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The Discovery of Giant 'Globsters' Washed Up In Philippine Shores

March 24, 2019

BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL Filed under Trending News * Some locals say the beasts washed up in Philippine shores are bad omens * But scientists say they are dead bodies of whales already under state of decomposition People have different reactions to reports of recent discoveries of dead sea creatures washed up in Philippine shores. Many believed this phenomenon was a sign of the second coming while others also believed that these are signs of bad luck. But authorities said these are only speculations of people, especially Filipinos who are used to Philippine traditions and superstitious beliefs. In Dinagat Island, locals were shocked to see a huge sea creature washed up in Cagdianao shore. No one could actually tell what was this sea creature they've seen for the first time. They were stunned on the huge form and creepy white-hairy body of the said sea beast that was washed up for the first in Dinagat Island in Philippine history. The 20-foot long sea monster was approximately 2,000 kilograms A certain Paul Garcia suggested the sea creature found in Dinagat Island was similar to that of another sea beast found in Margate, South Afria on October 25, 1924. The said creature was given the name of Trunko or otherwise known as a Globster. He said it was a half whale half polar bear. Science called these rare species of said sea creatures as Globsters, an unidentified organic mass that usually washed up in any shores around the globe or any body of water or shoreline.   But scientists who saw the images of said sea creature are quick to say that it was actually a 20-feet long whale carcass. It's hairy body, scientists said, may have turned  white because it was already under the state of decomposition. In May of 2017, the same hairy monster was also found in the shores of Mindoro. People felt the terrible smell of the decomposing body as they went near the body of the animal. It was as big as a truck or a giant elephant which puzzled onlookers as to the real identity of the sea monster scaled at an estimate of a 2 meter wide hairy mammal. Vox Krusada, a law enforcement officer told the media that it was more likely the remains of a dead whale. It looks hairy as the body was already under the state of decomposition. The white hair may have been part of the decomposing muscle fibers of the whale. Unless proper authorities have officially identified the sea monster, they are naming it a "globster." Meanwhile, the biggest discovery of a globster was in Indonesia in May of the same year. The rotting sea monster, according to reports measured around 50 feet in length. It was approximately weighing 35 tons (the total weight of four elephants combined). Asrul Tuanakota, the first resident who discovered the dead sea monster during a night time revealed that at first he simply thought it was just a stranded boat. Later, he finally discovered it was an enourmous mammal washed up on the shores of Hulung Beach. Locals who witnessed the discovery thought it was a giant squid. But a certain Marcus Chua from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum told the media that there are no records of giant squids in Indonesian waters. In fact, he said it may have been the whale from the Baleen species - a humpback.     Source: allthatsinteresting, Independent, geek livescience       

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Goking vows to declare war against illegal investment schemes

March 21, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - A top official of this city has vowed to declare war against illegal investment schemes proliferating in the city that victimized city residents of their hard-earned money. City Councilor George Goking, chair of the trade and commerce committee, said this has become alarming as millions of pesos went to the wrong hands as a result of these illegal investment schemes. "Dako na gyud ni nga problema kay daghan naman kaayo ang nabiktima, Adunay naka-invest of P5 Milyon, 2 Milyon ug daghan pang dagko nga mga kwarta nga gi-invest sa mga biktima. Gani moabot na sa P80 Milyon ang kadako sa kwarta nga nakuha sa mga scammers," he told the media. Goking revealed that these scammers are using Facebook to lure people from investing. They are reportedly using texts such as "P1000 turns to P1800 in just 10 days" and other related very enticing texts which are too good to be true.     Relative to this, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regional director Patricio Bernales also warned the people all over the region not to be tempted easily with these very enticing offers posted over Facebook. He said the people should be aware that these are modus operandi of unscrupulous individuals who just want to earn easy money at the expense of people they victimized online. "If your friends or associates offer you this type of investment scheme, do not invest right away. Try to think many times where would these unscrupulous people get the interest which is so big," the NBI official pointed out. Already, three alleged women scammers in their 20s and 30s surrendered to the regional office of the National Bureau of Investigation two weeks ago for fear of their lives, after irate victims have trooped to their houses to claim their promised return of investments allegedly after 10 days only. They were identified by NBI head of agents Alex Caburnay as Antonette Sestoso, Mary Ann Villapa, and Wenchelmie Acosta.   But the NBI regional office charged six people of large scale swindling and violation of the Cyber Law, as Antonette Sestoso tagged members of the Pagaspas family as among her alleged cohorts in the reported investment scheme. They were identified as Pablito Pagaspas (father) and two siblings Donie Rose Pagaspas and Kim Pagaspas. Donie Rose Pagaspas, according to Sestoso was her close friend who acted as her admin while she was in Camiguin for some very important matters, while the father and Kim also received some of the money invested by the victims.  

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Creepy Doll used for “Momo Challenge” was destroyed long ago, says Japanese owner

March 21, 2019

'MOMO CHALLENGE' WAS A HOAX? BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, MDN night editor Filed under TRENDING NEWS The owner of a creepy doll that recently got the headlines after some unscrupulous individuals used it for a dangerous game called “Momo Challenge,” has surfaced to reveal that his original creation was no longer existent and it was destroyed long ago. The Japanese doll creator, Keisuke Aiso, 43, told the media he felt responsible when the news broke out involving his own creation. The doll, he said was never meant to hurt or harm anyone. Keisuke’s creepy doll went viral when some unscrupulous people used it to create a very disturbing video that enticed young children to self-inflict, do dangerous tricks or commit suicide. The suspects called their video “Momo Challenge” He said he surfaced to assure parents that Momo doll is long gone. The Japanese doll creator called it ‘Mother Bird’ and he created it sometime in 2016. It was displayed in an art gallery in Tokyo, Japan during art exhibits involving ghosts. He said he was shocked to know his creation went viral as it was associated with the so-called ‘Momo game.’ The Japanese artist confirmed that ‘Mother Bird’ was one of his ghost creations. It was “meant to scare people but not meant to harm anyone.” Keisuke explained that the scary image of a doll with bulging eyes and seems hurting with pain, was based on a Japanese ghost he called “Ubume,” a woman who lost her life during childbirth.### Source: ChannelNewsAsia, EWN        

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DOH warns public against heatstroke

March 13, 2019

THE Department of Health (DOH) warned the public against the dangers of heatstroke, a common health condition associated with rising temperatures during the dry season. “Mas mabuting uminom ng maraming tubig para makaiwas sa heat stroke. Mahalaga sa mga bata o kamag-anak na matatanda na mabigyan sila ng inuming tubig, na mahikayat sila uminom ng tubig (It would be better to drink a lot of water to avoid heatstroke. It is important for children or elderly relatives to give them water, that they’ll be encouraged to drink water),”  Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a radio interview on Monday. The DOH defined heatstroke as a medical emergency wherein the body temperature reaches very high levels, 40 degrees Celsius and up, due to constant heat exposure. It is usually in combination with dehydration which can damage the brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. It may also lead to severe complications and even death if untreated. Duque said senior citizens and babies are the usual victims of heatstroke, as he advised the public not to stay outdoors between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- hours when the sun is at its hottest. The DOH advised the public to wear thin, loose and light-colored clothes, to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks; and to apply ice packs to armpits, groin and neck to cool down one’s body temperature. (PNA)

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A Tale of Two Cities in the War in the Pacific

July 4, 2018

Thanks to an invite from Summit Hotels and Resorts to cover the grand launch of Summit Hotel Tacloban last June 21st, I was finally able to visit the Eastern Visayas Region, more specifically the regional capital of Tacloban. Included in our itinerary was a city tour on June 20, where we visited three iconic landmarks of Tacloban: the 2.6 kilometer San Juanico Bridge connecting Samar and Leyte, reputedly the longest bridge in the Philippines, the MV Eva Jocelyn Yolanda Marker, a tribute to the fatalities, survivors and heroes who helped rebuilt the city after Super Typhoon Yolanda in Bgy. Ambong, and what interested me the most, the MacArthur Leyte Landing Memorial National Park some 5 kilometers (3.1 mi) south of Tacloban. This monument intrigued me the most because it is forever linked in history between Tacloban and my home city of Cagayan de Oro. First, the back story. On March 11, 1942, General Douglas MacArthur, his family and general staff left Corregidor upon orders of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt to proceed to Australia where the war against Imperial Japan would be continued. After two harrowing days aboard four Patrol Torpedo (PT) Boats, of which only 3 made it through, they landed at Cagayan’s Macabalan Pier 7AM on March 13, after which they motored to the Del Monte Airstrip in Manolo Fortich, and took off on March 17 in two B-17 bombers for Australia. While on at a train stop at Terowie on March 20, MacArthur uttered the most famous words to come out of World War II. On being asked if his would reach the United States he replied: "The President of the United States ordered me to break through the Japanese lines and proceed to Corregidor to Australia for the purpose, as I understand it, of organizing an American offensive against Japan, the primary purpose of which is the relief of the Philippines. I came through and I shall return." Although he repeated the phrase in a number of other places, this was the town where he first spoke the immortal phrase. And therein lies the historical link between Cagayan de Oro (as Cagayan is now known) and Tacloban, more specifically in Barangay Candahug, in the Municipality of Palo, where one can find the iconic MacArthur Leyte Landing Memorial National Park (also called the Leyte Landing Memorial Park, and MacArthur Park by the locals).   75th Anniversary Reenactment of Gen. MacArthur meeting Gen. Sharp at Macabalan Pier on March 13, 1942 (photo by Aicy Soriano)   On 20 October 1944, the U.S. Sixth Army landed on Leyte while MacArthur watched from the light cruiser USS Nashville. That afternoon he arrived off the beach. The advance had not progressed far; snipers were still active and the area was under sporadic mortar fire. When his craft grounded in knee-deep water, MacArthur requested a landing craft, but the beach master was too busy to grant his request and MacArthur was compelled to wade ashore. Always a controversial figure whenever he went, the Leyte Landing remains shrouded in controversy to this day, with many insisting MacArthur’s Landing was staged, even though CBs Radio Correspondent William J. Dunn, who came ashore with MacArthur (the only person in the sculpture without a hat) denied these allegations, saying the rumor "is one of the most ludicrous misconceptions to come out of that war." After landing on the beach, MacArthur read his prepared speech: “People of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil—soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples. We have come dedicated and committed to the task of destroying every vestige of enemy control over your daily lives, and of restoring upon a foundation of indestructible strength, the liberties of your people.” A bronze plaque of this proclamation can be found in the memorial. The park's focal point are the seven 10-foot tall bronze statues on a shallow manmade pool depicting MacArthur and his entourage during the historic A-Day Landing as captured in the iconic photo by MacArthur’s personal photographer Gaetano Faillace. They were President-in-exile Sergio Osmeña, MacArthur’s Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Richard K. Sutherland , Brigadier General Carlos P. Romulo, Major General Coutney Whitney, Sergeant Francisco Salveron and Dunn. Designed by sculptor Anastacio Caedo and inaugurated during the 37th anniversary of A-Day in 1981, the statues mark the spot where MacArthur fulfilled his promise to return at Red Beach, so called after the U.S. military’s color-coding scheme during World War II. Thus, White Beach was in Tacloban, Blue Beach in Dulag, and so on. Two plaques in Filipino (left) and English (right) explain the significance of the scene being depicted are found in front of the statues standing on a man-made pool. A museum stands adjacent to the site which contains historic photographs and other memorabilia of General MacArthur including a copy of his speech upon landing and a bronze cast of his footprints. The Leyte Gulf Landings Anniversary commemorates the euphoria of October 20, 1944 which people now in their 80s and 90s regard MacArthur as the “Savior of the Philippines.” The country’s liberation would have come later had not MacArthur insisted on invading the Philippines first, since the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Gen. Marshall originally planned to take Formosa (Taiwan) ahead as the launching pad for the final invasion of Japan. This decision is credited in history as responsible for saving thousands of Filipino and American lives from Japanese atrocities had the Allies decided to invade Formosa first. The annual memorial rites and reenactment of the historic Leyte landing have been attended by local and foreign dignitaries from the member nation of the Allied Forces, World War II veterans and their families, national and provincial government officials, students, and representatives from various sectors of the community. Next year promises to be an especially big year as the country marks the 75th Diamond Jubilee of the Leyte Landing.   MacArthur Leyte Landing Memorial National Park at Pslo, Leyte.   There are daily flights to Tacloban City from Manila and Cebu. From Tacloban City, you can take a “St. Paul/Campetic.” jeepney (Php 8). Get off at Campetic Crossing then take a pedicab (Php 10) to the park. Travel time from Tacloban and the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport to the park via the Pan-Philippine Highway (AH26) is around 20 minutes. Located at the center of Tacloban City's uptown area with average travel times of 12 minutes and 22 minutes from air and seaports, respectively, there's always something to see and do when staying at Summit Hotel Tacloban. For booking and reservations, visit www.summithotels.ph. For more information and exciting news about the Summit Hotels and Resorts properties, follow Summit Hotel and Resorts' Facebook and Instagram accounts (www.facebook.com/SummitHotelsAndResortsPH, www.instagram.com/summit_hotels).

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Groups Nudge Senate to Prioritize Passage of Safe and Non-Hazardous Children’s Products Act

April 23, 2018

Through a letter sent last week to Senate President Koko Pimentel and Senator JV Ejercito, the two groups prodded the lawmakers to fast track the approval of Senate Bill 1084, or the proposed Safe and Non-Toxic Children’s Products Act, for the sake of children’s health and safety. “While its counterpart bill at the House of Representatives was unanimously approved in December 2017, Senate Bill 1084, as per Senate records, has not progressed at all. We request the Senate leadership to get the legislative process moving with the aim of getting this important bill enacted this year,” said Atty. Vic Dimagiba, President, Laban Konsyumer, Inc. Senate Bill 1084 seeks to regulate the manufacture, importation, distribution and sale of children’s toys, school supplies, childcare articles and other related products containing toxic chemicals beyond the permissible limits. It was introduced by Ejercito on August 25, 2016, read on First Reading on August 30 2016 and subsequently referred to the Committee on Health and Demography (the primary committee) chaired by Ejercito himself. Among the chemicals of concern initially targeted under the said bill are heavy metals such as antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury, phthalates and Bisphenol A. On the other hand, the House of Representatives approved last December 17 House Bill 6702, or the proposed Safe and Non-Hazardous Children’s Products Act, which was co-introduced by 35 legislators from different political parties and party list groups. “As Senate Bill 1084 seeks to uphold the health of all children who are most susceptible to the detrimental effects of chemical exposures, we believe our good senators should put the passage of this bill on top of their priority list,” said Thony Dizon, Chemical Safety Campaigner, EcoWaste Coalition. "The approval of the bill, we hope, will pave the way for stringent controls that will ensure children's products sold in the country do not pose health risks to their users and to the environment, too," he added. According to Laban Konsyumer, Inc. and the EcoWaste Coalition, the enactment of the consolidated Senate and House Bills and its approval by President Rodrigo Duterte may serve as the most enduring legacy of the 17th Congress in terms of protecting kids from hazardous substances hiding in everyday children’s products.

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