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VIDEO: Pinay gets standing ovation on 'X Factor UK' with last performance


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MANILA, Philippines - Singing the Whitney Houston megahit, "I Have Nothing," Ivy Grace Paredes took The X Factor UK 2016 stage to thundering applause and what host Dermot O’Leary described as the “loudest standing ovation of the night.”

Judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger were on their feet acknowledging how well the Filipino singer did in this round of the competition.

Pinay gets standing ovation on 'X Factor UK' with last performance

In giving her comments after Ivy Grace’s performance, Nicole said, “I know why you left the Philippines. (It is) because your voice is way too big for the Philippines alone. It is meant for the entire world to hear.”

Simon on the other hand quipped, “Is it the most original thing we’ve ever heard? No.” But quickly changed gears saying, “Is it exciting? Yes! Should you be in a chair? Yes!”

WATCH: Ivy Grace Paredes Receives Loudest Standing Ovation on The X Factor UK Six Chair Challenge (video courtesy of Youtube/X Factor UK)


Sharon Osbourne, mentor of the Overs Category to which Ivy Grace is grouped, already had all `her six chairs filled. After Ivy Grace’s performance she had no choice but to then give her a chair. Ivy Grace took over the seat Marianna Zappi occupied securing for herself a spot in Sharon’s top 6 and a position in the Judges’ Houses round.

Unfortunately, Ivy Grace will no longer be part of the competition. It was confirmed last week that she had to leave The X Factor UK after being unable to get a visa to the US where the Judges’ Houses round would take place.

The X Factor UK airs first and exclusive on RTL CBS Entertainment same day as the UK on Sundays and Mondays at 10:30am with primetime encores Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at 9:00pm.

RTL CBS Entertainment is available on SkyCable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD) and Destiny Cable channel 53.



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VIRAL: Netizen slams "Pinoy Boyband Superstar” for pressing good looks over talent


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MANILA, Philippines – A netizen’s post recently went viral on social media after calling on ABS-CBN’s newest reality TV show “Pinoy Boyband Superstar” criticizing the program for pressing a unconscious message that “good looking people are worthy of opportunities.”

Business Economics student “Feronie Anne Avila” posted on Facebook on Sunday, September 25, her ‘two-cents’ on the said TV show. “Pinoy Boyband Superstar is one of the most pathetic and useless TV shows to ever exist in the Philippines.” she wrote.

Netizen criticizes "Pinoy Boyband Superstar”

Avila cleared first that she has nothing against the show’s prime objective wherein to gather good looking teens who is also talented in singing and form a boy band. Sarcastically adding that boybands have always been present in the country but in the long run fails to make it. She mentioned “Chicser” and “Sugar High” as examples.

But what troubles Avila is the procedure wherein the good looking contestant enters the stage to be initially judge by the audience for his good looks before being able to meet the judges and actually sing.

“The issue for me is the method of grouping these "pretty boys." They walk into an estrogen infested room filled with petty, screaming teenagers and get voted either a yes or a no based on how they look. If they're handsome, then they go to the next round where they're given the chance to actually sing for the judges,” She wrote.

Avila pointed out out that’s “where the problem starts.” For Avila, the TV show is implying that first you have to pass the ‘standards’ of the society or “standards of a bunch of sad teenagers,” to be called for opportunities, to be discovered and to actually become famous.

“The question then stands, how about the guys who don't pass society's standards? What if they actually have so much more to give compared to the other pretty boys?” Avila questioned.

In the end of the post, Avila emphasized that successful boybands in Korea trained for over 4-10 years before debuting as group. Bluntly stating that forming a boyband in a span of 2-3 months is set out for failure and “If anything, it's a total insult to the music industry.”

“Pinoy Boyband Superstar is a pathetic excuse for a talent search contest. I'd rather just have another season of The Voice Philippines than watch that cringe-worthy show…” she added.

Pinoy Boyband Superstar Facebook post viral

Avila’s post immediately went viral over the weekend with over 7,000 shares as majority of the netizens expressed same sentiment.

Pinoy Boyband Superstar premiered on September 10 replacing the third season of The Voice Kids Philippines. It is based on Latin-American singing competition series La Banda that was created by Simon Cowell. The judges of the local show are composed of Aga Muhlach, Yeng Constantino, Sandara Park and Vice Ganda.

--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express



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Single? You can now rent a social media boyfriend who’ll make your friends die of envy


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Let’s face it. You’ve been itching to change that social media relationship status for the longest time. The only problem is, you haven’t found the perfect guy for you.

It doesn’t have to stay that way as you can now rent a temporary social media boyfriend on Fastwork, a freelance work website. You can now get rid of that “single” relationship status that has been bugging your Facebook page for the longest time.

You can now rent a social media boyfriend who’ll make your friends die of envy
Are you going to stay single forever?PHOTO CREDIT: Huffington Post
So how exactly does this Facebook-official relationship works?

According to an article by Coconuts Bangkok, you can hire a “professional” to be your social media lover for a week. Responsibilities include changing his relationship status to convince your friends that yes, you’re taken, liking as well as leaving sweet comments on your posts.

Of course, you can request whatever it is you’ll want him to write and even put limits on the “likes” you want so that your lover wouldn’t end up looking like a stalker on social media.

A certain “professional” Peerwait wrote in his job description:

“You can hire me to be your boyfriend on Facebook for a week. During that time, we’ll change our relationship status to show each other, I will ‘like’ your posts and pictures and go around leaving sugar-coated comments that will leave your friends burning with jealousy. You can request what it is you want me to write, as well as limit how many ‘likes’ you want.”

In Thailand, you can avail of a one-week service for as low as THB250 or almost P350. You can even send a picture of yourself that he will photoshop to make it appear that you were in a date. Let’s just hope that his photoshop skills are good enough to convince your doubting friends.

But if you want to go beyond likes, tweets, and romantic stickers on social media, you have the option to meet your lover for THB2,500 or almost Php3,500 for a series of clean fun “magical” dates that will each last for 4 hours. During this time, you can take photos together and later post it on social media for everyone to drool on.

Keep in mind that there is no monkey business involved as your lover will only provide friendly companionship.

--Mini, The Summit Express



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Top performing schools, performance of schools Librarian board exam September 2016


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The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) officially announced on Monday, September 26, that 738 out of 1,140 (64.74%) passed the Librarian board exam given by the Board for Librarians in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Legazpi this September 2016.

PRC has recognized University of the Philippines (UP) - Diliman as the no. 1 top performing school as per Commission Resolution No. 2010-547 series of 2010. UPD got 100-percent passing rate or 50 examinees successfully hurdled the series of tests.

University of Santo Tomas (UST) and Benguet State University (BSU)- La Trinidad ranked second and third respectively for having 94.44% (51 out of 54 examinees passed) and 86.36% (57 out of 66), respectively.
Top performing schools Librarian board exam September 2016
The performance of schools in the September 2016 Librarian Licensure Examination in alphabetical order as per R.A. 8981 otherwise known as PRC Modernization Act of 2000 Section 7(m) "To monitor the performance of schools in licensure examinations and publish the results thereof in a newspaper of national circulation" is as follows:


RELATED RESULTS



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Top 10 Passers: UST grad tops September 2016 Librarian board exam


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The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has released on Monday, the complete list of passers for September 2016 Librarian board exam. Karl Emmanuel Villanueva Ruiz, graduate of University of Santo Tomas (UST) topped the licensure exam with 89.90-percent grade.

Holy Cross of Davao College alumna April Mae Badilla Delola ranked second with 89.25-percent grade.

Baliuag University grad Elaine Barbara Maglaque Cruz grabbed the third spot with 89.20-percent.

PRC announced that 738 out of 1,140 successfully hurdled the recent Librarian board exam.

RELATED RESULTS

The successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places (top 10) in the September 2016 Librarian Licensure Examination are the following:

RANK NAME SCHOOL RATING(%)

1 KARL EMMANUEL VILLANUEVA RUIZ
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS
89.90

2 APRIL MAE BADILLA DELOLA
HOLY CROSS OF DAVAO COLLEGE
89.25

3 ELAINE BARBARA MAGLAQUE CRUZ
BALIUAG UNIVERSITY (BALIUAG COLLEGES)
89.20

4 PAUL JASON VISAYA PEREZ
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINESDILIMAN
89.15

5 JONATHAN DE GUZMAN ISIP
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINESDILIMAN
88.85

ROANA MARIE LUCENA FLORES
UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST-MANILA
88.85

6 GRACE RUTH TANTEO DAULAT
PHILIPPINE NORMAL UNIVERSITYMANILA
88.55

7 DANOLEENE MARIE PASICOLAN TUGADE
UNIVERSITY OF SAINT LOUISTUGUEGARAO
88.40

8 RAYMOND BALASAN AZUL
BICOL COLLEGE
88.20

9 DENISE MARIE OCAMPO MACROHON
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINESDILIMAN
88.15

10 SHAUNTEL PEREZ ORTEGO
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINESDILIMAN
88.00

NOTHING FOLLOWS----------------------

UST grad tops September 2016 Librarian board exam



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Bank docs allegedly show P38M deposited to bank accounts of relatives of De Lima’s driver


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MANILA, Philippines -The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly discovered bank documents apparently showing that over P38 million went to the bank accounts of two relatives of Ronnie Dayan, Sen. Leila De Lima’s driver and supposed lover in 2014.

The Philippine Star reported that the information was obtained by the DOJ’s fact-finding investigation on the illegal drug operations in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during De Lima’s stint as secretary of justice.

Millions of pesos were deposited to the bank accounts of Dayan’s daughter Hanna Mae Dayan as well as Dayan’s cousin Marco Palisoc in several instances in 2014.

Senator Leila de Lima

Dayan’s bank account got P24 million in four different cash deposits - P3 million on Feb. 7, 2014; P9 million on Feb. 21, 2014; P6 million on March 14, 2014 and P6 million on March 28, 2014. Palisoc’s account, on the other hand, received P14,304,000 in two separate cash deposits – P9,600,000 on Sept. 16, 2014 and P4,704,000 on Oct. 23, 2014.

The bank records have been forwarded by the DOJ to the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for verification, according to PhilStar’s source.

Furthermore, DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II earlier said that aside from the bank accounts of Dayan and Palisoc, the investigators have also discovered bank deposit slips of several staff and people linked to De Lima totalling to over 88 million.

The female senator’s former staff Jonathan Caranto’s bank account received P24 million, Bogs Obuyes' got P24 million and Marrel Obuyes' received P2.2 million.

However, Aguirre pointed out that AMLC is yet to verify the deposits.

“If there is any link (between drug money and De Lima), it’s indirect – only bank accounts of her companions, friends and employees,” Aguirre said.

“But these people have no big sources of income to get millions in deposits, so what other conclusion could you get?” he added.

--Mini, The Summit Express



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VIRAL: Netizen claims algae formed inside local chocolate drink


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MANILA, Philippines – A netizen shared her friend’s experience after discovering a horrifying solid material inside a crowd favorite chocolate drink in the country.

Netizen claims algae formed inside local chocolate drink

Though posted months ago, the post of Facebook user “Betina Andrea D. Yder” re-surfaced online and now circulates on social media for the post’s shocking revelation.

Yder shared last July 27 her friend’s encounter to a chocolate drink, “Chuckie,” which is one of the most favorable drinks especially not just to children but to all ages as well.



She narrated that on the first period of their afternoon class, her friend named “Nikka” caught her attention, Yder narrated that Nikka feels like she is about to vomit.

According to their conversation, Nikka complained that the usual refreshing and sweet taste of Chuckie is but bitter taste. Yder tried to persuade that it must have been the effect of the toothpaste she used. She then remembered a similar experience about the chocolate drink that had gone viral.
When she teared the upper portion of the pack, Yder was left astounded and shocked to what she found:

“I shouted and I gathered my classmates and explained what is in the box. Cephassians (Yder’s class section) were so shocked and disappointed because most of us are consumer of chuckie chocolate drink. I told everything to my adviser,” Yder wrote in the post.

As seen in the photos, inside the 250ml Chuckie chocolate drink was a greenish substance. The most surprising part was the drink itself was semi-solid. Yder theorized that the material found was an algae.

Yder at the end of her post, voiced out her disappointment in encountering the said incident, coming to a conclusion that she will never drink Chuckie again. She expected that though some may not believe what she shared as she did before to another Chuckie incident, Yder admitted that she’s more than convinced now that she saw it firsthand.

This is maybe the second time that the Chuckie chocolate drink made viral on social media for the same reason—alleged spoiled and rancid product.


Jane’s post circulated and even reached Nestle Philippines, local manufacturer and distributer of the drink. Wherein they addressed the issue.;

Yder post went instantaneously viral with more than 30,000 shares which eventually reached Nestle Philippines, a month later a representative from the local manufacturer visited Yder’s school and give light to the viral issue;


--Mae Tuazon, The Summit Express



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Samsung introduces first 2-in-1 tablet Galaxy TabPro S, price revealed


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Manila, Philippines – If there’s one thing that can be said about working millennials, it’s the fact that they work hard. They grind from sun up to sun down to get ahead of the competition. Always conscious about deliverables, they end up bringing work around with them. Eyes on the prize, no minute is wasted if it can be time spent to prove themselves to their superiors.

Samsung introduces first 2-in-1 tablet – the new Samsung Galaxy TabPro S

However, despite being workaholics, their ambitions extend to life outside of work. Which is why for working millennials, work-life is integrated, not separated. Injecting fun in between work is now a factor that affects performance and the quality of work done.

As a brand that empowers its consumers to go beyond boundaries, Samsung introduces its first 2-in-1 tablet, the new Galaxy TabPro S - a device that allows users to attach and detach from work in a snap and sustain their productivity, even when in play.


The new Galaxy TabPro S is the perfect device for millennials who never want to miss out on work but still have some fun. Running on Windows 10 OS and Intel Processor, the Galaxy TabPro S touts a detachable full-size keyboard cover with track-pad that lets users easily work on tasks that require data inputting. Need to type a write-up while on-the-go, there is no need to worry with the new Galaxy TabPro S. Just snap on the keyboard and feel the convenience of encoding as if you’re on an actual laptop.

To make content consumption more enjoyable, the Galaxy TabPro S has a large 12-inch Super AMOLED touch-screen display that allows for pleasurable viewing with bright and vivid colors. A beneficial feature for both work and fun, users can easily switch from working on their spreadsheets to watching their loved shows. Moreover, the larger touchscreen display allows for effortless access to documents and programs without the difficulty of squinting if done on a relatively smaller smartphone screen.

Users will be more awed when they find out how a powerful device is the thinnest and lightest 2-in-1 tablet with top-of-the-line features loaded in a package 6.3mm thin and 696g light. With such a convenient and mobile device, imagine what a rewarding experience it would be to be to still be on top of your work, even while you’re out enjoying your favorite drink by the pool. No more worries about the hassle of carrying the bulk and extra weight of a laptop when the Galaxy TabPro S can be easily tucked into a bag like a large notebook.

To cap off the list of impressive features, the Galaxy TabPro S runs with a battery life of up to 10.5 hours. Only 2.5 hours of charging is needed to go from zero to full all thanks to its Adaptive Fast Charging feature. This time is more than enough to power through the day with work and fun while on the go. Switch through accomplishing tasks and having some fun without the fear of power drainage.

With the Galaxy TabPro S, millennials won’t have to miss out on all the fun while racing their way to the top. A device built for work and designed for play, the new Galaxy TabPro S retails for Php 55,990 and comes in black color. Find out more about Samsung’s first 2-in-1 tablet and know which Samsung Authorized stores nationwide it’s exclusively available by visiting www.samsung.com/ph.



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