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Mall Of Asia Martilyo Gang Robbery Leaves One Hurt

The notorious Martilyo gang staged a robbery at a jewelry store in SM Mall of Asia on Sunday evening, leaving one person injured.

"At 7:14 PM this evening the Martilyo gang had stuck a jewelry counter at SM Store in MOA," SM said in a statement. "The police are already present in the area to conduct a thorough investigation. The mall is working closely with the PNP to resolve this."

The mall operation was back to normal two hours later after the incident was contained, it added.

In an interview with GMA News TV, Senior Superintendent Florencio Ortilla, Pasay City Police chief, said five men robbed the store. He added that the thieves exchanged fire with the policemen in the area. One of the suspects was arrested inside a restaurant, while the rest got away.

According to reports, a male mall employee got wounded from a gunshot. He was brought to a hospital for treatment.

Other details about the incident are currently being investigated.

Summer Jobs For Students Offered By DOLE And DepED

Students can now apply for summer jobs offered by the government.

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are now accepting applications for the 2014 edition of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), an annual summer employment program that encourages students to make their vacation productive by working during summer thereby earning extra which they can use during regular school days.

Qualifications to be accepted as a SPES Trainee are the following:
1. Students/out-of-school youth who are at least 18 years old but not more than 25 years old;
2. He/she must be enrolled this school year (in-school) or if not, must have intention to enroll next school year (out-of-school);
3. The combined annual net income of both parents must not exceed Php 143,000; and
4. Applicants must possess office skills with priority given to those with computer-related skills.

The following requirements must be accomplished for the SPES applicat…

Ash Wednesday 2014: Rules On Fasting And Abstinence

Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Lent season in the Western Christian calendar, occuring 46 days before Easter. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on March 5.

Apart from hearing the mass and getting an ash cross on their foreheads as a reminder of mortality and as a sign of repentance, among the other religious practices observed by Catholics during this holy day is to fast. Fasting is defined by the Roman Catholic church as consuming only one full meal, or two smaller meals. The Church specifies that those within the age of 18-59 should fast on Ash Wednesday, as well as on Good Friday.

On Ash Wednesday, faithfuls are also expected to refrain from eating meat. Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl, including soups or gravies made from them. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted, as are animal derived products such as margarine and gelatin which do not have any meat taste.

The Catholic law of abstinence states…

USS Somerset, US Navy's Newest Warship, Commissioned In Philadelphia

USS Somerset (LPD 25), US Navy's newest amphibious transport dock ship, was commissioned during a formal ceremony at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia on Saturday.

The warship represents the heroic actions of the 40 crew and passengers of United Flight 93, honoring their collective sacrifice and the tremendous courage displayed in the face of overwhelming adversity.

Thousands of guests, including military veterans and family and friends of the crew, witnessed the ship coming to life and enter the naval service. Distinguished guests included the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, delivered the principal address and spoke of the ship and employment to the nation.

"Somerset is a welcomed edition to the Fleet, make no mistake, this vessel along with the other San Antonio Class Amphibious ships represent America's commitment to security around the world," sa…

Flesh-Eating Disease In Pangasinan Explained By DOH

Is a flesh-eating disease spreading in Pangasinan?

According to a report on the late-night newscast Bandila on Monday night, at least two people in the province have acquired a "mysterious disease" that causes lesions and flaking of the skin. The report said doctors are having a difficult time coming up with a strong diagnosis.

Bombarded by queries regarding the so-called flesh-eating disease in Pangasinan, the Department of Health (DOH) released a statement on Tuesday afternoon to shed light on the illness being suffered by the two individuals featured in the news.

DOH said the 21-year-old female is suffering from leprosy and is on multi-drug therapy at a regional health unit. The said patient, who was initially-treated in another private health facility, has now completed the treatment but may still need debridement for her skin lesions. She is now being assessed on current drug reaction and for work-up for tuberculosis.

On the other hand, clinical examination confirmed th…

Prophet Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj's Prophecy About A Skin Disease In Pangasinan, Now Happening?

Prophet Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj, a Christian missionary from India, revealed a prophecy last year that a "grievous disease" will originate in Pangasinan, Philippines and will spread across the globe. 

"The Lord says there is a place called Pangasinan," he said. The Lord says it is in the northernmost part in your land. From there a grievous disease will spread all over the world. That will consume the flesh of men; all their upper (outer) skin will begin to decay. It will pierce through the bones. The fear of this disease will spread all over the world. The Lord said that this (disease) will begin from the Philippines."

Netizens went abuzz Monday night about the said prediction after ABS-CBN late-night news show "Bandila" ran a story about a mysterious skin disease that is being suffered by at least two people in separate towns in Pangasinan. Sores and scabbing can be seen on the skin of the afflicted individuals. According to the report, doctors are hav…

Mitch Albom Arrives In Manila

Best-selling author Mitch Albom arrived in Manila on Wednesday, February 19.

Albom is in the country for a couple of book signing events organized by National Book Store. They will be held in Glorietta on Saturday and in Ayala Cebu on Sunday.

"Before the opening of Glorietta, early birds may line up at the entrance of National Book Store along Palm Drive beside J.Co Donuts," National Book Store said. "This shall be the official registration line for Mitch Albom's book signing event until the mall opens when the registration line will move to the Glorietta Activity Center. This entrance of National Book Store will be opened at 9:30 AM while mall entrances open at 10 AM."

While in the Philippines, the 55-year-old American novelist will also visit schools and will take a trip to Tacloban to show his support to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

Albom is the man behind New York Times bestsellers "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in He…

Viral Video: Filipino Man, Canadian Woman's Long Distance Relationship Turns Into Marriage

A video narrating the fascinating love story of a man from the Philippines and a woman from Canada, whose online long distance relationship turned into marriage, is currently making the rounds on social networks.

In the 11-minute video, Romel Sindol of General Santos City related that his relationship with Quebec native Elodie Pelletier started with a friend request on Facebook on November 2009. They've been chatting on the popular networking site, on Skype, and on MSN since then, which eventually led to them developing feelings for each other. Two years after, she decided to take a flight halfway around the world to finally meet him. It was their first meeting ever and it only made their relationship stronger. But she had to go back to Canada. So after she left, they went back to exchanging messages online. Over a year later, she returned to Philippines to marry the love her life. He's now 22 and she's 19 years old.

The said video has been shared more than 42,000 times on…

Air Asia Philippines Hiring New Flight Attendants In Cebu

Award-winning low-cost carrier Air Asia is looking for new flight attendants for its fleet in the Philippines.

It is set to hold a walk-in interview at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City on January 25-26, 8am-4pm. The requirements are as follows:

• Male and Female between 20-28 years
• With clear complexion and good set of teeth
• With weight proportion to height
• Height (Ladies): minimum of 160 cm; maximum of 170 cm (barefoot)
• Height (Men): minimum of 170 cm; maximum of 180 cm (barefoot)
• College graduate/College Level (at least completed second yr. level)
• Should be fluent in English and Filipino.

Applicants should wear business attire (Ladies: knee-length skirt and full make-up; Men: corporate) and should bring the following:

• Original and photocopy of Passport
• Original and photocopy of Barangay, Police, and NBI Clearances
• 1 recent colored photograph (passport size)
• 1 recent colored photograph (postcard size, whole body)
• Original & photocopy of school c…

Chinese New Year Party Essentials Recommendations

Lazada has come along way since it started operating in the Philippines over a year ago.

It now has more than 1.6 million likes on Facebook. In April, it became the most talked about consumer brand on the popular social networking site locally.

Lazada was also chosen as the Best Online Shopping Mall in the country at last year's Golden Globe Annual Awards.

According to data from Alexa, Lazada is currently the 34th most popular website in the Philippines, higher in rank than the websites of Philippine Star newspaper, Apple, and Microsoft.

This only means that many Filipinos are trusting Lazada as their go-to website for online shopping.

Chinese New Year is just around the corner and it will be perfect to shop your party essentials at Lazada as they offer a wide variety of items at very reasonable prices. Below are our recommendations:

1. Chocolate Fondue Fountain (P1,469, 58% Off)
This will surely leave the fun flowing on your party as it is a hit with the kids and adults alike. La…

'2Go Models' Booed At Sinulog Festival In Cebu

A group of Sinulog attendees wearing "I Love 2Go" tank tops reportedly got booed during the festival's grand parade over the weekend.

According to reports, they took the Sto. NiƱo from a woman wearing a costume, allegedly the Sinulog Festival Queen, and asked her to take a photo of them. Other spectators found it disrespectful and thus, they gave them a loud boo.

Photos of the incident have made their way online, amassing more negative comments from netizens.

"These 2GO models forgot what the festival is all about," Twitter user @pastor_ey said. "I'm not a Catholic but IMHO (in my honest opinion) what they did was disrespect."

"Shame. You don't do that to the sinulog festival queen!," @smithered tweeted. 

Chang Euldan, who posted the photos on his Facebook account, wrote the following as caption, "Nakaangkon ug daku nga #BOO sa mga katawhan sa granstand ang float sa 2GO Travel! Grabe pagka displeased sa mga manan-away sa #sin…

Studio 23 To Sign Off On January 17

Studio 23 will be signing off on Friday, January 17, 2014, more than 17 years since its launch.

According to reports, Studio 23 will be transformed into an all-sports channel on free TV. The new channel will start airing on Saturday at 6am.

A fully-owned subsidiary of ABS-CBN, Studio 23 officially went on-air on October 12, 1996. Over the last decade, Studio 23 has grown in scope and programming. The network broadened its profile from upscale to the more demographically desirable youth market with urban skew. The network has 16-35 age demo as its core market and it is known for its top notch programming, hip image, innovative promotions and trend-setting on-ground activities, complemented by the Kabarkada campaign launch in 2004, which was re-enforced further in 2007 to target the more elusive and difficult to capture young adult progressives.

The award-winning channel has aired a number of American shows as well as original programs and local sporting events.

Serpentosis Malianorcis: Fake Story Of 'Snakegirl' In Thailand Goes Viral

A story about an 8-year-old girl in Thailand who is suffering from Serpentosis Malianorcis, said to be a very rare disease condition which turned her lower body into that of a reptile, has gone viral online.

World News Daily Report ran the story on January 6 and has since received thousands of hits. According to the website, the "half-snake, half-human" little girl from Bangkok named Mai Li Fay is receiving a number of visitors, who want to see her and "possibly touching the young girl, a gesture which both Buddhists and Hindu pilgrims seem to perceive as a guarantee of good fortune," everyday.

The said story of a "snakegirl" in Thailand is apparently fake. A search of Serpentosis Malianorcis on search engines will yield no credible sources. The rest of the articles posted on the website are also too ridiculous to be true.

A fairly new website created just a couple of months ago, World News Daily Report seems to be one of those websites running hoax stor…

Cell Phones, Mobile Devices Now Allowed To Be Used During Philippine Flights

Cellular phones, laptops and other mobile devices are now allowed to be used during commercial flights in the Philippines.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) released Tuesday a memorandum stating that it has allowed "the use of transmitting portable electronic devices specifically laptops and cellular phones including MP# and GSMOBA, on a conditional basis, on all commercial aircraft operating within or en route the territorial jurisdiction of the Republic of the Philippines."

In an interview with ANC, CAAP deputy director general John Andrews said the restriction on the use of mobile devices was removed because "we believe we know it does not impair the safety of flights."

"There's no safety issue involved. Now the airlines will either have to comply with it or make their own adjustments as far as the restriction is concerned," he said.

The use of cellphones and other mobile devices is subject to the following conditions and limit…

Philippine Arena Featured In Discovery Channel's 'Man-Made Marvels'

Philippine Arena, which is set to become the largest domed arena in the world upon its completion, was featured on Discovery Channel on Wednesday, December 25.

The cable channel ran a full-length documentary, titled "Man-Man Marvels: Philippine Arena Quake Proof," detailing how the megastructure was made to withstand earthquakes, as well as strong typhoon winds.

Started in 2011, the 50,000-seater indoor performance hall is currently being built at a 99,200-square-meter area in Bocaue, Bulacan. It is set to open in 2014 in time for the 100th anniversary celebration of the religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), who financed its construction.

Kansas City-based global mega-architecture firm Populous designed the arena, while PWP Landscape Architecture, the firm who landscaped the famous National September 11 Memorial & Museum, designed the landscape for the arena.

Meanwhile, Korean builder Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corp. is responsible for the arena's constru…

Tina Wesson Son Dead: Family Member Of 'Survivor' Cast Dies In Car Crash

A family member of "Survivor: Blood Vs. Water" mother-daughter tandem Tina Wesson and Katie Collins died in a car accident on Tuesday.

Taylor Lee Collins, Tina's 25-year-old son, was a passenger in a vehicle that went off Germantown Road in Chattanooga, TN and hit the wall of a garage, according to the Times Free Press. He was sitting in the front seat and was ejected out of the car during the crash, the newspaper said.

Taylor died at the local hospital, where he was brought to after the accident.

Meanwhile, the driver of the car, who was not named in the report, sustained minor injuries and is getting treatment at the same hospital.

Police officers are still investigating the said car accident, the report added.

Cyber Monday Deals 2013: $50 Off Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets

Amazon's Cyber Monday Deals Week 2013 has kicked off on Sunday midnight. Yes, the largest online retailer is offering Cyber Monday deals all week long, with new ones added every day including items eligible for Free Shipping and Prime Free Two-Day Shipping.

On Monday, Amazon slashed $50 off two of the most popular Kindle Fire tablets: $119 for the all-new Kindle Fire HD 16 GB, normally $169 (nearly 30% off); and $179 for Kindle Fire HDX 7”, normally $229 (over 20% off). The deal will only be available until Cyber Monday.

"The new Fire tablets are the best tablets we’ve ever built—the reviews from press and the feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive," said Neil Lindsay, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "We’re excited to be able to offer $50 off Kindle Fire HDX 7" and the all-new Kindle Fire HD 16GB for Cyber Monday."

Check out below some of the most-awaited Cyber Monday deals on other electronics on Amazon:

--Samsung 46-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED …

Cyber Monday Ads 2013: Best Electronics Deals On Amazon

Cyber Monday ads for 2013 have sprouted in several online stores in time for one of the year's biggest internet shopping days.

Among the best places to find the best Cyber Monday 2013 deals is on Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer. This year, Amazon decided to have its Cyber Monday sale for seven days, starting Sunday midnight, December 1, through the end of the week. The leading shopping website will release new deals as often as every ten minutes, a number of them offer big savings on electronics.

Below are some of Amazon's best electronics deals for this year's Cyber Monday:

--Samsung 46-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV, $477.99
--Samsung 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Ultra Slim Smart LED HDTV, $1,297.99
--40% off a Panasonic 47-Inch and 55-inch 1080p 240Hz Smart 3D LED HDTV (Includes 4 Pairs of 3D polarized glasses with built-in camera)
--Touchscreen laptop, $199.00
--Roku HD streaming media player, $39.99
--Canon PowerShot point-and-shoot, save 46% off
--Canon EOS Rebel T…

OFW In Qatar Returns P600K Cash, P2.4M Check He Found

An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Qatar returned a pouch containing a cellphone, cash, and check amounting to P3 million to its owner after finding it on a road.

Jayson Castillo, who works as receptionist at a fitness center, found the black leather pouch on his way to work on a busy roundabout in Al Khor on Tuesday morning. Inside the bag was an iPhone, 50,000 Qatari dinar (P600,000) cash and a check worth QAR 200,000 (P2,400,000).

The 24-year-old nursing graduate, who hails from Pangasinan, immediately thought that the right thing to do was to return them to its owner. But since he's new in Qatar - he arrived just two months ago -, he called his friend, an OFW who has been in Qatar for 12 years, to ask for advice on how to go about in returning the loot he found. His friend told him to turn over the pouch to the nearest police station.

The police were able to contact the Qatari owner of the bag, who said said the money was to be used as salary payments to the employees of an …

Philippine Typhoon Left 7,000 Dead In 1897

Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan) is not the first tropical cyclone that claimed thousands of lives in Tacloban. A strong typhoon also ravaged the Leyte capital and nearby areas over a hundred years ago, killing about 7,000 people.

An article on Australian newspaper The Barrier Miner dated January 12, 1898 says that the typhoon, which created a tidal wave, wrought havoc in October 12, 1987, leaving "400 Europeans and 6000 natives" dead. Here are the things stated in the century-old document:
Typhoon And Tidal Wave In The Philippines. 7000 Lives Lost. --Mail advices, brought by the steamer Gaelic from Chinese and other ports in the Far East, contain details of the fearful destruction wrought in the Philippine Islands by the typhoon and tidal wave during October. It is estimated that 400 Europeans and 6000 natives lost their lives, many being drowned by the rush of water, while others were killed by the violence of the wind. Several towns have been swept or …