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No more pain, no more suffering: Student in viral post passes away

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019

Maxine Blanco during happier times | Images taken from Maxine Blanco’s Facebook page

No more pain, no more suffering.

Netizens knew 19-year-old Maxine Blanco from a viral post on Facebook. Her boyfriend, Gab Sta. Ana, shared a post of his journey with her: how love blooms and how it continues to bloom despite trials.

Her smile and kind eyes shined in all her photos, proof that she did #LiveLifeToTheMax. Her smile never changed from when she was still in high school, even until she started battling osteosarcoma or bone cancer.

Maxine inspired netizens with her brave spirit. Now, netizens mourn her passing which occurred on Saturday.

Max fought hard and I'm thankful for everything. No more pain, no more suffering. She might left us, but her spirit will always be here. I love you Maxine

Posted by Gab Sta Ana on Saturday, 23 March 2019

3pm…the hour of the divine mercy.Maxine earned her angel wings and slowly going up in heaven. For sure all the other…

Posted by Live Life To The MAX on Saturday, 23 March 2019

Maxine is among the tens of thousands of Filipinos who succumbed to the disease. Cancer is among the top causes of mortality in the country according to the Department of Health (DOH).

“Cancer remains a national health priority in the country with significant implications for individuals, families, communities and the health system,” said the Philippine Cancer Control Program of the DOH.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act in February.

It aims to improve essential programs and increase investments for the prevention of cancer, better screening, prompt and accurate diagnosis, and optimal treatment.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Facebook to apply new live-streaming rules after Christchurch shooting

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

A screenshot of the footage from the Christchurch attack | Courtesy : Reuters

Facebook is set to apply new live-streaming rules after the New Zealand shooting.

According to the social media platform on Tuesday (May 14), they will implement a ‘one-strike policy’ for users who violate community standards.

“We will now apply a ‘one strike’ policy to Live in connection with a broader range of offenses,” their statement reads.

Violators will have to be restricted from using Facebook Live for set period of time.

“Someone who shares a link to a statement from a terrorist group with no context will now be immediately blocked from using Live for a set period of time,” the statement further reads.

Facebook aims to minimize the risk of abuse on Facebook Live while enabling people to use Live in a positive way every day.

Meanwhile, Facebook will also strengthen their systems to detect manipulated media across images, video and audio as well as to distinguish between unwitting posters and adversaries who intentionally manipulate videos and photographs.

“This work will be critical for our broader efforts against manipulated media, including deepfakes (videos intentionally manipulated to depict events that never occurred). We hope it will also help us to more effectively fight organized bad actors who try to outwit our systems as we saw happen after the Christchurch attack,” Facebook said.

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Facebook overhauls messaging as it pivots to privacy

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has revealed a series of changes to the firm’s portfolio of social platforms, including Instagram and Whatsapp.

The new designs and features for its apps are a direct response to widespread criticism of how the firm protects user data.

Zuckerberg said the company plans to put privacy first.

He acknowledged that there was much to do to rebuild trust.

In a speech to developers, Zuckerberg described the firm’s new focus on privacy as “a major shift” in how the company is run.

“As the world gets bigger and more connected, we need that sense of intimacy more than ever, so that’s why I believe that the future is private. This is the next chapter for our services,” Zuckerberg said.

Some of the more visible changes to those who use the firm’s products will include:

Messages sent via messenger will be end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning Facebook itself won’t see the contents, and the platform will be fully integrated with Whatsapp.

Instagram is trialing a “private like counts” feature which would hide the “likes” a post attracts from viewers, but not the account owner.

A whatsapp secure payment service trialled in India is set to be rolled out to other countries later this year.

“It’s going to take time, I’m sure we are going to keep unearthing old issues for a while, so it may feel like we are not making progress at first but I think that we have shown time and time again as a company that we can do what it takes to evolve and build the products that people want,” Zuckerberg said.

Other Facebook executives introduced changes within the Messenger and Instagram apps aimed at helping businesses connect with customers, including appointment booking and enhanced shopping features, as well as a tool to lure customers into direct conversations with companies via ads. (REUTERS)

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College student viral for graduating in a wheel chair passes away

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Smart, humble, and a good friend. That is how Joemar Kenik Mangkok’s friends describe him.

Joemar’s story became viral after his sister, Lyn Mangkok-Ayob, posted his graduation ceremony on Facebook .

#LABANPUSO…datu congrats🎓 dahil e2 na ang pangarap natin lahat na maabot mo ang araw na e2😭😭😭.sana gumaling kana at kc…

Posted by Lyn Mangkok Ayob on Saturday, 23 March 2019

Noor Galmak Mopak, one Joemar’s friends, said they have been together since first year college. They were even co-interns. Noor, Joemar and the rest of their friends made a promise to one another.

“First year pa lang po kami may pangako kami sa isa’t isa na kahit anong mangyari, sabay-sabay kami ga-graduate (Ever since first year, we promised that all of us will graduate together, no matter what ) she said.

Joemar graduated on March 22, Friday, at Southern Mindanao Institute of Technology Inc. in Sultan Kudarat. He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, major in Mathematics.

He had been suffering from rheumatic heart disease for five years and no matter what happened, he kept his promise.

Despite being unable to walk and despite the heaviness of his oxygen tank, he went up the stage and accepted his diploma.

No illness could stop him.

After receiving his diploma, Joemar was rushed to the hospital and went into a coma on March 25.

On Tuesday, his sister Lyn announced his passing.

Lyn expressed her heartfelt thanks to everyone who sent their support. In her previous post, she expressed her wish for her brother after he graduated in college.

“Sana maging inspirasyon ka sa mga kabataan. We love you so much datu (I hope you become an inspiration to the youth)—Aileen Cerrudo

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