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Friday, May 6, 2016

COMELEC Says There's Nothing Wrong With Negative Political TV Ads Involving Children


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The TV networks say they complied to the Fair Elections Act which says they would not discriminate in the airing of political ads. Thus they do not admit to any fault with allowing the broadcast of the ad involving children.

"The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) clarified that it does not have the authority to approve political advertisements on television. The poll body only regulates the duration, and not the content, of political ads on TV. However, they find nothing wrong with the ad. "Sa dinami-dami ng mga eleksyon na pinagdaanan natin, ang dami-dami nating nakikita na mga negative ads talaga."

"Grace Poe, a former chairwoman of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), also says there is nothing wrong with the ads using children reacting to what Duterte said."

"Parang yung pagmumura, lewd jokes, and unbelievable promises of change ni Duterte, some people do not find anything wrong with them."

"Yung mali ng pag-gamit ng mga bata nakita ninyo pero yung mali ng pagmumura sa Sto. Papa, pagpapakyu, pagju-joke about rape, pagpilit ng paghalik sa babae hindi niyo nakita?"

"The children were purposely used to hammer the message that they should always be part of the consideration in our choice of leaders of the country not only because it is for their future but also because they will emulate these leaders. Besides, the children were shown in a positive light and all pertinent laws were strictly followed."

One: Ascent to Power Face-Off Results and Photos


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The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE), announced today that the mixed martial artists competing at ONE: ASCENT TO POWER are on track with their weights and are expected to be ready for all the action which takes place tomorrow evening, 6 May, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Main event combatants Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi are set and ready to compete in a five round battle for the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship.

In the co-main event, Roger Gracie of the world-renowned Gracie fighting family will take on undefeated Polish fighter Michal Pasternak for the right to bear the inaugural ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship.

Angela Lee stated: “The stage is set for the biggest female MMA bout in the history of MMA in Asia. This is an incredible opportunity for me to become the youngest MMA champion in history, the first-ever ONE women’s world champion, and to be able to represent Singapore as its first female MMA world champion. The stakes are high, but I’m ready to show the world I have what it takes to step into the spotlight and claim the belt and everything that comes with it.”

Properties the Presidential Candidates’ Money Could Buy


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Looking at the 2016 presidential candidates’ personal net worth is a good way to understand how they manage their wealth, and how they might manage the Philippine economy should they get elected.

There are only days left before the 2016 presidential elections, yet many voters continue to look for additional information regarding the candidates. While not the be-all-and-end-all in selecting the next national leader, their net worth is a good indicator of how they manage their personal wealth, and how that possibly translates into their ability to lead the growth of the Philippine economy should they get elected.

To that end, we list the individual net worth of Vice President Jejomar Binay, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, and Senators Grace Poe-Llamanzares and Miriam Defensor Santiago based on their latest Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN), and attempt to quantify these by exploring the real estate possibilities that could be afforded by their personal wealth.

Guide to the 2016 Vice Presidential Race


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We only have 3 day left going into the 2016 National Elections, have you chosen your Vice Presidential Candidate? How well do you each of their platforms?

May 9 is the set date for every Filipino to elect the next government official of the country. And wIth only a few days left, all candidates are in full swing to campaign their platforms and agendas for the country in the next six years. In fact, everyday we are bombarded with political advertisements from TV commericial telling the life story of each candidate to banners and streamers with their face and designated ballot number. Not to mention, the country’s biggest media conglomerates have initiated different several rounds of debate to give candidate an avenue to present their platforms and campaign materials. But with so much going on in the media today, how well do you know each of their plans for the country?

Traffic congestion, poverty, poor health system, rise of unemployment rate, inadequate education and lack of infrastructure are some of the issues that the country is currently facing. All candidates have pristine political background and genuine intent to make the country better in all aspects but are they truly up for the challenge?

We have 6 lawmakers vying for the second-highest position in the government namely Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, Senator Chiz Escudero, Senator Gregorio Honasan II, Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr., Camarines Sur Representative Leni Robredo, and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. 

Australian Ambassador Hosts Launch of Penfolds Wine in the Philippines


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Iconic Australian wine brand Penfolds, made its official debut in the Philippines at a dinner event hosted by the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely. Held at renowned restaurant Blackbird which is located at the historical Nielson Tower, and attended by key representatives from the food and beverage industry, the venue provided a fitting backdrop to launch the luxury wine brand.

Voted the ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brand’ by Drinks International, an internationally recognised media authority in the wine and spirits industry, in their annual poll where almost 200 international industry experts including buyers, sommeliers, wine writers, Masters of Wine, industry experts and wine critics took part which pits wine brands from all global regions, styles and qualities against each other.

“I am pleased to host the formal launch of Penfolds in the Philippines, as we celebrate 70 years of Australia-Philippine bilateral relations. Penfolds is an example of an Australian brand which has enjoyed great success worldwide. I’m confident Penfolds wines will also be very well received in the Philippines, as Filipinos’ taste for fine wine continue to grow.” said Ambassador Gorely.

Yodi Mootoosamy, Treasury Wine Estates Regional Business Manager SEA, said, “Penfolds is one of Australia’s oldest and most iconic wineries, with a history and heritage that reflects the country’s journey growth. Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia – and across the world”.

APOS Summit Gathers Global Key Industry Leaders to Focus on Future Growth of Video Content Creation and Distribution


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Asia’s premier event for media, telecoms and entertainment industry APOS (Asia Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit) recently gathered leaders from established companies and fast growing new businesses fostering discussions on the video sector and the ecosystem of creating, distributing and monetizing content.

APOS 2016, held at Bali Indonesia last April 26 to April 28, focused on the video industry, including TV and digital video. A fast growing $105 billion business, leaders sought to explore its exponential growth with the rapid evolution of consumer behavior and choices. Its key themes were centered on exploring opportunities and facing challenges that come with it.

Among the top themes for APOS 2016 include the future of content creation and distribution, video streaming, content packaging and pricing in broadband, social video curation and sports in digital platforms, among others.

With hundreds of participants from telco to entertainment companies, the summit saw 60 of the most innovative company leaders share their expertise and points of view on the various themes. Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu participated in a discussion on Game Changers and Disruptors, sharing how the company continues to prosper in a high-growth but increasingly aggressive market. Cu touched on its play in strengthening its digital content franchises giving it a competitive advantage. Moderating this Q&A with Cu is Media Partners Asia (MPA) Executive Director Vivek Couto.

Diwa Partylist Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar Commemorates Gen. Gregorio Aglipay's 156th Birthday


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Commemorating the 156th Birthday of Philippine revolution hero and independent church founder Gen. Gregorio Aglipay, Diwa Partylist Representative  Emmeline "Em" Aglipay-Villar was at the Pandesal Forum of Kamuning Bakery on May 5, 2016 for a small ceremony and press conference.

The Diwa partylist is running for re-election and represented by the daughter in law of the Manuel and Cynthia Villar whose son Mark is married to Em Aglipay, the great great granddaughter of Gen. Gregorio Aglipay.

Em goes on to share a lengthy speech to both explain about why the good general never had a fair share of recognition even though he had numerous worthy acts during his time. It was said that the general ran for President against Quezon during his time but failed to win because he was not popular with the Americans back then.

The lady representative of Diwa also shared some of their advocacy platform primarily focused on far and just labor practices. She shared that they are in favor of ending contractualization but only for the non-core functions of a business. She used as example an airline where the pilots and stewardess would be considered as part of the core functions of the business which should not hire contractual employees for the said positions. Meanwhile functions like catering would be considered as open for contractualization.

Get the Coolest Must-Haves for the Hot Summer Season


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The summer months are here again! And what better way to spend it than with the must-haves that are sure to make your days cooler and lighter. Whether it’s a laptop that will allow you a more productive work setup or an air-conditioner that makes home a more comfortable place to live in, the good news is that there is an easy, simple and fast way to get these in time for this season. 


Laptops, air-conditioners and more

With a lot of schools now shifting their calendars to include classes during the summer months, laptops are now also timely to purchase. Available in Silicon Valley branches, Asus, Acer and Lenovo are among the most popular brands offering the most reasonably-priced feature-packed laptops available in the market today.

Summer can also be enjoyed at the comfort of your own home. Offered at Automatic Centre are a wide variety of the latest and most budget-friendly air-conditioners that are sure to make your house cooler and more comfortable without causing a big dent in your savings. Whether it’s a split-type or a window-style one, an air-conditioner is a welcome addition to any household during this time of the year. You can also add-in a new TV and other appliances to spruce your home up even more.

SophosLabs Research Finds “Designer” Cyber Threats on the Rise


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Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, today revealed SophosLabs research that indicates a growing trend among cybercriminals to target and even filter out specific countries when designing ransomware and other malicious cyberattacks. The research includes information from millions of endpoints worldwide and is analyzed by the team at SophosLabs.

To lure more victims with their attacks, cybercriminals are now crafting customized spam to carry threats using regional vernacular, brands and payment methods for better cultural compatibility, according to Sophos.

Ransomware cleverly disguised as authentic email notifications, complete with counterfeit local logos, is more believable, highly clickable and therefore more financially rewarding to the criminal. To be as effective as possible, these scam emails now impersonate local postal companies, tax and law enforcement agencies and utility firms, including phony shipping notices, refunds, speeding tickets and electricity bills. SophosLabs has seen a rise in spam where the grammar is more often properly written and perfectly punctuated.

“You have to look harder to spot fake emails from real ones,” said Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor at Sophos. “Being aware of the tactics used in your region is becoming an important aspect of security.”

The Launch of the New MINI Convertible


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Your Pambansang Blogger ng Pilipinas was invited to attend the launch of the new MINI convertible,  the only premium convertible in the small car segment that offers a refreshing open-top driving experience on all four seats. held on April 5, 2016 at the MINI showroom in Bonifacio Global City.

MINI Asia and MINI Philippines says it is available in two variants: MINI Cooper Convertible S and MINI John Cooper Works Convertible. What was unveiled to us during the launch was the former in a stunning chili red color. Now, is this something fiery to drive during the scorching summer heat in the Philippines? Why not! Who cares about the heat when we could look fabulously good driving the MINI Convertible. 

Seriously, we can easily put on the car roof for the sunny or rainy days, and only partially open it during days when you just want to feel the natural blow of the wind instead of the air-conditioning. But when the breeze is cool, just like the MINI Convertible, we can fully open up the top for a more refreshing drive around everywhere, within the metro or at the provinces.

Shockvertising: Anti-Duterte TV Advertisement Infuriates Public for Exploiting Children


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Who created and paid for this Anti-Duterte TV advertisement using children to convey the impending threat to society?

Some say that "The children are saying things that are true. They were not made to lie. Besides children have been used and abused a lot in the media especially those stupid drama series. Why complain when children say the truth? Because Duterte is offended and is such a drama queen?" and that "The words that were said on the TV ad came from Duterte himself."

Below are some of the thoughts coming from different people that I gathered from my social media timelines. I selected those whose ideas seems agreeable to what I would like to also share to my readers, but there are also points that I included to be fair and somewhat bring out some humor to this chaotic pre-election season.

"The shockvertising aired last night proves one thing. Mas madami talaga nanonood sa ABS-CBN. Everybody's ganging up against ABS while reports say it was also shown on other channels."

I actually saw it already a few days before from somewhere which I could not remember. But my reaction was pale in comparison to what I am seeing now on my social media timelines.

In a tweet from MTRCB, they inform the general public that it is the COMELEC which has sole jurisdiction to regulate political TV ads under the Fair Elections Act.



"In a statement, ABS-CBN said it had nothing to do with the production of the political ad, and that it was "duty bound to air a legitimate ad."

"The controversial political advertisement being talked about in social media, which aired on ABS-CBN, was produced and paid for by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. Prior to the airing, ABS-CBN’s ethics committee reviewed the content of the material, which complies with the requirements of pertinent election laws," the company said.

ABS-CBN pointed out that Commission on Elections' (COMELEC) guidelines prohibit radio and television stations from discriminating against any candidate or political party in the sale of air time.

"By airing the said commercial, ABS-CBN is being consistent with COMELEC guidelines, which prohibit radio or television stations to discriminate in the sale of air time against any political party or candidate. We are duty bound to air a legitimate ad."

An audio version of the negative ad has been airing on radio stations.

A different negative ad about Duterte also began airing on GMA Network on Thursday. "

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mom for all Seasons: Vilma Santos Tops 2016 Lazada Polls


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To celebrate mother’s day, Lazada , the country’s one stop shopping and selling destination, conducted an online survey among members of the Lazada Super Moms and main FB page. Survey results are based on direct consumer responses and not reflective of the views of Lazada.com or its employees.

Lazada moms are Vilmanians at heart with 69% of respondents saying she is the best representation of a mother, winning over other showbiz icons Sharon Cuneta, Dawn Zulueta and Jaclyn Jose.


Ely beats Chris, but Brad lords over them all

When it comes to music and entertainment, the popularity of local band Eraserheads (40%) beats out international bands, Coldplay and U2. But when it comes to Hollywood crushes, Leo (24%) still has a long way to go before reaching Brad’s (53%) stature.


Mom’s everyday essentials

Moms are more active than ever before. With the limitless number of mom apps available, almost three (71%) out of four respondents prefer using an Android over an iOS. Function over femininity rules as moms prefer wearing shorts (45.3%) as their comfy #OOTD, with jeans as a close contender (43.7%). Baby wipes top their survival kit must have (36.0%) to take out.


Value Hunters and Pamperers

Moms are always on the lookout for great deals, especially during sales (37.6%). For example in diapers, Huggies was ranked as the most preferred and trusted brand by moms (34.4%). Interesting to note that moms would rather (1) buy during a sale, (2) use discount vouchers or (3) buy product bundles than ask allowance from dad when the household budget gets pretty tight.

One thing moms aren’t afraid to scrimp on are themselves. 36% of respondents described themselves as part of the Health and Beauty category. When asked what form of dieting they prefer, moms prefer a diet of fruits and veggies (58%) instead of depriving themselves of sweets or rice. For mini-breaks, a surprising 41.2% prefer staycations over out of town getaways.


Mother’s Day Mindfulness

As Mother’s Day is just around the corner, Lazada treats all mothers out there with Mother’s Day Specials until May 5, 2016 with up to 80% off on a wide assortment of products. Perfect gifts for mothers are available from kitchenware, cameras, gadgets and a whole lot more. Lazada also makes flower deliveries possible on Mother’s Day for its first 400 customers who would be pre-ordering on or before 5:00p.m onMay 6.

Mom is definitely the queen this May. Treat your royal highness by visiting www.lazada.com.ph or by downloading the mobile app for free.

Animal Planet Celebrates Motherhood on May 8


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The art of being a mother is more complex than any of us could have imagined. Even in the animal kingdom, mothers have a lot to teach us. On May 8, Animal Planet celebrates Mother’s Day by showing that universal truth through several special one-offs starting at 8PM.

Following a well-established pride of lions on the plains of the Serengeti, Queen of the Beasts will attempt to unravel the story of the "King of Beasts" and the role of his queen, the lioness, in pride life. The lion, for all his size and swagger, is revealed as more a consort than a king.

Real power lies with the queen. It is the lionesses who own the territory and provide the ongoing stability for the pride: mothers, daughters, aunts and grandmothers form a close-knit group that looks after all the cubs, and surprisingly, the old and infirm. Queen of the Beasts airs May 8, 8PM on Animal Planet.

In Wildwives of Savannah Lane, mothers are guarantors of the savannah's diversity -- picky about their partners, yet in most cases, utterly devoted to their young. Which creatures among these have mastered the ways in which to be the perfect wildwife?

Balding and Thinning Hair Solved with MAXiM MEGA Sessions


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One of the most fearsome thoughts for both men and women is the prospect of balding. Thinning hair or hair that grows in patches can be just as alarming.

A fear of baldness is called phalacrophobia. But even just the loss of a little hair can cause major anxiety for some people.

Now, those with balding heads or thinning hair can find a quick solution to their problem at MAXiM, an international hair restoration center based here in the Philippines. The answer is MAXiM’s MEGA Sessions – a procedure that allows clients to grow a good head of hair from just one visit. In the MEGA Sessions, up to 4,000 grafts of hair (up to 10,000 hair follicles) are implanted on the scalp in one sitting so clients do not have to do multiple visits.

MEGA Sessions are unique to MAXiM, which has been doing various types of hair transplant procedures on local and foreign clients since 2004. While other hair centers can only transplant 1,000 to 2,000 grafts, MAXiM plastic surgeons and nurses are uniquely qualified to perform Mega Sessions that already produce satisfying results in just one session.

“The big advantage of MEGA Sessions, besides the great improvement in looks, is that the client does not have to keep coming back to the clinic for repeat sessions just to get a full head of hair. The improvement in appearance and image is really quite significant and many clients are pleased. With a full head of hair, many of our clients tell us they have landed good jobs, gotten promotions, found the love of their lives, and have renewed self-confidence because of their youthful look,” said MAXiM Hair Restoration CEO Mac Fadra.

Laugh Out Loud as Sony Channel Premieres Two New Shows on ROFLing Sundays


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Sony Channel, the home of Hollywood’s entertainment, has added two new comedy shows for this merry month of May: CROWDED and SUPERSTORE.

CROWDED: Premieres Sunday, May 8 at 8:30pm

Taking its place alongside comedy series Dr. Ken on ROFLing Sunday nights, CROWDED follows married couple Mike and Martina Moore who are excited to settle into their new life as empty-nesters. But not all goes to plan and chaos ensues as their two daughters unexpectedly return home to figure out their lives and Mike’s parents decide to stay with them instead of moving to Florida.

CROWDED is produced by Hazy Mills Productions, Sam Jen Productions, and Universal Television. The show stars Patrick Warburton as Mike Moore, Carrie Preston as Martina Moore, Miranda Cosgrove as Shea Moore, and Mia Serafino as Stella Moore. Stacy Keach plays Mike’s father Bob while Carlease Burke plays Mike’s mother Alice. CROWDED premieres on Sunday, May 8 at 8:30pm



SUPERSTORE: Premieres Sunday, May 22 at 8:00pm

SUPERSTORE, starring America Ferrera, is a LOL comedy which features a fascinating look into the lives of employees of a big box store called Cloud 9 in St. Louis, Missouri. From interns to long-term managers, each employee’s life and background play a crucial role in their characters and add a kaleidoscope of colour to the challenges of dealing with the unpredictable world of retail.

SUPERSTORE was created by Justin Spitzer and produced by Spitzer Holding Company, The District, and Universal Television. The show stars America Ferrera who played Betty in the famous comedy Ugly Betty. Also starring are Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nichole Bloom, and Mark McKinney.

Sony Channel is seen on SKYCable Channel 35, Cignal Digital TV Channel 60, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cable Link Channel 39.

Colors of Freedom 2016: Independence Day Run


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Whiplash Events Management in cooperation with key partners has organized a grand spectacle this June 12, 2016 in Manila, Philippines to celebrate our Independence Day. The vision is to make this National Holiday a fun, healthy and momentous day for Filipinos and our international contingents, that is why they came up with “COLORS OF FREEDOM 2016: Independence Day Run.

Join us on June 12, 2016 as we celebrate Freedom Day with 3,000 fun loving souls. The event combines the drama of a fun run amidst an urban playground bursting in vivid color. The party is not complete without you...drag some friends and family, wear wigs, throw some ecocolored powder and take loads of freedom day selfies/wefies to express to the World your love for Philippine Independence. 

Be Heard, Stand Proud, Party Hard... See You on Freedom Day! 

Register now and run with us on FREEDOM DAY! 

http://www.colorsoffreedom.net

Event Venue: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City (34th St corner 9th Ave.) 

Note: General Assembly is 4:00AM to give way for the warm up and briefing sessions. 

Analyst Says None of the Presidential Front-Runners Can Secure Strong Mandate Like President Aquino


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Miguel Chanco, Lead Analyst, ASEAN, at the EIU based in Singapore, has provided some insight and predictions on the upcoming presidential elections in the Philippines on Monday, 9 May.

"On Monday 9th May, the Philippines heads to the polls to elect a new President.

Unfortunately, this election looks set to put a dent in the Philippines’ recent positive economic performance, whatever the result. None of the front-runners are likely to secure a mandate as strong as Benigno Aquino’s, current and 15th President of the Philippines. Long the “sick man of Asia”, the Philippines has made slow and steady improvements in infrastructure, regulatory environment and in reducing corruption, that has led to a steady uptick in most economic indicators. Most notable is the boom in investment, which has increased by over 10% in three of the last four years.

In an echo of Donald Trump in the US, a divisive and controversial candidate, Rodrigo Duterte has had a storming campaign and now has a real chance of winning. However, the campaign of the other possible winner, Grace Poe, has been marred by questions of eligibility and her victory could be challenged in court by the runner-up. While a messy transition in government is a given, things will look very different depending on who wins. The country's fundamentals are such that the EIU believe that the Philippines will rise from being the world's 33rd biggest economy today, to 21st by 2030 - just behind the Netherlands - but the ride will be a bit rockier.”

IPC Expands Global Footprint, Joins NTT Communication's Nexcenter Network of Data Centers


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Local data center operator and pioneer cloud services provider IPC (IP Converge Data Services, Inc.) recently announced that its flagship Internet data center facility located in Parañaque City has been accredited as one of Nexcenter network of data centers provided by NTT Communications (NTT Com). The accreditation, achieved through a partnership between NTT Com and IPC’s holding company ePLDT, Inc. (the digital enterprise enabler of the PLDT Group), strengthens IPC’s position as a world-class Internet data center operator, providing data center services to customers in international territories.

“Our new status as a Nexcenter-accredited facility brings IPC to the next level. It is a testament to the world-class quality of our facilities and services. Like over 140 data centers around the world, IPC Data Center - Parañaque features fully redundant services, designed to withstand calamities such as earthquakes and typhoons, and employs several layers of security similar to that of NTT Com’s own data centers,” stated IPC President Rene Huergas.

NTT Com is the leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) solutions within the NTT Group (NYSE: NTT), a Fortune Global 100 company. Nexcenter™ is NTT Com’s global data center service brand lauded for its unmatched reliability, as well as scalability and cost-efficiency. For two consecutive years, NTT Com has been awarded the Asia Pacific Data Center Service Provider of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, and has a number of other accolades under its belt.

To be recognized as part of Nexcenter™, IPC had to ensure compliance with the strict standards of NTT Communications, the global leading provider of state-of-the-art data centers that combine cloud, network security, and managed services providing streamlined and seamless ICT environment to its users. IPC data centers employ consistently reliable operational procedures, making them a logical choice to be part of Nexcenter™.

3 Reasons to Go Out And S.E.E. the World


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I just came home from a 5-day trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. I attended the 28th SSEAYP International General Assembly (SIGA). SSEAYP, or Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program, is an annual program sponsored by the Japanese government. Every year, hundreds of youth from Japan and the ASEAN countries gather to embrace cultural diversity, and collaborate to discuss social matters affecting the youth sector… aboard the luxury ship Nippon Maru for over 40 days. SIGA, on the other hand, is an annual grand reunion of all SSEAYP alumni, held in different ASEAN countries every year.

Being a SSEAYP delegate back in the year 2000 is one of the biggest milestones in my life. At the age of 21, I travelled abroad for the first time… and as a part of an international youth program!

Traveling, as they say, is food for the soul. I could not agree more with that statement. As a youth advocate and a motivational speaker, I have been to more than 50 provinces in the Philippines and 30 countries around the world. Going places helps me grow as an individual. I have gained more wisdom through traveling than anything else I have ever done in my life.

I encourage everyone to go out and S.E.E. the world, and here are the 3 reasons why:

Philippine Junior Marketing Association Proudly Presents Blackout: Vendetta


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On May 14, 2016 at the Greenfields Mayflower Park, Mandaluyong City.

A revolution is about to begin as the Philippine Junior Marketing Association gives you the most thrilling and surprise-filled rave of the year!

BLACKOUT: VENDETTA
, happening this 14th of May 2016, 8PM onwards, at the Greenfields Mayflower Park, Mandaluyong City.

Revel in the thumping bass as the most in-demand DJs in the metro ignite the night with the most electrifying beats!

Get an exclusive pass now for only P300 for pre-selling and P350 for walk-ins.

The beginning has arrived,

Now's the time to witness the end.

For inquiries and other concerns, you may reach Jirah Fulgencio at 0906 494 8120 or email her at pjmasynergy.jsfulgencio@gmail.com

#BlackoutVendetta

Send More Love to Your Mom this Mother’s Day


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Every day people are in a rush – and sadly on Mother’s Day this is no different. Some of us are squeezing the time to buy the perfect gift for our moms into our hectic work schedule, while the others have to seek the help of other people to buy the gift for them. And the challenge comes not only in the purchasing stage – it also occurs on the day itself, when people find it difficult to give their purchased present to their mom in person on her special day.

If you ever find yourself caught up in this situation, then you’ll be glad to know that Zyllem – one of the fastest growing logistics innovators in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore – is happy to give you a hand in sending your parcels, sealing them with love and care.

According to Quito San Agustin, country managing director of Zyllem Philippines, most people in the workforce are able to buy their gifts for their moms but fail to give that to them personally because of time and distance constraints: “We all face the hurdle of finding a fantastic gift idea that’s as unique as our mother. But sometimes, we fail to send it to them right away because work impedes us from doing so, let alone the distance that separates us from our moms,” San Agustin said.

“Knowing this is true for many people around the Philippines — this Mother’s Day, we want to make sure that everyone will be able to show how much their mom means to them through our same day services. We will be open the entire Mother’s Day weekend so that we can help individuals in their surprise delivery. With our same day services, your mom is sure to receive her special Mother’s Day gift pack in good time," he said.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Rodrigo Duterte Shows BPI Bank Balances


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Rodrigo Duterte showed one BPI peso and one BPI dollar account at the Philippine Star press conference earlier today. Ipapakain daw niya kay Mar Roxas yung isa dahil sa paratang. Ganoon din kaya kay Sonny Trillanes? Abangan!

"Trillanes, asked by Rappler if he was satisfied with the March 31, 2014 certification, said, “No, definitely not. We are asking for the transaction history.”" - Rappler
The BPI Bank certification that Duterte showed to the Philstar press conference says he only has 1 account at BPI as of March 31, 2014 However, he showed 11 passbooks which could mean he has been very active in depositing and/or withdrawing, or he has been with the bank for a long time. What happened? We should see his bank transactions from the start and until the announcement of Trillanes. Not the current balance as of March 31, 2014. A lot could happen within two years from 2014 to the present.

Duterte also showed that his BPI dollar account has been stagnant since 2013. Why the need to show his dollar account when we know that is not what Trillanes is asking from him? Oh, it was Mar Roxas who claimed Duterte has large amounts in his dollar account? Let Duterte also show us all his peso accounts, not just one..or does he have only one?

All Your Favorites are on TLC this May


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Whether it’s dessert, freshly cooked meals or simple comfort food that you are looking for, look no further as TLC’s got you covered all this month.

The Valastros bring their business back to its true roots – cake and family. Whatever the challenge, this baking family proves that no sticky situation can keep them apart.

Buddy Valastro and his cake-making team, including his four sisters, two brothers-in-law and cousins return to Cake Boss to whip up some of their most amazing creations yet. Each episode features exciting new projects for Carlo’s Bakery team, and with bigger clients and crazier cakes to be made, there is sure to be drama. With more responsibilities than ever, the team feels the heat as the Valastros work side-by-side to satisfy longtime customers, special guest stars and celebrities from around the world. As one of the most successful and renowned cake artists in the United States, Buddy continues to achieve his late father’s dream of making Carlo’s Bake Shop a household name. Cake Boss airs Wednesdays at 8PM on TLC.


In another side of the planet, Jamie Oliver brings his love of fresh food, cooking and his infectious enthusiasm to the iconic Sydney Opera House in front of a 2,000-plus live audience. Jamie’s Food Revolution Live at the Sydney Opera House is a fun, family-oriented, live stage show where Jamie asks everyone to join him on his revolution: sign the petition to get compulsory food education on the curriculum of every country in the world. The one-off Jamie’s Food Revolution Live at the Sydney Opera House premieres May 16, Monday at 8PM on TLC.


And in 2 Dudes & a Kitchen, bask in a fun-in-the-kitchen cooking show that teaches the audience (some of whom may not necessarily enjoy cooking) how to make simple “idiot-proof” meals in ten steps or less. The show features two buddies, Aaron and Lee, who have no other culinary qualifications other than being food lovers and passionate home cooks. They are regular guys who have full-time nine to five jobs and who go through the grind of everyday life just like everyone else, but are still able to find time to cook themselves, and occasionally friends and family, a good meal.

In each episode, they will teach the viewers to cook two to three dishes for a particular occasion. The occasions are made to mirror real life situations and range from cooking a meal for a new girlfriend to meeting the prospective in-laws to making a meal for football night with the boys.

The result – simple yet impressive food and lots of fun! 2 Dudes & a Kitchen premieres May 23, airing Mondays at 9PM on TLC.

2nd Tourism Lifestyle & Business Expo on May 9 to 11


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The second Tourism Lifestyle & Business Expo at the Glorietta Activity Center continues what has been done last April 26 to 28, and this time, we have the candidates of the Miss Tourism Philippines take center stage once more as they do their Flores de Mayo showcase.

Forty-two (42) candidates from all over the Philippines will vie for the title of Miss Tourism Philippines and will represent the country to the world. The candidates dressed up for their Summer Fashion show last April 27, and they will be coming back to the Glorietta at the 2nd TLB Expo, this time to show their Filipiniana attire.

The Dee Girls, the new all-female dancing and singing group from Jimmy Dee Productions, will also be appearing as guest performers on May 11 at around 6 pm so please do watch out for it. The Dee Girls promises world-class entertainment that will surely bring them to a global following soon.

Aside from that, we also have the following brands offering their products and services to everyone: El Puerto Marina, Ezywipe, Camaya Coast, Slimmers World, Love Hope Faith, Organique, Access Freight, Elra Gail Fashion, Sophia Fashion, Coco Bags, JBSC Art Gallery, SNS Arts and Crafts, Kriciels Handicraft, Jona Accessories, Ayala Premier, Globe Telecom, G-Stone Marketing, Kiecia Enterprises, Fitness First, Slimmers World, The Arte Facts, Jade Pacific Residences, Unicef, Tahanang Walang Hagdanan, Via.com, Filinvest, Pampanga's Best, Porfumo, Club Ultima, BPI, Metrobank, RCBC, CC Young Enterprise, Anthonette FC and Jegen S.W.E. Enterprises.

Moreover, there are activities in store for everyone such as talks and giveaways, so come to the Glorietta Activity Center and check out the second leg of the Tourism Lifestyle & Business Expo.

The 2nd Tourism Lifestyle & Business Expo will be held on May 9 to 11 at the Glorietta Activity Center. Citibank and Royal Brunei Airways are the event sponsors. This event is for the benefit of the Dumagat children and youth of Brgy. Calawis, Antipolo City.

Wazzup Pilipinas is a proud media partner of the Tourism Lifestyle & Business Expo.

This event is organized by Ex-link Management and Marketing Services Corp, a Business Events Organizer in the Philippines. For partnerships, call tel. no. 633-0153, 643-3887, or email info@exlinkevents.com. Ex-Link Events is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Philippine Urological Association Proudly Presents 8th URUN for Men's Health


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The Philippine Urological Association will be holding it’s “8th URUN FOR MEN’S HEALTH” on June 26, 2016 from 4pm to 9pm and will start at Quezon Memorial Circle going to Maginhawa St., Quezon City where exciting activities are waiting for the participants.

This is in commemoration of the two most important occasions dedicated to our protector & provider we call Father, the Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Father’s Day. This year, the association commits on taking this annual event to newer heights in line with its VISION of establishing “URUN for Men’s Health”(formerly URUN for Prostate Health) to be a major institutional event and as the main activity in promoting men’s health in the country.

We believe that this activity with its noble goals and large target population (includes all men and their family that they protect and support) could be and should be a fixture and an Institution in this country.

This is for the benefit of a continuing lobby for more public information and knowledge and more patient empowerment towards significant health gains; research on prevention and cure about the disease; and simultaneous medical missions all throughout the country during Annual DRE.

The event will be led by the Philippine Urological Association and all its members with the full participation of the Urology Training Institution, Philippine Urological Residence Doctor Association and selected Hospitals and in cooperation with the Local government of Quezon City.

BeamAndGo Leads Socio-Civic Groups in Empowering OFW Children


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Financial technology startup BeamAndGo, in partnership with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and the Villar SIPAG Foundation staged a interactive workshop dubbed LearnAndGo: My Ticket to an Empowered Life on April 23, 2016. The seminar focused on the needs and challenges of one of the most vulnerable groups in society – Overseas Filipino Workers and their children.

Senator Cynthia Villar stressed the extreme irony of the OFW situation: A person leaves the country in a move to better financially establish the family but this act often results in tearing that same family apart due to the distance between members.

“The main problem is that the OFWs leave their children and the family has a hard time coping. It’s so ironic that they earn money for their children yet their families can end up broken. May pera pero wala yung guidance ng magulang.”

It is for this reason that the CBCP through the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Itinerant People (ECMI), Villar SIPAG Foundation, and BeamAndGo crafted the program for the children as they are most affected by such separations. There are numerous stories of how such children end up dropping out of school or getting involved in not very productive activities because at least one parent is missing and cannot provide correct guidance. 

Rising Internet Use In Emerging Markets: A Business Opportunity


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The internet is increasingly integrated in everyday life in emerging countries, yet the rate of web connectivity in these regions still lags significantly behind more developed markets.

On a global scale, the number of Internet users worldwide hit an estimated 3.2 billion in 2015 - that’s about 43 percent of the world’s population who now have access to the web. Of these, two billion web users are based in the emerging markets, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

This means that for every Internet user in the developed world, there are two in developing countries. Yet significant disparities in access remain. Figures from the ITU show that 34 percent of households in developing countries have Internet access. In developed countries, 80 percent of households have an Internet connection.

However, while Internet usage in the developed world significantly outstrips that in the emerging markets, the fast-growing internet penetration rate outside of the west presents an opportunity for online businesses operating in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Moreover, while shopping for clothes or searching for property online have been common practice in developed markets for some time, these tasks are now catching on in emerging countries. 

Dennis Quaid and Kate Bosworth Set to Sizzle on The Art of More at Sony Channel


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A gripping new drama series stars is set to premiere this May 24 on Sony Channel. "The Art of More" is an original Sony production, which exposes the secretive, exclusive and corrupt world of auction houses.

The critically acclaimed original series is a winning combination of thrilling storylines and outstanding casting. Delving into the business of art collectors who employ modern day treasure hunters to pursue priceless artefacts at any cost, it is hard to tell collector from criminal. This outwardly glamourous occupation is layered in deceit, fraud and racketeers.

Graham Connor (Christian Cooke) is a new executive at Parke-Mason working for Arthur Davenport (Cary Elwes), a shrewd and eccentric world-class collector of art and illegal antiquities. Utilizing Connor's connections with a smuggling ring he encountered during his tour in Iraq, they procure priceless artifacts for his clients who don't care how their objects of desire are acquired.

Dennis Quaid, also an executive producer, stars as charismatic real estate shark Samuel Brukner, who has a penchant for ill-gotten art, and Kate Bosworth as Roxanna Whitman, daughter of the CEO of one of the two warring auction houses.

Whether buyer, seller or something in between, everyone in "The Art of More" is chasing something they covet and struggling with the extent they will go when unchecked by morality.

Sony's first one-hour scripted drama series from its U.S based streaming service Crackle.com, will air from May 24, Tuesday at 8.50pm, first and exclusively on Sony Channel.

Sony Channel is seen on SKYCable Channel 35, Cignal Digital TV Channel 60, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cable Link Channel 39.

James Reid and Nadine Lustre Tandem Fails to Impress at This Time Movie


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There is a growing disappointment of Pinoy movies. Until today, we have not even reached a point that is even close to a good story-telling. You want to know why? It's all about having good-looking stars who couldn't even act appropriately. Puro porma at pa-cute lang pero walang talent. Ang problema kasi ay yung may mga totoong talent ay nakaka-ta-kyut.

The best example is the latest movie entitled This Time featuring the JaDine love team, James Reid and Nadine Lustre, in lead roles.

"On the first few scenes of THIS TIME, in the utmost attempt to be funny, its characters poke fun at the corpse of the dead and at the sanctity of praying. It then becomes a running joke that borders offense." says a movie critic.

The movie critic continues to praise only the supporting actors in their effort to be funny, but still implying the fact that their presence were only significant because of their iconic image from yesteryears when they were still popular.

He goes on to say "As for James Reid and Nadine Lustre, it's so hard to understand where those feelings are coming from. While the kilig factor might always be there for the sake of its growing fandom, and so it can take a good stand on its genre, way past the smiles and giggles is a blurred image, a muddled reflection that defeats the beauty of good storytelling. At the end of it all, you get nothing."

Fishackathon 2016 Manila: Leveraging Technology to Save and Protect Fisheries and Marine Resources


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Over 10 percent of the world’s population depends on fisheries and agriculture for their livelihood and for many people, fish is a major source of protein in their diet. Yet, these vital resources are continuously threatened by overfishing, illegal fishing, climate change, water pollution, and other dangers to marine life.

This situation prompted the US government to come out with Fishackathon in 2014 to tap the expertise of tech-savvy individuals through a two-day coding marathon aimed at developing apps that could benefit sustainable fisheries and the communities that they support.

From just a handful of US cities during its first year, Fishackathon 2016 has expanded to 42 cities in six continents which included Manila given that the issue is very relevant to an island nation like the Philippines.

“The fish that the people rely on for food, the coastal areas which are so vulnerable to typhoons and water surges, eco-tourism, climate change, effects of pollution to coral reefs -- these are extremely important to the Philippines and that’s why we want to use your talent to help address these concerns. We know firsthand the efficiency and innovation that the tech sector can bring to the table in approaching one of the world’s biggest problems,” US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg told the participants during his opening remarks at Fishackathon Manila hosted by Globe Telecom over the weekend.

On the other hand, Glenn Estrella, Globe Vice President for Digital Ventures rallied everyone to make a difference both for the Philippines and the world even as he noted that Globe strongly supports the use of technology in saving and preserving the environment.

ONE: Kingdom of Champions Complete With 9 Bouts


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The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE), is set to electrify the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, on 27 May with an electrifying fight card for ONE: KINGDOM OF CHAMPIONS. This historic event is the first live ONE Championship event in Bangkok and features hometown hero, ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, in the card’s headlining bout against undefeated Japanese fighter Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito.

Tickets for ONE: KINGDOM OF CHAMPIONS are available at https://www.thaiticketmajor.com/.

ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is a three-time Lumpinee stadium Muay Thai world champion and is also undefeated as a professional mixed martial artist. He is known as a technical fighter with quick hands and lightning feet. Dejdamrong employs some of the most unique and creative striking combinations in MMA, and is a martial artist with over 25 years of competitive experience. He will defend his title against Japanese fighter Yoshitaka Naito in the headlining bout of ONE: KINGDOM OF CHAMPIONS.

Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Chiba, Japan, is an unbeaten mixed martial artist with a perfect 10-0 record. He has four wins by submission and one knockout under his belt. The 32-year-old, who made a name for himself at Japan’s world-famous Korakuen Hall competing as the Shooto flyweight champion, will be fighting outside of his native Japan for the first time, and it will be in a contest for the ONE Strawweight World Championship against Thai titlist Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.

Marat “Cobra” Gafurov of Russia is undefeated at 13 wins and no losses and is the former M-1 featherweight champion. In his first four bouts with ONE Championship, he defeated the top ranked fighters in his weight-class with relative ease. Out of his 13 victories, 9 have come by submission, proving that Gafurov is an absolute force to be reckoned with on the ground. He is the reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion and will defend his belt against Kazunori Yokota.

Contractualization and Casualization: Understanding the Real Issues


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Now this will be an interesting event to attend, as it tackles about the very controversial issue of contractualization - something all presidential candidates are promising to end when they get elected. It's happening today, May 4, 2016 at St. Luke's Auditorium at Bonifacio Global City.

Is ending contractualization possible when most companies, especially the huge ones, have been doing it for years. It defnitely saves them a lot because they do not need to offer extra benefits and privileges and it will be easier for them to replace or renew their manpower, as per the need, on a regular basis. However, the labor force gets very little assurance of their job as they could never predict how long they would have a source of income. Workers do not get that enough motivation to plan their future as it will be very unpredictable.

Below is their official announcement of the event:

"During the last presidential debate in Pangasinan seen on nationwide TV, there were very strong statements of denunciations and calling for the abrogation of DO 18-A, as well as promises of ending the practice of contractualization by presidential candidates once they are elected. 

The labor front is now rejoicing as practically all presidential aspirants swear that they shall end the practice of CONTRACTUALIZATION soon as they take their seat as president. But can it really be done? Are you aware that all companies operating in our country, one way or the other, employ contractual employees? or find value in OUTSOURCING? 

Ironically, the next president of the Philippines swear to high heaven that he/she will stop this practice? 

Listen toTHE EIGHT (8) INEVITABLE REASONS WHY LEGITIMATE JOB CONTRACTING CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE STOPPED!!! 

Food Network Seeks Grandmothers for Cooking Showdown!


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FOOD NETWORK is on the hunt for GRANDMOTHERS to battle it our in a fun cooking throw down!

From tasty entrees to delectable desserts, we are looking for the best dishes by everyone's favorite cooks -- GRANDMOTHERS!

If you have the wit of Betty White and the skills of Betty Crocker, this is your chance to prove that your favorite recipes can stand the test of time!

Do you have a grandma to nominate? Are you a grandma who LOVES to cook?

To nominate a grandma that you know or to apply for the show, email msterba@leg-corp.com with the following: 

1.) your and/or your nominee's name,
2.) contact info for you and/or nominee (phone number, email address),
3.) your or nominee's occupation (or former occupation, if retired),
4.) your or nominee's location (city/state),
5.) and describe your or your nominee's cooking or chef experience, cooking style, signature dishes and why you believe that you or your nominee would be perfect for this show!
6.) attach photos of you/nominated grandma (including photos with the kids and/or grandkids and photos of her food if possible)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Telecom Company Opens Gen3 Stores for Premium Dealership


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After opening its 12th Gen3 Store in KCC Mall de Zamboanga recently, Globe now opens Gen3 for premium dealership nationwide. By opening new stores in strategic locations around the Philippines, Globe would be able to expand coverage and allow more customers to experience the latest in digital lifestyle.

Premium Dealer Jerry Lim is the 1st to avail the Gen3 Store under the premium dealership program which opened recently at SM San Jose Del Monte Bulacan. The store is the 13th Gen3 store nationwide and also the 238th Globe store nationwide.

“The Globe GEN3 stores are home to various lifestyle zones with stories and exciting features for customers to experience and enjoy. These zones feature latest trends in product, people and even in business. Various lifestyle vignettes illustrate mobile and broadband technologies as connected solutions—featuring the latest devices, apps, digital connectors, gadgets and services that contribute to the total interactive customer experience” - says Globe Retail Transformation and Stores management Head, Joe Caliro.

Recently this year, Globe opened new Gen3 stores in places such as EDSA Shangri-la, Trinoma Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Legaspi Commercial Center and KCC Mall Zamboanga and more stores to be converted to Gen3 by the rest of 2016.

“With our Gen3 stores now open for premium dealership, Globe will be able to reach more customers. We can provide the same full customer immersive experience of our products, services and also elevate the customer experience of Globe customers nationwide.” – says Vice President for Globe Partner Sales and Development, John Velasco.

As of today, more than 100 Globe stores have been established with Premium Dealers and continues to grow with more partners. Interested parties can inquire about premium dealership of Globe stores to Ms.Judith Nanat of Business Development for Retail Builds & Development, email mlnanat@globe.com.ph.
Photo caption: From left to right : Gino Guinto - Retail Area Head Central & North Luzon, John Velasco - Vice President for Partner Sales & Development, Jerry Lim - Premium Dealer Partner SM San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, Mr. Peping Lim, Mrs. Lun Sy, Suzette Villanueva - Retail Area Manager

Latest Survey Says Mar Rohas is Now Leading the Presidential Race


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D' Stratworks Research & Strategies, Inc. has just released a survey showing how Mar Rohas has gained the lead in the presidential race. The bet of the current administration has finally made it to the top of the surveys.

Rohas has been way below the other two candidates who previously fought a tight lead so many supporters were surprised of this sudden change of momentum. Who would have thought Rohas would be able to catch up.

Followed by Grace Pole in second place, the lead of Mar Rohas is noticeably not that high and that the small percentage could very well become a tie soon if they conduct another survey before the election on May 9, 2016.

Grace Pole still maintains her love for the Filipino people even though she was formerly an American citizen by oath. We are still not sure if her husband and son already did the same return as Filipino citizens but we are sure they would be welcomed as contestants for That's My Foreignoy talent search. We've seen how her son can dance really well, and I'm sure her husband could match it up with a song number.

It was apparent that the third placer, Rodrigo Dudirty has lost the confidence of the masses due to his unapologetic behavior on his joke about an Austrian vape victim. It looks like the ultimate burden caused by his malicious behavior has put a heavy toll on the mayor of Dabao. The people's original perception towards him as a savior from hell has obviously weakened to his disadvantage.

Jojo Binat, regardless of his continued decline to explain his side regarding the overpriced skin whitening soaps and lotions he has purchased for his constituents monthly town hall meetings, has amassed enough points to reach the fourth position which is not so far from Dudirty.

Many are saying the two are best of friends that is why there is now a case against Trillanes from his son as a form of vengeance against Trillanes discovery of Dudirty's hidden accounts and properties. Until now, the public has not been given the pleasure of examining the accounts of Dudirty at the COC Julia Vargas town hall,

Meanwhile, Miriam Saintako is still at the lowest percentage of the survey inspite of her courage to persist in curing her sickly state. It was reported that she has been taking special medicines not even available yet commercially in the supermarket, groceries or drug stores all over the world. She said she will reveal the cure as soon as she confirms its effectiveness by surviving her dreaded disease of old age.

We would like to remind all the voters out there to be extra careful in selecting your candidates for the different positions in the land. Please do not do the lazy vote by only voting for the most popular candidate or those that made the extra effort of handing you some transportation and snack allowance contained inside an envelope.

Please be wary of the deceivers and false prophets that has tried to make themselves look like your saviour. Only you can save yourself by making the right choice and not the lazy choice.

“Fill your Senses with Art and Appetite” by Maximillian Co


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Imagine yourself walking down the park, holding your favorite glass of wine, contemplating which art piece to get after seeing a lot of pieces you like from the dozens of art stalls. How about spending a Saturday at your usual weekend market, smelling the mouth-watering aroma of the newly cooked tapa, hearing the skin of the best bagnet in town crackle as it is being deep fried, all of this while eating your favorite juicy sausage from your favorite banger stall. Also, maybe going out with your friends to see your favorite local indie artists coming together for one concert. What if you have all of these three come together into one big weekend gathering, can you even imagine it??

Well, we wouldn’t want you to get disappointed as the Business Management Society of De La Salle University brings you Art and Appetite. Experience a weekend where food meets art, a crossover between your favorite food market and art fair while chilling out with your favorite tunes brought to you by up and coming bands and artists in the local scene. Aside fro this, every bite you take from your food can help scholars from the Mano Amiga Academy finish their studies as the proceeds of the fund- raising activity will go to this institution. Art and Appetite aims to bring out a fusion of everyone’s favorite things- art, music and, food, into one great weekend gathering that is sure to bring a cornucopia of experience and a guaranteed feast for the senses! One does not only get to enjoy this fun-filled occasion, but also gets to help a fellow achieve their dreams for the future.

So what are you waiting for? Mark your calendars this coming June 4 and 5, that is a Saturday and a Sunday, for a weekend you surely would not want to miss! Art and Appetite will be happening at the C1 Park at Bonifacio High Street from 11 am until 11 pm for both days. Bring all your friends, family, loved ones, basically everyone, and prepare your palates for a feast you will not regret and your palettes for art that you will never forget.

Michelin Boosts Porsche Dream SUV Drive Event with Fill Up With Air Safety Campaign


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Michelin boosted the Porsche Dream SUV Drive event on April 24, 2016with its trademark road safety initiative called the Fill Up With Air campaign (FUWA).

The Porsche Dream SUV Drive, a motoring event for Porsche Cayenne and Macan owners, was a point to point drive from Petron Dasmarinas Village, Makati City to Balay Dako Restaurant in Tagaytay City. Michelin, a long-time global partner of Porsche, provided free tire safety check-up for all participating SUVs before the take-off, paying close attention to the recommended tire pressures for each unit as a safety measure. Michelin shared more tire safety tips with car owners in Tagaytay City.

Michelin Philippines team was led by Michelin Marketing and Communications Manager Caroline del Rosario and Intelligence/Pricing Manager Erlaine Castellano, together with Jimmy Gimeno from En-tire Car Care Center, distributor of MICHELIN tires.

Fill Up with Air (FUWA) is a Michelin global initiative to increase public consciousness for road and public safety. Michelin and Porsche have a long-standing partnership globally and locally and have embarked on many joint initiatives together.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Wazzup With All These Duterte v Trillanes Hullabaloo?


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Hindi ko maintindihan ang ibang tao. Hindi lang po ang pagbabago ng Presidente, Vice Presidente, Senator, Congressman, Mayor, etc., ang kailangan natin. Kundi pagbabago ng sarili natin. Iwasang gumawa ng alam naman mating masama - pagtatapon sa lansangan, palakasan sa mga anumang kalakaran, pagsuhol sa mga nasa posisyon, paglabag ng batas trapiko, panloloko sa mga pasahero ng taxi, pagkakalat ng mapanirang tsismis na walang basihan, pagsasabing ikaw ang orihinal pero nananamantala naman pala, hindi pagsasabi ng buong katotohanan, selective memory, panlalamang sa kapwa, pagsisinungaling sa pagbayad ng buwis, panonood sa mga nakakabobong teleserye at kay taklesang Kris Aquino, etc., 

Kahit sino pa po ang iboto ninyo, kung ganyan pa rin kayo ay walang darating na pagbabago. Lokohan pa rin ang mangyayari sa bansang Pilipinas.

Now with regards to the secret bank account at BPI Julia Vargas of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that was exposed by Senator Antonio Trillanes, the fastest solution to all these hullabaloo is to allow the public to see Duterte's bank account...then criticize and humiliate Trillanes for being wrong. Huwag ng pahabain ang istorya. Huwag ng hanapan ng butas si Trillanes.

Kung inosente naman ay walang dapat katakutan. Lalabas ka pang mas magiting kung maipapakita mong wala ka talagang itinatago. At titiklop si Trillanes dahil nagkamali siya.

If Duterte was there, right there and then ay pwede na niyang ipakita ang kanyang bank account. Tapos na sana ang hiwaga if he was willing to show it publicly.

Now the public will never know the truth until after the election.

Chatri Sityodtong Brings MMA to the Mainstream in Asia


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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is considered by some to be the fastest growing sport in the world. Just in the past decade alone, viewership has increased from the hundreds of thousands to the millions. Though the allure and excitement of martial arts in a safe and competitive environment has drawn fans from all corners of the globe, the sport’s popularity in Asia can be attributed to one Thai entrepreneur from humble beginnings.

Meet Chatri Sityodtong, the 45-year-old businessman who spearheaded MMA’s success in Asia as one of the co-founders of the Singapore-based ONE Championship, today the largest sports media property in the region.

In 2011, ONE Championship was built with the aim of unifying all of Asia’s martial arts talent under one global MMA powerhouse. It began with a small fanbase of hardcore MMA fans excited at the possibilities of what would become a global phenomenon. Five years later, ONE Championship is broadcast to a potential 1 billion homes in over 70 countries worldwide. The organization is also working with various blue-chip sponsors to sign the top MMA talent and world champions in Asia to exclusive contracts.

“My passion and love for martial arts gave me the drive to bring ONE Championship to fans in Asia who yearned for exciting live MMA events in their own backyard. I have trained in Muay Thai and various other martial arts my entire life, and I felt compelled to showcase the sport’s beauty not just to Asia, but to the entire world,” said Sityodtong.

Tourism Lifestyle & Business Expo Entertains Everyone at Glorietta


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The first Tourism Lifestyle & Business Expo at the Glorietta Activity Center held last April 26 to 28 filled the crowd with information and entertainment for the whole family.

The Makati Branch of the Center for Pop Music Philippines showcased their roster of talents during the first day, which includes the Center Teens and their rendition of popular songs. The Center for Pop Music is the training school popular singers such as Charice Pempengco, Sarah Geronimo, Rachelle Ann Go and more.

On the second day, the candidates of Miss Tourism Philippines 2016 did their Summer Fashion Show which gathered a big crowd of spectators, media and supporters at the venue. Afterwards, they roamed around the exhibits and checked out the products and services there.

The final day is filled with travel know-how as bloggers from different places have spoken about their experiences and cultures during the Usapan sa Glorietta Discussion Day. In addition, a raffle was done and gift certificates from Slimmers World have been given away to six lucky visitors.

Metropolitan Theater Cleanup and Restoration: A Wonderful METamorphosis


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Like a lowly caterpillar wrapping itself in a cocoon with the hope of one day emerging into a beautiful butterfly, so is the vision for the long-abandoned Metropolitan Theater which fell into disrepair and left covered in dirt and rust after an ownership dispute five years ago.

Not much is left of the theater's former grandeur after decades of erosion and abuse. Its colors have faded with time. Graffiti were painted along its arcades and glass shards and pieces of broken tiles have reduced this once renowned monument into an urban ruin.

The theater’s bid to regain its former glory was not lost to some employees who volunteered recently for #METamorphosis, a clean-up and restoration campaign also participated in by UST College of Architecture students and several other individual volunteers. The main goal -- to clear the theater’s arcades, trim the surrounding grass, sweep the scattered debris, and collect trash – jobs which the volunteers happily accomplished.

Lyber Taruc was one of the volunteers whose interest in the arts led him to help in the restoration drive. “Although it will definitely take time for the theater to be completely restored, I still believe that if we make an effort to save this piece of cultural heritage -- one that has witnessed the growth of Filipino Art over the years -- perhaps one day, we can witness its complete metamorphosis unfold,” he said.

Astro - Globe Strategic Partnership for Tribe OTT Service in Philippines


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Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro), a leading content and consumer group in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, and Globe Telecom Inc. (GLOBE), number one mobile brand in the Philippines, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to offer Tribe over-the-top (OTT) video services to Filipino customers. The agreement also reflects the strategic intent of both parties to collaborate on content opportunities that will be distributed on Tribe and other platforms across the region.

Tribe is an OTT service for ASEAN video consumers, which was recently launched in Indonesia offering live and on demand content comprising live sports, Asian movies, and TV series including popular Korean entertainment.

Henry Tan, Chief Operating Officer of Astro said, “As part of our ASEAN expansion, Tribe is exploring opportunities to extend its reach to the Philippines by partnering with Globe. This is a win-win collaboration leveraging off Tribe and Astro’s invested platforms and core competencies to deliver great content to Filipino consumers. Recognizing the importance of local and differentiated content, Tribe and Globe look forward to more discussions on the collaboration of content tailored to the Filipino audience, for distribution on Tribe and other available platforms. 

Additionally, Tribe welcomes participation from content creators and producers in the Philippines and across the region. To differentiate itself from traditional OTT players, Tribe focuses on building a community of fans who are highly and socially engaged with each other around the content they consume. We will achieve this by enabling fan driven participatory activities to heighten the consumption experience, which we expect will align well with the social nature of Filipino consumers, particularly the younger demographic”.

Let’s Unlock And Go On A Great Escape!


Wazzup Pilipinas!

Escape reality and surrender to the newer, bigger, and wilder version of UNLOCK organized by the UP Society of Management and Economics Students (UP SMES).

UP SMES is an academic organization based in the College of Economics and Management, UPLB pursuing to promote academic excellence and to develop entrepreneurial mind.

In 2014, UNLOCK served as the organization’s celebration of a decade of success. Around 700 attendees hunted and partied with the FHM model and TV personality, Ms. Sam Pinto. The proceeds of this benefit party was used to purchase 80 monoblock chairs for Tyani Elementary School in Brgy. Bay, Los Baños, Laguna.

This 2016, UP SMES offers you a great way to start the month with the organization’s second party, UNLOCK 2.0: The Great Escape. To add more excitement to the event, the organization has partnered with DJ Arra Pascual, a pioneer DJ and the hottest DJ in asia.

Get freed this May 5, 2016 from 9AM onwards at Vargas Hall, UPLB.

In 2014, we hunted. This year, get ready to escape.

#Unlock2016

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