TOTS to ponder I

“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”

Jacob Riis

Good News


It’s something when you hear great news especially from a reputable news source like CNN. Media companies have banked on gathering news, majority of them ain’t suitable to taste really. You’d see news stands teeming with bold letters shouting the day’s freshest catch that would definitely create stir to minds of unsuspecting people.

But somehow, upon finishing my used-to-be daily dose of Rush Hour’s TOP TEN via the awesome duo of Chico Garcia and “KAGANDAHANG” Delamar, I stumbled upon an article from . This is really heartwarming especially for someone who has a throbbing headache and an empty stomach going to work and listening to English-speaking Indians.

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Wonder Of the World; WOW Pilipinas

Callin out all Pinoys and non-Pinoys who believes in Pinoys throughout the world, lets vote for Tubbataha Reef as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.




The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the non-profit New Seven Wonders Foundation, which also undertook the “New Seven Wonders of the World” search that ended last year, organized the online search.

The list of nominees and the mechanics for voting are posted on the poll’s official website while latest ranking of candidates can be viewed online at Voting is until Dec. 31, 2008.

Tubbataha Reef is an atoll coral reef located in the Sulu Sea, 98 nautical miles (181 km) southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, the Philippines. It is a marine sanctuary protected as Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park.

Declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on December 1993, it is under protective management by the Philippines Department of National Defense (DND). It is under technical supervision by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) & the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR). It is administered as part of administered as part of Cagayancillo town on Palawan.

The reef is composed of two atolls, North and South Reefs. Each reef has a single small islet that protrudes from the water. The atolls are separated by a deep channel 8 km (5 miles) wide.

Over one thousand species can be found in the reef; many are already endangered species. Animal species found include manta rays, lionfish, pawikan or tortoise, clownfish, and sharks.