Korean language to be taught in 10 public schools early as this semester



MANILA, Philippines – The Korean language will soon be taught in some public schools in Metro Manila as early as this semester.
Korean language to be taught in 10 public schools early as this semester

The Department of Education (DepEd) chose 10 public school in Metro Manila to teach the Korean language in Grades 7 to 12. The schools identified are the following:

  • Las PiƱas National High School
  • Jose Abad Santos High School
  • Kalayaan High School
  • Pasay City National Science High School
  • San Bartolome High School
  • North Fairview High School
  • Maligaya High School
  • Judge Feliciano Belmonte Sr. High School
  • Lagro High School
  • Makati High School

The program is part of the Philippine government’s memorandum of agreement with the Korean Embassy for its Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL) signed last year.

Under the memorandum, student will be taught to read, write and speak Hangul or the Korean language as an elective subjective. The DepEd believes that by learning the Korean language will open more opportunities for Filipinos should they seek jobs in Korea.

DepEd Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla clarified that not all students will be part of the said elective subject. Sevilla clarified only Grade 7 to 12 students with "mastery" of the English and Filipino languages will be allowed to study Korean.

Sevilla said, “By the way ang mga kukunin lang natin na mga estudyante pala ay yung meron ng mastery ng English at Filipino. Hindi tayo kukuha ng mga estudyante na basta-basta lamang merong interes o gusto.”

Patricia Santos, focal person for the SPFL-Korean Language of DepEd defended DepEd’s decision to teach foreign language amidst the criticisms from Filipino language advocates.

She said that the offering of foreign language in schools has started since 2009. Foreign languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, Nihonggo, French and German are already offered in several schools.

Santos also clarified that DepEd’s move to teach Korean language has nothing to do with the recent Supreme Court’s decision to remove Filipino and “Panitikan” as core college subjects.

Santos explained that they are equipping Filipino students with skills beneficial to them. She said, “Like any other foreign languages, the program aims to equip our 21st century learners with 21st century skills, to be multilingual, because we all know for a fact that language is a very good tool for a person to be able to sell himself or herself.”

— Sally, The Summit Express


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DepEd probes teachers “hurling” starfishes; teacher involved speaks up



MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education already confirmed that the beachgoers “hurling and abusing” starfishes on the viral photo are indeed teachers.

In a statement, DepEd stated that they are already doing an investigation on the photo that had earned the ire of the netizens. The incident happened in October as the group were on a trip in Bataraza, Palawan.

DepEd probes teachers “hurling” starfishes; teacher involved speaks up
DepEd starts probe on the actions of a group of teachers’ in Palawan | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Palawan Supernews

DepEd media relations officer Lawrence Cruz said, “The Department of Education (DepEd), through the DepEd Region IV-B and the Schools Division Office of Palawan, is now looking into the incident involving teachers who were photographed "throwing" several starfish into the sea.”

DepEd also added that they have reminded their teachers to act responsibly by issuing a memorandum. Cruz said, they are “reminding all teaching and non-teaching personnel of their critical role as exemplar to students in promoting the protection of and respect for all forms of wildlife."

The teachers may be charged

Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) spokesperson Jovic Fabello also condemned the act and said that the teachers involved could be charged for violating Republic Act (RA) 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act.

Under the said law, an act that is "inflicting injury which cripples and/or impairs the reproductive system of wildlife species" is considered illegal. Anyone found guilty will be facing a fine from P30,000 to P300,000.

Fabello stated that they need to coordinate with the DepEd if teachers were indeed involved. He said, “We still need to identify those persons, and if indeed they are teachers, we will coordinate with the Department of Education (DepEd) for proper action.”

One of the teachers speak up

Meanwhile, one of the teachers involved in the fiasco spoke up. The teacher who refused to be named said that all the bashing and criticisms they have received really affected them.

She clarified that one photo does not explain what really happened. She said, “Hindi naman talaga siya binalibag, kasi that time nag-picture kami doon sa starfish and then after that sabi ibalik na sa dagat, so 'yun itinapon namin sa dagat.”

She further explained, “Ang problem lang siguro 'yung pag-capture ng picture. 'Yung isa naming kasama medyo nakaupo siya sa sand so pagtapon, sa picture, makikita ang taas pero hindi naman siya ganun kataas."

— Sally, The Summit Express


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DepEd admits students “struggle” with learning Filipino, Panitikan under K-12



MANILA, Philippines – With the Supreme Court's decision to remove Filipino and literature as core subjects in college, the K-12 program is now put on the spotlight to strengthen the teaching of the said subjects.

But teaching Filipino and “Panitikan” remains to be a struggle to most students in the elementary level. While some students could easily identify and comprehend English words, learning Filipino is becoming a cause of frustration and struggle for some.
DepEd admits students “struggle” with learning Filipino, Panitikan under K-12

Christine Galita, a parent of a student in elementary shared that her kids are having problems with learning the Filipino subject. The reason she shared is, “Mas malalim po kasi yung mga salitang gamit sa Pilipino, mas deeper. They have struggle understanding the words.”

Even for Anna Palomar, a grade-9 student also admitted that it's easier for them to learn English more because they can easily understand it.

Department of Education Undersecretary Lorna Dig-Dino of Curriculum and Instructions shared the possible reasons why most students under K-12 are having difficulty learning the Filipino language. She shared, “Baka nahihirapan sila dahil hindi pa ganun ka galing ang kanilang reading comprehension.”

“Kung mapapansin niyo po marami na pong mga batang mas nag-iingles,” Usec. Dig-Dino added.

Due to these struggles, DepEd stated that they are now looking at conducting a curriculum review not only for Filipino and Panitikan but with the rest of the subjects.

Education secretary Leonor Briones welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to lift the temporary restraining order on Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20 Series of 2013 excluding Filipino and Panikan as core college subjects. She said that these change should be embraced.

Briones said, “We have to teach our learners on accepting change.” She also urged the parents to work with DepEd in helping their school children increase their level of knowledge in Filipino.

Meanwhile, Dr. Prospero De Vera, chairman of Commission of Higher Education (CHED) clarified that colleges are not prohibited to continue teaching Filipino or Literature. “With or without CHED's decision, they can still teach Filipino and Panitikan. Nothing can stop them.”

— Sally, The Summit Express


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Mom works many jobs to support 8 kids, also manages to graduate from college



Being a mom is one of the most wonderful but also most challenging aspects in a woman’s life. Taking care of your children, raising them, feeding them, sending them to school, and making sure they grow up to be good people can be a huge challenge to take, indeed.
Lorlie Noblezada ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018
Photo credit: YouTube / ABS-CBN Entertainment

Lorlie Noblezada ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018
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But just imagine having to raise eight children, working several jobs at the same time and also juggling time for you to complete your college education? That’s one tall order but for Lorlie Noblezada, it was a challenge that she was willing to do for love.

Lorlie Noblezada ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018
Photo credit: YouTube / ABS-CBN Entertainment

Nanay Lorlie and her husband Rizalde Noblezada live in Miagao, Iloilo where they are raising their eight children.

Lorlie Noblezada ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018
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Life was tough for the two, especially because Nanay Lorlie wasn’t really used to working as she had always depended on her mother and aunt. When the two passed away, however, Nanay Lorlie learned to work – and work she did!

Lorlie Noblezada ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018
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She’s gone through many different jobs, some she did at about the same period and she had to juggling her time between her different tasks. But she did not complain because she knew she needed to work harder for her children.

Lorlie Noblezada ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018
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Aside from helping her fisherman husband, Nanay Lorlie also sold fish in the market. Then, she became a traffic enforcer, massage therapist, messenger, private security guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer, and organic salt entrepreneur.

Lorlie Noblezada ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018
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Amazingly, even as she juggled time for those tasks and raising her kids, Nanay Lorlie also set some time aside to continue with her studies after receiving scholarship – and she succeeded!

Lorlie Noblezada ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018
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Nanay Lorlie has graduated from college and now focuses on being an organic salt entrepreneur, along with her family.

Lorlie Noblezada ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018
Photo credit: YouTube / ABS-CBN Entertainment

Recognizing the amazingness of this one tough mama, ABS-CBN featured Nanay Lorlie’s story in its mini-series “Family is Love” before the release of its Christmas station ID.

Lorlie Noblezada ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018
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Watch the inspiring Nanay Lorlie here:


— Joy Adalia, The Summit Express


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PLDT, Smart fire up PH’s first 5G cell sites in Makati and Clark



MANILA, Philippines – PLDT and Smart activated the first 5G cell site at the PLDT headquarters in Makati City with technology partner Huawei, while it also activated the first 5G cell site at the Clark Smart 5G City in the CFZ with technology partner Ericsson. "The 5G cell sites are 3GPP standard compliant and are the first to be activated in the Philippines," the leading telecommunications company announced.

PLDT, Smart fire up PH’s first 5G cell sites in Makati and Clark
Leading telecoms company and digital services provider PLDT and its wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have fired up the country’s first 5G cell sites in the Makati Central Business District and at the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) in Pampanga.

“I am happy to announce that PLDT and Smart just fired up the first 5G cell sites in the country, putting the company alongside the first tier operators in the world to have deployed live 5G base stations. This is part of our commitment to bring the most advanced technologies to the country,” said PLDT and Smart chair and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan.

By firing up a 5G cell site in a central business district, PLDT and Smart are looking to pilot 5G solutions catered to densely populated areas.

“With 5G resources now in place, we are looking at developing 5G solutions and applications for central business district areas like Makati, which host a dense population of businesses, people and advanced devices,” said Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT and Smart Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.

This is in line with PLDT and Smart’s recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Clark Development Corp. to transform the CFZ into the country’s first Smart 5G City.

“With 5G cell sites now live and on-air, we are now set to test 5G’s powerful platform to develop solutions such as autonomous vehicles, connected fleets, and smart buildings and factories, and be able to deliver 5G services to our customers soon,” said Joachim Horn, PLDT-Smart chief technology and information advisor.

According to Mario G. Tamayo, PLDT-Smart Senior Vice President for Network Planning and Engineering, Smart is continuously upgrading its network’s Core and Transport elements, including upgrading to fiber the backhaul connecting the network’s cell sites around the country and deploying 5G-ready equipment in its ongoing nationwide LTE roll-out. In the CFZ, PLDT and Smart are also ramping up the roll-out of LTE in key areas and equipping all of them with 5G facilities in the coming months.

“I would like to congratulate PLDT and Smart for this momentous occasion as they lay the foundation for the network infrastructure, to take it to the next level as it enables the country to fully realize its ambition toward a more digitalized economy. I am very happy to be part of this partnership as we enable 5G capability in Smart network today,” said Ericsson’s Nunzio Mirtillo, Market Area Head for South East Asia, Oceania and India.

According to Arthur Wang, director of Huawei Philippines' PLDT group account: “We are happy to partner with PLDT and Smart in helping bring 5G to PLDT-Smart. Through this partnership, we hope to continue developing more innovations to deliver digital services to PLDT and Smart customers.”

Powered by PH’s most extensive fiber network

Armed with both fixed and wireless infrastructure powered by the country’s most extensive fiber network now at over 221,000 kilometers, PLDT and Smart are best positioned to deploy 5G in the country.

5G opens up exciting possibilities for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and smart cities for Filipinos, particularly for the transport sector, traffic management, manufacturing, airport and mall operations, logistics and warehousing, retail, customer support, and smart homes, among others.

Apart from ultra-high speeds, the key features of 5G include enhanced mobile broadband services, massive machine type communications, and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications.

— The Summit Express


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A Circuit Holiday Night Market, Tree Lighting in Makati on November 16



MANILA, Philippines - Light up your Christmas as Ayala Land brings the much-awaited opening of A Circuit Holiday Night Market and the ceremonial tree lighting this Friday, November 16 in Circuit Makati's Globe Circuit Events Grounds.
A Circuit Holiday Night Market, Tree Lighting on November 16

There’s no such thing as celebrating too early or having too much holiday spirit, especially when Makati’s premier go-to entertainment district is starting to get into a festive mood. What better way to kick off the season of giving than by getting started with your holiday shopping and feasting in the Metro’s biggest entertainment district!

This holiday season, Circuit Makati will be hosting a special three-day sale on November 16-18 that puts the spotlight on top brands with homegrown and handcrafted items.

A Circuit Holiday Night Market, Tree Lighting on November 16
There are 6 reasons why you need to drop by the biggest entertainment district from November 16 to 18th!

A Circuit Holiday Night Market co-presented by Mastercard. Now on its fifth year, Ayala Land ups the ante with six standout Christmas district concepts for visitors to shop and dine in and tops it off with acoustic performances for the whole night!

1. Celebrity District


If you’ve ever wanted to dress and eat like a celebrity, the Celebrity District is a great place to start! Your favorite local celebs will have their personally curated pre-loved items for sale and their culinary skills will be put on display with their personally baked and home-cooked fare.


Charities such as Purple Centers Foundation, Hineleban Foundation and Glenn’s Cookies will also be a part of this district, giving you more reasons to drop by!

2. Lifestyle District

For the first time this year, SSI will delight all Mastercard holders with an exclusive raffle when they use their Mastercard in the Lifestyle District. Every P1,000 worth of receipts (single or accumulated) from the Lifestyle District entitles the shopper to one (1) raffle coupon for the A Circuit Holiday Night Market Raffle Promo. Get a chance to win as you shop among the best brands like High Sierra, Cache Cache, Oka-B, Joe Fresh, Marks & Spencer’s and Gap!


3. Support Young Entrepreneurs at the Student District

The youth are the future, and the future looks bright, especially in the Student District led by The UP Organization of Business Economics Majors (UP OBEM). Through its commitment to provide its members with the exposure to the business and economic environment, UP OBEM frequently holds business conventions and lifestyle bazaars for small to medium-scale concessionaires.

A Circuit Holiday Night Market, Tree Lighting on November 16, 2018

The Student District offers a wide selection of booths that feature one-of-a-kind homemade finds and craft items that showcase the creativity of the next generation. Support these budding entrepreneurs and get unique gifts for your loved ones!

4. Local Items at the Artisan District

Explore thoughtfully curated items in the Artisan District organized by The Common Good Market!

A Circuit Holiday Night Market, Tree Lighting on November 16, 2018

There are gifts and products for everyone on your list, may it be for the youngsters or the oldies. Spend a little time and you’ll be surprised at what you’ll find with the wide range of options to take home and gift to loved ones this holiday season.

5. Indulge in gastronomic treats at the Cuisine District


A Circuit Holiday Night Market, Tree Lighting on November 16, 2018

Famed dining destination, Mercato Centrale and online foodie website Zomato, team up to create an extensive and mouthwatering selection of gastronomic treats at the Cuisine District. Browse through dry food items and a wide selection of baked and packed goods that are perfect for the holidays. And take a break from all that shopping with up to 50 amazing food booths!

6. Get your hands dirty (but in a good way!) at the Green District

A Circuit Holiday Night Market, Tree Lighting on November 16, 2018

For the first time ever, Circuit Makati will be holding a Landscape Festival to brighten everyone’s home. Whether you’re starting to appreciate those little succulents, or are an avid gardener, the Green District will have everything you need to get started or keep going!

To make the celebration more meaningful, Circuit Makati will again light up the tallest Christmas Tree in the city, bringing light to the Makati community and its guests. Watch out for Circuit Makati’s other events like the Manila Hip-hop Festival on November 30, OpenAir Cinema One: Music By Day, Movies by Night on December 15 and Playground 3.0 on December 22.

Create fun and exciting memories to remember this Yuletide season, drop by #ACircuitHolidayNightMarket on November 16, 17, and 18 from 5PM to 12MN. Entrance of P100 with a discounted rate of P50 for students, Senior Citizens PWD and pregnant women. Mastercard users enter for free when they show their card at the entrance.

— The Summit Express


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“Iskolar ng bayan” achieves dream of becoming a millionaire at age 26



MANILA, Philippines – They say that dreams do come true, only if we are courageous enough to strive hard for it. This holds true to one dreamer who finally achieved his “big dream” at the age of 26.

Jhay- R Reyes proudly posed behind his 2-storey mansion and car as he inspires everyone to dream big. At the age of 26, he has achieved a lot and is now a “millionaire.”

The young millionaire share that his journey to success was also a “bumpy ride with ups and downs.” Reyes shared that after college, he quit several jobs and had 5 employers within 4 years. He also had to endure 2 heartaches and worse, his father even got sick. But Reyes held on this dream.

The young man explained that he is always reminded of the dream he made back when he is college. Reyes said, “ I had this goal to be a millionaire at the age of 25, with a car and a home I can call my own.”

“Iskolar ng bayan” achieves dream of becoming a millionaire at age 26
Photo Credit: Jhay- R Reyes

While still studying as an “iskolar ng bayan” at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Reyes started investing in stocks. He said, “Started with an investment of 4 digits (9100+) exactly 10 years ago while studying as a iskolar ng bayan in PUP and trade I guess more than 1000 buys and sells to make it what it is now.”

10 years after, Reyes is proud that he was able to reach his dream with “pure hardwork, loyalty and honesty.”

“Iskolar ng bayan” achieves dream of becoming a millionaire at age 26
Photo Credit: Jhay- R Reyes

Reyes said that he built his credibility over the years. He said, “Every cent, peso I have now came from investments, stocks to be specific. This house came from one stock, and that car came from one stock also. Without any debt, without fooling other people.”

In the end, the self-made millionaire motivated everyone to never give up on their dreams, no matter how impossible it may sound. Reyes said, “When you dream, make it a goal and for you to achieve your goal, you should move to achieve those goals and stop complaining and whining about the things you can’t control.”

— Sally, The Summit Express


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NBA legend Yao Ming finishes college after 7 years, shares motivation to success



MANILA, Philippines – At age 38, Yao Ming graduates college after 7 years; tells us not to give up.
NBA legend Yao Ming finishes college after 7 year

Yao Ming already achieved a lot in the world of basketball. Playing Center for the Houston Rockets, he had an impressive record of career average of 19.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game.

NBA legend Yao Ming finishes college after 7 year
Yao Ming speaks during his commencement exercises | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Yao Ming

But the NBA Hall of Famer had to retire at the age of 31 back in 2011 due to ankle and foot injuries. It may seem like it was the end but for Yao it was the beginning of a new journey.

The 7-foot-6 basketball superstar decided to enroll at Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU). For seven long years, Yao became an university student.

When Yao finally stood on stage for his commencement exercises speech, he shared all the struggles he had to go through and the motivation that kept him going.

Yao pursued earning a college degree because of a promise he made to his parents. He admitted that there were times when he thought of dropping out because he struggled with his subjects such as advanced mathematics class. The eager student persisted on.

During his speech Yao said, “Over time, I came to believe the process of learning is more important than the result.”

NBA legend Yao Ming finishes college after 7 year
Yao is now busy with several of his businesses | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Yao Ming

Yao offered an heartfelt advice to his peers. He said, “At a certain stage in the future, you should try to combine your future with the future of the society, because that’s how you can find larger space for yourself to explore.”

“Let me quote a famous conversation that happened on a basketball court 11 years ago, ‘This is going to be your league in a little while.’ Trust me, when a man spends seven years in university to graduate at age 38, he knows what he’s talking about,” Yao added.

Yao finished his degree in Economics from SJTU's Antai College of Economics and Management. He is currently busy with his own restaurant and winery. Yao is also a spokesperson of an English learning platform in which he is also a shareholder.

— Sally, The Summit Express


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