Disaster Must-Have FREE Apps

Just last week, Philippines was hit by typhoon Glenda. And while weaker, typhoon Henry is still in Philippine Area of Responsibility. As of this writing, people from Manila are just waiting for typhoon Glenda to hit the area.

Fearing the repeat of the destruction caused by typhoon Yolanda last year, Filipinos (and even the government, fortunately) are taking the necessary precautions to prevent the same level of destruction.

For us, being prepared is the key. And your smartphone may provide very helpful. Aside from the normal features of communication through SMS and calling, smartphone nowadays have a handful of apps that provide timely and crucial information.

Here are some apps that you can download to help you prepare and to keep you informed:

1. Twitter (iOS | Android)


Twitter is a FREE microblogging social media site that allows you to post in 140 characters or less. One of the useful features of Twitter during calamities is the hashtag, which index tweets that use them. For the Filipinos, there are now standard hashtags that can be used during calamities. Some of which include #RescuePH (for people in need of rescue), #SafeNow (for people rescued), #ReliefPH (to get info on relief opetations), #WalangPasok (for class and work suspensions). Twitter is free on iOS and Android.


[MOVIE REVIEW] She’s Dating the Gangster: I can’t breathe

Let’s get this out of the way first: I haven’t read the book. I’m basing all my opinion in this post on what I’ve seen in the movie.

I dragged my partner to Glorietta Saturday night to watch the movie. He came willingly, but given the choice, he wouldn’t watch it. He’s still traumatized by “My Kontrabida Girl,” and I don’t blame him. That movie was sooo bad.

“She’s Dating the Gangster” is based on the best-selling book by Bianca Bernardino. The synopsis, accoding to Star Cinema, “It all started when 17-year-old Athena Dizon (Kathryn Bernardo) unwittingly plays a trick on resident heartthrob and bad boy, Kenji de los Reyes (Daniel Padilla). All of a sudden, she finds herself pretending—unwillingly at that—to be his girlfriend to make his ex jealous. Now, not only does she have to deal with dirty looks from the girls in school who want Kenji for themselves, but her supposed boyfriend is getting on her nerves. He’s hotheaded, never seems to agree with her on anything—and everything about him screams gangster. Has Athena gotten herself into more trouble than she can handle? Or has she actually found herself a boy she can call hers—gangster be damned?”

That is the first storyline. The second storyline can be summed up as the story of Kelay (Kathryn Bernardo) looking for Kenji de los Reyes, father of Kenneth (Daniel Padilla) after the plane he’s on crashed in Bicol, to fulfill her promise to her aunt, Athena. Kelay and Kenneth’s love story began and flourished while travelling from Manila all the way to Bicol. And it is during this trip that Kenneth founds out the real story of his father’s less-than-ideal love story.


Tom Daley is World’s Sexiest Man for 2014


British Magazine “Attitude” announced that Tom Daley emerged as the world’s sexiest man for 2014 in their recently concluded readers poll. He was also voted the sexiest during the inaugural list last year.

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for me in Attitude’s HOT 100 – it means the world,” said Tom following the announcement at Attitude’s exclusive HOT 100 party. (quote lifted from Attitude.co.uk)



Cinemalaya X: Which films are you watching?

2014 marks the 10th year of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival. It will run from August 1-10, 2014, with the films screening at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Greenbelt 3, TriNoma, Alabang Town Center and Fairview Terraces.

We’ve already bought our tickets for two of the films: Kasal and Dagitab.

But just in case you’re wondering, here are the lists of films competing for the Directors Showcase, Newbreed, and Shorts categories: