The Iglesia Ni Cristo, today, inaugurated the Philippine Arena, now known as the world's largest domed indoor arena, in time for their centennial celebration on July 27. Umagang Kay Ganda gives us a peek at this gigantic coliseum, which can accomodate not less than 55,000 people.

Photo courtesy of Abscbnnews Youtube (screen grab)

Umagang Kay Ganda host Anthony Taberna, an active member of Iglesia Ni Cristo, reporting live from the Philippine Arena:



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The floor area of the arena is 99,000 square meters, which is more than three times the size of the Araneta Coliseum, and bigger than that of the Mall of Asia Arena with only a floor area of 64,085 square meters.

No less than President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay led the inauguration of the Philippine Arena. President Aquino and INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo were the ones who unveiled the marker in front of the arena.

An excerpt of President Noynoy's speech ...

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Even after typhoon Glenda had left the country, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) said that Metro Manila residents, as well as those from nearby provinces may still experience 5 to 6-hour rotating brownouts.

Rotating Brownouts caused by Typhoon Glenda
Photo courtesy of AbsCbnNews Youtube (screen grab)

Although 80% of Meralco's franchise area already has power, some parts of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas and Quezon are still being restored as of last night. Hence, the rotating brownouts may still occur due to power supply insufficiency.



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UPDATE:

MANDALUYONG Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in MANDALUYONG affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

ADDITION HILLS, BAGONG SILANG, BARANGKA DRIVE, BARANGKA IBABA, BARANGKA ILAYA, BARANGKA ITAAS, BUAYANG BATO, BUROL, HAGDANG BATO ITAAS, HARAPIN ANG BUKAS, HIGHWAY HILLS, GUEVENTVILLE TOWNHOMES I, HIGHWAY HILLS, PALLADIUM SUBD, MABINI-J. RIZAL, MALAMIG, MAUWAY, N.C.M.H. CPD, NAMAYAN, NEW ZANIGA, PAG-ASA, PLEASANT HILLS, POBLACION, VERGARA, WACK-WACK GREENHILLS EAST, ORTIGAS COMML CENTER, WACK-WACK GREENHILLS EAST, WACK-WACK VILL

MANILA Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in MANILA affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

STA. ANA and STA. MESA

PASIG Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in PASIG affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

KAPITOLYO

MAKATI CITY Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in MAKATI CITY affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

GUADALUPE VIEJO

STO. TOMAS, BATANGAS (STA. ANASTACIA) Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in STO. TOMAS, BATANGAS (STA. ANASTACIA) affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

FIRST PHIL. IND'L. PARK, STA. ANASTACIA

TANAUAN, BATANGAS (ULANGO) Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in TANAUAN, BATANGAS (ULANGO) affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

FPIP PH. 2

MANDALUYONG Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in MANDALUYONG affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

BARANGKA ILAYA, BARANGKA ITAAS, HIGHWAY HILLS, WACK-WACK GREENHILLS EAST, ORTIGAS COMML CENTER, WACK-WACK VILL

MANILA CITY Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in MANILA CITY affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

BINONDO, QUIAPO, SAMPALOC, SAN NICOLAS, STA. CRUZ, STA. MESA, NHA CPD, STA. MESA, TONDO, BALUT,  BALUT/SAN RAFAEL VILL, BO. MAGSAYSAY, FIRST TONDO COMPLEX, GAGALANGIN, MAGSAYSAY VILL, MANILA HARBOUR CENTER, TONDO, VITAS KATUPARAN

NAVOTAS Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in NAVOTAS affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

SAN RAFAEL VILLAGE

QUEZON CITY - LA LOMA Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in QUEZON CITY - LA LOMA affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

N.S.AMORANTO, PAANG BUNDOK, SALVACION, SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR

QUEZON CITY- MABUHAY (DOÑA IMELDA) Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in QUEZON CITY.- MABUHAY (DOÑA IMELDA) affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

GARDEN VILLE SUBD

SAN JUAN Rotational Brownout Schedule

Estimated Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Tentative list of areas in SAN JUAN affected by a 1-2 hour rotating brownout today July 19, 2014.

PEDRO CRUZ

Note: Areas listed are tentative and subject to change depending on supply updates from power suppliers and NGCP. (Source: Meralco's official Facebook page)
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Senator Jinggoy Estrada just had to speak out to defend himself. He, along with Senators Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile, had been charged, before the Sandiganbayan, with plunder, for allegedly misusing his PDAF or pork barrel funds by channeling them to bogus NGOs. His privilege speech, entitled "THE UNTOLD PDAF STORY THAT THE PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW", which he delivered at the Senate on September 25 2013, Wednesday, is full of exposes, all pointing out to the fact that he, Revilla and Enrile were just singled out simply because they do not belong to the party of the administration.


Senator Estrada cited part of the COA report stating that 1.2 billion in LGU transactions funded from PDAF did not comply with the Procurement Law. Part of this 1.2 billion pesos came, actually from the PDAF of Senators Miriam Defensor Santiago, Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan and Manny Villar, but they were never mentioned. He questioned, is it because they are allies of the administration, that is why they were not mentioned? "Bakit hindi nababanggit ang mga ito? Dahil ba sila ay inyong kaalyado? Pero hindi ko naman po sinasabi na sila ay nagkasala. Ito po ay base sa COA report na mayroon daw pong irregularities and kanilang pinaglaanan na pondo."

Another bombshell from Senator Estrada would be the 50 million pesos allotted to the senators who voted for the conviction of former Chief Justice Renato Corona. He said this was given through a "private and confidential letter" memorandum of the then chair of the Senate Finance Committee. The senator was even holding a copy of the memorandum while saying this.

Senator Jinggoy even hit back at Commission on Audit (COA) Chair Grace Pulido-Tan regarding his out-of-the-country travels, saying, "Chairman Pulido-Tan, gumising ka na! Mukhang lagi po kayong may jet-lag kaka-biyahe nyo sa ibang bansa. Five (5) out of the country travels in 2010. Nine (9) in 2011. At noong nakaraang taon naman (2012), sampung beses! Halos buwan-buwan wala sa bansa si Chairman Pulido Tan. At sa kasalukuyang taon lamang, as of August 2013, naka biyahe na sa labas ng bansa ng siyam (9) na beses si Chairman. Kahindik-hindik, di po ba? At mukhang mapapahagulgol din tayo dito. Kaya po siguro mukhang hindi nyo natutukan at nabantayan ng husto ang paggawa ng special audit report kasi panay ang travel nyo."

Here's the full text of Senator Jinggoy Estrada taken from his website, senjinggoyestrada.com:



Here's a video of Senator Estrada's Privilege Speech:
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The love story of Rodelio 'Dondon' Celestino Lanuza and "Liv" is a classic online love affair.

Dondon Lanuza is the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Saudi Arabia who was imprisoned for 13 years and sentenced to death (by beheading) for killing a Saudi national. He was pardoned and spared from execution when he was able to raise part of the “diyya” (blood money) demanded by the aggrieved Saudi family, while the balance was shouldered by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Dondon Lanuza and girlfriend Liv
Screengrab: Bandila, TheAbsCbnNews, Youtube
Liv got involved with Dondon when she volunteered to help him raise the funds needed to secure his release. They chatted online everyday, with Liv giving suggestions on ways to raise funds.

They became close friends on Facebook, and this year, they became "officially on" even if they have not yet met personally. They will be meeting for the first time when Dondon comes back home from Saudi. Presently, he is just waiting for the release of his exit visa and return ticket to the Philippines. Earlier, the prince of Saudi Arabia had already signed his deportation order, and Dondon said it will just be a matter of days before he gets back home.

Bandila September 16 2013 feature: Pardoned OFW finds love online


You might also like to watch: Lanuza's family welcomes deportation order:
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Around 60 to 70 hostages that were held by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) have just been freed today, Tuesday. They are now with the authorities and were brought to Southern City Colleges.

MNLF hostages freed in Zamboanga
Screengrab, Umagang Kay Ganda, TheAbsCbnNews

Prior to this, troops from the 7th Scout Ranger Company had freed 26 hostages in Lustre Drive, Barangay Sta. Catalina at around 6:45 p.m last Monday, and later, 36 hostages were rescued by government troops. Another 10 were freed much later that night.

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The three senators accused of plunder - Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, Senator Jinggoy Estrada and Senator Bong Revilla Jr., are ready to defend themselves against the plunder charges filed against them by the Department of Justice.

Senator Jinggoy Estrada met with the media and assured everyone that he will not flee from the charges by leaving the country. Senator Bong Revilla, on the other hand says that he will speak at the right time and appeals to everyone not to judge them.

Enrile Estrada Revilla Pork Barrel Scam
Photo source: newsinfo.inquirer.net

Meanwhile, Senator Juan Ponce Enrile was unable to attend the regular afternoon plenary session yesterday because he was rushed to the Makati Medical Center last Saturday. He complained of having stomach pains and difficulty urinating, which caused his blood pressure to go up. In another statement, he says that he is ready to cooperate and is willing to open himself for investigation in order to bring out the truth.

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Despite the gag order imposed on estranged couple Claudine Barretto and Raymart Santiago, Claudine narrates how she had experienced physical, financial and psychological abuse from Raymart. She also complains of "marital rape" and shows pictures of her bruises, scratches and wounds as evidence of the crime committed against her by Raymart.

Photo and video courtesy of GMANews Youtube.

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Storm Nando has just left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) but a new low pressure area (LPA) is now being monitored by PAGASA. (Update: At 4:00 am today, the LPA was estimated, based on all available data, at 1,050 km East of extreme Northern Luzon - 19.4°N, 133.3°E). As of now, it does not have any direct effect on our weather conditions, but has the possibility of becoming a full-blown storm.

Photo and video courtesy of GMANews Youtube.

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