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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Takeda Philippines Recognised as an Investor in People

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Takeda Healthcare Philippines Inc (THPI), has been awarded the Investors in People silver accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to high performance through effective people management.

Investors in People is an international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. The Investors in People framework process reflects and takes into consideration workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Investors in People allows organizations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

Gabriel Georgy, President & General Manager of Takeda Healthcare Philippines said, “We can say we have successfully laid the foundations to become a Best Employer in the Philippines. Our aim is to continue to strive for excellence in the work place while we help our people reach their full potential and achieve success in their careers.”

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People said, “Investors in People Philippines, and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Takeda Philippines. Our accreditation is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming work place and a clear commitment to success.”

Takeda Healthcare Philippines currently employs around 250 people, and has been operating since 2015. Takeda Healthcare Philippines also recently received certification from the Top Employer Institute.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Advocacy Group Encourages the Youth for their First HIV Test

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With 30 Filipinos being diagnosed with HIV every day, LoveYourself, Inc. will hold a free, fast and confidential HIV screening day for the Youth on 28 May 2017 (10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.) at Victoria Court, Malate dubbed as “Let's TestMNL.”

Let’s TestMNL specifically targets the Youth sector following the rate of HIV infection in this population, but nonetheless, all are invited, to register at this link: to join the event.

“We are aggressive in bringing this free, fast and confidential HIV testing to the Youth because of their apparent vulnerability to the causes of the disease, and most importantly, only through testing that we can detect if one has the virus,” LoveYourself Executive Director Ronivin G. Pagtakhan underscored.

According to the latest Department of Health (DOH) data, there are 2,160 individuals aged 15-34 who have contracted the virus for the first January to March of this year alone.

Pagtakhan clarified, “Let’s TestMNL testing day is for all ages, but LoveYourself highly encourages college students and those in their early 20s to support the movement in knowing their HIV status for the first time, especially in a safe and welcoming space.”

Giving Back Through Community Outreach Programs with Meaningful Travels Ph

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“When we travel, we are ‘takers’. We take a lot of things with us – memories, learning, photos and souvenirs. But isn’t it time for us to truly give back?” 

By the time you are reading this, the Wazzup Pilipinas team is on their way to the Mountain Province, specifically Maligcong and Mainit in Bontoc, for a community outreach program cum travel organized by Meaningful Travels Ph.

We met the main organizer at an event where she was one of the speakers., and we got so interested in what she was doing that we approached her personally to tell her that we want to write about her and Meaningful Travels Ph.

She was not able to get back to me that very moment as she was about to join a mini-contest on stage as one of the activities for the event of the Australian Embassy, but we received a text message from her later that day to ask us how we are going to go about it.

Now, that led to finally joining their trip, together with our best partner photographer, who was also eager to join the exploration to two communities.

Meaningful Travels Ph is appropriately named to depict how the organizers make it a very "meaningful" travel. When most travellers will just go to a site to take selfies, photos, videos, and some souvenirs, Meaningful Travels Ph aims to give back.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Yamaha Safe Riding Science for Women as Mother's Day Special Treat

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Yamaha Motor Philippines conducted a special edition of its Yamaha Safe Riding Science for Women on Mother’s Day. This was a way for Yamaha to give their own gift to all the mothers out there by giving them the opportunity to learn how to ride a motorcycle. By sacrificing most of their time for their families they can enjoy this new experience that is solely for them. 

The participants had their own take on the event with some mother’s attending to develop their skills, influence their children to ride motorcycles, and to deviate from the usual celebration of the occasion. They all received roses when they arrived at the Yamaha Flagship shop – YZONE where they started with a seminar about the basics of motorcycle riding and traffic rules. Afterwards they headed to the test ride area where they were greeted by their instructors and Yamaha’s Mascot, Revvy Bear. When the test ride went on, Revvy Bear walked around the Greenfield District and offered Roses to all the mothers in the area. 

In order to complete the YSRS program the moms had to go through different stations that teach them more about riding. They were taught how to properly wear their riding gear from gloves, to knee pads, elbow pads, and their helmet. Next, they learned more about the parts and different functions on a motorcycle such as signal lights, horns, and how to switch the engine on and off. Then their balance was tested before they began the riding proper. First, they experienced how to slowly begin throttling and braking before they were guided across the course on their Mio Motorcycles. 

After receiving their certificates, the Mother’s were all smiles because of the exhilaration they felt during their session. They celebrated a special day and have grown from the experience that turned them into riders. This won’t be the last special edition that celebrates the women in our lives and Yamaha will continue to take this program across the country to women of all walks of life.

Fight Allergies with Claritin Anytime, Anywhere this Travel Season

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Don’t miss out the fun this summer!

Allergens are ubiquitous and may be found in various places. If you’re planning to hit the beach with your friends this summer, there’s a chance that you’ll get itchy hives if you are allergic to the burning heat of the sun or some types of seafood. If hiking is your thing, you might find yourself incessantly sneezing due to the pollens from the plants that you’ll be seeing along the dusty trail.

If you catch these allergies, you probably can’t make the most out of your summer vacation. How can you flaunt your favorite swimsuit if you have rashes all over? How can you enjoy your favorite local seafood if you’re fearful that they will just trigger your allergies? How can you laugh along with your friends if you keep on sneezing? These allergies will zone you out and might make you miss out on the memorable moments of your summer. You wouldn’t want that, would you?

This is why you always need to have an anti-allergy medicine in your packing checklist. Just one tablet a day of Loratadine (Claritin) will help free you from the symptoms of allergy so that you can enjoy and experience your summer vacation with all of your senses.

Have a great, allergy-free summer!

Video Coverage of Manila Masters Presscon

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Manila Masters Presscon held on May 24, 2017 at Solaire featured the owner of Mineski himself, Ronald "Rhom" Rhobins, considered as the Father of eSports in the Philippines.

Partnering with Mineski are PLDT Home Fibr and Smart, plus TV5, who will all actively play an important role in holding what can be called as the biggest DotA 2 Tournament in Asia.

We did a video coverage of the event, including the Question and Answer portion with panelists coming from the said sponsors or partners, as well as Rhom himself, so you could all just watch and listen to their exact words.

The other members of the panelists, who also spoke individually on stage, are:

John Henry Yanez, Head of Home Business Group of PLDT Fibr

Victor Carlo Endaya, VP for Brand Strategy and Communications of Smart

Lloyd Manoloto, Head of Marketing and Digital of TV5, in behalf of Chot Reyes, President of TV5

Marlon Marcelo, Mineski VP for Marketing and Events

There was a sixth guy among the panel but  we didn't get his name.

Meanwhile, Carlo Ople, VP of Digital Marketing Strategy, also spoke infront of the stage to share his previous experience in gaming and some thoughts related to the event. He did not joined the panelists.

Below are the videos we took from the event. We apologize for the shaky videos due to the absence of a stabilizer and tripod..

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Video Coverage of MSAP's 2017 Media Congress Ascendant

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The biggest and largest gathering of the country’s media experts and practitioners will take place in Baguio City on September 6-9. Now on its 3rd year, the Media Specialists of the Philippines (MSAP) brings the 2017 Media Congress to braver heights with the theme ASCENDANT.

Expected to bring in more than 2,000 delegates, the 2017 Media Congress probes that this is the biggest yet Media Congress to date, as it will be the first to have a 3 ½ -day event and will be brought outside Metro Manila. This year’s theme is designed to talk about the rising power of media, influencing and dominating behavior, culture and business and harnessing this for nation building and the greater good.

The congress promises to feature global and local speakers with fresh voices, presenting different perspectives, and new lenses in our industry.

Leading this year’s Media Congress as Chairperson is Venus R. Navalta, IPG Mediabrands CEO. “This is the year that we cement the leading role of media agencies on navigating this interconnected world to drive business growth for clients and real value to people. This is what ASCENDANT is all about – on how we rise and embrace this new level of influence. The whole board of the 2017 Media Congress sets high standards with our careful selection of relevant, impactful content, a fresh speaker line-up that is inclusive, and the overall congress experience.”

Sophos on Preventive Measures on SIM Swapping

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SIM swapping is the process of replacing your existing SIM with a new SIM, moving your existing number to the new SIM.

If your mobile phone gets stolen, a SIM swap is a great security benefit as you can quickly invalidate the SIM in the stolen phone, so the phone thief is unable to rack up calls on your phone. However if the crook is the one perpetrating the SIM swap, then he/she has access to your incoming calls, messages and passwords.

With SIM swap, attackers can change your profile settings, add new payment recipient accounts belonging to accomplices, and pay money out of your account. As the account settings are changed, it is harder for banks to spot the fraud.

Sophos recommends the following measures to prevent SIM swapping:
  • Watch out for phishing emails or fake websites that crooks use to acquire your usernames and passwords. 
  • Avoid obvious answers to account security questions. Consider using a password manager to generate absurd and unguessable answers to the sort of questions that crooks might otherwise work out from your social media accounts.
  • Use an on-access (real time) anti-virus and keep it up-to-date. One common way for crooks to figure out usernames and passwords is by means of keylogger malware, which lies low until you visit specific web pages such as your bank’s logon page, then springs into action to record what you type while you’re logging on. A good real time anti-virus will help you to block dangerous web links, infected email attachments and malicious downloads.
  • Be suspicious if your phone drops back to “emergency calls only” unexpectedly. Check with friends or colleagues on the same network to see if they are having problems. If you need to, borrow a friend’s phone to contact your mobile provider to ask for help. Be prepared to attend a shop or service centre in person if you can, and take ID and other evidence with you to back yourself up.
  • Consider switching from SMS-based 2FA codes to codes generated by an authenticator app. This means the crooks have to steal your phone and figure out your lock code in order to access the app that generates your unique sequence of logon codes.

Understanding the Marawi Siege and Duterte's Martial Law

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Mr. President, I rise on a point of personal and collective privilege.

Yesterday afternoon, we were all jolted by news that elements of the Maute group ­­­­­had taken siege of Marawi City. Several facilities were occupied by this group, including a government hospital, city hall, the city jail and a school, the Dansalan College. Buildings were being set on fire, and firetrucks were detained and held by members of the terrorist group so that no assistance could be rendered. Chilling photos on social media and in news sites showed ISIS flags being hoisted over public buildings and on the streets. This was the same terrorist group responsible for the Davao night market bombing last year.

Mr. President, there are no words for this unspeakable tragedy. Just yesterday morning, we were commiserating with the citizens of Manchester, England, whose young people became victims of a terrorist attack at a concert. Only a few hours later, our own countrymen and women from Marawi were flooding social media with desperate entreaties for help. Sabi nga ni Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra, ‘we are not okay.’ I can only condemn in the strongest possible words this brazen act of terror and inhumanity that is an assault on our country, our people, and the peace-loving values of Muslim peoples all over the world.

Terrorism, however, should be responded to not with bloodlust and unfettered state violence. Actions of the state must be measured, even as they should be prompt and decisive. I do not want to preempt the report of the President before the Congress, but I would like to express my concern over the words of President Duterte this morning, saying, and I quote, “Martial law is martial, it will not be different from what President Marcos did. I will be harsh.”

It concerns me that the President appears to not be aware that any martial law declaration done in the post-Marcosian era will, by necessity, be different from the Proclamation No. 1081. Then, Marcos did not need Congress’s approval. There was no possibility of overriding the proclamation. Now, the proclamation needs affirmation by Congress, that can revoke it. Then, the military took over the civilian courts and Congress was eventually abolished. Now, the judicial and legislative branches need to remain functioning and will be headed by civilians. Then, when the writ of habeas corpus was suspended, the suspension could apply to anyone now. If the President suspends the writ now, it can and should only apply to those charged with rebellion or offenses connected with the invasion. Furthermore, that person arrested or detained should be judicially charged within three days. These changes have been installed in place precisely because of our nation’s experiences in executive excesses and overreach.

Kaya po, isa ko pong tanong sa Pangulo: ano po ang ibig sabihin ninyo na ang inyong Martial Law ay igagaya niyo sa Martial Law ng diktador? When you say you will be harsh, do you mean that you will be as harsh as the dictator that threw journalists and critics into prison? As harsh as the dictator that authorized waterboarding, Russian roulette, rape as a form of torture? As harsh as the dictator who co-opted the judicial and legislative branches and arrogated unto himself all the powers of the state? As harsh as the dictator that ordered the Malisbong massacre and the burning of Jolo to the ground, leaving searing memories of Martial law on generations of Muslim Filipinos? 

Terrorism must be met with decisiveness, but I fear the implementation of Martial law in the hands of a government that has demonstrated a poor track record in the area of human rights, and in the hands of a President that has time and again, expressed disdain towards the rule of law. If the people’s human rights are wantonly violated under peacetime, what more under martial law? Kung ang ating uniformed personnel ay hinahayaang maging abusado at marahas sa panahon na walang Martial Law, paano pa sa ilalim ng Batas Militar? What has become of the declaration of the state of lawlessness imposed by the President in the aftermath of the Davao night market bombing, and has this been assessed in terms of what it has accomplished and where it remains deficient? Why do we keep resurrecting relics from our painful history, instead of coming up with new solutions and modern strategies that are in accordance with the rule of law and our international commitments?

These are questions I, as legislator and therefore constitutionally mandated to check on Executive excesses, need to ask at this difficult moment confronting our nations. These are questions that I call on you, my fellow legislators, to keep asking as we navigate our way through these murky waters and as we listen to the President deliver his report to Congress tomorrow. I call on this chamber, Mr. President, to express the sense of the Senate as early as now to remain steadfast in our commitment to human rights, to protect the lessons that we have learned from Marcos’s Martial Law, and to ensure that that dark period of history will never happen again.

Make no doubt about it: terrorism is a monster to be suppressed. But in suppressing this monster, let us not rouse another monster. One that carries with it the legacy of so much blood and pain.

Maraming salamat po.

Sony Channel Brings Enchanted Evenings Into Primetime Viewing with “The Next Great Magician” this June

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Brand new magic show premieres June 5, weeknights at 7:55pm
Sony Channel wants you to believe in magic like never before when some of the world’s best magicians compete against each other in the spellbinding contest The Next Great Magician, which starts fascinating audiences this June.
All kinds of magic are covered throughout the series – from illusions to comedy magic, from locations stunts to close-up performances, etc. - as magicians go head to head in a battle of spectacular magical displays that showcase their amazing talents in front of a studio audience and on location.
Six incredible acts will perform the impossible night after night, but only five will be chosen as the magicians judge each other to determine the winner in each episode and goes through the grand finale, where the finalists will perform a brand new illusion in the quest to be crowned The Next Great Magician!
The six-part series is hosted by professional magician Stephen Mulhern and singer Rochelle Humes.

The Next Great Magician premieres on June 5 and airs weeknights at 7:55pm, first and exclusive on Sony Channel.

Sony Channel is available on SKYCable Channel 35, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cignal Channel 120, G Sat Channel 48, and Cablelink Channel 39.

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