July 20, 2017

Grade 2 Pupil Drowns At Chico River In Luplupa, Tinglayan, Kalinga

An eight-year-old girl drowned after being swept away by strong river currents in the northern province of Kalinga on Tuesday afternoon (July 18). According to reports coming from the province, the girl was carried away by the strong currents at Chico River in the vicinity of barangay Luplupa in the town of Tinglayan in said town.

The young girl has been identified as Jenryl Olympia Guiwa. She was a Grade 2 student at the Luplupa Elementary School. As per the report about the incident, Jenryl along with two classmates went down to the river for a dip after classes. Jenryl misjudged the strength of the current and she was swept away.

After receiving a report about the incident, policemen, volunteers, and members of the disaster risk reduction and management council quickly organized a search and rescue operation. They found the girl unconscious but still alive. The rescuers tried to revive the girl while she was being transported to a nearby medical facility. The girl expired later.

Due to the incident, teachers and parents in the region are being advised to always watch over the excursions of their children to the nearby Chico River. It's the rainy season so the current in the river is often strong and unpredictable.

July 16, 2017

5 Ways Not To Be That Western Tourist in Asia

As a westerner visiting any country in Asia, you are in for a disastrous experience if you go in unprepared. Culture shock is a real thing. You just might end up spending your time being confused instead of enjoying the trip. With that said, it's highly recommended that you educate yourself about the countries you are visiting prior to boarding the plane. Google is your best friend here. It can save you a lot of trouble and unnecessary embarrassment. Don't be that "western tourist" who kicks up a trail of untoward incidents because he didn't do his research.

To help you get started, here are some practical pointers on how you should conduct yourself in Asia:
1. Always remove your shoes or slippers when entering a home or temple. This is especially true in places like Japan and countries in the southeast regions. Using your shoes inside homes and buildings isn't a big deal in western countries but it's a sign of disrespect in Asia. One way of determining if you aren't allowed to use your shoes or slippers inside of an establishment is to check the entrance. If there are shoes, slippers, and sandals at the entrance, then you should definitely remove yours.

2. Avoid using hugs and kisses as a form of greeting. Again, there's a huge difference between western and eastern values when it comes to greetings. Hugs and kisses may be acceptable in some urban areas in Asia but to be safe, avoid using them as much as possible. A simple handshake or a quick bow would often suffice to show your respect when meeting someone.

3. Fight for the bill when eating out. Asians are very hospitable people and they often find it disrespectful when you try to pay for the check after a shared meal. They also don't like being taken advantage of. So what you need to do is offer to pay for the bill but relent when your host refuses your offer. This is a very common practice especially in China. Arguing with the guest on who should pay the bill is considered polite.

4. Watch your body language because you might offend the locals. Always keep in mind that Asian cultures are usually conservative. For instance, public displays of affection are often frowned upon. So don't even think of kissing or intimately touching each other in full view and in public. Furthermore, certain hand gestures in the west have very different meanings when used in some part of Asia. For example, the thumbs up sign is the equivalent of sticking your tongue out in Thailand. And in Japan and China, beckoning someone with your index finger is considered insulting. Last but not the least, never use the crossed fingers as a sign of good luck or hope because it's seen as obscene in Asia.

5. Watch your behavior when eating at the dining table. Asians have some eating habits that you might find weird and strange. When eating noodles in China and Japan, it's customary to slurp as a sign that you're enjoying the meal. Dinner tables in Asia are often loud and quite messy. You should take part in the slurping action if you don't want to disrespect your host.

In South Korea, it's considered rude if you pick up your bowl of rice. This can be confusing because picking up the bowl is okay in Japan and China. Another etiquette you should always remember is that you should never bring drinks or food when you are invited for dinner or lunch. Asians find this rude because it makes the impression that they can't provide for all that you want to eat and drink.

Keeping all of these cultural pointers in mind will make your Asian trip more meaningful and free from embarrassing incidents. Don't be that uninformed tourist who ruins it for everyone.

The Death Of Amateur Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fighter Donshay White

Donshay White was an amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who passed away right after a bout with Ricky Muse at an MMA event called Hardrock MMA 90. The event took place at the Expo Live in Louisville, Kentucky on July 15, 2017.

The two combatants fought on the heavyweight division. White weighed in at two-hundred-fifteen (215) pounds while Muse weighed in at two-hundred-thirty (230) pounds. White was from Radcliff, Kentucky. Muse is from Flemingsburg, Kentucky.

White entered the cage with a 1-0 record. His first fight happened in November of 2015, knocking out John Johnson Jr. in the very first round at Hardrock MMA 76. Muse, his opponent was making his MMA debut.

According to those who saw the fight, Muse won the fight via technical knockout in the second round. Muse hit White with three to four punches with his ground and pound. Referee Gary Copeland intervened at the 2:22 mark of the second round.

White was able to make his way backstage on his own but he eventually collapsed and became unresponsive. He was given CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) before he was quickly transported via ambulance to the KentuckyOne Health Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital. He passed away at the hospital. He was thirty-seven (37) years old. A livestream video of the fight was on YouTube but Hardrock MMA has since taken it down.

According to Blue Grass MMA, during the ninth bout in the stacked card, doctors were once again called backstage when another fighter named Kalen Ray collapsed. Ray was given medical attention and rushed to the hospital.

With no medical personnel on site, the rest of the card had to be cancelled. There were at least three fights remaining in the card with the main event featuring a professional encounter between Ian Lawler and Branden Bishop.

June 30, 2017

First 4 Official Entries For The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 Announced

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has announced the first four official entries to this year's festival. The executive committee of the festival released the names and titles of the movies on the festival's official Facebook page. The announced films are Ang Panday (Coco Martin), Almost Is Not Enough (Jericho Rosales, Jennylyn Mercado), The Revengers (Daniel Padilla, Vice Ganda, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach), and Love Traps Family Goals (Vic Sotto, Dawn Zulueta). The executive committee announced the entries through the recommendation of the festival's selection committee.

According to the MMFF, all the films have been subjected to thorough evaluation by the body's selection panel. "Our selection committee had a difficult time choosing given the quality of the films. We have to thank them for their exhaustive and thorough deliberations," said Tim Orbos, chairman of the festival's executive committee. Orbos added that credit must be given to the "rules committee which devised the two-part selection process that gave a greater latitude to interested participants for this year".

The entries were evaluated using the following criteria: 40% for artistic excellence, 40% for commercial appeal, 10% for the promotion of Filipino cultural and historical values, and 10% for global appeal. Four films are yet to be announced to fill the remaining slots. The committee said that the complete lineup will be announced in the first week of November. The festival itself will have its run in the late weeks of December to the early weeks of January.
Here's a quick recap of the first four official entries to the MMFF 2017:

Director: Rodel Nacianceno
Lead Actor: Coco Martin

Director: Dan Villegas
Lead Actors: Jennylyn Mercado & Jericho Rosales

Director: Joyce A. Bernal
Lead Actors: Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla & Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

LOVE TRAPS #Family Goals
Director: Antonio Y. Reyes
Lead Actors: Vic Sotto & Dawn Zulueta

June 18, 2017

Bloody Crayons Full Movie Details: Starring Elmo Magalona And Janella Salvador

Fans of Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador have something to be happy about this rainy season. Star Cinema has already announced the release date for Bloody Crayons, the suspense-thriller movie that features the tandem of Magalona and Salvador. The film will hit theaters all over the Philippines on July 12, 2017. That's only a few weeks away.

Bloody Crayons chronicles the story of nine friends who visit a remote island for a project. What they expected to be a fun and enjoyable trip quickly turned into a nightmare when a masked man started killing them off one by one.

Aside for Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador, the movie also stars Sofia Andres, Maris Racal, Empoy Marquez, Ronnie Alonte, Diego Loyzaga, Jane Oineza, and Yves Flores. It was directed by Topel Lee, the same director behind the films Dilim, Ouija, My Kuya's Wedding, Shake Rattle and Roll, Sundo, Wapakman, White House, Amorosa, and Basement. Lee also dabbles in directing television programs. His small screen credits include La Vendetta, Kamandag, My Only Love, Gagambino, Obra, Dear Friend, and Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang.

Bloody Crayons has been in development since 2015 when Star Cinema picked up the movie rights for the book upon which the movie was based. The book was written by Josh Argonza and it was originally published in the website Wattpad. Wattpad is an online storytelling community where anyone can post their stories and literary works.
The movie adaptation was supposed to be released in 2016 but the release date had to be moved because of several changes in the script and cast. Production and shooting finally started in the second quarter of 2017 after the final casting of Magalona and Salvador.

A teaser trailer for Bloody Crayons was released by Star Cinema on June 16. Fans of Elmo and Janella often refer to the two as ElNella.

June 14, 2017

Doo Ho Choi Seriously Injured. Fight With Andre Fili Is Off.

According to MMA journalist and analyst Robin Black, Doo Ho Choi has been seriously injured during training. That said, his upcoming bout with Andre Fili is now off. Choi was originally scheduled to face Fili in the undercard of UFC 214: Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on July 29, 2017. Black broke the story on Twitter, saying that the Korean fighter will be back around October. In a succeeding tweet, Black said that with rehabilitation, Choi can make it back to the cage as early as September.

The tweet by Black:
"Breaking news: The Korean Superboy is out of his fight with Touchy Fili due to serious injury. He will be back late October."

The news came on the heels of another popular Korean fighter pulling out of the same event because of an injury. Chan Sung Jung, more popularly known as The Korean Zombie, was supposed to fight Ricardo Lamas. He pulled out of the fight due to an injury and was replaced by Jason Knight. The Korean Zombie made his return to the UFC last February, blasting Dennis Bermudez in the very first round. It's still unknown when he will be able to return.
Fans of The Korean Superboy and the match-up with Fili went on Twitter to voice out their disappointment about the news. "No, darn it. Such a good match-up. I feel bad for Andre Touchy Fili and us fight fans", said @mmanytt.

Choi last fought in December of last year against Cub Swanson. The two fighters went toe to toe in an encounter that a lot of fight fans consider as their "fight of the year".

June 11, 2017

Plastic Company In Taiwan Is In Need Of 60 Factory Workers

If you are currently unemployed and you are looking for an overseas job assignment in Taiwan, you might be interested in checking this out. Nanya Plastics Corporation, a company in Taiwan is currently looking for 60 male factory workers. The main qualification is that you should at least be a vocational graduate. Deadline of submission of application is on June 27, 2017. Below are the details of the Recruitment Specification Form (RSF) from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE):

Recruitment Specification Form (RSF)
Employer: Nanya Plastics Corporation
Worksite: Taiwan
Classification: Government to Government Program (Special Hiring Program for Taiwan)

The Nanya Plastics Corporation in Taiwan is in urgent need of qualified applicants for 60 male factory workers.

1. Vocational graduate

Qualified applicants should register online at www.poea.gov.ph or www.eregister.poea.gov.ph and personally submit the following documents (fastened in a folder) under the heading "Nanya Plastics Corp. (Taiwan) RSF NO. 170020" at the Manpower Registry Division, Window S or T, Ground Floor, Blas F. Ople Bldg. (formerly POEA Bldg.), Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City:

1. Detailed resume with job description
2. Vocational Course Diploma
3. Employment certificates, if applicable
4. Passport Copy (valid for at least one year)
5. Two pieces of 2x2 recent picture
6. Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID)
7. NBI clearance (with "travel for Taiwan" remarks and valid for at least 6 months)
8. Certificate of POEA online PEOS (log into pesos.poea.gov.ph)
Applicants are required to present their original documents for authentication of written information before forwarding the resume to the employer.

Deadline of submission: June 27, 2017