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Flash mobs turn into crime mobs

Flash mobs , the gathering of people summoned (as by e-mail, text message, or social media sites) to a designated location at a specified time to perform an indicated action before dispersing, have now been used as vehicles for crimes such as looting and violence, according to reports.

With the advent of technology, criminal flash mobs are said to be more easy to organize and thus becoming rampant.

In this typical flash mob, a large group of geeks gathered at a mall in Bristol, U.K. in 2010 to enjoy an epic light saber battle which amused shoppers. Nobody is supposed to be hurt.

The most recent reported crime mob occurred in Los Angeles just last Friday. A rapper named The Game was identified by the Los Angeles County sheriff's department as the one who incited a telephone flash mob that overwhelmed the emergency phone system.

The rapper reportedly told his 580,000 followers to call the number (Compton station's hotline number) he tweeted if they wanted an internship with him.…

Perseid meteor shower peaks on August 13th

The Perseid meteor shower, said to be the largest meteor display of the year, will be observed with its peak in the early morning hours on August 13, 2011, the PAGASA said.

Perseids meteor shower 2010 | Video courtesy of "meteorlog"

According to Wikipedia, during the peak, the rate of meteors reaches 60 or more per hour. They can be seen all across the sky, but because of the path of Swift-Tuttle's orbit, Perseids are primarily visible in the northern hemisphere. As with all meteor showers, the rate is greatest in the pre-dawn hours, since the side of the Earth nearest to turning into the sun scoops up more meteors as the Earth moves through space.

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year and is visible starting mid-July. It peaks on August 9 and 14, depending on the particular location of the stream.

Joseph Bitangcol now safe after car accident

Joseph Bitangcol is now out of danger following a road mishap Tuesday evening, his mother said.

In an interview with SNN, Lydia, Joseph's mom, said the actor sustained facial fractures but is now safe.

"Ang humampas sa kanya ay 'yung left side ng face niya, may wakwak ang right finger. Ang initial findings ng doctor ay may fracture sa left side ng face at sa baba, kailangan yata ng operation. Pero so far ay out of danger naman," she said.

According to reports, Bitangcol's vehicle (a Mitsubishi Montero) collided with an Isuzu dump truck along Sumulong Highway in Antipolo City. He and his five ( 5) companions who were to hurt in the accident were rushed to Amang Rodriguez Medical Center in Marikina City for treatment. They were later transferred to Marikina Valley Hospital where they are now recovering.

Joseph Bitangcol was a contestant of ABS-CBN reality star search "Star Circle Quest" in 2004 together with Sandara Park, Melissa Ricks, Roxanne Gino…

Asi Taulava punches Malaysian opponent at Jones Cup (Video)

Asi Taulava threw a couple of punches to the head of Malaysian player Kwaan Yoong Jing after the latter "grabbed" and "squeezed" Taulava's crotch during the Philippines versus Malaysia match at the 2011 William Jones Cup in Taiwan on Tuesday.

See what happens if you grab Asi Taulava's privates | Video courtesy of ESPN

“He grabbed them, squeezed them then back-punched them. I wouldn’t have reacted that way if he didn’t do it, it was like a punch, it’s the worst feeling.” Taulava told the Philippine Star.

Taulava and Jing were both ejected from the game because of the incident.

After the game, Taulava took time in updating his newly created Twitter page with a statement of apology.

"Would like to apologize to everybody that watched the game today for losing my cool. No excuses for my actions, and I’m sorry," Taulava tweeted.

The Philippines won the said game against Malaysia, 86-68.

Leana Tabuñar, 8-year old Youtube singing sensation

Here's another addition to the growing list of young Noypi Youtube sensations. Check out Leana Tabuñar who is just 8 years old but already singing a Jessie J. song like a pro!

Leana Tabuñar singing "Price Tag" by Jessie J.

Leana was already featured on Kris TV where it was revealed that she is a niece of DJ MOD of "Showtime."

We will be seeing more of Leana on TV the coming days since she has signed a contract with GMA-7. She will be a mainstay in the Kapuso Sunday variety show Party Pilipinas starting August 31st.

Gerald Anderson, Jessy Mendiola team up in 'Budoy'

Gerald Anderson and Jessy Mendiola will try out their chemistry in the upcoming teleserye on ABS-CBN titled "Budoy."

Via ABS-CBN News, Gerald had said he is excited to be having Jessy to be his leading lady.

"Sobra siyang beautiful. Excited akong makatrabaho siya kahit magkasama na kami sa isa pang soap ('Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo')," he said.

Jessy, on the other hand, is feeling the pressure of the new team-up.

“Pressured din ako na sana ‘yung love team din namin maging okay. But I guess as individual artists mas maganda kung solo-solo tapos magsasama kami (at) magugustuhan nila kami,” Jessy told Push.

Gerald Anderson and Jessy Mendiola will be working along with veteran actresses Zsa Zsa Padilla, Janice de Belen and Mylene Dizon in the series.

Budoy (ABS-CBN) is series about mentally-challenged people. It is said to be an "advocacy-serye."

Korn Live in Manila Concert Videos

Korn is staging their highly anticipated Manila concert right now at the SMART Araneta Coliseum before an estimated crowd of 8,000 fans. Local rock band Slapshock performed the opening act for them.

Korn Live in Manila Concert Teaser

This page will be updated with videos of the concert.

Korn (styled as KoЯn) is a popular American metal rock band which is composed by Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, and Ray Luzier. They have sold 16 million albums in America and over 40 million around the world.

Among their popular hits are "Freak on a Leash", "Here to Stay" and "Falling Away from Me."


ҚoЯη's Setlist:

Here To Stay
Pop A Pill
Freak On A Leash
Shoots And Ladders / One
4 U
Got The Life
Alone I Break
Right Now
Ball Tongue
Somebody Someone
It's On!
Get Up


Falling Away From Me
Coming Undone
Twisted Transistor
Make Me Bad
Did My Time
Ya'll W…

Most Hated Person In America Survey | Top 10 List

The new "Most Hated Person in America" poll conducted by E-Poll Market Research revealed that Casey Anthony has beat out Nadya Suleman and Paris Hilton.

Among the 1,100 respondents of the survey, 53% claimed they are aware of Anthony and 94% said they disliked her.

Additionally, 57% of the respondents described Anthony as "creepy" while 60% described her as "cold."

Here are the Top 10 names that came out in the said "Most Hated Person in America" poll:

1. Casey Anthony -25, an American woman accused -and acquitted- in the death of 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie.

2. Spencer Pratt - 27, an American television personality known for role on MTV's The Hills along with his wife Heidi Montag. He is the older brother of Stephanie Pratt, who also appears on The Hills.

3. Nadya "Octomom" Suleman - 36, an American woman who came to international attention when she gave birth to octuplets in January 2009.

4. O.J. Simpson - 64, nicknamed &quo…

'The Smurfs' sequel in the works!

Following the overwhelming success of "The Smurfs" movie in the US, Sony Pictures has announced a sequel which will be released on August 2, 2013.

"The Smurfs" movie poster

Other than the release date in 2013 and Jordan Kerner as producer, there are no other info about 'The Smurfs 2" yet.

"The Smurfs" has earned $135 million to date worldwide, opening at number 1 in several countries.

We are yet to find out how it will do locally since it just opened today in the Philippines. In case you missed, check out "The Smurfs" trailer below:

Plot Summary: Audiences everywhere are in for a Smurfy good time as the Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours – in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village…

Earthquake in the Philippines, August 11, 2011: Magnitude 5.4 quake rocks Luzon

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck northern Luzon Thursday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

The red dot marks the epicenter of the August 11 quake | Courtesy of Phivolcs

The tectonic quake hit its epicenter, 37 km Southwest of Calayan, Cagayan, at 10:59 a.m. It has a depth of 16 km and was felt at the following intensities in the following areas:

Intensity IV - Calayan, Cagayan
Intensity III - Sanchez Mira, Cagayan
Intensity II - Pasuquin and Laoag, Ilocos Norte

The Philvolcs said it is expecting aftershocks from the temblor.

There have been no initial reports of damage from the quake.

'My Binondo Girl' full trailer debuts!

The full trailer of My Binondo Girl, an upcoming teleserye on ABS-CBN primetime topbilled by Kim Chiu, has been released earlier tonight during 1oo Days of Heaven. Check it out below:

'My Binondo Girl' full trailer | Courtesy of Eric John Salut

Kim Chiu will be joined by her three leading men in the series Xian Lim, Matteo Guidicelli and Jolo Revilla. Veteran actresses Glydel Mercado, Gina Pareno, Cherie Pie Picache, and Ai Ai delas Alas as well and actor Ricardo Cepeda. Richard Yap and Laureen Uy will also have their debut in the teleserye.

My Binondo Girl is set to premier on August 22, 2011.

The Corrs Live in Manila Concert - October 2011 | Ticket Prices, Venue and Schedule

The Corrs reportedly will be coming to Manila again for a concert this October 2011! The band will be performing in Cebu as well.

The Corrs Live in Manila 2011

Astroplus broke the news Wednesday by posting the following on Facebook:



Of course, we all know who will be coming. "Breathless" and "All The Love In The World" are both hits of the Irish band.

However, rumors are saying that Andrea Corr is the only one who will be coming back to promote her solo album. But we'll see when new info arrives in the coming days.

Please keep posted as this page will be updated with details about the concert including ticket prices, venue and exact schedule.

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Update: Only Andrea will be coming! Read t…

Karla Henry stabbed in Mandaluyong

Karla Paula Henry, the 2008 Miss Earth winner, was stabbed outside her condominium Thursday morning.

A drunk tenant reportedly stabbed Henry in the back while the beauty queen was making her way out the California Garden in Mandaluyong City.

Henry was immediately brought to St. Luke's Global City for treatment. Doctors reportedly have declared her out of danger.

Filipino-Canadian Karla Henry, 25, was crowned Miss Earth 2008, becoming the first Philippine representative and the first in the Asian region to win the title.

The most hated person in America is Casey Anthony: poll

Casey Anthony is the "Most Hated Person in America", according to a survey by California-based E-Poll Market Research.

E-Poll collected the data from 1,100 individuals who took its survey. Fifty-three percent (53%) of the poll-takers claimed to be aware of Anthony and 94% said they disliked her.

Anthony, accused -and acquitted- in the death of 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie, was followed by reality TV stars Spencer Pratt (#2 with 88% dislike) and Nadya "Octomom" Suleman (#3 with 87% dislike).

The #4 "Most Hated Person in the US" is O.J. Simpson, who also underwent a controversial murder acquittal like Anthony. Another reality television personality, Jon Gosselin, came in at #5.

Completing the Top 10 list are Levi Johnston (#6), Jesse James (#7), Paris Hilton (#8), Heidi Fleiss (#9), and Howard Stern (#10).

Additionally, 57% of the respondents described Anthony as "creepy" while 60% described her as "cold."

Most Hated Person In America Poll Results - Top 10 List

A "Most Hated Person in America" poll was recently conducted by California-based E-Poll Market Research. According to its results, Casey Anthony, the woman who was recently acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie, has beat out Nadya Suleman, Spencer Pratt and Paris Hilton.

E-Poll collected the data from 1,100 individuals who took its survey. Fifty-three percent (53%) of the poll-takers claimed to be aware of Anthony and 94% said they disliked her.

Additionally, 57% of the respondents described Anthony as "creepy" while 60% described her as "cold."

Here are the Top 10 names that came out in the said "Most Hated Person in America" poll:

1. Casey Anthony - 94% dislike rate
2. Spencer Pratt - 88%
3. Nadya "Octomom" Suleman - 87%
4. O.J. Simpson - 85%
5. Jon Gosselin - 79%
6. Levi Johnston -75%
7. Jesse James - 71%
8. Paris Hilton - 69%
9. Heidi Fleiss - 69%
10. Howard Stern -68%

The above data came from E-Poll's …

Joseph Bitangcol injured in road accident

Joseph Bitangcol suffered injuries after a vehicular accident Tuesday evening.

Joseph Bitangcol injured in vehicular accident

Reports say Bitangcol's vehicle (a Mitsubishi Montero) collided with an Isuzu dump truck along Sumulong Highway in Antipolo City. He and his five ( 5) companions who were also hurt in the accident were rushed to Amang Rodriguez Medical Center in Marikina City for treatment.

Update: Bitangcol has been transferred to Marikina Valley Hospital where he is now recovering.

Meanwhile, the driver of the truck has been nabbed by the police for reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property and multiple physical injuries.

Joseph Bitangcol was a contestant of ABS-CBN reality star search "Star Circle Quest" in 2004 together with Sandara Park, Melissa Ricks, Roxanne Ginoo, etc. After the competition, Bitangcol joined Star Magic and was seen in several shows in ABS-CBN and some movies under Star Cinema. He is recently doing shows in the Kapatid network.

Heaven is home

Heaven Arespacochaga, the son of singer Geneva Cruz to ex-husband Paco Arespacochaga, is currently having his vacation in the country.

Heaven Arespacochaga | Photo courtesy of Geneva Cruz

While in Manila, 15-year old Heaven is staying at KC Montero's. As many of you know, KC already broke up with Geneva last year after almost 10 years of being together as a couple. But it appears that the split did not affect Heaven and KC's bond - Heaven grew up looking up to KC as his dad.

Heaven recently created his own Facebook Fan Page where he said he will be deleting if he won't get at least 100 likes. But in a matter of 1 hour, more than 150 fans "liked" the page. Check it out HERE.

Scotty McCreery debuts 'I Love You This Big' music video

Scotty McCreery, the American Idol Season 10 grand champion, has just released his debut video. It's the music video for his coronation single "I Love You This Big."

Scotty McCreery

Showing her support to his son, Scotty's mom made a cameo appearance on the clip. Check out Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" music video below:

Courtesy of VEVO

Meanwhile, his runner-up Lauren Alaina also released her first music video today. It's for the song "Like My Mother Does". Check it out HERE.

Both Scotty and Lauren, together with the rest of the AI 10 Top 11 finalists will be coming to Manila this September for a one night concert at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. Check out details HERE.

Master Plumbers Board Exam Results - August 2011 | List of Passers

The August 2011 Master Plumbers Board Exam Results otherwise known as the Master Plumbers Licensure Exam Results for August 2011 have been released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Monday night.

The said results contain the names of 215 examinees who successfully passed the Master Plumbers Licensure Exam held on August 10-11, 2011. A total of 600 individuals took the said exam.

Julietta L. Rosos of University of San Carlos and Jerome B. Jarasa of Pamatansan ng Lungsod ng Maynila who got 82.90% and 80.10% exam ratings respectively were named the topnotchers of the said exam.

The "Performance of Schools" is posted HERE.

The PRC also announced the following:
Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will start on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 but not later than September 9, 2011. Those who will register are required to bring the following: duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Co…

Vanessa Hudgens sports 'homeless' look for new movie

Vanessa Hudgens had a pretty severe makeover for her role as a homeless girl in the movie "Gimme Shelter." Check out Vanessa's transformation below:

Vanessa Hudgens gets a severe makeover for a movie role | Photo courtesy of Buzznet

In the upcoming flick, Hudgens, 22, plays the role of a pregnant teen who was tossed into the streets after running away from her abusive mother.

The Fil-Am actress is joined by Brendan Fraser, Rosario Dawson, Emily Meade, Stephanie Szostak, etc in the movie. It is set to be released next year.

Cong. Gloria Arroyo to undergo emergency surgery

This is just in! St. Lukes Medical Center has just released a medical bulletin with regards to the emergency operation of former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo tomorrow. A titanium implant previously fitted in Arroyo's spine was said to have been "dislodged," causing pain at her right arm.

On TV Patrol, Dr. Juliet Gopez-Cervantes, Arroyo's attending physician, said the "revision of surgery" is scheduled on Wednesday morning and will last for at least 5 hours.

Arroyo underwent a cervical spine surgery because of “a damaged cervical spine with multilevel cervical spondylosis” last week. After discharged from the hospital 2 days ago, she has been staying at her residence in La Vista, Quezon City, to rest per doctor's advise. She sought medical check-up Tuesday after experiencing pain.

Renana, a rare sand cat, born at a zoo in Israel

After 9 weeks of gestation, a rare baby sand cat named Renana was born at Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday.

A video of Renana and her mother Rotem

According to Sagit Horowitz, the safari zoo's spokesperson, it is their first successful Sand Cat birth. The kitten is hoped to be included in the Israel's Sand Cat Breeding Program in order to help reintroduce the species into the wild.

'Watch The Throne' released!

"Watch The Throne", the debut studio album of Throne (the name of the highly anticipated collaboration of rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West), has been released via digital download today. The CD release will follow on August 12th.

Throne (the most anticipated duo of two of the most acclaimed rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West)

Watch The Throne album consist of the following tracks:

1. "No Church in the Wild" (featuring Frank Ocean)
2. "Lift Off" (featuring Beyoncé)
3. "Niggas in Paris"
4. "Otis" (featuring Otis Redding)
5. "Gotta Have It"
6. "New Day"
7. "That’s My Bitch" (feat. Elly Jackson)
8. "Welcome to the Jungle"
9. "Who Gon Stop Me"
10. "Murder to Excellence"
11. "Made in America" (featuring Frank Ocean)
12. "Why I Love You" (featuring Mr Hudson),

Four (4) more bonus songs are included in the album. It is now available for down…

Charice at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards (Videos)

Charice, for the very first time, attended the Teen Choice Awards in LA over the weekend.

Charice at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards
She graced and was interviewed during the red carpet ceremonies. She also presented the Acuvue Inspire Award with Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey. Her single "One Day" was also played in the background for a couple of times during the awarding ceremonies.

Immediately after the event, Charice tweeted she is bound for Japan for some album promotion gigs.

"That was freaking awesome! Demi Lovato is sooo nice. :) Thanks TCA! Now off to Japan. :)" Charice tweeted.

By the way, check out the list of winners in the 2011 Teen Choice AwardsHERE.

London Riot Videos

London riot turns mad!

Said to be caused by local tensions and anger over economic situation which first flared after a peaceful protest in Tottenham over the fatal shooting of a man by police on Saturday, riots have spread over London the past days. Stores and shops were looted by angry teenagers and buildings were set to fire. They are said to be the worst riots in the British capital for years.

London Riots: A building set to fire in Croydon | Courtesy of Russia Today

Related upheavals were also seen in Birmingham, Liverpool, Nottingham and Bristol.

Additional 1,700 police officers have been deployed in London and at least 400 have been arrested.

Check out some dramatic videos of the London Riots below:

Sarah Geronimo, Martin Nievera to bring 'What Is Love?' in more provinces

Sarah Geronimo and Martin Nievera Valentines' concert titled "What Is Love?" will be staged in more provinces nationwide. The Popstar Princess and the Concert King already visited some cities to perform the said concert the past few months.

Sarah Geronimo and Martin Nievera

Sarah is still in Australia right now for a series of concerts but after she gets back in Manila, she will surely be prepping for her "What Is Love" concert tour with Martin. Check out the schedule below:

September 9, 2011 - Dasmarinas, Cavite
September 16, 2011 - De La Salle Centrum, Batangas
September 23, 2011 - Pampanga
October 7, 2011 - Malolos, Bulacan
October 14, 2011 - General Santos
October 21,2011 -Limketkai Atrium, Cagayan de Oro

Before the tour though, Sarah is flying to Japan to perform with Gino Padilla at the WorldCom Japan 12th Anniversary on August 28, 2011.

That's quite a busy sched. No wonder we are not seeing much of Sarah on TV these days.

Planking Celebrities (Photos)

Planking is not just gaining popularity among common Noypis. It also has attracted some famous personalities to try the game out.

Check out some of your favorite celebrities planking below:

Xian Lim planking inside a bus

Matteo Guidicelli and Xiam Lim planking in HK International Airport

Paolo Paraiso planking

KC Montero planking inside a store

Lauren Young planking down the stairs

Smart Gilas team members planking

Photos courtesy of their respective owners

Read details about Planking here:

Philippine Dragon Boat team nabs 5 gold, 2 silver medals at US tilt

The Philippine Dragon Boat team (the Dragon Warriors) dominated the 10th International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Dragon Boat Championships held in Tampa Bay, Florida, United States.

The Philippine Dragon Boat team members

The Noypi paddlers earned a medal in every event they joined in the competition, bagging a total of 5 gold and 2 silver medals. ABS-CBN reported that the team broke the world records in all of the events that they won: the 1000-m men's event, the 200-m men's event, the 500-m men's event, the 200-m mixed event, and the 500-m mixed event.

This year's championships attracted teams from 17 different countries who competed in 18 competition classes. This is the second time that a U.S. city has hosted them. The next championships, in 2013, will be held in Iran.

Teen Choice Awards 2011 Winners (Full List)

The 2011 Teen Choice Awards was successfully held at the Universal City's Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California on August 7, 2011.

Taylor Swift wins big at the Teen Choice Awards 2011
Hosted by Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco, the teen awards show gave the most number of recognition to singing sensation Taylor Swift who took home a total of 6 awards including the "Ultimate Choice Award." Following closely was Disney star Selena Gomez who bagged 5 surfboard-shaped trophies while her boyfriend Justin Bieber walked away with 4.

Check out below the complete list of winners of the Teen Choice Awards 2011:

Choice Male Artist: Justin Bieber
Choice Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Choice Female Country Artist: Taylor Swift
Choice Country Song: “Mean,” Taylor Swift
Choice Breakup Song: “Back to December,” Taylor Swift
Choice Song of the Summer: “Skyscraper,” Demi Lovato
Choice Single: “Who Says”, Selena Gomez & the Scene


Choice Movie of the Summer: Harry Potter a…

Mario Maurer 'E-live', 'The Buzz' Interview (Video)

Mario Maurer, a Thai model and actor, has finally met the representatives of ABS-CBN to finalize his upcoming projects for the TV network.

Mario Maurer | Courtesy of ABS-CBN

On "E! Live" and "The Buzz", the Asian heartthrob shared how excited he is to meet his Noypi fans through a pre-recorded interview. Maurer also revealed that he is going to work with local clothing brand Penshoppe and will do a movie under Star Cinema in his forthcoming visit in the Philippines soon.

Check out Mario Maurer's E-Live (and "The Buzz") interview below:

Mario Maurer's E! Live (The Buzz) interview courtesy of "nhicko27" of Youtube and ABS-CBN

The said interview of Mario Maurer reportedly will be aired on TV Patrol and SNN (Showbiz News Ngayon).

Update: Apart from the things Maurer said on the video above, he also shared his fascination with cars on "The Buzz."

Teens and Facebook: Positive and Negative Effects

Teens and Facebook: Positive and Negative Effects

Facebook and other social networking sites can have harmful effects on teens according to a recent study.

Harmful Effects of Facebook on Teens

Dr. Larry Rosen, a Psychology professor at California State University, outlined his findings before the American Psychological Association over the weekend.

“While nobody can deny that Facebook has altered the landscape of social interaction, particularly among young people, we are just now starting to see solid psychological research demonstrating both the positives and the negatives,” said Rosen.

Here are negative effects of Facebook on kids according to Rosen:
1. Teens who are heavy gamers or Facebook users have more trouble sleeping, higher levels of anxiety, depression, and stomach aches.

2. Young adults and teens who spend their days inside Facebook are more narcissistic and show more signs of other psychological disorders, including antisocial behaviors, mania, and aggressive tendencie…