Saturday, September 19, 2015

STEPS | How to get Paypal verification code for linked BPI My ePrepaid card

Paypal is the most popular online payment system being used by Filipino bloggers and other online freelancers today. Hence, a lot of people would love to get past the difficulties of having to get one. Here I will talk about verifying your paypal account using the BPI My ePrepaid account.

Found below are steps which I saw on BPI Mag. I somehow altered other parts, but basically these are it.


When linking your My ePrepaid MasterCard® to PayPal, make sure that your card has at least Php 150 load because PayPal will charge $1 to link your card to your PayPal account, and Php 100 to verify your card. 

How to link BPI My ePrepaid to PayPal:
  1. Sign-up/ Log-in to your PayPal account.
  2. Click Profile
  3. Select Add/Edit Credit Card
  4. Select MasterCard as card type
  5. Enter your My ePrepaid MasterCard details
  6. Click Add Card
  7. At this moment, your My ePrepaid Card has been added to your PayPal Profile but it needs to be confirmed. To finalize linking of your card to Paypal, click Confirm My Card to allow PayPal to send a 4-digit verification code you need.
To retrieve your 4-digit PayPal verification code, please view your Last five (5) card transaction history via BPI Express Online (Card must be enrolled and viewable in your BPI Express Online account's My Portfolio Page) or by sending your request with your 16-digit My ePrepaid Card Number via email tomyeprepaid@bpi.com.ph .

I tried enrolling my ePrepaid account online so that I could easily access the transaction history. BUT, the thing is there's somewhat a sudden change in BPI's enrolling interface that disallows you from checking your ePrepaid's transaction history, hence, you won't be able to check your last five (5) card transaction history. Because of this, you won't be able to obtain the Paypal verification code.

Just dial 89100, press 3 (wait for the bot to talk haha), then 1 (wait for the bot to talk), then 2. You will be redirected to the BPI Express Online customer care service representative. Just politely tell him/her that you were trying to link or verify Paypal using your BPI My ePrepaid MasterCard and that you'd like to get the 4-digit verification code for it.

They'll definitely give you the code IF you try to be humble and polite. Don't try to be arrogant please or you'd just risk losing that opportunity to verify it.

After successfully verifying your card, PayPal will then return the Php 100 to your PayPal account in the form of PayPal credits. 

VIDEO | TV Plus customer shows proof GMA7 signal gets disrupted during It's Showtime, Eat Bulaga time slot

Is TV Plus disrupting GMA7's signal during It's Showtime period to prevent viewers from watching Eat Bulaga? A netizen has posted online real evidence of what it seems to be a signal disruption that occurs in GMA7 channel when It's Showtime and Eat Bulaga begin airing.

Sharmaine Marcus

Is this just an isolated incident or an intentional move? Apparently, Eat Bulaga has been enjoying extra high ratings at the expense of It's Showtime for its phenomenal segment "KalyeSerye" featuring accidental love team #AlDub. Will more TV Plus customers show up and support this occurrence? We'll find out in the coming days.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

SPOTTED | The Top 25 Websites in the Philippines and What These Might Say About the Average Filipino Netizen

I was already on my way home inside an elevator when I began to think, what are the most visited websites or sites in the Philippines? What do most of the Filipinos do online nowadays? For what reason do we Filipinos go online? Which websites experience receive high Filipino traffic?

In this post, I will talk about the most popular websites in the Philippines as of September 2015. My source here is Alexa which is a commercial web traffic data and analytics provider. I will also give my own prejudice in defining what the online Filipino community does at this point in time.

But first, let me give to you the list of the top 25 (most popular) websites in the Philippines.

So, what is in it for me reading this post? What is the importance of this ranking? What does this list tell us about the average Filipino netizen?
  1. Facebook.com 
  2. Google.com
  3. Google.com.ph
  4. Youtube.com
  5. Yahoo.comm
  6. Gmanetwork.com
  7. Amazon.com
  8. Blogspot.com
  9. Twitter.com
  10. Wikipedia.org
  11. Inquirer.net
  12. Lazada.com.ph
  13. Olx.ph
  14. Rappler.com
  15. Linkedin.com
  16. Instagram.com
  17. Ask.com
  18. Abscbnnews.com
  19. Kat.cr
  20. Wordpress.com
  21. Diply.com
  22. Onclickads.net
  23. Blogger.com
  24. Paypal.com
  25. Pinterest.com
Here are some points to ponder on. These are just my generalizations on what Filipino do online.

FIRST: Filipino netizens love to network with other people.

Deeply rooted within our culture of Filipino hospitality, perhaps it's not that hard to say that Filipinos love to let others people know what they are doing or even speak out their minds in the online world since the Philippines was known to be the text messaging capital of the world - the behavior of which is often exploited by telecommunication companies like PLDT, Globe, Smart, TalknText, TM, and Sun Cellular. What evidence must be needed when this list is topped by Facebook, shown with the inclusion of  Twitter and LinkedIn. Perhaps, the extent of social networking far reaches the negative side of the spectrum as more and more Filipinos nowadays are being lured to pyramid scams which are often proliferated by fellow netizens in these social networks.

SECOND: Filipino netizens love to write and share.

A lot of Filipinos love to share just anything from things they know to things they don't know he he. Clearly, there are a lot of bloggers who have established their niches through their blogs either via Blogger (or Blogspot) and Wordpress. I mentioned "things they do not know" because a few bloggers just gain popularity because they post hearsays, rumors, and scandals just to get more traffic - at the expense of celebrities and other public figures. 

Don't forget Instagram which is like the online super photo album of Filipino netizens and Kat.cr which I think is a torrent site for anything pirated haha. Posts on Diply.com are also some of the most shared online in social media networks, hence, its position in the top 25 list.

THIRD: Filipino netizens love to search, learn, and pursue things that interest them.

What could clearly prove this point is the presence of not one, not two, but four search engines in the top 25 list of high traffic websites in the Philippines namely Google.com, Google.com.ph, Yahoo.com, and Ask.com. This clearly encompasses all types of search from whatever type of Filipino netizen to whatever subject one searches about. It's not only that, Filipinos online love to refer to Wikipedia (probably because it's oftentimes indexed high in search engine results) as their library. It should be noted though that this practice of relying on Wikipedia should be guided as Wikipedia is still unreliable especially when it comes to student reports and assignments. Better stick with .edu sites.

Let's also not forget Youtube.com and Pinterest.com which clearly are for those who want to engage in their passion and know more about just anything which are interesting.

FOURTH: Filipino netizens love to transact online.
This is very true. Filipinos want to buy, sell, pawn, trade, and get paid for their services/products
online. I always thought that OLX is the leading buy and sell platform but I was wrong. Amazon.com and Lazada.comph rank higher than Olx.ph. Another proof for this is the presence of many online buy and sell groups in Facebook. You don't believe? Just type in Buy and Sell on your search bar in Facebook. The presence of Paypal.com and Onclickads.net also support this statement.

FIFTH: Filipino netizens love news.
When it comes to daily news, I always go to Inquirer.net to read about the freshest scoop on business/finance and politics (both local and international). I also visit Rappler.com often because their site is visually pleasant and easily navigable, add to that the fact that they make their own wRap of the hottest issues for the day. But I was shocked to find out that GMA News topped them all - Inquirer, Rappler, and ABS-CBN News.

BONUS: Filipino netizens don't watch porn that much?
If the top 25 list is to serve as basis here, yes, it's true. But if we'd take a look at the top 50 ranking, haha, you'd definitely change your mind. One almost reached the top 25 list. Just search it up or visit alexa.com. :))

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

#AlDub Alert: It's Showtime finds possible Yaya Dub contender in Angelica Jane Yap aka Pastillas Girl

There's this new girl in town recently introduced in ABS-CBN's It's Showtime.

Screenshot from Tee Radio

Her name is Angelica Jane Yap, aka Pastillas Girl of It's Showtime. Interestingly, she gained overnight popularity when her hugot video on how to make pastillas (in reference to her ex-lover) was featured in various social media.

Hugot na hugot! Hahaha Hello sa babaeng nasa video na to :D#jm88
Posted by Tee Radio on Monday, September 7, 2015
Video Link: Facebook page Tee Radio

Pastillas Girl  could be one upcoming predator (este competitor) to reigning noontime #AlDub half Maine Mendoza aka Yaya Dub. Yesterday, #PastillasGirl arrived on It's Showtime looking for her a prospect lover. Guy netizens then tweeted back, one of which caught the people's attention - @ohhJESSko (Jess Verano Senido), who apparently was invited to fly to Manila to meet Pastillas Girl. This TwitterSerye might just bring in a tough contender to the #AlDub love team.

What will happen next? Will this drive viewers crazy, cause them to jump ship for It's Showtime, and lead to a more balanced TV ratings? We'll watch out for this. At the moment, here's Pastillas Girl sharing her recipe on how to make yema with bitterness.

Hahaha turuan kayo ulit ni Pastillas Girl!#jm88
Posted by Tee Radio on Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Video Link: Facebook page Tee Radio

This girl is really funny haha! Maghanda na ang #AlDub; her attitude and subtle sense of humor will really outshine one hit wonders Pabebe Girls. This one could make or break this ongoing TV ratings war! :))

Monday, September 14, 2015

PASSERS LIST | September 2015 Chemists Board Exam Results

The results of the Med Tech Board Board Exam, held on September 16 and 16 in the city of Manila. are now out. 414 out of 771 passed the Chemist Licensure Examination, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has announced. Please stay tuned as we update the post. :)

LIST: September 2015 Chemists Board Board Exam Complete List of Passers

LIST: September 2015 Chemists Board Board Exam Top 10 Passers

LIST: September 2015 Chemists Board Board Exam School Performance

In several days, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) will release the list of successful examinees (passers) of the Chemists Board Exam (Chemists Licensure Exams) which was held on September 15 and 16, 2015 in the city of Manila.

The results of the September 2015 Chemists Board Exam, including the lists of top 10 passers and top 10 performing schools, will be posted here in Spotlight Philippines.

Please stay tuned. Bookmark this page, like Spotlight Philippinesfollow by email, and follow me on Twitter (@leighmichiyato) for more updates. :)