Monday, September 26, 2016

Thyroid Awareness Campaign. Unmasking Your Thyroid.

Three weeks ago, there was a call for bloggers to attend this event to promote its awareness. I tried to recall family members who were affected by this disease. What I know about this disease is that it affects your physical appearance in the neck area. 

(Dr. Raymond Tapang, Medical Director of  Merck for opening remarks)

Last September 21, 2015, "Unmasking Your Thyroid" A Bloggers' event was held at Yakan function room of Holiday Inn Hotel Makati. It was a women conference.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Press Release: RALLYE DEUTSCHLAND (WRC): SÉBASTIEN OGIER’S 35TH WRC VICTORY


EXACTLY 189 DAYS SINCE HIS LAST SUCCESS IN SWEDEN, SÉBASTIEN OGIER (VW/MICHELIN) RETURNED TO THE TOP STEP OF A WRC PODIUM AFTER COLLECTING HIS SECOND STRAIGHT VICTORY IN GERMANY. HYUNDAI/MICHELIN’S DANI SORDO AND THIERRY NEUVILLE WERE SECOND AND THIRD, WHILE MICHELIN SCORED A ONE-TWO FINISH IN WRC2 WITH SKODA FACTORY DRIVERS LAPPI AND KOPECKY.

The ADAC Rallye Deutschland is sometimes referred to as the summer’s Rallye Monte-Carlo due to the complex tyre choices it frequently necessitates, and this year was no exception.
Tyre calls notably played a decisive role on Saturday when crews visited the narrow stages of Germany’s Saarland region and the notorious asphalt/concrete tracks of the Baumholder army ranges. Michelin’s crews ran every imaginable permutation of the H5 (hard) and S5 (soft) versions of the Pilot Sport in the changeable weather conditions.
Ogier (VW/Michelin) laid the foundations for his second Rallye Deutschland triumph on the Panzerplatte stages for which he chose a combination of S5s and H5s for the first visit, then S5s all-round for the afternoon’s repeat. The three-time world champion won both attempts at Panzerplatte Lange (40.80km) to conclude Day 2 with a safety margin of 33.4 seconds.
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia went on to pocket their 35th world class victory and their third of the year to extend their lead at the top of the provisional points table. Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Polo R WRC (39 victories) has become the most successful car on Michelin rubber in the history of the FIA WRC.
The weekend produced a thrilling fight for second, third and fourth places. Early pace-setter Andreas Mikkelsen (VW/Michelin), Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) were covered by just four seconds ahead of Sunday’s 60 kilometres of competitive action. The fastest time on SS15 promoted Sordo to second spot, while Neuville won SS16.
SS17 was cancelled, so the outcome was settled on the Power Stage (14.84km). Neuville was quickest again but his attempt to pass his Spanish team-mate failed by one-tenth of a second. Mikkelsen ended up fourth overall.
Ott Tanak’s late retirement on Saturday (Ford, alternator) handed fifth place to Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin) who was delayed by several errors early on. Mads Ostberg (Ford/Michelin) was sixth, ahead of WRC2 winner Esapekka Lappi who headed a one-two finish for Skoda Motorsport and Michelin. Jan Kopecky was second in the class, ahead of local hero Armin Kremer (Skoda) who was taking part in the event for the 16th time.
The first ‘clear’ asphalt round of the year claimed a number of victims. Jari-Matti Latvala (VW/Michelin, gearbox) and Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin, accident) both lost big chunks of time, while Stéphane Lefebvre (Citroën/Michelin) had a big crash. Everyone at Michelin Motorsport wishes the Frenchman and his co-driver Gabin a speedy recovery.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Press Release: Precious Pelikula Turns Favorite Novels from Print to Reel


Mr. Segundo Matias


Manila City - Precious Hearts Romances launches first Precious Pelikula Filmmaking Contest that aims to breathe life to well-loved pocketbook stories through the eyes of six talented filmmakers.
In April 2016, Precious Pages Corp., the publisher of Precious Hearts Romances, called on amateur filmmakers nationwide to participate in this momentous project. A total of 40 applicants, from students to film enthusiasts, sent in their portfolio in the hopes of being able to enter the competition.
Ten applicants were shortlisted. They chose from a selection of PHR titles on which they formulated a film concept as out-of-the-box as they could while still maintaining the romantic personality that Precious Hearts Romances has embodied. From their pitches, five applicants and a ’wild card’ were granted a much-coveted spot. 

They are:

·         Marco Mata of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila - Fallin’ For You by Heide Colette;
·         Ian Abaya  of Asian Pacific Film Institute - Her Own Brand of Hero by Sofia;
·     Paolo Pascual of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila - Angel Bautista’s Dreams Café 4: Dream Master;

·         Miguel Potestades of Collosus Films - Mga Apo Ni Rustica: The Girl in His Arms by Rose Tan;
·         Richmond Cadsawan of Far Eastern University - Me, Myself and Peregrine by Jamie Black; 

and
·         Carl Ruiz of De La Salle College of St. Benilde - Kensi’s Unconventional Love.

Each was given a grant to produce their respective films. A special screening was done on September 3, 2016, 2pm, at SM Manila Cinema 4 where viewers took part in a live voting for their film of choice. The event was graced by Mr. Segundo Matias himself, President ofPrecious Pages Corp., together with five of the six authors: Sofia, Rose Tan, Kensi, Angel Bautista and Heide Collete. The directors' respective production and artistic teams were also present.
“Sa dami ng kuwento na ginawa namin sa loob ng 25 years, naisip namin na maiba naman at ma-interpret ang mga ito ng mga director at gawing pelikula. Gusto naming ma-extend [ang imahinasyon] hindi lamang sa pagbabasa kundi pati sa video. Gusto rin naming magbigay ng chance sa mga bagong filmmakers,” shares Mr. Matias.


The top three films will be announced and awarded at the Manila International Book Fair on September 18, 2016. Winners will also receive the following cash prizes:
·         1st place -  P100,000.00
·         2nd place - P50,000.00

       3rd place - P25,000.00
·         People’s Choice – P10,000

Love transcends any medium, whether paper or reel. These six filmmakers are determined to tug at your heartstrings with adaptations of the stories that made readers cry, laugh and fall in love. Get ready for this roller coaster ride of emotions.
For more information, check out the Precious Pelikula Facebook page.