All Saints Day is a holiday, but not October 31

All Saints Day, November 1, is a holiday, but not the day before, October 31, which is sadly just like any other ordinary day in the Philippines.

For the 3rd straight year, October 31, which falls on a Friday this year, is not a holiday in the country. As stressed by the Malacañan Palace earlier this week, the date will be a regular working day. (Latest Update, Oct. 30, 5PM: It has just been declared that it will be a half-day work for government agencies tomorrow, but still not a holiday)

It could have been a long weekend for the Filipinos, and they would have more time to prepare for 'Undas' if it was made a special non-working holiday. November 1 (Saturday) is All
Saints' Day, while the day after (Sunday), Nov. 2, is All Souls' Day.

If you're working on Nov. 1, which is a special non-working holiday, you better take note of the holiday pay rules (see image below, taken from Official Gazette of the Philippines FB Page) so you won't be fooled by your employer.

Maybe let's just hope that PNoy will issue a last-minute declaration of October 31 as a holiday.

The last time it was declared a nationwide holiday was in 2011, which was a Monday, giving Pinoys then a very long weekend. -

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Kim Chiu and Xian Lim movie 'Past Tense', the next box-office hit!

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim (KimXi) 3rd movie 'Past Tense' is coming to theaters November 26, that's just 27 days from now.

It's near already KimXis, and you better start saving now so you could watch it not just once but many times with family, friends and loved ones.

'Past Tense' lead stars Ai-Ai de las Alas, Xian Lim and Kim Chiu (credit to Direk Mae Cruz, @maecruzalviar IG)

This early, it's a safe bet that 'Past Tense', which also stars 3-time Box Office Queen Ms. Ai-Ai de las Alas and is directed by hitmaker
director Mae Cruz ('Catch Me, I'm in Love', 'She's The One', 'Bride
For Rent'), will be a major box-office hit.

Yeah, I used an exclamation point and not a question mark in my post title to officially declare (with certainty) 'Past Tense' as the next Pinoy blockbuster movie to at least join the elusive P100-million club following many misses the past 3 months.

The last certified blockbuster Filipino film was July's 'She's Dating the Gangster' that starred Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, and all Filipino films shown after grossed below P80M, including this month's family drama 'The Trial', which stars John Lloyd Cruz, Gretchen Barretto, Richard Gomez and Jessy Mendiola and so far has an underwhelming P53.2M 12-day gross to rank outside the Top 10 in the 2014 box-office ranking.

This November, two big films are coming up: Wenn Deramas' 'Moron 5.0: The Transformation' and that of KimXi, 'Past Tense'. I'll place my bet on the latter to become 2014's 7th P100M-earning movie.

As to how much the movie is going to earn beyond that mark will be very exciting. No Filipino movie released in November earned above P160M and the record-holder was 2007's 'One More Chance' which had P156M. Will 'Past Tense' be able to exceed that? Very possible.

Kim and Xian have a proven track record at the Philippine box-office, with their past 2 movies have a combined P430M gross. Last January, KimXi's 'Bride For Rent' broke records for the month and ultimately grossed P327M, more than triple the revenues of their first movie 'Bakit Hindi Ka Crush Ng Crush Mo'.

Their next movie 'Past Tense', already their 2nd for the year and their 3rd in just a span of 17 months, is showing signs of becoming a
huge hit, before the MMFF 2014 officially opens 29 days later.

It won't be surprising if it makes a new record for the month of November. Let's aim for that KimXis! And it would even be a bonus if it also hits P300M just like 'Bride for Rent'.

For now, here are the TOP-GROSSING FILMS IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR THE YEAR 2014: (figures from Box Office Mojo, except for 'My Illegal
Wife') and you predict where 'Past Tense' will rank after its run.

1. Starting Over Again - P410.2M
2. Bride For Rent - P327.0M
3. She's Dating The Gangster - P254.4M
4. Maybe This Time - P134.6M
5. Da Possessed - P122.7M
6. Diary Ng Panget The Movie - P119.5M
7. My Illegal Wife - P80M
8. The Gifted - P78.4
9. Talk Back And You're Dead - P76.9M
10. Maria Leonora Teresa - P72.7M
11. The Trial - P53.2M 12. Trophy Wife - P31.1M
13. So It's You - P25.5M
14. ABNKKBSNPLAko?! The Movie - P17.0M
15. Third Eye - P10.2M
16. Dementia - P5.2M
17. Somebody To Love - P4.5M
18. Overtime - P0.97M
19. Mumbai Love: The Movie - P0.5M

No available figures for 'Sa Ngalan ng Ama, Ina at ng mga Anak', 'Basement', 'Echoserang Frog', 'Once A Princess' and 'Dilim'. -

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Myrtle Sarrosa FHM Philippines November 2014 Cover Girl: She's got the curves!

Myrtle Sarrosa is FHM Philippines' cover girl for November 2014, to become the most surprising (or maybe shocking) to ever land on the cover of the country's #1 men's magazine this year.

FHM has officially revealed Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Teen Edition Plus winner Myrtle Sarrosa as its latest cover girl during last night's Halloween Ball, where the Cosplay Princess made a surprise appearance. And then, right before midnight, her cover made its debut online.

Myrtle has let go of her sweet image to get daring for next month's FHM issue. The Cosplay Princess still looks sweet though in her sexiest costume yet, but of course, it's a far cry from the conservative image that she projected as a PBB teen housemate 2 years ago.

I'm lovin' her curves there. Never imagined she's that curvacious.

After Beauty Gonzalez last August, Myrtle becomes the 2nd PBB teen housemate to grace FHM cover, but she's the 1st among PBB winners.

Nothing much happened to Myrtle after winning on PBB, and maybe now that
she re-introduced herself as a sexy cover girl, she'll soon get more showbiz opportunities.

It isn't a guarantee though. Empress Schuck, Melissa Ricks and more also
surprised everyone before by posing for FHM, but they didn't go any farther after that. Well, good luck Myrtle and congrats on the nice cover! -

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LET Exam Results August 2014: Over 50,000 new licensed teachers!

LET Exam Results 2014 (for August 2014 Licensure Exam for Teachers) have been released by PRC. According to the LET Exam Results 2014 posted in its website today, October 27, there were 25,301 board
passers out of 70,786 elementary teachers who took the LET exam, while 26,767 passers among the 77,803 examinees for the secondary level. That's a passing percentage of 35.74% and 34.40% respectively.

The LET board exam for this year was held last August 17, and the results came out after more than 2 months (51 working days).

Amazingly, two universities almost hit a perfect passing percentage. University of Sto. Tomas (UST) had a total of 140 examinees in the elementary level, and only 2 of them failed. Same with Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Main with 66 passers out of 68 examinees.

Noralyn Sacoco (left) from Data Center College of the Philippines in Laoag City was the topnotcher among elementary teachers with a score of 89.40, while Nixon Balandra (right) from Philippine Normal University-Cadiz City led secondary teachers with 90.20.

1 Noralyn Fernandez Sacoco (Data Center College Of The Philippines-Laoag City) - 89.40
2 Bayani Niñel Escoton (University Of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum) - 89.20
3 Quennie Klaire Avila Elli (University Of Saint La Salle) - 88.80
3 Jacqueline Borong Pono (University Of San Carlos) - 88.80
4 Ethyl Mae Caballero Alagos (West Visayas State University-La Paz) - 88.60
4 Janice Gentile Alison (University Of Negros Occidental-Recoletos) - 88.60
4 Aimae Reuyan Balbuena (University Of Cebu In Lapulapu & Mandaue) - 88.60
5 Gee Rianne Brizo Pitogo (Cebu Normal University (CEBU State College) - 88.40
5 Michri Deve Telo Tapao (Philippine Normal University-Manila) - 88.40
5 Sharamae Velasco Tuibeo (Catanduanes State University - Virac) - 88.40
6 Jeera Belarmino Delos Angeles (Ateneo De Naga University) - 88.20
6 Arnie Alano Rovelo Jr (Philippine Normal University-Lopez) - 88.20
7 Neira Asenjo Camince (University Of Iloilo) - 88.00
7 Jasmin Gamata Crismo (University Of The Philippines-Diliman) - 88.00
7 Marian Teresa Rosete (University Of Asia & The Pacific-Pasig) - 88.00
7 Harold Galdones Wattang (University Of Northern Philippines-Vigan) - 88.00
8 Joanne Cabarles Barcelonia (University Of San Carlos) - 87.80
8 Christopher Contreras (Western Mindanao State U-Zamboanga City) - 87.80
8 Jane Gallaza Delfin (West Visayas State University-Lambunao) - 87.80
8 Jerry De La Cruz Ducay (Philippine Normal University-Cadiz City) - 87.80
8 Ellaine Joy Martirez Habla (Harris Memorial College-Taytay) - 87.80
8 Edmar Malsi Paguirigan (University Of Northern Philippines-Vigan) - 87.80
8 Aljem Negro Tubigon (Josefina H. Cerilles State College-Suminot) - 87.80
9 Paul Emerson Salinas Almontero (University Of Bohol) - 87.60
9 Barbilou Quipanes Labial (Cagayan De Oro College) - 87.60
9 Maria Rina Bulilan Lazo (Cebu Normal University) - 87.60
9 Michelle Villar Malapo (Bicol University-Polangui) - 87.60
9 Jonel Padua Medina (Western Mindanao State U-Zamboanga City) - 87.60
9 Criscel Par Mostaza (Bicol University-Daraga) - 87.60
9 Ivy Dancel Rosete (Mariano Marcos State University-Laoag-Coll. Of Education) - 87.60
9 Adeleine Valencia Rubio (Catanduanes State University - Virac) - 87.60
9 Richtelle Pauleene Andrada Silva (University Of Santo Tomas) - 87.60
10 Rhoshell Siringan Acebedo (Cagayan State University-Andrews Campus) - 87.40
10 Dan Angelo De Leon Bagadiong (Baliwag Polytechnic College-Baliuag, Bulacan) - 87.40
10 Erwin Mendoza Caponpon (Southern Luzon State University-Tiaong) - 87.40
10 Charisma Lauren Carrillo dela Cruz (University Of The Philippines-Diliman) - 87.40
10 Hanna Caasi Gale (Benguet State University-La Trinidad) - 87.40
10 Rossinni Gecale Jubail (University Of Southeastern Philippines-Davao City) - 87.40
10 Gellie Ann Solares Lomaad (Ateneo De Naga University) - 87.40
10 Patrick Daclan Nicolas (Sorsogon State College-Sorsogon) - 87.40
10 Anna Marie Timtim Nieves (Philippine Advent College, Inc.) - 87.40
10 Elma Barredo Pantilagan (Carlos A. Hilado Memorial State College-Talisay) - 87.40
10 Cris Valdez Regala (Bataan Peninsula State U-Main Campus) - 87.40
10 Carelea Flores Rimorin (Colegio De Dagupan) - 87.40
10 Catherine Burton Sales (Bicol University-Daraga) - 87.40
10 Charmaine Sesno Talagtag (Bicol University-Daraga) - 87.40
10 Sarah Mae Manalo Velasquez (Philippine Normal University-Manila) - 87.40

1 Nixon Somblingo Balandra (Philippine Normal University-Cadiz City) -90.20
2 Jose Dante Valenzuela dela Merced (New Era University) -90.00
3 Jemer Andoyo Alimbon (University Of Mindanao-Tagum) - 89.80
3 Karl Laurenz Gonzaga Diamante (Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod City) - 89.80
4 Aldin Arbias Hernandez (University Of Mindanao-Davao City) -89.40
4 Lyndon Laborte Lazaro (Philippine Normal University-Isabela) - 89.40
4 Phylla Lynne June Gallego Magallanes (University Of The Philippines-Visayas-Iloilo City) - 89.40
4 Ralph Duropan Remulta (University Of Mindanao-Tagum) - 89.40
5 Arjean Dalay Banting (Far Eastern University-Manila) - 89.20
5 Analyn Rosales Dahunan (Bohol Island State University) - 89.20
5 Mark Xavier Aguirre Guanzon (University Of Saint La Salle) - 89.20
6 Brian Anthony Liban Gumiran (University Of The Philippines-Diliman) - 89.00
6 Alvin Llaguno Naag (Daraga Community College) - 89.00
6 Roselyn Amora Oyagon (Saint Louis University) - 89.00
6 Gene Alexis Uy Vizcarra (University Of The Philippines-Diliman) - 89.00
7 Luwalhati Millana Nasol (University Of Southeastern Philippines-Davao City) - 88.80
8 Ena Marie Magallanes Sarmiento (Catanduanes State University - Virac) - 88.40
9 Angelo Pascual Angeles (Holy Angel University) - 88.20
9 Josephine Celoso Elvas (Filamer Christian College) - 88.20
9 Ruth Joy Elec Magno (University Of The Philippines-Diliman) - 88.20
9 Tessa Nickaela San Felipe Noora (Ateneo De Naga University) - 88.20
9 Josephine Jardin Romero (Philippine Normal University-Manila) - 88.20
10 Arvee Pablo Bucarile (Cagayan State University-Andrews Campus) - 88.00
10 Arthur Enraca Guapo (Cavite State University) - 88.00
10 Mariel Amora Ybañez (Cebu Normal University) - 88.00

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Edgardo Tallado video scandal with mistress? Camarines Norte Governor issues apology

Edgardo Tallado video scandal with mistress may exist, since his wife Josefina Tallado revealed in her interview before that she discovered photos and videos showing her governor husband in an intimate moment with a naked young woman.

The Camarines Norte Governor could be the new "Mang Kanor" if there's any truth to that. And apparently, it's very true after his scandal photos have been leaked online recently.

screenshot from ABS-CBN News website

As for the video, I think it hasn't been leaked yet.

Following the circulation of the private photos online, netizens have been looking as well for links to the video scandal. Many believe that the viral photos of the governor were screenshots from the video.

A desperate friend of mine even messaged me on Facebook asking if I know a link to the video. What the... ?!? Sorry my friend, I don't have. (And even if I have, it is just right not to spread it.)

Maybe he's one of those victimized by fake video on Facebook allegedly of Gov. Edgardo Tallado and mistress, just like those alleged video scandals of actresses Coleen Garcia and Marian Rivera.

My advice, it's better not to satisfy your cravings for those stuff, than to be fooled.

And in a surprising twist of events, just this morning, CamNorte Gov. Tallado delivered a speech only to say sorry for the controversy.

In this video by DZMM TeleRadyo, Tallado has already apologized to his wife, his constituents and even the mistress. He also appealed to his political opponents to stop spreading his photo scandal.

Good move! It just confirms in a way though those allegations by his wife, including physical violence, threats etc., are true.

But many believe an apology isn't enough. Should he step down from his post as governor? What do you think? -

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