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Bitag Media ordered to return 60 million pesos, Tulfo refuses

Bitag Media ordered to return 60 million pesos, Tulfo refuses

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  • DOT paid Bitag Media 60 million for their advertisements to be aired on the show
  • Wanda Teo, Tulfo’s sister was the secretary of DOT at that time
  • COA flagged the deal and investigation is ongoing

Bitag is a public service program hosted by Ben Tulfo and produced by Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. It has won awards such as Best Public Service Program and Best Public Service Program Host.

Back in 2017, the Department of Tourism through PTV-4, which is a government station, paid Bitag Media 60 million pesos for an advertisement deal that included airing of Department of Tourism (DOT) ads on Tulfo’s program Kilos Pronto.

The thing that is suspicious here is that Wanda Teo, Tulfo’s sister, was the DOT secretary at the time. This breach of ethics and the controversy that followed forced Teo to resign her position.

“Sa mga nagsasabing isauli ang pera at hinihintay daw ang 60-M, mamuti na mga mata n’yo! Wala kaming isasauli!” said Tulfo a few years back.

But he also added that the reason they got paid is because they returned the money in service, and that is by airing ads.

“Malinis ho ang konsensya namin. Hindi ho kami nangungulimbat, hindi ho kami nagnanakaw ng pera sa gobyerno. Kung kami po ay binayaran, dahil po may serbisyong idinulot.”

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that the DOJ is willing to help the OMB in investigating the deal, but that the DOJ doesn’t actually have the capability to recover the said amount.

“In any event, if the DOJ will be asked to help in the investigation, we are ready to act on our own and/or coordinate with the OMB.”

The Commission of Audit (COA) saw †the deal as suspicious last year and flagged it, which lead the OMB to start an investigation on it.

The audit body said that is is possible that Teo be held liable for graft.

“Should a graft case prosper and reach the Sandiganbayan, the recovery of the P60 million paid to Ben Tulfo’s company will be automatically part of that action,” Guevarra said.

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First MTV Music Evolution Is Now Set Here in Manila

First MTV Music Evolution Is Now Set Here in Manila

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MTV Music Evolution is a live music concert that brings to life the evolution of a music genre and enables young people to experience and discover how music styles and sounds have evolved over the years. MTV Music Evolution marks its inauguration 2015 edition with a feature on hip hop, showcasing iconic and contemporary hip hop acts from both international and local music scenes on a single stage, while featuring the best of Philippine music and culture to international youth audiences.

MTV has entered into a new collaboration with the Department of Tourism (DOT), through its Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), to showcase iconic international music artists and the hottest new acts in both the regional and local music scenes on a single stage, while featuring the best of Philippine music and culture to international youth audiences.

5 - VJ Yassi Pressman, Paras Sharma, Abra, Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III, Mark Whitehead
MTV VJ Yassi, MTV Executives namely Mr. Whitehead, Mr. Sharma, Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III, Chief Operating Officer of Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and Abra

During the presscon, MTV announces their performers namely Abra, Gloc-9 and Naughty By Nature. MTV Music Evolution is about hip hop music featuring hip hop showcasing iconic and contemporary hip hop acts from both local and international.

The collaboration will see the launch of MTV Music Evolution in the second quarter of 2015, the first live concert globally of its kind to bring to life the evolution of a music genre and enable young people to experience and discover how music styles and sounds have evolved over the years. Recorded live for global telecast, the first edition of MTV Music Evolution will hit the shores of Manila in 2015.

All three acts will share the stage and not only perform before fans in the Philippines at Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, but will reach an international audience of more than three-quarters of a billion households in over 160 countries as the hotly-anticipated show will be recorded live for global telecast under the MTV World Stage global series.

We Filipinos like to entertain and perform for people. MTV Music Evolution will not only put the Philippines on the map of international music, but it will also serve as a global stage for the world to witness what Filipinos do best. The Philippines is a musically passionate country. And through our partnership with MTV, young people from around the world will now have the opportunity to share this passion and experience why and how the music culture is even more fun in the Philippines. said Enerio III, DOT

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Abra

Raymond Abracosa or known as Abra is a Filipino rapper and a songwriter who made Gayuma, Diwata, Ilusyon as the most requested rap songs nowadays.

naughty by nature
Naughty by nature

Naughty By Nature is a Grammy award winning of platinum album selling in the US. The members are Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee made their hits so famous like their album Anthem Inc.

Gloc-9
Gloc-9

Another performer is Aristotle Polistico or better known as Gloc-9. Known for his unique way of speaking made a way to stardom in rap music with some of his hit songs called Upuan, Sirena, Bagsakan and more.

Top three performers will definitely showcase their skills in hip hop as they perform on MTV Music Evolution on May 17.

The Philippines is a musically passionate country. And through our partnership with MTV, young people from around the world will now have the opportunity to share in this passion and experience why and how the music culture is even more fun in the Philippines. This is, indeed, one of the exciting events to look forward to during the Visit the Philippines Year 2015.

In addition to the MTV Music Evolution, MTV will also help promote local music events organized by the TPB to profile the rich music heritage of the country. MTV Music Evolution will be supported by a wide range of integrated marketing initiatives driving awareness and engagement for the event. Marketing activities with media campaigns across key targeted markets will include consumer promotions, a dedicated micro site, and media campaigns.

MTV Music Evolution will be on May 17, 2015 at exactly 7pm in Quirino Grandstand, Manila. Tickets are for free.

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PH Biggest Events to Watch for in 2015

PH Biggest Events to Watch for in 2015

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Biggest and brightest events are lined up to take off this 2015. In connection with this, the Department of Tourism declared 2015 as the “Visit the Philippines 2015”.

Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. clearly stated that the new campaign supports the tagline, “It’s more fun in the Philippines”. They even launched a microsite where tourists can see the events never to be missed! Check it out here: http://visitph2015.com/

DOT’s attached agency, Tourism Promotion Board CEO Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III explained that the division would like to boost tourism industry in relation with the following areas: business, arts, lifestyles, culture, and adventure.

Make sure you don’t miss out to celebrate the grandest, biggest, and boomest occasions right before you!

JANUARY

Feast of the Black Nazarene– devotees walk barefoot in the procession through the streets. ι January 9, 2015

An Image of the Black Nazarene
An Image of the Black Nazarene

Papal Visit– Engage in once a lifetime opportunity to witness the first ever papal visit of Pope Francis in the country. ι January 15-19, 2015

Pope Francis Photo by: http://www.theguardian.com/
Pope Francis Photo by: http://www.theguardian.com/

Sinulog Festival– be astonished with the famous festival in Cebu and be entertained with live dances of many groups dressed in colorful costumes! ι January 18, 2015

Photo by: http://www.achilez.com/
Photo by: http://www.achilez.com/

Dinagyang Festival– Iloilo’s version of Ati-Atihan festival is widely celebrated and the much awaited event this year will highlight costumes of 30 major festivals in the country. ι January 25, 2015

Photo credit: lexmeeker89.files.wordpress.com
Photo credit: lexmeeker89.files.wordpress.com

FEBRUARY

Le Tour de Filipinas– if you’re a bycyclist enthusiast, this tournament is just so perfect for you! ι February 1-4, 2015

Bycyclists run over the race Photo by: http://ph.hola.com/
Bycyclists run over the race Photo by: http://ph.hola.com/

Philippine International Pyromusical Competition– see the sparkling and igniting most-awaited fireworks display in the sky. ι Feb. 7, 2015

Fireworks from China's Liuyang last March 8, 2014 (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Fireworks from China’s Liuyang last March 8, 2014 (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta– watch awe-inspiring colorful giant hot air balloons go up and up and away! ι February 12-15, 2015

Gigantic hot air balloons filled the vast land Photo by: http://www.pinaytraveljunkie.com/
Gigantic hot air balloons filled the vast land Photo by: http://www.pinaytraveljunkie.com/

Chinese New Year–  join the swirling dance and move like a fearless dragon as the Chinese celebrates it’s lunar year. ι  February 19, 2015

Photo by: weareaspire.com
Photo by: weareaspire.com

Panagbenga Festival– cheer up and be amazed with the beauty of flower decorated float parading on the streets. ι February 28, 2015

photo by:alvinabejero.lens.ph
photo by:alvinabejero.lens.ph

MARCH

International Artists Big Concerts– get serenated by international artists: Christina Perri, Ed Sheeran, and One Direction as they will rock the big concert venue with their fans sing heart out! ι March 5, 12, 21, 22, 2014

Left to right: One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Christina Perri Photo by: manilaconcertscene.blogspot.com media.tumblr.com manilaconcertscene.blogspot.com
Left to right: One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Christina Perri Photo by: manilaconcertscene.blogspot.com, media.tumblr.com, manilaconcertscene.blogspot.com

APRIL

Moriones Festival– watch the re-enactment of the  Longinus, a  blind Roman soldier who pierced the side of Jesus Christ  while he was on the cross.ι April 3, 2014

Photo credit: lakadpilipinas.com
Photo credit: lakadpilipinas.com

Madrid Fusion-grab a bite in an avantgarde blend of Spanish and Filipino cuisine that will fully satisfy your taste. ι April 23-25, 2015

Enjoy the taste of this mouth-watering hamburger Photo by: elowcost.com/
Enjoy the taste of this mouth-watering hamburger Photo by: elowcost.com/

Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge– challenge takers can try out combination of extreme activities like trekking, water tubbing, road running, and biking. ι April 25-26,2014

 Photo by: http://baldrunner.files.wordpress.com/
Photo by: http://baldrunner.files.wordpress.com/

MAY

Pahiyas Festival-appreciate colorful houses with “Kiping” all around the wall. ι  May 15,2014

House was adorned with vibrant dried leaves Photo by: th00.deviantart.ne
House was adorned with vibrant dried leaves Photo by: th00.deviantart.ne

JUNE

Pintados/Kasadyaan Festival – stare at awesome doodling arts painted on the body. Truly, Visayans regard art as a highest form of expression. ι June 29, 2015

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JULY

Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival– let alluring voices captivate your souls as they vie for a spot to be the best choir among the rest. ι July 22-25, 2015

Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival winners Photo by: fringemag.net
Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival winners Photo by: fringemag.net

AUGUST

Kadayawan Festival– Groove like performers in their annual celebration of good harvest! ι August 16, 2014.

Photo credit:sunstar.com.ph
Photo credit:sunstar.com.ph

Siargao International Surfing Cup– dance and groove like a jagger next to the big waves!

Photo by: siargaoislands.com
Photo by: siargaoislands.com

SEPTEMBER

Peñafrancia Viva La Virgen– take part in epic fluvial parade as part of celebrating the feast day of Peñafrancia. ι September 19,2015

Fluvial procession in celebration of Our Lady of Penafrancia Photo by: thedailyposh.net
Fluvial procession in celebration of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Photo by: thedailyposh.net

OCTOBER

Masskara Festival– fun filled celebration with people from all walks of life. Capture the beauty and giggling swing of dancers as they wear different amazing colorful masks with beautiful smiles. ι Oct. 18, 2014

A beautiful colorful mask     with unbroken smile. Photo by: c1.staticflickr.com
A beautiful colorful mask with unbroken smile. Photo by: c1.staticflickr.com

NOVEMBER

Pasungko S’g Misamis Occidental Festival– thanksgiving after a fruitful harvest will never be complete without street dance competition, tableau contest, and parade of the town’s charming ladies in Mutya ng Misamis Occidental. ι 1st week of November

Photo by: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-
Photo by: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/

Higantes Festival– Shake hands with higantes (Giants) which stand 10 feet tall and made from paper mache. ι November 22-23, 2015

Photo credit: freedomwall.net
Photo credit: freedomwall.net

DECEMBER

Giant Lantern Festival– See huge, wonderful, spectacular colorful lanterns as you pass by San Fernando, Pampanga. ι December 12, 2015

Giant Lanterns on the street. Photo credit: newsinfo.inquirer.net
Giant Lanterns on the street. Photo credit: newsinfo.inquirer.net

APEC Ministerial Meetings– Since Philippines will set to chair and host the summit, a group of CEOs, members of the press will arrive to discuss about ways of improving the growth of the economy.

26th APEC Ministerial meeting held at Beijing last November  7-8, 2014 Photo by: izakayapolitics.files.wordpress.com
26th APEC Ministerial meeting held at Beijing last November 7-8, 2014
Photo by: izakayapolitics.files.wordpress.com

Wait no more! Mark your calendars as your schedule will be filled in with these countless activities. Try out these different adventures. More Fun! Make 2015 Great!

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