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Finance Seminar Targeting the Youth 13 to 20 years old

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My friend Randell Tiongson, a Registered Financial Planner (RFP) in the Philippines, together with other luminaries in the financial sector of the country, will be conducting a financial literacy seminar for the youth, ages 13 to 20 years old, this coming May.

BLUE CHIP: Financial Literacy Program for the Youth!
May 13 and 14, 2010
9:00am to 5:30pm
Victory Center, Upper Level
Promenade, Greenhills

Poster from R.Tiongson

If you have kids in this age-range, I guarantee you they’ll come out better equipped to deal with money than the combined years you’ve been teaching them. Randell and team brings a light manner of learning yet intense in its wisdom and knowledge your only reaction is to ask for more. Don’t even wink and pause looking at the price – trust me, they’re worth more than you’re paying.

To register, please contact Jenny Igancio-Magalong at 0939-117-7856 or e-mail her at

The Second Philippine Airlines (PAL) Midnight Sale

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PAL is going to run another midnight sale on May 2, 2010, starting 12:01am up to 6:00am, Manila time.

Banner from PAL's website

Interested people are advised to visit PAL’s website starting May 1, 2010, at 6:00pm, Manila time, to know more about what’s at stake for their Midnight Special promotions.

Source: Philippine Airlines.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

April 30, 2010 at 1:20 am

Find the Best Deals in Your (U.S.) City

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They have a Buy-3-Get-1-Free deal, meaning if you share the deal with your friends and 3 of them buy, you get yours for FREE.

Source: LivingSocial’s Daily Deal.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

April 30, 2010 at 12:36 am

Arizona’s New Immigration Law Will Turn It Into a Ghost Town

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Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law tough measures targeting illegal immigrants. However, what’s starting to happen is the beginning of an exodus of people who brought cheap labor to budding entrepreneurs setting up businesses in the Grand Canyon State. Starting with the Hispanic community, many small business owners catering to this ethnic minority are already feeling the brunt of slumped sales and may consider shutting down within a few months if it continues. Streets that were bustling with people vehicles are now deserted.

Proponents say the law will temper the negative effects of the new immigration, such as crime and the misuse of taxpayer dollars to fund health care and education needs of illegal immigrants. Opponents, however, fear that the “reasonable suspicion” standard will create a climate of fear that condones racial profiling, akin to fascism and apartheid.

“This law punishes local business owners who make a living catering to a certain market,” one Hispanic Arizonian said. “They’ve done everything expected of them. So why are they the ones getting punished?”


Set up and operate a call center on a shoestring budget

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Thursday, 22 April 2010 10:00 PM Rafael Pekson II

Photo by Raffy Pekson II

When everyone thinks you should also join the fray of setting up a call center, you wonder if it’s the right thing to do. Though many have succeeded in building one from scratch, others have also failed nonetheless. This three-part series intends to provide you with a practical guide to set up and operate your call center in a simple yet profitable manner within the context of the Philippine business world.

Read more at Philippine Online Chronicle

Philippine Airlines (PAL) Promo Ends in 3 hours

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Promotion ends 6:00 AM today, April 25, 2010, Manila time. Go to


From MANILA Fare
Base Fare
in USD
in USD

By Pinoy Nikonians at

Travelling Period:
Los Angeles – 07May and 09May10 only
San Francisco – 07May10, 08 May10 and 09May10
Australia and Asian – 26 April to 09 May10

Minimum/Maximum days:
USA – 3 days/2 months
Australia – 2 days/15 days
Asia – 2 days/8 days

Los Angeles KWEBNITE 798 287* 1,085 Red Arrow Book this fare
San Francisco Red Arrow Book this fare
Brisbane WEBNITE 300 322.80 622.80 Red Arrow Book this fare
Bangkok 80 103.70 183.70 Red Arrow Book this fare
Hong Kong 75** 65.50 140.50 Red Arrow Book this fare
Jakarta 80 100 180 Red Arrow Book this fare
Saigon 80 88 168 Red Arrow Book this fare
Singapore 80 90.30 170.30 Red Arrow Book this fare
**Inclusive of HKG security surcharge

Fare Conditions for International and Regional flights:
  • Valid for round trip travel on fiesta (economy) class
  • Tickets and surcharges are non-refundable
  • Rebooking/rerouting/reissuance/upgrading/endorsement not permitted
  • Child discount/Infant discount:
    Los Angeles/San Francisco – No discount for child and infant with seat; Infant without seat – 20% of the fare
    Regional destinations – No discount for child and infant with seat; Infant without seat – 10% of the fare
  • Free Baggage Allowance:
    Los Angeles/San Francisco – 2 pieces at 50 lbs each
    Australia – 23 kgs.
    Asia – 15 kgs.
  • Mileage Accrual:
    Australia – 100%
    USA and Asia – 25%
  • Service Class Award Upgrade not permitted


From/To MANILA Base Fare
in PHP
Base Fare
in PHP
Travelling Period:
27 April to 31 May 2010
Bacolod 788 Red Arrow Book this fare
Cagayan de Oro 1,388 Red Arrow Book this fare
Cebu 788 Red Arrow Book this fare
Cotabato 70 788 Red Arrow Book this fare
Davao 1,388 Red Arrow Book this fare
Dipolog 70 788 Red Arrow Book this fare
General Santos 1,388 Red Arrow Book this fare
Iloilo 788 Red Arrow Book this fare
Kalibo 70 Red Arrow Book this fare
Zamboanga 1,388 Red Arrow Book this fare
From/To Cebu
Davao 70 788 Red Arrow Book this fare
Fare Conditions for Domestic Flights:
  • Valid for one way and combinable for roundtrip travel on fiesta (economy) class
  • Fare includes surcharges and 12% VAT but excludes Aviation Security Fee
  • Restricted for sales and ticketing in the Philippines
  • Tickets and surcharges are non-refundable and non-reroutable
  • Upgrading to higher fare is permitted provided that non-refundable amount remains non-refundable
  • Rebooking due to upgrade is at PHP600 per coupon. Rebooking on the same booking class is not allowed
  • Re-issuance is allowed at PHP600 per ticket
  • No Show surcharge is PHP600 per sector
  • Child discount/Infant discount
    Infant without seat – 75% of the accompanying adult fare
  • Free Baggage Allowance is 15 kgs.
  • No Mileage Accrual

Other Midnight Specials

For tickets purchased during the promo period, get the following discounts from our partners. Presentation of the e-tickets to the participating hotels and establishments is required.

Terms and conditions apply.

Partner Establishments Discounts/Freebies
Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa 25% discount from best available rate
Makati Shangrila Hotel Get one (1) complimentary Dim Sum Plus when you feast with six or more guests at Shang Palace of Makati Shangrila Hotel – Manila. Available for lunch from Mondays to Saturdays (except holidays), for only Php 810* per person. May 1 – June 30, 2010
Mandarin Hotel Paseo Uno – fantastic buffets to enjoy 15% discount off food;
Club Suite Temptations –  book 2 nights and get the 3rd night free ( consecutive days stay)
Pan Pacific 40% discount on Rack rates
20% discount on F & B
Resorts World 25% discount on all F&B outlets at RWM.
Valid from May to December 2010
Sofitel 10% discount on all room rates. F & B and spa.
The Farm 30% discount on Published room rates (SULU terraces or PALMERA Suites);
Book a Garden Villa and get 1 night FREE Avail of and enjoy special rates and discounts from among the listed hotel partners
Travel Club 15% discount to customers who will purchase a minimum of P1,000

Written by Raffy Pekson II

April 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Free Breakfast on Friday April 23 at Subway Canada

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Customer Appreciation Event on Friday, April 23, 2010. Starts 7:00am up to 11:00am only.

Free breakfast melt and a cup of coffee.

No purchase required.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

April 22, 2010 at 8:41 am

Introducing Globe Muzta! for Overseas and Migrant Filipinos

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Globe recently launched Globe Muzta!, a new service that’s designed to allow the overseas and migrant Filipino to call and send text messages to family and friends in the Philippines using nominal rates. Much like the common features of Skype, YM and Chikka, PC-to-PC audio and video calls are free as well as PC-to-PC instant messaging or chat. However, calls made to any Philippine mobile or landline number costs P6.50/minute while SMS or text messages sent to any Philippine mobile or landline number is P1.00 each.

This new service also allows Globe and Touch Mobile subscribers to contact your PC through a virtual 817 number assigned to you, at local Philippine rates. There are no registration or monthly fees. You only need to pay for the calls and text-messages you make which is by loading credits to your prepaid account. To load, you can use your credit card, international autoload Max (IAMAX), prepaid call cards and e-PINs. Load expiry ranges from 45 to 120 days, depending on the amount of load, i.e. P100 at 45 days, P500 at 120 days.

You will get to keep your 817 virtual number as long as your account is active. For prepaid accounts, your account will expire if you do not top-up within the required period.

You will need the following minimum requirements:

  • A PC running with at least a Pentium 3 processor at 650 MHz
  • At least 256 MB RAM
  • 200 MB free Hard Disk Space
  • Audio support (microphone and speakers or headset)
  • A webcam if you plan to use the video calling feature
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2

Globe Muzta! works with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. The application to download is about 22 Mb in size.

Source: Globe Muzta!

Hong Kong Cellist in Concert with Gerard Salonga Conducting

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

April 13, 2010 at 12:39 am

More Than Half-a-million Overseas Filipinos Start Voting Today

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More than half-a-million Filipinos living and working overseas started voting yesterday until May 10 at a little less than a hundred Philippine Embassies and Consulate Offices around the world. Only Hong Kong and Singapore will use the automated poll system.

Overseas Absentee Voting or OAV started at 8:00AM yesterday, April 10, at every embassy and consulate office and ends 6:00PM daily until May 10. There are a little less than 150,000 opting for postal voting while the rest are expected to personally appear for voting.

Written by Raffy Pekson II

April 11, 2010 at 12:36 am