Harvard Spring is on March 27, 2012

This March 27, 2012, the Harvard Club of the Philippines (HCP), an 800-member strong body, will be celebrating Harvard Spring, the club’s kick-off event for 2012.
Harvard Spring is meant to commemorate the role of Harvard men and women in effecting profound changes in Philippine society through governance, law, media, business and other disciplines. All Harvard Alumni are invited to join in a timely and insightful exchange of ideas on the past, present and future of the Philippines.
Guest speakers will include Mr. Oscar M. Lopez, Chairman Emeritus of Lopez Holdings Corp. and Hon. Florencio B. Abad, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Budget and Management.
Admission is FREE for all Harvard alumni. To confirm your attendance or for sponsorship opportunities, email the Executive Director of The Harvard Club of the Philippines, at dychiaolaw@gmail.com

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Does Jimmy deserve persona non grata?

Persona non grata (Latinpluralpersonae non gratae), literally meaning “an unwelcome person”, is a legal term used in diplomacy that indicates a proscription against a person entering the country.
In non-diplomatic usage, referring to someone as persona non grata is to say that he or she is ostracized. Such a person is for all intents and purposes culturally banished, so as to be figuratively nonexistent. (Wiki)


After I blogged about Jimmy Sieczka’s 20 things he dislikes about the Philippines, I asked Teddyboy Locsin Jr. his thoughts on Twitter:

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So now the guy apparently is willing to apologize for his video, following a Cebu City councilor’s move to declare him persona non grata. Your thoughts?


Cebu-based American willing to apologize over ‘offensive’ viral video
By Jovan Cerda, Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – James Sieczka, the Cebu-based independent filmmaker behind the infamous video titled “20 Reasons Why I Dislike the Philippines,” said he is willing to apologize following a Cebu City councilor’s move to declare him persona non grata.
The video, uploaded two weeks ago at channelfix.com, made its way through video-sharing site Youtube and went viral in online social networks Facebook and Twitter.
It showed the American’s complaints about Cebu City, including, among others, filthy restrooms, loitering child beggars and a giant hole in the street covered by a metal drum.
Sieczka said in the video that he has been living in the Philippines for more than three years now.
In response, city councilor Sisinio Andales said he is filing a resolution to declare Sieczka persona non grata. Persona non grata is a term indicating that a person is no longer welcome in a particular area.
Read Sieczka’s statement below which he sent to philstar.com.

The following is my official statement regarding the “20 Reasons” video that I hosted:

I, James Sieczka, have considered the Philippines as my second country and Cebu as my second home.
The subject video that was aired was made in good faith and as a legitimate and reasonable exercise of my right, “freedom of expression.”
There was no intention to scrutinize the city nor the people that governs the same. It’s an honest observation and opinion that I myself think needs to be worked on not just specifically in Cebu. These are little things that we see around us as normal people and from the eyes of an ordinary man like me.
But from all that’s happening and me just trying to exercise my freedom of speech, I am very open and amenable for an apology, on the manner and means that I exercise my right, if the need presents itself.
As a sign of my compliance for the duly authorized authority and rule of law, I am not ashamed to apologize to people that I offended in the process with the hope that you would reconsider in declaring me “persona non grata.”

James Sieczka

Inglesina sale at Mothercare

This traveling season, Mothercare invites moms and dads to Inglesina’s stroller sale.
Choose from three models of Inglesina Italian-made strollers:

1) The SWIFT is lightweight, sporty and convenient to pack for travel, whether by car or by plane.
When closed, the Swift locks automatically into a small, compact package that weighs only 13 pounds, including canopy. What’s more, your baby will enjoy the ride in its nicely padded, four-position reclining seat with leg support.

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2) TRIP goes beyond the traditional lightweight stroller by offering premium features: a bumper bar, rear-wheel suspensions, four-position backrest and adjustable footrest.
The reclining backrest can be adjusted to four positions, and a padded seat ensures the child’s comfort.
An extended canopy will protect your child from direct sunlight, while a rain cover will keep your baby dry on rainy days.

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3) The ZIPPY is the most practical and speedy three-in-one system, which is ideal for parents who are always on the move or looking for a compact solution.
The Zippy is Inglesina’s legendary umbrella stroller. It features the best folding system in the market, opening and closing with just one hand, which is great for multi-tasking moms and dads.
Super-compact and only 40 inches in height, the Zippy won’t take up much room in your trunk. It plays well on buses, trains, and even cramped airplanes. Its firm structure comes with a rich padding, textile details, and a practical rain cover.

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Visit Mothercare at Abreeza Mall • Active Fun at Bonifacio High Street • Greenbelt 5 • Robinsons Galleria • Shangri-La Plaza • SM Masinag • Trinoma
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Call for filmmakers: Louis Vuitton’s 2nd Journey Awards

Two years ago Louis Vuitton launched the Journeys Awards with Wong Kar-wai.
In addition to showcasing Kar-wai’s Blueberry Days and Louis Vuitton’s Journeys Core Values, the Journeys Awards also invited emerging filmmakers to create films based on what a journey means to them.

On the occasion of the Rome Etoile Maison opening, Louis Vuitton is proud to announce the 2nd Journeys Awards.
This year, director Luca Guadagnino, will invite the most prestigious international film schools to participate in the 2012 Journeys Awards.

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What Will You Encounter?

Travel has been at the heart of Louis Vuitton since its inception and the most memorable part of a journey is what you encounter. The subject of encounters is open to interpretation. It is not only about meeting another person; it can be an encounter with a place, an object, a culture, or even oneself. No matter what, when you are open to these experiences, an encounter can have a profound and lasting effect.

Louis Vuitton is calling on emerging filmmakers to show what a meaningful encounter means to them. How it is experienced. Where it is experienced. How it is felt in the soul. What we live in that moment. And we carry away from it.
The competition is designed to offer participants a chance to showcase their creativity, demonstrate their technical skills and resonate with an audience. It also offers two $25,000 prizes and international media exposure opportunities.

The Journey Begins

• Beginning March 15th participants should visit http://www.journeysawards.com/ to register for the competition.
• Luca Guadagnino will personally brief participants via video at the Journeys Awards web site.
• Participants have until June 18th 2012, the official deadline, to complete and submit their films.
• The Official Jury will announce their selection, viewable online, on July 3rd 2012.
• The public will be invited to vote for their favorite film on Journeys Awards website
• End of July, 2012, the winners of the Jury’s Choice and Online People’s Choice will be notified.
• In September 2012, the winners will attend a special screening and celebration of their winning entries at the Venice Film Festival.


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