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Wenn Deramas Dies Of Cardiac Arrest
The local entertainment industry woke up to a very sad news this morning. According to news reports, blockbuster director Wenn Deramas has died after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 49.

Wenn Deramas was born on September 15, 1966
"Isang napakalungkot na araw. Sagad hanggang buto ang lungkot. Paalam Direk Wenn. Mahal na mahal kita," actor and comedian Vice Ganda, who worked with the filmmaker in several successful projects, said in a Twitter post.

Direk Wenn helmed three of the top 5 highest grossing Filipino films of all time -- "Beauty and the Bestie" (#1), "The Amazing Praybet Benjamin" (#3), and "Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy" (#4) which were all starred by Vice Ganda.

A University of Santo Tomas graduate, Deramas started as a production assistant and later worked as a writer and executive producer before he directed TV shows and films. Among the hit soaps he made were "Mula Sa Puso," "Kampanerang Kuba," "Kokey," and "Dyosa."

He marked his 25 years in showbiz last year with the release of his biography book titled ""Ang Direk 2 Da Poynt."

noypi Monday, February 29, 2016
Miss Pancontinental 2015 Contestant Leaves Pageant Due To Safety Concerns
Some news outlets in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, among others, are running a story about a Miss Pancontinental 2015 contestant who left the beauty pageant because of safety and security concerns.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Harding
Nicole Harding of Christchurch, New Zealand said she and a few other candidates of the inaugural beauty contest were forced to spend a night at a hotel, which she likened to a prison jail and guarded by armed gunmen and dogs, after a mix-up in booking at their original accommodation.

"They took us to this hotel, which, in New Zealand, I would liken to a prison cell. There were guys out the front with machine guns and dogs," she said.

The 22-year-old nursing student added that the room was "crawling with bugs" and only had one double-sized bed with a thin mattress on a concrete floor which was to be shared by three people.

The incident took place in Cagayan de Oro, where most of the pageant's heats are being held. The contestants had spent a couple of days at a 5-star hotel in Manila prior to flying to CdeO. They are scheduled to go back to the capital city for the coronation night.

Harding only got more afraid about her safety when a government official told her that the area was not safe.

"We met with the Cagayan governor and he said it was not safe to be here, this place is more unsafe than Afghanistan," she was quoted as saying. "He told us, where we were, they kidnap people and use them as sex slaves, it's the number one place for human trafficking and we needed to get these girls out of here."

Together with Miss USA, Ashely Clark, Harding decided to leave the competition and traveled back to Manila where they arranged their flights back to their home countries.

According to them, at least three other contestants also pulled out from the beauty contest because of security concerns and poor organization.

"Unfortunately I am having to leave the Miss Pancontinental pageant early," Harding wrote in a Facebook post. "Due to my safety and security the New Zealand Embassy has decided that it is best if I fly back to New Zealand. I'm saddened that this has to come to an end as I have worked so hard to get here but with the lack of organization, climate and security it is unsafe for me to be here any longer. Thank you to everyone that has been there to support me through this experience and I am looking forward to touching down in New Zealand and seeing all of my friends and family!"

noypi Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Chef Hasset Go Dies Of Liver Cancer At 29
Celebrity chef Hasset Go passed away on Saturday after battling liver cancer for over a year. He was 29.

Chef Hasset's brother, Rowden, also died from the disease last year at the same age. After Rowden was diagnosed with Stage IV live cancer in May 2014, Hasset and the rest of their family members reportedly underwent diagnostic tests to find out whether they also have the ailment. It was discovered that Hasset had it as well.

Hasset later submitted himself to several treatments including a "major liver operation" in August 2014. He wrote the following caption in an Instagram post a year after the said surgery:

"Happy Anniversary to us liver! Hahahhaha.. Praise God! Naka isang taon narin pala, after my major liver operation or surgery. Nalagpasan ko rin ang naging prognosis sa akin during that time. Truly our God is an Awesome GOD! Ngayon, kahit tuloy parin ang laban ko.. Alam ko isang araw matatapos din ang lahat ng 'to. I confess that I AM HEALED by the BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST! I AM DELIVERED! I AM SET FREE! I AM ETERNALLY RELEASED! Thank you all for your support, love and continued prayers!"

On July 31, 2015, a number of celebrities and personalities participated in a benefit show and auction which raised funds to aid in Hasset's cancer treatment.

noypi Monday, October 26, 2015
Magnitude 3.4 Earthquake Hits CdeO
A 3.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Cagayan de Oro City on Wednesday evening, August 19, 2015, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

Epicenter of Wednesday's earthquake in Cagayan de Oro
According to the institute, the temblor hit at 11:50pm and centered at 17km northeast of the city. The tectonic quake had a depth of focus of 28km and was reportedly felt at Intensity III, which has the description below:
Weak - Felt by many people indoors especially in upper floors of buildings. Vibration is felt like one passing of a light truck. Dizziness and nausea are experienced by some people. Hanging objects swing moderately. Still water in containers oscillates moderately.
Phivolcs added that no damage nor aftershocks are to be expected from the quake based on historical data.

The Philippine Archipelago is part of the Ring of Fire, a vast area in the Pacific Ocean where continental plates collide causing frequent earthquakes. It had been reported that about 20 quakes strike the country each day but most of them are too weak to be felt.

noypi Thursday, August 20, 2015
Kristel Tejada Laid To Rest
Kristel Tejada, a University of the Philippines-Manila student who committed suicide allegedly over unpaid tuition, was laid to rest at the Manila North Cemetery Saturday afternoon.

Kristel Tejada Laid To Rest
An estimated 1,000 people attended the burial of the 16-year-old Behavioral Sciences student at  around 4 p.m.

A couple of days after filing a leave of absence for her failure to pay tuition on time, Tejada took her own life by drinking silver cleaning solution at her home on March 15. Her death ignited outrage from various groups and prompted UP's "no late payment" policy to be lifted.

"The past few days have not been easy for us. The news of Kristel's untimely demise has divided us and this has saddened us more. But let us now look forward and turn our grief into a stronger resolve to address the concerns brought out by this tragedy," UP President Alfredo Pascual said in a statement Saturday.

Pascual promised to make sure that no student will be denied education in UP due to financial reasons.

noypi Saturday, March 23, 2013
Sabah Standoff: Ph Embassy Team Arrives In Lahad Datu
As the standoff in Sabah continues, the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur sent a team to Lahad Datu for a humanitarian and consular mission to Filipinos affected there.
Lahad Datu in Sabah (Google Maps)

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jose S. Brillantes informed Sunday Royal Malaysian Police Inspector General Tan Sri Ismail Omar of the group's presence and their mission.

"We would like to see how we could work with local authorities in further assisting our nationals affected by the situation," Undersecretary Brilliantes said.

"We are here in Lahad Datu on a consular, humanitarian mission. We would also like to extend consular assistance to the wounded and other affected nationals, and have access to them once practicable," Ambassador Malaya stated.

Undersecretary Brilliantes was dispatched from Manila to Malaysia last February 25 to assist the Philippine Embassy in handling the situation.

The Embassy consular team that are in Lahad Datu include Consul General Medardo Macaraig, Police Attaché Charlo Collado, Assistance to Nationals (ATN) officer Mustapha Lucman and Ariel Esparto, Attaché Joy Calip and Police Administrative Assistant Pastor Reano.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario left for Kuala Lumpur Monday to meet with Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman to continue discussions on how to avert further loss of lives and to appeal to the Malaysian authorities to exercise maximum tolerance in dealing with the remaining members of Kiram’s group in Lahad Datu.

Secretary del Rosario will also try to personally convey the Philippine Government’s requests for a full briefing by Malaysian authorities on the situation and for clearance for the Philippine Navy ship AT-296 Tagbanua to proceed to Lahad Datu to enable the Philippine medical personnel aboard to provide humanitarian and consular assistance and provide medical care to the wounded and ferry them and the remaining members of the group back to their respective homes and families.

Ever since the Kiram group landed in Lahad Datu three weeks ago, Secretary del Rosario has been in touch with the Malaysian authorities on a daily basis in search for a peaceful resolution to the situation.

noypi Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Lolong The Crocodile Is Dead
Lolong, the world's largest crocodile in captivity, has died, a local official announced Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Crocodile Lolong Is Dead
According to Bunawan, Agusan del Sur Mayor Edwin Elorde, Lolong was pronounced dead Sunday evening by Dr. Alex Cullantes of the Davao Crocodile Park.

The cause of Lolong's death is still being investigated.

Caught in September, Lolong was declared the world’s lаrgеѕt crocodile captured alive after an Australian zoologist Adam Britton measured the saltwater beast at more than 6.2 meters (20 feet and 4 inches).

The effort to capture the giant crocodile was intensified after several residents have reportedly gone missing. Residents also reported witnessing the crocodile preying on their carabaos (water buffaloes).

Lolong was named after a wildlife expert who died of a stroke during the two-week hunt for the croc.

noypi Sunday, February 10, 2013