Prime Day surpasses Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined for Amazon

 

Amazon.com Inc. need not to wait for Black Friday to sell huge numbers as it reaches a milestone in it’s offering of two-day Prime Day shopping event by surpassing record of Black Friday and Cyber Monday accumulated. Amazon said that over 175 million items were bought that this was the largest ever for the company.

Among the hottest Amazon products are the Echo Dot and the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote. According to the company, Prime members purchased 350,000 luxury beauty products, 100,000 lunchboxes, 100,000 laptops and over more than a million toys.

Significantly, because of the early purchases, Prime members have a total of more than $1 billion of savings around the world. There were 18 nations joined this year’s Amazon Prime sales. Amazon also reported that it has the most new Prime members ever on July 15 and it was nearly duplicated on July 16.

Absolutely, Amazon continues to effectively capturing the attention of the shoppers through its unique products. Amazon offered some enticing home products like the iRobot Roomba 690 robovac, Amazon Smart Plug, and MyQ smart garage opener. For the shoppers, the huge discounts on Ring and Blink devices captivated them to purchase.

Here are the list of countries participated in the Amazon Prime Day event.

United States
United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates
Spain
Singapore
Netherlands
Mexico
Luxembourg
India
Germany
Austria
France
China
Canada
Belgium
Australia
Japan
Italy

“We want to thank Prime members all around the world,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. “Members purchased millions of Alexa-enabled devices, received tens of millions of dollars in savings by shopping from Whole Foods Market and bought more than $2 billion of products from independent small and medium-sized businesses. Huge thank you to Amazonians everywhere who made this day possible for customers.”

“Prime Day has become an indisputable summer shopping holiday, greatly benefiting online retailers that can attract consumers to their site through compelling email campaigns or offering value-add services like buy online, pick up in-store,” said Jason Woosley, vice president of Adobe’s Commerce Product division.

The shopping event enabled Amazon to increase in online sales of 68% according to Adobe Analytics.

Gilas Pilipinas FIBA World Cup 2019 Schedule and Roster

 

Gilas Pilipinas continue its quest for a shot of the title in the FIBA World Cup 2019. As part of the tournament, the Philippine Men’s basketball team posseses the best roster ever assembled in history of the country.

Hopefully, Jordan Clarkson will be able to play as his status remains obscure. Clarson can play with naturalized player Andray Blatche if FIBA decides that he is a local player. In that case, Gilas Pilipinas chances of advancing to the next round makes a sense. Clarkson, a 27-year-old NBA guard, traces his Filipino lineage through his mother, who is half-Filipino.

Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger are also considered as naturalized players. According to FIBA rule:

Foreign-born players with bloodline connection with the country they want to represent must prove their legal nationality through a passport obtained before turning age 16. Players who obtained their passport afterwards can still play but they would be considered as “naturalized” players by FIBA rather than as a local. FIBA allows one naturalized player to be on the roster of a national team per game.

In the Asian Games, the Philippines’ Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger are considered locals but FIBA classifies them as naturalized imports because they were issued their Philippine passports after turning 16. FIBA allows one naturalized player to be on the roster of a national team per game.

June Mar Fajardo, Kiefer Ravena, Gabe Norwood, Roger Pogoy, Marcio Lassiter, Mark Barroca, Paul Lee, Matthew Wright, Poy Erram, Troy Rosario, CJ Perez, Beau Belga, Robert Bolick, and Raymond Almazan.

The team will be cut into 12 players who will play Serbia, Italy, and Angola in the first round of the FIBA World Cup.

It is interesting to see how coach Yeng Guiao be able to maximize his players especially big man Fajardo.

August 31, 2019 (Saturday)
(3:30PM) Angola vs. Serbia
(4:00PM) Poland vs. Venezuela
(4:30PM) Russia vs. Nigeria
(4:30PM) Iran vs. Puerto Rico
(7:30PM) Philippines vs. Italy
(8:00PM) Cote d’Ivoire vs. China
(8:30PM) Argentina vs. Korea
(8:30PM) Spain vs. Tunisia

September 1, 2019 (Sunday)
(3:30PM) Canada vs. Australia
(4:00PM) New Zealand vs. Brazil
(4:30PM) Turkey vs. Japan
(4:30PM) Dominican Republic vs. Jordan
(7:30PM) Senegal vs. Lithuania
(8:00PM) Greece vs. Montenegro
(8:30PM) USA vs. Czech Republic
(8:30PM) France vs. Germany

September 2, 2019 (Monday)
(3:30PM) Italy vs. Angola
(4:00PM) Venezuela vs. Cote d’Ivoire
(4:30PM) Nigeria vs. Argentina
(4:30PM) Tunisia vs. Iran
(7:30PM) Philippines vs. Serbia
(8:00PM) China vs. Poland
(8:30PM) Korea vs. Russia
(8:30PM) Puerto Rico vs. Spain

September 3, 2019 (Tuesday)
(3:30PM) Australia vs. Senegal
(4:00PM) Montenegro vs. New Zealand
(4:30PM) Japan vs. Czech Republic
(4:30PM) Germany vs. Dominican Republic
(7:30PM) Lithuania vs. Canada
(8:00PM) Brazil vs. Greece
(8:30PM) USA vs. Turkey
(8:30PM) Jordan vs. France

September 4, 2019 (Wednesday)
(3:30PM) Philippines vs. Angola
(4:00PM) Cote d’Ivoire vs. Poland
(4:30PM) Korea vs. Nigeria
(4:30PM) Puerto Rico vs. Tunisia
(7:30PM) Italy vs. Serbia
(8:00PM) Venezuela vs. China
(8:30PM) Russia vs. Argentina
(8:30PM) Spain vs. Iran

September 5, 2019 (Thursday)
(3:30PM) Canada vs. Senegal
(4:00PM) Brazil vs. Montenegro
(4:30PM) Turkey vs. Czech Republic
(4:30PM) Germany vs. Jordan
(7:30PM) Lithuania vs. Australia
(8:00PM) Greece vs. New Zealand
(8:30PM) USA vs. Japan
(8:30PM) Dominican Republic vs. France

September 6-9, 2019 (Classification Round 17-32)
September 10-11, 2019 (Quarterfinals)
September 12, 2019 (Classification Round 5-8)
September 13, 2019 (Semifinals)
September 14, 2019 (Classification Round 5-6)
September 15, 2019 (Final)

Will Gilas Pilipinas reach the next round?

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Wednesday, July 17, 2019 due to Falcon

 

Due to Tropical Storm Falcon and the enhanced southwest monsoon being experienced, there are already suspension of classes for Wednesday, July 17, 2019. As expected, intermittent and heavy rains continue to hover around the regions mentioned by PAGASA.

Updated: 6:30AM

Here is the list of provinces already announced for suspension of classes:

Ilocos Region

The province of Pangasinan issued a PDRRMC memorandum allowing all Mayors/C/MDRRMC’s Chairpersons to suspen classes if they see the need to do so. Here is the list of Pangasinan Local Government Units with declared suspension of classes for tomorrow, July 17, 2019 (Public and Private).

Balungao – Preschool to Elementary
Bayambang – Localized Suspension of Classes
Alcala – Preschool to High School
Sta. Maria – Preschool to Senior High School
Villasis – Preschool to Elementary
Rosales – Preschool
San Manuel – Preschool
Natividad – Preschool to Elementary
Labrador – All Levels
Asingan – Preschool
Bolinao – Preschool to Elementary
Binalonan – Preschool to Senior High School
Basista – Preschool to Elementary
Urdaneta City – Preschool to Elementary
Mabini – All Levels
Sta. Barbara – Pre-school to High School
Sto. Tomas – All Levels
San Jacinto – All Levels
Laoac – All Levels
Bugallon – All Levels
Aguilar – All Levels
Urbiztondo – All Levels
Bani – All Levels
Burgos – All Levels
Malasiqui – Preschool to High School
Mangatarem – Primary to Secondary
Binmaley – All Levels
Mapandan – All Levels
San Fabian – Kindergarten to Senior High School
Anda – Preschool to Senior High School
San Carlos City – Preschool to High School
Sual – Preschool to Senior High School
Alaminos City – Preschool to Senior High School
Lingayen – Day Care to Secondary Levels
Bautista – Elementary Level
Manaoag – All Levels
Calasiao – Preschool to Highschool
Infanta – Pre-Elementary to Senior High School
Mangaldan – All Levels
Dagupan City – Preschool to Highschool (including Junior & Senior High)

 

 

Metro Manila

Caloocan City – all levels (public and private)
Las Piñas City – all levels (public and private)
Makati City – all levels (public and private)
Malabon City – all levels (public and private)
Mandaluyong City – all levels (public and private)
City of Manila – all levels (public and private)
Marikina City – all levels (public and private)
Muntinlupa City – all levels (public and private)
Navotas City – all levels (public and private)
Parañaque City – all levels (public and private)
Pasay City – all levels (public and private)
Pasig City – all levels (public and private)
Pateros – all levels (public and private)
Quezon City – all levels (public and private)
San Juan City – all levels (public and private)
Taguig City – all levels (public and private)
Valenzuela City – all levels (public and private)

Cagayan Valley

Cagayan province – all levels (public and private)

Calabarzon

Cavite province – all levels (public and private)
Batangas
Lemery – all levels (public and private)
Laguna
San Pedro – all levels (public and private)
Santa Rosa – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
Rizal – all levels (public and private)

Central Luzon

Bataan – all levels (public and private)
Bulacan
Bulakan – all levels (public and private)
Pampanga
Angeles City – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
Nueva Ecija
Cuyapo – all levels (public and private)
Rizal – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
San Jose – preschool to elementary (public and private)
Talavera – preschool to elementary (public and private)
Tarlac
Anao – all levels (public and private)
Bamban – all levels (public and private)
Capas – all levels (public and private)
Concepcion – all levels (public and private)
La Paz – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
Zambales
Iba – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
Masinloc – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
Olongapo City – all levels (public and private)
Subic – all levels (public and private)

Cordillera Administrative Region

  • Abra – all levels (public and private)
  • Apayao – all levels (public and private)
  • Kalinga
    • Tabuk City – preschool (public and private)

Mimaropa

Romblon
Odiongan – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
Western Visayas

Capiz
Roxas City – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
Iloilo
Iloilo City – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
Negros Occidental
Bacolod City – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
Bago City – all levels (public and private)
Binalbagan – all levels (public and private)
Himamaylan City – all levels (public and private)
Hinoba-an – all levels (public and private)
Cadiz City – all levels (public and private)
Ilog – all levels (public and private)
Isabela – all levels (public and private)
La Castellana – all levels (public and private)
Moises Padilla – all levels (public and private)
Murcia – all levels (public and private)
Pontevedra – all levels (public and private)
Pulupandan – all levels (public and private)
Sagay City – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
San Carlos City – all levels (public and private)
Sipalay City – all levels (public and private)
Talisay City – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
Valladolid – all levels (public and private)

DOH: National Dengue alert as as cases climb

 

Prevention is better than cure. As rainy season enters, dengue cases rise in the entire country. While no foreseen solution to eliminate dengue in the country, the citizens need to be in preventative mode as mosquitoes continue to multiply. As these insects grow in numbers, dengue cases catapult also.

Department of Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III declared a National Dengue Alert because of the rapidly elevation of numbers of cases in several regions.

Among those regions mentioned by Duque which have reach the epidemic threshold are Mimaropa (Region 4B), Western Visayas (Region 6), Central Visayas (Region 7) and Northern Mindanao (Region 10). Duque added that clustering of cases must by identified by the DOH regional office as a basis for such a declaration of an epidemic at the barangay level.

Moreover, DOH continue to monitor other regions after reaching the threshold. These regions are Ilocos, Calabarzon, Cagayan Valley, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

From January 1 to June 29 this year, most cases listed were from Western Visayas (13,164), Calabarzon (11,474), Central Visayas (9,199), Soccsksargen (9,107) and Northern Mindanao (8,739). Dengue cases nationwide have now reached a cumulative figure of 106,630. This is 85 percent higher compared to the same period last year (57,564).

The DOH secretary also explained that dengue cases have been observed to peak every three to four years. Furthermore, he reiterated that early detection and proper case management can prevent deaths. The last peak occurred in 2016, and given this pattern, the DOH expects an increase in cases this year.

Dengue is a viral disease with no known vaccine or specific antibiotics. Effective surveillance can also help in reducing cases and deaths if areas with clustering of cases are identified early.

Signs and symptoms of disease are severe headache, pain behind the eyes, severe joint and muscle pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and skin rashes.

The five year average cases of dengue is 185,008; five year average deaths is 732; and five year average Case Fatality Rate is 0.39 (2012-2016 data).

Dengue Facts from DOH Website:

Dengue is the fastest spreading vector-borne disease in the world endemic in 100 countries·

Dengue virus has four serotypes (DENV1, DENV2, DENV3 and DENV4)
First infection with one of the four serotypes usually is non-severe or asymptomatic, while second infection with one of other serotypes may cause severe dengue.
Dengue has no treatment but the disease can be early managed.

TRANSMISSION

Dengue virus is transmitted by day biting Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

DENGUE CASE CLASSIFICATION AND LEVEL OF SEVERITY

Dengue illness is categorized according to level of severity as dengue without warning signs, dengue with warning signs and severe dengue.
Dengue without warning warnings can be further classified according to signs and symptoms and laboratory tests as suspect dengue, probable dengue and confirmed dengue.
dengue without warning signs​​

a.1 suspect dengue

– a previously well individual with acute febrile illness of 1-7 days duration plus two of the following: headache, body malaise, retro-orbital pain, myalgia, arthralgia, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, flushed skin, rash (petechial, Hermann’s sign)

a.2 probable dengue

– a suspect dengue case plus laboratory test: Dengue NS1 antigen test and atleast CBC (leukopenia with or without thrombocytopenia) or dengue IgM antibody test (optional)

a.3 confirmed dengue

– a suspect or probable dengue case with positive result of viral culture and/or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and/or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test- Loop Mediated Amplification Assay (NAAT-LAMP) and/ or Plaque Reduction Neutralization Test (PRNT)

b. dengue with warning signs

• a previously well person with acute febrile illness of 1-7 days plus any of the following: abdominial pain or tenderness, persistent vomiting, clinical signs of fluid accumulation (ascites), mucosal bleeding, lethargy or restlessness, liver enlargement, increase in haematocrit and/or decreasing platelet count

c. severe dengue

severe plasma leakage leading to

shock (DSS)
fluid accumulation with respiratory distress
​severe bleeding

as evaluated by clinician
severe organ impairment

Liver: AST or ALT ≥ 1000
CNS: e.g. seizures, impaired consciousness
Heart:and other organs (i.e. myocarditis, renal failure)

STRATEGIES

Enhanced 4S Strategy

S – earch and Destroy

S – eek Early Consultation

S – elf Protection Measures

S – ay yes to fogging only during outbreaks

Philippine Weather: Falcon continues to move west

 

Manila, Philippines – Brace for the rain! Tropical Depression named Falcon has increased speed as it goes west, according to PAGASA Tuesday morning.

In the morning PAGASA Philippine weather update, the weather burea forecasted heavy and occasional rain in parts of the country. PAGASA said that Falcon is 690 km east of Tuguegaro City as of 4:30 AM and continually heading wast at 30 kph, from 25pm on Monday afternoon bulletin. Falcon has maximum winds of up to 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph.

Well, as everybody waits if there’s a storm signal warning PAGASA to know if there are classes or not, and even for a preparation, the weather burea announced Tropical Warning Signal No. 1 was raised in Northern Isabela, Cagayan and Batanes. These areas will be experiencing winds of 30-60 kph as well as rains in the next 36 hours.

The weather bureau reiterated that Falcon may increase strength and become a tropical storm as it nears the northernmost part of Luzon in Wednesday afternoon or evening.

PAGASA also added that light to moderate with occasional heavy monson rains will prevail over MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon and Northern Samar on Tuesday.

“Residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be at risk of flooding and landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, especially the Thunderstorm Advisories and Heavy Rainfall Warnings to be issued by PAGASA Regional Services Divisions,” PAGASA said.

Forecast path of Falcon

Wednesday morning: 305 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Thursday morning: In the vicinity of Basco, Batanes
Friday morning: 435 km North Northwest of Basco, Batanes (Outside Philippine Area of Responsibility)
Saturday morning:745 km North Northwest of Basco, Batanes (Outside PAR)
Sunday morning:1,085 km North of Basco, Batanes (Outside PAR)

Suspension of classes?

In January 2012, President Benigno Aquino III issued Executive Order No. 66 which includes the complete rules on the cancellation or suspension of classes.

1. When there is a storm signal, cancellation or suspension of classes is AUTOMATIC.

In the event of a storm signal raised by PAGASA, the executive order provides for a cancellation or suspension of classes following a standard set of guidelines:

Signal No. 1: Cancellation or suspension of classes at the pre-school level in the affected area

Signal No. 2: Cancellation or suspension of classes at the pre-school, elementary, and secondary level in the affected area

Signal No. 3 or higher: Cancellation or suspension of classes at the pre-school, elementary, and secondary and tertiary levels, including graduate schools in the affected area

Ginebra overpowers Magnolia to guarantee a quarterfinal spot

 

The hungry Barangay Ginebra Kings defeated the Magnolia Hotshots, 102-81, through the explosion of import Justin Brownlee who had 49 points in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday.

Brownlee was so efficient by making 18 of his 24 attempts while hitting six 3-pointers. Also, Brownlee added 20 rebounds and seven assists to have an all-around performance. Brownlee’s domination was totally derailing any kind of defense that Magnolia utilized.

Because of the win, Ginebra secured a spot in the playoffs with a 6-4 record. Currently, the Gin Kings are tied with the Elite for third place in the standings.

Japeth Aguilar scored 18 points in 9-for-13 from the field while Stanley Pringle added 13 points. LA Tenorio had 12 points to help Ginebra. Pringle struggled as he shot 6-for-18 from the field and four turnovers. However, Pringle had five assists and four steals.

Magnolia started strong with 10-0 in the first quarter. The Hotshots maintained the lead in the first with a 23-18 advantage. However, Ginebra exploited the defense of Magnolia in the third quarter by taking a 32-17 advantage that eventually put the game out of reach.

James Farr tried his best by leading the Hotshots with 34 points, 21 rebounds and two assists but of no avail. Mark Barroca had 16 points, three rebounds and five assists while Ian Sangalang added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Hotshots.

Quarterscores:

MAG 23 24 17 17 81
GIN 18 28 32 24 102

The Scores:
Magnolia
Farr 34, Sangalang 14, Barroca 16, Jalalon 8, Lee 5, Brondial 4,

Ginebra
Brownlee 49, Aguilar 18, Pringle 13, Tenorio 12, Thompson 5, Slaughter 2, Mariano 2, Caguioa 1

Nurse licensure exam passers released: NLE results June 2019

 

5,059 out 9,691 who took the Nurse Licensure Examination passed as the Professional Regulation Commision announced Friday.

As stated in PRC’s official website:

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 5,059 out of 9,691 passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in the cities of Manila, Baguio,Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga this June 2019.

The members of the Board of Nursing who gave the licensure examination are Glenda S. Arquiza, Chairman; Carmelita C. Divinagracia, Gloria B. Arcos, Carfredda P. Dumlao, Florence C. Cawaon and Cora A. Añonuevo, Members.

Pursuant to Section 16, of Republic Act No. 9173, “all successful candidates in the examination shall be required to take an oath of professional before the Board or any government official authorized to administer oaths prior to entering upon the nursing practice”.

Jeremiah Paula Austria Caceres of Angeles University Foundation and Almira Louise Olete Hinsoy of West Visayas State University-La Paz are the top notchers of the board examination with a rating of 87.40%. Meanwhile, Denisse Kim Mari Bulquiren Luig of Western Visayas State University – La Paz (87.20%) came in second place.

Beryl Joshua Fernandez Borja (Mountain View College), Michaelle Christiane Cabag Con-el (West Visayas State University-La Paz), Ma. Ana Christina Tantengco (University of the Assumption), and Geevee Naganag Ventula (Saint Paul University-Tuguegarao) are in third with 87.00 percent.

In the fifth place, Gerone Marie Lorenzo Saquian of West Visayas State University – La Paz ranked fourth with 86.80%. Shaniah Grace Brana Condag, Joseph Dann Tesoro Enero Jr and Kaila Mae Laurente Macairan, all of West Visayas State University-La Paz are tied for the fifth place with 86.60%.

For the top performing schools, West Visayas State University-La Paz, Xavier University and Silliman University garnered passing rate of 100 percent.

The list of NCLEX passers can be found at PRC.gov.ph or can be viewed here. Also, the list of Top Ten can be found also at PRC website.

Cabagnot scores 31, San Miguel beats Alaska

 

Manila – Alex Cabagnot scored 16 of his 31 points in the first quarter to lead the Beermen in a 119-107 win over the Aces Friday night at Cuneta Astrodome.

Cabagnot also had six assists to boost the offensive juggernaut of the San Miguel especially in the second quarter when they created the separation.

Marcio Lassiter delivered 23 points that lifted the Beermen to have control of the ballgame in the second quarter. Moreover, Arwind Santos contributed 15 points. The duo of Santos and Lassiter helped San Miguel create the distance. Also, import Charles Rhodes had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Beermen.

Because of the 36-point barrage int the second period, the Beermen played strong until the finish. After a heart-breaking loss to Ginebra, San Miguel showed its ability to win big.

“I’m so happy we had the sense of urgency after the slow start and we were able to recover,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said.

“I have to commend his (Cabagnot’s) play today. He singlehandedly carried us when we’re down,” Austria said of Cabagnot.

Chris Banchero led the way for the Aces with 26 points, four rebounds and six assists while Chris Daniels had 23 points and 22 rebounds. Simon Enciso added 18 points.

With the win, San Miguel’s record currently stands at 2-3. Alaska dropped to .500 with 4-4 record.

Meanwhile, June Mar Fajardo scored 14 points for San Miguel.

THE SCORES

San Miguel 119 – Cabagnot 31, Rhodes 23, Lassiter 23, Santos 15, Fajardo 14, Standhardinger 6, Nabong 3, Rosser 2, Zamar 2, Pessumal 0, Ross 0, Tubid 0.

Alaska 107 – Banchero 26, Daniels 23, Enciso 18, Teng 11, Ayaay 8, Pascual 6, Manuel 6, Casio 5, Thoss 4, Exciminiano 0, Racal 0, Cruz 0.

Quarterscores: 29-27, 65-41, 85-67, 119-107

SCEW Club screws it up, elderly discount card a scam?

The Senior Citizen and Elderly Welfare Club of the Philippines (SCEW) was hidden in the limelight before a member blew it up by posting in social media that the card works for discount at a fast food restaurant.

SCEW Club national president Restituto Perez Jr. needed to explain and he said on GMA’s 24 Oras that it is not a discount card. Perez also aded that the SCEW Club is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and already has 100,000 members.

“Wala kaming pera talaga eh. Ang amin ngayong umiikot, galing doon sa lifetime membership. Ibig sabihin, pag nag-member ka sa amin, meron kang lifetime membership na babayaran sa amin,” he said.

While SCEW advocates the provision of similar privileges for its younger members—”junior citizens”—in the 40–59 age range, the SCEW card only entitles its holders to livelihood, medical, and burial assistance.

Is this a scam?

Before it was circulated in the news, the card really works for 20% discount in restaurants. The card even invoked the benefits and previleges under Republic Act No. 9994. Here are the benefits and privileges that is writted at the back of a SCEW Club card:

* Free Medical/Dental, Diagnostic & Laboratory Service in all Government facilities.

* 20 % Discount in Purchase for Medicines, Essential Supplies, Accessories and Equipment including Prescribe Vitamins.

* 20 % Discount in Hotels, Restaurants, Recreation Centers, Funeral Parlors and similar establishments.

* 20 % Discounts in Theaters Cinema Houses & Concert Hall etc.
* 20 % Discount in Medical Dental Services Diagnostics and Laboratory fees in private facilities.
* 20 % Discount in Fare for Domestic Air, Sea Travel & Public Land Transportations.
* 5% Discount on Purchase of Basic Goods up to $1,300/week
* 12 % VAT-Exemption on Purchase of Goods & services which are entitled to the 20% discount
* 5% Discount on Light & Water for consumption up to 100KW & 30 cu. m. for registered Senior Citizens.

It is highlighted:

Persons and Corporations violating RA 9994 shall be penalized. This ID Card is exclusive for Senior Citizens and Elderly Welfare Club of the Philippines. Abuse of privileges is PUNISHABLE law.

At the bottom of the card it says:

As per Resolution No. 07-2017, a Member must be 40-59 years old as Elderly and 60 yards old and above as Senior Citizen.

By the marketing strategy of SCEW, detailing about those benefits at the back of the card, with the backing up of those who really experience discounts, then it would be easy to recruit members. No wonder the SCEW Club has attracted 100,000 members. Aside from the P300 first payment, an additional P350 is to be paid for the promised medical booklet.

Now that all those business and medical establishments know about SCEW ID, the members could no longer show the card to avail discount.

The SCEW Club Card is a deceptive act itself and its main intention is to captivate others to join. If there’s already 100,000 members, that’s equivalent to P 30 million – that’s a lot of money!

A notice to the public was released by the Department of Trade and Industry about the SCEW Club.

It has come to our knowledge that a certain entity, Senior Citizen and Elderly Welfare Club of the Philippines Inc. (SCEW Club), offers discount booklets using the name of the Department of Trade and Industry for Php 350.00 that extends the claiming eligibility of senior citizen discounts to 40-59 years old.

Please be WARNED that no such authority is granted by the Department and the law to SCEW Club. We have raised this matter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for investigation and appropriate action.

SCEW Club holders may not know about the truthfulness of the benefits; they tried it and it worked until the news erupted!

Warriors vs Raptors Live Stream: NBA Finals Game 5 Radio Coverage, Scores, Updates, Kevin Durant to start

The Toronto Raptors will try to capture their first NBA title as they face the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday, start time at 9:00 PM ET. Warriors vs Raptors live stream is on WatchESPN, TV Coverage is on ABC.

With the chance to close the series, the Raptors are hoping to remain resilient knowing that the Warriors have Kevin Durant in this game. Kawhi Leonard continues to be the star in the Warriors uniform and his tasks at some points of the game would be to guard Durant. Surely, Leonard is having another MVP Finals if the Raptors would win this game. He is unguardable so far especially when he takes control of the Raptors offense.

Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol are completely thorns for the Warriors, as both players no matter who is playing, are making damage offensively and defensively. Convincingly, the bigmen of the Raptors have produced more than the Warriors’.

It is also necessary to take note of how Danny Green will adjust to the defense of the Warriors. Green knows how to be at the right place at the right time as he finds himself open from outside the arc. Pascal Siakam also has to do his job in attacking his defender. Siakam has be derailing the defense of the Warriors.

On the brink of losing the series, the Warriors have the opportunity to match the Raptors with the presence of Durant who will play in this game. The Warriors have the full roster that that is deadly offensively. However, the effectiveness of Durant will be tested in the first quarter if he really is healthy enough to compete at the high level. Durant is averaging 34.2 points per game in the playoffs before he got injured.

Of course, the Warriors will need the maximum performance of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to suffice the offense. It is a must for both players to score and to play strong defensively. If the troika of Durant, Curry and Thompson are playing smoothly, then the Warriors could extend the series.

Golden State had been outplayed in the last two games. One of the most noticeable aspects of was the intensity in defense in the second half. In what was a strength for the Warriors in the third quarter of Game 4, they faltered to deny the Raptors in scoring big plays.

Will Durant be able to play like the way before he was injured?

Warriors Raptors live stream is on WatchESPN. NBA Finals live streaming Radio coverage is on ESPN Radio. Scores and Updates of Warriors vs Raptors Game 5 is available here. Will this be the last game of Durant with the Warriors?

In the Philippines, you can watch Warriors vs Raptors tv on ABS-CBN Network and BTV.

Derek Ramsay, Joanne Villablanca call it quits

There’s no forever! Prominent actor Derek Ramsay and commercial model Joanne Villablanca couldn’t hold their relationship long enough that they have called it over after six years.

Ramsay voiced out to Pep that the separation is “all for the best” but unwilling to give deeper details. “Ye, we have broken up,” the actor was quoted.

It was a surprising move for both Ramsay and Villablanca after they were talking about marriage this year. Despite the 13-year gap, they were able to stick together for six years.

Ramsay and Villablanca have been expressive in their relationship by showing their sweet pictures in their respective instagram accounts.

Ramsay is currently signed an exclusive contract with GMA Network where he started in Eat Bulaga. He moved to ABS-CBN, to TV5 and returned to GMA. Meanwhile, Villablanca is encouraged by her friends on Instagram.

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Top Online Stores in the Philippines: Lazada leads?

 

As other countries go, so does the Philippines in online shopping. The e-commerce industry has skyrocketed in the past three years as increasing numbers of Filipinos prefer to shop online. The trust of delivering the products to a specific address entices to purchase online.

Though the joy of going to the malls and the excitement of looking for best deals at the bazaars continue to be the tradition, the entrance of online shopping cannot be neglected at all. Absolutely, there’s an increase in online shopping as it provides the shoppers easier access to the products they are looking for.

Before going into the Top Online Shopping in the Philippines, there are reasons why Filipinos want to shop online. Here are some of the reasons.

1. Traffic going to the malls or shopping stores

It would be more comfortable just to utilize the smartphone or laptop by clicking at the products a shopper is looking for than driving or commuting to the nearest mall. In almost all the cities in the country where these Robinsons and SM malls are located, traffic is always imminent. Thus, some consumers shop online.

2. Fast delivery

One of the hurdles the online stores accomplished was the quick delivery especially in Luzon. For as long as the item ordered is inside the country, three days sometimes was long enough. There’s the high anticipation of the shoppers these days that the product purchased will be received as promised.

3. Quick payment

There are so many available ways for a shopper to pay the item he purchased. Surely, there’s no need to through a long line to pay. It’s just few clicks away through credit card, paypal, COD or any other ways of payment available depending on the store.

Here are the lists of the top 7 Online Stores in the Philippines

1. Lazada

Lazada has gained the trust of Filipinos in the recent years. It is the fastest and flourishing online store in the country. Founded in 2012, Lazada continues to evolved as the store provides plenty of selection of products.

With the thousands of items being offered, the shoppers have the luxury of selecting the best. From electronic devices & accessories, TV & home appliances, health & beauty, babies & toys and even women’s and men’s fashions, Lazada empowers the shoppers to widely select the items they want.

By partnering with hundreds of brands from local and international companies, Lazada provides the variety of products. Currently, Lazada gives almost everything what a consumer is seeking for.

The Cash On Delivery as well as the installment options lure customers to shop at Lazada.

Lazada payment methods:
PayPal
Credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, or JBC)
Cash on delivery
Lazada E-Wallet

2. Shopee

Shopee is the rising star when it comes to e-commerce in the Philippines. It is here to compete with Lazada and it is here to provide the best deals for the Filipinos. The e-commerce is founded in Singapore but it launched its Philippine market in 2016.

From Mens Apparel, Home Entertainment, Mobile and Accessories, Gaming, Babies & Kids, Home & Living, Groceries, Toys, Games and Collectibles, Women’s Bags & Apparel, Laptops & Computers, Cameras, etc…, Shopee can give the customers the best deals as well as the products they are looking to purchase.

Shopee payment methods:

Credit and debit cards (Visa or Mastercard)
Cash on delivery
Shopee Wallet
Globe GCash app
Online banking: BPI, Metrobank, Landbank, and RCBC
ATM bank transfer: BDO, BPI, and Metrobank
Over the counter: BDO, BPI, Metrobank, EastWest Bank, China Bank, RCBC, PNB, Land Bank, Security Bank, and UCPB
Bills payment and remittance centers: Bayad Center, 7-Eleven CLiQQ, SM Bills Payment, Robinsons Department Store, M Lhullier, and EC Pay

3. Zalora

When it comes to fashion, Zalora may have gotten ahead of the competition. Though Zalora concentrates on fashion, it made sure that it provides the best satisfaction to the customers. Zalora features brands like Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, Topman, Hollister California and other popular brands.

Zalora payment methods:

Credit and debit cards (Visa or Mastercard)
PayPal
Cash on delivery
E-gift card or Wallet Credit
GCash

4. eBay

Before the above e-commerce stores, there’s Ebay. It is still considered to be a force in the country because of what it provides. Ebay offers products under the categories of Apple iPhone, Samsun Phones, Cameras, Handbags, Watches and plenty of other items.

Back in the early stage of eBay here in the country, there’s a need to meet up the person who is selling. Sometimes it was just difficult have an encounter with the seller knowing that it could go wrong in many different ways. eBay now enables the buyers to have a Cash On Delivery from trusted sellers.

Payment Method:
Paypal
COD
Bank Deposit
COD via LBC – Additional 2% COD Fee

5. OLX.ph

The once popular Sulit.ph completely became OLX Philippines. To boost the stage online, OLX also merged with Ayosdito.ph, which was transforming into a household name, to be conquer the market.

OLX is a platform for sellers as well as buyers alike have the opportunity to do business online. OLX is being flocked by millions of Filipinos seeking to buy or sell their secondhand items each month.

The buyer has to contact the seller through the website, then, it is up to both parties to discuss how the transaction will be made. Sometimes a meetup is recquired but it can also be processed through bank transfer while the product will be delivered to the buyer.

6. Amazon

Though there’s no official office here in the Philippines, thousands of customers have been shopping at Amazon.com. The brands will be coming of course from Amazon US after shopping it online. Surely, there’s a way for the product to be shipped from US. This is the biggest reason why Amazon is a part of the online store that is striking for Filipinos.

CIBAC Party-list captures two seats: Votes by the Numbers in provinces

CIBAC Party-list captured two seats in the recently-concluded midterm elections. While the province of Bulacan and Metro Manila were the bailiwicks of CIBAC, it is also a noted that it gained votes all over the country. The scattered votes, 924,345, 3.35%, enabled the party to rank No. 4 in nationwide behind ACT-CIS, Bayan Muna and Ako Bicol.

To make it more interesting, CIBAC paved the way for Bro. Eddie Villanueva to be part of the 18th Congress. Villanueva also is the founder of CIBAC Party-list.

The victory of CIBAC can be attributed to the hard-working volunteers nationwide as well as the advertising power of Senator Joel Villanueva, the president of the party, who encouraged voters through a 15 seconds tv ad seen almost daily during the campaign period.

In Bulacan, CIBAC ranked No. 1 and garnered 14.62 % for 133,960 votes. CIBAC ranked No. 1 also in the province of Pampanga while it garnered big numbers in Laguna, Batangas, Cavite and Pangasinan.

Here’s the CIBAC Partylist votes in all provinces taken from ABS-CBN Halalan Results Partial, unofficial results aggregated from Comelec data as of May 22, 2019, 9:01 AM and from 98.42% of Election Returns. Take note also that Election Returns transmitted
86,463 of 87,851 clustered precincts, amounting to 98.42%.

Province Ranked Votes %
Abra 14 875 1.00%
Agusan Del Norte 7 3,180 3.55%
Agusan Del Sur 5 7,065 4.25%
Aklan 11 4,345 2.73%
Albay 15 2,319 0.57%
Antique 15 2,759 1.83%
Apayao 17 445 1.48%
Abra 14 875 1.00%
Agusan Del Norte 7 3,180 3.55%
Agusan Del Sur 5 7,065 4.25%
Aklan 11 4,345 2.73%
Albay 15 2,319 0.57%
Antique 15 2,759 1.83%
Apayao 17 445 1.48%
Aurora 4 3,736 5.77%
Basilan 29 550 0.50%
Bataan 2 16,686 6.84%
Batanes 10 69 1.58%
Batangas 4 35,069 4.22%
Benguet 10 2,134 2.19%
Biliran 22 377 0.78%
Bohol 18 5,454 1.51%
Bukidnon 17 6,060 1.75%
Bulacan 1 133,960 14.62%
Cagayan 14 5,266 1.83%
Camarines Norte 15 1,763 1.18%
Camarines Sur 26 2,979 0.63%
Camiguin 14 191 0.51%
Capiz 19 3,229 1.66%
Catanduanes 12 1,275 1.38%
Cavite 3 53,181 5.79%
Cebu 16 14,304 1.59%
Compostella Valley 8 6,687 3.53%
Cotabato North 16 4,820 1.31%
Davao Del Norte 12 5,211 2.09%
Davao Del Sur 14 2,165 1.15%
Davao Occidental 23 165 0.20%
Davao Oriental 24 1,450 1.12%
Dinagat Islands 15 384 1.24%
Eastern Samar 25 511 0.34%
Guimaras 9 1,991 4.27%
Ifugao 11 1,372 2.50%
Ilocos Norte 7 5,792 2.89%
Ilocos Sur 8 4,047 1.92%
Iloilo 15 8,358 1.51%
Isabela 6 10,374 2.55%
Kalinga 13 1,147 1.86%
La Union 6 4,975 1.91%
Laguna 3 55,935 6.26%
Lanao Del Norte 29 1,591 0.98%
Lanao Del Sur 40 683 0.26%
Leyte 24 1,605 0.38%
Maguindanao 40 797 0.23%
Marinduque 12 1,033 1.61%
Masbate 19 1,801 0.93%
Misamis Occidental 16 1,627 0.98%
Misamis Oriental 17 3,488 1.34%
Mountain Province 10 944 2.34%
Negros Occidental 10 11,619 2.05%
Negros Oriental 12 5,680 1.97%
Northern Samar 22 1,335 0.71%
Nueva Ejica 6 27,204 3.84%
Occidental Mindoro 14 1,858 1.66%
Oriental Mindoro 4 9,781 4.71%
Palawan 13 5,361 2.52%
Pampanga 1 58,545 9.52%
Pangasinan 6 33,365 3.81%
Quezon 15 7,910 1.28%
Quirino 9 784 1.36%
Rizal 5 33,940 5.04%
Romblon 15 1,329 1.74%
Samar 17 1,272 0.47%
Sarangani 15 1,447 1.03%
Siquijor 13 626 2.40%
Sorsogon 19 1,409 0.65%
South Cotabato 12 4,937 1.91%
Southern Leyte 25 636 0.49%
Sultan Kudarat 15 2,770 1.37%
Sulu 36 166 0.09%
Surigao Del Norte 8 5,369 3.56%
Surigao Del Sur 9 3,848 2.22%
Tarlac 6 16,707 3.98%
Tawi-Tawi 18 407 0.44%
Zambales 5 9,369 5.10%
Top 15 Provinces based on Percentage
Bulacan 1 133,960 14.62%
Pampanga 1 58,545 9.52%
Bataan 2 16,686 6.84%
Laguna 3 55,935 6.26%
Cavite 3 53,181 5.79%
Aurora 4 3,736 5.77%
Zambales 5 9,369 5.10%
Rizal 5 33,940 5.04%
Oriental Mindoro 4 9,781 4.71%
Guimaras 9 1,991 4.27%
Agusan Del Sur 5 7,065 4.25%
Batangas 4 35,069 4.22%
Tarlac 6 16,707 3.98%
Nueva Ejica 6 27,204 3.84%
Pangasinan 6 33,365 3.81%

Lazada’s best mobile offers this month

Lazada’s best mobile offers this month

With the rise of online buyers around the country, there’s also the rise of items to be seen being sold at Lazada which continue to dominate the e-commerce.

Surprisingly, Lazada is bringing back the most loved cellphones in the past -the Nokia 3110. While it was totally the big mobile technology in the 90’s, the Nokia 3110 will not easily be erased in the minds of Filipinos. At the cost of P 295.00, it would be enticing to purchase this cellphone.

There are plenty of choices for shoppers at Lazada. For the millenials, it would be a great fit to buy iPhones but the budget would always be the problem. Though there are numbers of people who can afford an iPhone, the cheaper one remain in demand. Take for example the OPPO brand which captivates thousands of Pinoys especially the wonderful camera that results in beautiful images.

The OPPO A3s model cost for only ₱ 6,999.00 and it can be bought in an installment basis of up to 36 months.

SPECIFICATION
MODEL: A3s
BRAND: OPPO
SCREEN SIZE: 6.2 inches
DISPLAY TYPE: TFT
PIXEL RESOLUTION: 1520 × 720
OPERATING SYSTEM: Android
BATTERY: 4230mAh
CPU: Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
RAM: 2GB
INTERNAL STORAGE: 16GB
CARD SLOT: microSD up to 256GB
SIM: Dual Nano SIM
REAR CAMERA: 13MP + 2MP
FRONT CAMERA: 8MP
VIDEO RECORDING: 1080p
WIFI: 802.11b/g/n
BLUETOOTH: Bluetooth 4.2
USB: USB 2.0

For those with meager budget, the ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Lite is very attractive. It is 100% authentic and with 15 days return. It can be purchase in an installment basis for as low as ₱ 4,999.00. The free earphone and selfie stick could entice a shopper.

Product details of ASUS Zenfone 4 Selfie Lite ZB553KL 5.5″ Screen LTE 3GB + 32GB
Display: 5.5-inch IPS display 2.5D curved glass display
Processor: 64-bit Octa-Core Processor Snapdragon™ 430 @1.4Ghz with Adreno™ 505 GPU
Memory: 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 1TB (dedicated)
Main Camera: 13MP PixelMaster with LED Flash
Front Camera: 13MP f/2.0 PixelMaster with soft light LED Flash
Network: LTE Cat.4 (UL 50Mbps / DL 150Mbps)
Sim: Dual SIM, Dual Standby
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
OS: ASUS ZenUI 4.0 (Android 7 Nougat)
Battery: 3000mAh battery
Other features: Fingerprint sensor

The Xiaomi Redmi 3GB RAM 32GB ROM is one of the best at Lazada which costs for P 6,750. Interestingly, this is the global version of the smartphone. The size and the speed might be the determining factor for the shoppers and this model provides it.

NBA Finals Live Stream: Watch Warriors vs Raptors tv schedule, start time, Radio coverage

NBA Finals 2019 between the Warriors and Raptors is here!  For those who are going to watch Game 1 of the NBA Finals, live streaming and tv channel and radio live info can easily be found.

The Golden State Warriors will take on the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals Game One on Thursday, start time at 9:00 PM ET, in Toronto. Warriors vs Raptors Game One odds and point spread is currently at -1.0 Toronto and O/U is 215.

The Warriors are seeking their third straight title, four in five years, while the Raptors are aiming for their first in franchise history. Significantly, both teams are playing at the high level and a gigantic collision is unstoppable.

Golden State entered into the Finals by beating the Clippers, Rockets and Trail Blazers respectively. Absolutely, the big revelation for the Warriors in the last five games was that they are undefeated without their No. 1 player Kevin Durant who will not even play for Game 1 in the Finals. The Warriors managed to play with speed and poise though Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green as the core of the well-oiled offensive machine.

Curry averaged 36.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game against the Trail Blazers. On the other hand, Green had 16.6 points, 11.8 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game to supplement Curry’s magnificent numbers. Klay Thompson contributed 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Without a doubt, the trio increased their numbers without Durant. It will be just a question if the Warriors could keep winning games in the Finals without the presence of Durant who can score at any angle of the floor.

Toronto just came from a 4-2 gruelling series over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Raptors swept the Magic and beat the 76ers in the 7th game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Kawhi Leonard did the damaged against the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. Leonard averaged 29.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He was the go to guy for the Raptors when the game was on the line. Helping Leonard in the offensive attacks would be Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam who averaged 19.2 points and 14.5 respectively against Milwaukee.

Read>>>NBA Finals: Why most Filipinos are bandwagoners?

One of the advantages of the Raptors would be the depth. Norman Powel, Fred VanVleet and Marc Gasol can be great contributors also for the Raptors. Serge Ibaka and Danny Green can significantly help in scoring at certain frames of the game.

Game One would be very important for the Raptors to win. To stay in the game, the Raptors must be able to deny the Warriors in an explosive spurt especially in the third quarter. At certain points of the game, the Raptors might be using Leonard to defend Curry. Watch for that to happen!

How to watch NBA Finals live in the Philippines? NBA Finals Game One live is on ABS-CBN and BTV. NBA Finals Warriors vs Raptors live stream is on WatchESPN. Radio coverage is on ESPN Radio.

McDonald’s opens Binalonan branch; Congressman-elect Guico III leads ribbon-cutting

International fast food chain McDonalds held the grand opening of its Binalonan Branch on May 20.

Congressman-elect Ramon V. Guico III of the 5th district of Pangasinan, and newly elected Binalonan Mayor Ramon N. Guico Jr. assisted by Vice Mayor Melicio F. Patague II, did the ribbon-cutting. Also present during the ribbon-cutting were Councilors Josephine Caburnay, Bryan Louie Balangue, and Mrs. Arlyn Grace Guico, wife of Mayor-elect Ramon Guico Jr.

A motorcade with Ronald McDonald and some employees of the restaurant followed after the ribbon-cutting.

A day before the opening, a blessing and dedication of the building and the store officiated by Sto. Nino Parish Priest Rev. Father Numeriano Gabot Jr. was held.

Vice Mayor Patague, some department heads and employees of the municipal hall, McDonalds employees, barangay officials, and other guests graced the occasion.

Patague who spoke on behalf of Mayor Guico said, “We appreciate and thank you for the trust of putting up your branch in Binalonan. It is a manifestation that our economy in Binalonan is improving.”

The opening of the store is expected to generate employment in Binalonan and the nearby towns.

McDonald’s is the world’s largest restaurant chain, with 34,480 restaurants in 119 countries. It is an American fast food company, founded in 1940 as a restaurant operated by Richard and Maurice McDonald, in San Bernardino, California, USA. In 1955, Ray Kroc, a businessman, joined the company as a franchise agent and proceeded to purchase the chain from the McDonald brothers.

Source: Binalonan LGU FB Page

NBA Finals: Why most Filipinos are bandwagoners?

It is a fact that Filipinos have the passion for basketball. They cling to watch the PBA as well as the NCAA and UAAP. They love the NBA also especially when it enters the playoffs.

Despite the deep love for basketball, Filipinos are considered by many as bandwagoners in choosing a team in the NBA. Is this really a true assessment or is it just a mistaken notion about the Filipinos in the way they support for a team.

Back in the 80’s, the NBA was limited for those avid fans only. When there was no internet and cable television, a featured NBA game was being shown once a week only in a selected channel. Most of the time, the games being featured were those of popular teams playing in the playoffs or those close encounters that were decided in the final minutes. Surely, the Lakers and Celtics were usually being watched by most of the Filipinos in those ye. Thus, they were either Lakers’ or Celtics’ fans.

Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls plunged into the scene in the 90’s when cable television and the internet were already available. The entire nation was totally enthralled with the charisma of Jordan as well as the triangle-offense coaching style of Phil Jackson. Those years, Jordan was being compared to local stars like Samboy Lim and Vergel Meneses for their high-flying drives and dunks. Tim Cone’s adaptation of the triangle offense was also a success attributing to Jackson’s winning years with the Bulls. The Filipinos were rooting back then for the Bulls and Jordan.

The retirement of Jordan and the downfall of the Bulls gave way to find another love for a player or a team. It coincided with the rise of Kobe Bryant as the Slam Dunk champion as well as his All-Star game performance. The Filipinos were captivated with Bryant, then came next was the dominance of the Los Angeles Lakers. From the Bulls to the Lakers, the shift was made.

After the Lakers, the Miami Heat got into the heart of many because of coach Erik Spoelstra, a half-Filipino, and of course the troika of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. For four years, the Filipinos loved for the coach was totally apparent as well as the admiration for James was powerful. However, it didn’t last long when James returned to Cleveland.

While the loyal remain to support Spoelstra, most of the fans jumped James with the Cavaliers. While the Cavs were in the playoffs, the Heat were out as well as the Filipino Heat fans jumped. The attention shifted to the Cavaliers and LeBron James.

James and the Cavs continue to be the apple of the eyes until the Golden State Warriors conquered the Western Conference. The rising popularity of Stephen Curry and the Warriors, started to get admirers, now were facing James and the Cavs. This was the time when millions of Filipinos probably were at different sides of the aisle. For several years, Filipinos were split with the Cavs and Warriors until LeBron moved to the Lakers.

In this year’s NBA Finals, admit it or not, more Filipinos will be rooting for the Warriors instead of the Toronto Raptors. From the Celtics and Lakers to the Bulls, then back to the Lakers, then the Cavs and now the Warriors?

In comparison to the US fans who stick to one team through out their lives. US fans are die-hard s that even when their team is losing, they remain loyal. By looking back at the first championship of the Warriors, no wonder a big celebration was prepared after 40 years of drought for the ring.

Reasons why Filipinos are bandwagoners

1. No loyalty to a certain team when it comes to the NBA

A NBA team is tied to a place or a city. Thus, the people around are born to be the avid supporters. NBA fans in the Philippines are not tied to a certain city or place at all that they easily jump from one team to another.

2. More of a player preference

If somebody is doing great, Filipinos are tend to be transfixed. Thus, fans are more of a player admiration than a loyalty to a team. This is the reason why those Heat fans shifted immediately to be Cavaliers fans when LeBron James moved. Those similar fans became Lakers fans when the same player changed his uniform. From Magic Johnson, Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, and now Curry?

3. A fan doesn’t want to lose

Filipinos love to cheer always for the favorites. Thus, they likely be cheering a powerhouse team than a a new ballclub which is about to make a Cinderella story. Filipinos do not want to be a loser and to be ridiculed by his friends.

4. The impact of television coverage

Though the NBA is becoming familiar because of the internet, an ordinary Filipino becomes a fan immediately when the playoffs is around when the television coverage kicks off. In the Finals, even those who know little about the NBA will automatically be converted to be a fan either of the two teams. The impact of the tv coverage affects the preference of the people.

The NBA Finals is here. Probably 90 percent of Filipinos are cheering for the Golden State Warriors. Are you a bandwagon fan?

Kennon Road closed: alternate routes to Baguio City

 

Catching the cool breeze of the Capital is not too late. For those who want to have the fastest travel to Baguio City, Kennon Road was closed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) due to rockfall.

The DPWH Cordillera Administrative Region Regional Office posted an advisory that Kennon Road is temporarily closed until further notice.

“After the assessment of the road line, the Task Force Kennon Road and DPWH personnel found falling rocks along intermittent sections in the area. Heavy rainfall have recently been experienced in Benguet, causing disturbance of the slopes. To avoid accidents, motorists are advised to avoid Kennon Road at this time, while residents should observe extreme caution.”

What are the other roads to Baguio City?

While Kennon Road is the best way to reach Baguio City through the entry point in Rosario La Union if the tourists are coming from the South, there are several other highways to get into the city.

Marcos Highway (now Aspiras-Palispis Highway)– Named after the late President Marcos, the highway remains a popular way to Baguio City. It has to entry points, in Rosario and Agoo, La Union. While it is longer than Kennon, Marcos Highway consists of wider lanes. All class of vehicles can traverse the highway while Kennon Road fits only for class 1.

Naguilian Road (Quirino Highway) – This road was the utilized when Marcos Highway and Kennon Road were closed in 2018. For those travelers coming from the North especially from La Union, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, this can be an option

Aringay-Tubao Alternate Road and Anduyan Bridge – The alternate road is a 14.24 kilometers road section along Aringay-Tubao, La Union which will facilitate a scenic travel to Asin Hotspring in Tuba, Benguet and Baguio City. This would that would cut travel time to Baguio City by one hour.

Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road – This road is quite dangerous, and has tunnels along the road which used to be intended for rail services from Aringay to Baguio.  Be prepared to drive with patience, enjoying the scenery. There are hot springs and resorts along the road.

Halsema Road – this road provides the capacity of the people of Benguet to travel to Mountain Province and Ifugao. This road is the gateway to tourist spots like Sagada and Banaue.

Baguio-Nueva Vizcaya Road – if tourists are coming from Cagayan Valley, then, the Baguio Nueva Viscaya Road is the best fit.

It is refreshing to go to Baguio City at least once a year. Surely, the scenic mountains, hills, water falls will be advantageous for nature lovers. More importantly, the cold weather is what the City best offering for all!

CIBAC submits position paper, asks Comelec to include third round seat

 

The distribution of seats in the party-list system always end up controversially. In this May 2019 national election, there’s again an apparent demand to reconfigure or to look at deeper the equal distribution of seats with the total votes almost already tallied.

CIBAC Party-list nominee Atty. Lyndon Cana clearly states the mathematical argument that CIBAC must get three seats instead of the Comelec giving two.

On his FB post, Cana explained the reason CIBAC must be given three seats:

MATHEMATICAL JUSTICE: SO THAT ALL CIBAC SUPPORTERS
AND THE PEOPLE MAY KNOW

The question of whether CIBAC will have a third nominee or not boils down to the application of what is now known as the “BANAT formula” adopted by the Supreme Court in the case of Banat vs. Comelec. Summarized, it goes this way:

Awarding of seats to Party Lists (PL) undergoes three rounds.

In the first round, all PL which have obtained at least 2% of all the votes case for PLs (the minimum required by law to get a seat), get one guaranteed seat each. In this round, 9 PLs, including 4th ranking CIBAC, get one seat each.

In the second round, the formula now becomes the “vote percentage” of the PL is multiplied by the “remaining seats after the first round”, the product of which entitles a PL to another seat for every “whole integer” of the product, “a fraction being considered an integer and no rounding off allowed”.

Thus, in this second round, ACT CIS (the no. 1 PL), and Bayan Muna (the second placer), all get a product in excess of 2%, so they both get two additional seats each. (Only a maximum of 3 seats are allowed per PL). So in this second stage, ACT-CIS and Bayan Muna both get already the maximum 3 seats allowed by law.
With respect to AKO BICOL (AB), the third placer, and CIBAC, the fourth ranked, it appears that they post a less-than-whole 2% product each, with AB scoring somewhere around 1.9%, and CIBAC around 1.7% (canvass of votes not yet complete… we are at 98% canvass as of this writing).
(CIBAC’s current vote percentage is 3.35% of all the votes cast for PL, x 52 remaining seats, because there being 61 seats minus 9 seats awarded in the first round, is 52, so CIBAC’s second round percentage is 1.742%.)

So AB and CIBAC get one additional seat each, because .9% and and .742% are not whole integers and no rounding off is allowed.
Now comes the third round. All the remaining seats not yet awarded, are now distributed to the remaining PLs based on rank until all remaining available seats are occupied.

In this third round, some 40 party lists are waiting in line to receive one seat each till the last seat is occupied according to rank.
And this is where the whole trouble begins. Because CIBAC, which still has a residue of .742% left (making it no. 14 in the ranking for the third round), IS EXCLUDED BY COMELEC in the third round!

What happens then is PLs with LESS THAN WHOLE INTEGERS percentages of their votes, such as those whose votes are less than 200,000, are awarded one seat each, WHILE CIBAC, WHOSE VOTES IS 923,000, is awarded ONLY TWO SEATS, because Comelec’s present rule excludes the “top notchers” (the first group scoring 2% plus in the first round) from the seat allocation in the third round!

Why they are doing that, what is their basis for doing that, is the million dollar question.
All universal and basic notion of “proportionality” and “ranking” is destroyed.

To repeat, a PL with 190,000 votes has one seat, while CIBAC with 923,000 has only two seats.

CIBAC has already submitted its Position Paper on the issue asking Comelec to include us in the THIRD ROUND SEAT ALLOCATION PROCESS, because our residue vote is STILL SO MUCH MORE THAN THE VOTES other PLs have. To emphasize, if PLs with 200,000 votes are able to get one seat in the third round, why is CIBAC EXCLUDED FROM THE THIRD ROUND when it still has 523,000 excess votes of 200,000 plus 200,000 after the second round?

We can only pray that a sense of basic mathematical justice and righteousness grips the Comelec, enough to convince it to adjust their formula or its application, to make it just and fair to the voters who gave CIBAC such a commanding mandate, placing it fourth in a field of 181 contenders.

Please pray with us for mathematical justice. The problem is not with the people or the voters. They have spoken. Resoundingly. The problem is some man-made formula that defies mathematical justice and fundamental common sense.

Melody Rapallo seeks third term in San Fabian’s Municipal Council

Councilor Melody Rapallo aims for another term in the Municipal Council of San Fabian, Pangasinan. Elected as the youngest councilor of the town , Rapallo understands the importance of continuity and passion in serving. Her love for the people motivates her to keep the journey of being a godly legislator in crafting ordinances and resolutions that benefit the masses.

Rapallo’s stint in the Municipal Council enabled San Fabian to feel the necessary upliftment in the way the people live. Here are some of the ordinances that Rapallo has pushed that affected lives in the town since 2013.

*An ordinance requiring the Municipal Health Office (MHO) to render essential medical services at least one day of every month for Senior Citizens in the remote upland barangays of San Fabian.

* An ordinance creating the Solo Parents’ Office, providing welfare services, special privileges, benefits to solo parents.

* An ordinance declaring March 21 of every year as “Agew na San Fabian” in Municipality of San Fabian.
* An ordinance declaring awarding Five Outstanding Teachers in the Municipality
* An ordinance creating San Fabian Local Youth Development Council.
* An ordinance enacting Environment Code.
* An ordinance enacting the Health and Sanitation Code.
* An ordinance on Investment Code of 2013.

For more of the ordinances that Rapallo promoted, you can check out below: