Saturday, June 18, 2016

A duet and a comeback in latest Kalyeserye

Photo: Official Eat Bulaga Facebook Page

On the latest Kalyeserye segment on GMA's hit noontime show, Eat Bulaga, Aldub fans are in a treat because they witnessed the duet version of the theme song of the upcoming AlDub movie, slated to hit theaters this July, titled Imagine You and Me.

But first, Divina's dad, Dodong, makes a surprise comeback just to meet up with the presenters as well as Alden's dad.

After their duet performance, Dodong gave Divina something right until the sound of police siren alarmed Dodong, prompting him to run away. Could Dodong be...? Well, we never know who Dodong really is, judging how he ran away when he heard police sirens blaring. So, keep watching Eat Bulaga every weekdays for more Kalyeserye antics.

In the meantime, Happy Father's Day!

#BGSexyTVRepair

On the June 17, 2016 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Sexy TV repair gags

- Istambay, Istambay sa Looban, Tigil Muna Mga Kalokohan, Lahat Na Dito Sa May Tindahan, Para sa Kwentuhan ay...KANTAHAN?!

- Things turned into a messy, pervy, situation.

- Hugot lines for recess!

- The mute guy turns the tables on his pals

- A man finds ways to relax himself during a traffic jam.


- Basa-Basa Pik!

TGUSA: Winter Drop Top


No one drives an open-top convertible on a cold winter season. The boys of Top Gear (the hit US show) says "says who?". To find out if you can really drive open-top cars on a cold winter day, the gang are driving all-wheel drive convertibles at Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Adam goes for the Jaguar F-Type R Convertible with AWD, Rut goes for the BMW 650i Cabrio with xDrive, while Tanner goes for the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabrio. There's the twist; the winner will have to race against the loser who is going to be with a dogsled team.

The first challenge involves driving through the icy straight and then open the roof while racing through the finish line. Sadly, the BMW's open-top mechanism faces problems due to temperatures, therefore Tanner wins.

Next, the boys will try out the cars' 4WD powertrain at the Bridgestone winter driving school. In this challenge, Tanner takes the win despite the boys set him up with a freezing Le Mans start.

Later, the boys are playing car hockey with their cars and in here, they have to find out how fast they can shoot the puck to the goal. Adam wins in this challenge.

In the last challenge, the boys are going on a winner-take-all game of car rodeo. With Rut lost and now goes dog-sledding, Tanner's up for the challenge to race against Rut in a dogsled. As a matter of fact, Tanner and the Porsche won the race while Rut's...looking bizarre when he left the sled full of dogs.

Friday, June 17, 2016

What's it about Shanghai Disney Resort?

Shanghai Disney Resort

The Shanghai Disney Resort has been recently opened to the public yesterday as guests of all ages have been eager enough to enter the wonderful world of Disney in Shanghai, China. So, what is it then, this Shanghai Disney Resort?

This $5.5 billion investment is one of Disney's most ambitious projects ever imagined and about 330 million people within a three-hour radius of Shanghai will be able to visit the park on opening day. Originally, before the opening, there should be an opening gala filled with music, acrobats, and more, until the rainy weather hampered until last night, where viewers witnessed the spectacle, which was televised on Disney Channel. In the gala, spectators witnessed the ever-changing colors of the iconic castle, musical performances by China's talented singers, acrobat performances, and many more as well as the appearance of Mickey Mouse to do the honor.

Because this new tourist destination is on Chinese soil, the Main Street has been renamed as Mickey Avenue to reduce the "American" feel while attractions include the Wandering Moon tea house, a Chinese Zodiac-themed garden, and a Tarzan musical with Chinese acrobats. There are so many attractions offered in this newly opened theme park in Shanghai and the family who are spending their summer vacation can't wait to try most of the attractions offered in Shanghai Disney Resort.

There are hotels offered such as the Shanghai Disneyland Hotel for the upper-class of guests to stay for the night and the Toy Story Hotel, which claims to be "family fun for all sizes".

Other destinations include Disneytown, where visitors can explore a shopping, dining, and entertainment district unlike any other, as well as witnessing the Mandarin-language debut of the legendary Lion King musical at the Walt Disney Grand Theatre, as well as Wishing Star Park featuring the Wishing Star Lake, Dragonfly Playground, and the Starlight Amphitheater for those who love stargazing.

Ticket prices (As of now):

1 x Standard (1.4+ M) (¥499.00 CNY/ticket)
1 x Child (1.0-1.4 M) (¥375.00 CNY/ticket)
1 x Senior (Ages 65+) (¥375.00 CNY/ticket)


So, any plans to visit the latest addition to the ever-expanding Disney Parks?

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Relisting N. Korea on terrorist state list


A US House committee on Thursday passed a bill calling for relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. There are 21 terror acts subject to re-examination as to whether North Korea should be redesignated as a state sponsor of terrorism by the US.

North Korea was put on the US terrorism sponsor list for the 1987 mid-air bombing of a Korean Air flight that killed all 115 people aboard but the US administration of former President George W. Bush removed the Korean Peninsula from the list in 2008 in exchange for progress in denuclearization talks.

Source: Arirang News

Let's Do The News! (June 17, 2016)


- The Ombudsman yesterday pushed through the decision to file charges against former Philippine National Police chief Alan Purisima and former SAF commander Getulio Napenas for their roles in the Mamasapano clash in January 2015. The motions for reconsideration filed by Purisima and Napenas were nullified. Aside from criminal indictment, Purisima and Napenas were also found liable for grave misconduct, gross neglect of duty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.

- 25 years have passed since the deadly Mount Pinatubo eruption, which is the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, and experts, analysts, and government officials gathered for a lecture on the preparation and monitoring prior to the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, the aftermath, and the lessons learned from their experience.

- In an effort to combat against threats from Abu Sayyaf, placing Martial Law in Sulu and Basilan is an option being considered by the incoming military leadership under the Duterte administration. Outgoing leader Benigno Aquino III admitted having considered imposing martial law in Sulu days ago.

- China wants to resolve territorial disputes with other countries over the South China Sea by entering into joint exploration agreements. As far as the Asian superpower's concerned, China always put forward many proposals about resolving all their disputes.

- Hot on heels on next week's imminent Brexit vote, Switzerland withdraws its 24-year-old application to join the European Union.  Following a vote in the lower house, the Swiss government announced that their EU membership has been withdrawn, according to reports. 24 years ago, Switzerland refused to be part of the European Economic Area, of which non-EU members Iceland, Norway, and Lichtenstein, giving them access to the EU single market.

- British police are investigating the motive behind the murder of a lawmaker who supported Britain remaining in the European Union. Observers say, the death of Jo Cox could affect next week's referendum on the nation's EU membership. Her attacker reportedly shouted "Britain First" during the assault. Following the assault, campaigns for both "remain" and "leave" are suspended. Some say, the murder of the lawmaker could help the "remain" camp to garner support from people who feel sympathy for her.

- Following BMW's Vision Next 100 Concept, Mini and Rolls-Royce are joining in the vision of the next century.


- Top Gear presenter Chris Harris will spawn a web-exclusive segment on the Top Gear YouTube page.


- In Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers leveled the score at three wins each after beating the Golden State Warriors at 115-101.

- Following its recent season four finale, the BBC America series Orphan Black gets renewed for the fifth and (oh no...) final season next year. Is this goodbye for the Clone Club?

TTFN!!!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Let's Do The News! (June 16, 2016)


- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, whose term ends this month, junks the bill seeking to increase the salary of nurses or the Comprehensive Nursing Law. Reason why he junked that law is because the entry level pay of nurses has been raised already through EO 201 series of 2016.

- The Canadian government is sending additional humanitarian aid to support those living in conflict areas in Mindanao, amid the beheading of the second Canadian hostage by the Abu Sayyaf Group. Canada will provide 1.25 million Canadian dollars to humanitarian organizations for the improvement of food security, health, living conditions, livelihoods and emergency-preparedness in Zamboanga and Maguindanao provinces.

- The British public appear to be edging toward the Brexit with just one week to go till a referendum on the issue. Some of the latest surveys put the Leave group ahead of the Remain camp but some 10% remain undecided ahead of the June 23 poll. During parliamentary question time on Wednesday, UK PM David Cameron stressed the importance of staying in the EU, stating leaving would shrink Britain's economy, employment and wages.

- A computer technician at an affiliate of the Panama Papers law firm has been arrested on suspicion of removing large amounts of data. Reports told that the employee at Mossack Fonseca's Geneva offices had been detained several days ago. Swiss prosecutors are investigating the suspected unauthorized access and theft of data. The man reportedly denied the allegations.

- The second-generation Peugeot 3008 will receive a range-topping GT model packed with the 2.0L BlueHDi 180 S&S EAT6 powertrain as well as the GT-Line versions.

2017 Peugeot 3008 GT
2017 Peugeot 3008 GT-Line

- Due to Chris Evans/ disapproval ratings ever since he became host of Top Gear, expect his role to be short-lived. However, since last week's episode, approval ratings for new presenters Rory Reid and Chris Harris are great, demanding more screen presence than the other presenters.

- THE IDOLM@STER's Ami and Mami Futami are joining the DVD/Blu-ray cover figure lineup by Phat Company. Because it's styled to look like the one from the anime DVD/Blu-ray cover, this is the first time you'll see two characters in one figure. There's an additional facial expression made for Ami as well. It's now available to order starting at 17,800 Yen plus tax and deliveries will start this December.

Phat! THE IDOLM@STER
Ami and Mami Futami

- Shooting for next year's season of Doctor Who, which stars Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and Pearl Mackie as his new companion Bill, will commence next week.

- Today is AlDub's 11th Monthsary and as a bonus, AlDub unveiled the teaser trailer and the theme song of their upcoming movie, Imagine You and Me, set to hit theaters on the 13th of July.



TTFN!!!

Top 10 Things We Learned from E3 2016

This year's E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) showcase ran from the 12th up to the 16th of June, 2016 and video game aficionados from all over the world witnessed new and exciting announcements from the world of video games. So, what did we learned at this year's E3, anyhow?

10) Forza Horizon goes to Australia - The third installment of the open-world driving Forza Horizon series has announced and it's coming to the XBOX One and Windows 10 PC this late September 2016. Forza Horizon 3 takes players to the ever-changing landscape of Australia. Why Australia? Apart from its beautiful landscape compared to Southern Europe from FH2, little did we know that every time when a new car launches, it shows its promotional video where a new car drives around Australian roads for whatever reasons we don't understand. Now, it's the players' turn to indulge in this "universal automotive playground". Unlike past installments, Forza Horizon 3 allows players to manage their own Horizon Festival by creating their own races, hire friends, and make their festival popular. Apart from the new cars offered including the cover car Lamborghini Centenario, there are new ways to customize such as new rim styles and for the first time, body kits.



9) More Pokemon Sun and Moon info - At the Nintendo E3 booth, there's another set of Pokemon Sun and Moon info on the radar. Three new Pokemon that will be very common on your first trip at the Alola region are introduced and these are Pikipek, Yungoos, and Grubbin. The legendary Pokemons Solgaleo and Lunala uncovered their powerful forms such as Solgaleo's Radiant Sun phase and Lunala's Full Moon phase. Is this their way of unleashing their true powers? We'll find out soon btu anyway, the mythical Magearna (that is set to appear in next month's Pokemon movie alongside Volcanion) is coming to Sun and Moon via a certain QR code. What could that be? Find out soon.



8) Biohazard 7 Resident Evil announced - Capcom's legendary survival horror series unveiled their worst-kept secret yet and yes, the long-awaited Biohazard 7 Resident Evil (Resident Evil VII biohazard) has announced and one thing that worries us that unlike past installments; Biohazard 7 is set at a haunted house in the bayou and nothing else. No tales about brave soldiers fighting against terrorism, no evil villains plotting global terrorism, and nothing else like you expect from the past games. It's just you, venturing through a haunted house and that's about it. The game will launch on the PS4, XBOX One, and PC, on the 26th of January, 2017. For PS4 owners, there's a playable demo called "Haunted Hour" available for free for PS Plus subscribers. Believe it or not, this is the first Biohazard game to be fully compatible with PS VR headset. Be warned. It's going be one heck of a scarefest.



7) TWD's Daryl Dixon got a second chance in a new Hideo Kojima game - Last year, when Hideo Kojima left Konami, he formed himself a fully-independent Kojima Productions and following his announcement, he will be making a PS4-exclusive game in the future. This is what they come up with, a PS4-exclusive game starring Norman Reedus, famed for being Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead TV show, titled Death Stranding. Currently in development, it's a great thing they gave Reedus a second chance to be a video game star following last year's cancellation of the PT project he, Kojima and director Guillermo del Toro working on.



6) A CRASHing comeback - Remember Crash Bandicoot? Yep, we played those games back in the PSX when you and I are just kids. Guess what, our favorite wild bandicoot hero is back and it will have a special Playstation-exclusive appearance in Skylanders Imaginators, coming this 16th of October. Because it's Crash Bandicoot's 20th anniversary when it was first launched in August 31st, 1996 (welcome to the club, Crash!), Activision announced a remastered collection of the Crash Bandicoot trilogy coming to the PS4 next year; featuring the first Crash Bandicoot game, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot WARPED. Cue the Aku Aku sound effect, ladies and gents!



5) COD Infinite Warfare's going to be out-of-this-world explosive - The Infinity Ward-developed Call of Duty Infinite Warfare is this year's addition to the famed franchise, where warfare now expands to the solar system. At the PlayStation's E3 press conferences, fans and attendees got their first taste on what's in store in Infinite Warfare such as the first look at the Ship Assault mission, where players have to regain control of the UNSA Retribution from the Settlement Defense Front. CHECK IT OUT.

4) Your first look at the new Spider-man - Ever since's Spiderman's surprise appearance in the recent Marvel CIVIL WAR movie, we got shocked to find out what's next for our friendly neighborhood Spider-man. In this brand new PS4-exclusive Spider-Man game, developed by the same studio behind the rebooted Ratchet and Clank game (which spawned a movie, of course), fans will get a first glimpse on the new look of everyone's favorite webslinger.



3) What's Nintendo in store at E3 2016? - I already mentioned about additional info regarding the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon game but Nintendo has big plans in store on the 2016-2017 calendar. They announced a new installment to the Legend of Zelda series called The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (due 2017 for the Wii U), Paper Mario Color Splash (coming fall 2016 on the Wii U), a special Pokemon Go Plus accessory coming this summer, Ever Oasis (coming 2017 for the 3DS), Mario Party Star Rush (coming this late 2016 for the 3DS), and many others that are too many to list.

2) Sony goes big about PSVR - With the PS VR launch imminent, Sony has big plans about the upcoming PS4 games with VR compatibility. They showcase stuff like Tethered, How We Soar, Statik, Batman: Arkham VR, Here They Lie, Farpoint, stuff like that to demonstrate the capabilities of the PlayStation VR.

1) Big news for XBOX - Microsoft knows how to kill two birds with one stone at this year's E3 by announcing a minor change to the XBOX One called the XBOX One S, with bigger memory output, 4K compatibility, and a slimmer design. It's set to hit stores this August, starting at 299 US dollars. Following the X1S comes with the announcement of a more powerful XBOX Microsoft working on under the project name Scorpio. Due at the end of 2017, it will come with 4K and VR capability and works with XBOX One games.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: S. Korea FM calls N. Korea's nuclear development anachronistic


At the bilateral economic forum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, South Korea's foreign minister Yun Byung-se called North Korea's nuclear weapons development anachronistic, saying that North Korea cannot turn back time and will have to realize that the global community is turning its back towards the regime.

The minister also mentioned the revolutionary events the world is undergoing such as the normalization of ties between the US and Cuba, wishing that such will also blow into Pyongyang.

TO tackle the North Korea issue and work on other mutual interests, Yun hoped to build up on the various cooperation channels between South Korea and Russia.

Meanwhile, China's Ministry of Commerce has expanded the list of items banned for export to North Korea, in an effort to prevent Pyongyang from building more nuclear weapons. The list includes 40 items including magnetic materials, laser-welding equipment and chemicals that could further produce chemical warfare agents.

The ministry said the new list is part with UN sanctions adopted in March as punishment for Pyongyang's nuclear test early this year.

Source: Arirang News

Let's Do The News! (June 15, 2016)


- The camp of incoming Vice President Leni Robredo said that the inauguration between her and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will be separate. Despite it will still be held in Metro Manila, the incoming vice president wished to be sworn in by Ronaldo Coner, captain of the "smallest, farthest and poorest" barangay Punta Tarawal Calabanga in Camarines Sur.

- The Moro Islamic Liberation Front wants the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law to be enacted first before the Duterte administration pursues efforts to change the type of government from unitary to federal. Ghadzali Jaafar, the vice chairman of the MILF, said it may take a while before the peace agreement is implemented if the establishment of the Bangsamoro government is subsumed by the planned shift to federalism.

- The incoming presidential spokesperson said the recent beheading of the Canadian hostage by the Abu Sayyaf terrorists is a threat for the Aquino administration and not of the upcoming Duterte administration.

- Presumptive Democratic presidentiable Hillary Clinton met up with her rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders following her win at the final primary in Washington DC. Sanders is reluctant to drop out from the race while Clinton is believed to have asked him to help promote party unity. The Vermont Senator is set to deliver a video address on Thursday. Attention is focused on whether he will drop out from the race and express support from Clinton.

- Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama strongly opposes Donald Trump's latest call for a ban on admitting Muslims into the UNited States. Following Sunday's Orlando gay bar massacre, the presumptive Republican presidentiable repeated the call and warned Obama to step down from not using the term "radical Islamic terrorism" to describe Islamist militants.

- A South Korean man admits to causing damage at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine last November. Jeon Chang-han pled guilty at the first hearing of his trial at the Tokyo District Court on Tuesday. He was accused for setting fire to and damaging a restroom at the shrine by detonating pipe bombs.

- Nissan developed a next-generation fuel cell drivetrain that can be powered by bioethanol that is set to hit markets by next decade.

- See what happens when the Honda Civic Type R FK2 takes on Europe's finest racetracks.



- Max Laurel, the actor notable for playing Filipino comic book villain Zuma, passed away at the age of 71. He was the original Zuma from the titular 1985 film and its 1987 sequel, Anak Ni Zuma. Apart from being Zuma, he appeared in numerous movies from 1979's Durugin Si Totoy Bato to 1996's Bitag.

TTFN!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Let's Do The News! (June 14, 2016)


- The severed head believed to belong to the second Canadian executed by the Abu Sayyaf group was recovered Monday night. Authorities found the head after it was dumped in a plaza in front of Mt. Carmel Cathedral along Sanchez Street in downtown Jolo. According to Westmincom, the discovery confirms the brutal execution done by Abu Sayyaf terrorists.

- Reform measures are outlines for the "corrupt" Bureau of Customs under the Duterte administration, according to incoming finance and customs chiefs. Incoming Finance Secretary Cesar Dominguez III met with outgoing commissioner Alberto Lina and his replacement, Nicanor Faeldon to facilitate the transition at the agency as the Duterte administration goes on effect at the end of the month. According to Social Weather Station, the BOC is the most corrupt and was rated "very bad" -55 by businessmen, following by a bad grade in 2012 and execrable ratings from 2005 to 2009.

- The University of the Philippines and the Ateneo de Manila University were named among the 100 top universities in Asia in an annual list by Quacquarelli Symonds.

- US President Barack Obama said that the gunman behind the Orlando nightclub attack was apparently a homegrown terrorist. Day after the suspect revealed as Omar Mateen went on a massacre at a gay bar in Orlando, President Obama said there is no evidence that the shooter has links to the Islamic State.

 - Meanwhile, presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, expressed sharply different views on gun control and fighting terrorism following the deadly mass shooting in Florida. Clinton said she will prioritize stopping attackers who act without orders from terrorist organizations. Trump, meanwhile, reiterated his call for restricting immigration into the United States and attacked both Obama and Clinton for being weak.

- Reports said that the suspect behind the Shanghai airport explosion wrote a message on his smartphone suggesting that personal debt driven him to despair. The man thrown the homemade explosive at the departure lobby in the airport's second terminal on Sunday afternoon, wounding four people. The suspect received a wound to the neck and has been hospitalized.

- The Maserati Quattroporte has been given a minor change for the 2017 model year, packed with new exterior design and new equipment.

2017 Maserati Quattroporte

- The all-new Proton Perdana has been finally unveiled and it's now made for the general public unlike the previous model that was reserved for government use. Like the previous one, the new Perdana is actually a final-generation Honda Inspire underneath but under the hood, the new Perdana comes with either a 2.0L or a 2.4L petrol engine from Honda. Prices start from 113,888 to 138,888 Malaysian Ringgit.

2017 Proton Perdana

- In Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers scored another win against the Golden State Warriors at the score of 112-97. It's now 3-2 in the tally.

TTFN!!!

F1 2016: Canadian GP

Photo: Getty Images

So, Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, thanks to his pole position during qualifiers, scored himself another win despite a heated battle between him, Nico Rosberg, and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (due to bad pit stop strategy that worried the German ace driver). Of course, with Hamilton wins while Vettel placed 2nd, Williams got in for a treat as its driver, Valtteri Bottas, tasted his podium finish by entering third place in the race.

Meanwhile though, there's tensions brewing between the two young Red Bull drivers, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. The team advised Verstappen to let Ricciardo pass him after the Australian fell behind his teammate at the start. However, the refusal consigning him to a seventh place. Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz is reluctant in the race because despite his crash at the qualifiers and a poor gearbox issue, he finished 9th.

As the top three teams are edging themselves for the constructors' championship of the season, Hamilton's recent win made him 43 points behind Rosberg.

The next race is set at Baku for the 2016 F1 Europe GP on the 19th of June.

Top Gear S23E03

Top Gear S23E03

The third episode of "brand new" Top Gear is becoming more redeeming than the previous episodes not just because of Rory Reid and Chris Harris' debut appearance, but also the cars featured as well as its unbiased way to show how its done, well almost.

First, Chris Evans and Sabine Schmitz tries out the brand new Audi R8 round the Top Gear Track, right up to the point where Evans vomited after Sabine drove the R8 hard. When handed to The Stig, it lapped round the Top Gear Track in 1:15.7. Later on, Chris Harris tries out the Ferrari F12tdf round the Paul Ricard Test Track in France. Then, Rory Reid tries out the brand new Ford Focus RS and see if it stacks up against the Honda Civic Type R and the Mercedes-AMG A45. Lastly, Matt LeBlanc gives drifting extraordinaire Ken Block a tour round London while riding the mythical Hoonicorn.

On this episode's Star in a Rallycross Car, boxer Anthony Joshua did it in 1:52.6 while comedian Kevin Hart did it in 1:57.7.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Toyota Premio and Allion - Second Generation (2017 minor change)

The second-generation Toyota Premio and Allion saloons has been around for about nine years when they appeared in 2007, even though they're just luxurious or sporty alternatives to the commoners' choice, the Toyota Corolla. It's 2016 and these cars have been around like an eternity. We were expecting newer versions of these saloons but what did Toyota do with these ageing saloons? Yep, a second minor change. How organic...

2017 Toyota Premio
2017 Toyota Allion

The recent minor change for these saloons sees a much enlarged front grille that took some cues from the Toyota Crown saloons and although awkward to look at, there is little change on the rear view as well.

2017 Toyota Premio interior
2017 Toyota Allion interior

There are small changes on the interior such as a new instrumental panel, 4.2-inch TFT LCD, and the addition of brown interior color. That's it, nothing else you can ask about what's new.

2017 Toyota Allion
2017 Toyota Premio

You still have a choice between a 2.0L 3ZR-FAE a 1.8L 2ZR-FAE engine, or a 1.5L 1NZ-FE engine with Stop & Start system that shuts off the engine when stopped at the red light and then restarts when set off, each mated with a Super CVT-i gearbox. The 1.5L model is the fuel-efficient in the range, with fuel consumption of around 19.2km/L based on JC08 mode standards.

Speaking of changes, the Premio and Allion now comes with Toyota Safety Sense C, comprising of Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and the Automatic High Beam function, for added safety of course.

The 2017MY Premio starts from 1,908,655 to 2,686,255 Japanese Yen while the 2017MY Allion starts from 1,897,855 to 2,650,909 Japanese Yen. The Allion is offered in Toyota dealerships across Japan while the Premio is offered only in Toyopet dealerships across Japan, there I said it.

Photo: Toyota Motor Corporation

Let's Do The News! (June 13, 2016)


- The Abu Sayyaf terrorists set another deadline for today for the government to meet with their ransom demand in exchange of the release of the three hostages that were abducted from Samal Island, but to government insists its no ransom policy and will not give in to their demands. The Armed Forces of the Philippines said they will stop their military operations against the Abu Sayyaf until they are able to save the hostages.

- The scheduled pre-trial for plunder and graft of detained senator Jinggoy Estrada was deferred for the fourth time on Monday, days after the second anniversary of the PDAF scam cases. During the hearing of the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division, the Office of the Special Prosecution informed the court that it wasn't done with the marking of documents.

- Four people were wounded by a suspected homemade bomb that exploded at Shanghai's Pudong Airport on Sunday afternoon. They say the man who threw the bomb tried to kill himself with the knife. The explosion occurred at around 1430 hours local time near a passenger line in front of a check-in counter in the second terminal. The man is said to have a neck wound and is being treated at a hospital.

- The South Korean government has started salvaging a ferry that sank off the country's southern coast over two years ago. The Sewol ferry sank in April 2014, leaving 295 people died and 9 missing. Most of the victims died are students taking on a field trip.

- The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute says the number of nuclear warheads worldwide stood about 60,000 in 1990 after the end of the Cold War but the number is now halved to about 31,000 in the new millennium after the leaders of the US and the former Soviet Union signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in 1991. The number declined to about 22,000 in 2010. Efforts to reduce nuclear weapons continued under the New START Treaty signed between the two world superpowers a year after US President Barack Obama committed himself to create a world without nuclear weapons in a speech in Prague.

- Opinion polls show that British people are divided on whether the United Kingdom should remain or leave in the European Union, ahead on the June 23 EU referendum. UK Prime Minister David Cameron has urged people to vote to stay in the EU for the sake of their children and grandchildren. He wrote that plans for education, employment, and taxation would be suspended and people's pensions would be affected due to Brexit.

- A commercial vehicle variant of the Daihatsu Wake kei-car, the Hijet Caddie, was launched and it's priced at 1,188,000 to 1,544,400 Japanese Yen. Although intended to use for small business owners, the Hijet Caddie comes with Smart Assist II safety systems.

2017 Daihatsu Hijet Caddie

- The fourth-generation Renault Clio (Lutecia) range has been updated for the 2017 model year with a revised exterior design and some extras.

2017 Renault Clio
2017 Renault Clio Estate

- The Decepticon Barricade returns in Transformers: The Last Knight as a hunked-up sixth-generation Ford Mustang.

Barricade in Transformers: The Last Knight

- The Love Live! Sunshine!! TV anime series, due this July, will have a global simultaneous launch following its Japan premiere on the 2nd of July at Tokyo MX at 2230 hours (10:30 PM) JST.



TTFN!!!

Mass shooting at Orlando


A mass shooting took place at a gay bar at Orlando, Florida, killing 50 people, marking one of the worst mass killings in US history, exceeding the death toll from the 2007 Virginia Tech incident.

The gunman behind the attack identified as Omar Mateen, age 29, who killed 50 people and wounded 53 at the Pulse club before being shot dead by police. The Islamic State claimed responsibility behind the attack but it is not known if they're involved in this attack.

Reports state that Mateen dialed 911, the emergency number in USA, before the attack and swore allegiance to the Islamic State. Mateen was killed in a crossfire with police officers, after taking hostages at the club.

US President Barack Obama condemned  the attack, calling it not just an act of terror but an act of hate, even for the LGBT community.

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Jubilee of Mercy: Jubilee for the Sick and Persons with Disabilities

The Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy kicks off today at the Vatican City with the opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica.
Jubilee of Mercy logo

From the 10th to the 12th of June, 2016, people who are suffered from life-threatening diseases as well as their disabilities took part of the Jubilee for the Sick and Persons with Disabilities at St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican, which is part of the ongoing Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.




At Sunday's Holy Mass, Pope Francis called for solidarity and mutual acceptance and decried the pursuit for perfect bodies, saying it leads to society hiding away the disabled to avoid offending the sensibilities of "the privileged few".


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