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Saturday, September 17, 2011


It’s final.
Motorists passing through expressways will be paying a higher toll, inclusive of the 12 percent value added tax (VAT), effective October 1.
The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) gave the go-signal on Thursday to the country’s toll road operators to charge the new rates despite protests from commuter groups, mass transport leaders and lawmakers.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) expects to collect an additional P2 billion a year from VAT on toll.
The new TRB notice approving the new rates was published in newspapers yesterday. The adjusted rates for all the country’s highways were also made public.
Three-week notice
The notice will be published again next Friday and again a week later in compliance with the government’s three-week publication requirement for any adjustment in the rates.
At the North Luzon Expressway, the toll for class 1 vehicles from Balintawak to Sta. Ines will go up to P218 from the current P195. The toll will go up to P544 from P486 for class 2 vehicles and to P652 from P583 for class 3 vehicles.
At the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, the toll from Tipo to Tarlac will go up to P272 (from P243) for class 1, to P543 (from P485) for class 2, and P815 (from P728) for class 3 vehicles.
At the South Luzon Expressway, the toll from Alabang to Calamba goes up to P96 (P86) for class 1, P192 (from P172) for class 2 and P288 (from P258) for class 3.
At the Metro Manila Skyway, rates from Merville to Alabang will go up to P164 for class 1 (from P147), to P329 (from P294) for class 2 and P493 (from P441) for class 3 vehicles.
Toll at the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (Star Toll) from Sto. Tomas to Batangas for class 1 vehicles will climb to P67 (from P60), to P134 (from P120) for class 2 and to P200 (from P179) for class 3 vehicles.
Coastal Road
At the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway project, also known as Coastal Road, rates for the section from Roxas Boulevard to Longos, Las Pinas, will climb to P24 from P22 for class 1, to P48 from P43 for class 2 and to P72 from P65 for class 3 vehicles.
At the Coastal Road’s Longos-Kawit extension, rates will climb to P64 from P58 for class 1,
to P129 from P116 for class 2 and to P194 from P174 for class 3 vehicles.
The adjusted rates for all toll roads are rounded off to the nearest peso, to avoid forcing operators to give change in centavo denominations.
Despite TRB’s approval of the higher toll fees, oppositors are not yet giving up.
Elvira Medina, head of the National Council for Consumer Protection (NCCP) said they would appeal to President Aquino together with other parties opposing the VAT on toll.
“We’re not giving up. We will fight this measure until the very last day,” she said in an interview. “There’s still a possibility that the President will stop this,” she said.
She warned that imposing VAT on toll would lead to higher public transport fares, which may force people who live in nearby provinces to relocate to the already-congested Metro Manila, instead of commuting everyday to get to work. 
credits to inquirer

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Shamcey Supsup was the third runner-up in the Miss Universe 2011

Reigning Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Shamcey Supsup was the third runner-up in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant held at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Here is the complete list of winners.

  • Miss Universe: Miss Angola
  • 1st Runner up: Miss Brazil
  • 2nd Runner up: Miss Ukraine
  • 3rd Runner up: Miss Philippines
  • 4th Runner up: Miss China

Filipino singer and actress Lea Salonga was one of the nine telecast judges in this year's Miss Universe pageant. Aside from Salonga, the other telecast judges were Hélio Castroneves, Connie Chung, Isabeli Fontana, Vivica A. Fox, Adrienne Maloof-Nassif, Farouk Shami, Italo Zanzi, and Miss Universe 2003 Amelia Vega.

Ximena Navarrete of Mexico will crown her successor at the end of the 60th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant. A record number of contestants from 89 countries and territories are participating in this year's pageant. The figure surpasses the previous record of 86 contestants in 2006.

Question-and-answer portion
During the question-and-answer portion for the top 5 contestants of the pageant, judge Vivica A. Fox asked Supsup, "Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person you love? Why or why not?"

Supsup answered, "If I would have to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love. Because the first person that I love is God, who created me."

"I have my faith and my principles, and this is what makes me who I am. If the person loves me, he'll love my God too," she added. Supsup was the only one among the top 5 contestants who answered the judge's question in English. The others gave their replies in their own languages.

Shamcey Supsup
Shamcey Gurrea Supsup was born on May 16, 1986 in General Santos City. Supsup graduated from the University of the Philippines-Diliman as magna cum laude with a degree in architecture. She also topped the Architecture Licensure Examination in July last year.

Miss Angola
If you could change one of your personal characteristics, which one would it be and why?

"Thank God, I’m very well satisfied with the way God created me and I would not change a thing. I consider myself a woman with inner beauty. I have my principles. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I plan to follow this through the rest of my life."
                                                                                                                                   Credits to GMA NEWS

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Penafrancia Festival 2011 Avenue Square Naga City Activities

Entrance Fee is Free every Saturday and Sunday @ Avenue Square Al Fresco Acoustic Performances Plus a lot of other activities. 

Peñafrancia Festival 2011 Schedule of Events / Activities
September 2011 Activities

Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Penafrancia Festival 2011

The Peñafrancia festival is set for September 9 to 18 of this year.

 The Our Lady of Peñafrancia Basilica is located in Naga City.
 The feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia is celebrated on the third Saturday of September in Naga City, Bicol.
 The feast day is preceded by a novena, nine days of prayer, in honor of the Virgin. 
On the first day, the image of the Virgin, a copy of the Madonna in Peñafrancia, Spain, is brought from its shrine to the Naga Cathedral where the novena is held. 
On the last day, the image is returned to her shrine following the Naga River route. 

The colorful evening procession is lit by thousands of candles from devotees in boats escorting the image. 

When the barge reaches its destination, the devotees shout "Viva la Virgen" (Long live the Virgin!) and the image is brought back in a procession to the cathedral.

Photo credits to my cuzin Rafael Matubis Jr.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Happy Eid’l Fitr

The nation is marking today (Tuesday) the end of a long weekend with the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, a Muslim holiday. Eid’l Fitr (the Festival of Fast-breaking) is a three-day celebration of the Muslim world commemorating the end of Ramadan, a period of dawn-to-dusk fasting. Eid is a time for giving gifts, especially to children; giving charity to the poor; and celebrating with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


There will be a four-day long weekend towards the end of August, Malacanang announced on Saturday.

In a radio interview, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said August 29, a Monday; and August 30, Tuesday, have been declared non-working holidays.

August 29 marks National Heroes’ Day while August 30 is the end of Ramadan. - source

Thursday, July 7, 2011



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