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Supreme Court Releases 2012 Bar Exam Results

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The Supreme Court of the Philippines finally released the results of the 2012 Bar Examination. 949 out of 5,343 passed the exam and will join the roster of licensed lawyers in the country. The annual bar exam was held last October 2012 under the supervision of the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court of the Philippines(Photo credit: Wikipedia) Ignatius Michael Igles of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Law School tops this batch scoring 85.64%. He was closely followed by Catherine Beatrice King Kay who also studied law in Ateneo. The complete list of bar topnotchers and the complete list of new lawyers can be viewed below.

Bar Exam 2012 Topnotchers 1. Ingles, Ignatius Michael D. Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) - 85.640%
2. King Kay, Catherine Beatrice O., ADMU - 84.720%
3. Lacson, April Carmela B., University of the Philippines (UP) - 84.480%
4. Romualdo, Xavier Jesus D., ADMU - 84.100%
5. Base,Maria Graceila D., UP - 83.990%
Machuca, Jose Maria Angel P., ADMU - 83. 990
6. Salazar, Patrick …

Airphil Express Re-brands to PAL Express

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Starting today, March 15, 2013 Airphil Express will be known as PAL Express. The move is in line with the strategic alignment of airline businesses owned and operated by San Miguel Corporation.

PAL Express (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Last April 4, 2012, diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation bought 49% controlling stake in Philippine Airlines (PAL) from Lucio Tan's holding company. The $500 Million deal included Airphil Express.

Summary of Changes What can we expect from the re-branding? Well, its not just the name that will change but more is involved. Here are some of them:
PAL Express passengers can now earn milesPAL Express passengers will be served with complimentary snacks and reading materialsPAL Express website is now www.flypalexpress.comPAL Express airplanes will now display a similar logo as that of Philippine Airlines What will not change? PAL Express will remain as a low-cost carrier and will continue to offer promo faresPAL Express flight crew (pilots, stewards, …

March 30, 2013 is a Non-working Holiday (Black Saturday)

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For those who are not aware or just wants a clarification, March 30, 2013 is a special non-working holiday in the Philippines. This year, March 30 falls in the Catholic observance known as the Black Sabbath (Black Saturday). This has been declared as early as last year when President Aquino signed Proclamation No. 459 containing the schedule of holidays for the entire year 2013.

For those who will be required to report on that day, the employer shall provide additional compensation based on the established rules of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

English: Coat of arms of the Philippines (Photo credit: Wikipedia) March 28 and March 29, 2013 Are Also Holidays March 28 and 29 are regular non-working holidays as the Philippines observe the Catholic period known as the Holy Week. March 28 and 29 falls falls on this year's Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Again , those who will be required to work on those days shall receive additional compensation.

[Related: List of Philip…

Interesting News: Cebu Pacific Flies to Camiguin, PRC Reschedules CPA Exam

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Aside from the Sabah crisis which made headlines in the last couple of days, here are some news that I personally think interests the readers of this blog.
Cebu Pacific Now Flies to Camiguin and Masbate Philippines' largest airline and leader of low airfares promotions Cebu Pacific will start flying from Cebu to Masbate and Camiguin. The operation in those two new destinations will start on April 15 and June 1 for Camiguin and Masbate respectively.
With the two new routes, Cebu Pacific will now operate in 35 domestic and 20 international destinations. Just recently, Cebu Pacific announced direct flight to Bali, Indonesia and Dubai, UAE.
[Read: Cebu Pacific Launches Dubai Daily Flights] English: Cebu Pacific in Calbayog City Airport. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cebu Pacific continues to expand their dominance in the local and international market. The airline recently announced their desire to operate other long-haul flights such as the United States, Europe and Australia. And with the…

Cebu Pacific Raises Baggage Prices

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Last time, I wrote an article entitled Cebu Pacific Offers The Cheapest Baggage Allowance. But now, things have changed. Yesterday, I booked a flight from Cebu to Davao and noticed a change in their baggage prices.

Here are the changes in the prices of domestic flight baggage allowances:

BEFORE
15 kg - 150 Pesos
20 kg - 280 Pesos
30 kg - 450 Pesos
45 kg - 900 Pesos

AFTER (CURRENT)

15 kg - 180 Pesos
20 kg - 300 Pesos
30 kg - 600 Pesos
45 kg - 1100 Pesos

In their website, Cebu Pacific indicated that the prices were updated this month, March 2013.

Cheapest Baggage Among the Airlines With these changes implemented, Tiger-SEAIR and Zest Airways now offers the cheapest baggage allowance among all other airlines in the country. Here's the comparison.


WeightCebu PacificAirphil ExpressTiger AirwaysZest Air15 kg18040016816820 kg30080028028025 kg600120044844830 kg--78478445 kg1100---Notes: - data above was for domestic travel - all prices are in Pesos - the prices are as of the time of writing and…

NBA Preseason Game Live in Manila on October 10, 2013

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) will be having their first ever preseason game in the Philippines this coming October 10, 2013. The game will be held in SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila.


Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets will be playing in the preseason game. For the millions of NBA fans in the country, this would be a great news.

The Pacers will be led by NBA All-Stars Paul George, Roy Hibbert, and David West. On the other hand, we will see Jeremy Lin and Paul George live in action for the Houston Rockets.

Prior to the actual game, SM and NBA Philippines will also be hosting several events to build up the preseason game. That includes appearances of NBA talents and other community events.

See the full press release from NBA website:
[Read: NBA Live in Manila]
This is the first NBA preseason game to be held in Southeast Asia as the league tries to expand globally.

Basketball is the number one sports in the country. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) …

Cebu-Mactan Airport Now Collects Terminal Fees When Booking Airline Tickets

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Starting today March 1, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) will start collecting terminal fees when booking airline tickets. The terminal fee in Mactan-Cebu International Airport is 200 Pesos.

The move is part of the on-going effort to improve customer experience in local airports in the country. Last August 2012, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has begun implementing the same scheme on passengers using the Terminal 1, 2 and 3. The results show improved passenger flow, saving time usually spent lining up in terminal fee booths

The departure hall of Mactan Cebu International Airport on Mactan Island. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Located in Lapu-lapu City, Mactan Island, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport is the second primary gateway of the Philippines. It is a fast growing trade center for both domestic and international traffic with 602 commercial flights weekly transporting 10,223 passengers daily. Last 2010, MCIA handled over 5.7 Million passengers.

Plans to…
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