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VIDEO: Sam Mangubat, Carlmalone Montecido enter 'Tawag ng Tanghalan' Grand Finals

MANILA, Philippines - ABS-CBN's noontime show 'It's Showtime' has named the fourth and final quarter grand finalists of “Tawag ng Tanghalan” on Saturday, February 25.

Sam Mangubat, Carlmalone Montecido enter 'Tawag ng Tanghalan' Grand Finals

After the week-long semi-finals round, Sam Mangubat (Luzon) and Carlmalone Montecido (Visayas) topped the combined text votes and Hurados' scores, 95.35% and 78.85%, respectively.

Mangubat and Montecido won P 150,000 each while the other semi-finalists will get P 25,000 each as consolation prize.

They will join the roster of grand finalists including Mary Gidget Dela Llana and Maricel Callo (Quarter 1), Marielle Montellano and Pauline Agupitan (Quaterte 2), Eumee Capile and Noven Belleza (Quarter 3).

Sam Mangubat, a YouTube sensation from Batangas, overcame his shyness and did not let his lack of experience in competing stop him from sharing his talent with the world.

Carlmalone Montecido of Bacolod, meanwhile, continues to give inspiration and show the madlang people that anyone can succeed just as long talent is coupled with determination.

Other semi-finalists who have fight for their dreams include Hazelyn CascaƱo, Froilan Canlas, Julia Faith Joaquin, Joylaine Canonio and Jex De Castro.

As announced, there will be an 'Ultimate Resbak' round to select the last two spots on grand finals. The semi-finalists from all quarters of the competition who did not join the finals will clash one more time starting Monday, February 27.

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10 Things to Know About Google Duo, a must-try video calling app

Video calling is the next best thing to being with someone in person, but too often it can be a frustrating or complicated experience. You shouldn't have to worry about whether you're on Wi-Fi, or not, or if your friend is using the same type of device as you are. No wonder that based on research nearly half of us never make video calls on mobile.

Thanks to Google Duo, designed for simple 1-to-1 mobile video calling, that surely ease problems being encountered on other apps.

With all the feels of the Love Month, Google's newest app is a perfect to reach your #DuoGoals.

Duo date search with YouTubers Daniel Marsh and Baninay Bautista
#DUOGOALS. Duo date search with YouTubers Daniel Marsh (leftmost) and Baninay Bautista (second from right).
This mobile app, launched in August last year, brings the promise of smooth face to face connection with the persons you care about. Here's the lowdown of the exciting features of the Google Duo.

1. A video calling app for everyone: Duo is a mobile-only app available for Android and iOS devices. Tested to perform on cross-platforms iOS to Android, and vice versa.

2. Phone-number based: So you can reach everyone in your phonebook without creating an account.

3. Knock Knock feature: You can see a live video preview of the person calling you, and why they're calling, before you even pick up. It only works with people in your contact list and can be turned off.

Google Philippines' Country Marketing Manager Gabby Roxas
Google Philippines' Country Marketing Manager Gabby Roxas highlights the special features of Google Duo app.
4. Wi-Fi and cellular calling: Duo seamlessly transitions between WiFi and cellular networks, so you can start a call on one network, and switch to another without dropping your call.

5. 1:1 video calling: It is focused on 1:1 video calling, rather than group calling.

6. Lightning fast video: Google Duo boasts this optimized feature, so that calls connect faster than most other video calling apps and audio and video stays in sync, even on slower networks.

7. Handles slower networks: Works well on slower networks, such as those in emerging markets, and can degrade to available lower voice technology as 2G.

8. Secure: All calls are end-to-end encrypted.

9. Additional feature to block numbers or unregister phone number: Whether you like not to receive call from specific person for whatever reason or privacy, you can do this via settings. If it happens that you changed you mobile number, registering new contact will be easy.

10. Simple and very user-friendly: You can instantly begin a video call with a single tap. The over-all design has emphasis on simplicity, a feature Google is known for.

Now, give your friends a wave with Duo!

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WATCH: iPhone 7 Plus mysteriously explodes

Apple has launched a probe into an incident involving an iPhone 7 Plus that mysteriously caught fire.

iPhone 7 Plus mysteriously explodes

An 18-year-old teen from Arizona, USA shared a video of her smouldering iPhone 7 Plus on Thursday, February 23 on Twitter. The short video clip quickly became viral and has been viewed over 1 million times.

In the caption of the video, Twitter user Brianna Olivas wrote: “So my iPhone 7 Plus blew up this morning was not even using it, literally no explanation for this.”

According to Olivas, her ordeal with the gadget started the day before it exploded. It apparently didn’t turn on prompting her to bring the device to an Apple Store. After running tests on the phone, employees informed Olivas that her phone was fine.

Indeed, her iPhone 7plus appeared to be back in good condition.

However, this didn’t seem to be the case the next morning.

In her interview with Mashable, Olivas recounted: “The next morning I was asleep with my phone charging next to my head, my boyfriend grabbed the phone and put it on the dresser.”

“He went to the restroom ... and from the corner of his eye he saw my phone steaming and [heard] a squealing noise. By the time he got over to the phone it had already caught fire, he quickly grabbed the phone and threw it in the restroom ... as soon as he threw it in the restroom it blew up and more smoke started coming out of the phone.”

After the incident, Olivas turned over her phone to Apple. They will be running tests and are expected to know more within a week.

"We are in touch with the customer and looking into it,” said an Apple spokesperson.

Last year, Samsung recalled over 1 million units of its flagship device, Galaxy Note 7 after several cases of the unit catching fire and causing injuries were reported.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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San Miguel dominates Ginebra, wins PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 1

MANILA, Philippines – As expected, this conference’s league leaders San Miguel Beermen continued to dominate and humiliated their sister-team-rivals Barangay Ginebra in front of a sell-out crowd to take Game 1, 109-82 on Friday night, February 24, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

San Miguel dominates Ginebra, wins PBA Finals Game 1

Coach Tim Cone once admitted that even Phil Jackson won’t be able to stop June Mar Fajardo in the middle. He actually had no choice but to field Joe Devance in the opening quarter to help Japeth Aguilar in guarding “The Kraken.” Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off as both Ginebra bigs struggled offensively and defensively due to the intimidating presence of Fajardo.

Aside from the hulking Fajardo, the backcourt tandem of Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross erupted from the rainbow territory as early as the 8th minute mark of the opener. Coach Cone tried to extinguish the Beermen’s waxing hot hands by calling a timeout to contemplate on the 16-2 lead of their rivals.

Nothing was easy for the Gins. Coach Tim shuffled his players 6 times with 5 more minutes remaining in the first. They even got their points from the foul lines and through high loopers to avoid the outstretched arms of Fajardo.

On the two-minute mark of the 1st period, Coach Leo Austria gave his starters a breather and sent his reserves in. Luckily, the subs maintained their humongous 35-12 lead until the quarter horn sounded.

Coach Austria extended his subs’ playing time on the floor and let them start the final 12 minutes of the 1st half. Ginebra capitalized on this mismatch and fired up offensively through the initiative of veterans Mark Caguioa and Jay Jay Helterbrand.

Finally, after 15 long minutes, the Gins connected from the outside courtesy of Chris Ellis. Slowly, the crowd favorite is inching closer and closer. Ronald Tubid, the ex-Gin, started to heat-up behind the arc to stop Ginebra’s scoring momentum.

Even though up by 25, the Beermen had no signs of relaxing. Instead, Coach Leo’s boys exerted huge efforts to save the ball and battled for the loose ones.

At the end of the 1st half, Barangay found themselves behind by 21, 60-39 heading to the dugout.

30 seconds had gone by after the 2nd half started, Coach Tim Cone immediately called a ceasefire due poor defensive composure that let Alex Cabagnot sank a deep and uncontested three followed by a wide-opened layup from Arwind Santos and another corner trey from Marcio Lassiter. And just like that, San Miguel was up by 30.

Not only did the Beermen make most of their shots, they even had full control on the boards that left the entire Barangay dead silent.

Obviously, Japeth Aguilar had a bad and off night. His presence was not felt in the penultimate quarter that made June Mar Fajardo earned his points from high-low and garbage plays.

Woes continued for the Gins. At with exactly 4 more minutes remaining in the third, rookie Kevin Ferrer was penalized with flagrant foul 1 after unintentionally hitting Marcio Lassiter in the face. This time, SMB increased the margin, 85-49.

Paolo Taha closed the third quarter with a rare three pointer. But still, San Miguel Beermen held a gigantic 33-point lead, 89-56.

Ginebra was running out of time to get closer and pull off a miracle. Scottie Thompson, in the absence of his senior teammates handled the scoring chores all by himself at the beginning of the final quarter. On the other hand, the mighty reserves of San Miguel were tasked to at least maintain their lead while the starters watch them work from the bench.

“The Kraken” rested earlier as expected, but it looked like Ginebra didn’t miss his scoring prowess at all as his back-up Gabby Espinas continued to punish the Gin Kings with his post-up moves and second chance points.

The fans knew that it was all over as seldom used SMB rookie Arnold Van Opstal entered the floor for a chance to impress Leo Austria and delight his teammates. The silver-haired Van Opstal missed both free throws but happy to spend his first 2 minutes of pro-basketball finals experience on the hard court.

The final buzzer echoed with the Beermen bringing home the “W”, 109-82. Chris Ross earned the best player of the game with 17 points and 8 assists.

Game 2 will be held at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City, Quezon where Barangay Ginebra is expected to bounce back and level the series. Tip-off is scheduled at 6:30PM and will be aired live by Sports 5.

--Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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Was Sen. De Lima’s arrest politically motivated?

MANILA, Philippines - Hours after Senator Leila de Lima presented herself to authorities on Friday morning, several organizations have questioned whether she is being subjected to political persecution.

Sen. Leila de Lima's mugshot in violation of RA 9165 (Illegal drug trading).
Sen. Leila de Lima's mugshot in violation of RA 9165 (Illegal drug trading).
On Thursday, February 23, a Muntinlupa court issued a warrant of arrest for the lady Senator, her former driver-bodyguard Ronnie Dayan as well as former Bureau of Corrections officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos for illegal drug trafficking.

Human Rights Watch accused President Rodrigo Duterte of using the government to carry out a personal vendetta against his staunchest critic.

Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement:

“By arresting Senator Leila de Lima on politically motivated drug charges, President Duterte has effectively expanded his 'drug war' from the urban poor to the legislative branch of the government.”

Unchristian to Rejoice

Meanwhile, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Socrates Villegas said he is hoping that De Lima and her co-accused would be given a fair trial. He also warned political opponents of De Lima that it is “unchristian” to rejoice over the sufferings of others.

"It is unchristian to find secret pleasure in the sufferings of others. May we recognize in ourselves the awful power of sin and our need for God’s help! We need the Lord even more now!” Villegas said in a statement.

Not Politically Motivated

Despite issues surrounding the arrest of De Lima, MalacaƱang reiterated that De Lima was arrested because a criminal and not a political case was filed against her.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella explained that De Lima’s arrest is “a fulfilment” of Duterte’s war on drugs. On the other hand, Speaker Pantaleon Alavarez said it was proof that the justice system is working.

“She will have the opportunity to defend herself and prove her innocence. The court has established probable cause therefore, let us keep our faith in the judicial system. The moral arc is long but it always bends towards justice,” Abella said.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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Get Hooked in 7 Ways: "I'm Drunk, I Love You"

Beer. Gin. Vodka. Whatever alcoholic beverage you want, name it. Drink it. After three shots, you can feel heating of your face. Three more shots and you'll feel blood pumping. Let's add four more shots, and you'll get tipsy. But still, overflowing shots, then you'll surely get drunk which can lead to many possible results. First on the list, telling the truth. Yeah. Bursting words that we can't say, with alcohol that can give courage to what we're hiding. Like "I love you."

Get Hooked in 7 Ways: "I'm Drunk, I Love You"
L-R: Jason, Carson and Dio of  "I'm Drunk, I Love You"
"I'm Drunk, I Love You" is an indie film that will surely hit your spot especially when you're a hard core drinker. Bestfriends for seven years, Carson (Maja Salvador) is always a best bud to Dio (Paulo Avelino). Until drunkenness leads her to bursting what she's unable to say for these seven long years. I love you.

Well played by these two artists, with the addition of Jason Ty (Dominic Roco) and Pathy (Jasmine Curtis-Smith), this film is a mix of romance and laughter. So, let's get hooked by the movie in seven ways.

1. Beer. Beer. And lots of beer.

Woah. Every scene has beer on appearance. Lunch. Dinner. Cozy nightout. In the room. Even in breakfast. You can feel the beer in every scene. As if you also want to join them.

2. Bagnet. Bagnet bagnet bagnet!

LSS with the way they're chanting this famous dish from the north. Put some 'atsara' and rice. Voila. I drooled. After the movie, I'm sure you'll crave for bagnet.

3. La Union

Waves. Beach. Music. What else can you want more. You'll definitely want to go to La Union after seeing the movie.

4. Letter H

It sounds peculiar for a common female name 'Patty' to have H in it. As in Pathy. Say it again. Pat-h-y. Pat-h-y.

5. Time check

Yes. Everytime Carson gets into some realization about her feelings to Dio, her BFF Jason Ty has his line - Time Check!

6. Bestfriends can't always be lovers

In the end of the film, they didn't happen to be lovers. Dio did not acknowledge back to Carson what the latter said to him. Just plain "Sorry."

Maja and Paulo movie
Photo Credit: Supreme/Philippine Star via "I'm Drunk, I Love You" Facebook page.
7. Graduation

Graduation. When you finished school. Graduation. When you're through with your feelings. Graduation. When you're free enough to be happy and move on.

WATCH: "I'm Drunk, I Love You" Official Trailer

--Rein, The Summit Express

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LIVESTREAM: Ginebra vs. San Miguel Game 1 PBA Finals 2017

MANILA, Philippines - San Miguel Beermen and the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings are set to clash in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals tonight, February 24, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Ginebra vs. San Miguel Game 1 PBA PH Cup Finals 2017

San Miguel and Ginebra both met the championship series after the exciting two do-or-die Game 7 matches on the semi-finals.

San Miguel dominates Ginebra, wins PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 1

The official livestream video of the Season 42 Philippine Cup Finals is now up online (courtesy of and TV5):

Meanwhile, here's the live updates of the PBA Finals (from the official Twitter account of PBA):

In the entire finals history of PBA, the Beermen and the Gin Kings have already faced each other for four times where the former have 3-1 advantage. But that’s history and it’s somehow non-bearing because of the changes in management, players and most especially in coaching staff.

Ginebra made a history last conference after ending its 8-year championship drought under the mentorship of multi-titled head coach Tim Cone. Ginebra also beat San Miguel in the semifinals round. But then again, it’s another side of the story. Gins beat the Beermen with prolific scorer-import Justin Brownlee on their side.

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The 'Big One'? Dutch researcher warns Major Earthquake in the Philippines from February 24 to March 8, 2017

MANILA, Philippines - A self-styled Nostradamus and a Dutch researcher, Frank Hoogerbeets, has warned of the strong earthquake that is possible to strike critical areas including the Philippines from February 24 to March 8, 2017 due to 12 planetary alignments in just two weeks.

Dutch researcher warns Major Earthquake in the Philippines from February 24 to March 8, 2017

Hoogerbeets claims that this phenomenon is similar to the 15 planetary alignments last December causing a seismic increase with three large 7 magnitude earthquakes.

The 'Quake mystic' who believes that "earthquakes are frequency adjustments to the ever changing vibration of the Solar System" uses computer program called Solpage to compute planetary positions, angles and alignments for a given date or time-frame, his tool for the earthquake forecasting, a non-scientifically recognized way of predicting earthquakes.

Hoogerbeets says that the positions of the planets and the moon have an impact on tectonic plate movement on Earth.

The native from Netherlands has released recently on Ditrianum YouTube channel, a Major Earthquake Warning video, emphasizing a mega-quake that is likely to occur on the first week of March, possible on the 4th and 5th.

"In the last week of February and the first week of March, there will likely be a significant increase in seismic activity with the highest probability of an 8+ magnitude earthquake around 4 March," Hoogerbeets posted on Ditrianum website.

He then named the earthquake-prone countries critical for mega-quake of over 8.0 magnitude: Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, Chile, Peru, West Coast of North America.

"If you are on the earthquake-prone area, somewhere along the fault line and sub-duction zone, make sure you have earthquake plan ready. This is not the time to be afraid but the time to be prepared," he said.

Recently, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has been vocal on its warning on the “Big One,” a powerful earthquake that could kill thousands of residents of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

February 25 Update: Phivolcs on Facebook refutes claim of 'Big One' will happen between February 24 and March 8.

"We cannot predict when or where an earthquake will happen. There is no reliable technology in the world that can confidently predict the date, time and location of large earthquakes. What we do is prepare earthquake scenarios of hazards and impacts to be used as guide for mitigation, preparedness and response," the government agency said.

Highlights of Major Earthquake Warning by Hoogerbeets

February 24: Two planetary alignments will occur both involving Mars and Venus. Earth will be very close to these alignments as it will be within 0°38' of the Jupiter-Uranus resonance vector. The convergence of alignments on the 24th may initially cause higher 6 to 7 magnitude seismic events on the planet on the 24th and 25th.

February 25: Jupiter, Mars and Uranus will reach their alignment. Venus and Earth will be very close relative to this alignment.

February 26-27: New Moon and Solar Eclipse on the 26th may initially prevent seismic activity to go over low 7 magnitude. On the 27th, Earth itself will be involved in two alignments, first with Mars and Uranus and then with Mars and Jupiter.

Convergence of Planetary Alignment February 25, 2017

March 2-7: More amplified resonances will be added by Mercury when the planet will be part of four alignments, three of which involve the Sun and one involving the Earth and Neptune on the 4th. In this time-frame the Moon reaches first quarter on the 5th growing to full on the 12th, which will add more tension to Earth’s crust.

Convergence of Planetary alignment march 2, 2017

As published in the, science and technology website Gizmodo notes that this isn't the first time that people have put forward the idea that a planetary alignment will cause devastating earthquakes. The 1974 book The Jupiter Effect, by John Gribbin and Stephen Plagemann, warned that a similar event would take in 1982.

Planetary alignment effect

"Voyager spacecraft has recorded the electromagnetic waves emitted by the celestial objects. Due to this transmission of electromagnetic waves, there's a electromagnetic connection with the Sun, Earth and other planets and the moon," Hoogerbeets said.

"When planets align, one planet may hit the resonance frequency of another planet thereby causing amplification of electromagnetic resonance," Hoogerbeets added.

"On atomic level, amplification will excite electrons which causing strong vibration. This may cause earthquake of over 6.0 magnitude."

Watch this intro video to learn more about his claim of electromagnetic waves affecting the material world on an atomic level.

Earthquake prediction poses greatest challenge in seismology

While mainstream scientists and geologists have rubbished his claims on planetary alignments causing earthquakes, he has proved of significant online following after his predictions happened in the past years.

In fact some of his predictions are being featured on international websites, Daily Mail Online and Huffington Post.

"However, one day the scientific community will have to accept the fact that the spectrum of Gravity encompasses much more than the observed physical mechanics alone," Hoogerbeets said.

"My study thus far has shown that three planets in particular are critical to our seismically active world. These are Mercury, Uranus and Mars. It is not a coincidence that at the time of the largest earthquake on record, the magnitude 9.5 earthquake in Chile, these three planets were lined up."

LOOK: Four Largest Earthquakes of 2015 Correctly Forecasted (as claimed by Frank Hoogerbeets)

Earthquake-hit Area Magnitude Earthquake Date  Warning Issued Date Forecast
Nepal 7.8 April 25, 2015 April 20, 2015 Days from April 22 to April 27 would be more critical due to a Mercury-Mars 'side-alignment.'
Alaska 7 May 29, 2015 April 29, 2015 Several critical planetary alignments converging and following each other between May 27 and May 30 of 2015.
Bonin Islands, Japan 7.8 May 30, 2015
Coquimbo, Chile 8.3 September 16, 2015 (an hour before the 17th) Septemmber 15, 2015 It would have to be around the 17th during the Jupiter-Earth-Neptune alignment.
Afghanistan 7.7 October 26, 2015 October 21, 2015 October 25 and 26 would be very critical based on the planetary alignments.

Oarfish sightings stoke earthquake fears

Days before and after the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that devastated Surigao City and its nearby provinces, multiple sightings of giant oarfish in Southern Philippines were reported.

Note: The Surigao quake on February 10 according to Hoogerbeets was a result of the Sun-Mercury-Saturn alignment on February 8 (part of the warning video.)

Surigao earthquake

These consecutive incidents spark fears that it may be a sign of an impending large earthquake.

Oarfish is known as the “Messenger from the Sea God's Palace.” Kiyoshi Wadatsumi, a specialist in ecological seismology, told the Japan Times in 2010 that “deep-sea fish living near the sea bottom are more sensitive to the movements of active faults than those near the surface of the sea.”

Meanwhile, a large sea animal believed to be a sea cow washed up on the shore in the Dinagat Islands on Wednesday afternoon, worrying locals following the recent earthquake.

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