List of Passers, Top 3: March 2017 Real Estate Consultant board exam results



(Updated March 31) The full results of December 2016 (written), January and March 2017 revalidation for Real Estate Consultants boad exam together with the full list of passers, top 3 (topnotchers) and performance of schools are available on this page as announced on Friday, March 31.

December 2016, January 2017 Real Estate Consultant board exam results

UPDATE: PRC announces that 31 out of 44 passed the exam.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board of Real Estate Service administered the Real Estate Consultant Licensure Examination on December 11 (written) and on January 10-12 and March 29-30, 2017 for the revalidation.

The members of the Board of Real Estate Service are Dr. Eduardo G. Ong, Chairman; Florencio C. Diño II and Rafael M. Fajardo, Members.

Maria Lourdes Suyang Deiparine from University of San Carlos (USC) topped the board exam with 83.60% grade.

RANK NAME SCHOOL RATING (%)
1 MARIA LOURDES SUYANG DEIPARINE UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS 83.60
2 ALRIA MAGALONA VENTANILLA UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 81.90
3 ESTELITA DANDO BELLO UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST-MANILA 81.30
BEVERLY ANTE TAN BICOL UNIVERSITY-LEGAZPI 81.30

Roll of Successful Examinees in the
REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT LICENSURE EXAMINATION
Held on DECEMBER 11, 2016 (WRITTEN) and JANUARY 10, 2017 & FF. DAYS (REVALIDA)
Released on MARCH 31, 2017

Seq. No. N a m e
1 ALBERTO, JAMES LOFAMIA
2 ANTONIO, MA THERESA BERNADETTE LANDICHO
3 BALDOVINO, GINA GOMEZ
4 BALMAS, JAIME GASPACHO
5 BAUTISTA, CEZAR LIPARDO
6 BELLO, ESTELITA DANDO
7 BRITON, REYNALDO JR BANDALAN
8 DEIPARINE, MARIA LOURDES SUYANG
9 DELA CRUZ, ALBERT PAGCU
10 DELOS REYES, MARIA DIANA CAROLYN ANTONIO
11 DOCTOLERO, JESSIE BETONIO
12 DOMINGO, TERESITA LAVILLA
13 EBARLE, HOSPICIO PEP JR CALUYA
14 ENOLPE, REYNALDO RULE
15 ESPEJO, EDGARDO DUMO
16 EUGENIO, JOSEFINA MONSANTO
17 GARCIA, PRUDENCIO JR REYES
18 GATANELA, ELIAS JR AMARO
19 JAVIER, JOSEPHINE PADERES
20 MARCELO, GERARD CASTRO
21 MARZAN, ROGELIO BENITO
22 MONGE, VIRGILIO SANTOS
23 NISPEROS, JONA LEE
24 PEDROSA, FIEL MORON
25 POTICANO, BERNARDO IGANA
26 SAN LUIS, LILY MANALOTO
27 SANTOS, BENJAMIN BONDOC
28 SANTOS, OWEN ALDON
29 TAN, BEVERLY ANTE
30 UBOAN, ELEANOR BORJA
31 VENTANILLA, ALRIA MAGALONA
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The Real Estate Consultant board exam covers the fundamental of real estate consulting and professional consultancy practice (written); project feasibility study (FPS) or thesis and revalidation/oral examination.

In the same period last year, exam results were released in just one (1) working day. A total of 49 out of 64 passed the Real Estate Consultant Licensure Examination.

REGISTRATION OF PASSERS

Starting April 5, 2017, registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be done on-line. Please go to www.prc.gov.ph and follow instructions for initial registration.

Those who will register are required to bring the following: Notice of admission, duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, 2 pieces passport size pictures (colored with white background and complete name tag) and 2 sets of documentary stamps.

Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER, PRC said.



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Erik Santos files libel raps against Jobert Sucaldito; seeks P12 M worth of damages



MANILA, Philippines - Kapamilya singer Erik Santos and Cornerstone Entertainment Inc. founder and president Erikson Raymundo have taken legal actions against showbiz reporter Jobert Sucaldito after the latter allegedly damaged the reputation of the complainants.

Erik Santos files libel raps against Jobert Sucaldito

Santos and Raymundo filed a libel suit and several legal complaints against Sucaldito before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday, March 30.

Through a series of blind items in several Facebook posts, Sucaldito reportedly called Santos gay and accused of him of freeloading and having sexual relationships with male singers and masseurs.

Jobert Sucaldito Facebook post
PHOTO CREDIT: Pep.ph

Jobert Sucaldito Facebook post
PHOTO CREDIT: Pep.ph

Jobert Sucaldito Facebook post
PHOTO CREDIT: Pep.ph
"Okay, for the sake of argument, halimbawa may si Erik nga iyon, sino ang mas nakakakilala sa kaniya-kayo ba o kami? Singe nga- mga panatiko niyang baliw-balian lang. Kilala niyo ba talaga siya? Alam niyo ba talaga ang tunay na ugali niya? Kilala niyo kung sino mga nakaka-date niya? Kilalala niyo ba kung sino ang mga common friends namin? Alam niyo ba kung saan siya nagsti-check in madalas for free?” Sucaldito wrote on Facebook.

In Sucaldito’s latter posts, he explicitly name-dropped the singer.

Jobert Sucaldito Facebook post
PHOTO CREDIT: Pep.ph
Sucaldito also launched a personal attack against Raymundo, whom he accused robbing other artists of projects.

Jobert Sucaldito Facebook post
PHOTO CREDIT: Pep.ph
According to Santos, Sucaldito’s accusations caused him mental anguish, serious anxiety, sleepless nights, besmirched reputation, wounded feelings and social humiliation."

"Attacking my sexuality is a clear insult and harmful to my person and career. He also repeatedly attacked my character, labelling me a traitor and one who mooches on other people,” Santos said in his affidavit.

Meanwhile, Raymundo claimed that Sucaldito smeared the reputation of his talent agency, which handles the career of Santos.

Sucaldito currently faces complaints that totaled to 43 counts of cyber libel, 12 counts of grave threats, 2 counts of libel and 1 count of slander. Santos is seeking P10 million for moral damages and P2 million for exemplary damages from Sucaldito.

Sucaldito has recently released an official statement on his Facebook Page and is set to file his counter affidavit any time soon.


--Mini, The Summit Express



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Model claims Marlon Stockinger is the biological father of her twins; Pia Wurtzbach reacts



MANILA, Philippines - Several weeks after race car driver Marlon Stockinger was rumored to be fathering two children with another woman, model and fitness enthusiast Kit Barraquias decided to break her silence and give a tell-all interview with Pep.ph to clarify the issue.

Kit Barraquias claims Marlon Stockinger is the biological father of her twins

Barraquias, who graced the covers of several men’s magazines like UNO and Playboy Philippines, claimed that she had a relationship with Stockinger when she was 27 years old and latter was 18. She revealed that Stockinger is the biological father of their twins.

"We had twins. He’s the biological dad. I don’t wanna say he’s the dad… just the biological dad. And that’s it. We haven’t had any communication. He hasn’t seen the girls ever,” Barraquias told Pep.ph.

Stockinger is currently in a relationship with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. The couple allegedly began dating in September 2016 but only admitted their relationship early this year. In previous interviews, Wurtzbach shrugged of the rumors and said she doesn’t know anything about it.

In Barraquias' interview with Pep.ph, she revealed that she was four months pregnant when they decided to end their relationship. In September 2009, Barraquias gave birth to their twins via caesarean section in a private hospital.

No financial support

Barraquias went on saying that she didn’t receive any financial support from Stockinger but clarified that the latter’s family gave some form of help.

Kit Barraquias
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Matt Pingkian
“Support? I think the mom came to the house maybe a couple of times, and I don’t wanna say the amount that she gave 'coz it’s kinda embarrassing, and milk,” Barraquias said.

Kit Barraquias
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kit Barraquias
Moreover, Barraquias stressed that she never asked for financial support from Stockinger and his family since she was working and can raise their twins alone.

She added that Stockinger made efforts to see their twins in the past, but failed to show up and “made some excuse”.

Barraquias is willing to have a DNA test to prove Stockinger’s paternity.

Wurtzbach reacts

During a group interview for her launch as Downy Perfume ambassador in Shangri-La The Fort on Friday, March 31, Wurtzbach claimed that she wasn’t aware of the issue.

“Are you sure that it’s the same Marlon? With these things, people have to be careful also because if these things do not turn out to be true, then their credibility is affected. So, I guess, we have to check pa,” Wurtzbach told reporters.

--Mini, The Summit Express



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Samsung Philippines unveils Galaxy S8 and S8+, pre-order starts April 17



MANILA, Philippines - The long wait for the highly anticipated Galaxy S8 and S8+ is finally over. Samsung Electronics Philippines officially launched their latest flagship smartphones on Thursday, March 30 or few hours after the global unveiling.

Samsung Philippines unveils Galaxy S8 and S8+, pre-order starts April 17
Meet the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.
The latest addition to Samsung Galaxy S series raises the bar for mobile technology, reinventing what modern smartphones should have.

Why you should reserve your own Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ today?

1. Infinity Display. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature a stunning infinity display at 5.8" and 6.2" respectively.

2. Excellent Camera. S8 and S8+ boasts of a 12MP Dual Pixel camera with 1.7 aperture that allows capturing stunning photos even in lowlight.

Samsung Galaxy S8 camera.
Samsung Galaxy S8 camera.
3. IP68 Water and Dust Resistant. It will enable users to worry less as their smartphone is always protected.

4. Best Security. It comes with Iris Scanner, Face Recognition and Fingerprint Scanner that keep files and other data safe.

5. Seamless Multi-tasking. It will run on 10nm mobile processor that will allow optimized energy consumption.

6. Bixby, intelligent personal assistant. Samsung's latest personal assistant, Bixby, increases productivity as it innovates the way users interact with their phones.

7. Expanded Ecosystem. The mobile experience can be further expanded with a wide array for accessories including the new Samsung DeX for mobile desktop experience never seen before, the Gear 360 to capture the world around and improved Gear VR.

Pricing and Availability

Samsung Electronics Philippines unveils Galaxy S8 smartphone
Samsung Electronics Philippines unveils Galaxy S8 smartphone at Nobu Hotel, City of Dreams on Thusrday, March 30.
At a price of P39,990 for the Galaxy S8 and P45,990 for Galaxy S8+, those who will pre-order will get free wireless bottle design speaker worth P5,099.

Pre-order of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ starts April 17 and will end on April 29. Consumers may choose from available colors - Midnight Black, Maple Gold or the new Orchid Gray.

Galaxy S8 and S8+ colors

The new devices will be released in the country on May 5.



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‘Northern Lights: A Journey to Love’ Movie Review



I was pleasantly in awe with what I watched. Shot mostly in a picturesque town in Alaska, where spectacular display of Northern Lights can be seen frequently, thus, the movie took its name. This is a natural phenomenon that results from collisions of gaseous particles in Earth's atmosphere, more popularly known as the Aurora Borealis. It can be observed in North America and parts of Europe.

‘Northern Lights: A Journey to Love’ Movie Review
Photo from Northern Lights: A Journey to Love official trailer
‘Northern Lights: A Journey To Love’ is a romantic drama film starring Piolo Pascual, Yen Santos, and Raikko Mateo. Directed by Dondon Santos, Northern Lights tells the story of people who are looking for something and someone in their lives, who crosses their paths in Alaska.

Northern Lights Piolo Pascual, Yen Santos, and Raikko Mateo.
Photo from Northern Lights: A Journey to Love official trailer
Charlie Jr, Raikko Mateo, was sent by his mom (Maricar Reyes) to Alaska to spend the school vacation together with his father, Piolo Pascual. Here we've seen how brave the kid was, to fly alone to Alaska just to see her father for the first time. From the moment, mother and son scene; you could tell that there is something wrong with her. Where in the world could you find a mother who will let her child travel alone to the other side of the world?

Angel (Yen Santos), an HRM student who is also flying to Alaska for training, happen to be sited next to a young Charlie. She served to be his travelling partner and guardian for the trip. They easily connected like they knew they’ll become family in the future.

Charlie Sr and Angel bumped each other at the airport. Charlie is immediately drawn to Angel - love at first sight might have been. Soon enough, Angel happened to book in an Airbnb house which is owned by the family of Charlie. Yas! What a small world it is.

Northern Lights: A Journey to Love Piolo Pascual and Yen Santos
Photo from Northern Lights: A Journey to Love Official trailer
We’ve seen the hardship of Charlie on how to accommodate and be a real father to his son of 8 years. Despite of not having communication at all, no father can hide his love to his son, he managed to give twinning branded shoes each time he will have a new one.

Charlie Jr, eavesdropped and learned that his father had nothing to do on the process of him flying to Alaska, that it was just his grandparents and mother. You sure how an innocent child would feel. This apparently straightforward father-son bond gets a little complicated when Charlie Sr falls in love with Angel.

Angel is having a side trip looking for her runaway mother after her training. She believed that his father just let her mom go away. With no one to come along with, she let Charlie Sr to accompany her in finding her mom. The revelation wasn't good enough to break a daughter's heart whom half of her life spent looking for answers.

Flashes of past memories made us stopped agonizing what conflicts have Charlie and ex-girlfriend gone through. Charlie worked as an OFW and moved to Alaska with his parents, he left behind in the Philippines his already pregnant girlfriend. He promised to come back for her that he did after two years, unfortunately finding out that his girlfriend met another man.

Northern Lights: A Journey to Love Piolo and Raikko
Photo from Northern Lights: A Journey to Love official trailer
Moving on to the conflicts arising from both parties, the answer were dealt with by the end of the film. A little cheesy pickup lines were thrown to Angel in the hopes of a romantic love story. Just the right blend of drama with well written characters. Lastly, this film deals with death, love, forgiveness, and change. It was such a beautiful movie that had far more drama than romantic moments.

What I loved about the film was the cinematography. It looks visually stunning that it sets the expectation of movie-goers first time to hear the title of the movie. This movie felt like it had a high budget, well in fact. Every scenery was beautiful. The mountain's beauty was wonderfully displayed well.

You’ll surely enjoy watching the film because of its beautiful location that was fully utilized. Not just the heart of Piolo that was bulls-eyed by it but also the hearts of those who have watched it. The film's good cinematography help to boost the emotion of the characters, knowing too well that Filipino has a soft heart when it comes to family.

Northern Lights: A Journey to Love Piolo and Raikko
Photo from Northern Lights: A Journey to Love Official trailer
Would I watch this film again? Yes, I would. And would I recommend it? Absolutely, and most specially to those who are dreaming of seeing Aurora in person.

Northern Lights: A Journey to Love Aurora
Photo from Northern Lights: A Journey to Love Official trailer
WATCH: ‘Northern Lights: A Journey To Love’ official trailer


--M, The Summit Express



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Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ now official: photos, specs, pricing, availability in the Philippines



Samsung Electronics officially unveiled on March 29, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, which push the boundaries of traditional smartphones with seamless hardware design and a variety of new service offerings.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ now official
Meet the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ with game-changing 'Infinity Display.'
With a stunning Infinity Display for immersive viewing experiences and the introduction of new services and apps, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ bring a new level of functionality and convenience, opening up a galaxy of possibilities.
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Orchid Grey
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Orchid Grey. Photo Credit: Samsung.com
Available in 5.8-inch (Galaxy S8) and 6.2-inch models (Galaxy S8+), the Infinity Display and near bezel-less design form a smooth, continuous surface without harsh angles. The result is a large display, not a large phone. The compact design enables comfortable one-handed operation and features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back.
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Silver
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Silver. Photo Credit: Samsung.com

Cutting-edge technologies of Samsung Galaxy S8


The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are equipped with an advanced 8MP F1.7 Smart autofocus front camera and 12MP F1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera for the best low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos with enhanced image processing.

Packing powerful performance and connectivity, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ feature the industry’s first 10 nm chip, enabling heightened speed and efficiency.

The new devices let you see much richer colors and more immersive experiences while watching your favorite shows. In addition, the devices offer next-level gaming experiences with vivid and superior graphic technology, as well as Game Pack, featuring top game titles, including select titles supported by the Vulkan API.

The foundational Galaxy features of the latest flagship device also include IP68 water and dust resistance, MicroSD support up to 256GB, always-on display and fast and wireless charging capabilities.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Black.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ Black. Photo Credit: Samsung.com
Here are full product specifications

Technical Galaxy S8 Galaxy S8+
OS Android 7.0
Network LTE Cat.16 ( theoretically capable of gigabit speeds)
*May differ by markets and mobile operators
Dimension 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm, 155g 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173g
AP Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process
Octa core (2.35GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process
*May differ by markets and mobile operators*
Memory 4GB RAM (LPDDR4), 64GB (UFS 2.1)
*May differ by markets and mobile operators
Display 5.8” (146.5mm) * Quad HD+ (2960x1440), (570ppi) 6.2” (158.1mm) * Quad HD+ (2960x1440), (529ppi)
* Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners
Camera Rear: Dual Pixel 12MP OIS (F1.7), Front : 8MP AF (F1 .7)
Battery 3,000 mAh, 3,500 mAh,
Fast Charging on wired and wireless
Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA7
*Fast wireless chargers sold separately
Payment NFC, MST
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO,1024QAM
Bluetooth® v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC,
Location (GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou)
* Galileo and BeiDou coverage may be limited.
Sensors Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor,
Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, HR Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
Audio MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR,
AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF
Video MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

For the first time, the newest Samsung Galaxy devices will have intelligent interface called "Bixby." Learn more here.

WATCH: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: Official Introduction


Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be available in Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and Arctic Silver.

Pre-orders in the US for both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will begin at 12:01 EDT on March 30, 2017. AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Sprint, Straight Talk Wireless, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless will carry the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in stores beginning April 21.

Consumers who pre-order a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ will receive a free Gear VR headset with Controller and Oculus content.

In the Philippines, official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is set on Thursday morning, March 30.

READ: Samsung Philippines unveils Galaxy S8 and S8+, pre-order starts April 17

UPDATE 1: Samsung Galaxy S8 official price in the Philippines is Php 39,990 while the S8+ price is Php 45,990.

UPDATE 2: Pre-order of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ starts April 17 and will end on April 29.



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4 Reasons Why We Can’t Get Over Rico Yan



MANILA, Philippines - Exactly 15 years ago, the entire country was shocked when popular matinee idol Rico Yan suddenly passed away of cardiac arrest due to acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis on March 29, 2002.

Remembering Rico Yan 15th Anniversary
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/I will always remember Rico Yan
The Pinoy film and TV actor, model, host, spokesperson and entrepreneur, who was at the peak of his career when he died, certainly left a mark in the Philippine TV and movie industry. Here are some reasons why we still miss Rico, even 15 years after his death.

1. A Youth Icon

Rico Yan Youth Icon
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/I will always remember Rico Yan
Did you know that Yan became the first official youth spokesman for the Department of Education Culture and Sports in 1998? With a degree in Marketing Management from De La Salle University, Yan was certainly the right choice to promote education among young people. In addition, Yan was the first Philippine National Red Cross Pledge 25 spokesperson in 1999.

2. Working beyond the grave

Rico Yan: Working betyond grave
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/I will always remember Rico Yan
Even after his sudden passing, Yan shared his success to the Rico Yan Youth Foundation through proceeds from the ticket sales of his last movie “Got 2 Believe” as well as his documentary “Forever Young”. Yan definitely left the Filipino youth a life legacy.

3. His words live on

Nearly 15 years after his death, Yan’s former girlfriend Claudine Barretto decided to give a glimpse of their relationship by sharing a series of handwritten letters given by her former beau through her Instagram account in 2016. The two were considered as one of the most popular love teams in the 90’s.

A post shared by Claudine Barretto (@claubarretto) on


4. Too charming to forget

Remembering Rico Yan
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/I will always remember Rico Yan
Known for his killer smile, Yan didn’t find it hard to charm the Filipino audience after starring in TV and movie appearances in “Mula sa Puso,” “Flames,” “San Ka Man Naroroon,” “GIMIK,” “Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita” and “Got 2 Believe.” Twelve years after his death, Yan was ranked No.5 in the list of “The Kings of Star Cinema.”


--Mini, The Summit Express



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Is it safe to undergo multiple cosmetic surgeries at once?



MANILA, Philippines - The sudden passing of a 29-year-old businesswoman while undergoing three cosmetic procedures at a plastic surgery clinic in Mandaluyong City on Sunday, March 26 has got netizens asking about the safety of going through multiple surgeries at once.

Shiryl Saturnino died multiple surgery
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Tintin Bueno Ng
Shiryl Saturnino, who underwent liposuction, breast augmentation and buttocks surgery from 5 pm on Saturday, March 25 till 2:40 am on Sunday, March 26 at The Icon Clinic, suddenly died nearly an hour after she was operated on. According to investigators, anesthesiologist Dr. Jose Jovito Mendiola and surgeon Dr. Samuel Eric Yapjuangco noticed that Saturnino’s heart stopped beating as she was about to be wheeled to the recovery room.

Although doctors tried to revive her and even sought the help of another doctor from Makati Medical Center, Saturnino was declared dead at around 3:21 am.

Police are awaiting the results of the autopsy to determine the possible negligence of doctors.

It was reported that Saturnino had nose surgery and a breast procedure in the same clinic in the past.


Allowed but not ideal

In her interview with ABS-CBN News, Philippine Society for Cosmetic Surgery, Inc. (PSCS) President Dr. Rosario Ballece clarified it is not prohibited to conduct three procedures at one time. However, she emphasized that it may not be ideal due to the long number of hours that the patient will be subjected to general anesthesia.

“I don't think I am going to do it. I don't want to go into surgery for a long time, both for the safety of the patient, and for the safety of the doctor as well,” Dr. Ballece explained.

“Wala naman silang (mga doktor) nilabag. Kung gusto ng pasyente na tatlong surgeries ang gawin at one time, walang problema doon,” she added.

Dr. Ballece revealed that the three procedures would take about 11 hours and should be considered a major operation. Even if the procedures become successful, the patient would have difficulty taking care of her implants. Ballecer suggests that such procedures should be carried out in hospitals.


--Mini, The Summit Express



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SPOTLIGHT: 4 Rising Filipino YouTube Stars and Channels to Watch in 2017



MANILA, Philippines - With thousands of uploaders on popular video sharing site very month, only few YouTubers emerge on top as they not only amassed overwhelming amount of views but also have strong following that keep their fans engaged and hyped.

4 Rising Filipino YouTube Stars: Channels to Watch Out in 2017

We've picked four of the rising Filipino YouTubers that deliver transcendent classical, original sounds and covers everyone should never miss this year. Yes, they deserve a spotlight.


1. Karl Zarate: 16,230 subscribers | 5,314,114 views

Karl Zarate is a YouTube artist who does cover versions of popular songs. This 22-year old singer is also into vlogs, song parodies and collaboration projects with fellow YouTube creators. He was part of reality talent shows on TV such as RisingStars Philippines on TV5 and Just Duet on GMA 7.


2. Agsunta: 38,178 subscribers | 13,392,626 views

Agsunta is an independent Filipino band popular for its acoustic and soft melodic rock sound influenced by Original Pilipino Music (OPM). It is comprised of students from De La Salle College of Saint Benilde pursuing degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Music Production. Agsunta’s band members are Jireh Singson (vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard), Mikel Arevalo (lead guitar, backing vocals), Josh Planas (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Stephen Arevalo (drums, percussion, keyboard, backing vocals).

Agsunta popularized #AgsuntaSongRequests and #AgsuntaJamSessions -- a series of video recordings of the band performing OPM songs.



3. Reneé Dominique: 35,719 subscribers | 3,783,545 views

Reneé Dominique is a YouTube creator and singer-songwriter who has entranced viewers with her original songs and ukelele covers of popular songs by artists such as The Beatles, Maroon 5, The Weeknd, and more. The muti-talented musician plays the piano and the guitar and also part of Star Music's album "OPM Fresh."


4. Reese Lansangan: 17,253 subscribers | 1,128,115 views

Reese is a singer-songwriter, visual artist, graphic designer, fashion designer and published author. On her YouTube channel, she showcases her musical talent, ang through her videos, you'll see her work her magic for telling compelling stories through her songwriting.

She also wrote "Home," the wedding song for Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna's nuptial and has also worked with some of the popular brands like Guinness World Records, Spotify, Coca Cola and Disney.


Who's your fave so far? Tell us in the comment section below.



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VIRAL VIDEO: Furious gay attacks alleged lover, girlfriend



MANILA, Philippines - A gay man who caught his alleged lover cheating with a girl has become the latest social media sensation after videos of him apparently attacking the two went viral on social media.

VIDEO: Furious gay attacks alleged lover, girlfriend
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Enchong Ching
The controversial videos posted by a certain Enchong Ching on Facebook immediately became a viral hit and have amassed over 76,000 shares and more than 16,000 reactions.

In the said video clips, the unidentified gay man was seen berating his alleged lover and his girlfriend in a popular burger joint. The gay man was heard revealing his relationship with his lover to the latter’s girlfriend. He also pointed out that he was giving money to his alleged lover.

His accusations were repeatedly denied by his alleged lover.

At one point, the gay man hit the girlfriend which prompted his alleged lover to retaliate.

“Hihingi ka ng pera para pang-motel niyo. Ano? San kayo mag-momotel?” the gay man asked his alleged lover.

The gay man also took the opportunity to disclose that his alleged lover has other girlfriends, but this didn’t seem to convince the girl.

Several netizens believe that both the gay man’s alleged lover and girlfriend are minors and shouldn’t have been physically or verbally abused by the former despite the circumstance.


Others stressed that the gay man shouldn’t have hit the girl as she can certainly file a legal case against him.

“Nako pag umabot to sa brgy wala syang laban walang kasong maisasampa lalo na kung parehas minor.. Yung girl pwede nyang kasuhan si beks kase may video na sinaktan sya physical.. Tsk tsk very wrong momshie.”

“Kawawa namna ang girl wag naman saktan sana kasi wala naman syang karapatan saktan ang babae. Tanggapin na lang kasi ang masakit na katotohanan na minsan pera lang talaga ang gusto ng mga lalaki lalo na mga teenager sa mga gay. Minsan lang din sila makakahanap ng totoong pgmamahal.. Grabe ka ateng.”

A certain Jon Lopez Villamor, who claims to be the spiritual adviser of the alleged lover, said that the gay man will soon release an apology and that the issue has been escalated to proper authorities. He requested for the videos to be taken down in order to protect the minors involved in the incident.


--Mini, The Summit Express



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Former “habal-habal” driver to graduate magna cum laude



CEBU, Philippines - Joyce Dublin, a 30-year-old former habal-habal driver, will soon reach his greatest pit stop as he will finally earn his Bachelor’s degree in Education, Major in Mathematics at the Cebu Technological University-Daanbantayan campus this month.

Former “habal-habal” driver to graduate magna cum laude
His years of hard work will finally pay off as he will march with flying colors as magna cum laude. PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Joyce Dublin
Even with a bright future ahead, Dublin, who graduated as class valedictorian in high school, had to give up his plans for college in order to help his family. Dublin had to work as a habal-habal or motorcycle driver in order to help his mother, who sells bread, to make ends meet for their family.

During one of his trips, Dublin met a passenger who would forever change his life. After learning about Dublin’s performance in school, the kind-hearted passenger offered to pay for his education.

Realizing that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Dublin accepted the offer without second thoughts and soon enrolled at the university. Eventually, he also received a scholarship grant from the university.

According to his professors, Dublin displayed real passion for work while working as an intern. They said that the Education major taught students “even beyond the walls of the classroom”.

After earning his Bachelor’s degree, Dublin hopes to fulfil his goal of becoming a licensed teacher. A review center has already offered him a discount to prepare for the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).

A common mode of transportation in rough, steep terrain and narrow roads in the Philippines which jeepneys and tricycles cannot withstand, habal-habal is a motorcycle modified to sit more than two people.

In Cebu City, habal-habal will soon operate under an online booking system so drivers can’t collect big fees from passengers.

--Mini, The Summit Express



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#WalangPasok: Palace declares special non-working holiday on April 4, 5, 25, 26 2017 in selected areas



MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang Palace has declared April 4, 5, 25, 26 2017 as special non-working holiday in selected areas for the celebration of important events.

Palace declares special non-working holiday on April 4, 5, 25, 26 2017 in selected areas

Palace officials Menardo I. Guevarra and Salvador C. Medialdea through the authority of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed proclamations No. 170, 177, 179, 183 and 184 declaring special non-working day in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental, Antipolo City, Pangasinan province, Isabela City, Basilan and San Jose, Batangas.

Here's the updated list of proclamations for April 2017:

Proclamation No. 170: Celebration of the "Himaya-an Festival" of the City of Himamaylan, Negros Occidental on April 25 (Tuesday).

Proclamation No. 177: Celebration of Antipolo's 19th cityhood anniversary on April 4 (Tuesday).

Proclamation No. 179: Celebration of the 437th Foundation Day of the Province of Pangasinan on April 5 (Wednesday).

Proclamation No. 183: Celebration of the Charter Anniversary of Isabela City, Basilan on April 25 (Tuesday).

Proclamation No. 184: Celebration of 252nd Foundation Anniversary in San Jose, Batangas on April 26 (Wednesday).

Special Holiday Area Celebration
April 4 (Tuesday) Antipolo City, Rizal 19th cityhood anniversary
April 5 (Wednesday) Pangasinan Province 437th Foundation Day
April 25 (Tuesday) Himamaylan, Negros Occidental Himaya-an Festival
April 25 (Tuesday) Isabela City, Basilan Charter Anniversary
April 26 (Wednesday) San Jose, Batangas 252nd Foundation Anniversary

Malacañang 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.

Meanwhile, Holy Week 2017 regular holidays, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday fall on April 13 and 14, respectively.

The next regular holiday will be on Monday, May 1, for Labor Day celebration.

RELATED STORY: Holidays, Observances in the Philippines for 2017



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2016 Bar exam results out before Holy Week?



MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) is expected to release results of the November 2016 bar exam before the Holy Week, radio station DWIZ reported on Saturday.

2016 Bar exam results out before Holy Week - source

The SC through Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. told this development to en banc, barring unforeseen circumstances.

April 26 UPDATE2016 Bar exam results out on May 3 - Supreme Court.

In a report, Velasco added the estimated passing rate of up to 40% or more than 2,000 examinees may pass the bar.

If there will be no changes on this announcement, the 2016 passing rate will be the highest for the past 10-15 years.

In recent years, the annual national bar passing rate ranges from 20% to 30% only.

Holy Week 2017 starts on April 9, Palm Sunday.

This will be same case with the 2012 bar exam, with results released few days before the Holy Week.

For the 2016 bar exam, takers may expect results from April 3 to 7 (Monday to Friday).

A total of 6,344 law graduates completed the the tests on the four Sundays of November 2016 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Espana, Manila.

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List of Passers: November 2016 Philippine Bar Exam results



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Samsung reveals Siri rival 'Bixby' ahead of Galaxy S8 launch



MANILA, Philippines - Samsung Electronics has confirmed the introduction of Bixby, its own voice assistant and the rival of Apple's Siri, which is set to debut on Samsung Galaxy S8.

Samsung reveals Siri rival 'Bixby' ahead of Galaxy S8 launch
Samsung's upcoming premium device, the Galaxy S8 features voice assistant 'Bixby'. Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images
"The interface must be natural and intuitive enough to flatten the learning curve regardless of the number of functions being added. Samsung has employed artificial intelligence (AI), reinforcing deep learning concepts to the core of our user interface designs. Bixby is the ongoing result of this effort," InJong Rhee, Executive Vice President, Head of Samsung R&D, Software and Services said.

The new AI assistant, the star of the newest Samsung flagship smartphone, is touted as different from other voice agents or assistants in the market. Bixby promises to offer a deeper experience with these three properties:

1. Completeness

Bixby: When an application becomes Bixby-enabled, Bixby will be able to support almost every task that the application is capable of performing using the conventional interface (ie. touch commands).

Other AIs: Most existing agents currently support only a few selected tasks for an application and therefore confuse users about what works or what doesn’t work by voice command.

2. Context Awareness

Bixby: When using a Bixby-enabled application, users will be able to call upon Bixby at any time and it will understand the current context and state of the application and will allow users to carry out the current work-in-progress continuously. Bixby will allow users to weave various modes of interactions including touch or voice at any context of the application, whichever they feel is most comfortable and intuitive.

Other AIs: Most existing agents completely dictate the interaction modality and, when switching among the modes, may either start the entire task over again, losing all the work in progress, or simply not understand the user’s intention.

3. Cognitive Tolerance

Bixby: When the number of supported voice commands gets larger, most users are cognitively challenged to remember the exact form of the voice commands. Bixby will be smart enough to understand commands with incomplete information and execute the commanded task to the best of its knowledge, and then will prompt users to provide more information and take the execution of the task in piecemeal.

Other AIs: Most agents require users to state the exact commands in a set of fixed forms.

Samsung said there will be a dedicated Bixby button located on the side of Samsung Galaxy S8.

At the launch of the Galaxy S8, a subset of pre-installed applications will be Bixby-enabled.

The Korean giant added that newly unveiled artificial intelligence will be applied next to appliances like airconditioner or TV.

"Since Bixby will be implemented in the cloud, as long as a device has an internet connection and simple circuitry to receive voice inputs, it will be able to connect with Bixby," InJong Rhee added.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be unveiled at the 'Unpacked 2017' event in New York on March 29 and in the Philippines on March 30.




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5 Interesting Facts About Mighty Morphin Power Rangers



To the 90's kids out there, we know what this tagline leads to: "It's morphin' time!"

Yes, it's our favorite superhero group - the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! Since the movie came up last week, we're here to shortly give you top five facts about them. Have a look.

1. IT WAS BASED ON A POPULAR JAPANESE SHOW

Some of us thought that it was an original American creation, but in fact, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was based on Super Sentai, a popular Japanese show created by Toei Studios in 1975.

2. THE ACTOR WHO PLAYED ZORDON WAS FILMED ONLY ONCE

weird face in a tube, Zordon, played by David Fielding

That weird face in a tube, Zordon, played by David Fielding, was only shot once. With no other role but a face talking inside a tube, that can justify filming him only once. Afterwards, all of his exposure was in a recording studio.

3. IT CONSISTS OF TWENTY (20) DIFFERENT THEMED SERIES

Power Rangers Mighty Morphin
Photo Credit: Comicbook.com
With so many series from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993 to Power Rangers Ninja Steel this 2017, we have a twenty themes in total. Well, of course, everyone would agree that the famous one is the first.

4. RITA REPULSA WAS PLAYED BY A JAPANESE

Rita Repulsa Power Rangers
Photo Credit: Wikipedia.com
Rita Repulsa, the main villain in the first Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, was created from footage of the Witch Bandora from the original Japanese series Zyuranger. By then, she was portrayed by Machiko Soga, a Japanese, and dubbed in English by Barbara Goodson.

5. THE SIXTH RANGER - GREEN RANGER

Green Ranger
Photo Credit: IGN.com
There are five original Rangers only, but when Tommy, the Green Ranger, was inserted, the character that was initially only supposed to appear for a few episodes stayed in the show for a long period due to insistent fan demand. Eventually, he became the White Ranger.

To the 90’s kids out there, have a nostalgic moment in the cinemas with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

READ: ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Review

--Rein, The Summit Express



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VIRAL VIDEO: ‘Kwek kwek’ and ‘tokneneng’ vendor recycles his goods



MANILA, Philippines - Dubbed as one of the “Street Food Capitals of the World,” Philippines boasts its array of sumptuous and colorful snacks which are being displayed and peddled on every sidewalk of the country. Do we all have an idea on how our favorite “tusok-tusok” is being made? A viral video of “kwek kwek” and “tokneneng” vendor shows the street food enthusiasts how to do it the not so right way.

VIRAL VIDEO: ‘Kwek kwek’ and ‘tokneneng’ vendor recycles his goods

Along with the infamous isaw and fishballs, kwek kwek and tokneneng are just some of the most sought after pinoy treats available everywhere. Who wouldn’t notice those cute orange-batter-coated and deep fried boiled eggs dipped in tangy and spicy sauce. You’re salivating now, aren’t you?

Would you still crave if your ultimate merienda isn’t cooked the way it should be? An unnamed netizen took a video and uploaded it on Facebook showing a Baclaran-based peddler recycling his unsold tokneneng. Watch the video and see it for yourself.


Are you freaking out right now? You should be. Clearly, it’s not the proper way of preparing and cooking any food. It’s just so unsanitized. Obviously, the seller doesn’t want to divulge his “secret recipe” to his patrons that’s why he keeps on peeking from the back of his cart as he removes the saggy and maybe days-old coating of his eggs and wash them for another batch of “delightful snacks.” Unknowingly, he was secretly taped and his gross video all of a sudden leaked.

Notice also his preparation area. How many dirty shoes and sandals pass through that avenue daily? Thousands perhaps. How many bacteria there are in that specific place? Millions or even billions maybe! Diarrhea is just one of the many foodborne illnesses that we can acquire if we consume unsanitized food.

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who had goosebumps after watching these sickening videos. Fellow netizens also react and showed their disappointments:

comments viral Kwek kwek recycled Baclaran
Screenshot from 'Matalinong Matsing' Facebook page.
This stomach-churning video clearly violates Republic Act No. 10611 or Food Safety Regulatory System in the country where all food sellers must consider and protect the health of their customers. This law doesn’t exempt market or even sidewalk vendors. Anyone can file a complaint at the local LGU where local officials along with the DOH can investigate on the said matter. If proven guilty of violating the food safety act, a possible revocation of business license will be imposed. Should the vendor will not be able to present any business permits, he or she will be facing a bigger legal consequence.

--Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express



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IN PHOTOS: OPPO Philippines launches F3 Plus, dual selfie camera phone



MANILA, Philippines - Mobile technology brand leader OPPO officially launched its newest flagship dual selfie camera phone, the F3 Plus—the first-ever smartphone with a wide-angle dual front camera to easily accommodate ‘groufies’ in a single shot.

Hottest Pinoy celebrities joined the night of fun and fashion in the grand unveiling of OPPO F3 Plus
Hottest Pinoy celebrities joined the night of fun and fashion in the grand unveiling of OPPO F3 Plus at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque.
The country's second and worldwide no. 4 bestselling smartphone in 2016 pioneered the 'Selfie Revolution' concept with their F1 series dubbed as the "Selfie Expert."

Groufie: OPPO Philippines' big bosses with event host Joey Mead King
Groufie: OPPO Philippines' big bosses with event host Joey Mead King
“We are very excited to see the F3 Plus start a new trend in groufies and reinforce our position as the Selfie Expert,” OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng said.

OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng
OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng.
“The F3 Plus was developed for both selfie lovers and photography buffs who want a smartphone that lets them take stunning shots wherever they are, no matter the time of day. Our newest camera phone packs state-of-the-art hardware and software in a sleek body to deliver outstanding performance and style, perfect for the urban lifestyle,” Cheng added.

Celebs enjoy their selfie and ‘groufie’ shots

Leading Kapuso star Alden Richards headlined the big reveal of OPPO's latest camera phone. Meanwhile, other artists including Robi Domingo, Gretchen Ho, Ronnie Alonte, Apple David, Glaiza de Castro and Kris Bernal also graced the grand launch of F3 Plus.

'Pambansang Bae' Alden Richards leads the unveiling of OPPO F3 Plus.
'Pambansang Bae' Alden Richards leads the unveiling of OPPO F3 Plus.
F3 Plus launch event host Joey Mead King with OPPO brand ambassador Alden Richards.
F3 Plus launch event host Joey Mead King with OPPO brand ambassador Alden Richards.
Alden Richards and Robi Domingo (left) for OPPO F3 Plus.
Alden Richards and Robi Domingo (left) for OPPO F3 Plus.
Kapamilya stars Ronnie Alonte and Robi Domingo with Alden Richards.
Kapamilya stars Ronnie Alonte and Robi Domingo with Alden Richards.
TV personality Apple David.
TV personality Apple David.
Kapuso stars Glaiza de Castro and Kris Bernal.
Kapuso stars Glaiza de Castro and Kris Bernal.
Volleyball player-turned TV-host Gretchen Ho
Volleyball player-turned TV-host Gretchen Ho.


Loveteams of Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid (GabRu) and Rocco Nacino and Sanya Lopez (RocSan) and Derrick Monasterio and Bea Binee (DerBea) glammed up the event.

Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid.
Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid.
Rocco Nacino and Sanya Lopez.
Rocco Nacino and Sanya Lopez.
Derrick Monasterio and Bea Binene
Derrick Monasterio and Bea Binene.
OPPO F3 Plus features

OPPO F3 Plus
OPPO F3 Plus big launch event.
The new smartphone sports a similar 16-megapixel (MP) selfie camera with a 1/3-inch sensor for clear image results even in low light, as well as an f/2.0 aperture for depth-of-field aesthetic.

The difference lies in the additional secondary camera. This 8MP groufie-camera has a wide 120-degree angle—105 percent larger than the regular 80-degree lens field of view— which allows more people to fit inside the frame. The wide-angle shot is also complemented by a 6P lens to minimize distortion.

OPPO F3 Plus sports two front-facing cameras that work independently.
OPPO F3 Plus sports two front-facing cameras that work independently.
The built-in Smart Facial Recognition, for instance, notifies users to switch to “Groufie” mode when more than three people are detected. This makes the switch from selfie to groufie effortless while keeping image quality stable.

It also comes with the well praised editing software, Beautify 4.0, which offers a range of beautification modes for a flawless look in every selfies and groufies.

The 16MP rear-facing camera, co-developed by Sony, powered by a customized 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor for fast focusing speed, outstanding noise reduction, and advanced low-light performance—ideal for serious photography.

The hardware of the F3 Plus is designed to support its powerful front and rear cameras. The phone’s octa-core processor is backed by a 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM to ensure speed, while OPPO’s ColorOS 3.0 optimizes performance to lower energy consumption.

OPPO F3 Plus

A built-in 4000mAh battery provides more than 284 hours of standby time for whole-day use. OPPO’s proprietary and industry-leading rapid VOOC Charging Solution also cuts charging duration by four times compared with standard units

Lightning-Fast Touch Access also unlocks the phone in just 0.2 seconds—the fastest in the market.

The six-inch display screen is made of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to resist damage. Pre-applied protective coating further makes the screen scratch-proof.

The OPPO F3 Plus Full Specifications:

Dimensions/Weight
Height: 163.63 mm
Width: 80.8 mm
Thickness: 7.35 mm
Weight: 185g (With Battery)

Basic Parameters
Color: Gold or Black (NEW!)
Operating System: ColorOS3.0, Android 6.0
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8976 Pro (Octa-core 1.95GHz)
GPU: Adreno 510 GPU
RAM: 4 GB
Storage: 64 GB (Support microSD card up to 256GB)
Battery: 4000mAh (Typical Value) Li-Po Battery (unremovable)
Charger: VOOC Flash Charge mini

Display
Size: 6 inches
Type: JDI INCELL
Resolution: FHD (1920 by 1080 pixels)
Colors: 16 million colors
Touchscreen: Multi-touch, Capacitive Screen, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5

Camera
Rear Camera: 16-megapixel, Dual PDAF
Rear Sensor: SONY IMX 398
RearAperture: f/1.7
Front Camera: 16-megapixel
Front Camera (Wide Angle): 8-megapixel, 120°wide angle
Flash: Flash
Video Mode: 1080p/720p

Connectivity
SIM Card Type: Dual nano-SIM, 4G
Audio Effect: Dirac
GPS: Supported
Bluetooth: 4.1
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz, 5GHz
NFC:No
OTG: Supported
Sensors: Distance Sensor, Light Sensor, G-sensor, E-compass, Gyro Sensor

Pricing and Availability in the Philippines

The F3 Plus in Gold is coming to the Philippines this April 1 with the suggested retail price of P23,990.

OPPO F3 Plus official pricing in the Philippines revealed.
OPPO F3 Plus official pricing in the Philippines revealed.
Pre-orders, along with a free Bluetooth headset and a selfie stick, will be available in all OPPO concept stores and selected dealer stores nationwide as well as at the brand’s official online shop in Lazada until March 31.

Shoppers can get OPPO’s latest Selfie Expert via Home Credit through a nine-month installment plan at zero percent interest. They can also watch out for Globe’s exclusive offer for OPPO F3 Plus, with date and other details to be announced soon.

OPPO x Globe partnership OPPO F3 Plus
OPPO F3 Plus will be available on Globe Telecom for FREE at Plan P1,999



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