Friday, March 24, 2023

FDCP Opens Call for Filipino Audiovisual Companies for Cannes Marché du Film 2023

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The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is looking for Filipino audiovisual companies involved in production, production-related activities, line production, post-production, and animation to be part of the Philippine delegation to the Marché du Film 2023, the business arm of the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival happening from May 16 to 24 in France.

Companies which will be selected by the FDCP will receive Marché du Film Market Badges which will grant their representatives access to the entirety of Cannes International Film Festival’s program of screenings and exclusive reruns, Marché du Film screenings and online platforms, one (1) year free subscription to Cinando and its professional contact details, and to the thematic speed meetings during the duration of the event.

Interested audiovisual companies must register and submit their applications through this form on or before April 15. Companies must comply with the following requirements:

● Must be a Filipino film company (production, line production, post-production, animation or services)

● Must be registered with the FDCP National Registry

● Must be willing to travel to Cannes, France for Marché du Film 2023

● Must be fully-vaccinated or had a booster shot with any of the four (4)

EU-approved vaccines: Moderna, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Janssen

● Must be willing to comply with necessary COVID-19 travel restrictions

The professional contact details of the chosen delegates will also be featured in the Marché du Film publications.

Marché du Film is one of the biggest film markets in the world where more than 12,000 film professionals from all over the world gather to build networks and explore co-production opportunities.

The FDCP will be having a Philippine pavilion, shared with the Singapore Film Commission, to provide a venue to Filipino delegates where they can set up meetings, discuss deals, and further expand their networks with all their foreign counterparts.

FDCP Opens Call for Filipino Producers for Cannes Producers Network 2023

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As the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) gears up for its participation in Marché du Film 2023, the business side of the Cannes Film Festival, the FDCP has officially opened its call for applications for Filipino producers to be part of the country’s delegation to one of the biggest film festivals and film markets in the world.

As part of the Agency’s project and talent development goals to provide opportunities to further expose Filipino talents to international networking platforms, the FDCP will be selecting Filipino producers who will be part of the Producers Network happening from May 17 to 22 in Cannes, France.

The Call for Producers is open to Filipino producers, excluding executive producers, line producers, associate producers, production managers, and production assistants, who qualify to the following criteria:

● Producers whose main activity is production;

● Producers who have produced within the last four (4) years at least one (1) feature-length film commercially released in a theater or commercially distributed on global video streaming platforms. Screenings during festivals will not be accepted as commercial distribution;

● Producers with project/s in development and have plans to pursue international co-production especially Asia-Europe co-production.

Eligible applicants must be registered at the FDCP National Registry and must be able to submit all the required documents and requirements to with the subject “Application for Producers Network 2023 - [SURNAME]” on or before March 31:

● Accomplished application form

● Filmography

● Proof of personal credits as a film producer (films released within the last four years)

● Intention letter

● Company profile

● Dossier of project in current development (must include financial plan)

● Copy of passport (valid for at least six months from May 2022)

● HD profile photo in JPEG format.

Selected producers will receive a Marché du Film and Producers Network accreditation sponsored by the FDCP and a PHP50,000 reimbursable stipend including flight, accommodation, and allowance subject to proper liquidation, auditing, and accounting.

The accreditation also grants selected producers the following:

● Access to Festival's screenings (upon request)

● Access to reruns of films from the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival

● Access to Marché du Film screenings

● Access to screenings at the Marché du Film Online

● Priority badge to Market and Festival screenings

● Access to the exhibitor booths, pavilions, and program areas

● Access to Marché du Film online platform

● Free one (1) year subscription to Cinando, a premiere online network designed
for film professionals

● Access to conferences, panels, and masterclasses

● Access to Producers Network events including Opening and Closing Nights,Breakfast meetings, Co-Production Night, etc. Since 2004, the Producers Network has become a go-to gathering venue for film producers from all over the world, offering a series of meetings and events designed to create opportunities and build networks.

The Producers Network will be held as an in-person event from May 17 to 22, simultaneous with Marché du Film and Cannes International Film Festival.

PH learners receive awards at SEAMEO Science Olympiad

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Filipino learners from two schools bagged awards at the 2nd Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Science Olympiad (SEAOSO) held at the Penang, Malaysia earlier this month.

Competing against at least 26 groups from 11 countries in Southeast Asia, Colegio de San Agustin Makati (CSA-Makati) and Saint Louis University (SLU) from Baguio City won the Secondary School (13-18 years old) and Primary School (7-12 years old) category, respectively.

CSA-Makati was hailed as the Overall Champion and Best Completer Finisher Awardee in their category while the delegation from SLU-Baguio received the Best Completer Finisher Award.

The learners from CSA-Makati were represented by Rafael Felipe Viterbo, Eunyou Park, Lakan Diwa Fuentes, and Jodi Vien Mariano.

Meanwhile, SLU-Baguio delegates were composed of Jamie S. Espejo, Erin Shane D. Gumanlaw, Yuhan Nayri T. Padyosan, Paul Gabriele M. Bautista, Greysean A. Ngolab, Rayne Earl H. Diaron, Lyndsay Avy E. Malibiran, Danille Thereze S. Amansec, and Lara Annika Paula E. Namoca.

The SEASO competition was composed of four levels. The first and second were individual Science and Math written exams. The third was a STEM Challenge, a group practical exam, where they were asked to create a tower that could hold a soda can. Groups were judged with parameters of cost, stability, mobility, time of completion, and height. The final level was an oral presentation of the finished product, wherein each group had to market/sell their work to a panel of judges.

SEAOSO aims to stimulate scientific thinking and knowledge exploration amongst students at secondary school levels by applying knowledge to real-life technological problem-solving skills to address multiple issues, including sustainable development.

Furthermore, it encourages young learners to pursue scientific knowledge and increases their awareness about the relationship between various science fields in their daily lives, while aiming to foster camaraderie and networking among these young learners during the event.

The event has also provided career orientation to the participants, which will encourage the latter in choosing various professions under Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand.

The SEAMEO Science Olympiad (SEASO) 2023 is a unique platform of inspiration and scientific knowledge stimulation for future scientists and science academicians all over Southeast Asia and beyond.

#BiggestHourForEarth at Rizal Park Luneta!

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Join us as we create the #BiggestHourForEarth at Rizal Park Luneta!

You can take part in this global movement for the environment with the activities we have lined up for our parkgoers:

✔️ Visit the Sustainability Fair and shop for vegan and plant-based food and products.

✔️ Get ideas on how to do something positive for our planet through our “Give an Hour for Earth” Exhibit.

✔️ Sing along with our Buskers for Earth.

✔️ Learn how to repurpose and transform things through the “Upcycling Workshop” to be conducted by Mrs. Angel Vic T. Panelo and Mr. Jaymark C. Gloria. 

Lastly, we are encouraging everyone to switch off all non-essential lights and electrical devices on 25 March 2023 (Saturday) from 8:30PM-9:30PM.

Together, let’s make the hours count in saving our planet. 

#MyHourForEarth #EarthHourLuneta

Ang Mga Kahon (2023): Ronaldo Tinio's dystopian world

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Ang Mga Kahon (2023) is an experimental theater experience directed by Kat Batara, under the supervision of Charles Yee. Through auditory and visual immersion, the show invites audiences to be transported from the comfort of the theater into Ronaldo Tinio's dystopian world

Ang Mga Kahon (2023) ay mula sa panunulat ni Rolando Tinio at sa direksyon ni Kat Batara sa paggabay ni Charles Yee.


Sa huwag-sanang-mangyaring bukas, inaalagaan ni Joy si Bernie na parang may inaabangan at pinag-aalinlangan.

Content Warning:

This production is rated PG-13. The play will be handling explicit themes that some may find distressing or disturbing such as graphic violence which is not suitable for children under the age of 13. Viewer discretion is advised.


This production is a standing show. Please expect to stand for the duration of the show, which is around one (1) hour. Seating and accommodation will only be provided to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), or people with conditions that make them unable to stand for long periods of time. Audience members will have limited visual perception during the show. Due to the nature of our set, please expect that your vision will be limited during the show. Rest assured that this will only enhance your play watching experience.

Blank Ticketing:

This means that audience members pay what they can, or what they think the show is worth.

Please reserve your tickets here:

Show Information:

● March 29, 2023 - April 1, 2023

○ 7:30 PM across all show dates with a 3:00 PM show on April 1, 2023

● Black Box Theater, Old Communications Building, Ateneo de Manila University


Artistic Team:

Director – Kat Batara

Production Designer – Tata Tuviera

Sound Designer – Carlos Hombrebueno

Lighting Designer – Luis Antonio Rafael A. Sumilong

Costumes Designers – Raizelle Ledda & Charlize Martinez

Graphic Designer – Diandra Lee

Dramaturg – Mita Davila


Joy – Yani Lopez

Bernie – Lyle Viray

Mandy – Jemuel Dagu-ob

Mama – Coco Pineda

Kargador #1 –Gelo Acosta

Kargador #2 – Harvey Calubaquib

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Top 9 Business Card Organizer Apps For Swift Scanning

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Business card organizers are the must have tools for many individuals who proceed consistently with networking. The great thing is that these applications use mobile’s camera for scanning paper business cards and save the card details into digital form. So, now there’s no need to manually add the business card and other information into your phone, just scan your card with a business card reader and let it quickly store all the data without any disruption.

In this context, we rounded up a few best business card scanning apps that recognize and store all the card data in a matter of seconds.

Did you Know!

Most business card scanner applications are easy to navigate, inexpensive, and even loaded with helpful features like CRM integration. You can find that these scanning apps precisely scan and store paper card information into your phone with no errors. To make an instant business card scanning experience, you could visit that recognizes, scan, and store your business cards detail swiftly.

ABBYY Business Card Reader:

It is referred to as one the tremendous and accurate business card organizing apps available around the market. This handy mobile application designed for professionals to scan visiting cards in 25 different languages. Just a single tap requires to share contact details with this best business card reader.

Why Use?

Provided you with free trial

Works best for integrating with salesforce

Allow you to make cards scanning in 25 languages

Why Don’t?

Loaded with limited export options

Only 10 scans are available for free plans

Hubspot Business Card Scanner:

Get this business card reader and scanner through which scanned contacts are integrated with Hubspot’s CRM. No quality loss and no formatting disruptions take place while scanning your visiting cards. The upside is that this card scanner is 100% free, easy to process, and loaded with a wide array of traits.

Why Use?

Free to use

Simple UI

Free and smart business card scanning with CRM integration

Why Don’t?

Only assists to integrate with Hubspot

Packed with the limited sharing and exporting options

Business Card Scanner/Reader/Organizer:

This business card organizer and reader is the simple and easy to navigate source that lets you scan your paper business card details and store it into your Android and iOS devices. The upside is that it lets you make one or more business cards at once while preserving the original context within the business card.

Now you can make a couple of taps from your phone and let this best business card scanning app do all for you within no time.

Why Use?

Attractive interface

Multi-lingual support

Preserve original context

Why Don’t?

Only limited card scanning allow with free plan


When it comes to collecting a large number of business cards at your networking event, this business card scanner makes conversion within no time. This business card organizer mainly functions to scan business cards and even conference badges. Once you upload your cards, you can quickly export them to a large number of CRM systems.

Why Use?

Comes with free plans

Provided you with a wide array of integrations

Why Don’t?

No CRM integrations for free

Limited card scans with free trial

It is indicated as one of the most efficient business card scanning apps for professional employees. this handy app used by large businesses and corporations to provide instant outcomes. It also allows you to proceed with an unlimited number of cards scanning and loaded with CRM and productivity tool integration and complimentary card design services.

Why Use?

Works best for large organizations

Offers free trial

Packed with CRM and best productivity tool integration

Why Don’t?

Comes with internal company focus

Haystack is another pick that provides you with a free business card organizer for managing business contacts. This app not only assists you for scanning physical business visiting cards and storing digital contacts, but also offers contact-free digital business cards for sharing along with prospects and clients.

Why Use?

Free individual trial

Loaded with productivity and CRM app integrations

Why Don’t?

No CRM integration for individual plan

Also, there’s no analytic available for individual plan


If you are seeking a great and easy to process option for scanning business cards, storing contact data, and taking all notes into your phone, then Evernote is the best option for you. Moreover, this business card organizer assists you to sync and organize documents with no errors swiftly.

Why Use?

Works best for organizing all kinds of digital information

Proceed tremendously for storing contacts

One-stop solution for notes organizing

Why Don’t?

Business card reader only available in paid plan

Provided you with limited CRM integration


ScanContacts is one of the best business contact management apps that does not involve huge manual intervention for managing contacts after canning them. The most appealing parameter is that this tool integrates directly with Hubspot. This means, you can easily upload contacts into Hubspot’s CMS platform and swiftly act on new leads.

Why Use?

Free to process

Users can directly proceed with Hubspot integration

Why Don’t?

Loaded with only a single integration option


Camard functions to serve you greatly with business card scanning experience. When it comes to scanning and organizing business cards and uploading contact data, then this business card organizer does the job to a great extent.

Why Use?

Stunning user experience

Lets you process with salesforce integration

Why Don’t?

Allow unlimited scans (only paid plans)

Free trial loaded with ads
Let’s Sum Up:

Fortunately, you explored the best picks regarding scanning your paper business cards and storing them efficiently into digital form. These handy applications assist you to eliminate the manual intervention for storing contact details. Choose one or any pick right now to digitize your business cards information with no errors.

DepEd launches online portal to strengthen partner-school engagement

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The Department of Education (DepEd), in collaboration with PLDT-Gabay Guro and Metro Pacific Investment Corporation, launched on Thursday the DepEd Partnership Assistance Portal (DPAP) to strengthen stakeholder engagement in schools.

“Today marks a significant first step in building better relations between our partners and schools. We hope that through this portal, we will be able to attract more civic-minded partners in the future,” Assistant Secretary for Administration Christopher Lawrence S. Arnuco said.

Spearheaded by the External Partnership Services (EPS), the program launched the portal that aims to bridge gaps between companies or organizations who are willing to adopt a school and supply them with their needs.

DPAP is also aligned with the MATATAG Agenda’s digitization program which includes improved partnership processes, accuracy, and transparency of partnership data that can be easily retrieved and accessed by DepEd offices, partners, and stakeholders.

“The DPAP is the result of the hardwork of experts, and of course, the hardworking team who enthusiastically collaborated in a bid to advance education partnerships for DepEd,” EPS Director Margarita Consolacion Ballesteros stated.

Through the system’s features, schools can create their account, post their School Improvement Plan (SIP), and tap partners who seeks to help as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The system highlights several digitized features like the e-appointment that automates appointment setting for both partners and schools, the menu of investment that lists all of the required assistance of schools that partners can fulfill, and the partnership map that showcase the partnerships made across the country.

The launch was attended by Regional Education Support Services Division (ESSD) Chiefs and Regional Partnerships Focal Persons, government agencies, private organizations, and international and development partners, and corporate partners.

Additionally, the DPAP public site will feature stories and articles about partnership triumphs in efforts of acquiring more partners in the future. Meanwhile, EPS revealed that this is only the first phase of the program, and the Service will continue to update the portal.

Official.statement on the Masbate terrorist encounters

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The Department of Education (DepEd) vehemently condemns the alarming rate of communist rebel activities in Masbate, causing undue learning disruption in the province.

These acts of terrorism perpetrated by the New People’s Army (NPA) have caused trauma to learners and school personnel who witnessed the senseless violence.

DepEd remains defiant against these fear-mongering tactics of terrorists as the agency commits to deliver basic education to all, even in disadvantaged areas.

The DepEd Regional Office V and SDO Masbate are tasked to ensure that learning continuity shall take place. As such, there will be no blanket suspension of classes. The suspension of in-person classes and immediate shift to blended learning shall be left to the discretion of the school heads/principals, upon due assessment and proper coordination with the concerned LGU — keeping in mind the peace and order situation, as well as the mental health of learners and school personnel.

The Vice President and Secretary of Education, Sara Z. Duterte, and the Army Division Commander have open communications lines, and the latter has committed to protect our school personnel and learners in the area.

The Department supports the Philippine Army, and the VP-Secretary has also expressed her intention to visit the affected areas in Masbate once it is determined by the authorities that her presence will not disrupt ongoing operations.

We invite the public to remain vigilant in the fight against terrorism and violence.

Thank you.

Pinoy inventor jumpstarts monthly innovation forum

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Inventors revolutionize the world because they often see in a different light—sometimes literally so, as in the case of this Filipino scientist-entrepreneur.

Filipino biochemist and entrepreneur Dr. Carlito Lebrilla in his element. (Photo credit: Gregory Urquiaga, UCDavis)

A distinguished professor and biochemist, Dr. Carlito Lebrilla of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is also a corresponding member of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). He will be highlighting his research on mass spectrometry and the fundamentals of innovation for startup companies at the free inaugural iStories webinar hosted by the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Science (UPD-CS) this coming March 27.

A business born from mass spectrometry

Dr. Lebrilla’s research is focused on understanding fundamental processes in the ionization, fragmentation, and detection of ions. This enabled him to build a complex Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometer that marked the start of a research and teaching career centered on mass spectrometry.

Mass spectrometry is an analytical technique used to identify and quantify compounds, and determine structure and chemical properties of molecules via molecular weight determination. Chemists can use a mass spectrometer to ionize a molecular compound in gaseous form, sort the fragments, and then identify the molecule fragments based on their molecular weights. Applications of mass spectrometry include determination of rock ages, biochemical evolution of the Earth, and space explorations.

In Dr. Lebrilla’s case, his work on mass spectrometry helped him transition into the biomedical field that led him to develop methods for characterizing glycoconjugates—the biochemicals that contain carbohydrates bonded to some other compounds such as protein and lipid—in cells, animals, and humans.

Dr. Lebrilla’s further research and discoveries in mass spectrometry have led to several patents and the founding of at least five companies. “I realized there were so many problems that mass spectrometry can solve in food, in health, and even in basic fundamental biological issues. I just kept finding new ideas there, which really appealed to me,” he says in one interview with Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectronomy.

iStories: a monthly series on innovation

iStories is one of UPD-CS’s initiatives to lead more researchers and students to adopt the perception of nation-building through science, according to Dr. Ricky B. Nellas, the Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, Development, and Enterprise (ADRIDE) of the College of Science.

“Innovations, especially recent advances in the fields of data science and breakthroughs in technology, have accelerated our knowledge on relevant fields of science such as disease biology, artificial intelligence, and the knowledge-research-product pipeline. It is only paramount for us, especially young scientists, to be up to speed with current advances in science and technology. We hope that the iStories webinar series would motivate Filipino scientists to forge new collaborations in order to solve relevant and neglected local and worldwide problems, through innovation-centric research.” he explained.

iStories is a free webinar series with innovation-themed lectures, storytelling, and activities featuring local and international scientists. The initiative is aimed at igniting the creativity and inventiveness of young scientists not just from the College of Science, but from other institutes inside and outside UP.

“We started this initiative to showcase the different paths towards scientific innovations that can be emulated by our researchers and students in order to contribute to nation building,” says CS Innovation Team Head, Dr. Lerrie Ann Ipulan-Colet. The team is composed of innovation representatives from nine institutes under the UPD-CS.

iStories is scheduled for 3:00 pm every last Monday of the month.

Interested participants can register to the webinar via Zoom through filling out this online form: Subscription to the entire iStories webinar is also possible through the same form.


Brenner, A. & Simpson, H. (2021). Faces of Mass Spectrometry/Carlito Lebrilla. J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom. 2021, 32, 6, 1275–1277

'Window of opportunity' seen to clean up oil spill

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Researchers urge oil spill cleanup amid calm weather

Scientists from the University of the Philippines - Diliman Marine Science Institute (UPD-CS MSI) have noted a “window of opportunity” to step up efforts to clean up the oil spill from the MT Princess Empress tanker that sank off Naujan, Occidental Mindoro, last February 28.

“Weaker winds and calmer seas allow for larger oil slicks to form because of less disturbance from waves,” the researchers noted in their latest update. Satellite data from the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as of March 21 showed that the floating oil had accumulated into a 37.84-square-kilometer slick—”larger than Las Piñas,” the scientists noted.

The accumulated oil, along with the improved weather, may be a boon to cleanup efforts: “Calmer seas and larger slicks should be taken as an opportunity to collect the oil in slicks near the sunken tanker using booms and skimmers and ramp up cleanup efforts to prevent the oil from spreading further,” the UPD-CS MSI said.

The researchers also warned that, with the seasonal weakening of the Amihan Northeast Monsoon, the subsequent strengthening of easterly winds may push the oil further westward through the Verde Island Passage (VIP), one of the most biodiverse regions in the world and home to thousands of unique species. With some of the highest concentrations of coastal fishes, corals, crustaceans, molluscs, seagrasses, and mangroves worldwide, the Passage is the main source of food and livelihood for millions of Filipinos.

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The UPD-CS MSI is also asking the public for help in monitoring the oil spill. The public is encouraged to contribute geotagged images of sightings of the MT Princess Empress oil spill through this form: The use of a GPS-enabled phone and a GPS camera app such as “GPS Map Camera” (available on Google Play and the Apple Store) are recommended so that geotag location data can be preserved.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

SM Foundation aids quake-hit Türkiye, Syria

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In solidarity with earthquake-hit countries Türkiye and Syria, SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) sent aid through the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) last Feb. 27, 2023.

Represented by SM Foundation Health and Medical Programs Executive Director Connie Angeles, SMFI handed 200 units of gasoline generators to PRC to provide power to the quake-stricken Türkiye and Syria.

Additionally, the social good arm of SM also donated Php5 million to help address the needs of earthquake victims.

The aid comes after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southeast Türkiye and northwest Syria. The disaster was followed by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, hitting southern Turkiye, which led to additional casualties and damages.

To learn more about SM Foundation’s social good programs, visit or follow its social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube): @SMFoundationInc.

SMFI’s Connie Angeles (second from left) hands the donation to PRC chairperson Dick Gordon (third from left). Joining the turnover are PRC Governor Ernesto Isla and PRC Secretary General Dr. Gwen Pang (first and fourth from left, respectively). Photo from PRC.

PRC volunteers prepare to ship 200 units of gasoline generators donated by SM Foundation for quake-hit Türkiye and Syria. Photo from PRC.

SM Supermalls, SM Cares to join Earth Hour 2023

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SM Supermalls, together with its corporate social responsibility arm SM Cares, is joining the rest of the world in observing Earth Hour this coming March 25 as the company renews its commitment to environmental stewardship.

This year's Earth Hour is all about "creating the Biggest Hour for Earth," and those who want to participate in the global activity are encouraged to spend 60 minutes doing something positive for the planet, in addition to switching off their lights.

SM Supermalls has been supporting Earth Hour and the WWF since the initiative was first held in the Philippines in 2008. This year, customers, tenants and employees at SM malls nationwide are once again encouraged to “Give an Hour for Earth” as SM Supermalls joins the annual Global Lights Switch Off from 8:30 PM to 9:30PM on March 25.

This day also marks the start of the World Wildlife Fund’s Virtual Earth Hour Run, a self-paced run supported by SM Cares, to be held from March 25 to April 30, 2023. The run aligns with SM Supermalls’ bid to make “Earth Hour, Any Hour” as participants are encouraged to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle by running and win prizes along the way. Joiners may register here and tag SM Cares and WWF as they post their stopovers at SM malls with hashtag #BiggestHourForEarth and #EarthHourVirtualRun.


Aside from these, SM Supermalls has been pushing to minimize its carbon footprint in support of the global green movement through various programs ranging from responsible energy consumption to investing in renewable energy.

For instance, more than 50 percent of the energy consumed by SM malls all over the country now come from renewable sources. In terms of solar energy usage, SM now has 12 malls equipped with energized solar panels, with SM Mall of Asia as the latest mall to receive a solar panel installation, which has a capacity of 2.003 MWp.

SM has also been recognized for exceeding compliance with RA7920 or the New Electrical Engineering Law, which regulates the practice, licensing, and registration of electrical engineers and electricians. This is proof that SM is operated and maintained only by highly qualified engineers.

SM Cares' sustainability initiatives include the Trash-To-Cash Market and the Plastic Waste Collection program, which encourage responsible solid waste disposal among Filipinos; the annual Green Film Festival which promotes environmental awareness among students and the youth; and the International Coastal Cleanup which encourages stakeholders to do their part in keeping our seas and oceans clean.

SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, the country’s biggest chain of malls built by one of Southeast Asia’s leading real estate developer, SM Prime Holdings. It is responsible for initiatives that promote sustainability and the development of the community, including programs on Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, and Children and Youth, as well as the Bike-Friendly SM initiative, in addition to its Programs on Environment.

To learn more, visit

Daughter of former flower farmers lives a vibrant life through the SM Scholarship grant

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Stability is the foundation of a well-lived life. With basic needs fulfilled, people have the opportunity to develop themselves, explore various facets of life, and contribute to the welfare of the community.

When aspiring youth, especially those from low-income households, are given the chance to stand on solid ground, they readily take the chance. They utilize it as a seedbed where they can cultivate their dreams and aspirations.

One testament to this is SM scholar alumna Jonnah Jane Sacamay, who grew up in a family where stability seemed like an uncharted territory. Years back, Jonnah’s family’s main source of living was flower farming. This made them walk on a thin line as the demand for flowers was seasonal, and they were also often affected by unpredictable weather disturbances.

But while they had journeyed through life with uncertainty, they had always planted in her mind the power of education.

“Given that the nature of farming is very seasonal, our income is not stable. Aside from augmenting our daily needs, we also had to ensure that my education is secured,” Jonnah recalled.


Holding on to the power of education

And so, to help her family, she studied hard in grade school as soon as she learned about others who had the opportunity to pursue college through the SM College Scholarship Program. With her whole heart dedicated to learning and her eyes set on the SM scholarship, she finished high school as the class valedictorian. Once the forms were available, she immediately processed her application at the SM Store in Cebu.

“I was informed that I got accepted as an SM Scholar. From then on, a huge weight was lifted off my parents' shoulders. I could pursue my chosen degree in my chosen university,” she added.

Through the scholarship offered by the SM group through SM Foundation, she was able to focus on the development of her skills and knowledge not only in accountancy but especially in life. She became a Magna Cum Laude graduate of BS Accountancy at the University of San Carlos.

Jonnah (center) with her parents during her graduation

“The SM Scholarship helped me reach my dream of becoming a CPA, and this opened doors for me, enabling me to land a job that empowered me to help my family,” she said.

“My experience in retail has given me wide knowledge in different areas. With this, I always make sure that my family makes informed decisions in all aspects of life. One thing that has become a tradition among SM Cebu scholars during my time was to have an outreach program. In our own way, we were able to pay forward the help that we received from SM. It was a fulfilling experience that we could share our blessings in our own little way,” she added.

Jonnah currently serves as a Senior Accounting Manager at the SM Store, Cebu. Aside from financial security, she currently takes care of her parents’ medical expenses and lets them enjoy vibrant life experiences after retiring as flower farmers.

Jonnah Sacamay serves as a Senior Accounting Manager at the SM Store in Cebu.

“Having a degree enabled me and my family to experience more in life. It paved the way for me to secure a stable job, which allowed me to travel, treat my family to a nice meal, take them shopping on special occasions, and most importantly, support my parents and their medical expenses. Aside from providing me with a scholarship grant, working in SM has provided a sense of security for me and my family,” she shared.

Opening doors to more

SM Foundation made it its goal to help create an environment where low-income families can thrive and achieve stability, just like how the SM College Scholarship Program paved ways for Jonnah and her family.

For the school year 2023-2024, the application period is open from February 1-March 31, 2023. The selected scholars may specialize in accounting, information technology, engineering, and education with full tuition and monthly allowance, including enrichment programs and activities.

For more information about the SM College Scholarship program, visit

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SM scholar-alumna takes the road less travelled

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SM Scholar Alumna pursues a career in SPED

Teaching surpasses the realms of jobs or professions–it encompasses service, vocation, and life mission.

Proving this day and night are millions of Filipino teachers who stand as second mothers to students. One of them is Rosalie Macaspac, an SM scholar alumna who chose to pursue a career in Special Education (SPED).

Life’s work

Choosing to teach, especially pursue SPED, is a path less travelled. Out of over 800,000 public school teachers, only about 4,000 are in SPED, and Rosalie is one of the few who took the path. For 21 years now, the SM scholar alumna has dedicated her life to teaching SPED students. She wanted to empower and give special children a voice by advocating the welfare of deaf learners.

Rosalie Macaspac (left) interprets the contents of the program for her students.

With much dedication and determination to have the right skills for her students, she pursued graduate studies in special education and Filipino sign language at the Philippine National University and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, respectively.

She currently teaches at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay, the only government-owned institution for the deaf in the country. Here, she spearheaded the numeracy skills training program for deaf learners.


Embedding grit, greatness

Her journey to becoming an educator was not easy. Her parents separated when she was three years old, and her mother became the breadwinner.

“In the early years of my life as a three year old, awareness of how hard life is became a part of my growing up. I grew up with a mindset that whatever happens, I will not abandon my studies. Sensing my determination, my mother earned a living by washing and ironing clothes of our neighbors. I came to realize my mom had to wash and press thousands and thousands of clothes so I could finish my studies. But I did not pity myself. Instead, I kept a strong determination to battle on and promised my mother that she will not grow old and die as a laundry woman,” she said.

The weight on their shoulder became heavier when her mother became bedridden for half a year. Instead of slowing her down, it did the opposite. She continued her studies with much determination. With the help of her uncle, the Missionaries of Charity, and the puto bigas she sold, they could get by.

She finished primary school with good grades, and was a consistent honor student in high school, despite having one centavo allowance and rice and coffee as meals. With good standing, she had her mind set on her next goal: going to college.

“Giving up or surrendering wasn’t in my vocabulary. The strong heart of my mother was passed on to me as she was my inspiration to strive to get us out of the predicament we were in,” she stressed.

“When I was in fourth year high school, I was deep in thought of what to do to support my college education. Then, God in all His goodness, stepped in again. The Guidance Office in our school announced that the SM Foundation was offering scholarships for qualified students. I knew at that very moment that He was with me. All I had to do is to apply for the scholarship,” she recalled.

Rosalie (fifth from left) and her fellow scholar alumni take a photo with SMIC Executive Director Harley Sy (third from left)

She vividly remembers sending her SM College Scholarship program application at the Customer Service of the SM in Quiapo and how she learned on May 9, 1995 that she would be interviewed for the scholarship in room 214 of the MSE Bldg. The three-digit number has since become unforgettable for her. By June 1995, Macaspac was among the SM scholars who had started their college education under the scholarship program.

According to her, the scholarship helped her become a well-rounded individual. It was the key to the realization of her dreams and paved the way to success. The activities provided by SM Foundation, such as the scholars’ assembly, the orientation, leadership training, sports fest and annual retreat, were very memorable for her.

“Looking back, the retreats, monthly meetings and being able to work in SM as an employee, followed up by our project director boosted my self-esteem and opened my world to service,” she said.

Rosalie at the Philippine School for the Deaf

Before teaching, she first worked as a Merchandise and Planning Control-Clerk at the SM Head Office, which was then located in Calle Echague, Manila. She was hired immediately after college.

Working in DepEd has always been her dream, and she is proud of where she is today: “Since day one of my college days, I aimed to be a public-school teacher. I am happy with my work now as a High School Teacher for Deaf learners. I am so privileged that I am in this community and my heart is entwined with my students.”

“I am not ashamed to tell my colleagues that I had a humble beginning and I thank SM Foundation for putting me where I am now. I owe these blessings to SM, Henry “Tatang” Sy, SM Foundation, Ma’am Nilda Bernaldez, and my fellow SM-Scholars, most especially, my mother. They are all the instruments to why I chose to give back to a special community and dedicate my life to being an effective SPED teacher.”

FORTIFY: Fostering PH Social Welfare by Empowering the Agricultural Economy

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𝐇𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐤𝐚 𝐧𝐚 𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐦 𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐚𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐤𝐚𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐮𝐤𝐚𝐬𝐚𝐧?

The UP Organization of Business Economics Majors (UP OBEM) presents:

Econ No-Mix 2023

FORTIFY: Fostering PH Social Welfare by Empowering the Agricultural Economy

via Zoom

In its third virtual installment, Econ No-mix will bring together top-performing high school students nationwide to promote economics and its application in real-life. In a time of rising prices for agricultural products, it is essential to learn about the various ways in which the country’s agricultural condition affects the welfare of its citizens. Hence, the theme for this year’s Econ No-Mix will focus on agricultural economics. ENM will expose and stimulate solutions from the youth for various issues surrounding the current state of agriculture in the Philippines through talks and competitions. This will serve as an avenue for the participants to learn about the state of the Philippines’ agricultural system and its relationship to the economy, as well as encourage youth participation, all the while being linked to basic economic concepts and applications that are evident in one’s daily life.

Officially Endorsed By:

UP Diliman Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Securities and Exchange Commission

Junior Philippine Economics Society

UP School of Economics Student Council

Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development

Commission on Human Rights

Tariff Commission

Co-Presented by:

Aunt Flo

AboutFace Cosmetics

Coconut Printing

DASOM Beauty Korea

Moon and Oak

Motivo Philippines

Urban Chick Resto

JJC Bulacan State University 

Junior Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines-TSU Chapter

Junior Philippine Association of Management Accountants Wesleyan University Philippines

UDM Economics Society

PUP Taguig - Junior Marketing Association

National University Mall of Asia - Ancillary of Finance 

Junior Financial Executives - Adamson University 

UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity

PLM Children's Rights Advocates League 

National University Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants

Bicol University - Political Science Club

Miriam College Junior Financial Executives 

LPU Young Filipino Advocates of Critical Thinking

Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants - PUP Taguig

NU Laguna U Serve

Guild of Entrepreneurial Management Students - GEMS

Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants National U - Laguna

Alima Philippines

Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers - UP Student Unit, Inc.

Aral Pinoy

UP Men's Football Team 

Philippine Network of Food Security Programmes

Kids Who Farm Philippines

NU Fairview Student Executives

Xavier University - Ateneo Diplomatic Corps

MINT Junior Marketing Association

Travelers In Progress

Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Society Benilde

Brought to you by:

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Daily Tribune

Edge TV

GMA Regional TV

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In cooperation with:

Cilla’s Bakeshop

College of International Relations Student Government - LPU Manila

UP Business Management Society 

National University College of Business and Accountancy Student Council 

UP Mindanao Society of Agribusiness Economists

Junior Political Economists' Guild 

UPLB Economics Society

University of the East Economics Society

Special thanks to:



Xavier University Psychology Society

Adamson University Student Government


Adamson Junior Marketing Association 

Fotomasino - The Thomasian Photographers’ Guild

FEU Young Women's Christian Association

Accounting Enrichment Society - DLSU-D

Junior Philippine Association of Management Accountants LPU-Laguna

Dalubhasaan ng mga Umuusbong na Mag-aaral ng Araling Filipino DLSU

UP Junior Marketing Association

UP Economics Society

PLM College of Nursing Student Council 

Bicol University College of Business, Economics and Management-College Student Council

FEU Communication Society


Econ No-Mix 2023

March 25-26, 2023 via Zoom

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WVSU films showcased in launch of FDCP’s academic programs

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Student filmmakers from West Visayas State University (WVSU) screened their cinematic works for free at Cinematheque Centres nationwide last March 18 as part of Academedia and official launch of other academic programs of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

WVSU students, or Taga-West, got to show their short films and documentaries, namely “Judith” by Daniel de la Cruz, “Kinatao” by Lovely Jaro, “To Those We Loved the Most” by Leander Hofileña and Chelsea Young, “Modyul, Modyul Lang” by Maria JC Emmanuelle Momblan, “What If?” by Hofileña and Aimee Barte, “Panakayon” by Francis Cabinos, and “Sa Likod Sang Lense” by John Angelo Arroyo and Mars Dela Cruz, at Cinematheque Centre Manila, Iloilo, Negros, Nabunturan, and Davao.

In “Judith,” a broadcasting student realizes the dangers of the pandemic as realities of life unfold.

“Kinatao” tackles the story of a student struggling to adapt to her online classes. A nursing sophomore goes through a life-changing experience when she literally finds herself between her neighbor’s legs.

Meanwhile, in “To Those We Loved the Most,” a working student is bent on doing his best as he struggles to manage his time between his job and his studies. Only his younger sister is left in his family.

“Modyul, Modyul Lang” is a documentary film about the realities faced by grade school pupils in public schools because of the pandemic.

“What If?” starts with a spark of curiosity as two young and ambitious minds meet and feel an instant connection, eager to explore the mysteries of life and constantly searching for the “what ifs” that can lead to new relationships and infinite possibilities.

“Panakayon” focuses on the journey of a multifaceted Taga-West bracing his way to success.

Finally, “Sa Likod Sang Lense” centers on the life of a woman as she tries to reach for her goal, follow the footsteps of her friends, and have a better future in the media industry.

The films won at the recently concluded University Days Short Filmmaking Competition 2023 at WVSU.

Members of the WVSU Film Society and Sinemaskom, led by their adviser Prof. Kareen Gancio, attended the event at Cinematheque Centre Iloilo.

Academedia, formerly known as UFlix, provides an exhibition platform for the works of student filmmakers to support and encourage them to pursue their passion for filmmaking. This month, the FDCP featured student films from WVSU and De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde.

In between the two sets of screenings for Academedia, two other programs, namely the Academic Film Society and the Student Film Assistance Program (SFAP), were launched through a forum led by FDCP Chair and Chief Executive Officer Tirso Cruz III, executive director Dan Morales, technical consultant Jose Javier “Direk Joey” Reyes, and program officers Mark John Pamintuan, Sed Arce, and Jen Torres Lopez.

The FDCP, through the SFAP, will open 25 slots per cycle to Filipino student filmmakers enrolled in academic institutions that will register to be part of the AFS. Successful applicants may receive up to 50,000 pesos worth of cash grants to help them produce their thesis films and capstone projects.

Irreplaceable marine resources of Verde Island Passage under threat from oil spill

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The priceless marine resources and famously pristine beaches of the Verde Island Passage (VIP) in the Southern Tagalog region remain under threat from swaths of thick black oil from the MT Princess Empress tanker that sank off Naujan, Occidental Mindoro, last February 28.

Located between Batangas and Mindoro, the VIP is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, home to thousands of unique species. With some of the highest concentrations of coastal fishes, corals, crustaceans, molluscs, seagrasses, and mangroves worldwide, it is the main source of food and livelihood for over seven million people. The area also encompasses Puerto Galera, whose white sand beaches are internationally-acclaimed tourist destinations that are another vital source of revenue for local communities.

Thick black oil has been found floating off the coast of Baco Chico Island near Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro. (Photo credit: Marion Cepillo, Blue Alliance Key Ocean Defender (BAKOD), Blue Alliance)

Experts from the University of the Philippines - Diliman College of Science Marine Science Institute (UPD-CS MSI) have been working closely around the clock with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) alongside other universities, government agencies, and stakeholders in a race to address the oil spill and stop it from spreading.

“The VIP is home to endangered and threatened species including the critically endangered hawksbill turtle, whale sharks, manta rays, dugongs, humphead wrasses, giant groupers, and giant clams,” the UPD-CS MSI said in an update. “Damage from the oil spill may affect biodiversity (including endemic species only found in the Philippines as well as species yet to be discovered), tourism revenues, and food security in the area,” they added.

The UPD-CS MSI’s forecast model for the week of March 17-26, 2023, shows that the MT Princess Empress oil spill may spread across the Verde Island Passage. Shown in the image are the possible trajectories for March 24. (Photo credit: UPD-CS MSI)

The UPD-CS MSI’s latest bulletin references a NOAA/NESDIS report based on satellite data which shows that oil was still leaking out of the sunken vessel as of March 19 and the visible oil slick is extending northwest towards the VIP.

“The Verde Island Passage represents a large portion of the country’s marine biodiversity, and is a vital resource for millions of people, past and present,” said UPD-CS MSI Associate Professor Irene Rodriguez. “If we work together, we can still hopefully safeguard it for future generations to come.”

The UPD-CS MSI is asking the public for help in monitoring the oil spill. The public is encouraged to contribute geotagged images of sightings of the MT Princess Empress oil spill through this form: The use of a GPS-enabled phone and a GPS camera app such as “GPS Map Camera” (available on Google Play and the Apple Store) are recommended so that geotag location data can be preserved.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

LPU prof vies for Lasallian Scholarum Awards

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A faculty member of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) Manila has been selected as one of the finalists in the 2023 Lasallian Scholarum Awards.

Seymour Barros Sanchez, who handles broadcasting, journalism, and multimedia arts subjects at the LPU Manila – College of Arts and Sciences, has been shortlisted under the LSA’s Outstanding Published Feature Article on Youth and Education in a Nationally Circulated Publication category.

“I am pleased to inform you that one of your articles is among the finalists of the Lasallian Scholarum Awards, De La Salle University’s flagship program for recognizing exemplary media coverage of youth and education stories,” DLSU Strategic Communications Office Executive Director Johannes Leo Badillo informed Sanchez via email.

Sanchez’s article “Regional student filmmakers stand out in climate advocacy film fest,” which was published in BusinessMirror last July 31, 2022 under its Tony&Nick section, featured the winners of the Klima Film Festival, a joint initiative by the Climate Change Commission and the Oscar M. Lopez Center.

Aside from being a freelance writer and a professional lecturer, Sanchez is also a filmmaker, content and creative producer, technical consultant, and a former producer for news and current affairs programs.

LSA, with the theme “Youth: Represent,” aims to capture the youth’s voice in saying, “We are here.” It is also geared towards inspiring members of the media to put the youth and education sector in the center of national discussion. In its 18th year, LSA continues to highlight stories that champion both sectors.

The annual recognition for the media covers five categories across various channels from print and online to television. Other categories include Outstanding Feature Story on DLSU, Outstanding Published Feature Article on Youth and Education in a School Organ, Outstanding Online Feature Article on Youth and Education, and Outstanding Video Feature Story on Youth and Education.

The organizers collaborated with an independent media-monitoring agency for the initial screening of entries throughout the year. The entries went through a preliminary selection of a respected team of faculty and communication experts before the finalists were turned over to an external board of judges.

In addition, the Outstanding Media Personality Award will also be presented for the first time as part of the merit-based awards program. The award will be given “to a media practitioner who showed admirable attributes, serving as a role model to journalists-in-the-making.” Lasallian student journalists teamed up with the DLSU Student Media Office in choosing the recipient of the prize.

Awardees in the professional categories will receive a sculpture uniquely designed and crafted by renowned artist Toym De Leon Imao.

The LSA awarding ceremony returns as a physical event after being held online for the past two years. The finalists are expected to attend the event together with DLSU administrators and selected students on March 22 at the Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall, DLSU Manila.

Global Finance Convention 2023 : Coding Limitless Possibilities

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“When money realizes that it is in good hands, it wants to stay and multiply in those hands.” – Idowu Koyenikan, internationally acclaimed organizational consultant and author. Money and finance are extremely important in today’s day and age. We have a drive to earn, save, and spend, but we cannot do these things if we are not wise. Learning the whys and hows of finance and economics can be as simple or as challenging as can be; however, it does not mean it is entirely impossible to understand.

Diving into the world of finance may seem like the biggest leap in life, so why not take that first step?

Everything about finance cannot be learned all at once. Nevertheless, mentors serve as guidance and exist for that exact reason. These people have been in the industry for a notable period of time, so imagine how much knowledge they have, as well as what tips and tricks they have up their sleeves. Aligned with the great words of Bob Proctor, “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself and helps bring it out of you.” They have a myriad of ideas and wisdom to pass on to society, especially the youth, in order to guide them to achieve their financial goals, while also teaching them how to be financially competitive.

However, not everyone has opportunities to meet these eclectic individuals or know where to find them. So, what now?

With everything that has been said thus far, this is the whole reason why the Management of Financial Institutions Association (MaFIA), an accredited professional student organization of DLSU, will be hosting the Global Finance Convention 2023, with the theme: ‘Coding Limitless Possibilities’. The last GFC was back in 2018, and now it’s back and will be better than ever! 

This time around, the event aims to provide the youth with a comprehensive overview of finance and its economic impact, with the intention of empowering them to be financially competitive. Alongside this, the convention focuses on increasing the knowledge of youths on topics such as business, financial goals, financial literacy, wide-known market trends, and many more. Ticket fees for External Partners range from ₱210 - ₱250. 

The event will take place at Natividad Fajardo-Rosario Gonzales Auditorium (Br. Andrew Gonzales Hall, 18th Floor) on March 25th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Don’t miss out on the opportunity! To always stay updated with the everything GFC, keep in touch with MaFIA and GFC by following them on their social media platforms:




Looking forward to spotting you at the event!



Write-up by: Chantal Hailey So

Poster by: Nicole Cruz and Jamila Pabelico

From Bubblers to Sherlock Pipes: Exploring the Variety of Glass Pipes

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Glass pipes have been a popular smoking accessory for decades. They come in various shapes, sizes, and designs and are known for their smooth hits and intricate designs. In this article, you will find out some of the most popular types of glass pipes and the unique features of a glass pipe.


Bubblers are a popular type of pipe that combines the functionality of a water pipe with the portability of a traditional pipe. They typically feature a bowl, a stem, and a water chamber that filters and cools the smoke. Bubblers are available in various sizes, from small handheld versions to larger models that can sit on a table. Some styles include hammer bubblers, sidecar bubblers, and sherlock bubblers.

Hammer Bubblers

Hammer bubblers are named for their hammer-like shape. They feature a flat base that allows them to stand upright on a table or other flat surfaces. The stem and bowl are attached at an angle, making them easy to hold and use.

Sidecar Bubblers

Sidecar bubblers are designed with the bowl and stem located on the side of the water chamber rather than on top. This design allows for a smoother hit and prevents water from splashing into the mouthpiece.

Sherlock Bubblers

Sherlock bubblers are named after the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes. They feature a curved stem and a broad base, which provides stability and allows them to sit upright. You can choose from miniature handheld versions to larger models that can sit on a table.


Spoons are types of glass pipes that are spoon-shaped. They typically feature a bowl at one end, a stem in the middle, and a mouthpiece at the other. Spoons are available in various sizes, from small handheld versions to larger models that can sit on a table. They are available as fumed spoons, worked spoons, and chillums.

Fumed Spoons

Fumed spoons are made by coating the inside of the glass with a thin layer of metal, such as gold or silver. This creates a unique effect where the pipe changes color depending on the lighting and angle.

Worked Spoons

Worked spoons are made by adding intricate designs to the outside of the glass. It can include anything from swirls and stripes to animals and landscapes. People often use these as decorative pieces and functional smoking accessories.


Chillums are shaped like straight tubes, typically featuring a bowl and mouthpiece. Chillums are available in various sizes, from small handheld versions to larger models that can sit on a table. Clear chillums, colored chillums and fumed chillums are some designs they come in.

Clear Chillums

Clear chillums are made from clear glass and are popular for those who prefer a simple, classic look. They are also popular among collectors, as they allow the smoke to be seen as it travels through the pipe.

Colored Chillums

Colored chillums are made by adding pigments to the glass during manufacturing. This creates a wide range of colors, from bright and bold to subtle and muted.

A glass pipe is popular among smokers for its smooth hits and intricate designs. Bubblers, spoons, chillums, and sherlock pipes are some of the most popular glass pipe types available today. Each kind offers unique features and designs, allowing smokers to find the perfect one to suit their needs and preferences.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Citizens’ photos of oil spill can help marine scientists save our seas

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Researchers are banking on Filipinos’ inherent love of photography and social media, bringing everyone together through collaborative “citizen science” to help save the country’s precious marine resources from the ravages of a recent disastrous oil spill.

The public is encouraged to send photos of the MT Princess Empress oil spill, along with a description and location to Scientists can use this information to improve their understanding of the disaster and to make better forecast models. (Photo credit: UPD-CS SciComm)

The University of the Philippines - Diliman Marine Science Institute (UPD-CS MSI) is rallying the public to use their mobile phones to help get a better idea of the extent of the oil spill from the tanker MT Princess Empress, which sank last February 28 off the coast of Naujan, Occidental Mindoro.

The simple act of taking a photo and uploading it along with the time and location will be used by the researchers as starting points for their forecast models, complemented by data from other sources including satellite images and computer simulations. (The submission form can be found here:

“It’s as easy as uploading your favorite photo to social media,” said UPD-CS MSI Associate Professor Irene Rodriguez. “We need continuous monitoring for the presence of oil along the coasts to inform our models. All you have to do is send us your photo of the oil spill, along with when and where the picture was taken.”


A sample photograph from a concerned citizen pointing to spots of oil on a beach. The photographer also volunteered when and where the photo was taken, to help scientists develop more accurate forecasts. (Photo credit: Denmark Recamora / Blue Alliance)

The UPD-CS MSI’s team of experts has been working closely around the clock with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) alongside other universities, government agencies, and stakeholders in a race to address the Mindoro oil spill and stop it from spreading.

Such public-sourced initiatives, often called “citizen science” and “citizen journalism,” are regularly used around the world to tap into the local knowledge of people on the ground to help build up a better understanding of oftentimes complex, large-scale phenomena. The US Geological Survey’s (USGS’s) “Did You Feel It?”, for example, aggregates public responses and social media mentions to assess and understand the impact of recent earthquakes. National Geographic Magazine also lists several citizen science initiatives in which even gradeschool kids can participate, from reef monitoring to space exploration.

Meanwhile, citizen journalism has long been a staple of online reportage in the Philippines as far back as 2009, when local news websites had to rely heavily on social media posts for updates on the aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy.

The public is encouraged to contribute geotagged images of the MT Princess Empress oil spill through this form: The use of a GPS-enabled phone and a GPS camera app such as “GPS Map Camera” (available on Google Play and the Apple Store) are recommended so that geotag location data can be preserved.
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