Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sumptuous Alternatives this Lent at Gumbo

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This Lent, Gumbo offers sumptuous alternatives for meat you should not miss! Top of the list are: Prawn Barbecue, Cream Dory Mango, Steamed Pacific Clams, Cheesy Baked Oysters, Jumpin’ Shrimp & Peel, Calamari Friti, Shrimp Remoulade, Cajun Blackened Salmon, Ultimate Seafood Feast, Seafood Boil, Seafood Aglio Olio, Oyster Rockefeller, Fish Aglio Olio, Blackened Norwegian Salmon, Seafood Jambalaya and Seafood Gumbo.

Indeed, these seafood treats are the best and healthy alternative this season. Likewise, enjoy Gumbo’s wide selection of fresh and delicious salads.

Gumbo is located at the 2nd Level Entertainment Hall, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay; 3rd Level Robinsons Manila Midtown; 2nd Level SM City The Block, North EDSA; 3rd Level Gateway Mall in Araneta Center; 2nd Level Atrium Bldg. in SM Megamall and Robinsons Magnolia in Manila.

For reservations and inquiries, please call 5560238, 4420106 and 5271925.

Lenten Season Favorites at Burgoo

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Ash Wednesday marks the start of the Lenten Season. Looking for sumptuous alternatives for meat this lent? Try these Burgoo’s meatless offerings without sacrificing your cravings! From appetizers, salads to pasta, pizza and main entrees, Burgoo has made available meatless yet sumptuous dishes for your dining pleasure. 

Try these sumptuous alternatives and Lenten season favorites at Burgoo such a Mozzarella Sticks, Fried Calamari, Gambas al Ajillo, Frutte de Mare and Garden Fresh Pizza, Seafood Jambalaya Pasta, Seafood Linguini, Linguini with Clams, Shrimp Arrabiatta, Tomato Basil Spaghetti, Shrimps and Chips, Friday Fish Fry, and Spinach Grilled Salmon. 

A wide array of sumptuous salad creation is a must try as well such as Seafood Caesar Supreme, Mahattan’s Best, Shrimp Pomelo Salad, etc. For sweet endings, highly recommended are Raspberry Cheesecake, American Fruit Salad, Brownie ala Mode, etc.

Visit Burgoo at T. Morato in Quezon City; Powerplant Mall in Rockwell Makati; The Podium in Ortigas; Gateway Mall in Araneta Center Cubao; Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas; SM City The Block in North EDSA; Mall of Asia in Pasay; SM City Marikina: SM Southmall in Alabang, The District in Cavite, The Terraces Mall in Fairview, Starmall Prima in Taguig and Solenad 3 in Sta Rosa Laguna. 

For reservations and inquiries, please call 9277424, 8381815, 6875254, 7263578, 9136112, 5560091, 6336256 or 4420115.

Condemning the Killing of Volunteer Doctor Dreyfuss Perlas

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Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on Saturday condemned the killing of volunteer doctor Dreyfuss Perlas, calling his death a heartbreaking and infuriating loss to the medical profession and to the community of Lanao del Norte.

"I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas. He was an idealistic young man who wanted to push for meaningful change," Hontiveros said.

“The loss of Dr. Perlas is nothing short of tragic. He is the latest victim of the culture of killing and impunity that has engulfed the country. We have few enough bright young doctors who are willing to serve in the provinces. I urge the authorities to identify his killers and bring them to justice,” Hontiveros added.

Perlas was a 31-year-old physician who had been working under the Doctors to the Barrios (DTTB) program, and was assigned in Lanao del Norte. Perlas was shot on Wednesday night, March 1, while riding his motorbike In Barangay Maranding Annex. He was rushed to Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital but was declared dead upon arrival. One of his fellow batchmates said that Perlas had the opportunity to return to his home province of Aklan, but chose to stay in Lanao del Norte even after his contract expired three years ago.

Hontiveros said that the culture of death has reached the health sector.

"No one is safe anymore. Even those who are silently and selflessly working for the promotion of universal healthcare are not spared from an assassin's bullet," Hontiveros said.

The senator urged the health community to express their strong indignation against the killing of Perlas.

"The current climate of violence under the Duterte government poses a serious threat to the people's access to public health, and a mortal danger to the lives of health workers. We cannot allow this climate to continue unchanged," Hontiveros said.

Woman, Create: When Men Talk Women

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This International Women’s Day, Woman, Create presents, “When Men Talk Women,” a #HeForShe local initiative, meant to serve as a voice to the Philippines in the global arena, that aims to advocate awareness regarding women-empowerment and gender equality through the viewpoints and the involvement of Men in this ever-pervasive gender-issue.

The campaign aims to jumpstart the movement through social media beginning March 8, 2017, leading to an event this March 24, 2017.

We wanted to begin creating a space that involves Men in the conversation of empowerment and would like to invite you to be part of this campaign. 

Here are the mechanics for participant’s post:

1). Take a photo of yourself holding a signage that answers this question in ONE line - "Why do you think you as Man should empower Women?" (Make words visible! signage size can be as small as an A4 Paper to a huge illustration board/cartolina you have!)

2). Write an expanded answer explaining what you wrote on the signage - reflections, stories, experiences or your personal stance on issue of gender equality and women empowerment. As a Man, what empowering words would you like to say to Women out there?

3). Send this photo and your answer to #2 via email:

*please indicate if you would like your full name displayed or if you'd rather remain anonymous!

4). Feel free to post this on your own feed this coming March 8, 2017 (International Women’s Day) to further support this campaign! Use the hashtags, #HeSaid, #HeForShe #WomanCreate. You may tag your photo to us also on Instagram, @womancreate.

Campaign launches March 8, 2017 - International Women's Day!

Sample Entries:

Friday, March 3, 2017

8th Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs' Expo Kicks Off this July

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Starting and experienced entrepreneurs are expected to fill in the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall once again for the 8th Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs’ Expo (PBEX) this July 28 to 30.

The annual PBEX gathers businessmen and students of business-related courses for a weekend filled with knowledge and business opportunities. Last year’s Expo is a success, gathering 5,000 visitors for the whole three-day event, and has been featured in the media.

This year’s event is expected to be relevant, according to Orly Ballesteros, Chief Operating Officer of business event organizer Ex-Link Events. “We expect this year’s expo to be more in tune to the needs of upcoming and existing entrepreneurs.” Meetups between businesses and knowledge-sharing discussions are planned to complement the Expo’s activities.

The 8th Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs’ Expo will be held at the Megatrade Hall 1 of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City from Friday to Sunday, July 28 to 30, 2017. Exhibitors can book booth spaces by calling Ex-Link at (02) 633-0153 or 643-3887, through SMS at 0920-924-2532 or 0920-981-4376, or through email at

ePLDT to Elevate Customer Experience with Adoption of SDN Tech in its Data Centers

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ePLDT, an industry-leading provider of digital business solutions to enterprises in the Philippines, recently announced that it has deployed best-in-class Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology in its network of data centers. This is part of the company’s drive to elevate customer experience as SDN enables quick adoption to changing business trends and efficiency in controlling network resources.

“Businesses are looking for smarter and more agile infrastructure to support their digital transformation initiatives. This demand is obviously brought by emerging trends such as cloud computing, mobile technology, Big Data analytics, and the rise of the Internet of Things. All these have transformed the IT paradigm and accelerated the need for infrastructure that can support rapid shifts in demand. With the backdraft of natural and man-made disasters, we have also seen growth for geo-resiliency among enterprises which will need rapid network configuration and deployment. SDN will simplify configuration, control and management of enterprise networks," said Nerisse Ramos, ePLDT Group Chief Operating Officer. “By enabling our VITRO Data Centers with SDN, our entire infrastructure can address these needs with enhanced efficiency, flexibility, and security.”

Traditionally, data center networks are comprised of a large number of switches and routers that direct traffic based on the limited view of each device. This feature makes data centers independent from one another. Managing configurations and the protocols associated with it must therefore be done in various places which can be time-consuming and expensive.

SDN is an approach to networking in which control of network policies and resources are decoupled through a single SDN controller. Because of the open-source nature of the controller, organizations can utilize commodity hardware from multiple vendors without compromising performance. “With this approach, traffic flow is managed through software, allowing optimization and tuning which is not available in traditional or locally-managed switches and routers. Clients who demand certain changes and updates to their subscribed service can now receive them immediately and in an efficient manner,” explained Nico Alcoseba, PLDT/ePLDT Head of Disruptive Business.

Up In the Air Again at the 21st Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

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We flew on a hot air balloon again at the 21st Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF)!

Thanks to our sponsors like Power Mac Center and Adam elements, who also made a product launch to coincide with the event, we got to return once again to Clark to witness for the nth time the PIHABF and all its glory.

The venue may have changed, but the wonder of seeing numerous colorful hot air balloons, some of different shapes and sizes, that are slowly being inflated until they are fully on their grandest form, is still a sight to behold. This becomes a lot more spectacular so soon as they slowly fly off into the Pampanga sky, and each one joining them until all are out of sight.

Yup! The event is not something to be missed even only as a spectator from afar. The photos up close are exhilarating but it becomes even more amazing if we get to capture the hot air balloons as a group from a distance.

Some would do videos to immortalize the moment - an opportunity to rerun the scenes all over again every time we want to reminisce the majestic flights. We may be witnessing the very last production of the Clark hot air balloon event since there were rumors that it may be the last run. But some are telling us that the contract can be renewed if both parties agree to continue the longest-running weekend of everything that flies.

The Groundbreaking, The Heart-Pounding, The Explosive New Musical: Bomba! (Yes, It's A Musical)

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Artistang Artlets, the Official Theater Guild of the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Santo Tomas, has been in active service to the Thomasian community for the past 36 years. As part of their guild’s thrust to promote theater as an alternative educational tool for the people inside and outside their university, they will be staging their Minor Production for this academic year 2016-2017.

THE GROUNDBREAKING, THE HEART-POUNDING, THE EXPLOSIVE NEW MUSICAL: BOMBA! (YES, IT'S A MUSICAL.) is written by Rani Mae Aberin, Mark Aloysius Mailom, John Michael Peña, and Miko Jan Portes. Choreography by Aira Megan Castro and Music composed by Mark Aloysius Mailom and Shekinah Isles, directed by Dana Marita Imbing and produced by Xiayra Mae Magtibay.

Showing on March 6, 7, and 8, 2017 at 10 AM, 1 PM, 4 PM and 7 PM at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium, Education Bldg., University of Santo Tomas.

Cebu Inmates Stripped Naked by PDEA

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If you can't do the time, don't do the crime, especially when the lawmakers also break the law by inflicting violations to your rights as human beings. It seems this administration has a penchant to do several crimes against humanity.

The Commission on Human Rights should conduct an investigation regarding what happened at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center.

Several photos have been shown having inmates stripped naked, and all of them at once., by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners states that "intrusive searches, including strip and body cavity searches, should be undertaken only if absolutely necessary." These prisoners could have just been subjected to a thorough search (frisking, if you may call it), instead of degrading them by dressing them down like animals waiting to be slaughtered.

But once you share the photos all over social media, that may be seen as an act of public shaming.

The mandate of the CHR is to investigate potential human rights abuses of LAW ENFORCEMENT and GOVERNMENT AGENCIES against civilians, suspects, prisoners, etc. They have a great of work under the current administration who knows nothing but to abuse the rights of the people.

Everyone was not given a choice and stripping down was mandatory. This is a clear violation of human rights. They are inmates of which many are not yet convicted criminals. They are still entitled to rights just like you.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

#GobyernongKriminal: Our Government's Inadequacies Trend on Social Media

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"If you kill criminals, it is not a crime against humanity. The criminals have no humanity" - President Rodrigo Duterte.

#GobyernongKriminal will always be the trending hashtag when it breeds criminality in the guise of fighting crimes and distorts the justice system instead of promoting it. Who will protect the people if our own government is out to kill us without due process of law?

When injustice becomes law. Resistance becomes duty.

"May reunion ng mga kriminal sa gobyernong ito dahil ang pinaka-kriminal sa kanila ngayon ang Pangulo ng bansa" says Senator Leila De Lima who is now persecuted behind prison for being a staunch detractor of the president and his Extra-Judicial Killings disguised as a "War on Drugs." Each day that she is detained is a day of injustice.

“His first six months in office has been a human rights calamity for the Philippines,” read the background portion of the 117-page report titled “License to Kill: Philippine Police Killings in Duterte’s War on Drugs” by the Human Rights Watch.
Nowadays, if you go against the president, you are more likely to be imprisoned than the real drug lords that were used to testify against De Lima. Now in the Philippines, it doesn't matter if there are witnesses now confirming Duterte's Davao Death Squad. The administration will never entertain such testimonies. The Duterte fanatics would not believe even though they are aware of how Duterte has encouraged the police to kill with an assurance that they will get protection from any criminal offense. There has even been a rumor that the police are getting paid for every kill. What happened to the policemen who killed the Korean national for Tokhang for Ransom? Some were only transferred to Basilan, while those with stronger backings remain in Manila.

The government audaciously exhibits arrogance in the midst pf poverty. ...and now it has paved the way for more poor people to meet their maker easily with the pursuance of the death penalty. The death penalty bill was approved on second reading via viva voce or votes taken by word of mouth. How dare the government believes they are rightful to take away the lives of others.

This government thinks they are the "light" that will save our country. Even Senator Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao with his twisted ideas and beliefs thinks God allows the death penalty. Only fools voted for this comedian, and apparently there are a lot who got blinded by his popularity as a boxer. He may even win as President if he decides to run, and knowing how gullible Filipinos are, the nightmare could be a possibility.

“Pabor ako sa death penalty. Gusto kong i-explain sa inyo ha. Sa mata ng Panginoon, hindi bawal yan. Actually death penalty is biblical. I can explain that properly sa batas natin at sa batas ng Panginoon kung bakit kailangan may death penalty." - Sen. Manny Pacquiao

Duterte also risks impeachment after he admitted "personally" killing criminals when he was the mayor of Davao City. as Davao City mayor he used to prowl the streets on a big motorcycle looking for "an encounter to kill" just to show to local law enforcers he can do it. "I used to do it personally," Duterte said. "If I can do it why can't you?"

Mass murders certainly fall into the category of high crimes. And high crimes is a ground for impeachment under the constitution.

Now they're bringing back the slightly suspended "War on Drugs" campaign and again Duterte boast of more bloody killings to happen, and even provoked priests to stop ranting or otherwise feel his wrath against their ways that he finds immoral like the collection or solicitation of money during mass. For sure there will be bloodshed once again as suspected drug users meet their maker after supposedly resisting arrest, or they could be planning something else on how to send these poor people to their graves.

Kudos to the students of Ateneo de Manila University for occupying Katipunan Road, in front of their campus, to make their voices heard on the death penalty revival. I would have expected the University of the Philippines to be the first to react but we are still waiting for their movement.
Will we ever be free from this #GobyernongKriminal ? Let's not wait for Duterte to end his term. Let's put an end to this murderous government. 

Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio Gives Birth to "Stonefish"

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The Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara "Inday" Duterte-Carpio has delivered a healthy baby boy they named "Stonefish." In a photo uploaded by her husband, Atty. Manases "Mans" Carpio, we see Sara together with her newborn baby while his husband takes their selfie.

"Stonefish" weighs 2.42 kilos or 5.3 pounds. He was delivered through a cesarean section. The baby was born at 12:56 noon of March 2, 2017.

President Rodrigo Duterte is now off to Davao to see his grandson, and laughingly says the child would be named Marco Digong, nicknamed Stonefish. “Kawawa naman ang bata” he jokingly said.

But is the name a joke? Are they serious with it? Obviously, it must be only a nickname or an alias for endearment because the stone fish we know is a very dangerous fish with venom that is practically fatal to humans!

Should they be tokhanged for naming their child Stonefish?

They named the baby boy Stonefish. Does the couple have two other children named named Sharky and Stingray? Yes! 

Sharky, Stingray, Stonefish.....What's next? Sarciadong Bangus with Tausi.

I hope Stonefish Duterte Carpio ends up marrying Queen Elizabeth Pacquiao.

Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Groundbreaking Held

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President Rodrigo Duterte together with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Cebu City officials led by Mayor Tomas Osmeña & Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, led the ground-breaking ceremony of the multi-billion Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Dapitan-Pilipog, Cordova in Cebu.

The groundbreaking ceremony of the project held on March 2, 2017 was done by conducting an aerial inspection in Cebu City side going to Virlo Public Market in Barangay Dapitan, Cordova town.

The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway will be like the San Juanico bridge. We hope there will also be a new airport and more railway transits will follow as well. The brdge aims to ease traffic, foster development in the Cebu Province. The bridge will bring greater economic benefit not only in Cordova and Cebu City but to Cebu Province.

The CCLEX, whose construction is set to start this year and anticipated to be completed by 2020, spans 8.25 kilometers linking Mactan Island and mainland Cebu. The bridge will become an alternative route in going to and from Mactan Cebu International Airport. It is the Philippine’s first bridge to have a clearance of 51 meters from the water level and a wide horizontal clearance of 400 meters for ships to navigate.

CCLEC is a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation (MPDTC), one of the country’s investment holding firms known to have designed, financed and managed North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway.

The toll bridge will adopt a single-tolling system where a one-time fee will be collected from motorist, instead of paying it at several tolling stations.

MPTDC will operate the bridge for 35 years before the structure is turned over to the local government units.

Cover Photo: Artist perspective of Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway

DOTr, DPWH, MMDA to Enhance Coordination to Address Traffic Woes

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In a bid to alleviate traffic congestion in Metro Manila, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), met yesterday afternoon to discuss measures to enhance inter-agency coordination, especially on the conduct of road diggings, excavations, and similar works in the region.

The meeting was spearheaded by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar in order to settle any issue arising from road works, especially on the major thoroughfares of the metropolis.

In the meeting, Usec. Romeo Momo of DPWH requested the MMDA to issue excavation clearance to DPWH districts instead of contractors to prevent delays and for them to efficiently manage road works.

“Instead of issuing permits to contractors, issue it to DPWH and we will ensure that they will abide by our guidelines,” Usec. Momo said.

In order to prevent long delays on project start date, DPWH likewise suggested for the MMDA to allow them to apply for an excavation clearance once a project is advertised instead of waiting until the project has been awarded to a certain contractor.

For her part, MMDA Traffic Discipline Office Director Neomie Recio reminded DPWH to ensure that a Traffic Management Plan be in place before a road work project starts in order to guarantee its minimal effect to traffic flow.

"The contractors should submit their traffic management plan to you so you can review it before passing to us. Once it is submitted to MMDA, we will determine if it is acceptable and recommend necessary adjustments or revisions if needed,” Recio said. “Also, remind these contractors that excavation in major roads are only to be done between 10pm and 5am,” she added.

To sustain the level of coordination and review of existing guidelines, regular inter-agency meetings shall be conducted by the said agencies every 2nd Tuesday of each month. Further, erring contractors shall be determined during such meetings for the imposition of appropriate sanctions.

Inewvation Soars Higher in 2017

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Inewvation International Corporation, the leading digital display and advertising solutions provider in the country, is set to achieve greater heights this year targeting bigger projects in the international business landscape.

With the opening of its Visayas office by 2nd quarter of the year, Inewvation continues to expand its reach in the country as well as in Asia by launching its office in Singapore last July 2016.

Inewvation is led by company’s head honcho Mr. Jayson So, President and Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Billy So, Chief Operating Officer.

“Last year marks our 5th year in this digital solution business here in the country. I can consider 2016 as a good year, since most of clients are now open to digital age and already appreciated the "quality vs price", that we have been explaining to them since I started the business. Moving forward, 2017 is promising. Just on our first quarter for this year, we already got so much in our pipeline. This year will also be the year for our expansion of the business. We will officially open Visayas branch and looking forward to reach Mindanao as well, ” Mr. Jayson said.

Its first project outside the country is the biggest indoor LED displays in Shoppes at Parisian Casino, Macau. This pitch 4mm LED screen adds up to the elegance and sophistication of the Temptations Store as it displays different brands as well as its promotions.

Moreover, several projects were done by Inewvation in the past year.

Ash Wednesday Rituals Causing Traffic Congestion? Blame the Christians!

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"When it's Iglesia ni Cristo causing traffic jams, social media is flooded with shame campaigns against that religion. How about when it's the Catholic Church? Hardly a word." - Bo Reus

We've read on our Facebook timeline that a traffic congestion along Commonwealth resulted because of the Ash Wednesday rituals happening at many Christian churches on the first day of March 2017. There was an issue raised that hardly news about the struggle comes out when it's the Catholic church that cause the congestion. However, when the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) holds an event, all media outfits, including social media, are all furious with the INC that they could literally strangle the church leaders and members when given the opportunity.

We all know that the majority could easily be manipulated or brainwashed by sensationalized news aggravated by certain groups who have vested interests in mind - there are the "fake news" and the pro or anti political or religious parties who will connect the issue with other issues, and come up with absurd analysis or interpretations.

In any case, we believe the time has come when we should no longer be expressing our thoughts out on the streets where clarity of purpose could never be found.

Regardless of always being able to submit to the authorities your plans to hold strikes or rallies, it is unfair to let the local government provide for the rerouting and contingency plans just to accommodate you. We all know our roads are not enough for all our vehicles that every disruption causes further chaos for all.

The reason why people complain is because they do not clearly understand why you are out there, when we could very well use other means like online networks to reach out to more people, and then personally meet them where both of you will be comfortable and in the best of condition.

Reach out to only a few at certain times to gain more positive results. Going out in the streets could just be perceived as a publicity stunt to get attention. It could be seen only as a show of force to either taunt or ridicule the public of your supremacy.

This suggestion goes out to all religions. We believe the higher form of beings out there would agree with us.

When you're stuck in traffic, and tired, hungry, stressed, and needed to pee, the mind has no room for logical thinking. We would readily curse the ones causing the congestion regardless how noble their cause or intentions are.

Is Manny Pacquiao the Jar Jar Binks of Our Reality?

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I've read somewhere that Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is the Jar Jar Binks of our reality. Unfortunately, many also thinks he is not that naive.

Jar Jar did end up wasting his days as a "clown" in Theed, performing tricks for the children who'd pay him any attention...away from their parents who never forgave him for the suffering he'd caused.

Actually quite fitting, seeing as how "children" are now cheering on his antics, while more "mature" folk can only facepalm.

"Manny Pacquiao should stop opening his mouth for he has become a self-righteous, all-knowing faith-fool. Someone needs to remind him that he is no prophet and he's not running a blind gag show.

According to Ezekiel 13:3, New International Version, "This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!" - Prim Paypon

Regardless, the jabber will still be a jabber because he has nothing to lose. He's already a billionaire and an established artist, maybe not as an experienced political figure (for he sucks big time) but he's already up there which others could only dream in their lifetime.

Pacquiao just showed the entire Philippines his unbecoming of a Christian. Removing a performer as chairman of a committee for the sake of politics is an example. He is a sick soul who is always in the church for absolution. Sadly, he is never healed.

Pacquiao's penchant for speaking out his mind without observing tact and the absence of etiquette will wreak havoc to a once decent hall of senate. Well, with the sitting president who is worst than a "kanto boy" without a trace of delicadeza. Rudeness is now an acceptable alternative behavior to decency.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Execution Is Not the Solution: Say No to Death Penalty

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"The death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person. Capital punishment contradicts God's plan for individuals and society, and his merciful justice." - Pope Francis

Let's address the real problem by saying #NoToDeathPenalty and an astounding #YesToWarOnPoverty. These hashtags are better since executions are never the solution.

Let's look at the bigger picture. Poverty is the real source of shit in our country. If everyone can afford to live the good life, there won't be crimes happening, no one will be hooked on drugs to forget their problems, and no one will have to die by lethal injection, firing squad, or any other ways to be killed by the state.

The government should ensure that it is a #WarOnPoverty not a #WarOnThePoor which is what happened to the #WarOnDrugs - a lazy man's way to get rid of crime by eliminating even the suspected or accused without due process of law. Just like how Davao was purged of criminals, mostly those involved in illegal drugs, by the leader who had a codename of "Superman" and the alleged mastermind of the Davao Death Squad (DDS).

No to extra judicial killings and death squad. Our current justice system could not even accurately identify the wrongdoers. They could wrongfully persecute an innocent person. Many were wrongfully sentenced to death because of the screwed justice system.

There are OFWs in abroad facing death sentenced, and Filipinos are shouting and calling for clemency but now some are pushing for the passage of the policy here in the Philippines. Ironic indeed!

The Philippine Top Choice Awards for Excellence 2017 Recognizes Outstanding Achievers

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We are deeply honored to be recognized again as one of the awardees of the Philippine Top Choice Awards for Excellence for the year 2017. It was way back in 2014 when Wazzup Pilipinas first got the attention of the award-giving body when they conferred to us the recognition of Top Filipino Community Blog Site. We still remember visiting Camelot Hotel on the night of August 23, 2014 to receive the award. Now after three years, we once again join the ranks of outstanding companies to receive the same recognition.

The awarding ceremonies this time was held on February 3, 2017 at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resorts & Casino where several of our fellow awardees from different business sectors gathered together to receive their respective awards for their exceptional achievements.

The Philippine Top Choice Awards for Excellence is organized by the Philippine Communication Event Management Inc., and the Philippine Top Choice Awards Council. The award council aims to acknowledge and reward individuals and companies, products and services, that promote and recognize best business practices leading to consumer welfare and protection, product quality and consumer services.

Recipients that are selected were chosen based on Product/Service Reliability, Product/Service Excellence, Ethical Business Practices, Customer Concern and Intimacy, and Product/Service Trustworthiness.

Selections were based on the nominations from independent body of different industry or category. Market research and survey were conducted by the survey group through street interview, word of mouth, personal and telephone interviews, and focused group discussions. A panel of judges selected a shortlist of companies for each award.

La Estrella: A Night of Music and Flamenco

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Set in the south of Spain, La Estrella follows the story of Carina (Katsie Llave), and her childhood best friends –Alejandro (David Ezra) the shy but sweet village boy, and Ricardo (Arman Ferrer) the headstrong but charming aristocrat, as they journey through life, and discover love in its purest and most steadfast form.

First of its kind, this Flamenco/Classical/Musical Theater showcase directed by Katreen Dela Cruz explores the profound simplicity of life through dance and music: the challenges of growing up, the complexity of friendship, and the pain, strength, and hope in love.

La Estrella is a love triangle story between childhood friends which will be communicated through Spanish classical songs with Arman Ferrer (Philstage Gawad Buhay Awardee for Best Male Featured in a Musical in 2015; last seen on Disney in Concert, Tale as Old as Time with ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, November 2016), Spanish pop songs with David Ezra (Aliw Awards Best New Male Artist in 2015 and Aliw Awards Best Actor Nominee for 2016; son of Asia's Diva, Dulce) and different forms and style of Flamenco dance with Katsie Llave (practiced flamenco in Escuela Amor De Dios: Centro de Arte Flamenco y Danza Espanola in Madrid under legendary teachers Antonio Maya, Alfonso Losa, Miguel Canas, Immaculada Ortega, La Truco and Nino de los Reyes).

Dates: 20, 21, 27 and 28 May 2017
Times: 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Venue: Power Mac Center Spotlight, Circuit Makati.


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“Pan de Musika” Open Mic on March 3 at Kamuning Bakery Cafe

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"Pan de Musika" open mic night of beautiful music & poetry---organized by talented young artists of Songwriters Philippines & Kamuning Bakery Cafe---will be held on March 3 (Friday) 7:30 p.m. onwards and the public is invited.

Among the music artists of Songwriters Philippines performing at the first session of “Pan de Musika” include Santy Leonardo, actor/poet Rey Talosig, Alec Padua, Jayson Joaquin, Gian Bernal, Janine Liao, Norjen Los Añes and others, to be hosted by Bryan Amparo and Edward Dunlao. 

Also invited are some topnotch literary poets. Kamuning Bakery Café plans to support more meaningful yet non-traditional cultural and civic projects, such as the now popular tertulia-inspired “Pandesal Forum” where newsmakers and leaders dialogue with media and intellectuals, also this “Pan de Musika”, possibly publishing a poetry journal, and others.

The venue is the 78-year-old, handcrafted/pugon-style Kamuning Bakery Cafe at Judge Jimenez St. corner K-1st Street, Quezon City. Musicians and poets are welcome to contact Tels: 4161637, 9292216, 4126628, office 4151692, 4126685 or Joanna 09302481553, 09059302339 or Mela 09338604252 or 09228901893 or text 24-hours 09188077777 or 09178481818. Email You can also register at the Kamuning Bakery Café branch store at SM North Edsa’s second-floor East Bridge.

What to Expect from Lamudi’s Broker Awards Night 2017

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As a way to thank hardworking Filipino brokers who supported the country’s top property portal, Lamudi Philippines will award the best of the best this year to give back to the real estate profession who have grown hand in hand with the company by way of recognizing exceptional Filipino real estate professionals at the first Lamudi Brokers Awards Night.

The awards and networking night is slated on March 30, 2017, at the New World Hotel in Makati.

“As we look back at the three trailblazing years of Lamudi in the Philippine real estate arena, we cannot ignore the amazing contributions of our partner brokers to our company’s success. Thus, we are staging this prestigious event to award the most active, the most professional, and the most successful brokers in the country,” said Bhavna Suresh Chathambeth, CEO of both Lamudi Philippines and its sister website, a long-running property portal acquired by Lamudi from Summit Media in 2015. Together, Lamudi and are the Philippines’ most visited and largest real estate websites.

Eleven award categories divided into individual, company, and special recognitions will be given to deserving real estate professionals in the much-awaited black-tie event. Top brokers and brokerages with the most inquiries generated, the most viewed properties, and the most responsive will be lauded on the debut of the Lamudi Broker Awards. Awards for overall top broker and brokerage for year 2016 will also be given out during the awards night.

The Special Awards, on the other hand, will encompass exciting accolade for most commendable brokers. All active Lamudi licensed subscribers can vie for the Lamudi Hall of Fame Award and the People’s Choice Award for broker category. Likewise, the Lamudi Real Estate Brokerage of the Year will be named at the awarding ceremony.

Furthermore, a Lamudi event will not be complete without sharing valuable real estate education. A panel discussion focusing on how Lamudi brought growth and success to your real estate business will be spearheaded by the Lamudi training team to emphasize the value of the property website to the industry.

More than 300 Lamudi Premier Brokers will grace the event not only for the awarding but also to network with fellow real estate professionals and major sponsor developers. This will be the biggest and most exclusive gathering of real estate players and luminaries and will only be a first of many to be organized by the leading real estate listings website. “Aside from citing the brilliant work of real estate brokers, we are also creating a fun and chic venue for sellers and developers to convene and build business,” Ms. Suresh added.

A series of real estate–related events are lined up by the Lamudi group for 2017 as the company continues to explore and highlight their brands across all platforms.

“The Broker Awards Night is just our first for this year, but the entire industry can expect more activities and events from our brands. Surely the best way to start our busy year is by awarding the true heroes of the field. Moreover, we are eyeing this event to be the start of a tradition to award outstanding Lamudi brokers every year,” Ms. Suresh ended.

Parties interested to partner with Lamudi Philippines in awarding the best brokers are invited to take part in the event. They may contact and avail of the early-bird promo where they can get 30% discount on all booths if they book before March 6, 2017.

Mental Health and Anti-Hospital Deposit Bills Advance to Senate Plenary

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Despite the recent Senate reorganization, Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros, who recently moved to the minority, sponsored on Wednesday two major health-related legislative bills for second reading.

Hontiveros said that the advances she made in pushing for the passage of her bills proved that her legislative work is unhampered by the recent developments affecting the Senate.

"The accusation that we hampered the Senate's work because of our position on key issues is pure hogwash. Our legislative work speaks for itself. And now, despite being in the minority, this will not stop me from championing health legislations”, Hontiveros remarked.

Hontiveros sponsored Senate Bill No. 1190 or the Philippine Mental Health Act.

The proposed measure aims to integrate mental health services and programs in the public health system. She said that the Philippines is one of the few countries in the world without a comprehensive mental health law.

The Senator also sponsored Senate Bill No. 216 otherwise known as "The Amendments to the Anti-Hospital Deposit Act" that seeks heavier penalties on hospitals that continue to demand any deposit or other form of advance payment, as a prerequisite for admission or medical treatment of an emergency patient.

"I hope these bills will greatly contribute in the realization of universal healthcare for the people. I hope my colleagues can cross party lines for the passage of these important measures," Hontiveros concluded.

Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke Feels Confident in Handling Filipino Foe’s Well-Rounded Skillset

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Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke is fully aware of Joshua Pacio's outstanding reputation inside the ONE Championship cage as both men are scheduled to face each other on the undercard of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM in Bangkok, Thailand on 11 March.

Pacio holds an impressive 8-1 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) record and is one of the most highly-regarded strawweight prospects in the Asian region today.

A member and a proud product of the legendary Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Pacio is a Wushu specialist with a solid well-rounded skillset.

All eight of his career victories have come by finish, including five wins by impressive submission and three triumphs by spectacular knockout.

“Pacio is a well-rounded fighter, and I have a lot of respect for him. He has good striking. He is good on the ground as well. Joshua Pacio is such a talented fighter,” Dejdamrong said of his opponent.

Despite the worthy praise that he has given to Pacio, Dejdamrong is confident that he can handle the versatility of his Filipino foe inside the cage.

​“For this fight, I’ve trained as hard as ever. I have continued to improve my overall MMA game. I’ve also worked on my ground skills, both offensively and defensively. I'm very excited to test these out in the cage in March,” he stated.

In-House IT Department Urged to go from Maintenance Hub to Growth Driver

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“Going digital” is a trend among businesses right now since it boosts overall productivity in the workplace and in the market. It means maximizing new and available technologies and models in the areas of Social Media, Mobility, Data Analytics, Cloud, and Security in order to make work and processes more efficient and effective.

Its apparent benefits are more than enough reasons to start the digital transformation. Stressing the importance of IT, TJ Rosal, the Assistant Vice President for Sales and Marketing of CuroTeknika, a managed IT services company said, “In light of the global digital shift, IT is in a position where it can make significant business impact. It is time for IT to take on a more strategic role within the organization by developing technology-driven tools, systems, and processes that add value to the business. This is an opportune moment for IT to make a shift from being a company’s mere maintenance hub to a major growth driver.”

Based on a study made by management resources firm Brilliant, majority of companies surveyed have no plans to increase their in-house IT staffing in 2017. However, as companies grow, their IT infrastructure become more complex, placing IT in a dilemma of keeping their current infrastructure up and running rather than focus on strategic initiatives. “The time that should have been spent in researching, evaluating and testing new technologies that add competitive advantage are spent mostly on operational activities which of course are equally important. Unfortunately, the culture of learning is pushed to the side and for the most part, IT resources are hired primarily for maintenance,” said Rosal.

Dusit Thani Extends Lease on Prime Bangkok City-Centre Plot

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Dusit Thani Public Company Limited, one of Thailand’s foremost hotel and property development companies, today announced it has signed an agreement with the Crown Property Bureau to continue leasing the plot of land at the intersection of Silom Road and Rama 4, and on which the Dusit Thani Bangkok is built.

The lease will be extended by 30 years with the right to extend for another 30 years. Dusit Thani Public Company Limited, together with its partner, Central Pattana Public Company Limited (CPN), will further elevate Dusit Thani Bangkok’s standing as one of the world’s renowned hotels, as well as build a landmark mixed-use real estate development that features a hotel, residences, retail areas and office spaces, with a large green space.

Mr Chanin Donavanik, Vice Chairman & Chairman of the Executive Committee, Dusit Public Company Limited, said, “Built in 1970, Dusit Thani Bangkok was the very first iconic landmark of modern Bangkok. It has been a prominent feature of Bangkok’s skyline for almost half a century and symbolised the beginning of the city’s transformation into one of the world’s greatest metropolises in the era of globalization. As a leading hotel in Thailand for almost 48 years, today Dusit Thani dedicates itself to bringing to life a world-class development which will strengthen its image as a renowned Thai brand that has been internationally recognised for more than 65 years.”

Mrs. Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer, Dusit Thani Public Company Limited, said “Dusit Thani has been granted the rights to extend the lease agreement with an additional plot of almost 24 rai. We plan to elevate the Dusit Thani Bangkok and, in partnership with Central Pattana PCL, create a mixed-use real estate development of international standard with an estimated project value of around Bht 36,700 million (approximately USD1.05 billion).

“This project will build on our unique Thai heritage, which has long been synonymous with Dusit Thani, combined with international standards, while utilising space in the area to its full potential. It will be a new icon of Bangkok’s new era the same way the iconic Dusit Thani Bangkok made history 47 years ago.

“Our goal is to develop a project that benefits both tourists and the general public. This land lies right at the epicentre of the metropolis in the heart of the business and retail district, as well as at the intersection of multiple mass transit systems such as the BTS and the MRT. The area also houses a number of high-end residences. It is also adjacent to Lumpini Park, one of Bangkok’s most significant and popular public parks.

“This is a rare opportunity. Thanks to combined reputations and capabilities of our partnership with Central Pattana, we are determined to create an icon that embodies gracious Thai heritage with international standards at the epicentre of Bangkok. We hope that this project will exemplify the talents of Thai people and the strength of Thailand’s hospitality business, as well as real estate development and retail industries, and ultimately make Bangkok a hub of high-end tourism and shopping, therefore enhancing Thailand’s reputation to the world,” she said.

Planning for the project is currently being undertaken and details of the development will be announced as soon as they are finalised before the middle of the year.

DOE Sees LPG Price Rollback, Shares Safety Tips

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With the downtrend in the international contract price for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), the Department of Energy-Oil Industry Management Bureau (DOE-OIMB) has announced a possible rollback in the price of an 11-kilogram LPG cylinder by about P4.

Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said that based on the DOE-OIMB's international price monitoring, the contract price for March amounts to $564 per metric ton (MT) which is $9 lower than the contract price in February of $573/MT.

He added that the rollback of $9/MT could translate to a P0.36/kg; hence a possible P4 reduction per 11kg LPG cylinder.

Cusi urged the buying public to always check every LPG cylinder to ensure that it is of the right quantity and quality.

“Aside from determining the right price, I encourage the public to also look closely at the quantity of the LPG cylinder by assuring that it is the correct and accurate weight. The quality of the tank should also be taken into consideration especially if it poses certain safety risks,” Cusi recommended.

To know if your LPG-filled cylinder is of the right quality and safe to use, the DOE has issued the following guidelines:

1. Buy LPG cylinders with proper markings (brand name, tare weight, etc.) from authorized outlets only;
2. Check the LPG cylinder for excessive rustiness and dents;
3. Ensure that the collar and footring are smooth and properly-welded and
4. Ensure that the LPG seal is intact and firmly affixed to the valve.

Cusi also asked the public to take extra precautions especially since March is Fire Prevention Month.

“Paalala po sa ating mga Nanay at mga kusinero para sa maingat na paggamit ng LPG. Sa pagpasok ng summer season, tumataas ang insidente ng sunog. Kaya po, we encourage the public to regularly check if there is a leak in their LPG cylinders, to store it in areas with sufficient ventilation, to keep it away from electrical switches and outlets and to ensure that it is always in an upright position,” Cusi advised.

“We do not want to see our people suffer from fire caused by the misguided use of LPG,” Cusi concluded.

Church Pop: Making Ash Wednesday Fun and Colorful for Millennials

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"Kailan ba Ash Wednesday? Sa Friday ba?"

It's that time of the year again to be dirty. Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Lenten season, a period of fasting, alms giving, and prayer as many prepare their hearts to receive the Risen Lord at Easter. Going to Mass to receive ashes is a beautiful penitential way to begin this spiritual season.

This is when priests put ashes resembling an image of the cross on our foreheads. From ash, and back to ash, that's how our lives start and end, if we are religious enough to believe what the Catholic church has taught us through our ancestors, and how the tradition has been practiced throughout generations.

While there is certainly an element of humility in receiving ashes in church, it consists of the public acknowledgment that we are sinners, and have begun the process of conversion by fasting, prayer, and works of charity.

So by this time you've probably seen lots of selfies or photo ops of individuals with ashes on their forehead. It has always been a viral sight on social media for everyone would want to be "in" with the fad.

Sadly, many are still unaware of the real meaning of Ash Wednesday. Some people believe that the Catholic Church actually has no place for righteousness, because it's inheritance is befuddled with Pagan practices and beliefs that were considered evil if seen during our time. They say people just do not research well enough about the historical background of their faith that is as blind as a bat. Just like if you ask them if they've heard of Mardi Gras. They will say they do know what it is, but they only know about the partying, and not the reason behind it or what follows!

But of course, there's always the theory of reincarnation when our soul comes back from to inhabit another newborn and grow up not remembering our past life. The use of ashes to symbolize our mortality has been also used to strike fear among Christians to self-reflect. Ashes are in-your-face statement that death and suffering are real.

But this theory should be the same for animals and other living things as well, especially after watching "A Dog's Purpose" movie just a day ago. But in that movie, the dog remembers his past lives very clearly.

Though there is definitely a need to self-reflect on how awesome we are, for it might just help turn the tides towards a better world! But with so much politics put in religion, I am still surprised not all has made the decision to leave Christianity. It has now become a mockery thanks to such whinny actions.

But, there's no support or mention in the Bible for an Ash Wednesday. It's something the Roman Catholic Church made up. Still, the tradition continues with so many lining up to have their foreheads ashed.

I've read somewhere that somebody even made up humorous names for ashes that seem to be of different shapes and sizes, depending on how elegantly or carelessly the priests put it. Every priest could have a different way of applying the ashes, and every person could also wear them differently.

The rubrics for Ash Wednesday say that after the blessing of ashes the priest "places the ashes on the head of all those present who come to him" First, it does not say "forehead" but "head", so the need of "drawing something" in the forehead (even a cross) is hard for me to understand.

However, many have always considered Ash Wednesday with its solemn reminder of "Remember, Man, you are dust, and unto dust you shall return" a very serious day. As we begin our Lenten observance, could we find anything edifying or helpful about this almost juvenile attempt to be jocular, even for something called "Church Pop."

I'm sure some will respond, "Lighten up, it's just meant to be funny." However, some would surely say "It's not funny. We should not make fun of Catholic sacraments."

Now, some religious leaders also want to make sure the Christian message is one of love and inclusivity, of empowering people to be who they are. So here comes glittered ashes for taking in consideration the LGBTQ community.

Wow, so we would soon have rainbow-colored ashes at our churches?

Glitter Ash Wednesday was created by Parity, a faith-based organization that works to empower LGBTQ and allied people in their spiritual life.

There are posts on Facebook calling for "all Queer-Positive Christians" to "Come Out of your Christian Closet! This Ash Wednesday, and get glittered!" They offered ashes mixed with some professional, make-up grade purple glitter so people can demonstrate that they are both Christian and supportive of all people – irrespective of sexuality or gender identity.

The concept was created to allow people to promote the fact that they are Christians that are also supportive of LGBT rights. The ashes are supposed to represent self reflection. The glitter is a very reflective substance, hence the glittering. so take note of the metaphor and literal reflection.

But others think Ash Wednesday should remain glitter-free to preserve the somber and traditional religious ritual. The ashes are a visible symbol of penance - not something to be glamoured. Using the cross in that way may be blasphemous and being Christians we should know that. There are other ways as a Christian to support the gay community. Just because one person does it it doesn't mean that it is right thing to do and then follow like sheep to the slaughter.

So who's in favor of innovating how we receive our ashes? Do we need to evolve it to make it more interesting for the liberal Millennials where many from LGBTQ community have come out in the open? Do we need to make it at least fashionable and with "identity" to match the person wearing it?

I would appreciate all your thoughts on this topic.

Pizza and Pasta Lunch with the Family at Joey Pepperoni Pizzeria

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Pizza has always been a favorite comfort food for me. It's the only meal I would never get tired of eating at any time of the day. As my breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner, it never fails to please me.

This goes the same with my family who appreciates good food just like me. We are all adventurous when it comes to food but when we need to be sure to get value for our money, we order pizza as the number one choice next to the specialty of the restaurant.

Yeah, we always make it a point to ask for the waiter's recommendation, but would always squeeze in an order of pizza when it's available in the menu.

Thus, our visit to Joey Pepperoni Pizzeria, or Joey Pep for short, needs no more exaggeration. Needless to say, we enjoyed every minute of it. But since they served us more than their specialty, we had to make room for the rest of the dishes.

I made no advance research about Joey Pep except looking for the exact location of the restaurant since I don't want my opinions to be biased with the online reviews of others. That has always been my style so I could write my own thoughts about the food. But I am happy to say that the establishment passed with high scores at all aspects.

Ryan Gosling's Sister Stole the Show with Her Cleavage at the 89th Annual Academy Awards

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Hey, girl! Do you know who brought her Golden Gloves in the Oscars?

The internet is the equivalent of high school when it comes to over-reacting and drama, so it’s hardly surprising that Ryan Gosling got online tongues wagging when he arrived at the 2017 Oscars with a ‘mystery date’.

Instead of his girlfriend Eva Mendes, La La Land lead actor Ryan Gosling brought his older sister, Mandi Gosling, as his Oscars date and um, uh... we can definitely see the good genes in their family. It turns out that good looks run in the family that even the camera man had his eyes on the lovely pair.....and of course we're not only referring to the siblings. Lol!

Ryan Gosling arrived to the Oscars without Eva Mendes by his side. But why not, as he also took her and his mother Donna 10 years ago. Other actors and actresses brought their family members too. A host of stars brought siblings and parents along that night. His La La Land partner-in-crime, Emma Stone, also brought her sibling. These two seem to be cut from the same star quality cloth.

While this is not the first time his older sister has stepped out with him on the red carpet, her flawless dress and front-and-center seat really grabbed people's attention, and now we're all obsessed. If I was Robin, I would have exclaimed "Holy Cleavage, Batman!" the moment I saw it.

Without any doubt, his sister almost upstaged him at the Oscars with that cleavage that deserves more than just a second look but a long stare. Mandi totally stole his limelight. Why the Internet is losing it over Ryan Gosling's sister's breasts is a sign we need to stop the boob-shaming.

“Ryan, relax. You’re the star. It’s not like the entire internet is built on staring at women’s breasts. You’re being ridiculous”

Aside from the wrong announcement of Best Picture winner - from La La Land to Moonlight finally declared as the real winner, many netizens who saw the videos and photos wanted to titty fuck her. Twitter was in meltdown with lots of photos of her and those huge pair.

Ryan Gosling may not have taken home the Oscar for Best Actor, but the La La Land star's sister was among the most widely talked about topic from the Oscars - just next to the Best Picture announcement fiasco.

But don't worry! Ryan's Golden Globe heartfelt speech a few weeks ago made sure Eva is what keeps his heart beating so fast.

Someday I hope to interview Ryan Gosling so I can ask him to introduce me to his busty sister. But don't worry, I will keep on looking up so as not to offend her and make me look like a pervert.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SAP Simplifies Work and Empowers the Mobile Workforce

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SAP SE plans to deliver SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS on March 30, giving developers the tools needed to build powerful enterprise apps for iPhone and iPad. Developers can now register for the SAP Academy for iOS to get the necessary training to create their own native apps. Additionally, early adopter customers have already seen improvements in their business with iOS built on SAP’s platforms. These announcements were made at Mobile World Congress being held February 27–March 2 in Barcelona, Spain.

“As promised, SAP is delivering real-time enterprise software to iOS devices, transforming core work processes for companies of all sizes with powerful native apps built specifically for iPhone and iPad,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board, SAP SE, Products & Innovation. “Customers, partners and SAP can now quickly develop apps that deliver data with the cutting-edge capabilities of SAP Cloud Platform and SAP S/4HANA. The partnership comes at the right time for our customers as more and more companies build their mobile strategies around iOS.”

Susan Prescott, vice president of Product Marketing, Apple, said: “When we set out on this partnership with SAP, we knew we had an incredible opportunity to transform how people around the world work by combining the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s leadership in enterprise software. We’re already seeing the impact that the combination of iOS and SAP brings to businesses to enable better, more efficient and effective processes across industries. Now even more developers will be able to take advantage of the new SDK, and we can’t wait to see how they transform their businesses.”

DOE Condemns NPA Attack on Bukidnon Hydropower Plant, Inter-Agency Task Force Activated

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has strongly condemned the attack launched by the New People's Army (NPA) on a hydropower plant project in Barangay Lumbayao, Valencia City in Bukidnon last Saturday (25 February).

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi lamented, “This attack is totally unwarranted considering that it is not a military installation but a development project that seeks to contribute to uplifting the socio-economic conditions of the people. This attack will not only stall the hydro project’s construction timeline, it will also set back efforts to improve the quality of life of the people of Bukidnon.”

“We are aiming to facilitate the development of all alternative and indigenous energy supply for the future of Mindanaoans. We have long been wanting our kababayans living there to feel the presence of progress, yet these people are stealing that chance from them," Cusi expressed.

"An Inter-Agency Task Force in Securing Energy Facilities is being activated composed of the DOE, Philippine National Police (PNP), National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), National Transmission Corporation (TransCo), National Electrification Administration (NEA) and the National Power Corporation (NPC) with the assistance of the DOE Mindanao Field Office to ensure the completion of the project despite the despicable attack, Sec. Cusi announced.

"The National Democratic Front has been urging the Duterte Administration to resume the peace talks but NPA attacks on a development project such as this do not inspire confidence that they are sincere in returning to the negotiating table, Cusi pointed out.

According to a ground report, the 10.6 megawatts Pulanai Hydroelectric Power Plant project of partners Repower Energy Development Corp. and Manila Electric Co. was attacked by 20 NPA rebels on 25 February 2017.

This run-off-river hydropower project will utilize the Pulanai River in Bukidnon. The target date of commissioning is the first half of 2019.

The plant broke ground on 9 December 2016 with no less President Rodrigo R. Duterte gracing the event.

“We assure the public that the DOE will ensure energy security, and strive to classify energy projects as projects of national significance to protect these development initiatives for the welfare of our people,” Cusi concluded.

Sony Channel Ups the Ante In Primetime Viewing with Captivating Legal Drama Chicago Justice

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A new breed of legal heroes are on the rise to uphold the law at all times in the brand new legal drama, Chicago Justice, which premieres this March on Sony Channel.

This fourth installment from executive producer Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise stars Carl Weathers (Rocky) as State Attorney Mark Jefferies, Philip Winchester (Strike Back) as Assistant State Attorney Peter Stone, Jon Seda (Chicago P.D.) as Chief Investigator Antonio Dawson, Monica Barbaro (UnReal) as Assistant State Attorney Anna Valdez, and Joelle Carter (Justified) as Investigator Laura Nagel.

Together at the Cook County State Attorney’s Office, this dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators engage in heated arguments in their fearless pursuit of justice as they handle high profile and sensational cases while trying to find the balance between politics, power struggles, and public opinion.

Armed with their unwavering passion for the law, they must face one controversy to the next, proving their point in every case, as they hurdle through the legal system and eventually become a part of Chicago’s finest.

Chicago Justice premieres on March 8, every Wednesday at 8:50pm with a double-episode premiere same week as the U.S. telecast.

Sony Channel is available on SKY Cable Channel 35, Cignal Digital TV Channel 120, Global Destiny Cable Channel 62, and Cable Link Channel 39.

Our Fabulous Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Family Staycation

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Love should always be openly expressed, not only during the Love Month of February, but every single day of our lives. This is why we should take every opportunity for quality bonding moments especially during weekends which are supposed to be spent and dedicated only for our loved ones.

Though most of the time we can't stop working on our work load even at home, we should take advantage of every instance when we could really be with our loved ones and away from the hectic requirements at the office.

Thus, we very much appreciated an opportunity to be with my better half and children where we could spend the days at a great weekend hotel staycation at Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila located at Ortigas, Pasig city.

"The Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila offers luxury apartments equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and world-class amenities to fulfill the modern-day client's need for space and security in an elegant environment, combined with highly-personalized service, and the comforts and conveniences of home."

It had become a home for the Miss Earth 2016 beauty pageant candidates where my husband had the opportunity to meet last year before this scheduled staycation. I have to say that the place is elegantly suited for present and future beauty queens to stay in and consider as their second home.
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