MANILA, December 7, 2002 (STAR) Ogie Alcasid will launch his advocacy for street children in a benefit concert "One For The Heart" for Childhope Asia Philippines on Dec. 28, 2002 at the Music Museum in San Juan, Metro Manila. Tickets are now available at the Ticketworld (tel. no. 8915610) outlets and Music Museum (tel. nos. 7216726 or 721-2949 local 252).

Ogie endorses the Street Education/Protection program of Childhope as it reaches out to protect and educate, counsel and motivate children living and working on the streets to protect themselves from drug abuse and sexual abuse, and to be referred to recovery centers or reunite with their families. At present, Childhope has 22 full-time street educators/counselors working from Tuesdays to Saturdays in selected areas in Metro Manila. It is hoped that with the support of the community, Childhope’s street educators/counselors will be able to continue to assist about 3,000 street children a year to protect themselves and to decide to give up life on the streets – giving them hope and a better tomorrow.

Street children like Carlito and Marites, ages 10 years and 12 years old from Ermita, Manila, who have tapped on your car window to ask you to share a few coins, are two such street children who have attended the non-formal education sessions and counselling services conducted by two of Childhope’s street educators. They have both decided to leave the streets and have gone to temporary recovery center/shelter and now going to school.

Now more than ever, community support is needed to continue and sustain the street educators to help these children not just for one day, but more importantly, for their future as citizens of our country.

PRC partially nullifies results of June 2002 marine deck exams

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) yesterday announced it partially annulled the results of the theoretical phase of the licensure examinations for marine deck officers given to 3,141 examinees for the ranks master mariner, chief mate and officer-in-charge of a navigational watch, last June 21, 22 and 23 due to "statistical improbabilities" which made the results of the examinations suspect.

Nullified were the results of the exams in five subjects, namely: general ship knowledge and cargo operations; safety, maintenance and emergency procedures for master mariner; safety, maintenance and emergency operations for chief mate; and general ship knowledge and cargo operations; and collision regulations and maritime laws for the officer-in-charge of a navigational watch.

In a resolution signed by Chairperson Antonieta Fortuna-Ibe and Commissioners Alfonso Abad and Avelina de la Rea-Tan, the PRC adopted the recommendation of a multi-agency task force to nullify the examinations on the five subjects with suspect results.

The task force was composed of Police Director Lucas Managuelod of the Philippine National Police Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management, as chair, with Atty. Justo Yap and the National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Graft Division, and Atty. Querubin Garcia of the Public Attorney’s Office as members.

In its resolution, PRC said its investigation was triggered when its personnel confiscated a small sheet of paper containing numbers 1 to 100 with letters "A," "B," "C" or "D" written opposite each number. The sheet was being passed by one examinee in the June exam to another examinee.

This incident and the unusually high grades or ratings obtained by examinees in the five subjects prompted the PRC Chairperson to create a PRC special committee composed of three PRC officials to conduct preliminary investigation. The special committee was assisted by Atty. Elfren Meneses of the NBI Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division, Capt. Eugenio Ynion, a former member of the Board of Marine Deck Officers, to evaluate the test questions, and Dr. Milagros Ibe, PRC consultant on test construction and statistics.

The task force was created when the special committee recommended that the PRC create an independent body to look into the case.

On the recommendation of the task force, PRC will conduct a formal investigation of the examiner who prepared the questions for the subjects with suspect results. The PRC vowed to pursue formal investigation and elevate the case to the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission for the proper prosecution of the case.

To help the examinees who were the real victims of unscrupulous individuals, the PRC resolved to allow the concerned examinees to retake the examinations in the five subjects once in any scheduled licensure exam for marine deck officers.

The results of the examinations to be taken will be released together with the results of the exams in other subjects in the examinations they have taken on June 21, 22 and 23 this year, PRC said.

Alumni join TUP in 101st anniversary

A grand alumni and faculty homecoming will be held today at the TUP grounds. The activity will coincide with the university’s 101st foundation anniversary celebration.

The homecoming’s theme, ‘Building Bridges for Common Good’ will give the alumni the opportunity to renew old ties with acquaintances, update the alumni directory, visit their alma mater and join the present administration, faculty and staff in all the programs lined up for the occasion. The awarding of the ‘Outstanding PSAT-PCAT-TUP Alumnus’ in seven categories will be the highlight of the affair.

ACCRALAW to conduct MCLE seminar on 30th anniversary

Atty. Victor Lazatin, Managing Partner of Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices announced that ACCRALAW will be conducting a whole day MCLE Seminar on Dec. 9, 2002, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. "This is part of our firm’s activities to commemorate our 30th anniversary year (1972-2002) and to jump-start our partnering efforts with other institutional law firms to improve the legal profession in the Philippines." ACCRALAW is an accredited provider of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education program of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The ACCRALAW MCLE Seminar will be held at the Garcia Villa-Balagtas-Balmori Rooms of the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

Legal luminaries will lecture on the following topics: ACCRALAW Founding Partner, Atty. Teodoro Regala, recognized worldwide as a leading corporate lawyer, will speak on "Law Reforms in Specific Areas of Law" (2 credit units); Dean Eduardo delos Angeles of Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc Delos Angeles Law Offices – "Alternative Dispute Resolution (1.5 credit units); former Supreme Court and ACCRALAW’s Counsel Justice Efren Plana – "Effective Legal Writing and Oral Advoacy" (2 credit units); ACCRALAW Senior Partner and one of the country’s top litigators, Atty. Rogelio Vinluan – "Effective Cross Examination" (2 credit units).

Registration starts at 7 a.m. to give the seminar participants ample time to comply with the guidelines issued by the MCLE Committee of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. For inquiries, call ACCRALAW Client Development Office tels. #8308025/830-8000 loc. 8161. Aiwa football,

Celebrity bowl final kick today

Witness heart-pounding football action as the Bulldogs battle the Wolfpack today at the championship game of the AIWA Bowl, a 7-on-7 tournament of the Philippine Flag Football League (PFFL).

Also today, TV and movie personalities give this exciting new sport a try in the first ever PFFL Celebrity Bowl. With stars like Gary Estrada, Bojo Molina, Alice Dixson, Pinky Recto, Danica Sotto, Maritoni Fernandez, Raffy Rodriguez and a lot more, the day will definitely be filled with action and fun.

In play at the Ateneo High School Football Field every Saturday for the past eight weeks, the tournament has seen eight teams give their best in fighting for the championship. This tournament is also sponsored by Toby’s Sport House, Studio 23 and Metro Magazine.

PFFL has been in existence for 5 years now and has over 400 registered members. They have already lined up a full session of tournaments for 2003. Interested parties may call ENAV at 6871771, or e-mail commissioner More updates will be posted at Korina,

TV Patrol to give presents, treat kids to Boomland

Popular newscaster and television show host Korina Sanchez, along with the staff of the top-rated program TV Patrol of ABS-CBN, will treat a group of children from depressed areas to an early Christmas treat at Boomland, the country’s newest amusement center, as it formally opens today.

Sanchez, who also hosts her own television and radio programs, will be joined by fellow TV patrol mainstays Henry Omaga Diaz and Aljo Bendijo as they accompany some 50 children to free rides at Boomland, formerly Boom na Boom carnival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex, as well as give the kids early Christmas presents.

The children are wards of the Ladies of Charity, a group that cares for less privileged kids from depressed areas in Manila, Makati and Pasay City.

Sanchez will also join Pasay City Mayor Wenceslao "Peewee" Trinidad, officials of the CCP and other special guests in the ribbon-cutting ceremony that will signal the formal opening of Boomland, a sprawling entertainment and commercial enclave that promises to become one of Metro Manila’s hottest destinations in the near future.

Aside from the Christmas gift-giving and other treats for the kmids from Korina and company, Boomland’s grand opening will also feature a free concert featuring up and coming bands Session Road and Blue Ketchup in a show aptly titled Blue Session.

Haydee Kwan of Boomland said the opening will likewise feature marching bands, clowns and jesters and other entertainment numbers aside from the exciting rides and attractions at Boomland. The Market Place, a new bargain center that offers a wide array of Christmas shopping items, will also be formally inaugurated.

The amusement park is open daily from 4 p.m. till midnight on weekdays and from 4 p.m. onwards on weekends. Boomland is owned and operated by the Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corp.

Pepsi presents Mega Paskuhan

In the magnificent tradition of the great Christmas carnivals of yesteryears, the "Mega Paskuhan sa Sucat", presented by Pepsi and Golden Entertainment will bring again to the masang Pilipino, a once in a lifetime event consisting of the "Mega Pamilihan", "Mega Perya", "Mega Pasaya" and "Mega Pasarap for the entire family!

With the theme, "I-Sucat Ninyo Ngayon Pasko"... Isang Pamaskong Handog Para sa Pamilyang Pilipino, the "Mega Paskuhan sa Sucat" is going until Jan. 5, 2003 and will have its grand opening today at the AMVEL Business Park (fronting the Airport City Mall,) NAIA Road, Sucat, Paranaque City. This event will feature a holiday bonanza of affordable shopping, wholesome family entertainment and recreation for the residents of Paranaque City, Las Pinas, Alabang and other proximate areas like Cavite and Laguna. The fairground is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

The fair will have over 50 bazaar stalls selling everything from food, snacks, refreshment and general merchandize at bargain prices such as toys, garments, house wares, electronic items and novelty products. Aside from the numerous carnival rides, horror train, electronic game stands, sideshows and special attractions, the organizers have also lined-up wholesome variety shows, choir singing competitions, lantern parades, mini concerts, Ati-Atihan contest, game shows, dance competitions and individual singing competitions for the duration of the event. The show is presented by Pepsi, Viva Records, Goodwill Bookstore, Purefoods, 105. 1 Crossover and Magic 89.9. For inquiries, please call the secretariat at 671-8381 or 671-8382.

Claravall ballerinas at Quezon City Circle

The Sunday Evenings at the Circle presents the Claravall School of Ballet at the Quezon Memorial Circle Liwasang Aurora tomorrow, Dec. 8, 2002 at 6 p.m.

The one-hour program will showcase well-trained ballet students in the internationally recognized Royal Academy of Dance in London. Choreographers are Ida Beltran, Sol Fernandez and school directress Marilinda Claravall, one of the 12 teachers in the Philippines who is recognized by RAD London as a registered teacher and member. Ms. Claravall also teaches at the British School of Manila in Fort Bonifacio and was the past president of the Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teachers Association of the Philippines.

Quezon City Parks Development Foundation president Charito Planas, ably assisted by park administrator Lolita Amores, said that these free-to-the public cultural shows regularly feature local and international artists as well as promising young talents. It also aims to encourage and support arts and culture program.

Rizal Technological U accepting applicants

The Rizal Technology University’s main campus in Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City, and its other campus in Pasig City are now accepting applicants to its admission tests in the colleges of engineering, education, business, arts and sciences. Dr. Jose Macaballug, RTU president announced that these slots are for admission to the next school year 2003-2004. The Guidance and Counseling Center will accept applications for admission at the school’s Boni campus.

Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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