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Friday, December 17, 2010

PNB Treasury 2010 Christmas Party

Dec. 16, 2010: PNB Treasury Christmas Party held at the Dealing Room

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Video of Ian and Lean singing NSYNC's "This I Promise You":
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PNB Treasury 2010 Christmas Party

Dec. 16, 2010: PNB Treasury Christmas Party held at the Dealing Room

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Video of Ian and Lean singing NSYNC's "This I Promise You":
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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Random sights on the Road

When traffic's heavy, you notice stuff you'd usually ignore like:

Large cracks on the highway

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A warning that reminds you what a nuisance some motorcycle riders are

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a veeeeeery looooong truck

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

All Souls Day

All Souls Day is observed on Nov. 2, especially in Batanes. Most people in Metro Manila though observe it on Nov. 1.

We went to the Manila Memorial Park on October 31 to avoid the Nov. 1 traffic.

Not sure how this is observed in other parts of the world, but in Metro Manila, lots of people stay overnight in the cemetery - bringing tents with them if they don't have mausoleums.

It wasn't this way in the early 80s. Back then, people just visited, laid flowers, said prayers then left.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Happy Halloween

What would you do if the delivery guy is this spooky?

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ice Cream Heaven

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I don't like ice cream now as much as I used to. But coming across this, can't help but buy a pint or two.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Faulty Vendo Machine


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Passed by the coffee/icedtea/juicedrink vendo machine tonight and saw these cups lined up beside it. It's some sort of warning to others that the machine's run out of coffee and will just give you hot water or iced water. The vendo machines sometimes run out of coffee mix or whatever mix you put in there in the evening. Sadly, the machine will not warn you. It's the others that have been duped that will warn you by leaving the cup filled with nothing but water beside the machine. With this set of cups, looks like a group of friends tried every combo and got water from all of them.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Yoghurt and Jelly?

I was at the co-op Tuesday, deciding what to eat for lunch when this caught my eye:

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Didn't know Nestle had this variant so I bought one to try it. I'd pick the all yoghurt cup over this one the next time.

Monday, August 16, 2010

PIZZA!

Someone had 2 large boxes of pizza delivered to the dealing room.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Thursday, August 05, 2010

New Phone

My P1i's touchscreen isn't working well anymore that I usually have to resort to using keyboard shortcuts. Not sure if I could have it repaired since I bought it more than 2 years ago, and if it could be repaired cheaply there is a chance I have to leave it with the service center .... so I decided to buy another phone.

Since it was important that my phone has wifi, I bought myself a Samsung and ended up ironically, with another touchscreen phone. Since I'm so used to the qwerty keypad, I now have to relearn typing texts using the usual cellphone keypad.
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

2011 PNB Anniversary

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

New toy: Piano Gadget for the windows side bar

Was scrolling through microsoft.com's gallery of gadgets early this week (or maybe last week), looking for a multiple-clock gadget that I could use to show more than one time zone, when I stumbled across photo-bon's piano gadget. I downloaded the thing and now I've got a new toy when I want to take a break from surfing the net, doing something with a microsoft office program, or some other activity necessitating my laptop.

The piano gadget has the low F to soprano E keys, or basically the whole middle octave and a few more keys higher and lower. You can use the mouse or the keyboard to play it. I suspect anyone who's ever played a real piano would pick the keyboard over the mouse. Unfortunately, you can't play more than one note at once. It serves well to give me a few minutes of fun, especially when I try to oido a melody that decides to pop into my head ... with the lyrics from a website open in a browser window as a plus. My Kawai will get jealous. ha ha ha!

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Friday, July 09, 2010

July 9, 2010


Holy Cables!

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Stopped working before 7PM. The guys who were supposed to hide the computer and LAN cables at the Trading and Int'l Markets Divisions started work and that meant shutting down the PCs.

Later realized that the Treasurey Marketing Division left their Reuters 3000 Xtra open.

Proof that TMD seldom looks up other pages:

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The keyboard is situated BEHIND the monitor. Ha Ha Ha!

Talent show

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Noticed that the stage for the PNB's Got Talent has been set up. I wonder who got the guts AND the time to audition. Would probably find out at the anniversary.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Picole Ice Pops

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Passed by the Co-op store and was surprised to find Picole ice pops being sold there.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

2010 ACI Convention

April 23-25, 2010: Boracay

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Shangri-la Boracay

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Manila Ocean Park 2010

Sam, Raffy, Jon and I at the Manila Ocean Park.

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Video #1: Agos & Dalampasigan (Waves and Shore)
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Video #2: Bahura (Coral Reef)
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Video #3: Laot (Fishing Grounds)
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Video #4: Buhay na Karagatan (The Living Ocean)
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Video #5: Ang Kalaliman (The Deep), Pagi (Stingrays) & Pating (Sharks).
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Saturday, April 03, 2010

From Papa's Metal Filing Cabinet: An Essay on Don Gervasio Pangilinan y Enriquez

THE FIRST PHARMACIST OF MY TOWN

by Diosdado P. Basconcillo, as edited by Juanita Pangilinan de Reyes

February 19, 1947

From the basket of cakes to the executive table is the life of Gervasio Pangilinan, historian, poet, orator, leader, and pharmacist, which, to all, the town of Cavite will long remember. The earlier period of his life was a hard and busy one; yet, amidst those surmountable obstacles he became successful due to his industry and grim determination. A man of sound judgment and good nature, Mr. Pangilinan was a friend of everyone. He dealt with people squarely. All were friends to him. People of every walk of life went to him. His drug store was a rendezvous of "big" and "small" persons every night. People ask not only for medical advice but also for counsel in everyday life which Mr. Pangilinan was always ready to give. Big "politicos" met in the drug store to talk about their never-ending subject and news of the day. So friends had come and gone to his drug store and had invited him to deliver speeches, orations, etc. All these things come so often that Mr. Pangilinan was never left alone. His life was a good example for the young. He was a man who tried hard and succeeded. He had a keen insight of his future for had he taken the wrong course of life he should not have been the pharmacist Pangilinan known to almost all Cavitenos.

He was born on June 19, 1876 in San Roque, Cavite, to Doroteo Pangilinan and Nicolasa Enriquez. His first schooling was under Julian Acerda Cruz Trinidad; second, under Anastacio Pinzon y Jose in 1890. The next year he studied in San Juan de Letran under Professor Rev. Serapio Tamayo, then rector of the University of Santo Tomas. In 1893, he enlisted as apprentice in pharmacy at Canacao Marine Hospital, and in 1895, he matriculated in the School of Pharmacy Sto. Tomas University. He obtained his title on March 22, 1897 from Blas Carlos Alcuaz, secretary of the Royal Pontifical University of Sto. Tomas. The Rector during that time was Fr. Santiago Paya.

His Active Part in the Revolution

In the revolution of 1896, he joined the Spanish Army. He was surgeon in August and assigned to duty at the 1st. Company of the 1st. Battalion, 2nd. Regiment of the Infanteria Naval in barrio Quintana Sta. Cruz, Malabon, Cavite. In November he was ordered to assume duties in the infirmary of the same regiment at Cavite under the command of Captain Francisco Garcia (Medical Corp). During the struggle between Spain and the United States, he was assigned on April 25, 1898 to duty at the Battery in Sisiwan, Mariveles. The Spanish fleet was defeated, and had given up Fort Corregidor on May 3, 1898. He was sent with his company the same afternoon to Mariveles, Bataan direct to Manila. Her arrived in Manila on May 12, 1898. With the establishment of the dictatorial government by General Aguinaldo, he deserted the camp in the afternoon of June 5, 1898 by using a banca tied up in the lighthouse of Manila and came to Cavite. Her served the revolutionary government from April 8, 1898 to April 1900.

His Life as a Pharmacist

In April, 1900, he returned to his hometown, San Roque, where he began his practice of pharmacy in the "Botica San Roque" whose proprietor was Jose Salamanca. From October, 1900 to April, 1902, he was surgeon in the camp stationed at Santolan, Rizal, under the American Army. On January 1, 1903, he went to Balanga, Bataan to manage the "Farmacia Nueva" newly established in that place. He stayed a year in here. From March up to June 1904, he was pharmacist of Farmacia Miguel Sta. Maria at Lavezares, San Nicolas, Manila. From July 1, 1904 up to June 1906, he managed the Farmacia Union in San Roque, Cavite. He later managed the Farmacia Macabebe in Macabebe, Pampanga up to April, 1907. He had managed several drug stores before he established his own drug store, among which are Farmacia Filipino at Calle Clavel, Manila; Farmacia Union in San Roque, Cavite in 1908; Farmacia San Roque, in San Roque, Cavite. He managed one, too, in Magdalena, Laguna owned by Mr. Ramon Zaide; the Standard Pharmacy in Olongapo, Zambales owned by Mr. Edward Gallagher; Farmacia Paz owned by Dr. Matias Aznar in Cavite in July 1918, Mr. Pangilinan established the "Pangilinan's Drug Store". It is still open to the public until this date. As a pharmacist, he was successful and more than that he was admired and loved by the town people. Most of the time, he treated people gratis especially in time of emergency. Friends call him "Doc" because his long experience as a pharmacist plus his experience as a surgeon in the army helped him in understanding the sickness and their cure.

"I owe my life to that old man", I used to hear some exclaim.

"I even shouted at Mang Basio and called him bad names when he operated on my boil, but thanks to him. Hi is a swell man," others would say. The scars left by the treatment of Mr. Pangilinan will make the people he treated, remember him.

The "Laxo Vermifugo Pangilinan" is a very popular vermifugo for expelling worms. It is not only popular in Cavite but also in other provinces. I remember having taken one before and it made me feel like Mr. Pangilinan, too.

As a Political Leader

Mr. Pangilinan was not only a good pharmacist but also a born leader. Realizing that to serve his town with his drug store was not enough, he entered politics in 1911. Recognized to be the best man for the municipal council of Cavite, he was appointed councilor by the Cavite Provincial Board vice Councilor Marcelino Reyes, who resigned in 1911. In 1912, he was appointed vice-president of Cavite, Cavite by the Cavite Provincial Board in place of Rosendo Ejercito Santos. In 1919, when he realized that the whole-hearted support of the people was for him, he ran for the presidential seat of the town against the strong veteran candidates; namely, Serapion Nicolas, Maximo Reyes, Francisco Advincula, Rosendo E. Santos, and Greogorio Basa. And he was elected. He was inducted into office on October 16, 1919. Her served for one term.

As a Poet and a Historian

During his spare time, Mr. Pangilinan shifted to writing and found pleasure in it. In the literary circle, Cavite will remember Mr. Pangilinan for his poems, histories and orations in the Cervantes' language. He was considered the best authority in the Spanish language. His book "Cavite Ante La Historia," his poems such as "A Mi Patria" and others; his articles published in the different newspapers such as "Por Nuestra Heroica Provincia", published in the the La Vanguardia is his famous no only as pharmacist but also a poet, historian, leader and orator of his town.

He died last May 13, 1945 at the age of 69 of an ailment he had been suffering for years. He was survived by his wife, the former Pascuala Herrera, his son Rizal, and grandchildren. One of them Juana, who had taken his footsteps as a pharmacist, keeps his drugstore still open to the public to this date.

Such was the life of a man who made everything of himself yet he was never ashamed to work, to do something, something that was good and beneficial to his town and people.

Original second to the last pharagraph, 1944 text:

Now at the age of 64 he is still strong to serve his people. Mr. Pangilinan or Don Gervasio, as friends call him was not alone during his struggle and until now for Mrs. Pangilinan is also responsible for his success. They married on October 5, 1899. She is the former Pascuala Herrera also from the same town. They had eleven children and only two, Ildefonso and Rizal are living. Don Gervasio finds happiness in seeking his family together. One of them, Juanita, is in the Manila College of Pharmacy and will soon be a lady pharmacist to help her "Lolo".

Note: Pascuala Herrera Pangilinan died Nov. 15, 1957

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Papa's Wake and Burial

Papa died on March 13, 2010 at the Phil. Veterans Hospital after suffering from a massive stroke on March 8. The wake was at La Funeraria Paz in Sucat. He was buried at the Manila Memorial Park, Sucat on March 20, 2010. Of his 7 children, only Loloy and Sally were not able to fly home.

Video #1: Taken at the wake by Kuya Loloy's friend, Romy Legaspi
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Video #2: From my camera. Most were taken either early in the morning or late at night when there are no visitors.
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Video #3: Visitors to the wake & burial.
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Video #4: Military Honors & Burial
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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Guess who started Dealing Room Training early?


Dessa and baby Mithi passed by the Dealing Room.  Boss Jun carried Mithi for a few minutes.  Dottie couldn't let the photo opportunity pass.

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