February 21, 2018

GCash Suspends Their PayPal to GCash Service Because Of Payment Fulfillment Issues

Well, it's clear now. If you are among the hundreds of freelancers in the Philippines who can't transfer their funds from PayPal to GCash, here's some bad news for you. GCash has just suspended their PayPal to GCash service.

This means that for the time being, you won't be able to transfer your money from your PayPal account to your GCash wallet. It can be recalled that for several days now, the service has been unavailable. It's only now that GCash personnel have come out to directly state that the service has been suspended.

When asked about the unavailability of service, GCash representatives replied with the following answer: "Hi. We recently suspended the PayPal to GCash service because we detected payment fulfillment issues between the two parties.

This is a preventive measure to protect you, our customers, and the integrity of your transactions. We're working closely with PayPal to get the service back to normal. We hope for your understanding."

Well, there are three important things that we can learn from the above statement. One, the service has been suspended which means you can't use it until further notice. Two, the breakdown of the service was due to payment fulfillment issues between PayPal and GCash. But that seems like a canned response. The cause if probably much more complicated. And three, GCash is working with PayPal to bring back the service. There's no way of knowing if this is true. Only time will tell.

February 5, 2018

1 Dead, 1 Injured in a Road Accident in Balatoc, Pasil, Kalinga

One man died while another was injured when the mini dump truck they were riding fell off a road ravine within the vicinity of Cadamayan, Balatoc, Pasil in the province of Kalinga. The incident occurred on Sunday.

The man who perished in the accident has been identified as Eddie Sawil. Sawil is 60 years old, married, and the owner of the ill-fated mini dump truck.

His companion who was injured in the incident was Eric Wanawan. Wanawan is thirty years old, married, and he was the one driving the truck. Both Sawil and Wanawan are residents of barangay Balatoc in the town of Pasil.

According to an incident report, Sawil and Wanawan were on their way to Balatoc. Their truck was carrying aggregates and construction materials. They were on an inclined portion of the road when the truck suffered from a mechanical failure.

Wanawan, the driver, wasn't able to control the truck which eventually fell off a ravine measuring around fifty meters.

Sawil reportedly died on the accident site. Wanawan, on the other hand, was rushed to the Kalinga Provincial Hospital for medical treatment and observation.

9-Year-Old Boy Drowns in a Swimming Pool in Trese, Itogon, Benguet

A nine-year-old boy died during a drowning incident at a swimming pool located in Poblacion, Itogon, Benguet on Sunday. The incident happened at the Level 1300 area in said town. The place which is popularly known as Trese is a favorite swimming spot for both the locals and visitors coming from Baguio City and nearby towns.

The boy has been identified as Kurt Adrian Arguelles Ringor, a grade two pupil and resident of Sunny Side in barangay Fairview, Baguio City. Kurt Adrian was in the company of family and relatives who went for an outing in one of the resorts in Trese.

According to local police, Kurt Adrian was found by a cousin of his at the swimming pool but he was already unconscious. He was immediately rushed to the office of the Itogon Fire Station for first aid.

He was then brought to the Baguio City General Hospital and Medical Center but he was declared dead on arrival.

Kurt Adrian only had a height of three feet. The swimming pool has a maximum height of five feet. According to the local police, nobody noticed when the boy went into the deep ends of the pool. It also happened that there was no watcher nearby.

In light of the incident, visitors are being advised to always look out for their children when visiting Trese for a swim.

January 30, 2018

Tourist Injured After Falling Inside Sumaguing Cave In Sagada, Mt. Province

A 24-year-old tourist was injured when she fell inside a section of Sumaguing Cave in the tourist town of Sagada in Mt. Province. The incident happened on January 29, 2018. The injured tourist has been identified as Cindylyn Barja Sta. Romana, a traveler hailing from the town of Tanauan in Batangas.

According to an incident report, Sta. Romana, along with three companions (plus their tourist guide) went spelunking inside Sumaguing Cave when she lost her footing and fell off an incline measuring around four meters.

The group's tour guide immediately contacted local offices of disaster response organizations and sought help. Sta. Romana was extracted out of the cave and immediately brought to the nearby St. Theodore's Hospital in Poblacion, Sagada.

Sta. Romana is currently recuperating and is under observation. She suffered bruises in some parts of her body. She is also reportedly experiencing bouts of back pain.

In light of the incident, all tourists and their guides entering the various cave networks in the town are being advised to be more careful and vigilant when going on spelunking adventures.

3 Wellness Brands That Are Revolutionizing The Way We Stay Healthy And Fit

Nowadays, with the proliferation of so many fitness and exercise trends out there, it’s very easy to get lost in all the hype. The problem with a lot of what’s out there is that they either don’t work or they fall short of their promises. However, there are three wellness brands that uniquely stand out from the crowd by developing and creating fitness products that actually improve people’s health and overall well-being. These brands are as follows:

1. Inada
Inada is widely considered as the manufacturer of the best massage chairs in the world. Originating in Japan and with offices in several other countries, the company is unrivalled when it comes to the quality of their chairs. That’s not surprising at all given the fact that the company has been developing and manufacturing high-end massage chairs for over a century. Since they started making massage chairs in the early 1960’s, Inada quickly grew into a leading brand because of their technical proficiency and attention to detail.

Inada was able to combine the concepts behind the Japanese massage called shiatsu and advancements on robotic chair technology. Their current bestseller is the Inada DreamWave Massage Chair which comes with several features and upgrades from previous models. Not only is the DreamWave a full-body massage chair, it also comes with five industry-first functions. These are:

a. Therapist’s Touch or Pull-Kneading Function for the Neck and Shoulders – Your neck and upper shoulders will feel a lot better with this new feature. It helps a lot on relieving stiff neck and shoulder pain.
b. Full Arm Massage Function – Every part of your arm will be massaged. From your finger tips to your shoulders, every inch of your arm will be relaxed and kneaded.
c. Full Body Stretch Function – By bending your upper body, you can fully stretch to relax your joints and muscles.
d. New Swing Function – This is the icing on the cake because it comes after a good massage.
e. Youth Program – The chair is adjustable so that younger people can use it as well.

In particular, the new swing function is something you should pay attention to. This is because it’s a feature that you can only find in the DreamWave. The massage chair perfectly copies the hands of a professional therapist after a treatment. The soft sides of the chair presses into your pelvis while moving the air cells in the seat. This creates a swaying sensation that will make you feel more relaxed and reinvigorated.

Several other features were added as upgrades for the DreamWave. These new features include deep relaxation settings, consecutive sessions, longer massage sessions, a more convenient automatic recline, infrared seat heat, more comfortable arm air bags, and a smartphone socket. You can plug in your smartphone and listen to your favourite songs as you relax.

Another product by Inada that you might also consider is the 3S Flex Medical Massage Chair. It’s the perfect chair for relieving tension, pain, and stress. The chair focuses on stretching which means majority of its features enables you to stretch and exercise all sections of your body. A lot of people use this chair to alleviate pain from a stiff neck as well as to fix poor posture.

2. Peloton
It’s no secret that exercise is very important in maintaining your health. If you don’t exercise, you will be more susceptible to all kinds of illnesses. [Link to study.] The good news is that you can get all the exercise you need in the comforts of your home. This is the beauty of Peloton’s revolutionary exercise bike. This is an indoor exercise bike that comes with a huge front screen. The screen is there so that you can watch on-demand classes being livestreamed as you work out. Peloton has specifically chosen world-class fitness instructors to teach the live lessons.

Another great feature of the Peloton indoor bike is its interactive system. You can see on the screen a real-time leader board featuring the scores and performances of other riders from all over the world. The statistics provide you more fire to work and exercise harder. Last but not the least, you also have the ability to track your progress on the bike by looking at the in-depth metrics provided by Peloton.

In a nutshell, this is an exercise bike that combines fitness and community-building. You get to reach your fitness goals while interacting with other fitness enthusiasts from around the country.

3. Altwork
If you work in an environment wherein you have to either sit or stand all day, then your health is in jeopardy. [Link to study.] This is the driving force that encouraged Altwork to develop their Altwork Station. Think of the product as the ultimate work space. Whether you want to sit, stand, or recline, your chair and your computer adapt to all your movements. The revolutionary product offers the ultimate comfort.

It doesn’t matter what position you take, the work station moves along with you. You can work in any position you want. This ultimately improves your productivity and work ethic. The work station was also designed so that you can easily collaborate with anyone. Whether you want to call a meeting or go over a presentation, the Altwork Station allows you to do so with relative ease.

In other words, the Altwork Station has found a way to efficiently merge you with your chair, desk, and computer. You no longer have to deal with the clutter and hassle caused by standard work stations. And of course, there’s the fact that the Altwork Station doesn’t compromise your health. In fact, it helps in making you healthier and more stress-free.

The bottom line here is that there are brands out there who actually take the time and the resources to develop and manufacture products that deal with real health problems. They are what you would call revolutionaries of the wellness industry. Among those leading the pack are Inada, Peloton, and Altwork. If you get any of their products, you are assured of quality and reliability. You will become healthier and stronger. You’ll also get rid of the pain, stress, and anxiety associated with work.

January 29, 2018

In Defense Of Crislyn Villanueva: Sharing Her Video Is An Invasion Of Her Privacy And Dignity!

Insensitivity. This is an attribute of a lot of Filipinos that saddens me. It's a dark spot in Filipino society. I'm not going to go into details about the video featuring Crislyn Villanueva. The fact that you are reading this piece means that you already know the gist of the story. If you came to this article looking for the video, I'm afraid I'm going to disappoint you. I'm not going to share the video here. I'm not going to share it anywhere. Simply because it's not right. Crislyn Villanueva has done nothing wrong. You could say she made a mistake in taking a video of a very intimate moment. But that's about it.

I can't even imagine what Crislyn Villanueva is going through right now. This also goes for the man she was with in the video. The pain and the embarrassment of being talked about because of the video they made. And let's not forget the pain that their family and friends may also be going through. That's why it saddens me when I see people gleefully talking about the video in social media and news sites.

How the video ended up online, I don't know. And it really doesn't matter how it got online. People need to stop sharing it. People need to stop judging Crislyn Villanueva and her character because of it. People need to stop making disparaging comments about her. People need to stop bullying her. I say it again, she didn't do anything wrong. In fact, it's the people who are sharing the video who are in the wrong. She doesn't deserve the pain and embarrassment she's going through.

This is something that will leave a scar for the rest of her life. Her life isn't going to be the same. The video will always be there. It's not going away. That's why I'm hoping that she's mentally strong enough to fight off the pain and embarrassment she's going through right now. I hope she'll rise from this issue and get on with her life. It will be easier for her to go through this if people will just stop from sharing her video. In letting more people know about the video, you are contributing to the invasion of her privacy and dignity.

Just in case you are wondering why I used her name in this article, allow me to explain why. It does look like I'm contributing to the chatter about her and the video. Here's my answer: I wrote this article as a counter to the negative posts that are already populating the search engines if someone searches for her name. So the people reading this article already know her name. They are either looking for the video or trying to find additional information about Ms. Villanueva. It's my hope that they end up reading this article instead of ending up in a site that contains the video.

To Crislyn Villanueva, if you happen to come across this post, don't let the incident destroy who you are as a person. You or your partner made the mistake of being careless about a video. You made a mistake but you did nothing wrong. You'll get through this. As they say, time can heal anything.

January 12, 2018

DepEd Advisory On 4th HSM: Hanep Sa Science At Math Of The University Of The Philippines Association Of Chemistry Majors And Enthusiasts

The Department of Education has released an advisory with regards to the upcoming Hanep sa Science at Math event that will be held at the UP Diliman campus on January 13. The event will be conducted by the University of the Philippines Association of Chemistry Majors and Enthusiasts. It's basically a math and science quiz bee to help raise the number of students interested and involved in math, chemistry and other sciences.

According to the advisory, target participants for the quiz bee are students of Grade 9 to 10. Students from public and private high schools in Luzon. 

Advisory No. 003, s. 2018
January 9, 2018
In compliance with DepEd Order (DO) No. 8, s. 2013,
this advisory is issued not for endorsement per DO 28, s. 2001,
but only for the information of DepEd officials,
personnel/staff, as well as the concerned public.
(Visit www.deped.gov.ph)


The University of the Philippines Association of Chemistry Majors and Enthusiasts (UP ACME) will conduct the 4th HSM: Hanep sa Science at Math on January 13, 2018 in UP Diliman, Quezon City.

HSM, an interschool math and science quiz bee, aims to:
1. promote the appreciation of chemistry and other sciences,
2. recommend math and science courses as prospective college degrees, and
3. facilitate the healthy exchange of ideas between participants and students from the UP College of Science.

The target participants are Grades 9–10 students from public and private non-science high schools in Luzon.

Participation of both public and private schools shall be subject to the no-disruption-of-classes policy stipulated in DepEd Order No. 9, s. 2005 entitled Instituting Measures to Increase Engaged Time-on-Task and Ensuring Compliance Therewith.

For more information, contact:
Jezmin Ann Cainglet
Vice Chairperson for External Affairs, UP ACME
3rd Floor, Institute of Chemistry
National Science Complex
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City
Mobile Phone No.: 0927-910-2185
Email Address: externals.upd.acme@gmail.com
DJP, HSM Hanep sa Science at Math