Is Facebook shutting down? This rumor went viral that the worlds most famous social networking site, Facebook, is closing down on March 15, 2011. The Facebook closure issue spread like wild fire on social networking sites.
The Facebook issue that it will end its service in mid-March has been trending in Google Trends and Twitter. The issue persists that Facebook will be closing down completely and will not be undergoing maintenance.
Others are asking if the Facebook close down issue has any relation to the Yahoo announcement last month that it will be closing down its “Yahoo Video” on the same date, March 15, 2011. According to Yahoo, videos can still be viewed until March 14, 2011.
No one can confirm if the opinion article published on CNN that says that the recent Goldman Sachs investment was the “beginning of the end” for Facebook, has anything to do with the rumor that circulated. The CNN article went viral with more than 5,000 Facebook ‘Likes.’
According to experts, a site like Facebook, with more than 500 million users and a $500 millon investment from Goldman Sachs will not be shutting down that easily.
Philippine President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ S. Aquino III or PNoy has announced the official list of Regular Holidays, Special Non-Working Holidays, and Special Holidays for all schools for the year 2011. The announcement of the 2011 Holidays in the Philippines was made through Proclamation No. 84 issued last December 20, 2010. The issuance of the list of Holidays for 2011 was announced early so that everyone will have more time to prepare their calendar of activities for the year.
There will be no more long weekends in 2011 as previously experienced due to the Holiday economics that was implemented by the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Former President GMA is now serving as Representative of the first district of Pampanga. Holiday economics was established through Republic Act (RA) 9492 is also known as “An Act Rationalizing the Celebration of National Holidays,” signed by former President GMA. The law provides that holidays that fall on a Wednesday will be observed earlier by transferring it on the Monday of the week. Holidays which fall on a Sunday will then be observed on the following Monday. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Islamic Ed’l Fitr and Eidul Adha are considered movable holidays wherein the President shall issue a proclamation at least six months prior to the holiday. The date specified will automatically be a non-working holiday.
Starting this year, holiday economics will no longer be observed as PNoy decided to follow the original scheduled holiday dates for 2011. The decision of the PNoy is aimed in helping daily wage earners to earn more.
Here is the complete Proclamation No. 84 taken from the Philippine government official website that listed down the complete Holidays for 2011 in the Philippines:
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 84
DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2011
WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated July 24, 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9849 provides that the Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;
WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as President of the Philippines, do hereby declare:
SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2011 shall be observed in the country:
A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day – January 1 (Saturday)
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Saturday)
Maundy Thursday – April 21
Good Friday – April 22
Labor Day – May 1 (Sunday)
Independence Day – June 12 (Sunday)
National Heroes Day – August 29 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Wednesday)
Christmas Day – December 25 (Sunday)
Rizal Day – December 30 (Friday)
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Sunday)
All Saints Day – November 1 (Tuesday)
Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Saturday)
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25 (Friday)
SECTION 2. The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which day the holiday shall fall.
SECTION 3. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.
SECTION 4. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.
SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
DONE in the City of Manila, this 20th day of December in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Ten.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines / www.gov.ph
The Chinese media has published China’s J-20 stealth fighter jet photo taken during its initial test flight at the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute‘s airfield in southwestern China.
J-20 Stealth Fighter photo went viral over the Internet as international media reported the prototype Chinese stealth fighter.
International newspapers has reported about the recent developments in Chinese military aviation. As of posting, the authenticity of the photo is still in question. Reports say that the photos were taken far from the military airport and was published in an unofficial military news.
Everything in 2011 will probably have a touch of Honeysuckle as Pantone Inc. announced through a press release that Pantone ® 18-2120 Honeysuckle will be the official color of the year for 2011.
Here is the statement of Pantone Color Institute® Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, regarding the choice of Honeysuckle as the color of 2011:
In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues. Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.
Honeysuckle, as described by Eiseman, is a “festive reddish pink” that provides vibrancy and enthusiasm. The name of the color was derived from honeysuckle plant with reddish pink hue flower.
The 36th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Best Picture goes to Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na To!) by Ai-ai de las Alas, while, Rosario and RPG Metanioa came in second and third respectively. Ai-ai de las Alas also won the Best Actress Award with Dolphy of Father Jejemon as Best Actor in the recently concluded MMFF 2010 at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City on December 26, 2010. The 36th MMFF Gabi ng Parangal or MMFF 2010 was hosted by Richard, Raymond and Ruffa Gutierrez.
Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na To!) dominated the MMFF 2010 awards night, by also taking home the Best Director Award for Wenn V Deramas. It bested seven other movies that include: Rosario, RPG: Metanoia, Super Inday and the Magic Bibe, Shake Rattle & Roll XII, Dalaw, Father Jejemon, and Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote. The second most successful film in the 2010 MMFF is Rosario, a joint production by Studio 5 and Cinemabuhay International. Third in the list is RPG Metanioa by Ambient Production and Star Cinema.
Here is the complete list of MMFF 2010 winners:
- Best Actress – Ai-ai de las alas (Ang Tanging Ina Mo Last Na To!)
- Best Supporting Actress – Eugene Domingo (Ang Tanging Ina Mo Last Na To!)
- Best Actor: Dolphy (Father Jejemon)
- Best Supporting Actor – (Rosario)
- Best Picture – Ang Tanging Ina (Last Na To!)
- Best Story – Mel Del Rosario (Ang Tanging Ina Mo Last Na To)
- Best Director – Wenn V Deramas (Ang Tanging Ina Mo Last Na To!)
- Best Cinematography – Carlo Mendoza (Rosario)
- 2nd Best Picture -Rosario
- 3rd Best Picture RPG Metanoia
- Gatpuno Cultural Award – RosariQuezon City’s Special Citation for Gender Sensitive movie – RPG Metanoia
- Winner of Gender Sensitivity Award – Ang Tanging Ina Mo Last na To!
- Best Festival Float – Rosario
- Best Editing – John Wong (Rosario)
- Best Visual Effects – Rico Guttierez (Si Agimat at si Enteng Kabisote)
- Best Make-up – Nestor Dayao, and group (Si Agimat at Si Enteng Kabisote)
- Best Independent Film – Presa
- Best Child Performer – Zyril Manabat (Ang Tanging Ina Mo Last na to)
- Best Production Design – Joey Luna (Rosario)
- Best Theme Song – Kaya Mo (RPG Metanoia)
- Best Musical Score – Jesse Lazatin for (Ang Tanging Ina Mo, Last na to!)
- Best Sound Recording – Ditoy Aguila (Super Inday and the Magic Bibe) and Ambient Media (RPG Metanoia)
- Face of the Night – Bong Revilla Jr.
- Female Face of the Night – Sam Pinto
- Best Dressed Male Celebrity – Dennis Trillo
- Best Dressed Female Celebrity – Jennelyn Mercado