ABS-CBN unveils 2014 Summer Station ID “PINASmile”

With PAG-ASA’s announcement last Wednesday that Summer in the Philippines has officially started, ABS-CBN today launched it’s annual summer station ID.

Titled as “PINASmile: Masaya muli ang kwento natin”, the music video again showcased ABS-CBN’s roster of superstars, news personalities and ordinary Filipino who were shown flashing their most precious smiles. The theme song which was written by Robert Labayen and Team CCM with music from Bojam and Tyro Alfaro was sung by the teen King and Queen, Daniel Padilla and Katryn Bernardo.

This year’s ABS-CBN’s summer station ID aimed at showcasing the Philippines as great travel destination and a nation of great people with great smiles in spite of what we have experienced last year.

As always ABS-CBN again comes up with a great station ID, which does not only caters to entertain people but to give hope and inspiration.

Malacanang declares Oct 28, 2013 as Special Non Working Holiday

In line with the up-coming Baranggay elections, Malacanang has declared October 28, 2013 as Special Non-Working Holiday throughout the country. According to Proclamation No. 656 issued by the Office of the President through Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr., the declaration of holiday was done to give all Filipinos the opportunity to exercise their rights to vote and participate in electing their local baranggay leaders.

Below is the complete declaration from the Office of the President:

MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 656

DECLARING MONDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2013, AS A SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY

WHEREAS, the Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections shall be held on Monday, 28 October 2013;

WHEREAS, it is important to give the people the fullest opportunity to participate in the said elections and exercise their right to vote.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO, III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Monday, 28 October 2013, as a special (non-working) holiday throughout the country for the Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 25th day of September, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Thirteen.

(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III

By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA JR.
Executive Secretary

Lens Talk in Boracay Island

Amazing, Awesome, Magnificent, Mesmerizing, Captivating, Enchanting, Lovely; those are just few adjectives to describe this beautiful island which captured not only the Philippines’ but World’s view.

Situated in the town of Malay, Aklan province in Western Visayas, Boracay Island is indeed a paradise every Filipino should see. Boracay can be reached through Kalibo Airport then bus ride to Caticlan port and lastly a boat ride to the island or via Caticlan Airport and then boat transfer to the island.

With no more words to add, just hear what the lens have to say about this enchanting island.

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It’s Showtime beats Eat Bulaga in Rural Areas

Rural people seems enjoying more ABS-CBN’s noon time show It’s Showtime over its competitor, the longest running noon-time variety show Eat Bulaga. Based on the ratings last July 2 released by Kantar Media Research, It’s Showtime had a 14.0 ratings points compared to Eat Bulaga’s 11.2.

That’s a 2.8 points deficit which is already quite good enough considering Eat Bulaga’s 3 decades of reign over noon-time. This proves that It’s Showtime is slowly gaining it’s way into the noon-time show competition. It also shows they have already formed good followings in the provinces, and with that, it may debunk issues that they will be brought back to their original time-slot in the morning and will be replaced by a new noon-time show.

Below is the complete list of Top 20 programs in the Rural Areas on July 2, 2012 which is dominated mostly of ABS-CBN shows.

*Source Kantar Media TV Ratings: July 2, 2012 (Monday)

Apple iTunes now in the Philippines

Because of the popularity of Apple products in the Asian region, Apple Inc. announces its launched of its iTune online media store in 12 Asian countries including the Philippines. Due to this, Philippine iPhone, iPod and iPad users can now easily download music and videos to their devices.

Currently Apple product users are able to download different applications but are unable to buy songs and movies. It was only Australia, Japan and New Zealand among the countries in the Asia-Pacific region which has the capability to buy music and movies in iTunes.

Other Asian countries where iTunes will also be available are Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Apple users from this countries can now buy songs and movies also using their credit cards.

Meanwhile China and India has yet to be included in the list but people from Apple said they are always working to bring the iTunes Store to more customers around the world, as conditions permit.

*Sources
Apple launches iTunes in HK, Singapore, Philippines
Apple launches iTunes Store in 12 new Asia markets

Sunset by the Bay

In my more than 2 decades of existence in this world, this is the first time that I saw the famous Manila Bay Sunset. Known around Asia (or even the world) as the most beautiful sunset spot, I finally got to experience its beauty. Indeed it was really an awesome view that every Pinoys can be proud of. The sunset view of Manila is another attraction we can market why It’s More Fun In The Philippines.

So now, hear what the lens has to say about sunset by the bay.




Another Earth Hour record breaker for the Philippines

Themed as “I Will If You Will”, the organizers of this year’s Earth Hour strives to encourage people to make a personal commitment to help save the environment. And for four straight years the Philippines again topped the whole world in cities and towns participation on the last Saturday’s Earth Hour.

WWF (World Wildlife Fund), the organizer of the Earth Hour campaign said there are total of 1,671 cities and municipalities from the many provinces of the country, have joined the 1 hour switched off last March 31 and that is 10 areas more from last year’s 1,661.

Earth Hour Philippines National Director Atty. Gia Ibay said they are delighted that in 4 straight years we were able to clinch the top spot in the number of participants. And added that more than the numbers, they aim to educate the people about the importance of our actions beyond an hour.

Present also in the kick-off ceremonies (which were held in 3 different main switch-off locations of Makati, Cebu and Davao) was President Benigno S. Aquino who said “My challenge is not about this next hour, but about what we will be doing in the next days, months and years to come”.

The organizers have estimated that at least 362 MWh of energy were saved by Filipinos during that 1-hour long event.

Source:
PH breaks own Earth Hour record | ABS-CBN News.

And That Was History


Photo by Ginalyn Gonzalvo

After not winning the game in Mohammad Al-Hammad Stadium in Kuwait last July 24 against the mighty Kuwaiti Al-Azraq Football team for the Leg 1 of the Round 2 2014 World Cup Qualifiers, the AZKALS are back home to play the Leg 2.

Last night in the hope of upsetting the Kuwaiti team and clinching the Round 2 to advance for the group stages, the Philippine Football Team ‘The Azkals’ fight it all out in front of a wet and wild home crowd. Staged again in the 13,000 seater Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, the Azkals played hard ball in the hope of beating the powerhouse Kuwait. Shouldering the pressure of winning, the team pressed on and put more solid defenses on the numerous attacks by the arabs. Several attempts from the Kuwaitis have been cleared by the Azkal defenders and the golie Neil Etheridge.


Photo by ABS-CBNnews.com

With the speed and nice ball handling and coordination by the Kuwaitis, the Azkals also had a hard time attacking the goal. Several offenses have been fired by the Pinoys but the Kuwaiti team also showed great defense clearing all those attacks. But it was the long range kick to the goal by Staphan Schrock that ROCKED the stadium and give the Azkals a burning hope for the win. With Philippines leading 1-0 at the half, they continued pressing the defense and looking for opening to launch another attack to score. But it seems Kuwaitis are really skillful, after the 61st minute of the game the pinoy crowd suddenly went silent with the goal from Yousef Nasser of Al-Azraq equalizing the game to 1-1 (and 1-4 on aggregate).

With just minutes more to play, it is then highly impossible for the Azkals to snatch a win, more over when another goal was scored by the Kuwaitis on the 83rd minute resulted from an own goal by Rob Gier who failed to kick the ball away from the goal. And on that moment the history has ended. Our quest for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is now over.


Photo by Danny Pata (gmanews.tv)

We may be victorious to advanced for the world cup dream but what’s more important is that we were able to reach round 2 this time. No Philippine team ever, has reached this far and it’s far far great achievement already. Another fact is that we were able to give a great match against the more skilled and much higher ranked team in the world of football. Imagine Kuwait is ranked 92nd and we’re at 162nd and yet the Kuwaitis still had a hard time playing with us, and with that I am still proud of our team Azkals. They have brought another inspiration to our country and to our people.

Because of them we now have another sport to cheer, to watch and to unite for, and that’s more than enough to ask for. Because of football a nation who is clouded with political divisions and even religious animosity has been united even just for couple of hours. Because of PINOY FUTBOL Filipinos are now in full support of fellow Filipinos. And because of the Azkals we are more proud now that we are Filipinos, because we know in unity we can achieve something that seemed to be impossible then. So keep the fire burning, keep the hopes alive, continue the battle, prepare for the fight. Pinoys we are proud of each other, WE BELIEVE


Photo by ABS-CBNnews.com
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