The Best Online Learning Platforms in the Philippines

The times, they are a-changing— more quickly in some ways than others. With the global pandemic still underway and an already delayed school year close to starting, students and learners in the Philippines have been forced to reckon with online learning. While the provision of courses and certificates online is nothing new, it’s certainly never been at the forefront of national and international conversation like this. Even top universities in the Philippines are struggling to find ways to offer online courses and distance learning options to students.

As the country attempts to settle down into a new normal, it’s time to take a look at learning options that exist outside of a school’s four walls. College courses aren’t the only opportunity for further education, and there are a surprising number of options available for Filipinos who want to do more skills development online. This brand new world has closed some doors but opened others, and there’s no better time than the present to take a chance. Here are a few of the best online learning platforms in the Philippines for both students and professionals.

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How COVID-19 Is Affecting the Tourism Industry in the Philippines

The past few months have seen a number of unprecedented changes in nearly every aspect of our lives. The ways we socialize, eat, go to work, travel, and more are all nearly unrecognizable when compared to our lifestyles six months ago, and we’re only beginning to scratch the surface. The effects of the global pandemic COVID-19 are far reaching, and are likely to be felt years and years into the future.

We’ve touched on the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic in a previous article titled ‘The Worst Pandemics to Ever Hit the Philippines’. In that article, we gave a brief overview of the timeline of the pandemic in the Philippines. In the months since, COVID-19 has prompted a complete overhaul of Philippine society, which remains under the world’s longest lockdown as reported by The Telegraph.

While we struggle to comprehend the depths of the pandemic’s impact on the Philippine economy, lifestyle, and education, there are certain sectors that have been harder hit than others. One of these sectors is, predictably, travel and tourism. Since flights first began slowing down and then stopping completely at the beginning of 2020, the industry has had to completely restructure. Here’s a look at just how the Philippine tourism industry has changed, and what it could look like in the future.

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The Viability of an eSports Bar as a Business

There’s no denying it: eSports have gone mainstream.

The significant presence of it in pop culture has added a new facet in the world of competitive gaming, rolling the red carpet for a new breed of cyber athletes and fans altogether. On the other hand, eSports still have the tendency to remain niched, in such a way that despite its legions of followers worldwide, there’s still the issue of inaccessibility.

This inaccessibility specifically affects beginners and/or novices who are looking for a nearby community that can cater to their needs, whether physically being with a group of people to play with (i.e. gaming nests) or enjoying a live major event with peers in sort of a sports bar.

Previously, we’ve taken a look at the history of eSports in the Philippines and its current state today. This time, let’s take it a step further and look at an eSports bar as a viable business.

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30 Tips for Professionals Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thanks to a host of different factors— changing norms, better technology, and, yes, a worldwide crisis— jobs where you can work from home have increased in number. It used to be that work was something you did in an office, but a changing culture is beginning to disprove that.

In 2018, a report by Freelancers Union and Upwork found that there were over 56.7 million freelancers in the United States, a number that increased by 3.7 million in the previous five years. And in recent months, concerns like the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures have contributed to a meteoric rise in people working from home.

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The Worst Pandemics to Ever Hit the Philippines

The last few months have seen an unexpected upending of the modern way of life. Countries all over the world have been instituting quarantine and lockdown efforts in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, now named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO). COVID-19, first described as a “pneumonia of unknown origin,” was first discovered in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China in late December 2019.

After its spread through mainland China and other countries, it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by WHO on January 30, 2020. By March 11, WHO declared it was a pandemic, urging countries to ramp up their responses to the virus in order to curb the spread. As of April 3, 2020, COVID-19 has infected over 1 million people worldwide, causing 53,238 deaths, affecting 204 countries and territories.

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50 Most Popular Fashion Influencers in 2020 in the Philippines

Fashion has always had its leaders, from style icons like Twiggy in the 1960s to Kate Moss of the 1990s. These icons have shaped the tastes of a decade, sometimes a generation, showing consumers what’s in and what’s not. But as the Internet became more of a daily presence and the advent of social media led to shifts in consumer habits, fashion has begun to change.

According to Business of Fashion, 78% of brands used fashion influencers in their marketing in 2017, with over USD$ 2 billion spent on influencer marketing in that year alone. The power of the influencer is strong, and with social media’s growing reach, it can only get even stronger. Previously, we wrote about the ’50 Most Popular Social Media Influencers in 2020 in the Philippines’. Today, we’ll take a closer look at just who these Filipino fashion leaders are, and why you should follow them.

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50 Most Popular Social Media Influencers in 2020 in the Philippines

Social media has become an almost inescapable part of our daily lives. Ever since the emergence of social media platforms in the late 90s, modern society has learned to connect and communicate in ways that would have almost seemed impossible decades before. Social media influences the way we speak, the music we listen to, where we travel, what we eat, and what we wear— and at the forefront of that are the influencers.

In 2018, the Association of National Advertisers found that 75% of national advertisers in the US use influencer marketing, and 43% were planning to increase their spending on it in the next year. Influencers awe, inform, and yes, entertain, and social media would certainly be a different place without them. If you’re looking to spice up your Instagram feed, then here’s a list of the fifty top social media influencers in the Philippines.

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Top 10 Best Filipino MMA Fighters

2019 seems to be the year for Filipino athletes. For example, pole vaulting star EJ Obiena just recently qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a vault height of 5.81m, making him the first Filipino to gain a berth for Tokyo. Obiena is also one of the country’s gold medal hopefuls for the 30th SEA Games to be held this November and December. The second Filipino to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games, gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo, won his own Olympic spot at the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.

There’s nothing like professional sports to get your blood pumping, and the Philippines has shown that it can hold its own on the international level. Boxing greats like Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire have proven their mettle against dozens of international opponents time and time again. In fact, such is the skill of Filipino boxers that there were no less than six boxing world title winners carrying the flag of the Philippines in 2018 alone.

When it comes to fame inside the ring, Filipinos don’t fall too far behind. With the rise of MMA (mixed martial arts)’s popularity, several Filipino fighters have made names for themselves on the international stage. Such is the growth of MMA as a sport in the Philippines that ONE Championship recently announced a 2020 reality show competition to find the next best Filipino fighter. The show will culminate in a tournament, with the winner taking home a USD100,000 prize.

With MMA slowly gaining popularity in the country, it’s only right that we should take a look at some of the biggest names in the sport currently. Here’s a list of the top 10 best Filipino MMA fighters in the country.

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A Definitive Guide to Manila Traffic

When you live in Metro Manila, heading out of your house means coming face-to-face with one of the most dreaded traits of the megacity: the infamous Metro Manila traffic. Every day, millions of travelers in and around the Metro struggle through one of the longest commutes in the world, with cars, buses, motorcycles, bikes, jeeps, and pedestrians all vying for space on the road. Over 370,000 vehicles daily pass through EDSA, Metro Manila’s busiest highway, and the metropolis itself has a population of 12.8 million people. If you’d like to know more about this perennial problem, or are stuck in traffic yourself, then here are ten top facts about traffic in the Metro.

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Rock On: 5 Places to Get Your Wall-Climbing Fix in Metro Manila

There are tons of fitness fads that fade in and out of popularity, but there’s one on the rise that looks like it’s here to stay. Wall-climbing is an intensive, cardio-heavy sport that makes use of all your muscle groups, so you get a full-body workout all at once. Climbers scale vertical planes with the aid of grips or protrusions on the walls, holding themselves up until they can find their next foot- or handhold. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s intense, fulfilling, and fun.

Health Fitness Revolution says that wall climbing combines cardio and strength into one workout, but that’s not the only reason why climbers climb. It strengthens muscles, increases flexibility and mental strength, and reduces stress, so if you’ve been looking for your newest workout, wall climbing might be the one for you. There’s also nothing like the feeling of pride after having accomplished a climb, which is enough to make enthusiasts come back again and again. Interested in capturing the experience for yourself? Check out this short list of places to get your wall-climbing fix in Metro Manila, strap on your gear, and climb!

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