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WATCH: Awra as Shirley Bassey, Xia as Diana Ross wow on 'Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids'



MANILA, Philippines - The Internet sensation and popular child stars Xia Vigor and Awra Briguela wowed the judges anew on their respective performance on "Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids" on Sunday, February 19.

Awra as Shirley Bassey, Xia as Diana Ross wow on 'Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids'
Photo Credit: Screengrab from "Your Face Sounds Familiar" YouTube video
Vigor charmed as she transformed into '70s diva Diana Ross. She performed "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

"It's obvious that you love what you're doing. You're not there to look cute. You're there because you love people and you love to entertain. I think that you are a young artist with something to show, more than just a cute face," judge Gary Valenciano told Vigor.

"Hindi mo dinadaan sa pa-cute lang talaga eh. You are really, really working there," Ogie Alcasid added.

WATCH: Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids: Xia Vigor as Diana Ross - Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (video courtesy of ABS-CBN)


Meanwhile, Briguela transformed into Shirley Bassey, performing the Broadway showstopper "I Am What I Am."

"Grabe ka, Awra. Ginalingan mo talaga. Alam mo, meron ka kasing style dito sa 'Your Face' na kakaiba eh. Ang tawag doon, parody. 'Yung nanggagaya ka, pero ang atake mo, comic. Ikaw lang ang nakakagawa noon," Ogie Alcasid told Briguela.

"Every week, meron kang ipinapakita sa akin na nagpapatunay na ikaw ay magiging isa sa pinaka-successful comedians ng Pilipinas, ever," Gary Valenciano added.

WATCH: Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids: Awra Briguela as Shirley Bassey - I Am What I Am (video courtesy of ABS-CBN)


Sam Shoaf as MC Hammer was named this week's winner as he received a perfect score of 24 points from the judges.

WATCH: Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids: Sam Shoaf as MC Hammer - U Can’t Touch This (video courtesy of ABS-CBN)


Hosted by Billy Crawford, "Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids" airs every Saturday after "Home Sweetie Home" and Sunday after "Goin' Bulilit."



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CHED Scholarship Program AY 2017-2018: how to apply, deadline of filing, requirements



MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has called for applications the State Scholarship Program (Full Scholarship and Partial Scholarship) and Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) for the upcoming academic year (AY) 2017-2018. Check out on this page for the requirements, coverage, qualification requirements, financial benefits and the deadline of filing.

CHED Scholarship Program AY 2017-2018

To be clear on the details of the scholarship, we've made a lowdown on question and answer format:

What is the CHED Scholarship Program?

The Scholarship Program is in consonance with the mandate of CHED as provided for in Article XIV, Section 1 of the Philippine Constitution “to protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all” and Article XIV, Section 2(3) “to establish and maintain a system of scholarship grants, student loan programs, subsidies, and other incentives which shall be available to deserving students in both public and private schools.

It is important to emphasize that this scholarship is a modality of financial support given to qualified students based on merit or talent. It is different from Grants-in-Aid and Student Loan which are also offered by CHED as part of its regular Student Financial Assistance Programs (StuFAPs).

How to be qualified on the Scholarship Program?

Under the State Scholarship Program (SSP), applicants may be qualified as a full scholar, partial scholar, or PESFA scholar. To be accepted under the program, the applicant should either be a 1) high school graduate; 2) candidate for graduation; 3) earned units in college; or 4) passer of Alternative Learning System or Philippine Educational Placement Test.

Wait, what is the guideline to become SSP - Full of Partial Scholar?

1. SSP- Full Scholarship - Intended for high school graduates whose General Weighted Average (GWA) is at least 90% or its equivalent, or for graduating high school students whose GWA is 90% or its equivalent in the third year and at least 90% in the first three grading periods of the fourth year, who will enroll in identified priority courses in duly authorized public or private Higher Education Institution (HEI) / college or university.

2. SSP- Partial Scholarship - Intended for high school graduates whose GWA is at least 85% or its equivalent, or for graduating high school students whose GWA is 85% or its equivalent in the third year and at least 85% in the first three grading periods of the fourth year, who will enroll in identified priority courses in duly authorized public HEI / college or university.

How about for PESFA? What is the difference from the SSP?

The requirement for PESFA is almost same with the SSP-partial scholarship but the scholar's preference is to enroll in duly authorized private HEI.

Check out the master list of CHED's authorized HEI here.

What are the CHED's priority courses?

Based on CHED's Memorandum Order No. 1 Series of 2014, the agreed priority courses are as follows (Note: Agriculture and related fileds, science and math and engineering courses have bigger chunk for the allocation of scholars):


What are the qualification requirements?

  • Must be a Filipino citizen;
  • Must be a high school graduate; candidate for graduation; with earned units in college; passer of Alternative Learning System (ALS) / Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT);
  • Must have a combined annual gross income of parents/guardian not to exceed Three Hundred Thousand Pesos (PhP 300,000.00)*;
  • Must avail of only one CHED scholarship or financial assistance program; and
  • Must not be a graduate of any degree program.


* In highly exceptional cases where income exceeds PhP300,000.00, the CHEDRO StuFAPs Committee shall determine the merits of the application.

What are the application procedure and documentary requirements?

Student applicants should submit the accomplished CHED StuFAPs Application (StuFAPs Form 1) directly to the CHED Regional Office concerned.

For Incoming Freshmen:

  • For 4th year HS applicants – 3rd year grade and first three grading periods of fourth year
  • For high school graduates – Form 138
  • For Applicants with Earned Units in College – Certificate of grades in all subjects in completed semesters

Other Applicants

  • ALS – Accreditation and Equivalency Test Passer Certificate
  • PEPT – Certificate of Advancing to the Next Level

Other Requirements

AAny one of the following:

  • Latest Income Tax Return (ITR) of parents or guardian
  • Certificate of Tax Exemption from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
  • Certificate of Indigency from their Barangay
  • Case Study from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
  • Affidavit of No Income
  • For children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and seafarers, a latest copy of contract or proof of income may be considered
B. Certificate of good moral character from the last school attended.

When is the deadline of filing applications?

The deadline of submission of requirements is on Friday, April 28, 2017.

What is CHED's selection criteria in choosing the next scholar?

1. Academic Performance is weighted 60%
2. Annual Gross Income has 40% weight

If I will be selected as scholar, what are the financial benefits?

Full scholars will receive financial assistance worth PhP30,000 while partial scholars are set to receive PhP15,000 per academic year. On the other hand, PESFA scholars will receive PhP15,000.

What is the mode of payment?

The release of financial benefits shall be as follows:

Mode 1: CHED regional office to release financial benefits directly to scholars
Mode 2: CHED regional office to transfer financial benefits to scholars through HEI with ten or more beneficiaries
Mode 3: CHED regional office to transfer financial benefits to scholars through authorized banks

Check out more details on the documentary requirements for the processing of financial benefits, rules to be observed as scholar on this memorandum:


Last year, a total of 2,368 students qualified under SSP and PESFA. 988 students qualified as full scholars, 690 were accepted as partial scholars while another 690 became PESFA scholars.



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VACANCY: Feature/Trending News Writer



MANILA, Philippines - TheSummitExpress.com, a reliable Philippine news portal is growing and with this comes the desire to look for a feature/trending news writer who has the ability to spot and create trend on social media.

The Summit Express Now Hiring: Feature/Trending News Writer

As a writer, expertise should focus on writing original stories/features and trending news or posts on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube). The writer must be social media or tech savvy and knows various social media platforms, has good writing skills and enthusiasm to deliver the freshest stories ahead of the competition.

The writer should have basic background on search engine optimization (SEO), knows the nature of blogging, basic HTML coding, photoshop or any image editing app or software, and willing to contribute report in any time of the day.

Notes:
1. This is part-time job only and you will work from the comfort of your home.
2. Knowledge on writing about politics, entertainment or sports is a plus.

Are you the one we're looking for? Interested applicants may send their resume and sample writing/s to admin@thesummitexpress.com.

Use "TRENDING NEWS WRITER: "Your Name" as subject of email.

As a writer, you will also get the opportunity to attend product launch (if Metro Manila resident), press conference and various events. Through media invites, you will enjoy lots of freebies, be the first to know about new product or announcement, VIP treatment and even see your favorite stars.

In case you just want to contribute or share your talent with us by sending tip or story, visit this page.

Join us as we continue to deliver the best stories, trending news and breaking reports for the Filipinos worldwide.

The Summit Express which has been online since 2012 maintains its status as one of the leading news blogs in the Philippines. As of press time, the website has garnered over 82 million views since its launch. On Facebook, we have a growing community of around 176,000 followers.



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Jinri Park evicted from PBB Dream Team



MANILA, Philippines - Jinri Park has been evicted from the "Pinoy Big Brother" house.

Jinri Park evicted from PBB Dream Team
Photo Credit: ABS-CBN Entertainment
Park was nominated for eviction after the face-to-face nomination, along with model Tanner Mata, model and video blogger Cora Waddell and Hashtags members Nikko Natividad and McCoy de Leon.


In the live eviction night results on Saturday, February 18, Park received the least number of public votes, getting just 11.08%. Mata got 28.85%, Waddell garnered 24.02%, while Natividad and De Leon, who were considered as one housemate, had the most with 36.06%.

On Saturday, the the result of the second Dream Team challenge was also announced. The housemates failed on their Champagne Glass Tower, in which they were tasked to balance a table top with a glass tower on it using a rope being hold by the housemates.

Last week, the Dream Team housemates won the Golden Balls challenge.

Big Brother announced that instead of Big 4, there might be Lucky 7 housemates who will continue the Big Night if they will pass 3 out of 5 Dream Team Challenges.

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



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August 2017 Civil Service Exam (CSE-PPT) application, deadline of filing, requirements



MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has called for applications for the second Civil Service Exam - Paper-and-Pencil Test (CSE-PPT) this year, set on August 6, 2017. CSC will start accepting application starting April 3, 2017 and will end on June 2, 2017 (deadline of filing.)

August 2017 Civil Service Exam (CSE-PPT) application, deadline of filing, requirements

The August 2017 nationwide conduct of Career Service Examination is for both Professional and Sub-Professional Levels.

Passing the examination will result in the conferment of their professional or subprofessional eligibility appropriate for appointment to corresponding permanent positions in the government.

CSC reminds interested individuals to file their applications early because acceptance of application is on a first-come, first-served basis and shall be closed any time before the deadline if the CSC Regional/Field Office has already reached the target number of applicants.

The CS examinations are open to Filipino citizens, regardless of educational attainment, who are at least 18 years old at the time of filing of application, and have not taken the same level of examination within three months before the date of examination.

For the qualifications and complete list of application requirements, interested applicants may access CSC Examination Announcement No. 03, s. 2016 posted at the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph.

Examination fee for both levels of examination is PhP500.

Qualification/Admission Requirements

All applicants must strictly meet the following qualification requirements:

1. Filipino citizen;

2. At least 18 years old on the date of filing of application;

3. Of good moral character;

4. Has not been convicted by final judgment of an offense or crime involving moral turpitude, or disgraceful or immoral conduct, dishonesty, examination irregularity, drunkenness, or addiction to drugs;

5. Has not been dishonorably discharged from military service, or dismissed for cause from any civilian position in the government; and

6. Has not taken the same level of Career Service Examination, regardless of mode, within the last three months before the date of examination.

Here are some of the important reminders from CSC:

a) Approval of applications may be recalled any time upon discovery of applicant’s disqualification, for which the examination fees paid shall be forfeited.

b) Applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225 (Citizenship Retention and Re-acquisition Act of 2003) may apply for and take the examination upon presentation of original, and submission of a copy of, Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship from the Bureau of Immigration, and meeting of all the other admission and application requirements for the examination.

c) Applicants with pending administrative and/or criminal cases may take the examination and shall be conferred the eligibility if they successfully pass the same. However, this is without prejudice to the outcome of their pending cases. If they are found guilty, their eligibility shall be forfeited based on the penalties stated in the decision and pursuant to Section 52 (a) of the Revised Rules on Administrative Cases in the Civil Service.

d) Passers of the regular Bar examination given by the Supreme Court of the Philippines and of Board examinations given by the Professional Regulation Commission are automatically granted a civil service eligibility pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 1080. They are automatically considered as civil service eligibles in accordance with CSC Resolution No. 90-1212. Thus, they may opt not to apply and take the corresponding examination anymore. Also, individuals who were granted the Honor Graduate Eligibility pursuant to P.D. 907 may opt not to apply and take the corresponding examination anymore.

Application Requirements

1. Fully accomplished Application Form (CS Form No. 100, Revised September 2016).

NOTE: The spaces for “Signature of Applicant” and “Right Thumbmark” on the Application Form should be left blank. These shall be accomplished in the presence of the CSC processor.

2. Four (4) pieces of identical I.D. pictures with specifications, as follows:

  • Passport size (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm or 1.8 inches x 1.4 inches)
  • Colored, with white background
  • Taken within three (3) months prior to filing of application
  • Printed on good quality photo paper
  • In standard close-up shot (from shoulder level up with the head and face occupying at least 80% of the picture and with the name tag positioned at approximately 1 inch or 2.54 cm below the chin)
  • In bare face (with no eyeglasses, colored contact lens, or any accessories that may cover the facial features; facial features not computer enhanced)
  • Showing left and right ears
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With neutral facial expression, and both eyes open
  • With HANDWRITTEN (not computer-generated) name tag legibly showing SIGNATURE OVER PRINTED FULL NAME in the format: First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, and Extension Name, if any

3. Original and photocopy of any of the following I.D. cards, which must be valid (not expired upon filing of application), and contains the name, clear picture, date of birth and signature of the applicant, and the name and signature of the issuing agency’s current head/authorized representative:

  • Driver’s License;
  • Passport;
  • PRC License;
  • SSS I.D.;
  • GSIS I.D.
  • Voter’s I.D.;
  • BIR I.D. (ATM type/TIN card type with picture);
  • PhilHealth ID (must, at the least, contain the applicant’s name, clear picture, signature and PhilHealth number);
  • Current Company/Office ID;
  • Current School ID (validated for the current school year/semester/trimester);
  • Police Clearance;
  • Postal I.D.; or
  • Barangay I.D.

NOTE: Any other I.D. card not included in the above list shall NOT be accepted.

4. For applicants without date of birth in their I.D. card/s, original and photocopy of Birth Certificate issued/authenticated by the National Statistics Office

5. For applicants holding dual citizenship under R.A. 9225, original and photocopy of Certification of Retention/Re-acquisition of Philippine Citizenship issued by the Bureau of Immigration

6. Examination fee of Five Hundred Pesos (Php 500.00)

Where to get and file application forms

The application form is available at any CSC Regional/Field Office, or may be downloaded from the CSC website: www.csc.gov.ph. The application form may be photocopied using legal sized bond paper.

Applicants are strongly advised to file their applications at the CSC Regional Office (CSCRO), or at any of the CSCRO’s Field Offices, where they intend to take the examination.

CSC said that proper attire should be worn during filing of application. APPLICANTS SHOULD NOT BE IN SLEEVELESS SHIRT/BLOUSE, OR IN SHORT PANTS, OR IN SLIPPERS.

Examination Permit

Examinees shall be informed of their places of examination (school assignment) through the Online Notice of School Assignment (ONSA).

ONSA shall be available via the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph approximately two weeks before examination day. ONSA can also be accessed through the path http://webapp.csc.gov.ph/ExamAssign/ExamAssign.htm.

Examinees are advised to have a print-out of their Notice of School Assignment using ONSA.

If examinees cannot access the ONSA and/or still do not know their school assignment one week before examination day, they should coordinate and inquire directly with the CSC Regional/Field Office concerned. A complete directory of CSC Regional/Field Offices nationwide is available at the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph.

NOTE: Examinees, as applicable, are advised to visit and have an ocular inspection of their assigned school at least one day before the examination day to familiarize them with the school’s location.

TheSummitExpress will also provide on this website the room assignment per region.

Scope of Examinations

The Career Service Examinations shall cover the following subject areas:

1. For Professional Level – In English and Filipino; vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, analogy, logic, and numerical reasoning.

2. For SubProfessional Level – In English and Filipino; vocabulary, grammar and correct usage, paragraph organization, reading comprehension, spelling, clerical operations, and numerical reasoning.

Both Professional and SubProfessional levels of the examination shall have items on General Information, which shall include the following areas: Philippine Constitution, Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (R.A. 6713), Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts, and Environment Management and Protection.

August 2017 CSE-PPT Exam Results


The passing rate for both levels (Professional and sub-Professional) examination is 80.00. CSC announced that exam results will be released within 41 days after the examination through posting the list of passers in the CSC website.

Examinees can also generate their examination rating through OCSERGS or Online Service Examination Result Generation System which can be accessed at the CSC website. Generation of exam rating through OCSERGS shall be available approximately in 15 days after posting the list of passers.



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School and Room Assignment ONSA for March 12, 2017 Civil Service Exam CSE-PPT



MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) regional offices have released school and room assignment or the Online Notice of School Assignment (ONSA) in few weeks before the Career Service Examination Paper-and-Pencil Test (CSE-PPT) which will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Room Assignment ONSA for March 12, 2017 Civil Service Exam CSE-PPT

The CSC will conduct the CSE-PPT for Professional and SubProfessional levels in at least 66 test centers nationwide.

The CSC Rizal Field Office with 3,045 total examinees and Region 4 with 32,654 examinees were the first to announced their room assignment.

Rizal CSC: "If you cant find your name in the list please contact CSC Rizal Field at (02) 696.25.96 or visit us at 4th Floor GSO Building Cainta Municipal Complex, Baragangay Sto. Domingo, Cainta Rizal, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays excluding Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays."

Region 4 CSC: "If you cant find your name in the list please contact the office where you have filed your application, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays except Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays."

As advised, the full list of room assignment or ONSA will be available via the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph (enosa.csc.gov.ph/enosav3/) on Monday, February 27 (Please standby for the link activation). It can also be accessed through the path (webapp.csc.gov.ph/ExamAssign/ExamAssign.htm).

Alternative links for March 12, 2017 Civil Service Exam CSE-PPT room assignment


To use the ONSA, examinees should encode or fill in the required data in the corresponding data fields accurately, following the indicated format.

ONSA March 12, 2017

ADDITIONAL REMINDERS ON ONSA

Examinees are also advised to have a print-out of their Notice of School Assignment using ONSA.

Should you have any clarification, please visit or call the nearest CSC Field Office or you may call the Examination Services Division at (033) 321.1253.

If examinees cannot access the ONSA and/or still do not know their school assignment one week before examination day, they should coordinate and inquire directly with the CSC Regional/Field Office concerned. A complete directory of CSC Regional/Field Offices nationwide is available at the CSC website.

EXAMINATION DAY REMINDERS

On the examination day, examinees should be at their assigned school early. Testing venues shall be open to examinees starting 6:00 a.m.

Note: GATES OF TESTING VENUES SHALL BE CLOSED TO EXAMINEES AT 7:30 a.m. Examinees that arrive later than 7:30 a.m. shall NOT be admitted.

CSC also emphasized that the “No I.D., No Exam” rule will be strictly implemented. For verification purposes, examinees should bring a valid I.D. with date of birth (preferably the same I.D. presented during the filing of examination; if I.D. has no date of birth, bring original copy of Birth Certificate), ONSA-generated notice of school assignment (if available), and application receipt with corresponding official receipt (if available).

Examinees must use dark lead pencils and erasers, and/or ball pens (black) in the answer sheets. Use of any aid in answering the test, such calculators, dictionary, cellular phones, tablets, etc., is strictly prohibited.

CSC said that the scope of examination for both the Professional and Sub-Professional levels will include general information on the Philippine Constitution, Code of Conduct and Ethical for Public Officials and Employees (R.A. 6713), Peace and Human Rights Issues and Concepts, and Environment Management and Protection.

Failure to take the examination shall mean forfeiture of examination fee and slot. The rescheduling of examination date is now allowed, CSC added.

A WARNING ON CHEATING

The CSC said they are using highly reliable system to detect cheats. It was advised that any form of cheating in any civil service examination shall be a violation of Republic Act No. 9416, and any person found guilty shall be administratively and criminally liable.

Check out the complete details of the reminders through CSC Examination Advisory No. 03, s. 2016.

Note: The Summit Express will also post on this page the probable release date of March 12, 2017 civil service exam (CSE-PPT) results.



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PHOTOS: Top 10 List of Tallest Buildings in the Philippines



MANILA, Philippines - From the Manila Hotel until the late 1960s to Rufino Pacific Tower and Petron Megaplaza in the 1990s, Metro Manila’s skyline has been rapidly changing. In fact, in as few as 4 years, 6 new skyscrapers entered top 10 list of tallest buildings in the country between 2013 and last year. With many more structures currently under construction, we expect this list to change again very soon.

Top 10 Tallest Buildings in the Philippines

But before we wait for the construction of these new properties to be complete, real estate website Lamudi Philippines has made a lowdown of the top 10 list of the Philippines’ tallest completed buildings. Data were sourced from global building information provider Emporis.

10. Petron Megaplaza
Location: Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati
Height: 210 meters
No. of floors: 45

Petron Megaplaza
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Developed by Megaworld Corp., Petron Megaplaza is an office skyscraper that held the title of the tallest building in the Philippines from 1998 to 2000. Its total height is 210 meters measured from the ground to its architectural spire, while its high-profile tenants include Petron Corporation itself, the international division of Megaworld, and the Embassy of Norway.

9. St. Francis Shangri-La Place
Location: St. Francis Street, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Height: 213 meters
No. of floors: 50

St. Francis Shangri-La Place
Photo courtesy of lonjaurigue.com
Completed in 2009, St. Francis Shangri-La Place is composed of two buildings both 212.9 meters tall. Located along St. Francis Street on the Mandaluyong side of Ortigas Center and developed by luxury brand Shang Properties, it is considered one of the most luxurious residential condos in Metro Manila. It has a podium that connects both towers, five levels of basement parking, and a direct connection to the MRT-3 Shaw Station. Shopping for residents is a breeze, as the condo has a link bridge to the high-end Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

8. GT International Tower
Location: Ayala Avenue, Makati
Height: 217 meters
No. of floors: 43

GT International Tower
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Rising 217 meters from the ground up, Federal Land’s GT International Tower is also known as the First Metrobank Tower. Named after its owner George Ty, chairman of the Metrobank Group, GT International has 47 floors comprising office spaces. The building’s 10 uppermost floors resemble a fin, making it stand out among its equally impressive neighbors along Ayala Avenue.

7. BSA Twin Towers
Location: St. Francis Square, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Height: 221 meters
No. of floors: 54

BSA Twin Towers
Photo courtesy of getmanilahotels.com
The BSA Twin Towers, located along St. Francis Square in Ortigas Center, are two of the most recognizable towers in Metro Manila. Towering at a height of 221 meters, these twin skyscrapers are colorfully lit at night by the St. Francis Square Group of Companies. They are close to shopping malls, the Asian Development Bank, and the headquarters of San Miguel Corporation. This mixed-use development has commercial and office spaces on its lower floors, and residential condos and serviced apartments on its upper levels.

6. One Shangri-La Place
Location: Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Height: 227 meters
No. of floors: 64

One Shangri-La Place
Photo courtesy of SkyscraperCity.com
Completed in 2015, One Shangri-La Place is also currently the 15th tallest set of twin towers in the world. Towering at a height of 227 meters, this 64-story luxury residential condo is built atop the newly opened wing of the upscale Shangri-La Plaza Mall. Through this mall, the condo is connected to the Shaw Boulevard Station of MRT. It is also within walking distance of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, the Ortigas Center trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange, and the University of Asia and the Pacific.

5. Grand Riviera Suites
Location: Roxas Blvd., Manila
Height: 230 meters
No. of floors: 57

Grand Riviera Suites
Photo courtesy of moldexrealty.ph
Grand Riviera Suites of Moldex Realty is a 230-meter-tall residential condo building situated along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. Said to have been inspired by its view of the famed Manila Bay sunset, this 55-story skyscraper is near Manila’s shopping malls and districts, entertainment and leisure centers, universities, and the city’s historical sites, including Intramuros, Rizal Park, and Paco Park.

4. Shangri-La at The Fort
Location: 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Height: 250 meters
No. of floors: 61

Shangri-La at The Fort
Photo courtesy of forurbanwomen.com
Opened in March 2015, the long-awaited Shangri-La at The Fort is touted as one of Bonifacio Global City’s most recognizable landmarks. Towering at a height of 250 meters, the 67-story tower is home to offices, hotels, and luxury residential condos. Shangri-La at The Fort also hosts Kerry Sports Manila, a modern indoor lifestyle and fitness hub, and the building achieved a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

3. Discovery Primea
Location: Ayala Avenue, Makati
Height: 250 meters
No. of floors: 68

Discovery Primea
Photo courtesy of Cheryl Tiu/Macy.
Part luxury condo, part upscale hotel, Discovery Primea is a 68-story, 250-meter skyscraper situated along Ayala Avenue in Makati developed by JTKC Land, which is the same brand behind the award-winning Discovery Shores in Boracay. Its hotel section is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection. According to its website, its main architect is Pritzer Prize winner Kenzō Tange, whose most notable works include the Tokyo Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Museum.

2. The Gramercy Residences
Location: Century City, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati
Height: 250 meters
No. of floors: 73

The Gramercy Residences
Photo courtesy of homesinmakati.com
The Gramercy Residences is the first tower to be built in the new Century City complex located along Kalayaan Avenue. It is named after the Gramercy, a fenced-in private park in Manhattan, which incidentally is situated in one of New York City’s most prestigious neighborhoods. The Gramercy Residences is a high-end residential condo with 73 floors, towering at a height of 250 meters. Developed by Century Properties, it offers top-notch amenities, such as a club and restaurant on its 72nd floor, gardens, access to the area’s high-end mall, and spectacular views of Metro Manila.

1. Philippine Bank of Communications Tower (PBCom Tower)
Location: Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati
Height: 259 meters
No. of floors: 55

Philippine Bank of Communications Tower (PBCom Tower)
Photo courtesy of Erich Mercado | via SkyscraperCity.com
The Philippine Bank of Communications Tower, more commonly known as PBCom Tower, has been the tallest building in the Philippines since 2000. Towering at a height of 259 meters, it serves as the headquarters of the Philippine Bank of Communications, as well as several multinationals including cement-maker Lafarge Holdings and Dutch technology giant Philips. It has been designated by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority as one of two certified information technology (IT) buildings in the country, which affords its IT-related tenants special tax incentives and privileges.

Tallest Buildings in the Philippines

There is a strong possibility that this list will change soon as there are a number of high-rises which are expected to be completed over the next few years. Once these buildings are finished, it is highly likely that PBCom Tower might lose the top spot. Regardless of which building is crowned as the next tallest building in the Philippines, one thing is for sure: given the country’s buoyant real estate market, Metro Manila’s skyline will be unrecognizable in a decade’s time.

Note: This story was originally published in Lamudi's website.



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#WalangPasok: February 28, March 2, 7, 8, 17, 21 and 24, 2017 special holiday in selected areas



MANILA, Philippines - (Updated as of February 19) MalacaƱang Palace has declared February 28, March 2,7,8,17, 21 and 24, 2017 as special non-working holiday in selected areas for the celebration of important events.

February 28, March 2, 7, 8, 17, 21 and 24, 2017 special holiday in selected areas

Acting Executive Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra through the authority of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed proclamations No. 152-160, declaring special non-working day in Escalante City in Negros Occidental, La Union, Samal City, Basilan, Tayug in Pangasinan, Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro, Tangub City, Compostela Valley and Tabaco City in Albay.

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Proclamation No. 152: Escalante City, Negros Occidental will celebrate Charter Day on Tuesday, February 28.

Proclamation No. 153: Celebration of the 167th Founding Anniversary of La Union Province on Thursday, March 2.

Proclamation No. 154: Celebration of the Charter Anniversary of the Island Garden City of Samal on Tuesday, March 7.

Proclamation No. 155: Celebration of the 43rd Founding Anniversary of the Province of Basilan on Tuesday, March 7.

Proclamation No. 156: Founding Anniversary of the Municipality of Tayug, Pangasinan on Friday, March 17.

Proclamation No. 157: Celebration of the 19th Founding Anniversary of the City of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro on Tuesday, March 21.

Proclamation No. 158: Celebration of the Charter Day in the City of Tangub on Tuesday, February 28.

Proclamation No. 159: Celebration of 19th Foundation Anniversary and the 10th Bulawan Festival of the Province of Compostela Valley on Wednesday, March 8.

Proclamation No. 160: Celebration of the Foundation Anniversary of the City of Tabaco, Province of Albay on Friday, March 24.

OTHER SPECIAL HOLIDAYS PER REPUBLIC ACT (waiting for official proclamation this year):

Republic Act No. 9191: March 1 of every year is hereby declared a special non-working holiday in the City of Muntinlupa to be known as “Muntinlupa City Charter Day” in order to commemorate the Charter Anniversary of the said city.

Republic Act No. 7551: March 16 of every year as "Araw ng Davao," a special non-working public holiday in Davao City

Republic Act No. 7679: An act declaring March 27 (Monday this 2017) of every year a special non-working public holiday in San Juan City to commemorate the anniversary and formation as an independent municipality by virtue of Philippine Commission Act No. 1625.

We're still waiting proclamation for "Araw ng Cavite" on March 22 (Wedneday). In previous years, it's being declared special non-working day for the celebration of the birth anniversary of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Republic of the Philippines.

Special Holiday Area Celebration
February 28 (Tuesday) Escalante City, Negros Occidental Charter Day
February 28 (Tuesday) Tangub City Charter Day
March 1 (Wednesday) Muntinlupa City Muntinlupa City Charter Day
March 2 (Thursday) La Union 167th Founding Anniversary
March 7 (Tuesday) Island Garden City of Samal Charter Anniversary
March 7 (Tuesday) Basilan Province 43rd Founding Anniversary
March 8 (Wednesday) Compostela Valley 10th Bulawan Festival
March 16 (Thurday) Davao City Araw ng Davao
March 17 (Friday) Tayug, Pangasinan Founding Anniversary
March 21 (Tuesday) Calapan, Oriental Mindoro 9th Founding Anniversary
March 22 (Wednesday) Cavite Province Araw ng Cavite
March 24 (Friday) Tabaco City, Albay Foundation Anniversary
March 27 (Monday) San Juan City Araw ng San Juan

ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY DECLARATION (Municipal level)

Resolution No. 2017-324 and 330 declaring March 3 and 7, 2017 as official non-working holidays in the Municipality of Sto. Tomas, Batangas for the Mahaguyog Festival and for the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.

MalacaƱang Palace said that it is proper that the people on the said areas be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

As defined in the Administrative Code of 1987, Book III, Chapter 2, Section 4, Proclamations are "acts of the President fixing a date or declaring a status or condition of public moment or interest, upon the existence of which the operation of a specific law or regulation is made to depend, shall be promulgated in proclamations which shall have the force of an executive order."

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