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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Phil-Bike Expo 2014: The Philippines' First Biking Expo Holds Press Conference


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I believe it's high time we fully support all bicycle-related efforts so our country can also benefit from the less pollution brought about by the excessive reliance to automotive vehicles that emit dangerous smokes and fumes into our environment - in the air that we all breathe in.

If we cannot control the aggressively fluctuating price of oil and other related products, we might as well make an effort to search for an alternative, and if we cannot get rid of all the junk food that has proliferated in many fast food chains and groceries, then we could at least get enough exercise - and this is where bicycles come in.

Not only are bikes a healthier means of getting from one point to another, it really would create a better world with fresh and clean air. If everyone else would go back to the golden ways during the older days when there were plenty of reasons why we could stay fit and healthy.

Be ready to see amazing bikes of all kinds on November 15 and 16, 2014 at the very first Philippine Bike Expo in the country. The Phil-Bike Expo 2014 press conference was held yesterday, November 7, 2014, and  the organizers promising not only a multitude of bicycles from imported brands to locally made ones where some were made from bamboo, and the cool foldable bikes that will be so convenient to carry and could very well encourage people to go biking instead of using their cars.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Kiddo-Preneur Christmas Bazaar 2014: Business Fun For Young Entrepreneurs


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Christmas is a time when most kids receive a significant amount of money coming from their loving parents and relatives who are more generous during the season, especially those who recently received their 13th month pay or Christmas bonus from their employers, or earned a very hefty sales from their business.

Many kids would surely plan on how they would start spending their money,, but for a talented and business savvy bunch called Kiddo-preneurs, it’s also a time to learn how to earn – and that’s exactly what they’re going to do at The Kiddo-preneur Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, November 23rd at the Glorietta Activity Center on Palm Drive (across the Raffles Hotel) in Makati.

For this annual kiddie entrepreneurial event, kids think of a business, set up shop, and sell their wares to eager holiday shoppers. Often times the Kiddo-preneurs work hand in hand with their siblings, classmates, other relatives and/or friends to run the business in a fun and profitable way.


Vision Solutions’ Double-Take 7.1 Delivers New DR Capabilities and Improved Performance


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Vision Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of disaster recovery, high availability and data migration software and services, announced today the release of Double-Take 7.1. With the improvements, end-users and partners will benefit from new options for disaster recovery and improved software performance.

The new 7.1 release of Vision Solutions Inc.'s Double-Take 7.1 DR product enables easy implementation and diversification of disaster recovery strategies. Companies operating on Windows and Linux server environments can now utilize Double Take 7.1 with the following enhancements:

• Faster time to migration and protection with increased initial synchronization speed
• Significantly faster cutover time; up to 50 percent decrease in time required to failover
• Full server one-to-one migration and protection for users with Linux operating systems

In addition to increased functionality for existing products within the Double-Take 7.1 family, including Double-Take Availability and Double-Take Move, this release includes a new solution available to market, Double-Take DR.

As IT infrastructure becomes more complex, Double-Take 7.1 helps hybrid datacenters become a reality for more businesses. Double-Take 7.1’s effective data migration, protection and availability products are included in a single, unified platform, which drives value for customers. In addition, the updates allow businesses to easily manage SLAs across various workloads in a heterogeneous environment.


Kaspersky Lab Survey Shows 1 in 8 Users Do Not Believe in Cyberthreats


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A survey said that Internet users don’t believe that cyberattacks are real and are only overstated by Internet security companies like Kaspersky Lab. An estimate of 13% of Internet users do not believe that cyberattacks are real. This is according to a recent survey carried out jointly by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab.

They feel that the threat is exaggerated by Internet security companies. However, this complacency leaves them without any protection against a risk that threatens their data and virtual lives every day.

According to statistics, even people who accept that cyberthreats are real are not always convinced they need protection against these threats. Specifically, only 22% of respondents believe they can be targeted by cybercriminals.

However, in reality any person’s device could be of interest to attackers. Even if the owner does not store valuable data on the device and does not carry out financial transactions online, cybercriminals can make use of any computer, smartphone or tablet – perhaps by turning it into a bot that sends spam, carries out DDoS attacks or sends phishing links via instant messaging and email.

Almost a third (32%) of users are not worried that their online accounts could be compromised, or are even oblivious to this risk.

Five Smartphone Trends that May Change the Filipino Real Estate Market in 2015


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Just like in other fields, the rise of smartphones will change the real estate game is played in the Philippines in 2015. The changes are actually almost evident already as more and more companies are making their online presence and considering mobile presence as part of their business strategy.

It goes without saying that the Philippines’ mobile Internet landscape is fast evolving. Smartphone penetration, although relatively low at 15 percent, has been growing over the last couple of years. It is expected to leap to 50 percent in 2015.

Filipinos do not leave home without their smartphones. We book taxis, check road traffic conditions, and purchase gadgets and shoes using our smartphones. Mobile apps even proved very useful when Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Visayas Region in late 2013, mobilizing an army of volunteers and a massive relief drive.

Indeed, smartphones have become the place where Filipinos research everything, including real estate. This presents a huge opportunity for the industry.

With these developments, Lamudi has compiled a list of smartphone trends that could stand to change Filipino real estate in 2015.


A Year After Typhoon Yolanda: 3 Airports, 14 Ports Fully Rehabilitated


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Less than one year since Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the country’s belt from the Eastern Visayas to Northern Palawan, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) have completed several key rehabilitation projects of various airports and seaports to help regain normalcy in the affected regions.

“In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, we saw that the resilience of the Filipino people is truly remarkable. To speed up recovery in the affected regions, transportation agencies have completed 3 airport and 14 seaport rehabilitation projects, in order to support the victims in their livelihood requirements and in the delivery of their basic needs,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

Tacloban Airport was one of the most damaged transport facilities following the typhoon, but it now boasts of a refurbished passenger terminal building (PTB) with new floors and ceilings, walls, windows and doors, finishings, and other furniture. New safety and security equipment such as four (4) x-ray machines and 4 walk-through metal detectors have also been installed.

Yahoo Philippines Gives Product Briefing of their Latest Mobile Apps


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There is no doubt that apps are ruling the mobile community. Everyone is downloading their favorite apps and trying out the latest release every time there's a new one available for download. Since smartphones have become so very affordable due to the high demand, coupled with convenient Internet access that you can make even at a coffee shop or at most malls, app development have made lots of companies taking advantage of its popularity.

There's even news about this 19 year old guy who made it into Yahoo when the company purchased Summly. Yeah! Many have made it to the top and accumulated riches just by developing cool apps that are welcomed by many eager mobile users. From designing fun and humorous mini games to booking a restaurant or a taxi, these geniuses of this generation are rockstars of the mobile world.

Yahoo Philippines is not to miss out on the popularity of apps when they recently invited a few members of the media last November 6, 2014, including your friendly neighborhood pambansang blogger, to an intimate presentation or product briefing of the newest Yahoo apps now available for download at Google Play and Apple App stores.

The said apps that are only a few months old are Yahoo App, Yahoo Aviate, Yahoo News Digest, and the latest update of Flickr.

At their head office located in ACCRA Law Tower in Bonifacio Global City, Kate Delos Reyes, Country Manager and Country Editor of Yahoo Philippines, gave us a preview of the capabilities of their latest apps which looks very promising for people who wants to be easily connected with the latest news as well as to become more organized and connected with the world.

Makeup 101: Free Workshop by Ellana Minerals and SpeedyCourse


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Calling all makeup beginners and enthusiasts! Ellana Mineral Cosmetics has teamed up with SpeedyCourse.com.ph to give you an early holiday present: a FREE Makeup 101 Workshop.

Learn how to find your correct skin tone, easy eye makeup application, contouring, highlighting, how to match your blush with your lip color and other pro tips and techniques from none other than Ellana Minerals founder Theresa Carbonel. Participants will also get a 10% discount on all Ellana Minerals products.

The workshop will be held on December 6, 2014, from 1:00 to 2:30PM at the Ellana Minerals Showroom in Makati. Registration starts on November 17!

To register, go to www.speedycourse.com.ph/courses/9703/free-workshop-makeup-101.

Limited slots only!

But wait, join below to get a sure seat at the workshop!


Live the Dream at the APOLLO Music Festival on November 14


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Get a chance to hear music from some of the country’s rising musical talents. Chill out with your friends as the sun sets and indulge yourselves in an array of food and entertainment booths. Cap the night off while headbanging to some of the Metro’s top DJs. Be one with the crowd and experience what it truly means to be in a Music Festival. Live to hear good music, live to enjoy, go on and live the dream.

This coming November 14, 2014, take on the experience as the top organizations of the University of the Philippines and De La Salle University, the UP Junior Marketing Association and the DLSU Business Management Society come forth and bring you the first ever inter-university Music Festival, APOLLO: Live the Dream at the Globe Circuit Events Ground in Circuit Makati.

Featuring big names such as Sponge Cola, The Ransom Collective, The Cohens, DJ Lucio Pua, DJ Marc Marasigan, and DJ Ace Ramos, free-flowing drinks, and a stunning lights show, this will surely be a night you won’t want to miss.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

7 Mysterious Places in Sri Lanka




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Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. It is a mind-blowing melting pot of history and culture. The beautiful temples, the green tea plantations and the smiling people make this place one of the most enchanting destinations in the world.

But visiting the sights following a guide book can get really boring. You should make an effort to explore the hidden gems of Sri Lanka which looks mysterious but alluring. Nothing beats being there personally to enjoy the places with all senses appreciating their awesome beauty and rich cultural background.

Of course, the trip would be highly educational and awe-inspiring as well as we get to see wonderful artifacts and structures that were both made by man and nature. It is also best to have an opportunity to meet the people as well. Maybe we could also gain friends during the trip to make the adventure more memorable.

Here are our top picks for the 7 mysterious places in Sri Lanka.


Scrooge The Musical - A Rollicking Frolicking Feast of Entertainment All Set to Open on November 21


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Repertory Philippines proudly presents its special holiday treat for the entire family with the new production of SCROOGE THE MUSICAL.

The Charles Dicken’s classic tale “A Christmas Carol” comes to life with renowned writer-composer-lyricist Leslie Bricusse’s delightful interpretation in SCROOGE THE MUSICAL beginning November 21, 2014 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City.

SCROOGE THE MUSICAL is set during Christmas in London, England and closely follows the classic story with the miserly Ebenezer undergoing a profound experience of redemption over the course of a Christmas Eve night, after being visited by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

The musical features a sparkling, tuneful score with traditional Christmas melodies complete with live music, dazzling choreography, and new surprises that will lovingly melt even the hardest of hearts as the true meaning of Christmas is highlighted.


"Rite Of Passage: Sa Pagtubu Kang Tahud" All Set to Open on Nov. 27


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Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, celebrates its 36th season with the theme “Navigating Identities”. To articulate this, the company will stage plays that explore man’s need to find himself and his place in the world.

After a successful production of Han Ong's "Middle Finger" last August, the company now focuses its attention on Glenn Sevilla Mas's "Rite of Passage: Sa Pagtubu kang Tahud (An adaptation of a Kinaray-a short story by Maria Milagros Geremia Lachica).

The play was first produced by Tanghalang Pilipino for the Virgin Labfest, the Cultural Center of the Philippines' annual festival of new plays in 2005.

Set in Catungan IV, a quiet barrio in the province of Antique, the play opens with a painful ritual that propels reluctant, young protagonist Isoy into manhood. As he is seduced by the promised pleasures of sex, Isoy bravely confronts his past in a bid to take control of his future, and the truth can be as overwhelming as the lurid images of scantily-clothed women in magazines.


Dance for Health 2: Healthway Medical's Search for the Best Corporate Dancers


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Healthway Medical, the country’s trusted and most preferred network of mall-based clinic begins its search for the best dance group from among the country’s top corporations in Metro Manila as it launches the “Dance for Health 2: Take the Lead.”

Dance for Health is a yearly dance competition sponsored by Healthway Medical to promote dancing as an avenue of maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.

“This year, we are focusing on corporate employees in order to encourage them to live an active and healthy lifestyle despite their busy schedules in the office,” Carmie de Leon, Healthway Medical’s VP for Sales and Marketing said.

Companies coming from different industries are invited to join the elimination rounds which will be held on November 14, at Glorietta 5. The grand finals will be held in December 14 at Glorietta Old Activity Center.

There will be no joining fee and past winners including the Maynilad Dance Company, who won the first place followed by the Black Panthers of Aegis Global and the LBP-All Stars of the Land Bank of the Philippines, will also be joining the contest.


Eat All You Can at the Paella Festival 2014 This November 21


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Foodies will rejoice once they hear about the upcoming event this coming November 21, 2014 from 5 pm until 10 pm in Kapitan Moy Main Hall located at J.P. Rizal of Marikina City.

Get your appetite ready to celebrate an Eat All You Can Festival featuring a wide array of Paella choices for your own delight! Wow! Paella until you drop! Our tummies will surely feel fulfilled with not only 1 but 6 kinds of Paella. Yummy!

THE PAELLAS
1. SPANISH PAELLA (in tomato sauce with lechon and seafoods.)
2. PAELLA NEGRA MARINARA. (in black squid ink sauce with seafoods.)
3. INDIAN PAELLA (in curried spicy sauce with seafoods)
4. CHINESE KIAMPONG PAELLA (with chicken pork adobo mix with pechay, gabi and peanuts.)
5. KOREAN PAELLA (sweet spicy with sesame seeds and toasted pork ribs.)
6. JAPANESE GOMOKU GOHAN. GREEN PAELLA. (seasoned with herbs and variety of nuts)

Aside from 6 different paellas, they will also serve plain rice, pork sinigang, and kansi (soup with beef kneecap cooked in langka chunks and kamias).

Quench your thirst with their bottomless iced tea. All of these for only Php 550 per person. But there's more, if you reserve 1 table of 10, you get to pay for only 9 persons. Early birds will also get less Php 50 from the price and senior citizens will need to pay a discounted price of only Php 440.

The Paella Festival 2014 is hosted by Song and Lydda's Food Service.

You may pay your reservations through bank deposit at BDO banks, and email your deposit slips to  jessgrafilo@yahoo.com

UP Engineering Radio Guild Presents SYNERGY: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Summit 2014


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The University of the Philippines Engineering Radio Guild presents SYNERGY: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Summit 2014, an event now stepping up its version of challenges specially designed for students in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) courses.

On its third year, SYNERGY brings with it a four-day gathering for future engineers to showcase their skills and intellect. SYNERGY will go beyond learning concepts and exploring theories acquired from the academe. With speakers from trending companies in the technology industry, students also build the career vision and skill potential they acquired from their interest and key studies. The event focuses on professional development and its potential in improving the country.

SYNERGY is composed of five major events, namely, Techno Talk, Ingenious Ideas, Revolutionary Robotics, Dynamic Discourse, and Corporate Connection.

Techno Talk is comprised of three short talks in which distinguished speakers will talk about the current and upcoming trends and innovations in the academe, industry, and government scenes for Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

In Ingenious Ideas, students are encouraged to think out of the box by solving scenarios or questions in the allotted time frame related to topics presented in Techno Talk.

Presenting the "Romeo & Juliet The Musical" by Kids Acts Philippines


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It's been years since I watched a live musical play. The last one was a ballet show featuring Lisa Macuja, one of Manila's famed ballerinas at Aliw Theater, CCP. A few weeks ago, I had a chance to watch another live musical play this time just a few blocks from Aliw which is in Star Theater for the "Romeo & Juliet The Musical" by Kids Acts Philippines. This play as well all know is a reenactment of William Shakespeare's famous novel but it was made it clear by the production that it will be performed without sacrificing the original texts of the author to let young adults understand and comprehend on how the play is written. The dialogues are sung with full observance of how phrases are being read.

Watching these young actors and actresses portraying the characters was like me being transported when I was a student because I used to memorize these same exact lines just to pass our English literary subject. I wished we should have watched a play like this before because the learning is much better from watching than just merely reading a full text about it.

Though I find it hard to keep up with the fast conversation of the characters, maybe because the lines are written in heavy medieval English. I was also sitting beside my fellow bloggers they also say the same thing. I think it is better if they can also have a Tagalog version of "Romeo & Juliet The Musical". This does not mean though that we doubt the capabilities of the actors by any means but I think we can have this play closer to our hearts if spoken in our language.
 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wazzup Pilipinas Original Short Stories Series: Memories and Regrets


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XQ 1019 a robot made by Joseph, Ana's grandfather, to help a certain someone recover from losing someone important. Ana is Jake's lover; both of them treasured each other that is why when one is lost, the other falls into depression.

In Jake's past, he used to obey the authority for the sake of paying his debt to them and to prevent them from punishing him however, as he grew up he learned how to refuse the order of the authority because he is no longer afraid of punishments anymore.

Our story is about a painful love where in the one you love died, leaving you with full of regret. Even after everything that has happened love conquers all. In the story, the protagonist changed for the better after loving someone and even after death he still treasures that special someone.

In the story, the protagonist showed an overflowing emotion and feelings, like after Ana's death Jake felt so much despair and fell into depression. The protagonist used to be a criminal and as the time passes he learned how to value things and changed for the better.

Please enjoy reading our short story below.


Philippine Bike Expo to Launch in November


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More and more Filipinos are turning to biking for transport, health, fitness and as a competitor sport with various events and activities catering to this fast growing community. For a full weekend on November 15-16 in Hall D of the World Trade Center, the Philippines can finally claim to have its very own biking expo similar to international shows featuring premium brands and exhibit displays through Phil-Bike Expo 2014.

This milestone event consolidates under one roof, for the first time, different categories of bikes from road, mountain, folding, BMX, urban, custom and more. Be immersed in the world of biking and see exhibits of vintage, fixed gear, and custom low rider bikes to interactive product displays from top international brands and local Pinoy manufacturers. Interact with various biking groups and associations who shall likewise take center stage to discuss key topics such as safety, infrastructure, training, support for local athletes and initiatives to make the Philippines more bike friendly.

Phil-Bike Expo also features an indoor BMX Halfpipe and Electronic Racers where local talents will battle it out for the grand prize. To add to the excitement, Red Bull elite athlete and former Trial Biking World Champion Thomas Oehler shall be performing his famous stunts and tricks on two wheels. Top OPM artist and rider Gloc-9 will then close the show with a mini-concert on November 16.


LINE POP 2: The Sequel to the Hit LINE POP is Here!


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LINE, the world’s leading life platform, has officially released two new and exciting games: the sequel to LINE POP and LINE Sweets!

The Philippines is home to the most downloaded mobile games in Southeast Asia. Because of this, LINE is happy to offer Filipinos with engaging new puzzle games for recreation.

LINE POP 2 is a hexagon-based puzzle game where players can move blocks in six different directions. Your favorite LINE characters are used as labels for the blocks. Align three or more similar-character blocks to eliminate them and gain higher scores.

As the successor of the first LINE POP, which garnered over 47 million downloads worldwide, the sequel welcomes a huge following of puzzle-game gurus.

LINE Sweets, on the other hand, is a map-based puzzle game that features LINE characters in 3D! Each character has a unique skill, which can be strategically used to gain higher scores. New characters can be unlocked using Gacha or by clearing stages within the game.


Learn About a More Secure Way to Do Your Online Christmas Shopping



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Our lifestyle continues to change as many life-changing conveniences are quickly emerging and becoming so easy to use. Many people are now becoming more comfortable buying stuff online especially using their portable and handy smartphones. The Internet had indeed opened so many opportunities for other technologies to sprung up and be noticed.

Right now, mobile apps are in the verge of ruling the e-commerce world, if not yet considered as claimed and conquered. A lot of start-ups have made a name for themselves with primarily the online community to thank for. Of course, there's so many potential to become a lot bigger, and more financially rewarding.

Take for instance online shopping. It was noted that a 39% increase was established compared to last year’s second quarter based from an infographic released by Realex. This only goes to show that online transactions are still on the rise and will continue to increase in a quarterly basis.

But is it really safe and secure already to deal with online transactions? Though there may be a few scams going around trying to dissuade people to trust online deals, there are so many initiatives and efforts to make our online dealings better than physically being there. This is very helpful now that the Christmas season is so very near, and many of us would like to escape the crowded shopping malls when buying for our season gifts.

Shoppers all over the Philippines can now have a more secure online transaction with the Lamido Safepay – the escrow service of Lamido that allows consumers to avoid fraudulent transactions on the internet.

Lamido has ensured that online transactions are more secure with its effort to launch the Lamido Safepay. It is expected that in the coming months, Lamido Safepay will be the most preferred payment option by most merchant in the Lamido’s online buy and sell platform.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wazzup Pilipinas Original Short Stories Series: Love My Lie



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Back when I was in elementary, I only have few friends because as the Top 1 in the class, everyone thought that I’m a nerd. So as to fit in, I prove them wrong. I observed their acts every day. I know in myself that if I act and talk the way they do, they would definitely befriend me, so I did. Yes I already fit in but I’m not that comfortable. I lost the real me. I sacrificed my happiness and identity just to fit in.

I correlate my past to the story that I had written. Just like anyone else, I want attention. But attention can’t be asked from someone, it should be given, just like love.

Our story below tells about a typical wife who craves for her husband’s attention. Rebecca suspects Sam for having a mistress. She jumped to that conclusion because according to her, Sam’s always out for business trips and doesn’t bother to have a quality time with her. Sam was astonished to hear that from her. He got annoyed that Rebecca wasn’t considering the facts that he is a Company Executive Officer and he’s working so hard for their future.

Craving for her husband’s attention, Rebecca pretended that she has a breast cancer. She asked Lauren, her best friend, to do her fake medical reports and to teach her how she should act and look like as a cancer patient. After knowing Rebecca’s condition, he immediately took a leave in his office to be able to make it up to his wife.

Rebecca’s enjoying the deeds for already two months, until one day when Lauren called thru telephone. She told Rebecca that Sam’s always calling her, crying because of Rebecca’s phony condition. It’s Lauren’s conscience that is bugging her so she decided to end their plan by quitting as Rebecca’s fake doctor.

Lies kill relationships. But what if the only choice left is to lie? Will you have the guts to risk your relationship?

“What time did you arrive last night?” asked Rebecca who’s having a cup of coffee.

“Around 12 midnight? I’m not that sure. By the way, we’ll be having a company outing slash seminar in Hongkong next week. We’re going to stay there for like three days.” said Sam who’s been evidently in a rush.

Rebecca stood up. “What? Last week, you just arrived from Pangasinan. Last night, you just arrived from Baguio. And now, you’re telling that you’ll be leaving again?”

“Look Rebecca! I’m the Company Executive Officer and you’re expecting that I would only sit there in my office doing nothing?” He went to the door but Rebecca gripped his hands to stop him.

“Do you still love me, Sam? Answer me! For the past few months, it seems like you just go home to sleep with me. And to inform you, we never had a quality time together for two months! Two months Sam!”

Sam was dumbfounded to see Rebecca’s expression. She had never been that mad before. Rebecca continued, “Why can’t you answer me? O’ wait! Maybe I’m wrong! Because the truth is you have a mistress! Are you having a secret relationship with..”

“What are you saying Rebecca? All this time, I’m working so hard for you. In return, I want you to appreciate me. I just want to feel appreciated. That’s all Rebecca! But what were you thinking? That I have a mistress? That I’m having a secret relationship with someone? How paranoid!” Sam left and slammed the door.

All of a sudden, Rebecca found herself alone in their house, again. It has been always like that. At first, she tries to understand Sam’s situation, that as a CEO, he always has a propensity to be busy but eventually, Rebecca got tired. If Sam wants appreciation, what Rebecca wants is attention. Actually, she’s craving for it. She’s just missing his other half so much. Desperate to get what she wants, she thought of a plan, a plan that would surely win his husband’s attention back.

Rebecca mocked that she has a breast cancer. That’s how immature she is. That’s how eager she is to have her husband’s attention. She did everything to make her plan work. She even hired Lauren, her bestfriend, who works as a doctor to do her medical reports and to teach her how a cancer patient should act or look like. As Rebecca informed her about her “sickness”, he immediately took a leave to take her of his wife and also, to have a quality time with her.

`”I’ll make it up to you Rebecca. I’m really sorry if I was too busy to the point that I already forgot my duty as your husband. I’ll make it up to you, I swear. From now on, I won’t leave your side anymore. “said Sam to Rebecca who’s lying on her bed trying to look ill.

Rebecca was so pleased because Sam’s so hooked to her story. Days, weeks, months had passed. Rebecca’s enjoying the deeds. Sam never leaves her and he was sweeter than ever before. Everything was perfect but it’s true that lies can’t be kept forever. Whether you like it or not, everything would be revealed at the end.

“Hello Lauren! How can I help you?” asked Rebecca to Lauren who called thru phone.

“Let’s stop this.”

“Stop what?”

“This stupid plan. Rebecca, my conscience has been bugging me for two months. Sam’s been calling me almost every day. He always checks up on you. He cries and it’s upsetting to know that I’m one of the reasons of his tears. I can’t be your fake doctor anymore. I’m sorry.”

“No! You can’t just leave me like that. You’re my bestfriend, you know that well. You just can’t leave me hanging.”

“Yes, I’m your bestfriend. And as your bestfriend, Rebecca please, I’m begging you. Let’s stop this. It’s Sam. He’s living in a lie for months. Aren’t you scared that if Sam knew this stupid plan of yours, she would be mad at you big time? Or even worse, leave you? I’m sorry Rebecca but this is the best thing to do. Bye.”

Rebecca’s so worried. What will she do now? If Lauren won’t make her medical reports anymore, Sam might consult other doctor and he’ll eventually know that his wife’s just lying. Rebecca’s afraid to lose her husband, he’s her everything and she won’t let anything break them. After a while, Sam entered Rebecca’s room crying.

“How can you do that to me Rebecca?”

“Do what?”

“I heard it all on the phone. I thought you were sleeping so I grabbed the phone. But when I was about to speak, I heard you and Lauren. I badly want to know your condition so I didn’t hang up the phone. But unintentionally, I heard what I wasn’t supposed to know. I’m so stupid. Why did I easily believe you?”

“Let me explain Sam. I just did that to have your attention because I’m missing you. And I’m missing you because I love you.” Rebecca’s tears fell.

“Love? How can you even say that word? If you love me, you won’t lie. You won’t do things that might possibly hurt my feelings!”

“I’m sorry Sam. Give me another chance.”

“I sacrificed myself for you. How can you even do that?” Sam became more emotional and more tears fell from his eyes.

“What? I can’t understand you Sam.”

“I have Leukemia Rebecca! But I chose not to be diagnosed because I’m afraid that you might get worse if I let you know. The day you started lying was also the day that I was about to tell you about this but I chose not to. And now, what will I get? You never really fail to dishearten me.”

Sam continued, “The doctor just gave me three months. I’m dying Rebecca. I’m dying…”


Contributed by Carmina Mejia

Alice Reyes' “Cinderella” Set for Gala Night Opening on Nov. 28


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The smash hit of the holiday season with the best romance and laughter formula is coming real soon ! Yes, the undisputed masterpiece of classical elegance and magical production of CINDERELLA is back !!!

As a special pre-Christmas treat, Ballet Philippines shall stage anew Alice Reyes’ CINDERELLA on November 28, 2014 – 8 p.m. at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines.

CINDERELLA is the best loved fairy tale of all time about a poor girl whose true worth is recognized not by her family but by a prince bearing her lost shoe.

“ I have always wanted to do a ballet for children – Cinderella was the perfect material. After all, I can’t think of childhood without Mother Goose and Cinderella. Working on a full-length ballet patterned after the traditional classic form presented many problems. The easiest way would have been to adhere to the Cinderella scenario already established by such noted choreographers as Petipa, Fokine, Sergeyev and Ashton, among others. What kept me on track in my version was the one thought that eventually became a guide: the ballet was for Chris and Sara and Marco and Carlo and little Alice and all my wonderful little friends who keep bringing “wonder” into my life. I would like to give them something back in return.”

“ Thus, the garden divertissement with animals dancing for Cinderella; two talented girls playing the stepsisters rather than men; a warm fun-loving King who wanted grandchildren; two princely brothers of Prince Charming to lighten the palace scenes; and lots and lots of dancing.”

DOTC Readies Laguindingan Airport for Night Landing


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With all air navigation and airfield ground lighting systems at the Laguindingan Airport installed and tested, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are aiming to begin night landing operations at the Northern Mindanao gateway within this month.

“We are happy to announce that the Laguindingan Airport is now equipped for night landing operations.We hope to activate evening flights by the end of November in order to give the public more flight options as well as to decongest the airport during the day,” remarked DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

In line with certain policies and procedures of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and CAAP,officials from DOTC and CAAP are conducting a joint inspection from November 4 to 6 for safety purposes in order to double-check on any possible system defects before they are put to use.

CAAP willthen prepare the standard guidelines for arrival and departure procedures,for compliance bythe airlines involved. After this, CAAP and the airlines will organizeflight schedules to ensure orderly operations and to prevent air traffic and terminal congestion.This willkickstart night landing operations at the airport.

Monday, November 3, 2014

6 Top Reasons Why You Should Choose DMCI Homes


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A great example of DMCI Homes is the Lumiere Residences. It is DMCI Homes’ newest resort condo theme project in the posh neighborhood of Kapitolyo Pasig City. It will be designed after the resort-living lifestyle typical of all DMCI Homes properties having the same winning advantages that the market has associated with the DMCI Homes brand: a tropical resort ambiance, first-rate amenities, recreational facilities and building features, strategic location, worry-free living, plus an untarnished 55-year construction legacy.

Below are the top 6 reasons why you should choose DMCI Homes.

1. IN CITY LIVING: The location of DMCI communities have been well thought of to give you advantages in terms of being highly accessible to relevant institutions {schools – central business districts – malls – hospitals}. These second layer locations where DMCI developments are positioned offers convenience of just being right at the very gateway of the most prime areas in Metro Manila.

2. MORE VALUE: For what your money is worth, the price of a 2 or 3 bedroom in our developments will only fetch you a studio or a 1 bedroom at the most among other developers. Dare to compare.

T.G.I.Friday’s Brings Tastes of America


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T.G.I.Friday’s is giving us another reason to celebrate as they bring us the tastes of America! Laid out with amazing flavors we all loved, Tastes of America is surely the way to capture our patriotic Filipino hearts.

Start off your meal with the scrumptious Southwest Shrimp Salad made from the freshest ingredients to ensure that yummy crunch in every bite. Next, taste the sunny flavors of Florida with the Miami Cubano Chicken Stack followed by Kansas Mashed Potato and you’ll definitely see the yellow brick road to paradise. You can also have the juicy crowd favorite Chicago Braised Pork Belly and get some of that real Chicago flair in your mouth. Top off your dish of choice with either Chili Pineapple or Apple Cucumber mojito and you’ll feel like its Friday on any day of the week.

Whatever your choice is, T.G.I.Friday’s will make sure that you’ll get a taste of America in every bite.

Buffalo Wild Wings Opens in the Philippines this December


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Things are about to heat up for food lovers and local sports fans with the Philippine opening of Buffalo Wild Wings, known for its exciting sports viewing atmosphere. Its namesake being Buffalo, NY-style chicken wings served with one of 18 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings, spiced up with its wide selection of beers. The first Philippine branch of this international restaurant chain will be launched at Capitol Commons in Pasig City this December.

It was in 1982 when Jim Disbrow and Scott Lowery founded Buffalo Wild Wings, shortly after the two friends moved to Ohio from Buffalo. Driven by their craving for New York’s popular bar food which was nowhere to be found in Ohio, Jim and Scott opened their own wing joint instead near The Ohio State University campus.

Three decades later, the modest wing joint has grown into an influential brand with over 1,040 locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and soon the Philippines.

“We are very excited to be bringing the Buffalo Wild Wings experience to Manila and we look forward to becoming a part of this dynamic community,” said Tim Murphy, Vice President of International for Buffalo Wild Wings.


Software and App Downloads for WD My Cloud Reaches 4 Million


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WD My Cloud mobile apps have been downloaded more than four million times. This statement is according to WD, a Western Digital company and a world leader in connected storage solutions. Users can easily remotely connect to their My Cloud personal clouds to view photos, stream video and access their files from anywhere on their smartphones or tablets.

WD also released WD My Cloud operating software (OS) version 1.5 to make the experience even better by delivering new versions of the WD My Cloud device firmware as well as the WD My Cloud mobile app. WD My Cloud OS 1.5 introduces new media navigation, viewing and search features. The free upgrade is available on the full suite of My Cloud products including My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4.

WD recognizes the overwhelming task that consumers face in organizing and controlling all of the music, movies, photos and other digital files we collect across our various computers and mobile devices,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president, WD Content Solutions Business and worldwide sales. “The more than four million downloads of our WD My Cloud app offerings to date show our software provides tremendous value to our customers, and we are committed to continuing the mission of WD My Cloud OS to simplify the digital chaos we all face with the growing amount of digital content in our lives.”

ONE FC: Warrior's Way Adds Four New Exciting Bouts


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Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) has added four exciting bouts to ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY, which is set to take place onDecember 5 at the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) in Manila, Philippines.

Top bantamweights Koetsu Okazaki and Kevin Belingon will clash while former ONE FC Featherweight Champion, Honorio Banario returns to the ONE FC cage to face Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, Herbert Burns. Light heavyweight contenders, Roger Gracie and James McSweeney will also battle it out in Manila while light heavyweight standout Jake Butler seeks redemption against Sylvain Potard in a highly anticipated rematch.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship, Victor Cui, stated, “ONE Fighting Championship is set to end the year with a blast by making ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY the biggest and most exciting MMA event of 2014! We have added some truly massive fights on the already astounding fight card. Team Lakay warriors Kevin Belingon and Honorio Banario seek redemption inside the ONE FC cage while Filipino-American Brandon Vera makes his debut. Fans can definitely expect an unforgettable night of world class and adrenaline-pumping mixed martial arts action! ”

Tickets for ONE FC: WARRIOR’S WAY on 5 December in Manila are on sale now at SM Tickets (http://www.smtickets.com). Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VIPs at PHP 6,360 followed by Patron PHP 3,180, Lower Box PHP 1,280, Upper Box PHP 640 and General Admission PHP 220. Prices include ticketing fee. Pre-sale packages are currently available.

World-Class Cebu Airport Services Soon: GMR-Megawide Takes Over Operations From MCIAA


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Airline passengers using the country’s second-busiest gateway airport can expect better, more customer-oriented services soon as the GMR-Megawide consortium formally took overthe operations and maintenance (O&M) requirements of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) last November 1st.

“This is a major step in our thrust to modernize our transportation facilities, and in delivering world-class services that the public deserves. As a major international destination for business travelers and tourists alike, we are excited to bring the Mactan-Cebu airport at par with the best in the world,” said Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jun Abaya.

With O&M functions turned over to GMR-Megawide, passengers can expect immediate enhancements within the next three months. One of the first improvements will equip the immigration section with passport readers and computers and will relocate it to a larger area. This will shorten queuing time and maximize the use of airport space, as MCIA’s annual passenger count is expected to increase from 4.5million today to 12.5 million in 2018.

To provide a more pleasant, comfortable experience for the public, basic airport facilities will also be modernized through interior design improvements. These include simple enhancements such as importing new seats for the waiting areas and rehabilitating comfort rooms.In addition, an air-conditioned room will be constructed at the arrival area to accommodate greeters and well-wishers.

Brave Dangers with VALVRAVE The Liberator on Animax Asia


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Animax, Asia’s first channel specializing in anime programming, is set to premiere the action-packed anime series, VALVRAVE The Liberator in November! As the channel’s latest blockbuster title, the edgy sci-fi and mecha series will bring exhilarating action into our world with 2 explosive seasons airing back-to-back.

Created by Sunrise animation studio (Cowboy Bebop, Mobile Suit Gundam), VALVRAVE The Liberator is set in a world where 70% of the human population lives in space. The story follows a peace-loving high-school student named Haruto Tokishima. The once peaceful world he lived in has come crashing down when his home is invaded by the military forces of Dorssia Military Pact Federation.

In a strange twist of fate, he discovers a mysterious humanoid weapon called the VALVRAVE. To operate the mecha (machine) and save his loved ones, Haruto has to give up his own humanity. Will he be able to liberate the world with his newly acquired powers?


Wazzup Pilipinas Original Short Stories Series: What Made Me Write


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The story starts with a student in her poetry class, namely Caitlin. Mr. Frederick, her teacher, asked them to write a poem about anything for their project.

Later at night, her friend Ellie called her, begging her to come to her house so Caitlin did. Caitlin found Ellie in the bathroom of her house, holding a blade, and crying so hard. Caitlin helped her so she’d stop cutting herself and asked her what happened. Ellie said that she has problems with her family, that everyday, her parents always fight leaving her scared. Sometimes her dad would hurt her just because of a simple mistake.

Caitlin decided to write a poem about Caitlin’s experiences which won the appreciation of her classes but she’s still sad because she realized how vicious our world has become.

In this story, you'll learn that we shouldn’t physically abuse other people because it will have a big effect on them.We shouldn’t cut ourselves or attempt suicide because we can always seek God for help and guidance. You'll also learn that we should be ready to help other people when they are feeling down.

Below is our short story for the day.



Share a Story, Save the World: A Volunteers’ Meet-up


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Storytelling is an age-old tradition of the world. It has been practiced to pass on information, make sense of experiences, and understand one another. It has the power to immortalize individuals and events, incite ideas and action, and bring people together. It is in the spirit of this powerfully unifying practice that Hero Of D Day and CSR World bring to you Share a Story, Save the World: A Volunteers’ Meet-up.

On the 8th of November, Saturday, 6:00 PM, aspiring and seasoned volunteers from the youth sector will meet at Co.Lab, Brixton St., Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City to tell their own tales and listen to others. Php 250 will avail participants of a Hero Of D Day kit, certificate, food, drinks, and an invaluable storytelling experience.

There will be an opportunity to share volunteer stories with fellow volunteers. Juana Change, an advocate of freedom, justice, good governance, and social change is slated to speak at the event. Geoanna Corneby, a Corporate Social Responsibility officer and an active volunteer for various NGOs that further youth development, empowerment of the poor, and nation building, will be conducting a writing workshop for the participants as a culminating activity as well.

Share a Story, Save the World: A Volunteers’ Meet-up is led by two groups one in the cause – Hero Of D Day and CSR World. Hero Of D Day is a social media organization that believes there is a hero in every one. Focusing the lens on the everyday hero, it recognizes great and small acts of heroism by collecting stories and publishing them online. CSR World is the youth department of Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation that ensures the knowledge and experience of young people on CSR 3.0 – Citizenship, Sustainability and Responsibility – are comprehensive and will enable them to be better citizens.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bridging Social and Health Inequities: The GIDA Experience


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Persistent health inequities in the country would mean health services are still beyond the reach of amny Filipinos, especially the poor. Eliminating a complex problem like these require a systematic approach that the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) believes must start with the health leader which should be the municipal mayor alongside his municipal health officers and community workers.


The far-off rural communities would have the least opportunities to take advantage of government health products, services and facilities. This is because of several reasons such as weak health systems, poor health-seeking behavior, absence of adequate road infrastructure and lack of transportation facilities.

Eight municipal mayors from geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) shared their health challenges experienced by GIDA residents, as well as the reforms to address those health gaps with the help of their communities and the ZFF in a colloquium entitled "Bridging Social and Health Inequities: The GIDA Experience."


Ryu Ramen & Curry: Feasting on Fabulously Flavorful Tantanmen Dishes


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It was time for another Open Rice Philippines foodie meet-up at another notable restaurant in the Metro. My taste buds was highly anticipating another tasty treat this time at a Japanese ramen house known as Ryu Ramen & Curry located at the SM Jazz Residences in Makati. You'll find the restaurant facing the Nicanor Garcia street side just opposite the Crown Center building where One Asia Center, our virtual and office-sharing home, is holding office.

Ryu Ramen & Curry currently have other branches located in Tomas Morato in Quezon City and Up Town Center in Katipunan Avenue, also in Quezon City. I'm sure they will eventually expand into more branches soon just like every other restaurant in the country. The proliferation of restaurant chains in the country is a testament that Filipinos really love eating, may it be local or international-inspired culinary dishes.

Ryu Ramen & Curry takes pride in offering authentic Japanese specialty dishes that satisfactory pleases the Filipino taste. Their spicy dishes can be served in mild version so that even children can appreciate the flavorful culinary treats that lingers even after hours of eating from the restaurant.

Our Open Rice Philippines foodie meet-up at Ryu Ramen & Curry takes us to experience their fabulously flavorful Tantanmen dishes. They have five variations of the Tantanmen but unfortunately only four were served due to the unavailability of the tender Angus beef that is the main ingredient in one of the Tantanmen varieties.


BNI Philippines Holds Grand Inauguration Night to Welcome New Officers and Members


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Business Network International (BNI) Philippines recently launched its networking and referral marketing organizations at a grand inauguration night led by BNI Philippines co-National Directors Dexter Ortega and Edward Ling, last October 28, 2014 at the luxurious Manila Polo Club located in Makati city.

I also saw a very familiar face in the event, namely Vivian Velez, who apparently must be a business or career woman already since I haven't seen her around showbiz lately. The former actress widely known before as Ms. Body Beautiful of Philippine movies during her younger years led the raffle draw sometime before the event program ended and proceeded to a dance and networking.

The organizations are namely their BNI Genesis Chapter, Makati and BNI Pioneer Chapter, Ortigas - composed of small and medium enterprises and professionals seeking growth without necessarily increasing costs. The induction of officers and members of the two chapters was the evening's highlight.

The event was attended by several business owners mostly from SMEs joined by government officials, representatives of embassies and chambers of commerce, and foreign delegates from BNI all over the world. Since SMEs account for 99.6 percent of total registered enterprises, BNI is primarily targeting SMEs to become members since many of them have limited resources in growing their businesses thus a networking group would be totally helpful to expand their opportunities towards growth and development.

Easy Taxi Launches Customized Cabs of Partner Brands Offering Cool Freebies


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Easy Taxi, the number one taxi hailing app in the world, formally announced it partnership with four great brands at a special launch held at Eastwood Open Park last October 30, 2014. The night unveiled the four product cars from the partner brands namely Belo Medical Group, WeChat Philippines, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular, each with a distinctive offering for its passengers from freebies to free Wi-Fi in every vehicle. A short presentation, interview and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, with a sky full of fireworks to cap off the evening.  The promo aims to give Filipinos a unique, fast, and safe riding experience with the launch of the Easy Taxi Product Cars.

The taxi app company has been sharing teasers in their Facebook page showing images representing the four brands, and some bloggers and online media have been sharing teaser articles to further announce to the public the upcoming launch with a hashtag #Oct302014 claiming October 30, 2014 as Easy Taxi day.

At the launch, we found out that there will soon be customized Easy Taxi cabs bearing the images of the four brands coupled with some promotional gimmicks to further attract customers to use the Easy Taxi app in booking their taxi cab rides. The pimped taxi cabs will be a great treat to the passengers as they get the chance to bring home some freebies.

The two-month long promo to officially start on October 31, and will last until December 31, 2014. Get a chance to have your Easy Taxi ride for free, anywhere within Metro Manila and for one destination only, plus other amazing prizes and perks, when you book using the Easy Taxi app. Easy Taxi Product Cars will be roving around the streets of Manila, giving free rides to Easy Taxi users while offering a one-of-a-kind in-cab experience.

 
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