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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cusi: Green Energy Within Reach of Filipino Consumers

EMPOWERING CONSUMERS ON GREEN ENERGY. Organizers and participants during the culminating public consultation for the Green Energy Option Program (GEOP) held at the University of Makati Mini Theater, Makati City on September 19, 2017. The event was led by NREB Chair Atty. Jose Layug, Jr. together with OIC for Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB) Director Mylene Capongcol and GEOP Committee Chairman Ernesto B. Pantangco.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi Tuesday said that the Philippine government is doing everything it can to empower Filipino consumers access renewable energy sources through the Green Energy Option Program (GEOP).

Cusi issued the statement in support of the public consultation held by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) on the draft guidelines on the implementation of GEOP held on 19 September 2017 at the University of Makati Mini Theater.

GEOP is being pushed by the DOE and NREB with support from USAID B-LEADERS.

The GEOP is a mechanism which provides end-users the option to choose renewable energy (RE) resources in meeting their energy requirements through respective distribution utilities.

The GEOP is provided under Republic Act 9513 or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, and is in line with the DOE’s “E-Power Mo” campaign to educate consumers of various options on intelligent and efficient utilization of energy resources.

“The GEOP draft guidelines went through an extensive review by the NREB’s Green Energy Option Rules Committee and was subjected to inputs from stakeholders of the Philippine electric power industry,” said Cusi.

“By conducting public consultations, we make sure that inputs from all participants of the energy sector, especially the consumers, are thoroughly noted so we can come up with a more comprehensive and sound policy,” Cusi added.

The event served as the culminating consultation in a series of GEOP public consultations following the Visayas leg in Bacolod City and the Mindanao leg in Davao City held last September 4 and 12, respectively.

The consultations brought together RE stakeholders, distribution utilities, electric cooperatives and end users to raise their concerns and suggestions on the GEOP.

The participants' comments and suggestions were mostly on the implementation details, including contracting timeline under the GEOP, sourcing of RE suppliers, incentives for RE developers under the RE law and cost component transparency towards consumers.

The GEOP forum was led by NREB Chair Atty. Jose Layug, Jr. as keynote speaker together with OIC for Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB) Director Mylene Capongcol and GEOP Committee Chairman Ernesto B. Pantangco.

About 200 participants from NREB, government agencies, distribution utilities and renewable energy stakeholders attended the Luzon leg.

PRISM: The 1st Annual Philippine Business Enterprise Congress Gala Night

Prism is the soft launch to next year’s biggest business event, PBEC: Innovate2018

In an effort promote the biggest business event of 2018, RBG Philippines Inc. presented PRISM: 1st Annual Philippine Business Enterprise Congress (PBEC) Gala Night last September 16, 2017 at The Plaza, Resorts World Manila, Pasay.

Three of the exceptional speakers in the upcoming PBEC were present during the soft launch; Ms. Hershey Hilado, an entrepreneur and business strategist, Mr. Sean Si, Internet Marketing Specialist and Mr. Raymond Lim, a high-impact trainer and business coach, giving the audience sneak peeks to their business talks on April 14 next year.

The event’s objective is to officially introduce PBEC to the public and to build connections and create opportunities for the event stakeholders. PRISM is an event of expanding and forming an innovative business network and linkages of diverse industries and businesses.

Special guests and performances from world class Filipino talents heated up the night. PRISM featured a fashion show of 3 collections by Filipino designers, (MK Enterprises, Premiere Fashion Center for Fashion and Design and Rey Bien Maglonzo, a spectacular performance of flashing lights and dancing lasers by Argon Animation, a show stopping performance from a multi-awarded Filipino singer, Mr. Austin Solita and more.

PRISM: PBEC Gala Night is presented by RBG Philippines; co-presented by, Realty Beacon Philippines Inc. and Raymond Lim SG; in Partnership with, SEO Hacker, Hershey Hilado, Resort World Manila, 1Punch Inc., OpenZN, LiquidMinds Inc., Tagcash and Nic Satur Events Management. Media partners: Jeepney TV, DZRH News Television, Fab Manila and Wazzup Pilipinas; and sponsors, Actstech, Espi Travel And Tours, and Zenzest.

The 1st annual Philippine Business Enterprise Congress is a one-day symposium where more than 1000 businessmen, entrepreneurs and professionals from diverse industries gather to experience entrepreneurial convention, to explore boundless business opportunities and to discover fresh, innovative, efficient business concepts, strategies, and ideas devised by world class experts.

RBG Philippines Inc. is a real estate investment company which specializes in facilitating business and entrepreneurial events like Money Making Muscles, Business Action Program, Leadership Action Program and more. With its goal to help existing and aspiring businessmen and entrepreneurs in building and managing a successful business, PBEC was created.

Hope Run 2017: Run for Children with Special Needs

December is the month for emphasizing the importance and celebrating the success of
early intervention for children with special needs.

Last year, thousands of runners joined hands to realize a dream that brought about the Kids Hope Foundation. To date, Kids Hope Foundation is helping 30 children with special needs receive early intervention.

But more children need support. To be able to reach out to more children with special
needs, we are once again knocking on your kind hearts.

This year, Kids Hope Foundation is partnering with Life Coach, Inc. and ThinkSportsPH for the HOPE RUN 2017: RUN FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS in Manila and Cebu.

MANILA (DECEMBER 2, 2017) -SM by the Bay, SM MOA Complex, Pasay City
CEBU (DECEMBER 10, 2017) -Ayala Business Park, Cebu City

These events aim to

• Campaign for AWARENESS on the importance of early intervention for children with special needs
• Raise FUNDS and SUPPORT for Kids Hope Foundation through on- ground event, media partnership and advocacy
• Provide FUN activities and entertainment to families, runners and children with
special needs.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Si Janus Silang at Ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang

Inihahandog ng Tanghalang Ateneo sa kanyang ika-39 na tagdula: Performing Change
kasama ang Ateneo Fine Arts, Performing Arts Cluster at Sip Purified Water
sa tulong ng Adarna House



ni Edgar Calabia Samar

Adaptasyon at Direksyon ni Guelan Varela-Luarca
Galaw ni Delphine Buencamino
Katuwang sa Direksyon Gentle Mapagu
Disenyo ng Entablado ni Gwyn Guanzon
Disenyo ng Kasuotan ni Bonsai Cielo
Disenyo ng Ilaw ni D Cortezano
Disenyo ng Tunog at Musika ni Arvy Dimaculangan
Disenyo ng Papet ni Sig Pecho
Disenyo ng Lathala ni Zoe De Ocampo

Petsa ng mga palabas: 
Setyembre 20-23 at 26-30; Oktubre 3-7, 10-14, at 17-21 | 7:30 N.G.
Setyembre 23 at 30; Oktubre 7, 14, at 21 | 2:30 N.H.

Black Box Theater, Ateneo de Manila University

Maaari nang bumili ng tiket ngayong linggo! Abangan ang mga detalye sa aming event page:
Maaari ring mag-reserve ng tiket sa!

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, maaaring makipag-ugnayan kay Nichole Valdes sa 09175906451

#TA39 #JanusSilangTA #PerformingChange

AMEM35 to Intensify Cooperation on Energy Resiliency and Sustainability

How should the members of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ensure access to, and adequate supply of, resilient and sustainable energy?

That's the main agenda of the 35th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM35) and Associated Meetings hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE) on Sept. 27 to 29.

“We envision dynamic and robust collaboration within ASEAN and dialogue partners as well as relevant international agencies,” said DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi in describing the upcoming event at Conrad Manila, Pasay City.

With the theme “One ASEAN Community to Resilient and Sustainable Energy,” AMEM 35 will lay the groundwork for enhanced cooperation under the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) ‎‎2016-2025, Phase 1: ‎‎2016-2020, according to Cusi.

APAEC is a series of policy guidelines to implement energy cooperation as part of regional integration towards a globally competitive ASEAN.

A closed-door meeting between the ASEAN energy ministers and CEOs on strategies to address power demand in the region will highlight the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) 2017 Conference which will run concurrent with AMEM35.

The series of ministerial meetings under AMEM35 also include the 14th AMEM+3 (China, Japan and Korea), the 11th East-Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS-EMM) and the 1st AMEM-International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Dialogue. 

Concurrent with the AMEM35 is the Powertrends International Exhibition at the SMX Convention Center. 

AMEM and AEBF will jointly open the event in the morning on September 27. The 2017 AEBF Conference will culminate with the closed-door ministers-CEO dialogue late in the afternoon.

AMEM35 is an annual gathering of the Energy Ministers which provides guidance and directions in the development and implementation of key energy sector priority initiatives and work programs in the region consistent with the directives of heads of states/governments of ASEAN.

The Philippines hosted the same meeting in 1997 and in 2004. 

The ASEAN was established to promote economic growth and prosperity in the region.  The member-countries include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Damaged Power Infra by Maring and Lannie Almost Fully Operational –DOE

Power infrastructure and facilities in areas affected by typhoons Maring and Lannie will all be back in operation soon, with power already restored in 456 or 57 percent of the affected barangays as of Friday, according to the reports submitted to the Department of Energy (DOE).

Generally, the generation, transmission, the Manila Electric Co. and other affected electric cooperatives franchise areas are already 100 percent operational.

For Quezon Province, electricity was fully restored Thursday night in the town proper of the Municipality of Perez in Alabat Island as it assured the public that total power restoration will be achieved at the soonest possible time with repairmen working round the clock.

According to the National Electrification Administration (NEA), power in 456 out of 804 barangays in Quezon has been restored Thursday afternoon. The 456 barangays account for 104,093 households which is equivalent to 60.16 percent of the entire household serviced by the distribution utility.

NEA is targeting 100 percent restoration of power by September 20 following the detailed assessment and inspection of the typhoon-affected facilities.

DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi emphasized, “We need to ensure that the infrastructures, wirings and meters in the typhoon hit areas are safe before energizing them. We want to protect the people from any harm, including those who are conducting the restoration activities.”

Millennials, Why Is it Better To Own Than To Rent

Global property portal Lamudi’s advice to Filipino millennials: it’s a great time to invest in your own property

Dubbed as the most mobile and transitional generation, millennials are known to be quite averse to staying in one location for long. They are also well-traveled, both for work and leisure. These young professionals can also work just about anywhere: in coffee shops or at the comforts of their own home. Because of the freedom to locate wherever they prefer, renting is perhaps the most suitable option for this age group.

But is it really wise to dedicate a huge part of your monthly paycheck in filling your landlord’s pocket? Global real estate portal Lamudi Philippines shares why investing in property is one of the best ways to build wealth for this young and adventurous generation.

Real Estate for Income

The financial burden of investing in a home is not appealing for people who see themselves moving in the foreseeable future. However, it should be noted that getting in the real estate game does not necessarily equate to settling in the space you just bought.

From an investment perspective, buying a property can provide additional cash flow. If you are leasing a costly apartment each month, you understand the woes of giving away your hard-earned cash to your landlord. However, imagine if the tables were turned and you become the property owner who rakes in passive income every month. Sweet with no sweat, isn’t it?

Purchasing a property is a big investment decision, but for young professionals who have capabilities to acquire a piece of land or condominium, buying will surely reap exciting returns in the years to come. Real estate is a tangible asset that increases in value over time. Aside from the rental income that you can get, you can also enjoy a sizable amount when you decide to sell after the property’s value has increased.

However, if you decide to keep the property and just enjoy the rental income, having a property under your name also means that you are assured of a place of your own should the need arrives. Furthermore, it may also serve as your retirement home when the time comes.

Home You Can Call Your Own

Your very first step to your own welcome-home mat is an overwhelming feeling. This is especially true if you have secured the keys at such a young age. But beyond the fulfillment, obtaining a property while you are young has many advantages.

For buyers who take this step earlier in life, you can avail longer loan durations to keep your monthly amortizations low. At this rate, the amount you are paying for rental fees may be much expensive that your would-be monthly amortization if you invest now.

Home ownership is also a significant indication that you are moving ahead in life. For some it is a status symbol that signals stability and commitment.

As investment is such an empowering achievement, more and more millennials are now exploring home-buying. Because of this, a myriad of newly launched developments now take into consideration the lifestyle of Generation Y. Amenities and facilities are carefully planned to ensure the convenience of young buyers.

The fast take-up of these millennial-focused properties is proof that the young generation now appreciates the value of owning a home. This is more economical rather than allocating a big chunk of salary each month for rent that will never add to any future equity.

Choosing a viable location is important too. For young professionals who work in major central business districts, there are suitable properties in neighboring areas that offer the same convenience but a more competitive price. So instead of renting, you can just invest in a nearby location and walk to work.

Lamudi Housing Fair 2017

To fully appreciate the edge of investing early, millennials are encouraged to head on to the next installment of the Lamudi Housing Fair this year. Slated to happen on October 13–15 at the Megatrade Hall 1 of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong, the event will feature investment experts that will talk about investing for everyone.

The Lamudi Housing Fair will again bring together the biggest developers and the coolest real estate offers in one venue. Freebies, exclusive discounts, and prizes also await attendees.

For more information, visit

Monday, September 18, 2017

Delicious Choices Daily with FamilyMart All-day Value Meals

There’s no need to go far for a delicious and satisfying meal that won’t break the bank, because from breakfast, lunch, and even great afternoon snacks, your go-to convenience store, FamilyMart, has got you covered. With a number of different options on its menu, the popular Japanese convenience store makes sure you won’t run out of choices any time of the day.

While you’re on your way to work early in the morning, you’ve got Everyday Breaky Treats from 6AM to 9AM to jumpstart your day. Buy any of the breakfast meals or sandwiches, and get 20% off on an 8oz UCC Coffee Café Americano.

Have your coffee along with a hearty breakfast of your favorite “silog” meals like Cornsilog, Tocilog, Hotsilog, and Tapsilog. For an option that can be easily eaten on-the-go, choose from FamilyMart’s different sandwiches like Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Egg Salad, Ham & Cheese, Corned Beef & Egg, or Sausage & Egg.

For lunch, from 11AM to 2PM, FamilyMart brings you Noontime Treats. Have any Donburi meal that suits your cravings for the day and get 20% of on any 12oz juice to go with tasty servings of Sisig, Pork Binagoongan, Pinakbet with Bagnet, Pork Steak, Chicken Adobo, Beef Teriyaki, Beef Caldereta or Katsudon.

To recharge yourself in the afternoon, you can look forward to Mid-day Treats from 3PM to 5PM. Beat the afternoon heat by getting 20% off on a 12oz Calamansi Zing or Taro Slush Super Freeze when you pair it with a Chicken Cheese Dog Sandwich, Chicken Nuggets, or Lobster Balls.

You won’t have such a hard time choosing what or where to eat every day when you head on over to FamilyMart for a scrumptious meal to satisfy your cravings for breakfast, lunch, and merienda.

For updates, exciting products, and awesome deals, like and follow FamilyMart Philippines on Facebook, @familymartph on Instagram, and @FamilyMartPH on Twitter.

For store locations or more information on FamilyMart Philippines, log on to

FamilyMart is the 2nd largest convenience store chain in the world with over 18,000 stores across Asia. In the Philippines, FamilyMart has branches in Makati, Ortigas, Quezon City, San Juan, Manila, Mandaluyong, Marikina, and Fort Bonifacio Global City.


FamilyMart brings you Everyday Breaky Treats from 6AM to 9AM to jumpstart your day. Buy any of the breakfast meals or sandwiches, and get 20% off on an 8oz UCC Coffee Café Americano.

Have your coffee along with a hearty breakfast of your favorite “silog” meals like Cornsilog, Tocilog, Hotsilog, and Tapsilog.

Match your favorite Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Egg Salad, Ham & Cheese, Corned Beef & Egg, or Sausage & Egg with an 8oz UCC Coffee Café Americano.

For lunch, from 11AM to 2PM, have any Donburi meal and get 20% of on any 12oz juice.

Choose from Sisig, Pork Binagoongan, Pinakbet with Bagnet, Pork Steak, Chicken Adobo, Beef Teriyaki, Beef Caldereta or Katsudon  Donburi to suit your cravings.

To recharge yourself in the afternoon, you can look forward to Mid-day Treats from 3PM to 5PM. Beat the afternoon heat with 20% off on a 12oz Super Freeze

Chicken Cheese Dog Sandwich or Chicken Nuggets go well with the Calamasi Zing, while Lobster Balls and Taro Slush make another great combo

Michaela to Mark its 12th Year Anniversary!

MICHAELA started as young and sweet when they open their first branch in the heart of Juan Luna, Binondo back in the year 2008. From then, MICHAELA continue to cope with the increasing demands and ever-changing trends by providing eco-friendly, exquisite, topnotch and outstanding quality that reflects the simple yet dignified character of the brand.

That is no doubt that from 1 boutique, MICHAELA can now be found in all 124 major department stores in Metro Manila and provincial malls and also to 27 branches operating to serve every one of us. Moreover, the brand has expanded its product line from bag into footwear, apparel, umbrellas, pouches and ladies’ accessories.

For the past twelve years, MICHAELA has been part of our lifestyle as how they deliver quality, trending and sophisticated design bags.

On September 30, let us celebrate together as MICHAELA mark its 12th year in their industry at Robinsons Place Ermita, Manila, 11AM-7PM together with Ms. Sarah Geronimo and Mr. Jak Roberto hosted by Mr. Steven Silva and Ms. Stephany Stefanowitz!

For event tickets and more details, please visit their official Facebook page @ and website

We’ll see you all there!

Miss Scuba Phillipines 2017 Candidates

Let us welcome the 15 official candidates of Miss Scuba Philippines 2017 namely Karren Arias, Kristine Eiriel Nolasco, Nicole Aguilar, Florinda Talosig, Helga Cerbo, Aliyana Ibnohajil, Angela Gene Valdes, Jolina Anne Roque, Elle Hollmann, Mirtle Keith Gimenez, Daniela Joy Acuna, Aivana Elma, Mary Maureen Quiambao, El Fel Shane Banaybanay and Sherlyn Legaspi Doloriel.

These 15 Ocean Ambassadors were presented to the members of the media held at Belmont Hotel in Resort World Manila on September 14, 2017.

Emerging as Darling of the Press is Sherlyn Legaspi Doloriel, while El Fel Shane Banaybanay and Angela Gene Valdes were the runners-up.

Miss Scuba Philippines 2017 candidates were presented by National Director Cindy Madduma, winner of the 2015 Miss Scuba International title,  together with Athena Catriz and Andrea Delgado.

The pageant advocates the protection and preservation of a sustainable marine biodiversity. The organization will give light to the issues and problems that our oceans are facing and what they can do to create an impact and reverse that destruction. The core principle of the organization is "Saving Ocean Through Beauty" as it upholds not only showcasing physical beauty but also the necessity for our ambassadors to have a heart for the ocean.

The grand coronation night will be held at the Plaza of Resorts World Manila on October 10, 2017 and will also have a delayed nationwide telecast on PTV 4 on Sunday, October 22 beginning at 3pm.

There will be a live streaming on Miss Scuba Philippines Official Facebook Page during the coronation night.

The grand winner of Miss Scuba Philippines 2017 will represent the country to the 7th edition of Miss Scuba International in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia on November 17, 2017.

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