TEXT SCAM Targetting New PLDT Subscribers


I had to write about this scam that I experienced recently. Although it can be viewed as small-time, even silly, I think it can be a big deal to others especially those struggling with their budget. Here's the story.

My friend whom I'm sharing the internet connection has to move to another place. With that, we agreed that I will be the one to take over the internet connection. So I went to PLDT to process the transfer of account to mine. I also have to move the physical router from his unit to my unit since we are living in one building. The process goes smoothly and after a few days, the transfer process was completed.

Now here comes the scam. Shortly before I received my first paper bill, I received a message which at first glance looks like a friendly reminder to pay my bill and installation fee. The message goes like this

Good day from pldt...mr/ms (my name)...this is your account number 251732566...fyi for your payment, installation.
SCAM PLDT TEXT MESSAGE

The message was sent using a regular 11-digit cellphone number 09475221333.

At first glance it looks like a legit, innocent customer service message. I should have thought better. First the phone number is not official. I have received messages from PLDT and my phone/sim readily recognizes it as PLDT. See image below.
LEGIT PLDT TEXT MESSAGE

How did I knew it was a scam? When the time when I would pay the bill using my BPI Express Online account, I have to enroll the new PLDT account number. Incidentally, I reached out for the actual paper bill which arrived a little later after I received the text message.

Sirao Flower Garden - A New Place to Visit in Cebu


celosia flower sirao
Celosia Flower grows like weeds in Sirao due to its cool weather.


Way above the city, Sirao Flower garden offers stunning view.

celosia plant sirao


sunflower sirao
Sunflower is also dominant in Sirao Flower garden.
The photos shown above is taken at Sirao Flower Gaden in Barangay Busay, Cebu City. High upon the mountain and close to the Transcentral Highway that traverses the island of Cebu, this beautiful garden is the new destination for both local and foreign tourists in Cebu. The site is also frequented by photographers for different purposes but mostly for prenup shots.

The cool weather up in Busay is conducive to the growth of many flowers such as Celosia, the most dominant flower in Sirao Flower Garden. But aside from Celosia, Sunflower is also one of the prominent flowers in the area.

What to do in Sirao Flower Garden?

Obviously, take pictures, a lot of it! But aside from that, you can bring food for lunch or snack and rent out one of the cottages inside.

Entrance fee is just 50 pesos and you can stay there as long as you want. Cottages can be rented for 200 pesos. The size of the cottage can accommodate 10-15 persons.

The place is still being developed but the beautiful flowers is enough to attract visitors.

Making Sense of the Waze Report Tagging Cebu as the World's Worst City to Drive


First and foremost, let me give a little background of myself. I was born in Bulacan, studied college in Manila for five years, graduated in  2007, moved to Cebu the same year and stayed in the city for about nine years now. Every year, I travel to Manila and Davao at least twice. I'm also a long time user of Waze App. What I'm trying to establish here is: I know what I'm saying.
Driving in Cebu.
So, there's this latest buzz about a report from Waze tagging Cebu City (or likely Metro Cebu) as the worst city to drive at. Looking closely at the published report, the famous Google traffic app uses the following indices to rank the cities:

  • Traffic – Density and severity
  • Quality – Road quality and infrastructure 
  • Road Safety – Density of accidents, road hazards and weather 
  • Driver Services – Access to gas stations and easy parking 
  • Socio Economic – Access to cars and impact of gas prices 
  • Wazeyness - Happiness and helpfulness of the Waze community (as measured by reports “thanked” by other drivers and driver moods selected within the app)

Among the 186 cities rated, Cebu ranked the worst at 186th. Of course, the prideful city inhabitants won't waste no time to cast doubt on the results especially when they saw Manila at 170th, less worse than Cebu. But can we really believe this report? My personal take is NO.

SCAM ALERT: PRC ID Renewal Message via Facebook


Have you received a message on Facebook similar to this?

Engr. (your name),
NOTICE
Please be informed and advise to call PRC LICENSE DIVISION HEAD OFFICE immediately c/o OIC Rodrigo F. Balaqui Jr. at 09156862500 for your clearances of license. Your prompt attention is advised.
This would be our final notice!
Thank you!



 Well, this is a scam and PRC is very much aware of this. Please read PRCs advisory here.

http://www.prc.gov.ph/news/?id=4081

Professional ID renewal can only be done in PRC office.

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