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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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.

More Investors, Jobs Seen in Ormoc with Network Upgrade

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The city of Ormoc in Leyte is expecting a boost in investments and jobs, particularly from business process outsourcing companies, following improvements in internet connectivity in their area.

With a population of about 200,000, Ormoc is home to universities and colleges like the Eastern Visayas State University, Western Leyte College, and STI College Ormoc, to name a few which provide the employee base needed by BPO companies as they expand to provincial city centers in various parts of the country.

Now, that potential is being enhanced by the improved data connectivity available via fixed and mobile networks -- the other vital factor for attracting BPO firms.

“Ormoc is very business-friendly. We’re expecting more investors to come in, one of them is the BPO sector. Apart from the malls and the buildings, connectivity is also very important to them, and we are thankful that PLDT and Smart have improved their services in our city,” said Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez.

Better connectivity in Ormoc
“PLDT already has existing fiber-to-the-home connections in Ormoc to address the needs of homes and enterprises in the city, and by the end of the year, we will triple their capacity to address the growing need for high-speed internet,” said Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT-Smart Senior Vice President for Network Planning and Engineering.

“We also have existing fiber-in-the-loop (FITL) and we are increasing its capacity to address the requirements of incoming BPOs as well,” said Tamayo, adding that fiber will also be rolled out to more areas across Ormoc this year, including key areas like the Ormoc District Hospital, Sabin Resort Hotel and SM Ormoc.

To improve the mobile data experience of residents in the area, Smart has also fired up Long Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced sites around the city, as LTE and LTE-A are the best technologies to help bring fast, affordable, and reliable mobile internet services to customers.

Recent internal tests around Ormoc showed speeds ranging from 20 Mbps to 50 Mbps in areas like the Ormoc City Terminal and Public Market, Robinsons Ormoc and Sabin Hotel, among others. The Ormoc City Hall is also among the local government offices nationwide powered by carrier-grade Smart Wifi.

Other tie-ups
In a courtesy call with PLDT and Smart representatives, led by SVP and head of Consumer Business for Customer Development Alex O. Caeg, Gomez also discussed possible partnerships between the Ormoc City government and PLDT-Smart in education, sports, health and tourism programs.

“We support the Ormoc City government in improving the lives of its citizens by making PLDT and Smart services more accessible to them,” Caeg said, adding that they are also looking into tying up with the Ormoc LGU in improving its dedicated tourism app.
“We also hope that with improved connectivity and more investors coming in, our tourism and hospitality industry will also grow further,” Gomez added.

Network investments
The city of Ormoc is just one of many areas where Smart has already deployed LTE and LTE-A. Recently, Smart also fired up LTE and LTE-A sites in nearby city Tacloban, in the Philippines’ northernmost province of Batanes, Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, and Sarangani, where tourists who took part in the recent SarBay Festival were also able to enjoy better connection with Smart’s newly launched LTE-A in the area and use it during the festivities.

Smart’s LTE roll-out goes hand-in-hand with PLDT’s fiber roll-out, which includes both fiber-to-the-home and hybrid fiber technologies. This modernization and expansion of PLDT’s fixed and mobile networks is supported by a massive capital expenditures program amounting to P58 billion this year.

Home Decor Ideas That Are Timeless

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There are a few homes that give the feeling that they have been decorated just one day back, but the truth is that they have been looking the same over the ages. A few other home decors tend to wear down and go out of style. If you can consider all the differences that exist between these two kinds of decor, you will understand that your decor decisions should be timeless.
Given below is a list of the decor ideas that are timeless.

Fabulous Furnishings
Keep in mind that your furnishings are not only fabulous but also functional. If you have a king sized bed or a sofa set, you should ensure that it provides you comfort and is capable of remaining the same for more than just a couple of years. If you are planning to purchase furniture for your home, you should ensure that the pieces are constructed properly. The styling should not lack sheen. A classic sofa or a table is considered the spine of a gorgeous and timeless look.

Trendy Patterns and Colors
You should opt for ideas that will be able to withstand the change in trends with each passing year. You should not purchase furniture based on the advertisements. Rather, you should be smart enough to choose patterns and colors that will be able to complement your home for years, even when the trends are changing. You can add lamps, pillows, art, tableware, and much more in a number of colors and styles. To gain more information on timeless landscape ideas, you can visit

Changing Pillows and Covers
There is no doubt about the fact that the covers and the pillows are the pieces of jewelry of the furnishings that you own. Since they are inexpensive, you can consider changing them in accordance with the seasons and your mood. They can add a lot of pop to the timeless looks.

Neutral Colors
It is true that the color trends keep changing almost every year, but the neutral shades are known to provide a great backdrop, and hence they are timeless! Neutral colors like shades of white, grey, or beige, never seem to go out of fashion.

These color tones tend to work with your furniture irrespective of their style and color. They are popular for evoking a fresh and clean feel. The best part is that your home will feel updated even with the changing trends.

Focus Points in Your Yard
Instead of opting for the same old and boring flower patch or vegetable patch, you should add a point of focus in your yard. For example, adding an antique statue or a group of unique shrubs will make your garden look timeless.

Blending the Old with the New
If you want a timeless look, you should blend the new and the old together. You can mix classic pieces that belong to different eras for beautifying and bringing interest to the already existing decoration in your home.

Keep in mind that you should keep yourself surrounded with the things that you love, irrespective of the trend or style, in order to keep the decoration timeless. All the objects of decoration will be considered timeless if you are willing to keep them forever.

10 Best Places to Visit Europe on a Budget

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1. The Albanian coast
Believe it Albania is one of the inexpensive countries that tourist can explore on budget luckily. It attracts millions of tourist toward itself from it the fancy beach, mammoth mountains white sand. The basic daily expense on Albanian coast is €25.

2. Leipzig, Germany
Leipzig is one of the cities where the cost of living standard is low as compared to the national average. Germany is known as the cheapest country for tourist as well as for people who live there. The basic daily cost for Leipzig tourist is €55.

3. London, England
It is a good time to visit London on a budget these days because the currency facing some lows. London has attracted tourist due to its free world-class attractions. Attractive Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Modern, British Museum and natural history museum are all free and satisfy the soul of adventurous people. The daily basic expense is €60.

4. The Peloponnese, Greece
If you want travel of fair budget then Greece is the best option for you and everyone. It is the place where camping on the beach, island hopping and calm on the deck of the ferry is really an amazing experience. It has very fine beaches and it is the home of ancient wonders. The daily basic expense is €30.

5. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is the capital of Hungary. it famous Budapest History Museum and Castle Hill attract tourist toward itself and give a chance to explore the traces of Roman time. It will not give a hard time to your budget, for example, spending the whole day in the spathe total damage only €15whoch is nothing in terms of its effects.

6. Palermo, Sicily, Italy
If you think grand tour within your budget then Palermo is an amazing option for you. There is no doubt on its charm and it is listed in the tourist trail who want to explore new things. Palermo is the capital of Sicily. Visit here and unfold many amazing surprises. The daily expense leads to €35.

7. Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
Huge, fresh, cool and deep Lake “Ohrid” is the great charm of Macedonia. It visits visitors to come swim, dive deep, play with jet-sky and feel the cooling effect of this natural and warm heartening place.  There are many economy hotels, camping spot for champing lovers. The daily basic expense at this place is €25.

8. Porto, Portugal
Porto is the city that appealing tourist due to the set of river, it is located in the northwest part. Its houses, cafes, ancient churches and narrow cobbled streets, markets are main features of Porto that attract tourist. The daily basic expense is €45.

9. The High Tatras, Slovakia
Slovakia’s is famous for its pride and joy. It has a magnificent ranges of peaks and chalets that enhance and attract every tourist wants to try.  Also invite visitors to enjoy the climbers, skiing, snowboarding and caver’s experience. The basic expense lead to €35.

10. Andalucía, Spain
It is located in the southern part of the Spain. It’s featuring its tradition tapas and beautiful monuments. Its legacy it is architecture, landmarks including Alcázar castle in Seville, Granada’s Alhambra palace. The daily basic expense is €65.

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Etihad Airways Adds New Buy-On-Board Products Including Premium Local Snacks

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In addition to its complimentary inflight service and recently launched menu of Buy on Board products, Etihad Airways has introduced additional food and beverage items available for purchase to provide more choice for guests in Economy Class and further enhance their travel experience.

New snack options now include locally sourced brands Munchbox and Freakin’ Healthy, who promise to deliver healthier food options using natural ingredients, no added sugar and are GMO free. Now also available on board are Hunter’s Gourmet Potato and Vegetable Crisps which are all hand cut with no artificial colours, trans fat or preservatives, and are also GMO free.

Linda Celestino, Vice President Guest Experience and Delivery, said: “Etihad Airways is always looking at new ways to increase our offering to tailor the guest experience by providing premium and unique products. Launched in December 2017, our additional buy on board items have proven to be a popular treat that make travelling with us even more special.”

Those looking for a mid-movie snack can enjoy gourmet salted caramel popcorn, an artisan hot chocolate or choose from a range of gluten, wheat and dairy free Nakd snack bars.

The new and existing range of products will be available on long-haul and ultra long-haul flights.  Items available for onboard purchase:

  • Freakin’ Healthy Raw Chocolate Bars
  • Hunter Ridges Crisps
  • Hunter’s Gourmet Vegetable Crisps
  • Munchbox Roasted Corn Kernels and Almonds | Assorted Nuts
  • Nakd Snack Bars
  • Joe & Seph’s Gourmet Popcorn
  • Saile & Sabga Gourmet Hot Chocolate
  • Piper-Heidsieck Brut NV Champagne by the glass
  • Snack Box (Sea Salt Crisps, Smarties, a Kit Kat and a Mars Bar)
  • Christian Lacroix male and female branded amenity kits with Omorovicza products
  • Christian Lacroix branded sleepwear

Future enhancements will enable guests to view a digital menu of items available for purchase through the inflight entertainment system.

Etihad Airways has a range of enhanced services for Economy Class customers, including pay-for lounge access and chauffeur transfers at a number of airports on the airline’s global network, neighbour-free seats and extra-legroom seats.

5 Factors You Need To Consider Before Purchasing A Water Filtering System

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When it comes to buying water filtration machines, you need to be extra careful not get something that you really do not need or end up buying one that that does not meet your standards. There should be a purpose attached to whatever machine you intend to buy. Invest in something that will bring value to you for a period of time. Do not spend carelessly. Instead, come up with workable plan for you. Here are the factors you need to consider before buying a water filtering machine.

Storage capacity 
If you have a big family, you will need to consider buying a bigger water filtering machine because the number of people using it will be high. Same strategy can be used in an office setting where you are likely to have visitors. You should buy one that will accommodate the needs of everyone. Water filtering machines come in different sizes depending on your needs. Get one that will serve everyone in your household to be on the safe side. Check with the on the best storage capacity you need.

Quality of water
It is a good practice to know the source of water. If your water is from the municipality, kindly get the right information on where it is pumped from. This will help you know how safe the water is and the kind of contaminants you are likely to have. This is crucial because bacteria differ from each other and are normally identified depending on the source. You should get a good water filter that will keep you safe from all the germs that are present in your locality.

Machines are usually delicate and need a high level of maintenance. Before buying a water filtering machine, you need to know the methods used to maintain it, the kind of equipment used to clean it, and how it needs to be handled. Water filtration machines are delicate and expensive, and you would not want to lose your dollars due to neglect or lack of information on how it should be handled. Go for one that is within your level in term of maintenance. This is a crucial factor that should be on top of your list.

Most of these water filtering machines come in different designs and with different capabilities. You need to consider one that will suit your needs perfectly well since the one that can be used in an office setting may not meet your household needs if it is to be transferred and vice versa. You need to be super keen and select the best. You can consult an expert who will guide and explain everything to you.

Pressure, sometimes referred to as flow rate, should be another factor you should not ignore. Water filtering machines differ in terms of water flow capacity. This comes in handy when it is in use. It also affects the purification rate. You should check the capacity of water it can hold. Only then will you be in a position to tell the kind of water purifying machine you need.

You can get recommendations from friends and family members. However, the above factors should be enough to guide you through. Provide your family with clean filtered water that is safe for drinking.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Growth of Online Casino Industry Is Today’s World

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Technology advancement has been witnessed every day since it came into existence.  Nevertheless, though the internet has been there for many years, most people were able to access it in the early 90’s. 

As a result, several online entities such as online casino came into existence in the mid 90’s which prompted the licensing bodies to offer free licenses (in 1994), to boost the industry. In the year 2017, revenue amounted to over forty billion thus proving, without a doubt, that the growth of the online casino industry is today’s world.

How is Online Casino Growing?

Today, both young and old have access to smartphones, tablets, and laptops. As a result, the need to network with friends, relatives and learning institutions globally has been high. Though personal computers usage has been high, the coming of smartphones brought a 'no turning' back upward trend in the gambling industry. That is, the number of people owning the mobile phones is far much higher than those in possession of Personal computers.

Not only is the device used to communicate and network, but also to play online games. Children even at the age of ten can now use their parent’s Android, iPhone and the like to play such games as roulette, blackjack, and baccarat among others.

Since most online casino software is compatible with most mobile phones; mobile gambling at the comfort of your house has become accessible to everybody in the family, thus leading to its unavoidable growth.

Improving the User Experience
Specific tools have been designed to track the ever-changing consumer needs and behavior in this industry. Naturally, people are wired to get bored whenever they do the same thing over and over again. It is due to this reason, that data analytics has been implemented to collect the customer’s data and process it. Online casinos are now able to monitor all their customers through the data collected.

Which personal data is crucial?
Customer information such as; gender, sex, location, the game played most, and time of playing it.

How is this beneficial?
It is now possible for online casino providers to track the changes in the games played, and the number of people regarding gender playing- if it is going high or low- and act accordingly. How is that achieved? Depending on the results, the providers initiate a marketing campaign that covers all user needs. This way, users get new and great experiences that make them want to play the game over and over again.

The results? They will share their experiences with others which make them want to play the game too.  By loading the game with bonuses for the players, the campaign becomes a win, win, competition by the end of it all. As a matter of fact, online gambling isn’t going down at any one time.  In fact, the future is more promising than the former.

Final Line

With the data analytics in place, the growth of online casino in today’s world is unquenchable. It may not even be possible to end it when children at the age of three, can access the guardian’s phones to play games.

With the smartphones becoming more advanced daily, and with their importance in peoples life, the need to travel to nearby cyber café, is now termed as 'past tense.'

You see, you can now access the game at whatever time you need it, regardless if it is during day or night. 

The fact that all people irrespective of their gender, age, professional or location, are accommodated in the industry, online games may be termed as the “king of the world” shortly. Time will tell!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Defining Filipino in Development: Empowering Young Leaders in the Philippine Intercultural Youth Convention 2018

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In addressing the country’s most pressing issues – peace and conflict, indigenous rights, quality education, federalism, among others – comes a crossroad for building the Philippines’ path towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It is in this crucial time that youth leaders should play a key role in defining what it means to be a ‘Filipino,’ and more importantly, how the youth could contribute in this definition.
Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition together with the Rotary Satellite Club of Fort BGC Titans, and many other Rotary Clubs and partner agencies, will provide an active venue for the youth’s exchanges on these issues through the Philippine Intercultural Youth Convention (PIYC) 2018, with the theme “Breaking Cultural Barriers, Empowering Young Leaders,” on 22-23 September 2018 in Quezon City.
PIYC 2018 aims to provide the Philippine Cultural experience through segments such as the Cultural Festival, an exhibition of cultures, a cultural networking night, and many other cultural presentations. At the same time, PIYC 2018 also creates a platform for exchanges between the youth and the Philippine government leaders on developmental issues that not only concern the country, but also the generation’s future through the Sustainable Development Goals.
Gathering youth leaders from different parts of the Philippines, the conduct of PIYC 2018 will provide young people to personally learn and appreciate the different tribes and ethnolinguistic groups in the Philippines, while providing a dynamic platform for Filipino youth leaders to engage and discuss valuable solutions to the country’s issues. The themes of breakout sessions for this discussion are divided in line with the SDGs – Peace in Diversity: Youth as catalyst for peace; Health and Social Welfare: Healthy youth for a healthy tomorrow; Quality and Accessible Education for all: Education as a powerful tool for the youth’s future; Climate & Environmental Action: Greener Pasture in the Philippines; Poverty Reduction & Access to Adequate Food: Hungry for change; Decent Jobs and Sustainable Livelihood: What awaits for young people in the world of work?
With culture and sustainable development at the center of discussion, PIYC 2018 unifies the Filipino youth to define its role in building a better future while being rooted in Philippine heritage. #PIYC2018 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Osric Chau to Guest at Asia Pop Comicon

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This prophet deserves a SUPER welcome! Give it up to our special guest, Kevin Tran himself: OSRIC CHAU!

Chau, who plays the fan favorite Kevin Tran in the hit series Supernatural, and is currently working on his first independent feature film Empty By Design, which is being filmed in the Philippines, will be joining the fun at the AsiaPOP Comicon Manila this year!

Catch him on July 27-29 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay City #APCCPH2018 tickets are available at SM Tickets website:, and at all SM Tickets outlets!

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Break Free La Union on July 14

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The province of La Union is under threat from the dangers of a proposed coal-fired power plant, putting the lives of people and the environment at risk.

But La Union communities are not taking this sitting down. Surfers, artists, resort owners, teachers, students--locals and visitors alike, supported by the broad anti-coal movement in the Philippines, are coming together to call attention to this issue and demand clean energy for La Union and the rest of the country.

Join Break Free La Union for surf sessions, a beach cleanup, talks, music, and an exclusive screening of "Before We Disappear," a short film starring Carla Humphries, Alex Medina, and Joel Torre, tomorrow, July 14, at Urbiz Garden, San Juan, La Union!

This is your chance to help #ProtectLaUnion while learning more about their vibrant surfing history and culture.

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