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CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES - RA 6713

Republic Act No. 6713 AN ACT ESTABLISHING A CODE OF CONDUCT AND ETHICAL STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES, TO   UPHOLD THE TIME-HONORED PRINCIPLE OF PUBLIC OFFICE BEING A PUBLIC TRUST, GRANTING INCENTIVES AND REWARDS FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE, ENUMERATING PROHIBITED ACTS AND TRANSACTIONS AND PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR   VIOLATIONS THEREOF AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Section 1. Title. - This Act shall be known as the "Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees." Section 2. Declaration of Policies. - It is the policy of the State to promote a high standard of ethics in public service. Public officials and employees shall at all times be accountable to the people and shall discharge their duties with utmost responsibility, integrity, competence, and loyalty, act with patriotism and justice, lead modest lives, and uphold public interest over personal interest. Section 3. Definition of Terms. - As used in this Act, the term: (a) "Go

Pagsubok (Chivas of PDA 2) - Pinoy Fear Factor Official Theme Song

Pinoy Fear Factor has released its official theme song entitled "Pagsubok" performed by Pinoy Dream Academy Scholar Chivas. Ang buhay ay parang laro May natatalo at may nananalo Maging anuman ang kaparalan Hindi bibitiw sa laban ko Itutuloy ko lang dahil... Di ako susuko sa gitna ng pagsubok Buong tapang na haharap sa hamon ng buhay 'Di umuurong sa hamon, 'di sumusuko 'Di aatras, 'di kakalas ipapakita ang lakas Ang tapang ko'y ilalabas kakayanin ang lahat Nasa aking mga kamay ang pag-abot sa tagumpay Sa ating tagumpay... Kahit 'san man mapunta galing ipapakita Ang bayaning nasa akin ipagsisigawan ko

FHM Philippines November 2008 (100th Issue)

FHM Philippines November 2008 Special Blowout Issue features five gorgeous beauties on its cover. They are Gail Nicholas, Joyce So, Cherry Ann Kubota, Precious Adona and Jacq Yu. Gail Nicholas: She is the winner of Mossimo Bikini Summit 2007 and also one of the 12 participantes in the upcoming reality show "Pinoy Fear Factor". Joyce So: Another winner of Mossimo Bikini Summit. She won the title for the year 2006. Cherry Ann Kubota: Yet another Mossimo Bikini Summit contestant. A runner up of 2007 Mossimo Bikini Summit Gail Nicholas. Precious Adona: BeBench reality search finalist, she also starred in the movie "Torotot" Jacq Yu: Joined Amazing Race Asia Season1 together with Aubrey Miles.

Bernabe "RJ" Calipus Jr.- Pinoy Fear Factor Decimo Participante

Bernabe "RJ" Calipus Jr., 20, a stevedore from Parola, Tondo fears heights. RJ is a son of a Filipina and of a French national. However, he never met his biological parents. Her mother had him adopted because she can no longer support him. Life seems fast for this "Tondo" boy. He had his first daughter when he was 17 and just a few months ago, his live-in partner gave birth to their second daughter. RJ said he can endure his hunger but he can't stand to see his daughters sick and hungry. That is why he takes any job he can so he can provide for his family. However, he only finished 2nd year high school so he bears jobs like wharf porters and kargador in Divisoria. And at night, he takes up automotive classes. 'Pinoy Fear Factor" will hopefully give way for a number of first-times for RJ: First time to be out of the country, first time to ride on a plane, first time to be seen on TV and first time to be given the opportunity to compete for P2 million and

Manuel Chua Jr.- Pinoy Fear Factor Noveno Participante

Manuel Chua Jr., 27 from Cabanatuan City is the struggling businessman of the show. A self-employed guy fears failure and crocodiles. Manuel is a good son and an able father to his four-year-old daughter. But years back, he said, there was not a bit of good in him. He had plenty of vices. He was a womanizer and a speed junkie too. After plenty of mistakes and a few car accidents, a blessing came into his life: his daughter from his current partner. Though his partner is a lawyer and from a well-to-do family, Manuel wants to be the provider of his own family. He runs a business he inherited from his father. But running the appliance store is a big challenge for Manuel. Before his father passed away because of liver cirrhosis, they had 36 branches all over Luzon. Now, they only have three branches left. He said however he will not stop struggling for his lifetime responsibility. Everyday, he struggles to keep the business alive. Everyday, he struggles to provide for his daughter. And now

ABS-CBN Dominates 2008 Catholic Mass Media Awards (Complete List of Winners)

Final Tally of awards: 1. ABS-CBN: 6 trophies 2. DZMM: 6 trophies 3. GMA: 4 trophies 4. Q TV: 3 trophies 5. TV 5: 2 trophies 6. DZBB: 1 trophy Here are the list of winners in the 2008 Catholic Mass Media Awards: Radio: Best Counseling Program: Dr. Love (DZMM 630/ABS-CBN) Best Public Service Program: Sugpuin Ang Korupsyon (DZRH/CCP) Best Drama Program: Nagmamahal Manay Gina (DZBB/GMA) Sugpuin Ang Korupsyon (DZRH/CCP) Best Educational Program: Konsyumer at iba pa (DZMM 630/ABS-CBN) Best Entertainment Program: Back To The Eighties (Monster Radio RX 93.1) Television Best Adult Educational/Cultural Program: I-Witness The GMA Documentaries (GMA); Jay Taruc's "Batang Kalabaw" and "Sandra Aguinaldo's Iskul Ko No.1" Best Business News/Feature: Asenso Pinoy TV (ABC) Best Children's Program: Kids On Q (QTV) Best Drama Series/Program: Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) Best Entertainment Program: Day Off (QTV) Best News Magazine: Rated K (ABS-CBN) Best News Program: TV Patr

Valerie "Bangs" Garcia is Maxim Philippines November 2008 Cover Girl

As the cover girl for Maxim Magazine's November issue, Valerie says she is more than ready for this new kind of challenge. "It's really going to be my first ever solo sexy magazine cover. Abangan sana ng mga tao. Medyo na-warm up na ako to do a sexy shoot because I already did the calendar. Nauna kasi yun. Doon ninerbiyos ako," she revealed. However, doing the cover of Maxim doesn't mean she's ready to totally drop her wholesome image. Valerie says that she wants to be "sexy but sweet." Know more about Bangs! Get your copy at all magazine stores nationwide.

Elvis Presley ranked top-earning dead celebrity

Reuters | NEW YORK - Elvis Presley may have left the building several decades ago, but his earning power is far from diminished with Forbes.com ranking him the top-earning dead celebrity for the second year in a row. Presley pulled in $52million in the past year, helped by increased visitors to his Graceland estate to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death and new ventures like the Elvis Sirius Satellite Radio show, according to the web site. "While things might be topsy-turvy in the financial markets above ground, it's still a bull market in the boneyard," Forbes.com said. Presley earned more between October 2007and October 2008 than some of the music industry's biggest living pop stars like Justin Timberlake ($44million) and Madonna ($40 million), Forbes.com said. Coming in at No. 2with $33 million in earnings was cartoonist Charles Schulz, who died in 2000 and is best known for his "Peanuts" comic strip, while Australian actor Heath Ledger nabbed t

'Bata' still top Pinoy in AZBilliards list, two others in top 10

He may not be as rich as his compatriots in terms of winnings this year but Efren "Bata" Reyes has proven that he is still king Pinoy cue master as far as AZBilliards.com rankings are concerned. Reyes, also dubbed as "The Magician", remained in sixth place in the weekly standings that saw Shane Van Boening jumping a notch at number one. Reyes has so far earned $ 5,500 in international tournaments, with the last one being the Qatar International Open in July. Bustamante, meanwhile, trailed Reyes closely at seventh, dropping three notches from last week's rankings. His last tournament was the US 9-Ball Championships in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he finished ninth earlier this month. Orcollo, on the other hand, shed four places to finish the week at No. 9. He landed third in the US 9-Ball Open after finishing first in the Guangzhou, China leg of the Guinness 9-Ball Tour in September. In terms of earnings, Orcollo came first with $91,400, so far, followed by Franci

1,514 pass electronics engineer licensure exams

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Wednesday announced that 1,514out of 4,174 examinees passed the Electronics Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Electronics Engineering earlier this month. The results of the examinations were released in three working days after the examinations, the PRC said. Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will start on Thursday, November 6, but not later than November 18, 2008. Those who will register are required to bring the following: 1. Duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyunal 2. Current Community Tax Certificate (cedula) 3. Two pieces passport-sized picture (colored with white background and complete nametag) 4. One piece 1" x 1" picture (colored with white background and complete nametag) 5. Two sets of metered documentary stamps 6. One short brown envelope with name and profession Those who will register will also have to pay the ini

Bianca Roque- MYX VJ Search 2008 Winner

Bianca Roque is one of the few who actually did research on You Tube, observed VJs to get an idea on how to host and googled songs and artists on her free time. But all of this has been put to very good use. When her name was called out during the Finals Night, Bianca exclaimed, "I was shocked!!! I was called the last and the whole waiting game sort of left me hopeless already so I really couldn't believe it when they called my name." Though she was elated she won, she was also very emotional during the announcement. "I had mixed emotions when I was on stage. I was happy beyond belief for getting the job I want and sad because the search was so much fun and it had to end." This pretty gal has already started taping as an official MYX VJ and shares, "The first day is pretty intense. It's a whole league, like graduating from high school-college. Everyone is so good, it's pretty intimidating." What's more amazing is that Bianca admits that she

Chino Liu Pio- MYX VJ Search 2008 Winner

As for Chino Liu Pio, this cutie might look familiar for some. Not only did he appear in Hale's video "Kahit Pa," but he is actually Hale's biggest fan being lead singer Champ's younger brother! No wonder being in the entertainment business is in his blood. But though he loves music, he can never see himself as being in a band or performing but instead, sees himself as a messenger of music a.k.a. VJ. "I just want to perform the best way I can. And have 'Rock MYX' as my show. Haha!" Though he might look too much of a goody boy, this chinito also has a wacky side. He openly shares that he doesn't wear socks 99% of the time and just seems to be smiling 24/7. It may be his small eyes or the way his face lights up, but Chino may be one of the most happy and cheerful people you have met. He may look very confident with the way he hosts, but this guy admits that he never thought he would win. "I was a bit shocked at first but hey I'll take

Monica Yncierto- MYX VJ Search 2008 Winner

One look at this gal and you'll know that she's someone really special. Meet Monica Yncierto, the girl who rules with her bangs and hosting skills. Surely she's a pro in the field as she is currently a radio jock. Having wanted to audition in MYX for the past three years, Monica is pretty lucky to have been chosen during her first audition. And why wouldn't she be? With her vast knowledge of the music industry, ranging from the artists to the songs itself, Monica has the right attitude and funk to rock it out on the VJ scene. "The job meant everything to me. It wasn't just something I did for the heck of it. It was a make or break for me." What sets her apart from the other finalists, besides having her hair done before auditioning, is that she can be a lot of different things. Already internalizing as a MYX VJ, Monica shares, "Expect me to be difficult to categorize. I look like 'Rock MYX,' I'm happy like 'Pop MYX,' I'm lively

Robi Domingo- MYX VJ Search 2008 Winner

Robi "Crush ng Bayan" Domingo is one of the PBB Teens runners-up and recently appeared in the hit show "My Girl." But this Atenean cutie proves to be more than just a pretty face. Juggling both his studies and the numerous projects being lined up for him, Robi is now even conquering the VJ world! When he heard his name during the announcement at the Finals night, everyone saw how much he wanted to win. "I felt pressured that time because from now on I'll be carrying MYX's name. I told myself, 'Robi, you always have to be at your best.' But I really felt happy because I am part of the number 1 music channel in the Philippines." But don't think he'll just charm his way into your hearts with his disarming smile and puppy dog eyes (though this usually happens), Robi will also captivate you with smart conversation and a no-nonsense outlook in life. Taking everything seriously, from his studies and work, this Rico Yan look-alike even rese

Itchyworms promotes 'Self-Titled' album

One of the country's most popular Filipino rock bands, Itchyworms, is now busy promoting their newest album titled "Self-Titled." "Gusto lang naming i-plug sa inyo itong aming bagong album 'Self-Titled' under Sony-BMG Records available salahat ng record bars sa Pilipinas," Itchyworms said in an interview. The album according to the band is composed of 16 tracks which include songs like "Penge Naman Ako N'iyan," "Bugbog-Sarado," "Gusto Ko Lamang Sa Buhay," "Sino Ka Nga Ba?," "Nahuli Mo Na Ba Ako?", "Freak-Out, Baby," "Suplado Ka Pala Sa Personal," "Isang Al Frescong Takip-Silim Sa Cafe Francois," "Pataasan Nng Weewee," "Tuksyude! Tuksyude! Tuksyude!," "Steady Lang Tayo," "Awitin Para Sa Mga Nagmumuni-Muni," "Sana Maniwala Sa'Yo," "Yokonakitamakita," "Misis Fely Nimfa Ang Pangalan," and "Para Sa

St. Luke's October 30, 2008 Medical Bulletin on Bolante

We are issuing this medical bulletin relating to the confinement of Mr. Jocelyn I. Bolante at St. Luke's Medical Center after receiving the patient's and his family's consent to release the information. Mr. Bolante was admitted at around midnight of October 28, 2008. He was complaining of chest pain and general body weakness. It was noted that he has lost a considerable amount of weight. The patient also has a history of peptic ulcer disease, for which he has been taking maintenance medication. On admission, his blood pressure was noted to be fluctuating. Some of the tests that we have already done are Electrocardiography, 2-D Echo, abdominal ultrasound, and other diagnostic tests. All the results of these tests so far are normal. However, the CT scan of the chest showed signs of atheromatous aorta and coronary arteries, which need to be further investigated. This afternoon, he will undergo a stress test. Tomorrow, he is scheduled to undergo a gastroscopy exam to find out t

Jommy Teotico- Pinoy Fear Factor Octavo Participante

Jommy Teotico, 24 from Manila is a model who fears cockroaches and other insects. Jommy grew up playing in the streets of Manila; loved to make fun of his playmates; and the guy who makes others laugh at his antics. He's the guy who gets the girls he likes and the ones who like him. This boy grew up to be a playboy and an easy-going young man. He is the "alaskador" Jommy. Fate, however, knows how to play tricks as well. Jommy was framed up. After getting drunk, he woke up in bed with a woman who turned out to be married. Though he was 100% sure that nothing happened, the woman's in-laws who saw them believed otherwise. They both got beaten up. He almost died. Since then, he knew it was his second life. He vowed to change. Now, he's no longer the playboy and easy-going young man. Now, he's simply "alaskador" Jommy. Life for Jommy is not a big joke and definitely not easy at all. But jokes are his way to make life awesome and joking is what he'll d

Gail Nicolas- Pinoy Fear Factor Septima Participante

25-year-old Gail Nicolas was the the Bikini Summit '07 winner. She's a TV and ramp commercial model and a nail artist as well. She fears heights and dark places. Everybody will have to agree that, as a commercial and ramp model, Gail, is indeed hot and sexy--with a bikini summit title to boot. Behind the beauty, charm and the physique that gives her bread and butter, Gail is a woman who serves balls--that is, volleyballs. Back in college, she was a member of the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers team, serving and spiking volleyballs on the court. At home, she is the breadwinner of the family. When she was 17, her father's relatives made them move out of their house and soon, her father died. Since then, she works to serve the family and be their provider. She was even able to help her elder brother finish school. Gail is definitely an achiever. She bagged the bikini summit title. She overcame family hardships. And now, she is ready to win title, as the first ever, &

Elmer Felix- Pinoy Fear Factor Sexto Participante

Elmer Felix, 25 from Pampanga fears drowning, deep water, eating exotic and unusual edibles. A veterinarian and medical representative, there's more to this Kapampangan than meets the eye. Years ago, Elmer was a thin and average guy that's why he decided to put on some muscles, weight, and some extra "pogi" points. So, after years of persistent and religious workouts (five times a week), he is now a Kapampangan hunk. Before he got the professional license to treat animals, he was a college graduate striving to pass the board exam. He failed the first time but that didn't stop him. Despite his determination, he was still unsuccessful on his second attempt. Yet, his will and persistence was stronger: he passed the third time he took the board exam. If there's something that sets this Kapampangan apart, it's his competitive and persistent spirit. He never gives up until he gets what he wants. Now, Elmer is once again ready to prove to the world that with his

(November 2008) Philippine Nursing Board Exam Results (Complete List)

This serves as a placeholder for this event. Bookmark us now to be able to access this article the soonest possible time. Results will be posted immediately after the Professional Regualtion Commission (PRC) released the list of successful examinees to the public. Allow us to send the list to your email address by entering your email address at the box located below and at the site's sidebar. Enter your email address: Delivered by iKUWADERNO

Prostate Cancer Prevention Study Halted

The National Cancer Institute has halted its $114 million study of whether vitamin E and selenium can prevent prostate cancer . They can't -- at least not in the formulations and dosages used in the study, called SELECT ( SEL enium and vitamin E C ancer prevention T rial). The safety panel for the 35,000-man study called for a halt when an early look at the data showed no benefit for the treatment. Cancer Videos Video: Cancer and Exercise Video: Making Chemotherapy Safer Video: Foods After Cancer All Cancer-Related Videos Related Slideshows Dangers of Sun-Damaged Skin Common Adult Skin Problems Related to lymphoma , leukemia , chemotherapy , radiation , mammogram , PSA test , colonoscopy , herceptin , tamoxifen , breast cancer -- Colposcopy , lung cancer , skin cancer , prostate cancer , cervical cancer , colon cancer © 2008 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved. There were slightly more prostate cancers in men taking vitamin E alone, and slightly more diabetes in men taking onl

Charice not alone; Pinoy girl with Celine Dion in Unicef calendar

The country's young diva Charice is not alone when it comes to making dreams come true. Another young Filipina -- Mary Justin Galansa -- now shares the limelight with music icon Celine Dion after she posed and appeared with the international diva and children with stories of hope from all over the world for the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) 2009 calendar . Mary Jane is one of 12 children from nine countries who were chosen by Reader's Digest correspondents to be part of the "Faces of Hope" project. The project aims to raise funds for charities like CHU Sainte- Justine, Toronto Hospital for Sick Children and Unicef. Aside from Mary Jane, the other children, Chris, Milagros, Martunis, Anna, Elisabeta, Samu, Miles, Mario, Donald, Fanni and Andrew, along with members of their families also spent a week fulfilling their dreams in Montreal. They also went and see the Nigara Falls, rode a helicopter and met an Olympic champion. Mary Jane and the kids had their

Thailand finds smuggled Chinese chocolate tainted with melamine

Agence France-Presse | BANGKOK - Thailand's Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it had found high levels of melamine in chocolate bars smuggled in from China. In an official statement the agency said tests showed the Orphic brand of chocolate, discovered in a border town market, contained 34.37 milligrams of melamine per kilogram -- nearly 14 times the permitted level. The unlicensed chocolate was discovered in northeastern Mukdahan province, 642 kilometers (400 miles) from Bangkok. The agency urged consumers not to buy any imported c which have not been FDA-certified. "The FDA has asked Mukdahan provincial authority to crack down on the selling of illegal chocolate and notified all provincial health authorities not to allow the selling of this chocolate," the statement said. Four Chinese children died and at least 53,000 were made ill after consuming dairy products laced with melamine, an industrial chemical used in the manufacture of plastics. The chemical had

Yahoo'sTop-Rated Horror Movies of All Time (Complete List)

Yahoo! have compiled a list of the top horror movies according to its user. 30. Friday the 13th 29. Poltergeist 28. Dawn of the Dead (2004) 27. Underworld 26. Scream 25. Carrie 24. The Birds 23. Texas Chain Saw Massacre 22. Saw 21. Dawn of the Dead (1979) 20. Misery 19. Nightmare on Elm Street 18. Night of the Living Dead 17. The Thing 16. Frankenstein 15. The Lost Boys 14. Evil Dead 13. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn 12. American Psycho 11. Dracula 10. The Exorcist 9. The Orphanage 8. Saw II 7. Shaun of the Dead 6. Alien 5. The Shining 4. Jaws 3. Halloween 2. Psycho 1. Silence of the Lambs

Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2008 (Complete List)

After a voting period that drew more than 200,000 votes, AskMen.com's Top 49 Most Influential Men of 2008 have been chosen, and the list is now revealed. This year, we presented our readers with a unique voting process: In addition to picking those candidates who had most influenced them, readers were given the tools to comment on how each candidate had influenced them. The final result is a list of men whose breadth of influence spans multiple industries and countries, and who have inspired everyday guys in a variety of ways. So, who had the biggest impact on the way men behave, buy and think? 1. Barack Obama 2. Steve Jobs 3. Michael Phelps 4. Robert Downey Jr. 5. Stephen Colbert 6. Gordon Ramsay 7. Christian Bale 8. Rob Kay 9. Cristiano Ronaldo 10. John McCain 11. Lorne Michaels 12. Tom Ford 13. Mark Zuckerberg 14. Dana White 15. Jon Stewart 16. Thom Yorke 17. Kanye West 18. Kobe Bryant 19. Ben Bernanke 20. LeBron James 21. Usain Bolt 22. George Clooney 23. Jonathan Ive 24. Laksh

ABS-CBN's "Thrillecine" (Thriller-Suspense Movie made for TV) on November 2

In time for the Halloween season, the Kapamilya Network will air a TV special that aims to send chills through out audience viewers. Thrillecine, which marks ABS-CBN's first foray into the thriller-suspense genre, will be aired this Sunday, November 2, on Sunday's Best. This TV event will feature two thriller-suspense movies-made-for-TV: "Sikreto ni Secret Admirer," which stars Roxanne Guinoo, and Zanjoe Marudo, and "Karera sa Promotion," which has Gerald Anderson, Maui Taylor and Bembol Roco in the lead roles. "Ang Sikreto ni Secret Admirer" tells the story of Tikboy (Zanjoe), an ugly, shy, but kind-hearted mailman who is in love with the beautiful Helen (Roxanne), who is nursing a broken heart. Because of his undesirable appearance, he decided just to stalk Helen. He then finds Helen falling in love with a secret admirer-letter sender. Tikboy then decided to assume this person's identity, who will not let his lady love fall for Tikboy because

Arrival Statement of former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn "jocjoc" Bolante

Arrival Statement of former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante (October 28, 2008) Many baseless accusations have been thrown against me these past years. I chose to remain silent but I've come to realize that the more I remain silent, the more vicious the accusations have become. My family and I had to endure the hardships and humiliation attendant to these accusations. Now that I am back, I assure you that I will answer any and all accusations at the proper forum. But first I shall seek a medical check-up and treatment due to mainly to the mental and physical stress and ailments brought about due to my detention in the United States. I had no intention of snubbing the Senate hearings, and I had made known to the Senate in writing the reasons for my non-appearance, that I had made prior commitments abroad which were set long before the scheduled hearings. In truth and in fact, I committed through counsel in writing to appear before the Senate during the last week of January

Marion Angelo dela Cruz- Pinoy Fear Factor Quinto Participante

"Balikbayan" Marion Angelo dela Cruz, who grew up in Vienna, Austria, is a student and has a fear of heights. De La Cruz' father is a driver in an embassy while his mother is a cleaning lady in another embassy. Though he lived most of his life in Austria, his parents managed to make him learn Tagalog dialect and live the good Filipino values. He met a lot of girls in Vienna, but he said he never had any serious relationships there. For him, he prefers conservative Filipinas over liberated Austrians. He was also a good soccer player but he got into a lot of vices and trouble that he became unfit to play any sport at all. He was smoking, drinking and got involved in fights, he said, because of racism. He was too much too handle so his parents decided to fly him back to the Philippines to live with his lola (grandmother). He said he managed to overcome the challenge of starting anew in the Philippines. He got used to the daily challenges of helping his lola do the chores and

Jamie Ann "Janna" Dominguez- Pinoy Fear Factor Cuarta Participante

Stand-up comedienne Jamie Ann "Janna" Dominguez from Quezon City is the fourth contestant of the show. Dominguez, who is now 18 years old is a currently a glutathione sales agent. She has a fear of spiders and closed spaces (claustrophobia). She maybe young but the things she had gone through and is going through made her older, stronger and bolder. Dominguez looks like one of the lead characters in a hit Koreanovela seen on primetime television. Her life story is even similar to theirs: an optimistic young girl with a sad story, then life gets better. The only difference is that hers is just starting to get good. Her biological mother left their family and is now living a good life in Japan. Her father married a 25-year old woman who became her mother and best friend. But life is still hard that is why his father still works in Japan as a construction worker. Driven to provide for the family and have his father enjoy retirement sooner, Dominquez works hard. Now, with that dr

Ram Sagad- Pinoy Fear Factor Tercero Participante

Ram Sagad or simply Ram is the third player of "Pinoy Fear Factor." Sagad is 23 and a former basketball player. He's from Quezon City and currently busy with modeling projects and studying. Sagad has a fear of heights and unusual and exotic edibles. Sagad said he enjoys playing basketball and considers the game as his first love. He played in the NCAA but things seemed unfair for him that's why, he said, he had to let go. Quitting basketball was a very difficult choice for him but he was happy he chose to keep his self-confidence than to continue playing knowing, he said, that he was not being given due recognition. Sagad said that he is too young to take things too seriously, the reason why his life revolves around his parents, his brother, school playing basketball and video games with his friends. The six-footer-guy said that playing for "Pinoy Fear Factor" would be a new and big adventure for him. He hopes that his athletic background will be an advantag

Phoemela Barranda- Pinoy Fear Factor Segunda Participante

Model and TV Patrol Star Patroller Phoemela Barranda, 27, from Parañaque fears snakes and insects. Barranda can be seen almost everyday as she gives the latest updates on entertainment news on TV Patrol and weekly entertainment show "The Buzz." She's also known for her glamorous and daring poses on the covers of different magazines and billboards. "Phem" said that she joined the reality show to prove that just like everybody she has more to offer plus the fact the does not want to be canned as "just a celebrity." Barranda is from the second family of her father. In the Philippines, some tend to be different and unfair towards people like her who did not have a "normal" family. Phem believes that her participation in "Pinoy Fear Factor" will break the perception on her as a "usual celebrity". She is set to let the people know Phem as she faces her fears and as she fights it out to become the first "El Ultimo Participan

LJ Moreno- Pinoy Fear Factor Prima Participante

Actress LJ Moreno is also a pre-school Teacher. Moreno, 27 from Marikina has a fear of deep water and cockroaches. Moreno started her career by doing television commercials and posing for magazines. She also acted in some TV shows and films. Though her showbiz career was going steady, she had to say goodbye for a while to focus on other things and events that are important to her as well. Moreno wanted to focus on making things better for her family. Her parents separated and her mother migrated to the United States. She became her younger siblings' sister and mother. She also wanted to try out a different life. She finished a degree specializing on early childhood education taking care of her younger siblings and of other kids at the same time. Just when her family and her new career were doing well, her two-year relationship with her boyfriend failed. That's why she promised herself not to make the same mistakes again. In the period when she was not in showbiz, she grew fond

Mega Manila TV Ratings (October 24 to 26, 2008)

Here are the Top 10daytime and primetime programs from October 24 to 26 based on the overnight ratings conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines among Mega Manila households: October 24 (Friday) Daytime: Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) -25.5% Una Kang Naging Akin (GMA-7) - 22.9% Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan (GMA-7) - 21.6% Daisy Siete (GMA-7) -20.2% Marimar (GMA-7) -18.1% Wowowee (ABS-CBN) -17.7% Ligaw Na Bulaklak (ABS-CBN) - 16.3% El Cuerpo del Deseo (ABS-CBN) - 15.9% Pilipinas, Game KNB? (ABS-CBN) - 15.7% SiS (GMA-7) - 12.4% Primetime: Gagambino (GMA-7) -36.5% La Lola (GMA-7) - 35.5% Survivor Philippines (GMA-7) - 31.5% Codename: Asero (GMA-7) - 30.9% Bubble Gang (GMA-7) -30.5% 24 Oras (GMA-7) -27.7% Iisa Pa Lamang (ABS-CBN) - 25.9% TV Patrol World (ABS-CBN) - 23.3% I Love Betty La Fea (ABS-CBN) - 23.1% Dyosa (ABS-CBN) -22.7% October 25 (Saturday) Daytime Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) -27.4% Pinoy Records (GMA-7) -20.9% Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) -18.8% The Singing Bee (ABS-CBN) - 18.5% Takeshi's Castle (GMA-7) - 16

Scientists Develop Artificial Heart That Beats

An artificial heart that beats almost exactly like the real thing is to be implanted in patients within three years in a trial that may offer hope to heart disease sufferers unable to receive a transplant. The device, which uses electronic sensors to regulate the heart rate and blood flow, was developed by Alain Carpentier, France's leading cardiac surgeon, and engineers from the group that makes Airbus aircraft. Presented yesterday, it was described by its inventors as the closest thing yet to the human heart. If you show the graphs to a cardiac surgeon, he will say it's a human heart, Professor Carpentier said. But no, it's not a human heart, it's the prosthesis. He said that he had spent two decades on the project because I found it intolerable to see young people --aged 40, 45 or 50 --dying of massive heart attacks without having a prosthesis available to replace their hearts. The French announcement is the latest in a race by doctors to produce a device that could

New York woman gives birth to sextuplets

NEW YORK (Reuters) -A New York woman gave birth to sextuplets -- four boys and two girls --earlier this month, the Mount Sinai Medical Center said on Monday. But Digna and Victor Carpio, who also have a seven-year-old son, kept the birth as secret for three weeks as their babies fought to survive, the New York Daily News reported. The babies --identified at the moment as A, B, C, D, E and F -- were born by Caesarean section on October 6 during the 25th week of pregnancy, about three months early, each weighing between 1.5 and 2pounds (680 and 900 grams), the newspaper reported. "I've watched each of my babies fight so hard to survive," Carpio, 31, told the Daily News. "Life is beautiful and we're so thankful." The Daily News reported that the Carpio sextuplets are only the second set born in New York City. The paper said all six babies have now very good odds of survival. The couple plans to name them before they turn one-month-old. The hospital confirmed th

Wal-Mart removes brand of eggs from China stores

BEIJING - Wal-Mart said Tuesday it had stopped selling a brand of eggs in its Chinese stores after food safety regulators in Hong Kong found excessive levels of the industrial chemical melamine in eggs sold under the brand. The world's largest retailer said it has removed a brand of eggs produced by China's Dalian Hanwei Enterprise Group from all of its stores in China. "We just want to make sure the products on our shelves are safe. We will work closely with suppliers and the government and other related organizations to make further steps," Mu Mingming, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart, told The Associated Press by telephone from Shenzhen. Hanwei apologized to consumers in Hong Kong on Tuesday after testers in the Chinese territory on Saturday found its eggs contained melamine, the chemical at the heart of a tainted milk scandal that has sickened tens of thousands of Chinese children. Hong Kong television station TVB reported Tuesday that the company's director Han We

Bacolod International Billiards Fest qualifiers set November 8-11

Organizers have announced that applications are now open for the qualifying round for the 1st Bacolod International Billiards Festival from November 12-16 in Bacolod City. The qualifiers, which will be under the "Villiards: International Invitational 9-Ball Open", is set from November 8 to 11 at the Celebrity Billiards along Burgos Street in Bacolod. Winners of the qualifying event will earn spots for the tournament proper. The qualifying round is open to all billiard players, male or female, with no age limit and a registration fee of P500. Applications are first-come, first-served. Top two players of each day will emerge as winners from every set of 64. The eight winners of the four-day qualifying round are guaranteed $300each at the much-awaited International Invitational 9-Ball Open where they will vie for the cup prize of $37,800.-abs-cbnNEWS.com

Women in red drive men crazy

Reuters | A poster of the 1984 film "The Woman in Red" starring Gene Wilder and Kelly LeBrock. A new study shows that women who wear red clothing are more sexually attractive to men. WASHINGTON - If a woman wants to drive men wild, she might want to dress in red. Men rated a woman shown in photographs as more sexually attractive if she was wearing red clothing or if she was shown in an image framed by a red border rather than some other colour, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. The study led by psychology professor Andrew Elliot of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, seemed to confirm red as the colour of romance -- as so many Valentine's Day card makers and lipstick sellers have believed for years. Although this "red alert" may be a product of human society associating red with love for eons, it also may arise from more primitive biological roots, Elliot said. Noting the genetic similarity of humans to higher primates, he said scientists have sh

Ayala Malls bag International awards

Ayala Malls has won three awards from the world renowned International Council of Shopping Centers. ICSC recognized and honored the shopping center industry's most cutting-edge properties, innovative solutions and creative responses to market trends, as well as outstanding examples of design and development throughout the world during the gala awards rites on October 15 at the ICSC Asia Expo in Macau. The award giving body said Ayala Malls are known known for innovative retail developments, creating well-planned lifestyle centers, and building beyond commercial spaces. Ayala Malls received top recognition under the categories of Design & Development and Marketing. Ayala Center, Makati "Bravo Filipino: A Tribute to Filipino's Creativity and Ingenuity," which featured a four-month long festival celebrating the Filipino creative genius during the opening of Greenbelt 5 garnered a Gold award for Marketing excellence. Bonifacio High Street, the country's first &quo

Scientists develop cancer fighting tomato

Reuters | LONDON- A purple tomato genetically engineered to contain nutrients more commonly seen in dark berries helped prevent cancer in mice, British researchers said on Sunday. The finding, published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, bolsters the idea that plants can be genetically modified to make people healthier. Cancer-prone mice fed the modified fruit lived significantly longer than animals fed a standard diet with and without regular tomatoes, Cathie Martin and colleagues at the government-funded John Innes Center in Britain reported. "The effect was much bigger than we had expected," said Martin, a plant biologist. The study focused on anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant found in berries such as blackberries and blackcurrants that have been shown to lower risk of cancer, heart disease and some neurological diseases. While an easy health boost, many people do not eat enough of these fruits, the researchers said. Using genes that help color the snapdragon flower, t

San Miguel buys GSIS' Meralco stake for P26B

In a surprise move late Monday, state pension fund the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has agreed to sell its entire 27percent stake in the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) at P90 per share or a total of P26 billion (excluding interest). The sale represents a 102 percent premium over Meralco's closing price Monday. In a disclosure to the stock exchange, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said it has agreed to acquire the GSIS stake in Meralco to be payable in three years. "It's a very good price, it represents over 100 percent premium (over market price). This is the highest amount you can get during the lowest point of the stock market," Winston Garcia said in a phone interview with ABS-CBN. On Monday, Meralco's share price closed at P44.50 a piece. Asked why the hasty disposal of its shares in MERALCO, Garcia said: "We received a very attractive offer and it is my mandate to ensure that government funds are earning despite the weak market. We are happy to

Phoemela Barranda and LJ Moreno are Pinoy Fear Factor 'participantes'

TV Patrol World "Star Patroller" Phoemela Barranda and Viva talent LJ Moreno are testing their mettle in ABS-CBN's "Pinoy Fear Factor" -- the country's scariest and most challenging reality show to date. Laurenti Dyogi, the show's business unit head, said Phoemela and LJ are just two of 12 "participantes" in the new reality show that pits seven males and five females in death-defying stunts in South America. "We made right choices as proven by the participantes' involvement in the program and strength from their character and personality. They are very interesting to watch. Hindi kami nagkamali ng pagpili sa kanila. We are very happy with the selection and I think matutuwa din ang mga manonood sa mga ipinakita ng ating mga participantes," Dyogi said. The other participantes are: Elmer - a veterinary Jose - a culinary student Manuel - a 'balikbayan' from Australia Jommy - a model Ram - former varsity player Marion - a chall

World's fattest man weds friend's widow

Agence France-Press | MONTERREY - Mexican Manuel Uribe, the world's fattest man in the 2007 Guinness Book of Records, on Sunday married his friend's widow in a televised ceremony the US Discovery Channel dubbed "My Big Fat Mexican Wedding." Despite shedding 230kilograms (570pounds) from 590kilograms early on this year, Uribe, 43, had to be carried by a crane on his bed, where he has been confined for years, to the makeshift altar at a venue 30 minutes from his home. The ceremony was televised by Discovery as part of a special, exclusive program titled after the 2002 US movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," with other reporters from Japan, Germany and Argentina in tow. Uribe has been suffering from morbid obesity since 1992. He was gripped by suicidal thoughts until February of this year when he undertook a drastic diet. He and his wife, Claudia Solis, first met four years ago at the deathbed of a friend of his who weighed 250 kilograms (551 pounds). The wedding

ABS-CBN holds 'Trabaho Patrols' in various parts of the country

Over the weekend, thousands of job seekers trooped to ABS-CBN Regional Network Group's "Trabaho Patrol" which was held in various parts of the country together with the Department of Labor and Employment. Fresh graduates, young and old and even those with disabilities lined up at the tables of local and overseas employment agencies--- all hoping to land a job. Accompanied by his mother, Jan Erik Balbastre of Camarines Sur did not want to miss the opportunity. "Pareho lang naman kaming may mga kapansanan sa mga walang kapansanan," sadi Balbastre who came on his wheelchair. "Pinalaki ko ang anak ko na nakikipaghalubilo sa lipunan at para 'wag maging withdrawn," said his mother, Purita. In Isabela City in Basilan province, apart from the job opportunities, residents and government agencies see the activity in a more positive light. They want everyone to have a job here or abroad to get them away from possible involvement in rebel groups. In Cebu out o

RP stock market halts trading after 10% fall

The Philippine Stock Exchange halted trading past mid-trade on Monday after the key index plummeted over 10 percent. At 11:23 a.m., the 30-company composite index, the main barometer of price movements on the local bourse, fell 10.03percent to 1,757.46points. This is the first time that the market implemented the "circuit breaker" rule, which aims to give investors time to digest the impact of an unusual market drop and help restore normalcy in the equity market.

"High School Musical 3" tops box office

Reuters | LOS ANGELES- In one of the more unusual duels at the North American box office, a perky Disney romantic musical trumped the fifth installment in the grisly "Saw" horror series, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday. "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," the first big-screen adaptation of Walt Disney Co's popular TV movie franchise, sold $42 million worth of tickets during its first three days. The opening sets a new record for a musical, surpassing the $27.8 million bow of the ABBA-themed romance "Mamma Mia!" in July. "Saw V" followed with $30.5 million, in line with the previous three installments. Moviegoers can expect additional sequels of both films. The one-two punch of the disparate duo propelled overall weekend sales to their highest level in 10 weeks. The top 12films grossed $120million, according to tracking firm Media By Numbers, up about 40 percent from both last weekend and the year-ago weekend. But the news was

Top 9 Haunted hotels to keep you awake

Reuters Life! | SYDNEY - Suicide, murder, untimely deaths, all set the grisly stage for macabre stories of hauntings and other ghostly tales drawing visitors to supposedly haunted hotels around the world ahead of Halloween. Travel Web site ProfessionalTravelGuide.com has come up with a list of 9 haunted hotels (http://www.professionaltravelguide.com/Haunted-Hotels-2008) for thrill-seekers who like hearing things go bump in the night. This list is not endorsed by Reuters: 1. Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California Kate Morgan's body was found six days after she checked into Room 302 of the Hotel del Coronado to meet her estranged husband on Thanksgiving Day 1892. He reportedly never showed up. Kate's untimely death was ruled a suicide. Room 302 is now known as Room 3312, but Kate's spirit is said to roam the entire hotel. 2. Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, California The site of the first Academy Awards and the center of Hollywood during its heyday, The Roosevelt Hotel is said

Vaccine slashes diarrheal illness in kids - doctors

WASHINGTON - A vaccine against rotavirus, the leading cause of diarrhea in infants, has led to a dramatic drop in hospitalization and emergency room visits since it came on the market two years ago, doctors reported Saturday. A bonus: the vaccine seems to be preventing illness even in unvaccinated children by cutting the number of infections in the community that kids can pick up and spread. "We're a little surprised by the degree of impact given the coverage we've achieved," said Jane Seward of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only about half of young children had received the vaccine and very few had received all three doses when the studies were done. Results were reported Saturday at an infectious diseases conference in Washington. Before the vaccine, more than 200,000U.S. children were taken to emergency rooms and more than 55,000 were hospitalized each year with rotavirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea, mostly from January through May

Vatican suspends bishop who adopted woman

NEW DELHI - The Vatican has suspended a Roman Catholic bishop in southern India after he adopted a 26-year-old woman, a senior church official said Saturday. Bishop John Thattungal, 58, will be barred from performing any religious or administrative duties until a formal inquiry into his conduct is completed, said the Rev. Stephen Alathara, a spokesman for the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council, in a telephone interview from the southern Indian city of Kochi. Alathara said the bishop's adoption of the woman earlier this year had upset other priests in the Kochi diocese. "The majority of the priests were unhappy and asked for his resignation," he said, adding that the Vatican ordered the suspension on Thursday. He said there are questions surrounding the legality of the adoption because the woman is not a minor. Thattungal could not be reached for comment, but news reports in Kerala have quoted him as saying, "I have only fatherly love toward the woman who has spirit

Philippine biscuit found positive for melamine in Hongkong

MANILA, Philippines- A Philippine-made biscuit product tested positive for melamine in Hong Kong, the Chinese territory's Centre for Food Safety (CFS) disclosed Saturday. The CFS website said Croley Foods Sunflower Crackers (Blueberry Cream Sandwich) was found to contain 3.2 parts per million (ppm) melamine. "We have informed the food trade of the test results and asked them to stop selling the products with unsatisfactory results. We have also sent warning letters to the retailers and the importers concerned. The CFS will take out prosecution if there is sufficient evidence," it said in a press statement. The sample tested was a big pack (270grams) containing 10small individual packs, with expiry date Dec. 5, 2008. The level of melamine detected was 3.2 ppm. CFS said the Philippine-made biscuit product was one of two food products found "unsatisfactory" during tests for melamine. Croley Foods Sunflower Crackers, with its sales and marketing office located in No

"Matanglawin" nominated in 2008 Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union Prizes

Walang takot na sumailalim sa isang operasyon na tinatawag na endoscopy si Kuya Kim Atienza, kung saan ipinasok ang maliit na camera sa kanyang bituka para makita kung ano ang nasa loob nito tulad ng bukol at iba pa. Silipin kung ano ang itsura ng ating mga lamang-loob at ano ang mga nangyayari sa pagkain kapag pumapasok na ito sa ating mga tiyan sa palabas na Matanglawin. Ang ABS-CBN show na ito ay nominadong sa Best Children's Program category ng Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union Prizes 2008. Ang finals ng ABU Prizes ay gagawin sa November 24 sa Bali, Indonesia. Susubukan din ni Kuya Kim ang tinatawag na PET-CT kung saan inii-scan ang utak ng tao para makita sa monitor ang brain activity at malaman kung may sakit tulad ng epilepsy, tumor, atbp. Alamin din kung ano ang itsura ng baga ng taong naninigarilyo at hindi. Alamin rin ang pagkakaiba ng taong may malusog na puso at hindi. Kilalanin din ang mga hayop na nabubuhay na walang puso at baga. Samahan si Kuya Kim Atienza sa kakaiban

Why Why Love on ABS-CBN premieres NOVEMBER 3

Why Why Love is a Taiwanese Drama starring Rainie Yang, Mike He and Kingone Wang. Since all 3 starred in the China Television 2005 hit drama Devil Beside You, this was originally thought to be the sequel. However, Why Why Love is not the sequel to Devil Beside Youand has a distinctly different story line. It was originally named by "Exchange Love". Plot Summary Tong Jia Di needs a life besides work, paying down family debt, and more work. So her best friend Jiang Xiao Nan sneaks in a "Love" coupon in Jia Di's raffle box praying that the lucky guy who draws it will sweep Jia Di off her feet. As it so happens, Huo Yan, the compassionate manager Jia Di has secret crush on, is the lucky guy. But, though the prince can exchange the coupon for Cinderella's love, it doesn't mean he will, especially when his devilish younger brother is determined to exchange his "Master/Angel" coupon for her servitude. Cast Rainie Yang as Tong Jia Di Mike He as Huo Da

Lightning kills 52 cows

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Lightning struck only once - but 52 cows are dead at an Uruguayan ranch. The newspaper El Pais reports that the cows had pressed against a wire fence during a storm when the lightning bolt struck in the northern state of San Jose. A photograph released by the San Jose Police Department shows the black and brown cows lying dead in a long row. The newspaper said Friday that veterinarians at the scene confirmed the cause of the deaths, which happened Wednesday. The veterinarians told the newspaper that cows often crowd around fences to seek protection during storms. Meteorologist Fernando Torena told the newspaper he wasn't surprised that a single lightning bolt killed so many cows. But he called it "very bad luck." - AP

Yahoo plans new operations

LA VISTA, California -Yahoo Inc. says it will invest at least $100million in a new data center in Nebraska, creating at least 100 jobs. The announcement Friday from the Internet company and Nebraska officials comes just days after Yahoo said it would cut at least 1,500 workers as it deals with the economic downturn. Earlier this year, Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo applied for the biggest slate of state tax breaks available in Nebraska to help set up some operations in La Vista. Its plans include a customer service center in Omaha. If the company goes ahead with the project, within four years it would have to invest at least $100million and create at least 100 jobs with a minimum average salary of $68,700. - AP

ESPN to feature Pacquiao story in TV show

MANILA, Philippines -US-based sports network ESPN is set to air a 60-minute television special on Manny Pacquiao's iconic rise in the sport of boxing. In a report at Doghouseboxing.com, ESPN will air Pacquiao's story on Tuesday on their primetime newsmagazine show on E:60. ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap will take an inside look on Pacquiao's rise from poverty to the Philippines national icon. Pacquiao is the only Asian boxer to win four world titles in different weight divisions. He is the current holder of the WBC Lightweight title, and previously won the WBC Super Featherweight, IBF Super Bantamweight and WBC Flyweight title belts. He was also named by Ring Magazine as the top pound-for-pound boxer in the world. Pacquiao became boxing's talk of the town in June 2001 when he defeated IBF Super Bantamweight champion Lehlo Ledwaba by technical knockout. -GMANews.TV

Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother killed: reports

Reuters | CHICAGO - The mother and brother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death in the mother's Chicago home on Friday, media reported. The Chicago Tribune said one of the victims was Hudson's mother, Darnell Donnerson. The entertainment website TMZ, citing a neighbor, said Hudson's brother Jason also was found dead. A cousin who lived nearby discovered the bodies, TMZ said. The Tribune, quoting police, said the killings may be linked to a domestic disturbance. The Chicago Police Department confirmed two people were found shot to death at the residence and said it was "being investigated as a homicide." But police did not release the identities of the victims or other details. Other media reports said a 7-year-old boy, also a family member, was taken from the scene and that police had issued an alert for him. Hudson won an Academy Award for her role in "Dream Girls."

Two Cinema One Originals films win in Cinemanila 2008

Confessional, written and directed by Jerrold Tarog and Ruel Dahis Antipuesto, received the Best Southeast Asian Film award, while Imburnal by writer-director Sherad Anthony Sanchez won the Lino Brocka Grand Prize at the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival last October 20. Held at the Malacañang Palace, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo personally handed the awards along with Cinemanila festival director Amable "Tikoy" Aguiluz, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) chairperson and Department of Education Undersecretary Vilma Labrador, and NCCA executive director Cecile Guidote Alvarez. Produced, written and directed by Tarog and Antipuesto, Confessional won seven awards in the 2007 Cinema One Originals Awards, 6awards at the 24th PMPC Star Awards for movies and Best Film in the First Features Section of the 10th Osian Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema in New Delhi, India last July 19, 2008. Initially making his mark in the digital film Huling Balyan ng B