Saturday, February 17, 2024

FDCP to screen Filipino romantic films for free with “Sine Sinta: Pag-ibig at Pelikula”

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This February, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) celebrates the month of love with “Sine Sinta: Pag-ibig at Pelikula,” a showcase of Filipino classic and contemporary romance films from February 16-23, 2024 at Ayala Malls Trinoma, The Metropolitan Theater (MET) and FDCP Cinematheque Centres, along with a curated lineup of films that will be available on JuanFlix: The FDCP Channel at the end of the month.

Through Sine Sinta, the FDCP aims to showcase the best of Philippine romantic films by making them available to the general public for free. Moreover, the national film council aims to encourage audiences to enjoy the communal experience of watching timeless Filipino films on the big screen.

“Sana po ay makapagbigay ng saya at buhay muli sa inyong mga puso ang mga pelikulang inihanda namin,” Chairman and CEO Tirso Cruz III said in a statement. “Ito rin ay para anyayaan tayong lahat na magbigay ng pag-ibig sa mga kapwa nating Pilipino, upang matandaan natin na ang pag-ibig ay para sa lahat.”

February 16: Special Screening of “One More Chance” at Trinoma

Sine Sinta 2024 will officially commence with a special screening of the digitally restored and remastered film “One More Chance” on February 16, 4:30PM at Trinoma Cinema 6.

Directed by Cathy Garcia-Sampana and top-billed by Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz, “One More Chance” tells the story of two former lovers who try to move on with their lives while constantly being reminded of their past relationship.

February 18: “Kita Kita” Screening at the MET

In partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Sine Sinta presents a screening of Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s critically acclaimed film “Kita Kita” on February 18, 2:00PM at The Metropolitan Theatre. This screening will be followed by a talkback session entitled “From Script to Screen: The Journey of Kita Kita” with Sigrid Bernardo and Seymour Sanchez.

“Kita Kita” follows the friendship and burgeoning romance between a blind Filipina tour guide and her neighbor in Japan. Starring Alessandra de Rossi and Empoy Marquez, this film premiered at the 12th Osaka Asian Film Festival in Japan and became one of the highest-grossing films in the Philippines.

February 17 & 20-23: Sine Sinta screenings at FDCP Cinematheque Centres

FDCP Cinematheque Centres in Manila, Iloilo, Davao, Nabunturan, and Negros will screen classic and contemporary Filipino films on February 17 & 20-23 in celebration of Sine Sinta.

● “Giliw Ko” (1939)

Directed by Carlos Vander Tolosa and produced by LVN Pictures, Filipino musical romance film “Giliw Ko” tells the tale of a country girl named Guia who is captivated by Hollywood and the attention of a wealthy suitor named Antonio.

This film is also included in the program “Classic Saturdays,” held every third Saturday of the month at Cinematheque Centres.

● “Radio Romance” (1996)

Top-billed by Claudine Baretto and Rico Yan, Jose Javier Reyes’ film “Radio Romance” tells the story of a disc jockey who receives a love letter from one of her listeners, professing his desire to meet her in person.

● “Hey Babe!” (1999)

Directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal, “Hey Babe!” follows a superstitious teenager who thinks she found the man of her dreams after receiving advice from a sketchy fortune teller.

● “One More Chance” (2007)

Cathy Garcia-Sampana’s “One More Chance” revolves around a long-time couple who seems destined for each other, but frictions and differing ambitions break them apart.

● “Never Not Love You” (2018)

A film by Antoinette Jadaone, “Never Not Love You” tells the story of young lovers who try to build a life together until career opportunities send them to a different country, where their relationship will be tested.

● Sine Sinta Shorts

- “Living Things” (2020) by Martika Escobar

A woman wakes up and discovers that her decade-long lover has turned into a cardboard standee of himself.

- “Pusong Bato” (2014) by Martika Escobar

A middle-aged faded actress named Cinta Dela Cruz tries to relive and remember her glorious days as a movie star in the 1970s. She does this by watching films at home everyday until one day, during an earthquake, something breaks into her window and wakes her up from her Hollywood dream.

- “Hiraya” (2022) by Kaloy Cabarrubias

A couple celebrates their anniversary in a Discord call. They begin daydreaming about their plans and ambitions before one of them unfolds an unexpected truth.

- “If I Could Give You the Moon” (2022) by Francis Tavas

A longing teenage boy is engulfed by sadness as he realizes the absence of his beloved moon in the vast night sky. Would reality give way to this fantastical tale?

- “Within Frames: Us in Different Worlds” (2023) by Jasper Tan

A young couple named Vince and Elle face an inevitable challenge in their relationship.

- “Please, Remember This Night” (2023) by Joshua de Vera

After failing to catch the last train ride, a bond grows between two strangers when they decide to walk towards an alternate route.

- “Two-Part Ways” (2022) by Aldrin de la Paz

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mara gives her best shot to rekindle her relationship with her husband after reminiscing their time together living in an apartment,

- “Love in the Ungodly Hour” (2021) by Bradley Jason Pantajo

This short film tells the story between two young men, separated after one of them contracted a highly stigmatized disease. Years later, the guy who abandoned his former lover comes back in need of love and acceptance, which he failed to provide in their previous relationship.

February 17 & 20-23: Screenings at Cinematheque Centre Manila

The Cinematheque Centre Manila will host screenings of Filipino contemporary romantic films in line with this year’s celebration of Sine Sinta.

● “That Thing Called Tadhana” (2014)

Antoinette Jadaone’s critically acclaimed film “That Thing Called Tadhana” returns to the big screen this February for Sine Sinta. The film revolves around two strangers who form an unexpected friendship that would take them out of a crowded airport and into the secluded city of Sagada, where they would try to mend each other’s hearts.

● “Love You to the Stars and Back” (2017)

“Love You to the Stars and Back,” also directed by Antoinette Jadaone, tells the story of a young eccentric woman who bonds with a terminally ill man while on the road.

● “Isa Pa, With Feelings” (2019)

Prime Cruz’s “Isa Pa, With Feelings” is about a frustrated architect who finds solace from her deaf neighbor, but their relationship gets complicated as miscommunication kicks in.

● “I’m Drunk, I Love You” (2017)

Directed by JP Habac, “I’m Drunk, I Love You” tells the story of two college best friends who go on a last road trip where they settle how they really feel for each other.

February 23: FDCP Film Talks on Sine Sinta at Cinematheque Centre Manila

The Cinematheque Centre Manila will host a Film Talk entitled “From Classic Kilig to Modern Love: Filipino Romantic Movies Revisited” with critically acclaimed Filipino filmmakers

Antoinette Jadaone and JP Habac as panelists.

This Film Talk will be a retrospective on classic and contemporary Filipino romantic films and their contribution to Philippine cinema and popular culture.

February 23: Sine Sinta films on JuanFlix: The FDCP Channel

Sine Sinta offers a curated lineup of films on JuanFlix: The FDCP Channel, ranging from classics that made a lasting impact on Philippine cinema to contemporary films that capture the complexities of romance in the present milieu.

● “Ikaw Ay Akin” (1978)

Directed by National Artist for Film Ishmael Bernal and top-billed by veteran actors Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, and Christopher De Leon, “Ikaw Ay Akin” tells the story of a man’s conflicting feelings between his long-time partner and a woman he just met.

● “Haplos” (1982)

Butch Perez’s “Haplos” follows a man who becomes involved with two women: one he has known since childhood and a mysterious woman he met in the town cemetery while visiting the grave of his departed mother.

● “Hihintayin Kita Sa Langit” (1991)

Loosely adapted from Emily Brontë’s literary classic Wuthering Heights, Carlos Siguion Reyna’s “Hihintayin Kita sa Langit” revolves around the love affair between a young woman

and a street urchin whom her father adopted, but they are forced to part ways when the woman decides to marry her wealthy suitor.

● “Got 2 Believe” (2002)

In Olivia Lamasan’s romantic comedy film “Got 2 Believe,” a wedding planner who is desperate to get married before the age of 25 enlists the help of a cynical wedding photographer, who agrees to find her a partner.

● “Changing Partners” (2017)

Dan Villegas’ musical drama “Changing Partners” is told through the perspective of different genders. The film explores the disintegrating relationship between a couple with a 15-year age gap, whose differences become more evident after six years together.

● “Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus” (2018)

Directed by Dwein Baltazar, “Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus” follows the lives of four men living in Avenida who find their deepest desires personified by a woman named Aileen.

These titles are available on JuanFlix via subscription, which starts at PHP 99.00/month or PHP 499.00/year. Visit to learn more about JuanFlix’s collection of Filipino classic and contemporary films and World Cinema titles.

Sine Sinta: Pag-ibig at Pelikula is in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), The Metropolitan Theater, Ayala Malls Cinema and Trinoma, and is supported by ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN Film Restoration (Sagip Pelikula), ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. (Star Cinema), JuanFlix, and Cinematheque Centres.

Visit FDCP’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for more news and updates.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

UPMV K9 builds disaster resiliency through dog training

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After just two days of guidance, the results of the UPMV K9 Basic Obedience Workshop speak for themselves.

In an effort to promote the better care, appreciation, and utilization of dogs in local communities, this hard-working multisectoral group of volunteers is offering the public basic and advanced K9 training courses.

The UPMV K9 Corps recently graduated over two dozen happy pet owners from its two-weekend Basic Obedience Workshop held last February 3 and 10. Students and professionals from all walks of life with a common love for dogs came away amazed at how better behaved their pets could be and were also surprised at how much better they could bond with their furry companions.

UPMV K9 vice president and lead trainer Audie Menez starts off the UPMV K9 Basic Obedience Workshop with some tips and pointers before hitting the field in earnest.


“Contrary to popular belief, dog training is as much about the owner as it is about the pet,” explained UPMV K9 president Elah Tendero. “We don’t just teach dogs how to behave. We teach people how to better understand and communicate with their dogs.”

The workshop was conducted for a minimal fee to help the UPMV K9 Corps raise funds for its main goal of providing free Search and Rescue training to help civilian volunteers and their beloved pets play active roles in disaster response efforts. This free but comprehensive six-month training includes obedience as well as search-and-rescue training for the dogs, and also imparts disaster response and outdoor survival skills to the volunteer handlers.

Volunteer K9 instructors and handlers (in orange uniforms) teach obedience training techniques useful for anyone who owns a dog: everything from proper leash handling to sitting, staying, and recall.


“Sadly, more often than not, pets get neglected or forgotten in the event of a disaster. They often get left behind as communities evacuate,” Tendero laments. “But more than just being our companions, our dogs can also be of invaluable assistance in disaster response and relief efforts.”

Established in 2017, the UPMV K9 Corps is a non-profit organization established in partnership between the University of the Philippines, the Metro Manila Development Authority, and the UP Vanguard Inc. To date, there are already close to a hundred volunteers and K9s in the program, with openings for Batch 11 to be announced soon.

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VP-Sec. Sara underscores valuable insights of SEAMEO Centers to MATATAG implementation during Malaysia visit

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Vice President of the Philippines and Secretary of Education Sara Z. Duterte cited the successful education strategies of the Malaysian Ministry of Education and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Centers which can offer valuable insights for the Philippines in its implementation of the MATATAG Agenda and curriculum.

“Making the curriculum relevant is one of our thrusts, and the lessons on science and math teaching from RECSAM [Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics] can help us achieve this,” VP-Sec. Sara said in her speech during an official visit to SEAMEO Regional Tropical Medicine and Public Health (TROPMED) Network Malaysia.

“We will also learn from SEAMEO SEN’s [Regional Centre for Special Educational Needs] inclusion programmes on how to ensure the well-being of all our learners. TROPMED Malaysia’s initiative will help support the health of our learners and teachers, and establish a safe and healthy learning environment for them,” she added.

VP-Sec Duterte commended the SEAMEO RECSAM for its forward-thinking science and mathematics programs, like the Space Education Hub and the upcoming Makerspace, envisioned to be a hub for creativity and hands-on learning, and the SEAMEO SEN for championing inclusive education.

The Education Secretary likewise lauded TROPMED’s One Health Initiative.

The three centers support the shared goal of inclusive, quality education, as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, and will help reach goals faster, especially in educational and scientific development.

As president of the SEAMEO Council, VP-Sec. Sara’s visit aimed to strengthen ties in education, science, and culture between the Philippines and Malaysia.

“The collaboration between our Ministries of Education and the SEAMEO Centres will hopefully pave the way for new programmes towards achieving our vision for an innovative, inclusive educational system. I believe that cooperation and collaboration can foster unity and stability for our learners, for our countries, and for the region,” VP-Sec. Sara said.

Duterte met with Honorable Fadhlina Sidek, Malaysia’s Minister of Education, to discuss the critical role of education in a nation’s growth, innovation, and a hopeful future. She also had a courtesy call to the Honourable Dato’ Sri Fadillah Yusof, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.

DepEd, partners call for more opportunities for women in STEM field

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Underscoring the importance of involvement, diversity, and access of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field, the Department of Education (DepEd) gathered around 500 female learners and teachers to celebrate the 2024 International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 13.

Spearheaded by the External Partnerships Office- International Cooperation Office (EPS-ICO), the event featured activities promoting equality, science and technology, and environmental conservation. The event highlights student exhibitors who showcased their projects and inventions that won them awards in their schools.

"Together, let us champion the cause of gender equality and build a future where every girl, every woman can reach for the stars and unleash their scientific potential,” DepEd NCR Regional Director Jocelyn D.R Andaya said in her welcome message.

RD Andaya, also underscored the significant shift of enrollees in the STEM programs of DepEd. In SDO Manila alone, 51% of STEM program enrollees are girls, signaling the narrowing of gender gaps in science and technology among girls and boys.

Additionally, the program also highlighted the efforts of DepEd partners in ensuring that girls were given the same importance, opportunities, and platforms in the male-dominated field.

Executives from partner organizations and agencies like the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, Inc., FELTA Multimedia Inc., Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), UNILAB Foundation Inc., Department of Science and Technology (DOST), STI Education, and Empower Ability gave presentations on how their organizations and agencies can act as a springboard for female learners who wishes to pursue further education and careers in STEM.

Afterward, the learners were given an opportunity to ask the guest panelists questions during the program's open forum part.

Member learners and teachers for Youth for Environment in Schools (YES-O) are also invited to the event as the program kicked off with an onsite eco-tour led by SM Supermalls.

In this tour, the 35 participants were guided inside SM North EDSA to their facilities on solid waste management, water conservation, energy efficiency, and air quality programs. The eco-tour aims to inspire these YES-O officials and members to take part in the responsibility and caring for the environment.

UP Atmospheric Physicist Takes to the Skies with NASA: Monitoring Air Quality on NASA817

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Dr. Gerry Bagtasa of the UP Diliman College of Science – Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (UPD – CS IESM) took flight with NASA last Sunday, February 11, 2024, as part of an air pollution measurement campaign called ASIA-AQ (Airborne and Satellite Investigation of Asian Air Quality).

NASA817—more specifically the NASA DC-8 plane—is an airborne science laboratory based in NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California. It is flown to other parts of the world to gather data to support the research and experiments undertaken by the global scientific community.

The objective of this particular series of flights with the Filipino team, consisting of DENR-EMB, the Manila Observatory, and Dr. Bagtasa, was to assess the air quality of multiple Asian cities by utilizing satellite remote sensors and air quality models. With the equipment of the modified Douglas DC-8 jetliner, they were able to observe the atmosphere and detect various pollutants such as particulate matter, ozone, carbon dioxide, and methane, which are not usually locally measured above the ground.

“The purpose is to improve our understanding of the dynamics of air pollution in the region,” Dr. Bagtasa said.

With the Filipino team, they were able to help plan the flights by providing air quality and weather forecasts. They also provided insights into local weather patterns, drawing from Dr. Bagtasa and the Manila Observatory’s recent publications and expertise in contextualizing the data being collected.

Flight path of the 8-hour trip around Metro Manila and surrounding regions flying alternately between 1000 ft and 10,000 ft. 

The Experience

NASA817 flew four times to the Philippines on February 6, 7, 11, and 13, and for each flight, there were a few available seats for observers. Dr. Bagtasa and scientists of the Manila Observatory and DENR joined different flights, and of the 8-hour experience, the plane would constantly change altitudes from 1000 ft to 10,000 ft, then back again, to gather more data at different levels of elevation throughout the region.

“In almost any airplane ride, we encounter some brief bumpy to very bumpy, turbulent moments, right? Imagine that happening for 8 hours—the flight was brutal. I guess mainly due to the low-altitude nature of the flight,” Dr. Bagtasa commented. “And to make it more exciting, I experienced the hardest of hard turns and rolls in an airplane during the flight.”

With humor, he also went on to say, “Most of the researchers on the plane wear some transdermal patch behind the ear for motion sickness. I didn't, and I was in the backmost seat. After around 5 - 6 hours into the flight, considering that I've been on probably >100 flights in my lifetime, it was my first time to throw up in a plane ride.”

Despite the bumpy ride, the flights are crucial to the campaign, ASIA-AQ. NASA’s project presents an avenue for international cooperation, partnering with local scientists, researchers, and experts to implement a unified strategy across various Asian nations in addressing not only regional air quality concerns but also gaining a broader understanding of the interpretation of satellite data and air quality modeling.

Dr. Bagtasa and the Manila Observatory partnered with the DENR to join the flights to provide their local knowledge on the air pollution of the country. While the data gathered on these trips are still being processed and have yet to be published, NASA817 will now move on to South Korea, taking measurements in Taiwan on the way. After Seoul, it will then fly to Malaysia and Thailand. After the ASIA-AQ campaign, the NASA DC8 will be retired.

By: Maria Alexandra Marmol


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Worldbex Services International, the leading event organizer in the country, hosted a momentous Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing during the exhibitors' orientation for WORLDBEX 2024, held at SMX Convention Center Manila on February 7,2024.

The MOA signing ceremony served as a symbolic gesture of commitment and collaboration between Worldbex Services International and its esteemed Sponsors as they prepared for the highly anticipated Worldbex 2024 event. 



WORLDBEX 2024 promises to be a groundbreaking event, bringing together industry leaders,innovators, and enthusiasts to explore the latest worldwide trends and global developments in the field. With the support and participation of its sponsors, partners, and exhibitors, Worldbex Services International is poised to deliver another successful and impactful exhibition that will Drawn everyone to Ascendancy.

WORLDBEX 2024 will be happening on March 14-17, 2024 at TWO MEGA Venues! World Trade Center Metro Manila and SMX Convention Center Manila.

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Taking care of yourself this Valentine's day and beyond

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Making responsible choices, especially concerning your future, is crucial.

This is particularly true when it comes to sexual activity, which can have significant physical, emotional, and legal implications for teens. Prioritizing safety, consent, and clear communication is essential in any situation involving sexual activity.

The recent study by the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) offers valuable insights.

Their Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS5), known as the most comprehensive source of information on young people's sexual and reproductive health, found a significant decline in teenage pregnancy rates.

The proportion of young women aged 15-19 who have begun childbearing dropped sharply from 13.7 percent in 2013 to 6.8 percent in 2021.

The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) suggests this positive trend could be partly due to the government's sustained efforts, alongside civil society and development partners, to reduce and prevent adolescent pregnancies. These efforts likely involved education, awareness campaigns, and improved access to reproductive health services.

This decline highlights the effectiveness of responsible decision-making and access to information. Choosing to delay sexual activity allows young people to focus on their education, personal development, and future goals. Additionally, understanding consent and practicing safe sex are crucial for protecting physical and emotional well-being.

Remember, making informed choices empowers you to build a brighter future for yourself. Always prioritize your safety and well-being when making decisions about your sexual health.

While teenage pregnancy rates have declined, thanks to factors like reduced premarital sex and better contraceptive use, a worrying trend has emerged: an increase in live births among very young adolescents, especially 10-14 year olds, according to the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) and Civil Registry and Vital Statistics (CRVS) data.

This calls for heightened vigilance, particularly as Valentine's Day approaches. This holiday can fuel curiosity among young people, leading some to believe it's a time defined by romantic gestures, potentially leading to risky sexual behavior and early pregnancy.

To navigate this season and beyond safely, remember these crucial points:

1. Love doesn't require sexual activity: True love and affection can be expressed in many ways, without the pressure to engage in sex.

2. Consent is key (walang pilitan): Always ensure both partners have clear and enthusiastic consent before any sexual activity. Open and honest communication with your partner is crucial. Discuss boundaries, desires, and expectations beforehand to ensure that you both feel comfortable and respected. Consent is non-negotiable

3. Prioritize your safety and well-being: Don't feel pressured to engage in activities that make you uncomfortable or unsafe.

4. Protect yourself (matutong magbasa-basa at magtanong): Educate yourself about safe sex practices and use reliable contraception, if applicable.

5. Consider emotional readiness (ready ka na ba talaga?): Sexuality is not just physical; it involves emotional intimacy as well. Make sure you and your partner are emotionally ready for the potential consequences of sexual activity, such as feelings of attachment or regret.

6. Use protection (dapat protektado ka): If you decide to have sex, always use protection to prevent unwanted pregnancy and reduce the risk of STIs. Condoms are highly effective when used correctly and consistently.

7. Avoid pressure (huwag mo munang isuko ang Bataan kung kinakailangan):

Never feel pressured into sexual activity by your partner or anyone else. It's okay to say no, and your boundaries should always be respected.

8. Get tested (huwag mahiya at magpa-test): If you've been sexually active before or plan to be, consider getting tested for STIs regularly, even if you don't have any symptoms. Many STIs can be asymptomatic but still pose health risks.

9. Know the legal implications (may mga batas ukol rito): Be aware of the legal age of consent in your area and understand the potential legal consequences of engaging in sexual activity with someone under the age of consent.

10. Plan ahead (anong balak mo?): If you anticipate being sexually active, make a plan for contraception and protection beforehand. Keep condoms or other contraceptives on hand and know how to use them correctly.

11. Seek support and guidance (makinig sa mga payo): If you have questions or concerns about sex, relationships, or sexual health, don't hesitate to seek guidance from a trusted adult, healthcare provider, or a reputable source of information.

Remember, your well-being is paramount. Celebrate Valentine's Day and other occasions in a way that respects yourself and others. Make responsible choices that prioritize your safety and future.

Remember, sexual activity is a significant decision that should be made thoughtfully and responsibly. Your health, safety, and well-being should always be the top priority. If you're unsure or uncomfortable, it's okay to wait until you feel more confident and prepared.

PLDT Global, U.S.-based Next Generation Advanced 911 bring advanced emergency communications system to PH

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PLDT Global Corporation (PLDT Global) is enabling United States-based technology solutions provider Next Generation Advanced 911 (NGA 911) to help boost emergency response systems in the Philippines with advanced technology, delivered through the nationwide PLDT network infrastructure. PLDT Global is the international unit of PLDT Inc. 

Under the partnership, NGA 911 will be able to provide its NG9-1-1 solution to Philippine customers like LGUs and public safety teams. NG9-1-1 is an IP-based emergency communications system that aims to improve emergency response by enabling callers to send text, photos, and videos to 911 centers, as well as receive real-time data on the location and status of responders. With NG9-1-1, responders can gain access to precise and comprehensive information regarding emergency situations, leading to expedited and enhanced response capabilities.

"We are excited to partner with PLDT Global to bring the NG9-1-1 platform to the Philippines,” says Don Ferguson, CEO of NGA 911. “NG9-1-1 will transform the practice of emergency communications and response in the Philippines. We have delivered this solution to public safety agencies across the United States. Soon, Philippine customers can gain access to NGA 911’s advanced emergency communication technologies that are currently only available in the United States. We look forward to working with PLDT Global to make this a reality.”

“With PLDT’s extensive network and digital expertise, we hope to make this technology accessible to Filipinos and create an opportunity for the Philippines to be a 911 hub in Asia,” says Roselle Dela Cruz, Vice President - Americas and EMEA of PLDT Global.

Apart from servicing the needs of overseas Filipinos, PLDT Global is also committed to bringing international solutions to the Philippines. This opens more opportunities for the country to deliver the technology needs of the global market, by leveraging on the PLDT group’s digital infrastructure.

"We are here to provide innovative platforms to our global network of carriers and enterprise customers, linking them to potential clients who might need their services not only overseas, but also in the Philippines. Through this partnership, we hope to deliver world-class next-generation 911 services to local public safety agencies and emergency responders,” says Albert Villa-Real, PLDT Global President and CEO. 

This PLDT Global initiative contributes to PLDT’s broader goal of enabling the Philippines’ digital infrastructure and boosting its ambition to become the hyperscaler hub of the region and a key destination for digital transformation and investment. For more information, visit

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Embracing Deoproce's New Era of "Skincare Beyond Compare" with Liza Soberano as brand ambassador

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Deoproce Philippines is reaching new heights with its latest tagline, “Skincare Beyond Compare”.

A well-known Korean skincare brand in the Philippines, Deoproce, is embracing the dawn of the new year with a transformative journey into its refreshed identity. While retaining its time-tested formulas and natural ingredients, Deoproce is committing to skincare education that ushers in an experience surpassing the ordinary. 

Skincare Beyond Compare encapsulates the brand’s initiative to transcend beyond the conventional boundaries of skincare and empower individuals to make informed choices about their skincare routine.

Amidst a multitude of local skincare brands that have emerged in the last few years, Deoproce stands out by going above and beyond to acquire the latest techniques, cutting-edge technologies, and the rarest ingredients nature has to offer. This commitment ensures that Deoproce addresses diverse skin concerns with precision and efficacy. 

Alongside its official local distributorship, ZFace Inc., Deoproce not only promises better-than-ever results but underscores its supremacy through a fusion of proven testaments and groundbreaking achievements.

Deoproce's skincare offerings lie in an array of meticulously crafted collections, each designed to cater to diverse skin needs and concerns.

Deoproce features several skincare collections such as the Snail Recovery Line which focuses on improving skin hydration and combating signs of aging, and the Green Caviar Line which offers skin moisturization and eliminates acne, cellulite, and wrinkles. Complementing these are other notable skincare lines including Snail Galactox, Skin Reveal, Core Firming, Aloe Vera, Body Serum, and Sun Care.

There is always a Deoproce solution for every skincare concern. Deoproce encourages you to indulge in a personalized exploration of skincare that goes beyond the ordinary and embraces the extraordinary. Let Deoproce invite you to rediscover the familiar in an entirely new and remarkable light.

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CALAX Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange Toll Collection Starts Feb 10, 2024

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MPCALA Holdings Inc., the concessionaire of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX), announces the implementation of toll rates for the Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange, as approved by the Toll Regulatory Board. These rates will be effective starting 12:01 AM on February 10, 2024.

 "The implementation of these toll rates aids in the continuous maintenance and enhancement of our toll road while ensuring efficient and safe travel for our users. 

The Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange has become a vital part of our network, significantly enhancing the connectivity and economic landscape of the region," said Mr. Raul L. Ignacio, President and General Manager of MPCALA Holdings Inc. 

The Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange, a critical section of CALAX, connects directly to Aguinaldo Highway, facilitating smoother and faster travel to key tourism destination areas in Cavite, including Tagaytay and Silang. It was opened to motorists last November 8 with a free toll until further notice. CALAX has surpassed its targeted daily traffic for the recently inaugurated subsection, with an impressive daily count of 12,000 vehicles—well beyond the projected 5,000 cars and has become an essential component of the region's infrastructure.

Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Silang East, Silang (Aguinaldo), Governor's Drive, Open Canal, and Kawit Interchange. CALAX will seamlessly connect with the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) in Kawit, further unifying key regions. 

Presently, operational segments span from Mamplasan Rotunda up to the Silang (Aguinaldo) Interchange. 

MPCALA Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), is the leading mobility infrastructure and solutions provider in the Philippines. As the toll road development arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), MPTC's portfolio includes the concession rights for North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), NLEX Connector Road, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cebu, in addition to CALAX and CAVITEX

PHLPost celebrates 2024 Chinese New Year with Wooden Dragon Stamps

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To welcome the Chinese New Year, the Philippine Philatelic Federation, Inc. in partnership with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) and Lucky Chinatown Mall unveiled the colorful commemorative “ 2024 Year of the Wood Dragon” stamps.

PHLPost Post-shop, Philately and Museum Division Head Arlene Labao, Philippine Philatelic Federation, Inc. President Rey Ong, Lucky Chinatown Mall General Manager Ms. Norico Mizoguchi and Philatelic Expert Dr. Tiong Tak Ngo led the launching ceremony and the opening of Zodiac Stamp and Painting Exhibit at the ground floor of Lucky Chinatown Mall. 

The Zodiac Stamp and Painting Exhibit is now available for public viewing until the 29th of February. “This event will also give us an opportunity to both Chinese-Filipinos and Filipinos in the country to witness and appreciate the colorful Chinese Zodiac Stamps released by PHLPost and kept by well-known collectors through the years”, Postmaster General Luis Carlos said.

The Exhibit will showcase collections of Zodiac Stamps by collectors’ Alfredo Roxas, Reynaldo Ong De Jesus and Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak.

The public can also check out the awesome and inspiring Chinese paintings and calligraphy by Prof. Chua Hu Hua.

PHLPost will also sell limited copies of the two colorful designs of the “ Year of the Dragon” stamps with denominations of P16 and P45 respectively. It releases 2,500 pieces of the limited collector’s item souvenir sheets at P200 each and 800 copies of first day cover envelopes.

PHLPost has been releasing the Chinese Zodiac-themed Lunar New Year stamps yearly to celebrate Filipino-Chinese culture and traditions.

The Chinese Zodiac is about symbolically doing away with the old of the previous year and ushering in health, good fortune, prosperity, and happiness for the coming lunar year. The 2024 Year of the Dragon symbolizes strength, courage and creativity. 

When Love Blooms Between Two Cultures

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Japanese brand Almond Koka collaborates with Auro Chocolate for a Valentine's pop-up café in  Love transcends borders especially when two share the same passion. The same is true for Japan’s most-loved almond milk brand, Glico’s Almond Koka and award-winning Filipino tree-to-bar chocolate brand Auro Chocolate – who both share the same passion for championing culinary diversity. That’s when love blooms. 

This Valentine’s season, the two teamed up to create ORINASU CAFÉ, a special pop-up cafe that marries together Japanese and Filipino cultures through lovingly handcrafted drinks and treats. Located at MITSUKOSHI BGC, ORINASU CAFÉ will add more sweetness to the season from February 1 to February 19, 2024.

Japan’s No. 1 and the Philippines’ Finest

From the makers of the globally loved brand, Pocky, Glico’s Almond Koka is Japan’s best-selling almond milk brand, known for its superior quality taste–all thanks to the company’s relentless pursuit of quality and Japanese technology. Yet another signature work of Glico’s finesse at blending great taste with nutrition, Almond Koka offers a richer and stronger nutty flavor because of the emulsifying method of adding honey and almond oil to ground almond paste. 

Collaborating with Japan’s Almond Koka is the Philippines’ premier chocolate brand, Auro Chocolate. The chocolate company carved its path to the global chocolate scene by earning prestigious awards at esteemed international chocolate competitions. For this new concept, 

Auro Chocolate prides itself in working with MITSUKOSHI FRESH in selecting only the finest Japanese ingredients – such as Matcha, Hojicha and Miso – to be used in crafting the menu. 

And in line with Auro’s meticulous, innovative, and time-tested know-how, this collaboration with Almond Koka brings out the best in Filipino & Japanese epicurean cultures. 

Organise CAFÉ

Japanese for 'weave’, ORINASU is exactly what the pop-up cafe symbolizes: the weaving of two cultures through the harmonious fusion of Almond Koka’s and Auro’s product versatility–as seen with the cafe’s limited-edition line of “Choc Au Lait” vegan-friendly drinks and snacks. 

Gracing the menu is the fascinating drink that is the Miso Salted Caramel! This luscious vegan-friendly white chocolate drink combined with Maruhide’s top-quality Miso, Auro’s Salted Caramel and Almond Koka - our take on Salted Caramel with a Japanese Twist. Served with a generous heap of White Chocolate shavings.

Hojicha is just pure bliss in a cup. Enjoy the comforting flavors of Auro’s creamy white chocolate, infused with Ikeda Senchado’s top-quality Hojicha, complemented by the richness of Almond Koka.

If you haven’t found “the one” yet, maybe the next drink could be your perfect matcha. 

ORINASU’s vegan-friendly white chocolate matcha hits the spot with its perfect balance of sweet and earthy. The Ikeda Senchado matcha creation provides that familiar grassy notes, blended with a sweet, velvety finish from Almond Koka.

If you’re looking for something bold, then you’ll surely love the luscious Dark Choc. This drink is incredibly rich yet smooth because of the combined decadence of Auro Dark Chocolate and Almond Koka. 

Completing the menu is the Dark Chocolate Stuffed with Strawberries French Toast. Each bite is a delightful burst of Auro dark chocolate filling, tarty strawberry jam with the goodness of Almond Koka. Every treat from ORINASU CAFÉ is brought to you by Almond Koka and Auro Chocolate. For more information, FOLLOW @glico_ph and @aurochocolate on INSTAGRAM.

About Glico

On February 11, 2022, the Glico Group celebrated the 100th year of its founding. In 1922, Glico’s nutritious Glico caramel in its distinctive red box first hit the shelves of a department store. 

Headquartered in Japan, Glico has since expanded into Asia Pacific, European, and North American markets with the aspiration to stay true to its founding spirit of enhancing people’s health through food.

Led by its well-loved confectionary brands such as Pocky, Pretz, and Pejoy, Glico has now expanded its portfolio to include ice cream products, baby formula, milk products, desserts, food ingredients, and raw materials for cosmetic and health products. Its health and wellness offerings such as the SUNAO range of zero sucrose, low carbohydrate food products and Almond Koka almond milk are gaining popularity outside of Japan after becoming a hit in its domestic market. 

About Almond Koka

Japan’s #1 almond milk brand is now in the Philippines! Almond Koka is produced from high-quality almonds sourced from the United States and Australia. It is rich in Vitamin E, a good source of Fiber, and is 0% cholesterol. Discover Goodness with every delicious sip of Almond Koka- available in 1L Original, Unsweetened, and Chocolate.

For inquiries regarding distributors, please contact the Glico Philippines Consumer Hotline.

TEL: (+632) 8464-1105 / Email:

Office Address: 917 Banawe St., Barangay Manresa, Quezon City

About AURO Chocolate 

- Proudly Filipino Tree-to-Bar Chocolate

Auro Chocolate is an internationally awarded tree-to-bar chocolate brand that promotes sustainability by working directly with local farmers to create fine Filipino cacao beans, ingredients, and retail products with unique and bold tropical flavors.


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UP Physicists Present Network Science Research at the House of Representatives

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Dr. Reinabelle Reyes and Dr. May Lim at the House of Representatives. (Photo credit: House Committee on Visayas Development)

Dr. Reinabelle Reyes and Dr. May Lim of the UP Diliman National Institute of Physics (UPD-CS NIP) presented their research on transport network efficiency at the recent House Committee on Visayas Development meeting on February 6, 2024.

Together with independent researcher JC Albert Peralta, Dr. Reyes and Dr. Lim used a 300-year-old math discipline called network science to model transport network systems during relief operations. They applied their model to the Visayas transport network, where they discovered that Northern Samar is the most vulnerable to relief operation delays.

Read more about their research in the press release here:

Their research opens novel ways for improving relief operations and aids policymakers in decision-making and strategic planning. Attendees of the meeting at the House of Representatives included committee leaders and members of the Visayas Region, including Hon. Karen Lolita Javier, Committee Chair and 2nd District of Leyte Representative; Hon. Francisco “Kiko” Benitez, 3rd District of Negros Occidental Representative; Hon. Anna Victoria Veloso-Tuazon, 3rd District of Leyte Representative; Francisco “Sonny” Romuar III, Committee Secretary; and Atty. Cherry Pastor-Dalauiadao, Committee Staff.

Leaders of the Visayas Region, together with Dr. Reyes and Dr. Lim. (Photo credit: House Committee on Visayas Development)

At the meeting, they discussed the need to decentralize and distribute resources such as food and key equipment to all congressional districts to mitigate delays in relief operations. They also emphasized the necessity of building transportation infrastructure in areas with no existing road networks.

“It was our first time at the House of Representatives and, though it was a bit intimidating at first, I believe in the end, we made the most of the opportunity given to us to share our work and learn from the perspectives of the House committee members, who are representatives and influential leaders for Visayas,” Dr. Reyes said on their experience.

“Doing scientific research is a very focused activity and involves discussion mostly among our small group of collaborators (and peer reviewers),” Dr. Reyes continued. “So having this opportunity to take the fruits of this work to the highest levels of leadership in the country is quite fulfilling at a different level.”

The research team aims to continue working on their research, developing an open-source, user-friendly web app that lets the public simulate different transport network systems. Dr. Reyes and Mr. Peralta will present their work at the upcoming PyCon PH 2024 conference on February 25 and 26, 2024.

Express PadaLOVE ng PHLPost naghahatid ng kilig sa Araw ng mga Puso

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Mula February 14-16, sorpresahin ang iyong minamahal at magpadala via “Express PadaLOVE” ngayong Valentine’s Day sa Metro Manila ng bulaklak, cards, stuffed toys, chocolates, cakes at iba pa sa pamamagitan ng “same day delivery” via Domestic Express Mail Service (DEMS) ng Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost).

Inaanyayahan ang publiko na bisitahin ang kanilang Valentine’s day o Express PadaLOVE Booth sa Quezon City Central Post Office at Makati Central Post Office. Sa mga magde-date o mag-reregalo na magkasintahan o mag-asawa, maaaring dayuhin ang opisina ng PHLPost upang bumili ng mga bulaklak o regalo at ipadala via postal service.

Maaring tumawag, mag-text at mag-book ng special Express Mail Service delivery sa Mobile No. 0927-245-0837 (Jeff Catayong) at 0927-676-5538 (Ms. Angel Rosales) ng PHLPost Mega Manila Area Marketing.

Ayon sa PHLPost, maaaring ring magpadala ng mensahe sa tradisyunal na pamamaraan ng pagpapadala ng liham gamit ang Valentine’s Day stamps.

Maliban sa pakulo na ito ng PHLPost, mabibili rin ang “Valentine’s Day” special stamps kaugnay na rin sa “Love Month.” Atraksyon dito ang apat (4) na iba’t ibang disensyo ng cute na “Teddy Bear” na iginuhit ni Ms. Beth Parrocha, isang kilalang children’s book author at illustrator.

Tampok sa selyo ang tanyag na “Teddy Bear”, isang popular na stuff toy, cute at huggable. Ito ay binibigay o inireregalo sa kahit anong edad. Ito ay ibinibigay bilang tanda ng pagmamahal sa isang espesyal na tagpo o okasyon tulad ng Araw ng mga Puso.

Ang mga makukulay na selyo ay mabibili at magagamit sa mga love letters na ipapadala sa mga minamahal. Ang bawat stamp o selyo ay mabibili sa halagang P16.00 at may iba-ibang disenyo.

Samantala, Ang special Valentine’s Day service ay available din sa Iloilo City (503-3279/3251267/0915-2304901), Cagayan De Oro City (0906-4966880), Tuguegarao City (0915-796-1096/0936-1118377), Cebu City Post Office (Mobile No. 0920-5052285) at Davao City (0956-6921299). 

12Go Reveals Top 10 Romantic Destinations in Asia for Valentine's Day

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12Go has prepared a list of top travel destinations for Valentine’s Day in Asia and outlined it in an article on 12Go’s website. This list is based on the internal ticket data gathered by 12Go. Analyzing the tickets sold throughout the year,12Go identified the top travel destinations for couples celebrating Love Day.

The top 10 destinations include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui in Thailand; Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh, and Hue in Vietnam; Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia; El Nido in the Philippines; and Agra in India. Thailand tops the list, with Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui being great Valentine's Day destinations. Second place goes to Vietnam with Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hue. Cambodia, with the cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, comes in third, offering a unique celebration experience. The Philippines is the fourth-best travel destination in El Nido, perfect for couples looking for a beach getaway. India takes the fifth spot thanks to the historical importance of Agra, which promises a romantic backdrop against of the iconic Taj Mahal. 

12Go is a leading online travel platform that offers transportation booking services that give travelers easy access to various buses, ferries, trains, transfers, and flights.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Getting Ready for the GGBet Sign-Up

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Do you intend to become a member of the GGBet online casino platform? This is a smart idea as soon as the resource will provide you with plenty of worthy opportunities. You will have a chance to select from a ton of cool games and a sufficient number of payment options. Plus, you will always be able to ask for proper assistance. However, you need to keep a few guidelines in mind before you start to go through the registration process. They are about to be covered in the text below.

Point 1: How Old Are You?

You need to be at least 18 years old to be able to deal with the GGBet online casino activities. 

There are no exceptions to this rule. You should know that there is no point in trying to hide your real age. You will have to complete the profile to the fullest to withdraw cash you manage to win. 

This means that basically, anyone can sign up (date of birth is not checked at the very first step of joining the platform). However, the fact of your age is about to be checked later so you must be correct about your personality data.

Point 2: Get Ready to Provide Basic Data About You

Apart from the date of birth, you will need to mention your full name, sex, address, and phone number. This will be indicated in your profile.

As for the very beginning, you only need to promote your email address (phone number can be used instead of it) and create a secure password. This is it! Certainly, you must make sure that the data is correct.

Plus, the participants have to select the currency that seems to be the most convenient for them.

You will be using either your phone number or email address and a password in order to log in to your personal account on a regular basis.

Point 3: The Sign-Up Will Take a Minimum of Your Time

This is one of the aspects valued by GGBet gamblers most of all. You do not have to be involved in the lengthy process of the sign-up. It is enough to state three pieces of data (email address or phone number, password, and currency), confirm your age, and accept the Terms and Conditions. This is it! All of this will not occupy more than several minutes. After that, you will be pleased to enjoy qualitative gambling!

The majority of gamblers do not come across any significant hardships when trying to sign up. 

The problems might take place within the logging-in but you can always ask for support. Plus, check the correctness of your data.

Point 4: What Online Casino Games Are You Fond of?

Before you become a full-fledged member of the GGbet platform, you need to consider your true gambling preferences. It is sensible to check if there are games you are in love with.

However, the great news is that the majority of gamblers will be able to find what they are seeking here at GGBet. There are quite a few cool categories of games on the site. This is what you are going to come across:

● Slots;

● Table games;

● Live casino titles;

● Instant options;

● Poker, etc.

All of this is enough, right? Plus, you are always welcome to filter the titles in accordance with the providers delivered them.

Point 5: Be Aware of the Bonuses

You should keep in mind that a lot of cool stuff is prepared for you on the platform. Bonuses and promos are surely one of the best parts of interaction with the resource.

First of all, you will get to savor a welcome bonus. It is essential to join the site and make the first deposit to be eligible for the offer. When you decide to add cash for the second time, you can also get a present. Note that the welcome pack includes getting rewards for the first four deposits you are about to introduce.

Apart from this, there is a weekly and weekend bonus. Each of these is tied to making a deposit as well. However, these presents can certainly help you win decent cash!

Point 6: Multiple Accounts Are an Absolute No

This is one of the rules established in the Terms and Conditions of the GGBet platform. You are not allowed to create several accounts on the site. Such a fact is going to be revealed, and you won’t be able to enjoy playing on the site at all.

All in all, it is always a sensible idea to have a look at the Terms and Conditions suggested on the resource. This way, you will know what to expect from joining and interacting with the site. 

If you have any questions, you can always contact the support team, and its members will help you to clarify this stuff.

Point 7: Get Ready to Receive Assistance When Needed

This has already been touched upon above. You will obtain qualitative help here basically at any time. 

There are several options for getting in touch with the support. First of all, you can always use a live chat. This is the fastest variant of receiving help. The live chat is accessible 24/7 which is very convenient. By the way, you are going to be able to have a glance at the questions and answers before you come up with a certain request in this chat.

You can always choose to call or send an email to the support team in case this seems to be better for you. Simply choose the variant that satisfies you the most.

Point 8: Are You Ready for the Tournaments?

If you have heard about the tournaments for gamblers and such stuff seems to be exciting to you, you certainly should have a glance at the tournaments accessible here at GGBet. They are a source of sheer luck without any doubt! You must study the rules and the prize pool in order to know what to expect from participation.

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