29 February 2012
A total of 1,913 law graduates or 31.95 percent of those who actually took the tests passed the 2011 Bar examinations administered by the Supreme Court (SC) in November last year.
In a press briefing, SC Spokesman and Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez said the percentage of those who passed the 2011 bar examinations is the second highest rate since the 32.89 per cent in 2001.
SARAH G. IS BABY GIRL: How else must the public take to the recent pronouncement by Gerald Anderson on the premiere telecast of “Sarah G.” last Sunday, Feb. 26 addressing the host of the show as Baby Girl?
The Popstar, on the other hand, called him Babe in an unguarded, videotaped moment during a cruise along Manila Bay, certainly one of the highlights of the debuting weekly musical-variety-cum talk show on ABS-CBN.
28 February 2012
Moving the body demands a lot from the brain. Exercise activates countless neurons, which generate, receive and interpret repeated, rapid-fire messages from the nervous system, coordinating muscle contractions, vision, balance, organ function and all of the complex interactions of bodily systems that allow you to take one step, then another.
Newly-transferred Kapamilya star Iza Calzado pushed through with her dance number on “ASAP 2012,” Sunday, despite her leggings getting torn, exposing her legs.
In her official Twitter account (@MissIzaCalzado) on Sunday, Calzado said she’s thankful that her production number was about to end when the incident happened.
Concepcion-Carrier, the country’s leading provider of cooling solutions, is turning 50 years old in the Philippines this year. To celebrate half a century of pioneering cooling in the Philippines, the company is launching the “Me and My Carrier” campaign, which aims to search for the oldest working Carrier air conditioners and a chance for people to share their own Carrier experiences via its website.
Why normal cells run amok to form 100 types of cancer, nobody knows. The problem is, one in every one thousand Filipinos comes down with it.
Worse, more people contract the disease as they age and indulge in cancer-causing habits - smoking, physical inactivity and Westernized diets. In 2010 alone, at least 82,500 Filipinos were newly afflicted with cancer.
Kobe Bryant took Michael Jordan's record, then nearly lost the game to LeBron James as the West held off a furious East comeback to win the NBA All-Star game 152-149 on Sunday.
Bryant scored 27 points, moving past Jordan as the career scoring leader in the game. Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant had 36, and Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook finished with 21.
By 2016, a total of 5.3 million certified graduates are expected to join the labor sector as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) continues to pursue its goal of becoming the country's prime provider of quality technical-vocational education.
For Yoga instructor Al Galang, currently dubbed as “the Other Man” in the recent Vicki Belo-Hayden Kho, Jr. breakup, the Doctor to the Stars is better off single and “drama free.”
In his first ever interview, Galang unflinchingly said in the Sunday episode of “The Buzz” that he “hopes” the recent breakup of the couple would be for good.
Environmental advocates appealed to the government Monday to actively implement the ban on open burning of garbage to reduce human exposure to hazardous emissions, in time for the Clean Air Summit to be held in Metro Manila on February 29.
To help relieve the hardship facing residents of the region following the recent massive floods, the national government last weekend released the funds for cash-for-work beneficiaries in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
At least 1,000 beneficiaries, all victims of the recent flash floods caused by tropical “Sendong,” will initially benefit from the cash-for-work program implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Silent romance “The Artist” won five Oscars on Sunday, including best film, and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” also took five of the world’s top movie honors on a night where stories about movies felt the love of Hollywood.
A Filipino-American lass will sing the Philippine National Anthem before the world stage when Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao fights American Timothy Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas, ABS-CBN News reported Saturday.
Kirby Asunto, a 14-year-old New Yorker, was handpicked by Pacquiao to follow in the footsteps of Charice, Arnel Pineda, and Maria Aragon, who sang “Lupang Hinirang” in Pacquiao’s previous bouts.
OtterBox, known as an innovator of protective solutions for the handheld products is now in the Philippines.
Starting with something as simple as a box, OtterBox was created in 1998 and built upon fundamentals of hard work, creativity and perseverance.
Otterbox cases are dedicated to all the klutzy, spontaneous, chaotic, graceless individuals who have broken a device or valuable due to their active lifestyle.
23 February 2012
Power generation deficiency, not the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), is to be blamed for the daily brownouts that have been plaguing Mindanao for weeks the company stressed Thursday.
“(NGCP) maintains that the cause of the daily power curtailment in the Mindanao Grid is the acute shortage of power in the region, not any transmission-related issue,” the private firm said.
Grace Lee is probably the luckiest girl these days having President Noynoy Aquino III on her side as well as her radio station, Magic 89.9.
“Station didn't have to... But thank you boss,” was Grace’s brief comment on her official twitter account (@gracelee899) where she reposted the link of Magic’s statement on Angelicopter’s claim that she got the boot from the show “Good Times with Mo [GTWM]” upon Grace's demand.
Pigsa is a Filipino word for boils. Boils usually form when one or more hair follicles — the tube-shaped shafts from which hair grows — become infected with staph bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus).
Q: What causes varicose veins? How are they treated? I have some in my legs and they are very unsightly. — firstname.lastname@example.org
A: Veins are the blood vessels that carry blood from the different parts of the body to the heart. In the extremities where the direction of blood flow to the heart is generally upwards, the veins are provided with one-way valves to prevent the back flow of blood. If these valves become defective and incompetent, blood pools, causing the superficial veins to stretch and swell, forming tortuous, cord-like and unsightly masses called varicose veins.
22 February 2012
Although Hayden Kho, Jr. and Nancy Castiglione have both denied their alleged affair, so-called witnesses claim to have seen the two getting more than friendly to each other.
Hayden had purportedly visited the former singer-actress in her office in Makati, according to witnesses who requested anonymity for fear of losing their jobs. One of these witnesses had supposedly seen the controversial personalities smooching in the fire escape.
A pair of CPU coolers from Deepcool, an ISO 9000-certified manufacturer of thermal dissipation components and supplier to leading PC vendors, such as Dell, Fujitsu, and Siemens, has come our way via our friends from Acrotech.
Below is a quick look at the Killer Whale and Tiger Shark (interesting names for CPU coolers, if we might say so).
A child-friendly virtual teacher is what the Aspire X1920 from Acer presents itself to be.
Since most kids nowadays have the tendency to be bored easily, they sure won’t be with the Acer Aspire X1920 that promises speedy processing of various applications so that kids can process all their school work at the fastest time possible. Yet even during their leisure hours like gaming or simply surfing the Web, the Acer Aspire X1920 stands out in terms of performance.
Travelers using the four airport terminals in Manila can now enjoy free wireless-fidelity (WIFI) connectivity following the official launch of Globe Telecom’s free Internet service at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Tuesday.
The free WIFI enables both departing and arriving passengers in all airport terminals including the domestic airport, to work online, check emails or travel itineraries, and surf the net while at the airport.
President Aquino has issued Proclamation No. 340 declaring 2012 as the Reserved Officers Training Course (ROTC) Centennial Year.
The President also designated March as ROTC month to observe the vital contributions of the military program.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo is mulling the implementation of drug-free home campaign stickers nationwide to help control the growing trade of illegal drugs.
The 40-day Lenten season begins on Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, considered as a universal day of fasting, abstinence, prayer, self-denial, and repentance.
21 February 2012
If you're looking for a truly off-the-beaten path adventure with a spiritual side, few destinations rival these sacred sites. A combination of architectural marvels and temples built by eccentric orders, the spiritual sanctuaries in this slideshow are truly beyond belief.
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has temporarily suspended all onsite membership registration and card issuance activities of its private partners.
In a press statement issued Monday, PhilHealth President and CEO Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon revealed that the suspension, which was “effective immediately, was made so that PhilHealth can review its “terms of engagement” with the partners.
The government has identified 16 public-private partnership (PPP) projects in various stages of development and would be ready for private sector participation.
Socio-economic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Authority Director General Cayetano Paderanga told participants of the JICA PPP seminar that these projects have multiplier effects on the economy and aim to benefit the poor.
Twenty-five years after the canonization of San Lorenzo Ruiz on Oct. 18, 1987 by Blessed Pope John Paul II, the country proudly welcomes its second saint, Pedro Calungsod (1654 – 1672), who will be venerated the world over as Saint Pedro on October 21, 2012.
The Vatican has announced the canonization of the 17th century Visayan martyr, along with six others, following the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, according to the Vatican’s official website.
Iñigo Pascual, son of actor Piolo Pascual, admitted that he got hurt over insinuations hurled against his father amid the latter's highly publicized breakup with actress KC Concepcion last year.
The young Pascual revealed in an exclusive interview with a magazine that he felt “really bad” at the time inasmuch as that he wasn’t able to do something about it and help his dad.
20 February 2012
Diet soda may benefit the waistline, but a new study suggests that people who drink it every day have a heightened risk of heart attack and stroke.
The study, which followed almost 2,600 older adults for a decade, found that those who drank diet soda every day were 44 percent more likely than non-drinkers to suffer a heart attack or stroke.
The clearest sign that Jeremy Lin’s appeal has spanned the Pacific to mainland China may lie not in the 1.4 million Chinese microblog messages mentioning him in recent days, but in a rare failure to meet demand here in the heart of one of the world’s largest centers of pirated garment manufacturing.
Young TV host Pauleen Luna blasted reports that she’s pregnant which arose after fainting during the “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment of “Eat Bulaga” in Davao last Feb. 13.
“Hindi po ako buntis,” came Pauleen’s denial on “Showbiz Central” on Feb. 19.
Speculations that she was in an interesting stage spread like wildfire when “EB” host Vic Sotto asked on air, “Hindi ba naghahanap ng maasim o ano?”
Cristalle Henares, the daughter of Dr. Vicki Belo, has denied talk linking her mother to Philippine Azkals team captain Aly Borromeo.
This was according to a report aired on “The Buzz” last Feb. 19, which did not specify how long the rumor has been going around, nor did it elaborate on details and how it began. This comes merely a week after Vicki and Hayden’s now much-talked about breakup was publicized.
DTC Mobile Distribution, Inc. (DTC-MDI) has finally revealed the innovative brand of cellular phone offered at a very reasonable price. The use of mobile phones and gadgets has become a necessity in today’s world, connecting life by making communication easier. It is true that phones with exclusive features are not easily available for everyone due to its pricing. DTC however, comes in with an affordable and cheerful package, yet of enriching peculiarity and unique features which can empower everyday lives.
The DeepCool N2600, while it comes with a name that sounds more like that of a low-cost mobile phone from Nokia, is actually a notebook cooler that looks like a book stand. It comes with a pair of 140mm fans. Deepcool claims the N2600 can dissipate heat efficiently.
It was a continued love affair with BlackBerry alright, as I looked beyond and saw indeed a pretty sight the BlackBerry Bold 9900 in pure white!
Immaculately stunning, this beauty is one of the five latest BlackBerry models that features the BlackBerry 7 Operating System made available in the Philippines since last January 13. Sporting a sleek, slim physique at 10.5 mm thin, this jewel is pearl-like. Surrounded with superior brushed stainless steel frame, the front elegantly features a 2.8” touchscreen display above its smooth and easy to touch QWERTY keyboard. A textured pearl hued back features a 5-megapixel camera capable of shooting HD videos at 720p.
Acer debuts the Acer K330, its first LED projector with 500 ANSI lumens of brightness for projecting vivid, clear images. The new Acer K330 projector also marries portability with excellent image output.
It weighs less than three pounds and provides an HD-ready 1280x800 (WXGA) resolution with enhanced color saturation for brilliant color and clarity.
19 February 2012
Retired NBA legend Michael Jordan was hailed as the greatest player in basketball history by two potential rivals to the throne on Friday as he celebrated his 49th birthday.
As the NBA currently salutes Jeremy Lin, the first US-born NBA player of Taiwanese and Chinese heritage who has gone from bench-warmer to star for the New York Knicks, Jordan's legendary career was recalled by other icons.
Australia's ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell announced the opening of applications for the Australia Awards for Development at the Masters and PhD levels in Australia for 2013. He said that "at least 120 post-graduate scholarships will be available to high-achieving Filipinos to study in leading Australian universities."
18 February 2012
Several provinces in Mindanao are now experiencing daily brownouts after the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) started imposing load curtailment in 33 electric cooperatives as power supply has fallen due to alleged generation deficiency.
“The curtailment is Mindanao-wide. I don't know how many cooperatives there are but everyone is affected. (Power) reserves are in the negative.
Malacañang has declared February 25 as a school holiday to allow students to participate in the 26th anniversary celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986.
With the country now having an “entire generation” that was born after the 1986 bloodless uprising, Malacañang said that it is important for the youth to participate and learn from the festivities of the 26th anniversary of EDSA 1.
COOKING CHILDREN: Men taking to the kitchen are a rarity. But, what can we say about three boys of elementary school age beating 56 other male and female contestants as finalists in the first TV adaptation of “Junior Master Chef?”
Three boys – Jobim, Kyle, and Philip – plus a lone female contender, Mika, made it to the finals of the kiddie cookfest hosted by Judy Ann Santos every Saturday night on channel 2.
Plans are afoot for Filipino Manny Pacquiao and Taiwanese-American Jeremy Lin to meet up on Wednesday in New York, a day before the Filipino’s scheduled press conference there and the New York Knicks guard’s match with the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden.
Rising Tide Mobile Entertainment, Inc. and MobileCash, Inc. have risen to another level in digital innovation. Power business duo John Alonte, CEO of Rising Tide Mobile Entertainment, and Eliza Coliangco-Tan, CEO of MobileCash, joined forces in creating the latest addition to their roster of services—MyMusicStore.com.ph—by far, the biggest music downloading site of the Philippines.
Dell has unveiled its XPS 14z laptop, one of the thinnest fully featured 14-inch laptops featuring an internal optical drive and discrete graphics option. The latest in a series of thin-and-powerful solutions from Dell that include thin laptops, desktops and accessories, the XPS 14z delivers performance that impresses and design that inspires. Professionals now can power through their day at work and kick back at night to take advantage of the system’s HD screen to watch movies or video.
17 February 2012
Buffalo Technology has launched a storage solution specially designed for smartphones and tablets. The Buffalo CloudStation provides a place to securely store and share data for all Android phones / tablets, PC’s and iPhones / iPads, allowing you to access photos, videos, music, or documents anywhere in the world.
ASUS has launched the Eee PC 1025 Flare Series, an Intel Atom Cedar Trail-powered netbook with a brand new design. The latest Intel Atom dual-core processor offers four times the graphical performance compared to the previous generation, while consuming less battery. The Eee PC 1025 comes equipped with the exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II with Instant Ontechnology, which enables 2-second resumption from sleep mode and up to twenty-one days of standby time. Full HD 1080p video playback on HDTVs comes by way of the HDMI output port and the Eee PC 1025 provides Blu-ray 2.0 support as well. Connectivity is a breeze too with the built-in USB 3.0, DLNA, and Wi-Fi Direct.
There has been an influx of new produce in the market for the last few decades; these are still unfamiliar and considered foreign, especially by the masses who classify them as “pangmayaman” or high class.
Last year’s runners-up and 28 others will vie for the prestigious 2012 Bb. Pilipinas titles. The girls were presented during a press preview held at the Gateway Suites, Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City recently.
16 February 2012
About two or three years ago, athlete-TV host Chris Tiu had the opportunity to play in a pick-up game against Jeremy Lin, the NBA’s latest breakout star.
“We were in Las Vegas with Smart-Gilas [the Philippines’ national men’s basketball team]. We were training in a camp there and at the same time, at the same venue, nandu’n din sila nagpa-practice...
In line with its efforts to include every learner in school whether they are able or differently-abled, the Department of Education (DepEd) is encouraging officials in public elementary and secondary schools to conduct activities to support the weeklong celebration of National Intellectual Disability Week.
In its latest announcement showing the magnitude of motorcycle-related injuries in the country, the Department of Health (DoH) again urged all enforcement agencies to strictly implement the “Mandatory Helmet Act of 2010” and the seatbelt law after recording a total of 943 accidents involving motorcycles in the third quarter of 2011.
Who wouldn’t want seamless, fault-free and worry-free computing at this day and age using a laptop?
The question is, “is there such a laptop?”
Bad news for fans of boy band SS501 in the Philippines.
SS501 member Park Jung Min’s Valentine fan meet in Manila, dubbed as “Intimately Yours, Be Min’s Valentines,” scheduled on Feb. 18 has been canceled, the organizer announced.
Greenlights Events & Productions Philippines, which was bringing the K-pop star to the Philippines, apologized to fans for the unfortunate event.
It seems DJ Mo Twister isn't happy with Ogie Alcasid’s parody of the former's infamous “got rid of our baby” video diary.
Reports say that the spoof was aired as a segment during Ogie and wife Regine Velasquez’s Valentine's Day concert, “Mr. & Mrs. A.” There, video diaries made by the husband-wife tandem were shown, all portraying what couples do when they have misunderstandings. In one, Ogie was reportedly seen crying while speaking in American accent but made no mention of Mo's issue.
Administration and opposition lawmakers are seeking to overhaul the proposed Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) form, which they described as unconstitutional for requiring the declaration of tax payment and personal expenses, gross income, and income taxes paid.
15 February 2012
The Department of Education (DepEd) will assess the English skills and other proficiencies of Grades 1 and 2 teachers in public schools to map out a training program to prepare them for the implementation of the Kindergarten to 12 (K-12) basic education curriculum (BEC).
Massively multiplayer online role-playing games like World of Warcraft have been cited in several divorces in recent years. Now a study out of Brigham Young University attempts to look at what effect, exactly, MMORPGs can have on a marriage.
Anyone who has felt the pressure of a weeklong sinus infection won’t be happy to hear it, but a study finds that a commonly prescribed medicine doesn’t clear up such attacks any better than the body does on its own.
Rome has pulled itself out of the race to host the 2020 Olympics after Prime Minister Mario Monti said it would be "irresponsible," according to BBC News.
Multi-awarded international singer and thespian Lea Salonga wants to see “a real commitment to the craft of singing” in today’s generation of singers.
Lea cited Regine Velasquez – whose training in singing included her father submerging her in neck-deep water to strengthen her lungs – as an example, telling Bulletin Entertainment and other members of the press in an interview after the music video shoot for TV5’s “Kanta Pilipinas” last Jan. 11 that it’s exactly “that kind of discipline, that kind of dedication, that kind of wanting to protect whatever you’ve invested in your voice. It’s a commitment.”
14 February 2012
Although he was a no-show at their wedding, President Noynoy Aquino has gifted his ex-girlfriend Shalani Soledad and her now-husband Rep. Roman Romulo with eight wine glasses.
The number eight is perceived not only as a lucky number but also a romantic one. Nevertheless, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte deemed that the number of wine glasses that the newlywed couple received from PNoy was coincidental.
Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation has announced the launch of the Samsung NX200, a new compact system camera that delivers professional standard photography.
13 February 2012
Adele, who captured the world’s heart with an album about a broken romance, emerged as the top winner at the Grammy Awards, winning six trophies including the prestigious trifecta of record, song, and album of the year.
The British singer, who also made a triumphant comeback from vocal cord surgery on the Grammy stage Sunday, sobbed as she won the night’s final award, album of the year, for “21.” It was last year’s top-selling album with more than six million copies sold and remains lodged at the No. 1 spot on this year's charts. Her victories tied her with Beyonce as the most wins by a woman in one evening.
Coroners on Sunday completed their autopsy on the body of singer Whitney Houston and confirmed that she was found in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room, but said the cause of death would not be determined until more lab tests were completed.
Ed Winter, assistant chief coroner for Los Angeles County, revealed little about the autopsy at a news conference, but said medical examiners found no visible signs of trauma or foul play.
When so many sword fighting games result into button mashing, Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword favors precision and split-second timing. The game becomes unique because of it's inclusion of honor and swordsmanship.
In 1985, Microsoft launched Windows operating system on graphic user interface (GUI) platform, a year later than its rival Apple Computer. Though a year late, Windows still became the standard for operating systems, establishing Microsoft as the industry leader.
Olympus Imaging Corporation has announced the introduction of the OLYMPUS OM-D, a new generation system camera compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, scheduled for release in late March 2012.
The first weeks of 2012 brought totally unexpected disasters to thousands of Filipinos. Flooding in Northern Mindanao, earthquake and huge waves in Central Visayas caused destruction and instant death, inevitable during such natural disasters.
In the days following every calamity, more deaths and illnesses could be avoided or reduced if the population is prepared.
For the first time in 11 years of the Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC), a visually-impaired student has topped one of its nationwide eliminations last January 18.
Steven Valdepeñas of Alabel Central Integrated SpEd Center from Sarangani Province topped the eliminations for the Grade 6 competition among the 15 takers in the District of East Alabel for the Division of Sarangani Province. He is one of the top placers among 234 students from 78 schools in the entire division.