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True or Hoax: Sony TV giveaway of 'SM North EDSA' Facebook page



MANILA, Philippines - The country's biggest mall network, SM Supermalls, has issued official statement on Monday, December 5, to shed light on the alleged Sony Android TV giveway by a page 'SM North EDSA' which went viral on Facebook.

True or Hoax: Sony TV giveaway of 'SM North EDSA' Facebook page

As the Christmas nears, 'SM North EDSA' called out all shoppers about a extravagant give away - Sony Android TV Ultra 4K 55-inch HD to 100 lucky winners, with the post amassing over 119k likes, 166k and 216k shares as of press time.

"Hello shoppers! We are giving away Sony Android TV Ultra 4K 55-inch HD to 100 lucky winners, all you need to do is..

1. LIKE THIS PAGE
2. COMMENT "TV"
3. SHARE THIS POST

Winners will be announced Friday 23rd Of December 2016. Goodluck!"

SM was quick to clarify that the said Facebook page being used in the promotion is NOT an official account of the shopping mall chain and there's no ongoing campaign involving TV as prizes.

"The Facebook account below, SM North Edsa, is NOT an official account of SM Supermalls. Likewise, there is NO official promotion involving TV as prizes being executed at this time," SM wrote.

"We encourage everyone not to engage, like or share," the company added.

While some people fall prey on the lavish promo, other netizens are still vigilant on what they read online.

Netizen Martin Lloyd Obsuna shared: "Unang una kasi dapat i-check nyo if it's a verified page. Dapat may check na icon sa gilid kapag verified page. Be resposible enough before sharing any link(s). Walang manloloko, kung walang nagpapaloko."

Netizen Jasper Jed Belda Gueco has said: "I knew it. August ang oldest post ng page, so it's new. Outdated ang cover photo at walang terms and conditions yung promo."



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100 OPPO F1s up for grabs this Christmas!



MANILA, Philippines - Your selfie could get you a new smartphone this holiday season.

100 OPPO F1s up for grabs this Christmas!

December is indeed a season of giving. As a way of extending gratitude, mobile technology brand OPPO is giving away 100 units of F1s to lucky Facebook users who will participate in the National Selfie Day Contest.

“The National Selfie Day Contest is OPPO’s way of giving back after all the milestones we made this year. It’s also our way of rewarding netizens for creatively expressing their most unforgettable holiday moments in selfies,” said OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng.

Participants can start posting their selfie entries on Facebook beginning December 5 midnight. The contest closes on December 26 at 11:59PM.The winners will be announced on December 28 via OPPO’s Facebook page. They will also be notified through e-mail.

For more details about the contest mechanics, please visit the official Facebook page of OPPO.



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Why did Karel Marquez give husband BMW on wedding day?



MANILA, Philippines - Actress Karel Marquez has decided to shed light about the controversy surrounding her wedding gift to husband Sean Fariñas.

Why did Karel Marquez give husband BMW on wedding day?

In a lengthy Facebook post, Marquez explained why she decided to give Fariñas a BMW car as a wedding gift. Several netizens have expressed varying opinions on Marquez’ decision to gift her husband a luxury car.


For the 29-year-old actress, she sees nothing wrong with her wedding present since she worked hard for it. She also dispelled rumors claiming that her parents paid for the vehicle.

“Small or big, never will I allow myself to restrict sharing what I have worked hard for, for my children and my husband, even more for other people... Also, never will I allow to be one of those women who do not have work or income and end up asking their husbands for money, bags, and what not,” Marquez wrote in her post.

In her post, Marquez clarified that the car is not brand new and that she purchased it from one of their godparents in their wedding. The former MYX VJ also explained why the car bore a special plate number which only congressmen are allowed to use.

According to Marquez, the special plate number was placed on top of the vehicle’s real plate number as part of her surprise to Fariñas. The said plate number was borrowed from Fariñas’ cousin who is a son of a congressman.

“It was taken off by the boys I think seconds right after the photo and before even heading to the church,” Marquez explained.

“I met him 5 years ago when he didn't have his car yet... I am so proud of what my husband has accomplished since 5 years ago, until today! He made a name for himself and not because of his last name, and I saw him mature each year, so never judge someone just because one has a big family name. I am proud of him,” Marquez said in her post.

Marquez and Fariñas began dating in 2012 and got engaged last May during their vacation in Negros Occidental. She was previously in a relationship with Arman de Guzman, with whom she has two kids- Keiley and Kyler.

Watch their wedding video.


--Mini, The Summit Express



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After resignation, Robredo ready to be political opposition leader



MANILA, Philippines - Following her resignation as housing secretary from President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet, Vice President Leni Robredo announced on Monday, December 5 that she is prepared to be a political opposition leader.

After resignation, Robredo ready to be political opposition leader
PHOTO CREDIT: Leni Robredo Media Bureau /CNN Philippines
According to Robredo, her resignation would allow her to speak her mind and protect the dreams and future of Filipinos. The female leader said she would oppose policies detrimental to the Filipino people and support policies that “right and just.”

On Sunday, December 4, Robredo quit as housing secretary after she was instructed by Duterte to “desist” from attending Cabinet meetings.

Robredo emphasized that her being critical does not mean she will not support the government and its programs.

“Parati pa rin akong kokontra sa mga bagay na hindi ko pinapaniwalaan. If being an opposition leader entails that, then magiging opposition leader ako,” Robredo said.

Defending VP post

In her televised news conference, Robredo said she would defend her position as the Vice President of the nation but would be vigilant against the re-imposition of a dictatorship.

“Buong tapang tayong magmamatyag at magbabantay nang hindi na maibalik pa ang anumang diktadurya na siyang kumitil sa libo-libong buhay noong rehimeng Marcos,” Robredo said.

Despite being part of Duterte’s cabinet, Robredo was vocal in criticizing the administration for allowing the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Marcos’ namesake and only son Bongbong lost to Robredo during the previous vice presidential election.

“We have fought this battle before and won. We will never let anyone revise our history and twist it to turn evil into good,” Robredo added.

Aside from the burial of Marcos, Robredo also criticized the government for the alleged extra-judicial killings of suspected drug personalities.

Despite her issues with the Duterte administration, Robredo said she believes the success of government will be the success of the Filipinos.

Watch video report.


--Mini, The Summit Express



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Toy store’s review of ‘Enteng Kabisote 10,’ 'Super Parental Guardians' go viral



MANILA, Philippines - A mocking movie review from a toy store calling out excluded films in the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) -- Vic Sotto’s “Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers” and Vice Ganda’s “The Super Parental Guardians” went viral.

Toy store’s review of ‘Enteng Kabisote 10,’ 'Super Parental Guardians' go viral
Online Toy Store shares review of ousted Vic Sotto and Vice Ganda films.
After much debacle as independent (indie) films dominated this year’s lineup for the MMFF, Vic Sotto and Vice Ganda films came earlier to theaters last month.

Toy store “Big Boys Store” selling various toy action figures via their online page shared on Facebook a rather “ugly truth” movie review to these films.

“Big Boys Store” on December 1 started giving review to “The Super Parental Guardians” pointing out if Vice Ganda has finally came up with a “nice film” with a new director replacing late Wenn Deramas and a funny trailer that went viral online.

Super Parental Guardians movie review
Super Parental Guardians review

But the Toy Store mockingly describes that the film has only lived up to “another BLOCKBUSTER FOR VICE!” The page describes it as: “Another NOT funny comedy, corny and grade school play level action scenes, burst of pointless drama here and there that really doesn't make sense, no editing or thinking how to connect each scene whatsoever, NO STORY WHATSOEVER type of movie!!! Good job Bb Joyce Bernal! You did your contribution in yet again bringing local films to the level of being pathetic…” it wrote.

The toy store did apologize for it’s harsh criticisms. But also shared it’s hope that one day locals and even foreigners would come to appreciate Filipino films. Though this kind of film really caters the masses, the toy store frankly tells that it is a “trash” and if it will be fed to the viewers, they will only know nothing good. It also pointed out that Filipino viewers were so used to watching and enjoying these kind of films making them dumber and dumber.

Big Boys store rated “The Super Parental Guardians” with 1/10.

But it’s latest review of the “Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers” became a lengthy one, and trended more than the Vice Ganda movie review. Here’s why.

Enteng Kabisote 10 movie review
Enteng Kabisote 10 movie review
Enteng Kabisote 10 movie review

The toy store took its readers with the “lowest of the low” expectations in its review.

They described Vic Sotto in the film like Mr. Bean trying to be in serious action movie.

It even compared the movie to this situation: “Think of it this way; you and your group go on a vacation and one person brings a cam and films bits and parts of your trip. Then you watch that video. = ENTENG 10!” the toy store wrote.

The film’s alleged bad costumes, props and even makeup was also ridiculed in the review. “Enteng 10” even tried to incorporate family values that aren’t relatable at all.

“After watching this, you'd SERIOUSLY FEEL DUMBER! Or be seen starring at the black screen, mouth open and drool dripping from your mouth while mumbling nonsense....” it wrote.

Big Boys Store rated “Enteng Kabisote 10 and the Abangers” of a “forced” 0/10.

This is not the first time the toy store has posted movie reviews. In fact, the store always criticize local and international movies that are being screened in the country.

Will you still watch these films after its bad review? Comment down below.

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express



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List of Passers: December 2016, January 2017 Dentist board exam results



MANILA, Philippines - The December 2016 and January 2017 Dentist board exam results (Written and Practical Phase) including the the complete list of passers, topnotchers (top 10), top performing schools and performance of schools are released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board of Dentistry in few working days after the exam.

December 2016, January 2017 Dentist board exam results

PRC administered the Dentist (Written board exam) on December 1, 2 and 3 in Manila while the practical exam in 2017 is set on January 4, 5, 6 and 7.

The members of the Board of Dentistry who gave the licensure examination are Dr. Dominador H. Santos, Jr., Chairman; Dr. Gloria M. Bumanlag, Dr. Steve Mark G. Gan, Dr. Melinda L. Garcia and Dr. Rannier F. Reyes, Members.

Roll of Successful Examinees in the
DENTIST LICENSURE EXAMINATION (WRITTEN/PRACTICAL PHASE)
Held on JANUARY 4, 2017 AND FFG DAYS
Released on JANUARY 2017

Updating for the list of passers...

Dentist board written exam covered the following subjects: general and oral anatomy and physiology, general and oral pathology, general and oral microscopic anatomy and microbiology, restorative dentistry and public health and community dentistry (Day 1); prosthethic dentistry, roentgenology, oral diagnosis and oral surgery and anesthesiology and pharmacology (Day 2); and pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, dental jurisprudence, ethics and practical management, periodontics and endodontics (Day 3).

Based from PRC resolution No. 2016-1019, the target release date of December 2016 and January 2017 Dentist board exam results is on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 or in 3 working days after the last day of exam.

In the same period last year, results were released two working days. PRC has named a total of 446 out of 900 passed the December 2015 Dentist Licensure Examination (Written Phase) and 425 out of 449 passed the Dentist Licensure Examination (Practical Phase). Southwestern University graduate Rosette Gaditano Pagpaguitan topped the board with 84.40 percent.

REGISTRATION OF PASSERS

PRC said that registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line. Please go to www.prc.gov.ph 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 date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER, PRC said.



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VP Leni Robredo is fired, Speaker Alvarez says



MANILA, Philippines - House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez told GMA News on Sunday night that Vice President Leni Robredo was fired from Cabinet post.

Robredo and Duterte Cabinet
President Duterte appoints Robredo for housing post. Photo Credit: RTVM
In a text message, Alvarez said: "Considering the situation, I think she is FIRED."

The statement came after Robredo announced earlier her resignation from the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) effective Monday, December 5.

"We received a text message last Saturday from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr., relaying the President’s instruction through Bong Go for me to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5,” Robredo shared.

FULL TEXT: VP Leni Robredo resigns from Duterte Cabinet

Meanwhile, Liberal Party spokesperson Barry Gutierrez on Sunday showed the text message Cabinet Secretary Evasco sent to Robredo.

"Gd afternoon Madam Vice President. Mayor Rody Duterte thru Bong Go asked me to relay to you his instruction for you to desist from attending all Cabinet mtngs starting This Monday Dec 5, 2 pm. Ty," the SMS read.




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March 2017 Civil Service Exam (CSE-PPT) application, deadline of filing, requirements



MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) officially announced the conduct of first Civil Service Exam - Paper-and-Pencil Test (CSE-PPT) for next year, set on March 12, 2017. CSC has started accepting application starting November 14, 2016 and will end on January 13, 2017 (deadline of filing).

CSC logo 2016

The March 2017 nationwide conduct of Career Service Examination is for both Professional and Sub-Professional Levels.

RELATED BULLETIN

The Career Service examinations are open to Filipino citizens, regardless of educational attainment, who are at least 18 years old at the time of filing of application, and have not taken the same level of examination within three months before the date of examination.

The CSC stressed that applicants must personally submit their applications at the CSC Regional Office (CSC RO), or at any of the CSC RO’s Field Offices, where they intend to take the examination. Examination fee for both levels of examination is PhP500.

Acceptance of applications is on first-come, first-served basis, may be closed at any time before the deadline on Jan. 13, 2017 once the CSC Regional/Field Office has reached its target number of examinees.

According to CSC, there will be at least 56 testing centers nationwide for March 12, 2017 Civil Service Exam (CSE-PPT).

For the qualifications and complete list of application requirements, interested applicants may access CSC Examination Announcement No. 03, s. 2016 posted at the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph.

Examination fee for both levels of examination is PhP500.

Qualification/Admission Requirements

All applicants must strictly meet the following qualification requirements:

1. Filipino citizen;

2. At least 18 years old on the date of filing of application;

3. Of good moral character;

4. Has not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness, or addiction to drugs;

5. Has not been dishonorably discharged from military service, or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government; and

6. Has not taken the same level of Career Service Examination, regardless of mode, within the last three months before the date of examination.

Here are some of the important reminders from CSC:

a) Approval of applications may be recalled any time upon discovery of applicant’s disqualification, for which the examination fees paid shall be forfeited.

b) Applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225 (Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003) may apply for and take the examination upon presentation of original, and submission of a copy of, Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship from the Bureau of Immigration, and meeting of all the other admission and application requirements for the examination.

c) Applicants with pending administrative and/or criminal cases may take the examination and shall be conferred the eligibility if they successfully pass the same. However, this is without prejudice to the outcome of their pending cases. If they are found guilty, their eligibility shall be forfeited based on the penalties stated in the decision and pursuant to Section 52 (a) of the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service.

d) Passers of the regular Bar examination given by the Supreme Court of the Philippines and of Board examinations given by the Professional Regulation Commission are automatically granted a civil service eligibility pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 1080. They are automatically considered as civil service eligibles in accordance with CSC Resolution No. 90-1212. Thus, they may opt not to apply and take the corresponding examination anymore. Also, individuals who were granted the Honor Graduate Eligibility pursuant to P.D. 907 may opt not to apply and take the corresponding examination anymore.

Application Requirements

1. Fully accomplished Application Form (CS Form No. 100, Revised September 2016).

NOTE: The spaces for “Signature of Applicant” and “Right Thumbmark” on the Application Form should be left blank. These shall be accomplished in the presence of the CSC processor.

2. Four (4) pieces of identical I.D. pictures with specifications, as follows:

  • Passport size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.8 inches x 1.4 inches)
  • Colored, with white background
  • Taken within three (3) months prior to filing of application
  • Printed on good quality photo paper
  • In standard close-up shot (from shoulder level up with the head and face occupying at least 80% of the picture and with the name tag positioned at approximately 1 inch or 2.54 cm below the chin)
  • In bare face (with no eyeglasses, colored contact lens, or any accessories that may cover the facial features; facial features not computer enhanced)
  • Showing left and right ears
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With neutral facial expression, and both eyes open
  • With HANDWRITTEN (not computer-generated) name tag legibly showing SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED FULL NAME in the format: First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name, if any

3. Original and photocopy of any of the following I.D. cards, which must be valid (not expired upon filing of application), and contains the name, clear picture, date of birth and signature of the applicant, and the name and signature of the issuing agency’s current head/authorized representative:

  • Driver’s License;
  • Passport;
  • PRC License;
  • SSS I.D.;
  • GSIS I.D.
  • Voter’s I.D.;
  • BIR I.D. (ATM type/TIN card type with picture);
  • PhilHealth ID (must, at the least, contain the applicant’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number);
  • Current Company/Office ID;
  • Current School ID (validated for the current school year/semester/trimester);
  • Police Clearance;
  • Postal I.D.; or
  • Barangay I.D.

NOTE: Any other I.D. card not included in the above list shall NOT be accepted.

4. For applicants without date of birth in their I.D. card/s, original and photocopy of Birth Certificate issued/authenticated by the National Statistics Office

5. For applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225, original and photocopy of Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship issued by the Bureau of Immigration

6. Examination fee of Five Hundred Pesos (Php 500.00)

Where to get and file application forms

The application form is available at any CSC Regional/Field Office, or may be downloaded from the CSC website: www.csc.gov.ph. The application form may be photocopied using legal sized bond paper.

Applicants are strongly advised to file their applications at the CSC Regional Office (CSCRO), or at any of the CSCRO’s Field Offices, where they intend to take the examination.

CSC said that proper attire should be worn during filing of application. APPLICANTS SHOULD NOT BE IN SLEEVELESS SHIRT/BLOUSE, OR IN SHORT PANTS, OR IN SLIPPERS.

Examination Permit

Examinees shall be informed of their places of examination (school assignment) through the Online Notice of School Assignment (ONSA).

ONSA shall be available via the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph approximately two weeks before examination day. ONSA can also be accessed through the path http://webapp.csc.gov.ph/ExamAssign/ExamAssign.htm.

Examinees are advised to have a print-out of their Notice of School Assignment using ONSA.

If examinees cannot access the ONSA and/or still do not know their school assignment one week before examination day, they should coordinate and inquire directly with the CSC Regional/Field Office concerned. A complete directory of CSC Regional/Field Offices nationwide is available at the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph.

NOTE: Examinees, as applicable, are advised to visit and have an ocular inspection of their assigned school at least one day before the examination day to familiarize them with the school’s location.

TheSummitExpress will also provide on this website the room assignment per region.

Scope of Examinations

The Career Service Examinations shall cover the following subject areas:

1. For Professional Level – In English and Filipino; vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, and numerical reasoning.

2. For SubProfessional Level – In English and Filipino; vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, spelling, clerical operations, and numerical reasoning.

Both Professional and SubProfessional levels of the examination shall have items on General Information, which shall include the following areas: Philippine Constitution, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R.A. 6713), Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts, and Environment Management and Protection.

March 2017 CSE-PPT Exam Results

The passing rate for both levels (Professional and sub-Professional) examination is 80.00. CSC announced that exam results will be released within 41 days after the examination through posting the list of passers in the CSC website.

Examinees can also generate their examination rating through OCSERGS or Online Service Examination Result Generation System which can be accessed at the CSC website. Generation of exam rating through OCSERGS shall be available approximately in 15 days after posting the list of passers.



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