Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Magnolia eliminates NLEX, 96-89 (REPLAY VIDEO) Semis Game 6 / March 20

PBA Philippine Cup 2018 Updates & Results (March 20, 2018) Best-of-7 / Semis Game 6: Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok defeated NLEX Road Warriors, 96-89 with a 4-2 victory in Game 6 to advance to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Tuesday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

The scores:

MAGNOLIA 96 - Sangalang 15, Barroca 14, Jalalon 11, Pascual 10, Ramos 10, Lee 9, dela Rosa 9, Reavis 6, Simon 6, Herndon 4, Brondial 2.

NLEX 89 -

Quarters: 20-29, 49-46, 71-68, 96-89. [COMPLETE GAME STATS]

Magnolia vs. NLEX - Semis Game 6 (March 20, 2018) Full Replay Video
uploaded by ESPN5

NLEX vs. Magnolia (1st Quarter)

NLEX vs. Magnolia (2nd Quarter)

NLEX vs. Magnolia (3rd Quarter)

NLEX vs. Magnolia (4th Quarter)

NLEX vs. Magnolia (Highlights)

Screenshot via youtube/ESPN5/ PBA


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JR Quiñahan EJECTED For Flagrant Foul 2 on Jio Jalalon (VIDEO)

PBA Philippine Cup 2018 Updates & Results (March 20, 2018) Best-of-7 / Semis Game 6: Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok vs. NLEX Road Warriors - 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Tuesday at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. JR Quiñahan EJECTED For Flagrant Foul 2 on Jio Jalalon. [via ESPN5]

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HIGHLIGHTS: Miami Heat vs. Denver Nuggets - 2OT Thriller (VIDEO)

Check out the best plays as the Miami Heat defeat the Denver Nuggets 149-141 in double overtime tonight in Miami. The Heat’s 149 points are a new franchise record for a single game! [via NBA]


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Audiences loved him as the young Scott Summers / Cyclops in Bryan Singer’s 2016 flashback of the superhero franchise, “X-Men: Apocalypse.” Now, Tye Sheridan stars as the underdog Wade Watts in Steven Spielberg's epic adventure “Ready Player One” (in Philippine cinemas Saturday, March 31.)

Watch the short video of Sheridan and his co-stars inviting Filipino fans to watch the movie in the link below.

Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller which has become a worldwide phenomenon, “Ready Player One” is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

At first glance, Wade Watts would not appear to be your typical image of a hero. Spielberg says, “Every film I produced or directed in the `80s had underdogs as heroes, and Wade is certainly an underdog. He’s a smart but somewhat disenfranchised young man who is in a very unhappy place in his life: his parents have died and he’s living with his aunt and her current boyfriend in a rundown vertical trailer park in Columbus, Ohio, called the Stacks. His only personal satisfaction comes in trying to win Halliday’s contest in the OASIS.”

Tye Sheridan affirms, “Wade idolizes James Halliday and has devoted countless hours to studying every detail of his life, looking for any insight that will help him in his quest to be ‘first to the Egg.’”

Once in the OASIS, Wade disappears into his avatar, Parzival, a name inspired by the knight who found the Holy Grail. Describing his dual role, Sheridan says, “Wade and Parzival are very different people; Parzival is everything Wade is not. Wade is kind of this skittish guy who’s shy and closed off from everyone, while Parzival is confident, brave, resourceful and very skilled.”

Parzival is also more social. In fact, Spielberg comments, “His only friends are in the OASIS. He’s never met any of them as anything but their avatars and he’s happy with that. Everything that matters to him exists on this virtual plane.”

Sheridan concludes, “I love that ‘Ready Player One’ delivers such an important message about embracing who you are. All the heroes in our movie are different types of people. It shouldn’t matter what your race, gender, age or physical appearance is.”

“Ready Player One” also stars Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Bates Motel”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story”) and T.J. Miller (“Deadpool”), with Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” movies, the “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk”).

“Ready Player One” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Lubao International Balloon & Music Festival 2018 Celebrates 5 Years of Decorating The Skies

Now on its fifth year, The Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2018 is set to be more fun-filled and exciting as it decorates the skies with gorgeous balloons this March 23 to 25. 
The morning skies of Lubao, Pampanga will be painted by 30 gorgeous hot air balloons from France, Belgium, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Japan, Thailand, and more. This includes 8 balloons in special shapes that will surely amuse festival-goers. An exhibition of aerial shows will also be in place for those who enjoy fearless displays. On top of that, entertaining land-based activities are set up such as car shows, rides, Zoocobia, inflatables, Kite Flying, food festival, bazaars, and other solid stunts. The skyline will be graced by ultralight aircrafts during the day and then be lit up by glowing hot air balloons in the evening to illuminate the activity area as visitors have a great concert experience.
Aside from exciting activities, the country’s favorite love teams McCoy & Elisse and Maymay & Edward will also make special appearances! Featured musical acts such as DJ Kyoto, Autotelic, December Ave, Ben & Ben and Ransom Collective will surely get the crowds jumping and swaying. The festival also boasts performances from the country’s biggest artists including Ex Batallion, Silent Sanctuary, Michael Pangilinan, Moira Dela Torre, Up Dharma Down, Bamboo, and Sarah Geronimo. It’s going to be an unforgettable summer experience!

Get your tickets now at SM Tickets (https://www.smtickets.com). Ticket prices are at Php300 for General Admission valid for any one (1) day from March 23-25.
The Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival 2018 is organized by Lubao International Balloon Festival, Inc. (LIBF) together with Forthinker, Inc., in cooperation with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga (ACTO) and with support from Provincial Government of Pampanga.
For further inquiries, you may contact Forthinker, Inc. from Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm via landline +632-942-0768, mobile +63929-559-1719. You may also visit our website at lubaoibmf.com and our facebook page at Lubao International Balloon and Music Festival (https://www.facebook.com/LubaoIBMF/).

Report, Improve and Be Rewarded: AutoConscience App Promotes Better Driving Behavior

Every now and then we need someone to provide us a constructive feedback that will lead us to further improve in whatever that we do. Sometimes we see things as right when in fact wrong when no one is calling us out. Sometimes we do good things but kinda disheartened when those are being overshadowed by the misdeeds of others. 

I'm glad I discovered an app where both bad and good feedback can be provided that will motivate us to become better. This is the AutoConscience app where it highlights outstanding and disgusting behavior on the road. I drive my own car and it pains when people generalizes the kind of vehicle drivers we have in the Philippines. Some are commendable but others are reprehensible.

Since drivers have no means of communicating in a civil manner then it’s no wonder that our roads are not only chaotic but also actively hostile, eg. people blocking intersections, not following the right of way, counterflowing. Obnoxious driving behavior causes traffic and leads to a stressful driving experience for everyone.

The key to better driver behavior would be to enable positive communication and feedback to drivers. Wouldn't you feel better when you can say thank you to the person who let you merge into his lane?

AutoConscience enables sending reports directly to the driver in question. All reports are linked to the license plate of the vehicle in question. The service has preselected messages which are easy to select and send (this also precludes the possibility of users sending spam, harassing or hostile messages).

AutoConsicence is designed to play like a game where the user is rewarded for driving properly as well as reporting other good (and bad) drivers. 

It's currently visited by more than two thousand people a day and here's me hoping that more and more registered, active users will make use of this app.

Encouraging simple behavior can have outsized beneficial results. For example, studies have shown that failure to properly use turn signals causes more accidents than distracted driving. Thus, AutoConscience, by promoting good driver behavior, would directly contribute to faster traffic in the city.

But with AutoConscience everyone can say thank you to the good driver who used their turn signal or who properly stopped at an intersection. Acknowledging and praising good driving will lead to a safer and faster road experience for everyone.


Do you offer any rewards for good drivers?
Yes! Free gas for the following:
a. The most highly rated driver per month (you do not need to be a registered user)
b. The person who helps us find the most highly rated driver (you do not need to be a registered user) 
c. Users randomly selected when we reach our community goals (you need to be a registered user)

How do I use AutoConscience?
You can go to the site (www.conscience.ac) or download the Android app ( play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bbb.autoconscience ). From either the site or app you just type in the license number of the car you want to report and select from a menu of options. All reports are confidential and anonymous. The driver of the car you report will receive your report (if he's a registered user) but will not see who reported it. We hope that good drivers get thanked for their decent behavior on the road and that this will lead to even more good behavior - easing traffic for everyone.

Benefits to registering?
You do not need to register to use AutoConscience. If you do register you gain access to all of the reports sent about your car. (Perhaps you did not block a traffic intersection and someone said thank you for that or you let another car merge and then said thanks.) Registering also makes you eligible for rewards such as free gasoline and allows you to gain levels as a user, accumulating badges and points along the way.

How do I find out what other people are reporting about my driving?
You gain access to that information by registering. Registration is free!

What kind of buzz is AutoConscience generating?

Currently it's visited by more than two thousand people a day and we have a small but growing number of registered, active users. 

It's still early days for the app and the team but already we have garnered some positive press. It was selected as one of the finalists in the 2017 Startup Summit Philippines  (http://startupopen.org/startups-2017/) and was invited to pitch the idea to Korean investors at Spring Valley, a startup incubator in the Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/springvalleytech/).

For more information of the AutoConscience app, check them below.