Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Winners Proclaimed

Miss Universe- Philippines 2020 winners and runner-ups were proclaimed few hours ago at a pre-taped telecast.

This was after more than 10 months of preliminary competition, enhanced community quarantine lock down, some candidate had dropped out due to covid 2019 and personal reasons.

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Miss Universe -Philippines 2020 Winners

Ms. Rabiya Mateo  of Iloilo City was named Miss Universe Philippines 2020 during the pageant’s pre-taped coronation ceremonies at the Baguio Country Club’s Cordillera Convention Hall over the weekend.

The almost three hour pageant was also shown in different parts of the world via youtube and television broadcast.

Ms. Ysabella Ysmael from Parañaque City bagged first runner-up honors while Ms. Michele Gumabao from Quezon City was named second runner-up.

Ms. Pauline Amelinckx from Bohol was named third runner-up while Ms.Kimberly Hakenson of Cavite was fourth runner up.   

The 22-year-old Mateo, who bested 45 other candidates, will represent the country in the 69th Miss Universe pageant, the venue and date is still to be announce.

9 Important Things to Know about Special Concern Lockdown

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King Christian street corner King Alexander street within Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

Special Concern Lockdown (SCL), is an extreme measure was enforced on a portion of King Christian street near corner King Christopher street in Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City after a COVID-19 carrier infected three persons from the same household and two neighbors from different houses on June 22, 2020. This was reported in several online news, radio and television stations.

Kingspoint Subdivision is a private gated community in Novaliches. The main street serves as a short cut route to General Luis street, Northern Caloocan, Deparo and Velenzuela. The short cut route is commonly referred as SB Road, which starts from Lukaria street and ends in Katipunan corner General Luis street in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon in Novaliches.

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A portion of King Christian street near King David street

The portion of King Christian street which had a lock down had 59 families and a total of 243 residents.

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Barangay Bagbag tanods, Quezon City police checkpoint tent along King Christopher corner King Christian street.

A small portion of King Christopher street corner King Christian street had a tent manned by volunteer guards from Barangay Bagbag, Quezon City police and army. The checkpoint created a battle neck thus traffic was heavy for almost one day., the tent was eventually removed a day after and moved further down the road.

According to some insider reports, King Christian patient zero found out he was positive after undergoing rapid testing as required by his employer before he could return to work.

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Barangay mobile, Quezon City government ambulance and QCPD manning  King Christopher street corner King Christian street, Kingspoint Subdivision

He was referred by barangay officials to the health department for a confirmatory swab test and the results also came back positive.

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King Christian street and King Constantine street

 Almost all the remaining residents within the street are also being tested if they were infected.

This comes after several reported cases of Covid 2019 a little over a month ago in San Pedro IX also in the same barangay were reported.

Compared to Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), special concern lock down had more stricter rules and quarantine measures.

9 Important Things to Know about the Special Concern Lockdown

9.) Wearing of face mask is mandatory to all people. Basic delivery of goods will be supervised by the concerned local government unit (LGU).

8.) Local government unit can enforce a special concern lock down in a portion of a street, compound, house or a barangay with a high concentration of active cases.

7.) Quarantine passes issued by the barangay, city, community/ subdivision are waived. Selling of alcoholic beverages or liquor is severely limited or banned. Curfew is also enforced.

6.) Rapid diagnostic testing (RDT) for COVID 2019 are conducted to the vulnerable, senior citizens and suspected people.

5.) Delivery services in or out of the special concern lock down areas are severely limited.
4.) Local barangay officials, volunteers, police and even military manned all possible entry and exit points.
3.) Special lock down period can last anytime from one to two weeks or even more depending on the number of cases found within the community.
2.) The general public, relatives and neighbors are not allowed to visit these special concern lock down areas for health reasons and to avoid spreading the virus.
1.) Stay at home is strictly enforced by the barangay and local government unit.

King Christian street corner King Constantine street
According to an insider report, The covid 2019 positive individuals were already moved to the hospital and quarantine facilities of the city. The lock down period in King Christian street can last until early part of July.

10 Must Have Items for COVID 2019

During the past few weeks, groceries, supermarkets and pharmacies in many parts of the country have low inventory on certain items. Some of which were the consequences of panic buying, stockpiling or hoarding of certain goods or items. This is a peculiar effects in the face of a crisis that can drive up prices and take essential goods out of the hands of people who need them most like the elderly, indigent or people with disabilities.

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In fact, This happened last during the few days after the Taal Volcano eruption last January 2020 in which surgical mask were almost wiped out even in wholesale stores like those in Bambang or Tayuman in Manila.

10 Must Have Items

10.) Cash– Try to withdraw a small amount of cash. Cash on hand during an epidemic is a must. There’s a high probability that banks may take a long break as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Not all establishments accepts credit/debit cards nor E-cash.

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9.) Farm produce (perishable foods)– Meats, fishes, root crops, vegetables and raw fruits- Buy your fresh farm produce like eggs, vegetables, meats and fruits now, as they wont last long without refrigeration. The current power interruptions may actually lead to brownouts or even blackouts if manpower (maintenance) dwindles.

8.) (Disposable) Gears- Masks, gloves and raincoats/suits – These will somehow provide “some” protection to you and other people around you. When you cough or sneezes while wearing a mask, it will somehow prevent the droplets of your saliva to spray further to other surfaces or people. (plastic) Gloves, can come in handy when cleaning and touching possible infected items. Wear raincoats if you are walking below high-rise structures. This will protect you from possible “droplets” (people spitting from buildings) falling on to your head.

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7.) Communication and “Juice” – Batteries, Power banks, solar/rechargeable radio, flashlights, emergency lights- In case of power outages, It is good to have a fully charged stockpile of power banks and a couple of batteries. Having some kind of a solar charging device is also more advantageous than just having batteries. We need electricity to charge everything from cellphones, lights and other devices. Don’t forget to buy spare LPG/propane tanks for cooking and for those with deep pockets, solar energy (or hybrid with wind power) is the best option.

6.) Tissue papers, Table napkins,Paper towels, Wet wipes,–  Tissue paper’s purpose is not just limited to wiping butts. Tissues can be use for cleaning surfaces, When used properly while sneezing, they can help reduce the travel distance of sprayed saliva droplets. It is also an excellent “brown matter” in your compost bin. Cheaper and “greener” version of “paper towels”  because they deteriorate easily.

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Also, keep in mind that almost all “wet wipes” brands are not biodegradable. They will just end up in our landfill and stay there for a very long time.

5.) Alcohol, Hand sanitizers, cleaning agents- disinfectants, deodorants, soaps and bleach– This is for killing germs and viruses. Helps prevent or minimize the spread of harmful bacteria.

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4.) Medicines, vitamins and supplements – Having enough vitamins or supplements to help boost the immune system of the body is a must. Other people with maintenance medicines like diabetes and heart ailments, have at least 1 month stockpile of your prescriptions . Some pharmacy might have limited stocks of some medicines.

3.)  (Dry goods-Food)  Rice, instant noodles , coffee, milk (powdered), pasta, beans, dried fish etc. – Rice is is the main staple food in the country, many Filipinos cannot live without “eating” rice. The reason why we ranked rice in #3 is because “rice” needs water and it needs to be cooked. All of the dry goods (mentioned above) needs boiling water or fire to be edible. We need fire to cook.

If things go south, we might ran out of propane/Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) in cities many use electricity too. All these basic stuff may all ran out.

2.) (Ready to eat )  Canned goods, instant foods, honey, biscuits /crackers, nuts.

As i mentioned above, having “ready to eat” foods is and will always be the best survival food. You can be mobile while filling your stomach. We don’t even have to waste energy in starting  fire and cooking. One can also save water because we can skip the use of pots and pans.

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1.)Water– Water is Life! We can’t survive without drinking water for 3 days!

These are just the basic necessities needed in order to survive a pandemic or natural calamities.

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