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PRC Civil Engineering Board Exam Result November 2008

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has announced that 1,672 out of 4,831 or 34.61% have passed the Civil Engineering Licensure Examination given earlier this month.

See here list of Civil Engineering Board Exam Passers

Examinees who garnered the top ten highest scores:

1. Maricel Dela Cruz Aquino UP Los Banos 99.10

2. Serg Jason Modequillo Bodiongan Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology 98.95

2. Ma. Doreen Esplana Candelaria UP Diliman 98.95

2. Raisa Lleue Molina Curativo Bicol University, Legazpi 98.95

2. Rodolfo Jr. Paule Mendoza Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts and Trades 98.95

2. Arnel Marie Isleta Monteiro UP Los Banos 98.95

2. Lemuel Agie Garcia Sacan Eastern Visayas State University (LIT) Tacloban 98.95

2. Jeshurun I Dacules Severo Carlos C. Hilado Memorial State College - Talisay 98.95

3. Sandy MAe Aujero Gaspay UP Diliman 97.90

3. Mark Joseph Magadia Ipa Southern Luzon Polytechnic College - Lucban 97.90

3. Robert Christopjer Abellon Niebres Bicol University - Legazpi 97.90

3. Art Reynan Turco Trogo BicolART REYNAN TURCO TROGO Bicol University - Legazpi 97.90

4. Kristoffer Arnie Valencia Borreros Technical University of the Philippines - Manila 97.55

4. Jun Ledda Cosmiano Cagayan State University - Tuguegarao 97.55

4. Janean Penaflorida Labaosas Carlos C. Hilado Memorial State College - Talisay 97.55

4. Sydney Prieto Maestro Technological Institute of the Philippines - Quezon City 97.55

4. Dominic Dela Cruz Salvador Cagayan State University - Tuguegarao 97.55

4. Warren Antonio Lademora Tan UP Diliman 97.55

4. Lester Benjamin Britanico Virata Saint Louis University 97.55

5. Roben Marzan Casano Saint Louis College of San Fernando 97.00

5. Jessa Marisse Fernando Cruz UP Diliman 97.00

5. John Vincent Pare Musngi UP Los Banos 97.00

5. Ryan Jay Ramos Policarpio UP Los Banos 97.00

6. Edilbert Tangonan Abunaga University of Baguio 96.85

6. Sunseehray Alessandra Casino Banana UP Los Banos 96.85

6. Angelica Joi Rivera Caleja UP Diliman 96.85

6. Cherry May Rosete Mateo UP Diliman 96.85

6. Cherry Magno Moreno MAPUA Institute of Technology 96.85

6. Ryan Tuba Niedo University of Eastern Philippines - Catarman 96.85

6. John Ross Linaban Romanillos PUP Main - Sta. Mesa 96.85

7. Mary Roxanne Infanta Aglipay UP Diliman 96.65

7. Jan Julius Ramos Cordero UST 96.65

7. Fernando Angeles Del Mundo PLM 96.65

7. Jose Lorenzo Marcelino Labiccasi UP Los Banos 96.65

7. Ian Chris Subalisid Medenilla University of Eastern Philippines - Catarman 96.65

7. Kenneth Jann Bongolan OrbitoSaint Louis University 96.65

7. Rodante Cruz Torres Bulacan State University (Bulacan College of Arts and Trades) 96.65

8. Marnie Becios Giduquio University of San Carlos 96.50

8. Krish Edward Dennis Jose Madarang UST 96.50

8. Ric Chester Castro Nuqui Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts and Trades 96.50

8. James Michael Lacanarua Ong UP Diliman 96.50

8. John Paul Gerundio Pasaol University of San Carlos 96.50

8. John-Rey Turalba Sandagon PUP Main - Sta. Mesa 96.50

9. Ericson Aldaba Cruz Bulacan State University (Bulacan College of Arts and Trades) 95.95

10. Katherine Ann Palmaira Paleracio UST 95.80

Voguish Vinaigrettes

In a time before indoor plumbing, when streets where filled with mud and manure, the umbrage of malodorous molestation was softened a bit by an innovative little devise known as the vinaigrette.

Small ornamental boxes usually made in sterling silver, vinaigrettes were quite useful. Inside one contained a little sponge soaked in vinegar and aromatic salts or lavender water. We all know that lavender is an essential oil used to improve one’s mood and most effective in calming the nerves.

Over the sponge was a pierced grille holding it tightly into place. The grille had a variety of intricate patterns such as flowers or foliage and secured by a hinge. When the lid of the box was opened, the scent would escape through the perforations.

Some of the earliest known examples date from the fifteenth century. But the vinaigrette didn’t become popular until in the mid-eighteenth century, and all the rage by the nineteenth. Though some made from gold or porcelain, most were made from sterling silver with a gold gilt washed interior preventing the acids in the aromatics from discoloring the silver.

It was used by the ladies to ward off a fainting spell, or more often when any person with a bad smell approached. And let us not forget the horses relieving themselves in the streets. The user held it to her nose and would give a light *sniff*.

The vinaigrette evolved from a solely functional object to one which became a fashion statement. Women carried them in their pockets or in a small handbag. They and also attached them to chains around their necks, dangled them from bracelets, or hooked them to chatelaines worn on their waist.

At first, they were made in a just a few forms -- circular shapes, oval, polygonal, sometimes in the shape of a heart or a shell. But as time went on and the vinaigrette became a fashionable accessory, these designs were to impress. They were used regularly and on view in various social situations. More impressive designs were desired. It was at this time that vinaigrettes took whimsical forms such as a shoe, or a book, bells, beehives, helmets, little hand-bags, nuts, horns, flowers, barrels... Some even included engraved scenes of notable landmarks.

(above) Argentum Leopard Head in San Francisco was offering this English sterling silver vinaigrette with a gilt washed interior by Nathaniel Mills, date mark of 1847. Sold, as someone snatched this little beauty up.

An English vinaigrette by an unidentified maker and made in Birmingham (the majority of British ones were) with the date mark of 1837. Available at Nelson & Nelson Antiques in NYC.

For those book lovers, here is one in the form of a book by Taylor & Perry, 1810. Currently offered by an antique store in Chesterfield, Missouri called Britannia.

American vinaigrette in the form of a letter. From Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. circa 1891.

Pictured casually sitting in a Hans J. Wegner, Folding Chair, 1949 and an Aero Saarinen Tulip table with marble top and white base.

Architecture: Is There An Ethos?

High-profile architects are creating innovative design and sustainable strategies which are changing the ways US cities look and operate. Last month I went to a lecture given by Moshe Safdie at the downtown library. 350 people filled the main hall to hear him speak about The Kauffman Center – a performing arts center he is creating in Kansas City.

"Beauty connotes humanity. We call a natural object beautiful because we see that its form expresses fitness, the perfect fulfillment of function." Safdie said quoting the morphologist Theodore Andrea Cook who uttered these words in 1917. The term "beauty" does not mean pretty, but an expression of fitness. "Fitness for Purpose," was the slogan for many modern architects early in the 20th century. Beauty is a form generated by growth -- a nautilus shell, spider wed, a changing tree throughout the seasons. Design gets closer to fitness as we get closer to beauty, Safdie pointed out.
For the Kauffman Center, Safdie's aim was to associate the building with music. His concept is based on the violin. The lobby will have cabled structures that will be anchored to the auditorium and conjure feelings of a stringed instrument. The back of the structure will swing in slight rotation, Safdie said, and provide a sense of musical progression.
The following day, I attended a meeting at JE Dunn, the construction company, and got to see the models of the structures. What an incredible program he has planned for us. And it is in the midst of construction scheduled to open in the Spring of 2009.

Before attending, I did a little research on his other structures. Safdie has an incredible way of marrying his buildings with the landscape. Browse his site, you'll see. Below is the new addition to the Peabody Essex Museum.

“Let the building be its defined purpose.” Safdie stated in the lecture. He believes design should be rooted to a place. Architects should consider the relationship of the site to the form of the building. It is the job of the architect to question whether the building belongs to its site in a way that is unique to that place. His works relate to the surrounding environment, weather playing off the land or in some instances incorporated part of the land with the structure. He relates the scale of his creations to the surrounding structures.

But Mr Safdie also designed this structure. And I think it is an eye-sore.

What the hell happened here?

The West Edge, it is called. 203,000 square feet of office space, a 103-room boutique hotel, a restaurant, an Advertising Icon Museum, a 300-seat auditorium and retail shops. There will also be and underground parking for 920 cars. I have to look at this thing every day. I read somewhere that this monstrosity was developed in response to the surrounding neighborhood. On the left is an apartment building which is very much in harmony with all the other buildings on the Plaza.

Safdie’s exterior panels are sparkly. And it casts a shadow over one of my favorite watering holes. Presently, the initial construction company has walked off the job. The building has been left hollow with a security guard puttering about shooing away any vandals or people interested in making a temporary home for themselves. A second construction company has been hired to finish structure. I am not sure when they will finish. Is there an ethos to architecture? If "ethos" is defined as the fundamental character or spirit of a culture, then I am frightened by this physical manifestation. Am I missing something here?

Photos taken from Kauffman Performing Arts Center website, Architecture Weekly, The Kansas City Star, and my overpriced, not that great cell phone.

LG VX9700 Dare! What A Phone!

This is the LG VX9700 Dare phone. Isn't it beautiful?

This LG VX9700 phone won the award in Wireless Handsets category at the CES Innovations Awards.

PRC Midwifery Board Exam Result 2008

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has announced that 2,224 out of 4,179 or 53.22% have passed the Midwife Licensure Examination given by the Board of Midwifery in Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga this November 2008.

See list of Midwifery Board Exam Passers here

The successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places are the following:

1. Zandra Mae Zabaza Bongco Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila 89.20

2. Roldan Reyes Subia Plt College, Inc 88.70

3. Catherine Ulita Mendoza Medical College of Northern Philippines 88.55

4. Divinagracia Rivera Pacay Sorsogon Community College 87.90

5. Jestoni Dela Cruz Agulto Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila 87.60

6. Virgel Tejada Arcegono Palawan State University-Puerto Princesa 87.55

7. Shaula Gail Cadacio De Ocampo Perpetual Help College of Manila 87.50

8. Jacqueline Paca Laroya Catanduanes State Colleges-Virac 87.45

Adrian Duco Sarmiento Saint Mary’s University 87.45

9. Marie Curie Ordonia De Pona Pines City College (PCEC) 87.00

10. Carmela Soterania Prudente Iloilo Doctors’ College 86.95

Source: mukamo

Celebrating the Cellarette

Pardon me as I cannot seem to get off this alcohol theme. Holidays are around the corner and I must subconsciously be thinking about spending time with the family -- which means lots of alcohol. (I'm part Irish, you know.)

A few centuries ago, there was no Two Buck Chuck. In this country and in Britain, wine was a luxury. Such issues as weather, disease, weak grapes and aphids could not be controlled. Even though Franciscan missionaries had established vineyards in California, it was not until the nineteenth century that wine was really produced in America. People prized their wine and stored the bottles tightly away in lavishly decorated containers called cellarettes. They had lids and could be locked. They were usually made in the form of a wooden chest, lined with wood or lead and fitted with individual compartments. (Not to be confused with a wine cooler, which is open and metal lined, and often the terms are interchangeable.)

How convenient these things might have been, especially if on rollers. Wouldn't it be nice today to have a cellarette wheeled out to you to choose a bottle of wine? Isn't anyone curious about what the labels look like when you order off a menu?

Cellarettes existed in the late seventeenth century, sometimes made from marble or a solid metal, but it wasn't until the end of following century and into the first quarter of the next that they reached their heyday. The most common form is a hexagonal or oval body made from mahogany and often banded together with two or three brass bands.

Above is a George III figured mahogany cellarette. The lid opens to reveal a lead-lined divided interior. This failed to sell at Sotheby's in October 2007. Perhaps I'm reading into it too much, but I love the radiating heart-shaped form in the veneer. It is as if the little cellarette is saying 'I love wine'.

This example is the most common form. This British version is hexagonal in shape and banded in brass with carrying handles. Made from mahogany which was a popular wood used during the Regency period. It sits on three molded legs. Sold at Brunk Auctions this month.

Most cellarettes were predominantly mahogany, but other woods such as satinwood, rosewood or padouk were used.

Circa 1830, this American mahogany one is D-shaped with brass stringing inlay on the top and body. The body conforms in shape and decoration to the lid. It is raised on turned legs terminating in casters, which can be wheeled about. Sold at Charlton Hall Galleries, Inc. in June 2000.

An English mahogany sarcophagus form cellarette. With a renewed verve for all things Roman, the sarcophagus shape was very trendy during the first quarter of the nineteenth century. The rectangular top has canted corners over a conforming case with lead lining and supported by carved paw feet. Northeast Auctions, Ronald Bourgeault Auctioneer in May 2008.

Cellarettes fell out of fashion with the importance of the sideboard during the Victorian times. Often a cellarette type drawer was included in many of the massive pieces.

However, they remained popular in the American South even as late as the end of the nineteenth century. Drinking a little vino or spirit was seen as a healthy way to escape the dripping summer heat.

Brunk Auctions characterized the above cellerette as "An important North Carolina cellarette". Made of walnut with hinged top, it opens to reveal a fitted interior. It has a drawer underneath to tuck away utensils. This cellarette has blind dovetailing at all four corners. Note the sweet pierced brackets. This one was attributed to "WH" cabinetmaker, from the Roanoke River Basin in North Carolina, and dated around 1790-1800.

In January of this year it had an estimated value between $15,000 to $30,000. It fetched over $97,000. My my, an important cellarette indeed.

PRC LET (Licensure Examination for Teachers) Board Exam Results (September 2008)

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that a total of 17,816 elementary teachers out of 58,471 examinees and 18,801 secondary teachers out of 53,195 examinees have successfully passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers given by the Board of Professional Teachers in September 2008.

Click the link below to see the list:

L.E.T. Elementary Passers - All Regions held on September 28, 2008

L.E.T. Secondary Passers - All Regions held on September 28, 2008

Tickets for the oathtaking are available at the Office of Professional Teachers, 3rd Floor, PRC Annex Building for NCR and Region IV passers; and at the PRC regional offices for the passers from the other regions.

Source: mukamo

The Cocktail Cabinet was...

… a fashionable novelty to have in one's house in between the world war years. It brought a soupçon of sophistication into life of the bourgeois. The cocktail cabinet was not like its ancestor, the cupboard, which was a place to tuck away one's fancy wares. It was in response to the cocktail drink which became increasingly popular in nightclubs during this time.

The origin of the "cocktail" is fragmented. Allegedly it emerged from a variety of folklores. One story claims it was named after the Mexican Princess "Cocktel" another says it was after the Aztec goddess "Xochitl". Regardless, special alcohol concoctions were said to have been swigged by both. Other tales include a custom of putting a feather, specifically a cock's tail, into a drink to warn the teetotalers not to take a sip. But that sounds rather messy and unappealing. Another claims it was named after the act of docking a horse's tail to signify the horse was not a thoroughbred. Somehow the idea of "mixed breed" of a horse was adapted to the mixing of alcohol with other ingredients. Honestly, I don't like associating sipping a toddy with a horse's derrière.

After Prohibition, the "bright young set" were fans of the cocktail cabinet. It meant emancipation and freedom to drink, smoke and drive cars fast. But to the older generation, it was offensive to values of class and taste. Middle class home manuals warned against the vulgar display of liquor in the home. It was too much like a public bar. No self-respecting home would present itself like a private bar welcoming unsavory types.

During the interwar years, the cocktail party was popular and quite a stylish shindy to throw instead of a dinner party. Buffet style – one could serve themselves with much more time to drink. The cocktail cabinet became a symbol of modernity.

The cabinet took on a variety of forms from a two-tier arrangement of a cabinet over cupboard to a simple cabinet resting on a stand. Doors would open to reveal a fully fitted array of cocktail shakers, stemmed glasses, cherry picks and lemon squeezers. Sometimes discretely built into a wall or rolled out on a trolley to wheel about.

Lately, the cocktail cabinet has been reintroduced, mainly in smaller versions or a tray placed on a sideboard or chest to hold bottles and decanters. Even if people don't stock it full of their favorite spirit, it nevertheless alludes to bygone day.

In 2007 Skinner sold this circa 1930 cocktail cabinet accompanied by a cocktail shaker and three chrome pitchers.

From High Style Deco in NYC, is this circa 1935 bookmatched burled elm cabinet with reverse painted mirrored design. The tambour doors below offers storage for additional bottles of liquor.

Although English, TFTM in Los Angeles has this cocktail cabinet also from the 1930's. Satinwood and walnut. The center doors lock for those unruly teenagers at home. The doors open to reveal a mirrored back and glass shelves. There is also a pullout mirrored shelf in the middle for convenient mixing of your favorite potion.

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