Photos of Metro Manila flooding due to Typhoon Maring

Metro Manila, along with other nearby towns and cities got stormed by Typhoon Maring for almost two days now. It just seemed like an ordinary drizzle because there's no storm alerts were raised as Maring was not expected to hit land. Usually, we only get downpour that lasts for about 3-6 hrs/day. Maring followed last week’s onslaught of typhoon Labuyo (Utor) which lashed northern Luzon, leaving 11 persons dead and three others still missing as of yesterday.

Several areas in Luzon have been placed under a state of calamity due to the torrential rains brought by an unprecendented southwest monsoon and enhanced by the tropical storm Maring that struck on Monday, August 19.

Tropical storm “Maring” (international name Trami) may still intensify into a typhoon before it leaves the country’s area of responsibility on Thursday morning and heads for Taiwan, according to PAG-ASA. I hope insurance companies are prepared for the amount of claims they will be expecting. Auto-repair shops should be prepared too. Let’s continue praying for those who are still missing and in need of rescuing and also those who have been displaced.

Here' are some photos I have got being shared on the social networking sites:

Vista Verde Subd. in Cainta. Airbed vs Banana boat vs Styro vs Salbabida via @karadavid
 Kalentong Area @MandaluyongPIO @MandaluyongC3 #FloodPH #RescuePH #MaringPH #reliefPH via @ASIANYRCF
Heavy flooding on #Pasay road. #maringph #floodph #prayforthephilippines #habagat via @CRISLYN_FELISILDA
Pinoy diskarte! A man uses a water gallon as a backpack floater as he swims in chest-deep floods. via @PIA_GUTIERREZ
*Credit goes to the respectful owners of the photos. I hope they don’t mind me sharing it here.

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Smart Infinity brings Broadway’s biggest blockbuster "Wicked" to Manila

Premium postpaid brand Smart Infinity, is bringing "Wicked," touted as 'Broadway’s biggest blockbuster' to Manila, to offer unique and delightful perks to all Smart Infinity subscribers nationwide.

The award-winning Australian cast members Jemma Rix and Suzie Mathers who will portray Elphaba and Glinda, respectively, will lead this production which is expected to draw huge crowds yet again to the CCP. "Wicked" is the re-imagining of the stories and characters dreamed up by L. Frank Baum in his "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, The Prince of Egypt) and a book by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Once and Again).

Wicked unravels the untold story of the Witches of Oz — long before Dorothy and her shiny red shoes entered the picture. Once upon a time in the Land of Oz, two girls — one fiery, misunderstood and born with emerald-green skin, the other beautiful, ambitious and popular — cross paths and form an unlikely bond as they journey to become Elphaba a.k.a. Wicked Witch of West and Glinda the Good.

From now until November 30, 2013, two complimentary VIP orchestra tickets to "Wicked" will be given to new subscribers of Smart Infinity Plan 5000 or Plan 8000 with a complimentary iPad mini 16GB or a Samsung TV 32” within a 24-month contract. A special 10% discount on any "Wicked" ticket will be exclusively offered to all existing Smart Infinity subscribers from now until September 15, 2013.

Individuals who are interested in availing of the exclusive Smart Infinity "Wicked" Broadway offers can choose from the Smart Infinity Prestige Plan 5000 or Premium Plan 8000, that both come with the Infinity VIP privileges:

  • VIP Customer Service Smart Infinity subscribers have a dedicated Infinity Management Officer, access to a  24/7 international concierge service, priority in dedicated Smart Stores as well as the option to have their preferred mobile number and an extra SIM.
  • VIP Network Access Smart Infinity subscribers can rely on the Smart network to make clear calls and have always-on, super-fast mobile data connection. Users of LTE-compatible devices can maximize this benefit and enjoy watching movies or videos, upload or download photos and more on their mobile device with no lag, no buffering, and no delays, on the country’s most widely-available LTE service.
  • VIP Rewards and Privileges Smart Infinity subscribers have access to exclusive premier events and special discounts. 

For more information on Smart Infinity, please call 0918-888-INFO (4636) or visit the Smart Infinity website at www.smart.com.ph/infinity.

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2013 Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs - My Picks!

It's now the time to pick again this year's Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs!

This will be my fifth year to support the Emerging Influential Blogs since its start on 2007. I failed to join on the year 2009 and 2010 for I don't know what reasons. Maybe I was so busy with my studies. Anyways, if you still don't know what Emerging Influential Blogs is - this writing project is now on its 7th year in identifying new and emerging blogs who are making an impact to its readers. To know more about this writing project, check out this link: Join the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013 Writing Project #emergingblogs2013

Here's my pick for this year's Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs:
  • http://sowhatsnews.wordpress.com/ - This blog is undeniably controversial and influential. What's funny about this satire blog, the articles looks normal that readers often to believe in it. Right!?
  • http://adrianbenipayo.blogspot.com/ - I prefer blogs with a variety of posts (fashion, lifestyle, recipes, entertainment...) over those focusing on only one niche. It's relatable to me than anything else.
  • http://www.ang-sarap-pinoy.blogspot.com/ - Who doesn't love foods? On this blog, I enjoy looking at the pictures of the foods and the reviews - anything helpful, really!
  • http://barakonews.blogspot.com/ - Anything viral and latest, you'll see here. This one's also a general blog. 
  • http://xstig.blogspot.com/ - I never tought that FPJ also has a tech blog! Anyways, what I like more on this blog is the simplicity of the lay-out and easy navigation.
  • http://socialmediaph.net/ -  This is a niche-y blog but a little bit versatile and there's no diversity in the posts.
  • Still searching...
If you have a blog that started anytime from July 1, 2012 to the present or at least 3 months old. I am now on blog-hopping mode, checking for the best blogs to be included in my list :) Will update this soon.

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Kim Rodriguez 19th Birthday at Ark Avilon Zoo

Kim Rodriguez chose to spend her day at Ark Avilon Zoo at Pasig.

"Kakambal ni Eliana" star Kim Rodriguez celebrated her 19th birthday along with her supportive fans and friends from the press and bloggers. Kim's GMA Artist Center family has supported her in mounting this kind of celebration--where else at the zoo.

The 19-year old sweetheart has really emerged from her portrayal as young Mylene in Endless Love days and is now considered one of the prized leading lady of his time. With his shows like Kakambal ni Eliana and Sunday All Stars, Kim continuously shows her versatility as an actress.

At 19, Kim is really living the time of her life. From her "Tweenhearts" days to the lady that she is now, Kim has really come a long way.

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Running away from the problems....

Who loves problems? As much as I can, I don't want to... But problems are always there... part of our normal life...

In my 25 years of existence in this world, I already faced different tough problems concerning relationships, money, myself, everything.

I always run away from problems, I hate problems! It's difficult enough for me to face my own problems, but I just cannot stand it when someone else has created a problem for themselves, and then tries to pass the buck on to me! Before, when I get into a confrontation I generally shut down, run, and hide. As I get older, the distance I run gets farther. I am now thousands of miles away from my problems, but then again here they are and I still have to face myself as an adult. As a more mature man... Now I am a misfit in the mountains, with nothing around me to face but my own and it stinks.

I cant seem to get on my feet after a good time on the road, all I want to do is resume the run even though now I know I can never escape me. There are some problems where it's just easier to run away from them.... but it always seems that they are the ones which haunt you, and never leave you alone...yet it feels right to just keep on running..... Why face something that you don't want to?

Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.

This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.

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5 Things I will never forget about Marian Rivera

Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera is now celebrating her 29th birthday (born Marián Gracia Rivera on August 12, 1984 in Madrid, Spain).

This is a birthday post to one of the most beautiful celebrities I have met in person - Marian Rivera. She's really my crush eversince and she's one of the main reason why I love being a Kapuso. Though before, my head was filled with all the gossip rag talks about her, on how she's a snob and not-so-good artist on the staff and even the press, I was taken aback with how nice she was when I first met her. It's not always true what's being written or being said in the news.

I love Marian because she's so good, funny, witty and straightforward. She’s one of the best among her peers in the industry. I really admire her, the way she answers the questions truthfully and all honesty. Walang paligoy ligoy or arte arte especially when she didn’t tackle the past issue but instead comment on the good karma that she got by letting the issue die by itself.

I am one of her first 100 followers when she opened her instagram account and her bright sunshine of positivity, all smiles and perky instagram posts everyday makes me even more better.

Anyways, here are my Top 5 things I will never forget so far about her:

1. Amaya
Marian won several awards and accolades including Favorite TV Actress on 2011 KZONE Awards, Best Actress in a Prime Time Television Series on NSSUA Awards, and for the first time as Best Actress in Golden Screen TV Awards in 2013. On the same year, she also won in her second Best Actress award for the same show at the 2013 Northwest Samar State University Annual Awards. The series is also promoted by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and Department of Education due to its cultural concept that shows and depicts the Filipino material culture, beliefs, traditions and mores in the Pre-Hispanic era.

2. A volunteer
She is a known volunteer in Philippine Red Cross team. Marian, together with former senator Dick Gordon waded through floodwaters to get to the area in Ta talon where around 500 families have sought refuge from the floods caused by the non-stop rains. She stated that helping out the victims is her 28th birthday gift to herself. She also said that she didn’t mind getting wet and tired during the mission, as she says it was a small sacrifice compared to the hardships that the victims are experiencing.

3. Sexiest Woman in the World!
This makes Marian only the fourth woman to twice become our Nation's Finest. And if you're a trivia-hoarder, then get this: Marian is also only the second FHM Babe to reclaim the coveted title five years after she first won it (the first was Angel Locsin, who bagged it in '05 and '10).

4. Caviteña!
Marian is a true-blue Cavitena. She is accused over a thousand times of being straightforward, tactless and confrontation. Behind her sweet and charming looks is a quick-tongued toughie who will fight until the end. She wasn't Darna for nothing, right?

5. Marimar
The show became the highest-rated primetime show on Philippine television at that time and made Rivera rose to an instant fame. She was honored also by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. as Phenomenal TV Star in the 38th Box-Office Entertainment Awards in 2008. The year proved to be her year as she won numerous awards for her work in the show, as well as several product endorsements. She was also named as the country’s sexiest woman by FHM magazine, and was also included in the 'hottest' list of other magazines like Maxim and Uno.

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Judy Ann's network switch

There are rumors now that Judy Ann Santos, who is in ABS-CBN for over two decades (See article: Judy Ann Santos on possible network transfer when contract ends?) regarding network switching. If these are true, about Judy Ann leaving, then so be it. It's a decision that she has to make, a decision that only she can make (or her manager, or her mother). Nonetheless, Judy Ann is a big star, yes. However, if her transfer will make her a bigger star, then why not?

It will surely be a loss for ABS CBN, much like Angel Locsin was a loss for GMA Network. Though Juday is a loss, she will be replaced. And with saying that, there's no intent of malice -- it's just how it is. Stars will be replaced, whether they like it or not (and whether we do or not also). Even with Marian Rivera 'replacing' Angel in GMA Network, Angel was their biggest star then.

For ABS CBN, with the advent of a new generation, and new artists, Judy Ann's transfer will be a loss, but can be replaced by the new generation. It was a Judy Ann-Claudine rivalry before (with Jolina in the sidelines) but then they are two different artists, and very different in their acting.

Anyway, my point is, Judy Ann can do whatever she wants, if it is for her greater good and her fans will surely support her all the way. For me, she's an awesome actress and whatever she wants to do in her life, is not my business. Wherever she goes, it doesn't change that fact.

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Best butt exposures in a Pinoy Movie

Butt exposures on Philippine cinemas even on the mainstream movies are becoming rampant these days.

Some of our popular actors nowadays have incredulously thrown their head back in mirth over the notion of taking more 'daring' roles from here on, but they didn't completely rule out leaving little to the audience’s imagination, if need be. There was enough male butt nudity on these movies to sink a battleship, but the storyline is still the

I am only talking about the mainstream here since there are already numerous butt exposures and even frontal.

Here's my top picks on these butt exposures:

1. Dingdong Dantes in "One More Try" (2012)


2. Diether Ocampo in "24/7 in Love" (2012)


3. Zanjoe Marudo in "One More Try" (2012)


4. Aaron Villena in "The Bride and the Lover" (2013)


5. Coco Martin in "Serbis" (2010)


These five gorgeous guys are proving it pays to have a little junk in the trunk—as long as that junk is hitting the gym hard!

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When we will be learning our lessons from sex scandals?

Anywhere in the world, normal or even celebrities or politicians get involved in sex video scandals.

Neri Naig and Chito Miranda are now in every news today, basking in his new-found fame. Their infamous sexual scandal sweeps the whole country by storm. But before them, there's Rhian Ramos-Mo Twister and the famous of them all - Hayden Kho, Jr. with a lot of girls including Maricar Reyes and Katrina Halili.

Their private escapades gleefully romped right out of the bedroom and been hitting into into pirated DVD release, and downloadable on the internet. The video circulated everywhere like a virus and was unstoppable. You can now see it uploaded on adult sites and even on Facebook. That's a real OMG! Based on the latest report, their (Neri-Chito) sex video was stolen from their room along with other several stuffs. Same goes to what happened to Rhian-Mo and Hayden videos. Now it’s a feast for the eyes of everybody. Everyone enjoys a free ride, get the drift?

There are really men that would occasionally take pictures and videos of their sex act in order to later on enjoy the pleasure of watching it. As we can see on these video scandals, they're (the couple) seen enjoying every bit of it but the thing is it is supposed to be a private act and intimacy with someone she taught love her. Is this really a new case in our country or was it part of the regular life of many of us? But for goodness sake, delete it afterwards, don't store it because someone might see it.

In this digital world today, these kind of materials are always on trend. In the internet alone there are hundreds if not thousands of sites which cater to amateur videos which are uploaded by the persons in the video themselves. Xtube for example is a video site with millions of video uploads both by men and women doing their sexual acts alone or with a partner. Most of these videos in fact are way beyond the ordinary making love with their partners. There are videos with even two or more partners, videos in public and more.

Pornography had also been a part of the world's culture. Not that I am saying that it is good but the thing is this is not an uncommon incident and issue. And for people who look into these video scandals and throw opinions on social media, think very hard before you judge other people and label them as victims or offenders. Judge your own self first.

Maybe we have seen them naked. We have seen them doing sex (for us, but for them it's love-making). But you know guys, they still deserve respect. They ask or not, they deserve it. Should it be the other way around, respect us by self-discipline given his loft stature.

For everyone whose video scandals already spread on the internet, just like what happened to Katrina Halili, Hayden Kho Jr., and Maricar Reyes to Mo Twister and Rhian Ramos to Neri Naig and Chito Miranda, may all of you get over with this scandal and may sometime soon your lives be restored to normal.

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