Saturday, September 16, 2023

Verstappen & Perez Compete In The World’s Cleanest Challenge Ahead Of Singapore Race Weekend

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On their return to Singapore, Oracle Red Bull Racing champions, Max Verstappen and Sergio “Checo” Perez, embraced a uniquely fun challenge. They hopped on motorized cleaning carts, racing on a specially constructed indoor track, in the cleanest race ever, all within the stunning Jewel Changi Airport.

The first part, a mock sprint race, began with an electrifying "Le Mans" style start. Max gained an early advantage by firing up his cleaning cart first. He maintained a solid lead until Checo attempted to take a shortcut that violated track limits, securing Max's victory.

In the subsequent Cleaning Challenge, the drivers navigated an expanded track with obstacles like muddy footprints, dirt, rubbish, and leaves. Max, starting in pole position, maintained his lead throughout the race until an exciting head-to-head battle emerged in the back section of the course. Despite Checo's attempts to overtake him, Max held his ground. During the pit stop, it was clear that Max's vehicle had cleaned more debris. With a significant lead, Max sprinted (albeit slowly) to the finish line, clinching first place in the inaugural World’s Cleanest Race. He was presented with a pre-broken trophy in recognition of his victory by Oracle Red Bull Racing ambassador, Josh Denzel, sparing him the effort of breaking it himself.

“It was great,” stated Checo when asked about the challenge. “When I got to see the cart for the first time, I was shocked with it.”

When asked about the unique nature of today’s event, Max laughed stating, “At this stage, being with the team, I’m quite used to it. They come up with quite a lot of things so this was another one."

Supported by Jewel Changi Airport and the Singapore Tourism Board, there was no better venue to host the event than at the world's best airport, renowned for its autonomous fleet of cleaning robots, offering a stunning backdrop featuring the world's tallest indoor waterfall nestled within the lush indoor forest.

With Singapore as a vibrant backdrop, a city renowned for its diverse culinary culture, captivating attractions, and lush gardens, the beauty of the Lion City and FORMULA 1’s first night street race has always been an attraction for avid racing fans and the Oracle Red Bull Racing drivers, as well.

It’s always good to be in Singapore. It’s an incredible track and the fact that it’s a night race makes it even more special. It is of course a very warm race which can be challenging, so it’s definitely one of the toughest races on the calendar,” said Max.

Checo echoed similar sentiments, adding, “It’s a track that’s really hard on us and the cars. We just have to deliver to the maximum.”

The one-of-a-kind World’s Cleanest challenge, held ahead of the highly anticipated Singapore Grand Prix (15 to 17 September), was just the warm-up the racers favoured before tackling the big one. It’s at the forthcoming night race that Checo hopes to repeat his incredible performance from last year.

“That would be really nice to repeat what we did last year,” said Checo. “I look forward to it, and hopefully we are able to have a tremendous race.”

Max, in particular, is focused on extending his record-breaking streak with a potential first-time victory in Singapore.

“Street circuits always bring a few more challenges but we’ll definitely try,” declared Max. “We have a quick car, but we know that on a street circuit there are a lot of other cars that can be quick as well and the gaps will be very tight. We of course want to win so let’s see what we can do.”

To catch the epic action and the infectious laughter of Max Verstappen and Checo Perez, zoom over to Oracle Red Bull Racing's YouTube channel to watch the World's Cleanest Race in its entirety.

For more information, please visit the official Red Bull Singapore website, its social media pages (TikTok | Instagram | Facebook), and Oracle Red Bull Racing’s official TikTok account.

P.A. Properties unveils SanJos Square Bulacan

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TOP officals of leading property developer P.A. Properties led by its Chairman, Romarico T. Alvarez and Atty. Marianne Reyna Lina-Cruz, P.A. Properties President and CEO recently inaugurated SanJos Square Bulacan, a commercial property poised to reshape the landscape of convenience and community engagement in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. The unveiling of this project marked a leap forward in accessible business opportunities and improved quality of life for P.A. Properties residents and homebuyers in the area.

Others in photos (From Left to Right): Ms. Dharlene Zambrano under ACZ Realty, Jonathan Jerusalem, P.A. Properties SVP for Sales and Marketing, Armando de Guzman, P.A. Properties SVP and Executive Assistant to the Board, Jonathan G. Lu, Florlita Tabuzo, SVP for Commercial Business Unit, Diana Romero, VP for Construction, Marwin Laro, AVP for Planning and Engineering, Mr. Anthony Alisuag under AZA Realty.

Leading property developer forays into commercial property development

P.A. Alvarez Properties Development Corporation (P.A. Properties) forays into commercial developments as it fortify its bid to become a total developer of lifestyle oriented development projects.

With the recent inauguration of SanJos Square Bulacan, a commercial property poised to reshape the landscape of convenience and community engagement in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. The unveiling of this project marked a leap forward in accessible business opportunities and improved quality of life for P.A. Properties residents and homebuyers in the area.

SanJos Square Bulacan is an expansive 2.8-hectare commercial development, strategically located in front of a 30-hectare Nuvista San Jose Subdivision at Brgy. Sto. Cristo, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan. Placed nearby 35 local communities, it stands as a testament of P.A. Properties' unwavering commitment to providing accessible basic necessities and fostering economic growth within local communities.

"Today, as we inaugurate this grand project, we are not merely opening a building; we are unlocking doors of opportunity and progress," said Atty. Marianne Reyna Lina-Cruz, P.A. Properties CEO and President during the launch event. SanJos Square Bulacan aligns with the company's mission to bridge the gap between essential services and convenience in today's fast-paced world.

With a provision of 68 commercial lots, SanJos Square offers a platform for aspiring and established entrepreneurs to flourish. Whether it's a new venture or an expansion of existing businesses, this development provides the ideal location for businesses to thrive. At the heart of SanJos Square also lies the SanJos Market, a wet and dry market that caters to the diverse needs of the nearby communities.

For culinary enthusiasts and food entrepreneurs, SanJos Eats presents a dedicated space designed to showcase gastronomic delights and innovative creations. This space promises to be a hub for culinary experience, attracting food lovers and business connoisseurs alike.

As the doors of SanJos Square Bulacan officially swing open, P.A. Properties reveals a brighter future for residents and entrepreneurs alike. This commercial development embodies the spirit of community and collaboration, promising a better quality of life for all who call this region home.

For more info about our commercial spaces, you may contact Angel at 0919 061 3540 or Mon at 0998 595 9115 or visit our website

About P.A. Properties

Situated in San Pedro, Laguna, P.A. Alvarez Properties and Development Corporation (P.A. Properties) is one of the largest developers of low to medium cost housing communities in Southern Luzon incorporated in 1994. Since then, they have built more than 20,000 housing units across major provinces in the Philippines, with plans to further build additional 20 housing communities within the next 5 years. P.A. Properties is committed to help ease the country’s housing backlog while contributing to the growth of the economy through projects that local government units (LGUs) can effectively utilize, such as donations for the construction of hospitals in Cabuyao; the donation of right of way in Pampanga to support their government civic center; and the establishment of SanJo’s markets in major provinces such as Laguna and Bulacan.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

A Homebuyer’s Guide to Philippine Real Estate Laws and Regulations

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While buying a home is exciting, do not forget the importance of its legal aspects. Navigating relevant real estate laws and regulations is essential to making more informed decisions and safeguarding investments. Lucky for you, we are here to help you out. Let us talk about vital real estate legislation in the Philippines that every homebuyer should know.

3 Philippine Real Estate Laws and Regulations

Understanding the following laws thoroughly is crucial for anyone looking to own property in the Philippines.

1. Real property tax

Owning real estate in the Philippines means you are subject to real property tax. Local government units (LGUs) annually impose this tax on all properties, including land, buildings, and other structures. Tax rates depend on the property's location, with the Local Government Code of 1991 Section 233 listing them as follows:

· Provinces: <1% of the property's assessed value

· City or municipality within Metro Manila: <2% of the property's assessed value

However, there are some exceptions to this policy. Public properties, cooperatives, charities, churches, and cemeteries, among others, do not have to pay real property taxes.

2. The Condominium Act

Are you a foreigner hoping to own a condominium unit in the Philippines? Do not fret—you have every right to do so. The Condominium Act allows non-Filipinos to buy and own condos, provided Filipino citizens comprise 60% of the project's ownership share. In other words, foreign ownership must be in the minority.

This policy is especially beneficial if you are looking to invest in properties within urban areas and central business districts (CBDs).

3. The Maceda Law

The Philippine government protects buyers who are paying via installments. The Maceda Law or Realty Installment Buyer Act prevents you from losing your investment due to defaulting or canceling your contract. It grants a grace period of at least 60 days, provided that you have paid at least two years' installments.

Moreover, you can refund a property if you have paid for those two years. Sellers also cannot cancel the contracts due to non-payment of installments.

More about Philippine Real Estate Laws and Regulations

When buying a home, it is not only the location, aesthetics, and financial considerations that matter. It is equally important, if not more, to have a thorough understanding of real estate laws. It will help you make more informed decisions about your investment, allowing you to acquire properties without worrying about conflicting with the law.

We have only discussed some essential Philippine real estate laws and regulations. Check out the infographic below to learn more.

Cebu City: Proud host of 3 world-class expositions in one-stop destination

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Today marks a momentous occasion in Cebu as three of the region's most prestigious and influential expos come together under one roof. The grand opening of CEBU TRIO: The Philippine Building and Construction Exposition (PHILBEX) 2023, Cebu Foods and Beverages Expo (CEFBEX) 2023 and the Cebu Auto Show (CAS) 2023 are all set to redefine the landscape of these dynamic industries in the Philippines. This synergy promises an unparalleled experience for industry professionals, enthusiasts, and the general public alike. The unprecedented collaboration showcases the dynamic spirit of Cebu's vibrant business community and the rising international opportunities across Central Visayas.

The event was graced by esteemed guest speakers, including Mr. Allan Poquita (Regional Director of BFAR - region 7), Dr. Gerry S. Avila (Supervising Agriculturist II Chief, Field Operations Divisions - Department of Agriculture - Region 7). Engr. Jesus F. Zamora Jr. (Regional Director of DOST - region 7), and Engineer Crystal Como (Representing Honorable Mayor Jonas Cortes of Mandaue City, Cebu), Worldbex Services International’s Founding Chairman Mr. Joseph L. Ang, Ms. Levy Ang | WSI Co-founding Chair, Ms. Jill Ang | WSI Managing Director, Ms. Michelle Paula Ang-Yu | WSI Finance Director, Mr. Rene Ramos | WSI Director.

Attendees enjoy FREE hourly bus service from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with a quick 15-minute wait between trips. Routes include IC3 Convention Center, Ayala Center, Parkmall, SM City Cebu, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Travel hassle-free to and from the event!

Come and explore the latest trends and innovations in the food and beverage, construction, and automotive sectors. Witness groundbreaking technologies and products that will shape the future of these industries while ensuring network and trading opportunities with industry leaders, manufacturers, suppliers, and experts from all over the world. CEBU TRIO offers an exceptional platform for forging valuable business relationships and collaborations. Immerse yourself in captivating displays of furniture craftsmanship, architectural designs, new food flavors and automotive marvels. Witness the convergence of creativity and engineering excellence only here at PHILBEX, CEFBEX and CAS - showcasing the region's commitment to innovation, sustainable development, and economic growth.

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5 Tips for Choosing a Safe Online Casino

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How to Ensure That a Casino is Legit?

How would you know if a casino is not a fraud? There are five basic things you need to check to protect yourself. Read and find out!

Casinos like Slotoro are safe, and that is a guarantee. However, it does not mean that all gambling platforms online are safe. As you know, these are software programs, and anyone who has the budget can do it.

As such, there is nothing more important to a gambling enthusiast than safety and security. Before registering for an account in an online casino, you must guarantee that it is safe. Allow us to share some of the things you need to check to be able to choose a safe online gambling platform.

1. Government License

The first and most important thing to check to validate the legitimacy of a casino is its license. There are many countries, particularly those in Europe, that issue gambling licenses to online gambling sites.

The most common governing bodies, or licensing bodies, are:

● Government of Malta;

● UK Gambling Commission;

● Government of Curacao.

There are other gambling licenses, which are issued in Asia. As a gamer, you must exercise due diligence when trying to validate the legitimacy of an online casino.

Usually, the license is at the bottom of the home page. Check that out and copy the license number. From here, visit the website of the provider and then check if the license number is valid. If the license issuer says it is not real, find another casino.

2. Game Developers

The next method is to check who the business partners are. Today, it is rare for an online casino company to develop its games. They curate or work with game developers.

Typically, the process is for a casino to launch games from a game developer. Then, the two companies will split the profits.

So, how does this help you validate a gambling site? What you must do is check the games inside the online casino. Find out if the games come from legitimate and world-renowned iGaming developers.

Here are some examples:

● Pragmatic Play;

● Netent;

● Microgaming;

● Yggdrasil.

Why is this important? Game developers also need a license to operate. Game development companies cannot create gambling games without a license.

Because of this, game developers will only work with legitimate platforms. They want to make sure that they do everything in their power not to tarnish their names. If the games in an online casino are from a legit game developer, then the casino, by extension, is also legit.

3. Security Systems

Casinos are like financial companies. They process money in and out of the system. As such, they must use high levels of security and safety.

The first thing you must check is Secure Sockets Layer or SSL. It is an encryption methodology that jumbles data input, and only the casino’s servers can decode the data. This process is important, as it prevents hackers from decrypting information in case they manage to intercept data.

Typically, you will know if the site has SSL if the platform starts with HTPPS instead of a simple HTTP. There is also a padlock icon in the address field of a browser. Its absence is an indication that the website is not secure and that hackers can steal your data such as, but not limited to:

● Name and address.

● Credit card information.

As you know, all these are super sensitive. The bad news is once hackers have this data; you are in deep trouble. They can execute actions, and you will only know about these once the damage has been done.

4. KYC Policies

KYC stands for Know-Your-Customer. It is a process where a financial institution validates the authenticity of an identity. In online casinos, they typically ask you to submit your valid ID.

Why is this important? It is crucial for compliance with anti-money laundering laws. Casinos are obligated by governments to ensure that they do not process money from fake accounts, especially money launderers.

If a casino requires a KYC process before you can withdraw money, then you can say it is a legitimate one. It is compliant with international expectations, and you can rest assured that they are not an arm of an illegal syndicate. Without this process, you should think twice and perhaps look for another online casino.

5. Online Reviews

The last tip we have, which is a short one, is to go to forums and review sites. Most of these are blogs. Some of these have been around for decades, and you can have confidence that they are “watchdogs” in the gambling industry.

Of course, use your wisdom here. Some blogs do not review casinos — they merely write something about the site so they can recommend it and then earn a commission if they convince you to sign up for an account.

The iGaming industry is a heavily regulated one. It is easy to track whether or not a casino has a legitimate license, and all it takes is a few moments of your time. Do not take risks — investigate if your favorite gambling site has a license to operate, or you will get burned.

You can also go to review sites and read about customer feedback and experience. Be aware, however, that many complaints about online casinos are silly. Some players complain that the games are rigged because they never won. Casinos do not rig games — it’s just that all games were designed in favor of the house.

Crucial things to know when moving to NYC for the first time

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It might be exciting and intimidating to move to the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps. With its soaring skyscrapers, varied neighborhoods, and limitless prospects, New York City is irresistible. But as a brand-new New York City citizen, there are a few important things you should know before you pack your bags and move to the Empire State. This guide will get you ready for the trip of a lifetime, from using the subway system to comprehending the city's distinctive culture.

Neighborhood Diversity Is Key

The communities that makeup New York City are a large mosaic, each with its own unique personality and allure. It's important to thoroughly research your alternatives, whether you're drawn to the posh atmosphere of Manhattan's Upper East Side or the artistic mood of Brooklyn's Williamsburg.

Every area offers its own way of life and atmosphere. Others offer green spaces or lively nightlife, while some place a higher priority on closeness to workplaces. Spend some time learning about the neighborhoods, going there in person, and deciding what is most important to you and your way of life. Your decision here could have a big effect on how you live your life in the city.

Embrace Public Transportation

The NYC subway system, which offers a quick and practical means of transportation, is the city's lifeblood. The ability to read a subway map, buy a MetroCard, and distinguish between express and local trains are all priceless.

But don't stop there; familiarize yourself with the transport and walking routes as well. Mastering public transit will help you move about the city with ease. Many New Yorkers choose not to possess cars because of the convenience of the city's public transportation system.

Costs Can Be Staggering

The high expense of living in New York City is well known. be a thorough budget before you leave on your journey to be sure you can handle your spending. Prices might be high, and it's simple to spend too much on anything from groceries to entertainment.

Be ready for a crowded market when looking for apartments for rent in because many people have the same agenda as you. The cost of renting might differ significantly amongst neighborhoods. Consider roommates to divide the cost of housing and keep an open mind about other housing choices. Remember that other expenses can quickly accumulate, such as broker fees and security deposits.

The Art of Apartment Hunting

Finding an apartment in NYC might be difficult. To speed up the process, begin your search early, make a list of essentials, and think about working with a real estate agent.

A strong credit history, references, and a lot of paperwork are frequently required for rental applications. Present yourself as a desirable tenant by making sure your financial papers are in order. There are a variety of apartments for rent in New-York so make sure to fully research the market. Always check out prospective apartments in person before signing a lease, and be on the lookout for fraud. It's important to choose your new city home after doing your research.

New York's Unique Employment Scene

The work market in New York City is highly varied, encompassing sectors like banking, technology, fashion, and the arts. But there can be a lot of rivalry for jobs. Attending industry events, workshops, and seminars will help you network and build relationships in your sector.

Examine your options for contract and freelancing work, which may offer worthwhile connections and experience. People who are proactive and eager to seize possibilities when they present themselves are rewarded in the city. Be willing to work hard and adjust to the particular requirements of the New York job market.

Embrace the Energy

The energizing and infectious spirit of New York City is palpable. The city offers a wide variety of experiences, from the crowded streets of Times Square to the peaceful serenity of Central Park. Attend Broadway performances, tour renowned institutions, and discover the thriving street food scene.

Spend some time enjoying these exceptional occasions since they are what make life in New York City so special. Whether you're an art aficionado, a foodie, or a music fan, the city's cultural diversity and depth have something to offer everyone. Enjoy the rich cultural diversity of the city and the distinctive energy that makes New York what it is.

Safety and Street Smarts

Although New York City is generally safe, it's important to exercise caution, especially in crowded locations and after dark. Observe your possessions, lock up your personal goods, and pay attention to your surroundings.

Learn the emergency phone numbers for your area and the hospitals and police stations that are closest to you. In a city like New York, where life moves so quickly and dynamically, it's critical to achieve a balance between safety and adventure. You can take advantage of everything the city has to offer while being safe if you take a few common sense precautions.

Be Prepared for Weather Extremes

New York City enjoys the complete range of the four seasons. Summers can be oppressive, with frequent highs of 90 or more degrees Fahrenheit (32°C). On the other hand, winters can be extremely cold with routinely below-freezing temperatures along with snow and ice.

Make an investment in a well-rounded wardrobe that includes a thick coat, reliable boots, and an umbrella. Watch the weather prediction closely because it will have a big impact on your everyday activities. You'll quickly discover that New Yorkers have a flair for adjusting to shifting weather patterns.

Cultural Diversity and Acceptance

The astounding cultural diversity of New York City is one of its most impressive features. This city is home to people from all over the world, bringing their languages, customs, and cuisines with them. You will have the chance to fully immerse yourself in this rich tapestry of cultures as a newcomer. NYC offers a really international experience, whether you're dining at a real Ethiopian restaurant in Harlem or celebrating Diwali in Jackson Heights.

The city's dedication to acceptance and tolerance makes this cultural diversity even more inspiring. People from New York take great pleasure in their tolerance and respect for individuality. For people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, there are groups and support networks available, making it simpler to fit in in this enormous metropolis.

The Never-Ending Learning Experience

There are many opportunities for both personal and professional improvement in New York City, which is a haven for intellectual exploration. The city is home to some of the best universities, museums, and libraries in the world. You'll never run out of possibilities to learn, whether you want to enroll in a renowned graduate school, go to stimulating talks, or just browse the large bookstores.

The city also provides a wide range of workshops, seminars, and networking opportunities, enabling you to continuously advance your knowledge and abilities. You may not have expected it, but the people you meet and the things you do in this city will help you grow personally. New York is the perfect destination for lifelong learners since it fosters curiosity.

First-time relocation to New York City is an exciting adventure full of potential and difficulties. There is a lot to discover and experience, from the varied neighborhoods to the complicated subway system and the challenging work market.

Take advantage of the buzz of the city, but also be street smart and manage your money well. Your experience in the city that never sleeps may be an unforgettable chapter in your life if you approach it with the appropriate attitude and preparedness.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Witty, Hilarious Musical Romp ‘Walang Aray’ Returns for a Three-Weekend Run

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The all-original Filipino musical, Walang Aray, a whip-smart, side-splitting reimagining of Severino Reyes’ classic zarzuela Walang Sugat, returns for a limited three-weekend run at the PETA Theater Center from October 6–22, 2023.

Witty and hilarious from start to finish, Walang Aray is a spoof and tribute to the iconic zarzuela.

The show is a mashup of old and new, tackling the themes of love, nationalism, and patriotism with a mix of catchy tunes, pop culture references, irreverent humor, witty wordplays, and one-liner jabs that will leave audiences in stitches.

Chosen to launch PETA’s comeback after waiting in the wings in 2018 and 2019, Walang Aray closed its initial 41-show run with multiple sold-out shows, drawing audiences old and new with its unique brilliance and charm.

The musical recently received 21 citations from Gawad Buhay! the country's premier recognition awards for the local theater scene, including Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Original Musical, Outstanding Original Score, Outstanding Musical Direction, Outstanding Ensemble Performance for a Musical, Outstanding Stage Direction for a Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Sound Design, and Outstanding Set Design.

Gio Gahol and Marynor Madamesila, together with Shaira Opsimar and Jon Abella are leading the cast with their outstanding portrayals of the star-crossed lovers Tenyong and Julia, which also earned them citations for the Female and Male Lead Performance in a Musical in the Gawad Buhay! Awards.

Apart from the sharp comedy and contemporary reflections, the highlight of the show is the crisp chemistry of the PETA Ensemble, which has been the heart and soul of many PETA productions.

Walang Aray’s returning ensemble cast includes Jarred Jaicten and Bene Manaois as Miguel, Kiki Baento as Monica, Carlon Matobato as Lucas, Norbs Portales and Csai Habla as Don Tadeo, Neomi Gonzales as Doña Juana, and John Moran as Padre Alfaro. Joining them are the equally memorable ensemble: Donn Boco, Gerard Dy, Yeyin Dela Cruz, Ada Tayao, and Ayla Garcia, who all shine in their multiple roles.

Walang Aray creative team includes award-winning playwright Rody Vera, together with young creatives including Vince Lim (composer, musical director, sound designer, and additional lyrics), Ian Segarra (director), Gio Gahol (choreographer), Julio Garcia (set designer), David Esguerra (lighting designer), Haps Constantino (sound designer), and JayLo Conanan (costume designer).

Walang Aray is produced by PETA and Indie.Go Media, and co-presented by Dunkin’.

Tickets are available via

For bulk ticket inquiries, contact Mitch Go at 0917-539-1112 or email PETA at For more information about Walang Aray, follow PETA’s social media pages: @petatheater.

PHLPost launches PSA 10th Anniversary commemorative stamps

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PHLPost Postmaster General Luis D. Carlos and Undersecretary Claire Dennis S. Mapa, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) National Statistician and Civil-Registrar General PSA) unveil the commemorative stamps to celebrate the decade of genuine public service with the theme:”PSA @ 10 Providing Quality Services through Digital Transformation”

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) was created by virtue of Republic Act (RA) No. 10625 otherwise known as the Philippine Statistical Act of 2013 dated 12 September 2013 and with mandates that are enhanced and expanded by the establishment of the Philippine Identification System pursuant to RA 11315 or the Community-Based Monitoring System Act (CBMS).

The CBMS is a data collection and analysis system that uses volunteers to collect data from households in rural and urban areas. The data collected through CBMS is used to track progress in various development indicators, such as poverty, education, and health.

The PSA is responsible in the implementation of Civil Registration System (CRS) for registering births, deaths, marriages, and other vital events. The CRS data is used to track population trends and to issue birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates.

The PSA is also the implementing agency in-charge of the PhilID which is being issued as identification cards to all Filipinos. The PhilID card is used to verify identity and to access government services.

The PSA commemorative stamp features the agency’s 10th anniversary logo and the imposing façade of the PSA main building to celebrate its achievements over the past decade. It also emphasizes the agency’s enhanced cooperation and partnerships with other government agencies and local government units.

PHLPost has printed 40,000 copies of the stamps to be sold at P16 each. In house graphic artist Ms. Eunice Beatrix Dabu layout the stamps. The PSA 10th Anniversary Commemorative Stamps will be available soon at SM City Manila Postal Counter.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Celebrate Craft Beer Excellence at the MNL BEERFEST – Beer Festival October 2023

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Beer enthusiasts, mark your calendars for another MNL beerfest event for this year! The MNL Beerfest is back and set to take place from 4pm to midnight for 3 straight days on October 13-15 at Capitol Commons Park in Pasig City. This year's festival promises an extraordinary lineup of local craft breweries from the Philippines, Imported Beers, delectable food, and an unforgettable experience for all beer lovers.

The MNL Beerfest is a celebration of the artistry and innovation of craft brewers from across the region and imported beers available in the market. This year's festival will feature an impressive selection of craft breweries, each showcasing their finest creations, including IPAs, stouts, lagers, sours, and more. The event is supported by the vendors and patrons of local craft breweries.

Whether you're a seasoned craft beer connoisseur or just starting your beer journey, there will be something to tantalize your taste buds.

Highlights of the Beer Festival:

Craft Beer Tastings: Sample an extensive array of beers from both local craft breweries & Imported beers.

Gourmet Food: Savor mouthwatering food offerings from a variety of local food vendors.

Vibrant Venue: The festival takes place in the stunning surroundings of the Capitol Commons park beside Estancia, a lifestyle mall right across it.

"The MNL Beerfest regularly brings Beer festivals to the public to give Local Craft beer breweries an event to showcase craftsmanship and creativity that goes into making craft beer," said Cherry S. Genato, Festival Organizer. "We're excited to bring together beer enthusiasts, brewers, and food lovers for a day filled with great beer, delicious food, and good crowd."

Tickets are priced at Php 500 each with 2 drink servings and unlimited beer tasting to select beer vendors all night! Guests may purchase tickets in advance on the festival's Viber Community - MNL BeerFest or at the venue on the dates of the event. Attendees must be 18 years or older to enter the beer festival.

For the latest updates and to learn more about the participating breweries and vendors, visit the official MNL BEERFEST Facebook Account: mnlbeerfest

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Investigating the role of bird perches in reforestation

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Reforesting damaged forests is crucial for fighting climate change and protecting wildlife. One common way to do this is by planting trees, but this can be expensive and labor-intensive. A cheaper and more effective approach is Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR), which can involve the use of bird perches to attract fruit-eating birds that can help spread tree seeds and speed up the natural regeneration of the forest.

A Philippine green pigeon (Treron axillaris) is seen eating a fig, the seeds of which will be dispersed the next time the bird defecates. Researchers are looking at the potential role of artificial and natural bird perches in this dispersal process towards restoring degraded forests.(Photo credit: Jelaine Lim Gan)

Researchers from the University of the Philippines - Diliman College of Science Institute of Biology (UPD-CS IB), the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, and the UK’s Newcastle University aim to embark on a systematic review and meta analysis of previous studies and observations to figure out how well artificial and natural perches work in increasing seed dispersal and seedling growth on degraded areas.

“The results will synthesize available evidence on the topic, identify knowledge gaps we need filling to upscale the strategy, and inform their use in concert with other ANR strategies,” the researchers said in their paper. “The search strategy was informed through a literature scan and discussions with stakeholders and experts,” they added.

The meta study aims to see if perches help bring in more seeds and seedlings in terms of numbers and types. The researchers hope to learn how to use perches better and combine them with other strategies to bring damaged forests back to life.

The results of the meta study are expected to be available in 2024.


Gan, J. L., Grainger, M. J., Shirley, M. D. F., & Pfeifer, M. (03 August 2023). How effective are perches in promoting bird-mediated seed dispersal for natural forest regeneration? A systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence, 12(1), 15.

Marcos Jr's Energy Plan Remains Silent on Electricity Rate Cuts

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Kuryente.Org commended the Department of Energy (DoE) for publicizing its proposed road map for the country’s energy and electricity plan under the Marcos administration, but also scolded the agency for failing to present plans for electricity price reduction.

The DoE launched its Luzon-wide public consultation on its proposed Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) for 2023 – 2050 last August 30, 2023. The roadmap provides the guide and framework for the current government’s policies and programs to achieve its goal of energy sufficiency, reliability and affordability to boost its economic goals.

“The presentation provides a robust and vibrant economic projection and assumptions to ensure the country’s energy and power security for the next decades. True to the marching orders of the President during its second State of the Nation Address, the PEP also include its projection for renewable energy and nuclear energy development from which DOE projected by the end of current administration’s term the country will be enjoying 96MW of energy,” said Roland Vibal, national coordinator for

However, the group is not satisfied with the proposed PEP as it failed to present a clear projection of how the current and projected efforts in energy supply will lead to lower electricity rates which ironically remains at the second highest after Singapore in the ASEAN region.

“We welcome the current DoE’s effort to ensure energy sufficiency and clean energy source, but this is not enough if such efforts do not redound to lower electricity prices,” Vibal added

“The roadmap is incomplete as it fails to provide electricity consumers, particularly household electricity consumers, with electricity price reduction in coming years. The PEP failed to lay down policies and programs to make the country’s electricity affordable to all. Assuring the public of energy and electricity security is not enough. It must also assure the public of lower electricity price,” Vibal said.

The group ended by reminding the DOE that its Electricity Power Roadmap must be aligned with the goals of Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) to lower the country's electricity rate which two decades after remains just an aspiration.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Professional developers and geeks gather for DEVCON PRO SUMMIT on October 20

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Get ready for an upgraded summit experience in learning the latest and emerging technologies for developers and geeks in this event for professionals by DEVCON, the Philippines' largest community and tech non-profit organization of technology experts, developers, and information technology (IT) enthusiasts.

For the first time from its 14 years of inception, DEVCON introduces DEVCON PRO SUMMIT 2023: Technology for Impact, a one-day event for professional developers to be held on Friday, October 20, 2023, at Whitespace, Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati.

DEVCON PRO Summit will feature keynote speakers from leading technical experts in the field of technology for impact. Topics will include using emerging technology to solve social problems, the future of development in the age of artificial intelligence, building inclusive and equitable technology ecosystems, and the ethical implications of artificial intelligence (AI).

"I'm very excited about where DEVCON is going. Now that we've used our technical talents to develop pandemic technology solutions, we're featuring more breakthrough innovation stories. Professional developers and geeks shouldn't miss out on our first-ever DEVCON PRO SUMMIT 2023," shared Winston Damarillo, Founder and President of DEVCON Philippines.

This summit is a great opportunity for professional developers to learn from the top geeks in the industry and to network with other like-minded individuals. Don't miss out!

Grab this limited-time sale offer to get discounted tickets ₱1,000 off until September 25! To register, visit and enter the promo code GEEKSFORGOOD. Limited slots. Secure your tickets today! Pro tickets are normally priced at ₱2,999

PARKonversations Live! "Republic Act 6713: The Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees"

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Are you a government employee or a public official? Join our FREE seminar on the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, in celebration of the 123rd Anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service. Understand the principles that public employees should possess to efficiently deliver services with responsiveness, accountability, and integrity.

This PARKonversations Live! session titled "Republic Act 6713: The Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees” will take place at the Mabini Hall, Rizal Park Luneta on 12 September 2023 (Tuesday), 2:30 p.m. Our guest speaker is Atty. Ma. Cecilia U. Tirol, Director for Visayas National Museums of the National Museum of the Philippines.

Join the discussion and make a positive impact on the public sector to be able to serve the country with utmost responsibility, loyalty, and efficiency. See you in Rizal Park Luneta!

*Participants who will join the seminar and answer the evaluation form will receive a certificate.

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Panawagan sa Pagdodokumento ng Wika, bukás na!

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Ano ang estado ng wikang Mamanwa?

Saang mga dominyo ginagamit ang wikang Kuyunon?

Bakit umuunti ang gumagamit ng wikang Irungdungan?

Paano nagagamit sa edukasyon ang wikang Hamtikanon?

Ilan lámang ito sa napakaraming tanong hinggil sa mga wikang katutubo ng Pilipinas na nais tugunan ng proyektong Dokumentasyon ng mga Wika at Kultura.

Dahil dito, inaanyayahan ang mga mananaliksik na nása larang ng Filipino, Antropolohiya, Lingguwistika, Kasaysayan, at mga kaugnay na disipilina; gayundin, ang mga tagapagsalita ng katutubong wika at kasapi ng katutubong pamayanang kultural na magsumite ng aplikasyon at panukala.

Ang hulíng araw ng pagsusumite ng aplikasyon at panukala ay sa 30 Oktubre 2023. Ang mapipiling mga aplikante ay pagkakalooban ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino ng grant na hindi bababa sa PHP300,000.00.

Layunin ng proyekto na masaliksik o maidokumento ang lahat ng wikang katutubo ng Pilipinas, matukoy at mabalida ang sitwasyong pangwika at pangkultura ng komunidad, at makapaglimbag ng mga manuskrito na tutugon sa kakulangan ng mga pag-aaral hinggil sa wika at kultura ng katutubong pamayanang kultural.

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