3rd Eviction Night Results: Jacob Benedicto evicted from 'PBB All In'

Manila, Philippines - Jacob Benedicto dubbed as the 'Cutie Crooner ng Paranaque' became the third housemate to be evicted from Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) All In.

Jacob Benedicto evicted from Pinoy Big Brother

Jacob Benedicto received the lowest number of votes among the nominees.  He only got 16.59%.

Jacob was nominated for eviction as the housemates said he is competitive and tends to strategize especially when it is time for nomination.

The two other housemates who were saved from eviction were 'Rising Celebriteen ng Pasig' Jane Oineza (30.20%) and the 'Singing Sunshine ng Davao' Maris Racal (53.19%).

Before the much-awaited announcement, nominated housemates Jacob, Jane and Maris performed John Denver's popularized 'Leaving on a Jet Plane', a song they dedicated to themselves.

In the live episode on Saturday, the housemates were tasked to do a debate, but this time through a rap battle.

Big Brother also announced that the housemates were successful on their weekly task called 'Lapislide'. Initially, the housemates failed to complete the task, but was given by Big Brother a second chance to get the 50% of the weekly budget. They need to shoot a ball to the ring using the pencil towers they built; they were successful.

The 3rd eviction night of PBB once again dominated online conversations with '‪#‎PBB3rdEviction‬', 'Spell Pencil', 'Rap Battle', 'Team Alex', 'Jetplane' and 'Goodbye Jacob' topped Twitter trending list.

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Video: Angelico 'Echo' Claridad is 4th 3-chair turner on 'The Voice Kids' Philippines

Manila, Philippines - An 8-year-old from Negros Occidental was the fourth "The Voice Kids" contestant to turn all three chairs in the reality show's third episode of blind auditions on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Angelico 'Echo' Claridad is 4th 3-chair turner on 'The Voice Kids' Philippines

Angelico 'Echo' Claridad who hails from Bacolod City, performed a Bee Gees song "Too Much Heaven" which amazed the judges Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Manalac and Lea Salonga.

Lea Salonga said Angelico's voice is 'pang all-around the world'. The Broadway star showed him the world map that immediately won Echo's heart. 3-chair turner Angelico chose Lea Salonga as his mentor.

Watch: The Voice Kids Blind Audition "Too Much Heaven" by Angelico 'Echo' Claridad (video)

The Saturday's episode of 'The Voice Kids' dominates online conversations with 'Czexyle', '#VoiceKidsPH', 'Too Much Heaven', 'Tito Bamboo', 'KBL - Kasal', 'Tonton' and 'Bee Gees' among the trending topics.

Read: Complete List: 18 artists of 'The Voice Kids' Philippines (Blind Auditions)

Don’t miss “The Voice Kids” every Saturday (May 24), 6:45 PM and Sunday (May 25), 7:30 PM on ABS-CBN’s Yes Weekend.

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Sarah Geronimo wins at the 2014 World Music Awards

Manila, Philippines - Popstar Princess and Star Cinema's “Maybe This Time” lead star Sarah Geronimo won the Best-selling Filipino Artist category at the 22nd World Music Awards held on May 27 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Sarah Geronimo wins World Music Awards 2014

K-pop boy band EXO bagged the Bestselling Korean Act award. Meanwhile, One Direction also won the World’s Bestselling Group, World’s Bestselling Pop Act and Bestselling British Act awards.

The World Music Awards (WMA) recognizes the best-selling recording artists from all over the world. Nominees are selected based on record sales and online voting.

Here's the complete list of winners for the World Music Awards 2014:

World’s Best-selling Recording Act - One Direction
World’s Best Female Artist (voted by the fans) - Miley Cyrus
World’s Best Male Artist (voted on by fans) - Han Geng
World’s Best-selling Group - One Direction
World’s Best-selling Artist - Eminem
World’s Best-selling Pop Act - One Direction
World’s Best Pop Artist (voted by the Fans) - Justin Bieber
World’s Best-selling Pop Rock Male Artist - Justin Timberlake
World’s Best-selling Pop Rock Female Artist - Miley Cyrus
World’s Best-selling Rock Act - Imagine Dragons
World’s Best-selling R & B Act - Beyonce
World’s Best-selling Rap/Hip Hop Act - Eminem
World’s Best-selling Alternative Act - Lorde
World’s Best Alternative Act (voted by the fans) - Fall Out Boy
World’s Best-selling EDM Act - Daft Punk
World’s Best EDM Artist (voted by the fans) - Avicii
World’s Best-selling New Artist - Lorde
World’s best Video - Miley Cyrus
World’s Best Fanbase - Britney Spears

Best-selling Algerian Artist - Khaled
Best-selling American Artist - Eminem
Best-selling Australasian Artist - Lorde
Best-selling Azerbaijan Artist - Emin
Best-selling Benelux Artist - Stromae
Best-selling Canadian Artist - Michael Buble
Best-selling Chinese Artist - Chris Lee
Best-selling British Act - One Direction
Best-selling Egyptian Artist - Amr Diab
Best-selling French Artist - Daft Punk
Best-selling German Artist - Helen Fischer
Best-selling Indonesian Artist - Anggun
Best-selling Italian Artist - Laura Pausini
Best-selling Lebanese Act - Nancy Ajram
Best-selling Korean Act - EXO
Best-selling Latin Artist - Shakira
Best-selling Japanese Artist - AKB48
Best-selling Moroccan Artist - Samira Said
Best-selling Philippines Artist - Sarah Geronimo
Best-selling Portuguese Artist - Tony Carreira
Best-selling Russian Artist - Grigory Leps
Best-selling Scandinavian Artist - Avicii
Best-selling Spanish Artist - David Bisbal
Best-selling Vietnam Artst - My Tam

Greek Legend - Sakis
Latin Legend - Ricky Martin
Outstanding Contribution to Dance Music - Flo Rida
Icon Award - Mariah Carey
Best selling singles Artist in America of All Time- Mariah Carey

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Psy celebrates as 'Oppa Gangnam Style' hits 2 billion views on Youtube

Youtube announced today, May 31, 2014 that Psy's 'Oppa Gangnam Style' music video has just become the first video to hit 2 billion views. The Korean superstar and known as the King of Youtube now celebrates the unprecedented milestone.

Psy celebrates as 'Oppa Gangnam Style' hits 2 billion-mark on Youtube

'Gangnam Style' surpassed the billion mark on December 21, 2012. And a little more than 17 months, the video reached its goal to hit 2 billion views late on Friday (May 30).

"2 billion views...they are very honorable and very burdensome numbers. With appreciation, I will come back soon with more joyful contents!!", the Korean superstar said on Twitter.

To mark the milestone on Youtube, special pieces of animation showing little dancing Psys around the view counter were added.

Netizens on Youtube were also amazed on Psy's achievement as some gives quick facts. One comment from Luis Miguel Rivera says: "To watch Gangnam Style by yourself 2 Billion times, it would take about 5,833,333 days, or about 15,981.73 years."

'Gangnam Style' was uploaded on Youtube on July 15, 2012, and now hailed as most-viewed clip of all-time on the video website.

No other video comes close to "Gangnam" on the streaming service's list of top videos. Justin Bieber's "Baby" is the only other billion-plus video at 1.04 billion views.

Psy holds the record for most overall views and most views in a day with 38 million for his "Gangnam Style" followup "Gentleman."

It was reported that Psy will make a comeback soon as he recently filmed a new music video with Snoop Dogg and fellow K-pop superstar G-Dragon.

Can't get over with Psy's 'Oppa Gangnam Style', here's the video:

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Barangay officials qualify for special CSC eligibility

Manila, Philippines - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announces that elected and appointed barangay officials may now apply for the Barangay Official Eligibility (BOE).

Civil Service Commission official logo

BOE is a privilege granted to barangay officials, including Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairpersons, who have rendered at least one term of office in one barangay. Said eligibility is equivalent to a Career Service Subprofessional eligibility suitable for first level positions in government or job positions which involve clerical, trades, crafts, and custodial service.

The grant of BOE shall be based strictly on the completion of term of office. If the services rendered by the elected or appointed barangay official fall short of the completed term, he or she may be considered the grant only if the deficiency is not more than 15 days.

Barangay officials who completed their term of office before Aug. 1, 2012 may file their application for the BOE until Aug. 1, 2014, after which the CSC shall stop issuing BOEs to barangay officials with completed terms before Aug. 1, 2012.

Barangay officials who completed their term of office on or after Aug. 1, 2012 may still apply for the BOE beyond Aug. 1, 2014.

Appointive barangay officials such as the Barangay Treasurer and Barangay Secretary who were appointed by the Punong Barangay and are related to the latter up to the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity shall not qualify for the BOE. The applicant shall submit a notarized affidavit stating that he or she is not related up to the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity to the appointing Punong Barangay.

Application may be filed at the CSC Regional or Field Office with jurisdiction over the barangay concerned. Application fee is PHP500.

Policies on the grant of BOE are stated in CSC Memorandum Circular No. 13, s. 2012. Form and requirements for application are available at the CSC website www.csc.gov.ph.

For more information on the Barangay Official Eligibility, please contact any CSC Regional or Field Office.

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PRC says May 2014 Nursing board exam (NLE) results out after 24 working days

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Baguio Regional Director Teofilo Gaius M. Sison, Jr. said that the May 2014 nursing board exam or nurse licensure exam (NLE) results will be released after 24 working days.

Update:  May 2014 Nurse Licensure Examination results released in twenty-three (23) working days

PRC says May 2014 Nursing board (NLE) results out after 24 working days

PRC Baguio announced the possible release day of NLE results as the office successfully conducted the nurse board exam in the cities of Baguio, Dagupan, Cabanatuan and Laoag on May 25 and 26, 2014.

"PRC Regional Director Teofilo Gaius M. Sison, Jr. said the exam results will be released after 24 working days. Examinees can verify their grades/ratings at www.prc.gov.ph by clicking Online Verification of Ratings (OVR)," PRC Baguio said.

May 2014 NLE was also administered in the following testing centers: Manila, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro (CDO) and Bacolod.

The statement of Baguio PRC director is in accordance with PRC Resolution No. 2013-782 series of 2013. It says that target release date of May 2014 nursing board exam results is on Monday, June 30, 2014 or 24 working days from the last day of exam.

PRC target release date of May 2014 NLE results

Same with the previous exams, it is also possible that results will be released on earlier date than our expected timeline since there's less than 30,000 takers for May 2014 NLE

Meanwhile, reliable source of NLE result forecast Dr. Carl E. Balita already announced on May 27 that he will give riddles for the exact release date of results.

"Who wants riddles for the day that the Lord has made? If this message hits 5,000 LIKES, the NLE RESULT FORECAST begins....," Balita said on his Facebook page.

Related: TheSummitExpress official webpage for the May 2014 nursing board exam results

TheSummitExpress together with our partner website, PRC Board News will closely monitor updates and results of May 2014 NLE. Like Us on Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter to receive exclusive and fresh updates.

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Palestine beats Philippine Azkals 1-0 in AFC Challenge Cup Finals 2014

Manila, Philippines - Palestinian national soccer team beat the Philippine Azkals, 1-0 in the final round of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives on Friday, May 30, 2014.

Azkals vs Palestine Maldives 2014

Palestine made history as it earned ticket to the 2015 Asian Cup to be held in Australia.

Phil Younghusband of Azkals had his best chance at goal in the 40th minute but wasn't able to convert. The Palestine got its lone goal from Ashraf Alfawaghra’s free kick in the 58th minute.

The Philippines remains proud of the achievement of Azkals despite the loss.

Dan Palama, Azkals team manager congratulated the champions on his tweet right after the game: "Congratulations to Palestine, we lost to a good team tonight. To all the Palestinians, we pray that peace may finally reign in your land."

On their head-head match, the Palestine fired 16 shots, 8 of them on target, while the Filipino had 9 shots on goal, with 2 on target, in the game.

On the way to the finals, the Azkals drew with Afghanistan and beat Laos and Turkmenistan in the group stage.

In the semis, the Philippines topped host Maldives, 3-2, to advance to the finals against Palestine.

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Top 10 List of Money Tips for 20-Somethings

Manila, Philippines - MoneyMax.Ph, the country's leading comparison portal shared top 10 tips on how to save money and manage expenses for those in the bracket of 20-something. Nowadays, aside from identity crises and career issues, money management is also one of the things bothering most of the Filipinos, those who are expected to give in to absolute adulthood and be financially independent.

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook founder age 29 yo

Don’t be pressured! Here's the list of 10 tips to keep you going:

Top 1. Save when you’re still young
It’s often easier said than done, but without any doubt, the time is the most vital part in saving. In your case, you have most of it. More time, more savings and the combination of the two – multiplying savings. The younger you are, the longer time you have to maximize the growth of your financial portfolio.

Top 2. Open a Savings Account
It’s much easier to apply for a savings account compared to other bank products, and the great thing about it is that it won’t cost you anything but more. The interest is not big though but it pays to put your money in it especially when you only do deposits.

Top 3. Adjust your lifestyle
If you practice the frugal lifestyle and find the fun out of it, it will be easier for you to adjust your lifestyle to what you are supposed to behave. To make it even more possible for you, be with people who you think can help you. Surround yourself with people who you think can influence you and your future plans.

Top 4. Spend within your means
It does not make sense to spend more than what you earn. However, many 20-something yuppies do this – buying clothes, eating out a lot, spending a lot for themselves, living from payday-to-payday. It’s never a good thing for your financial life and behavior. Regardless if you own millions or few money, this is a golden rule to financial stability.

Top 5. Budget your money (50-30-20)
To be able to spend less, you should learn to make a proper budget for a certain time period. Be resourceful; you can download apps that synchronize your financial plans from mobile to PC to email. Financial experts suggest on following the 50-30-20 plan on budgeting. This means that 50% of your income should go to necessities like rent, utility bills and other needs; 30% should go to the income you could spend while 20% should go directly to your savings.

Top 6. Save before you spend
To make it easier for you to actually save, once you get your paycheck, keep the 20% or any amount that you want to save for that month and then spend the rest. By doing so, you will have a sure saving and will give you more allowance to spend the money you have on hand. There are banks that offer easier saving schemes wherein you can set a certain amount to be automatically debited from your payroll account on a regular basis (once or twice a month).

Top 7. Stay at home
Our nerves are pulling us to live by ourselves, away from our parents. Living independently is amazing but if we struggle financially, it’s better to stay at home, especially if travelling back and forth to your workplace is still tolerable. Consider factors such as rent, utility bills, home supplies, never-ending laundry, food you have to prepare for yourself, and everything else that will cost you so much money compared to when you’re living in your own house.

Top 8. Invest
It’s not hard and expensive to invest in stocks and mutual funds; in fact, there are a few brokerage companies in the Philippines that offer affordable ways for you to save long-term even with a small starting investment. It is oftentimes a matter of balancing risk and protection, but the key is to research first and compare the market before making any decisions. Do not forget to consult your broker and make sure to get the best investment scheme most suitable for you.

Top 9. Get insured
The best thing about your age is that you can pay for as low as PHP500 every month to get a life insurance. The younger you are, the cheaper you will pay. Why? Because you will have more years to pay for it unlike the older folks.

Top 10. Maximize technology
Filipinos nowadays are very tech-savvy. That’s another advantage of 20-somethings or the Generation Y, as the society calls it. Most of us grew up in the boom and evolution of the Internet and the computing technology. Make use of this opportunity to manage your finances. Consider using digital financial tools like tracking your budget with apps, viewing your e-statements and monitoring your portfolio.

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Nokia XL now available in the Philippines; priced at Php 8,990 (SRP)

Manila, Philippines - The Nokia XL, part of the new Nokia X family of affordable smartphones that run Android apps is now available in the country today, May 30, 2014. Microsoft Devices offers the new device as a perfect introduction to the world of Android apps, coupled with great design, an intuitive user interface, and the most popular Microsoft services.

Nokia XL front green color

Nokia X family of devices that include Nokia X, X+ and Nokia XL was launched initially at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last February 24, 2014.

The Nokia XL boasts of its quality and design, with a fresh, tile-based user interface inspired by Lumia family. It comes with Fastlane, a screen which lets people switch between their favorite apps more smoothly. People can access curated, quality-tested apps from Nokia Store, more than a dozen third-party app stores, and by sideloading. All devices are also pre-loaded with a variety of very popular third-party apps and games.

Nokia XL back green color

“We believe this unique combination will resonate with consumers around the world and set a great precedent for the level of quality that can be achieved in the fast-growing, affordable smartphone segment.” said Karel Holub, General Manager, Philippines, Microsoft Mobile Devices Sales.

The Nokia XL is the premium offering in the Nokia X family. Boasting a 5” display, 5MP rear-facing autofocus camera with flash, and 2MP front-facing camera, it is the ultimate choice for big-screen entertainment. The Nokia XL features the same performance boost as the Nokia X+ but on a larger format. People can also take advantage of the larger screen size, front- and rear-facing cameras to get the most out Skype video calls and video apps like Vine.

The Nokia XL features two screens: the Start Screen, a home screen which features a fresh, tile-based design and the Fastlane screen. Fastlane is a dynamic record of how people use their phone, day by day, moment by moment. It captures everything people love: they need only to swipe once from the Start Screen to access Fastlane, see a record of recent activity, and switch between their favorite apps, smoothly. They can return a missed call by calling or texting, accept or decline calendar invitations, or control the music player – all from within the Fastlane view. People can select what appears on their Fastlane feed, read notifications from their social networks and update their status, making them more productive on the go.

Here's the list of technical specifications of Nokia XL:

  • Display: 5’’ capacitive touch screen
  • Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual Core Processor
  • Memory: 768MB RAM, expandable up to 32GB external memory
  • Camera: 5MP autofocus camera with flash; 2MP front-facing camera
  • Battery: 2000 mAH battery
  • Colors: Bright Green, bright orange and black

The Nokia XL dual sim smartphone is now available at all Nokia stores and authorized resellers priced at PHP 8,990 (SRP).

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DepEd reminds 'no compulsory fees' in public schools

Manila, Philippines - The Department of Education (DepEd) reminded all school authorities that collection of any fees during enrollment and the first days of class is strictly prohibited.

“No collection policy” in public schools still in effect, DepEd says

“We call on all teachers and school officials to see to it that we do not refuse a single student who wants to enrol. We strongly remind them that we do not collect any fees as a requirement for enrolment,” Education Secretary Br.Armin A. Luistro said.

The education chief added that certain contributions in public schools while authorized by DepEd, do not mean that they are compulsory. “These contributions remain voluntary,” Luistro stressed.

DepEd re-issued this call to teachers, school officials and parents to encourage the community to bring all school-aged children to school.

“Let me be clear on this: in no case shall non-payment of voluntary school contributions or membership fees be made the basis for non-admission, non-promotion or non-issuance of clearance to a student. And that includes withholding of school cards,“ Luistro emphasized.

The fees which are authorized but not compulsory include Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts membership fees, Philippine National Red Cross, Anti-TB fund, school publication fee, and Parents Teachers Association fee.

Based on DepEd Order 41 series of 2012, which remains in effect, Luistro has directed all school officials that no fees shall be collected from school children in kindergarten up to Grade 4 any time during the school year. For Grade 5 pupils up to fourth year high school students, there will be no collection from June to July.

However, starting August this year until the end of the school year, the following fees may be collected on a voluntary basis: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts membership fees of P50 per learner; Philippine National Red Cross, P35 per learner; Anti-TB fund drive of P5 per learner; school publication fee of P60 for every elementary pupil and P90 for every high school student. The Parents-Teachers Association fee must be reasonable and is to be determined during the PTA general assembly.

The PTA can only collect contributions starting August and only after presenting to the PTA members and to the school head/principal report on the utilization of previous school year’s collections and the school year proposed budget with program of activities.

“School fees should not intimidate parents into bringing their children to school that is why I urge all school officials to observe these guidelines strictly or face administrative sanctions,” Luistro said, adding that PTA fees, even though approved by a majority of PTA members, still remain voluntary.

DepEd Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo emphasized that the Philippine Government provides primary education free of charge to all citizens. He said, “Schools are not allowed to turn away students. Only in extreme cases of overpopulation can they do it. In such cases, some schools will opt for Alternative Delivery Modes (ADMs).”

“Our public assistance station has received as total of 63 queries since Monday, some of them regarding compulsory contributions. In these cases, our team calls the schools and finds out the details. If the schools violate our strict prohibition on collection of fees, our legal department will send them a warning,” Mateo said.

Mateo encouraged the parents to contact the DepEd public support station for any complaints, concerns, and questions at 636-1669, 633-1942, 0919-456-0027, and through action@deped.gov.ph.

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GMA-7's 'Bad Direction' tag to One Direction sparks online outrage

Manila, Philippines - Fans of British group One Direction react to GMA-7 report tagging 1D as 'Bad Direction' in one of its news programs. The hashtag '#BiggestLiesGMA' trended worldwide on Thursday, May 29, 2014 as netizens support the popular boyband.

One Direction bad Direction by GMA

GMA News tagged the group 'Bad Direction?' due to the viral news and leaked video obtained by Daily Mail that says that One Direction members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlison were smoking a suspicious looking self-rolled cigarette allegedly a 'marijuana'.

GMA News Bad Direction tag to 1D

On microblogging site Twitter, majority of netizens defended the 1D members and reiterated the good deeds of the boyband specially during super typhoon Yolanda. Some say that One Direction is active in helping out organizations including Alzheimer's Association, Comic Relief, Green Peace, Mines Advisory Group, Sport Relief and other charities.

Biggest Lies GMA trends on Twitter

Meanwhile, some irate fans said they are going to destroy or sell tickets for the upcoming concerts of the British boyband.

A netizen posted a photo on Twitter of his ticket torn to pieces with the message: “Just ripped up my One Direction ticket because Zayn and Louis smoke weed. I hate this band so much.”

Here are some of the reactions from netizens on '#BiggestLiesGMA', 'Dear GMA' and 'Bad Direction' trends on Twitter which sparked online outrage:

One Direction has developed loyal following worldwide after its members became part of UK's X-Factor in 2010. The band is consistently topping US Billboard Top 200 chart and has videos on Youtube, which already garnered hundreds of millions total views.

The band is scheduled to have a concert in Manila on March 25, 2015.

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Video: Chubby Korean baby dances the next 'Gangnam Style'?

It's now viral on social media, a chubby Korean baby which dances the next 'Gangnam Style'. Some netizens already tagged the video as the 'best video ever' and can exceed the achievement of Youtube King Psy.

Chubby Korean baby dances the next 'Gangnam Style'

Psy is known for his worldwide hit dance video 'Oppa Gangnam Style'. The craze has a catchy music plus it features the extraordinary moves of the Korean rapper. Meanwhile, the dance video of the Korean toddler has an element of uniqueness and fresh style.

Based on the video, the toddler performed the dance moves in front of a woman off-cam. The chubby girl which is active on dancing invites her companion to dance like her.

The viral video which was posted on Tuesday already garnered more than 300,000 views as of posting.

Watch: What a dance by a chubby Korean baby!

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Video: Girl drops 600 pesos in mall, gets biggest surprise

Manila, Philippines - "We wanted to make someone happy with a ridiculous request for 600 pesos."

This is the message from the viral video posted on Youtube by the music streaming site Spinnr Philippines recently. In the video, a girl who dropped 600 pesos in a mall experienced something extraordinary and got the biggest surprise of her life.

An empty box was placed in the middle of the mall with a man asking the mall-goers to drop 600 pesos without mentioning what will happen next.

Watch: Girl drops 600 pesos in mall, gets biggest shock of her life

One woman said: "If I give you P600 and then?". The man replied, "Let's take a leap of faith together." The woman immediately said 'no.'

Until, another girl did not hesitate to drop her P600. She is just curious if there will be a magic. Then, the big surprise came giving back her money plus some gadgets, bag, portable speakers and 1-year subscription to Spinnr. Not just that, the girl also received Taylor Swift Red Tour tickets.

"How we are going to bring this home," the girl exclaimed after getting surprises from Spinnr.

As of press time, the video was viewed more than 640,000 times since posting a week ago.

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Registration schedule, exam dates June 2014 CSC COMEX announced

Manila, Philippines - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced today the conduct of civil service exam in June 2014 through the new computerized system called COMEX.

Civil Service Exam COMEX

The CSC Computerized Examination System (COMEX) was developed to unite all previous stand-alone examination processes into a single, automated test system.

The CSC Central Office will administer the COMEX on June 3, 10, 17, and 24, slot reservations scheduled on May 28, June 4, 11, and 18, respectively.

On the other hand, selected regional testing centers will hold the exams on June 5, 19, and 26, with reservation dates on May 30, June 13, and 20, respectively.

COMEX is available at the following regional testing centers: Regions 1 (San Fernando City), 2 (Tuguegarao City), 4 (Panay Ave., Quezon City), 5 (Legazpi City), 7 (Cebu City), 10 (Cagayan de Oro City), 11 (Davao City), and Cordillera Administrative Region (Baguio City). Testing centers in the other regions will open within the year.

An applicant may only reserve a slot on the scheduled reservation date of his or her preferred exam date. He or she must not have taken the same level of exam within the last three months.

Application through COMEX is easy.

First, the applicant shall create a user account in the COMEX website. The applicant may then pick an exam program from the online offerings. A list of exam schedules with the types of exam, number of slots, date, time, and venue of personal appearance and examination may be viewed. The applicant shall receive an email confirming the slot reservation.

Once slot is confirmed, applicant makes his or her personal appearance at the CSC COMEX testing center to verify his or her identity, pay the exam fee of PHP600, and have his or her photo, biometrics, and digital signature captured.

Applicant is then ushered to the computer room where he or she would take the test. The Career Service Examination is a general ability test that lasts 3 hours for the Professional level and 2.5 hours for the Subprofessional level.

June 2014 COMEX (exam) results shall be released within two weeks after the date of examination.

For further queries, contact the CSC COMEX Administrator at telephone numbers: (02) 931-8163, (02) 931-7935 and local 712, 714, and 716.

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Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM Hands-on Review

Are you looking for a smartphone that combines style, speed, performance and economy? Get your hands ready for Nokia’s latest burner as the new Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM hits the Philippine market this May 30, 2014.

The Lumia 630 Dual SIM was launched initially at Microsoft’s Build Conference in San Francisco last April. This new flagship dual SIM version is capable of operating with two SIMs of different network. How about that? Great deal, right?

Related: Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM available in the Philippines on May 30, 2014; priced at Php 7,990

Now, after getting my hands on this sleek and hip smartphone, let me share some reviews and thoughts why you should get this smartphone if you are considering buying a new phone.

Build: Designed for Style and Comfort

Designed on a 129.4 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm dimension with a 4.5-inch LCD Gorilla Glass screen, holding this thin Lumia does not, in any way, violate the ergonomics of an average grasp. Your thumb can easily reach both sides of the display for a more comfortable touch and type, not to mention the light weight at 134 grams.

Nokia Lumia 630  Build: Designed for Style and Comfort

Moreover, comfort will not compromise your sense of style. The sleek build matched with the hip colors of matte plastic with smooth contours presses on the image of a stylish device you’ll want to flaunt around. With only three physical buttons, the up and down volume, and power buttons, the concept of minimalism will definitely lessen your life’s complexities.

3-Button Minimalistic Design: Up and Down Volume and Power Buttons
3-Button Minimalistic Design: Up and Down Volume and Power Buttons

The matte plastic somehow makes the impression of a phone housing or casing. Aside from that, similar with its Lumia predecessors, the Lumia 630 is a close look-alike of the iPhone5c which was japed of imitating Nokia’s Lumia.

By removing the overall cover of the back of the phone, you can access the battery, the SIM slots and the memory slot. To open, you have to do some bending of the matte plastic body at the middle part while pulling the upper portion the camera. Upon purchase, there is a sticker at the back showing an image of how to remove the back cover.

Nokia Lumia 630 back cover
Matte-plastic back cover. To open, push the middle part 
of the cover and pull the top-most edge of the cover.

Rear View Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM
Back view: Rear access to the 2 SIM slots, battery and the micro-SD memory card

Performance: The Smooth Move

Running on Windows 8.1 via quad-core 1.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU and 512 MB of RAM, this slicker will give you your own dose of smoothness experience. This is evident in the transition process, while you’re switching from one application to another, considering the number of running apps and stand-by processes. Even while running low on battery, no lag has been experienced. But similar to the other smartphones, the true test of speed is in the long run. Once you have fully equipped the storage, exhausted the memory and worn out the battery.

Enticing Display

Equipped with a 16M-color IPS LCD capacitive screen, the Lumia 630 gives a crispy and vivid display, accommodating approximately 218 pixel density all endowed in a 4.5-inch Gorilla glass. I said “enticing display” because the very vivid and crispy display would surely catch your attention, drawing you to get hold of the phone, browse and explore it, and experience it. Try holding and simply swiping on the screen left and right. You’ll find yourself engrossed simply at the display.

The Lumia 630’s crispy and vivid LCD
The Lumia 630’s crispy and vivid LCD

Camera: The Winning Piece

Never underestimate the Lumia 630’s 5-Megapixel camera. Despite being under-equipped compared to the 8 and 16-Megapixel camera phones, Lumia 630 can still deliver the same photography experience. It also gives you the freedom of taking shots either via automatic or manual setting.

I have taken some photos using the Lumia 630 camera using both the automatic setting and the manual setting.

Nokia Lumia 630 indoor photo using automatic setting
Lumia 630 indoor photo using automatic setting

Lumia 630 camera at dusk using automatic setting
Lumia 630 camera at dusk using automatic setting

For the more experienced photographers, those who can mix and match photography parameters such as f-stop, shutter speed, brightness and focus, can maximize the camera capability of the Lumia 630. You can adjust these camera settings to create different effects to your photos. Zoom is also available. You can simply pinch-in to zoom in; or pinch-out to zoom out.

Lumia 630 camera with the adjustment wheel at the right
Lumia 630 camera with the adjustment wheel at the right

Lumia 630 zoom out view
Lumia 630 zoom out view

Lumia 630 while zooming-in on the subject
Lumia 630 while zooming-in on the subject
Lumia 630 photo zoomed-in
Lumia 630 photo zoomed-in

Despite these competitive camera capabilities, there are some basic camera points for enhancement that the Lumia 630 could improve on.

Firstly, I find the camera app too slow to initialize the camera. It will approximately take 3 seconds after pressing the camera tile before it opens the camera. Good luck in catching those stolen shots or spur-of-the-moment pictures.

Secondly, there is no front camera. In this age of selfies, we-fies and video calls, the front camera should be a de-facto standard.

Lastly, there is no flash for the primary camera. Though the camera can automatically adjust its brightness, you are still helpless when taking pictures in total darkness.

Useful Features

One messaging feature that stood out is the Word Flow, a Swype-like feature where you can swipe your finger over the letters instead of typing each letter to create a message. It is intuitive, smooth and accurate. It only supports English as of writing.

Lumia 630’s Word Flow
Lumia 630’s Word Flow

They also have the Microsoft Office Mobile pre-installed for free. You can view, edit and create files in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint while on the go.

Microsoft Office Mobile

It also comes in with Nokia Here Maps, Nokia’s reliable mapping system; Nokia Cinemagraph, Nokia’s GIF-like making app that creates a moving picture; and the Nokia Creative Studio, Nokia’s photo editing application.

Easy Phone-PC Transfer

Accessing the phone via PC to transfer photos and music to and fro is very easy. All you have to do is to download the Windows Phone App for Desktop and you’re good to go.
Windows Phone App for Desktop
Windows Phone App for Desktop

What’s in the Box?

What you’ll find inside the box is the Lumia 630 itself, a micro-USB charger, and some manuals. No earphones, USB connector or USB-on-the-go connector so it’s a little bit less than the ordinary. Nevertheless, it is vying a very competitive price so it’s still a great deal.


The Lumia 630 is a performing phone for its price. Considering its SRP of approximately PHP 8,000.00, you will experience a fast and responsive ecosystem plus the camera prowess of a DSLR. This is very appropriate for those individuals who are deeply attached to social messaging and social networking. Swipe your messages away in Viber, Line and Skype using the keyboard with a very user-friendly graphical user interface, and the Word Flow of course! Plus the awesome camera for posting pictures on social networking.

Mondi Sto. Tomas is an Electronics and Communications Engineer who enjoys traveling. Luckily, his nature of work allows him to travel and explore places, and meet different kinds of people. He loves reading, playing basketball, and cooking. Get in touch with him on twitter: @mondiboi

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Senate grants Philippine citizenship to Brooklyn Nets Center Andray Blatche

The Senate of the Philippines announced today, May 26, 2014 the approval of third and final reading of bill granting Philippine Citizenship to American professional basketball player Andray Blatche, who is a member of the Brooklyn Nets, the National Baskekball Association (NBA).

Senate grants Philippine citizenship to Brooklyn Nets Center Andray Blatche

Committee Report No. 27 on House Bill No. 4084, sponsored by Senator Sonny Angara was approved with 20 affirmative votes, zero negative votes and zero abstention.

"The recent modest ascent in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) standings is indicative of the development of Philippine basketball in the international scene, which ought to be sustained," Angara said.

"International tournaments allow countries to be represented by naturalized players subject to certain conditions like the number of naturalized players in a team. Other countries, while ranking higher than the Philippines, have opted to take advantage of this naturalized-player rule, meant to equalize the world basketball landscape historically ruled by American and European countries, with great benefit," Angara added.

Blatche is not the first international player to become a naturalized Filipino citizen. In 1985, three naturalized players, namely Dennis Still, Jeff Moore and Chip Engelland helped the RP-North Consolidated Corporation win the William Jones Cup and the ABC Championships. Another naturalized player, Marcus Eugene Douthit, who became a naturalized Filipino in 2010, helped bring honor to the Philippines by helping the Philippine team win the 2010 Philippine Invitational Cup, 3rd place in the 2010 William Jones Cup and 2012 William Jones Cup Championship.

Blatche is currently playing for the Brooklyn Nets alongside Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams and Paul Pierce. Blatche, who stands 6'11," averages 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Fresh out of high school, Blatche was drafted to the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 2005 where he was chosen 49th overall by the Washington Wizards. He was eventually released by the Wizards in 2012 and was signed up by the Nets.

"Andray Blatche has openly expressed his desire to play for the Philippines. He is in a position, at age 28, to make significant contributions to Philippine basketball and accordingly, eligible for the conferment of the honor of being a Philippine citizen," Angara said.

Blatche will be part of the 24-man roster of the Smart Gilas Basketball where the final 12 players will be chosen to compete in the FIBA world championships this August in Spain.

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'Be Careful With My Heart' phenomenon hits Malaysia and Vietnam

Manila, Philippines - The country’s number one daytime drama series “Be Careful with My Heart” is now a certified southeast Asian phenomenon in two countries as it continues to captivate viewers from Malaysia and Vietnam with its light, feel good love story.

Lim Family Be Careful With My Heart

The well-loved family series of ABS-CBN currently enjoys an average of 1.6 million viewers in Malaysia everyday via Media Prima, which is considerably high for a foreign content airing on Malaysian free TV.

Just like Filipinos, Malaysians would share their thoughts to their social media accounts to express how much they adore the romance between nanny Maya (Jodi Sta.Maria) and her boss Sir Chief (Richard Yap). It created such a buzz online that “Be Careful with My Heart” landed in the top ten Twitter trending topics in Malaysia.

Malaysian viewers embrace the series because of its light but engaging plot. They find it unique and just full of good vibes since the story doesn’t have an antagonist unlike the usual soap operas on TV. They are also delighted with the sweetness and politeness of the characters.

From Malaysia, the “Be Careful with My Heart” fever crosses over to Vietnam where it is also a widely-followed Filipino series airing every 7:00pm via Today TV.

According to Lam Chi Thien, the executive chairman and CEO of International Media JS Company, Vietnamese are endeared towards the show because they can relate to its characters and what they represent in society.

“Maya and Sir Chief are very down to earth and they represent the working class in the society,” he said in an interview with the Philippines primetime newscast “TV Patrol.”

“Be Careful with My Heart” is only among the many Filipino dramas made available to international viewers by ABS-CBN International Distribution.

ABS-CBN International Distribution has been recognized in the global arena as a reliable foreign content provider. It has been a premier source of high quality Filipino programming in over 50 territories all over the world and has sold over 30,000 hours of content worldwide. Living up to this recognition, ABS-CBN International Distribution commits to add to its line-up of high-caliber programs and movies with cast and storylines that appeal to various cultures.

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'The Voice Kids' pilot hits high TV ratings nationwide (May 24-25)

Manila, Philippines - Filipinos nationwide tuned in to the much-awaited pilot telecast of “The Voice Kids” and watched the first batch of young artists performed to impress coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Lea Salonga in the show’s Blind Auditions.

The Voice Kids Philippines judges and hosts

According to data from Kantar Media, “The Voice Kids” topped the list of the most watched programs last weekend. On Saturday (May 24), it recorded a national TV rating of 33.3%, or 21 points higher than GMA-7’s “Vampire Ang Daddy Ko,” which only got 11.9%. It also hit a national TV rating of 35.8% last Sunday (May 25), crushing rival program “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” (15.8%).

On Twitter, the hashtag #TheVoiceKidsPhilippines became the number one worldwide trending topic on both nights. Several artists and songs featured in the show also figured on the list of nationwide and worldwide trending topics as viewers posted their thoughts on the micro-blogging site while watching the show.

By the end of the Sunday's episode of "The Voice Kids", Manalac is leading with four artists on his team: Nathan Bautista, Zack Tabuldo, June Mark Armecin and Grazz Rodriquez. Meanwhile, Geronimo has two artists on her team namely: Lyca Gairanod and JM and JC Urquico.

Salonga was not able to have additional artist on her team. Previous recruited young artists were Garcia, 11-year-old Koko Luy, and 9-year-old Darlene Vibares.

ReadComplete List: 18 artists of 'The Voice Kids' Philippines (Blind Auditions)

Who will successfully pass the Blind Auditions this week? How are the three coaches going to pitch themselves to fight for the young artists they want to land on their respective teams?

Don’t miss the continuation of the Blind Auditions in “The Voice Kids” on Saturdays, 6:45 PM and Sundays, 7:30 PM on ABS-CBN’s Yes Weekend.

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PLDT Fiber assets to reach nearly 100,000 kms by yearend

Leading multimedia provider PLDT announced today, May 26, 2014 that it will roll out an additional 15,000 kilometers of new fiber optic cable facilities this year with an investment of over P1 billion to further fortify its already formidable fiber advantage. This would extend the PLDT Group’s fiber network to nearly 100,000 kilometers by the end of 2014.

PLDT 85 Years logo

“We are further fortifying our fiber advantage which is critical to our ability to handle the expected explosion of data traffic in the coming years,” said PLDT President & CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno.

“Our changing revenue mix underscores that our future clearly lies in data and fiber, driving our strategic investments in technical infrastructure in recent years and giving us a decisive advantage in today’s data-driven world.”

He added that, “The PLDT Group’s integrated fixed and wireless network remains unrivalled in its ability to provide high-quality voice, data and multimedia services to our customers who would benefit most from this fiber expansion because more places in the country will have superior high-speed internet service which customers can access using their PCs, laptops, tablets, androids or smartphones wherever they are – at home, in the office, in school, or in the malls. Devices can only be good as the network.”

By the end of the first quarter of 2014, PLDT has expanded its fiber optic network to 85,000 kilometers, five times more than its competition. The aggressive expansion of PLDT’s fiber optic network will continue this year, according to Nazareno.

Last year’s fiber expansion program covered the domestic fiber optic network (DFON) used for long haul applications, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-in-the-loop (FITL), and other inter-office fibering systems. The FTTH project made PLDT’s high-speed internet services available to about two million homes in different parts of the country, such as Metro Manila, the regions of Central Luzon, Southern Tagalog, and the provinces of Panay, Negros Occidental, Cebu, and Davao.

Early this year, PLDT has completed the installation of over 150 kilometers of submarine fiber optic cables that linked the island of Bohol to the major network centers in the Visayas and Mindanao areas, boosting the telco’s services in the fast-growing tourism and BPO hubs in Central Philippines. It has also accomplished the rollout of 620 kilometers state-of-the-art fiber optic inland and submarine cables that now connect tourist-rich Palawan province in Western Philippines to the PLDT network and to the rest of the country and the world.

In Northern Luzon, PLDT is scheduled to achieve the strengthening of almost 600 kilometers of fiber this year.

According to PLDT Network Group Head Rolando Peña, “The ongoing fortification program for our Northern Luzon DFON will make our network more resilient and less susceptible to fiber breaks that could result in the disruption of our services, the areas being vulnerable to fiber cuts due to typhoons, landslides, and public works diggings.”

Peña said the fortification program will benefit the estimated 11 million subscribers of PLDT mobile subsidiaries Smart and Sun Cellular and around 450,000 customers of PLDT HOME, as well as enterprises in Northern Luzon.

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'PBB All In' 3rd Nomination Night Results: Maris, Jacob and Jane are nominated for eviction

Manila, Philippines - The hit ABS-CBN reality program "Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) All In" has named the third set of housemates that are in danger of elimination in a live episode on Sunday night, May 25, 2014. Three housemates including Maris, Jacob and Jane were nominated for eviction on Saturday, May 31.

'PBB All In' Third Nomination Night Results: Maris, Jacob and Jane are nominated for eviction

Update:  Third Eviction Night Results: Jacob Benedicto evicted from 'PBB All In'

Housemate Maris Racal, dubbed as the 'Singing Sunshine ng Davao' was the first housemate nominated this week through standard voting as as she garnered 8 points from her fellow housemates.

The 'Cutie Crooner ng Paranaque' Jacob Benedicto was the second nominated housemate as he got 7 total points from the housemates.

The 17-year-old Jane Oineza dubbed as the 'Rising Celebriteen ng Pasig' earned the highest number of votes this week from the housemates, 17 total votes.

It was announced that Daniel Matsunaga is exempted for today's nomination round as the rulebook stated: "A new housemate is not allowed to nominate or to be nominated".

On Saturday's eviction night, PBB host Toni Gonzaga announced that BBN or public nominations was suspended for the third nomination night.

It was announced immediately that voting is now officially open.

To vote for Maris, Jacob or Jane, just text BB Name of Housemate to 2331 for Globe, TM, Sun Cellular and ABS-CBN Mobile subscribers, and 231 for Smart and Talk N Text subscribers.
The third nomination night of PBB once again dominated online conversations with '#PBB3rdNomi' and 'We Love You Jane Cheer Up' topped Twitter trending list.

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Video: Nathan Bautista third 3-chair turner on 'The Voice Kids' Philippines

Manila, Philippines - An 8-year-old from Cavite was the third "The Voice Kids" contestant to turn all three chairs in the reality show's second part of premiere episode aired on Sunday, May 25, 2014.

Nathan Bautista The Voice Kids Philippines

Nathan Bautista, who hails from Imus, sang a power ballad song of American rock band Journey "Don't Stop Believin'" in the second Blind Auditions episode of the ABS-CBN program, which reunited coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Manalac, and Lea Salonga.

For the record this season, all three judges turned their chairs on Nathan’s first 5 words of the song lyrics. Bautista said that his father has influenced him. Coaches were very impressed and Geronimo even said he's 'halimaw' in singing.

Nathan Bautista chose Bamboo Manalac as his mentor.

Watch: The Voice Kids Blind Audition "Don't Stop Believing" by Nathan Bautista (video)

Nathan's 'Don't Stop Believing' trended on Twitter Philippines as netizens were amazed on his performance.

Nathan is also a contestant of Promil Pre-school i-Shine Talent Camp 2 aired on ABS-CBN last year and have won as one of top i-Shiners which have received P200,000.

By the end of the Sunday's episode of "The Voice Kids," Salonga was not able to have additional artist on her team. Previous recruited young artists were Garcia, 11-year-old Koko Luy, and 9-year-old Darlene Vibares.

Manalac is now leading with four artists on his team: Nathan Bautista, Zack Tabuldo, June Mark Armecin and Grazz Rodriquez. Meanwhile, Geronimo has two artists on her team namely: Lyca Gairanod and JM and JC Urquico.

ReadComplete List: 18 artists of 'The Voice Kids' Philippines (Blind Auditions)

Don’t miss “The Voice Kids” this Saturday (May 24), 6:45 PM and on Sunday (May 25), 7:30 PM on ABS-CBN’s Yes Weekend.

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Video: Jimboy Garcia, Darlene Vibares 3-chair turners on 'The Voice Kids' Philippines

Manila, Philippines - 'The Voice Kids' Philippines premiered on Saturday, May 24, 2014 with 2 in the first batch of contestants got the most awaited 3-chair turn from the judges.

Jimboy Garcia The Voice Kids

Jimlord "Jimboy" Garcia, who hails from Paniqul, sang Journey's "Faithfully" in the first Blind Auditions episode of ABS-CBN reality program impressed the judges Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Manalac, and Lea Salonga and became the first 3-chair-turner.

Watch: The Voice Kids Blind Audition "Faithfully" by Jimboy (video)

Garcia's soaring voice immediately impressed Salonga, who was first to turn her chair. Manalac and Geronimo pressed their buttons as Garcia approached the higher notes of the popular tune.

"Lahat naman po kayo, magagaling na judges, kaya nga lang po isa lang po [ang puwedeng piliin]," Garcia said. "Ang pipiliin ko po ay si Coach Lea."

Meanwhile, 9-year-old Darlene Vibares, who hails from Antipolo City, also impressed all the judges with her rendition of Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire."

Watch: The Voice Kids Blind Audition "Girl on Fire" by Darlene (video)

Salonga, who was the last to press her button, wowed by Vibares' performance as the girl jumped repeatedly over the successful blind audition.

Vibares did not appear to hesitate with her decision to pick a coach "whose name starts with the letter L." The small "clue" got an elated response from Salonga, who approached Vibares on stage to hug her.

By the end of the pilot episode of "The Voice Kids," Salonga was able to recruit three young artists -- Garcia, 11-year-old Koko Luy, and 9-year-old Darlene Vibares.

Geronimo and Manalac, meanwhile, each scored one recruit. Thirteen-year-old Grazz Enriquez joined Team Bamboo, while 11-year-old twins JM and JC Urquico got into Team Sarah.

Watch: The Voice Kids Blind Audition "Born This Way" by Grazz

ReadComplete List: 18 artists of 'The Voice Kids' Philippines (Blind Auditions)

The return of 'The Voice' dominated online conversations on Saturday both in the Philippines and Worldwide trends.

"The Voice Kids," which is hosted by Luis Manzano and Alex Gonzaga, airs Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. and on Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

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Second Eviction Night Results: Axel Torres evicted from 'PBB All In'

Manila, Philippines - Axel Torres dubbed as the "Jock-Next-Door ng Taguig" is the latest housemate to be evicted from Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) All In.

Axel Torres evicted PBB All In

During the PBB All In’s second eviction night on Saturday, May 24, 2014, 19-year-old Axel bid goodbye to the hit reality show after receiving the lowest percentage of votes, 19.42%.

Other nominees who were saved from eviction include Aina Solano (23.03%), Manolo Pedrosa(33.87%) and Michele Gumabao(23.68%).

Manolo and Axel were automatically nominated for the second eviction. This is because they have violated a regulation in the rule book which prohibits the housemates from asking about the outside world.

Aina was nominated by the public through BBN as she got 50.25 percent of the total votes.

Meanwhile, Michele was nominated through standard voting as she garnered 8 points from her fellow housemates.

The second eviction night on Saturday became trending topic on Twitter Philippines and on worldwide with the official hashtag '#PBB2ndEviction' topped online conversations.

Keep on watching, Pinoy Big Brother All In Uber at 3:15 PM and PBB All In, weekdays at 9:50 PM, on Saturdays at 9:15 PM and on Sundays at 8:45 PM.

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Complete List: Top 54 Artists 'The Voice Kids' Philippines (Blind Auditions)

Manila, Philippines - The hit singing reality show of ABS-CBN, 'The Voice Kids' Philippines premiered today, May 24, 2014. The show which has started the ultimate search for the next young singing superstar will select total of 54 artists for the 3 respective coaches.

Complete List: 18 artists of 'The Voice Kids' Philippines (Blind Auditions)

In the Blind Auditions, coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Lea Salonga select the artists they want to mentor just by listening to the aspirant’s singing voice.

In the pilot episode, viewers have watched the young girl from London who came home to the Philippines to showcase her talent, the fiery little girl who auditioned in the show so she could buy a Barbie doll, and a child star who wants to unveil her new singing style.

Related: Video: Jimboy Garcia, Darlene Vibares 3-chair turners on 'The Voice Kids'

Sarah Geronimo sang "Right Now", then followed by Bamboo performed rendition of "Happy", and then Lea Salonga belted out "Story of My Life" on the show's opening number.

Jimboy Garcia from Tarlac was the first-ever 3-chair turner for 'The Voice Kids'. Jimboy impressed the judges on his rendition of 'Faithfully'.

Here's the complete list of artists for 'The Voice Kids' Philippines. (Refresh page or check back for the updates):

Team Lea
1. Koko Luy - 11 years old, London, United Kingdom ("Forget You")
2. Jimlord 'Jimboy' Garcia -12 years old, Tarlac ( "Faithfully")
3. Darlene Vibares - 10 years old, Antipolo, Rizal ( "Girl on Fire")
4. Angelico Claridad - 8 years old, Bacolod City ("Too Much Heaven")
5. Winston 'Tonton' Cabilles - 11 years old, Naga, Cebu ("Dance with My Father")
6. Camille Santos - 10 years old, Greenhills, San Juan City ("Maybe")
7. Karla Cruz - 8 years old, Taytay, Rizal ("Titanium")
8. Genmarie Guiao - 9 years old, Dumaguete City ("Greatest Love of All")
9. Angelique Trinidad - 12 years old, Calamba, Laguna ("Maghintay Ka Lamang")
10. Marianne Interino  - 12 years old, Olongapo City ("Luha)
11. Giedie Laroco - 13 years old, Dagupan City ("Power of Love")
12. Lorenzo Cinco - 13 years old, Cagayan de Oro City ("What Makes You Beautiful")
13. Eufritz Santos - ("Hanggang Ngayon")
14. Renzwil Viray - 13 years old ,Koronadal City, South Cotabato ("For Once in My Life")
15. Shanne Dandan - 13 years old, Quezon City("Tadhana")
16. Rein Carmelite Pineda - 11 years old, Valenzuela City ("Kulasisi")
17. Angel Aguilar - 14 years old, Bacoor, Cavite ("Halo")
18. Grace Alade - 14 years old, Binangonan, Rizal ("Try It on My Own")

Team Bamboo
1. Grazz Rodriquez - 13 years old, Quezon City ("Born This Way")
2. June Mark Armecin - 14 years old, Cebu City ("Mula sa Puso")
3. Zack Tabuldo - 12 years old, Las Piñas City ("Sunday Morning")
4. Nathan Bautista - 8 years old, Imus, Cavite ("Don't Stop Believin'")
5. Julienne Echavez - Las Piñas City, ("Grow Old With You")
6. Arianna Ocampo - 13 years old, Las Pinas City ("Tattoed Heart")
7. Rommel Bautista - 13 years old, Tondo, Manila ("Ako'y Sa'yo at Ika'y Akin")
8. Edera Lopez - 12 years old, Roxas City, Capiz ("Clarity")
9. Juan Karlos Labajo - 13 years old, Cebu City  ("Grow Old With You")
10. Natsumi Saito - 12 years old, Cabanatuan City ("Pricetag")
11. Edray Leona Teodoro - 13 years old, Navatas City ("Killing Me Softly with His Song")
12. Maite Zubiri - 13 years old, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon ("Stuck Like Glue")
13. Gem Capalad - ("Just Give Me a Reason")
14. Stacy Pineda - 12 years old, Quezon City ("Royals")
15. Allina Malaiba -  14 years old, Batangas City ("Somewhere")
16. Douglas Alabe - 11 years old, Iloilo City ("Yesterday's Dream")
17. Katherine Medina - 14 years old, Taguig City ("If I Ain't Got You")
18. Borge Rivera - 13 years old, General Santos City ("Stuttering")

Team Sarah
1. JM and JC Urguico - 11 years old, ("When I Was Your Man")
2. Lyca Gairanod - 9 years old, Tanza, Cavite ( "Halik")
3. Gab Gomez - 13 years old, Quezon City ("Ako Na Lang")
4. Earl Consolacion - 13 years old, Negros Occidental ("Lipad ng Pangarap")
5. Twittle Dizon - 14 years old, Koronadal City ("Gising na Kaibigan Ko")
6. Darren Espanto - 12 years old, Calgary, Alberta ("Domino")
7. Roan Isaac Zamjudio - 10 years old, Sta. Ana, Manila ("Habang May Buhay")
8. Mitz Tanguilan - 12 years old, Montalban, Rizal ("Heaven")
9. Musika Caubang - 12 years old, Nueva Ecija ("Secrets")
10. Gomez Lee Marcelino - 11 years old, Sto. Tomas, Batangas ("Bulag, Pipi at Bingi")
11. Rica Ito - Rizal ("Set Fire to Rain")
12. Sam Shoaf  - 9 years old, Paranaque City ("Treasure")
13. Don Angelo Santos - ("L-OV-E")
14. Kyle Bernido - 13 years old, Cagayan de Oro City ("We Can't Stop")
15. Khen Lobaton - 13 years old, Bacolod City ("Empire State of Mind")
16. Diana Agustin - 11 years old, San Pedro, Laguna ("Next in Line")
17. Hannah Uganiza - 11 years old, Ilocos Norte ("Lipad ng Pangarap")
18. Triscia Jumawid  - 13 years old, General Santos City ("Halo")

Video: Nathan Bautista third 3-chair turner on 'The Voice Kids' Philippines
Video: Angelico 'Echo' Claridad is 4th 3-chair turner on 'The Voice Kids' Philippines
Video: Arianna Ocampo is 5th 3-chair turner on 'The Voice Kids' Philippines
Video: Isaac Zamjudio is 6th 3-chair turner on 'The Voice Kids' Philippines
Video: Mitz Tanguilan is 7th 3-chair turner on 'The Voice Kids' Philippines
Video: Giedie Laroco is 8th 3-chair turner on 'The Voice Kids' Philippines

Watch:  The Voice Kids Philippines - Jimlord Garcia performs "Faithfully"

As expected, the pilot episode of 'The Voice Kids' became subject of online conversations on Twitter Philippines and Worldwide on Saturday with '#TheVoiceKidsPhilippines', 'Mommy Lea', 'Jimboy', 'Grazz', 'Girl On Fire', 'Friendship Bracelet' and 'Faithfully' dominated the trending list.

It was revealed that the whole Blind auditions stage was filmed on March 17-20, 2014 at Studio 10 of ABS-CBN. Blind audition is expected to air  for several weeks.

There are five known different stages for The Voice Kids: Producers' auditions, Blind auditions, the Battles, the Sing-off, and the Live shows.

Don’t miss “The Voice Kids” this Saturday (May 24), 6:45 PM and on Sunday (May 25), 7:30 PM on ABS-CBN’s Yes Weekend.

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