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Monday, July 23, 2018

Phl Nets Another Gold in the International Mathematical Olympiad

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The Philippines wins its historic third gold medal in the prestigious 58th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

The Philippines won a gold medal, a silver medal, two bronze medals, and two honorable mentions in the 59th IMO held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, from July 3 to 14, 2018. The IMO is the world championship mathematics competition for high school students, making it the most prestigious and the most difficult high school mathematics competition in the world.

Albert John Patupat of De La Salle University Integrated School led the way in capturing the country’s third gold medal in what is branded as “the Olympics of math competitions.” Previous IMO Gold Medalist Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus scored a silver medal this year. IMO first-timer Emmanuel Osbert Cajayon of Emilio Aguinaldo College, along with veteran Shaquille Wyan Que of Grace Christian College, both secured Bronze Medals. Andres Rico Gonzales III of DLSU Integrated School and Sean Anderson Ty of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School each won an Honorable Mention Award. The Philippines ranked 38th in the Competition participated by 107 countries.

The Team is headed by Leader Dr. Richard Eden and Deputy Leader Dr. Christian Paul Chan Shio, both of Ateneo de Manila University. They are joined in Romania by trainer Mr. Carlo Francisco Adajar of University of the Philippines – Diliman.

The Team participated through the efforts of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP), with support from major sponsors Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) Foundation and Manulife Business Processing Services, and in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

DOST-SEI Director Josette Biyo congratulated the Team and lauded the MSP for tirelessly pursuing a stronger presence for the country in international mathematics competitions. “Our young math wizards made us proud today but I hope the claps and cheers for them in the future would come from Filipinos they’ve helped improved lives through their outstanding mathematical abilities,” Biyo added.

Friday, July 20, 2018

UP Fighting Maroons to Experience European Basketball Training in Serbia

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The University of the Philippines Men’s Basketball Team (UPMBT) continued to reap support from different sectors as STATS, an active clothing/apparel company under Januarius Holdings Inc. (JHI), agreed to finance the Fighting Maroons’ foreign basketball training for the second straight year. 

The team will fly to Serbia on Sunday, July 21, to take part in a two-week long basketball camp in Novi Sad for intensive training drills that includes sessions with players from different Serbian ball clubs. Januarius Holdings, Inc., led by its Chairman and CEO JJ Atencio, also supported the UPMBT in their Las Vegas basketball training last year. 

The avid UP supporter (center) and the NowheretogobutUP Foundation (NTGBUP) -- a volunteer group of UP alumni supporting UP’s varsity programs, together with the Team Managers Ags Uvero and Dan Palami -- hosted a send-off lunch for the team and its coaches at MESA SM Megamall on July 19, 2018. The team will be back in early August to prepare for the coming University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 81 that starts in September.

4 Important Qualities of a Veterinary Doctor

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Are you thinking of pursuing a career as a veterinarian? Have you completed your bachelor’s degree and looking for establishing your first clinic? If you answer is in the affirmative, then this write-up will enlighten you about some of the key points that will help you in building your career as a successful vet. A professional vet possesses much more than his degree and is fueled with qualities that determine whether or not the pet owners will prefer taking their beloved pooches to them for checkups. These qualities come with experience and time and it helps in creating your goodwill in the professional market, which will encourage more pet owners to opt for your services.

With that being said, here are some of the top qualities that can determine your ability and career as a vet:

Owning a vet clinic is no less than running a day to day business where you have to remain open to communication whenever required. You have to deal with clients who reach out to you with their own set of requirements. Being communicative will largely determine your success as a vet and you have to develop the skills needed for building a good doctor-client relationship. The best way to do that is to show immense care for their pet, which is also a part of your duty. When the pet owners find that you genuinely care for the pets, they immediately start trusting you more.

Good Observation Skills
It goes without saying that the job of a vet is not an easy one and that too for pretty obvious reasons. The pet cannot talk or reveal the discomfort he is going through, which might make your job even more challenging. As a veterinarian, you should be competent enough to understand how his current behavioral pattern relates to his ongoing health condition. Be a great observant and confer the pet with the best possible treatment.

Carry Immense Patience
Your career as a veterinarian is defined by the way you deal with the clients and their pets, which require a lot of patience. And since tolerance can be forged in many ways, you have to hone your skills and temperament in such a manner that you do not lose it during a critical situation. Pet owners are very attached to their pets, which gets over their mind and they might end up being rude to you. However, as a doctor, it is your job to calm them down and assure them of the best treatment for their pet. Being professional in emergency situations will help you effectively in building a great career as a vet.

Creative and Flexible
Given the recent developments in the pet care business, you must be open to new opportunities as a vet. As a professional, you should look after collaborating with daycare centers such as PrimpPlay and work together to promote the overall health and well-being of the pets.

No matter how challenging the career of a vet is, at the end of the day you will feel satisfied that you are the reason for someone’s good health and smile. Stick to these qualities and build a great career as a vet.

Anti-Human Trafficking Council Screens Winning Eye-Opener

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In observance of the 2018 World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), will be holding a Cineforum featuring the film, Across the Crescent Moon on July 31, 2018 at the Cinematheque Manila.

The Cineforum is one of the main activities lined up for the week-long celebration of the global event in the Philippines, which mainly aims to raise public awareness on human trafficking. It will be graced by the film’s director and producer Ms. Baby Nebrida,  IACAT member agencies and partners led by the DOJ as IACAT Chair, the CFO (Usec. Astravel Pimentel-Naik) and the FDCP (Chairperson Liza Diño).

In 2013, the United Nations General adopted a resolution designating July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons. This resolution declared that such a day was necessary to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.”

The award-winning masterpiece of Ms. Nebrida (heralded as the Ambassador for Peace by the International Parliamentarians), is a good eye-opener to the problem of human trafficking in the Philippines. The protagonist, portrayed by Matteo Guidicelli, is a Muslim soldier who battles human trafficking and other crimes in the Southern part of Mindanao while keeping his marriage to his Christian wife (Alex Godinez) intact. The film highlights the perils of modern-day slavery and digs deeper into kidnapping, abduction, and illegal recruitment, as three modes of trafficking in the Philippines. It also tackles the uniqueness of inter-faith relationships, echoing the importance of unity despite tremendous religious and cultural differences. The film has garnered numerous international acclaims such as “Best Ensemble Cast and Best Feature Global Film” by the International Film Festival Manhattan and “Best Film” by the Catholic Mass Media Awards.

Human trafficking is a crime that exploits men, women, and children for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex. The International Labour Organization estimates that 21 million people are victims of forced labor globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation. From 2016 until the current year, the Philippine government, through the IACAT headed by the DOJ, has consistently ranked Tier 1 in the US Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. This means that the government fully meets the minimum global standards for the elimination of trafficking. The launch of IACAT’s 1343 Actionline Against Trafficking in 2011 marked the commitment of our government in eliminating threats of human trafficking, slavery, and abuse.

For more information, please contact Janet Ramos (email; tel. no. 552-744) or Frencel Tingga (; tel. no. 552-4766) of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas. Any interested school administrators, student leaders, and members of the media (school or professional), may get in touch with the CFO for the screening of the film (July 31, 2018, 1 pm at Cinematheque Manila).  

I am MAD Launches ‘MACbooklet’ to Groom Schoolkids as Nation-Builders

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Ivatan students in Batanes were among the first to receive the MACbooklet copies​.​

In its continuing mission to provide the younger generation with opportunities to realize their dreams and passions, non-profit volunteer group I am Making A Difference, Inc. (I am M.A.D.) has launched a new learning tool called the MAD ACtivity booklet (MACbooklet) that espouse values which can lead them to become nation-builders.

I am M.A.D., a TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations) Awards Foundation awardee on youth leadership, began distribution of its very own activity booklet titled 10 M.A.D. (Munting Aksyon na Dapat) Gawin ng Batang Pilipino to school children during its recent outreach activities in remote areas around the Philippines.

Based on the 10 I am M.A.D. Commitments that the group has been sharing with youngsters since its inception in 2009, the MACbooklet is an original creation by its co-founders Mark Conrad Ravanzo and Christian Marx Rivero, and written by Wino Dela Cruz, one of its active volunteers. It contains interactive content and illustrations (made solely in Microsoft PowerPoint) and a relatable story—inspired by the real-life characters of Damhar and Chooky, two of I am M.A.D.’s youngest volunteers from Basilan.

The latest learning tool highlights the group’s 10 small fundamental habits and to-do’s that can make a big difference forming part of its key advocacies anchored on the Department of Education’s core values—love of God (maka-Diyos), love for others (makatao), love of environment (makakalikasan), and love of country (makabayan).

Benefitting 250 students and led by close to a hundred volunteers, including 42 new recruits, I am M.A.D., for this year has so far conducted its trademark three-day I am MAD Camp and pioneered the dissemination of its MACbooklet together with packs of school supplies to far-flung school communities such as Itbayat Central School in Itbayat, Batanes; Camp Susana Elementary School in La Paz, Zamboanga City; Laiban Elementary School in Tanay, Rizal; B. Aldana Central Elementary School in Lamitan City, Basilan; and Mayor Santiago Garcia Memorial Elementary School in Mati City, Davao Oriental.

With a good purpose in every journey mindset, the I am M.A.D. operates by fielding an army of “TraVolunteers” (that is: to travel to volunteer) to run its outreach activities where one gets to travel to the country’s scenic spots while primarily allocating its time in their itinerary to perform community work as volunteers.

The volunteers facilitated values formation activities and engaged learner-participants from Grades 5 to 6 with games, team-building sorties, and workshops designed to promote Filipino values and inspire them to see themselves as future leaders.

“As part of our efforts to continuously innovate and give school children more ways to appreciate learning and further inspire them, we developed and launched the MACbooklet out of donations and help from our sponsors and friends,” said Mark Conrad ‘Maco’ Ravanzo, co-founder and chief executive volunteer of I am Making A Difference, who is also the illustrator/designer of the booklet.

But Ravanzo added that with limited resources and working essentially on goodwill of other people, they would need further support to sustain its new initiative. “We are seeking for support from those who share our advocacy to help us print and distribute our MACbooklet to inspire more kids,” he said.

One MACbooklet costs P50 and the group would need 50 booklets per camp. The group calendared 15 camps all over the Philippines this year and still has 10 remaining outreach in General Santos, Bohol, Sulu, Romblon, Antique, Samar, Tawi-Tawi, Bacolod, Nueva Ecija, and Abra. It also plans to share the MACbooklet to other school partners in the country.

For partnerships, interested volunteers and sponsors, email I am M.A.D. at Visit connect through its Facebook or follow @iammad_ph on Twitter and Instagram.

DOTr to Dispatch Over 200 Modern Passenger Jeepneys

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In line with its efforts to provide a safe, comfortable, efficient and environment-friendly public transport, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will be conducting the Dispatch of Modern Public Transport Vehicles: Pasada Tungo sa Maunlad na Bansa tomorrow, July 20, 2018, at the Quirino Grandstand in Ermita, Manila.
Over 200 modern public utility jeepney (PUJ) units will be readily available for dispatch to operators with franchises validated by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
The modern jeepney conforms with the existing environmental and product standards set by the Bureau of Standards. It has side doors instead of rear doors, and a higher ceiling that allows for standing passengers, which translates to a higher carrying capacity. Emergency exits are mandated and some units will have provisions for differently-abled passengers, coupled with WiFi, GPS, CCTVs, dash camera, speed limiter and automatic fare collection system.
As compliance to the Clean Air Act of 1999, the modern jeepney will either have a Euro-4 compliant emission system or an electric-powered motor that will generate less pollution or none at all.

Class 1, 2, and 3 jeepneys will be available for dispatch. Class 1 will have 9 to 22 passenger capacity including the driver; Class 2 will carry 22 passengers and will allow for standing passengers to augment the driver’s income; Class 3 will likewise likewise have 22 passengers and above plus driver, but will be all seated.  
DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, who will lead the modern jeepney dispatch with Usec. for Road Tim Orbos and LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III, said the modernization of jeepneys is long overdue.

“Napapanahon nang magkaroon ang publiko ng hindi lang ligtas kundi komportable at kaaya-ayang pampublikong transportasyon. Kung kayoý papipiliin, saan niyo ba mas gustong sumakay: sa karag-karag na jeepney na itim na usok ang ibinubuga, o sa mas modernong jeep kung saan makauupo kayo ng komportable at batid ninyong ihahatid kayo sa inyong paroroonan nang ligtas at hindi nakadaragdag sa polusyon?” he said.

The transportation chief likewise mentioned that there are financing schemes available to operators and drivers to help them pay for the cost of the modern jeepneys. Undersecretary Tim Orbos explained the financing rates are affordable with a “5-6-7-80,000” formula, which stands for an easy down payment, very low interest rates, payability in seven years, and PhP80,000 government subsidy.

For his part, Usec. for Road Tim Orbos urged drivers and transport operators to be open to developments and embrace the PUV modernization. 

“Para din naman ito sa ating lahat. Kailangan tayo ay pasulong at hindi paurong upang umunlad. Eventually everyone will get tired of riding the dilapidated jeepneys that are hazards on the road, because we all know we deserve better and there are better options out there. Hindi naman sila pababayaan ng gobyerno,” Usec. Orbos assured. 
The DOTr plans to replace all public utility vehicles (PUV) aged 15 years or older under its PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP). 

The PUVMP was first launched in Tacloban City, Leyte, in January where it initially deployed 45 solar-powered jeepneys. In June, 15 out of 35 modern PUJ units of the Senate Employees Transport Service Cooperative were rolled out and started to ply the route of StarCity/CCP to PICC, GSIS/Senate to MOA to PITX and back. Just this week, two transport cooperatives launched their PUV Modernization Program-compliant jeepneys to ply new routes along Taguig and Pateros. The Taguig Transport Service Coop PUVs are plying the Bagumbayan (Taguig) to Pasig route via San Joaquin, while the Pateros-Fort Boni Transport Coop PUVs’ route is from Gate 3 of Fort Bonifacio to Guadalupe Market (ABC).

Catwalk Philippines 2018 Conquered Manila

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Catwalk Philippines 2018 conquered the runway on July 20, 2018 at the Winford Manila Resort and Casino.

The Designers Circle Philippines (DCP) is a group of Filipino fashion designers, both seasoned and promising, and was established on June 2017 with the common goal of bringing forth creativity and beauty through various collective efforts. All of their activities are moved by the same values of CREATIVITY, CAMARADERIE, and COMMUNITY – all in the name of Filipino fashion excellence.

CATWALK PHILIPPINES is a modeling competition spearheaded by DCP and AMT Multimedia Production Hauz Corporation, aiming to discover the next runway superstars of the country. With the tagline “WE RUN THE SHOW- CATWALK PHILIPPINES,” this year’s theme is “THE PARTY THAT NEVER ENDS: MILLENNIAL FASHION PARTY.” The modeling competition shall start and end with the liveliest millennial parties out there- from Neon- Techno Party, to Coachella Summer Heat, to Glitter- Gold Ball Extravaganza.

20 female and 20 male models will participate in this event. One winner per category will be chosen to take home the title and prizes, as well as a contract- signing with top fashion directors and fashion designers, both in the Philippines and internationally.

For more information and exclusive updates, you may refer to our official Facebook page “CATWALK PHILIPPINES 2018.”

Pinoy Online Influencers Challenge LIFETIME’s Who Runs the World Host Mongchin Yeoh

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Whether you’re a foodie, a travel enthusiast, or a beauty guru, there’s surely something for you on LIFETIME’s newest reality show Who Runs the World. Watch as Filipino online personalities join Singaporean blogger Mongchin Yeoh’s extreme journey in the Queen City of the South and introduce her to the best of Philippine culture.

Premiering on Monday, July 23 at 9:30 PM, Who Runs the World takes Mongchin to the historic city of Cebu, as part of her challenge to run six races in six countries for over eight weeks. There, she meets vibrant local influencers from different walks of life who help her complete her challenges around the city.

Taste the sweetness of Cebu as Mongchin and lifestyle blogger Jean Yu try tasty treats at Room for Dessert by Casa Verde, a well-known coffee shop that offers cold desserts such as soft serve ice cream, cakes, and smoothies.

Mongchin then takes the thrilling Sky Drop ride at Danao Eco Adventure Park with Ella Anongos, a Cebuana lifestyle and travel blogger who gets starstruck meeting the show’s host for the first time.

But Anongos eventually got comfortable with Mongchin after their quick chats during the shoot. “If there was one thing I learned from Mongchin, it's this: You have to have your own personality. People will love you and follow you genuinely because of your personality. Some people may criticize you, but you shouldn’t care. Because there will be some people who will be interested in what you’re sharing with them and love you for who you are and what you’re doing,” the young travel blogger says.

Aside from extreme adventure, Mongchin gets the hang of aerial yoga with popular yoga guru and founder of Asana Yoga Movement in Cebu Rica Gomez, who says teaching the host stunts was a rewarding experience. “My favorite part was seeing her reaction upon going upside down or inverted in the aerial hammock for the first time,” she adds.

Another exciting adventure sees Mongchin and lifestyle blogger Etienne Chantal Codina visiting Upside Down World Cebu, a fun interactive museum for kids and adults who love taking photos with colorful, artsy background.

Get a chance to meet Mongchin and other local and international superstars face-to-face in this year’s HISTORY CON from August 10-12, 2018 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. You may choose from three different ticketing categories, each with exclusive privileges: the HISTORY MAKER VIP Pass (P10,000) has only 100 limited tickets available; the HISTORY MAKER Pass (P2,500) is good for a three-day admission; and GENERAL ADMISSION Pass (P350) entitles bearers to a one-day access to the star-studded convention. Tickets are available for sale exclusively at SM Tickets. Visit for more information.

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Bell Films Releases Action-Packed Teaser Trailer of Kontradiksyon

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After it's successful grand relaunch concert The Next Attraction held last June 30, 2018, Bell Films (Universal Records Philippines' film production arm) officially releases the teaser trailer for their debut film 'Kontradiksyon' (a play on the words Kontra and Adiksyon)

Jake Cuenca plays as Alexis in Kontradiksyon

From Palanca Award-winning writer-director Njel de Mesa (writer of critically-acclaimed film Respeto and the film Subtext) comes this action-packed film that tackles the controversial war against drugs in the Philippines. Through the film, audiences will have the chance to see the various aspects and opposing views of the big issues in the country.

Kris Bernal as Jessica in Kontradiksyon

The short trailer shows glimpses of what audiences can expect from the film, with scenes showing a high stakes chase featuring leading man Jake Cuenca, and intense fight sequences with Kris Bernal and Katrina Halili, both in roles they have never done before.

The cast of Kontradiksyon at Bell Films' The Next Attraction event

Also starring in the film are a multitude of stars including Elizabeth Oropesa, Paolo Paraiso, Lou Veloso, Jojo Alejar, and John Estrada, among many others.

The film, which serves as the film outfit's return to the scene after over two decades, is expected to be released later this year.

For more updates, follow Bell Films on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

4 Best Fishing Destinations in Ouray, Colorado

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Are you looking for the Best Fishing Locations in Ouray? We have got you covered. Ouray has some of the best fishing destinations in the world. It has scores of pristine mountain streams, lakes and rivers. So, when you search for the best place for fishing you are likely to get a wide range of answers.

But, before we start listing the best locations, there is one question that needs to be answered right away.

When Is The Right Time To Go Fishing In Ouray?

·  Fishing is one of the best adventures in Ouray and is usually a year-round activity. Each season carries its perks and downsides. Although summer tends to be the busiest time of the year.

·   By the winters the crowd usually drifts away. However, winters is a great time too for fly fishing, when snow is melting thus making the ice fishing most favorite adventure in Ouray, Colorado.

Now, let’s find out some of the Best Fishing Locations in Ouray:
1. Gunnison River
Gunnison River is a proud river and we assure that you will never have to regret your decision when it comes to fishing. It offers the best fishing shots. Ever wondered at the best part? The fishing sections are in Black Canyon in Gunnison National Park adds beauty to the whole view.

#ProTip: You need to be very careful while driving on the windy and sleepy roads up to the canyon. 

2. San Miguel River
San Miguel is a small tranquil, free running river that offers a year-round fishing. It gives you really ample fishing opportunities for both the beginner angler and the expert. There is a great mix of industrial water and allows easy access. 

This river is filled with stoneflies and caddis making the fish willing to eat nymphs and dries with only a little encouragement. Moreover, this gorgeous river flows right through the town of Telluride making it a great place to fish while in the area. The best time for fishing is in this river is from late March to October making it possible to ski and fly fish on the same day.
3. Spinney Mountain Reservoir

This fishing destination is a real Adventure in Ouray. It does not only offer an immense fishing opportunity, but it also has eye-catching scenic and shorelines views of the lake and neighboring landscapes. 

It is one of the most preferred destination for anglers to flock towards Spinney Mountain Reservoir because of it provides great opportunities like belly boating, fly-fishing and trolling options.

And, it constantly offers trophy trout, walleyes, and salmon. Even though the reservoir provides great fishing opportunities throughout the year, the best time to fish is during peak summers.
 4. North Platte River

This river is considered a legendary fishing destination in Colorado. As it begins in the grassy meadowlands of North Park and flows to Wyoming. But, the Colorado section of the North Platte River is a more popular fishing destination than the Wyoming section. 

It is essential to know that some sections of the river can only be reached by raft or kayak adding to the adventure of fishing in this destination. North Platte River has some of the best trout in the West.

There are a plethora of fishing spots in Ouray, Colorado but the rivers mentioned above are just like cream on the cake. Ouray is full of great fishing waters; you just have to make sure you are prepared well before you hit the ground.  Start planning your summer vacations and make your kids feel loved this summer by offering them a best trip.

If you are seeking Best Fishing Locations in Ouray and willing to try them all, Ouray Chalet Inn can make it happen with a blink of an eye. We'll help you find the perfect place. Also, we have a comfortable space to offer for you to come back after a long day spent outdoors.
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