November 13, 2013
Thousands of Filipinos have been confirmed dead and some more missing in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan), arguably the strongest tropical cyclone ever to hit landfall. The official and accurate figures as regards the casualties are still changing, but what’s clear is that thousands now need help in order to get back to their feet and, for some, just to survive.
If you are interested to help, you might want to donate to institutions that genuinely cater to the welfare of these victims. We prepared below a list of charity organizations that provide relief operations and support to these typhoon victims in the Philippines.
September 30, 2013
Malacanang last week released the official list of Regular Holidays, Special (non-working days) and Special Holidays for next year 2014. Those looking for long weekends and planning to go on vacations may refer to the list below.
It’s going to be a long Christmas break for everyone, and it’s possible several Filipinos will take advantage of leaves to rest during this period for a total of twelve (12) days!
June 27, 2013
Citizens of the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam will now have an easier time entering Japan after the latter lifted its visa requirement to the ASEAN nations, in a bid by Japan to boost its tourism industry.
The lifting of the visa requirement means citizens of these ASEAN nations can enter Japan without much of the hassle of applying for a visa, subject to certain conditions. The rule will be effective starting July 1, 2013.
September 3, 2012
Those complaining that the year 2012 had very few long holidays now have a reason to be happy about for next year.
With Malacanang Palace announcing the official dates of holidays in 2013, the next year will have at least 16 regular, special, and non-working holidays — leading to four (4) long weekends in March, August, November, and December next year.
It’s also possible that most people will take a 5th long weekend during Christmas week, since December 23, 2013 is a Monday and is “sandwiched” between the preceding weekend and the Christmas holidays.
August 9, 2012
It was a laudable effort on the part of PAGASA to use color codes to simplify its Rainfall Warning System. However I instantly got confused and wondered why the “Green Warning” refers to the middle warning level when, in most cases, “green” is associated with nature and, thus, symbolizes balance and calmness. In fact, in traffic signals, the green light means “Go” or to continue with what you are doing.
August 8, 2012
Several schools, colleges, and universities within and outside Metro Manila have already announced that classes have been suspended on August 9, 2012 (Thursday) and August 10, 2012 (Friday).
On August 9, some schools — including Claret School in Quezon City, Xavier School in Greenhills, San Juan, and De La Salle University in Taft, Manila — already said that there will be no more classes this week and will resume on Monday, August 13.
May 9, 2012
Here’s a summary of the dates officially declared by the Philippine government as holidays for the year 2012.
Unlike in the past years when “Holiday Economics” was implemented, holidays are not anymore moved to the nearest Monday or Friday when they fall during the middle of the week or during the weekend. As a result, “long weekends” are now a rare occurrence.
Christmas Day, December 25, this year falls on a Tuesday. Christmas Eve, December 24, is a Monday and is not declared a holiday. Will the government give this as a Christmas gift to Filipinos and declare Christmas Eve an official holiday?
December 1, 2011
A coordinated response by the world’s leading central banks to the Eurozone crisis led U.S. stocks to score their biggest daily percentage gains yesterday (November 30), with three benchmark indices ending with at least a 4% gain.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) closed at 12,045.68, up 490.05 points or 4.24%. It was the Dow’s biggest one-day gain since March 23, 2009.
The S&P 500 also surged, ending the trading day up 51.77 points, or 4.33%, to 1,246.96. It was the S&P’s highest daily gain since August 11, 2011.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index also soared yesterday closing at 2,620.34, up 104.83 points or 4.17%.
November 14, 2011
Without a doubt, the Philippines suffers from unemployment. Thousands of new graduates every year find it hard to land a job while some who have already graduated years ago are still looking for one.
The unemployed would rant and complain about their predicament but, apparently, the Philippines still has reasons not to worry too much. Filipinos, it appears, are comparably better off than the citizens of some countries who have been experiencing tremendously high unemployment rates during the past few years.
Take, for instance, Zimbabwe. As of 2009, the country’s unemployment rate is 97%. This figure means only three (3) out of 100 individuals looking for a job are able to get one. Even developed countries are not spared. European bigwigs such as Spain, Portugal, France, and Italy, for example, have higher unemployment rates than the Philippines.
The table below summarizes the top 10 countries with the highest unemployment rates in the world during the past 5 years.
October 6, 2011
Steve Jobs, the legendary icon behind Apple Inc., is dead.
The company announced today that Steve Jobs has passed away after years of battling cancer.
In 2004, Jobs announced that he has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his pancreas and in 2009, he was forced to get a liver transplant. After several years of failing health, Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple Inc. on August 24, 2011.