Guy’s unique weight loss trick: dance games at the arcade

Losing weight is a struggle that many people have to deal with constantly. There are times when it really is difficult to find motivation to shed off those extra pounds, leading many people to feel that there’s nothing they can do about their situation.
Guy’s unique weight loss trick: dance games at the arcade

Couple that with the fact that the journey to losing weight is really not fun at all, it’s really no wonder why a lot of people are stuck at being overweight. Aside from finding the right motivation to lose weight, others have realized that making their weight-loss journey fun is already motivation in itself!

Take for example 29-year-old Roberto Redoble, a Filipino-American now based in San Diego, California.

Guy’s unique weight loss trick: dance games at the arcade
Photo credit: Roberto Redoble / Instagram - @mrclickmon

Growing up, Redoble had always struggled with his weight. He had been obese even as a kid, already weighing 165 lbs (75 kg) even when he was still 9 years old. As expected, he was bullied for his weight.

This led this young man to believe that he would never be accepted for his body image and that he would always be made fun of because of being obese.

In college, Redoble took up pre-med. The difficult course meant he had to work extra hard to study – and that also meant he was always hungry. Focusing on his studies, his weight continued to increase.

“I ballooned up to over 200 pounds (90.7 kg) and was at my absolute worst physically, mentally and emotionally,” he recalled.

One day, he just made the realization that he had to lose weight and take control of his future. He shifted his course from pre-med to Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science which allowed him to learn how food affects the body; in turn, this allowed him to use food to his advantage, using it to improve his athletic performance.

Redoble bought a Dance Revolution arcade machine and asked the school to let him put this in the campus recreation room. The school agreed – and he would regularly use the machine to have fun. But it was not just fun for the student because he was also using it to lose weight.

With the added motivation of his friends also being able to use the machine to lose weight with him, Redoble would quickly lose weight. While people the other students laughed at him in the first weeks, they would soon admire this obese guy’s dedication.

“On the way to getting my degree, I trained my hardest to try and become the best while putting in the work for my education. I’ve been able to help dozens of friends along the way reach their fitness goals and goals through dance games. Promoting wellness was something I realized that I wanted to do and that it was the most fulfilling thing I can do for people,” he shared.

Thanks to his fun-filled Dance Revolution workout, Redoble lost weight and became fit. Today, he is a licensed fitness coach who uses his past weight-loss experience to motivate his clients.

Watch Redoble in action at this impressive video:

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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Transfer funds in minutes for free to over 30 banks with GCash

MANILA, Philippines – GCash, a mobile money service, now offers convenient and free fund transfer to over 30 banks.

GCash press conference
Mynt announced GCash free fund transfer service during the press conference on Friday, February 15 at Jade Garden, Glorietta 2 in Makati City.

Mynt, the operating company of GCash, announced that they have fully rolled out its fund transfers service, allowing customers to transfer funds from their GCash App to any of the over 30 banks supported nationwide.

With the new feature, fund transfer times have been virtually reduced to zero and paper wastes eliminated, as it will only take less than 3 minutes to complete a transfer transaction digitally.

Here's the step-by-step guide in using GCash fund transfer:

step-by-step guide in using GCash fund transfer

With GCash, all a customer needs are smartphone, funds in their GCash account, and the bank details of the account they’re transferring funds to. Once these are inputted, they can just sit tight and relax as the confirmation message arrives on their device. This service also allows for transfers anywhere in the Philippines where there is data connectivity present. The app also is open to use for all networks, be it Globe, Smart, Sun, Talk n’ Text, or TM.

Fund transfers are an integral part of the Philippine financial ecosystem. It’s widely used for sending money for personal purposes such as for family needs, bills payments, or even paying online sellers for products ordered on social media platforms. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas expects the nation to have at least 20% of its financial transactions to be made electronically by the year 2020. This includes banks and Electronic Money Issuers (EMIs) which GCash is classified under.

GCash, for its fund transfer service, utilizes the InstaPay platform initiated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. It is an “Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) service that allows customers to transfer funds almost instantly between accounts of participating BSP-supervised banks and non-bank e-money issuers in the Philippines.”

Getting a GCash account is easy. Just download the GCash App for free from the App Store or from Google Play and sign up for an account. Alternatively, you can look for @gcashofficial on Messenger and sign up.

To fund their GCash account, a user can visit over 16,000 GCash partner outlets nationwide, like 7-Eleven, SM Business Centers, Robinsons Business Centers, Puregold branches, and Villarica Pawnshop branches, and tell the cashier to cash-in to their GCash account. Cashing-in to a GCash account is free.

— The Summit Express

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Public school teachers to receive special allowance on World Teachers’ Day

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Loren Legarda announced that public school teachers can expect a “special allowance” on World Teachers’ Day.
Public school teachers to receive “special incentive” on World Teachers’ Day

The Senate bicameral panel has allotted as much as P800 million in the 2019 national budget, as “special allowance” or incentives to government teachers. The budget is still on top of the expected chalk allowance increase.

Senator Loren Legarda, chairwoman of the bicameral conference panel of the Upper House, made the announcement on Saturday. She added that teachers need to be rewarded and recognized for their contributions to society.

Legarda said, “We cannot overemphasize the importance of our teachers. They are our unsung heroes who dedicate their lives to mold the minds of the Filipino youth. They also do other duties for our country by assisting during the elections and aid the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in gathering data from households across the country.”

The senator said that the special allowance of P1,000 will be distributed to teachers every World Teachers’ Day (October 5) as an incentive or honorarium.

Legarda added, “We must advance the social, economic, and professional status of our teachers, who face day-to-day challenges in our education system. It is only fair that the men and women behind our successes receive the benefits and incentives they deserve.”

Legarda has been responsible for pushing the increase of teachers’ chalk allowance since 2015. From P1,000 in 2015, chalk allowance has increased to P3,500 in 2018. Lawmakers are eyeing to increase it to as much as P5,000.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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This woman is first of Palawan Tau’t Bato tribe to graduate from university

Juda Diklay of the Tau’t Bato tribe went viral for her inspiring story as she was able to overcome many difficulties to finish her education, becoming the first in her tribe to graduate from university.
woman is first of Palawan Tau’t Bato tribe to graduate from university

Living in the mountains and getting their food from whatever is available in their surroundings, the Tau’t Bato tribe in Palawan does not really need much. But they live a hard life in the mountains, especially during rainy season when they had to hide in the caves to avoid the rain.

The tribe lives in Singnapan Valley that you can reach after an 8-hour walk from Brgy. Ransang, Rizal, Palawan. They gather wild fruits and vegetables, grow crops and rice, and go hunting for their food. But they have no access to schools or health care.

Tau’t Bato tribe in Palawan
Photo credit: Jacom Maentz Photographer / Good News Pilipinas

During rainy season, they go to the caves inside an ancient volcano to seek protection, but even getting there is dangerous.

“Napakadelikado po nung mga dinadaanan namin papunta sa mga kweba. Puro bato, at kaliwa’t kanang bangin ang dadaanan para makapunta doon at buwis-buhay talaga. May part pa doon na tatawid ng tulay na kailangan nakabalanse ka kung hindi malalaglag ka talaga,” shares Juda.

For many years, members of the Christian missionary group called Youth with a Mission (YWAM) not only brought Christian teachings to the tribe but also encouraged them to go down to the lowlands so their children can be educated, under the premise that education will be their key to a better life.

The tribe is afraid of what might happen to their children in the lowlands.

Challenges and difficulties

The group was eventually able to persuade Juda’s family to move to the lowlands so she and her brother can study, but it was a big struggle for the young girl who was already 10 years at the time but still in Grade 1.

Juda studied at Ransang Elementary School with her brother, but because she was much older than her classmates and was struggling to adapt to life in the lowlands, she didn’t have friends. She would immediately go home after school, leading many to think she was a snob.

Eventually she earned friends but still got bullied by many in the school for being different. She wanted to quit and go home but was surprised when she graduated Valedictorian!

In high school, things got worse because she was sent by YWAM to Puerto Princesa where she once again had difficulties adjusting to the city life. Bullies were everywhere – and she got a project destroyed by a classmate just because she completed earlier than everyone else. She cried and repeated the project, only passing after she made sure everyone else had passed theirs.

woman is first of Palawan Tau’t Bato tribe to graduate from university

Taking up Bachelor of Elementary Education at the Western Philippines University (WUP) in Puerto Princesa, Juda was able to finally have a place where she was free to be who she was, because everyone had their unique traits. But times were hard because YWAM could not fully support her studies in college.

Thankfully, Juda was chosen to be among the grantees of the Expanded Students’ Grants-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps). She received Php30,000 to cover her tuition fees, board and lodging, and other needs that first semester in school.

“Nagulat po ako noong nakuha ko yung pera kasi first time ko pong makahawak ng ganoon kalaki. Pagkatapos ko pong bilhin yung mga kailangan ko, yung ibang natira po sa pera ko ay ipinadala ko sa amin at sa isa kong kapatid na nag-aaral,” Juda recalled.

Finding success

She did her best in her studies and made everyone proud as she graduates from Bachelor of Elementary Education. As an educator, she hopes to encourage more people from her tribe to study.

woman is first of Palawan Tau’t Bato tribe to graduate from university

Today, thanks to efforts by YWAM, Juda’s success, and the government’s 4Ps, many children from the tribe are now studying. Juda’s father has also become the first Barangay Health Worker (BHW) of the tribe, monitoring their health.

— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express

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DOH to hire 26,000 nurses for plantilla positions, salary at P33,000

The Department of Health announced that they are looking at hiring as much as 26,000 nurses for plantilla position.

During the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) Nursing Leadership Institute training, DOH undersecretary Roger Tong-an said that they will be needing nurses for the implementation of the Universal Health Care.

DOH to hire 26,000 nurses for plantilla positions, salary at P33,000
As many as 26,000 nurses are expected to be hired by DOH this year | Photo Courtesy: GMA News

Usec Tong-an shared, “We will have 26,000 nurses who will be in a plantilla position as an appointment next month for this Universal Health Care.”

“As much as P7.4 billion will be added in the budget of the UHC ‘so that our nurses in the grassroots will not be unemployed again, so pinabalik namin sila,” Usec added.

Amidst cheers from the crowd, Usec Tong-an also announced that from a job order, there will be appointment of nurses who will get “very good salary package.” He said, “And just to announce, that the salary of our nurses next month will be P33,787.”

“So a task of this magnitude requires renewed trust and coordinated efforts among our health stakeholders. We can start the reforms in building a health care system that is strong and resilient,” the undersecretary explained.

Last year, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque shared his fears that as many as 15,012 health workers may lose their jobs. The Budget Department cut down by P8 billion the DOH’s Human Resource for Health Deployment Program (HRHDP), which is a deployment program of health workers to rural communities.

For 2019, it was feared that from its 2018 budget of P107.3 billion this year, the DOH may only be given a budget of P 71 billion 2019.

But on early this February, Senate restored the P20 billion to the DOH's budget, including theP4.797 billion of the P7 billion requirement for HRHDP.

Budget secretary Benjamin Diokno also promised that government nurses HRHDP shall be given permanent and contractual positions.

DOH Undersecretary for health regulations Dr. Eric Domingo also confirmed that the massive hiring for health workers to help meet the better ratio of health workers to patients, as well as provide a better functioning health service delivery network nationwide.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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SSS to increase contribution rate by 12% this 2019

MANILA, Philippines – This year, the Social Security System (SSS) is set to increase their contribution rate by 12% to help extend its fund life.

Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of the Social Security System (SSS) Rationalization Act, SSS members and employers are expected to see an increase in their contributions. In an effort to extend SSS’ fund life by at least 20 years, SSS members will be charged an increase in their contribution by one percentage point annually starting this year until the current rate of 11 percent increases to 15 percent by 2025.

SSS to increase contribution rate by 12% this 2019
Duterte signed into law the Social Security System (SSS) Rationalization Act | Photo Courtesy: ABS-CBN

At least two-thirds of the contribution rate increase would be shouldered by the employer. It also aims to adjust the minimum and maximum salary credit of members.

SSS president and chief executive Emmanuel F. Dooc explained that SSS’ higher contribution rate, the SSS’s fund life will be extended until 2038 from 2032 at present. It can be recalled that the SSS’s fund life was slashed by 10 years to 2032 from 2042 previously when the additional P1,000 a month were given away to pensioners starting 2017.

Under the new law, SSS will be empowered to enhance its own benefit system and act on the penalties of its delinquent employers without the prior approval from the President.

Consequently, it can also implement contribution rate hikes even without the President’s approval, unlike the current charter wherein only the chief executive can grant approval on rate adjustments.

It will also allow SSS to diversify its investments to help boost earnings, determine monthly salary credit and contribution tables based on actuarial studies; and further improve the benefits being disbursed to its members.

The law also seeks mandatory coverage of overseas Filipino workers in an effort to protect them in times of needs. Currently, only 500,000 OFWs are covered and they are seeking to expand this to 2.5 million members.

For SSS members who will be in unemployed involuntarily, an “unemployment insurance” will be given for two months.

Senator Richard Gordon, one of the bill's authors, previously said the measure's passage would "expand, protect and increase the SSS fund so that when the time comes, there would be available pension for the people."

A copy of the signed law has not yet been made public. At present, the contribution rate stands at 11 percent. But SSS vowed to immediately craft the law’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

Stay tuned at The Summit Express for updates on the SSS contribution hike as well as the 2019 contribution table.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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WATCH: Team Lebron spoils Giannis Antetokounmpo’s monstrous NBA All-Star performance

Kevin Durant won his 2nd All-Star MVP plum and helped Team Lebron dismantled Team Giannis, 178-164 on February 18, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

Team Lebron spoils Giannis Antetokounmpo’s NBA All-Star performance
One last ride. Dwayne Wade lobs a pass to Lebron James for their last NBA All-Star together before “The Flash” hangs up his jersey by the end of the season. Photo Credit: NBA

Team Captain Giannis Antetokounmpo opened the 2019 All-Star book with a hard slam from the middle and followed it with an off-the-backboard dunk. Kawhi Leonard on the other hand, put Team Lebron James on the scoreboard from way downtown.

SEE ALSO: NBA All-Star: Jayson Tatum, Joe Harris and Hamidou Diallo win titles

The Milwaukee Bucks Forward, Antetokounmpo continued to destroy the rim with his thunderous and monstrous jams while Kevin Durant drained points from different angles of the floor for Team Lebron.

Surprisingly, Team Captain Lebron James was too timid in the opener and the reason why his rival-captain’s team was ahead by a double-digit with plenty of minutes left.

While Team Giannis was busy destroying the glass and rim, Team James was wasting buckets from the outside in attempt to get the score closer.

Dirk Nowitzki came in late in the first and drilled 2 consecutive 3-pointers to closed the quarter 53-37 in favor of Team Giannis. Nowitzki, together with Dwayne Wade were specially selected by the commissioner to join the annual festivity as an incentive to their upcoming retirement by the end of the season.

Vintage Dirk Nowitzki closed the quarter with seamless triples:

Team Lebron got more active offensively in the 2nd period as Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons ran the court together with James Harden.

Just as Team Lebron was peaking, Antetokounmpo himself along with Paul George kept the fans elated with their creative dunks which many believe are way better than yesterday’s slam dunk contest.

Team Captain Lebron James finally showed up and contributed 13 points but his effort was not enough to level with Team Giannis’ 95-82 domination at the end of the first half. Antetokounmpo led all players with 20 markers.

Dwayne Wade lobs a pass to Lebron James for a breakaway two-handed dunk:

Just moments after the 2nd half commenced, Team Lebron managed to cut the lead down to just 10.

It looked like Giannis Antetokounmpo will get the MVP as the lengthy All-Star continued to pile points under his name and his team once again, broke away from their rivals for another humongous advantage.

Giannis Antetokounmpo catches a bounced-pass from Stephen Curry for the one-handed jam:

Team Lebron’s Klay Thompson and Damian Lillard put on a show and rained threes to equalize the score at 124 with over 3 minutes left in the penultimate quarter.

At long last, Team Lebron got a taste of lead, 132-131 as the stars headed towards the final canto.

Fans were pleased as both squads traded multiple treys at the start of the fourth. Team Lebron however, maintained its slim lead before Team Giannis called for a ceasefire.

At the 2-minute mark, Team Lebron had an 11-point lead. Kyrie Irving and James Harden added more to seal the deal at 178-164. But it was Stephen Curry who stole the spotlight in the dying seconds as the Golden State shooter bounced the ball high on the floor and reverse-dunked it.

For the second straight year, Lebron James’ squad topped the NBA-All Star but the only difference is that MVP award went to Kevin Durant who became instrumental in their team’s comeback after being downed for so long.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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NBA All-Star: Jayson Tatum, Joe Harris and Hamidou Diallo win titles

Jayson Tatum sank a half-court shot to win the Skills Challenge, Steph Curry got beaten by Joe Harris in 3-point Shootout and Hamidou Diallo jumping over Shaq and Quavo to win the Slam Dunk Title, these are just some of the wild happenings in the 2019 NBA All-Star Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

“Superman” dunks over “Superman”. Hamidou Diallo
“Superman” dunks over “Superman”. Hamidou Diallo showed his high-leaping ability by dunking over the 7’2” Shaquille O'neal and winning the 2019 Slam Dunk title.

2019 Skills Challenge has a different format compared to the previous years. Instead of a player taking his turn after the other, the 8 contestants were grouped into 4 for a one-on-one slugfest.

Hosts Karl Anthony Towns and rapper Ludacris picked the following players and and their respective groups. Pair 1: Nikola Vucevic vs. Nikola Jokic. Pair 2: Mike Conley vs. Jayson Tatum. Pair 3: De’aaron Fox vs. Trae Young. Pair 4: Kyle Kuzma vs. Luka Doncic.

Nikola Vucevic had a slight head start over Nikola Jokic but “The Joker” finished the duel with a dagger 3 pointer. Same fate for pair 2 where Mike Conley stepped on the gas early and beat Jayson Tatum in the passing course but the Celtic forward had the last laugh from the downtown.

De’aaron Fox finished the passing and fastbreak obstacles faster than Trae Young but Young, being known for his “Curry-esque” ability from the outside, dismantled Fox by just split of a second.

Everybody thought that Kyle Kuzma would win over Luka Doncic in the last set of the eliminations, but lo and behold, after completing the 2 challenges swiftly, the young Laker spent too long at the 3-point area that paved way for Doncic to advance to the semis.

Finally, “The Joker” met the Batman in Jayson Tatum who crushed his hopes in winning the 2019 Skills Challenge. Tatum on the other hand, will fight for the title versus Trae Young who outlasted Luka Doncic with just a single three-pointer in their own face-off.

The future stars of the NBA, Tatum and Young, wowed the crowd in their finals showdown. Flashier Trae Young, badly beat Jayson Tatum in the passing and fastbreak courses. To catch up with Young, Tatum took his last shot from the half court and banked the ball in to win the plum.

Jayson Tatum’s incredible half-court shot win:

It was a family affair as the Curry family, Steph, Seth and Dad Dell showed on the floor for the three point showdown. Dell was present for an exhibition shootout together with former stars Glenn Rice, Mark Price and Ray Allen.

During the contest proper and as expected, Stephen Curry topped the first round with 27 points where he made all the money ball but one. Curry advanced to the championship round with Buddy Hield and Joe Harris who have 26 and 25 points respectively.

Curry, Hield and Harris eliminated last year’s winner Devin Booker and other participants: Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, Seth Curry, Damian Lillard, Danny Green and Dirk Nowitzki.

Despite starting hot and completing the 1st rack, Stephen Curry was 2-point shy to win the three-point king title. Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Harris is this year’s champion with 26 points beating both Steph Curry and Buddy Hield who only had 19.

All eyes are on the Slam Dunk contest where high-leaping young bloods showcased their aerial prowess to elate the fans.

Atlanta Hawks’ John Collins, OKC Thunders’ Hamidou Diallo, New York Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr. and Charlotte Hornets’ Miles Bridges completed this year’s casts.

On round 1 of the eliminations, John Collins started with a simple reverse dunk. The catch however was, he held on the lower right corner of the board before slamming the ball in for 40 points.

Russell Westbrook, assisted Hamidou Diallo on the latter’s dunk attempt. Westbrook banked the ball on the corner while Diallo caught it for a windmill dunk that resulted to 48 points.

Dennis Smith Jr. self-tossed the basketball for a 360-windmill dunk for only 45 points after several failed tries.

Miles Bridges attempted a between the legs off the backboard but didn’t make it after the allotted time lapsed. The Judges gave Bridges 33 points for the effort.

On round 2, Bridges atoned his 1st round debacle for the first 50 score of the night with a corner backboard toss from Kemba Walker and finished it with a 360 windmill dunk.

Collins brought a mini airplane prop, leaped over it with a matching windmill finisher for 42 points. While Smith Jr. jumped over rapper J. Cole for perfect 50.

Diallo invited Shaquille Oneal and jump over the “Superman” and hung on the rim with his right arm inside it ala Vince Carter for a perfect score.

Here’s the video of Diallo’s death defying dunk over Shaq.

Dennis Smith Jr. and Hamidou Diallo arranged a finals dunk off after edging Collins and Bridges in the eliminations.

Smith Jr. failed to complete his dunk attempt in the 1st phase of the finals and garnered 35 points while Diallo earned 43 after peeking at the rim and throwing a nasty one-handed slam.

Desperate to win and post a perfect score, Dennis Smith Jr. pulled in Dwayne Wade and Steph Curry to aid him. Curry lobbed the basketball and Smith Jr. caught it after jumping over Wade. As he wished, that stunt gave Smith Jr. a perfect 50.

To win the battle, Diallo just needed 43 points. The OKC wingman brought rapper Quavo in and placed the ball on his head. Diallo took off from the sideline, grabbed the basketball from Quavo, jumped over him and wrapped it up with a two-handed windmill dunk for 45 points which is enough for him to trounce Smith Jr. and cop the trophy.

Watch Diallo’s winning dunk over Quavo.

Team Lebron James will face Team Giannis Antetokounmpo on February 17, 2019 (Monday, 9:00 am Manila time) to culminate the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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