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3 reasons why one should try to make Crème Brûlée at home

Wed, 2022-07-27 18:03
We are most exposed to rice cakes, and then sugary products. Sometimes, we treat ourselves to fresh fruits in season, or the occasional donut or pretzel when we’re craving for something sweet while inside the mall.

The chocolate lava cake has dominated dessert plates in fancy restaurants, and sometimes, the tiramisu makes a most-welcome appearance.

For a nation fueled by rice and sugar, experiencing a moment with the Trinity cream—or more popularly known as Crème Brûlée—is both a learning and satisfying experience.

Generally speaking, all it takes to make crème brûlée are eggs, cream, sugar, and vanilla. There’s a bit of a learning curve as to the actual procedure but with practice and careful attention to detail, anybody can make the “Crema Catalana” (another nickname)!

We recently celebrated Crème Brûlée Day. Indulge yourself a little bit in this ironically complex yet simple dessert that boasts a battle of textures in your mouth.

Here are three reasons why one should try making crème brûlée at home:

The ingredients are easy to find

It’s almost impossible to have any of these ingredients missing during a trip to your nearest grocery! Eggs, cream, vanilla and sugar are all you need really. Pro tip: Order a few ramekins ahead of time. You will need these specialized baking dishes for making crème brûlée in particular.

It looks fancy but is actually easy to make

Are you having guests over the weekend? Do you aim to impress a special someone with your culinary skills? Fret not! The crème brûlée is a perfect option for dessert. It’s light and sweet. It looks good and has different textures. It’s easy to make, too! Just check out the hundreds of recipes online and pick the best one for you.

There are recipes that do not require a torch

Don’t be intimidated by the fiery display of torches you see on YouTube when people are showing how they’re making their crème brûlée. There are no-torch recipes online that still give you that crisp, caramelized top layer! Probably the most challenging part is needing an oven; however, using an air fryer is also an option!
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Krispy Kreme celebrates 85th year of serving timeless doughnut classics

Wed, 2022-07-27 18:03
THE plain old glazed doughnut Krispy Kreme is known for will never go out of style. For its 85th-year celebration, the well-loved doughnut chain elevates its classic takes on the decadent dessert.

Krispy Kreme has had a trademark of coming up with new exciting flavors for its doughnut selection, paired with new drink flavors as well. This year is extra special as Krispy Kreme celebrates its 85th year with birthday-themed flavors!

Mini Chocolate Doughnuts

These mini chocolate doughnuts are fun-sized versions of the classic chocolate glazed doughnuts Krispy Kreme is also famous for. It is topped with rainbow birthday sprinkles and coated in rich, sinfully sweet chocolate, perfect for a quick sugar fix.

Chocolate Birthday Drip Cake

When you think of a birthday treat, it is a must to have a pop color and sprinkles for that celebratory feel and Krispy Kreme’s Chocolate Birthday Drip Cake gives you exactly that. The tri-colored dessert is a delectable unglazed doughnut with a chocolate base. What’s a more fun way to celebrate your birthday than with this chocolatey delight? The Chocolate Birthday Drip Cake is available only up to July 31.

Mixed Berry Birthday Chiller

The Mixed Berry Chiller completes Krispy Kreme’s birthday celebration lineup! It is a refreshing blueberry and strawberry kreme blended drink topped off with whipped cream and of course, birthday sprinkles.

Celebrate 85 years of classic sweetness with Krispy Kreme today. These limited edition menu items will be available up until July 31 only so make sure to check them out while you still can.
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CCMC’s remaining floors can’t be finished by Mike Rama’s 68th birthday

Wed, 2022-07-27 17:52
ONLY the architectural works and other structures on the third and fourth floors of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) could be fully completed by Oct. 28, 2022, the birthday of Mayor Michael “Mike” Rama.

This was what Michael Sicat, the owner of project contractor M.E. Sicat Construction, told Rama during a site inspection at the CCMC on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

The P916.8-million contract to build the Phase 4 of the CCMC was awarded to M.E. Sicat on April 6, 2022.

Rama has threatened to cancel M.E. Sicat Construction’s contract if it fails to complete CCMC’s remaining floors on or before Oct. 28, the mayor’s 68th birthday.

Cannot comply

Sicat admitted that they cannot comply with Rama’s demand as they have found some problems in completing some of the remaining floors, including in some of CCMC’s columns.

“Unfortunately kasi when we were doing our engineering study, we realized that the columns are not into direct alignment and that’s really a cause of concern for the City,” he said.

Sicat said that in order to address this, they hired a third party firm to conduct a detailed engineering study of the CCMC’s misaligned columns and beams.

Sicat said they hired a third party firm to ensure that there won’t be any bias.

Weekly visit

Rama, on his part, said he will be visiting CCMC personally every week to check on the ongoing development.

Engineer Lowell Corminal, officer-in-charge of the city’s Department of Engineering and Public Works, said he was confident that the third and fourth floors of the CCMC can already be used by Oct. 28.

Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, who is Rama’s consultant for public health, said the completion of CCMC’s third and fourth floors could greatly improve the hospital’s capability as these floors will be dedicated to additional facilities such as a dialysis center, operating room and other specialty departments.
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Contractor says 4th, 5th floors of CCMC done by October

Wed, 2022-07-27 17:52
ONLY the carpentry works on the interiors of the third and fourth floors of the Cebu City Medical Center would be fully completed by project contractor M.E. Sicat Construction on October 28, 2022.

The contractor has already built the first seven floors of the public hospital.

Engineer Lowell Corminal, in-charge of the city's Department of Engineering and Public Works, when asked by Mayor Michael Rama, said he was confident that the third and fourth floors of the building can already be used by October 28, which falls on the birthday of Mayor Rama.

But Michael Sicat, owner of the construction company, said that they could not finish the construction of eighth to tenth floors of CCMC on a given time frame since they still have to check the columns in the building and retrofit the structure when needed based on the results of their study.

Mayor Rama earlier warned that he will cancel the contract with M.E. Sicat Construction if the latter fails to complete the construction of the 10-story CCMC before October 28, 2022.

The P916.8-million contract to build the phase 4 of the CCMC was awarded to M.E. Sicat on April 6, 2022. (PAC, TPT)
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TNT blows out Converge to barge into semifinals

Wed, 2022-07-27 17:25
The TNT Tropang Giga stepped on the gas pedal early and never let off until the final buzzer to crush the Converge FiberXers, 116-95, in the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, TNT wanted nothing of that and zoomed off to a massive 28-point lead, 70-42, at halftime to set the tone for the match. The victory gave the Tropang Giga a ticket to the semifinal round where they now wait for the winner of the quarterfinal clash between the Magnolia Hotshots and the NLEX Road Warriors.

Mikey Williams—fresh off signing a contract extension with TNT—had 26 points, 24 of which he scored in the first half.

Troy Rosario had 18 points and seven rebounds, Roger Pogoy put up 16, while Jayson Castro notched 15 as the Tropang Giga players hit their shots early and often. Overall, TNT shot a remarkable 52% from the field.

Tyrus Hill led Converge with 18 points while Mike DiGregorio chipped in 14 markers.
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Lapu mayor orders preparation of rescue team to help quake victims

Wed, 2022-07-27 16:25
LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has ordered the preparation of the Collapsed Structure Search & Rescue Team under the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) to help the victims of the magnitude 7 earthquake that hit Luzon on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

In a social media post Wednesday afternoon, Chan said they are closely coordinating with the Office of Civil Defense in Central Visayas with regards to the matter.

“Kon duna na’y gi signal gikan sa ilaha, ready na ang atong team nga molupad aron motabang kanila,” said Chan.

This, as he was saddened by the earthquake that hit Abra province and affected several areas in Luzon, noting its similar intensity that also affected Bohol and Cebu in 2013. (MKG)

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DSWD 7 ready to deploy relief aid to Luzon quake victims

Wed, 2022-07-27 15:46
OFFICIALS of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD 7) assured that they have standby food and non-food items at their regional warehouse in case they are needed for deployment to Luzon to help those affected by the magnitude 7 earthquake that struck the island Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

Shalaine Marie Lucero, acting DSWD 7 director, said that while DSWD's National Resource Operations Center (NROC), their relief production hub in Pasay City, is currently supporting local government units in Luzon that were affected by the quake, the region's relief warehouses are ready to deploy additional food and non-food relief items if they are called for deployment.

DSWD currently has three warehouses in Tagbilaran City in Bohol, Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental and one in Cebu City.

According to DSWD 7's Preparedness for Response Report issued on Tuesday, July 26, the region currently has 24,688 standby family food packs amounting to more than P14 million.

As to non-food items, DSWD 7 currently has 2,385 hygiene kits, 2,906 family kits, 1,531 kitchen kits, 5,666 sleeping kits, 989 modular tents, 2,108 laminated sacks, 41 dignity kits, 20 mats and 15,062 malongs for sleeping.

The DSWD 7 also has P5 million worth of standby funds that can be used for any large-scale emergency.

"And if there is still a need, DSWD Field Office VII is ready to help," Lucero added. (JKV)

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Body of 51-year-old man found in Bohol

Wed, 2022-07-27 15:20
A 51-YEAR-OLD man was found dead in a grassy lot in Purok 3, Sitio Linaw, Barangay Tangaran, Clarin town in Bohol at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

Residents in the area traced the origin of the foul smell and found the victim already in a state of decomposition.

The victim was later identified as Pablo Aton, 51, of Barangay Nahawan, Clarin.

The bloodied victim had a deformed left jaw.

Aton was last seen at 6 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2022, riding a tricycle along with Reynante Lungay on their way to the house of a certain Tony Cañete in Barangay Bacani, also in Clarin.

Lieutenant Albert Sator, chief of Clarin Police Station, told SunStar Cebu the incident was reported at their station early Wednesday morning by Tangaran village chair Leonila Lopez.

Investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of Aton's death. (BBT, TPT)

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PDEA dismantles 2 drug dens, nabs 15 persons

Wed, 2022-07-27 15:10
TWO drug dens were dismantled and 15 persons were arrested by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA 7) in Sitio Lower Yati, Barangay Quiot, Cebu City, on Wednesday morning, July 27, 2022.

The PDEA 7 Regional Special Enforcement Team conducted a buy-bust operation at 5:45 a.m. that resulted in the dismantling of a drug den and the arrest of three individuals, namely, drug den operator Alberto Cuadero, 55, and drug den visitors Marites Carbonel, 47, and Leonardo Gadiane, 53.

Confiscated during the operation were nine packs of shabu weighing around 11 grams with an estimated value of P74,800, buy-bust money and drug paraphernalia.

Around 10 a.m. of the same day, the PDEA 7 operatives dismantled another drug den and arrested 12 persons in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City.

Those arrested were Arnel Pacaña, 49, an aircon technician and an alleged drug den operator, and drug den visitors Joel Villejo (39), Jefferson Cubillo (26), Ireneo Mendez (26), Rolando Quibilan (57), Gil Silvosa (40), and Steven Monares (24), both habal-habal drivers; Giovanni Intic, 45, taxi driver; Nelson Odchigue, 58; Ricky Hortezano, 37, street vendor; Alex Altamira, 54, dispatcher; and Rodulfo Castillon, 39, a construction worker.

Seized from them were 19 packs of shabu weighing around 10 grams with an estimated value of P68,000, buy-bust money, and drug paraphernalia.

The suspects will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (GDC)

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Argument leads to stabbing in Bohol

Wed, 2022-07-27 14:32
AN argument between two persons has led to the stabbing of another in Barangay Basdacu, Loon town, Bohol on Tuesday at 7 p.m., July 26, 2022.

Staff Sergeant Joseph Vincent Arocha of Loon Police Station identified the suspect as Adriano Petos, 64, of Purok 5 of the said barangay and the victim as Roel Bajade, 46.

Arocha said Petos helped cook food for the birthday celebration at the house of his neighbor.

After cooking, he went outdoor to cool himself down, but instead got engaged in an argument with Bajade, a birthday guest, for unknown reason.

To avoid further trouble, Petos left the area but later came back with a knife and stabbed Bajade, who was slightly hit in the face as he was able to parry the attacks.

Petos voluntarily surrendered himself when the police arrived.

The knife that he used in the crime, however, was not recovered by the police.

The suspect will be facing an attempted murder charge. (BBT, TPT)
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FEU Tamaraws fend off San Sebastian for first win in Filoil EcoOil Preseason Cup

Wed, 2022-07-27 14:27
The Far Eastern University Tamaraws picked up their first win of the 2022 Filoil EcoOil Preseason Cup after defeating the San Sebastian Stags, 62-55, on Wednesday at the Filoil EcoOil Centre in San Juan.

The Tamaraws set the tone early, leading 19-1 after the first canto and led by as much as 24 points. San Sebastian was almost scoreless in the opening period before Dylan Garcia split his free throws to finally put them on the board. They, however, still couldn’t buy a basket from the field until Garcia hit a short stab at the 6:44 mark of the second frame.

By then, FEU was up 20 and would keep their double-digit lead until the fourth quarter, when Rommel Calahat's inside basket pushed the Golden Stags to within three, 51-54, with 52.7 seconds left.

Cebuano guard Royce Alforque answered for the Tamaraws as his layup with 32.4 ticks granted his side the edge they would keep until the final buzzer.

Alforque wound up with 11 points and seven rebounds, while Patrick Sleat chimed in 13 markers, four boards, and three assists of his own. Gonzales also had four assists to his name before fouling out in the middle of the final frame.

In day’s first game, Jielo Razon’s first and only make proved to be the difference-maker as it lifted the University of Perpetual Help past the Emilio Aguinaldo College, 66-63.

Razon had missed all eight of his prior attempts but was still confident enough to rise over Kriss Gurtiza to drill the game-winner.
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Builders Warehouse-UST clobbers AMA Online by 71 in PBA D-League

Wed, 2022-07-27 13:56
The Builders Warehouse-UST crushed AMA Online by a whopping 71 points, 150-79, in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The win gave Cebuano head coach Albert Alocillo his first victory in the D-League.

"Napakasarap," said interim coach Albert Alocillo. "Credit ito lahat sa mga bata because they worked so hard at unti-unti, nakakapag-adjust na sila."

Veteran forward Sherwin Concepcion tallied the league’s 10th triple-double performance with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Promising Cebuano guard Nic Cabañero also fired on all cylinders and finished with 19 points five boards, two assists, two steals, and two blocks to help the Growling Tigers end their four-game losing streak.

The 71-point win for Builders Warehouse-UST is the second-highest winning margin in the PBA D-League, behind only Tanduay which bamboozled Zark's Burgers by 76 points, 141-65, back on July 10, 2017.

Meanwhile, in the second game, EcoOil-La Salle won their second game in a row with a 72-69 victory over Adalem Construction-St. Clare.

Kevin Quiambao nailed the go-ahead jumper with 9.3 seconds left on the clock before a split from the line in the final 5.4 ticks capped off his 18-point, eight-rebound, and six-assist performance.

Joaqui Manuel contributed 11 points, four boards, two assists, and two steals, while CJ Austria got 10 points, five rebounds, and three steals to push the Green Archers to the playoffs with their 4-2 card.
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Cebu official: Abra quake a lesson to prepare

Wed, 2022-07-27 13:16
THE magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the province of Abra in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) should serve as a lesson to prepare, a member of the Cebu Provincial Board said.

Board Member Glenn Anthony Soco, who chairs the committee on infrastructures, told reporters on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, that experience will always be the best teacher.

“Kita nga naa karon diri nga wala ma-affected, we have to learn also from the experience didto sa Luzon,” said Soco, stressing that they also feel for their brothers and sisters affected by the earthquake.



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He said engineers and architects should ensure the quality of the structures, noting that the resiliency lies with them, including the experts and planners.

Soco noted the Palace of Justice Building at the back of the Capitol, which could not yet be occupied.

“Even up to now, di gyud na siya magamit kay while it looks nga complete, pero dili na siya safe to be occupied,” he said, adding that they will have to make the structure disaster resilient, not just against earthquake, once Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has plans for it. (MKG)

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26K students enroll in public, private schools in Lapu-Lapu City

Wed, 2022-07-27 12:36
MORE than 26,000 students have so far enrolled in both public and private schools in Lapu-Lapu City for the school year 2022-2023.

Maria Mitze Zagales, senior education program specialist-planning and research of the Department of Education (DepEd) Lapu-Lapu City Schools Division, told SunStar Cebu that 26,432 students had been enrolled as of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

This was just 20.48 percent of the 129,000 estimated number of enrollees in both public and private schools in the city.

Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos, DepEd Lapu-Lapu City Division superintendent, earlier said they expect about 110,000 and 19,000 enrollees in public and private schools, respectively.

Zagales said 14,234 of the 26,432 students enrolled in elementary school while 7,073 enrolled in junior high school.

About 3,204 students also enrolled in senior high school while 2,101 enrolled in the kindergarten level.

The enrollment started on Monday, July 25 and will end on Aug. 22, which is also the start of the classes.

Lapu-Lapu City has about 81 public schools, 44 of which are elementary; 27 and 10 are junior high and senior high schools, respectively.

Bongalos earlier said all the 70 private schools will implement the limited face-to-face classes in the opening of classes this coming August, adding that some have already started the blended learning this month.
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26,000 enrollees in Lapu-Lapu City

Wed, 2022-07-27 12:36
ABOUT 26,000 students have so far enrolled in both public and private schools in Lapu-Lapu City for the school year (SY) 2022-2023.

Maria Mitze Zagales, senior education program specialist-planning and research of the Education (DepEd) Lapu-Lapu City, told SunStar Cebu that about 26,432 students have been enrolled as of 8 a.m. of July 27, 2022.

This is just 13.1 percent of the 119,000 estimated number of enrollees in both public and private schools in the city.

DepEd Lapu-Lapu Divivision Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos earlier said they expect about 110,000 and 19,000 in public and private schools, respectively. (MKG)

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PFA holds franchise expo in SM Seaside City Cebu

Wed, 2022-07-27 12:00
THE Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) will hold a franchise exhibit featuring more than 80+ franchise brands in SM Seaside City Cebu on July 28 to 30. “Franchise Negosyo para as Cebu will be PFA’s first face-to-face expo since the Covid lockdowns,” said PFA chairman Sherill Quintana, “and we are happy to hold it in Cebu, which has always been a key mover in the economy."

The expo will showcase international, national and homegrown Cebu franchises such as 7-Eleven, Max’s Restaurant, Phoenix Petroleum, Seaoil, The Generics Pharmacy and Tea Talk. Aside from the expo, the event will also conduct seminars on "How to Invest in the Right Franchise" and "How to Franchise your Business." “This makes our expo a one-stop shop for people looking for a business or for business owners who want to grow their business via franchising,” said PFA president Chris Lim.

Lim, who is also president of Francorp Philippines, the franchise developer behind franchise mega brands like Jollibee, Potato Corner, TGP and many more, will also speak at the "How to Franchise your Business" seminar, which is designed for business owners who want to grow their business both in number and in location—even overseas.

The above mentioned seminar will have a fee but the How to Invest in the Right Franchise seminar at SM Seaside will be free. Registration to visit the expo is also free. Interested guests can register now to skip the queue:

Expo: https://www.pfa.org.ph/event-details/franchise-negosyo-para-sa-cebu-1

Seminar: https://www.pfa.org.ph/how-to-invest

“With our economy opening up again, now is the right time to go into franchising,” added Mr Kenneth Lim, PFA Regional Director for Visayas.

Franchise Negosyo para sa Cebu is made possible with the support of DTI-Region VII, OWWA-Region VII, 7 Eleven, Francorp, Ramen 99, Tea Talk, Ufranchise, Master Siomai, Julies, PLDT, Maya, Skin Magical, and Sunstar. SPONSORED CONTENT.
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Missing fisherman found dead in Camotes

Wed, 2022-07-27 12:00
A FISHERMAN who was declared missing on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, was found floating in the sea off Barangay Lanao, Pilar town, Camotes Island past 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 27.

It was learned that Reynaldo Pastoran, 53, of Barangay Kawit, Pilar, had already gone fishing but decided to go back to the sea at 11 a.m. Tuesday to catch more octopus.

"Alas onse karon adlawa, nakit-an ni sa mga silingan sa baybayon ni tunga kay magpatimbang sa nakuha niya nga isda unya nibalik og panagat," said Lieutenant Claudio Gako, officer-in-charge of Pilar Police Station.

(At 11 a.m. today (Tuesday), he was seen by his neighbors along the seashore weighing his fish catch, then went back to the sea).

Pastoran, however, failed to come home on that day, prompting the police, Bantay Dagat and Coast Guard personnel of Pilar to conduct a search and rescue operation.

The victim was found floating in the sea already dead around 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

Pastoran had lost his one eye. His ears were also bitten and his legs had swelled.

According to fellow fisherman Wilfredo Serato, they immediately called for assistance after noticing that Pastoran was not in his boat anymore.

The victim left behind his wife and two children. (BBT, GDC, TPT)

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Mikey Williams finally signs extension with TNT

Wed, 2022-07-27 11:12
TNT’s star guard Mikey Williams has finally signed his extension contract with the Tropang Giga after a long stalemate that saw him miss the first few games of the PBA Philippine Cup.

Williams signed a brand-new three-year contract that will keep him with the team that picked him fourth overall during the 2020 PBA Draft, for three more years.

The contract impasse between Williams and TNT was like a dark cloud that hovered over the franchise, especially after the high-scoring guard missed the team’s first five games because of it.

Williams had a clause in his rookie contract that allowed him to renegotiate his contract if he leads TNT to a PBA title. After the Tropang Giga nabbed the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup crown, Williams did not take long to activate the said stipulation.

Since returning from the United States, Williams, though, has been quick to make amends and is averaging 21 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game, helping TNT nab the second seed in the quarterfinals after a stellar elimination round that saw them finish with the second-best record.
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Converge recognized as the top-rated ISP in the Philippines according to Ookla®

Wed, 2022-07-27 03:52
LEADING fiber internet service provider Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. won the Ookla Speedtest Award for Top-Rated Fixed Network in the Philippines for the first half of 2022, reflecting the results from consumer-initiated ratings during the six-month period.

Ookla®, the company behind Speedtest®, is the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence, testing applications and related technologies.

“We are honored to be recognized for this achievement that reflects customer sentiment. Being the people’s choice of network means we are directing effort and investments in the right place. There’s nothing more important than giving people the service they deserve and I’m glad this is reflected in the top ISP ratings,” said Dennis Anthony Uy, chief executive officer and founder of Converge.

The Top-Rated Awards is part of the semi-annual Speedtest Awards, presented by Ookla.

“This award confirms the satisfaction of consumers with the range of offers, customer service, and overall experience Converge provides to its subscribers,” Uy pointed out. “Taking home the award only proves that the company’s customer-centric approach is being recognized by its loyal customers.”

Last June, the company upgraded the speed of its base FiberX internet plan for free, from 50Mbps to 100Mbps, making it faster than the country’s median average. Converge has also been consistent with its Go Deep strategy, through continuous expansion of new serviceable areas, business centers, and growing partner outlets to serve more underserved and unserved areas.



"It's not just about winning and gaining prestige," Converge chief operations officer Jesus C. Romero said. "It's about showing the Philippines that we have what it takes to give them the best internet solutions. Being able to connect to the internet should no longer be a privilege, but a right of every Filipino. That's why Converge has been working hard for the past years to deliver fast and reliable internet to the underserved and unserved areas of the Philippines."

To learn more about Converge, visit https://www.convergeict.com/.

Top Rated Fixed Network: Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data for Q1–Q2 2022. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission. PR.

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Dengue vaccine studies being done in Cebu City

Tue, 2022-07-26 21:57
A TOP official of the Cebu City Health Department (CHD) believes it is now the right time to roll out vaccines against the dengue virus.

Dr. Ilya Tac-an, CHD’s head of the Epidemiology, Surveillance, Research and Infection Control Division, said in a news forum Tuesday, July 26, 2022, that there are a lot of vaccine studies being conducted and one is being done here in Cebu City.

Tac-an said if the government can issue an emergency use authority for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines, it would be better if it can also issue the same for anti-dengue vaccines.

The doctor made it clear, however, that the development of the vaccine should not be rushed and the appropriate process should still be followed.

In 2016, the Philippines rolled out the first vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease but this was halted in 2017 when the company that developed the vaccine announced that the vaccine could lead to vulnerable and severe infection in those who had not been exposed to the virus.

The incident resulted in a national scandal and allegations that there were children who died after receiving the vaccine.

Tac-an was asked if the issue had been politicized and the doctor instantly replied in the affirmative.

In an interview with a national television network on July 15, Department of Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire said they are now gathering and studying evidence before convening the experts about the vaccine.

As of July 22, Cebu City had recorded 1,812 reported dengue cases for this year.

According to Tac-an, the CHD is conducting community monitoring and surveillance for suspected dengue cases.

Tac-an urged residents to continue their clean-up drives and sustain community programs that can help in mitigating the spread of the virus.

In recent interviews, CHD head Dr. Jeffrey Ibones said the rise in dengue cases can be attributed to the incessant rains brought by different weather phenomena.

The CHD has advised to search and destroy possible breeding grounds of the mosquitoes such as flower vases, air conditioning units, unused tires, and water containers.
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