Inspiring, madamdamin, full-packed

Ni NORA CALDERON

MAAGA pa ay puno na ang Mall of Asia Arena, sa first night ng concert ni Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, titled R3.0 bilang celebration ng kanyang 30th anniversary sa showbiz.

Nagbigay muna ng kanyang saloobin si Regine sa unang gabi ng concert, at nagbalik-tanaw sa kanyang Silver concert five years ago.

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid

Iyon na ang hindi ko malilimutang pangyayari sa buhay ko,” sabi ni Regine. “Ang gabing hindi ko inisip na mawawala ang boses ko. Handang-handa na ako nang mapansin kong nawala ang boses ko. Siguro may gustong sabihin sa akin si Lord, baka hindi ko dapat ipagmalaki ang boses ko, kaya sa gabi pa naman ng concert, saka ito nawala. At simula noon, nawalan na ako ng confidence na kumanta. Yes, nagku-concert pa rin ako, pero hindi ko na solo. At sa tulong nga ni Boss Vic (del Rosario), nang muli kaming magkausap at nabuo ang concert na ito at ang pagbabalik ko sa recording sa Viva Records, baka nga gusto na ni Lord na muli akong kumanta, pero puno na ito ng pasasalamat sa Kanya.”

Alam daw niyang hindi na ganoon kaganda ang boses niya, problema raw ng isang tumatanda nang katulad niya, kaya nang mabuo ang concert at ang recording ng 3-disc album, titled R3.0 rin, nag-voice lessons muli siya at inalam nila kung ano ang dapat niyang gagawin sa gabi ng concert. Pinili ang songs na kakantahin niya sa dalawang gabi, at ang guests na makakasama niya. Iba ang guests niya sa unang gabi, magkaiba rin ang songs, kaya parang nanood ka ng dalawang concert ni Regine kung dalawang gabi kang manonood.

Iba pa rin ang dating ni Regine sa kanyang fans sa loob ng 31 years, maaga pa ay nagka-clamor na sila sa Asia’s Songbird. Hindi naman niya pinagtagal pa ang pagsisimula, kaya 8:30 PM ay malakas na tilian at hiyawan ng fans at mga kaibigan niya. Ilang songs pa lamang ang nakakanta niya nang pinaakyat niya ang 4-year old son niyang si Nate at pinabati sa audience. Matapos bumati, gusto raw ba ng anak na kumanta? Dedicated ni Regine ang song na I Can kay Margot Gallardo, ang yumaong album producer ng soundtrack ng movie na ginawa ni Regine kasama sina Donna Cruz-Larrazabal at Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski. Concept daw iyon ni Margot.

Iyon ang kinanta ni Nate at maya-maya pa ay nagtilian ang audience nang pumasok sina Donna at Mikee. Galing pa ng Cebu si Donna, lumuwas lamang dito para kumanta at si Mikee ay nag-voice lesson naman para makasama nila. Kasama pa rin nila sa number na iyon si Nate.

Pumasok pagkatapos nila si Ogie Alcasid at may mga banter silang mag-asawa bago nila kinanta ang theme songs ng mga pelikulang ginawa ni Regine na compositions ni Ogie. Fan daw kasi siya ng mga leading men ni Regine tulad nina Aga Muhlach, Robin Padilla, Richard Gomez, Christopher de Leon. Siyempre, hindi nawala ang Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw.

Ang isa pang nakakapanindig-balahibong number ay nang i-present ni Regine ang itinuturing niyang bagong ‘queens’ sa kantahan. Pinalakpakan nang husto ang bawat number nina Aicelle Santos, Jona, Julie Ann San Jose, Morisette, at Angeline Quinto.

“Sila na ang itinuturing kong mga bagong queens sa kantahan at sana suportahan ninyo sila,” sabi niya.

Touching din ang number ng recorded duet noon ni Regine at ng kanyang namayapang ama na si Mang Gerry, ang You’ll Never Know.

“Sa lahat ng mga concert kong ginawa naroon lagi si Mang Gerry, ngayon lamang siya wala na. Inihanda ako ni Mang Gerry at ng pamilya ko. Hinayaan nila akong pumili kung ano ang gusto ko, ang kumanta, iyon ang pinili ko kaya naman nabago ko ang buhay ko at ng pamilya ko sa pamamagitan ng pagkanta. Ang pangalan ko ay Regina Encarnacion, na si Mang Gerry ang nagbigay. Alam ba ninyong ang ibig sabihin ng Regina ay queen? Nang maging manager ko si Ronnie Henares, ginawa niyang Regine Velasquez ang pangalan ko,” kuwento ng Asia’s Songbird.

Isang original song pa ang inawit ni Regine bilang pasasalamat niya sa ama, pero tiyak na hindi lang kami kundi marami pang ibang umiyak nang marinig ang hikbi ni Regine para sa nami-miss na amang naghubog sa kanya. Sinundan niya ito ng inspirational song bilang pasasalamat naman sa Diyo na pinag-aalayan niya ng lahat na ginagawa niya ngayon.
“To God be the Glory,” sabi niya.

Source: Balita

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World Egg Day sa San Jose, Batangas

World Egg Day sa San Jose, Batangas

World Egg Day
sa San Jose, Batangas

Sinulat at mga larawang kuha ni LYKA MANALO

IPINAGDIRIWANG ng San Jose, Batangas ang festival ng mga itlog kapag sumasapit ang World Egg Day tuwing Oktubre.

Ang San Jose ang tinaguriang Egg Capital of the Philippines dahil sa milyun-milyong itlog na nagmumula rito araw-araw na isinusuplay sa malaking bahagi ng Luzon at Visayas.

Ayon kay Mayor Ben Patron, malaking porsiyento ng pondo ng San Jose and nagmumula sa kita ng industriya ng itlog at poultry farms.

Gayundin, marami sa mga taga-San Jose ay sa itlog nabubuhay.

Kaya bilang pasasalamat ay nagsasagawa ang lokal na pamahalaan ng iba’t ibang aktibidades na may kinalaman sa itlog gayundin upang magkaroon ng promosyon ng turismo sa kanilang bayan.

Ilan sa naging pangunahing programa sa pagdiriwang ng World Egg Day ang Mosaic Art gamit ang balat ng itlog o anumang may kaugnayan sa egg products na nilahukan ng iba’t ibang eskuwelahan sa nasabing bayan.

World Egg Day sa San Jose, Batangas

Ipinamalas naman ng LGBT Community ang kanilang talento sa Batangas Costumes Competition na yari mula sa egg products, kapeng barako beans, niyog, at iba pang produkto mula sa kanilang bayan.

Kaagapay ang San Jose Business Club, nagkaroon din ng Egg Cooking Contest para maipamalas ng mga taga-San Jose ang galing nila sa pagluluto gamit ang itlog. Nilahukan ang paligsahan ng mga restaurant sa San Jose at sinundan ito ng isang boodle fight.

Ayon kay Mayor Patron, napatunayan din sa pamamagitan ng pista na ligtas kainin ang itlog at poultry products mula sa San Jose sa kabila ng pagkakaroon ng bird flu sa ilang lugar sa Northern Luzon.

World Egg Day sa San Jose, Batangas

“This is to prove that San Jose is free from bird flu virus and to show that we are the egg capital in the Philippines” ayon kay Patron.

Ang tatlong araw na selebrasyon ay sinimulan noong Oktubre 12 at may iba’t ibang programa tulad ng Senior Citizens Parade, Sinuam Feeding, motorcades, color fun run at job fair.

Ayon kay Konsehal Renji Arcilla, chairman ng Committee on Tourism, marami silang ginagawang resolusyon at inobasyon upang lubos pang makilala ang kanilang bayan sa larangan ng ekonomiya at turismo.

Kaugnay nito inilunsad din ang Chef Jose — ang magiging products station ng San Jose na puntahan ng mga nagnanais bumili ng mga produkto sa kanilang bayan.

Kasabay din ng pagdiriwang ang paglulunsad ng kauna-unahang heavy cured salted egg product na pinoproseso sa loob ng 7 araw at tumatagal ng tatlo hanggang anim na buwan.

Ayon kay Arcilla, noong nakaraang taon ay sinubukan din ng San Jose na mapabilang sa Guinness World Records na may pinakamahabang linya ng itlog sa tray.

Gumamit ng mahigit 180,000 itlog ang San Jose sa tulong ng poultry farms at inihanay sa dalawang kilometrong kalsada.

Source: Balita

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‘Pay With Google’ makes shopping on Android less of a hassle

a screenshot of a cell phone © Provided by Engadget As promised, Google is streamlining online purchases made through Android devices by rolling out Pay with Google.

The feature lets you use any of the credit or debit cards you’ve previously logged on the web titan’s products (like Chrome, Android Pay, YouTube, or Google Play) to checkout in just a few clicks — verifying your purchase with a security code or your Android device. That way, you don’t have to type in your lengthy card info on a website or app payment form. Instead, Google just sends the merchant your payment details and shipping address from your account.

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Pay with Google is currently available at 15 places in total (shown above), with more on the horizon — including Airbnb, and a number of additional food delivery services. Google first announced the feature, which taps into its Google Pay API, at its I/O event in May. To lure more merchants, it’s foregoing a transaction fee on purchases.

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This DIY Nintendo Switch can play the retro games the real one can’t

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The Nintendo Switch is great for a lot of things, but when it comes to playing retro games, you’re better off looking at something like the SNES Classic than Nintendo’s current-generation console.

Or, if you’re like Tim Lindquist, a hardware modder / electrical engineering student at Iowa State University, you build your own Switch-esque console, which through the power of open-source emulation software, can not only play retro Nintendo games, but basically any retro title you can imagine, via Hackaday.

Lindquist’s device — cleverly called the “Nintimdo RP” — goes beyond being a simple Raspberry Pi emulator, though. Rather, like the actual Switch itself, its a full-fledged portable console. Lindquist’s build is a custom 3D-printed case, built around the ever-popular Raspberry Pi with an additional micro-controller for connecting the physical button inputs to the main processor. And the whole thing runs off a 10,000mAh battery, rechargeable by MicroUSB. On the software side, the Nintimdo RP runs RetroPie, with the professional looking EmulationStation on top to give it a more polished feel. 

The device even improves on the Switch in some ways: there’s a 7-inch touchscreen that’s actually larger than the one on a real Switch. Ports are also improved — there’s an HDMI port, which automatically shuts off the screen and switches the video to a TV when plugged in for a Switch-like experience, along with two regular USB ports for plugging in accessories (given that it’s still running a version of Linux, you could even in theory plug in a mouse and keyboard and just use it as a computer).

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All it’s really missing are the removable Joy-Con controllers — and since those work with Bluetooth there’s no reason why you couldn’t use them with the Nintimdo RP, either.

Lindquist has started to put up some of the source code and 3D models that you’d need to make your own on Github, with a more complete tutorial in the works for the future, too.

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Tesla reaffirms effort to build cars in China; mum on deal report

a truck is parked on the side of a snow covered road: A Tesla charging station is seen in Salt Lake City © REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson A Tesla charging station is seen in Salt Lake City Electric car maker Tesla Inc reaffirmed on Sunday it is talking with the Shanghai municipal government to set up a factory in the region and expects to agree on a plan by the end of the year, but declined to comment on a report that a deal has been reached.

China levies a 25 percent duty on sales of imported vehicles and has not allowed foreign automakers to establish wholly owned factories in the country, the world’s largest auto market. Those are problems for Tesla, which wants to expand its presence in China’s growing electric vehicle market without compromising its independence or intellectual property.

China’s government has considered allowing foreign automakers to set up wholly owned factories in free trade zones in part to encourage more production of electric and hybrid vehicles – which the government calls “new energy vehicles” – to meet ambitious sales quotas.

Tesla would still have to pay a 25 percent duty on cars built in a free trade zone, but it could lower its production costs.

Tesla on Sunday pointed to a statement it made in June that the company “is working with the Shanghai Municipal Government to explore the possibility of establishing a manufacturing facility in the region to serve the Chinese market. As we’ve said before, we expect to more clearly define our plans for production in China by the end of the year.”

A Tesla spokesperson in the United States declined to comment further beyond referring to the June statement.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Tesla and the Shanghai government have reached a deal in that city’s free trade zone. Shanghai is China’s de facto automotive capital and a significant market for luxury vehicles of all kinds.

Chinese internet company Tencent Holdings Ltd(0700.HK) has a five percent stake in Tesla and is seen as a potential ally for Tesla’s efforts to enter the Chinese market.

It was unclear if the Chinese government will conclude a deal with Tesla to coincide with U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit next month.

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has said the company eventually will need vehicle and battery manufacturing centres in Europe and Asia.

Tesla is wrestling with production problems at its sole factory, in Fremont, California. It is trying to accelerate output of its new Model 3 sedan, but conceded earlier this month that production bottlenecks had held third-quarter production to just 260 vehicles, well short of the 1,500 previously planned.

(Reporting by Joe White and Nori Shirouzu; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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‘R3.0’ concert ni Regine, iconic

Ni NOEL D. FERRER

SUCCESSFUL ang two-night concert ni Regine Velasquez na R3.0 sa MOA-Arena nitong Sabado ng gabi at kagabi.

Despite the strict rules and advisory na dapat maaga ang pagdating, mga bawal na SLR cameras at iba pang gadgets, dinagsa ito ng excited na fans at supporters ng Asia’s Songbird na naka-Regine look pa nga ang iba – which made the Regine iconic sa kanyang 30th year sa entertainment industry.

Klinaro na dapat talaga ay last year ang kanyang 30th anniversary pero naging masikip ang schedule ni Regine kaya minarapat nilang mag-full circle at ang ipinagdiwang ay ang anniversary niya hindi bilang REGINE ENCARNACION (CHONA) VELASQUEZ kundi bilang Regine na unang nag-sign up sa Viva Records with the single Urong Sulong.

The concert started with Call Me and Hotstuff na applauded ng audience. Napaiyak agad si Regine sa magandang reaksiyon sa kanya ng mga tao.

Aside from showing na nasa kundisyon ang boses ni Ate, ay sa mismong stage na siya nagku-costume change.

From then on, kinanta na niya ang kanyang anthems na You Made Me Stronger, You Were There, Bluer Than Blue, Fallin’, at Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka.

Kinanta rin ni Regine ang Shine, Say That You Love Me, Sometime Somewhere, I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing pero this time ay ipinaubaya niya ang pagkakataon to shine sa bagong queens sabi ni Ate na sina Jona, Julie Ann San Jose, Aicelle Santos, Morissette at Angeline Quinto.

Nag-guest din si Ogie Alcasid na kumanta ng single niyang Nakakalokal at pagkatapos ay kumanta silang mag-asawa ng kanilang Movie Theme Songs medley.

Sa kanyang social media account, heto ang sinabi ni Ogie, “I am to this day in awe of your gift, my love. That gift is your heart that you openly and willingly give to so many and most of all to the one that made it. Again, he is pleased and he is praised. Mighty proud of this lady we call the songbird. Congrats mahal!! #R3.0 “

Nakakatuwa ring segment ng concert ang pagkanta ni Regine ng theme song ng kanyang pelikula noong 1996 na DoReMi but this time ang kanyang anak na si Nate ang kanyang ka-duet ng I Can.

Surprise sa audience ang paglabas ng mga kaibigan at kasama rin sa pelikula ni Regine na sina Donna Cruz at Mikee Cojuangco.
Then kinanta rin ni Regine ang kanyang unang recording na Urong Sulong at ang kanta mula sa Hercules na Go The Distance na kasama sa bago niyang album na talaga namang well applauded.

For her encore, humirit pa si Ate ng kanta pinakaunang recording bilang Chona pa sa Octo Arts na Love Me Again na sinundan ng danceable na Follow The Sun (na dati niyang kinanta sa UP Sunken Garden na inulan).

Kasama sa mga dumalo noong first night sina Judy Ann Santos, Vice Ganda, Direk Joyce Bernal, Richard Gomez at Lucy Torres, Vicky Belo at Hayden Kho at Gary Valenciano.

Sa second night, additional guests sina Sarah Geronimo, Mark Bautista, Erik Santos at Jed Madela.

Overall, masaya ang mga taong nakapanood, sulit daw ang concert, at sulit na sulit din ang album na may 30 songs sa compilation na may original songs, covers at re-interpretation ni Regine ng mga dating recording niya.

Mismong si Regine na ang nagpahayag na nagbago na ang kanyang boses at natural lang naman ang wear and tear at pagkapagod dahil sa edad, pero ang sabi nga niya, “Hangga’t may makikinig, patuloy akong kakanta.”

Para kay Regine at ang kanyang Team R3.0 ipinaaabot namin ang aming pagbati. BRAVO!!!

(For your comments, opinions and contributions, you can message me on IG and FB, or tweet me at @iamnoelferrer.)

Source: Balita

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Gel Ybardolaza writer na, actress pa

GUSTO naming bigyan ng espasyo ang isa sa staff writers ng ABS-CBN Corporate Communication na si Gel Ybardolaza na nagtapos ng Communication Arts sa UP Diliman.

Nasanay na kami na papalit-palit ang mga staffwriter ng nasabing departamento na pinamumunuan ng Vice President for Corpcomm na si Kane Errol Choa.

Gel Ybardolaza

Gel Ybardolaza

Dati palang miyembro ng banda si Gel at kumakanta bukod sa electric guitar na tinutugtog niya kaya certified rocker siya, Bossing DMB.

Hanggang doon lang ang pagkakakilala namin sa mabait at magandang staff ni Aaron Domingo kaya nagulat kami nu’ng mapanood namin siyang umaarte na naka-post sa ABS-CBN Internal Frequency habang nagdi-deadline kami sa press office ng kanilang network.

Tawa nang tawa kami ni Katotong Maricris Nicasio, Bossing DMB dahil ang theme song ng six-part act ni Gel ay ang awiting Huwag Ka Nang Umiyak na version ni KZ Tandingan pero ang paulit-ulit na tugtog ay ang chorus nitong ‘Kung wala ka nang maintindihan, kung wala ka nang makapitan, kapit ka sa akin, kapit ka sa akin, hindi kita bibitawan’ habang umaarteng kunwari’y na-late sa pagpasok sa opisina, nasaraduhan ng elevator kaya na-late, may tinitipang report pero biglang nag-brown out at hindi na-save at na-print at may eksenang nangunyapit pa sa hagdanan.

Ang tanong namin, para saan ba ang six-part act na ito ni Gel, isinabay ba ito sa second anniversary ng FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano dahil theme song ng programa ang background music?

At paano siya napapayag na umarte na parang eng-eng sa maraming tao na talagang pinagtitinginan siya at nagtatanungan, “Ano ‘yun? Bakit umaarte?”

Aliw ang eksenang hinahabol ni Gel ang elevator na biglang sumara at ang nakasakay pala ay ang isa sa big boss ng ABS-CBN na hindi niya alam.

May plano bang mag-artista ang staffwriter ninyo, Kane at Aaron? Baka naman type niya nahihiya lang magsabi sa inyo, he-he-he. –Reggee Bonoan

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Toll rises in Malaysian landslide; 11 dead mostly foreigners

Malaysian rescuers carry the body of a victim after he was pulled out from the debris of the landslide in Penang, Malaysia, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. A landslide at a construction site in northern Malaysia on Saturday killed a number of foreign workers, with rescuers searching for others feared trapped in the mud and rubble, officials said. Fire and rescue official Mohamad Rizuan Ramli said a 10 meter (33 feet) high slope crashed down at the construction site in northern Penang state, a popular tourist destination, early Saturday. (AP Photo/Gary Chuah) © The Associated Press Malaysian rescuers carry the body of a victim after he was pulled out from the debris of the landslide in Penang, Malaysia, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. A landslide at a construction site in northern Malaysia on Saturday killed a number of foreign workers, with rescuers searching for others feared trapped in the mud and rubble, officials said. Fire and rescue official Mohamad Rizuan Ramli said a 10 meter (33 feet) high slope crashed down at the construction site in northern Penang state, a popular tourist destination, early Saturday. (AP Photo/Gary Chuah) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Two more bodies buried by a landslide in a construction site in northern Malaysia were recovered Monday, bringing the death toll to 11, mostly foreign workers.Fire and rescue official Mohamad Rizuan Ramli said the bodies of a Bangladeshi and a Malaysian trapped deep under the rubble were finally retrieved early Monday.A hillside crashed down early Saturday at the site where two 49-story condominiums are being built in northern Penang state, a popular tourist destination.Three of the 14 workers buried by the landslide survived. The other victims were from China, Pakistan, Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh.The condominium project is now under scrutiny after authorities said it didn’t obtain approval as it was too close to a granite quarry.The Department of Environment said it had rejected the application for planning approval as the area was not safe for people to live in. Residents and activists were riled by the revelation, saying Monday in a statement that the Penang state government must explain why they ignored the environment department’s advice and allowed the project to go through.The state government has halted the project and said it would form a taskforce to investigate the tragedy.

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Abe says his priorities are North Korea and aging Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, answers a question from reporter during a TV interview on the ballot counting of the parliamentary lower house election at the party headquarters in Tokyo, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Japanese media projected shortly after polls closed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition would win a clear majority in national elections.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) © The Associated Press Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, answers a question from reporter during a TV interview on the ballot counting of the parliamentary lower house election at the party headquarters in Tokyo, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Japanese media projected shortly after polls closed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition would win a clear majority in national elections.(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) TOKYO — Japan’s leader has pledged to tackle what he called Japan’s two national crises, the military threat from North Korea and an aging and shrinking population.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a post-election news conference Monday that he would pursue “strong diplomacy” to pressure North Korea to halt its missile and nuclear weapons development.His ruling coalition was returned to power in elections Sunday for Japan’s more powerful lower house. Abe said the result showed “strong support” and thanked the people for backing stability and his government’s policies.He promised a comprehensive package by the end of the year to deal with Japan’s demographic challenges, including investments in education, productivity improvements and pension system reform.

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Malaysia says Marawi siege could happen anywhere

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, left, together with Armed Forces Chief Gen. Eduardo Ano, right, reads a statement announcing the Philippine troops have captured a building where pro-Islamic State group militants made their final stand in southern Marawi city and found bodies of suspected gunmen inside Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at the ongoing ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting in Clark, Pampanga province north of Manila, Philippines. The seizure of the building and the defeat of the militants would allowed the military to declare on Monday the end of the Marawi siege, which hundreds of black flag-waving gunmen launched exactly five months ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) © The Associated Press Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, left, together with Armed Forces Chief Gen. Eduardo Ano, right, reads a statement announcing the Philippine troops have captured a building where pro-Islamic State group militants made their final stand in southern Marawi city and found bodies of suspected gunmen inside Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 at the ongoing ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting in Clark, Pampanga province north of Manila, Philippines. The seizure of the building and the defeat of the militants would allowed the military to declare on Monday the end of the Marawi siege, which hundreds of black flag-waving gunmen launched exactly five months ago. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) CLARK, Philippines — The Latest on the Philippine fight to end the militant siege of Marawi (all times local):12:45 p.m.Malaysia’s defense minister says the siege of a Philippine city by pro-Islamic State group militants is a wakeup call for the region.The last militants in southern Marawi city were declared “finished” on Monday, ending a five-month siege that raised worry of the group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. Some of the militants were from other countries, including Malaysia.Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein spoke while attending a Southeast Asian defense ministers’ meeting in Clark, Philippines.He said, “We have to be very careful. What happened in Marawi can happen anywhere. It’s a wake-up call for all of us.”___12:30 p.m.Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared the last of the pro-Islamic State group militants in southern Marawi city were “finished.”He told reporters Monday in Clark that troops recovered 42 bodies of the last group of militant stragglers.He said, “Those are the last group of stragglers of Mautes and they were caught in one building so there was a firefight, so they were finished.”Two security officials had told The Associated Press earlier Monday that troops had found the bodies after capturing the building where the militants made their final stand.Lorenzana said hostages the militants had held were recovered a few days earlier. He said, “There are no more militants inside Marawi City.”The Marawi siege involving hundreds of black flag-waving gunmen was launched exactly five months ago.

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