Saturday, July 2, 2016

#AllianceSendOff3: A Fundraising Dance Concert by The Alliance

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An official delegate of the Philippines to the Hip Hop International stage since 2014 is set to compete and represent the Philippines for the third time.

Just last May, The Alliance bagged the Silver (1st Runner-Up) Medal in the Varsity Division of the 2016 Philippine Hip Hop Dance Championship by Hip Hop International Philippines, which makes them qualified to compete at the 2016 World Hip Hop Dance Championship. Dubbed as the “Olympics of Hip Hop Dance”, it is a huge privilege for the team to set foot on that very stage again along with the other Philippine representatives and qualified dance crews from all over the world. The said competition will be held at The Westin from August 8-12 for the Preliminaries and Semi-Finals, and at Thomas & Mack on August 13 for the Finals (both venues in Las Vegas, Nevada).

Joining the line up of the team’s international endeavors this year is the World of Dance 2016 Finals, which will be held in Pasadena, California on the 30th of July. The team bagged the Gold (Champion) Medal for the second time in the Youth Division of the World of Dance Philippines National Qualifier just last March 19, 2016 at the AFP Theater, Quezon City. This time, the team will be pushing it further by joining the finals in California for the first time ever, going head-to-head with the other international crews.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Shades of Unlimited

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As we get closer and closer to the Olympic Games this 2016, our friends from the Swoosh are releasing a new signature colorway for their latest products.

In anticipation of the quadrennial games, Nike's design team looked into the flow of athletes' bodies while in motion. This then directed their minds and imaginations to tropical rainforests and the fauna that live in those kinds of environment. They looked into images and films of birds in the air including close-ups of their iridescent wings while also taking into account insects that arranged like precious jewels.

All these inspired the company's vibrant summer palette, led by the new signature unlimited colorway - a gradient fusion of Nike volt and hyper-punch pink.

This unlimited colorway makes up the uppers of the season's footwear, including all the track and field silhouettes. Volt, Nike's signature bright yellow hue, can be found on the toe in order to immediately catch the human eye. With yellow being the most visible color the our eyes and volt the most visible version of yellow, it definitely makes a statement. In this case with Nike, that statement happens to be SPEED. The Hyper-punch pink combined with the volt at the mid-foot and saturating towards the heel, mimics the optic blur of a breakneck runner.

While in motion, these brilliant colors aim to paint not just a subtle glowing path to represent the wearer's unlimited athletic abilities but also the way in which Nike looks at our world: one that is bursting with unlimited inspiration and design possibilities.

How Duterte Can Improve Philippine Real Estate?

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As former long-time Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte officially takes his seat as president of the Philippines, many are still speculating as to the new administration’s impact on the country, especially on the local economy. The real estate industry in particular has been enjoying its ride for a few years now, as seen in the rise of new developments both in Metro Manila and beyond, leaving people wondering if the property business will be able to maintain its momentum under a new government. Lamudi Philippines lists some of the things that the Duterte administration can do to ensure the continuous boom of real estate in the country.

Decrease Crime and Corruption

During his campaign, President Duterte’s platform has always been to eradicate crime in the country to improve the level of safety. But decreasing the crime rate will actually do more than just allow people to move around freely with no fear of imminent threat to their well-being. An uncorrupt and decriminalized socio-political landscape means a less risky investment to foreign companies who are considering bringing their business to the Philippines. More specifically, it would lead to the continuous growth of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, which is being seen as one of the main contributors to the country’s good economic standing.

Make Socialized Housing a Top Priority

Home ownership is probably the biggest dream of all hardworking Filipinos, yet the current property market lacks the supply to make this a reality. In Metro Manila, the current minimum wage ranges from Php454 to Php491 for non-agricultural workers, and Php454 for those in the agricultural sector, and even lower for those working outside the National Capital Region (NCR). Even with the availability of home loans from government sectors and private lenders, saving up for a home is still a challenge once basic needs, children’s tuition fees, and emergency funds are taken into account. If the new administration were to focus on meeting the demand for affordable housing, buying a home whether in Metro Manila or in provincial areas would be easier for the average Filipino family.

Improve Infrastructure

Accessibility is one of the factors that buyers take into account when purchasing a property, which is why condos and houses close to Metro Manila’s business districts cost more. But if one’s workplace and potential new home are separated by bad traffic congestion and even worse road conditions, what chance do farther-off properties have, even with a slightly lower price tag than those found in prime real estate areas? Better implementation of traffic laws, improving thoroughfares, and building more roads that connect Metro Manila to its provincial neighbors can help alleviate road conditions, and will open up more options for buyers and encourage them to consider purchasing properties outside known (and more congested) key areas. Also, bringing telecommunications and utilities to underserved areas of the Philippines should encourage developers to construct more homes in provinces, providing current and future residents with a safer and more comfortable lifestyle.

Promote Sustainable Building

Green building is steadily gaining momentum in the real estate industry, but not all have adjusted their developments and construction practices to accommodate sustainable elements. By incentivizing the creation of more sustainable residential, commercial, and retail structures, not only are developers able to do their part in lessening their carbon footprint, they’re also helping buyers and renters do the same thing. Not only that, green designs that allow the entry of natural light and improve air circulation help residents and tenants economize and save money in the long run. 

President Duterte’s Commitment to Cut Red Tape

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Leading telco provider Globe Telecom welcomed President Duterte’s commitment to improve government services by reducing bureaucratic red tape, expressing hope this will lead to the standardization of LGU permits and fast track the approval process of securing permits to build cell sites and right-of-way.

“We are optimistic that the policy direction made by President Duterte will be immediately implemented and thus shorten the permitting process for cell sites and right-of-way,” said Globe General Counsel Froilan Castelo. Globe has actively lobbied for the reduction of the 25 permits needed to build cell sites with an approval period of at least 8 months. “Our commitment to the Duterte administration is to improve internet services in one year. We can do this if we have the full support of the LGUs and other government agencies in fast-tracking the permits in our roll-out," Castelo said.

Castelo clarified that the use of additional spectrum assets as a result of the company's buyout of 50% of SMC telco assets will greatly improve capacity issues for mobile internet users. However, the more sustainable solution would be to build more cell sites to increase not only capacity but also coverage. Efficiently utilizing spectrum and having high cell site density in the country are the necessary infrastructure support to propel the Philippines to first world internet experience.

Castelo also mentioned other issues such as social acceptability especially among homeowner's associations and political bickering among local government officials, also hamper telco providers from establishing the optimal telecommunication infrastructure needed to bring about good service experience.

At his inaugural speech, President Duterte committed to reduce bureaucratic red tape saying, “I direct all department secretaries and the heads of agencies to reduce requirements and the processing time of all applications, from the submission to the release. I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to remove redundant requirements and compliance with one department or agency, shall be accepted as sufficient for all,” Duterte said.

As part of its network build, Globe is currently expanding its network coverage and capacity in various areas all over the country across all technologies, including 3G & LTE, for faster internet experience of its customers.

Flash Plus 2 3GB RAM With More Capacity to be Available in the Philippines Starting July 5 at 12NN!

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When Flash Plus 2 arrived on the scene, we got heads turning. But who’s ready for something that pushes the regular further forward than ever?

From Indonesia, to Malaysia, up to Thailand and east to the Philippines and Vietnam, the Flash Plus 2 has been making its incredible mark with features like the Fingerprint Scanner, high-quality audio capabilities and premium camera functions.

In keeping with the huge demand for the phone that’s sweeping the region, get ready for July 5 as Flash launch its 4th Flash Sale for all those who still haven’t had the chance to get their hands on this groundbreaking device. Its previous sales have sold out within 1 hour; with Indonesia selling over 1000 units within 30 seconds, so act now you so you don’t miss out on the phone everybody is talking about!

The Flash Plus 2 3GB will be offered during Lazada’s Best Brands Sale. Selling price is at Php 8,490. Both Luna Silver and Venus Gold will be available. 

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Lazada Celebrates Brands with Free Metro Manila Shipping

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The country’s one stop shopping and selling destination ( is proud to unveil the latest version of its new Mobile App and free shipping services for Metro Manila deliveries in time for the Big Brands Sale this July 5-11.

Lazada now offers free shipping for deliveries within Metro Manila, giving more reasons to click that checkout button faster without having to rationalize the total purchase amount versus shipping costs.

This empowers customers around Metro Manila to experience the joy of online shopping even more through the convenience of shopping for low ticket, everyday essentials such as grocery items, toiletries and even small gadget accessories that they can avail at Lazada without having to add random items to reach a certain minimum requirement.

As an additional treat to all customers, Lazada will be holding its Super Brands Sale this July 5 to 11, with discounts up to 80% off! Top deals on the radar are: Samsung Home Theater System at Php 4,699, Nescafe Dolce Gusto at Php 2,999 with a free box of Cappuccino capsules, and BCBGeneration shoes starting at Php 1,980.

3rd Philippine Investment Expo and Conference Starts July 1

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Lamudi Philippines shares Philippine real estate investment outlook at the Philippine Investment Expo

Slated to open on July 1, 2016, the Philippine Investment Expo (PIE) will bring to the table the best investment opportunities for this year up to the next.

Happening in one of the business centers in the metro, PIE is inviting all investors, entrepreneurs, business professionals and everyone who dreams of financial stability to visit at the Megatrade Hall 1, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Now on its third year, the event offers a premiere trade and consumer exhibition from the Property, Financial and Business sectors. Over 80 companies from different investment sectors will be featured in the expo. Following this year’s theme, “Your Gateway to the Best Investment Opportunity and Wealth”, the event will deliver a wide array of lucrative ideas for your next best investment or for your first foray in business and investing.

Dedicated to instill the best trends in business and investing, the two-day event will also highlight the Philippine Investment Conference where top local property portal Lamudi Philippines will discuss the Philippine real estate investment outlook for 2016 and 2017.

Hontiveros Begins Term with “Health Package for Women and Children”

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Health advocate and now Senator Risa Hontiveros filed on Thursday three bills she labeled as a “health package for women and children”.

The former PhilHealth Director said the bills are keeping true to her campaign promise, reflecting into legislative proposals the issues she encountered as a health advocate. Hontiveros ran under the platform of universal healthcare and the slogan “Healthy Pinoy, Healthy ‘Pinas”.

Hontiveros’ health package includes the strengthening of the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law, extension of maternity leave from 60 calendar days to 120, and the Bibong Barangay Health Worker Bill which seeks to increase compensation and training for barangay health workers or BHWs.

Strengthening the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law

The strengthening of the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law is urgent, according to the newly-elected Senator. She cited numerous cases of complications and even death due to refusal of some hospitals to admit indigent patients in emergency cases.

According to Hontiveros, there is a need to bridge the gap between the services offered by private and public hospitals. In the Philippines, seven out of ten Filipinos die without seeing a doctor, and more than 50% of barangays lack a barangay health station.

Hontiveros lamented the situation of patients, especially childbearing women, who are placed in dire situations when private hospitals and clinics refuse admission. She seeks to place harsher penalties against hospitals that violate the law.

Extension of Maternity Leave

Hontiveros also seeks to extend maternity leave from 60 to 120 days. Hontiveros’ Senate bill version, however, provides a unique provision of giving option to women to allocate a portion of their maternity leave to an alternate caregiver.

“It takes a community to raise a child”, quoted Hontiveros referring to husbands, legal partners and even adoptive parents as part of that ‘community’.

The newly-elected Senator said that she wants to ensure that women are not discriminated against in employment due to an increase in maternity leave, if ever provided by law.

The former PhilHealth Director argued that her proposed mechanism of giving option to women to allocate a portion of their maternity leave will give equal responsibility to men or to legal partners and will be seen as equal before employers.

The bill also gives a 30-day parental leave for new adoptive parents to allow time for nurture and bonding with the adoptive child.

Added compensation and training to BHWs

“Barangay health workers are our first responders,” said Hontiveros. “But they are not given enough training and compensation for their service”, she added.

Her bill seeks to professionalize the barangay health system by giving additional training and compensation. Currently, BHWs are considered as barangay volunteers with little or no allowance.

The national government should give a counterpart in funding to the local government units, she explained.

Building blocks or pillars of universal healthcare

Hontiveros explained that her proposed health package is one of the many building blocks or pillars of universal healthcare.

She said that she plans to file more proposed legislations that will advance healthcare financing, increased benefits for various sectors, and generally improve the country’s healthcare system.

“Universal healthcare is possible in our lifetime”, she concluded.

DOE Institutionalizes Gender Balance in the Energy Sector

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In institutionalizing gender balance and equality, the Department of Energy (DOE) formally launches the “Gender Toolkit for the Energy Sector” on 29 June 2016 at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City.

Outgoing Energy Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada said "the DOE Gender Toolkit is a milestone for the sector and a glorification of my leadership in the agency being the first female Secretary." Relatively, Sec. Monsada has been with the DOE for 37 years and rose from the ranks showing that women are able and capable to perform works related to science and technology, among others.

Moreover, in her speech delivered by Asst. Dir. Carmencita A. Bariso as the Head of Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point System Technical Working Group, she also said it is "the very testament of our strong desire to pursue gender equality and women empowerment in our workplace by giving emphasis on the many possibilities that women can do."

The DOE recognizes women as competent partners in nation building, particularly in policy and decision-making, through crafting and implementing programs and projects (e.g., Girls and Science, Girls in Science program, Gender Mapping, & various IECs regarding energy safety and efficiency for Households) which are devoted to uplifting not only the female gender’s morale, but also educating the male counterpart of their important role towards the advocacy of gender balance.

Above photo shows Energy Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada presenting the DOE Gender Toolkit for the Energy Sector together with the DOE-GAD Focal Point System.

Double the Excitement with 2 Same-Day-as-Japan Series on Animax this July!

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It’s a power-packed July as Animax brings to fans two highly anticipated anime series express from Japan! Handpicked from the best series of the upcoming season, viewers across Asia will now be able to watch D.Gray-man HALLOW and Mob Psycho 100 with localized subtitles on the same day as Japan.

Long-awaited continuation of hit series D.Gray-man!

Picking up where the previous season left off, D.Gray-man HALLOW brings a fresh new look to the hit series for the 10th year anniversary of its anime debut. Set in the early 20th century, the series revolves around Allen Walker, a teenager exorcist who is able to transform his left arm into a large claw or sword. He is part of a group known as the Black Order, whose sole mission is to protect mankind from the evildoings of the villainous Millennium Earl. With social media and the online sphere abuzz with anticipation for the series, it is undoubtedly one of the hottest new titles of the upcoming season!

D.Gray-man HALLOW premieres on the same day as Japan on 5 July, every Tuesday at 10pm.

The next One Punch Man?

Adapted from a celebrated manga by One Punch Man author ONE, Mob Psycho 100 is a supernatural comedy that revolves around Kageyama Shigeo, a seemingly ordinary boy who keeps his psychic powers hidden. Known to others as “Mob”, Shigeo intentionally refrains from making his presence known or standing out amongst others due to a peculiar affliction – his psychic powers will go out of control and he explodes if his emotional capacity reaches 100%! Produced by renowned studio BONES (known for its work on hit series such as Fullmetal Alchemist and Space Dandy), fans are sure to be in for an amazing visual treat!

Mob Psycho 100 premieres on the same day as Japan on 12 July, every Tuesday at 10.30pm. 

Wazzup Pilipinas Names Its Favorite Discoveries at Republokal

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We had an enjoyable #BeOneWithLokal weekend following our visit to the recently-staged Republokal lifestyle exhibition held at the MetroTent in Metrowalk, Pasig City.

The event showcased various wellness and lifestyle brands that are all proudly locally-made, with heavy emphasis and consideration to the products' over-all aesthetics. Thus, on display were a pleasing mix of aesthetically-pleasing, whimsical and unique products that didn't fail to catch the fancy of the event attendees, including us. What's even more noteworthy is that all participating brands are all environmentally-friendly and ethically-made.

Participating were a mix-bag of Republokal-vetted brands, all individually hand-picked and reviewed by the Republokal team, and have even come from different parts of the country.

We would like to thank the brands who gave us samples of their products and will make sure we post selfies together with the items that can be worn (like MDSN Manila's cool T-shirt) or used on special occasions (like traveling to the beach or camping out in the woods with Sidlan's multi-functional bag cum mat cum blanket). For those whose products were food, rest assured we digested them with delight - the taste of your delicacies still lingers up to now.

The performances on the Republokal stage entertained the attendees who were not so busy rummaging on the many interesting finds at the bazaar. I must admit that I was too pre-occupied ogling on the many creative crafts, and would have bought more than what's necessary since it's very rare to find all of these awesome products in one roof, plus being able to get them at discounted prices.

Duterte is Here, Change is Coming

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivered his first speech as the 16th president of the Philippines, and what strike us most among the many statements he delivered is the line "I was elected to the presidency to serve the entire country. I serve everyone and not only one."

He also said that "If change is to be permanent, it should start with us." True enough, no effort for change will be thoroughly effective if there is no cooperation among the constituents, and in this case, from all the Filipinos, may they be among the 16 million supporters who voted for Duterte, or the other groups who are up to now are still doubtful of the former Mayor of Davao city.

It was also good to finally see a Philippine flag symbol worn by the President, instead of a yellow ribbon worn by the outgoing Benigno Simeon Aquino III. People have been saying that the yellow ribbon symbolized inclination to only a few sectors of society and did not really represent the country as a whole. The yellow ribbon was more likely a vengeance symbol against the Marcos regime who once ruled the country for several years, and brought so many irregularities despite the numerous structures and developments during their leadership, or some would say, dictatorship.

Finally, we have a presidnet who does not read from his speech. However, when he said "I do solemnly swear," I had to laugh. He should have used "frequently" instead. Lol. Sometimes, if we have to cue cards, or "kodigo" to guide us, we either forget to mention important messages or go beyond what is expected. It was good he mellowed down and never uttered his usual favorite curses.

But now that the new president of the republic is in alliance with the Marcoses, as well as other groups considered controversial by many, we might be seeing some changes soon. It is just hoped that "Love of country and subordination of personal interests for the common good" will rise above all intentions and vested interests.

Heads of agencies are encouraged, or ordered, to "remove all redundant requirements." We have been burdened with so many long queues, massive document requirements and red tape, that the process of getting something from the government has been a tedious tasks. We look forward to seeing a more convenient and faster way to go about this cause of delay, like the traffic congestion that has taken away most of our productive hours stuck on the roads, with many enduring the crowded public transportation.

We are just a little concerned with the following statement: "You mind your work and I will mind mine." We all know that people can turn naughty and may be tempted to go the other way opposite what is right, if no one is watching over their move. Most of the time, we abuse our freedom and take for granted the trust. It will be no different from Duterte for he has never been a "saint" in the first place.

So when he said "My government is for the helpless, the hopeless, and the defenseless," I would assume many Filipinos who were monitoring the inauguration ceremonies must have sighed and smiled. We are definitely fed up by being called "resilient" which is actually a negative trait since it is better to never be complacent of what we have if we know we can have better, if we only strive hard and require the government to work harder, and smarter, for long-term solutions.

Inaugural Address of President Rodrigo Duterte

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Here is the full Inaugural address or spreech of President Rodrigo Duterte during his Oath-taking of the President of the Philippines in Malacañang Palace on June 30, 2016:

President Fidel Ramos, sir, salamat po sa tulong mo (thank you for your help) making me President; President Joseph Ejercito Estrada; Senate President Franklin Drilon and the members of the Senate; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and the members of the House of Representatives; Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court; His Excellency Guiseppe Pinto and the members of the Diplomatic Corps; incoming members of the Cabinet; fellow workers in government; my fellow countrymen.

No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve.

It is the people from whom democratic governments draw strength and this administration is no exception. That is why we have to listen to the murmurings of the people, feel their pulse, supply their needs and fortify their faith and trust in us whom they elected to public office.

There are many amongst us who advance the assessment that the problems that bedevil our country today which need to be addressed with urgency, are corruption, both in the high and low echelons of government, criminality in the streets, and the rampant sale of illegal drugs in all strata of Philippine society and the breakdown of law and order. True, but not absolutely so. For I see these ills as mere symptoms of a virulent social disease that creeps and cuts into the moral fiber of Philippine society. I sense a problem deeper and more serious than any of those mentioned or all of them put together. But of course, it is not to say that we will ignore them because they have to be stopped by all means that the law allows.

Erosion of faith and trust in government – that is the real problem that confronts us. Resulting therefrom, I see the erosion of the people’s trust in our country’s leaders; the erosion of faith in our judicial system; the erosion of confidence in the capacity of our public servants to make the people’s lives better, safer and healthier.

Indeed, ours is a problem that dampens the human spirit. But all is not lost.

I have seen how corruption bled the government of funds, which were allocated for the use in uplifting the poor from the mire that they are in.

I have seen how illegal drugs destroyed individuals and ruined family relationships.

I have seen how criminality, by means all foul, snatched from the innocent and the unsuspecting, the years and years of accumulated savings. Years of toil and then, suddenly, they are back to where they started.

Look at this from that perspective and tell me that I am wrong.

In this fight, I ask Congress and the Commission on Human Rights and all others who are similarly situated to allow us a level of governance that is consistent to our mandate. The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained.

I know that there are those who do not approve of my methods of fighting criminality. They say that my methods are unorthodox and verge on the illegal.

My adherence to due process and the rule of law is uncompromising.

You mind your work and I will mind mine.

“Malasakit. Tunay na Pagbabago. Tinud-anay nga Kausaban (Compassion. Real change.)” – these are words which catapulted me to the presidency. These slogans were conceptualized not for the sole purpose of securing the votes of the electorate. “Tinud-anay nga kabag-uhan. Mao kana ang tumong sa atong pang-gobyerno (Real change. This is the direction of our government).”

Far from that. These were battle cries articulated by me in behalf of the people hungry for genuine and meaningful change. But the change, if it is to be permanent and significant, must start with us and in us. [applause]

To borrow the language of F. Sionil Jose, we have become our own worst enemies. And we must have the courage and the will to change ourselves.

As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the president. I know what is legal and what is not.

Love of country, subordination of personal interests to the common good, concern and care for the helpless and the impoverished – these are among the lost and faded values that we seek to recover and revitalize as we commence our journey towards a better Philippines. The ride will be rough. But come and join me just the same. Together, shoulder to shoulder, let us take the first wobbly steps in this quest.

There are two quotations from revered figures that shall serve as the foundation upon which this administration shall be built.

“The test of government is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide for those who have little.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

And from (Abraham) Lincoln I draw this expression: “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; You cannot help the poor by discouraging the rich; You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer; You cannot further the brotherhood by inciting class hatred among men.”

My economic and financial, political policies are contained in those quotations, though couched in general terms. Read between the lines. I need not go into specifics now. They shall be supplied to you in due time.

However, there are certain policies and specifics of which cannot wait for tomorrow to be announced.

Therefore, I direct all department secretaries and the heads of agencies to reduce requirements and the processing time of all applications, from the submission to the release. I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to remove redundant requirements and compliance with one department or agency, shall be accepted as sufficient for all.

I order all department secretaries and heads of agencies to refrain from changing and bending the rules government contracts, transactions and projects already approved and awaiting implementation. Changing the rules when the game is on-going is wrong.

I abhor secrecy and instead advocate transparency in all government contracts, projects and business transactions from submission of proposals to negotiation to perfection and finally, to consummation.

Do them and we will work together. Do not do them, we will part sooner than later.

On the domestic front, my administration is committed to implement all signed peace agreements in step with constitutional and legal reforms.

I am elated by the expression of unity among our Moro brothers and leaders, and the response of everyone else to my call for peace.

I look forward to the participation of all other stakeholders, particularly our indigenous peoples, to ensure inclusivity in the peace process.

Let me remind in the end of this talk, that I was elected to the presidency to serve the entire country. I was not elected to serve the interests of any one person or any group or any one class. I serve every one and not only one.

That is why I have adapted as an article of faith, the following lines written by someone whose name I could no longer recall. He said: “I have no friends to serve, I have no enemies to harm.”

On the international front and community of nations, let me reiterate that the Republic of the Philippines will honor treaties and international obligations. On the domestic front, my administration is committed to implement all signed peace agreements in step with constitutional and legal reforms.

Prescinding there from, I now ask everyone, and I mean everyone, to join me as we embark on this crusade for a better and brighter tomorrow.

But before I end, let me express the nations, on behalf of the people, our condolences to the Republic of Turkey of what has happened in the place. We offer our deepest condolences.

Why am I here? Hindi kasali ito diyan (This is not part of my speech). The past tense was, I am here because I love my country and I love the people of the Philippines. I am here, why? Because I am ready to start my work for the nation.

Thank you and good afternoon.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Home Credit Review: Easy, Simple, and Fast Loan Application

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If you haven't heard of it yet, there's a fast and easy way to purchase gadgets, appliances, or any item that you like, on installment basis.

I needed a better phone to receive text messages and calls other than the other mobile phones with bigger display screens that I use for browsing the Internet in checking my e-mails and social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

My contact lists are increasing in number every day and I needed a phone dedicated for communication tasks only, something that is small enough to fit in my pocket and one that I can easily put out to receive or send text messages and calls even while commuting.

Thus it was about time I purchase another phone. But since I also wanted to manage my budget, I thought it would be better to purchase one through installment basis so my monthly expenses will be conveniently affordable.

So one afternoon, I visited SM Megamall to check out a new smartphone when I was approached by a Home Credit representative offering to help me buy this new phone I wanted through easy installment terms. I was intrigued by this no-hassle process that only requires you to submit two valid IDs and some names and contact numbers of friends and relatives as references.

Rodrigo Duterte: Oath-Taking of 16th President of the Philippines

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On this historic day, June 30, 2016, the oath-taking of incoming President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, we Filipinos should take time to reckon the sacrifices we took for him to win and lead us to a better Philippines.

The people were fed up with the previous administrations whom a great number of people would say were ridiculed because of so many issues pertaining to questionable irregularities and inaction. 

However, rains and thunderstorms may mark the oath-taking day as we could see the morning skies darkening as a sign of impending bad weather. But sine the event will be held at the roofed Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), it may become less of a burden. We just hope the rainfalls and floods would not start while the selected few of around 600 attendees, who got invitations to witness the ceremonies, are still on their way to the event.

Duterte wanted his inauguration simple so the instruction was to serve simple meals that will be catered by Filipino restaurant Via Mare to serve a buffet of Filipino foods highlighted by one of my favorite, the Ginisang Monggo. Food will be served before his oath-taking so that many can listen attentively with a full stomach.

The event will be attended by his children and now Mayor Sara And Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte who both took their oath just recently in Davao City on June 20, 2016.

A simple yet elegant barong will be worn by the new President crafted by Chard Pulatche of Chardin, a Davao-based haberdashery. Duterte will wear a Piña Jusi Barong with Manobo-inspired design paired with cotton slacks.

The 16th President of the Philippines will then proceed to Malacanang Palace while previous president Benigno Simeon Aquino III returned to his home at Times Street in Quezon City.

I would like to congratulate and welcome the next President from Mindanao. I do hope that true change will be coming soon.

Boosting Data Quality Can Optimize Your Company’s Performance

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Over the years, the rapid development of information technology has greatly optimized the day-to-day operations of businesses. Companies collect and store an enormous amount of data, which in return, demands superior and diligent data management. However, organizations typically overestimate the quality of their data and the cost of errors, according to a study.

Because of this, Third Pillar Business Applications Inc. – a globally recognized business partner in providing best-in-class services and solutions – helps businesses transform their organization into a more innovative, cost-effective, and revenue-earning business through exceptional data governance.

According to Alan Alipao, managing director and head of consulting of Third Pillar, a regular data assessment and cleansing for data quality maintenance should become a standard practice to all organizations. “It informs the organization as to where the risks are within the data, thus allowing them to create preventive measures against business process failures, non-compliance, and other scenarios leading to profit losses.”

Data cleansing is the process of amending or removing data in a database that is incorrect, incomplete, improperly formatted, or duplicated.

Clean data can actually improve customer acquisition activity results, fine tune the decision-making process because of reliable information, increase revenue and productivity, and improve account management and analysis.

Former Ballerina Cathee Roslovtsev Opens Dance Studio in SPARTA Mandaluyong

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Former Ballerina Cathee Roslovtsev has decided to fulfil her life-long dream of putting up a dance studio, which caters to children and adults alike. The Elan Ballet and Pilates Studio is located at the second floor of SPARTA in Mandaluyong. Formerly with the Philippine Ballet Theatre and presently an artistic council member of The Philippine Ballet Theatre, she will be using the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet training method for her ballet classes.

The training method is a 12-year training method for the child, from 5-17 years old, wherein yearly, somebody from Australia will give the exam, to see if the child can move on to the next level.

Apart from Classical Ballet, she also offers Baby Ballet classes for kids from 3-5 years old, Mommy and Me Ballet classes for kids who are between 2-4 years old, while her Pre-primary Ballet classes on the other hand, targets kids who are at least 5 years of age.

According to Cathee, the values that kids can learn from ballet include, “Camaraderie, obedience, discipline, patience and perseverance. All of these values can be learned while mastering the various techniques, like doing the pirouette.”

She also stresses the importance of learning Pilates for ballet students.

Cathee, who is also a Certified Pilates Instructor, will also be offering Pilates with machine and mat. “Pilates and dance go hand-in-hand. Because with Pilates, the exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and it rebalances the muscles around the joint”, she says.

Cathee, who is very dedicated to her craft, was also very hands-on with the construction of the Dance Studio. For instance, she had to install a special kind of flooring that helps cushion the knees and the joints, so when you do your jumps and your leaps, you don’t get injured.

Apart from Classical Ballet, The Dance Studio also offers Jazz, Street Dance, Tap, Salsa, Zumba, Pilates and Yoga for Special Kids. She also has customized programs for her dance clients, Cathee adds, “Because each person has a diff body type. So programs will be customised depending on what the client needs.”

SPARTA is located along Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong City. For more information, please call 6553799 or 0977-7634402.

Change That Keeps Hope Alive

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Tomorrow, we will be concluding the six years of the Aquino presidency - six years of hard work for many who joined the campaign to reclaim government institutions from the throes of corruption and impunity. Six years of hard work as well for those who stayed outside, in the ranks of civil society, to offer counsel and critique during the toughest times of the outgoing administration. The past six years gave us much hope that with Aquino’s leadership, we would achieve much and more.

Akbayan Youth witnessed how this hope came to life - from the passage of the SK Reform Law which Akbayan Youth has campaigned for almost two decades, to the implementation of Abot-Alam and expansion of the CCT to cover secondary education to ensure that all young people can get access to education opportunities. We saw the passage of the RH bill and the Sin Tax Law that secure the youth from preventable diseases. We were witness to the government that strived to achieve much and more.

In the last few hours under President Aquino, we thank him for his hard work. He was an imperfect man, his was an imperfect administration. But he stood by us, in a time when we could not fully give our trust to our government.

We thank the people who worked in government, the people who put faith and partook in the project of shaping the government we needed.

And as we say goodbye, we welcome to the new administration under President Rodrigo Duterte. We look forward to having a Philippines where Filipinos especially the youth have secure jobs and incomes, a Philippines were we take care of the environment, a Philippines where there is genuine peace, a Philippines where the LGBT and women have their due space and recognition.

But we stand firm as we engage the new leadership, our new president, and the people who will join him in government, and urge them to move towards deepening democracy and respecting human rights.

Akbayan Youth will continue its work to constructively engage the new dispensation, always mindful of the kind of change we want to advance - a change that is founded on social justice, a change that makes us better persons for each other, a change that will make us truly equal and free.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Suicide Incorporated - A Play to Help Raise Mental Awareness All Set to Open on July 15

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How can a theater company help raise mental health awareness by staging a play that tackles the theme of depression, suicidal tendencies and suicide itself ?????.

Catch Twin Bill Theater’s eye-opening production aimed to shed light and raise awareness on mental health issues to its audiences in “SUICIDE INCORPORATED”--- a 2010 tragicomedy by brilliant Off- Broadway playwright Andrew Hinderaker.

Imagine a world where a company that edits suicide notes exists. Now imagine being part of that company. SUICIDE INCORPORATED centers around a company that makes money by drafting suicide notes. The business is Hallmark gone Wall Street, turning a profit by bullishly pushing its clients to perform the unspeakable. The CEO speaks, in an advertiser’s tongue, about cornering the market by targeting those suicide victims least likely to leave notes: Men. It turns out all these men are emotional mice when it comes to discussing matters of the self.

SUICIDE INCORPORATED will be directed by Steven Conde.

Six topnotch actors coming from different theater backgrounds have bonded together to essay the pivotal roles in this dark comedy exploring the perils of depression, coping with loss, guilt and redemption, 

Darren Espanto Conquers Singapore

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Darren Espanto, the so-called Total Performer, is not only making waves in the Philippines but has been conquering the international scene as well. The most recent, in Singapore.

This kid with amazing pipes recently had a promo tour from June 16 to 19 in Singapore, as his sophomore album "Be With Me" was released in the Lion City under Universal Music Singapore. Darren's day started with radio tours at Singapore's top English stations 987FM and Power 98 as well as a Press Conference at Ngee Ann Polytechnic where he was joined by US singer Greyson Chance and Malaysian girl group De Fam. The next day was spent with interviews with Singapore media then an explosive performance at Universal Music Singapore’s private event where he performed alongside Universal Music artists Greyson Chance (United States), De Fam (Malaysia), Micapella (Singapore) and Gentle Bones (Singapore). He opened the show for Greyson Chance for “A Rooftop Affair” event at MyVillage@Serangoon on the 18th and on the 19th, he formally launched his album “Be With Me” via an album signing session at Junction 8 Mall. Darrenatics in Singapore lined up to have their albums signed till stocks were sold out, as the retailer had to accommodate preorders for the album for fans who wanted to see Darren in the flesh.

“I am so thankful to be given a chance to be in Singapore again this time promoting my album. Never have I imagined that my album will be released on CDs in Singapore and it feels good to be there and meet my Singapore fans,” Darren said.

After Singapore, what’s next? Find out soon.

Aside from promoting the album, Darren also recently held a major concert entitled “D Total Experience” last June 25, 8pm at the Kia Theatre.

"Be With Me" CDs are out under MCA Music, now available at Astroplus and Astrovision outlets. The album can also be downloaded and streamed via Spinnr, iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify. For inquiries, contact MCA Music artist management at 9162504 local 107 or 0920 9682991 or email For more updates on Darren, like or follow MCA Music via facebook, Instagram (mca_music), Twitter (mca_music), Snapchat (mca_music) or Vine (mca_music).

Telco Urges VisMin Execs to Maximize Innovation and New Technologies to Stay Ahead of Competition

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Globe Business, the enterprise information and communications technology (ICT) arm of Globe Telecom, urged Visayas and Mindanao-based executives to maximize innovation and new technologies to stay ahead of competition.

Tapped to deliver the message across over 80 enterprise clients from various industries was Jomari Mercado, former Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) President and Chief Executive Officer. Mercado served as keynote speaker on digital disruption readiness at the Globe Business Regional Business Forum held recently at Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.

“Be the disruptive change. Be the one to take or lead your segment, category or industry in an entirely new direction. If you will commit to it, you have to let go of the notion that it will be a comfortable process. Let go of the notion that in the next couple of years you will be happy with the way things are going, and that your most profitable customers are going to be happy,” said Mercado.

Mercado”s advice was echoed by Mike Frausing, Globe Senior Advisor for Enterprise and IT-Enabled Services Group, who noted the importance of focusing on strategies that will help them become leaders in their respective industries. Globe Business, he said, has a ready response to corporations who are keen on realizing their goals.

“Globe Business has been providing connectivity services to you, our Visayas and Mindanao customers for many years and I believe it is crucial that you continue the trust and support that you have been giving us in enabling you to transform digitally. With the right technology, infrastructure, and know how, we believe that we can drive your passions and help you achieve future-ready operations,” Frausing said to the participants.

The forum discussed various topics that would be helpful to corporations such as Reinventing your business with the right technology which touched on different solutions that help improve business productivity and efficiency; How technology enables supply chain visibility which focused on the various upsides that the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Services, and Managed Security Services bring to the supply chain industry; Selling customer experience: Art of the Pitch which detailed the different types of persuasion and presentation skills that can win over business; and the power of electronic financial services which dealt specifically with how technology facilitates financial inclusion and making financial transactions more efficient with mobile money services such as GCash.

To know more how Globe Business can empower your organization’s passions with industry-renowned ICT products and solutions, visit or contact your Globe Business Account Manager.

WSOF-GC Announces Exclusive Japanese Partnership with DEEP Fighting Championships

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In a surprise announcement this afternoon at Hotel Sun Route Plaza Shinjuku, DEEP Fighting Championships President, Shigeru Saeki, announced during his press conference an exclusive partnership with World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC). This deal also carries over to the other DEEP brands, to include Cage Impact and JEWELS. DEEP will be the one and only exclusive partner for WSOF Global inside Japan, as WSOF Global will be the one and only exclusive partner for DEEP outside of Japan, with the exception of the existing partnership already in place with Invicta Fighting Championships.

One of the interesting items about this new relationship points towards WSOF-GC qualifiers, as well as a potential tournaments to be dubbed “The Road to WSOF-GC”. This gives young, up-and-coming fighters an opportunity to know that they will be able to compete on international events outside of Japan and test their skills against some of the best fighters around the globe. Additionally, it was announced that DEEP’s end of year event would contain three WSOF Global title fights. The Road to WSOF-GC championship gold is now paved. Fans from Japan can look forward to a very fun, exciting end of year event between these two promotions.

Speaking shortly before the big announcement to the press, Saeki said, “I am very happy and thrilled about DEEP FC forming a partnership with WSOF-GC. I would like to thank both President Shawn Wright and Vice-President Jason Lilly for considering working with us. Moving forward, a 15-year old MMA promotion DEEP FC would like to provide all the support necessary to help them achieve success in Asia. Let's work together to achieve our goals!”

“DEEP is the premier fight league in Japan. Their consistent level of quality events and premium fighters attests to that,” states WSOF-GC Vice President of Operations, Jason Lilly. “Many great fighters have come through DEEP to go on to the UFC, such as Shinya Aoki and Ryo Chonan. Invicta’s reigning Atomweight Champion, Ayaka Hamasaki, also came up through the DEEP ranks, as did our own 125-pound star, Yusaku Nakamura. Even the legendary Akihiro Gono has competed for them. Whereas we now have this partnership in place, this is not to exclude DEEP fighters from having other opportunities outside of both of our organizations. It’s our mutual goal to promote these fighters and help prepare them for the next level, wherever that may be.”

CHED-PCARI Partners with UCLA

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A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Commission on Higher Education (represented by CHED Chairperson and PCARI Project Director Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan) and University of California Los Angeles campus (represented by UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block) held at the Office of the President, Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, last June 18, 2016.

The Philippine government, through CHED and its PCARI project, and the United States of America government, through UCLA, agreed to broaden and expand relations between the scientific and technological communities in both countries through research partnership.

The MOA signing was witnessed by PCARI Project Manager Dr. William G. Padolina and UCLA Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement Department Prof. C. Cindy Fan. Also in attendance were CHED Legal and Legislative Service Atty. Carmelita Yadao-Sison, PCARI Deputy Project Manager Atty. Walfrido Gloria, UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gisela Concepion, and UP President Dr. Alfredo E. Pascual.

UCLA, ranked 13 among the world’s top 100 universities (London Times Higher Education), is home to several institutes that encompass trans-disciplinary and implementation science approaches in solving a variety of issues such as health system strengthening, climate change, and food security. The world-class expertise of UCLA in PCARI priority areas of Health Innovation and Translational Medicine and Information Infrastructure Development will establish strong linkages and enhance research capacity of selected Philippine HEIs.

UCLA is the fourth PCARI UC research collaborating institution after UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and UC Davis.

Telecom Company Changes Landscape of PH Entertainment with Engaging World-Class Content

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The country’s number one mobile brand, Globe Telecom, is changing the landscape of Philippine entertainment with the creation of Globe Studios and Globe Live which are designed to produce original shows, live events, and engaging world-class content that are fit for today’s discerning customers.

At the same time, Globe reveals the line-up of its new international content partners and improved broadband plans for a complete and immersive entertainment lifestyle.

Nowadays, dramas and movies are no longer confined to television and cinema as they can already be shared through social media via mobile phones. Globe Studios recognizes this and thus, brings the next generation of entertainment to mobile with original video productions from top film directors such as Erik Matti, Paul Soriano, Quark Henares, Dan Villegas, Sigrid Bernardo, Joyce Bernal, and Lav Diaz. Globe Studios is backed by local and Asian media houses such as Viva Films, Reality Entertainment, Quantum Films, Spring Films and Astro of Malaysia.

“Consumption of mobile entertainment has grown exponentially over the past years. Today, customers no longer wait for their favorite shows on their TV screens. Instead, they dictate what they want to watch when and where they want to. With Globe Studios, we will now produce our own clips, series and even movies. Backed up with the biggest director partners and entertainment companies in the industry, we are set to show what customers want today,” said Albert de Larrazabal, Globe Chief Commercial Officer.

On the other hand, due to the rising clamor towards personalization, another challenge is how to deliver the most engaging and creative events that will satisfy customers. Globe Live responds to this demand by leveraging on Globe Telecom’s wide experience in the live events industry to elevate production quality and at the same time, tap the wide distribution coverage of Globe to promote and assemble events that are of international size and quality.

“The caliber of events will forever change with Globe Live. We can now produce shows and events that are world-class, unique to customers and more accessible. Our years of experience in the industry added with our edge as a telco company will bring perfect partnerships to bring wonderful events to our customers,” said Joe Caliro, head of Globe Live and Globe Retail and Transformation Management.

Globe Live’s first foray in the theatrical scene is the staging of Green Day’s American Idiot, a Philippine production of the hit Broadway musical. Produced together with 9 Works Theatrical, American Idiot will be held at the new Globe Iconic Store in Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig which features two massive Times Square-like LED walls in a unique outdoor setup to accommodate thousands of people. American Idiot is composed of a star-studded talent roster headlined by Basti Artadi of Wolfgang, Miggy Chavez of Chicosci, former Rivermaya vocalists Jason Fernandez and Norby David, and veteran thespian Nel Gomez. The show is set to run from June 24 until July 10, 2016.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Royal Enfield Holds Grand Opening of its First Exclusive Store in Manila

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There's an all new 972 sq.ft motorcycle showroom that recently re-opened after a major renovation. It's located at 7462 Bagtikan Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City, and it's called Royal Enfield.

We got invited to witness the grand opening and blessing of this fabulous new store that's ready to satisfy the craving of all Royal Enfield fans. Even motorcycle enthusiasts may suddenly want to purchase their own motorcycles after seeing these beauties proudly displayed at this amazing showroom where some decors came from motorcycle parts. I'm not a biker, but I might change my mine already after climbing into a few of these machines that somehow made me manly enough to want to ride it out of the store and show it off to everyone I pass on the streets.

True enough, these two-wheeled machines are works of art, and I kind of fancy the fact that we are encouraged to customize the bikes based on our preferences. That would surely bring out our imagination into the wild. I wonder what design I could think of to make these bikes stand out.

But why bother? They're already a beauty with their simplicity, yet would definitely make us look astonishingly good especially when we match it with those Royal Enfield branded shirts, jackets, boots, helmets, gloves and even belts.

I'm so excited to get an opportunity to ride one of these magnificent motorcycles as soon as they have a unit for testing.

Be our Ekobuddy with the Ekobuds Lifetones!

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Introducing the Ekobuds Lifetones! Affordable audiophile-quality earphones are now within reach. With 4 different colors to choose from, these earphones will suit anyone's mood and personality.

A Good Friend To Everybody. To Anybody.

The Ekobuds LifeTones can be used with most portable audio playback devices such as smartphones, feature phones, tablets, MP3 players, and is even useful for quickly auditioning professional audio interfaces.

Extra earcaps in various sizes are provided to help you find that perfect in-ear fit.

Welcomes You To The Cool Kids' Table.

To make the Ekobuds LifeTones not only sound good, but also look good, we took advantage of advanced CNC technology to craft every hardware component with stunning precision.

Sings Your Songs Perfectly.

The Ekobuds LifeTones is able to produce its distinct deep, warm, and clear sound with the help of moving membrane coil technology that responds to bass frequencies better and amplifies them in a way that nicely complements the entire audio frequency spectrum.


Driver Type: Single Moving Coil
Sensitivity: 91± dB
Impendance: 16 Ω
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Cable Length: 120cm
Plug Pin: 3.5mm

SRP: 299

beep card & BGC Bus Tie-Up, a Win for Commuters

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Bonifacio Global City (BGC) employees, residents and visitors will enjoy carrying one less card in their wallets as AF Payments Inc. officially announced that its beep™ card is now accepted in all seven BGC Bus routes. It replaced the TapBGC stored value cards.

With the objective of making beep™ an all-in-one travel card for Filipinos, AF Payments Inc. started venturing with other public transportation operators in Metro Manila. It has recently outfitted all BGC Buses with the beep payment system and completed a limited public trial from June 11 to 26. Full roll-out will happen on June 27, Monday.

BGC is a financial and lifestyle district in Taguig City. It is home to contemporary office blocks, storied high streets, and parks. It has grown into an urban oasis of unique selections for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

“We want to make going around BGC much easier for workers and other visitors by simplifying the payment system. Now that we are live, the beep™ cards they used in the MRT and LRT can be used to pay for their BGC Bus rides. It’s a win for the commuters,” said Peter Maher, CEO and president of AF Payments Inc..

Baron Geisler Versus Kiko Matos at URCC Exhibition Fight

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The recent Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) bout between celebrities Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos has been a much talked about topic mainly because it was intended to settle a recent dispute between the two who quarreled over what would be considered as a trivial matter gone haywire due to arrogance and pride.

However, despite the hype and ballyhoo surrounding the feud, the fight between actors Kiko Matos and Baron Geisler ended in a draw in URCC Fight Night on June 25, 2016, instead of an expected intense bloodbath to settle their differences.

The judges ruled out 19-19 unanimous decision between the two fighters at the URCC Fight Night at Valkyrie, The Palace located in Uptown Bonifacio Global City (BGC). Kiko Matos and Baron Geisler hug it out after their fight. They hugged and made peace after their fight. Is this really the end of their rift?

The verdict may have been a draw but Baron Geisler gave credit to Kiko Matos for incurring more damage.

Do they want a 3rd round to settle the score? Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos are talking about a possible rematch. Is this likely to be a publicity stunt to once again entice the people to get excited for another URCC match. Was this all for show?

Prestige Brand Ambassador 2016 Fashion Show Features James Paul Collection

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Not everyone can be a model. You need to have the "look" and "attitude" that would make you stand out among the rest. You need to be able to flaunt the outfit you are wearing to effectively promote it to the audience.

Prestige Models Management aims to train, manage, and represent aspiring individuals for them to further advance in their career in modeling.

Thus, all the training discipline you will need to be a promising model can be achieved if you join this organization which specializes on modeling.

Among the many event where the group joins to feataure their models is the Prestige Brand Ambassador 2016 Fashion Show that was held on June 18, 2016 at Fisher Mall in Quezon City and featured the James Paul Collection.

Several fashionable pieces were presented to the lucky guests who got to witness fabulous designs conceptualized by the featured designer, James Paul.

With white as the domineering color of the day, the models looked astoundingly vibrant presenting themselves and their outfits on the runway while impressed people admiringly ogle on the creatuve designs.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Microsoft and DepEd Hatch EGG - Self-Contained Classroom for Remote Areas in the Philippines

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Leading the launch of Microsoft and Department of Education's EGG, a mobile and self-contained classroom with Internet connectivity and its own water and power system, on June 24, 2016 at the DepEd Main Office are DepEd Undersecretary Rey Laguda, David Tapang Microsoft Philippines’ Education Lead and Microsoft Philippines’ Managing Director Karrie Ilagan.

This is not the first that a similar effort has been conceptualized by other organizations (both private and public) but what's new here is that the Internet connectivity will be coursed through the Whitespace technology (the unused VHF and UHF TV channels) which were recently made available when San Miguel Corporation (SMC) sold the 700 MHz frequency to telecommunication companies Smart/PLDT and Globe. Also, the Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG) technology (a device that extracts water from humid ambient air. Water vapor in the air is condensed by cooling the air below its dew point, exposing the air to desiccants, or pressurizing the air. Unlike a dehumidifier, an AWG is designed to render the waterpotable) is being used to provide the water system, and solar panels for the power system.

Microsoft has also supplied Lenovo tablets for 16 seats and another 1 for the teacher or instructor. However, the seating capacity of the EGG can be maximized up to 32 students. The EGG also has a huge LED monitor to be used as additional tool in replacement of blackboards or whiteboards.

The EGG mobile classroom can completely run off-the-grid and can also double as a storm shelter for emergency cases. Below are illustrations to further show the details of the contents and functions of the EGG.

Best Places in the Philippines for Foreign Retirees

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Thanks to its many great locations, retiring in the Philippines is a no-brainer, even if you’re a foreigner

With an estimated 7,407 islands featuring gorgeous beaches, upland communities, and busy metropolises, the Philippines offers retirement options for almost any person of any lifestyle. Thousands of islands can be challenging to choose from, especially if you are a nonresident retiree. Fortunately, by taking into combined consideration cost of living, the presence of basic necessities, and the overall retirement atmosphere of an area, it becomes just a little bit easier to narrow the list down.

1. Imus, Cavite

Imus, Cavite. Photo by Ramon FVelasquez via Wikimedia Commons
Imus is an ideal retirement location because it is very close to Metro Manila (approximately 19 km south of the capital), giving foreign retirees a quiet suburb to live in that is not too far from the conveniences of the capital. Earning cityhood in 2012, Imus itself is not one to lack in lifestyle amenities, as it is currently home to 14 commercial centers. While very urbanized, Imus still retains most of its provincial charm. There are also a number of residential developments to choose from, a few of which are upcoming projects by Ayala Land, Vista Land, and Megaworld.

Rent per month: Range from Php4,000 for a two-bedroom townhouse to Php13,000 for a three-bedroom house and lot

Hospitals: 5
Commercial centers: 14

2. Bacoor, Cavite

Bacoor, Cavite. Photo by Lawrence Ruiz via Wikimedia Commons
Widely described as a bedroom community where many of its residents are employees who commute to and from Metro Manila, Bacoor is currently transitioning from being a mainly agricultural economy to one that’s focused on residential and commercial development. Property developers have been keen on developing projects in rural–urban fringes like Bacoor, which will become the future southern terminus of the Manila Light Rail Transit System. Also, part of the city will be traversed by the future Cavite–Laguna Expressway, making travel to nearby Laguna very easy.

Along with several shopping centers, the city has a number of resorts, cultural landmarks, and festivals. And similar to Imus, it is very near Metro Manila but still has a laidback, rural atmosphere, making it an ideal place for retirees.

Rent per month: Range from Php6,500 for a three-bedroom house to Php25,000 for a house in Avida Settings Cavite

Hospitals: 8
Commercial centers: 14

3. Tagaytay City

Taal Lake and Volcano as seen from Tagaytay Ridge. Photo via Shutterstock
While widely known as a tourist destination, Tagaytay City is also an ideal retirement destination thanks to its cool climate. Located in relatively short distance from Metro Manila, it is still far enough to provide the peace and quiet that many come to the area for—not to mention spectacular views of the Taal Lake and Volcano. Although Tagaytay’s popularity as a vacation spot makes it quite costly to live in compared to the other cities on this list, Cavite’s agricultural areas ensure that fresh produce here at least is very cheap. Further, if retirees suddenly feel a need to soak up some sun, the sandy coves of Nasugbu are just a short drive away.

Hospitals: 2
Commercial centers: 4 (including partially opened Twin Lakes’ retail area)

4. Cebu City

Downtown Cebu City. Photo via Shutterstock
Among the Philippines’ top three cities, Cebu may not seem like the best place for a retiree. But on the contrary, it is actually ideal because of the comprehensive urban amenities it offers. And being an island locale, it is very near a good number of tropical resorts and natural attractions, including the white sand beaches of Mactan Island. Properties can sometimes be a little costly in Cebu given that it is a major city, but this also means that there are many options available in various estates developed by some of the country’s biggest real estate companies.

Rent per month: Range from Php18,000 for a two-bedroom townhouse in Lahug to Php140,000 for a five-bedroom house in Banilad

Hospitals: At least 16 major hospitals
Commercial centers: 29

5. Santa Rosa, Laguna

Santa Rosa City poblacion area. Photo by Ramon FVelasquez via Wikimedia Commons
Another area predominantly serving as a suburban residential community of Metro Manila, Santa Rosa is situated a mere 38 kilometers south of the National Capital Region. The premiere city and hub of South Luzon, the city is often called the Makati of the South due to its economic activity sans the density and level of urbanization. The city is popular for being the location of Nuvali, a massive estate developed by Ayala Land. Sta. Rosa is also home to a number of special economic zones, industrial parks, and master-planned communities resulting in the increase of the city’s comprehensive modern amenities.

Rent per month: Range from Php19,000 for a newly built house in Avida Parkway to Php80,000 for a five-bedroom house in Pramana Residential Estates

Hospitals: 9
Commercial centers: 11

6. Calamba, Laguna

View of Mount Makiling from Calamba. Photo via Shutterstock
Calamba is often referred to as the Resort Capital of the Philippines because of its many hot spring resorts located on the slopes of Mount Makiling. However, the city has as of late come to be known as a residential destination as well, thanks to the emergence of developments like Ayala-Greenfield Estates and Ciudad Verde.

To complement the resort-like living retirees can enjoy in Calamba, its local economy is fueled by a number of lifestyle and commercial centers, providing residents’ basic needs. If the city gets too crowded for a retiree’s liking, however, the very laid-back campus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños and the National Arts Center are just a short drive away.

Rent per month: Range from Php8,000 for a one-bedroom house to Php150,000 for a six-bedroom house in Brgy. Canlubang

Hospitals: 10
Commercial centers: 9

7. Subic Freeport Zone, Zambales

Subic Bay. Photo via Shutterstock
Renowned for being a former overseas U.S. military installation, the Subic Freeport Zone is perfect for foreign retirees who want to continue their American suburban lifestyle in the Philippines. Along with its duty-free shopping, there are also a number of great schools, hospitals, and hotels and resorts in the city. While there is plenty to do and see in the Freeport Zone, probably one its biggest draws as a retirement area is the location’s cleanliness and orderliness.

Hospitals: 3
Commercial centers: 5

8. Dumaguete City

Dumaguete City. Photo via Shutterstock
More popularly known as the “City of Gentle People,” Dumaguete City is the capital and primary seaport of Negros Oriental. Typical of a provincial capital of an island province, the city is full of beach resorts and dive sites, and is considered one of the best places for beachfront living on a budget. In fact, the city was listed among some of the most affordable and ideal places to retire to in the 2014 Retire Overseas Index.

Rent per month: Range from Php13,000 to Php18,000

Hospitals: 3 (tertiary)
Commercial centers: 5

9. Bacolod City

Bacolod City. Photo via Shutterstock
Identified by the Department of Science and Technology as a center of excellence for business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology, the city hosts a number of BPO companies and voice call centers. While this has resulted in rapid urbanization, sugarcane plantations and heritage houses are still typical sights in the city. Like the island locale that it is, Bacolod also has a number of beach and resort properties suitable for retirement.

Hospitals: 10
Number of malls/commercial centers: 20

10. Cagayan de Oro City

Cagayan de Oro Press Freedom Monument. Photo by Amarkgio via Wikimedia
Cagayan de Oro City has long been Mindanao’s melting pot. Situated along the northern shores of the island, its economy is driven by agricultural activity and real estate developments, most notably commercial and leisure projects. However, the city also offers plenty of natural attractions, including white-water rafting in Cagayan de Oro River.

While highly urbanized and currently ranked the 10th most populated city in the Philippines, Cagayan de Oro is ideal for retirement thanks to still being somewhat rural and laid-back but also being a place with plenty of leisure and medical facilities. The city is also very accessible, with regular scheduled flights to Manila, Cebu, and Davao.

Rent per month: Range from Php16,000 for a fully furnished three-bedroom house to Php90,000 for a five-bedroom, 400-sqm house

Hospitals: 11
Commercial centers: 18

11. Davao City

Davao City’s Chinatown. Photo by Shubert Ciencia via Wikimedia
Arguably Mindanao’s commercial and business center, Davao City is a budding business hub and a popular tourist destination that many expat retirees have chosen as their retirement destination. It helps that the United States, Japan, Palau, and Malaysia have consular offices here. For such a fast-growing city, the cost of living in Davao is relatively affordable. The city is served by an international airport with regular scheduled flights to Manila, Cebu, and even Singapore, while it is also a jump-off point to Samal Island for those who would like a weekend R&R.

Rent per month: Range from Php18,000 to Php90,000

Hospitals: 31
Commercial centers: 18

12. Baguio City

Baguio City. Photo via Shutterstock
Although Baguio City has experienced rapid urbanization in the last two decades, the City of Pines has retained most of its old charm. It continues to have the trappings of a highland resort, such as quaint B&Bs, cozy cafés, breezy tourist spots, and fresh produce from neighboring La Trinidad Valley. This, coupled with the cool climate, makes the city popular with vacationers and retirees alike. Although it is significantly smaller than other cities like Manila or Cebu, it is by no means inconvenient. It has a good number of commercial centers, BPO centers, good schools, and hospitals within its boundaries.

Rent per month: Range from Php13,000 to Php110,500 for a forest cabin-style property

Hospitals: 5
Commercial centers: 6

13. Tagum City

Kayaking in Nabintad River, Tagum City. Photo by S5Switch via Wikimedia Commons
Although this city has always been overshadowed by its more popular neighbor Davao City, Tagum (the provincial capital of Davao Del Norte) has been getting a lot of attention in recent years. It is cited as one of the most livable cities in the Philippines, and is home to a number of festivals including one that celebrates music and another that celebrates bananas (one of its main crops is the beloved fruit enjoyed all over the world). The city also has a number of good hospitals, branches of national banks, tertiary schools, and shopping centers, and is conveniently accessible to Davao’s international airport through the Pan-Philippine Highway.

Hospitals: 6
Commercial centers: 4

14. Lipa City

Lipa City’s poblacion area. Photo by Ramon F Velasquez via Wikimedia Commons
A recreational, religious, commercial, industrial, and educational center for the province of Batangas, Lipa City offers an adequate deal of urban amenities set upon a rural backdrop. Its location between Mount Malarayat and Mount Makulot gives it a relatively cooler climate compared to its neighboring towns, making it an ideal location for leisure estates that target vacationers and retirees alike. It is home to a number of health resorts, golf estates, and gated communities.

Rent per month: A typical newly built, three-bedroom house rents for Php25,000

Hospitals: 10
Commercial centers: 2 (major shopping malls)

15. Batangas City

Port of Batangas. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
The largest city and provincial capital of Batangas, it is deemed as one of the fastest growing cities in the Philippines. Dubbed as the industrial port city of the CALABARZON region, Batangas City’s economy is mainly driven by trade, services, and manufacturing. Despite all this, the city is still relatively laid-back. Living in Batangas City gives retirees a central location that is accessible to beach resorts and trek sites. It is also the jump-off point to Puerto Galera in Mindoro Island.

Rent per month: A typical newly built, three-bedroom house rents for Php25,000

Hospitals: 5
Commercial centers: 9

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