Saturday, July 11, 2015

What is The Ideal Size of an Investment Condo?

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In condo investing, size does matter. But whether to go smaller or bigger is the more pressing issue. After all, how the buyer and investor plan to use the property in the medium- to long-term will help them determine the ideal size of their next condo purchase, because the condo’s size has a lot to do with its eventual profitability.

With this, global property portal Lamudi Philippines gives out advice on the ideal size of a condo property depending on the type of investment.


Go bigger

Investors who plan to purchase and hold on to the condo property in the long term are better off with bigger units: those with three bedrooms or at least 150 sqm. Although these condos are definitely more expensive than smaller ones, they offer good returns in terms of capital appreciation. In fact, according Colliers International Philippines, luxury three-bedroom condos in the three markets it monitors (Makati CBD, Bonifacio Global City, and Rockwell Center) are expected to appreciate in value by between 5.1 and 6.3 percent by the end of this year.

Where to buy them

These properties are usually found in Metro Manila’s business districts, such as the Makati CBD, Ortigas Center, Rockwell Center, and Bonifacio Global City. However, not all condos in these areas can be considered “luxury.” Smaller condos (less than 100 sqm), even those advertised as three bedrooms, cannot be considered as such and, thus, have lower resale value.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Manila Improv Festival 2015: Amazing Improv Troupes from Katipunan to Poland


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We recently witnessed the performances of  just some of the 19 Improv troupes that are scheduled to perform at the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) theater for the Manila Improv Festival 2015.

The Manila Improv Festival is now on its 3rd year and is considered the country's biggest gathering of Improv performers from all over the world.

As publicist Toots Tolentino said, "from Katipunan (representing Philippines) to Poland (from where one of the improv groups came from)" improv artists will be showing how good they are in the art of improvisational theater - a form of theater where most or all of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed (at the spur of the moment as what most of them will say).

Improv requires greater talent from the artists as there will be no script as a guide. You need quick thinking and an elaborate stock knowledge matched with a great sense of humor in order to be able to please your audience.

You'll be laughing out "really" loud at every scene, so be warned that you'll step out of that theater almost out of breath due to non-stop improv fun. 

LRA Allows Titleholders to Access and Verify Titles Online

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Good news for property owners and buyers. The Land Registration Authority (LRA) will soon allow the public to validate the location of their titled property, inform property owners about Registry of Deeds action on their property by way of Short Messaging Service (SMS) or text message and give them the opportunity to trace their titles’ history and legitimacy through computerized information.

Within the year, the LRA will launch three additional services -- the Lot Location Service (LLS), Title Transaction Alert (TTA), and Title Trace Back (TTB) -- under the Land Titling Computerization Project (LTCP). 

LLS lets the public verify land title locations, and possible errors and inconsistencies in the Technical Description of their titles. The TTA alerts landowners via SMS whenever their titles are accessed at the Registry of Deeds. The TTB enables them to trace their title’s history and verify its legitimacy without having to go through the current rigorous processes.

Bunched together under the e-Titling Project, the LTCP provides the public with an efficient, reliable and expeditious service that also maintains a secure and accurate record of titles, including identification of fake land titles. The project was launched in 2013 but still has to be fully implemented.

Berserk: Unite, Party and Release Your Inner Beasts

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Calling all warriors from the North and South! It’s time to leave that tamed creature inside of you at home, get those water guns out and get ready to have a great time with no boundaries as Limitless Team Productions together with our media partners, Rave Manila,, Clavel Sneaker Magazine and brings you: BERSERK, where we can unite, party and release our inner beasts this coming July 18, 2015 at the Mayflower Parking Lot, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong. 

Featuring the best of of the best DJs: Luis Pelo and Vince Adelante, The Hansen Brother with Legashit, Bandit, Chris Hiceta, Hidden & Reign, The Young Siblings, and Deuce Manila.

It’s time for us to give back after all the blessing we’ve received. A part of the proceeds from the event will go to the deprived, abandoned and orphaned children with special needs of Cottolengo Filipino at Montalban.

For tickets, visit Berserk’s social media accounts and get in touch with our representatives.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Summit 2015: Sharing Insights and Strategies for Economic Growth


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With the rainy season already here in the country, it's during this time that I prefer to mostly stay at home. As much as I love the cool breeze outside as compared with all the sweating I get during summer time, braving the unpredictable rains and getting my shoes and socks all soaked in flood water was never really appealing for me. Though I can wear again all my fancy jackets and hooded rain gears that makes me look like a cool model doing OOTD, a mysterious secret agent doing undercover, or a superhero on his way to fight my arch nemesis, I still prefer sporting just a collared shirt matched with jeans I've been wearing for weeks already plus my trusted comfy rubber shoes.

It is during these wet days that I love staying in bed and just transact online for both necessities and conveniences which are now quickly being one and the same. I'm talking about routine errands like paying monthly utility bills, and desirables like ordering the latest smartphone models at online shopping sites. It is surely very much convenient being able to fetch a taxi, order food, book a restaurant, a hotel or a flight within the comforts of your home with just a few clicks or swipes on our smartphones or tablets.

The digital natives embrace these technologies so much that they welcome all current and incoming technological conveniences especially those that can be accessed via mobile apps.The i-Metrics Asia Pacific Corporation report of between 7 to 13 % Philippines’ E-Commerce Intensity Index of our country's gross domestic product will soon quickly increase, while the E-Commerce Maturity Scorecard's average of 25% of Filipinos confidently using the Internet for both purchases and payment, has no other way to go but up.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Riddle of the Sphinx Sets July 13, 18 and 25 Shows

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Artist Playground and Talent Factory proudly presents its 1st season opener “The Riddle of the Sphinx” which will run on July 11, 18 and 25 ( 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm) at 1701 The Little Room Upstairs located at Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Avenue corner Timog Ave., Q.C.

“The Riddle of the Sphinx” written by Eugenio Deriada in English and translated in Filipino by Jim Bergado, is a play about two strangers exploring the diverse viewpoints regarding the intricacies of a human being, the relationship dynamics of a man and a woman and the fundamentals of cultural imprinting through a game that they played while waiting for the buses that will take them to their destinations.

The Riddle of the Sphinx is a play beautifully written but probably, was never given the proper limelight that it deserves. It is one of the many gems of Philippine Literature awaiting the song of its muse so that the beauty of its letters and words will come to life.

Giving life to the two interesting characters of the play are Ace Urieta (Young Man) and Shiela Espina (Young Woman) Both are talented emerging actors under the tutelage of Artist Playground’s Artistic Director and multi-awarded actor Roeder Camanag. 

Hooked All-Month-Long on Discovery Channel This July


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Fans’ favorites and brand new faces will be featured all month-long on Discovery Channel! From round-the-clock adrenaline with Joel Lambert, daily marine wonders in Shark Week to gold hunters and a celebration of the Lion City’s 50th birthday – you are sure to have a grand time tuning in to Discovery Channel this July! 

MANHUNT WITH JOEL LAMBERT S2 returns with an adrenaline-fueled new season. This time, the adversaries determined to outsmart former U.S. Navy SEAL Joel Lambert in an extreme version of hide-and-seek include indigenous hunters and animals – all equipped with specialized hunting and tracking skills. How will Joel’s military background measure up against traditional hunting methods, such as the centuries-old tribal techniques of Mongolia’s nomadic hunters and New Zealand’s Maori warriors, or the keen noses of bloodhounds? Manhunt with Joel Lambert Season 2 premieres July 7, Tuesdays, 8PM on Discovery Channel.
Heralded as television's longest running must-see annual TV event, SHARK WEEK returns this July with a myriad of shark-themed programs that promises to keep viewers and shark aficionados glued to the edge of their seats! Catch these programs starting July 13 until July 19 at 9 PM: Island of the Mega Shark, Ninja Sharks, Return of the Great White Serial Killer, Bride of Jaws, Tiburones: The Sharks of Cuba, Sharks of the Shadowland, and Super Predator.

Jawsome July Returns With Shark Week On Discovery Channel


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SHARK WEEK, one of the longest running and most anticipated television events, returns to Discovery Channel on Monday, July 13 at 9pm (PH).

Last year’s Shark Week netted record high ratings in the Philippines since 2009, and the highest viewership in Singapore over the last ten years since 2005, among viewers aged 25 to 54. From Return of the Great White Serial Killer, to Bride of Jaws and Ninja Sharks, SHARK WEEK is set to be even more jawsome this year!


Premieres Monday, 13 July at 9pm (PH)

Shark experts Jeff Kurr, Andy Casagrande and Dickie Chivell travel to the volcanic Pacific island of Guadalupe, to search for one of the largest great white sharks ever recorded with new technologies and innovative methods.

Ampalaya the Musical All Set on July 15 at the CCP


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Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental has long been known as the Cultural Center of Southern Philippines, and for the first time ever, the Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee, the city’s unofficial cultural arm, brings to Manila audiences AMPALAYA THE MUSICAL - an original new musical that will delight and educate, with a performance on 15 July 2015 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, which is part of Silliman University’s commitment as the official regional cultural hub of the CCP.

AMPALAYA THE MUSICAL celebrates Philippine culture through music, dances, games and values. The musical play is based on the award winning children’s story Alamat ng Ampalaya (The Legend of Ampalaya) written by Augie Rivera, Jr. Another highlight of this production is the original music by renowned New York-based guitar virtuoso Maestro Michael Dadap who has set the play’s music using a live 22 piece Orchestra Sin Arco (Orchestra of Plucked Instruments). The play is directed by Dessa Quesada Palm, of the Philippine Educational Theater Association, with musical direction by Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez and choreography by Angelo Sayson. Ampalaya.

AMPALAYA THE MUSICAL has just finished its run from July 3-6, 2015 and its first full length run last September 2014 which were both held at the Luce Auditorium. The musical began as a short play, which debuted in 2000 in Boston.

Fo Guang Shan Philippines Restages Siddhartha: The Musical on July 17

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Fo Guang Shan Philippines in cooperation with the Buddha’s Light International Association will restage Siddhartha: The Musical at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on July 17, at 2 pm and 8 pm. Directed by Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson and with musical direction by Jude Gitamondoc, Siddhartha: The Musical tells the story of Siddhartha, the prince who renounced his royal status to seek enlightenment. He would eventually become the Buddha, the awakened one. His teachings are still kept alive today by millions of people all over the world.
The musical is based on the book The Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order. Most of the songs used in the musical are also based on the writings of the Venerable Master.

To date, Siddhartha: The Musical has been staged a total of 55 times. It has been shown in Cebu, Manila, Iloilo, Bacolod, Taiwan and the United States.

In November 2013, the entire cast and crew of the production was invited to perform by Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple in southern California to take part in the temple’s 25th anniversary celebration. The production also traveled to Northern California and other parts of the U.S. Proceeds from the shows were used to rebuild structures damaged by the earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu, as well as in relief operations for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

Piglet Riblets Combo at Burgoo and Steaks Affordable at Gumbo

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This July, the whole family will surely enjoy this new and exciting offerings from Burgoo they called Piglet Riblets Combo, a combination of piglet riblets from Germany (less than three months younger than ordinary pigs, thus less fat and more healthy, clean and juicy). The combo comes with crunchy chicken wings and/or fried calamari, served with a choice of Oklahoma BBQ sauce, sweet sesame sauce or chipotle sauce. These sumptuous combos are all served with US fries and a carafe of lemonade, good for 5-6 persons. Other well-loved dishes at Burgoo worth a try are Hamburgoo, delicious pastas and pizzas, country-style fried chicken, grilled pork chops, luscious shakes, smoothies and desserts, among others.
Meanwhile, treat yourself with these ”Steaks Affordable” at Gumbo on the same whole month of July. Gumbo, located at the 2nd Level Entertainment Hall, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay; 3rd Level Robinsons Manila Midtown; 2nd Level SM City The Block, North EDSA: Gateway Mall in Araneta Center, Cubao; Robinsons Magnolia; and at the 2nd Level Atrium Bldg. in SM Megamall, serves mouth-watering and well-loved New Orleans dishes like Seafood Jambalaya, Bayou’s Stuffed Crabs, Shrimp Etouffe, Bourbon-Style Baby Back Ribs, Southern-Grilled Chicken Caesar, Cajun-Style Fried Chicken, Seafood Boil, including sumptuous and affordable steaks such as Mew York Style Grilled Steak, Blackened Steak, Grilled Angus Rib Eye Steak, among others.

Enjoy and get 10% on these tender, juicy, high quality and affordable steaks this July only at Gumbo. For reservations and inquiries, please call 5560238, 4420106, 6353015, 5671820, 4404632 and 5271925.

Visit Burgoo at T. Morato in Quezon City; Powerplant Mall in Rockwell Makati; The Podium in Ortigas; Gateway Mall in Araneta Center Cubao; Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas; SM City The Block in North EDSA; Mall of Asia in Pasay; SM City Marikina; SM Southmall in Alabang, The District in Cavite; 3rd level Terraces Mall in Fairview; and Starmall in Taguig. For reservations and inquiries, please call 9277424, 8381815, 6875254, 7263578, 9136112, 5560091 or 6336256.

Why Talent Drives Growth

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This article is about the study from Oxford Economics and SAP Links Workforce Investment and Company Performance. SAP and Oxford Economics announce new findings from global Workforce 2020 Study, examining how high-performing companies are setting themselves apart.

A greater emphasis on workforce development correlates with better financial results, according to findings from Workforce2020, an independent, global study from Oxford Economics with support from SAP SE (NYSE: SAP). The study examined thousands of high- and low-performing companies worldwide, examining correlations between workforce priority and financial success. 

The results found several key characteristics of high-performing companies regarding their use of talent to drive bottom-line growth:

High-performing companies understand and plan for the demographics of the future workforce

Executives at higher-growth companies tend to be more forward-looking and better prepared to adapt to changing workforce trends, by paying greater attention to the demographic shifts shaping the workplace. High performers are more likely to say that an influx of millennials and an aging workforce are two key market shifts affecting their business strategy.

“All organizations create business strategies,” said Mike Ettling, president of the HR Line of Business, Success Factors, an SAP company. “But to translate those business strategies into business outcomes requires committed, involved, productive people. The human resources function has therefore never been more important to organizational success. HR has the opportunity to find, support and drive the talent that ultimately leads to greater financial success, a connection validated by the Workforce2020 study.”

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Looming Talent Crisis: Research Shows Companies Unprepared for Future of Work

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Businesses are facing the most diverse work environment that the world has ever seen with five different generations working together, across geographies — each with different skills, experiences and work habits. More of these workers will be freelancers and long-term contractors. All of this represents a major opportunity for productivity, talent development and employee engagement, but according to new wide-scale research from Oxford Economics, most companies are unprepared to capitalize on it.

As revealed in Workforce 2020, an independent, global study by Oxford Economics with support from SAP SE, most companies recognize the importance of managing an increasingly international, diverse and mobile workforce. However, the majority lack the strategy, culture and solutions to do so. Oxford Economics surveyed more than 5,400 employees and executives and interviewed 29 executives in 27 countries, finding that two-thirds of businesses have not made significant progress toward building a workforce that will meet their future business objectives. The announcement was made at SuccessConnect 2014, being held September 9-11 in Las Vegas. 

“To gain advantage in the future, businesses must understand the workforce of tomorrow and its importance to bottom-line success — today,” said Edward Cone, managing editor of Thought Leadership at Oxford Economics. “Our research shows that the C-suite is out of touch with HR on business strategy and priorities, and workers are not getting what they want from their employers in terms of incentives, benefits and training.”

A Royal Performance from the Michelin Pilot Sport EV in England

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The inaugural FIA Formula E Championship concluded in style, with e.dams-Renault clinching the Teams’ title after Race 1 on Saturday, June 27, thanks to the lights-to-flag victory of pole-winner Sébastien Buemi. The Swiss driver’s points haul of 28 points closed the gap to leader Nelson Piquet Jr to just five units ahead of Sunday’s action. That boosted his confidence, which was lifted further when Buemi got a dry qualifying slot (Q2) for Race 2, while title rival Piquet was slowed by a heavy shower during Q3.

For the first time this season, the drivers faced wet conditions but the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV rose to the occasion to provide the necessary grip. “We’ve been waiting for this sort of weather since the beginning on the championship,” says Serge Grisin, manager of Michelin’s Formula E programme. “We designed the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV to be a very versatile tyre and we finally got the opportunity to see how it performed in a wet qualifying session on Sunday. Technically, that was very important because we wanted to collect data and get feedback from all the drivers. Now we know we met our objective because we received positive praise from everyone.”

The wet session shook up the start order for Race 2, with Stéphane Sarrazin (Venturi) claiming pole position and title challengers Buemi and Piquet starting from sixth and 16th places on the grid respectively. Forty minutes later, after one of the season’s most exciting contests, the Swiss driver and the Brazilian collected fifth and seventh places overall. That was enough for Piquet (144 points) to seal the Drivers’ crown by a single point. The race itself was won by Sam Bird (Virgin Racing), ahead of Jérôme D’Ambrosio who claimed his second strong result of the weekend.

IntegSem Debate Seminar 2015

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The Interscholastic Debater’s Association (IDeA) proudly welcomes another stellar line-up of events for the year 2015. 

IDeA is a youth-initiated and youth-targeted organization, formed in 1997 and comprised of more than 200 high school debaters from over 23 institutions in Metro Manila. Geared towards providing an avenue for its members to discuss, analyze, and evaluate issues of domestic and international concern, the Association has hosted multiple events in its years of existence. This year, under the guidance of Angelique Leda (President for year 2015-2016) and Colleen Anne Chua (Vice President for year 2015-2016), the Association commits to host at least 4 debate tournaments and 1 debate symposium, in order to cultivate rationale thought and awareness among the youth.

The highly awaited symposium, the Integration Seminar (IntegSem), is slated on July 11, 2015 from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM at the North Greenhills President Hall, San Juan City. With help from major sponsors such as Universal Robina Corporation, Smart Telecommunications Inc., and Ardent World Inc., and media partners with the likes of Rappler,,, Circuit Magazine, Magic 89.9, and Radyo Inquirer, it can be assured that this year’s IntegSem will be grander than ever before.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady The Musical: Well Deserving of a Repeat


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My childhood was filled with superheroes. From the comic book to the cartoons in both movies and TV shows, I enjoyed learning about super-powered beings with out of this world capabilities. From aliens to mutants, or humans that transformed into powerful beings because of accidents like exposure to gamma rays or a bite from a spider, we all loved how the ordinary guy turned into an image respected and adored.

But just like any superhero story, there would always be the evil counterparts aiming to bring down the superheroes due to many reasons like as simple as robbing a bank or bigger like world domination.

Do you now why we love superheroes? It is because we all have that inner longing to save the world, or be saved by a superhero. Yes! We all want someone to rise up against the oppressors to bring forth the downfall of a tyranny, or we want all the criminals behind bars, or the corrupt politicians to finally be exposed for the real reasons why they would spend millions and even die just to be in government office.

Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady the Musical Repeat does not only tackles the eminence of being a superhero. It also deals with so many life challenges and realities. From the unfavorable conditions of the masses who are forced to work as maids because of lack of better work opportunities, to how we are easily brainwashed into submission due to lack of education and support from family, to the sibling rivalries at home.

The Real Reason Why the Internet is Slow in the Philippines


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"The main reason why Filipinos are paying more for slower internet connection compared to other countries is because PLDT acts as the country’s own backbone, able to control all the flow of internet traffic from Philippines to the outside. ISPs are also required to pay PLDT for using its ‘fake’ backbone instead of relying to real backbone service providers like PACNET to properly handle the data exchange for this country."

The lack of competition in the telecommunication industry leads to bad economic and social consequences, such as crappy services, lack of innovation and service improvement, expensive products and/or services, lack of jobs, and corporate arrogance, among many other things that would not make any Filipino happy except the oligarch that is responsible for such monopoly.

PLDT may use everything in its power to oppose and brainwash people in believing otherwise but it all boils down to who gets to gain more from the situation. We are not fools that can easily be bought by the marketing gimmicks of "free" and "unlimited" promos, or the many CSR activities supporting foundations, charitable institutions, or NGOs.

The government is fully aware of the situation yet it does not have the will power to use its authority to bring down, or at least moderate, this greed.

I am reposting this article found at reddit since I am strongly opposing the current situation - the real cause of why our Internet is too slow.

How PLDT Deliberately Keeps Local Internet Traffic Slow and More Expensive In Philippines

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