Charice tweets about 2nd Hollywood film

Charice tweets about 2nd Hollywood film

Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, popularly known as Charice, is a Filipino recording artist and actress who rose to popularity through YouTube. She became a hot topic on Philippine entertainment news and also on other countries. She was dubbed,by Oprah Winfrey, as the Most Talented Girl in the World.

Yesterday the International singing sensation Charice revealed she has already finished shooting her second Hollywood film titled “Here Comes the Boom”.

In her official Twitter account, Charice said that she enjoyed working with international stars like Kevin James and Salma Hayek.

“Done with the movie!!! It was nice working with everybody! Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, everybody! Now it’s party time. :],” Charice tweeted on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

The film “Here Comes the Boom” is about a music teacher and his effort to raise funds to keep the music program in a school. It is directed by Frank Coraci, who also directed “Click” and “The Wedding Singer”.

Charice plays the role of Malia in the movie, which is reportedly scheduled for release in 2012.

Charice’s first Hollywood movie is “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”, a live-action animation movie from 20th Century Fox.

PNoy joins campaign for underground river

Pnoy joins campaign for underground river

The City of Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, is a first class city in the Philippines. It is famous for its crocodile farm, Underground River and numerous dive spots. It is also the second largest city in the Philippines in terms of total land area.

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with its underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it flows directly into the sea, and the lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The area also represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. The site contains a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and protects forests, which are among the most significant in Asia.

President Benigno Aquino III renewed his appeal to Filipinos to vote for the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan so that the country’s lone contender will clinch a spot in the search for the New Seven Wonders of Nature yesterday(June 6, 2011).

“Some 80 million Filipinos have cellular phones and some two billion text messages are sent every day. We only need a billion votes – that is just half a day of texting for all Filipinos who have cellular phones,” the President said.

From an initial list of 400 locations worldwide, the underground river made it to the top half of the 28 official finalist candidates. The 8.2 kilometer river, considered to be the longest navigable underground river in the world, has been declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1999.

The President also announced that direct flights from Shanghai to Puerto Princesa will start in July.

Alfred Yao, chief executive officer of low-cost carrier Zest Air, said the airline will fly three times a week from Shanghai to Puerto Princesa.


One more town on Batangas affected by fish kill

One More town on Batangas Affected by Fish kill

Last Thursday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the fish kill incidents in Pangasinan and Batangas provinces had caused at least P115.536 million.

The NDRRMC’s Thursday update had indicated the figure includes P74.826 million in four villages in Batangas province.

As of June 4, 2011, the losses to fish pen operators from the fish kill that hit the Batangas area has zoomed to P136 million, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said.

Yesterday the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council announced another town along Taal Lake in Batangas was hit by the fish kill that started last week and has caused more than P100-million worth of damage to the fisheries industry in the province.

Over 10 fish cages containing milkfish and tilapia in Mataas na Kahoy town were affected by the fish kill on Sunday morning, a GMA News TV Live report quoted Batangas Vice Governor Mark Leviste as saying.

The incident followed similar fishkills in the towns of Talisay, Laurel, Alitagtag, Santa Teresita, Agoncillo, San Nicolas and Cuenca.

At least P136 million in fisheries produce has been lost in the seven towns, which have been placed under a state of calamity.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has yet to issue a report on the financial impact of the fish kill in Mataas na Kahoy to the fisheries output of the province.

Second Biggest Lottery Win

Second Biggest Lottery Win

In December, the lottery paid out a record 741 million pesos to a 63-year-old US-based Filipino man who had bought the winning ticket while vacationing in the Philippines.

Yesterday an illiterate, slum-dwelling Filipino carpenter who was too poor to send his six children to school became an instant millionaire. This was the country’s second biggest-ever lottery win.

The 60-year-old collected a 356.5-million-peso cheque from a single 20-peso ticket, which was all he could afford, said an aide to Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office general manager Jose Ferdinand Roxas.

“He plans to buy a house because he and his family had never owned a proper home all their lives,” said the Roxas aide, who declined to be identified.

The aide said the latest winner, who under lottery rules is never identified for security reasons, beat odds of one in 29 million on a six-number combination based on his and his wife’s birthdays and their wedding date.

The jackpot had mounted as there were no winners in 43 previous draws.

The carpenter lives in one of Manila’s many shanty towns, across the street from a gated southern Manila enclave called Ayala Alabang that houses some of the country’s richest families.

“Neither he nor his children had gone to school and his six children, all but one of them married, still live with him in his tiny shack,” the sweepstakes office aide said.

The winner told Roxas he had been buying lottery tickets occasionally over the past three years when he had money to spare, which was not often, the aide said. Winners are drawn three times a week.

“The old man is really lucky. Others would bet thousands of pesos each time time and not win anything,” the aide said.


Taiwanese food products recalled over Contamination

Taiwanese food products recalled over contaminationHealth authorities on Wednesday ordered a massive recall of Taiwanese-made food and drink products due to fears that they may have been contaminated with a harmful chemical.

The Food and Drug Administration ordered the recall of about 300 different products after Taipei said that a chemical known as DEHP may have been illegally added to them.

Consumers were warned not to use the products, which include sports drinks, fruit concentrate, sweets, syrup, and yoghurt while distributors were told not to sell or import them, the agency said in a notice.

Taiwan last month issued a major recall of products, including more than 460,000 bottles of sports drinks and fruit juice, over fears they contained the chemical, which is widely used in manufacturing PVC products.

Taipei warned Manila last week that DEHP could have been illegally added to food products that were exported to the Philippines.

Authorities earlier said that no traces of DEHP contamination had been found and there have been no reports of people falling ill in the Philippines.

While low doses are generally safe, high doses or prolonged exposure to DEHP could have harmful effects, such as retarding the development of boys’ testes, officials warned.


Jinkee Pacquiao says no to “Ellen” guesting

Jinkee PacquiaoThe Ellen DeGeneres Show, often shortened to Ellen, is a well known American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen DeGeneres. The program combines comedy, celebrity and musical guests and human-interest stories. The program is not characterized as a tabloid talk show, nor does it involve experts giving advice in regards to personal relationships. This is the show where the Filipina international singing sensation Charice first appeared before she became famous at USA.

Jinkee Pacquiao admitted that she rejected the request for a talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to be guest on this program.

“Kasi live, sabi ko, ayoko yung live,” Jinkee said.

“Kasi first time kong yung magge-guest sa Amerika, sa CBS pa, tapos live.

“Sabi ko, ayoko ng live, kasi hindi ako sanay pag live.

“Tapos siyempre, English yun, so baka mag-nosebleed ako!

“Hindi ako fluent sa English, inaamin ko naman yun.

“Basta naging totoo lang naman ako na baka ano yung masasabi ko, ayokong magkamali.

“Nanghihinyang din ako, pero naiintindihan naman nila.

Jinkee said that it will be hard for her to go on a live show because she can’t speak English fluently. She regrets rejecting the offer of Ellen DeGeneres but she just don’t want to make mistake in front of many people.

Smoking Ban Warning

Smoking Ban Warning Philippines

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) started warning cigarette smokers on public places yesterday.

It is for the preparation for the smoking ban on July.

Smokers that are caught in public places are just warned and was given “no smoking” flyers.

Smokers who will be caught upon implementation of the smoking ban will pay P500 fine if caught for the first time, P1000 to P5000 fine for the second time and up to P10, 000 for the third time.

If the smoker cannot pay the fine, He/she needs to do community service like sweeping the streets.

Based on Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act in 2003, it is restricted to smoke on public places like sidewalks, roads, schools, hospital, public vehicle, and government offices.

Cigarette Vendors are complaining because selling cigarettes is their only living and it will be banned.

MMDA clarified that they don’t deprive smokers from smoking and cigarette vendors on selling cigarettes.

Puwedeng mag-yosi at magbenta ng yosi,. Ang ipinagbabawal lang po dito ay ‘yung manigarilyo kahit saan.” sabi ni MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board are assigned to punish PUV drivers who will be caught smoking while on a trip.

LRT 1 Back to Normal Route This Day

LRT 1 Back to Normal Route This DayLast Friday morning LRT 1(Yellow Line) operation was disrupted because of a fire near Blumentritt station. It partially resumed its operations later that day but limited to Baclaran and R. Papa station. Operations on LRT 1 was announced to limit from May 28 to 31, operating only between Baclaran and Blumentritt, to integrate the signaling system of the North Extension Project into its existing system.

The integration of the entire Line 1 signaling system has been completed one day earlier than the original schedule, LRTA administrator Rafael Rodriguez said in a press statement.

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Line-1 resumes its full operations from Baclaran to Roosevelt stations this day, Monday 5/30/2011.

“Our maintenance team exerted all efforts to complete the integration works over the weekend so as not to give inconvenience to the riding public,” Rodriguez added.

The permanent integration of the signaling systems of the North Extension Project with the existing Line 1 system is expected to provide a more efficient and safer rail service to train commuters.

Overpopulation: Another cause of flood on Metro Manila

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) indicated that overpopulation is the primary cause of flooding in Metro Manila.

“Ang pinaka-kalaban natin ay population. Habang dumadami ang population, nag-e-encroach sa waterways. Inagawan natin yung tubig ng pupuntahan niya. Tapos ‘pag may namatay na tao, sisihin natin yung ulan,” DENR MGB director Leo Nazareno said.

From an interview with Maki Pulido of GMA News’ “24 Oras,” DENR MGB director Leo Nazareno said that natural waterways can cope with the volume of heavy rainfall but the draining of floodwaters is impeded.

Small houses in Metro Manila are increasing due to the growing population in the community. The DENR Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) said that these houses are blocking the way of the natural flow of rivers and streams.

Jasareno explained how the Pasig River is unable to serve its function as the outlet of excess water from the Laguna Lake to Manila Bay. Rivers have drainage and its path so that it will not overflow but drainage that are unclogged and houses that blocks the path of the river makes flood water to rise in places like Pasig City, Marikina, Pateros, Muntinlupa, Taguig and Parañaque.

“Kasi ang Marikina River, pupunta ng Laguna Lake. And then yung Laguna Lake, pupunta ng Pasig River. So, kung barado ang Pasig River, tataas ang tubig sa Laguna Lake. ‘Yung Marikina River, tataas din,” Nasareno said.

Nazareno suggests that aside from dredging another effective solution is the relocation of squatters who populate areas at and near Pasig river and other major waterways. —AY/ELR/VS, GMA News

Celebration of National Flag Day

The Philippine flag symbolizes our unity as a nation and the colorful history of how our forefathers fought and died for the independence we are enjoying today. Displaying it is one of many things we can do to honor the flag but we must also practice being a good citizen and observings the law such as simple traffic rules,”

-Jesse Robredo, Department of Interior and Local Government secretary

The Philippine National Flag made its first public appearance at General Aguinaldo’s proclamation of independence from Spain. It was waved in the balcony of Gen. Aguinaldo 6 weeks after the Battle of Manila Bay. The National Flag adopted the features of all 3 previous Katipunan flags. The exact specifications of the flag were laid down in 1936 although the blue used in the flag has long been an issue of debate amongst historians. The blue was changed to royal blue in 1998 as a compromise to the dispute regarding the use of a Cuban blue, American blue and sky blue used in previous flags.

The flag is often displayed with the blue field on top to signify peace and independence, but when the red field is displayed on top it signifies war. Reversal of the flag to have the red over the blue field happened in three events: The 1896 Revolution, World War II, and 1986 Edsa Revolution.

From May 28 to June 12, Filipinos are encouraged to display the Philippine flag at home, schools, government offices and other buildings in celebration of National Flag Day and also the 113th Anniversary of the proclamation of Philippine independence on June 12.

Jesse Robredo, Department of Interior and Local Government secretary, has issued a directive to all local government units to conduct activities such as the simultaneous ringing of church bells, fog horns and holding flag-raising ceremonies. Flag raising activities is in accordance to Section 26 of the Republic Act No. 8491 or the The Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, which orders all offices and public venues to display replicas of the flag.

The flag can also be displayed hanging in a vertical position with the sun and stars on top and such that the blue field points to the east if the road is heading south or north, or pointing to north if the road is heading east or west in case the flag is not hoisted on a pole, as prescribed by law.

Under RA 8491, the flag must be permanently hoisted all year-round in front of the following government offices: Malacañang Palace, Congress of the Philippines building, Supreme Court, the Rizal Monument in Manila, Aguinaldo Shrine in Cavite, Barasoain Shrine in Malolos, Bulacan, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Musoleo de los Beteranos dela Revolucion, all international ports of entry and all other places designated by the National Historical Institute.

After the National Flag Day and Philippine Independence Day, the flag must also be displayed during the following events:

  • The National Heroes Day on August
  • Bonifacio Day on November 30
  • Rizal Day on December 30