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Dive and Run on 100 Years of Guam’s History

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Here’s a little bit of history about Guam, popular with divers ’round the world but not too much with plain tourists like us.

Twenty-six years ago, the German cruiser SMS Cormoran II was scuttled in Guam’s Apra harbor That was April 7th of 1917, during World War I. Then, on August 27, 1943, the era of World War II, the Japanese freighter Tokai Maru was torpedoed and sunk right over the wreck of the Cormoran, laying 120 feet below sea level. In July 1974, the SMS Cormoran II was listed on the Guam Register of Historic Places, as well as the National Register of Historic Places a year later.

This makes Guam having the only dive site in the world with wrecks from two world wars. So, in honor of this piece of history and the lives that perished on the SMS Cormoran II, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) will commemorate the 100th anniversary by holding memorial services on April 7, 2017, with wreath-laying activities at Apra Harbor and the Naval Cemetery in Hagatna, and a series of lectures and an exhibit during the weeklong celebration.

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Guam’s annual premier running event, the United Airlines Guam Marathon, will also happen on the same day, the fifth year running, together with the Hafa Adai Expo and Pick up event.

The 5th United Airlines Guam Marathon (or more known as “UGM”) happens on April 9th from 3:00AM until 11:00AM. The participant or runner packet pick up location will be at the Hafa Adai Expo which opens on April 7th from 12:00PM until 6:00PM, and will continue to be open to the public the following day, April 8th from 9:00AM until 6:00PM. There will also be a running clinic by Naoko Takahashi, 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medalist and UGH ambassador, lots of booths, live entertainment, cultural activities, food concessions, official UGM and running merchandise shops, and other #OnlyOnGuam activities. Of course, there will also be shopping incentives and discounts to be given to all registered runners, visitors and local residents.

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Culminating all these activities is a BBQ Beach Party at the Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park, located at Ypao Beach overlooking Tumon Bay, with live concert performances, beach games, the traditional Tumon Bay post-race dip, beachfront photos (you gotta do this – sunset selfie is a must!), food, drinks, and more entertainment.

The UGM is also sponsored by the Guam Visitors Bureau and the Pacific Islands Club. For more information about the SMS Cormoran Centennial Commemoration and the 2017 UGM marathon, please visit www.unitedguammarathon.com or www.visitguam.com/SMSCORMORANGUAM. You can also visit and like GVB’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/visitguamph and GVB’s Instagram @visitguamph

Source: Tropical Productions Inc. (TPI) via Carmel Carpio

Photos from source.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

March 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

Hya Tara Leonardo and Her Disney Princess I Dare to Dream Adventure

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Hya Tara Leonardo, who is fondly known as Hya, is the eldest of six contestants of Lea Salonga’s Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream concert happening on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, to be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. The other five contestants Sirach Catipay, Stephanie Jordan, Jaden Narvios, Liana San Diego, and Alexi Tan.

Hya, who is 16 years of age, is the breadwinner of her family; she stopped schooling to financially support her grandmonther and special-needs brother. To do that, Hya sings and dances at clubs, private parties, weddings and such to make ends meet. Her mother abandoned them while her father passed away.

She was even the day’s winner in the Tawag Ng Tanghalan Kids competition last year In February 24, 2016.

Hya wants to be a Broadway actress and singer, just like her idol Lea Salonga. She says, “I want to be rich like people who have iPhones.” Hya has always dreamt of performing in front of a large audience. On March 22nd, one of her dreams will come true.

Globe Live is presenting this musical celebration of Disney Princess movies with the competition of the six young girls mentioned above, all vying for a chance to be featured in Disney’s online video series: Disney Princess: I Dare to Dream. The main celebrity coach and peformer for this concert is Lea Salonga, with performances coming from Aicelle Santos, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, Janina Vela, Julie Anne San Jose, KC Concepcion, Morissette, Sam Concepcion and Tippy Dos Santos.

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GET 50% OFF WHEN YOU USE THIS PROMO CODE

Get 50 percent discount on every “Disney Princess: I Dare To Dream Concert” ticket by simply using the Promo Code = Pbnet143 via https://smtickets.com/events/view/5485 or over-the-counter.

The maximum single transaction using the Promo Code is buying six (6) tickets.

The Promo Code is available starting today until concert time on March 22, 2017, courtesy of the partnership between Globe Telecom and the Philippine Bloggers Network (PBNet).

Press release from @pbnetworkph #pbnetworkph #pbnet #GlobeTelecom #idaretodream #createbigdreams

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Fake Globe Telecom Website

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Fake websites have been around more than fake news. I mean, http://www.pldt.com was once an anti-PLDT website before the birth of Facebook and Twitter. The real PLDT company was eventually able to acquire the dot-com (I wonder how much they bought it) and now routes its http://www.pldt.com.ph to this .com domain.

Today, it’s the fake website – http://www.globetelecom.ph.

A few hours ago, I received a press release from Globe Telecom advising me and the reading public about the fake website. Curious, I surfed around it. A lot of the web page assets were pointing to the real sub-domains of globe.com.ph. I found one web page which belongs to the fake website domain name, where you encode your detailed information about the roll over of unused data, globetelecom.ph/postpaid/rolloverc404.html. AHA!

A quick WhoIs check reveals a German company name with registrant name Frederik Havemann (probably both fake, too), a Hong Kong address, and its servers located in the Russian Federation (bearing the domain suffix .ru).

Anyway, now you know this is a fake Globe website. The real website URL or domain is www.globe.com.ph.

So, spread the word around.

Here is the press release from Globe Telecom:

We wish to inform our valued customers that http://globetelecom.ph/ is NOT an official Globe online property and is NOT connected with the company. Globe Telecom is working with concerned authorities on fraud and trademark infringement to permanently remove this site. We strongly advise our customers against providing any crowdsourcing information on the fraudulent site. We also appeal to our customers to report any similar attempts of fraud. For any information on our products and services, please visit us online at http://globe.com.ph. Customers may also relay any concerns through our customer hotline and through Twitter channels @enjoyGLOBE and @Talk2GLOBE; Facebook page Globe Telecom; or through Enjoy Globe on Viber. – Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto.

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Farewell Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach

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Actually, I’m going to miss seeing our very own Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach in the official Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages of Miss Universe. I think she was one of the most down-to-earth, fun-to-be-with type of beauty queen the Miss Universe franchise ever had; or maybe I’m just biased.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is obviously of Filipino-German descent who was and still is an actress, TV host and model. She was born in Stuttgart, Germany to a German father and Filipino mother, but grew up in Cagayan de Oro. Since age four, she’s already been in the entertainment industry – acting, singing and dancing – through ABS-CBN Corporation’s talent agency, Star Magic.

The best thing you can know of our Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is that she joined the Philippine’s version, Binibining Pilipinas Pageant, three consecutive times before winning the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title. The rest is history, especially when Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey misread the results and mistakenly announced the winner as Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez.

And this is probably the best video I’ve seen Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach do so far – quirky, fun, and just being herself.

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Sources: Facebook | Wikipedia

Video from source.

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Globe to Raffle Off Forty tickets to the April 4th Coldplay Concert to Its Customers

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Talking about Globe Telecom being the major sponsor of the Coldplay April 4th concert…

  • Sold out tickets?
  • Tickets (by scalpers) too expensive?

Here’s how to win two tickets to the Coldplay concert for you and your date – only through Globe.

Subscribe to any GoSURF promo or Broadband Plan from January 15 to February 23, 2017 for a chance to watch Coldplay live! A total of twenty (20) lucky subscribers will win two (2) tickets each!

Register to any Globe GoSurf promo or subscribe to any Globe Broadband plan, and you can earn raffle entries to win tickets to Coldplay’s “A Head Full of Dreams Tour in Manila” concert on April 4, 2017.

Each Globe customer can earn one (1) raffle entry for every ₱5 spent on GoSURF or a Broadband Plan. The more offers availed, the higher chances of winning!

Globe Senior Vice President for Consumer Mobile Business, Issa Cabreira shared, “We know that music is an integral part in every Filipino’s lives and Globe is here to elevate your music experience by allowing you to enjoy music in a different perspective. With Globe, you can listen to your favorite artists like Coldplay on Spotify, or catch it via live stream from their L.A. concert on YouTube, or even watch them perform live by joining our raffle promo. We want all our customers to get this chance and experience watching their favorite artists here in Manila, or even abroad.”

“This time, by simply registering to any GoSurf promo or subscribing to a Broadband plan, all our customers can get a chance to win tickets to the most-anticipated concert of Coldplay this 2017,” Cabreira added.

Incidentally, through Globe’s “Fly-Away Promo, Globe Telecom awarded two of its loyal customers, Monique Lim and Cristina Santiago, to watch Coldplay perform at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney Australia last December 13, 2016. They won a total of ₱230,000 worth of prizes which includes a 4-day, 3-night trip to Sydney with round-trip airfares, concert tickets, hotel accommodation, and pocket money.

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How to win two tickets to the Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour in Manila:

Globe Prepaid and TM customers:

Text RAFFLE REG (name/address/email/age/gender) to 2363 once, for FREE (e.g., RAFFLE REG JUAN DELA CRUZ/#4 Atis St., Cubao, Quezon City/jdc@gmail.com/25/M).

Globe Postpaid and Platinum customers:

Text RAFFLE REG YES to 2363 to register.

Globe Broadband customers:

You are automatically registered to the promo.

How to check your raffle entries:

Text RAFFLE ENTRIES to 2363 for FREE. Raffle entries earned will be updated within five (5) days after registration to GoSURF. Broadband customers may call the hotline at (02) 730-1000 to check their earned raffle entries.

Draw results will be announced on February 25, 2017 online, via text message, and official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Winners must confirm until February 26 that they will claim their prize. Upon confirmation, they will be notified via SMS on how to claim their winning tickets.

With your Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams Tour entries, you also get a chance to be part of Globe’s Wanderland Music and Arts Festival on March 4, 2017!

Whatcha waiting for?

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Source: Press release, Corporate Communications Group, Globe Telecom | http://www.globe.com.ph/globecoldplay

Photos from sources.

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