Dr. Michael Tan appointed as the new UP Diliman Chancellor


 Image source: UP System website

Dr. Michael Tan will assume his new responsibility as the new University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Chancellor effective tomorrow, March 1 after seven of 10 members of the Board of Regents (BOR), the highest policy-making body of the University of the Philippines, voted in favor of him.

Dr. Tan serves as the College Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya). He is a medical anthropologist and has a bi-weekly forum in Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Pinoy Kasi.

As a Chancellor, he will directly report to Pres. Alfredo Pascual, the President of the University of the Philippines System.

During the selection process, nominees presented their vision statements to UP community. Here's the full text of Dr. Tan's Vision Statement:

To read Dr. Tan's Vision Statement, please click here.

To read his curriculum vitae, please click here.

Internet porn base at Mountaintop Christian Academy raided by NBI


 Atty. Puring Martinez, owner of Mountaintop Christian Academy 
being interviewed by some media reporters
Photo courtesy of Philstar.com


So shocking!

A Philippine school was raided on February 18 by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after NBI agents discovered that the school hosts a cyber child porn operations inside its campus. Atty. Puring Martinez, the school's owner, said that she allowed a 'company' to rent a room which looks like a computer laboratory inside the campus to cover the costs of the school's operations. The rental fee was P20,000 per month. When asked if she knew about the nature of the group's business, she said that what she knew is they were doing 'naughty' things.

The school which was later named by authorities, is Mountaintop Christian Academy located in Bgy. Tunasan, Muntinlupa City. 



News about 'mysterious' disease in Pangasinan caused panic


 Map of the Province of Pangasinan


I opened my Facebook account this morning and I saw several posts and comments from friends about this 'mysterious disease' that's 'spreading' across Pangasinan, a province located in Region I. I looked for some videos in Youtube and watched a video from Bandila news program of ABS-CBN.

Many claim that the prophecy of Sadhu, a Christian prophet from India, has come to pass. People are panicking. Religious people are calling for repentance.

Then I looked for some opinions and explanations on the matter. A news article from ABS-CBN News stated that the Department of Health has already identified the 'flesh-eating' diseases as leprosy and psoriasis. I know what leprosy is but I have no idea what psoriasis is, so I searched the term in Wikipedia, and here's the description:

"Psoriasis is characterized by scaly, reddened patches, papules, and plagues which usually itch The causes of psoriasis are not fully understood. It is generally considered a genetic disease thought to be triggered or influenced by environmental factors. No cure is available for psoriasis, but various treatments can help to control the symptoms. Many treatments are available, but due to its chronic recurrent nature, psoriasis is a challenge to treat."

According to DOH, both diseases are not communicable, so there is no need to panic. The disease is NOT widespread as reported by Julius Babao.

Here's a link from Youtube. To watch the video, please click here.

Bubblews Review - Just signed up today




I was browsing several Facebook pages when I saw one of my friend's posts about Bubblews. At first, I was not interested about his post and just ignored it. But then, I thought reading his post might be worthwhile so I opened the link. He said he is aiming $5 a day. I got interested. 

So I read about what Bubblews is. One can earn money by simply posting articles (minimum of 400 characters, awesome, right?), liking users' posts, connecting with others, making comments, etc. So I signed up just to satisfy my thrill. I began posting my old write-ups and when I click the 'My Bank' category, I saw that I have already earned $2.20, that's almost a hundred pesos (TAKE NOTE, IN JUST ONE HOUR!)

How did the company pay the netizens of the world signing up everyday? Well, e-commerce is there. As you browse Bubblews website, there are Google Ads appearing on pages so it's an advertising effort. Third parties (companies) pay Google, Google pays Bubblews, and Bubblews pays me!

To find out more and if you like to try Bubblews, click the following link to sign up


Tigerair offers P28 base airfare in selected international and Philippine domestic flights










Tigerair offers a base fare of P28 only for selected Philippine domestic flights! Book between February 24-26, 2014 or until seats sell out.

To visit Tigerair website, please click here.

Venezuela's Miss Tourism 2013 beauty queen killed of a gunshot


 Genesis Carmona, Venezuela's Miss Tourism 2013
Photo Courtesy of Ms. Carmona's Facebook Page


While Filipinos are celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution that took place in 1986, Genesis Carmona, a local beauty queen from Venezuela was killed of a gunshot. She is the latest fatality in Venezuela's political unrest.

Carmona, who was one of the supporters of Venezuela's opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, participated on mass protests on Wednesday but later died of a gunshot.

The beauty queen won the regional title of Miss Tourism 2013 and was a student of Universidad Tecnológica del Centro majoring in Social Studies.

Airfare Promo for only P1 from AirAsia from October 1, 2014-April 30, 2015


Airasia offers P1 sale for airline tickets until March 2, 2014. Travel period starts on October 1, 2014 until April 30, 2015. This is so awesome! So for those who want to travel within the Philippines, it's a good idea to book your flights now. 

To book your flights, visit Airasia's website.

Cebu Pacific's Seat Sale on EDSA Revolution Anniversary for only P28.00 to all domestic and international destinations!


Here comes Cebu Pacific's lowest airline promo or seat sale alert offered on the occasion of EDSA Revolution Anniversary! Base fare for all DOMESTIC FLIGHTS and SELECTED INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS is only P28.00! 
If you're flying from Manila/Cebu terminals to any local destinations, you will only pay a one way fare of P365.76 which includes the following:
BASE FARE - 28.00
12% VAT - 17.76
TERMINAL FEE - 200.00
ADMIN FEE - 120.00
and exclusive of Fuel Surcharge ranging from P200.00-550.00 depending on your local destination.
For International Flights (Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Osaka, Phuket, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei, Xiamen), the base fare is P1.43 as well and an admin fee of P120.00 exclusive of Terminal Fees ranging from Php 450 - Php 550, Fuel Surcharge ranging from Php 440 – Php 4,840, Php 1,620 Travel Tax and Country Specific Taxes ranging from Php 403 - Php 1,250. 


SALE PERIOD: UP TO FEB. 27, 2014 OR UNTIL SEATS LAST | 
TRAVEL PERIOD: JULY 1 - OCTOBER 31, 2014
 
 
To book a flight, visit Cebu Pacific's website. Click here to BOOK NOW!
 
 
Source: Cebu Pacific Website

Free Movie Marathon at Any SM Cinema Nationwide



Do you have an SM Advantage Card and e-Plus Tap to Pay Card? If your answer is yes, then you're qualified to receive the latest promo of SM Cinema! All you need to do is to present your SM Advantage Card and e-Plus Tap to Pay Card at any SM Cinema Booth. You may claim your FREE Movie Marathon Passport starting February 12 until March 1, 2014.


For non-cardholders, simply do the following steps as outlined in e-Plus website:

·         Apply online by visiting https://eplus.ph and filling out the online application form.

·         Proceed to any SM Cinema e-PLUS Tap to Pay booth and present your SM Advantage Card and valid ID in order to avail of the e-PLUS Special Combo Kit for only P80.00.

·         The e-PLUS Special Combo Kit includes the following: a personalized card with P50 load, a FREE caramelized popcorn, and a movie marathon passport.

For prepaid e-PLUS cardholders, upgrade to loyalty and personalize your e-PLUS Tap to Pay card for FREE!

Reminders
·         Movie marathon passports may be redeemed from February 12 – March 1, 2014

·         Movie marathon passports are valid on March 1, 2014 only.

·         On March 1, 2014, bring your e-PLUS Tap to Pay card and SM Advantage card, and present the movie coupon of your preferred movie at the entrance of the cinema. 

·         Lost passports will not be replaced.

·         Member can watch all participating movies, but only once per title. (Note: Movies available for screening vary per branch.)

·         MTRCB guidelines will be strictly implemented.

·         Only food and drinks purchased from Snack Time will be allowed inside the cinema. 

WATCH ANY (OR ALL OF THEM) OF THE FOLLOWING MOVIES FOR FREE! 



 

Job vacancies - National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)



UPDATES ON JOB VACANCIES AT NATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (NEDA)

 AS OF JANUARY 2014

Position Title
Office/Staff
Status
Date Posted
Deadline
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Information Officer III
Development Information Staff
Permanent
1/16/2014
1-26-2014
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Information Officer V
Development Information Staff
Permanent
1/16/2014
1-26-2014
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Chief Economic Development Specialist
Development Information Staff
Permanent
1/16/2014
1-26-2014
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Information Officer II
Permanent
1/16/2014
1-26-2014
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Administrative Assistant III
Development Information Staff
Permanent
1/16/2014
1-26-2014
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Information Officer I
Development Information Staff
Permanent
1/16/2014
1-26-2014
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Administrative Officer I
Administrative Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Economic Development Specialist I
Trade, Services and Industry Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Economic Development Specialist II
Trade, Services and Industry Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Senior Economic Development Specialist
Trade, Services and Industry Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Supervising Economic Development Specialist
Trade, Services and Industry Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Administrative Aide VI
Monitoring and Evaluation Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Chief Economic Development Specialist
Trade, Services and Industry Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Economic Development Specialist I
Monitoring and Evaluation Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Administrative Assistant I
Monitoring and Evaluation Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Administrative Assistant III
Monitoring and Evaluation Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Chief Administrative Officer
Administrative Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Supervising Administrative Officer
Administrative Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Administrative Officer V
Administrative Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Administrative Officer IV
Administrative Staff
Permanent
1/15/2014
1-25-2014
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Director IV
ANRES
Permanent
1/5/2014
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Director IV
ANRES
Permanent
1/5/2014
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Director IV
Regional Development Office
Permanent
1/2/2014
1-12-2014
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Director III
Regional Development Office
Permanent
1/2/2014
1-12-2014


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