Fire hits HTI Cavite factory anew

MANILA, Philippines - Fire broke out anew at House Technologies Inc. (HTI), a factory located inside the Economic Processing Zone (EPZA) in Rosario, Cavite, Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla said Friday, January 19, 2018.

Fire hits HTI Cavite factory anew
Fire hits HTI factory in Cavite on Friday, January 19. Photo Credit: Twitter/Richard Gordon

Remulla says the fire that started from the wood cutting area of HTI at 9:49 p.m. on Friday reached third alarm.

Remulla added there's no people inside the building when the fire sparked.

Senator Richard Gordon tweeted that the Philippine Red Cross - National Headquarters (PRC NHQ) has dispatched two fire trucks, and two ambulance units from Cavite and Pasay Chapter.

The fire was declared "under control" at 11:49 p.m.

HTI is the same factory that was hit by fire on February 1 last year.The incident resulted in five fatalities who all died in hospital and not during the fire incident, reports said.

— The Summit Express

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Emirati man thanks all the hardworking OFWs in viral video: “Filipinos changed my country!”

An Emirati man couldn’t help but show his deepest gratitude to all the hardworking Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in his country.

In a touching video, Khalid Al Ameri paid tribute to all the Filipinos and captioned his Facebook post, “There are approximately 700,000 Filipinos who live in the United Arab Emirates, here is how they have changed my country. Enjoy the video!”

touching video, Khalid Al Ameri Filipinos
Khalid had been making videos all over UAE and couldn’t help but give a “shout out” to the Filipino community. Photo Credit: Facebook/ Khalid Al Ameri

Ameri didn’t hold back his praises when he explained that, “Filipinos who are contributing to all aspects of society in the UAE and I wanna thank them for one thing in particular.”

He went on to explain that the popular Filipino tagline ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines,’ perfectly captures the hearts of all the Filipinos he had met.

The social media influencer also admitted that he is in awe of how Filipinos find joy and happiness in everything they do. He said that the biggest contribution of Filipinos to his country are, “their kindness, their joy, their ability to smile no matter what and through that they make this country a better place.”

He ended his heartwarming video by thanking all the kababayans, “From my family, and in behalf of my country, I say ‘Maraming salamat po’.”

A total of 679,819 Filipinos live in the UAE since 2013 and had been growing consistently year after year. Dubai is home to the largest population of Filipinos in the UAE where they contribute 21.3% to the entire population of Dubai.

In a more recent report by the Philippine Statistics Authority, Middle East countries remain to be the leading destination of OFWs. About one in every four (23.8%) OFWs worked in Saudi Arabia during the period April to September 2016. The top preferred destination was United Arab Emirates (15.9%).

The OFWs in the Middle East are also paid handsomely. Engineers that are in-demand in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific can earn a monthly salary of Php 57,000 and Php 59,000, respectively.

Healthcare professionals are most compensated in the Middle East. Doctors who specialize in pediatric care can earn as much as Php 86,000 a month; nurses can earn Php 65,000, while veterinarians can earn Php 58,000.

You can watch the viral clip here:

As of press time, the video already amassed 1.3 million views and more than 50,000 shares online.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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"The Revenger Squad" is now the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time

MANILA, Philippines - The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2017 entry "Gandarappiddo: The Revenger Squad" is now the highest grossing Filipino film of all time, Star Cinema officially announced on Thursday, January 18.

"The Revenger Squad" is now the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time
Daniel Padilla as Rappido, Vice Ganda as Gandarra and Pia Wurtzbach as Kweenie in ‘Gadarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad’/Star Cinema

"The Revenger Squad" has earned 571 million nationwide after four weeks.

The film took the previous spot of another Vice Ganda-led film "Super Parental Guardians," which was shown in theaters in 2016.


The comedian expressed his gratitude to the whole team for putting in their effort for the film.

“Nakikita ng Diyos kung gaano kaganda ang intensiyon natin kaya niya tayo na-bless,” he said. “At hindi din tayo na-bless lang, dahil pinagtrabahuhan natin ‘to.”

Meanwhile, Miss Universe 2017 Pia Wurtzbach said she is grateful for the outcome of her first movie.

“I can’t stop saying thank you because I’m really, really grateful,” she said in an interview.

"Gandarrappido: The Revenger Squad" is a comedy flick about a mishmash group of superheroes out to protect the world. Vice Ganda plays a gay superhero who lives a normal life away from bashing villains after losing his memory. He was forced to remember his past, however, after a boy he cares for deeply, Chino (Daniel Padilla), a speedster hero, finds himself in danger.

— The Summit Express

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These viral photos of Mayon Volcano will remind you of its beautiful yet tragic legend

Several photos of the Mayon Volcano, which remains to be aggressive, have gone viral on social media on Thursday, January 18. The beautifully taken shots remind us of the legend behind the majestic mountain.

viral photos of Mayon Volcano will remind you of its beautiful yet tragic legend
Mayon Volcano spews lava. Owner claims photo was not edited. Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN/Bro. Jun Santiago CSsR

Magayon and Panganoron
Magayon and Panganoron. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Neil Edward Diaz

The Legend of Magayon and Panganoron

Long ago in a place called Ibalon, there lived a beautiful maiden named Daragang Magayon (the lovely one). She was the daughter of Makusog (the strong one), chief of the tribe.

One day, Daragang Magayon was strolling near the river and stumbled on a rock. She fell into the water and was immediately swept by the current. Fortunately, her cries for help were answered by Pangaronon (the proud one) and his bodyguard Amihan (the cold one). Pangaronon didn’t waste time and jumped into the river.

When Pangaronon finally saved the beautiful Daragang Magayon, the maiden asked how can she repay him. But Pangaronon was already captivated by her beauty and knew she was the perfect woman for him.

Daragang Magayon didn’t object when Panganoron asked Makusog’s permission to marry her because she also instantly fell in love with the galiant man.

But sadly, Makusog could not permit them to marry. Tribal law forbade marriage outside of the clan. As tribe leader he was left with no choice.

Meanwhile, Patuga (the eruptive one) the ardent suitor of Daragang Mayon heard about the intentions of Panganoron. This angered him so much that they kidnapped Makusog. Patuga then forced Daragang Magayon to marry him or less her father will die. Without a choice, the beautiful maiden agreed.

A maiden seems to appear Mayon Volcano
A maiden seems to appear. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Bella Estrella

During their wedding festivities, Panganoron and his men arrived. To avenge his love, a violent war broke out between the two tribes.

Panganoron fatally struck Patuga killing him. However, a poisoned arrow was shot on Daragang Magayon’s breast. The torn lovers held each other as Daragang Magayon was dying. As Panganoron kneeled over his beloved, an enemy hacked his head off.

A face of a man seems to appear Mayon Volcano
A face of a man seems to appear. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Bella Estrella

The lovers were put to rest and on the place they were buried, a mountain mysteriously appeared.

The mountain is now known as Mayon. They believe that Panganoron is the cloud that patiently hovers the beautiful mountain. They say that when Mayon is aggressive and is about to erupt, that is when Patuga is challenging Panganoron. But when Mayon is calm, you can see the soft clouds embracing her. When it rains, these are believed to be the tears of the tragic lovers.

beautiful maiden Magayon
The beautiful maiden Magayon. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Ronmike Silerio

beautiful maiden Magayon
The beautiful maiden Magayon Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Ronmike Silerio

— Sally, The Summit Express

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‘The Revenger Squad’ is No. 1 in MMFF 2017; Top 4 ranking finally revealed

MANILA, Philippines - The 43rd edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) had been hailed a success in terms of box-office performance. All eight entries - All of You, Ang Larawan, Deadma Walking, Haunted Forest, Meant to Beh, Ang Panday, Siargao, and Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad - were well accepted by the Filipino audience.

‘The Revenger Squad’ is No. 1 in MMFF 2017; Top 4 ranking revealed
Vice Ganda stars 'Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad' and Vic Sotto stars 'Meant to Beh'.

On January 17, the MMFF Executive Committee (ExeCom) had a thanksgiving party as they happily announced that they had passed the P1 billion mark, with the highest gross on the first and second day of the festival.

In addition, the top 4 highest-grossing films in the MMFF 2017 were also revealed.

1. The Revenger Squad
2. Ang Panday
3. Siargao
4. Haunted Forest

READ: "The Revenger Squad" is now the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time

The other four remaining entries still earned pretty good. All were able to reach more than P30 million, which is the highest in the recent MMFF history.

The ExeCom had withheld announcing the box-office rankings of the films during the festival run, saying such a list might affect audience preference.

All eight MMFF entries have already earned a total of P1.5 billion in gross sales. But the amount is still growing as some entries are still being shown in cinemas.

MMFF spokesperson Noel Ferrer proudly explained that all eight entries earned very well, "Normally, may nagsi-single digit [na box-office performance] yung lowest. Yung lowest na ito, matter of millions lang ang difference. More than P30 million ang nakuha nung nasa bottom four.”

Bing Advincula, Vice-chairman of the MMFF selection committee also confirmed that most of the sales came from the top 1 and 2 entries, "Sixty percent of the total box-office gross came from The Revenger Squad and Ang Panday."

The top 1 entry, The Revenger Squad had already earned P540 million as of January 9. While some were surprised that Vic Sotto’s Meant to Beh didn’t make the cut in the list of top grossing films.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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Personal budget strategy to consider this 2018

Eat healthier, get more exercise, save more money, take up a new hobby – it’s the time of the year to make that list of self-improvements again. If your New Year’s resolution involves strict budgeting, there are countless of ways to make your funds work the way you need it to.

Personal budget strategy to consider this 2018
Tips to survive another year of strict budgeting and saving money.

It’s more than just saving money, because the real question is, how? Global Fintech company Home Credit has six tips that you may consider when doing your budget plan.

1. Track your spending

Ask for receipts whenever possible, so you can log your expenses every day. You’re not even required to log them in an Excel spreadsheet (but if that works for you, go ahead!) –just keep it organized, so you can review it anytime. Remember, your goal here is to be aware of your daily spending habits so you’ll know the things you can live without.

2. The Slush fund

Be it an emergency or a car repair, there are high chances of encountering these unfortunate incidents. Keep them from running you into debt by having your emergency fund in an account that’s easily accessible for you. But use them only for emergencies!

3. Focus on one thing

A house? A Car? Or just start little like a new appliance or a gadget? The point is to determine one specific goal and focus all your efforts on obtaining it.

You can’t have many financial goals and try to achieve them all simultaneously without draining your other funds. Prioritize one objective and figure out how you are going to get there. If you think this means you’ll have to trim your expenses, you’re right.

4. The fun fund: cut down on it

There are just some days when you can’t resist the impulse to buy something out of boredom. Either that, or you just choose to spend on unnecessary things when you can just opt for a cheaper—rather, simpler way of living. Once you have tracked your spending and found what you don’t need, try to gradually—if not immediately—take it out of your system.

5. The list

List, list, and list. You’ve heard it again and again to emphasize its importance. If you have a list for even the smallest things you need to buy, you’ll less likely spend on impulse purchases and only stick to what you’re looking for. Of course, it’s a totally different issue if you decide to buy something else instead of the one on your list!

6. Installments

If you’ve already come up with a budget plan, but think that the monthly costs might still be heavy for you, then you might find it hard to do one time big time payments. Rather than one all-out spending, how about pay in installments to make your monthly costs lighter? Imagine paying for them and still having enough money!

It’s possible, even if you have no credit card. With Home Credit, you can buy yourself a reward and pay for it through installments – at 0% interest rate. Through their simple application process and fast loan approval, you can afford the things you want, and still have spare budget to add to your other funds. It only requires your two valid IDs, a filled-out application form, and 20 minutes of your time to get approved.

Budgeting isn’t just about living the matipid lifestyle, as we Filipinos like to call it. It’s more on handling your funds wisely by setting your priorities straight and maintaining your discipline to stay within your limits. And if you followed our advice to set your focus on one thing, Home Credit’s installment promos will make sure that you’ll get it in a budget-friendly way.

For more info about Home Credit’s promos, loan applications, and store locations, visit

— The Summit Express

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Bicol to expect heavy rains amidst threat of lahar, Mayon Volcano spews 143 lava collapses

Mayon Volcano remains to be at PHIVOLCS alert level 3 for its “relatively high level of unrest as magma is at the crater and hazardous eruption can be expected within weeks or even days.”

Mayon Volcano as of January 17, 2018
Mayon Volcano as of January 17, 2018. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/John Hernandez

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) had recorded a total of 143 lava collapses and a tremor within 24 hours.

The recorded lava collapse came after rockfall was noted along the front and margins of advancing lava and pyroclastic flows to Miisi, Matanag, and Buyuan Gullies.

The authorities continue to warn the public to avoid entering the six (6) kilometer-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southern flanks.

Mayon continues to spew lava.
Mayon continues to spew lava. Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Janeth Nobleza

The state weather bureau PAGASA had also issued a warning that Bicolanos can expect occasional heavy rains today. They noted the danger that the rainwater may cause, “potentially dangerous mud flows or lahar would flow down the slopes of Mayon if the ash and debris it has been spewing since the weekend mixes with rainwater.”

PAGASA already placed the Bicol areas of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, and Sorsogon under orange rain warning. It means that the areas may experience 1 to 2 hours of rains that could trigger possible floods and landslides.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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Smart posts “clear leadership” vs Globe in LTE speeds nationwide - OpenSignal

MANILA, Philippines - Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the wireless communications and digital services subsidiary of PLDT, is increasing its lead in LTE (4G) speeds nationwide, according to the latest crowd-sourced data gathered by wireless coverage research firm OpenSignal.

Smart posts “clear leadership” vs Globe in LTE speeds nationwide - OpenSignal

In a report, Smart posted what it called “clear leadership” in LTE across the country, with nationwide average LTE download speeds of 11.7 Mbps (vs. 7.3 Mbps of Globe). The results covered the months of September to November.

Smart also dominated all measured areas, with 13.2 Mbps in National Capital Region (NCR)/Metro Manila, 7.7 Mbps in the Visayas, and 12.1 Mbps in South Luzon, compared with Globe which, based on the results, registered speeds of 8.2 Mbps, 6.8 Mbps and 6.3 Mbps, respectively.

Area Smart (Mbps) Globe (Mbps)
NCR 13.2 8.2
South Luzon 12.1 6.3
North Luzon Not revealed Not revealed
Visayas 7.7 6.8
Mindanao Not revealed Not revealed
Average 11.7 7.3

In terms of coverage, the latest results showed significant improvements in both 3G and LTE availability, with double-digit year-on-year improvements registered for LTE coverage in Metro Manila, Southern Luzon and the Visayas. Nationwide, Smart’s LTE availability improved from 35.86% in the January 2017 report to 58.07%, the report said.

In parallel, Smart 3G coverage also improved across the areas measured, with nationwide 3G availability improving from 67.89% to 74.45%.

The OpenSignal results were corroborated by recent internal tests, which showed better download speeds in Southern Luzon. Median download speeds of 18.5 Mbps were posted in Quezon province, while speeds of 17.1 Mbps were recorded in Batangas.

In Metro Manila, recent internal tests in ParaƱaque, for example, recorded median LTE download speeds of 17.9 Mbps, while median download speeds of 27.6 Mbps were posted in Caloocan. In Taguig, Smart LTE posted median download speeds of 18.6 Mbps.

LTE speeds in Cebu, meanwhile, averaged 24 Mbps, while LTE speeds in Davao were at 34 Mbps on average, also based on recent internal tests.

Smart expects to fulfill ahead of schedule its commitment to the National Telecommunications Commission to cover over 90% of the country’s cities and municipalities with mobile broadband using LTE and 3G by 2019.

LTE is the best technology to help bring fast, affordable, and reliable internet services to as many customers as possible.

— The Summit Express

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