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Cheating spouses: husband vs. wife

Why men and women engage in extramarital affairs is a question experts have been trying to answer for decades now. Though research has identified several factors that cause married people to take in lovers, the issue of faithlessness remains mysterious and complex.

Cheating spouses: husband vs. wife

Such issues have been explored not just by experts, but also by novels, films, and television shows. Through these works of fiction, various situations have been portrayed to shed light on the reasons behind affairs: money matters, lack of intimacy, or the inability to solve conflicts, to name a few.

In all these, unhappiness or dissatisfaction is often seen lying at the root of marriage infidelity. Does that mean, however, that men and women see eye to eye when they cheat on their spouses? Here are a few points where both genders converge and disagree when it comes to extramarital affairs.

Widening gaps

When intimacy starts disappearing, married men and women may start looking for sexual variety, emotional satisfaction, or just any kind of diversion from boredom. They may even try to take revenge on their partners. Since unhappy partners can no longer find emotional and sexual satisfaction from their spouses, they try to satisfy these needs with someone else.

There is a popular notion that men cheat simply because of the urge for sexual conquest. However, a study by marriage counsellor M. Gary Neuman, author of the book The Truth about Cheating, shows that men primarily cheat when they feel unappreciated by their wives.

Neuman further explained that men have a winning mentality and are always in need of an ego boost. Despite such masculine pride, men can be as emotional as women—they just don’t show it most of the time. That is why when men take lovers, they look for someone who indulges their pride and makes them feel good about themselves.

Emotional dissatisfaction also happens to be a leading factor in why women engage in affairs, according to Robert Weiss, an international expert on intimacy disorders. Weiss enumerated several emotions that push women to cheat, including boredom, under appreciation, and neglect. It is these emotions, Weiss said, that spur women to engage in a constant stream of sexual activity.

Dr. Duanna Welch, author of the dating advice book Love Factually, reiterated this finding. She said that science identifies loneliness as the top reason why women cheat. When women start looking for and committing to someone else, it is because they want to escape the trap of a lonely married life, Welch explained.

His view, her view

When it comes to how they feel about extramarital affairs, men and women differ in what they consider as cheating. A survey on sex differences shows that for women, emotional infidelity is worse than sexual cheating. Men, on the other hand, think the latter is worse.

When does someone engage in an emotional affair? Here are some red flags according to psychiatry professor Gail Saltz: dressing up for someone else, spending a lot of quality time with another person, becoming dependent on an emotional relationship with someone other than the spouse, and feeling guilty when caught.

Despite these differences and similarities, the fact remains that infidelity can have a devastating effect on marriages—even on the lover in the long run.

Previous seasons of the television series The Affair showed that cheating can push unhappily wedded couples to take risks to free themselves from the challenges of their marriages.

Struggling writer Noah Solloway (Dominic West), for instance, takes an interest in a waitress to get away from the pressure imposed by his successful and wealthy father-in-law. And for the waitress Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson), this chance meeting with a handsome writer may be her only way to break free from the tragedy of her son’s death.

The two eventually left their spouses and tried living a blissful life together. Their relationship, unfortunately, went downhill from there. Alison later gave birth to a child fathered by someone else—a revelation that hurt Noah and pushed him to cut Alison off from his life.

The Affair’s third season shows Noah trying to put his life back together after serving prison time for a crime he did not commit. But even as he tries to move forward by teaching in a university, he seems unable to get away from another forbidden romance. Will he embark once more on a passionate—and turbulent—love affair, or will he end up welcoming Alison back with open arms?

The Affair Season 3 airs every Tuesday, 9:55PM express from the US, first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment.

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Xia Vigor's Taylor Swift impersonation in "Your Face" makes international headlines

MANILA, Philippines - Child star Xia Vigor’s impersonation of pop star Taylor Swift in the top-rating show “Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids” is making waves across the globe and has gotten the attention of various foreign news outlets, including Huffington Post, and the online sites of TIME and Billboard magazines.

Xia Vigor's Taylor Swift impersonation

People magazine called the impersonation “spot-on,” while British tabloid The Daily Mail described her performance as “extraordinary” and “pitch-perfect.”

Teen Vogue also noted Xia’s “incredible display of showmanship,” while MTV said Taylor herself would be proud of Xia’s performance of her hit “Your Belong With Me.”

The performance was also featured in sites such as Mashable, Refinery 29, Cosmopolitan, JustJared, and caught the attention of celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.

Xia’s video has so far garnered 4.8 million views, and is currently the number one trending video on YouTube Philippines.

WATCH: Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids: Xia Vigor as Taylor Swift - "You Belong With Me"

“Your Face Kids,” now the most watched weekend program in the country, continues to charm viewers with its performers’ cute transformations. Based on data from Kantar Media, its episode last Saturday (Jan 14) garnered a national TV rating of 34.2%, beating GMA’s “Magpakailanman,” which only recorded 20.6%. Its Sunday (Jan 15) episode also got 35.4%, almost 18 points higher than “Tsuperhero’s” 17.5%.

This weekend (Jan 21 and 22), Xia will transform into a male artist for the first time as he copies rocker Axl Rose. Also, don’t miss the performances of Lyca Gairanod as Jessa Zaragoza, Justin Alva as Francis Magalona, Alonzo Muhlach as Justin Bieber, Sam Shoaf as Elvis Presley, Elha Nympha as Meghan Trainor, AC Bonifacio as Jessie J, and Awra Briguela as Rihanna.

Don’t miss “Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids,” Saturday and Sunday night on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167).

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Honest Uber driver gets out of his way to return passenger’s wallet

MANILA, Philippines - We all know how hard it is to commute in the Philippines. Aside from dealing with heavy traffic and pollution, commuters are prone to various modus operandi perpetrated by scalawag drivers.

Honest Uber driver gets out of his way to return passenger’s wallet

But Alvin Quinton, an Uber driver, proved not all drivers in the country are dishonest. In an inspiring story shared by a certain Jef Queyquep, it was revealed that the driver went out of his way just to return his passenger’s lost wallet.

According to Jef, he received an LBC package and P520 cash from Quinton. Unaware of the sender’s identity, Jef initially thought that the package was a donation since he works for Children’s Hour Foundation. He soon realized that the package wasn’t a donation because the solicitation letters he sent only include his office address, not his home address.

Since Jef wasn’t at home to open the package, he then instructed his mom to validate and take a picture of the package’s content. Inside the package, his mom found his black purse, driver’s license as well as a note from Alvin.

Although Jef had totally given up on retrieving his purse which he lost last December, he is thankful that Alvin went out of his way just to return his personal belongings.

“I thought I left my purse during my trip elsewhere last December. In my mind, P10 lang naman yung bili ko sa purse, maaayos din naman yung driver's license sa LTO. I bothered looking for it though. When I knew it was totally lost, I surrendered playing hide-and-seek with my purse. Until someone named Alvin saved me from the hassle of re-acquiring my license,” Jef wrote in his post.

Jef added: “I am happy to retrieve my purse and driver's license. But I am more than happy to know someone who would take an effort to send a package via LBC shouldering the shipping fee when in fact we have the Facebook or Messenger as platforms to connect and inform.”

Jef shared his story through multimedia journalist James Deakin’s Facebook page. The post has gone viral since then.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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List of Passers, Top 10: January 2017 Sanitary Engineer board exam results

Those awaiting results of January 2017 Sanitary Engineer board exam can find here the complete list of passers out of 94 examinees, top 10 (topnotchers), top performing school and performance of schools as the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board of Sanitary Engineering released results in 2-3 working days after the exam.

January 2017 Sanitary Engineer board exam results

The first Sanitary Engineering board exam this year was administered on January 17, 18 and 19 in the city of Manila.

The members of the Board of Sanitary Engineering who gave the licensure examination are Engr. Corazon De los Reyes-Romero, Chairman; Engr. Alfredo B. Espino and Engr. Florimond M. Lara, Members.

Roll of Successful Examinees in the
Held on JANUARY 17, 2017 & FF. DAYS
Released on JANUARY 23, 2017

Updating for the list of passers...

The three-day examination covered the following subjects: environmental engineering, public health engineering (Day 1), sanitary science as applied to buildings and civil engineering (Day 2) and waste water engineering and water supply engineering (Day 3).

According to PRC Resolution No. 2016-1019, the target release date of results of the recent Sanitary Engineer board exam is on Monday, January 23 or in 2 working days after the test.

In the same period last year, results were announced online in just 2 working days. PRC named 32 out of 56 who have passed the Sanitary Engineer Licensure Examination.

PRC advised that registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line. Please go to and follow instructions for initial registration. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, 2 pieces passport size picture (colored with white background and complete name tag) and 2 sets of documentary stamps.

Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The Summit Express will update this page immediately once results are out online.

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After being criticized for her poor English skills, Maxine Medina now open to have an interpreter

MANILA, Philippines - Maxine Medina, the country’s bet to the 65th Miss Universe pageant, is willing to do everything in order to achieve a back-to-back victory for the Philippines. During an interview with ABS-CBN News on Wednesday, January 18, Medina revealed she is open to have a translator for the competition’s question and answer portion after being criticized for her supposed poor communication and English skills.

Maxine Medina now open to have an interpreter
Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina. Photo Credit: Instagram/maxine_medina
"I'm here to win. Kung kailangan ko ng translator, kukuha ako," Medina told ABS-CBN News.

Medina will be the first Filipina Miss Universe candidate to use a translator if the plan will push through.

Earlier, the Filipina interior designer and fashion model was urged by netizens to answer in Filipino language during the pageant’s question and answer portion. Netizens pointed out that Medina lacked fluency in the English language after videos of her speaking in a media conference circulated on social media.

A photo posted by Maria Mika Maxine Medina (@maxine_medina) on

Gloria Diaz, the country’s first Miss Universe, also advised Medina to get an interpreter as using our language will not “make her less of a beauty queen.”

Gloria Diaz gives brutally honest answer on the possibility of PH winning the Miss Universe crown

“This is the first time I will meet Maxine and the first thing I will tell her is to get an interpreter if she feels that she can better express her thoughts using our vernacular language,” Diaz told PTV on Tuesday, January 17.

“She is a Filipina and I don’t think it will make her less of a beauty queen if she will decide to use our language on the grand coronation,” Diaz added.

Former Miss Universe candidates admit requesting for interpreters

Previous candidates to the Miss Universe pageant Venus Raj and Ariella Arida admitted requesting for an interpreter. However, both beauty queens’ requests were not granted.

Raj, who finished fourth runner up in 2010 said she was told by the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc. (BPCI) that she doesn’t need an interpreter.

‘No, you don’t need an interpreter, because the Philippines is actually known as [an] English-speaking [country], so hindi mo kailangan,” Raj said.

“Pero kung ako lang talaga, gustung-gusto ko. I really want,” Raj revealed.

Miss Universe 2013 third runner-up Arida, who was also bashed by netizens for her communication skills, said it was not her choice to make on whether she should speak in Filipino during the pageant.

"Sana there will be a time na makapagsalita tayo sa sariling wika natin. Tapos lahat ng tao sa buong mundo—buong universe—naririnig nila 'yong native language," Arida said.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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This is how smartphones are ruining your love life

Have you ever heard of the term “phubbing” or “phone snubbing”? The phenomenon in which a person snubs his partner due to distractions caused by a smartphone puts a strain on relationships as much as money problems, bad s*x and kids.

phubbing? smartphone ruins relationship
In a research published in the January 2016 issue of the academic journal Computers in Human Behavior, the link between smartphone use and relationship health was investigated through the survey of 175 US individuals in romantic relationships. Factors like how satisfied they were with their lives and current relationship as well as the effect of smartphone use in their relationship were considered in the survey.

Study authors James A. Roberts and Meredith E. David of Baylor University in Texas came up with unsurprising results.

"We found that smartphones are real relationship downers – up there with money, s*x, and kids,” concluded the study authors.

Their findings showed that people who were at the receiving end of phubbing reported higher levels of conflict over the use of smartphone compared to individuals who reported less phubbing. Higher levels of smartphone-related conflict resulted to reduced levels of relationship satisfaction.

As expected, those who reported dissatisfaction in romantic relationship due to phubbing reported themselves to be depressed in general.

The study authors provided two explanations for the phenomenon: displacement hypothesis and smartphone conflict theory.

Displacement hypothesis states that relationships are weakened because smartphone blocks opportunities for meaningful interactions with the partner.

On the other hand, the smartphone conflict theory tags the device and its constant presence as the source of conflict that can lead to fights and eventually weaken the relationship.

“So what can we take away from all of this? Even if we act like it’s no big deal, it still stings whenever we’re phubbed by our romantic partner. In a sense, our romantic partners are choosing their phone over us,” Roberts wrote in an article for Quartz.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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Gloria Diaz gives brutally honest answer on the possibility of PH winning the Miss Universe crown

MANILA, Philippines - Former Miss Universe 1969 title holder Gloria Diaz has shared her thoughts on whether Maxine Medina, the country’s bet to the prestigious pageant, will give the Philippines a back-to-back Miss Universe win.

Gloria Diaz Miss Universe Maxine Medina
Gloria Diaz. Photo Credit: PTV
During an interview with PTV at the Governor’s Ball at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, the country’s first Miss Universe title holder revealed that she doesn’t think Medina can score back-to-back victory for the Philippines.

"I think she has a chance and chance is one in a million,” Diaz added.

Despite Diaz’ brutally honest opinion, the 65-year-old actress and beauty queen advised Medina to just enjoy and not be pressured to win.

“You just have to enjoy. You must not be pressured by anybody that you have to win because I find that contestants nowadays are very very pressured.”

After being criticized for her poor English skills, Maxine Medina now open to have an interpreter

Several netizens commended Diaz for giving her honest opinion as many agreed with her. Many believe that it will be difficult for Medina to achieve a back-to-back victory especially that the Philippines is the host country of the beauty pageant.

Still, many are hopeful that Medina will make it to the top 5.

Luis Anastacio said: “She just gave the most honest answer that everyone also has at the back of their minds. Let's face it. Walang back to back and it's not about being negative, it's about being real. Let's hope Maxine makes it to top 5.”

“Gloria Diaz just gave an honest opinion. Of course, she's been there, done that. But, things will come differently on the day of the pageant perhaps. Whatever comments there may be -negative or postive, Ms Medina shouldn't let it comes to her mind bcoz at the end of the day her performance will base & gauge on what she presents on stage. She just have to focus fiercely by making everything as motivation to work harder & be the best that she can be. Whatever the outcome, she atleast give all what she got & that's what matters most. I still believe in her. Go lang neng!!,” Joevil Carmelo Viacrucis commented.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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Here’s how to register your e-bikes at the LTO

MANILA, Philippines - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) recently issued a warning against unlicensed electronic bikes (e-bikes) often driven by unlicensed drivers. Motor vehicles particularly e-bikes violating the Land Transportation Code will be impounded.

Here’s how to register your e-bikes at the LTO
LTO’s announcement came in light of the rising number of e-bikes often sold at cheaper prices compared to other motor vehicles. Moreover, LTO issued the warning after several marketing materials claiming there’s no need to register the e-bike circulated.

LTO’s dirrector of law enforcement service said: “Hindi ka dapat nago-operate [ng e-bike] kung walang lisensya. Ang presumption, hindi mo alam kasi wala kang training…Ang registration, mandatory requirement iyan para sa insurance.”

In order to claim impounded-ebikes, the owner must pay P10,000. Meanwhile, drivers who will be caught without license won’t be issued student permits within a year.

Here are the necessary steps to register your e-bike:


1. Commercial invoice of the e-bike from the country of origin
2. Bureau of Customs Certificate of Payment
3. Certificated of Stock Reported (CSR)
4. Sales invoices of MV with sales evaluation from the regional office
5. PNP-TMG MV Clearance Certificate
6. Duly accomplished and approved Motor Vehicle Inspection Report (MVIR)
7. Appropriate Insurance Certificate of Cover
8. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)

Steps in registering your e-bike.

1. Submit all the required documents to the Evaluator for evaluation and computation of fees. You may find them at the transaction counters of the LTO.

2. Your motor vehicle along with duly accomplished MVIR will be inspected.

3. Obtain an official receipt from the cashier once your name is called.

4. Wait for your name to be called at the Releasing Counter to get your Certificate of Registration (CR), plates, stickers, and other requested documents.

E-bikes can be registered at the following LTO branches: Diliman District Office, Quezon City District Office, Pasay District Office, and Caloocan District Office.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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