Friday, October 13, 2023

DepEd highlights culture of literacy, lifelong learning in 2023 National Literacy Conference

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The Department of Education (DepEd) underscored the importance of creating a culture of literacy and lifelong learning during the 2023 National Literacy Conference (NLC) on October 11 at DepEd ECOTECH Center.

“Our goal is to promote functional literacy and ensure that every Filipino possesses the skills and knowledge in real life, equipping individuals with the ability to make informed decisions, communicate effectively, and actively participate in the workforce and society,” Vice President and Secretary of Education Sara Z. Duterte said during her keynote address.

With the theme, “Building a Culture of Literacy: The Power of Communities as Catalysts of Literacy Development,” the 2023 NLC gathered around 500 participants to enhance and provide educational opportunities, advocate for lifelong learning, and empower community members in literacy activities.

“By investing in education and promoting literacy, we are investing in the future of our country, unlocking the potential of our people, and paving the way for sustainable development and prosperity,” VP-Sec Duterte added.

During the plenary sessions, regional delegates and resource speakers highlighted the role that communities play in fostering and promoting literacy skills among learners and individuals through four sub-themes, which include Building a Culture of Literacy Towards a MATATAG Nation, Strengthening Intercultural and Inclusive Teaching and Learning Practices, Recognizing the Vital Role of Communities in Literacy Development, and Advancing Literacy Through Research and Development.

“The journey to promote literacy is not without its challenges, but as we come together to share our experiences, knowledge, and innovative approaches, we become a formidable force for change. We are the ones who can break down the barriers to learning whether they be social, economic, or cultural,” Undersecretary for Curriculum and Teaching Gina O. Gonong said.

In addition, the LCC issued a Call for Papers last September 8, to gather policy recommendations that may influence, shape, or impact approaches, strategies, and mechanisms at the national and local levels in building a culture of literacy in the country.

These policy recommendations were also summarized and presented at the end of the conference.

The NLC hopes to increase awareness of key education stakeholders on the current initiatives of the Department and to strengthen intercultural and inclusive teaching and learning practices in an ever-changing education landscape.

Thursday, October 12, 2023 slams MERALCO power rate increase, unjust automatic pass-through

Wazzup Pilipinas!? slams the recent announcement of MERALCO to increase by .44/kwh in the billing for October. This increase will result in an P84.00 increase for consumers with 200Kwh of electricity consumption per month. The announced increase is double in amount compared to the recent average minimum wage increase of P40.00.

Roland Vibal, National Coordinator for, said:

“MERALCO’s basis for this abrupt increase is unacceptable and unjust for residential electricity consumers. The increase due to high generation cost as supply of local natural gas is insufficient and the continued high price of imported alternatives is a knee-jerk reaction and not a valid excuse. MERALCO must stop acting as a spokesperson for the generation company.

“The true cause of the increase is the automatic pass-through provisions that the government allows to continue despite calls for its prohibition. This mechanism justifies both power producers and distribution utilities like MERALCO to abruptly pass on to consumers any changes in price to preserve their profit margins.

“ calls for the scrapping of automatic pass-through provision and the Energy Regulatory Commission must review all MERALCO Power Supply Agreements and immediately stop it. Likewise, the review and amendment of the EPIRA should repeal and scrap any section of the law that allows this mechanism of automatic passing of increase in cost to consumers.”

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

What Are the Best Payment Methods for Gambling for Filipinos?

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Are you gambling online? Read our article for more details about the best payment methods for deposits and withdrawals at Filipino online casino sites.

Filipino people have become extremely passionate about online gambling. It is a flexible and entertaining activity available to everyone with a stable internet connection. The online gambling market within the country is becoming extremely competitive. Players can find hundreds of online casinos and thousands of different casino games.

People matter the most because of the quality and quantity of games and the fairness of bonuses. Yet, one of the things you need to get familiar with before opening an account is the available payment methods. They are not the same on each gambling site, and you may not be satisfied with the offer always.

On this page, we would like to make an analysis of the best payment methods for gambling in the Philippines. That way, you will know whether the payment method you typically use for everyday purchases is also available for gambling. Let’s go!


Undoubtedly, cryptocurrencies have become the favorite payment method among Filipino gamblers. Logically, Bitcoin is the most preferred option and there are various reasons for that. First and foremost, cryptos ensure the complete safety of the transactions. Apart from that, all the crypto-based transactions are extremely quick and cheap. Ultimately, they ensure complete anonymity, which means you don’t have to expose all the private information (you would usually have to).

Still, there is one disadvantage regarding online casinos accepting Bitcoin (and other altcoins). Their number is still not that big! The online gambling market is slowly adapting to innovative financial solutions. That’s why finding the best Filipino crypto casinos may be challenging. On the other hand, many people are still unaware of the benefits they can get from crypto gambling. Because of that, we invite you to read explanations and analyses about Bitcoin casino sites in the Philippines and properly inform about everything before starting this journey.


It doesn’t need to surprise us at all why e-wallets are at the top of this list. As we analyzed last year, Filipinos spend around 4.4 million hours using e-wallet apps. The same habit has become popular in the online gambling space. People appreciate the benefits they can get from using Skrill, Neteller, EcoPayz, PayPal and other e-wallets. These tools allow them to transfer their funds from and to their casino account relatively quickly. More precisely, all the deposits are instant, while withdrawals won’t last longer than 24 hours. Opening an account on any e-wallet platform is easy and can be done with a few clicks. Would you be willing to test such an option?


Something unique about Filipino people is their habit of using GCash for everyday purchases. It is a payment method that exists only there. Using GCash is extremely easy. It will be necessary to download the app, create and verify the account and deposit the money. Fully verified accounts will get more benefits compared to unverified users. Best of all, many casino sites in the Philippines accept payments made by this tool. That’s why finding the most suitable ones won’t be tough. Make sure to register only at licensed online casinos.

Credit/Debit Cards

The previous three payment methods ensure more benefits to an average gambler in the Philippines. Yet, credit and debit cards are old and traditional payment methods that people have used for years. Even in the modernized world, people consider them most convenient. It is hard to find a person who does not have one, which is something we can’t say for the previous payment methods.

Anyway, the good thing is that almost every foreign online casino will accept credit and debit cards. In most cases, the list of available payment methods is extremely long. You will find options like MasterCard, American Express, VISA and others on almost every gambling platform. Unfortunately, there are certain disadvantages to these tools. Although they are extremely easy to use, you may need to wait a bit longer for funds to be approved. That especially counts when we talk about withdrawals.


These are the four most popular payment methods for gambling in the Philippines. Of course, we do not want to say they are the only ones. You will also find people using prepaid cards, vouchers, and direct bank transfers. Some people even use eChecks, but not many Filipino online casinos accept them. Anyway, you don’t have to use the most popular ones. Use those that ensure you the most comfortable gambling. Yet, if you can, test the ones we highlighted on this page.

Bingoplus Introduces Piolo Pascual as Newest Endorser in the Spectacular “Bingoplus Day: The Papa P Day!”

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Multi-awarded Filipino film and television actor, recording artist, host, commercial model and film producer Piolo Pascual is the newest celebrity endorser of BingoPlus, the first live-streaming bingo in the Philippines.

The popular bingo brand that staunchly supports Filipino music, Pinoy cultural events, sports and quality entertainment had its fourth big celebration since its launch via a dazzling evening of games, prizes, performances and A-Plus entertainment called BingoPlus Day 4: The PAPA P DAY! at the SM Sky Dome on October 7.

The event’s main highlight was the revelation of “the ever-handsome and most-sought after actor in the country, Mr. Piolo Pascual” as BingoPlus’ newest celebrity endorser. DigiPlus president Mr. Andy Tsui warmly welcomed the celebrity superstar to the growing BP family. “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest endorser, Mr. Piolo Pascual to the DigiPlus and BingoPlus family. We are looking forward to this new partnership and to more BingoPlus Day celebrations with you.”

Fan screams filled the Sky Dome as Piolo Pascual was introduced and grew even louder when he serenaded the audience with a song. The heartthrob expressed his joy and gratitude to represent a brand that’s full of positivity. “It’s nice to represent a brand that you know is always full of good vibes, that opens up opportunities for people to have the good life that they’re aspiring for. It’s a good feeling to be able to represent something that is very positive.”

At the event, BingoPlus also awarded a lucky player who won the jackpot prize of P54 million pesos cash – the second biggest winnings so far after the record-setting jackpot prize of P74+ million pesos, which was the biggest jackpot prize awarded ever in the brand’s history.

Mr. Jasper VIcencio, president of AB Leisure Exponent Inc., congratulated the lucky players and gave them valuable advice. “I want to remind all our winners to be wise in spending their winnings. Set your priorities, because opportunities like these only knock once, so let’s not let them go to waste. Always be a blessing to your families and others.”

In an interview aired during “BingoPlus Day 4: The PAPA P Day!” it was revealed that the P74+ million pesos winner would use her prize money to put up a scholarship program for the youth. “The youth are our hope for a better future, and because of BingoPlus, it wasn’t just me or my family who won. I can also help young people and share them my blessings,” she said.

Numerous artists and influencers like boy group VXON, Arci Muñoz and Empoy also joined the spectacular event and entertained with powerful performances that thoroughly entertained the BingoPlus community.

The audience at “BingoPlus Day: The Papa P Day!” also played games and won grand prizes such as two iPhone 15 Pro Max’s and three luxurious all-expenses paid trips to Boracay.

The event is a testament to BingoPlus’ commitment to elevating the local entertainment scene to provide top-tier amusement of excellent quality to the Filipino people. It also underscores the brand's dedication to delivering positive vibes and a brighter future for its players.

The night would not be a success without the support of its affiliate, ArenaPlus, an up-and-coming 24/7 sports betting app in the country. The brand is set to level up the local sports-entertainment scene with its latest NBA Live Show launch. Play big and win bigger with ArenaPlus’ proud endorser, the one-and-only Jordan Clarkson,

For more updates, visit and Download the apps now via the App Store and Google Play.

Filipino Household Finances Improve Amid Continued Economic Recovery

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More Filipinos’ household finances have improved over the last three months, according to the Q3 Consumer Pulse Study by TransUnion (NYSE: TRU), a global information and insights company.

The study, which surveyed 1,000 adult Filipino consumers from July 6 to 24, 2023, also showed that more Filipinos are comfortable owning credit products and completing digital transactions. The observed shift in sentiment towards credit products and digital payments corresponds with digital banks and financial technology (FinTech) companies such as e-wallets continuing to establish a foothold in the country. At the same time more Filipinos are also concerned about their safety from cybersecurity threats.

More Filipinos optimistic about income and household finances

Alongside the 4.6% expansion of the Philippine Gross Domestic Product (GDP) observed in Q2 2023[1], 52% of Filipino survey respondents reported better than planned household finances during Q3 2023 – an increase of three percentage points from 49% in Q2 2023.

Additionally, 44% of respondents in Q3 2023 reported an increase in income over the past three months, a slight increase of three percentage points from 41% observed in the previous quarter.

Filipinos are growing comfortable with credit

Almost all (96%) respondents to the Q3 2023 survey see access to credit and lending products as an important way to achieve financial goals.

A deeper dive into the findings shows that the number of Filipinos comfortable owning credit accounts such as loans and credit cards increased by six percentage points to 41% in Q3 2023, up from 35% in Q2 2023. This growing comfort with having credit products is also seen in the future plans of more Filipinos. More than half the respondents (51%) indicated they were planning to apply for a new personal loan within the next year, an increase of five percentage points from 46% in Q2 2023.

“Credit can be a powerful tool that helps people improve their lives. It is a very encouraging sign to see more Filipinos growing comfortable with credit and using it to unlock better economic opportunities,” said Pia Arellano, president and CEO of TransUnion Philippines. “The proliferation of digital banks and financial technology players is also a positive sign. These entities are helping to expand access to credit so more Filipinos can enjoy the benefits of financial inclusion.”

Digital banks and FinTechs seen as sources for credit products

The study’s findings also show that Filipinos are accessing credit products from new sources: 32% of respondents said they have existing credit cards or loans from a digital bank – banks with no physical branches who offer financial products and services processed through digital platforms[2] - while 26% said they have a loan from a FinTech firm.

However, 42% of Filipinos in Q3 2023 said they would still choose the institution that offers them the lowest interest rate when applying for a new digital loan – whether the lender is a traditional bank, digital bank or FinTech institution. While digital banks and FinTech companies have emerged as viable options, these findings are indicative of a discerning consumer base that actively seeks credit products that offer the best terms and conditions.

Aside from seeking affordable credit products, speed of approval also emerged as an influencing factor in choosing credit products: 91% of Q3 2023 respondents cited real time approval when applying for a digital loan being important to them – an increase of three percentage points from Q2 2023.

Cybersecurity seen as a concern with more transactions happening online

More Filipinos now report transacting online. When asked about how many of their transactions are done over the internet, 58% reported completing more than a quarter of their transactions online, an increase of two percentage points from the previous quarter.

Coupled with this rise, cybersecurity also emerged as a concern for more Filipinos. Asked what obstacles they encounter while using digital technology in new ways, 49% expressed concerns about cybersecurity threats – the biggest concern and a three-percentage point increase from the previous quarter.

When it came to the cyber threats Filipinos reported being most concerned about, nearly two thirds (65%) cited stolen identities, over half (51%) data breaches and 45% credit card fraud. Despite growing concerns regarding cybersecurity threats, among those who said they didn’t take action within the last 60 days in response to cybersecurity concerns, 66% said they took no action because they were unsure of what to do – an increase of 11 percentage points from the previous quarter.

“As more aspects of our lives move online, the role of cybersecurity in this progressively internet-centered world is vital. At TransUnion Philippines, we provide a host of identity proofing and fraud prevention solutions to keep fraudsters and other malicious entities from perpetrating crimes against consumers and businesses. TransUnion Philippines is ready to work with financial institutions, businesses, and consumers to provide the education and solutions needed to help keep online spaces safe,” said Arellano.

For more information, please view the infographics of the Consumer Pulse Study.

About TransUnion (NYSE: TRU)

TransUnion is a global information and insights company that makes trust possible in the modern economy. We do this by providing an actionable picture of each person so they can be reliably represented in the marketplace. As a result, businesses and consumers can transact with confidence and achieve great things. We call this Information for Good®. TransUnion provides solutions that help create economic opportunity, great experiences and personal empowerment for hundreds of millions of people in more than 30 countries.

In the Philippines, we were the first comprehensive private credit reference agency (CRA) and we have helped Filipinos to better understand and manage their personal finances for more than a decade. We serve a range of clients across multiple sectors, including international, national and rural financial services providers, telecommunications, utilities, FinTech and retail organizations.



Thompson, Brownlee thank ArenaPlus for supporting their Gilas journey

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Gilas Pilipinas stalwarts Scottie Thompson and Justin Brownlee had a special shoutout for ArenaPlus, the 24/7 online sports betting app and official sportsbook of GILAS Pilipinas upon their return to the Philippines early Sunday morning.

Thompson, the brand’s official endorser and brand ambassador, thanked ArenaPlus for going all out in their support for the Philippine team in the recently concluded 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games.

"Thank you for always being there and for your support for GILAS Pilipinas. Personally, for me, it means a lot to have ArenaPlus with us every time I play," Thompson said.

Series top-scorer Justin Brownlee chimed in and said ArenaPlus' support was instrumental in the team's victory. "To the ArenaPlus family, thank you for the support throughout our GILAS journey in the Asian Games. Yeah! Thanks for being there with us; we brought home the gold, and it was all worth it!"

The momentous victory of GILAS Pilipinas marked not just a bounce back after the Philippines’ FIBA World Cup bid, it moreover ended a 61-year gold drought for the country at the Asian Games.

Throwing its support behind the team and its program development as it strives for world-class and quality basketball, ArenaPlus joined the Filipino community in celebrating the moment of victory and pride and welcoming the conquering heroes wioth a warm reception.

“The brand is fully committed to providing more unwavering support to GILAS Pilipinas, Philippine sports and Filipino talents, ensuring a quality and truly entertaining experience for everyone,” said Jasper Vicencio, ArenaPlus president.

Among the winning lineup besides Thompson and Brownlee who were welcomed by ArenaPlus were FIBA World Cup veterans June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and RR Pogoy. ArenaPlus was also a solid supporter of the FIBA World Cup and its official sportsbook. It is also the official sportsbook partner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

For more information about ArenaPlus, visit and download the app from Google Play and the App Store.

PHLPost celebrates World Post Day nationwide

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In celebration of World Post Day, Davao City foremost philatelist and numismatist, Renato Adapon exhibits his stamp collection in collaboration with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) held at SM City Davao last October 09-10.

Philatelist Rene Adapon, an active member of Cebu Stamp Club for quite a number of years, has offered to lend his collections in the exhibit. He works hand in hand with PHLPost in promoting this precious hobby of Stamp Collecting especially to younger generations.

PHLPost Eastern Mindanao Area 7 Market Specialist Rey Basilan said that PHLPost has showcased Filipino history, culture and arts where visitors shared their commemorative stamps canceled with a special stamp postal marking canceller on-site. This event is a great opportunity for stamp collectors and enthusiasts to be connected and share their love for philately or stamp collecting.


In Visayas, PHLPost Area 6 in Iloilo City joined the celebration of World Post Day by implementing the Letter Writing awareness program participated by high school students of Nabitasan National High School, Leganes, Iloilo. This was spearheaded by Area Director Donnabel Asuncion, Marketing Specialist Sheryl Joy Silla and post office employees.

More than 200 students In Tuguegarao City’s West Central Elementary School participated in the Letter Writing Activity conducted by PHLPost-NorthEast Luzon Area Director Melody Olavidez, Area Marketing Specialist Doris Rueco and employees in the province.

World Post Day is being celebrated on October 09 in solidarity with postal workers around the world who serve in communities, not just in delivering mails and parcels but even in times of crisis.

World Postal Day is celebrated every year in connection with the anniversary of the founding of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in the Swiss capital Bern in 1874. World Post Day was officially proclaimed by World Post Day 1969 in Tokyo, Japan. The Philippines is an active member of the UPU, which is made up of 192 member countries around the world.

The purpose of World Post Day is to bring awareness to the Post's role in the everyday lives of people and businesses, as well as its contribution to global social and economic development.

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) encouraged Postal administrations worldwide to organize their own national activities to celebrate the event, including everything from the introduction or promotion of new postal products and services, to the organization of open days at post offices, mail centers and postal museums.

Cover Photo Caption:

(From left to right) Monina Tico, Assistant mall manager of SM City Davao, Rene Adapon, Stamp Collector, Jasmine Goforth, Stamp Collector, Eastern Mindanao Area 7 Director Maxi Sta. Maria and Leah Delarmente, Assistant mall manager of SM City Davao during the Opening of World Post Day Stamps Exhibit in SM City Shopping Mall in Davao City.

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!

To register, visit Limited slots. Secure your tickets today for only ₱2,999.

About DEVCON Philippines

DEVCON Philippines is a non-profit organization that has been empowering geeks for good for over 14 years. DEVCON is the Philippines' largest community and tech non-profit organization of technology experts, developers, and IT enthusiasts. Visit to learn more.





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About Winston Damarillo

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The Best Tips For Planning Your Budget When Playing Online Casino Games

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In this article, we are going to discuss a beloved topic of many people nowadays - online casino joints. Well, more precisely, the art of planning a budget for online gambling. Is that really a form of art? Well, it is because many dudes and dudettes forget themselves while playing and that can be a costly mistake.

If you want to avoid this dreadful scenario, it is important to have a meticulous plan covering all bases. Here are some of the best tips one needs to consider.

Search For Bonuses

Searching for bonuses at online casinos can be ridiculously helpful when it comes to planning a gambling budget.

As most seasoned gamers know, bonuses are promotional offers provided by online casinos to attract new players and reward existing ones. By taking advantage of these bonuses, players can increase playing funds and potentially extend the gambling session.

If you are intrigued by this option, there is the wildz casino bonus to discover at your disposal.

The Many Benefits Of Bonuses

These splendid incentives can provide players with additional funds to play with, allowing people to explore different games and try out new strategies without risking the game. This can be particularly beneficial for beginners who are still learning the ropes of online gambling.

Moreover, bonuses often come with specific terms and conditions, such as wagering requirements and time limits. These conditions can help players set limits on these gambling activities and prevent them from overspending. By carefully reading and understanding the terms of the bonus, players can plan gambling sessions accordingly and avoid any surprises or disappointments further down the line.

Additionally, searching for bonuses can also help gamers compare different online casinos and choose the ones that offer the most favorable terms. By considering factors such as the bonus amount, wagering requirements, and game restrictions, you can select the casinos that provide the best value. This can, in the end, help you stretch your gambling budget and maximize the chance of winning.

However, it is important to note that while bonuses can be advantageous, responsible gambling should always be a priority. It is crucial to set a budget for your gambling activities and stick to it, regardless of the bonuses available.

One Game At The Time

When focusing on one game, players can become more skilled and knowledgeable about its rules, strategies and odds. This can increase the chance of winning and reduce the risk of making costly mistakes.

Also, playing multiple games simultaneously can be a rather splendid experience, but it could also be overwhelming and lead to those nasty and impulsive decisions. By sticking to one game, you can maintain better control over your betting habits and avoid unnecessary losses.

Additionally, playing one game at a time allows you to manage your bankroll more effectively.

You can allocate funds wisely and set limits on your bets, preventing you from overspending or chasing losses.

Lastly, some online casinos offer loyalty programs or bonuses specific to certain games. By focusing on one game, you can take advantage of these rewards and maximize savings.

Set Limits

Setting financial limits when playing online casino games is crucial to ensure responsible gambling and avoid overspending. Here are some tips to help you establish and stick to your limits:

Determine how much you can afford to spend on online casino games without affecting your essential expenses. This amount should be discretionary income that you are comfortable losing. Create a separate bank account or e-wallet specifically for online gambling. Transfer only the budgeted amount into this account, keeping your main finances separate.

Be The Master Of Your Time And Money

Decide how much time you want to spend playing online casino games each session. This will help you avoid getting carried away and spending more than intended. Most reputable online casinos offer the option to set deposit limits on the account. Take advantage of this feature to restrict the amount of money you can deposit within a specific timeframe.

It's important to accept that gambling involves risks, and you may not always win. If you experience a losing streak, resist the temptation to chase your losses by increasing your bets. Stick to your predetermined limits and walk away if necessary.


Utilizing those life-saving self-exclusion tools can be a helpful strategy in planning and managing your gambling budget. These tools are designed to assist individuals in controlling their gambling habits and preventing excessive spending.

Self-exclusion allows you to voluntarily exclude yourself from participating in gambling activities for a specified period of time. By doing so, you create a barrier that helps you resist the temptation to gamble and helps you stay within your budget.

How Can This Help?

One way self-exclusion tools can help is by providing a cooling-off period. This allows you to take a break from gambling and reassess your financial situation. During this time, you can evaluate your budget, set limits, and develop a more responsible approach to gambling.

Additionally, self-exclusion tools can limit your access to gambling platforms, both online and offline. By blocking your access, these tools prevent impulsive gambling and give you time to reflect on your gambling habits. This can be splendidly beneficial if you find yourself frequently exceeding your budget or struggling to control your spending.

Furthermore, self-exclusion tools often come with additional support services, such as counseling or helplines, which can provide guidance and assistance in managing your gambling budget. These resources can offer valuable advice on responsible gambling practices and help you develop strategies to stay within your financial limits.

The Final Word

Sure, exploring the wondrous world of online gambling is a brilliantly unique venture, but it can also be a treacherous one if you are not careful enough. This is why it's so important to take heed of the wise words you read here today.

Plan your budget religiously and honor your plans. This is the only way you will be able to play your beloved games without worrying about the gaming experience.

Monday, October 9, 2023

PHLPost welcomes move to preserve the historic MCPO Building

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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has taken initial steps towards restoring the fire-hit Manila Central Post Office (MCPO) building.

“We welcomed the move of Secretary Christina Frasco of the Department of Tourism (DOT) to aid in the funding of the Detailed Architectural and Engineering Study (DAES) through the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA)”, Postmaster General Luis Carlos said.

The Department of Tourism is now looking at developing the iconic building as part of a cultural circuit in the City of Manila.

Built in 1926, the Manila Central Post Office was declared an Important Cultural Property by the National Museum of the Philippines in 2018. Likewise, cultural properties with exceptional cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the country, are eligible to receive government funding for its protection, conservation, and restoration.

The building is a neoclassical architecture designed by Filipino’s Juan Arellano and Tomas Mapua.

The Inter Agency Task Force for Cultural Heritage (IATF-CH) is composed of cultural authorities including the DOT, PHLPost and the City of Manila, worked together in the formulation of Detailed Architectural and Engineering Study (DAES) which is now with TIEZA for the procurement process.

“As you can see, this is an integrated, multi-sectoral and collaborative process whereby different agencies come together to address complex challenges in order for us to immediately restore the historic edifice”, PMG Carlos added.

While PHLPost is waiting for the implementation of DAES, a conservation architect has been tapped to identify the items or materials left by a fire that has historical value and facilitate its tagging, cataloging, and retrieval to serve as a reference in the actual restoration of the MCPO building.

PHLPost is also working on the shoring of the building. This is a process to temporarily support the structure, vessel, or trench with shores (a timber or metal props) to avoid danger of collapsing during repairs or alterations.

“After the fire, the rain waters are trapped in the third floor. PHLPost undertook declogging of the gutters and now rain waters are running off the building”, he said.

PHLPost has received different proposals as to the use of the building. “For as long as the IATF-CH has no reservation on the use of the building, PHLPost is open for any collaborations on the building.” PMG Carlos added.

A Game-Changer in Quezon City’s Hospitality Landscape: The Ascott Limited Unveils Citadines Roces Quezon City

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The Ascott Limited (Ascott) is thrilled to announce the upcoming opening of its latest serviced residence, Citadines Roces Quezon City, located in the vibrant Quezon City. 

With its prime location in Don A. Roces Avenue Diliman, Citadines Roces promises to be a premier destination for both business and leisure travelers seeking a comfortable and convenient getaway experience in the heart of Metro Manila.

Once completed, Citadines Roces Quezon City holds the potential to establish the Ascott Limited within Quezon City, leading to growth opportunities and further brand awareness to the northern parts of the metro.

Quezon City, the largest city in Metro Manila and the capital of the Philippines has been experiencing rapid growth in terms of development.

As a recognized emerging district with established townships and mixed-use communities, the city has become a hub for multinational companies and government offices.

Citadines Roces Quezon City is strategically situated near these businesses, as well as shopping malls and renowned companies, providing the utmost convenience to its potential residents.

Set to open its doors in November 2023, the serviced residence offers 200 well-appointed suites, including studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. 

Each residence is thoughtfully designed to provide a combination of style and comfort while also showcasing its modern look designed for functionality. Future guests of the property can expect a seamless blend of contemporary amenities and top-of-the-line personalized services to cater to their needs and preferences.

The serviced residence boasts a range of exceptional amenities, ensuring that every guest is in for a well-rounded living experience. 

From a retail podium offering convenient shopping options to performance spaces that inspire creativity, Citadines Roces Quezon City is designed to cater to the most diverse type of travelers. 

The property also features an all-day dining restaurant, function spaces for meetings and events, a swimming pool, a fully equipped fitness center, and a resident’s lounge for both relaxation and socializing.

“As we introduce Citadines Roces Quezon City, we are excited to offer a dynamic and modern living concept that meets the evolving needs of today’s travelers,” said Philip Barnes, Ascott’s Country General Manager. 

“With its strategic location and an array of amenities, Citadines  Roces is poised to be a preferred choice for those seeking a comfortable and convenient serviced residence experience in Quezon City.”

As The Ascott Limited expands its presence in the Philippines, Citadines Roces Quezon City represents the brand’s commitment to offering an unparalleled level of comfort, convenience, and contemporary living in prime locations nationwide. 

Citadines Roces Quezon City is set to open its doors in November. For reservations and updates about the property, visit the official website and its social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.

About The Ascott Limited

Since pioneering Asia Pacific’s first international-class serviced residence with the opening of The Ascott Singapore in 1984, Ascott has grown to be a trusted hospitality company with more than 930 properties globally. 

Headquartered in Singapore, Ascott’s presence extends across more than 220 cities in over 40 countries in Asia Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the USA. 

Ascott’s diversified accommodation offerings span serviced residences, coliving properties, hotels and independent senior living apartments, as well as student accommodation and rental housing. Its award-winning hospitality brands include 

Ascott, Citadines, lyf, Oakwood, Quest, Somerset, The Crest Collection, The Unlimited Collection, Preference, Fox, Harris, POP!, Vertu and Yello; and it has a brand partnership with Domitys.

 Through Ascott Star Rewards (ASR), Ascott’s loyalty programme, members enjoy exclusive privileges and offers at participating properties.

A wholly owned business unit of CapitaLand Investment Limited, Ascott is a leading vertically-integrated lodging operator. Harnessing its extensive network of third-party owners and in-market expertise, 

Ascott grows fee-related earnings through its hospitality management and investment management capabilities. Ascott also expands its funds under management by growing its sponsored CapitaLand Ascott Trust and private funds.

For more information on Ascott’s industry record of close to 40 years and its sustainability programme, please visit Connect with us on Facebook,  Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About CapitaLand Investment Limited (

Headquartered and listed in Singapore, CapitaLand Investment Limited (CLI) is a leading global real estate investment manager (REIM) with a strong Asia foothold. 

As at 30 June 2023, CLI had S$134 billion of real estate assets under management, and S$89 billion of real estate funds under management (FUM) held via six listed real estate investment trusts and business trusts, and more than 30 private vehicles across Asia Pacific, Europe and USA. Its diversified real estate asset classes cover retail, office, lodging, business parks, industrial, logistics and data centres. 

CLI aims to scale its FUM and fee-related earnings through fund management, lodging management and its full stack of operating capabilities, and maintain effective capital management. 

As the investment management arm of CapitaLand Group, CLI has access to the development capabilities of and pipeline investment opportunities from CapitaLand’s development arm. 

As a responsible company, CLI places sustainability at the core of what it does and has committed to achieve Net Zero emissions for scope 1 and 2 by 2050. 

CLI contributes to the environmental and social well-being of the communities where it operates, as it delivers long-term economic value to its stakeholders.

Enjoy Exploring the World with Travel Insurance


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Travel Coverage for travel delays lost checked luggage, emergency response, natural disasters, and personal liability. 

An unforeseen event in your home country for which you to need to go home (trip interruption) Up to $5,000 Unplanned overnight stay Up to $100 per day for up to 2 days Lost checked luggage Up to $3,000 per active insurance period, $500 per item. Up to $ 6,000-lifetime max. Accommodation in a different place if a natural disaster causes evacuation
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