COVID-19 Crisis: Pfizer vaccination resumption and Delta variant update in Muntinlupa City

Recently the Manila Bulletin posted two related stories about the COVID-19 Crisis situation in the City of Muntinlupa. For one, the vaccination process of using Pfizer resumed in the city (note: it should have resumed officially yesterday) while City Health Office stated that the feared Delta variant has not been detected so far within the city.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Pfizer Muntinlupa story. Some parts in bold…

The Muntinlupa City government will resume the vaccination of people whose second dose jabs using the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine scheduled at Festival Mall in Alabang were suspended due to storage temperature glitch.

In an announcement, the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac) team announced Sunday that the affected recipients will receive their second dose Pfizer-BioNTech jabs from July 26 to 28 at the Ayala Malls South Park vaccination site.

“The sending of text messages containing the new time and date of your vaccination is ongoing,” said MunCoVac.

Last July 15, MunCoVac suspended the second dose vaccination of people using Pfizer-BioNTech after it was found out that there was a change in temperature during its storage that may have affected its quality.

According to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the country’s Food and Drug Administration, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines should be stored at temperatures ranging from minus 80 to minus 60 degree Celsius before dilution. One vial of the vaccine contains six doses of 0.3 mL each.

As of July 23, the Muntinlupa City government has administered 273,783 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Of the total, 170,754 individuals have received their first dose, or 44.3 percent of the target population of 385,725.

In addition, 103,029 individuals in Muntinlupa are now fully vaccinated, or 26.7 percent of the target population.

As for the Delta variant update of Muntinlupa, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin’s report. Some parts in boldface…

There is no case of the highly contagious Delta variant in Muntinlupa, according to the City Health Office (CHO).

On Sunday, the Department of Health (DOH), University of the Philippines’ Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC) and University of the Philippines National Institutes of Health reported 55 new cases of the Delta variant in the country bringing the total to 119.

The Delta variant is a strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

According to Dr. Juancho Bunyi, Muntinlupa City health officer, based on DOH and UP-PGC’s report as of July 25, “no reported Delta variant in Muntinlupa City.”

There are seven cases of Alpha variant, first identified in the United Kingdom, and 26 cases of Beta variant, first identified in South Africa, in Muntinlupa but all the patients have recovered. There are two new reported cases of the Beta variant in the city but they have completed the 14-day isolation and are tagged as recovered.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said while there is no case of the Delta variant in Muntinlupa, the city government continues to strengthen its COVID-19 response.

He is encouraging people to get vaccinated and complete their doses to get protection against COVID-19.

Compared to other variants, he said, the Delta variant is more contagious but with the vaccine, people can get complete protection against getting a severe case of COVID-19.

It is always best to be cautious when moving out in public. Apart from wearing face masks and face shields, there is also the need to prioritize which places you need to visit and be mindful how crowded those places are.

Residents of Muntinlupa City who remain unregistered and unvaccinated should make a move to get registered by learning the ways to do it. Those who are prepared (with personal information available) and willing to go through online registration for the free vaccines in Muntinlupa are encouraged to click https://vaccine.muntinlupacity.gov.ph/muncovac/

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: Do you believe that the City Government and its strategic partners will be able to vaccinate the 385,000+ they targeted? Are there lots of unregistered and unvaccinated people in your local community right now? Are people in your local community aware of the Delta variant?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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PRC to open a new Service Center in Muntinlupa City

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is set to open a new service center in Ayala Malls South Park, Alabang, Muntinlupa catering to professionals in Metro South.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed a Memorandum of Agreement with PRC-NCR regional director Dir. Lord Louis Valera, Ayala Land Holdings Logistics Corp. (AHLC) President Rowena M. Tomeldan, and AHLC Commercial Leading Head Jessica O. Santos for the turn-over of the service center last July 22.

PRC services will soon be more accessible for professionals living in Metro South as a new Service Center is set to open in Muntinlupa City. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (left) met PRC-NCR regional director Dir. Lord Louis Valera (right) during the turn-over ceremony of the new PRC Service Center at Ayala Malls South Park, Alabang last July 22. PRC Service Center in Muntinlupa is set to be fully operational in the coming weeks. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

PRC-NCR director Valera thanked Mayor Fresnedi and the City Government for assisting the commission in bringing its services closer to professionals living in Metro South and nearby areas.

PRC eyes to provide the same services offered by the Head Office in the new service center in Muntinlupa such as Application for Examination, Initial Registration, Renewal of Professional Identification Card, and Certifications of Board Rating and Passing, among others.

PRC Service Center in Muntinlupa is set to be fully operational in the coming weeks.

Other officials who attended the turn-over ceremony include PRC Finance and Administrative Service chief Ronald Watsons, PRC Licensure and Registration Division chief Alfonso Viloria, and PRC ICT Section head Ronald Allan Denoso, Ayala Malls Southpark general manager Jan Estrella, and Mayor’s Office Chief-of-Staff Atty. Rosalina T. Tesorio.

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The above information was sourced from the official press release of the Muntinlupa PIO. Some parts were changed for this website.

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COVID-19 Crisis: GCQ in NCR and 4 provinces stricter until July 31

You must have heard the news this past weekend. In case you missed the news, the general community quarantine (GCQ) status in the National Capital Region (NCR) plus four provinces has gotten stricter since July 23 and this new adjustment will last until the end of this month. At the same time, children are to keep staying indoors. The national authorities confirmed it.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Philippine News Agency (PNA) article. Some parts in boldface…

The quarantine status in Metro Manila and four other provinces has been upgraded to stricter general community quarantine (GCQ) “with heightened restrictions,” Malacañang announced on Friday.

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) recommendation to place Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Davao de Oro, and Davao del Norte under a more restrictive GCQ from July 23 to 31.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, also acting as IATF-EID spokesperson, said Metro Manila must follow the health and quarantine protocols for areas under GCQ “with heightened restrictions.

“The same IATF rules would be observed when NCR was previously under GCQ with heightened restrictions,” Roque said in a press statement.

Metro Manila, which was placed under GCQ “with some restrictions” from July 1 to 15, was initially put under regular GCQ from July 16 to 31.

On the other hand, Davao de Oro and Davao del Norte were originally under a more restrictive modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), while Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur were supposed to be under modified GCQ (MGCQ) until the end of July.

Duterte, meantime, agreed to downgrade the quarantine classification in Davao del Sur to GCQ from MECQ, Roque said.

“Davao del Sur, which is previously MECQ, is placed under GCQ starting July 23, 2021 until July 31, 2021,” he said.

No outdoor activities for kids

Now that Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Davao de Oro, and Davao del Norte are under GCQ “with heightened restrictions,” children aged five and above can no longer stay outdoors, Roque said.

“As these areas will be placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions, children five years old and above will not be allowed to go to outdoor areas, as provided for under IATF Resolution No. 125,” he said.

Under IATF-EID Resolution 125 issued on July 8, children as young as five years old can go outdoors despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, so long as they are residing in areas placed under GCQ and MGCQ.

Children can only go to outdoor spaces like parks, playgrounds, beaches, biking, and hiking trails, outdoor tourist sites, and attractions as may be defined by the Department of Tourism, including on outdoor non-contact sports courts and venues, and al-fresco dining establishments, according to the resolution.

Apart from the stricter GCQ, there is also an adjustment on the Metro Manila curfew hours which has taken effect already. The new curfew hours are now 10PM to 4AM.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What do you think about this news? Do you believe that the spreading Delta variant here in the Philippines is a factor behind the move to a stricter GCQ?

If you are a parent, what do you think about the national authorities’ decision to keep children indoors?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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Psychonauts 2 coming to Xbox and other platforms on August 25, 2021

Before I start this, I should state that I completely missed out on the original Psychonauts video game as I did not own an original Xbox console nor a PlayStation 2 console back in 2005. I learned about that old game through online articles and video game magazines of the time. By the time I bought my Xbox 360 in 2006, I have forgotten about Psychonauts.

A few years ago, the brand of Psychonauts returned with online buzz as Microsoft acquired Double Fine and established it as an Xbox game studio. During Team Xbox’s E3 2019 conference, Double Fine founder Tim Schafer made an appearance and delivered his remarks. Schafer went on to clarify that their studio’s culture and independence won’t be affected under Xbox Game Studios. The sequel Psychonauts 2, which was first announced in 2015, was first revealed visually with a trailer in late 2018.

This past June, Psychonauts 2 was shown worldwide during the successful Xbox-Bethesda games showcase. I personally was pretty impressed with the video prepared for the showcase.

In recent times, Psychonauts 2 gained a lot of buzz not simply because its August 25, 2021 release (for Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux, PlayStation 4 with compatibility with PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S plus the Xbox Game Pass subscription service) date is nearing but rather some members of the gaming media got to play it. For you enjoyment, check out these most recent videos of Psychonauts 2.

So what exactly is Psychonauts 2 about other than being a sequel? Based on what has been shown so far, it is a 3rd person-view platform game with elements of action, adventuring, exploration puzzle solving and cinematic storytelling.

Players will get to play as Razputin “Raz” Aquato who could leap through the air, run around, do acrobatic moves and, most notably, use psychic abilities (which includes levitation, telekinesis and pyrokinesis). As the game progresses, players will explore cleverly designed levels and meet with several NPCs (non-playable characters), and learn new details related to the plot.

The one on the foreground is Raz.

At its official page at Xbox.com, this upcoming game has been described as follows: Psychonauts 2 serves up danger, excitement and laughs in equal measure as players guide Raz on a journey through the minds of friends and foes on a quest to defeat a murderous psychic villain.

Other than being a game meant for fun, Psychonauts 2 touches on themes of mental health, respect and empathy. On the mental health issue, check out the excerpt from the Washington Post’s Psychonauts 2 article quoting Tim Schafer below…

For the second game, Schafer said he made sure each level has a unique setting, reflective of a character’s mental state, a specific art style and an additional gameplay challenge such as having to move through relative gravity or bubbles. Double Fine enlisted mental health experts to review the game, and to suggest ways to improve the game.

“They’re just small changes, sometimes to language [to make it less] stigmatizing, or depictions of characters, often just very simple changes can make the game less harmful to more people. More inclusive and more people able to enjoy the game because you’re more sensitive to what people are going through,” Schafer said.

Best on Xbox Series consoles?

Recently, data regarding resolution and frame rates plus HDR support and VRR support of the game per platform was published. GamesRadar.com noticed that Psychonauts 2 performs better on Xbox Series S than on PS5 as Sony’s new console runs the game via backward compatibility with the PS4 version.

Xbox Series X console owners looking forward to the new game can expect the following technical details of Psychonauts 2 – 3840 x 2160 resolution at 60FPS and the 1440p/120Hz mode is also available. Those who own last-generation Xbox consoles can expect the game to run at 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30FPS on the basic Xbox One, and 3840 x 1080 at 30FPS on Xbox One X.

Conclusion

The in-game environments look enticing for exploration!

The way I see it, it would be best to buy and play Psychonauts 2 on Xbox Series X to enjoy the game at its best technical performance and most lively presentation made possible with the best gaming console hardware available. Of course, the gamers and Psychonauts franchise fans who don’t have an Xbox can avail of the new game on other platforms. What is clear is that Psychonauts 2 looks very promising and we will soon find out how much of an impact it will make on gamers and game critics. Remember, this is a labor of love of Tim Schafer and his team, and at the same time it is exceptional that a sequel was made at all! Watch out for Psychonauts 2 on August 25, 2021.

In ending this piece, here are some Psychonauts 2 and Xbox-related videos for your enjoyment!

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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa City to miss out on new Pfizer vaccine shipment due to recent storage problem

To all residents of Muntinlupa City reading this. Be aware that, as reported by GMA Network, Muntinlupa will miss out on the newest shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer which is the result of the storage problems (and change in temperature) that happened recently. Due to that, the Pfizer vaccination at Festival Mall got suspended.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the news report of GMA Network. Some parts in boldface…

Muntinlupa will miss out on the latest shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine after its local government unit experienced problems at its cold storage facility.

According to Darlene Cay’s report over “Saksi,” vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. also reminded local government units to take the necessary precautions when storing the vaccines to prevent spoilage.

Some COVID-19 jabs including Pfizer require lower temperatures to prevent spoilage.

“The global demand is so high and we know that Pfizer is one of the most sought brand,” Galvez said.

“And we know that there is some constriction on the deployment of the vaccine but we are very thankful that they have given us this substantial amount that we can give considering that we have now the raging Delta cases in our country,” he added.

The delivery on Wednesday night is the first batch of 40 million Pfizer doses that the Philippines bought. The target is to have similar deliveries every week.

The Muntinlupa LGU earlier stopped vaccination at one of its inoculation sites after it experienced issues at the storage facility.

The Department of Health (DOH) said it sent the affected vaccines to international experts for evaluation.

Galvez witnessed the arrival of 562,770 Pfizer doses in Manila at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

And below is a related news video by News5…

It should be noted that on July 15, in reaction to the Pfizer vaccination suspension related to the storage problem at their mall, the Festival Mall management issued a press release expressing its continued support for Muntinlupa’s vaccination operations. Posted below is an excerpt from the said press release.

Festival Mall takes pride in being a partner of Muntinlupa City in its efforts to combat Covid-19. We recently extended the complimentary use of Festival Mall’s covered parking area to the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac) team as a prime vaccination site in the city. The venue is properly ventilated, well-lit and offers ample space to allow for smooth service to the public. It also comes with the free use of electricity and meals for the operations staff. With this, Festival Mall has been providing a safe and comfortable site that can accommodate up to 1,200 persons a day.

Below is the official July 15, 2021 PR of Festival Mall.

Residents of Muntinlupa City who remain unregistered and unvaccinated should make a move to get registered by learning the ways to do it. Those who are prepared and willing to go through online registration for the free vaccines in Muntinlupa are encouraged to click https://vaccine.muntinlupacity.gov.ph/muncovac/

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What do you think about this news? What do you think caused the storage problems related to the Pfizer vaccines in Muntinlupa City? If you are an unregistered and unvaccinated resident of Muntinlupa, does this news compel or discourage you at all?

If you are a Muntinlupa resident who got Pfizer as your first dose of vaccination, has the local vaccination organizer updated you yet?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa receives Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine for exclusive use on certain patients

Have you heard about the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine? The latest news is that the said vaccine produced by giant Johnson & Johnson is here in the Philippines and the City Government of Muntinlupa just received a supply from the national government. Also noteworthy is that Janssen is a single-dose vaccine and one particular group of patients will receive it here in Muntinlupa.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

The Muntinlupa City government has received Johnson & Johnson’s single dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccines from the national government and it will be used exclusively for senior citizens or those belonging to the A2 priority group.


The Philippines received 3.2 million doses of Janssen vaccine last week, which were donated by the US government through the COVAX Facility, an alliance aiming to ensure access of developing countries to COVID-19 vaccines. The Philippines is one of the 92 low- and middle-income countries and economies approved to access the vaccines through COVAX.

 Senior citizens who have registered with MunCoVac but have not yet been vaccinated are priority in the sending of schedules. Based on the NVOC [National Vaccine Operations Center] Advisory, those eligible for the Janssen vaccine are A2 and A3 [persons with comorbidities]. We have decided to give priority to our senior citizens since the supply is limited and they are the sector most prone to COVID-19,” said the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac) team.


The country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Janssen on April 19, which indicated that the vaccine is intended for 18 years old and above.

Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is supplied as a suspension in multi-dose (5 doses) vials. The dosing regimen is a single dose of 0.5 mL administered as intramuscular injection,” according to the EUA.

As of July 20, the Muntinlupa City government has administered 257,633 vaccine doses. Of the total, 167,168 individuals have received their first vaccine dose, representing 43.33 percent of the target population of 385,725.


In addition, 90,465 individuals in Muntinlupa are now fully vaccinated after getting their second dose, or 23.5 percent of the target population.


Of the first dose recipients, 20,239 are senior citizens (A2) equivalent to 54.7 percent of the estimated target elderly population of 37,016 in Muntinlupa.


Other recipients of the first dose are 11,177 A1 (health workers), 66,849 A3 (persons with comorbidities), 58,382 A4 (essential workers), and 10,521 A5 (poor population).


By vaccine brand, of the 167,168 first dose recipients104,216 individuals received Sinovac Life Sciences’ CoronaVac32,406 got AstraZeneca3,879 were given Sputnik V4,196 had Pfizer-BioNTech and 260 were administered with Moderna.


Of the 90,465 individuals in Muntinlupa who are now fully vaccinated, 7,280 are A1, 14,683 are A2, 46,299 are A3, and 18,145 are A4. By vaccine brand, 63,495 got CoronaVac, 2,454 received AstraZeneca, 2,934 were given Sputnik V, and 21,582 received Pfizer-BioNTech.

In relation to the presence of the Delta variant here in the Philippines, which reportedly is more transmissible, getting vaccinated is more crucial than ever. According to the national authorities, getting fully vaccinated (2 doses) is essential for resistance against the Delta variant. As such, residents of Muntinlupa City who remain unregistered and unvaccinated should make a move to get registered by learning the ways to do it. Those who are prepared and willing to go through online registration for the free vaccines in Muntinlupa are encouraged to click https://vaccine.muntinlupacity.gov.ph/muncovac/

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: Does this latest news about Johnson & Johnson-produced vaccines sound good to you? Do you wish that more single-dose vaccines will become more available locally? Does the presence of the Delta variant in Metro Manila compel you to get registered and join the line for the free vaccine? How many people in your local community remain unregistered and unvaccinated as of now?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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2021 Alabang Hills Village car sticker application process for non-residents ongoing

It’s that time once again. Through its official website, the Alabang Hills Village Association (AHVA) announced that the application processing for the 2021 edition of their vehicular stickers specifically for non-residents has officially started since July 19, 2021. Take note that non-AHVA members (which refers to non-residents) need to have the endorsements of another Alabang Hills Village resident, the village association, the school or organization in order to validate the application for non-resident stickers.

The steps are simple and easy to follow. Firstly, applicants seeking non-resident car stickers must click https://alabanghillsvillage.com/vehicle-sticker-application/

Secondly, applicants should follow Step 1 which is to download, print and fill out the 2-page sticker application form. That being said, make sure your printer has enough ink and paper to print the said form. (reminder: non-resident applicants need to have their respective application endorsed first otherwise the AHVA won’t accept their application. That being said, look closely at page 1 of the application form.)

Thirdly, applicants should follow Step 2 which states the payment option and prices. To point things straight, the 1-year car sticker for non-residents is at P1,500 per vehicle while the 2-year car sticker for non-residents is at P2,700 per vehicle. The motorcycle/bike sticker is priced at P350 each.

Still under the non-residents category, commercial vehicles sticker rates are P2,000 per vehicle (four wheels), P2,500 per vehicle (six wheels and up) and P500 each (motorcycle).

Non-residents who need to replacement stickers need to pay P200.

Fourthly, applicants should follow Step 3 which is for them to fill the blanks with their respective details (name, email address, landline or mobile phone number) and upload the signed application form as well as the OR/CR of the vehicle(s). There is also the requirement to click the small box confirming your agreement to AHVA’s private police and use of their website, click another box that you are not a robot, and then click the submit button. All of these are within https://alabanghillsvillage.com/vehicle-sticker-application/ so make sure your Internet connection is on and reliable for uploading.

Once the applicant has been successful with submitting all the requirements online, he/she should allow up to 48 hours’ time for the AHVA to reply.

If you have further questions for the AHVA, send them email at alabanghills@yahoo.com or call them at 8850-8254 local 105, 106 and 107. AHVA offices operate 8AM to 5PM Monday to Friday, and 8AM to 12PM on Saturday.

If you wish to learn more, visit AHVA’s official website at https://alabanghillsvillage.com/

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Better than Streaming: A look at V: The Final Battle Blu-ray (by Warner Archive)

By now, many of you should be aware about how much I loved watching V: The Original Miniseries and the best way to view it in high-definition is on Blu-ray. I was a kid when I first saw V: The Original Miniseries way back in the 1980s and it was a major hit not only in America but also around the world. Considering the way the 1983 miniseries ended and the success it achieved, a sequel was inevitable although it was not spearheaded by creator and genius Kenneth Johnson. 

That sequel is none other than V: The Final Battle which was another mini-series that played all over the United States in 1984. It was considerably longer than its predecessor as it had three episodes and combined for more than 270 minutes playtime. V: The Final Battle, which had the now iconic Michael Ironside as the most notable addition to the highly talented cast, was a TV ratings hit as well and eventually Warner Bros. proceeded with its plan to produce a regular TV series out of Kenneth Johnson’s creation. Oh yes, like the original mini-series of 1983, I saw both V: The Final Battle and the TV series locally back in the 1980s. My first bout of replaying V: The Final Battle digitally was on DVD format more than fifteen years ago.

Just two days ago, I received my Blu-ray copy of V: The Final Battle which I ordered online. 

The front cover of V: The Final Battle Blu-ray.

Released in April 2020 by Warner Archive, V: The Final Battle on Blu-ray comes with two discs (the first disc contained the first two episodes). Its technical specs goes as follows:

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD-25, 1 BD-50)

Playback
2K Blu-ray: Region free

The people at Warner Bros. surely wanted to freak buyers out.

Having viewed the first episode the other night, the most telling difference I spotted right from the start was that V: The Final Battle’s footage did not fill the entire screen of our HDTV at home. In fact, what was presented was a more squarish image with black borders on both sides. This is because the sequel was formatted with an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Having seen V: The Original Miniseries Blu-ray with its widescreen imagery (aspect ratio of 1.85:1), I found the sequel’s 1.33:1 Blu-ray look not only weird (note: I still remember that TV imagery in the 1980s were more squarish than widescreen) but somehow less immersive on our HDTV. Regardless, I still had fun and engagement replaying V: The Final Battle’s first episode. The picture quality, so far, looks good and the colors look more vibrant than ever. As for the extra stuff, there is really not much here to satisfy fans of the sequel as the Blu-ray comes only with network teasers. If you are looking for behind-scenes stuff or interviews with the cast, you will be disappointed. How is the overall quality and fun of V: The Final Battle as a whole? That will be revealed in a future review. 

If you are a long-time V fan, or if you are looking for gems of the science fiction genre, or if you are looking for the standout entertainment properties of the 1980s to add to your Blu-ray collection, be aware that you can order V: The Final Battle Blu-ray online by clicking here.

In ending this piece, watch this short clip of V: The Final Battle from the Warner Archive YouTube channel. It’s got Michael Ironside as Ham Tyler doing action and a glimpse of established V franchise hero Marc Singer as Mike Donovan!

For more entries of my Better than Streaming series of articles, check out my pieces on The Beastmaster 4K Blu-rayThe Transformers: The Movie 4K Blu-rayMortal Kombat 2021 4K Blu-raySpace Jam 4K Blu-ray and The Thing 4K Blu-ray.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Las Piñas City prepares for Delta variant

It is official. The Delta variant (B.1.617.2) is really here in the Philippines and this could lead to more new infections of COVID-19. What is the Delta variant? It is described by WebMD.com as follows:

The Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, can spread more easily, according to the CDC. The strain has mutations on the spike protein that make it easier for it to infect human cells. That means people may be more contagious if they contract the virus and more easily spread it to others. It is now the dominant strain in the U.S.

In fact, researchers have said that the Delta variant is about 50% more contagious than the Alpha variant, which was first identified in the U.K., according to The Washington Post. Alpha, also known as B.1.1.7, was already 50% more contagious than the original coronavirus first identified in China in 2019.

Public health experts estimate that the average person who gets infected with Delta spreads it to three or four other people, as compared with one or two other people through the original coronavirus strain, according to Yale Medicine. The Delta variant may also be able to escape protection from vaccines and some COVID-19 treatments, though studies are still ongoing

In relation to the presence of the Delta variant here in the Philippines, the  City Government of Las Piñas made moves in preparation for it as reported recently by the Manila Bulletin. To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the report. Some parts in boldface…

Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda Aguilar has ordered the strict implementation of prevent-detect-isolate-treat and reintegrate (PDITR) to ensure that the new Delta variant will not spread in the city.

According to Paul San Miguel, Public Information chief, Aguilar ordered that residents who show symptoms of COVID-19 must be isolated in one facilities while asymptomatic patients should be placed in other isolation facilities.

San Miguel said the Aguilar’s order came after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the more transmissible Delta variant has entered the country.

He said the mayor wants to prevent the spread of the virus in the city and continues to appeal to residents to observe the basic health protocols like the wearing of face mask and face shield and observing physical distancing.

With the details above, there is a need to be extra careful when moving around in public. The people who remain unvaccinated will need to get vaccinated as soon as possible (note: register first) for their health and protection for COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

Any Las Piñas resident who has yet to get registered for free COVID-19 vaccines can learn the ways (4 methods) by clicking here. Anyone who is ready and willing to register online can click bit.ly/LasPiñasVaccination

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Las Piñas City resident, do you believe that the City Government and all of its personnel have what it takes to prevent the spread of the Delta variant in the city? If you have not yet been vaccinated, does the news about the Delta variant compel you to get vaccinated ASAP? How concerning to you is the Delta variant right now?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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Motorist apologizes over Muntinlupa incident

Very recently, an incident that took place in Muntinlupa caught the attention of many as a video about it went viral. Since after, the motorist who went against the cops got charged and was ordered by the Muntinlupa prosecutor to be released in relation for further investigation. Now the latest update about the incident as reported by the Manila Bulletin is that the motorist apologized officially.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

Franz Luke Orbos, the motorist who cursed at Muntinlupa policemen and traffic enforcers over a traffic violation and bragged about his father, has issued an apology over the incident.

Orbos, listed as the son of former executive secretary, and former Pangasinan governor and representative Oscar Orbos, was in the limelight recently when a video of him hurling invectives and displaying rude behavior against law enforcers was posted on social media.

His altercation with the Muntinlupa police and traffic enforcers happened last July 14 along Susana Heights road in Brgy. Tunasan, a busy thoroughfare near the Susana Heights toll gate.

In the video, Orbos, a resident of San Juan, is seen confronting police officers and traffic enforcers and saying, “Bakit mo ako titiketan? Ano ginawa ko? (Why are you going to give me a ticket? What did I do?)”

He continued his outburst and said, “Bakit niyo ako poposasan? Hindi nyo ba ako kilala? Hindi niyo ako kilala? P**** hindi niyo ako kilala? Kung sino ang tatay ko? P**** kayo e. Ginagago niyo ako. Tingin niyo takot ako sa inyo? (Why are you going to handcuff me? Don’t you know me? Do you know who my father is? You are making a fool of me. Do you think I’m afraid of you?”

He was arrested and the Muntinlupa police and Traffic Management Bureau (MTMB) filed a complaint of alarms and scandals, resistance to a person in authority and direct assaults against him with the Muntinlupa prosecutor’s office.

In an apology issued Sunday, Orbos admitted his mistakes and said it was different from the “Christian values” that his parents taught him.

“Recently, an incident has gone viral on social media involving myself. What you saw on the video is indeed regretful and contrary to how I was raised with Christian values by my loving parents, who taught me to be respectful to the proper authorities,” he said, TV Patrol reported.

Orbos added, “My family and loved ones have been hurt and disturbed for what has happened. I am deeply remorseful and I sincerely apologize to all who were offended by my conduct.”

“Like any human being, I have committed a mistake and I am prepared to suffer the consequences of such. This incident has truly been a learning and humbling experience for me. It has moved me to rise above and beyond these unfortunate circumstances and be a better person for my family, God, and country,” he said.

Listed as complainants in the case filed with the Muntinlupa prosecutor’s office are Police Corporals Marlon Sandoval and Rolando Liban, and traffic enforcers Felicisimo Co Jr. and Ramon Reamico of the MTMB.

In a resolution, the Muntinlupa prosecutor’s office ordered the release of Orbos as “there is a necessity to conduct further investigation as there are matters that need to be clarified. Hence, it is hereby recommended that a Preliminary Investigation be conducted on the instant case.”

The preliminary investigation is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. on July 30 at the Muntinlupa prosecutor’s office.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What do you think about the apology issued by the motorist?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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