04 Nov JUAN Roundtable: November 3, 2015
1. What to expect from APEC Voices of the Future?
As the Philippines’ hosting of the APEC summit draws near, a series of meetings on the sidelines begins this month.
Among the first is the APEC Voices of the Future, the key platform for the so-called “youth voice.”
Migel Estoque, co-chair of the working committee of APEC 2015 Voices of the Future, and Christine Violago, executive director of the same working committee, talk more about the program. — ANC Market Edge, November 2, 2015
Moe: More than voices, I hope it spurs action.
Nikko: Every Juan’s voice is important and can spark change!
2. SWS: More Filipino families suffer from hunger in Q3 2015
More than 3 million families are estimated to have suffered from involuntary hunger during the 3rd quarter of 2015, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey reported.
The survey results, first published on BusinessWorld on Monday, November 2, stated that 15.7% of total respondents have experienced involuntary hunger during the months of July until September. – Rappler
Moe: Hunger is relative. It’s all in the mind.
Nikko: I wonder what the presidential candidates think about this. What are there plans on this issue?
3. Adele breaks record with million song downloads
NEW YORK, United States – Adele on Monday shattered a record with her long-awaited song “Hello,” which became the first track downloaded more than one million times in a week in the United States.
“Hello,” a piano ballad that is the debut single from the British pop star’s first album in nearly five years, opened at number one for the week through Thursday on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, which monitors sales, streaming and radio play.
For digital sales only, “Hello” was downloaded 1.1 million times, far outpacing the previous record holder, rapper Flo Rida’s New Wave-sampling “Right Round” which sold 636,000 copies in a week in early 2009, tracking service Nielsen Music said. – GMA News
Moe: And the queen is back!
Nikko: Welcome back, Adele!
4. What happened to FOI bill under Aquino gov’t
The Aquino government has offered what seems to be a substitute to the Freedom of Information bill now gathering dust in Congress. But civil society leaders say it’s not enough. – ANC, The World Tonight, June 25, 2015 – Abs Cbn News
Moe: Another one of those undelivered promises.
Nikko: It has been said that this is not one of his top priorities, because “Daang Matuwid”. But we REALLY need FOI!
5. Maine Mendoza’s Twitter account hacked
The Twitter account of actress Maine Mendoza, who plays the popular Yaya Dub character in a popular segment on TV show Eat Bulaga, was hacked early Tuesday morning, November 3.
“Sorry po if napadaan kami sa account ni yayadub, ibabalik din namin to sa tunay na may-ari…” read a tweet on Maine’s account from hackers claiming to be from Anonymous Philippines. – Rappler
Nikko: Maybe this is her rite of passage for being famous.
6. ‘Party’ comet that naturally releases a cocktail of alcohol and sugar found
Researchers have identified a comet that leaves behind a “happy hour” trail of alcohol and sugar as it travels through space, according to a study published in the journal Science Advances.
Comet C/2014 Q2, more commonly (and aptly) known as comet Lovejoy, is the first comet that’s known to contain ethyl alcohol—which can be found in alcoholic drinks—and a simple sugar called glycolaldehyde among its complex organic molecules (COMs).
More common COMs found on comets include ethylene glycol and glycine. Including ethyl alcohol and glycolaldehyde, comet Lovejoy has 21 molecules.
Data on Lovejoy was gathered using the 30 m telescope at the Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM) in Spain, from 13-16 and 23-26 January 2015. This was the period when the comet was at its brightest and most productive. It was 0.6 astronomical units (AU) away from Earth and 1.3 AU away from the sun.
Moe: Everything in moderation.
Nikko: This comet will bring the house down! Lol!
7. FILIPINA FIGURE SKATER WINS 4 GOLD MEDALS IN INDONESIA
Filipina figure ice skater Verniece Enciso took home 4 gold medals, two silvers, and the Best Performance Award in the Skate Bandung 2015 held at the Gardenice Rink in Bandung, Indonesia this past weekend.
The victory comes just weeks after 6 Filipina figure skaters from the Philippine Figure Skating Team claimed gold medals at the 2015 Asian Junior Figure Skating Challenge in Hong Kong, having bested representatives from China, Indonesia, and Thailand among others. – Rappler
Moe: Wow! Didn’t know she figure skates.
Nikko: Great job, Verniece!
8. Students burdened with too many subjects: Romulo
Senatorial aspirant and Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo is hoping Filipino voters would soon know him for his accomplishments rather than mere name recall.
Romulo, who has been a consistent education advocate in Congress, pointed out on Monday that most Filipinos are still unaware of his campaign platform despite showing his desire to serve in a higher position.
“It can be a function really of people not knowing yet that you’re interested in some other position. But more than that, I think it’s really being able to relay to many of the people the work that has actually been done,” he said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.
Moe: Quality over quantity
9. Chipotle closes 43 US restaurants after E.coli outbreak
NEW YORK CITY, USA – Chipotle Mexican Grill shut 43 restaurants in Oregon and Washington states following an outbreak of E.coli linked to at least 22 cases, a Chipotle spokesman said Monday, November 2.
The burrito chain said the outbreak had been traced to 6 restaurants, but that it had taken action on other Chipotle outlets in the two western states out of “an abundance of caution.”
“We are working with health department officials to determine the cause of this issue,” said a Chipotle spokesman “We offer our deepest sympathies to those who have been affected by this situation.”
Moe: I was never a fan.
Nikko: I just had Chipotle yesterday, now this? Back to Jollibee!
10. PH internet users welcome Aussie telecom giant
Australian telecom giant Telstra has yet to decide on whether to partner with San Miguel Corp. for a wireless joint venture, but analysts are already counting the benefits to consumers. – ANC, The World Tonight, November 2, 2015
Moe: Competition keeps everyone on their toes.
Nikko: They need to keep up with our expectations!
11. ‘Money should never be an issue when you need counseling’
An upcoming art exhibit will raise funds for the continuing work of family and psycho-spiritual ministry
“Sketches of the Spirit,” an art exhibit featuring the works of more than 20 artists, intends to raise funds for upcoming projects of the Ruben M. Tanseco-Center for Family Ministries (RMT-Cefam) and Cefam Alumni Association, Inc. (CAAI).
She pointed out that while some graduates have set up their own counseling centers and charge specific rates for their services, “in RMT-Cefam we still rely on donations… The art exhibit will also support RMT-Cefam since we rely only on donations. Fr. Tanseco does not want to charge, especially those who cannot afford to pay for counseling. Money is never an issue not to get counseling.”
Apart from the non-degree diploma in family ministries, RMT-Cefam also offers seminar workshops in pre-marital and marital counseling and family dynamics.
In an interview, Fr. Tanseco noted that the greatest threat to the Filipino family at present remains “the influence of Western culture that is very mechanical, machine-oriented, scientific but secular and ego-oriented… Rather than surrendering oneself to God, people are now less spiritual and more materialistic. Families need to be aware of this to increase and deepen the members’ efforts to be strongly united and caring.”
He added: “Families may eat together but they pay more attention to their gadgets instead of engaging in dialogue and enjoying the company of other members.”
According to Tanseco, research done at the University of the Philippines says the greatest source of happiness for Filipinos is family, in contrast with a study in Boston that says the greatest source of well-being among Americans is wealth.
12. Playboy magazine, nudity and Pope Alexander VI
Playboy magazine announced three weeks ago that its US edition will no longer contain nude pictures of women—a move that may have caught its closest rival, Penthouse, by surprise. The new editorial policy, according to the news, has the formal blessing of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
Playboy was the first adult male entertainment magazine that got away despite strict censorship laws against full nudity in several Christian countries. Even in the Philippines, the girlie magazine appeared for a few years before it folded up.
The magazine was launched 62 years ago with a centerfold of Marilyn Monroe. What forced Playboy to shut off its main attraction of featuring completely naked, well-endowed women is the Internet.
“These days,” according to the news item, “you can see on your phone far more explicit photos than anything Hugh Hefner probably imagined when he launched the magazine.”
The economic reason for the sudden change? The magazine’s circulation has plunged from 5.6 million in 1975 to 800,000 today.
Moe: Bold move.
13. Closed season for galunggong fishing starts November 15
A three-month ban on “galunggong” (round scad) fishing in northeastern Palawan starting Nov. 15 will be implemented by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala announced that the National Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council has approved the “closed season” for galunggong in northeastern Palawan, which will start on Nov. 15 and last for three months.
Alcala also issued a reminder on the use of “hulbot-hulbot,” a Danish Seine fishing gear, as well as collecting and exporting elvers, sargassum and corals which are prohibited.
The DA chief explained that in the last six years of Agriculturang Pinoy (Agri-Pinoy), the implementation of various conservation measures for the country’s fishery resources was strictly enforced. Agri Pinoy is the strategic framework that guides the various services and programs of the DA.
Moe: It’s nearing extinction?
Nikko: Do we expect prices to go up? Poor Juan!
14. Nearly 700 HIV cases recorded in September
For the month of September alone, close to 700 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were recorded, increasing the number of cases for the year to almost 6,000, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
According to the data from the HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philippines, a total of 692 new cases of HIV was recorded last September, bringing the number of cases for the first eight months of the year to 5,901.
“This [692 cases] was 22 percent higher compared to the same period last year, which is 565,” the DOH-Epidemiology Bureau report noted, adding that of the 692 new cases, 45 have progressed already to full-blown Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Moe: Better safe than sorry
Nikko: We need a consistent awareness campaign to battle the spread of HIV.