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Posted on Monday, 6th February 2012 by All Philippines

Regine Velasquez. No fan of all Filipino music in general can deny the fact that she is still the Philippines reigning Queen of Song, no disrespect to all classic and the contemporary Philippine singers like Pilita Corrales, Imelda Papin, Nora Aunor, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Sarah Geronimo, Charice Pempengco to name a few. When it still comes to power punching vocal prowess, timeless beauty and captivating performances, – Asia’s one and only Songbird, Regine Velasquez, still matters and she still definitely delivers.

But all great artists have their shares of humble beginnings. Regine’s story of her father, Mang Gerry Velasquez’s unorthodox vocal training (performing vocal exercises while her body up to her neck is submerged in sea water) which gave birth to her powerful and treasured voice has been frequently told by the Philippine media, as well as how she became one of the longest reigning champion and quite possibly the best and most famous singer, the now defunct Philippine talent search show ‘Bagong Kampeon’, has ever produced.

Regine Velasquez rise to stardom hasn’t been all that easy, even though, in her early years, winning the Bagong Kampeon championship crown gave her a popularity boost in the eyes (and ears) of the Philippine music fans.

After winning the Bagong Kampeon grand competition, Regine was signed up by OctoArts International for an exclusive contract. The young Regine Velasquez, still using her stage name in the Bagong Kampeon show – Chona Velasquez, debuted as a pro singer with the single ‘Love Me Again’ in 1986. Although the song has a sentimental feel to it worthy of a hit, it didn’t quite do well when it was marketed as Bagong Kampeon’s Chona Velasquez debut single. In short it was a major flop, putting the brakes to Regine Velasquez’s almost impeccable rise to music fame.

Luckily, her music career’s early demise was saved by her fateful appearance at Martin Nievera’s popular 80’s late night show – ‘The Penthouse Live!’. One of the shows co-host, who was also then married to Nievera, Pops Fernandez, at the behest of the show’s producer Ronnie Henares, suggested to the young songstress to drop the name Chona, and use a more sophisticated and media friendly name – Regine (taken from Regine’s real name Regina). When it was time for Chona Velasquez to record her first full length debut album, she and her father followed Henares’s suggestion and henceforth used Regine Velasquez as her stage name.

Producer Ronnie Henares became Regine Velasquez’s manager from then on (she is currently managed by her younger sister Cacai) and her debut album was released, not by OctoArts, but by Viva Records. Regine Velasquez’s eponymous debut album entitled ‘Regine’, released in 1987, became a nationwide hit, and as they always say, the rest is history.



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Posted on Wednesday, 1st February 2012 by All Philippines

Marriage in the Philippines is sacred and valued not only in the eyes of the various religious sects that dominates the Philippine society today but also in the eyes of Philippine law. As of a result, divorce is currently not permitted by the Philippine Constitution as a means to nullify the marriage of all married Filipino citizens.

Various debates have been conducted all around the country regarding the issue, and also a significant number of house bills and senate proposals have been submitted and raised in the lower and upper house either to allow divorce in the Philippines or permanently prevent it from ever becoming one of the laws of the land.

Annulment of marriage for Filipino couples, on the other hand, is only recognized if both partners can prove that their marital union can be justifiably nullified by the court of law. Meaning, both sides must have a valid and sensible reason to force the abolition of their current marriage licenses.

Some cases, wherein the Philippine courts allow or recognize divorce decisions (decrees) are stated in Article 26. (Paragraph 2) of Executive Order No. 209 or more commonly known as the ‘Family Code of the Philippines’.

Art. 26. All marriages solemnized outside the Philippines in accordance with the laws in force in the country where they were solemnized, and valid there as such, shall also be valid in this country, except those prohibited under Articles 35(1), (4), (5) and (6), 36, 37 and 38. (71a)

Where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall likewise have capacity to remarry under Philippine law. (n) (as amended by E.O. No. 227, dated July 77, 1987)

There are books and articles written on the internet that explains the various law jargons surrounding the topics of marriage, divorce, and annulments in the Philippines. If you are one of the people who seek information regarding these matters, I suggest you start by reading articles posted on Philippine and international websites that focuses on Philippine laws and justice system, like the JLP Law or chanrobles web pages. You can also contact the Philippine Department of Justice or the Supreme Court of the Philippines through their official homepages, emails, and hotlines for marriage, divorce, and annulment issues and questions that you might have.



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Posted on Monday, 30th January 2012 by All Philippines

Good news to all Filipinos concerned about the deficiency of law and other restrictions in the Philippines regulating this so-called ‘cybercrimes’ generally proliferating on the World Wide Web (internet) today.

The rise of cybercrimes, particularly in the Philippines, has been a serious concern not only by the Philippine higher authorities but also of the general public as well. The lack of law in the country that can regulate or penalize anyone who engages in these illegal cyber activities have resulted in thousands of abused and exploited to the core (in literal sense) Filipina women, millions of pesos lost in profit due to spams and other web income manipulations (including hacking), and other illicit computer-related schemes which, in other countries, would hand down the perpetrators with a stiff penalty including a long jail term.

Due in part to the rising ‘sexploited Filipina women’ engaging in cybersex, scandals uploaded and distributed via Facebook and Twitter, and news about Filipino hackers and spammers caught doing damages on the net, members of the current Philippine Senate reacted to the situation and created Senate Bill No. 2796, authored and co-authored by Senators’ Antonio Trillanes IV, Edgardo Angara, Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, Lito Lapid, Manuel Villar, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Ramon Bong Revilla Jr., and Loren Legarda.

Under the recently approved Senate Bill, which hopefully passes into law, a new Philippine government agency, the National Cyber Security Coordinating Council, shall be created to monitor and police all cybercrime concerns and other illegal computer-related activities that will be committed on Philippine soil. Stricter fine and harsher penalty awaits all individual or groups that will be caught breaking the provisions stated in the Senate approved bill.

Some of the cybercrimes covered by Senate Bill No. 2796 includes;

Cybersex – stated in the bill as the willful engagement, maintenance, control, or operation, directly or indirectly, of any lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system – all violators will be imprisoned for 6 to 12 years or made to pay a fine of P 200,000 to P 1 million.

Spamming – transmission of commercial electronic communication with the use of a computer system which seek to advertise, sell, or offer for sale products – imprisonment of 1 to 6 months or a fine of P50,000 to P250,000

Some amendments in the Child Pornography Act of 2009 which revises the penalties and fines for those who will violate the law.
And other illegal computer-related activities covered under the definition of cybercrimes:

- Illegally accessing a computer system.

- Intercepting a computer system.

- Deleting and altering computer data.

- “Cyber Squatting,” or acquiring of an Internet domain name in bad faith to profit, mislead, destroy reputations, and prevent others from registering the name, especially if it is identical to an existing trademark or another person.

- Using and making available devices, software, passwords, and other means for committing cybercrimes.

- Computer-related forgery, or altering or deleting computer data resulting in inauthentic data.

- Computer-related fraud, or the unauthorized input, alteration, or deletion of computer data to cause damage with a fraudulent intent;

I am strongly in favor of this Senate bill which I hope will be enacted into law soon by our country’s leaders. This may finally put an end or more realistically control the percentage of cybercrimes (cybersex, spamming, hacking) that greatly undermines not only the image of our precious Filipinas to the world but also the image of the whole country as well.



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Posted on Thursday, 26th January 2012 by All Philippines

There’s a cool way now to pay for your Jollibee meals with the introduction of the all new Happy Plus Card.

Jollibee Corp. newest innovation targeting millions of their loyal patrons, the Happy Plus Card, is a modified debit card which can be used by the faithful customers to pay for their meals automatically.  Buying the Happy Plus Membership Kits at any Jollibee, Greenwich, Chowking, Red Ribbon, and soon to be available Mang Inasal outlets (available at the stores cashier counters) entitles the member with a three-year membership starting with the date of application.

With a minimum load of P 100 pesos, Happy Plus Card owners can now use it to pay for their fastfood meals purchased on the mentioned Jollibee Corp. franchises electronically using the special card terminal machines located on the cashier payment counters.

Owners can reload their card up to a maximum amount of P 10,000 pesos to continue using their Happy Plus Cards, after which they would need to purchase a new membership again for the Happy Plus program to continue using their cards when the three year membership usage had passed.

The Happy Plus Card patrons can also earn points using their Happy Plus Cards which gives them food points to avail for free fastfood meals based on the points accumulated. And last but not the least, the more they use and reload their Happy Plus Cards, the more they raise their chance of winning the monthly cash raffle – which can earn them up to P 100,000 pesos in cash prizes.

Available initially in Metro Manila (started last January 23) with plans for a nationwide patronage of all Jollibee Food Corporation fastfood outlets (Jollibee, Greenwich, Chowking, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal) nationwide.



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