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Friday, November 23, 2012

Top 10 Highest Paid Government Executives (2011)

The Commission on Audit (COA) has revealed the top 10 highest paid government executives in the Philippines last year (2011) including those working at government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).

Topping the list of most paid government employees in 2011 is Governor Tetangco of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) with P10.579 million. Among the top 10 paid executives, three came from BS, two came from Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), four came from Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and one came from the Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC).

The list of the top 10 highest paid government executives in 2011 is found below.
  1. Amando M. Tetangco Jr. (P10.579 million) - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Governor)
  2. Edgardo F. Garcia (P9.835 million) - Development Bank of the Philippines (Chief Operating Officer, COO)
  3. Benedicto Jose R. Arcinas Jr. (P8.97 million) - GSIS (Executive Vice-President)
  4. Henry Rhoel Aguda (P8.35 million) - GSIS (Senior Vice-President )
  5. Robert G. Vergara (P8.32 million) - GSIS (President and General Manager)
  6. Nora Saludares (P7.64 million) - GSIS (Vice-President)
  7. Luis F. Sison (P7.593 million) - Philippine National Construction Corporation (President and Chief Executive Officer, CEO)
  8. Benedicto Ernesto R. Bitonio Jr. (P7.588 million) - Development Bank of the Philippines (Executive Vice-President)
  9. Juan de Zuñiga Jr. (P7.404 million) - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Deputy Governor)
  10. Diwa C. Gunigundo (P6.977 million) - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Deputy Governor)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Midwife Board Exam Results for November 2012

A total of 1,732 out of 3,481 examinees passed the Midwife Licensure Examination given by the Board of Midwifery in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga this November 2012, the Professional Regulation Commission announced.

Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be on December 3, 2012. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), 2 pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete nametag), 1 piece 1” x 1” picture (colored with white background and complete nametag), 2 sets of metered documentary stamps and 1 short brown envelope with name and profession and to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P450 and Annual Registration Fee of P420 for 2012-2015. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The list of passers of the Miidwife Board Exam is found below. Congratulations!

Pet Fair Philippines in Starmall Edsa-Shaw this weekend! Win prizes and learn a lot!


Bettas and other fishes, birds, cavies and rodents like gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, hedgehogs and mice, and exotic species like snakes, tarantulas, and tortoises  – all these lovely domesticated pets on view in Pet Fair Philippines 2! 

Pet Fair Philippines 2, which is a continuation of the successfully conducted starter event last September in a series of pet celebration events, will be held at the Starmall Edsa-Shaw on November 24 (Saturday) and 25 (Sunday), 2012. With an expected minimum of 1000 visitors per day, this 2-day event which will showcase various pets will surely be a hit! 

Hop from one exhibit to another; learn, appreciate, and have fun! Each day, the Fair will commence at 10 AM and end at 7 PM; visitors may start discussions while touring around the exhibits of various pets. 


One thing you must not dare miss, the Fair’s highlight, is the Betta show featuring beautiful betta fishes of the Aqua world in the ABA Mini Friendship Cup 2012.

Ask whatever you wish to know about these animals. Win cool prizes in booths set up by participating organizations! 


It's definitely a back-to-back celebration of distinct pets in the Philippines! There is so much to look out for in this event! Don’t miss this chance! Gather up your whole family and bring friends with you! 

Be there and enjoy the weekend pet craze! 
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The 2nd Pet Fair Philippines is a collaboration of 9 groups of pet enthusiasts namely, Asian Betta Alliance (ABA), Circle of Hamster Owners of the Philippines (CHOP), Guppy Club Philippines (GCP), Hamster Lovers Organization (HLO), Philippine Cavy Fanciers Inc (PCFI), Philippine DaBIRDkads (PD), Philippine Exotic Pets (PEP), Philippine Exotic Hedgehog Society Inc (PEHSI), and Philippine Turtle Keepers (PTK). 

Pet Fair Philippines 2 is co-presented to you by Starmall Edsa-Shaw and WHAT Productions. The Spotlight Philippines blog is a proud media partner in this event. 

For inquiries, contact WHAT Productions (985-6248 | 09223888868) or visit their Facebook page.

Message of Manuel Amalilio of Aman Futures Trading to Investors

Manuel Amalilio, CEO of Aman Futures Group Phils. Inc., is said to return back the money of at least 15,000 investors of its company in two years, a video posted on Youtube by Kirk Leighton Eguia has surfaced.

"Peace be upon you, brothers and sisters. To the investor, I am willing to pay back only the capital since Aman investment has a financial crisis due to (the) unexplained shortage of funds by Fernando ‘Nonoy’ Luna," he said.

In the video, Amalilio apologized to the investors and blamed another company official, Fernando Luna, for the financial woes of the firm. 

“Please forgive me for the late action since I want to prioritize my safety first before finding a solution to the problem,” he said.

He also added that his intention was to help the poor. “I can live a life of luxury with my own money together with my family. But now, I lost my family,”

The complete video of Aman Futures' Manuel Amalilio saying his message to the heavily burdened investors is  found below.

Video Courtesy: Youtube user Kirk Leighton Eguia

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For sure, a lot  of these investors in Aman Futures Trading were emotional after losing almost (if not all) of their money. Did you know that a survey suggests that we Filipinos are the most emotional people in the world?

25th Aliw Awards nominees list

The 25th Aliw Awards committee has finally announced its roster of nominees. As it celebrates its silver anniversary celebration, it has added a new category to be battle over - awards of Best Production for Children (musical and non-musical).

Photo Source: Facebook Group TV Network War

The 25th Aliw Awards Night will be held on November 26 at the Manila Hotel. All awardees will receive the Applause Trophy, which was created by artist Benjo Laygo.

The complete list of the 25th Aliw Awards nominees are as follows:


BEST CHILD PERFORMER 

Alon Severino (Totong Hilot/Virgin Labfest 8)
Atasha Muhlach (Sound of Music/Resorts World)
Anton Posadas (King and I/Resorts World)
Annika Allado (Sound of Music/Resorts World)

BEST NEW ARTIST 
Ana Melisa
Jayke Reyes
KZ Tandingan
Zendee Rose Tenerefe
Derek Monasterio

BEST NEW ARTIST (Group) 
All for Patricia
She’s Only Sixteen
Down to Mars
The Filipino Tenors

BEST DANCE COMPANY 
G Force
Ballet Manila
St Dominic Savio Dance Troupe
Dangoan Pangasinan
Bungkos Palay, Science City of Munoz NE
Kaloob Music and Dance Ministry

BEST CULTURAL GROUP 
Tanghalang SLU (Baguio City)
Sipat Lawin Ensemble (PHSA)
Harlequin Theater Guild (DLSU)
RPSA Cultural Troupe, Angono Rizal
PUP Bataan Banda Kawayan

BEST CHORAL GROUP 
SLU Chorale (Bagiuo City)
Samiweng Singers (Ilocos Norte)
SDS Chorale (Tandag City, Surigao del Sur)
UST Singers
University of the Visayas Chorale

BEST INSTRUMENTALIST 
Mary Ann Espina (Piano)
Rudolf Golez (Piano)
Joseph Esmilla (Violin)
Princess Ibanez (Violin)
Antoni Josef Inacay (Cello)
John Raymond Sarreal (Flute)

BEST EMCEE (FEMALE) 
Tessa Prieto-Valdez
Issa Litton
Ladine Roxas
Iza Calzado
Jackie Aquino

BEST EMCEE (MALE) 
Luis Manzano
Sam YG
Raymond Gutierrez
RJ Ledesma
Mike Lim
Raymond Lauchengco

BEST STAND UP COMEDIAN 
Rex Navarette (Newport Performing Arts Center)
Jon Santos (Music Museum)
Barbie of Siquijor (Kazadja Comedy Bar, Pagadian City)
Wendell Valdez (22nd Street, Cebu City)
Anton Diva (Punchline)

BEST CLASSICAL DANCER 
Lisa Macuja (Swan Song Series/Ballet Manila)
Carissa Adea (Songs/Ballet Philippines)
Emmanuel Guillermo (Songs/Ballet Philippines)
Cyril Fallar (Songs/Ballet Philippines)

BEST CLASSICAL PERFORMER 
Dondi Ong
Arthur Espiritu
Andrew Fernando
Randy Gilongo
Clarissa Ocampo
Jonathan Badon

BEST PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN 
Pobreng Alindanaw (Teatrong Gala)
Wizard of Oz (Repertory Philippines)
Jack and the Beanstalk (Kids Act Philippines)
Umaaraw, Umuulan, Kinakasal ang Tikbalang (UP Playwrights Theater)

BEST NON MUSICAL PRODUCTION 
Bona (PETA)
Sintang Dalisay (Tanghalang Ateneo)
Totong Hilot (Virgin Labfest 8)
Kafatiran (Virgin Labfest 8 )
The Seagull/Ang Tagak (Dulaang UP)
Unang Ulan ng Mayo (DLSU Harlequin Theater Guild)

BEST MUSICAL PRODUCTION 
Sound of Music (Resorts World)
Walang Sugat (Tanghalang Pilipino)
Jack at Mahiwagang Beanstalk (Gantimpala Theater Foundation)
Noli Me Tangere, The Opera (Dulaang UP)
King and I (Resorts World)

BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (NON-MUSICAL) 
Ricardo Abad (Sintang Dalisay/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Soxie Topacio (Bona/PETA)
Bobby Garcia (God of Carnage/Atlantis)
Roeder Camanag (Alejandro/Virgin Labfest 8)
JK Anicoche (Kafatiran/Virgin Labfest 8)
Romualdo Tejada (Unang Ulan ng Mayo/Harlequin Theater Guild

BEST STAGE DIRECTOR (MUSICAL) 
Freddie Santos (King and I/Resorts World)
Chari Arespacochaga (Rock of Ages/Atlantis)
Alex Cortez (Noli Me Tangere, the Opera/Dulaang UP)
Arthur Casanova (Seussical The Musical/Brent International)
Jeffrey Camanag/Allain De Leon (Jack at ang Mahiwagang Beanstalk/GTF)

BEST ACTOR (NON MUSICAL) 
Edgar Allan Guzman (Bona/PETA)
Jeremy Domingo (Woman In Black/Dulaang Kalay)
Marco Viana (Kafatiran/Virgin Labfest 8)
Paul Jake Paule (Kuneho/Virgin Labfest 8)\
Leo Rialp (The Forsaken House/Dulaang UP)
Kalil Almonte (Sintang Dalisay/Tanghalang Ateneo)

BEST ACTRESS (NON MUSICAL) 
Eugene Domingo (Bona/PETA)
Menchu Lauchengco Yulo (God of Carnage/Atlantis)
Sherry Lara (Isa Pang Soap Opera/Virgin Labfest 8)
Mosang (Pobreng Alindanaw/Teatrong Gala)
Frances Makil Ignacio (Ang Tagak/ Dulaang UP)
Anna Abad Santos (Seagull/Dulaang UP)

BEST ACTOR (MUSICAL) 
Leo Valdez (King and I/ Resorts World)
Ariel Rivera (Sound of Music/Resorts World)
Ivan Nery (Noli Me Tangere, the Opera/ Dulaang UP)
Bimbo Cerrudo (King and I/Resorts World)
Lucky Mercado (Jack at ang Mahiwagang Beanstalk/Gantimpala Theater Foundation)
Patrick Libao (Joe: Filipino Rock’sical/Philippine Stagers Foundation)

BEST ACTRESS (MUSICAL) 
Joanna Ampil (Sound of Music/ResortsWorld)
Monique Wilson (King and I/Resorts World)
Liesl Batucan (Forbidden Broadway/Upstart Productions)
Sheila Valderama (King and I/Resorts World)
Myramae Meneses (Noli Me Tangere, the Opera/ Dulaang UP)
Cris Villongco (Sound of Music/Resorts World)

BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE 
Aiza Seguerra (Rock of Ages/Atlantis)
Pinky Amador (Sound of Music/ResortsWorld)
Pinky Marquez (Sound of Music/Resortsworld)
Peewee O’Hara (Isa Pang Soap Opera/Virgin Labfest 8)
Gina Respall (King and I/Resorts World)
Tanya Manalang (King and I/ Resorts World)

BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE 
Phil Noble (Bona/PETA)
Joey Paras (Bona/PETA)
Abner Delina Jr. (Jack at ang Mahiwagang Beanstalk/Gantimpala Theater Foundation)
Franco Laurel (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown/9 Works Theatrical)
Brian Sy (Sintang Dalisay/Tanghalang Ateneo)
Fred Lo (Sound of Music/Resorts World)

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR 
Mike Villegas/Ria Osorio (Aiza Seguerra Bente Singko)
Mel Villena (Swings Out with AMP Band)
Edru Abrahan (Sintang Dalisay)
RJ Jimenez (Jack at ang Mahiwagang Beanstalk)

BEST CONCERT STAGE DIRECTOR 
Robert Sena (Swings Out with AMP Band)
Floy Quintos (Jed Madela Beyond Expectations)
Freddie Santos (Mad for Music)
Paul Basinillo (SG/24)

BEST PERFORMANCE IN HOTELS, MUSIC LOUNGES, BARS (FEMALE) 
Pat Castillo (Tap Room/Manila Hotel)
Judith Banal (Bar 360/Resorts World)
Julienne Tarroja (Chef and Brewers)
Cathy Go (70’s Bistro, QC)

BEST PERFORMER IN HOTELS, MUSIC LOUNGES, BARS (MALE) 
Tony Marino ( La Cuisine Francaise)
Ronnie Diao (Moomba Bar)
Florante (My Brother’s Moustache)
Arthur Manuntag (Top of Sheraton)

BEST PERFORMER IN HOTELS, MUSIC LOUNGES AND BARS (GROUP) 
Draybers (Resorts World)
Bobby Mondejar and Friends (My Brother’s Moustache)
Mulatto (Resorts World)

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A CONCERT (MALE) 
Dingdong Avanzado (Tatlong Bente Singko/Music Museum)
Jed Madela (Back to Basics/Music Museum)
Noel Cabangon (Tuloy ang Byahe/Music Museum)
Gerald Santos (Isang Pasasalamat/Peta Theater)
Bo Cerrudo (Cerrudo atTeatrino)

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A CONCERT (FEMALE) 
Isay Alvarez (Swings Out with AMP Band/Teatrino)
Yeng Constantino (Ok Lang Maging Single/Music Museum)
Sitti (Most Requested/Music Museum)
Jonalyn Viray (One Love/Metro Bar)

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A CONCERT (GROUP) 
Parokya ni Edgar (Rap Rocker/ Metro Bar)
Gloc 9 (Rap Rocker/ Metro Bar)
Kamikaze (Rap Rocker/Metro Bar)
The Angelos (Prism of Harmony/Meralco Theater)


BEST COLLABORATION IN A CONCERT 
Jose Mari Chan/Richard Poon (Songwriter and the Crooner/PICC)
Lea Salonga/Cecille Licad/ Lisa Macuja (Legends and Classics/CCP)
Sharon Cuneta/Martin Nievera (Once in a Lifetime/Araneta Coliseum)
Ogie Alcasid/Regine Velazquez (Mr and Mrs A,/Araneta Coliseum)
Aiza Seguerra/Duncan Ramos (Sessions of Love/Music Museum)
Jose and Wally (Concert for Every Juan/Araneta Coliseum)

BEST MAJOR CONCERT (MALE) 
Jed Madela (Beyond Expectations/CCP)
Kean Cipriano (One Stage One Night/Aliw Theater)
Christian Bautista (X Class/Meralco Theater)
Eric Santos (Greatest Theme Songs/Meralco Theater)

BEST MAJOR CONCERT (FEMALE) 
Aiza Seguerra (Bente Singko/Araneta Coliseum)
Sarah Geronimo ( SG/24 /Araneta Coliseum)
Anne Curtis (Annebisyosa No Other Concert/Araneta Coliseum)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 
Danny Dolor
Jose Mari Chan
UP Concert Chorus
Imelda Papin

HALL OF FAME 
UP Singing Ambassadors
QC Performing Arts

PH tops list of world's most emotional societies

The Philippines is the world’s most emotional society as 60% of Filipinos surveyed were seen as expressive of their feelings, a survey of U.S. pollster Gallup revealed. 

According to the survey, taken in 152 countries between 2009 and 2011, Filipinos were the most likely to admit feeling both positive and negative emotions.

The survey, a measurement and comparison of how people feel about their lives, said Singaporeans are unlikely to report feelings of anger, physical pain, or other negative emotions. They’re not laughing a lot, either.

Respondents were asked questions such as: 
  • Did you feel well-rested yesterday?
  • Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?
  • Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?
  • Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday?
  • How about enjoyment, physical pain, worry, sadness, stress, anger?
In the list, PH is followed by El Salvador, Bahrain, Oman and Colombia. Singapore, on the other hand, ranks as the world's emotionless society in the world, behind Georgia, Lithuania, and Russia. 

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