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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Now is the Time to Protect Benham Rise - Oceana

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Oceana, Earth’s largest international non-government organization working on ocean conservation, urged the Philippine government to protect Benham Rise – an undersea territory east of Luzon brimming with natural resources.

Benham Rise is part of Philippine territory. We must exercise our sovereignty over this area and assert our rights. The immediate creation of a management framework to ensure the protection of this special place and the conservation of its marine resources is a compelling first step,” says lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos, Vice-President for Oceana Philippines.

The Department of National Defense (DND) recently disclosed that a Chinese vessel conducted an unsanctioned survey in the region, believed to be rich in both marine and mineral resources.

Benham Rise is an undersea territory located east of Luzon. It includes a 13-million hectare extended continental shelf validated in 2012 by the United Nations’ Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (UN CLCS) as the Philippines’ newest territory. This expanded the original region from 11.4-million hectares to 24.4-million hectares – just under the total land area of the country, which currently stands at 30-million hectares.

The Philippine government has conducted numerous expeditions to the region to study its resources. Last May 2016, Oceana joined government scientists from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), plus the University of the Philippines, Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Navy for an expedition to Benham Bank – the shallowest portion of the Rise. 

NEC Philippines and NEC Telecom Software Philippines Join the 2017 NEC World Children’s Nature Club

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NEC Philippines, Inc. (“NEC Philippines”) and NEC Telecom Software Philippines (NSP) participated in the 11th NEC World Children’s Nature Club, held in Baguio City, Philippines, 18-20 March 2017.

The 3-day program, focusing on environmental education and arts, was joined by 14 children from the Cordillera Region, the northern region of the Philippines.

The program consisted of a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, with NEC Philippines presenting a short lecture at the start of the program to provide the children with information about their local environment and show how its business helps to ensure the safety and security of communities. Other activities, such as outdoor games relating to the environment, allowed the children to gain more awareness about their surroundings.

NEC members assisted in organizing a video conference for the children where they interacted with participants from other locations, including China, Taiwan, Japan, and Indonesia. The video conference also taught the children about the uniqueness of other countries and their cultures by exchanging experiences andlessons learned from the program.

“NEC Philippines is happy to participate in another successful NEC World Children’s Nature Club, and at the same time, we are looking forward to further expansionof the program. Following NEC’s environment charter, we are happy to contribute to the achievement of our vision to preserve our natural environment, enabling all people to pursue their full potential,” said Marivic Segismundo, director for sales and marketing, NEC Philippines.

“NEC Telecom Software Philippines is honored to participate in these activities. I believe that this project is a good experience for children to become more aware of their communities and environments, and to connect with new friends from different countries with diverse cultures,” said Yoshifumi Sakaguchi, President, NEC Telecom Software Philippines.

NEC World Children's Nature Club, started in 2008, is held every year to help children develop an awareness of the natural environment and a global perspective. This year, the program provided children from China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan with an opportunity to exchange ideas and information using IT and communications technologies.

Company Call: blueREP at 25 - A Silver Anniversary Concert All Set on April 8

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To celebrate the past twenty-five years, the Ateneo Blue Repertory presents Company Call: blueREP at 25. The silver anniversary concert will bring together current members and alumni for a special event this April 8, 2017. Featuring some of the organization's most recognizable musical numbers and performers, the concert is about coming home to where generations of blueREPPERs discovered their passion for the stage.

The featured productions are Pippin (1991), The Wiz (1992), Godspell (1993), Once on this Island (2001), Into the Woods (2002), Merrily We Role Along (2004), Footloose (2004), Stages of Love (2006), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2007), High School Musical: Live (2007), All Shook Up (2008), Tick… Tick… Boom! (2009), Side Show (2010), Hair (2011), Little Shop of Horrors (2011), 13 (2012), Bare: A Pop Opera (2012), A New Brain (2013), Spring Awakening (2013), Toilet: The Musical (2014), and In the Heights (2015).

The Ateneo Blue Repertory prides itself with the recognition of being the country’s most prestigious college musical theater organization. Every year, blueREP offers a line-up of entertaining and groundbreaking musicals, all professionally executed to rival the demand for quality theater shows in the Philippines. This 25th Season, they opened with the blueREP original Real Life Fairytales (September 2016), staged the critically-acclaimed The Addams Family (November 2016), and are closing with the locally-written Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady (April 2017).

Directing the anniversary concert will be two of blueREP’s esteemed alumni, Toff de Venecia (Director of blueREP’s All Shook Up, Freakshow, and Little Shop of Horrors) and Andrei Pamintuan (Director of Stages of Love, Festival Director and founder of The Manila Fringe Festival (Fringe Manila)), with the help of Ejay Yatco (Musical Director for blueREP’s original Toilet, Edges, and Little Shop of Horrors) as Musical Director with Assistant Musical Directors Alecx Lorica and Lulay Santiago, with choreography by Jim Ferrer (performer in Beyond Theater Award- winning “Here Lies Love”) and Stephen Vinas (performer in Dulaang UP’s Ang Nawalang Kapatid and choreographer of PETA’s Bongga Ka ‘Day!) along with their Assistant Musical Director, Michael Ubamos.

All this strung together by the scriptwriters headed by Gabbi Campomanes and her team, Bea Racoma and Iago Guballa. Costumes and Makeup done by Rio Tanchuling; Set designed by Trency Caga-anan; and Lights Designed by Joseph Matheu.

The featured performers are alumni– Abi Sulit, Alys Serdenia, Amos Francia, Arion Sanchez, Bibo Reyes, Boo Gabunada, Bym Buhain, Carelle Mangaliag, Charmie Inigo, Derrick Fuentes, Ejay Yatco, Franco Ramos, Gab Medina, Gab Pangilinan, Gabbi Campomanes, Gabs Santos, Ian Hermogenes, Jade Albert, Jill Pena, Jim Ferrer, JQ Quesada, Juancho Escoto, KC Kane, Kyla Rivera, Lara Antonio, LJ Galvez, Luis Marcelo, Mahar Mangahas, Mako Alonso, Maronne Cruz, Mian Dimacali, Meg Yatco, Melje Belvis, Moira Lozada, Nelsito Gomez, Nica Del Rosario, Oli del Rosario, Pauline Gaerlan, Red Concepcion, Rolls Pagunsanan, RR Herrera, Tricia Torres, Victor Robinson III; and current blueREP members– Alex Masucol, Alyssa Jamille Binay, Erika Rafael, Helene Enriquez, Janine Idquival, Justine Narciso, Mia Fortugaleza, Nicole Garcia and Samantha Chan.

The production team are lead by Danielle Navarrete as Co-Production Manager along with Tomik Tendero, and Irvin Embalsado as Assistant Production Manager. With Marga Lumabas as Head Technical Director; Gayle Mendiola and Noelle Zarza as Co-Head Stage Managers; Alex Bay and Miko Castro as Co-Front-of-House Heads; Kat Bautista as Costumes & Makeup Technical Director; Luigi Soriano as Lights Technical Director; Denise Congson as Sounds Technical Director; and Stephanie Escuadro and Danica Uy as Set & Props Technical Directors.

The Committee Heads of Company Call: blueREP at 25 are as follows: Kelsey Lim – Chief Finance Officer; Trisha Balan – Design and Publications Head; Chapy Fadullon – Design and Publications Art Director; Ria Castillo – Logistics Head; Josh Vera – Documentations Head; Danielyn Del Rosario and Marty Nevada – Co- Videographers; Maia Dapul – Alumni Relations Head; Austin Gonzales – Corporate Relations Head; and Samantha Chan – Public Relations Head; Adrian Chio – HR Representatives; Alix Goño and Enzo Mendoza – Sprocomm Representatives.

The 25th Season Concert will be showcased at Cine Adarna, UP Film Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon city on April 8, 2017, Saturday, at 3PM and 8PM.

Tickets will cost P500, P600 or P700 each. For ticket inquiries, please contact Alex Bay at 09175201998.

You may also visit Ateneo Blue Repertory’s official website:

Connect to Ateneo Blue Repertory online through the following social media networks:

Twitter: @_blueREPERTORY
Instagram: @blueREPERTORY

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

PCGG Under Solicitor General: It's Like Letting a Fox into the Chicken House

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The statement of Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on plans to streamline the functions of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and put them under the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG)

It's like letting a fox into the chicken house. That's the essence of the government's move to put the Solicitor General in charge of recovering the ill-gotten wealth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family.

How can a Marcos defender recover the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses? This is a sick and cruel joke at the expense of Martial law victims and the nation's coffers.

The Solicitor General has an unimpressive track record of pursuing plunderers. Lest we forget, this is the same Solicitor General who wants pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles acquitted from the Benhur Luy detention case, which could undermine the state witness’ testimony and severely weaken the plunder cases filed against public officials involved in the scam.

From giving the late dictator a hero's burial to its plan to abolish the PCGG, this is another attempt by the government to cover up the tracks of the Marcoses and revise their place in history.

“Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” All Set to Open on April 19

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The box-office hit “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady: The Musical” is back on stage fully re-imagined and revamped through the fresh eyes of rip-roaring millennials. This pun-filled musical extravaganza brims with Carlo Vergara’s acerbic wit, flamboyant production numbers, and superhero-supervillain action sequences that pack a punch.

Tongue-in-cheek comedy, family drama, romance and live action converge in Ateneo Blue Repertory’s 25th Anniversary Season Finale. They partner with Dalanghita Productions in bringing to life the famed comic book world of Zsazsa Zaturnnah, but this time focusing on new characters.

“Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” tells the story of a lowly labandera, Mely, and her young and wild sister, Viva, who struggle to fulfill their dreams in a world that gives a premium to foreign super heroes with white skin and well-educated barako men who always get the job. They seem to fight to be favored in a society that has no room for them.

When Mely lands a job as the maid for Fuwerza Filipinas, she steps up to this unique challenge for the sake of her family. However, her sibling relationship with Viva becomes more complicated when an unsettled past keeps coming back and a forbidden romance happens amidst an ongoing war between Fuwerza Filipinas, the superheroes, and Kayumanggilas, the supervillains. "Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady" is a journey about compassion, heroism, and redemption.

Sony Channel to Premiere “Better Late Than Never”

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The adventure of a lifetime for four celebrated men from across different genres kicks off in Tokyo on Sunday, April 2 with the premiere of the addictive new series “Better Late Than Never.” This fish-out-water travelogue series follows cultural icons Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman as they traverse Asia exploring different countries and cultures.

With no schedule and no itinerary, the only help will come from comic sidekick Jeff Dye, a young tech-savvy comedian with an agenda of his own and who isn’t above leading the men off track.

Navigating their way through six cities and four countries, the five men make connections with the local population, immerse themselves in local traditions and sample exotic food -- all the while dealing with the unexpected twists and frequently hilarious turns that any trip presents. Checking off items on their own personal ‘bucket list,’ the men will also reveal different sides to their personalities as they support one another and find themselves bonding in surprising and meaningful ways.

“We had to build a relationship quickly for the show and when you put five total strangers together, you just don’t know how it is going to be received,” said Terry Bradshaw, four-time Super Bowl champion for the Pittsburgh Steelers. “We had a blast, an absolute blast and I've got all of these new friends.”

The five of men will travel to iconic cities across Asia starting in Tokyo, Japan where they are immediately out of their element and can’t even find their way out of the train station. Other cities include Kyoto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Each stop is packed with hilarious cultural experiences, heartwarming spectacles and unexpected twists as the legends take on this unforgettable adventure.

The eclectic group of travellers include:

Terry Bradshaw– A four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, a two-time Super Bowl MVP and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee as well as a multi-Emmy and award-winning broadcaster on Fox NFL Sunday. Bradshaw is also a popular actor, New York Times bestselling author and the only NFL player with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

George Foreman – This Olympic gold medallist won the title in his only 25th amateur fight at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. He’s fought against boxing legends, Mohammad Ali, Ken Norton and Joe Frazier. He retired in 1997 after compiling an amazing 76-5 record.

William Shatner – Shatner has cultivated a career spanning more than 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer and recording artist. He is one of Hollywood’s most recognisable figures and a major philanthropist. Apart from starring as Captain Kirk in “Star Trek”, he’s won Emmys and his first Golden Globe for his role on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal”.

Henry Winkler – Winkler has enjoyed four decades of success in Hollywood and continues to be in demand as an actor, producer and director. Best known for his iconic role of The Fonz in the TV series “Happy Days”, Winkler has won two Golden Globe Awards, was nominated three times for an Emmy Award and was also honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jeff Dye – Dye is a comedian, host, actor and prankster. He got his start in the stand-up competition series “Last Comic Standing” where he finished third. Since then he has had two of his own shows on MTV, his own Comedy Central special and on numerous other TV projects.

“Better Late Than Never” premieres Sunday, April 2 at 8:00pm on Sony Channel.

For more information, visit or @SonyChannelPH on Facebook and Twitter.

Eduard Folayang and Ev Ting Face-Off in Manila

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The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), in conjunction with Predator gaming laptops, recently held an Exclusive Media Day for ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY, featuring main event combatants ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of Baguio City, Philippines, and challenger Ev “E.T.” Ting of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two fighters faced off in front of the media at the Top of the Citi Restaurant in Citibank Tower on Tuesday, 28 March, in Manila.

Photos of the ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY Exclusive Media Day can be found here:!Am0VcTcnsBbptHdKg-gIu-3zK7ZE.

Eduard Folayang, ONE Lightweight World Champion, stated: “I always consider every fight a tough one because every fighter goes into the cage with the intent to give more than a hundred per cent of themselves. Every fighter prepares very well at this level and they all have their own uniqueness and strategy. It all depends on how our styles will match up. Keeping the title is what I plan to do. This title means a lot to me, and I can’t just let it go easily.”

Ev Ting, ONE world title challenger, stated: “Eduard displayed the best version of himself in the Shinya (Aoki) fight when he won the title. He displayed a lot of patience, he exploded at the right times, and put pressure on at the right times, so he showed a very top-caliber Eduard Folayang, and I expect nothing less in April. His wrestling is solid, his timing is obviously one of his strongest strengths, and he defended everything from Shinya despite strong positioning, so yeah, I have a hard task ahead of me.”

Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the legendary Team Lakay in Baguio City is one of the Philippines’ most experienced mixed martial artists. After nearly a decade of competing in various promotions, Folayang has amassed an impressive 17-5 professional MMA record. The 33-year-old veteran authored a career resurgence in 2016, winning three consecutive bouts against high-profile opponents while showcasing a highly-improved wrestling and grappling arsenal. In his last bout, Folayang shocked the world by capturing the ONE Lightweight World Championship with a sensational victory over Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki. Folayang will now put his title on the line against Ev Ting.

Ev “E.T.” Ting is a mixed martial artist with deep roots in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Living and training out of Auckland, New Zealand, Ting owns a stellar 13-3 professional record, including four wins by submission and four exciting knockouts. A winner of his last four bouts over top-caliber opponents, Ting is one of the most talented mixed martial artists to come out of Malaysia. In his most recent bout last February, Ting overcame a tough challenge from MMA veteran Kamal Shalorus to win by split decision. The victory earned him a date with ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang in Manila.

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Sangobion Launches Sulong Dugong Pinoy Campaign with Sarah Geronimo

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Sarah Geronimo has been part of the Sangobion family for two years now, and she is the kind of celebrity that seems true from the heart when it comes to product endorsements. She maybe very popular as both a singer and actress, still she outshines many when it comes to being a brand ambassador. After all, she exemplifies what we want in our lives, a joyful and approachable aura that makes us want to make an effort to have some photo ops and selfies with her.

It was great for her handlers to allow us a few minutes for selfies with her though we would have appreciate a longer time for interview just as how the certain TV media outfits were given the opportunity. Of course, since Sarah Geronimo is with Viva, they also got plenty of time with her. I do hope they recognize bloggers as better and able sources of media mileage for them since everyone is online nowadays. The future is online thus all the other media outfits from traditional media have created their own online counterparts to support their medium.

Aside from having a very honorable advocacy in partnership with Sangobion to make our blood healthy, the campaign also aims to conduct the biggest blood donation event where participants would also get the chance for their bloods to be screened as a way to find out if they are also healthy or not, anemic or normal, with teh help of the Philippine Red Cross.

Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin. Iron-deficiency anemia, the most common type, is very treatable with diet changes and iron supplements.

Sangobion helps us get back to or maintain the "normal" condition of our blood caused by decreased or faulty red blood cell production.

ImMUnity 2017: “Bakuna Para Sa Lahat, Mula Bata Hanggang Pagtanda"

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The Mu Sigma Phi Sorority presents

ImMUnity 2017: “Bakuna Para Sa Lahat, Mula Bata Hanggang Pagtanda"

On it 8th year and one with the World Health Organization’s Decade of Vaccines and Global Vaccine Action Plan, ImMUnity 2017 formally launches its 5 different projects that are set to reach Filipinos of different ages and walks of life and that strives to empower and capacitate them to take charge of their own health through vaccination.

ImMUnity Mobile Exhibit
March 26 - May 5, 2017 | Pampanga, Philippine General Hospital, and various colleges

Turok Purok: Kontra Bangis ng Rabies

April 8, 2017 | 8AM - 12NN at the Sta. Rita Covered Court, Minalin, Pampanga

Aklatang Mu Sigma Phi: ImMUnity Leg
April 27, 2017 | Available as hardcopy coloring books for children

ImMUnity Mobile App Launch
April 27, 2017 | Available at Google Play Store

Culminating Event
April 27, 2017 | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the Museum of a History of Ideas, Philippine General Hospital, Padre Faura

Together, let us eradicate vaccine-preventable diseases. Be one with us in our advocacy towards responsible immunization.

#ImMUnity2017 #anounceofprevention

UPCE Proudly Presents Lique: The Most Exclusive House Party in the Metro

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Be one with the clique, get LIQUE’d! Hands up if you’ve been tagged because you are now officially invited to the most exclusive house party in the Metro – LIQUE.

The UP Circle of Entrepreneurs is proud to present LIQUE, the third and final installment of LIQUE MNL, happening this April 8, 2017 at Cities Events Place, Quezon City.

For two years, LIQUE MNL has offered a partying experience like no other. Known for setting a different standard for partying with its laidback yet classy atmosphere, unlimited drinks, and interactive activities, it is a bash that one should definitely not miss. The most exclusive house party in the Metro earned its tagline from the restrictive tagging system it implements weeks before the event. As an invite-only party, the LIQUE guest list is grown organically through the organizers tagging friends online with the official “You’ve been LIQUED!” post. Each tagged guest is only allowed five more tags, each of whom can tag five more, and so on, ensuring the familiar and comfortable atmosphere that has been LIQUE’s branding for going on three years.

Dance away to a night full of fun, friends, and free-flowing drinks. Lose yourself to electric beats and intoxicating tunes whipped up by DJ Cathy Frey, DJ Eugene Yaptangco, DJ Heri Patinio and DJ Sparce.

As they say, third time’s the charm.

Let go with LIQUE, where nobody’s a stranger.

For inquiries, contact Karla at 0905 340 8545 and Anne at 0906 369 7339.

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