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Acting tips Angelina Cruz gets from mom Sunshine

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 21:03
Angelina Cruz depends on her mom, veteran actress Sunshine Cruz, for advice, and all the more now that Angelina is actingin her first movie, "Love Is Color Blind." One of the basic tips she got from her mom is to study the script and "follow your lines." "But most importantly, to really know your character, to really know the idea of everything because that really helps. That's what she told me," Angelina shared during the online press conference for the movie, last Friday, Dec. 3. A little more help came when she sought for her mom's advice on how to pronounce some words that are quite strange to her. "Actually, even during lock-in, if there are lines na hindi ko ma-pronounc...

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Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine neutralizes Omicron virus variant with three shots

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 21:01
BioNTech and Pfizer said on Wednesday a three-shot course of their COVID-19 vaccine was able to neutralize the new Omicron variant in a laboratory test and they could deliver an Omicron-based vaccine in March 2022 if needed. In the first official statement from vaccine manufacturers on the likely efficacy of their shot against Omicron, BioNTech and Pfizer said that two vaccine doses resulted in significantly lower neutralizing antibodies but that a third dose of their vaccine increased the neutralizing antibodies by a factor of 25. Blood obtained from people that had their third booster shot a month ago neutralized the Omicron variant about as effectively as blood after two dos...

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PBA: KJ McDaniels stars as NLEX stops Brandon Brown, San Miguel

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 21:00
MANILA, Philippines---KJ McDaniels led a balanced NLEX offense to upset San Miguel Beer, 114-102, in the 2021 PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday night at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. The Road Warriors had six players in double figures led by KJ McDaniels' 27 points while Kevin Alas nearly had a double-double with 12 points and eight assists. NLEX started slow, trailing by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, before taking control in the second half. https://twitter.com/pbaconnect/status/1468546260496166927 The Road Warriors zoomed ahead in the third quarter, stretching their lead to 19 in the final frame after a basket by Don Trollano with 5:03 remaining. Trollano pr...

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UK’s Johnson: Omicron is spreading much faster than any other COVID variant

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 20:49
  LONDON --- Omicron is spreading faster than any other coronavirus variant seen so far, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday as he urged people to get booster vaccines. "We now have, in the Omicron variant, a variant that is spreading much faster than any variant that we've seen before and that is what we need... to focus on," Johnson told lawmakers. "That is why I ask everybody to go and get their booster jab as soon as they're called forward."...

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Better watch out, better not bite: Thai Santa divers feed sharks

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 20:39
Bangkok,Thailand --- It was beginning to look a lot like feeding time, as a diver dressed in a Santa suit hopped into an aquarium at a Bangkok mall to spread fish scraps and good cheer just in time for Christmas. Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World kicked off the holiday season this week with workers dressing in festive gear as they went through their daily feeding routine in the massive aquarium. For the sharks, stingrays, and schools of colorful fish, the diving duo -- one dressed as Santa Claus and the other sporting reindeer antlers -- brought joy to their world as they flung out food scraps. On the other side of the glass, visitors took selfies with the Santa diver, who gamely...

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Arwind Santos shines in NorthPort debut despite losing effort

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 20:35
MANILA, Philippines---It may not have been a triumphant debut at NorthPort for Arwind Santos, but it was a promising one nonetheless. Santos fired a game-high 23 points, including 14 in the final frame to nearly propel the Batang Pier to victory despite trailing by as many as 10 points. He scored 12 straight points over a four-minute stretch that pulled his team within two, 81-83, with 1:44 left. https://twitter.com/pbaconnect/status/1468504419511660544 "Arwind's Arwind. He's a vet. He knows where to get his shots from no matter what team he's playing for," Alaska head coach Jeffrey Cariaso on Wednesday after the Aces' 87-85 win. "He's a true veteran," Cariaso added. ...

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‘In no circumstances’ is forced vaccination okay – UN rights chief

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 20:28
Geneva,Switzerland --- Countries considering introducing vaccine mandates in the fight against COVID-19 must ensure they respect human rights, the UN rights chief said Wednesday, stressing that forced vaccination was never acceptable. Speaking to a Human Rights Council seminar via video message, Michelle Bachelet warned there were significant rights considerations that needed to be taken into account before making vaccination compulsory. Any "vaccine mandates must comply with the principles of legality, necessity, proportionality, and non-discrimination," she said, according to a transcript. "In no circumstances should people be forcibly administered a vaccine." The UN Hi...

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With a little help from Mama Mary, Maxene Magalona conquers anxiety through surrender

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 20:18
Actress and yoga teacher Maxene Magalona also still experiences days when she would wake up feeling the pangs of fear and anxiety. And just like everyone, she figures out ways to go through those days. Magalona had such a day today, but thankfully, she was able to solve what was bothering her, as per her Instagram page. "When you're dealing with a mental health condition, juggling different jobs, going on a self-healing journey and experiencing a spiritual awakening all at the same time --- it can get pretty overwhelming," she observed. "I understand that there will really be days when uncomfortable feelings such as anxiety, fear, shame, guilt and doubt naturally arise and there...

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Pampanga-based journalist shot dead in Samar

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 20:14
  CITY OF SAN FERNANDO---Jesus "Jess" Malabanan, a correspondent for Manila Standard, Bandera and Reuters, was shot dead inside their store in Calbayog, Western Samar at around 6 p.m. on Wednesday (Dec.8), his wife Mila confirmed. Malabanan, 58, died instantly from a head shot, she said by phone. "We were watching television when a shot rang at close range. I didn't see the gunman because it was dark," Mila said. Malabanan was a defense reporter until the 1990s when he transferred residence in Pampanga. The Pampanga Press Club condemned the killing and urged the Philippine National Police to get Malabanan's killers and put them behind bars....

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Ookla test: PH’s internet speed improves in November

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 20:05
MANILA, Philippines --- The country's fixed broadband and mobile download speeds have improved in November based on the latest Ookla Speedtest Global Index report released by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Wednesday. According to the Ookla report, the country's fixed broadband speed improved to 75.02Mbps in November from the 71.08Mbps recorded the month prior. The latest download speed signifies a 5.54 percent month-to-month improvement for fixed broadband and represents an improvement of 848.42 percent since the Duterte administration began in July 2016. Meanwhile, mobile speed also increased as the country yielded an average download speed of 40.37...

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PH Air Force pilots start Black Hawk training in Brunei

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 19:43
MANILA, Philippines---Philippine Air Force (PAF) pilots have started S-70i Sikorsky Black Hawk flight simulator training in Brunei, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.   The training started last Dec. 3 at the Canadian Aviation Electronics Brunei Multi-Purpose Training Centre.   "This is a milestone in our bilateral defense relations with Brunei," said Pete Raymond Delfin, charg d affaires of the Philippine embassy in Brunei.   "Notwithstanding the strong and dynamic defense cooperation between our countries, the program represents a practical option for S-70i Black Hawk training as PAF pilots need not proceed outside the ASEAN region," Delfin s...

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Rainy Thursday likely in some parts of PH due to shear line, amihan – Pagasa

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 19:28
MANILA, Philippines --- The shear line and the northeast monsoon, locally known as amihan, may bring rain in some parts of the country on Thursday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Based on Pagasa's weather forecast issued Wednesday afternoon, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, and the northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands will have cold weather with overcast skies and light rains due to the northeast monsoon. At the same time, Eastern Visayas, Sorsogon, and Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands will have cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rain showers and t...

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France will be on PH’s COVID-19 ‘red list’ from December 10-15

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 19:10
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines will place France on its "red list" or a roster of countries deemed as high-risk for COVID-19from December 10-15, Malacaang announced Wednesday. Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said this move was upon the approval of the government's pandemic policy-making body, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases or IATF. This means that foreign travelers from France are barred from entering the Philippines during the period. Nograles said passengers who have been to France within 14 days and arrive on December 10-13 may be allowed entry but must undergo a 14-day facility...

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Court rescinds arrest warrants vs human rights activists, peace advocates

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 19:07
MANILA, Philippines---The Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur Regional Trial Court has rescinded the arrest order against human rights activists and peace advocates tagged in the 2018 raid and torching of a military facility in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. In its ruling, the court said, based on the evidence presented by the authorities, "have led this Court to reasonable believe that accused have not committed the offense." "The Court, in weighing the facts and circumstances obtaining in these cases, is of the opinion that the warrants issued for their arrest suffered a constitutional defect," said acting Executive Judge Fernando Fudalan Jr. of Bayugan City Agusan del Sur RTC Branch 7. ...

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Tyson Fury ordered by WBC to defend title against Dillian Whyte

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 19:02
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury must face Dillian Whyte in his next title defense following a ruling on Tuesday by the World Boxing Council (WBC). The WBC said Whyte has now been installed as mandatory challenger to Fury, who retained his crown with a thrilling knockout victory over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in October. "The WBC hereby orders the start of the free negotiations period pursuant to the WBC Rules & Regulations for the mandatory bout between WBC World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury and Mandatory Challenger and WBC Interim World Champion Dillian Whyte," the WBC said in a statement on Twitter. The WBC initially said in October Fury would only have to f...

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Dominguez: Vaccine purchases above board

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 18:52
MANILA, Philippines---Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III on Wednesday said the COVID-19 vaccines bought by the government through loans obtained from multilateral banks had been above board. Speaking at the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum, Dominguez noted that himself, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. had been tasked by President Duterte to oversee vaccine purchases. As such, the government decided to borrow from the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), as well as the Washington-based World Bank so that these three lenders can directly pay vaccine suppliers. ...

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Catholics in Tagbilaran City celebrate feast of immaculate

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 18:42
TAGBILARAN CITY ---Catholics on Wednesday trooped to churches in celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bishop Abet Uy of the Diocese of Tagbilaran reminded the people that the grace of God is more beautiful than sin. "What is the most dangerous virus? Is it COVID-19? No. It's not. The most dangerous virus is the virus of sin," the prelate said in his homily during the Pontifical Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Baclayon town on Wednesday, December 8. The prelate said the COVID-19 virus could affect people physically. But sin would affect both the body and soul, he said. "In order to be protected from COVID-19, we were...

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Negros Occ still awaits DOH’s order if expired AstraZeneca jabs can still be used

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 18:36
BACOLOD CITY --- The Negros Occidental provincial government is still waiting for instructions from the Department of Health (DOH) on whether the 14,620 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines that expired on November 30 can still be used. The 14,620 doses remain in storage at the provincial government's cold room on instructions of the DOH, said Dr. Claudelia Josefa Pabillo, Provincial Health Office cold chain coordinator. Whether the vaccines can still be used will depend on an emergency use authority issued by the Food and Drug Administration and instructions from the DOH, she said. The expired vaccines were part of 45,300 AstraZeneca doses that arrived in Negros Occidental on Nove...

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Leody de Guzman says he will not back out from presidential race

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 18:33
MANILA, Philippines --- Labor leader Leody de Guzman assured the public on Wednesday that he would not withdraw from his presidential bid, following reports that he has backed out from the race. "Hindi po tayo aatras. Malinaw 'yan sa akin, sa aking partido, at sa masang Pilipino na naniniwala sa 'Manggagawa Naman sa 2022,'" de Guzman said in a statement. (We will not back out. That is clear to me, my political party, and the Filipino masses who believe it's the workers' turn in 2022.) "Nararapat lamang na bigyan diin, ang aking kandidatura ay bunsod ng paghahangad ng masang Pilipino para sa makabuluhang pagbabago sa buhay pulitika at ekonomiya ng bansa. Kongkretisasyon nito ay a...

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LOOK: Newly tattooed Iñigo Pascual behind the scenes of Hollywood series ‘Monarch’

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 18:32
Iigo Pascual is now sporting a new tattoo as he continues shooting for the upcoming Hollywood musical drama "Monarch." The actor gave fans a glimpse of the "Monarch" set on his Instagram Stories today, Dec. 8. Pascual showed himself with his series co-star, actress Ava Grace, and greeting other people on set. He also has a director's chair with his name on it. "Back on set," he told fans. Recently, Pascual got a new tattoo of the word "malaya" (free) written in baybayin (the Philippines' ancient writing system) on the left side of his body, as seen on his Instagram page last Monday, Dec. 6. "I might or might not have gotten a new tat," he said. This is not ...

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