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The Best VPN For Travelers


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Nowadays, it seems that internet security is one of the only things people are talking about. Whether it’s thousands of people having their credit card information stolen or other types of massive privacy breaches, cybersecurity seems to be one of the hottest issues in the news.

If you’re a traveler, you’re at an even higher risk of facing security issues. This is because when we travel, we’re often using public Wi-Fi hotspots, which are significantly less secure than our home-based, password protected networks.

Public Wi-Fi networks are more dangerous because they provide internet access to dozens (sometimes hundreds) of internet users at the same time. Theoretically, this means that anybody using the same network could gain access to your unencrypted data as you surf the net.

Leaving your data unencrypted means that things such as your internet cookies, credit card numbers, usernames, and passwords could potentially be nabbed by any malicious person using the same Wi-Fi network as you.

Protect Yourself with a Virtual Private Network

Fortunately, using a VPN, or a Virtual Private Network, can protect you while using public Wi-Fi hotspots. Not only does a VPN protect your valuable information, but it also allows you to circumvent geographical internet filters.

This means that websites which are banned, or simply unavailable in certain regions, can still be accessed simply by connecting to a VPN. In other words, you can still access sites like Netflix or Hulu when traveling overseas.

Now, you might be wondering how to choose the best VPN while traveling. But there are so many types of VPN plans and providers that it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which one is best for you.

Fortunately, we’ve come up with a list of a few critical factors to consider when choosing a VPN for travel.

Quick Installation and Ease of Use

Installing and using a VPN shouldn’t be a very complicated process. This means that whether you’re using Mac, iOS, Windows, or Android, installing one shouldn’t be any harder than downloading the program and running the installer.
With most VPNs, you will be asked to sign up for an account before being able to complete the installation process. Next, the installer will likely ask you a few simple questions, such as whether you’d like the VPN to connect automatically or manually.

In most cases, it’s best to simply use the default options at first, and then if you wish, you can go back and change your preferences later on.

No Added Fees or Restrictions for Multiple Connections

When traveling, it’s a good idea to look for a VPN by reviews and comparisons.

Remember that everything from your laptop, phone, and tablet are all at equal risk when using an insecure Wi-Fi connection. Therefore, it can be extremely inconveniencing if you have to disconnect one device every time you want to switch to another.

With that in mind, make sure that the VPN you choose allows you to connect several devices at the same time, without charging any extra fees.

Use a VPN That Works in Many Different Countries

Not all VPNs are designed the same, and while one might work while you’re visiting Spain, it might not work when you cross the border into France.

We recommend using a VPN that uses the OpenVPN protocol. It’s also a good idea to read a VPN’s user reviews to see if it works in countries such as China or Russia. These countries’ governments are notorious for blocking VPNs, therefore, if you can find one that works there, it will likely work anywhere else that you go.

Look for a VPN That Connects Automatically

It might sound obvious, but a VPN won’t protect your data if you forget to connect to it. But, when your flights been delayed 12 hours, you haven’t slept since Tuesday and you’re suddenly coming down with a cold, forgetting to connect to your VPN can be an easy mistake to make.

Therefore, we recommend looking for a VPN that connects automatically as soon as your device connects to a public Wi-Fi network. Making sure that your VPN auto-connects mean that even when you’ve got a thousand other things on your mind, your data will still be protected without you even thinking about it.

Choose a VPN With Fast Download Speeds

Typically, when you use a VPN, your connection will already be slowed down a bit because your data needs to pass through a secondary server before reaching its destination. This speed can, of course, be affected by several other factors such as bandwidth restrictions, your distance for the server, as well as how many other people are using the network.

However, it’s a good idea to choose a VPN that is known for having fast download/upload speeds. For this, we always recommend using a trial version first, before deciding if a VPN is worth paying for. It’s also a good idea to read its reviews to see what other users have to say about its speed.

PHLPost Releases Villaflor Sr. Hospital 50TH Anniv Stamps in Dagupan City


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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) released new stamps to mark the 50th Founding Anniversary of the Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital (DDVMH) on December 7, 2018.

The Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital is a private tertiary hospital in Mayombo District Dagupan City. With more than 150 highly-trained medical practitioners and paramedical personnel, it is considered one of the leading health care institutions in Northern Luzon.

The commemorative stamps was issued in honor of the founder Dr. Vivencio V. Villaflor, Sr., a surgeon and visionary from Pitogo, Quezon.

His son, Dr. Vivencio Villaflor Jr., a veteran stamp collector (Philatelist) and President of the hospital also displayed his rare personal collections of stamps from 1854 Queen Isabella, which is the first stamp issued in the Philippines and Asia up to Hollywood personalities which he acquired from friends and travel. 



“Each stamps has its own story and history to tell”, he said.  The exhibit will be part of the students educational tour for them to appreciate the history and value of stamps which is "irreplaceable against today’s technology”, Dr. Villaflor added.

His father, Dr. Villaflor Sr. opened a humble clinic along Arellano Street in 1968 to make quality medical care accessible to DagupeƱos.

PHLPost Assistant Postmaster General Luis D. Carlos said that the recent commemorative stamps underscored a milestone in the history of the as it looks back at 50 years of dedicated service based on the vision of its founding patriarch – Dr. Villaflor Sr.

An ISO 9001:2008 certified hospital, the Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital (DDVMH), joined the ranks of hospitals in the world that meet international quality standards.

PHLPost has printed 60, 000 copies of the DDVMH stamp sold for P12.00 each.

The layout of the stamp was done by PHLPost in-house graphic designer Mr. Victorino Z. Serevo.

The stamps and official first day cover shall be available starting December 07, 2018 at the Philatelic Counter, Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila and selected Area Post Offices. 

The Chaotic Coke Studio Homecoming Free Concert: Top Arguments of People Supporting Softdrinks


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On the stampede and rude behavior of concert-goers causing the organizers to postpone the concert to another date:

Vague Initial Statement from Coke:
"We would like to express our profound gratitude for the public’s continuous support for Coke Studio. However, the safety and security of our audience is paramount. After careful assessment and request for the public’s cooperation, COCA-COLA Philippines together with PNP, SM, THE CITY OF PASAY, AND ALL OF THE ARTISTS, we have deemed it necessary to reschedule the concert to a later date.  We apologize for any inconvenience this causes to everyone."

The usual palusot ng mga sumusuporta sa softdrinks:

1. Kung paminsan-minsan lang, walang problema.

2. Marami namang natutulungan through their charity, outreach, support of local artists, and other CSR programs.

3. Masarap at mura eh, Yung healthier options ay mahal.

4. It creates jobs.

More and more people should realize there are better options out there. Sabi nga nung isang organic food restaurant owner "Ask not why organic foods are more expensive, but ask why junk foods are cheap."

He has a point. Our health is vital to our survival. Thus it is but right to invest on our health by spending more. Eventually naman kasi, if the demand for healthier alternatives increase, the supply will increase, more stores will start selling more healthier options, and to be competitive, prices will soon go down.

We will make the healthier options eventually affordable if we start patronizing them more today.

Argument: Tell that to poor people who barely survives every day.  They would first think of how to live and the cost of the food that they will buy.

1.  Promote agriculture more and support farmers.

2.  Give government subsidies and tax incentives to healthier foods.

3.  Increase taxes on junk foods.

Government plays a key role here para mas mapabilis ang mga bagay-bagay.

Reasoning:
Pero kung magiging mas mapanuri ang mga tao mas mura kesa sa mga fast food yung ulam na mongo at malunggay =) saka hindi mostly poor people ang tumatangkilik sa fast food, siguro yung mga street food yan ang pagkain talaga ng mahihirap.

Argument:
Not sa fastfood pero sa mga chichiria na junk food and sa softdrinks and other stuff usually mga low to middle income ang tumatangkilik.

Pero, kahit naman maggulay tayo contaminated pa rin sya ng pollution, fertilizers and pesticides.

Reasoning:
At teast the veggies are still better than junk food. Have you seen the viral video about Shawarma Shack?

Oh di ba... Wala namang 100% clean eh.

We should not expect everything we need to be provided by the government. Sabi nga nila, huwag iasa lahat sa gobyerno. Our politicians may have their own agenda and ulterior motives, but that is another story to tell.

Let us focus more on our own capabilities. As bloggers, we can make use of our own influence to make a change for the better. If we all combine our efforts, we will be stronger.

Huwag tayong mawalan ng pag-asa thinking it is senseless to go against the giants. We are not alone. We just need to be courageous enough to voice our concerns and others will follow and emulate our acts.

The government does play a vital role, but that is another door to knock on.

For now, we could incorporate in our activities an effort to promote the healthier alternatives.

For example, at your events, reach out to organic food suppliers as sponsors instead. Mind you, not all fast foods are junk. Example is Rufo's Famous Tapa, their Pinoy foods are well-deserved of praise. They also sponsor events, big and small. EarthOrigins Westgate Alabang is a great market and cafe that promotes healthy living. Voted as among the Pop Talk Paborito favorites ever featured on the GMA News Channel show. I'm sure there are more out there.

Argument:
Di ako nawawalan ng pag-asa my point is for it to be done faster and on a wider range.  Change should come as a revolution.  We can do our part but it would be better if the powerful would be involved or we can be in government.

Let us put ideas into actions and influence more people faster.

Reasoning:
David D'Angelo Madalas kasi ay reactive ang government.  If they can see more people advocating for healthier alternatives and going against junk foods, then they may notice us, and  implement their own initiatives. Like my visit in Negros Occidental, the Governor there is an advocate of organic foods. I attended their Organic Farms Festival and even interviewed a speaker and a mushroom grower. Unaware lang tayo sa moves and programs ng ibang LGU, but happy to inform you that there are like-minded individuals championing for the healthier alternatives. Kaya nga ako pinapabalik sa Negros, to advocate for community-based tourism focusing on micro-entrepreneurship or communities with their own businesses, rather than having foreign and commercialized brands penetrating the provinces and taking the opportunities away from the communities.   Sustainable eco-tourism will only happen if it directly involves the community.

Why postpone the concert?


It was meant to be, because we all know that the product is not a brand that we should support. They corrupt our minds with lavish campaigns and giveaways, massive line-up of artists, numerous ads and commercials, popular endorsers and celebrities, but in the end, we all know that the product is nothing but junk.

If you support any of their products and sponsored activities, then you are worst than JUNK. ...nothing but a desperate low-life who would go so low as support even the worst products in existence even if we are aware that it ruins the health of the people.

No matter how many advocacies, CSR or outreach programs they would sponsor, or how many jobs they create, and how many workers they employ, nothing will change the fact that they are the makers of the number one source of obesity.

This incident is a miracle from above. Prayers answered.



Argument:
If Coke is junk and bad then same goes to many things like fast food including Jollibee, McDonalds, Wendys, etc.  There are tons of source of obesity including not exercising too and having a bad lifestyle.  I drink Coke at times and what is bad perhaps is just too much of it.  Coke employs people and gives jobs.  It is bad if you take too much.

Coke should still be lauded because they are one of the few who supports local artists and wants to promote them in an overwhelming sea of foreign artist promotion.  Are there good products who does that?  Malungkot ako kasi sayang at hindi mapromote mga OPM artists and for that we should support the artists even not the product.

Reasoning:
It is like saying the gun is not the one that kills but the person pulling the trigger.

But let me ask you this. If there are better choices around that are as affordable as softdrinks, then would you pick the better choices?

If given a choice between a fresh lemonade and a carbonated drink like a softdrink, it is obvious what I will pick. If more and more people will pick the better choices, more and more jobs will be created to further grow and produce the fresh lemonade. Thus it will also employ more people.

If these companies have enough earnings just like Coke, then they can also support local artists, and others.

In other words, if we only support the "better" products, it can do the same capabilities as Coke.

If we discourage people in using the bad products, then we also help in shaping the world into a better place. Make more room for the better choices to compete against the junk products.

Makes sense?

Argument:
It will take a lot of will to change things since Coke is successful worldwide.  If these things are bad for people then the best way is for the government to ban them outright just like cigarettes.  If these things can kill why make them legal in the first place?

Reasoning:
Let us not go far.... Ask the same question with political dynasties and excessive pork barrel funds...or aligned with products, how come cigarettes and tobaccos are still for sale when it has been confirmed to be bad for you.

I guess everyone knows the answer to the question.. many have just been brainwashed by the lavish ads, campaigns, endorsers and seemingly numerous advocacies Coke runs. But like I said, no matter how many good things they do, their product remains as JUNK and harmful to our health.

Argument:
Same goes to all junk food like Piatos, Mang Juan, Tortillos, etc.  So should we all stop buying them then and go for an all healthy and green living?  That would be great if we can all then rebuild agriculture and produce healthier products.

Reasoning:
Yes, I have the same sentiments against everything you mentioned, including the fastfoods. If we all go Green, we would not only be healthier but also help our communities grow. Most of the brands that produce junk food are foreign brands or inspired by foreign brands and products. If we all go for fresh fruit juices, organic or natural and fresh foods, etc., the demand will increase, more farmers will plant fruit bearing trees and vegetables, root crops, etc.,, more jobs will eventually be created to produce, market, deliver, etc. these fruits and veggies, and these companies will be as big as Coke and able enough to do the same advocacies.

Doing good creates ripples of good as well. So let us start encouraging people to make the better choices. Forget about the cheap softdrink and invest on our health instead to further invest on a better future for us and the next generation.

Hindi dapat tayo maging politiko na lahat na lang ay kaibigan kasi daw ay may pakinabang naman sa lahat. Piliin natin ang tamang suportahan.

Argument:
It will take some kind of legislation to make this happen otherwise it will remain as ideas and a utopian wish.  People cannot be forced to buy healthier options since most people earn below minimum and they would buy cheaper options than go to more expensive food.  It will take a political solution to make this happen and a strong one.

Reasoning:
We don't need politicians or a law to tell us that we should live a healthier life. Kaya nga kapag walang choice to drink, water na lang or hihingi ako nung calamansi na dapat sawsawan para gawing calamansi juice. Pipigain ko lang sa tubig at magic..may healthier drink na ko.

If you really want to be healthy, discipline is the key.

If we really want a healthier society, advocate against the junk products like Coke.

Every little move you make will eventually grow bigger if you can convince people to follow.

Kaya nga nagsara na yung  ibang plants ng Coke kasi more people are recognizing these facts.

Kaya nga nagsara na ang ibang print at radio media outfits because brands have realized it is more effective to promote online.

In short "If there is a will, there is always a way."

"Kung ayaw, maraming dahilan. Kung gusto, laging may paraan"


Argument:
Well people would not do that on their own. Masarap ang mga foods na yan eh.

Reasoning:
I have not given up on my fellow men. If we continue to discourage people in drinking softdrinks and other junk foods, we will be heard. Kahit Isa lang ang makinig everyday is enough for me. Eventually, all our efforts will soon be realized as a noble initiative. Huwag mawalan ng pag-asa. We are all basically good. We can do better.

If you told me something  today, I may listen but not immediately follow. But if I hear you saying it over and over again, I may consider trying it out.

Parang billboards lang yan. The bigger and plenty you have, the more it gets to be familiar and recognizable to people. You won't even realize that it unconsciously makes you think otherwise.

So, in short. ..persuading people to choose better options may not happen overnight, but it will happen if we have the persistence and if we do the necessary actions to make it happen.

Lalambot din yang matigas na karne eventually kapag nagtiyaga lang tayo pakuluan...or if we think smarter, use a pressure cooker.

Alam ko na softdrink companies like Coke and Pepsi are too big to match. But if everyone is really concerned about their and the next generations' present and future, then we should act correspondingly.

Argument:
In the end it is also a marketing against their product.  If super sama talaga ang softdrinks it could have killed many by now.  Let us just make informed choices kasi if we want to go healthy living then most of the restaurants like burgers and stuff that we go should also have to shutdown.

Well mahal naman talaga ang healthier options and majority of Filipinos cannot afford it and that is factual.

Reasoning:
David D'Angelo I've already mentioned the reasons why more expensive ang healthier options. The right question to ask is "Bakit mura ang junk foods?"

If you can answer that question, then you'll know the reason why mas mahal ang healthier options.

But as demands increase, the need for supply will follow, more stores will sell the healthier options, creating more jobs and more  competition to eventually lower prices, and our rewards would be a healthier us, family, community, country and world.

Sunod-sunod na improvement if we just start now.



Final Statement from Coke:

Below is a longer official message from Coke Studio

"On December 07, 2018, the Coke Studio Concert organizers, Philippine National Police, the City of Pasay, and SM Mall of Asia decided to reschedule the Coke Studio Christmas Concert to early next year to prioritize the public’s safety.

The safety of everyone is of utmost importance to us. The unsafe behavior of portions of an estimated 15,000 spectators such as pushing, jumping on the barricades and throwing bottles, threatened the safety of the rest of the concert-goers, despite numerous reminders from authorities present.

There were some who sustained minor injuries and were immediately given medical attention. After careful assessment, and repeated requests for the public’s cooperation, Coca-Cola together with all the artists, PNP, the City of Pasay, and SM MOA, deemed it necessary to reschedule the concert to a later date.

We thank the PNP, the local government of Pasay, and SM MOA for their full support in helping ensure everyone’s protection, the artists for their passion and fully supporting the decision to prioritize their fans’ welfare, and lastly, to the concert goers for their understanding and support. We recognize that a lot of them have traveled far to see their favorite artists. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Rest assured that we will continue to coordinate with the relevant parties to further tighten control measures in our next events.

Again, we thank everyone for their understanding and their continued support."


Even if they will reschedule the concert, I urge everyone not to attend. If you truly love yourself, your family, loved ones, and the rest of our fellow men, never patronize their products or events. Let us show the world that we want a better future. Let us show Coke that we don't want them to pollute our bodies.

Ask yourself "Why and how is Coke giving a concert for free?"

There are underlying reasons why and how, and if you are smart enough you would find it logical to stay away.
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