31 January 2012

Cloie Picks Modeling Over Showbiz, Calls KC 'World's Best Ate'


Now that Cloie Concepcion is in town, she joins sisters KC and Garrie in the limelight.
Cloie is Gabby Concepcion and Jenny Syquia’s daughter. She arrived recently and immediately, they gave Jenny’s former agent Vic del Rosario and daughter Veronique a visit to ask what they have to say about Cloie’s desire to try modeling in the Philippines.

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Boracay ranked 2nd in "Best Beaches in the World" list compiled by TripAdvisor


Boracay was ranked second in TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice roster for the "Best Beaches in the World" for 2011.  Based on user reviews, TripAdvisor picked 25 spots all over the world that boast of great beaches. TripAdvisor commended Boracay: "Yapak Beach is known for beautiful white shells; White Beach has picture-perfect sunsets; and Balinghai Beach is a secluded spot, perfect for honeymooners."

See the list below:

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Basic Things You Need to Know about SIM Cards and GSM Phones


In order to understand fully what a SIM card is and how a GSM phone works, you need to know the mechanisms and benefits of both.

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Facebook to let advertisers republish user posts


 Facebook users who check in to a store or click the "like" button for a brand may soon find those actions retransmitted on their friends' pages as a "Sponsored Story" paid for by advertisers.
Currently there is no way for users to decline this feature.

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How to properly use an underwater camera


Choosing the right underwater camera, using the camera in broad daylight and in shallow waters, taking photos as still as possible, securing the camera near you, following depth recommendations, using it like an ordinary camera, and wearing clear protective eye wear underwater are some tips for using an underwater camera.

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Busted Fluorescent Lamps' Dangers Cited


Environment-health advocates on Monday warned the public against improper disposal of busted fluorescent lamps as it releases toxic mercury into the environment that endangers the health of the people.

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30 January 2012

Fashion Tech: The Acer Iconia Tab A100


Never has technology looked so good—and fashion worked so smart—as in the new Acer Iconia Tab A100, an ultra-mobile tablet device released recently by tech pioneer Acer.

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Samsung Revolutionizes Travel Photography with Wi-Fi Enabled Long-Zoom Series


Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. recently announced  the launch of a new range of Wi-Fi enabled travel zoom cameras.
The WB850F, WB150F, and ST200F cameras enhance the advanced optical zoom and image quality that the WB line of cameras are known for, with Wi-Fi capability to facilitate sharing and saving images – wherever users are in the world. Housed in compact, light and durable bodies, the new zoom series from Samsung make the perfect travel companions.

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The AA Battery Cell Phone


We are always looking out for the next new thing in gadgets, especially if it has cool new features like Siri for the iPhone 4s. Whether it’s a PC, laptop, tablet, phone, or any other gadget for that matter, we’re probably always checking how many things it can do packed into one device.
Our Smartphones alone are so many things all in one because of their internal features and the many applications you can get. We now even have TV’s that can surf the web.

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Intex IN8809: This Phone Projects!


Smartphones equals functionality, and it is not surprising that they pack just about anything that could be crammed into their relatively small dimension, but here’s a question:
What function that top of the line models such as the Apple’s Iphone, Samsung Galaxy Note, and Sony Ericsson’s Xperia S does not have that Intex’s IN8809 has? Here’s a hint, the answer has very little to do with the functions of a smartphone or for that matter any typical phone.

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Preview of tomorrow's wearable computers


The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas isn’t just a place to see new products from gadget giants like Samsung and Sony; it’s also a place to see small companies with disruptive ideas that become big consumer technologies in the future.

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DepEd drops 'Science' for pupils


The Department of Education (DepEd) has decided to drop “Science” from the roster of subjects taken up by incoming Grade 1 pupils in line with its efforts to decongest the Basic Education Curriculum and to make learning more enjoyable to young learners.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that the move to exclude Science in Grade 1 subjects starting this coming school year is based on the design of K to 12 curriculum. “The overall design of the new curriculum to be introduced and implemented this coming June to both Grade 1 and First Year high school students is based on the idea that we should be taking the students where they are,” Luistro said in an interview.

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Djokovic win’s longest final


Novak Djokovic ripped off his shirt and let out a primal scream, flexing his torso the way a prize fighter would after a desperate, last-round knockout.
This was the final act in Djokovic’s 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 victory over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final — a sweat-drenched, sneaker-squeaking 5 hour, 53-minute endurance contest that ended at 1:37 a.m. Monday morning in Melbourne.

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Lipstick


In the late 19th century, lipstick was made from carmine dye, an extract of mashed up insects. At this time, the wearing of lipstick was considered to be fairly taboo unless the person happened to be an actor or actress. 

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29 January 2012

Palawan River Hailed Confirmed As N7WN


The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) has formally taken its place as one the New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN), and is expected to add more mileage to the government’s renewed drive to sell the Philippines as a prime tourist destination.
N7WN President Dr. Bernard Weber announced the official confirmation of the PPUR during a press briefing in Pasay City Saturday.

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27 January 2012

Joey Marquez ready to face Kris Aquino anew


Now that he’s back in the Kapamilya network and about to host an entertainment-documentary show, actor Joey Marquez highlighted that he “will do his work,” even if it means interviewing his former flame Kris Aquino.
Marquez’ new show, "Showbiz Inside Report," will see him co-hosting with Carmina Villaroel, Janice de Belen and Ogie Diaz.

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Lito Lapid speaks up on wife's arrest for alleged dollar smuggling


Sen. Lito Lapid backed his wife Marissa on allegations that she failed to declare the huge sum of money she brought to Las Vegas, USA last November.
The solon explained to “24 Oras” on Jan. 26 that his better half needed the money to have her heart illness treated in Las Vegas. Marissa had earlier undergone a neck surgery, added the actor.

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Grace Lee Coy On PNoy Date


Following reports on her rumored “date” with President Benigno S. Aquino III, Korean television and radio host Grace Lee said Friday she will leave it to the Chief Executive to speak on the matter.
“He (President Aquino) has my highest respect so I think that it’s better that I leave it to the President to speak on the matter,” Lee said in the noontime television news program “Balitanghali” aired at GMA News TV where she is one of the news anchors.

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Legal Wife Off To UK To Claim Iggy's Body


Declaring that she remains the legal wife of Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio T. Arroyo until the time of his death, Alicia Rita Morales Arroyo vowed Friday to pursue criminal charges against whoever gave hospital officials at the London Clinic in England the order to pull the plug on the life support system attached to her comatose husband Thursday.

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Philippines Tops Natural Disasters List


The Philippines is on top of the list of countries in the world in terms of the occurrence of natural disasters in 2011, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction said Friday.
In a press conference held in Pasig City, Margareta Wahlstrom, who heads the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, said a total of 33 natural disasters ravaged various parts of the country last year that resulted in the death of scores of people and the destruction of millions of pesos worth of agricultural produce, infrastructure projects, and properties.

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Toyota unveils Prius C compact hybrid


A statement for the environment, especially for clean air and sustainable energy, now comes at the same price of most popular SUVs and luxury cars, or even half the price of most European luxury cars. Last week, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) unveiled the Prius C, an all-new compact hybrid which is the latest addition to the Prius Hybrid line-up. The “C” in its name stands for Compact, Clean, Clever and City – which says everything about its cutting-edge hybrid technology and how that contributes to the environment.

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26 January 2012

Anne promises to take her fans to the next level in 'No Other Concert'


There’s an ongoing “Anne-mania” over at Twitter and Anne Curtis herself spearheaded the craze with her “AnneBisyosa No Other Concert” countdown.
Last week, days before her big performance at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Curtis commenced her own countdown and her 2, 229, 668 followers gladly jumped on board.

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Proposal to punish negligent parents


To reduce the number of out-of-school youths and the incidence of gang wars, a Quezon City councilor wants parents fined and imprisoned for refusing to send their children to school.
Councilor Ranulfo Ludovica, president of the city’s Liga ng mga Barangay is proposing to make it mandatory for all parents in the city to enroll their children in elementary and high school to ensure their welfare.

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PNoy-Grace Lee 'date' fires up Twitter


Online social networking site Twitter has revealed that President Benigno S. Aquino III has gone out on a date with Korean television and radio personality, Grace Lee.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Palace would not comment on matters concerning the President’s private life.

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KC Concepcion's inspiration for mag cover: 'Feelings, emotions'


TV host-actress KC Concepcion didn't let the pain of heartbreak get the best of her; it was, apparently, the other way around.
Amid the positive buzz generated by her stunning cover for Rogue magazine, KC revealed in jest to "TV Patrol" that her inspiration for the pictorial were "feelings, emotions."

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Kaspersky Lab whitelisting tests confirmed by independent analyst


The unique whitelisting technology by leading developer of secure content and threat management solutions Kaspersky Lab has passed its first, independent testing by a third party research institution, affirming its capabilities in improving security.

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New SALN requirement


Starting this year, all government officials and employees are required to include personal and family expenses incurred the previous year when they file their statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth (SALN) on or before April 30.
This was announced Wednesday by lawyer Sally Ranches Pitaca of the legal affairs office of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in an interview over “Magsumbong sa Ombudsman” program aired over the Radyo ng Bayan.

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Student ad congress set


The 5th Student Advertising Congress will be held on Feb. 8, at One Esplanade, SM MOA Complex in Pasay City.
With theme “Are We Ready to Level-up in the Next Adscape”, the event will see students competing in three categories: tri-media: print, 30 sec radio and 30sec TV; new digital media, five-sec pop-up in the internet and five-sec in MMS; and best social media marketing. New trends and the latest developments in advertising, marketing and media will also be discussed. To join, just log in and register at the student ad congress website.

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Iza now Kapamilya; Carla next?


Actress Iza Calzado inked a three-year contract with ABS-CBN on Tuesday, ending her almost 10-year stay with GMA-7.
“Una sa lahat, I'm grateful for all the opportunity that GMA-7 has given me for almost 10 years. But, I just think that this is time for me to grow, to evolve, to learn. I think it's just a matter of timing and I've always wanted to work again with people from Channel 2,” Iza was quoted as saying in a report by abs-cbnnews.com posted on Jan. 24.

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25 January 2012

KC gets Sharon's thumbs up for sexy mag cover


Netizens have been praising KC Concepcion’s “daring” cover photo on Rogue Magazine’s January-February issue, and among them is her very own mother, Sharon Cuneta.
Sought for comment on the matter by one of her Twitter followers, the Megastar posted on Jan. 24, “She stole my pose but I think she's beautiful! Hahahaha!”

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High seas massacre


Gunmen mercilessly strafed at least 15 fishermen in a grisly massacre on the high seas off Basilan, with a police official saying investigation is under way to identify and hunt down the perpetrators.
Chief Superintendent Bienvenido Latag, director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) regional police, said they are banking on the testimony of the three survivors of the attack that occurred at around 7 a.m. Monday some 10 nautical miles away from Basilan.

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Strongest solar storm in 6 years


The sun is bombarding Earth with radiation from the biggest solar storm in more than six years with more to come from the fast-moving eruption.
The solar flare occurred at about 11 p.m. EST Sunday and will hit Earth with three different effects at three different times. The biggest issue is radiation, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Center in Colorado.

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Kris Aquino: The 'next next' Chief Exec?


While President Noynoy Aquino’s incumbency is good till 2016, another Aquino has already been “predicted” to take the highest post in the country in the person of PNoy’s sister, host-actress Kris Aquino.
Aside from the fearless forecasts on her love life, half-British and half-Indian psychic Robert Das boldly revealed that Kris “will be the next next President of the Philippines.”

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24 January 2012

UK woman sets record in Antarctic crossing


British adventurer Felicity Aston became the first woman to ski alone across Antarctica on Monday, hauling two sledges around crevasses and over mountains into endless headwinds, past the South Pole and onward to the coastal ice shelf, persevering for 59 days in near-total solitude.

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Valerie Bondoc is Rachel Weisz’s stand-in


French-Filipina model Valerie Bariou-Bondoc, wife of former teen actor Onemig Bondoc, is happy to be chosen as Rachel Weisz's body double in the Hollywood film, “The Bourne Legacy.”
Noting that Rachel has a different stunt double for her action scenes, "State of the Nation" reported on Jan. 23 that among the sequences shot earlier that day outside the NAPOCOR Compound on Agham Road, Quezon City were those featuring Valerie. However, the former QTV VJ begged off from disclosing details about the shoot.

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Carmina Villaroel is 'friends' with BB Gandanghari


Although she found it quite hard to search for the “correct” term to describe their relationship, actress-TV host Carmina Villaroel eventually revealed that she’s “friends” with ex-husband Rustom Padilla, now known as BB Gandanghari.

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Asians welcome 'Dragon' Year


A billion-plus Asians welcomed the Year of the Dragon on Monday with a cacophony of fireworks, hoping the mightiest sign in the Chinese zodiac will usher in the wealth and power it represents.
From Malaysia to South Korea, millions of people travelled huge distances to reunite with their families for Lunar New Year -- the most important holiday of the year for many in Asia – indulging in feasts or watching dragon dances.

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Possession of Janelle video punishable


Police warned internet users that they may be jailed if caught sharing or uploading the sex video of embattled actress Janelle Manahan and her slain boyfriend Ramgen Revilla.
Senior Supt. Chris Laxa, deputy chief for Operations of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said they have already started tracking down the Internet protocol address which uploaded the first sex video through a popular networking site last month.

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DepEd limits tests


The Department of Education (DepEd) Monday prohibited all regions and divisions in the public school system beginning school year 2012-2013 from using assessment tools aside from the National Achievement Test (NAT) when gauging students’ performances.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said that discontinuing the conduct of all scheduled Regional Achievement Tests (RAT) and Division Achievement Tests (DAT) is in line “with the transition phase in the implementation of the K-to-12 Basic Education Curriculum.”

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22 January 2012

Taiwan hiring more Filipino caregivers


The growing number of senior citizens in Taiwan has increased the demand for Filipino caregivers.
Jackson Gan, president of the Pilipino Manpower Agencies Accredited to Taiwan (PILMAT) , said they expect a demand for more Filipino caregivers due to the decline in the fertility rate and longer life expectancy in Taiwan.
“The decline in the fertility rate of 1.8 will result in a negative growth for the population and will result in more senior citizens by 2016 resulting in more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) taking of the growing elderly population,” he said.

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NIKE Announces New NIKE+ FuelBand – Measuring Movement to Make Life A Sport


NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) announced the NIKE+ FuelBand, an innovative wristband that tracks and measures everyday movement to motivate and inspire people to be more active. Activities can now be measured through a new metric called NikeFuel: the more active you are, the more NikeFuel you earn.

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Local music downloading site launches


Local music lovers will now be able to download all the songs they want, legally.
MyMusic Store Philippines, hyped as the first-ever online digital music store in the country, has just been launched recently.

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World's third-smallest baby doing well


One of the world's smallest surviving babies is discharged from the hospital where she spent nearly five months in an incubator – but not before getting the Hollywood treatment.
Wearing a pink knit hat and wrapped in a pink princess blanket, Melinda Star Guido was greeted by a mob of television cameras and news photographers outside the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

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20 January 2012

111-year-old Iraqi woman sworn in as American citizen


An Iraqi native has become an American citizen at age 111.
WWJ-AM reported that Warina Zaya Bashou took the oath of citizenship late last week at her Sterling Heights home, north of Detroit.
The radio station says Bashou was surrounded by about a dozen relatives and friends during the ceremony.

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High-tech anti-cheating idea


An Austrian high school principal narrowly escaped legal action after going after potential exam cheaters with a high-tech — but illegal — idea.
Gerhard Klampfer reportedly bought and mounted a jamming device strong enough to prevent graduating classes from doing Internet research on their smartphones during final exams last summer.

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6/55 lotto jackpot at P130M


Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II Friday said the jackpot for Grand Lotto Saturday is expected to reach P130 million, biggest so far in 2012.
Rojas appealed to Filipinos to continue supporting the agency's charity mission for the poor patients through their lotto bets. "I hope there would be at least one winner of the P130 million jackpot," he said.

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Shinawatra-Noynoy a good match, says Kris Aquino on Twitter


Presidential sister Kris Aquino seems to approve of a love match between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Kris Aquino, youngest sister of President Aquino, said she likes the Thai leader for her brother, who remains a bachelor at 51 years old.
Shinawatra was in the country Thursday for her first official state visit to the Philippines since winning the Thai elections last year.

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19 January 2012

'Budoy' offers false hopes to families with special children


False Hopes: Does the popular soap opera, “Budoy,” give false hopes to parents of mentally challenged children?
The top-rating ABS-CBN teleserye starring Gerald Anderson is being criticized by some sectors for peddling false hopes to families dealing with special children. Halfway through the story penned by Philip King and directed by Ruel Bayani and Claudio “Tots” Sanchez-Mariscal IV, Budoy, as played by Anderson, meets an accident that fortunately or unfortunately bangs his head on a hard object, lulling him to deep sleep or some kind of coma.

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Mayweather insists on May 5 date with Pacquiao


Floyd Mayweather Jr. taunted Filipino boxing pride Manny Pacquiao anew via Twitter today (Wednesday).
"January 16th was Dr. Martin Luther King Birthday, January 17th is Muhammad Ali Birthday and May 5th is Pacquiao ass whooping day," he posted.

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Soldiers get surprise at ATM


As part of the Philippine Army’s morale and welfare program, 85,000 Army personnel got added pay in their ATM accounts this month equivalent to three days' worth of leave.
Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc said officers received from P5,505 to P11,032 while non-commissioned officers were paid from P2,511 to P4,980, depending on their basic pay and longevity pay.

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Bigger IRA for LGUs sought


An opposition lawmaker Wednesday batted for an increase in the share of local government units from taxes collected by the national government to enable LGUs to cope with the mounting costs of devolved services.
Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla filed House Bill 5399 seeking to amend Sections 284 and 286 of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of the Philippines, to impose a 50-50 share in national taxes.

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Pag-IBIG offers loan restructuring program


Housing loan borrowers in arrears for at least three months may now apply for loan restructuring and condonation of penalties, according to the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG).
Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Darlene Marie B. Berberabe said the agency will be implementing a loan restructuring and penalty condonation program for delinquent housing loan borrowers from Jan. 2 up to June 30, 2012.

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Websites on 'blackout'; Yahoo founder quits


 Wikipedia went dark, Google blotted out its logo, and other popular websites planned protests on Wednesday to voice concern over legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on online piracy.
As this developed, Yahoo, Inc., co-founder Jerry Yang quit the company he started in 1995, appeasing shareholders who had blasted the Internet pioneer for pursuing an ineffective personal vision and impeding investment deals that could have transformed the struggling company.

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Uncle to escort Shalani Soledad down the aisle


Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad has chosen her uncle Mon Soledad to walk her down the aisle at her wedding with Congressman Roman Romulo on Jan. 22.
The TV host-politician made the revelation during a pre-wedding reception held at the Manila Polo Club in Makati on Jan. 17, which was tendered for the soon-to-be husband-and-wife’s constituents who will not be able to attend their wedding.

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18 January 2012

Team behind 'Annebisyosa' concert confident of Curtis and show's success


Hot celebrity Anne Curtis is hard at work preparing for the biggest show of her career. But with more than a week to go before her “No Other Concert” at Smart-Araneta, people are still talking about whether the “No Other Woman” star can rise up to the challenge of a solo concert, especially at such a big venue.  All this doubting is rooted in the argument that performing in a concert is entirely different from singing in an album—this, despite the success of Curtis’ debut CD “Annebisyosa,” which saw her fulfilling her long time dream of cutting her own record.

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Eastern Visayas hit by 5.9-magnitude earthquake


A moderately strong earthquake measuring 5.9-magnitude on the Richter scale jolted parts of Eastern Visayas Tuesday evening and was followed by a weak tremor Wednesday.
 
The tremor was recorded by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday that originated 55 kilometers (km) northeast of Mercedes, Eastern Samar.
 

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Samsung Series 5 ULTRA: first to go beyond thin, light


Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, recently  introduced the new Samsung Notebook Series 5 ULTRA, representing more than just thin and light, packing ultra performance beyond expectations.
Revealing the most secret features, the Series 5 ULTRA is powered by a 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor; combined with ExpressCache™ system by Diskeeper and a powerful AMD Radeon™ HD graphics card, it delivers incredible experiences packed in a thin and light form factor.

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Ultrabooks will rule in 2012


Ultrabooks are the new netbooks. It is the turn of these thin-as-a-skyflake laptop computers to play the role of savior of the computer market.
Things are not exactly blockbusters for the PC market right now.

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3 OFWs die in Beirut building


Three Filipinos were among the 26 people killed when a five-story residential building in Beirut, Lebanon collapsed Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed in a radio interview Tuesday.
Aside from the Filipinos, the victims included eight Sudanese, two Egyptians and two Jordanians, local newspaper has reported.

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Bb. Pilipinas kicks off 2012 pageant season


Hundreds of Filipino women trooped to the Bb. Pilipinas Charities Inc. Office Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, hoping to become the next Ma. Venus Raj or Shamcey Supsup.
At the screening of candidates for 2012 Bb. Pilipinas beauty pageant, applicants submitted their résumé downloaded from the Bb. Pilipinas website.

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17 January 2012

Classroom backlog filled by 2013


Education Secretary Armin Luistro remains hopeful the backlog in the education system, particularly the lack of classrooms, would be addressed this coming school year 2012 to 2013—the deadline given by President Benigno Aquino III when he assumed position in 2010.

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Kris Aquino's new travel goal: Listen intently to safety drills


Following the capsizing of cruise ship Costa Concordia on Jan. 13 in Italy—which left six people dead and nearly 30 others reportedly missing out of over 4,000 passengers—TV host-actress Kris Aquino vows to pay more attention to safety instructions when traveling.
"Nakailang cruise na kami tapos hindi ako nakikinig talaga sa safety drill. So sinabi ko sa sarili ko, now makikinig na ako. Kasi ‘di ba knowing where the proper exits are and knowing kung ano ‘yung tamang paraan to save yourself and save your family is so important," she said on “Kris TV,” Jan. 16.

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Facebook to launch 'Listen With' feature


After allowing its users to share anything and everything, including their dirtiest thoughts and otherwise unprintable photos, Facebook will soon up the ante further by allowing users to share their music.

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Lower process fees for OFWs


Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) could now expect lower process fees for their overseas employment certificate (OEC) after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) implemented a new collection policy in its foreign posts.
POEA administrator Hans Cacdac said in a phone interview that under the new advisory, which will be effective immediately, the new process fees collected from vacationing OFWs will be much closer to its P100 processing rate for OEC.

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60 agencies receive ISO certifications


President Benigno S. Aquino III lauded Tuesday the 60 government agencies which have attained ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) in their respective offices, noting that the public is regaining its confidence on the government as it sees more reforms in place.
In his speech during the 3rd Recognition Ceremony on government organizations with ISO 9001:2008 QMS certifications, Aquino thanked government agencies which have attained the said ISO certification, underscoring its professionalism and dedication to public service.

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16 January 2012

17 pass 2011 CPA Exam


The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has announced that 17 out of 128 passed the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination given by the Board of Accountancy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Jeddah and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and in Doha, Qatar last December 2011.
The members of the Board of Accountancy are Eugene T. Mateo, Chairman; Rufo R. Mendoza, Vice Chairman; Luis A. Cañete and Jose S. Tayag, Jr., Members.

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Shorter hours for Grade 1


Education Secretary Armin Luistro announced Monday that incoming Grade 1 pupils for the school year 2012 to 2013 will be spending shorter hours in school—from six contact hours to only four hours—to make education “less stressful” and “more enjoyable” for the young learners.
The new class schedule was based on the implementation of the new curriculum for Grade 1 pupils as part of the launch of DepEd’s Enhanced K- to-12 Basic education program this coming school year.

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Lovi Poe waits for Ronald Singson to reach out to her


 Although she’s happy that former congressman Ronald Singson has been released from the Hong Kong jail, Lovi Poe seems to be biding time to catch up with him.
“I’m sincerely happy na he’s back. Finally nakasama na niya ‘yung pamilya niya. I’m sure na matagal niyang inantay ‘yung moment na ito. Masaya ako, masaya ako para sa kanya,” Lovi initially said on “Showbiz Central,” Jan. 15.

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Did Cristine Reyes marry Rayver Cruz in secret?


Something from the past year is still catching up with be-dimpled actress Cristine Reyes. Still talking about the things they’ve done to celebrate the coming of the New Year, Cristine sat with “The Buzz” hosts Boy Abunda and Toni Gonzales on Jan. 15 to treat the audience to some stories about her vacation with boyfriend Rayver Cruz.

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The Simpsons episode cites Cebu dancing inmates [Video]

The Simpsonsan animated satirical sitcom that's been touted as the longest running U.S. TV showmentioned the Cebu dancing inmates in its January 8 episode (U.S. broadcast) entitled "Politically Inept, With Homer Simpson."

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Angelina Jolie suffers emotional breakdown before directing ‘Blood and Honey’

Angelina Jolie revealed that she had a “complete meltdown“ before production began on her directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey.“


“I had a complete emotional breakdown in the shower and Brad [Pitt] found me crying,“ Jolie said in an interview with Marie Claire magazine. “I felt this huge responsibility and I felt very small. [I thought] `who am I to take this on?’“

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Janelle talks about sex video

Janelle Manahan, girlfriend of murdered actor Ramgen Revilla, on Friday openly answered questions about their controversial sex video that was leaked in social networking sites.

In an interview with “Umagang Kay Ganda,“ Mahanan said the video was taken in 2007. She said the video was deleted in 2009 when the sex videos of Hayden Kho were exposed.

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Homeless US teenager up for science prize gets own house


Samantha Garvey and her family had been living in a shelter for several days when they got word the 17-year-old aspiring marine biologist had made it to the semifinals of the prestigious national Intel science competition.
Now, with donations coming in and the county finding them rent-subsidized housing, she'll again be able to do her homework in a home.

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'Coronavela' unfolds


The Senate resumes its regular session for the first time this year and keeps its date with history as it convenes into an impeachment court for the trial of the Chief Justice before live cameras transmitting the drama to over 90 million Filipinos here and abroad.
Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, put on trial by the House of Representatives on eight articles of impeachment, is not expected to appear when the impeachment proceedings begin Monday at the Senate at 2 p.m. Instead, Corona’s battery of top lawyers will go head-on with the House’s 11-man prosecution panel aided by 59 private prosecutors.

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Pacquiao eyes Cotto at 147 lbs.


 After learning a painful lesson in a weight class that doesn’t suit his body, Manny Pacquiao will demand that his next fight — very likely against Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico on June 9 — would be at the welterweight limit of 147 lbs.
“It’s hard for me to fight at a higher weight class,” Pacquiao told the Bulletin when asked whether a rematch with Cotto can still be made.

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Wearing of proper uniform ordered


Lousy policemen will now be barred from entering camps and even at the stations and precincts where they are assigned after the national police leadership has ordered the strict implementation of proper wearing of uniform and required physical cleanliness.

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Is Budoy sending the wrong signals?


The ongoing television soap “Budoy” touted itself as the “first advocacy serye’’. After all, it had this noble intention of spreading awareness on children with special needs (CSN) and teaching the public that CSNs have the right to be properly educated and accepted by society.

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15 January 2012

Sharon confronts KC-Piolo issue and her P1-billion TV5 contract


Although her voice was a little hoarse because of cough, the same bubbly and extra cheerful Sharon Cuneta greeted the press when she held what she called her “homecoming press conference with Viva” last Tuesday at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center.
Sharon is promoting her “Once In A Lifetime” back-to-back concert with Martin Nievera slated Feb. 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. She said it is an honor for her to perform with Martin whom she repeatedly called the Concert King.

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Perfect comeback for Goma


BACK AFTER 10 YEARS: Time heals all wounds, or shall we say, only a perfect project can erase the wounds of the past so that a fresh start could be made.
In any case, Richard Gomez has returned to ABS-CBN after having been separated from his home network for 10 years. An original ABS-CBN star since the time the network re-opened in 1986, Gomez left the network under not so favorable circumstances then.

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P16.852B for AFP modernization


The modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) took a big leap during the first 17 months of the Aquino administration, the Department of National Defense (DND) said Saturday.
Based on the DND report, a review of the modernization program showed P16.852 billion was made available for the AFP modernization from July, 2010, to December, 2011, a great improvement from the P33.596 billion that was made available during a 15-year period, or an average of P2.24 billion a year from 1995 to 2010.

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Magnesium-rich diet tied to lower stroke risk


A fresh look at past research concludes that people who eat lots of greens and other foods rich in magnesium have fewer strokes -- a finding that supports current diet guidelines.
But because the research focused on magnesium in food, the authors stopped short of recommending that people take a daily magnesium supplement. It's possible that another aspect of the food is responsible for the finding.

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