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PBB names 'Big 7' of The Big Night, evicts one housemate



MANILA, Philippines - ABS-CBN's reality show Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) has named the seven housemates who have reached the finals of the competition, the Big Night.

PBB names 'Big 7' of The Big Night, evicts one housemate

On Sunday's (February 26) back-to-back 5th nomination and eviction, PBB host Toni Gonzaga announced the housemates with sure spots in the Big Night based on the results of the positive nomination: the "Wacky Go Lucky ng Cagayan de Oro" Maymay Entrata, two-in-one housemates and Hashtags members Mccoy De Leon & Nikko Natividad, "Incredible Hunk ng Nueva Ecija" Tanner Mata and the "Cheerful Charmer ng Germany" Edward Barber.

The public was only given 7 minutes to save the nominated housemates Cora Waddell, Yong Muhajil, Kisses Delavin and Elisse Joson.

Commercial model and actress Elisse Joson was evicted after getting the lowest percentage of votes, 12.73%.

Meanwhile, Mujahil, Delavin and Waddell received 41.1, 26.71 and 19.46% of votes, respectively.

As also announced on Sunday, voting to determine the next big winner is now officially open.

Big Dreams will do come true on March 4 and 5 for PBB: The Big Night at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan Laguna.



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PBA Finals: Ginebra reverses fate, levels series at 1-1 after crushing SMB



MANILA, Philippines – It was a literally nail-biting game and probably one of the best Finals - Game 2 in PBA history. Ginebra almost blew a 26 point lead but still managed to pull off the win 124-118 in an overtime against the San Miguel Beermen on Sunday evening, February 26, 2017.

Ginebra reverses fate, levels series at 1-1 after crushing SMB
Photo Credit: PBA.ph
“It’s hard to win in a Ginebra country.” These were words of concern uttered by San Miguel Beermen Head Coach Leo Austria who hailed from Sariaya Quezon pertaining to game number two at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City.

As expected, Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, spearheaded by Coach Tim Cone adjusted their game plan after a humiliating game number one loss. Unlike their first encounter, the Kings erupted too early and rained threes in front of Ginebra-crazy crowd courtesy of LA Tenorio, Joe Devance and Sol Mercado.

At the end of the first 12 minutes of the ball game, Ginebra looked so sharp and felt the winning spirit with an 8-point advantage over their sister-team-rivals.

After the quarter break, Coach Cone’s boys still carried the scoring momentum from the first especially at the rainbow territory. Ex-UST Tiger and rookie Kevin Ferrer joined the scoring spree with his own back-to-back three pointers.

San Miguel on the other hand, struggled to find their rhythm and found themselves way behind by 15 big markers with 7 more minutes remaining in the half. Still, rookie Ferrer continued to pour baskets that defined his freshman year in the pro basketball league.

Compared to their previous game, the Beermen seemed to have lost their sting as they kept shooting blanks even from the open ones.

The greatest revelation in this game was: Tim Cone had found the antidote to “The Kraken”. June Mar Fajardo met his kryptonite in the persons of Japeth Aguilar and, again, Kevin Ferrer. The Ginebra wing men shadowed the SMB behemoth from one side to another and denied him of any open post-up and second chance opportunities.

Double-teaming a player usually opened up at least one player from the outside or any strong spot. This was risk that Coach Cone had to take in order to neutralize the 6’10” Fajardo. Lucky for him and his wards, San Miguel’s legit shooters had abruptly dimmed. Not Alex Cabagnot, not Chris Ross and not even Arwind Santos can connect behind the arc or even in the paint.

Ginebra ended the first half with a 24 big point lead, 67-43. Super rookie Kevin Ferrer topped all players with 18 humongous points with 5/6 field goal shooting.

It was a good 2nd half start for San Miguel as they scored 7 quick points in just a minute. Good sign as well as June Mar Fajardo began to demolish the double-team defense on him while Arwind Santos finally felt his pulse from the outside that helped trim the Ginebra lead from the highest of 26 down to just 11 points.

“Defense wins championships”. June Mar Fajardo, though still not in double figures, provided extreme rim protection as he blocked both Scottie Thompson and his arc nemesis Japeth Aguilar. Those huge blocks paved ways for the Beermen to further alter the margin to a single-digit with 7 more minutes remaining in the third.

1st half sleeper Marcio Lassiter finally woke up from a very long hibernation and managed to close the gap to 81-76. But wait, there was more, Lassiter dropped more bombs. He even put his defender, Sol Mercado scrambling on the floor for a step-back three with matching “Salt Bae” hand gesture. Unfortunately, after that “Salt Bae Trey”, he got ejected for taunting. Prior to the unsportsmanlike call, Lassiter was whistled for flagrant 1 for clipping Kevin Ferrer in the dying minutes of 2nd period. Nevertheless, the Beermen were just downed by a shot, 85-82 entering to the final canto of game number two.

Fajardo sat down since the latter part of the penultimate quarter due to foul trouble. So, the middle part loosened and opened up which was enough for high-flying Chris Ellis to penetrate for a monster slam followed by a slash. Coach Austria had no other choice but to bring back Fajardo in.

June Mar had won his first encounter against Japeth, but tonight, the lanky forward made his revenge. He blocked Fajardo from one end and posterized him on the other with a two-handed gorilla dunk. Worst, June Mar picked-up his 5th foul with more than 9 minutes remaining in the game clock.

Even without Marcio Lassiter on the court, and June Mar Fajardo nursing his personal fouls on the bench, San Miguel continued to fight hard. Very timely, in the absence of Lassiter, Ronald Tubid bagged two long-distance shots for the equalizer, 93 apiece. Hold your horses, Tubid added 3 more points from the charity line plus an extra possession after he got fouled by Kevin Ferrer from the rainbow territory. Gabby Espinas converted the bonus possession into another 2 points for the lead, 98-95.

It was everybody’s ball game on the last 4 minutes. San Miguel consumed their remaining fouls in the quarter and handed the lead back to Ginebra 103-100.

Every player encounters an off night. Last Friday, it was Aguilar who had an awful game. Tonight, it was Fajardo’s turn. He got fouled out with just 10 points after pushing Joe Devance off the rebound battle.

60 ticks remaining in the ball game, Ginebra was up 106-103. But lo and behold, Arwind Santos once again drained another three for the 4th deadlock of the ball game. After that highlight, he fouled Aguilar in the middle and Japeth sank both foul shots for the lead, 108-106.

The Lucena crowd witnessed a quality finals for the record. After getting the Ginebra lead back, Gabby Espinas released a rare three pointer. And just like that, San Miguel had a 109-108 advantage with 18 seconds left.

Untimely turnover for the Kings. Joe Devance inbounded the ball from his team’s sideline, but unluckily, receiver Scottie Thompson slipped and Ronald Tubid stole the ball away. Ginebra had a chance as Thompson tried to atone his lapse and snatched the basketball from Arwind Santos. Thompson however missed the fast break layup but they kept the ball alive. Japeth Aguilar thought the clock was winding down fast and released a long two but missed it big time. Tubid got the board, got fouled and split the charities.

3.2 seconds left, SMB was up 110-108. LA Tenorio inbounded the ball and located Joe Devance on the floor. Devance drove from the right side, missed but followed it up and beat the buzzer for an over time. Tied at 110 all, both protagonists needed an extra 5 minutes to settle the score.

Earning his Coach’s trust, Kevin Ferrer started the OT and scored. Alex Cabagnot however retaliated for the tie but Scottie Thompson countered for the lead 114-112.

Just as before the coliseum announcer echoed the infamous last two minutes, Ronald Tubid took charge and made two straight threes for another deadlock 118 all.

At 1:28 mark, San Miguel suffered another casualty as Chris Ross called it a night after committing his 6th and last personal. Japeth Aguilar made both penalty shots seconded by Scottie Thompson’s high arching shot over the outstretched arms of Arwind Santos for 122-118 advantage.

Ginebra melted the clock and sealed the win, 124-118 after 53 minutes of intense basketball action. Scottie Thompson won the Best Player of the Game Award with astounding 18 points, 18 rebounds and 8 assists.


Game 3 will be held on March 1, 7:00PM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. It will be aired live on TV 5. Live streaming will also be available on thesummitexpress.com.

--Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express



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LIVESTREAM: Brgy. Ginebra vs. San Miguel Game 2 PBA Finals 2017



MANILA, Philippines - Barangay Ginebra San Miguel aims to bounce back and level series against conference’s league leaders San Miguel Beermen in the Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals tonight, February 26, at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City.

Ginebra vs. San Miguel Game 2 PBA Finals 2017
Photo courtesy of  PBA.ph
San Miguel Beermen, who are aware of Ginebra's never-say-die culture said they will do whatever it takes to avoid a rousing comeback by their opponents.

“Para sa amin, hindi ko pa nakikita na nakakalayo na kami at nakakalamang na kami sa kanila,” said Arwind Santos.

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San Miguel dominates Ginebra, wins PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 1

SMB vs GSM tip-off is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and will be aired live by TV5.

WATCH: The official livestream video of the Season 42 Philippine Cup Finals Game 2 is now up online (courtesy of sports.tv5.com.ph/live and TV5):


Note: The livestream video above will also served for full video replay of the match tonight.

Meanwhile, here's the live updates of the PBA Finals (from the official Twitter account of PBA):


In the entire finals history of PBA, the Beermen and the Gin Kings have already faced each other for four times where the former have 3-1 advantage. But that’s history and it’s somehow non-bearing because of the changes in management, players and most especially in coaching staff.



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#WalangPasok: Class, office work suspensions on Monday, February 27, 2017



MANILA, Philippines - (Updated as of 11:20 p.m., February 26) Classes and office work in some areas are suspended on Monday, February 27, 2017, due to nationwide transport strike or 'tigil-pasada.'

Class suspension on Monday, February 27, 2017

The coalition of transport groups aims to stop the government modernization plan to phase out 15-year-old and older public utility jeepneys and replace them with modern and environment-friendly vehicles.

Malacanang Palace through Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea also announced on Sunday that classes are suspended in elementary and high school levels, both private and public in the National Capital Region (NCR) tomorrow.

For the suspension of classes on tertiary level, Palace said: "Let's wait for an announcement if there'll be a suspension at 11 a.m. tomorrow."

Meanwhile, Mayor Abby Binay also announced on Twitter that classes are suspended for public schools in all levels in Makati City.

"In view of the transport strike set for tomorrow, Monday, classes are suspended for public schools in all levels. Suspension of classes for private schools is at the discretion of the school administration," Binay said.

In addition, she announced: "Number Coding is lifted ONLY for PUVs that will not be joining the strike."

Aside from Makati, affected NCR cities of the transport strike will be: Caloocan, Quezon City, Manila, Marikina, Pasig, Taguig, Parañaque, Pasay and Las Piñas.

The Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (PISTON) members in Cagayan Valley, Baguio, Laguna, Bicol, Iloilo, Capiz, Bacolod, Cebu, Leyte, Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, and General Santos are also expected to join.

Here's the updated list of areas and schools where classes have been suspended for Monday, February 27 (refresh page for the updates):

NCR: elementary and high school, public and private schools

Areas
  • Bacolod City: all levels, public and private schools
  • Iloilo City: all levels, public and private schools
  • Makati: all levels in public schools
  • Mandaue City, Cebu: Classes in pre-school and public elementary schools
  • Pateros: all levels, public and private schools
  • Talisay City, Cebu: all levels, public and private schools
  • Taytay, Rizal: all levels, public and private schools

Schools

RELATED BULLETIN:

Note: We are crowdsourcing information of class and work suspensions for Februry 27. Leave a comment below for any tip and suggestions or tag us @mysummitexpress on Twitter.



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FULL LIST: Room Assignment March 2017 LET Teachers board exam



MANILA - The March 2017 LET - Licensure Exam for Teachers or teachers board exam full list of room assignment for at least 14 testing centers are released online in 1-2 weeks before the examination.

Room Assignment March 2017 LET Teachers board exam

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Professional Regulatory Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) announces the room assignment for the nearly 100,000 expected total takers (Elementary and Secondary) of the first LET this year.

According to PRC Resolution No. 2016-1019 series of 2016, the March 2017 LET shall be conducted in Manila, all regional offices, and including Zamboanga, Bacolod, Rosales, Pangasinan and General Santos City.

On January 24, PRC announced the inclusion of Catarman, Northern Samar and San Jose, Occidental Mindoro as additional testing centers for March 2017 LET in view of PRC Resolution No. 1025, series of 2017.

Pursuant to PRC Resolution No. 1028, series of 2017, Puerto Princesa, Palawan was also added as testing center for the upcoming teacher's board exam. This was announced on February 1.

Here's the alphabetical list of room assignment for March 2017 LET ( please check back for the updates, source from prc.gov.ph and PRC regional offices):

  • Baguio City
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • Catarman, Northern Samar
  • Cebu City
  • Davao City
  • Iloilo City
  • Legaspi City
  • Lucena City
  • Manila
  • Puerto Princesa, Palawan
  • San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
  • Tacloban City
  • Tuguegarao City
  • Pagadian City

PRC General Instructions to March 2017 LET Examinees:

1. Check and visit your school and room assignment in 2 or 3 working days before the examination.

2. On the day of examination, report to the school/building assignment not later than 6:30 AM. Be punctual. Note that LATE EXAMINEES WILL NOT BE ADMITTED. Examination fee of absent examinees will be forfeited.

3. You are required to wear the following attire on examination day:

  • Male Examinees - White polo shirts or T-shirts with collar (without any seal, logo or mark), decent pants or slacks
  • Female Examinees - White blouses or T-shirts with collar (without any seal, logo or mark), decent pants or slacks

4. Bring the following on examination day:

a. Official Receipt of payment of application for examination
b. One (1) Window Envelope with metered postage stamp
c. One (1) long transparent white plastic envelope
d. One (1) long size brown envelope
e. Two (2) or more Pencils (No. 2)
f. Ball pen with BLACK INK only
g. Non-programmable calculator

5. The following are PROHIBITED inside the examination rooms/ premises:

a. Books, notes, review materials, and other printed materials containing coded data, information or formula;
b. Programmable calculators;
c. Cellular phones, beepers, portable computers or similar gadgets;
d. Bags of any kind (ladies' bags, shoulder bags, attaché case, backpack etc)
e. Other examination aids not stated in this program

6. You are allowed to bring food and eat inside the room.

7. You will not be allowed to leave the examination room, borrow anything or communicate with other examinees on any matter during the examination.

8. Non-compliance with test instructions shall be a ground for cancellation of your examination.

9. Impersonation is a ground for disqualification in this BLEPT and in future examinations.

The first licensure exam for teachers this year covers general education and professional education subjects (Elementary Level) and with the inclusion of specialization for Secondary Level only.

To pass the examination, taker must obtain an average rating of not less than 75% and must have no rating lower than 50% in any of the tests.

To learn more about the detailed coverage of examination and the full instructions on exam day, read below program of March 2017 LET:


NOTE: The Summit Express will also update this site for the results of March 2017 LET.



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VIDEO: Sam Mangubat, Carlmalone Montecido enter 'Tawag ng Tanghalan' Grand Finals



MANILA, Philippines - ABS-CBN's noontime show 'It's Showtime' has named the fourth and final quarter grand finalists of “Tawag ng Tanghalan” on Saturday, February 25.

Sam Mangubat, Carlmalone Montecido enter 'Tawag ng Tanghalan' Grand Finals

After the week-long semi-finals round, Sam Mangubat (Luzon) and Carlmalone Montecido (Visayas) topped the combined text votes and Hurados' scores, 95.35% and 78.85%, respectively.

Mangubat and Montecido won P 150,000 each while the other semi-finalists will get P 25,000 each as consolation prize.

They will join the roster of grand finalists including Mary Gidget Dela Llana and Maricel Callo (Quarter 1), Marielle Montellano and Pauline Agupitan (Quaterte 2), Eumee Capile and Noven Belleza (Quarter 3).

Sam Mangubat, a YouTube sensation from Batangas, overcame his shyness and did not let his lack of experience in competing stop him from sharing his talent with the world.

Carlmalone Montecido of Bacolod, meanwhile, continues to give inspiration and show the madlang people that anyone can succeed just as long talent is coupled with determination.


Other semi-finalists who have fight for their dreams include Hazelyn Cascaño, Froilan Canlas, Julia Faith Joaquin, Joylaine Canonio and Jex De Castro.

As announced, there will be an 'Ultimate Resbak' round to select the last two spots on grand finals. The semi-finalists from all quarters of the competition who did not join the finals will clash one more time starting Monday, February 27.



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10 Things to Know About Google Duo, a must-try video calling app



Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn't have to worry about whether you're on Wi-Fi, or not, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. No wonder that based on research nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile.

Thanks to Google Duo, designed for simple 1-to-1 mobile video calling, that surely ease problems being encountered on other apps.

With all the feels of the Love Month, Google's newest app is a perfect to reach your #DuoGoals.

Duo date search with YouTubers Daniel Marsh and Baninay Bautista
#DUOGOALS. Duo date search with YouTubers Daniel Marsh (leftmost) and Baninay Bautista (second from right).
This mobile app, launched in August last year, brings the promise of smooth face to face connection with the persons you care about. Here's the lowdown of the exciting features of the Google Duo.

1. A video calling app for everyone: Duo is a mobile-only app available for Android and iOS devices. Tested to perform on cross-platforms iOS to Android, and vice versa.

2. Phone-number based: So you can reach everyone in your phonebook without creating an account.

3. Knock Knock feature: You can see a live video preview of the person calling you, and why they're calling, before you even pick up. It only works with people in your contact list and can be turned off.

Google Philippines' Country Marketing Manager Gabby Roxas
Google Philippines' Country Marketing Manager Gabby Roxas highlights the special features of Google Duo app.
4. Wi-Fi and cellular calling: Duo seamlessly transitions between WiFi and cellular networks, so you can start a call on one network, and switch to another without dropping your call.

5. 1:1 video calling: It is focused on 1:1 video calling, rather than group calling.

6. Lightning fast video: Google Duo boasts this optimized feature, so that calls connect faster than most other video calling apps and audio and video stays in sync, even on slower networks.

7. Handles slower networks: Works well on slower networks, such as those in emerging markets, and can degrade to available lower voice technology as 2G.

8. Secure: All calls are end-to-end encrypted.

9. Additional feature to block numbers or unregister phone number: Whether you like not to receive call from specific person for whatever reason or privacy, you can do this via settings. If it happens that you changed you mobile number, registering new contact will be easy.

10. Simple and very user-friendly: You can instantly begin a video call with a single tap. The over-all design has emphasis on simplicity, a feature Google is known for.

Now, give your friends a wave with Duo!




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WATCH: iPhone 7 Plus mysteriously explodes



Apple has launched a probe into an incident involving an iPhone 7 Plus that mysteriously caught fire.

iPhone 7 Plus mysteriously explodes

An 18-year-old teen from Arizona, USA shared a video of her smouldering iPhone 7 Plus on Thursday, February 23 on Twitter. The short video clip quickly became viral and has been viewed over 1 million times.


In the caption of the video, Twitter user Brianna Olivas wrote: “So my iPhone 7 Plus blew up this morning was not even using it, literally no explanation for this.”

According to Olivas, her ordeal with the gadget started the day before it exploded. It apparently didn’t turn on prompting her to bring the device to an Apple Store. After running tests on the phone, employees informed Olivas that her phone was fine.

Indeed, her iPhone 7plus appeared to be back in good condition.

However, this didn’t seem to be the case the next morning.


In her interview with Mashable, Olivas recounted: “The next morning I was asleep with my phone charging next to my head, my boyfriend grabbed the phone and put it on the dresser.”

“He went to the restroom ... and from the corner of his eye he saw my phone steaming and [heard] a squealing noise. By the time he got over to the phone it had already caught fire, he quickly grabbed the phone and threw it in the restroom ... as soon as he threw it in the restroom it blew up and more smoke started coming out of the phone.”

After the incident, Olivas turned over her phone to Apple. They will be running tests and are expected to know more within a week.

"We are in touch with the customer and looking into it,” said an Apple spokesperson.

Last year, Samsung recalled over 1 million units of its flagship device, Galaxy Note 7 after several cases of the unit catching fire and causing injuries were reported.

--Mini, The Summit Express



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