Monday, August 6, 2012

UP's The Crew hailed 2012 Hip Hop Dance Champion - Adult

With the best and the brightest dancers and choreographers of the UP StreetDance Club (UP SDC) all joining forces under one elite name, 'The Crew' defeated more than 2,000 of the world best streetdance groups. Around 40 countries from all over the world competed in the 2012 Hip Hop Dance Competition in Las Vegas last August 1-5, 2012.

Aside from 'The Crew", the Philippines was also represented by four other streetdance groups. The UP StreetDance Club won 3rd place in the Megacrew category. Other great teams that raised the flag are the La Salle Dance Company (LSDC), Fresh Flow, Legit Status, and former champion - The Philippine Allstars.

The Crew's performance, which can be seen below, was a mix of traditional competition routine ('cause I have seen some of the moves applied in UP SDC's dance entries) and perfectionist snappy deliveries. Congratulations to 'The Crew'! And to everyone who joined, you are amazing! Thank you for telling the world once more that we are great!

Video Courtesy: OfficialHHI

How to get a Philippine passport

There are a lot of ways to get a Philippine passport. Just kidding! And it is quite notable that there is still a large number of Philippine passport applicants (new and renewing) who are willing to leave the country for a better pay, or for whatever reasons. The government still hasn't encouraged a lot of OFWs to come back and help the country by joining either the workforce or the employers/self-employed or by investing savings.

Image Source: Wikipedia.org
Note: It is and always will be recommended that YOU yourself apply to get the passport and not just let a mere proxy do it. When I applied to get a passport, I came across this man, in his 40s, with a face of disappointment and regret. He told me that he was sent back home to the Philippines because his passport was invalid. Something went  wrong. And that he traced back when his company sent a representative to get all of the designated employees their passports. The things is, his passport was fake and didn't really get into the embassy's hands. So, if you don't want this to happen to you, get the passport yourself.

For new applicants, to get a Philippine passport, just follow the steps listed below.

1. Prepare the essential documents. These should show accurate information of who you are, where you live, etc - just to assure that you really are a citizen of the Philippines. Have these original documents and IDs photocopied, in case, it will be asked by DFA. Place these inside a plastic envelope. Don't forget to bring a black or blue pen.

  • Authenticated NSO birth certificate or Certified True Copy (CTC) of BC issued by the Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated by NSO depending on the NSO signatory; for born 1950 & below, Negative Birth Record from NSO & Joint Birth Affidavit from Two Disinterested Persons if no record from NSO. 
  • Two Original valid IDs (please make sure your signatures are all the same). Accepted IDs include Senior Citizen's ID, Voter's ID, digitized government-issued IDs like SSS, PRC, BIR, Driver's License, original school ID (for students only) AND original supporting documents indicating full name, date and place of birth and citizenship.
  •  Authenticated marriage certificate (if married or if you want to use your spouse’s surname)
  •  Other supporting documents (for verification) - Marriage Contract, Land Title, Driver's License, Government Service Record, School Form 137 or Transcript of Records with dry seal 
  • Other documents that show full name and birth details of applicant and/or citizenship like Voter's Registration Record from COMELEC, Baptismal Certificate with dry seal, Seaman's Book Income Tax Return (Old), NBI Clearance

2. Get a valid appointment online by clicking here if you're residing in Metro Manila. If you're not from Metro Manila, but you insist to go to the DFA Aseana, ikaw bahala; otherwise, proceed to step 3.
  •  It's easier to apply now since you can choose a schedule of application that is convenient for you. 
  • Settle your date and time of application on the site. Remember the date and time. You won't be allowed inside if you proceed to early nor arrive too late.
  • At home, download, print and fill out the application form completely with your appointment reference numbers, which you will get online.
  • You have to make a valid appointment 'cause the guards won't let you in if you're not scheduled to apply on that day. 
  • The site also has a list of the documents that it requires you to submit, just in case you neglect to read what I wrote above. Do download the application form in the site so that you won't have to fill it out on the appointment venue itself.

3. If you're not living in Metro Manila, have your online appointments by querying at your nearest DFA office. The following is a list of DFA branches/offices in the Philippines. Follow bullets stated above in (2), if it applies to your DFA branch.

  • Bacolod - 2nd Flr. East Block Square, Circumferential Road, Barangay Villa Monte 
  • Baguio - Don Monsylito Building 16 Legarda Roa 
  • Batangas - Batangas Plaza and Convention Center National Road, Kumintang Ilaya 
  • Butuan - CESIA Building, Montilla Boulevard
  • Cagayan de Oro - Limketkai Drive, Cagayan De Oro City
  • Cebu City - Causing Lozada Bldg.,OsmeƱa Blvd., Cor. Lapu-lapu St. 
  • Davao - Ebro-Pelayo Bldg., E. Jacinto St.,
  • General Santos - Gaisano Complex, J. Catolico St. Lagao
  • Iloilo - Yulo Street, Iloilo City
  • La Union - Pasado Bldg., Pagdalagan Norte, San Fernando, La Union 
  • Legazpi - 4th Flr, LCC Expressmart Building Rizal St., Legazpi City, Albay
  • Puerto Princesa - 2nd Flr. Puerto Princesa City Coliseum National Highway,Brgy. San Pedro
  • Tuguegarao - Regional Government Center Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Valley 
  • Tacloban - Leyte SMED Center, Capitol Site, Sn. Enage 
  • Zamboanga - Go-Velayo Bldg. Veterans Ave. Zamboanga City, 
  • Zamboanga del Sur Lucena - 3rd Flr. Pacific Mall Lucena M.L. Tagarao St., Barangay III 

4. Attend at the scheduled date of appointment and NEVER BE LATE. Come early.
  • Regular passport processing fee is Php 950 to be released after 15 working days, or about a month.
  • Rush passport processing fee is Php 1200 to be released after 7 working days or two (2) weeks.
  • There's also a fee if you want to have it delivered; I forgot how much, pero for tamad or probably busy people, you may inquire directly to the DFA office near you.

5. Your passport will be released depending on the fee that you paid (refer to bullets above). But, everyone is warned not to practice the irresistible habit of Filipino time. Don't ever let your sense of being lax catch you off guard. Start applying for your passport ASAP; the  earlier, the better.  Mamaya 1 week na lang pala, at flight mo na pa-Singapore; ano tawag dun? Kahit na ano'ng pag-sisisi pa gawin mo, it's over. :)

Hope this guide has helped you! And, once you have your passport already, please do take good care of it!! Never lose it!

NASA's Curiosity: first images from Mars

I feel euphoric and inspired today as I was able to witness the happenings inside NASA minutes before Curiosity rover signaled its successful touchdown. And what truly makes me motivated today is seeing one of the four Mars images or photos captured by the hazcams of Curiosity casting a shadow on the dusty ground of Mars.

Truly remarkable! I'm very happy to see this achieved in my lifetime. Thank you NASA for being an inspiration to us, the younger generation!

Here's a screen cap of the 15-minute delayed live streaming of the Curiosity landing mission finale. The photos found are two of the first four images sent from Mars by Curiosity. 

And the best are yet to come, for it will be another milestone in the history of aeronautics, space science, and astronomy to see what is out there, in space. I look forward to the day I watch live man walk on Mars. For now, this achievement will be my source of power to keep on pursuing my dreams as well. Looks like the United States has garnered a bigger Olympics Gold medal through this.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rejected UPCAT Essay Questions


Today, while browsing the web, I stumbled upon a list of rejected UPCAT essay questions in a tumblr post. Now you may opt to read them and really get a good laugh, haha!

  1. Hanggang saan aabot ang bente pesos mo? 
  2. If 5x +2y = 20, hanggan saan aabot ang 20 pesos mo? 
  3. Have you read the terms and conditions? 
  4. Why are the birds angry? Explain your answer briefly.
  5. Anong meron sa eggs ng Angry Birds at ninakaw ito ng mga baboy?
  6. Is it more fun in the Philippines? If yes, explain in 10 sentences. If no, mag-migrate ka na.
  7. Ano ang mas malaki bagpack ni Dora? O bulsa ni Doraemon? Justify your answer. 
  8. Para kanino ka bumabangon? 
  9. Kung si Squirtle ay isang basic water pokemon. Si Myrtle ba ang evolution neto? Ipakita ang evolution tree. 
  10. Kung si Squirtle ay isang water pokemon, anong klaseng pokemon si Myrtle? Ipaliwanag. 
  11. Pang-ilang evolution ni Jynx si Nicki Minaj? 
  12. Why will Rick Astley never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down? 
  13. What is Victoria’s Secret? Enumerate. 
  14. NOSI, NOSI BALASI, Sino ba sila? 
  15. Saan si Waldo? Justify. Bakit ba laging nagpapahanap si Waldo? Tanga ba siya’t laging nawawala? 
  16. Kung bilog ang mundo, bakit meron silang tinatawag na apat na sulok nito? 
  17. Why does it melt in your mouth and not in your hand? 
  18. Kung si Venus Raj ay magdo-double degree, ano kaya ang kanyang major major? Explain explain! 
  19. Sa pagpasok mo sa UP, ano ang Major Major course mo? 
  20. Is this the real life or is this just fantasy? 
  21. Kung nag evolve tayo from unggoy to tao, at what point ka nagpaiwan? 
  22. Naniniwala ka bang hindi natutulog si Kuya Germs? Show evidence. 
  23. Kicking in the frontseat or sitting in the backseat? Explain which seat you would take. 
  24. How will you help Rihanna know her name? In essay form. 
  25. Choco na gatas or gatas na choco? Nakakabusog o Nakakalusog? 
  26. Bakit walang side mirror ang eroplano? 
  27. Who’s your daddy now? 
  28. Who run the world? 
  29. Ano ang trabaho ni Mister Bean? Saan siya kumukuha ng salapi para sa kanyang pang araw-araw na gastusin? 
  30. Please explain the word “sulit” to a three-year-old who has enough money to pay his own education. 
  31. Kung walang kamay ang mga ibon, then why do birds suddenly APIR? Ipaliwanag. 
  32. Kaano-ano ni Dora the Explorer si Internet Explorer? 
  33. What is the world’s Number 2 shampoo? 
  34. Saan napupunta ang tinatapon mong computer files sa recycle bin? 
  35. Who wants to be a millionaire? 
  36. Kapag ang ipis nahulog sa tubig na may sabon, dudumi ba ang tubig o lilinis ang ipis? 
  37. Kapatid ba ni Swiper the Fox si Megan Fox? Give a list of your sources. 
  38. Pinsan ba ni Megan Fox si Mozilla Firefox? 
  39. Ano’ng mas malaki, panga ni Charice o pwet ni Nicki Minaj? 
  40. Illustrate then explain kung ikaw si Batman, sinong bahala sa’yo? 
  41. Ano ang boiling point ni Agua ng Agua Bendita? 
  42. Ano ang circumference ng mukha ni Charice? 
  43. Bakit pababa nang pababa ang ispaghetti? 
  44. Explicate using Newton’s Law of Gravitation. 
  45.  Explain the attraction between two PBB teens housemates using Newton’s Law of Gravitation. 
  46. Using a vernier caliper to a meter stick, gaano kakapal ang mukha mo? 
  47. In case “it’s not nosebleed in UP, it’s bloodshed”, what is your blood type? And medical history? 
  48. Bakit sa kahit anong angle, ang gwapo mo? Use the SAS ASA SSS Postulates in Geometry to answer this question. 
  49. Ano ang meron kay Brand X at galit na galit ang ibang brand sakanya? Defend your answer. 
  50. Kung totoong may alien, bakit palaging galing sa Earth ang nananalo sa Miss Universe? 
  51. Magkano ang binayad ni Adam Levine para makatawag sa payphone? Cite statistics. 
  52. Jumbo Hotdog: Kaya mo ba to? 
  53. Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me? 
  54.  Using the Mohs Scale of Hardness, gaano katigas si Bash? 
  55. Who do you think you are, running ‘round leaving scars? 
  56. Does the moonlight shine on Paris after the sun goes down? 
  57. Only Belo touches my skin, who touches yours? 
  58.  If you are daring, how dare you? 
  59. Kung bukas luluhod ang mga tala, bakit hindi pa ngayon? 
  60. Pag na-ban ang plastic sa Pilipinas, kelangan mo na ba matakot at magtago? 
  61. Bakit wala paring tatalo sa Alaska? Explain briefly, No Erasure! 
  62. Do you ever feel like a plastic bag drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? 
  63. Paano mo tuturuan si Sadakong mag-whip ng hair back and forth? Show illustration. 
  64. Kung ang nakatusok na baboy ay barbeque, ang nakatusok na saging ay bananacue, bakit ang kabayo, carousel? 
  65. Deal or No Deal? Explain through an essay not less than 20 sentences. 
  66. Gamit ang inyong Monggol 2 pencil, iguhit ang 50 shades of grey. No erasures. 
  67. Sa kantang Tantaran-Chuchurut-Churut, pang-ilang nota humihinga si Willie? Kumonsulta kay Jobert Sucaldito. 
  68. Ano ang cultural explanation ng pagkembot ng reyna habang pumapasok ito sa bulaklak? 
  69. Kung kulay pula si Jollibee, ano ba talaga siya? Bubuyog o langgam? Ipaliwanag. 
  70. Masaya lang ba ang pwedeng umorder ng Happy Meal? Why? 
  71. Kung ikaw ay chemist, sino ang lab mo? 
  72. Why did it have to end so soon? When you said that you would never leave me? 
  73. Nakaligo ka na ba sa dagat ng basura? 
  74. Kung hindi ngayon, kailan? Kung hindi tayo, sino? 
  75. Papasa ka ba……. Sa hair test ni Yuko Yamashita? 
  76. How is Mr. Krabs the biological father of Pearl? Provide a Punett Square. 
  77. Bakit lubog ang Sunken Garden? Ipaliwanag. 
  78. Where is the love? Bakit ka nagmo-move on kung hindi naman kayo? Ilarawan. 
  79. Tell me when will you be mine. Quando? Quando? Quando? 
  80. Sinong kumagat sa Apple logo? Iexplain bakit hindi niya inubos. 
  81.  If Ben has five apples and Lisa ate three, why did Adele set fire to the rain? 
  82. Saang direksyon papunta ang One Direction? Expound. 
  83. Ilan ang butas sa isang cracker ng skyflakes? Illustrate. 
  84. Bakit sa mukha ni Charice naghain ng handa yung caterer? Ilan ang circumference ng pwet ni Nicki Minaj? Gamit ang Mongol 2, sumaksak ng anim na katabi. May the odds be ever in your favor. 
  85. Kung ang tao nagmula sa unggoy, bakit may mukhang kabayo? Explain. 
  86. How much is that doggie in the window? Ipaliwanag kung bakit ganyan ang presyo nito. 
  87. How much is that doggie in the window? Ipaliwanag gamit ang theory of supply and demand. 
  88. Should I give up or should I just keep chasing pavements? 
  89. Saan gawa ang Soylent Green? 
  90. If tonight, we are young. What about tomorrow? 
  91. Ayon sa commercial ad ng BDO nq “we find ways”, ipakita kung saan ang mga daan na nahanap nito. Create a map. 
  92. Nauuhaw din ba ang mga isda? Ipaliwanag. 
  93. Kung si Corazon ang unang aswang, pang-ilan ka? 
  94. Gaano kalakas ang .1 na germ at hindi ito mamatay-matay? Draw and illustrate. 
  95. Give at least 10 Reasons kung bakit kailangang i-ban sa buong mundo ang “Call Me Maybe.” If I were Carly Rae Jepsen. Would you call me? 
  96. Pag ang bakla nagka amnesia, Bakla parin kaya? 
  97. Teach Me How To Dougie in 10 paragraphs. 
  98. Bukod sa mukha mo, ano pa ang joke mo? 
  99. Ano ang English ng “Pang-ilang presidente si Gloria?” Give the correct answer. Right Minus Wrong. 
  100. Sino ang mananalo sa Claudine vs. Manny? 
  101. We found love in a hopeless place, where is the hopeless place? 
  102. Anong kinuhang course ni Marian Rivera at naging Psychology siya? 
  103. Gaano kadalas ang minsan? Give an exact figure. 
  104. Sino si Kikay? Bakit nila pinapasayaw ito? 
  105. Paano mangulangot si Wolverine? Explain and illustrate. 
  106. Hot pa din ba ang hot sauce ‘pag nilagay mo sa loob ng ref? 
  107. Paste the original copy of your birth certificate. 
  108. Bakit hindi namamatay ang bida? Cite statistics. 
  109. Gaano kataas ang lipad ng Whisper with Wings? Demonstrate. 
  110. Ang Maroon 5 ba ay galing UP? Patunayan ang sagot gamit ang kanilang mga kanta. 
  111. Nasaan ang corn, sa corned beef? 
  112. Who is that girl I see staring straight back at me? 
  113. Why is my reflection someone I don’t know? 
  114. Maliban sa pag-ibig, ano pa ang ipinapangako mong ipaglalaban mo? 
  115. Bakit pinya ang tahanan ni Spongebob? Ikumpara ito sa tahanan ni Patrick gamit ang Venn Diagram. 
  116.  Bakit ka pinanganak sa mundong ibabaw? 
  117. Pare-pareho ba ang napangasawa nina Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, at Snow White? babaero ba si PRINCE CHARMING? 
  118. Will you still love me in the morning? 
  119.  Explain the phenomenon that is the “Party Rock Anthem”. 
  120. Provide a timeline. Bakit kulay green ang blackboard? 
  121. Bakit pag rush hour tsaka mabagal ang daloy ng traffic? 
  122. Explain your answer using sign language. 
  123. Who let the dogs out? 
  124. Kung walang nilikha ang Diyos na panget, sinung lumikha sayo? Defend yourself. 
  125. Sa mga nangyayaring crisis sa ating mundo ngayon, ano masasabi mo sa pag bagsak ng presyo ng talong sa palengke? 
  126. Nasaan ang Edge of Glory? 
  127. Anong letter ang ELEMENO? Defend your answer. Transcribe. 
  128. Ano ang actual na word na narinig mo sa kantang “Mmmbop?” isulat ito sa talampakan at putulin ang paa. Bakit sawing palad si Magdalena? 
  129. Kung ang vegetarian ay kumakain lamang ng gulay, ano naman ang humanitarian? Show your solution. 
  130. What are your Five Problems, One Solution? 
  131. Choose two-with whom is Lady Gaga: a) caught in a bad romance, b) on the edge of glory, or c) on the telephone? 
  132. How can you face your problem if your problem is your face? Justify please. 
  133. Bakit kahit matindi na ang global warming, ay hindi ka pa rin nagiging hot? Please explain yourself. 
  134. Gaano ka tuwid ang One Direction compared sa ‘Tuwid na Daan’ ni PNoy? 
  135. Ano ang paboritong season mo ng Daisy Siete at bakit? Ibigay ang buod. 
  136. How does one love like a love song? 
  137. Bakit ang hilig lumabas ni Sadako sa TV? 
  138. Commercial model ba siya? Explain your answer.
  139.  Bakit mo titignan yung kamay mo kung mabaho? 
  140. If God had a name, what would it be and would you call it to His face? 
  141. Sagutin sa perspektibo ng mga hunyango. Bakit square ang box ng pizza samantalang circle naman ang pizza? 
  142. Please explain Rated K. Handa na ba kayo? 
  143. Kumatok sa kapitbahay at batiin sya ng happy birthday habang nagpapaliwanag. 
  144. Illustrate Cow and Chicken’s parents’ faces. Additional points for drawing Miss Bellum’s as well. 
  145. Kung love is blind, anong kagaguhan ang love at first sight? Ipaliwanag. 
  146. Kung mamatay ka na bukas, bakit hindi pa ngayon? Defend your answer. 
  147. If jokes are half-meant, ilang jokes ang kelangan para hindi makaoffend ng kaibigan? Ipaliwanag.
  148.  Saan ba talaga pinaglihi si Charice? Sa pinggan o Nagaraya? 
  149. Bakit pumasok ang reyna sa bulaklak? Ipaliwanag ng hindi hihigit sa limang pangungusap. 
  150. Bakit may taong bato?
  151. How many strands of hair does Noynoy have? (Calculator is optional) 
  152. Kung ikaw ang nasasakdal sa impeachment trial, ano ang gusto mong sumakit sa iyo at bakit? 
  153. Where do broken hearts go? (Follow-up question: Can they find their way home?) 
  154. Kung ang “one night stand” ay sa gabi. Ano naman ang sa umaga? 
  155. Bakit pag usapang hotdog, “Kids can tell?” 
  156. Ipaliwanag ang kaso ng hotdog ni Aljur. 
  157. Paano nagiging extra virgin ang olive oil?
  158.  Pwede din ba maging extra virgin ang tao? Explain. 
  159. Kanino mo gusto makipag-make out; sa taong walang ngipin or sa taong walang dila? Explain briefly. 
  160. Anong meron siya na wala ako? Cite examples. 
  161. How are starships maneuvered? 
  162. Sa cartoon series na Huck Finn, ginagawa pa rin ba ang BAHAY NI HUCK? Sa anong puno at bakit? 
  163. Why is Chris Brown and Redford White? 
  164. How much is Chris Black better than Chris Brown? Provide a frequency distribution table. 
  165. Bakit si Greyson may Chance, si Bieber may Baby at may Boyfriend? Explain your answer briefly. 
  166. Is Hash Brown the lost brother of Chris Brown? Explain briefly and concisely. 
  167. Tama ba si Willie Revillame na ikaw na nga ang hinahanap ng puso? 
  168. Spaggeti pababa, o spaggeti pataas? 
  169. Sa kantang Leron-leron sinta, Bakit may buko ang papaya? Expound. 
  170. Do you believe in life (after love, after love…?) Ano ang nasa dako pa roon?
  171. In 140 characters, ibuod ang talambuhay ni Jose Rizal. 
  172. Bakit nagso-Sorry ang Super Junior? Ano ginawa nila? 
  173. Bakit bawal sa animals ang Samsung? Defend yourself. 
  174.  Kung ang ingles ng bulak ay cotton, at ang ingles ng bulaklak ay flower, bakit hindi cottontton? Ipaliwanag. If men are from mars women are from venus, bakit sila nagpunta sa earth? 
  175. Magkano ang pamasahe ng limang bakla? 
  176. Kung sa Jollibee, ‘Bida ang Saya’, sino ang kontrabida? 
  177. Bakit tinatawag na brownout kung black naman ang nakikita pag walang kuryente? 
  178. If you were given a chance to be a ghost for one day, would you stalk your crush or scare your enemy? 
  179. Bakit hindi mapatay ni Ne-Yo ang kaniyang radyo? Ipakita ang sagot gamit ng isang circuit illustration. 
  180. Bakit kaylangan i-Instagram yang Milk Tea na iniinom mo? 
  181. Tatay nga ba ni Patrick Star si Majinbu? Iguhit ang family tree. 
  182. Anong mas masarap, Coco Jam o Coco Martin? Ipaliwanag. 
  183. May kinalaman ba si Coco martin sa pagdiskubre ng Coco Crunch? 
  184. Ang breakfast ba at dinner, pwedeng ilagay sa lunchbox? 
  185. Bakit kailangan mong mag check-in sa Foursquare pag nasa sosyal kang lugar? Explain briefly. 
  186. Pano naging cellphone ang Blackberry? Explain. 
  187. Kung ang lens ng camera ay BILOG? 
  188. Bakit ang litrato ay RECTANGLE? Explain. 
  189. Using existentialist theories, answer the following question using 5000 words: ANSABE? 
  190. Kung ikaw magjojoke, sa bagong gising o sa taong aral na aral pero di nagising? 
  191. Propose methodology. 
  192. Hindi tayo tao, hindi rin tayo hayop. Ano tayo? 
  193. Illustrate the Steric Inhibition that happened to Charice’s Zygomaticus. 
  194. Isalin ang mga titik ng awiting ‘UP Naming Mahal’ sa Ingles. 
  195. Saan? Saan ako nagkamali? 
  196. SINONG NAGPAUSO NITO AT SINO ANG NAUNANG MAGTWEET? Mananaliksik gamit ang history ng Pilipinas. 
  197. Paano mo nabilang ang tawa mo? Explain briefly. 
  198. I-summarize ang lahat ng sagot mo sa multiple choice. 
  199. May UPCAT ka mamaya? Nababasa mo to? Ba’t hanggang ngayon gising ka pa? JUSTIFY 
  200. Sa tingin mo papasa ka ba? 
  201. Sa huling pagkakataon, tatanungin ulit kita. Showtime or Goodtime? Tandaan mo meron ka ng X.