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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 22, 1896 - Jose Corazon de Jesus was born in Santa Cruz, Manila to Vicente de Jesus, the first health bureau director of the American occupation government, and Susana Pangilinan of Pampanga. He was christened Jose Cecilio de Jesus but he later dropped Cecilio and replaced it with the Spanish name Corazon (heart) because he said it best described his character. Also known by his pen name Huseng Batute, he was a Filipino poet who used Tagalog poetry to express the Filipinos' desire for independence during the American occupation of the Philippines, a period that lasted from 1901 to 1946. He was best known for being the lyricist of the Filipino song Bayan Ko.

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Thelma Buchholdt (1 August 1934 – 5 November 2007) was the first Filipino-American legislator to serve in the US. She was a teacher, writer, historian, a professional planner, civil rights leader, attorney, and a distinguished politician.

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