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Friday, May 25, 2018

Paw-some! Araneta Center is Now Pet-friendly


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Already considered as the premium live-work-play community in the country, Araneta Center opens its doors to the cutest members of your families—your pets—as it officially becomes a pet-friendly destination.

Already considered as the premium live-work-play community in the country, Araneta Center opens its doors to the cutest members of your families—your pets—as it officially becomes a pet-friendly destination.

Araneta Center will be celebrating the paw-sitive development when it launches its Pet Pals program with a pet soiree on Sunday, May 27, at the Gateway Mall Activity Area.

Pet owners and their fur babies will be treated to an afternoon of bonding and talks on taking care of pets despite the owners’ busy schedules and on first aid for pets facilitated by experts Jester Jo Onchuan and Dr. Flori-Ann Buiser. A handful of cute freebies—including leashes for the early birds—will also be given to the attendees and their pets. The Quezon City Hall Animal Care and Disease Control Division will also administer free rabies vaccination.

Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Jehza Huelar and Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Eva Patalinjug will also join in the fun and share their fun stories about their own pets.

Now that it is pet-friendly, Araneta Center will start allowing owners to bring their pets to the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall, Farmers Plaza and other parts of the Center, provided that they have secured the Pet Pals ID.

Owners who want to apply for the Pet Pals ID only have to submit the following requirements to the malls’ concierges: original and photocopy of rabies vaccination record, 1x1 colored photos, and Pet Pals ID application form, which is also downloadable on www.aranetacenter.net. The ID will be given for free.

The temporary Pet Pals Day Pass IDs will also be available to those who have yet to complete the requirements.

Even after they have secured their Pet Pals ID, pet owners still have to be responsible in bringing their pets around the Center by keeping them on a leash while they are walking, carrying them while riding escalators and elevators and cleaning after their wastes.

For other guidelines on this initiative, visit Araneta Center’s website and follow it on its social media pages: @AranetaCenter on Facebook and Twitter and @TheAranetaCenter on Instagram.

CAPTION: Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Jehza Huelar, a dog lover, will grace Araneta Center's Pet Pals launch on Sunday, May 27, at the Gateway Mall Activity Area.

We Hate to Brag, But Online is the NOW and the FUTURE!


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Warning: "Yabang" mode in 1, 2, 3 ... and GO!

The blessings keep pouring in.

It's a daily scenario, but this morning is uncanny as we were swamped. Most of our emails were all about offers for paid article and link collaborations for Wazzup Pilipinas.

We basically charge a standard rate of $50 per article or link collaboration, and double ($100) if we are to write the article on our own.

Yes, we are like Chinese, we charge a small fee but our customers are plenty. We know many would charge higher than Mt. Everest, but we are modest enough to realize we are not full-pledged "influencers" influential enough to motivate people with just one tweet, or post, or whatever thingy that leads to a viral or trending fad. Sorry, but we're not showbiz material....or should we say, we don't run a "call center" campaign....We prefer to be real and organic, and focus only on our preferred target markets. The rest are just on a window-shopping spree....hehehe!

But one of the highest we got is $200 from a very generous client. Foreigners know the value of online presence, and unlike in our country, they may haggle but offer a fair price....and don't just give out a mug, or a notebook or a shirt to show their appreciation.

Many are repeat clients who already sent more than a dozen so far...we actually lost count already. Just as how we lost count of awards..Lol!

Seriously, online rules! For a couple of minutes of work, we get paid a significant amount already. Attendance to events usually requires us to spend more than what we bring home, but the real worth is gaining the holistic experience from the personal encounters. There are so much to learn and gain out there that we won't get from a press release sent to our email.

Like many are saying, to be invited to an event is already an honor. The freebies, perks, privileges, etc, that we get are merely bonuses. If you'll look in my room, half of it is already a collection of boxes containing what we got from our 5 years of existence. The only stuff we touch are the perishables and those that expire like food, and many go to charity, or to less fortunate folks we meet in the streets.

Our attendance at events are merely for our "entertainment" because we love persuading people do the iconic Wazzup Pilipinas shout-out, and find pleasure seeing others get owned by our aggressiveness or "ka-bibo-han"! Lol!

Of course that is a joke, what we love most is learning new stuff and sharing them to our readers. We're genuinely attracted to what we can learn from the event, new acquaintances for potential partnerships, etc, but more on what we could do for the brand or company.

Yup! Our craving for knowledge remains at a high because there is so much information out there that is ever growing at a "hyperspeedy" rate that we can't possibly catch up with this "undepleteable" phenomenon brought about by the influence of social media powered by the vast and global network of computers (which includes mobile phones) we call the Internet....let's just call it "online."

Thank you "mobile" and "online" for revolutionizing media. Traditional media may not want to admit they're going extinct like dinosaurs, but then you see them incorporating online strategies and investing more on related moves. Facebook Live coverage, hiring peole for social media and online content, YouTube talents, etc,. Evolving? No, they've gone online too before they are declared dead.

Online is the NOW and the FUTURE. Almost all the information we need is accessible through our mobile phones that could access the Internet.

We are glad we are among the pioneers that have already made a mark....and will continue to become prominent for generations to come.

#WazzupPilipinas #PambansangBlogger

ColorManila All Set for Newly Updated CM Challenge Manila at McKinley West on June 3


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The country’s number one fun-run organizer - ColorManila, is all set for the newly updated CM Challenge Manila, co-presented by Honda Philippines, to be held at McKinley West, Taguig City, on June 3, 2018.

ColorManila’s last event in Metro Manila, the CM Blacklight Run, held January this year, saw 5,000 runners brighten the streets of McKinley West. For this upcoming event, the organizers are anticipating around the same number of participants.

Participants can look forward to 20 new obstacles while running the 5k route; such as inflatable slides, spider maze, inflatable tire skip, military crawl obstacles, among others. Apart from which, runners can listen to the latest music while going through the various challenges.

ColorManila VP Justine Cordero says, “We’ve updated the CM Challenge Run to make it more exciting, by adding more challenges in the 5K route. CM Challenge Manila is a perfect mix of both a ‘fun-run’ and an ‘obstacle course run’. And yes, it is still capped by our CM Festival. But this time, it will be continuous, there will be a CM Festival which would take place every hour, so if you’ve joined the first wave, there’s no need to wait until the final wave to finish…Our followers will surely enjoy this newly updated version of the CM Challenge Run.”

There are 3 types of race kits and packages to choose from, there’s the Single Kit, which is at P1,500, and includes the event shirt, race bib, single entry tag, finisher’s medal, sunglasses, baller ID and a color packet.

While the Unlimited Kit, which is priced at P2,500, includes an event shirt, race bib, unlimited entry tag, finisher’s medal, sunglasses, baller ID and a color packet.

Finally, the Squad Package, good for 5 people, is priced at P6,000, and includes event shirts, race bibs, single entry tags, finishers’ medals, sunglasses, baller IDs, color packets and passes good for 5 people.


Registration is still ongoing. For more information, visit www.colormanila.com for more details.

Can’t Get Out Of The City This Summer? Check Out These 3 Camping Spots Near Metro Manila


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Summer is in full swing, and most of the young urban professionals in Metro Manila are booking flights to popular vacation destinations such as Palawan or going out of the country for some much-needed R&R. But if you don’t have a lot of vacation leave or if you’re short on cash, you may think that you’re doomed to be stuck in the city with nothing to do but go to the mall—again. If you can relate, don’t fret—there are lots of places that you can go to near the city, and the best thing is that it doesn’t take long to get there, nor does it have to cost an arm and a leg.
If you’re in search of a new adventure this summer, consider going on a camping trip. Not only is it a great way to get away from the stifling heat and noise of the city, but it’s a chance to reconnect with nature and bond with your family and friends. So gather your crew, pack up your camping essentials, and check out these 3 camping spots near Metro Manila.


Manuel Uy Beach Resort, Calatagan, Batangas

Batangas, which is only a three-hour drive from Manila, is famous for its beaches, but if you don’t relish the thought of spending thousands of pesos to stay at a posh resort, then why not camp on the beach instead? Believe it or not, there are still a few privately owned beaches in Batangas that are open to the public, and some even allow campers to set up their tents right on the sand for a small fee. Manuel Uy Beach Resort in Calatagan is one such place to check out if you’re craving for a quiet place where you can relax and enjoy the sound of the waves with your buddies. Apart from your tent, it’s advisable to take some cooking gear with you so you can make your own meals while roughing it. There’s a wet market that’s only one tricycle ride away from the beach, so you don’t have to worry about where to get your food if you’re not quite up to fishing on your vacation.


Mount Purro Nature Reserve, Rizal Province

Rizal is only a two-hour drive from Makati and is home to Mount Purro Nature Reserve. It’s perfect for families as it features cottages where you can spend the night, but they also have a dedicated space where visitors can set up their own tents. If you don’t have a tent, you can rent one for only Php 500 a night. Explore the hiking trails near the area and afterward, you can have a relaxing dip in the swimming pool. Kids can frolic in the children’s nature playscape or have a go on the mini-zipline. You can also go horseback riding in the area or enjoy a relaxing massage for less than Php 400 at the reserve’s spa area.


BLOC Camp Site, Cavinti, Laguna

If you want a slightly more upscale camping experience, head to Cavinti, Laguna and go glamping at BLOC Camp Site. This is where you can enjoy a luxurious stay in nature. Sure, you can stay at an ordinary tent on the campgrounds. But if you’re on a romantic getaway with your significant other, consider renting a deluxe tent on the Floating Dock. 

You can bring your own food and drinks, so take advantage of the BLOC’s grilling stations and have a barbecue with your loved one. The site also has a nightly bonfire so you can socialize with other guests while eating s’mores. At the BLOC you can also enjoy other activities such as movie watching by the lake, island hopping, and kayaking.

You can have an enjoyable summer getaway without breaking the bank. Try visiting any of these camping destinations near Metro Manila and have a wonderful time reconnecting with nature.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

7 Reasons Why You Need That Staycation


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With countless deadlines, meetings, events, and other tasks one has to tackle these days, regular unwinding is now a necessity for those looking to recharge. But let’s face it—planning a long vacation can be just as tedious, and sometimes you feel even more tired when you get back home!

Thank goodness, then, for the proliferation of quality hotels right within your city—which makes it easy to book a staycation anytime you need it. On May 30 to 31, the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMA) will make it even easier to do so, as the group will be holding its first Great Room Sale at the Glorietta 3 Activity Center in Makati City.

Expect discounts of up to 60 to 70 percent, plus a room category upgrade when you book at these hotels and resorts: Ascott Residence, Astoria Hotels and Resorts, Azalea Hotels and Residences, Bayleaf Hotels, BE Resorts, Best Western Hotel (La Corona Manila and Oxford Suites), Bluewater Resorts, Citadines Apart’Hotel, Conrad Hotels, Dusit Thani Manila, Golden Phoenix Hotel Manila, Hotel 101, Island Cove, Las Casas Filipinas, Manila Marriott Hotel, Manila Ocean Park, Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Phinma Microtel Hotels Inc., Roxaco-Vanguard Hotel, SEDA Hotels, Siglo Suites, Sheridan Beach Resort, Somerset Serviced Residence, and Resorts World Manila. Other participating merchants include Slimmers World. 



And that’s just one reason you should finally take that staycation! If you need more convincing, just think of these seven other benefits you’re sure to enjoy:

1. Me time. You’ll get to do whatever you want without anyone bothering you, at least for a day or two.

2. No chores. Since you’ll be staying in a hotel/resort with a cleaning service, you won’t have to worry about leaving too much of a mess.

3. Room service. Have breakfast—and lunch and dinner—in bed; or, if your hotel offers the service, have a massage right in the comfort of your room.

4. Netflix galore. Binge, binge, binge on your favorite series, since most hotels and resorts have speedy internet connections.

5. A chance to unplug. You can also opt to use the time to step away from your phone and just enjoy some quiet with a book and a hot cup of cocoa.

6. More snooze time. With no commitments on your mind, it’ll be fun to sleep in and enjoy the warmth of those fluffy sheets. A revitalizing sleep will also bring out the best version of you.

7. And, finally, a new perspective. Sometimes it’s nice to be a tourist in your own city. Who knows, you may even discover something new!

Plan that well-deserved time off and enjoy the best staycation deals at the first Great Room Sale on May 30 and 31. It’s time to #sleepwell, #eatwell and #feelwell, so you can recharge and be the best version of yourself! For details and inquiries, follow HSMA on Facebook @HSMA(Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International).

HSMA To Hold 2018 Virtus Awards


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The HSMA has issued the call for entries for the forthcoming Virtus Awards—otherwise known in the industry as the Oscars of hotel sales and marketing executives. The prestigious contest was first launched in 2015 as a unique platform for hotel sales and marketing professionals in the country to tell their stories of excellence and success.

Virtus recognizes outstanding sales and marketing practitioners who are role models and inspirations to current and aspiring players in the travel and tourism industry in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific, thus fulfilling HSMA’s vision to contribute to the robust growth of Philippine tourism.

Now on its fourth year, the Virtus Awards’ categories include: Outstanding Sales and Marketing Associate; Outstanding Sales and Marketing Manager; Outstanding Sales and Marketing Leader; and Outstanding Marketing Campaign of the Year.

Nominees for individual categories must be regular employees who have served in a HSMA member-property for at least one (1) year, including the covered period of April 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018, and should have no past and/or pending administrative or criminal case.

Nominators, on the other hand, must come from an HSMA member-property to ensure familiarity with the performance being cited. Entries may be sent online at www.hsma.online/virtus-awards. Deadline of submission is on June 29.

Winners will be announced on August 8 at the Virtus Awards 2018 Night at the Manila Marriott Hotel.

“Through this annual competition, we hope to ignite the passion and drive of hotels and resorts through their all-important sales and marketing team to excite the market, deliver vigorous business, make hearts beat a little faster, and yes, shake our world,” said Rose Libongco, chair of the Virtus Awards.

Thunder's Brewer, Nets' Levert, Heat's Olynyk, Mavericks' Powell Headline Second Basketball Without Borders Camp in India


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The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) today announced the top 66 boys and girls from 16 countries and territories who will participate in the 10th edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia.

BWB Asia 2018 will be held May 30 – June 2 at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), marking the second time that the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in India. Nike will serve as the official partner.

Corey Brewer (Oklahoma City Thunder; U.S.), Caris LeVert (Brooklyn Nets; U.S.), Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat; Canada; BWB Americas 2009), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks; Canada), two-time WNBA Champion Ruth Riley, and former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman will coach the top high school age campers from throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

BWB Asia 2018 will feature two current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s signature elite player development initiative that consists of a network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Delhi NCR, India; Mexico City, Mexico; and Thies, Senegal.

Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl will be named BWB Asia 2018 MVPs at the conclusion of the four-day camp.

BWB Asia 2018 will be preceded by a basketball development camp May 27 – 29 for the 18 female prospects from throughout India as part of The NBA Academies Women’s Program. 1996 Olympic

Gold Medalist and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Jennifer Azzi, Riley and former college coach Blair Hardiek – the global technical directors for women’s programming across the league’s seven academies – will oversee the camp.

BWB Asia 2018 and The NBA Academies Women’s Program camp will also include a variety of NBA Cares and Jr. NBA community outreach efforts with youth in New Delhi in partnership with local community organizations, including basketball clinics for more than 150 youth from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program and the NBA Basketball Schools in New Delhi. These programs will highlight the power of sport to promote cultural understanding while teaching the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and the values of the game, including teamwork, respect, determination and community.

Current NBA assistant coaches Bret Brielmaier (Nets), Darvin Ham (Atlanta Hawks), Ryan Saunders (Minnesota Timberwolves), and Mike Wells (Utah Jazz) will also serve as BWB Asia 2018 coaches. Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia) will be the camp director. Casey Smith (Mavericks) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.

BWB has reached more than 3,190 participants from 127 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 50 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents. A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season.

The NBA and FIBA have staged 53 BWB camps in 33 cities across 27 countries on six continents. More than 250 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 200 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world. BWB Asia was previously held in India in 2008.

The NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center in Delhi NCR for the top male and female prospects from throughout India and the first of its kind in the country, officially opened in May 2017 and builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India. The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has reached more than 6 million youth and trained more than 5,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013. In April 2017, the NBA launched The NBA Basketball School, a network of tuition-based basketball development programs open to male and female players from outside the U.S. ages 6-18. NBA Basketball Schools have been launched in Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune and Punjab as part of a multiyear agreement with India On Track (IOT), one of India’s leading sports management, marketing and development companies. NBA Champion Kevin Durant became the first active NBA player to visit The NBA Academy India in July 2017.

Follow BWB using the hashtag #BWBAsia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow The NBA Academies Women’s Program using the hashtag #NBAAcademy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find out more about NBA Academies at nbaacademy.nba.com and on Instagram (nbaacademy).


Additional 2018 BWB camps in Serbia and South Africa will be announced at a later date.

Champions are Crowned in the Queen City of the South Yamaha Grand Prix 9


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The 2nd Leg of the Yamaha Grand Prix was a heated showdown in Cebu. The scorching weather was only an appetizer for the blistering battle of the evening. Riders from regions of Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao, and Wildcards looked to unseat ‘The Chairman’ Masato Fernando from his dominance in the 150 Open UB Category. J.E Inguito, Bornok Mangosong, and McKinley Kyle Paz, were worthy contenders as they fought their way to the top. But Masato could not be denied and cruised to the finish line to strengthen his dominance over the category.


YGP 150 Open UB Season Championship
Champion
Masato Fernando
2nd Place
John Emerson Inguito
3rd Place
Bornok Mangosong

The All-Female category already has its 3 finalists from the region of Mindanao. Now it was time find out the Trio of Cebu. C-Let Quizon led the way with her unparalleled skill and experience against her fellow females. It was a happy moment for her to see that she is racing alongside more women in her hometown and is excited with growth of the category. She may have finished at the top but the race was all about the ladies alongside her, together it was a demonstration of the ability of the fearless Filipina on the track.


All-Female Category
Champion
C-Let Quizon
2nd Place
Alicia Ortega
3rd Place
RK Cuesta

The dealer cup race was an anticipated rematch. The category had LYR Motorhub and Motorace getting the best of their counterparts in the expert and intermediate categories respectively. Durraine Dan Carlos remained at the top in the overall standings but by suffering a loss in the Cebu leg it opens an opportunity to Garry Caneda and Ernie Daguio Jr. to claim his spot in the expert category. In the Intermediate category John Paul Lantape still leads the way statistically even with just a 2nd place finish. Bornok Mangosong and Mcdon Dave Sande help their cause with their own podium finishes and set themselves up for a shot at 1st place.


Dealer Cup Race
Expert
Champion
Ernie Daguio Jr
DHCI Cyclehaus Racing
2nd Place
John Emerson Inguito
Motorace Racing
3rd Place
Garry Caneda
DES Marketing Racing


Dealer Cup Race
Intermediate
Champion
McDon Dave Sande
LYR Motorhub Racing
2nd Place
John Paul Lantape
Motorace Racing
3rd Place
Bornok Mangosong
Rhean Marketing Racing

Now that the YGP has finished with Cebu, the Luzon region remains as the last qualifying leg before the Championship match. The Yamaha Grand Prix resumes at SM City Sta. Rosa on July 22.


RESULTS FOR OTHER CATEGORIES:

Category
Pos
Rider Name
Sniper 150 One-Make Race
Champion
Ernie Daguio Jr
2nd Place
McDon Dave Sande
3rd Place
Mario Borbon Jr
160 Open AT
Champion
Mario Borbon Jr
2nd Place
Sylvester Ramirez
3rd Place
Rj Comendador
Motorace Fun Race AT
Champion
Jefferey Galleros
2nd Place
Van Ricablanca
3rd Place
Gian Comendador
DES Marketing Fun Race UB
Champion
Carlo Rangas
2nd Place
Eliezer Langbid
3rd Place
Hervin Villaflor

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LEADERBOARD – 150 OPEN UB

Pos
Riders Name
Racing Team
Total Points
1
Masato Fernando
Yamaha Spec V
100
2
John Emerson Inguito
4S1M Yamaha
72
3
MckInley Kyle Paz
Phoenix Yamaha Koso Faito
62
4
Bornok Mangosong
Rhean Marketing
59
5
Garry Caneda
Yamaha Mw323
42
6
Herbert Lopez
4S1M Yamaha
34
7
Robert Espiritu
Privateer
28
8
Simon Solon
Privateer
29
9
Eljay Sumangil
SpeedZilla-FiTechDavao
25
10
Jayson Cabahug
Privateer
22
11
Marzan Rezada
SpeedZilla-FiTechDavao
19
12
Amber Torres
Privateer
14


RACERS LEADERBOARD – DEALER CUP RACE EXPERT CATEGORY

Pos
Riders Name
Racing Team
Total Points
1
Durraine Dan Carlos
LYR Motorhub Racing
38
2
Garry Caneda
Des Marketing Racing
36
3
Ernie Daguio Jr.
DHCI Cyclehaus Racing
36
4
John Emerson Inguito
Motorace Racing
30
5
Ephraim Onahon
Rhean Marketing
27
6
Aljon Valencia
New Nemar Racing
23


RACERS LEADERBOARD – DEALER CUP RACE INTERMEDIATE CATEGORY

1
John Paul Lantape
Motorace Racing
45
2
Bornok Mangosong
Rhean Marketing
36
3
McDon Dave Sande
LYR Motorhub Racing
35
4
Simon Solon
Des Marketing Racing
29
5
Marzan Resada
DHCI Cyclehaus Racing
22
6
Travis Borja
New Nemar Racing
13


DEALER LEADERBOARD – DEALER CUP RACE

TEAMS
1ST LEG
2ND LEG
TOTAL
RANKINGS
MOTORACE RACING TEAM
35
40
75
1st
LYR MOTORHUB RACING TEAM
35
38
73
2nd
DES MARKETING RACING TEAM
36
29
65
3rd
RHEAN MARKETING RACING TEAM
36
27
63
4th
DHCI CYCLEHAUS RACING TEAM
22
36
58
5th
NEW NEMAR RACING TEAM
26
10
36
6th



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