‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Movie Review: Charming Outrageousness To The Next Level



*Minor Spoilers Ahead*

Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is back in the field, but this time, in a bit more dire situation as the British underground organization that he belongs to is attacked by a secretive new world group dubbed The Golden Circle spearheaded by kooky but deadly antagonist, Poppy (Julianne Moore). With his back against the wall, he and his trustee ally, Merlin (Mark Strong) cross the pond to America to seek help from their Stateside counterparts known as the Statesman. Backed-up by some new allies like Champ (Jeff Bridges), Tequila (Channing Tatum), Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) and Ginger Ale (Halle Berry), they will work together to foil their new adversary’s evil plans. On top of that, survival of Harry (Colin Firth) remains to be the looming mystery surrounding the film.

Taron Egerton as Eggsy, Channing Tatum as Tequila and Halle Berry as Ginger Ale in ‘Kingsman
Taron Egerton as Eggsy, Channing Tatum as Tequila and Halle Berry as Ginger Ale in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’/20th Century Fox
With an impressive cast chockful of industry veterans, it is hard to not be interested with “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” But for movie fans, the movie is more than just an assembly of big stars, much attention is given to it because of the person behind the camera for the project -- Matthew Vaughn who was notorious for turning down sequels. From “Kick-Ass” to “X-Men: First Class,” the British director seems to be content with just setting up a potential franchise until he came across this budding franchise.

Taron Egerton as Eggsy in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’
Taron Egerton as Eggsy in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’/20th Century Fox
The sophomore outing from the franchise is highly anticipated after its predecessor surprised everyone with how well crafted of a project it was. But the question now is, how did the sequel fare compared to its very well received predecessor. The verdict, just like the film is a little bit more complicated.

Channing Tatum as Agent Tequila and Halle Berry as Ginger Ale in ‘Kingsman
Channing Tatum as Agent Tequila and Halle Berry as Ginger Ale in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’/20th Century Fox
“The Golden Circle” definitely upped almost everything. From the stunning visuals to its set pieces, going global in itself is a major upgrade from a seemingly small story which is ironic given how the first film’s threat was perceived world wide -- not to mention how fun it was seeing Bridges’ back to his western roots. It just makes sense that this is the organic progression of the story. Sure, we have lost Roxy (Sophie Cook) and JB, but it was nice seeing the franchise have a clear narrative trajectory rather than being just stuck in a rut, doing the same things over and over again.

If you think the gore in “The Secret Service” is already too much to handle, its sequel just doubles down on it. The movie is not Rated R for nothing anyway. This one, however, fully embraces its freedom that exploding heads and bleeding people seem to already be the norm. Remember they doubles down on it? “The Golden Circle” literally grinds alive people, makes their flesh into burger patties and feeds it to other people. Too much? For some maybe, but in the realm of this franchise, not totally improbable. Especially when it is basically a nod to the over-the-top ‘60s spy thriller that most of the time borderlines insanity.

Unfortunately, just as how “The Golden Circle” ramps up some aspects of its predecessor, it scales back on the other. The action sequences are a little less exciting than those of its predecessor, especially with the jaw-dropping Church sequence featuring Firth -- which in itself is already surprising to see given his usual dramatic expertise. The revolving camera shot trick is once again utilized, but it just doesn’t have the angst and charisma that the Church action set piece had.

One shall never underestimate Vaughn’s flare for twists, especially with the “Kingsman” franchise. He was able to cleverly execute one in the original film with Michael Caine’s Chester King apparently a cohort in Samuel L. Jackson’s Valentine’s plans. However, compared to its predecessor, this one seems a little lame, maybe event a bit melodramatic. It was nowhere near the gasp-inducing reveal in “The Secret Service” about Chester crossing his very own organization. That said, it was a bold attempt and is a sure great callback to the traitor’s TV gig.

Colin Firth as Harry and Taron Egerton as Eggsy in ‘Kingsman
Colin Firth as Harry and Taron Egerton as Eggsy in ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’/20th Century Fox
More than anything, “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is a heck of a great time in the theater. While it does not quite surpass the lightning in a bottle success that was “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” it is able to maintain everything that we have loved about the original film. True, some of the cast are barely involved in the whole kerfuffle, but everybody got their due. Most especially, despite a plethora of characters, the film remains focused and not all over the place. The expansion of the lore with the inclusion of the Statesman opens up a lot of opportunities in the future and and judging by how the film left it off, it appears that Vaughn already has a plan with regard to where he wants to take this franchise.

Watch full trailer of ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’:


-- ALD, The Summit Express



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FULL RESULTS: September 2017 Physician board exam passers list, top 10



MANILA, Philippines - The September 2017 Physician board exam results including the official list of passers, topnotchers (top 10), top performing schools and performance of schools are expected to be released online on Friday, September 22 or in 4 working days after the exam.

September 2017 Physician board exam passers list, top 10

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) conducted the second Physician board exam on September 9, 10, 16 & 17 in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Davao.

The members of the Board of Medicine who gave the licensure examination are Dr. Clarita C. Maaño, Chairman; Dr. Edgardo T. Fernando, Dr. Miguel L. Noche Jr., Dr. Eleanor B. Almoro, Dr. Eleanor J. Galvez and Dr. Ma. Graciela Garayblas-Gonzaga, Members.

PHYSICIAN BOARD EXAM RELATED RESULTS


Roll of Successful Examinees in the
PHYSICIAN LICENSURE EXAMINATION
Held on SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 & FF. DAYS
Released on SEPTEMBER 2017

Now updating for the list of passers...refresh page for the results.

REGISTRATION AND OATHTAKING

PRC said that 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)
  • 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 added.

VERIFICATION OF RATINGS

Physician board exam's verification of ratings (passers, non-passers and removal) can be done online.

Visit PRC's "Verification of Rating" service and enter the required information to verify your identity. Note that this will be available in few working days after the release of results.

COVERAGE OF EXAMINATION

The second medicine board exam this 2017 covered the following subjects: biochemistry, anatomy and histology, microbiology and parasitology (September 9); physiology, legal medicine, ethics and medical jurisprudence and pathology (September 10); pharmacology and therapeutics surgery and opthalmology, otolaryngology and rhinology and medicine (September 16); and obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and nutrition and preventive medicine and public health (September 17).

RELEASE OF RESULTS

According to PRC Resolution No. 2016-1019, the target release date of the recent Physician board exam results is on Thursday, September 21 or in 4 working days after the test.

However, government offices are closed on Thursday, September 21, as the Malacanang Palace declared "national day of protest" in time for the 45th anniversary of Martial Law.

In March 2017 exam, PRC released results after 3 working days. A total of 813 out of 1,317 passed the series of exams.

In September 2016, PRC announced results also in 3 working days. 2,899 out of 3,695 successfully passed the exam.

Here's the quick summary of previous examinations.

Exam Date Total Examinees Total Passers Passing Rate Days before results release
September 2017 TBA TBA TBA TBA
March 2017 1,317 813 62% 3
September 2016 3,695 2,899 78% 3
March 2016 1,044 483 46% 2
August 2015 2,921 2,491 85% 3
February 2015 832 594 71% 2

UPDATES

Monitor this page for the real-time updates on Physician board exam results. Check out also the official website of PRC for more information.



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Atom Araullo is now a Kapuso, joins GMA News and Public Affairs



MANILA, Philippines - Almost a week after leaving ABS-CBN, broadcast journalist Atom Araullo returns to rival network GMA-7 to be part of the network’s News and Public Affairs group. The big reveal was made on flagship news program 24 Oras on Thursday.

Atom Araullo is now a Kapuso, joins GMA News and Public Affairs
Photo Credit: GMA Network

“I’m very excited. Ang dami kong gustong gawin, particularly in the realm of documentary production. I think this is a great place to do all of that,” Atom expressed.


GMA Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon welcomed Atom, the former host of 'Atomic Sports' on 24 Oras, on his homecoming.

“Dahil kilala ang GMA-7 sa paggawa ng world-class at award-winning documentary and public affairs programs, kami ay nalulugod sa paglipat ni Atom Araullo para lalo s’yang mahasa sa pagiging magaling na broadcast journalist at documentarist among others,” Gozon said.

Atom's first project in the Kapuso network will be special report on the country's biodiversity and as announced, he will join the award-winning documentary program "I Witness."

In the past decade, he has earned the trust of the viewing public and the respect of his colleagues through the news stories and documentaries he produced. His documentary on climate change on ABS-CBN earned Atom a Bronze World Medal at the 2017 New York Festivals “World’s Best TV and Films.”

Atom is now is looking forward to doing more documentaries with GMA.

“Ano man ang mga gagawin ko rito will be the next stage of my career. Gusto kong mas marami pang mai-share sa mga tao tungkol sa aking mga paniniwala, at 'yung passion ko to do documentaries,” he said.



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TOP 10 PASSERS: September 2017 Physician board exam results



MANILA, Philippines - The full list of topnotchers or top 10 passers for September 2017 Physician or Medicine board exam is available on this page as officially released (expected) on September 22, 2017 or in 4 working days after the exam.

TOP 10 PASSERS: September 2017 Physician board exam results

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) conducted the second Physician board exam this year on September 9, 10, 16 & 17 in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Davao.

RELATED RESULTS

The successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places in the September 2017 Physician Licensure Examination are the following:

Now updating for the list of topnotchers...

PREVIOUS EXAMINATIONS

In the September 2016 Physician board exam, Jeri Charlotte Albano from University of Santo Tomas (UST) topped the board with 89.50%. It was followed by Edwin Mark Lim Chiong also from UST garnering 88.75% average grade.

Kark Emmanuel Cueva Mercader from University of Perpetual Help System Dalta - Las Pinas aced the board in the March 2017 Physician exams, 88.58%. Alvin Lester Samson Villas, graduate of Our Lady of Fatima University - Valenzuela ranked second with 87.17%.

Here's quick summary of topnotchers for Physician licensure exam in the past two (2) years.

Exam Date Topnotcher School Rating (%)
September 2017 TBA TBA TBA
March 2017 KARL EMMANUEL CUEVA MERCADER UNIVERSITY OFPERPETUAL HELP SYSTEMDALTA-LAS PIÑAS 88.58
September 2016 JERI CHARLOTTE CO ALBANO UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 89.5
March 2016 AL PATRICK CAJANDAB ALAJAS SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY- MATIASH. AZNAR MEM. COLL. OFMED. 88.67
August 2015 ANDREW CHUA TIU CEBU INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE 90.67
February 2015 VENIL LOVELY ESTELLA BOLAMBAO SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY-COLLEGEOF MEDICINE 88.33

From which school will be the topnotcher for September 2017 Physician board exam?



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FULL LIST: LET Room Assignment September 2017 Teachers board exam



MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATED) The full list of room assignment for September 2017 LET - Licensure Exam for Teachers or teachers board exam for at least 27 testing centers in the country and in Hong Kong and Bangkok (Special Professional Licensure Examination or SPLE) was officially released online on Wednesday, September 20.

LET Room Assignment September 2017 Teachers board exam

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Professional Regulatory Board for Professional Teachers (BPT) announce the room assignment for over 150,000 expected total takers (Elementary and Secondary) of the second LET this year on Sunday, September 24.

According to PRC Resolution No. 2016-1019 series of 2016, the September 2017 LET shall be conducted in Manila, All Regional Offices; Zamboanga, Bacolod, Rosales, Pangasinan, Laoag, General Santos City, and Catarman, Northern Samar.

In view of the several requests of Local Government Units (LGUs), recommendation of PRC Regional Offices and with the signified support of the Professional Regulatory Board for Professional Teachers (Board), the Commission announces the designation of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro; Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; Odiongan, Romblon; Kidapawan Cotabato, Boac, Marinduque; Virac, Catanduanes; Puerto Princesa City, Palawaan and Masbate City as additional Testing Centers for the September 2017 BLEPT through Resolution No. 2017-1047.

On the same date of exam in the Philippines, PRC will also conduct the Special Professional Licensure Examination (SPLE) for Professional Teachers for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Here's the alphabetical list of room assignment for September 2017 LET:

Additional testing centers


GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

1. Check and visit your school and room assignment in 2 or 3 working days before the examination.

2. On the day of examination, report to the school/building assignment not later than 6:30 AM. Be punctual. Note that LATE EXAMINEES WILL NOT BE ADMITTED. Examination fee of absent examinees will be forfeited.

3. You are required to wear the following attire on examination day:

  • Male Examinees - White polo shirts or T-shirts with collar (without any seal, logo or mark), decent pants or slacks
  • Female Examinees - White blouses or T-shirts with collar (without any seal, logo or mark), decent pants or slacks

4. Bring the following on examination day:

a. Official Receipt of payment of application for examination
b. One (1) Window Envelope with metered postage stamp
c. One (1) long transparent white plastic envelope
d. One (1) long size brown envelope
e. Two (2) or more Pencils (No. 2)
f. Ball pen with BLACK INK only
g. Non-programmable calculator

5. The following are PROHIBITED inside the examination rooms/ premises:

a. Books, notes, review materials, and other printed materials containing coded data, information or formula;
b. Programmable calculators;
c. Cellular phones, beepers, portable computers or similar gadgets;
d. Bags of any kind (ladies' bags, shoulder bags, attaché case, backpack etc)
e. Other examination aids not stated in this program

6. You are allowed to bring food and eat inside the room.

7. You will not be allowed to leave the examination room, borrow anything or communicate with other examinees on any matter during the examination.

8. Non-compliance with test instructions shall be a ground for cancellation of your examination.

9. Impersonation is a ground for disqualification in this BLEPT and in future examinations.

COVERAGE OF EXAM

The second licensure exam for teachers this year covers general education and professional education subjects (Elementary Level) and with the inclusion of specialization for Secondary Level only.

Note: Separate test booklets will be used for the General Education (GE) and Professional Education (PE) subjects for both elementary and secondary levels in the September 24 LET.

To pass the examination, taker must obtain an average rating of not less than 75% and must have no rating lower than 50% in any of the tests.

To learn more about the detailed coverage of examination and the full instructions on exam day, read below program of September 2017 LET:


UPDATES AND RESULTS

The Summit Express will also update this site for the results of September 24, 2017 LET board exam. You may also check out the official website of PRC (prc.gov.ph) for more information.



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Meet the woman behind the viral “KaladKaren Davila” video



MANILA, Philippines- Jervi Li, the woman who impersonated veteran broadcast journalist Karen Davila in a video that has gone viral, has become the latest social media sensation.

 Meet the woman behind the viral “KaladKaren Davila” video

Now more popularly known as “KaladKaren Davila”, Li quickly gained online fame after Facebook user Michael Tanchaco posted a video of her imitating Davila. In the video, Li can be seen mimicking Davila as she crosses a river along with other members of the TV crew in a supposed episode of The Correspondents, the longest-running investigative documentary show of ABS-CBN hosted by Davila which aired from November 17, 1998 to October 22, 2010.

Li’s spot-on impersonation of the 46-year-old Pinay journalist quickly captured the attention of netizens with the video amassing over 10,000 shares, more than 25,000 reactions and nearly 725,000 views since it was posted on Monday, September 4.

Netizens weren’t the only ones impressed by Li’s talent. When asked to comment about the viral video, the ABS-CBN news anchor said: "Absolute good vibes! Ang galing niya!! Made me miss The 'Correspondents'! Congrats Kaladkaren.”

Aside from the voice and manner of speaking, Li and Davila also have similarities career-wise. Both graduated from the College of Mass Communications at the University of the Philippines Diliman. While Davila mainly worked either as a reporter or TV and radio host in both GMA and ABS-CBN networks, Li worked in the same industry as a creative writer and floor director for GMA’s Eat Bulaga and writer for TV 5. According to an ABS-CBN report, Li currently works as the head writer of a reality show in a cable channel.

The Facebook page KaladKaren Davila has been created for the latest social media sensation.

Watch her hilarious videos below.




-- Mini, The Summit Express



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Room Assignment September 2017 LET: Catarman, Gensan, Tacloban



MANILA, Philippines - The complete list of room assignments for September 2017 licensure exam for teachers (LET) in Catarman (Northern Samar), General Santos and Tacloban has been released online.

Room Assignment September 2017 LET: Catarman, Gensan, Tacloban

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) regional offices announced the names of qualified examinees together with the room, school and address of test center venue for the nationwide conduct of LET on Sunday, September 24.

Check the list of room assignment for September 2017 LET in the following areas:

Catarman

General Santos City

Tacloban


According to PRC Resolution No. 2016-1019 series of 2016, the September 2017 LET shall be conducted in Manila, All Regional Offices; Zamboanga, Bacolod, Rosales, Pangasinan, Laoag, General Santos City, and Catarman, Northern Samar.

READ: FULL LIST: LET Room Assignment September 2017 Teachers board exam

The Commission announced the designation of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro; Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; Odiongan, Romblon; Kidapawan Cotabato, Boac, Marinduque; Virac, Catanduanes; Puerto Princesa City, Palawaan and Masbate City as additional Testing Centers for the September 2017 BLEPT through Resolution No. 2017-1047.

Room Assignments INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Examinees should report before 6:30 in the morning every examination day. LATE EXAMINEES WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.

2. Bring the following: Notice of Admission (NOA), Official Receipt, pencils no. 1 or 2, black ball pens, metered-stamped window mailing envelope, long brown and long plastic envelopes.

3. CELLULAR PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC GADGETS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

4. Wear the prescribed dress code.

UPDATES AND RESULTS

The Summit Express will also update this site for the results of September 24, 2017 LET board exam. You may also check out the official website of PRC (prc.gov.ph) for more information.



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#WalangPasok: Class suspensions on Thursday, September 21, 2017



MANILA, Philippines - (UPDATED) Malacanang Palace announced the suspension of classes in public schools and work in government offices on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Palace suspends gov't work, public schools classes on September 21
Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella. Photo Credit: PCOO
UPDATE: Palace issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 26 to suspend work in government offices and classes in public schools on Thursday in view of the observance of the National Day of Protest, based on Proclamation No. 319.

As per the Office of the Executive Secretary, MC No. 26 will only cover the executive branch of government, including LGUs, and public schools at all levels, including state and LGU universities and colleges and technical and vocational schools.

However, government agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness and response to disasters and calamities, or performance of other vital services (e.g., the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Bureau of Fire Protection, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, etc.) were ordered to provide stand-by emergency assistance near protest sites.

In the case of the public sector, "the suspension of work in private companies and classes in private schools in the affected areas is left to the sound discretion of their respective heads," the MC stated.

Here's list of private schools which have also suspended classes for Thursday (refresh page for the updates):


The Proclamation, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on September 19, 2017, was made "in solidarity with the people's call against all excesses and shortcomings of the government, and with the people's desire to uphold the highest standards of integrity, efficiency, and accountability in government."

It was corollary to Executive Order No. 292 (s. 1987) which stated that the President may declare a status or condition of public moment or interest by way of proclamation.

Further, the Proclamation acknowledged the people's freedom of speech and right to peacefully assemble. Hence, it urged local government units (LGUs) to forgo rally permits during the National Day of Protest.

September 21 marks the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late President Marcos.

Various reports said that militants are set to schedule demonstrations on Thursday to protest the government’s war on drugs and deaths being linked to it as well as other issues on Duterte administration.



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