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BPI Trade Launches Beta Test For Upcoming Upgrade

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Are you an online stock trader? Investing in the Philippine Stock Exchange through online brokerage has been one of the most convenient way of buying and selling stocks. You can do it at home or at work as long as you are connected to the internet.

Among the famous online brokers in the country are First Metro Securities of Metro Bank, Citisec Online and BPI Trade of BPI. And you may have known that among the three brokerages, BPI Trade is somewhat lacking in capabilities. First Metro Securities has been improving their service through the years providing interactive chats for "technical" traders. Recently they even launched a mobile app to serve their customers well. Citisec Online on the other hand boosts their customers satisfaction by providing useful research and recommendations. BPI Trade is not excelling even in just one of those. Even their interface looks boring.

Now, BPI Trade seems to have awaken and took necessary steps to improve their service. They began sendin…

Man of Steel Trailer 2 is Out, and It Rocks!

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I'm not a fan of Superman! Well, that statement is already outdated as soon as I heard the news that Christopher Nolan's next project is the reboot of the DC Comics superhero franchise. Why the change of opinion, you may ask. Well, it's purely Nolan. Let me explain a bit about it by recalling some of Nolan's works.

Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy Well, I'm not a fan of Batman too until I saw the movie The Dark Knight. It's all because of the buzz and the favorable write-ups about the spectacular performance of the late Heath Ledger playing the role of the Joker. After watching the movie though, I was convinced then that Batman is a great superhero.

Then, four years later comes The Dark Knight Rises. How can I describe it? Ummm...I guess the word "very good" is an understatement. It was one of the best superhero movies I have ever watched in my life.

Well, if you may ask about the first movie, Batman Begins, well, yes, it was a great movie as well. Act…

Class Suspensions Due to Typhoon Pablo - December 3-4, 2012

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Typhoon Pablo is already in the Philippine Area of Responsibility and is estimated to make a landfall tomorrow, Tuesday. According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), At 02:00PM today, the eye of Typhoon Pablo was located at 450km Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur (7.0°N 130.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 175kph & gustiness of up to 210kph. It is moving West Northwest at 24kph.

The storm is expected to hover the Visayas and Mindanao areas in the coming days.

Class SuspensionsThe following are the latest announcements of class suspensions:
- Lapu Lapu City Elemetary Level starting this afternoon - Caraga, All Levels, today and tomorrow - Mandaue City, All Levels, Public Schools, tomorrow
- Cagayan de Oro, All Levels, starting today
         - Xavier University/Ateneo de Cagayan, no classes tomorrow, Dec 4- Iligan City, up to High School, starting this afternoon
- Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, all levels, starting today
-…

GDP of the Philippines Grows 7.1% in the Third Quarter

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Beating expectations of both local and international economists, the Philippine economy had grown 7.1% in the third quarter of this year according to the report of National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). The stunning growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country places the Philippines on top of ASEAN countries, and second to China in Asia (China GDP growth is 7.7%). Here's the comparative list:

Philippines - 7.1%
Indonesia - 6.2 %
Vietnam - 6.11%
Malaysia - 5.2

"The beyond expectation third quarter growth was driven by the Services sector with the robust performances of Transport, Storage  & Communication, Financial Intermediation, and Real Estate, Renting & Business Activities supported by the five consecutive quarters of sustained accelerated growth of the Industry and the seemingly weather tolerant Agriculture sector. ",  NSCB reports.

Good Governance is Good Economics Meanwhile, Secretary of Finance, Cesar Purisima commented that the…

Friday, November 30, 2012 Is a Regular Holiday (Bonifacio Day)

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Image via Wikipedia Brace up for another long weekend next week as the entire nation will commemorate the birth of Andres Bonifacio, a hero who lead fight for Filipino freedom during the Spanish Revolution in the late 1800s.

Commonly referred to as Bonifacio Day, this holiday is celebrated annually every November 30. For this year, Bonifacio Day will be celebrated on Friday next week, November 30, 2012.

Please take note that all those who will be required to work on that day shall receive additional compensation according to the existing labor law.

PNB and BPI To Merge in a Huge Deal

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News broke out today confirming rumors that Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) and Lucio Tan's Philippine National Bank (PNB) is in talks of merger/acquisition to become the country's largest financial entity usurping Sy-led Banco de Oro Unibank (BDO) in terms of assets. The confirmation was made through independent disclosures to the Philippine Stock Exchange(PSE) early Wednesday morning.

BPI disclosure says: "We confirm discussions with the Lucio Tan Group and will make the appropriate disclosures in accordance with the PSE disclosure rules. In the meantime, we request suspension of trading on BPI shares today." On the other hand, PNB disclosure says: "In reply, we confirm that there have been discussions between the Lucio Tan Group and the Ayala Group. We will make the appropriate disclosures within the day once we obtain the necessary board approvals. The formal
disclosure will be sent to the regulators in accordance with disclosure rules and proc…

Earthquake Shakes Negros, Cebu and Nearby Areas

An earthquake shakes Negros Island as well as nearby areas at around 1:22PM (PhilippineTime) today, November 14, 2012. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports a magnitude 5.6 earthquake. The epicenter is located 4km (2mi) NNW of Linaon, Philippines.


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See the report of USGS here:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc000dsbw#summary

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS) reports separately a 5.8 magnitude quake.

There are no reported casualty or incidents of property damage but it can be expected at the minimum. Also, no tsunami alert was raised.

Did you feel the tremor? Tell us your experience by commenting.

Cebu Pacific Offers The Cheapest Baggage Allowance

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Did you know that Cebu Pacific offers the cheapest baggage allowance among the other low-cost airlines when flying domestic? Well, here's a comparison on their baggage pricing and other information you may want to know prior to booking your flight.


WeightCebu PacificAirphil ExpressTiger AirwaysZest Air15 kg15040016816820 kg28080028028025 kg450120044844830 kg--78478445 kg900---Notes: - data above was for domestic travel - all prices are in Pesos - the prices are as of the time of writing and may eventually change. Free Baggage Allowances It is also important to note that there are free baggage allowance offered by some airlines. Cebu Pacific offers only 7 kg of hand-carry (one hand only) for free. In excess of 7kg, they will ask you to check-in and pay for extra baggage in case you didn't purchase a prepaid package.
For other airlines mentioned above, the free check-in baggage allowance is 10 kilograms. In excess of that, you will have to pay for extra baggage.
Philippine Airlines an…

Cebu Pacific Citibank Card: How to Redeem Points?

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Do you have a Citibank's Cebu Pacific credit card? Well, here's the procedure on how to convert your points to a free flight.


Redeem free flights with your Cebu Pacific Citibank Card in five simple steps. It’s so easy to convert your CEB points into Cebu Pacific E-Vouchers that you can use to pay for your ticket.

1.Call the 24-hour CitiPhone at (02) 995-9999 for Manila, (32) 234-9999 for Cebu or 1-800-10-995-9999 for other provinces.

2. Wait for the validation email with your E-Voucher password. Use this to authenticate the validation page and you will receive a confirmation email which also includes your E-Voucher number, its expiry date and the amount.

3. Now you are ready to book your free flight. Visit www.cebupacificair.com and log on as a CEB Club Member.

4. After choosing your preferred flight, click the ‘E-Voucher’ tab on the Payment page and provide your E-Voucher number and its expiry date. Click the ‘Retrieve’ button to use the full amount of the E-Voucher.

5. You …

J.CO Donuts Philippines - The New Craze in Town

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I don't really understand the reason behind the Filipino craze about donuts but, yes, most of us love donuts. And speaking of that toroid cake, there's a new craze in the country, J.CO Donuts Philippines. The company J.CO Donuts & Coffee originated from Indonesia in 2005 and is the fastest growing donut chain in South East Asia. It entered the Philippine market just this year.


J.CO Donuts Dethrones Krispy Kreme as Favorite "Pasalubong"
Well, it didn't dethroned Krispy Kreme in sales or revenues but it dethroned it as one of the top "pasalubong" of people from Manila going to the provinces and other cities, at least for the meantime. It used to be the green-red-white box of Krispy Kreme Donuts that you usually see in the airports. Now, it's the mocha-orange box of J.CO donuts. Of course, time will come that the "hype" will subside just like what happened to Go Nuts Donuts and Krispy Kreme when they opened their respective stores in the co…

In Fairness, Tiger-Seair Flight Was Good!

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200 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Two weeks ago, I had a chance to fly to Manila and back. My flight is with Tiger Airways (or SEAir). But before my flight I had some biases against SEAir/Tiger. I used to think that the service would be worst because it's one the small airline companies that operate locally. Well, I was surprised to realize that my flight is good.

Big Plane (Cebu - Manila) - Seair Airbus A320
Like I said earlier, I had some biases against Seair. I used to think that since they still have fewer customers. they will board me in a small propeller-type plane. I would admit that I don't like that type of plane. First, it flies at a lower altitude, which means more chances of turbulence. Second, it is relatively slow compared with Airbus A320 planes. I still remember when I flew Manila-Cebu route in a turbo-propeller Cebu Pacific aircraft., it took us about two hours of travel time.

Well, I was surprised to see that the aircraft is an Airbus A320 plane even though they w…

Last Minute Booking? Try Tiger Airways-SEAir

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200 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Planning is a good exercise in almost anything that we want to do. This is especially true with travel. But sometimes, no matter how good our plan is there are unforeseen situations that may come in our way. Some of the inconveniences or losses that we may experience is having to re-book or most of the time, cancel and buy another plane ticket. Did it happened to you already? Well, here's a tip that can help you at least reduce the cost of last-minute ticket purchases: book on Seair or Tiger Airways.

Well, since Singapore based Tiger Airways become held 40% wonership of Seair, the low-cost airline has been in constant expansion. It currently flies from Manila to several major domestic destinations such as Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo, and Puerto Princesa. But since the airline is still far from the level of Cebu Pacific and Airphil Express, the load factor for each flight is very low. I don't have the data but I can clearly see it from my last week&…

October 26, November 1 and 2 Holidays (Non-working)

In case you missed it, there would be two upcoming long weekends, one is at the end of the current week and the other would be the end of next week. From previous announcement, October 26 (Friday) has been declared as a Regular national holiday in celebration of Eidul Adha, a Muslim festival.

In the following week, November 1 and 2, which are annual holidays, All Saints Day and All Souls Day holidays respectively, happened to be on Thursday and Friday. This will be a four-day weekend off from work and school.

With these holidays ahead , what are you planning to do? Please share them by commenting.
See also: List of 2012 Philippine Holidays

October 2012 CPA Board Exam Results Released

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The professional regulation commission (PRC) has announced the results of the October 2012 Certified Public Accountant (CPA) board exam. The result, which came out a day after the last day of exam shows that 4,772 out of 9,987 successfully passed the examination given by the Board of Accountancy.

Two examinees from the University of Sto. Thomas (UST), Bren Cruz and Celaica Vibar garnered the top score of 94.14. Below is the screen shot of the full list of October 2012 CPA board exam.

The complete list of passers can be viewed in the embedded PDF file below.

October 26, 2012 is Holiday - Eidul Adha

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Malacañang Palace, the residence of the Philippine president, from the other side of the Pasig River (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Malacanang Palace declares October 26, 2012 (Friday) as a regular national holiday in celebration of the Muslim Festival Eidul Adha. The declaration was made via Proclamation No. 488. There will be no classes and work during the said day. For those employees who will be required by their employers to report on that day shall receive extra compensation as directed by the labor law.

Supreme Court Issues TRO Against Cybercrime Law

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Balance (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Supreme Court of the Philippines issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the controversial Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. The TRO will serve to prevent the law from being implemented pending the deliberation of the high court regarding the constitutionality of its disputed provisions.

The move follows the flood of complaints submitted to the the high court by different individuals and entities. Most of them feared that the law will suppress freedom of expression, invade individual privacy, and promote double jeopardy in cases of libel.

Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012

Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is a law that defines cybercrime  providing prevention, investigation , suppression and imposition of penalties to its violators. It was approved by President Aquino last September 12 and the implementation began last October 3.

First reported by inquirer.net

Class Suspension Announcement - October 3, 2012

Due to the bad weather condition prevailing over Metro Manila because of the thunderstorm, some areas has already declared class suspensions. The following are the list of class suspension announcements as of 9:05 AM.


- Pasay City - pre-school to High School
- UST, all levels
- Ateneo de manila University , Grade school to High School
- Makati City  - Afternoon classes from pre-school to high school
- Cavite, entire province, all levels, public and private
- matero manila, all levels, public and private
- Quezon City - pre-school to high school
Marikina City - pre-school to high school
Pateros - pre-school to high school
San Juan - pre-school to high school
Caloocan - pre-school to high school
Mandaluyong - pre-school to high school

Muntinlupa, all levels, public and private
Samsuan, Pampanga, all levels, public and private 
Parañaque, all levels, public and private 
- Valenzuela City, all levels
- FEU East Asia College, all levels
- Adamson University, work and classes suspended
- DLSU, work and class…

BPI Increases ATM Fees to 15 Pesos

Effective October 22, 2012, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) will implement an increase in fees for cardholders withdrawing from non-BPI ATMs. The announcement was made through BPI website.

From the current 10 Pesos charge, it will become 15 Pesos. But withdrawals using BPI ATMs will remain free though.


BPI is the third largest bank in the country in terms of assets (behind BDO and Metro Bank). It is also the oldest bank in the country and is owned by the country's oldest conglomerate, Ayala Corporation.


VIDEO: MMDA Traffic Enforcers Dances Gangnam Style

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Oppa Gangnam Style meme continues to spread around the world and more and more version of the popular video have already been uploaded to video-sharing sites like YouTube. The videos range from funny to corny.

Well, our very own MMDA traffic enforcers has their own version too. Posted by MMDA "traffic czar" Yves Gonzales, the MMDA men will show the world that they deserve a space in YouTube, by dancing to the tune of PSY's Oppa Gangnam Style.

What do you think? Funny or corny?

You Can Now Pay Your PAL Booking At Seven-Eleven Stores

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7 Eleven sign in L.A. (Photo credit: Tommy Ironic) Following the move of the low-cost airline Airphil Express, Philippine Airlines (PAL) now allows customers to pay online bookings via Seven-Eleven stores. This would mean that you don't need to have a credit card to avail of their latest promos and deals. Furthermore, PAL will install ECPAY Payment Center facilities in all 766 7-11 retail stores nationwide to accommodate as many customers as possible.

Procedure of Purchase
The customer just need to go to PAL's website, input  the travel details including the destinations and the dates of flight. After clicking next, you will be taken to a page where you will be asked to choose whether to Proceed to Payment or Reserve and Hold. If you chose to reserve and hold your itinerary, then you have to log-in with your username and password. If you don't have an account, click on the "Create New Account"  link to register.

Upon successful log-in, proceed to the next steps an…

Airphil Express Revamps Booking Page - Added Seven-Eleven, Petron or M Lhuillier as Payment Options

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San Miguel owned low-cost airline Airphil  Express website had a major face-lift featuring a cleaner and clearer interface for easy booking and management of of your bookings. Here's a snapshot of the new Airphil website:

Just like the previous designs, Airphil Express still maintained its motif: orange. But this time, the contrast between the white background and the graphics make it easier to find the function you are looking for like the Manage Booking, Web Check-in and Flight Status.

New Payment Options: 7-11, Petron, M Lhuillier
One major change aside from the looks is the addition of new payment options. Before, you need to have a credit card to book online. Now, even without credit card, you can avail of Airphil Express deals and promos. Just go ahead with the normal booking procedure until the Payment portion. In that portion, choose "other" payment choices. Just take note of the reference number and the amount. On that same day, before 11:30 PM, you need to go to…

Jessica Sanchez and other American Idol Season 11 Finalists Arrive in the Philippines

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American Idol logo 2008–2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Jessica Sanchez along with the top 10 American Idol Season 11 finalists have arrived in Manila early this morning. The 10 finalist will be having a concert this coming September 21 and from today until then, they will be very busy touring the malls in Metro Manila to promote not only the concert but also their album: American Idol Highlights.

Jessica Sanchez is the first runner up of AI Season 11. She has a Filipino-Mexican roots. Well loved by the judges because of her powerful voice and fearless renditions of her songs during the contest, she went all the way to the finals despite an instant where the votes wasn't able to save her. Philip Philips ends up the the winner and Jessica as the runner up.

List of Philippine Holidays for Year 2013 - Proclamation 459

As early as last month, August, the Office of the President have already issued the list of holidays for next year, 2012. Proclamation No. 459 s. 2012 list all the regular, special non-working, special working (for schools only), and movable holidays.

Unless otherwise deemed necessary to move any of these holidays, the dates were already fix. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) was given the charge to promulgate guidelines for this Proclamation.

Regular Holidays 
January 1 (Tuesday) - New Year's Day
March 28 -  Maundy Thursday
March 29 - Good Friday
April 9 (Tuesday) - Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) May 1 (Wednesday) - Labor Day
June 12 (Wednesday) - Independence Day
August 26 (Last Monday of August) - National Heroes Day
November 30 (Saturday) - Bonifacio Day
December 25 (Wednesday) -  Christmas Day
December 30 (Monday) - Rizal Day
Special Non-working Holidays March 30 - Black Saturday
August 21 (Wednesday) - Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1 (Friday) - All Saints Day
November 2 (Satur…

Money: List of Universal Banks in the Philippines

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What is a universal bank or unibank? Well, universal banks are licensed to do many kinds banking activities covering both the activities of a commercial bank (loans, time deposits, savings) and an investment bank (underwriting, issuance of securities, assisting companies in mergers and acquisitions).

In the Philippines, the Bangko Sentral  or the Central Bank has the sole right to issue licences to banks who wanted to operate as a unibank. As of August 1, 2012, the Philippines has 21 Universal Banks. Here' the list of them.


1. Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc.

2. Bank of the Philippine Islands

3. Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company
4. Land Bank of the Philippines

5. Philippine National Bank

6. Allied Banking Corporation

7. China Banking Corporation

8. Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

9. Union Bank of the Philippines

10. United Coconut Planters Bank

11. Security Bank Corporation

12. Development Bank of the Philippines

13. Philippine Trust Company

14. Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Ba…

Domestic Flight Tip: Arrive At Least 45 Minutes Before Your Fly Time

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I've been flying domestic flights for about five years now since I started working in Cebu. Through the years, I have witnessed the growth of the number of travelers and the changes in policies of local airlines. For instance, before the second half of 2010, you can still bring your umbrellas with you inside the cabin. But, sometime on the on the second half of that year, things changed: you are now required to check-in your umbrellas.

In my opinion, in some if not most, of the changes, people are not well informed. So they usually find themselves arguing with the ground personnel. But in most of my experience, the airline companies is less considerate when it comes to making exceptions. For example, because of the "umbrella" policy change, my friend was forced to leave hers at the airport just to make it to the plane. In some cases, people paid extra baggage just to check-in their umbrellas.

But to be fair to the local airlines, they are now more considerate than before…

Entry to Personal Finance and Investments!

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I've been studying for over four years now regarding investments and personal finance but it seems that I don't have the courage to take the first step. Well, it was my brother who told me about it. He started investing in 2006 starting with his company cooperative and then later, he entered into Mutual Funds.


English: Phillippine stock market board (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It Started with F.J. Colayco's Wealth Book
My bother showed me a book, written by Francisco J Colayco entitled "Pera Mo Palaguin Mo (Wealth Within Your Reach). It was a best-seller book in personal finance. Actually, when my brother told me to read it, I was a little bit skeptical. You know, I'm not fond of reading books. But when I started reading the first few pages, I was amazed on how simple the words are. Actually, the book is written for OFWs according to the author.

That event opened-up my mind to personal finance. But I was still jobless at that time. I am freshly out of school and just …

Magnitude 7.6 Earthquake Rocks Sulangan, Philippines (Eastern Samar)

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A strong earthquake with a magnitide of 7.6 (corrected from 7.9) shakes Eastern Visayas area of the Philippines at around 8:47 PM, august 31, 2012. The tremor was felt as far as Davao City. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the quake was located at 135 km East of Sulangan.

Because the epicenter is located at the sea, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a warning for Indonesia, Philippines, Belau, Yap, Taiwan, Japan, Guam, N. Marianas, Papua New Guinea A Tsunami Watch is in Effect For Chuuk, Marcus Is., Kosrae, Pohnpei, Marshall Is., Wake Is., Solomon Is., Russia, Nauru.
View M7.9 - 135km E of Sulangan, Philippines - 2012-08-31 12:47:35 UTC in a larger map
 In Cebu City, the tremor sent thousands on the street. Occupants of high-rise buildings were forced to evacuate as soon as the shaking stopped. According unconfirmed reports, Jones avenue was filled with people in response to the quake.

Tsunami Warning for Legazpi, Davao, and Palana…

Viral Video: Oppa Gangnam Style

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Have you heard of the "Oppa Gangnam Style" music video? Well, if you did, it would be no surprise because it's the latest YouTube sensation in the US and its popularity is spreading to other countries as well. To testify to its immense popularity, the music video which was upload in YouTube last July 15 have already garnered 70 Million views. And as expected, a number of parodies has already surfaced.


What Does Gangnam Style Mean?
Gangnam Style is a Korean term associated with lavish lifestyle. That can readily be seen in the video as PSY performs dance moves with fashionable clothing and at most times surrounded by pretty, well-dressed girls.
The term rose from Gangnam District, which is one of the wealthiest areas in Seoul, South Korea. The word "Oppa", on the other hand literally means "brother".

Monday, August 27, 2012 is National Heroes Day, A National Holiday

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Malacañang Palace, the residence of the Philippine president, (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is another long weekend for employees and students. As scheduled late last year via Proclamation No. 295, August 27, 2012 (Monday) will be a regular national holiday in celebration of the annual National Heroes Day. With that, all classes and by default, all work shall be suspended for that day to give everyone time to celebrate the patriotic event.

In cases where the employee needs to go to work, as agreed upon between him and the employer, the employee shall be entitled to an additional pay as dictated by the existing labor law. The official gazette of the government at www.gov.ph has published the pay rules made by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) during this holiday.


MVP on Twitter - PLDT's Manuel V Pangilinan Official Twitter Account Launched

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Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) chairman Manuel V Pangilinan commonly referred to as MVP is now on twitter. His account which officially goes online today is @iamMVP. Tweeted by Smart Communications, MVP is now inviting everyone to follow his tweets.


PLDT is the largest communication company in the country and is a leading provider of wired and wireless communication services such as telephone, internet, satellite TVs and many more.

June 2012 Nursing Board Exam Result is Now Out!

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has just released the results of the  Board Exam for Nurses. According to their official website, www.prc.gov.ph, 27,823 out of 60,895 passed the exam that was given in key cities of the country (Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Nueva Ecija, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao  and Zamboanga) last June 2012.

Roxanne Trinity Dotingco  Lim of the University of Sto. Thomas lead this phase of examinees garnering a score of 86.2. She was closely followed by Kristen Erika Hife  Pino of Cebu Normal University and Carmela Celebrado  Shimizu of the University of Saint Anthony with a weighted score of 85.4.

Here's the complete list of passers:



Link to the document: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7VcevvLAoMQVFJzTlF3VWljR1E/edit

Public Outrage Pours in Social Media Against a Man that Assaults a MMDA Enforcer

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Interaksyon.com first broke the news about the video where a man was seen assaulting a seemingly helpless MMDA traffic enforcer. According to the report, TV 5 producers was incidentally in a car next to the scene. The camera was inside the car but the voices from outside can still be heard. Immediately after posting the video on YouTube, the words MMDA and the man's name quickly trends on twitter. The tweets shows sympathy to the humiliated enforcer and anger to the man.In YouTube, similar comments can also be found, most of which are seeking for justice.


The man is identified as Mr. Blair Carabuena working as a human resources officer in a tobacco company: According to interaksyon.com, Blair refused to give statements regarding the event. Meanwhile, the enforcer was identified as T/C Mr. Saturnino Fabros. Based on the their latest tweet, MMDA Legal is filing a case against the Mr. Blair tomorrow.

Avoiding further exposure of his information, Mr. Blair Carabuena has shut down his …

Mixed Reaction on Bourne Legacy: I'm Not Satisfied, Almost Disappointed

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Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross in Bourne Legacy (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A couple of days ago, I watched one of the most awaited movie in the country, the Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment of the Bourne movie series, all of which are based on Robert Ludlum;'s novel series bearing the same title. The film stars Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker) playing the role of Aaron Cross, a state assassin, Rachel Weisz (Constant Gardener) as Dr. Martha Shearing, a medical scientist and Edward Norton as Eric Byer, the primary antagonist.

Here's some of the things I want to say to those who haven't watched it yet and especially to those who are planning to watch it.

Warning: Before Watching Bourne Legacy, Watch Bourne 1, 2 & 3 Well, as mentioned, this is the fourth movie in the series. And although it tells the story of a new character Aaron Cross (Jason Bourne is the lead character in the previous three Bourne movies), the story is strongly connected to the previous three. The link is s…

Malacanang Declares August 20 and 21, 2012 (Monday and Tuesday) as Holidays

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English: Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III (2010-present) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)President Benigno Aquino III declares August 20, 2012 as a regular national non-working holiday in Celebration of the Muslim festival Eid’l Fitr.  The president made the declaration via Proclamation No. 455 series of 2012.

This would be a good news for employees because on the next day, August 21, 2012 (Tuesday) the country will celebrate Ninoy Aquino Day as previously declared via Proclamation 295.

This weekend will be a long weekend with the two holidays being Monday and Tuesday. And on the week after next week (Monday, August 27), the country will again be on a national holiday in celebration of the National Heroes Day.

Not Good News For Flood Stricken Areas?
The National Capital Region and neighboring provinces recently suffered from torrential monsoon rains that left the region soaked under floodwater. Classes on all levels has been suspended for almost the entire week of August 6-10 with s…

Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Suspends Classes in NCR, and other Luzon Provinces Tomorrow, Thursday, August 9, 2012

A new announcement regarding suspended classes emerges early this evening that will prevent confusion as to which places have suspended their classes for tomorrow, August 9, 2012. Based on the recommendation of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Executove Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr issued Memorandum Circular No. 34 effectively suspending all classes in the following regions and provinces:

National Capital Region (NCR)
Zambales Bataan Pampanga Pangasinan Tarlac Bulacan Laguna Cavite  Rizal
Habagat Rains to Continue Tomorrow The torrential rains that flooded Metro Manila and other areas in Luzon in the past several days brought about by Soutwest Monsoon (Hanging Habagat) is expected to continue until tomorrow, Thursday. The major dams (Ipo, Lamesa) around Metro Manila has been in overflow levels since Monday. Marikina river is also in a dangerous level forcing evacuation of affected communities. Early this afternoon, Pasay City was put under…

Class Suspension for August 8, 2012 (Wednesday)

Due to continuous raining and flooding in many parts of Metro Manila and Luzon, some local governments have declared work and classes suspension. Here are the list of LGUs that declared class suspension for Wednesday, August 8, 2012:

- Makati City - all levels, private and public
Manila  City - all levels, private and public
San Juan City - all levels, private and public
- Caloocan- all levels, private and public
- Laguna- all levels, private and public
- Las Piñas- all levels, private and public
- Mandaluyong- all levels, private and public
- Marikina- all levels, private and public
- Muntinlupa- all levels, private and public
Navotas- all levels, private and public
Pampanga- all levels, private and public
Parañaque- all levels, private and public
Rodriguez, Rizal- all levels, private and public
Taguig- all levels, private and public
Valenzuela- all levels, private and public
- Cavite Province- all levels, private and public
- Taytay, Cainta, Rizal- all levels, private…

Online Rage Against Marian Tan Amid Floods in Metro Manila

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Amid the continuous rain and flooding in Manila that caused several nearby dams to overflow and Marikina river reaching dangerous state, online rage out-poured against the person named "Marian Tan". As of the time of writing Marian Tan is trending in twitter. And as you read over the tweets, you can easily notice the anger of the twitter citizens.

Who is Marian Tan?
Well, based on her Facebook profile, she was a Freelance model. And based on several information I obtained from the tweets, there was apparently a fake Marian Tan twitter profile that posted several tweets that made fun of the floods occurring in the country. Below is the posts of the allegedly fake Marian Tan Twitter profile.


This is apparently the true Marian Tan account:

Cyber bullying If proven that the post indeed came from someone pretending to be Marian Tan, this is a good example of cyber bullying, where a person's reputation can be destroyed by fake and baseless allegations intensified by the power of…