Saturday, August 31, 2013

Project Pie : Where You Can Be a Pizza Master.... or Monster!

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I'm a pizza monster in real life!

When no one is looking I could eat an entire pizza pie in just a few minutes, even when I'm not hungry. It's the only meal that I order, or eat first even when there's several choices available.

Rice is the staple food of Filipinos but I quickly take rice for granted when there's pizza around. That's probably why if you will browse through my other articles here in my blog, you'll see a lot of pizza places I've tried - within a few days from each other.....hehehe.

A friend of mine probably realized that so she recommended a visit to Project Pie - the newest pizza place located along Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City that will surely spark a lot of interest from pizza lovers.

Rufa Mae Quinto is on the Cover of FHM Philippines September Issue

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Reposting FHM Philippines Magazine's cover starring Rufa Mae Quinto that's wearing something Jinri Park had on a previous FHM Philippines cover!

But who is sexier in those outfit? Jinri Park or Ryfa Mae Quinto?

FHM declares September as the Comedy+Style month! Behold their muse for this special double issue.

Look at how she's bursting with happiness! Click the link for your exclusive first look at her cover photos:

FHM's September 2013 issue will be available in newsstands and bookstores everywhere starting tomorrow, Saturday, August 31! #RufaMaeFHMSeptember

Friday, August 30, 2013

Globe Telecom Unveils First Unlimited Bundle in the World with Unlimited calls, SMS and OTT messaging apps for P30 per day

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The new GoUnli30 from @enjoyGlobe enables Unlimited Call & Text for a day, but also gives you unlimited KakaoTalk, Viber, Line, Facebook Messenger, GChat (Hangouts?) and What'sApp.

Globe Telecom becomes the first telecom company in the world to offer all major global over-the-top (OTT) messaging services for free as part of its core call and text bundle. Its unlimited call and text service will now include Viber with 200 million users around the world, Facebook Messenger with 60 million users, Kakao Talk with 90 million users, and major OTT players with over 650 users all for free.

Today, Globe launches Globe Prepaid GoUNLI30, a bundled prepaid offer which provides subscribers with unlimited texts to all networks, unlimited calls to Globe & TM users, and unlimited access to instant messaging and chat applications Viber, Facebook Messenger, KakaoTalk, and major OTT players without the need for Wi-Fi or additional data charges.

Lucban, Quezon : Offers Easy, Average and Difficult Levels of Trails. What's Your Hike Level?

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Lucban, Quezon is 4 hours away from Metro Manila through a private car. It is possible to commute to this location by riding a bus to Lucena. At the end of the bus ride, you may ride the jeepney that goes to Lucban. The roads going to this province is concrete. Need not to worry about bumpy rides.

Lucban is famous for their festival called “Pahiyas.” This is celebrated every 15th of May every year. The town turns into colorful designs made of Kiping (rice leaf). Aside from this festival, this town is known for hiking of Mt. Banahaw. This is an inactive volcano and needs a professional guide for this task. This hike is tough and advanced. In the meantime, if you are not ready for this. There are several options one could take. Please get a route master in any of your hikes. Most of the hikes are virgin and changes from one terrain to another often. The town is full of nice slopes to discover.

This featured hike is above average but doable by average fit people. It could be very difficult to the elders and the little kids.

Let the hike begin!

Lorenzo the Musical : Of OFWs, Saints, and Rock

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What do you get when you put together an OFW on death row, a fugitive who became a saint, and rock music? Lorenzo is a theatrical production on the life and struggles of two Lorenzos: Laurence (OJ Mariano), an OFW on death row in an Arab country, and St. Lorenzo Ruiz (Lorenz Martinez), the first Filipino canonized as a saint for his martyrdom in Japan.

Lorenzo’s executive producer, Christopher de Leon, has assembled a stellar artistic team for the production. The musical’s libretto was written by award-winning writers Juan Ekis and Paul Dumol, with the collaboration of Joem Antonio. The musical’s beautiful melodies were composed and arranged by Ryan Cayabyab. Internationally-trained Gino Gonzales heads production design. And, last but not least, the play is directed by industry veteran Nonon Padilla.

The production is unique in its storytelling; its premise has Laurence dictating the libretto of a musical he has written about Lorenzo Ruiz to a Filipino reporter. As a three-act "musical within a play," Lorenzo brings the stories of the two Lorenzos side by side, parallel stories at first glance. The parallelism ends there, however, for it is through the tale of one Lorenzo that the other's is redeemed. How? Well, you just have to watch to find out!

National Conference on Language and Literature : Language and Literature at the Crossroads: Research Routes, Learning Landscapes, Teaching Terrains

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The Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, the College English Teachers' Association, and the Council of Department of Chairpersons of English, in partnership with Primetrade Asia, Inc. will hold the National Conference on Language and Literature with the theme Language and Literature at the Crossroads: Research Routes, Learning Landscapes, Teaching Terrains on September 10-12, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

The National Conference on Language and Literature is a three-day conference gathers educators, writers, and scholars from the different parts of the archipelago to discuss issues and challenges affecting the disciplines of language and literature.

The signing of R.A.10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act on May 15, 2013 makes it imperative for our educational system to examine its present language and literature curriculum, instruction, and learning resources in light of the implementation of the K to 12 Education Program and the use of the mother tongue as the medium of instruction in the lower grades.

The Best of Anime 2013 : Otakus Rejoice!

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Otakus rejoice as one of the biggest gatherings of anime fans in the country is back for its 4th year! The Best of Anime 2013 returns on Sept. 14-15 at the SMX Convention Center, with a lineup of exciting events to draw cosplayers, figure collectors, photographers, Japanese culture enthusiasts, artists, and even foodies.

This year’s event features even more fun-filled activities, such as cosplay events, anime and cosplay suppliers, special concerts, contests, and guest appearances that are sure to delight otakus of all ages

The Best of Anime is an anime convention held every year in Manila, Philippines and is now on its 4th year.

It has consistently reached thousands of visitors for the past three momentous years. Last year, the two-day event had more than 10,000 visitors who trooped to the venue last year to experience and witness once more what “The Best of Anime” showcased and offered.

Educare : A Young Child Conference and Expo

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We are pleased to inform you that Primetrade Asia, Inc., in partnership with Potencia, Inc, is organizing Educare: A Young Child Conference and Expo slated on September 13 & 14, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. 

Educare : A Young Child Conference is a conference and expo on Early Childhood Education. It is a significant event that will provide an exceptional venue for an intensive professional development and networking for early childhood experts and practitioners, parents, teachers, educators, students and people who work with children.

Educare is an exciting conference  geared towards the education and raising of children ages 0-11 years. The event is co-located with the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) event at the SMX Convention Center, Educare is set to gather parents, teachers, school administrators, child psychologists, and other professionals working with young children. 

Kids One Yoga Class

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You are all cordially invited to the free kids one yoga class for kids who are 3 -10 years old on August 31, Saturday 10:30 am – 11:20 am at Tantra Yoga. The Kids One Yoga Class will be facilitated by KidzYoga Teacher and educator, Krissy Invento-Manalo.

This event is for the benefit of The Philippine Toy Library (PTL). The Philippine Toy Library (PTL) builds "toy libraries" in congested and depressed areas all over the country to provide poor Filipino children the rich experience of play, creativity, and imagination.

Participants are encouraged to bring an old/new toy, book, or any educational material that you are willing to donate to the Philippine Toy Library.

Cell Sites Radiation-Safety Certified by DOH

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The cell sites of Globe Telecom have been issued radiation-safety certificates by the Department of Health, another indication that radio frequency signals coming from such facilities do not pose any adverse health impact.

“The radiation-safety certificates for every cell site that we have in the country are a proof that concerns over potential health hazard coming from base stations are without basis,” said Emmanuel Estrada, Globe Head of Network Technologies Strategy.

The radiation-safety certificates issued by the health department are based on guidelines issued by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) on maximum human exposures to radio frequency fields.

“Radio signals follow the so called ‘inverse-square law of physics’. This means that the signal level from a cell is radically reduced as the distance from the antenna increases. Thus the radiation at ground level is substantially lower compared to radiation levels emitted by the two-way radio of security personnel or a cell phone,” Estrada emphasized.

Epson Supports Batangas Youth Through School Desk Donation

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Social responsibility response has increased tremendously over the past years. Many companies now recognize the need to help and support the country by means of helping out the less fortunate and the "poorest of the poor" as a priority to gain a more significant improvement in the condition of society.

The most important need of the country is in Education. I am surprised why the government couldn't really address efficiently the needs of schools for a more meaningful Education system There will always be a lack of everything to the most important factor in society next to food and employment opportunities.
It is admirable to see companies and organizations who are willing to lend a hand to provide the much needed basic necessities.

Seeing an unexpected 35% rise in the student enrollment rate this year in Lipa City, Epson responded by providing school desks to three public schools.

HR Standard for Improving Business Performance Presented by the Investors in People Philippines

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Investors in People (IiP) Philippines, in collaboration with Breakthrough Leadership, is mounting the very first IiP Symposium in the Philippines to make the Investors in People Standard accessible to organizations who aims to improve their business though people strategy. The IiP Symposium will be held on September 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the SGV Hall of AIM Conference Center, Makati City.

Investors in People is the world-leading best practice quality standard for people management. It works for all kinds and sizes of organization. Those that use the Standard improve their results, including revenue, profit, productivity and customer satisfaction. In transforming business performance, Investors in People can help organizations develop effective strategies, execute them and review the results!

The forthcoming Investors in People Symposium provides the following program takeaways for the participants: A new model for aligning people strategy and business strategy; Access to on-going support for developing and maintaining an effective people strategy; Access to resources for evaluating your people management practices to facilitate continuous improvement; among other organization development insights.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Janet Lim Napoles Surrenders

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The government offered a Php10 million reward for information that will lead to the arrest of Janet Lim-Napoles. Napoles is wanted on charges of serious illegal detention arising from the alleged kidnapping of Benhur Luy. But the real issue is her participation in the billion of pesos PDAF scam.

But after just a few days, we now hear of news that Napoles has surrendered to no less than the President of the Philippines. The President immediately turned her over to the custody of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Philippine National Police Director-General Alan Purisima for processing and booking.

Napoles was shielded immediately . No Media, No Mugshot. Senate and Congress have instructions to keep the comfort rooms clean, as they expect massive usage...hahaha.

Is this an indication that the corruption may really be that hugely associated or linked with big people under the Executive that Napoles had to go to the top?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Instant Mommy Stars Eugene Domingo : Movie Review

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I have to hand it over to for making me experience my first ever special screening of an indie film, Instant Mommy. The movie stars Eugene Domingo as Betchay, a breadwinner wardrobe assistant who is committed to her Japanese fiancee Kaoru (Yuki Matsuzaki) because she is pregnant with their child.

Yuri Matsuzaki stars in this comedy feature film Instant Mommy directed by Leo Abaya. He will be playing the lover of Betchay, the main character played by well-known Filipino comedienne Eugene Domingo.

Asia's Favorite Actress, Eugene Domingo, and Yuki Matsuzaki will be joined by Luis Alandy, Alchris Galura, Archie Alemania, Shamaine Buencamino, Matt Evans and Tuesday Vargas.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sabrina : Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart Releases Acoustic Playlist

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Sensational multi-Platinum songstress SABRINA – dubbed ‘Asia’s Acoustic Sweetheart’ – has just released her newest EP of soothing acoustic covers-- Acoustic Playlist. It features seven of the hottest songs of the moment, reinvented with Sabrina’s trademark acoustic stylings. The EP is now available for online download through Smart Music or iTunes.

With her soft touch and sweet voice, the Acoustic Playlist EP includes SABRINA’s fresh interpretations of current hit songs “Just Give Me A Reason” (Pink), “Clarity” (Zedd), “Titanium” (David Guetta feat. Sia), “Girl On Fire” (Alicia Keys), “Diamonds” (Rihanna), “When I Was Your Man” (Bruno Mars), and “Daylight” (Maroon 5).

Acoustic Playlist follows a string of best-selling records for SABRINA. Her I Love Acoustic series of albums, which features soothingly reworked acoustic covers of contemporary pop hits, has achieved multi-Platinum status across several Asian countries and allowed SABRINA to garner a massive fanbase throughout the region. SABRINA enjoys tremendous support from music-lovers in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Korea. 

Manila International Book Fair Marks New Milestones

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Books will continue to be a part of our lives despite the proliferation of e-books which can easily be accessed online over the Internet through your Internet-enabled smartphones or tablets.

The feeling of holding a book in your hands and turning the page one after another after you've read a page, anticipating the succeeding possible turn of events, and sometimes holding your breath awaiting for the next outcome - like that in reading a suspense thriller or a romantic novel, could not be replaced by an e-book.

Many are saying books will eventually disappear but I don't believe it because books still hold that precious and irreplaceable value of being a personal possession with sentimental value. Unlike tablets that will eventually be replaced by a new more powerful model almost every year, books (if well taken care of) can be your priceless most-valued possession that you can keep and proudly display among other great books in your mini-library at home.

The Manila International Book Fair (MIBF), the biggest and longest running book fair in the Philippines, has certainly gone a long way over the past three decades in bringing books a lot closer to book lovers and collectors in the country.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Million People March to Scrap Pork Barrel

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"We Appreciate the fact that the President has responded to the public clamor to abolish the PDAF. However, the altternative package of still allowing the Congressmen and Senators to identify sponsored projects to be funded, albeit as line items in the annual budget, continues to leave MONEY within the grasp of conniving and corrupt public officials. In effect, this merely shifted the timeframe upon when these projects are identified and approved. Therefore, the PORK BARREL REMAINS!

We pursue our call for completely abolishing the Pork Barrel. Let our legislators just legislate."
This is the reason why a great number of people continued to troop towards Luneta to join the Million People March. The complete scrapping of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel is what majority of the people wants. Its what everyone deserves.

But when you read statements like these below, I'm not really so sure the pork barrel will really get scrapped. It might just get reborn with another name:

Sing & Swing at Route 196

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Tomorrow night at Route 196, it is time to dance to the funky beats of Cosmic Love, Sinyma, Pinoy Stories and the Jeffrey Zulueta Experience.

The party starts at 9 PM and ends until the sun rises.

It is indeed true to work hard and party harder.

Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair 2013 : Filipino Entrepreneurs From Various Regions Under One Roof

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“While food fairs have become quite a common place to look for home-grown products and best buys especially with the prevalence of weekend markets, the Sikat Pinoy National Food Fair will bring together more than 250 food entrepreneurs from the various regions of the country in one venue,” - DTI Undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo

I brought home some dried fish in vacuum-sealed packaging ( Tinapang Bangus for Php 150 each and Salinas Tuyo for Php 50 each) and a few banana chips (3 for Php 100) from the Sikat Pinoy Food Fair a few days ago from their Megatrade Hall venue located at SM Megamall. I tried out some Pinoy delicacies available at the Fair which was composed of known brands that have been around for years already, and new but emerging brands that are slowly making a name for themselves.

They represent the growing number of eager business-minded individuals all aiming to make it big in the food industry.

Why not? Everyone needs to eat, and if your product is good - then it will sell itself!

Tutuban Center: Where True Shopping Drive Lives On

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Everything is business as usual at Tutuban Center. This exciting shopping mecca, in its aim to continue serving the public, is now all geared up with the newest and never-before-seen attractions. The all-time favorite shopping hub is again able and ready to strengthen its niche. Meticulous shoppers will once again enjoy the best and budget-wise shopping experience at the heart of Manila.

Tutuban Center remains totally equipped to accommodate thousands of shoppers who flock the busy streets of historic Divisoria so they can continue to enjoy big bargains and discounts for a wide variety of quality goods and services while providing a clean, secure, organized, and convenient shopping environment.

The Tutuban Center is a venue for everyone’s shopping frenzy where you will find quality yet affordable products. It also advocates customers’ health and well-being by building the “Sports Track” facility. This fitness hub branded with versatility is a fitting venue for various sports activities like sports fests, funs runs, and traditional Filipino games. With Sports Track, shoppers, including residents within the area, can surely find an easy yet enjoyable way to shop and get in shape at the same time.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Pamana Pays Tribute to Ninoy and Cory Aquino

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Congratulations to the casts of the PAMANA docu-musical that pays tribute to Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and Corazon "Cory" Cojuangco Aquino.

The docu-musical tells the story of an ordinary Filipino family burdened by events that transpired all throughout the years especially recounting the life and death of two of our most honored heroes who both inspired a great number of our people to have the courage to freely demonstrate their scared sovereign will.

This is also the first time I realized that "Benigno" means "maganda" and Corazon means "puso". Combine the two and you have a "beautiful heart". That was what the play shared and it struck me hard that they were right.

Bodjie Pascua, Malou de Guzman, Jett Pangan, and Kakki Teodoro played the lead casts and showed exemplary performances.
Kudos also to the supporting casts and bit players for all-out spectacular acting.

Larossa in Capitol Hills : Your Urban Botanical Community in the Heart of Quezon City

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My ideal home is one where I would find peace and relaxation. It is where I would feel comfortable and at ease, able to let loose, put my shoes and socks away and walk barefoot on grass. To breath the fresh air and stretch my arms upwards towards the blue skies. To be able to release all inhibitions and frustrations because I know that I am at a place where I am accepted and everything else around me is at a state of tranquility.

A particular place where I find serenity is at parks and forested areas. The feeling to be one with nature and calm surroundings refreshes me, calms and soothes me and gives me the inner strength to be hopeful for a better and fruitful life.

You won't usually find inner peace in a busy neighborhood that has been robbed of the opportunity to be one with nature. I find it a drastic move to put down trees in exchange of a more favorable business opportunity. So I am glad to hear that PrimeHomes is preserving 80% of the greenery and 65% of the open spaces in the latest community it is building called Larossa in Capitol Hills - an Urban Botanical Community right in the heart of Quezon City.

Benito's Kitchen: Pizza, Pasta, Nachos Plus a Lot More

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It may not be uniquely their own concoction because pizza, pasta and nachos have been around for ages already. I grew up with these choices as among our selected meals during family bonding moments after church, malls, theme parks and other recreational attractions visits.

The three are common dishes that has marked themselves as popular meals for many Filipinos who want to stay away from our usual staple food, or as snack options during hours outside lunch or dinner time.

However, Benito's Kitchen has told us that they are making efforts in giving their dishes more of that "Oomph!" appeal to give their name an extra special recognition.

With a target market belonging to the class A and B neighborhood, the ultimate goal of Benito's Kitchen is to perhaps come up with personalized products worth every peso of their valued customers money.

All American Feast at Diamond Hotel in Manila Only Until August 29

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Have some ..... No! Drink all you want!.... of the Beringer wines - available free-flowing for only an additional amount of Php 495 nett on top of the buffet price of Php 1780 nett for Diamond Hotel's All-American Feast at the Corniche.

You get to enjoy sumptuous American dishes - a grand celebration of America's culinary creativity - and get to drink all the different kinds of red and white Beringer  wines. Now that is something to look forward to!

Imagine having to dine on a spectacular array of choice dishes for lunch and dinner from the brilliant Chefs of Diamond Hotel. It is surely a remarkable and memorable dining experience for everyone.

100 Lucky People Get to Eat for Free at Yabu SM North

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Yabu : House of Katsu has announced a wonderful news happening at the same time they launch their SM City North EDSA branch at the Block. I guess we will be seeing a hundred smiles soon.

#YabuSMNorth goes BIG with #Katsufor100!

The FIRST 100 guests who line up for the #YabuSMNorth opening on August 27, Tuesday, get to eat KATSU FOR FREE! Start calling your friends and prepare to line up. Door opens at 10am!

Terms and Conditions:
1) 1 guest is entitled to 1 katsu set + 1 FREE glass of bottomless lemonade or Sarsi
2) Excludes all Kurubota Katsu Sets and all Mixed Katsu Sets
3) Valid only in Yabu SM North EDSA on August 27, 2013
4) Guest must get a number stub from the receptionist
5) Not convertible to cash and other Yabu dishes and merchandise

First Tagaytay Wedding and Travel Expo : Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss It

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1. Get to see and meet Tagaytay's Best Wedding and Travel Suppliers/Companies.
2. Reminisce Classic Love Songs with Gino Padilla
3. Get Serenaded by the Nexxus Band.
4. Treat Yourself with complimentary Welcome Drinks.
5. Get FREE Issue of top Wedding and Travel Magazines.
6. Get Great Discounts and Freebies.
7. Get a chance to win Special Prices.
8. Preview the latest wedding gowns and suits.
9. Get a chance to win an overnight stay to the fabulous Hill Creek Garden Honeymoon Suite.
10. Get a chance to Win a 3 days 2 nights honeymoon package to Palawan.

Don't forget to bring your family and friends!

Register Now for FREE.

Million People March to Luneta to Scrap Pork

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Below is a repost from Facebook announcements concerning the Million People March this August 26, 2013 - that's a Monday at the Luneta. Up above is a map to serve as your guide in case you plan to meetup with friends or other groups with the same advocacy!!!

Let us bring our friends and our conviction and the commitment to be the change you want to see.

August 26 Anti-Pork Barrel Protest Picnic
Message: Abolition of Pork, Seeking Transparency & Accountability
Date: 26 August 2013
Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
Venue: Burnham Greens, across Quirino Grandstand, Manila
Alternate Venues: check social media for alternative venues around the country and world

Hashtag is #ScrapPork

UP JMA ADHOC Seek Avidity : An Overwhelming Success!

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Intense is an understatement - at the UP JMA ADHOC Seek Avidity!!!

ADHOC is the UP JMA’s biggest fundraiser party and is done for the benefit of the Kids Integrated Development through Schooling (KIDS) Program, which subsidizes the education and allowance of 40 public school students, and the UP JMA Scholarship Fund meant for Business Administration students in UP Diliman .

Everyone witnessed how a huge crowd coming from several colleges and universities, including young professionals, all over the Metro, gathered all together to form one grand and euphoric party!

The organizers must have not expected such a huge turnout to the point that it became so difficult to accommodate all the attendees. I thought there was going to be a stampede as the attendees tried to force their way inside the World Trade Center due to the long wait they had to endure at the entrance.

Though there were some delays and a few uncontrolled hiccups, the stunning beats from the guest DJs, the remarkable light-effects, the free-flowing booze all over the party area, and cool dudes and lovely ladies - made the party definitely an overwhelming success!!!

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