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Saturday, September 10, 2016

SMAC TV Proudly Presents Musika ng Kabataan: The Stars of Social Media


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Musika ng Kabataan an OPM concert presented by SMAC Telelvision Production, is a celebration of Filipino Music through performances and influence of famous personalities from social media. The proceeds of the event will go to Gawad Kabataan Pilipinas for its continuous Charity Programs and Services. The said event shall take place on September 11, 2016 at Wilcon City Center, Visayas Ave., Quezon City.


ANGELICA FELICIANO

A Social Media Sensation and also known as “The Mash Up Princess” she sings 2 or more songs and makes it as a 1 song. She also featured in Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho and Unang Hirit on GMA 7.


V MIGUEL GONZALES

A Social Media Sensation and also known as the “Prince of Musically” he always trends on twitter. He also appeared on GMA 7 Magpakailanman with Kristoffer Martin.


  YNA MAGENDA

A Social Media Sensation and also known as the “Cyber Comedian” she also appeared on I-Juander on GMA 7. She made viral videos, like albatross dance and tatlong bibe.


GRECO GONZALO

A Social Media Sensation, he is also known as the “Cyber Cutie” because of his handsome face. He makes videos and reaches thousands of views & likes in just a minute.


LAIMER MATSUMOTO

A Social Media Sensation, he is one of the viners of Filipino Vines and he makes video that reaches hundred thousands of views.


MARLOU ARIZALA

A Social Media Sensation, he appeared on some TV shows on ABS-CBN like ASAP, Home Sweetie Home and Gandang Gabi Vice. He is also one of the viners of Filipino Vines.


HYPE 5

A Social Media Boy Group, composed of 5 members Patrick, Jekoy, Sceven, Leslie & Almer. They also appeared on ABS-CBN variety show ASAP.


LEVEL UP

A Social Media Boy Group, composed of 5 members Jaimel, Deej, Shiro, Teptep & Joshua. They produced concerts, mall shows & short films.



BRUSKO BROS.

A Social Media Boy Group, they make funny videos on social media and they are the viners of Filipino Vines. They also appeared on ASAP.

September Surprise for Grandparents at Gumbo


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Gumbo New Orleans Restaurant invites the whole family to celebrate this once a year tribute to our beloved elderly as we honor all lolos and lolas this Grandparents Day celebration on September 11. 

However, our awesome lolos and lolas will be treated to a FREE Blackened Salmon the whole month of September for a minimum food purchase of P1,000.00. 

Likewise, the whole family will truly enjoy Gumbo’s mouth-watering and sumptuous dishes like Seafood Jambalaya, Bayou’s Stuffed Crabs, Shrimp Etouffe, Bourbon-Style Baby Back Ribs, Southern-Grilled Chicken Caesar, Cajun-Style Fried Chicken, Seafood Boil, Family Feast, etc, plus a surprise gift to all grandparents on his/her special day!.

Visit Gumbo at the 2nd Level Entertainment Hall, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay; 3rd Level Robinsons Manila Midtown; 2nd Level SM City The Block, North EDSA: Gateway Mall in Araneta Center, Cubao; Robinsons Magnolia; and at the 2nd Level Atrium Bldg. in SM Megamall. 

For reservations and inquiries, please call 5560238, 4420106, 6353015, 5671820, 4404632 and 5271925.

September Special for Grandparents at Burgoo


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Make your lolo and lola feel special the whole month of September at Burgoo as they get FREE Spinach Grilled Salmon for a minimum food purchase of P1,000.00 at all Burgoo outlets located at T. Morato in Quezon City; Powerplant Mall in Rockwell Makati; The Podium in Ortigas; Gateway Mall in Araneta Center Cubao; Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas; SM City The Block in North EDSA; Mall of Asia in Pasay; SM City Marikina; SM Southmall in Alabang, The District in Cavite; 3rd level Terraces Mall in Fairview; Starmall in Taguig; and Solenad 3 in Sta Rosa Laguna.

Burgoo American Bar and Restaurant joins the whole world on an annual celebration to pay tribute to all the awesome grandparents. All grandparents will also receive a special token on September 11. Also awaits your lolo and lola at Burgoo are quality and sumptuous dishes such as Supreme Caesar Salad, Grilled Pork Chops, Seafood Linguini, Fish & Chips, Chicken Dianne, Supreme Pizza, Raspberry Cheesecake, among others.

Visit For reservations and inquiries, please call 9277424, 8381815, 6875254, 7263578, 9136112, 5560091 or 6336256.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Police, Globe Telecom Security Team Nab 7 Broadband Fraudsters


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Globe Telecom’s intensified campaign against fraudsters led to the arrest of 7 fraudsters involved in the illegal sale of the company’s LTE modems.

The campaign is intended to protect its customers from illegal activities involving its products and services. “We strongly discourage our customers from purchasing internet connectivity devices from unauthorized dealers and instead entertain offers of various Globe products and services only from legitimate agents,” said Ronald Uychutin, Globe Vice President for Security and Anti-Fraud and Investigation Division. He added that Globe will continue to coordinate closely with police authorities in pursuing its campaign against fraudsters.

A series of entrapment operations jointed conducted by police and a Globe security team resulted in the arrest of 7 suspects involved in the illegal sale of Globe modems. Arrested were David King Esguerra, 33 years old, a resident of No. 79 Guimba, Nueva Ecija; John John Mamuyac, 28 years old, a resident of 19-C Camilo Osias St., Brgy. Kaligayahan, Quezon City; Marc Searle Arboleda, 25 years old and Ma. Joanna Garcia; 25 years old, both residing at No.119 Tabing Ilog St. Brgy. Aniban II, Bacoor City, Cavite; Michael Pascua, 29 years old, a resident of Block 2 Lot 2 Sunny Crest Royale Brgy. Salitran 2, Dasmariñas City; Thomas Jefferson, 33 years old, a resident of Block 3 Lot 1 Masalud Vill Brgy. Salinas 1, Bacoor City, Cavite; and Angeline Manlapao, 20 years old, a resident of Block 5 Lot 1 Nueve de Pebrero St., Brgy. Mauway, Mandaluyong City.

The entrapment operations conducted against the suspects were based on a list of online sellers of Globe LTE modems, either through OLX.com.ph or Facebook. With police personnel posing as online buyers, suspects agreed to meet them which led to their eventual arrests.

The suspects are believed to be engaged in a modus operandi that involves retrieval of LTE modems from legitimate customers on pretext of an upgrade or repair. The modems are then reconfigured and sold at a one-time cost payment in popular social online buy-and-sell sites such as OLX and even networking sites such as Facebook. Police recovered from the suspects numerous Globe LTE modems. Uychutin emphasized the company will continue to work closely with police authorities in pursuing fraudsters.

Can Micro Homes Solve the Global Housing Crisis?


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Size matters to some but in a world of land scarcity and a housing shortage epidemic, small micro sized homes are growing in popularity. The statistics are frightening: currently, more than 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing with 100 million people living without a home. It is estimated that up to 50 percent of the urban housing stock in South Asia and 25 percent in Latin America is of poor quality.

Alarmingly, UN studies estimate that by 2030 an additional 3 billion people—40 percent of the world’s population—will need access to housing. Inspired architects, realising that small is more efficient have come up with a possible solution: micro houses.

There is currently no definition for a microhouse; it can be a tiny home on wheels that looks like a garden shed or a slightly larger brick-and-mortar house with flexible interior layouts, what is common among the designs is a priority on making the most out of what limited space is available.

Top architects like Renzo Piano, known for London’s Shard is a trailblazer in the design of small homes; his Diogene Micro Home measures just 7.5 sq m (81 sqft) but surprisingly still has all the basics that you need for modern living. Inside there is a folding desk, composting onboard toilet, solar panels, and rainwater collection devices, so it makes the most of renewable energy sources also. Centrala Architects, have built what they say is the world’s narrowest house—The Keret House—in the former Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw. The complete home was constructed within a former alley and measures just 122 cm (48 in) at its widest.

The architects of 29sqm may not have been inspired when it came to naming their micro home but the ingenuity at play creating its semi-mezzanine structure is unrivaled, they fitted a bed area over the main wardrobe accessible via a small wooden staircase. This is a testament to their ability to get creative with a minimal space availability.

“We see micro homes playing an intrinsic part in minimizing the global housing shortage in the coming years,” said Kian Moini—co founder and managing director of Lamudi—the global property platform for the emerging markets. “Once the design concepts can be rolled out for the mass market, developers can construct thousands of these homes with just a small amount of land,” said Moini.

As soon as developers can figure out how best to both construct and market these micro homes there is sure to be a rapid increase in their production. A lot of people have an idea in their head that a home needs to be a certain size or their family might not have a comfortable lifestyle. These latest designs prove that under one tiny roof, you can find everything you need to have a high standard of home living.

Rallye Deutschland (WRC): Sébastien Ogier’s 35th WRC Victory


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Exactly 189 days since his last success in Sweden, Sébastien Ogier (VW/Michelin) returned to the top step of a WRC podium after collecting his second straight victory in Germany. Hyundai/Michelin’s Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville were second and third, while Michelin scored a one-two finish in WRC2 with Skoda Factory drivers Lappi and Kopecky.

The ADAC Rallye Deutschland is sometimes referred to as the summer’s Rallye Monte-Carlo due to the complex tyre choices it frequently necessitates, and this year was no exception.

Tyre calls notably played a decisive role on Saturday when crews visited the narrow stages of Germany’s Saarland region and the notorious asphalt/concrete tracks of the Baumholder army ranges. Michelin’s crews ran every imaginable permutation of the H5 (hard) and S5 (soft) versions of the Pilot Sport in the changeable weather conditions.

Ogier (VW/Michelin) laid the foundations for his second Rallye Deutschland triumph on the Panzerplatte stages for which he chose a combination of S5s and H5s for the first visit, then S5s all-round for the afternoon’s repeat. The three-time world champion won both attempts at Panzerplatte Lange (40.80km) to conclude Day 2 with a safety margin of 33.4 seconds.

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia went on to pocket their 35th world class victory and their third of the year to extend their lead at the top of the provisional points table. Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Polo R WRC (39 victories) has become the most successful car on Michelin rubber in the history of the FIA WRC.

The weekend produced a thrilling fight for second, third and fourth places. Early pace-setter Andreas Mikkelsen (VW/Michelin), Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) were covered by just four seconds ahead of Sunday’s 60 kilometres of competitive action. The fastest time on SS15 promoted Sordo to second spot, while Neuville won SS16.

SS17 was cancelled, so the outcome was settled on the Power Stage (14.84km). Neuville was quickest again but his attempt to pass his Spanish team-mate failed by one-tenth of a second. Mikkelsen ended up fourth overall.

Ott Tanak’s late retirement on Saturday (Ford, alternator) handed fifth place to Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin) who was delayed by several errors early on. Mads Ostberg (Ford/Michelin) was sixth, ahead of WRC2 winner Esapekka Lappi who headed a one-two finish for Skoda Motorsport and Michelin. Jan Kopecky was second in the class, ahead of local hero Armin Kremer (Skoda) who was taking part in the event for the 16th time.

The first ‘clear’ asphalt round of the year claimed a number of victims. Jari-Matti Latvala (VW/Michelin, gearbox) and Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin, accident) both lost big chunks of time, while Stéphane Lefebvre (Citroën/Michelin) had a big crash. Everyone at Michelin Motorsport wishes the Frenchman and his co-driver Gabin a speedy recovery.

#ShootLikeTheNBA for a Chance to Watch the NBA Global Games in Shanghai for Free


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Are you always shooting crumpled paper in the trash can? Do you often aim imaginary basketballs in the air pretending to be Kobe Bryant or even picture yourself as the next Steph Curry in your own backyard?

Now get your camera phones ready and unleash the NBA star in you because it’s time to put that basketball craze into good use. Whether you’re shooting basketballs or some replica thereof, you can join the #ShootLikeTheNBA promotion launched on NBA Philippines Facebook.

Think of the most creative way to shoot a basketball, ping pong ball, rubber ball, crumpled paper, or any other object through anything that resembles a hoop. Use your imagination, do it with flair, throw it up with gusto, blindfold yourself, tie one arm behind your back, and shoot like the NBA! Capture the sequence on video and upload on your Facebook or Instagram account set to public with the hashtag #ShootLikeTheNBA.

Entries will be judged based on creativity with the Top 2 entries winning one (1) ticket each to the NBA Global Games China 2016 in Shanghai featuring the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans. The winners will also join local celebrity Gerald Anderson to experience the NBA Global Games in Shanghai on Oct. 9 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Runners-up will receive exclusive NBA merchandise.

The 10th edition of NBA Global Games China will be headlined by Houston Rockets’ four-time NBA All-Star and 2012 Olympic gold medalist James Harden, 2011-2012 Most Improved Player Ryan Anderson, and 2009 NBA Champion Trevor Ariza as well as New Orleans Pelicans’ three-time NBA All-Star and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Davis, 2016 No. 6 overall draft pick Buddy Hield, and 2013 NBA All-Star Jrue Holiday.

To learn more about the contest, visit the official website at http://shootlikethenba.com/philippines/. Fans can also get event updates by following the NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/philsnba. For all things NBA, visit www.nba.com.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Vinales’ P1 Win at MotoGP Silverstone



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Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Vinales got his first podium in the considered most prestigious motorsport in the world – the MotoGP. Vinales finished at top spot after a close fight with his contenders at the Octo British Grand Prix in Silverstone. 

This win is also monumental for Team Suzuki Ecstar which has just came back in the MotoGP tracks last year. Since then, the team has been consistently grabbing podium finishes including Vinales’ 3rd spot finish in Le Mans France. 

Team Suzuki is regaining its supremacy on the racetrack again after nearly a decade of absence with the new machine GSX-RR. “This victory has been really emotional, my first in MotoGP and also the first for Suzuki since 2007. I felt I was in a good condition and that here we had the potential, but until the race ends you can never know. The team did an absolutely great job, improving the bike since the last races and also in the whole weekend. After the first start I felt really confident and I thought I had a margin to keep ahead, and this gave me the needed confidence to do it again after the second start. My feeling with the machine was perfect, I tried to push hard at the beginning to take advantage and then I just controlled the race. After the last races we felt we had the potential and finally we proved that the job we are doing is really in the right direction,” the rider said. 

Team-mate Aleix Espargaró put in a strong performance as well aboard his GSX-RR to finish in seventh position. 

OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX RACE RESULT: 

1 Maverick VIÑALES - Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 39'03.559 
2 Cal CRUTCHLOW - LCR Honda - 39'07.039 + 3.480 
3 Valentino ROSSI - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - 39'07.622 + 4.063 
4 Marc MARQUEZ - Repsol Honda Team - 39'09.551 + 5.992 
5 Dani PEDROSA - Repsol Honda Team - 39'09.940 + 6.381 
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO - Ducati Team - 39'15.862 + 12.303 
7 Aleix ESPARGARO - Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 39'20.231 + 16.672 
8 Jorge LORENZO - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP - 39'22.991 + 19.432 
9 Danilo PETRUCCI - OCTO Pramac Yakhnich - 39'29.177 + 25.618 
10 Alvaro BAUTISTA - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini - 39'35.643 + 32.084

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Manila Made History with Very First History Con


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The inaugural History Con draws an epic crowd to see in person the stars, cars and multiple world record attempts at the World Trade Center.

A+E Networks Asia’s first-ever HISTORY CON event drew over 50,000 fans last weekend to the iconic World Trade Center in Manila, and reached 17 million more online, along with HISTORY stars, local celebrities, social media influencers, exhibitors and other guests. Spread over four days from 25 August. The ticketed event was packed with activities to keep the throngs of guests entertained with its diverse lineup of appearances, performances, screenings, talks, demonstrations and other hands-on experiences.



HISTORY Stars Draws Huge Crowds

HISTORY fans got up closeand more personal than ever with some their favorite network stars such as STORAGE WARS’ Brandi Passante and Jarrod Shultz and GANGLAND UNDERCOVER’s Damon Runyan and Ian Matthews at ‘meet and greets’ where they took selfies, received autographs and asked them everything they’ve been dying to know. ANCIENT ALIEN’s Giorgio Tsoukalos marked his first Asian tour with scintillating 90-minute talks on Saturday and Sunday, which made even the most skeptical people question if extraterrestrial life exists. PHOTO FACE OFF’s Justin Mott revealed the secrets behind his incredible images at his Master Class before the program’s new season kicks off in September. The public also got to meet the cast of CELEBRITY CAR WARS - HISTORY’s brand new series premiering later this month - which stars Filipino celebrities KC Montero, Joey Mead King, Marc Nelson and professional car driver, Gaby Dela Merced, as well as host of the show, Bobby Tonelli.

Jugs Jugueta from rock band Itchyworms, social media influencers from MCN Chicken Pork Adobo and from social media network Mig.Me including Mich Liggayu also made special appearances to the delight of all guests.


World Records Broken

HISTORY CON shattered several Guinness World Records, including‘the longest TV-watching marathon’ with a time of 100 hours and 15 minutes, besting the previous record of 94 hours.This record, sponsored by Panasonic, Yakult and SKYcable, was shattered by Andrew Casano and Francis Gerodias on Sunday, 28 August at 4pm. On Saturday, 27 August, another two records were broken. The first wasfor the ‘most burgers consumed in one minute sponsored by Zark’s Burgers’ with a total of 5 burgers eaten by Rix “Terabite” Francisco. The second record was presented by Jolly and Fly Ace for the ‘largest serving of sautéed mushrooms’ at 335kg. This feat was so enormous volunteers from CCA Manila, FEU Manila, La Consolacion Manila and Tanauan, and Chef Winston Luna of Chef Wix were called in.

“It’s easy to park yourself in front of the television and binge watch HISTORY all day, so I’m not at all surprised we managed to break the world record this weekend,” joked Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director, A+E Networks™ Asia. He continued, “We were hoping for a bigturnout but the massive crowds and their enthusiasm surpassed all our expectations. HISTORY CON brought our channel to life and gave our viewers the chance to interact with us directly. We’re thrilled to connect with our loyal audiences here in Manila by bringing the first-ever HISTORY CON convention here, and we’ll continue to build on HISTORY CON when it returns next year to make it THE must-attend event in the region.”

The HISTORY themed booths, which showcased the network’s most-watched shows also received a steady stream of visitors. History buffs were engrossed by the World War II and Philippines Presidential limousines exhibit, while gear heads were captivated by one of the largest rallies of cars and bikes under one roof. Adventure fanatics picked up some skills on wilderness evacuation techniques, as animal lovers watched presentations by the Philippine Canine Association on using dogs to help with search and rescue and narcotics detection. 



HISTORY CON Goes Digital

HISTORY HUSTLE host Simon Yin covered the event as the official digital host of HISTORY CON, imparting his quirky, gregarious humor to the proceedings and ensuring fans who could not make it down to the event could still partake in the fun online via HISTORY’s Facebook page from home and watch highlights from the event resulting in over 3 million video views and 2.5 million engagements on Facebook in one week.

HISTORY discovered a brand new digital star from the Philippines at a live audition it held during HISTORY CON at the HISTORY Digital Studio. From all the promising talent who took the stage on Sunday, Cyede Evangello was chosen to co-host a webisode for the channel with Yin.

There were also winners every hour with the HISTORY CON Treasure Hunt powered by iQNECT. Visitors could collect badges at the various booths by scanning videos with the iQNECT app for exclusive HISTORY branded goodies, with a trip for two to Singapore as the grand prize!

The event culminated with the HISTORY Bee Awards presented by Yakult and Pik-Nik on Sunday where William Patrick Panganiban of Manila Science High Schoolwas crowned the champion for the Grade School Division, while John Carlos Duque of Batasan Hills National High School took home the prize for the High School Division. There was also two special preview screenings of HISTORY’s series, RIDE ‘N SEEK WITH JAMIE DEMPSEY: THE QUEST FOR THE PRIESTESS’ CLOAK which was filmed in the Philippines, and CELEBRITY CAR WARS. Both series premiered last Sunday, 28 August on HISTORY at 9pm and 10pm respectively.

HISTORY Con is promoted by Viva Communications Inc.

Flash Philippines Launches Christmas Sale this September


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Flash Philippines is gracing the onset of yuletide season with a bang! As Flash Plus 2 continuously gain love and support from its solid users across the country, Flash launches its early Christmas sale last September 6.

Avail with the Flash Plus 2 (2+ 16GB) for the lowest price of Php 6,190! This phone has been making its incredible mark with features like the fingerprint scanner, high-quality audio capabilities, and premium camera functions.

There will be limited stocks, so act now and get yourself with the best gift for yourself and your loved ones!

The Flash Plus 2 (2+ 16GB) is now available at Lazada.com. Both Luna Silver and Venus Gold will be available.


To know more about this amazing offer, just click this link - http://bit.ly/XmasinSeptember.

Globe Telecom Promo Registration Number Changed to 8080


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Starting immediately, postpaid and prepaid mobile customers of Globe Telecom may use 8080, instead of 8888, in sending promo registrations through text or SMS. The changeover follows the company’s compliance with a government request to use 8888 as the government’s complaint hotline, which became operational last August 1as well. The substitution is also in support of nation-building.

As a transitory procedure, customers sending promo registrations to 8888 will receive response from 8080 effective immediately until November 30, when 8888 will no longer be available for Globe transactions. This means that promo registrations sent to 8888 from November 30 onwards will no longer be processed.

“As a telecommunications provider, we recognize the importance of communication for the government to effectively address loopholes in government service for the benefit of the country as a whole, thus our decision to give way to the government’s request to use 8888 as its complaint hotline,” Globe General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo said.

Aside from texting 8080 for promo registrations, Globe customers may also use *143# to generate a USSD code and register to a call, text or surfing promo of their choice.

In addition to giving way for the government’s request to utilize 8888 as a government complaint hotline, Globe is also providing access to both 911, the government’s emergency hotline and 8888 beginning last August 1. Globe is also providing inbound and outbound SMS accessibility for 2286 (Bato), a SMS hotline for the public to directly report incidents to the Philippine National Police.

List of Winners at the 66th Palanca Awards


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Fifty-one literary personalities emerged as winners in the recently concluded 66th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards). Among this year’s victors, 24 were first-time winners and one contender took home prizes in two separate categories.

The Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., the Awards’ organizer and sponsor, received entries in 20 categories, as the Novel and Nobela categories were not opened this year. Distinguished judges handpicked from their respective areas of expertise evaluated the submissions.

The awarding ceremony had multi-awarded actor, director, and theater artist Antonio “Tony” Mabesa as speaker and guest of honor. Mabesa is a professor emeritus at the University of the Philippines, for which he founded Dulaang UP. Mabesa was conferred the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi for a stellar career spanning six decades, during which he was involved in countless productions and has mentored students who eventually carved their own names in the industry.

The Palanca Awards is the longest-running literary competition in the Philippines and is considered as the gold standard in writing excellence. Named after the businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca Sr., it aims to both enrich Philippine Literature by giving incentives to writers and serve as a treasury of Philippine literary gems.

iPhone 7 Launch: Has Apple Lost Its Innovative Drive?


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"Water resistant, dual camera, with stereo speakers, no more wired headphones and... (finally) a longer battery life. I just don't know how long is "longer" but that "jet black" is so sexy." - MJ De Leon
"Wow! Guys!! The new iPhone is water resistant!! This is amazing, no other company have ever done this, Apple was the first!! <--- This is what I think the iTards are saying right now."- IJ Torres
"When will people accept the power of this brand? It's the iPhone vs. countless Android high end/midrange/China brands...but still winning?" - James De Guzman
September 7, 2016 was a big day in the tech world, as Apple held its annual launch event, where the iPhone 7 was revealed. The event was held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco and was led by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. The launch was said to be ordinary, except the wireless earpods, nothing was new and impressive. Many were disappointed because there was no real change from iPhone 6 or 6s. Has Apple lost its innovative drive?

I just loved the new double camera on the 7Plus... city pictures gonna get better! To say it challenges DSLR's is simply not true. First gen 1DS will still outperform an iPhone. It is simply the convenience. But the same feature is offered by the LG G5. It isn't a new feature. However, LG can't in-trench smoothness of system like iOS. Also, If you love double cameras you have to try new Hauwei P9 and Galaxy S7.


The new iPhone camera uses IPS Technology which performs 100 Billion operations every time we capture a photo within just 25 Milliseconds! This is really a supercomputer for phone camera.

How excited can one possibly get when the most talked about new feature of the world's most exciting smartphone manufacturer is the 'absence of a headphone jack'?! Lol!

Apple has ditched the headphone socket, this means that users will experience whole new wireless headphones. The wireless "AirPods" give 5 hours of listening time and charged within the case! Just plugin the lightning cable to the case. This headphone jack is a big disappointment. Millions of people still use corded headphones you know. It will include an adapter in the box, anyway so it's time to get with it then!!

The new Mario game is like a cross between Temple Run and a traditional side scrolling Mario game.

The new iWatch now comes with Pokémon Go, downloaded more than 500 million times. Trainers have walked more than 4.6 billion kilometers while playing.


Specifications:

Dust and water resistant because of redesigned interior components and structure
Wireless earpods called AirPods 5 hours battery, comes with charger, connects to Apple Watch, costs $159
Two DSLR-like 12 mp wide angle and telephoto cameras that shoot as one, optical zoom at 2x, digital zoom up to 10x
7mp FaceTime HD camera
Stereo speakers
New Home button
4.7" Retina HD display with wide color gamut
A10 Fusion chip - most powerful for a smartphone
Longest battery life is said to be for 24 hours
256GB internal storage
LTE advanced up to 450 Mbps
Best worldwide roaming
iOS 10
Pricing starts at $649 for iPhone7 and $749 for iPhone7Plus

Hong Kong and Singapore gets the iPhone 7 on September 16. No Philippines until end of September.


My 6s is an obsolete technology now.  Still haven't heard the "selling my kidney to buy the new iPhone 7" from anyone though.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Intensified Drive Versus Zika Virus Is Needed


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There is a need for an intensified government prevention and detection drive against the Zika virus after a sixth case was confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH) yesterday.

The DOH should equip the barangay health centers, as they are the frontline service providers that can aid the government in the monitoring and providing of immediate care to those infected with Zika virus especially the pregnant women.

“I support the on-going preparations and ground work of the Department of Health to strengthen its information, detection and monitoring drive to prevent the further spread of the disease, and to provide immediate care to those infected with the virus. Kailangan nating suportahan ang ginagawang hakbang ng ating DOH at mga lokal na pamahalaan upang mapanatiling ligtas ang ating pamayanan mula sa komplikasyon na dulot ng Zika virus,” Senator Risa Hontiveros said.



“Anti-Zika Virus packets”

The DOH to provide anti-Zika virus packets to barangay health units to protect their constituencies from the virus. The packets should contain mosquito nets, mosquito repellents, condoms and reading materials on the virus. She said the Zika virus is spread by mosquito bites during the day and night, and through unprotected sex from a person who has Zika.


2017 budget


The DOH should ensure that funding for these kind of health-related issues are included in the proposed 2017 health budget in order for the government to immediately and properly respond to the needs of the public,” she added.

Meanwhile, Hontiveros lauded the DOH action in including Zika virus in its Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response System, which reports within 24 hours all suspected cases of Zika virus to the Epidemiology Bureau of the health department.

Hontiveros also advised overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to immediately contact the Philippine embassy or consulates once the epidemic of Zika spreads in their country of work of if they showed symptoms of the virus. She said that Filipinos should seek medical intervention once they experience fever equal to or higher than 38 degrees centigrade for more than two days, conjunctivitis, skin rash, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, body weakness and pain behind the eyes.

The Senator said that per DOH advisory, patients who experienced those symptoms within two weeks after traveling from countries with confirmed reported cases of Zika virus and patients who have a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome should seek immediate medical intervention.

She, however, said that Filipinos should get accurate information from the DOH and other reputed medical institutions regarding Zika virus and refrain from sharing information from unauthorized sources.

Mexican Modernity Comes to Yuchengco Museum this September


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Yuchengco Museum presents Mexican Modernity: 20th Century Paintings from the Zapanta Mexican Art Collection, a touring exhibition of Mexican modern and contemporary art, from September 17 to November 24, 2016. 40 paintings, drawings, fine art prints, and mixed media works from Mexico's most prominent artists are featured in the exhibition.

Mexican Modernity highlights artworks from Mexico’s early masters, muralists, women artists, and artists of the La Ruptura and Oaxacan movements. Among the best-known artists on exhibit are Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and Rufino Tamayo. Mexican Modernity illustrates the development of Mexico's painterly styles and social representations, from the more European-influenced compositions to the predominantly indigenous themes that appeared as Mexico sought to distinguish itself from its Spanish colonial past.

The exhibition is curated by Gregorio Luke, an expert on Mexican and Latin American art and culture, and co-curated by Dr. Florian Knothe, Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Hong Kong. Mexican Modernity was first shown in Hong Kong, and will be on view at Yuchengco Museum until November 24, 2016.

The collection owned by Dr. Richard and Rebecca Zapanta comes to Asia from Los Angeles, California. Dr. Zapanta is a fourth-generation Mexican-American who traces a part of his ancestry to the Philippines. The idea for the traveling exhibition came from his desire to share his Mexican heritage to Filipinos, knowing of the historical Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade that linked the Philippines and Mexico from the 16th to the 19th centuries.


Mexican Modernity public programs


To accompany the exhibition, Yuchengco Museum is organizing events such as a lecture and guided tour, as well as a food fiesta. On September 17, Saturday, at 2:00 p.m., guest curator Gregorio Luke will speak about the artists and artistic movements in the show. The lecture will be followed by a guided tour. In celebration of Dia del Galeon on October 8, visitors can savor Mexican cuisine from Manila's best Mexican restaurants at a weekend food fiesta at the RCBC Plaza Courtyard. Follow @YuchengcoMuseum on social media with the hashtag #MexicanModernity for updates on the exhibition and related events.

Mexican Modernity: 20th Century Paintings from the Zapanta Mexican Art Collection is presented by Yuchengco Museum in partnership with the Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines. The exhibition is supported by the United States – Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation and is sponsored by Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, International Container Terminal Services, Inc., and SM Supermalls.

Mexican Modernity will be on view at Yuchengco Museum from September 17 to November 24, 2016. The museum is located at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati. Museum hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (632) 889-1234, visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org, or follow @YuchengcoMuseum on social media.

SAP to Provide One-Stop Shop for Partner Apps with SAP SuccessFactors App Center



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SAP SE announced the SAP SuccessFactors app center, an open hub providing a directory of partner software offerings that can be connected with the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite. This announcement was made at SuccessConnect, which took place on August 29–31 in Las Vegas.

With plans to feature over 100 partners at launch — including ADP Added Value Services, Benefitfocus, Castlight, Dell Boomi, DocuSign, First Advantage, Limeade and WorkForce Software — the SAP SuccessFactors app center will offer clients insight into the solutions and applications that can be connected to help better manage their human resources (HR) operations. By taking advantage of the SAP PartnerEdge program, partners will be able to help drive further value for customers by leveraging open APIs, intelligent services and SAP HANA Cloud Platform to extend SAP SuccessFactors solutions.

Roger Murff, vice president of Business Development at Box, said: “The SAP SuccessFactors app center will be a great resource for businesses seeking tools that improve the way people work, and we're thrilled to be a part of it. With our deep new integration into SAP SuccessFactors,* we're helping HR departments across the globe work securely in the cloud and become more collaborative and productive.”

Dev Ghoshal, senior vice president of Global Alliances & Customer Success at CipherCloud, said: “CipherCloud has worked closely with SAP SuccessFactors to provide enhanced security and encryption key management for its customers. We are pleased that we will be featured on the SAP SuccessFactors app center so customers and prospects can learn more about CipherCloud and our enhanced encryption capabilities.” 

Free Open Photo Shoot for All at #TeeFestival with SM Youth University Class of 2016


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SM Youth unveils another opportunity for the Filipino youth to look good and feel good. As SM Youth community celebrates #TeeFestival, SM Youth University Class of 2016 calls for an open photo shoot to capture everyone in their SM Youth tees and be part of its digital yearbook.

To be part of the digital yearbook, you have to come in your favourite SM Youth shirt or purchase one from the SM Youth pop-up store at SM Makati and get your head shot taken by their very own Bjorn Manila on September 9, 10 AM to 11PM at SM Makati concourse level, for FREE.

Don’t miss this fun opportunity to have your yearbook photo taken by Bjorn Manila and meet more people from the SM Youth University Class of 2016.

For more information, follow @SM_Youth on social media or visit facebook.com/smyouthlifestyle for more info. SM Youth is available at all The SM Stores nationwide.

Official hashtag: #TeeFestival

Forcepoint Launches SureView Insider Threat in Philippines


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Global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint announced on September 7, 2016 that its latest offering, SureView Insider Threat, a powerful, proven security tool that accelerates companies’ efforts to prevent data theft and loss from hijacked systems, rogue insiders, stolen credentials and negligent end users is now available in Philippines.

A media launch was held at Makati Shangri-La Hotel led by Alex Lim, Channel and Alliance Director (APJ) and Regional Sales Director (SE ASia), who discussed the 4 pillars of solutions provided by Forcepoint's integrated products - namely content security, insider threat and data protection, security for cloud, and network security. Joshua Kooh, Strategic Security Consultant, Forcepoint South East Asia, emphasized that it is also important for a solutions provider to be able to resolve a problem the fastest way possible.

SureView Insider Threat lets security professionals see early warning signs of abnormal behaviors, capture a video record of desktop activity and intervene before sensitive data gets breached or stolen.

Now that it is available, SureView allows companies in Philippines to spot risky behavior and activity across their enterprises, delivering better security and increased regulatory compliance while respecting privacy. For nearly a decade, technology in SureView Insider Threat has served U.S.-based enterprises and government agencies in detecting and responding to insider threats. It was a core technology transferred from Raytheon to Forcepoint when the company launched.

International Coastal Clean-up at Las Piňas – Paraňaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area


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Every September, several countries, including the Philippines, participate in a largest global volunteer effort on behalf of the ocean. The International Coastal Clean-up (ICC), according to Presidential Proclamation No. 470, is held annually every 3rd Saturday of September, which aims to educate and encourage citizens to take action and help conserve the diversity of marine life.

On the 17th of September, people will gather on beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways, and under water dive sites all over the world to remove trash and debris and identify their sources. The data gathered is used to raise awareness, inspire recycling efforts, and shape policy decisions.

This year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - NCR will be celebrating the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) along the coast of Las Piňas – Paraňaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) on 17 Sept. 2016, 6AM.

There will be a short program at the Freedom Island of the Las Piňas – Paraňaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area to signal the celebration of the ICC.

After the short program, the clean-up drive will be conducted by around 3000 individuals from
various NGOs, volunteer groups, school and college students.

To all those who will participate, we advise you to wear long sleeves, jeans, and a cap for it is hot and sunny at the area. Avoid wearing bright colors so the birds in the area won't be distracted since it's migration season.

Lagablab – Artist Playground’s Latest Production All Set to Open on Sept. 23


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Artist Playground’s Season Two proudly presents LAGABLAB written by Dan Hollanda, a play inspired by a short story penned by British writer W. Somerset Maugham entitled “The Unconquered.”

LAGABLAB is set to open on Sept. 23 at The Little Room Upstairs, 1701 Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Ave. corner Timog, QC and will run until October 30 – Fridays at 7 pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm and 7 pm.

Directed by Paul Jake Paule, the play is set in Bulacan during the Japanese occupation. The story revolves around the desolation of a Filipino family who was forced by the cruel realities of war to make difficult choices of either painfully surrendering their dignity in exchange of security or bravely fighting for their name and worthiness to a detrimental end.

The talented Artist Playground Players and guest actors in the play are as follows: CHAYONG - Mariella Munji Laurel, Jhaeka Madronio, Ira Ruzz, Farlin Flores, and Jacelle Escanan; HIROHITO - Anjo Resurreccion and Manu Gallardo San Pedro; UNYO - Coco Mark and Christian James Tiongson; CARDING - Aaron Dioquino, Sheneill Solis and John Racho; PILANG - Sheryll Villamor Ceasico and Lodie Atis; ANDONG - Greg Abelardo De Leon and Gilbert Bacolod; MAKAPILI -Joseph Navarro; SUNDALO - Sheniell Solis and Miguell Arnaldo.

World-Renowned Calisthenics Guru Hit Richards Wants to Introduce More Filipinos to Calisthenics


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World-renowned calisthenics guru and celebrity trainer Hit Richards, who hails from New York City, wants to introduce more Filipinos to calisthenics. Calisthenics, an intense workout wherein one uses bodyweight and bodyweight movements, is currently very popular in other countries.

Hit Richards, who trains and handles clients from various cities such as New York, Paris and Moscow says, “I’ve been hearing good things about the Philippines, specially about its athletes. I’ve also read about the Olympic Silver medalist (Hidlyn Diaz). In my humble opinion, it is good to encourage young people to get into sports; and calisthenics in particular is one sport wherein you don’t need a lot of money to be fit. You also don’t need expensive equipment nor a gym membership. You can do calisthenics anywhere, in parks, your homes, gyms, etc. It is also one sport which can complement your training if you’re an athlete. So I want to bring calisthenics to the Philippines one of these days and encourage Filipinos to love the sport as much as I do.”

“I’ve also read somewhere that some athletes have difficulty training because of the lack of equipment. Maybe calisthenics can help, because all you need is to use your bodyweight to be able to get the results you want,” he says.

Richards, who has 15 international certifications from the International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA) for personal training, started his business Calisthenics Kingz in 2007, way before the sport became popular in other countries. He counts among his list of prominent clients musician Busta Rhymes, NFL players such as Chad Ochocinco, and other A-list Hollywood actors. 

DDoS Attacks in Asia-Pacific Region Increased by 43% — IPC


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According to IPC (IP Converge Data Services, Inc.), the country’s pioneer DDoS Mitigation service provider, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks increased 43% percent to 34,000 attacks in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, citing a report by its partner Nexusguard, global leader in DDoS mitigation.

The study was conducted throughout the second quarter of this year and revealed an 83% increase in attacks worldwide. Although the APAC region only saw an increase a bit over half of the global total, attack durations were longer compared to global incidents. Nexusguard says that this is most likely due to many attack tools with set duration periods.

The largest increase was seen in Hong Kong, where attacks rose an astonishing 57%. China, which saw a 50% increase in attacks, is the number one target in the region. According to the report, over the course of a month a Chinese website was attacked 41 times.

The Philippines on the other hand is one of the countries who experienced the least DDoS attacks, together with Indonesia and Malaysia.

Aboitiz, Concepcion, Megawide CEOs speak at Anvil Summit on Sept. 9


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On September 9 starting 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel, young Filipino Chinese entrepreneurs of Anvil Business Club have invited as guest speakers in the “Anvil Business Summit” such top business leaders Jon Ramon Aboitiz of the Aboitiz clan (ranked the Philippines’ No. 3 wealthiest by “Forbes” magazine with net worth of $5 billion), Megawide Construction co-founder Edgar Saavedra (ranked Philippines’ No. 37 wealthiest by “Forbes” with net worth of $255 million), Concepcion Industries CEO Jojo Concepcion (the Concepcion family is ranked the Philippines’ No. 30 wealthiest with net worth of $450 million) and Silicon Valley’s information technology (IT) tycoon Dado Banatao of California, USA. Also speaker is McKinsey & Co.’s Anders Barlund on marketing to the digital consumers.

The public is welcome to attend the “Anvil Business Summit” organized by idealistic young Filipino Chinese entrepreneurs of Anvil Business Club led by chairman emeritus George T. Siy, chairman Eduardo “Eddie” Cobankiat and president Marcelo Co, who recently spoke about this event at the non-partisan Pandesal Forum of Kamuning Bakery Cafe in Quezon City with Anvil Honorary Chairman Wilson Lee Flores as moderator.

With this Anvil Business Summit and many other projects,k Anvil Business Club encourages the private sector to increase investments in the Philippine economy, especially among SMEs and young entrepreneurs, in order to encourage more foreign investors to follow. The business tycoons speaking at the Anvil Business Summit will share their success strategies, business advices and also their investment plans to support Philippine economic development.


There are special discounts for college or high school students. There is also Group Rate 10 + 1, Pay for 10 tickets, then get 11th ticket free. For inquiries and other concerns, you may direct them to Jonathan Yap 09177916526, or Eloisa or Ellen 0917-8203450, 0925-5270572, or Office Tels: 7267029, or email secretariat@anvil.org.ph

3rd Asia on Screen Film Festival: Bringing the Best of Asian Cinema to Manila


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Asia Society Philippines and Security Bank, together with Ayala Malls Cinemas and the Film Development Council of the Philippines, invite you to experience the biggest event for Asian cinema in Manila. Now on its 3rd year, Asia on Screen Film Festival celebrates excellence in filmmaking through the presentation of award-winning and culturally relevant films. The festival will run from September 15 – 18, 2016 at the Greenbelt 3 cinemas in Makati City.

The festival brings the best of a broad selection of Asia Pacific cinema in order to draw greater recognition to the region's wealth of talented actors and filmmakers. Moviegoers will be transported around the region through stories of forbidden love, to coming of age teenage dramas, to incredible stories of survival and epic historical tales.

It will showcase a vibrant line-up which includes Tanna (Australia), A Tale of Three Cities (China), Ghayal Once Again (India), In the Absence of the Sun (Indonesia), Miss Hokusai (Japan), Frontline (Korea), The Journey(Malaysia), Above the Clouds (Philippines), Taklub (Philippines), 7 Letters (Singapore), Teacher’s Diary(Thailand), Heart Attack (Thailand), and On the Peaceful Peak (Vietnam).

Asia on Screen Film Festival will kick off with a Directors’ Dialogue with Philippine director, Pepe Diokno (Above the Clouds) and Thai director, Nithiwat Tharatorn (Teacher’s Diary). The dialogue will focus on the opportunities and challenges in Southeast Asian film markets, specifically in the Philippines and Thailand, and will delve into the directors’ personal journeys. This free forum will be on September 15, 10AM-12NN at the Asian Institute of Management.



This year, the film fest opens with Above the Clouds. Capturing the breath-taking highlands of the Ifugao region, the film is an emotional journey towards transformation and deliverance.

Other entries explore socio-political topics through significant human experiences. Taklub, a Brillante Mendoza film, documents a family’s struggles from the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda that ripped through the city of Tacloban. Australia’s multi-award winning film, Tanna, is based on a true story on tribal issues, performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu. Korean film, Front Line, narrates the relationship between the North and the South through prisoners of war.

Asia on Screen is sponsored by Philam Life, and supported by Bubba Gump, Freyo, i-Remit, Japan Foundation,Royal Thai Embassy and The Travel Club, with special thanks to San Miguel Brewery.

The festival is also supported by the embassies of India, Singapore and Vietnam, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Korean Cultural Council and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Media partners are ANC, Business Mirror, BusinessWorld, CNN Philippines, Expat Magazine, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Mellow 94.7, Primer Magazine, The Philippine STAR, and Travelife.

Tickets will be available on-site at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas at PHP 100 per screening.

For more information on ASIA ON SCREEN film festival, please contact Asia Society at info@asiasociety.org.ph or call 550-2612. Stay tuned to the official Facebook event page: http://tinyurl.com/AsiaOnScree n2016, hashtag#AsiaOnScreen and @AsiaSocietyPH for more details.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Basilan Kid, 11 Other Young Football Aspirants to Represent PH in Astro Kem Bola Training Camp in KL


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After almost two months of traveling around the country, Globe Telecom has finally picked 12 of the best young aspiring football players to represent the Philippines in the prestigious Astro Kem Bola Advanced Training Programme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 13-17, 2016.

The qualifiers, aged 10-12, include Roniel Vincent Delumpines, a sixth grader from Isabela City, Basilan who even traveled eight hours by boat and 15 hours by land just to reach Davao City where one of the TM Football Para sa Bayan (TM FPSB) camps of Globe was held.

TM FPSB was tapped by Astro Kasih, the corporate foundation and corporate social responsibility arm of Malaysian media and entertainment powerhouse Astro, to be its partner in discovering talented kids and helping them further harness their craft. This is in line with Globe Telecom’s sports advocacy which aims to uplift the lives of the youth especially those from the marginalized sector and provide them with a platform to showcase their talents.

“The Astro Kem Bola programme aims to provide a comprehensive learning and football development experience. Through it, we have seen talented kids grow into well-rounded athletes playing in the Malaysian national youth team on an international platform. We are privileged to be able to play a role in their development and look forward to do the same for the youth of Philippines and other ASEAN countries,” said Datuk David Michael Yap, Vice President - Community Affairs of Astro.

Delumpines is joined by Leoven Jay Gatungay, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental; Lance Lawrence Locsin, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental; Martin Joshua Meriño, Binan, Laguna; and Jared Alexander Peña and Ryan Philip Johansson both from Metro Manila.

For the girls division, the representatives include two from Davao City – Jasmine Casandra Agustin and Isabelle Renee Taojo; three from Metro Manila – Astrid Heiress Ignacio, Stella Maria Divino, and Ysabella Samonte; and Mikaela Jacqueline Villacin from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

The children were scouted from some 600 young athletes who participated in the TM football clinics held in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo; Talisay City, Negros Occidental; Davao City; and Metro Manila. They will compete with their counterparts from Singapore and Malaysia to get a chance to fly to Europe for two weeks of all-expense paid professional football training in December this year.

“For four years now, Globe through TM Football Para sa Bayan has been reaching out to kids especially those from the countryside and from the marginalized sector in order to develop their skills and give them the opportunity to secure a good future, Thus, we are thankful to Astro for partnering with us in this undertaking which we believe will help uplift the lives of the youth and bring them closer to their dreams,” said Fernando Esguerra, Globe Director for Citizenship.

The kids were selected not only based on talent but also on other criteria such a teamwork; discipline, behavior and sportsmanship; communication on and off the pitch; positive attitude towards teammates, volunteers, and coaches; ability to listen to instructions; and good personality.

Ray Guinoo, TM Portfolio and Brand Head added: “TM, being a brand for the youth, is always after the development of our young people. One of the ways to do this is through TM Football Para sa Bayan. We are using the power of sports to instill in the youth the importance of possessing the right attitude, good values, and a good education. Hopefully, through the sports communities and the tie up with Astro, we can create more opportunities for the kids across the country.”

The TM football clinics were handled by Green Archers United (GAU), a professional football league which has been Globe Telecom’s implementing partner in developing the football grassroots program.

Würth Philippines Switches Services to Globe Telecom


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Leading Philippine telecommunications company Globe Telecom, through its enterprise information and communications technology arm Globe Business, was recently chosen by Würth Philippines, a worldwide wholesaler of tools, installation and connecting materials, automotive hardware, and chemicals, as the new provider for Würth’s communication needs.

Recognizing the importance of communications in day-to-day operations and sales, Würth switched to Globe Business for its fast, reliable, and cost-efficient mobile plans and handsets all tucked in the Globe Business mobility solutions suite. In addition, Würth also signed up for Globe Business connectivity solutions, specifically direct Internet.

Ever since availing of Globe Business’ services, productivity and employee morale has improved according to Würth Managing Director Ariel de Jesus, “We chose Globe Business because they offer more flexible plans and quality products and services. Ever since distributing the phones to our sales and operations teams, output has drastically improved and communicating has been easier. General sentiment and feedback from everybody is that we have better coverage, better service, and the switch is indeed an upgrade for the better.”

Globe Senior Advisor for Enterprise and IT-Enabled Services Group Mike Frausing commends Würth Philippines in their decision to shift to Globe Business saying that “the wonderful testimony from Würth further cements Globe Business as the trusted business advisor of choice for enterprises and we couldn’t be happier that companies such as Würth are better because of the right technology, infrastructure, and know-how that Globe Business offers.”

The Würth Group is a global market leader in its core business, and trade in assembly and fastening material. It currently consists of over 410 companies in 84 countries and has more than 65,000 employees on its payroll. In addition, The Allied Companies of the Würth Group, which either operate in business areas adjacent to the core business or in diversified business areas, round off the range by offering products for DIY stores, material for electrical installations, electronic components as well as solar modules and financial services.

Globe Business puts premium to its new partnership with Würth and looks forward to more business with the worldwide wholesaler. To know how Globe Business can also drive your company’s passion with its wide range of products and services, visit business.globe.com.ph or get in touch with your respective account managers.

Train to Busan Full Movie Clickbaits and Memes for Zombie-Loving Moviegoers


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Everyone's raving about one of the newest zombie movie "Train to Busan."

Forget about George Romero's blockbuster zombie flicks and all the rest of the movies with zombie-like infestations leading to the apocalypse. This year it's all about zombies on trains. The Koreans know how to make a zombie film, that's for sure. This is f*cking scary!

Where you among those who anticipated watching the movie? or did you watch out for leakages of the movie online?  There were so many clickbaits tempting netizens to click so they can watch the movie in full, but instead all they got were the trailers and cut-scenes, or the links leading to a site which required them to register. Lol!

Memes of the movie have surfaced as well, and of course we would find the ones pertaining to teh local Philippine scene a lot more funnier because we can relate.

While a zombie-virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan. What came into my mind is when the same scenario hits the Philippines, we would surely be unable to run. Aside from the crowded train stations (MRT and LRT), the entire length of the train rides are too short. Zombies will surely infect us all in no time.

The movie is about Sok-woo and his daughter Soo-ahn who both boarded the KTX, a fast train that shall bring them from Seoul to Busan. But right at the moment of their departure, the train station is overrun by zombies which kill the train driver and several others, while most of the passengers were unaware.

Martial Law is declared in the country as the mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. Those on an express train to Busan soon learned of the infected within their midst. The virus outbreak in the train soon turns more passengers into zombies and all hell breaks loose. The rest of the passengers must now fight for their own survival. 
















By the looks of it, the train ride was the only safe place to be while the rest of the world is in a zombie apocalypse. Their only hope is to reach Busan which was said to be the only place safe from zombies.

In the Philippines, I don't think there is no place safe to run as you could never really run due to the immense population of the country. Do we even have a designated place assigned by the government where people can feel safe and secure? Unlike during floods and typhoons, the classrooms, covered courts and gyms could not protect the people from zombie attacks.

The Korean movie continues to be a huge success all over the world. The film set a record as the first Korean film of 2016 to break the audience record with over 10 million theatergoers. And it has remarkably grossed US$80,201,768 worldwide.

Netizens, especially those who have watched the movie already, couldn't stop themselves in comparing Train to Busan with Train to Taft - how we would fare if the similar incident occurred in the Philippines? Which would be spookier? Do we ever have a chance to survive if it happens at our very own Metro Rail Transit or Light Rail Transit?
 
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