Max Soliven, 77

Pumanaw kaninang umaga si Maximo Soliven, chairman, publisher, at columnist ng Philippine Star, dahil sa kumplikasyon sa sakit na pneumonia.

Mahigit 50 taon siyang peryodista. Sa edad na 27, si Soliven ay publisher at editor na ng The Evening News, na namayagpag noong 1960s. Naging founding editor din siya ng Philippine Inquirer. Nang humiwalay sila nina Betty Go-Belmonte sa Inquirer, itinatag nila ang Philippine Star.

Nausap ko nang personal si Max Soliven noong incoming freshman ako sa UP. Isa siya sa mga naging judges na pumili sa aming lima nina Bing, Helen, John Ray, at isa pang taga-UP MassComm para maging scholar ng UP-Jardine Davies Scholarship program.

Salubong kay Pacman

Habang kasalukuyan kong hinihila pabangon ang sarili, di na magkamayaw sa excitement ang mga taga-Maynila. Ngayon kasi ang dating ni Manny Pacquiao, ang pambansang kamao. Isang misa ng pasasalamat ang gaganapin mamaya sa Quiapo Church, ayon sa balita. May motorcade rin daw.

Samantala, kailangan ko na talagang bumangon.

Boykot sa UP

May pambansang boykot sa lahat ng kampus ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas ngayong araw na ito bilang protesta sa panukalang 250% na pagtaas ng matrikula. Sa UP Diliman, magkakaroon naman ng road vandalism sa academic oval mamayang ika-2 ng hapon.

Patuloy kayang lalaban ang mga iskolar ng bayan?

Palm Treo 680 in Asia on December 8

Palm started accepting orders for Treo 680 on its website yesterday, and I learned that it will launch in the Philippines on November 29.

Meanwhile, CNET Asia reported that Palm has “announced that it will be shipping its latest Palm OS-powered cellular handheld, the Treo 680, to Asia come December 8.” A Palm representative has also confirmed that “Singapore will be first among the Asia-Pacific countries to get the new PDA-phone, though no dates have been set for the rest of the region,” the report added.

If the Treo 680 will launch in the Philippines next week, doesn’t it mean that we’ll see it earlier than Singaporeans do?

Palm Treo 680 Philippine launch next week

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Ever since I heard about Palm’s newest smartphone, the Palm Treo 680, from a friend who used to edit an info-tech publication, I’ve been regularly checking Google News for latest news on this “delicious” gadget.

I was not expecting the Treo 680 to be available in the Philippines until early next year, so I was surprised when my friend received this morning a press invitation for the Philippine launch of Treo 680. The invitation said:

It’s time to expect more from your phone.

You are cordially invited to join us in this exciting event as we unveil the latest addition to the Treo family–everything your next phone should be.

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