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Minimum Bus Fare in Metro Manila to Increase By 1 Peso On Tuesday

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Metro Manila. Image via Wikipedia The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has approved today a fare increase on buses operating in Metro Manila. The reason for the fare hike is the continuous increase of fuel prices.

Here's the detail of the bus fare hike:

Ordinary Buses
The minimum bus fare for the first 5KM is currently 9 PESOS and will increase to 10 PESOS.


The rate for per succeeding kilometers which currently stand at 1.85 pesos will NOT change.


Air-Conditioned Buses The minimum bus fare for the first 5KM is currently 11 PESOS and will increase to 12 PESOS. The rate for per succeeding kilometers which currently stand at 2.20 Pesos will NOT change.

The fare hike will be implemented starting on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

The approved increase is lower than the petitioned amount which is 5 pesos for ordinary buses and 6 pesos for air-conditioned.

Buses operating outside Metro Manila are not part of the fare rate increase.

Hoax BBC Flash News Regarding Japan Radiation Leak Already Reached Other Asian Countries

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Fukushima, Japan. Image via Wikipedia The hoax text/SMS about the alleged radioactive fallout from the problematic Fukushima had already reached other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, India and Hong Kong. The fictitious message warns people in the Philippines and other Asian countries against the radiation that leaked from the problematic nuclear reactors in Fukushima, Japan caused by magnitude 9.0 earthquake that rocked the northern part of the country last March 11, 2011. It advises everyone to stay indoors especially when it rains and to put "betadine", an Iodine based solution to the neck area to protect the thyroid from the radioactive particles.

The text message began to spread in the Philippines early morning of Monday, March 14 after reports of a second explosion from one of the Fukushima reactors. By afternoon, the message became viral and already spread in the internet through Twitter and Facebook.
At approximately 3PM that day, this blog, Blogged Philippi…

Fukushima Radiation Leak Hoax: Our Take Back!

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Nuclear Plant. Image via Wikipedia I think many people received the hoax text/SMS message regarding the fictitious report that the Philippines along with other Asian countries will be reached today by the radiation coming out from the problematic Fukushima nuclear power plant. And most of these people are alarmed and as a result, forwarded the message to their loved ones and friends. The message spread like virus. In fact, by 3 o'clock this afternoon, I already received 2 versions of this tale.

The anxiety and confusion caused by that message is severe. One famous university in the Philippines along with many other schools suspended their classes with the safety of their student in view. My officemate's mother even called him and ask him to rush into the nearby pharmacy to buy "betadine", an iodine solution, as instructed by the SMS message.
The message, if true is really frightening but as we see events unfold today, the message was proven to be UNTRUE, a nicely crafte…

NOT TRUE: BBC News Flash Report: Japan government confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuke plants

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Image via Wikipedia Since the news spread out about the possible meltdown of Japan's nuclear reactor in Fukushima due to the strong earthquake last Friday, there has been fictitious text/SMS messages circulating around the Philippines. The text message warns that the radiation from the problematic nuclear plant will reach the Philippines and other Asian countries today and everybody is advised to stay indoors for their safety especially when it rains. Here's one variation of that text message:


BBC FLASHNEWS: Japan government confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plants. Asia countries should take necessary precautions. If rain comes, remain indoors first 24hrs. Close doors & windows. Swab neclskin with betadine where thyroid area is, radiation hits thyroid first. Take extra precautions. Radiation may hit Phil at starting 4pm today. Pls send to your loved ones.
If you received a similar text message: DO NOT BELIEVE IT!  DO NOT FORWARD IT! I…

Henry Sy, Lucio Tan and Andrew Tan Made it To Forbes 2011 Top 1000 Rich List

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Henry Sy's SM MOA. Image via Wikipedia Three Filipino businessmen made it to the top 1000 of this year's list of "Richest People in the World" by Forbes finance magazine. SM Malls tycoon Henry Sy moved up to No. 173 (201 last year) with a whooping $5.8 Billion net worth. Philippine Airlines' Lucio Tan follows at a distant No. 512  with a net worth of 2.3 Billion but still up compared to last year at No. 522. Alliance Global Inc's Andrew Tan is at No.540 with $2.2 Billion.

Meanwhile, Enrique Razon entered this year's list with $1.1 Billion but is out the Top 1000 at No.1057.
See the 2010 Richest People in the World here...

Top 10 Richest People In The World 2011 - Helu Tops Forbes List With $74 Billion

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Carlos Slim Helu.Image via Wikipedia Forbes, the popular business and finance magazine finally released their most awaited list of the richest people of the world for this year 2011. In the second year now, Carlos Slim Helu holds the top spot. The Mexican telecoms mogul now boasts an astounding $74 Billion in his name, a $20.5 Billion increase over last year. In the distant second place is William "Bill" Gates III, founder of Microsoft with a net worth of $56 Billion, up $3 Billion compared last year.

Here's the complete list of the Top 10 Richest People in the World:
1. Carlos Slim Helu and Family - $74 Billion
2. William "Bill" Gates III - $56 Billion
3. Warren Buffett - $50 Billion
4. Bernard Arnault - $41 Billion
5. Larry Ellison - $39.5 Billlion
6. Lakshmi Mittal - $31.1 Billion
7. Amancio Ortega - $31 Billion
8. Eike Batista - $30 Billion
9. Muskesh Ambani - $27 Billion
10. Christy Walton and Family - $26.5 Billion
- Christy Walton of Wal-Mart, who was 12th last year …

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Hits Northern Japan - Tsunami Alert Issued

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Image via Wikipedia A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Northern Japan this morning. The epicenter of the earthquake was located 10 km (6 miles) below the surface of the earth and is located off the coast of Aomori prefecture. Consequently, the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued a Tsunami warning alert.

No damage or casualties has been reported as of the moment. Related articlesStrong quake hits northeast Japan, tsunami warning issued (reuters.com)

JobStreet Warns Users Against Job Scammers

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Image via Wikipedia JobStreet.com, the largest job portal in South East Asia warned its users against scam job offers circulating in the internet. In the email send by to its users, JobStreet warns that there is an increase in job scams recently. Here's the modus operandi or the method used by these crooks to catch unsuspecting victims is similar to the one below.

- These scammers pretends to be legitimate multinational corporations looking for applicants.
- They will contact you via email and will tell you that you have qualified to an interview abroad.
- Since going abroad will be a cost applicants, the scammers will say that the company will 'sponsor' everything.
- But before getting all that freebies, the applicant has to give an amount of at least 100 dollars that is fully refundable.
- After the money has been paid, the applicant just realizes that everything is fraud.

JobStreet also provided sample emails of Job Scams.