Monday, February 21, 2011

Angeline Quinto Wins Star Power

Angeline Quinto wins Star Power Sharon's Next Female Pop Superstar. Angeline's win is not an easy journey. Krissel, Monica, K-La and Akiko gave her tough competition. But Angeline can not do anything wrong and make her way to the final two with Krissel an eventually won over her. Angeline was a competition of Sarah Geronimo in Star for a Night and she was also a contestant in MTB's Teen Popstar and also won. But this win will surely give her an opportunity to show people that she will be an asset to Philippine's Music Industry. I will be waiting for her to have a duet with Sarah Geronimo and Regine Velasquez. Come to think of it, she look like Regine and sound like her too!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Discovery Of King Tut's Tomb (1923) - Days That Shook The World

On this day in 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen.
 Howard Carter
Because the ancient Egyptians saw their pharaohs as gods, they carefully preserved their bodies after death, burying them in elaborate tombs containing rich treasures to accompany the rulers into the afterlife. In the 19th century, archeologists from all over the world flocked to Egypt, where they uncovered a number of these tombs. Many had long ago been broken into by robbers and stripped of their riches.
When Carter arrived in Egypt in 1891, he became convinced there was at least one undiscovered tomb--that of the little known Tutankhamen, or King Tut, who lived around 1400 B.C. and died when he was still a teenager. Backed by a rich Brit, Lord Carnarvon, Carter searched for five years without success. In early 1922, Lord Carnarvon wanted to call off the search, but Carter convinced him to hold on one more year.
In November 1922, the wait paid off, when Carter's team found steps hidden in the debris near the entrance of another tomb. The steps led to an ancient sealed doorway bearing the name Tutankhamen. When Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the tomb's interior chambers on November 26, they were thrilled to find it virtually intact, with its treasures untouched after more than 3,000 years. The men began exploring the four rooms of the tomb, and on February 16, 1923, under the watchful eyes of a number of important officials, Carter opened the door to the last chamber.
 Inside lay a sarcophagus with three coffins nested inside one another. The last coffin, made of solid gold, contained the mummified body of King Tut. Among the riches found in the tomb--golden shrines, jewelry, statues, a chariot, weapons, clothing--the perfectly preserved mummy was the most valuable, as it was the first one ever to be discovered. Despite rumors that a curse would befall anyone who disturbed the tomb, its treasures were carefully catalogued, removed and included in a famous traveling exhibition called the "Treasures of Tutankhamen." The exhibition's permanent home is the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Ann Ward

Remember Ann? She is the winner of America's Next Top Model Cycle 15 (and my favorite of all the contestants since cycle 1). The picture shown above is her picture in Vogue website, She really is so high fashion and her look is just exceptional. She is the first model who got best photo for 5 straight weeks. Though she did not won any challenge, her photo shoot are just magnifico.

TODAY IN HISTORY: St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1929)

Four men dressed as police officers enter gangster Bugs Moran's headquarters on North Clark Street in Chicago, line seven of Moran's henchmen against a wall, and shoot them to death. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, as it is now called, was the culmination of a gang war between arch rivals Al Capone and Bugs Moran.
                                                                      Bugs Moran                                        
George "Bugs" Moran was a career criminal who ran the North Side gang in Chicago during the bootlegging era of the 1920s. He fought bitterly with "Scarface" Al Capone for control of smuggling and trafficking operations in the Windy City. Throughout the 1920s, both survived several attempted murders. On one notorious occasion, Moran and his associates drove six cars past a hotel in Cicero, Illionis, where Capone and his associates were having lunch and showered the building with more than 1,000 bullets.
 Al Capone
A $50,000 bounty on Capone's head was the final straw for the gangster. He ordered that Moran's gang be destroyed. On February 14, a delivery of bootleg whiskey was expected at Moran's headquarters. But Moran was late and happened to see police officers entering his establishment. Moran waited outside, thinking that his gunmen inside were being arrested in a raid. However, the disguised assassins were actually killing the seven men inside.
The murdered men included Moran's best killers, Frank and Pete Gusenberg. Reportedly Frank was still alive when real officers appeared on the scene. When asked who had shot him, the mortally wounded Gusenberg kept his code of silence, responding, "No one, nobody shot me."
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre actually proved to be the last confrontation for both Capone and Moran. Capone was jailed in 1931 and Moran lost so many important men that he could no longer control his territory. On the seventh anniversary of the massacre, Jack McGurn, one of the Valentine's Day hit men, was killed him in a crowded bowling alley with a burst of machine-gun fire.
McGurn's killer remains unidentified, but was likely Moran, though he was never charged with the murder. Moran was relegated to small-time robberies until he was sent to jail in 1946. He died in Leavenworth Federal Prison in 1957 of lung cancer.

F**K YOU - Cee Lo Green

I Just wanted to share one of my current favorite songs: F**k You by Cee Lo Green. I first heard this song when Gwyneth Paltrow was a substitute in Glee. But their version was the clean version titled Forget You. This song was even nominated for Grammy: Song of the Year and record of the Year, but lost to Lady Antebellum's Need You Now which grav both awards.


53rd Grammy Award was held last night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Country band Lady Antebellum 
emerged as the biggest winner of the night with their album "Need You Now" and single of the same title.
Here are the complete list of nomineed for major category and who won each category:`

Record of the Year:
* Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Nothin' On You, B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars
Love The Way You Lie, Eminem feat. Rihanna
F*** You, Cee Lo Green
Empire State of Mind, Jay-Z and Alicia Keyes

Album of the Year:

* The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
Recovery, Eminem
Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga
Teenage Dream, Katy Perry

Song of the Year:
* Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Beg, Steal or Borrow, Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
F*** You, Cee-Lo Green
The House That Built Me, Miranda Lambert
Love The Way You Lie, Eminem, feat. Rihanna

Best New Artist:
* Esperanza Spalding
Justin Bieber
Florence and The Machine
Mumford & Sons

Best Pop Vocal Album
* The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga
My World 2.0, Justin Bieber
I Dreamed a Dream, Susan Boyle
Battle Studies, John Mayer
Teenage Dream, Katy Perry

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
* Lady Gaga, Bad Romance
Sara Bareilles, King of Anything
| Beyoncé, Halo (Live)
Norah Jones, Chasing Pirates
Katy Perry, Teenage Dream

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance

* Bruno Mars, Just the Way You Are
Michael Bublé, Haven't Met You Yet
Michael Jackson, This Is It
Adam Lambert, Whataya Want From Me
John Mayer, Half of My Heart

Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
* Hey, Soul Sister (Live), Train
Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version), Glee Cast
Misery, Maroon 5
The Only Exception, Paramore
Babyfather, Sade

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals:
* Imagine, Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
Airplanes II, B.o.B, Eminem & Hayley Williams
If It Wasn't For Bad, Elton John & Leon Russell
Telephone, Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
California Gurls, Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Dance Recording:
* Only Girl (In The World), Rihanna
Rocket, Goldfrapp
In For The Kill, La Roux
Dance In The Dark, Lady Gaga
Dancing On My Own, Robyn

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals:
* Tighten Up, The Black Keys
Ready To Start, Arcade Fire
I Put A Spell On You, Jeff Beck & Joss Stone
Radioactive, Kings Of Leon
Resistance, Muse

Best Hard Rock Performance:
* New Fang, Them Crooked Vultures
A Looking In View, Alice In Chains
Let Me Hear You Scream, Ozzy Osbourne
Black Rain, Soundgarden
Between The Lines, Stone Temple Pilots

Best Rock Song:
* Angry World, Neil Young
Little Lion Man, (Mumford & Sons
Radioactive, Kings Of Leon
Resistance, Muse
Tighten Up, The Black Keys

Best Rock Album
* The Resistance, Muse
Emotion & Commotion, Jeff Beck
Backspacer, Pearl Jam
Mojo, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Le Noise, Neil Young

Best Alternative Music Album
* Brothers, The Black Keys
The Suburbs, Arcade Fire
Infinite Arms, Band Of Horses
Broken Bells, Broken Bells
Contra, Vampire Weekend

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:

* Wake Up! Everybody, John Legend, The Roots, Melanie Fiona & Commo
Nothin' On You, B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars
Deuces, Chris Brown, Tyga & Kevin McCall
Love The Way You Lie, Eminem & Rihanna
Empire State Of Mind, Jay-Z & Alicia Keys n

Best Rap Song:

* Empire State Of Mind, Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Love The Way You Lie, Eminem & Rihanna
Not Afraid, Eminem
Nothin' On You, B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars
On To The Next One, Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz

Best Rap Album:
* Recovery, Eminem
The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, B.o.B
Thank Me Later, Drake
The Blueprint 3, Jay-Z
How I Got Over, The Roots

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals:
* As She's Walking Away, Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson
Bad Angel, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert & Jamey Johnson
Pride (In The Name Of Love), Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury & The Punch Brothers
Hillbilly Bone, Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins
I Run To You, Marty Stuart & Connie Smith

Best Country Song:
* Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
The Breath You Take, George Strait
Free, Zac Brown Band
The House That Built Me, Miranda Lambert
I'd Love To Be Your Last, Gretchen Wilson
If I Die Young, The Band Perry

Best Country Album:
* Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Up On The Ridge, Dierks Bentley
You Get What You Give, Zac Brown Band
The Guitar Song, Jamey Johnson
Revolution, Miranda Lambert

Monday, February 14, 2011


5. But I Do Love You - LeAnn Rimes

  Love everything about the way you're loving me
                     The way you lay your head upon my shoulder when you sleep
                     And I love to kiss you in the rain
                     I love everything you do, oh I do

4. Terrified - Katherine McPhee 
                                             You by the light 
                                             is the greatest find
                                            In a world full of wrong
                                            You're the thing that's right
                                           Finally made it through
                                           the lonely to the other side 
3. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
                                          And we can build this dream together
                                         Standing strong forever
                                         Nothing's gonna stop us now
                                        And if this world runs out of lovers
                                        We'll still have each other
                                        Nothing's gonna stop us
                                        Nothing's gonna stop us now
2. Always - Atlantic Starr
                                         Come with me my sweet, let's go make a family.
                                         They will bring us joy, for always.
                                         Oh boy I love you so, I can't find enough ways to let you know,
                                         But you can be sure I'm yours, for always.
 1. I Will Take You Forever - Christopher Cross
                                          That I will take you forever
                                          and there will never be anyone else in my heart but you.
                                         And I will take you forever
                                         and there will never be anyone else but you
                                         anyone else but you.
                                         Now my touch belongs to you and I will always be your best friend
                                         now my secrets are safe with you and the magic will never end.
                                        Now you are the one
                                       and heaven will only know
                                       what only our eyes can say


MOVIES TO WATCH FOR 2011: The Green Lantern

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Peter Sarsgaard
Director: Martin Campbell
Release Date: June 2011

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for millenniums. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors formed by the different races from entire universe sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected for the Corps: Hal Jordan.
Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

MOVIES TO WATCH FOR 2011: Pirates Of The Carribean On Stranger Tides

Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane and Geoffrey Rush 
Director: Rob Marshall
Release Date: May 2011

Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Cruz), and he's not sure if it's love -- or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.


1. Black And Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
2. Grenade - Bruno Mars
3. Fireworks - Katy Perry
4. F**king Perfect - P!nk
5. I Need A Doctor - Rd. Dre featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey
6. Tonight (I'm Loving You) - Enrique Iglesias
7. Rocketeer - Far*East Movement featuring Ryan Tedder
8. What's My Name - Rihanna featuring Drake
9. Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor) - Pitbull featuring T-Pain
10. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears

1. Back To December - Taylor Swift
2. Grenade - Bruno Mars
3. Fireworks - Katy Perry
4. We R Who We R - Ke$sha
5. Animal - Neon Trees
6. Pray - Justin Bieber
7. Rocketeer - Far*East Movement featuring Ryan Tedder
8. Whip My Hair - Willow
9. Hurricane - 30 Seconds To Mars
10. F**king Perfect - P!nk

1. Walang Natira - Gloc 9 featuring Sheng Belmonte
2. Back To December - Taylor Swift
3. Sino Nga Ba S'ya - Sarah Geronimo
4. Firework - Katy Perry
5. Hurricanes And Suns - Tokio Hotel
6. Hoot - Girls Generation
7. Linda Blair - Tanya Markova
8. Wag Na - Yeng Constantino
9. Grenade - Bruno Mars
10. Hanging Habagat - Champ

Sunday, February 13, 2011

GLEE - Valerie

This song was performed after time Of My life during sectionals. What I love from this this performance is the dance performance of Mike Chang and Brittany Pierce. I am sooo in love with Heather Norris. Santana is also hot and her performance is, in my opinion, better than Amy Winehouse.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Wo Hu Cang Long Was Nominated For 10 Oscars

After marking his arrival in Hollywood with a string of English-language films, including Sense and Sensibility (1995), The Ice Storm (1997) and Ride with the Devil (1999), the Taiwanese film director Ang Lee decided to return to his roots for his next picture, which he intended largely for Chinese-language audiences. Ironically, the result--Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon--would become by far his biggest hit to date. On February 13, 2001, the film earned 10 Oscar nominations, becoming the first Asian film and only the seventh foreign-language offering to get a nod for Best Picture.
 Based on the traditional Chinese martial-arts genre known as wuxia, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon starred Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh as warriors in 19th-century China, during the Qing dynasty. Kept apart by honor, the two yearn for each other even as they become involved with a heated drama surrounding two younger lovers, played by Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen. Aside from the touching love story at its center, the film boasted incredibly beautiful scenery, haunting music and--last but by no means least--elaborate battle sequences, with fighters flying through the air and performing other impossibly acrobatic feats. The film’s fight choreography was by Yuen Wo-Ping, who directed the action sequences in the blockbuster hit The Matrix (1999).
 In addition to the heaps of critical praise and awards--including a Golden Globe Award for Best Director for Lee, an Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and three more Oscars in technical categories--Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was an unqualified hit at the box office. After first gaining notice on the film festival circuit, it was released in December 2000 on six screens in New York City. Encouraged by its success, the film’s distributor, Sony Picture Classics, widened its release, and it was eventually shown on some 1,200 screens throughout the country. Raking in more than $60 million at the U.S. box office (as well as $100 million worldwide), Crouching Tiger became the highest-grossing foreign-language film in American history, surpassing Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful to claim the distinction.
 Though Lee’s rising star dimmed slightly with the disappointing performance of his first big-budget film, the superhero drama Hulk (2003), he bounced back with his next Hollywood offering, Brokeback Mountain (2005). The film, about two sheep herders who fall in love with each other against the dramatic backdrop of the Wyoming countryside, won Lee the Best Director Oscar; he was the first person of Asian heritage to receive that coveted statuette. Brokeback Mountain, which generated buzz for its frank depiction of homosexuality and repression, was also a front-runner for Best Picture, but it was upset by the ensemble drama Crash in one of the most surprising Oscar results in recent history.


On this day in 1633, Italian philosopher, astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome to face charges of heresy for advocating Copernican theory, which holds that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Galileo officially faced the Roman Inquisition in April of that same year and agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence. Put under house arrest indefinitely by Pope Urban VIII, Galileo spent the rest of his days at his villa in Arcetri, near Florence, before dying on January 8, 1642.
 Galileo, the son of a musician, was born February 15, 1564, in Pisa, Italy. He entered the University of Pisa planning to study medicine, but shifted his focus to philosophy and mathematics. In 1589, he became a professor at Pisa for several years, during which time he demonstrated that the speed of a falling object is not proportional to its weight, as Aristotle had believed. According to some reports, Galileo conducted his research by dropping objects of different weights from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. From 1592 to 1630, Galileo was a math professor at the University of Padua, where he developed a telescope that enabled him to observe lunar mountains and craters, the four largest satellites of Jupiter and the phases of Jupiter. He also discovered that the Milky Way was made up of stars. Following the publication of his research in 1610, Galileo gained acclaim and was appointed court mathematician at Florence.
Galileo's research led him to become an advocate of the work of the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1573). However, the Copernican theory of a sun-centered solar system conflicted with the teachings of the powerful Roman Catholic Church, which essentially ruled Italy at the time. Church teachings contended that Earth, not the sun, was at the center of the universe. In 1633, Galileo was brought before the Roman Inquisition, a judicial system established by the papacy in 1542 to regulate church doctrine. This included the banning of books that conflicted with church teachings. The Roman Inquisition had its roots in the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, the purpose of which was to seek out and prosecute heretics, considered enemies of the state.

Today, Galileo is recognized for making important contributions to the study of motion and astronomy. His work influenced later scientists such as the English mathematician and physicist Sir Isaac Newton, who developed the law of universal gravitation. In 1992, the Vatican formally acknowledged its mistake in condemning Galileo.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

MOVIES TO WATCH FOR 2011: Scream 4

The 4th installment of Scream is set to be released on April of 2011. The movie stars Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott, David Arquette as Sherrif Dewey Riley, Courtney Cox as Gale Weathers-Riley and Hayden Panettiere as Kirby Reed.

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Release Of Nelson Mandela (1990) - Days That Shook The World

Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, is released from prison after 27 years on February 11, 1990.

In 1944, Mandela, a lawyer, joined the African National Congress (ANC), the oldest black political organization in South Africa, where he became a leader of Johannesburg's youth wing of the ANC. In 1952, he became deputy national president of the ANC, advocating nonviolent resistance to apartheid--South Africa's institutionalized system of white supremacy and racial segregation. However, after the massacre of peaceful black demonstrators at Sharpeville in 1960, Nelson helped organize a paramilitary branch of the ANC to engage in guerrilla warfare against the white minority government.
In 1961, he was arrested for treason, and although acquitted he was arrested again in 1962 for illegally leaving the country. Convicted and sentenced to five years at Robben Island Prison, he was put on trial again in 1964 on charges of sabotage. In June 1964, he was convicted along with several other ANC leaders and sentenced to life in prison.
Mandela spent the first 18 of his 27 years in jail at the brutal Robben Island Prison. Confined to a small cell without a bed or plumbing, he was forced to do hard labor in a quarry. He could write and receive a letter once every six months, and once a year he was allowed to meet with a visitor for 30 minutes. However, Mandela's resolve remained unbroken, and while remaining the symbolic leader of the anti-apartheid movement, he led a movement of civil disobedience at the prison that coerced South African officials into drastically improving conditions on Robben Island. He was later moved to another location, where he lived under house arrest.

In 1989, F.W. de Klerk became South African president and set about dismantling apartheid. De Klerk lifted the ban on the ANC, suspended executions, and in February 1990 ordered the release of Nelson Mandela.
Mandela subsequently led the ANC in its negotiations with the minority government for an end to apartheid and the establishment of a multiracial government. In 1993, Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. One year later, the ANC won an electoral majority in the country's first free elections, and Mandela was elected South Africa's president.

MOVIES TO WATCH FOR 2011: X-Men First Class Trailer

One of my favorite movie series will be releasing it's latest installment this year: X-MEN First Class. The movie will star James McAvoy as young Professor Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as young Erik Lehnsher a.k.a. Magneto. Other stars in the movie includes Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, January Jones as Emma Frost, Rose Byrne as Dr. Moira MacTaggert and Nicholas Hoult as Beast. The story begins when Charles and Erik are just young men who are starting to discover their powers. They were close friends and will try to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known with the help of other mutant. The movie will also show the rift between Charles and Erik which began an eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men. The movie is set to be shown on June of 20100. Can't wait!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

CHASING PAVEMENT (Great Rendition)

OMG. This is one of the greatest covers I have ever heard. The singer is Gabe Bondoc. I agree that he lagged at some part of the song but it is not noticeable and he still did a great job. And this song is one of the best song I have ever heard. You go dude.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


1. Grenade - Bruno Mars
2. F**kin Perfect - P!nk
3. Fireworks - Katy Perry
4. Black And Yellow - Wiz Khalifa
5. Tonight (I'm Loving You) - Enrique Iglesias
6. What's My Name - Rihanna featuring Drake
7. Hey Baby (Drop It On The Floor) - Pitbull featuring T-Pain
8. Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears
9. Rocketeer - Far*East Movement featuring Ryan Tedder
10. We R Who We R - Ke$ha

1. Grenade - Bruno Mars
2. Fireworks - Katy Perry
3. Pray - Justin Bieber
4. We R Who We R - Ke$ha
5. Animal - Neon Tree
6. Back To December - Taylor Swift
7. Raise Your Glass - P!nk
8. Rocketeer - Far*East Movement featuring Ryan Tedder
9. Whip My Hair - Willow
10. The Time (Dirty Bit) - The Black Eyed Peas

1. Sino Nga Ba S'ya - Sarah Geronimo2. Fireworks - Katy Perry
3. Pray - Justin Bieber
4. Hoot - Girl's Generation
5. Liwanag - Callalilly
6 Hurricanes And Suns - Tokio Hotel
7. Hanging Habagat - Champ
8. Lagi - Kiss Jane
9. Wag Na - Yeng Constantino
10 Mahal Kita (Di Mo Pansin) - Kyla

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Great Baltimore Fire (1904)

In Baltimore, Maryland, a small fire in the business district is wind-whipped into an uncontrollable conflagration that engulfs a large portion of the city by evening. The fire is believed to have been started by a discarded cigarette in the basement of the Hurst Building. When the blaze finally burned down after 31 hours, an 80-block area of the downtown area, stretching from the waterfront to Mount Vernon on Charles Street, had been destroyed. More than 1,500 buildings were completely leveled, and some 1,000 severely damaged, bringing property loss from the disaster to an estimated $100 million. Miraculously, no homes or lives were lost, and Baltimore's domed City Hall, built in 1867, was preserved.

The Great Baltimore Fire was the most destructive fire in the United States since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed most of the city and caused an estimated $200 million in property damage.

Monday, February 7, 2011

MEET THE MODELS: America's Next Top Model Cycle 16 Part 1

The CW released a first look photo of the new cast for AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL Cycle 16! The series returns Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. ET. (Manila date and time yet to be announced)

Pictured above, from left: Dominique, Kasia, Brittani, Monique, Mikaela, Angelia, Hannah, Dalya, Nicole, Sara, Alexandria, Ondrei, Jaclyn and Molly.

On first look, it's a pretty diverse group. We noticed that most of the models are 23 or younger. But, there is a 26-year-old in the bunch: Kasia. Get ready to hear the "this is my last chance" stories.

The fourteen women will compete once again for the "high fashion" package of a contract with IMG Models, a fashion spread in Vogue Italia and a spread and cover of Beauty in Vogue, plus a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics.

Host Tyra Banks, Vogue fashion editor Andre Leon Taley, photographer Nigel Barker, photo shoot creative director Jay Manuel and runway trainer Miss J Alexander will be joined by this Cycle's "high fashion" guest judges, including expecting mom, stylist Rachel Zoe, Sudanese model and actress Alek Wek, Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani, and costume designer/stylist for Gossip Girl, Eric Daman.
Here are the chosen models for Cycle 16. This is just the part 1 of the list:

                                                             Alexandria - 21 years old
                                                           Angelia - 20 years old
                                                            Brittani - 19 years old
                                                             Dalya - 21 years old

to be continued...

TODAY IN HISTORY: Mary Kay Letourneau Was Released (1998) - A WEIRD LOVE STORY

A judge reinstates the suspended sentence of school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau and sends her back to prison for seven years after she is caught violating a no-contact order with her former student Vili Fualaau, when she is found in a vehicle with the boy. Letourneau first met Fualaau when she was a teacher at Shorewood Elementary School, in the Seattle suburb of Burien, Washington, and he was a second-grader. During the summer of 1996, Letourneau, then 34 and a married mother of four, began a sexual relationship with her former sixth-grade student, then 12.

The relationship was eventually discovered and in February 1997, Letourneau was arrested for rape. In May of that year, the former teacher, who was born Mary Katherine Schmitz in California in 1962, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named Audrey. That August, Letourneau pled guilty to two counts of second-degree child rape. Judge Linda Lau of King County Superior Court showed Letourneau leniency by suspending her 89-month sentence and the former school teacher was ordered to serve six months in jail, attend a treatment program and have no contact with Fualaau. Her case sparked a tabloid frenzy as well as a national debate over whether female sex offenders are treated differently than men who commit similar crimes.
On February 3, 1998, after being released from jail, Letourneau was discovered in a parked car with Fualaau and arrested for violating the conditions of her suspended sentence. Investigators found a large amount of cash in the vehicle, along with a passport and some baby clothes, indicating the couple might have been planning to flee the area with their young daughter. Three days later, on February 6, Judge Lau reinstated Letourneau’s original sentence and sent her back to prison. In October of that year, Letourneau gave birth to her second child with Fualaau, a daughter named Audrey. The children were raised by Fualaau’s mother while Letourneau remained in prison. Fualaau and his mother, Soona, later sued the Highline School District and city of Des Moines, Washington, for over $2 million, claiming police and school officials didn’t do enough to protect Vili. In May 2002, a jury ruled the Fualaaus were not entitled to any money.

In August 2004, Letourneau was released from prison after serving seven-and-a-half years. A judge also lifted a ban prohibiting her from contacting Fualaau, by then an adult. On May 20, 2005, Letourneau, then 43, and Fualaau, then 22, wed in a ceremony with tight security at a winery in Woodinville, Washington. The couple’s two daughters served as flower girls and Letourneau’s daughter from her first marriage, which lasted from 1984 to 1999, was the maid of honor. The television show Entertainment Tonight negotiated exclusive rights to film the ceremony.

GLEE - Time Of My Life

This is one of my favorite Glee song choices. This was first recorded way back in the 80's for the movie Dirty Dancing which stars Patrick Swayze(R.I.P.) and Jennifer Connely. It is so refreshing to hear a new version of the song. And the fact that Quinn and Sam are the ones who sing this song, I am just tired of Rachel-Finn duet.

Friday, February 4, 2011

TODAY IN HISTORY: Karen Carpenter Dies

Karen Carpenter, a singer who long suffered under the burden of the expectations that came with pop stardom, died on this day in 1983, succumbing to heart failure brought on by her long, unpublicized struggle with anorexia.

Carpenter had a fixation with her weight from her earliest days performing with her brother, Richard, in and around their hometown of Downey, California. As a teenager, she dropped at least 25 pounds on a popular and severe weight-loss program known as "the Water Diet," so that by the time she and Richard burst on the pop scene with their smash hit "Close To You" in the summer of 1970, she was a thin but healthy 20-year-old carrying 120 lbs. on a 5' 5"  frame. She maintained that weight through the early years of the Carpenters' success, yet it appears that Karen's insecurities about her appearance only grew, even as she was becoming one of the biggest pop stars of her era.

In pictures printed in Rolling Stone magazine in late 1974, when the Carpenters were one of the most successful acts in all of pop music, Karen looks fit and healthy. Yet by mid-1975, the Carpenters were forced to cancel tours of Japan and Europe after Karen collapsed on stage in Las Vegas. Her weight had plummeted to only 90 lbs., and though it would rebound somewhat after a brief hospitalization, the next seven years were a repeating cycle of dramatic weight loss, collapse and then hospitalization. The name of Karen's condition was virtually unknown to the public at this time, but all that was about to change. Early on the morning of February 4, 1983, while staying in her parents home in Downey, Karen suffered a deadly heart attack, brought on by the physiological stresses placed on her system by the disease whose name soon entered the public consciousness: anorexia nervosa. She was only 32 years old.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I have compiled the list of the worst songs I've ever heard in my entire life. There are a lot of songs in my list but here are my Top 10 list of worst songs I ever heard. Just tell me if you agree or not.

10. Macarena (Los Del Rio) - whenever I hear this song I always remember my cousins dancing with it. And it is so bad because they always make me dance with them!  

9. Nookie (Limp Bizkit) - well, the lyrics goes: I did it all for the nookie the nokkie so you can get the cookie! - Duh! I just don'r get it.

8. Baby (Justin Bieber) - Now I know a lot will react to this. The reason why this song is included in my list is because this song is getting on my nerves. I always here this song in every corner that I went, even in buses! Common, give it a break.

 7. We Built This City (Jefferson Starship) - as much as I loved their song Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, it is twice that much that I don't like this song. Grrr

6. I Love Rock And Roll (Britney Spears) - maybe because this version is not a match with the original and there's th Britney style that I just do not get.

5.Crazy Frog (Axel F) - what the????

4. Sorry 2004 (Ruben Studdard) - well, what happened to 2005?? Duh!

3. Mambo #5 (Lou Vega) - this one is funny though. I don't know how this song was created or who is the inspiration behind this song but this is really funny.

2. I Just Died In You Arms (Cutting Crew) - the song goes... I just died in your arms tonight, it must have been something you said..., now i wonder what this girl said that killed the man.

1. The Cheeky Song (Cheeky Girls) - oh God! just don't play it. Please don't play it.

**if you agree to this or not, it is up to you but this is just my opinion**