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World Aids Day 2011 Celebrated Worldwide Today

World Aids Day 2011 Celebrated Worldwide Today


World AIDS Day is being observed today, December 1, around the world to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. This was proclaimed by the President of the United States in 1995 and governments of other nations including the Philippines have followed suit and issued similar announcements.

AIDS has killed more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007, and an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide live with HIV as of 2007, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 2 million lives in 2007, of which about 270,000 were children.

Kyla Wedding Video

Kyla Wedding Video


As everyone of us know now, PBA player Rich Alvarez and R&B Princess Kyla tied the knot on Monday, November 28, at the Santuario de San Antonio Church in Forbes Park, Makati City.

Ever wonder how that most memorable event in the lives of Rich and Kyla went through?

To give us a glimpse of that fairy-tale inspired yet solemn celebration of union of Rich and Kyla's hearts, photo-videographer to the stars Nice Print Photography & Exige Weddings has released a wedding onsite video of Rich and Kyla's wedding featuring the bride's 2006 hit song "Beautiful Days" in the backround.





Kyla Wedding with Rich Alvarez Details

Kyla Wedding with Rich Alvarez Details


R n' B singer Kyla and her basketball player boyfriend Rich Alvarez tied the knot on November 28 at the Sanctuario de San Antonio in Makati City.

The bride was wearing a “fairy-tale, sweetheart ball gown” designed by friend-couturier Cocoy Lizaso.

Among the wedding's secondary sponsors were Jolina Magdangal and husband Mark Escueta and singers Rachelle Ann Go and Karylle. While the principal sponsors were PLDT and TV5 Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, GMA Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, President and COO Gilberto Duavit, Jr. and Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV Wilma V. Galvante, Dra. Vicky Belo and Ogie Alcasid.

Mark Bautista, Cristine Reyes and Anne Curtis Snubbed Their US Concert Tour?

Mark Bautista, Cristine Reyes and Anne Curtis Snubbed Their US Concert Tour?


Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes and Mark Bautista reportedly a no-show on the "Handog Pasasalamat (A Thanksgiving Unity Concert)" in Los Angeles and San Francisco on November 18 and 19 where they are supposed to be performing as a special guest.

But before the news get out of proportion, Jia Lo of Viva Artists Agency (VAA) has released a statement saying that they decided to pull-out their talents "due to the failure of the show's producers to comply with many crucial contractual obligations."


Viva Artists Agency (VAA) full statement read:

"VIVA Artists Agency deeply regrets to announce that it has decided to pull out its stars Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes and Mark Bautista from a series of shows billed as 'Handog Pasasalamat (A Thanksgiving Unity Concert)' scheduled to be mounted in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, USA on November 18 and 19, 2011.

"The decision was made due to the failure of the show’s producers to comply with many crucial contractual obligations. Said failure compromises the security and welfare of the artists and their entourage, which is of paramount importance to VAA. VAA has a long history of successful shows in the US that proceeded without encountering any unfortunate incidents, such as this one. It sincerely apologizes to the fans who have been looking forward to seeing Anne, Cristine and Mark live on the aforementioned shows. Anne’s fans can expect to see her next year when she holds her solo concert tour."

KC Piolo Breakup: Piolo Pascual Answers KC Concepcion's Revelations (Video)



December 2, 2011 a Special Non-Working Day as Declared by Malacanang

In accordance to Proclamation No. 294, Malacanang declares December 2 2011 as a Special Non-working Day in Pasay City.


MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 294

DECLARING FRIDAY, 2 DECEMBER 2011, AS A SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAY IN THE CITY OF PASAY

WHEREAS, the City of Pasay marks its 148th Foundation Day anniversary on Friday, 2 December 2011;

WHEREAS, it is but fitting and proper that the people of the City of Pasay be given full opportunity to participate in and celebrate the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAQUITO N, OCHOA JR., Executive Secretary, by authority of His Excellency, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, do hereby declare Friday, 2 December 2011, as a special (non-working) day in the City of Pasay.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 23rd day of November, the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Eleven.

By authority of the President.

(Sgd.) PAQUITO OCHOA

Executive Secretary

- Source

Pinoy Big Brother First Eviction Result: Lordwin and Diane Evicted from Pinoy Big Brother House

Pinoy Big Brother First Eviction Result: Lordwin and Diane Evicted from Pinoy Big Brother House


Lordwin, the Maabili-Daddy of Quezon of “Pinoy Big Brother UnliDay” and Diane, the Seksing Bossing of QC of “Pinoy Big Brother UnliNight” were evicted from the Pinoy Big Brother house in last Saturday night’s, November 26, first ever back-to-back eviction of the season.

The “vote to evict” system worked against Diane who got -9.83% of the votes. Continuing their bid inside the mansion are Tol (6.39%), Kigoy (7.93%), and Slater who got the highest percentage of votes amounting to 28.95%.

Escaping eviction from the industrial house were Erica (6.82%), Kim (19.95%), and Mark (20.17%), while Lordwin only garnered 4.56%.

After her exit last night, Diane said the allegedly ill-mannered Kigoy will likely be nominated again for eviction next week. Kigoy once stole a kiss from Diane, enraging her and creating a rift between them. “Women should be respected,” Diane quipped.

Meanwhile, Lordwin predicts Reg is next on the list of nominees for being a know-it-all like Paco in their tasks.

Filipino-American Seth, on the other hand, was recently declared an official housemate when he and Luz successfully convinced the “PBB UnliNight” housemates that they are a married couple.

Watch the exciting developments in “Pinoy Big Brother UnliNight” with Toni Gonzaga weeknights after “Nasaan Ka Elisa?” in Primetime Bida and “Pinoy Big Brother UnliDay” with Bianca Gonzalez weekdays after “Angelito: Batang Ama” in Kapamilya Gold. Also stay tuned to “PBB Unlimited Updates” with Robi Domingo during “Helena’s Promise” and “Ikaw ay Pag-ibig” on ABS-CBN.

Get to know more about the housemates by visiting pinoybigbrother.com. For the program’s updates, follow his Secretary on Twitter at @OfficialPBB4 or like www.facebook.com/OfficialPinoyBigBrother.

Leila De Lima on Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: "No reason for house arrest."

Leila De Lima on Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: "No reason for house arrest."


Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima is not favorable on the motion of the camp of former President and now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her to be placed under house arrest.

While it is still up to Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 112 Judge Jesus Mupas, who is handling the electoral sabotage case filed against the former president, to decide on the detention arrangement, De Lima said it is much better that CGMA be detained in a government hospital facility which is complete with amenities.

She also revealed that the lawyers of CGMA have not presented enough evidence to support her bid for house arrest.

There is no basis anymore for her continuous hospital confinement. If there is no basis for hospital arrest, there is less reason for house arrest,” De Lima said.

KC Concepcion - The Buzz Interview November 27, 2011 (Full Video)

KC Concepcion - The Buzz Interview November 27, 2011 (Full Video)


Watch below the 2-part tell-all interview of KC Concepcion on "The Buzz" on November 27, where the mega-daughter talks about her break-up with Piolo Pascual and the reasons for their separation:

KC Concepcion Talks About Piolo Pascual - The Buzz Interview (Part 1)


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KC Concepcion Talks About Piolo Pascual - The Buzz Interview (Part 2)



Videos courtesy of showbiznest.com

KC Concepcion Finally Reveals Relationship Status with Piolo Pascual this Sunday on The Buzz

KC Concepcion Finally Reveals Relationship Status with Piolo Pascual this Sunday on The Buzz


KC Concepcion will finally speak on her rumored breakup with heartthrob Piolo Pascual this Sunday, November 27, on The Buzz. Watch the teaser below:


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But before that tell-all interview of KC with Boy Abunda, the mega-daughter already dropped a hint on what is really going on with their relationship, on his interview with Ginger Conejero during the Ad Congress event in Camarines Sur as aired on “TV Patrol” on November 22.

Just because you love someone doesn't mean there won’t come a time that you have to let go for that person’s happiness and may be for your own. And also may be to love also means sometimes to let go,” KC explained.

But I will talk when I’m ready na lang po. Ayoko pong makasakit ng tao.” KC added.

Don't forget to catch this emotional interview with KC Concepcion this Sunday afternoon on "The Buzz".

Mo Twister Talks About Rhian Ramos and Abortion

Mo Twister Talks About Rhian Ramos and Abortion


Mo Twister and Rhian Ramos are reportedly back with their old ways. But unlike before, Rhian admitted that she could never be the same Rhian that Mo wanted her to be - "his girl".

Although the Kapuso model-actress admitted that she’s in constant communication again with DJ Mo via text, she is quick to clarify that it means nothing to her, "Yes, text-text lang. Nung birthday niya, nag-greet lang ako sa kanya sa text, ganoon lang. Nag-uusap naman kami if necessary, ganun." she explained.

"Actually, mas gusto ko 'yong walang boyfriend. Ang maging single uli, dahil nagkaroon ako ng time sa mga friends ko. Pag hindi busy, nakaka-attend ako ng party, nakakalabas kasama sila." Rhian added.

The "The Road" star also reportedly visited the DJ in the hospital when he got sick, "Oo pinuntahan ko siya. Kasi naman siyempre hindi naman mawawala yung concern ko. And I wanted to see lang kung okay siya, mukhang okay na at healthy pa.

"Of course, may concern ako and that's on my part. Ganun akong klaseng tao. That doesn't mean it's mutual." Rhian admitted.

Meanwhile, Mo Twister, who revealed his immediate decision to leave the country for good because of his sick daughter with former teen star Bunny Paras in the U.S. and his failed relationship with Rhian, had a series of intriguing twitter and tumblr posts lately which all pointing to one delicate concern - abortion.

One of DJ Mo's twitter posts states:

"I have a question about abortion. Should the girl ask the guy what his thoughts are and should he have a chance to stand up for the baby?"

Followed by these post:

"Because no amount of inconvenience could ever justify treating the supreme creation of God with murderous contempt."

In one of the episodes of TV5's late night showbiz talk show "Juicy" where he is one of the hosts, DJ Mo was quoted saying, "It comes to a point na, feeling ko, I think I have to leave na the country. May isa pang malaking bagay na pinagdaanan, na I've been trying to overcome in the past year, na hindi related sa breakup namin ni Rhian. But it's something that Rhian and I have been trying to overcome together, and sana..."

His co-host Cristy Fermin then asked another intriguing question, "Nakokonsens'ya ba kayo?" which DJ Mo immediately answered with "I don't know... Ayokong sabihin na 'kayo' because Rhian is her own person and I am my own person. Basta, I'm in a dark, dark place. I'm in a dark place."

Who do you think could be the girl he was referring to? Did they both agree to commit a sinful mistake of removing the fruit of their hidden relationship? Oh no!

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago Used Cheesy Pick-up Lines to Caught Student's Attention in RH Bill Forum

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago Used Cheesy Pick-up Lines to Caught Student's Attention in RH Bill Forum


Anong height mo? Paano ka nagkasya sa puso ko?

Masasabi mo bang bobo kung ikaw lang naman ang laman ng utak ko?

Using the above funny yet cheesy pick-up lines, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago caught the attention and interest of students from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa during the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill forum on Friday, November 25.

But when the lady Senator received no response when she asked her audience “Sino sa inyo ang interesado sa sex?” she immediately urged students, “Kung hindi ka interesado, magpagamot ka, dahi abnormal 'yan eh.

During the forum, Santiago particularly discussed the importance of responsible and safe sex that the RH bill she authored tries to enforce. She also clarified that the bill is not intended to teach and push young people to indulge in sex but rather help them understand very well facts about human reproduction, pregnancy risk for women, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases so they could deal responsibly with their sexual natures.

Sex will come, too, preferably married sex. Pero kung hindi mo na talaga mapigilan, puwede ba, mag-condom ka na lang?

Mali 'yong pag-iisip mo na magtatakbuhan sila sa ilalim ng acacia at magse-sex silang lahat,” Santiago explained.


And her message to those against the RH Bill?

Hahanapin ko ang mga magulang nila at tuturuan ko na mag-emergency contraception para hindi na makapanganak uli ng mga taong kamukha nila.” she said.

Bruno Mars - It Will Rain (Music Video and Lyrics)



If you ever leave me baby,
Leave some morphine at my door
‘Cause it would take a whole lot of medication
To realize what we used to have,
We don’t have it anymore.

There’s no religion that could save me
No matter how long my knees are on the floor
So keep in mind all the sacrifices I’m makin’
Will keep you by my side
Will keep you from walkin’ out the door.

Cause there’ll be no sunlight
If I lose you, baby
There’ll be no clear skies
If I lose you, baby
Just like the clouds
My eyes will do the same, if you walk away
Everyday it will rain, rain, rain...

I’ll never be your mother’s favorite
Your daddy can’t even look me in the eye
Oooh if I was in their shoes, I’d be doing the same thing
Sayin there goes my little girl
Walkin’ with that troublesome guy

But they’re just afraid of something they can’t understand
Oooh well little darlin’ watch me change their minds
Yeah for you I’ll try I’ll try I’ll try I’ll try
I’ll pick up these broken pieces ’til I’m bleeding
If that’ll make you mine

Cause there’ll be no sunlight
If I lose you, baby
There’ll be no clear skies
If I lose you, baby
Just like the clouds
My eyes will do the same if you walk away
Everyday it will rain, rain, rain...

Don’t just say, goodbye
Don’t just say, goodbye
I’ll pick up these broken pieces ’til I’m bleeding
If that’ll make it right

Cause there’ll be no sunlight
If I lose you, baby
There’ll be no clear skies
If I lose you, baby
Just like the clouds
My eyes will do the same if you walk away
Everyday it will rain, rain, rain...

Civil Engineering Board Exam Results - November 2011

The results of Civil Engineering Board Exam (Civil Engineer Licensure Exam) results for November 2011 have been released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

A total of 1,770 out of 5,163 examinees successfully passed the board examination given by the Board of Civil Engineering in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi and Tacloban this month.

The PRC also announced the following:

Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will start on December 1, 2011 but not later than December 9, 2011. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 2 pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete name tag), 1 piece 1” x 1” picture (colored with white background and complete name tag), 2 sets of metered documentary stamps and 1 short brown envelope with name and profession and to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2011-2014. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

Click HERE for the names of the Civil Engineering Board Exam (Civil Engineer Licensure Exam) Topnotchers.

The complete list of passers for the Civil Engineering Board Exam (Civil Engineer Licensure Exam) in November 2011 can be seen HERE.

The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremonies of the new successful Civil Engineering Board Exam (Civil Engineer Licensure Exam) examinees will be announced on a later date.

PMPC Star Awards for Television 2011 Winners

25th PMPC Star Awards for TV 2011 - Winners


The Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) has revealed this year's winners of the Star Awards for Television in a star-studded awarding ceremony held last night, November 22, 2011 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City.


Here are the partial Winners of PMPC Star Awards for TV 2011:

Best Youth-Oriented Show:
Reel Love Presents: Tween Hearts (GMA-7)

Best Educational Program:
Matanglawin (ABS-CBN)

Best Educational Program Host:
Kim Atienza for Matanglawin (ABS-CBN)

Best Documentary Program:
I Witness (GMA-7)

Best Documentary Program Host:
Kara David, Jay Taruc, Howie Severino and Sandra Aguinaldo for I Witness (GMA-7)

Best Children’s Program:
Art Angel (GMA-7)

Best Public Affairs Program:
The Bottomline With Boy Abunda (ABS-CBN)

Best Public Affairs Program Host:
Boy Abunda for The Bottomline With Boy Abunda (ABS-CBN)

Best Travel Program:
Trip Na Trip

Best Travel Program Hosts:
Kat De Castro, Uma Khouny and Jason Gainza for “Trip Na Trip” (ABS-CBN)

Best Morning Show:
Umagang Kay Ganda (ABS-CBN)

Best Talent Show:
Showtime (ABS-CBN)

Best Talent Show Hosts:
Luis Manzano and Billy Crawford for Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN)

Best Lifestyle Program:
Us Girls (Studio 23)

Best Lifestyle Program Hosts:
Angel Aquino, Cheska Garcia-Kramer and MJ Felipe for “Us Girls” (Studio 23)

Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show:
The Buzz (ABS-CBN)

Best Female Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host:
Cristy Fermin, Paparazzi (TV5)

Best Male Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host:
Luis Manzano, E-Live (ABS-CBN)

Best Public Service Program:
Bitag (UNTV 37)

Best Public Service Program Host:
Atty. Presida Acosta, Public Atorni (TV5)

Best Talent Searh Program:
Talentadong Pinoy (TV5)

Best Musical Variety Show:
ASAP Rocks (ABS-CBN)

Best Musical Variety Show Host:
Toni Gonzaga for ASAP Rocks (ABS-CBN)

Best Single Performance by an Actor:
Enchong Dee for “Maalaala Mo Kaya – Parol Episode” (ABS-CBN)

Best Single Performance by an Actress:
Ai Ai delas Alas for “Maalaala Mo Kaya – Krus Episode” (ABS-CBN)

Best Drama Actor:
Coco Martin for “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” (ABS-CBN)

Best Drama Actress:
Gretchen Barretto for “Magkaribal” (ABS-CBN)

Best TV Station:
ABS-CBN


SPECIAL AWARDS:

Hall of Fame as Best Male Showbiz-Oriented Show Host:
Boy Abunda

Hall of Fame as Best Drama Anthology:
Maalaala Mo Kaya

Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award:
Susan Roces

Excellence in Broadcasting Lifetime Achievement Award:
Jessica Soho

Master Star Builder:
German Moreno

Longest Running Musical Show in Philippine TV History:
Superstar


SPONSORS’ AWARDS:

Male Star of the Night:
Coco Martin

Female Star of the Night:
Toni Gonzaga

Male Face of the Night:
Piolo Pascual

Female Face of the Night:
KC Concepcion

Hosted by Piolo Pascual and Shamcey Supsup, the 25th PMPC Star Awards for TV will be aired on ABS-CBN's Sunday's Best on November 27, 2011.

Hacienda Luisita: Supreme Court Orders Distribution of Hacienda Luisita to Tenant Farmers

Hacienda Luisita, the vast agricultural estate owned by the family of President Benigno Aquino III, was ordered by the Supreme Court to be distributed to tenant farmers.

The high court’s decision was unanimous, 14-0, in a 56-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco and promulgated on November 23, Wednesday.

The Supreme Court stressed in the resolution that “control over agricultural lands must always be in the hands of the farmers” and pointed out that allowing the 6,296 beneficiaries to remain stockholders would never allow them “gain control given the present proportion of shareholdings.”

‘The Kitchen Musical’ Cast Invade the Country in One Night Gala

‘The Kitchen Musical’ Cast Invade the Country in One Night Gala


Pan-Asian television musical drama series “The Kitchen Musical” literally invaded the country recently after its cast members flew from different parts of Asia for a gala night held at the InterContinental Manila Hotel where they rendered sizzling hot musical performances with Pinoy pride and lead stars Karylle, Christian Bautista and Arthur Acuna.

The three had just arrived from a “The Kitchen Musical” road show in Indonesia and Malaysia and were joined by supporting cast members Thou Reyes, Carla Dunareanu, Gayle Nerva, Rebecca Spykerman, Nadiah M. Din, and Erwin Shah Ismail who, like true Asian superstars, wowed the guests as they owned the stage singing TKM versions of the hit songs BOOM BOOM POW and OMG to the delight of their Singaporean producers from The Group Entertainment (TGE), local advertisers, bloggers, as well as select members of the entertainment press.


Also present during the gala night was CheeK, the creator and writer of “The Kitchen Musical” and TGE CEO Nelia Sutrisno and TGE Executive Vice President Christopher James.

Lucky fans from different Asian countries, who joined TKM’s on-air promo, also flew in to Manila and attended the gala.

“Pilipinas Got Talent 3” grand winner Maasinhon Trio, R and B Prince JayR, international YouTube sensation Marie Digby, Zia Quizon, and TKM musical director Gerard Salonga also graced the stage and gave their own rendition of songs inspired from the show.

“The Kitchen Musical” gala night, hosted by “Us Girls” hosts Angel Aquino, Iya Villania, and Megan Young, was co-produced by TGE and its official Philippine free-TV carrier Studio 23, to serve as a thanksgiving to its stakeholders for the overwhelming support and success earned by the multi-million dollar franchise.

Aside from enjoying a wide following among its Asian market, “The Kitchen Musical” will soon be airing on western television. TGE CEO Nelia Sutrisno made the big announcement during the gala that USA’s ABC and Italy’s Casanova Multimedia bought the show’s format and will be remade respectively in their countries.

Currently, TKM airs in 16 countries all over Asia. It first premiered on Philippine free TV via ABS-CBN last Oct 2 and continues to air every Saturday on Studio 23.

Studio 23 Head March Ventosa said Studio 23 has been supporting the show as if it is its own. “A year ago they approached us, we saw the pilot, and we thought this is going to be a winner. We’ve had so much confidence in TKM that we programmed it back-to-back with ‘The X Factor USA’ which is a big show for Studio 23. It gives viewers a nice musical block for the weekend,” he added.

“The Kitchen Musical” airs every Saturday, 7:30 p.m. on Studio 23. For more information and updates on the series, log on to www.thekitchenmusical.com/facebook/ph or follow its official Twitter account at www.twitter.com/KitchenMusical.

The Kitchen Musical Gala Dinner is sponsored by Anchor Butter and is in partnership with Scanpan, Fiji Water and InterContinental Manila Hotel.

‘Tree of Life’ Exhibit Tonight at Greenbelt 3

‘Tree of Life’ Exhibit Tonight at Greenbelt 3


Save Palawan! Support this year’s biggest Christmas tree display.

The marriage of interior design, fashion, the arts and Christmas spirit will once again enliven this season, as “Metro Home & Entertaining,” the Philippines’ most prestigious home design magazine, proudly presents Tree of Life, An exhibition of Yuletide Art today, 6 p.m., at Greenbelt 3 Lobby.

The biggest Christmas tree display of the year will feature the designs of some renowned lifestyle icons such as furniture designer Milo Naval, paper artist/designer Tony Gonzales, artist Leeroy New, interior designer Eric Paras, fashion designer Avel Bacudio, artist Nikki Luna, contemporary installation artist Ling Quisimbing, jewelry designer Nicole Wisehunt and designer sculptor Michelline Syjuco, fashion designer Jujiin Samonte and furniture designer Vito Selma.

This year’s beneficiary is the Save Palawan Movement of the ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.’s Bantay Kalikasan (AFI). Its cause centralizes on the protection of biodiversity sites, especially island ecosystems such as farmlands, coral reefs, mangroves and endemic species of animals and plants.

The participants practiced their resourcefulness by using eco-friendly materials in designing and creating their trees, such as carton, Manila paper, wall paper, wire, reused mahogany wood, traditional cane, recycled packaging, metal and newspaper in their Christmas tree designs.

All trees will be open for bidding with proceeds going to AFI’s Save Palawan efforts. Bidding begins at the opening of the exhibit at the Greenbelt 3 lobby on November 24 and will continue throughout the time of the exhibition, up to December 4. Bids will be accepted online starting December 5, 2011 through facebook.com/metrohome.magazine.

Bids begin at P15,000, a remarkably low price by artists of this caliber. This is just the second Tree of Life. The first one was very successful and included works by Daphne Oseña-Paez, Bea Valdes, Tes Pasola, Rita & Anthony Nazareno, Al Caronan, Mel LaO & Gabby Lichauco, and Miguel Rosales.


Spread the holiday cheer and visit the Tree of Life, An exhibition of Yuletide. For more information, logon to http://www.facebook.com/metrohome.magazine, or call 0917-889-7881.

Andi Eigenmann Gives Birth to a Baby Girl Named Adrianna Gabrielli

Andi Eigenmann Gives Birth to a Baby Girl Named Adrianna Gabrielli


Andi Eigenmann gives birth to a healthy baby girl named Adrianna Gabrielli, who weighs 7 lbs and 8 ounces, at St. Lukes Medical Center in Taguig City around 5:20 p.m. on November 23, via caesarean operation.

Arroyo Mug Shot Release, a Violation of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Rights to Privacy

Arroyo Mug Shot Release, a Violation of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Rights to Privacy


Congresswoman Arroyo's mug shot which went viral in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter is a violation of her human rights according to Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

The lady Senator said that the release of her mug shot is illegal as it violated the former President's right to privacy.

When the mug shot of the accused is taken, could it be a violation of her personal right to privacy if this is published? The answer is yes,” Senator Santiago told reporters.

Senator Santiago also questioned the newspaper and websites that published Arroyo’s mug shot.

It is another question whether a newspaper or a website can publish a mug shot,” she said. “It is not a usual, common photograph. It already suggests guilt on the part of the person. What’s more is that it catches the individual at his most embarrassing moment.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), however, questions the authenticity of the mug shots that made its way to the internet. Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome said there were discrepancies with the caption of the official mug shots and the published versions.

I would like to state for the record that the published pictures are not the authentic mug shot photos of Rep. Gloria Arroyo,” Bartolome said.

Aspiring Designers Compete Once Again for the 10th Edition MEGA Young Designer’s Competition

Aspiring Designers Compete Once Again for the 10th Edition MEGA Young Designer’s Competition


The longest running fashion competition in the Philippines is back once again to introduce the newest additions to Philippine fashion.

MEGA Young Designers Competition (YDC) was created by Sari Yap, founder of the MEGA Publishing Group and EIC of MEGA magazine, to highlight the immense talents of aspiring Filipino designers. She envisioned a gathering of creative minds that can bring Philippine fashion to the runways of the world.

The competition opened doors for countless designers to find their niche and establish their names in the industry. As the new season of YDC officially begins on November 26, 2011, MEGA looks back and highlights past designers who have been part of the competition.

Russel Villafuerte, winner of the 9th edition of YDC, shared, “It’s such a great privilege to be part of that elite group of top designers in the country who joined YDC.” Something for viewers to look forward to, Russel revealed his experience. “You get to see a lot of things in the challenges like making gowns and couture in just 8 hours!

For the first female designer winner of YDC, Vanessa Ang was happy to mention that YDC opened a lot of doors in her career. “I got to meet a lot of people and got invited to all these fashion events that introduced me to different people and provided me with more knowledge on the industry.

Dubai based Furne One – who was part of the first YDC competition – has already made an international mark with his designs. International celebrities Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj are some of the artists who have already worn his outfits in various occasions.

Other notable fashion figures who joined the competition are some of the Philippine’s most revered designers like Rajo Laurel, Raoul Ramirez, Mich Dulce, Ivarluski Aseron, Chris Diaz, OJ Hofer, Patrice Ramos-Diaz and the internationally acclaimed Veejay Floresca to name a few.

The question is, “Who is the next?

It is through fashion that designers tell their story of inspirations and creations. The highly anticipated YDC constantly looks for designers who have fresh and innovative concepts to prove that they deserve their needed break in the industry. Watch once again as the passion, aesthetic and skills of 18 new breed designers unfold in the 3rd season of MEGA’s Young Designers Competition.

Catch Generation MEGA Season 3: MEGA Young Designers Competition every Saturday starting November 26, 2011 at 7 p.m., with replays on Sundays at 10am, only on ETC.

Lola Aurelia and Lolo Luis Matias Back in Each Loving Arms

Lola Aurelia and Lolo Luis Matias Back in Each Loving Arms


Lola Aurelia Matias, who puts his missing husband's picture at the back of her dress and walks day and night just to find him, finally reunited with his 78-year-old husband Lolo Luis on Tuesday, November 22.




Lolo Luis was found near the Quirino LRT station on Tuesday afternoon by a concern citizen named Luis who saw Lola Aurelia's black-and-white picture on Facebook account of Reddie J, a street photography enthusiast, who posted the above photo on Monday, November 21, and asked everyone to post it on their Facebook walls, too. The photo was shared 53,760 times.

Lolo Luis, who was welcomed by her loving wife with hugs and kisses had only one request upon returning home.

Basta sinabi kong adobo, adobo. Mayroong kuwan, sarsa. Okay na,” he said.

When asked where he had been these past few weeks, Lolo Luis who is said to be suffering from dementia replied, “Hindi ko alam.”

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Mug Shot, Fake

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Mug Shot, Fake


Former President and now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's mugshot surfaced on cyberspace and published by a newspaper following her hospital arrest last Saturday.

But Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome denied the authenticity of the said mug shots particularly identifying discrepancies with the caption of the official mug shots and the published versions.

"I would like to state for the record that the published pictures are not the authentic mug shot photos of Rep. Gloria Arroyo," Bartolome said.

The PNP Chief likewise said that authorities are currently tracking down the source of the leaked photos.

Mrs. Arroyo is currently under police custody at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) sued her for electoral sabotage.

Midas Marquez Gay Video Surfaced

Midas Marquez Gay Video Surfaced


PHILMEDIACOM posted on YouTube a 19-seconder video clip of a very much married and with 2 kids Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Jose Midas P. Marquez during a live interview where he was caught by DZMM Teleradyo camera showing a funny-girlish reaction when a microphone fell while he was answering questions from the press.

The video titled "Supreme Court Spokesperson Atty. Jose Midas P. Marquez is 100% GAY? [For fun only]" is now getting a lot of hits on YouTube and beginning to gather reactions from public on social networking sites.

Watch the video below


Janelle Manahan Speaks About Ram Revilla on The Buzz (Video)

Janelle Manahan Speaks About Ram Revilla on The Buzz (Video)


Janelle Manahan, girlfriend of murder victim Ram Revilla, appeared on national TV for the first time after that tragic incident that almost cost her life to express how she feels about the incident, her current medical condition and her thoughts on the latest development of the murder case wherein the primary suspects are the immediate family members of his deceased boyfriend.

Watch the vide below:


The Ring Magazine Named Manny Pacquiao as the Undisputed World’s Pound-for-Pound King

The Ring Magazine Named Manny Pacquiao as the Undisputed World’s Pound-for-Pound King


Despite being replaced by Floyd Mayweather, Jr. as the number 1 Pound-for-Pound King in the recent rankings made by ESPN and Sports Illustrated, Manny Pacquiao remains to be the best boxer in the world in the world rankings made by The Ring Magazine.

In the latest world rankings released by ESPN and Sports Illustrated on November 14 and November 17 via their websites, Pacquiao has dropped to 2nd place while Floyd Mayweather, Jr. moved up to top place as their new Pound-for-Pound King.


Here’s the Top 10 Pound-for-Pound rankings by The Ring Magazine:

1. Manny Pacquiao 54-3-2 (38 KO) Welterweight
WBO Welterweight Champion, WBO Super Champion,
WBC Emeritus Champion, WBC Diamond Champion

2. Floyd Mayweather Jr. 42-0 (26 KO) Welterweight
WBC Welterweight Champion, WBC Emeritus Champion

3. Sergio Gabriel Martínez 48-2-2 (27 KO) Middleweight
The Ring Middleweight Champion, WBC Diamond Champion

4. Nonito Donaire 27-1 (18 KO) Bantamweight
WBO Bantamweight Champion

5. Juan Manuel Márquez 53-6-1 (39 KO) Lightweight
Unified WBA and Super WBO Lightweight Champion, The Ring Lightweight Champion

6. Wladimir Klitschko 56-3 (49 KO) Heavyweight
Unified WBA, Super WBO and IBF Heavyweight Champion, The Ring Heavyweight Champion

7. Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 83-3-1 (45 KO) Flyweight
WBC Flyweight Champion, The Ring Flyweight Champion

8. Timothy Bradley 28-0-0-1 (12 KO) Junior welterweight
WBC (in recess) and WBO Junior welterweight Champion

9. Giovani Segura 28-1-1 (24 KO)

10. Andre Ward 24-0 (13 KO)
Super middleweight, Super WBA Super middleweight Champion

Sharon Cuneta Signs an Exclusive 5-Year Contract with TV5

Sharon Cuneta Signs an Exclusive 5-Year Contract with TV5


The Megastar Sharon Cuneta, who has been with the Kapamilya network for 23 years, officially left ABS-CBN and signed an exclusive contract with the Kapatid network - to the tune of P1-Billion according to reports.

Yes, Sharon is the latest Kapamilya star who transferred to TV5 after Dolphy, Willie Revillame, Aga Muhlach and Lorna Tolentino.

The contract signing was held on November 22 at TV5 Marajo office and witnessed by TV5 President and CEO Atty. Ray Espinosa, TV5 COO Robert Barreiro and Sharon's managers Sandra Chavez and Vic del Rosario of Artists Agency, Inc.

Among Sharon's projects on TV5 include a daily show, a reality show, and a movie project.

Regine Velasquez and Baby Nathaniel James Appear on Party Pilipinas

Regine Velasquez and Baby Nathaniel James Appear on Party Pilipinas


Regine Velasquez, a week after giving birth, appeared on GMA-7 Sunday noontime show "Party Pilipinas" together with her first born child Nathaniel James Velasquez Alcasid.

Baby Nate was introduced by his proud dad Ogie alcasid following his performance of "Aking Anak" - a song he wrote for baby Nate and Leila and Sarah - his two daughters with ex-wife Michelle Van Eimeren.

Watch the videos below:

Part 1:



Part 2:





'Password' is the World's Worst Password, What's the Other 24?

'Password' is the World's Worst Password, What's the Other 24?


Guess what's the worst password you can choose for your online account? That's right, none other than "password."

"Password" tops the list of worst Internet passwords as compiled by password management application provider SplashData.

Hackers can easily break into many accounts just by repeatedly trying common passwords. Even though people are encouraged to select secure, strong passwords, many people continue to choose weak, easy-to-guess ones, placing themselves at risk from fraud and identity theft,” SplashData CEO Morgan Slain said in an interview posted on tech site Mashable.

Mashable said the list was based on millions of stolen passwords posted online by hackers.

It noted the list included passwords with sequences of adjacent numbers or letters on the keyboard. Even certain combinations of numbers and letters have made the list.


The full list includes:

1. password
2. 123456
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
11. baseball
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine
16. ashley
17. bailey
18. passw0rd
19. shadow
20. 123123
21. 654321
22. superman
23. qazwsx
24. michael
25. football


Mashable said SplashData has provided some tips for choosing secure passwords in a statement:

  • Vary different types of characters in passwords, and include numbers, letters and special characters when possible.
  • Choose passwords eight characters or longer, and separate short words with spaces or underscores.
  • Don’t use the same password and username combination for multiple websites and services. Use an online password manager.

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Arrested for Electoral Fraud

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Arrested for Electoral Fraud


Former President and now Pampanga Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been served a warrant of arrest at her hospital bed in St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City on Saturday, November 19 at around 3:30 p.m., for electoral sabotage, which carries a life sentence.

Her husband, former first gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, several family members and friends of the Arroyos were in the room during the Congresswoman's fingerprints and mugshots booking procedure.

The booking was facilitated by Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit Senior Superintendent Joel Coronel who said that Arroyo's documents will be sent to Camp Crame in Quezon City for processing. He also said the mugshots will be released on the court's discretion.

"She's now under hospital arrest," Coronel added.

Arrest warrants were also served to Andal Sr. and former election officer Lintang Bedol.

On Friday, the Commission on Elections filed electoral sabotage charges at the Pasay City regional trial court against Arroyo, former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr., and former election supervisor Lintang Bedol for the alleged massive cheating in the Maguindanao polls in 2007.

Based on Republic Act No. 6646, electoral sabotage constitutes altering of votes during an election, tampering numbers on "large scale or in substantial numbers."

Mark Zuckerberg Warns Filipino About Spreading Facebook Pornography

Mark Zuckerberg Warns Filipino About Spreading Facebook Pornography


Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, releases on November 16, 2011 an online statement and warning to Filipino Facebook users regarding the spreading of spams and pornographic photos.

Read below:

The porn attacks originated in the Philippines and are being published by Filipinos all over Facebook, our experts here at Facebook are doing everything they can to stop it from spreading any further (outside the Philippines) and to eliminate the porn and spam threat completely which have been causing other Facebook users ‘a hard time’. Filipinos should also be vigilant and report any spam links and pornographic materials. 41% of Facebook members around the world are aged 12-17 years old, we cannot be exposed to this kinds of things through Facebook. If this continues and more spams keep being posted, we will have no choice but to ban Philippine users from using Facebook. We at Facebook will not tolerate outlandish behavior and indecency."


Facebook currently has been attacked by 4 viruses. So eliminate and help stop this disrespectful behavior by hackers, check below reminders:

1. If you get a notice of a PHOTO TAG. Do not open it.

2. If you get a notification that a friend reported you for offensive behavior etc. Do not open it.

3. Is a Video saying 99% of People can not watch this for more the 15 Sec. Do not open it is also a virus.

4. All Messages from your friends via chat saying click this link. Do not open! These are BAD ones and will crash your computer.

LET Results September 2011: Licensure for Teachers September 2011 Results - Secondary

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) has released the results of September 2011 Teacher Licensure Examination as posted on its official website on November 17, 2011.

PRC announced that 13,125 secondary teachers have successfully passed the Board Examination for Teachers given last September 25, 2011.


See below list of Top 10 LET Successful Examinees - Secondary:

LET September 2011 Top 10 (Secondary)



See below LET September 2011 Results - Secondary:

LET 2011 Successful Examiness Secondary


LET Results September 2011: Licensure for Teachers September 2011 Results - Elementary

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) has released the results of September 2011 Teacher Licensure Examination as posted on its official website on November 17, 2011.

PRC announced that 10,243 elementary teachers, 6 Accelerated Teacher Education Program (A.T.E.P.) graduates and 13,125 secondary teachers have successfully passed the Board Examination for Teachers given last September 25, 2011.


See below list of Top 10 LET Successful Examinees - Elementary:

LET September 2011 Top 10 (Elementary)



See below LET September 2011 Results - Elementary:

LET 2011 Successful Examiness Elementary


Comelec Files Electoral Sabotage Charges vs Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Other Former COMELEC Officials

Comelec Files Electoral Sabotage Charges vs Gloria Macapagal Arroyo


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday filed electoral sabotage charges against Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other officials, which could be sufficient for the government to stop the former president travelling overseas as planned later on Friday.

Election Commission chairman Sixto Brillantes said election commissioners had voted, 5-2, to file the charges against Arroyo after an early morning meeting on Friday. The Comelec filed the electoral sabotage charges before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court, and immediately petitioned RTC Judge Jesus Mupas to issue a hold departure order against the former president. Also included in the charges were election official Lintang Bedol, and former Maguindanao official Andal Ampatuan Sr.

Also recommended charged with electoral sabotage were former Comelec Chair Benjamin Abalos Sr.; former Comelec Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer; former Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Alberto Agra; former Maguindanao provincial administrator Norie Unas; and former election supervisors Lilian Radham and Yogie Martirizar, and several others.

The Arroyos' lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, said in Filipino that he would be "surprised if the (hold departure order) is issued within the day", given the volume of material submitted by the Comelec. He suggested that any such order that can be issued so quickly could only be part of a larger political "script".

The Comelec charges came ahead of a special sitting of the Supreme Court to hear a government motion against its decision on Tuesday to issue a temporary restraining order on the government's travel ban on Arroyo and her husband.

Arroyo, president from 2001 to 2010, has faced allegations of electoral fraud and corruption but has not been formally charged.

Arroyo says she needs to travel overseas for medical treatment, but the government had placed a travel ban on Arroyo and her husband.

After the high court decision on Tuesday, Arroyo turned up at the airport in a wheelchair and her neck in a brace, aiming to fly overseas for medical treatment, but she and her husband were turned back.

- Source

Google+ Releases Top 10 Most Followed Philippine Brands; GMA News Leads the List

On November 7, Google+ finally opened its doors to business users. Companies everywhere went right in and launched their own pages, with Philippine brands jumping straight into the thick of the action.

The still-nascent service is attracting a steady stream of business users, with some notable early adopters already gaining traction among Google+ regulars - many of whom, according to a recent study, are highly brand conscious.

Not surprisingly, the Philippine community of Google+ business users is led by major online content producers such as gaming portals and media companies. But real-world businesses are also getting a boost from online social interaction, with airlines and a shopping portal making the list.


Here is a list of the top ten Philippine brands on Google+ based on follower count, as of November 12:

10) Manila Concert Scene

Proving that Filipinos love to tune in and rock out, the Google+ page of music blogsite Manila Concert Scene has 76 followers, with +1’s. The page is regularly updated with upcoming concerts and music events in the nation's capital.




9) Greenpeace Philippines

Online Filipinos are very nature-conscious, if the popularity of this page is any indication. Greenpeace Philippines, the local arm of the international non-profit environmental organization, has 128 followers and 14 +1’s.




8) Level Up! Philippines
Filipinos absolutely love online games, as evidenced by their popularity on social networks and in Internet cafés alike. The page of Level Up! Philippines, an online gaming portal, has 94 followers and 27 +1’s. The page is already actively posting news about multi-player online gaming in the Philippines.




7) Philippine Ragnarok Online

The local page of Ragnarok Online, another popular online gaming portal, has 152 followers and 29 +1’s. Their page offers promos and services for Ragnarok players.




6) TV5

The page of television network TV5 has 125 followers and 16 +1’s. The page has been updated with news and promotions of TV5 shows.




5) Ensogo Philippines Site

Filipinos also love to shop. The page of online bargain-finder Ensogo Philippines has 165 followers and 39 +1’s. The page regularly posts bargain deals.




4) University of the Philippines

The only academic institution to make the list, the official University of the Philippines (UP) page has 386 followers and 39 people have +1’d it. The page posts campus-related press releases and links to online articles about UP.




3) Philippine Airlines

Online booking services have helped make air travel easier —or at least more talked about. This is the likely reason why the pages of two of the country's major airlines made it to the list. Philippine Airline’s official page has 298 followers and 30 +1’s. Aside from flight updates, the site also posts news releases and links to articles on what’s hot in tourism and travel.




2) Cebu Pacific Air

Cebu Pacific Air, well-known for its foray into viral videos and social media, has the most followers of any local airline on Google+. The official page of Cebu Pacific has 596 followers, and 88 people have +1’d it. The page has photos of the Cebu Pacific planes and crews. It also shows photos of popular destinations the airline covers.




1) GMA News

The official Google+ page of GMA News, the news segment of GMA Network, has 1,740 followers and 93 people have +1’d it. The site is regularly updated with the latest news and developing stories.



For a while, Google+ had focused on growing its community of personal users and advised against the creation of business or corporate profiles. But with the introduction of pages for businesses, brands can now establish their own presence and interact with people online.

As of this writing, other known brand names like Bench, UnionBank and 7-Eleven have already created their own Google+ pages. Given the stable growth of Google+ over the past year, more brands may be expected to follow suit as well.

Maria Aragon Sings the Philippine National Anthem at the Pacquiao - Marquez Fight

Maria Aragon Sings the Philippine National Anthem at the Pacquiao - Marquez Fight


Catch here Maria Aragon sings the Philippine National Anthem at the Pacquiao - Marquez boxing fight held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13, 2011 (Manila time).



Thia Megia Sings the USA National Anthem at the Pacquiao - Marquez Fight

Thia Megia Sings the USA National Anthem at the Pacquiao - Marquez Fight


Catch here Thia Megia sings the USA National Anthem at the Pacquiao - Marquez boxing fight held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13, 2011 (Manila time).



Manny Pacquiao Defeats Juan Manuel Marquez III via Majority Decision

Manny Pacquiao Defeats Juan Manuel Marquez III via Majority Decision


Manny Pacquiao defended his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown by beating Juan Manuel Marquez III in their boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13, 2011 (Manila time) via majority decision.




Here's a round-by-round recap by LA Times (scoring is unofficial):

Round 1: Pacquiao jabs. Marquez swings a left. Pacquiao double-jabs. Marquez misses a left counter. Pacquiao lands one. Marquez pounds the body. Pacquiao with a left counter. Pacquiao throws a right-left combination. Marquez goes to body. Another classic close round between two. Pacquiao wins round, 10-9.Link
Round 2: A lot of jostling early here. Both boxers are looking for openings. Marquez misses with a right. Nice counter by Marquez. Jab by Pacquiao. Marquez right to body and blocked uppercut. Pacquiao surging with lefts. Marquez backs wisely. Marquez right. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Fight is even, 19-19.

Round 3: Pacquiao working jab. Marquez gets in a good right. Marquez jabs to the body. Nice lefts by Marquez, and an uppercut to the chin. Pacquiao jabs. Marquez gets in a right. Pacquiao lands a stronger right. He lands an extra shot, but just after bell. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 29-28.

Round 4: Nice hard left by Pacquiao. Marquez doesn’t land all of his left shot. Marquez with a jab. Nice left by Pacquiao. Heads collide softly. Good left by Pacquiao. They tie up. Pacquiao lands a flush left. Marquez answers to the body. Nice counter right by Pacquiao, but Marquez answers with two sharp rights, and pulls away impressed at bell. Pacquiao wins round, 10-9. Fight even, 38-38.

Round 5: Hard left uppercut by Marquez to the face of Pacquiao, who is swinging with ferocity. Chants of “Marquez!” in the arena. Marquez lands a jab. Pacquiao jabs back. Nice right by Marquez backs up Pacquiao. Now a hard left by Marquez. Great right by Marquez. Pacquiao flustered. He’s backing away. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 48-47.

Round 6: Both boxers jab. Pacquiao gets in a left. Marquez lands a left-right combination to the body. Hard right by Pacquiao. Now a good left by Pacquiao. Marquez tries to answer with a stiff right, and then a left to the head. Pacquiao lands a left to the body. Marquez gets in a combination to the body. Pacquiao wins round, 10-9. Fight even, 57-57.

Round 7: Marquez to the stomach. Pacquiao tries to jab. Nice shots by Marquez. Pacquiao charging, like he wants to go for the kill. Marquez lands a good right, though. Marquez then gets the best of an inside exchange. Pacquiao lands a left to the face. Marquez nails a sharp left to the body and right to the face. Marquez gets in a strong uppercut at bell. He’s here to win. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 67-66.

Round 8: Marquez landing jabs. Some at ringside have him up five rounds to two. Pacquiao to the body. Marquez pounds Pacquiao with a right as Pacquiao darts in. Marquez lands a left. Pacquiao answers with a combination. Pacquiao with a late combo to the face. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 77-75.

Round 9: Marquez strikes with a left and right. He sends Pacquiao to the ropes with a hard left. Wicked combination to Pacquiao's body and face by Marquez. Marquez works the jab. He keeps his right up to protect his head while beating Pacquiao in exchanges. It’s been an impressive effort by 38-year-old. Nice combo by Pacquiao, but Marquez whacks him with a right. Wow! Great combos by Pacquiao. Marquez backing up. Crowd is exploding. It's crazy in here. Pacquiao wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 86-85.

Round 10: Marquez lands a right. Pacquiao answers with a combination. Hard right flush to the face by Marquez. Marquez slips, but he recovers and belts Pacquiao with rights as he works inside. Pacquiao looks cut on the right side of his head. Marquez's right eye is swelling. Marquez lands a right. Pacquiao connects with a left on a charge. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 96-94.

Round 11: Pacquiao’s cut looks like it came from an accidental butt in the 10th round. It’s not bad. Marquez works to the body. Pacquiao lands a combination. Marquez answers. Pacquiao is thinking now before charging forward. Marquez lands a clean right as he becomes the aggressor. Pacquiao lands a right. Pacquiao then strikes with a left. Marquez finishes with a right. Pacquiao wins round, 10-9. Marquez leads, 105-104.

Round 12: Pacquiao has salve over the cut on top of his right eye. He starts slow, can't find an opening. Marquez counters. Pacquiao throws a barrage of punches. Pacquiao jabs. No openings for Pacquiao, though. He's waiting, looking. Pacquiao jabs, Marquez answers stronger -– the story of the fight. Pacquiao loses mouthpiece in last minute. Marquez jab and combo. Pacquiao to the body. Marquez raises right fist at bell, stands on corner ropes. Pacquiao kneeling in corner, praying. Marquez wins round, 10-9. Marquez wins fight, 115-113.

The judges have awarded Manny Pacquiao a majority decision. Glenn Trowbridge (116-112 ) and Dave Moretti (115-113) scored it for Pacquiao. Robert Hoyle scored it 114-114.

Photos: Steve Marcus, Reuters

“Run BGC 2011: A Level Higher” with Flag Football Takes Runners to Australia

Run BGC 2011 with Flag Football Takes You to Australia


Bonifacio Global City (BGC) fuels anew the passion for running with its “Run BGC 2011: A Level Higher” on November 27, 2011. Taking it a notch higher is the integration of Flag Football in the race.

Known as the home of passionate minds, BGC is also recognized as the ‘Run Capital’ of the country. It is the most preferred venue of running enthusiasts and those who embrace an active lifestyle.

Run BGC 2011 in celebration of Bonifacio Day marks its 3rd year. Run BGC embodies the power of a passion fulfilled. BGC believes that runners’ key capacities such as the willpower to push even farther, the ability to apply effort even during fatigue, and the acceptance of pain — have radiating power that subtly influences attitudes in life. The passions within us can take us to places, allow us to achieve beyond expectations, bring new experiences and lead us to living happier, healthier lives. That’s the power of passion that Bonifacio Global City believes in.

In this year’s BGC’s very own marathon, participants can choose from 5 race categories, namely: 3km, 3km with flag football, 5km, 5km with flag football, and 10km.


Runners of 3km and 5km with Flag Football

Making this year’s Run BGC a level higher is the category of Flag Football. Apart from the straight run race, this category starts with a run, then moves to an individual play of catching a football while defending flags and shifts back to a run to the finish line.

Basically, the runner gets into the football zone within the 3km and 5km stretch to catch the ball and defend his flags. Once inside the football zone, the runner gets fitted with a flagbelt and is cued up in designated lane. A quarterback then gives the runner the go signal to sprint to the 5-yard marker.

The runner should then quickly turn back to catch the ball from the quarterback and should do so while defending the flags fastened to him/her from the defenders. The runner should have both the ball and flags before sprinting to the end zone. Upon reaching the football’s end zone, he then sprints back to the starting area with his flags and football to finish the course where marshals await runners for sendoff to continue his race to the finish.


Prizes at Stake & Extra Fun

All runners who have completely registered and finished the race in any distance categories are entitled to join the raffle. Grand prize at stake is a trip for two to Australia on a 4days-3nights tour package any time within 2012.

The winner can also join any of the Australian-based marathon or fun run: The Sydney City to Surf 2012; Gold Coast Airport Marathon & Half Marathon; or The Great Ocean Road International Marathon. Prize is convertible to cash but non-transferrable.

Cash prizes and medals also await the first three placers of each race category.

Like in previous Run BGC events, sponsors will be setting up booths for their own activities such as product sampling, sale, and fun games.

Powered by today’s most-sought running mentor and race director Coach Rio, Run BGC is also made possible with the support of RunRio, Runnr, Sportsmedia, BLFC, Planet Sports, The Athlete’s Foot, Toby’s Sports, Powerade, Viva Mineral Water, Soleus and Hero Channel.


Run Safe at BGC

BGC’s passion springs from the welfare of the people it lends its service to such that Run BGC participants are assured of their safety during the event. Security and race escorts will be present. Drinking water and Medical aid will be provided along the race routes. Comfort cubicles will also be in placed. Further assisting the participants to secure their things, a baggage deposit service will also be made available from 4:30am to 9:00am near the stage.


Register Now and See You at Run BGC

Registration is ongoing until November 20 at Toby’s/Runnr (Level 1 Shangri-La Plaza; Bldg. B3 Bonifacio High Street; G/F SM Mall of Asia), Planet Sports (2/F Trinoma Mall; 2/F Glorietta3), and at The Athlete’s Foot (3/F Robinson’s Galleria; 2/F Alabang Town Center).

Log on to www.bgc.com.ph and www.runrio.com for more details.