31 March 2012
The Philippines breaks in the chart as among the 23 countries worldwide that contributed to 90 percent of all DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks in the second half of 2011, according to a recent report by Kaspersky Lab, a leading secure content and threat management solutions developer.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. in a memo reminded all banks to make sure that automated teller machines (ATM) will have funds to service withdrawal transactions this coming five-day Lent, and public holidays.
"As people flock to the provinces during long holidays like Lenten Season, demand for ATM service is expected to surge," said Espenilla. "Banks are therefore reminded to keep their ATM facility ready 24x7 and undertake ATM preparedness program."
Millions of Filipinos are expected to participate in Earth Hour, the event that encourages the simultaneous switching off of lights and other electrical appliances to raise global awareness on climate change, at 8:30-9:30 p.m. today in the Philippines.
Malacañang joined the call yesterday for the public to actively participate in the simultaneous "lights off" event initiated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to be a global movement uniting people to protect the planet.
30 March 2012
Former Quezon City representative Dennis Roldan (real name Mitchell Gumabao), who first gained notice in the '80s as a basketball player and actor, is now a pastor.
Roldan made the big reveal in a recent interview, saying that he decided on his new vocation after spending two years in jail for his alleged participation in the kidnapping of a Chinese boy in 2005.
Bela Padilla would neither have voted for nor against her “Tita” BB Gandanghari’s decision to subject himself under the knife for a sex change.
Years after BB, formerly known as Rustom Padilla, came out as gay, the issue that he has undergone sex change procedure has hounded him incessantly. Having returned to the country after two years of living in New York City, BB remained tight-lipped on the matter citing that “whatever's between my legs is basically my own private thing.”
Researchers said the findings, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, don't prove that adding a candy bar to your daily diet will help you shed pounds. Nor did the total amount of chocolate consumed have an impact.
Computing has announced the NComputing M300, an entirely new virtual desktop device that redefines what is possible in a thin client. The M300 delivers customers a 3-in-1 device that provides a rich PC experience to 3 users simultaneously at 1/3rd the cost, using 1/3rd the power and 1/3rd the networking ports compared to PCs and other thin clients. Customers can now deploy more computing per peso, spend less on power and facility upgrades, and manage with fewer IT resources. Available immediately worldwide, the M300 is targeted at local workgroups from 3 to 45 users in environments like classrooms, labs, libraries, shared office workspaces, business centers and call centers.
As technology continues to progress non-stop with the latest tablets, smartphones and laptops coming out every now and then with top-notch quality, they lack qualities needed for presentations and group leisure. That’s where portable projectors come in handy.
27 March 2012
Guyabano is the Filipino term for the graviola tree (Annona reticulate). Its delectable fruitis also locally referred to as guyabano but is known as custard apple or sour sop in English.
Folklore attributes some medicinal properties to guyabano. Supposedly, its unripe fruit can relieve diarrhea, its leaves can eliminate worms when taken internally and heal wounds when applied topically, and a concoction of its roots can reduce fever.
Education as most Filipinos know it will be different next school year, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said over the weekend, referring to the changes in the education curriculum for the upcoming implementation of the K+12 beginning June this year.
Speaking before hundreds of elementary and high school teachers from regions 1, 2, 3 and the Cordillera Administrative Region, Luistro said the educational system has been changed to make it more adaptable to students according to their localities, preference in learning, and in their career options.
Centuries ago, people ran without wearing any footwear and, according to US-certified running coach Jay Alvarez, that is natural running. "However, in the past several decades, runners have altered the way they run. Runners have become more of ‘heel strikers’ which stops forward momentum," he explains. "Time is lost as runners get centered over mass and you need to push off to regain forward momentum."
26 March 2012
It happened during the group’s guest appearance on March 25 in the noontime variety show, “ASAP 2012,” of which KC is regular host and performer.
During the short interview with KC and Martin Nievera after Blake’s performance, Martin asked Jules, “Let’s play a game. Let’s just say for the sake of argument, you had a crush in the Philippines. Today, let’s spell crush [as] k-c-r-u-s-h. Let’s say she was here right now, what would you say to your crush?”
In an interview with The New York Times published on March 22, Griffiths spoke of his and his crew’s stay in Manila for the movie shoot, thus: “The ‘Bourne’ movies are known as a more urban and gritty kind of product, and that was certainly true of Manila. It is congested, with the highest population density in the world. But the people are the best thing about it. Don’t be fooled by the signs everywhere that say ‘Check Your Firearms at the Door.’
Women who want to be a nun should try having a boyfriend first. The surprising advice is not from some liberal activist, but from a Benedictine nun, Sr. Mary John Mananzan.
Mananzan, the head of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), said having a romantic relationship with a man is one way of helping a woman find out if she is really meant to spend a life of meditation, embracing the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
25 March 2012
First it was beer, then it was cigarettes. Finally, researchers have found a vice that's not tied to psoriasis: coffee.
In fact, when Dr. Abrar Qureshi and his team at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston first set out to study whether there was a link between the skin disease and java, they thought the anti-inflammatory properties of caffeine might actually protect against psoriasis.
Three new studies published on Wednesday added to growing scientific evidence suggesting that taking a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent, and possibly treat, cancer.
Previous studies have found that daily aspirin reduces the long-term risk of death due to cancer, but until now the shorter-term effects have been less certain - as has the medicine's potential in patients already diagnosed with cancer.
The Department of Education’s Center for Students and Co-Curricular Affairs (CSCA) has come out with an application procedure to guide students who want to apply for the 2012 Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES). There are 150 slots opened by the DepEd Central Office to accommodate qualified student applicants for this program.
It’s hard to think Julia Montes once pondered over leaving showbiz. At 17 and only after a year in showbiz, Julia’s dream of stardom has taken shape.
The formula that ABS-CBN made for Julia following “Mara Clara” proved successful with her casting in “Walang Hanggan,” which stars the newbie alongside Coco Martin, Dawn Zulueta, Richard Gomez, Helen Gamboa and Ms. Susan Roces.
One would think that with Vice Ganda’s extreme bluntness, he would most likely not keep anything secret from his public. But while Vice has been open about his mother being an OFW, the trials he’s had to go through before his success in showbiz and, more recently, how he has grieved for the death of his beloved Lola, the TV host has nevertheless been unusually tight-lipped about his love life.
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, alarmed by the acute power shortage in Mindanao, Saturday called for “immediate government intervention,” warning that the worsening problem could lead to widespread disastrous consequences.
24 March 2012
In 1997, James Cameron’s TITANIC set sail in theaters -- and one of the world’s most breathtaking and timeless love stories was born. The film’s journey became an international phenomenon as vast as its name, garnering a record number of Academy Award® nominations, 11 Academy Awards® and grossing over $1.8 billion worldwide.
UPS has announced it has begun to equip its drivers in Asia and around the world with a new-generation handheld computer designed to support the business world’s demands for continuous information and total mobility.
The new computer—smaller and lighter than anything before it—will make life easier for UPS drivers at the same time it accelerates the delivery of package information to the UPS network and to the customers. The computer is also the first in the industry to leverage what is known as Gobi radio technology to allow instant switching of cellular carriers if one carrier’s signal is lost, thus ensuring the device stays connected to the UPS network even when confronting “real world” problems.
Grammy-winning pop legend Whitney Houston died from accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub after taking cocaine which could have triggered a heart attack, coroners said Thursday.
Houston, who died at age 48 in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel room last month, likely had some kind of heart attack which caused her to slip under the water, said the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.
23 March 2012
The Bato Balani Foundation Inc. (BBFI) and the Diwa Learning Systems is now accepting nominations for its search for The Many Faces of the Teacher 2012 program.
The teacher search is on the lookout for role models in the teaching profession who inspire their fellow educators to excellence. The program seeks to recognize teachers not just for their skills and dedication to their craft but also for their efforts in making a difference in the lives of their students and communities.
Sony Philippines brings science and technology closer to Filipino youth and their families through its partnership with The Mind Museum. Staying true to its global CSR direction of supporting education, the company will provide the latest Sony technologies to the museum, the first world class Science museum in the Philippines
Tom Velasco Puertollano, Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 2012 valedictorian, is a simple man with simple dreams.
But his efforts to remain obscure and ordinary are now futile because his excellence in the academe always makes him stand out from the rest.
OFW Reymund Enteria will bring honor to the country after having been chosen as one of the torchbearers for this year’s Summer Olympics in London.
“Sipag, determinasyon at lakas ng loob. Mga katangian na naging daan upang makamit ni Reymund Interia, isang OFW sa London, ang pangarap niyang maging torchbearer sa 2012 Summer Olympics sa London,” a report on “24 Oras” said.
Ms. Universe 2011 third runner up Shamcey Supsup believes that the recent, much-debated “20 Things I Dislike about the Philippines” viral video made by American Jimmy Sieczka is a bad case of “hasty generalization” about the country.
Having triumphantly represented the Philippines in the international arena last year, Supsup cried foul over Sieczka’s unwarranted “criticisms” that could affect the country's name overseas.
21 March 2012
It was a windy and balmy Thursday night, not your usual evening for this particular season on these tropical islands. The night’s relatively pleasant nature masked a rather simmering cauldron of a market, otherwise known as the ultrabook segment, getting hotter by a notch or two.
What does it mean to graduate cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude?
Literally, the Latin phrase cum laude means “with honor” or “with praise,” the latter being a more direct translation of the word laude. Similarly, magna cum laude means “with great praise”, and summa cum laude means “with the highest praise.”
Public utility jeepneys (PUJs) operating in the National Capital Region and Regions 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 will start charging a minimum fare of P8.50 Wednesday, after the government granted Tuesday the provisional fare increase petitions of transport operators.
Five regions of the country are not covered by the fare hike. In the seven-page decision, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reinstated the former minimum jeepney fare of P8.50 after weeks of public consultations and deliberations.
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Tuesday that 650 out of 1,089 passed the Mechanical Engineer Licensure Examination, 26 out of 50 passed the Certified Plant Mechanic Licensure Examination and 23 passed the Technical Evaluation for the Upgrading as Professional Mechanical Engineer given by the Board of Mechanical Engineering in Manila and Cebu this March 2012.
19 March 2012
A few years have already passed since he left the country for New York but BB Gandanghari is still hounded about undergoing sex change.
Temporarily back in the country for some commitments, the former actor, who sports a medium length hair and a skinnier physique, played coy on the matter during his first live local interview in years.
Celebrated as gaming's most notorious ghost town, Silent Hill: Downpour comes with madness and surrealism that has made this series awesomely successful. Now with most of the original fundamentals still intact, there a few changes were made to this horror game.
Without any doubt, graphics tablets can be described as today’s electronic equivalent of pen and paper.
Through this handy device, hand movements are translated into tangibleexpressions that we can use to communicate. Aside from aiding in communication, tablets also come in handy when it comes to signing electronic documents.
Many companies these days provide personal laptops to its employees to be able to accomplish work on a day to day basis. Problem is, some people need to perform tasks that entail installing new software on their laptop. These applications, however, are not accredited by the company’s policies and therefore cannot be installed.
Thanks to web tools we have nowadays, we can easily perform our tasks without the need to download and install applications on the computer. Here is a list of some of the helpful websites that may come in handy.
18 March 2012
Dionie C. Reyes, the government employee who spent all his lotto winnings of over P14 million in just three months in 2008, is back in the long betting line praying for a second chance at the jackpot.
At 47, Reyes said he has no regrets over squandering most of his money on vices – gambling, nightly drinking sprees, and womanizing – but that one more chance to win a lotto jackpot will be different.
Job-hunting for young Filipinos no longer resemble cattle auctions. New graduates don’t have to pound the pavement and jostle through day-long queues of sweaty fellow applicants clutching resumes on the doorsteps of prospective employers.
17 March 2012
Filipina-Mexican Jessica Sanchez failed to wow the “American Idol” judges with her essay of the Gloria Estefan hit “Turn the Beat Around” on performance night held Mar. 14.
Saying that the “rhythm was a little shady,” rock icon Steven Tyler initiated the string of unsatisfactory comments about Sanchez with, “I don’t think you should stray too far from what you do the best, which are ballads.”
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is not at all bothered by a video on YouTube in which an American rattled off reasons for disliking the country.
“Sa gitna ng kampanya ng Department of Tourism na ‘It’s More Fun In The Philippines,’ isang video ang kumakalat ngayon sa internet na gawa ng isang banyagang lalaki na may titulong ‘20 reasons why I dislike the Philippines.’ Meron na itong mahigit 300,00 views,” a report on “24 Oras” said.
It might be already on his bloodline being a business-minded person when Benjamin Tan decided to raise ready-to-lay hens after resigning from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
The nation joins several countries across the globe in the annual observance of the Day of the Unborn on March 25, in recognition of the unborn and of the urgent need to stop the practice of abortion.
Pro-Life Philippines, which leads the observance in the country said, the Day of the Unborn “is a way of expressing grief for the innocent aborted babies who never had the chance to see the splendor of God’s creation and never felt the warmth of their mother’s embrace and father’s protection.
Amid soaring unemployment in Spain the country's Roman Catholic Church has launched a campaign offering steady jobs as priests.
In an advertisement video posted on social networks such as YouTube, a series of priests announce the benefits of priesthood with the first saying he ``can't promise a great salary but I can promise a fixed job.''
14 March 2012
Considered as the industry’s first 7-inch tablet running Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), the new Acer Iconia Tab A100 features an incredibly portable sub-one pound design, a vibrant 7-inch multi-touch display, and a sleek, thin design that is comfortable to use and take virtually anywhere.
Apple’s iPad 2 is the industry leader in the tablet market. Yes, the new iPad killer is from Apple! :)
The new iPad, or the third-generation iPad (and not iPad 3 nor iPad HD), pretty much confirms the rumors -- A5X chip, a dual-core ARM chip but with quad-core graphics processor, a Retina Display and 4G LTE. Siri, on the other hand, was not in the picture, but a slimmed down dictation support is included.
The 10-centimetre (four inch) wave and 6.8 magnitude quake, which struck some 210 kilometres (130 miles) off the northern island of Hokkaido, prompted local authorities to issue an evacuation warning for coastal residents.
A pregnant African woman was arrested by airport authorities Tuesday morning after her luggage yielded 2.7 kilograms of a crystalline substance suspected to be metamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu.”
Last Saturday evening, Customs authorities arrested a female passenger from Uganda who was caught in possession of 4.5 kilograms of shabu.
For three months, Dionie Reyes (DR) – winner of P14,125,032 in the Lotto 6/42 draw on April 22, 2008 – lived the life of a millionaire, something he had been longing to experience.
He lived in a P4-million house in a posh subdivision, drove around in a sports utility vehicle (SUV), and gave goodwill money, ranging P1,000 to P 850,000, to relatives and friends. He also gambled daily, womanized, and went on regular drinking sprees.
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Tuesday that 533 out of 804 passed the Medical Technologist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Medical Technology in the cities of Manila, Baguio and Cebu this month.
The members of the Board of Medical Technology who gave the licensure examination are Dr. Marietta C. Baccay, Chairman; Marilyn R. Atienza and Marian M. Tantingco, Members.
13 March 2012
The PH Azkals defeated Taikistan 2-1 to advance to the semifinals of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup at the Halchowk Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Azkals found themselves trailing in the first half, 0-1, after a controversial goal by a Tajikistan player.
The lawsuit, filed in a San Jose, California federal court on Monday, marks a major escalation of patent litigation that has already swept up the smartphone and tablet sectors and high-tech stalwarts such as Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.
A carpenter’s son from Lipa City, Batangas has made it to the top of this year’s graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) and is set to join the Army, a military official revealed Monday.
Major Harold Cabunoc, Philippine Army (PA) spokesman, said CadetTom Puertollano, 21, is among the 102 incoming Second Lieutenants who will join the Army after their graduation on Sunday, March 18.
It was a gathering of friends and colleagues on a hot Thursday lunch buffet at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel as RedDot Philippines unveils the Olympus OM-D system and its new selection of point-and-shoot cameras.
Looking back at history, it was 40 years ago when the world first heard of the Olympus M-1 which later on further evolved and matured in to OM Series of system SLRs.
Looking back, Capcom has crossed with a lot of other warriors: X-Men, the Avengers, the King of Fighters, among others. Now, Streetfighter X Tekken takes players to a whole new fighting level that will surely mark a place in game history.
The game has 38 characters in its lineup and can be considered as one of the most satisfying collections of fighting game characters ever assembled.
Influenced by their affinity for Muppet mayhem, the filmmakers of Disney's “The Muppets” introduces Walter, a central character who’s driven by his lifelong love of the Muppets.
According to lead actor Jason Segel, Walter’s wildest fantasy is to meet the Muppets. “Walter is naive, sweet, innocent, wide-eyed—he’s very much like Kermit before Kermit became famous,” says Segel. “But he just wants to belong. He’s looking for a family, really. The Muppets are the only people he’s ever seen who were like him, so his quest is to become one of the Muppets.”
With her crisp uniform, immaculate makeup, and hair swept up, Mew looks like any other air hostess, but she’s one of a handful of Thai transsexuals blazing a trail in the skies.
Fledgling Thailand-based carrier PC Air has hired four transgender cabin crew in a highly publicized recruitment drive that has divided opinion over whether the move is in the spirit of equality or exploitation.
12 March 2012
House leaders said Monday that the passage of the “Filipino-style” divorce bill will not happen in the 15th Congress. Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. and House Majority Leader and Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali “Boyet” Gonzales II said that while the House leadership moved for the termination of the debates on the highly-divisive Reproductive Health (RH) bill, it is not keen on approving House Bill 1799 or “An Act Introducing Divorce in the Philippines.”
A whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and evil witches has come to light with the discovery of 500 new fairytales, which were locked away in an archive in Regensburg, Germany for over 150 years.
The tales are part of a collection of myths, legends and fairytales, gathered by the local historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810–1886) in the Bavarian region of Oberpfalz at about the same time as the Grimm brothers were collecting the fairytales that have since charmed adults and children around the world.
Technology has come a long way, even for persons with disabilities (PWD).
There are mobile applications where speech may be converted to text and vice versa, thus making it easier for persons with visual impairment to send and receive text or email messages.
Engineers are also developing the use of robotic exoskeleton to enable paraplegics to be mobile again.
11 March 2012
Gone is the long-haired, preppy Charice who graced the cover of a fashion magazine last January and in its place is a different image "persona" that had sent Netizens buzzing.
Shocking the public with her blonde, short hairdo with matching tattoo on one her wrists, the international singing sensation returned to the country on March 8 for her “Infinity Tour” concert.
Jessica Sanchez inched closer to “American Idol” title after advancing to the Top 12, as announced on reality show’s season 11 on March 8 (March 9 in Manila).
Jeremy Rosado was voted out, leaving Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, Heejun Han, Skylar Laine, Phillip Phillips, Deandre Brackensick, Erika Van Pelt, Joshua Ledet, Shannon Magrane, Jermaine Jones and Elise Testone with Sanchez in the running for next week’s round of performances.
In celebration of the International Women’s Day, Yahoo the premier digital media company, announced the launch of Yahoo! She [http://ph.she.yahoo.com] – the one-stop online destination that offers “Real Women; Real Answers”. Echoing the voice and objectives of this significant global date, Yahoo! She aims to empower women, inspire ideologies and contribute towards building a nurturing environment for Filipino women.
08 March 2012
Taking a sample or biopsy from just one part of a tumor might not give a full picture of its genetic diversity and may explain why doctors, despite using genetically targeted drugs, are often unable to save patients whose cancer has spread, scientists said.
A study by British researchers found there are more genetic differences than similarities between biopsies taken from separate areas of the same tumor, and yet further gene differences in samples taken from secondary tumors.
Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim warned teachers from public schools in the city to refrain from inflicting harm or employing corporal punishment on their students.
Lim’s pronouncement came after the parents of at least 23 students from the Almario Elementary School in Tondo trooped to the office of Manila Department of Social Welfare chief Jay Dela Fuente to seek help regarding alleged abuses committed by a school teacher against their children.
What happened to UP?
This was the question that reverberated all over the country as soon as the 2011 Bar examination results were announced last week. Criticisms on the University of the Philippines College of Law’s (UPCAL) failure to make it to the top ten list hounded the premier state university.
07 March 2012
Popular Korean TV and radio personality Grace Lee has resigned from her morning show on radio station Magic 89.9 reports said.
Lee herself confirmed this in a series of tweets with one post saying that she intends to formally say goodbye to fans of the show, “Good Times” on Thursday.
The Tillandsia is a strange grass-like air-plant. Its genus name was dedicated to Swedish botanist Elias Tillands (1640-1693). There are more than 500 species of Tillandsia, and they are native from the north to the mid-Atlantic region of the United States and as well as South America. The Tillandsias is a relative of the bromeliad and pineapple plants which belong to the Bromeliaceae plant family.
Hugging the news around the world a few days ago was the finding that omega-3 fatty acids keep brains healthy and may slow the mental decline that leads to dementia; among the young, omega-3 improves brain function and memory.
Local chief executives were urged yesterday to install closed circuit television technology (CCTV) cameras in their localities to help deter and solve crimes.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said the installation of CCTV cameras will support the peace and order initiatives of local governments, particularly cities and municipalities with high demographic concentration and robust economic activities.
Students of Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School (MLQES) can now experience the full benefits of using computer technologies in their curriculum studies. Donated by Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, XO laptops has touched more than 1,000 students from grades 4, 5 and 6, allowing for richer learning.
Acer, one of the top computer manufacturers, rose higher to become a well-rounded IT company, introduces the S191HQL LED monitor, an ultra-slim monitor with a space-saving design that’s perfect for any location, home or office, it guarantees high-definition viewing of movies, videos and other visual presentations any time of the day—without going over budget.