Thursday, May 6, 2021

LaLiga Grand Finale: Who will win LaLiga 2020/2021?l

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Football fires up excitement from all over the world. In Spain, it is undoubtedly the sport with the greatest expectations. The country’s most important national competition is La Liga, in which the best players from around the world participate. Even though this year there are no spectators in the stadiums, aficionados continue to follow the games through the media with much excitement.

This weekend, the top four teams in the standings will play in two decisive matches. The first in the ranking, Atlético de Madrid, will play against the third, Barcelona. The second, Real Madrid, will play against the fourth, Sevilla.

Fundación Santiago, in collaboration with LaLiga, Instituto Cervantes, and the Embassies of Spain in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, is organizing a free webinar: “LaLiga Grand Finale: Who will win LaLiga 2020/2021?”. This event will take place on Thursday, May 6th at 18:00 (for Manila & Kuala Lumpur) and 17:00 (for Hanoi & Jakarta), and may be accessed at Members of the audience who vote will get a chance to win a free Spanish course at Instituto Cervantes.

Instituto Cervantes shows the diversity of Spanish-speaking cinema with a series of documentaries

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This May, to highlight the rich diversity of viewpoints and narratives, Instituto Cervantes de Manila is presenting the online film cycle “Zonazine”, a showcase of Spanish and Latin American documentaries. The films will be shown through the Instituto Cervantes channel on the Vimeo platform ( and will be freely accessible for 48 hours from their start date and time.

The series, which comprises of four films, will kick off on May 8, Saturday, with the online screening of El cuarto reino (The Fourth Kingdom), available for 48 hours through the folllowing link: Directed by Adán Aliaga and Àlex Lora in 2019, this documentary has received several awards worldwide –-the 2020 Gaudí Award for Best Documentary and the Grand Jury Award at the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival, among them. It portrays the daily life of a can collection and recycling center in a New York neighborhood. Through René, an illegal worker from Mexico, and the relationships he establishes with his peers, the film explores the lie of the "American dream." In the face of disappointment, the escape is usually alcohol, but René also discovers beauty and art in the world around him.

The film cycle will continue on May 15 with the second documentary of the series, Para la guerra (Francisco Marise, 2018). In this war film there are no gun shots, but there is a wound: that of the lonely and tenacious Cuban ex-combatant, Mandarria, who is looking for the comrades who survived in his last mission 30 years ago, in the Nicaragua of the Sandinista revolution, in a quest to give meaning to his life. The film will be available only on May 15 & 16 through this link:

On May 22 & 23, enjoy the weekend watching Baracoa (2019) by Argentinean filmmaker Pablo Briones. This documentary portrays the daily life of two children on the outskirts of Havana, offering us their superb and natural performances with an exceptional touch and formal beauty and a humor that provokes admiration and smiles from each of its viewers. The film, which bagged the Audience Award in the 2019 Malaga Film Festival, will be available only on May 22 & 23 through this link:

Finally, the series will close on May 29 & 30 with the online screening of the Mexican documentary Una corriente salvaje (Nuria Ibáñez, 2018). With a self-contained approach, Nuria Ibáñez depicts an exceptional portrait of the human condition in this her third feature film in which she presents us with a story of friendship and distrust between two fishermen who live isolated between the desert and the sea, in a nameless and apparently unpopulated place on the Mexican Pacific coast. Catch the movie at this link:

All the documentaries, presented by Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Malaga Film Festival and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. For further information on this film series, please check out Instituto Cervantes’ website (ñol/142806) or its Facebook site (

For further information about the cultural program of Instituto Cervantes please visit Instituto Cervantes’ website (, or Instituto Cervantes Facebook page

TikTok Launches Media Solutions in the Philippines to Help Local Companies Grow their Business

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TikTok For Business levels the playing field and empowers businesses of all sizes to reach their ideal customers.

TikTok, the leading short-form video platform for creating, sharing, and discovering short-form video content, is now open to advertisers of all sizes in the Philippines. To complement TikTok's rapid user adoption in the country, local SME advertisers will now be able to join their enterprise counterparts in reaching their audience on the app through TikTok's authorised agencies and partners in the market.

TikTok has been the #1 downloaded app in Southeast Asia since February 2020 (Source: App Annie, February 2021), creating a large user base, highly engaged community, and diverse content and audiences. The app has experienced a tremendous growth in users in SEA, with 2 out of every 5 users in the Philippines being parents, and 1 out of every 2 users being purchase decision makers (Source: Global Web Index). Users have also driven rapid growth across a variety of content topics, the fastest growing being finance and money, and education.

Through TikTok For Business, advertisers in the Philippines can now reach and engage with these diverse audiences to drive their business success. Advertisers will now have access to all of TikTok's present and future marketing solutions designed for brands. TikTok aims to give marketers the tools they need to tap into unique opportunities that can only be found on the app.

Through TikTok Ads Manager, TikTok For Business empowers small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) to be discovered and connect with the community of users on the app, build their brands, and achieve their business goals. These tools are designed to support advertisers through each step of the campaign creation process. Marketers can now make the most out of the creativity of the TikTok community, reach new audiences, and optimize their marketing campaigns, all within an easy-to-use platform.

While the launch of TikTok Ads Manager is designed to empower small and medium enterprises, TikTok will continue to strengthen existing relationships with enterprise customers across CPG, Food & Beverage, BFSI, Telco, eCommerce, Pharma and Healthcare in the Philippines. Now, SMEs will also be able to enhance their advertising campaigns on the app through TikTok Ads Manager.

Grow business with TikTok Ads Manager

With TikTok Ads Manager, small and mid-size businesses will get to reach potential customers, and share their online journey in a fun and creative way. A business can advertise by creating and posting video ads with a flexible budget, including repurposing their existing creative assets to easily run ad campaigns on TikTok. Advertisers can also track the progress and success of every campaign using TikTok's vast array of measurement and analytics tools, including third-party mobile measurement partners for app developers, and TikTok's own pixel for website tracking. This helps businesses make sure that they are running effective and efficient campaigns on the platform.

A variety of creative tools are also available for advertisers to use on TikTok Ads Manager. These are:

Quick Optimisation - Adds TikTok style visual effects or opening frames to your video with a single click.

Smart Video - Leverages innovative technology to analyze uploaded videos and images, automatically selecting clips and music to create beautifully edited videos.

Smart Video Soundtrack - Incorporates music, which is a vital part of every TikTok video ad. Select from up to 4,000+ copyright free sounds

Video Templates - Turns image assets into TikTok ready videos with over 60 customizable video templates for various aspect ratios

TikTok Video Editor - Edits video creatives down to individual frames, add transitions, and precisely place elements within a video with TikTok’s free web-based video editor

TikTok's Lead Generation, the first-party solution that helps businesses reach prospects in order to convert them into potential customers with ease, is also available to businesses in the Philippines. With Lead Generation, businesses can share details of their products and services that are related, appealing, and interesting to their customers with a few simple taps.

Digital solutions for boosting business growth

2​020 was a challenging year for businesses all over the Philippines, with a crippling months-long lockdown as one of its greatest hurdles. According to the 2020 Asia Pacific Small and Medium Business Digital Maturity study conducted by International Data Corp. (IDC), 70.6% of micro, small, and medium enterprises in the country were forced to temporarily cease operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The same survey also shows that 58.8% of businesses reported zero income, while 28% had revenues drop by over 30%.

As they recuperate over the coming months, investing on digital transformation could actually help companies, particularly SMEs, to meet their business goals. It has been found that digitally mature SMEs are generally more productive, and are able to report higher revenues, versus those that are slow to adapt to digitalization. In the present scenario, digital tools have also become necessary and effective means for businesses to reach consumers. These are some of the primary reasons for the development of TikTok Ads Manager, at a time when consumers are found to opt for online transactions and interactions in light of the ongoing pandemic.

The global agency, We Are Social, reports in its Digital 2021 study that Filipinos spend an average of 4 hours and 15 minutes each day on social media, a 22-minute increase from the country's Digital 2020 average. The Philippines also led the world in social media use in 2019 and 2020. Now, through TikTok Ads Manager, SMEs gain access to this large, highly engaged local community that exists online.

"We want to give brands and businesses the ability to reach millions of potential customers online in a unique way, with every single short-form video they share on TikTok. Through the platform's easy to use advertising solutions, we hope to help businesses find their authentic voice, and enable them to maximize their creative potential in order to grow and thrive, while also being able to save on advertising expenses," said Esme Lean, Head of Small and Medium Businesses, Southeast Asia - TikTok.

Start advertising in 3 easy steps

Businesses that are interested to start advertising on TikTok may do so by following 3 simple steps:

1. To sign up for a TikTok Ads Manager account, please visit

2. You can start advertising by creating a campaign together with your video assets or design an eye-catching ad or videos using TikTok Ads Manager's creative tools.

3. Once you set your targeting, budget and creative, submit your ad for review and go live.

To learn more about TikTok Ads Manager, please visit our Help Center:

Download TikTok on your iOS and Android devices today.

Candidates Face Toughest Physical Task Yet on Episode 8 of ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition’

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Episode 8 of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” airs tonight on AXN, and the competition comes down to the wire. With only eight candidates remaining, the drama turns fierce as alliances take shape and conflicts begin to heat up.

[Ep 8 Teaser:]

This week, candidates are tested by mixed martial arts legend and ONE Championship Vice President, Rich “Ace” Franklin in arguably the toughest physical task of the season so far: survive a simulated open water helicopter crash. Needless to say, some candidates were left gasping for air.

In the business challenge, candidates face a sales challenge for the first time this season, offering upcycled products to B2B and B2C customers.

Catch the action on One Sports on Monday, May 10, at 9PM. For more information and How to Watch, check out the official site at

Meanwhile, watch Filipino MMA superstar and The Apprentice judge Brandon “The Truth” Vera as he takes on challenger, Indian wrestling champion Arjan “Singh” Bhullar in the main event for the ONE Heavyweight World Title. Entitled “ONE: DANGAL,” this tape-delayed event airs on Saturday, 15 May, and is designed to showcase the very best of Indian MMA.

About “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition”

“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” invites 16 contestants handpicked from around the world to compete in a high-stakes game of business and physical challenges. The winner will receive a US$250,000 job offer to work directly under Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong for a year as his protege in Singapore.

Athletes appearing on the show include former ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren, ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious Johnson, Indian Wrestling Champion Ritu Phogat, and ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan, among others

“The Apprentice” is one of the biggest non-scripted reality television programs in history, judging the business skills of candidates who are competing for a job offer under a high-profile CEO. It has aired in more than 120 countries. The first season of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” consists of 13 episodes.

Math whiz clinches three-peat win at 23rd PMO

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Grade 12 student Bryce Ainsley Sanchez of Grace Christian College bested over two dozen other finalists at the 23rd Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) held online last March 19 to 20, earning the top title for the third year in a row.

The honor was hard-earned: first runner up Steven Reyes of Saint Jude Catholic School, also a Grade 12 student, is a consistent national finalist in previous PMOs as well as a silver medalist in the International Physics Olympiad in 2018 and 2019. Meanwhile, the second runner up, Grade 10 student Raphael Dylan Dalida of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus, was the first runner up in last year’s PMO as well as a bronze medalist alongside Sanchez at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) the same year.

“Bryce’s achievement is all the more notable and exemplary given the challenges that everyone—most especially students like him and his fellow competitors—have had to face over the past year,” said DOST Science Education Institute Director Josette Biyo. “They all truly deserve to be called Filipino Olympians,” she added.

“Mathematics truly knows no bounds, and our students and competitors are a living testament to this,” enjoined Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) president Emmanuel Cabral.

The PMO is a long-standing tradition for the MSP, which has been organizing the Olympiad as an annual proving ground for some of the country’s brightest young minds for almost four decades. The competition is the Philippines’ most prestigious nationwide mathematics competition for secondary school students, who compete for the honor of representing the nation at the annual IMO.

Justice Carpio versus injustice Duterte


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Go Justice Carpio! Thank you for fighting for what is ours unlike yung isa dyan!!

Justice Carpio presented good arguments while our president sounded like an idiot mincing ad hominems and non sense. Gusto pa ng debate. Galing ng mayor ng China.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night said the Philippines' arbitral victory in 2016 against China's massive claims in the West Philippine Sea before the United Nations is just paper fit to be thrown in the trash.

Justice Carpio should start filing an IMPEACHMENT complaint against the current President. Duterte's treasonous actions cannot be disregarded anymore. His defense of China on the WPS row is a clear act of treason. He is choosing to side with China over the Philippines.

Justice Carpio should start filing an IMPEACHMENT complaint against the current President. Duterte's treasonous actions cannot be disregarded anymore. His defense of China on the WPS row is a clear act of treason. He is choosing to side with China over the Philippines.

Justice Carpio should accept the challenge to put Du30 where he belongs - thrash bin.

I suggest Justice Carpio must accept the challenge of the offer of President Duterte to debate the WPS issue. This will be a positive approach to lay the issue on the table and resolve once and for all.

Too many verbal exchanges on the news and internet already and we are fed up listening and reading the whinings and the blamings, an exercise in futility. The general public will surely undertand thoroughly about the issue when discussed and argued nationwide live on TV.

No other way to call it. Duterte should be IMPEACHED. Justice Carpio et al should initiate the filing and have it endorsed in Congress. They may not have the numbers but at least the people will know how those clowns and puppets in Congress will respond to the call.

It seems the word war between President Duterte and retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio will not be over soon. 

Let it not be over soon! Let the discussion grow louder to make people realize the emperor has no clothes (or balls ... or a jetski).

The whole nation should encourage BuangNaInutil to do his weekly rants every single day. But before that, Justice Carpio, Amba del Rosario, Trillanes, De5 should keep taunting him.

See what he just revealed last night? Imagine the secrets he'll reveal if he talks every day.

Ret. Justice Carpio would probably slaughter the inutil in a debate. Looking forward to seeing it.

Majority of that debate would probably be the President cursing and ridiculing his opponent's appearance. And if there's a live audience, a joke every now and then to elicit cheers from his loyalists. 

Let the battle or debate begin...

Duterte pro-China versus Justice Carpio pro-Philippines. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

PLDT Enterprise bolsters partnership with Figaro Group


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Additional services to strengthen Figaro’s communication and connectivity nationwide

(MANILA, PHILIPPINES - APRIL 2021) PLDT Enterprise recently fortified its partnership with Figaro Group as it provides additional digital services that will augment the connectivity and communication requirements of Figaro’s branches nationwide.

Figaro Coffee Systems signed up for PLDT Enterprise’s ISDN PRI Services, with a total of 60 Channels, to complement their already existing Trunk line service in all branches. This is in addition to using BEYOND FIBER, part of PLDT Enterprise solutions that will speed up and further secure their communications and data transmittal processes. With the increased demand for online food deliveries given the pandemic, Figaro can immediately attend to orders and deliveries of their customers since their hotline and network are founded on the reliable services of PLDT Enterprise.

Mitch Locsin, PLDT FVP & Enterprise Revenue Group Head said that, “the additional services that Figaro Group have availed of highlights the continuing solid partnership between PLDT Enterprise and Figaro Group which started in 2015. We both have the shared mission to provide the best quality products and services to our customers, and this latest signing is indicative of the trust and confidence that Figaro Group has placed with PLDT Enterprise.”

“Despite these very challenging times, the food business climate has remained very competitive, particularly for the Figaro Group, and connectivity with our end customers and B2B clients is key to staying successful. PLDT remains our preferred Telco Partner, and the technological advantage that PLDT Enterprise gives us, provides optimal support for our organization to achieve our business goals. The opportunity to gain a competitive advantage by equipping our system with the right technology, and evolve with the emerging trends will help ensure that our products are always easily accessible to our customers. We look forward to an even stronger partnership with PLDT Enterprise in the future,” said Mike Barret, COO of Figaro Group.

Figaro Coffee was established in 1993 by a group of coffee lovers and enthusiasts which served high-quality coffee and delicious pastries in a lounge-like atmosphere. Its championing of local Barako coffee has made it the epitome of what a world-class global homegrown brand can become, with 20 company-owned stores and over 40 franchised outlets. It has since become Figaro Group, having diversified its food service offerings with the acquisition of Angel’s Pizza and Tien Ma’s Taiwanese Cuisine.

Anthony Fernandez, AVP & CRM Head of PLDT Enterprise expressed gratitude on the fortified partnership with Figaro Group, adding that “working together allows us to not only support them technologically, but it also gives us the opportunity to patronize our customers’ products, by bringing Figaro Group’s brands and products into the program for PLDT Group. We look forward to helping them grow their business more, and to succeed alongside PLDT Enterprise.”

For more information on PLDT Enterprise, visit #

Robin Padilla: BS History Major in Youtube Conspiracy Theory


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Whaaatttaa a good one to start the day, Good Morning maliban kay Robin Padilla.

OMG! Kakapanood ko lang nang live ni Robin Padilla, 5 days ago about sa dapat tayo raw magprotekta sa mga sundalo natin ganon-ganon. Tapos ngayon naman, spanish school daw DLSU. OMG! I CANNOT!

Robin Padilla has declared that DLSU was established “for insulares, peninsulares and mestizos” during the Spanish colonial period. For this, he got called out by a history group who warned the public about misleading information. 

 If Robin Padilla is the role model of men who subscribe to machismo culture then I'm no longer curious as to why most men with toxic masculinity are inherently brainless good-for-nothings who don't do much other than mansplain and parade around their incompetence.

On June 16, 1911, led by American Irish Christian Brothers,  opened De La Salle College in Nozaleda St., Paco Manila.

Dear Robin,

Nagkalat ka na naman.

"Ang De La Salle University (DLSU-Manila) ay itinatag noong June 16, 1911 noong panahon ng mga Amerikano."

Yung asawa mo ay galing sa DLSU, nagtanong ka na lang sana muna bago nagkalat.

Let's not allow revisionist fool Robin Padilla to rewrite our history. To think that Robin Padilla's wife now is Mariel Rodriguez who graduated at DLSU.

Robin Padilla has no other talent or skill aside from converting food into fecal matter....and oh...I almost forgot, also kissing the asses of this incompetent government.

Robin Padilla is proof that with the right amount of clout, the right amount of misplaced confidence, the right amount of disregard to facts, and the right amount of arrogance and ignorace-- you can be a historian for as long as you have internet connection and a laptop.

It is because he is one of PDUTS' propagandists just like mocha, bong go, banat by, jam magno, roque, smni, etc.... remember that PDUTS gave him pardon.

Just in: Robin Padilla confirmed that the ancient city of Agrabah really existed after watching the Disney animated film Aladdin. 

Na confuse daw dahil nanonood ng cartoons ang mga anak nya. Pati Madagascar at Moana dinamay pa.Sasabihin din nya na nakita nyang hinahabi ang margic carpet! 

.. And Robin Padilla also found out that the Surname of Alladin is Padilla! 

Seriously, seems like Mr. Robin Padilla dethroned Mocha Uson. Oh well, what can we expect from a DDS?

-False info? Yes

-May intent to harm? Yes. His statement aimed to discredit those calling him out for a previous false info

-Is this disinformation? Based on Wardle & Derakhshan’s diagram below, yes

-Bobo ba si Robin Padilla? Pwede

-Evil ba sya? YES. He’s doing this deliberately 

Robin Padilla is or a graduate of Bachelor of Science with double degree in Fake Information History and Minor in Facebook YouTube TikTok Social Media Conspiracy Theory.

Dear Ex-convict Robin Padilla, you're a fucking loser, and a pathetic excuse for a human... Eat shit, you fucking moron!

Grabe na ang kamangmangan nya. Please Robin Padilla, andyan lang ang google bago ka mag daldal research muna ha. Mahiya ka sa mga lasallista. 

Robin Padilla for DepEd Secretary!

Joke lang talaga dapat 'yan a la Caligula pero wala nang imposible sa rehimeng ito kaya pwede na rin magkatotoo.

We’ve got the likes of Robin Padilla, Mocha Uson (wherever she is, so Jam Magno sub muna), etc as the propaganda’s tactic to distract us from the real issues: pandemic response, WPS, Bong Go campaigning in the regions, etc.

Paano nangyari na naging ganito ka BASURA ang mga personalidad sa pulitika dito sa Pilipinas?


Monday, May 3, 2021

Richard Poon is a huge disappointment

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Mocha Uson out, Richard Poon now on deck. Lol!

So, basically, Richard Poon just called people dumb after shamelessly flaunting his ignorance regarding the WPS issue and the Hague ruling.

Why do Duterte fanatics love accusing their opponents of things they & their bosses are guilty of?

Excuse me, Mr. Richard Poon. May I barge in? You are anti-Filipino. What are you doing here? Start packing up your things & find your exit away from the Philippines. We can’t stand your insults. You have no right to question & find fault in our HAGUE Victory. Do you understand??

Damn Richard Poon is such a huge disappointment and the audacity na magkalat online.

People who are dumb, will just eat simple slogans:) But Pinoys who are not stupid will RESEARCH ONLINE about the WPS issue, clue: 2012

Richard Poon: "Pinoys who are not stupid will RESEARCH ONLINE.."

Also Richard Poon: *shares screenshot of Jay Sonza's post

Seriously?? Jay Sonza as your source??? Omfgggg looolz.

Richard Poon, I defended you from those who slaughtered you before when you had an unpopular opinion regarding the Grammy's. But I wish I could turn that time back, so that I would become one of them denouncing you! Because I didn't know then you were a rabid DDS!

Obviously another troll from the Troll Academy. 

Are you literally calling a retired SUPREME COURT JUSTICE dumb?! What the fuck are your qualifications on international law Mr. Richard Poon? Mahiya naman si Justice Antonio Carpio sa iyo. I know you need income rn because your singing career is dying but wag ka naman magpakabobo.

We are basing our opinions of the incompetence and cowardice of the Duterte admin on the issue of the WPS on Justice Carpio's own assertions. What other "facts" are more relevant than the assertions of an international law expert who defended our sovereignty in the UN tribunal? 

Kung mag research kayong mga DDS, kumpletohin nyo naman. Wag maging selective .

Be careful of cherry picking because those who do often end up looking like stupid, foolish, amateur peddlers of mal-information. 

In hindsight, based on Wardle & Derakhshan (2018)’s definitions, Richard Poon isn’t stupid. Disinformation & malinformation involve the spread of outright false content OR twisting the context of real quotes/events with an intent to harm. That’s not tanga, but rather sinister. 

Tulungan na lang kaya niyang magbake ang asawa niya kaysa magkalat sa socmed hano?

Richard Poon is a one hit wonder singer. Oh wait, I don't even remember a single hit song of his. 

Though I think that every car music playlist should have those Richard Poon covers, but if I don't share the same sentiments with him, then it's not gonna be a great driving experience. Because his music will remind me of a leader who didn't and don't deserve to be the father of my nation.

People who are defending Richard Poon on Twitter are either dumb or uneducated. Stay away from this shitty singer people.

Is this Richard Poon, a Filipino or 'Chinized intsik' whose pledge of allegiance is to his family's root, like Duterte, back in China. If they were not spies, they certainly are traitors.

Di ko kayo gets Jay Sonza and Richard Poon and the rest of DDS and even this admin on the issue of the WPS. For ff. reasons.

1. Ayaw nyo sa war pero hini-hit nyo ang previous admin for withdrawing the ship in 2012 which the previous admin did to avoid escalation.

2. Ayaw na ayaw nyo ma-hit dyan sa kawalan ng strong stand ng admin sa issue ng WPS pero hinihit nyo ang previous admin with the same criticism.

3. Inaaway nyo mga taong gusto lang protektahan ang dapat ay atin? Bakit????!!!

4. Tayo tayo na ang nag aaway. China must be happy.

Excuse me, Mr. Richard Poon. May I barge in? You are anti-Filipino. What are you doing here? Start packing up your things & find your exit away from the Philippines. We can’t stand your insults. You have no right to question & find fault in our HAGUE Victory. Do you understand??

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Mother-daughter artists IWI and NICOLE LAUREL will launch their duet song 'SPECIAL MEMORY' on May 9 via Spotify.

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As a special Mother's Day tribute, noted mother-daughter artists IWI and NICOLE LAUREL will launch their duet song 'SPECIAL MEMORY' on May 9 via Spotify. The music video will be launched on May 14 via Facebook Live. 


How can a 19 year old Iwi Laurel juggle her love for theatre, multiple singing stints, a restaurant job and a pre-law college course, unknowing that she would encounter a simple melody that would change her life forever. The year: 1983.

“It was during a rehearsal for a play we were doing with Repertory Philippines when a friend of mine, Raymond Lauchengco asked me if I could sing one of the songs on the soundtrack of a movie he was working on with Gary Valenciano called “Hotshots."

It was a song meant to appear in the dream sequence of the movie. I said yes, and immediately they gave me the study material on casette tape. 

They sent the tape at 11:00AM and by 1:00PM that day, I found myself in the studio. 

The music and lyrics were composed by Cecile Azarcon and arranged by Homer Flores and I did my little bit and after one take they dismissed me, and that was it. 

This song really took me by surprise because way back in 1983, I was singing, working and studying at the same time, so when I was offered this song, I thought my mind was set on becoming a lawyer, but then the film became a hit and the song garnered awards, and so I guess I became a singer, not a lawyer.”

It was three years after Iwi’s serendipitous first encounter with the Cecile Azarcon masterpiece that she had become a mother to Nicole.

Raising Nicole as a single mother had its many challenges, but ultimately, an unbreakable bond between them, through blood, unconditional love and music was forged. 

Nicole recounts her utmost gratitude through a musical tribute.

“ Growing up I was familiar with “Special Memory” because everyone knew my mom 
for it and I would constantly run into people who would ask me: “So, you are Iwi’s daughter…. Can you sing her song?” I grew up around that beautiful melody, but it was only as I got older that I realize how much more "Special Memory" meant to me than a song my mother once sang. It was the last song she recorded before changing her life entirely to raise me. I saw how tough things were for mom when I was growing up around her, how she worked tirelessly making ends meet, how she made countless sacrifices to ensure me a better life. I relished every home cooked meal and home baked cake. I saw the tears and I saw the happiness, I am forever grateful.”

Fast forward 2021:

Nicole found herself taking shape 
in familiar shadows, nestling her feet in the sand beneath her mother’s footsteps, after all…. so much of history, though unplanned,  
seemed to repeat itself. 

“It was Mom who encouraged me to be independent and move out when I turned 21.I found that like her, I also had aspirations to be a lawyer, grew up doing a couple plays with Repertory Philippines, spent my college days doing bar gigs at night and even worked part time in a restaurant just like her. We never talked about it, but it seems that so much of her was ingrained in me. 

The parallelisms were undeniable. Years later, after Dad passed away, it was just the two of us left, and it really makes me look back on the years she raised me. I just felt an overwhelming desire to thank her somehow. 

It was then when I first attempted to reach out to Ms. Cecile Azarcon’s publisher to ask permission if we could remake the song and re-arrange it as a duet. Through the wire, Ms. Cecile gave her blessing and my heart 
was full. It was during those days that 
I was also in constant talks and jam sessions with my regular keyboardist and arranger, Nikko Rivera. I was absolutely delighted 
to find out that the prolific Mr. Homer Flores had arranged the original version of “Special Memory. ” 

He is like a father figure of sorts to Nikko and I thought it would be an interesting twist to have a stellar and greatly accomplished “father and son-in-music” 
arrange the 2021 version of the song as a tandem. Thankfully Nikko immediately said yes. 

A week later I had bumped into Mr. Homer at Nikko’s wedding and mustered up the courage to ask him if he would be willing to arrange it. I could not be more grateful that they both said 'yes,' and the arrangement that came of these two great musical forces was sensational. 

Mr. Homer, Nikko and the rhythm section recorded in their homes, and as soon as I had the tracks, we immediately booked Wildgrass studios where the horns section and vocals were recorded. The tracks were then mixed by award-winning engineer Angee Rozul and mastered in Abbey Road UK.” 

“You will always be a special part of me.”

The Cecile Azarcon classic masterpiece is truly a “Special” one. It spans generations, it forges an unbreakable bond between a mother and a daughter, who through their unique voices, sing together, creating wonderful moments to cherish.

“I’ll put together all of your laughter like a symphony.”

Everything my mother did through 
the years is God’s ultimate blessing 
to me, and not a day goes by that I try to give thanks for it. I wish there was more I could do to thank her, but for now, I hope this simple celebration of love will do. 
I love you mom. Happy Mother’s Day.”


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