Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Duran Sisters of Butuan City make online waves worldwide

From Duran Sisters FB Page
BUTUAN CITY. After Jason Dy earning a spot in The Voice Philippines Season 2, another Butuanon name is making waves worldwide this time with the Duran Sisters whose covers of the hit songs Chandelier, All About that Base and Bang Bang among others, generated raves and earned  massive followers on line. 

Recently, ABS CBN NEWS.COM featured the singing duo - Elaine Duran and Elaijane Duran in its November 11 issue and were again on the spotlight in GMA 7's Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho on its November 23 episode. As of this posting, the sisters have already more than 30,000 combined followers in Facebook.

For the meantime here's the viral videos of the Duran Siblings and if you want more, you can follow them at their Facebook Page: Duran Sisters for more of their past and latest covers.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

WATCH: Kasadya Ning Taknaa Cover - Hey Joe Show (Maayong Pasko!)

'Cebuano' speaking pinoys or the 'Bisdaks' who are active in the social media are definitely familiar with these five awe-inspiring gentlemen from the United States whose passion is to create videos using the Cebuano vernacular. 

Hey Joe is a group of five young Americans composed of Sumner, Connor, Jake, Tylan and Davis who are members of The Church of Latter Day Saints and were once assigned as missionaries in Cebu thus explaining why these youngsters speak 'Bisaya" almost perfectly.

In October 1 this year, the group posted its first video entitled 'Amerikanong Bisaya' which took Facebook and You Tube by storm. Since then, it has produced more interesting videos and the video below is the fifth of their releases. 

Kasadya Ning Taknaa is a Cebuano Christmas carol composed in 1933 by Vicente Rubi with lyrics by Mariano Vestil. It's famous counterpart is Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, a modified version of the song written by Levi Celerio with lyrics in Tagalog (but not as a translation of the original); however, Celerio is often given all songwriting credits without any acknowledgement of Rubi and Vestil. (Source: Wikipedia)

The Lyrics:

Kasadya ning taknaa
Dapit sa kahimayaan
Mao ay akong nakita
Ang panagway nga masanglagon
Bulahan ug bulahan
Ang tagbalay nga giawitan
Awit nga halangdonon sa tanang Pasko


Repeat Preface
Bag-ong tuig
Bag-ong kinabuhi
Duyog sa atong mga pagbati
Atong awiton ug atong laylayon
aron magmalipayon!


Awit nga halangdonon ug sa tanang Pasko magmalipayon

If you want to check out more videos of Hey Joe, you can check their website: Hey Joe Show , follow them in Facebook, or subscribe in the their You Tube Channel

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WATCH: Cebuano Karaoke Singer becomes You Tube Sensation

Rolando Abante a.k.a 'Bunot', a Cebuano who hails from Santander, has recently been making rounds in the online community when a video of him singing "To Love Somebody" posted by a certain Tricia Mendoza earned admiration and positive feedback from its growing viewers all over the globe. 

Apparently, the first video got more demands for more so Mendoza posted another on November 18, 2014 and as of this posting, it has already earned more than 160,000 viewers. 

Here's Bunot's version of 'You're the Inspiration' by Peter Cetera.

Most viewers believe that Bunot has a natural talent and urge him to join reality singing competitions while others expressed that his voice is nothing but ordinary. 

What do you think? Share to us what you think by writing your comments below. 
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

AirAsia to offer low ASEAN travel air pass

Does hopping to the 10 ASEAN nations for only 4,800 baht impossible? 

Definitely not as AirAsia launches regional air pass by 2015 to allow tourists to visit the 10 different ASEAN destinations in one whole month for only 499 ringgit (4,800 baht).

This announcement was made by Chief Executive Tony Fernandes on Thursday, November 20, to increase revenue and boost tourism in Southeast Asia. "It will be the 'catalyst' for increased travel within Southeast Asia and also lure foreign tourists," he said.

AirAsia, a Malaysian low cost airline, caters domestic and international flights to 100 destinations covering 22 countries. 

Though there are no other details provided, airline executives revealed that the pass will be sold from January 15 next year. 

News Source: Bangkok Post
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WATCH: Jason Dy sings "Dancing Queen"

Jason Dy has fast become a name in Philippine TV after he earned a spot in Team Sara Geronimo of The Voice Philippines Season 2 recently. As he said in his introduction, he is a part of a team who does serenade services or harana.

The following video was uploaded on November 23, 2011 by showing Jason Dy serenading a certain SM Prime Holding's VP of Finance Department. 

This is just one of the many videos of Jason Dy in You Tube which has recently gained more and more viewers. Apparently, he has done numerous covers  already before his appearance in The Voice PH
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Phuket expats warned over Education Visa

PHUKET, THAILAND. Phuket Immigration Superintendent Sunchai Chokkajaykij issued a statement today warning foreigners staying in Phuket on an education visa but are not actually attending classes for possible cancellation of permits and deportation.  

"We are now keeping a close eye on people staying on education visas. We have to make sure that those people are actually studying, not just staying here long term on the pretense that they enrolled in a course," he said.

The superintendent further mentioned that immigration officers will coordinate with language schools throughout Phuket to identify any students who fail to attend classes regularly adding that these absentee students are likely to be lawbreakers.

However, no mandatory minimum number of hours that any foreign student must attend each week is enforced by the immigration office as schedules depends on the school offering the course.

"They can set up their own class timetable," Sunchai said. 

News Source: Phuket Gazzette
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

WATCH: Once Upon a Summertime @ Laffline

APRIL 2013. It was last April 2013 when I had this chance to hang-out in Laffline Comedy Bar at Timog, Quezon City with my two travel buddies Ate Leah and Letty (a.k.a Darla). Though I had other destination in mind, their wish prevailed in the end. And thank goodness it did because we never had any dull moment once those performers got to the stage. It was just laughter from the very start to finish. 

Here's a video in one of the acts that night:

And of course we had the privilege to have photo opps with the stars of the night. 

Familiar faces in the world of  Stand Up Comedy...

Another groupie...

That's an advantage of staying until the end of the show!

So if you're looking for a good laugh, I do recommend visiting the place. It's worth it. I'm sure my two best buddies will also say the same thing. 
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Updated Requirements for 5-year Teaching License in Thailand

PHITSANULOK, THAILAND. In addition to the list of requirements, a Certificate of Graduation is now also needed by those who seek to secure a 5-year teaching license in Thailand

The advisory released by the Teachers Council of Thailand last October stated that 'the letter from the university/college shall be an officially headed paper that clearly confirms the applicant's completion of the course including the dates of attendance and graduation.' 

It was further stipulated that the letter of confirmation must bear an original university/college's stamp and must be sent to the Teachers' Council of Thailand at Registration and Licensing Bureua, 128.1 Nakhon Ratchasima Road, Dusit, Bangkok, 10300 Thailand. This letter will be considered invalid if the envelope is opened prior to the receipt. 

In the case of Anuban Phitsanulok School Filipino teachers, their application of 5-year Teaching License has just been approved after having been denied twice by the council (Note: They submitted the same requirements as listed in the post above.). With the approval of the documents, they were also told that the license will be released after 2 months and they have 6 months to send the Certificate of Graduation to the Teachers' Council otherwise, the license will be nullified. 

Here's the updated list of requirements for 5-year Teaching License in Thailand:


1. Be at least 20 years of age.

2. Hold a degree in Education or an equivalent or in other related fields accredited by the Teachers' Council of Thailand or

* Hold other degrees and a teaching license from abroad or

* Hold other degrees and a graduate diploma in Education with 1 year course of study

3. Hold a Completion Certificate of training course on Thai Language, Culture and Professional Ethics from a training institution approved by the Teachers' Council of Thailand.

4. No criminal records and not possessing any of the prohibited characteristics pursuant to section 44 of the Teachers and Educational Personnel Council Act of B.E. 2003.
*Having improper behavior or immorality
*Being an incompetent or quasi-incompetent person
*Having been been sentenced to imprisonment in any case, in the opinion of the Teachers' Council of Thailand, which may bring dishonor upon the profession.

5. Have teaching experience of at least 1 year.

Required Documents:

1. Completed Application Form (KS 01)

2. A copy of all the used pages of the applicant's passport, particularly the latest update of current school NON-B Visa.

3. A copy of all the pages of work permit.

4. A copy of educational background or certificates - holding at least a bachelor's degree in a field of education/teaching or its equivalent. Note: (If the documents are in a foreign language besides English, it must be translated into Thai. Translation must be certified by a competent translator and notarized by notary organizations.)

5. A copy of official Transcripts of Records (TOR), if any.

6. A copy of teaching license/certificate from abroad (if any).

7. Work experience verification (a letter from employer in Thailand or overseas with not less than 1 year, clearly identify the period of teaching).

8. A copy of certificate, having completed the training course on Thai Language, Culture and Professional Ethics from a training institution approved by the Teachers' Council of Thailand

9. A copy of certification of Professional Knowledge Test - 9 subject matters for teaching profession (In case applicants hold other degrees without a teaching license from abroad or a graduate diploma in Education.)

10.  A copy of employment contract.

11. Two 1 x 1 photos, wearing formal clothing. No wearing of hat and sunglasses.

12. Registration fee is 500 baht.

13. *(New Requirement) An original official degree confirmation letter for graduates of The letter from the university/college shall be an officially headed paper of the college/university and clearly confirms that you have successfully completed your course, including the classification you receive, the dates of attendance and graduation. This letter must bear an original university/college seal or stamp and signature of the Registrar sent in a sealed envelope with the university/college's stamp. Void if the envelope is opened prior to receipt. Note: The confirmation letter must be sent to the Teachers' Council of Thailand at Registration and Licensing Bureau, 128/1 Nakhon Ratchasima Road, Dusit, Bangkok, 10300 Thailand.

Important Reminders:

1. All copies of the documents must be certified true by the applicants. 

2. Applicants must provide evidence of checking their educational institutional whether recognized by either the Teachers' Council of Thailand or the Teacher Civil Service and Educational Personnel Commission or the Civil Service Commission or shown in the list at the World ALMANAC or recognized by accrediting organizations that pay a role in higher education accreditation which are recognized by the appropriate governmental authorities in their countries.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Philippines No. 5 at Asian Beach Games '14 Day 1

PHUKET, THAILAND. Team Philippines exhibited a solid performance and bagged 2 golds and 1 bronze medals ranking 5th in the over-all standing in the Day 1 of the 4th Asian Beach Games that starts today  in Phuket, Thailand. 

Maybelline Masuda and Annie Ramirez staged a back to back victory in Jujitsu Women's Category for 50 kg. and 60kg. respectively while John Baylon put up a fighting stand in Jujitsu Men's  80 kg. Category and clinched Bronze. 

Spearheaded by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the Asian Beach Games serves as a ground where people meet for fun and sports while communing with nature and the environment. 

Here's the summary of rankings as Asian Beach Games as of November 14:

Around 45 countries came to participate in more than 30 sporting events in 6 different venues in Phuket. 

The triumphant athletes were awarded earlier today by the president of Asian Council of Asia (OCA), Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah with the Tourism and Sports Minister of Thailand, Mr. Korbkarn Wattananvrangkul. 
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'Paskong Pinoy' at Philippine Embassy

BANGKOK, THAILAND. Missing the Christmas spirit in the Philippines?

The Filipino Community Organizing Committee (FCOC) has posted its invitation via the Philippine Embassy Thailand Facebook page for the 2014 Paskong Pinoy event to be held on December 14 at the Philippine Embassy grounds.

Viewed as an opportunity for Filipinos who are in Thailand to bond together at the embassy, Paskong Pinoy is an event organized by the ten Filipino organizations in Bangkok collectively called the Filipino Community Organizing Committee (FCOC).

"The embassy gate opens at around 7:30 in the morning but the Holy Mass starts at 11 o'clock then lunch follows after that. There will be games and presentations as well," said Ms. Cora, one of the organizers of this Filipino Christmas affair.

Filipino organizations who would like to render presentations on that day must reserve a slot on or before  November 19 and those who would like to sell Pinoy and other goods should call Ms. Cora at the numbers posted in the photo.
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