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By: theinfineight | July 31, 2016

Five up and coming OPM artists are treating us to new releases this month! 

First off the list is the Filipina Queen of YouTube covers, Vell Baria with her cover of Tamia's "Loving You Still". 

By: theinfineight | July 31, 2016

For almost the entire Philippines, the first thing that comes into their mind when Lauren Rosales is mentioned is that "girl who was shot in a jeepney". At the age of twenty-six, that was her final and unfortunately, most famous moniker.

But for her loved ones, Lauren Rosales was Kulot (Curly), Nangnang (Grandmother), Superwoman, Bebe Lauren, Babe, Honey and Hun-Hun. She was a young woman who first delved into the fandoms when the Taiwanese drama "Meteor Garden" first aired in the Philippines. She was one of the youngest members of the fanclub for that show at the age of thirteen. Most of her fellow fangirls were college students and young professionals.


Lauren Rosales outside the meet and greet venue for Kim Hyun Joong


By: theinfineight | July 30, 2016

When you hear of resettlement areas here in the Philippines, the first thing that comes into your mind is an unhabitable place in some far flung province where informal settlers are sent to. 

Except that Southville in Rodriguez, Rizal is far from that one. The resettlement area north of Metro Manila is nothing but a community full of life. 

Here is how life is like at Southville, a resettlement area made liveable thanks to the initiatives of the Claret Urban Poor Apostolate (CUPA) that also operates a kindergarten school called Claret Learning Center in the area.












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By: theinfineight | July 30, 2016

Last year, Steve Harvey temporarily earned the ire of both Filipino and Colombian beauty pageant fans when he announced the wrong winner at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant. Everyone thought then that his hosting career would be over (even with all the public apologies he made to both the Miss Universe winner and her 1st runner up). 

Turns out, his hosting career isn't done with after all! 

On July 29, 2016, the Family Feud host was announced by an official of the Department of Tourism to be the host of the Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held here in the Philippines. It is noted that he had told the Miss Universe organization that he wants to apologize to the Filipinos and Pia Wurtzbach (the Miss Universe 2015 titleholder). 

According to DOT U...

By: theinfineight | July 29, 2016

The day has finally come - from gradwaiting, you're now a graduate! Yet, there is one more hurdle you have to overcome before you can get your first job and that is gathering the necessary documents you need for your job application. The bumming part of it all? The fact that you have to pay one document fee after another for those government-issued clearances that your first employer would need from you.

Fear not! Senator Grace Poe knows how you feel and she is working hard for document fees to be waived for fresh graduates. Senate Bill 343 or the Fresh Graduates Pre-Employment Assistance Act  is her way of ensuring that fresh graduates are able to get the government documents they need for free. The government documents covered by SB343 are...