Chino Roque: First Pinoy Astronaut

Chino Roque: First Pinoy Astronaut 


AXE Apollo Space Academy (A.A.S.A) Selects First Filipino Astronaut Last January, AXE – the no. 1 fragrance brand in the world – unveiled a campaign to take the first Filipino to space with over 20 others from over 160 countries worldwide to celebrate the launch of AXE Apollo, its newest and possibly most iconic fragrance yet.


legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Chino Roque

The Philippines was among the top countries that participated in the global campaign with over 28,000 applications for the opportunity to become the first Filipino to ever go to space. From thousands, three candidates were selected to represent the country at the international AXE Apollo Space Camp held at the Kennedy Space Center in the U.S. The three candidates underwent astronaut training with over 100 others from all over the globe. Finally, one has been chosen to take to space by 2015 as the first Filipino astronaut. After five days of grueling tests and challenges at the AXE Apollo Space Academy Space Camp, 22-year old Crossfit trainer and De La Salle University psychology graduate Chino Roque was declared the first Filipino astronaut by no less than legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

 The ceremonies were held at the Kennedy Space Center Rocket Garden. “At the awarding ceremonies, when they called my name, all I could think about is how fortunate I am. From the start, this had been the experience of a lifetime. I’m grateful to the team of admirable guys I went to Space Camp with – Ramil and Evan – as well as the support of family, friends, and my countrymen,” said Roque. Roque is set to become the first Filipino astronaut by 2015, joining 23 other AXE Apollo Space Academy winners on a sub-orbital space flight.

The AXE Apollo winners are

Patrick Carney (USA)
Théo Abbaci-Nel (Canada)
Marco Gorrasi (Brazil)
Oliver Knight (UK)
Felix Stach (DACH)
Cyril Garnier (France)
, Jordi Ollebek (Netherlands)
Eduardo Luruena (Spain)
Róbert Vokál (Slovakia)
Denis Efremov (Russia)
Halil Kayıkçı (Turkey)
Omar Samra (Egypt)
Vinay Singh (India)
Takanobu Yoneya (Japan)
Rizman Adhi Nugraha (Indonesia)
Pirada Techavijit (Thailand)
Thanh Long Vu (Vietnam)
Tim Gibson (Austrailia)
Hamish Fagg (New Zealand)
Tale Sundlisæter (Norway)
Mandlenkosi Maseko (South Africa)
Quing Guo (China)
Daniel Angelo “Chino” Roque (Philippines).


The AXE Apollo Space Camp The three Filipino representatives – Evan Rey Datuin, Ramil Santos, and Chino Roque – underwent training at the AXE Apollo Space Academy in Orlando, Florida.IMG_20131209_190229

They experienced Zero-gravity Parabolic Flights on board a Boeing 727, Air Combat Training on-board an SIAI Marchetti SF260, and Hyper-gravity G Force Training. The entire Filipino delegation, especially Roque, impressed the AXE and Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) judges with their performance on the challenges. Roque was one of the few who were able to maneuver the plane. All three delegates pushed their bodies to the limit as they took on the incredible pressures of hyper-gravity at four times the force of Earth’s gravity. AXE Apollo’s Space Camp officially ended with the graduation of all 107 delegates and the awarding of the 24 space flight winners. The graduation ceremony was led by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the chairman of the judging committee. Other members of AXE’s judging committee were XCOR Aerospace COO Andrew Nelson, whose rocket engine company is manufacturing the space craft that will fly the 24 winners to space; Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) CEO Michiel Mol; SXC Test Pilot Mission Control COO Harry Van Hulten; and SXC Director of Commercial Space Marlous Mens. “AXE Philippines, as I am sure the Filipino people as well, are proud to have had Chino, Evan, and Ramil represent our country at the international AXE Apollo Space Camp. They showed that Filipinos are courageous, determined, and resilient,” says AXE Brand Manager Gem Laforteza. Leave a man, come back a space hero “AXE Apollo is about heroes. It’s about setting out to do what seems impossible,” says AXE Apollo Philippines judge Luis Manzano. “We would like to believe that AXE’s campaign has inspired Filipinos and people everywhere to imagine the unimaginable,” says Laforteza. Since its launch, AXE has received more than 1 million AXE Apollo Space Academy entries globally with the Philippines ranking 4th in the world and 1st in Asia in terms of applications. The space flights are set in 2015. 


New USB Standard Will Feature Reversible Connector

Finally! New USB Standard Will Feature Reversible Connector

No more jamming the plug in this way and that trying to figure out which way it goes.


If you’re like us, you’ve probably found the fact that USB sticks have no indication as to which side is the top or bottom kind of annoying. After all, they can only go in one way, so why not mark which side goes up? Lucky for us, the days of constantly trying to plug USB drives, cables, and other devices in the wrong way are numbered. says the next generation of USB connector will actually be reversible. That is, it doesn’t matter which way you try to plug this baby in. The development of the new USB Type-C connector has begun, and once complete, will allow for thinner, sleeker designs, as well as support for scalable power charging and enhanced usability (including not having to worry about plug orientation/cable direction).

This supplement to the USB 3.1 specification is anticipated to be completed by the middle of next year.  The Type-C specification will hopefully see industry review in Q1 2014. Final specification is expected to be published mid-2014.

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Vector: Back 2 Basic


Vector: Back 2 Basic
A art vector of  a girl in front of my sit, actually its a drawing on a piece of the back of my notebook way back 2002 when i was in 3rd year high school. Also i don’t want to share it’ name for some reason because it’s a long time ago.

why did i draw her?
I like to draw many things and its my hobbies since i was a kid, this girl is my friend, classmate and he’s nice to me(and also she’s my crush  ^_~ ).

why did you make your drawing into vector art?
Simple because, the drawing in the notebook page is broken and almost faded to it’s original design, and i want to remain it’s memory when i was in high school. The drawing is way back, dec. 4,2002 when i was in 3rd Year High School.


Samsung Thank You Treat

mainThis Christmas, Samsung says THANK YOU! We’re giving you a holiday treat to help make your smartphone dreams come true! Starting November 22, 2013, we’re bringing down prices for Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy Star, and Galaxy Pocket Neo – making it even easier for you to finally make that upgrade to smartphones! Go ahead & visit an authorized Samsung dealer near you!

1484151_10151866561997857_491322237_nSamsung Philippines lowered the prices of great devices as a holiday treat for you! Samsung’s THANK YOU Sale can make your smartphone dreams come true this season!

for more info visit Samsung Philippines facebook page

Globe GCASH eyes growth in user base with new partner’s


Globe GCash, the flagship mobile commerce service operated by G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI), a wholly-owned mobile commerce subsidiary of Globe Telecom, Inc. is set to expand its network in the country by growing its user base with a partnership with TORCHe Global Marketing, Inc. (TGMI), a marketing consultancy company that is focused on helping companies reach out faster to the widest possible consumer base through the latest technologies in mobile commerce and advertising. With the agreement, GCash as well as other services by GXI will now be offered to TGMI affiliate companies and organizations such as the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Franchise Corporation of the Philippines (FranCorp), among others. GCASH services that will be made available for use of TGMI affiliates include the PowerPay+ Card which is a funds disbursement service linked to a Globe/TM SIM offered to organizations that traditionally disburse via cash and check, the Buy Load service which enables GCash users to become load re-sellers by buying airtime load using GCash with as much as 10% rebate, and GCash outlets which are locations that potential entrepreneurs can set up to accept GCash users who would like to convert their regular cash to GCash and vice-versa, and a soon to be released payment solution that will enable business owners to accept credit card payments without the need for a traditional bank-issued POS terminal.


“With our partnership with TORCHe Global Marketing, Inc., we are expanding GCASH to reach more users and businesses who can directly benefit from an easy, hassle-free, and secure platform for financial services. This will allow business establishments and affiliations to operate more efficiently and enjoy our innovative product portfolio,” expressed Paolo Baltao, GXI President.

“It is our privilege to partner with GCASH for this meaningful business opportunity. We are confident that GXI’s roster of services will greatly benefit and enhance the businesses of our affiliate organizations,” said Atty. Miguel Varela, Chairman of TORCHe Global Marketing, Inc. and PCCI President.


Since its creation in October 2004, GXI has reached soaring heights of over 1 million subscribers by creating relevant solutions that cater to a wide range of customer needs. Among these are Send Money – a method of sending money from one GCash subscriber to another; Buy Load – a cost effective way of purchasing airtime load without visiting an outlet; Pay Bills, a convenient way to settle bills with over 80 partners including Meralco, Manila Water, Globe Postpaid, Metrobank, and HSBC; Donate, a hassle free method of helping out through our partner institutions like Red Cross and GCash American Express Virtual Pay, a unique and
innovative solution that empowers subscribers to purchase goods and apps from U.S. sites like without the need for a credit card.

For more information on GCash, visit

Globe & Grab a Cab, Share Some Love

Globe teams up with GrabTaxi to slash off P70 booking fee for all Globe subscribers

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Globe Mobile Data Services Head Jenny Granada-Echevarria with Grab Taxi’s Natasha Bautista partner together to provide one of the most convenient services especially for the season of giving.

The Filipino spirit is tested once again with another calamity that proved that there is not a storm so strong that can wear out the country’s unity. Relief drives are being organized left and right, and everyone is filled with the same selfless action to help by sending out used clothing, canned goods, bottled water, medicines, as well as volunteering time and effort in relief operations, packing goods, and distribution to affected areas. Getting these contributions to its destination is already proving to be quite the challenge, with the urban traffic and the rigorous commute, yet everyone still finds a way to carry on.

This is why Globe Telecom and Grab Taxi, the country’s leading taxi-booking mobile app, have teamed up to give the telco’s over 36 million prepaid, TM, and postpaid subscribers access to hassle-free and affordable commute during these times.

By stripping off Grab Taxi’s booking fee of P70, every Globe subscriber who is a Grab Taxi patron is assured of an affordable, safe, and comfortable ride around the Metro with savings to boot to encourage more donations. With Grab Taxi, you can volunteer in various relief and repacking operations and drop off donations worry-free, at a price that’s easy on the pocket.


“Given the recent devastation that happened in the Visayas, Globe, in line with our Bangon Pinoy program, constantly finds ways to make our offers relevant to the times and use our products and services in helping those in need. We hope that through this, we are able to contribute and provide convenience and bring more value to our subscriber’s hard-earned money who are devoting their time and effort to be of assistance to others,” shared Globe Mobile Data Services Head Jenny Granada-Echevarria.


Currently, Globe and Grab Taxi allow customers to pay a discounted booking fee of P50 instead of the regular fee of P70.

Grab Taxi makes it possible for users to share ride details over Facebook and email, so loved ones can track taxi routes and other important details real time, making the journey safe and secure. The driver’s phone number, plate number, and other important details will be made available to users even before they get in the cab. Further, all cabs linked with the Grab Taxi network is of the finest quality, assuring customers a cool and comfortable cruise throughout the city. 1

Download the Grab Taxi app for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Grab Taxi’s booking fee of P70 is free for Globe subscribers from December 1-15, 2013.