Thursday, July 20, 2017

Flight CMP17: Bound for the Island of the Lost Winds

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Calling all science clubbers! Are you ready for another all-out experience? Fasten your seatbelts as the National Youth Science, Technology, and Environment Summer Camp (NYSTESC) 2017 takes off this July 24-27, 2017, at Batis Aramin Resort and Hotel, Tayabas Road, Lucban, Quezon!

Once again, the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs (PSYSC) is bringing you the most sought-after science camp for high school students and teachers in the country. With this year’s theme, "Flight CMP17: Bound for the Island of the Lost Winds", we are ready to bring you to a camp that will surely go beyond the limits of your expectations.

Get to explore the science of aerodynamics as we tackle wind energy conversion, transportation, animal aviation, and weather forecasting. Through our esteemed guest lecturers, various workshops and competitions, seminar and congress, this camp shall fill up our hearts and minds with truly good memories. But, wait! The fun doesn’t stop there! Be fascinated by the beauty of Quezon as we also take you to some of its wonders!

This event will surely be one of your 2017 highlights! So, what are you waiting for? Pack up and join us aboard this flight! Be part of the science clubbing movement as we keep its fire burning!

Affiliate with PSYSC today as they offer a totally new science clubbing experience!

TNCs Not Exempted from Remitting Fair and Correct Taxes to Government – LTFRB

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Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin B. Delgra III today clarified that Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) are required to pay fair and correct taxes to the government, and that insinuations that DOTr Secretary Art Tugade wants a “share” from their earnings is utterly malicious.

In a press conference in Malacanang on Tuesday, Secretary Tugade was asked to comment on the directive of the LTFRB requiring TNCs to deactivate “colorum” driver-partners from their platform. The Transportation chief said anyone who wants to get into the business of public transportation must submit themselves to regulation.

Tugade said regulation would not only level the playing field and guarantee accountability, but also allow the government to collect the correct taxes from TNCs.

“Ang punto ni Secretary Tugade at ng LTFRB, kapag colorum ang isang sasakyan, walang habol dyan ang gobyerno. Paano mo masisingil ng tamang tax kung hindi nga sila rehistrado?” Chairman Delgra explained. “Like any business, TNCs and their partners are covered by laws of taxation and they must give what’s due to the government," he added.

Based on the numbers given by Uber and Grab, there are 56,000 activated Transport Network Vehicle Services (TNVS) drivers, including the 3,000 with approved franchises. Out of these numbers, the two TNCs admitted there are TNVs which are accredited to both uber and grab. This means some 40,000 are plying the streets without being required to file tax returns to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

“The problem is how can the government be assured that it is getting its fair share from these TNCs when majority of their drivers do not have franchises? Under existing laws, the TNCs, owner of vehicles, and drivers who are earning from this business all have tax accountabilities,” Delgra said.

On October 29, 2015, the BIR issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 70-2015 or the guidelines for the taxability of TNCs and their partners.

Contestants Try to Survive in the New Reality Show “Kicking & Screaming” this August on AXN

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The most unlikely couples find their hands full in taking in more than they can handle in the new reality series Kicking & Screaming, which premieres this August on AXN.

Ten survival experts are paired with hapless amateurs who have no experience in living outdoors as they fight their way through a series of challenges in a remote jungle of a South Pacific island where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger, and extreme weather.

While the experts are used to surviving in the wilderness, their privileged partners are not, resulting in lots of arguing, bickering, and swearing.

With a cash prize of $500,000 at stake, the mismatched teammates realize that in order to win, they must work together to thrive in the wilderness and to survive the toughest challenge of their lives.

The show, from Fear Factor executive producer Matt Kunitz, is hosted by New Girl actress Hannah Simone.

Kicking & Screaming premieres on August 7 and airs every Monday at 9:45pm first & exclusive on AXN.

AXN is available on SKYCable Channel 49, Destiny Cable Channel 61, Cignal Channel 121, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and Cablelink Channel 38. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

Data Protection a Cornerstone of Robust Cybersecurity: Fortinet

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Fortinet, a global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions, urged IT leaders to take steps to protect data in their organizations in a bid to strengthen data privacy, as well as cyber security in the country. “Data protection is an integral component of cyber security. It is not just about getting the right technology – it is also about governments creating the right legislative environment, and organizations managing the processes and restrictions for different users to access their data,” said Alvin Rodrigues, chief security strategist for Fortinet Asia-Pacific during the 2017 Information Security Officers Group (ISOG) Summit held at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura, Taguig City, recently.

Maintaining data privacy is a cybersecurity fundamental, and goes a long way in minimizing business losses when a cyberattack happens.

“Robust data protection also demonstrates your firm's commitment to customers,” stressed Rodrigues. “The personal information that customers put in your care is valuable to them. If you take good care of it, they will appreciate the gesture and continue to do business with you.”

Business Law Conference Is Themed Around #AffectedAko: In The Midst of Global Transformation

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Ley La Salle, De La Salle University’s professional organization for Legal Management students and future lawyers, will be holding its fourth Business Law Conference this July 21, 2017 at the 5th floor of Henry Sy, Sr., Hall, De La Salle University-Manila from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Business Law Conference is an annual event held by the organization wherein speakers are invited to discuss about certain topics that is connected with the event’s theme. In last year’s event, the theme chosen was “Millennials Towards Building a Nation”. Last year’s speakers gave awareness to the youth on the possible implementation of Federalism and its possible effects on the country’s social and commercial landscape. This year’s event will revolve around the theme “#AFFECTEDAKO: In the Midst of Global Transformation”. The event includes renowned speakers like Mr. Rabboni Francis B. Arjonillo, President of First Metro Investment Corporation, Mr. Robert Dispo, Vice Chairman and President of Citrek Holdings Philippines Corp, and Atty. Francis Tom F. Temproso, a legal adviser at the Commission of Human Rights.

The first session of the event, which will be from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, will focus more on business related topics such as the effects of the technological development boost and the radical change in international trade policies. The second session, which will run from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, will focus more on pertinent social and legal issues occurring in the current administration.

Ley La Salle invites everyone to partake in this incredible learning opportunity to be able to increase awareness in a time where atrocities and controversies are prevalent in the society.

BGC Features Next-Level Edutainment Facilities

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Children are naturally curious but they have brief attention spans. To effectively nurture kids’ mental development while keeping their focus intact, educators have long employed the technique called edutainment, a combination of “education” and “entertainment,” which literally means mixing learning with fun.

Bonifacio Global City (BGC), home to top educational institutions like the University of the Philippines and the International School Manila, houses establishments that not only engage in edutainment but take it to the next level, that is, through hands-on experience.

The Mind Museum, KidZania, and Active Fun in BGC provide kids with tools that help them learn how the world works and discover their strengths early on. While it looks like a simple opportunity for play, these establishments cater alternative learning experiences that are fun, entertaining, and age-appropriate.

Apart from the usual videos and pictures, edutainment facilities in BGC have interactive displays and activities that let children experiment and explore things on their own. These establishments provide a complete sensory experience, stimulating all five senses.

The Mind Museum, for instance, inspires exploration, creativity, and understanding for the wonders of everything around and inside us. For kids and kids-at-heart, there’s so much to do like play music at the piano stairs, marvel at a life-sized T. rex fossil and a whaleshark, see themselves in an astronaut suit floating in space, or watch live experiments by resident scientists. Every corner is truly an adventure waiting to be explored.

Memorandum Of Agreement Signing for Various “Nationwide Intensification of Household Electrification (NIHE)” Projects for 2017

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Memorandum Of Agreement signing for various “Nationwide Intensification of Household Electrification (NIHE)” projects for 2017 benefiting 33 thousand households in Zambales, Northern Samar, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Zamboanga del Sur and Leyte. 

The event was held at the DOE Headquarters and was attended by DOE Sec. Alfonso Cusi together with DOE Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella, Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (EPIMB) Director Mylene Capongcol, DOE Accounting Division Chief Arturo Cudia, National Electrification Administration (NEA) Deputy Administrator Sonia San Diego, NEA Director Ferdinand Villareal, NEA OIC-ATEO Henrietta Maramot and representatives from 6 recipient Electric Cooperatives: Zambales II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMECO II) Engr. Ernesto Bonilla, President; Northern Samar Electric Cooperative, Inc. (NORSAMELCO) Hector Tabilisma, Acting General Manager; Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SURNECO) Narciso Caliao, Jr., General Manager; Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ASELCO) Dir. Corazon Cullantes, Board President; Zamboanga del Sur II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ZAMSURECO II) Fortunato Lumawan, Board President and Leyte III Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LEYECO III) Cornelio Brazil, Board President.

The Best Fuel in the Country is from Petron

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Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6 is acknowledged as the best gasoline in the country, with outstanding qualities unmatched in the industry. Petron Blaze has always been a trailblazer. When it launched in August 2000, it was the only premium unleaded gasoline with the Research Octane Number (RON) of 98, the highest in the country. In 2010, Petron Blaze was re-launched to become the first and only gasoline with an octane rating of 100. Four years later, it became the first gasoline in the country to be certified Euro 4. Just this year, Petron Blaze was certified by leading global laboratories as passing the Euro 6 standard – the most advanced standard in the world. Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6 is the first and only Euro 6 fuel in the country, certifiably the best gasoline in the Philippines.

Certified by Global Experts

Locally produced and formulated at Petron’s Bataan refinery—the most advanced in the Asean region—Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6 has been rigorously tested and certified by leading global laboratories and engine rating experts. It was subjected to testing by SGS, a global leader in inspection, verification, testing and certification at their laboratories in the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the Philippines. Further tests were also conducted by ISP-The Testing Institute (Germany), one of the world’s top testing laboratories for automotive fuels and lubricants, as well as the Millbrook Proving Ground (UK), one of Europe’s largest vehicle testing centers.

Meets the Most Stringent Global Standards

In the Philippines, the mandated Euro 4 fuels have a sulfur content of up to 50-ppm (parts per million). Globally, the most stringent Euro 6 standard allows sulfur content of up to only 10-ppm. The sulfur content of Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6 is less than 3-ppm, far exceeding these standards.

To qualify for Euro 6, currently the most stringent global emission standard, a fuel should have significantly reduced particle numbers, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and hydrocarbons in vehicle emissions. The Particle Number (PN) is the additional criterion that separates Euro 5 and Euro 6 fuel standards. Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6 surpassed the PN tests, being 3x cleaner than the limit.

Why Octane is Important

Research Octane Number (RON) determines a fuel’s resistance to detonating. This resistance is more commonly referred to as “anti-knock” quality; the higher the RON, the higher its resistance. You want your engine to burn your gasoline smoothly. If you’re feeding your car a lower RON than it requires, you risk engine knocking and engine failure in the long run. Which RON is right for you? It’s best to check your car’s manual for the recommended minimum RON. Keep in mind that the older the car, the higher the risk of engine knocking.

The Best Fuel in the Country

Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6 has been formulated with TriAction Advantage to provide (1) better engine protection for longer engine life; (2) better mileage for longer drives; and (3) better power.

As confirmed in a performance marathon run across the entire length of Luzon, Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6 delivers improved fuel efficiency, powerful engine performance and acceleration, guaranteed cleaner engines on just one full tank, improved combustion with its unique fuel and additive formulation, significantly less harmful emissions, and reduced maintenance costs due to longer catalyst life for the emission system.

Driving a Honda City 1.5 E CVT, hypermilers Raymund Dimapilis and Enrico Mabunay were able to travel nearly 34 kilometers for every liter.

No other fuel in the country has the pure, 100-octane formulation of Petron Blaze 100 Euro 6, certifiably the best fuel in the country.

Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 Media Presentation

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Congratulations to Ilene Astrid de Vera of Cebu for being voted as the Darling of the Press at the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 Candidates Media Presentation. She is followed by Jannie Loudette Alipo-on of Navotas City as 1st Runner-Up, and Colleen Chan of Iloilo as 2nd Runner-Up.

The Mutya ng Pilipinas 2017 Media Presentation was held at the Hotel 101, their official residence in Pasay City. There were 30 lovely candidates presented to the members of the media.

Miss Hemilyn Escudero-Tamayo is also officially announced as the new president of Mutya ng Pilipinas Inc., while Mr. Roberto de Venecia and Miss Jacqueline Tan-Sainz, the previous presidents of the pageant organization, and reigning Mutya ng Pilipinas Ganiel Krishnan, joined her upfront. Former Mutya winner Kristine Caballero Aplal hosted the media launch.

Winners will represent the country in Miss Asia Pacific International, Miss Tourism International, Miss Tourism Queen of the Year International and Miss Tourism Metropolitan International pageants.
On July 21 to 23, the candidates will head to Hannah's Beach Resort and Convention Center in Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte for the Swimsuit competition.

While the Designer's Competition and Regional Costume will be held on July 26 at The Plaza of Resorts World Manila.

The Long Gown competition will be held on July 27 to 29 at Alta D' Tagaytay.

The grand coronation will be held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila on August 4, 2017.

DOTr Assures Traffic Improvement in Regalado in November; Pledges Fast-tracked MRT-7 Project Completion

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“Wala nang traffic sa Regalado starting November,” this was the assurance of Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade with reference to the traffic buildup along Doña Carmen and Regalado Streets in Quezon City as a result of the ongoing construction of MRT7 station columns.

During the Progress Briefing and Inspection of Build Build Build (BBB) on Thursday, Secretary Tugade announced that the construction of the MRT-7 columns along the said roads shall be finished by November this year, easing traffic flow in the area.

"We ask for the public's continuous understanding and patience as we are striving to complete the construction of MRT-7 by 2019. Ang mga nararanasan po nating abala sa kasalukuyan, lahat po yan ay pansamantala lamang. Pero pangmatagalang ginhawa naman ang masisiguro ko sa inyo sa oras na ito'y makumpleto," Tugade said.

Composed of 14 stations, the 22 km MRT7 rail transit system will connect North Avenue in Quezon city to San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan. Among the areas where stations shall be constructed include: North Avenue, Quezon City Memorial Circle, University Avenue, Tandang Sora, Don Antonio, Batasan, Doña Carmen, Regalado, Mindanao Avenue, Quirino, Sacred Heart, Tala, and San Jose Del Monte.

Upon completion of construction targeted by 2019, MRT-7 will accommodate an estimated ridership of 420,000 passengers daily.

The DOTr shall provide technical support to the Quezon City LGU and the National Housing Authority (NHA) in the facilitation of guaranteed relocation for informal settlers that shall be affected by the construction of the North Avenue and Quezon Memorial Circle stations. Currently, there are 160 families initially identified which still has to undergo vetting procedures from the NHA.

Nevertheless, relocation sites are being prepared in Tanay, Rizal and in Bulacan for qualified candidates. Other relocation options such as the "Balik Probinsiya" program of the government is also being explored.

#LiwanagSaDilim: Takipsilim Music Festival and Bazaar

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Now a days or maybe even years before, imported goods became the thing. We find our ears being so used to the name of many foreign brands. We find our eyes looking for the American movie poster. We find our mouth humming the foreign music. There is nothing wrong in enjoying things of other country. Actually, it helps us widen our perspective and range. But there is something wrong when our ears, eyes and mouth, our body, look for the imported and are so used to the foreign that our own becomes the foreign. And this is why we bring you TAKIPSILIM.

The De La Salle University - Economics Organization’s TAKIPSILIM is a music festival and advocacy event created through a shared passion for local art. Through it, we aim to celebrate the diversity of the Filipino spirit by highlighting our own people’s talents, craft, and products. TAKIPSILIM uplifts Filipino art, craft, and enterprise. Through it, the organizers wish to communicate to the public through stories of talented artists that have yet to be discovered and spark the sense of pride of one’s own by supporting local entrepreneurs in their pursuit of providing various forms of goods and entertainment. This event also serves as a fundraising activity for our beneficiary, the students of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) through the Economics Scholarship Program (ESP).

Bands and performers that embody the Filipino pride and will be performing in the event are Nadia Rodriguez, YoungSleepyBoi, Devices, Majam Sisters, One Click Straight, Lola Amour, Banna Harbera, and Tom’s Story. The event is brought to you by John Robert Powers,, Magic 89.9, When In Manila, Pepsi, and proudly supported by Wazzup Pilipinas.

Donny Pangilinan Signs Record Deal with Universal Records

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Donny Pangilinan is certainly not a fresh face in the industry. With an ongoing career as a MYX VJ, multiple TV guesting and acting stints, a rapidly growing fanbase, and established actors Maricel Laxa and Anthony Pangilinan as parents, the 19-year old is set to have a flourishing career path.

But his passion for showbiz does not end there. Last June 20, Donny officially joined the prestigious Universal Records roster and took on a venture in the music industry. After inking the deal, the Star Magic talent enthusiastically spoke to the media about his new endeavor.

“I feel like this is still a dream… I’m just very, very thankful that I’ve been granted this opportunity,” Donny narrated after being asked how he feels about being signed to one of the country’s most established recording companies. He recalls that a handful of meetings, counseling, and talks with his parents ensued before he decided to venture into music. “The public really hasn’t seen this side of me, and I think this is the best way I can portray it: through, obviously, Universal [Records],” he affirmed, adding that the trust the record label put in him is “outstanding”.

This August, the teen icon will be releasing his debut single, Did You, which he co-wrote and co-produced. Donny disclosed that his upcoming album will feature songs that are drawn both from his life encounters and the experiences of others, as he wants his tracks to be relatable. Moreover, the social media heartthrob revealed that the public can expect several singles to come out soon, but does not want to divulge too much information as he wants everything to be a “big surprise” for his fans. In his MYX interview, the new Universal Records star expressed his palpable excitement for his newfound endeavor, stating that his album is a fusion of different music genres.

Heavily involved with the creation of his first and upcoming project with Universal Records, Donny aims to astound his fans through his album and singles that are set to launch very soon. The up and coming recording artist expressed that he is beyond grateful to his parents, family, and God for the support that propelled him to start a music career. Known for his musical inclination, Donny credits his music idols such as his Tito Gary Valenciano, Shawn Mendes, and Justin Bieber for being his biggest music influences.

Glaiza De Castro is Ambassadress of Goodwill of PCCAI

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Award-winning actress and singer Glaiza De Castro is now the very first Ambassadress of Goodwill of the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association Inc., (PCCAI).

At a press conference held on July 19, 2017 at the Universal Studios office located at Universal Tower along Quezon Avenue in Quezon city, members of the media were presented with the contract signing between Glaiza and the officials of PCCAI led by the President Dr. James Dy together with Chairman - Dr. Benito Goyokpin, Vice Chairman - Mr. Antonio Tan, Vice Chairman - Mr. Cristina Lim, and the Board of Directors namely: Mr. Ramon Chuaying, Mr. Albert Abaya, Mr. Jameson Dy, Mr. Manuel Co, Mr. Benito Ngo and Atty. Cabero.

PCCAI is the owner and operator of the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center. Glaiza will be present in many of the associations humanitarian and charitable missions. Already there are many events lined up for her and they could be learned from the complete video coverage we did of the press conference. Videos will all be available at our YouTube video channel at

Glaiza says he is naturally inclined to help especially children because she has a relative with a medical problem. Her family and relatives would also benefit from her designation as Ambassadress of Goodwill since the hospital owned by PCCAI would be providing treatment and care for them too.

When asked what she would say to those bashers who would say she is not really charitable because she gets something in return, she answers practically by saying something like "In everything we do we gain something in return, and just as long you are working hard for it, all the blessings and good graces are worth for us to receive."

Learn More About Your Money at PBEX 2017’S BMAP Financial Literacy Seminar

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As part of its efforts in campaigning for a financially-literate community, the Bank Marketing Association of the Philippines (BMAP) and the 8th Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs’ Expo will hold a Financial Literacy Seminar this Friday, July 28 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

The Seminar features BMAP’s Director for Mariners’ Financial Literacy Program Mr. Miguel Angelo C. Villa-Real as he shares to you the ropes on investing and protecting your finances, as well as the available loans in the market for business.

Everyone is encouraged to attend and participate this free seminar to gain knowledge on how financial products work, as well as provide tips for handling money. Let this Seminar help you learn more about your money.

The 8th Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs' Expo will be held at the Megatrade Hall 1 of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City this July 28 to 30, Friday to Sunday. We are open for exhibitors to showcase their products and services - get in touch with Ex-Link at (+63 2) 633-0153, 643-3887 or 535-1150; SMS (+63) 920 981 4376 or (+63) 920 924 2532; email or message us on Facebook @exlinkevents. Program lineup subject to change without prior notice.

Eric Kelly Sticks with Lone Wolf-style Training for Much-awaited Cage Comeback

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The sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is about individuals, but most of its highly-regarded world champions are forged in strong camps that bring in many great fighters.

In a very different atmosphere from boxing, MMA hardly sees any high-profile competitors building training camps around one man or woman as it often centered around a gym where several coaches work in conjunction with each other to train a stable of fighters of varying skills and weight classes.

Ever since he started his professional career in 2009, Filipino submission specialist Eric “The Natural” Kelly has been described as a lone wolf because he has never had an established MMA team and only hops from one gym to another.

“For me, I don’t have a stable gym where I train at full-time. I train more naturally. Whichever gym I find myself in, that’s where I train. Mostly, I just watch YouTube videos and apply it to my training and then I go to some gyms to test it out. I am in the constant search for more knowledge for my career,” Kelly recalled.

New CHED Executive Director Appointed

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has appointed Mr. Karol Mark R. Yee as Executive Director IV of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) effective July 14, 2017. Yee took his oath of office before CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan on July 19, 2017.

Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Yee served as Program Director of CHED’s K to 12 Transition Program, mobilizing efforts to support higher education institutions and personnel affected by the implementation of K to 12 from 2016 to 2021.

As the Executive Director, he will be in-charge of the Executive Office that serves as clearinghouse for all communications received from internal and external sources. He will also oversee the coordination of the agenda items and provides secretariat support to the Chairperson, in collaboration with the commission secretary in the preparation and documentation of the major meetings.

Aside from these, Yee is expected to closely monitor all central and regional offices of CHED, making sure that all units are pursuing a common road map, consistent with the Commission’s reform agenda and strategic plan 2017-2022.

Yee previously served as Legislative Officer of former Senate President and now Special Envoy to the European Union, Edgardo J. Angara, working on Republic Act 10533 or The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, and Republic Act 10410 or the Early Years Act, among others. He also headed the Conference Secretariat of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC), and the establishment of the Angara Centre for Law and Economics. He finished his Master in Education, International Education Policy at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, as a Fulbright Scholar.

Infinix Mobile Launches Note 4 and Note 4 Pro

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From the four product lines: ZERO, NOTE, HOT S, and HOT, now comes NOTE 4 and NOTE 4 PRO.

The latest phone models from Infinix Mobile was recently launched on July 19, 2017 at Be-Low Club located at New World Hotel in Makati.

Founded in 2013, Infinix continues a commitment to a merging of fashion + technology to engineer cutting-edge technology and dynamic mobile devices that inspire creative and intelligent life experiences throughout the world.

Through daily interactions there intuitive products become part of a lifestyle that represents trend-setting and intelligent experiences for young people around the world.

Now, they are flaunting of bringing the future now but at a very much affordable price compared to other brands with the same specifications. 

True enough, the price of Php8,999 for their Note 4 is strikingly attractive for people like me who want great phone features without breaking the bank, or putting a hole in our pockets, or leaving our wallets empty - whatever is the analogy, the offered price is simply unbeatable.

The price for the Note 4 Pro is still coming soon. But at an interview with Mr. Zaks Yu, Brand Manager of Infinix, he revealed that it will be less than my guess of Php13,000. 

In the same interview with Mr. Yu, he also mentioned that the Note 4 Pro may be available sometime September.

Aside from the price, adding to the features we like is the fast-charging feature of the mobile phone, it boasts of being able to recharge up to 45% in only 30 minutes, plus the "big battery life" has always been a necessity even if I have powerbanks with me.

"They are pre-packed with Xcharge 4.0, which provides the quickest charge with low voltage and high efficiency, equipped with a big battery life of 4300MAH – 4500MAH. These features allow the Note 4 to charge fast within five minutes to talk for 250 minutes."

Infinix Note 4 and Note 4 Pro has 5.7 inch 2.5D and has curved edges protected with Gorilla Glass 4.

The 8MP + 13MP powerful cameras for both phone models are enough for our basic photography needs.

Ian Braza, Vice President of Star Click, enumerated the phone features and specifications, and along with Mr. Yu, revealed the price of the Note 4. The Note 4 will be available exclusively on Lazada by July 21.

We have a lengthy video interview of Mr. Yu below explaining about the specs of the Note 4 and Note 4 Pro. He also shows us the actual units as if we are unboxing the mobile phone.

Below is the official press release and the specs comparison between the Note 4 and Note 4 Pro received from the event:

Infinix Mobility Philippines, builders of cutting-edge technology and fashionably designed and dynamic mobile devices, announces the launch of its new Note series smartphone, the ‘Infinix Note 4 and Note 4 Pro with stylus ‘Xpen.’ The latest devices from Infinix are the most anticipated smartphones yet to be released this year and it is themed ‘5-minute charge, 250 minutes talk.’

As the Note series remains a game changer in its product market, Infinix integrated other technology innovation in the new Note 4 and Note 4 Pro smartphones. They are pre-packed with Xcharge 4.0, which provides the quickest charge with low voltage and high efficiency, equipped with a big battery life of 4300MAH – 4500MAH. These features allow the Note 4 to charge fast within five minutes to talk for 250 minutes.

The Infinix Note 4 & Note 4 Pro is also the first Infinix smartphone to be pre-packed with the latest Android 7.0 OS, infused with the Infinix UI ‘XOS 2.3’. The Note 4 also comes with other outstanding features such as the Sharp 5.7FHD screen, 13MP AF back camera with dual color LED Flash, 8MP-mega pixel front camera, Octa-core 1.3GHz 64bits processor, Fingerprint recognition, 2.5 Touch panel, 32GB ROM, with expandable storage space to 128gb and 3GB RAM both devices are 4G enabled.

Meanwhile, the new Note 4 Pro also comes with the stylish stylus ‘Xpen’. The Xpen offers great functionality for Infinix Note users as it allows them to take down notes, create shortcuts, and also sketch easily on the Xnote using the Xpen.

Comparison Table Infinix Note 4 and Infinix Note 4 PRO

Model name
Note 4
Note 4 PRO
13 MP AF / 8MP FF
13 MP AF / 8MP FF
Fingerprint Module
Fingerprint recognition - 0.15s unlock
Fingerprint recognition + 2.5D Touch Panel
32 GB ROM + 3 GB RAM
4300 MAH
4500 MAH
Octa Core 1.3 GHz 64 bits
Octa Core 1.3 GHz 64 bits
Screen size
5.7” FHD Sharp
5.7” FHD Sharp
Android 7.0 Nougat
Android 7.0 Nougat
User Interface
XOS 2.3
XOS 2.3
Fast charge
Xcharge – 5-Minutes charge 250 minutes talk time
Xcharge – 5-Minutes charge 250 minutes talk time

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Miss Tourism Philippines 2017 Media Presentation

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Miss Tourism Philippines 2017 candidates were recently presented to members of the media on July 19, 2017 at Astoria Plaza Hotel in Mandaluyong.

Congratulations to Miss Palawan, Sharla Santillan, as Darling of the Press, and Miss Umingan, Pangasinan, Sofia Grace Lopez Galve, as Miss Congeniality.

The Miss Photogenic award will be revealed on the coronation night.

We have to commend Miss Amy Abarquez, together with her husband and other partners, for successfully

The media presentation held a short program first at the 2nd level of the hotel where they also answered the inquiries of the media. Since the beauty pageant has the word "Tourism" as part of the title for the emerging beauty queen, my question to them was that if they have formed a close working relationship with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) so that all candidates could be well-informed of all prime and even not so popular tourist spots so that all candidates will be knowledgeable not only of the city of province they represent but also of the rest of the country.

There has been so many innovations and initiatives that could very well be helpful for the candidates in finding out more about the Philippines so they could be very good ambassadress of tourism. Since Miss Amy preferred to have an ambassadress who's knowledgeable about tourism, I believe that the candidates would do well if they were given sort of a refresher course at least about the top tourist spots in the country so when they engage with people who ask them about similar topics, they would know what to answer.

Pagburnayan Pottery Makers of Vigan, Ilocos Sur

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Hand-crafted Earthenware or clay pots and jars are mostly used for pottery and decorative ornaments featured in many landscaping displays. Depending on the creators, they could be tough and almost unbreakable even if you slam one down on any flat surface.

Well, that's what the potter did while showing us some of his creations. He just slammed one down the table to show us how unbreakable his works are. But that was just a small pot that fits on the palm of your hand, I'm just not so sure about the bigger pots if they too will be left without any signs of damage. As you would know, the bigger they are, the harder they will "break" or am I just convincing myself that there might be a breaking point to everything.

But who would want to break masterpieces? Of course you'll take good care of them. And as most of them ports are laid down on the ground themselves, these Earthenware pots kiss the Earth making it a harmonious existence.

Our trip to a couple of Pagburnayan Pottery makers was most definitely worth the addition to our travel itinerary. We were in luck because we got to interview two of the elders from the Go clan.

The two visits was with my photographer friends while we covered the Miss Tourism Philippines 2017 candidates tour of Ilocos Sur. The first one was by ourselves during our free time on our first day in Vigan, and the second was with the ladies.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

DOE: Power Restoration in Quake-hit Areas on Schedule

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Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi assured today that the rehabilitation of power facilities in Region 8 and Bohol damaged by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake last July 6 is continuing and is on schedule.

He said, that the “Build-back Better Principle” is being applied by industry participants to ensure that the facilities will be more “disaster-resilient.”

As of 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, the DOE consolidated report stated that Leyte and Samar received 94.5 megawatts (MW) of power.

The power distribution for the Leyte-Samar area are as follows:

·         Ormoc-Baybay with 16.9 MW;
·         Southern Leyte at 9.4 MW;
·         Northern Leyte and Biliran at 18.6 MW;
·         Samar at 5.9 MW,
·         Tacloban City and Palo at 22.6 MW;
·         Northern Samar and Calbayog City at 13.2MW; and
·         Eastern Samar at 8.0MW.

Bohol, on their end, received 39.2 MW, which included its own power generation that reached 10.5 MW.

The available supply came from Energy Development Corporation's Kananga Geothermal Power Plant with 120.9 MW, Bohol generations at 10.5MW and Cebu shares of 10.9 MW.

The severely damaged Ormoc Substation can now accommodate 128.3 MW electricity supply to the city and municipal centers and most of the barangays in the affected provinces.

13-Year-Old Girl Leads Youth Resistance Against “Dutertador”

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If it were up to Filipino millennials and students, one year into President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime will have a grade of 7,000.

#YouthRESIST, a movement led by 13-year old Grade 9 student Shibby de Guzman with various groups, made the statement during the National Day of Youth Resistance protesting the Presidents ‘year of killings’, citing more than 12,000 homicide cases that include at least 7,000 deaths due to the war-on-drugs.

“Today is the beginning of the end”, declared Shibby.

Flocked by thousands of young Filipinos all over Manila on Tuesday in anticipation of the State of the Nation Address by the protest, #YouthRESIST is becoming a voice of young people in the growing tide against the Duterte regime’s human rights issues. Similar protests were held in Cebu in the Visayas and General Santos in Mindanao.

7 Davao Aguilas FC Players Called Up for AFC U23 Championship China 2018 Qualifiers

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The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has called-up the following Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC) players for the AFC U23 Championship China 2018 Qualifiers - Group J, set to take place from July 19 to 23, 2017, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia:

1 BAUTISTA, Junell Mark
2 CHENG, Jaime Vicenzo
3 DE BRUYCKER, Dylan Alain Lucienne
4 DE LA TORRE, Rey Franco Miguel
5 DIAZ, Van Rey
6 JARVIS, Jordan Blair
7 TALAROC, Richard Jr.

Five of the seven players flew from Japan for the training camp arranged by the Philippine Football Federation, along with Japan Football Association. These players are Junnell Mark Bautista, Jaime Vicenzo Cheng, Rey Franco Miguel De La Torre, Van Rey Diaz and Richard Talaroc, Jr. While Dylan Alain Lucienne De Bruycker, and newly signed former Ateneo player and UAAP Rookie of the Year Jordan Blair Jarvis came from Cebu, fresh from the Davao Aguilas FC-Global Cebu FC match, which ended with a result of 0-0.

Davao Aguilas FC Chairman Jefferson Cheng calls this, “A proud moment for our Club with 7 players called up to the National Team U22.”

The AFC Under-23 Championship 2018 will serve as a preparation for the 29th Southeast Asian Games which begins next month.

The Philippines are in Group J, along with Japan, China PR and Cambodia.

The schedule of matches are as follows:

19 July 2017
Japan vs Philippines – 3:30 PM Local time (4:30 PM Manila time)

21 July 2017
Philippines vs China PR – 3:30 PM Local time (4:30 PM Manila time)

23 July 2017
Cambodia vs Philippines – 6:30 PM Local time (7:30 PM Manila time)

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Lamudi Affordable Housing Fair Highlights

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The quest for the most easy-on-the-pocket real estate investment ended last Saturday (July 15, 2017) when Lamudi officially opened the Lamudi Affordable Housing Fair at the Glorietta 3 Activity Center in Makati today. On behalf of Vice President Leni Robredo, her Chief of Staff, Undersecretary Philip Francisco Dy delivered her speech tackling housing affordability, one of the most sensitive shelter issues in the country at present.

The event was graced by representatives from key government agencies and property developers. The ribbon cutting and housing affordability panel discussion were headed by Undersecretary Philip Francisco Dy; Pag-IBIG Vice President Elmer Tugade; Managing Partner and Head of the Urban Planning Team of Palafox Associates, Karmi Palafox; and Lamudi Managing Director Bhavna Suresh Chathambeth.

CNN Philippines anchor Ruth Cabal hosted and moderated the opening program and discussion that dissected housing affordability issues, including discussion on existing laws, strategies to overcome the housing challenge, and its impact to the country.

“To be part of the solution of making real estate affordable and accessible to all is maybe one of the biggest contributions that we have made for the industry in particular and to the country in general. This is only a first and we will continue to move and shake Philippine real estate,” said Ms. Suresh.

Awed at the Spectacle of the Dancing Fountain of Vigan, Ilocos Sur

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The Dancing Fountain located at Vigan Plaza of Vigan, Ilocos Sur as added to the influx of tourists in Vigan which was formerly just a city passed by on the way to other destinations. Now tourists opt to stay overnight so they could see this spectacle during weekends.

The Dancing Fountain is of Korean Technology. The very first setup of its kind in the Philippines. Now, others are following this, like the most recent is the one at Okada Manila. I'm just not sure if it's the same Korean technology because I keep failing to attend the invitation of Okada when they showcase the fountain at events. I guess it's about time I initiate a visit and interview the people.

Regardless of who first made this kind of attraction, it is truly a sight to behold. The mixture of music, lights, and images moving in synchronicity is an amazing display worthy of viewing.

We were there when the project was still ongoing construction, and we're toured personally by the former governor Luis "Chavit" Singson. He took the time to explain about his project to add another attraction to Vigan city.

Uber, Grab Broke The Rules by Tolerating Colorums --- LTFRB

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If Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) want to engage in the business of public transportation, they need to follow the rules just like any other type of public utility vehicles (PUVs).

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) made this stand amid an online petition to “lift the suspension” against TNCs such as Uber and Grab. The LTFRB clarified that ride-hailing services have not been suspended. However, only those with Provisional Authority (PA) or Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC) may be allowed to operate.

“The TNCs agreed to fully comply with the rules at the time they were granted accreditation. With their open and candid admission, it is clear that they have broken those rules grossly, putting at risk the tens of thousands of TNVs without PA or franchise to commit colorum activities,” said LTFRB Chairman Martin B. Delgra III.

At the accreditation hearing last July 11, the LTFRB slapped a PHP5-Million fine each for Uber and Grab for its violations and ordered them to deactivate the more than 50,000 colorum Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) drivers. This is on top of the ongoing moratorium imposed on accepting new applications.

Apart from operating without franchises, some drivers are also accused of trading franchises among themselves. TNCs have also failed to comply with other requirements such as IDs for drivers and a company signage on the vehicles. There have also been numerous complaints on rude and abusive TNVS drivers.

“We cannot have one rule regarding colorum for them and another rule for the rest of the modes of public transport, i.e. bus, UV express, taxi and PUJ,” Chairman Delgra said. “Where service is imbued with public interest, no less than the safety and welfare of the riding public is concerned, regulations become priority,” he added.

Delgra likewise said that TNCs have to show good faith by complying first while LTFRB creates a Technical Working Group (TWG) to discuss issues such as accreditation and pending applications, and the core issues of accountabikity and dynamic pricing scheme as a way to move things forward.

“They have to show good faith first. Right now, they are not cooperating,” Delgra said. “The Board has welcomed the creation of a TWG to help address the demand of such mode of public transport in a rational, comprehensive and systematic manner. We expect the TNCs to be candid, accurate, complete and transparent in submitting all the data and information the Board will need in addressing the issues,” he added.

More than 20 TNVs have so far been apprehended for operating without a franchise.

#WeWantUberGrab: LTFRB Defies Logic By Saying Uber and Grab Are Unsafe

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"I used to ride regular taxis alone every single day to get around, and on most days, they did NOT make me feel safe. Über and Grab have made commuting so much safer, easier, and more convenient. Anyone who actually uses them would know." - Coleen Garcia

Many voices are now banding together to actively promote the hashtag #WeWantUberGrab because of a recent statement from LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada: "Kailangang higpitan ang Uber at Grab para maging kasing-safe sila ng ibang sasakyang may prangkisa tulad ng mga taxi, bus at jeepney."

"I hope that conclusion was something that she culled from a daily commuter's experience. Otherwise, her definition of what is safe sounds truy unsafe and seriously alarming." Prim Paypon

Taxi, jeep and bus are SAFER? I dare every personnel from LTFRB to commute everyday in one week. Then, decide.

I really don't get it why our country wants to keep moving backward. When we finally found convenience in this hassle-full world, a government agency starts coming up with a comical statement. As usual, the government wants to "fix" what is not broken in the first place. Or were they really the actual cause of what they perceive as broken?

Tolerating "colorums" with Uber and Grab not having necessary permits? The issue those permits! They deserve to be legalized more than the ordinary taxi cabs. When a solution is there already rolling, here comes these people ready to sabotage it.

In reality, Uber and Grab gives the service we need. LTFRB doesn't. So who's supposed to adjust?

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) should be serving the riding public, not the grossly outdated, greedy sector. The service provided by Uber and Grab is hassle free, more convenient and safer. We deserve better LTFRB. Don't deprive us of our needs.

Stop bureaucracy inside your agency and work for the better interest of the riding public and not for your wallets.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jim Paredes of Apo Hiking Society Is Special Guest at Wazzup Pilipinas Radio

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When friends stand by you at all times, you would somehow hear these lyrics from the Awit ng Barkada OPM song of Apo Hiking Society.

"Nandirito kami, ang barkada mong tunay
Aawit sa 'yo
Sa lungkot at ligaya, hirap at ginhawa
Kami'y kasama mo"

Yup, I grew up singing the songs of Jim Paredes, Danny Javier and Boboy Garovillo. This is why our latest episode of Wazzup Pilipinas Radio is special for me. Their campus tour concert at our college during my freshman year was my first attendance to a concert. I have all their albums but were unfortunately damaged when the Ondoy flood reached our home. For me their music was really "music to my ears." Walang itatapon. Lahat magaganda.

Umuulan na naman papuntang SM Mall of Asia Arena pero di ko pinayagang pumigil iyon sa aking panonood sa grand coronation night ng Miss Philippines Earth 2017. Alam kong hatinggabi na naman iyon matatapos so meaning makakuwi ako ng madaling araw pabalik ng Pasig city. Eh mayroon akong radio show ng ala-sais ng umaga, so that would mean I have to sleep for only a couple of hours. However, I did not dare sleep anymore because I was afraid I won't wake up on time. I needed to wake up as early as 3 am so I could prepare kasi for the Sunday episodes of Wazzup Pilipinas Radio, and eventhough I have my co-hosts, I did not want to miss out on this particular episode because one of our guest is Jim Paredes of the iconic Apo Hiking Society.

Both events were special for me since I value every opportunity that comes my way. First, I got VIP tickets for the coronation night thanks to one of the sponsors - Paul Izon Reyes, the owner of Rufo's Famous Tapa.

Next is the opportunity to host my own radio show named after my own blog. I am grateful to our producer for trusting me with this task. He has plenty of choices, but he gave me a slot to be among his trusted hosts.
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