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Scenes From a Philippine Hospital Overflowing With Coronavirus Patients – VICE NEWS

An eye opening article from VICE NEWS on how the Philippines is dealing with the pandemic. Being of Philippine decent, it saddens me to see this happen. A well written article by Alecs Ongal. Join us in praying for all us as we endure this pandemic.

Sheltering in place in the USA is one thing but I cannot imagine doing so in the Philippines. IF you are in the Philippines; let us know how COVID-19 has changed your day to day life. In the meantime, you are always in our prayers. – PJJP

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qj4k7v/philippines-manila-hospital-coronavirus-overflow-patients

Filipino Recording Artist TALA is putting me in a good mood

For the past week, I have been missing the Philippines.  I was not born there but its where my families history started and in time, I have been very affectionate to the country.

While searching Apple Music, I came across an artist, TALA.  Normally, I skip new artist and go striaght to the hitmakers of my time like RIVERMAYA, ERASERHEADS, ETC. but this time i decided to click on it.  Boy was i glad i did.

A song called Labi played and within the first 10 seconds, i was hooked.  It was like hearing Erykah Badu singing filipino.

Needless to say, i will definitely be listening to her other songs.  Have a blessed day everyone.

PJSLB

1908 USA Philippines One Peso Coin (S Mint)

 

 

Off topic from this blog but i had to share this as coin collecting is such a passion of mine.

It took almost a year to finally find one but today in an Antique store in Atlanta, I finally found a USA – Philippine Peso. First thing I noticed is how heave it is. It feels like a barber half dollar. This is a beautiful coin to add to the collection.

According to PCGS, this coin is The Only Dual-Nationality Coins in U.S. History.

Standard U.S. coinage was not useful for the impoverished Philippines because the denominations were too high. Two years later, in 1903, a dual national coinage (U.S. and the Philippines) was released. These coins were the only coins ever minted that were legal tender in the U.S. and another country.

At first, the coins were minted in Philadelphia and San Francisco (“S” mint mark). Then Denver got into the act on lower-denomination U.S. Philippine coins. Finally, in 1920, the U.S. opened a Mint in Manila, the only U.S. mint ever established outside the U.S. Coins from the Manila Mint carry an “M” mint mark. No collection of U.S. mint marks is complete without this “M” mint mark unique to the U.S. Philippine series.

These coins were denominated in pesos and centavos, and were made to standards which were either identical to those of United States coins or microscopically smaller (0.002%). Yet, the silver dollar-sized peso, legally convertible to U.S. gold and silver coinage, was valued at only 50 cents USD. The 50 centavo was valued at 25 cents, and so forth.

Shutting Down Internet and Cell Service During Pope’s Visit To The Philippines?

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I woke up this morning and saw this post on my Facebook wall.  Reading the comments, it seems that a lot of people were suffering cell phone service outages.  Some even thought that is was due to a fully SIM and were removing and inserting the sim.  This morning, my cousin received this alert from SMART Communications in the Philippines.

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Taken today at 9:00 am Philippine time

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Taken 2:00 pm Manila time.

10570282_843255615716758_6554673079814708959_nSent this afternoon.  Wow spotty service still expected for the next two day.s