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Taxi Fare Rate to Increase by 2011

The following fare rates will take its effect next year after the Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) approved the petition to increase the fare for Taxis in Metro Manila.                                Image via Wikipedia The flag-down rate will be increased to 40 pesos from the current 30 pesos The rate for the succeeding 250 meters will be increased to 3.50 pesos from the current 2.50 pesos The above changes will take effect sometime in the middle of January, 15 days after its official publication in the newspaper.

Santa Claus Beats Jesus in 2010 Christmas Day Google Search

Cross-posted from Technology Logs _________________________________ It’s Christmas day for most part of the world today and so is here in the Philippines. Crowded shopping malls, traffic roads, lanterns and Christmas lights are common sign of the busy holiday. In addition, Christmas carols are in every radio stations and music players. Since, Christmas is claimed to be a celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth, I conducted a little test to see how people do in the internet. I would like to know how internet people think in this season. I used Google Trends , a popular web stat tool that tracks down search terms inputs in Google around the world. The result is not what most of us would expect. My expectation is that the search terms would be more like Jesus, Jesus Christ, Jesus and Mary or anything related to Jesus’ birth. Ironically, Google Trends shows that Santa Claus is the king of Christmas search. From the Google Trends ’ data, the term “where is santa claus ” is the hott

2011 Philippine Holidays

                               Image via Wikipedia UPDATE : President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III declared through Proclamation 84 the list of official regular and special holidays for 2011 . __________________ In just a few more days, year 2010 is coming to its end and as the cycle goes, a new year will begin. The challenges and triumphs we had this year will just be memories of the past, worthy of remembrance. Now, its time to look forward to the coming year. I have here the list of important dates (i.e. holidays ) for year 2011 in the Philippines . Some of the highlights are the following: there are 12 regular holidays for 2011  2 of these 12 regular holidays fell on a Saturday  4 of these 12 regular holidays fell on a Sunday There are five (5) scheduled special holidays for 2011 2 of these 5 special holidays fell on a Saturday The months of April (3), August (3), November (3) and December (4) has the most number of holidays. Here's the complete list of hol

Hubert Webb and 6 Others Acquitted by the Supreme Court

Image via Wikipedia Hubert Webb and 6 others were acquitted by the Supreme Court in a 7-4-4 vote. The court reasoned that the prosecution failed to establish "guilt beyond reasonable doubt". Huber Webb , the son of Former senator and eight others were the prime suspect in a gruesome massacre that killed the family of the widower Lauro Vizconde in what we all know as the " Viszonde Massacre " of 1991. The case went on for almost two decades, with Huber and six others having been convicted in the Lower Court and Court of Appeals . The supreme court decision is already available at Philippine Supreme Court's online archive. Decision: People of the Philippines vs Hubert Jeffrey Webb Related articles SC acquits ex-senator's son, 6 others in Vizconde massacre (

December 31, 2010 a Non-Working Holiday? YES! - Palace

Malaca ň ang Palace today confirmed that December 31, 2010 will stay "as is" as a special non-working holiday based on Procalamation No.1841 by former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo .                                 Image via Wikipedia Based on the tweet ( @govph ) from Philippine Government's official gazette, all holidays for  December 2010 will stay on the dates originally scheduled ( Proclamation 1841 ). The following are the remaining holidays for December 2010 . Special (Non-Working) Holidays Additional Special (Non-Working) Holiday  - December 24 (Friday) Last Day of the Year December 31 (Friday) Regular (Non-Working) Holidays Christmas Day December 25 (Saturday) Rizal Day December 27 (Monday nearest December 30 ) Those who will be required to work on these dates shall be paid additional premiums as dictated by Labor Code.

Free Celphone From Citibank

                                Image via Wikipedia Citibank Philippine s is giving away Nokia 1800 cellular phone handsets when you apply for a new credit card. Please take note that this promo is exclusively in the Philippines and the minimum gross annual earnings should be 200000 pesos to qualify for a Citibank credit card. For more information see the promo page of Citibank Philippines . Additional information regarding credit cards can be read here. Credit Card-Friend or Foe? See the Related Post section below for more related articles in the topic " credit cards "

Money: BPI 10K Test on Equity Funds

Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has launched a new campaign to promote their " Equity Funds ". On their website , on the top banner section, there displayed a comparison between a bank savings (Time Deposit) and an Investment (Equity Funds). The display changes from one month to one year period after the money was laid. What you can easily notice is the relatively slow growth of the Time deposit compared to the seemingly fast growth of their Equity Funds . In the picture below, after six months, your 10 000 pesos time deposit has only 237.5 pesos increase while the same amount already have 2905.62 pesos growth if invested in their equity funds. (The disclaimer though, said that the figure is based on the historical performance of their fund.) By clicking the button, "Start Investing Here", you will be redirected to an interactive webpage (The 10K Test) that will ask about your your risk tolerance. To further their support and encouragement, they of

Money: 1% Credit Card Interest? Cool!

                                  Image via Wikipedia I just read this news about a proposal from a lawmaker to trim down the traditional 3% monthly credit card interest down to 1% . He wanted the Philippines to have a firm law to tame credit card companies. The 3% interest, according to him, based on several existing laws is "excessive, iniquitous, unconscionable, and exorbitant". Now, if ever that proposal will indeed become a law and be properly and effectively implemented, then it will bring relief to those who has been a victim of themselves when it comes to credit card use. As I have already mentioned in this blog, credit card offers lots of advantages especially at the standpoint "convenience". But as useful as it was, it also has many dangers. Credit card has been a tool that is prone to abuse leading many in an unmanageable debt that continues to grow with a huge interest rate. Let's just wait a see regarding the fate of this "cool" pr

DFA Adopts ISO Standard initial "PH" or "PHL" for Philippines; Dumps "RP"

Image via Wikipedia The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will now officially use ISO standard initials for the the Philippines, "PH" or "PHL" replacing the ambiguous "RP". This conformance to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is expected to help alleviate the confusion by using the the initials "RP" which is easily confused with other countries. These country initials is part of the ISO 3166 standard adopted by the ISO that defines codes for the names of countries, dependent territories, and special areas of geographical interest.

Money: Jollibee to Buy Mang Inasal!

"The Jolly Bee is eating Mang Inasal chicken!" Tony Tan Caktiong owned Jollibee Foods Corporation, the largest fast food chain in the Philippines announced the acquisition of the seven-year old fast food chain Mang Inasal! According to the disclosure, Jollibee will be buying 70% of the shares of Mang Inasal for a sum of 3 Billion pesos. Mang Insasal, a relatively start up fast food chain has seen a rapid growth in the recent years. Since it started in 2003, Mang Inasal already boasts a total of 303 stores around the country, most of which are franchises. Recent financial reports shows that the young company is already earning a revenue totaling to 3.8 Billion pesos. Mang Inasal has been known for its delicious roasted chicken and "unlimited rice". They also sell products that are relatively cheaper compared to other established fast food chain. These and other key marketing strategies seems to have boosted the company's growth. Jollibee on the other hand

DepEd Joins PAGASA in Twitter!

Image via CrunchBase Department of Education (DepEd) recently joined PAGASA in twitter! While PAGASA is twitting weather updates, DepEd twits class suspension announcements. DepEd's official twitter account is @DepEd_PH . Follow @DepEd_PH on twitter and receive timely updates. Recently, several government agencies has been using social media channels to facilitate fast distribution of information. Among them are the president's office @govph , MMDA @mmda , and PAGASA @dost_pagasa . Hopefully, this move by DepEd will help solve the issues of late announcements which most students and employees have been complaining about in the past years. I personally experience many trouble because of this. Here's my experience: When I was studying in college in Manila a few years ago, I have to travel at least 2 hours from home to school everyday. So when rainy seasons come, it poses a problem. There has been several times in my five years in college when after exerting vigorous ef

PAGASA is now on Twitter!

Image via Wikipedia Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAGASA) is now using twitter to facilitate the fast distribution of information especially weather updates. PAGASA's twitter account is @dost_pagasa . By following @dost_pagasa , you can receive real time update from the agency regarding weather forecast, typhoon updates and other services provided by the agency. This move by PAGASA is very timely since currently, typhoon "Megi" is threatening to pass over the Philippine area of responsibility. This move by PAGASA to use social networking site is the latest among the government's moves in the effort to use social media to inform the public. We can remember that in the previous months, the government launched its official gazzete online at . Also, the Department of Finance recently launched to gather information regarding corrupt officials under its umbrella.

What's Wrong with Cebu Pacific Flight Attendants Dancing?

Image by georgeparrilla via Flickr Although generally, many people were amused by the "Dancing Flight Attendants " number from Cebu Pacific Airlines, there are also those people and groups who don't feel the same. Two of them are the Flight Attendants' and Stewards' Association of the Philippines (FASAP) and the notable women's rights group GABRIELA. Note: Cebu Pacific's attendants are not part of FASAP. Both of these groups shows concern of the incident. In a press release statement, FASAP said that they are "deeply perturbed by the recent video spreading in the internet showing dancing flight attendants while performing the safety demonstration of the flight." They reasoned that it may eventually lead the public into "stereotyping of flight attendants as entertainers" and will surely have a negative and sexist impact in the minds of the public". They even called the activity as "demeaning and undignified". Do

Dancing Cebu Pacific Male Flight Attendants (Video)

Last week, the entire world was caught in amazement by the surprise in-flight  "dance" number performed by Cebu Pacific flight attendants . Well, the surprise doesn't end on that number. As part of Cebu Pacific's culture of continuous innovation, today, they presented the "male version" of that number. In a flight from Manila to Davao, the passengers were once again entertained, this time by male flight attendants. Here's the video of the "Dancing Male Cebu Pacific Flight Attendants". How was number? Is it good?

Goldilocks "Earth-Like" Planet Found?

Image via Wikipedia Astronomers recently found a planet outside the solar system with conditions they termed as "Goldilocks", neither too hot nor too cold. This they said was the perfect condition for a great possibility of extra terrestrial life. The planet is named Gliese 581g is found to be circling a red dwarf star located 120 trillion miles from the Earth. The planet is a few times larger than the earth and scientists estimate that the mass and gravity of the planet is just comparable to the earth. the planet is also tidally locked to its parent star which means that only one side faces the star. This condition will lead to a very hot condition on the portion directly facing the star and an icy condition on the other side. The interesting part though is somewhere in the middle of the two faces of the planet where the temperature may be just right for a habitable zone. Cross posted from ASTRONOMY DIGEST BLOG .

Holiday on October 25 2010?

Image via Wikipedia Should October 25, 2010 be declared as a holiday? The Comission on Elections (COMELEC) says so and they are requesting the office of President Noynoy Aquino an executive order (EO) for that. Their basis is the law that states that all election day be declared as holidays so that more voters will turn out. By the way, October 25, 2010 is the schedule for the local Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. In the meantime, please stay tune to this blog for the updates regarding this topic! Personally, I wish October 25, 2010 to be holiday, not for Barangay Elections but for a rest day!!!! :-)

Dancing Cebu Pacific Flight Attendants (Video)

I love Cebu Pacific as an airline who's innovative marketing strategy enables every-Juan to fly. And now, Cebu pacific is taking us to the next level of their innovation---entertainment. Watch the video below as the gorgeous Cebu Pacific flight attendants showcase their talents in dancing as they remind us on the safety features of the aircraft! After watching this video, I felt like I want to book my next trip as soon as possible! I want to see this in personal!  Video courtesy of So what can you say?

Umbrellas for Check-in at the Airport

Image via Wikipedia If you will be travelling without check-in baggage like the famous Cebu Pacific Go-Lite promo, better not to bring your umbrellas. Before, we just fold our umbrellas and keep it inside our hand carried bags. Now, there's a new security order to include umbrellas in your check-in baggages. Well, again, if you happen to be travelling with Go-Lite ticket, then you would have to pay 400 pesos for baggage reinstatement. Experience in Mactan Airport I just had this experience when I traveled a few weeks ago. After getting the boarding pass from Cebu Pacific counter and paying the terminal fee, we are told at the final inspection that umbrellas should be checked-in. How annoying it is to imagine how long we been standing there in the line to the counters and to think that it was not even mentioned on the first inspection! One of my company had to go back to the counter and negotiate the matter. And here's the funny thing: it's not that easy to check in

Holiday on September 10, 2010

It's official! Under proclamation no. 26 signed by President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, September 10, 2010 (Friday) will be a regular NON-WORKING HOLIDAY in the observance of EID’L FITR (FEAST OF RAMADHAN) . If you are required to work on that date, you should receive additional payments in accordance with the labor code. The official proclamation was signed by President Aquino last September 2, 2010 and was posted at the Philippine Government Official Gazette at

Cebu Pacific's Statement on the Spoiled Kidney Incident

After the outrage over the incident that happened last August 28, 2010 when a donated kidney was spoiled after being refused for boarding on its aircraft, Cebu Pacific manangement issued an official statement. In summary, the airline defended the pilot's discretion pointing out that the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) did not follow prescribed international procedure regarding transporting human organs. The airline also assured the public that they already have discussions with NKTI to prevent similar incidents in the future. The full statement can be viewed here.




The Professional Regulations Commission announces that 37,679 out of 91,008 passed the Board Exam for Nurses in the Philippines administered by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, La Union, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Pampanga, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga last July 2010. The result came in after 42 days. Registration for the issuance of PRC ID requires the following. Duly accomplished Oath of Professional (Panunumpa ng Propesyonal) form Current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 2 pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete nametag) 1 piece 1x1 picture (colored with white background and complete nametag) 2 sets of metered documentary stamps 1 short brown envelope with name and profession Initial Registration Fee of P600 Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2010-2013 The oath taking ceremony will be held Monday and Tuesday, September 20 and 21, 2010, with morning (8:00 A.M.

Venus Raj's "Major Major" is a Hot Topic in Twitter!

This week begins with a tragic event ( Manila Hostage Incident ). To have a little relaxation, let's talk something funny... Miss Philippines Venus Raj answer to the final question in the 2010 Miss Universe beauty pageant became a hot topic in the country. The word "major major" , echoing Venus's answer ,is one of the trending topics on twitter. It even became a popular punchline among Filipinos jokes.

Manila Hostage Taking - What Went Wrong?

As everyone knows, the hostage-taking fiasco last Monday end up in a very disturbing manner. Nine innocent lives were wasted in a meaningless bloodshed. A group of tourists who came to the country to enjoy will be going home in boxes. It was a sad and horrible outcome like most of the seemingly getting common incidents of fear due to the relentless evil deeds. Image via Wikipedia In the last article posted on this blog, I featured a web article showing how the media could do better in broadcasting cases of crisis like hostage-taking incidents . Now, the British Broadcasting Corporation-Asia Pacific (BBC) published an article entitled, "Ten things the Philippines bus siege police got wrong". It features comments from Charles Shoebridge, a security analyst who has worked in British Army and Scotland Yard for counter-terrorism. Read the article below and see what could've done better by the Philippine police during the course of the bus siege. Ten things the Philippi

Hostage Taking in Manila - The Media Could've Done Better

Image via Wikipedia The horrifying hostage taking inciden t that happened yesterday came into a disturbing conclusion. Nine innocent lives were taken in a meaningless bloodshed. Who should take the blame for this horrendous display of evil? Is it the hostage taker? Is it the police? Many will say that the police authorities failed to handle the situation wisely. The Hong Kong government already expressed its disappointment over the incident. It was indeed very clear from yesterday's incident that the country's competence in maintaining peace and security is seriously flawed. Also worth taking note of is how the media behaved during the course of the incident. The media has been criticized for giving information to the hostage taking on which we cannot deny that it may have contributed to his agitation. I found this very nice article about how the journalists should have responded in those crises. Guidelines for Covering Hostage-Taking Crises, Prison Uprisings, Terroris

Galactic Inbox : A Gmail Inspired HTML 5 Game!

Gmail's official blog recently posted this funny post introducing a cute game inspired by Gmail itself. The creator called it Galactic Inbox. It is a fun game featuring a space ship powered with missile. It is also made using HTML 5, the latest HTML version that focuses on multimedia applications in the web. Screen shot of Galactic Inbox game. According to the blog post, the creator made the game as a "thank you" to Google team for their untiring efforts in developing the web-mail. Take note that you need a web browser that supports HTML 5 before you can play it. The latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari supports HTML 5. Try it and have some fun! Link to the game Link to Gmail blog post

Report Legitimate Concerns on How the Government Uses People’s Funds at

Image via Wikipedia In line to its mission to be more transparent on how the money of the Filipino people are used and also to be more vigilant against corruption, the Department of Finance launches a website that will provide a feedback mechanisms directly from the citizens. The website is . The name if translated to English is close to “Money of the People”. The website uses social networking strategy to gather the information about graft, improper action, negligence, lavish lifestyle and other illegal practices that involves the Department of Finance and other government agencies attached to it like the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC). Aside from reporting negative incidents, citizens are also urged to report positive actions from these agencies. To know more about the website and how reporting is done, visit the website at .

Noynoy's First Paycheck as Philippines' CEO

Image via Wikipedia We all take a close look at our personal salaries, earnings or allowances. And admit it or not many of us always complain about it. Here are some common complaints. It's too small! It's not enough for me and my family. How can I budget this? I'm underpaid. I worked hard for this? How can I possibly live with this amount? The tax is too big! The list is definitely longer than this. Yes, salary is one of the hottest and most controversial human inventions and it has always been like that since the beginning. Now, let's shift our focus to the latest topic in the world of Pinoy money. Early this evening, we saw in the news, a picture of a powerful man holding his first paycheck. This powerful man is none other than our very own President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino  Jr. How much did he earn on first month of being employed as the chief executive of the Philippines? As we saw in the news, he got a net salary amounting to 63, 000 pesos. His gross

Schedule of Special Board Exam for OFWs in Middle East Released by PRC

The Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) announces that the Special Board Examination for architects, certified public accountants, civil engineers, electronics engineers, registered electrical engineers, registered master electricians, and mechanical engineers will be held simultaneously in Al-Khobar and Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Doha,Sstate of Qatar and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 16, 17, and 18, 2010. This special board examination was in compliance with Executive Order No. 835 signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo last October 6, 2009. To view the original post, follow the link below. Image via Wikipedia

PRC Clarifies Suspension of Filipino Physical Therapists in US

Before releasing the result of July 2010 Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists, the Professional Regulation Commission calrified the recent issue of the alleged sanction/blacklisting of  Filipino Physical Therapists in the United States. In a signed document posted on PRC's official website, PRC Charirman NICOLAS P. LAPEÑA JR clarified that "contrary to public perception, the suspension of the exam is not a ban nor a blacklist or a sanction as reported. Rather, it is a necessary action by the Federation of State Boards for Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to ensure that the next set of examination does not include compromised questions and this preparation can take at least a year to implement". Image via Wikipedia The said document also mentioned the result of the investigation as to the cause of the said suspension. To read the full document follow the link to the PRC news page.

Blog About Money? Try Francisco J Colayco’s Blog at!

Image via Wikipedia If you want information about personal finance , you can easily key in any money related keyword to Google or Yahoo search and the list of result would be astoundingly long. Yes, personal finance advice is one of the most popular topics in the web. And because of its extreme popularity, you will surely find it hard to sort out which ones are credible and which ones were applicable to your situation. Now, with respect to personal finance in context to the Philippine setting, I found this blog really useful and practical. I was referring to the blog by Francisco J Colayco published through GMA news website. For those who don't know Mr. Colayco, he is the author of the bestselling book series " Wealth Within Your Reach - Pera Mo, Palaguin Mo! ” He is also an experienced business man and regularly conducts seminars on personal finance. He is also the chairman of Colayco Foundation for Education which aims to increase Filipinos' literacy regarding person

Why Would I Transfer from Globe Tattoo to Smart Bro? -Part 2

Continuation of my bad experience from using Globe Tattoo. .. And here comes the next day. I loaded my Globe Tattoo with 100 pesos and registered. Guess what? NO REPLY, FAILURE REGISTRATION. I then decided to call globe and ask for an explanation and assistance. On my first attempt, a male agent picked the call and said that there’s currently a traffic surge on my location and that users may experience denied registration requests. He said that it will just take a few minutes and the system will normalize again. He advised me to try again later and ask an apology for inconvenience. OK, after five minutes, I tried again, same results. Ten minutes, same result. One hour after, same outcome. I called again. This time the agent told that there’s no problem in the system and I may just need to try again. I said that I keep on trying since the last time I called and with the same outcome. The agent then generated a report for investigation and gave me the reference number. He asked me t

Why Would I Transfer from Globe Tattoo to Smart Bro? -Part 1

I had this bad experience with Globe tattoo plug-it internet connection. Last week, I saw a billboard advertising Globe Tattoo’s latest promo: One Day Unlimited Internet Surfing for 50 pesos! At first glance, I found it very interesting. The reason is that one day unlimited surfing fits my internet usage. I think that one month unlimited internet is way beyond my needs. One day unlimited is just enough especially since I just use internet during weekends. With high level of excitement, last weekend, I loaded my Globe Tattoo with 60 pesos. When I tried registering, by typing SUPERSUF50 and then sending it to 888, I always receive a message saying that my request cannot be entertained for the moment and they requested me to try again later. I tried again several times and I got the same reply. I decided then to stop registering and let an hour pass before trying again. Two hours have already passed before I tried to register again. This time though, after sending the key message, I

Yahoo! Mail Hacked - What Should You Do?

It was Monday morning. I opened my Gmail account and found a strange message: an email message from my Yahoo! mail account. The actual email message is shown below. Subject: RE hey, how are you ? Just received my iphone "3"gs 32gb from this website. www. , much cheaper than others and genuine . if you would like to get one,you can check it out, Regards, (my name) Note : DO NOT ATTEMPT OT VISIT THE SITE MENTIONED IN THE SPAM MAIL ABOVE. IT CAN BE DANGEROUS. I immediately accessed my Yahoo! Mail and found out the disaster. Somebody had accessed my account without my knowledge and sent spam messages to ALL MY CONTACTS. Some of them even replied and asking if what I sent is really true. Of course, I replied and explained what happened. Image via Wikipedia To further the damage, I also found out that ALL MY MESSAGES, (Inbox, Sent, Draft, and Spam) has been DELETED. Also, my ENTIRE CONTACT LIST has been DELETED. How to Fix Hacked Yahoo Account? After realizi