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IN PHOTOS: Samsung launches the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation celebrated in a grand fashion the official local launch of its newest flgship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, at the pop up event zone Samsung Infinity Hub in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig on Thursday, April 27.

Samsung launches the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the Philippines
Brand ambassador Solenn Heussaff and the Samsung big bosses officially unveiled the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the Philippines.
While Samsung included a number of powerful features in its flagship smartphones, Galaxy S8 and S8+ uniquely and proudly own the Infinity Display.

READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ now official: photos, specs, pricing, availability in the Philippines

The Infinity Display boasts of an incredible end-to-end screen that spills over the phone’s sides, forming a completely smooth, continuous surface with no bumps or angles – only pristine uninterrupted glass flowing seamlessly into the aluminum shell.

Meet the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
Meet the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ with game-changing 'Infinity Display.'
Visualizing the Galaxy S8’s sophistication and the Infinity display’s revolutionary elegance, Samsung transformed what was previously an empty parking lot near Uptown BGC into a space that immersed guests in the world of infinity.

The three-story hall of mirrors Samsung Infinity Hub in BGC, constructed just for the grand reveal of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
The three-story hall of mirrors Samsung Infinity Hub in BGC, constructed just for the grand reveal of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
Surrounded by mirrors, bright lights, and swatches of black and white, the venue exuded limitlessness. Up front, the stunningly eye-catching facade of mirrors became the subject of countless photos of both guests and passers-by. Taking a step inside, guests were welcomed with awe as the Infinity Room appeared like a vast galaxy of stars.

Tonight and onwards, we set the bar higher. With Samsung, we will no longer be bound by limits and barriers,” says Rhinn Piczon, Business Unit Head for IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation.

Host extraordinaire Tim Yap with Rhinn Piczon
Host extraordinaire Tim Yap with Rhinn Piczon, Business Unit Head for IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation. 
The event was hosted by its brand ambassador, loyal Samsung user, and multi-hyphenated artist Solenn Heussaff.

The gorgeous and witty Solenn Heussaff.
The gorgeous and witty Solenn Heussaff.
While everything wer eye-catching, the true stars of event cannot be ignored - the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Samsung’s well-loved camera still made itself prominent as guests made use of the displayed phones to capture the memorable moments of the night.

Other celebrities flocked to see Samsung’s latest innovation and support the official launch. This includes Bianca King, Bianca Gonzalez, Christian Bautista, Miss Internation 2016 Kylie Verzosa, Alice Dixson, Heussaff's husband Nico Bolzico and Tim Yap to name a few.

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Pre-order the Galaxy S8 or S8+ starting April 17 to April 29, and choose from the available colors – Midnight Black, Maple Gold, and the new Orchid Gray.

Samsung Galaxy S8 official price is Php 39,990 while the S8+ is priced at Php 45,990.

These will all be available starting May 5 in all Samsung Experience Stores and accredited dealers.

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Consuming garlic makes men “smell more attractive to ladies”

Planning to spray that expensive cologne to win the girl of your dreams?

Here’s a dating tip for men: Garlic, considered as one of the stinkiest food in the planet by many people, can help you get more success with the ladies. In fact, a 2015 study proved that eating garlic actually makes you smell more attractive to ladies.

Consuming garlic makes men “smell more attractive to ladies”

Based on the findings of researchers from the University of Stirling in Scotland and Charles University in Czech Republic, the sweat of men who consume more garlic were found to captivate women.

To arrive at this conclusion, researchers asked 42 men in rotation to consume raw garlic, garlic capsules and no garlic. They then instructed them to wear pads in their armpits for 12 hours to collect body odor.

Afterwards, 82 women were asked to smell the odor samples and judge them based on attractiveness, masculinity, pleasantness and intensity.

Interestingly, results showed that men who ate garlic in bulb and capsule form were perceived to "significantly more attractive and less intense.”

Researchers believe that this peculiar preference was developed by ladies because the smell of garlic, a highly nutritious food which has antibiotic, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, suggests that the person is healthy.

It is also possible that garlic, which helps reduce the incidence of colds, high blood pressure and even cancer, makes the armpits smell sweeter by decreasing the density of microbes causing nasty odors.

“As the health benefits of garlic consumption include antioxidant, immune-stimulant, cardiovascular, bactericidal, and anti-carcinogenic (anti-cancer) effects, it is plausible that human odour preferences have been similarly shaped by sexual selection,” the researchers concluded.

Studies in the past have shown that eating of garlic can influence the odor of human breast milk. Consuming garlic increases the time infants spend on their mother’s breast and causes them to feed more forcefully.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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Man whose brothers died from liver cancer diagnosed with the same disease

MANILA, Philippines - In a cruel twist of fate, liver cancer has taken the lives of Hisham “Moi” Go Pangcoga’s two brothers Rowden and Hasset. Years after his siblings’ untimely passing, Moi is facing the very same ordeal his brothers failed to overcome.

Hisham “Moi” Go Pangcoga’s two brothers Rowden and Hasset

Moi, a 27-year-old man who works in a financial firm, was diagnosed with the same liver cancer his brothers suffered from last February. Despite undergoing regular blood screening and MRI to monitor his liver as well as taking maintenance medicine that roughly costs about P400 a day, Moi seemed to have suffered the same fate.

“Doctors found a 3cm in diameter tumor in my liver, as well as several nodules spreading around it. It is the same liver cancer my brothers suffered,” Moi wrote in his GoFundMe page.

Hisham “Moi” Go Pangcoga
As a short term solution for his tumor, doctors suggested that he either go through surgery, RFA or TACE which will cost about P150,000 to 200,00 per session. Moi has to undergo about two to four sessions in a year depending on how aggressive his cancer is.

Eventually, Moi needs to undergo liver transplant which cost about P5,000,000 at the Philippine General Hospital.

Although Moi and his family faced a lot of trials during the past years, he remains positive that he will overcome the disease that took away his brothers’ lives.

Hisham “Moi” Go Pangcoga family
“I am very positive that I will defeat this little devil by staying faithful to my Lord and God, Jesus Christ. I also have no shortage of encouragement from people I hold dear. I'm keeping an open mind in terms of medication and what approach to take in treating this,” Moi said.

In May 2014, Rowden, 29, was diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer and was only given three weeks to live. Since he didn’t experience any symptom weeks prior to the diagnosis, their family was caught off guard. Still, Rowden managed to fulfil his promise and marry his fiancĂ© in the hospital. Merely 10 hours after they said their “I do’s”, Rowden passed away.

Rowden passed, Hisham “Moi” Go Pangcoga brother
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A video of the heartbreaking moment went viral on social media.

A month following Rowden’s passing, his family decided to undergo tests to screen for possible cancer or blood defect. Hasset, who was a 29-year-old chef at that time, was also found to have the same type of liver cancer. Although he went through surgery to have the tumor removed in his liver, it recurred prompting him to try alternative medication and eventually chemotherapy. But in October 2015, Hasset, just like Rowden, succumbed to cancer.

Hasset died cancer
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Currently, Moi has already raised over $17,000 in just one month. However, it’s still a long way from the $150,000 goal. If you wish to donate and help Moi, visit his GoFundMe page.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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Duterte accuses ABS-CBN of “swindling”; seeks to block network’s renewal of franchise

MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte’s earlier threat against TV network giant ABS-CBN may soon come true after he expressed his intention to block the renewal of its franchise on Thursday, April 27.

Duterte accuses ABS-CBN of “swindling”; seeks to block network’s renewal of franchise

In a media interview, Duterte accused the Lopez-owned company of “swindling,” saying that it did not air his political ads during the 2016 campaign season even if they were already paid for by his campaign team.

“[The franchise] has been there for 25 years. The law said it’s okay, only if you adhere to journalistic standards. What did you do to us? Estafa, swindling, not only me but Chiz Escudero, many of us. Son of a b*tch, you collected outright then you commit estafa,” Duterte told reporters.

Duterte's strong statement against ABS-CBN comes shortly after he extended the franchise of the network’s toughest rival, GMA 7, for the next 25 years. A report by Business World revealed that Duterte signed the Republic Act (RA) No. 10925 granting the renewal of franchise of the said TV network last April 21.

According to the President, he would file a complaint against the network and urge the Congress not to renew its franchise. As of this writing, House Bill 4349 which seeks to renew the franchise granted to ABS-CBN for 25 years is at the committee level.

Duterte has been vocal in raising his complaints against the media giant whom he accused of biased reporting. Just last month, Duterte warned “rude media”, citing ABS-CBN, of karma.

“Tingnan kung magslant. Ewan ko ba. But someday – hindi ko tinatakot – but someday, 'yung karma, dadating ‘yan,” Duterte said during a public address on March 30.

ABS-CBN chair Eugenio “Gabby” L. Lopez III simply brushed aside Duterte’s negative remark against his company.

“Let me just say, we have not yet encountered an administration that at one point or another had not had some issue with the media in general, and ABS-CBN in particular,” Lopez said.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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Are you ready for Uber’s flying taxis?

Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc. will soon revolutionize travel as it aims for the skies with its flying taxis.

During Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas on Tuesday, Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden revealed that the company will be launching its flying in taxis in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas as well as Dubai by 2020.

Are you ready for Uber’s flying taxis?
Will Uber make air transportation part of our daily lives? PHOTO CREDIT: Auto review
Aiming to cut down travel time, Uber’s flying taxis will be small, electric aircraft which can take off and land vertically with zero emissions. Unlike typical helicopters, these flying taxis will be quiet enough to operate in cities.

Holden explained that flying taxis represent “the pinnacle of urban mobility — the reduction of congestion and pollution from transportation, giving people their time back, freeing up real estate dedicated to parking and providing access to mobility in all corners of a city.”

The ride-hailing service has already teamed up with companies like Mooney, Aurora, Pipistrel, Embraer and Bell Helicopter to manufacture flying taxis. It is also working with ChargePoint Inc, a US electric vehicle charging station, to come up with an exclusive charger for its network.

Furthermore, Uber has teamed up with Hillwood Properties for four vertiports with multiple takeoff and landing pads as well as charging infrastructure.

It is estimated that Uber can get $1.32 per passenger mile during early scale operation. But in the long run, the company expects the cost of riding flying taxis will be the same as riding cars.

Still, the company must be able to convince passengers as well as aviation authorities that the untested technology is safe.

Uber, which is valued at $68 billion, has recently been rocked by a number of controversies such as accusations of sexual harassment from a former female staff and a video showing Chief Executive Travis Kalanick scolding an Uber driver.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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Indonesian woman bashed after ending up with the Korean man of her dreams

Are you one of those ladies who fantasize marrying their ultimate Korean crush?

Nothing is impossible when it comes to love. This was proven by Vera Nanda Putri, an Indonesian woman who recently tied the knot with the Korean man of her dreams.

Indonesian woman bashed after ending up with the Korean man of her dreams
Photo Credit: Instagram/Vera Nanda Putri

So how exactly did Vera find the love of her life in an unexpected time and place?

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Apparently, Vera has long been fascinated with the Korean culture. After watching the variety show Running Man, Vera took interest in learning the Korean language. In 2015, she went to South Korea and enrolled in a language course at the Seoul National University.

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It turns out, Korean language wasn’t the only thing that she’ll learn during her stay. As fate would have it, Vera would meet graphic designer Jun, her future husband, a year after she arrived in South Korea.

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Many doubted that their relationship would work because of huge differences in culture, traditions and religion. But over the time, the unlikely pair realized that they love each other and eventually became official.

Still, the two were ridiculed after sharing their relationship on social media and the public.

Unfazed by these issues, Vera and June remained strong and positive about their relationship. They proved their detractors wrong when they decided to take their relationship to the next level and get married.

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The couple even traveled from South Korea to Jakarta so Jun can officially propose to Vera in front of her parents and family.

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Last February 28, 2017, the couple said their “I do’s” in a unique ceremony that unified both South Korean and Minang traditions and customs.

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Their wedding was celebrated by their families and friends. Even Former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife Ani Yudhoyono attended their big day.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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PRC allows licensed professional teacher (LET passer) to affix title 'LPT'

MANILA, Philippines - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board of Professional Teachers (Board) announced that only registered and licensed Professional Teachers (LET passers) will be allowed to use and append to their names the professional title “LPT.”

PRC allows licensed professional teacher (LET passer) to affix title 'LPT'

Pursuant to Board Resolution No. 01 – 2017, appending professional title "LPT" will give an impression that the bearer is a bona fide registered and licensed professional.

The application wil be the same with other recognized professional titles such as MD for Medical Doctor, RN for Registered Nurse, Engr. for Engineer, RPT for Registered Physical Therapist, to name a few.

According to Republic Act No. 7836, otherwise known as the Philippine Teachers Professionalization Act of 1994, it is punishable for any person to practice the teaching profession in the Philippines without having been registered and licensed to engage as such; or to, in connection with his/her name, otherwise assume, use or advertise any title or description tending to conveyor which conveys the impression that he/she is a teacher without holding a valid certificate for such purpose.

"Any person or individual who uses and appends such title to his/her name but is not in fact or found not to be a duly registered and licensed Professional Teacher shall be meted with the corresponding sanctions as prescribed in the General Penalty Clause of R.A. No. 7836, as amended," PRC said.

Check out the full text of Resolution No. 01, Series of 2017:

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Top performing schools, performance of schools Electrical Engineer REE, RME board exam April 2017

MANILA, Philippines - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) officially announced on Tuesday, April 25, that 994 out of 2,213 (44.92%) Registered Electrical Engineers (REE) and 1,817 out of 3,130 (58.05%) Registered Master Electricians (RME) successfully passed the Electrical Engineer board exam given by the Board of Electrical Engineering in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena and Tacloban this April 2017.


PRC has recognized Batangas State University (BatSU) as the top performing school in the April 2017 Registered Electrical Engineer (REE) board exam. BatSU got 88.31% or 68 out of 77 passed the exam. It was followed by Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT) with 81.13% or 43 out of 53 passed.

top schools REE April 2017

Meanwhile, De La Salle University (DLSU) - Lipa was hailed the top performing school in the RME board exam, 100% passing rate or all 69 examinees passed the test. Sorsogon State College, Batangas State University (BatSU), Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) - Manila and Bohol Island State University (BISU) - Tagbilaran are among the top schools.

top schools RME April 2017
The performance of schools in the April 2017 Registered Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination in alphabetical order as per R.A. 8981 otherwise known as PRC Modernization Act of 2000 Section 7(m) "To monitor the performance of schools in licensure examinations and publish the results thereof in a newspaper of national circulation" is as follows:

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