Saturday, November 11, 2023

ArenaPlus and BingoPlus committed to up the excitement of 48th PBA Commissioner's Cup

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ArenaPlus, the Official Sports Entertainment Gateway of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and its Official Bingo Entertainment Partner, BingoPlus, fully committed to make PBA Season 48 truly exceptional by bringing the entertainment and excitement level of basketball fans to new heights.

The official sportsbook of the PBA hyped up the season for basketball fans by presenting this year’s PBA Annual Leo Awards that recognizes the exceptional players of the previous season. Named after the league’s founding commissioner, Leo Prieto, the Leo 2023 awardees were led by San Miguel’s Junemar Fajardo who received his historic seventh Most Valuable Player Award during the opening ceremonies.

The brand’s very own “AstigGirls” and “BingGirls” joined the opening day entertainment extravaganza that featured young actress Chie Filomeno, boy group Alamat and the rollicking performances of Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola.

Leading up to the PBA opening, ArenaPlus co-presented the PBA Fun Run 2023 last October 22 at Bridgetown Destination Estate in Pasig City. Thousands of fans participated in this interactive event to show support for their favorite PBA teams and to enjoy the authentic PBA experiences at the ArenaPlus booth where they can play games, win prizes, and take home free merchandise as souvenirs.

The brand’s official dance group, the “Astig Girls” provided more fun and high energy at the event. PBA court idols Simon Enciso of the San Miguel Beermen, Jio Jalalon and Abu Tratter of Magnolia Chicken Timplados Hotshots, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters rookie Keith Datu, and Blackwater Bossing coach Jeffrey Cariaso played games with fans at the brand’s booth and ran with their fans on the track.

Following this pre-opening event, BingoPlus and ArenaPlus also provided fun and entertainment at the 2-day PBA Media Day held on October 24-25 at One Esplanade in Pasay City. In a Filipino culture-themed event, all twelve PBA teams gathered in preparation for the season. The GILAS Pilipinas men’s basketball team also attended the event to show support for the competing teams.

D uring the opening, ArenaPlus' official ambassador, Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, expressed his gratitude towards the brand for supporting the PBA and his basketball career.

"We're truly excited about this PBA season. I feel truly blessed to be part of the ArenaPlus family, which has given me unwavering support for my PBA and GILAS journeys. ArenaPlus is truly committed to working hand in hand with the PBA and to make basketball enjoyable and entertaining for all Filipino fans anytime, anywhere,” Scottie said.

ArenaPlus and BingoPlus proudly stand as the flagship brands of Digiplus Interactive Corp, solidifying its position as a leading gaming and leisure provider in the country. With a reputation for excellence and innovation, Digiplus Interactive Corp continues to enrich the gaming experience for Filipino players across the nation. To know more, download the app now in Google Play and App Store.

Lavatory Logistics: Understanding Aircraft Lav Carts

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Even though they are not always given the attention they deserve, aircraft lavatory carts are an essential part of the aviation business. These specialized carts are in charge of preserving the cleanliness and functionality of the restrooms found aboard commercial airplanes. As a result, travelers can rest assured that they will have access to restrooms that are both comfortable and hygienic during the duration of their flights. This extensive tutorial will go deep into the world of aviation lavatory carts and give you with six helpful recommendations to better your comprehension of this crucial equipment. 

Components As Well As Characteristics

It is necessary to break down the components and functions of airplane lavatory carts in order to get a complete understanding of their functionality. These carts come equipped with various mechanisms, including waste tanks, freshwater tanks, pumps, hoses, vacuum systems, and more. Each component is essential to the operation of the lavatory carts, which helps ensure they run smoothly and effectively. 

Portable lavatory carts are outfitted with waste tanks that have been purpose-built to collect and store human waste. 

These tanks have been designed to safely and hygienically process waste in a variety of forms. The potable water that is used for flushing toilets and giving passengers clean running water for handwashing is stored in the freshwater tanks that are attached to lavatory carts. These tanks also store fresh water. To transport waste and water to and from the restrooms, lavatory carts are equipped with strong pumps and hoses. These components are extremely important to the general function in order to grasp the relevance of aviation lavatory carts, it is essential to have a working knowledge of the process of waste disposal. These carts are responsible for the collection and management of human waste in a way that is both discrete and effective. 

In particular, vacuum systems play an important role in producing the necessary suction to remove waste from the restrooms, relieving passengers of any discomfort and protecting them from unpleasant odors. 

Water Supply 

The aircraft lavatory carts play an important part not only in giving fresh water to the lavatories so that passengers may flush the toilets but also in distributing clean water to passengers so that they can wash their hands. Tanks, pumps, and various distribution systems are all part of the system that provides water. It is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of this system in order to guarantee that passengers will have access to all of the necessary amenities while they are in the air.

Compliance With Regulations

Lavatory carts for airplanes are required to comply with the severe laws and guidelines imposed by aviation authorities because this industry is subject to a great deal of oversight and regulation. These regulations address issues pertaining to environmental concerns, processes for maintaining hygiene, and safety standards. Airline employees and ground personnel must get familiar with these regulations in order to guarantee compliance and maintain passenger safety.

Perform General Upkeep And Cleaning

The operation of lavatory carts needs to have regular maintenance and cleaning performed on them. 

Lavatory carts need to be cleaned and maintained on a routine basis so that they may continue to meet the highest possible hygiene requirements and continue to perform properly. ality of the carts because of the roles that they perform in the carts.

In order to generate suction inside the waste tanks, vacuum systems are utilized. This makes the collection of trash from the stalls in the restrooms much simpler and more effective.

The Method Of Disposing Of Waste

Sanitizing the waste and water tanks, inspecting the hoses and pumps, and making sure that all of the components are in good functioning condition are the normal steps involved in this process. It is vital to do routine maintenance in order to prevent contamination and protect the health and comfort of passengers.

Effectiveness In Work And New Ideas

The design and functioning of aircraft lavatory carts are constantly being updated and improved. The makers are continuously improving the aircraft lav cart to be more user-friendly, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly as technology continues to evolve. Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of the most recent advancements in lavatory cart technology can be advantageous for airlines that want to improve the quality of the customer experience and the services they provide.


Although aircraft lavatory carts might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the aviation sector, there is no denying their importance. The importance of their work in maintaining passenger comfort and cleanliness during flights cannot be overstated.

PHLPost launches postage stamps to mark 256th anniversary and National Stamp Collecting Month

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The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) commemorates the 256th founding Anniversary of the establishment of the Philippine Postal Service on November 13, 14 and 15 with the opening of the 3-day Stamp Exhibit highlighting the celebration of National Stamp Collecting Month to be held on at the Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on November 13, Monday to formally open the “3-day Stamp Exhibit” featuring stamp collections of Philatelic collectors. The three day exhibit is open to the public.

On the first day, PHLPost will launch the “Stamp on Stamps”, a historic milestone featuring the iconic Manila Central Post Office through the years, from its establishment in 1926 and before it was destroyed by fire.

“As a symbol of Filipino resiliency, we will not forget how this structure has stood through war and remains as proof of Manila's historic past. The iconic Post Office building, which serves as the headquarters of the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has a much significant role in the country’s history and culture”, Postmaster General Luis Carlos said.

He added, “the majestic post office building is a home to many historic and memorable events that pays tribute to great Filipinos who were immortalized through postage stamps”. Expected to grace the occasion is Tourism Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Atty. Mae Elaine T. Bathan.

On the second day, marks the launching of “Dogs in Philippine History Special Stamps'' which was inspired by the book “Dogs in Philippine History”, authored by Mr. Ian Christopher B. Alfonso. The stamps awaken our understanding and treatment of dogs as it unfolds with the history of our country. PHLPost’s have utilized the book in designing these magnificent stamps which are expected to be appreciated by Dog and History lovers. Victorino Manalo, Chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will lead the unveiling of the historic dog stamps.

These stamps include Usman, the big black pet dog of young Rizal in Calamba, Saver, a bright iconic Aspin who figured in television and films from the 1990s to the early 2000s, Moltke and Bravo, the Dalmatians of Marcelo H. del Pilar, Tigre, the dog of Pampanga Revolutionary Governor Tiburcio Hilario, Castelar, the stray Aspin adopted by an American soldier William Baker, Torpe, the iconic white Aspin of Don Tranquilo Ruiz, Smoky, a female Yorkshire Terrier who was hailed as the hero of Lingayen, Pangasinan and Kabang, a rescued female Aspin-crossed German Shepherd reportedly saved two kids in Zamboanga City.

On the third day, PHLPost will unveil the “National Children’s Month Stamps” which inspired by the book authored by Ms. Beth Parrocha, a known Filipino storyteller and Illustrator. The stamps coincide with the celebration of National Children’s Month which focuses on the needs of children, whether they are related to physical, mental health, education or overall well-being. These magnificent and colorful stamps illustrate our love and concern for our children’s future.

“As we increasingly communicate by email, people should not forget that there is something special that we sometimes take for granted - these delightful pieces of miniature artwork that reflects our Filipino history and heritage”, PMG Carlos said.

Other activities include the official signing of stamps and First Day Cover envelopes, selling of postage stamps, and registration of National ID by the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Friday, November 10, 2023

International Floral Design Masterclass "Nature Meets Fashion"

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This Saturday, Nov. 11, a masterclass on international floral design titled “ will be held at the Mayuree Ballroom, Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City, with Jerry Sibal, theatrical producer-director and event designer, spearheading the event.

Other international floral stylists, Indonesia’s Christian Angga Warella, Malaysia’s Thong Weng Seng, and the Philippines’ April Ong, Ken Adrienne Batino, Jevin Salaysay, Ranel Espaldon, Pie Tañada, and Christian Castillo, will join Sibal.

Lectures on floral accessories, such as overskirts, headpieces, and bouquets, complementing the creations of fashion designer Pie Tañada, are part of the agenda.

It will also highlight a fashion show and live entertainment featuring performances from “Miss Saigon” alum Leo Valdez, Acel Bisa, and the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group.

“Nature Meets Fashion” serves as a prelude to the upcoming First Philippine International Flower Festival (PIFF) in May 2024, a three-day event led by Philiff Productions Inc., the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPBP) and the Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT). The festival will showcase more than 200 floral displays from landscaping, floral designing, and interior and architectural designing components.

Sibal, known for creating magical settings, spectacular and lavish weddings, corporate events, and charity balls, has envisioned these two related events as gateways to cultivating, celebrating, and promoting the Philippines as a major producer of flowers in the region, next to Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Inspired by Zig Ziglar’s “If you can dream it, you can achieve it” mantra, Sibal has committed to helping the floriculture industry of the Philippines.

PIFF aims to (1) build a new global flower export industry for economic growth; (2) attract local and foreign investors in Philippine agriculture; (3) create sustainable livelihood for farmers and growers; (4) explore the latest developments in floriculture and horticulture technology; (5) introduce new and emerging tourism destinations; (6) introduce business opportunities for community development; (7) develop more interests on other facets of agriculture among the local communities; and (8) educate the farmers and growers on new skills.

“Nature meets Fashion” is made possible through the support of Tourism Promotions Board, Dusit Thani Manila, and the Department of Tourism.

Sponsors include Globaltronics, official digital media partner; David’s Salon, official glam team; Ascott Makati, official hotel accommodation partner; Katinko, Fioretti @Forbes, and Gardenia.

Media partners are BroadwayWorld, Village Pipol, Chinoy TV, Fashion Media,, and Scene Zone.

Special mention to Coach Gio of and

Written By: Jude Cartalaba

The wheels of science arrive to the city of gentle people

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More than their tasty silvanas and sweet sansrivals, anyone who sets foot in Dumaguete City can attest to the natives’ good natured behavior, which is felt and proven in their genuine affection and innate fascination for discovering and exploring new types of adventures – be it a science adventure. 

Welcomed by warm smiles and kind hearts, the Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute’s (DOST-SEI) nuLab: STEM in motion bus housed the country’s young and passionate Negrenses as they embarked on an exciting quest towards the world of STEM.

“Enjoy kaayo! It was really a new experience ‘cause it’s inside the bus you know,” said Leigh Emanuel Sumaya, one of the Grade 11 students of Dumaguete City National High School (DCNHS) who were invited to experience the nuLab modules, and his statement is proof of the Dumagueteños’ love and appreciation for exciting science adventures.

This nuLab escapade took off as part of the DOST’s 2023 Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) celebration in Region VII - Central Visayas, which was held from September 20-23 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. 

Joining the RSTW fun, the Institute’s nuLab bus went on a four-day roadtrip in the city to provide an interactive, state-of-the-art learning experience for senior high school students who were eager to witness and discover for themselves the real world of STEM. 

The students were taught modules on science communication, mathematics, and microbiology, paving the way for them to interact with actual scientists and STEM professionals and immersing them to the wide scope and stirring puzzles of science.

The nuLab lecturers brought the students into the future through the modern technologies and facilities provided inside the nuLab bus and back to their childhood as they let them discover and appreciate the beauty and wonder of science through exciting games and interactive science activities. They emphasized the need to promote creativity, playfulness, and self-expression to realize the true meaning of knowledge.

“Continue being fascinated. Patuloy kayong maging bata.” This was one of the remarkable advices of Dr. Joselito Delos Reyes, or Sir Jowi as his students at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) like to call him, when he taught the young Negrenses about the fun in learning science and communicating it to the public. He told students to enjoy science by embracing their inner child and holding on to their curiosity.

His module highlighted lessons on the definition and importance of science communication, as well as the different popularization techniques used by science communicators to make such more intelligible to non-expert publics. In this module, Sir Jowi also gave tips on how to combat smart shaming using science communication techniques.

UST professor Dr. Joselito Delos Reyes joins nuLab for the first time and teaches the students from Negros Oriental a module on science communication.

The young Negrenses also had fun venturing into the world of numbers with a two-hour module on Mathematics facilitated by University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños' young mathematicians Kemuel Quindala III and Jcob Malaguit. 

The students enjoyed learning about Bézier curves and plotting them in spreadsheets. They described their fulfillment in accomplishing all the challenging yet enjoyable math activities and their amusement in discovering how such can be applied in digital arts, such as in drawing vector graphics animation and sketching computer-aided designs

Meanwhile, DOST scholar and microbiologist from UP Diliman Ms. Lorraine Joyce del Rosario took the students into a secret world, one that is unknown and is unseen by the naked eye – the world of microbes.

In her module, the students learned about the tiny but mighty microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, microalgae, and protozoa, and discovered how such can be observed using a microscope.

A young Negrense takes her time observing protozoa using a microscope.

The four-day nuLab adventure helped the students explore science in a new and exciting way. It helped them remember the joy of learning by playing some of the old games and doing the same activities that they enjoyed when they were younger.

Keira Sofia Quiambao, a grade 11 student from Saint Louis School of Don Bosco (SLS-DB), testified to this and stressed how nuLab helped bring back her excitement in learning. 

“Alam niyo po kasi, this bus is no ordinary bus. It is a vehicle that transports the youth back in time and into a prosperous future. So upon entering the grounds of this bus, I knew that I am already in for an adventure,” said Keira.

Angelique Louise Lim, also a grade 11 student from SLS-DB, seconded this and described how her nuLab experience changed her perspective of learning.

“Actually, before, I was not really good in science. It was one of the subjects that I struggled with. So from this nuLab experience, I learned that science is really fun and that we can learn it in easy ways. And that there are plenty of ways where we can do that,” said Angelique.

The young Negrenses forwarded how the nuLab experience honed their knowledge and improved their ability to critically analyze things. But most importantly, they emphasized how the experience made them realize the vital role that science plays in national and global progress. 

“I know that science applies in everything, but with this nuLab experience, [I learned that] it means really everything. Technically, the more I think of it, the more I realize na dako ug role ang science sa pag-improve nitong knowledge ug pag-develop sa ‘tong country,” said Leigh.

The students were also thankful for the chance to explore and be immersed in various careers in science, as well as the different DOST scholarship offerings that they can apply to in the future. 

They echoed that nuLab is truly a grassroot for the intellect and the painstaking effort of Filipinos to flourish globally, and that the experience they gained from it motivated them to self-explore on the things that they can and contribute to the development of the country.

“I was inspired by the DOST scholars – the testimonies, the videos wherein they work with NASA, they are summa cum laude in mathematics. They are very inspiring. And, I guess, that would encourage the Filipinos to work hard to be an emblem of the intellect that Filipinos have, which can help to the betterment of our country,” said Isabella Grace Duran, a grade 11 student from Ramon Teves Pastor Memorial – Dumaguete Science High School (RTPM-DSHS), when asked about the most significant and memorable part of her nuLab experience.

DOST VII Regional Director Engr. Jesus F. Zamora thanked the DOST-SEI for their initiative to offer advanced STEM modules and introduce emerging careers in science to senior high school students in their region, through the nuLab project.

DOST Undersecretary Dr. Teodoro Gatchalian also expressed his gratitude to the Institute’s participation in the event and encouraged everyone to visit the nuLab bus.

The 2023 RSTW in Region VII also showcased the SEI's Push4Science campaign, promoting the various Undergraduate S&T Scholarships at the event’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Exhibits under the Science for the Youth [S4Y] Cluster.

DOST scholar-volunteers from Region VII are all smiles as they pose for a photo while promoting the various Undergraduate S&T Scholarships at the RSTW exhibits.

Anchored on the theme "Siyensya, Teknolohiya, at Inobasyon: Kabalikat sa Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Kinabukasan," the 2023 RSTW highlighted the various S&T interventions for the advancement of the blue economy in the region.

Aside from DOST-SEI's nuLab learning bus, the weeklong celebration also featured talks and seminars related to blue economy development.

Preceding its roadtrip in Dumaguete, the nuLab bus visited Lucban – the art capital of Quezon Province – and served students from six schools in the municipality’s different barangays, immersing them to lecture-module series on chemistry, microbiology, weather science, and mathematics.

Thursday, November 9, 2023

M Lhuillier Now Offers Cash In and Cash Out Services to GCash Users

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The Philippines’ leading and trusted financial services company, M Lhuillier has teamed up with GCash to provide seamless Cash In and Cash Out services at over 3,000 M Lhuillier branches nationwide.

With M Lhuillier's extensive branch network, GCash users can now conveniently cash in to their accounts at any M Lhuillier branch across the country. What's even better is that the Cash In service fee is waived for the first P8,000 cash in within a month. This allows users to experience a fee-free transaction for their initial deposit within the specified amount. For amounts beyond the set limit, a nominal 2% charge will be automatically deducted from the user's transaction.

For users who need to cash out from their accounts, M Lhuillier branches offer a convenient Cash Out service. With its wide locations, finding a nearby M Lhuillier branch is now easier than ever. When making a Cash Out transaction, users should take note that a service fee of 2% will be automatically deducted from their account. 

This fee ensures a reliable and secure cash withdrawal process while still maintaining a reasonable charge for the service provided.

Here’s your guide on how to Cash In and Cash out at M Lhuillier!

Cash In

● Fill out the MLKP Sendout Form.

● Provide your registered mobile number and desired Cash In amount.

● The teller will process your transaction and confirm the successful Cash In.

● Wait for the SMS notification that the Cash In was successful before leaving.

Cash out

● Fill out the MLKP Sendout Form.

● Provide your registered mobile number and desired Cash Out amount.

● Present a valid ID.

● Wait for a text confirmation. Reply with the OTP (regular load needed for prepaid

accounts) to confirm the transaction

● Receive the cash from the teller after confirmation.

M Lhuillier's partnership with GCash represents a significant milestone in expanding the accessibility and convenience of digital financial services in the Philippines. This collaboration empowers Filipinos with a reliable and efficient financial solution that caters to their diverse needs.

M Lhuillier, the Philippines’ largest and most respected non-bank financial institution, continues to uphold its promise of being the Tulay ng PaMLyang Pilipino, with more than 3,000 serviceable locations nationwide. It continuously seeks better and innovative ways to serve its community by providing fast, easy, and reliable financial services such as Kwarta Padala, Quick Cash Loan, Bills Payment, Insurance Plan, Money Exchange, Jewelry, ML Wallet, ML Express, ML Moves, and Telco and online TV Loading.

Follow M Lhuillier Financial Services, Inc. on Facebook, or visit for more information. For inquiries, contact Customer Care through its mobile number +63-947-999-0337, +63-947-999-2721, +63-917-871-2973, +63-947-999-0522, +63-947-999-2472 or email

P.A. Properties, Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corp. continue to reshape landscape of Filipinos living across the country

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In photo (L-R): HHPC Director Chikara Nakajima; P.A. Properties SVP for Joint Venture Atty. Mark Anthony Bayquen; HHPT Managing Director Mitsuhiro Nakazawa; P.A. Properties President Atty. Marianne Reyna Lina-Cruz; HHPC Senior Managing Director / General Manager Tomiyuki Matsuda; P.A. Properties Chairman Romarico T. Alvarez; P.A. Properties Vice Chairman Jonathan G. Lu; HHPC Executive Officer / Senior General Manager, Overseas Housing Division Masahiko Toda; P.A. Properties Operation Director Peter Jude T. Alvarez; and HHPC Manager, Overseas Housing Division Keiji Okamoto.

The collaboration between P.A. Alvarez Properties and Development Corporation (P.A. Properties) and Japanese property developer Hankyu Hanshin Properties Corporation (HHPC) over the years has been nothing short of extraordinary.

These two real estate companies have seamlessly woven their expertise to create not just homes but entire communities, reshaping the landscape of Filipino living.

For years, these industry leaders have embarked on various projects across the country, including those in Laguna, Batangas, and Cavite. These initiatives are not merely construction projects, they are part of P.A. Properties’ commitment to providing Filipinos with quality homes and addressing the nation’s housing backlog.

Since their groundbreaking partnership in 2017, P.A. Properties and HHPC have nurtured their alliance, leading to the development of groundbreaking communities such as IDESIA in Dasmarinas, Cavite, Lipa Batangas and Cabuyao, Laguna.

Their partnership is more than just about brick and mortar, it’s about the fusion of cultures and expertise. P.A. Properties, with its impressive track record of over 21,000 homes across 43 communities, brings the Filipino essence of home into its projects.

Meanwhile, HHPC, with its extensive experience in the Japanese real estate market, adds a touch of global finesse, creating a blend that caters to the diverse needs and aspirations of Filipino families.

Their latest endeavor, IDESIA San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan, exemplifies this synergy.

The project succeeds in creating an environment where modern living meets the warmth of community spirit.

Located at Sitio Gulod, Sapang Palay Proper, IDESIA San Jose Del Monte is spread across 15.84 hectares. It’s a housing complex and lifestyle destination in one. With 931 units of townhouses and 350 units of single-attached homes, IDESIA San Jose Del Monte offers a diverse range of housing options designed to cater to various preferences.

One of its notable features is the abundance of open spaces where residents can socialize, bond, and make connections. From lush gardens to an amphitheater and even an outdoor gym, IDESIA San Jose Del Monte provides the perfect backdrop for building relationships and creating memories with neighbors and friends.

IDESIA San Jose Del Monte is strategically located near schools, the city hall,churches, and shopping centers, which ensures residents’ convenience. Plus, with the upcoming MRT Line 7 and the La MESA Parkway project, transportation to and from IDESIA San Jose Del Monte will become even more seamless, connecting residents to the broader Metro Manila area.

IDESIA San Jose Del Monte is a 15.84-hectare development that offers a diverse range of housing options to suit different preferences. With 931 units of townhouses and 350 units of single-attached homes, there’s something for everyone. It features an array of top-notch amenities, such as a clubhouse, an indoor gym, a basketball court, and a swimming pool. There’s also a pet park, an amphitheater, a garden, and a playground.

Looking ahead, the partnership between P.A. Properties and HHPC promise even more exciting ventures. With their eyes set on new projects across the country, future homeowners can anticipate not just houses, but homes that reflect the essence of Filipino living infused with global standards.

As they continue to weave their legacy, Filipino families can rest assured that their dream homes are not just on the horizon, they are being crafted meticulously by the hands of collaboration and care, ensuring Filipinos get to live the vibrant life they deserve.

Novel:Theater presents "The Gracious Ones"

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Novel:Theater, a student-led production company of the Benilde Theater Arts program, is proud to present “The Gracious Ones” - a one-act retelling of the Ancient Greek play ‘The Eumenides’ of Aeschylus’ Oresteia Trilogy which tells a story about justice and revenge, and follows Orestes as he is hunted by The Furies, primordial creatures of the underworld who seek to punish him for the murder of his mother. 

Directed by John Angelo “Janji” Gamboa, an alumnus of the Benilde Theater Arts program, the play aims to be a thought-provoking piece that portrays how justice is defined and redefined by each party involved in Orestes’ trial. A conflict emerges between the “old” and “new” systems of justice upheld by The Furies and the Greek gods and goddesses respectively. The play then raises an argument about whether the systems in place actually uplift the pursuit of justice, or merely silence this for the sake of peace and order. 

The Gracious Ones will be staged at the 6/F Black Box Theater of D+A Campus (DAC), De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila on November 15 to 18, 2023 with shows at 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Regular ticket prices will be sold at 350 Php, but are sold at a discounted price (300 Php) for current Benilde students. Tickets are also available for our Gala Show (17 November, 4PM) at 500 Php, and come with inclusions such as one (1) tote bag and one (1) complimentary coffee from Tago Coffee Roasters Co. per ticket.

You may avail tickets through the online order form which can be found on Novel:Theater’s social media pages (see below), or through visiting the physical ticket booth at the 12/F Cafeteria in the D + A Campus.

For more information about Novel:Theater, check out their following social media pages:




Wednesday, November 8, 2023

UP scientist’s novel tech empowers rural fisherfolk

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Innovative data-driven technologies are empowering Filipino coastal communities by enabling them to make better informed decisions on when and how to utilize marine resources. 

An advocate of sustainable fishing practices, Dr. Aletta Concepcion T. Yñiguez of the UP Diliman College of Science’s Marine Science Institute (UPD-CS MSI) has been working closely with small-scale fishers and government agencies to help rural fisherfolk with technologies developed by UP scientists.

Dr. Yñiguez holds a SensPak tube, developed by UP scientists, off the coast of Bolinao in June 2021. Once lowered in the water, such devices can help scientists and fisherfolk monitor the health of the marine environment almost in real time. (Photo credit: UPD-CS MSI DOST HABHazard Program)Yñiguez and her fellow MSI researchers created ARAICoBeH (A Rapid Assessment Instrument for Coastal Benthic Habitats), an inexpensive tool for taking underwater photos of endangered areas such as coral reefs without needing to dive. She also spearheaded HABhub (Harmful Algal Bloom Hub), an online platform that facilitates the detection and reporting of algal blooms, which could threaten both the lives and livelihoods of affected fisherfolk. HABhub also provides robust early-warning systems that would allow for more proactive mitigation and enhanced understanding of these phenomena.

These and other innovations and insights from Dr. Yñiguez were the focus of a recent iStories webinar, hosted by the UPD-CS.

“To ensure the sustainable utilization and management of ocean resources, it is critical that observational, monitoring and decision-support tools are in place to provide concrete, science-based information and management. But the technologies, tools and capacity for these are sorely lacking,” Dr. Yñiguez said at the event.

“Our present efforts help bridge this gap through interdisciplinary collaborations to develop cost-effective sensors that automate ocean observation, building ocean data repositories and models for understanding, forecasting and decision-support,” she added.

For her work, Dr. Yñiguez was bestowed The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service (TOWNS) award in 2022. Given by the TOWNS Foundation, Inc., the prestigious award honors Filipinas 21 to 45 years old who have contributed greatly to Philippine society in their chosen fields.

iStories is a series of monthly innovation-themed talks, storytelling, and activities featuring local and international scientists. The initiative aims to ignite the creativity and inventiveness of young scientists not just from UPD-CS but from other institutes inside and outside UP.

Snow and Reindeer arrive for the Frost Festival in PUBG MOBILE's version 2.9 update

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On November 7th, PUBG MOBILE, one of the world’s most popular mobile games, gets ready to celebrate the holiday season in its festive Version 2.9 Update. From November 7, 2023 to January 7, 2024, players will be able to battle in Snowy Village - a themed area featuring frosty new ways to traverse and take down enemy players, as well as more treats to get into the holiday spirit. Metro Royale Chapter 17 is also on the way, and the World of Wonder is getting new objects and improvements, including a Snowy new template.

In the Version 2.9 Update, Snowy Village invites PUBG MOBILE fans to the ultimate festive showdown! Players can fight in a two-story Ice Sculpture Plaza, and traverse the map in thrilling new ways - from Snow Rails to Snowboards. If the battleground still doesn’t seem cold enough, Snowball Blasters with exciting effects will also be available. When shooting these at enemies, they’ll turn them into snowmen! They can also be shot at the ground to create snowy cover, or at water to freeze it solid.

Other snowmen can also be found in Snowy Village. Players can come across a Lucky Snowman with three Snow Toddlers hidden nearby. After finding a Snow Toddler, it will follow the player like a pet, allowing them to bring it back to the Lucky Snowman. Finding and returning all of them will reward players with a crate! Even more rewards are available in the Version 2.9 update inside Lucky Ice. Players will need to find the most effective way to break through their icy exterior to get to the prize inside.

The Version 2.9 Update also brings a variety of gameplay improvements, including new 
additions to the World of Wonder creative mode with expanded PvE options, new Editor enhancements, and a new Snowy Map Template, as well as Frost Festival objects. 

Additionally, new ‘Catch Me’ Gameplay Template updates are being added, along with Skill Management Device improvements which introduce skills related to transformation gameplay.

The new Royale Pass Ace will be available from November 14, 2023 to January 13, 2024. Players can complete RP missions to increase their rank, and receive rewards such as new 
custom colour outfits, snowbike and reindeer finishes, and more.

Players can also look forward to a thrilling collaboration with a legendary sports car brand that will be revealed very soon. Stay tuned for more details! 

Complete details about what’s included in PUBG MOBILE’s Version 2.9 Update can be 
found in the official patch notes avaiable. PUBG MOBILE’s Version 2.9 Update will be available on November 7th! Download the 
game for free on the App Store and Google Play Store. 


PUBG MOBILE is based on PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, the phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles, and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone.

For more information, please visit the official PUBG MOBILE social channels on Facebook,Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

As the Frost Festival draws near, Reindeer will begin to spawn on the map! These merry vehicles allow two players to ride together to spread cheer across the battleground. The maps will also be decorated for the season with trees full of presents and stockings filled with supplies.

BingoPlus, ArenaPlus continue to enrich Pinoy festivals by supporting MassKara Festival 2023

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BingoPlus, the first and only live streaming bingo in the Philippines and ArenaPlus, the leading sports betting application in the country, continued their joint mission of promoting Pinoy festivals by amping up the fun and entertainment of the MassKara Festival 2023 in Bacolod.

As major sponsors, BingoPlus and ArenaPlus organized interactive and memorable social, sports and cultural events that delighted Bacolodnons and tourists. The MassKara Grand Countdown Salubong, the MassKara Electrika Diva dance competition and the Electric Float Parade dazzled revelers with colorful lights and pageantry while the competitions revved up the competitive spirit and energy of the competing barangays and participants.

To make the festivity more exciting, the brands set up booths filled with fun-filled games and premium merchandise for all the attendees to enjoy for free.

One of the festival's main highlights was the Miss Bacolod MassKara Coronation Night that Marianel Tan, a communication student from the University of St. La Salle, won. She also took home the Ms. BingoPlus title and a ₱10,000 cash prize.

A spectacular BingoPlus and ArenaPlus Variety Show at Lacson Road was the highlight of the festival where popular celebrities like Kice of Idol Philippines fame, actor Tony Labrusca and Pinoy Dream Academy standout Jay-R Siaboc delivered exceptional performances together with hiphop groups Allmost, G22, Versus, Project Z and A Class, among others.

The annual celebration in Bacolod, Negros Occidental was established in 1980 to serve as a beacon of hope and resilience after a tragic sea accident occurred, that deeply affected the Negrense community. After the accident the City government enjoined the city’s artistic community, civic and business groups to hold “a festival of smiles” that would erase the sadness. Thus, carrying a rich culture and history, the smiling, colorful masks is a grand reminder to one and all that no matter what tragedy strikes, the City of Smiles and the Filipino people will survive for a better and joyful tomorrow.

This year from October 06 to 22, 2023, the City of Smiles overflowed with color and joy as it featured numerous entertaining activities.

“Our active participation in events like this exhibits BingoPlus’ and ArenaPlus’ steadfast commitment to enrich local cultures and traditions that have been a major part of the Filipino identity for centuries. Through unwavering support, we aim to contribute to the preservation of our country’s heritage,” said Jasper Vicencio, AB Leisure Exponent and Total Gamezone Xtreme president.

ArenaPlus and BingoPlus proudly stand as flagship brands under Digiplus Interactive Corp, solidifying its position as a leading gaming and leisure provider in the country. With a reputation for excellence and innovation, Digiplus Interactive Corp continues to enrich the gaming experience for Filipino players across the nation.

For more updates on the latest and upcoming cultural events of BingoPlus and ArenaPlus, visit and

Deck the Halls with Savings! TP-Link's Best Treats to Gift Yourself and Loved Ones

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Treat yourself to the latest TP-Link tech products this holiday season!

Looking for a unique yet practical gift this holiday season? TP-Link has wrapped up the perfect holiday surprises to keep you and your loved ones cozy and connected all year round, not just on the holidays.

We’ve rounded up our top picks for the most versatile and practical gift ideas that you can save on this 11.11! Score freebies and discounts on TP-Link’s list of innovative products from the latest next gen WiFi 6 to your 24/7 WiFi Home Camera. Coupled with its ecosystem of offerings, TP-Link is here to bring joy to the season.

Save up on tech gems this holiday season! Here’s a quick guide on what TP-Link product to unwrap with your loved ones:

The Archer R5 and E5 boasts a thin and sleek design, and houses cutting-edge Wi-Fi 6 technology, promising fast wireless speeds and extensive coverage for seamless connectivity throughout homes, offices, and other establishments.

Tapo Home Cameras help you stay close no matter where you are. The Tapo C210 is your First line of protection, with advanced night vision, motion detection, and 3MP Ultra High definition video camera vision that help you see what’s going on 24/7.

You can also check out the secure, smart, and easy Tapo C225. See what matters most in 360 horizontal field of view. With sound and light alarm, smart motion tracking and two-way audio, this camera offers comprehensive security and convenience. Watch over your space, kids, or pets with its Smart AI Detection and Notification as it identifies people, pets and vehicles while also recognizing abnormal sounds, notifying users as needed.

TP-Link brings bigger in-store promotions with the Deco WiFi 6 and Archer WiFi 6 models that will bring seamless connectivity to your holidays.

Deco WiFi 6 brings seamless and robust wireless coverage throughout your home or office, enhances your internet connectivity, and eliminates dead zones with the Deco WiFi 6’s line of mesh home systems.

Archer WiFi 6 is a line of routers and network devices that support the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard. Wi-Fi 6 delivers faster speeds, improved network efficiency, and increased capacity for handling multiple devices simultaneously. Archer WiFi 6 products are designed to provide high-performance wireless connectivity and support the growing demands of modern households and businesses.

Found the perfect gift yet? Get your hands on them at TP-Link’s flagship store in SM North EDSA, and online platforms Shopee and Lazada.

For more information on TP-Link, its products, services, and news, please visit its official website, as well as their social media pages ( Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram and TikTok).

About TP-Link

TP-Link is a global leader in networking and connectivity solutions, dedicated to providing innovative and reliable products to individuals, households, and businesses worldwide. The company offers a wide range of networking devices, including routers, switches, Wi-Fi systems, and smart home solutions. With a strong focus on quality and performance, TP-Link has established itself as a trusted brand in the industry.

CityDanse Academy’s Swan Lake is set to Enchant Audiences with Timeless Elegance and Melodic Splendor

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Experience the Pinnacle of Artistic Excellence: CityDanse Academy presents “Swan Lake”, an Enchanted Moment Which Unveils a Magical Experience of Dance and Harmony

Prepare to be transported into the enchanting realm of classical ballet and symphonic brilliance as CityDanse Academy proudly presents "Swan Lake, an Enchanted Moment.” This timeless variation is set to grace the stage, promising audiences a memorable artistic splendor.

A Timeless Tale Unveiled:

"Swan Lake," a ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, tells the captivating story of Odette, a princess cursed to be a swan by day and a woman by night, and Prince Siegfried, who falls deeply in love with her.

Through graceful movements, the dancers bring this timeless narrative to life, evoking a range of emotions from love and despair to hope and redemption.

Musical Brilliance:

After the breathtaking ballet performance, get ready to be swept off your feet once again! Our stage will come alive with the sensational talents of aspiring and professional singers and extraordinary dancers, bringing you an electrifying fusion of music, song, and dance. Prepare to be dazzled by their incredible artistry, as they take you on a musical journey that will leave you speechless. Join us for an unforgettable, pure entertainment and let the magic continue long after the curtains fall! 

World-Class Talent:

The production features a stellar cast of ballet dancers, each displaying unparalleled skill, precision, and artistry. Their movements, guided by the vision of the choreographer, will illuminate the stage, creating avvisual feast for the eyes. Paired with the sublime music, the performance promises to be a showcase of world-class talent and artistic mastery.

Ticket Information:

Tickets for "Swan Lake" are available for purchase online at or you may contact 0917 2726893. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness a performance that transcends time, offering a glimpse into the enduring allure of classical ballet and captivating showcase of song and dance by aspiring and professional artists.

Meet the CreatiVoicers Behind the Filipino Dub of "The Amazing Digital Circus"

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I'm" The Amazing Digital Circus," an Australian-American computer-animated comedy-horror phenomenon, has not only captured audiences with its engaging narrative and impeccable animation but has also exploded in popularity online. With its pilot episode amassing over 50 million views on YouTube and #theamazingdigitalcircus achieving more than 925 million views on TikTok, it's evident that the show is nothing short of a viral sensation. Its meteoric rise has seen the birth of a passionate fandom, inspiring a surge of fan art, memes, videos, and even sparking debates and discourse on various platforms.

The series, an indie creation by animator/composer Gooseworx and produced by the animation studio Glitch, introduces viewers to a group of strangers trapped in a virtual world by a sinister artificial intelligence named Caine. Despite its vibrant and whimsical aesthetic, the series delves deep into dark themes and unsettling narratives.

The acclaim it has received is multifaceted. The Filipino rendition, in particular, has been lauded for its authenticity and stellar voice work. Spearheaded by CreatiVoices Productions and Certified Voice Artists Philippines Inc., this Filipino dub boasts of a talented ensemble guided by the discerning hand of **The VoiceMaster of the Philippines**, Pocholo De Leon Gonzales.


- Janeane “The Golden Voice” Santos: The versatile artist responsible for the voices of Pomni, Ragatha, and Bubble. Recounting her experience, Janeane mentions, "Voicing Pomni was challenging due to the myriad of emotions the character embodies. While you must remain true to the character, there's a constant imaginative play of being in that fictional universe." Beyond voice acting, Janeane lent her vocal prowess to the Filipino version of TADC’s theme song.

- Boggs “Voice Supremacy” Francia: The chosen voice for Caine, Boggs was The VoiceMaster's prime choice. He playfully notes, "Yeah…It sounds a lot like me." Pocholo added, "If you juxtapose the original English and Filipino renditions, you'd be convinced it's the same voice."

- Jayjay “Enerjay Voice” Delos Santos: The vibrant voice behind Kinger. Sharing his connection with his character, Jayjay says, "Kinger's jovial nature makes him a joy to voice, and I wear that role with pride."

- Mac “Voice of Magic” Florendo: Breathing life into the mysterious Gloink Queen.

Reflecting on his role, Mac shares, "Being a supporting character didn't deter me. 

Released on October 14, the pilot episode of TADC rapidly garnered a massive 38 million views in just a week! Experience this Filipino auditory delight by switching the audio track to Filipino on YouTube.


For CreatiVoicers and CVAP, their mission goes beyond just dubbing. They veneratebvoice acting as an art and harness their voices to foster positive societal change. If you harbor dreams of voice artistry, begin your journey at

Tips for Aspiring Voice Artists:

If the CreatiVoicers' journey inspires you to venture into voice acting, here are some key pointers:

1. **Nurture Your Passion**: Beyond technique, it's your ardor that will propel you.

2. **Practice Relentlessly**: Train your voice consistently, like any instrument.

3. **Dive Deep into Characters**: Engage deeply with their emotions and narratives.

4. **Welcome Feedback**: Constructive criticism is your roadmap to refinement.

5. **Stay on the Learning Curve**: Enroll in workshops, attend seminars, and find mentors.

6. **Network Relentlessly**: In this industry, connections can open many doors.

7. **Adaptability is Key**: Each role is a new challenge. Flex your voice to fit.

8. **Stay Grounded**: Relish in your triumphs, but remain ever-eager to learn and evolve.

Given the enormous traction and fervor surrounding "The Amazing Digital Circus," it's poised to remain a prominent fixture in animation. As it continues its trajectory, one. can only anticipate what lies ahead for this digital marvel.

By: The VoiceMaster

Sa panahon na baon ang bayan sa kahirapan, #WagKangKuCorrupt!

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Sa isang bansang nababaon sa kahirapan dahil sa napakataas na presyo ng mga bilihin, napakalaking utang ng pamahalaan, at mababang sahod, dapat walang puwang ang confidential funds. Malaking problema ito dahil hindi matukoy kung saan at paano ito ginagamit ng gobyerno.

Hindi ito makatarungan para sa taumbayan na araw-araw ay nagpapagod magtrabaho at nag-aambag ng malaking porsyento ng kanilang sweldo sa pondo ng pamahalaan. Ang confidential fund ay hindi susi sa ating pag-unlad.

Ang panukalang kabuuang budget para sa confidential at intelligence funds sa taong 2024 ay umaabot sa mahigit sampung bilyong piso (P10 billion). Sa halagang iyan, pwede nang magpatayo ng 4,000 classrooms, mamigay ng mahigit 5,000,000 sako ng bigas, o mga 20,000 na bahay. Mas maraming makabuluhan at kapakipakinabang na proyekto para sa mga Pilipino ang maaaring paglaanan ng confidential funds.

Ang confidential funds ay mas malala pa sa pork barrel — pera ng bayan na naabuso ng mga kurap na opisyal ng pamahalaan. Hindi istrikto ang proseso ng accounting at auditing ng confidential at intelligence funds. Hindi kailangan sumunod sa procurement law para gastusin ito. Sapat na ang isang papel lang na may lagda ng pinuno ng ahensya. Hindi kailangan ng resibo, detalye, at paliwanag.

Tatlo ang panawagan ng ‘Wag Kang KuCorrupt Movement.

Una: Abolish Confidential Funds. Hindi kailangan ng confidential funds ng ating mga civilian agencies upang gampanan ang kanilang pangunahing mandato. Hindi rin ito kailangan ng ating mga mayor. Sapat na ang intelligence fund ng ating military at uniformed personnel para tustusan ang mga pangangailangan sa national security at peace and order.

Pangalawa: Ilabas ng Commission on Audit (COA) ang lahat ng dokumento na mayroon ito kaugnay sa confidential funds lalo na ang sa Presidente at Bise Presidente. Kailangang busisiin din nito ang mga programa at proyekto kung saan ginamit ang mga pondo.

Pangatlo: Magbalangkas ang Kongreso ng batas na maglilinaw sa wastong paggamit ng intelligence funds. Dapat kasama dito ang detalyado at mabusising sistema ng accounting at audit. Kailangan magtatag ng isang Oversight Committee na titiyak na tama ang paggamit sa pondo. Kailangan din ng karampatang penalties o kaparusahan sa mga mang-aabuso dito.

Mahalaga na ang bawat sentimo ng pondo ng bayan — ang pera ng bawat mamamayan — ay napupunta sa totoong serbisyong bayan. Walang nililihim, walang sinisikreto, walang ninanakaw.

Sa panahon na baon ang bayan sa kahirapan, #WagKangKuCorrupt!



Confidential funds have no place in a country mired in poverty due to sky-high prices of consumer goods, record government debt, and low wages. They are especially outrageous because of the lack of clarity on their purpose and lack of transparency on their use and audit.

This is an injustice to the common Filipino people who work tirelessly every day and contribute a considerable portion of their salaries to the coffers of the government. Confidential funds are not a key to progress at all.

The proposed total budget for confidential and intelligence funds for 2024 is more than ten billion pesos (P10 billion). This amount can be used for more important and urgent purposes that would truly benefit the people especially the poor. This amount is enough to construct over 4,000 new classrooms, hand out over 5,000,000 sacks of rice, or build 20,000 houses.

Confidential funds are worse than the pork barrel — taxpayers’ money that was abused and misused by corrupt government officials. These funds and intelligence funds do not have strict accounting processes and users do not need to follow the procurement law. All that is required is a piece of paper signed by the head of the agency. No receipts, no details, no explanations needed.

The ‘Wag Kang KuCorrupt Movement has three calls.

First: Abolish Confidential Funds. Civilian government agencies do not need them to fulfill their mandates. Neither do local government units. The intelligence funds are enough for the military and uniformed personnel to support their needs for national security and peace and order.

Second: The Commission on Audit (COA) should release to the public all documents related to confidential funds, especially those of the President and the Vice President. It should also do a follow through audit to get details of the programs and projects for which the funds were used.

Third: Congress should create a law that will clearly define the proper use of intelligence funds. The law should include a detailed system for accounting and audit. It should also create an Oversight Committee that will ensure that the funds are used correctly and accounted for. The law should also impose sanctions and penalties on those who will misuse and abuse the funds.

It is crucial that every centavo of the people’s hard-earned money goes to honest public service. No secrets, nothing hidden, nothing stolen.

At this time when the country is buried in poverty, everyone should stand against corruption. #WagKangKuCorrupt!
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