Paris Hilton arrived in Manila


The hotel heiress and all-around media pop star Paris Hilton arrived on a drizzling Sunday night aboard an Emirates Airlines flight from Dubai, welcomed by a throng of international and local press.

Crowd of fans and media reporters started to gather around Paris Hilton, an American heiress and media personality, as she ushered to her limousine upon arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines late Sunday Aug.14, 2011. Ms. Hilton was in Manila to visit Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao, her friends and business partners. She was also here to be present in the inauguration of her new boutique in SM Megamall and the promotion of her beach resort.

She is on a five-day visit to Manila, where she is scheduled to meet with executives of Century Properties, a real-estate firm.

But more importantly, Paris Hilton, an heiress of the Hilton hotel empire, will also be at the opening of her namesake luxury store at SM Megamall on August 18, 2011, after which there will be a meet and greet at 4 p.m. at the Mega Atrium. And the most exciting part, for every purchase of a Paris Hilton bag will be entitled to a raffle coupon for a chance to meet and greet Paris Hilton at SM Megamall.

“I love this collection; it’s one of our best ones so far,” says Paris. “I was very inspired by old Hollywood glamour as well as the trends of new celebrities. For fall, I wanted a very luxurious and eye-catching collection, so we used sequins and reflective materials and mixed it with faux fur, patent, faux ostrich and crocodile. For the toned down, everyday styles I chose shiny and appliqués. I love it so much!’’

Shamcey Supsup’s send-off party

Shamcey Supsup, representative of Philippines in Miss Universe competition, had her send-off party at the Gateway Suites, Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, Monday afternoon, Supsup said that good education is fundamental to the country’s development.

“I have always prayed that there will be progress in our country, which I believe can be achieved through good, quality education,” she said.

Supsup is expected to leave this Wednesday night. She will visit first Colombia for 10 days for some final polishing of her training before pushing to Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Aug. 21, 2011 for the Miss Universe competition.

Although nervous, Supsup, 25 years old, said that she is not disturbed by the challenge and the added pressure brought about by the fourth place finish of her predecessor Maria Venus Raj.

“I thrive on balance. I am a person who knows that winning means being responsible for the task that was handed to you, but still should be handled with fun and a zest for life. When I won the title last April, I knew that the journey to become the next Filipina Miss Universe would be very challenging, but it will be an endeavor to be enjoyed.”

Supsup also brushed aside the “curse” of State University candidates not making it in international beauty pageants.

“I don’t believe in curses. Win or lose, if you were able to show what being a real Filipino is, what the Filipinos are made of, then I think I have done my job and that for me is an achievement.”

Worst-Dressed Men in Technology

Mark Zukerberg, Facebook CEO

Mark Zukerberg, Facebook CEO

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, was named the worst-dressed man in technology by GQ magazine, beating out Apple CEO Steve Jobs. This proved that enormous sums of money can’t acquire fashion.

Maybe, Mark Zuckerberg was unaware that suits do exist. He may done wearing suit jackets in the past, such as when he met with President Barack Obama for a tech summit with major technology executives, but stuck with his trademark jeans even on these special occasions.

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO

He managed to beat Steve Jobs the CEO of Apple that took the second place in GQ’s poll that was criticized for his trademark uniform of “black turtleneck, dad jeans and Seinfeld kicks.”

According to GG Magazine, “Apple releases an iPhone every 0.5 seconds but Steve Jobs never gets an upgrade.

Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO

Bill Gates, Microsoft CEO

Taking third place was Microsoft founder Bill Gates, which GQ took down for his “lazy preppy” wardrobe.

Of course, Zuckerberg, Jobs, Gates and other tech leaders probably are too busy guiding world-changing technology companies to make style much of a priority.

Coach Spo played basketball in Tondo

Miami head coach plays basketball with students in Torres High school

Miami head coach plays basketball with students in Torres High school

Filipino-American Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is again in the Philippines as part of the NBA FIT Philippines 2011.

Spoelstra played basketball with high school students of Gagalangin, Tondo yesterday during one of NBA FIT’s stops in Metro Manila.

Department of Health (DOH) and NBA FIT team-up to promote health awareness among Filipinos. During Spoelstra visitation, he stressed the same mission of DOH and NBA FIT.

Department of Health (DOH): “Ehersisyong Pangkalusugan Para sa Lahat” program.The program aims to raise awareness on the benefits of regular physical activity among all ages and encourages everyone to make exercise a part of one’s daily schedule.

NBA FIT: “League’s comprehensive health and wellness program that encourages physical activity and healthy living for children and families through grassroots programs and events, products and promotional opportunities. NBA/WNBA FIT provides its network of more than 1 million participants’ monthly e-newsletters and health and wellness messaging from players and partners”


Google+ the fastest-growing social network ever

Currently, Google+ is said to be the fastest growing social networking site compare to Facebook, Myspace and Twitter said by experts.

Google+ earned its 25 million unique members for just almost one month after it was launched last June 28 compare to other social networks that took 22 months for Myspace, 33 months for Twitter and 37 months for Facebook to earn their first 25 million members. It is according to Andrew Lipsman, vice president for industry analysis at tracking firm comScore.

“Obviously, this is a very strong growth trajectory,” Lipsman said.

He cautioned, however, that Google “has a really large user base it can build off of” with its one billion users worldwide.

And it still has a “really long way to go to be competitive with Facebook,” Lipsman said.

Google+ is the fastest by a long shot but it’s important to realize that fastest may not always be best,” he said. “Sometimes, that slow build can lead to a strong network effect that pays long-term dividends.”

Google+ users (according to comScore)

United States: 6.4 million

Canada: 1.1 million

Britain: 1.1 million

Germany: 920,000

On the other hand, even though Google+ is showing a very strong feedbacks from its users, Steve Rubel, executive vice president for global strategy and insights at public relations firm Edelman, believes that Facebook is not “vulnerable immediately” to Google.

“I don’t see (Google+) taking significant share from Facebook in the next 18 months,” Rubel said.

At the same time, “what we have seen is that over the years there’s never been a social network or community that has had significant staying power,” he said. “There’s always a shuffling every two or three years, a changing of the guard.

“We saw it with Myspace,” he said of the one-time social networking leader that has been eclipsed by Facebook and hemorrhaging users ever since.

Rubel said Google was compelled to try its hand at social networking because Facebook is restricting the access of its search engine to Facebook content.

“What’s happening is more content is being created behind Facebook’s walls than ever before and a lot of that content is invisible to Google,” he said.

“Conceptually, at least, they’re building kind of an alternate Web… There’s also an entire Web that is app-based on mobile phones. That is also invisible to them.”

Rubel said it was conceivable that more content would be invisible to them in five or 10 years than what the search engine can see today when created on Facebook or inside apps.

“So they had to make a play to get more people to create content on their site,” he continued. “It’s to get more people to spend time on Google.”

In unveiling Google+, Google stressed the ability it gives users to separate online friends and family into different “Circles,” or networks, and to share information only with members of a particular circle.

One of the criticisms of Facebook is that updates are shared with all of one’s friends unless a user has gone through a relatively complicated process to create separate Facebook Groups.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 now showing

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2

This is the day that Harry Potter’s fanatics are waiting. Today, the adventure of Harry along with Ron and Hermoine will end. The movie will be shown in more than hundred of theaters nationwide.

Coming in as no surprise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” has already reached record breaking status.

Warner Bros. unconfined an official statement regarding Harry Potter “Warner Bros. Pictures ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ has already broken several records in the days leading up to the series finale hugely anticipated release.”

“We appreciate the loyalty of Harry Potter fans and understand that they have been waiting 10 years for this moment. We can’t wait to show them the movie, which we believe delivers on every level, so we are putting the film out on as many screens as possible in an effort to satisfy demand from coast to coast. We want to ensure that fans who have been counting down to the finale will have every chance to see it, early and often, and we hope that they will take advantage of the opportunity to watch all their favorite characters in 3D for the first time, which is an experience not-to-be-missed” President of Warner Bros. Pictures, Dan Fellman said.

Epilogue

“The novel, the last in the series, closes with a brief epilogue set 19 years later, in which Harry and Ginny Weasley are married couple with three children: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna. Ron and Hermione married and have two children, Rose and Hugo. The families meet at King’s Cross station, where a nervous Albus is departing for his first year at Hogwarts. Harry’s godson, Teddy Lupin, is found kissing Bill and Fleur Weasley’s daughter Victoire in a train carriage. Harry sees Draco Malfoy and his wife with their son, Scorpius. Neville Longbottom is now the Hogwarts Herbology professor and remains friends with the two families. Harry comforts Albus, who is worried he will be sorted into Slytherin, and tells his son that one of his two namesakes, Severus Snape, was a Slytherin and the bravest man he had ever met. He adds that the Sorting Hat takes one’s choice into account, like it did for Harry. The book ends with these final words: “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.”

Microsoft is ready to purchase Skype after FTC’s approval

Microsoft bayouts Skype

Microsoft bayouts Skype

Microsoft Corp, a software giant, has now vested a right by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to carry on the company’s largest deal of $8.5 billion to purchase the chat and call service of Skype.

FTC and Department of Justice have announced its approval in the $8.5 billion deal. According to the FTC’s website, the two agencies must review any deal worth more than $65.2 million,

Microsoft already has a Skype-like service called Windows Live. However, Skype lets users of different kinds of computers and phones chat directly. The deal could let Microsoft sell more digital advertising and offer more popular business conferencing tools.

Microsoft’s bid is more than three times Skype’s value 18 months ago when eBay Inc. sold a two-thirds stake to private equity firm Silver Lake.

Phil wants Angel Locsin to be happy

Phil Younghusband and Angel Locsin

Phil Younghusband and Angel Locsin

One of the hottest couple in the country, Angel Locsin and Phil Younghusband, just finished working on a project. They are really happy to work together as endorsers of a canned tuna product.

“Gusto ko din siyang makasama sa isang ad and I’m very happy sa naging resulta,” Locsin said during a press conference of Century Tuna in Makati.

“I want Angel to be happy and I’m not going to do anything unless she’s happy and she’s happy with this,” Younghusband said.

According to the couple, they were happy working jointly. And it was a nice feeling that they’ve done things together.

But the real score was Locsin and Younghusband emphasized that they are not yet officially a couple. They said that until now they are still exclusively dating and they don’t want to hurry things.

“We don’t want to rush things because we are happy at the moment and we don’t want to force anything,” the football player said.

“Kami naman ay aamin pero sa ngayon kagaya ng sinabi ni Phil eh nasa ganitong stage pa lang kami and we are happy,” Locsin added.

Skype feature in Facebook

Skype feature i Facebook

Skype feature in Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg revealed the new feature of Facebook, the most popular social networking site on earth, in cooperation with Skype, the instant messaging and voice chat provider. He showed the new feature during an event in the headquarter of Facebook in Palo Alto.

“We think this is awesome because we’re using the best technology that’s out there for doing video chat with the best social infrastructure that’s out there,” said Mark Zuckerberg.

The new Skype feature comes with enhanced group text chat which allows for multi-person interactions and a camera icon that can be clicked on for instant one-on-one video calls with friends.

Is this the response of Facebook with the Google+ Hangout feature? Maybe, Mark Zuckerberg was threatening with the Google+ that was launched just last week. However, he said that it was planned to add Skype feature way before Google launches its social networking site and Microsoft plans to buy the Skype.

“There is this clear arc where the world generally believes (social networking) is going to be everywhere,” Zuckerberg said. “In a matter of time it will be billions, whether it is us or somebody else doing it.”