Saturday, April 29, 2023

How to Hack 2023 Mother's Day: Create a Memorable Experience for Mom

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The celebration of Mother's Day is rapidly approaching, and it is a day that all moms everywhere should cherish. Mother's Day is the only day of the year you may give her the gift of your undying affection and gratitude. In my opinion, it's important to surprise every mother. She is the one who gave you a good upbringing and who has always put you first. A mother's contributions to her family and the lives of her children are immeasurable. Mothers do an essential job that cannot be ignored. It is crucial to make her feel loved and valued on this particular day. You may make this day special for your mum in many different ways. Indeed, this Mother's Day may be made even more memorable and enjoyable for mum if the whole family gets together. Everything you do should come straight from the heart. It's not about how much money you spend so much as how much thinking you put into it. Consider what your mum really wants for Mother's Day this year. Some suggestions for this year's Mother's Day party follow. Choose one or combine them all to make this Mother's Day truly special.

Spend Some Quality Time Together

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the daily grind and forget to spend quality time with loved ones. However, it's important to take a break from the hectic schedule and make time for the people who matter most, especially on special occasions like Mother's Day. Spending time with your mother doesn't have to involve extravagant plans or expensive gifts. It can be as simple as having a cup of tea together, taking a walk in the park, or watching a movie. The investment of time spent together elevates the significance of the event and creates cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Celebrate It With Cakes

Like with any special occasion, Mother's Day calls for a huge celebration, and everyone knows that no party is complete without a cake. You may make this beautiful extra special by ordering mothers day cake online from one of several stores. They provide midnight cake delivery, so you may surprise your mum with a sweet treat even if it's after she's gone to bed. Presenting a surprise at midnight is all the rage now.

Write A Letter To Her

There is no need for the letter to be overly elaborate. Let her know you appreciate her and adore her by simply wishing her a happy Mother's Day and telling her how you feel. To show her how you feel, this is the most effective approach. A letter can be a lifesaver when words fail you and you can't find a way to express your deepest emotions over the phone or in person. When your mum reads a letter from you, she'll feel loved and appreciated, and this is something that will make everyone happy.

Buy Her A Gift

Getting her unique mothers day gifts is the perfect way to brighten her day and show her how much you care. You should try to find out what she needs a week in advance so that you can get her a present on time. Alternately, think about what she likes and get her that.

You can even create her a gift by painting a picture or constructing a university for her to attend. The finest present you could give her for Mother's Day this year is this.

Here are a few suggestions for how to make her birthday very unforgettable. Choose what works for you and get ready for the day using the tips provided. If you know the key to your mother's happiness, then you should celebrate Mother's Day in accordance with that.

Friday, April 28, 2023

Ilocano teacher to receive 2023 Princess Maha Chakri Award

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Recognizing his exceptional contribution to education and his advocacies on sustainable community, a teacher from the Department of Education (DepEd)-Ilocos Region is the Philippines’ fifth recipient of the prestigious 2023 Princess Maha Chakri Awards (PMCA).

Mr. Jerwin O. Valencia, Teacher III of Digras National High School in Ilocos Norte, is one of 11 recipients of the PMCA in South East Asia as he presented a significant impact on students’ lives through his initiatives and projects. He will receive his award on October 17 in Thailand.

With a goal of creating a sustainable community for his learner and their families, Valencia launched the Backyard to Kitchen Project Year 2, where he helps beneficiaries to cultivate their own gardens at homes by providing seedlings for them to produce a BIN-I (seeds) that they can use for the next crop making this project sustainable.

He has also created the project Ayat Para Iti Arapaap (Gift of Love for a Dream), which aims to motivate children to strive more for their studies, assist them in their studies, including mental health and emotional aspect through the support of individuals, and develop skills and relationship of children through arts and craft.

In addition, Valencia also initiated the Project Wag MATHakot, which provided learners an opportunity for on-task activity through games and technology-innovative activities, and Project MATH (Make A Tremendous Help), which includes the practical application of Mathematics, such as constructing plant boxes in different shapes and recyclable materials to foster environmental awareness among them.

Aside from being a Math teacher, Valencia is also a reservist of the Philippine Air Force and a Boy Scout of the Philippines Disaster Risk Reduction Management Coordinator.

Princess Maha Chakri Award is given once every two years to recognize teachers who change students’ lives, particularly the disadvantaged groups. It aims to promote excellent practices to inspire and serve as examples for other teachers in Southeast Asia.

Since 2015, four Filipino educators have received the PMCA, namely Mr. William Moraca from General Santos City (2015), Mr. Jesus Insilada of Iloilo City (2017), Mr. Sadat Minandang from Cotabato City (2019), and Mr. Marcelo T. Otinguey of Benguet City (2012).

DepEd bolsters drug education, prevention campaigns in 3rd National Barkada Kontra Droga Convention

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The Department of Education (DepEd) highlighted the importance of preventive education in curbing drug-related concerns and how to strengthen programs and interventions against substance abuse in schools and the community during the 3rd National Barkada Kontra Droga Convention (NBKDC).

“We must confront [drug addiction] problem with empathy, compassion, and understanding while arming ourselves with determination and bravery to pull our barkada away from the trap of drug addiction,” Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Z. Duterte said.

DepEd Assistant Secretary for Operations Dr. Dexter Galban likewise urged learners to continue advocating and participating in drug abuse prevention activities.

“All of you here today, coming from different regions of the country, are given the opportunity and even the challenge to become champions. You’re here today for a reason. You’re here today to serve as beacons of hope for those having difficulty saying no to illegal drugs, saying no to substance abuse,” Asec. Galban said.

During the three-day event hosted by DepEd SOCCSKSARGEN, attendees listened to discussions on the salient features of the DepEd policy on the BKD Plus Program; the policies, updates, and intervention for the Department's No Smoking Campaign; and how to develop information education communication materials, among others.

Meanwhile, Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Undersecretary Earl Saavedra put emphasis on curbing the vulnerabilities of the youth by not allowing them to become the victims of substance abuse.

“BKD is not only a flagship program that starts and ends with interagency commitment. We were able to walk the talk pagdating sa BKD by tapping partners and stakeholders who are our important allies pagdating sa pagsugpo ng drug addiction in our communities,” DDB Usec. Saavedra said.

The event likewise aimed to strengthen camaraderie, collaboration, cooperation, and solidarity in BKD implementers' commitment to attain a drug-free lifestyle through sharing leadership stories and best practices, and formulation of action plans to prevent drug abuse in schools and the community.

“I firmly believe that you are the ones that can help lead us to a better future. As I’ve always said, the youth are done waiting for the world to change. The world is now waiting for the youth to change it,” Asec. Galban said.

SSS runs after contribution evaders in simultaneous nationwide campaign

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The Social Security System (SSS) today conducts simultaneous Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) operations in 108 selected areas around the country to call on non-compliant employers to settle their contribution delinquencies.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Rolando Ledesma Macasaet said that the synchronous RACE activities across the country affirm SSS’ commitment in ensuring the social security protection of its 31.96 million employee-members.

“We will be issuing notices to business employers around the country who neglect their legal obligations of paying their employer and employees’ share in the contributions because it deprives them of the social security benefits they truly deserve,” Macasaet said.

After receiving the Show Cause Orders, he said SSS gives delinquent employers 15 days to coordinate with their respective servicing SSS Branch Office and settle their contribution delinquencies.

Macasaet reminded all employers that Republic Act No. 11199 or the Social Security (SS) Act of 2018 requires them to report for coverage to the SSS all their employees and/or kasambahays within 30 days from their actual employment date and remit the corresponding monthly contributions of their workers.

On the other hand, household employers shall shoulder the SS contributions of kasambahays who are earning P5,000 or less.

Under the SS Act, employers who fail to register their employees or have not deducted and remitted their contributions will be penalized with a fine of P5,000 to P20,000 and face imprisonment ranging from six (6) years and one (1) day to 12 years.

“We appeal to all employers to be considerate to their employees by reporting them to SSS and regularly remitting their monthly contributions so they can be protected by receiving social security benefits in times of various contingencies,” Macasaet said.

He urged them to settle their delinquencies by availing of the contribution penalty condonation programs offered by SSS that will allow them to pay the unremitted contributions less the accrued penalties.

Delinquent business employers can apply for the Contribution Penalty Condonation, Delinquency Management and Restructuring Program (CPCoDe MRP) while Household Employers can avail of the Contribution Penalty Condonation and Restructuring Program (CPCR-P).

SSS conducted its first RACE operations in 2017 when it visited delinquent employers in Greenhills, San Juan, and Cubao, Quezon City. The following year, SSS brought the RACE campaign to the regional level.

PHLPost to issue Tarlac province 150 years’ anniversary stamps

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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will issue commemorative stamps to highlight the 150 Years founding anniversary of the province of Tarlac.

PHLPost Postmaster General Luis D. Carlos and Tarlac Governor Susan A. Yap signed a Memorandum of Agreement to feature Tarlac’s rich historical and cultural heritage.

The province of Tarlac was established on May 28, 1873.

With Postal Area Director Merma Lea R. Abalos of PHLPost Northwest Luzon and Tarlac Vice-Governor Carlito S. David, the MOA was signed at the Tarlac Provincial Capitol. Also present at the event are Tarlac Tourism Head Mr. Arsenio B. Lugay II and PHLPost Project Coordinator Joy Cacho.

Tarlac province has a rich history. It is also the cradle of great Filipinos and those who fought against Spanish and Japanese invaders. Now, the Province of Tarlac is one of the progressive local government unit in the country.

SSS-UBP UMID ATM Pay Card upgrade raffle promo for selected members to end on April 30, 2023

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The Social Security System (SSS) Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) ATM Pay Card upgrade raffle promo in partnership with the UnionBank of the Philippines (UBP) will end on Sunday, 30 April 2023.

The SSS encourages qualified members to join the raffle promo, where they could win a brand-new Mitsubishi Xpander or iPhone 14. This promo is open to all members who are waiting for the issuance of their UMID cards and have received invitations for a free UMID ATM Pay Card upgrade from the SSS. The UBP will draw the winners on May 11, 2023.

To earn a raffle entry, qualified members must first upgrade their existing applications to an SSS-UBP UMID ATM Pay Card then deposit at least P1,000 to their UMID ATM Pay Card account within the promo period. Members who successfully joined the promo will also automatically get a P200 Jollibee eGift certificate.

After the promo, qualified members can still upgrade to a UMID ATM Pay Card for free, subject to the guidelines set by the SSS and UBP.

The SSS has sent detailed guidelines of the UMID ATM Pay Card upgrade and promo mechanics to the registered email addresses of qualified members. They can also read about this upgrade in their My.SSS accounts.

Members who are availing of the free UMID Pay Card upgrade must give their consent through the Services Tab of their My.SSS account via web browser at and open an SSS UMID ATM Pay Card account (Government Card with Savings Account) through any of the following:
UBP Website at; or

UnionBank mobile app which is available in the Apple AppStore, Google PlayStore, or Huawei App Gallery.
As soon as the UMID ATM Pay Card account with UBP is created, members can already use it for various online transactions while the physical UMID ATM Pay Cards will be delivered to them within 15 days for Metro Manila or 20 days for provinces.

Meanwhile, SSS advised existing UMID cardholders and those who will be applying for their UMID cards for the first time to wait for further announcements on when they can avail themselves of the new SSS UMID ATM Pay Card.

The SSS-UBP UMID ATM Pay Card serves as a valid government-issued ID and disbursement account for SSS benefits, loans, and refunds. Through this, members will also be able to check their balance, withdraw cash, transfer funds, pay bills, or deposit through the UBP’s branches, self-service machines, and BancNet ATMs nationwide; and be able to access its online and mobile banking platforms.

Further details about the said card can be accessed at and

For more SSS information, visit the uSSSap Tayo Portal at, follow “Philippine Social Security System – SSS” on Facebook, “mysssph” on Instagram or YouTube, “PHLSSS” on Twitter, or join its Viber Community at “MYSSSPH Updates.”

How pet owners can become the perfect match for their pets?

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It is simple for potential pet owners to decide what type of pet they should get based on their love for pets and their fascination with any specific type. From dogs and cats to guinea pigs and rabbits to parrots and cuckoos, the choices are many, but the scale usually weighs heavily in favor of dogs. Dogs have been our most faithful companions through the centuries.

Domesticated canines come in all shapes and sizes, and many dog breeds can aid various human activities like hunting and assisting criminal investigators. One of the reasons dogs find so much favor from humans is that they are the most expressive animals that can communicate very closely with humans. Whether expressing puppy love or begging for one more treat, dog parents can read their pet's mind by observing their behavior.

Ø The dog's body language tells that it's all about love

The bonding between dog owners and the dogs is the most critical factor determining whether pets feel they have met the perfect match. Being highly expressive, dogs lose no opportunity to convey their emotions to endorse or reject the relationship with the pet owners. Dog parents, too, can easily understand that some quick little tail wags and big wide eyes are signs of intense pleading for an extra treat. When a dog shies away with a bowed head, it is a sign of apologizing while admitting some mischief, like chewing on the cushion coach.

To show their love for their owners, dogs usually sprint to the door as soon as the bell rings, and the owner returns home after five minutes or many hours at the end of the day. When you feel let down or in grief and become reclusive for some reason, the dog will lie with its head on your lap as if to console you.

On a cold night, you might find your dog finding its way under the blanket with an intense desire to snuggle with you. The dog cannot afford to lose sight of you and would prefer to be by your side always and follow you wherever you go around the house. The dog will try to be with you, whether you are in the bathroom trying to seek intense privacy, getting dinner ready in the kitchen, or doing some housekeeping in the living room. Even when you sit quietly in one place, they sit on your feet or lean on you. All these actions have one thing in common – the dog's affection and love for its owner.

The dogs have no inhibitions to displaying emotions that underline true love for humans, especially their owners. Humans can learn what PDA (public display of affection) means from dogs.

Ø Cats express love for their owners differently

Despite not being as apparent as dogs in expressing their feelings for you, there are some signs to detect the cat's love for you. Unlike dogs that display their emotions emphatically, cats are a bit reticent and might stay aloof, often without acknowledging their owner's presence. However, their behavior does not always reflect their genuine emotions because under the veil of indifference is the invisible string of deep bonding, as shown in some research.

Cats purr loudly to express their happiness with their owners; many cats love snuggling. However, not all purrs are alike, and pet owners should be able to distinguish between a happy and a discontent purr. A sure sign of love is when your cat rubs its chin, paws, or cheeks on you. Cats have scent glands on these body parts, and it's a way to display publicly and show other cats that you are their person. It's a sign of closeness with you and an expression of love.

Ø Gifts from cats are a sign of love

Cats are fond of bringing gifts to the person they love. The gifts, some nice and some not so lovely, include a lattice ball, their favorite catnipped stuffed animal, or something you dislike, yet the cat considers a suitable gift, such as a dead animal. It might sometimes be even worse like a half-dead animal still hovering around your house. Your cat is bringing you the gifts because it considers you a part of the feline family and is keen to share its food with you.

They may want to impress you with their hunting skills and could even be an invitation to go hunting with them. However, you might not like the savage ways of cats while expressing love. To prevent or reduce the recurrence of such macabre gifting incidents or reduce it, you can consider fitting a breakaway collar with a bell around the cat's neck.

Ø Interacting with pets – the biological angle

When pets show their love for you, it triggers a biological response from your body. Research shows that the level of oxytocin, a love hormone goes up in the human body when interacting with dogs. The story of other neurochemicals also increases.

Oxytocin plays a prominent role in reproduction, bonding, and lactation, besides being a natural stress reliever. It's a neurotransmitter and a hormone that sends chemical messages across the body, causing changes like slower breathing, decreased heart rate, inhibition of stress hormones, and lower blood pressure. During positive interactions between humans and dogs, the same changes in oxytocin and other neurochemicals occur in both species. Effectively, both are happy, having contributed to each other's happiness.

Pets need to understand their owner but get closest to the person in the household who gives them the most attention and feeds them. Therefore, how you behave with and care for pets matters most in creating a deep bond with the animals that long for love. If you brought a puppy home and someone else cared for it, the bond of love and affection would be more for that person than for you.

The closer you get to your pet, the better will be the reciprocation that develops into a deep bond over time. The more attention and affection you shower upon your pet, the deeper their love for you will be.

Robredo's Angat Buhay unveils new classroom and dorm in Bicol

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NGO also graduate 500 students from its literacy program

In response to the ongoing learning crisis in the country, Angat Buhay Chairperson Leni Robredo led the turnover of two school buildings, a school dormitory for girls, as well as the recognition ceremony of more than 500 first grade students in a literacy program, starting with the Bicol region.

Earlier this week, Robredo was joined by Angat Buhay Executive Director Raffy Magno and partners from AGAPP Foundation, Inc. and Jesus V. Del Rosario Foundation in turning over two school buildings with a total of four classrooms to replace the old, dilapidated, and makeshift classrooms that used to be endured by almost 150 students of Siba-o Elementary School in Calabanga, Camarines Sur.

Angat Buhay’s delegation also turned over a school dormitory in Tulay na Lupa National High School in Labo, Camarines Norte to initially accommodate 15 female students who used to walk from up to 12 hours each day just to get to school from their houses and back. Since breaking ground in September 2022, construction of the dormitory was finished in seven months through the support of LBC Hari ng Padala Foundation, Sibol Camarines Norte, JCI Labo Niogan, Masflex Kitchenware, the local parents-teachers association (PTA), and the Tahilan Residence and Student Center.

Earlier today, Robredo and Magno attended the recognition ceremony of 502 grade one students enrolled in different public schools in Naga City, Camarines Sur, who form the second batch of beneficiaries under Bayan Ko, Titser Ko program - a literacy program that helps non-readers learn to decode better by combining tutorial, nutrition, and family development approaches. This is supported by the Assisi Development Foundation, City Government of Naga, the UP Alumni Association - Camarines Sur Chapter, and other civic and academic institutions in Naga City.“Our call is bayanihan in times of crisis. These small steps to bridge the wide gap in our learning situation will eventually lead to even bigger strides when more partners, volunteers, and communities come together and give millions of Filipino schoolchildren a better chance in life,” said Raffy Magno, executive director.

Despite limited resources, the non-government organization (NGO) continues to undertake efforts to alleviate the learning crisis in the country with the help of partner organizations and other volunteer groups that pool and harness resources for the construction of more school buildings and dormitories, as well as for the establishment of community learning hubs (CLHs) not only in the Bicol region but in other parts of the country as well.

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Local partners express support to reinforce MATATAG Agenda programs

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The Department of Education (DepEd) secured the commitment anew of its local partner organizations in providing relevant assistance in the realization of MATATAG Agenda during a consultative meeting on Tuesday at the Bulwagan ng Karunungan at the Central Office.

The forum aligned the local partners to the MATATAG Agenda and presented the proposed menu of education interventions that can be accomplished through partnerships.

Through the consultative meeting, both DepEd and partners discussed the distribution and classification of the programs and projects of the local partners ranging from partiality in regions, grade levels, type of program, and project scope.

"The MATATAG Agenda is not merely a dream, it is a commitment, so now more than ever, we need your continued collaboration," DepEd Chief of Staff and Spokesperson Michael Poa said.

The representatives of DepEd local partners discussed their existing programs and its alignment with MATATAG Agenda, while others expressed interest in what additional programs can be added to the roster. The new menu of interventions provided the necessary platform for the partners to identify and realign their projects in favor of the Department’s new education agenda.

“We do appreciate and we are very much honored for the unwavering efforts, valuable partnership, and our joint objective to achieve the goals towards a Bansang Makabata and Batang Makabansa,” Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla said.

Partners voiced out their willingness to tap into teacher welfare by pitching programs for teacher capacity-building, scholarships, financial literacy, and health. Additionally, partners offered their commitment to helping learners through their well-being and health programs.

DepEd also encouraged its local partners to sign up to the newly-launched DepEd Partnership and Assistance Portal (DPAP) and see the School Improvement Plan (SIP) of various schools, which they can directly access through the website.

Spearheaded by the External Partnership Service , the event is attended by representatives of the 92 private and public partner organizations and DepEd officials and staff. This is the third meeting that the Department has organized in preparation for the upcoming Partners Forum on May 25, 2023.

Instituto Cervantes celebrated Book Day by honoring Philippine literature in Spanish

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Last Saturday, April 22, the Instituto Cervantes in Manila celebrated the International Book Day with a recital of Filipino poetry in Spanish, a language which, although almost extinct in the Archipelago, is the language in which written literature in the Philippines was born.

The Día del Libro (Book Day), whose celebration was first introduced in the Philippines by the Instituto Cervantes in 2006, was inaugurated this year with the premiere of a video in which, thanks to the collaboration of the embassies of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela and Spain in the Philippines, more than thirty Spanish speakers from various continents recited the poem "Canto del viajero", by José Rizal. The video can be viewed on the Instituto Cervantes’ YouTube channel ( According to the director of Instituto Cervantes, Javier Galván, this intiative aims "to highlight, through the variety of Spanish accents, the richness of Filipino poetry in Spanish, specifically that of Rizal, the great Filipino classic, who created his works in Spanish".

The Instituto Cervantes has been immersed for years in a campaign that tries, on the one hand, to encourage young Filipino authors to write in Spanish through creative-writing workshops, and on the other hand, to increase awareness of the Filipino literary heritage in Spanish. The Miguel Hernández Library of the Spanish cultural center has managed to gather a valuable section of Filipiniana resources. And in 2006, the center inaugurated the Hispanic-Filipino Classics collection, through which it has been possible to rescue out-of-print works such as Cuentos de Juana, by Adelina Gurrea, or lost titles such as Los pájaros de fuego, by the Manileño Jesús Balmori.

A new step in this effort to recover the memory of Spanish in the Philippines is the Philhispanic Poetry Recital. Through the second edition of this recital, which was recorded during the Día del Libro and will soon be posted on the Instituto Cervantes’ YouTube channel, the Spanish cultural center invited poetry aficionados to recite poems written in Spanish by Filipino writers, whether classics like Rizal or contemporaries like Guillermo Gomez Rivera, Daisy Lopez, or Wystan de la Peña.

Conceived as a celebration of books, Instituto Cervantes’ Día del Libro was not limited to the Philhispanic poetry recital. From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., those attending the cultural day were able to enjoy activities for children, games, storytelling sessions, book presentations, book signings, art exhibitions, free Spanish classes, gastronomy, and talks and discussions by Filipino leading writers such as Jessica Zafra, Vicente García Groyon, Glenn Diaz, among others. To cap off the event, there was a concert by the band Talahib People's Music.

There was also the traditional book market, with the presence of Manila's leading bookstores and publishers, which displayed their offer of books at a 20% discount at the Instituto Cervantes’ facilities in Intramuros. Following the Spanish tradition, the booksellers gifted the public with roses.

In addition, to commemorate Miguel de Cervantes Day, Instituto Cervantes challenged visitors to join in a quixotic attempt: to handwrite Don Quijote de La Mancha. The final handwritten book will be deposited in the Instituto Cervantes’ Library. Scenes of the Book Day can be seen in the Instagram site ( and Facebook page of Instituto Cervantes Manila:

Organized by the Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines and Intramuros Administration, the Día del Libro was supported by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, the Spanish Ministry of Education, the Embassies of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela, as well as the Alejandro Roemmers Ibero-American Chair of Cultural and Creative Industries of the Miguel Hernandez University (Spain). Participating bookstores and publishing houses included Ateneo University Press, Milflores Publishing, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Vibal Publishing, Far Eastern University Publications, Ortigas Foundation, Kahel Press, and

Caption to cover photo: Mr. Javier Galván, Instituto Cervantes Director / H.E. Ricardo Bocalandro, Ambassador of Argentina / H.E. Marcela Ordóñez, Ambassador of Colobia / H.E. Miguel Utray, Ambassador of Spain / H.E. Álvaro Jara, Ambassador of Chile / Mr. Richard Gregorio Espinoza, Counsellor, Embassy of Venezuela / Mr. Marcos Octavio Vara, Head of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Mexico.

BingoPlus parent company, DigiPlus, registers big gains after one year in operation

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DigiPlus Interactive Corp. (formerly Leisure & Resorts World Corporation or LRWC), the mother company of BingoPlus is set to expand its site operations by acquiring new machines and expanding its game offerings for the rest of 2023.

The bullish outlook was prompted by the tremendous revenue growth registered by the company in 2022 which grew to PhP 8.91 billion from PhP 2.81billion in 2021.

The biggest revenue contributor was its Retail Games business, which amounted to 91.7% or Php8.16 billion of the total revenue. This segment is driven by the traditional on-site bingo operation, remote BingoPlus platform operations and e-game services. The retail business is expected to keep its profitable operations as it gains the favor of social gamers and bingo-loving Filipinos. BingoPlus continues to be the leading bingo operator in the country.

“What we accomplished in 2022 is remarkable. The Company re-aligned its new business strategy and returned to profitable operations. We believe that there is strong momentum in our future business growth and the outlook is positive.” said Andy Tsui, President of DigiPlus Interactive Corp.

The significant turnaround was due to the resumption of the majority of its site operations and the launching of its own technology platform.

DigiPlus Interactive Corp. is one of the leading providers in the gaming and leisure industry. Its 20-year expertise has led to its dominance in the retail gaming market where it provides world-class multi-gaming platforms with a strong distribution network of entertainment sites in key locations in the Philippines.

The name change from Leisure and Resorts World Corp to DigiPlus went into effect on February 28, 2023. DigiPlus functions as a holding company for all its subsidiaries in various gaming and entertainment sectors.

Films on nationalism, community development highlighted in DOST-SEI's video-making competition

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In the hopes of showcasing the creativity and ingenuity of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) scholars in filmmaking and furthering advocacies to empower the youth in various scientific and societal pursuits, the DOST-Science Education Institute (SEI) through its The Filipino Patriot Scholars Project held its first Video-Making Contest featuring films on patriotism and volunteerism for community development

With the theme, “Malasakit ng Kabataan Para Sa Bayan,” the scholars, through their films, tackled a wide range of entries from music videos, vlog-like outputs, short films, documentaries, and experimental movies on climate change, education, agriculture and livelihood, and social justice.

A virtual film showing and awarding ceremonies were held by the Filipino Patriot Scholars Project team last April 14, 2023 via Zoom and Facebook Live to culminate the event.

The competition, which began with the submission of entries last June 27, 2022 until April 3 of this year, culminated in a virtual Film Showing and Awarding of Winners last April 14, 2023, via Zoom and Facebook Live.

DOST-SEI Director Dr. Josette T. Biyo welcomed everyone by thanking those who joined the competition. “Through [their] craft, we can say that [they] have embodied the core values of a Patriot scholar and understood [their] role as change-makers in society—an imprint of a true DOST scholar,” Dr. Biyo affirmed.

Hijo, Hija, a film by a group of DOST scholars from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) led by Julius Calleja centering on the role of the youth in nation building, particularly in terms of voicing out their concerns regarding the country’s current state was recognized as the champion of the competition and received a PHP50,000.00 cash prize.

Bugsay: Stronghold of Change, Maneuvers of a Better Future, a film made by scholars from Region IX about the organization-led initiative to empower island communities in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte addressing locale’s pressing issues through collective action, was awarded the second-best film with a cash prize of PHP40,000.00. On the other hand, Lakaw, a film by scholars from Region VII, which narrated the journey of DOST scholar alumnus Junel Cayetano who chose to serve as a teacher in his hometown in Negros Oriental despite obtaining a plantilla position at the Department of Education (DepEd), was recognized as the third-best film, receiving a cash prize of PHP30,000.00.

Other entries were also given consolation prizes.

The winning movies were determined through a set of criteria, which include 1) relevance to the theme, 2) creativity and originality, 3) visual impact, and 4) the number of heart reactions on the posted output.

These were judged by a panel consisting of DOST-SEI Science and Technology Scholarships Division Chief Peter Gerry P. Gavina, Central Philippine University Associate Professor Engr. Bernie C. Cangrejo, Mindanao State University Main Campus Department of Mathematics Chairperson Dr. Nestor G. Acala, and Accenture Instructor Analyst Ms. Rosejelynn C. Bulante.

Engr. Cangrejo applauded the participants’ presentation, conceptualization, creativity, format, style, and technique, as well as their ability to interpret and connect their outputs to the theme.

“Malasakit” was also a resounding theme for all the videos, according to Ms. Bulante. She was impressed seeing that all outputs committed to showing such a theme in their visual medium. “In all the videos we saw, isa lang pinakita niyo: respect and love,” she affirmed.

Taking the highest placement in the contest is “Hijo, Hija” from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, followed by “Bugsay: Stronghold of Change, Maneuvers of a Better Future” from undergraduate scholars from Region VIII, and “Lakaw” from Region VII’s undergraduate scholars.

Concluding the event, DOST-SEI Deputy Director Engr. Albert G. Mariño emphasized the value and significance of participating in the video-making competition. “Remember that this contest was not just about winning or losing, but about pursuing growth and excellence. May this contest serve also as a reminder of the incredible potential that you all possess to create something meaningful and impactful.”

The DOST-SEI The Filipino Patriot Scholar Project’s Facebook page’s event stream can be replayed at

By Ramon David Castañeda

STEM Teach: Learning the Basics of GeoGebra as a Tool in Teaching Mathematics

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In partnership with the University of the Philippines - National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP NISMED), the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute held its third face-to-face training for science teachers this year in Panglao, Bohol, focusing on the basics of GeoGebra, an interactive geometry, algebra, statistics and calculus application used for teaching Mathematics

Fifty mathematics teachers from the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Bohol participated in the three-day training, Learning the Basics of GeoGebra as a Tool in Teaching Mathematics. The teacher-participants were mentored by Dr. Allan M. Canonigo, Ms. Haidee P. Rosete, and Ms. Abigail B. Gonzales from the UP NISMED

The training session is composed of three modules designed to enhance the proficiency of the teachers in using GeoGebra. Dr. Canonigo introduced the course by giving an overview of the GeoGebra software and demonstrating its basic functions and interface. After which, he discussed how to construct geometric figures using point, line, line segment, and circle tools.The teachers also investigated the properties of geometric objects using distance, angle, and slope tools, and modified properties of mathematical objects using the Setting and Style bars.

Dr. Allan M. Canonigo explains the basic functions of GeoGebra

In the morning of the second day, Ms. Rosete led the discussion on using and modifying the number, angle, and integer sliders to construct dynamic objects. The teacher-participants were also able to use the input bar to plot points, graph circles, and perform calculations. The day continued with the discussion on graphs in GeoGebra. The teachers graphed different functions-- from polynomial functions to piecewise functions. Theyalso used the previously discussed tools to format the color, size, and style of the graph and points. Applying the different tools, the teachers used sliders to investigate the effect of parameters of functions to its graphs.

Ms. Abigail B. Gonzales assists the participants in graphing various functions.

After the lecture sessions, the participants developed their GeoGebra applet while the resource persons helped them enhance their applets before the group presentation.

Ms. Haidee P. Rosete facilitates peer-to-peer discussions among engages the participants.

All ten (10) groups presented their GeoGebra applets and from these, the experts identified three teams with the best GeoGebra applet. The team with the best applet focused on Trigonometric Ratio (, while the second centered on visualizing Tangent and Secant Functions (, and the third applet covered the properties of Parallel Lines.

At the end of the training, participants expressed their gratitude to the DOST-SEI and to the resource persons as this training gave them an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in using GeoGebra.

Deputy Director Engr. Albert G. Mariño, through his closing message, expressed his hopes that the teachers will be able to translate their learnings and apply them to their respective classes.

Vista Estates unveils its newest master planned development in Tuguegarao : NuCiti

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Vista Land COO Jerylle Luz Quismundo led the toast to the successful launch of NuCiti by Vista Estates joined by Vista Estates Division Head for North Luzon, Rochelle Alpasan, Concept Development Officer Ar. Ryan Erese, MRB Project Lead Ar. Benzone, Marketing Head, Michael Reyes, and Roina Aureo.

On April 22, 2023, Vista Land, the country’s leading integrated property developer in the country, launched its maiden estate offering in northeastern Luzon, NuCiti by Vista Estates.

The event took place in Chateau Leonor Resort in Tuguegarao City and was graciously hosted by Julibelle Bulan. Entertaining the audience with contemporary production numbers was the Indak Dance Company.

Aptly entitled “Spring: Life Blooms in the New City,” the momentous occasion celebrated the season of new beginnings, growth, and renewal for the people of Tuguegarao. Spring also signifies the sweeping transformation that the city will experience with the introduction of NuCiti.

Gracing the event was Tuguegarao City Mayor, Hon. Maila Ting Que, who also delivered a rousing speech to the audience.

Vista Estates Division Head for North Luzon, Rochelle Alpasan welcomed everyone to the launch of Vista Estates latest development in Tuguegarao City and its residential offering, Rosevale Towers.

Concept Development Officer, Ar. Ryan Erese, presenting the concept behind the newest estate development.

Welcoming Vista Estates into the city was no other than the honorable Mayor of Tuguegarao, Maila Ting Que. Vista Land Chief Operating Officer, Jerylle Luz Quismundo led the toast to the successful unveiling of Vista Estates newest master planned development, with Division Head for North Luzon, Rochelle Alpasan. Presenting the grand master plan of NuCiti were Ar. Ryan Erese, Vista Land’s Planning Head, Ar. Ishiel Aniñon, Project Team Lead, and Ar. Benzone Dechavez, MRB Planning Lead.

Located in Barangay Carig Sur, NuCiti is a sprawling 100-hectare expanse that draws inspiration from the animated ambience and attractions of Hollywood in California, USA. The lifescapes that will soon blossom within this estate development will recreate the look and feel of the state renowned for its vibrant streets, famous landmarks, and stunning sceneries.

With its vast coverage, NuCiti will be composed of six key areas of development poised to unleash the city’s full potential as an ideal location for a large-scale, well-planned microcity that will offer new prospects for growth and progress.

NuCiti by Vista Estates is a 100-hectare master planned development set to unlock the full potential of Tuguegarao City. Comprising six key areas of development, this microcity is designed to provide new opportunities for growth and progress.

The first district, affectionately named, Rosevale, will be NuCiti’s quaint, intimate, and family-oriented locale. Covering 18 hectares of NuCiti’s 100-hectare domain, Rosevale is where tinseltown allure meets tropical charm. It will be composed of a number of commercial and residential establishments cloaked with Spanish eclectic architecture, giving the estate a distinctive character.

Within the area of Rosevale will soon spring a multi-tower, mid-rise vertical residential enclave called Rosevale Towers — located just mere strides from and to any point within Rosevale. The towers will offer top-notch amenities that will make life more comfortable, convenient, and pleasurable for its residents and guests.

Rosevale Towers’ facilities include a spacious clubhouse and pavilion where people can converge and celebrate significant milestones, a play park that is advantageous for families with growing kids, and a refreshing swimming pool perfect for those who want to cool down after a day of activities. With these features, Rosevale Towers is set to become a highly desirable residential address in the city of Tuguegarao.

Vista Land is investing in these master planned developments, making good on its promise to its homebuyers and investors, to continue to create superior offerings, and deliver long-term investment growth.

Ready to aspire for amazing? Explore NuCiti by Vista Estates. Visit and follow us on social media @VistalandAndLifescapesOffical.

Yamaha Exclusively Presents YRide Season 4

Yamaha Motor Philippines continues to provide an avenue for original brand content to viewers with its digital program, YRIDE.

Now on its fourth season, YRide started in 2018 hosted by Zach Lucero. The program featured everything about the brand from its product launches, riding activities, international races, and in-depth features about its motorcycles.

In the first two seasons, the show was aired on Yamaha Facebook page and moved to YouTube on season three as it withstood the challenges of the pandemic. 

This season, YRide emphasizes that it is beyond that of a motorcycle program. It is, for all intents and purposes, a lifestyle show.

Driven by personal passions and complemented by product function.  It is shifting to a younger audience and will feature personalities whose lifestyles are recognized by GEN Z.

The Mio Fazzio stands as YRide’s supporting piece. With the targeted audience currently engaged in their era of self-discovery, they are all about showing the world who they are.

And we’ve positioned the Mio Fazzio as an icon of unique expression, embodying Yamaha’s desire to present the opportunity to ride in style and on trend.  

YRide Season 4 features Janeena Chan, Agassi Ching, Sharlene San Pedro, Ranz and Niana, whose personalities are like this generation of stylistic, unabashed, and inclusive individuals. 

YRide will be streamed live every Friday,6PM, on the Yamaha Philippines Youtube Channel.

Episode Schedule:

April 28 Episode 1 – Janeena Chan 

May 12 Episode 2 – Agassi Ching

May 26 Episode 3 – Sharlene San Pedro

June 9 Episode 4 – Ranz Niana 

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Less-known Places in the Philippines to Travel

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The Philippines is a stunning archipelago consisting of over 7,000 islands, offering visitors a plethora of breathtaking landscapes and immersive cultural experiences. While well-known destinations such as Boracay and Palawan continue to draw crowds, there are also many less-known places in the Philippines that offer unique adventures and unforgettable experiences.

From hidden waterfalls and secluded beaches to vibrant festivals and traditional villages, the Philippines has something to offer every type of traveler. For those seeking to escape the crowds and discover the country's hidden gems, this article will highlight some of the best less-known places to visit in the Philippines, providing tips on how to make the most of your adventure and capture amazing photos along the way.

BonBon Beach

Bonbon Beach, located in the province of Romblon, is one of the Philippines' hidden gems. With its crystal-clear waters and powdery white sand, it offers a serene and picturesque escape for those looking for a peaceful beach experience. Unlike some of the more popular beaches in the Philippines, Bonbon Beach remains relatively untouched and unspoiled by tourism.

Aside from lounging on the beach and taking a dip in the clear waters, visitors can also explore the nearby islands, which offer stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding landscape. Additionally, snorkeling and diving are popular activities for those looking to discover the rich marine life in the area.

To reach Bonbon Beach, visitors must first travel to Tablas Island, which can be accessed by air or ferry. From there, it is a short boat ride to the beach, which is nestled on the western side of the island. Although it may require a bit more effort to reach compared to some of the more popular beaches, Bonbon Beach's serene beauty and peaceful atmosphere make it well worth the trip for those seeking an escape from busy tourist destinations.

The Codcod Rice Terraces

The Codcod Rice Terraces in the province of Iloilo is a must-visit destination for travelers who appreciate natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes. These terraces are a series of stepped rice paddies carved into the hillsides, creating a stunning mosaic of vibrant green fields. The terraces are not only a testament to the ingenuity and hard work of the local farmers but also provide a glimpse into the traditional agricultural practices of the region.

To reach the Codcod Rice Terraces, visitors can take a bus or van from Iloilo City to the town of San Joaquin, which is approximately 50 kilometers away. From there, it is a short trek to the terraces, where visitors can marvel at the stunning vistas and learn about the traditional farming practices of the area.

Aside from its natural beauty, the Codcod Rice Terraces also offer a glimpse into the cultural heritage of the region. The terraces have been designated as a National Cultural Treasure by the Philippine government, highlighting their significance not only as a natural wonder but also as a cultural landmark. A visit to the Codcod Rice Terraces is a unique and enriching experience for travelers looking to connect with the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the Philippines.

Bulusan Volcano Natural Park

Bulusan Volcano Natural Park, located in the province of Sorsogon, is an ideal destination for adventure-seeking travelers in the Philippines. The park is home to the majestic Bulusan Volcano, an active stratovolcano that offers a challenging climb for experienced hikers. The hike to the summit of the volcano takes around four hours and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Aside from hiking, visitors can also explore the park's lush forests and natural springs, which provide opportunities for swimming and picnicking. The park is also home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, making it a popular destination for nature lovers.

To reach Bulusan Volcano Natural Park, visitors can take a bus or van from Legazpi City, which is approximately 70 kilometers away. From there, it is a short ride to the park entrance, where visitors can register and obtain a guide for the hike up the volcano. With its stunning natural beauty and challenging terrain, a visit to Bulusan Volcano Natural Park is a thrilling adventure for travelers seeking an active and unforgettable experience in the Philippines.

Callao Cave

Callao Cave, located in the province of Cagayan in the northern part of the Philippines, is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking natural beauty and adventure. The cave is known for its impressive rock formations and underground rivers, which make for a stunning and unforgettable sight.

Visitors to Callao Cave can explore its seven chambers, each of which offers a unique and breathtaking view. One of the most impressive features of the cave is its natural skylight, which illuminates the interior and creates a magical atmosphere. The cave is also home to a colony of bats, which add to its mysterious and enchanting ambiance.

To reach Callao Cave, visitors can take a bus or van from Tuguegarao City, which is approximately 24 kilometers away. From there, it is a short ride to the cave entrance, where visitors can hire a guide and begin their exploration of this natural wonder. With its stunning rock formations and otherworldly atmosphere, Callao Cave is a true gem of the Philippines and a must-visit destination for adventurous travelers.

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