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Angat Buhay Hope Cards, Bili Na!

Ipadama ang pakikiisa, #IpasaAngPagasa gamit ang ating ✨ Angat Buhay Hope Cards ✨ We have partnered with Robert Alejandro to create hope cards that you can share to family and friends, perfect for all seasons!  For every purchase, Iskaparate will donate 100% of its sales to Angat Buhay for our partner communities and advocacies.  Sulit na sulit ang bawat set na mayroong 12 hope cards at 4 na design, sa halagang 899Php! Available na ito sa: 🛒 Iskaparate ( 🛒 Museo ng Pag-asa Gift Shop  Magkakaroon din tayo ng single hope cards sa halagang 80Php, abangan lang ang ibang detalye sa ating page.  I-add to cart na, at i-share mo na rin sa mga kakilala! 😊 JC Tiuseco is the winner of Survivor Philippines

Nabuking ng sa usapan ng staff ng show IT seems kulang sa confidentiality clause between GMA 7 management and its production staff. Sa usapan ng ilang staff ng programa sa isang coffee shop, walang pakialam na ikinuwento ng isang taklesang staff ang nangyayari sa Survivor. Ang pinaka-shocking revelation ng tsikahan ng staff na hindi napalampas ng source ng ay ang pangalan ng winner ng reality show. Si JC! Siya ang Pinoy Sole Survivor. Here's the profile of JC that we got from a website: John Carlo "JC" Tiuseco (Hardcourt Heartthrob) JC, 23, is a hunky basketball heartthrob of San Sebastian University. When he was younger, he was very passionate about basketball and dreamed of becoming a professional player. But as he grew older, JC discovered that he has a lot more potential to make it beyond the hardcourt. Banking on his athleticism and good looks, JC is sure that he has a good chance to capture the ladies' hearts and to bag the cove

Samar seeks Guinness record for world's longest banig

BASEY - In 2000, the town of Basey, Samar claimed to have set the world record for making the longest mat in the world when community folks paraded a more than kilometer-long mat. But it was not made official since it was not submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records. The town now aims to make it in the official Guinness Book of World Records after recently spreading a 2-kilometer woven mat. Local weavers started making the longest mat using a local material called "tikug" last August 5. After more than a month, locals paraded the longest "tikug" mat during the town's Banig-Kawayan Festival. "Mat weaving is already a part of the town's culture and tradition. Let's just say Basey is the 'banig' capital of the Philippines or probably the world," Basey Mayor Wilfredo "Didi" Estorninos proudly said. Local mat weavers like Catalina Regahan is proud to have been part of doing the longest "tikug" mat. "If Guinnes

RP's bet to Ms. World 2008 Janina San Miguel quits

The Philippines' controversial representative to the 2008 Miss World beauty pageant, Janina San Miguel, has resigned, Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BCPI) said late Monday. San Miguel won the Binibining Pilipinas Ms. World despite having difficulty answering a judge's question in English. "Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) regrets to announce that Ms. Janina San Miguel has resigned as official representative to the 2008 Miss World beauty pageant," the firm said in a brief statement released by Belle Baldoza, public relations officer of the Araneta Group. "The untimely demise of her grandfather, among other personal reasons, has caused her undue stress, thus hindering her from fulfilling her duties for the said title," the BPCI said. During the contest, San Miguel said on national television: "Well, my family's role for me is so important b'coz there was the wa- they're, they was the one who's... very... Hahahaha... Oh I&

Ex-senator Revilla suffers stroke, rushed to St. Luke's

Former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr. was rushed to St. Luke's Hospital in Quezon City after suffering a stroke Tuesday afternoon. A radio dzMM report said Revilla's condition was confirmed by his son, Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. It was the second time the actor-turned-politician has suffered a stroke, the report said. The Revilla family asked the public to pray for the former senator's recovery. via

ABS-CBN: unique to all other broadcasters in the world

AS ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation celebrates its 55th anniversary, the country's largest media conglomerate marks a new milestone in Philippine broadcasting history by being the first to do tapeless TV production in and out of their studios. The Kapamilya Network was the first among Philippine networks to recognize the digital trend in broadcasting by setting up a 100 - percent non-linear post-production workflow. From 2003 to today, ABS-CBN has been increasing its number of editing and audio workstations and server storage to cope with the rising volume of content. "ABS-CBN is unique to all other broadcasters in the world because we create our own content, about 90 percent. Not even CNN produces this much," cites Raul Bulaong, head of Technical Operations Division. "With the size of our organization and the amount of work that we do, only Avid matches us." With this development, the Philippines becomes the first in southeast Asia to go tapeless in TV producti

Two miners survive after a week in collapsed Benguet mine

Two miners were found alive Monday by rescuers a week after being trapped in a mining tunnel in Itogon, Benguet. The rescuers found the survivors around 3 p.m. Monday at the mine's level 700 -- the deepest part of the tunnel. Jose Panio Jr. and Antonio Pagulayan, both from Ifugao, survived for seven days, sustained only by water inside the tunnel. Media were not allowed to interview the survivors. But based on interviews on their relatives, Panio and Pagulayan recounted hearing faint cries from fellow miners still trapped in the tunnel. With the positive development, rescue teams hope to find the remaining 12 miners alive. Meanwhile, after undergoing first aid, Panio and Pagulayan were rushed to the Baguio General Hospital for treatment. via With reports from ABS-CBN Baguio

6th Bangkok International Film Festival: Three Filipino films won

Just a few days after winning two awards in the 6th International Pacific Meridian Film Festival in Russia, Brillante Mendoza was once again honored in an international film fest. Brillante, first- time filmmaker Francis Xavier Pasion, and John Torres were among the directors who won in the recently concluded Bangkok International Film Festival. The sixth edition of the Bangkok IFF took place from September 23 to 30 in Thailand. Ferdy Lapuz, one of the producers of Serbis, say that this film won the Golden Kinnaree Award in the Southeast Asian competition at the Bangkok IFF. Serbis shows the life of a family who operate a run-down movie house showing sex flicks in Pampanga. Gina Pareño, Julio Diaz, Jaclyn Jose, Coco Martin, and Kristoffer King are some of the stars who topbill this award-winning film. The Cinemalaya 2008 entry Jay, directed by Francis Xavier Pasion, bagged the Special Mention Award in the main competition category. Baron Geisler and Coco Martin appear in this film a

MTV nods for Coldplay and Duffy

British acts Coldplay and Duffy have received three nominations apiece at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held in Liverpool on 6 November. Both are up for album of the year and "most addictive track". Coldplay also get a nod for act of 2008, while Duffy is up for the new act prize. Singer Britney Spears is up for two prizes following her success at the Video Music Awards earlier this month. R&B star Beyonce is the only performer confirmed for the show so far. The singer, nominated for a prize in the ultimate urban category, will launch her third solo album at the event at Liverpool's Echo Arena. Other British acts in contention include Amy Winehouse and Leona Lewis, also nominated for the act of the year prize. via BBC News

Breastfeeding 'cuts cancer risk'

Breastfeeding for a year over the course of a woman's life helps cut the risk of breast cancer, research says. The World Cancer Research Fund analysed 7 ,000 previous studies and found it reduced the risk by 4.8%. Women have a one in nine chance of getting breast cancer in their lifetime, meaning that the overall reduction in risk is just above 0.5%. Researchers said it was important that women realised the positive effect of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has been linked to lower obesity levels in children and is known to confer immunity to the newborn against a clutch of infections, including respiratory diseases. However, a recent survey found that only one in four women in the UK knew breastfeeding cut the chance of them developing breast cancer. Over three quarters of mothers initiate breastfeeding, but of this, only 22% are still breastfeeding at six months. Breastfeeding has been found to lower the levels of some cancer- related hormones in the mother's body, reducing the

Researchers explore the emerging role of infection in Alzheimer's disease

The realization that pathogens can produce slowly progressive chronic diseases has opened new lines of research into Alzheimer's disease. In a special issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease published May 2008, guest editors Judith Miklossy, from the University of British Columbia, and Ralph N. Martins, from Edith Cowan University and Hollywood Private Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, and a group of experts explore this exciting topic. A number of chronic diseases are in fact caused by one or more infectious agents. For example, stomach ulcers are caused by Helicobacter pylori, chronic lung disease in newborns and chronic asthma in adults are both caused by Mycoplasmas and Chlamydia pneumonia, while some other pathogens have been associated with atherosclerosis. The realization that pathogens can produce slowly progressive chronic diseases has opened new lines of research into Alzheimer's disease. In a special issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease published

Deadly Rugby Virus spreads in Sumo Wrestlers

Rugby players may get more than just the ball out of a scrum - herpes virus can cause a skin disease called "scrumpox" and it spreads through physical contact. Researchers have studied the spread of the disease among sumo wrestlers in Japan and have discovered that a new strain of the virus could be even more pathogenic, according to an article published in the October issue of the Journal of General Virology. "Scrumpox", or herpes gladiatorum, is a skin infection caused by the herpes virus, which can cause coldsores. It is spread through direct skin-to- skin contact so it is common among rugby players and wrestlers. Symptoms can start with a sore throat and swollen glands and the telltale blisters appear on the face, neck, arms or legs. The disease is highly infectious, so players who are infected are often taken out of competition to stop the virus from spreading. "Scientists in Japan believe that a strain of herpes virus called BgKL has replaced the strain B

German company claims puzzle is world's biggest

RAVENSBURG, Germany - Some 15 ,000 enthusiasts have assembled the world's largest jigsaw puzzle in the southern German town of Ravensburg, Europe's biggest puzzle maker said. Puzzle maker Ravensburger AG said 1 ,141 ,800 pieces were put together in only five hours on Sunday forming a nearly 6 ,500 - square foot (600- square meter) puzzle that nearly covered the town square. "We really like puzzling," Ravensburg resident Sonja Haussner said at the event. A notary has submitted the result to the Guinness Book of World Records. Organizers say it is significantly bigger than the current record - a 212 ,000 -piece puzzle put together in Singapore in 2002. The Guinness Book did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday. The participants assembled more-than 4 ,000 smaller jigsaw puzzles, each with 252 pieces and standard puzzle motifs like animals, maps and landscapes. The rectangles were then taken to the nearby town square and put together into the single m

United Nations honors SMART Communications for pro-poor initiatives

The Philippines' Smart Communications has been honored by the United Nations for giving the poor access to communication and micro-enterprise opportunities. The U-N Information Center in Manila said Smart was among 10 private companies given the World Business and Development Awards (WBDA) for their work in improving the lives of the world's most disadvantaged people, "proving that making a profit and 'doing the right thing' are not mutually exclusive." Held under the patronage of Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade, the award ceremony is part of the special focus on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) during the opening week of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Established by the International Chamber of Commerce in 2000 , the WBDA recognizes the contribution of the private sector to achieve the MDGs through their core business. An unprecedented 104 applications from 44 countries were received f

Pinay-British Leilani Dowding is top glamour model in Britain

Pinay-British beauty Leilani Dowding is one of the Britain's most sought after glamour models for magazines and tabloids. Born January 30 1980 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England to a British father and Filipino mother, Leilani is a Page Three girl, glamour model, television celebrity, and former beauty queen. While studying for an economics degree at Royal Holloway, University of London, in Surrey, the nineteen-year-old entered and won the 1998 Miss Great Britain competition. In Hawaii later that year she became the first woman of Asian descent to represent Britain in the Miss Universe pageant. After her success in beauty pageants, Dowding dropped out of university to pursue a full-time modelling career. Although she had not originally considered topless modelling, she started appearing as a Page Three girl in The Sun newspaper in 1999. British tabloid newspapers and magazines have featured her regularly since then, both in topless and clothed glamour poses. Her younger sister Melani

Joyce Jimenez hurt in car accident in Pangasinan; transferred to Medical City

Actress Joyce Jimenez figured in a car accident early Monday in Urdaneta, Pangasinan and is now being taken to the Medical City in Pasig for treatment. ABS-CBN's morning show "Umagang Kay Ganda" reported that Jimenez and her group - road manager Don Boy Espiritu and personal assistant Lenlen Transpote -were on their way back to Manila around 3 a.m. from a taping in Baguio City when the accident occurred. The vehicle, Toyota Forerunner, reportedly flipped four times after it tried to avoid an oncoming truck. Jimenez was reportedly wearing a seatbelt, avoiding a more serious injury. Jimenez's friend, actress and host Ruffa Gutierrez, said in a text message that Jimenez is set to be transferred to The Medical City in Pasig City from a hospital in Pangasinan. Gutierrez said Jimenez was sitting in front of the car and sleeping. "[The] airbag worked. It saved her life!" Gutierrez said. Jimenez, who got married recently in the United States, is in the Philippines t

Man nabbed at airport with 200 birds in bag

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian authorities detained a Portuguese man at Sao Paulo's international airport with 200 birds in his bag, police said on Thursday. Customs officials found 65 of 200 Canary birds dead, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement. Police will charge the man, who arrived from Peru and resides in Brazil, with animal trafficking, a federal police officer at the airport said. The remaining live birds will be sent back to Peru by plane, in more humane conditions.

FACT: Bees Can Count and Speak Foreign Languages

A recent study proved that trained honeybees can count up to four landmarks in order to get to the food they were provided. Adding to that number caused them to lose count and reach different destinations. It has been long known that bees (Apis Mellifera) are capable of remarkable things, perhaps more than other insects with a complex social life. They show signs of symmetry understanding, and they can use symbolic language (like their waggle dance) in order to "explain" the distance to and location of the pollen sources. The latest tests suggest that they are also able to communicate with other species, as well as to count, although not too far. Together with their teams, researchers Songkun Su of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China and Shaowu Zhang of the Australian National University in Canberra succeeded in tempering the bees' natural impulse of slaying the intruders and for the first time managed to create a mixed colony of honeybees, which was comprised of Euro

ABS-CBN, ESPN Star Sports to carry World Ten Ball Championship

Broadcasting giants ESPN Star Sports and ABS-CBN Sports are set to air WPA World Ten Ball Championship (WTBC), the biggest international billiards tournament this year, to the Philippines. A report posted on said ESPN Star Sports, co- organizer of the inaugural staging of the WTBC, will air the event live from the Philippine International Convention Center from 3 to 7 p.m. (Manila time) for a total of 28 hours on the duration of the tournament. The tournament will run from September 29 -October 5. ABS CBN Sports, through its free channel Studio 23, will air the games on a delayed basis. From September 29 to October 3 , Studio 23 will broadcast the games from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.The last two days of the event will be telecasted from 9 :30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The WTBC also forged a tie up with ABS-CBN's The Filipino Channel, bringing the games closer to overseas Filipino workers around the world.

Jean Garcia- FHM Philippines October 2008 Cover Girl

MANILA, Philippines - Jean Garcia said she was "proud, very happy" to grace the cover of FHM October issue. According to Allan Madrilejos, FHM editor in chief, they have long been eyeing Garcia to pose for the magazine. "Jean, kasi matagal na namin siyang gusto. Pero, basically ang gusto lang namin sobrang hot na pictorial," said Madrilejos during an interview with GMA-7's Showbiz Central. Garcia said she used to think that posing for FHM was unsuitable for her. "Nung una medyo 'wow, tama ba ito?' Pero actually nag-enjoy ako du'n sa [photo] shoot," she said. She said she felt a bit nervous at the beginning of the photo shoot, but later got used to it. "Ang feeling ko that time nung shoot namin, I'm in good hands, so 'ayon na relax ako," Garcia said. "Yung una, pero after ng mga 10-15 minutes to 30 minutes OK na," she added. During the interview, Garcia said the pictorial required her to bare some skin, but she n

Dark Chocolate Is Good for the Heart

Eating one small square of dark chocolate daily keeps heart-related diseases and their consequences at bay, according to an Italian study. Almost every little thing you like to eat (or drink or inhale or feel) is generally labeled as being bad for health and officially accompanied by a warning. But many of these, as dozens of studies show (until, of course, proven otherwise), are in fact health boosters when consumed in moderate quantities. Such examples include beer, coffee, red wine, sunlight, marijuana (yes, it's true, it has been medically tested), chocolate and, well, you know what the number one bad thing that is good for health is, even if we're not allowed to say it here. But of all these, we'll only discuss the one related to the latest discovery. So, chocolate fans, you may finally be happy and have a clinical reason to sink your teeth into, uhm, just a tiny bit of chocolate each day. But not just any type of chocolate - the sugar-packed bars or the milky kind j

World's Largest Crystal Cave Is in Mexico

Situated in Chihuahua, Mexico, the Giant Cave of Crystals is abundant in selenite (gypsum) crystals which have reached lengths of 50 feet (15 meters) and weights of 50 tons. The breath-taking Chihuahua cave is the largest crystal one ever found. These wonderful crystals are located in big "pockets", about 1.000 feet (300 meters) down, inside the mountains of Naica. The cave was discovered eight years ago and quickly became one of the most prominent findings in the history of geology. The crystals, formed during the millenia from hydrothermal fluids, were able to survive intact at an average heat of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.7 degrees Celsius), in conditions of humidity of 100 %. Luckily, the water that envelops them, rich in minerals, constantly helps them grow. The temperature in the caves sometimes goes as high as 150 degrees Fahrenheit (or 65.5 degrees Celsius); it evaporates the water and literally surrounds the crystals in a sauna. It gets so hot in there that people

New seasons of 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Private Practice' on Studio 23 this October

America's popular shows Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice will soon grace Philippines' television screens as ABS-CBN's Studio 23 is set to air the show's newest seasons this October. In an exclusive phone interview with abs-, shows' executive producer Betsy Beers said that Filipino viewers will really love watching the new episodes of the shows that will feature a lot of medical and ethical problems. "I think on the Private Practice you can expect that there are going to be a lot of conflicts at the practice." "They are going to be doing a lot of medical and ethical issues this season. We did a few in the last season and we thought of that and we are really, really interested in pursuing, in some cases this season are very emotional and very filled with ethical issues for which there are no easy answer. You can also expect to see Dr. Addison Montgomery do more surgeries," the executive producer said. Beers also revealed that for

Pinay, world's strongest, competes in US powerlift tilt

Erlina "Lily" Pecante, hailed as the world's strongest woman, reinging world champ and record holder in Women's Powerlifting, will fly to Palm Springs, California, to compete in the IPF World Masters Powerlifting Championships slated from September 30 to October 4. Pecante, an employee of the Philippine Postal Corporation and the postmaster of Pasig City, will leave on Saturday, September 27, for Palm Springs. The 43 -year-old postmaster has reigned supreme in all International Powerlifting competitions since 1988. She is a recipient of this year's Philippine Sportswriters Association award. The latest edition to her long list of achievents is the Asian Powerlifting Championships where she led the Philippine team in sweeping the women's 90 -kg masters. She also came home with the Asian Best Lifter award, smashing the Asian Master record in the bench press with 275 pounds. For the IPF World Masters, Pecante will compete in the 90-kg class. via

Kalye: Mga Kuwento ng Lansangan on ABS-CBN

In the midst of current national issues that Filipinos face everyday, there are stories that are often neglected but need utmost attention because they have a direct impact on ordinary citizens. These are the stories that ABS-CBN news reporters Atom Araullo, Sol Aragones, and DZMM commentator and veteran radio reporter Anthony Taberna will tackle in the new weekly documentary "Kalye: Mga Kuwento sa Lansangan" on ABS- CBN every Monday night after "Bandila." "Kalye" is a current affairs magazine show that features three stories that the reporters find on the streets every week. The show intends to dissect what is happening in the streets, put them into context and show what our society has become, and compel viewers to action. It will tackle not-so- ordinary street stories, underground activities, or stories that come out at night. There will be a wide range of stories like demolition of shanties, cutting down of trees, vehicular accidents, or babies thrown

Toxic chemical in 'MV Princess' remains intact

The toxic endosulfan shipment trapped inside the capsized MV Princess of the Stars off Sibuyan Island in Romblon province is intact, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announced Friday. "Initial reconnaissance of the vessel's overturned cargo hold revealed that the container van believed holding the endosulfan pesticide shipment is intact inside the debris-filled and poorly visible cargo desk," DOTC Undersecretary Ma. Elena Bautista said. After months of delay, the retrieval operations for the endosulfan shipment and other toxic cargo inside the capsized ferry started Wednesday. Divers from the Titan Salvage and Harbor Star were able to peek through the capsized ship and locate the toxic shipment by creating an access hole on the starboard (right) side of the hull. Bautista said the salvor teams have started preparing for the actual removal of the toxic shipment from the ferry. As soon as the toxic shipment is removed, the DOTC official said divers

Sambong for Kidney Stones?

DAGUPAN CITY - Former health secretary Jaime Galvez-Tan has revealed that the medicinal plant "sambong" (Blumea balsamifera) can ward off kidney stones that can be caused by prolonged intake of melamine-contaminated milk and milk products from China. Tan, a herbalist, said that sambong is rich in camphor oil, which can dissolve kidney stones. The former health chief told a gathering of mothers and local health workers here that two glasses of water boiled with sambong leaves can actually cure kidney problems and other related illnesses. On Friday, the Bureau of Food and Drugs released a partial list of milk and other milk products undergoing testing for possible melamine contamination. via

Mega Manila TV Ratings (September 22-25, 2008)

Here are the comparative TV ratings of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 shows from September 22 to 25 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households: September 22 (Monday) Non-Primetime: SiS (GMA-7) 9.9 %; Boy & Kris (ABS-CBN) 8.9% Marimar (GMA-7) 13.4 %; Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) 16.9% Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 20.7 %; Wowowee (ABS- CBN) 18.6% Daisy Siete (GMA-7) 17.8 %; Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) 15% Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) 20.5 %; El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS- CBN) 15.3% Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) 22.5 %; Las Tontas (ABS-CBN) 8.3% Primetime: Gobingo (GMA-7) 15.3 %; Kapamilya, Deal Or No Deal (ABS-CBN) 18.5% 24 Oras (GMA-7) 29.2 %; TV Patrol World (ABS- CBN) 26.4% Codename: Asero (GMA- 7) 35.8 %; Dyosa (ABS- CBN) 24.8% Dyesebel (GMA-7) 37.3 %; I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) 26% Ako Si Kim Samsoon (GMA-7) 29.4 %; Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) 26% Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) 25.7 %; Kahit Isang Saglit (ABS-CBN) 21% My Husband's Woman (GMA-

Complete List of Top 20 Celebrity Endorsers of 2008 by YES! Magazine

Through the years, we've seen how celebrities are hired as product endorsers and how that adds to the success of their showbiz career. In fact, some popular stars today-like Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes, Isabel Oli, Ryan Agoncillo, and Carmina Villarroel- were first seen in TV commercials before joining the industry. With all the advertisements we see on television, radio, newspapers, and even billboards, consumers wonder, "How much do these celebrities earn from endorsements?" In the October 2008 issue of YES! magazine, executives from the advertising industry were interviewed to describe how they choose a certain celebrity, and to explain why consumers oftentimes believe in the statements of these stars in their commercials. YES! came up with its list of top 20 local celebrities who are always in demand, being effective product endorsers. "The list you see here is our own," clarifies YES! Editor-in-Chief Jo- Ann Maglipon. "Our list is not writ in stone-

Nokia to unveil touch- screen phone next week: sources

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's top cellphone maker Nokia ( NOK1V.HE ) will unveil its first touch-screen phone at a media and analyst event in London next week, two industry sources told Reuters on Friday. Smaller handset vendors -- LG Electronics ( 066570 .KS ), Apple ( AAPL.O ) and Samsung Electronics ( 005930 .KS ) -- have rolled out numerous popular touch-screen phones over the last two years. Both sources said Nokia was set to unveil the phone, codenamed "Tube," on Oct 2. A Nokia spokeswoman declined to comment. "The phone is extremely important. We have been waiting for the market leader to respond to iPhone for a year and a half now. There is a lot of pressure on Nokia," said Carolina Milanesi, analyst at Gartner. Nokia said in July it would introduce its first touch-screen phone this year, and would sell it more cheaply than rival touch-screen models in order to tap into a higher-volume market. "The demand outlook in emerging markets, like India,

2008 Rankings of Trade Freedom: Philippines ranked 80th

The Philippines is now ranked 80 th among 179 countries in the 2009 rankings of trade freedom around the world. The Heritage Foundation said the Philippines was in the top half of the latest rankings with a score of 78.6 points, a slight improvement over the 74.8 points it received in the 2008 trade freedom assessment. The think-thank group said the rankings show many countries moving ahead on their own to lower tariffs and cut other barriers to trade. Countries standing still or moving backward in response to protectionist political pressures are likely to find themselves falling behind with lower growth rates and stagnating economies, Heritage said. Included among the top ten countries in trade freedom are Hong Kong at the head of the rankings with 95 points, Singapore (90 ) and Canada (88.2 ). The United States and Mauritius tied in 13 th place with 86.8 points. Among the bottom dwellers are North Korea, Comoros, Seychelles, Djibouti, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Zimbabwe, th

Sam Milby is new youth spokesperson

Matinee idol Sam Milby has been appointed by the Department of Education Center for Students and Co- Curricular Affairs (DEPED-CSCA) as their youth spokesperson and role model. For his initial task, Sam recently spoke before student leaders in a convention held in Baguio City. In the past, Dingdong Dantes and Sam Concepcion were two of those who held the position Sam has been entrusted. But Sam's appointment was met with disapproval from some quarters who questioned the actor's credentials and especially his inability to speak Filipino well enough which to our mind is petty and unfair. We talked to Sam a few days ago and he impressed us with his almost fluent way of speaking Tagalog. He has improved a lot we noticed, and he attributed this to his constantly talking to people in Filipino, watching old Tagalog movies and by reading scripts. "This is volunteer work which I gladly accepted because I'd like to do my share to inspire the youth to study harder, and not to smo

Penis amputation medically necessary, says US doctor sued by patient

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A lawyer for a Kentucky doctor being sued over the amputation of a patient's penis said Friday the procedure was "medically necessary" and authorized by the patient. Attorney Clay Robinson said Dr. John Patterson performed the surgery because the patient, Phillip Seaton, 61, had cancer. Patterson was given permission to perform any medical procedure deemed necessary, Robinson said. "Mr. Seaton had no reasonable option other than to have the cancer removed," Robinson said in a written statement. Seaton and his wife, Deborah, sued in Shelby County Circuit Court over the amputation, which took place during a scheduled circumcision to treat inflammation. The lawsuit claims Patterson removed Seaton's penis without consulting either Phillip or Deborah Seaton, or giving them an opportunity to seek a second opinion. Robinson and Seaton's attorney, Kevin George, said postoperative tests showed that Seaton had cancer. "Mr. Seaton's

Smart Pinoy launches call and text services in Italy

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Corp (PLDT) expands its mobile call and text services to Italy through agreements signed recently. PLDT's global services arm, PLDT Global, signed deals with Hutchison Global Communication and H3G S.p.A. for a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) venture branded as "SMART Pinoy." The new mobile phone service will offer affordable rates for international calls and SMS from Italy to the Philippines, using the mobile commerce platform of Smart Communications, Inc., PLDT's mobile company. "SMART Pinoy" service in Italy will include electronic loading, sharing of prepaid airtime credits, and popular services in Italy such as video calling and video streaming. Remittance via mobile phone services will be available in the future, PLDT said in a statement. PLDT is currently offering "Smart Pinoy" in Hongkong and Singapore. via

Scientists warn US Congress of cancer risk for cell phone use

Agence France-Presse-WASHINGTON - The potential link between mobile telephones and brain cancer could be similar to the link between lung cancer and smoking -- something tobacco companies took 50 years to recognize, US scientists warned Thursday. Scientists are currently split on the level of danger the biological effects of the magnetic field emitted by cellular telephones poses to humans. However, society "must not repeat the situation we had with the relationship between smoking and lung cancer where we... waited until every 'i' was dotted and 't' was crossed before warnings were issued," said David Carpenter, director of the Institute of Health and Environment at the University of Albany, in testimony before a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform. "Precaution is warranted even in the absence of absolutely final evidence concerning the magnitude of the risk" -- especially for children, said Carpenter. R

BFAD bans 56 milk products

The Bureau of Food and Drugs on Friday released a partial list of milk and other milk products undergoing testing for possible melamine contamination. In an interview on radio dzMM, BFAD chief Leticia Barbara Gutierrez urged the public not to purchase the following products until the bureau finishes its tests. "We are going to test if these are positive for [melamine]. Some of these used milk sourced from China. These are the samples that we have collected but there's always the possibility that these could be negative," Gutierrez told radio dzMM. "This is the advice of the [Department of Health]. Wag na muna silang bilhin," she added. She said the ban will remain in effect until BFAD releases results of the tests in October. Below is the partial list: 1. Anchor Lite Milk 2. Anchor Wam Froot Milk Drink Mango Magic 3. Anchor Wam Froot Milk Drink Orange Chill 4. Anchor Wam Froot Milk Drink Strawberry Spin 5. Anlene Milk 6 . Anmum Materna 180 g 7. Anmum Materna Ch

Spanish Film Fest 2008

Film buffs will soon get a dose of noteworthy films and enjoy several activities such as mime theatre performances, concerts, and photo exhibits that showcase the richness of Spanish culture. The seventh edition of the Pelicula/Pelikula Spanish Film Fest will take place at Greenbelt 3 in Makati City from October 1-12 , 2008 . Catch the Philippine premiere of 18 movies from Spain and Latin America including Fuera de carta (Chef's Special), Mataharis, Los crímenes de Oxford (The Oxford Murders), Yo soy la Juani (I am Juani), and Concursante (The Contestant). The chosen movies will be screened with schedules at 2 pm, 4 :30 pm, 7 pm, 9 :30 pm, and 12 midnight. Tickets are priced at P65. In addition, two special guests, Fuera de carta's director Nacho G. Velilla and Ángeles González Sinde, the writer of Todos estamos invitados, will also be arriving in the Philippines to grace the 7th Spanish Film Fest. Spanish mimes from Tenerife shows Filipinos the adventures and jinxs of tra

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According to the mining company Gem Diamonds, miners in the Lesotho region of South Africa recently came upon a near- flawless diamond weighing approximately 500 carats, one of the largest ever discovered. The shiny stone was unearthed on September 8 from the Letseng mine, and the experts in Antwerp claim it has precisely 478 carats and astonishing clarity and color, with very few inclusions. As they say, "It has the potential to yield one of the largest flawless D color round polished diamonds in history." Clifford Elphick, the Gem Diamonds chief executive, claims that "Preliminary examination of this remarkable diamond indicates that it will yield a record breaking polished stone of the very best color and clarity." The 3 km ( 10.000 feet)-long Letseng mine, which is owned 70 % by Gem Diamonds and 30% by the government of Lesotho, is among the most productive mines of this kind in the world. Four of the largest twenty rough diamonds in history, including the th

Google First Android Phone Released in New York

Yesterday, the highly anticipated launch of the Android phone took place in New York. Google's first-born "baby" phone was officially named G1, and is manufactured by HTC. You can now pre-order it from T- Mobile, but pay attention and act quick, as only limited quantities are available. U.S users can get this phone for only $179 , with a two-year voice and data contract. Starting with November, G1 will become available in the United Kingdom as well, also only in T- Mobile, and across Europe (Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands) in the first quarter of 2009. This buzz around the Android phone did not build up until the launch of the iPhone - so, if you don't already know, you might wonder what makes G1 so special. First of all, it's a game changing phone, since it's the first one to run Android, which is an open source version of Linux especially designed for mobiles by Google. This means that you can customize the device to your needs,

Chris Brown Superhuman Lyrics

I have been crying and crying for weeks How'd I survive when I could barely speak Barely eat, on my knees But that's the moment you came to me I don't know what your love has done to me Think I'm invincible I see through the me I used to be You changed my whole life Don't know what you're doing to me with your love I'm feeling all superhuman you did that to me (ohh) A superhuman heart beats in me Nothing can stop me here with you Superhuman I feel so superhuman (superhuman) I feel so superhuman (superhuman) Strong Since I've been flying and righting the wrongs Feels almost like I had it all along I can see tomorrow For every problem is gone because I flew everywhere with love inside of me It's unbelievable to see How love can set me free You changed my whole life Don't know what you're doing to me with your love (to me, oh oh) I'm feeling all superhuman you did that to me A superhuman heart beats in me Nothing can stop me here with you Su

Bulacan's Pastillas sets Guinness world record

Bulacan has once again captured the nation's attention and imagination with a Guinness Book of World Records by making the World's Longest Pastillas. Stretching 202.6 meters long and measuring 5 inches in diameter, the record- breaking activity served as one of the highlights of this year's Singkaban Festival. The province chose the pastillas for its distinct and original ingredient-carabao's milk-and because the product is one of the most famous and saleable Tatak Bulakenyo products. Five hundred persons took part in making the world's longest pastillas. These included representatives from different sectors of Bulacan. In able to make the record-setting pastillas, the group consumed 12 ,800 liters of carabao's milk and 1 ,600 kilos of sugar. The pastillas weighed over 4 ,000 kilos; its length is approximately equal to 500 ,000 regular size pastillas. Aside from drawing thousands of fiesta goers, the Guess attempt is part of the province's efforts to aggr

Google unveils portal for Philippine news

The Philippines is the first country in Southeast Asia to have a local edition of the Google News service . The news service sources content from more than 4 ,500 English-language news sources, including major news outlets in the Philippines including "The Philippines is a very important market in a very important region," said Rahul Roy- Chowdury, product manager for Google News, based in Bangalore, India. Roy-Chowdury expects more than 24 million Filipino Internet users by the end of the year. "We want to make sure we can provide value to this growing audience," he said in a teleconference with local press. According to him, the service ranks stories and news sources according to Google's algorithms and likewise based on what he refers to as "aggregate editorial interest," which basically refers to how often publishers carry particular stories. The local Google News site carries no advertisements although Roy-Chowdury pointed at an ind

Famous Movie Lines (Local and Foreign)

Cherie Gil: You're nothing but a second rate, trying hard.. Copy Cat!" - in Bituing Walang Ningning Maricel Soriano: Umalis ako para makapag-isip-isip ka hindi para ipagpalit ako.. - in Soltera Maricel Soriano: Get out of my house! Oo, bahay ko 'to! Bahay ko 'to dahil ako ang nagbabayad ng ilaw, ako ang nagbabayad ng tubig! Get out of my house! I don't need a parasite! Edu Manzano: And I don't need a part time wife. - in Separada Jolina Magdangal: oh yes, kaibigan mo lang ako.., kaibigan mo lang ako! and im so stupid to make greatest mistake of falling in love with my bestfriend! - in Labs kita, Ok ka lang Maricel Soriano: Ayoko ng tinatapakan ako. Ayoko ng masikip. Ayoko ng mabaho. Ayoko ng walang tubig. Ayoko ng walang pagkain. Ayoko ng putik.. - in Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit Claudine Baretto: Mahal mo ba ko dahil kailangan mo ako? O Kailangan mo ako kc mahal mo ko? - in Milan Vilma Santos: Para kang karinderyang bukas sa lahat ng gustong kumain. - in Palimo

New 7 Wonders Poll Update as of September 2008

1.Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park PHILIPPINES - Asia 2.Cox's Bazar, Beach BANGLADESH - Asia 3.Ha Long Bay VIETNAM -Asia 4.Tubbataha Reef PHILIPPINES - Asia 5.Chocolate Hills PHILIPPINES - Asia 6.Al-hasa Oasis SAUDI ARABIA - Asia 7.Ganges, RiverBANGLADESH/ INDIA -Asia 8.Ali Sadr Cave IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF -Asia 9.Sundarbans, Forest BANGLADESH/ INDIA -Asia 10.Lake Saiful Maluk PAKISTAN - Asia 11.Mayon VolcanoPHILIPPINES - Asia 12.Mount Everest, Mountain CHINA/ NEPAL - Asia 13.Liwa Oasis and Empty Quarter OMAN/ SAUDI ARABIA/ UNITED ARAB EMIRATES/ YEMEN - Asia 14.Mount Damavand IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF -Asia 15.Phong Nha - Ke Bang, National Park VIET NAM - Asia 16.Fansipan, Mountain VIET NAM - Asia 17.Red Sea Reef EGYPT/ ISRAEL/ JORDAN/ OMAN/ SAUDI ARABIA/ SUDAN/ UNITED ARAB EMIRATES/ YEMEN -Africa 18.Dead Sea, Lake ISRAEL/ JORDAN/ PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, OCCUPIED -Asia 19.Amazon, River/Forest BOLIVIA/ BRAZIL/ COLOMBIA/ ECUADOR/ FRENCH GUIANA/ GUYANA/ PERU/ SURINAM

Top 10 Most Spoken Languages In The World

10. French Number of speakers:129 million Often called the most romantic language in the world, French is spoken in tons of countries, including Belgium, Canada, Rwanda, Cameroon, and Haiti. Oh, and France too. We're actually very lucky that French is so popular, because without it, we might have been stuck with Dutch Toast, Dutch Fries, and Dutch kissing (ew!). To say "hello" in French, say "Bonjour" (bone-JOOR). 9. Malay-Indonesian Number of speakers:159 million Malay-Indonesian is spoken - surprise - in Malaysia and Indonesia. Actually, we kinda fudged the numbers on this one because there are many dialects of Malay, the most popular of which is Indonesian. But they're all pretty much based on the same root language, which makes it the ninth most-spoken in the world. Indonesia is a fascinating place; a nation made up of over 13,000 islands it is the sixth most populated country in the world. Malaysia borders on two of the larger parts of Indonesia (includ

Father's Love Letter

You may not know me, but I know everything about you.Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up.Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways.Psalm 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in my image.Genesis 1:27 In me you live and move and have your being.Acts 17:28 For you are my offspring.Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were conceived.Jeremiah 1:4-5 I chose you when I planned creation.Ephesians 1:11-12 You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book.Psalm 139:15-16 I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live.Acts 17:26 You are fearfully and wonderfully made.Psalm 139:14 I knit you together in your mother's womb.Psalm 139:13 And brought you forth on the day you were born.Psalm 71:6 I have been misrepresented by those who don't know me.John 8:41-44 I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love.1 John 4:16 And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.1


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