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Saturday, September 5, 2015

A Monstrous September On Animal Planet



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Beware! The terrifying beasts of the Earth are making a monstrous return on Monster Week this September, as Animal Planet has got you covered with six new series lined up in a jam-packed month of suspense and terror that will keep you at the edge of your seats. It is all about survival of the fittest and no one is exempt, whether man or beast!

Start Monster Week by braving the cold and darkness of Churchill, Canada, the Polar Bear Capitol of the World in DEADLY AFTER DARK: POLAR BEAR INVASION. Every fall, this remote subarctic outpost of 800 is invaded by 1,000 starving bears, migrating north for the winter… along with thousands of curious tourists. For two stress-filled months, it is survival of the fittest, man-versus-beast- style. And for locals dependent on tourist money, it's the chance to earn a year's salary in a matter of weeks - if they can stay alive. This is high-stakes living in every way.

Experience the frightening winters with the polar bears of Churchill in DEADLY AFTER DARK: POLAR BEAR INVASION premiering September 14, Monday at 9PM.

There’s a killer on the loose. Ten people are dead - three eaten. Each time, the killer slips away. Using state-of-the-art tools and centuries-old techniques, hunters and forestry officers head out to find the murderous beast. The public lives in terror and the government will do anything to stop the bloodshed. But the search area is vast and stealth is the killer's greatest asset. Can they stop the beast in time before another person dies?

Be part of the chase in SERIAL KILLER TIGER AT LARGE premiering September 15, Tuesday at 9PM.

2 BMX Champions to Explore Manila on Tour


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Flatland BMX champions and Red Bull athletes Jorge “Viki” Gómez from Spain and Matthias Dandois from France are slated to welcome biking enthusiasts at the PhilBike Expo 2015 and a series of activations from Sept. 30 to Oct. 5, 2015.

Gómez, who turned professional back in 2000 at age 19, is a two-time World Championship Series winner who defines flatland biking as a “fight between mind, gravity, and physics combined with movement inertia; a way of surpassing the limits of your imagination.”

Throughout his 15-year career, the Spaniard has gained global recognition by claiming multiple championships at some of the most prestigious Flatland competitions: European X Games, Asia Championship, and the Red Bull Circle of Balance – styled as the sport’s version of the Superbowl. His participation in competitions and exhibitions has brought him to more than 45 countries in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Born in Paris, France, Dandois has been involved in the sport since 2002. Back then as a 13-year-old, he was first into street riding until he saw another biker practicing flatland at his local skate park. Interest piqued, he decided to shift to the new discipline. Six years later, he was declared the best flatlander in the world.

Comics Mondays with the Comedy Cartel


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Start your week right! 

The best stand-up comedy act in Manila is coming to Vu’s Sky Lounge

This September, Vu’s Sky Lounge launches its new themed night - Comic Mondays with The Comedy Cartel, a veteran comedy group who has been performing all over the Philippines since 2007. 

This Monday, September 7, the Comedy Cartel's Laugh & Stack Open Mic Showdown winner and Jack TV's Komikazee Search for the next best Comedy Act Champion Chip Balbuena will perform! 

Laugh at his wild antics and lose your mind with his hilarious style that's fueled by pure comedy energy! 

Show starts at 09:30 PM every Monday! See you there! Tickets are priced at Php 1,500 with a complimentary standard drink. 

Vu’s Sky Lounge is the first sky bar in Ortigas, located at the 45th floor of Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas Manila. 

WazzupPilipinas.com is a proud media partner.

For inquiries or reservations, text 0922-8596144 #comedycartelPH #Vu’sSkyLounge

Friday, September 4, 2015

Azkals Beat Maldives, 2-0, in Tune-Up Match at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex


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Cautiously optimistic.

This was the latest term used by Azkals manager Dan Palami as he assessed the Philippine national football team’s chances four days before the all-important game against a motivated Uzbekistan on Sept. 8 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.

For his part, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley remained grounded, telling the Azkals that Uzbekistan is a strong team with players exposed to top level matches in Europe and Asia.

“We are up against a team that is in 76th place (in the FIFA rankings) with players who have regional experience,” Palami said. The Azkals are ranked 125th in the August FIFA rankings.

He said some players of Uzbekistan are playing in regional football leagues with strong teams, giving them formidable experience and exposure to tough competition. One of the Uzbek players, Server Djeparov, is a two-time Asian footballer of the year, while others play in Russian football clubs like Odil Akhmedov and Vitaliy Denisov.

Based on the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) website, Uzbekistan is considered one of the best football teams in Asia along with football powerhouses Iran, South Korea, Japan, Australia, United Arab Emirates, and China.

#Relationshipgoals or #Thanksbutnothanks: Food Pairs As Actual Couples


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Here’s one for all the singles (#hugot)—name your most annoying couple friends (oh come on, we all have one). They’re the couple who just can’t stop talking to each other, about each other and even for each other (yes, some finish each other’s sentences). If they were food, they’d be burgers and fries, because they just can’t get enough!

Read on to see what some of the best food pairs would be like as actual couples:

1. The PDA (Public Display of Affection) Couple: Burgers and Fries

Ugh. Whether these two are fighting or just going to the supermarket, they just can’t keep their hands off each other. These over-sharers’ posts are the most recurrent you see when scrolling through your news feed. They spend more time kissing than talking—and if they do, it’s in annoying baby talk. Again, ugh.

2. The Always-Arguing Couple: Coffee and Cake

They’re literally hot one day, cold another. These two love each other, but in such strange ways. Both are strong, opinionated and autonomous and don’t like to be told what to do. None of them surrenders or admits defeat easily—which makes your barkada’s game nights extra competitive.

3. The Secret Affair Couple: Salt and Caramel


Paranoid glances around the room, secretive hand touching, giggling, and looking intensely in each other’s eyes. This pair can’t go unnoticed, as they bring out each other’s flavours. They think people don’t know they love each other, but everybody knows—stop trying to hide it already!

4. The Couple that Never Goes Out: Milk and Cookies

They are so wrapped up with each other that you forget if you’ve seen either of them the last month. They always opt to stay in to cuddle on the couch, watching romantic comedies, while you cuddle with your pillow…

5. The Effortlessly Cool Couple: Cheese and Wine

They look like best friends and fight like brother and sister, but the most astounding characteristic is the balance between independence and interdependence. They are separate people with separate interests, yet when they come together it’s like a match made in heaven. #goals

What would your favourite food pairs be like if they were actual couples?

Head on to www.foodpanda.ph or download the foodpanda app from the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/ph/app/foodpanda-order-food-delivery/id758103884?mt=8) or Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.global.foodpanda.android&hl=en) to browse menus from over 1,000 partner restaurants that deliver to you, and enjoy them by your lonesome (#ouch) or better yet, with your future boyfriend/girlfriend (*wink*).

Droidz Axis: Your Turning Point


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Today, Rotating Cameras are making rounds on Smart phones. Torque innovate the new DROIDZ Axis. Its rotating camera can swing up to 180° for Selfie/Groufie/Photo Op options. The camera features 8-megapixel of high resolution.

A 7-inch Display is good for watching movies, browsing the internet and for playing games. It also sports 1.2GHZ Quad-core processor for better performance. 8GB ROM + 1GB RAM of storage is a turn on for those who like to store files. It has 3G, Wi-Fi connectivity; GPS and It has a Micro-SD slot up to 32GB. The DROIDZ Axis is priced reasonably at Php 5799 only! With FREE Smart+Tunes Bluetooth Speaker. Available nationwide!

DROIDZ Axis Specs:


· Dual SIM
· Android 4.4 KK
· 1.2GHZ Quad-core processor
· 8GB ROM
· 1GB RAM
· Bluetooth
· GPS
· Micro-SD upto 32GB
· Price: P5799
· 7.0” WXGA Touch Display
· 3G 850/2100MHZ
· Quadband GSM
· 8MP 180° Rotating Camera
· WiFi

APEC Economies Strategize to Achieve 45% Reduction in Energy Intensity by 2035


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The APEC Expert Group in Energy Efficiency & Conservation (EGEEC), in its 46th meeting held at Marco Polo, Cebu City last August 31- September 2, reaffirmed its commitment to intensify efforts to reduce the aggregate energy intensity by 45% based on the 2005 level by 2035.

Energy intensity is a comparative measure to determine the energy efficiency of each economy calculated as units of energy per unit of gross domestic product (GDP). Highly productive economies with manageable weather patterns, and use high energy efficiency appliances and equipment; apply energy efficient technologies in its buildings and industries; utilize efficient mass transport system and fuel efficient vehicles; and adopt energy conservation measures, among others, would likely have low energy intensities.

Cognizant of the number of factors and level of detail to make the aggregate energy intensity figure meaningful, the APEC EGEEC actively pursues its Energy Smart Communities Initiatives’ (ESCI) Knowledge Sharing Platform (KSP) as a tool to consolidate ideas and best practices, energy efficiency and low carbon projects to support its four main pillars – Smart Transport, Smart Buildings, Smart Grids, and Smart Jobs and Consumers.

APEC economies are then encouraged to support the development of this valuable resource (ESCI-KSP) to determine appropriate project proposals that will address the remaining challenges in achieving the APEC Leader’s energy intensity reduction goal.

Dulaang UP Proudly Presents 40th Theater Season Opener


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For its premier offering in its 40th season, Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas proudly presents "#R</3J," a multimedial hallucination on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
 
The "#R</3J" play retells the Romeo and Juliet narrative both contrasting and adapting to the realities of our generation’s culture that revolves around multimedia and superficiality where Verona transforms into a concrete jungle at the heart of Metro Manila- teeming with corruption, revolt, advertisements, sex, and condominium units. The play captures the essence of the famous love story, juxtaposing the young lovers’ romance with our present society’s many forms of commodified love.

This is the world of "#R</3J," a radical, multimedial hallucination on Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece. Can genuine love exist in a world of alterations and foolery? Exploiting our hyper-real contemporary moment – globalization, ultra-violence, internet inanities, intergenerational alienation – this artistic experiment seeks to dramatize, through a psychedelic mix of all available arts, the postmodern tragedy of our generation. Destroy the city, the family, the government – even Shakespeare! – but never destroy the will to love.

Power Mac Center Opens Biggest Apple Authorized Service Provider in the Philippines


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Apple Premium Reseller Power Mac Center recently inaugurated its 8th Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) at the Annex of SM City North EDSA. The newly opened AASP, which stands on 173.64 square meters, is the biggest AASP in the country to date and is fully equipped ready to accommodate more Apple repairs and provide better service offerings to its customers.

“More than just the space, our Service Center in North EDSA demonstrates our commitment to Apple users to provide full end-to-end customer satisfaction. After-sales service has become an integral part of our operations and expanding this to a provide service to a wider market in more areas is a key growth opportunity for us,” says Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez.

It seems apt for Power Mac Center to open its biggest AASP in the north considering the high demand for service repair in Quezon City and its neighbouring areas. Apple users in the North area will now have easier access to repair and maintenance services, with our Apple Certified Technicians fully equipped to offer fast, reliable and efficient repairs.

Over the years, Power Mac Center has cemented its foothold as the tech lifestyle retailer of choice through bold and innovative strategies that have strengthened its relationship to its stakeholders. Among them is fortifying its status as an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

Kaspersky Lab survey finds online account theft the most feared cyberthreat among users


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Kaspersky Lab and B2B International have conducted a survey to find out which cyberthreats Internet users are aware of and which they fear the most. It turns out that theft of online accounts is the biggest concern for users.

Hacking of accounts and malware designed to steal passwords and confidential information were cited as the biggest concerns, with approximately the same number worried about these two threats (both 68%).

Financial threats came third with 63% concerned about possibly losing money from an account, followed by phishing emails and websites. Yet another threat targeting account credentials landed in fourth place.

Threats designed to steal credentials were also among those that users are most familiar with. 86% of respondents are aware of account hacking, phishing and malware that intercepts passwords. This shows that the best known and most worrying online threat for users is the theft of their digital identity.

The threats that worry users the least are DDoS attacks and global espionage campaigns. This may be because these types of cyberattacks primarily target companies and rarely threaten ordinary users.

2015 Korean Film Festival Highlights Depth of Human Relationships


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The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea will be opening its annual Korean Film Festival this September to October with the theme, “Strings of Affinity.”

In cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the Film Cultural Exchange Program, Korean Film Cou...ncil, Korea Copyright Commission, Korea Tourism Organization, SM Cinema and SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc., the film festival will be featuring seven films that showcase the depths of human relationships in different scenarios.
The film festival will kick off in SM Lanang Premiere in Davao from September 17 to 20 and will be stopping by SM City Iloilo from September 24 to 27. From October 1 to 4, the film festival will move to SM City Cebu and will have its final run in SM Megamall in Manila from October 8 to 11.


The Films

One of the top grossing films in Korea, “The Thieves”(도둑들) is about a group of South Korean thieves led by Popie (Lee Jung-jae) and Hong Kong thieves commissioned by the master thief Macao Park (Kim Yoon-seok) to steal the diamond “Tear of the Sun”. Having their own special skills in stealing, the two teams work together in the biggest heist of their lives, but little do they know that the 10 thieves all have their own agendas. 

In “Miss Granny” (수상한그녀 ), the 74-year-old widow Oh Mal-Soon is transformed back to her 20-year-old self after having her photo taken at a mysterious photo studio. With no one recognizing her, Mal-soon decides to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She renames herself Oh Doo-ri and decides to pursue her dream of becoming a singer together with her grandson Ji-ha who doesn’t realize that she is his grandmother.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Porsche Team scores one-two triumph via perfect tire strategy


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Porsche Team followed up its Le Mans 24 Hours victory in June with a one-two finish after a dramatic race at the 2015 6 Hours of Nürburgring August 30. The N°18 Porsche 919 Hybrid overcame three Stop&Go penalties (of five, thirty and sixty seconds), for excessive fuel consumption, to steal second place from Audi Sport thanks, in part, to the tyre strategy that was adopted for Switzerland’s Neel Jani on Lap 143.

The weekend’s competition got off to a solid start for Porsche Team when it secured the first two places on the grid in Saturday’s qualifying, with the N°18 Porsche 919 Hybrid (Dumas/Jani/Lieb) claiming pole ahead of the N°17 sister car (Bernhard/Webber/Hartley). Audi Sport Team Joest, which had topped Friday’s two free practice sessions, had to settle for the third- and fourth-best qualifying times with the N°8 R18 e-tron quattro (Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis) and the similar N°7 prototype (Fässler/Lotterer/Tréluyer).

Sunday’s 6 Hours of Nürburgring started at the stroke of 1pm in sunny weather with the track temperature standing at 37°C. The cars of Michelin’s partners were fitted with ‘high temperature’ tyres.

After the rolling start, there were no changes to the order established in qualifying once the Porsche Team had cars succeeded in shrugging off the Audis’ early threats. The gap gradually widened until Timo Bernhard (N°17 Porsche) picked up damage to a front aerodynamic appendix. On Lap 24, the car pitted for its first refuelling halt which was brought forward to change the car’s nose. Audi Sport took advantage of the stop to appear in second place with its N°8 car. The N°7 R18 e-tron quattro, in the hands of Marcel Fässler, stopped at the same time but was nine seconds quicker out of the pits.

Singapore Night Race 2015 and Live Performances with Singapore Airlines and MasterCard Exclusive Offer


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Singapore Airlines, in partnership with MasterCard, offers exclusive Singapore Night Race package for KrisFlyer members and MasterCard cardholders. From just USD830, car and racing enthusiasts can get into the action to the much-awaited night race and live performances of international artists with an all-inclusive package that comes with round trip Economy Class flight from Manila to Singapore, 4 days/3 nights hotel accommodation, airport transfers, and a Zone 4 Walkabout Pass valid from September 18 to 20, 2015.

The Zone 4 Walkabout Pass includes access to live performances at the waterfront art center Esplanade and a variety of multi-starred shows at Singapore's biggest outdoor entertainment stage, the Padang Stage. Featured in this year's line-up are world-renowned acts Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Bon Jovi. The pass also gives access to numerous food concessionaires, beverage outlets, merchandise booths and activity stations. Cars racing past some of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks can also be viewed through platforms located at strategic trackside positions.

This package is exclusive to MasterCard credit, debit or prepaid cardholders as well as KrisFlyer members paying cash. MasterCard cardholders will also receive an additional 3,000 KrisFlyer miles with every purchase. Be a KrisFlyer member now and sign up for free at KrisFlyer.com

The package is valid for purchase from now until 11 September 2015, for travel out of Manila on 18 September 2015. Hotel stay must be completed by 21 September 2015. To book, call the Singapore Airlines Tours Desk at 753-5151 to 52 or email at tours_mnl@singaporeair.com.sg

Singapore Airlines flies from Manila to Singapore four times daily which conveniently connect to onward flights to the rest of the world. For more information, visit singaporeair.com

University of San Carlos Turns to Sophos for Simple, Comprehensive Protection of its Campus Network


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The premier university in Cebu deploys a suite of Sophos UTM appliances and Sophos Endpoint Protection Advanced to safeguard over 27,000 students and 1,500 employees against sophisticated threats and data loss

Cebu, Philippines. September 3, 2015 – The University of San Carlos (USC), the premier university in Cebu and one of the top 10 leading universities in the Philippines, has deployed Sophos for simple, comprehensive protection of its campus network. A suite of Sophos UTM appliances, together with Sophos Endpoint Protection Advanced (EPA), were implemented to protect over 27,000 students and 1,500 faculties and employees against sophisticated threats and data loss.

As USC continued to expand with more users and devices connected to the network, bandwidth consumption became an issue – resulting in decreasing security of its network, as many security features could not be turned on.

With a staff of just nine people, the USC IT team found itself overwhelmed by security incidents. The previous security solutions installed had also proved to be costly and difficult to maintain.

Instead of renewing its previous solutions, which would have cost more than it originally paid for them, USC needed a robust yet resource-friendly security solution to meet its needs. During the evaluation, the IT team was impressed with Sophos’ ease of installation, and its robust and comprehensive security features.

Tanghalang Ateneo Presents 37th Season Line-Up Of Productions


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Tanghalang Ateneo, the longest-running theater company of the Loyola Schools of the Ateneo de Manila University, is celebrating its 37th season with the theme "Staging Revolution/s".

Growing from a fledgling band of student players to one of the country’s leading school-based theater companies, Tanghalang Ateneo will stage this season three works that have been deemed revolutionary when they were first unleashed to the world.

These productions are:

R.U.R. (Robot Unibersal ni Rossum)
written by Karel Čapek
translation by Guelan Varela-Luarca
direction by JK Anicoche
September 30, October 1-3, 6-10, and 13-17
Venue: Ateneo's Fine Arts Black Box Theater

"R.U.R. (ROSSUM’S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS/ROBOT UNIBERSAL NI ROSSUM)" is a science fiction classic by Czech writer Karel Capek. Originally written in Czech, this Tanghalang Ateneo production will use a new Filipino translation by Palanca winner Guelan Varela-Luarca. The play is about the rebellion of human-like creatures called robots that leads to the extinction of the human race. The danger of man’s desires of a utopian and totalitarian world is one of the play's central themes.

Swans, Queers, And The Rise Of AIDS Take The Spotlight In Body Positive + From September 12 To 19


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Ballet Philippines opens its season with Body Positive +, A Dance Gala for HIV Awareness. Featuring excerpts from Swan Lake, Mark Bogaerts’ Bolero, Enrico Labayen’s Cloth, and other landmark pieces, the show celebrates the dancers’ innate athleticism in the context of the alarming rise of HIV in the Philippines.

The prevalence of HIV in the country has risen by over 50% in the last 3 years, yet the general public remains largely unaware. Males having sex with other males (MSM) remains the predominant mode of transmission among males and comprised 84% of infections through sexual contact from the study period of January 2010 to April 2015. With around 20 newly reported cases of HIV per day in 2015, Ballet Philippines was compelled to raise its voice about the matter.

On why BP decided to adopt this particular advocacy in its season opener, Ballet Philippines Artistic Director Paul Alexander Morales says, “When the HIV/AIDS epidemic struck many countries in the 80s, the Philippines was mostly unaffected. Now it’s here, and it’s spreading at three times the rate that it was in 2012, but it’s hardly being talked about. Body Positive + is our small contribution towards changing that.”

Ballet Philippines’ Dance Spring Begins With Body Positive + & Hugot Sa Rosas This September 12 - 20


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Two fresh productions are set to bring Ballet Philippines (BP)’s 46th Season off to a good start. On September 12, 13, and 19, the company will perform Body Positive +, A Dance Gala for HIV Awareness. September 20 brings the comeback of Hugot Sa Rosas, featuring Ballet Philippines 2, BP’s junior performing arm. The performances will be held at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater).

Swans, Queers, and the rise of AIDS take the spotlight in Body Positive +. Featuring excerpts from Swan Lake, Mark Bogaerts’ Bolero, Enrico Labayen’s Cloth, and other landmark pieces, the show celebrates the dancers’ innate athleticism in the context of the alarming rise of HIV in the Philippines.

Enrico Labayen’s works add a deeper dimension into the show’s HIV awareness advocacy. A Ballet Philippines alumnus and staunch AIDS activist, Labayen lends his voice to raise up the advocacy in the Be Positive forums at the start of the Body Positive + shows.

For one night only, Ballet Philippines 2’s acclaimed concert, Hugot Sa Rosas, returns for a performance at the CCP Little Theater. Set to music from Vincent de Jesus’ Songs to Slash Your Wrist By, the show highlights the talents of BP’s junior company and its new breed of dancers and choreographers. The show premiered at Ballet Philippines Studio One in February 2015, as part of Fringe MNL. 

MiCab Welcomes New LTFRB Rules for Ride-Sharing Apps


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MiCab, the Cebu-based tech startup celebrated for its locally-developed and low cost taxi-hailing app for the riding public, welcomes the new guidelines on ride-sharing apps crafted by the Land Transport and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

“As more and more Filipinos use app-based services for commuting, the new LTFRB rules can help level the playing field in the industry and ultimately benefit commuters with better and safer app-based car hire services,” said miCab founder Eddie Ybañez.

For Ybañez, LTFRB’s setting of new regulations for online and mobile-based transport services goes a long way in providing more convenience and safety to public commuters.

“The LTFRB’s new rules make the Philippines the first country to establish guidelines in this brave new world of internet and mobile app-based solutions to public transportation. This is indeed a landmark ruling,” he said.

The LTFRB defines private vehicles for hire that use net or mobile apps for booking and dispatching as a “Premium Taxi.”

Under its new rules, premium taxi operators must have at least 20 units in his or her fleet. These vehicles must be brand-new at the time of franchise application, follow the color set by the agency, and have a maximum age of only 7 years.

Twitter Ads Now Available in over 200 Countries and Territories


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Twitter today expanded its self-service ads platform from 33 countries to over 200 countries and territories. Now, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) from Honduras to Hong Kong can more effectively reach target audiences on Twitter in 15 languages. In addition, Twitter announced that there are now approximately 100,000 active advertisers on Twitter, including SMBs.

Asia Pacific is Twitter’s fastest growing region worldwide and the platform expansion provides additional support for SMBs in Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Philippines. According to recent research from the Asian Development Bank, SMBs account for 98% of all enterprises in Asia.

"Small and medium-sized businesses face the most challenges and are least resourced to promote the good work they do," says Emily Huo, SMB lead for Asia Pacific at Twitter. "With the expansion of the Twitter self-service ads platform, we are excited to help SMBs level the playing field with digital advertising."

Since Twitter launched Twitter Ads for SMBs over two years ago, Twitter’s clients have talked about how they’ve used Twitter’s creative, measurement, and targeting tools to drive website clicks or conversions, leads, and app installs or re-engagements. And, with objective-based campaigns, reports, and pricing and other tools available on Twitter’s global marketplace, it’s easier than ever for SMBs to drive results on Twitter while only paying for the actions that align with marketing objectives.


This September on Discovery Science


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The many wonders of the world will rule on Discovery Science this month.

A broad-based new science series explores our own planet with the same sense of awe and wonder normally reserved for alien worlds. Secrets of the Earth shows you Earth as you have never seen it before. High-end computer graphics, fun visual analogies and a recurring cast of dynamic experts combine to bring a stunning new perspective to the world you think you know. Catch the Secrets of The Earth in its new season premiering September 4, airing Fridays at 9:50 PM.

Have you ever wondered how things are made? You are not alone. From car tires to eye shadows, find out how many of the everyday objects we use become the things they are. Discovery Science will show you How It’s Made, with the new season premiering on September 5, airing Saturdays at 8:10 pm.

Brand-new series Outrageous Acts of Psych features unsuspecting people on the street, in offices, restaurants and public places unwittingly taking part in hilarious hidden-camera stunts that look like practical jokes but are really social science experiments. The resulting scenarios are analyzed by a rotating cast of experts who help us understand why we humans behave in the funny ways we do. Catch Outrageous Acts of Psych premiering September 21, airing Mondays at 9 pm.

Michael Learns to Rock: Live at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on September 19


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It’s a fact --Filipinos love to sing. We all love to sing-along with an artist during concerts. One such artist that could ignite our passion for singing is Michael Learns to Rock. Yes, their Pinoy fans are now eagerly anticipating their one-night-only concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, on September 19, 2015. Expect the big dome to rock and reverberate with heartfelt emotions as audiences will definitely sing their hearts out with the band when they deliver their greatest hits, live!

This concert is a timely and momentous occasion to celebrate Michael Learns to Rocks’ 25 years of racking up a compelling and unbroken string of memorable, catchy, and timeless love songs. “The Actor”, “25 Minutes”, “Sleeping Child”, “Out of the Blue”, “That’s Why You Go Away”, “Nothing To Lose”, “Breaking My Heart”, Take Me To Your Heart”, “Someday”, “Paint My Love”, and many more hits have been dubbed as ‘all-time favorite ‘classics’.

Michael Learns to Rock was formed in the spring of 1988 in Denmark. The band is composed of singer and keyboard player JASCHA RICHTER, drummer KÅRE WANSCHER, guitarist MIKKEL LENTZ . This year 2015, as Michael Learns to Rock celebrate their 25th year anniversary, their biggest and most comprehensive Greatest Hits collection, simply title ‘25’, will hit stores and digital downloading sites soon. “25” marks the first time that all of Michael Learns to Rock’s hits are presented in one collection, offering a soundtrack of hits as you walk down memory lane.

3-Year MRT Maintenance Provider Under Procurement After GPPB Approval


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Along with government actively upgrading the worn-out facilities of the privately-owned Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) system, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is now undertaking emergency procurement for a long-term maintenance contractor pursuant to Republic Act No. 9184.

"We were given the go signal by the GPPB last to pursue this mode of negotiated procurement. We're targeting to award the contract within the year, and to have the new maintenance provider begin its services in January next year," said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

The Government Procurement Policy Board unanimously approved the resort to this negotiated mode of procurement on August 20, 2015, pursuant to Section 53.2 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Procurement Law. This was in recognition of the urgent need to address the railway's maintenance requirements.

In the DOTC's request for the GPPB's approval, the agency cited the immediate need for a three-year total maintenance provider, as well as the general overhaul of existing train coaches and the replacement of the system's signaling system. These are essential in order to address the core problems of obsolescence and complete wear-and-tear.

Government has already stepped in to upgrade MRT-3's facilities due to the failure of the Sobrepena-controlled private owner to add coaches when they became due a decade ago, to conduct proper train overhauling, to replace rail tracks, and to upgrade the signaling system, among others.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Let's All Cheer for Philippine Azkals National Football Team


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With less than a week before the pivotal match against a strong Uzbekistan squad, the Philippine national football team, popularly known as Azkals, is appealing to Filipinos to show up at the game venue and cheer for the team.

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley and players Phil Younghusband, Neil Etheridge and Misagh Bahadoran said the fans’ presence and cheers will motivate and spur on the team and have an impact on their game. They were interviewed after a late afternoon to early evening practice session last Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.

The Azkals-Uzbeks match will be held on September 8 at 8 p.m. at the world-class Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan, as part of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Dooley acknowledged the difficulty of getting to the venue but said the fans could make the effort in order to boost and give their support to the national team.

“I love to see you guys during the game. It’s very important for us to win this match,” Dooley said as he stressed that the national team is preparing hard for the game.

He hinted that the fans will not get disappointed when they watch the Azkals play live.

“We have a great team. Everybody is working for everybody.”

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Araneta Group Streamlines Franchise Operations with SAP Business All-in-One


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SAP AE has announced that Araneta Group, a pioneer in entertainment and leisure development in the Philippines, has implemented SAP Business All-in-One to streamline operations, logistics, and financial systems of its food group Philippine Pizza Inc. This implementation was spearheaded by Fujitsu Philippines, SAP’s channel partner and Questronix, an SAP reseller.

According to Kenneth Mondero, SAP project leader and SVP for Finance at the Araneta Group, Philippine Pizza Inc. had individual legacy systems for each of its food franchises namely, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Dairy Queen. “SAP Business All-in-One gives us the upper hand now. We are able to access reports and time-sensitive information across finance, logistics, and operations departments. There is definitely a quicker turnaround in decision-making.”

Mondero also noted that this implementation enabled larger savings. “SAP Business All-in-One has allowed us to take a consolidated view of our expenses and optimize decision-making. Higher accuracy is another important advantage of this implementation.”

Today, SAP Business All-in-One is an important part of the Group’s technology investments across its various businesses. This includes the Philippine Pizza, Inc., to leisure innovator Araneta Center Inc. that houses Gateway Mall, Farmers Plaza and Ali Mall, as well as Uniprom Inc. which handles Smart Araneta Coliseum, Ticketnet, Gateway, and Ali Mall Cineplex. Araneta’s relationship with SAP has grown in strength due to the direct and indirect benefits the Group has realized over the last few months.

Philam Life Renews Partnership with Globe Business


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Philam Life, the country’s premier life insurance company, recently renewed its partnership with Globe Business—the information and communication technology (ICT) arm of Globe Telecom. This is to address its growing connectivity requirements for more efficient operations. Leading the contract signing are Globe SVP for Enterprise Group Nikko Acosta (2nd from left) and Philam Life CEO J. Axel Bromley (2nd from right), together with Globe Business VP for Sales Dion Asencio (left) and Philam Life Head of Information Technology Nilo Zantua (right).

With the partnership, Philam Life gets access to a number of ICT solutions offered by Globe Business, including Data Services, which enables data access on demand to users regardless of their geographic location; Data Center Colocation, which provides managed space for lease for servers and IT-equipment that run mission-critical systems; and Mobility solutions that power Philam Life agents’ mobile applications.

“Globe Business and Philam Life has a longstanding relationship that stems from a common goal of providing excellent service to our customers. With this partnership, we provide tailor-fit solutions to boost Philam’s operational effectiveness and efficiency,” shared Globe Senior Vice President for Enterprise Group Nikko Acosta.

Philam Life CEO J. Axel Bromley affirmed the partnership saying, “We are happy to have found a reliable service provider in Globe Business to support us in fulfilling our commitment to offer the right plans and the right solutions to our customers and provide service in the most efficient way.”

PH Gears Up for Dive Resort Travel 2015


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Dive Resort Travel (DRT) Philippines Show 2015, envisioned to be the first and biggest international dive event in the country, will be held on 11 – 13 September 2015 at the SM Megatrade Hall in Mandaluyong City.

With the theme “It’s more fun to dive in the Philippines,” the DRT is a three-day exposition that will gather dive industry stakeholders, especially those from Asia and Oceania, together in one venue. Expected to participate are at least 2,000 international dive exhibitors, enthusiasts, and marine conservationists.

Organized by the Hong Kong and Shanghai-based LX Development Group (LXDG), the elements of “fun” and “festivity” will be infused in all components of the Dive Resort Travel Philippines Show from the exhibit to the travel exchange, seminars and workshops, photo gallery, familiarization tours, and other special events like cultural performances and entertainment showcase during the opening ceremonies and farewell dinner. The dive exhibit will feature the country’s dive destinations, beach and dive resorts, dive centers and shops of dive equipment and apparel. Participants include dive tour operators, resort owners, underwater photographers, marine conservationists, and instructors from international scuba diving schools like PADI, NAUI, SSI, TDI, SDI, UTD, PSAI and DAN.

The Philippine Dive Travel Exchange (DIVE-TRAVEX) will be a platform for invited foreign buyers of dive tourism products and services to meet with local dive tour sellers in one-on-one business-to-business (B2B) meetings in scheduled appointments. Selected foreign buyers and dive enthusiasts will also be invited to the five-day post-event and complimentary familiarization dive tours to some of the country’s top dive destinations like Batangas, Puerto Galera, Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Palawan. .

CFA Society holds 2nd Philippine Junior Finance and Investment Summit


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CFA Society of the Philippines is proud to host the 2nd Philippine Junior Finance and Investment Summit to be held in Metro Manila. Established in 2013, the summit helps future investment professionals establish a clear view of how to build a career in finance, provides an overview of investment products and tools as well as a forum to explore the significance of ethics and professional standards.

The event will be held at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay, on Saturday 12th September from 9am-5.30pm. It will be a one-day session which will gather together more than 3,000 seniors from 15 universities and young professionals in the finance industry. The event will also be broadcast live to students in Cebu.

Among the topics on the agenda are:
  • Is the Philippines economy entering a golden age?
  • The CFA Charter: your global passport to a career in the finance and investment industry
  • Pursuing a successful career in the finance industry
  • Career trends and opportunities in the Philippines today
  • Risk and return profile of the different financial products
  • How to stand out in a highly competitive job market
  • Financial fitness 101

Globe Telecom Strengthens Drive to Position PH as World’s Digital Hub with Free Facebook and Free Viber Offer


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The country’s number 1 mobile brand Globe Telecom continues its drive to position the Philippines as the Digital Lifestyle Capital of the World by giving customers free access to Facebook and Viber with their favorite Globe call, text, and surf promos.

As the leader in the country’s mobile data segment, Globe has been an industry pioneer in offering Filipinos easy and seamless access to top social networking and over-the-top (OTT) messaging sites, enabling users to embrace the digital revolution and helping shape the country’s potential to become the world’s next digital hub.

Starting September 1, 2015, all Globe Postpaid, Prepaid, TM and Tattoo customers can enjoy free access to Facebook and Viber when subscribed to promos including GoSURF variants and other existing call and text promos such as GOUNLI, ALLNETCOMBO and TMSULITXT, among others without the need for a Wi-Fi connection.

“Since 2013, we have given customers a whole new way of enjoying an enriched and content-driven mobile experience by being the first telco in the country to give free access to a full Facebook experience. The overwhelming market take-up further drove us to partner with global content players like Viber to take the experience a notch higher,” shares Dan Horan, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe. “Starting September 1, over 50 million mobile and broadband customers will once again enjoy free access to Facebook and Viber by subscribing to their favorite call, text, and surf promos for a leveled-up digital connectivity like no other.”

Globaltronics Launches the 3rd National Digital Arts Awards


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Globaltronics officially launched the National Digital Arts Awards (NDAA) 2015 under the theme #DigitalPinoyAko last August 7 at 500 Shaw Zentrum Events Pavilion. About 600 people mostly student participants, media agencies, corporate and marketing executives, and sponsors attended the kick-off party.

The event featured three of the top disk jockeys in the country DJ Jet Boado, DJ Callum David, and DJ Tom Taus. The party had open bar for everyone in celebration of the continuing rise of the digital arts in the country. All the guests were treated to a programme of exciting entertainment and surprises.

“We want to give way to all the students who dream to be part of the digital arts community in the country. This is their chance to highlight their talents in creating works using digital media. We believe that this is the best time for them to join the awards because this is the biggest NDAA so far” stated by Fortunato Agbayani, COO of Globaltronics. NDAA is an advocacy of Globaltronics that aims to highlight the skills and talents of digital artists in the country.

Eminent Filipino Fashion Designer Avel Bacudio Wows the World with Epson Fabric Prints


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Multi-awarded Filipino fashion designer Avel Bacudio will wow the world again with his ‘F Mode Fashion Show/Expo’ that will be held on September 12, 2015 at the Sta. Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, California.

Avel has won several fashion awards, including the People’s Choice Award – Concours International Des Jeunes Createurs De Mode, Top 10 Timeless Terno – Metropolitan Museum of Manila, 2012 Breakthrough Designer of the Year, and the 2014 Asia’s Most Influential Designer. His designs have been worn by celebrities and praised in the international scene.

Recently, Avel has been utilizing digital prints to bring his creative ideas to life.

“Iba ang nagagawa ng digital prints – di na’ko limited. Napu-push yung creativity ko to the next level. Andami kong pwedeng gawing bago para ma-express ko ang sarili ko,” (“Digital prints really make a difference; I am no longer constrained by traditional limitations. I can do a lot to express myself in new ways.”) said Avel.

To make sure his vision is translated faithfully to fabric, Avel uses the Epson F7170 textile printer.

“Tuwang-tuwa ako dito kasi napapalabas nya sakto yung vision ko. Kung ano yung nasa isip ko, yun ang nakikita ko,” (I’m delighted with this printer because it faithfully translates my vision to reality. Whatever I picture in my mind is what comes out in the final product,”) he emphasized.

Azkals Hard in Practice at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan


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Members of the Philippine national football team, popularly known as Azkals, are now hard in training at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan, in preparation for their crucial match against Uzbekistan, the highest ranked team in their bracket, on September 8. The training sessions provide players with an opportunity not only to sharpen their skills and practise game plans but also for the members to jell and the new additions to integrate with the team. The Azkals will have to give their best knowing that Uzbekistan is the best squad in the group and the “most difficult team to play against,” according to Azkals coach Thomas Dooley.

Tickets for the Azkals vs. Uzbekistan game to be held at the Philippine Sports Stadium on September 8, 2015 are now available at www.ticketworld.com.ph. Tickets are at P531.80 for Price Zone 1, P331.14 for Price Zone 2 and P125.40 for Price Zone 3.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Using 3D Printing for the Wazzup Pilipinas Trophy Project (Part 1)


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3D printing is awesome! It's a promising capability that may soon be available in every home. It may still be a bit expensive at the moment, but when people start to realize the many possibilities using this technology, the equipment, materials and service would soon be reasonable!

We are so much interested in exploring this technology that we partnered with a company that offers the very first online 3D Printing service - Shapecloud!

Since it's our first time to have an item of our own preference printed using 3D printing technology, we had to work closely with the company in determining the actual look of what we proposed as a trophy project. One majestic symbol that we could soon use to reward or recognize our dedicated correspondents, partners, and sponsors for being part of the WazzupPilipinas.com team.

We met Erick Chua, founder of Shapecloud.ph at the Philippine 3D Printing and Digifab Conference and Exhibit held at the SMX Convention Center of SM Aura. I was one of the media partners of the event and visited the event on its second day together with Elison Barcelo, the CEO of Vigattin Radio of Radyo Inquirer DZIQ 990 AM, to get some photos for the article that I would write about the event. Elison and I just came from our radio show in Makati and had lunch nearby at Skippy's Bar and Grill restaurant located at Forum BGC. The restaurant were celebrating their 2nd year anniversary that month and they invited us over for some celebration.


DOST Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits 2015 Now Accepts Entries Until September 15


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We've made shout-outs to social media a few days ago to announce the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Invention Contests and Exhibits (RICE) 2015 for the National Capital Region or NCR. We were invited to a attend a press conference last week so members of the media can help share the news so your Pambansang Blogger ng Pilipinas immediately went into social media to make some noise. I also mentioned about the contest and exhbit on our radio show Vigattin at Radyo Inquirer and even invite dour guests from different colleges and universities to try their luck to join the RICE.

Since it's faster to share it in Facebook and Twitter, you've probably heard that we already promoted the acceptance of entries whose deadline is on September 15 and the actual event would be on September 28 to 30 at teh Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) in Quezon City.

I told DOST-NCR Regional Director Dr. Teresita Fortuna that I will help them in their future campaigns and announcements so that many would benefit from the active information dissemination that bloggers are widely known for.

I released first an announcement in social media, including the slides presented to us so the readers would know exactly what was shared to us. Then I uploaded the video message of Ms Fortuna on YouTube.

Thus, this blog post is another encouragement for everyone from high school, college to professionals, to submit as many entries as you can to get the chance to win as much as Php 50,000 as grand prize. There are many categories to join so there will be a lot of chances to win. Who knows, may be your inventions will win in all categories.

I made a video of her announcement so that you'll get to hear the news personally from her - making the message more intimate and personal as if she is speaking to you face to face. We want our government leaders to be as approachable and friendly so that the people, especially the masses, would appreciate their many efforts and recognize the significance of their projects. It is best we hear the news from them up close and personal through the video invite below.

United in Support of Breastfeeding: LATCH Photo Exhibit Urges Everyone to Patronize Mother's Milk

 

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Just in case you missed it, there was a photo exhibit that was on display at Greenbelt 5 Gallery last August 26 to 30, and was organized by a noble organization that's called LATCH (which stands for Lactation, Attachment, Training, Counselling, Help) which offers quality lactation education and peer counseling services to mothers who choose to make the wise and healthier decision of proving breastfeeding to their babies.

Many parents have been influenced by several multinational milk companies to think that infant formula is the most practical way to nourish their children. We often forget that milk that come from cows are totally inferior if compared to our very own mothers' milk. There is no doubt that any kind of milk from any animal would not equal in nourishment with the milk coming from human mothers.

Babies deserve the milk from their own mothers. It is the most sensible act that we should practice, and we should help share this information to everyone else who have been falsified with the wrong information brought about by massive marketing and advertising methods.

These are the thoughts that LATCH wants to share to every mother out there so the future generation could all benefit from drinking the real "milk."

LATCH believes that the past generations have been deceived to believe that breastmilk substitutes offers better nutritional value. It is high time we correct that perception. We should reach out to all our friends, relatives, colleagues, and other acquaintances to help educate them of the advantages of breastfeeding.

Free Entrance at Palace Pool Club for all Azkals-Uzbeks Match Ticket Holders After the Game


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Ticket holders of the Philippine Azkals-Uzbekistan match on September 8 are entitled to a free entrance after the game at the hip The Palace Pool Club in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and experience Vegas style clubbing.

The game is considered crucial for the Philippine national football team as it is gunning for its third straight win in the qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. A win by the Azkals will bring them closer to the next round in 2016 and a chance to qualify for the world’s widely watched sporting event.

“We need the support of football fans and non-fans alike to cheer for the Azkals during this important match,” Dan Palami, Azkals team manager, said.

The Palace Pool Club, which is located at 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, is the country’s first day and pool club. It is similar to clubs like Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Las Vegas with cabanas, daybeds,

For guests who will use the club’s two swimming pools, locker rooms, shower areas and a towel bar are available.

For those who opt not to take a dip can watch performances at the stage, hang out at the bar area or at The Brewery, which has draft beers from all over the world, or the DJ booth at the stage.

Tag-Ani: A Tragicomedy About Love at The Age of 70's Extends Show on Sept. 5 and 6


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Due to the overwhelming response generated for the two-weekend run of " TAG-ANI", the play has been extended for four performances set on Sept. -5 and 6 (Sat. and Sun.) with a 3 pm matinee and a 7 pm evening show.

Performance venue is at 1701 The Little Room Upstairs, Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Ave. Quezon City

Presented by the Artist Playground, “ TAG-ANI ” is an endearing love story of two people in their twilight years written by Amelia Lapena Bonifacio as part of the trilogy Taluhan (Tatlong Dula ng Pag-ibig).

First performed in 1975, “ TAG-ANI ” is a “Tragicomedy” that features two characters in their 70’s who tries to rekindle the joys of love and being in love. The twist in its ending is a piercing truth that resonates the tragedy of those who have fully experienced love and have lost it and those who have never experienced love at all.

“ TAG-ANI ” is an interesting story that celebrates love and the idea of being in love in a very odd at the same time fascinating way. In its tale, the power of love to bring meaning to one’s existence is highlighted. The interplay of flirtatious imagery embedded in the poetic lines, mischievous choices of the characters and the vintage courtship dynamics make each moment of the play very compelling.

Multi-awarded actor Roeder Camanag who is directing this play noted that “ Tag-ani is Artist Playground’s way of honoring and saluting the efforts and contribution of veteran actors who have devoted their lives to their craft through setting up a performance venue where the full intensity of its spot light is entirely theirs, where every line uttered and movement made are all about them rediscovering the reason why they have committed their lives to their art. Through the wit and wisdom of two veteran actors, Ermie Concepcion and Ces Aldaba the audience will be treated to a fun experience, I had a great time working with them surely the audience will too.”

DOTC Taps Renowned British Firm to Ease NAIA Air Traffic


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In a bid to ease congestion at the country’s primary gateway airport, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is enlisting the consultancy services of British firm NATS – renowned worldwide for its air traffic management expertise – to maximize runway use at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“We are excited to work with one of the world’s best firms in the industry towards optimizing NAIA’s runway capacity. With NATS – which has worked on the Dubai, Singapore, and Heathrow Airports – we can expect safer, more efficient operations, and much less flight delays and cancellations,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

NATS provides air traffic navigation services to the world’s busiest single- and dual-runway airports: London Gatwick handles 53 air traffic movements (ATMs) per hour and over 250,000 flights per year; and London Heathrow handles 90 ATMs per hour and over 470,000 flights per year.

It has boosted runway capacity at the Hong Kong International Airport by 30 percent. It also redesigned Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport’s airspace, and is now tasked to increase ATMs at the Singapore Changi Airport.

The P 66-Million NAIA Runway Optimization project was awarded to the joint venture between NATS Services Limited and Schema Konsult, Inc. Over the contract’s 12-month span, the group will aim to increase hourly ATMs from 40 to 60, by determining the optimal configuration for the airport’s intersecting runways.

Power Mac Center Launches Spotlight Arts Venue on its 21st Year Anniversary


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Wednesday night, August 26, 2015, at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk was filled with celebration as Power Mac Center, the country's premiere Apple partner, celebrates 21 years of its continued presence and  service in the Philippines with a thanksgiving event for its partners, collaborators and loyal customers through the years.

We were all treated with cocktails and great music from Manila Symphony Orchestra, Franco, and Urbandub, and a teaser of the Chuva Choo Choo: The Mr. Kupido Musical show as they also announced the launch of the Power Mac Center Spotlight, the newest arts venue made possible with Ayala Land Inc., and Circuit Makati, where the musical will be shown soon as its debut show.

Chuva Choo Choo showcases the works of celebrated composer Vehnee Saturno.

Representatives from Power Mac Center, Ayala Land and Chuva Choo Choo were there to give their special messages and announcements. We captured everything on video so please enjoy watching them on our YouTube channel.

We also recorded some of the band performances done by Franco and Urbandub which is now also available in our YouTube channel : http://www.YouTube.com/wazzuppilipinas

Some of the Power Mac Center's brand ambassadors were also spotted at the celebration as fans had the opportunity to take photo ops and selfies with them.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Movie and TV Personalities Rally Filipinos to Watch Azkals-Uzbeks Match at Philippine Sports Stadium on Sept. 8


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With just more than a week to go before the much-anticipated Azkals-Uzbeks match on September 8, movie industry personalities have joined the call for Filipinos to support the Philippine national football team as it guns for its third straight win in the ongoing qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.

In separate messages, TV hosts and actresses Coleen Garcia and Karylle and TV personality Ryan Bang called on people to watch the exciting game and buy their tickets now.

Their call came after Azkals players Juan Luis Guirado, Dennis Villanueva, Iain Ramsay, Daisuke Sato and Kenshiro Michael Daniels guested in the noontime show “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN.

“Suportahan natin ang ating mga kababayan na Azkals sa darating na September 8. They will be competing at the Philippine Sports Stadium against Uzbekistan,” Karylle said.

She also mentioned that ticket holders will get a free entrance to the Palace Pool Club in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig after the match.

Coleen, who incidentally is niece of player Juani Guirado, said tickets to the game are already on sale at Ticketworld and urged fans to get hold of one now.

Short+Sweet Theatre Festival at Samsung Hall in SM Aura


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Come watch Short+ Sweet Theatre Festival at Samsung Hall in SM Aura! Book your tickets with SM Tickets. A festival of 10 min plays!! 


Week 1 - Sept 4 to Sept 6

Main Show- 4, 5 and 6 Sept, 6:00pm to 8:30 pm

Wildcard - 5 & 6 Sept, 2:00pm to 4:00 pm

Master-Class - 10 am to 12 noon
5th Sept - Voice for Theatre - Jeremy Domingo
6th Sept - Compact Script writing - Joem Antonio

Week 2- Sept 11 to Sept 13

Main Show- 11, 12 and 13 Sept, 6:00pm to 8:30 pm

Wildcard - 12 & 13 Sept, 2:00pm to 4:00 pm

Master-Class - 10 am to 12 noon
12th Sept - Discovering the art of Puppetry through acting- Ami Ramolete
13th Sept - Optimal Breathing Techniques to empower performance and health - Jac Vidgen

Week 3- Sept 18 to Sept 20

Main Show- 18, 19 and 20 Sept, 6:00pm to 8:30 pm

Master-Class - 10 am to 12 noon
19th Sept - Shakespeare Master-class: Irreverent Reverence - Nicanor Campos & Christine Cojuangco  
20th Sept - Movement in Drama - Aruna Viswadoss

Week 4 - 26th and 27th Sept

Finale- Sept 26, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Gala Show - Sept 27, 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Like our FB page - Short+Sweet Manila for more information.

The Tale of the Three Presidentiables: Vice President Jejomar Binay's Statement on INC Protests


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Is there a clear act of harassment from the administration towards Iglesia Ni Cristo? Should we tolerate whatever inconvenience was cause by the INC protests? Well, that is what Vice President Jejomar Binay is apparently saying.

“Sabi ko nga, alam mo, yang mga rallies, yang mass action, ay protected iyan in the constitution, because the mass action is part of the freedom of speech.” says Binay told reporters in Dipolog Friday when asked to comment on the gridlock that the INC rally apparently resulted to.

“If it caused inconvenience, we have to tolerate it, we have to respect it. We will have to listen to it,” said the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party standard-bearer.

Earlier, Binay defended the Christian sect from the alleged meddling of DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima and the Aquino administration,particularly on the reported rift within the INC leadership.

The INC is known as a bloc-voting group. As such, politikos aggressively woo the faction for its votes whenever election time is near.

Asked by a reporter if Binay was in constant communication with the INC, the Vice President answered: “Ang lalim naman ng tanong mo. Bakit mo naman ako idinidikit doon sa…ikaw naman o. Sinasabi ko lang, respetuhin natin iyon.”

“That is a guaranteed provision in the constitution, yung magprotesta. At saka yung separation of church and state. Wag naman natin pakialaman yung ginagawa doon sa kanilang religion,” stressed the opposition boss. -  Politics.com.ph
Is there a clear act of harassment from the administration towards Iglesia Ni Cristo? Well, that is what Vice President Jejomar Binay is saying.

The Tale of the Three Presidentiables: DILG Secretary Mar Roxas' Statement on INC Protests


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"Agree!!!...certainly, this early we see who among our presidentiables got the guts and decisiveness to solve an issue/problem without regard of their own self-interest....while other candidates played blindly, in fact rode on, to the situation...Sec. Mar showed his true self!!!...This man, definitely, has respect for the rule of law!....so, kanino ka sa eleksyon 2016....do i need to say more?" - Tomas Apostol Alviar

"I agree but i hope sec mar will act his words. Permit was given by the LGU, PNP not doing enough. Bottomline, there is still anarchy. Cant they talk with the INC leadership. If this was a rally by Bayan or any other group i dont think the govt will allow. I applaud the words of Sec Roxas but i really hope these are put into action." - Erick Reyes

"This is a situation where you see how one will act with good judgment. Mar Roxas is presidential. Crisis situations reveal who has the wisdom, who is short of it because of lack of experience, and who is only after his own agenda. Go, Roxas, go!!"- Maria Cristina Astorga

"You are absolutely correct Mr. Secretary. To those who rallied within the vicinity of DOJ, you are expected to act responsibly, at least not leaving your mess / garbage in the area. To those members of INC, who filed their complaints to higher court-SC, you have all the rights for due process of law if your human rights are violated." - Genara Malaque Inguito

"Go go sec Mar, I will vote and campaign for you, you have made a very sensible statement, not minding the outcome of it. Unlike any other presidential aspirants who are opportunists and riding on the issues just to get the vote of the inc. They have to face the issue in court and not on the streets. They are adversely affecting the commuting public." - Bing Mendoza

The Tale of the Three Presidentiables: Senator Grace Poe's Statement on the INC Protests


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"I am actually happy that this INC rally aimed at protecting their leaders from the laws of our country happened now that the elections are just around the corner. You can clearly see the difference between our 3 Presidentiables. While Binay and Poe made statements to protect and defend the INC, Roxas quickly emphasized the importance of rule of law and stressed that while he respects the right of the INC to express their sentiments, the practice of this right should not impin...ge on the rights of other Filipinos.

Now, do we want to have a President who will turn a blind eye on enforcing justice and the laws of our country just to please a noisy minority who threatens our political leaders with their alleged bloc voting powers in 2016 or a President with strong political will to enforce the rule of law and protect the rights of the silent majority?

Alam niyo na kung ano ang tamang sagot dito, let your vote in 2016 do the talking." - Harvey Keh

"At least now we know that Grace Poe has no backbone, what a difference a month makes. The surveys, all of a sudden, transformed her into this prima dona. And I thought that she and chiz were a bad match, they deserve each other, taking turns blowing hot air into each others big heads. Turned off."- Vanni Guzman

"Salamat sa payo mo, bro! Looks like I will now have to strike Poe, my original bet, out of my list of people to vote in the next elections and go for Roxas instead. VP Binay has never been and will never ever be able to taste a single vote from me. Same goes with Chiz Escudero." - Marlon Tecson


Giveaway Alert: Submit Your Most Beautiful Food Shots on Instagram and Win Prizes from foodpanda Philippines


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We recently had a Foodstagram Fest at Splice Resto Bar organized by foodpanda. Splice is one of the newest restaurants at The Portal in Greenfield District in Mandaluyong. Their mission is simple—to make you feel good with good food.

Splice’s modern menu features fun starters like the Angus Tapa Poutine, a spin on the Canadian dish, with thick-cut potatoes topped with cheese sauce and Angus beef tapa; doh-nut burgers, named after The Simpsons, where donuts are used in place of bread; pasta selections, which include the Danggit and Chicken Skin Carbonara, where bacon is replaced with salty danggit and crunchy chicken skin; and the melt-in-your-mouth 8-Hour Pork Belly Confit, served with Dirty Rice, all at reasonable prices.

Now, you can enjoy a modern feast at home as Splice delivers exclusively via foodpanda!

I will write about my personal story on a later date, including showing you the many photos I got from the Foodstagram Fest where one of us won a new Instax camera for coming up with the best moth-watering shot of the dishes served to us that afternoon (I think I should invest on an iPhone already). But let me present a giveaway alert courtesy of foodpanda Philippines where you get the chance to win Php 1000 food voucher plus foodpanda merchandise. A runner-up prize of Php 300 food voucher goes to another winner.

All you have to do is to send via Instagram photos of dishes coming from the partner restaurants of foodpanda. Don't forget to tag @foodpanda_ph and @pinoytekkie. Please also use the hashtags #foodpandaphgram and #WazzupPilipinas. They have so many partners that it's so easy to pick among your many favorite restaurants. Just follow the rest of the mechanics below.

 
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