Pinoys join ‘paluwagan’ to ease financial crisis

The current global financial crisis has seen the economies of many developing countries crash. In Austria alone, the inflation rate has risen.

Austrian Economic Chamber of Commerce expert Margit Schratzenstaller mentioned in the state-owned radio station here that the economy will go down to 0.5% lower than that of the present inflation rate.

For Filipinos in the country, this means, they have to tighten their belts more. Prices of basic commodities, diesel and gas, transportation fees and others will surely increase.  Read more…

Alcantara loses singles play in Japan Open



Francis Casey Alcantara

Francis Casey Alcantara

Despite his mastery of the doubles game, Francis Casey Alcantara struggled in singles play as he bowed out of the Japan Open Juniors Championships in Nagoya, Japan Wednesday.


He lost to Gengo Kikuchi of Japan in their second round action, 6-1, 7-6.

Alcantara, who has had a highly successful doubles stint in Davis Cup competition, is now ranked 23 in the ITF Junior list.   Read more…

Pacquiao puts team into ‘weight challenge’

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

Since Manny Pacquiao is sweating it out for his May 2 fight, the top pound-for-pound fighter has decided that his team members will have to do some sort of training too.

This will be for the $3,000 prize that Pacquiao is reportedly offering for each participant who successfully loses 10 pounds in a month’s time.

According to a report by Dr. Allan Recto of, a total of 60 participants agreed to take on the challenge and will undergo their “weigh in” on April 26.

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Facebook, YouTube at work make better employees: study

MELBOURNE (Reuters Life!) – Caught Twittering or on Facebook at work? It’ll make you a better employee, according to an Australian study that shows surfing the Internet for fun during office hours increases productivity.

The University of Melbourne study showed that people who use the Internet for personal reasons at work are about 9 percent more productive that those who do not.

Study author Brent Coker, from the department of management and marketing, said “workplace Internet leisure browsing,” or WILB, helped to sharpened workers’ concentration.

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‘Preparations for Judai-Ryan wedding in final stage’

Juday and Ryan

Juday and Ryan

The preparations for the most awaited wedding of Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo are already in the final stage, the celebrity couple’s spiritual adviser said Thursday.

” Final touches na… Alam ko na one year ago pa [nag-start ang wedding preparations]. Actually, matagal nilang pinaghandaan ito. So, I think talagang noong nag-decide sila ready na sila,” Fr. Tito Caluag told in an exclusive interview.

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Arroyo to Abus: Release other hostages

Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hailed the release of Abu Sayyaf hostage Mary Jean Lacaba on Thursday night, and urged the group to free two other Red Cross workers.

“We are happy that Ms. Lacaba is back with us and we hope the ASG [Abu Sayyaf Group] will also release the other two hostages very soon. This is the answer to our people’s prayers, and also confirmation that we should always stand behind our policy of dealing firmly with any form of lawless behavior,” she said.

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Lakas leaders opt out of Cha-cha

RFidel V. Ramos

Fidel V. Ramos

Former President Fidel V. Ramos on Thursday said that the leadership of the ruling Lakas Christian-Muslim Democrats (Lakas CMD), has agreed to stop its push for Charter change (Cha-cha).


“The National Directorate resolved that there should be no further effort to push charter change before 2010,” said Ramos.

Ramos, who is Lakas CMD chairman emeritus, said the resolution was adopted by the party’s National Directorate, which met Wednesday night.

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Lawyer seeks sanctions vs exec who leaked Mancao’s affidavit

CHICAGO – The lawyer of Cezar Mancao II has urged Philippine Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez to “punish the government official” who leaked the affidavit of his client to the media.

What the goverment does to the government official who leaked the affidavit Mancao signed last Feb. 13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will be a test on how well the Department of Justice (DOJ) protects the evidence in its custody.

That was the assessment lawyer Arnedo S. Valera told this reporter in a telephone call. He did not, however, confirm if the published leaked affidavit matched with the original.

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Jailers become OFW’s saviors in Saudi Arabia

MANILA, Philippines – And his jailers became his saviors. This is what happened to an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) when the same Saudi authorities who had him arrested helped him get out of prison.

After finding out that driver Eddie C. Javier was wrongly accused of killing a man during a road accident, Saudi police helped the Filipino raise money for his release, according to migrant advocacy group Migrante International-Middle East chapter.

In exchange for his freedom, Javier, who was imprisoned for eight months, had to pay diya or blood money to the victim’s family, according to Migrante’s John Leonard Monterona.

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Guling-Guling in Abel country

Lenten rituals and traditions vary all over the globe, some more famous than others. These are woven into the fabric of the country’s cultural heritage.

In anticipation of Lent, we took the long trip to Ilocos Norte, opting for the fastest way to get there—via Cebu Pacific to the Laoag International Airport.

Our group of seven was invited by Ilocos Norte Gov. Michael Marcos Keon to witness the annual Guling-Guling Festival, a centuries-old parade mounted on the eve of Ash Wednesday.

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