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Pay airline tickets with PayPal

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Flying to the Philippines is not only more affordable than ever, but also more convenient, now that tickets aboard the country’s largest airline, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) can be purchased through PayPal, a global leader in online payments. With PayPal, millions of travelers around the world will be able to pay for CEB air tickets to and from the Philippines in just a few clicks.


The Centre for Aviation’s (CAPA) low-cost carrier of the year, CEB is the first carrier in the Philippines to offer PayPal as a payment option. PayPal has over 157 million PayPal customers in 203 markets around the world. This partnership will help improve the customer experience for international travelers, making it more convenient and secure for them to purchase CEB tickets online.
“From planning a trip to booking flights, travelers are doing more online than ever before. Together with CEB, PayPal wants to make it even easier and quicker for travelers to book and pay for their flights online. We are delight…

Success from making chips

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By Wenna B. Bendol with Nicolas Banquero and Noli Valenzuela
An array of newly-washed aprons in pink and blue colors neatly hanged in the clothesline in the front yard greeted visitors from the DSWD one fine Tuesday morning.
Inside the small bamboo house was another refreshing sight to behold: a husband busy cleaning and preparing the raw materials for banana and taro chips.
Couple Rosemarie and Relihioso dela Rama, residents of Barangay Tubudan, San Remigio, Antique have been engaged in banana and taro chips business since two years ago.

"If he's not busy in our farm, he's really the one doing all the preparations and the cooking," Rosemarie declared in dialect. She is thankful that she doesn't have to work so hard because Relihioso is always there not only for their business but also in running their household and even taking care and looking after the needs of their young children.

The couple is blessed with three kids, the eldest of which is in Grade 3 and the …

Earth food on your skin

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Earth Food Organic Soap is nature’s way of taking care of your skin
Everyone wants to have good skin and others would spend a fortune on chemicals, which in the long run, does more harm than good.
To have healthy and glowing skin, we need not look far. Herbs, spices and oil extracts from plants have tremendous benefits on our body, inside and out. They are also natural.
For example, coffee, chocolate and orange are rich in antioxidants that protect and renew our skin from the harmful effects of pollution, ultraviolet rays of the sun and stress.
Cinnamon, a spice, is commonly sprinkled on bread. But, do you know that it reduces inflammation, kills bacteria and helps bring back blood to the surface of the skin? That is why some women apply it on their lips to make them plump.
Lavender, a herb, has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, making it an effective treatment for acne and wrinkles. It is also a wonderful skin toner because it stimulates blood flow to the skin cells. It relaxes…

Thoughtful gift ideas

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We often say thatit's the thought that countswhen buying gifts.In case you need some extra help, here’s a list of thoughtful gift ideas you can give to a friend, a family member or even just to a stranger.
Give for a cause
*KKK bears and necklaces Instead of spending for a bucket of beer, inspire a friend or make a sick child happy by donating or buying a bucket of bear from Mga Kaibigan ng mga Kabataang may Kanser (KKK). The cute and colorful teddy bears costs only P100. Match it with a multicolored bucket, each adorned with inspiring quotes that costs only P50. Proceeds from the purchased buckets of bears will help fund KKK programs. If you choose to donate it, you’ll also put a big smile on a face of a cancer-stricken child. For only P180 also, you too can help support the chemotherapy of KKK kids. This, in exchange of an angel necklace which comes with a chain and mesh pouch.


*Never, never give up shirts You can also show off KKK’s famous missionstatement, “Never, Never Give Up” t…

DLP pushed as model for disaster-resilient education

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Disasters and emergencies disrupt people’s lives.  Depending on the gravity of the devastation, it would take some time for affected communities to recover.
As efforts from various sectors to make the Philippines more resilient to disasters gain ground, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has positioned an innovative teaching framework to help reduce the disruptive impact of disasters to education.


The Dynamic Learning Program (DLP), which was developed by Ramon Magsaysay Awardees Dr. Christopher Bernido and Dr. M. Victoria Carpio-Bernido, promotes independent learning in students to improve academic performance particularly in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
“We are taking a multi-pronged approach towards helping the country become more disaster-resilient.  We have been helping high-risk communities prepare for disasters through capacity-building initiatives, and giving affected communities the means to regain their economic footing via alternative livelihood op…

Doon Po Sa Amin: promoting love of place

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By Marie Katherine Villalon
Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo City’s world-class festival held every fourth Sunday of January, has reached greater heights and has wowed many foreign nationals. But, the time has come for it to touch the very grassroots of the province where it was born so  that it can be enjoyed more by the locals.
Ben Jimena, Iloilo City Tourism Development officer, revealed that there will be changes in the celebration of Dinagyang Festival 2015.
First, Dinagyang Festival 2015 will be less noisy. “We have noticed that drumbeats are no longer ‘in’ in the international scene. People leave when it is too loud. So, we will now discourage a very loud Dinagyang performance,” he said.
Second, other festivals will be invited and expensive props will be discouraged. In line with this, a new event will be launched; the Festival Costume Expo. “We have invited 30 major festivals all over the country to bring their costumes. One way of knowing a place’s local culture is to look at what they…

A journey to Wonderful

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Globe reestablishes homes, schools, livelihood in Typhoon Haiyan devastated areas When typhoon Haiyan unleashed its fury a year ago, it left a trail of unimaginable devastation to lives and properties.  Yet, despite the bleak scenario, hope continued to exist as public and private sectors as well as the international community joined hands to bring the country back on its feet.  Globe Telecom was among the first companies to respond to the call for help.
“Globe recognizes how every little effort counts in rebuilding the nation, thus, it went out of its way to rally the employees, customers, partners, and other stakeholders to raise funds for the construction of homes and school buildings and for the creation of livelihood opportunities in areas hardly hit by the disaster.  Project Wonderful was born out of this desire to aid in nation building.  Ten months since it was launched, we now see the fruits of our efforts but we are not stopping until we fulfill all our commitments,” said Yoly…

The inspiring story of ‘Fish’

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Oftentimes, we hear people say they can no longer pursue their studies because their time and energy are eaten up by family responsibilities.
However, the life of entrepreneur Lenie Badaguas aka “Fish”, proves otherwise.

“Having a family should not hinder people from fulfilling their dream of finishing their education,” said Lenie, 32, owner of MIB Recycled Products and a resident of Oton, Iloilo. She and her husband Andrew make hospital scrubs, curtains, seat covers, bed sheets, uniforms, bags and purses, among others.
Lenie narrated that she was not able to attend formal elementary education. “But thanks to the Alternative Learning System at the Iloilo National High School, I received ample education in 2010 and became eligible for high school,” she said.
She graduated from the Oton National High School in April 2014 and she is now a sophomore student taking up BS Fashion Design and Merchandising at the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology.

Dressed in her uniform and onboard…

Living with nature at Parc Regency Greens

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Beautiful Iloilo house and lots from Pro-Friends, Inc., 
developer of Parc Regency Residences and Monticello Villas
By Marie Katherine Villalon
In the past, people yearned to go to Manila because it was perceived to have everything we want–opportunities, businesses, vast shopping malls, beautiful buildings and homes and good schools, among others.
I lived there from 1987 to 1992. After work, I had to stand on the roadside (even on the middle of the road when I got desperate) along with other commuters to wait for a jeepney to take us home. Chasing one jeepney after another and people pushing other people aside including the elderly in order to get a seat was a necessary but cruel reality then. Being able to get a seat was akin to winning a jackpot. Rest was the only interesting activity left upon coming home; but, even that was hard to come by if one shared a bedroom with other people. In a boarding house. In the middle of a noisy city. Every day, it was like that, until I decided go home…