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VIRAL: Ogie Diaz Calls on Networking People

MANILA, Philippines – Celebrity handler and TV host, Ogie Diaz used his own Facebook account to send a message to multi-level marketing personnel out there—better known as networking people.

Ogie Diaz Calls on Networking People

In a lengthy Facebook post on Monday, August 29, Diaz called on the networking people to think back and strategize more authentic ways to encourage their prospects in joining the business.

Diaz specifically point a finger to those whom accumulated expensive cars like a Ferrari, Porche and Maserati to rather bring the vehicle’s registration proving the car is theirs, and not just a selfie picture beside the sports car.

He also questioned if buying an expensive sports car is really a thing you’ll purchase or establish for yourself after gaining millions just to engage people and encourage them to join networking.

Diaz advised that rather boast on expensive cars to your “prospect downlines,” choose to establish a house and lot, or a condo.

He claims that a house and lot or a condo will be much more appreciated than an expensive car. To inspire prospect clients that they too can buy a home by joining.

At please, tip lang sa ibang nagyayabang na yumaman sila sa networking lang, utang na loob, pag mag-iimbita kayo ng mga prospect, manlibre, kayo huwag sa coffee shop na kape lang ang iti-treat nyo. (And please, just a tip to those arrogant people claiming they got rich to networking alone, for goodness ‘sake, when inviting prospects, treat them and not just to a coffee shop where you’ll just buy them a lone coffee.) Ogie added.

Diaz advised to bring prospects to a fine dining instead, wherein they can witness firsthand that the networker earned more through networking.

…Pakainin nyo ng steak, wag yung dinala nyo lang sa fastfood eh kayo tong nagpe-press release na mayaman na kayo di ba? (Treat them to eat steak, don’t bring them to fastfood chains because you’re the one proclaiming you got rich through networking right?)

Diaz kiddingly ended the post that networking people should be “open-minded” to these suggestions. Then asked if there’s anyone want to be his “downline.”

The post went straight-up viral with more than 6,900 plus likes and 2,500 plus shares gaining funny but on point reactions from the netizens, clearly agreeing with Diaz.

Ogie Diaz Facebook post

Multi-level marketing (MLM) better known as networking is spreading wildfire in the Philippines from known MLM companies to unregistered business in the country.

One of the most popular networking ventures in the Philippines is network marketing. This includes beauty and health products like Avon, USANA, UNO, and DXN.

Whereas, the success on networking is not always guaranteed.

Last year, Senator Grace Poe has filed a resolution to call on "unscrupulous companies" that could lead the public into joining "bogus investment schemes and networking scams."

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express



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Challenge Unaccepted: "Black and White Challenge" not helping cancer patients?

MANILA, Philippines – A “cancer awareness” challenge is gaining popularity on social media nowadays. But one netizen lauds her disapproval, criticizing the online craze.

 "Black and White Challenge" not helping cancer patients?

Starting her lengthy post by the words “Challenge Unaccepted” Facebook user Che Bautista expressed her side on the trending “Black and White Challenge” that is ruling over the netizens the past few weeks.


The hyped dare is to encourage Facebook users to change their profile pictures and turn it into black and white as to raise “awareness” with the cancer patients all over the world.

Bautista narrated in the post that she belongs to a family whom suffered and loss to the life-threatening disease. She lost her mother whom died of brain cancer, her aunt and uncle died of leukemia and lung cancer respectively, and her cousin diagnosed by an eye cancer.

“Your pretty black and white photo doesn't make this world a better place to live in for cancer patients. It doesn't talk about anything about Cancer awareness at all…” Bautista says.

She claimed that the photos in black and white does not raise any awareness about cancer at all. Bautista questioned if the pictures says anything on how cancer progresses and how cancer patients deal with radiation, chemotherapy and the suffering that there’s only just a slim percentage of survival—to only hold on to faith.

The author of the post also questioned if the photos come any close in depicting the families of the cancer patients as they pray additional days to be with their loved ones.

Bautista in the post pleaded to netizens to be sensitive in dealing with cancer-related subjects.

But she encourages to rather opt on sharing or posting informative posts about the disease, to join groups supporting cancer advocacy, prayers and even donate money and medicine to the less fortunate stricken by cancer.

“Just because its a fad or a craze doesn't mean we have to assimilate and be part of it.” Bautista says.

Bautista bravely stands on her opinion about the trend, claiming that to families whom lost loved ones to cancer it is rather awful.

In the end of her post, Bautista attached a picture of her mother whom undergone radiation and chemo-therapy. According to Bautista, her mother only lived 6 months after she was diagnosed of brain cancer. It was the most agonizing time of their family.

Her post immediately went viral gaining more than 4,400 likes/reactions and over 1,500 shares as of press time. With mixed comments from the netizens. But some, are mostly agreeing to Bautista’s point of view.

Even known personality Kat De Castro supports to rather donate than to participate in the “Black and White Challenge.”


--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express



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Star Magic talents test negative for illegal drugs - report

MANILA, Philippines - To dispel rumors of drug use in its community, ABS-CBN’s talent management arm Star Magic conducted a “supervised and voluntary” drug test on its 40 artists on Saturday, August 27. Forty artists including Jake Cuenca, Diego Loyzaga, and Enrique Gil tested negative for drugs.

Star Magic talents test negative for drugs

On Monday, August 29, Star Magic told Rappler in a text message: “Star Magic has just conducted a supervised and voluntary drug test for 40 of its artists to belie rumors of drug use in its community. Results were 100% negative for Jake Cuenca, Enrique Gil, Diego Loyzaga, and the rest of the magic artists.”

Star Magic’s statement didn’t mention the names of 37 other artists who underwent drug test.

Following DJ Karen Bordador’s arrest for reportedly violating several sections of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act Of 2002, several netizens urged entertainment networks to conduct drug tests on their artists.

GMA-7 is yet to give a statement if they will also conduct drug test on their artists.

Veteran action star Robin Padilla, a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, has earlier urged MalacaƱang not to release a list of celebrities reportedly involved in illegal drugs without having a dialogue with them first.

Padilla told Interaksyon: “Yun pong mga pangalan nung mga artista ay wag muna pong ilabas. Sana magkaruon muna ng dialogue ho ang mga artista, ang mga manager sa PNP (Philippine National Police) o kung anu mang ahensya, sapagkat ang mga artista po — tandaan po natin — mga taxpayers din ho sila. Sana po mabigyan sila ng puwang dahil sila po ay biktima rin.”

(Please don’t yet release the names of celebrities. I hope that that the artists and managers can have a dialogue with the PNP or whatever agency because we should remember that celebrities are also taxpayers. I hope that they will be given a space since they are also victims.)

However, Padilla clarified that his appeal does not involve celebrity drug pushers and that he supports Duterte’s strategy of publicly naming and shaming drug personalities.

Padilla’s controversial statement earned flak of netizens.

--Mini, The Summit Express



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VIRAL: Driver of 18-wheeler truck accused of deliberately driving over teen’s body to crush him to death

MANILA, Philippines - A 13-year-old boy from Malabon City is seeking the help of President Rodrigo Duterte after his twin brother was allegedly killed by a driver of an 18-wheeler truck on Tuesday, August 23.

According to a Facebook post by a certain Jaym Matias, his twin brother Jeriemy Monroy was on his way home after skating in Monumento when he was hit on the leg by an 18-wheeler truck in front of a police station along Potrero-Del Monte Street. Because of the reckless move of the driver, Jereimy’s leg was badly injured from being stuck under the wheels.

Driver of 18-wheeler truck accused of deliberately driving over teen’s body to crush him to death
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Jaym Matias
The truck driver went down his vehicle to check on Jereimy but to the witnesses’ horror, the driver immediately boarded the truck and intentionally drove over the poor teen’s body. Jaym, in his narration, said that the driver only stopped after his twin brother’s head was crushed.

“Sumakay po ulit sya sa truck tapos po kala po namin aatras na po nya yung 18 wheeler truck pero hindi po lahat po kami na shock diniretso nya po tapos po lahat ng kaibigan namin nakita yung pang yayare tapos po tantyang tantya po yung ulo parang pong pusa lang na sinagasaan nya yung kapatid ko,” Jaym wrote in his post.

A report by Definitely Filipino revealed that the truck driver was arrested by cops and had to be transferred to Malabon police headquarters since the victim’s family and friends were trying to attack him.

In one of the comments on Jaym’s post, a certain Tj Dungca Santiago theorized that the driver intentionally killed Jereimy since his company would be paying for expenses brought about by the injury. Killing the victim, according to Santiago, would be much cheaper for the company since they would only pay for the funeral costs.

“Batas daw nila yan. Kpag may nasagasaan sila tapos napilayan or what. Sagot ng kumpanya ang biktima hanggang sa gumaling or lifetime syang susuportahan kpag napuruhan. Kaya pinapatay na nila para pang libing na lang daw ang gastos ng kumpanya,” Santiago commented.

As of this writing, Jaym’s post has gone viral amassing over 5,000 shares.

Netizens are hopeful that Jaym would find justice for his twin brother’s untimely death.

Read the full post.

Jaym Matias Facebook post

--Mini, The Summit Express



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Google launches #LovePhilippines campaign to fuel love for the Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines - Google Philippines launches today, August 29, its year-long social media campaign called #LovePhilippines in time for National Heroes Day to inspire Filipinos to discover more about the country and our culture and fuel their love for the Philippines.

Google launches #LovePhilippines campaign to fuel love for the Filipinos

Google Philippines will post #LovePhilippines content on their social media channels to put a spotlight on the heritage of the Filipinos. The posts will include, but are not limited to, moments of triumph in history, interesting stories behind acclaimed Filipinos and their achievements, trivia on uniquely Filipino norms, and a quick tour of hidden gems in the country using different Google products like Search, Street View, YouTube, and materials from Google Cultural Institute.

The campaign kicks off with a post featuring a unique Pinoy dessert that was Jose Rizal's favorite, minatamis na santol. Apart from learning something new about our national hero, Filipinos will also get to prepare the treat by watching a YouTube video tutorial.

The campaign aims to encourage Filipinos to share with pride the positive things about our country on social media and introduce the wonderful aspects of the Philippines and its people to non-Filipinos so they can appreciate the culture more.

As part of Google’s commitment to equip Filipinos with information that are relevant to their lives, Google put together the campaign to show netizens that there are easily accessible materials online that they can use to boost the morale of fellow Filipinos and inspire others to take pride on the many remarkable characteristics of the Philippines.

“We hear things said about the Philippines or the Filipinos, but there are plenty of beautiful facts about us that are easily searchable online. We want to bring out these information so that people will be inspired to show the world that the Philippines is a fast developing country with a rich history and colorful culture. Filipinos are innately inspiring, and we look forward to spreading more love for the Philippines in the days to come,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs.

You can follow Google Philippines on Google+, Facebook and Twitter to +1 or Like, reshare or retweet #LovePhilippines posts.



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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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