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Cool Smashers barge into PVL finals

April 4, 2022 12:44 p.m.

ITS will and character tested, Creamline took Choco Mucho’s challenge to heart, battling back from a set down and pounding out a 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-15 victory to clinch the first championship berth in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference in Pasay Sunday.

The big crowd were back at the MOA Arena and so were the Cool Smashers in the finals as the 2018-19 champions came away with two decisive scoring runs in the last two sets, the first shattering a 15-all count with a six-point roll and the other breaking a 7-all game with a seven-point binge for a pair of breakaway romps.

Creamline, which failed to make it three-in-a-row in the league’s centerpiece event after losing to Chery Tiggo in Ilocos Norte last August, awaits the winner in the other semifinal duel pitting Cignal HD and Petro Gazz.

Game One of the Finals will start Wednesday, also at the MOA Arena.

A victory by Petro Gazz will set a knockout match for the other finals berth today (Monday).
Creamline also subdued Choco Mucho in four, 25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 25-11, in Game One at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan last Friday.

While the Flying Titans surprised the Cool Smashers with their solid net defense in the opening set that saw them produce seven blocks against their rivals’ one, the latter went to their vaunted power game, raining Choco Mucho with 62 attacks points, 26 more than their sister team.

“We’re thankful that we were able to recover from our first set loss. We came up short but the team’s maturity and chemistry are there. We only have to play our game,” said Creamline coach Sherwin Meneses.

And play they did.

The high-flying, jump-serving Tots Carlos stood at the forefront of Creamline’s offense with 23 points, including 19 attacks, while Jema Galanza unloaded 16 attacks and finished with 18 points and skipper Alyssa Valdez backed them up with a solid 17-hit effort.

Pangs Panaga added 10 points, making her presence felt at the end of the fourth set where she pumped in back-to-back attacks that likewise exposed the Flying Titans’ inability to respond to the Cool Smashers’ quick plays.

“We really trained hard and studied Choco Mucho’s play,” said Galanza, named the best player of the game that actually produced a lot of heroes for the Cool Smashers, who drew inspiration from and lived through the roars of the crowd all game to mark their return to the Open finals for the fourth straight year.

It was a sorry setback for the young Flying Titans, who had appeared headed to extending the series with an impressive win in the opening set. But they slowed down in net defense in the next two, scoring just two in the second and had zero blocks in the third.

Kat Tolentino finished with 14 points while Des Cheng scored 13 points, the last two kept the team in the hunt at 14-20 and 15-22. But the Cool Smashers pulled away again on those Panaga’s hits and Valdez did what she does best, closing out their rivals with a power hit that pierced through Bea de Leon’s stretched-out arms.

De Leon made nine points in a three-set stint while Aduke Ogunsanya and Cherry Nunag added six points apiece for the Flying Titans, who scored 23 points off the Cool Smashers’ unforced errors but yielded 10 aces.Stung by the Flying Titans’ strong start, the Cool Smashers drew level with an imposing win in the second set then broke away from a tight game midway in the third frame.

Fully regaining their confidence, not to mention the momentum, the crowd favorites squandered an early 6-1 lead in the fourth but like in the previous set, they broke a 7-all count with a decisive seven-point run on their way to completing a sweep of the Flying Titans.

Choco Mucho also had a fair share of the cheers and screams, particularly when the Flying Titans stymied the dreaded Creamline attacking game with solid blocking in the opening set and in the fourth when they rallied from 7-14 down to within 12-14 on a five-point roll capped by Isa Molde’s back-to-back hits.

But the heavy-handed Cool Smashers came out of the huddle an organized lot, firing away hits after hits behind Carlos, Valdez and Galanza on their way to posting another 21-14 cushion that proved to be too big a deficit for the Flying Titans to overcome.


Make no room for online pirated content: Protect your data, report suspicious websites, buy original

As we gear up for another school year, we face piracy threats with online publications at our fingertips. Books and other learning resources are becoming increasingly accessible, influencing how we study and learn. How safe are our learners, teachers, schools, publishers, and institutions in this environment? The recent cyberattack on the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) reveals the serious risks we face.

On April 2, local hackers breached the DOST network, compromising two terabytes of data, including personal information of employees and research plans, designs, and schematics. This incident underscores the vulnerability of online platforms to data breaches, particularly when cybersecurity measures are not regularly maintained, monitored, updated, and enhanced.

Protecting our online identity, fighting piracy, and supporting copyrighted content are crucial. Individually, we can secure online learning environments by teaching students to safeguard their personal data. This includes securing devices, avoiding public Wi-Fi, using strong passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and accessing only licensed learning management systems. Schools can configure desktops and laptops to prevent downloading certain file formats, especially scanned PDFs of textbooks. Learners and school personnel should practice these precautions at home and report suspicious websites.

Beyond data security and piracy risks, there is an important ethical aspect. Using pirated content infringes on copyright, undermines the hard work of content creators, jeopardizes their livelihood, and diminishes the recognition of their creativity and original work. Buying original content from legitimate sources shows respect for intellectual property rights, promotes integrity, and supports content creators.

Moreover, opting for original content benefits users, given the rigorous book development processes that help ensure high-quality, accurate information. By sourcing textbooks from legitimate providers, we can contribute to the fight against piracy, and at the same time, secure better learning experiences.

In addition to individual efforts, the government must advocate for and support content creators and book developers. Stronger anti-piracy laws and rigorous enforcement are essential, and public support and vigilance are crucial.

We must unite in this fight—society needs to stand together against piracy and uphold integrity in education.

As we start this new academic year, let us commit to being cybersafe and ethical in our use of online content. We can make smart, ethical choices. Say NO to piracy!

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LG Philippines marks World Environment Day with ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ Campaign

9:49 p.m. June 18, 2024

LG Electronics Philippines (LGEPH) commemorated World Environment Day 2024 by launching its impactful ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ campaign.

The event, held at the LG Electronics Philippines office in collaboration with the Pasig City CENRO (Community, Environment and National Resources Office), saw a significant turnout of enthusiastic participants dedicated to promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship.

LG Philippines Managing Director, Nakhyun Seong with Pasig CENRO Representative

LGEPH Managing Director Mr. Nakhyun Seong emphasized the importance of World Environment Day as a global platform for raising awareness and driving action towards environmental conservation. He expressed gratitude to all attendees for their commitment to making a positive difference in the world, stating, “On this World Environment Day, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to each of you. Your active participation in our ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ campaign has been instrumental in making a real difference in our environment. Your efforts are commendable and inspire us to continue our journey towards a greener future. Remember, it is your actions that are shaping this future.”

As part of the ‘Life’s Good with Recycling’ campaign, which began on Earth Day, April 22, and concluded on June 5, individuals were encouraged to collect plastic waste. The waste collected was then processed and recycled through the Mobile Recovery Facility of Pasig CENRO.

LG Philippines Managing Director, Mr. Nakhyun Seong with the Pasig CENRO Representatives

The campaign’s main objectives encompass Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Notably, the 1,622.55 kg of collected plastics will be utilized to redeem grocery items for LG’s maintenance and support staff. Moreover, the campaign aims to strengthen both LG and local government’s commitment to sustainability and responsible business practices within the Pasig community, all while enhancing awareness and implementing concrete actions. As a crucial aspect of this collaborative effort, LG has pledged to donate plastic waste to CENRO every quarter, fortifying its backing for local environmental endeavors.

LG Philippines Managing Director, Nakhyun Seong leading the initiative of recycling the collected plastic wastes

LG Philippines remains resolute in its commitment to sustainability and environmental causes, ensuring minimal environmental impact while staying true to the values of our customers, business partners, employees, and communities. By leading by example, inspiring positive change, and contributing to a greener, more sustainable future for all, LG continues to uphold its dedication to responsible business practices and environmental stewardship, a commitment you can trust.

For more information about LG Electronics Philippines and its environmental initiatives, follow LG Philippines on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. LG products are available in all authorized dealers nationwide, both in-store and online. Visit for a complete list of our retail partners. You can also visit LG’s Official Flagship Stores in Lazada and Shopee.

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Make your Pinoy dad smile with foodpanda deals for their personality type

11:57 a.m. June 14, 2024

PINOY dads are known to be really good at MATH—as in, merienda, almusal, tanghalian, and hapunan! To celebrate tatay’s love for good food, drink, and more, foodpanda is offering a wide range of deals that will fit your dad’s unique personality. Treat your dad to the celebration he deserves this Father’s Day!

For the “cash na lang” dad

Sometimes our lives get too busy that finding the perfect gift for your dad becomes difficult, so we ask him directly. However, Pinoy dads often say he doesn’t want anything—or at best, he’d want some cash to put into his latest hobby or to beef up his hidden-from-nanay savings fund!

 If your papa is like this, foodpanda has the best deal for you. Simply use the code BESTDAD with your food delivery, pick-up, pandamart, and foodpanda shops (min. spend P1499) from June 15 to 17 to enjoy P500 cashback! Again, another two-for-one gift that your makunat dad will definitely love. Just make sure you give dad that P500 you get back in a nice envelope when your mom’s not looking.

 For the tagay tatay

Dads deserve to let their hair down every once in a while, with a cold glass of their favorite liquor in hand and enjoying the company of their family and friends. And when he’s slightly buzzed, it’s time to plug in the microphone for his soulful rendition of his favorite song! 

To make Father’s Day extra festive, foodpanda has you covered in the libation department. pandamart is having an alcohol sale from June 12 to 16, with up to 50% off on drinks such as Johnny Walker, San Miguel, Heineken, and more. This means that you get more bang for your buck—and your tatay and titos will definitely be impressed with your contribution to the tagay stash.

 For the Boy Scout dad

Pinoy dads take their responsibility to protect and provide for their families seriously. This means a lot of thought goes into making sure that he’s prepared for almost every scenario—whether it be bad weather or a bad case of the midnight munchies. You can easily add to your dad’s “just in case” pantry essentials with our Father’s Day deals.

 Simply pick out all the items you think dad would need or want and get up to 50% off on groceries and more from pandamart, Robinsons Supermarket, Puregold, Shell Select, and Watsons, among others from June 15 to 17.

 For the diskarte dad

Nothing beats a Pinoy dad’s diskarte—he’s creative and clever in raising his family. We’ve laughed at and shared his diskarte on social media, like fixing household items and appliances. Now, let’s step up and make him proud with our own diskarte, using additional vouchers from foodpanda’s bank partners.

 Use your UnionBank Credit Card for your food delivery and pick-up orders (min P650 spend) and get P200 off from June 14 to 16 with code UBMOREDAD. GCash users can use code PANDADDY to get a variety of deals with their foodpanda purchases from June 14 to 20.

 Order now at foodpanda using the app or at to celebrate dad, papa, and tatay this Father’s Day!

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