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Filipina Wins Vietnam Idol 2016
A 28-year-old OFW was named the winner of the seventh season of "Vietnam Idol" on Friday.

Filipina Wins Vietnam Idol 2016 (Photo courtesy of Janice Phuong)
Janice Phuong, who hails from Dauis, Bohol, received 54.24% of the public votes, storming the victory ahead of the other grand finalist Viet Thang.

For winning the singing competition, she took home the PhP1.29 million (VND600 million) cash prize.

It was the first time that the show opened its doors to foreigners living in Vietnam, making Phuong its first non-Vietnamese winner.

Phuong went to Vietnam in 2009 to work as a bar singer. She later married a Vietnamese musician with whom she has a child.

Fluent in Vietnamese, the Filipina sang English and Vietnamese songs in the show.

Check out below some of Phuong's performances in "Vietnam Idol Season 7":

noypi Saturday, October 1, 2016
Earthquake in the Philippines July 26, 2016
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolted the Philippines on Tuesday evening, July 26, 2016.

Epicenter of the earthquake that hit the Philippines on Tuesday
According to a bulletin released byt the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the quake's epicenter was located at 7km West of Sison, Surigao del Norte. The temblor, which was tectonic in origin and had a depth of focus of 11km, hit at 10:29PM and was felt at the following intensities:

Reported Intensities:
Intensity VI - Sison and Placer, Surigao Del Norte
Intensity V - Malimono, Surigao Del Norte and Surigao City
Intensity IV - Bacuag, Gigaquit , Mainit, Claver, Surigao Del Norte, San Jose, Dinagat Island,
Pintuyan and San Ricardo, Southern Leyte
Intensity III - Socorro, Surigao Del Norte, San Francisco and Limasawa, Southern Leyte
Intensity II - Dapa, Surigao Del Norte and Butuan City
Intensity I - Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental and Cebu City

Instrumental Intensities:
Intensity V - Surigao City
Intensity II - Cebu City
Intensity I- Borongan, Eastern Samar
Damage and aftershocks are expected, Phivolcs said in its bulletin.

Did you feel this earthquake? Feel free to comment below.

noypi Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Junior New System Named Grand Champion At WCOPA 2016
Filipino dance group Junior New System made the Philippines proud once again after winning the highest award in their category at this year's World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) held this week in Long Beach, California, USA.

Junior New System at WCOPA (Photo credit: Melanie Baliola)
The hip-hop crew bagged the "2016 Senior Dance Group of the World" and the "2016 Senior Grand Champion Performer of the World" awards during the finale of the annual international competition. They took home a prize package worth $7,500.

Last year, Junior New System made noise in Asia after making it to the grand finals of "Asia's Got Talent." The boys have been performing around the country and abroad after their "Got Talent" stint. They also  received the "Best Dance Company" award at the 2015 Aliw Awards.

The video of Junior New System's performance during the WCOPA 2016 Finals will be posted below once available.

noypi Saturday, July 16, 2016
Jaclyn Jose Wins Best Actress At Cannes Film Festival 2016
Jaclyn Jose received the "Best Actress" award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for her role in the Filipino film "Ma'Rosa."
Jaclyn Jose as Ma' Rosa (Photo courtesy of Center Stage Productions)
Helmed by prolific Filipino director Brillante Mendoza, "Ma'Rosa" tells the story of a couple who owns a sari-sari store and moonlights as drug dealers in a poor neighborhood in Manila. It is the 4th Cannes entry of Mendoza, who won the award for "Best Director" at the said festival in 2009 for his film "Kinatay." In 2015, Mendoza's movie "Taklub" was given the "Ecumenical Jury-Prize Special Mention" award.

Below is the complete list of winners at this year's Cannes Film Festival:

Palme d’Or - “I, Daniel Blake” (Ken Loach, U.K.)
Grand Prix - “It’s Only the End of the World” (Xavier Dolan, Canada-France)
Best Director (tie) - Olivier Assayas, “Personal Shopper” (France), and Cristian Mungiu, “Graduation” (Romania)
Best Actor - Shahab Hosseini, “The Salesman” (Iran)
Best Actress - Jaclyn Jose, “Ma ‘Rosa” (Philippines)
Jury Prize - Andrea Arnold, “American Honey” (U.K.-U.S.)
Best Screenplay - Asghar Farhadi, “The Salesman” (Iran)
Palme d’Honneur - Jean-Pierre LĂ©aud
Camera d’Or - “Divines” (Houda Benyamina, France-Qatar)
Short Films Palme d’Or - “Timecode” (Juanjo Jimenez, Spain)
Special Mention – Short Films Palme d’Or - “The Girl Who Danced With the Devil” (Joao Paulo Miranda Maria, Brazil)
Ecumenical Jury Prize - “It’s Only the End of the World” (Xavier Dolan, Canada-France)

noypi Monday, May 23, 2016
LET Results 2016: PRC Releases Teachers Board Exam Result
The March 2016 LET results have been released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
LET Results 2016: PRC Releases Teachers Board Exam Result
According to the PRC, a total of 12,128 out of 42,739 examinees (28.38%) successfully passed in the elementary level, while 18,810 out of 53,090 examinees (35.43%) successfully passed in the secondary level.

The Licensure Examination for Teachers, otherwise known as the Teachers Board Exam, was given last March 20, 2016 in various testing centers across the country.

The PRC said online registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will take place on May 30 - June 2, 2016 (Elementary) and June 3 - June 10, 2016 (Secondary).

The dates and venues for the oathtaking ceremonies of the new successful LET exam takers are yet to be announced.

Check out the complete list of March 2016 LET Exam passers below as well as the names of the topnotchers and the performance of schools:

noypi Thursday, May 19, 2016