Saturday, July 2, 2016

Let's Do The News! (July 2, 2016)

- President Rodrigo Duterte decided to have the gates of the Palace open to the underprivileged and people can cal the hotline 8888 for complaints or to seek government help. He also told to the Philippine National Police that he will protect the policemen if they can kill a thousand criminals in the line of duty.

- The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to talk to presumptive Democratic presidentiable Hillary Clinton about her alleged use of her private e-mail address while she was Secretary of State, adding fuel to the recent scandal that might affect her road to presidency.

- Vote counting has begun in the Australian general election. Based on exit polls, the race between governing coalition of the Liberal and National Parties and the opposition Labour Party are too close to call.

- See how the second-generation Porsche Panamera handle the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

- Psst. Additional info of new Pokemon in the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon games is now on the radar with a new video showcasing Grubbin's evolved forms, Zygarde's 10% and Complete Forme, and new Pokemon such as Tapu Koko, Drampa, Cutiefly, Bruxish, Rockruff, Komala, and the ultra-adorable Togedemaru.

- A sequel to Disney's 2012 animated movie Wreck-It Ralph was announced and it's coming this 2018. Are you game?



On the July 1, 2016 episode of Bubble Gang...

- Huli Ka Gags

- This guy shows that he really moved on...

- More poolside fun with the Pool Senorita gals

- The President makes a fateful encounter...

- The Spoken-Neneng Song!

- Everybody's facing one problem after another...

- Istambay, Istambay Sa Looban, Kung Mahilig Kayo Sa Swertihan, 'Wag Ito Ang Inyong Papakinggan, Ito Ay Kwento Ng...KAMALASAN!?

- Picture Taking

- Basa-Basa-Pik!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Let's Do The News! (July 1, 2016)

- President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo met for the first time on Friday after assuming office as the Philippines' top two government officials. Both attended the Armed Forces of the Philippines turnover ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Duterte acknowledge the presence of Robredo in his speech after new AFP chief of staff Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya took command of the military.

- Following his departure from office, former president Benigno Aquino III is set to face criminal charges for the death of 44 PNP-SAF units during the Mamasapano clash on January 25 last year. Families of the so-called SAF 44 will file a complaint for multiple homicide against Aquino, former PNP chief Alan Purisima and former SAF director Getulio Napenas before the Office of the Ombudsman, according to Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption.

- Returning to the Brexit aftermath, former London mayor Boris Johnson, one of the spearheaders of the campaign to make UK "leave" the EU, says he will not enter the leadership race of the ruling Conservative Party. Johnson faced multiple criticisms with his party for switching to the Leave camp. He was initially believed to have a pro-EU stance and the switch was a ruse in order to succeed David Cameron.

- Turkish reports say authorities knew that Islamic State militants were plotting a terror attack on the airport in Istanbul, 20 days before the attack. Suicide bombings and shootings at Ataturk Airport on Tuesday killed 44 people and injured over 200.

- In science news, researchers say that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica has shrunk over the last 15 years. The ozone layer shields the Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays but CFCs and other gases have been damaging the layer since the late 80's. Countries signed the Montreal Protocol in 1987 to boost measures to preserve the ozone layer. The researchers found that the ozone hole has shrunk by about 4-million square kilometers in September 2015 from 2000, meaning that Earth is recovering.

- The NHTSA began their preliminary investigation on the Tesla Autopilot system after a motorist was killed in a Model S while the Autopilot was engaged. It is believed the first known fatality using an autonomous driving tech. Reports told that the Tesla's windshield struck the tractor trailer as it passed under. The trailer's white paint set against a bright sky were the cause of the Autopilot failure.

- To celebrate the upcoming Ghostbusters movie, they collaborated with ride-sharing service Lyft to offer Ecto-1 rides in select US cities.

- The sequel to 2013's Pacific Rim giant robot movie is set to hit theaters by early 2018, according to reports.


How to dress as one of Aqours

In honor of the upcoming premiere of the much-awaited Love Live! Sunshine!! TV series, this is the perfect opportunity to explain any Lovelivers around the world how to dress as one of the Aqours members. If you need a quick refresher, Love Live! Sunshine!! centers on nine teenage girls on how they formed Aqours and become Uranohoshi Girls High School's finest school idol group ever formed.

Love Live! Sunshine!!
Since this is an idol anime packed with idol girls, the girls will have a wide array of wardrobe they'll be wearing throughout the course of Love Live! Sunshine!! and while you'll be worrying about the outfits later, the target will be hairstyles based on Aqours members. I'll be detailing it so pay attention.

As Chika - Chika Takami is the leader of Aqours and the youngest of the three sisters. She's a second year student and her family runs an inn. She's a fan of μ's. To start being Chika, it may take a orange wig with a just-size (not too short, not too long) to do the job but notice the hair accessories Chika wore? She had a big yellow ribbon on her left and a small green one on her right but I don't think that's the half of it because there's a small braided portion of the left of Chika's hair. If you can manage to replicate Chika's hairdo, you're free to do whatever outfit you like.

As Riko - Formerly from Tokyo, Riko Sakurauchi now resides to Uchiura. A second year student who loves to draw and likes to stay indoors. Judging from her hairdo, Riko has a crimson-colored long hair with a few specks on her right. If being Riko is an easy task, the choice of outfits will not be easy but I'll leave it all to you.

As Kanan - Kanan Matsuura is a senior-year student who runs a diving shop with her grandmother on a nearby island. Just a simple long blue hair should do the trick but don't forget the ponytail look that Kanan had. Once settled, the outfits are up to you but for the record, you better don't let anyone's guard down while you're on a wet suit because diving is one of Kanan's pastime.

As Dia - Dia Kurosawa is the senior-year student and she's Uranohoshi Girls High School's student council president. As I believed, Dia's behavior will be similar to her predecessor, Eli Ayase from μ's. She rejected the idea of having a school idol group in the first place but she'll be reluctant to be part of it if things get dirty. If you maintained your long black hair, disregard this notice but if you cut it by mistake, best to have an emergency long black hair wig ready and spec out with some minor hair accessories to complete the Dia look.

As You - You Watanabe is a second year student and an excellent diver fit for a swim club. Oh dear, fans expect that they're going to wet themselves in bedtime upon remembering this idol swimmer in her speedo, but for the ladies who are reluctant to become You, a sand-colored wig should do the trick but keep the wig just the right shortness. Once settled, feel free to do whatever outfits as you please. Be warned though because there are worse things than running through a You Watanabe cosplayer wearing a tight one-piece speedo.

As Yoshiko - Yoshiko Tsushima is a first year student who considered to be unlucky. She prefers to be called Yohanne instead of her real name. She dislikes mikan fruits. Yoshiko's hair is somewhat royal blue-ish, and it's long, so it would be a super tricky approach to find the right blue color for the wig. Also, the round part on the right of Yoshiko's hair would be less rewarding but once done, you're free to do whatever outfits you like.

As Hanamaru - Hanamaru Kunikida is a first year student and a daughter of a family of shrine keepers. Although she's a member of a local choir, she loves to read and gets dizzy easily. To become Hanamaru, a simple toffee colored hairdo should do the trick and the rest is up to you.

As Mari - Mari Ohara is a half-Japanese senior student who is a daughter of an Italian-American father who had his hands full with the hotel businesses. She likes to do things at her own pace. Yes. a blonde hairdo should do the trick but this going to be fairly difficult to replicate Mari's hairdo due to the odd-looking style at the top of Mari's. It's a very challenging task but if you managed to sort it out, the outfits are yours for the choosing.

As Ruby - Ruby Kurosawa is a first year student and a good friend of Hanamaru. She maybe prone to crying but she's good at sewing. This is a very easy task for those who want to be Ruby because all you need is a red wig and pigtails just to complete the look. Once settled, good luck on your outfit hunting out there.

And there you have it. If you can choose which Aqours member will you be, sorting out the costumes is now the next objective for you all and once done, it's showtime! With the help of your buddies, you'll be able to show what Aqours is all about! I have high hopes that there will be a plethora of Aqours cosplay around the corner post-premiere so good luck, Lovelivers!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Let's Do The News! (June 30, 2016)

- Rodrigo Roa Duterte has officially began his first day as President of the Philippines. In his inauguration at the Malacanang Palace, Duterte took his oath after former President Benigno Aquino III was given departure honors at the Palace grounds. Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes administered Duterte's oath at the Palaces' Rizal Ceremonial Hall, which was attended by 627 guests.

- Separately, former Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo outlines her agenda as the new Vice President of the Philippines. In her six-year term, Robredo will address hunger and food security, universal health care, rural development, education, and people empowerment. Robredo's vice presidency is an opportunity to include those in the periphery in the journey towards development.

- The Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro has officially stepped down from his position Thursday. He is the only DepEd secretary to serve a full six-year term following the fall of the dictatorship.

- Onto the Brexit aftermath, Britain faces tough negotiations with the European Union over its withdrawal from the bloc. EU leaders have discussed in Brussels how to proceed after Britain voted to leave in a national referendum last week. Britain hopes to maintain its access to the EU's tariff-free common market.

- Back at the Istanbul airport attack, Turkish media has identified the three suicide bombers behind the attack at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. The attackers came from North Caucasus in southern Russia and elsewhere. The death toll is now 42 and authorities accused the Islamic State behind the attacks.

- The third-generation Citroen C3 has been unveiled featuring a much racy design inspired from the C4 Cactus crossover, new ConnectedCAM feature, new interior, and a range of new PureTech petrol and BlueHDI diesel engines.

2017 Citroen C3

- See how the McLaren P1 LM broke the road car record at last weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed in a record time of 47.07 seconds.

- 007 actor Daniel Craig to star alongside Halle Berry in L.A. Riots Movie. That news seems interesting because Halle Berry was a Bond girl in the 2002 Bond movie, Die Another Day.

- Today marks the 50th Weeksary of AlDub and at that time of the celebration, a music video of the theme song of the upcoming movie Imagine You & Me made its premiere!


THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: China does not accept N. Korea as a nuclear state

South Korea and China have strongly reaffirmed their stance against North Korea's recent missile provocations and its ongoing nuclear program. During the meeting with South Korean PM Hwang Kyo-an in Beijing, Chinese president Xi Jinping reaffirms stance that China does not accept N. Korea as a nuclear state, nor its so-called Byungjin policy, which is developing its economy and nuclear arms at the same time. He added that China is fully abiding by the latest UN Security Council resolution and has submitted a report on how they are implementing sanctions on the North.

Later, a top US official has warned that without US protection of Asian allies, even advanced countries like Japan and South Korea would seek their own nuclear weapons. US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken said such scenario would trigger "regional nuclear arms races", which the US government has been pouring efforts into preventing for decades. Blinken insists the world would be safer for Americans by having South Korea and Japan under the US nuclear umbrella.

Meanwhile, the 2016 Rimpac naval exercise has begun on Hawaii. Over 27 nations are taking part in the largest exercise to date. South Korea has deployed 700 navy personnel's along with warships. The exercises will run through the 4th of August.

Source: Arirang News

List of Philippine Presidents

Image: RTVM

As the Philippines brace themselves for the historic inauguration of the country's new leader, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the once infamous Davao City Mayor who inspired both fear and admiration by others, at the Malacañang Palace today, it would be an ideal time to do a quick sibika lesson about the people who run this country since the Philippines declared independence on the 12th of June, 1898.
  • Emilio Aguinaldo - The 1st Philippine President from 1899 to 1901. Known as the president of the Revolutionary Government, Aguinaldo signed the Biak-na-Bato Pact to declare ceasefire between the Filipinos and Spaniards. At age 28, he was the youngest to take over the Philippines and after his term was finished in 1901, where the Philippines got caught in the war against the Americans, he was the longest-lived president in history, upon his death in 1964 at the age of 94. The face of Aguinaldo can be commonly seen on the five peso coin.
  • Manuel Luis Quezon - The 2nd Philippine President from 1935 to 1944. He is the first president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the first Senate president elected as the President of the Philippines through a national election. Dubbed as the "father of national language", he established the National Council of Education and made Tagalog the nation's national language. In the 1st of August, 1944, during the Second World War, Manuel L. Quezon died of tuberculosis at Sarawak Lake, New York City, and his body was buried in what was known as the Quezon Memorial Circle. Because Manuel L. Quezon is part of the Philippine history, he can be seen commonly at the twenty peso bill and aside from that, there was a province, a city, a bridge and a university in Manila named after him.
  • Jose P. Laurel - The 3rd Philippine President from 1943 to 1945. During the Second World War, Laurel established a provisional government called KALIBAPI or Organization of Serving the new Philippines. In 1944, he declared Martial Law and war between the Philippines and the allied forces (US and Great Britain).  Although his leadership during the Second World War was questionable, Laurel was considered a legitimate president of the Philippines since the early 1960's and he and his family founded the university known as Lyceum.
  • Sergio Osmeña - The 4th Philippine President since 1944 to 1946. He was the first Visayan to become president at the old age of 65, which also makes him the oldest person to became president. During the Second World War, Osmeña joined with US General Douglas McArthur in Leyte on October 20, 1944 to restore Philippine freedom after occupation by the Japanese Imperial Army. Osmeña rehabilitated the Philippine National Bank and made Philippines part of the International Monetary Fund. He made the Bell Trade Act approved by US Congress during his term. He can be commonly seen in the fifty peso bill.
  • Manuel Roxas - The 5th Philippine President since 1946 to 1948. He is the third and last president under the Commonwealth and the first president of the Third Republic of the Philippines after the Second World War. Under his term, Roxas commenced reconstruction from war damage and life without foreign rule, all thanks to the Philippine Rehabilitation Act and Philippine Trade Act laws accepted by Congress. He can be commonly seen on the 100 peso bill.
  • Elpidio Quirino - The 6th Philippine President since 1948 to 1953. He was served as the replacement for Manuel Roxas following his death on the 15th of April, 1948 and in his time, the established Social Security Commission and the Integrity Board to monitor graft and corruption. He made Quezon as the capital of the Philippines. During his term, the Hukbalahap guerrilla movement became active, causing havoc in some parts of the Philippines.
  • Ramon Magsaysay - The 7th Philippine President since 1953 to 1957. At his term, he suppressed the Hukbalahap militants and became chairman of the Committee on Guerrilla Affairs. Apart from that, the Philippines was ranked second in Asia's clean and well-governed countries thanks to its lack of corruption. Magsaysay was killed in an accident while boarding his presidential plane.
  • Carlos P. Garcia - The 8th Philippine President since 1957 to 1961.  He was once a vice president under Ramon Magsaysay and as secretary of Foreign Affairs for four years. Following Magsaysay's tragic death, Garcia steps into the leadership role. He was known for his policy which heavily favored Filipino businesses over foreign investors and established the Austerity Program focusing on Filipino trade and commerce. As a native of Bohol, he is responsible for reviving cultural arts in the Philippines and since his death in 1971, he was the first president to have his remains buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
  • Diosdado Macapagal - The 9th Philippine President since 1961 to 1965 and the father of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. During his term, he established the first Land Reform Law, allowing for the purchase of private farmland to be distributed in affordable lots to those who don't have a land to manage. He is responsible for putting the Philippine peso on the currency exchange market and made June 12, 1898 Independence Day. Diosdado Macapagal established the Philippine Veteran's Bank.
  • Ferdinand Marcos - The 10th Philippine President since 1965 to 1986. He is known to be the most infamous dictator the Philippines has ever produce since the declaration of Martial Law on September 22, 1972. Long before his declaration of Martial Law, Marcos made more schools, roads, bridges, hospitals, and other infrastructure than any other former president, and in the aftermath of Martial Law, the Philippine's GNP was four times greater than 1972 and made one of the most indebted countries in Asia by 1986. Following the 1986 People Power Revolution, Marcos was ousted from power by Corazon Aquino. The whole story on what to do on the remains of Ferdinand Marcos remains a mystery for now.
  • Corazon Aquino - The 11th Philippine President since 1986 to 1992. She is the first female president to run the Asian country following Marcos' departure in the aftermath of the People Power Revolution. In her term, she restored democracy in the Philippines and nullified the 1973 Marcos Constitution, paving way to her new Constitution of the Philippines. Thanks to her accomplishments, she became Time magazine's Woman of the Year in 1986. Since her death in August 1, 2009, she is now seen in the new 500-peso bill alongside her husband Benigno Aquino. One of her children was well-known to the public as Kris Aquino was known to be a media personality while Benigno "Nonoy" Aquino III became leader of the country since 2010.
  • Fidel V. Ramos - The 12th Philippine President since 1992 to 1998. He became the president of the Philippines after his win at the 1992 elections. He was once the chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines before he became leader of this nation. Because of being the first non-Catholic president of the Philippines, he reinstated the infamous death penalty sentence as well as signing a peace agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front. Even during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, Ramos restored economic growth and stability in the country and he was awarded British Knighthood from the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Joseph Ejercito Estrada - The 13th Philippine President since 1998 to 2001. He became president after winning the May 1998 elections against the likes of Fidel V. Ramos and Miriam Defensor-Santiago. Although his main purpose is to restore strength and stability to the nation, his term was short lived following his allegations through plunder. He was ousted from power in January 2001 after the historic impeachment trial and he was replaced by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Now, Estrada is the mayor of Manila, the capital city of the Philippines upon winning his second term at the recent elections.
  • Gloria Macapagal Arroyo - The 14th Philippine President since 2001 to 2010 and the 2nd female president. She is the daughter of the late Diosdado Macapagal and she was once a vice-president before she served as the replacement of the ousted Estrada. Believe it or not, Arroyo was the ex-classmate of her former American counterpart, Bill Clinton, at Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she maintained her Dean's list status. During her term, she placed the Philippines on a state of emergency following the Oakwood Mutiny and she was alleged in cheating the 2004 elections. She is now currently a representative of Pampanga and she's embattled with a disease.
  • Benigno Aquino III - The 15th Philippine President since 2010 to today and the only son of the late Corazon Aquino. Since his May 2010 election victory, Aquino initiated the "Daang Matuwid" plan to restore strength and stability of the nation, although his leadership was put to test following series of events such as the August 2010 hostage taking incident that killed numerous Hong Kong tourists as well as 2013's Superstorm Yolanda. Aquino got caught up on the tensions between the Philippines and China over the islands of the South China Sea, which most ASEAN nations, Japan, and the US got mixed into them.
  • Rodrigo Roa Duterte - Now it's the time to introduce the 16th President to take over the Philippines. Hailed from Visayas and once mayor in Davao City for over two decades, Duterte originally never want to be part of the 2016 elections until he became part of it. Ever since Duterte became part of the election campaign, he was heavily criticized by media over his expletive dialogue against Pope Francis during his January 2015 visit as well as his rape joke over the death of an Australian missionary. He was once allegedly part of the Davao Death Squad, which killed thousands of people in Davao, most of them are criminals, although the investigation find it nothing to put Duterte liable to his involvement with vigilantes. Criticisms aside, apart from fears of reverting the Philippines back to the Marcos era, Duterte inspired both fear and admiration among Filipinos and because of his promises of "changes" to the Philippines, he won the May 2016 elections and he's going to be inaugurated for the first time at Malacañang Palace today.
As Duterte finally starts his first day as the 16th President of the Philippines, Filipinos are witnessing a great change Duterte will commence but what changes will Duterte do for the sake of the public? As a powerful politician who will bring fear against criminals and corrupted individuals as well as admiration for people who want to rely on Digong, fear and admiration is what we can REALLY expect for the iron man who witnesses a great change.

Whatever it is, we're counting on you, Digong.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Supreme People's Assembly begins

The Supreme People's Assembly has begun today, a process widely seen as cementing Kim Jong-un's grip on power. The session comes 50 days after a rare Workers' Party Congress last month. South Korea's Unification Ministry says today's convention will address the legislation and revision issues of its party's structure and constitution among other things. Experts predict Kim Jong-un will take the title of chairman of the Central People's Committee, a position once held by his late grandfather and North Korea's founder Kim Il-Sung.

Meanwhile, the US, South Korea, and Japan conducted their first joint-missile-tracking exercise off Hawaii on Tuesday local time in an effort to better defend against threats from North Korea. The Pacific Dragon exercise came as the North has been carrying out numerous test firings of the Musudan missile, which the second one claimed it was successful.

Source: Arirang News

Let's Do The News! (June 29, 2016)

- President Benigno Aquino III will be given departure honors before he will pass over his leadership duty to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte tomorrow. Aquino will have a one-on-one meeting with Duterte before the final departure honors by the Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Palace grounds, according to officials.

- An analyst said that US Secretary of State John Kerry should meet President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to secure the Philippines-US relationship. John Schaus from the Center for Strategic and International Studies said that Kerry should be the first cabinet official to meet with Duterte when he assumes office and directly hear his objectives.

- Musical artists, who are also supporters of VP-elect Leni Robredo are expected to perform at her thanksgiving celebration tomorrow, the day of the inauguration. Robredo;s post-inaugural celebration will be held at the Quezon City Memorial Park from 5PM to 8PM local time on the day of her oath taking in the city.

- Earlier, a bomb attack occurred at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Istanbul Turkey, with reports of near 50 people had already died but later said the death toll is expected to rise to close to 50. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for these attacks. Meanwhile, the Department of Foreign Affairs said that there are no Filipino casualties in the recent Turkish airport attack.

- Onto the Brexit aftermath, over a thousand young Brits held a rally in London to protest their country's decision to leave the European Union. The demonstrators gathered at Trafalgar Square in the center of the British capital, waving EU flags, toted placards, and chanted slogans calling for UK to retain in the EU.

- Presumed Republican presidentiable Donald Trump wants the United States to be withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pack, calling it a death blow to American manufacturing. He stressed his opposition to expanding free trade and said he would give priority to securing jobs for workers in the US.

- On the 29th of June, 2014, the terrorist organization called the Islamic State was established for the territory it controlled in Iraq and Syria. The establishment of the rogue terrorist organization came after the militants controlled Mosul, Iraq. In its two year timeline, the Islamic State unleashed wave of terrorist attacks from the Middle East and inspiring attacks from across the globe, including France, Belgium, and Turkey, among many others.

- Good Smile Company's THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Crystal Night Party range adds Rin Shibuya to the mix. This figure is now available to order for 11,852 Yen (plus tax) and deliveries will commence this February.

- "Look At Our Shiny New Logo". A new logo for Amazon Original Series, The Grand Tour, hosted by former Top Gear trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, has unveiled.

- The second-generation Porsche Panamera saloon has been unveiled, featuring a brand new exterior, high-tech interior, and new V6 and V8 Biturbo engines.



This is probably the last American Top Gear aired on HISTORY Channel prior to the announcement that this show is well and truly over...for now. In this episode, which is the last for US Top Gear, the boys are on a historic road trip to Cuba.

Since the trade embargo that prohibits Cuba from importing new cars from the US during the Cold War and the infamous missile crisis, most of the cars on Cuban roads are mostly pre-1960 American cars. Thanks to the newly-reconciled ties between US and Cuba, things are finally settling in.

To honor such an occassion, Tanner, Rut, and Adam tried out some classic American cars and then set off to a Cuban road trip with some challenges and surprises in store for them.

Although I can't tell what the boys did in their historic Cuban road trip, it's a sad day to see the end of American Top Gear. It's a bit of a "meh" for Top Gear fans as a whole but it's been quite a ride after six seasons, seeing the boys ventured through uncharted territories with fast cars and clashing each other just for the fun of it.

Thank You, Top Gear. (The hit US Show)

Are You Ready 7th-TYPES??

Donuts' future-set idol rhythm app game, Tokyo 7th Sisters, is now on its 2nd year and to commemorate its 2nd year milestone, a 2nd anniversary concert will be held on the 21st of August at the Pacifico Yokohama, and apart from that, here comes a 2nd compilation album that will cater those who are familiar with this app game.

Are You Ready 7th-TYPES??
Tokyo 7th Sisters' 2nd compilation album called "Are You Ready 7th-TYPES??" features the best of hit songs as heard from the T7S game and this two-disc compilation offers the futuristic fun songs made possible by 777 ARTISTS' finest. Whether if you've got hooked into this game, discovering it for the very first time, or just for the love of idol girls no matter which side you're on, T7S's 2nd compilation album strikes the right grooves not just for fans of the present but fans from the not-too-distant future.

Oh, and there's a limited edition PREMIUM BOX which features two additional discs, a DVD packed with trailers highlighting two years of T7S, a bonus T-shirt, 16 in-game jacket cards, and a clear case, which is a must have for T7S fans or idol girl aficionados alike.

The Tokyo 7th Sisters 2nd Live 16'→30'→34' -INTO THE 2ND GEAR- concert takes place at the Pacifico Yokohama on the 21st of August, 2016. See you in 2034! (Just kidding)


Disc One:
1.Intro ~Are You Ready 7th-TYPES??~
2.SEVENTH HAVEN / セブンスシスターズ
3.FALLING DOWN / セブンスシスターズ
4.-Zero / KARAKURI
6.TREAT OR TREAT? (EMO edit) / 4U
7.TREAT OR TREAT? (HINA edit) / 4U
8.Is This it, Sisters!? / (ドラマトラック)

Disc Two:
1.Intro -to be the Blue Sky...-
2.僕らは青空になる / 777☆SISTERS
4.ラバ×ラバ / WITCH NUMBER 4
5.さよならレイニーレイディ / SiSH
6.You Can't Win / NI+CORA
7.セカイのヒミツ / サンボンリボン
8.YELLOW / Le☆S☆Ca
9.Behind Moon / Le☆S☆Ca
10.ハネ☆る!! / はる☆ジカ(ちいさな)
11.Snow in "I love you" / 777☆SISTERS
12.I need you ~「僕らは青空になる」original piano arrange~
13.またあした / 春日部ハル

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Let's Do The News! (June 28, 2016)

- President-elect Rodrigo Duterte eyes placing the Philippines between the US and China, according to foreign policy and defense experts during the Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar at the East West Center last week. According to Dr. Evelyn Goh, the Sheeden professor of Strategic Policy Studies, Australian National Studies, the Philippines right now is very much on the side of the US but it come back closer to the midpoint. However, that doesn't mean Duterte is going to align with the Chinese. Instead, it will bring the Philippines back to where it was kind of before, more along the mainstream where some ASEAN nations have thrived to keep the relations close to both world superpowers.

- Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo will collaborate with the private sector in pursuing her anti-poverty and pro-women advocacies. Robredo's spokespersons have repeatedly said she would continue to work hard to serve the people even without a Cabinet c=position.

- Back to the Brexit aftermath, British ambassador Asif Ahmad said that Britain's historic decision to leave the European Union will not affect Overseas Filipino Workers living and working in Great Britain as they arrived under a completely different regime. The UK has an independent migration and visa policy, not being part of Schengen and Filipinos came to the UK based on rules that would not be changed.

- Meanwhile, the top European Union leaders are holding a 2-day summit in Brussels to discuss how to deal with UK's decision to leave the bloc. The first session is due to start at around 1600 hours on Tuesday. British PM David Cameron is expected to tell his counterparts that he wants the negotiations to take place under his replacement, who will be chosen by October.

- Pope Francis said Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic should apologize to the LGBT community and seek forgiveness for the way they have been treated. Speaking to reporters as he flew back from Armenia, the pope was asked if he agreed with comments by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx that the Church needed to apologize for the way it has treated the LGBT community.

- Biohazard 6's Leon S. Kennedy and Ada Wong gets figurized courtesy of Hot Toys. These poseable figures are available to order starting at a limited-time pricing of 27,000 Yen and deliveries will commence this January.

- With Fast 8 shooting at Iceland's going to be sub-zero, the producers uncovered the cars that Dom and his crew will be using during their Icelandic mission, including Dom's Ice Charger.

Dom's Ice Charger
- China expressed regret over the meeting between exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and US pop singer, Lady Gaga. The two meet up at a conference of American mayors in Indianapolis on Sunday. At the meeting, the Dalai Lamai said compassion for others is the key to world peace and happiness while Lady Gaga replied that compassion is humans' greatest asset.

- Top Gear presenter Matt LeBlanc warned that he may quit the show unless the BBC sacked Chris Evans from the show.

- Sandara Park (Dara from K-Pop girl group 2NE1) returns on Philippine television as one of the judges of the upcoming reality show alongside comedian Vice Ganda and singer Yeng Constantino.


Top Gear S23E05

The fifth episode of "brand new" Top Gear is a road trip through scenic Irish roads with an argument between new and old as the Rolls-Royce Dawn, with Matt LeBlanc behind the wheel, pits against the legendary Corniche, owned by Chris Evans, just to settle things once and for all.

First, Evans tries out Britain's newest lightweight, the Zenos E10S, round the Top Gear Track. When handed to The Stig, it set a lap time of 1:25.1. Then Rory Reid races against time to the Geneva Motor Show in Jaguar's ultimate sportscar, the F-Type SVR. And Chris Harris drifts round the track in the BMW M2.

On Star In A Rallycross Car, Absolutely Fabulous' Jennifer Saunders did it in 2:21.6 while baker Paul Hollywood did it in 2:16.4. All in very wet condition.

History Channel nixes American Top Gear

As if the world of Top Gear didn't have enough problems following the original presenters' departure and bad performance by Chris Evans, things took a serious tailspin across the Atlantic, meanwhile as History Channel pulled the plug on its American equivalent, which was hosted by racing driver Tanner Foust, comedian Adam Ferrera, and racing commentator Rutledge Wood.

That shocking announcement came from Rut's instagram and according to him, "I'm not saying Top Gear USA is done, but it's done for the immediate future on History". Despite History Channel nixed this show, all is not lost for TGUSA as the show may be picked up by another network which could even include online streaming service later on.

The US version of Top Gear aired since the November of 2010 for six seasons. At the start, it wanted to give the TG format the original UK version had an American taste. Now, it's been reformatted into a three-car comparison show where whoever wins the most challenges is assigned to try a new car. 

We've seen Tanner racing a HALO jumper with the F-150 Raptor, fireworks at the back of Rut's truck, a Rally Fighter against a boat, maxing out a supercar in England, a muscle car versus a cowboy, and they even had a chance encounter with Donald Trump (no, seriously, they did met up with Trump when he's just a harried business tycoon before his presidential bid that made us hate him). What more can you ask?

Tomorrow's episode will be the last of TGUSA on History and in this episode, the boys are on a historic Cuban road trip with American classics.

It's sad to see American TG's demise and for nostalgic purposes, here are the best bits of TGUSA ever my mind.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Let's Do The News! (June 27, 2016)

- Tropical Depression Ambo made landfall over Dinalungan, Aurora early Monday morning and weakened into a low pressure. Even though the storm signals are lifted, PAGASA advised that the LPA can still bring occasional moderate to heavy rainfall and warned against flash floods and landslides in Northern and Central Luzon as well as in the provinces of Rizal and Quezon.

- Several groups on Sunday try to fill the supposed burial site of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos with rocks at the Libingan ng mga Bayani as a sign of protest. Each stone laid in the open crypt was written the name of an individual who was kidnapped, tortured, or murdered during the infamous Martial Law.

- Days before the inauguration, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said his campaign message led to his win in the May elections. Duterte said his vows to fight crime and corruption made him president as these echo the worries and concerns of Filipinos here and abroad.

- Back to the Brexit aftermath, a petition to demand a second referendum on EU membership caused the website of the Parliament to crash. Last Friday, the day after the historic Brexit vote, the petition passed the 200,000 mark with a map of the voting indicating that most activity was in London - where most backed the remain camp in the referendum. The Parliament states that it had seen "high volumes of simultaneous users on a single petition, significantly higher than on any previous occasion." Right now, there are no plans for a re-run but experts say that is not out of the question if those who back a Brexit begin suffering from buyer's remorse.

- Meanwhile, a senior member of the Scottish National Party told that legal procedures for another vote on independence from the UK will begin in 2 weeks. The party hopes that the second independence vote will take place in the next two years.

- Onto the 2016 US Presidential elections, the latest polls show Democratic presidentiable Hillary Clinton has extended her lead over Republican rival Donald Trump.  ABS News and Washington Post polls show Clinton leading 51-39 percent. The Democrat has gone 7 points up, and the Republican 7 down, since last month. Most respondents say that Trump's comments are attacking women, minorities, and Muslims, while some don't want the business mogul to run the nation.

- To celebrate their recent Le Mans win, Ford unveiled a 66 Heritage Edition of the new Ford GT, featuring the same livery as the one used at Le Mans five decades ago.

- Unveiled recently at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Mercedes-AMG GT's new R version features an aggressive exterior design, track-focused dynamics, and a more powerful 4.0L V8 BiTurbo engine producing 577HP of power.

- Mitsubishi's teasing a new concept car that is set to debut at this year's Paris Motor Show.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Alfa Romeo Giulia (952)

This is by no means the most anticipated Alfa Romeo the world has ever waited since...well, I don't know what famous Alfa hit in its timeline, probably the 4C perhaps. This car signals the rebirth of the legendary Alfa Romeo marque and it's a clear sign that the famed Italian car company will rise with new models coming to compete with the best that Europe has to offer.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia

It's no clear wonder why every car enthusiast from across the world can't hardly wait to see what the new Alfa Romeo Giulia is ever since Alfa Romeo worked on the revitalization plan years ago and when it made its smashing appearance, we had no words to describe why we've waited an eternity to see Alfa's first rear-wheel drive saloon since the 75 come into fray.

Anyway, what's in our mind about the Giulia from Alfa Romeo? Let's talk it over because being the first in the brand's revival act, which involves an eight car line-up and a worldwide sales targets of 400,000 by the next two years, it runs on an entirely new platform called Giorgio and being Italian, it's built entirely in Italy. Thanks to Alfa's in-house design, the new Giulia's design is very striking to look at as well as Alfa Romeo's brand new logo, which is a shame why video game companies that making racing games (I'm talking to you, Forza) are shying away from it these days just like Cadillac.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia interior

The interior looks like if Alfa stole it from BMW, specifically the E60 5-Series perhaps but nevertheless, it would be a fun to be accommodated inside the long-awaited Alfa we can buy. Not only it looks luxurious to be accommodated with but also high-tech if you know how to use it. One thing that amazes about the Giulia's high-tech commodity is its sat-nav that picks up the pace even if the GPS signal is missing thanks to Dead Reckoning technology. Try driving into the tunnel and the car's GPS still tracks your movements. Pretty smart, huh?

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

What's on our mind about driving the Giulia? Let's talk it over like you're drinking a Super Dry beer at the pub. The fastest version, the Giulia Quadrifoglio, comes with Alfa's brand new 2.9L V6 twin turbo engine, which shares the same components as the V8 engine from the Ferrari California T. It produces 510HP of power and 600Nm of torque and when mated with the 6-speed manual gearbox, it can do 0-100kph in 3.9 seconds and onwards to 307kph. Thanks to its motorsport DNA that traces to past Alfas in history as well as extensive use of lightweight materials, it's no wonder it lapped the Nurburgring at 7:39.0, making it the fastest 4-door saloon to lap round the legendary track.

For the normal Giulia, meanwhile, the only engine available for launch is a 2.2L l4 Multijet engine with two power configurations; one that produces either 150 or 180PS of power output, both are mated with either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic.

Whichever Giulia you'll get, it's going to be a great car to drive even though this is a rear-wheel drive car. Best of all, most models come with a carbon-fiber drive shaft as well as aluminum allow shock towers, suspension components, independent suspension setup, and better weight distribution that makes handling like no other. Because the handling is so great, it makes anyone who never tried the Giulia very jealous to get their hands on, at least someday, we really want to get our hands on this.

Of course, a Giulia can't be called a luxury car without safety tech, which is kinda bugging us on the move, such as Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Brake and pedestrian detection, Integrated Brake System, Lane Departure Warning system, and cruise control.

2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Should you buy it? The Giulia starts at 35,500 Euros while the hi-po Quadrifoglio starts at 79,000 Euros. On that pricing, that would mean 3-Series money for the normal Giulia and M3 money for the Quadrifoglio. Either way, it's been a while that Alfa Romeo launched the most-talked about car in the decade and with that kind of performance, this Alfa begs to have its presence be known not just in the real world but also video games due to its high demand. No, seriously, this is the most demanding car we ever want to drive in our lives.

Photo: Alfa Romeo
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