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JobStreet Report: PHL Top 10 Schools That Produced the Best Fresh Grad Hires

March 18, 2017
Some employers still gaze at fresh graduates’ alma mater in preferring who to hire, and the majority of them favouring those from top colleges and universities. However, they are also paying attention to graduates from other schools most especially if they found out that this graduate is quite deserving.

According to the latest Fresh Graduates 2017 Report of JobStreet Philippines, nearly most Fresh graduates from the University of the Philippines (UP) System were the top new hires in 2016.

The highest paid jobs are fresh graduates working in law, healthcare-related industries, journalism, IT-related jobs and Education.

JobStreet Philippines Country Manager Philip A. Gioca said in a small talk in Taguig City that the University of the Philippines System (UP) reclaimed the top spot from third place previously. He presented the report to the press on Wednesday, March 15. This is according on employers' insight of who among the fresh graduate hires were the top performers.

Previous year's top-rank Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) was now second rank and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) was on third.

Gioca continued, "More than any time in recent history, the changes in attitude and preferences in employment have become rapid and constant.

"Job seekers should equip themselves with further knowledge should they want a distinct advantage in this highly competitive field," he added.

Gioca said employers considered attitude, field of study and salary in hiring fresh graduates.

Multinational companies get graduates who went through a management training or internship program. And there are also industries who don’t even look on the school where they graduated as long as they are qualified on this certain job being offered.

JobStreet Report: PHL Top 10 Schools That Produced the Best Fresh Grad Hires
Fresh Grads Jobs and Salary Report 2017. Graphics from Jobstreet

Does it really matter where you graduate? What really matters most is the behavioural skills of the applicant, their willingness to learn in everything. They must have the initiative to do the right thing and most importantly is to show sincerity and integrity not only on their chosen field but also on their co-workers

Source: GMA

The Philippine Airlines 7th Anniversary Seat Sale for 2017 to 2018

March 18, 2017
Good news for Piso Fare fanatics – the Philippine Airlines are here to offer their Anniversary Seat Sale for 2016 and 2017 on their 76th Anniversary.

PAL Anniversary Seat Sale

The PAL Promo is open from March 15 and will last up to March 19, 2017.

This Philippine Airlines Seat Sale comprises two-travel periods: the first one is for 2017 and other is for 2018.

The first travel period is from September 10 to November 30, 2017 – yes, the whole month of October is included in the promo.

The next travel period is from January 16 to February 9, 2018.

Heres the list of Domestic Destination that are part of the Seat Sale:

  • Manila to LEGAZPI at P995
  • Manila to NAGA at P995
  • Manila to PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN at P995
  • Manila to TUGUEGARAO at P995
  • Manila to BACOLOD at P771 (valid only for flights PR2129/PR2130; PR2137/PR2138; PR1129/PR1130; PR1137/PR1138)
  • Manila to CEBU at P771 (valid only for flights PR2835/PR1836; PR1868/PR1869; PR1866/PR1867; PR1835/PR2836/PR2868/69; PR2866/PR2867)
  • Manila to ILOILO at P771 (valid only for flights PR2139/2140; PR2147/2148)
  • Manila to BACOLOD at P995
  • Manila to CEBU at P995
  • Manila to ILOILO at P995
  • Manila to DUMAGUETE at P995
  • Manila to KALIBO at P995
  • Manila to ROXAS at P995
  • Manila to TACLOBAN at P995
  • Manila to TAGBILARAN, BOHOL at P995
  • Manila to DAVAO at P1,219 (valid only for flights PR1808/1809; PR1824/1825; PR2808/2809; PR2824/PR2825)
  • Manila to BUTUAN at P1,443
  • Manila to CAGAYAN DE ORO at P1,443
  • Manila to COTABATO at P1,443
  • Manila to DAVAO at P1,443
  • Manila to DIPOLOG DE ORO at P1,443
  • Manila to GENERAL SANTOS at P1,443
  • Manila to OZAMIS at P1,443
  • Manila to ZAMBOANGA at P1,443
  • Clark to CORON (Busuanga, Palawan) at P1,258
  • Clark to PUERTO PRINCESA at P810
  • Clark to CEBU at P810
  • Clark to CATICLAN (BORACAY) at P1,258
  • Clark to DAVAO at P1,258
  • Cebu to BACOLOD, ILOILO, KALIBO, TACLOBAN at P586
  • Cebu to CATICLAN (BORACAY) at P1,010
  • Cebu to BUTUAN, CDO, DAVAO, GENERAL SANTOS at P810
  • General Santos to ILOILO at P810
Rates are given for only one way, which is an ALL IN FARE. Passengers will not be required to pay for additional taxes, terminal fees, service charges, and other fees. Round trip tickets are also offered via this promo.

Interested passengers are required to booked online thru www.philippineairlines.com. On the other hand, for booking and reservations, they may also visit any nearest PAL Ticketing Office.

Every passenger who wil avail the promo will be given free 7 kilos hand carry baggage allowance and another 10 kilos free for check-in baggage.

So what are you waiting for? Avail the latest promo from PAL and book ASAP because the available seats are limited.

11 Filipino Uber Drivers Who Will Make You Wanna Ride Uber Every Day

March 10, 2017
Uber can sometimes be frustrating, given the fact that in every corner of our country, you can expect that the traffic is going to be heavy. But sometimes, it can also be an interesting turn because some Uber drivers go the extra mile to paint a smile on their passengers’ faces.





As the Philippine traffic is getting worse, the usage of Uber for Filipinos is becoming more prominent and frequent. Here are 21 Fiipino Uber drivers that deserve a million stars for going the extra-est of the extra mile.

The “too much care” Uber driver:






Kuya driver really wants to get his passenger home.

The driver who has a videoke in his car:




This guy deserves a medal… and a pretty neat incentive for being so creative and interesting!

The pun-tastic playwright:




The driver who likes to keep his passengers updated:




Some drivers need to have someone to be thoughtful to them as well, you know…

The F-boii Uber driver:




The “Filipina-mom like” Uber driver:





I don’t know about this one but I think kuya needs a break…

The Uber driver/matchmaker:





Kuya driver really knows the game, eh?

The Uber sensitive driver:





Kuya driver got angry and got frustrated because he thought he was called bastard by his passenger… So cute.

The long-lost son:



The guy who just wants to go home:




The driver who’s vulnerable:









See? Uber drivers are not all grumpy and mean. Sometimes, they can also give you a good impression by making you smile despite being tired after having a long day at work.

When will your next Uber ride be?

Registration for Aspiring Law Student’s PHILSAT starts March 2

March 10, 2017
According to the memorandum issued on December 29, 2016, starting next academic year, wannabe law students will be required to take the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT) as one of the qualifications before they can be admitted to any law school.

PhilSAT entrance Exam

This is a one-day aptitude test for aspiring law students that will assess their academic potential before admittance to any law school.

The aspiring students will have to register online starting March 2 and the deadline is until April 3, 2017 through the website of accredited testing administrator which is the Center for Educational Measurement Inc. (CEM).

Ensure that you have the following before you register:

1) A valid e-mail account which you will use for your online application.
2) One recent unretouched 2’x2’ digital photo or at least 600x600 pixels with white background.
3) A valid passport if you are NOT a Filipino citizen.

The first PhilSAT exam to be administered by the Legal Education Board (LEB) is April 16, 2017, in the following venues around the country: Baguio City - University of Cordillera, Metro Manila- University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City – Aquinas University, Cebu City – University of San Jose - Recoletos, Iloilo City – University of San Agustin, Davao City – Jose Maria College, and Cagayan de Oro City – Xavier University.

Those who are competent to take the exam include:

1) Holders of a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent from duly recognized higher education institutions in the Philippines

2) Graduating student of a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from duly recognized higher education institutions in the Philippines at the end of the school year when the PhilSAT is administered.

3) Graduate from foreign higher education institutions with degrees equivalent to a 4-year bachelor’s degree as certified by the Commission on Higher Education.

This is a uniform exam for all aspiring law students because not all schools have entrance examinations.

According to LEB, law schools can also ask potential students to take the complementary exams because they do not want to restrain academic free will.

Those who will graduate with honor who has granted Professional Civil Service Eligibility, who are enrolling within 2 years from their college graduation, are exempted from taking the PhilSAT. They only have to submit their civil service recognition to the LEB.

There will be an examination fee of P1, 000 which can be paid online or via over-the-counter deposit in Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branches.

LEB Chairperson Emerson Aquende said that this school year 2017-2018 will be the pilot year for the exam with the passing rate of 55%. Students who will fail will still be allowed to enroll in Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor programs.

However, the LEB will be very strict with the rules that students will not be allowed to enroll if he didn’t take the PhilSAT. All law schools are required to comply and if they don’t they will be subject to sanctions or a fine of up to P10,000.

Senate Approves Bill Increasing Maternity Leave to 120 Days

March 08, 2017
A maternity leave is the approved absence from employment of a female employee, granted to every mother for the purpose of giving birth and taking care of infant children.

Bill Increasing Maternity Leave to 120 Days

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Social Security System (SSS) are two government agencies that are designated to conduct a review of the maternity leave benefits of women employees in the government service and in the private sector, respectively.

What people know is that the only allowable maternity leave is only 60-78 days.

Last Monday, March 6, 2017, on its third and final reading, the Senate Bill 1305, otherwise known as the proposed “Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2017” was approved by the Senate with 22-0 affirmative votes.

This bill seeks to augment maternity leave from 60 to 120 days or four months.

Under this bill, female employees, regardless of civil status or legitimacy of her child should be granted 120 days or four months maternity leave with pay and an option to extend for another 30 days without pay.

Solo working mothers would be granted a supplementary 30 days for a total of 150 days with pay.

The measures also permit that 30 days of the 120-day maternity leave maybe transferred to alternate caregivers such as spouse, common-law-partner, and any relative up to the fourth degree of consanguinity, which also includes adoptive parents.

Fathers may also enjoy a 30-day leave under the new measure which is only a seven days of paid leave at present which was provided under Republic Act 7322.

The last time the maternity leave was increased was 25 years ago or in 1992 to be exact.

According to Senator Risa Hontiveros, authored and cosponsored the measure as chair of the Senate committee on women, children, family relations, and gender quality, “The new generation bill seeks to respond to the pre and post natal health needs of different working women and everyday realities faced by modern Filipino family.”

“By granting more time for a mother to be with her new-born child, we provide the optimal environment for neonatal and maternal health,” Hontiveros added.

Other co-authors of the measure are Senators Sonny Angara, Francis Pangilinan, Loren Legarda, Nancy Binay, Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao, and Antonio Trillanes IV.

“This bill is the Senate’s way of providing greater assistance to Filipina women before, during, and after their pregnancies,” Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said after the approval of the measure. He was part of the Senate’s effort to protect and promote the welfare of pregnant women.

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said, “This bill is passed its due date. This should have been delivered a long time ago.” He pointed out, “On the macro level, longer maternity leaves do not harm to the economy. On the micro level, longer maternity leaves make both the baby and the mother healthy and happy.”

Hontiveros said that once this measure was passed into law, the violators of the proposed law would be reprimanded with a fine neither less than P5,000 nor more than P20,000 and imprisonment for not less than six years and one day or not more than 12 years or both.

She added that this bill would also bring the country closer to compliance with the International Labor Organization’s standards on maternity protection.

This bill is worth acclaiming because after 25 years maternity leave benefit was increased, a great reward for every expecting mothers.

CHED and DepEd Halts Field Trips

March 06, 2017
Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner, J. Prospero de Vera ordered all higher education institutions to suspend the conduct of field trips and even out-of-school activities following that deadly February 20 bus accident in Tanay, Rizal. This incident had killed 15 people, mostly college students on their way to a camping trip.


According to him, the entire commission unanimously approved his suggestion to impose a suspension on all educational tours and field trips in all public and private colleges and universities effective immediately.

De Vera added, “This is being done in consideration of the safety of students and it will allow an investigating committee to look into the incident surrounding the catastrophe that happened in Tanay.”

On a report, it was said that the driver of the bus lost control of his vehicle which slammed into a concrete lamppost. The bus was full of students of Bestlink College of the Philippines in Novaliches, Quezon City.

That incident killed its driver, a school staff, and at least 13 students. Around 40 students were seriously injured in this incident.

The new order will cover succeeding field trips and educational tours of students. The out-of-school activities include immersion in communities and even public service programs such as medical missions which are part of the National Service Training Program (NSTP).

CHED had given all the colleges and universities to develop optional activities to compensate for the field trips and educational tours.

For now, the CHED moratorium on field trips does not cover student internship and on-the-job training programs.

After CHED, the Department of Education (DepEd) also decided to defer field trips in all public schools for the rest of the school year. They are giving way to a review of existing policies covering the educational tours.

The DepEd said, “The review will cover alignment of field trips to learning outcomes, security and safety responsibilities, and accountabilities not only of schools but of parents and of other relevant government agencies.”

The schools that have already completed their permits and contracts have been already secured prior the moratorium are exempted. They may push through with the scheduled field trip but should firmly follow existing guidelines, most particularly the security of everybody.

The assessment came up as a result of the consultation with the regional directors and a conference with Education Secretary Leonor Briones and Undersecretary Jesus Mateo.

DepEd issued a reminder to school officials that all educational tours and field trips should not be made mandatory to students and cannot be used as a basis for the grades of the students.

Every student's focal purpose of joining the educational tours is only to gain knowledge and parents are keen to give their moral support by allowing them but with an incident like this, are we even confident and ensured to allow our children join another one?

12 Things Filipino Moms Say When They’re Mad At You

March 05, 2017
Moms – they can sometimes be a pain in the neck for some especially when they are doing the best they can to be a mom. Different mothers from around the world have different approaches or beliefs in raising their children. Filipina moms however, have a different approach when they are mad at their children – even at their husbands. Here are 12 things that Filipina moms say when they’re mad at you. 

 

1. When you ask her if she has seen the things that you were looking for:

“MATA ANG GINAGAMIT SA PAGHAHANAP HINDI BIBIG.” (Look with your eyes, not with your mouth!)

2. When you realize that thing is just somewhere around you:

“KUNG AHAS LANG YAN, KANINA KA PA NATUKLAW NIYAN!” (If that thing was only a snake, you already have been bitten!)

3. When you still can’t see it:

“KAPAG YAN NAKITA KO, MAKIKITA MO.” (If I see that things you’re looking for, you are dead.)

4. When you are finally happy that you saw the thing you have been looking for.. She continues the sermon you never really wanted to happen:

“PAANO NA LANG KUNG WALA AKO DITO, SAN KAYO PUPULUTIN?” (What if I wasn’t here with you, where would you go to be raised properly?)

5. When she sees you and your siblings get into a fight, you’re thinking that she’d stop you but then she goes:

“ITO KUTSILYO OH, MAGSAKSAKAN KAYO!” (Here is the knife, go ahead and stab each other!)

6. When you get into something and she is then asking for an explanation but you can’t talk because 1. She talks too much, and 2. She’s too scary:

“O, BAKIT HINDI KA MAKASAGOT? NAPIPI KA NA BA?” (Why aren’t you answering? Have you gone mute?)

7. When you finally decide to stand up and answer:

“ABA ABA, SUMASAGOT KA NA NGAYON AH?” (So you now learned how to answer to your parents in a not-so-childlike way?”

8. When you ask her for money because you have a school project:

“ANO BANG AKALA MO SAKIN? NAGTATAE NG PERA?” (What do you think of me? Do I secrete money out of my body?)

9. She then goes reminiscing with her good old life:

“NOON, PISO LANG BAON KO. BENTE LANG MASAYANG MASAYA NA KO.” (When I was your age, my everyday allowance is Php1. 00. If I had Php20. 00 I would already be jumping of joy)

10. When she’s mad that she states the obvious:

“ANAK KA TALAGA NG TATAY MO!” (You really are the child of your father!)

11. When she doesn’t let you have your social life:

“GABING GABI NA AT NASA LABAS KA PA ‘RIN. ANO NA BANG BALAK MO SA BUHAY MO?!” (It’s late at night and you are still outside, do you really have plans with your life!?”

12. And finally, when she is so mad; that every child and husband knows:

“ABA *CALLS YOU BY YOUR WHOLE NAME* AKO BA TALAGA BINIBIWISIT MO?!” (Well, *CALLS YOU BY YOUR WHOLE NAME*, ARE YOU REALLY DARING ME?!”

Which one of these is your mom’s line? Nevertheless, we love you mothers even though sometimes you threaten to spank us until we bleed. We understand now the love and the care you give for us. Thank you to all the mothers out there.

Meitu’s T8 – The Smartphone For The Selfie-Obsessed

February 23, 2017
Have you ever heard of Meitu? Everyone is talking about this top Chinese beautifying application. It can transform your photographs into gorgeous, stunning, or fine- looking anime-style portrait.

Image: PC Mag

Meitu means “beautiful picture” in Chinese.

If your social media app, like Facebook and Instagram, have feeds with substantial dreamy pictures of your friends or acquaintances that seems to be hand-drawn, that is perhaps because of the application Meitu. It has a range of retouch options that allow you to hide acne and blemishes, slim your face, firms your skin, it can remove wrinkles, enlarge your eyes, make your nose smaller, whiten teeth, and remove dark circles.

The maker of this app is also capitalizing on smartphones predominantly for the “selfie-obsessed individuals.”

It was announced this Tuesday that T8, the latest model, has placed fast autofocus 12 megapixel cameras both on front and rear. The cameras use a dual pixel Sony IMX362 sensor, this is the same as the sensor used for the rear camera of XiaomiRedmi Pro2. The dual pixel cameras are actually hyped so as to deliver a considerable quicker autofocus, as well as a clearer and flawless low-light picture.

Meitu’s T8 is the World’s first dual- pixel selfie phone. It’s a 5.2-inch phone and an improved version of its selfie app.

The main focus of the camera is to beautify its subject. This is because of the built-in beautifying software that will also bring some form of artificial intelligence.

This AI will then relate Meitus’s facial recognition tech through its massive database of selfies. With this, it can now detect the age, the gender, and the skin tones of the subject. Then finally, it can make an improved presumption on how to auto-tweak the looks of the subject.

The AI function of this phone is unique and effects to men, women, and children are applied accordingly. It can enhance even a group picture, each face are enhance differently. It can also enhance a face in real time for videos.

The T8 uses a Media Tek Helio X MT6797 chip, clocked at 2.3 GHz, deca-core processor and a modified 6.0 OS based Android Marshmallow. This makes them a bit higher, specs-wise, to its fellow Chinese maker Smartphone like Oppo R9, with octa-core 2GHz processor and Huawei Mate 8, with octa-core 2.3GHz processor.

Quick specs of Meitu’s T8:

  • 2.3GHz Media Tek Helio X MT6797 deca-core processor
  • 5.2- inch full-HD AMOLED display
  • 4GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage
  • USB Type-C
  • Front 12-megapixel shooter with phase detection autofocus, f1.8, rear 21-megapixel camera, f2.2
  • 3.580 mAh battery
  • Available colors: blue, gray, rose gold, black

Meitu’s T8 goes on sale in China on February 21, price starts at 3,300 yuan, equivalent to $480, £385 and AU$630.

How would you love take selfies with this new “the magical beauty camera” Smartphone? Wanna try?



ABS-CBN Files over $8 Million Lawsuit VS Website for Piracy

February 22, 2017
ABS-CBN Corporation filed a lawsuit before the US Federal District Court against a website for damages over $8 million – they filed this on February 17, 2017, Friday. It was said that this website kissasian.com was found to be rebroadcasting their TV shows and movies which are to be around 27 in total.



The network giant said that this action is the start of changing things especially in the anti-piracy enforcement in 2017.

"These pirate sites often victimize our fans when they access these sites and are later attacked by malware which steals their financial and personal data. We are going after every pirate wherever they live and operate; we arrested and sued numerous pirates last year and we plan to quadruple that effort this year,” said by Elisha Lawrence, ABS-CBN’s Assistant Vice President of Global Anti-Piracy.

Aside from the website, which was asked to pay at $1 million each in statutory damages, there are numerous websites: pnoytambayantv.com and freepinoychannel.com that support piracy and were asked to pay at least $1.18 million in damages in relation to information and copyright infringement while pinoynetwork.to, lambingan.to, and tambaytayo.com are leashed to pay for at least $1.08 million each.

Why do you think they were sued? Well they provide full-length episodes and seasons of the movies and TV shows that we patronize in ABS-CBN. Unfortunately, there have been reports and complaints that revolve around the stealing of data from the people who access the website.

"Defendants' websites are classic examples of pirate operations, often with poor quality," said Lawrence.

“These pirates are willfully infringing ABS-CBN's copyrighted works and damaging the ABS-CBN brand. We invest a great deal in our television shows and movies so the customers have a superior viewing experience,” she added

It is indeed a great dwell on the fact that copyright infringement is now being seriously followed. So for us, it is imperative that we strictly comply with rules and regulations even if it is only done online because who knows, maybe someone is already watching you.

PHILVOCS Warns West Valley Fault Residents: “Prepare For The Big One”

February 22, 2017

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) Director Renato Solidum advised people to get ready for the dangerous earthquake that is caused by the West Valley Fault and would likely to hit particularly those living in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces.

The shocking 6.7 magnitude earthquake that shook the province of Surigao del Norte is one of the deadliest quakes that took place in the province, even in the country. It left hundreds of wounded persons, even fatalities. They have recorded more than 150 aftershocks as of Monday morning, two after the 6.7 intensity. The highest aftershock was with a magnitude of 4.1.

This quake have resulted the Philippine fault line to move and is expected anytime soon at around 7.2 intensity. This would happen in the greater part of Metro Manila. The government particularly the disaster officials have released detailed maps which shows the danger zones that could help those affected areas to prepare.
Image: GMA Network

According to Japan International Cooperation Agency for PHILVOCS and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), this earthquake would wipe out up to 34,000 people and can injure 100,000 more because of disintegrated buildings and structures.

There were reports that there are cracks on some houses and structures that are included in the fault line. Aside from that, some say that they noticed their houses seem to be submerging gradually.

Solidum informed the people to be extra vigilant if similar event happens. He also added that everyone must learn from the current consequences of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake in Surigao del Norte.

It was estimated that the fault line moves every 400 years and the last huge quake transpired in 1658, which was 357 years ago to be exact. Affected areas were parts of Quezon City, Makati, Pasig, Taguig, Bulacan, Marikina, and Muntinlupa in Metro Manila. It also traveled on some parts of Cavite, General Mariano Alvarez, and Silang. Also in Laguna, San Pedro, Binan, Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao and Calamba.

There were reports that areas near Marikina Valley to the area of Manila Bay are prone to experience tremors because this land sits on a soft soil.

Each one of us must prepare for the coming of this “Big One,” we don’t know when? Nevertheless, we have to get ready.
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