29 October 2012
At present, the Philippines has the highest incidence of breast cancer in Southeast Asia, and the ninth highest in the world. With about 10,000 new cases discovered every year, the disease is already the most common form of cancer among Filipinos, having overtaken lung cancer in recent years. It accounts for 16% of all reported cancer cases in the country and nearly 30% of all female cancers.
Tagalog is now the fastest growing language in Canada, according to a new census undertaken by the Canadian government.
Results of the 2011 Census of Population: Linguistic Characteristics of Canadians released by Statistics Canada (StatCan) further showed that Tagalog is now the fifth most common non-official language spoken in Canadian households.
The idea of having an extravagant wedding is hindering many of Filipinos in their desire to get married, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for a couple dreaming to spend the rest of their lives with each other.
Engaged couple Abraham Matthias Gnüchtel and Kathryn Raña are planning to spend around R200,000, the average price tag of wedding ceremonies nowadays.
In this fast-paced age, where offices no longer mean physical spaces and a very thin line divides work and vacation, it is best to carry the tool where you can be highly productive yet fashionably cool wherever you go.
Imagine a notebook that has a display thinner than a smartphone’s but supports full HD and 10-finger multitouch, a keyboard that adjusts to ambient light for day and night use, and an improved cooling system that eliminates that unwanted hot air in your lap or on your table.
Anytime and anywhere computing and multimedia content creation and presentation. Fast response time. Smooth Web browsing. All-day multi-purpose usage. Thin and light form factor.
These best describe the newest tablet PC in town—the Acer Iconia Tab W700—from Acer, one of the world’s leading IT companies.
27 October 2012
Women about to have breast cancer surgery may want to pay extra attention to the radiation treatment they could be offered afterward.
A new study shows a new and increasingly popular treatment called brachytherapy is tied to more wound and skin complications than the standard radiation technique.
Yet as many as one in six women on Medicare, the government's health insurance program for people over 65, end up getting the new therapy following breast-conserving surgery, researchers found.
26 October 2012
The widow of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo has agreed to grace the cover of a lifestyle magazine for women on the condition that she’d only don clothes in black. Her first time to have agreed to do such a feature, the pictorial was also participated in by her daughters Aika, Patricia and Jillian.
In a report on “TV Patrol” Oct 23, Atty, Leni Robredo talked about Christmas and what they’d be doing to cope with losing her husband who died in a plane crash a couple of months ago.
ASUS has launched new mobile and desktop computers powered by Microsoft Windows 8, opening a new era in innovative designs, high-definition multi-touch displays and outstanding ease of use.
ASUS said it has reached another milestone in its continuous journey “In Search of the Incredible.
The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill granting free insurance coverage to teachers and other members of every board of election inspectors assigned during elections.
House Bill 6528 also provides free insurance coverage for members of the Special Board of Election Inspectors (BEI), the Board of Election Tellers and their support staff who are assigned to various tasks that would ensure the conduct of fair and honest elections in the country.
25 October 2012
ASUS VivoBookform the beginning of a series of devices in screen sizes ranging from 11.6” to 14”, all developed around natural touch as key to incredible user experiences and greater customer happiness. Optimized for Windows 8, ASUS VivoBooksshowcase an attractive, durable, and very portable design. They integrate ASUS SonicMaster audio and 2-second instant on, and all models include 32GB of WebStorage cloud space for three years. ASUS VivoBooks embody a new way of offering enjoyable and intuitive notebook experiences to customers, with additional models joining the series by the end of the year.
Even if he has only fought under the World Boxing Organization (WBO) four times, the Puerto Rico-based governing body yesterday named the Filipino superstar and ex-welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao as its Fighter of the Decade during the ongoing 25th WBO convention in Florida.
Pacquiao only became a WBO champion in late-2009 after he beat Miguel Cotto for the welterweight title. He defended it successfully twice against Shane Mosley of the US and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico before losing it to Tim Bradley last June on a controversial split decision.
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week (ending Oct. 22, 2012)
The Associated Press
1. "Gangnam Style," PSY
2. "State of Grace," Taylor Swift
3. "I Knew You Were Trouble," Taylor Swift
4. "Die Young," Ke$ha
Apple Inc will begin to sell an 8-inch version of the iPad on Friday to compete with Amazon.com Inc's Kindle and other smaller tablets, but it set a higher-than-expected price tag of $329 that Wall Street fears could curb demand.
The 7.9 inch "iPad mini" marks the iPhone-maker's first foray into the smaller-tablet segment. Apple hopes to beat back incursions onto its home turf of consumer electronics hardware, while safeguarding its lead in a larger tablet space - one that even deep-pocketed rivals like Samsung Electronics have found tough to penetrate.
23 October 2012
With his numerous tattoos and dyed hair, more so his aggressive playing style, it is not that easy to imagine Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player Ronald Tubid as saintly.
But don't tell that to Father Catalino Arevalo, S.J.
The respected cleric, widely recognized as the Dean of Catholic Theologians in the Philippines, once sought out Tubid to pose for a painting of Saint Pedro Calungsod.
22 October 2012
Korean rapper Psy has set another milestone when "Gangnam Style" achieved 500 million views on YouTube.
With this, "Gangnam Style" has become the third most viewed video on the website's history.
As of today, the viral song, which was uploaded last July 15, has accumulated 522 million views.
Over the years, Keith McCarthy has become used to a certain way of doing things on his personal computers, which, like most others on the planet, have long run on Microsoft’s Windows software.
But last week, when he got his hands on a laptop running the newest version of Windows for the first time, Mr. McCarthy was flummoxed.
Samsung Electronics Phils Corporation (SEPCO) a leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, has launched the GALAXY Camera. Developed to fit the changing ways we share our lives with those we hold dear, the GALAXY Camera combines high performance photography with the latest Android 4.1 platform, so called Jelly Bean, and wireless network connectivity, creating a totally new experience of capturing those special moments. Samsung GALAXY Camera fits perfectly for those who wish to shoot, edit and share high quality photographs and video easily and instantaneously from anywhere, at any time.
ASUS recently introduced the ET2701 All-in-One PC Series— an AiO PC with a frameless 10-point capacitive touch screen optimized for the Windows 8 experience through precise touch inputs. It utilizes a VA panel that delivers a wide-view 178° angle on both horizontal and vertical planes. The ET2701is coupled with an enhanced version of SonicMaster technology, DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC technology, and a bundled external subwoofer that takes the audioand visual capabilities of AiO PCs to the next level.
What we have here is an HD Video Pen. As the name suggests, it is a pen with a video recording capability — simply put, a spy pen.
It is a real pen with a blue ink that you can really use to write. It carries premium looks and has a bit of heft. But let’s move to its BIG secret -- that little video camera just above its clip.
Operating the video camera of this pen is fairly easy, provided that you have read the instructions. Either place it first on a spot where it can have a stable and clear view of what you’re planning to record, or just hold it freely with your hand. You should then press the button on the top for three seconds for it to start recording.
21 October 2012
Without a doubt, technology has changed the way people consume media. A future paperless society is not improbable given strong evidence from various studies showing news consumption rapidly shifting from print to online, which is especially true in developed countries where Internet penetration and smartphone and tablet ownership are high.
In the Philippines, where only a third of the population have Internet access, and with only four percent being smartphone owners, the figures may lead one to think that the scenario of a digital invasion is still far off.
Animation is one of the industries expected to earn a two-digit growth in the next few years. International research firm MarketsandMarkets projects that the animation and gaming market will hit $242.93 billion in 2016 from 2010’s $122.20—that’s a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.94 percent. Here in the Philippines, the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) considers animation as ‘one of the most promising sectors in the IT-BPO industry’ (globally, the Philippines is number one in voice services provider and number two in non-voice, complex services). Data from the DTI shows the Philippine animation industry earned $142 million-worth of revenues last year.
20 October 2012
The country’s quest for an international crown continues tonight as two Filipinas compete in two international beauty contests – Miss International and Miss Humanity International.
In Okinawa, Japan, Nicole Schmitz, of Cebu City will compete against 68 other candidates in the Miss International beauty pageant, in which the Philippines has already won four times since it started in 1960.
Italy’s supreme court has upheld a ruling that said there was a link between a business executive’s brain tumor and his heavy mobile phone usage, potentially opening the door to further legal claims.
The court’s decision flies in the face of much scientific opinion, which generally says there is not enough evidence to declare a link between mobile phone use and diseases such as cancer and some experts said the Italian ruling should not be used to draw wider conclusions about the subject.
Congress has assured that the “K-to-12” bill or the measure seeking to institutionalize the 12-year basic education cycle would be immediately passed on third and final reading when it buckles down to work next month.
Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr., one of the principal authors of the House Bill 6643, expressed the 284-man Lower Chamber’s readiness to pass the bill on third and final reading before Congress goes on Christmas break, which starts on Dec. 21 despite the strong opposition of party-list groups from the Makabayan bloc of the House.
Pedro Calungsod, the second Filipino to be canonized in Rome today, is called “the almost forgotten saint.” The main reason is that it took a very long time, about 300 years, before the 14-year-old youth was beatified and finally canonized.
After the beatification of Fr. Diego Luis de San Vitores in 1985, interest in the beatification of Pedro Calungsod started to grow. It was because his death was mentioned in more than half of the documents related to Padre Diego.
19 October 2012
She has had a number of relationships but actress-host Anne Curtis considers her current one with Erwan Heussaff as her first ever “mature relationship.”
In an interview on separate ABS-CBN shows, Anne said her relationship with the Filipino-French food connoisseur has been strengthened by their mutual support for their respective endeavors. Of late, the brother of model-actress Solenn Heussaff has become interested in triathlons with Curtis backing him all the way.
17 October 2012
Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation (SEPCO) has recently launched its new premium Wireless Audio with Dockthat that incorporates its vacuum tube amplifier technology, offering natural and harmonious sound qualities.
The first of its kind, Samsung makes history with the world’s first dual-docking system compatible for both Samsung GALAXY devices and Apple iOS via docking and wireless connectivity, the DA-E750, is sure to deliver premium sound quality.
KINGMAX announces the October launch of the world’s most revealing COB (Chip-on-Board) type USB flash drive. Flash drive UI-05 features dynamic casing design in which the chip is housed under a clear glass ceiling that is both waterproof and dustproof, made possible with PIP technology.
Innovative imBGA engineering allows the glass casing on the top side of the UI-05 to reveal the drive’s inner flash die and wire-bonding structure.
What probably was just an offhand comment recently made by American actress Lucy Liu on a popular American talk show is now garnering mixed reactions from Filipino netizens.
Liu, widely known here for her role in the defunct TV series “Ally McBeal” and in the “Charlie’s Angels” films, appeared in the Oct. 11 episode of “The Late Night Show with David Letterman” to promote her upcoming show, "Elementary." Letterman voiced out his observation that the actress looked “great” and “in shape” as soon as she took her seat, prompting a discussion about her fitness regime.
16 October 2012
Ban Ki-Moon is credited with the statement that “investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.”
The UN secretary general continues: “In women, the world has at its disposal the most significant and yet largely untapped potential for development and peace. Gender equality is not only a goal in itself, but a prerequisite for reaching all the other international development goals.”
Onel de Guzman is probably the most famous Filipino cybercriminal in the world. In May 2000, he launched the infamous “I Love You” virus via an email, and this spread to millions of computers around the world. The virus became one of the most destructive at that time, costing $5.5 billion in damages.
Today, cybercrime is everywhere, from identity theft to cybersex trade. Recently, the Philippines passed Republic Act No. 10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Law that aims to penalize people who are involved in cybercrimes. The law is currently being reviewed due to nationwide protests and is now under temporary restraining order handed by the Supreme Court.
15 October 2012
Samsung Electronics Phils Corp (SEPCO) announced that the consumer launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be on October 20. The new Samsung GALAXY Note II enables unique experiences in personalized and expressive content creation; making it the ultimate smartphone for on-the-go creativity.
• Flagship camera with Translucent Mirror Technology and newly developed 24.3 effective megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor
• World’s first full-frame camera with Dual AF System with 19 sensors (including 11 cross sensors) + 102 AF point system (focal plane) and a new AF range control function to set the distance range recognised by the AF system
ASUS has announced two incredible new tablets intended to run Windows 8. First unveiled at Computex in June, the ASUS Vivo Tab and ASUS Vivo Tab RT (formerly known as the ASUS Tablet 810 and ASUS Tablet 600 respectively) open up a new world of mobile possibilities and transform expectations about what tablets can do.
The competition of top quality tablets continues to rise with more and more manufacturers jumping into the bandwagon, even from a manufacturer of portable DVDs, Coby, has delivered a set of quality tablets for disposal to add into the vast selection. For this particular review, we’ll check out the Kyros MID1045-8.
13 October 2012
Presidential sister Kris Aquino is set to meet with Rosmah Binti Mansor, wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Abdul Razak, on Monday.
Aquino herself relayed the news to her followers on Saturday via popular social media site Twitter.
"Researching about Malaysia today. 1st time to do official duty in Malacañang on Monday. Will join arrival ceremony & have high tea w/ the Prime Minister's wife," Aquino posted.
12 October 2012
A home-based blogger from Batuan, Bohol won the top prize in the first blog entry contest held by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The grand prize winner, Irish Blanca D. Igcol, 26, published her winning piece, “Sa TESDA, May Choice Ka” in her blog site, Creative Thoughts, winning over 23 other blog entries.
Playing the role of The Good Samaritan recently is actress Monique Wilson who took the time to help two hit-and-run victims get proper medical care.
The incident, as reported on Bomboradyo, occurred Thursday night on EDSA corner Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City.
Wilson was supposedly traversing the intersection when she chanced upon the victims identified as one Zyrelle Leorin, 20-years old, and a certain "Jane."
11 October 2012
It takes creativity for a guy to propose in style and this is exactly what an obviously enamored man had done – with the help of Kapuso actor Dingdong Dantes.
Ferdinand Brian Bucayan Tan (Briant Tan) who’s in a relationship with Twinkle Marie Pimentel Blasurca (Twinkle Blasurca), left no stones unturned when time came to propose to his girlfriend of nine years. To achieve this, he sought the help of Twinkle’s all-time showbiz crush, Marian Rivera’s boyfriend.
Korean rapper Psy's viral hit "Gangnam Style" has achieved another milestone, getting 1 million downloads and 1 million on-demand streams in the US, according to Billboard.
Billboard.com says based on this week's Digital Songs chart, "Gangnam Style" has attained the feat.
"Another honor for PSY: With its latest sales frame, 'Style' passes 1 million in downloads sold to date," according to the chart although "Gangnam Style" slipped in the Digital Songs ranking from No. 2 last week to No. 4 this week.
10 October 2012
They called it a dark day for the Philippines. And for a few moments on the morning of October 3, it quite literally was, with thousands of users █████ing out their comments and profile pictures in protest of the passing of R.A. 10175, officially known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, colloquially referred to as the Anti-Cybercrime Law, and dubbed by more enthusiastic dissenters as E-Martial Law or September 21: The Sequel.
Eating tomatoes can dramatically reduce the risk of having a stroke, according to a new study out Monday that provided more support for diets rich in fruits and vegetables.
The key factor appears to be the powerful antioxident lycopene, according to the Finnish study published in the Neurology journal.
The research -- based on data from more than 1,000 middle-aged men, followed for an average of 12 years -- indicates that people with the highest levels of lycopene in their blood have a 55 percent lower chance of suffering a stroke.
A US man died after winning a cockroach and worm eating contest at a Florida reptile house over the weekend, police said.
Edward Archbold, 32, had eaten several dozen roaches and worms Friday as part of the contest to win an exotic python.
He later began vomiting and was picked up by an ambulance in front of the shop, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
It appears that Heart Evangelista has become more comfortable talking about her love life following Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero’s admission of their romantic relationship last Friday
Revealing the senator’s qualities that she finds endearing, Heart tells PEP in an interview posted on Oct. 7 that, “He’s such a nice person. Seryoso siya pagdating sa mga dapat na seryosohin, pero napakasimpleng tao lang niya… Nakakatuwa kasi he’s someone that you can really look up to, kasi nakikibagay talaga siya sa iba’t ibang klase ng tao.”
Though many parts of the city were flooded due to rains that fell the night prior, the sun shone brightly as if by miracle on the day "Walang Hanggan" cast and crew shot the much awaited wedding scene of Daniel Guidotti Montenegro and Katerina Alcantara played by Kapamilya stars Coco Martin and Julia Montes, respectively.
09 October 2012
Hardboiled eggs are inexpensive, handy, versatile, and take no special talent to prepare. They also keep well in the refrigerator, and could be had for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks. They have also provided employment for thousands of small entrepreneurs who sell them in various forms as street food in almost all the cities and major towns all over the country.
PERFECTLY HARDBOILED – Start with eggs at room temperature; those that came from the refrigerator should be immersed in tap water for at least 30 minutes to warm them up. The reason for this step is to prevent the shells from breaking or popping during cooking.
TV host-actress KC Concepcion and "X Factor Philippines" grand winner KZ Tandingan have stood up against Charice's haters online.
After achieving international fame, Charice has been accused of becoming swell-headed and "Americanized"—a malicious perception that KC disproved via "Kris TV" on Monday.
According to KC, Charice is down-to-earth and funny.
Multi-awarded film director Marilu Diaz-Abaya succumbed to cardiac pulmonary arrest brought about by her seven-year battle with breast cancer at 6:40 p.m. yesterday at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. She was 57.
Widely considered as the premiere female director of the country, Diaz-Abaya is best remembered for her take on 2007’s “José Rizal,” the biopic starting Cesar Montano.
She was also the mother of musician and actor Marc Abaya, who told local media recently that his mother’s cancer had regressed.
08 October 2012
The tablet PC market is starting to turn into a huge, fast-paced industry as more people are becoming accustomed to using these devices in a variety of ways, from multimedia to Internet browsing. Such is the growth of the tablet market that leading research firm Forrester said that by 2016, there will be 760 million tablets worldwide.
Many studies have proven that music greatly affects people’s mood, behavior, and perception. Skullcandy gives us a rundown of different scenarios from academic performance, health benefits, and down to shopping behavior where choice of music can alter, mold, or even control you.
1. Make you smarter. The Mozart effect proves that classical music activates the brain and affects cognition. Recent studies show though that any kind of music stimulates some regions of the brain responsible for memory, motor control, timing, and language.
Redefining the portable PC experience, the new Sony VAIO Duo 11 is a high-performance, hybrid Ultrabook with a sliding LCD display that switches effortlessly between slate and keyboard mode.
It is perfect for the busy individuals on the go who do not want to sacrifice style nor performance. Within its sleek frame, the new VAIO Duo 11 comes equipped with the new Windows 8 operating system and allows high-precision writing with a digitizer stylus, allowing you to consume and create exciting and entertaining digital content wherever life takes you.
Jazz singer KZ Tandingan was named first ever winner of the “X Factor Philippines” Sunday during the show’s finale episode held at the PAGCOR theater.
Garnering 54.77% of the total amount of text votes, KZ bested Gabriel Maturan and group Daddy’s Home who earned 32.33% and 12.90%, respectively.
Soon as her name was called, KZ burst into tears and thanked the Lord for his blessings.
07 October 2012
Apparently still on a roll after his recent trip to the Philippines, Zac Efron shared a relatively “exotic” experience he had in the country during his guest appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Oct. 5.
The Hollywood actor recalled eating one of the country’s most famous eats, “balut,” which, as he said during his Manila fan conference last week for local clothing brand Penshoppe, is his newfound “favorite food.”
RPN old-timer Edith del Rosario is letting God take over the turbulence and uncertainties at her station which she has loyally served for 38 years. She is more concerned that his charming two-year-old grandson Manu was diagnosed by a child development specialist as having the intelligence of a four-year-old but still unable to construct sentencaes longer than four words.
Heart Evangelista neither confirmed nor denied if she was indeed sharing a romantic relationship with Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who on Oct. 5 admitted that the Kapuso actress is his girlfriend.
In an interview aired on “24 Oras” the same day, Heart said she’d rather keep things, most especially her love life, private.
04 October 2012
Heart attacks or myocardial infarctions used to occur almost exclusively in older people, but, as you rightfully noted, we are now witnessing an increase inits occurrence among young people.In fact, in industrial countries, possibly as many as 10% of all heart attacks occur in people, mostly men, who are below 45 years of age, and some of the victims are only in their 20s.
A letter handwritten by physicist Albert Einstein a year before his death, expressing his views on religion, will be sold on eBay this month with an opening bid of $3 million, an auction agency said on Tuesday.
Known as the "God Letter," the correspondence offers insights into the private thoughts about religion, God and tribalism of one of the world's most brilliant minds.
03 October 2012
A growing number of governments are seeking to deprive their citizens the last of their freedoms and rights. These rulers — some duly elected by their peoples, others foisted upon unwilling but fearful populace — are either chipping ever gradually at or drastically removing their people’s right to unfettered access to the Internet. Some of them cite security issues, as most rulers afraid of their people often do, as their main reason for putting in place viselike grip and controls on their respective corners of the online world. Most of them install firewalls designed to keep their citizens from accessing the larger part of the Internet that citizens of other more enlightened countries enjoy and often take for granted.
The claim of an independent senatorial candidate that Kris Aquino is his spouse is apparently as outrageous as it is impossible—legally speaking.
The TV host-actress revealed via her morning show “Kris TV” on Wednesday that although her marriage with star cager James Yap was annulled last January, some matters still need to be settled.