President Duterte declines Honorary Degree from UP!

UP Board of Regents plans on giving President Rodrigo Duterte  honoris causa of law degree as a tradition of the university which is given to the President of the Philippines. It caused an uproar among the few sectors of the society including the Office of the Student Regent and the incoming head of the UP student council.

This is what President Rodrigo Duterte said of the honorary award:


“With due respect sa University of the Philippines, I do not accept even if I was mayor.

Hindi ako tumatanggap, as a matter of personal and official policy, I do not accept awards. Wala sa pagkatao ko. Hindi ko nire-reject. To use reject… I simply declined,” paliwanag ng Pangulo nang kapanayamin sa isyu matapos ang dinaluhang command conference sa lalawigan ng Bohol kahapon.


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Zika Virus spreading Globally


MANILA, Philippines – The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency, with the Department of Health (DOH) warning that the threat of the mosquito-borne virus reaching the Philippines is real.

The UN agency sought to build an international response to the threat, which has been linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil. Honduras on Monday declared a state of emergency as Zika infections soared. (See story on Page 15.)

WHO director general Margaret Chan told reporters that coordinated international action was needed to improve detection and expedite work on a vaccine and better diagnostics for the disease, but said curbs on travel or trade were not necessary.

Chan, whose agency was assailed as too slow in reacting to West Africa’s Ebola epidemic that killed more than 10,000 people in the past two years, cited “first and foremost the concern about microcephaly,” the birth defect that causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and improperly developed brains.

She noted that it was “strongly suspected but not yet scientifically proven” that Zika causes microcephaly.
“Can you imagine if we do not do all this work now, and wait until the scientific evidence comes out?” Chan told reporters at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. “Then people will say that, ‘Why don’t you take action because the mosquito is ubiquitous?’”

The emergency designation, recommended by a committee of independent experts following criticism of a hesitant response to Zika so far, should help fast-track international action and research priorities. The move lends official urgency to research funding and other steps to stem the spread of the virus.

‘Spreading explosively’
The WHO said the Zika virus, transmitted by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, was “spreading explosively” and could infect as many as four million people in the Americas. The Pan American Health Organization says Zika has spread in 24 nations and territories in the Americas.

This marks the fourth time the WHO has declared a global health emergency since such procedures were put in place in 2007, with the others arising from influenza, Ebola and polio.

DOH: Zika threat real
The DOH said the threat of the Zika virus in the Philippines is real due to the existence of mosquitoes not only in the country but its neighboring nations as well.

“Because of the existence of mosquitoes, the risk is there… It’s an old virus with a new occurrence, a possible public health threat. There is still a lot more that we need to know about the virus,” Health Secretary Janette Garin told reporters.

Garin said what is important is to eliminate all possible breeding sites of mosquitoes.

Zika virus is transmitted by infected day-biting Aedes aegypti, the same mosquito species that causes dengue and chikungunya.

According to Garin, the Philippines is not among 29 countries reporting cases of Zika virus.

Although the first case in the country was recorded in 2012 involving a 15-year-old boy from Cebu City, Garin said nothing followed after this.

While there is no travel advisory for the 29 countries affected by Zika, the health chief said it is best for pregnant women to avoid traveling to these places.

The Zika virus has raised questions worldwide about whether pregnant women should avoid infected countries. Chan said delaying travel was something pregnant women can consider but added that if they needed to travel they should take protective measures by covering up and using mosquito repellent.

Brazil has reported some 3,700 suspected cases of microcephaly. Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Castro told Reuters the epidemic was worse than believed because in 80 percent of cases the infected people had no symptoms.

Testing kits
According to Garin, the DOH-run Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) has 1,000 testing kits for Zika virus even before the first case was documented in 2012.

She explained that a suspected dengue patient normally undergoes testing for dengue fever. If the patient is negative, he or she will be examined for chikungunya and then Zika virus.

The testing kits were acquired by the DOH for free from Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention since they are not yet commercially available.

Garin said they requested for more testing kits from the CDC and the agency is expected to send 1,000 more sets in two weeks.

Garin said the RITM is training five other hospitals on how to use the testing kits with the use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines. These are the Southern Philippines Medical Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, Baguio General Hospital, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center and San Lazaro Hospital.

The DOH is looking into reports that a Filipina in Honduras was infected by the Zika virus.

Lyndon Lee Suy, spokesman for the DOH, said health officials were coordinating with their counterparts in Honduras.

Mobilize barangay leaders – Bongbong
Vice presidential aspirant Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. urged the DOH to tap and mobilize barangay leaders to step up preventive measures against the Zika virus.

“Barangay officials constitute our best line of defense against this threat. With their cooperation and commitment, preventive actions can be implemented down to the grassroots level,” he added.

Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government, noted that barangay officials know better the situation in their respective areas and are directly connected with their constituents who need to be informed of the Zika virus.

He said barangay officials would be effective in leading residents on “search and destroy” efforts to rid their surroundings of stagnant water, which are breeding site of Aedes mosquitoes.

PRC to launch cleanup
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chairman Richard Gordon urged the public to clean their surroundings regularly to remove breeding sites of mosquitoes.

“Similar to our dengue prevention campaign, the PRC will mobilize its volunteers all over the country to lead and encourage the people to practice cleanliness and remove all possible areas where mosquitoes breed,” Gordon said.

He said the use of mosquito repellent, long sleeves and long pants and mosquito nets can help prevent mosquito bites. – With Perseus Echeminada, Non Alquitran, Mayen Jaymalin, Rudy Santos


RIP German Moreno, 82


Prominent comedian and TV host German Moreno died at dawn Friday. He was 82.

german moreno tribute

A report by Radyo Inquirer quoted a statement issued by his nephew and fellow TV host John Nite, saying that Moreno, who is more popularly known as ‘Kuya Germs’’, died around3.20 a.m. from cardiac arrest.

Kuya Germs has been credited with developing and producing some of the country’s biggest stars through his former TV show ‘That’s Entertainment.’’
He was also host of the popular program ‘‘Walang Tulugan.’’

Moreno suffered a mild stroke last year but recovered and went back to hosting his programs on television and radio.

Immediately after Moreno’s death was announced, outpouring of grief and condolences were received by his family, the radio report said.



Elizabeth Ramsay, RIP, 83

Comedienne and singer Elizabeth Ramsey has passed away on her sleep at the age of 83!


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Kris Aquino backed out of MMFF movie ‘coz it may not be a Box-office hit!?


MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino is out of the 20115 Metro Manila Film Festival entry “All You Need is Pag-ibig.”

The Queen of All Media has announced this through her Instagram account on Wednesday.

Kris Aquino

Kris said that she has accepted the project and was a “good sport” despite “a storyline that would lay bare all my insecurities- the treatment given to me had the harsh but realistic words: ‘Sya si Kris- ang babaeng laging di pinipili…’”

However, Kris added that when the cinematographer she requested couldn’t commit to the film due to “schedule conflicts,” she decided to back out of the film.

“His job was to hold a mirror to my heart & soul for you to see in our movie, and I knew I’d be in good hands… And it just couldn’t fall into place…” she explained.

“After all my track record of professionalism can’t be questioned,” she added.

Kris also said that her decision is a way of putting herself first, saying she has “earned” the right to say no.

“I’m doing what is best for me,” she said. “Simpleng alaga lang sana sa isang project w/ a pressure packed timeline… It just didn’t fall into place. And I know enough to prioritize taking care of me… That’s why I choose to walk away. And put myself first, not because I want to be difficult, but simply because I’ve earned the privilege to say NO w/ courage & dignity.”

Last week, Kris announced the changes made in the film: the inclusion of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim and its title change from “Mr. & Mrs. Split” to “All You Need is Pag-ibig.”

In another post, Kris apologized to Star Cinema chairperson Malou Santos, director Antoinette Jadaone and writer Kriz Gazmen.

“I’m sorry for the stress I put you through, the many wasted hours working on the project, and all the effort you exerted,” she said. “I was wrong to commit to something that in all honesty, I am emotionally, physically & mentally not ready for… #hiyanghiya #IAmSorry”

On the comments section of this post, Kris answered some of her followers’ questions.

Kris also clarified that she did not back out of the film because she’s threatened by the film entry “Pabebe Love” which stars Vic Sotto, Ai Ai delas Alas, and the “Kalyeserye” love team Alden Richards and Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza.

Kris added she has already settled the issue with her bosses in private, and that she has already apologized to them for her Instagram rant.


Joker Arroyo passes away at 88!

Former senator Joker Arroyo–a key figure in the anti-Marcos movement–has died while undergoing open heart surgery in the United States. He was 88 years old.


Arroyo, a human rights lawyer, served as member of the Philippine Senate for two consecutive terms in 2001 and 2007 before he quit politics in 2013.

He also served as congressman of Makati City (Metro Manila) for nine years and as executive secretary of then-President Corazon Aquino.

Arroyo was born on January 5, 1927 in Naga, Camarines Sur, where he finished his primary and secondary education before getting a scholarship at the University of the Philippines.

A graduate of the UP College of Law and the Ateneo de Manila, he earned public recognition when he challenged before the Supreme Court (SC) the constitutionality of Proclamation 1081 imposing martial law.

Based on his Senate profile, Arroyo handled more human rights cases than any other lawyer from 1972 to 1986.

He defended various political detainees including former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., Eugenio Lopez Jr., Sen. Sergio Osmeña 3rd, Communist Party of the Philippines founder and chairman Jose Ma. Sison, former Senate President Jovito Salonga, former senators Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Eva Estrada Kalaw, Renato Tañada, Eduardo Olaguer and many others.

He was also the lead prosecutor during the impeachment trial of President Joseph Estrada in December 2000.

Arroyo has been married twice.

His first wife is Gregg Shoes entrepreneur Odelia Gregorio.

Their eldest daughter is Ma. Antonia Odelia “Maoi” Gregorio Arroyo, CEO of Hybridigm Consulting, the first biotechnology commercialization firm in the Philippines.

His second daughter, Ma. Zef Francisca “Baba” Arroyo, is an entrepreneur, artist and pastry chef.

Arroyo’s second wife is lawyer Felicitas Aquino, a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission.

Their daughter is Joker’s namesake and a champion equestrian, whose career highlights include a team gold medal for the Philippines at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games.



Does Alden Richards loves Yaya Dub: “Hindi ko pa nga nakikilala mahal agad?”

Alden Richards and Yaya Dub phenomenon has sweept the nation by surprise!

Yaya Dub at Alden Nagkita Na

As the kalye series is getting more popular each day and breaking every Tweet records one after another, many viewers of “Eat Bulaga” has been wondering if the on screen chemistry of AlDub will also be for real.

In a recent interview Alden was asked if she loves Maine Mendoza aka Yaya Dub:

“Hindi ko pa nga nakikilala mahal agad? Siyempre, hindi mo puwedeng masabi yung true feelings mo to a person not unless makilala mo siya in person. So hindi ko pa masagot ‘yan…sa tamang panahon.”

A follow up question pops up and he was asked when will he know if he has feelings for her:

“Malalaman mong mahal ka niya kapag mahalaga ka na sa kanya and when she gives time. Mahal mo nga, pero susmaryosep, lagi kang nagtatrabaho, lagi kang out of town, lagi kang may project, lagi kang may shoot. Hindi totoo yun, hindi mahal yun. Pag binibigyan ka ng oras, mahal ka nun.”

Straight from Alden’s mouth, now you know.


The World Famous CranioSacral Therapy is now in Davao City and Digos City!

From Davao City, Dr.Charles T.Ortiz of Dentista Dabawenyo Dental Clinic, participate in Upledger Institute continuing education program.

Dr. Charles T. Ortiz with Upledger Institute Instructor Marian Sisco

Dr. Charles T. Ortiz with Upledger Institute Instructor Marian Sisco

Singapore – Dr.Charles T. Ortiz, Dentist at Dentista Dabawenyo Dental Clinic, 4th Level, Gaisano Mall of Davao, J.P. Laurel, Bajada Davao City, recently participated in the CranioSacral Theraphy l and II workshop offered by The Upledger Institute, Inc., an innovative healthcare organization offers continuing education courses to medical professionals wordwide.The course is designed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, who develop CranioSacral Theraphy and has taught the technique internationally.

CranioSacral Theraphy is used to detect and correct imbalance in the craniosacral system,which maybe cause of sensory,motor or neurological dysfunction.The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and the spinal cord.It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth- which make up the cranium-down to the sacrum,or tailbone area.

The theraphy has been successfully used to treat headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ,chronic fatigue,motor coordination difficulties,eye problems and central nervous system disorders.

Dentista Dabawenyo Dental Clinic, 4th Lvl,Gaisano Mall of Davao,J.P Laurel,Bajada, Davao City please call 273-4845 or 0918-946-8946 and 0932-891-8946.

Ortiz Dental Clinic, Medical Center of Digos Cooperative Hospital, Tres de Mayo, Digos City please call 273-4845 or 0918-946-8946 and 0932-891-8946.

For more information on the CranioSacral Therapy or The Upledger Institute, please call 1 800 233 5880


“Etiquette for Mistresses” Movie Poster and Trailer!

Srtar Cinema has just released the official movie poster and trailer for “Etiquette for Mistresses starring Kris Aquino, Kim Chiu, Claudine Barretto, and Iza Calzado.

Etiquette For Mistresses Movie Poster

All the mistresses in one hell of a movie.

Watch the trailer below:


Must Watch: Nagkita na sa wakas sina Alden Richards at Yaya Dub!

The most awaited meet up of Alden Richards and Yaya Dub, almost happened last Saturday, September 5 on Eat Bulaga!

Yaya Dub at Alden Nagkita Na

But sadly Lola Nicanor intervened . . . Whaaaat?

Watch the video below: