PBA Semis: ROS stuns SMB, extends series to Game 4

MANILA, Philippines – We have a Game 4 folks. Rain Or Shine scored its first win in the 2019 PBA Commissioners’ Cup semis as the Elasto Painters stunned the San Miguel Beermen, 112-104 on Wednesday, July 31 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

PBA Semis: ROS stuns SMB, extends series to Game 4
Big Beau Belga’s game dagger three pointer saved Rain Or Shine from elimination | Photo Credit: pba.ph

It’s all-or-nothing now for Rain Or Shine as they aimed to extend the series into game 4. If leading early is the barometer of victory, then the Elasto Painters were in the wrong position as they lost 2 in-a-row where they dominated the 1st half.

Just like game 2, it was an import showdown between ROS Carl Montgomery and SMB Chris Mcculough during the opening act. While Rey Nambatac and Terrence Romeo headlined the locals in terms of scoring.

Although leading San Miguel by 14, 30-16 at the end of the 1st quarter, the Elasto Painters had nothing to celebrate as they were still anxious of dejavu.

The Beermen started knocking on the door at the 2nd period. Ex Brooklyn Nets forward, Mccollough initiated the comeback and even had his amazing highlight reels.

Chris Mccollough earlier this morning expressed his willingness to be part of Gilas Pilipinas as a naturalized player on social media, made a statement in this game as he scored 31 points in the first 24 minutes.

As expected, San Miguel erased another mammoth advantage. ROS’ once 18-point edge abruptly vanished before the halftime break as SMB tied the game at 54-all.

For the first time in the series, Rain Or Shine was able to hold onto its lead after the 1st half. Big Beau Belga evaded the tough defense of June Mar Fajardo and got lucky from the three point line to keep his team on top.

Belga started the 3rd quarter but it was Rey Nambatac who finished it with a 6-point, 86-80 advantage.

Game 2 hero Chris Ross saw that ROS was getting away anew in the final canto. So, he showed up where his team needed him the most.

Elasto Painters’ lead went up to 9, but Ross showed no mercy from the outside and put SMB at the helm with over 6 minutes left.

Under 2 minutes of the fourth, Chris Mccollough hit another PBA milestone as he scored his 51st point of the game. Rain Or Shine however, took the lead back and had a chance to survive this game.

Beau Belga hit a dagger trey at the 11th second mark and escalated ROS’ lead to 6 and a ticket to game 4 on Friday, August 2.

The Elasto Painters lived another day, 112-104. Thanks to Beau Belga and Rey Nambatac’s heroic acts.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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Students from Manila public universities to receive monthly allowance

MANILA, Philippines – College students from Manila's two public universities are set to receive a monthly stipend from the local government.

Students from Manila public universities will get P1000 monthly stipend
Students from Manila public universities will get P1000 monthly stipend | Photo Courtesy: Manila Public Information Office

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno signed an ordinance on Wednesday mandating the release of monthly allowance to students from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and Universidad de Manila (UM).

Under Ordinance No. 8568, all public college students shall get a monthly allowance of P1,000.

To qualify for the provision, students must maintain a good moral standing in school. A disciplinary record will disqualify the student from the monthly stipend.

The student must also be a bonafide resident and a registered voter of the City of Manila.

The ordinance stated, “If the student is not of legal age to be a registered voter, his parent or legal guardian must be a registered voter of the City of Manila."

The local government of Manila is expecting that the financial aid will help over 10,000 college students.

Universidad de Manila (UDM) President Ernesto Maceda Jr. is very grateful for the initiative. He calls the new law as "heaven-sent" sharing that it will greatly help their struggling students.

He explained that while tuition fees are free, the uniforms and books are not. Thus, the allowance would really be of great help.

Last week, Mayor Moreno signed several ordinances granting P500 monthly allowance to public school 12th Graders, Persons with Disabilities (PWD), solo parents and senior citizens.

READ: Manila to give monthly allowance to 12th graders, PWDs, solo parents, seniors

He added that these measures are all part of the city's social amelioration package.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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Maine Mendoza shows support for KathDen movie "Hello, Love, Goodbye"

MANILA, Philippines – Maine Mendoza didn't think twice in showing support to her previous reel partner, Alden Richard's new movie.
Maine Mendoza shows support for KathDen movie "Hello, Love, Goodbye"

Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards star in "Hello, Love, Goodbye"
Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards star in "Hello, Love, Goodbye" | Photo Courtesy: Instagram/Alden Richards

On Twitter, Maine invited her followers to take time off and watch the movie of Alden with Kathryn Bernardo entitled, "Hello, Love, Goodbye."

Maine tweeted, "GUUUYS! Hello, Love, Goodbye now showing in over 350 cinemas nationwide! Sugod na sa sinehan! Congrats, @aldenrichards02 and @bernardokath!"

Kathryn seemed touched by the gesture and replied, "Aw, Salamat Maine."

Maine Mendoza shows support for KathDen movie "Hello, Love, Goodbye".
Maine Mendoza shows support for KathDen movie "Hello, Love, Goodbye".

Maine's effort was, of course, appreciated by no less than her longtime on-screen partner, Alden. He had a short reply saying, "Thank you, Ma'am Maine."

Maine's tweet is now going viral with over 51,000 likes.

AlDub fans were over the moon over Maine's show of support. Many thanked her for the effort when she didn't really have to.

Fans said Maine showed "class, grace and kindness" for still showing support to Alden despite the two going through bashing for "breaking up."

But it wasn't only the AlDub fans who acknowledged Maine's tweet. Even Kathniel fans couldn't help but appreciate the interaction between the celebs.

Kath's tweet was "liked" over 77,000 times. Fans described Maine and Kath exchange as "Legends supporting legends."

Meanwhile, Maine is also expected to do a "network crossover" as she will soon star with Carlo Aquino in a Black Sheep film.

Carlo Aquino and Maine Mendoza
Carlo Aquino and Maine Mendoza | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Black Sheep

The Black Sheep Productions which is under ABS-CBN Films, will produce Maine and Carlo's romantic-comedy movie entitled, "Isa Pa With Feelings."

READ: Maine Mendoza pairs with Carlo Aquino in upcoming ABS-CBN movie

— Sally, The Summit Express

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LOOK: New bill to repeal CPD Law filed in Congress

MANILA, Philippines – A new bill that seeks to abolish the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Law was recently filed in the House of Representatives.

House Bill No. 510 or the “Act Repealing Republic Act 10912 Otherwise Known as the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016” has been submitted in the 18th Congress.

It is authored by ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France L. Castro, Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate, Rep. Ferdinand Gaite, Rep. Eufemia Cullamat, Gabriela Women’s Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas and Kabataan Party-list Sarah Jane Elago.

SEE ALSO: Lawmakers formally file a bill to repeal CPD Law

The authors stated that the CPD Law merely followed “neoliberal economic blueprint fully subscribed to by the past and the current administration.”

While the CPD Law was aimed to respond to the ASEAN’s requirement for integration and labor migration, the authors explained that it only leads to Filipino workers being exported like “cheap providers of professional services.”

“The requirement for professionals to conform to the market-based ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework which ‘enables comparisons of qualifications across ASEAN Member States’ and the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement promotes further the labor export policy, which already sends daily thousands of Filipinos, professionals among them,” the statement reads.

The authors added that the labor migration has resulted in a “brain drain” problem as the country experiences lack of trained professionals. They said the country “relies mainly on the private provision of continuing professional development, treating professionals as milking cows for profit.”

The lawmakers lamented how the CPD Law has exploited the professionals as it imposed “multiple financial, logistical and psychological burdens to them. They claimed that professionals are forced to spend huge amounts of money, time, unpaid leaves and effort to fulfill their CPD requirements.

New bill to repeal CPD Law filed in Congress

New bill to repeal CPD Law filed in Congress

New bill to repeal CPD Law filed in Congress

The authors called the CPD Law as “unnecessary law” because there are already existing laws, regulations, charters that govern all 53 professions.

Last March 1, the new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the CPD Law mandated by Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) took effect.

While going through the transition period where the CPD council and the PRC will work in amending new measures, several provisions were made. Among those are the following:

  • CPD is still a mandatory requirement for the renewal of the PRC ID of all registered and licensed professionals
  • Significant decrease in the number of required CPD units for the renewal of professional license. From 45 units, it’s now down to 15 units every three years
  • In-house trainings and capacity-building activities of government agencies and corporations, including local government units and private employers shall be credited and considered as CPD compliance

— Sally, The Summit Express

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PBA Semis: Ginebra takes a game away from TNT

MANILA, Philippines – Never Say Die relived in Game 3 as Barangay Ginebra took a game from Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters, 80-72 in the 2019 PBA Commissioners’ Cup semis on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Justin Brownlee’s double-double performance ensured Ginebra a game 4
Justin Brownlee’s double-double performance ensured Ginebra a game 4 | Photo Credit: pba.ph

It’s win-or-go-home now for Barangay Ginebra and it’s so unusual for any head coach to start with an import and 4 guards. That’s what Coach Tim Cone did and it paid off as his team took an early 1st quarter lead over TNT.

Surprisingly, seldom used Mark Caguiao was one of the starters who chipped in big numbers as the Kings looked to dominate this game and prolong the series.

Katropa seemed stunned by the fast-paced and fastbreak plays of Ginebra as the first 12 minutes of the game had gone to the books and left them behind with a 21-14 disadvantage.

Back to normal programming for Coach Cone at the beginning of the 2nd period as he sent in his big men to sustain Ginebra’s lead.

TNT started to connect finally after getting caught off guard in the opener. However, Ginebra was able to counter every basket that TNT made.

More unusual occurrence for Barangay Ginebra in the second. Import Justin Brownlee had only made 2 points but it was LA Tenorio who put his squad on top and a double-digit 42-31, 1st half edge.

It was payback time for TNT as the 3rd quarter unfolded. RR Pogoy and Terrence Jones got themselves into double figures and managed to cut the lead to 4.

It didn’t take that long for TNT to taste the lead after trailing as much as 11 points.

Under 3 minutes of the 3rd period, both teams were still at the half century point mark. Credit it to the intense defensive stops of both teams towards each other that resulted to a very low scoring ballgame.

At the end of the penultimate quarter, the game was tied at 57.

Ginebra welcomed the final chapter with a back-to-back triples from Justin Brownlee and Stanley Pringle to break the deadlock.

Terrence Jones started to slow down and missed most of his shots in the 4th quarter. In contrast, Justin Brownlee who was quiet in the 1st half was very instrumental in preserving Ginebra’s lead.

Don Tollano had quite of a night as he grabbed significant boards and points in the fourth while TNT stars had seized scoring.

Even though it was still mathematically possible to catch up and with a few more seconds left on the clock, Ginebra held onto its lead to ensure a game 4.

At the sound of the buzzer, Barangay Ginebra survived, 80-72 and could tie the series at 2-all come Thursday, August 1, 2019.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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DJ Jasmin of MOR 101.9 passes away at 35

MANILA, Philippines – The popular disc jockey Jasmin of MOR 101.9 For Life radio station has passed away at the age of 35.
DJ Jasmin of MOR 101.9 passes away at 35

DJ Baby Girl Jasmin or Jasmin Basar in real life passed away early this morning, July 30 due to complications in the kidney.

Jasmin began his radio career as a writer until her hosting skills were discovered. In 2009, she started to give advice to the problems of her listeners through her show "Dear Jasmin."

Early this February, Jasmin opened up about her struggle with Chronic Kidney Disease. At age 28, she was already undergoing dialysis.

According to Dr. Elizabeth Montemayor, Jasmin's nephrologist at Manila Doctors Hospital, the radio host was suffering from Glomerulonephritis. It is when the part of the kidney that filters blood (called glomeruli) has been injured and can no longer get rid of wastes and extra fluid in the body.

At that time, Jasmin couldn't believe she was terribly sick. She lamented, "Bakit ako? Why me? Sa dami ng tao sa mundong masasama, bakit ako? Ganun ka ba ka bilib sa akin Lord at ganito agad ang binigay mong pagsubok?"

But Jasmin willed herself to fight. She said, "Everything will be alright in the end and I will be back to my old life."

Jasmin was supposed to be preparing for a kidney transplant.

Heartfelt messages poured in for Jasmin from her listeners and colleagues.

On the Facebook account of MOR, they gave thanks to their beloved Jasmin. They wrote, "Salamat, Jasmin. Mahal ka namin.”

DJ Jasmin of MOR passed away
DJ Jasmin of MOR passed away | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/MOR 101.9

Jasmin's co-host at Dear MOR, DJ Popoy shared how she will be greatly missed.

He wrote, "Baby girl Jasmin Balong, Jr, the Turd. Mami-miss kita Manang Jasmin ko. Kwentuhan,asaran,payuhan na pang sating 2 lang. Tunay kang kaibigan Jasmin. Magpahinga ka na. Gabayan mo kami. Goodbye partner. I love you!"

DJ Chacha also posted some photos of their happy moments together and reminisced their good times.

She wrote, "Sa ganitong itsura mo gusto kitang maalala. Masaya at malakas. Habang buhay kong ipagpapasalamat na nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon makatrabaho ka mars."

"Mamimiss naming lahat ang mga ngiti mo ang halakhak mo, ang mga hugot mo sa radyo. Hindi ka na mahihirapan ngayon mars."

— Sally, The Summit Express

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#WalangPasok: Class suspensions for Tuesday, July 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Classes have been suspended in several areas today, July 30, 2019 (Tuesday) due to inclement weather situation brought by the southwest monsoon rains (Habagat).
#WalangPasok: Class suspensions for Tuesday, July 30, 2019

In the 4:00 am bulletin, weather bureau PAGASA said that Southwest Monsoon is affecting the western section of Luzon particularly on these areas: Pangasinan, Bataan and Zambales.

SEE ALSO: Eidul Adha 2019 on August 11 or 12: a regular holiday in the Philippines

Possible flash floods or landslides are expected due to moderate to at times heavy rains.

(As of 7:00 a.m.) Here's the updated list of class suspensions for Tuesday, July 30, 2019 due to monsoon rains (refresh page for the updates):

  • Bataan - all levels, public and private
  • Iba, Zambales - all levels, public and private
  • Masinloc, Zambales - all levels, public and private
  • Olongapo City - preschool to senior high school, public and private
  • Palauig, Zambales - all levels, public and private
  • Subic, Zambales - all levels, public and private
  • Angeles City, Pampanga - preschool to senior high school, public and private
  • San Antonio, Zambales - preschool to senior high school, public and private

  • Cavite - all levels, public and private

Meanwhile, Metro Manila, MIMAROPA, La Union, Benguet, Cavite, Batangas and the rest of Central Luzon will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

The rest of the country may experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers.

According to the automatic class suspension guideline by DepEd, the local government units (LGUs) have the authority to declare local suspensions in areas where there is no storm signal.

Note: This is a developing story. Keep locked for the updates. Help us crowdsource class suspension announcements by tweeting @mysummitexpress or commenting below.

— The Summit Express

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PBA Semis: SMB makes it two in-a-row vs. ROS, just a win away from finals

MANILA, Philippines – Rain Or Shine thought it could tie the series at 1 apiece after imposing a 29-point lead early in the 1st half. But the San Miguel Beermen turned the tides in their favor and won in the 2019 PBA Commissioners’ Cup semis game, 117-105 on Monday, July 29 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Chris Ross hit a new career high with 34 points and shot 10 three pointers in game 2
Chris Ross hit a new career high with 34 points and shot 10 three pointers in game 2 win vs. ROS | Photo Credit: pba.ph

What’s the worst scenario to be in when in semifinals? It’s being down 2-0. Coach Caloy Garcia absolutely doesn’t want to be in a bad place entering game 2 of their best-of-five duel vs. SMB.

Just like game 1, Rain Or Shine had a good start and outshooting San Miguel early in the opening period. Carl Montgomery, seemed flawless both in and out of the ark and the main reason why ROS was ahead of SMB.

Scary time for San Miguel as Rain Or Shine players started to wax hot from the rainbow territory and had made 7 triples in the first that gave the Elasto Painters a series-high 1st quarter lead, 34-13.

The Beermen looked like they’re not being themselves as the fans saw them being hammered left and right by Rain Or Shine. The three point shooting spree continued as Ed Daquioag kept it going beyond the ark.

San Miguel’s defense was too sloppy and the players didn’t even put so much pressure and challenge on the Painter-shooters.

Rain Or Shine got a dose of its own medicine as San Miguel finally found its rhythm. Led by Chris Ross and Chris Mccullough, the Beermen erased a once 29 big point ROS advantage.

The Beermen produced 39 amazing points in the 2nd quarter and were behind by Elasto Painters by 3, 52-49 at the half.

During the 3rd quarter, the three point shootout had cooled down for both squads. But it was San Miguel who had a good rest during the halftime break as they finally snatched the lead from Rain Or Shine.

Come midway of the third, San Miguel’s advantage went up to double figures and Chris Ross was just terrific from the three point line.

Aside from Ross, former scoring champion Terrence Romeo hit his range and contributed significant numbers to his team.

Christian Standhardinger who was also playing an excellent basketball in this game had been thrown out due to 2 technical fouls. Nevertheless, SMB still possessed the lea at the end of the third, 89-73.

Rain Or Shine was obviously shocked and was caught off guard as San Miguel broke into the 20-point advantage in the final canto.

At the 5:21 mark of the 4th, the man of the game, Chris Ross, achieved a milestone by surpassing his personal career high with 34 points.

Coach Garcia seemed to surrender with over 3 minutes left in the game as he inserted his back-up unit while Coach Leo Austria retained his solid core to ensure a game 2 victory.

117-105 is the final score as San Miguel Beermen made it a step closer to the finals and could close the series on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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PRC clarifies use of calculator starting September 2019 LET

MANILA, Philippines – The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Monday, July 29, has confirmed the limited use of calculator starting the September 2019 Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET).
PRC clarifies use of calculator starting September 2019 LET

PRC announced online that only Mathematics (under Specialization subject) would require examinees to use the calculator for the LET.

"Examinees for the Secondary Level, with major in Mathematics, may use calculators during the LEPT, provided, that such calculators have the following features only: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, trigonometric function, logarithm and xy," PRC said.

"Only one (1) calculator per examinee shall be allowed inside the examination room. All calculators shall be thoroughly inspected by the examination personnel," PRC added.

Note that takers other than those mentioned above are prohibited from using calculators, regardless of model or unit.

SEE ALSOGUIDE: 10 tips to pass teacher board exam from LET topnotcher

The modification is pursuant to Resolution No. 25, series of 2019 issued by the Board for Professional Teachers.

This came after reports of confusion among future LET takers on the banning of this exam tool.

In the program of the Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (LEPT) on September 29, 2019, notable revision was the inclusion of CALCULATOR in the list of prohibited items.

The official list of non-programmable calculators was announced through PRC Memorandum Circular No. 2004-06. Last year, the list was further reduced by also disallowing the use of two of the most widely used scientific calculators, Casio Calculator fx-991ES and fx-991ES Plus.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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'Buwan ng Wika' 2019 theme, official memo, poster and sample slogan

MANILA, Philippines – (Updated August 16) The Department of Education (DepEd) through the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) released on Monday, June 24 a memorandum for the special celebration of National Language month or 'Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa' 2019. View also on this page the calendar of activities and sample slogans.

'Buwan ng Wika' 2019 theme, official memo, poster and sample slogan

KWF leads the celebration with the theme "Wikang Katutubo: Tungo sa Isang Bansang Filipino" in accordance with Resolution No. 19-03 and in the celebration of International Year of the Indigenous Languages (IYIL) or Pandaigdigang Taon ng mga Katutubong Wika as declared by UNESCO.

KWF said that preparation for this year's Buwan ng Wika started in 2013. Long term plans for 2013-2016 and 2016-2020 were rolled out to preserve Philippine languages.

Republic Act 7104 states that KWF shall “[f]ormulate policies, plans, and programs to ensure the further development, enrichment, propagation, and preservation of Filipino and other Philippine languages.”

The 'Buwan ng Wika' celebration will also highlight cultural activities all over the country.

The month-long event will kick-off through a flag-raising activity in the first week of August 2019.

The annual 'Buwan ng Wika' is pursuant to Proclamation 1041, signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos, which declares the national celebration of the National Language Month every August. Additionally, former President Manuel Quezon, considered the Father of the National Language, was born on August 19, 1878.

The objectives of 'Buwan ng Wika' celebration are the following:

objectives of 'Buwan ng Wika' celebration 2019

The theme for the month is divided into four sub-themes which will serve as a guide in the weekly activities during the month of August:

  • August 5-9, 2019: Ako at ang Katutubong Wika Ko
  • August 12-16, 2019: Pagbasa at Paglaya: Pagpapalusog ng mga Katutubong Panitikan at Kaalamang-bayan
  • August 19-23, 2019: Sarikultura: Multilingguwalismo at Paguugnayan para sa Isang Bansang Filipino
  • August 26-30, 2019: Pangangalaga sa mga Katutubong Wika, Pangangalaga sa Bansang Filipino

Here's DepEd Memorandum No. 079 for Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa 2019:

Sample Slogans for Buwan ng Wika 2019: “Wikang Katutubo: Tungo sa Isang Bansang Filipino”:

1. "Bayang nililok, pinagyaman ng wika, Tulay sa kamalaya't tagumpay ng madla." - JEM

2. "Wikang Filipino'y palaganapin, ito'y karunungan at kalinangan natin." - Nida Villaruel Samarita

3. "Wikang kinagisnan nilinang sa bayang sinilangan, Gabay sa pagbuklod at kaakibat ng mamamayan." - JEM

4. "Katutubong wika'y 'wag balewalain, sa halip ito'y nararapat pagyamanin." - JEM

5."Wikang Filipino'y pagyamanin, ito'y atin, Ituro sa mga bagong kabataang darating." - Jonathan Cacal

6. "Wikang Filipino'y tangkilikin, Ang pintig ng puso't kaluluwa natin." - Lasaga, Felisa

7. "Wikang katutubo na aking kinamulatan
Siyang kultura, wika ko't pagkakakilanlan;
Sa bawat kwento ng bansa ko't kasaysayan
Pag-ibig sa 'king wika, hindi matatawaran." - Emil Santiago Capistrano

8. Put your slogan here - name (contribute)

We're encouraging our readers to contribute their own slogan by leaving a comment below.

— The Summit Express

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October 2019 NAPOLCOM online application form OLEASS now available

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) opens Monday, July 29 the Online Exam Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) for the applicants of October 27, 2019 (Sunday) Promotional Examinations - Police Officer. See online application form link here.
October 2019 NAPOLCOM online application form OLEASS now available

According to the commission, applicants shall utilize the OLEASS to request the Regional Office for their schedule on the filing of examination application. Applicants will personally appear at the NAPOLCOM Regional Office on the date assigned to them, with their printed on-line confirmation letter and other required documents, for further evaluation.

The PNP Entrance Examination is open to all Filipino citizens who are not more than 30 years old and bachelor’s degree holder. Meanwhile, no age requirement for Patrolman and Patrolwoman classification.

On the other hand, the Promotional Examinations are open exclusively to all qualified uniformed members of the PNP who meet the minimum qualification standards for examination in terms of rank and eligibility.


PERIOD OF FILING APPLICATION: August 19 to September 13, 2019


NAPOLCOM Online Application Schedule
PNP Entrance July 22 - 26, 2019
Police Officer 4th Class (Police Officer) July 29 - August 2, 2019
Police Officer 3rd Class Exam (Senior Police Officer)
Police Officer 2nd Class Exam (Police Inspector)
Police Officer 1st Class Exam (Superintendent)
August 5-9, 2019

Period of On-line Application Scheduling for the PNP Entrance Exam: July 22 - 26, 2019 (the system will be available at 12NN July 22, 2019 onwards) more details...

Period of On-line Application Scheduling for the Police Officer 4th Class Exam: July 29 - August 2, 2019 (the system will be available at 12NN July 29, 2019 onwards) more details...

Period of On-line Application Scheduling for the Police Officer 3rd, 2nd and 1st Class Exams: August 5 - 9, 2019 (the system will be available at 12NN August 5, 2019 onwards) more details...

NOTE: Acceptance of applications shall be on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and, upon due notice, may be stopped even ahead of the deadline.


1. Access www.napolcom.gov.ph or www.napolcom-oleass.com.

2. Fill out the mandatory form and click SUBMIT.

3. Print out the on-line Schedule Confirmation.

4. Check your e-mail account and access the link for the Application Form. Fill in all the required details, send SUBMIT and PRINT OUT a hard copy.

5. Bring printouts of the Schedule Confirmation and filled-out Application Form to the NAPOLCOM Regional Office on the scheduled date for filing of the examination application.

October 2019 NAPOLCOM online application form OLEASS now available

NOTE: Only applicants with printed confirmation letter and filled-out electronic exam application form shall be entertained at the NAPOLCOM Regional Offices during their scheduled appointment date. The period of filing of application is on August 19 to September 13, 2019.


NAPOLCOM exam will be administered in all regions nationwide.

The OLEASS shall allow the PNP entrance examination applicant the option to choose the examination center where he/she wishes to take the examination, regardless of place of residence.

For Promotional examination, the exam center where the applicant shall take the test is automatically assigned by the computer system based on the unit/assignment address provided by the police applicant.

Check out details of test centers, what to bring on exam day, coverage of exam and other important announcements here: PNP Entrance | Promotional Exam.


Once you've given the green light to take the examinations, the next thing would be waiting for October 2019 NAPOLCOM exam results. We advise examinees to closely monitor The Summit Express and our social media pages Facebook and Twitter for the updates.

— The Summit Express

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PBA Semis: TNT is now just a win away from finals after dismantling Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines – Too early to tell but TNT reinforcement Terrence Jones is continuously proving why he deserves the Bobby Parks. Sr. Award. Jones had a monster game with 15 points, 19 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 blocks in the 2019 PBA Commissioners’ Cup semis game 2 win vs. Ginebra on Sunday, July 28 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Best Import of the Conference? Terrence Jones
Best Import of the Conference? Terrence Jones had a PBA-rare triple-double: 15-19-10 and 4 in game 2 win against Ginebra | Photo Credit: pba.ph

It felt like TNT and Ginebra just had their first ever semis in history as they had quite a time in sizing up each other and it took them over 2 minutes before the first basket of game 2 was made.

Game 1 was very close to call but it favored Katropa convincingly. Coach Bong Ravena obviously didn’t want a close fight so his wards stepped on the gas pedal too early and launched a three-point shooting spree in the opener spearheaded by Roger Pogoy.

TNT’s good start had gone to waste as Ginebra resident import, Justin Brownlee got into scoring machine mode and was almost unstoppable.

Brownlee’s corner trey tied the game at 21 after the first 12 minutes of the game.

TNT Katropa’s 2nd best scorer, Roger Pogoy, became berserk at the threepoint territory. With more the 9 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, Pogoy had already made 5 triples.

On the other hand, Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson traded baskets with Pogoy that made the ball game tight.

Ginebra just had a sloppy style of basketball in the latter phase of the second. Aside from this, Jayson Castro went hot as well from the rainbow country and gave TNT a comfortable 51-42 lead at the end of the half.

Woes started to pile up for Ginebra. Not only TNT gained momentum from the outside but its prolific import, Terrence Jones, had already gotten into triple double early in the 3rd period.

Could Justin Brownlee had ample support from his local teammates, Ginebra could go way ahead of TNT. Brownlee, already had 19 mid of the third and he lowered the lead to just 8.

Despite losing shooter Tony Semerad due to a shoulder injury he sustained in game 1, TNT still managed to obtain a double-digit, 68-55 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

It was a slow and low scoring ball game in the 4th quarter. Under 6 minutes, TNT had only scored 3 while BGSM had 4.

Looking at the scorers of Ginebra, Coach Tim Cone really missed Stanley Pringle’s contribution to the team. Katropa put a good defense on Pringle that resulted to just 2-point production with 44 minutes had gone by.

Justin Brownlee kept on pushing hard and added more number under his jersey but it’s too late as TNT’s advantage was mathematically impossible to be reached in the last few minutes of the ball game.

Katropa is now a win away to clinch the finals after beating crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra, 88-71.

TNT could finish off Ginebra on Wednesday, July 31 Game 3 of their best-of-five duel at the Mall of Asia Arena.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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Zephanie Dimaranan is first Idol Philippines grand winner

MANILA, Philippines – Zephanie "Zeph" Dimaranan from Biñan, Laguna was hailed first-ever grand winner of ABS-CBN's singing reality show Idol Philippines on Sunday, July 28 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.

Congratulations, Zephanie! The first-ever grand champion of Idol Philippines.
Congratulations, Zephanie! The first-ever grand champion of Idol Philippines.
Zeph Dimaranan bested other finalists Lucas Garcia from Lipa, Batangas and Lance Busa from Agusan Del Norte in the two-round finale showdown.

Dimaranan garnered 100% of combined judges score and public votes while Garcia and Busa got 70.2 and 41.89%, respectively.

Dimaranan earned praises on her rendition of Journey Song "Maghintay Ka Lamang" and her character as true Idol to Filipinos.

"You are such a special girl....You are hardworking and you listen," judge Moira told Zeph.

"Ikaw dapat yung idolohin ng mga kabataan ngayon. Maraming beses kang nadapa...pero di ka humihinto," judge Vice Ganda added.

In the original song round, Dimaranan also wowed the judges and audience as she sang "Pangarap kong Pangarap Mo" composed by Jonathan Manalo.

When she joined “Idol Philippines,” Dimaranan quickly became known as the girl who never gives up after fans found out that she did not let her previous heartbreaks and disappointments in “The Voice Kids” and “Tawag ng Tanghalan” keep her from trying to achieve her dreams.

As the Idol Philippines winner, she took home P 2 million cash, house and lot from Camella, all-expense paid vacation trip to Taiwan and exclusive recording contract from Star Music.

— The Summit Express

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Discover seamless travel and lifestyle experience with Traveloka Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Traveloka, a leading travel and lifestyle online booking platform, and one of the fastest growing technology companies in Southeast Asia, recently launched “Traveloka Xperience” product in the Philippines, a simple and easy-to-use platform to discover and book travel and lifestyle activities.

Traveloka Philippines launches “Traveloka Xperience”
Traveloka Philippines launches “Traveloka Xperience” for increasing the seamless travel and lifestyle experience of local residents and travelers.

Traveloka has proven to grow its business by empowering Filipinos and inbounding visitors to travel and discover the country. In addition to that, the company is proud to be a travel partner for Filipinos when visiting other countries across hundreds of destinations in the world.

“Traveloka is proud to form partnerships with key players in various leading markets like attractions, tours, activities, beauty and health, sports, events, transfers, and more, and introduce them to both local and international users. We would like to take this chance to recognize and thank the efforts of Traveloka's business partners for the wonderful relationship and trust toward our growing platform," Milani Franco, Market and Partnership Manager of Traveloka Xperience Philippines said.

You can find some product categories under Traveloka Xperience including Attractions; Events; Beauty and Spa; Entertainment; Sports; Classes & Workshops; Tours; Transports, as well as Travel Essentials, with currently offers more than 15,000 exciting inventories across more than 300 destination across globally.

Traveloka Xperience can be accessed via desktop, mobile, and app.

Enjoy Traveloka Xperience’s special 20% discount by using the promo code XDEALSINT20 for International Xperience and XDEALSPH20 for Domestic Xperience until August 13, 2019.

Multiple payment methods are also available for Philippines users. Traveloka Philippines is also partnered with the most reliable payment service providers to make sure every transaction is smooth and worry-free.

Traveloka Xperience has built strategic partnerships with international players, for example: Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Cartoon Network Amazone, and more. Traveloka Xperience has also built partnerships with local players like Enchanted Kingdom, Dreamplay by Dreamworks, The Mind Museum, Art In Island, The Dessert Museum, among with others.

— The Summit Express

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PBA Semis: SMB evades upset, takes Game 1 from ROS

MANILA, Philippines – No Marcio, no problem for the Beermen as they locked Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioners’ Cup best-of-five semis showdown versus the Elasto Painters, 111-105 on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ex-Brooklyn Nets Chris Mccullough
Ex-Brooklyn Nets Chris Mccullough is unstoppable with 32 points and 14 rebounds vs. Rain Or Shine in semis game 1 | Photo Credit: pba.ph

The San Miguel Beermen started this conference slow but ramped-up their performance midway of it and made the final four.

In the same manner, the Beermen opened up its semis series against Rain Or Shine slow and let the entire Elasto Painters drop buckets on them.

Marcio Lassiter sustained an MCL injury on SMB’s previous game vs. Northport and will need 6 weeks to recuperate. Obviously, Lassiter’s absence had a great negative impact on San Miguel’s offensive plays and rotation.

ROS savored a double-digit lead in the entire 1st quarter and held onto an 8-point, 27-19 advantage as the quarter buzzer sounded.

“Diesel” is the perfect metaphor that describes San Miguel, whereas it needs some time to heat up before the engine runs well.

The Beermen just needed 2 minutes in the 2nd period to grab the lead from the Elasto Painters. NBA Vetran Chris Mccullough launched early 17 points to counter ROS’ offensive aggressiveness.

It was a quiet 1st half for ROS import Carl Montgomery. But surprisingly, ex-Archer Norbert Torres and Gabe Norwood continued to sizzle and gave their team a 52-46 margin at the end of the half. The unconventional duo had 11 apiece heading to the 2nd half.

Despite losing their top gunner, Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross stepped up and took over the three point shooting chores left by Super Marcio in the 3rd quarter.

Rain Or Shine maintained its slim advantage as its players relied on offensive boards and excellent ball rotation.

Aside from Chris Mccullough, Christian Standhardinger reigned under the basket late in the quarter and found himself in double figures to close out the third with an 85-83 lead in favor of their team.

Trying to fill in what’s missing in their squad, SMB kept shooting from the outside and was lucky enough to convert most of the attempts. With this, San Miguel sustained its edge in the final chapter of the game.

The game was too close to call. Come last 2 minutes, San Miguel’s lead was just 4 and ROS fought back and traded baskets with the Beermen.

Unfortunate turnovers cost the Elasto Painters a lot in the dying moments of the ball game. The Beermen capitalized on those turnovers and helped them locked in game 1 of their semis series, 111-105.

Game 2 will be on Tuesday, July 29, 2019 at 7 pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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Idol Philippines Final Showdown: performance video, voting mechanics, grand winner

MANILA, Philippines – Five contenders will battle in the Grand Finals showdown of ABS-CBN's singing reality show Idol Philippines tonight, July 27 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.
Idol Philippines' Top 3 Finalists. Who will be the first grand winner?
Idol Philippines' Top 3 Finalists. Who will be the first grand winner? Photo Credit: Twitter/ Idol Philippines

Who will emerge on top and be named first Idol Philippines?
Who will emerge on top and be named first Idol Philippines? | Photo Credit: ABS-CBN

From thousands of hopefuls who auditioned to reach their stardom, the time has come for the grand reveal of Idol Philippines first-ever grand winner. This is based on judges score and public votes.

Zephanie Dimaranan (Biñan, Laguna), Lucas Garcia (Lipa, Batangas), Dan Ombao (Bataan), Miguel Odron (Indiana, USA) and Lance Busa (Agusan Del Norte) will show their singing prowess for the historic title.

UPDATE: The top 3 finalists were named on Saturday. They are Zephanie, Lucas and Lance, a combined scores from the judges and public's votes determined.

Dan and Miguel were eliminated on the competition.

The top 3 will perform for the last time on Sunday, in which the grand winner will be announced.

UPDATE: Zephanie Dimaranan is Idol Philippines grand winner

Idol Philippines' Top 3 Finalists. Who will be the first grand winner?
Idol Philippines' Top 3 Finalists. Who will be the first grand winner? Photo Credit: Twitter/ Idol Philippines

Mechanics of voting for Idol Philippines Grand Finals: Google and mobile

To vote via SMS, text IDOL space (name of contestant) and send to 2366 for all networks. See keyword below for the contestant you want to support. Only one vote per sim is allowed.

To vote via Google, go to google.com.ph and log-in using your Google account. Type "Idol Philippines Vote" in the search box, select photo of contestant and submit. One vote per Google account is allowed.

Search for the Idol Philippines Final Showdown Result

Contestant Hometown NAME (SMS) RESULT
Zephanie Dimaranan Biñan, Laguna ZEPH SAFE
Lucas Garcia Lipa, Batangas LUCAS SAFE
Lance Busa Agusan Del Norte LANCE SAFE

Watch the Top 5 performances here:

Miguel Odron sings “Rise Up”

Zephanie Dimaranan performs “Lipad ng Pangarap”

Lucas Garcia performs “Bulag, Pipi at Bingi”

Lance Busa performs “Lean On Me”

Reports said that 2012 “American Idol” first runner-up Jessica Sanchez is now in the country to make a guest appearance for the finale of the show.

Idol Philippines is hosted by singer-actor Billy Crawford; while the judging panel is composed of singer-actress Regine Velasquez, comedian and television presenter Vice Ganda, singer-actor James Reid, and singer-songwriter Moira Dela Torre.

The Philippine Idol franchise airs after Home Sweetie Home on Saturdays and after Hiwaga ng Kambat on Sundays.

— The Summit Express

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Inspiring driver with Parkinson's disease passes away

MANILA, Philippines – The van driver with Parkinson's disease who went viral recently has passed away.
Inspiring driver with Parkinson's disease passes away

Inspiring driver with Parkinson's disease passes away
Nel Dalisay was featured in Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ KMJS

Rodineil Dalisay or "Kuya Nel" has touched the hearts of many for his inspiring story of perseverance. A netizen named Janine first posted on Facebook a video of Neil uncontrollably shaking as he was driving his UV Express. Neil had been living with Parkinson's disease for 9 years but it didn't stop him from working.

Neil Dalisay inspires netizens
Neil Dalisay inspires netizens | Screenshot: Facebook/KMJS

At that time, Neil said, “Hindi hadlang ang sakit ko para ako’y hindi makapagmaneho. Patuloy akong magtatrabaho nang maayos para sa mga anak ko."

Neil's story was featured on KMJS last month. His story went viral amassing over 2.2 million views when it was posted on Facebook. Netizens were inspired and support poured in for Neil and his family.

viral driver with Parkinson's disease passes away
Kuya Nel has passed away | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/High Demand Street Merch

But unfortunately, everything came to an end for the hardworking family man. Kuya Nel passed away as he joined our Creator on Saturday, July 20.

In our online interview with the cousin of Kuya Nel (name withheld for privacy purposes), she confirmed the sad news and added that the viral driver succumbed to heart attack. There is no truth to the circulating rumors that Neil committed suicide.

"Pinsan po ako ni kua Neil and heart attack po ung kinamatay nya hindi po totoo na nag suicide sya," Neil's cousin told The Summit Express.

Messages of condolences poured in for Nel and his family. Many shared how they were inspired by his story.

Netizen C. Manabat wrote, "Condolence to the family. I give my high respects to this man. I pray for the comfort of his bereaved family, for he did live his life courageously and meaningful. May he find eternal rest with our creator."

Netizen J. Mendoza also wrote, "Condolence po sa buong family. I deeply admire kuya for being a fighter and a great father despite his condition para maitaguyod ang family niya. Thank u for inspiring us, may you rest in peace."

— Sally, The Summit Express

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At least 8 dead in Batanes twin earthquakes

MANILA, Philippines – At least 8 people were killed while 60 others were hurt in series of Batanes earthquakes on Saturday morning, July 27.

Itbayat Church in Batanes after magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 earthquakes on Saturday, July 27
The historic Sta. Maria de Mayan Church in Itbayat, Batanes after magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 earthquakes on Saturday, July 27 | Via PIA Region 2

Authorities said the twin earthquakes – magnitude 5.4 at 4:16 am and magnitude 5.9 at 7:37 am – caused damage to homes and structures.

The first quake struck Itbayat island with depth of 12 kilometers and tectonic in origin, bulletin from Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

The following are the reported Intensities:

Intensity VI - Itbayat, Batanes
Intensity III - Basco and Sabtang, Batanes

Instrumental Intensity:

Intensity III - Basco, Batanes

Stronger magnitude 5.9 (initially placed at magnitude 6.4) was recorded past 7 am. It has depth of 43 kilometers with location near Itbayat.

Reported Intensities:

Intensity IV - Basco, Batanes

Instrumental Intensity:

Intensity IV - Basco, Batanes

At 9:24 am, another quake with Magnitude 5.4 hit the island.

No tsunami alerts were issued but aftershocks are expected.

— The Summit Express

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Manila to give monthly allowance to 12th graders, PWDs, solo parents, seniors

MANILA, Philippines – Qualified residents of the City of Manila are in for a treat as they will soon be receiving monthly allowance from the local government.

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno signs his first two laws
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno signs his first two laws | Photo Courtesy: Manila Public Information Office

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno signed his first two official ordinances on July 25. Those measures will provide a monthly stipend to 12th graders, Persons with Disabilities (PWD), solo parents and senior citizens.

According to Moreno, the program is part of the administration's social amelioration package.

"This is what we call the social amelioration stimulus program. P1 billion ang aming ilalaan sa programang ito," he said.

The City Ordinance No. 8564 mandates that the local government will give Grade 12 students enrolled in public schools a P500 monthly allowance.

PWDs, solo parents, 12th Graders, senior citizens of Manila will receive P500 monthly
PWDs, solo parents, 12th Graders, senior citizens of Manila will receive P500 monthly allowance | Photo Courtesy: Manila Public Information Office

To qualify for the allowance, the 12th Grader must maintain a good standing in school. The student must also be a registered voter. But if the student is still not qualified to be a voter, he/she must be represented by a legal guardian who is a registered voter.

For senior citizens, solo parents, and persons with disabilities (PWD), they can also expect to receive a P500 stipend following City Ordinance No. 8565. To qualify, they must be bonafide residents and registered voters of Manila.

Senior citizens also need to be at least 60 years of age and is included in the master list of the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs - Manila Office. Solo parents and PWD must also be included in the master list of the local Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

— Sally, The Summit Express

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PBA Semifinals: TNT breaks down Ginebra, takes Game 1

MANILA, Philippines – Still undisputed. League-leader TNT Katropa won game one of the 2019 PBA Commissioners’ Cup best-of-five semis series against crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra, 95-92 on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Terrence Jones outdueled Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra
Terrence Jones outdueled Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra with 24-12-4 | Photo Credit: pba.ph

In terms of roster depth, Barangay Ginebra absolutely has the edge. But when it comes to record, TNT Katropa, being the top seeded team of the conference placed the MVP-backed team in a better place.

Good ball rotation was TNT’s bread and butter as soon as the semifinals officially opened. The Kings however, relied early on Justin Brownlee and Stanley Pringle’s offensive prowess to take the lead from Katropa.

TNT’s Terrence Jones who played the full 48-minute game previously was really a force to reckon with in tonight’s game. The restless import was dropping points, grabbing boards and swatting balls. But his effort wasn’t enough as Ginebra closed the opener, 24-23.

Aside from the imports duel, basketball fans had fun watching Jayson Castro and LA Tenorio clashed in the backcourt.

Veteran Mark Caguioa led the Ginebra locals in scoring at the start of the 2nd quarter. While Roger Pogoy played a big role in the same period for his team that resulted in a seesaw battle.

As expected, Justin Brownlee topped all players at the half with 14 but the timid Troy Rosario put his squad ahead of Kings, 51-50.

Trading of baskets continued in the third. Tony Semerad and Joe Devance battled it all out from the outside while both teams’ reinforcements owned the shaded lane. It was just too unfortunate for Jones as he picked up his 4th personal with 7 more minutes left.

Terrence Jones stayed on the floor but getting into foul trouble really hampered his 2nd half performance and slowed him down offensively and defensively. With this, Ginebra went way ahead with a double-digit lead.

TNT tried to catch up by launching a variety of shots from almost every angle but failed and let Ginebra owned the penultimate quarter, 78-70.

4th and final quarter is “Stan the Man” time. The newest ka-barangay, Stanley pringle, toyed on his guards even Terrence Jones with his dipsy doo moves. His acrobatic shots really wowed the crowd but sady, Katropa was inch by inch chasing them down.

Midway of the final canto, Ginebra’s lead had gone down to just 5. Jones came back alive and initiated the scoring barrage for TNT.

At the 2-minute mark, TNT regained the advantage and Japeth Aguilar got fouled out leaving Joe Devance at the 5-position.

At the final buzzer, TNT sealed game 1 of their best-of-5 series to the tune of 95-92 close slug fest with Terrence Jones jotted down 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks including a game saving rejection.

Game 2 will be on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 6:15 pm.

— Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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