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Boracay: Manang Melcha..Masahista..

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After  5 days of volunteer work here in Boracay, I was given 2 days off.

The very night on the 5th day I ask the hotel staff to send one massage therapist up in my room.

Manang Melcha, in her mid 50s went up to my room, and started soothing my body pains away.

While her hands were gliding my sking, we had a good conversations that covers various topic.

I gather that she is a native and can vividly remember the “Paraiso” as she calls it.

With a big sigh, she blurted ” wala na ang paraiso sir” (the paradise is lost).

She said back then the sand were whiter, they dont have electricity but candle and oil lamps. The  few resorts were made of bamboo and nipa shingles. “Lahat ay mga native house lang sir” (all were native houses sir).

But now the paradise becomes a concrate jungle, it look like a city already.

Another thing bothers her is the fact that the island is now to expensive for the local. “Masyado nang mahal ang mga bilihin”(  prices are to high).

For here to be able to work as massage therapist, she has to pay the local government 3,500 php for her license anually, ang 100php monthly as Association fee.

They normaly do the massage by the beach and charge 350php, 50php goes to the owner of the property or in my case goes to the hotel. In start rated hotel they charge 800php, 500 goes to the hotel. On a good day they could take home almost 2000 to 3000 but on the low season good if they have 2 customers or 600ph.

The sad part is that there are many. unlicensed massage therapist, who doesnt pay any taxes, and do all those hanky panky thing the put thier profession a bad name.

I barely notice the hour went by.. I was refresh and very sleepy, my bodies reaction to a good massage. I hande her 500php and she said she doesn’t have a change for I was here first for the night. I told her to keep it.

The next time you be in Boracay please give these ladies a try.

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#GOAB liveblog: All systems go for `Geeks On A Beach’ tech-startup forum

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AN IMPENDING invasion of Boracay island is afoot. Not by armed groups, though, but by geeks from all over the globe.

Boracay, considered as the “best island” in the world by Travel+Leisure, will be swarming with technology buffs and startup developers this week when the “Geeks On A Beach” (GOAB) tech and startup conference gets underway Sept. 26-27 at the Boracay Regency Hotel.

Already teeming with local and foreign tourists, this wonderful island in the central part of the Philippines will be abuzz with a lot more activities as these geeks are coming not just for the conference but as well as to enjoy the beguiling landscape Boracay is famous for.

According to Tina Amper of the organizing TechTalks.ph, the GOAB promises to be a uniquely exciting experience for the geeks who will be completely engrossed with the discussions amidst the soothingly beautiful natural backdrop that Boracay offers.

“Boracay provides a unique atmosphere for the conference, which makes GOAB more distinctive than other tech-startup confabs,” Amper said. “Hopefully, we can make GOAB an annual destination for geeks.”

Amper said they are expecting the arrival of around 300 people for the conference, including the speakers, resource persons, and some members of the regional media from Cebu and Davao.

Most of the registered participants are composed of entrepreneurs and founders with a 34.57% turnout, developers at 22.34%, and people from the corporate world at 14.36%. Other participants are web designers, VCs, investors, angels, and students. The rest of the attendees are from the academe, the government, and the media.

The GOAB is indeed a must-go-to event as it has drawn the attention of more influential personalities and wannapreneurs.

Reinforcing yet an all-star lineup of resource speakers is Eden Shochat, founder and equal partner of Aleph, who will likewise share his knowledge and experience in the tech industry.

Startup enthusiasts are also coming to pitch their innovative ideas in hopes of creating a network of partners, building new products, and attracting investors.

Among the startup buffs participating in the GOAB are a group of diverse individuals from Bohol and the Information Technology students from Ateneo de Davao University who topped the recent Startup Weekend Davao competition last August.

The Bohol group is composed of a businesswoman, a tech entrepreneur, a professor, and trainee programmers who are all members of a startup community, while the “Keep Up” team from Davao is made up of Alexandra Victoria Eneco, Marcel Tunichii Villaruz, Mary Mynell Mariano, and Jasper Adlaon.

Attending startup groups are guaranteed to bring home a cornucopia of knowledge about technopreneurship, the tech industry in the ASEAN region, technology innovations, and business solutions, among many other essential topics lined up for discussion.

Most of the registered participants are composed of entrepreneurs and founders with a 34.57% turnout, developers at 22.34%, and people from the corporate world at 14.36%. Other participants are web designers, VCs, investors, angels, and students. The rest of the attendees are from the academe, the government, and the media.

The GOAB techfest will also be spiced up with a touch of the Carribean as the songs of Bob Marley and some real Jamaican reggae music play in the background while experts from across the globe share their insights on startups, technology, gaming, mobile apps, and graphic design.

Smart Communications (SMART) founder and chief wireless adviser Doy Vea will be the keynote speaker in the opening program of the conference. SMART will be providing its super-fast LTE wireless technology to the participants and organizers for the duration of the confab.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Louis Napoleon Casambre, executive director of the government agency’s Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO), will also speak about startups and their role in growing the economy to cap the opening ceremonies.

Other resource speakers for the event include Bowei Gai of World Startup Report, Jojo Flores of Plug and Play Tech Center, Ron Hose of Innovation Endeavors, Zac Cohn of Liffft, Khailee Ng of of 500 Startups, Mark Deustch of HappyGaraje, Isabel Gatuslao, Seph Mayol, Stephen Jagger of PayrollHero, Earl Valencia of IdeaSpace.ph, Minette Navarette of Kickstart Ventures, Erick Garayblas of Kuyi Mobile, Jia Jih Chai of Airbnb, M. Christina Laskowski of STAC-Silicon Valley, Eric Su of PicLyf, Jay Fajardo and Jason Torres of Proudcloud, Paco Sandejas of Narra Venture Capital, and Josh Villanueva of Rappler, among many others.

Topics slated for discussion include The World Startup Ecosystem: Distinguishing the Asian Experience, The Evolution of Philippine Startup Ecosystem, Fostering and Funding Asian Startups, Startup Best Practices and Philippine Startup Success Stories, Social Media for World Change, World Startup Report: Opportunities and Threats, Strategies of Successful Startups, Attracting Investors, and Investing in Emerging Markets.

Amazon Web Services is also set to provide on-site business and technical mentoring during the two-day techfest.

Organized by TechTalks.ph in cooperation with DOST-ICTO, “Geeks on a Beach” is co-presented by SMART SMART Bro, SMART DevNet, and IdeaSpace.ph. It is powered by Sym.ph, branded by HappyGaraje.com and under the able PR and event management of PRWorks.

Other event partners include Amazon Web Services as platinum sponsor, WaveMaker Labs as gold sponsor, and Freelancer.ph, Ng Khai Development Corporation, Fineupgrades, Boracay PubCrawl, TheGoSee.com, SPR Boracay Real Estate as silver sponsors with LBC Express as the official logistics partner.

Airbnb is the official accommodations partner of GOAB, while Microsoft Philippines, GT Cosmetics Manufacturing, Island Souvenirs, and Megaworld are the bronze sponsors.

Institutional partners of the event are the Philippine Software Industry Association, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines, UP CebuInIt.org, CedFit.org, Game Developers Association of the Philippines, Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines, Brain Gain Network, DevCon, UVNS, and STAC-Silicon Valley.

“Geeks on a Beach” is also supported by Lenovo Mobile, MetroDeal.com, KuyiMobile, Plug and Play Tech Center, SHIFT, SeedAsia, Mynimo, Pinoy Great Deals, Crowdsourcing Week, Geek Speak, Malee, R&M Preserves, Lenddo, Nulab and Lakwatsa Resto Lounge.

Media partners of the confab are Webgeek, e27, Newsdesk Asia, istorya.net, auza.net, Third Team Media, Panay News, Davao Bloggers Society, Vigattin Radio, Inno Pub Media, SGEntrepreurs, Rappler, Alcordo Advertising, Asian Journal Publications, Balik Bayan Magazine, and ABS-CBN.

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#GOAB liveblog: High Speed Wifi Courtesy of Smart.

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SMART Communications   will be providing a high speed wifi connection to participant of Geek On A Beach( #goab ).

Technical team of Smart Communications are busy setting up huge out door type wifi antena inside the Grand Ballroom of Boracay Regency the events main venue.

GEEKS ON A BEACH is a brand new conference for everyone who is passionate about startups, technology, design, and making the world a better place.
Featuring presentations from hand-picked experts from all across the world. GOAB is the perfect place to come and share learnings and stories with new friends in a two day get-together by the shores of splendid Boracay island in the Philippines

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GT Cosmetics founder featured in ABS-CBN TV program

ABS-CBN’S current affairs TV program “My Puhunan” will bring to the fore the success story of self-made Cebuana entrepreneur and GT Cosmetics founder Leonora B. Salvane on Sept. 25 (Wednesday) starting at 4:15 pm.

Salvane, in this particular program episode, tells broadcast journalist and “My Puhunan” host Karen Davila about the transformation of her soap-making business into what is now a burgeoning GT Cosmetics Manufacturing company.

Salvane’s story began with an answered prayer in 1994 in the northern town of Liloan, Cebu. With a P500 capital, Salvane began making bars of papaya and carrot soaps in her kitchen, using only baking pans for molds. The soap making then became a family activity as her children joined her in the packaging of the finished products.

From a daily production output of 50 soaps with only four workers, GT Cosmetics now has two manufacturing plants in Cebu and Bulacan with a total of 334 people in their employ and produces 25,000 of each product line, including the bleaching soap, moisturizing and bleaching creams, sunblock, clarifying toner, and carrot lotion.
In the motivational “My Puhunan” program, Salvane shows her philanthrophic nature as she helps out an aspiring but held back family from Antipolo   by providing them not just a substantial amount of capital but a complete package of tools and equipment as well, including the molds and ingredients, enough to get them by  soapmaking business.

Salvane, who acknowledges the Almighty’s hand in all her endeavors by branding her skin-care products GT – or God’s Talent, said she was just doing the Lord’s work.

“There’s a reason for whatever’s happening to us,” Salvane said. “We’ve come this far in our business surely because of Divine Providence. Actually, she didn’t have to thank me for that. I was just the instrument of the Lord’s blessing.”

“My Puhunan,” which is according to ABS-CBN aimed at helping ordinary Filipinos jumpstart their own businesses, is aired every Wednesday starting 4:15 pm on Channel 3 in Cebu.

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World Startup Report at the Geeks on a Beach

As startup communities of potentially fast-growing tech businesses spread all over the world, the Geeks on a Beach confab this September 26-27 will bring the World Startup Report to the beaches of Boracay.

 

With the objective of boosting the local startup scene, TechTalks.ph organized the Geeks on a Beach to bring together Filipino startups and leading tech innovators from around the globe.

 

World Startup Report founder Bowei Gai will present the keynote address for #GOAB entitled “The World Startup Report: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities” on September 27.

 

Bowei Gai is a serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley who sold the company he founded, CardMunch, to LinkedIn in 2011 before starting the World Startup Report.

 

The World Startup Report aims to document the world’s startup communities through a series of reports, identify and empower local startups, and help connect these people to each other.

 

According to Bowei Gai, the rise of startups in the Philippines is favored by the country’s internet-aware, text-savvy young generation and significant English-speaking population. “The Filipino startup community is still in the infancy stage but the country is ripe with opportunities,” said Bowei Gai.

 

This is further favored by the country’s talented human resources. “Startups don’t need big investment to start off. All they need is a computer, internet connectivity and a business idea.  With a passion to launch their startup, they can start building and coding on their web-based service or mobile application without investing in office space or expensive equipment. Once they have a viable product, they can sell it right away” said TechTalks.ph founder Tina Amper.

 

For PRworks director Doris Mongaya, the rise of Filipino startup communities with successful startups means the growth of Filipino-owned global businesses. “This will generate employment with the profits going back to Pinoy hands,” she said.

 

The first Geeks on a Beach panel discussion on the “World Startup Ecosystem: Distinguishing the Asian Experience during the first day will be led by Bowei Gai.

 

There will also be another panel discussion from the World Startup Report ambassadors on the situation of startups in different parts of the world on the second day of #GOAB.

 

Eden Shochat of Aleph.vc will tackle the startup scene in Israel while Khailee Ng and Paul Singh, both of 500 Startups, will present the state of startups in Asia and North America respectively.

 

In these discussions, participants will see the diverse and interesting profiles of the people and places that are bound to have a significant impact on the future of business and technology.

 

Apart from the learning and business opportunities, Geeks on a Beach will also feature networking events, fire pitches, film showings, and other fun activities in the white sand beaches of Boracay.

 

To register, interested parties may visit the official event website at http://www.geeksonabeach.com. #GOAB is also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geeksonabeach) and Twitter (@geeksonabeach).

 

Organized by TechTalks.ph, powered by Sym.ph, PR and event management by PRWorks, branding by HappyGaraje.com, Geeks On A Beach is co-organized by DOST-ICTO and co-presented by SMART, SMART Bro, SMART Devnet, and IdeaSpace.ph.

 

Other partners are Amazon Web Services as platinum sponsor, Freelancer.ph, Ng Khai Development Corporation, LBC Express, Fineupgrades, Boracay PubCrawl, TheGoSee.com, WaveMaker Labs, SPR Boracay Real Estate as silver sponsors, Airbnb as the official accommodation partner, Microsoft Philippines, GTCosmetics Manufacturing, Island Souvenirs, and Megaworld as bronze sponsors.

 

Philippine Software Industry Association, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines, UP CebuInit.org, CedFit.org, Game Developers Association of the Philippines, Digital Commerce Association of the Philippines, Brain Gain Network, DevCon, UVNS, and STAC-Silicon Valley are event’s institutional partners.

 

“Geeks on a Beach” is also supported by: Lenovo Mobile, Metrodeal.com, KuyiMobile, Plug and Play Tech Center, SHIFT, SeedAsia, Mynimo, Pinoy Great Deals, Crowdsourcing Week, Geek Speak, Malee, R&M Preserves, Alveo Land, Lenddo and Lakwatsa Resto Lounge, along with Webgeek, e27, Newsdesk Asia, istorya.net, auza.net, Third Team Media, Panay News, Davao Bloggers Society, Vigattin Radio, Inno Pub Media, SGEntrepreneurs, Rappler, Alcordo Advertising,  Asian Journal Publications, Balik Bayan Magazine, and ABS-CBN as media

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Umami Challenge

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A TOTAL of 20 school teams from all over Cebu province and Bohol test each other’s cooking mettle today when the Ajinomoto Umami Culinary Challenge – Visayas 2013 (UCC-V 2013) gets underway at the SM City Cebu Trade Hall.

 Led by overall defending champion SEACAST from the University of Cebu (UC) – Maritime Education Training Center, the teams will vie for top honors in the following categories: Best Filipino Umami Dish, Healthy Asian Umami Dish, and My Owm Umami Creation.

The teams turning in the best dish that maximizes the full potential and usage of the umami taste in each category will be declared winners.

Emerging Cebu champion in the Best Filipino Umami Dish category will then be pitted against the UCC-Iloilo category winner in a Visayas Showdown that will send the eventual winning team to the national finals in Manila set during the 5th Ajinomoto Umami Culinary Challenge in February next year.

The school team with the highest score after competing in the three categories will run away with the UCC-V 2013 overall championship and the most-coveted Umami Bowl Award for excellence.

The Ajinomoto Umami Culinary Challenge is an inter-school cooking competition focusing on umami as the fifth basic taste held annually starting in 2010.

To have a nationwide coverage, Ajinomoto started holding UCC in the different cities of the country beginning with Cebu last year and Iloilo this 2013.

Other schools participating in the UCC-V 2013 are Britech Interface Computer College, Benedicto College – Mandaue, Cebu Eastern College, Cebu Institute of Technology – University, Cebu Mary Immaculate College, Cebu Roosevelt Memorial Colleges, Cebu Technological University (CTU) – San Francisco, CTU – Tuburan, CTU – Moalboal, CTU – Daanbantayan, CTU – Danao, Felipe R. Verallo Memorial Foundation Inc., Holy Name University – Tagbilaran, International School for Hotel and Restaurant Management, Lapulapu City College, Mandaue City College, UC – Lapulapu and Mandaue, UC – Main, and University of Southern Philippines.

An impressive panel of judges composed of culinary experts, food columnists and writers, and nutritionists has been tapped to pick out the best of the best in the UCC-V.

The UCC-V 2013 is open to the general public as well who will learn knowledge and skills from experts in the food industry via the informative seminars likewise scheduled for the whole-day affair.

Resident chef Russel R. Bautista, Food and Nutrition Manager of Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC), is the UCC-V Project Head, while Competition Director is culinary expert and cookbook author Nancy Reyes-Lumen.

The UCC-V is organized by APC, an affiliate of Ajinomoto Co. Inc. of Tokyo, Japan. The Ajinomoto Group is committed to safety and reliability and places importance on promoting “Food and Health” around the world through its innovative technologies derived from amino acids.

Established in 1958, APC lives by its promise to provide consumer products that will always make healthy and nutritious meals deliciously tasteful as embodied in the corporation’s new slogan: “Eat Well, Live Well.”

Products of APC include AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Aji-Ginisa™ Flavor Seasoning Mix, Crispy Fry™ Breading Mix, Crispy Fry™ Seasoned Crumbs, Tasty Boy™ All Purpose Breading Mix, Aji Sinigang™, Aji-Shio Seasoning Mix, So-Quick Marinade Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, and Fres-C® Powdered Juice Drink.

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A call for Cancellation of the Franchise of Sulpicio Lines gets support from Netezen

An online petition calling for the cancellation of the franchise of Philippines Span Asia Carrier Corp., popularly known by its old name Sulpicio Lines, has gone viral and reached more than 2,000 signatories in just one week.

The petition against Sulpicio Lines is addressed to Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia, administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and can be accessed at
https://www.change.org/ph/mga-petisyon/dr-maximo-q-mejia-cancel-the-franchise-of-sulpicio-lines.

This comes in the wake of the tragic collision of Sulpicio Express 7 cargo ship with passenger ship St. Thomas Aquinas off the coast of Cebu two weeks ago which caused the death of 100 people.

The sea tragedy not only caused grief and suffering to the families and friends of the victims but also resulted in the spilling of 120,000 liters of oil into the shorelines of Talisay, Cordova, and Lapu-Lapu.

“We are sick and tired of seeing body bags,” said the petition, which described the ships of Sulpicio Lines as “floating coffins” involved in five major sea tragedies that claimed more than 5,000 lives.

Apart from the recent mishap, the petition cited the 1987 collision of Sulpicio ferry Dona Paz with an oil tanker which left more than 4,300 people dead. This incident is billed as “the world’s worst peacetime
maritime disaster.”

One of the petitioners, Atty. Nonnatus Chua, said that signing the petition is a personal matter for him as both his parents and grandmother died as passengers of Sulpicio’s MV Dona Paz.

Also mentioned in the petition were the 1988 catastrophes involving the tragic sinking of Sulpicio’s Dona Marilyn off Leyte island amid a typhoon, which killed more than 250 people, and that of the Princess of the Orient in a port near Manila, which led to the deaths of another 150 people.

It also pointed out the case of Sulpicio’s MV Princess of the Stars which sank after setting sail during a storm in 2008 and where only 50 of the 850 passengers survived.

A signatory to the petition, Georges Zschalig, said that witnessing the sinking of Sulpicio’s MV Princess of the Stars off the coast of Sibuyan island in 2008 made him sign the online petition.

“Our country is an archipelago. We should have the best and safest maritime transportation and the strictest standards on sea travel,” said another petitioner, Maria Socorro Melic of Quezon City.

Erlee Adrian Lera of Cebu City also added his voice to the petition calling for a ban on Sulpicio Lines saying “we must learn that thousands of people died without justice served.”

“What makes me angry and sad is to see how they don’t care about peoples lives. only profit counts [for Sulpicio Lines],” he said.

Meanwhile petitioner Gio Tabanao of Davao City said that it is best to cancel Sulpicio’s franchise altogether to avoid the sacrifice of more lives.

“It will never be enough to warn people against Sulpicio, especially the ones who are financially challenged,” said Tabanao.

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and Kabataan Partylist Representative Terry Ridon also called for an investigation on the sea tragedy involving Sulpicio Express 7 and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The legislators said that those involved in the disaster could have their franchise cancelled if neglect on their part is proven in the course of the inquiry

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A call for Cancellation of the Franchise of Sulpicio Lines gets support from Netezen

An online petition calling for the cancellation of the franchise of Philippines Span Asia Carrier Corp., popularly known by its old name Sulpicio Lines, has gone viral and reached more than 2,000 signatories in just one week.

The petition against Sulpicio Lines is addressed to Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia, administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and can be accessed at
https://www.change.org/ph/mga-petisyon/dr-maximo-q-mejia-cancel-the-franchise-of-sulpicio-lines.

This comes in the wake of the tragic collision of Sulpicio Express 7 cargo ship with passenger ship St. Thomas Aquinas off the coast of Cebu two weeks ago which caused the death of 100 people.

The sea tragedy not only caused grief and suffering to the families and friends of the victims but also resulted in the spilling of 120,000 liters of oil into the shorelines of Talisay, Cordova, and Lapu-Lapu.

“We are sick and tired of seeing body bags,” said the petition, which described the ships of Sulpicio Lines as “floating coffins” involved in five major sea tragedies that claimed more than 5,000 lives.

Apart from the recent mishap, the petition cited the 1987 collision of Sulpicio ferry Dona Paz with an oil tanker which left more than 4,300 people dead. This incident is billed as “the world’s worst peacetime
maritime disaster.”

One of the petitioners, Atty. Nonnatus Chua, said that signing the petition is a personal matter for him as both his parents and grandmother died as passengers of Sulpicio’s MV Dona Paz.

Also mentioned in the petition were the 1988 catastrophes involving the tragic sinking of Sulpicio’s Dona Marilyn off Leyte island amid a typhoon, which killed more than 250 people, and that of the Princess of the Orient in a port near Manila, which led to the deaths of another 150 people.

It also pointed out the case of Sulpicio’s MV Princess of the Stars which sank after setting sail during a storm in 2008 and where only 50 of the 850 passengers survived.

A signatory to the petition, Georges Zschalig, said that witnessing the sinking of Sulpicio’s MV Princess of the Stars off the coast of Sibuyan island in 2008 made him sign the online petition.

“Our country is an archipelago. We should have the best and safest maritime transportation and the strictest standards on sea travel,” said another petitioner, Maria Socorro Melic of Quezon City.

Erlee Adrian Lera of Cebu City also added his voice to the petition calling for a ban on Sulpicio Lines saying “we must learn that thousands of people died without justice served.”

“What makes me angry and sad is to see how they don’t care about peoples lives. only profit counts [for Sulpicio Lines],” he said.

Meanwhile petitioner Gio Tabanao of Davao City said that it is best to cancel Sulpicio’s franchise altogether to avoid the sacrifice of more lives.

“It will never be enough to warn people against Sulpicio, especially the ones who are financially challenged,” said Tabanao.

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and Kabataan Partylist Representative Terry Ridon also called for an investigation on the sea tragedy involving Sulpicio Express 7 and St. Thomas Aquinas.

The legislators said that those involved in the disaster could have their franchise cancelled if neglect on their part is proven in the course of the inquiry

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