Aug 31, 2012

BREAKING: Tsunami alert after 7.6 earthquake strikes off Philippines

A tsunami warning has been issued for the Philippines, Indonesia and Palau after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake offshore.

The quake had a depth of 33km (20 miles) and struck at 20:47 local time (12:47 GMT), the US Geological Survey said. It was located off the Philippines island of Samar.

Tsunami Philippines

Unconfirmed reports said it destroyed roads and bridges in the Philippines.

It is not yet known if a tsunami has actually been generated.

Warnings were also initially issued for Taiwan, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and Yap, but were later lifted.

The epicentre of the quake was 146km from the town of Guiuan, on the southern tip of Samar.

"Strong earthquake here in Taft, Eastern Samar! And it lasted very long too," Reuters news agency quoted a local congressman, Ben Evardone, as saying in a text message.

Philippine officials said residents on the eastern coast of the island were being advised to move to higher ground.

The predicted tsunami landfall times appear to have passed without immediate reports of damage, but officials say potential waves could hit later.


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PHOTO: Paulo Avelino Covers COSMOMEN September 2012

Paulo Avelino is in the cover for this year's COSMOMEN September 2012 Issue. 

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Featured on this complement issue is the list of Cosmo 69 Bachelors 2012 (plus the 10 Cosmo Centerfolds 2012).

This year's featured Cosmo Bachelors in the centrefold are:

  1. Paulo Avelino
  2. Mikael Daez
  3. Markki Stroem
  4. John Spainhour
  5. John James Uy
  6. Semerad Twins (Anthony and David Semerad)
  7. Ian Batherson
  8. Alden Richards
  9. JM De Guzman
  10. Joseph Marco
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VIDEO: Cosmo 69 Bachelors & Centerfolds 2012 - What Makes You Beautiful

It's almost September and that only means one thing, Cosmopolitan Magazine are to reveal the hottest list of Bachelors and Centerfolds for 2012.

Here are them covering the song "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction.

Some notable celebrities that made it to the list are Carlo Romero, Ian Batherson, JM De Guzman, Alden Richards, The Semerad Twins: David and Anthony, Robbie Domingo, Arron Villaflor, Marrki Stroem, Baron Geisler, Mikael Daez and September's CosmoMen Cover, Paulo Avelino.

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Aug 29, 2012

The Philippines set to become newest bright spot in Asia

There has been a steady flow of positive economic news for the Philippines recently. On July 4, Standard & Poor's (S&P) raised the country's debt rating to just below investment grade, the highest rating for the country since 2003 and equivalent to that of Indonesia.

Philippines EDSA Skyline Business City Manila

It is the 44th-largest economy in the world today, according to HSBC estimates. But if current trends hold, the Philippines can leap to the No 16 spot by 2050.

The Philippine stock market, meanwhile, one of the best performers in the region, closed at a record high after the recent S&P rating upgrade, and the country's currency, the peso, reached a four-year high against the dollar at about the same time. Also the country's gross domestic product grew 6.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2012, according to the country's central bank, outperforming all other growth rates in the region except China's.

Economists expect similarly strong growth in the second quarter. "We have made a very bold forecast for the Philippines, but I think justifiably so," said Frederic Neumann, a senior economist at HSBC in Hong Kong.

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PHOTO: Enrique Gil Shows Off Muscular Built for Gold's Gym

20-year old Kapamilya hearth-throb, Enrique Gil shoots for Gold's Gym showing off his muscular and well-sculpted arms and shoulders in a black tank top. Enrique was voted as one of the country's hottest bachelor on last year's Cosmo Bachelor Bash where he surprised all the screaming fans with his body and him showing his underwear in front of the crowd.

Enrique for Golds Gym

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Angel Locsin is Darna in ‘Darna The Movie’

The highly-coveted role for Star Cinema’s film adaptation of Mars Ravelo’s most-loved graphic novel, Darna, goes to none other than…Angel Locsin!

Angel Locsin Darna The Movie

In the last couple of days, speculations about who will star on Star Cinema’s movie version of Mars Ravelo‘s most popular creation–Darna–became a hot topic on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Since ABS-CBN acquired the exclusive rights to make a TV and movie adaptation of 13 Mars Ravelo titles including the most-loved heroine, fans have started campaigning for their idols for the coveted role. Names like Maja Salvador, Sarah Geronimo, KC Concepcion, Bea Alonzo, Shaina Magdayao, Kim Chiu surmised.

In the end, the role goes to Angel Locsin!

This was confirmed today by an insider from Star Cinema.

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Aug 28, 2012

KC Concepcion and Rumored Boyfriend Pierre-Emmanuel Plassart Spotted Hanging Out in Boracay


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Has KC Concepcion finally found the right guy who can perfectly replace her ex-flame Piolo Pascual in her "totally" healed heart?

According to a report by Nitz Miralles in Pilipino Star Ngayon, known international (particularly in the US and Europe) writer, director and photographer Pierre-Emmanuel Plassart is here now in the country and currently enjoying his stay in Boracay with his "special friend" KC Concepcion.

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Pierre was also seen in the audience of X Factor Philippines seated behind KC's grandmother.

It's nice to see her be in love again. She deserves it.

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Rihanna Sends Flirty Text Messages To Rob Pattinson To Cheer Him Up

Just after revealing she is still in love with ex, Chris Brown, Rihanna is causing quite a stir in the celebrity world with her wild self. She was recently seen partying hard with Rob Kardashian and new information just in says the ‘Where Have You Been’ singer has been sending flirtatious messages to Robert Pattinson after his public split from Kristen Stewart.

It is believed that Rihanna started texting Pattinson soon after it was announced that he was being cheated on by girlfriend, Stewart with her director, Rupert Sanders according to Hollywood Life.

A close friend of Rihanna said the two had met over the years but nothing was serious. “They’ve met several times at award bashes over the years. RiRi thinks he’s very cute, but nothing ever came of it because he was attached to Kristen — and it’s not her style to steal someone else’s man.”

“She got Rob’s phone number from a mutual friend and has been sending him sexy, funny texts to cheer him up,” the source continued to OK! Magazine. “At first, Rob thought someone Punk’d him. Eventually Rihanna convinced him she was for real, but Rob has been resisting her.”

Rihanna revealed her love for Chris Brown during an interview with Oprah in which she said, “We’ve been working on our friendship again,” a tearful Rihanna explained to Winfrey. “We’ve built a trust again. We love each other and we probably always will and that’s not anything that we’re gonna try to change. That’s not something you can shut off if you’ve ever been in love. We’ve worked on it little by little. It’s not easy. The main thing for me is that he’s at peace.”

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VIDEO: Chris Cayzer Auditions For X Factor Australia

Former Kapamilya singer and actor Chris Cayzer wowed the live audience on "The X Factor Australia" on Monday night, with one judge even giving him a standing ovation.

Cayzer, who returned to Australia one-and-a-half years ago, gave an edgier feel to Vanessa Carlton's "A Thousand Miles" during Monday's audition show, with some members of the audience giving him a standing ovation.

"There's something extra special with you that I haven't seen in a long time. If you're serious about this, you could win this," said former Spice Girl Mel B, one of judges of the show, who stood up after his performance.

Another judge, Boyzone's Ronan Keating, said Cayzer "could do really well" in the competition, while judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte said she is happy the 25-year-old Filipino-Australian decided to return to Australia.

But judge Guy Sebastian, a past winner of "Australian Idol," said he wasn't "blown away" by Cayzer's performance and said no. "I like you but if you want to be a superstar, you would have to grow a lot," Sebastian said.

Still, the three other judges all said yes and Cayzer is on to the next round.

In a video package before his performance, Cayzer said he returned to Australia after nearly six years in the Philippines to be close to his family.

"My sister just got married and she's going to have a baby. I want to be an uncle," he said.

He also said he considers the Philippines his "training ground."

During his stay in the Philippines, Cayzer released two albums -- his self-titled debut for Nugen Music, a sub-label of Star Records; and "You're the Only Thing" for Warner Music Philippines.

Cayzer also appeared in "ASAP" and had a role in the Star Cinema movie "Close to You." He also appeared in P.O.5., TV 5's defunt Sunday noontime musical variety show as host, before he left for Australia.

"It's great that people are buying your albums but I really wanted to come back and succeed in Australia," Cayzer said in his video package.

He said he has been doing gigs in Brisbane but misses performing for large audiences.

"It just feels good to be playing to that many people again," he said after his well-applauded audition.

"It (singing) is the only thing I know what to do. That's why I'm here."

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Aug 24, 2012

Zac Efron Live in Manila For Penshoppe Venue and Schedule

Zac Efron Penshoppe Philippines

Penshoppe has officially announced that hollywood heartthrob and new Penshoppe endorser Zac Efron is coming to Manila this September. He will arrive just in time for Penshoppe’s annual Fan Conference.

ZAC EFRON LIVE IN MANILA

Venue: SM Mall Of Asia Arena

Date: September 29, 2012 

Fans can get a chance to catch a glimpse of the star with a single-receipt purchase at participating Penshoppe stores nationwide starting September 1. Participating stores are the following: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa (Main and Annex), SM Fairview, SM Pampanga, SM Baguio, SM Naga, SM Cebu, SM Iloilo, SM Bacolod and SM Davao.

It must be a single-purchase receipt. A single-purchase receipt of P800 is equivalent to a general admissions ticket. A P1,200 receipt, to an upper box ticket; P2500 is lower box; P3500 is patron; and P5,000 VIP. Customers must request for a temporary FanCon pass to be signed by the store manager before they can get their free FanCon ticket from any SM Ticket branch nationwide.

Again, promo period starts September 1. Ticket redemption period is from September 1 to September 23, 2012. For VIP tickets, the customer will have to make seat reservations with the SM ticketing branch. The seat reservation for the FanCon is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For more info, follow Penshoppe on Twitter and on Facebook.

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Microsoft Unveils A New Company Logo

Microsoft has just unveiled a new minimalistic company logo after 25 years of sticking with the old one.

New Microsoft Logo 2012

Microsoft took to its official blog this morning to explain the different aspects of the new logo:


The logo has two components: the logotype and the symbol. For the logotype, we are using the Segoe font which is the same font we use in our products as well as our marketing communications. The symbol is important in a world of digital motion. The symbol’s squares of color are intended to express the company’s diverse portfolio of products.

 



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Aug 22, 2012

PHOTOS: Prince Harry Nude in Las Vegas! (NSFW)

Prince Harry bares his Royal Jewels in a game of strip billiards in Las Vegas over the weekend.

The prince hit up several exclusive pool parties over the weekend (with Ryan Lochte, no less) and was seen chatting with plenty of bikini-clad fans. But the party moved inside on Friday night, TMZ reports exclusively, where Prince Harry brought a large group back to his VIP suite for a game of strip billiards -- and got totally naked.

Once in the room, things got wild with the group playing a game of strip pool that quickly escalated into full-on royal nudity. Some of the partiers snapped photos of the madness.

In one photo, a fully nude Harry cups his genitals while a seemingly topless woman stands behind him.

In another photo, a naked Harry is bear-hugging a woman who appears to be completely naked as well.

“We have no comment to make on the photos at this time,” a representative for the Royal Family said.

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Aug 18, 2012

Miss China Crowned Miss World 2012, Miss PH in Top 15

China's Wen Xia Yu was crowned Miss World 2012 on Saturday, August 18, besting 115 other contestants from around the world.

Miss World China 2012

The 23-year-old Yu is a music student who says she wants to become a music teacher.

Sophie Moulds (Miss Wales) and Jessica Kahawaty (Miss Australia) are 1st and 2nd runner-up, respectively.

Queenierich Rehman, the Philippines' representative to the pageant, made it to the top 15 but failed to land a spot in the Top 7.

Rehman became one of the popular bets in the pageant after she performed a beatbox number during the pageant's talent night.

The coronation night was held at the Dongsheng Fitness Center Stadium in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia region.

This is the first time for the Inner Mongolian city of Ordos to host the international beauty pageant.

The city is one of the richest regions in China thanks to its abundant natural resources. It hopes the world event will raise its profile for economic development and tourism.

Sanya, another Chinese city, has hosted the contest several times.

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PHOTOS: Elmo Magalona Shirtless in “Just One Summer”

Elmo Magalona, son of the Master Rapper, has been working out and preparing for a shirtless scene in his movie Just One Summer with onscreen love team Julie Anne San Jose. Below are photos of Elmo showing off his body and getting shirtless for Just One Summer.

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VIDEO: Miss Philippines World 2012 Shows Off Her Beatboxing Skills, Goes Viral

The Philippines' Miss World 2012 contestant Quenerich Rehman amazes the audience with an unusual beauty pageant performance. 

Queenrich Rehman beatbox missworld

The video uploaded on YouTube has now garnered almost 500,000 hits after 5 days of being uploaded. 

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Aug 17, 2012

Beach-inspired PH Exhibit Wins Big In Global Expo

Philippine beaches have again made waves in the global tourism scene as the country's pavilion bagged two gold medals in a recent international expo.

Philippine Pavilion Korea

The Philippines won the top awards for creative display and theme development in the small pavilion category (category C) of Expo 2012 which ended this week in Yeosu, South Korea, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said in a statement.

Featured in the Philippine pavilion were corals and sand sourced from the country's beaches, including the white sand of Boracay, pink sand of Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga, brown sand of San Lorenzo in Guimaras, and black sand of Sto. Domingo in Albay.

Recycled materials were also used for the pavilion to "show the connection between and among the seas and the coastal communities," the DOT noted.

It added that the exhibit's concept "Island of Diversity–Seas of Connectivity" was developed by University of the Philippines marine biologist Edgardo Gomez, following the Expo 2012 theme "The Living Ocean and Coast."

"The idea was to portray the Philippines as a destination where fun and sustainable tourism coexist and form part of the indivisible whole," the DOT said.

The Philippines bested 11 countries in the small pavilion category. In the creative display criteria, it was followed by Lithuania (silver) and Mexico (bronze). Tunisia and Vietnam, meanwhile, won the silver and gold medals for theme development, respectively.

"This marks the first time that the Philippines won the gold award in an international expo, and also the first time in the entire history of the international expo that a country has won two gold awards," the DOT added.

The panel of judges, composed of architecture and design, scored the pavilions based on design, messages conveyed, environmental solutions presented and educational value.

"This expo was my very first assignment from President Benigno Simeon Aquino III when I started as Tourism Secretary in 2011... This is a victory not only for the country’s tourism industry, but also for the Filipino people..." Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. said.

The three-month exposition that started last May 12, attracted over eight million globally, the International Media Center of the Expo 2012 organizers said.

 

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VIDEO: Bench Universe: The 2012 Denim & Underwear Show

25 Years In The Making: Bench Universe - The 2012 Denim & Underwear Show.

Bench Universe 2012 Denim Underwear show
Celebrating the brand's 25 years on the top: The 2012 Denim & Underwear show will now run for 2 nights! Featuring your favorite Benchsetters. Happening on September 13 & 14, 2012 at the Mall Of Asia Arena.

Featuring Lucy Torres-Gomez, Georgina Wilson, Borgy Manotoc, Isabelle Daza, Pancho Magno, John Spainhour, Carla Abellana, Jake Cuenca, Rocco Nacino, Kathryn Bernardo, Lovi Poe, Steven Silva, Sam Concepcion, Shaina Magdayao, Jessy Mendiola, Bela Padilla, Enzo Pineda, Benjamin Alves, Dingdong Dantes, Joseph Marco, Enchong Dee, Julia Montes, Kim Chiu, Melai Cantiveros, Paulo Avelino, Sarah Lahbati, Aljur Abrenica, Karylle, Diether Ocampo and Richard Gomez.

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Aug 14, 2012

VIDEO: Motorist "Robert Blair Carabuena" mauls MMDA enforcer!

Robert Blair Carabuena is the name of this guy in purple polo shirt who had gone ballistic over his issue, possibly a traffic-related one, with MMDA enforcer Saturnino Fabros.

Robert Blair Carabuena vs MMDA enforcer scandal

In the video, Carabuena can be seen shouting, cussing, and hitting the poor MMDA enforcer who was just doing his job. Carabuena was with his bodyguard. The MMDA enforcer just stood there and was trying to talk but Carabuena will just shout at him and hit him.

The video has been going viral over Facebook and YouTube throughout today.

Watch the raw video below.

Dude, NO ONE is ABOVE THE LAW! I hope you get what you deserve.

 

UPDATE: Here is a feature from TV5's T3 withan interview from MMDA Traffic Enforcer and victim, Saturnino Fabros.

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PH is now Asia's strongest-performing economy

Amid a disaster, here comes some good news.

This, as an expert claims Philippines is now the strongest-performing economy in Asia, thanks to improved exports even in a weak global environment.

"The strongest-performing economy in the Asia today is the Philippines," Michael Spencer, chief economist for Asia at Deutsche Bank AG, said in an interview with Bloomberg on Thursday.

Spencer notes the country has historically been identified as dependent on the economies of the United States and Europe, which both continue to face uncertainties.

The Philippine economy grew by 6.4 percent in the first quarter, with economists noting that this signaled a recovery from the sluggish 3.7 percent growth in 2011.

This made the Philippines the second fastest-growing Asian economy, topped only by China at 8.1 percent.

"what's driving growth [in the Philippines] today is exports, surprisingly enough for them," Spencer said.

National Statistics Office (NSO) data show that total exports reach $26.8 million in the first half, up 7.68 percent from $24.8 million in the same period in 2011.

The country's export performance has been insulated from weak external demand, particularly from US and Europe, by increasing outbound shipments to Japan, Spencer said.

"I suspect that this has something to do with Japan outsourcing to the Philippines after the earthquake," he added.

Outbound shipments to Japan also grew by 11 percent to $4.77 billion in the first half from $4.29 billion a year ago.

Japan thus remained the Philippines' top market during the period, accounting for 17.8 percent of total exports.

Last year, Japan was also the Philippines' top product destination with $8.86 billion worth of exports or 18.5 percent of total exports.

It was followed by the US, with a 14.8 percent share; China, 12.7 percent; Hong Kong, 7.71 percent; and Singapore, 8.92 percent.

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Aug 13, 2012

REPLAY: London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony (FULL VIDEO DOWNLOAD)

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The 2012 Olympic Games came to a tumultuous conclusion last night in a vibrant closing ceremony that would have blown the roof off the Olympic stadium, if it had one, and which could surely be heard to the furthest reaches of East London, writes The Telegraph.

There was another sellout crowd at the 80,000-capacity athletics stadium in east London late on Sunday for the final act of the tournament, and 300 million people were expected to tune in on televisions around the world.

“I am so excited,” 17-year-old U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin said before the closing ceremony. “I think it is the perfect way to end the entire journey.”

Many people will remember London 2012 Olympic Games for the record-breaking exploits of American swimmer Michael Phelps, who took his life-time medal haul to 22 including 18 golds, making him the most decorated Olympian in history.

Thanks to Michael Phelps and 45 other triumphant team or individual performances, the United States had regained the top spot in both the gold-medal and overall tallies before Posh and the rest of the Spice Girls reunited to perform at Olympic Stadium during Sunday’s closing ceremony.

The Spice Girls, Take That and George Michael were among the acts taking part in an exuberant finale that sought to sum up Britain’s enthusiasm for the Games despite reservations about the 9 billion pound ($14 billion) cost, according to Reuters.

The ceremony had something for everyone, from tween girls to 1960s hippies. The face of John Lennon appeared on the stadium floor, assembled by 101 fragments of sculpture, and just as quickly gave way to George Michael, Fatboy Slim and Annie Lennox, reports Yahoo.

Ray Davies of The Kinks sang “Waterloo Sunset” early on, and The Who performed “My Generation” in the final minutes.

The centre of the Olympic stadium had been turned into a huge Union Jack, on which stood miniature (but not that miniature versions) of the capital’s most familiar landmarks – Battersea Power Station, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Gherkin, and Tower Bridge, all wrapped in newsprint proclaiming Britain’s literary heritage, from Milton and Shakespeare, through Tolkien to the poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

During the ceremony The Olympic flag was handed to Eduardo Paes, Rio de Janeiro’s mayor, before International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge described the London Games as “happy and glorious” and declared them closed – the words taken from Britain’s national anthem to the queen.

With the formalities of the the arrival of Prince Harry, representing the Queen, and the president of the International Committee, Jaques Rogge, dispensed with, the party got back into its swing.

To the sound of Bowie’s fashion, the stadium turned into a huge catwalk, as a phalanx of supermodels including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Stella Tennant paraded in outfits by the cream of British designers.

U.S. President Barack Obama called British Prime Minister David Cameron to congratulate the country on what he called “an extremely successful Olympic games, which speaks to the character and spirit of our close ally.”

The 2012 Olympic Flame was extinguished, fireworks filled the sky, the athletes walked off and the Great Britain prepared to return to the reality of an economic recession temporarily buried in the inside pages of the Monday’s newspapers.

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LIVE STREAM: London 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies

We will be live streaming the London 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies

 London 2012 Olympics

Schedule:

New York (EDT) - Aug 12, 4:00 PM

Manila - Aug 13, 4:00 AM

The official closing ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 12 and will be hosted by Bob Costas, Al Michaels and Ryan Seacrest. TV viewers are most excited about the “Symphony of British Music” segment. A Spice Girls reunion is a main focus, but other rumored performers include Paul McCartney, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Muse, One Direction, Adele, The Who, Queen, and Pet Shop Boys. A total of 4100 performers will be featured, including 3500 adult volunteers and 380 children.

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Jessica Sanchez is Bench's Newest Endorser

Jessica Sanchez will be coming to Manila in September. And yes, she officially signed as the newest Bench model/endorser as revealed by famous clothing brand's main man Ben Chan.

Jessica Sanchez Bench

The contract, according to Chan, was recently signed when he met with the American Idol runner-up in the US.

The Jessica Bench billboards will be installed around the metropolis either late this month and early next month in time for Jessica’s visit to the Philippines after her amazing finish in the recent American Idol competition won by Phillip Phillips. Jessica and company will be performing at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in a concert produced by Renen de Guia’s Ovation Productions.

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Rafael Rosell Transfers to GMA7

Sexy actor and former Star Magic talent Rafael Rosell leaves ABS-CBN to become Marian Rivera's next leading man in GMA-7's Pinoy adaptation of popular Koreanovela 'Temptation of Wife.

Rafael Rosell

Rafael was last seen as Denise Laurel love interest in the Kapamilya primetime series 'Dahil sa Pag-ibig' which was topbilled by Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales, Maricar Reyes and Cristine Reyes.

He is now being managed by Popoy Caritativo, the same person responsible for the huge success of Marian in showbiz.

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Claudinne Barretto is now a Kapatid

Controversial actress Claudine Barretto is reportedly planning a major TV comeback soon.

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After her contract with GMA-7 expires, nothing was heard much about Claudine except, of course, the NAIA controversy that proved how good actress she is with all the crying and "look, I am so much in pain that I can't walk without a cane 'coz my foot hurts" drama while granting TV interviews. And now, Claudine, according to TV5 insider, already finished taping for one episode of the station's weekly drama anthology "Untold Stories" opposite Jay Manalo.

Aside from the said show, Claudine's manager Vic del Rosario is reportedly in talks with TV5 executives for hers possible transfer to the Kapatid station.

If that will happen, Claudine might have the chance to have a closer encounter with the Tulfo Brothers, who are also a TV5 talents.

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Aug 11, 2012

VIDEO: Funny ‘Call Me Maybe’ (Chatroulette Version) Goes Viral!

I know I know, another Call Me Maybe cover. But this maybe the funniest and the best one yet!

Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen (Chatroulette Version)

YouTube comedian Steve Kardynal brought his comedic antics on Chatroulette to do a complete cover of the hit song Call Me Maybe. Chatroulette is an online video service where you can chat one on one with a stranger located anywhere in the world.

Steve was only wearing a wig and all sorts of bikini surprising everyone he would be connected to on the said site. The faces on the chatters were priceless! Some even joined in the fun and sang the song with Steve.

The video has only been up for a day and it already had almost 2 million views!

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Aug 10, 2012

VIDEO: Random Pinay Girl at Mall Sings "And I Am Telling You" Flawlessly! - AMAZING

A video uploaded on YouTube has been spreading like wildfire just recently through Facebook and Twitter of an ordinary girl who just decided to sing on a Karaoke (MagicSing) booth in front of a liquor store in SM Megamall.

The girl, whose identity remains a mystery, was just wearing shorts and pink a backpack while she belted out "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" by Jennifer Hoiday.

Random Girl sings And Im Telling You SM Megamall

The video has been uploaded on July 28, 2012 and has garnered almost 10,000 views at the time of this writing.

Watch and be amazed.

UPDATE: The random girl is Zendee Rose Japitana Tenerefe. She has a YouTube channel you can check out.

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VIDEO: Australian Tourists Swim with Kids in Flooded Lagusnilad Underpass

It's more fun in the Philippines!

Australian tourists swim in Manila Floodwaters

A video from PhilStar's Youtube account has been going viral wherein it shows several Australian tourists going in for a swim at the Lagusnilad floodwaters. Lagusnilad is actually an underpass which turned virtually into a swimming pool with the heavy rains brought about by the monsoon this past few days.  It is located just in front of the Manila City Hall.

Lagusnilad Flooded

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PNoy's chopper forced to make 'emergency landing' at SCTEX

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino is safe, after an "unscheduled stop" in a lane in SCTEX early Friday.

All five choppers, including the one carrying Aquino, had to stop due to "reduced pilot visibility," a Palace official said. 
 
"En route to Paniqui, Tarlac, shortly before 9 a.m., the President's aerial convoy encountered heavy rains, forcing the chopper to land at the end of SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway)," Sec. Ramon "Ricky" Carandang of the Presidential Communication Development and Strategic Planning Office said.

The Presidential party is set to visit areas in Tarlac affected by floods brought by the southwest monsoon. The weather bureau via its Twitter account reported "light to moderate rains" over Tarlac and nearby areas.
 
The chopper landed on an area in the thoroughfare in San Miguel, Tarlac, not Bulacan as earlier reported by the PCDSPO.

Carandang claimed the lane "is not occupied by much traffic."
 
"[T]here was no traffic disruption. No one was injured," Carandang said, adding that Aquino was with his close-in security at the time of the "unscheduled stop."
 
"The convoy, after a slight delay, proceeded by land as scheduled to the areas to be visited by the President," he added.

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Financial Times ranks Clark 3rd best airport zone in the world

Clark International Airport in Pampanga was ranked third best airport zone in the world according to a survey conducted by a magazine published by the the Financial Times Business Group of London.

Clark International Airport

A Palace official welcomed the report, saying the government is working to improve the airport’s facilities.

“We welcome the assessment made by the London Financial Times Group. Certainly, we are in the process of improving our airport facilities… That has been the commitment made by Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas to the President and, therefore, the said agency will exert all its best efforts to improve the facilities of not only Clark but also the other airports,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

FDi Magazine, an bi-monthly news and foreign direct investment publication, recently published the “Global Free Zones of the Future 2012/13″. In its survey, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) was named the third best airport zone in the world after the Dubai Airport Free Zone and Morocco’s Tanger Free Zone.

The same magazine ranked Clark Freeport Zone as the 8th best freeport zone in the world. In 2010, Clark Freeport Zone was ranked 7th.

Earlier, the Department of Transportation and Communication said it is financing a P100-million study on the feasibility of turning Clark International Airport into the main international airport of the country.

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Filipino dance group wins in World Hip Hop Title in Las Vegas

A Philippine dance team has brought pride once again to the country by capturing first place in the World Hip Hop Dance Championship Adult Division held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Crew wins World Hip-Hop Championship

“The Crew” of the University of the Philippines’ Street Dance Club bested dance teams from 43 countries after getting a score of 7.39 in the adult division finals.

Mexico placed second, while the United States landed in third place.

“[It’s] a miracle. We didn’t really expect it,” one of the members of The Crew said.

“Mahal namin ‘yung ginagawa namin. Even if wala talagang sumusuporta sa amin, gagawa kami ng paraan to be here, para lumipad to represent our country and para talaga gawin ‘to. Mahal namin ‘yung sayaw, mahal namin si God,” another said.

Chet Buchanan, host of the World Hip Hop Championship, meanwhile said: “[The Philippines] It’s such a proud nation and they take hip hop seriously.”

The Philippine Allstars, who won the 2008 World Hip Hop Championship, also extended their congratulations to The Crew.

“2012 World Hip Hop Dance Champions… From the Philippines, The Crew! Congratulations! Woooooooh! Pinas Pataas!” the group said.

The dance group Jabbawockeez, which mostly consists of Filipino-Americans, received the World Hip Hop Living Legend Award in this year’s competition.

In an earlier competition, the UP StreetDance Club won the bronze medal in the MegaCrew category of the World Hip Hop Dance Championship.

Watch their winning dance performance below.

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GUIDE: How To Earn Money Online By Doing Nothing with ProfitClicking

Want to earn money by doing nothing? Are you not earning enough from your current job? Watch your money grow just by signing up.

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This is a legitimate money making program which I, owner of PinoyPundit, can attest to.

So how Does ProfitClicking Work?

1. Sign up and be a member.

ProfitClicking (Formerly JustBeenPaid/JBP)

Have your account verified (via email) to complete the registration. NOTE: Check your SPAM MAILS just in case the email isn't appearing in your Inbox.

2. Set up an account with AlertPay (take the Personal Pro and have your credit/debit card linked on your account), Solid Trust Pay or Liberty Reserve. You can manage your payment processors by clicking the "Profile tab" in ProfitClicking back office. These services will let you receive your earnings or even buy more "triplers / positions" to increase more of your earnings. (We'll explain more about triplets / positions later on.)

a. ALERT PAY

b. LIBERTY RESERVE

c. SOLID TRUST PAY - (This was my personal choice since it was easier to fund it through my credit card) 

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3. Buy at least 1 Tripler position to start earning 2% during weekdays and 1.5% during weekend for 80 days.

(This is the perfect time for new members to take advantage of the $10 loan. This would be helpful to those who want to try the program out without having to shed a single cent. Be informed though that the same amount will be debited after 45 days. The Pay-It-Forward feature was used as a marketing tool to have the site introduced to all)

4. Once your JBP account gets verified, log back in and click "JSS Tripler" which can be found in the blue box. Enter the member area and take advantage of the $10 loan.

* The more positions you purchase, the more daily earnings you get. Please see the examples below:

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JBP Basics: Each tripler/position costs $10, which will give you $15 after 80 days as each position matures at 150%. JSS tripler/position pays 2% during weekdays and 1.5% during the weekend. Get a free JSS Synergy Surf Matrix spot (that gives you $60 rebate when it cycles) for every 4 matured/expired triplers.

Sign up now and get paid forever! 

You can view a step-by-step video here after signing up for free to ProfitClicking!

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UPDATE: JustBeenPaid has been acquired by ProfitClicking. The same scheme of earning is similar and you can migrate your accounts for free for those who signed up before the acquisition.

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Aug 9, 2012

Aryana is Extended Until January 2013!

ABS-CBN's early primetime fantaserye Aryana starring Ella Cruz is extended until January 2013, the lead star confirmed on The Buzz.

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Due to insistent public demand and the support that the show is getting, the management has decided to extend the said series which continue to soar high in TV ratings.

Ella Cruz is very happy that Aryana is constantly receiving positive responses from the viewers since it premiered last May. The addition of new characters such as that of Hubert Francisco (played by Dom Roque) even make televiewers glued to their seats weeknights.

Aside from Ella Cruz and Dom Roque, Aryana also stars Paul Salas, Pokwang, Desiree del Valle, G Toengi, Tonton Guttierrez, Tetchie Agbayani, Neil Coleta, David Chua, Bianca Manalo, Michelle Vito, Lotlot de Leon, Chokoleit, Boom Labrusca, Marvin Yap, Rustica Carpio and Laurice Guillen.

Don't miss Aryana weeknights before TV Patrol on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

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Aug 8, 2012

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Accepting In-Kind and Cash Donations for Flood Victims

ABS-CBN Foundation, through its disaster emergency and rehabilitation arm ‘Sagip Kapamilya, is now accepting in-kind and cash donations for the flood victims in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Sagip Kapamilya

In-kind donations like rice, canned goods, noodles, biscuits, coffee, sugar, water, clothes, blankets, mats, and medicinescan be brought to ABS-CBN Foundation-Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse at #137 Mother Ignacia Ave. corner Eugenio Lopez Drive, Diliman, Quezon City.

For cash donations, interested parties may deposit it to ABS-CBN Foundation bank accounts.


BDO Account

  • Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya 
  • Account number: 393-011-4199
  • Dollar account number:  393-008-1622 (swift code BNORPHMM)

PNB Account

  • Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya 
  • Account number:  419-539-5000-13
  • Dollar account number:  419-539-5000-21 (swift code PNBMPHMM)

BPI Account (West Triangle, Quezon City Branch)

  • Account name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.-Sagip Kapamilya 
  • Account number:   3051-1127-75
  • Dollar account number:  3054-0270-35

For more updates about ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya’s latest relief operations, tune in to ANC (SkyCable ch 27); DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable ch 26); DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 on AM radio; and www.abs-cbnNEWS.com.

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Meet the Artista Academy Top 16 Scholars

Artista Academy has revealed the list of the Top 16 scholars who will undergo a rigorous training at the Asian Academy of Television Arts (AATA) to be the country's biggest stars.

Artista Academy Top 16

The Top 16 scholars, consisting of eight male and eight female aspirants between the ages of 16 and 21 get a full scholarship at the said academy of television arts and will train under the industry's highly-regarded professionals in their respective fields including multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan, music master Louie Ocampo and dance guru Georcelle Dapat-Sy of G Force.

Artista Academy, dubbed as the country’s biggest and most inventive talent search will give away a P20 million worth of total prizes, the biggest amount ever given by any talent search. Two winners will walk away with the coveted Best Actor and Best Actress awards and the promise of fame, fortune and stardom.

Here are the Top 16 scholars of TV-5's Artista Academy:

  1. Akihiro Blanco (Pasig)
  2. Alberto Bruno (Marikina)
  3. Benjo Leoncio (Cebu)
  4. Brent Manzano (Quezon City)
  5. Chris Leonardo (Laguna)
  6. Jon Orlando (Quezon City)
  7. Vin Abrenica (Pampanga)
  8. Mark Neumann (Quezon City)
  9. Chanel Morales (Bacolod)
  10. Julia Quisumbing (Makati)
  11. Malak So Shdifat (Manila)
  12. Marvelous Alejo (Valenzuela)
  13. Nicole Estrada (Pasig)
  14. Shaira Mae (Las Piñas City)
  15. Sophie Albert (Mandaluyong)
  16. Stephanie Rowe (Pampanga)

Artista Academy employs Cesar Montano and Marvin Agustin as hosts while Lorna Tolentino, Gelli De Belen and TV-5 Talent Center head and director Mac Alejandre will be the Live Exam critics. In this curriculum-based training, scholars will be up for lessons in acting, singing, dancing, personality development, image-building and English proficiency.

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Protégé Top 20 Finalists Revealed!

From thousands of aspirants nationwide, Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break now reveals the Top 20 young dreamers who will be competing for a shot at stardom.

The list of the newest artista aspirants of GMA-7 was a narrowed selection from 15 cities all over the country. The Protégé Top 20 will be showcasing their talent and star power during weekly performance nights under the supervision of their respective mentors.

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Here are the Top 20 finalists of the reality-based artista search of GMA-7, Protégé:

Protege Top 20 North and Central Luzon Hopefuls

Protégés from Northern and Central Luzon
Mentor: Ricky Davao
(acclaimed actor-director) Shelley Hipolito (Nueva Ecija)

  • Japs de Luna (Nueva Ecija)
  • Reese Tayag (Tarlac)
  • Shelley Hipolito (Nueva Ecija)
  • Glenn Roy (Tarlac)


Protege Top 20 South Luzon Hopefuls

Protégés from Southern Luzon
Mentor: Gina Alajar
(seasoned actress and director)

  • Arny Ross (Dasmariñas, Cavite)
  • Thea Tolentino (Calamba, Laguna)
  • Mykel Ong (Batangas)
  • Jeric Gonzales (Calamba, Laguna)

Protege Top 20 Mega Manila Hopefuls

Protégés from Mega Manila
Mentor: Roderick Paulate
(multi-awarded actor)

  • Andres Vasquez (Taguig)
  • Elle Ramirez (Angono, Rizal)
  • Vein Alen King (Tiaong, Quezon)
  • Kelly D (Pasig City)

Protege Top 20 Visayas Hopefuls

Protégés from Visayas
Mentor: Jolina Magdangal
(multimedia icon)

  • Bryan Benedict (Cebu City)
  • Mikoy Morales (Roxas City)
  • Mitch Capili (Bohol)
  • Zandra Summer (Cebu City)

Protege Top 20 Mindanao Hopefuls

Protégés from Mindanao
Mentor: Phillip Salvador
(drama and action film legend)

  • Apple Vega (Dipolog City)
  • Steffi Pacheco (Davao City)
  • David John Llanas (Cagayan De Oro City)
  • Ruru Madrid (Zamboanga City)

 

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Malacañang suspends classes in NCR, some parts of Luzon on August 9

Malacañang issued Wednesday night Memorandum Circular No. 34 suspending all classes, in all levels, in the NCR and some parts of Luzon on Thursday, August 9, 2012.

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Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. signed MC No. 34 for the suspension of classes from preschool to college, including post-graduate courses, in the following areas:

  • National Capital Region
  • Bataan
  • Bulacan
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Pampanga
  • Pangasinan
  • Rizal
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales

Lacierda said work in government and private offices is not suspended.

Memorandum Circular No. 34, s. 2012
Upon the recommendation of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and in view of the continuing inclement weather brought about by southwest monsoon (habagat), classes in all levels in the National Capital Region, provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite and Rizal will be suspended tomorrow, 09 August 2012.

This Circular shall take effect immediately.

By authority of the President:
Manila, 08 August 2012.


Meanwhile, local government units have declared suspension of classes earlier. View the complete list here.

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Kristen Stewart Reveals Reason for Cheating on Rob Pattinson!

Actress Kristen Stewart reportedly admitted the true reason why she cheated on her now ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson.

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Stewart had already publicly apologized following her fling with “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders.

Citing a source, the OK! magazine in the US reported that “Kristen’s admitted her own insecurities may have pushed her to cheat.”

Rob is known to be friends with gorgeous high-profile celebrities such as singer Katy Perry and his “Remember Me” co-star Emilie de Ravin.

Kristen is said to have been “extremely jealous” of Rob’s closeness with these women, according to this report.

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Lauren Young transfers to GMA 7!

Lauren Young, from ABS-CBN's "Mula sa Puso" Now Set to Become a "Kapuso"

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Lauren Young reportedly decided to transfer to GMA-7 after her stint as Olivia Pereira in the remake of ABS-CBN's hit primetime teleserye "Mula Sa Puso".

Other said her rumored boyfriend Elmo Magalona influenced her to move channel while others due to lack of project because of her not so impressive performance in the said teleserye.

The former Star Magic talent will be co-managed by Pia Magalona (Elmo's mom) and GMA Artist Center (GMAAC). Her first Kapuso project will be the Pinoy adaptation of hit Koreanovela Coffee Prince which will be topbilled by Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal.

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RIP Anne Cruzada is Twitter Trending Topic Due to Racist Profile

RIP Anne Cruzada is Twitter Trending Topic Due to Racist Profile


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After the fake Marian Tan (read related news HERE), another Twitter personality is getting huge attention due to her racist profile and insensitive messages on microblogging site.

Aside from expressing how ashamed she is to be called a Filipino because of its poor ethnicity, Anne Cruzada (@annecruzada) on her Twitter account, also prayed to rain to hard "para lumubog na ang mga pangit at ang Pilipinas". She also called Filipinos as bobo, baduy and slut.

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Her posts immediately caught the ire of Twitter users which made "RIP Anne Cruzada" fall on Twitter's top trending topic - a feat she desperately longed for.

Many netizens call her "heartless Filipino," "attention seeker," "Uneducated, filthy pathetic". Some wanted her "die" immediately.

But is she really for real? Is she the person behind this FB account?

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Iza Calzado, Red Hot Endorser of Kennys’ Red Hot Roast!

Wickedly Spicy, Deliciously Healthy! This is the slogan of Kenny Rogers latest offering, the Kenny Red Hot Roast!

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Kenny’s Red Hot Roast is the newest flavor of Kenny Rogers’ immensely popular wood-fired rotisserie chicken. Why Red Hot? It’s a flavorful roast chicken made spicy by the addition of lots of chilies. Kinda like tongue-burning-Mexican-spicy so be sure you have a cold glass of beverage on the side. After tasting it, it’s three times hotter than the regular spicy-flavored roast and the flavor really tastes like heaven!

In time for the launch of Kenny’s Red Hot Roast is the introduction of their latest endorser, red hot sexy actress herself–Iza Calzado!

Iza joins football superstars Phil and James Younghusband as Kenny Rogers’ brand ambassadors. Have you seen the billboard yet?

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In line with the launch of Kenny’s Hot Roast are three new side dishes…

Tex Mex Macaroni – perfectly cooked macaroni in a meaty tomato sauce and creamy cheddar cheese.Tomato Salsa – A flavorful blend of chopped tomatoes, garlic, and onion with cilantro.Tropical Fruit Salad – Chunks of pineapple, melon, red apples, and honeydew (or green apple)tossed in light syrup.

And of course, the Kenny Rogers’ Burrito and Spicy Chicken Wrap.

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Call 555-9000 for Kenny’s deliciously healthy delivery. For more details on Kenny Rogers mouthwatering food choices, log on to www.kennys.com.ph or like their Facebook page.

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TV5′s Alagang Kapatid Foundation Encourages People to Volunteer and Donate

Alagang Kapatid Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of TV5, activates its relief operations as torrential rains and consequential flood waters displaced thousands of people in Metro Manila and its suburbs.

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[NEWS5 reporter Benjie Dorango (right) with members of RESCUE5 team extend help to young girl who need to be rescued]

The Foundation encourages people to donate goods for evacuees sheltered in various centers. These include ready-to-eat food (bread, biscuits, boiled eggs and cardva banana or saging na saba), canned food and those in easy-to-tear pouches, drinking water, hygiene kits (bath soap, toothpaste and toothbrush), towels and blankets. These can be brought to the Alagang Kapatid Foundation office at 730 Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Other drop-off points are the following:
Wil Time Bigtime audition area – 762 Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City
TV5 Broadway Office – Broadway Centrum, Aurora Blvd. Cor. Dona Juana Rodriguez St., Quezon City
TV5 Delta Office – Delta Theater, Quezon Ave., Quezon City
Adobo Republic – East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (only ready-to-eat and canned food and drinking water will be accepted in this drop-off point)

Volunteers are also encouraged to head to the Wil Time Bigtime audition area in Novaliches to help in repacking items which will be sent to various evacuation centers in Metro Manila.

For cash donations, interested parties may deposit through BDO Savings Account Number (005310-410164) and Bank of the Philippine Islands Savings Account Number (1443-05333-2). Both accounts are under the name of Alagang Kapatid Foundation, Inc.

Meanwhile, RESCUE5, the emergency response unit of NEWS5, was among the first response teams to attend to life-threatening situations brought about by devastating monsoon rains which started last Monday night (August 6). For rescue needs, call RESCUE5 hotline (02) 922-5155.

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[RESCUE5's Paolo Bediones inspects the rising water levels in one of Metro Manila's rivers]

To get continuous information on the latest rescue and relief efforts, tune in to the various platforms of NEWS5—free TV channels TV5 and Aksyon TV, 24/7 weather channel WIN (Weather Information Network) on Cignal’s Channel 3, news radio station Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM and online news portal InterAksyon.com. Text NEWS5 (space) ON to 5353 (for Smart and Sun subscribers) to get the latest mobile news updates.

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Aug 7, 2012

PHOTO: Mars Curiosity Rover Sends Back First Image of Mount Sharp

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With the Mars Curiosity Rover safely on the red planet, it’s time to get to work. Let the endless stream of images begin!

The color high definition camera on Curiosity has yet to be deployed, so, for now, we’ll have to keep looking at black and white fish eye images.  Yesterday we saw the horizon behind the car-sized rover, but today we get to see what awaits it: Mount Sharp.  Curiosity will soon begin its journey towards the hill where there are some interesting geological layers that scientists want to check out.

Also of interest is the video below that Curiosity beamed back to Earth.  While it is not true video, but instead a bunch of images done in a flip-book style, it gives you some idea of what the descent to the surface was like.  Of particular interest is the ending where you can see the dust that was kicked up by the rockets of the final stage as Curiosity was lowered to the ground.

 

New Mars Rover Beams Back Images Showing Its Descent

PASADENA, Calif. – Earlier today, just hours after NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars, a select group of images taken by the onboard Mars Descent Imager, or MARDI, were beamed back to Earth. The 297 color, low-resolution images, provide a glimpse of the rover’s descent into Gale Crater. They are a preview of the approximately 1,504 images of descent currently held in the rover’s onboard memory. When put together in highest resolution, the resulting video is expected to depict the rover’s descent from the moment the entry system’s heat shield is released through touchdown.

‘The image sequence received so far indicates Curiosity had, as expected, a very exciting ride to the surface,’ said Mike Malin, imaging scientist for the Mars Science Lab mission from Malin Space Systems in San Diego. ‘But as dramatic as they are, there is real other-world importance to obtaining them. These images will help the mission scientists interpret the rover’s surroundings, the rover drivers in planning for future drives across the surface, as well as assist engineers in their design of forthcoming landing systems for Mars or other worlds.’

The image of the heat shield falling away is online at: http://1.usa.gov/RSVufL.

The MARDI sequence is online at: http://1.usa.gov/MZqGxv.

The MARDI camera is located on the chassis of the Curiosity rover. Just before the heat shield fell away, MARDI began its imaging task. The images selected for early downlink to Earth were taken at different points in Curiosity’s final descent toward the surface. One of the earliest images shows the entry vehicle’s heat shield 50 feet (15 meters) and falling away after separating from the vehicle three seconds before. A set of images demonstrates some of the gyrations Curiosity went through while on the parachute. Another remarkable set of images depicts the final moments leading up to landing, where the exhaust from four of the descent stage’s 742 pounds of thrust rockets billow up dust from the Martian surface.

‘A good comparison is to that grainy onboard film from Apollo 11 when they were about to land on the moon,’ said Malin.

Those MARDI images downlinked so far are low-resolution thumbnails, 192 by 144 pixels. In the months ahead, as communications between rover and Earth become more robust, full-frame images 1,600 by 1,200 pixels in size, are expected to provide the most complete and dramatic imagery of a planetary landing in the history of exploration.

The mission also released a higher-resolution Hazcam image of their target, the mountain in the middle of Gale Crater informally titled Mount Sharp.

The new image, taken by Curiosity’s black-and-white Hazard Avoidance Cameras – or Hazcams – can be found at:http://1.usa.gov/OLB3B5.

Curiosity, NASA’s latest contribution to the Martian landscape, landed at 10:32 p.m. Aug. 5, PDT, (05:32 on Aug. 6, EDT) near the foot of a mountain three miles tall inside Gale Crater, 96 miles in diameter.

The mission is managed by JPL for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The rover was designed, developed and assembled at JPL. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, provided MARDI, as well as three other cameras on Curiosity.

For more information on the mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mars and http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl.

Follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity andhttp://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity.

 

(Via TechnoBuffalo.)

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