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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Commemorating Jose Rizal's Death



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Every 30th of December, the Philippines observes Rizal Day to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Jose Rizal who was executed on this date in 1896.

Today, we remember the 121st death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, our national hero who prompted the revolution with the strong belief that words can be weapons.

From his hometown in Calamba to the world, Dr. Jose Rizal showed what the Filipinos had to offer.

He was an educator, agriculturist, writer, engineer, surgeon, freedom fighter.

"The pen is mightier than the sword." Indeed, the pen wields a stronger power than any sword of the sharpest blade. This nation owes you its life and freedom had it not been for your sacrifice. Rest well, Dr. Jose Rizal.

May we emulate his greatness and aspire the heroes within ourselves to be the disciple for the good of our beloved country.

Pay tribute to Dr. Jose Rizal on this day by remembering his life and works that highlighted the roots of being a Filipino.

May this drive us to fulfill our duties and responsibilities to our nation for a better and brighter future.

"On this battlefield, man has no better weapon than his intelligence. No other force but his heart. " -Dr. Jose Rizal

DOTr Now Finalizing Govt to Govt Accord for MRT-3



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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is now finalizing its government to government agreement with the Government of Japan (GOJ) for the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

In a recent interview with a morning program, DOTr Assistant Secretary for Railways TJ Batan said that DOTr is now in the final stages of exchanging Note Verbales between the Government of the Philippines (GOP) through the Department of Foreign Affairs, and GOJ through the Japan Embassy in Manila.

Asec. Batan said that the arrangement will involve the grant of an Official Development Assistance (ODA) for the rehabilitation and maintenance requirements of MRT-3, which has been encountering numerous malfunctions in recent years due to substandard maintenance and underinvestment in overdue system renewal requirements.

“Bakit Japan? Number one, alam naman natin yung qualifications at experience ng Japan in running railway systems. For example, yung Tokyo pa lang na halos kasing laki ng Metro Manila, has 700-km. of operating metro railway systems, while yung atin is a total of almost 80-km. kasama na PNR,” Asec. Batan said.

“Number two, nandyan na yung napakalawak nating platform for cooperation. Napakadami nating proyekto sa riles at sa ibang sektor na ginagawa kasama ang Japan. Actually si Secretary (Arthur) Tugade mismo ang nagtulak na maisama na ang pagsasa-ayos ng MRT-3 dun sa iba pang mga proyektong ginagawa na natin kasama ang Japan,” he added.

Asec. Batan likewise noted that the DOTr shall utilize the bidding process of Japan in getting the rehabilitation and maintenance service provider for MRT-3, as required in all ODA arrangements with them. He emphasized that procurement rules and regulations will be observed in choosing the service provider, noting that the provider will be Japanese like other projects of DOTr with Japan.

Further, Asec. Batan said the GOP is expecting to exchange Note Verbales with GOJ in the first week of January 2018, as the New Year holiday in Japan starts earlier than in the Philippines.

After the exchange, the DOTr and railway engineers from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will conduct a due diligence study of MRT-3 from January to February next year to clearly identify the needed rehabilitation works.

“So in February, March, April, gagawin ang study, aalamin natin kung anong kailangan gawin at magkano, tapos kukuha tayo ng mga approvals from both Philippine and Japan governments, at finally ang pagpili ng magiging service provider ayon sa mga panuntunan ng Japan. Pagdating ng May, ang commitment sa atin ng Japan ay ready to mobilize na ang ating service provider. And this is the reason kung bakit from the very beginning sinasabi natin yung Maintenance Transition Team (MTT) natin ay talagang nakatakda lamang na mag operate for three to six months,” Asec. Batan said.

The procurement of a rehabilitation and maintenance service provider for MRT-3 is Part 3 of DOTr’s 4-Part Strategy for fixing MRT-3:

Part 1: promoting accountability with the termination of BURI

Part 2: ensuring continued service delivery by establishing the MTT and purchasing needed spare parts

Part 3: contracting a rehabilitation and maintenance service provider together with an Official Development Assistance partner

Part 4: putting in place a long-term, single-point-of-responsibility, operator and maintenance provider for MRT-3

Clark Intl. Airport Surpasses Passenger Target for 2017



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Clark International Airport (CRK) has surpassed its passenger target accommodated this year, an official bared today.

CRK Corp. President Alex Cauguiran said that from January to 30 December 2017, the airport registered more than 1.5 million passengers, surpassing its highest record of over 1.3 million passengers served last 2012.

Cauguiran attributed the significant rise in the passenger accommodated by CRK to the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Roa Durerte to distribute development outside the peripheries of Metro Manila, which was then pushed into reality by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade.

“This achievement proves the high level of our public’s trust and confidence in President Duterte's vision for a multiple gateway under the administration's Build Build Build program,” Cauguiran said. “Secretart Tugade, although very silent, worked very hard to turn the President’s vision into reality. That is why from only seven (7) domestic flights a week in the previous years, we now have 200 international and domestic flights from Clark. All these happened in the first year of the Duterte administration,” he added.

Upon assumption into office, Secretary Tugade encouraged airlines to launch more flights from Clark in order to decongest NAIA, and also transferred some general aviation activities there. He likewise instructed CIAC to provide incentives to airline operators who express their willingness to fly from Clark.

Apart from improvements in policy decisions, Cauguiran also mentioned that strict implementation of security measures by airport personnel, as well as improved customer service, passenger comfort and convenience, have also attracted travellers to flock to the facility which is envisioned to be a premier gateway to both local and international destinations.

Last 20 December 2017, top government officials, such as former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Senator JV Ejercito, Senator Dick Gordon, Executive Secretary Savador Medialdea, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President & CEO Vince Dizon graced the groundbreaking ceremony of the new CRK passenger terminal building.

During the ceremony, Secretary Tugade said that the new terminal will complement other infrastructure projects in the area: Manila-Clark Railway, Subic-Clark Cargo Railway, and the New Clark City.

“Ikakabit po natin ang proyektong ito sa Manila-Clark Railway. Not later than 06 January 2018, we will mobilize the construction of the first segment from Tutuban to Malolos, and hopefully we will complete the entire line to Clark before the end of President Duterte’s term,” Tugade said.

For his part, BCDA President & CEO Vince Dizon said that the CRK expansion project will decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, as the new passenger terminal would accommodate an additional 8 million passengers per year.

House Speaker and former transportation secretary Pantaleon Alvarez, also expressed his excitement over the many opportunities that the new terminal will be bringing to the Philippines.

“The expansion of the Clark International Airport will expand growth and opportunity outside Metro Manila. This means more business and more jobs for everyone. Clark airport will be the gift that keeps on giving,” he said.

Senator Dick Gordon, who played a vital role in establishing freeport zones in Luzon, likewise expressed his joy in finally seeing the airport being fully-utilized, calling it “a new beginning for our country.”

“Infrastructure is not a project of a government. It is a project of the people. It is a project of vision. This is about opportunity, the great equalizer. This is about making the future our friend,” he said.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, who represented the economic team of the Cabinet, assured that the delivery of the terminal will not be delayed.

“Before, projects take an average of 30 months under PPP. I assure you that this will not happen in the infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration,” Dominguez said.

He also reported that the Clark expansion project is considered the fastest to be implemented by the national government. It broke ground just six months after getting the NEDA Board approval.

Former President and now Representative of Pampanga Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whose term saw the building of the CIA, was the special guest at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The construction of the new terminal is the first hybrid project under the BuildBuildBuild Infrastructure Program of the Duterte administration. Under the hybrid model, the government will build the infrastructure using its own funds to ensure fast delivery of the project.

Noche Buena and Media Noche Feasts



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The days before, between and after Christmas and New Year are the most abundant in terms of food. The left-overs of Noche Buena are still in the fridge, yet we are already preparing the dishes for Media Noche.

Media Noche is the most festive of all gatherings because there is a belief that life will become more abundant if we serve a lot.

There's also the belief about specific foods to bring good luck and fortune like 12 round fruits from oranges to grapes, "dalandan" to chico, and other round varieties, which makes me wonder why mangoes, pineapples and bananas are still seen on fruit trays and baskets.

Sticky desserts or "panghimagas" like "palitaw" or "dila-dila" or anything else that are sticky for a well-bonded family relationship.

Chicken is banned because of the fear for "isang kahig, isang tuka" life, so that probably goes the same for any of its relatives like duck, "itik" or turkey?

We're planning to prepare bangus sisig, beef kaldereta, pork imbutido "pininyahang manok with gata," no-bake lasagna and Graham cake, buko salad, - ooohhh and a lot more dessert since we need more sticky stuff.

All of these will definitely not be fully consumed throughout the night as expected but it is always pleasant and Instagramnable to look at for photo ops.

Well, whatever you decide to prepare to celebrate the occasion, please be sure to never forget that they are meant to be eaten together with the whole family - at the same time.

Here's wishing everyone an abundant year ahead. Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 29, 2017

BGC Road Rage Cop Turns Out to be Fake



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The man caught in a viral video of a road rage incident in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) was identified by Taguig City police as Joseph Philip Lu Bautista, a 36 year old business consultant from Ususan, Taguig city.

A Facebook user named Pinky Ortiz said that Bautista forced his vehicle to turn right from Bonifacio Avenue to McKinley Parkway while their vehicle was about to cross the street. Bautista was driving a white Toyota Fortuner bearing a Philippine National Police (PNP) commemorative plate and with several PNP stickers on its side.

Ortiz claimed that Bautista honked and turned on his siren. When they got into a face-to-face confrontation, Bautista was seen wearing a police uniform and cap. Bautista accused them of beating the red light and threatened to bring them to the police station.

But according to the Taguig City Police, Bautista denied Ortiz's accusation albeit confirming that he was the man in that incident. He also said that he was not a police officer and that he only wore the uniform because they were "comfortable".

Comfortable wearing police uniform to harass people? What a lame excuse! Dude, get your act together!

The PNP is set to charge Bautista for violating Article 179 of the Revised Penal Code or the unauthorized use of the police uniform.

Revised Penal Code Article 179 penalizes any person who shall publicly and improperly make use of insignias, uniforms or any dress pertaining to an office not held by that person or to a class of persons of which he or she is not a member. Offenders can also be prosecuted for violation of Republic Act 493, for the crime of wearing, using, manufacturing and selling of insignias, decorations, medals, badges, patches and identification cards prescribed for the Armed Forces of the Philippines by persons not in the service. We highly encourage the public to report cases of violations of RA 493 and Article 179 of the RPC to proper authorities. We must instill pride in the service and in the uniform and accord it due respect.

We hope that Ortiz would file a formal case against Bautista.

Its crystal clear that Bautista was impersonating a police officer by using all those uniform, insignias, police cap and siren. The PNP should file appropriate charges accordingly to teach Bautista a lesson and to also warn future perpetrators never to impersonate police officers to strike fear to others.

Lisa Soberano Ranks Top at 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017



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Filipino actress and brand endorser Lisa Soberano ranked number 1 in the 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017 by TC Candler.

My other favorite faces, like Lisa Manoban is at number 15, Jennie Kim is at number 18 and Kang Seul-gi is at number 23.

For the men's category, Kim Taehyung (V of BTS) from South Korea recognized as #1 Most Handsome Face of 2017.

I guess noone would go against this announcement as Lisa Soberano truly exemplifies beauty. Her looks and aura will undoubtedly leave you breathtakingly in love with her.

This is also probably why she got the role of Darna in the Philippines. It is a movie that we are looking forward to see. We are doubly curious how she would portray the role of the most popular comic book heroine in the Philippines.

Her alluring face would already sell Darna, and to see her in a sexy outfit as how the superheroine normally is depicted, sorry but we have naughty thoughts in mind. However, knowing Lisa, she may choose a conservative or less revealing outfit.



I'm seen her personally, and heard her answer questions during press conferences and interviews. From that I could say that she also has the brains to show-off.

She could also be a great candidate for beauty pageants, but why go to that direction when is is already succesful in her present showbiz career.

Her love tandem with partner Enrique Gil (LizQuen) is very popular especially with product endorsements, and the two does make a great-looking couple, regardless if the relationship goes beyond an arranged love team.



TC Candler 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017 List

1.Liza Soberano
2.Thylane Blondeau
3.TWICE Tzuyu (Chou Tzu-yu)
4.Sarah Gadon
5.AFTER SCHOOL Nana (Im Jin-ah)
6.Jourdan Dunn
7.Adelaide Kane
8.Ju Jingyi
9.Golshifteh Farahani
10.Camilla Belle
11.Antonia Lacobescu
12.Bella Heathcote
13.Audreyana Michelle
14.Emma Watson
15.BLACKPINK Lisa (Lalisa Manoban)
16.Oktyabrina Maximova
17.Yael Shelbia
18.BLACKPINK Jennie Kim
19.Lupita Nyong'o
20.Taylor Hill
21.TWICE Sana (Minatozaki)
22.Gal Gadot
23.RED VELVET Seulgi (Kang Seul-gi)
24.Ana De Armas
25.Priyanka Chopra
26.Dilraba Dilmurat
27.Emilia Clarke
28.Hande Ercel
29.Chloe Grace Moretz
30.Urassaya Sperbund
31.Jasmine Sanders
32.Lee Sung-Kyung
33.Margot Robbie
34.Satomi Ishihara
35.Blanca Padilla
36.Natasha Wilona
37.Deepika Padukone
38.Nana Komatsu
39.Sophie Turner
40.SNSD Taeyeon (Kim Tae-yeon)
41.Alicia Vikander
42.Sonia Ben Ammar
43.Hanane El Khader
44.Raisa Andriana
45.Meika Wollard
46.Lauren Tsai
47.Marion Cotillard
48.Nathalie Emmanuel
49.Lin Yun
50.Natalie Portman
51.MISS A Suzy (Bae Su-ji)
52.Zoey Deutch
53.Nargis Fakhri
54.Zara Larsson
55.RED VELVET Irene (Bae Joo-hyun)
56.Selena Gomez
57.Yumi Wong
58.Lily Collins
59.Gugu Mbatha-Raw
60.Kathryn Bernardo
61.Vika Levina
62.Go Ara
63.Barbara Palvin
64.Jasmine Tookes
65.Maite Perroni
66.Praya Lundberg
67.Josie Lane
68.Kiersey Clemons
69.Jessica Jung
70.Kate Beckinsale
71.Jessy Mendiola
72.Elcin Sangu
73.Alia Bhatt
74.Katherine Langford
75.Zhu Zhu
76.Anastasia Bezrukova
77.Kat Graham
78.Nadine Lustre
79.Nesreen Tafesh
80.Marija Zezelj
81.Shay Mitchell
82.Lola Le Lann
83.Marina Ruy Barbosa
84.Niki Niwa
85.Evgenia Medvedeva
86.Tina Kunakey
87.Alexandra Daddario
88.Park Shin-Hye
89.Urvashi Rautela
90.Jess Conte
91.Mahlagha Jaberi
92.Keira Knightley
93.Chelsea Islan
94.Kelly Gale
95.Sophie Charlotte
96.Kim Domingo
97.Alexis Ren
98.Monica Bellucci
99.PRISTIN Kyulkyung (Zhou Jieqiong)
100. Cara Delevingne

Living Legend Stan Lee Celebrates 95th Birthday



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Stan Lee, the living legend and creator of many Marvel comic book titles and characters, celebrated on December 28 his 95th birthday.

Very few people get and deserve the mantle of being a true living legend... Stan Lee is one of those rare people.

Stan has been many comic fans' hero since the '60s! We love how his creations have been the dominant pop culture icons for so many years.

The man created the Marvel Universe. The creator of The Fantastic 4, Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, The Avengers and just about every other hero and bad guy in Marvels corralled!



We who love comic books owe this man a great amount of gratitude! EXCELLSIOR!!!

There’s some debate on the exact creative credits of Stan but he was definitely a showman, sales man and damn good talent finder. Comic books and certainly Marvel wouldn’t be anything close to what they are now culturally without him.

It may be tacky to tout one's own body, but the very fact of Stan's endurance as a comicbook icon leads me to forgive him (and being a DC fan all my live, it reflects even more my regard for his talent).



Stan the Man invented the letter-col, created the first costumed hero melanges, and certainly laid the groundwork for the flood of latex-clad cinema epics we've been inundated with the past decades. If all the powered characters he's created over his incredibly long career were to bellow out a "Happy Birthday" in chorus, it could well result in positive climate change.

Stan...I salute ya...!

ONE Championship’s Outstanding Martial Artists of 2017



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While all ONE Championship athletes go out and give their all inside the cage, there are just a handful who have shown the true championship quality over the past twelve months.

These competitors have gone above and beyond their personal limits, delighting fans with spectacular performances.

Moreover, these martial artists have captured the imaginations of fans in their home countries and fans from all over the world.

Here are the top five martial artists who left an indelible mark on the ONE Championship stage this 2017.







#5) Aung La N Sang

Aung La N Sang is Myanmar’s most successful athlete in history, whose constricting style has earned him the moniker of ”The Burmese Python” as he owns 12 victories by way of submission.

After starting his 2017 on a sour note by losing the first world title bout of his career on 14 January at ONE: QUEST FOR POWER in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aung La N Sang redeemed himself by stunning former undefeated champion Vitaly Bigdash of Russia in a highly-anticipated rematch to be crowned the new ONE Middleweight World Champion at ONE: LIGHT OF A NATION in Yangon, Myanmar on 30 June.

Aung La N Sang was focused from the second he stepped into the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium, and once the bell rang, he was unstoppable.

The 32-year-old hometown hero rocked the champion minutes into the contest and nearly secured a first-round stoppage victory.

Despite being grounded by the Russian in the following stanzas, Aung La N Sang clearly did more damage in striking exchanges throughout the course of the bout.

As a result, Aung La N Sang earned a unanimous decision nod and claimed the ONE Middleweight World Championship.

Aung La N Sang concluded his 2017 by taking part of ONE Championship’s openweight super-bout against highly-decorated heavyweight kickboxer Alain “The Panther” Ngalani, which headlined ONE: HERO’S DREAM in Yangon, Myanmar on 3 November.

Aung La N Sang weathered an early storm from his Cameroonian heavyweight opponent, working in guard to defend himself from Ngalani’s top game.

Recognizing an opening for a standing guillotine choke, Aung La N Sang wrapped his arm around Ngalani’s neck and pulled guard to finish his opponent by submission in the first round.


#4) Christian Lee

Christian “The Warrior” Lee, the younger brother of reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, began his professional career on an absolute tear, railing off five straight victories by thrilling finish.

Lee has impressed fans with his ability to seek out stoppage wins over top-caliber opponents in 2017.

After steamrolling Chinese stalwart Wan Jan Ping at ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY in Manila, Philippines on 21 April, Lee toppled fellow top featherweight Keanu Subba of Malaysia in his most recent bout, winning by third-round submission in a competitive contest at ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 18 August.

The 19-year-old Singaporean martial arts sensation took another step in fulfilling all of those on 9 December as he delivered a masterful performance against former ONE Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu “No Face” Boku at ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD in Bangkok, Thailand.

In perhaps his most impressive performance to date, Lee brought his best against a dangerous opponent in Boku as he employed the perfect strategy and completed a rapturous knockout triumph that undoubtedly signals his readiness to challenge the upper tier of talent in the promotion’s most stacked division.

Bringing the action right to Boku, Lee blasted the Japanese veteran with powerful strikes, takedowns and submission attempts.

Just past the three-minute mark, Lee quickly took Boku’s back and executed a textbook trip takedown with such incredible power that it knocked Japanese veteran out.

The impressive win over Boku was Lee’s seventh first-round stoppage victory and tied the promotional record for most finishes at eight.


#3) Kevin Belingon

Representing the famed Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is one of the country’s most talented martial artists with a professional record of 16-5.

Belingon is known as a fierce competitor with the ability to finish opponents in a variety of methods as the 29-year old Wushu practitioner owns seven huge knockouts on his resume and is considered as one of the most feared strikers in ONE Championship’s deep bantamweight division.

Since losing to reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes in January 2016, Belingon has barged through his top rivals with a slew of fearsome striking performances and showcased his incredible punching power.

It began with a thorough defeat of Tajikistan’s highly-touted Muin Gafurov in October 2016, followed by a complete first-round annihilation of Finnish submission wizard Toni “Dynamite” Tauru at ONE KINGS OF DESTINY in Manila, Philippines on 21 April.

Those two consecutive wins earned Belingon a showdown with top bantamweight contender Reece “Lightning” McLaren at ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 18 August.

Belingon needed just 62 seconds to end matters abruptly as hee began the bout-ending sequence by dropping McLaren with a well-placed overhand right.

As the Aussie crashed to the canvas, Belingon followed with a relentless volley of punches to finish the contest.

At ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD in Manila, Philippines on 10 November, Belingon scored his fourth straight victory by defeating Korean-American contender Kevin “Old Boy” Chung via unanimous decision.

With his recent excellence inside the ONE Championship cage, Belingon is validating his case for a title rematch against Fernandes in 2018.


#2) Alex Silva

Alex “Little Rock” Silva just wrapped up a banner year in ONE Championship as the 35-year-old Brazilian submission wizard brilliantly defeated a pair of top contenders and then outclassed previously-undefeated titleholder Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito to clinch the ONE Strawweight World Championship.

Following his third-round submission of Filipino journeyman Roy Doliguez at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10 February, Alex “Little Rock” Silva displayed his elite Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills on another elite Japanese martial artist.

Silva met an unbeaten Hayato Suzuki, a highly-regarded wrestler and Grachan champion, on the undercard of ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD in Manila, Philippines on 10 November.

Fans expected a technical ground war with two talented grapplers each wanting to showcase their best techniques, but what they got instead was a complete shocker.

From out of nowhere, Silva out-scrambled Suzuki following a takedown attempt and latched onto an armbar that forced a quick tap from Suzuki.

The result marked Suzuki’s first loss in 20 bouts as a professional and conversely catapulted Silva to an eventual world title shot weeks later.

Silva routed Naito by way of unanimous decision to bring home the ONE Strawweight World Championship in the main event of ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD in Bangkok, Thailand on 9 December.

Honorable mention: Amir Khan of Singapore, Mei Yamaguchi of Japan, and Jomary Torres of the Philippines


#1) Martin Nguyen

Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia is a highly-skilled finisher and one of the most talented martial artists in the world today.

Sporting a 10-1 professional record, Nguyen’s all-around skill set allows him to compete at the highest level of competition.

2017 had been a remarkable year for Nguyen as he captured two coveted world titles. Nguyen stepped into the ONE Championship cage on 18 August at ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, notching his first gold under the ONE Championship banner when he stopped former undefeated featherweight champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov to claim the ONE Featherweight World Championship.

Nguyen wrote his name in history books as the first man to hold two world titles simultaneously in ONE Championship by knocking out beloved Filipino martial arts superstar Eduard “Landslide” Folayang to bring home the ONE Lightweight World Championship in the main event of ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD in Manila, Philippines on 10 November.


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65th FAMAS Awards Winners



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Surprisibgly, the Best Actor award for the 65th FAMAS Awards went to Daniel Padilla for his performance in Barcelona: A Love Untold which won the Best Picture award.

His love team partner, Kathryn Bernardo, was also nominated for Best Actress but Angelica Panganiban won the award for the movie The Unmarried Wife.

Win or lose, they say being nominated to the FAMAS is already a great recognition. It is the most prestigious award-givibg body when it comes to recognizing well-deserving movies and talented actors and actresses.

Congratulations to Mr Angelo Eloy Padua, FAMAS Chairman, and Ms. Francia Camacho Conrado, FAMAS President, for a very successful 65th FAMAS Awards night.

Below is the compkete list of winners

Best Picture - Barcelona: A Love Untold
Best Actor - Daniel Padilla (Barcelona: A Love Untold)
Best Actress - Angelica Panganiban (The Unmarried Wife)
Best Director - Olivia Lamasan (Barcelona: A Love Untold)
Best Sound - Everything About Her
Best Production Design - Barcelona: A Love Untold
Best Editing - Vince, Kath and James
Best Screenplay - The Unmarried Wife
Lifetime Achievement Award - Susan Roces

Congratulations!

Will China Telecom Usher in Better Internet?



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The Filipino people have been paying the most expensive yet the poorest Internet connection.

When Telstra was reported to enter the Philippines as another Internet Service Provider, we thought we'll be getting a better alternative. But it seems it got bought down by the big players.

Now a provider from China is lurking around the corner.

The only good thing about China Telecom joining in our telco competition is that current providers such as PLDT or Smart, Globe, Sky Broadband, etc. will up their game.

Other internet providers from Australia, Japan, etc. have expressed their desire to setup shop here way earlier than this news. Why do you think China Telecom was chosen?

The government should break the monopoly of all utility companies not only on telcos or Internet but on electricity as well. Our people deserve fast, cheap and dependable services.

Many were excited to hear the news that China Telecom was invited by our government to operate as 3rd telco player in our country.

It is interesting to note that China Telecom, the no.1 telco in china, is state-owned. They are using government-owned telco infrastructure.

In the Philippines, we still have to see government investing the same. The ZTE project during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's term was the one, unfortunately, Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III shelved it most probably due to the issues of corruption surrounding its transactions.

No third player will succeed without the government's investment. That is why Telstra backed out.

"Historically, China Telecom used to be the sole telecommunications service provider in China as the operational arm of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. Through a series of restructurings beginning in 1994, partly triggered by popular dissatisfaction with China Telecom’s services, the Chinese government’s telecoms operations were divided among three state-owned entities: China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom."

Honestly, opening more players in the telco industry is a nice move for the general consumers. Hopefully, they can go beyond what our existing telcos have neen forcing on us.

We are already in the digital age that almost everything can be done online yet telcos are suppressing our freedom to fully maximize what we have been paying for.

Another thing which we should consider is that China implements internet censorship. In their country, they had blocked Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, Twitter, Wikipedia, Instagram, Pinterest, Dropbox, Vimeo, Flickr, Tumblr, WhatsApp, Blogspot, etc. so even if they are ranked higher over us in speed it could be because they don't encounter Internet traffic as we do.

China Telecom could be a poor choice in giving better service to the Philippines.

Mistaken Identity: Innocents Killed by Misinformed Cops



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At least two people were killed and two more are in critical condition after police mistakenly opened fire at a vehicle that was transporting an injured woman to the hospital.

Mandaluyong City Police chief S/Supt. Moises Villaceran revealed the white van, which police shot at because they were told was carrying suspects from a prior shooting, was actually carrying the victim.

The woman was shot in an earlier incident by unknown assailants. Good samaritans came to her rescue and carried her into a vehicle to be taken to the hospital. Police opened fire at the vehicle after barangay watchmen claimed that it was the getaway vehicle of the woman's assailants.

Investigators say the police officers opened fire more than 40 times at the vehicle carrying the seven unarmed civilians. One of the men died on the spot, the woman who was previously injured died after being rushed to the hospital, two more are in critical condition, and the rest have been taken into police custody. Most of the victims were construction workers.



"According to report on GMA 7 morning news program "Unang Balita", victim Jonalyn Ambaan was attempting to intervene in an argument when she was shot and injured by an LPG delivery man in Barangay Addition Hills at 10:20 p.m.

Companions put Ambaan in a vehicle and attempted to rush the shooting victim to hospital.

However, barangay watchmen mistakenly thought that the suspect who shot Ambaan was in the vehicle and was attempting to get away.

Some of the watchmen were allegedly armed and they shot at the vehicle.

Responding police officers, having been told by the watchmen that the vehicle carried an armed suspect, and seeing that the watchmen themselves had opened fire, started shooting."



The Philippines has turned into a wild west cowboy country. The culture of violence is brought to us by the Duterte administration. The policemen are now among the criminals.

You just do not open fire on anybody without confirming their identity first. The 40 shots means intent to murder and not to apprehend or disable.

Dangerous times because of police force that is ill-trained and trigger happy, with no respect to human rights and the process of the rule of law.

And they say the streets are safer. I hope justice is served, it can’t be an “oops sorry” situation where NOBODY is going to be found at fault.

Cusi: Clean Energy Renewable Portfolio Standard Will Not Result in Higher Rates for the Consumers



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The pursuit towards clean and renewable energy (RE) will not burden electricity consumers. This is the assurance of Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi to the energy family and industry players.

“The RPS for On-Grid rules outlined various safety nets to protect the electricity end-users and to ensure that this new venture will not result in higher electricity rates,” Sec. Cusi pointed out.

“The DOE, after consultations with consumer groups and industry players, clarified this policy and placed the ‘no higher rates’ condition in the Department Circular itself,” Cusi emphasized.

The energy chief said that the DUs and other mandated participants shall undertake a Competitive Selection Process (CSP) in sourcing their compliance to ensure the “no higher rates” policy. Moreover, the DUs have the obligation to look for the optimal supply mix and ensure a level playing field among the power developers. Essentially, all the RE options available (like encouraging Net-Metering installations and implement the Green Energy Option program that empowers a customer to choose RE as part of its supply) should be explored.

According to Sec. Cusi, the requirement to comply with the CSP ensures a transparent mechanism that ascertain least cost procurement of power supply and ensure competition among the players.

Following a laborious technical studies and public consultations since 2011, the Circular on RPS for On-Grid Areas also contains the following safeguards:

1. The RPS for On-Grid areas is initially anchored on the country’s aspirational target of 35% RE share in the energy mix by 2030, which will be reviewed under the forthcoming updating of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP);

2. The minimum RE sourcing will not be imposed immediately but on the third year (2020) considering 2018 and 2019 as transition years only to prepare the mandated participants in developing their compliance plans to the minimum RPS requirements; and,

3. The RPS also entails the timely and rigorous review and assessment by the DOE through a composite team.

Sec. Cusi recently signed the Department Circular that prescribes the rules and guidelines in the establishment of Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (RPS) for On-Grid Areas on 22 December 2017. Department Circular No. DC2017-12-0015 mandates distribution utilities (DUs), retail electricity suppliers including those power generation companies serving directly-connection customers to source or produce a certain percentage of their electricity requirements from eligible RE resources.

The Circular provides that eligible RE participants may use the following resources and technologies: biomass, waste-to-energy technology, wind energy, solar energy, run-of-river hydroelectric power systems, impounding hydroelectric power systems, ocean energy, and geothermal energy, among the other systems as defined in the RE Act.

“A regular review process on RPS will be conducted by the DOE to ensure the compliance all the participants to the RPS, determine the impact to the consumers and whether the imposed minimum RE generation requirement should continue or be adjusted upon accordingly.”

Sec. Cusi also stated that a holistic information, education and communication (IEC) campaign and hands-on training will be undertaken to guide the DUs and other relevant stakeholders with an aim to impart various developments in the implementation of the policy and the other pertinent policy issuances of the DOE.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Firecrackers Should Be Banned at Every Celebration



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The Philippine National Police (PNP) warns the public about Republic Act 7183: An Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, Distribution, and Use of Firecrackers.

The Department of Health (DOH) said this year’s “Oplan: Iwas Paputok” campaign seeks to encourage revelers to just watch fireworks displays in their communities.

We all know that there is no truth to the old superstition that those noisy and damaging firecrackers drive away evil spirits. In fact, they could even invite in nasty limb or life-threatening casualties to put bad luck on your first day of the year.

But knowing some people, there would always be some hard-heads who would still lit a firecracker and endanger not only himself or herself but also others, pets, and even properties.

We should strengthen community awareness on the "Iwas Paputok" campaign this Yuletide Season. Letvus be a role model for our community and encourage firecracker-free celebrations. Of course, this includes the banning of indiscriminate firing usually committed by irresponsible gun owners.

We deserve complete limbs, eyes and other body parts, and our precious life, for ourselves and our families. Let us help in monitoring against possible perpetrators of illegal activities. The government has not been capable of totally eradicating the bad elements of society since our President favors violent means. The undesirable and less diplomatic acts only invite more irregularities especially from China which is the number one source of questionable transactions.

We cannot deny that behind all those cheap products are possible corruption and unfavorable conditions for our Filipino businessmen. We should not let other countries manipulate us. We should lift the lives of our countrymen by advocating the purchase and patronage of Filipino products and services.

Many of the firecrackers, including the "lusis", sold in the country come from China and though it competes with locally manufactured ones, neither of the two sources should be patronized. We do not need to risk lives and property just to end, or start, the year. There are better ways to celebrate that would be more advisable towards achieving a fruitful year ahead.

Thrift-Shopping in Baguio City: Ukay-Ukay or Segunda Mano Fever



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Almost everyone would like to always look their best even after waking up (woke up like this). We love going out in our best OOTD or Outfit Of The Day even if it means spending a fortune.

But in Baguio city, similarly in Metro Manila,there is another attraction that has gained popularity, and it is called bought in UK or Ukay-Ukay, or SM as others would call it, short for Segunda Mano (Second Hand).

They say the best choices are in Baguio especially when it comes to jackets, hoodies and coats fit for the cold season. You'll surely find a wide assortment of previously owned but branded clothes, shoes, bags, jeans, shorts and other stuff that came from many countries.

Who said thrift-shopping is gross? It may be if you fear possible germ infestation (if there is indeed something like it). Though some stuff are still in great condition, and even have tags intact, it is advisable to have them washed before wearing. We couldn't say the items for sale there are hygienic since they've also been passing from one customer to the next, and some may have tried wearing them to see if they fit. Yuck? That is the risk you have to take if you insist on buying cheap pre-owned products.

Ukay-ukay should never be an excuse for splurge shopping. We should just buy when we really need to. It takes a bit more effort but buying less will help us evaluate which clothes have the most versatility.

These items are also useful if you just plan to wear them once or a few times like for an event or costume party, or just for everyday wear at home or Friday (wash day)clothes at work.

Though there have been reports of smuggled ukay-ukay, that is already beyond our control. The government should pursue stricter entry and customs obligations in the country. But since we are a country composed of a multitude ofvislands, there are just several ways of illegal entry especially when they are matched with corrupt individuals aiming to earn extra from the unauthorized transactions.

You can definitely look good already with just a few pesos since prices are way below what you see in malls or even online shopping, and if you seek diligently or come across a fresh batch of clothes, you would surely encounter great finds at very cheap prices.

New Marawi Resettlement Energized



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TASK FORCE KAPATIRAN IN ACTION: Distribution lines and house wirings are installed by linemen of Mindanao electric cooperatives which have been helping the Department of Energy, the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative and the Task Force Bangon Marawi to fast-track the provision of power supply in the newly built Sagonsognan Transitional Shelter Site.



To provide light is to spark hope.

This is the underlying philosophy behind the efforts of the Department of Energy (DOE), through the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) and other stakeholders, to rush the completion of the installation of power facilities and streetlights at the Sagonsongan Transitional Shelter Site for displaced households in Marawi after the siege.

“I am pleased to announce that we have already energized the newly built transitional shelter in Sagonsongan, creating a symbol of hope for our kababayans who have been heavily affected by the armed conflict in the area,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

Cusi pointed out that the DOE would extend all necessary support to the people of Marawi so they can recover faster, and help them build better lives after their city was torn apart by the siege.

Overseeing the installation of the power facilities in the area, DOE Assistant Secretary Redentor E. Delola said the energization of the distribution lines and streetlights was fast-tracked by the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative with the help of the other electric cooperatives in Mindanao, the Manila Electric Co. (MERALCO), National Grid Corp. of the Philippines and the National Power Corporation (Napocor) under the Task Force Bangon Marawi.

Delola and DOE Undersecretary Benito L. Ranque are in Marawi to grace the turnover ceremony of the Sagonsongan Transitional Shelter Site to its household beneficiaries.

Last 16 December, the DOE, led by Undersecretary Wimpy Fuentebella, turned over 400 solar-powered lamps to Task Force Bangon Marawi and 131 solar-powered street lights to LASURECO, which were installed to light the most affected areas.

The solar lamps and streetlights, through the coordination of DOE Consumer Welfare and Promotion Office, were donated by Pepsi Co. and Phinma Corp. and fabricated by the Correctional Institute for Women through the Liter of Light organization. For its logistics, the support came from the Department of National Defense through the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Napocor, MERALCO, Task Force Bangon Marawi and LASURECO.


Other Photos:




LIGHTING MARAWI SHELTERS: Some of the transitional shelters in Sagonsongan, Marawi now with access to electricity as of 26 December 2017. The installation of power lines and meters was facilitated by the Department of Energy and the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative in partnership with other energy stakeholders, including other electric cooperatives in Mindanao, the Manila Electric Co., the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines and the National Power Corporation under Task Force Bangon Marawi.




A SPARK OF HOPE: Linemen and personnel of electric cooperatives demonstrate the bayanihan spirit in completing the installation of commercial street lights at the Sagonsongan Transitional Shelter Site to light up roads at night.

G.SKILL Releases World's Fastest 64GB (4x16GB) SO-DIMM Kit at DDR4-3466MHz CL17-17-17-37



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G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is announcing the world’s fastest performance 64GB DDR4 SO-DIMM memory running at DDR4-3466MHz CL17-17-17-37 at 1.35V with a 4x16GB kit configuration. Constructed with rigorously hand-selected Samsung B-die DDR4 IC components, this new Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM memory kit elevates the computing power of small-form-factor (SFF) PCs to a whole new realm of memory performance, allowing you to design a miniature powerhouse system for virtually any tasks ranging from content creation to gaming.


The Perfect Trio: High Capacity, High Frequency, Low Timings

The need of faster and larger capacity memory kits continue to rise as modern day workloads increases in both capacity and weight. To tackle this need, G.SKILL is expanding the delivery of maximum memory performance across all memory capacities; and by using 16GB SO-DIMM modules, high-end machines and workstation PCs can now be built in the size of a SFF system that can fit into a shoebox. Shown in the following screenshot is the high capacity 64GB SO-DIMM memory kit running at DDR4-3466MHz CL17-17-17-37 and being tested for over 6 hours on the ASRock X299E-ITX/ac mini-ITX motherboard with the Intel® Core™ i9-7900X processor.



The Ultimate Performance

Below is the screenshot of the same DDR4-3466MHz CL17 64GB (4x16GB) SO-DIMM memory kit achieving 95231MB/s read, 94856MB/s write, and 90639MB/s copy on the AIDA64 memory benchmark.



XMP 2.0 Support & Availability

This new ultra-capacity high performance G.SKILL Ripjaws DDR4 SO-DIMM memory kit is equipped with the latest Intel XMP 2.0 technology for easy one-click memory overclocking, and will be available from authorized G.SKILL distribution partners in 2018 Q1.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Implementation of Kerosene and Household LPG Price Freeze Upon Declaration of State of Calamity



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Upon a declaration of a State of Calamity, the Department of Energy (DOE) is implementing a ‘price freeze’ on kerosene and household liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

For its implementation, the DOE reminds the public of the following:

1. The price freeze is applicable for 15 days, commencing one day after the declaration;

2. “Household LPG” refers to 11 kilograms and below of LPG in cylinders;

3. Price movements for kerosene are implemented every Tuesday of the week; and,

4. Price movements for LPG are implemented at the beginning of each month.

Through the Oil Industry Management Bureau and its Field Offices, the DOE is closely coordinating with oil industry players in the implementation of the Republic Act (RA) 7581, as amended by RA 10623, which imposes a "price freeze" on these basic energy products being sold in the areas affected by the calamity.

The DOE calls on the public to be vigilant and to report any violation on the price freeze implementation to info@doe.gov.ph or to Consumer Welfare and Promotion Office at tel. no. 479-2900 loc. 329.

DOE Fast-tracking Energy Restoration in Vinta-hit Areas



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After the completion of the power restoration in areas affected by Tropical Depression Urduja at the barangay level on Christmas Day, the Department of Energy (DOE) is now mobilizing all its resources to restore energy in areas affected by tropical storm Vinta.

“Our personnel and staff will continue working during the Christmas break to rehabilitate affected energy facilities, and to coordinate, monitor and report the developments for easy and fast mobilization of assets in places that need assistance,” Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said.

“I would like to commend them for braving the storm and sacrificing their holidays just to ensure that energy is safe, accessible and reliable, and it’s no easy task,” he added.

The energy chief urged the public to "ensure safety first amidst all these natural calamities and to report to the nearest authority any problem they may encounter. For energy concerns, they may contact us at 4792900 or email us at info@doe.gov.ph.”
Based on the consolidated report of the DOE and its attached agencies, the National Power Corporation (NPC) stated that there was no damage on all of its energy power plants/lines in areas affected by Vinta.

All compromised transmission facilities were already restored at 2:10 p.m. of 24 December as reported by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

For its part, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) reported that nine (9) electric cooperatives were severely affected by Vinta, resulting in power interruption in some towns in their franchise areas.

Distribution utilities/electric cooperatives and towns still under restoration are the following:

• Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) – portions of Marawi City, Piagapo, Madalum, Madamba, Ganassi, Pualas, Pagayawan, and Tuburan;

• Surigao del Sur II Electric Cooperative (SURSECO II) –San Miguel, Cagwait, Bayabas, Marigatag and Portions of Tago;

• Davao del Norte (DANECO) - portions of Asuncion and New Corella;

• Lanao del Norte Electric Cooperative (LANECO) –portions of Baloi, Matungao, Tubod, and Salvador, Munai, and Tangkal;

• Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZANECO) –total blackout

• Zamboanga del Sur II Electric Cooperative (ZAMSURECO II) –Sirawi, Siocon, Baliguian, and Portions of Titay;

• Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative (ASELCO) –portions of Veruela, Bunawan, Loreto, San Luis, La Paz, Talacogon, Sibagat, San Francisco, and Rosario;

• Misamis Oriental-I Rural Electric Service Cooperative (MORESCO I) –Talakag and Portions of Cagayan de Oro City but expected completion by today;

• Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO) –Brooke’s Point, Narra and Aborlan;

For the private distribution utilities, Davao Light and Power Co. (DLPC),

Cagayan Electric Power & Light Co., Inc. (CEPALCO) and Iligan Light and Power, Inc., their engineers reported that some households are still without power due to the dampened outlets and wiring caused by the rain and the flood waters.

Flooding, landslides and downed infrastructures like bridges generally make the restoration of the affected power facilities more difficult. Nonetheless, the DOE is targeting its completion within the week.

The DOE also reminded oil industry players to observe the price freeze in areas placed under a state of calamity. The DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau and DOE- Field Offices, together with the Department of Trade and Industry, are monitoring the prices of household LPG and kerosene in Biliran and Davao.

The Usual MMFF Box Office Favorites Still Favored by Pinoy Moviegoers



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Have you been to the movies lately? Specifically for the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017?

Well, below are the movies showing since December 25, but sadly the same tradional formula for Pinoy movies are getting the bigger share of the audience.

All Of You (Dan Villegas)
Ang Larawan (Loy Arcenas)
Ang Panday (Rodel Nacianceno)
Deadma Walking (Julius Alfonso)
Gandarrapiddo! The Revenger Squad (Joyce Bernal)
Haunted Forest (Ian LoreƱos)
Meant To Beh (Chris Martinez)
Siargao (Paul Soriano)

As expected, the movies of Vic Sotto and Vice Ganda, all-time favorites of MMFF patrons, are leading in ticket sales.

Movies like Ang Larawan, Siargao and Deadma Walking are reportedly being snubbed in the local cinemas. Some even put two slots for Vice Ganda's movie in SM cinemas.

The play-turned-film and musical has been dropped from almost 30 theaters nationwide, a mere two days into the festival.

This goes to show how much businesses value money more than artistry and culturally significant films.

The movies mentioned should be valued more in the Philippine cinema. Though, the 'expected' frontliners were dominant in movie houses, we must at least learn to appreciate significantly substantial movies. I am just hoping that people see the essence and moral significance of movies rather than supporting senseless ones.

Ang Larawan is the best Filipino-made film I have ever watched based on cinematography, plot, and musical score.

The said movie can be described as being the most different, most unusual of all the 8 finalists that made it into this year's festival roster.

There is no other film in the recent festival that would be able to match its prominence, substance and reputation!

It's such a shame that it had been a tradition for Filipino families to patronize these absurd fantasy movies instead of supporting other entries of the MMFF.

While MMFF continues to reflect being "makamasa," it also proves how low quality Philippine cinema is. The high-caliber, National Artists-decorated Ang Larawan is the best in the biggest Film Fest in the country but we see it being pulled out because MMFF is shamingly commercial.

The Revenger Squad - the shitty, half-assed high school project that aced it because the people who did it are bribing kiss-asses albeit its trashy existence.

Ang Larawan - the fruition of hardwork, zest, creativity, ART & resourcefulness that deserve the victor's spoils.

Below are just four of the many reasons why Ang Larawan should be patronized by movie-goers:

A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino written by National Artist Nick Joaquin

Translated by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera

Libretto by National Artist Rolando Tinio

Music by Ryan Cayabyab


"So if you want to support what is good, what is quality and worthwhile, let your voice be heard. Fight the good fight with us. CONTRA MUNDUM (Defy the world!) is the battlecry of the lead characters, Candida and Paula. WATCH ANG LARAWAN NOW to keep it alive in the theaters!" - Rachel Alejandro

Please #ShowLarawanSomeLove! Spread the word about #AngLarawan.

http://anglarawan.com
#ShowLarawan
#TeamLarawan
#MMFF2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Celebrate an Epic New Year’s Countdown in BGC, Taguig



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Bonifacio Global City, together with the City of Taguig, for the first time ever, is hosting a city-wide New Years street party at Bonifacio High Street to ring in 2018.

Before we bid 2017 adieu, revel in one last epic party packed with food trucks, booths, overflowing beer, holiday cheer, and the hottest musical acts from favorite bands and OPM artists like Hale, Aia de Leon, the powerhouse performer Gary Valenciano, and many more. Topping it off is a grand fireworks display and pyro-musical showcase that will illuminate the city for a brilliant start to 2018.

Celebrations start at 5PM on December 31 at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater and 7th Avenue, with the anticipated New Year’s Eve High Mass at 6PM as thanksgiving for the blessings of the past year and prayer for grace in the forthcoming one. After which, the party will continue way into midnight.

“We are thrilled to begin another tradition for the BGC community ─ holding our very own New Year’s countdown right here in the city. Thankful as we are to the previous year, BGC is more than ready for what 2018 will bring,” said Sean Luarca, BGC’s Marketing Manager.

The event is open to everyone but VIP tickets to the main stage may be obtained from purchases made at Bonifacio High Street retail stores from December 21-31, 2017. Corresponding free tickets are as follows:

• P2,000 - 2,999 worth of single/accumulated receipts = (2) VIP tickets

• P3,000 - 3,999 worth of single/accumulated receipts = (4) VIP tickets

• P4,000 and above worth of single/accumulated receipts = (6) VIP tickets

Limited tickets are available so register now at the Concierge booths at C1, C3, and B1 Bonifacio High Street.

Co-presented by Huawei and San Miguel Beers, the New Year countdown is part of BGC’s “Season of Passions” celebration, a series of epic events to cap off the year. For more information, visit BGC’s official Facebook pages at https://www.facebook.com/bonifacioglobalcityph and https://www.facebook.com/BoniHighStreet.

Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 15652 Series of 2017

Julius Legaspi at Gateway Gallery



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Gateway Gallery opens 2018 with an exhibit by Julius Legaspi who will present new pastel paintings in his fourth solo show, Paghirang.

Julius Legaspi at Gateway Gallery

Gateway Gallery opens 2018 with an exhibit by Julius Legaspi who will present new pastel paintings in his fourth solo show, Paghirang. Paghirang will have its Artist Reception on January 6, 2018, 6 pm at the Small Room of Gateway Gallery. In this solo show, Legaspi will again demonstrate his mastery of the pastel medium. His talent in rendering forms and tones in pastel is matched by his ability to evoke moods in his landscape, still life or genre paintings. He is a prolific artist whose artworks can be found in various art collections.

Julius Legaspi, who hails from Bulacan, is a well-rounded artist whose time is not limited to visual art making. He is also a generous teacher, sharing his knowledge by conducting art workshops. He is also a mentor as he guides the members of the Philippine Pastel Artists to become better image-makers. He currently sits as president of Philippine Pastel Artists. He is also a member of the Philippine Art Educators’ Association which updates him with regards to art education.

Legaspi, who graduated from the UP College of Fine Arts, was a follower of conceptual artist Roberto Chabet. This makes it easy for him to create abstract pieces. He is however known for his soulful still life and evocative landscapes, images that only a perceptive artist can see. He also dabbles in music as a song writer and lead guitarist.





Paghirang will be open for viewing to the public on January 7 and will run until January 20, 2018. Parts of the proceeds of the exhibit will go to Remote Area Medical Philippines to support is medical missions.

Gateway Gallery is open daily, from Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm. It is located at the 5F Gateway Tower, Araneta Center, Quezon City. Gateway Tower is the building in front of Kia Theatre. It is the art museum of Araneta Center and is run by the J. Amado Araneta Foundation. For details on the exhibit, please contact jslegaspi.ppa@gmail.com, gatewaygallery@aranetagroup.com or the number 09451143358.

BURI, JV Members Disqualified from Bidding for Any Government Projects



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This is to clarify various news articles published on 25 December 2017, regarding the supposed qualification of certain shareholders of the terminated MRT-3 maintenance service provider, Busan Universal Rail, Inc. (BURI), for three (3) other railway projects.

BURI and its joint venture members, which include Busan Transportation Corporation (Busan) and Edison Development and Construction (Edison), are DISQUALIFIED from participating in the bidding of government projects, which is a consequence of the termination of BURI's contract for the maintenance of MRT-3 due to poor performance and breach of contractual obligations, which took effect last 6 November 2017.

Under the Uniform Guidelines for Blacklisting of Contractors, after termination of a contract due to the fault of the contractor, the erring contractor shall be barred from participating in the bidding of all government projects.

As noted in various news reports, Busan and Edison recently submitted bids for railway projects: DOTr's Systematic Rail Replacement Project for MRT-3, LRTA's Maintenance Contract for LRT-2, and LRTA's Restoration of Four Train Sets Project also for LRT-2.

Busan and Edison’s submission of a bid for a project does not mean that they are qualified.

While Busan and Edison may have submitted the legal, technical, and financial documents required under R.A. 9184 (which is evaluated on a "presence" or "absence" criteria), Busan and Edison have not been declared qualified for the projects, which is done in the Post-Qualification stage of a procurement process.

All 3 projects are currently in Post-Qualification stage, and Busan and Edison's disqualification from all government projects, pursuant to the Uniform Guidelines for Blacklisting of Contractors, will disqualify them from the 3 projects.

Statement on the Release of Scholarship Allowances



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The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) embarked on an unprecedented investment in the higher education sector in June 2016 through the K to 12 Transition Program, to provide scholarships and grants to faculty affected by the K to 12 implementation. More than 9,500 scholars are being supported under the program, which include support for the tuition fees, living allowances, and other privileges such as thesis/dissertation grants, book allowances, and transport expenses.

In the implementation of the program since June 2016, the Commission has encountered the following challenges that contributed to delays:


Volume of documents, which stands at approximately 11,000 sets to date;
CHED internal system that is not designed to take in the large scale of scholarship administration, taking in more than 4,000 scholars per year under the K to 12 Transition Program alone, and on top of student scholarships, institutional support, and research grants that the Commission undertakes;
Issues and discrepancies in documentary requirements that required multiple follow-ups and re-submissions. 48% of submitted documents have issues, such as:
· Incomplete documentary requirements such as authenticated copy of enrollment form or authenticated copy of grades.

· Incomplete grades and difficulty in verifying of submitted grades with their HEIs and/or failing grades, as good academic standing (passing general weighted average) is needed to continue release of allowances.

Additional requirements prescribed by the Commission on Audit (COA). The resident auditor of the Commission issued notices of suspension of audit covering the disbursement of allowances to scholars and grantees approved in FY 2016, requiring the submission of additional documents that should form part of the requirements that will trigger the disbursement; and
Delays in the submission of these additional requirements from sending Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
The Commission acknowledges that the delays have caused pain to our scholars, many of whom rely on the living allowances for the daily subsistence of their families. The Commission is taking steps to fast-track the release of allowances through: (1) the hiring of additional manpower to process more than 11,000 sets of documents; (2) introduction of quality checks to ensure that discrepancies can be detected early on, and those with complete and valid requirements get prioritized; and (3) closer coordination with the Regional Offices to expedite the collection and evaluation of documentary requirements, and communication with scholars and their sending institutions.

These steps have improved the release of allowances to the batch of scholars approved in 2017. Furthermore, the allowance for scholars approved in 2016 is being fast-tracked by the Central Office. The Commission has processed documents of 2,152 scholars in the last three weeks, whose documents have been found fully compliant of the guidelines, and their allowances are expected to be released before the year ends.

Meanwhile, recognizing the exigency of providing relief during this time of the year, the Commission is implementing steps to accommodate scholars whose documents are still pending full compliance. For scholars with signed contracts and submitted enrolment forms and/or grades of the completed semester, allowances will be partially released. These scholars however are advised to submit their deficiencies to their respective CHED Regional Offices on or before 10 January 2018 in order to process the balance.



Category

# of Scholars

Status and Next Steps

For FULL release

2,152

Will receive living allowances by 29 December 2017

For PARTIAL release

1,011

Will receive living allowances by 05 January 2017



Deficiencies must be submitted to the CHED Regional Office by 10 January 2017.

No release

933

Pending submissions must be submitted to the CHED Regional Office to process allowances


A public tracker will be available on the CHED K to 12 website to guide scholars, including status of payment and pending submissions. Scholars with deficiencies and pending submissions are advised to visit the CHED K to 12 website at https://chedk12.wordpress.com/sgsrequirements/ to be guided accordingly. The Commission’s K to 12 Transition Program Management Unit will work on the backlogs during the Christmas holidays, and shall also be accepting the submissions through this period.

The Commission recognizes that the stop-gap efforts are not enough and we apologize to the scholars for our shortcomings. Longer-term structural reforms should be implemented to sustainably address the perennial problem of delays in releases. CHED appeals for extended patience and continued support in this once-in-a-generation effort.

Such an investment in higher education faculty has never been seen before, contributing to the larger aim of enhancing the Philippine higher education sector, and will redound to the production of better-equipped graduates in a more globalized and competitive economy. The Commission will, with the highest degree of integrity, make the improvement of these systems its top priority, assuring the public that despite the challenges, it remains steadfast in finding ways to fulfill its mandate of supporting institutions, faculty, and staff during the transition period.

Issued this 22nd day of December 2017 at the Higher Education Development Center Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.


For the Commission:

(signed)
Patricia B. Licuanan, Ph.D.
Chairperson

Monday, December 25, 2017

5 Compelling Reasons Why You Need to Integrate Your Online Forms with Salesforce


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Salesforce is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software used to help companies in sales, service and market their products and services.

Once you integrate your online forms with Salesforce, you can capture and manage the leads for your business, more quickly and efficiently.

Here in this article, I am going to address the importance of integrating your forms with salesforce.

Reasons You Need to Integrate Your Online Forms with Salesforce

1. Capture and manage the leads more efficiently. With the help of using an online form builder, that helps you create, design and integrate your forms with salesforce, you can capture the leads with online forms and manage them for sending out welcome messages, marketing campaigns and future networking.

2. Use the form builder options to make the most out of the salesforce integration. In this case, once you build and integrate your forms with a robust form builder like FormTitan, you can benefit from using various options built for the salesforce. An example of such benefits is, using the objects in the form builder setting of the said system.

3. Increase your productivity. You can increase your business productivity by using an online form with salesforce integration. With that in mind, you can build a system that works for saving your time, and automate capturing emails for your business, manage the leads, perform segmentation, send out promotional emails and carry out marketing campaigns.

4. Accept and manage files through online forms. You can embed option to accept files through online forms. Once you start accepting files with your forms, by integrating with salesforce; you can take benefits by using salesforce features built for file management. With that clarified, you can accept, share, discuss and monitor your files in real time.

5. Monitor reports and Sales forecasting. Integration of online forms with salesforce provides access to dashboard, full of various options used to help you cover and manage your captured data and files. You can monitor your progress of campaigns about your leads and forms, and forecast the potential estimates about sales. You can also perform monitoring with teams to increase your chances of promoting your business more quickly and efficiently.


Final Thoughts

With the help of integrating various tools online, such as forms with salesforce; you can secure your business leads, automate tasks, manage the leads and save time more efficiently.

Several form builders out there are providing free support, but if you need to dig deeper than a normal user, you can hire their teams of support to help you assist, set and carry out tasks that require technical routine for your business promotion.

To sum up the entire concept, create forms with online form builder tools, integrate them with salesforce and capture leads, automate tasks and carry out marketing campaigns. It will help you give your business a new look on the Internet, save your time and make you able to focus on important things for your business.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

DOTr Chief Orders Probe of Mercraft 3 Sinking, Wants Safety Measures Implemented



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Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade today directed maritime authorities to swiftly probe the sea mishap involving MV Mercraft 3 which sank between the waters of Quezon and Polilio Island last 21 December 2017.

Secretary Tugade likewise instructed Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to implement measures to prevent similar incidents.

"We want this latest incident of sea mishap be investigated on as quickly as soon as possible so we can immediately implement safety nets and preventive measures. Ensuring the safety and security of travellers must be our priority," Secretary Tugade said.

Based on initial reports from MARINA, the vessel sank due to heavy rains and strong winds caused by the bad weather.

Meanwhile, PCG Commodore Joel Garcia said that there was no overloading of the capsized vessel, which has an authorized capacity of 286 passengers. There were 251 passengers and seven crew members were on board the vessel when it sank.

Of the 251 passengers, 243 survived the incident, and were immediately brought to the Barangay Dinahican Village Hall in Quezon for immediate medical attention.

Six bodies were retrieved, while three remained unidentified as of this writing. The cadavers are currently kept at the Claro M. Recto Memorial District Hospital in Infanta, Quezon. Three more passengers are still missing.

Garcia noted that there was no breach of PCG circulars or protocol.

"There was no typhoon signal issued by Pagasa that may prompt d PCG to hold the departure of the vessel; the sea was moderately calm when the vessel left the port," he said.

For his part, MARINA Administrator Al Amaro said that MARINA will facilitate immediate determination of the cause of accident, in order to passenger safety while on sea travel, land to prevent similar incidents to happen in the future.

”Investigators coming from our Enforcement Service based in MARINA central office were dispatched to conduct in-depth investigation to determine the root causes of the accident so we can prevent the same to happen in the future. We follow the international maritime accident investigation model— one that is done without prejudice, does not apportion blame, and does not establish liability. This investigation does not establish legal or economic liability,” Amaro added.

Administrator Amaro likewise mentioned that burial assistance and hospital bills were already shouldered by the MV Mercraft 3 owner, on top of the insurance claim of the victims.

"The company is new and in fact they are the ones who immediately complied with our campaign to modernize their vessel in view of our rules to phase out wooden hulled boats," Administrator Amaro said.

Maritime authorities are set to come up with recommendations as soon as the ongoing investigation wraps up.
 
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