Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Calvo Building


The Calvo Building was inaugurated on August 14, 1938. This was designed in Beaux Arts style by Ar. Fernando H. Ocampo and became one of the most notable edifices in Escolta.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Popes Visit the Philippines

This coming January 2015, His Holiness Pope Francis will be visiting the country. So that means he will be the third Pope to visit us. The important highlight of his visit is Tacloban - the placed that was ravaged by typhoon Yolanda a year ago.

Yet, do you know that there were already two Popes that visited the Philippines? 

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Carnivorous Plants

They may look like things from your nightmare or a monster movie, but believe it or not, carnivorous plants are quite real and may not be something that you expect.

So why became carnivorous?

Tea

You will notice that today  in  some malls around Metro Manila, we now have different tea shops – something like coffee shops and café but instead of serving coffee, they serve tea. Moreover, teas are now more than just a hot drink to sip in a cold night or something that we drink if we have a fever. Now, teas have different flavors and styles – like cold tea and even something called “bubble tea.” So, you might wonder…

… what is a tea? 

How Colors Affect Our Moods.

So, you’re planning to re-decorate your room and thinking of a new paint job, or how about what color would you like to wear before going to work, or a date, or a party. Want to buy a new car? What color do you want your car to have?

Do you know that colors affect your emotions? 

Yes, that is why choosing the right color can be very important – not only for your personal preference, but also to your work and social life.

So before deciding with colors, I think you should read this article first.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Rudolph is now immortalized in stamps


I always watched this animation and considered it as my Christmas tradition. I have been seeing it since I was still in grade school so, it was so nice to learn that they're now been immortalized in stamps.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer "stop and go animation" was created by Rankin/Bass as a Christmas television special for NBC on December 6, 1964 and it is now considered as the longest running Christmas TV special in history.

[Note: This stop-motion animation technique was called "Animagic." ]




Monday, November 17, 2014

The Origin of the Word Robot

Honda debuts new humanoid robot ASIMO in 2000.

The word robot was a recent invention. It was coined by the artist Josef Čapek, the brother of famed Czechoslovakian author Karel Čapek. Karel was working on a play and was thinking of something that will mean “labor.” Josef suggested the word ‘roboti’, which gave rise to the English ‘robot’.  ‘Roboti’ derives from the Old Church Slavanic ‘rabota’, meaning ‘servitude’, which in turn comes from ‘rabu’, meaning ‘slave’. 

Kerel then introduced the word in a play called R.U.R.  The full title translating into English as Rossum’s Universal Robots, which debuted in January of 1921.