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VACANCY: Feature/Trending News Writer

MANILA, Philippines -, a reliable Philippine news portal is growing and with this comes the desire to look for a feature/trending news writer who has the ability to spot and create trend on social media.

The Summit Express Now Hiring: Feature/Trending News Writer

As a writer, expertise should focus on writing original stories/features and trending news or posts on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube). The writer must be social media or tech savvy and knows various social media platforms, has good writing skills and enthusiasm to deliver the freshest stories ahead of the competition.

The writer should have basic background on search engine optimization (SEO), knows the nature of blogging, basic HTML coding, photoshop or any image editing app or software, and willing to contribute report in any time of the day.

1. This is part-time job only and you will work from the comfort of your home.
2. Knowledge on writing about politics, entertainment or sports is a plus.

Are you the one we're looking for? Interested applicants may send their resume and sample writing/s to

Use "TRENDING NEWS WRITER: "Your Name" as subject of email.

As a writer, you will also get the opportunity to attend product launch (if Metro Manila resident), press conference and various events. Through media invites, you will enjoy lots of freebies, be the first to know about new product or announcement, VIP treatment and even see your favorite stars.

In case you just want to contribute or share your talent with us by sending tip or story, visit this page.

Join us as we continue to deliver the best stories, trending news and breaking reports for the Filipinos worldwide.

The Summit Express which has been online since 2012 maintains its status as one of the leading news blogs in the Philippines. As of press time, the website has garnered over 82 million views since its launch. On Facebook, we have a growing community of around 176,000 followers.

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LOOK: Artist with rare bone disease turns ballpen’s ink into masterpiece art

MANILA, Philippines- A 37-year-old Kapampangan artist born with rare bone disease has earned praises from netizens for creating an incredible portrait of world famous tattoo artist Apo Whang Od using only colored ballpoint pens.

Artist with rare bone disease turns ballpen’s ink into masterpiece art
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Erwin V. Dayrit
Born with brittle bone disease, Erwin “Weng” Dayrit is short in stature and has barrel shaped rib cage causing him to be confined in a wheelchair. Despite the physical difficulties of his condition, Dayrit managed to pursue his dream of becoming an artist.

Through determination and hard work and with the help of his family, Dayrit finished his Drafting Course at Don Honorio Ventura State University. Immediately after graduation, Dayrit and some of his friends from the university launched an Arts and Sign business. This gave him the opportunity to hone his skills and knowledge as an artist.

It didn’t take a long time before people started recognizing Dayrit’s incredible talent. Aside from being awarded as one of the Outstanding Fernandino for San Fernando City, Pampanga in 2011, he competed in various provincial and national competitions and was even featured in local media TV stations. He is also a recipient of an award from the Bahay Kubo ng Sining Foundation, Inc.

Currently, he serves as a mentor at GUHIT Pinas, a Facebook art community. Several artists also follow his Facebook page.

“Erwin is determined to prove that his condition will not prevent him from doing the things he enjoys most. Being disabled is not a choice but being happy to fulfill dreams is!” Dayrit’s sister Zorina told Filipino Artists Magazine.

Also known as osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) or “imperfectly formed bone”, brittle bone disease occurs in about one in 20,000 persons. It is a disorder that results in fragile bones that break easily and is usually present at birth.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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IN PHOTOS: Happier times of real-life couple behind trending MMK episode

MANILA, Philippine - The longest-running drama anthology series in Asia, Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK), has once again sent its viewers crying with its post Valentine episode titled “Love Me Now,” that starred Julia Barretto and Joshua Garcia.

MMK John and Aika

The tear-jerking episode aired on Saturday, February 18, tackled the story of young couple John and Aika, who learned what unconditional and endless love means at an early age. Aika, who was suffering from leukemia, tried to push John away knowing that her life could end any time soon. However, this didn’t stop John from fighting for his lover for her until tragedy struck. In a twist of fate, John’s life was cut short in an accident, while Aika managed to survive and finish her treatment.

Indeed, the bittersweet story of John and Aika touched the hearts of netizens and quickly became a trending topic on various social media outlets.

Shortly after the trending MMK episode was aired, more information like photos and videos of the real-life couple surfaced online. Popular Facebook page Filipino Vines shared a slideshow of the couple’s photos and videos during happier times.

With nearly 1 million views, the clip created by a certain Ara Dellosa amassed over 42,000 reactions and nearly 12,000 shares since it was shared on Monday, February 20.

Several netizens can’t help but express their sadness over the short-lived romance of the lovers seemingly destined for each others.

Roselle Mercurio wrote in the comments’ section of the viral Facebook post: “Nakakaiyak kc silang dalawa tunay na nagmamahalan. Pure clean ang hangarin nila pareho kaya nakakatuwa nakakapanghinayang nakakalungkot kc ikli ng buhay. Bakit sya pa. Sana iba na lang. Pra pareho pa sana sila happy together. Kaya lang everything happens for a reason. It hurts so badly and sometimes we dont really understand why. Only God knows everything.”

“Mahirap pag natagpuan muna yung taong magmamahal sayo ng tapat..mawawala lang din pala....kaya habang kasama mo pa ang taong mahal mo ibigay muna ang lahat...para pagdating ng panahon wala kng pagsisisihan....hndi masama magmahal ng sobra kung sa katulad lang ni john,” Riccash Besid wrote.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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LOOK: World’s first rotating skyscraper to be built in Dubai

Dubai may soon be adding a new man-made wonder to its long list of attractions.

After introducing to the world the planet’s largest man-made island, tallest building and biggest shopping mall, Dubai may soon be home to the world’s first rotating skyscraper.

World’s first rotating skyscraper to be built in Dubai
PHOTO CREDIT: Screengrab from YouTube video/courtesy Dynamic Architecture
Dynamic Tower, which is the brainchild of architect David Fisher of Dynamic Architecture, will be an 80-storey, 1273-foot tower with floors that can rotate 360 degrees in both directions. The rotating, shape-shifting tower will be built in four dimensions and will constantly change shape.

Israeli-Italian architect David Fisher told Your Discover Science: “It will never look the same. The floor is rotating very smoothly. You don’t hear anything.”

Fisher, who got the idea for the one-of-a-kind tower while staring out of the Olympic Tower in New York, first introduced his idea back in 2008. However, his proposal never materialized.

Dynamic Architecture is hoping that the unique tower will debut Dubai’s skyline by 2020.

World’s first rotating skyscraper in Dubai
PHOTO CREDIT: Screengrab from YouTube video/courtesy Dynamic Architecture
Aside from the building’s rotating floors, the tower will utilize voice-activated technology that would allow residents to rotate their apartments just by speaking. The tower’s energy will be produced by about 79 wind turbines located horizontally between the floors and solar panels placed on the roof.

Residents can transport their car to their floor and park it next to their apartment by using a special elevator built inside the central concrete core.

It will be the world’s first pre-fabricated skyscraper in which individual units will be built off-site. Floors, made of steel, aluminium and carbon fiber materials will be assembled at a factory and then later attached to the tower.

World’s first rotating skyscraper in Dubai
PHOTO CREDIT: Screengrab from YouTube video/courtesy Dynamic Architecture
According to Dynamic Architecture, you need to prepare around $4 million to $40 million if you want to own an individual apartment from the project.

Fisher is hoping that Dynamic Tower will inspire architects to design buildings that adjust to life.

"An architect should design buildings that adjust to life. They should adapt to our space, our functionalities and our needs that change continuously -- and even to our sense of beauty, itself in continuous motion,” Fisher said.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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Top 10 Highest-paying Jobs in the Philippines 2017

MANILA, Philippines - Recruitment website has released on Wednesday, February 22 its 2017 Salary Report which revealed the highest paying jobs for various levels in the Philippines.

Top 10 Highest-paying Jobs in the Philippines 2017
Despite the threat of US President Donald Trump on call center and BPO’s in the country, employees in the information technology (IT) sector proved to be the highest paid both in supervisory and junior executive positions at P68,723 and P37,034, respectively.

Jobs in the IT field include software developer, web developer and systems administrator.

Managers in the field of Corporate strategy earned the highest monthly salary at P125, 976. It was significantly higher compared to the salary of managers in the IT field, which earned the highest monthly salary in 2016 at P86,550.

Meanwhile, employees in the customer service and technical help desk are the most in demand this year.

Here’s a list of the highest-paying jobs in the Philippines for 2017.

The top 10 highest-paying jobs/industries for Managers/ Assistant Managers are:

1. Corporate strategy (P125,976)
2. IT-related (P91,100)
3. Actuarial science/Statistics (P81,799)
4. Quality control/Assurance (P80,828)
5. Customer service (P80,810)
6. Training and development (P77,877)
7. Public relations/Communications (P77,219)
8. Banking/Financial services (P74,837)
9. Human resources (72,686)
10. Law/legal (P67,402)

The top 10 highest-paying jobs/industries for supervisors (5 to 10 years job experience) are:

1. IT-related -P68,723
2. Actuarial science/Statistics -P65,741
3. Law/legal -P48,014
4. Journalist/Editor -P40,704
5. Banking/Financial -P39,857
6. Arts/Creative/Graphic design -P37,379
7. Quality control/Assurance -P37,242
8. Training and development -P36,443
9. Quality surveying -P36,203
10. Advertising/Media planning -P35,791

The top 10 highest-paying jobs/industries for junior executives (1-5 years job experience) are:

1. IT-related -P37,034
2. Law/legal -P29,430
3. Training and development -P27,253
4. Banking/Financial -P27,188
5. Actuarial science/Statistics -P27,064
6. Public relations/Communications -P26,948
7. Healthcare-P26,655
8. Journalist/Editor -P26,542
9. Customer service -P24,755
10. Advertising/Media planning -P24,314

Jobstreet Salary Report 2017

In terms of job trends, 38% of the 6 million Jobstreet candidates were in the BPO industry, while 3% were in retail and 2.8% were in manufacturing.

The report also revealed that middle management employees get the most guaranteed bonuses or bonuses which are agreed on through a contract aside from the 13th month pay. On the other hand, staff level employees receive the most non-guaranteed bonuses.

Industries that give the most guaranteed bonuses include retailing, consumer durables and apparel and insurance. Meanwhile, transportation/logistics, consumer durables and apparel as well as materials/construction industry provide the most non-guaranteed bonuses.


--Mini, The Summit Express

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Here’s the surprising reason why you should stop chewing gum

For thousands of years, people have chewed all sorts of gums from paraffin wax and tree resin to Juicy Fruit. Several studies claimed that chewing gum can boost your mood, reduce stress levels and increase alertness. However, a new study concluded that chewing gum is actually bad for your health.

surprising reason why you should stop chewing gum

Based on the findings of a study carried out by researchers at Binghamton University, long-term exposure to a food additive found in chewing gums makes the body prone to infections.

The popular food additive known as titanium oxide or E171 causes damage to cell structures inside the intestines. As a result, it makes a person more susceptible to harmful bacteria that thrives in the digestive system and prevents certain nutrients from being absorbed by the body.

To arrive at this conclusion, researchers subjected a small intestinal cell model to equivalent of a meal’s worth of titanium oxide nanoparticles for more than four hours. For chronic exposure, they used the same model and subjected with three meal’s worth for five days.

The results of the study published in the journal NanoImpact showed that chronic exposure to titanium oxide had a negative effect on the intestinal cells called microvilli. They discovered that microvilli, which help absorb nutrients, weakened and had difficulty in absorbing iron, zinc and fatty acids.

Moreover, the study also found that the body’s ability to break food down turned out to be worse after chronic exposure to titanium oxide.

“To avoid foods rich in titanium oxide nanoparticles you should avoid processed foods, and especially candy. That is where you see a lot of nanoparticles.,” Professor Mahler said.

Titanium oxide, which is commonly used for white pigmentation in paints, plastics and papers, can enter the digestive system through toothpastes, donuts, skimmed milks as well as chocolates.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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OPPO to reveal “5x” smartphone photography technology at MWC 2017

MANILA, Philippines - OPPO’s breakthrough technology for smartphone cameras is set to make its debut at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, the largest gathering for the mobile industry worldwide.
OPPO debuts “5x” smartphone photography tech at MWC 2017

The new technology, called the ‘5x’ project, will allow OPPO’s smartphone cameras to capture images with unprecedented clarity.

“OPPO’s relentless pursuit of perfection without compromise has given birth to a remarkable technological breakthrough that will change how the world perceives smartphone photography,” said OPPO Vice President and Managing Director of International Mobile Business Sky Li.

“We chose MWC to unveil the ‘5x’ technology in the belief that we can inspire the industry to aim higher, and continue to create pioneering products that give amazing experiences for consumers,” Sky added.

The MWC is scheduled to take place on February 27-March 2 in Barcelona, Spain.

Leadership in Smartphone Photography

In recent years, OPPO has been leading smartphone photography through its innovative and user-oriented technology and products.

OPPO’s Ulike 2 model was the first smartphone to offer pre-installed beautication feature, which has become a standard configuration in almost every Android phone. The beautification feature has since evolved to Beautify 4.0.

In 2016, OPPO introduced the camera-focused F-series. The second phone in the ‘Selfie Expert’ series, the F1 Plus, was the first OPPO device to sport a 16 megapixel front camera.

In that same year, OPPO partnered with Sony to co-develop the 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor for the R9s to allow outstanding focusing speed, noise reduction, and low-light performance.

A rising tech giant

A report by German market research firm GfK reported that as of July last year, OPPO is the second bestselling smartphone brand in the Philippines. OPPO achieved its rankings climb in less than three years in the Philippine market.

Global market intelligence firm International Data Corporation also reported that for two years now, OPPO is the world’s fourth bestselling smartphone brand.

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It’s Beer vs. Gin! Ginebra dismantles Star, takes last PBA final seat

MANILA, Philippines – 2017 All Filipino Cup is all set! The San Miguel Beermen who eliminated the Talk 'N Text (TNT) last night are facing the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings after the latter won the Game 7 of the Manila-Clasico and ousted Star Hotshot, 89-76, on Tuesday, February 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Sol Mercado PBA Finals Brgy. Ginebra
Photo courtesy of PBA official website.
There was no more tomorrow for both Star Hotshots and Brgy. Ginebra Gin Kings. Both teams were really hungry to get back to the finals and face the league-leader San Miguel Beermen. It was an all-out war!

Inspired by Ginebra Living Legend, Robert Jaworski, the Gin Kings rained and drained threes for a dozen-point- lead early in the opening salvo of the do-or-die Game 7 courtesy of Joe Devance, Sol Mercado and Scottie Thompson. Their sister team on the other hand, kept struggling from all ends of the floor. Turn-overs were piling up left and right that forced Coach Chito Victolero to call a back-to-back timeouts to talk things over and find answers for Ginebra’s scoring onslaught.

Hotshots managed to bring the lead down to just 10 from as high as 16 as the 1st quarter buzzer sounded, 26-16.

Nothing much has changed for the Star as they came off the quarter break. Midway of the 2nd, Ginebra’s lead once again shot up to 15. But Jean Marc Pingris, the heart and soul of the team, muscled his way up on both offense and defense to fire-up his platoon. The “Pinoy Sakuragi’s” hustle paid off as the Hotshots found themselves behind the Kings by just 9 points. This time, it was Coach Tim Cone’s turn to call a ceasefire to ice the Star.

As the Hotshots gained their momentum, Ginebra big man Japeth Aguilar showed his mid-range jumpers to bring back the double-digit lead. However, Allein Maliksi retaliated from the outside to counter Aguilar’s timely contributions.

After the first 24 minutes of the game, Ginebra was up 45-36.

The start of the 3rd period was more balanced in terms of scoring as both teams traded basket after basket courtesy of Allein Maliksi and Sol Mercado. Despite of the offensive efforts of Maliksi with 22 points already under his name approaching the 6th minute-mark of the penultimate quarter, the Gins were still in total control and maintained a comfortable 10-point lead.

Refusing to give-up, Coach Victolero gambled by fielding in his super rookie Jio Jalalon and back-up center Rafi Reavis. Luckily, his combo gave him the result that he wanted and they were able to trim the lead to just 4, 65-61 after the 3rd.

Obviously, it was all Star Hotshots during the 3rd, Ginebra all of a sudden lost its sting and let Sol Mercado do the scoring chores alone.

Marc Pingris took advantage of the front court and found a mismatch against a less-experienced big man Dave Marcelo. After seeing the loophole under the basket, Coach Cone pulled out Marcelo and replace him with the lengthy Japeth Aguilar to protect the rim.

Tim Cone made the right decision to put Aguilar back, in less than a minute, his team got most of the boards and regained the lead, 73-65 with 7:30 remaining in the ball game.

Two-minute warning has come and the Star’s chances in winning the Manila Clasico was slowly dimming as Ginebra valiantly sustained its 10-point lead. Star fans clamored, where were Paul Lee and Peter June Simon at? Both superstars’ presence were never felt in the game and Ginebra capitalized on it big time.

The Gins played smart basketball in the last few minutes of the game as they tightened-up their defense and melted the clock so that the Stars can’t catch up and make a miracle comeback.

The final horn sounded and the whole MOA Arena was shaken up because of the Ginebra! Ginebra! Chants. The Gin Kings copped the “W” 89-76 and marched onto the championships for the 2nd straight time. Sol Mercado exerted an all-around game with 23 game-high points.

San Miguel vs Ginebra Finals starts on Friday, February 24 live on TV 5 and Aksyon TV5.

--Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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