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Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan) is an extremely catastrophic super typhoon which is considered to be the most powerful of all super typhoons in 2013. According to the Saffir-Simpson scale, it is a category 5 hurricane which is stronger than Katrina, a category 3 hurricane that hit New Orleans in 2005. Regarded as “extremely powerful and dangerous” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it endangered Leyte and Samar provinces, as well as parts of Eastern Visayas on 8 November 2013.

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"Christmas is in the air! Rumors around the office say that our Christmas bonus will be given on the 15th of November. I'm excited to buy presents for my family and friends this weekend. Can you please give me tips on how to shop hassle-free? Thanks! -Crissy"


Hi there, Crissy! How thoughtful of you to think about gift-giving this early! I wish I'm one of your friends. Haha! Kidding aside, it's good to shop now because malls aren't crowded yet with Christmas shoppers. First and most important tip of all, you should make a list of things to buy according to your budget. This will save you time and money.

Equally important is to plan your shopping schedule; it's more convenient to shop on weekdays as people tend to flock malls on weekends. Shop in your most comfy clothes and shoes so that it's easier for you to roam around and look for the best finds. A reusable bag for all your purchases is also a must since most cities now adopt a plastic-free ordinance.

Buying wholesale is also a good way to save money . Also, learn how to haggle, but consider who you're making a deal with. If you can, try not to haggle with street vendors as they only add a little markup on their goods. Consider it as your Christmas gift to them.

Enjoy your holiday shopping! :)

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Filipino rock band Eraserheads
The Eraserheads, also popularly known as "Eheads", is a disbanded music group which came into national prominence in the 1990s. They are most remembered through their hit songs “Pare Ko,” “Alapaap,” “Magasin,” and “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” among others. Considered to be one of the most influential Filipino rock bands and biggest-selling musical acts of all time in the country, the group was formed by four alumni from the University of the Philippines-Diliman: Ely Buendia, Raymund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro.

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  • November 21, 1849 - Governor-General Narciso Clavería y Zaldua decreed a change of Filipino surnames to Spanish surnames. He, who earned the titles of count of Manila and viscount of Claveria and the cross of San Fernando, was known for correcting the Philippine calendar, making reform in the office of the alcalde-mayor and founding a casino, the Sociedad de Recreo (Recreation Association).

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Arturo Rogerio Luz (Manila, November 20 1926-) is a Filipino painter, sculptor, and designer. He has done major artworks and is best known for his linear art and his painting series on street musicians, vendors, cyclists and carnival performers, also for his sculptures using wood, concrete and metal. When he started, he created figurative artworks, but went on to develop abstraction. He was considered as one of the Neo-Realists and the Thirteen Moderns. In 1997 he was named one of the National Artists of the Philippines.

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