Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Artista Academy: Second Elimination

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First was Chris Leonardo, this time around one of my favorites Jon Orlando was kicked-out from Artista Academy. He got the lowest combined votes and he was joined by Nicole Estrada, Brent Manzano, Marvelous Alejo and Julia Quisumbing in the bottom group.

On the other hand, the "Athletic Beauty" from Makati, Julia Quisumbing has been dropped out of the competition due to excessive absences.

We only have 13 students left in the competition. Who would be the first ever Artista Academy best actor and best actress? Show schedules at Mon-Fri 11:45AM & 9:00PM and
Sat 9:30PM.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tune Hotels Holi-Yay! Promo Starting at P399


  • Booking Period: August 20-26 2012
  • Stay Period: August 20, 2012 - February 28, 2013
  • Valid in Philippine hotels: Angeles City - Cebu - Ermita, Manila - Makati, Manila
  • For as low as P399/night *terms and conditions apply

Note: I tried to book a room online and saw an available room for P399. Total costs sums up to P900+ if you include the P420 package(tv, aircon, toiletries, wifi) but if you get the room, it would only cost you P400+ including taxes. So that would be big savings for you. Hurry book one now.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Artista Academy: First Elimination

Chris Leonardo is the first kick-out of TV5's reality artista search, Artista Academy. Leonardo got the lowest combined grade from the class, live show and text votes. He is joined by Nicole Estrada and Brent Manzano in the bottom three. While the top scorers are Sophie Albert, Vin Abrenica and Chanel Morales.

Artista Academy airs from Monday to Saturday after Will Time Big Time.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Miss World 2012 Winner

Miss PR China, Wenxia YUv, 23-years old is crowned this year's Miss World 2012. She bested 115 other contestants from different parts of the continent. The 62nd Miss World title  was held in Dongsheng Fitness Center Stadium, Ordos, Inner Mongoliavv, China.

2nd runner-up is Miss Wales, Sophie Elizabeth Moulds and 3rd place goes to Miss Australia, Jessica Michelle Kahawaty. Other top 7 contestants are Jamaica, South Sudan, India and Brazil.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Kadayawan Festival SALE at SM Davao

Celebrate KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL this weekend, August 17 to 19, 2012! Get a chance to be ONE of FOUR Daily Winners of P5,000 Shopping Money for every P1,000 single-receipt purchase at SM Department Store Davao!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

HobbyCon 2012 at Robinsons Bacolod

  • An awesome event for kids of all ages. Bacolod hobbyists and collectors exhibit featuring your favorite characters from comics, cartoons and movies
  • August 24-30, 2012 at the Fountain Area, Robinsons Place Bacolod

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Manels Anniversary SALE

Get 50% off on all shoes, bags and leather goods at all MANELS branches starting today until this weekend only!

Sale period from Aug. 15-21, 2012.
So what are you waiting for, head on to your nearest MANELS store outlet now.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Citibank Rewards Card Promo - Fashion rebates, Movie dates

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

3rd CherryMobile Anniversary SALE

CherryMobile celebrates its 3rd year anniversary on August 15, 2012. And because of that its most sophisticated smartphone W900 known as the Dragon Phone will be on a 1 day Sale. Yes, you got it right - Just for one day. They'd be slashing 60% off from its original price. From Php14,999 to Php5,999, this is surely a best buy! So what are you waiting for? Head on to your nearest CherryMobile concept stores and kiosks on August 15.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ayala Center Cebu: Midnight Madness Deal

Come on, come all! It's Ayala Center Cebu's Midnight Madness Sale on August 31!
  • Find great deals up to 70% on that day! 
  • Catch Callalily on the same day, 9PM at the Activity Center too!

    What more can you ask for?
    Shop til you drop on August 31 at Ayala Center Cebu!

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Robinsons Malls' Red Hot Sale upto 70% Discount

  • Up to 70% OFF on selected items
  • Sale period from Aug. 10-31, 2012
  • Fashionable umbrellas and snacks up for grabs

Participating Malls:

Robinsons Galleria, Forum Robinsons, Robinsons Nova Market, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Metro East Robinsons Cainta, Robinsons Starmills Pampanga, Robinsons Angeles, Robinsons Ilocos, Robinsons Place Pangasinan Robinsons Place Imus, Robinsons Place Dasmarinas, Robinsons Sta. Rosa Market, Robinsons Town Mall Los Banos Robinsons, Place Lipa, Robinsons Fuente, Robinsons Place Bacolod, Robinsons Place Dumaguete, Robinsons Place Iloilo Robinsons Place Tacloban, Robinsons Place Gensan, Robinsons Place Palawan, Robinsons Cabanatuan*, Robinsons Supermarket Pulilan*

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SMAC Deal: World Balance Protege 50% off

  • Get ready to rush to the nearest SM Mens Shoes department because a deal is on and you cannot miss it!
  • Get 50% off and pay only P499 for this World Balance Protege shoes worth P999 when you avail of this SMAC Deal.
  • Paving the way to style and comfort, World Balance shoes make sure you look your best while you’re staying fit. World Balance shoes are made from only the toughest materials and can keep up with even the most active lifestyle. Get your game on with World Balance shoes.
  •  This voucher is valid only for this particular item. 
    • Colors available : Brown and Black 
    • Sizes available : 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 
August 18, 2012 - September 16, 2012

  • SM Department Store:SM City North Edsa
  • SM Department Store:SM Fairview
  • SM Department Store:SM Mall of Asia
  • SM Department Store:SM Megamall

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Monday, August 6, 2012

6 Best Foods to Eat (Fruits/Vegetables)

    •  one of the best vegetables you can eat. They're loaded with carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Bake and then mix in some unsweetened applesauce or crushed pineapple for extra moisture and sweetness. 
    •  Just one cup of mango supplies 100% of a day’s vitamin C, one-third of a day’s vitamin A, a decent dose of blood-pressure-lowering potassium, and 3 grams of fiber. Bonus: mango is one of the fruits least likely to have pesticide residues.
    • It has lots of vitamin C, carotenoids, vitamin K and folic acid. Steam it just enough so that it's still firm and add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and a spritz of lemon juice.
    • All beans are good beans. They’re rich in protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. But garbanzos stand out because they’re so versatile. Just drain, rinse, and toss a handful on your green salad; throw them into vegetable stews, curries, and soups; mix them with brown rice, whole wheat couscous, bulgur, or other whole grains.
    • Watermelon is a heavyweight in the nutrient department. A standard serving (about 2 cups) has one-third of a day’s vitamins A and C, a nice shot of potassium, and a healthy dose of lycopene for only 80 fat-free, salt-free calories. And when they’re in season, watermelons are often locally grown, which means they may have a smaller carbon footprint than some other fruits.
    • Don’t miss out on powerhouse greens like kale, collards, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, and Swiss chard. These stand-out leafy greens are jam-packed with vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, lutein, and fiber. Serve with a splash of lemon juice or red wine vinegar.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

List of Artista Academy Top 16 Finalists

Meet TV 5's Artista Academy 16 young aspirants who will now vie for the coveted P20 Million worth of total prizes and a chance to live the glamorous artista life in what is deemed as the grandest and most intensive talent search on Philippine television history.

Each of the 16 finalists will automatically get a full scholarship at Wilma Galvante’s Asian Academy of Television Arts (AATA) where they will be trained under the tutelage of such industry luminaries such as multi-awarded director Joel Lamangan, music master Louie Ocampo and dance guru Georcelle Dapat-Sy of G Force.

Artista Academy airs from Monday to Saturday after Wil Time Bigtime. Actor Marvin Agustin is the reality host who shares with viewers the 16 Students’ journey every night. While Cesar Montano takes charge as the Live Exam Presentor every Saturday. Sitting in as Live Exam Critics are Lorna Tolentino, Gelli De Belen, and TV5 Talent Center Head and renowned TV and film director Mac Alejandre.

The Artista Academy Top 16 finalists are:
  1. Akihiro Blanco (Pasig)
  2. Alberto Bruno (Marikina)
  3. Benjo Leoncio (Cebu)
  4. Brent Manzano (Quezon City)
  5. Chanel Morales (Bacolod)
  6. Chris Leonardo (Laguna)
  7. Jon Orlando (Quezon City)
  8. Julia Quisumbing (Makati)
  9. Malak So Shdifat (Manila)
  10. Mark Neumann (Quezon City)
  11. Marvelous Alejo (Valenzuela)
  12. Nicole Estrada (Pasig)
  13. Shaira Mae (Las Piñas City)
  14. Sophie Albert (Mandaluyong)
  15. Stephanie Rowe (Pampanga)
  16. Vin Abrenica (Pampanga)

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Surplus 1-Day Sale

  • Surplus 1-Day Sale on Thursday, August 9, 2012
  • All items on SALE
  • Exclusive to members: SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Brother's Burger: BURGER HOUR IS BACK!

  • Brothers Burger Hour is from August 1 to 31, 2012.
  • Big Brothers Burger for P110 only.
  • Add P15 for a 16oz Nestea Iced Tea.
  • Big Brothers Burger: Flamed grilled patty with fresh lettuce and tomato, catsup and mayonnaise, all on a toasted small oatmeal bun.
  • Valid during promo hours at the locations listed below.

** Available Daily from: 2:00pm to 6:00pm only
    • Baguio Mile Hi
    • Baguio Technohub
    • Binondo
    • Convergys
    • Pasong Tamo
    • Petron Dasma Makati
    • Lucky China Mall
    • Malate (12:00nn to 6:00pm)

** Available Daily from: 2:00pm to 6:00pm & 8:00pm to 10:00pm.
    • Alimall
    • Tomas Morato
    • TriNoma Mall
    • Magallanes (8:00pm to 10:00pm)
    • Ortigas (8:00pm to 10:00pm)

** Mondays thru Fridays from: 2:00pm to 6:00pm only
  • Nuvali
  • TriNoma
  • Alabang (12:00nn to 3:00pm)

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Inspiring Story of a Wrongly Accused Man

I have read about this very inspiring story of a wrongly accused man and want to share this with you. Kindly spare some time to read.

From 'Criminal' to Doctor in Criminal Justice

Last May 4, 2012, I marched in the graduation ceremonies of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Pending the successful defense of my dissertation, I will receive a doctoral degree in criminal justice.

From a maligned ex-detainee in one of the most crowded jails in the Philippines, I will be called “Dr. Narag,” with a specialization in prison administration. I wish to share my story as a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit. It is a testimony of God’s love.

I was once accused of a crime I did not commit. I was accused of murder for the death of an equally promising young man a few months prior to my graduation from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. I was arrested on May 24, 1995, prosecuted in the courts and put behind bars in Quezon City Jail until February 28, 2002.

Then only 20 years old, I was naive to the harsh realities of this world. Released at age 27 and losing the seven best years of my youth, I was a changed man.

Like any emotionally devastated human being, I was initially bitter about my incarceration. I could not fathom why a person as idealistic and as innocent as I should undergo such suffering. I cannot comprehend why I had to live in a cell which accommodated 30 inmates instead of the five that was humanely prescribed. I cannot understand why I was forced to live with a food subsistence of tuyo (dried fish) that barely sustained my flesh. I cannot grasp why I had to go out of jail with handcuffs with the media too willing to proclaim that I was "the person to be hanged.” In my myopic mind and shortsighted understanding, I questioned God: “Do I deserve this suffering?”

But God works in mysterious ways. He sent people who could serve as floaters when I was about to sink in a sea of despair. He sent sister Auxi, a religious nun, who made me her assistant in her prison ministry. He sent Bobby and other brothers in the Christ Youth Action, who introduced me to the Bible. He strengthened my parents who steadfastly supported me without questioning my involvement in the crime. He strengthened my girlfriend whose advice to “be a good boy" continued to ring when the corrupting influences of the jail tempted me. And He gave me Dan, my fellow accused and who served time with me, whose character was a pillar of strength when we were emotionally drained.

Responding to the hook God gave me, I volunteered my services to the Jail Bureau. I taught in the literacy program where we introduced the basics of writing and reading to our fellow inmates. I worked as a paralegal coordinator where we monitored the cases of inmates who had long been overdue for release. I organized a bible study group called Kristo Okay sa Amin (KOSA) to generate brotherly love among the warring gangs. Eventually, on my fourth year of imprisonment, I became the Mayor the Mayores, the top position in the inmate political hierarchy, where I helped the warden in managing the affairs of the prison: of how to keep the jail surroundings clean, of how to prevent conflicts among the inmate gangs, of how to generate funds to keep the reformation programs going. Indeed, I saw firsthand the intricacies of managing a crowded, underfunded, undermanned prison institution.

Therefore, instead of being bitter about my prison experience, as Father Tony Ranada, the QC Jail chaplain would say, “I was embettered by it!” I learned that there was a reason why God sent me there: to tame my wild and insatiable soul. Prior to my incarceration, I was headed to the worldly and Machiavellian life of the legal profession where I envisioned myself to be a shrewd lawyer. “Nah!” God said, “I had better plans!”

I realized I was in jail to discover His undying love for me. I realized His immense plan for me to prosper. Having found the reason: I claimed my freedom and clung on to His promise: I may be the maligned inmate, but I was spiritually free. I shall use my academic and intellectual skills for His greater glory.

In the process, I was driven to document furiously what ailed the jail administration and to understand why and how my fellow inmates ended up in jail. I also endeavored to understand why gangs engaged in violence and drug distribution and how prison officers maintained their professional integrity despite the deficiency in salaries and personnel. I wrote letters to the media and to concerned politicians and administrators to provide a realistic analysis of why jail escapes happen, of why inmates engage in riots, and anything that will portray a true understanding of jail life. Indeed, right in the confines of Quezon City Jail, I was introduced to the academic field of Criminal Justice.

Eventually, after six years, nine months and four days, I was proclaimed a free man. Of course, I was wrongly accused! Immediately, I wrote a book entitled “Freedom and Death Inside the City Jail” about my jail experience which was supported by the United Nations Development Program and published by the Philippine Supreme Court. In his message, then Chief Justice Hilario Davide described my book as an “eye opener.” He then used it as one of the bases for the wide-ranging Action Program for Judicial Reforms. In one unforgettable moment, I delivered a speech in front of the 15 justices of the Supreme Court sharing with them my story of incarceration and redemption. Almost in tears, one of the female justices approached me and whispered, “Our courts could only express our apology.”

Apologies accepted! But more than apology, I wanted our leaders to act more in behalf of the inmates and other downtrodden people. I wanted them to develop a passion for the people they are serving. Using my extensive experience on how the inefficacy of prison records lengthen the stay of inmates in jail, and inspiring a group of computer programmers, we came up with a Simplified Inmates Records System (SIRS) that computerized the inmates’ carpeta. We also developed a Detainees Notebook, where inmates can self-monitor their own cases. These efforts to de-clog the jail were eventually noticed by the Quezon City government; which awarded me the Outstanding Citizen Award in 2005. Three years after treated a lowly inmate in Quezon City Jail, I was honored as Quezon City’s model citizen. God be the glory.

But when it rains, it pours. My representation about the penal situation brought me everywhere. Eventually, I was chosen as one of the 10 Fulbright Scholars in August 2005. I was sent to Michigan State University for a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. For my masters’ thesis, I studied the correlates of victimization among Filipino respondents. Impressed by my performance, the Department offered me another scholarship, this time for the Doctor in Philosophy.

The road to the Phd degree was a long and rigorous one. I had to burn the midnight oil to read theories about crime; I had to stay in the library for long periods to master the methods of collecting data; and I had to refresh my old mathematical skills in order to understand statistical analyses. There were times that I almost gave up, asking God if I had made the right decision to pursue a PhD. I had two kids by then and they were growing right in my eyes.

But once again, I clung to God’s promise. I remembered: He sent me to prison, and He plucked me out. Then, there must be a reason why He sent me to a foreign shore just to be the “Filipino expert” in Criminal Justice. Indeed, He introduced me to a church family that nourished and deepened my understanding of His Word. In my spiritual growth, I realized that any efforts to improve a justice or social system must be based on the foundation of truth and love. And I used this biblical concept to guide my future efforts to improve my country’s justice system. Indeed, after seven years, the same length of time I spent in jail, I am done with my masters and PhD degrees.

I marched tall and proud. I marched to say thank you for all those who kept and continue to keep the faith. I will reiterate: Hang on and never give up. I marched to declare that everybody commits a mistake and it is important to learn and grow from it. I marched to be a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit in the face of seemingly unending odds. But most importantly, I marched as a proclamation of God’s love.

Raymund E. Narag
East Lansing Michigan
May 4, 2012

The author was in the UP fraternity Scintilla Juris when he was arrested as one of the accused in the death of Dennis Venturina of Sigma Rho fraternity, who was killed in a frat war in 1994. Raymund Narag was eventually acquitted and released from jail after seven years.

Source: GMANews online

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CELEBRATE with THE BISTRO GROUP as they hit 50 branches in 2012! And they're offering 50% OFF on selected menus!

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From Aug. 8 - 30, 2012

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