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Pinoys dominates dancesport in 2019 SEA Games, collects 10 gold medals

Mark Jason Gayon and Mary Joy Reigen bagged the hosts’ first gold medal in Dancesport. The pair topped the Waltz amd slow Foxtrot category to confirm their win. 

Aranar Sean Mischa and Nualla Ana Leonila Manalo secured the top spot in the WDSF SEA Games Standard Tango category. Dancesport events is on going at Royce Hotel in Clark.

Cañeda and Aunzo danced their way to three gold medal in the Latin Samba and 
Latin Cha Cha and Rumba.

Michael Marquez and Stephanie Sabalo closed out the Philippines' campaign with two golds in the Paso Doble and All Five Latin Dances events

Philippine duos has also silver medal for quickstep and jive.

PH dominates triathlon for men and women's division, bags early gold in 2019 SEA Games

The Filipino duo of John Chicano and Kim Remolino took the men's triathlon competition in SBMA for a gold and silver finish for the Philippines.

While another 1-2 finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games triathlon competition after Kim Mangrobang and Kim Kilgroe bag the gold and silver medals in the women’s individual event.

The 2019 SEA Games traithlon event Subic Bay Boardwalk in Zambales. PH athletes ruled the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike, and 10-kilometer run.

Triathlon is a multisport race with three continuous and sequential endurance races which includes swimming, cycling and running in various distances.


Taiwan Railways reveals look of the new 600 train wagons ordered from Japan

Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) reveals the design and look of the new 600 train wagons ordered from Japan, reported by several Taiwanese media.

The new car design was announced  on Nov 30 ag Hualien Railway Station. The body is black and white with a minimalist style and the interior seats are also black and white.  

Priority for the new cars will be given to Huadong Line or the east coast lone which is expected to ride along by 2021.

Japanese business designer presented the design concept, exposing for the first time the appearance of the front, body, general seats and business seats.  Black and white gray is the main color system, showing the simple design aesthetics.

TRA official pointed out that the speed of the new train is the same as that of Puyuma and Taroko. The capacity can be increased by about 39% and 130 seats. 

Zhu Laishun stated that 600 intercity trains are expected to be delivered one by one by the end of 2020 and will be assembled in Hualien Port. ( Photos from Apple Daily)


Possible snow fall in Taiwan mountains on Thursday (Dec 5) as cold front arrives

The first wave of snow fall in winter is coming in Taiwan mountains, 'chances' of snow fall at Mt. Yushan and Mt. Hehuanshan may occur at night of December 5, in a report by Central Weather Bureau.

The cold air mass of the winter approaches Taiwan and winds increases, temperatures in northern Taiwan could dip to as low as 13 degrees and possibly 12 degrees in coastal areas.

Yushan forecast to have -7 to -9 temperatures while Hehuanshan will have -3 to -7. With enough moisture on the mentioned date, snow will likely to fall.

Snow fall is the forecast because it is expected to bring more moisture, Yushan and Hehuanshan could 'possibly' see the first snowfall of the winter in Taiwan, reported by ETToday.

The two coldest time points will fall on the Thursday night (Dec 5) and early morning of Friday (Dec 6). Expect a sharp drop on temperature and form cold waves.

The cold temperature will also have rain fall, making it mountains of Yushan and Hehuanshan may have the first snow fall is there is moisture for snow to fall.


Temperature in Taiwan to dip down to 12℃ as cold air mass intensifies

Another round of northeastern winds comes in Taiwan and temperatures around is expected to fall to as low of 12 degrees Celsius starting tonight of December 2, according to Central Weather Bureau.

It will bring the mercury to 12-13 degrees specifically in northern Taiwan and Yilan with 14-15 degrees in other parts of Taiwan. Humidity will be low, which will allow Taiwan to have stable weather conditions

Clouds around the region will gradually increase, and the chance of rainfall will be higher around the whole Taiwan.

In addition to greatly increasing the rainfall on the windward and mountainous areas, there is also rainfall in the central and southern parts of the country.

Yet another wave of strong cold air will be experienced on Friday (Dec 6) and gradually becomes dry and cold.


Danhai Train in New Taipei launched new theme designed by a popular Taiwanese illustrator

Danhai Light Rail transit system in New Taipei launched three new themed trains designed by Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao which were based on his artworks, as announced by New Taipei Metro Corporation (NTMC).

The trains are decorated with Liao’s paintings as well as dolls inspired by the characters in Jimmy Liao's illustrated books.

Since the opening of the Danhai Light Rail at the end of last year, more than 3.5 million people have come ride and it has become the latest tourist highlight of Danshui, New Taipei.

The illustration design of art extends from the platform or station of the trains. The New Taipei City Government actively promotes the North Coast Tourism.

The inside and outside of the car trains were decorated with colorful illustations. The train also had super cute physical dolla. Letting tourists get on the light rail train is like stepping into the world of illustrations.


Satisfy your unlimited Samgyupsal cravings in Taiwan at Mr. M. Eat Restaurant in Taichung

Looking for a Samgyupsal restaurant? Mr. M. Eat Restaurant in Taichung can give you that. Their meat is fresh and delicious and everyone will surely enjoy the good food.

The restaurant offers unlimited samgyupsal and buffet side dishes which includes the traditional kimchi. When the weather is cold at the end of the year, it good to gather for some barbecue. 

Price starts at NT$369 for weekdays noon and NT$399 for evening and weekends plus 10% tax.

The restaurant is open during weekdays at 11:00am to 03:30pm and 05:00 to 10:30pm on weekdays while a straight time of 11:00am to 10:30pm on weekends and holidays.

For reservation you may dial 04-24718966, Mr. M. Eat is located at No. 342號, Section 2, Nantun Road, Nantun District, Taichung City 40873, Chinese address: 台中市南屯区南屯路二段342号40873 

How to go?

From Taichung Station, ride bus number 30, 40 or 73 and drop off at Nantun-Wenxin intersection and walk off 1 minute or opt dor a taxi going to the restaurant just show the address. (Photos from Mr. M. Eat)


Under President Duterte's order, 53 sporting events in 2019 SEA Games now free to public

Tickets for the 53 sports in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will now be given for free, according to the event organizers.

Phisgoc chair and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano announced that upon President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to open venues to the public which includes 10,000 tickets for the closing ceremony will be given for free. 

All sporting events will also be free for the public except for Basketball, Volleyball and Football along with non-ticketed events. Venues of the said events are the Mall of Asia Arena, PhilSports Arena, the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, and the Binan Football Stadium, respectively.

Additionally, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte ordered the PHISGOC to provide 10,000 free tickets out of the 20,000 seats for the closing ceremonies at the Athletics Stadium in New Clark City on December 11. Phisgoc will release the mechanics on how and where people can get tickets. (Photo ABS CBN)


Typhoon Tisoy threatens Philippines and its SEA Games venues

Tropical cyclone Kammuri has intensified into a typhoon and will heavy rains and strong winds, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The typhoon now threatening the venues of the in going 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in the Philippines.

The decision to suspend or reschedule some games will come from PHISGOC. Our weather specialists and rainfall warning group will be providing real time information regarding the possible impact,” PAGASA weather division chief Esperanza Cayanan said.

PAGASA already deployed five teams composed of weather specialists and hydrologists, at the PHISGOC main operations center in Clark City to update SEAG officials on the typhoon.

Typhoon Kammuri will be named Tisoy as it enters Philippine area of responsibility. Tisoy will be the 20th typhoon to hit the country this year.


14℃ recorded in Taipei's Daan District and in Taoyuan's Yangmei District today

The lowest temperature on the ground in Taiwan was 14.1 degrees in Taoyuan Yangmei and low temperature in Taipei's Daan District was also 14.9 degrees reported by Central Weather Bureau.

The wave of cold air was the coldest in the early morning of today (Nov 29). There will be less rain for today.

However, on the evening of 12/1, there will be another northeast monsoon going southward, and Northern Taiwan was expected to go down 14 degrees in open areas.

The coldest temperature today was 14.1 degrees at the Observation Station in Yangmei District, Taoyuan City, and 14.9 degrees in Daan District, Taipei. 

Low temperature also for south and east of Taiwan about 16-18 degrees, daytime temperature in the north and east will be l 21-23 degrees.


Hero police officer Jason Magno sacrifice own life to save others from a granade blast

Police Senior Master Sergeant Jason Magno was killed when he threw himself over the grenade hurled by the suspect in a school at 11am Thursday (Nov 28).

According to reports, an unidentified man was caught with illegally cut logs in the area and brought to local office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The man pulled out a grenade inside the office of DENR due to he cannot explain the illegal logging activities. The DENR personnel immediately ran to a covered court of Initiao College, the suspect followed them and threw the grenade at them. 

Local policemen responded and Magno sacrificed himself to protect civilians and other policemen from harm. The suspect was eventually shot dead by responding authorities.

All victims were rushed to the Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital where police officer Magno died while undergoing treatment.


OFWs in Taiwan to showcase music talents and compete in Batte of the Bands

Filipinos groups in Taiwan mainly in Heinchu County are holding a year-end battle of the bands competition which were composed of overseas Filipino workers groups, reported by Central News Agency.

Winter Slam Battle of the Bands will be this coming December 15, 2019 and will be held at Fengshan Community Activity Center in Hukou Township, Hsinchu County.

There will be seven competing Filipino bands and will perform for 15 minutes each. 

"One main reason we are holding this event is to give Filipino bands a stage and to help them find exposure," said Allan Viray, co-organizer of the event.

A cash prize of NT$10,000 for the top winner and NT$7,000 and NT$5,000, respectively for the runner up winners.

Additionally, the proceeds from the event will be donated to Angelito Victoriano Penuaga, a Filipino worker in Tainan who was hospitalized due to series of strokes.


Poll: Taiwanese people lacks in sense of humor compared to other countries

Taiwanese generally do not consider themselves very humorous which lacks to their personality according to a poll released at National Taiwan Normal University citing surveys conducted over several years.

While Taiwanese people who are prone to sarcasm have been found to have inferior brain efficiency.

The Ministry of Science and Technology in Taipei shared a research on cultural and gender differences in humor based on quantified questionnaires and functional magnetic resonance imaging data that has been accumulated over the past five years.

The research was made by Chen Hsueh-chih, College of Education dean, he started studying humor and its related effects more than 20 years ago due to a desire to improve his own sense of humor.

The poll ranked Taiwanese in 17th in terms of benign humor and 16th in the category of hurtful humor. Benign humor tends to be beneficial to physical and mental health, while hurtful humor has the opposite effect, according to the professor.

The survey has 7,226 valid responses from people in the 25 countries and territories, including estimated 500 in Taiwan.


Famous Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao dies due to heart attack; overwork and lack of sleep seen

Taiwanese actor Godfrey Gao died Wednesday (Nov 27) due to sudden cardiac arrest after he collapsed while shooting a Chinese reality show in eastern China’s Zhejiang province.

The Taiwanese model-actor suddenly fell and lost consciousness. The hospital pronounced him dead and the cause of death was sudden cardiac death.

Health experts seen the sudden cardiac death experienced by Godfrey was likely caused by overwork and staying up late, speculated by Fang Cheng-Chung, the chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at National Taiwanese University Hospital.

Overwork and staying up late cause a lot of stress to the body, which can lead to an elevated amount of stress hormones which can cause high blood pressure, vasoconstriction and heart rhythm disturbances.

Gao first rose to fame as a model, becoming the first Asian man to model for Louis Vuitton, he appeared in Chinese sci-fi film “Shanghai Fortress,” which was acquired by Netflix. He has roles in Hollywood films such as 2013’s “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” and Toy Story 3.


Coach asked Pres Duterte to make SEA Games free to public to maximize home court advantage

Monico Puentevella, President of Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas is requesting President Rodrigo Duterte to make venues for the SEA games for free to maximize home court advantage and full support for athletes, in a report by Philstar.

“After watching the exciting football match between our team drawing Cambodia with only half the stadium filled with cheering football Pinoy fanatics, I’m sure there were many more waiting outside who wanted to just experience the Games but couldn’t come in because they couldn’t afford the tickets,” said Puentevella.

Puentevella pointing out that this is not the time to commercialize the event instead this is the time for an all out support.

"Outside the Opening and Closing ceremonies and probably our national sport, basketball, it’s about time we free all the Games before the official opening. I’m sure the President will approve this for the sake of the sport-loving masses,” he said.

Everyone is looking positive that President Duterte will allow the request from the former Philippine Olympic Committee chairman and Philippine Sports commissioner.


Philippines' Athletics Stadium in New Clark City graded as Class 1 facility

The newly built Athletics Stadium in New Clark City gained a Class 1 certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

A Class 1 certification means a venue is capable of hosting big events such as the Olympics and other world championships.

The 20,000-seater boasts of a nine-lane main track, and indoor and outdoor warm-up tracks equipped with the IAAF-approved Rekortan M sandwich synthetic surface system.

The open-air stadium will be used for the events of track and field of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which include dash, polo vault, and discus throw. The stadium alao boasts an Olympic-quality track oval, fields, and nets.

The stadium is part of the New Clark City Sports Hub, which also showcases an Aquatic Center.


48-year-old OFW died after falling from a yacht in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour

Hong Kong police investigates the death of a Filipino worker who fell into Victoria Harbour from a yacht, reported by South China Morning Post.

According to the police, the 48-year-old accidentally fell overboard on Saturday (Nov 23), rescue efforts by his friend and fellow crewman were not successful.

Though the passing yacht able to recover the OFW and was sent to the Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai where he was pronounced dead.

"The body will be examined and the cause of death will be determined after that," according to the police spokesman.

The police said they received calls for help on Saturday after the man fell into the sea about 1km off the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. A group of police officers went on board of the yacht on Sunday morning to collect evidence.

The Filipino man was a crewman on the yacht Sweet Dream, which is stationed at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

The yacht club said that the organisation was sorry for the tragedy. The club could not provide more information because the Filipino was not a member.


PH's Cebu Pacific Air wins Most Improved Airline for 2020

Philippine budget airline Cebu Pacific Air wins the Most Improved Airlines for 2020 according to website which rates lots of airline worldwide.

Cebu Pacific flies to 64 tourist and business destinations within Asia and operates 67 mainly Airbus aircraft, added to the report.

“Cebu Pacific has become a major part of the fabric of life in the Philippines bringing affordable travel to most,” Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas said.

“The airline has a very modern fleet and operationally is now up there with the best,” he added.

Cebu Pacific Airlines signed a firm order with Airbus for 16 long-range A330neo aircraft and it will part of the airline's modernization program. was developed to provide everyone in the world a one-stop-shop for everything related to airlines, formed by a team of aviation editors, who have forensically researched nearly every airline in the world.


Teacher in Iloilo allegedly shows porn video to Grade 10 students for sex education

The Department of Education (DepEd) was investigating a report that a high school teacher in Pili National High School in Iloilo allegedly showed a pornographic video during science class.

The male teacher shows a documentary TV series about sex which explains different positions and diseases.

"The public is assured that this matter will be dealt with in a just and objective manner strictly adhering to statutory policies in the department," said DepEd in a report by ABS-CBN

Some students even testified that they had watched porn inside the school.

Ajuy Mayor Jett Rojas is concerned about this and according to the mayor the Department of Education is investigating the issue and guide teachers on how sex education should be taught.


MECO warns OFWs in Taiwan about remittance scams; advised to tell police for the crime

Scammers use cunning ploys to cheat the money of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Taiwan. Manila Economic & Cultural Office (MECO) give advised and warning to all OFW in regarding remittance scams.

Scammers love money transfers, since there’s no way to refund or stop the transaction nor to trace the money, especially since the scammer can pick up funds from any number of transaction.

Check below announcement by MECO:
Photo from MECO

Earlier this month, three major Taiwanese together with Filipinos who are groups of scammers have allegedly swindled NT$24 million from Filipino workers in Taiwan.

Police authorities encouraged Filipino workers in Taiwan to use banks and reputable financial organizations when sending their salaries back home.


Taiwan 2nd in whole Asia in terms of lung cancer; North Korea being the highest

Taiwan has the 2nd-highest incidence of lung cancer in Asia and being the 8th highest in the world for women patients according to a report by the Formosa Cancer Foundation (FCF).

Taiwan has a ratio of 36 per 100,000 people with lung cancer, second to North Korea at 36.2 per 100,000 people.

Cancer has been the leading cause of death in Taiwan since 1982, about 10,000 people die of lung cancer each year in Taiwan. 50 percent of people who develop lung cancer in Taiwan are non-smokers.

Cancer’s growing threat to the Taiwan is attributable to complex factors, several of which include smoking, dietary changes, lack of physical activities and the prevalent chewing of betel nuts according to 
Formosa Cancer Foundation.

The FCF works to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through public education that focuses on promoting healthy life style, early detection and raising the quality of cancer care and treatment. 


Taiwan's Eva Air ranks 8th among the best airline in the world

One of Taiwan's major airline EVA Air takes the 8th spot among the best airline in the world ranked by website

EVA Air has always been the leader in Taiwanese aviation and always at the forefront of cabin innovation such as premium economy according to the site.

Heading the list is Air New Zealand followed by Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, EVA Air, Qatar Airways, Virgin Australia for the top 10.

To be named in the top twenty airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort.

"We are looking for leadership and airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience particularly in economy class,” according to Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas.

Rounding up the 20 top airlines in the world are: Lufthansa, Finnair, Japan Airlines, KLM, Korean Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, British Airways, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Etihad Airways. was developed to provide everyone in the world a one-stop-shop for everything related to airlines, formed by a team of aviation editors, who have forensically researched nearly every airline in the world.


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