Thursday, July 23, 2015

SCIENCE | What the perfect penis looks like

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What does the perfect penis look like? Do women prefer longer penises more or fatter penises? Is it the size or the girth?

Researchers investigate what women look for in a penis. In a study entitled "What is a Good Looking Penis?", which was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers determined what penile aspects (or factors) were more important for women. Being part of a larger project focused on men with surgically corrected hypospadias (a condition wherein the opening of the penis is not located at the top of the head but more of below), the study also sought to understand whether these men's penises were "abnormally" looking.

Eight (8) penile aspects were considered and were ranked according to importance from 1 (unimportant) to 5 (important). These included length, girth, and position and shape of urinary opening (meatus), shape of glans, penile skin, scrotum, pubic hair, and general “cosmetic” appearance.

So what was the most important aspect for women? It's general "cosmetic" appearance of the penis. It is interesting to know that length only ranked sixth of eight (by importance). On the other hand, women factored in girth (3rd) and pubic hair (2nd) as two of the most important penile aspects. The least important aspect was position and shape of the meatus.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SCAM | Global InterGold (EMGoldex) and the 10 biggest scams of all time

Financial (investment) scams, that promise big returns in a few months' time, have been the topics of news agencies, forums, and social networks nowadays. But it's been widely popular by the backlash these are receiving from its victims and finance gurus.

Instead of uplifting the lives of all its members, these scams seem to give benefit to only a few, usually the ones on top.

EMGoldex, which the Securities and Exchange Commission warned the public about, has rebranded itself as Global InterGold, More OFW victims have emerged while news agencies continued its campaign to the public warning them not to invest in EMGoldex.

Looking back, what were the biggest scams of all time in the Philippines? Here's a list compiled by ABS-CBN News, gathered from financial adviser Salve Duplito.

10. Bancap scam - treasury bill scam ran by Marilyn Nite
Money taken: P900 million

9. FrankSwiss and DeutchFranks - high-yielding investment products marketed through the Internet from March to July 2007 that offered as much as 4.5 percent returns per day. The National Bureau of Investigation filed estafa charges against Eleazar Castillo, chief financial adviser of FrancSwiss.

Money taken: P1 billion

8. Swiss Mutual Fund International Scam - ran internationally for more than a decade before it hit the Philippines, offering high guaranteed returns.

Money taken: Not known

7. Royal Manchester Five Trading Corp. - currency trading program that promised a 4 percent per month guaranteed return to investors in 2008.

Money taken: P2 billion

6. Tibayan Group Investment Corp. - mutual fund scheme that guaranteed 3 to 5 percent a month for a six-month to 1 year lock-in period.

Known losses: P2 billion

5. Mateo Management Group - ran by couple Ervin and Evelyn Mateo who fooled at least 20 people for high guaranteed returns

Money taken: P4.3 billion

4. Performance Investment Products Corp. - alleged forex trading outfit which duped people who were blinded by the 10-15 percent guaranteed return being offered.

Money taken: P11 billion

3. Aman Futures Group - led by Aman Amalilio, this attracted over 100,000 families in Pagadian City in commodities trading investments which offered up to 80 percent profit in 20 days.

Money taken: P12 billion

2. Multinational Telecom Investors Corp. - duped more than 950,000 individuals in this investment scheme which offered 4 percent to 5 percent a month.

Money taken: P25 billion

1. Legacy Group - led by Celso de los Angeles, the group offered motorcycle loan and investment loan programs with guaranteed commission of up to P15,000.

Money taken: P30 billion

ENTERTAINMENT | Pabebe Girls meet Vice Ganda on GGV

Online sensations Janet Ricabo (12 years old) and Michelle Alfonso (11 years old), commonly known as the "Pabebe Girls", were invited to appear in an episode of ABS-CBN's comedy variety show Gandang Gabi Vice (GGV) last Sunday, July 19. 

Watch the video clips of the "Pabebe Girls" on GGV below.

Video Courtesy: Youtube channel ABS-CBN Entertainment

Monday, July 20, 2015

MED | UP, PLM top the list of best medical schools in the Philippines

Image Courtesy: UP College of Medicine
University of the Philippines and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, both state universities, take the top two spots in the list of best medical schools in the country, consistently getting 100 percent passing percentage in the physician board exams.

Image Courtesy: PLM Med
The list, shown below, was drawn up by the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education based on the outstanding performance of their graduates in the last two Physician Licensure Examinations administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). 

Two other state universities, West Visayas State University in La Paz, Iloilo, and Cagayan State University-Tuguegarao, made it to the list of best med schools in the Philippines. 

Which are the top medical schools in the country?

1. University of the Philippines-Manila (100%);
2. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (100%);
3. Ateneo de Manila University (100%);
4. Cebu Institute of Medicine (100%);
5. University of Santo Tomas (98.88%);
6. University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (96.80%);
7. Cebu Doctors’ University (95.74%);
8. West Visayas State University-La Paz (95.29%);
9. Xavier University-Cagayan de Oro (93.94%);
10. Cagayan State University-Tuguegarao (86.36%)
11. University of St. La Salle-Bacolod (85.71%).

MUSIC | Madonna to have concert in Manila!

Good news! International pop icon Madonna will be having her first ever concert here in the Philippines on February 24, 2016 at SM Mall of Asia Arena as part of her 10th world tour “Rebel Heart", to be produced by Live Nation Entertainment. The tour is set to kick off on Sept. 9 this year in Montreal, Canada, 

Poster of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour
Image Courtesy: Live Nation Entertainment
Tickets will be available at SM Ticket outlets and through its website starting July 26 at 10 a.m. The price list has yet to be released, but it's rumored that the best seats will cost a whooping P50,000.

Presale opportunities will be given to members of Madonna’s official fan club, Icon, on July 21; Citi cardholders from July 22 to 23; and customers of Globe, a major sponsor of the show, on July 24 through www.globe.com.ph/rebelheart. All three presale events begin at 10 a.m.

Information Source: Inquirer.