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VIRAL: Call center agent shades degree holder’s rant

MANILA, Philippines – A Facebook post about netizen’s rant after he was offered a job vacancy in a call center went viral recently.

Call center agent shades degree holder’s rant

In a photo post by Vixenn Towana, two screen-grabbed pictures on an apparent rant by Facebook user Erickson Ignacio Marcos on his disappointment by a text message he got offering him employment as a data analyst in a call center agency. Marcos claimed that he was reached by the agency through his contact details given by his Alma Mater.

Towana’s post is not just about Marcos’ rant but it’s mainly about the grammar corrections made—according to her—by a call center agent whom clearly know more on proper grammar and spelling than of Marcos.


The corrections were inked in red, rephrasing and putting proper sentence construction on Marcos’ rant.

Marcos in the post, narrated that his joblessness and the offer in a call center agency is mocking his profession and him as 5-year degree holder.


He questions if the said University’s goal to their students is to let them be call center agents in the end.

In the end of his post Marcos stated that offering these kind of jobs to unemployed university graduates is tempting. But he thinks this kind of referral is a big no. Marcos warns to not accept any job offers on that field. He concluded that his Alma Mater doesn’t care on the future of their graduates.

Marcos kept adding a “No offense” phrase as he rants, trying to not offend anyone working in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies.

Even though the Facebook post was shared a year ago, it resurfaced in social media gaining mixed reactions from netizens.

The viral post garnered 13,000 plus likes and 8,000 plus shares with different views from the netizens as of press time.

Here are some of the reactions of netizens:

Call center agent shades degree holder’s rant
Call center agent shades degree holder’s rant

Call center agent shades degree holder’s rant

Towana, whom posted the photos has narrated to The Summit Express that he’s not the person who corrected Marcos’ post. He also wondered why the post went viral again after a year.

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express



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Philippines among the “happiest places on Earth” 2016

MANILA, Philippines - Welcome to the 20th happiest place on earth. According to a report released by the New Economic Foundation (NEF), a think tank organization based in UK, the Philippines acquired a 35.0 score and ranked 20th among the 140 countries in terms of providing happiness to its citizens.

Philippines 20th happiest place on Earth
Photo Credit: Let's Go Philippines
The top three happiest countries were Colombia and Mexico, both with a score of 40.7 and lording over the list is Costa Rica at 44.7.

Among its contemporaries within the ASEAN region, the Philippines ranked fourth behind Vietnam (5th), Thailand (9th) and Indonesia (16th).

Philippines 20th happiest place on Earth
According to New Economic Foundation, the Philippines is the 20th happiest place on Earth for this year.Photo credit: Happy Planet Index online
See the list below for the rankings of the top 20 happiest countries according to NEF:

Rank | Country | Score

1st COSTA RICA 44.7
2nd MEXICO 40.7
3rd COLOMBIA 40.7
4th VANUATU 40.6
5th VIETNAM 40.3
6th PANAMA 39.5
7th NICARAGUA 38.7
8th BANGLADESH 38.4
9th THAILAND 37.3
10th ECUADOR 37.0
11th JAMAICA 36.9
12th NORWAY 36.8
13th ALBANIA 36.8
14th URUGUAY 36.1
15th SPAIN 36.0
16th INDONESIA 35.7
17th EL SALVADOR 35.6
18th NETHERLANDS 35.3
19th ARGENTINA 35.2
20th PHILIPPINES 35.0

The Happy Planet Index Report 2016 based the calculation of the scores through the average life expectancy, well-being, ecological footprint and on inequality of income among people.

-- Michael Santiago, The Summit Express



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Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to receive a Ramon Magsaysay Award

MANILA, Philippines - Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales is one of the recipients of the 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Award. The Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s premier prize and highest honor, celebrates greatness of spirit and transformative leadership in Asia.

Conchita Carpio-Morales to receive a Ramon Magsaysay Award
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. Photo Credit: Manila Bulletin
The Ombudsman, who is set to retire in July 2018, has been nominated by the board of trustees of the foundation due to her “moral courage and commitment to justice in taking head-on one of the most intractable problems of the Philippines; promoting by her example of incorruptibility, diligence, vision and leadership the highest ethical standards in public service.”

The 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees.
The 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardees.Photo credit: Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation online
Her impressive and untainted track record as a public servant and dedication in restoring the faith in the rule of law made her a well-decorated public servant. The University of the East conferred on her the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa in 2013. She was Filipino of the Year Awardee of the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 2014, a Distinguished Alumna Awardee of the UP School of Economics Alumni Association in 2015 and was also a recipient of The Fearless and Peerless Crusader Award by the Philippine Constitution Association.

Carpio-Morales also served as a former Assistant Attorney, Special Assistant at the Department of Justice, Regional Trial Court Judge, Head of the 7th Division of the Court of Appeals and as a former Supreme Court Justice. She also holds the distinction being the first female magistrate to administer the oath of the President of the Philippines when former President Benigno Aquino preferred her over the late Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Aside from Carpio-Morales, the other five awardees of the foundation this year includes Dompet Dhuafa (Indonesia), Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (Japan), Thodur, Madabusi Krishna (India), Vientiane Rescue (Laos) and Bezwada Wilson (India).

The awarding ceremony will be held on August 31 (Wednesday) at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

-- Michael Santiago, The Summit Express



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Joshua Oliveros is 'The Voice Kids' Philippines Season 3 Grand Winner

MANILA, Philippines - Joshua Oliveros was named grand champion of ABS-CBN's hit singing competition 'The Voice Kids' Philippines Season 3 in the grand finals night held on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at the Newport Performing Arts, Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City.

Joshua Oliveros The Voice Kids grand winner
Congratulations Joshua Oliveros, #VoiceKids3FinaLe grand champion!
The 11-year old artist from Hamtic, Antique won a two-year recording contract from MCA Music Inc., business package from Siomai House, house and lot from Camella and fashion package P2 million cash from H&M.

WATCH: Joshua Oliveros 'The Voice Kids' Philippines Grand Finals Performances

Joshua has delivered heartfelt performance that captured the viewers’ hearts. He received the highest accumulated number of text votes, 38.07%, from the 3 rounds of the Finals namely duet with the coach, upbeat song and power ballad.

Aside from grabbing the title, Joshua also gave Coach Lea her second win as judge on the 'The Voice' franchise and first for 'The Voice Kids.'

Other young artists who have competed in the finale includes Team Bamboo’s Justin Alva and Team Sharon's Antonetthe Tismo, 25.24 and 36.69-percent chunk of votes respectively.

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The grand finalists performed the power ballad on Sunday as continuation of the competition. Joshua sang Yeng Constantino's "Salamat," Antonetthe belted out Regine Velasquez's "Pangako" while Justin performed Whitney Houston' "How Will I Know."




On Saturday, the grand finals performance nights has started with the young artists competed for the duet with coach and upbeat song rounds.

The results night on Sunday also featured performance from the popular loveteam KathNiel.

Do you agree on the outcome of public votes for Voice Kids Season 3 grand champ? Tell us in the comment section below.



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PBB Lucky Season 7 First Teen Eviction Night Results

MANILA, Philippines - Aizan Perez was evicted from the Big Brother house during the first eviction night for teen edition of 'Lucky Season 7' on Saturday, August 27.

First evicted housemate of  PBB Lucky Season 7 Teen Edition
First evicted housemate of  PBB Lucky Season 7 Teen Edition. Photo Credit: ABS-CBN
Perez dubbed as the "Old Skulit ng Batangas" was the first teen evictee as he got the longest time in doing the 'Lig-task' challenge, 3 minutes and 4 seconds.

As announced during the nomination night, there will be no public voting for the first eviction and it will depend solely on the housemate's ability to win the maze with questions related to 'Nanay Pina,' the houseguest during the week.

The 'PBB Padaluck' final results were also announced on Saturday. Nominated housemate Kisses Delavin got an advantage of having few questions and has started on second gate of the challenge as she received the highest number of mentions, 196,247. Meanwhile, Christian Morones and the evicted housemate Perez got 4,236 and 137,124 mentions, respectively.



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VIDEO: Joshua Oliveros 'The Voice Kids' Philippines Grand Finals Performances

MANILA, Philippines - Team Lea's Joshua Oliveros impressed the judges on his performances during the grand finals of 'The Voice Kids' Philippines Season 3 on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Newport Performing Arts, Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport City in Pasay City.

Joshua Oliveros 'The Voice Kids' Philippines Grand Finals

The 11-year old young artist from Hamtic, Antique performed a duet song with his coach, Lea Salonga.

UPDATE: Joshua Oliveros is 'The Voice Kids' Philippines Season 3 Grand Winner

"Ang galing ng delivery mo. Nasabayan mo talaga si Coach Lea, " Coach Sharon told Joshua.

WATCH: The Voice Kids Philippines Grand Finale - Joshua Oliveros (Video courtesy of ABS-CBN)



Aside from Joshua, other artists fighting for the grand title are Antonetthe Tismo of Team Sharon and Justin Alva of Team Bamboo.

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The winner of 'The Voice Kids' will be named based from the outcome of the public's votes.

Voting lines will open after Upbeat Song Round' of the performance night. Viewers may support Joshua by keying the following syntax:

Text VOICE space JOSHUA and send to 2366 for all networks. Voting is free for ABS-CBN Mobile, and P1.00/vote for Globe, TM, Smart, Talk 'N text and Sun Cellular subscribers.

Note: Only one vote per SIM is allowed. Voting lines will close by midnight, August 27 and will re-open during the results night.

Is Joshua Oliveros your next “The Voice Kids” grand winner?

The finale episode on Saturday tops online conversations with '#TVK3FinaLShowdown' among the trending topics.

Don't miss the results night of 'The Voice Kids' Season 3 on Sunday, August 28, after Wansapanataym.



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VIDEO: Antonetthe Tismo 'The Voice Kids Philippines' Grand Finals Performances

MANILA, Philippines - Team Sharon's Antonetthe Tismo wowed the crowd on his heartfelt performances during the grand finals of 'The Voice Kids' Philippines Season 3 on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Newport Performing Arts, Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport City in Pasay City.

Antonetthe Tismo 'The Voice Kids Philippines' Grand Finals Performances

Antonetthe,13, from Paranaque City, sang Apo Hiking Society's "Batang Bata Ka Pa" with Coach Sharon Cuneta on the duet round and "Let's get Loud" for upbeat round of the grand showdown.

"Nagpakita ka ng ibang kulay sa boses mo, yung medyo sweet and mellow, " Coach Lea said.

WATCH: The Voice Kids Philippines Grand Finale "Batang Bata Ka Pa" by Antonetthe Tismo (Video courtesy of ABS-CBN)


WATCH: "Let's Get Loud" Upbeat performance


Aside from Antonetthe, other artists dreaming to be the next grand champion are Justin John Alva of Team Bamboo and Joshua Oliveros of Team Lea.

RELATED STORIES

The winner of 'The Voice Kids' will be named based from the outcome of the public's votes.

Voting lines will open after Upbeat Song Round' of the performance night. Viewers may support Antonetthe by keying the following syntax:

Text VOICE space ANTONET and send to 2366 for all networks. Voting is free for ABS-CBN Mobile, and P1.00/vote for Globe, TM, Smart, Talk 'N text and Sun Cellular subscribers.

Is Antonetthe Tismo your next “The Voice Kids” grand champion? The title holder will win a recording contract from MCA Music Inc., business package from Siomai House, house and lot from Camella and P2 million cash from H&M.

The finale episode on Saturday tops online conversations with '#TVK3FinaLShowdown' among the trending topics.

Don't miss the results night of 'The Voice Kids' Season 3 on Sunday, August 28, after Wansapanataym.



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VIDEO: Justin Alva 'The Voice Kids Philippines' Grand Finals Performances

MANILA, Philippines - Team Bamboo's Justin John Alva gave an intense performance during the grand finals of 'The Voice Kids' Philippines Season 3 on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the Newport Performing Arts, Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport City in Pasay City.

Justin Alva 'The Voice Kids Philippines' Grand Finals Performances

The 12-year old young artist from Lucena City, Quezon performed "Stitches," a duet song with his coach, Bamboo Manalac and "Monster/Lose Yourself" in the upbeat round.

“That was intense” Coach Lea Salonga told Justin.

"Parang season performer ka na. Ang galing ng performance mo," Coach Sharon has commented.

WATCH: The Voice Kids Philippines Grand Finale "Stitches" by Justin Alva (Video courtesy of ABS-CBN)


"Monster/Lose Yourself" Upbeat performance


Aside from Justin, other artists fighting for the grand title are Antonetthe Tismo of Team Sharon and Joshua Oliveros of Team Lea.

RELATED STORIES

The winner of 'The Voice Kids' will be named based from the outcome of the public's votes.

Voting lines will open after Upbeat Song Round' of the performance night. Viewers may support Justin by keying the following syntax:

Text VOICE space JUSTIN and send to 2366 for all networks. Voting is free for ABS-CBN Mobile, and P1.00/vote for Globe, TM, Smart, Talk 'N text and Sun Cellular subscribers.

Note: Only one vote per SIM is allowed. Voting lines will close by midnight, August 27 and will re-open during the results night.

Is Justin Alva your next “The Voice Kids” grand champion?

The finale episode on Saturday tops online conversations with '#TVK3FinaLShowdown' among the trending topics.

Don't miss the results night of 'The Voice Kids' Season 3 on Sunday, August 28, after Wansapanataym.



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