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Would you dare to sleep in a haunted house overnight?

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Question and Answer / When you think of your lonely times
« on: October 24, 2010, 03:20:02 AM »
When you think of your lonely times, what scares you about the experience?

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Question and Answer / How did you make money when you were a kid?
« on: October 24, 2010, 03:19:30 AM »
How did you make money when you were a kid?

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What natural talents or abilities would you like to develop?

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Question and Answer / How do you motivate a person?
« on: October 24, 2010, 03:18:39 AM »
How do you motivate a person

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Question and Answer / How do you show your love for your country?
« on: October 24, 2010, 03:18:19 AM »
How do you show your love for your country?

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Question and Answer / What Will You Sell in China or to the Chinese?
« on: October 24, 2010, 03:09:06 AM »
If you were an exporter, what will you sell in China?

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Boxing and Boxers / HBO Interview: Pacquiao vs Margarito
« on: October 24, 2010, 01:54:35 AM »

Pacquiao vs Margarito

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Question and Answer / Have you tried counting the stars?
« on: October 24, 2010, 01:38:29 AM »
Have you tried counting the stars?

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Philippine Daily News / Phil Bar Exam Grenade Thrower Identified
« on: October 24, 2010, 12:51:44 AM »
By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN

The identity of the bar blast perpetrator has been identified by authorities, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima who urged him to come forward and surrender.

"We know who you are and it's just a matter of time before we get you," warned de Lima through a message sent to the media Saturday afternoon.

"I'm now constrained to reiterate the President's call for his and his co-perpetrators' immediate surrender," de Lima said. The September 26 post-bar exams bomb blast along Taft Avenue in Manila left at least 47 people injured.

The Justice Department and its attached agency, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), which took the lead in investigating the blast, reiterated that there are enough witnesses who have identified the suspect.

De Lima says the Justice Department and its attached agency, the National Bureau of Investigation, have identified the suspect's home town and dispatched operatives(NBI) there last week, to no avail.

"We don't know yet his exact whereabouts. We know his home province/town. NBI operatives were dispatched there last week. Negative. Allegedly, certain individuals are protecting him."

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By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ
Manila Bulletin

Actor-turned-politician Patrick dela Rosa denied the rape charge filed against him by a 20-year old student.

In a letter sent to Mindoro Oriental governor Alfonso “Boy” Umali (a part of which was shown on a “24 Oras” report on Oct. 19), the provincial board member maintained that the accusation was merely fabricated.

“I deny the accusation hurled against me and I am prepared to present my witnesses and the pieces of evidence,” he stated.

Dela Rosa wrote the governor to formally file a leave of absence while his case is ongoing. He is currently detained at the Quezon City Jail where he was transferred on Tuesday. He was previously held at the Quezon City Police District Station 7 after being arrested on Oct. 8.

On his way to the QC Jail, Dela Rosa was seen covering his cuffed hands with a white towel. He underwent the usual process for detainees---finger scanning, booking photograph (mug shot), and medical examination---before he was taken to what the GMA-7 report described as a crammed cell.

As what he did in previous attempts by the press to get an interview, Dela Rosa declined to speak up on the matter.

Meanwhile, witnesses who were on the side of the supposed victim retracted their previous statements that Dela Rosa performed the alleged heinous act in a room at the Regalla Tower condominium in Cubao, Quezon City on the early morning of Oct. 8.

In Julius Babao’s “TV Patrol” interview aired on Oct. 19, the witnesses revealed that the complainant allegedly told them later that no such rape took place.

However, a text message sent to GMA-7 by Atty. Freddie Villamor, legal counsel of the supposed rape victim, reiterated that the retraction of the witnesses will not affect their case.

“It’s only the victim who knows if she was actually raped or not. And there is really no witness for that except the victim."

He added that he is yet to talk to his client about the witnesses' recent revelations.

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Philippine Showbiz / Baby James Doesn't Like Dingdong Dantes
« on: October 23, 2010, 11:50:52 PM »
By Abs-cbn

TV host-actress Kris Aquino's youngest son, James Yap Jr. snatched the limelight during a press conference on his mother's product endorsement as he loudly said that he does not like actor Dingdong Dantes.

Dantes is the next leading man of Aquino in a movie by GMA Films next year.

Aquino was gladly answering questions from the entertainment media about her personal life and her new projects while carrying Baby James when the latter blurted, "I hate Dingdong." This was after his mother announced that she's excited to work with Dantes.

The President's sister said that after her separation with her husband, star cager James Yap, father of Baby James, her son does not want any man to go near her except for his godfather, King of Talk Boy Abunda.

"Lahat ng lalaking lumapit sa akin sinasabi niya, 'I don't like.' Lahat, he doesn't like. He only likes Ninong Boy," Aquino said.

Michael Jackson and Buzz Lightyear

Below is the conversation of Aquino and Baby James during the press conference held at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel last October 20.

Baby James: Ano ang movie mo, Mama?
Kris: Ang movie ko ngayon 'Dalaw' and then another movie.
Baby James: What's 'Dalaw'?
Kris: What's 'Dalaw'? I'll explain to you 'Dalaw' later. 'Yong with Dingdong I'm looking forward to that.
Baby James: I don't like Dingdong.
Kris: No, you like Dingdong. Why not? Why?
Baby James: I don't like Dingdong.
Kris: Who do you like?
Baby James: Mama.
Kris: You like to act in a movie with Mama? Ikaw na lang kasama ni Mama.
Baby James: No.
Kris: What do you like lang?
Baby James: I don't like Dingdong.

After expressing his dislike of Dantes, Baby James shared his excitement over his mother's upcoming project. Aquino will be back next year as one of the judges for the 2nd season of ABS-CBN's reality talent show "Pilipinas Got Talent".

Baby James said that he likes to perform a Michael Jackson song and the King of Pop's signature move, Moonwalk.

Kris: 'Pilipinas Got Talent' is up next
Baby James: Jovit Baldivino.
Kris: You like 'Got Talent' with Ai?
Baby James: Ako break-dancing. I have two talents. Michael Jackson singing and Moonwalk.
Kris: You like to act pa?
Baby James: No.
Kris: Singing na lang?
Baby James: Singing and dancing.
Kris: You like basketball?
Baby James: I like fighting games.
Kris: Who do you like to be?
Baby James: Buzz Lightyear.

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Actor Patrick dela Rosa was arrested early Friday for allegedly raping a 20-year-old student in a condominium unit in Cubao, Quezon City.

Police Officer 1 Maricel Dehada of the Cubao police station's women and children's desk said the alleged rape happened inside Unit 2206 of the Regalia Tower along P. Tuazon Street in Cubao.

Dehada said that according to the complainant, who is a resident of Cainta town in Rizal province, she was having a drinking session with her 2 female and 6 male friends when Dela Rosa and his friend arrived at the condominium unit around 1 a.m.

The complainant claimed that she went to the bedroom ahead of the group after feeling woozy because of the drinks she had already consumed.

Dehada said that according to the complainant, she immediately fell asleep. She woke up between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. and saw the actor raping her.

The complainant claimed that she noticed she was already naked, as was the actor. She said she was rescued by her friends after she cried for help.

Police said that the security guard of the condominium building reported the incident to the police.

They said that they caught up with Dela Rosa when he was on his way to escape on board a Toyota Fortuner with his brother, Atty. Jess Hermogenes dela Rosa.

Police said a complaint of rape has been filed against Dela Rosa before the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office.

The actor has been detained at the Cubao police station. -- Report from Dennis Datu, radio dzMM

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Philippine Provinces / School Tragedy in Zamboanga City
« on: October 23, 2010, 11:35:17 PM »
Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary for Regional Affairs Rizalino Rivera on Saturday pledged to work out for the release of financial assistance to the victims of stabbing spree at a school in this southern port city.

Rivera issued the statement when he visited the victims -- two elementary school teachers and four pupils -- at the Zamboanga Brent Hospital (ZBH) here.

Rivera also said they honor the bravery showed by the late Lorna Pulalon, a Grade 2 teacher, who shielded the school pupils from the attacker that caused her death.

Four people were killed while six others were wounded when an ex-convict ran amuck around 1:45 p.m. Friday at the elementary school in Barangay Talisayan, 26 kilometers west of this city.

Aside from Pulalon, also killed were Grade 6 pupil Cess Dorin Orpiano, 12, Ruben Flores, 64, a guardian, and the suspect, Feli Mateo, 51.

The suspect was killed by the villagers living near the school who came to the aid of the helpless school teachers and pupils.

Hospitalized due to stab wounds were Ludivina Balilo and Joni Torres, a Grade 5 and Grade 6 school teachers, respectively; and school pupils Joshua Demco, 11; Maria Lyka Basing, 12; Princess Briones, 12; and Michaela Jacona, 12.

After visiting the victim at ZBH, Rivera went to the elementary school in Barangay Talisayan as well as the slain victims.

Rivera visited and condoled with the families of the slain victims of the tragic incident. (PNA)
RMA/Teofilo P. Garcia/rsm

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Philippine Provinces / Davao City Light Uses Fiber Optic Cables
« on: October 23, 2010, 10:58:28 PM »
PNA

The city has been placed on full alert in preparation for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Monday, and after a powerful bomb exploded inside a passenger bus in Matalam, North Cotabato Thursday morning.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio ordered law enforcement units in the city to take appropriate actions to prevent a repeat of the incident where 10 people were killed and injured more than 20 other passengers.

The mayor said that "in view of the recent bus bombing in Matalam, we take appropriate measures to safeguard the riding public and other vital installations."

“Do not allow it to happen in Davao City," she said, reiterating her order to the Task Force Davao (TFD), Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Central 911, and Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT).

Colonel Rey Guerrero, TFD chief, said on Friday that he ordered a double deployment of his personnel.

"Among our forces, we have doubled deployment and tomorrow, we are expecting augmentation from the 84th and 69th Infantry Battalions from the 10th Infantry Division, which is in preparation for the elections," Guerrero said.

DCPO director Sr. Supt. Rene Aspera said the city was currently under full alert in connection with the bombing.

"We have intensified the conduct of inspection especially cargo trucks entering the city as a measure to prevent spill over. In cooperation with Task Force Davao, we are intensifying monitoring in the rural areas," he said.

Guerrero said the city police had also provided security augmentation at the Davao International Airport since last week.

"We are also conducting rigid search and inspection. We have recently conducted training with our personnel, which is in preparation also for the elections on Monday," he said.

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LGU Philippines / Davao City Red Alert
« on: October 23, 2010, 10:49:07 PM »
PNA: The city has been placed on full alert in preparation for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on Monday, and after a powerful bomb exploded inside a passenger bus in Matalam, North Cotabato Thursday morning.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio ordered law enforcement units in the city to take appropriate actions to prevent a repeat of the incident where 10 people were killed and injured more than 20 other passengers.

The mayor said that "in view of the recent bus bombing in Matalam, we take appropriate measures to safeguard the riding public and other vital installations."

“Do not allow it to happen in Davao City," she said, reiterating her order to the Task Force Davao (TFD), Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Central 911, and Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT).

Colonel Rey Guerrero, TFD chief, said on Friday that he ordered a double deployment of his personnel.

"Among our forces, we have doubled deployment and tomorrow, we are expecting augmentation from the 84th and 69th Infantry Battalions from the 10th Infantry Division, which is in preparation for the elections," Guerrero said.

DCPO director Sr. Supt. Rene Aspera said the city was currently under full alert in connection with the bombing.

"We have intensified the conduct of inspection especially cargo trucks entering the city as a measure to prevent spill over. In cooperation with Task Force Davao, we are intensifying monitoring in the rural areas," he said.

Guerrero said the city police had also provided security augmentation at the Davao International Airport since last week.

"We are also conducting rigid search and inspection. We have recently conducted training with our personnel, which is in preparation also for the elections on Monday," he said.

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Philippine Education / Pinoy Math Genius
« on: October 23, 2010, 10:19:48 PM »
By Jerry E. Esplanada
Philippine Daily Inquirer

With identical scores of 99.7 percent, four young Filipino math aces were among 65 students worldwide who topped the 2010 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC), a contest carried out via correspondence that drew about 400,000 participants from at least 40 countries when it was held in August.

The good news came from the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT), the University of Canberra-based group, which has been conducting the AMC since 1976.

Prof. Peter Taylor, AMT executive director, awarded the medals to the following top-performing Filipino students during simple rites at the Summit Ridge hotel in Tagaytay City on Friday: Nathaniel Ryan Ang, of Xavier School in San Juan, Metro Manila; and Seanne Daphne Ang, Mikaela Angelina Uy and Carmela Antoinette Lao, all of St. Jude Catholic School in Manila.

The other medalists came from Australia, 23; Singapore, 7; Taiwan, 5; Hong Kong and New Zealand, 4 each; Malaysia, Indonesia, Bulgaria, and South Africa, 3 each; Thailand and India, both with 2; and China and South Korea, 1 each, the organizers said.

Seven other Filipino students won Prize Awards, which are given to contestants within the top 1 percent of the AMC: Adrian Reginald Sy, of St. Jude Catholic School; Lorems Yrol Pedeglorio, of the Butuan City SPED Center; Philip Christian Gelera, of UP Integrated School; Miguel Lorenzo Ildesa, of PAREF-Westbridge School; Farell Eldrian Wu, of MGC New Life Christian Academy; Kaye Janelle Yao, of Grace Christian College; and Samuel Christian Ong, of UNO High School.

Fifty other Filipinos got certificates of high distinction for being within the top 2 percent of the AMC.

They were Andrew Lawrence Sy, Keefe Collin Tan, Janssen Lawrence Chan, Jinger Chong, Matthew Angelo Isidro, Andrea Jaba, Austin Eldrich Chua and Vince Benedict Say, all of St. Jude Catholic School; Jan Joshua Cruz, of Pasig Catholic College; John Thomas Chuatak, Gabriel Pua, Shamina Sharlyne Liao, Hans Markson Tan and Thomas Spencer Balete, all of St. Stephen’s High School; Bonn Leif Amalia and Lord Danly Mafe, both of Colegio San Agustin-Biñan;

Lance Christopher Lelis, of Blessed Lights International Christian Academy; Shaquille Wyan Que, Jeremy Vance Yap and Deany Hendrick Cheng, all of Grace Christian College; Clyde Wesley Ang, of Chiang Kai Shek College; Xavier Jefferson Go, of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School; Christopher Joseph Magno, of Falcon Learning Center; Errol John Suarez, of Bicol University-Integrated Laboratory School; Mark Christopher Uy, Mario Antonio Ongkiko and Ethan Zachary Chua, all of Xavier School;

Jason Joseph Fernandez, Niel Benjamin Kho, Amiel Sy, Dale Wilson Garcia II, Ma. Moper Donaleigh Nuñez and Reina Jiana Reynoso, all of the Philippine Science High School; Frederick Matthew Corpuz, of Colegio San Agustin-Makati; Gabriel Angelo Estampador, of San Beda College-Alabang; Andrew Brandon Ong, Henry Jefferson Morco, Geovin Dexter Uy, all of Chiang Kai Shek College; Edward Joseph Ofilada, of Ateneo de Manila University;

John Angel Aranas, of Makati Science High School; Raymart Caasi, of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila; Kevin Clyde Chu, of Sacred Heart School of Jesuits; Francis Daelo, of Malayan Colleges-Laguna; Kevin Christopher Catbagan and Steven Matthew Cheng, both of UP Diliman; Jasper John Segismundo, of Pasig Catholic College; Patrick Allen Tanada, of Pembo Elementary School; Francis Concepcion, of Philippine Cultural College-Main; and Christopher Rabi, of Cebu Eastern College.

Andrew Byrne, minister and deputy head of mission of the Australian Embassy in Makati City, cited Filipino math students for continuously performing “extremely well” in the AMC.

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An Israeli chess grandmaster has broken the world record for simultaneous chess games, taking the title from Iran.

Alik Gershon, 30, took title after a 19-hour marathon match against 523 players whose row of tables snaked across a Tel Aviv square. He won 454, lost 11 and drew 58.
Israeli grandmaster Alik Gershon in Tel Aviv Alik Gershon started on Thursday and finished overnight

His 86% win rate also outstripped the former record holder, grandmaster Morteza Mahjoob of Iran.

Mr Mahjoob last year bested 397 out of 500 chess players in Tehran.

Jack Brockbank, the on-site adjudicator for Guinness World Records, confirmed the new Israeli record and predicted a renewed chess challenge from Iran.

The new record holder acknowledged the strained relations between the two regional powers, but expressed a wish for peace.

"Hopefully all our wars will be on the chess board, or something cultural, and not real wars," Mr Gershon said. - BBC

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Philippine Daily News / Increase of Slex Tollway Rate
« on: October 23, 2010, 10:03:48 PM »
By Paolo Montecillo, Nikko Dizon
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The South Luzon Tollways Corp. (SLTC) will implement the increased toll rates at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) by next week or early November following the Supreme Court ruling lifting the restraining order against the toll operator’s proposed new rates.

“If there are no more hindrances, we just need to reprogram our computers… then we can charge the new rates,” said SLTC president Isaac David.

He said being able to increase the toll at SLEx would stanch the company’s financial losses which have reached nearly P1 billion in the past two months.

“We have been delayed with our payments to our creditors,” David said, adding that the company was close to defaulting on its loans.

In a decision released late Thursday, the high court declared as valid and constitutional the supplemental toll operation agreement (STOA) covering the Luzon Tollway Project between the government and SLEx, as well as the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) resolutions allowing the rate increases.

The toll hikes were supposed to have been implemented last June 30, the last day of the previous Arroyo administration.

But the high court issued a restraining order two days before the new toll rates were supposed to be implemented.

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Philippine Provinces / Ex-Convict Naghoromentado sa Zamboanga
« on: October 22, 2010, 10:15:33 PM »
By Teofilo P. Garcia

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct. 22 (PNA)--Four people were killed when an ex-convict ran amuck in a public school west of this city, officials said Friday.

Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, said the incident took place around 1:45 p.m. Friday at the elementary school of Barangay Talisayan, 26 kilometers west of this city.

The incident took place at the last day of the classes since the school is set to go on a one-week break starting Monday.

Killed were Cess Dorin Orpiano, 12, a Grade 6 pupil, Lorna Pulalon, a Grade 2 teacher, Ruben Flores, 64, a guardian and the suspect, Feli Mateo, 51.

Wounded were Ludivina Balilo and Joni Torres, a Grade 5 and Grade 6 school teachers, respectively, and Grade 6 school pupils Joshua Demco, 11, Maria Lyka Basing, 12, Princess Briones, 12, and Michaela Jacona, 12.

Chastine Flores, a cousin and classmate of Orpiano, said the suspect, armed with a foot-long knife entered the school campus and went directly to Room number 4 and suddenly stabbed “Ma’am Torres.”

“He was armed with a long knife with a scabbard. It was around one-foot long,” the younger Flores said.

“Nakakatakot siyang tingnan,” she added describing the suspect.

Flores said the Mateo stabbed his grandfather Ruben Flores after the latter tried to stop him from proceeding to another school building where he attacked the rest of the victims.

The suspect was killed by the villagers living near the school who came to the aid of the helpless school teachers and pupils, De Ocampo said.

De Ocampo said that Mateo was jailed in 1981 at the San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm for the crime of rape and was released last 2008.

He said that Mateo has decided to work as a poultry caretaker of Leonito Navales in Barangay Talisayan after his release from prison instead of going home to his native place in Dumaguete.

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