Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction

March 28, 2015
From now on, One Direction will be a four-piece boy band with the departure of member Zayn Malik from the group. On Wednesday, Malik announced that he was leaving the world-famous boy band. Malik’s decision to quit came just one week after he left their world tour because of stress.

During his announcement, Malik confessed that his decision was a bit crazy but he never felt more in control of his life than that moment. HE admitted that he wasn’t happy doing what he’s been doing for some time and that he just stuck it out for the happiness of other people.

Malik denied that he quit because there was trouble between him and the rest of the guys. He knows that he’s letting millions of fans down but it’s something he has to do. He said, “I can’t do that anymore because it’s not real to me.”

However, he won’t be leaving the music industry for good. He’s working on some solo material.

On the other hand, the rest of One Direction namely Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson expressed their sadness over Malik’s departure but assured fans that there will still be more to come from the group.

Indeed lots of fans were devastated by the news that some 220 of them called up the employment law experts requesting for compassionate leave. Yes and that’s because Malik left 1D.

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Close Look at Julia Barretto's Debut Gown

March 12, 2015
Aside from Julia Barretto’s star-studded 18th birthday celebration, many are also talking about the gorgeous gown that she was wearing. Julia’s gown is indeed worth talking about! Julia is a beautiful girl but let’s admit it, her gown made her shine even more.
Julia’s gown was designed by Filipino designer Michael Cinco, who is based in Dubai. In his Instagram account, Cinco describes the outfit as a garnet couture gown. It features lace with intricate embroidery as well as shimmering beads. Though it’s not been confirmed, some say that the gown is worth around 1.5 million pesos.

Scroll down for more photos of Julia’s garnet couture gown!


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Royalè, 3 Other Face Tax Evasion Charges

March 12, 2015
Business owners who are dodging their tax obligations beware because the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will find you out. After investigations were done, BIR has filed tax evasion charges business executives of four companies namely Royalé Business Club International, Vivetech Corporation, Rusette Printing Press and Trading, and Dainan International. According to the BIR, taxes not paid by these companies totals to more than P466 million.

BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares said that these companies attempted to evade or defeat tax on purpose. They did not give the correct and accurate information on the annual income tax returns and value added tax returns for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Royalè Business Club International, which has the highest undeclared income, is known for marketing consumer products including food supplements, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products and beverages. Royalè executives who were charged with tax evasion are president Julius Allan Nolasco, vice president for finance Isa Angela Bautista, assistant treasurers Jeanette Maghirang, and Imelda Pedron and assistant accounting manager Marjorie Molina.

Based on BIR’s investigation, Royalè received income payments of P141.60M from the Bank of Philippine Islands, P468.55M from Metrobank and P171.07M from Banco de Oro. However, the company’s ITR gross sales only reflect P39.14M in 2011, P106.69M in 2012 and P196.68M in 2013. Based on BIR’s computation Royale’s income in those three years amounts to more than P780M but the company’s declared gross sales is only P343M so, there’s an under-declaration of around P437M.

Vivetech Corporation is headed by president Edwin Lumague; Rusette Printing Press and Trading is headed by Teresita Alcantara; and Dainan International is headed by Nelson Tia.

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Julia Barretto Celebrates Grand Debut

March 10, 2015
Julia Barretto celebrated her coming of age with a grand merriment on Tuesday, March 10, at the Makati Shangri-la.

For her super special event, the teen star wore a beautiful scarlet gown with a sweetheart neckline and voluminous skirt by Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco. It also featured intricate embroidery and beadwork. She accentuated her outfit with a delicate but eye-catching pair of diamond and ruby necklace and earrings.
It was indeed a very happy occasion for the teen star as the occasion was attended by some of the brightest in show business. The celebration also paved the way for Julia and mom Marjorie’s reunion with Claudine Barretto. Claudine has not been welcome due to her squabbles with older sisters Marjorie and Gretchen.

Julia’s Dad Dennis Padilla was also present at the event. He was her first dance as well. There were rumors of a rift between father and daughter arising from Julia’s plan to change her surname from Baldivia (Dennis’ real surname) to Barretto. But it was Julia who finally reached out to her father. She surprised him by handing him an invitation to her debut celebration. During an interview Julia also revealed that she doesn’t intend to change her surname anymore.

But of course, the event won’t be that festive without her fellow celebrities. Those who attended the event include Matteo Guidicelli, Rayver Cruz, Enchong Dee, Khalil Ramos, Robi Domingo, Sam Concepcion, Dominic Roque, Leon Barrett, Mark Barretto, John Barretto, Cholo BArretto, Jason Soong, Miguel Barretto, John Lapus, Enrique Gil and Inigo Pascual as her 18 roses.

Julia had 19 candles instead of just 18. Her reason for that was someone might not be able to make it. Her 19 candles were Dani Barretto, Cris Navarro, Marissa Kalaw, Pokwang, RB Chanco, Lala Flores, Denise Heredia, Coy Barretto, Ella Pangilinan, Liz Uy, Claudia Barretto, Patita Tumpalan, Erich Gonzales, Alora Sasam, Natalia Ortega, Nicole Barretto, Janella Salvador, Liza Soberano and Maja Salvador.

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Apple Watch: The Essentials

March 09, 2015
As planned, Apple announced a number of devices at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater on Monday. One of the devices unveiled is the wearable Apple Watch, which is indeed feature-filled! However, it needs to be connected to the iPhone 5 or later models in order to work. And according to Apple folks, Apple Watch will be available starting April 24.

Are you curious about what the Apple Watch has to offer? Read on!

Three Models and Price

Apple Watch Sport costs $349 - $399 made with pure aluminum.

Apple Watch costs $549 - $1049 made of stainless steel.

Apple Watch Edition costs $10,000 - $17,000 and will come in 18-Karat Gold Rose and Yellow Gold.

All these will be sold in either 1.4-inch or 1.7-inch versions.
FEATURES

Fitness

Helps keep track of your exercise routine, calories consumed, etc and shows a weekly summary of said activities. There’s also a built-in heart sensor to track your heartbeat during exercise.

Third-Party Applications

It supports WeChat, Uber, an app from W hotel and many others.

Siri

Asking for directions is made easier as well since Siri is supported by the device.

Notifications

Apple watch will display any text message received on the iPhone and the owner can respond by typing a short reply or an emoji. The owner can also make use of the screen’s capability to be drawn upon for his reply. Receiving calls can be also be done from the Watch since it has built-in speaker and microphone.

Battery

According to Tim Cook, Apple Watch’s battery can last up to 18 hours.



Megastar Sharon Cuneta Back With Kapamilya Network

March 09, 2015
Great news Mega fans! Sharon Cuneta is finally back to the Kapamilya Network after three years of absence. Remember, she moved to TV5 in 2011.

On Monday the Megastar had a contract signing with ABS-CBN. The event was attended by ABS-CBN President and CEO Charo Santos-Concio, head Cory Vidanes and many other executives.

Sharon was quite emotional during the contract signing and she expressed how overwhelmingly happy she was to be back with ABS-CBN. Although she did not regret moving to TV5 three years ago, she felt like a “fish out of water” and that she “didn’t really belong anywhere but here.”
Three years is a long time and being with the other network brought her humbling experiences. It was perhaps these experiences that made her say how appreciative she was of the welcome that she received from the ABS-CBN bosses and fellow celebrities.

Fans can watch out for her in the new Kapamilya show “Your Face Sounds Familiar.” Sharon will work side by side with Jed Madela and Gary Valenciano as jury of the said show. The show will air on March 14. Other projects are still in the works.

Meanwhile, Sharon also surprised everyone during the contract signing by her slimmer form, which is a very good thing.

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Hollywood Actor Harrison Ford Recovering After Plane Crash

March 05, 2015
Harrison Ford is alive though a bit bruised and battered after making an emergency landing of the WW2 plane that he was piloting on Thursday. The plane had an engine trouble shortly after it took off from the Santa Monica Airport. Airport control received a report from the actor requesting an emergency return to the landing strip, but, unfortunately, the plane nosedived in the nearby Penmar golf course. Thankfully, Ford is an experienced pilot and he was still able to maneuver the plane making the impact less damaging.

Golfers were playing there at that time and they immediately rushed to the plane and pulled the pilot out for fear that it would catch fire. According to the witnesses Ford suffered a huge cut on his head and was bleeding. Luckily, two of the golf players were doctors and they gave the actor first aid and later on was rushed to the hospital.

Shortly after the incident, Ford’s son assured fans that the actor was in good condition. He tweeted, “At the hospital. Dad is ok. Battered, but ok! He is every bit the man you would think he is.”

Fans can now breathe a sigh of relief. Hope he takes better care next time.

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Diversity and Inclusion: What is it About?

March 05, 2015
How do you perceive love?

Ad Council has released a video called Diversity & Inclusion - Love Has No Labels in order to "open our eyes to our bias and prejudice and work to stop it in ourselves, our friends, our families, and our colleagues."


Watch the video and share what message it brings to you.

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Jam Sebastian of JaMich, Gone Too Soon

March 04, 2015
Jam Sebastian of the YouTube sensation JaMich is finally resting with God. His passed away yesterday morning at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. Although it was a difficult decision for his family, they finally agreed to remove him from the life support and at around 10:30 in the morning on Wednesday, Jam finally gave his last breath.

Jam was supposed to turn 29 this coming March 20; unfortunately, he won’t be around to celebrate it anymore. But for his fiancée Mich Liggayu, it’s a day that she would always remember. And not long before Jam passed away, Mich posted an emotional message for his on Facebook. She said “I’m sure magiging sobrang ganda and happy ng birthday celebration mo sa Heaven. Sana ma dream kita na ipaalam mo lng samin na Masaya ka na and healthy ulit with God. Thank you for everything. No words can explain. Until we meet again.”

Thousands of fans are now grieving as well because of Jam’s death, but despite that a lot of them are also looking out for the loved ones he left behind especially his fiancé Mich. And indeed, words of love, comfort, and encouragement poured in for her.

Though Jam is gone, his memory will always live on and many will hold him forever in their hearts because of the way he touched their lives, our lives.

Rest in peace with God Jam…

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Samsung Unveils Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Super Phones!

March 04, 2015
Samsung’s next-generation phone has finally been revealed! And take note there isn’t just one but two awesome phones from Samsung. Make way for the new Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge! The two phones unveiled at the MWC 2015 during its Unpacked event are sure to meet customers’ expectations not only in terms of design but performance as well.

It’s time to get to know these new handsets that many would want to get their hands on as soon as possible. For a change Samsung used glass and metal for the overall design of the S6 and S6 Edge. No more plastic this time. So as not to get confused between the two, the S6 Edge is designed with a curved screen that goes on the sides of the devices while the S6 has the same screen design as the previous Galaxy phones.
Both phones have a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440-pixels protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. These new phones are powered by Exynos 7420 that has a Mali-T760 GPU and has 3GB LPDDR4 of RAM.
Picture-taking would surely be enjoyable with their new ISOCELL camera sensor with 16MP resolution with enhanced optical image stabilization. It also has phase detection autofocus and has a single-LED flash. They also have 4K video recording support. They also feature 32GB/64GB/128GB non-expandable storage.

Connectivity includes LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS and Glonass and Beidou, IR blaster and FM radio. They differ in battery. S6 Edge has 2,600 mAh and the S6 has 2,550 mAh.

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Farewell Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek

March 01, 2015
Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy a.k.a. Spock died on Friday at the age of 83. Many people were shocked and saddened by this unfortunate turn of events.

Many of those who were born in the Star Trek era know Spock very well. Who could ever forget this quirky character? What could be unforgettable to some is his appearance with his brows rising up at his temple and elf-like ears. To others it’s his dispassionate character as Spock.

However, the character he played in Star Trek is a complete contrast to his real self. He had so many interests aside from being a brilliant artist. He was also a director, a poet, and a musician. Photography was also one of his pursuits with nontraditional subjects being the focus. But most of all, everyone loved him because of his warmth and affection. He had a Twitter account did you know? In fact, at one time he posted that he would gladly welcome anyone who wants to be his honorary grandfather and indeed many responded.

Although he is gone, his legacy will always live on.   


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