Filipino Mark Munoz submits to Brazilian Roan Carneiro at UFC 184

Los Angeles California, USA – Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey once again amazed the MMA world when she broke Cat Zingano’s arm in just 14 seconds during the main event of UFC 184 which was held on Saturday at the LA Lakers Home Court, Staples Center, Los Angeles California.

Mark Munoz, left unconscious by Brazilian Roan Carneiro due to a rear hold choke
Mark Munoz, left unconscious by Brazilian Roan Carneiro due to a rear hold choke | Credit: USA Today Sports

UFC 184 Preliminary Card featured Philippine MMA pride, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz against Brazilian Roan Carneiro. But unlike the undefeated Female American arm destroyer, Munoz’s hopes were crushed by Carneiro on his UFC come-back.

It was June last year when UFC waived Mark Munoz and removed him from the middleweight rankings, but weeks after that, he was re-signed for four fight deal.

During Anderson “Spider” Silva’s reign, Munoz was considered as one of the heavy-hitters in the middleweight division who can dethrone the former champion after he crippled “The Crippler” Bad Boy Chris Leiben. The Filipino was given a chance to prove his worth by facing the American Chris Weidman who eventually knocked out the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belter twice and seized the middleweight title. But Munoz lost the opportunity to face the ex-champion after getting TKO’d by current middleweight champ Weidman due to a bloody ground and pound with 3:29 remaining in the 2nd round.

The Filipino Fighter regained his honor a year after he sustained a brutal TKO by out boxing Tim Boetsch and winning the bout by unanimous decision. UFC President Dana White gave Munoz another shot to move-up in the middleweight standings by matching him up with former light heavyweight champion Lyoto “Dragon” Machida which the latter dominated and sent the Filipino Wrecking Machine flat on the canvass with a left kick to the temple early in the 1st round. His last fight prior to UFC 184 was with middleweight ranked 7th Iranian Gerard Mousasi which resulted in another loss due to submission.

Mark Munoz with 13-5-0 record prior to his comeback bout tried to regain his lost glory by facing an unheralded but more experienced Roan Carneiro with 20-9-0 fight history. But it was déjà vu all over again. The Filipino Wrecking Machine submitted to the younger Brazilian with a rear-hold-choke in just couple of minutes after the opening bell. And worst, Carneiro left Munoz unconscious on the canvass for few moments before getting attended by the ring physician.

After this loss, we might see another high-profiled Filipino Mixed Martial Artist fight in a lower MMA league like Brandon “The Truth” Vera who was cut from UFC and recently debuted in One FC at the Mall Of Asia Arena against Ukrainian heavyweight Igor Subora which he dropped and finished off at the 3:54 mark of the opening round.

Based on the contract which Munoz has signed, he has still 3 more fights left in the world’s most prestigious MMA league. But with this loss, he might get waived as early as expected or better case scenario, his sponsors might pull-out one by one due to his consecutive losses. Good thing that so far, no announcements have been made yet with regards to Munoz’s fate in the UFC. A single convincing win can prolong his stay in the league. Who knows, Dana White might consider to bring him to Manila in May for the first ever UFC Philippine Invasion? For sure, all Filipino MMA and Boxing fans will back him up and cheer for him. Money wise, it will be great to add Munoz on the Urijah Faber – Frankie Edgar fight card for a better ticket sales revenue.

Give him a shot Dana! Filipinos will love to see him on the octagon live! - D' Waterboy, TheSummitExpress

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Microsoft Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL now official: specs, price, availability Philippines

BARCELONA, Spain - Microsoft Corp. officially announced today, March 2, 2015 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, two new flagship smartphones that are upgradeable to Windows 10.
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM 4G
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM 4G

Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL offer the seamless integration of hardware essentials — with a choice of screen sizes and camera capabilities — and Microsoft services to offer productivity with affordability.

Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL specifications:
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon processor featuring quad-core CPU running at 1.2GHz
  • High-definition (HD) display — either 5 inches on Lumia 640 or 5.7 inches on Lumia 640 XL
  • 2500 mAh battery for Lumia 640 and 3000 mAh for Lumia 640 XL
  • 8MP camera on Lumia 640 or 13MP ZEISS optics on Lumia 640 XL
  • LED flash, a front-facing camera for Skype video calling
  • Lumia Camera software
  • Latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update
  • LTE support available on dual-SIM models for the first time
  • All dual-SIM models will feature Smart Dual SIM

Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL customers will be able to access new Windows 10 features and innovation through the Windows Insider Program, as well as upgrade to Windows 10 later this year. Key features and improvements of Windows 10 include new universal apps such as Office, Mail and Calendar, and Photos; Internet Protocol-based messaging from Skype and others integrated directly into the messaging experience; an entirely new browsing experience with the new Project Spartan browser; and extended integration of the Cortana personal assistant.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Single SIM
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Single SIM

The new devices also come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) on the Lumia as well as on one PC or Mac and one tablet, plus 1TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 free minutes of Skype Unlimited Worldwide calling per month.

“Our newest Lumia devices build on our momentum in the affordable smartphones space,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones at Microsoft. “With the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, we continue to make innovation accessible to more people. We have packaged competitive hardware with innovative Windows software and Microsoft services to help you achieve more, wherever and whenever you want.”

Pricing and Availability

Lumia 640 XL will begin rolling out globally in March and will be available in matte cyan, orange and black, as well as both matte and glossy white. Lumia 640 will be available starting in April and will be available in glossy cyan, orange and white, as well as matte black. Both Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM LTE and dual-SIM 3G variants. Lumia 640 XL will also be available as a single-SIM 3G variant.

Pricing will vary by market and operator; Lumia 640 is estimated to be around 139 euros (Php 6,800) for the 3G model and 159 euros (Php 7,850) for the LTE model, before taxes and subsidies. Lumia 640 XL will be around 189 euros (Php 9,300) for 3G and 219 euros (Php 10,800) for LTE, before taxes and subsidies.

TheSummitExpress will update this page for the pricing and availability of Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL in the Philippines. Like Us on Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter for the updates.

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Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge now official | Specs, Photos, Price, Availability Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - Samsung officially announced today, March 1, 2015 (March 2 in Philippine Time) its redefined smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.

Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge now official

Check out here the full specifications, features, official photos and availability in the Philippines of the new devices from the Korean giant.

The new devices were crafted from metal and glass with its design boasts some of the powerful features. The Galaxy S6 edge provides a solid grip and an immersive viewing experience with the world’s first curved display on both sides. Its glass body, made from Corning Gorilla Glass 4, is available in an array of colorful jewel tones, including White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Blue Topaz and Green Emerald.

The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are equipped with F1.9 lenses and high resolution sensors on both front (5MP) and rear (16MP) cameras that are expected to provide superior image quality in a smartphone, even in the dark. In addition, Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), Smart Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and IR Detect White Balance provide advanced light sensitivities and crisp camera solutions. Furthermore, a new “Quick Launch” feature give users fast, direct access to the camera from any screen in just 0.7 seconds by simply double clicking the home key button.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge also set new industry standard in universal wireless charging with fully embedded WPC and PMA certified wireless charging technology. This means both models are compatible with most wireless charging pads currently available on the market. The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge support both WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) and PMA (Power Matters Alliance) international wireless charging standards.

Samsung newest smartphones were also designed to charge faster – 1.5 times faster than the Galaxy S5. Samsung said that the power consumption of the displays, AP, memory chips and other components of Galaxy 6 and Galaxy 6 edge have been optimized to enable up to 20 hours of use on a single charge. The smartphone will automatically reduces power consumption based on each person’s use patterns.

The new flagship devices are powered by the world’s first 14nm mobile processor with 64-bit platform, new LPDDR4 memory system and UFS 2.0 flash memory that provides higher performance and enhanced memory speed with lower power consumption.

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge Official Product Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S6 specs
Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge specs
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

S6 specs 1

S6 specs 2

Reports said that Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be available worldwide on April 10 (earlier or later in the Philippines), in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants, in black, white and in a special blue edition. Samsung Mobile has no words yet for the official pricing in the country.

TheSummitExpress will update this page for the official pricing and availability of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in the Philippines.

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Jason Dy is 'The Voice of the Philippines' Season 2 Grand Winner

MANILA, Philippines - 'Haranista' Jason James Dy was named grand winner of ABS-CBN's hit singing competition 'The Voice of the Philippines' Season 2 on the grand finals night held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Newport Performing Arts, Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport City in Pasay City.

Jason Dy is 'The Voice of the Philippines' Grand Winner

The 23-year old artist from Butuan City garnered the highest percentage of public votes, 52.94% after the Top 2 showdown.

Jason Dy received a trophy designed and crafted by contemporary artist Leeroy New, a house and lot worth P2 million, a music instrument package worth P100,000, shopping spree and Asian tour package worth P350,000, a business package worth P1 million, a new car worth P1 million, a recording and management contract with MCA Music, and P2 million in cash.

The Voice of the Philippines Grand Finale was a stiff competition between Team Sarah’s Jason Dy, Team Bamboo’s Rence Rapanot, Team Apl's Alisah Bonaobra and Team Lea’s Leah Patricio.

Jason and Alisah got the highest accumulated number of votes from the four sets of performances, 40.09% and 22.72% in no particular order for the duet/trio song, solo song, solo number of dramatic song and the duet with their coach.

Same with the previous season, the '1 vote per SIM' was implemented. After every set of performance, the said rule was applied. Results of the votes were revealed on Sunday, where the final two artists had to perform in a final showdown.

After the two top artists were revealed, the scores were reset to zero. The voting lines were then reopened for the final two, wherein the artist who garnered the highest votes was declared the winner of the competition.

RECAP: 'The Voice PH' top 4 at the Grand Finals, Day 2 (Solo number of dramatic song and Duet with their coach)
  • Team Sarah: Jason Dy ("Angels Brought Me Here" | "If I Ain't Got You")
  • Team Bamboo: Rence Rapanot ( "Tayo'y Mga Pinoy" | "Hinahanap-Hanap Kita") - 18.02%
  • Team Lea: Leah Patricio ("Run To You" | "If I Were A Boy/You Oughta Know") - 19.17%
  • Team Apl: Alisah Bonaobra ( "Go The Distance" | "Hero/You Can Do Anything")

RECAP:  'The Voice PH' Top 2 at the Grand Finals, Final Showdown
  • Team Sarah: Jason Dy ("Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin") - 52.94%
  • Team Apl: Alisah Bonaobra ("All By Myself") - 47.06%

VIDEO: Jason Dy sings 'Wrecking Ball' with Charice on 'The Voice PH' Grand Finals

The live shows on Sunday featured performances from 'Voice PH' coaches as they sang "Alive" and "Cup of Life."

The Finals Night was opened by the Season 2 Top 4 artists and The Voice Philippines Season 1 artists Mitoy Yonting, Klarisse de Guzman, Janice Javier and Myk Perez with their rendition of "Rather Be/Rest of My Life."

The finale episode on Sunday tops online conversations with '#VoicePH2Finale', 'thevoiceph2finale', 'Angels Brought Me Here' and 'Go The Distance' among the trending topics.

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Top 10 Highest-paying Jobs in the Philippines 2015

MANILA, Philippines - Online job site Jobstreet has released recently their 2015 salary report which focused on top specializations or high-paying jobs in the Philippines this year.

Top 10 Highest-paying Jobs in the Philippines 2015

The report reveals that IT – Software and IT – Network, System, and Database Administration are the best paid, consistently occupying the top two spots across all position levels (1 to 4 years’ experience, 5 years and up, and assistant manager/manager).

The only other job specialization that is placed in the top 10 for all position levels is Customer Service. Meanwhile, Electrical and Communications Engineering, Sales/Telesales, and Training and Development are placed in two of the three position levels.

The company said the the shift of focus from the top industries reported last year to top jobs as the latter could have more impact for job-seekers. After all, the first thing Filipinos consider when looking for a job is the fit between the available opportunity to their field of study, skills, and interests. Thus, having information on how much one’s skills and specialization get paid in the job market would prove more useful in certain situations.

Here are the complete lists of highest paying jobs in the Philippines based on’s Annual Salary Report 2015:

Top 10 Specializations with High Salary - Junior Executives (1-4 Years' Experienced Employees)

1. IT/Computer - Software - Php 37,784
2. IT/ Computer Network / Database Admin - Php 33,029
3. Law/ Legal Services - Php 27, 033
4. Actuarial Science / Statistics - Php 27,032
5. Engineering Electronics / Communication - Php 26, 379
6. Public Relations / Communications - Php 25, 153
7. Technical and Helpdesk Support - Php 25, 078
8. Sales - Telesales / Telemarketing - Php 24, 400
9. Training and Development - Php 23, 762
10. Customer Service - Php 23, 369

Junior employees specializing in IT/computer-software are the highest paid, followed by those specializing in network/system/database administration. Junior lawyers place third with average earnings of P27,033. Employees with 1 to 4 years of experience specializing in actuarial sciences/statistics and electronic and communications engineering round up the top 5.

Top 10 Specializations with High Salary - Supervisors ( 5 or more Years' Experienced Employees)

1. IT/Computer - Software - Php 67, 478
2. IT/ Computer Network / Database Admin - Php 52, 319
3. Law/ Legal Services - Php 39, 788
4. Engineering Electronics / Communication - Php 34, 831
5. Customer Service - Php 34, 772
6. Sales Engineering / Technical / IT - Php 33, 396
7. Marketing / Business Development - Php 33, 104
8. Quality Control Assurance - Php 32, 978
9. Sales - Telesales / Telemarketing - Php 32, 878
10. Engineering - Industrial - Php 27, 032

Supervisors specializing in IT/computer-software, IT/network/system/database administration, law/legal services, and electronic and communications engineering placed first to fourth in the highest paid list in their level. Employees specializing in customer care get a noticeably high salary upgrade, as customer service supervisors placed fifth on the list. Sales and telesales specialists up to the supervisory level still managed to secure a place in the top 10, though other specializations would later surpass them in the managerial level.

Top 10 Specializations with High Salary - Assistant Managers/ Managers

1. IT/Computer - Software - Php 100, 838
2. IT/ Computer Network / Database Admin - Php 81, 274
3. Technical & Helpdesk Support - Php 80, 405
4. Customer Service - Php 76, 538
5. Architecture/ Interior Design - Php 68, 616
6. Training and Development - Php 67, 380
7. Corp. Financial/ Investment/ Merchant Banking - Php 66, 362
8. Finance General/ Cost Accounting - Php 59, 696
9. Maintenance/ Repair (Facilities and Machineries) - Php 59,367
10. Manufacturing/ Production Operations - Php 59, 153

Even in the managerial levels, IT specialists still occupied the top 2 positions, cementing their position as the highest paid professionals in 2015. Technical and helpdesk support managers also enjoy a great salary, with an P80,405 average. Customer service managers also get paid better, making them the 4th best-paid managers according to specialization. While they were absent in the supervisors’ report, training and development specialists ranked 6th, with its managers earning an average of P67,380. It is interesting to note that architects and interior design professionals are the 5th best paid managers.

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