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Friday, October 24, 2014
Palawan is Voted Best Island in the World for 2014

Palawan is Voted Best Island in the World for 2014

Palawan emerged as the Best Island in the World based on an international poll conducted by travel magazine “Conde Nast Traveler” through their annual Readers Choice Awards.


Conde Nast Traveler revealed the results of their 27th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards on October 20, 2014 and topping the islands list is our very own Palawan. The island province, which is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park) had scored the highest rating of 88.75% and garnered a total 76,600 votes for the title “Top Island in the World.” Here’s what the magazine said about Palawan:
This small island—one of the Philippines’ 7,107—shot to the top of our list this year with a recent claim to fame: It’s now home to one of the new seven natural wonders of the world, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. Pro tip: Palawan’s natural wonder is one of the longest underground rivers in the world, traveling five miles through a subterranean cave system. Guided boat tours take visitors down a portion of the waterway, where karsts, natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone, loom in every direction. Boracay, on the other hand, ranked 12th with a rating of 82.683 beating Indonesia’s Bali which ranked 17th in the Top 30.
The Top 10 Islands in the World

1. Palawan, Philippines
2. Kiawah Island, South Carolina USA
3. Maui, Hawaii USA
4. Kauia, Hawaii USA
5. Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
6. Great Barrier Reef and Whitesunday Islands, Australia
7. Santorini and Cyclades, Greece
8. St. John, US Virgin Islands
9. Kangaroo Island, Australia
10. Big Island, Hawaii USA

Photo Credit: PalawanCherryBus.com
Cross-published in Starmometer
Monday, September 15, 2014
Search for Ten Outstanding Young Mathematicians is On!

Search for Ten Outstanding Young Mathematicians is On!

Sharp Calculators, in partnership with Mathematics Trainers Guild, Philippines (MTG) and Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), launched the search for Ten Outstanding Young Mathematicians.


Six years ago, Sharp Calculators through Collins International Trading Corporation launched the SHARP Minds Program to help uplift the standard of education in the Philippines particularly in teaching Math subjects.

Partnering with two of the biggest Mathematics organizations in the country, Mathematics Trainers Guild, Philippines (MTG) and Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP), the SHARP Minds Program sponsored Mathematics activities and programs in member schools with the goal of recognizing the sharpest math minds and transforming the pedagogy of mathematics teaching in the Philippines.

This year, Sharp Calculators furthers its advocacy by partnering with more educational institutions such as the Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR), Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), Mathematics Trainers’ Guild Philippines (MTG), Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP), Philippine Council of Mathematics Educators, Inc. (MathTEd)as it launches the very first search for the TEN OUSTANDING YOUNG MATHEMATICIANS (TOYM) from National Capital Region.

“With TOYM Awards, Sharp Calculators aims to foster the academic excellence of the Filipino Youth in Math as we recognize their extraordinary math skills to motivate them further in becoming the future think tanks of this country. We also hope to raise the status of mathematics in society -- to stimulate the interest of the students, the academic and the general public to the significance of Math in the development of the society,” said Collins International Trading Corporation’s Assistant Vice President Mr. Lucero Ong.

“Notable Filipino mathematicians such as Raymundo Favila, Casimiro del Rosario, Gregorio Y. Zara, Amador Muriel, Tito A. Mijares and Jose A. Marasigan have all been recognized for their contributions to diverse fields of physics, astronomy, biophysics and biotechnology. Who knows maybe the next great Mathematician would be among our TOYM awardees,” Mr. Ong added.

The search is open to all public and private high school students in the National Capital Region who have completed at least two years of high school. They must be Filipino citizens, either naturalized or born. The nominee must be among the Top 3 students in math as certified by the school principal and the award will be based primarily on the nominee’s performance on national and international competitions.

A recommendation from School principal / Mathematics head with supporting documents will be the basis of judging. For students who are chosen to the top 20, each involvement on activities included in the recommendation of the principal/math head or other recognized authority will be reviewed and assessed by judges/co-presenters. The said recommendations will be the basis of the judges’ questions for the panel interview. 

The Deliberation/ Final interview of finalist will be conducted by representatives from Department of Education NCR, DOST-SEI, MTG Philippines, MSP, MathTed

The TOYM awardees will be the first batch of Sharp Calculators’ Youth Ambassadors that will inspire and encourage the Filipino youth to strive and achieve academic excellence through school tours and mathematics symposiums. They will be receiving plaque of excellence, cash prizes and gifts from Sharp Calculators and sponsors.

The deadline for nominations will be on January 5, 2015, with the awarding ceremonies scheduled on February 2015.

Nomination kits are now available at selected National Book Store Branches in National Capital Region or can be downloaded through www.sharpminds.ph For more information please contact Sharp Calculators at 681-6161/646-2867 and look for Ms. Mary Rose Rocha or Ms. Clara Camille Ocampo.


NOMINATION MECHANICS:
  1. Open to all public and private high school students in the National Capital Region who have completed at least two years of high school. They must be Filipino citizen either naturalized or born.
  2. Nominee must be among the Top 3 students in math as certified by the school principal.
  3. The award will be based primarily on the nominee’s performance on national and international competition. These competitions must be recognized by the Department of Education or Department of Science and Technology.
  4. Presentations or publications of original work in mathematics are desirable.
  5. Students who contribute to the promotion of Mathematics and show leadership skills are desirable. Good moral character will be considered


CRITERIA FOR JUDGING:

CRITERIA
PERCENT
Performance in Mathematics Competition
75%
Research and Publications in Mathematics
10%
Leadership and Promotion of Mathematics
15%
TOTAL
100%

a.           Performance in Mathematics Competitions 75%
Nominee’s performance on international, national and regional mathematics competitions that are recognized by the Department of Education and Department of Science and Technology.

b.           Research and Publications in Mathematics 10%

c.           Leadership and Involvement in Promotion of Mathematics
A recommendation from School principal / Mathematics head with supporting documents will be the basis of judging. For students who are chosen to the top 20, each involvement on activities included in the recommendation of the principal/math head or other recognized authority will be reviewed and assessed by judges/co-presenters. The said recommendations will be one of the bases of the judges’ questions for the panel interview

SCREENING PROCEDURES

The screening procedure is summarized in the diagram below. All nominees will undergo a pre-screening process by pre-screening committee. On the basis of a nominee’s performance in mathematics competitions and their research and publications, 20 nominees will be selected for an interview by a panel of judges. Interview questions may be based on the nominee’s involvement in activities that promote mathematics, as indicated in (1) the recommendation from the school principal/mathematics head, (2) the nominee’s essay, and (3) other information submitted.   



Sunday, September 14, 2014
Marlisa Punzalan Sweeps Judges Off Their Feet with Her Take on Metallica

Marlisa Punzalan Sweeps Judges Off Their Feet with Her Take on Metallica

Pinay teen Marlisa Punzalan performed Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" on The X Factor Australia Top 8 performance night (Rock week).


Marlisa got a standing ovation from all four judges after her take on the Metallica song.
Friday, September 12, 2014
KathNiel, Ipadarama sa 'Be Careful' Viewers ang Magic ng First Love

KathNiel, Ipadarama sa 'Be Careful' Viewers ang Magic ng First Love

Matinding excitement ang idinulot sa fans kamakailan ng teaser ng "Be Careful With My Heart" na nagtampok sa mga nakakikilig na patikim na eksena nina Kathryn Bernardo at Daniel Padilla sa top-rating kilig-serye ng ABS-CBN.

Ang teaser na unang umere noong Miyerkules (Setyembre 10) ay kaagad nang naging worldwide trending topic sa Twitter ang hashtag na "KathNiel on BCWMH Teaser" dahil sa matinding buhos ng positibong reaksyon kaugnay ng KathNiel love team na gaganap bilang sina Manang Fe (Gloria Sevilla) at Mang Anastacio (Carlos Salazar) noong kanilang kabataan.

Paano nangyari na ang simpleng magka-chat ngayon ay may mas malalim palang ugnayan sa nakaraan? Sa pagbabalik-tanaw nina Manang Fe at Mang Anastacio sa kanilang kabataan, muli bang manumbalik ang nadarama nila para sa isa't isa? May pagkakapareho ba ang love story nila sa pagmamahalan nina Maya (Jodi Sta. Maria) at Ser Chief (Richard Yap)?

Huwag palampasin ang "limited engagement" cameo roles ng KathNiel love team at muling damahin ang tamis at pait ng unang pag-ibig sa number one feel-good habit ng bayan na "Be Careful With My Heart," araw-araw, bago mag-"It's Showtime" sa Primetanghali block ng ABS-CBN. I-tweet ang inyong saloobin at opinyon kaugnay ng special KathNiel episodes simula ngayong Lunes (Setyembre 15) gamit ang hashtag na #LimitedEngagement.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, mag-log on sa ABS-CBN.com, sundan ang @becarefulheart sa Twitter, at i-"like" ang official Facebook page ng show sa Facebook.com/becarefulwithmyheartofficial.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Pinay Marlisa Punzalan Wows Judges of 'The X Factor Australia' for 'Let It Go' Performance

Pinay Marlisa Punzalan Wows Judges of 'The X Factor Australia' for 'Let It Go' Performance

Pinay Marlisa Punzalan scored her best performance ever in “The X Factor Australia” with her rendition of the Academy Award-winning song “Let It Go” from the monster hit animated movie “Frozen.”




Judges Thoughts:

Natalie Bassingthwaighte said “I can’t believe you’re 14, that sounded insane. I think that’s my favorite performance of yours ever. Well done!”

Redfoo said “Now this is your strength, singing big songs with big notes. It sounded great!”

Dannii Minogue said “Definitely by far your best performance ever on the X Factor. I prefer that to the original.”

Ronan Keating said “I am so proud of you. You are incredible, what a voice what a talent, good job, well done!”
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