Wednesday, July 1, 2015


BUTUAN CITY. A campus journalism training turned out to be a traumatic experience for 2 nine year-old pupils after they were publicly humiliated by the resource speaker in a campus journalism workshop in Butuan City.

Interaksyon reported that Julius Anthony Segovia, a News Reporter at GMA-7 humiliated the two students and uttered demeaning words in front of the whole congregation with at least 400 participants at Inland Convention Center. 

The grade 4 pupil of Butuan City SPED Center who was one of the two girls claimed that as she was very excited, she took photos of their speaker who appeared to be sleeping in the photo that triggered laughter in their table. It was then that Segovia approached them and demanded for the photo to be deleted. Segovia later on demanded that the girls be sent out from the training hall.

Failing to get explanation from the organizers and from Segovia himself, the parents have formally filed a child abuse complaint against Segovia at the local police on Saturday afternoon last week, June 27, adding that the police report be used to file a case in court .

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, July 1, Segovia issued the following statement to Interaksyon news:

"I am breaking my silence in response to the insinuations thrown against me regarding the alleged incident in Butuan.
"I categorically deny all accusations hurled against me. It is not my character to humiliate nor to abuse children as I also have nephews and nieces that I love dearly. I have nothing to gain if I do such actions.
"I have been unfairly judged and subjected to bashing in social media these past few days. But I chose to take the higher road and kept my silence.
"However, my attention was called by my friends and family who are greatly affected and hurt by all these accusations.
"I apologize for the inconvenience that I might have caused anyone. I thank all my family and all my friends who expressed their concern and love for me at this moment."

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Monday, June 29, 2015


Size Matters.  The 5.11 EP Class of Phitsanulok Pittayakom School, Phitsanulok
Teachers in Thailand  have another reason to be happy if the plan of cutting class sizes in both primary and secondary levels pushes through.

Starting next term, the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) will limit each class from a maximum of 50 students in a class to 40 in the secondary schools and 30 in the kindergartens and primary schools. 

However, OBEC Secretary-General Kamol Rodklai told Bangkok Post that top-ranked schools might not be able to adopt this new policy until the next five years because of their popularity.

Kamol also said that the latest policy from OBEC is designed to improve the performance of the students and enhance the quality of education in Thailand

Does this sound good news to you? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. 
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Friday, June 26, 2015


No Tour Guide Needed. Thai tourists from the North enjoying
the beachy Southern part of Thailand. 
In response to the numerous complaints about the illegal tourist guides in Thailand, the government has resolved that all local tour guides will be required to wear school uniforms starting October 1, 2015.

Wanasiri Morakul, acting director-general of the Department of Tourism told Bangkok Post that the new regulation under the Tour Guide and Business Act would guarantee that authorities could immediately check if guides leading clients at tourist destinations were legal or not.

She also confirmed that no foreigners will be given official licenses as accredited tourist guides in the country but merely as tour coordinators. 

Bangkok Post reported that the guides are given until December to acquire the uniforms which are available in both short and long sleeves and in Western and Thai styles. 

Guides who will fail to comply with this new mandate while on duty will be fined 10,000 baht. 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I've been around the web recently looking for anything ASEAN as preparation for the ASEAN day in August this year. Interestingly, I found this video of the theme song for ASEAN 2015 which Malaysia is currently holding as Chairman.

If you haven't heard of it, check out the video below. 

Here's the lyrics:

So what do you think? Does this sound inspiring to you? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Thailand. Always amazes you!
Are you planning to visit Thailand anytime soon? 

You might as well include Cambodia in your itinerary  as both ASEAN countries have agreed to offer tourists to visit the two countries for a single visa.

The proposed "Two Kingdoms, One Destination" campaign intends to increase foreign and inter-ASEAN tourist-arrivals and anticipates exchanging foreign travelers between both countries.

Two major tourist routes are promoted in this latest tourism deal. The first will go along the Gulf of Thailand's coastline, running through Bangkok, Rayong, and Trat in Thailand then to Koh Kong, Sihanoukville, Kampot and Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

The second one will start in Bangkok going through Aranyaprathet in Thailand to Poipet, Battambang, Siem Reap and will end in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. 

The campaign would run from 2015 to 2017 according to Thailand's minister of tourism and sports, Kobkran Wattanakvrangkul.

Does this sound good news to you? Leave a comment below.
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Saturday, June 20, 2015

WATCH: John Legend - All Of Me (Jasmin, Richard) | The Voice Kids 2014 | BATTLE ROUNDS

I don't speak, read nor understand German but I'm a huge fan of Germany's version of The Voice Kids. I guess the German kids are among the best talented singers in the world and the coaches are simply the coolest. They pick songs that are very current and you have to listen to how they train their contestants for the stage shows.

Hey, you don't even have to take my words. You have to watch it for yourself to find out what I'm talking about. 

With over 25 million views and more than 180,000 likes, this Battle Rounds video of  Richard and Jasmine is from the Season 2 of the show in 2014.

These two are the perfect tandem. Their voices blend so well you can't even pick who is the better singer. I can just imagine how hard it is for their coach to pick the singer who will proceed to the next round. 

Who's your bet? Share your thoughts below.
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Friday, June 19, 2015


Two of the ASEAN based airlines made it to the list of  the world's Top 10 Airlines of 2015 according to Skytrax World Airline Awards

On the 2nd spot is Singapore Airlines which is the flag carrier of Singapore. In the Skytrax website, Singapore Airlines is described as one of the most respected travel brands around the world with an internationally-recognizable icon providing high standards of care and service that customers have come to expect of the aircraft.

On the 8th place is Indonesia's official flag carrier - Garuda Indonesia. Now known as one of the world's leading airlines and the 20th member of global airline alliance SkyTeam, Garuda Indonesia is named after the holy bird Garuda of Hinduism and Buddhism. This passenger aircraft is headquartered at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, near Jakarta. 

Widely known as the Passengers Choice Awards, the Skytrax World Airline Awards are global benchmark of airline excellence and are participated by travelers from around the world who take part each year in the world's largest airline passenger satisfaction survey to decide the winners of the most coveted awards.

The TOP 10 AIRLINES of 2015 are as follows:

1. Qatar Airways
2. Singapore Airlines
3. Cathay Pacific Airways
4. Turkish Airlines
5. Emirates
6. Etihad Airways
7. ANA All Nippon Airways
8. Garuda Indonesia
9. EVA Air
10. Qantas Airways

Meanwhile, Garuda Indonesia crew are named the World's Best Cabin Staff by customers; Singapore Airlines received the Top Award for being the World's Best Business Class and  Air Asia received the World's Best Low-Cost Airline award.

Sources: World Airline Awards, Wikipedia

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According to the 2012 World Bank Data, among the 10 ASEAN Member States, Philippines ranked 5th with the largest economy following Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Behind Philippines are Vietnam. Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia and Laos. 

This is good news considering that in ASEAN Average per capita GDP in 2010, Philippines was only in the 6th spot behind Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

But here's the biggest catch, ASEAN with more than 600 million people combined population makes the third largest economy in the world tailing China and India and is followed by European Union, USA and Japan.

I'm no economist myself but I'm positive BIG things are coming at the onset of  ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) 2015 by the end of this year. 

  Compared GDPs of ASEAN countries

Source: ASEAN Up
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Thursday, June 18, 2015


Photo Credits: Pattaya One
MR. BENJAMIN HOLST, a German National who made headlines in Thailand sometime in September 2014 for begging money on Pattaya Beach during the day and using the money to buy drinks and pay prostitutes at night is now in the Philippines with the same "modus operandi".

In the video which has now earned more than 450,000 views and has been shared more than 33,000 times, Facebook User Bojh Creuz revealed that Holst  has been in the Philippines for three months now and has been begging for food in the the overpass of Quezon Avenue in Manila. He further calls for the friends of Mr. Holst in Germany to help him. 

But obviously, this guy doesn't need help and is up for a serious unscrupulous business.

Watch the video below:

Posted by Bojh Creuz on Thursday, June 4, 2015

Below is the full story of Pattaya One News about the incident:

Deportation request for dishonest German Beggar from Pattaya Tourist Police
Pattaya’s Tourist Police have requested Immigration to deport a German man who has been begging for money on Pattaya Beach during the day and using the money to purchase drink and prostitutes at night. 
Mr. Benjamin Holst aged 29, first came to the attention of the authorities after he was found sleeping on the streets near Kao San Road in Bangkok. Khun Sirirat from a German Travel Association based in Bangkok, agreed to help Mr. Holst in conjunction with the Tourist Police in Bangkok. She began by providing a Hotel room and food for Mr. Holst and agreed to take him to the German Embassy in Bangkok to obtain a new passport, so he could travel back to Germany. 
A total of 40,000 Baht was raised by the Association and others concerned for Mr. Holst, who agreed to meet Khun Sirirat at the German Embassy. Instead he is believed to have gone to the Embassy at an earlier time to obtain an emergency passport but he then travelled to Pattaya with the 40,000 Baht and began begging on Pattaya Beach during the day and frequenting bars at night. 
Motorbike Taxi drivers based at the entrance of Walking Street told the Tourist Police that they recognized the man from the TV after he was featured on National TV News Bulletins. Mr. Holst is alleged to have asked them to find him women for sex and they confessed to providing him with female companionship on a number of occasions. 
Mr. Holst was arrested by the Tourist Police in the early hours of Thursday and was then arrested again on Thursday afternoon. Initially no formal complaints were made against Mr. Holst which is why he was released until it was made clear that he was being dishonest about his financial status. 
Mr. Holst was detained by Tourist Police with 7,000 Baht in his pocket and taken to the Immigration Office with a recommendation that he be deported to Germany at the earliest opportunity.
Source: Pattaya One News
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Watch as Rhap Salazar nailed the song Lay Me Down originally by Sam Smith which Charice also performed in Asia's Got Talent grand finally recently. 

As of this posting, the video which was posted on May 16, 2015 via Salazar's Facebook Fan Page has already garnered 153,550 views, over 15 thousand likes, and have been shared more than 14,000 times. 

Salazar also expressed his ultimate dream of meeting Sam Smith during his visit in Manila later this year and further requested his followers to tag Smith in the comments section of his FB post.

Most requested SAM SMITH song. My ultimate dream right now is to meet SAM when he visit Manila later this year. Kindly...

Do you like Rhap's version of this song? Share your comments below.
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