"The Revenger Squad" is now the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time

MANILA, Philippines - The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entry "Gandarappiddo: The Revenger Squad" is now the highest grossing Filipino film of all time, Star Cinema officially announced on Thursday, January 18.

"The Revenger Squad" is now the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time
Daniel Padilla as Rappido, Vice Ganda as Gandarra and Pia Wurtzbach as Kweenie in ‘Gadarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad’/Star Cinema

"The Revenger Squad" has earned 571 million nationwide after four weeks.

The film took the previous spot of another Vice Ganda-led film "Super Parental Guardians," which was shown in theaters in 2016.


The comedian expressed his gratitude to the whole team for putting in their effort for the film.

“Nakikita ng Diyos kung gaano kaganda ang intensiyon natin kaya niya tayo na-bless,” he said. “At hindi din tayo na-bless lang, dahil pinagtrabahuhan natin ‘to.”

Meanwhile, Miss Universe 2017 Pia Wurtzbach said she is grateful for the outcome of her first movie.

“I can’t stop saying thank you because I’m really, really grateful,” she said in an interview.

"Gandarrappido: The Revenger Squad" is a comedy flick about a mishmash group of superheroes out to protect the world. Vice Ganda plays a gay superhero who lives a normal life away from bashing villains after losing his memory. He was forced to remember his past, however, after a boy he cares for deeply, Chino (Daniel Padilla), a speedster hero, finds himself in danger.

— The Summit Express

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These viral photos of Mayon Volcano will remind you of its beautiful yet tragic legend

Several photos of the Mayon Volcano, which remains to be aggressive, have gone viral on social media on Thursday, January 18. The beautifully taken shots remind us of the legend behind the majestic mountain.

viral photos of Mayon Volcano will remind you of its beautiful yet tragic legend
Mayon Volcano spews lava. Owner claims photo was not edited. Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN/Bro. Jun Santiago CSsR

Magayon and Panganoron
Magayon and Panganoron. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Neil Edward Diaz

The Legend of Magayon and Panganoron

Long ago in a place called Ibalon, there lived a beautiful maiden named Daragang Magayon (the lovely one). She was the daughter of Makusog (the strong one), chief of the tribe.

One day, Daragang Magayon was strolling near the river and stumbled on a rock. She fell into the water and was immediately swept by the current. Fortunately, her cries for help were answered by Pangaronon (the proud one) and his bodyguard Amihan (the cold one). Pangaronon didn’t waste time and jumped into the river.

When Pangaronon finally saved the beautiful Daragang Magayon, the maiden asked how can she repay him. But Pangaronon was already captivated by her beauty and knew she was the perfect woman for him.

Daragang Magayon didn’t object when Panganoron asked Makusog’s permission to marry her because she also instantly fell in love with the galiant man.

But sadly, Makusog could not permit them to marry. Tribal law forbade marriage outside of the clan. As tribe leader he was left with no choice.

Meanwhile, Patuga (the eruptive one) the ardent suitor of Daragang Mayon heard about the intentions of Panganoron. This angered him so much that they kidnapped Makusog. Patuga then forced Daragang Magayon to marry him or less her father will die. Without a choice, the beautiful maiden agreed.

A maiden seems to appear Mayon Volcano
A maiden seems to appear. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Bella Estrella

During their wedding festivities, Panganoron and his men arrived. To avenge his love, a violent war broke out between the two tribes.

Panganoron fatally struck Patuga killing him. However, a poisoned arrow was shot on Daragang Magayon’s breast. The torn lovers held each other as Daragang Magayon was dying. As Panganoron kneeled over his beloved, an enemy hacked his head off.

A face of a man seems to appear Mayon Volcano
A face of a man seems to appear. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Bella Estrella

The lovers were put to rest and on the place they were buried, a mountain mysteriously appeared.

The mountain is now known as Mayon. They believe that Panganoron is the cloud that patiently hovers the beautiful mountain. They say that when Mayon is aggressive and is about to erupt, that is when Patuga is challenging Panganoron. But when Mayon is calm, you can see the soft clouds embracing her. When it rains, these are believed to be the tears of the tragic lovers.

beautiful maiden Magayon
The beautiful maiden Magayon. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Ronmike Silerio

beautiful maiden Magayon
The beautiful maiden Magayon Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Ronmike Silerio

— Sally, The Summit Express

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‘The Revenger Squad’ is No. 1 in MMFF 2017; Top 4 ranking finally revealed

MANILA, Philippines - The 43rd edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) had been hailed a success in terms of box-office performance. All eight entries - All of You, Ang Larawan, Deadma Walking, Haunted Forest, Meant to Beh, Ang Panday, Siargao, and Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad - were well accepted by the Filipino audience.

‘The Revenger Squad’ is No. 1 in MMFF 2017; Top 4 ranking revealed
Vice Ganda stars 'Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad' and Vic Sotto stars 'Meant to Beh'.

On January 17, the MMFF Executive Committee (ExeCom) had a thanksgiving party as they happily announced that they had passed the P1 billion mark, with the highest gross on the first and second day of the festival.

In addition, the top 4 highest-grossing films in the MMFF 2017 were also revealed.

1. The Revenger Squad
2. Ang Panday
3. Siargao
4. Haunted Forest

READ: "The Revenger Squad" is now the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time

The other four remaining entries still earned pretty good. All were able to reach more than P30 million, which is the highest in the recent MMFF history.

The ExeCom had withheld announcing the box-office rankings of the films during the festival run, saying such a list might affect audience preference.

All eight MMFF entries have already earned a total of P1.5 billion in gross sales. But the amount is still growing as some entries are still being shown in cinemas.

MMFF spokesperson Noel Ferrer proudly explained that all eight entries earned very well, "Normally, may nagsi-single digit [na box-office performance] yung lowest. Yung lowest na ito, matter of millions lang ang difference. More than P30 million ang nakuha nung nasa bottom four.”

Bing Advincula, Vice-chairman of the MMFF selection committee also confirmed that most of the sales came from the top 1 and 2 entries, "Sixty percent of the total box-office gross came from The Revenger Squad and Ang Panday."

The top 1 entry, The Revenger Squad had already earned P540 million as of January 9. While some were surprised that Vic Sotto’s Meant to Beh didn’t make the cut in the list of top grossing films.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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Personal budget strategy to consider this 2018

Eat healthier, get more exercise, save more money, take up a new hobby – it’s the time of the year to make that list of self-improvements again. If your New Year’s resolution involves strict budgeting, there are countless of ways to make your funds work the way you need it to.

Personal budget strategy to consider this 2018
Tips to survive another year of strict budgeting and saving money.

It’s more than just saving money, because the real question is, how? Global Fintech company Home Credit has six tips that you may consider when doing your budget plan.

1. Track your spending

Ask for receipts whenever possible, so you can log your expenses every day. You’re not even required to log them in an Excel spreadsheet (but if that works for you, go ahead!) –just keep it organized, so you can review it anytime. Remember, your goal here is to be aware of your daily spending habits so you’ll know the things you can live without.

2. The Slush fund

Be it an emergency or a car repair, there are high chances of encountering these unfortunate incidents. Keep them from running you into debt by having your emergency fund in an account that’s easily accessible for you. But use them only for emergencies!

3. Focus on one thing

A house? A Car? Or just start little like a new appliance or a gadget? The point is to determine one specific goal and focus all your efforts on obtaining it.

You can’t have many financial goals and try to achieve them all simultaneously without draining your other funds. Prioritize one objective and figure out how you are going to get there. If you think this means you’ll have to trim your expenses, you’re right.

4. The fun fund: cut down on it

There are just some days when you can’t resist the impulse to buy something out of boredom. Either that, or you just choose to spend on unnecessary things when you can just opt for a cheaper—rather, simpler way of living. Once you have tracked your spending and found what you don’t need, try to gradually—if not immediately—take it out of your system.

5. The list

List, list, and list. You’ve heard it again and again to emphasize its importance. If you have a list for even the smallest things you need to buy, you’ll less likely spend on impulse purchases and only stick to what you’re looking for. Of course, it’s a totally different issue if you decide to buy something else instead of the one on your list!

6. Installments

If you’ve already come up with a budget plan, but think that the monthly costs might still be heavy for you, then you might find it hard to do one time big time payments. Rather than one all-out spending, how about pay in installments to make your monthly costs lighter? Imagine paying for them and still having enough money!

It’s possible, even if you have no credit card. With Home Credit, you can buy yourself a reward and pay for it through installments – at 0% interest rate. Through their simple application process and fast loan approval, you can afford the things you want, and still have spare budget to add to your other funds. It only requires your two valid IDs, a filled-out application form, and 20 minutes of your time to get approved.

Budgeting isn’t just about living the matipid lifestyle, as we Filipinos like to call it. It’s more on handling your funds wisely by setting your priorities straight and maintaining your discipline to stay within your limits. And if you followed our advice to set your focus on one thing, Home Credit’s installment promos will make sure that you’ll get it in a budget-friendly way.

For more info about Home Credit’s promos, loan applications, and store locations, visit www.homecredit.ph.

— The Summit Express

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Bicol to expect heavy rains amidst threat of lahar, Mayon Volcano spews 143 lava collapses

Mayon Volcano remains to be at PHIVOLCS alert level 3 for its “relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption can be expected within weeks or even days.”

Mayon Volcano as of January 17, 2018
Mayon Volcano as of January 17, 2018. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/John Hernandez

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) had recorded a total of 143 lava collapses and a tremor within 24 hours.

The recorded lava collapse came after rockfall was noted along the front and margins of advancing lava and pyroclastic flows to Miisi, Matanag, and Buyuan Gullies.

The authorities continue to warn the public to avoid entering the six (6) kilometer-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southern flanks.

Mayon continues to spew lava.
Mayon continues to spew lava. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Janeth Nobleza

The state weather bureau PAGASA had also issued a warning that Bicolanos can expect occasional heavy rains today. They noted the danger that the rainwater may cause, “potentially dangerous mud flows or lahar would flow down the slopes of Mayon if the ash and debris it has been spewing since the weekend mixes with rainwater.”

PAGASA already placed the Bicol areas of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, and Sorsogon under orange rain warning. It means that the areas may experience 1 to 2 hours of rains that could trigger possible floods and landslides.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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Smart posts “clear leadership” vs Globe in LTE speeds nationwide - OpenSignal

MANILA, Philippines - Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the wireless communications and digital services subsidiary of PLDT, is increasing its lead in LTE (4G) speeds nationwide, according to the latest crowd-sourced data gathered by wireless coverage research firm OpenSignal.

Smart posts “clear leadership” vs Globe in LTE speeds nationwide - OpenSignal

In a report, Smart posted what it called “clear leadership” in LTE across the country, with nationwide average LTE download speeds of 11.7 Mbps (vs. 7.3 Mbps of Globe). The results covered the months of September to November.

Smart also dominated all measured areas, with 13.2 Mbps in National Capital Region (NCR)/Metro Manila, 7.7 Mbps in the Visayas, and 12.1 Mbps in South Luzon, compared with Globe which, based on the results, registered speeds of 8.2 Mbps, 6.8 Mbps and 6.3 Mbps, respectively.

Area Smart (Mbps) Globe (Mbps)
NCR 13.2 8.2
South Luzon 12.1 6.3
North Luzon Not revealed Not revealed
Visayas 7.7 6.8
Mindanao Not revealed Not revealed
Average 11.7 7.3

In terms of coverage, the latest results showed significant improvements in both 3G and LTE availability, with double-digit year-on-year improvements registered for LTE coverage in Metro Manila, Southern Luzon and the Visayas. Nationwide, Smart’s LTE availability improved from 35.86% in the January 2017 report to 58.07%, the report said.

In parallel, Smart 3G coverage also improved across the areas measured, with nationwide 3G availability improving from 67.89% to 74.45%.

The OpenSignal results were corroborated by recent internal tests, which showed better download speeds in Southern Luzon. Median download speeds of 18.5 Mbps were posted in Quezon province, while speeds of 17.1 Mbps were recorded in Batangas.

In Metro Manila, recent internal tests in ParaƱaque, for example, recorded median LTE download speeds of 17.9 Mbps, while median download speeds of 27.6 Mbps were posted in Caloocan. In Taguig, Smart LTE posted median download speeds of 18.6 Mbps.

LTE speeds in Cebu, meanwhile, averaged 24 Mbps, while LTE speeds in Davao were at 34 Mbps on average, also based on recent internal tests.

Smart expects to fulfill ahead of schedule its commitment to the National Telecommunications Commission to cover over 90% of the country’s cities and municipalities with mobile broadband using LTE and 3G by 2019.

LTE is the best technology to help bring fast, affordable, and reliable internet services to as many customers as possible.

— The Summit Express

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PHIVOLCS latest update on Mayon Volcano: Alert level 3

MANILA, Philippines - For the past 24 hours, Mayon Volcano’s eruptive activity has been characterized by “quiet lava effusion from a new summit lava dome, lava flow down the Miisi and Bonga Gullies and lava collapse events,” the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) - DOST announced in its 8:00 a.m. update on Tuesday, January 16.

PHIVOLCS latest update on Mayon Volcano: Alert level 3
Mayon Volcano in Albay is still at Alert Level 3. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Jay Encijas Regala

Tremors and lava fountaining have been noted. A total of 9 episodes of tremor, four of which accompanied short-duration lava fountaining, and 75 lava collapse events.

As of 8:00 a.m on Tuesday, Mayon Volcano is still at alert level 3. It means that there is “relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption is possible within weeks or even days.”

The authorities continue to give a stern warning to the public to avoid entering 6 kilometer-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southern flanks “due to the danger of rockfalls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows.”

PHIVOLCS latest update on Mayon Volcano: Alert level 3
Several warnings have been given to the public. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Kan Kan

The public is also warned to be vigilant against pyroclastic density currents or “uson,” lahars and sediment-laden streamflows along channels.

Aircrafts are also prohibited to fly close to the volcano’s summit as “ash from any sudden eruption” will be dangerous.

Ash fall events may likely occur on the southwest side of the volcano.

Watch the coverage of Mayon Volcano from PHIVOLCS-DOST Facebook page:

— Sally, The Summit Express

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RESULTS: October 2017 Superintendent, Inspector NAPOLCOM exam

MANILA, Philippines - The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) on Monday, January 15, released partial results of promotional exam conducted on October 22, 2017 in designated schools in Metro Manila and other testing centers nationwide.

RESULTS: October 2017 Superintendent, Inspector NAPOLCOM exam

As the results for PNP Entrance, Police Officer (PO) and Senior Police Officer (SPO) categories have been announced, NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said the list of passers of the Police Inspector and Police Superintendent exam categories shall be released soon.

“The immediate release of the results of police exams is in consonance with the Commission’s commitment with the PNP and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to make the examination results in synch with the police recruitment process,” Casurao said.


National Police Commission
October 22, 2017

Check back for the official list of passers...

National Police Commission
Police Inspector
October 22, 2017

Check back for the official list of passers...

Takers may expect announcement of full results including the list of topnotchers in few weeks after the release of partial results.

In the same period last year, the list of successful examinees for Inspector and Superintendent categories was announced within two weeks. A total of 240 or 20.05% of the 1,197 police examinees passed the tests.

Examinees may also expect low passing rate in both exam categories as the Commission is doing continuous upgrading of standards on its police examinations in line with its sustained effort to professionalize the PNP by ensuring that only the most qualified PNP personnel are promoted in the police service.

The list of successful examinees will be posted also at the 7th Floor, NAPOLCOM Central Office located at the DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, NAPOLCOM Bldg., EDSA Corner Quezon Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City and in all 18 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices, and can be viewed at the NAPOLCOM website at www.napolcom.gov.ph.

Individual report of rating will be mailed to all examinees. Verification of test results is being entertained at the NAPOLCOM central office and its regional offices nationwide.

— The Summit Express

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