Saturday, August 29, 2015

Philstage Brings “Mundong Entablado” to One Night Stand on September 1

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Seven of the country’s finest theater artists are set to join forces on September 1 for PHILSTAGE’s fundraiser. Entitled “Mundong Entablado”, the show is part of the One Night Stand monthly cabaret at 12 Monkeys Music Hall, and features songs from eleven contemporary Filipino musicals.

Theater veterans Bituin Escalante, Cris Villonco, Sweet Plantado, Nonie Buencamino, and OJ Mariano take the stage with rising stars Kim Molina and Sandino Martin in this unique celebration of Manila’s vibrant performing arts scene. 

Under the direction of Topper Fabregas and musical direction of Ejay Yatco, the program consists of songs from Rock Supremo, Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah, Bituing Walang Ningning, Lorenzo, Noli Me Tangere, El Filibusterismo, Maxie the Musical, Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady, Sa Wakas, Rizal X, Isang Panaginip na Fili, and Rak of Aegis, all re-arranged for this cabaret.

Proceeds of the event will help fund PHILSTAGE’s projects such as theatre workshops, master classes, and the annual Gawad Buhay! Awards. 

If Aristotle Can’t Be Your Teacher, You Have To Teach Yourself

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Believing that one cannot teach students how to become an artist, but only show what’s its like to be one, Richard Tuttle often said this line whenever he is invited to give a talk at an art school - “If Aristotle can’t be your teacher, you have to teach yourself.”

This line also serves as a reference point for an exhibition featuring works by thirteen contemporary artists – Raena Abella, Juan Alcazaren, Felix Bacolor, Gino Bueza, Monica Delgado, Nilo Ilarde, Lubin Nepomuceno, Jonathan Olazo, Michelle Perez, Juni Salvador, Hubert San Juan, Angel Ulama, and Atsuko Yamagata. Curated by Nilo Ilarde, who noted that “the learning curve does not end in school”, the exhibition is an assembly of paintings, collages, photographs, and objects that are informed by the artists’ own digressions from current precepts and edifications in art.

“If Aristotle can’t be your teacher, you have to teach yourself” runs from September 5-28, 2015 at Galleria Duemila, located at 210 Loring Street, 1300 Pasay City. For more information, you may reach: Tel. No. +632 831 9990; Telefax no. +632 833 9815, email:, Twitter and Instagram: @galleriaduemila or visit our website at and follow us on Facebook.

Open Access BPO Partners with Health Experts for Health and Wellness Event

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To encourage employees to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, Open Access BPO held another wellness exhibit in its Makati office on August 26. The multilingual call center invited several health experts, some of which provided nutritional counseling, free blood pressure monitoring, and blood sugar testing. Attendees also received free product samples from pharmaceutical companies.

Tracing its roots back to 2006, Open Access BPO was founded by Benjamin Davidowitz and Henry Chang primarily as a telemarketing service in California. It branched out to Makati City, Philippines a year later, marking its breakthrough in the global offshoring industry. Now, the company provides multilingual customer support in 25 languages and back office services to businesses all over the world.

Between its offices in Makati, Philippines and Taipei, Taiwan, the outsourcing firm employs more than 500 skilled specialists at the frontline of its wide array of outsourcing services.

As a premier multilingual outsourcing hub catering to international brands with a diverse market reach, Open Access BPO dedicates itself to providing the best solutions to its clients.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Fortinet Launches the Industry's Most Secure Cloud-Managed Enterprise Wi-Fi Solution

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Fortinet's New Cloud-Managed Wireless LAN Solution Delivers Wi-Fi Access with an Emphasis on Management Simplicity and High-Performance Security for Wireless Networks and Mobile Devices

Fortinet, a global leader in high-performance cybersecurity solutions − today announced enhancements to its cloud-based FortiCloud management system and a new line of cloud-managed wireless access points (APs), continuing the company's strategic investments and momentum in the secure wireless networking market. Fortinet's "FortiAP-S series" wireless LAN (WLAN) APs are the most secure cloud-managed enterprise Wi-Fi products on the market, featuring Fortinet's cybersecurity technology running directly on the AP and the latest security updates from Fortinet's industry-leading FortiGuard Labs Threat Intelligence team. Now organizations no longer need to sacrifice security when opting to manage their enterprise wireless LAN from the cloud.

Next Generation Cloud-Managed Wireless Access Points

Distributed organizations face many challenges as they deploy and manage a wireless LAN solution for their customers and employees. Current enterprise WLAN solutions often require complex architectures to segment guest and internal networks, while demanding extra hardware like separate WLAN controllers and security appliances. While emerging cloud-managed Wi-Fi vendors have helped to reduce the complexity and management issues associated with deploying wireless networks, moving WLAN control into the cloud has introduced security challenges that have yet to be addressed until now.

Fortinet's new FortiAP-S series of wireless access points empower organizations to forego separate WLAN controllers without exposing the network to cyber-threats. Every FortiAP-S series access point is centrally managed through the cloud-based FortiCloud management system, enabling effortless Wi-Fi network deployment and management, increasing security, visibility and control, and reducing overall infrastructure complexity. This makes it easy for organizations to implement and manage a secure Wi-Fi network, while the scalability of cloud management makes the solution ideal for distributed enterprises that may have thousands of sites. 

"Ginugunita Kita" & Kammerchor Manila Highlight 2015 Maningning Awards On Sept. 3

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Jesse Lucas set to music a poem by Maningning Miclat titled “Ginugunita Kita” and was welcomed by viewers when first aired on TV and was passed online by hundreds of netizens last May.

Critics, music lovers and avid fans watched it, and seven other Lucas songs of Maningning poems, at the Aldaba Recital Hall of the UP Diliman Theater on the fifth and last Saturday of the same month. Said songs, and more, will be featured at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on September 3, back to back with the 2015 Maningning Miclat Trilingual Poetry Awards featuring Kammerchor Manila. It is aptly entitled “Ginugunita Kita.”

Lucas is a multi-awarded composer for film, television, theater and dance. Miclat was a trilingual poet, award-winning visual artist and art teacher. Directed by film and theater actor Roeder Camaňag, the performance will feature soloist Banaue Miclat-Janssen and master cellist Renato Lucas, together with singer Al Gatmaitan and artist Delphine Buencamino.

Samsung Celebrates Culture and Heritage Through 'The Plazas of Manila' Exhibit and Mobile App

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Samsung Corporate Citizenship celebrates the richness of Filipino culture and heritage by using innovative technology to cast the spotlight on historical sites and landmarks.

Once the center of Filipino life, plazas in Manila are either disappearing or falling into a state of disrepair. Few people recognize the historical and cultural significance of these landmarks, and they are often overlooked by heritage conservationists, as well as students of history.

To help Filipinos rediscover Philippine heritage and culture, Samsung and the Philippine Science High School Foundation, Inc. have teamed up to hold an exhibit entitled The Plazas of Manila at Yuchengco Museum with noted architect, designer, and urban planner Paulo Alcazaren as the curator. Open from August 27 until September 18, the exhibit highlights the historical and cultural significance of plazas in Manila, with the use of augmented reality on Samsung’s latest digital tablet and Smart TV technology.

Coinciding with the exhibit is the launch of Culture Explorer, a mobile application that uses augmented reality technology to help people, especially the youth, learn about Manila’s plazas and other cultural and heritage landmarks. The app is virtually a tour guide in one’s pocket, with fresh content and plenty of interesting trivia. It also allows users to navigate around key landmarks and travel back in time to see how the landmark has looked and evolved over the years. Since history is better appreciated with other people, the Culture Explorer app allows users to connect with other Culture Explorers who share their interest in the different sites.

"Through this exhibit, we are able to cast the spotlight on one of the most important elements of Filipino culture and history, the plaza. This exhibit allows us to bridge technology and art together, giving the Filipino youth a chance to learn about their roots," said Linda Cordova, Executive Director of the Philippine Science High School Foundation, Inc.

Globe Telecom Makes Every Filipino's Basketball Dreams Come True with NBA 3X

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Through its official partnership with global iconic basketball association, NBA, Globe Telecom brings fans closer to the international court with a weekend-long series of basketball events.

The country's leading mobile brand, Globe Telecom, fortifies its official partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) as it presents NBA 3X, an entire weekend of balling activities that will bring Filipino fans closer to their basketball dreams.

Happening at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall and Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on August 28 - 30, 2015, the NBA 3X will allow Filipino fans to enjoy a fantastic NBA experience like no other. All guests and visitors will play witness to the thrilling main event - the most-awaited 3-on-3 basketball tourney that will test the skills, talent, and perseverance of every basketball enthusiast who will make it through the nationwide search and elimination rounds.

Globe is also bringing in two astounding teams from the regional provinces of Tawi-Tawi and Bacolod to compete in the 3-on-3 competition. Aside from flying them in, the telco is giving the teams a complete NBA experience, from providing the best basketball gear to the opportunity to meet the NBA superstars slated to appear during the weekend. This is testament to the telco's commitment to nation-building by creating avenues for its customers to pursue their passions and reach for their dreams aside from providing innovative services and offers.

"We are very proud and honored to be the official mobile and broadband partner of the NBA, with this partnership even extending to helping fulfill dreams and aspirations of young Filipino basketball enthusiasts. We look forward to giving our customers the best and most meaningful sports experiences with our participation to this year's NBA 3X Competition," says Jil Go, Vice President for Content at Globe Telecom.

Revamping Rides this September on DMAX

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Has your vehicle become an antique? Then repair and refurbish this September as DMAX takes you on a restoration trip from home garages to the vast seas. Whether it’s a rustic car or an abandoned ship, DMAX will bring you the fix you need.

Last year, custom car guru Rick Dore and ex-WWE wrestler Chuck Palumbo teamed up to start SLAM, a revolutionary new body shop specializing in the last untapped frontier of classic American automobiles – car hoards. All over the country, classics such as Zephyrs, Mercs, T Birds and Camaros are collecting rust as their owners wait for that elusive “someday” when they’ll finally restore their dream cars.

In the new season of EXTREME CAR HOARDERS, Chuck and Rick offer these hoarders a golden opportunity: they’ll tow away your rusting fleet, sell what they can, and use the money from the sales to turn one of your cars into a priceless, show-worthy vehicle for you to keep. But transforming cars for hoarders is a risky proposition. Finding buyers for rust buckets is never easy, and the restoration and customization business is full of unexpected pitfalls that can sink their partnership for good. Chuck and Rick are all in, and it’s going to be a wild ride starting September 2, airing Wednesdays at 8:10 p.m.

Palami Wants to Ignite Football Fashion in the Philippines

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The Philippine Azkals must rack up more wins not only to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but also to increase football’s awareness in the country.

“We feel the pressure of winning not only to qualify (for the World Cup) but also for awareness of the sport in the country,” Azkals manager Dan Palami said.

“We help the sport by winning. The more popular football gets, the more kids play the sport. More players mean more support for the sport and hopefully, the national team,” Palami stressed.

Palami’s dream is to ignite a football passion in the Philippines and make the sport a national obsession similar to other countries.

He said he wants to produce homegrown talents who would inspire more young people to play football and propel the country’s pride.

“We also need to create a passionate fan base to fuel the sport,” he added.

To achieve this, Palami needed to walk the talk, thus his all-out support for and unwavering commitment to the national football team, which is beginning to bear fruit.

Through his efforts, as well as those of other football officials, the Philippine Azkals have come a long way in their attempt to boost the country’s stock in football in the last five years.

Traffic Plan Dry Run For LRT-2 Project Set on August 29

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At a press conference earlier today, August 28, 2015, at the LRT-2 Depot located at Santolan, Quezon City, a panelist composed of spokespersons from the LTO, LRTA and DOTC announce the traffic management plan for LRT-2 Masinag East Extension. There will be a dry run to initiate on August 29, 2015.

We also made a quick tour of the actual site were the extending viaduct along Marcos Highway will be constructed. There will also be two (2) additional stations to be constructed — one to be situated in front of the Robinsons Metro East and Sta. Lucia East Grand Malls, and a second one at the Masinag Junction in Antipolo City.

Since the dry run is already scheduled tomorrow, we will post the press conference video coverage and video invites on a later date, and just proceed in sharing to you their official press release sent to us earlier this morning. We were out all day until late at night covering other event so we could only share this right now. Watch out for the videos soon at and the photos at

State Universities and Colleges' Budget at All-Time High

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Acknowledging the vital role of education in nation-building and economic development, the education budget has grown tremendously under the Aquino Administration. The budget of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) actually doubled from PhP23.8B in 2010 to an all-time high of PhP46B in 2016. Comparing the 2016 against the 2015 budget, there is an increase of PhP1.6B or 3.6%.

In the 2016 budget hearing at the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan defended the agency’s and the SUCs’ budgets. Reports on that hearing have been inaccurate. In response to reports that more than 50 SUCs received budget cuts for next year, it must be pointed out that in truth, only 10 SUCs will sustain net decreases in funding with Philippine Normal University (PNU) getting the largest reduction of 19%, University of the Philippines System (UP System) 16%, and the rest single-digit decreases ranging from 0.59 to 7%.

In the case of PNU whose 2016 budget of PhP558M is lower by PhP132M from its 2015 budget of PhP690M, the decrease is due to a one-time congressional insertion in 2015 of PhP100M and its low utilization rate.

On the other hand, the 2.2B decrease in the 2016 budget of the UP System, from its 2015 budget of PhP13.7B is due to a one-time allotment provided for medical equipment of the UP-Philippine General Hospital amounting to PhP3.1B. Without this one-time allocation in 2015, UP’s 2016 budget actually increased by almost PhP1B.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

GOAB Organizer Says Launch of Startup Roadmap is Just the Beginning

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The Philippine Startup Roadmap, launched at the just concluded third Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) in Boracay, looks forward to spawning some 500 startups with an estimated cumulative valuation of $2 billion by 2020.

Deputy Executive Director Mon Ibrahim of the Department of Science ande Technology-Information Communication Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) led the launch of the roadmap which he described as a list of what the Philippine startup community needs to do.

The roadmap declares that its “main goal is to produce the next billion dollar tech startup from the Philippines.”

​“The launch of the roadmap is just the beginning,” said Tina Amper of, the community that organized the annual Geeks on a Beach conference.

“The next steps of implementing, funding and constant collaborating are critical to positive impact to the Philippine economy,” she said adding that GOAB 2015 generated inquiries to take GOAB to other parts of the country.

“We are open to partnering with like-minded companies who can bring this happiness business to other parts of the world,” Amper said.

According to Amper, “Year 3 produced lots of positive feedback from participants about connections made, lessons learned, dreams re-discovered, and passions stirred.”

The Junior Achievement Marketing Society Presents Association Management Training

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The Junior Achievement Marketing Society, the official national student marketing organization of the Junior Achievement of the Philippines Inc. which is an international organization under JA Worldwide, will hold its first event for the Academic Year 2015-2016. The event is entitled “Association Management Training.” It will be on August 29, 2015 at Accenture Philippines, Edsa corner, Pioneer St., Mandaluyong City. The Philippine Council for Advance Association Executive (PCAAE) formed two years ago by the best association management trainers who prepare young leaders in the world of work and professional association management is the official partner of JAMS for this program.

Association Management Training,” is a one-day workshop about effective association management and handling responsibilities. This will cater business student leaders from different recognized junior associations/councils. One of the main goals of this is for the junior associations to create networks among members and fosters learning within their choice of discipline; this is also an opportunity to prepare this young people to manage their professional organization in the future.

The program is divided into two sessions that will be led by two of the best association management trainers from the PCAAE. The first session is about the right foundation for junior management association and governance by the PCAAE Chair, Ms. Corazon D. Conde; while the second session will be headed by a Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner, Mr. Enrique I. Florencio who will talk on designing successful membership and services for Junior Association.

Executives of different Junior Management/Marketing Organizations from 26 universities and colleges in the Philippines affiliated in JAMS will join the workshop. The event will not be possible without the collaboration of HOOQ Philippines and Hawk Back; co-presenters—Nescafe Smoovlatte, Asian Secrets, pH Care, Post-it, Scotch, Oracare, Glutaphos, John Robert Powers, Matchimi; the partnership of Boardwalk; and the media partners—Mint Magazine, Adobo Magazine,, Boracay Beach Radio, and Amplify PH.

Globe Fires Up Portal to Serve Early Customers of Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

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As the leader in the digital lifestyle, Globe Telecom is gearing up to welcome the newest Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ to Philippine shores with an online portal to serve early customers. The portal accepts registration of interest among customers purchasing the latest devices from Samsung with the myLifestyle Plan from Globe.

New and existing postpaid customers can visit the registration of interest portal available on the Globe website via to register and indicate their preferred Samsung handset model in advance, along with their name, mobile number, and e-mail address. The customer database will be used to update registered customers with postpaid plan offers and pricing details. A reference number will be provided to customers so they can track status of their application.

“With our registration of interest portal, customers get first dibs on our offers as well as exclusive privileges which they can avail when they get the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ from Globe,” says Erli Valdez, Vice President for Postpaid Business at Globe. “As the leader in postpaid and preferred telco carrier of the latest smartphones and "phablets", we are poised to take one's device experience to the next level with our innovative myLifestyle Plan offerings, which gives customers access to their digital lifestyle while enjoying the amazing features of the devices.”

Valdez adds, “Over the next few days, customers will find out why it’s best to get the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6+edge from Globe with our unbeatable offers.”

OLX Activates More Filipinos to Practice the Classifieds Lifestyle

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Curiosity buzzed as inquisitive media reps gathered at the recent event for OLX Philippines, the country’s leading online classifieds platform. It was an intimate event between OLX and the media to talk about the changes since the rebranding and their plans moving forward.

RJ David, Co-founder and Managing Director of OLX Philippines and one of the most successful online entrepreneurs in the country, talked lengthily about these changes. “We want to provide win-win exchanges for everyone by giving consumers equal buying and selling opportunities. We also want them to become more madiskarte in buying and selling 2nd hand items online.”

David added that they have expanded to Cebu and merged with another online classified ads platform to encourage more Filipinos to get into the habit of online buying and selling. Add to these, the improved look and feel of OLX Philippines: faster loading pages, more simplified sell form and an improved report button for keeping spam and scam ads at bay. To provide a fair selling venue and to promote high quality ads, OLX has removed the feedback system and minimized the number of free ad slots.

OLX has also taken a big step by releasing and managing their own content platform called OLX Yaman. Jean Magboo, OLX Philippines Content Marketing Manager, explains, “We’re now more than just a buy and sell platform, OLX is a service that provides an opportunity for Filipinos to make smart and practical choices that can lead to an improved life.”

Student Won an All Expense Trip to Bangkok & Experienced Working 48 Hours with Andrew Stotz

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Andrew Stotz, CFA, an award-winning financial analyst with more than two decades of experience in Asia, came to Philippines March and conducted a seminar on his new book “You Won’t Get Rich in the Stock Market Until You Change the Way You Think about It” at the Ugnayang La Salle, De La Salle University – Dasmariñas, Dasmariñas City, Cavite. The seminar was lively, retentive, exciting and the game “Coin Flipping” as an analogy in Stocks Picking was especially memorable to the attendees. To become an expert Stock Picker or Coin Flipper, one needs to have long experience and have the skill developed. All winners received a hardcopy of the book.

The game received a great amount of positive feedbacks with great audience engagement and interaction; perhaps the Grand Prize was what motivated the audience the most: An All Expense Free Trip to Bangkok and Experience Working with Andrew for 48 Hours. Three months later, Sharmaine Franco, the winner, arrived in Bangkok and experienced working with Andrew for 48 Hours. She witnessed Andrew’s life as a CEO, lecturer, entrepreneur, CFA Society President, an athlete and Yoga aficionado.

Today we are pleased to release a short documentary about Sharmaine's visit, to share with our audience in Philippines. Follow Sharmaine on her journey through the day with Andrew and see what she has learned from seeing Andrew manage multiple businesses while keeping time for study, exercise and having a good, balanced life. Watch the documentary here:

How to Throw the Perfect Boodle Fight

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From sending invites to making sure you have food and drinks enough for everyone, planning a party can be quite an arduous task, no matter how much you enjoy having people over. And although having one ‘pot luck’ style is a good hack, your guests would much rather prefer that you, as the host, took care of everything.

The ‘boodle fight’ is a great way to check at least one of your party preparations off your list—setting the tables—because a boodle fight only requires a single long table and a lot of food.

Few know that we have the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to thank for the concept, as the boodle fight originated from the military’s practice of members of the army, regardless of rank, gathering around a long table and eating food spread over banana leaves with their bare hands.

As primal as it sounds (‘boodle’ fight is military jargon for ‘attack the food’ after all), a boodle fight need not be so messy. Just follow these tips to make your boodle fight the talk of your barkada:

Above photo is a typical boodle fight layout. Photo was taken from

LTO Launches Driver’s License Renewal Offices at Malls

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The Land Transportation Office (LTO) today launches its new service improvement program involving the creation of Driver’s License Renewal Offices (DLROs) at various shopping malls nationwide, marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with its first DLRO partner, the Gokongwei family-owned Robinsons Malls.

“We congratulate the LTO for its initiative to bring its services closer to the people and to make license renewal more convenient for them. With various reform and modernization programs being implemented, we can look forward to much-improved services at the LTO,” remarked Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Jun Abaya.

Pursuant to this service improvement program, the agency aims to open DLROs at all major malls nationwide in order to provide applicants with more convenient alternatives in renewing their licenses.

“We also thank Robinsons Malls for being the government’s first DLRO partner, which entails waiving valuable rental fees for the use of their mall space,” he added.

Sining-lahi Polyrepertory Presents Yoji Sakate's "A Contemporary Noh Play: Three Sisters"

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Sining-lahi Polyrepertory, the resident student theater group of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, will be staging Yoji Sakate's "A Contemporary Noh Play: Three Sisters" on September 1-2, 2 and 5 PM, at the PUP Theater, COC Bldg. Anonas St., Sta. Mesa Manila.

 Translated by Rody Vera, Directed by Rommel Iquin and Produced by Mary Ann Fate Erni, this will serve as the group's laboratory production "DULARALAN", on their 35th season of staging quality plays throughout the PUP Community. Unlike any other productions, DULARALAN, is the group's training grounds for beginners especially to the new members of the organization. It has a question and answer portion at the end of the play that will give the audience a chance to ask the director and the staff anything about the said production.

A story about war, love and passion, Yoji Sakate's "Three Sisters" is about the encounter of actors and soldiers at the unexpected situation. During war, retreating soldiers who were looking for camp site barge in to a ruins of a theatre thinking that it's the perfect place for them to stay. Later on they notice the presence of actors and started to converse with them. Few conversations leads to another which makes them discover that the actos we're actually holding a memorial service honoring the souls of the dead lying on the theatre. This is a Free Admission play for PUP Community and guests.

For inquiries, please contact 0906-830-2413 or like and visit our official Facebook page: You can also follow us on instagram and twitter, @polyrepofficial.

Musikaramay: Music for a Cause

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Music is very powerful tool that can touch people's lives. Last August 10, STI Caloocan was introduced to a non-profit organization, MUSIKARAMAY : MUSIKA (Music) + KARAMAY (EMPATHIZE ) which aims to BUIILD A LEAGUE OF REAL LIFE SUPERHEROES THRU STREET MUSIC. This advocacy was founded by the band CLIMAX, which basically plays in the streets around Metro Manila (namamalimos) to raise funds for different charitable institutions.

They've raised funds for the Bohol earthquake victims, typhoon Rubi and typhoon Yolanda survivors, Aeta communities in Tarlac and Subic, kids with cancer at PCMC and NCH and currently has 10 scholars at Blessed Ville Special School in Cavite. Partnering with Musikaramay, AOC Monitors, Philips LED TV, Philips Monitors, Globe, Jollibee, Chowking and Yoshinoya, STI CALOOCAN'S mission was to touch the hearts of the students, through Music, and participate in raising money for our less fortunate brothers and sisters living at Sangandaan-Tugatog cemetery.

With powerful renditions of popular songs from Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, etc.., STIers began gathering at the covered court area, started dancing and singing. Some even jammed and sang with them on stage. The whole experience made everyone ecstatic. But the most important thing is it made the students aware that the act of giving can make a difference our the society. One by one the students started giving from their hearts and shared their blessings. Before the event ended, the box where the donations were kept was already full. BeSTI at it’s finest. REAL LIFE SUPERHEROES indeed!!

It’s an Adventure this September on Discovery Channel!

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Discovery Channel brings back two of its long-running series and adds two new shows to its roster this September. The first of the -BER months brings a new kind of adventure to Discovery viewers, from homemade science videos to King Crabs and, yes, treasure hunting!

All across the planet, curious adventurers are doing scientific things that nobody else has tried before. These self-appointed heroes of home-made science do not only perform bizarre experiments and crazy stunts. They’re filming themselves in action, too, and uploading them on the internet for the world to see - and appearing to get away with defying the laws of science!

In an attempt to demystify the mysterious, Ean Nasrun scours the internet across the globe for the best of the weirdest, wackiest and downright insane examples of un-sung internet science heroes. Then, it's over to our top team of Malaysian and global science geeks to analyse how they do it, why they do it, and who deserves to be chosen as the very best of the best.

Be prepared to be stunned, awe-struck and enlightened! It’s science, but not as you know it!

Explore the geeky side of the internet in YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED with Ean Nasrun premiering this September 9, airing Wednesdays at 10PM.

Student Leaders from FEU Celebrates National Heroes Day

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What is a hero? Someone who runs inside a burning building? Someone who prevents world domination from aliens? How about someone who cares about his community and is willing to help improve it?

In celebration with National Heroes Day, the Far Eastern University’s Institute of Arts and Sciences (IAS) Sandigan Party Alliance will be having their FIRST Leadership Empowerment and Advocacy Development (LEAD Camp) with the theme "IAS A HERO" happening this August 30 and 31 2015. It is a two-day event where student leaders from different organizations can enhance their leadership skills and show people that being a hero is sharing awareness and imparting your knowledge to the people in your community.

To help empower and inspire the students during the LEAD Camp "IAS A HERO", they have invited prominent IAS alumni achievers in their respective fields for the first day of the event which will happen at Manila Teachers' Savings and Loan Association, Inc., Office Penthouse, UN Manila to have a talk about their experiences being a student leader and a hero in their own ways. They have also planned a “Socialization Night” for student leaders to get to know one other and share their experiences.

Power Mac Center Celebrates Art and Technology with Pixelworx

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Power Mac Center dares to test the limits of Filipino creativity with its launch of Pixelworx, a campaign that merges ideas, technology and art through various platforms and events. It culminates with the introduction of Power Mac Center’s newest art envoys and the announcement of its very first multimedia awards competition winners.

Power Mac Center’s four Art Ambassadors, Jay Contreras, Electrolychee (Marcus Nada and Bru Nada), Nikki Luna and Leeroy New, represent cutting-edge artistry and excellence in the Philippine contemporary art scene through photography, graphic design, visual arts and sculpture, respectively.

In the past two months, the Art Ambassadors conducted free workshops and live demonstrations held at select Power Mac Center classrooms, sharing their unconventional art, techniques and ideas in creating their chosen medium. The weekly workshop also focused on demonstrations when using Adobe Photoshop. A Wacom artist gave live sketch and edits of select Pixelworx participants. Wacom also introduced the features and techniques that one can do with the use of the latest Wacom tablets.

“We selected the four artists because they have been making a name in the art industry, bringing art closer to local audiences now more than ever,” said Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez on the exhibit, with the theme, “Defying the Everyday Grind.” “They represent the now and the future of Philippine art.”

STI Celebrates 32nd Anniversary with Charity Event Together with Musikaramay and Mr. and Ms. STI Candidates

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Last August 10, Climax band performed at the STI Caloocan covered court. Musikaramay or also known as Climax Band performs in different places because their advocacy is to raise funds for students, especially for those children who live in the streets. Their band qualified as one of the acts that represented the Philippines on the 1st Asia’s Got Talent which was aired via AXN Asia.

Musikaramay visited STI Caloocan last August 10, 2015 and it was a blast. The students of STI enjoyed the performance but most importantly, they were able to help and share to those in need while having fun at the same time. Most of the students enjoyed the performance of the band; some of the students joined and sang along together with the songs they performed. All of the money that was collected was used to conduct a sharing in a form of a celebration in Jollibee where the kids enjoyed and received bags and other merchandise that might be helpful for their necessities.

The candidates, along with the sponsors, AOC Monitors, Philips LED TV, Philips Monitors, Globe, Jollibee, Chowking and Yoshinoya, were very much willing to lend a hand to this charity event. The candidates showed willingness to give and exhibited what an STI role model should be and sticked to the brand of the school which is BeSTI. This goes to show that the pageant, Mr. and Ms. STI, is not only to showcase the physical beauty of STI students but also to present to everyone that it goes beyond that; It is not the physical aspect that they aim to uplift, but it is more on what they can do for others that will make them the best role model for their fellow STIers. The aim of the candidates and the institution is to be a catalyst on involving oneself to works that establishes relationship and promotes transformative education. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Here Comes G-Force Project Sembreak!

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Students' much-awaited season all school year has finally arrived

Put on your dancing shoes and welcome this year's school break with G-Force Project Sembreak!

Now on its fourth year, Sembreak is one of the baby projects of G-Force Dance Company's artistic director Georcelle Dapat-Sy, more popularly known as Teacher Georcelle. Sembreak is an offshoot of the annual G-Force Project Summer Dance Workshop that began in 2008.

"We call on all dance enthusiasts, students and professionals alike, to be part of G-Force Project Sembreak. We guarantee, not only will you get to learn how to move and groove like G-force, you will definitely have fun and enjoy spending your break with us," says Teacher Georcelle.

G-Force managing director Angel Sy couldn't agree more. "We pride ourselves with G-Force Project Sembreak now more than ever. We now have a different venue for our recital and that should give off a different feel and a different experience to our students."

Divided into two batches, Sembreak Batch 1 is happening all Saturdays of September and October (September 5, 12, 19, 26 & October 3, 10, 17, 24); Batch 2 is set all Fridays and Saturdays of October (October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24). And just like G-Force Summer Dance Workshop that culminates into a showcase of talents, Sembreak will also have its own recital to be held at TriNoma Activity Center on October 30.

UP ACES Presents the National Civil Engineering Summit 2015

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School has just started, but it’s not too early for the University of the Philippines Association of Civil Engineering Students (UP ACES) to make some noise. This September, UP ACES will celebrate its 61st anniversary with its 10th installment of the renowned National Civil Engineering Summit (NCES), a two-week event that will gather over 5,000 participants from all over the country.

True to UP ACES’ tradition of organizing prestigious events, NCES kicks off on September 2 with Jumpstart –a thanksgiving mass and exhibit launch event, followed by a thanksgiving lunch for the entire College of Engineering.

Come September 5, high school students get to participate in InCEthink: Bridge Building Competition, as well as High School Career Talk (HSCT) and CE Laboratory Tour at the NISMED Auditorium and Melchor Hall, respectively. InCEthink will feature over 40 teams, each team competing to create the best and sturdiest bridge while applying their engineering knowledge, creativity, and teamwork. HSCT, on the other hand, aims to introduce the civil engineering field to high school students as early as now, through a series of talks from professional civil engineers. The ideas they will learn will then be reinforced in the CE Lab Tour, which will take the students on an interactive tour around the various facilities and equipment of the UP Institute of Civil Engineering.

On September 10 to 11, around 4,200 civil engineering students will listen to renowned speakers in the National Civil Engineering Symposium at the University Theater. This year, the Symposium will have the theme Cutting Edge: Streamlining Civil Engineering in an Advancing Nation. It will have four major talks relevant to the field of civil engineering and will be supplemented by one inspirational talk. Simultaneous with the Symposium are the CE Laboratory Tour, PROFILES, and the CE Job Fair. Designed to provide a more intimate environment for the exchange of ideas, PROFILES is the newest addition to NCES’ roster of events. It features successful UP ACES alumni engineers in a seminar that will give civil engineering students a better glimpse of real-life civil engineering and provide them with practical tips and advice. Meanwhile, the CE Job Fair allows participants to submit résumés to their prospective companies.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Customer Lovefest Set, An Event in Creating Enhanced Customer Engagement

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Customer experience (CX) is the new battlefield and leading organizations are changing their priorities this year to focus on this space, reports Gartner.

Gartner Research Center is the voice of selected business decision makers. Participating members have a unique opportunity to provide input and opinions on a variety of IT and other business-related topics. It is based in US.

Customer Lovefest was created to further the understanding on how to maximize customer experience management, and customer loyalty and rewards program.

Customer Lovefest set this August 27-28,2015 at New World Hotel, Makati City has two conferences, the Customer Experience Management Conference and Customer Loyalty and Rewards Program Conference.

Five Little Gems to Spend Your Summer

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Summer is in full swing and everybody is craving a sweet hidden gem, to enjoy the warm months and relax both their body and soul. Global property portal Lamudi has compiled a list of dream properties to make your summer dreams come true, where you can experience beautiful scenery, the biggest adventures and the craziest parties.

Seaside community in Cebu, the Philippines

Ever been to the Philippines? These islands are a hotspot for travelers and offer some of the most beautiful beaches on Earth. Nevertheless, you can always find some hidden gems and with the right property, your stay will be one of your most memorable vacations. This six bedroom villa is the ideal place for peaceful and relaxing beachside living. There is enough room for a large family or a bunch of your best friends. It is located 45 minutes from Cebu city, and right on the beach. The pool is big enough for you as well as all of your friends and family, and the house’s indoor design is a beautiful conglomeration of natural wooden furniture, which will provide great comfort.

Singapore-Based Budget Airline Fuels Business Growth with NetSuite

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NetSuite Inc., the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel software suites, today announced that Scoot, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has deployed NetSuite as its core financial management platform in a two-tier ERP model aligned with an on-premise SAP ERP application in place at the parent Singapore Airlines.

Scoot chose NetSuite after considering other major ERP solutions due to factors such as speed of implementation, low cost of ownership, real-time business intelligence and reporting, as well as the breadth and depth that NetSuite provides in financial reporting, multi-currency management and budgeting – all within one unified platform. 

Since implementation, NetSuite has supported Scoot in its network growth across Asia and Australia, enabling Scoot to attain cost-efficiencies and speed to market. Business agility through NetSuite has been critical in helping Scoot drive its exponential business growth while expanding its network across 15 destinations in China, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. 

Scoot views NetSuite as its core ERP solution in its plan to triple its fleet size over the next several years with 20 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners to increase its presence in the medium and long-haul segment.

“As a startup, Scoot wanted a modern, agile business platform that could scale rapidly while ‘future-proofing’ our company for long-term innovation and growth,” said Ng Long Jian, Scoot Head of Finance. “We looked at other major and more established ERP, but NetSuite was the clear winner in meeting our requirements for cost-efficiency, fast deployment, real-time visibility into the business and flexibility. NetSuite is the perfect fit for Scoot to enable us to transform our business operations and support our growth.”

Philippine Azkals Preparing Hard for 3rd Match on September 8

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The Philippine Azkals are working doubly hard as they try to seek their third win when they face Uzbekistan on September 8 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan, in the ongoing qualifying games for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

​“We need all the support we can get because it’s a tough match," Azkals team manager Dan Palami said. "We need to work doubly hard to get a result against Uzbekistan."

Facing the top-ranked team in Group H, the Azkals hope to draw strength from home supporters as they seek their third victory in the competition.

Kickoff is at 8 p.m. on Sept. 8.

Palami said the Azkals’ feat during their last two games was impressive and that they just need to keep up that high level of performance to score an upset against Uzbekistan.

Meanwhile, the Philippines is gaining reputation among foreign football fans as a world-class sporting hub because of the ultramodern Philippine Sports Stadium where the Azkals’ home games for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers are being held.

Football fans from countries that will be playing in the stadium will get a chance to view on their TV sets, laptop computers or mobile gadgets the stadium’s state-of-the-art facilities when their teams play with the Philippine Azkals.

“It will be a different viewing experience for fans not only here in the Philippines but also abroad,” Palami said.

Balikbayan Box: Stop Desecrating Our Personal Gifts to Our Loved Ones

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"Balikbayan boxes are often channels of private and personal communication between migrant workers and their families in the Philippines. Is nothing sacred anymore for the Bureau of Customs?" - Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago
There are many people that are so violently reacting about the "Balikbayan Boxes" issue which led the government to finally blink! You can't really win in a staring contest against a fog lamp! Now, President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III has told the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to stop the random inspection and “establish a more defined protocol” to clamp down “balikbayan” boxes that are being used for smuggling.

Remember that the government may have some evil entities (like those that can be found at the BOC and other agencies that have access to so many temptations), but many are still honest and hardworking (hopefully). Not all of them deserve a raised eyebrow when they implement something new.

The littlest effort that an agency does should positively be seen as a counter-measure against whatever negative acts like smuggling or anything similarly damaging to the people, the government and the country. Whether it affects the little or big players, it doesn't really matter since it is everyone's job to deter all kinds of illegal acts.

If we find the newly established procedure intimidating or desecrating, we have every right to let these agencies know, but we should not be accusing but only airing our belief and recommendations. Antagonizing the agency may only lead to further retaliation instead of cooperation.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Savory September on TLC

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TLC serves up extraordinary experiences and dishes like no other this month, with four shows that will take you on interesting and savory journeys on the small screen.

Naive, funny, outrageous and without any boundaries, Britain’s reality star Charlotte Crosby – who reckons she can get on with just about anyone, anywhere - is put to a test in her brand-new series THE CHARLOTTE CROSBY EXPERIENCE. Raised in a modern and very sheltered world, Charlotte will be breaking out of her bubble to experience life among some of world’s most extreme communities – Arctic Inuits, Indian Royalty, Tokyo’s Furisode-san and the Hutterites of Manitoba. Nothing in her life so far has prepared her for this experience but then again, nothing has prepared these communities for an experience like Charlotte. Catch THE CHARLOTTE CROSBY EXPERIENCE, premiering September 1, airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

In his new series, stand-up comedian, actor and writer Omid Djalili tries thrilling dishes that are sure to heat up the senses. HOT & DANGEROUS WITH OMID DJALILI is a brand-new, extreme food series which looks at the culture and chemistry behind some of the hottest, most dangerous foods in Britain. Watch him take on risky flavors starting September 8, airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

In the brand new series NOBU’S JAPAN, follow Chef Matsuhisa as he travels with another world-renowned chef, visiting the lesser- known regions of Japan to witness the facets of Japanese life not typically seen in the popular cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto. Watch the chefs experience the lifestyle of the locals as they coexist with the seas, mountains and rivers and encounter food ingredients of the highest quality.

E-Commerce Entrepreneurs' Summit Manila 2015: Meet the Speakers!

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According to i-Metrics Asia Pacific Corporation, the Philippines’ E-Commerce Intensity Index is at 7% to 13% of our country’s gross domestic product (as of March 2015). Its E-Commerce Maturity Scorecard also reports 28% of Filipino Internet users purchases are done electronically while 22% for payments done online.

The 7th DigitalFilipino E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Summit Manila (#ecomsummit), with a theme of  “E-Commerce for Economic Growth” - will soon be held this August 29, 2015 at the Ballroom of Best Western Plus Antel Hotel, Makati Avenue, Makati City.

The event will have e-commerce practitioners share insights and strategies on making e-commerce work and help grow your business.It aims to empower entrepreneurs, decision makers, marketers, strategists, sales managers, supply chain managers, brand managers, and from change thinkers to change makers.

The 7th DigitalFilipino E-Commerce Summit is also referred as the E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Summit, is an intensive 1-day educational event on e-commerce strategies. It is also meant to celebrate the 16th year of (blog).

Furthermore, this event is also a fundraiser for the Certified E-Commerce Specialist, Entrepreneur, and Professional Program students as part of their “e-commerce industry exposure” learning module where they are scheduled to visit Singapore this September 9 to 13, 2015.

Shapecloud: The Philippines’ First Online 3D Printing Service

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Shapecloud is the Philippines’ first online 3D printing service that makes the creation process easy for anyone with an idea! At its foundation, the platform allows users to upload their 3D designs, have them 3D printed, and delivered right to their doorstep.

3D printing starts by utilizing 3D designs, to serve as a guide for our 3D printers to precisely layer down heated plastic material, until a physical version of what you see on the design is built up! All over the world, people have used 3D printing for different industries, to create scale models of buildings, product prototypes, personalized gifts, and so much more. At Shapecloud, they take pride in being able to work with users to help them better understand how the technology can play a role in what they’re trying to accomplish.

Starting from the comforts of your own home or office, registering an account on is completely free. Users will immediately be able to see the “upload” button on the home page, and once they’ve uploaded their 3D design, an email will follow when feedback or an approved quotation has arrived! At this point, you might be thinking “What if I’m not familiar with 3D design?”. What’s interesting about this is that there are a multitude of ways to create or find 3D designs outside of using traditional software (i.e. AutoCad, SketchUp, SolidWorks, etc.), and on the “design guide” portion of our website, users will be able to have a list of easy to use apps, tips for 3D design, and also a collection of free file marketplaces. These marketplaces make it easy for anyone to search up pre-made designs that can be quite specific to your needs.

NorthPine Land Soars With Well-Developed Horizontal Communities

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Since 1996, NorthPine Land, Inc. has specialized in building communities for the middle income market in line with its mission “to make dreams come to life by providing homes and purposeful areas that improve the quality of life.”

The communities built by the company are not just limited to well-designed dream homes. They are spacious, flexible environments that allow for further growth, expansion and healthy social interaction for families big and small.

As a result, NorthPine Land, Inc. has become one of the industry’s major players that has significantly contributed not only to the steady rise of real estate but also to the upward swing of the country’s economy as a whole.

“We at NorthPine Land have always been confident about the consistent boom in real estate in the Philippines that allows us to help many families realize their dream homes,” Alan R. Cruz noted, NorthPine Land, Inc.’s president.

As not a few industry stalwarts have noted that an emerging trend in real estate is the increasing demand for horizontal developments of properties in and outside Metro Manila. In NorthPine Land’s case, the numerous possibilities offered by its communities are also way more preferable than the closed and limited confines of most condominium units. 

25 Grams of Soy Protein a Day is Good for the Heart

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Amidst all the diet meals and “superfoods” available in the market nowadays, it is easy to become overwhelmed with quite a number of options. Everyday is a challenge to find meals that are healthy enough and will not rack up your cholesterol level.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filtered down the choices with its approval of a health claim that indicates the consumption of 25 grams of soy protein, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

Such health claim is significant in the increasing traction towards positive lifestyle changes that will help reduce risk of coronary disease in the long run.

Soy foods come from soybeans, which is commonly consumed in the diet as tofu, tempeh and miso, but is also available to consumers as whole soybeans, soynuts, soy yogurt, soy cheese, and soy milk like Vitamilk, which is made from fresh, non-GMO (genetically modified organism) soybeans packed with 8g of protein, 90mg of calcium, 22mg of potassium, and 33g of carbohydrates. Soy is also a good source of high-quality protein, fiber, and omega-3. It is naturally cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat.

WD Red Pro Drives Now Available in 6 TB

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WD, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions, today announced the expansion of its award-winning WD Red Pro hard drive line with the release of 5 TB and 6 TB capacities. The WD Red Pro family is ideal for NAS (network attached storage) systems having up to 16 drive bays and serving businesses with more expansive storage needs than the standard WD Red drives.

Shipping now, WD Red Pro 5 and 6 TB drives leverage an enhanced design and 128 MB cache to deliver data transfer rates of 214 megabytes per second (MB/s). WD’s NASware™ 3.0 features technology promoting data protection, high NAS performance and reliable integration.

“WD is providing customers a full portfolio of high capacity NAS storage solutions (WD Red and WD Red Pro) for home, consumer and business NAS solutions.” said Cindi Grace, senior vice president of WD storage technology group. “With the capacity expansion, there is now a path for customers to increase the storage density of their systems while knowing their data is protected with the most trusted and valued brand on the market.”

Tell-Tale Signs Your Car Tires Need Changing

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Safety. Nothing is more important for motorists than this. Car tires play a big part in road safety, so they must always be in tip-top condition.Before hitting the road, makesure that tiresare inflated with the correct air pressure. Check that they are not damaged or defective in any way before the car leaves the garage.

Michelin shares how to identify a few tell-tale signs that will tell you it’s time to change your tires:

1. Tire Puncture.If you see even just one puncture in any part of the tire, install the spare tire to avoid causing further damage to the punctured one. Bring the suspected damaged tire immediately to a professional tire specialist for an accuratetire diagnosis.Running on punctured tiresis very risky especially if you’re already on the road as this can cause the tire pressure to drop rapidly. So, make sure that your spare tire is always in good condition to ensure safe motoring.

2. Worn tire treads.Tire treadsare like the soles of the feet.They are the only contact that the vehicle makes with the road. The deeper the tread, the better resistance to aquaplaning. Michelin recommends changingtires before your tread depth is worn to 1.6mm. (MICHELIN tires have a tread wear indicator at the base of the grooves that help you check the correct depth of the tire tread.) Don’t risk the chance of careening on the highway due to lack of tire traction. Wet roads are especially dangerous.

State of Affairs: Personal and National Security Issues Make for a Compelling Drama

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Meet Charlie, a young, ambitious, accomplished but heartbroken woman into the center of the affairs of the most powerful nation in the world.

Former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl stars as Charleston Tucker, a top CIA analyst who works on the President’s Daily Briefing (PDB). Eating moral dilemmas for breakfast, she and her team of other brilliant agency analysts help the President prioritize national and international matters in a complex world heavily tinged with politics.

It isn’t just business as usual for Charlie, however, as she shares a bond with her boss, as the President of the United States (Alfre Woodward) also happens to be the mother of her slain fiancé. Prepare to be enthralled as the Charlie slowly untangles the web that seems to tie her personal grief with her work.

The cast also includes Adam Kaufman, Sheila Vand, Cliff Chamberlain, Tommy Savas and David Harbour. Writer-director Joe Carnahan (“The Blacklist”) serves as executive producer with Dario Scardapane, Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl, Robert Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Rodney Faraon and Julia Franz. “State of Affairs is a production of Universal Television, Bob Simonds Company and Abishag Productions.

State of Affairs premieres August 31, Monday, at 8:50pm (National Heroes Day Premiere) at SONY Channel.

Sony Channel is seen on SKYCable Channel 35, Cignal Digital TV Channel 60, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cable Link Channel 39.

The Eatles: A Taste of John, Paul, George and Ringo ...Plus Chef Matthew

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There's a new restaurant at P. Noval near the corner of Dapitan, University of Santo Tomas (UST) that showcases British memorabilia and other icons reminiscent of the swinging sixties! Every corner of the restaurant is Instagrammable! From the moment you stepped in to what seems to be a telephone booth, to the very first sight of a London-inspired bu, you'll never stop posting photo updates on your social media accounts with so many spots at the restaurant that's full of memorabilias from the good old days when everything was really cool.

Who else is very popular but the iconic Beatles band composed of John, Paul, George, and Ringo where The Eatles restaurant got their name. The owners just dropped the letter B from the Beatles and now they serve affordable meals to many of the students near the UST campus.

The fast-rising-in-popularity restaurant has what seems to be a replica of a London bus inside which serves as their kitchen partition where you'll see the adorable French chef named Matthew with his kitchen crew busy preparing your orders. They have some al fresco dining seats up front aside from the seats inside the restaurant. The restaurant is small so it may be awkward to stay long or hang around for the Wi-Fi just as what most people, especially students, do at coffee shops.

The food choices are plenty and absolutely tasty for a price that's fit for the average college student's allowance. They offer British-inspired dishes named after the songs and members of The Beatles. According to the chef, their specialty are the burgers. We were able to try one where they used black buns made dark with squid ink. They have different kinds of burgers and the one they served us was very satisfying.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight Offers New Flavors of Xiao Long Bao at a Limited Time Only

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We were invited for a lunch treat on August 18, 2015 by a popular Singapore brand restaurant called Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight located at VMall Greenhills in San Juan so they could let us try their new Xiao Long Bao flavors - Hainanese Chicken Xiao Long Bao and Chili Crab Xiao Long Bao.

The new flavors were for the month-long celebration of Singapore's 50th National Day. The new Xiao Long Bao flavors will be available only for a limited time which started last August 1 and will be up to September 30 - that's actually two months of opportunity to drop by the restaurant and order the two new flavors for dine in or take out.

The Xiao Long Bao, which means "small basket dumpling" or is sometimes called "soup dumpling," looks like an ordinary dumpling but what's unique about it is there's usually a bit of "soup" inside. It is served hot so be careful when eating this in one bite. Traditionally, crab meat or shrimp is used as the filling but now Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight is offering Hainanese Chicken and Chili Crab as an alternative for a limited time only.

I bet you already know which of the Xiao Long Bao's, as seen above, is the Hainanese Chicken and the Chili Crab based on the outer color of the dumpling. The reddish orange is obviously the Chili Crab, while the other one is the Hainanese Chicken.

Bundesliga 2015/2016 Season: Live and Exclusive on FOX Sports Every Weekend

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We are encouraging our readers to watch the Bundesliga 2015/2016 season, live and exclusive on FOX Sports every weekend!

At a launch held at the Vyne located at the W Global Building in Bonifacio Global City last August 18, 2015, FOX Sports has announced their new offering for the many sports fans out there.

Last August 15, FOX Sports Philippines started its live and exclusive coverage of the Bundesliga and will be providing 5 to 6 live matches every week, with ancillary programming comprised of highlights, replays, magazine shows and a dedicated studio team to  bring you all the LIVE action from their studios in Singapore.

The Bundesliga games, the primary competition series of the German Football League, boasts of having the highest in-arena attendance with an average per-game headcount of roughly 45,000 spectators per match to provide an electric atmosphere for German football fans. Having the highest average goals scored per match, the level of excitement of each Bundesliga game is unparalleled by its other European football counterparts.

The Bundesliga currently features 18 clubs, and each club plays against the other 17 clubs twice (Home & Away), with a total of 306 matches per season. The honor of being the first hailed champions back in 1903 went to the VfB Leipzig, and the current champions FC Bayern Munchen holds the most titles with 25, including the 2014/2015 season.

YouTube Community Creator’s Hub Philippines Holds Meet and Greet

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A couple of months after the YouTube Fan Fest held in Manila, a small group of individuals in the Philippines decided to organize a group for YouTube Creators to interact and meet fellow YouTube Filipino Creators. Creator is a term used to describe YouTube user who creates videos and upload them on YouTube. While YouTube Fans, as the name it implies, are the ones who uses YouTube to appreciate (or not) its content.

Despite the thunderstorms and strong winds of the Typhoon Goni (Ineng) last Friday 21 August 2015, the YouTube group of video creators celebrated the holiday by having their general meet up at the Starbucks Trinoma Mall, Quezon City.

The activity started on time at 3 in the afternoon. Participants were initially asked to tell something about themselves and what their channel is all about. Mainly bloggers, vloggers and music cover artists attended the event. Some were part of networks like ABS-CBN’s multi-channel network Chicken Pork Adobo, TMG Philippines and Viva Entertainment. It was a good time to interact as members learn from each other and others networks. Some decided to trade contact numbers for a scheduled video collaboration and cross promotions.

Dr. Joem Antonio to Conduct Master Class at Short+Sweet Manila Festival 2015

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A two-hour play seems still too short for me. If I wanted to get the most out of a story especially if it's a theater version of a popular novel, I would want more content and substance as value for my money. It really is quite difficult for the storyteller to be able to put all the ideas into just a few hours.

But wait! What is this I heard about short plays compressed into 10 minutes? Now that is mind-boggling!

A festival of ten-minute plays called Short+Sweet Manila 2015 will soon be showcasing the works of many of our talented short film makers. But if you are among the many film making enthusiasts who wants to go pro, the same event will also be offering Master Classes this September to be held at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura. The master classes will be presented by both local and foreign experts with many topics related to film making.

Dr. Joem Antonio, Storywriting School founder and course creator, will be among them to share his knowledge and experience in storywriting.  His play, "Death in Ten Minutes," garnered several awards in last year's festival and now he's ready to give back to the theater community. His class will be on September 6, 2015, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The fee is surprisingly very affordable at only P500. To enroll, you may email

He was recently interviewed by a TV station to personally find out more about what he'll be teaching. Below is the transcript of his interview.

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