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WEBOMETRICS CHART: TOP PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITIES BASED ON WEB PRESENCE


University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman appears at the top of the Webometrics chart anew this year.
Spain-based research group Cybermetrics Lab recently released the world ranking of universities including the top 200 colleges and universities in the Philippines for 2015 based on their respective Web presence. "We intend to motivate both institutions and scholars to have a Web presence that reflect accurately their activities," the group under the Spanish National Research Council said in a statement, explaining the objectives of the "Webometrics" global ranking arm. "If the Web performance of an institution is below the expected position according to their academic excellence, university authorities should reconsider their web policy, promoting substantial increases of the volume and quality of their electronic publications," it added. The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman came with a lead over De La Salle University Manila. This is the 12th time that UP Diliman has been hailed as the best university in the Philippines in the Webometrics. UPD also ranked as 1356th worldwide. READ MORE...

ALSO Studying Abroad: Medical Students Without Borders


Learning together, smaller group settings make it easier to know your professors.
Most medical students equate distraction with pub-crawls and Netflix binges, but for Verschoyle Cronyn, a Canadian studying at Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, the distractions are on a whole other level. “From horseback riding on the beach at sunset, to hiking to hidden waterfalls in the Nevisian Rainforest, to exploring the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea while scuba diving,” says Cronyn. “The island we study on offers a variety of opportunities to feed our adventurous sides.”    But Cronyn is no outlier — he’s one of a cohort of medical students who’ve bypassed Canada’s highly competitive medical school sphere to study at one of the handful of universities in the Caribbean that cater primarily to aspiring physicians from Canada and the United States. READ MORE...

ALSO: Tekken’s video game 'Josie Rizal' gets flak


Screenshot from the video game Tekken shows the character Josie Rizal.
MANILA, Philippines - A professor of the University of the Philippines yesterday hit the portrayal of a Filipino character, whose name was based on Jose Rizal, in a Japanese-produced video game. “(It’s) offensive and unsuited for a big company like Bandai because they have the money to do research,” Gonzalo Campoamor II, professor of Life and Works of Rizal in UP Diliman, told The STAR. “All it takes is probably an interview with one historian on Rizal,” he added. Japanese giant Namco Bandai recently introduced Josie Rizal, the first Filipino character in the popular fighting game franchise Tekken. The colors of Josie’s outfit – with long yellow sleeves and light blue and red short skirt – were based on the Philippine flag. She is also accessorized with sun buckles and wears a sun necklace matched with golden sun earrings. READ MORE...

ALSO: Commission for Culture & Arts denies commenting on Tekken's Josie Rizal


Tekken 7 a fighting game developed and published by Namco.
— The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) on Thursday said it has not taken a position on the release of a new Filipino character in globally popular video game Tekken. In a statement, NCCA chairman Felipe De Leon Jr. denied reports it has denounced the creation of Tekken 7's new fighter Josie Rizal, named after novelist-hero Jose Rizal. "While the Commission is still studying what actions it may take on the issue of the name and image of Dr. Jose Rizal being dragged into this, we may safely say that NCCA has not issued any statement on the matter," De Leon said. Trailer of the new Tekken 7 character, Josie Rizal. Video courtesy of Game Spot He also said the previously quoted "NCCA official" was not an employee of any of the agency's national committees. De Leon said that NCCA will soon relesae a statement on its official stand on the legal aspects of the issue. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO Netizens: What should be Josie Rizal's finishing move?


Sneak peek of the characters in action were released by tekkenchannel on Sunday. As seen on the trailer, Josie is wearing a skimpy gold midriff and a blue skirt paired with gold gladiator sandals. She is also accessorized with gold earrings, bracelets and a red headband. Screengrab from YouTube
- Over the weekend, Bandai Namco Games held a special event to introduce their newest Tekken 7 characters, one of which is of Filipino descent - Josie Rizal. The character is a homage to Philippines's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. According to reports, Tekken project head Katsuhiro Harada consulted Mark “MarkMan” Julio, Mad Catz's community manager who has Filipino blood, about the character's traits, including her name. Alongside Josie are Jin Kazama and Devil Jin who will be returning to Tekken 7. Sneak peek of the characters in action were released by tekkenchannel on Sunday. As seen on the trailer, Josie is wearing a skimpy gold midriff and a blue skirt paired with gold gladiator sandals. She is also accessorized with gold earrings, bracelets and a red headband. The topic "Josie Rizal" quickly became a trending topic on Twitterverse Sunday up to this writing. Reactions from the Netizens include praises, amusement and curiosity about the character. Moreover, people also shared their suggestions about the character's possible "Pinoy-like" finishing moves. Here are some of their hilarious suggestions: THEN WATCH JOSIE MOVES ON VIDEO....

ALSO: Tekken threatens to delete ‘Rizal’


Sneak peek of the characters in action were released by tekkenchannel. As seen on the trailer, Josie is wearing a skimpy gold midriff and a blue skirt paired with gold gladiator sandals. She is also accessorized with gold earrings, bracelets and a red headband. File photo/Screengrab from YouTube  MANILA, Philippines - The creator of the popular Japanese video fighting game Tekken has threatened to delete the character whose name is based on Jose Rizal following criticism from some sectors. Responding to a suggestion to change the name Josie Rizal, Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada refused and said he would rather delete the character. “If Josie can’t get (support) in the Philippines, we (can) give her up anytime,” Harada said in a Twitter post. “Tekken 7 arcade board has a network update system. We can change plan and change characters anytime and quickly,” he added. READ MORE...


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WEBOMETRICS CHART: Top Philippine universities based on Web presence


University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman appears at the top of the Webometrics chart anew this year.

MANILA, APRIL 6, 2015
(PHILSTAR) By Alixandra Caole Vila March 31, 2015  -  Spain-based research group Cybermetrics Lab recently released the world ranking of universities including the top 200 colleges and universities in the Philippines for 2015 based on their respective Web presence.

"We intend to motivate both institutions and scholars to have a Web presence that reflect accurately their activities," the group under the Spanish National Research Council said in a statement, explaining the objectives of the "Webometrics" global ranking arm.

"If the Web performance of an institution is below the expected position according to their academic excellence, university authorities should reconsider their web policy, promoting substantial increases of the volume and quality of their electronic publications," it added.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman came with a lead over De La Salle University Manila. This is the 12th time that UP Diliman has been hailed as the best university in the Philippines in the Webometrics. UPD also ranked as 1356th worldwide.

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University of the Philippines Los Banos and University of the Philippine Manila, respectively, followed the top two in the list.

Also included on the top 10 are Ateneo de Manila University, UP System, St. Michael's College of Iligan City, University of Southeastern Philippines, University of Santo Tomas and Aquinas University.

The aim of the ranking is to promote academic Web presence, supporting the open access initiatives for increasing significantly the transfer of scientific and cultural knowledge generated by the universities to the whole society.

Below are the top 200 universities in the Philippines:
1. University of the Philippines Diliman
2. De La Salle University Manila
3. University of the Philippines Los Baños
4. University of the Philippines Manila
5. Ateneo de Manila University
6. University of the Philippines
7. St Michael's College of Iligan City
8. University of Southeastern Philippines
9. University of Santo Tomas
10. Aquinas University
11. Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
12. Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College
13. University of San Carlos
14. Saint Louis University Baguio City
15. Silliman University
16. University of the Philippines Mindanao
17. Ateneo de Zamboanga University
18. Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology
19. Mapua Institute of Technology
20. Lipa City Colleges
21. University of the Philippines Open University
22. Ateneo de Davao University
23. University of the Philippines Baguio
24. Universidad de Zamboanga
25. Ateneo de Naga University
26. Asian Institute of Management
27. University of the East
28. Centro Escolar University Manila Mendiola
29. Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan
30. University of Southern Mindanao
31. Far Eastern University Phillipines
32. MSC Institute of Technology
33. De La Salle Lipa
34. University of San Agustin
35. De La Salle College of Saint Benilde
36. Adventist University of the Philippines
37. University of the Immaculate Conception
38. Bukidnon State University
39. Central Luzon State University
40. Adamson University
41. Tarlac State University
42. University of the Assumption
43. Polytechnic University of the Philippines
44. University of Asia and the Pacific
45. Central Philippine University
46. Benguet State University
47. Western Philippines University
48. Angeles University Foundation
49. Holy Name University
50. Saint Mary's University of Bayombong
51. Philippine Normal University
52. University of Baguio
53. San Sebastian College Manila
54. Baliuag University
55. Palompon Institute of Technology
56. System Technology Institute
57. Mindanao State University Marawi City
58. La Salle University Ozamiz
59. Mindanao University of Science and Technology (Polytechnic State College)
60. Cebu Doctors' University (Cebu Doctors' College)
61. University of San José Recoletos
62. Notre Dame University
63. Holy Angel University
64. De La Salle University Dasmariñas
65. Bicol University
66. University of Saint La Salle Bacolod
67. Pangasinan State University
68. Western Mindanao State University
69. Caraga State University
70. National Defense College of the Philippines
71. Tarlac College of Agriculture
72. Asia Pacific College
73. Mariano Marcos State University
74. West Visayas State University
75. Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication
76. Visayas State University
77. Southville Foreign University
78. Fatima University
79. University of the Philippines in the Visayas
80. Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas
81. Philippine Military Academy
82. Jose Rizal University
83. Emilio Aguinaldo College
84. University of Cebu
85. Central Mindanao University
86. Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise
87. Philippine School of Business Administration
88. John B Lacson Foundation Maritime University
89. University of Northern Philippines
90. Technological University of the Philippines
91. Cavite State University
92. University of Perpetual Help
93. Batangas State University
94. Misamis University
95. Bulacan State University
96. University of the Cordilleras (Baguio Colleges Foundation)
97. Davao Medical School Foundation
98. Ateneo Graduate School of Business Makati
99. University of the City of Manila
100. University of Nueva Caceres
101. Central Bicol State University of Agriculture
102. University of the Philippines Cebu
103. Aklan State University
104. Asian Theological Seminary Philippines
105. Eastern Visayas State University
106. Isabela State University
107. Central Mindanao University
108. Notre Dame of Marbel University
109. Cebu Technological University
110. College of Development Communication
111. Benguet State University
112. La Salle University Ozamiz
113. Palompon Institute of Technology
114. Southern Leyte State University
115. Surigao State College of Technology
116. Holy Cross of Davao College
117. Davao del Norte State College
118. Surigao Del Sur State University
119. Pangasinan State University Bayambang Campus
120. Holy Name University
121. Northwestern University Laoag City
122. Iligan Computer Institute
123. Foundation University
124. University of Batangas
125. Baliuag University
126. Ramon Magsaysay Technological University
127. University of Makati
128. Pangasinan State University
129. Bukidnon State University
130. Carlos Hilado Memorial State College
131. CLSU Open University
132. Pampanga Agricultural College
133. Lyceum of the Philippines University
134. Don Bosco Technical College
135. Liceo de Cagayan University
136. Colegio de Dagupan
137. Universidad Aldersgate
138. International Graduate School of Leadership (International School of Theology Asia)
139. University of the Immaculate Conception
140. Southern Philippines Agri Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology
141. University of Perpetual Help
142. Bohol Island State University (Central Visayas State College of Agriculture)
143. Arellano University
144. Kalinga Apayao State College
145. Cebu Doctors' University (Cebu Doctors' College)
146. Far Eastern University East Asia College
147. Emilio Aguinaldo College
148. Western Visayas College of Science and Technology
149. St Paul University Surigao
150. Feati University
151. University of the City of Manila
152. University of Rizal System
153. Ateneo Graduate School of Business Makati
154. Saint Paul University Pasig
155. St Paul University Iloilo
156. National College of Science & Technology
157. New Era University
158. Romblon State University
159. University of the Philippines College of Medicine
160. Rizal Technological University
161. First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities
162. Bulacan State University
163. Palawan State University
164. Naval State University (Naval Institute of Technology)
165. Je Mondejar Computer College
166. National University Philippines
167. Ifugao State University
168. Information and Communications Technology Academy
169. Negros Oriental State University (Central Visayas Polytechnic College)
170. Central Colleges of the Philippines
171. Abe International Business College
172. Technological University of the Philippines
173. Tanchuling College
174. Cebu Institute of Technology
175. De La Salle Araneta University
176. Philippine Military Academy
177. Brokenshire College
178. Southeast Asia Interdisciplinary Development Institute
179. Iligan Medical Center College
180. Philippine National Police Academy
181. Sultan Kudarat State University
182. Samar State University
183. Calayan Educational Foundation
184. Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology
185. Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College
186. Filamer Christian University
187. Philippine School of Business Administration
188. Philippine Christian University
189. Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology
190. Panpacific University North Philippines
191. International Academy of Management and Economics
192. Baguio College of Technology
193. San Beda College
194. Far Eastern University Institute of Medicine
195. Trinity University of Asia (Trinity College of Quezon City)
196. Philippine Merchant Marine Academy
197. St Vincent School of Theology
198. Technological Institute of the Philippines
199. Mindanao State University Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography
200. Southwestern University Cebu Philippines


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Studying Abroad: Medical Students Without Borders

Student Perspective Accelerate your medical degree by studying at an offshore medical school.


Learning together, smaller group settings make it easier to know your professors.

Most medical students equate distraction with pub-crawls and Netflix binges, but for Verschoyle Cronyn, a Canadian studying at Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, the distractions are on a whole other level. “From horseback riding on the beach at sunset, to hiking to hidden waterfalls in the Nevisian Rainforest, to exploring the coral reefs of the Caribbean Sea while scuba diving,” says Cronyn. “The island we study on offers a variety of opportunities to feed our adventurous sides.”

But Cronyn is no outlier — he’s one of a cohort of medical students who’ve bypassed Canada’s highly competitive medical school sphere to study at one of the handful of universities in the Caribbean that cater primarily to aspiring physicians from Canada and the United States.

Expanding your horizons


Hello paradise! With a view like this, who wouldn’t want to study in the Caribbean?

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“There are only 17 medical schools in Canada,” says Gus Galue, Associate Director of Admissions at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. “Obviously it’s a smaller population than in the US but it really leads to the conclusion that international schools, particularly in the Caribbean, are becoming more of an option and the only way to meet the demand for physicians in Canada.”

According to a study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, in 2012, a quarter of Canada’s doctors were trained abroad, with international medical graduates making up 38 percent of Newfoundland and Labrador’s physicians and 46 percent of Saskatchewan’s.

“According to a study by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, in 2012, a quarter of Canada’s doctors were trained abroad with international medical graduates”

But studying out of the country comes with its own share of unique challenges, including returning to the Canadian system once you’ve left.

“It should not be sugar-coated,” says Galue. “They’ll have to compete against Canadian med-grads to secure a residency position.”

But the cream of the crop is finding a way. Last year, 3,255 graduating students and physicians clinched residencies in Canadian hospitals, with 449 of those being international medical graduates according to the Canadian Residence Matching Service.

Making the right choice


Lab sessions are a great opportunity to learn about the complexity of human anatomy.

One of the big draws for ambitious doctors-to-be, says Tom Harkness, Director of Canadian and International Admissions at Ross University School of Medicine, is the three semesters a year model used by Caribbean schools.

“The total MD program is 10 semesters which actually works out to be three and a half years because they don’t have a summer vacation — it’s an accelerated program,” says Harkness. “If you want to get in, get done, get out and start your career, this is an option.”

But don’t get so caught up in the rainforest hikes, tropical paradises and fast-tracked semesters that you forget to research before you enroll, says Cronyn.


Having great professors who are with you every step of the way, creates an enhanced learning experience to help you achieve the best results. .

“Ensure the schools you are interested in are reputable and approved in the province or state you wish to practice in,” says Cronyn. “Don’t just jump at the first place which offers you acceptance — spend adequate time finding the school that meets your needs and can best prepare you for your lifelong endeavour practicing medicine.”


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Tekken’s Josie Rizal gets flak By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 2, 2015 - 1:00am


Screenshot from the video game Tekken shows the character Josie Rizal.

MANILA, Philippines - A professor of the University of the Philippines yesterday hit the portrayal of a Filipino character, whose name was based on Jose Rizal, in a Japanese-produced video game.

“(It’s) offensive and unsuited for a big company like Bandai because they have the money to do research,” Gonzalo Campoamor II, professor of Life and Works of Rizal in UP Diliman, told The STAR.

“All it takes is probably an interview with one historian on Rizal,” he added.

Japanese giant Namco Bandai recently introduced Josie Rizal, the first Filipino character in the popular fighting game franchise Tekken.

The colors of Josie’s outfit – with long yellow sleeves and light blue and red short skirt – were based on the Philippine flag. She is also accessorized with sun buckles and wears a sun necklace matched with golden sun earrings.

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She specializes in kickboxing and Eskrima, although the demo play video released by Bandai did not show her wielding any weapon.

On Twitter, Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada confirmed that the name of Josie, who was described in some reports as a “cry baby,” was a based on the Philippine national hero.

But according to Campoamor, he cannot find any connection between the character and Jose Rizal or Filipinos.

“Happy to see a Filipino representative in probably the most famous fighting game in the world. But ‘Josie Rizal’ seems too tokenist,” he said.

“Tokenism is when you represent the minority just for the sake of representation,” he added.

Josie does not even look like a Filipina, even though the colors of her outfit did adhere to the red-blue-white of the Philippine flag, he said.

“The closest (characterization of a Filipina) is when she cried after winning. That’s Maria Clara. It doesn’t matter if she’s happy or sad. She will cry,” he said in Filipino.

He pointed to the problems in portraying Josie as Maria Clara, as the latter existed in an ultra-macho Spanish-era Philippines.

“Filipinas have already changed,” he said.

Why not ‘Rizal’ himself?

Campoamor said he has no problem with the different contemporary portrayals of Rizal as this puts the hero closer to the youth, especially the students.

He suggested using Rizal himself as a character in the game, noting that the hero knows Eskrima and uses a pistol.

“You can even make it funny, say he sits down and starts reading after winning a game.”

He suggested a character based on Elias, a character from Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere.

“Elias is the quintessential representative of the Filipino masses,” he said.

For Campoamor, what is important is the inclusion of the necessary elements, considering that the character is a portrayal not just of Rizal, but of the Filipino people.

No effect on national identity

Campoamor does not believe that the portrayal of Rizal as Josie will have an impact on the national identity or influence how the national hero is viewed by the public.

“That’s pop culture. Rizal is an institution. He has survived for 150 years.”

His concern is mostly on the failure of Bandai to conduct enough research before it developed a character that portrays a different culture.

“You have all the money in the world. All it takes is simple research,” the professor said.

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Commission for Culture & Arts denies commenting on Tekken's Josie Rizal By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated April 2, 2015 - 6:25pm


Tekken 7 a fighting game developed and published by Namco.

MANILA, Philippines — The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) on Thursday said it has not taken a position on the release of a new Filipino character in globally popular video game Tekken.

In a statement, NCCA chairman Felipe De Leon Jr. denied reports it has denounced the creation of Tekken 7's new fighter Josie Rizal, named after novelist-hero Jose Rizal.

"While the Commission is still studying what actions it may take on the issue of the name and image of Dr. Jose Rizal being dragged into this, we may safely say that NCCA has not issued any statement on the matter," De Leon said.

Trailer of the new Tekken 7 character, Josie Rizal. Video courtesy of Game Spot

He also said the previously quoted "NCCA official" was not an employee of any of the agency's national committees.

De Leon said that NCCA will soon relesae a statement on its official stand on the legal aspects of the issue.


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Netizens: What should be Josie Rizal's finishing move? By Alixandra Caole Vila (philstar.com) | Updated March 30, 2015 - 12:39pm


Sneak peek of the characters in action were released by tekkenchannel on Sunday. As seen on the trailer, Josie is wearing a skimpy gold midriff and a blue skirt paired with gold gladiator sandals. She is also accessorized with gold earrings, bracelets and a red headband. Screengrab from YouTube

MANILA, Philippines - Over the weekend, Bandai Namco Games held a special event to introduce their newest Tekken 7 characters, one of which is of Filipino descent - Josie Rizal.

The character is a homage to Philippines's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. According to reports, Tekken project head Katsuhiro Harada consulted Mark “MarkMan” Julio, Mad Catz's community manager who has Filipino blood, about the character's traits, including her name.

Alongside Josie are Jin Kazama and Devil Jin who will be returning to Tekken 7.

Sneak peek of the characters in action were released by tekkenchannel on Sunday. As seen on the trailer, Josie is wearing a skimpy gold midriff and a blue skirt paired with gold gladiator sandals. She is also accessorized with gold earrings, bracelets and a red headband.

The topic "Josie Rizal" quickly became a trending topic on Twitterverse Sunday up to this writing. Reactions from the Netizens include praises, amusement and curiosity about the character. Moreover, people also shared their suggestions about the character's possible "Pinoy-like" finishing moves.

Here are some of their hilarious suggestions:

WATCH JOSIE MOVES.....
 
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpkDd4aiPUc&feature=player_embedded

Tekken threatens to delete ‘Rizal’ By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 5, 2015 - 12:00am

Sneak peek of the characters in action were released by tekkenchannel. As seen on the trailer, Josie is wearing a skimpy gold midriff and a blue skirt paired with gold gladiator sandals. She is also accessorized with gold earrings, bracelets and a red headband. File photo/Screengrab from YouTube

MANILA, Philippines - The creator of the popular Japanese video fighting game Tekken has threatened to delete the character whose name is based on Jose Rizal following criticism from some sectors.

Responding to a suggestion to change the name Josie Rizal, Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada refused and said he would rather delete the character.

“If Josie can’t get (support) in the Philippines, we (can) give her up anytime,” Harada said in a Twitter post.

“Tekken 7 arcade board has a network update system. We can change plan and change characters anytime and quickly,” he added.

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The Japanese creator, however, appeared to backtrack from his threat after the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) issued a statement regarding its stand on the matter.

“Don’t worry guys. Calm down,” he tweeted, following appeals from Filipino gamers not to delete the first Filipino character in the popular game.

The NCCA denied taking any position on the issue.

“While the Commission is still studying what actions it may take on the issue of the name and image of Dr. Jose Rizal being dragged into this, we may safely say that NCCA has not issued any statement on the matter,” its statement read.

“‘The Commission shall issue an official statement soon on what actions it will take upon studying the legal aspect of this matter, in coordination with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines,’” it added.

The commission likewise denied seeking a temporary restraining order, noting that the article that circulated was published in a satirical website.

Japanese giant Bandai Namco recently introduced Josie Rizal as one of the characters in the upcoming seventh iteration of the popular fighting game.

On its Facebook page, game designers posted a concept art, with details in Josie’s outfit – long yellow sleeves and light blue and red short skirt – appearing to be designed after the sun symbol in the Philippine flag.

The concept art also noted that intricate embroidery on the sleeves as “sumpa-kita theme” but failed to provide additional details.


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