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June 24, 2008

OAP Contest Winners

Thanks to all who responded to the OAP Readers Survey. We got 500+ responses to date and I had to significantly change some of my blog strategy based on your responses. I'll keep the survey open until end of June. Salamat po ng marami!

As part of cleaning up, I would like to close out the past contests conducted in OAP. Sorry for not announcing the winners properly, and I would like to announce them in this post. Moving forward, I plan to do monthly contests on food and travel related topics. Let me know if you have any contest ideas or suggestions.

1. Genki Umbrella Photo Contest Winners:
( Please email me - anton@diaz.ph - on how to claim the Bawai GC's)

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Kate's Slug Love Genki Photos (P 1,000 Food Gift Certificate to Bawai Authentic Vietnamese Kitchen in Tagaytay)

Bonding with my sis while enjoying and loving my genki Umbrella!
Joanna's Genki Photos (P 1,000 Food Gift Certificate to Bawai Authentic Vietnamese Kitchen in Tagaytay)

2. My IKEA Valentines Contest Winners:
(Please claim your prizes at IKEA.PH. Please contact Eugene Enriquez at ikeaph@gmail.com or +63 920-9276514)

First Place: Ohhhh…Ikea Products Now in the Philippines by Jade-Ceres of Violet Door

IKEA Philippines-3 Genki Umbrella-4
IKEA Uplighter + 1 Transparent Genki Umbrella

Second Place: Why I Love IKEA! by Jane of Here's To Life

IKEA Philippines-2 Genki Umbrella-4
Collage Photo Frame + 1 Transparent Genki Umbrella

Third Place. IKEAn't get enuf of it! by Hazel of Working Title

IKEA Philippines Genki Umbrella-4
Rajtan Spice Jars + 1 Transparent Genki Umbrella

Consolation Prices: The other contest participants get SKAMT Tealights as consolation prize.
Donation to Kythe: P 4,500



The following entries won an autographed copy of Our Awesome Planet: Philippines Book in 2009.

Thanks by Pac
thank you to paul by fran
Thanks by Fran
Je vous remercie de tout coeur by Amy Leigh
JayL & Amy leigh
TO MY BEBE!
Thank You Bebe

That's it! Let me know if you have specific contests ideas and suggestions for OAP!

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Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.


June 23, 2008

Tacloban Fiesta

Sinulog 2006 - 46

Good Morning friends of OAP! We sincerely hope that everyone's OK during the stormy weekend. Just a tip on weather forecasts: Always check out Wundergound.com for the most accurate weather forecast of Manila or any other city in the Planet.

I'm heading off to the Pintados Kasadyaan Festival in Tacloban this coming weekend. I'm working with the tourism committee of the local government to help them promote the city. I hear a lot about Tacloban but I don't see a lot of write-ups about the awesome places there. Any tips on awesome places, food and things to do in Tacloban?

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Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.


June 20, 2008

Romi Garduce - The First Filipino to Climb the Seven Summits

Mt. Denali Climb
Romi Garduce resting after the summit climb of Mt. Denali. Notice the ice formed on their neck bibs and googles.

Related Information: Garduce defies snowstorm to reach Denali summit

Congratulations to Romi Garduce for climbing Mt. Denali in North America!

Five Down and Two to go, Romi! We are proud of you and we will celebrate the Seven Summits in 2010!

PMt. Kilimanjaro, Africa (5,895 meters or 19,341 feet) - highest peak in Africa; Climbed September 2002
P Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina (6,962 meters or 22,841 feet) - highest peak in South America; Climbed January 2005.
P Mt. Everest, Nepal (8,848 meters or 29,029 feet) - highest mountain in the World; Climbed May 2006.
P Mt. Elbrus, Russia (5,642 meters or 18,510 feet) - highest peak in Europe; Climbed August 2007.

P Mt. McKinley or Denali (6,194 meters or 20,320 feet) - highest peak in North America; Climbed June 2008

Carstensz Pyramid (4,884 meters or 16,024 feet) in the Australian continent; To climb in 2009!

Vinzon Massif, Antartica (4,892 meters or 16,050 feet) in 2010!

Mt. Denali Climb
The Mt. Denali climb is dedicated for Romi's tree-planting campaign to fight global warming (hence the snowman w/ seedling).


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Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.


June 19, 2008

Princess Urduja - The First Filipino Animated Film

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(Thanks to Michelle Morelos for the Urduja photos)

Congratulations to Producer Tony Tuviera (of Eat Bulaga fame) and Director Reggie Entienza for Urduja! It is "the first-ever Philippine full-length digital and traditional animation film" that showcase Filipino talent and animation capabilities (see more info: Life is an Animation) This is history in the making. Who said that the Filipino film industry is dead?

Urduja is a fictional story of a warrior princess in the
land of Taliwisi which is in Pangasinan. The story revolves around the forbidden love story of Princess Urduja(voiced by Regine Velasquez) and the Chinese Pirate, Lim Hang (voiced by Cesar Montano). It also offers a view of the tribal lives and ancient traditions in the Philippines. I love the movie's theme song "Babae Ako" sang by Regine Velasquez.

Urduja reapplies some of Hollywood animation's winning formula which uses a woman as a lead character like in Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. The musical romance scenes of Urduja and Lim Hang are reminiscent of Pocahontas. It is like watching anime-like cartoons but dubbed in Tagalog. You'll get entertained by the Eat Bulaga humor between Tasir (a tarsier voiced by Allan K) and Kutkut (a rat voiced by Michael V). They resemble the tandem of Timon (a meerkat), and Pumbaa (a warthog) from the Lion King.

What I did not like about the movie is the over use of romantic cliches,and tired Eat Bulaga jokes. The plot is also predictable.

I sincerely hope that this opens the door to animated movies featuring the enchanted tales of Filipino folklore or the lost island of Lemuria in the Philippines.

I am proud that we finally have our first Filipino-made animated film! Watch it for its historical significance and realize that "Kaya pala natin ito (We can do it!)!"

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Have you watched Urduja? What do you think of it?

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Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.


June 18, 2008

OAP Readers Survey

*** June 19 Update: *** 250+ responses and counting. We are so thankful for all the support! I am reading each of the comments and listening to each one of them. You gave me a lot of good ideas on how we can take OAP to the next level. I will wait for a few more days before I close the survey. Salamat!
Syoti J Aidan Bumble Bee
Aidan and Josh would like to hear from you!

Feedbacks and comments are very important for us. We would like to hear your thoughts on our ideas and plans to bring Our Awesome Planet to the next level. It would only take you 5 minutes to answer this survey. The first part of the survey focuses on our plans for OAP while the second part focuses on getting to know more about you.

Take the survey here: Our Awesome Planet Survey

Thank you for all your support! May you live an Awesome Life,

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Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.

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