Saturday, April 11, 2015

CMLI 37th SummerCon: Trailblazing a Filipino Identity in the Global Society

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The Children’s Museum and Library, Incorporated is a youth leadership organization that promotes the welfare, development, and empowerment of the Filipino youth through its conventions, competitions, seminars, and tournaments. As it celebrates its 58th year, CMLI aims to help realize the opportunities that the ASEAN integration will bring to the country and the vital role of the country’s youth as it happens. 

With the theme, “CMLI and the Filipino Youth: Trailblazing a Filipino Identity in the Global Society”, the 37th Annual National Summer Conference and Work Camp will be held at NSCC Plaza, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur from April 22, 2014 – April 27, 2014. The convention aims to gather over 200 grade school and high school delegates nationwide (from both public and private schools) to empower them through leadership training, talent development, social awareness, and national friendship. 

The commission discussions, handled by trained youth facilitators from CMLI’s Junior Council-National Executive Board, will be the avenue for the delegates to tackle the convention’s theme in a more interactive manner. Delegates are randomly assigned to commissions to maximize their interaction with their co-delegates from all over the country. 

Visita Iglesia 2015: Churches in Switzerland and Germany

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Water Bottle: Checked
Power Bars : Checked
Train Tickets: Checked
All systems go.

Good Friday, 2015. I decided to go on Visita Iglesia just on the spur of the moment this year. No route planned, no time plan, no stress.
As a backgrounder, I have been doing my Visita Iglesia in the last five years. I am a Filipina who has been a resident of Switzerland in the last 18 years. I am divorced, have an only child, totally single in the last five years and I consider myself quite lucky to live in this beautiful country.

This year is the 6th year I am going to do my Visita Iglesia in Switzerland. Since, I told myself that I am not going to do it with stress this year -- I found myself going to Constance, Germany too.

In the olden times (during my younger years), I used to do Visita Iglesia with my Mother. The rule is, we have to go and visit 7 churches or chapels on Maundy Thursday by simple walking from church-to-church. We don't carry any food with us because there are some families who opens their houses -- offers the people going on Visita Iglesia some refreshments - bread, water, sago at gulaman, fruits and all for free as part of the home-owners house "panata" for a "pakain" on Visita Iglesia days.

DOH, NGOs Join Philippine Hemophilia Community for World Hemophilia Day

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To raise awareness and understanding about hemophilia and related bleeding disorders, the Department of Health (DOH) and various non-government organizations joined the Hemophilia Association of the Philippines for Love & Service (HAPLOS) in marking the World Hemophilia Day at Glorietta Mall in Makati City on April 11 to 12.

The two-day activity called “Count Me In” gathered different hemophilia groups and support groups to highlight the importance of being more active, leading the way to improved access to treatment. The event also called for public support for the hemophilia community, as well as seek government support for persons with hemophilia.
“We are honored to lead the country’s celebration of the World Hemophilia Day, celebrated every April 17, because it is an opportunity not only to generate understanding about hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, but also to inspire change. This event seeks to unite patients, health care professionals, advocacy groups, governments and industry partners to make the world better for the local bleeding disorder community,” said Ric Felipe, president of HAPLOS.  

During the opening ceremony, DOH Undersecretary Dr. Vicente Belizario expressed the agency’s commitment in helping those with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders to address the challenges they are currently facing, especially in closing the gaps in care and treatment. 

AXN Tops English GE Q1 2015 Ratings

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AXN continued its thrilling streak in Q1 2015, claiming top spot in English general entertainment primetime ratings collectively in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Taiwan.

As the dominant English GE channel across the region, AXN held 37 percent of the primetime viewing share among 20 competing channels, with ratings that were more than 60 percent higher than the next best rated English GE channel.

Asia’s home of thrilling entertainment posted strong ratings gains on the back of the premieres of popular new and returning scripted series including “CSI: Cyber” and “The Blacklist” Season 2, along with AXN Asia’s latest original series “Asia’s Got Talent”. Quarter one primetime ratings grew in all four markets vs 2014. In particular, AXN enjoyed 50 per cent growth quarter-on-quarter in Singapore, 20 percent in the Philippines, 15 percent in Taiwan, while in Malaysia the channel enjoyed more than double the rating of its closest competitor.

Hui Keng Ang, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “Quality, buzzworthy drama and reality series airing day and date with the U.S remain integral to AXN’s success. Adding to this is our focus on producing exciting localized original productions, and engaging viewers for a truly social television experience. ‘Asia’s Got Talent’, while a ratings success on linear TV, has also inspired an active and colorful fan base across several social platforms.”

Friday, April 10, 2015

Mike Unson's Comedy Mayhem at the Burger Company on April 16

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Catch him if you can!
Mike Unson's Comedy Mayhem on Thursday, April 16 at Burger Company ! Featuring performances by The Comedy Cartel. Featuring Rene Jr. Cruz, Jai Garcia, Joseph Montecillo, Sherwin Cunanan & Chip Balbuena with special guest Jourdan Sebastian ! Show starts at 8pm, admission is free!

Burger Company is located at 72B SCT. Reyes corner Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City (Near Crossroads)

Tire Recycling Competition Announced by GT Radial Philippines

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Imagine replacing 1 tire of the roughly 3.6 million automobiles found in the Philippines alone and estimating a 1 square meter for every tire, it'll  take only two years to fill the entire 35- square kilometer surface of Metro Manila. There would be as much as 140 million discarded tires within only 10 years which is the same as the projected population.

Dumping of used tires in the garbage, dumpsites or landfills cayuses health hazards especially when they are burned causing pollution in the air. Too many tires needed for artificial reefs on our shorelines or sea already. There is really a need to find a better solution on how we could dispose, reuse or recycle these used tires.

Thus GT Radial Philippines has though of a competition to help in the preservation of the environment. It is a timely mission to be hosting a tire up-cycling idea called GT Radial Untired - a challenge open to  all individuals and organizations within Metro Manila to come up with the best sustainable, scalable and replicable tire recycling ideas. DEadline of submission is on June 5, 2015 which is World Environment Day.

BPI Family Bank Auto Loan's 'Bagong Kotse, 1 Month Libre' Promo at MIAS

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Get to avail an extraordinary offer in the car financing industry with the first-ever 'Bagong Kotse, 1 Month Libre' promo only at the 11th year of the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) happening from April 9 to 12 at World Trade Center in Pasay City.

You'll definitely enjoy seeing a wide selection of vehicles at the MIAS plus the super low loan interest rates, the free BPI Auto Loan-Petron Value Card and other exciting freebies. There will be Account Officers present at the car show to assist your inquiries and help in completing your loan application.

BPI Family Auto Loan is a co-presentor and long-time bank partner of MIAS. The promo allows you to enjoy big savings with a free 1-month loan amortization when you avail a car loan which is at least 36 months to qualify for the promo.

After paying for incidental expenses like car insurance, registration, and chattel mortgage fee, that comes with the purchase of a brand new car The free 1 month amortization gives you a breather for an easy car ownership opportunity.

VKOOL: Your Unfair Advantage

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For more than 20 years, VKOOL has been the choice of the most discerning drivers seeking the ultimate driving experience.

And up to this day, VKOOL never ceases to progress. The new V-KOOL brandmark carries the flame that has brought the brand to the forefront of window film industry, while hinting back at its long established equity and dynamism.

Though their contemporaries are aggressively product-centered, VKOOL goes in the direction of adding value to people’s lives and mean more than just a product.

They discovered. They defined. And they designed.

The art of sunlight is truly magnificent. It makes them gladly embrace each daylights of their lifetime and lets them see how wonderful the world is.

With VKOOL’s mastery of light, premium window films were created to block heat but not light.

Without the glare, you can witness the thing of beauty right from the car window or have a clear vision at drizzly nights. 

Go for Vibrant, Summer Drives with Enhanced Variants of Kia Picanto and Kia Rio

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Go for vibrant, summer drives with enhanced variants of Kia Picanto and Kia Rio
Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), exclusive distributor of Kia Motors vehicles in the Philippines, has just released a range of product enhancements for Kia Picanto and Kia Rio. These interior and exterior add-ons for both models guarantee a more stylish and different driving experience.

CAC Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Hernando D. Gañac, Jr., shares the company’s excitement for the public to try these new features. “Both the Kia Picanto and Kia Rio are popular choices for urban use and we are thrilled to offer something new to the market and surprise the current Picanto and Rio afficionados, too.”

He adds, “These Kia models have exceeded customer expectations when it comes to flexibility, style, and comfort. Now more than ever, the newly-minted variants of Kia Picanto and Kia Rio are the ideal road partners.”

Available in 1.0 EX M/T Gas and 1.2 EX A/T Gas, the Kia Picanto features a revamped radiator grille, alloy rim design, front and rear bumpers, and fog lamps. Known for its line of vibrant colors such as Alice Blue, Signal Red, or Cherry Pink, among others, the Picanto will also be available in a new, distinctive shade of yellow aptly called, Honey Bee.

A New Standard in MPV Comfort and Refinement with Kia Grand Carnival

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Outstanding, impressive, distinguished– these are words that come to mind when “grandness” is being talked about.

Conversely, these are words thrown around by motoring pundits and enthusiasts when the Kia Grand Carnival made its global debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

Kia’s completely redesigned midsize multi-purpose vehicle comes to Philippine shores with heightened anticipation. Already loved by many, Kia Grand Carnival goes beyond customer expectations of how a “family van” should perform.

With the all-new Grand Carnival, Kia delivers exceedingly well.

A new level of sophistication is evident in its European-inspired design. With a distinctive grille, aerodynamic side molding lines, a modern wide stance, and cab-forward design, the Kia Grand Carnival possesses a style that turns heads anywhere.

Its smarter features also enhance the premium look of the Kia Grand Carnival.

Third Generation Kia Sorento Soars to New Heights in SUV Prestige and Style

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The next level is here– more powerful, more refined.

A higher level of quality is what the all-new Kia Sorento offers to a discerning, upscale market.
Already well-loved and popular, the all-new Kia Sorento kicks things up a notch with sophisticated styling from the outside, a modern luxurious interior, and improved performance under the hood.

And in the Philippines, an excited, SUV-loving market will soon experience what the next levels of prestige and style are all about through Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia Motors vehicles in the country.

Building on the success of its predecessor, the all-new Kia Sorento retains its sleek profile but is enhanced by its shell’s increased length, reduced height, and extra width giving the Kia SUV a bolder-on-the-road presence.

It also retains the hallmark long bonnet and characteristic wide D-pillar but now with a lower roofline, higher beltline, and swept-back shape for that distinctive, muscular stance.

Kuya Kim Endorses Tata Motors Commercial and Passenger Vehicles for the Filipino Entrepreneur

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Tata Motors Philippines showcases their strong and world tested line up of heavy duty commercial vehicles as well as their light commercial vehicles with various possible business applications to further inspire the entrepreneurial Filipino. Also present are the fuel efficient eco-diesel powered passenger cars which are perfect for the smart practical Filipino family. 

In their lineup, Tata Motors previewed to the public their Prima range of trucks which is part of their heavy commercial vehicle stable. Tata Motors first launched the Prima in 2008 which has a combination of power, world-class performance, fuel efficiency, superior technology and safety and has been built with technical inputs from across the world like - an Italian cab design, engine technology from the USA and Europe, gearbox expertise from Germany, chassis frame know-how from Mexico, sheet metal dies from Japan and Korea, combined with Swedish precision on a robotic weld line. With this, the Tata Prima is also known as the “World Smart Truck”. 

Present in the motor show were the Prima 4438S tractor head which is powered by a 370hp CUMMINS ISLe 8.9L high pressure common rail diesel engine which is very suitable for various heavy commercial hauling requirements. The Prima has a maximum speed of 99 kmph as well as a fuel capacity of 625 L. It is best suited for all kind of Applications like - General Cargo: Container/Refer Van/Car Carriers, Industrial: Cement/Steel/Machinery Movement, Construction: Tip Trailers/Bulkers etc.

On the other hand, the Tata PRIMA 4038K (6X4) Construction tipper is equipped by a 370hp CUMMINS ISLe 8.9L high pressure common rail diesel engine which is able to put out 370HP of maximum power with its 9 speed Eaton Transmission. This vehicle is fitted with an 18 Cu.M box body and a Bogie Suspension for all wheels. It is suitable for all type of construction applications like Aggregates Movement, Tankers and other municipal applications like Garbage Compactors, Skip Loaders etc.

Ford Reveals All-New Everest and New Expedition Platinum at MIAS

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Ford Philippines once again takes center stage at the 11th Manila International Auto Show with the reveal of the all-new Everest and the launch of the new Expedition Platinum, completing the line-up of segment-leading cars, SUVs, and trucks in the Ford pavilion. 

Joining the Everest and Expedition Platinum are seven other popular Ford nameplates. These include the exciting Fiesta equipped with the award-winning 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, the dynamic Focus that blends smart and safety technology seamlessly, the ground-breaking EcoSport compact urban SUV that redefined a whole new segment, the Escape and Explorer Sport that bring style and power together with their fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines, and the best-selling Ranger that tops its segment in the market. The iconic Mustang that continues to excite generations after generation will also be another highlight at the Ford stand, showcasing the 50 Years Limited Edition.

These vehicles will be on full display during the four-day motor show event as a testament of the company’s on-going commitment to deliver quality, fuel-efficient, safe and smart vehicles to its customers in the Philippines.

“We are very excited to showcase our most complete line-up of vehicles to date. We want to display the very best of Ford and that means bringing in our One Ford vehicles from the global stage and into the homes of our loyal Filipino customers,” said Kay Hart, managing director, Ford Philippines.

The MINI 5 Door: More MINI, More Possibilities

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MINI Philippines has introduced an entirely new body variant – the MINI 5 Door – for the first time in its history. Available locally in two variants; MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S, the MINI 5 Door will be retailed at the MINI Global City, MINI Greenhills and MIN Cebu.

“As with every other MINI, the MINI 5 Door has preserved MINI’s signature driving fun, its distinctive character and refinement of the third model generation, by incorporating enhanced practicality through extra space,” said Willy Tee Ten, President of British United Automobiles Inc. “With more foot space, legroom and luggage space added, as well as the introduction of two rear doors and three separate back seats, the MINI 5 Door has achieved greater comfort and practicality without compromising on typical MINI go-kart handling and characteristic.”
New 5 Door Design means more room, more space, greater comfort.

The body of the MINI 5 Door is 3,982 millimetres long (MINI Cooper S 5 Door is 4,005 millimetres), 1,727 millimetres wide and 1,425 millimetres tall. This makes the MINI Cooper 5 Door +161 millimetres longer and +11 millimetres higher than the 3-door version. The width remains the same. 

Meanwhile, the MINI Cooper S 5 Door is +155mm longer than the 3-door version. The wheelbase has been extended by +72 millimetres to 2,567 millimetres, while the track is identical to that of the 3-door version.

Volkswagen PH Highlights Child Safety in Manila International Auto Show

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According to the road safety facts from the World Health Organization, about 1.24 million globally die each year as a result of road traffic crashes (nearly 3,400 deaths a day). Wearing a seat-belt can reduce fatalities by up to 50% and among rear-seat car passengers by up to 75%. Child restraint systems, such as child seats for infants and booster seats for older children, decrease the risk of death in a crash by about 70% for infants and up to 80% for small children. 

Volkswagen Philippines, the official importer and distributor of VW vehicles launched in the 2015 edition of the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) the VW Child Safety Initiative (CSI) campaign to support child safety on Philippines roads.

The Philippine campaign is part of the global CSI strategy of the Wolfsburg-based automaker which already rolled out in various countries around the world. The CSI is based on two main pillars. One is the prevention of accidents by teaching and educating parents and kids about possible dangers on the roads. The other is the passive safety inside the VW vehicles by using child seats together with the factory standard safety systems like airbags, active collision systems and the ISOFIX child seat fixations.

At its exhibition booth, VW Philippines set up a “child safety corner” with a simulated road to heighten awareness on road safety, as well as to teach the motoring public how child seats greatly increase safety for younger passengers. The “child safety corner” had two major components: (1) the junior driving course and (2) the child seat corner.

Volkswagen Vehicles Shine at Manila International Auto Show

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Car enthusiasts and drivers at the 2015 edition of the Manila International Auto Show on April 9 to 12 in World Trade Center, Pasay City witnessed Volkswagen Philippines’ finest collection of its vehicle line-up. The official importer and distributor of VW vehicles in the country displayed the recently launched Golf GTI and Polo Hatchback as well as the Touareg Sport Edition and accessorized Beetle, Touran, and Tiguan. Also exhibited was the new Polo Sedan in automatic transmission.

The multi-awarded VW Golf GTI—in Tornado Red—was the main highlight of the exhibit area. It is the ultimate sportsman within the VW sports car family. It combines technological leadership and uncompromised performance making it a sustainable sports car. The GTI is the sports car with true “style and performance”, because it is THE GTI.

The Golf GTI is powered by a 2.0 turbocharged stratified injection engine with maximum output of 220 Ps at 4,500-6,200 rpm and a maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1,500-4,400 rpm. Mated to a 6-speed dual shift gear transmission and sports-tuned suspension, this car is the definitive hot hatch.
Those who are following the adventures of the VW Polo as it dominated the World Rally Championship for two consecutive years—2013 and 2014—should be glad to know that the Polo Hatchback is now available for young professionals and car lovers who value superior build quality and driving pleasure.

Mazda Introduces Five New Generation Models with SKYACTIV Technology and KODO Design.

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Mazda Motor Corporation's business in the Philippines has been steadily growing since they established partnership with Berjaya Auto Philippines in January 2013.

Last year, they sold a record 3,632 units, over 50% growth from the previous year. As you may recall, their CX-5 and Mazda6 won Car of The Year from the Car Awards Group, and Mazda’s popularity is rapidly growing in this country.

This year’s Mazda Collection is housed within the new Mazda Global Corporate Identity design standard.

There were a total of 13 all new or upgraded Mazda products with the latest Kodo design language and Skyactiv technology content spread wall to wall in this hall.
Despite the stagnation in the bigger auto markets in the ASEAN region, the mass motorization of the Philippines is just beginning, with strong economic growth underpinned by a young and huge population.

BYD Debuts Qin with Next-Generation Hybrid Technology at MIAS

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Solar Transport Automotive Resources Corp., (STAR Corp.), the exclusive distributor of BYD vehicles in the Philippines, unveiled the QIN (pronounced as CHIN), BYD’s second-generation Plug-in-Hybrid Sports Saloon, during the Manila International Auto Show at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

Named after the first Emperor of China, who unified the country’s cultures and nations, the Qin is a solid testament to BYD's strengths as a carmaker and proof that the company’s technologies are ahead of the competition by leaps and bounds.  

The Qin was designed from the ground up as a dual-mode hybrid, unlike existing internal combustion cars that were adapted to hybrids. Not only is the Qin a creative masterpiece, calling upon many design elements derived from ancient Qin Dynasty weaponry and symbols, it is designed to have both power and efficiency without compromise, unlike any other plug-in-hybrid sedan built to date.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spotted On Lazada: Samsung S6

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Effortless shopping just becomes simply exciting as the recently launched Samsung S6 models are now available in the Philippines through The early debut of the Samsung S6 models comes in with a jaw-dropping price tag that would definitely not break your bank accounts.

The Samsung S6 32GB currently carries a price tag of PhP 31,999 while the Samsung S6 EDGE 32GB is currently at PhP 36,999 and the Samsung S6 EDGE 64GB is being sold at PhP 42,999 – all of which could be purchased via Credit/Debit Cards, PayPal, and Megalink Affiliated Cards.

However, if you are a BDO Credit Card holder, you may have the option to pay via instalments for as low as PhP 2,000 per month! 

So sound the alarm and get the latest Samsung S6 phones from via if you are using desktop or laptop. If you are on the go, you can quickly shop via the Lazada Mobile App which is available both on AppStore and Google Play.

Do not be left behind and spread the hottest piece of news!

Whiff & Unwind: Whiff Some Fragrances, Unwind Your Senses

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The Mu Sigma Phi Sorority*, together with CHEMWORLD Fragrance Factory Alabang and Megawide World Citi Consortium, in cooperation with Body Options, Pepsi Corporation and Shell Canvass, proudly bring you, Whiff & Unwind: Whiff Some Fragrances, Unwind Your Senses.

This is a one-day sense fair promoting scents as a medium for expression and relaxation. It will be held on April 25, 2015 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. It includes perfume making and calligraphy workshops which targets to cater all perfume enthusiasts, a head and foot massage using fragrance oils aimed at aromatherapy, and a scent exhibit wherein the participant may share their customized perfumes.

It will also feature talks regarding perfume making, aromatherapy, scents and attraction. Part of the proceeds of the event will be given to San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly, operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor, which aims to provide the needs of the elderly poor by welcoming them in their home.

The official media sponsors are, Circuit Magazine, Click the City, DZUP 1602, Magic 89.9, Travelibre, and

One: Valor of Champions Preview Anatpong Bunrad Vs. Geje Eustaquio

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For Geje Eustaquio, ONE: VALOR OF CHAMPIONS will be just the sort of homecoming that he needs to continue his climb up the ladder.

Eustaquio will take on Anatpong Bunrad in a key flyweight match on 24 April 2015 from the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines.

Along with the featured 125-pound attraction, Ben Askren defends his ONE Welterweight World Championship against Luis Santos and Mark Striegl faces Casey Suire in a bantamweight bout.

Regardless of the end result, Eustaquio’s 2014 ONE Flyweight World Championship fight with Adriano Moraes at ONE: RISE OF THE KINGDOM was only a positive. 

Even though he found himself caught by Moraes, who is widely-considered one of the best 125-pound fighters in the world, Eustaquio gave him everything he could handle for a round-plus. 

Before slipping up vs. Moraes, the 26-year-old Lakay MMA member had won two straight under the ONE banner, scoring decisions over Kentaro Watanabe and Eugene Toquero.

He dealt Toquero his first career loss in 2013 and also bested Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Alex Silva back in 2012 in only his fourth career MMA match. 

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates was in Laguna for a Confidential Visit at IRRI

Wazzup Pilipinas! reports that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently visited the International Rice Research Institute in Los Banos, Laguna according to the online news reliable sources.
  The American philanthropist arrived at 8 a.m. of April 7 Tuesday at the IRRI headquarters aboard a private helicopter and left after a two-hour “confidential visit.” 
  The rice institute’s spokesperson would not deny nor confirm the visit after IRRI was requested for comments.   The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports the research and development of IRRI’s Golden Rice, a genetically manipulated rice variety that contains beta carotene."

It is either strange or admirable for the Microsoft founder for being too silent and low profile about his visit to the Philippines.

We all know how popular Bill Gates is and he should have been top news which is why it was surprising that only Inquirer was able to pick up on this news.

It Figures Skin Care and Body Shaping - Makati: The Journey to a Better Face and Body

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Thank you to It Figures Skin Care and Body Shaping - Makati branch for the regular Fat-Burning Radio Frequency (RF) treatments.

I'm already at my 4th visit to get rid of my double chin. They say it will take around 6 to 8 sessions before we could totally burn the unwanted fat but I also need to complement it with right exercise and good diet, otherwise it will just come back.

However, there are some saying the improvements are noticeable already. Just a little off the fat but noticeably better than before.

It Figures Skin Care and Body Shaping - Makati offers non-invasive facial, skin care and slimming services for both men and women.

Thanks to Marnel, who was mostly the one attending to my treatments and, of course, to Gernie for allowing me to experience such an opportunity. I hope to write well the end results of their efforts, and hoping it will be a success.

Josie Rizal, Andrea Bonifacio and Other Tekken 7 Filipino Characters

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Nope! There's only Josie Rizal announced as a new Filipino character among the three new ones of the Tekken 7 fighting game. The Andrea Bonifacio is fictitious, but why not - Emilia Aguinaldo, Apolinaria Mabini, Marcela Del Pilar, Juana Luna, Nene Aquino and all the rest of our male Pinoy heroes created with a female version seems interesting to watch fight each other on screen.

Or is it not a fitting tribute since it's a fighting game after all. Not really promoting camaraderie or good traits. Even Jose Rizal fought with his pen - which is supposed to be mightier than the sword or the gun. But a fist may be different - still it's promoting violence, and who are addicted to these games bit our kids who will be influenced by these arcade games.

The other two characters new in the game are Jin Kazama and his evil supernatural alter ego Devil Jin. This makes Josie Rizal the newest female character of Tekken 7.

But all the legal aspect issues and the controversies hounding the new character patterned after Jose Rizal may cause the creators of Tekken 7 to delete the character from the game. The name was obviously taken from our national hero Jose Rizal's name but I don't think the outfit makes any resemblance. A cropped yellow top and a red and blue skirt is not really Jose Rizal's type of wardrobe. Though the character is skilled in eskrima and kickboxing, our national hero would also not be fighting his way out of a conflict which means it is not an actual portrayal. It's only the name that they adapted and nothing more.

UP JMA Presents ADHOC Resonance on April 25 at SMX Convention Center MOA

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Get ready to experience the difference as the party that started it all switches to a new frequency. ADHOC is coming back stronger than ever, and this time, we’re giving you exactly what you came for. Enjoy the distinct ADHOC experience brought to you by none other than UP JMA as we bring back everything you love about the biggest college party in the metro. Get hyped with MC Pao and the best DJs in the country as you enjoy overflowing premium drinks, and revel in the one and only ADHOC midnight reveal.

ADHOC Resonance brings you a new spin with the freshest hiphop beats, a new setup, and a new location. On April 25, 2015, SMX will open its doors for the first time ever to the biggest college party in the Metro. Will you be there to witness the change?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Health Cube's Complimentary Customized Executive Health Care Package for Media

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Health is wealth - so an annual medical check-up at Health Cube in Promenade, Greenhills was where we spent a few hours of our time in a n effort to determine if we are well within the healthy zone.

April 1 was not a fool's day for me and my wife since we got a truly special complimentary medical check-up designed for media. This is almost similar to the very basic package, but good enough to determine if we are in good health already. 

Among the any perks of being a member of the media is these kind of services offered in exchange of writing about our experience. This serves as part of their marketing initiative to let us experience their health care services. A tour of their facility was conducted already at a previous visit so what was left that day was a complimentary customized Executive Health Care package.
Health Cube is a premier medical facility in the heart of Metro Manila that provides personalized outpatient health care. The tests scheduled to be given to us were CBC, Urinalysis, RBS, Uric Acid, SGPT, SGOT, Creatinine, ECG, Chest X-Ray, PFT and Stress Test. We were asked to be there at 8 am. We got there a bit earlier but was surprised they started the check-up even before 8 am.

Barangay Nutrition Scholars' 3rd National Conference

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The Barangay Nutrition Scholars are volunteers with special functions more diverse than the ordinary health worker. They are the special ones trained to be more attentive to details and with the guts to go beyond the common tasks, and even surpassing the role by becoming more than just a volunteer. He or she would have the daunting tasks of negotiating with the heads of the LGU for continued or more support since their tasks would definitely need the cooperation of the local government unit especially the heads from the Barangay Chairperson to the Mayor of the city or municipality.

I was amused that these BNSs are also given training programs on how to dress up properly and to effectively communicate with heads and superiors. These are knowledge that are worth learning even for health works as the scope of advocating for nutrition should not be solely focused on specifically related training programs. The overall physical, intellectual, social and even mental attributes of an individual should be enhanced as well no matter what profession.

They've mentioned the role of a BNS may even become more popular for the society since they have close encounters with the people themselves. Thus some have leveled up towards higher positions in government. It is admirable that still many of them stayed as a BNS because they truly have loved their advocacy.

Yaya Meal Hullabaloo: Balesin Island Club Is In Deep Shit Because of Oblivious CEO

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Many are reacting to this "yaya meal" hullabaloo... What's your opinion?

Re-post from Balesin Island Club:

"We at Balesin Island Club do not understand this entire hullabaloo about the “yaya meal.” Any talk of discrimination is inappropriate. In fact, if the guest or member chooses to have the Club serve the “yaya” tenderloin steak and lobster thermidor, we will gladly serve it to the yaya. “Yaya meal” is merely an accommodation and an option for the guest for their “yaya”. H...ence, we do not serve this meal if there is no instruction at all from the guest for a “yaya meal” to be served to a “yaya”.

Incidentally, the yayas are thrilled with their meals because these are deliciously prepared by our chefs, as well, for our operating staff at Balesin.

Mike M. Asperin
CEO & Island Director
Balesin Island Club"

A bunch are saying they should have hires a PR to answer such issues since the CEO named Mike M. Asperin was obviously oblivious to the real reason why many people are reacting violently to his statement.

The fact that this place has a so called discriminating "yaya meal" is already a sign that the management, or the people running the place, are OK with offensive terminologies that distinguished their VIPs from their maids or helpers....and in the case of the CEO, their "operating staff" who are also thrilled being served a "yaya meal."

But was the management just complying with the request of a majority of their members? Thus making most of their members the affluent spoiled brats?

1,700+ Students Now Equipped with a Simple Financial Plan

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On March 19, Andrew Stotz, CFA, an award-winning financial analyst with more than two decades of experience in Asia, held a live event at Ugnayang La Salle, De La Salle University – Dasmariñas based on his upcoming book, You Won’t Get Rich in the Stock Market… Until You Change the Way You Think about It. 

Roughly 1,700 students were in attendance at this seminar, where Stotz taught them about the 12 investment principles from his new book and showed each of them how to secure their own financial future. He also made sure that, by the end of the seminar, each student had made his or her own personal financial plan. This way, each student would have a roadmap to follow to reach financial independence. “It’s very gratifying to see that many people writing out their first financial plan. I feel like I’m making a difference, helping these students,” said Andrew.

In order to engage the students in the seminar, he asked each student to stand and flip a coin over and over, until only those who had flipped heads or tails ten times in a row were left standing. This was his way of illustrating that repeated stock market success can just be based on chance, and you can’t predict who will flip heads ten times in a row, any more than you can practice coin flipping to increase your chances. One student at the event said, “Mr. Stotz not only has a way with stocks but also has a way on reaching out to people.”

Epson Powers Projection Mapping Installation at Art In The Park

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The latest edition of ‘Art In The Park’ featured a new, creative installation – a welcome change from the usual paintings and sculptures. Artist Derek Tumala created a ‘light installation’ that made use of projection mapping technology.

Polyflora’ -- a mural that plays on the synchronisation of geometry & light derived from the shapes of the plants – made viewers appreciate the distinctive appeal of using projection mapping to create art.

“I was thinking of how I can make an art installation that can be organically weaved into the park's aesthetics. Plants are the main component of the park where Art in the Park is initiated. The idea of creating Polyflora, a sculptural & mural piece, got me inspired on how plants organically form geometric patterns - often in repetition - and how it can form an abstract formation. By applying light through video mapping, it creates a mesmerizing presentation,” said ‘Polyflora’ creator Derek Tumala.

For his inspired installation, Tumala gives credit to the Epson projectors. “What's most important for my video mapping project is the quality of light that the projector provides. The Epson projector has excellent brightness that is great for video mapping projection. Details, contrast ratio, and colors are accurate and it transformed the illuminated surface into a mesmerizing piece. The transformative value that projection mapping creates can only be effective with a high quality projector like Epson,” added Tumala.

15th PSS National Cave Congress on April 20 to 25 at Surigao City

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The Philippine Speleological Society 15th Cave Congress is a yearly gathering whose main objective is to discuss issue and concern regarding the use of our caves and cave resources, and to formulate alternative solutions for the sustainable use of these resources. This gathering is participated by local government units, government line agencies, non-government organization, the academe, caving groups and enthusiast and other stake holders.
This year’s congress will focus on the environmental, social and economic effects of climate change in caves and karst areas. The event will be held on April 20 to 24, 2015 with theme; “Caving in a Changing Climate”. The objectives for this year’s congress are as follows:
a. To impart greater awareness on the effects of climate change on caves and karst landscape 
b. To enhance the participants knowledge and greater understanding on the social, economic and environmental effects of climate change and its impact on the sustainable management of karst areas.
c. To develop a sustainable karst management program for the Silop cave system.
The 15th cave congress will feature numerous activities; from plenary discussion and paper presentations to technical trainings and tours. Registration fee is pegged at Php 1,500.00 for non PSS members and Php 1,200.00 PSS members. The registration fee is inclusive of: Congress Kit, event Jersey, dry bag, 3 hosted meals, transportation from school to training sites, Entrance fees & permits.

Communication Arts Students’ Association of UST Presents Ang CACAI-bang Kwento Ni Cacai

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The junior students of the Communication Arts Students’ Association from the University of Santo Tomas, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Communication Arts program, proudly present “Ang CACAI-bang Kwento Ni Cacai” written by Christine Bernasol together with co-writers Nikka Talabis, Carla Quizon, Pauline Ramo and Jose Miguel Valera and is directed by CJ Espino, Merryll Palenge, Marielle Valmores, Christine Bernasol and Virgene Credo.

The show is produced by the Junior Communication Arts students themselves, to be staged this Wednesday, 15th of April 2015 with shows at 9am, 1pm and 4pm at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium, Education Building, University of Santo Tomas.

Ang CACAI-bang Kwento Ni Cacai is a musical variety show that revolves around the life of a Communication Arts student, Cassandra Kaye “Cacai” Magsakay who struggles to prove the worth of her college degree. It aims to give a glimpse of the world of media studies and to dispel the stereotypes of being a Communication Arts major.

UP Circle of Entrepreneurs Presents EcCEntric: A Different Kind Of Summer

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This summer, the UP Circle of Entrepreneurs (UPCE) brings the entire university student body a week-long celebration of the organization’s 24th anniversary showcasing its identity as an entrepreneurial organization through fun and exciting events.

EcCEntric: A Different Kind Of Summer is a week-long celebration starting from the 14th until the 17th of April. Join UPCE as they bring you A Taste of Summer: The Gallery Launch and Grand Pakain (April 14, 11:30AM-1:00PM, UP Virata School of Business), Mindsplash: An Entrepreneurial Fair (April 15, UP Palma Hall Lobby), 24 Seconds of Summer video contest winner announcement (April 16), and the foundation week’s culminating summer fair and party, Iskochella (April 17, 4pm, UP Diliman Sunken Garden).

Admission to all events is free. Bring your friends and experience a different kind of summer!

Monday, April 6, 2015

UP Debate Society Launches the 15th Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship

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The University of the Philippines Debate Society (UPDS) will welcome 320 debaters and judges for the largest national debate competition in the Asian Parliamentary format, the Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship (PIDC). On its 15th year, PIDC will run from April 17-22 at the University of the Philippines, Diliman campus and the Asian Development Bank. Eighty teams will compete for the coveted national title and at the end of the five-day tournament, Philippine's top ten debaters and top ten adjudicators will be awarded along with the tournament champions.

PIDC also celebrates diversity through the Sinag Cup. The Sinag Cup pools four non-Manila representatives from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It promotes regional camaraderie and celebrates diversity. To this day, the Sinag Cup remains to be a coveted prize.

The motions of PIDC cover a wide range of pressing topics, from perennial issues on minority rights, state paternalism, and religious exercise to recent issues on economic integration, technological development, and medical breakthroughs. The topics to be debated, called motions, are crafted by the prestigious adjudication core. This year's adjudication core is composed of: Allan Cabrera from Ateneo de Manila University, Garie Ouano from University of the Philippines Diliman, Kevin Ganchero from Far Eastern University, Karlo Antonio from San Beda College, and Paolo Franco from De La Salle University Manila.

Strengthen Couple Bond with the LoveByte App


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LoveByte, the mobile app that specializes in helping couples improve their relationship and stay connected, aims to make dating and communication fun, even beyond Valentine’s Day.

As a niche private app for two people, couples can chat in the app, share every detail of their life as photos, notes and dates. However, LoveByte offer special features that improve couple bonding and communication to be even more personal and unique.  

Apart from sending each other cute stickers, couples on LoveByte can also send secret messages to each other. The recipient gets to rub the screen to unveil what is being sent, like a scratchcard. Inside it, the message can get as creative as the sender plans it to be; ranging from a spontaneous date invitation, or a simple I Love You.

UP and Nokia Open World-Class Learning Facility in Telecommunications Engineering

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The University of the Philippines (UP), the country’s premier higher education institution, in partnership with Nokia-Manila Technology Center (Nokia-Manila TC) has recently inaugurated a new engineering laboratory in its Diliman campus in an effort to provide quality hands-on education and training to telecommunications engineering students.

Located within the university’s Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI), the UP-Nokia Telecommunications Engineering Laboratory features Nokia Networks’ state-of-the-art equipment, including a radio access network that can connect user devices to one of Nokia Networks core network in Asia. A full class can experience the equipment, providing them with real-life experience on telecommunications operations.

The new learning facility helps the state university stay true to as one of the few centers of excellence and development in the Philippines. "Wireless and cellular telecommunications are normally just taught from textbooks,” said EEEI Director Dr. Joel Marciano Jr. “But with the new laboratory our students will actually see the interaction between mobile phones and base stations. It’s experiential, hands-on learning that will be even more effective.”

The laboratory also marks a new chapter in UP and Nokia-Manila TC’s long-standing partnership when the two institutions first launched the Teach In the University Program with the same aim of raising the country’s telecommunications education.

Eugene Toquero Ready to Embrace the Home-Love from Filipinos at ONE: Valor Of Champions

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For Eugene Toquero, ONE: Valor of Champions will allow him the chance to shine in front of his native people.

Toquero and fellow 125-pound fighter Brianata Rosadhi are set for the 24 April card from the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

A native of the host country, Toquero will look to impose his will through Muay Thai, which is his strength. 

After starting his career with five straight wins, all of which came via finish, the flyweight was topped by Geje Eustaquio in his ONE debut back in late 2013. 

Eustaquio showed Toquero what he needed to work on, as his striking was muted by counter punches and being a step quicker. On the ground, Toquero was unsuccessful on a takedown attempt that led to the eventual winner landing plenty of solid strikes. 

Tech Island 2.0: Mastering the Digital Wave

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The Philippines has seen an exponential growth in its small and medium enterprises (SMEs). According to the Department of Trade and Industry, the number of SMEs in the country has increased 66% from 492,510 in 1995 to 816,759 in 2011. They comprise 99.6% of all registered businesses in the country and provide jobs to 3.9 million people. 

Along with the growth of SMEs is the increase of the country’s internet users. The latest statistics from Global Web Index shows that the Philippines outperformed the internet population growth of its Asian counterparts, growing 531% from 2009 to 2014. The nation currently has the 14th largest internet population, with 44 million of its citizens having an online presence.

SMEs need to keep up with the quick adaptation of Filipinos to the latest technologies. Now included in business maturity is the presence of a digital outlet. However, having an online presence isn’t enough: Filipinos take content seriously and consider it as an important step towards launching a strong social presence. The question, then, is how SMEs can grab the attention of the public while informing them of the offerings that they can get.

This is how PLDT SME Nation helps SMEs. With its goal of making SMEs more reachable to Filipinos, PLDT SME Nation has constantly partnered with its clients to make the communication between businesses and the Philippine market more engaging and informative. With this, PLDT SME Nation will open Tech Island 2.0.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

2015 PBA Developmental League Foundation Cup Teams and Game Schedule for April

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Filipinos love basketball so much since it is a sport that can be played almost anywhere. You just need a ring where to shoot the ball, and a minimum of two players to make it competitive compared to playing by our lonesome.

You'll find a basketball court from the smallest barangay to the biggest city. There will always be a basketball court in every stadium or sports complex. It's the very first sports facility that is setup. It will forever be the number one sport in the country.

Let's play basketball!

Here are the 2015 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Participating Teams

1. AMA University Titans
2. Cafe France Bakers
3. Cagayan Rising Suns
4. Cebuana Lhuillier Gems
5. Hapee Fresh Fighters
6. Jumbo Plastic Linoleum
7. KeraMix Mixers
8. LiverMarin
9. MP Hotel Warriors
10. Tanduay Light Rhum Masters

Schedule of Games for April (Games will be alternately held at the following venues: Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig, JCSGO Gym in Quezon City and San Juan Arena in San Juan)

Pro Earth Run 2015: Into Your Hands, I Commit Mother Earth

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We are all saying that we love our planet, yet every candy wrapper we throw away carelessly on the streets or the rivers signifies how weak our commitments are.

We often forget about the little things that would also eventually bring forth repercussions if we continue to become unmindful of their consequences.

Earth Day Network Philippines Chairman, Dr. Metodio Palaypay, reminded us: "This is why we never get tired of telling people that Earth Day must be everyday, everywhere, for everyone.” 

In the media briefing for Pro Earth Run 2015, Dr. Palaypay underscored the critical role of media in bringing out the message of earth care to the public when he addressed the members of the media last 31 March 2015 at the Merrell Concept Store, Market! Market! Bonifacio Global City.

In the end, he entreated the members of the press, “Into your hands, I commit Mother Earth.”

Meanwhile, DENR Director for Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service Jesus Enrico Moises Salazar commended Earth Day Network Philippines for the environmental work it has been doing over the years.

“While the result of your labor may not always be immediately felt, it will eventually yield something good for the country.”

Philippines Celebrates World Hemophilia Day

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In celebration of the World Hemophilia Day on April 17, the Hemophilia Association of the Philippines for Love & Service (HAPLOS) will spearhead a national gathering of different Hemophilia groups and support organizations at the Glorietta Mall in Makati City on April 11 to 12. 

Dubbed “Count Me In,” the two-day activity seeks to raise awareness and understanding about hemophilia and related bleeding disorders. The event expects to gather around 300 persons with these conditions, along with their families and friends. 

Hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, inherited platelet disorders, and other factor deficiencies are lifelong bleeding disorders that prevent blood from clotting properly. 

People with bleeding disorders do not have enough of a particular clotting factor, a protein in blood that controls bleeding. The severity of a person’s bleeding disorder usually depends on the amount of clotting factor that is missing or not functioning. People with hemophilia can experience uncontrolled bleeding that can result from a seemingly minor injury. Bleeding into joints and muscles causes severe pain and disability while bleeding into major organs, such as the brain, can cause death. 

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