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Friday, August 24, 2012

Maria Lourdes Sereno, new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court | Profile

Maria Lourdes Sereno, new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court | Profile

President Aquino on Friday appointed Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal-Sereno as the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

"In the midst of this period of deep mourning for the loss of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, the President is cognizant of his constitutional duty to appoint the next Chief Justice of the Philippines. He has therefore decided to appoint Associate Justice Maria Lourdes Punzalan Aranal-Sereno as the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court," a statement from Malacañan read.

It added: "The President is confident that Chief Justice Sereno will lead the judiciary in undertaking much-needed reforms. We believe the Judicial Branch of government has a historic opportunity to restore our people's confidence in the judicial system."

Speaking to ANC, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda acknowledged that President Aquino is breaking tradition by appointing the youngest of the current Supreme Court magistrates to lead the judiciary.

Asked why the President appointed a Chief Justice who will stay for 18 years before retiring, Lacierda said the appointment of a young Chief Justice was anticipated by the Constitution.
"You have a requirement wherein a person may become Justice of the Supreme Court at the age of 40 and retire at the age of 70. Therefore, anybody within that range is capable of becoming appointed Chief Justice," he said.
"Now, we are breaking tradition in a sense that the President did not appoint someone who is near retirement and obviously Chief Justice Sereno is I think the youngest Chief Justice. If I am not mistaken, she is 52 years old. She will have a full 18 years to implement reforms in the judiciary and we are hoping that the reforms will take root as the years go by," he added.

The spokesman said the President talked to the different nominees for the Chief Justice post before coming to the conclusion that Sereno "is the best person to institute reforms in the judiciary."

He also said Aquino's decision to announce Sereno's appointment while the nation is in mourning for the late DILG chief Jesse Robredo is only a recognition of the need to appoint a new Chief Justice within the constitutional period of apointment.

Who is Chief Justice Maria Loudres Sereno?

Associate Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno is the first appointee to the Supreme Court (SC) by Pres. Noynoy Aquino and the youngest among the nominees for Chief Justice coming from the high tribunal.
She was born on July 2, 1960; she is 52 years old.

She completed her law degree at the University of the Philippines (UP) in 1984 as Class Valedictorian and cum laude.

As pre-law, she took up AB Economics at the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) where she graduated in 1980.

She completed her secondary education in 1976 at the Quezon City High School, with Honors; her elementary education was completed in 1972 when she graduated Class Salutatorian from the Kamuning Elementary School.

She had her post-graduate degree at the UP School of Economics with the Master of Arts in Economics Program which she finished in 1992. In 1993, she completed another masteral degree, this time, Master of Laws, at the University of Michigan, Michigan, USA.

Justice Sereno was appointed to the Supreme Court on Aug. 13, 2010.

Professional background
 
She started her career in private practice as a junior associate of the Sycip Salazar Feliciano and Hernandez law firm in 1986.

Starting in1994 up to 2008, she served as legal counsel of various government offices such as the Office of the President (OP), Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI), and WTO-AFTA. Sometime between 1995 to 1996, she headed the Information and Public Division office of the UP Law Complex.

Also, in 1995, she served as consultant for Judicial Reform of the UNDP, WB, and USAID; she served in this capacity up to 2002.

From 1996 to 1999, she was Director of the UP Institute of Legal Studies.
In 1998, she was a counsellor of the WTO Appellate Body.

In 1999, she served as Commissioner and Chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Preparatory Commission on Constitutional Reform.

Sereno was a lecturer at the Dept. of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Foreign Service Institute from 1996 to 2007.
She served as a lecturer in Electronic Commerce Law at the AIM in 2000, at the same time, at the Murdoch University lecturing on International Business Law from 2001 t0 2002. She also lectured on International Business Law at the University of Western Australia from 2003 up to 2007.

In 2004, she was a lecturer on International Trade Law at the Hague Academy of International Law.
She was a longtime professor at the UP, teaching for 20 years, from 1986 to 2002.

She became the Executive Director of the AIM in 2009, a post she held on to for a year.

Sereno became president of ACCESSLAW, Inc. in 2000, a post she continues to enjoy up to the present.

Awards, other credentials

In her 25 years as a lawyer and educator, Sereno received the following awards:
- 1998 Outstanding Women in the Nation's Service
- 2000 Most Outstanding Alumna Award, Quezon City High School
- 2003 Most Oustanding Alumna Award, Kamuning Elementary School
- 1991 Provincial Citation, Camarines Sur
She was also able to edit the book, Thirty Years and Beyond (UP Law, 1997).
Sereno was the key writer on Law and Economics and the Constitution and Judicial Review of Economic Decisions.
She also drafted the legal framework for the operations of the first paperless trading of securities in the country for the Bureau of Treasury (BT).

Endorsements for Chief Justice, oppositions
Sereno was not automatically nominated for the top judicial post for being one of the most junior magistrates of the Supreme Court, rather, she was nominated by the following:
- Felma Roel Singco (June 13, 2012)
- Reagan De Guzman (June 13, 2012)
- Atty. Fidel Thaddeus Borja (June 14, 2012)
- Attys. Jordan Pizarras, et al. (June 15, 2012)
- Christian Legal Society through Atty. Salvador Fabregas (June 14, 2012)
- Bishop Efraim Tendero (June 18, 2012)
- UP Women's Circle (June 13, 2012)


source : ABS-CBN News
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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Robert Blair Carabuena delivers public apology at MMDA office

Robert Blair Carabuena delivers public apology at MMDA office

The MMDA filed charges against Carabuena for assaulting Saturnino Fabros who tried to apprehend the former for ignoring a red light at the corner of Capitol Hills Drive and Tandang Sora Ave. in Quezon City. Carabuena's brother, who also confronted Fabros, was included in the charge sheet.

The MMDA demanded last week that Carabuena issue a public apology to Fabros and to the agency. It said that assaulting a traffic enforcer is grounds for the suspension or cancellation of one's driver's license.

@MMDA The direct assault case filed against Carabuena will push through. There is a preliminary hearing later today at the QC Prosecutor’s office. 

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Twitter War Between Abigail Valte and Teddy Locsin Jr.

Twitter War Between Abigail Valte and Teddy Locsin Jr.

A member of the 12-man House contingent to the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) said he will endorse the confirmation of Jesse Robredo as secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government -- even if posthumously.

"My family and I mourn with his family and the nation for the loss of an icon in good governance, industry and humility. As he is set to be confirmed on August 29 and subject to CA rules, I would endorse his confirmation even if posthumously," Alagad party-list Representative Rodante Marcoleta said.

After three days of search and rescue operations, Robredo's body was recovered 800 meters from the shores of Masbate at a depth of 180 meters Tuesday morning. The late official is set for confirmation by the CA on August 29.

In his Twitter account, Paranaque Representative Roilo Golez said the CA was scheduled to confirm Robredo last Wednesday, August 15, but had to postpone it because they wanted to attend the Requiem Mass and necrological service for their colleague, Sorsogon Representative Salvador Escudero III, who died last week.

"In fact, I talked to Secretary Robredo last Tuesday and assured him of CA support. We were deprived the honor of confirming one of the best in the Cabinet," Golez said. "Rest in peace Secretary Jesse Robredo. You served your country and your people well. Your place is secure in the history of public service," he added.

via Twitter
  • Jojo Pasion Malig: From the archives, 2010: Palace won’t seek CA confirmation for Robredo, 2 others http://fwd4.me/17xz via @ABSCBNNews
  • Teddy Locsin Jr.: So why are they crying over him? They didn't care for him pala. What's that? Ghoulish.
  • Abi Valte: @teddyboylocsin even for you, that's too much.
  • Teddy Locsin Jr.: @Abi_Valte I find that sick even from you.
  • jordan aquino: @Abi_Valte @teddyboylocsin but can u please address why his name wasn't submitted by the palace until late 2011?
  • Abi Valte: we've answered that many times over. You can also google the reports.
  • Teddy Locsin Jr.: @Abi_Valte Don't involve me in your bulilyasos. You guys fucked up, unfuck yourselves.
  • Abi Valte: @teddyboylocsin oh nobody said that you were ever involved, sir. Everyone knows that :-)
  • Angelicum Oda: @teddyboylocsin @Abi_Valte So bad, after body found, PR that he's supposed to be confirmed on Wednesday floats.. Not needed. Respect.
  • Teddy Locsin Jr.: That rumor is a total lie. He was not slated to be confirmed ever.
  • Karen Keith: @teddyboylocsin @angelicumoda @abi_valte really?this is crazy.Sir Jess deserves the highest recognition.See the outpouring love from evry1?
  • Teddy Locsin Jr.: Exactly and those who cared nothing for him are fling themselves on his coffin.
  • Jojo Pasion Malig: @teddyboylocsin @Abi_Valte Eio, chill out.
  • Teddy Locsin Jr.: oo nga, kailangan mag chill out siya, on the other hand Ricky said divers snort oxygen in depths where it turns toxic.
  • Abi Valte: @teddyboylocsin slow clap for you sir. You've outdone your usual self today.
  • Teddy Locsin Jr.: @Abi_Valte You started it, as usual I finish it. You guys will never win so never start a fight. You are up against genius and right.
  • Vins: o, wag na pansinin :)
  • Abi Valte: I like that it starts with "o"
  • BeReMc: @teddyboylocsin Ms. Valte, just want to remind you that you are representing the president. Shame on you mam!
  • Abi Valte: I wasn't the one swearing, sir. I am mindful of my manners, even on Twitter.
  • Mommy ni Sean: I agree with teddyboy, folks who failed to confirm Robredo's post are now crying buckets! #ipagbawalangmgaplastics"
  • Abi Valte: it's the Commission on Appointments that decides on that. You can check its composition in the 1987 Constitution.
  • Evita Garcia: sorry just read your thread... But I think some words are below the belt....
  • Teddy Locsin Jr.: tell that to Abi, she dragged me into her fight w Jojo Malig. Big mistake.
  • Arlo Cordóva: @Abi_Valte @teddyboylocsin I take pleasure from conversations between intelligent minds. I admire you both. This is wild. Chill. Cold beer?
  • Teddy Locsin Jr.: You can't admire us both. You can like Abi, she's cute, but really....never mind.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jesse Robredo confirmed dead, DILG secretary dies in plane crash on August 18

Jesse Robredo confirmed dead, DILG secretary dies in plane crash on August 18

Yahoo! news confirmed Tuesday morning, August 21, that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Jesse Robredo has been found dead after two days of intense search and rescue operations following a plane crash at around 4:30 pm on Saturday, August 18. He was 54.


His lifeless body and remains of his companions, the two pilots named Captain Jessup Bahinting and Nepalese flight student Kshitiz Chand, were recovered at the crash site off the coast of Masbate City by a British volunteer technical diver at a depth of about 180 feet below the sea, more or less 800 meters away from the shore, at around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.

As of now, Robredo's body is in Masbate and will be flown to his hometown Naga City, Yahoo! news said.

An emotional DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas noted that Robredo's remains are in "sensitive state", given that the body has been underwater for two days now.

DILG secretary Jesse Robredo was survived by his wife, Atty. Lenny Robredo, and three children.

Last Saturday, secretary Jesse Robrardo and two pilots disappeared when their small plane, a four-seat, twin-engine Piper Seneca, crashed into the sea while they were attempting an emergency landing.

The aircraft took off from Cebu city and was heading to Robredo’s hometown of Naga city to meet his family when the pilot radioed the Masbate airport that they would be making an emergency landing.

DOTC Secretary Manuel Roxas II stated that the plane was not able to make it to the airport and crashed into the sea. Robredo’s aide who was aboard the plane with him was able to jump out and be rescued.


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Monday, August 20, 2012

TRAI Extending Quality of Service (QoS) Timeline

TRAI Extending Quality of Service (QoS) Timeline

TRAI, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is extending the time frame given for the comments on guidelines on proposed minimum quality benchmark for mobile Internet services, till seventeenth of August.


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July 25 was the deadline date which was set for this proposed guidelines. Standards of Quality of Service for Mobile Data Services Regulations, 2012, under this standard TRAI issued customers can get the benefit.
TRAI has confirmed in the above mentioned standard of quality mobile data service that operators will have to activate the serive of internet operation within three hours from the customers request received.

The regulator has specified the success rate which operators should have in delivering mobile internet services using all thethree technology like 2G, 3G and 4G.

Nine parameters will be taken into consideration and in monitoring the service provided by the internet service provider, which includes download speed, data transmission, etc.

TRAI has released the dradt of the regulations on minimum quality benchmarks for mobile internet service and had sought written comments on them from stockholders.


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Samsung E1205 dual SIM mobile Price in India And Specifications :

Samsung E1205 dual SIM mobile Price in India And Specifications :

Samsung E1205 is a dual SIM mobile and is very easy to navigate. It just weight 75 gm. There are two colours, black and white. Screen size is 1.8 inch. Resolution is 128*160 and comes with a colour support of 64000. It comes with a 5-way navigation key. The battery comes with 800 mAh power.

Samsung E1205 Specifications :

Screen size : 1.5 inch
Colours : 65000
Screen Pixels: 128*128
Weight : 65.1 gm
Size Dimension : 45.5*109.5*12.8 mm
Type of Battery : 800 mAh
Battery Talktime : 8 Hours
Single Sim
FM, Mp3 Ringtones, Torch.

Price :

Samsung E1205 Price in India : Rs.1180

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Banco De Oro (BDO) to Charge P2 for Every ATM Withdrawal in the Philippines?

Banco De Oro (BDO) to Charge P2 for Every ATM Withdrawal in the Philippines?

MANILA, Philippines - Starting September 1, it will cost a BDO depositor P2 every time he/she withdraws his/her own money from any BDO terminal. The new fee advisory was being flashed on the bank's 1,596 ATM-network as each terminal dispensed wads of cash for the duration of the four-day weekend.

The country's biggest bank, BDO is the first local bank to reintroduce the unpopular fee since the industry recoiled amid a storm of consumer protest more than a decade ago.

Since then, local banks, no matter the size, have always exempted their own depositors from any ATM fee so long as the withdrawal is made from the depositor's own bank ATM network. But withdrawals made on other bank's ATMs are hit with P10-11 fee for every transaction.

Individual banks do not normally publish their depositor base or the number of transactions that their own home networks process each day. But a rare glimpse of the magnitude of the potential windfall from such automated transactions may be gleaned from a yearend account by BancNet, the largest of the three ATM consortiums in the country. (BDO happens to be a Megalink member.)

BancNet chief operating officer Aristeo Zafra Jr. said a record 2.282 million "switched" transactions was recorded on the BancNet network last December 15. Switched transactions, as defined by BancNet, are mostly withdrawals and balance inquiries done on ATMs other than the ATMs of the cardholder's bank. These are done not only by the consortium's own cardholders but also by cardholders of other networks such as Megalink and BPI-dominated ExpressNet.

December 15 happened to be payday for government offices and most private companies. It was also the same day, BancNet said, when most Christmas bonuses were distributed and credited into employee bank accounts. "Withdrawals usually peak on the payday before Christmas on account of the fact that majority of ATM accounts are payroll accounts," Zafra said.

The volume on the Friday before Christmas, December 23 came very close to December 15, with 2.278 million switched transactions, followed by December 29, the payday before the New Year weekend which posted 2.083 million switched transactions. BancNet said it had over 12 million ATM cardholders and 5,700 ATMs at end-2011, comprising 37.4 percent and 50 percent, respectively, of all cardholders and ATMs in the country.

At P2 each withdrawal multiplied by a modest two withdrawals a month, that could potentially translate to P48 million a month in extra income for the banks. BDO so far has the most generous ceiling for ATM withdrawals for its own depositors, allowing up to P50,000 cash withdrawal a day at a maximum P25,000 for every ATM transaction.

Update:
BDO Unibank Inc. on Monday denied a report that it will start imposing a P2 fee for all cash withdrawals on its ATMs.

BDO clarified that a P2 fee will only be imposed for ATM withdrawals using cash (debit) cards or BDO pre-paid cards, starting September 1. At present, users of BDO's re-loadable Cash Card are not charged for balance inquiry and withdrawals from BDO ATMs.

"The P2 fee will only be effective on withdrawals of clients using cash cards (or BDO prepaid cards), similar to what other industry players are implementing. This is to partially recover our cost on cash handling. BDO account holders are not affected by this development," Jaime Nasol, head of BDO's cash management services, said, in a statement. A cash card is a re-loadable prepaid electronic debit card, such as BDO Cash Card. Other similar cards are BPI Express Cash and Smart's Smart Money.

The Sy-led bank was reacting to a report published on TV5's news website Interaksyon titled "BDO imposes P2 fee for every depositor's ATM withdrawal." The report claimed that starting September 1, BDO depositors will be charged P2 for each time he will withdraw money from BDO ATMs.

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BDO denies P2 fee for all ATM withdrawals (Philippines)

BDO denies P2 fee for all ATM withdrawals (Philippines)

MANILA, Philippines - BDO Unibank Inc. on Monday denied a report that it will start imposing a P2 fee for all cash withdrawals on its ATMs.

Image Credit: BDO Unibank
BDO clarified that a P2 fee will only be imposed for ATM withdrawals using cash (debit) cards or BDO pre-paid cards, starting September 1. At present, users of BDO's re-loadable Cash Card are not charged for balance inquiry and withdrawals from BDO ATMs.

"The P2 fee will only be effective on withdrawals of clients using cash cards (or BDO prepaid cards), similar to what other industry players are implementing. This is to partially recover our cost on cash handling. BDO account holders are not affected by this development," Jaime Nasol, head of BDO's cash management services, said, in a statement.

A cash card is a re-loadable prepaid electronic debit card, such as BDO Cash Card. Other similar cards are BPI Express Cash and Smart's Smart Money.

The Sy-led bank was reacting to a report published on TV5's news website Interaksyon titled "BDO imposes P2 fee for every depositor's ATM withdrawal." The report claimed that starting September 1, BDO depositors will be charged P2 for each time he will withdraw money from BDO ATMs.


source: ABS-CBN News

Francis Magundayao Joins Aryana Cast

Francis Magundayao Joins Aryana Cast

Teen actor Francis Magundayao who shot to fame after portraying the role of young Alfred (Piolo Pascual) in Dahil Sa Pag-ibig opposite Ella Cruz is said to be joining the cast of hit early primetime fantaserye Aryana, where Ella is the lead star.
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Francis was last seen on a Kapamilya drama last March with his very first MMK episode with John Manalo. He also appeared on ASAP last August 12 for Ella Cruz's sweet 16 birthday celebration.
On Monday, Aryana director Erick Salud shared a photo on Instagram showing a new character that will be joining the series. Direk Erick hinted that this new character will be having a pivotal role in our teen mermaid's life.


The guy in the photo is none other than Francis Magundayao, easily identified by that stroke of thick eyelashes. The management might have seen the potential of Francis-Ella (FrancElla) team up that's why they are bringing Francis in.
Francis Magundayao will be a surprise addition in the cast, considering that Ella Cruz has already two leading men, Paul Salas and Dominic Roque. However, his role is not known yet but surely, it will have a connection on Aryana's character.
Are you excited to see Francis Magundayao on Aryana. FrancElla fever will be back with the latest addition of this talented guy in the series. 
Aryana, which is extended until January next year, airs weeknights before TV Patrol.


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Will love bloom for Enchong Dee and Julia Montes in “The Strangers” set? (Philippines)

Will love bloom for Enchong Dee and Julia Montes in “The Strangers” set? (Philippines)

One of the eight official entries in this December’s 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) is The Strangers to be topbilled by Enchong Dee, Julia Montes and Enrique Gil.

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And it’s somehow what’s making Enchong happy at the moment. After The Reunion (which is still currently showing in theaters nationwide), he is not going to miss Julia that much because they will soon start filming the MMFF movie which is produced by Quantum Films.

Enchong has open admiration for Julia and he is vocal that he is willing to wait until the Walang Hanggan actress turns 18 when she can already be courted.

But despite his being vocal about his love for Julia, the two weren’t paired as a love team in The Reunion. Star Cinema instead paired Julia with Enrique, and Enchong with Jessy Mendiola.

Will things be different in The Strangers?

The storyline hasn’t been dropped yet but Enchong recently revealed that the movie will be more action and horror and with a subtle approach to romance. And considering the lineup of lead stars, we’re sensing a love triangle between the three.

Enchong also said that he has been working out in preparation for the movie because he will be showing some skin! It’s something to look forward to for his fans, but then of course we know we can’t really expect him to shed a lot of clothes because of his image.

But the more interesting question is, will love bloom for the two while doing their second movie together? Or more specifically, will Julia give in and disregard her 18-year-old rule? We know a lot of you are wishing Enchong the best of luck because he looks such a good boy who deserves a good love life.

The Strangers, however, will need a lot of promotional strategies because the movie will be facing such big productions (not to mention bigger stars) in the festival this December. To find out the other movies included in the 2012 MMFF.

Meanwhile, Enchong will soon be seen on primetime TV via the upcoming ABS-CBN soap Ina, Kapatid, Anak, where he is teamed up with Maja Salvador.


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Sunday, August 19, 2012

O+ Plus Android Series now available in the Philippines ( Price List and Where to buy)

O+ Plus Android Series now available in the Philippines ( Price List and Where to buy)

According to IamJammed dot com, Eat Bulaga announced the O+ Android series – tablets and phones as part of their 33rd Anniversary giveaway.  The O+ Android series has been available in the Philippines since August 8, 2012.

A list of stores and establishments in Metro Manila and NCR selling the O+ Plus Android Series has been provided by Mattscradle on August 5.

Here’s the list of stores that sell O+ Plus Phones in Metro Manila / NCR via Mattscradle:

Manila
Hello, 5th Ave – Robinsons Ermita
MX Midtown in Ermita
MX San Lazaro Mobilizer – SM San Lazaro, SM Sta. Mesa
MJ’s Appliances

Mandaluyong
Teleponetics – SM Megamall
MX Megamall
MX Pioneer

Las Pinas
GSN Wireless – SM Southmall

Makati
Avant – Greenbelt 4
MX Cash and Carry
Comcentre Shop – Parksquare 1

Muntinlupa
Avant in Alabang Town Center
MX Festival
GSN Wireless – Festival Mall Jr.
MX Muntinlupa

Caloocan
Cellway and Digicom in Victory Mall

Valenzuela
Intogadgets
Mobilizer
Techno Mobile
MX Valenzuela

Taguig – Market Market
Intogadgets
Comcentre Shop

San Juan
Mr Dynamic Telecm – Virramall
Intogadgets – Virramall
Mobilizer – Bridgeway and Bridgeway 2, Greenhills

Rizal
Techno Mobile – Sta. Lucia
Techno Mobile – SM Taytay
Comcentre Shop – Sta. Lucia
MX Sta. Lucia

Quezon City
Citylight, Techno Mobile – SM Fairview
Avant – Trinoma Mall
MX North EDSA
MX Trinoma
MX Cubao
Jr. MX Novaliches
Jr. MX E. Rodriguez
Jr. MX COD Cubao
Jr. MX Anonas

Pasay City
MX SM Mall of Asia
Pasig City
Jr. MX branch in Pasig

Marikina City
MX Marikina
Techno Mobile – SM Marikina
Citylight

Malabon
Techno Mobile Citisquare 1 and 2
Digicom

 The O+ Plus Android Series include Music Phone Models (5.7, 5.3, 2.1, 3.2), O+ Wifi Phones (6.3, 6.8, and 7.2), O+ Android Phones (8.2 and 8.7), and their O+ Pad, which is the most affordable tablet in the market priced at P9,995 for the 9.7 model.   For the complete list of prices, visit Mattscradle.com.

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Bagyong Igme update August 19, 2012

Bagyong Igme update August 19, 2012

In the 2nd latest weather bulletin of PAGASA issued at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, 19 August 2012, Bagyong "IGME" (TEMBIN) has intensified into a tropical storm and remained almost stationary for the past six hours.


At 4:00 pm today, Tropical Storm "IGME" was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 315 km East Southeast of Aparri, Cagayan (17.6°N 124.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move north slowly.
Two areas, Isabela and Cagayan, are now placed in Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds).

The state weather bureau said Tropical Storm Igme is expected to be at 320 km East Southeast of Aparri, Cagayan by Monday afternoon, 400 km East Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan by Tuesday afternoon, and 300 km Northeast of Basco Batanes by Wednesday afternoon.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 - 10 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 400 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.

Tropical Storm "IGME" is expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon that will bring light to moderate rains over rest of Northern Luzon ( particularly Benguet, Baguio, Pangasinan, La Union, IIocos region) Central and Southern Luzon especially the western section, the weather bureau added.

Residents living in Northern Luzon especially in low lying and mountainous areas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Eastern Seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to Tropical Storm "Igme" and the Southwest Monsoon.

 
source: Several News on the Web
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KZ Tandingan sings "In The End" in "The X Factor Philippines" Top 10 performance night

KZ Tandingan sings "In The End" in "The X Factor Philippines" Top 10 performance night

KZ Tandingan sang Linkin Park’s In The End in the Top 10 performance show of The X Factor Philippines. Rock songs was the night’s theme.


KZ, who belongs to the Girls category mentored by Charice, did a slow version of the Linkin Park song and it was well-applauded and was well worth to be the final performance of the night.

She was well-commended by the judges for what she showed. Martin Nievera even said that she was the only one from among the Top 10 who showed them that rock and roll was really an expression from within.


Meanwhile, Pilita Corales was happy with the change in KZ’s look, but Gary, who called KZ’s performance genius, missed her sneakers.

To vote for KZ, text XF KZ and send to 2331 for Globe, TM and Sun Cellular or 231 for Smart and Talk N’ Text subscribers. To vote online, you can use your ABS-CBN vote cards at www.xfactor.abs-cbn.com.

source & image credit: http://theultimatefan.blogspot.com

Zsa Zsa Padilla diagnosed with kidney cancer

Zsa Zsa Padilla diagnosed with kidney cancer

Still grieving over the death of her long-time partner Dolphy, singer and actress Zsa Zsa Padilla has more bad news. As if things couldn't get worse, the 48-year-old Padilla told ABS-CBN News that she has been diagnosed with stage one cancer.

She has a malignant growth the size of a golf ball inside her kidney, her doctor at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California have told her. "The first time I saw Dr. Folkes, he immediately told me it was malignant. So when I heard that word 'malignant,' I said, 'Oh man, I have cancer.’ I went back the next day for blood work and a scan and it showed the same thing -- almost a 3 centimeters growth -- and he advised for it to be taken out," Padilla said.

Last Saturday marked 40 days since Dolpy's death. Friends and family gathered to pray for the well-loved Filipino King of Comedy at St. Patrick's Church in North Hollywood. Unknown to the many guests, the grieving widow, who arrived in Los Angeles last week, remains devastated.

She hasn't spoken much since the death of Dolphy. "Talaga I'm still in denial. Part of me is still in the stage of denial. Then I try to recall everything that has happened – [him] getting sick, being in the hospital, staying in the ICU - everything up to his death. But part of me still feels I'll see him again," she said.

With Dolphy's death and this recent news of her illness, Padilla said she remains steadfast in prayer. She said it has put a lot of things in perspective and she's already made a bucket list.

Despite the circumstances surrounding her, Padilla said she wants people around her to stay positive. "This is the first stage. Once it's remove, I'll be cancer-free. I'm going to take care of myself and eat well," she said.

Padilla will have a surgery on August 27 at Cedars Sinai. If it goes well, she will be out of the hospital in two days and will be back to work in a month. Padilla added that once she becomes a cancer survivor, she hopes to raise awareness.

For most people, having their husband pass away and immediately being diagnosed with cancer would be too overwhelming. Padilla, though, is committed to staying strong. She said she is looking for the challenge and ready to live life day by day.

Source: ABS-CBN News 
Image Credit: Everything in Budget Blog

Saturday, August 18, 2012

DILG sec. Jesse Robredo's plane makes crash landing in Masbate

DILG sec. Jesse Robredo's plane makes crash landing in Masbate

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo’s plane crashed off the coast of Masbate City.

The Cessna-172, which came from Cebu and was bound for Naga, reportedly called for an emergency landing around 5 PM. Before it could reach Masbate airport, however, it crashed at sea just around 150 meters short.

Image Credit: Coolbuster.net
 
Robredo’s bodyguard, Inspector Gil Abrazado, was rescued but sustained fractures. The secretary himself, though, was reportedly unable to get out of the plane.

Rescue and retrieval operations are ongoing but the number of passengers are still undetermined as of this posting.

Meanwhile, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, said the public will be updated about the incident.

source:  Several News on the web (Coolbuster dot net, The Ultimate Fan Blog)

Queneerich Rehman’s gown gets through to the World Fashion Designer Top 10 (Miss World 2012)

Queneerich Rehman’s gown gets through to the World Fashion Designer Top 10 (Miss World 2012)

Miss World 2012 has announced the Top 10 finalists of the World Fashion Designer challenge event, and the red Michael Cinco creation worn by Philippine representative Queneerich Rehman was among them!


The chance to be included in the Top 10 of this event gives Queneerich more chances of being included in the semi-finals of the pageant. The different challenge events of the pageant gives the contestants points that will eventually help them in the contest proper.

Aside from this event, our representative is also among the Top 5 finalists of the Miss Talent challenge. The winner for that will also be announced later in the pageant night that will be broadcast via satellite from Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China by TV5 at 5:30 PM.

The World Fashion Designer Top 10:
  1. Bahamas
  2. Barbados
  3. Bolivia
  4. Hungary
  5. Peru
  6. Philipipnes
  7. Puerto Rico
  8. Spain
  9. Sweden
  10. Ukraine 

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Cebu Yellow Submarine tours start September 2012

Cebu Yellow Submarine tours start September 2012

The opening of Cebu Yellow Submarine Tours starts to voyage  this September 2012. Filipinos all over the world and also tourists out there are very excited for the starting of these type of tours. The Cebu Yellow Submarine was bought from Thailand and arrived at Cebu last July 27, 2012. Here are the submarine specifications:
 
Cebu Yellow Submarine Specs
  •   Manufactured by – Frabico Antwerp, Belgium
  •  Max dive depth – 100 Meters
  •  Capacity – 48 Passengers
  •  Max speed – 7 Knots
  •  Length – 22.2 Meters
  •  Beam – 3.0 Meters
  •  Height – 7.2 Meters
  •  Weight – 99 Tons
  •  Main thruster – 80 W
  •  Sub thruster – 4*10 Kw
  • Battery – 72 Hrs
Imperial Palace Water Park, a resort in Cebu, will offer the Yellow Submarine Tour packages. The company is of the moment finalizing all the documents necessary for the tour to start in September.

If you want to get a glimpse of Cebu Yellow Submarine before the operation starts, you can visit Imperial Palace Water Park at M.L Quezon Highway , Brgy. Maribago Lapu, Cebu City.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Motorist Mauls MMDA Traffic Enforcer (Caught on Video)

Motorist Mauls MMDA Traffic Enforcer (Caught on Video)

TV5 producers chanced upon a motorist - identified as Robert Blair Carabuena, a resourcing supervisor at Philip Morris International - manhandling an on-duty MMDA traffic enforcer. The incident took place at Capitol Hills Drive corner Tandang Sora in Quezon City on Saturday.

In an interview with the traffic enforcer, he said "Nagpa-Go ako dito kanina, sila naman dumiretso, tapos nung sinabihan ko bakit sila dumiretso, sila pa nagalit. Yun na, bumaba na sila, sinapak ako."

In his LinkedIN profile, Carabuena is listed as an alumnus of Ateneo de Manila University and an "experienced recruitment executive." As of posting, Carabuena has refused to talk to TV5 regarding the incident.



TopGear Philippines on its facebook page posted this photo of Robert "Blair" Carabuena, condemning him of what he did to the MMDA traffic enforcer.

TopGear adds: This is Mang Saturnino Fabros, the MMDA traffic enforcer manhandled by Robert "Blair" Carabuena. We don't care how this incident started, nobody has the right to treat another person--especially one who's merely performing a low-paying job just to put food on the table--this way. Some people's SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT is sickening.


The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will file a direct assault case against Robert Blair Carabuena on Wednesday at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court, MMDA Traffic Discipline Office Director Attorney Yves Gonzales said.

Carabuena was caught on video manhandling an on-duty MMDA traffic enforcer at the corner of Capitol Hills Drive and Tandang Sora in Quezon City on Saturday.

In an interview of News5, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said it may now be timely to give MMDA enforcers some weapons like a batuta (bat or paddle) for their defense. As another precaution, the MMDA is planning to transfer Fabros to another area as his current area of assignment is near Carabuena's residence.

This is not the first time that an enforcer has been mauled by a motorist. Last year, MMDA enforcer Larry Fiala was shot and wounded after he reprimanded a motorist because of number coding violation.


source & images credit: Everything in Budget Blogspot



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Robert Blair Carabuena sparks online outrage, deletes profiles

Robert Blair Carabuena sparks online outrage, deletes profiles

According to IamJammed Article, The motorist named Robert Blair Carabuena, who was caught on video assaulting an MMDA enforcer, has became the center of online outrage today. In many social sites and media, the video of Robert mauling the helpless Saturnino Fabros, MMDA enforcer has been shared online.

Moreover, Netizens condemned his actions, including major personalities in showbiz and politicians.

RICO ROBLES ?@ricorobles: They work rain or shine to make sure our traffic situation is somehow bearable,must we abuse them? they are also humans @MMDA

 Ruffy Biazon ?@ruffybiazon: Just saw the video of that guy smacking the MMDA enforcer. Obviously, one who does not respect authority.

 Top Gear Philippines ?@TopGearPh: We condemn the physical bullying that Robert “Blair” Carabuena did on #MMDA traffic enforcer Saturnino Fabros.

 aubrey miles ?@realaubreymiles: “@dennisdko:We condemn d physical bullying dat Robert “Blair” Carabuena did to MMDA traffic enforcer Saturnino Fabros.

        Kat De Castro ?@KatDeCastro: Kapag hinuli ka ng MMDA, iabot mo na yung license mo. Then talk about your violation. Huwag naman yung sisigawan mo o ano. Haaay.


        Daphne Osena Paez ?@DaphneOP: I’m so disgusted. This shouldn’t happen

 bianca gonzalez ?@iamsuperbianca: i’m disgusted.

Doug Kramer ?@DougKramer44: Hope they catch this guy and sentence him to what he deserves.

Ella Fortun ?@ELLAsdc: Just watched that MMDA video and feel so bad. I hope the officer gets the justice he deserves.

        Chynna Ortaleza ?@ChynsOrtaleza: I can’t bring myself to open that MMDA scene! :O baka ma high blood ako.


With the help of Google cache and the power of social media, his profiles have been captured and uploaded online eventhough Carabuena quickly delete the links to his online profiles in Twitter, LinkedIN, and Facebook that were shared.

In addition, his LinkedIN profile says that Carabuena currently works as a Supervisor Resourcing at Philip Morris International. Among his past works were HR Recruiter at West Contact Services, Consultant at ZMG Signium Ward Howell. He is an Ateneo de Manila University where he graduated with a degree in Psychology. An impressive educational background we must say.


Furthermore, Hate pages have now been created to condemn his actions. A Facebook page titled Ipakulong si Robert Blair Carabuena has received over 1,500 likes 1 hour after it was created.




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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Protégé: Reese Tayag rushed to the hospital

Protégé: Reese Tayag rushed to the hospital

Reese Tayag, one of Ricky Davao’s protégés was attacked with asthma and had to be rushed to the hospital.


The other protégés didn’t know what to do, good thing Inside Protege director Albert Langitan was there to decide.

Check out the video below.




source & image credit: The Ultimate Fan

Video: Sen Sotto blames Contraceptives for Son's Death

Video: Sen Sotto blames Contraceptives for Son's Death

For Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto III, the fight against the controversial reproductive health (RH) bill just became personal.

"My wife Helen and I, nawalan po kami ng anak dahil sa contraceptives," Sotto said during his speech in the Senate Monday assailing the RH bill, or Senate Bill No. 2865 also known as An Act Providing for a National Policy on Reproductive Health and Population Development.

Sotto recalled that in 1974 his wife still became pregnant even though she was taking contraceptives. "She gave birth to my real first son whom we named Vincent Paul in March 13, 1975 at the Makati Medical Center," he said.

But the senator said his first-born son was born with a weak heart. He also supposedly needed occasional blood transfusions. "I visited him every day. I went to the nursery every day. But before that I always go to the chapel, pray and pray for him and go visit him... [but] after five months he passed away," he said. Sotto added that Monday was also his son's death anniversary as he died August 13, 1975.

After revealing that his baby was born with a weak heart, Sotto said there was no other explanation for his son's condition other than contraceptives. "Wala sila [mga doktor] makita na dahilan kung bakit nagkaganun yung bata kundi dahil nagcocontraceptives yung asawa ko. Nabuntis pa rin kahit gumagamit ng contraceptives," he said. "That's why kaya binanggit ko kanina Mr. President hindi trabaho ito sa akin, personalan to. Sabi ng Makati Medical Center namatay ang dahilan paggamit ng misis ko ng contraceptives. Even her doctor admits to that fact," he said.

Sotto likened his experience to what happened to Senators Lito Lapid and Pia Cayetano, who have also both lost children. The latter is incidentally one of the sponsors of the RH bill in the Senate. "Nalulungkot po ako marinig sa kanila yun but the truth is parang nainggit pa nga ako, Mr. President, dahil mabuti pa nga sila nahawakan nila. Yung anak ko five months ni hindi ko nahipo, nahawakan ko patay na," he said. At first, he could not understand why his son had to die. But the emergence of the RH bill made it clear to him that opposing the bill would be his life’s mission. After his emotional speech, Sotto decided to continue his "Turno En Contra" on another day.


Cayetano, for her part, said she knows how Sotto feels. "Anyone who lost a child deserves compassion. I approached Sen. Sotto because I know the pain of losing a child, it's nothing that anyone has not experienced can understand," she told reporters after Sotto's speech.

She noted, however, that their experiences were different. She explained that Sotto attributes the illness and eventual death of his son to contraceptives but she lost her child even without that supposed factor. "I got pregnant but my son did have a chromosomal disorder and, maybe similar to his son, he also had a heart problem. In the 70s they did not have the capacity to diagnose it the way they did when my child was born in 2000," she said.

This, she said, is why the country needs to mandate maternal health care. "This is the other side of a story that is true," she said, adding that the negative effects of contraceptives always depend on how they are used.




Sources & Image Credit: ABS-CBN and GMA News and Everything in Budget Blog

Monday, August 13, 2012

Malacanang: August 20, 2012 holiday declared for Eid'l Fitr celebration

Malacanang: August 20, 2012 holiday declared for Eid'l Fitr celebration

Good news for you guys, Eventually, Malacanang Declares August 20 as a Regular Holiday in the Philippines in observance of Eid’l Fitr or Feast/End of Ramadhan, under Proclamation No. 455, s. 2012 signed by His Excellency Noynoy Aquino.

Below is the full text of the declaration:


    MALACAÑAN PALACE
    MANILA

    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

    PROCLAMATION NO. 455

    DECLARING MONDAY, 20 AUGUST 2012, AS A REGULAR HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY IN OBSERVANCE OF EID’L FITR (FEAST OF RAMADHAN)

    WHEREAS, Republic Act No 9177 declared Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan) as a regular holiday throughout the country;

    WHEREAS, Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim World for three (3) days after the end of the month of fasting;

    WHEREAS, to promote cultural understanding and integration, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr; and

    WHEREAS, in order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Monday, 20 August 2012, as a regular holiday throughout the country.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINOIII, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Monday. 20 August 2012, as a regular holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan).

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

    Done in the City of Manila, this 13th day of August, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Twelve.

    (Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

    By the President:
    (Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
    Executive Secretary

source: IamJammed Article

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Winner of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 : Camille Guevarra of Pampanga

Winner of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2012 : Camille Guevarra of Pampanga


Camille Guevarra was crowned Mutya ng Pilipinas on Sunday at the pageant held at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.


Camille (2nd from left) stands 5’7” at 19 years old. She bested contestants from all over the Philippines to earn the right to represent our country at the Miss Intercontinental pageant to be held in Spain this December.


Meanwhile, the Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International crown went to Rizzini Alexis Gomez (2nd from right of the above photo) from Cebu. She will represent the Philippines at the Miss Tourism International beauty pageant to be held in Malaysia also this December.
First runner-up went to Emma Tiglao (leftmost of the above photo) who is from Central Luzon, while second runner-up was Larah Grace Lacap (rightmost). A special title, the Mutya ng Overseas Communities, was given to Maribee Tiburcio.

Other contestants who comprised the Top 10 were Reynalyn Flores Yamanouchi, Jillian Deveza, Diane Joyce Ramirez, Carin Adrianne Ramos, Mutya Johanna Datul and Dale Ivory Lee.

Mutya ng Pilipinas Special Awards winners:
Mutya ng Mags – Dale Ivory Lee
Mutya ng Lito Sy Photography – Kaylee Calaguas
Mutya ng Sheridan – Kaylee Calaguas
Mutya Press Favorite – Mutya Johanna Datul
Mutya Best in Talent – Camille Guevarra
Mutya Best in Swimsuit – Rizzini Alexis Gomez
Model Discovery (Best in Gown) – Camille Guevarra
Mutya ng Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar – Camille Guevarra
Mutya People’s Choice – Jillian Kristin Deveza
Mutya ng Dew Foam – Mutua Johanna Datul
Mutya Smile of the Night – Mutya Johanna Datul
Mutya Ever Bilena – Mutya Johanna Datul
Mutya Informatics – Carin Adrianne Ramos
Mutya ng Midas Hotel – Rizzini Alexis Gomez
Mutya Zoomanity – Emma Tiglao
Miss Segway – Larah Grace Lacap
Mutya Zen Institute – Rizzini Alexis Gomez
Mutya Friendship Award – Donna Marie Libre


Sources & images credit: missosology.info and The Ultimate Fan

JBC shortlist for Chief Justice is out, De Lima is out

JBC shortlist for Chief Justice is out, De Lima is out

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 2) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has chosen eight names for its shortlist of nominees for the position of Chief Justice.

The list includes:
  1. Carpio, Antonio T. – 7 votes
  2. Abad, Roberto A. – 6 votes
  3. Brion, Arturo D. – 6 votes
  4. Jardeleza, Francis H. – 6 votes
  5. Sereno, Maria Lourdes P.A. – 6 votes
  6. Zamora, Ronaldo B. – 6 votes
  7. Leonardo-De Castro, Teresita J. – 5 votes
  8. Villanueva, Cesar L. – 5 votes
Those who did not make it to the shortlist were:
  1. Bautista, Andres D. – 2 votes
  2. Cagampang-De Castro, Soledad M. – 0 vote
  3. De Lima, Leila M. – 0 vote
  4. Diokno, Jose Manuel I. – 2 votes
  5. Herbosa, Teresita J. – 4 votes
  6. Legarda, Maria Carolina T. – 0 vote
  7. Morales, Rafael A. – 0 vote
  8. Pangalangan, Raul C. – 3 votes
  9. Sarmiento, Rene V. – 0 vote
  10. Siayngco, Manuel DJ. – 0 vote
  11. Valdez, Amado D. – 0 vote
  12. Velasco, Presbitero Jr. J. – 3 votes

The JBC also decided not to include Justice Secretary Leila de Lima in the shortlist of nominees for chief justice.

The shorlist will be submitted to President Benigno Aquino III who is expected to name the next Chief Justice not later than August 27.


source: ABS-CBN News
Image Credit: iamjammed dot com

Instagram picture : Angelica Panganiban hints relation with John Lloyd Cruz

Instagram picture : Angelica Panganiban hints relation with John Lloyd Cruz

MANILA, Philippines - For the first time, actress Angelica Panganiban went public in hinting that there is something between her and actor John Lloyd Cruz.

On Sunday, Panganiban posted a photo on her Instagram account showing she spent her day with Cruz.

"Welcome,happiness. Joy,pursued. Welcome everyone. Especially those who are smiling out of warmth," Panganiban said in the photo's caption.

The actress also described the picture as a "perfect Sunday."

Just last week, Cruz refused to comment on the issue linking him to Panganiban.

The actor insisted there is nothing to talk about his love life.

Both stars have been consistent in denying that they have a relationship.

Panganiban recently broke up with actor Derek Ramsay while Cruz just called it quits with actress Shaina Magdayao.


Source: ABS-CBN News
Image Credit:  iamangelicap

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Updated List of flooded roads in Metro Manila - August 2012

Updated List of flooded roads in Metro Manila - August 2012

Below is the list provided by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) of the flooded roads in Metro Manila.

  • EDSA P.Tuazon tunnel, not passable to light vehicles as of 5:20 p.m.
  • UN corner Romualdez St. still passable. UN-Taft passable, as of 3:42pm
  • In front SM Sta.Mesa – not passable to all types of vehicles as of 12:06pm (lagpas tao)
  • McArthur Fatima - above waist not passable to all types of vehicles as of 12:17pm.
  • Gil Fernando to Sumulong – knee-deep, not passable to all types of vehicles as of 12:17pm.
  • Mindanao/North - 1/2 tire deep not passable to all types of vehicles as of 1:14pm.
  • P.Burgos/A.Boni - half tire deep not passable to light vehicles as of 1:35pm.
  • Edsa Muñoz/FEMA - knee deep not passable to all types of vehicles as of 1:41pm.
  • Quirino-Angelinao - 45inches. not passable to light vehicles as of 1:55pm.
  • Reina Reigente/Abad Santos/Recto - tire deep, not passable all types of vehicles, as of 10:30am
  • E.Rod delos santos - (lagpas tao), not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 10:50 a.m
  • Kalentong - waist deep, not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 10:31am
  • Tulyahan McArthur - knee deep, not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 10:36am
  • PIO Valenzuela - not passable to all types of vehicles as of 10:36am
  • E.Muñoz-Pami - waist deep not passable to all types of vehicles as of 11:17am
  • Commonwealth Capitol Zuzuaregi - waist deep not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 9:49 am
  • San Juan/F.Manalo - waist deep not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 9:20 am
  • Liano road Caloocan - chest deep not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 9:42 am.
  • Rizal Ave./R.Papa - 57inches; not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 9:34am.
  • Old Sta.Mesa/V.Mapa intersection - waist deep, not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 9:41a.m.
  • Verm before Caltex - neck deep, not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 9:34 am.
  • Quezon blvd. Carlos Palanca/Mendiola - not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 8:20 am
  • EDSA Taft Metropoint - gutter deep, passable to all types of vehicles,as of 7:41 am
  • Roxas NB infront San Juan de dios - knee deep, not passable to all types of vehicles,as of 8:08 am
  • EDSA Taft Rotonda - gutter deep, as of 10:00 a.m.
  • Roxas NB in front San Juan de Dios - knee deep, as of 8:08 am
  • EDSA Taft Metropoint - gutter deep, as of 7:41 am
  • Quezon Blvd. Carlos Palanca/Mendiola - not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 8:20 am
  • Roxas Blvd. in front US Embassy - gutter deep, as of 8:21 am
  • SB and NB of NLEX Balintawak, 8:00 am, not passable to all types of vehicles
  • Biak na Bato as of 7:50, not passable to light vehicles
  • Q. Ave Sto. Domingo, as of 7:47 am knee deep
  • Mindanao Ave, and North Ave, as of 7:44 am, gutter deep
  • Eagle St. GSIS Village Q.C, as of 6:53 am waist deep
  • EDSA Taft Metropoint, as of 7:41 am gutter deep
  • EDSA Taft Metropoint, as of 7:41 am gutter deep
  • C5 NB Ateneo as of 7:37 am, knee deep
  • E.Rod Waltermart, as of 7:36 am not passable to all types all vehicles. (lagpas tao)
  • Masaya St. Commonwealth Philcoa as of 7:36 am, (lagpas tao)
  • Capitol Balara EB, as of 7:32 am gutter deep
  • Ortigas, POEA SB, as of 7:31 am half gutter
  • C4 Lascano, as of 7:30 am 37 waist deep
  • Victory St. G.Araneta, as of 7:23 am chest deep
  • SM Sucat, Parañaque, as of 7:20 am waist deep
  • Mandaluyong Maysilo, as of 7:18 am knee deep
  • Q.Ave Maria Clara, as of 7:14 am, lagpas tao
  • Teneros Malabon, as of 7:00 am, neck deep
  • EDSA Aurora and P.Tuazon tunnels both direction, as of 6:56 am half tire
  • Quirino Sauyo, as of 7:04 am, not passable to types of vehicles
  • NLEX Balintawak, as of 7:00 am, not passable to all types of vehicles
  • South Super Highway Buendia dela Rosa, as of 7:20 am, Not passable to Light vehicles
  • BBB McArthur, as of 6:17, not passable to all types of vehicles
  • Q.Ave Brgay. Tatalon Kaliraya, as of 6:37 sm not passable to all types of vehicles
  • Q.Ave Delta, as of 6:11 am, not passable to all types of vehicles
  • Q.Ave Araneta, as of 6:11 am not passable to all types of vehicles
  • Q.Ave Scout Schuatoco, as of 6:11 am not passable to all types of vehicles
  • Q.Ave Centris EDSA NB, not passable to all types of vehicles
  • San Marcelino Taft Ayala, Manila, as of 6:37 am not passable to all types of vehicles
  • Burgos Finance, Manila in-front of Manila City Hsll, as of 6:10 am not passable to all types of vehicles
  • Quezon ave Roosevelt - as of 8:04am (lagpas tao)
  • Congressional Road San Mateo Bataan - Not passable to all types of vehicles, as of 7:59am.
    East ave City Hall - knee deep, as of 8:00am.
The MMDA has also suspended the number coding scheme in Metro Manila due to flooding.

In its official Twitter account, the MMDA said: “Number Coding is lifted in WHOLE Metro Manila today including Makati.”


source : ABS-CBN News
image credit: ph.news.yahoo.com

'Marian Tan' Twitter comments vs PH flooding goes viral online

'Marian Tan' Twitter comments vs PH flooding goes viral online

Image credit: 500px dot com
An alleged poser of fashion show model Marian Tan Daang became famous on Twitter due to teasing comments against the flood victims in the Philippines.

In a certain Twitter account (MRNTN), it was posted "Thank God I’m not in the Philippines. Haha. Poor country " and "I pity all those people who are living in the Philippines lol". These two statements became the most hateful remarks againt Manila flooding for the Filipinos.

After the Twitter users knew about her remarks, a poser using Marian Tan as her name immediately became the most popular trending topic in the whole Philippines.

Below is the screenshot of  tweets.
 

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Monday, August 6, 2012

“Protégé” – Andres Vasquez Biography, Profile, Pictures, Fan Pages

“Protégé” – Andres Vasquez Biography, Profile, Pictures, Fan Pages

Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break Top 20 includes Andres Vasquez from Mega Manila.



Andres’ is under the mentorship of Roderick Paulate together with Vien Alen King, Elle Ramirez and Kelly D.

The 21-year-old aspirant likes playing basketball and surfing the internet. He claims that he has the total package because he can act, sing and dance – the talents that he have honed through his experience in theater.

Ogie Alcasid is Andres’ favorite celebrity. And his favorite TV shows? Bubble Gang and Party Pilipinas, both of which have Ogie in the cast. His favorite movie, however, is the classic Titanic. (Hey! Ogie is not in its cast!)

He’s not hard to feed, though, because his favorite food is “anything.”


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Zsa Zsa Padilla battling kidney problems

Zsa Zsa Padilla battling kidney problems

Barely a month after the death of her long-time partner Dolphy, Zsa Zsa Padilla reveals that she is battling health issues of her own.


An abnormal growth was discovered in the singer’s kidneys by her Makati Medical Center doctors. According to reports, the growth was the size of a ping-pong ball.

Zsa Zsa, who has just returned to ASAP 2012 on Sunday, said she will be flying to the United States soon to consult with Dolphy’s nephrologist at the Cedars Sinai Hospital. Her friend, celebrity doctor Vicki Belo, will be going with her. Belo has also offered to pay for the expenses.

The Divine Diva, however, is hoping that she won’t need to go under surgery. And that’s where she’s asking everyone’s prayers for.

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"Protégé" - Japs De Luna Biography, Profile, Pictures, Fan Pages

"Protégé" - Japs De Luna Biography, Profile, Pictures, Fan Pages

GMA-7’s Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break Top 20 includes Japs De Luna from the North and Central Luzon.



He was chosen by mentor Ricky Davao along with Glenn Roy, Reese Tayag and Shelly Hipolito.

20-year-old Japs from Nueva Ecija likes playing the guitar and he’s very well-oriented in current events because he listed only 24 Oras, GMA-7’s flagship news program, as his favorite television show. He goes romantic with his favorite movie, though – 50 First Dates.

His favorite celebrities are Dingdong Dantes and Ogie Alcasid and hopes to be as successful as them with his talents.



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“Protégé” – Zandra Summer Biography, Profile, Pictures, Fan Pages

“Protégé” – Zandra Summer Biography, Profile, Pictures, Fan Pages

Zandra Summer from the Visayas auditions is one of the Top 20 contestants of GMA-7’s Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break.


Zandra was chosen by mentor Jolina Magdangal along with Bryan Benedict, Mikoy Morales and Mitch Capili.

The 18-year-old from Cebu likes cooking, reading books and swimming. She lists Ellen Adarna, Sam Pinto and Elmo Magalona as her favorite celebrities, while her favorite television show is the defunct Broken Vow and her favorite movie is The Notebook.

In her own words: “Quitting is not an option for me. And I will be remembered as someone who always gives her best.”

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“Protégé” – Vien Alen King Biography, Profile, Pictures, Fan Pages

“Protégé” – Vien Alen King Biography, Profile, Pictures, Fan Pages

Vien Alen King from the Mega Manila auditions is one of the Top 20 contestants of GMA-7’s Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break.


Vin Alen was chosen by mentor Roderick Paulate along with Andres Vasquez, Elle Ramirez and Kelly D.

The 19-year-old from Quezon City likes singing and dancing just like what the stars do in his favorite television program Party Pilipinas. He lists Aljur Abrenica, Marian Rivera, Ogie Alcasid and One Direction as his favorite celebs. Meanwhile, his favorite movie is Titanic and his favorite food is spaghetti.

He believes that he should use the talents given to him by God to inspire other people.


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PHOTOS: Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting (7 Killed inc. Shooter)

PHOTOS: Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting (7 Killed inc. Shooter)

A gunman opened fire Sunday morning at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee, killing six people and wounding at least three others, including a police officer, before being shot to death, authorities said. The identity of the shooter was not released and his motive was unknown. "We're treating this as a domestic terrorist-type incident," Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said at a late afternoon press conference. He did not elaborate.

Federal law enforcement officials told NBC News the suspected gunman had no obvious connection to domestic terror or white supremacist groups and apparently was not on any list of suspected terrorists. The suspect was in his early 40s, and while he had an arrest record, it was for minor offenses, one federal official said.

Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt, acting as public information officer at the scene, said the shooting was reported at 10:25 a.m. at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan. The shooting took place shortly before Sunday services were to begin. A police officer responding to multiple 911 calls came upon a gunman outside the temple and was shot multiple times, Wentlandt said.

The gunman shot at another officer, who returned fire, striking and killing the him, Edwards said. The wounded officer was taken to a hospital where he was undergoing surgery and was expected so survive, Edwards said. Wentlandt said four bodies were found inside the temple and three, including the suspected gunman, were outside. He did not identify or describe the victims.

Tactical police officers swept through the temple several times and found no signs of additional suspects despite earlier reports of a possible second gunman. Reports of multiple shooters “were likely reports of the same shooter from different perspectives,” Wentlandt said. A law enforcement official told NBC News the gunman was dressed in tactical gear and armed with a single handgun. His name was not released but police say they have a tentative ID and were preparing to search what they believed to be his home. The location was not disclosed. The temple's president, Satwant Kaleka, was among those shot, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Sukhwindar Nagr, of Racine, said he called his brother-in-law's phone and a priest at the temple answered, The Associated Press reported. Nagr said the priest told him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests. Nagr said the priest also said women and children hid in closets at the temple. A temple committee member, Ven Boba Ri, told the Journal-Sentinel that people inside the temple described the shooter as a white male in his 30s. "We have no idea," he said of the motive. "It's pretty much a hate crime. It's not an insider." Ri told the Journal-Sentinel the gunman walked up to a priest who was standing outside the temple and shot him. Then he went inside and started shooting. People inside the temple used cell phones to call people outside, saying please send help, Ri said.

A man interviewed outside the temple has told local WISN news that the shooting victims may have been members of the temple who came early to help prepare a large community lunch to be held after services. Two children were the first to see the shooter outside the temple and the first to warn temple members what was happening, the witness said. "It was a boy and a girl who were sitting outside. The girl was from the family who was hosting the lunch today. The first shot that the shooter took was just like some firework [the children thought]. "He shot the two people who actually came out of the cab and they were entering the church. These two kids [ran inside and alerted members]."

The witness said he spoke to the children and they described the gunman: "One guy, blue pants, white shirt, white guy, little heavy, who was taking these shots. People who got injured were mostly employees of the church" who'd arrived early to prepare lunch, he said. "There are four sections to the church," the interviewee said. "One for the shoes. One where we worship. One for community lunch where everybody sits and eats food. "There were some families who locked themselves in the bathroom. There were some who locked themselves in the kitchen area."

The man says he does not think the shooting was motivated by hatred of religion: "I don't think this person has anything to do with religion. He just came out and started shooting like all other psychos we have heard about who have done other things in the past."

President Barack Obama was notified of the shooting shortly before 1 p.m. by his Homeland Security adviser, John Brennan. In a statement, he said, "Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded. My Administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family."

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