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Archie Burnand and Scarlet Snow Belo Prove that They’re Baby BFFs

Baby Archie Burnand celebrated his first birthday via a nautical-inspired party over the weekend. While our feeds were filled with adorable photos from the celebration, our favorite has to be the ones with Scarlet Snow Belo. Scarlet and Archie are proving to be best buds since we spotted Scarlet teaching Archie how to walk during #TheWanForAnne. The two reunited at Archie's birthday party and the cute photos are too much to handle. Here's a photo set featuring Scarlet posing on the lifeguard chair and a candid shot with Archie. A post shared by Scarlet Snow Belo (@scarletsnowbelo) on Dec 16, 2017 at 6:37am PST And here's Scarlet giving Archie a little kiss on th...Keep on reading: Archie Burnand and Scarlet Snow Belo Prove that They’re Baby BFFs.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 2 hr. 25 min. ago Related News

De Bruyne inspires Man City to record-extending win vs Spurs

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Arms wrapped around his head, Kevin De Bruyne was writhing in agony on the turf. A stamp by Dele Alli, the Tottenham dynamo prone to hot-headed eruptions, typified the rough treatment faced by De Bruyne's Manchester City on Saturday. Tottenham just couldn't cope against the exhilarating force of a team which is steamrollering opponents and the English football records. De Bruyne's right ankle was fortunate to escape serious damage being inflicted by the thrust of Alli's boot. Alli was fortunate to avoid a red card, and De Bruyne was seething. Payback came within a couple of minutes when the ball was bulging in the Tottenham net. De Bruyne lashed a shot past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to net City's second in a 4-1 victory over last season's runners-up. With a record 16th successive English top-flight win, City surged 14 points clear of both Manchester United, which travels to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, and champion Chelsea. The Premier League chasing pack is slipping further into the distance. For many, like Tottenham which slipped to seventh, it is just about finishing in the four Champions League places. Arsenal reignited that challenge by beating Newcastle 1-0, rising to fourth by ending a three-game winless run. Chelsea remains five points ahead of Arsenal after also beating Southampton 1-0 courtesy of Marcos Alonso's free kick in first-half stoppage time. ___ RIVALRY UPENDED For a Tottenham side that finished above City the last two seasons, the decline appears alarming. An eight-point lead over City at the close of business in May last season has been turned into a 21-point deficit, even before this season reaches its midway point in a week. City, chasing its first Premier League title under Pep Guardiola, was gifted an opener in the 14th minute when Ilkay Gundogan was left unmarked to head in Leroy Sane's corner. Even though it took City until the final 20 minutes to extend its lead, this was a game controlled by the hosts with De Bruyne orchestrating the midfield in David Silva's absence. "You cannot imagine how good he plays in terms of the ball, but you also see how he runs," Guardiola said. "Everything is easier for the manager." After De Bruyne fired in City's second, he also won a penalty following Jan Vertonghen's sliding challenge. Gabriel Jesus hit the post and the follow-up was off target from Raheem Sterling. But Sterling still had time to find the net twice in the final 10 minutes. The first was the culmination of a counterattack started by De Bruyne. The second in the 90th owed much to Eric Dier missing the chance to block Bernardo Silva's throughball, allowing Sterling to round goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and tap into the net. Christian Eriksen scored a consolation once the game was far beyond Tottenham's reach. ___ GOAL OF THE DAY Mesut Ozil reminded Arsenal what it could be missing if he leaves at the end of the season on a free transfer. The piece of magic from the German came with a 23rd-minute volley powered into the roof of the net from just inside the penalty area, lighting up a labored performance by his north London club against a relegation-threatened Newcastle. "It's important for him that he takes the risk to do what he did," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "Usually he is a guy who, 99 percent of the time in this position, he controls the ball and gives it to somebody else. "So I'm pleased he took the gamble to finish and I'm happy as well that he scored a very important goal." ___ HUGHES PRESSURE A power cut delayed Stoke's home game against West Ham, and the lights could soon be going out on Mark Hughes's tenure as manager after a 3-0 loss to the London club. Stoke slumped to a fifth loss in six games to sit one point above the relegation zone. Marko Arnautovic defied jeers on his return to Stoke to score West Ham's second goal, either side of Mark Noble's penalty and Diafra Sakho's strike. ___ BENTEKE DROUGHT ENDS Christian Benteke ended a 13-game run without a goal for Crystal Palace, stretching into last season, in a 3-0 victory at Leicester. Benteke also set up Wilfried Zaha for Palace's second. Leicester was reduced to 10 men when Wilfried Ndidi was shown a second yellow card for a dive on his 21st birthday. Bakary Sako added a third for Palace, which is enjoying a seven-match unbeaten run that has lifted Roy Hodgson's side two points clear of the drop zone. ___ HUDDERSFIELD ON RISE Huddersfield climbed to 11th in the 20-team standings after winning 4-1 at Watford. Elias Kachunga scored the northern club's first away goal since the opening day of its first top-flight campaign in 45 years. Aaron Mooy doubled Huddersfield's lead midway through the second half. After Watford striker Troy Deeney was sent off for a dangerous tackle, Laurent Depoitre extended the visitors' lead at the start of the second half. It was 10 vs. 10 for the final half-hour after Jonathan Hogg received a second booking. Although Abdoulaye Doucoure pulled one back, Mooy was on target again from the penalty spot in the 89th. ___ MISSED CHANCE Burnley would have gone fourth with a win at Brighton but was held to a 0-0 draw. Brighton striker Glenn Murray missed a penalty......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 17th, 2017Related News

 Space capsule with 3 astronauts returns to Earth

MOSCOW (AP) --- Three astronauts returned to Earth on Thursday after nearly six months aboard the International Space Station, landing on the snow-covered steppes outside of a remote town in Kazakhstan. A Russian Soyuz capsule with NASA's Randy Bresnik, Russia's Sergey Ryazanskiy and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency descended under a red-and-white parachute and landed on schedule at 2:37 p.m. local time (0837 GMT; 3:37 a.m. EST). The three were pulled out of the capsule within 20 minutes and appeared to be in good condition. Bresnik, Ryazansky and Nespoli spent 139 days aboard the orbiting space laboratory. The trio who arrived at the station in July contributed to...Keep on reading:  Space capsule with 3 astronauts returns to Earth.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 15th, 2017Related News

Scarlet Snow Belo’s Christmas Tree Is Better than Yours

Christmas is always a great excuse to be a little extravagant. Not counting out what really matters the most: spending time with your family, catching a break from work, and being thankful for the year's blessings. Still, we get a little carried away with the lights, the festive decorations, and the Christmas trees. Pause into the living room of the Dra. Vicki Belo, Dr. Hayden Kho, and Scarlet Snow Belo and you'll see our point. Inside you'll find a tree like no other as it's inspired by mermaids and aquatic life. It also has a special story behind it. The tree is a creation by Stephen Brown and Bryan Crabtree of Glitterville. The duo creates various ornaments and decor that ai...Keep on reading: Scarlet Snow Belo’s Christmas Tree Is Better than Yours.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 15th, 2017Related News

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues. As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation's poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination. But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended. This isn't lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea. The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011. Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn't have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries. "What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?" said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. "What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt." ___ TEARING THINGS DOWN The atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today. A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city's Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums. The legacy of the country's second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built. Pyeongchang's picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down. A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed. Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million). ___ NO FISH Despite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep. Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That's especially true in South Korea, which doesn't have a strong winter sports culture. Not all ideas are welcome. Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy. Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer's suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country's strict laws and largely negative view of gambling. A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart. Even worse off are Pyeongchang's bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in. After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang's organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn't offer specific suggestions for what to do differently. Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece's financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games. Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well. ___ 'MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS' Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey center, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official. But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as "money-drinking hippos." It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill. Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games. These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs. Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute's calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing. He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money. South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures. If Seoul doesn't pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can't turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down. Park said the national government must step up because the "Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 15th, 2017Related News

Despacito, Miss Universe among top Google searches for 2017

MANILA, Philippines – If you're embarrassed about how many song lyrics you've googled over the past year, dont be – it turns out you're not the only one who's done it. The lyrics to Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" is the top most googled item in the Philippines this 2017, followed by Bruno Mars' ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 13th, 2017Related News

Pinoys in Netherlands brave snow to protest killings in the Philippines

By BULATLAT Despite heavy snow, Filipinos in the Netherlands held a symbolic protest at the Philippine Embassy in The Hague on Dec. 11 to denounce “state-sponsored” killings under the Duterte administration. The broad network Filipinos Against Corruption and Tyranny (FACT) conducted an hour-long picket in front of the embassy before formally presenting their statement to… The post Pinoys in Netherlands brave snow to protest killings in the Philippines appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Source: Bulatlat BulatlatCategory: NewsDec 12th, 2017Related News

Schools closed, flights delayed after second day of UK snowfall

LONDON, United Kingdom – Britain was recovering Monday, December 11, after heavy snow brought freezing temperatures, shutting hundreds of schools and disrupting flights for a second day. Power was restored to more than 100,000 homes, while airports tried to recover their schedules following the winter's first major snowfall – the biggest ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 11th, 2017Related News

Schools closed, flights delayed after UK snowfall

LONDON: Britain was recovering Monday after heavy snow brought freezing temperatures, shutting hundreds of schools and disrupting flights for a second day. Power was restored to more than 100,000 homes, while airports tried to recover their schedules following the winter’s first major snowfall—the biggest in four years. The last time Britain saw this much heavy [...] The post Schools closed, flights delayed after UK snowfall appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Dec 11th, 2017Related News

SkyPixel’s Top Picks of 2017

SkyPixel, the world’s most popular aerial photography community run in cooperation with DJI, has selected some of the best aerial stories submitted to the 2017 SkyPixel Photo Storytelling Contest. From a crystal selfie in the... The post SkyPixel’s Top Picks of 2017 appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsDec 11th, 2017Related News

Know about illegal drugs and their ill-effects

WHAT’S WITH DRUGS that make the world so deeply concerned about people using them? In the Philippines alone, an estimated four to seven million of its 104 million populations are said to be using prohibited drugs. As a campaign promise, President Rodrigo Duterte has made the crackdown on illegal drugs a centerpiece of his administration — for which he has been chastised from all fronts, in and out of the country. Drug addiction, no doubt, has severely affected society, cutting across all socio-economic echelons and demographics. No one can deny that drug addiction is a societal menace, resulting in countless crimes, financial problems, and broken relationships, both with families and friends. Here’s a glimpse of what the common prohibited drugs are and how they affect the body and mind. According to a primer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) posted on its website, drugs are chemical substances that affect the normal functioning of the body, either physically and/or psychologically. Not all drugs are illegal, it says. The caffeine in coffee, the nicotine in cigarettes, and alcohol are technically legal drugs. Medicines are pharmaceutical drugs used to treat or prevent illnesses. They are legal, although they could also be abused. The ones people should totally shun are the illegal drugs because they alter a person’s mood, thinking, and behavior. All illegal drugs have immediate physical effects, and they also hinder psychological and emotional development, especially among young people, says the UNODC. Drugs cloud a user’s judgment, making him/her take more risks, for instance having unsafe sex that could lead one to contract sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. The effects of illegal drugs do not last long. When they wear off, a user gets depressed, lonely and sick, appears confused, sweats a lot, has red eyes, and neglects his/her physical appearance and then comes the irrational craving. The following are the most common prohibited drugs and how they affect their users: Methamphetamine Methamphetamine, also known as Shabu, also goes by the names Crack meth, Ice, Crystal meth, Tik, and Yaba. Methamphetamine belongs to a group of drugs called amphetamine-type stimulants. Like ecstasy, it is manufactured in illegal laboratories and sold in powder, tablet or crystal form. It could be swallowed, sniffed, smoked or injected. The UNODC says meth produces a feeling of physical and mental well-being, euphoria, and exhilaration. Users experience a temporary boost in energy, often perceived to improve their performance of manual or mental tasks, along with delayed hunger and fatigue. At times, they become more aggressive and violent. Over the short term, users tend to lose their appetite, start to breathe faster, and sweat due to increased heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Taking in large doses would make users feel restless and irritable and could induce panic attacks. Taking in excessive doses could result in convulsions, seizures, and death from respiratory failure, stroke or heart failure. Long-term use could also lead to malnutrition, weight loss, and psychological dependence and stopping its use results in a long period of sleep, followed by depression. Ecstasy Ecstasy goes around by the names E, Snackies and New Yorkers. The drug, usually made in illegal laboratories, consists of a range of substances that make it dangerous to consume. It comes in the form of tablet, powder or capsule and is usually swallowed, but could also be snorted or injected. Ecstasy increases users’ empathy levels and induces a feeling of closeness to people around them. It makes them feel more sociable and energetic. Short-term use of ecstasy prompts the body to ignore distress signals such as dehydration, dizziness, and exhaustion, and interferes with the body’s ability to regulate temperature. It could also severely damage the liver and kidneys and could cause convulsions and heart failure. In large doses, ecstasy could cause restlessness, anxiety and severe hallucinations. Long-term use damages certain parts of the brain, bringing about serious depression and memory loss. Cannabis Sativa Cannabis is known by many names – Bongo, Ganja, Grass, Pot or Thai sticks. Its most famous name, however, is Marijuana, or Mary Jane. Cannabis, a tobacco-like greenish or brownish substance made of dried flowering tops and leaves of the cannabis plant, is usually smoked, but its resin and oil could also be swallowed or brewed in tea. According to the UNODC, cannabis smoke contains 50 percent more tar than high-tar cigarettes, putting users at an increased risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases. After taking cannabis, users feel relaxed and sometimes euphoric, with an intensified sense of sight, smell, taste, and hearing. Short-term use makes them experience increased appetite and pulse rate, and an impaired ability to perform physical and mental tasks, such as driving a car and thinking logically. With large doses, users’ thinking slows down and they become confused and have bouts of anxiety, panic, and psychotic episodes. The UNODC said that regular users of cannabis run the risk of developing psychological dependence to the point that they lose interest in all other activities, such as work and personal relationships. Cocaine Cocaine is known as Crack, Bazooka, Blanche, Cake, Coke or Lady. It is a fine white or off-white powder extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. The UNODC said that on the street, cocaine is diluted with other substances, such as ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), to increase its quantity and produce crack. Cocaine is usually sniffed or injected, while […].....»»

Source: Mindanaoexaminer MindanaoexaminerCategory: NewsDec 10th, 2017Related News

Zontians mark golden anniversary with fundraising concert

The Zonta Club of Cebu I celebrated its 50th anniversary with a grand fundraiser whose aim was empowering women through service and advocacy. The event was dubbed "Celebrate Life: Golden Years of Service and Music with Jose Mari Chan." As it was, Chan himself is marking 50 years as a performer and recording artist. He writes the music and the lyrics of songs that are well loved not only in the Philippines but in the international scene as well. His popularity is patent. On show night, traffic was bumper to bumper leading to the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino where the event was held. Parking lots within a radius of one kilometer were overflowing. Zontians in yellow outfit...Keep on reading: Zontians mark golden anniversary with fundraising concert.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 9th, 2017Related News

Tracks suddenly end...body found several kilometers away

RESPONSE to a video referencing tracks in the snow that just seemed to end...as if the person was carried away: “20 or so years ago, I brought in my elderly uncle, who had no business being in the bush at his age, to track a SAR in which none of….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsDec 9th, 2017Related News

Fergie opens up about lowest point during her former meth addiction

MANILA, Philippines – Many of us know Fergie as the bad-ss singer behind songs like "Big Girls Don't Cry" and the Black Eyed Peas' hits, not as a crystal meth addict. But in a recent interview with iNews , she opened up about how the drugs affected her at ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 9th, 2017Related News

Baby Shark leads YouTube PH s top trending videos in 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Between Scarlet Snow Belo's adorable rendition and many celebrities' playful versions, it's no surprise that the "Original Baby Shark" video was the most viewed YouTube video in the Philippines in 2017. "Baby Shark" is a song created by Pinkfong, a Korean brand that makes content for children. As ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 6th, 2017Related News

ZoomBacolod

WELL, as the name suggests, it is another dance of the Zumba expressive style of body movements that only the physically fit can indulge. The rest can only watch, imitate with swaying and swinging to the soporific beat and lyrics one cannot really comprehend. At least to me the lyrics were a lot of garbled […] The post ZoomBacolod appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsDec 6th, 2017Related News

WATCH | Eco groups’ conservation campaign eases Hinatuan’s Enchanted River from unbridled tourism pressure

The so-called Enchanted River along the coastal town of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur province, has long ranked as one of the most visited tourist destinations not just in Caraga Region but across Mindanao. With its crystal clear runs of shimmering aqua and greenish blue hues, together with marine fauna abounding in its brackish riverine stretches, […].....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopDec 6th, 2017Related News

Motorcycle ‘jacket’ makes riders look like mattresses on wheels

For other countries, riding a motorcycle during winter time can be challenging due to the cold air rushing past them. This common problem has inspired a Chinese company to create a special body jacket to keep scooter riders warm while out and about on their two-wheelers. The jacket covers the entire front part of the body of the rider, and works to deflect the oncoming cold air. Protection even extend to the handlebars. Apart from keeping the wind at bay, the jacket also comes with waterproofing features. It also protects against dirt and snow. The inside has been lined with soft material to provide comfort, as well as warmth for long trips on the road. Apart from the pr...Keep on reading: Motorcycle ‘jacket’ makes riders look like mattresses on wheels.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 6th, 2017Related News

Heart s bad breakup with Jericho finally resolved

HEART Evangelista bumps into ex-boyfriend Jericho Rosales in an exclusive dinner organized by Tim Yap and we could almost hear the lyrics of the song popularized by the late Frank Sinatra, “Just Friends, Lovers No More”. It was in 2005 when they were paired in the first TV version of….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsDec 5th, 2017Related News

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde launches global premiere of ‘Snow White’

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde launches global premiere of ‘Snow White’.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 4th, 2017Related News