Makati to be Philippines’ First Wi-fi City?

Makati City is working out on becoming the country’s first wifi city. It gradually rolled out its plan by making Makati City hall a wifi spot last July 12.

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) will be internet provider for the city’s proposed project.

Philippines is slightly behind by its Southeast Asian neighbor, with Vietnam’s Hoi An took the mantle as Asia’s first city to give free wifi to its residents last February.

Jessica Sanchez is Coming to Manila!

american idol manila jessic sanchez

Yes, you read it right! The phenomenal Jessica Sanchez the runner-up to Philip Phillips in the recently concluded American Idol.

Sanchez will join with the rest of former American Idol contestants for American Idol Live Tour 2012. It will be on September 21, 2012, 8:00pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ticket Prices:

Ticketnet and its partners will sell the tickets which will be announced soon.

Picture Perfect Photo Challenge 2012

Would you like to have a Nikon D3100 for free? Then join this Manila Bulletin and CameraHaus Picture Perfect Photo Challenge 2012

Get a chance to win one of these three (3) prizes:
1st PRIZE: Nikon D3100, Php 5000, SM Gift Check
2nd PRIZE: Samsung WB150f, Php 3000, SM Gift Check
3rd PRIZE: Canon Ixus115, Php 2000, SM Gift Check

Read the mechanics of the photo contest in the image below:
Photo Challenge 2012

3 Metro Manila universities among best in English

Asia News Network reported that 3 universities from Metro Manila were among in best English.

The full news item below:

Philippine universities among world’s best English-teaching schools

Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) – Three Philippine Universities are among the top 50 universities in the world when it comes to teaching English according to a new survey by the London-based research and ratings firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

In a statement sent to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, QS said the country’s specialist strength in the English language was affirmed in results of its latest World University Rankings by Subject, an index that rates universities across 29 disciplines.

Ateneo de Manila University posted the highest rating of all Philippine schools, ranking 24th in English language and literature. University of the Philippines ranked 32 while De La Salle University ranked 44th.

World-renowned universities in the United Kingdom and the United States took the top five spots (in this order): Cambridge, Harvard, Oxford, Yale and University of California Berkeley.

The specialist strengths of Philippine universities in English language and literature are clearly shown in these rankings. The country should be proud of their achievements,” Ben Sowter, QS research chief, said in the statement sent to the Inquirer.

The Philippines rated in only one other discipline, with UP placing within the 101-150 bracket in Geography.

QS ranked schools on 29 subjects based on academic reputation, employer reputation, and citations per paper,” QS said.

Amid strong showing in English, Philippine universities have been slipping in world rankings in the past few years.

No Plastic in Makati City

Plastic bag Makati

Source: Yahoo! News

It’s time to bring out the “bayongs” for some Makati residents.

This, as the country’s financial district ordered the implementation of a partial ban on plastic packaging starting next week.

Mayor Jejomar Binay Jr. has issued the executive order amending an earlier plastic bag ban. The new ban aims to “strengthen our citywide advocacy for the use of environment-friendly packaging.”

“We have amended the guidelines previously issued to include a clear definition of primary and secondary packaging materials. We have also identified products packaged in plastic material that need to be exempted from the ban for the time being, since an acceptable alternative packaging is not yet available,” Binay said in a press statement.

Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, Taguig, and Quezon City have earlier ordered plastic ban.

In Makati, exempted from the ban are plastic bottles used for “water, iced tea, cooking oil, alcohol, mayonnaise, jelly, peanut butter, coco jam, and the like.” Plastic sachets for shampoos, conditioners, soap, noodles, and cigarettes are also exempted from the ban, as are plastic bags used as primary packaging for wet goods.

Under Binay’s executive order, “first-level product packaging that contains the item sold” fall under primary packaging.

Secondary packaging includes plastic bags used to hold wet goods that already have primary packaging, “usually for the convenience of the handler or customer.”

The ban on plastic packaging will be implemented in supermarkets, public markets, shopping malls, department stores, restaurants, fast food chains, and convenience stores in Makati.

Under the ban, establishments are prohibited from selling, using, and distributing plastic bags as packaging for dry goods and as secondary packaging for wet goods. The use of styrofoam containers is also banned. Instead, establishments are expected to use paper, cloth, or woven bags which they can provide to customers either free or for a fee.

The city order requires establishments and barangay halls to place plastic bag recovery bins where people can leave plastic bags for recycling or disposal.

“Through these policies, we aim to encourage the use of biodegradable or recyclable plastic bags among business establishments and consumers alike,” Binay said.

People who violate the ban will be fined P1,000 or imprisoned for from five days to 30 days while the establishment will be fined P5,000 or imprisonment for a month to a year. They could also lose their business permit.

Establishments have a year from next week to dispose of all remaining stocks of plastic bags and styrofoam packaging and must report how many they still have left each quarter.

Pippen, Rodman and Robertson to visit Manila?!


All time NBA greats will come here on July 18, 2012, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Robert Pippen, Horace Grant, Dennis Rodman and Oscar Robertson are part of the All-Star Basketball Challenge.

Pippen and Rodman last played for the the Bulls, while Robertson, whose last name was used for a basketball shoe will be the coach, last ply his trade for Milwaukee Bucks. Robertson, now 73, retired in 1974.

Other former NBA players to join are Mitch Richmond (Los Angeles Lakers), Jason Williams (Memphis Grizzlies), Clifford Robinson (New Jersey Nets) and Bryon Russell (Los Angeles Lakers).

Maroon 5 in Concert on September!

Who wants to see the The Voice judge perform with the rest of Maroon 5 again on September 18, 2012 here in Metro Manila?

Maroon 5 is probably one of the big acts to perform here, and they will do so at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ticket sales will start on June 25, and can be bought online at Ticketnet or call Ticketnet hotline 911-5555 for more details.

Maroon 5 Manila concert

Ticket Prices:
Patron VIP – P10,000
Patron – P7,000
Lower Box Center – P6,000
Lower Box – P5,500
Upper Box A – P3,500
Upper Box B – P2,500
General Admission – P800

The Smashing Pumpkins Live in Concert

Smashing Pumpkins Manila Concert

The 30 to 40 something adults who were once teenagers during the 1990s would surely love to watch this concert.

The Chicago based alternative band would hold a concert in August 7, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ticket Prices:
VIP (Limited standing)
Patron (Standing) – P4,785
Lowe Box (Reserved Seating) – P3,735
Upper Box A (Free Seating) – P1,845
Upper Box B (Free Seating) – P1,045
General Ad – P585

Purchase tickets online or at all SM Supermarkets nationwide.