PH Embassy in Beirut releases office schedule during Ramadan

THE Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Beirut, London issued an announcement informing the public of their operation schedule during the holy month of Ramadan last May 26. READ: Why Ramadan is called Ramadan: 6 questions answered As of Monday, May 29, the embassy is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with no lunch break. The embassy is open from Monday to Friday, except during Lebanese and...

Knights of Rizal Dimasalang Chapter, Toronto Kapuso Lions Club


Sir Joaquin (Jojo) T. Taduran, Jr.(left), KGOR deputy commander of the Knights of Rizal Dimasalang Chapter, has convinced Dario Agustin, to join the  Rizal Dimasalang Chapter and the Toronto Kapuso Lions Club in order to continue serving the Filipino community in Toronto and other parts of the province of Toronto.

Sir Mario Alpuerto, KGOR, is the Chapter Commander of the Knights of Rizal Dimasalang Chapter with  Sir George R. Poblete, KGCR, is the Chapter Adviser. Sir Eduardo C. Prillo, KGOR, the incumbent Regional Commander of the Knights of Rizal Canada Region, together with  Sir Jaime T. Marasigan, KGOR, Rizal Supreme Council Supreme Council Deputy Supreme Council Exchequer, belong to the Rizal Dimasalang Chapter.

Sir George R. Poblete, KGCR, and Sir Jaime t. Marasigan, KGOR, served as the Regional Commanders of the  Knights of Rizal Canada. Region.

Sir Mario Alpuerto, KGOR, is the Rizal Canada Region Exchequer and chairman of the of the Special Project. Sir Joaquin (Jojo) T. Taduran, Jr., KGOR,  is the Rizal Canada Region Pursuivant and chairman of the Public Relations and Publicity Committee.

Dario Agustin is just waiting for the right time to officially submit his officially submit his application papers to the Knights of Rizal Dimasalang Chapter  and the Toronto Kapuso Lions Club. (Manuel Papa)

PAL, Cebu Pacific announces flight cancellations

THE Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have announced the cancellation of flights due to the maintenance shutdown of the Tagaytay radar from March 6 to March 11.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued a notice to airmen enforcing a temporary shutdown of the Tagaytay radar for maintenance and upgrade.MORE

27 Filipinos get UK Chevening Scholarships

TWENTY seven Filipinos have been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarships by the UK Government for the coming academic year.

The scholars were recently honoured at a reception hosted by Ambassador Asif Ahmad at his residence on 25 August.

The event was attended by the families of the scholars, members of the Chevening alumni network in the Philippines and scholarship co-sponsors, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, Megaworld Foundation and Shell Philippines Inc.

(Contributed Photo)

“I’m delighted to see so many Chevening Scholarships awarded in the Philippines this year. This is our biggest number ever so these future leaders are making history. Working with our partners, we are very fortunate to have been able to increase the number of scholarships this year, reflecting our strong commitment to a dynamic UK-Philippine relationship. And we plan to see this number increase next year. The application window for that is now open so I urge all potential future leaders with a dynamic vision for the future to seriously consider Chevening. Competition for scholarships remains intense, so my warm congratulations to our 27 successful scholars. I’m sure your time in the UK will help you develop your vision and plans and allow them to be put into effect when you return to the Philippines,” Ambassador Asif Ahmad said.

Ambassador Ahmad also thanked BPI, GlaxoSmithKline, Megaworld and Shell for their support which has helped send the biggest batch of Filipino scholars to the UK.

The Chevening Scholars are: Ysmael Mangorsi, Maila Beniera, Maria Carmen Fernandez, Tasneem AbdulRauf, Asnin Pendatun, Maria Lourdes Gregorio, Edy Lynn Santiago, Julius Lotilla, Paul Zambrano, Ianela Carla Ortiz, Benedict Nisperos, Carizza Castelo, Anya Palileo, Micaela Papa, Asryman Rafanan, Raymond Astillas, Robert Siy, Aison Garcia, Rhio Fuentes-Nuylan, Margarita Villanueva, Miguel Dorotan, Carmela Fonbuena, Emilio Marañon III, Baby Ruth Villarama, Marc Cebreros, Irene Valones and Ivan Ledesma.

They will pursue Masters Degrees at different educational institutions in the UK in the fields of: finance and economics, law & human rights, trade, art & film, health and sciences, governance and peace & conflict studies.

Chevening Scholarships are awarded by the British Government to those who have a vision and drive to become future leaders in their chosen fields and countries. The scholarships were named after the Chevening House, the British Foreign Secretary’s official country residence.

Applications to Chevening Scholarships are ongoing. You may click here for more information. (PR)

Pinoys can watch live Pacquiao-Mayweather fight for free

Three major broadcast companies set aside rivalry for the moment to air for free the much-anticipated fight of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao against American rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. In a press conference on Thursday, Solar Entertainment’s Wilson Tieng said that ABS-CBN, GMA and TV5 will air the boxing match, dubbed as “Battle for Greatness,” on […]

Pacquiao, Mayweather begin countdown to their big fight

LOS ANGELES — Manny Pacquiao was out walking the red carpet by the time Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrived, fashionably late for their first appearance together to promote a fight that really needs no promoting. But it didn’t take long Wednesday for Mayweather to put the fight into perspective in a way that only a fighter […]

It’s on: Mayweather says he and Pacquiao to fight May 2

The fight is finally on. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed contract online. (Read more)

DFA cautions OFWs on unpaid loans, bouncing checks

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) cautions overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the United Arab Emirates on taking out loans and using credit cards.

The advisory is being issued in view of the alarming increase in the number of Filipinos detained due to unpaid loans.

Many people are tempted to apply for loans in the UAE due to various reasons. They are lured by low interest rates, without paying much attention to the other charges which appear in the fine print, and the prospect of taking as much as 18 months of one’s salary. Usually, banks require only a certificate of employment to approve a loan application. (MORE)

Bicol Canada Community Association Inc. officers

Bicol Canada associationThe officers and members of the board of directors of the Bicol Canada Community Association Inc. headed by President Rafael Nebres (seated 4th from left) will be serving from 2014 to 2015. Others in photo (seated from left to right) are Jess Cabrias, director; Virgie Manaog, director; Aida Dolores Lagarde, assistant treasurer; Jojo Taduran, vice president for government relations and membership; Naty Gutierrez, director; and Ching Ragos, treasurer.

Standing from left to right are Nestor (Von) Canton, director for special projects; Ronnie de la Gana, director for special projects; Ely Olayon, director; Noli Aquino, vice president for sports and youth development; Helen Lopez, director; Monsie Royong, assistant secretary; Arlene Martirez, secretary; Larry Bercasio, director; Fely Ortega, director; Estrella Dilla Carpenter, vice president for public relations; Bobby Achacon, director; Benhur Llacer Salcedo Jr., director.

Not in photo is Raul Tarin, director. (St. Jamestown News Service/PR)

Devastation reaching far beyond the Philippines (A plea from MacArthur, Leyte)

By Ernesto Regis Jr.

Photo contributed by "Aid for Typhoon Haiyan Victims"

Photo contributed by “Aid for Typhoon Haiyan Victims”

MOST us have a routine. We get up, make coffee, have breakfast, get ready for work and off we go. We, all of us, take it for granted that there will be a tomorrow where we will have a roof over our heads, food to eat and a family to hug. Now see yourself in another country like the Philippines, say a small town called MacArthur, Leyte. MacArthur is but one of many towns where life changed forever last Friday, November 8, 2013, and that change came in the form of a monster typhoon. Instead of coffee, hugs and a normal day, the people of MacArthur were ravaged by winds of almost 200 mph and storm surges nearing 20 feet in some areas. For these people, life will never be the same. No food. No water. No roof. And for many, the losses were so much greater, with an estimated 10,000 presumed dead.

Leyte is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Located in the central region of Visayas, it had pristine beaches, beautiful villages and perhaps, one of the friendliest groups of people you will ever meet. Leyte is also known for its part in the history in WWII. General Douglas MacArthur landed and waded into the town of Palo. He used Leyte as a strategic move to stop the invasion of the Japanese militia, thus coining the famous quote “I Shall Return.”

Little did anyone know when Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, approached the Philippines that this storm would become a historical event. Meteorologists around the world may find this to be the strongest typhoon ever recorded. A typhoon is the same as a hurricane in North America. It was recorded as a type 5 super-typhoon. This category 5 typhoon made landfall in the province of Leyte and hit heaviest in Tacloban, Palo, MacArthur, and down to Abuyog at the sustained speed of 195 mph. In comparison, Hurricane Katrina was a category 3 when it made landfall at a sustained speed of 126 mph.

A friend of mine from MacArthur, who is now staying with relatives in another province, described the storm like being in a “washing machine” for 4 hours waiting for it to move away.

Homes have been destroyed, many of the survivors are injured and all are starving. Emergency aid arrives first in larger populated areas, like Tacloban City. However smaller towns like MacArthur and even smaller hamlets within the municipality becomes less important because of access and population.

“Aid for Typhoon Haiyan Victims” (MacArthur, Leyte), is an initiative campaign to recognize the needs for of the smaller towns and villages who may wait endlessly for help to reach them. Our mission is to raise funds that will go directly into these places and help the people. A Facebook page campaign has been launched to reach out to people all over the world. We are hoping that you go and visit our page, Like and Share it so that it will be seen by other Facebook users.

To donate money and help our cause, please visit “Aid for Typhoon Haiyan Victims” Facebook page and click on the “gofundme” link or in the information tab.

After you hug your family and stop at Tim Horton’s on the way to work, please think about your sharing your good fortune with those whose lives have been devastated in places like MacArthur, Leyte. What would you do if your entire life was thrown into a washing machine?

So this holiday season, please remember also the ones that are struggling to get back on their feet. We need your help and the only way we can bring our aid is by donating to “Aid for Typhoon Haiyan Victims.” All proceeds go towards the delivery and handling of the donations. Thank you for your support, and Happy Holidays.

Pacquiao, Rios camps come to blows in Macau

MACAU (Updated) – Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach was involved in a physical altercation with the entourage of opponent Brandon Rios on Wednesday, four days out from their fight. Roach approached Rios trainer Robert Garcia in the gym both camps are sharing at The Venetian casino on Macau’s Cotai Strip, saying they had gone past their […]

MassKara Festival 2013 opens

THE 20-day celebration of one of the country’s highly anticipated fiestas kicked off Tuesday at the Bacolod City public plaza as City Mayor Monico Puentevella declared the 2013 MassKara Festival open.

This year’s festivities started with the “Fun MassKa-Run, Walk, Bike, PWD” and were attended by different schools, the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, Persons with Disabilities (PWD) and employees of the Bacolod Government Center.

Starting points commenced at the Old Bacolod City Airport, Provincial Lagoon and at the Ayala North Point, respectively. [Read more]