#WalangPasok: Suspension of classes on August 22, 2017

I'd like to share an announcement from I Love Taguig Facebook page regarding the suspension of classes today, August 22, 2017. I copied the entire text in toto.

#ilovetaguig
#WalangPasok

Due to the inclement weather and heavy rains brought by tropical storm Isang as per the latest Pagasa rainfall warning and weather bulletin, CLASSES are SUSPENDED in ALL LEVELS in Taguig City on Aug. 22, Tuesday. The suspension applies to both public and private schools in the city.

Be safe and stay dry everyone!

Walang Pasok: September 1, 2017 is a holiday

September 1, 2017 is a holiday throughout the Philippines. The Muslims will be celebrating Eidul Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice. It commemorates the sacrifice of Abraham of his son as commanded by God.

Filipinos are not savages

No matter how I want to get rid of bad elements in our society, it is totally unacceptable for the state to use its power without restraint against powerless and defenseless individuals. We are fast becoming beasts we abhor. It makes me feel sick to my stomach.

WE ARE NOT SAVAGES.
Bar Boys, an official entry to the Pistang Pelikulang Pilipino, will be shown in cinemas nationwide from August 16 to 22! Check out the schedules on their respective cinemas. The following is a list of cinemas nationwide where you can watch it. All photos below were taken from Bar Boys official Facebook page.




1,179 pageviews for August 4-11, 2017 came from the Philippines

I am tracking the number of pageviews of this blog and it's quite amazing that Blogger has this tool where I can check several statistics. For the picture above, I got 1,179 visits from the Philippines from August 4-11. This is followed by 98 views from the United States, 63 views from Hong Kong, 56 from Indonesia, 44 from India, and 31 from Russia. This is really cool.

#WalangPasok: class suspensions on August 8, 2017


Some schools in Metro Manila cancelled classes on Tuesday, August 8 due to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' meeting which will be conducted in the Philippines.

These schools include:

University of Santo Tomas
Manila Tytana Colleges
De La Salle University Manila

ASEAN will turn 50 on August 8, 2017. The Philippines currently heads the chairmanship of the regional group.

High level meetings and celebrations started on August 5.

Colegio de San Juan de Letran suspended their classes in celebration of the feast of St. Dominic de Guzman.

The local government of Tacloban City also declared suspension of classes in all levels.

Source:
http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2017/08/08/WalangPasok-Aug.-8-class-suspensions-for-ASEAN-2017.html

Republic Act 10932 otherwise known as the Strenghtened Anti-Hospital Deposit Law authored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros

Republic Act 10932 - Strengthened Anti-Hospital Deposit Law

Author: Sen. Risa Hontiveros

Signed: August 4, 2017 by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte

Purpose: "to end the despicable practice of abusive hospitals that demand any deposit or other forms of advance payment as a pre-requisite for admission or medical treatment of an emergency patient."

Kudos to all!

Source: https://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2017/0804_hontiveros2.asp

Repubic Act 10931 - Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act authored by authored by Sen. Bam Aquino

Republic Act 10931 - Universal Access to Tertiary Education Act

Author: Sen. Bam Aquino

Signed: August 3, 2017 by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte

Summary: "With this law, students will enjoy free education in state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs) and vocational schools under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) starting the second semester of school year 2017-18.

Aside from tuition fees, the government will shoulder miscellaneous and all other mandatory fees."

Kudos to all!


Source: https://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2017/0804_aquino1.asp

Free Internet Access in Public Places Act or Republic Act 10929 signed by Pres. Duterte

Republic Act 10929 - Free Internet Access in Public Places Act


Long Title: AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE FREE INTERNET ACCESS PROGRAM IN PUBLIC SPACES IN THE COUNTRY AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREOF

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Bam Aquino

Signed: August 2, 2017 by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte


Scope: "all national and local government offices, public schools – from elementary to tertiary – public transport terminals, public hospitals, and public libraries will have free internet access."

Kudos to all!

Sources:

https://www.senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=17&q=SBN-1277
http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2017/08/03/Duterte-signs-law-on-free-internet-access.html 
http://www.rappler.com/nation/164058-senate-approves-bill-free-public-wi-fi 

Top Universities in ASEAN 2016 according to QS University Rankings

Based on the 2016 QS University Rankings, seven (7) of 10 member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were included in the list of top universities in the region. Sixty-two (62) ASEAN universities of 350 top universities in Asia are shown below.

Brunei - 1
Indonesia - 11
Malaysia - 21
Philippines - 8
Singapore - 3
Thailand - 13
Vietnam - 5

Meanwhile, no university from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar was included in the list.



RANK
QS RANK IN ASIA
NAME OF UNIVERSITY
COUNTRY
1
1
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Singapore
2
3
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)
Singapore
3
27
Universiti Malaya
Malaysia
4
45
Chulalongkorn University
Thailand
5
49
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Malaysia
6
51
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
Malaysia
7
55
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Malaysia
8
60
Singapore Management University (SMU)
Singapore
9
61
Mahidol University
Thailand
10
63
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Malaysia
11
67
Universitas Indonesia
Indonesia
12
70
Philippines
13
86
Bandung Institute of Technology
Indonesia
14
99
Philippines
15
101
Thammasat University
Thailand
16
104
Chiang Mai University
Thailand
17
105
Gadjah Mada University
Indonesia
18
121
Kasetsart University
Thailand
19
123
Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)
Brunei
20
127
Universiti Teknologi Petronas (Petronas)
Malaysia
21
137
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
Malaysia
22
139
Vietnam National University, Hanoi
Vietnam
23
143
De La Salle University
Philippines
24
147
Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam
25
151
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
Malaysia
26
157
Philippines
27
161
King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
Thailand
28
165
Khon Kaen University
Thailand
29
179
Taylor's University
Malaysia
30
181
Universiti Teknologi MARA - UiTM
Malaysia
31
185
Prince of Songkla University
Thailand
32
190
Airlangga University
Indonesia
33
191
Bogor Agricultural University
Indonesia
34
193
Multimedia University (MMU)
Malaysia
35
199
Universitas Padjadjaran
Indonesia
36
211-220
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
Malaysia
37
211-300
Universiti Malaysia Pahang
Malaysia
38
221-230
Universiti Malaysia Perlis
Malaysia
39
231-240
Diponegoro University
Indonesia
40
251-300
Universitas Muhhamadiyah Surakarta
Indonesia
41
251-300
Institute of Technology Sepuluh Nopember
Indonesia
42
251-300
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
Malaysia
43
251-300
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
Malaysia
44
251-300
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT)
Malaysia
45
251-300
Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
Malaysia
46
251-300
Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)
Malaysia
47
251-300
Philippines
48
251-300
Philippines
49
251-300
Philippines
50
251-300
King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
Thailand
51
251-300
Suranaree University of Technology
Thailand
52
251-300
Can Tho University
Vietnam
53
301-350
University of Brawijaya
Indonesia
54
301-350
Bina Nusantara University
Indonesia
55
301-500
UCSI University
Malaysia
56
301-500
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)
Malaysia
57
301-500
Philippines
58
301-500
King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok
Thailand
59
301-500
Naresuan University
Thailand
60
301-500
Srinakharinwirot University
Thailand
61
301-500
Hue University
Vietnam
62
301-500
Hanoi University of Science and Technology
Vietnam


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