With today’s trend where direct, private, and instant messages are of great help to people, consumers must be aware in choosing mobile apps especially if it has something to do with your personal info’s such as your contact list where clients, bank accounts and other important stuff are being saved.
    Most of the time, mobile apps are being installed because of its popularity. When a wide audience seemed to use it even for just a short time, you should expect for others to try it too without really verifying its security measures. 

sarahah


SARAHAH Honesty App is supposedly an app that can be used in giving feedbacks anonymously. Seems like people nowadays are drawn into intriguing stuff more than ever. However accordingly the app works in such a way that the person who has been rated or given feedback has no way of tracing or replying to it. The creator of the app tend to give its users the chance to leave positive comments or feedbacks as an act of kindness while keeping their identity unknown. 

sarahah steals


    However the entire community has been totally shocked (shookt) when it has been revealed that this app is actually unknowingly stealing your personal details such as your contact list. Aside from stealing, they make use of it by uploading it to their data base and who knows what they could do about it. 

sarahah steals


    Once you installed this app, it will only take them a while to steal your info. Logging out from the app can't make any difference at all. The best thing to do is to never ever install it and be more cautious in choosing an app. 
 

    When you don’t have sweet tooth it is hard to find snacks that can match your low tolerance for sugar. Almost all snacks were made out of sugar, chocolates and other forms of sweeteners. It is the main reason why Skittles stands out from the rest of the group. It is a sweet yet sour candy that comes in a bright rainbow colors. But all of a sudden Skittles became really dull and lost all that rainbow colors.

skittles


    In an official stamen made by Skittles, they decided to have a different packaging for intended for the entire month of June. As practiced June is the month dedicated for the LGBT community. The LGBT community has the rainbow to represent them because they acknowledged that they are composed of different genders thus constitutes not just a single color but of different colors. 

lgbt community


    Since the Skittles and the LGBT community share the same kind of color representation, Skittles gladly gave way to the LGBT community. According to them, although the share the same symbol, one has to stand out and celebrate their existence and they give it whole heartedly to the LGBT group. 


    This is such a remarkable and thoughtful move for Skittles. Although they were branded and known because of their color, they were not afraid to give way to celebrate a significant event for some people. Consumers in return have shown appreciation to what the company did. Their customers admired their sensitive and immediate decision to honor the LGBT community.

skittles


    Changing brand packaging is a bit risky when it comes to sales and market. Well known and established companies see to it that when they have to change or modify their packaging it needs to be somehow close to the previous design. It is because people shop out of familiarity. When you change your packaging into a totally different concept, chances are your consumers will not be able to recognize your products anymore. 


    However it is different with the case of Skittles. They dared to risk their sales and their brand in order to commemorate an event. With this making rounds in the internet, Skittles is rest assured that their customers would still remain loyal to them. 
 

    Several inspiring stories have been already shared a million times over the internet. And it’s great to have them regardless if they are scripted or not. However in a reality show where talents are being showcased, it is not always every day that you get to see someone who pursued to reach their dreams and eventually inspire a lot of people because of that perseverance. A singer who auditioned at America’s Got Talent show has just made history because of her very inspiring story.

mandy harvey audition agt


    Mandy Harvey auditioned on AGT for the 2017 season. When she stepped on the stage, she was with her interpreter. It then turned out she was deaf. But the thing was she wasn’t deaf since birth but she lost her hearing when she was just 18 due to an illness. Despite that unfortunate event that happened to her life. She still tried to continue her passion in singing against all odds.


    While she was on stage, she removed her shoes and stood barefoot. It was for a reason that she relies on vibration in order for her to stay in tune through feeling the beat and tempo of the music. It was the most amazing thing that has even happened on that particular show. People weren’t even ready to witness such a wonderful event. It was very inspiring and uplifting especially for those who are in difficult situation and are about to give up on their dreams.

mandy harvey audition agt


    She sang a song entitled “Try” which describes her entire journey when she started to lose her hearing and how she managed to overcome it and tried everything in order to be back on track. When she started singing, people started to weep because of the message of the song and the how she managed to sing it the right and genuine emotion. She was such an inspiration and Simon Cowell delivered the Mandy Harvey to live performance by pressing the golden buzzer.

mandy harvey audition agt golden buzzer


    Mandy Harvey is a living proof that the odds against your dreams will depend on how you see and believe yourself. And that success begins when you start to remind yourself of your passion and purpose in life.
 

Watch her full audition below. (video uploaded by AGT official youtube account)

    Millenials or those who were born on early 2000’s will never understand the kind of life that the batang 90’s were able to experience. It was fun and memorable because children on those days consume most of their time playing with other kids. Internet and gadgets weren’t there yet when the Batang 90’s were still on their growing up years. There are plenty of games that truly a certified batang 90’s will never forget. Here are some of those:


Patintero 

patintero


    This is quite common for almost all Filipino children living in both rural and urban areas. It has different versions on other places of the country yet the concept is still the same. 


    Luksong Tinik

Luksong Baka
    Although boys would often play this game because this is done by hopping or jumping over someone, there are girls who are champions on this.


    Teks

Teks


    Gadgets were not yet present at that time, but Anime was already present. Kids are very much addicted to it and it is even the reason why they choose to go home early so they can watch it. To note, there was no internet so when you miss an episode you will never have the chance to watch it again, unless the station decided to replay it for some reason. Teks are usually have anime characters on it. And batang 90’s feel like their card or teks has the power of that character as well.


    Dampa

Dampa


    Dampa is a game played with the use of rubberbands. Kids are even quite innovative then, because there are actually different hand techniques that you can use while playing. Your goal here is for you to have the rubber band pass through a certain light, using your bare hands. 


    Spider Fighting (Lawa-Lawa)

spider game


    This may appear as animal cruelty right now, but since Spiders belong to the family of insects, it’s quite hard to determine if a Batang 90’s has already committed a crime back then. It’s like a boxing for spiders. Two sipders will stay on a single stick and they will then eventually fight with each other. It was fun witnessing how a spider can actually produce an amount of silk from its mouth to strangle its prey. 


    Chinese Garter

chinese garter


    This game is quite common for girls rather than boys because of the nature of the game. It involves bending and flexing of legs in order to reach a certain level. 


    Marbles

marble game


    Marbles or Jolen for Filipino Kids, goes along with dampa and teks. Your goal is to have the marble shoot on a hole intended for it. The game also includes the player hitting the marble of his opponent at a certain distance. 

    Dogs are special creatures dearly loved by humans. Although all dogs are considered to be man’s best friend, there are varieties of dog breeds that hold different kinds of personalities. If you are thinking of owning a dog or perhaps if you have a specific breed in mind you might just want to research and check on where you can possibly find them. 

cute dogs


    Here is the list of the most wanted dog breeds that are usually posted in the internet and being shared thousands of times in social media. Although these dog breeds are really popular, they did not just became popular because of their price but because of their unique personalities as well.
1.    Pomeranian 

pomeranian


This tiny furball is already available in the Philippines and plenty of celebrities like Anne Curtis, Ellen Adarna, Vhong Navarro, Pauline Luna have them as their companions. Pomeranian puppies are sold between P20,000 to P50,000 depending on its quality and bloodline. The quality of the lineage of Pomeranians is deemed through winning dog shows under a specific organization such as the Philippine Canine Club Incorporated (PCCI)


2.    French Bulldog

french bulldog


Still considered to be part of the small breeds, French Bulldogs or Frenchies are known for their cuteness and gentleness to humans. It is like a small American Bully, but has bigger and floppy ears. This breed ranges from P35,000 to P60,000. It is a bit pricey because there are only few local breeders of French Bulldogs in the Philippines. If you want a small breed with less hair then Frenchies might just win your heart. 


3.    Corgi

corgi


Corgis are very much popular because of their humorous personality and their wiggly butt. Several movies and even anime have used this breed because of it being smart and the same time cuddly. Since Corgis are very much in demand, a number of breeders in the Philippines have already started importing this breed. Corgis that are bred locally would usually range between P70,000 to P150,000. 


4.    Alaskan Malamute

alaskan malamute


This breed is known as the gentle giant. Puppies of this breed are often mistaken as Siberian Huskies because of almost similar color pattern. However Alaskan Malamutes can grow as much as three or four times bigger than Siberian Huskies. Alaskan Malamute puppies can reach from P100,000 to P180,000. 


5.    Shiba Inu/ Akita Inu

akita inu


This breed originated in Japan and became really popular because of the film “Hachiko” starring Richard Geere. And who would forget “Doge” who became an internet icon. Doge can range from P100,000 to P150,000 due to travel and permit expenses. 

    People would really want to watch prank videos because it shows the unscripted and natural responses of individuals who were put in a trap. Although it may appear unjust to the subject or the target it shows how biased one person could be to another. It is so satisfying to watch videos that slaps out the truth about judgmental people.  It feels so great to prove them wrong of their judgment and admit defeat afterwards.


    One of the most remarkable prank videos that became internet’s favorite is.  The girl is actually a professional racer. Because of her physique nobody would ever think that she is a racer, thus she is the perfect girl for this job. In the video she appears to be a car dealer assigned in big cars such. It was absolutely a mismatch for her size which made her customers felt a bit superior to her.
    When she asked her clients to test drive the cars it wasn’t just an ordinary drive and some of them have lost it until the end of the video.

leona chin madmax


    Truly, one should never judge a book by its cover. 


    The girl who appeared in the video is actually Leona Chin. She is a Malaysian national and has been part of the racing industry for more than 10 years now. She was already popular as a female racer but she became more popular and even famous all throughout the world because of her participation in prank videos as a dumb sales girl. According to her interview she started to become really interested with cars, particularly in drifting since she was in high school. In order fulfill her wish to try drifting, she asked a friend who happens to be a professional drifter to teach her how to do it. Later on she was able to learn the techniques of drifting and endurance racing. She even said that she goes to watch racing competitions for her to gain insights on how it should be done.

leona chin madmax


    In no time she was able to have a team of her own and participate in endurance racings in Malaysia. She became really famous because of her mad driving skills and she was considered to be the fastest among all female racers of her time. Leona Chin still dreams to compete internationally with the help of her fans and sponsors. 
 

leona chin madmax

 

    In the Philippines, women’s concept of achieving beauty evolved drastically on taking care of their eyebrows, hence we have this “Kilay is life” thing now. In all fairness to the Kilay community it is just now that the significance of the eyebrows have been realized. Nowadays much attention is given to the eyebrows and it did pressure some women to learn the basics of drawing their eyebrows. You can actually go out without any makeup on, as long as you have your eyebrows on fleek. But be sure to know first the perfect eyebrow shape for your face before anything else. 

kilay is life


    Although eyebrow shapes have been greatly influenced by different fashion trends, the goal is to choose or pick the shape that will go along with your face. The Korean eyebrows are quite endearing and it seems so natural and it even emits natural beauty. No wonder lots of women are becoming fan of Korean makeup or beauty, however although it is hard to accept not all women are suited to use the Korean eyebrow style. 

korean eyebrows


    The good thing is, you can still look good and fresh if you know how to tame your eyebrows and the very thing that you need to know first is your face shape and how your eyebrows can enhance it. 

eyebrow shapes


•    Oval Shape – According to makeup artists, this shape is the easiest to manipulate. You don’t need to work too much for it to achieve its potential. Eyebrows for women with oval shape face can be of anything as long as it is not too dramatic. You can go for soft arch or a flat one. 
•    Round Shape – Women with rounded faces must find ways to lessen the tendency of the face to look wider. You can go for soft arch but never the curve ones because it will only make your face a bit more round.
•    Square Shape – A face with a square shape is the most dramatic of all because of the prominence of the cheekbone and wide forehead. In order to soften this one must go for round eyebrows that are not that thick. The goal is to add a bit of elongation to the face.
•    Heart Shape – This shape is somewhat opposite to the round one because of its tendency to become pointed. In order to balance out the sharpness and to achieve a more calming look, choose eyebrows that 
 

    In this world where even singers like Rihanna write a song with the lyrics hollering, “Work, work, work, work, work”, it’s easy to note that you can’t live by in this world without going through the corporate jungle. Typically, after going through the doldrums of having an education, a person must then choose a career path… Whatever it may be, remember, that job will be your virtual life partner, so choose wisely. And what better way to base that decision off than that of your personality?
 

personality type


    First off, let’s give you a head start in knowing what type you are… One of the best personality tests that you can take is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator which was largely influenced by Carl Jung, founder of analytical psychology. There are tons of psychology-based websites nowadays that can help you find your personality type. The site, Humanmetrics, covers this in great detail. I highly recommend you go to their site and take the test before reading on through this article. Of course, we don’t just change our careers solely on the results of a personality test, much less, those found on the Internet. But it never hurts to be knowledgeable, as they offer great suggestions and insight we never thought of. With knowledge comes power. 

personality type


 
    Without further ado, here are some of the best possible career matches based on Jung and Brigg’s 16 types of personality:
1.    ESTP: “The Promoter” (10% of world population)
Best jobs: Entrepreneurs, Salespeople, Real-Estate Developers, Show-Business Producers, Actors, Arbitrators, Crime Investigators, Sailors, Athletes, Special Combat Forces

2.    ISTP: “The Crafter” (10%)
Best jobs: Carpenters, Mechanics, Surgeons, Furniture Makers, Repair Specialists, Plumbers, Drivers (of any kind of vehicle), Weavers, Athletes, Jewelry Smiths, Trouble-shooters

3.    ESFP: “The Performer” (9-10%)
Best jobs: People jobs (in general), Public Relations, Teachers (elementary level at best), Social Work/Counseling, Daycare, Real Estate Agents, Salespeople

4.    ISFP: “The Composer” (10%)
Best jobs: Painter, Store Sales Associate Roles, Film Directors, Child Care, Song Writers, Choreographers, Playwrights, Poet, Chef, Novelist, Sculptors, Decorator, Fashion Designers

5.    ESTJ: “The Supervisor” (10%)
Best jobs: Occupations that require a high degree of dedication and discipline, Mid- and High-rank Managers and Executives, Corporate Lawyers, Politicians, Military or Police Workers, Entrepreneurs, Engineers, Implementation Specialists

6.    ISTJ: “The Inspector” (10%)
Best jobs: Bank examiners, Military or Police Workers, Librarians, Project or Mid-rank Managers, Auditors, Accountants, Tax Attorneys, Lawyers, Engineers, Surgeons

7.    ESFJ: “The Provider” (More than 10%)
Best jobs: People-to-people jobs in general, Sales representatives, Social Workers, Coaches, Teachers (often at elementary schools), Clergy

8.    ISFJ: “The Protector” (10%)
Best jobs: Patient care and medical services in general, Nurses, Curators, Private Secretaries, Librarians, Social Workers, Middle-Management Personnel, Insurance Agents

9.    ENFJ: “The Teacher” (2%)
Best jobs: Almost any career involving sustained face-to-face personal contact in general, Educators, Ministers, Mid- and High-rank Management Roles, Therapists, Guidance Counselors, Primary Care Physicians, Life Coach

10.    INFJ: “The Counselor” (1%)
Best jobs: Occupations dealing with personal development on a one-on-one basis in general, Teachers, Writers, Ministers, Social Community Care Services, Health Care Workers, Individual Therapists, Social Movements, Therapeutic Counselors in fields like clinical psychology or psychiatric medicine

11.    ENFP: “The Champion” (2-3%)
Best jobs: People-to-people work in general, Teachers, Life Coaches, Ministers, Social Workers, Journalists, Orators, Novelists, Screen Writers, Playwrights, Psychologists, Addiction Rehab Counsellors and other mental and community care staff

12.    INFP: “The Healer” (1%)
Best jobs: Ministers, Missionaries, Social Workers, Psychologists, Library Researchers, Life Coaches, Tutors, Addiction Rehab Counselors, Child Counselors, Mental and Community Care Staff, College Humanities Teachers, Creative Script Writers

13.    ENTJ: “The Field Marshal” (2%)
Best jobs: Leadership roles in general, Military, Executives, Event organizers, Roles in Technological and Management Consulting Companies, Mid- and High-rank managers, Accountants or Auditors, Cost Estimators, Financial Analysts, Loan Officers, Logisticians

14.    INTJ: “The Mastermind” (1%)
Best jobs: Professions in technological companies especially in research and development, High- and Mid-rank Managers in either Technological or Financial companies, Corporate Lawyers, Architects, Economists, Computer Programmers, Police Detectives

15.    ENTP: “The Inventor” (2%)
Best jobs: Professions in Research, Development and Analytical departments in general, Executives, HR Recruiters, Management Consultants, Entrepreneurs, Teachers, Sales or Marketing Managers, Corporate Trainers, Property Managers

16.    INTP: “The Architect” (1%)
Best jobs: Professions in Research, Development and Analytical departments in general, Computer Network Analysts, Computer Scientist, Computer Systems Analyst, Database or Network Administrators, Software Developer, Teachers for advanced students

 
 

    Coffee has been one of man’s greatest discoveries. It never fails to brighten us up first thing in the morning, and saves the day when we’re pooped out at work and just need a fixer-upper. Some would even go so far to say they can’t live without coffee (I second the motion, by the way. *wink*). Now imagine, your favorite everyday staple, not only gives you that extra boost, but helps you slim down? Too good to be true, right? Yet with modern day inventions proliferating by the minute, it’s no wonder such a brainchild is conceived. Most of these products promote a no-diet way of losing weight. But is it really safe? In any new venture, it is always safer to research beforehand, and with the advent of the Internet, there’s bound to be tons of users who have tried slimming coffee and posted about it. Here are a few effects that people with firsthand accounts have experienced with slimming coffee and the reasons why (according to health authorities):

    POSITIVE HEALTH BENEFITS
1.    Suppressed hunger
Most users report of being less hungry. This is the very first thing people experience. Appetite control will then be fairly easy. This trait is most likely the product’s greatest effect in helping you lose weight.
2.    No Artificial Ingredients

organic coffee


This accounts to users saying the coffee is almost close to tasteless. This is accounted to the fact that most of these products allegedly say they use pure natural plant extracts.


3.    No Sugar
Hurray for diabetics! But due to its lack of flavor, some users opt in mixing the product with regular coffee like 3-in-1s.
4.    Natural Fibers for Less Fat Absorption
Because of this, the product boosts lipolysis or speeds up the breakdown of fats and other lipids.
5.    Increased Bowel Movement
Good for people who are suffering from constipation, at the very least.

    NEGATIVE EFFECTS (BASED ON USER FEEDBACK AND HEALTH AUTHORITIES)
1.    Wakefulness and Sleeping Difficulties

no sleep due to coffee
A lot of users have testified the coffee being too strong, finding it hard to sleep, some even saying up to 26 hours. Others only have 4-5 hours of sleep. Insomnia is never a good thing.

2.    Shortness of Breath

3.    Thirstiness

4.    Dizziness

5.    Increased Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke
Slimming coffee have been known to use sibutramine, which had been used to treat obesity, but disallowed in usage due to its effect of increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases like stroke.

6.    Increased Risk for Cancer

cancer symptoms
These products may also have Phenolphthalein, which is a chemical compound used in laxatives (hence, the increased bowel movement), but are no longer authorized because it may cause cancer.

    Overall, the cons definitely outweigh the pro for this technological wonder. I guess it would be better to stick to the basics if you’re after weight loss and let coffee be what it is – an energy booster, and leave the slimming process to good old fashioned exercise and proper diet. It’s always a good thing to develop good habits and slimming coffee is just another way for our generation to become lazy. Also there are other ways and products you can use to mimic the slimming coffee’s amazing ability to suppress hunger. Some things are just too good to be true then.

    In the world of finance, there are two kinds of people: the ants and the grasshoppers. As kids, we’ve grown up hearing this story of the ant and the grasshopper, where the ant works to the bone in summer time just to save for the winter, and the grasshopper just enjoy the summer breeze, hopping and chirping without a care in the world. Come winter time, the grasshopper is left in the cold, dying of hunger, while the ant reaps safety and stability in time of need. This has been a sad tale in our childhood years, yet little did we know the moral of this story could greatly help us in our grownup years.


    Like the ant, there are people who are born thrifty and industrious, those who are gifted in the art of saving money. Others, like the grasshopper, may try to save a coin or two, only to succumb moments later when something catches their eye. If we don’t want to have the same fate as the unwise grasshopper, how do we save money effectively enough? Now, no amount of ideas can be the exact method. Each person differs in strategy so just pick the ones below that fit your lifestyle. Here are some basic ideas on how to become a nifty thrifty ant-human:

piggy bank savings

1.    Write down how much you earn and spend in a period of time (like in a month or week).
You know how health-conscious people tend to count the calories they take in everyday and strive to only eat the kind of food that they really need? Same concept applies to your savings. Write down your income and jot down your expenses as well. This way, you get to track down where your money is going.

2.    Small expenses should be treated like big ones too.
Don’t underestimate small things; they all start out small, you know. That’s why as much as possible, pick out the things you think you can live without. Learn to weigh the things you consider are important to you and the things you think are unneeded.

3.    Split your expenses into 4 categories.
•    Cost of Living – bills for rent, water, electricity
•    Everyday Budget – jeep fare, food, etc.
•    Wants – new clothes, gadgets, eating out, travel, etc.
•    Savings - Lastly, how much you want to save after all that.

4.    Make SMART goals.

smart goal


This could be short-term or long-term:
•    Short-term goals could be a new gadget, minor home improvements, vacation, etc. These could last from 1-3 years.
•    Long-term goals could be for retirement, a new home, college fees, etc. These are goals good for 4 years and above.


5.    Having a Rainy Day Fund is fun.
Set up a rainy day fund (like our ant from that story), by saving at least 3 months’ worth of everyday expenses. Expect the unexpected! Having a backup or reserve is always a good idea.

6.    Get rid of any debts.
It can be such a pain if you’re placed in a deadly, I mean, “debtly” situation. As much as possible, stay away from borrowing money, and if you have to, make sure to pay it there and then. The sooner you do away with it, the better and more you can save money.

7.    Pay in cash. Don’t use credit.
This way, you’ll avoid #6 altogether. Be sure to have cash-on-hand; cash that you’re willing to spend and won’t hurt your savings.

8.    Don’t do “retail therapy”.

wasting money on non sensible things


Some people, when down on their lumps, resort to comfort eating to ease the emotional strain they’re going through. Other people shop till they drop in order to clear their troubled minds. Don’t be like that. You’re not in the right head to make wise decisions yet and may spend more than you really need.


9.    Do homemade meals more frequently; only seldom eat out. Reuse the leftovers.
You can save a whole lot more if you cook at home. Also, don’t waste food. Leftovers can last for days if you’re careful enough.

10.    Don’t buy clothes you don’t normally wear.
“I’ve got nothing to wear!” says the girl who has a closet full of clothes… That just means we’re spending more than we really need to. And if you want to be able to put a few more coins, I suggest you buy clothes that are versatile and ones that you would most likely wear a lot. And for your old clothes, you could try selling them, which would mean more money for Mister Piggybank. Yippee!
 

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    The Black Nazarene has many names. In Spanish it is called the Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno. In Filipino it is known as Mahal na Itim na Nazareno or Itim na Nazareno. But its formal name in English is “Our Father Jesus Nazarene”. The black Nazarene is wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ. It is a life-sized figure carrying the cross. Filipino Catholics believe the wooden figure to be possessed with miraculous nature. In the beginning the Black Nazarene had a fair complexion. But because of a fire that burned the ship it was carried on, it turned black. Luckily, the sculpture survived. The sculptor of the image has always been unanimous. According to history, it was brought to Manila from Acapulco, Mexico via a galleon ship.      Originally, the Black Nazarene had an identical twin sculpture which was brought to Manila. This is found in the Intramuros district church records. It is said that the first one kept in Bagumbayan’s San Nicolas de Tolentino church before it was transferred to Intramuros. Unfortunately the Battle of Manila in 1945 destroyed this first image of the Black Nazarene when a bomb hit it. By then, the other sculpture was placed in the Quiapo church where some people thought it to be the original one. In the year 1650 Pope Innocent X gave his approval of the Black Nazarene for veneration as Sacramental. He also gave the permission to the Confraternity of the Most Holy Jesus Nazarene.      Filipino Catholics and those who relate to the Passion of Christ venerate the Black Nazarene. Most of them would relate their hardships to the struggles that were experienced by Jesus himself such the one presented in the image of the statue. Devotees clap their hands after the offering of mass at the shrine as a sign of homage.      Three processions take place each year when the Black Nazarene is taken out for veneration. The procession takes place on New Year’s Day, January 9 and Good Friday. January 9 processions commemorate the transferring of the Nazarene to Quiapo church. On that day, the image is carried out to the street in a carriage called the “andas” which means “to go forward” in Spanish. The devotees would walk barefoot and wear maroon colored clothes as an act of reminiscing Jesus when he went to Mount Calvary. The carriage is tied with a rope which men would pull. In the past only men were allowed to pull the ropes but recently female devotees joined in the act. The Catholics would touch the image hoping for a miracle to happen. Some people allegedly have even been reported to have had their diseases cured after contact with the Nazarene. Because of this, desperate devotees who can’t get near the statue would throw their towels at the guards requesting them to rub it on the image hoping that its miracles would rub in the cloth. The procession of the Black Nazarene on feast day is known to be a fatal one because of the heat, fatigue and the massive numbers of devotees reaching to millions.     Fortunately, when the number of devotees rose to 8 million, the route on the 9th January was altered to a much wider street located at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park. This is also the first place where the Nazarene was enshrined. At the end of the day, the statue is returned to the church. In contrast to this veneration, the other two commemoration of the Black Nazarene on New Year’s Day and Good Friday is a solemn one.
    If you are reading this then you are most likely a middle child who is looking for confirmation that you really feel special because of your controversial birth order. Although less attention is given to middle children during child rearing, middle children became an interesting target for research because of their complicated situation. Children who were born on such order have great qualities especially when it comes to coping and socialization. But what are the most common traits that makes up a middle child? Here is the list: 1.    A part of you will always feel that nobody cares about you – it is the most fundamental feeling that the middle children share. It starts when you just don’t know who or what you should be. The parents are busy making your older sibling responsible and at the same time they are busy looking after and enjoying your younger sibling.  2.    You were used to being alone but you are not even sad about it – although not all middle children are introverts, there is a strong force that pushes a middle child to enjoy a moment of himself or herself to meditate or to think of plans especially when a decision has to be made.  3.     You talk to yourself vocally – although it wasn’t intentional, most middle kids were not given the chance to voice out their opinion because it is the job of the older sibling and such decisions are actually made for the benefit of the youngest child. In a way, middle children have been used to voice out their thoughts to their selves alone. They do it because they actually value listening to opinion since they weren’t given that chance when they were young. 4.     You always think that you are not your parents’ favorite – parental biases will always take place no matter how many times parents say that they don’t have favoritism among their children. Meanwhile, the middles would voluntarily take the place of not being the favorite child or the less appreciated one because they have been used to sacrifice  ever since they became a middle child. 5.    It always comes to you to consider other people’s feelings before you make any decision – although this may sound too kind this is actually true for almost all middle kids. Since they were used to get caught in the middle they learned how it feels to be on top of someone and at the same time find themselves in the bottom.  6.     You feel a bit distant and secretive to your own family – this is a thing that only middle children could understand. It may sound rebellious but it is not. Since they were used being left behind or that their opinions don’t really matter at all, they become cautious in opening up or trusting a family member.     
     A few days after the recent launching of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7, several complaints were already raised against one of the most anticipated smartphones of today’s era. Due to the severity of the issue Samsung decided to replace all sold units of galaxy note 7. It was when the first few customers of the product experienced issues with its battery. It happens to overheat during the charging of device. It actually explodes making it a very hazard one when it comes to safety and security issues. People are now questioning how was it able to pass the quality control standards? To note, this is the first time that Samsung experienced this kind of incident. Is it a sign that Samsung is now lowering its quality to take lead on its number one adversary? Definitely this occurrence stained Samsung’s most valued reputation.     It is such dismay that Samsung wasn’t able to detect this problem before launching it to the public. Aside from the recall for sold items, marketing of Galaxy Note 7 has been stopped for the meantime. People are now confused as to how their devices can be replaced and how long would it take them to wait. As of the moment Galaxy Note 7 has already sold quite a number of units.      According to some tech analysts, Samsung was trying to get ahead of the release of Iphone 7; unfortunately it turned out to be a disaster instead of advancing from its opponent. However several people would still want to wait for the release of the new device provided that all issues shall be resolved before making it available to the public.     With this scenario, one could essentially realize the downside of being too excited and hunching for the release of the latest device. Although it pays off being updated, not to mention showing off its newest features, but how are these people going to deal with their devices? Returning their devices doesn’t mean they can also have their money back. Rather they need to wait for a certain period of time before they can eventually have their paid items back unto their hands.      Several memes surfaced in the internet and although it may seem ridiculous, you will surely get it on point. Will Galaxy Note lovers remain loyal to their adored devices? We will find out in the next few days.   
    A human being is a social animal. Regardless of the situation a person would always want to have someone to be with. Nobody wants to be left behind. However not all people are lucky enough to find their companions or best friends in life because of varied reasons. But who says only a human being can complete another human being? Dogs are great companions too and they have earned the title of being man’s best friend since time immemorial.      If you are thinking of having a dog and you don’t have any breed in particular to choose from it is best to have a rescue dog. A rescue dog is basically a dog which came from sanctuaries or those that were saved from being abandoned. These types of dogs have no definite breed at all. You might never able to trace its pedigree and its bloodline; however they are as special as those being commercialized in pet stores.      The best thing about choosing rescue dogs is that you are giving them the second chance to live a life that they have been wishing for. There are only few people who would choose to adopt dogs rather than shop. This only means that there are also only few dogs that would be given the chance to have their forever home. It is also heartbreaking to know that not all shelters practice the no-kill policy. When rescued dogs remain in the shelter for quite long already, they are euthanize or being put to sleep without even experiencing the joy of being part in a family.      Adopting a dog from shelters could be the best decision you can ever think of. If you are longing for a companion or a best friend, they are just perfect. These dogs have painful experiences in their past but they are still hopeful to find that special person who will prove to them that dogs are indeed man’s best friend.      By getting a rescue dog, you are helping organizations to continue their goals in putting an end to animal cruelty and animal neglect. If you are thinking that dogs that came from shelters are problematic dogs then you are wrong. Although most of them are strays, these dogs were given the medication they needed before they are released and are set for adoption. It is also a protocol for any shelter to spay and neuter every rescue dog under their facility. By doing this, dogs are protected from unplanned pregnancies and over population which then may result to neglect.     There are several animal welfare groups in the Philippines such as the Philippine Animal Rescue Team (http://www.philanimalrescue.org/) where you can finally meet your new best friend. Pay them a visit now; they are all waiting for you. 
       If you have been surfing the net for a quick and effective way to lose weight then this article is for you. Cutting off those excess fats is necessary not just because it is pleasing to the eyes but because having a normal weight or normal body index is the key to remain healthy and free from illnesses and other health complications.                 Almost all types of diet plans are being introduced to the market. There are some in form of drink, coffee, candy, and many more. However none of these have truly proven to work in general. It is because each individual has his or her own mechanism in digesting food and metabolism which is responsible in regulating body weight. Aside from the uncertainty of patronizing dietary supplements such as pills, it is best to go organic and change your eating habits particularly your food plan. The best thing about choosing the natural way of losing weight is that it saves you from harmful chemicals and possible exposure to side effects.                 The most common and most abundant resources to actually lose weight is none other than water. Yes, water is actually capable of making you lose weight. All you have to do is follow a certain daily schedule. But before that, what’s with water and that it can actually help in weight loss?                 The most common reason why people result to obesity or consuming too much amount of food is due to a very active appetite. Well, water in connection is actually good in suppressing your appetite. The more you crave for food the more you should drink water. By this, water can immediately fill in your stomach preventing you from having craving episodes. Although this may sound painful, sometimes your cravings are all in your head, the more you think about it the more you become hungry. Learn to control your thoughts if you really want to lose weight.                 As much as possible forget about your usual drink such as sodas, beer, and other carbonated drinks. Replace them with water in the morning, lunch, afternoon, and lastly even during dinner. Remember that water can only do its purpose if you allow it to happen.                As much as possible choose to drink cold water instead of hot. Cold water can actually trigger your metabolism to work well because it will require your body to heat up or warm up, thus it promoted in burning more calories.                 Water is also known to rehydrate your body. But how do you rehydrate if you are properly hydrated? This means that you must undergo physical activities and burn those calories and rehydrate using water. By doing so, you are flushing those toxic materials inside your body in the form of sweat.

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    Nature is indeed full of wonders and humans have not really explored it totally. There are still things that are seemingly odd in nature and there are also some that are quite deceiving. Take for example this Emerald Green Cat that was discovered in a small town in Bulgaria.      The town people and even people from far cities are quite familiar with this seemingly odd creature because of its color. The cat has been spotted walking around the city, it gives the town people the impression that it is a stray and it only gets its food by roaming around the place.      Due to its distinct color and possible breakthrough in the feline world, people from far countries travelled to Bulgaria just to take a closer peek and even take some pictures of it. However, this cat’s stardom started to fade when rainstorms came. Its bright emerald green color slowly faded away when rain started to fall.      It has been found out that the cat got its color from a barrel of paint where it sleeps. Although paints contain toxins that are eventually not good for the health, the cat was actually in good shape all throughout its stardom. With its color fading away, its popularity indeed started to slow down, however its quite noticeable she enjoyed her moment and made the most of it by gaining extra pounds.     
    In the midst of a severe flood happening in Guangxi Zhuang an Autonomous Region in China, a seemingly smiling pig was rescued along with other animals. Netizens were quick to spot the candidness of the pig’s smile while being saved from the flood. The pig seemed calmed and happy that it was rescued and even smiled wonderfully despite being held on its forelegs and ears.      As a usual response by netizens, its picture have been shared a hundred times and made quick rounds in social media all over the world. People were cheering of how this creature just made their days and made them smile right after seeing its picture.     However this pig’s instant stardom was shown not only through likes and shares of her original photo but people did hilarious Photoshop skills to savor the moment. The following are just one of the few photos that instantly became people’s favorite.       
    With today’s trend where direct, private, and instant messages are of great help to people, consumers must be aware in choosing mobile apps especially if it has something to do with your personal info’s such as your contact list where clients, bank accounts and other important stuff are being saved.     Most of the time, mobile apps are being installed because of its popularity. When a wide audience seemed to use it even for just a short time, you should expect for others to try it too without really verifying its security measures.  SARAHAH Honesty App is supposedly an app that can be used in giving feedbacks anonymously. Seems like people nowadays are drawn into intriguing stuff more than ever. However accordingly the app works in such a way that the person who has been rated or given feedback has no way of tracing or replying to it. The creator of the app tend to give its users the chance to leave positive comments or feedbacks as an act of kindness while keeping their identity unknown.      However the entire community has been totally shocked (shookt) when it has been revealed that this app is actually unknowingly stealing your personal details such as your contact list. Aside from stealing, they make use of it by uploading it to their data base and who knows what they could do about it.      Once you installed this app, it will only take them a while to steal your info. Logging out from the app can't make any difference at all. The best thing to do is to never ever install it and be more cautious in choosing an app.   
    In a certain Facebook post by Mark Dianne Duarte, three women are now asking for help from anyone with a good heart to help them with their current situation. The victims are residents of Cabdbaran Agusan del Sur.      With the intent to enhance and beautify themselves, they decided to undergo treatment from a person whom they barely know. The procedure went by injecting some unknown chemicals unto their faces. However instead of having better and beautiful faces, it went really worse and appeared distorted. The three of them have the same reaction with the chemical.     With the help of their friends and families, they are now trying to reach a certain amount in order to help the victims. Aside from the horrible outcome of what happened, the victims are now starting to become ill and are all afraid of what could happen to them if not given the proper care.     Unfortunately, the suspect is now nowhere to be found. The victims were not even aware of the suspect’s whereabouts.     According to the one who posted, a certain media will then cover the story of these women, to inform and especially warn those who would dare to undergo such procedure. The suspect was not a licensed medical professional but because of cheaper rates he managed to convince these ladies to try it all for the aim of becoming beautiful.     
    When you don’t have sweet tooth it is hard to find snacks that can match your low tolerance for sugar. Almost all snacks were made out of sugar, chocolates and other forms of sweeteners. It is the main reason why Skittles stands out from the rest of the group. It is a sweet yet sour candy that comes in a bright rainbow colors. But all of a sudden Skittles became really dull and lost all that rainbow colors.     In an official stamen made by Skittles, they decided to have a different packaging for intended for the entire month of June. As practiced June is the month dedicated for the LGBT community. The LGBT community has the rainbow to represent them because they acknowledged that they are composed of different genders thus constitutes not just a single color but of different colors.      Since the Skittles and the LGBT community share the same kind of color representation, Skittles gladly gave way to the LGBT community. According to them, although the share the same symbol, one has to stand out and celebrate their existence and they give it whole heartedly to the LGBT group.      This is such a remarkable and thoughtful move for Skittles. Although they were branded and known because of their color, they were not afraid to give way to celebrate a significant event for some people. Consumers in return have shown appreciation to what the company did. Their customers admired their sensitive and immediate decision to honor the LGBT community.     Changing brand packaging is a bit risky when it comes to sales and market. Well known and established companies see to it that when they have to change or modify their packaging it needs to be somehow close to the previous design. It is because people shop out of familiarity. When you change your packaging into a totally different concept, chances are your consumers will not be able to recognize your products anymore.      However it is different with the case of Skittles. They dared to risk their sales and their brand in order to commemorate an event. With this making rounds in the internet, Skittles is rest assured that their customers would still remain loyal to them.