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Monday, January 9, 2017

TIPS | 10 Things to Look for Before Dating a Guy

This article is somewhat several points off my list of interests, because mehhh, dating is not for me haha. But then again, I think it's a matter of time to ask someone (if not ask out, just ask haha) what a girl or, as others may say, an independent woman should look for in a potential date.

What do girls seek before saying yes to someone to go out on a date? What is it that we, men, should somehow take in as pointers when attempting to woo someone or invite for dinner? This list gives you 10 of the things to look for before dating a guy! Enjoy!


Every girl is unique. This applies to every other thing we girls tend to delve into: from designing to fashion styles, from cooking recipes to social circles and parties, and of course, it’s hard not to feel those little butterflies in your stomach. Every other daughter of Eve is unique when it comes to who to date, and eventually love.

Which is why what you expect from a man and from a happy relationship is way different than what your friends and family members expect.

Image Source: The Art of Charm

Deep-set eyes? Nice smile? Odd sense of humor? There are quite a lot of things that make you feel drawn to the opposite sex, and can be your basis for eventually saying “Yes!” to a first date. But I have always believed that choosing who to date is about more than attraction. And it always helps to date somebody you’re already friends with, or acquaintances, for that matter. Besides, you don’t date someone just for the fun of it, expecting it to be short-term, right?

So, here’s a list of qualities I always have to tick off when checking if a guy is worth dating. 

1. He has faith and value system. Coming from a devoted and religious family, dating a guy who is faithful to his God and has values is always on top of my list. Values also play a vital role in my dating potential selection: how he treats me and other people around, and how he deals with problems in life. This may be hard to look for before dating. You just have to trust your instincts with this and your appeal to allow him to share thoughts with you.

2. He loves his family. For me, this is one of the very important things to look for. Of course, you don’t see it right away when you’re still not dating, but you can easily notice hints, especially if you’re friends with the guy. Him calling his mom if she got home safe or even him chatting about his funny little sister are ominous clues!

Friday, December 23, 2016

EDUCATION | UP makes it to Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2016-2017

In what may appear to be a reflection of the current state of education in the Philippines, the University of the Philippines (UP) is the sole Philippine university that entered the World University Rankings list of Times Higher Education for the period 2016-2017.

The premier university of the country ranks 801++ in the overall rankings of the London-based publication. However, it failed to join the list of top 200 universities in Asia. The latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings for Asia listed UP at rank 70 (same as last year), Ateneo de Manila University at rank 99 (up from 114), De La Salle University (DLSU) at rank 143 (improved from 183), and UST at rank 157 (which went down from 143). The National University of Singapore (NUS) retains its title as the best university in Asia in the latest Times Higher Education's (THE) World University Rankings. NUS is followed by the Nanyang Technological University, Peking University, University of Hong Kong, and Tsinghua University.

Here are the world's best universities according to Times Higher Education for the period 2016 to 2017.

  1. University of Oxford, United Kingdom (up from rank 2)
  2. California Institute of Technology, United States (down from rank 1)
  3. Stanford University, United States
  4. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  6. Harvard University, United States
  7. Princeton University, United States
  8. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  9. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland
  10. University of California - Berkeley, United States (new entrant, up from rank 13) and University of Chicago, United States

Friday, February 26, 2016

MUSIC | 12 OPM love songs you might want to include in your playlist

The world we know today is rich in cultures that have continuously fused and brought about more individuality in us. People now have more In the Philippines, Original Pinoy Music or OPM as it is called has again found itself back in the airwaves after losing steam since the 2000s. Today, a lot of OPM pop songs have emerged --- thanks to events like Philippine POP Music Festival, Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs and other competitions, singers and songwriters out there are able to come up with really good, upbeat songs.

Image ScreenCap: No Erase

Here is a list of 12 of the most feel-good OPM pop (PPop) songs that you should have in your playlist. The list also details the singer/s and the year the music video for each was released. All video credits go to the respective Youtube channels. Enjoy listening!

1. Triangulo by Thyro and Yumi (2015)

2.Kilometro by Sarah Geronimo (2014)

3.Dati by Sam Concepcion (2013)

4. Mahal Kita Pero by Janella Salvador (2014)

5. Gayuma by Abra (2012)

6. No Erase by James Reid and Nadine Lustre (2014)

7. Hanap-Hanap by James Reid and Nadine Lustre (2015)

8. Ikot-ikot by Sarah Geronimo (2013)

9. Tayo by Sarah Geronimo (2013)

10. Akin Ka Na Lang by Morisette Amon (2015)

11. Simpleng Tulad Mo by Daniel Padilla (2015)

12. Mahal na Mahal by Sam Concepcion (2013)

Friday, February 12, 2016

LIST | Five (5) crowdfunding websites every Filipino should check out

Are you an idea machine fully capable of transforming what's in your mind into actions that would benefit, not only yourself, but other groups of people too? Are you a passionate, goal-driver dreamer capable of creating viable solutions out of real-life Filipino problems? 

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Are you a successful person who'd like to give back to the people behind your triumph by supporting budding entrepreneurs from different fields? Is altruism imbibed in your character?

Then, this article is what you are looking for. In this post, we list down some of the sites which serve as venues for someone to pitch your ideas in, raise funds, and deliver what you have promised for the benefit of the people whose lives can be changed by your vision. Besides this, it also allows wealthy individuals to effectively use their money for certain causes and support startups and thriving businesses that will go big and change the world.

People commonly refer to this way of seeking for or giving support to projects, products or events as crowdfunding.


Wikipedia defines crowdfunding as:
"the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, today often performed via internet-mediated registries, but the concept can also be executed through mail-order subscriptions, benefit events, and other methods."

For a financially wealth person, it means you, yourself, will give a specific amount of money toyou fund a project (event, product, idea), and usually, the project initiators give you something in return. For the project initiators or organizers, you are given an opportunity to present your possible solutions to the online public.

Of course, Filipinos have had their fair share of financing and/or support seeking through crowdfunding platforms. Here is a list of some crowdfunding websites where projects/events created and/or supported by fellow Pinoys and foreigners have become successful.

1. PhilAmTHropy (PATH) : Get funded!

Image Source: http://www.philamthropy.com/
Its founder Georgina Lee envisioned it to be similar to Kickstarter; however, PhilAmTHropy or PATH targets Filipino-oriented projects that have a huge potential. And so, these receive financial assistance from PATH. PATH also focuses on high quality and viability projects, helping the project owners with their marketing campaign.

PhilAmTHropy (PATH) is a crowd funding site for projects made for or made by Filipinos. We coined the name "PhilAmTHropy" by combining the word "philanthropy" (love of humanity) with "PhilAm," our abbreviation of "Philippine Ambassadors".

Image Source: Called to Rescue

One of the projects it supports is Called to Rescue which is a non-profit organization aiming to fight child sex trafficking, violence and abuse in the country. Check out the Philippine chapter here.

2. Artiste Connect : Get funded!

Artiste Connect is a crowdfunding platform for talented artists and creative individuals to help them finance the production of their projects.

Image Source: Artiste Connect

Artiste Connect is not just about project productions. It’s about bridging the gap between the artist and the fan, as well as the artist and the businessman. Our goal is to connect and support both the artist and the fan. Know more about Artiste Connect here.

One specific interesting Filipino group featured in Artiste Connect is Color It Red - Facebook.

Image Source: Color It Red, Artiste Connect

The Filipino pop-rock band that was formed in 1989 had gained funding through Artiste Connect was able to record its fifth studio album “Silver” for its 25th Anniversary. Support them by checking out this link.

3. Crowdo: Get funded! Invest!

Crowdo (formerly Crowdonomic) caters to entrepreneurs in Asia seeking funding and visibility. It is based in Singapore and targets start up businesses not just individual projects. Leo Shimada, founder, said that their ultimate goal was to help entrepreneurs by addressing a key pain point – the funding gap.

Image Source: Crowdo

Crowdo is Southeast Asia's biggest crowdfunding company with a mission to empower Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Asia. We are leading the way in Asia with a comprehensive portfolio of Finance 2.0 solutions and services. Know more about Crowdo here.

Image Source: Earth Hour, Tumblr

One particular Pinoy project on Crowdo worthy of your support is Bancas for the Philippines which was raised by the WWF through Earth Hour Blue campaigns on the crowdfunding site. The project was successful it was able to get 18 Filipino fishing boats back on the water. The recipients were those fishermen who lost their livelihood due to typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda).

4: Kickstarter

Kickstarter, a large global community built around creativity and creative projects, has served as an avenue for at least 10 million individuals to back projects that matter.

Image Source: Kickstarter.com

Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.

Image ScreenCap: Kim Komenich video on Kickstarter.com

Pulitizer Prize awardee, photojournalist Kim Komenich has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a $25,000-goal that will allow for the release of his new book detailing the fall of the Marcos regime in the Philippines during the 1986 "People Power" EDSA revolution. The release is in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the revolution. As of posting date, the campaign has already received the $14,000. If you wish to support this, here is the link. Other projects are available too.

5. Indiegogo: Together Do Anything

Just like Kickstarter and other crowdfunding websites, Indiegogo gives entrepreneurs, makers, movers, and shakers the chance to dream big and affect lives without the pressure of having to capitalist investors' demands. It gives entrepreneurs the self-determination they need and empowers them to go for their passion. 

Image Source: Indiegogo.com

Because every inventive idea should have its shot, and every creative entrepreneur should have their moment. When there’s more freedom in the funding of ideas, there’s simply more freedom, period.

Image Source: IQube on Indiegogo

Who says learning about electronics at a young age can't be simple and fun? A Makati-based four-man team created the IQube which teaches kids the basics of electronics by letting them connect cubes together, each of which makes a significant part of the electric circuit. This, thereby, allows kids to explore and understand part by part the circuit. Check out other Indiegogo campaigns here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

HEALTH | Table of PhilHealth Premium Contributions 2016

Almost every person in the world who mostly pays for hospitalization bills from out of his/her pocket knows that health should be a priority in life. 

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Illnesses and accidents are not picky. These can happen to anyone. And the damages, not only to the state of the person but also to the financial status and the well-being of the whole family, should be minimized. Hence, some governments look for ways to help the people it governs manage their health and wellness.

Especially for a country like the Philippines, the home of one of the most hygienic people in the world, people hate getting into accidents, being afflicted with diseases, or losing someone to year-long battles. It's just too costly --- physically and mentally. Although unwanted circumstances like accidents and deaths bring Filipino families together, these are just not the way Pinoys would want to be reunited with their loved ones.

The Philippine government has steadily sustained its health programs that aim to cover everyone and not just the poor. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, PhilHealth, is a tax-exempt government-owned and and government-controlled corporation (GOCC) which was tasked to provide a national health insurance program for all. The presence of PhilHealth clearly defines the notion that the healthy is capable of paying for the sick and the wealthy, the fortunate can subsidize those who can't, as well as all contributors are assured a healthcare safety net.

The PhilHealth categorizes contributors into different groups, namely formal (employed), indigent , retiree, non-formal, and OFW. Except for outpatient primary care which only applies to indigents and OFWs, all beneficiaries can avail of the following services at lower (subsidized) fees: catastrophic coverage, inpatient care, catastrophic coverage, ambulatory surgeries, outpatient treatment for malaria and tuberculosis, and maternal deliveries. Please visit the PhilHealth website for a complete list  of the healthcare benefits.

This 2016, PhilHealth released its table of premium contributions (seen below) which serves as the basis of all PhilHealth contributions of the employed, self-employed, OFWs, sponsored, and individual paying members. 

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For those who are employed, 50% of the contribution, which depend on their salary bracket, will come from their employer. There are 28 salary brackets (ranging from a monthly salary of 8,999.99 Php or lower, to a highly 35,000 Php) in the PhilHealth contribution table, each with a different premium to be paid.

Based on the table of monthly premiums, "Kasambahay" or household helps who receive a monthly salary of less than 5,000 Php will have their contributions fully shouldered by their employer.

For all land-based Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), they have the choice to pay their premium either annually (2,400 Php) or semi-annually (1,200 Php). 

For all self-employed and individually paying members who have monthly income of  P25,000 and below, they will pay an annual premium of 2,400 Php. Meanwhile, those who earn more than P25,000 monthly will have to pay 3,600 Php per year. Payments can also be done semi-annually or quarterly.

Those under the Sponsored Program category, their annual premium of 2,400 Php will be partially or fully subsidized by their respective sponsors (could be an LGU, private entity, legislator or a national government agency).

Monday, January 25, 2016

TRAVEL | List of 8 Great Places in the Philippines to Visit this Summer

It is that period of the year again when the spotlight is turned towards the Philippines’ best beaches and mesmerizing islands. Start your vacation by getting sun-kissed in the sand. Visit the country's best summer getaways.

This summertime season will definitely give us the opportunity to explore, discover, and gain new experiences. Start your vacation right by planning as early as now. Find the perfect place for you to celebrate the hot days of summer!

This list of eight (8) great summer Philippine summer destinations will definitely help you come up with your escapade itinerary.


Photo Courtesy: San Rafael River Adventure

Before 2014 ended, the resort of San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan was opened to the public. And since then, this has been the perfect destination for people not just looking to spend one epic summer adventure, but even to those looking to experience nature, serenity and romance in one place.

If you want to relax, spend some quality time with your family, escape the stresses of the city, and even be with your one and only in privacy, we definitely encourage you to place this on your list of PH summer destinations to check out this summer. You will see an infinity pool with an astonishing view and enjoy water sports activities just like paddle board, jet ski, kayaking, etc.). It is a fact that beaches and swimming pools are the traditional choices, but San Rafael River Adventure gives you a one-of-a-kind experience. 

Address: Talacsan, San Rafael, Bulacan
Phone: 0917 924 4546
Website: www.srra.ph


Photo Courtesy: Jovanie A. Toria, It's LAGAW time

Take a break from pressure, stress and anxiety. Explore Nogas island and wallow in Anini-y’s hot springs. This is one of Antique’s famous destinations. With its complete facilities, guests can enjoy this inviting paradise in Western Visayas.

Nogas Island is located in Anini-y, Antique. With is its lovely, private 24-hectare spot, this is just about a 15-minute boat journey from the town’s seashore. A sure natural reserve, it is ideal for swimming, diving, and early morning strolling along  its pristine white-sand beach. Want to know more about this travel-worthy place? Check out a traveler's experience here.

Address: Anini-y, Antique
Phone: None
Website: None (Check out reviews here!)


Photo Courtesy: Booking.com

We've shown you a preview of resorts to check out north of Metro Manila and south in Antique  province. Let us now take you to Albay in the far east side of the country. 

A high-class hideaway constituting 37 Asian-inspired villas, Misibis Bay gives you an extraordinary, unusual, extravagant, and enchanting experience in a paradise that boasts of a spa, an outdoor pool, worth visiting restaurants (Tapas Bar, Dela Playa Beach Grill), a private beach, a gym, and a wide array of activities such as thrilling water sports events like parasailing, diving with whale sharks, and windsurfing, and trekking Mayon Volcano on an ATV.

Misibis Bay is your luxury island offering outdoor play area in the Philippines. It's a private tropical sanctuary built on a pristine section of the southern beach portion of Cagraray island in Bacacay, Albay. 

Address: Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay
Phone: (02) 661 888
Website: www.misibisbay.com


Photo Courtesy: frenchkisses, TripAdvisor.com.ph

True to being a national park, Halea serves as a haven to countless sea species because of its rich ecosystem. Because of the protection and security it gets, the area has successfully preserved its beauty inviting tourists from all over the world to experience the tranquility it can offer. It is so captivating that the residents themselves could not get enough of this paradise.

Address: San Miguel Island, Monreal, Masbate
Phone: 0917 844 7023 | 02 725 7628 (Carlo de Leon)
Website: None


Photo Courtesy: ItsMoreFuninthePhilippines.com

Professional surfers and surfer-wannabes take the journey to Baler in Aurora and prepare for their ride with the big waves. And this, without any doubt, is true and proven because Sabang Beach is a surfer’s ideal place to be. But more that the surfing itself, the town is progressively popular not only to surfing fanatics and lovers, mainly because of its natural splendor, historical importance and other attractions such as Ditumabo Falls, Diguisit Rock Formations, Baler Catholic Church, and Museum de Baler.

Address: Aurora
Phone: None
Website: None (Read Sabang Beach reviews here.)


Photo Courtesy: Melvin Baroga

Nope. We're not referring to Subic Bay in Zambales. This one's in Sorsgon! Subic Beach is a gem that's yet to be known by the travel horde. From the port of Matnog, as you move closer to Subic Beach, you will be amazed at its pinkish sand that's due to crushed reddish corals that have collected in the sand. You will also be inspired by its clear blue waters which allows you to see through the coral formations below.  If you wish to momentarily isolate yourself from the rest of modern civilization, just troop to this wonderful hideaway. Check out one traveler's experience in Subic Beach here.

Address: Calintaan Island, Matnog, Sorsogon
Phone: None
Website: None (How do people perceive this beach? Read here.)


Photo Courtesy: ChasingPhilippines.com

This place brags of two main tourist must-dos that everyone would surely love – walking along the white sand of Mahabang Buhangin and swimming in the pristine blue Pacific waters, any of which soothes headaches and eases broken hearts. Since it is less visited and commercialized versus other crowded beaches like Boracay, the isle serves as a perfect escapade for individuals longing for privacy. If you are the type of traveler who just want to get away from the demanding, busy life of the city, take a few moments to immerse yourself in the beauty of Calaguas and let all the stress fade away.

Address: Mangcawayan, Vinzons, 4603 Camarines Norte
Phone: 0917 959 5985
Website: www.bestcalaguastour.com


Photo Courtesy: AllTravelSpots.com

Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa is a commendable spa resort located in Panglao Island, just at the southernmost tip of Bohol, which is famed for the wide-eyed tarsier and for its enticing Chocolate Hills.. Placed halfway through Panglao along its coast opposite the Bohol Sea, it is a sprawling property covering almost 16 hectares of land with a varied geography. It has a slowly descending cliff, a ravine, flat land, caves, and an impressive view of the sea.

The resort is home to a stylish boutique establishment and reflects Filipino crafts and architecture. Its single-detached villas called “balai” are made with durable native materials including bamboo, wood, and cogon. A lot of these "balai" have private swimming pools in it. 

The resort's main attraction, however, is the infinity pool which gives a relaxing view of the sea. Do check out its spacious and vibrant restaurant --- Lantawan Restaurant. You may even dine at the beach al fresco style, in the garden, or by the poolside.

Address: Tawala, Panglao Island
Phone: (02) 727 4927
Website: www.eskayaresort.com

There are just so much more to discover, lots of things to do, numerous places to visit, and unlimited number of memories to make this summer. Be with the people you love. Travel alone. Meet new people. Go on challenging trips. Enjoy the summer heat. Unwind and just have fun in the Philippine, for it has a lot to offer! These are just some of the best places to visit this summer!

Friday, January 1, 2016

COOL | 9 best study tips for everyone

I recently saw this video by Youtube channel AsapScience which gives you tips on how to study, scientifically proven by researches. If you are experiencing difficulty in studying, these tips might be of help to you. The video entitled 9 Best Scientific Study Tips details how you can best learn and enjoy studying.

Video Courtesy: Youtube channel AsapScience

In case you want to know the summary of the video, here are the 9 study tips that can help you effectively study and ace your exam.

1. Study sessions are most effective in small short chunks. Spread out the whole accumulated period of your study sessions into shorter 20-to-30-minute sessions.

Reason: Brain can better encode information into the synapses in short, repeated sessions vs. one mega study session.

2. Forget the cramming practice and all-nighters. It leads to getting low grades and may negatively affect your memory and reasoning for up to four (4) whole days.

3. Plan out a specific period dedicated only to studying, may it be a certain afternoon hour per day or per week. 

Reason: It primes the brain by setting a routine which your brain will get used doing.

4. Rereading your notes or highlighting them is ineffective. It doesn’t improve your comprehension of the topics, nor does it tie concepts together. Instead, use flashcards. They’re proven excellent reinforcement tools. Check out Brainscape.com for its excellent flashcard platform.

5. Have a specific goal for each study session. Would you like to focus on practicing how to solve the math problem in one session? Or would you like to focus on understanding the basics first? If you can’t explain it simply, then you don’t understand it well enough.

6. Every time you study, put in your mind that you’re expected to teach it to somebody else. It’s more effective versus simply thinking it's all part of a test. When you’re expected to teach, your brain organizes the knowledge that you get into a more logical, coherent structure.

7. Practice makes perfect! Always keep practicing! Practicing increases your confidence, thereby leading to a better performance.

8. Find your own study spot and equip it with all the study tools that you need. Just like setting specific study periods, this primes your brain for studying. Leave the playlist, especially when it’s filled with lots of popular songs. The rhythmic music produced distracts you. 

9. Keep your phone out of reach and out of sight! Whatever happens to your phone significantly lowers your concentration.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

LIST | 5 frugal or tipid tips to celebrate New Year in the Philippines

For most of us, 2015 has been one full, crazy, roller coaster ride! It was pretty tough yet fulfilling, especially for those who are essentially financially savvy and for those having difficulty making ends meet. Typhoons may have battered us. Droughts and flash floods may have put us to the test. Yet, here we are standing strong and fighting.

So, salute to you who's reading this post now! It's really amazing how we managed to survive all our battles and beat all our demons. 

This 365-day story of our lives is about to end, and a new chapter will unfold for us to continue writing our journey. Most of us would want to close the former chapter with a loud bang, from grand fireworks display and festive salubong buffets to noisy torotots, non-stop karaoke birits, and out-of-the-country escapades.

Image Courtesy: Grange-Hotel.co.uk

If you're the type who aims to practice frugality up till this year's end and continue it in the next year, then that's a commendable job especially because you are more responsible and mature when it comes to your finances. While the temptation to spend is there, I'd like to share some tips on how to still end 2015 awesomely.

Here are five (5) frugal ways to celebrate the new year in the Philippines.

1. Attend a reunion or gathering.

Whatever that is -- a family gathering, a high school reunion, or a childhood friends meetup -- you can save a lot if you go to these events, especially when your intent is to see them and catch up. Getting served delectable dishes and cold boozes, while interacting with them, during the last hours of 2015 is a great way to stay true to your principle.

2. Host a potluck party.

Now, if you can't go out due to some circumstance, yet you want to save up on expenses, you may want to invite your family and friends to your place and tell them to bring food as well for everyone. This will surely be a good time to bring your loved ones together at a minimum expense.

3. Dine out in your favorite, cheap spot.

What if you don't have a place to crash on or your place isn't just where you want to be while about to meet the new year? Well, there are local dining areas or restaurants that you can go to. Look for those bars or food spots where there are New Year promos so that you'd get the most bang for the buck!

4. Be one with the crowd.

While there's always danger that comes with going in public places the eve before the New Year, you can not discount the fact that staying in a park is a cheap way to get by with the night, assuming that the weather is good. You may be opt  to be one with the crowd who gather in parks and other recreation areas where entrance is free and light shows are on offer. Who knows, you might just bump into one of your old friends and you'd get the treat of your life, right?

5. Take a trip uphill (or wherever cheap).

The last choice is dependent only if there are hills or mountains in your place. Just trek up and camp out. Bring water and some food, watch the fireworks display (if there are any), and wait there until sunrise. You'll definitely enjoy staying outside your comfort zone for a few hours.

BONUS: Just celebrate it simply and quietly at home.

Probably, the most frugal way to celebrate the coming of 2016 is to sleep it off. Right before you fall asleep, maybe getting into movie marathons and eating some popcorn and pizza together with your loved ones in bed is your style? Nothing beats a great rest in your comfy bed, with some dinner food and beverages on your bed as you watch your favorite movies and series, while everyone's lighting up their fireworks and firecrackers.

Regardless of how you want to celebrate the hours to the New Year, make sure it's what will make you happy and contented. 2016 will surely be one hell of a blast! Let's get it on!

Friday, December 25, 2015

LIST | Schedule of 2015 SM Christmas and New Year Mall Hours

Still not done shopping gifts for your loved ones? Forgot some items in your Holiday noche buena list? Working on what dishes to prepare for your New Year's eve celebration? Still planning on buying some torotot and round fruits as part of your salubong celebration?

Shoppers will definitely be filling SM malls and other malls all over the country to gather with their families and relax from arduous office work. While there are those who plan ahead of time to shop for awesome finds, there are others who want spontaneity and just want to go shop whenever they want to.

So, here is a list of the schedule of SM mall hours from December 25, Christmas Day, to the first few days of January 2016.


SM Cubao
December 25: 12 PM to 11 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 11 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 11 PM
January 1: Closed

SM Mall of Asia
December 25: 10 AM to 11 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 11 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 8 PM

January 1: 12 PM to 11 PM

SM Megamall
December 25 to 30: 10 AM to 11 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
January 1: 12 PM to 11 PM
January 2-3: 10 PM to 11 PM

December 25: 10 AM to 11 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 11 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
January 1: 12 PM to 10 PM
January 2: 10 AM to 10 PM
January 3: 10 AM to 3 PM

SM Aura Premier (Taguig)
December 24 and 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
December 25: 12 PM to 10 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 10 PM
January 1: Department store closed

SM City Sangandaan
December 25: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
January 1: 12 PM to 9 PM

SM Southmall, Manila, Sta. Mesa, Sucat, Bicutan, San Lazaro, Novaliches, Muntinlupa, Las Pinas, Angono, BF Paranaque
December 25: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
January 1: 12 PM to 9 PM

SM City Marikina
December 25: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
January 1: 12 PM to 10 PM

SM City Taytay
December 25: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
January 1: 12 PM to 9 PM

SM City Masinag
December 25: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
January 1: 12 PM to 9 PM

SM Center Pasig
December 25: 12 PM to 11 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
January 1: 12 PM to 11 PM


SM Pampanga, Marilao, Cauayan, Baguio, Baliwag, Tarlac
December 25: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
January 1: 12 PM to 9 PM

SM City Cabanatuan
December 25: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
January 1: 12 PM to 9 PM

SM City Olongapo
December 25: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 31: 9 AM to 7 PM
January 1: 12 PM to 9 PM


SM Sta. Rosa, Rosario, Naga, Dasmarinas, San Pablo, Batangas, Lucena
December 25: 10 AM to 10 PM
December 26 to 30: 10 AM to 10 PM
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

LIST | 6 most expensive basic necessities in the world

In order for humans to live, the basic necessities of living must be met. These include water, shelter, food, clothing, and air. Communication has also been vital to human survival. Hence, its inclusion in this article is not to be discounted. While several people are still unable to afford these needs especially in the poor areas of Africa and Asia, some wealthy individuals all over the world, who have so much money it has become a problem what to do with it, are spending thousands to millions just to satisfy their elevated needs. 

If you won $100 million in the lottery, what would you do with it? Would you splurge it on your dream hobbies and interests? Would you spend it thriftily to grow it more? Or would you crave for higher standards of living, which most people in the world do not achieve?

This post gives you the six (6) most expensive basic needs ever bought by money. 

The Most Expensive Water

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Let’s start with water. Clear, potable water should be accessible to everyone, but that’s not yet the case. Droughts and geographic disadvantages have led to some water shortages in the world, mostly in Africa. Due to these shortages, some companies have flourished out of the need to give water access to the world’s most water-deprived people --- and that is, in bottles. Meanwhile, a few highly affluent people take a sip of the world’s most expensive bottled water goes to Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani which has auctioned for a staggering $60,000 per 750 mL through a global warming-inclined foundation. With each bottle made up of 24-karat gold and designed by late Italian artist Amedeo Clemente Modigliani, it is the water for the most classy and luxurious. For what it’s worth, every drop definitely makes you regret why you just let it down the drain

The Most Expensive Clothing

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In 2011, a study published in Molecular Biology and Evolution has revealed that humans began to wear clothing 170,000 years ago. That’s a long, long time ago! It just proves how extremely significant clothing is to us and our ancestors. Note that the modern form of humans only evolved around 200,000 years ago, so that’s around 30,000 years of being naked before finally realizing the need to clothe thyself! 

Nowadays, clothing is not just a necessity, but a luxury with large fashion houses introducing pricey collections to the patronizing public. Other pieces of clothing worn by popular celebrities make it to the auction house and the responses of the bidders are just insane. The most crazily priced piece of clothing? It goes to Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mister President” dress which fetched a record $1,267,500 dollars! That’s more than 57 million Php for a secondhand dress!

The sultry dress was worn by the blonde international icon as she gave a “Happy Birthday” serenade to resident President John F. Kennedy on May 19, 1962. The flesh-colored million-dollar dress hugged the curves and stood out with jewels encrusted tightly and sheer. It was purchased in 199 by Manhattan-based collector Gotta Have It! When it was auctioned by the widow of Lee Strasberg, Monroe’s acting coach. 

The Most Expensive Food

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Who doesn’t love good food? Everyone, given that you have lots of money in your purse, would undoubtedly go on a food trip with friends to try the best tasting dishes in your locale. But while there are limits as to how much you would, without regret, shell out for good fine dining experience, the ultra-rich wouldn’t mind giving a thousand bucks for the most delectable, expensive food in the world.

There are so many cuisines in the world with a myriad of dishes to choose from, but what most likely stands for status and luxury would be caviar. Those who are able to munch on caviar somehow feel they have a lot of say in society. They’re a cut above the rest. And the most expensive food award goes to the Albino “White Gold” caviar which is derived from the white roe (or eggs) of the albino beluga, which can be found in Caspian sea but is on the road to extinction. Laced with 22-karat gold, the albino caviar or Strottarga Bianco costs $300,000 per kilo or $40,000 per teaspoon! Imagine your 1.8-million-peso sports car simply going down the toilet in just a few seconds! What a waste.

The Most Expensive Communication Tool

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With the world becoming globally interconnected, it’s a no-brainer that smartphones are here to stay forever until advances in telepathy takes place. Smartphones have that one main functionality which is extremely needed by anyone in the world, and that is to communicate. People want to be in touch with one another. And the breakthroughs in communications technology have broken down barriers and simply linked families separated by distances.

Though most consumers just want that smartphone which gives them the essentials for talking, texting, and entertaining, a select few have managed to seek for everything better from appearance to use. Introducing, the world’s most expensive smartphone ---the iPhone 5 Black Diamond---which one can buy for a titanic $15.3 million! That’s more than half a billion pesos encased into one thief-attracting phone!

But wait, what’s so expensive in this phone? Wait for it! Just take a deep breath and relax. The iPhone 5 Black Diamond apparently has a rare 26-karat black diamond embellished on it which replaces the home button of the phone. Designed by luxury British designer Stuart Hughes for a Hong Kong-based businessman, the iPhone was made of 135 grams of 24-karat gold and was bombarded with 600 white diamonds. Not just one, but 600 pricey gems, 53 of which dotting the Apple logo at the back! The rest of the diamonds inlay the chassis of the iPhone 4. And it’s more than just a robber-friendly smartphone; it’s a piece of everything jewel lovers would want to have. Its package is placed with rare stones such as Opal, Charoite, and Pietersite. Also, don’t forget the polished piece of T-Rex bone that comes with it! Just the dream smartphone anyone would just want to hide in an extra-guarded and well-programmed safe.

The Most Expensive Shelter

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Everybody dreams of having a house they can call their own, their area of relaxation, their piece of serenity, their refuge. Let’s read no further as the world’s most expensive house took a whopping $1 billion dollars to make!

The Antilia, located in Mumbai, India, is owned by Indian business magnate Mukesh Ambani. Named after a mythical island in the Atlantic Ocean, the Anntilia has 27 stories (yet with double-height ceilings takes the height of a 40-storey building) and 400,000 sq. ft. in area. It boasts of six underground levels of parking space fit for 168 cars, 9 elevators, three helipads, a ‘health’ level, a spa, some terraced gardens, a temple, a ballroom, a theater, and some guest suites. And it takes 600 people to overlook this extravagant home!

The Most Expensive Air

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We’ve got all the most expensive basic things we need in life covered, but one - air. Believe it or not, air which is ubiquitous and is supposedly freely breathable has been given a price tag somewhere in Asia. But the price speaks so much as it is about its quality. So what is the reason? Smog. China has been tackling its severe smog problem. And a Canadian startup Vitality Air has come up with a solution. It’s selling bottled clean air collected from the Rocky Mountains in the town of Banff. Priced from $14 to $20, depending on the size, 500 canisters of it have already been sold. Orders for shipment of 1,000 bottles are now ongoing. Environmental destruction definitely has a price.

Friday, December 18, 2015

LIST | Manny Pacquiao, Kris Aquino among 2014 top taxpayers list in the Philippines

Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and local celebrity Kris Aquino are included in the list of the Philippines' top 14 taxpayers for taxable year 2014. The list (with values rounded off to the nearest hundred thousands), announced by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), is as follows:

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  1. Jacinto L. Ng (Rebisco, AUB) - 280.1M Php
  2. Emmanuel D. Pacquiao - 210.3M Php
  3. Vivia Q. Azcona (Mercury Drug) - 153.6M Php
  4. Jose C. Alvarez (Palawan governor) - 73.0M Php
  5. Jacinto C. Ng Jr. (Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila) - 66.9M Php
  6. Kristina Bernadette C. Aquino - 54.5M Php
  7. Ronaldo R. Soliman (real estate) - 53.5M Php
  8. William Schultz (Coca-Cola) - 51.3M Php
  9. Ramon S. Ang (San Miguel Corp.) - 51.1M Php
  10. Lauro C. Baja III (UBS Philippines) - 50.7M Php
  11. Eduardo M. Conjuangco Jr. - 50.5M Php
  12. George T. Chua - 49.2M Php
  13. Sharon C. Panginilan - 49.1M Php
  14. Jonathan C. Ng - 45.7M Php
    Leading the list is Rebisco and Asia United Bank (AUB) owner Jacinto Ng who paid 280.1M Php in taxes last year. The country's boxing icon Pacquiao landed as the 2nd top-paying individual in the country with approximately 210.3M Php contributed to the government's coffers. Presidential sister Aquino is on the 6th spot with 54.5M Php paid for the services and projects of the Aquino administration. San Miguel boss Ramon Ang also made it to the list with 51.1M Php taxes paid.

    Sunday, December 13, 2015

    LIST | 5 reasons why you should start prepping

    What would it take for you to realize that anytime of the day, you might end up gasping for your last breath? There are just so many reasons to let anyone make that move – start prepping. And in this post, I will try to convince you and push you to do it now.

    And what I mean by "it" here are equally significant things like confiding your feelings to a beloved one, reaching for your goals, ending the laziness, moving mountains, etc. You know what i mean. There are just lots of things going on right now that sometimes we fail to realize how important it is to give out our best in every day of our lives. Here are five (5) of the most compelling reasons to enable you to JUST DO IT. Make the most out of your day. Start prepping for anything.

    Reason #1: Cyberwarfare and Terrorism

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    The spread of terrorism across the globe, add to that the fact that the presence of ISIS, other Islamic and non-Islamic radicals, and violent people, is evident nowadays. You may have seen the recent terror attacks in France (Paris), Lebanon, Mali, Nigeria, among others. Some people are now becoming more and more determined to take away innocent lives for passion and dedication.

    And if it’s not the loss of lives, it is financial trouble as sophisticated fraudulent black hats can easily steal anything vital to your identity and make you bankrupt.

    Reason #2: Economic Uncertainty

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    Speaking about bankruptcy, even big business entities become attacked. But all these is because some white hats are fighting these greedy corporations owned by the top 1% to play robin hood for the 99%. Other sinister hackers just love to bring trouble to governments as well who hide their dirty laundry in their closets. Unless money is given less priority, everyone will benefit greatly without marginalizing others who then aspire for change and try to destabilize societies.

    Reason #3: Severe Natural Disasters

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    You’ve seen typhoon Haiyan, hurricane Katrina, and the destructive earthquakes of Nepal. You’ve heard of severe droughts in California and the killer flashfloods in south Asia. You’ve watched footages of large forest fires in Indonesia whose haze brought inconvenience to neighboring countries. You’re just about to see more in the future. Doesn’t this worry you?

    Reason #4: Epidemics and Health Concerns

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    The Ebola epidemic in Africa, the influenza and bird flu attacks, and revelations of growing resistance against super effective antibiotics are quite something to ponder on. You just need to think that bacteria and viruses evolve through time.

    Reason #5: Society Breakdown and Change

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    And with all these things happening, unless you’re prepared enough, you are saved from the stresses that lead people to panic and make wrong decisions which thereby lead to chaos and societal breakdown. Someone once said that change is the only permanent thing in the world. If you keep it in mind, you are always given the option to adjust or get left behind.

    Despite all the necessary actions done by world governments, it’s inevitable that unexpected and unpleasant events will happen. There’s nothing wrong with preparing for something that might or might not come. Take a look at it. It’s better than ending up helpless when the worst of chances hit back on you. If there is one thing we can all learn from billions of leaflets, scratches, and pages of human history, it’s that violence continues to be a significant part of the balance in the world.

    It helps to be a bit anxious sometimes or at least to consider all future possibilities. The governments are exerting a lot. Now, it’s your turn. Prep up! Or at least, be aware of what's happening around you. And always hope for the better. Be positive, yet be vigilant.