Juan Snow

Dec 142017
Video 48 Is The Last Rental Store In Manila

Image Via Video 48 Blog Today’s video landscape has changed dramatically from the bygone days of video rental, with video-on-demand being the rule, rather than exception for consuming media. But as video rental chains like Blockbuster shutter their doors, one man’s video rental shop is not only surviving, but flourishing. Simon Santos, the owner of Video 48 located in Quezon City, is a man known by film students and cinema luminaries alike. His shop is the frequent haunt of film students and National Artists, luminaries like Lino Brocka and Nick Joaquin as well as Luciano ‘Chaning’ Carlos, Celso Ad. Castillo, Gil Portes, Elwood Perez, Maryo J. delos Reyes, Jeffrey Jeturian, Laurice Guillen, Khavn dela Cruz, Adolfo Alix, Jr., Raya Martin, Quark Henares; writers Conrado de Quiros, Pete Lacaba, Lualhati Bautista have all visited his shop at one time or another to borrow Simon’s extensive video collection. Simon first established Video 48 as an outlet for his burgeoning film collection in 1988. Since then, he’s been steadily adding to his collection, adding collectibles like posters and other memorabilia to the mix to spruce up the store’s ambiance. His collection of memorabilia is sizable, and consists of pre-war, post-war, ’50s and ’60s movie fan magazines, 50s and 60s Komiks as well as lobby cards, movie flyers and other collectibles. All of this he shares on his Video 48 blog which he started back in 2007, as a repository and virtual library of Philippine Cinema which has been the major destination for researchers Read More …

Dec 132017
5 Things You Should Buy In Divisoria (And 5 Things You Shouldn’t)

Image via the Inquirer There’s nothing like hitting the streets in Divisoria to bag last-minute Christmas deals. There’s plenty of deals to be had in the shopping Mecca of Manila, especially if you’re looking to stretch your budget to grab the best deals. Despite Divisoria’s crowded streets especially at this time of the year, Pinoys still flock to the shopping location during the holidays. There’s plenty of things to buy at Divisoria, though there are also things you should avoid buying like the plague. Things you should buy: 1) Clothes While there’s always a tiangge in every corner of the metro, you really can’t beat the low, wholesale prices in Divisoria. Many of the shops in Manila get their wares from the suppliers in the shopping haven, and there’s plenty of merchants willing to cut you a deal especially when you buy in bulk. 2) Textiles Like clothes, textiles in Divisoria are dirt cheap. Plenty of shops situated close together mean healthy competition, and there’s always shops looking to undercut their competition with better pricing, especially for bulk buyers. Don’t be afraid to haggle, and don’t be scared to look around and ask to see who has the best pricing. 3) Toys There’s plenty of toys to be bought in Divisoria, with varying price tags. Don’t grab anything for babies or for kids who are teething though, for reasons that we’ll explain later. For kids aged 5-10, Divisoria holds a treasure trove of affordable toys you can buy for your kids Read More …

Dec 072017
DTI Launches Social Media Based Consumer Protection And Awareness Campaign

The Department of Trade and Industry, through the initiative of the Consumer Protection and Advocacy Bureau (CPAB) is launching its new social media campaign, #consumerPH, to instill and heighten awareness of its consumer programs and services. The project, conceptualized and created for the protection of the consumers by the CPAB, is aimed helping consumers and consumer groups to understand the laws, policies, programs and services aimed at them via social media sites and platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. By using social media,the DTI and the CPAB hopes to widen its reach and make understanding consumer rights easier than ever before. The DTI will use different hashtags for every day of the week, which include #WhatsUpSunday, #AskMonday, TriviaTuesday, #WittyWednesday, #ThursdayTips, #FridayFigures, and #SaturdayRecap. Each post will focus on a particular consumer-related topic. #WhatsUpSunday will contain teasers of the topic for the week; #AskMonday will contain videos and image captions of DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez and Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary Teodoro C. Pasuca sharing bits and pieces of consumer information; #TriviaTuesday will contain facts and trivia about consumerism; #WittyWednesday will provide consumer tips shared by consumers themselves; #ThursdayTips on the other hand will provide consumer tips shared by the DTI officers and survey question for the week; the #FridayFigures will contain posts on the results of the survey questions; and lastly the #SaturdayRecap is a video recap on what has transpired during that week. “Through this project, consumers will be more informed of their rights and responsibilities and they Read More …

Dec 072017
4 Online Shopping Sites That’ll Save You From Headaches This Christmas Season

Image Via Inquirer.net Traffic tends to be bad during the holidays, but the current congestion in Manila is especially brutal this 2017. Drives that used to take 30 minutes take twice (even triple) the time nowdays, which makes shopping for gifts an ardous task. There is an alternative: online shopping. And while buying stuff from the web in the comforts of your own home has existed long before 2017, there’s more secure options than ever before this 2017. Lazada There’s never been a better time to shop in Lazada, as the pioneering e-commerce site is currently holding their grand Christmas sale until the 12th. There’s great deals to be had on there, as the company has a excellent selection of electronics, toys and other consumer goods on offer. Best part is that you don’t need a credit card to pay for your purchases: Lazada accepts COD payments for goods bought in the site. Zalora Zalora is the sister company of Lazada, and primarily sells shoes, clothes and other fashion accessories. Like Lazada, Zalora has a large selection of branded goods, and will soon be conducting a sale of their own starting Dec. 12th. There’s a myriad of options available for payment and shipping as well, including COD or cash on delivery. Amazon.com Amazon has always been the go-to online shopping destination of the US, and a recent change to its importation and shipping policy will make it worth your while to shop in the website. Amazon no longer charges importation Read More …

Dec 032017
De La Salle University Defines Class amid UAAP Championship Defeat vs. Ateneo

The fight for the UAAP men’s basketball championship was intense as ever on December 3rd, as perennial rivals La Salle and Ateneo clashed once again in the Araneta Stadium. Defending champions La Salle fought proudly to the end, but when the buzzer sounded at the end, it was Ateneo that emerged victorious. Losing to an archrival usually leaves a foul taste in the mouth for bitter enemies, but the De La Salle University community showed the victors the classy side of their rivalry by lighting up the facade of the university’s iconic St. La Salle Hall in blue: the colors of rival Ateneo de Manila University. The post went viral within minutes. It was the first time that Blue Eagles has managed to dethrone the Green Archers since 2012, who was going for their second successive title, and also the first time such a grand gesture was made. The act was shared by The LaSallian, the university’s paper. The gesture of sportsmanship was applauded by the supporters of both sides.

Nov 292017
PH Gov’t Promises 500 Marawi Families New Homes Before Christmas

Image via Philippine Daily Inquirer At least 500 Marawi families displaced by the recent conflict against ISIS militants will have a place to call home this Christmas. A report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer says the government has committed to finishing 500 temporary shelters for residents affected by the fighting between government soldiers and Islamic State-inspired terrorists in Marawi. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque promised the completion of the temporary shelters by the second week of December, which were part of the 1,200 homes that the Housing Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways are currently building in Barangay Sagongsongan. The homes will be given to families whose houses were burned or destroyed during the fighting, either by terrorists or by the airstrikes of the military to flush out the militants. The 500 homes that are targeted to be completed before Christmas will be joined by at least 1,170 temporary houses by the first quarter of 2018. The remaining 30 will be finished after that schedule. The government will also allow residents whose homes or property have been damaged during hte fighting to put up new structures as long they could show land titles. The fighting between the government and the Maute group, lasted for five months and destroyed much of the City of Marawi, and displaced thousands of families fleeing from the fighting. The conflict ended on October 17, a day after the deaths of militant leaders Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon to government forces.

Nov 282017
Pinoy Elementary Students Bag 23 Medals At Science, Math Olympiad In Singapore

Image via Manila Bulletin A group of 23 elementary Filipino students made the Philippines proud by bagging a total of 23 medals from the 14th International Mathematics and Science Olympiad for Primary School (IMSO), held in Singapore from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24. The gifted Filipino youngsters won 2 gold medals in the math division, 13 silver medals in the math and science division, and 8 bronze medals in the math and science division. Dr. Isidro Aguilar, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild Philippines (MTG) headed the delegation to the Lion city, according to a report by the Manila Bulletin. With him were math tutor Mikaela Uy, and science tutors Jonabel Quintana and Jay Gabata. In math, the gold medalists were: Christopher James Yap of St. John’s Institute; and Alvann Walter Paredes Dy of St. Jude Catholic School. Winning silver medals in math and science were: Cris Lorraine Dela Cruz of Bolinao Integrated School; Armea Helena Sien Dimayacyac, Notre Dame of Greater Manila; Walsh Nico Adrian Letran, St. Jude Catholic School; John David Magnaye, Holy Rosary Academy of Las Pinas City; Ambrose James Torreon, Rainbow of Angels Learning Center-Butuan; Dillon Keller Chan, UNO High School; Katrina Isabelle Dela Rama, Integrated Montessori Center-Taguig; John Florence Dizon, Calamba Elementary School; Juan Rafael Landicho, Stonyhurst Southville International School; Jaime Iñigo Rojo. Special Education Center for the Gifted-Kalayaan, Hans Ethan Ting, Rainbow of Angels Learning Center; Ziron John Valaquio, SPED Integrated School for Exceptional Children; and Chantal Paige Vargas, Ateneo de Zamboanga University. The Read More …

Nov 252017
After Viral Success, Handless Craftsman Doubles Down On His Craft

Andy Villaruel and his employer, Julius Lusaya. Image via Rappler Andy Villaruel tasted internet fame when a video of him creating unique miniature tricycles went viral last year, and since life for the hand-less craftsman has changed for the better. “Nagpapasalamat ako doon kasi dagdag inspirasyon ‘yun para sa akin tapos nakapagbibigay ng mensahe na nakakataba sa puso. Nakakadagdag po ng tiwala sa sarili ko,” he said. But Villaruel has not been complacent with his success. Even after sales for his miniature models of tricycles went through the roof, he is still working hard to perfect his craft, giving up smoking and drinking to focus entirely on his work. It’s something that not everyone in his company could do. “Yung mga tine-train ko, hindi nila kaya. Siguro kasi dito sa amin, ‘yung mga bisyo, tulad ng inom at paninigarilyo, bawal ‘yan sa akin. Kaya siguro di nila ma-resist rules ko,” Julius Lusaya, his employer said. And even with his disability, Andy is stil determined to become an electrician to help send his younger sister to college. “Si Andy, determinado pa talaga. Balak pa nga niya mag-electronics. Tinuturan ko rin siya. Balak ko papaaralin ko na lang siya sa TESDA,” Julius said. According to Andy, buying miniature tricycles from Dumagete miniature artworks isn’t just a simple purchase – it’s helping a fellow man prove that he’s still capable despite his disabilities. “‘Pag nag-order ka nito, hindi ka lang bumili ng isang souvenir mula dito sa Dumaguete. Bumili na rin kayo ng Read More …

Nov 172017
Pinoy Expats Urged To Bring Home A Friend, Win Awesome Prizes

Image via Google The best ambassadors for a country is its citizens, so why not incentivize expats to “bring a tourist home” to their country? This is the rationale behind the “Bring Home a Friend” Program by the Department of Tourism (DOT), which was recently relaunched last month to help bolster tourism in the country. The program will give away lavish prizes to individuals who are able to invite their friends overseas to the Philippines. The DOT has spared no expense in the raffle prizes for the program: a condominium unit, a Toyota Vios and a 200K shopping spree are up for grabs for qualified entries. Registering for the program is easy: Filipino sponsors need only register their details at www.bringhomeafriend.online and fill out the invitation form to be sent to their friend. Their friend heading to the Philippines meanwhile will only need to upload proof of their trip to the website, like a boarding pass, for example. The number of entries in the raffle depends on the point of origin of the friend: Asian travelers net sponsors a single entry, while visitors from Australia and Oceania get two entries. Visitors from Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas get three entries. First launched in 1994, the program, which was spearheaded by then Tourism Secretary Mina Gabor, was aimed at encouraging Filipinos to invite their foreign friends to visit the country. “The success of this program lies in our ability to empower people and give them the opportunity to Read More …

Nov 172017
Manila Subway Closer To Reality As Japan, PH Sign Notes

The initial phase of the Japan-funded Mega Manila Subway Project (MMSP) now has an initial investment requirement of P355.6 billion (roughly $7 billion)Photo via Philstar Manila’s long awaited subway is one step closer to reality. The Philippines and Japan have exchanged notes on the gigantic infrastructure project on the sidelines of the two countries’ bilateral meeting late Monday, witnessed by both President Rodrigo Duterte and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The exchange of notes are a prelude to the signing of the loan agreement in January, which will see the Japanese government loan 104.53 billion yen (Php 46 billion) for the first phase of the Manila Subway project. The project, expected to move around 500,000 passengers by day come 2027, will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City to the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) in Taguig City, with a possible extension to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Aside from the subway project, the exchange of notes also covered the 9.4-billion yen (Php 4 billion) loan for the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway in Plaridel, Bulacan to Manila, as well as a 2.5 billion yen (Php 1 billion) grant to rebuild war-torn Marawi City. Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said these 3 projects were part of Tokyo’s financial support to the Philippines worth 1 trillion yen over the next 5 years. The post Manila Subway Closer To Reality As Japan, PH Sign Notes appeared first on Good News Pilipinas.