to patients or their health plan. Patients covered by an Express Scripts plan now find themselves not only having to change their pharmacists, but many are having to drive farther to get prescriptions filled at pharmacies with less convenient hours for their hectic schedules. Walgreens offers more 24-hour and drive-thru pharmacies than any other pharmacy in the country.

And patients are not seeing their costs go down in exchange for the increased hassle they’re being subject to. It’s all pain with no gain.

During negotiations, Walgreens offered to hold rates for a new contract flat and did not seek an increase in rates. The response from Express Scripts was to insist on being able to unilaterally define contract terms, such as what does and does not constitute a brand and generic drug. Express Scripts also proposed to slash Walgreens reimbursement rates to levels below the industry average cost to provide each prescription.

Express Scripts itself has stated that clients will not see any significant savings from excluding Walgreens from its network. In fact, costs may even go up without Walgreens because we offer competitive pricing, additional savings by dispensing less expensive generic drugs more often than other pharmacies, and savings through 90-day supplies of medications at our retail pharmacies versus three, 30-day refills.

Express Scripts could offer substantial savings to its clients by promoting 90-day refills at retail pharmacies, but it conflicts with its own mail order 90-day prescription business that it profits from. In addition, while profits per prescription among retail pharmacies have been flat or declining in recent years, Express Scripts’ profits have grown at a rate more than two times the average of peers in health care.

 

One of Express Scripts’ clients is Tricare, which is the health and prescription drug program for America’s military service men and women. During negotiations, Walgreens took the unprecedented step of offering Express Scripts an ironclad guarantee that Walgreens prices would match or beat the average costs per adjusted prescription of all other pharmacies in the Tricare network.  Walgreens did this in an effort to prevent our country’s military personnel from being caught in the middle. Walgreens also offered to contract separately with Express Scripts for Tricare from other Express Scripts commercial business, but these offers were rejected. Express Scripts continues to refuse to negotiate a separate contract for the benefit of the Tricare program and its beneficiaries.

In terms of the Walgreens patient, many patients under an Express Scripts plan have used Walgreens pharmacies for years and have a personal relationship with their Walgreens pharmacist. In an effort to minimize their disruption and inconvenience, Walgreens unveiled a comprehensive national effort to make this transition as smooth as possible and is doing all it can to help patients continue to use Walgreens when possible, or take care of them as they are forced to leave Walgreens in order to use their in-network coverage.

Only patients with certain prescription insurance plans managed by Express Scripts are impacted. It is best to check with your local Walgreens pharmacist to find out for sure if you’re impacted. Patients also can check the back of their prescription insurance card – if it has Express Scripts’ name there, then they may be affected. If it doesn’t say Express Scripts, then they are not affected.

Among the steps Walgreen is taking to minimize the disruption is offering a special discount on annual membership for its Prescription Savings Club. An individual can join during a special January promotion for only $5, or $10 for a family membership, and receive savings on more than 8,000 brand name and all generic medications. More than 400 generics are available with a three-month supply for less than $1 a week. Regular annual membership is $20 for an individual and $35 for a family.

Express Scripts acts as a middleman between pharmacies providing the health care service and employers and health plans who pay for the medications. Because Express Scripts is the middleman, most payers don’t see the rates Express Scripts pays to Walgreens. They only know what they pay Express Scripts. When they do see what Walgreens is paid, many health plans and employers are making decisions to continue to ensure access to Walgreens because they find our prices to be competitive and believe that we can lower overall health care costs.

Express Scripts continues to gain financially from its position as a middleman as its profits have grown at a rate more than two times the average of peers in health care. Historically brokers in a marketplace take a percentage of the cost of a product for putting the buyer and seller in contact.  In Express Scripts’ case, the broker is growing profits faster than the provider of the service.  When the middleman is more profitable than the providers, the relationship is out of balance.

Beyond the contract issues, this issue between Express Scripts and Walgreens is really about the value of your local community pharmacy. Express Scripts wants customers to use their own mail order pharmacy business instead of your community pharmacy whenever possible. This could threaten all community drugstores in your area. Remember, community pharmacies are a valuable presence in your neighborhood when you need a pain medication as you leave the emergency room at 2 a.m., or need a flu shot and haven’t been able to get to the doctor’s office. Community pharmacies are often the first point of entry for many people into the health care system, and the value they provide by lowering overall health care costs should be recognized by Express Scripts.

A Walgreens proprietary survey of 823 executives and managers who are key decision makers for pharmacy benefit decisions or provide input found that 82 percent of employers said that they would not exclude Walgreens for less than 5 percent savings on their total pharmacy spend. Sixty percent of employers would not exclude Walgreens for less than 10 percent savings, and 21 percent would not exclude Walgreens from their network regardless of the amount of savings. These findings on employer attitudes are consistent with recent research published by several leading equity research analysts.

Employers value having Walgreens as a pharmacy option for their employees, but Express Scripts wants to take that choice away.

Walgreens really wants to help! The Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens is offering a special discount on annual membership for its Prescription Savings Club. And this really helps the customer a lot more!

There are times that customers were upset about not being able to use Walgreens. In this case, just contact your local media and voice your dissatisfaction! Walgreens will take actions immediately!

And of course, let's keep in touch with Walgreens! Let's support them by just liking Walgreens on Facebook and following Walgreens on Twitter via @Walgreens. Helping one another really makes a healthy life! Great! c",) 

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Monday, January 9, 2012

The Feast of the Black Nazarene!

This is the actual scenario taking place every 9TH day of January in Quiapo Church, Manila:





The place seems like a sea of million people!

Every year, million devotees gather around the church of Quiapo for the annual feast and procession of the Black Nazarene. They believe that this black statue of Jesus Christ is miraculous. It can heal all their illness and can grant all their wishes!

As part of their sacrifice, the devotees walk from their home to the Quiapo church bare-footed! They doesn't matter if million people were there in the crowd! Even they get hurt, they still continue their patronage!

This is one of the well-known Filipino traditions! See how strong the faith of the Filipinos to our Almighty God!

Images were credit to the respective owners! Thank you! c",)

The History of the Black Nazarene!

Today is January 9. And this day is another special event in the Filipino culture. We are once more celebrating the Feast of the Black Nazarene. And right now, million people and devotees are there in the Quaipo Church in Manila!

But did you actually know how the Black Nazarene started?! Why do million people gather in its church every year?! What is the story behind this said miraculous black statue of Jesus?!

As part of my tribute to the Feast of the Black Nazarene, allow me to share the story behind this holy image.

Wikipedia defines the Black Nazarene as a life-sized, dark-coloured, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ, believed to be miraculous by many Filipino devotees. It was known in three culture - in Spanish as "Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno"; in English as "Our Father Jesus Nazarene"; and in Filipino as "Mahal na Itim na Nazareno."

Originally, the statue is said to have a fair or light complexion. It turned dark after it was exposed to fire on its arrival from Mexico!

According to the story, the statue's original carver is an anonymous Mexican carpenter, and the image arrived in the Islands via galleon from Acapulco, Mexico. Folk tradition attributes the colour of the Black Nazarene to a fire on the ship carrying it, charring the image from its original fair tone into its present dark complexion.

There were two identical images of Black Nazarene brought into Manila. The first and most famous one was kept at the Church of Saint Nicholas de Tolentino in Bagumbayan and later transferred to Intramuros when the old edifice was demolished. This Black Nazarene was part of the celebrated Palm Sunday Procession in the old walled city where the statue perished during the Battle of Manila in February 1945. The other statue was given by the Recollect Priests to the Church of Quiapo. It has been often mistaken that this is identical to the lost image of the Intramuros.

Every 9TH day January, Devotees flock to the Basilica for the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene. The procession takes several hours to navigate the narrow streets of Quiapo. On ordinary times of the year, Friday is known as Quiapo Day.

To protect the centuries old image from effects of processions, the priests of Quiapo decided to commission a replica of the Black Nazarene. As a result, the Head and the Hands were placed on the new body while the old torso holds a new head. Both images are brought out for processions albeit alternating every other year.

The statue is currently enshrined in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines. Details were courtesy of Wikipedia!

Now we all know how this miraculaous black statue of Jesus Christ started and why it was called as such! c",)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

'Budoy' Fever!

"Budoy," the Primetime TV series of Gerald Anderson now becomes a huge hit. Aside from being a consistent top-rater in the TV rating race, "Budoy" also becomes a trending topic in the world wide web.

Aside from these, the comedian Jose Manalo also impersonates "Budoy" in one of the segment in "Eat Bulaga."

Here is the said face-off of Jose Manalo and Gerald Anderson wherein they both portrayed the character of Budoy:



Aside from impersonation, "Budoy" was even became a famous joke. Check out this "Budoy" joke featuring Baby James:

Ako Budoy! (Baby James)

Baby James : Yaya, am i normal ?

Yaya : Of course! You're not like them. Why did you ask?!

Baby James : i'm so confused.
... my grandfather is Ninoy,
... my uncle is Noynoy,
... my brother is Abnoy,
... my dad is chikboy,
... my mom,, iba-iba ang boy,
... my ninong is tito boy,but he's not a boy!

... di kaya .. Ako Budoy ?!

Hahaha! Nice one Baby James! And good job "Budoy" for making everybody crazy 'bout you! c",)

Friday, January 6, 2012

The 2012 Philippine Holidays!

President Noynoy Aquino already signed the Proclamation No. 295 outlining the official holidays in the Philippines this 2012.

Well, start planning your vacation now and check out which of the following holidays has a long weekend! Here they are:


A. Regular Holidays

New Year’s Day, January 1 (Sunday)

Maundy Thursday, April 5

Good Friday, April 6

Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9 (Monday)

Labor Day, May 1 (Tuesday)

Independence Day, June 12 (Tuesday)

National Heroes Day, August 27 (Last Monday of August)

Bonifacio Day, November 30 (Friday)

Christmas Day, December 25 (Tuesday)

Rizal Day, December 30 (Sunday)


B. Special (Non-Working) Days

Chinese New Year, January 23 (Monday)

Ninoy Aquino Day, August 21 (Tuesday

All Saints Day, November 1 (Thursday)

Additional special (non-working) day, November 2 (Friday)

Last Day of the Year, December 31 (Monday)


C. Special Holidays (for all schools)

EDSA Revolution Anniversary, February 25 (Saturday)


On the said calendar of holidays, the difference is the Chinese New Year! Yup, this year, it was declared as a non-working holiday! The reason for it is stated as: “The Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well; and the joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people.”

And I see that we have a long weekend on November 1 which falls on Thursday! Therefore, the suceeding day is also declared as a special non-working holiday! Yeepey!

And of course, the Christmas day and New Year's day fall on Tuesday so expect vacation in-between! Cool! c",)

A Cute Cat Doesn't Want To Eat Carrot!

My teammate sent to me this very cute picture of a cat who doesn't love to eat carrot.

Check this out:


Meow...meow...meow!!! She is so lovely! I love her cute face! The cat is having a carrot and a milk drink for a meal! What a healthy diet!

Maybe the caretaker of this cute cat got confuse about his pet! Maybe he's thinking that it was a rabbit! Hahaha!

Oh, I like to own her! Hey pussy, can you be mine?! I'll bring you home so my Miming Negro will have a playmate! c",)

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2012 - "Another New Hope and Beginning!"

Time is really so fast! Imagine, we are now on the much anticipated year - the year 2012!

Before the start of this year, many speculations and predictions came out - that the world is about to end on December of this year according to the Mayan beliefs! Do you believe on that rumor?

Well before thinking of any unusual things, let's first start to plan the year ahead! It's now January...the first month of the year! And like what I always do every month, I always lay you my monthly plans and expected feature posts!

What do you think will be our main topics here in your favorite The Rock Land for the whole month of January 2012?!

January is the month derived from the Greek god "Janus!" It means a two-way open door - one for coming and one for leaving!

This January 2012, we will look back the exit door and we will enter the entrance! It means this month, I will share with you exciting posts pertaining to the recently concluded 2011 and the newly started 2012!

I will share with you this month my yearly annual report! Yup, this is the favorite topic of most of my readers wherein I jot down and rank my top accomplishments, the exciting experiences, and the challenges I faced last 2011! Is it a win or a loose last 2011?! We'll check!

And of course in welcoming 2012, I will also share with you my plans and the things I need to pursue this year of the water dragon!

Sounds exciting isn't it?! And aside from that, expect more exciting surprises and innovations!

So join me as we embrace the start of the year, the coming of the year 2012! Have a prosperous New Year to all! c",)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Night of Health and Wellness with Soyami!

Just recently, Soyami, a healthy chip snack made of soya gathered all the bloggers in one health and wellness event! The event is called “Healthy Night with Soyami.”

Different health and wellness products sponsored the said event. These are the Light Water, Vit. Boost, Face One, and even the nature advocacy group Haribon.

Each of them gave a seminar-type discussion which informs the bloggers how to keep healthy and beautiful. I love the topic about the different types of sleep and about the cell renewal! =)

Here are some of the picture-activities during the night:

The Bloggers Gathered in One Healthy Event

Marc Nelson Hosted the Event

The Three Stars of the Event

The Tourne Where It Happened!

I Am Soyami!

A Healthy Treat!

The Great Chef Made our Healthy Meal!

Sports TV Program Host Marc Nelson was the master of the ceremony. He hosted the program with fun and humor! Very cool!

The even was really a remarkable and a memorable one for me! Well, it was not only because I met someone or I received different gift packs. But because, it let me know other bloggers which expanded my network of friends! And the number of bloggers who attended the said event was really huge! I even love the foods served during that night! Hehehe...I'll feature them in my next post.

Hope to attend another similar event like this and hope to meet again the persons which leaved a mark in my heart! Hehehe...!!! c",)