31 May 2012

Lito Lapid's ‘Picha Pie’ Comment Trends On Twitter

Perhaps as much-awaited as the verdict for the now ex-Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial itself was Sen. Lito Lapid’s personal judgment, if things are to be based from Tuesday’s worldwide and local Twitter trending topics.
On Tuesday afternoon, May 29, the 23 senator-judges voted 20-3 in favor of convicting Corona, finally ending the proceedings which lasted for 43 days. Lapid was among the lawmakers who deemed the former chief justice guilty of betrayal of public trust by failing to declare all his properties and bank accounts in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).


Eye-Catching, Feature-Packed Nokia 303 Gets Your Full Attention

When choosing a phone, what are the three features that you are most likely to look for? Probably one of those three would be style. Whipping out a sorry excuse for a phone during meetings or in public areas would definitely lower one’s self confidence. But aside from having a good-looking phone, ease of use and functionality also comes into play. With Nokia’s Asha 303, you’ll definitely want to use your phone in the open, without fear of your phone lagging or crashing.


29 May 2012

Impeachment Betting Invades Social Sites

It’s time for Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez to move over, at least for now.
After the American Idol Season 11 finale last week, Filipinos were again hooked on social networking Web sites and online forums Tuesday, this time busy placing their bets on the verdict of the Senate Impeachment Court on Chief Justice Renato Corona.


History Shows 7 Failed Impeachment Attempts

Prior to the Senate impeachment court’s conviction of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona on Tuesday for betrayal of public trust and culpable violation of the Philippine Constitution by a vote of 20-3, there have been seven unsuccessful impeachment attempts in Philippine history.
The political leaders who were subjected to such attempts were former presidents Elpidio Quirino, Diosdado Macapagal, Ferdinand Marcos, Corazon Aquino, Joseph Estrada, and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo; former Chief Justice Hilario Davide, and  former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.


Caring For Your Teeth

The attack comes after consumption of food and drinks containing certain forms of sugar. If given the chance, the multitude of bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugars and form tooth-damaging acids. Little white spots appear at first, which can darken and develop into painful cavities. The diagnosis: tooth decay.
The causes of tooth decay are quite complex. ''So-called genetic predisposition plays a minor role,'' said Dietmar Oesterreich, vice president of the German Dental Association. ''The main risk factors are poor dental hygiene and an improper diet.''


Vatican Scandal Widens

The Vatican faces a widening scandal that in one short week has seen Pope Benedict’s butler arrested, the president of its bank unceremoniously dismissed, and the publication of a new book alleging conspiracies among cardinals.


Most Expensive License Plate Tops 173,000 Dollars

Malaysia's road transport department said Monday that car registration number WWW 1 is the country's most expensive vanity plate, with the winning bidder paying more than 173,000 dollars.
The department said car enthusiast Sultan Ibrahim Ismail of Johor sate won the coveted plate from among more than 9,000 bidders.
The bidding for the WWW 1 plate and other car plates with the prefix WWW, which stands for World Wide Web, started in April 30 and ended on May 14.


28 May 2012

Rich and Famous To Fete Aquino in US

The rich and the famous in the United States and the Philippines will fete President Benigno Aquino III when he arrives in Washington DC on June 7 to meet with US President Barack Obama.
President Aquino will be honored during the US-Philippines Society inaugural dinner to be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Maryland Avenue.


Raymart Santiago Reacts On Second Video Of NAIA Incident

Kapuso actor Raymart Santiago feels that the second video of the much ballyhooed NAIA brawl, which surfaced recently, is not what it all seems.
The new video seemingly shows that Raymart’s camp started the fight, as a man in pink—believed to be a friend of the couple’s—is seen hitting veteran columnist and broadcaster Ramon Tulfo on the head using his left arm. But according to Raymart, this scenario still isn’t the first part of the fracas.


GSIS invests in infra fund

State-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) said yesterday that it will invest in the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure (PInAI).
Robert G. Vergara, GSIS president and general manager, said that the pension fund will be the lead investor in the P25 billion infrastructure fund and a vehicle that will enable foreign investors to participate in the country's core infrastructure projects.


New Video Of Santiago-Tulfo Pre-Scuffle At NAIA Surfaces

Almost three weeks after the much-ballyhooed NAIA Terminal 3 brawl, a new video has surfaced that may purportedly provide answers to what really transpired before things escalated between Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto’s camp and veteran columnist and broadcaster Mon Tulfo.
The very short video clip, which was aired on TV5’s “Aksyon” on May 25, showed Tulfo framed on screen by a man wearing a pink shirt and a woman also in a pink top, similar to what Barretto was wearing during the May 6 fracas.


Kitchen Shortcuts On Schoolday Mornings

Here are discovered kitchen shortcuts  by  Sol Vanzi that made her mornings easier for the entire family by cutting kitchen preparation time and reducing the amount of pots and pans that had to be washed after the kids were picked up by the school bus.

BISQUICK-LIKE MIX – In a big bowl, sift then mix thoroughly 6 cups all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons baking powder and 1 tablespoon salt. Cut in 1 cup solid vegetable shortening, if available. Or substitute 1 cup vegetable oil. Mix well until crumbly and grainy. Store in airtight container in a cool place. This keeps in the refrigerator for several months.


22 May 2012

Lady Gaga thumbs nose at critics in Manila concerts

Neither the prayer vigil held against her just outside the SM Mall of Asia Arena nor the show being put under threat of cancellation if it proved to be “offensive to morals and good customs” stopped American singer-songwriter Lady Gaga from staging a performance where she sometimes simulated sex acts, “gunned” down people onstage, and mouthed expletives.


Venus Raj Enumerates What She Loves About BF Andrei Felix

Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj is in a good place right now, not only in terms of her career but also in her love life.
Almost two months since Raj confessed about her now six-month relationship with her “Umagang Kay Ganda [UKG]” remote segment co-host Andrei Felix, the beauty queen still can’t help but flash her megawatt smile and blush every time her beau’s name is broached. Clearly her relationship with him is adding positive vibes to her already peachy character.


Small, Cute, Handy and Touchy

The rise of smartphones blasted an entirely new doorway toward a new era, where technology evolves at a highly rapid rate, adding complexities, which are especially jarring to some people who aren’t very techie.
A quick glance toward the Nokia Asha 300 takes users back to that day and age where everyone loved nothing but Nokia phones. The candy bar figure is reminiscent to the older phones that many older users today once used in their time.


Sony Xperia U: The Sony's High-End Smartphones' Little Sister

The Xperia U is supposed to be Sony’s low-end offering from its high-end smartphone range. But while its display and some innards may seem like downgrades from those of its bigger and pricier siblings, there is practically nothing with its design and performance that is remotely low-cost or cheap.
The phone can hold its own. And based on the several days I spent with the Sony smartphone, the Xperia U definitely can and does.


World's tallest tower, The Tokyo Skytree Opens

The world's tallest tower and Japan's biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Skytree, opened to the public on Tuesday.
Nearly 8,000 visitors were expected to take high-speed elevators up to the observation decks of the 634-meter (2,080-foot) tower to mark its opening. Some reportedly waited in line more than a week to get the coveted tickets for a panoramic view, though Tuesday ended up being cloudy in Tokyo.


20 May 2012

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Marries Sweetheart

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg updated his status to ``married'' on Saturday.
Zuckerberg and 27-year-old Priscilla Chan tied the knot at a small ceremony at his Palo Alto, California, home, capping a busy week for the couple.
Zuckerberg took his company public in one of the most anticipated stock offerings in Wall Street history Friday. And Chan graduated from medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, on Monday, the same day Zuckerberg turned 28.


17 May 2012

Younghusbands Launch 3rd Chelsea FC School In Asia

Popular British-Filipino Azkal striker siblings Phil and James Younghusband have partnered with their former club, the English Premiere League football club Chelsea, in creating the Chelsea FC Soccer School in the Philippines.
The Philippine school is the third in the region after Hong Kong in 2009 and Malaysia, 2010.


Is Angelica Panganiban Still Nursing A Broken Heart?

Actress Angelica Panganiban has seemingly become extra vulnerable these days after her breakup with Derek Ramsay hit headlines.
In two of her recent public appearances, the typically perky and happy young actress was caught bawling her eyes out.
The most recent of these was during the red carpet premiere of her newest rom-com opposite Piolo Pacual “Every Breath You Take” on Tuesday at SM Megamall. The reason for her tears at the event, however, went unexplained as she was not interviewed then.


15 May 2012

WWF: Overpopulation Threatening Earth

The spiraling global population and over-consumption are threatening the future health of the planet, the conservation group WWF warned on Tuesday.
The demand on natural resources has become unsustainable and is putting “tremendous” pressure on the planet’s biodiversity, the WWF said.
In its latest survey of the Earth’s health, the WWF named Qatar as the country with the largest ecological footprint, followed by its Middle Eastern neighbors – Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.


Charice On Her Newest Tattoo, ‘X-Factor Philippines’ And Mo Twister

International singing sensation Charice has changed her look drastically and she’s proud of it.
“I’m extremely happy. Unbelievable! Like I could cry!  Showing my tattoos, showing my hair, showing my outfit, I feel more free,” Charice said on “TV Patrol,” May 14.
The singer's latest tattoo was done in Los Angeles and reads, “I never knew true love until someone broke my heart.”


Derek Ramsay, Angelica Panganiban part ways

With Derek Ramsay confirming the end of his relationship with Angelica Panganiban, it has once again been proven that nothing lasts forever even with five years behind them – already a long time in today’s relationship standards.
Ramsay confirmed their separation, albeit indirectly, through Twitter on May 14.
“Guys we truly appreciate all ur concerns. Even though angel and I are no longer together we still have the utmost respect for one another,” his post read.


What does Facebook's stock listing mean for users?

If you are one of the almost one billion people who use Facebook, you are unlikely to notice any major changes when you sign in this weekend.
Facebook's entry to the stock market – expected Friday – will be a timeline-shaking corporate event, but users may find nothing new to like or dislike.
Expect the same babbling wall posts, ill-advised photos and links to the weird and wonderful dark corners of the Internet.


Watch Out For Toxic Chemicals In School Supplies, Public Told

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised the public yesterday to buy school supplies only from reputable vendors and those that are properly labeled.
The FDA issued the advisory after the environment group Eco-waste Coalition announced that it found toxic chemicals in school supplies bought from street vendors and bargain stalls in Divisoria and from a bookstore.


14 May 2012

How to react when someone has an epileptic seizure

People present when someone is having an epileptic seizure should by no means try to restrain the person or put a bite block into the person's mouth, warned Bernhard Steinhoff, a member of the advisory council of the German Neurology Society (DGN). Otherwise injuries could occur to either the epileptic, the would-be helpers or both, he said.


TIME Magazine’s Breastfeeding Cover Shocks Netizens

TIME magazine has certainly caused quite a stir with its latest cover in line with the story on “attachment parenting.”
The web has erupted with criticisms of the weekly magazine's May 21 cover, featuring a seemingly defiant-faced Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her three-year-old son, Aram.
The cover kicked up dissent even from Hollywood celebrity breastfeeding proponents like Alyssa Milano, who chided the cover concept via a tweet on her Official account (@Alyssa Milano).


MTRCB Sticks By Decision To Suspend Tulfo Brothers' TV Program

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) stands firm in its earlier decision of implementing a 20-day preventive suspension on the TV5 program “T3: Kapatid, Sagot Kita.”
In a statement issued on May 14, the Board said, “The MTRCB stands by the legality of the said order and its jurisdiction over ‘T3’ as a ‘public affairs' program under PD (Presidential Decree) 1986 and the agency’s Implementing Rules and Regulations.”


Plane crash kills 15 in Nepal mountains; 6 survive

A plane crashed into a mountain in the Himalayas while trying to land at an airport in northern Nepal on Monday, killing 15 people and critically injuring six.
The plane was turning around to land at Jomsom Airport when it crashed, said Laxmi Raj Sharma, chief government administrator in the area.
The wrecked aircraft was in pieces but did not catch fire. Sharma said the initial investigation indicated it might have had technical problems.


Brush teeth right from the first tooth

Failure to look after teeth right from the time they first appear in babies can lead to problems, even with permanent teeth years later, according to Dietmar Oesterreich of the German Dentists' Chamber in Berlin.
''Parents should start brushing teeth when the first milk tooth breaks through,'' the dentistry professor told dpa, pointing to a report showing that small children are too rarely taken to the dentist, with the result that almost 5 per cent of fillings in Germany are done to milk teeth.


10 May 2012

China TV ‘Claims’ PH As Chinese Territory

An anchor on China’s state-run television network accidentally declared the Philippines a part of China, in an embarrassing gaffe as tensions between the two nations run high.
He Jia, anchor for China Central Television’s (CCTV) nationally televised news broadcast, made the claim during a late Monday broadcast that has been repeatedly replayed on the Internet.


09 May 2012

Russian jet with 44 aboard missing in Indonesia

A Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 on a demonstration flight with at least 44 people aboard went missing in a mountainous area south of the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Wednesday, officials said.
"The plane disappeared from the radar around the Bogor area. We are still looking for it and we are uncertain whether it crashed," said Gagah Prakoso, spokesman for the national search and rescue agency.
The plane took off at 2:00 pm (0700 GMT) from east Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma airport, which is used for some commercial and military flights, he said.


Vic, Pauleen No Longer Hiding Their Relationship, Vacation In Macau

 In spite of being evasive about the real score between them, Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna are now said to be more “open” with their controversial relationship.
Although the tabloid that carried this report did not cite proof or any other details, other tabloid reports noted that the two, together with several of their fellow “Dabarkads” on “Eat Bulaga,” flew to Macau earlier this week to celebrate Vic’s birthday.
The ace host-comedian turned 58 last April 28, the same day that Pauleen, 23, reportedly posted an intriguing “Happy birthday to you, love!” on her Facebook account.


Terminal Fees To Be Included in Tickets

Passengers will be charged airport terminal fees when they book their domestic flights starting August after government and airline companies agreed to include terminal fees in their plane ticket.
 This means that that passengers will no longer endure the long queue at the airport to pay terminal fees.  
But Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado clarified that senior citizens, overseas Filipino workers, and others who are exempted from paying the terminal fees will have to comply with the new system and get a refund later.


08 May 2012

Mon Tulfo Admonishes Brothers; Erwin Tulfo Apologizes

Mon Tulfo has decried his brothers’ deportment during Monday’s airing of their show “T3” on TV5, wherein they allowed for some thinly veiled threats against Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto.
“Maling-mali sila roon. Pinagalitan ko sila kahapon,” said he in an interview Tuesday with “Umagang Kay Ganda.”


Airline Rebooking Fees Illegal – DTI

Airlines should refund in full or rebook a passenger, including promotional airfares, affected by flight cancellations or delays attributable to carriers at no additional cost to passengers, the Department of Trade and Industry.
DTI Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya said this as the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has circulated the second draft of Economic Regulation No. 7 concerning “Boarding Priority and Compensation for Denied Boarding, Delayed and Cancelled Flights” for comments.


07 May 2012

BlackBerry's New Platform Looks Interesting

Recently, RIM hosted a conference at Orlando, Florida dubbed as the Blackberry World. A major announcement was the unveiling of the new BlackBerry 10 platform. It is envisioned to be highly competitive with its smooth UI flow, revolutionary keyboard design and neat camera. While at present, it’s still alpha stage, it is already looking impressive.


Tulfo, Raymart figure in NAIA brawl

Movie and television actor Raymart Santiago and veteran columnist Ramon Tulfo engaged in a fistfight at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 before noon yesterday.

Airport police Lt. Demetrio Sison said Santiago, his wife Claudine Barretto and several companions had just arrived from Boracay before noon and were waiting for their luggage at the conveyor area when the melee occurred.


06 May 2012

Mayweather defeats Cotto

Floyd Mayweather Jr. won by unanimous decision over Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto to become the new WBA super welterweight champion and remain undefeated (43-0) after their scheduled fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The judges scored it 117-111, 117-111, 118-110 all in favor of Mayweather.


DepEd To Train Science HS Teachers For K To 12

The Department of Education (DepEd) has lined up a series of trainings to further equip science high school teachers with enhanced skills and proficiency in teaching core subjects such as English, Science and Mathematics.
“This is in line with our thrust to fully prepare our teachers for the roll out of K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) which seeks to produce globally competitive and science and technology-oriented graduates,” said Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.


Palaro Kicks Off in Lingayen

“Clean, green, and hi-tech.”
This is how Education Secretary Armin Luistro described the 2012 Palarong Pambansa which kicks off today, May 6, in Lingayen, Pangasinan. 
“We are confident to say that all necessary arrangements have been secured to make this year’s Palaro truly remarkable and successful,” said Luistro who acts as the Chairman of the Palarong Pambansa Board. 


03 May 2012

Pinay blogger featured on Teen Vogue’s website

Filipina blogger Camille Co is definitely taking the fashion world by storm. After being crowned by fashion brand Mango as their Spring-Summer 2012’s “It Girl” December last year, where she bested five other contestants from New York, Stockholm, Poland and Vigo, Spain, Co is now featured in the section of Teen Vogue’s website called “Blogger of the Moment.”


Slater Young earns Pinoy Trending King moniker

He may be a newbie but “Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited” grand winner Slater Young is already making waves in show business.  In fact, his activities have become significant events for his fans—loyal supporters that don’t just follow him, they also “talk” about him a lot on Twitter—that he’s become a constant trending topic on the social networking site.  For this, Slater has earned the Pinoy Trending King title.


Breakthrough Education

The K-12 challenge begins with education, at home, in school and in the community all pouring concerted, conscious and continuing efforts into a review and reformulation of the educational systems.
There is no stopping global development. It can only be met and welcomed with new ways of thinking which in turn must be nurtured through new ways of learning. Both the thinking and the learning must be equal to the challenges the opportunities unforlding in the global village.


DepEd: It’s 'K To 12'

“We call it officially ‘K to 12’ not ‘K+12’.”
This is what Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro said while explaining the department’s preference for “K to 12” to refer to DepEd’s flagship “Enhanced K to 12 Basic Education Program.”
While there are several variations of the 12-year basic education model used abroad with different names such as “K-12”, “K+12”, and “K12”, Luistro said that the DepEd Steering Committee preferred the use of “K to 12” as it “captures the fact that not all features are new.”


02 May 2012

‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines’ TVC premieres on international news channel

The Department of Tourism’s “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” campaign takes off and goes international as its TV ads debut in one of the world’s premiere news cable channel, the CNN (Cable News Network), on Monday, April 30.
The announcement of its airing was made by DOT Sec. Ramon Jimenez Jr. himself on his Twitter account the same day.


10 Simple Tips for Boosting Security for MAC Users

With the increasing popularity of laptops and desktop computers running Apple’s Mac operating system, Kaspersky Lab, a leading secure content and threat management solutions developer, stressed in a number of ways to ensure that their devices remain secure.
The appearance of the most recent Flashback/Flashfake malware is a testament to the fact that cybercriminals will target any device as long as these would provide them with potential revenue.


Gov't Offers P4,000 Educational Loan

Members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Social Security System (SSS) can now borrow money from the government so they or their children can complete college or get vocational courses.
The P11.2-billion education assistance fund was among the benefits announced by President Benigno S. Aquino III during the Labor Day celebration yesterday in Malacañang.


P125 Wage Hike Rejected

President Benigno S. Aquino III Tuesday rejected the proposed P125 legislated wage hike for private workers due to concerns it may lead to business shut down and job losses. He, however, announced an early pay increase for government employees.
In a meeting with representatives of labor organizations at the Palace as part of the Labor Day celebration, the President instead urged the regional wage boards to hasten the approval of salary adjustments for workers in the private sector to help them cope with the cost of living in the country.


Leg Cramps

For a good number, their job is something they do not enjoy, something they want to get away from. At the beginning of the work-week they speak of  a “Blue Monday,” and at the end, they sigh, “Thank God, it’s Friday.”
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 The Christian teaching  declares  that  jobs should  be viewed not as a burden or solely a source of livelihood, but as a  way of serving one's fellowmen. This  outlook  may appear obvious in the work  of  physicians, teachers, or social workers, but it should be shared by others  as well – whether they be sales clerks, truck  drivers, janitors, or garbage collectors.


01 May 2012

Miriam Quiambao apologizes to LGBT community over remarks on homosexuality and religion

Former beauty queen Miriam Quiambao extended her apology to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community after her statements on “The Bottomline,” Saturday night, were met by negative reactions from a number of netizens.
“I'm sorry LGBT. Perhaps I was too harsh with the words I used. Will do my best to be more sensitive. #respect #nobodysperfect #grace,” the 1999 Miss Universe first runner-up posted on Twitter the evening of April 28.


Should Teachers And Students Be Facebook Friends?

Should students and teachers ever be friends on Facebook?
School districts in the United States are weighing that question as they seek to balance the risks of inappropriate contact with the academic benefits of social networking.
At least 40 school districts nationwide have approved social media policies. Schools in New York City and Florida have disciplined teachers for Facebook activity, and Missouri legislators recently acquiesced to teachers’ objections to a strict statewide policy.


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