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Saturday, August 29, 2015

LIFE | 10 Ways to Invest in Yourself

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Everyone wants a fatter purse. Most people want to get rich fast; hence, a lot still get scammed even if they already know it's a scam. But, instead of fattening other people's purse and not getting anything or after benefiting from it, just walking away and getting a lot of enemies, why not use your money to make yourself a better person? Why not prevent greed from taking away what you have - the respect from people around you and human dignity.

Feeling like you're still finding your way, stuck between running after your ideals and trying to get away from the mud of reality? Why not make yourself better by achieving small accomplishments whatever they are?

Haven't you felt much better after investing an extra hour of sleep after a week of work load hell? The most and best important place to put your money and your time is you.

Listed below are ten (10) tips I searched all over the web to help you improve yourself. Hope this post enables you to love yourself more. Definitely, it's worth every single peso!

1. Your health is your wealth.

Eat well. Sweat out the stress; isayaw po ang problema hehe. If thriftiness gets in the way of your plan to go spelunking in one of Bulacan's hidden caves, maybe you could do a substitute like exercising at home or doing yoga or hiphop abs hehe. 

Unwind and/or contemplate; it pays to reward yourself sometimes po. Ako, when I know I've accomplished something good I reward myself by watching a good movie hehe while eating cupcake as I lay on the bed in a rainy weekend hehe.

Sleep sakto! :) For adults, it's around 7 hours. Or go for some naps in the middle of your work. Meet up with old friends; hang out with barkada, 'cause sometimes our friends are our dampeners - our stress relievers.

These simple, yet sometimes difficult tasks to do are what boosts up your health which, as defined by the World Health Organization, is:

a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
2. When you are stuck with deciding which you'd like to do first, do that one thing that matters most to you.

If you're still unable to come up with a decision, stop and make a criteria for decision-making hehe. Grade your decision based on this criteria. Prioritize which ones you'd passionately do first or you'd find easy to do - it depends on how you act on it.

3. Don't be scared to say no.

A lot of things are going on every day. And if you focus on doing the things that would improve yourself, make yourself better, that would mean having to do a rain check to an invitation to a drinking session for cooking first time for your sister. Sometimes, you just have to say no.

If you set that tonight you should have done finishing your third English conversational learning lesson, then make sure it's done before say, practicing swimming at the pool (if this is your lesser priority).

4. Learn something that interests you or do something that you would love to do, when given the time. Ako, I always wanted to learn how to program and make some codes (kasi I figured it's fun if one day I'd have an app of my own, or at least know how to do part of it during my free days).

5. Know your strengths and use them to your advantage.

Ako, I see my time as my strength. I take it as an opportunity to really grow and learn fast. In one programming language I am quite hooked on, I am already 39% done after two days (of course, it's not continuous po, as I allocate maybe 1-2 hours). 

I also utilize another portion of my time to write about things that make me happy like #AlDub (haha), The Voice Kids, stocks, some weird news, flash reports (that seem important to disseminate) or even viral topics.

6. Manage your weaknesses. 

One aspect of my mine that I see weak is my focus. I am sometimes lost at things to do because a lot of them keep running simultaneously in my mind. So, what I do is that I write down all the things that I want to do for the day and allot a specific time for siesta or procrastination so that my gaunt mind would be able to stave itself off too much exhaustion and get back to a better focus. 

7. Read, listen, watch stories from inspiring people.

I prefer reading online than reading hard prints. As of the moment, I watch TED Talks in Youtube, but when I want to kill time, I watch funny pranks. Who doesn't love laughing right? 

You can also download applications or tools that can increase your productivity. There is this app called Forest that once installed and opened will grow from a small seedling while you are doing something productive.

You may opt to listen to trending happy music of any genre on SoundCloud or Spotify as well. Or just go with instrumentals that give calm to the mind.

8. Take calculated risks. Beat your past self. And take everyday as your last breath.

I really see routine stuff as inapplicable to me. I want to do something at least every week. I want to expand my horizons. Last night, I stretched my limits by walking hundreds of meters of walkway to the mall instead of taking the cab or riding a jeepney. It was definitely one of my longest walks in life.

Nakatipid pa ako! Siguro yung hindi ko talaga magagawa ever is pumila sa LRT o MRT from the ground floor at maipit nang maipit sa loob ng tren habang rush hour hoho. Medyo naharass na din ako dun every once in a while; nakakatakot, pati mga lalaki nahaharass na.

When you think that this day could be your last, you would really be able to use your time wisely. :)

9. If there are things you really dislike but you must, just do it.

Sometimes there are things that are really hard to do, no matter how much we try to love them. Ako, ayoko po talaga ng naghuhugas ng pinggan kahit 2 spoons lang yan. But then  I realize if I won't do it, the germophobe in me will be unleashed and the dirty dishes would make me worry more, so I just end up having to do it. I also think of it this way; if I won't clean up, bacteria and other forms of microorganisms might just dwell and multiply extra fast. Scary.

10. Time is still gold; block out time for yourself.

I may have mentioned this in some bullets but it's really important to keep in mind the essence of time. Every hour you spend procrastinating steals you an hour to have a chat with your siblings.

Be kind with everything else, from hugs to compliments, to advice and even love. Yihee. You're here in this world to enjoy life whatever setting you are in. Sabi nga ni Powell Davies ('di ko actually siya  kilala haha), "life is a chance to grow a soul."

BONUS. To sum it all up, magpapapatawa po ako, JAPAN:

J - just live, laugh, love, learn, take risks, prioritize, accomplish, listen, empathize, ask, give, forgive, thank, remember, fail, rise up, and then fail again, and then rise up stronger,
A - and lastly,
P - pray
A - at
N - night hehe

Source: INC

P,S. I was just kidding about Powell Davies po hehe. Hope you enjoyed reading this post po!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

#AECoE | Meet potential partners through the ASIA E-COMMERCE EXPO 2015!


We value the delegates of each events we organized. We want you to have a collaboration for future projects or even friendship after the conference or summit under TAG Media and Public Relations. This, actually is part of the objective in attending events. To meet the empowered attendees who came from all parts of the country and beyond and to have a long term partnership after. We love to share and help individuals and companies to gain more knowledge from the speakers and to gain friends after the event.

For "Asia E Commerce Expo 2015," we will have a "Speed Networking" so that delegates will have a chance to meet all. We will endorse you to your target clients, future partners or maybe future friends, we never know. We will release the complete list of attendees 3 weeks before the November 25, 2015 event to those who have confirmed registration already and let us know what company you like to be introduced. That's what we do, that's our company.

Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015 (‪#‎AECoE‬) will be at SMX Aura, Taguig on November 25, 2015, Wednesday and brought to you by TAG Media and Public Relations. #AECoE will give you a unique opportunity to learn from, and network with senior leaders from the biggest brands in Asia Pacific region and in which the leading e-commerce experts from emerging markets, award winning e-commerce players and established e-retailers in APAC gather under one roof. Industry leaders will share independent experiences and insights for delegates from different countries. You can be a part of this inspiring environment and benefit from the excellent networking opportunities it offers.

It features:
  • Sessions on ePayments, eLogistics and ePrivacy
  • Opening reception
  • Conference programme
  • Over 15 local and international high level speakers
  • 30+ sponsors
  • 1 hour of Speed Networking

What will you learn:
  • Market Analysis
  • Digital Marketing
  • CRM
  • Strategy
  • E Commerce
  • Going Global

Why you should attend:
  • To grow your business
  • To meet investors
  • 300 APAC Audience
  • Maximizing cross border e commerce

#AECoE is not just about learning, empowerment and inspiration but a potential future collaboration that’s why we allot time for networking. Speakers confirmed are as follows plus 10 more awaiting for their confirmation;
  • Constantin Robertz- Managing Director, Zalora
  • Lars Jeppesen- CEO, Tech One Global
  • Jacqueline Van Den Ende- Managing Director, Lamudi
  • Kristian Melquiades- General Manager, Viber
  • Janette Toral- Founder, Digital Club Filipino
  • Subir Lohani- Managing Director,
  • Chinkee Tan- Book Author and Radio Host
  • Robert Yupangco- CEO, Yupangco Group of Companies
  • Frederic Levy- Founder & CEO, CashCashPinoy
  • Camille Montejo- CEO, Tree Top Adventure Inc.
  • Bjorn Pardo- CEO, Xend Business Solutions
  • Quentin Boucher- Managing Director, Ensogo

Moderators:
  • Chris Kiklas- President, EmLogis
  • Pocholo Gonzales- CEO, Creativoices Production
  • Spanky Enriquez- Corporate Communications Consultant

Speakers are leaders from different industries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance to the ASEAN region. Attendees are senior business people, high-ranking government officials and media journalists. Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) is expecting 300 visitors & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo. 

For more info please check www.asiaecommerce.ph & for partnership/sponsorship, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at maria@asiaecommerce.ph

Registration Fee per delegate: Php 3,000.00 (Inclusion: snacks and elegant Lunch, conference and expo.)

MONEY | FORBES: SM malls magnate Henry Sy still at the top of the Philippines' richest list


Mall and real estate tycoon Henry Sy retained the top spot in Forbes magazine's The Philippines 50 Richest List after having a net worth of $14.4 billion, as the value of his publicly listed conglomerates, SM Investments and SM Prime Holdings, increased by 17% and 20%, respectively over the past year. He ranks 73rd worldwide.

The complete list of the PH's richest dollar billionaires 2015 in the Forbes list is shown below:

1. Henry Sy - $14.4 billion
2. John Gokongwei - $5.5 billion
3. Andrew Tan - $4.5 billion 
4. Lucio Tan - $4.4 billion 
5. Enrique Razon Jr. - $4.1 billion
6. George Ty - $4 billion
7. Aboitiz family - $3.6 billion
8. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala - $3.5 billion
9. Davin Consunji - $3.2 billion
10. Tony Tan Caktiong - $2.2 billion
11. Lucio and Susan Co - $1.7 billion
12. Roberto Coyiuto Jr. - $1.6 billion
13. Manuel Villar - $1.5 billion
14. Yap family - $1.4 billion
15. Alfredo Yao - $1.3 billion
16. Dean Lao - $1.1 billion
17. Oscar Lopez - $1 blllion

Earlier this year, I posted about the list of the 11 PH billionaires the country had for the year 2015. Here is a look-back on the list. 

1. Henry Sy - $14.2 billion
2. John Gokongwei - $5.8 billion
3. Enrique Razon Jr. - $5.2 billion
4. Andrew Tan $4.8 billion
5. Lucio Tan - $4.4 billion
6. Georg Ty - $4.4 billion
7. Davin Consunji - $4.1 billion
8. Tony Tan Caktiong - $2.7 billion
9. Lucio and Susan Co - $2.3 billion
10. Robert Coyiuto Jr. - $1.8 billion
11. Manuel Villar - $1.6 billion

The list has quite changed at the bottom half. It's possible that by the end of the year, the country will have more than 11 dollar billionaires.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SPOTTED | 'Spaceship' in Mars captured by NASA's Curiosity rover?

In the past two days, some news agencies, UFO hunters, and netizens have been abuzz with this alleged photo - an image of a spaceship (in fact resembling that of Star Wars' Star Destroyer) spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover on the grounds of Mars.

Websites Mirror, Daily Mail, Metro, Yahoo! Brazil, and RT featured the Curiosity spaceship photo in their respective sites. UFO Sightings contributor Scott Waring, in an RT report, believes that the spacecraft was only about 2.5 to 3 meters long, "so it probably only held a few passengers."

Object spotted by Mars Curiosity Rover probe
Photo Courtesy: NASA
While an alleged video scandal of a certain celebrity was the talk of the town in Facebook and Twitter, netizens from the other parts of the world were intrigued by the dark feature seen on the lower left portion of the image below?


The authenticity of the photo, whether or not it was really captured by NASA's Curiosity or it was just photoshopped by attention-seekers, seems to be unclear. Meanwhile, a few Philippine news sites  namely Interaksyon and Manila Bulletin wrote about the 'spaceship' discovery as well.

Star Wars fans and alien believers out there are up for the excitement and intrigue brought about by this alleged finding. It is, however, questionable that international news websites didn't have this in their pages? Is there a cover up going on? On another hand, did NASA's Curiosity actually take this photo? Or is this some sort of photo enhancement? Yet a promotion for the upcoming Star Wars film?

Keep thinking. Keep asking.

MEDICINE | How gender affects your health

When investment becomes the topic of a discussion, people talk about stocks, time deposits, businesses, bonds, social entrepreneurship, startups, among others. But what about your health? Do gender roles affect the way you deal with your health?

You might have landed on this page probably because you're interested in how gender affects the quality of life of Filipinos - with primary focus on health. Or probably you are reading this post because you wanted to answer some questions in mind. Does gender matter when it comes to making important health decisions?

But wait, you might just be asking yourself, what is the difference between gender and sex? Ano ang pinagkaiba ng dalawa? Bakit mahalagang malaman kung paano naaapektuhan ng dikta ng lipunan ang desisyon ng isang tao na magpagamot?


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Let's define terms first. Sex (or kasarian) is the state of being male or female. Ibig sabihin, tinutukoy nito ang pisikal o biological na pagkakaiba ng lalaki at babae. So when we talk about sex (no, not intercourse or pagtatalik haha), we mean chromosomes (XX ka ba o XY), hormone profiles (testosterone and estrogen effects, mens/regla, pagbubuntis), and internal and external organs (having a vagina or a penis).



Meanwhile, gender is  a social construct; it refers to characteristics or attributes that a society or culture delineates as masculine or feminine (Monash University).


Ito ay tumutukoy sa mga katangian ng isang lalaki o babae ayon sa lipunan at kultura. Saklaw nito ang mga expectations, katungkulan, katangian, pag-uugali,  obligasyon, oportunidad na ipinapataw sa isang babae o lalaki sa isang particular na lipunan o panahon.

In general, a "real" man may be defined as a male possessing masculine qualities and engaging in risky behaviors, while a "real" woman has to be female with feminine qualities.

Do you now understand the difference between the two? Let's  see; take the test below. Which statement refers to sex? Which refers to gender? To know the answer, just highlight the last part of each bullet to see the hidden answer.
  1. Females give birth, while males don't. SEXXXX
  2. Sexual intercourse is not that important to females than to males. GENDER
  3. In ancient Egypt, men do the chores while women manage the business. Babae ang mga nagmamana, hindi mga lalaki. GENDER
  4. Females experience premenstrual tension, while male don't. SEXXXX
  5. More women are raped than men. GENDER
Because gender is dictated by culture or society, the roles and expectations imposed on each gender may be unfair; however, these can be changed. Examples of unfair social construct are 
  1. courting socially accepted as exclusively done by men (which is unfair for both sexes because those who don't court may be tagged as "torpe" and women wouldn't have a choice to assert themselves), 
  2. men as heavy drinkers (which is why alcohol-related diseases are more imminent in men than in women), 
  3. adultery (when men commit it, they're accepted as "malakas" or strong, but when women do it, they're labelled "slut" or "kabit"),
  4. jobs (men who do secretariat jobs are laughed upon by male colleagues)
Now, how does it affect the health of Filipinos (and every single person in the world)? Here are examples of situations where gender influences the way people decide for their health.
  1. The association of HIV with homosexuality causes some straight men (including drug abusers) to not seek consult.
  2. Some homosexuals who'd like to check whether they've contracted HIV fear being judged by their physicians, hence, the delay in consultation.
  3. The way society dictates men to drive fast and recklessly (plus the tagay culture) leads to an increased risk for vehicular accidents.
  4. Men are expected to be strong so little pain felt and other physical issues are sometimes not a big deal for them. 
  5. Some people tend to overlook friends' problems (probably because he/she is an outcast, has become depressed, or has behavioral changes) which may lead to increased helplessness and further risk of suicidal tendencies.
What can be done to at least lower the influence of these expectations on a person's decision to get checked up? Probably, one of the best things to do is to respect a person's dignity. You know, everyone is unique. One can do things that others can't. We don't know what other people are going through - why they had to resort to prostitution, for example.

Protecting anyone's health is gender neutral. If certain social constructs limit the way people take care of their health, then encouragement is the key and prejudice be given a minute place in this world.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

SPOTTED | Whose daughter is this cute baby girl in PBB 737?


Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) 737 just got a little more interesting when Kuya brought in baby Mela, the daughter of Melai and Jason. She's very adorable indeed!


Melason + Mela
Melason and baby Mela in da hauz!!! <3
Posted by Pinoy Big Brother Abs-Cbn on Monday, August 24, 2015


Two editions in one season, PBB 737 started airing on June 20, 2015 every 10:00 PM from Mondays to Sundays.

The second special and the twelfth overall season of the franchise, the show commenced with the entry of teen housemates who stayed inside the House for seven weeks, until August 8, 2015. Another batch of housemates, regular housemates, entered on Day 50.

The number 3 on 737 meant there will be three celebrity house guests in Kuya's House. On August 21, 2015, the second 7 was revealed as a reference to the task of regular housemates and the winners of previous seasons to work together to raise P3,000,000 in seven weeks for a deed - to build 20 houses for 20 families.

PASSERS LIST | August 2015 Sanitary Engineers Board Exam Results

(UPDATED) The August 2015 Sanitary Engineers Board Exam Results are now out! Check the list of passers below. This year's Sanitary Engineers License Exam has Jenny Dawn Valdez as its topnotcher, with 80.76%.

Roll of Successful Examinees in the 
SANITARY ENGINEER LICENSURE EXAMINATION 
Held on AUGUST 25, 2015 & FF. DAYS
Released on SEPTEMBER 1, 2015

1 ADRIANO, ANGELINA MASUPIL 
2 ALMODAL, RICHARD BASARIO 
3 ANONGOS, SHEILA MAY SESET 
4 APOLINARIO, JUAN PAOLO GUTIERREZ 
5 ARABOS, JEALLY VIDAL 
6 ARCA, JESTONI CUA 
7 ARCO, JOHN ADAM RABANOS 
8 ATOLE, SHARMAINE DEL CASTILLO 
9 AÑONUEVO, LOVELY CANTOS 
10 BAUTISTA, JENNY LINA 
11 BAWALAN, ROMEO JR VILLALOBOS 
12 BINALGAN, WILSON BAHATAN 
13 BUENAFE, VICTORIA MAALIHAN 
14 BUMATAY, MICHELLE EGSAEN 
15 CAIGA, CHERYL OBILLO 
16 CALDERON, NICO ALDRIDGE DELOS SANTOS 
17 CANTOS, DARLYN CARAIG 
18 CUENCA, MARINETH JOY PEREZ 
19 DEJARLO, MARIANNE KRISCEL JEAN TUSCANO 
20 DIMALIBOT, KING FRANCIS PARAYNO 
21 ESMERALDA, JEANELLA OÑATE 
22 ESTRADA, MONICA IVY LOZANO 
23 FELICIANO, DORIS LICTAG 
24 FERANIL, ARCHIE ROMEN 
25 GADIA, MARK EMERSON GAERLAN 
26 GALPO, ANNA MARJORIE ASPREC 
27 GEROMO, REY AN FRANCIS SUAVISO 
28 GESTUVO, MANOLITO MAYMAY 
29 GONZALES, ROWENA NOPRA 
30 GONZALEZ, JUSTIN DAUS 
31 GUTIERREZ, KATRINA CAMILLE ELEFAN 
32 IYANG, JENEVIE ALVAREZ 
33 JESALVA, MARK ALDRIN BOHAYO 
34 JIMENEZ, RICHARD JR KASILAG 
35 JOAQUIN, CATHERINE EUGENIO 
36 KATIGBAK, ROI VINCENT DEQUILLA 
37 LONTOC, ERICA CANICE MENDOZA 
38 LOPEZ, KEVIN JEFF MOREDO 
39 MACARASIG, KLARK YEYSEN DIRIGE 
40 MALIJAN, ALLYANNAH MAE SAGUID 
41 MEDRANO, JOHNDEL COSIL 
42 MENDOZA, JOMAR ONG 
43 MENDOZA, KATRINA CAMILLE DE GUZMAN 
44 MENESES, MARK EDWARD BUMAGAT 
45 MISANES, JAN ROY PAREJA 
46 MIURA, AIREI RIVERA 
47 NARCISO, DANILO JR LACHICA 
48 OLORES, DIVINE GRACE NOVESTERAS 
49 OYANG-O, ROLAND PANITEW 
50 PADILLA, ARJEAN LACAYA 
51 PAGAL, MARIA LUISA CORONO 
52 PANGSIW, JAMBORETTE BAWALAN 
53 PANOY, NIEL JOHN AGOY-AGOY 
54 PEREZ, IVAN CZAR NOMBRADO 
55 PEREZ, SHIELA KRISTINE GODOY 
56 POLON, JANNEL SALAZA 
57 PORCA, DANNAH JOHANNAH EUSTAQUIO 
58 QUISAY, RUBY ALMARIO 
59 REAL, KENNY BARROT 
60 RELLAMA, ANALYN MIRAVALLES 
61 REYES, JOEL II LIAN 
62 RUBIA, MICHAEL COMPETENTE 
63 SALAZAR, CHARLENE AGUNOD 
64 SIDDAYAO, EMMANUEL MAMUYAC 
65 SILANG, JONEL MENDOZA 
66 SUMANG, VINIELLE TAN 
67 TEJADA, BRIAN CARLO PAREJA 
68 TIRAÑA, MA CHARMAINE CERDA 
69 TURINGAN, CHESTER APIL 
70 TUTOR, BRYAN CALIP 
71 VALDEZ, JENNY DAWN DIONIO 
72 VALDEZ, VALERIE JOY ASUNCION 
73 VILLAMARIN, LOUIE GENE REYES 
74 VILLANUEVA, REGINE MACO 
75 VIRAY, MARIA VIRGINIA PILAR MENDOZA 
76 VIRIÑA, IVAN MARK ASACTA 
77 YABES, SHERYL ROSETE

August 2015 Sanitary Engineer Board Exam Performance by Schools



In several days, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) will release the list of successful examinees (passers) of the Sanitary Engineers Board Exam (Sanitary Engineers Licensure Exam) which will be held on August 25, 26, and 27, 2015 in the city of Manila.



The results of the August 2015 Sanitary Engineers Board Exam, including the list of top 10 passers, will be posted here in Spotlight Philippines. Please stay tuned. Bookmark this page or like Spotlight Philippines for updates. :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

TRENDING | Female PH driver turns beast mode over worsening traffic condition

Sometimes we do crazy things when faced with too much stress. Why? Simply, to relieve it.

Sneak Peek of the traffic incident
In the case of this female driver, who found herself stuck in heavy traffic, Jan-jannie Loudette Vicencio Alipo-on turned "beast" mode to release the tension that's built up inside her.

What did she do? Well, just watch the video to find out. :)


This traffic mess in metro Manila is really pissing me off. Grrrrr... I need get this out of my system. #NowImMad #traffic #Manila #OnlyInThePhilippines #BeastMode
Posted by Jan-jannie Loudette Vicencio Alipo-on on Sunday, August 23, 2015

True enough, anyone could just do anything nowadays. Whether it was just for fun, or it was a protest for the transport hodgepodge, Miss Alipo-on did entertain viewers right there.

The video she uploaded on Facebook has already gained 7,700 likes and 2,756 shares as of posting time.

ENTERTAINMENT | Dulaang UP explores heartbreak in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

After 40 years of staging exceptional plays spanning from the classics to the contemporary and producing renowned directors, actors, designers, production and stage managers and technical directors, Dulaang UP celebrates this season with the theme…

20/20 Vision: Clarity. Originality. Perspective. 

For its premier offering, DUP presents 
, a multimedia hallucination on William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.


 retells the star-crossed lovers’ narrative transforming Verona into a concrete jungle at the heart of Metro Manila – teeming with corruption, revolt, advertisements, sex, social media, and condominium units. The play captures the essence of the most enduring tragedy juxtaposing the young lovers’ romance with our present society’s many forms of commodified love. Can genuine love exist in a world of alterations and foolery? Exploiting our hyper-real contemporary moment – globalization, ultra-violence, internet foolishness, generation gap – the theatrical project seeks to dramatize, through a psychedelic mix of all available art forms, the postmodern tragedy of our generation. Destroy the city, the family, the government – even Shakespeare – but never destroy the will to love.

The production is a collaboration of professionals and up-and-coming artists. Dexter M. Santos (direction) heads the artistic team together with Guelan Varela-Luarca (adaptation). Joining the team are Krina Cayabyab (music composition and design), John Batalla (lights design), Ohm David (set design), Winter David, (video design), and Darwin Desoacido (costume design). This project features the Dulaang UP Ensemble and the works of young choreographers, video designers, installation artists, and dramaturgs.


 runs from August 26 to September 13, 2015 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, 2nd floor, Palma Hall, U.P. Diliman. For tickets, reservation, sponsorships, and show buying inquiries, call Samanta Hannah Clarin or Camille Guevara at 926-1349, 433-7840, 981-8500 local 2449 or email dulaangupmarketing@gmail.com.

Tickets are priced at 500 Php each.

Play dates are as follows:


First Week
August 26 (Wednesday) - 7PM
August 27 (Thursday) - 7PM
August 28 (Friday) - 7PM

Second Week
September 2 (Wednesday) - 7PM
September 3 (Thursday) - 7PM
September 4 (Friday) - 8PM
September 5 (Saturday) - 10AM, 3PM, 8PM
September 6 (Sunday) - 10AM, 3PM, 8PM

Third Week
September 9 (Wednesday) - 7PM
September 10 (Thursday) - 7PM
September 11 (Friday) - 7PM
September 12 (Saturday)10AM, 3PM, 8PM
September 13 (Sunday) - 10AM, 3PM, 8PM

Like their official Dulaang UP page at facebook.com/DulaangUnibersidadNgPilipinas.

BREAKING NEWS | PH stock market crashes

Just in.

The Philippine stock market, represented by the Philippine Stock Exchange Composite Index (PSEi) among other indices, has shed 6.40% to 6812.13 in its morning day trade. The most active stocks during the morning trade are ALI (-8.09%), GTCAP (-9.18%), BDO (-7.53%), AC (-5.96%), and SM (-8.47%). 68,402 trades took place on the first three hours of the trading day.

Philippine Stock Market - Top Losers (Morning Trade) - August 24

 Philippine Stock Market - Top Gainers (Morning Trade) - August 24

Philippine Stock Market - Most Active (Morning Trade) - August 24

What happens next? We'll we see a panic selling which could turn into a full-blown stock market crash? Or is this just a big market correction?

Let's see this afternoon and in the coming days.

In its afternoon trade, the PSEi lost more points now ending at  a loss of 7.20% to 6,754.74 before trading was halted (around 2:07 PM) due to technical issues - market data delay in PSETRADEX.

The trading floor once again opened around 2:50 PM. It ended -6.70% to 6,791.01. The most active stocks for the day are ALI (-9.03%), GTCAP (-10.13%), URC (-6.49%), AC (-6.69%), and TEL (-7.78%).

What happens tomorrow? We'll see.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

STOCKS 101 | 5 Free Online Stock Trading Simulation Games

If you're a newbie in stock investing and wouldn't want to shell out money first because you think you lack the knowledge, then you can try simulators of stocks trading or simulation games which can serve beneficial and pose no risk when it comes to money (since virtual money is only involved) but there's a risk of information sharing (because most of these can be accessed using Facebook) though so be warned hehe.

Here is a list of stock trading games which you may find helpful in have a good hold of the trading experience. Maybe you're still a bit scared of venturing into equities, which is really risky 'cause you can lose money in just a few weeks. But hey, these guys are here to at least let us realize what we still don't know about the world of stocks.

Hope you love this list I compiled (these are not ranked po hehe)!

1. Investopedia


Just visit this link. The good thing with this stock trading simulation game is that you can easily access it through Facebook. There's no need to sign up as long as your logged in Facebook.

As soon as you have access to the Investopedia Simulator, you are free to choose from a variety of games made both by the public and by Investopedia itself. When you begin the Beginners game (as seen in the image above), you'll have a starting value of $10,000. Try playing this game if you like. :)

2. Smart Stocks


Access to the Smart Stocks trading simulator is easy because you can log in through your Facebook account. Its setup is also manageable and convenient for anyone's understanding. 


Upon logging in, you'd be given the chance to create your own Fund Portfolio with an available cash of a whooping $1,000,000.00. One more thing one can do here is  to create as many portfolio as he/she wants. What I don't like about Smart Stocks though is the presence of ads hehe.

3. MarketWatch



MarketWatch's stock trading game is actually the first stock trading simulation platform I really used three to four years ago. It reflects live price fluctuations and real-time trading, plus it ranks the players based on net worth where you start first with $100,000.

There are a lot of trading games in this site, an example of which is shown above; note however that the game Philippine stocks exchange is already expired. 



Here's what to expect from MarketWatch's Game Board. Play the simulator here.

4. Wall Street Survivor




Wall Street Survivor has come up with a more creative, fun way to learn investing. Try it out through its website.



When you landed right on its page, you'll have to register through Facebook or email address. It would only take a few seconds to register.



I would have to believe that Wall Street Investor has one of the best interface I've seen when it comes to trading. Plus, there are a lot of cool stuff to check out like videos and some stock tips.

5. TradeHero

Actually an app rated 4/5 in Google Playstore, TradeHero is "mobile stock market simulation app that lets you learn about trading without any risk." One can also play this game just by logging in Facebook or Twitter,  aside from the traditional email address registration. The initial investment is $100,000. More than just learning how to trade, you actually get to earn money if people follow your trades.


Once registered, you'll be asked which exchange you'd like to trade in - in our case, the ticker is PSE.
You will then be requested to choose only one sector. It will then lead you to your profile page where your stock portfolio is featured. 

P.S. Note that these stock trading simulation games provide almost real-time info about the stocks you hold, so it's far from possible that you'll get to play the games on a weekend. Also, please take note that there are a lot of other trading simulators and apps out there. All you need to do is just search. :)

P.P.S. I didn't include the Philippine Stock Exchange's Philippine Stock Trading Game (STG) because as I checked it today, August 23, it's down.

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