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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Comic Mondays with Seasoned Ventriloquist Ruther Urquia


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Start your week right with laughter as the BEST Stand-Up Comedy acts in the country is coming to Vu’s Sky Lounge!

This September, Vu’s Sky Lounge launches its new themed night - Comic Mondays with The Comedy Cartel - a veteran comedy group who has been performing all over the Philippines since 2007.

on Monday (Sept. 21), Seasoned Ventriloquist Ruther Urquia will take centerstage at Vu's Sky Lounge! 

Show starts at 9:30 PM! See you there!

Tickets are priced at Php 888.00 with a complimentary standard drink.

Vu’s Sky Lounge is the first sky bar in Ortigas, located at the 45th floor of Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas, Manila.

For inquiries or reservations, text 0922-8596144.

Lazada Mobile App Updated for Enhanced Online Shopping Experience, Update Available Now


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Lazada, the Philippines’ One-Stop Shopping and Selling Destination recently launched an updated version of its mobile app. Available to download for free in AppStore (for iOS users) and Google Play Store (for Android users), the updated Lazada Mobile App is part of Lazada’s continuous effort to encourage more Filipinos to shop online.

The new Lazada app update provides a more seamless shopping experience through its new and improved design and in-app features. The new homepage features more product deals, shopping guides, and flash sales. For all those looking for the best deals from their favourite brands, the new Lazada app update has a brand tab containing the top Lazada brand partners in one tap. It is also equipped with an order tracker where shoppers can view the order status anytime, anywhere.

“We want more Filipinos to experience how effortless and fun it is to shop with the new Lazada Mobile App. We understand that our consumers now spend more time on their smartphones and it is important that we provide them the best-in-class mobile shopping experience. This includes optimized viewing and browsing of our products, secure payment options, and our robust logistics capabilities and customer service,” says Inanc Balci Co-Founder and CEO of Lazada Philippines.

Real Estate and the Importance of Social Media in the Philippines

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Let’s face it: most people, especially in the Philippines, do their research online and looks for various sources to know whether a piece of information is legit or not. The social media community has also grown bigger over the past few years, which is why most businesses spend a lot of money just to be in their customers feed in the hopes of gaining a sale, or simply for exposure.

“The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.” - Andrew Brown

There’s no difference when it comes to real estate, wherein buyers look online for answers to their questions, and sellers seek potential clients. But while the internet has already become a trusted medium, using it should always be done with caution.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Open Data, Government and Freedom of Information: Effects of the Political Landscape of the Philippines


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Ever wonder why the Freedom of Information Bill is still not rendered to as a law? Ever heard of such a thing as “Open Data”? The UP People Oriented Leadership for the Interest of Community Awareness (UP POLITICA) co-organized with the School of Data, will conduct a forum entitled: Open Data, Government and Freedom of Information: Effects of the Political Landscape of the Philippines. The event will be held on September 28, 2015, from 1:00-4:00pm at the Claro M. Recto Hall, Faculty Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The forum seeks to elucidate the difference between Open Data and Freedom of Information; how actors from the private sector and civil society groups see its role in promoting a more transparent and accountable government; and how Open Data is shaping up the political landscape of the Philippines. Invited speakers are Ivory Ong of the Open Data Task Force – Department of Budget and Management, Ms. Happy Feraren of Bantay.ph, and Malou Mangahas of Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism.

The Eye Bank Foundation Launches Exhibit of Artworks Centered on Gift of Sight


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The Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines (EBFP) opened last September 14 an exhibit of around 80 artworks for its Nationwide Poster Making Contest. The public viewing, which will run until September 19 at the lobby of Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, features the creations of Filipino artists which were made through various techniques to encapsulate the EBFP’s poster contest theme for 2015: “A journey’s end, a gift of hope, a new beginning.”

Submissions came from the metro to as far as the Visayas as a testament of the growing number of support to the EBFP’s advocacy of giving the gift of sight. All the artworks underline the theme which references to the hope that donors give others at the end of one’s journey on earth through the act of cornea or eye donation. The theme elaborates that both the recipient and the donor begin new lives; one still on earth and the other in the afterlife.

“It is heartwarming to know that we have local artists from all over the Philippines who support our cause at the Eye Bank Foundation. These artworks fuel our excitement. Hopefully, these will equally inspire the viewing public to come and join our endeavor as we mark another milestone of the EBFP’s 20th year celebration,” Dr. Minguita Padilla, President and CEO of the Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines, said.

A press conference was held by Dr. Padilla, together with other members of the board, to foster the participation of and dialogue between the EBFP, stakeholders, partners and media personalities on the former’s campaign to reduce corneal blindness in the country; as well as to showcase the wonderful works of art created by Filipinos to inspire others to share the gift of sight. Guests to the event were also serenaded by the Lyric Opera of the Philippines’ tenor Sherwin Sozon and soprano Ana Feleo. Some of the judges who were present to officially launch the exhibit are renowned painter Manuel Ocampo and owner of web design company MAGCON, Mike Maglipon. Joining them in adjudging the best entries are Arch. Joven Ignacio and ophthalmologists/artists Dr. Eva Olivar-Santos and Dr. Victor Lopez.

Brokers Can Start Receiving Inquiries Through SMS


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In an effort to make its service more efficient for licensed real estate professionals, global property portal Lamudi Philippines (www.lamudi.com.ph) is launching an SMS service that will have brokers receiving text messages from prospective buyers directly to their mobile phones. This service allows brokers to receive SMS notifications one hour after property-hunters have inquired about their properties through the Lamudi website.

According to Lamudi Philippines managing director Jacqueline van den Ende, the first hour after a potential buyer inquires is a very important window in sales. “In order for real estate brokers to successfully close this sale, they must reply to a customer inquiry before another seller does.”

In fact, as study conducted by U.S.-based CRM platform Salesforce, online customers who receive a reply one hour after an inquiry are 60 times more likely to convert than those contacted after 24 hours.

Called the first-mover advantage, a seller who replies to an inquiry the fastest can earn a potential buyer’s loyalty. This is really important in e-commerce, said van den Ende, as online customers are generally not loyal. “Research shows that even through a customer is going price-shopping online, a sense of loyalty drives them back to the vendor who responded to them first.”

Ekotek's Spectacular September Promo


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Your September is about to get even more spectacular as the Ekotab Encore 3G takes center stage. That’s right, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Encore 3G for only P3999*, that’s a whopping P1500 discount.

Oh but the fun doesn’t stop there. This September, we’re serving up 3 power packed combos that are sure to keep you updated all day, every day: the Storage Bundle, Power Bundle and the Super Bundle.

STORAGE BUNDLE:
One can never have too much storage space am I right? We say there’s no such thing as having too many selfies, too many games and the like. With that in mind, we’re throwing in an 8GB MicroSD card with your Encore 3G for only P100.

POWER BUNDLE: Always on the go but can’t get enough of your favorite games? We’ve got just the thing for you. Just add P600 and you can get an Ekopack Slim 4000Ah with your Encore 3G!

SUPER BUNDLE: Can’t decide which combo to get? Neither can we! The Super Bundle gives you both the power and extra storage you need for only P4799*

Are you as excited as we are? Then hurry to any of our kiosks** from September 15-30, 2015.

Stoves Fired Up, Spatulas Ready, Which Team Will Triumph In Kitchen Whiz


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Follow two teams of junior chefs face-off to score the most points in KITCHEN WHIZ, a fast and fabulous kids’ game show with a focus on the world of food, cooking, and food science! On each episode, the contestants will compete in fun, messy, tactile tasks as they take on challenges posed by host Alice Zaslavsky. Along the way, they will also find out interesting facts about food, cooking styles, and ingredients. KITCHEN WHIZ premieres on Discovery Kids every weekday at 5.30 p.m. (SG/MY/PH) from 21st September 2015.

KITCHEN WHIZ is a food competition show for kids that will have contestants aged 12-14 years old having a sizzling good time – and feeling the heat – as they try to out-do each other and take home great prizes! Two teams will be set different tasks by host and self-confessed “food nerd” Alice Zaslavsky. In the first round, the masterchef hopefuls must take the Food Facts quiz which focuses on the ingredients, taste, texture of a particular dish, and cooking style. They will earn a point for each question they get right. Round Two is called ‘We Show! You Do!’ where contestants have three minutes to replicate a recipe demonstrated by a celebrity chef. Points are earned for each correct step, and teams can score bonus points if they successfully recreated the entire dish.

Then, the teams face the ‘Kitchen Ninja’ – a silent but hilarious master in the art of quick cooking. Will the dishes pass the Kitchen Ninja’s taste test? The scores are tallied up and the winning team is announced. The show does not stop here, as the Kitchen Ninja dishes out a bonus challenge called Alphabet Soup and contestants must draw on their spelling skills. But this isn’t a regular spelling bee… Catch the excitement and join the teams as they race around the super-stocked Kitchen Whiz Pantry! Episodes encore every weekday at 5.30 p.m.

Have Your Wendy’s Favourites Delivered With foodpanda!


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With its classic premium hamburgers made with square-shaped patties, signature sandwiches, fried chicken meals, zesty salads, and refreshing Frosty beverages, Wendy’s has always served great-tasting, quality food to the delight of Filipinos, guided by its promise, “quality is our recipe”.

Now, you can enjoy all your Wendy’s favourites at home or at the office, as the famous food chain now delivers with foodpanda! Simply download the foodpanda app or log on to www.foodpanda.ph to place your order.

Whether you are big on bacon flavour and enjoy the Baconator, with two-quarter pound beef patties, two slices of American cheese and six strips of smoked bacon in a Kaiser bun; are a hotdog lover and enjoy the New York Franks with your choice of toppings; or prefer to go healthy with the Taco Salad, made with diced tomatoes, taco chips, signature chili con carne and grated cheese, Wendy’s is sure to have something for you!

Download the foodpanda app now or go to www.foodpanda.ph to view Wendy’s menu and have fresh and delicious meals delivered to your doorstep!

Like the official foodpanda Philippines Facebook page (www.facebook.com/foodpandaphilippines) and follow foodpanda on Twitter (@foodpandaPH) and Instagram (@foodpanda_ph) for more information.

Joint Globe, Police Entrapment Operation Leads To Arrest Of Tattoo Modem Fraudster


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A buy-bust operation conducted by a joint police and Globe Telecom security team resulted in the arrest of a fraudster in Cabanatuan City engaged in illegal sale of Globe Tattoo LTE modems.

Arrested was Paul John Edison Ramirez, 21 years old, a resident of No. 219 Ilang-ilang St. Barangay DS Garcia, Cabanatuan City. Ramirez is believed to be engaged in a modus operandi that involves retrieval of LTE or WiMAX modems from legitimate customers on pretext of an upgrade or repair. The modems are then reconfigured and sold at a one-time cost payment in popular social networking sites such as Facebook.

Globe General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo said the unscrupulous sale of Globe Tattoo modems could compromise mobile data services provided by the company to its legitimate customers.

“We would like to call on our customers to report to us any dubious offers involving Globe Tattoo modems particularly those that are inclusive of free internet offers. We would like to inform our customers that such offers do not exist and are coming from illegitimate sources. As Globe will not tolerate any unlawful use of our network, rest assured that we will continue to work closely with police authorities in resolving such illegal activities,” Castelo said. He emphasized that appropriate criminal charges will be filed against those who engage in illegal sale of Globe Tattoo modems.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Globe Charge Expands Market Presence in Western Visayas with Kalibo Cable Partnership


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The country’s leading mobile Point-of-Sale (POS) provider Globe Charge has partnered with Kalibo Cable, the most renowned cable provider in Aklan and Antique, to further boost its presence and distribution in Western Visayas.

The tie-up allows Globe Charge to reach out to more Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and help them reach their potential by being able to accept credit card payments for their business. Kalibo Cable started selling Globe Charge together with its other innovative digital and technological products and services last month.

“We are glad to have Kalibo Cable as part of our extensive distribution network for Globe Charge since we want more MSMEs to enjoy easy, affordable, and convenient way to offer different payment options, accept more customers, and grow their business,” said Xavier Marzan, President and CEO of G-Xchange, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom which operates Globe Charge.

With Globe Charge, local entrepreneurs and professionals can start accepting MasterCard and Visa card payments by transforming their smartphone or tablet into a credit card terminal. Customers only need to avail of the Globe Charge Mobile Card Reader, download the mobile app, and apply for a merchant account. Connection via mobile data or WiFi is free with the Globe/TM SIM. Globe Charge is available for a one-time purchase for only P999, or as a postpaid bundle for a low monthly fee of P499.

Infinite FOSSibilities at Software Freedom Day Bicol


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Software Freedom Day is a global event developed by the Software Freedom International (SFD) which aims to promote and celebrate Free and Open Source Softwares (FOSS). It aims to empower the people to create and share in a digital world that is participatory, transparent, and sustainable. Now, 8Layer Technologies, Inc. and 8Layer Academy in partnership with Bicol University Main Campus and Polangui Campus and with the support of the local government unit of Albay through Gov. Joey Salceda, altogether, will be bringing Software Freedom Day to Bicol.

This will be held on September 19, 2015 at the Albay Astrodome, Province of Albay bannering the theme “Infinite FOSSibilities”, Software Freedom Day Bicol will be a gathering of thousands of students and academe personnel from different universities all over the region to attend the biggest IT event geared on the improvement and progress of the society. This solidifies the objective of the 8Layer Academy which is to empower citizens by offering people everywhere the opportunity to advance their careers, lead in their professions, develop their personal passions or simply learn something new by learning through the collaboration of the community, academe, government and corporations.

Intel, Fragranze PH, Ginger and Sage, Corporate Partners: MaraLabs, Web Ninja Technologies Services, Epson Philippines

Protees Project, MSI ECS, Iontech. Organization Partner: DOST ICTO, GONegosyo, CEMIT, ACCESS. Community partner: Kahel OS, Drupal Pilipinas, Raspberry Pi Philippines, Ubuntu PH, Mozilla PH and FOSS PH. Media Partners: Inventiv, Vigattin Radio, UNTV, and WazzupPilipinas.com

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Your Favorite Street Food Might Be The Cause Of Your High Cholesterol Levels


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Filipinos’ love affair with street foods is due in many ways to its interesting taste and, more importantly, its affordability. But snacking on your favorite street fare may have far reaching health issues than we care to admit.

The Philippines is known for its rich and wide range food staples. Many are available just around the corner. However, those who frequent sidewalk vendors for their street foods are at an increased risk of having high cholesterol levels—more particularly those who crave for chicken livers.

Chicken livers offer nutrients that are beneficial for anemic individuals: they are rich in protein, iron and vitamin B12, as well as folate which is important in promoting fertility and preventing birth defects.

Despite the essential nutrients present in chicken liver, Amado Nazal, medical director of Pharex Health Corp, noted that consuming more servings of chicken liver than what is ideal could threaten a person’s health, putting them at risk of high cholesterol and developing cardiovascular diseases.

According to the American Heart Association, a healthy person needs only 300 milligrams of cholesterol every day while less than 200 milligrams are required for those who already have high cholesterol levels. However, chicken liver already contains 479 milligrams of cholesterol in a three-ounce serving—that’s about two to three skewered chicken livers—not including your other sources of cholesterol within the day.

Laugh & Stack Open Mic Showdown 2 Leg 8


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Are you a class clown, a funny speaker or a closet comedian? Have you never been paid to perform comedy? Are you brave enough to perform comedy onstage & pit your funny stories and comedy skills against other hilarious amateurs?

Then go to Sugar Ray's Sports Pub and Restaurant as the Comedy Cartel bring you the 8th Leg of the Laugh & Stack Open Mic Comedy Showdown 2.

When: September 19, 2015 (Saturday) 8:30PM
Where: 3rd floor, Fishermall, Quezon Ave cor. Roosevelt QC

Tickets are at P300 with 1 free drink (local drink)

Hosted by the hypeman - Mr. Abe Barreda!

With special Guests - The Comedy Cartel

If you want to register as a competition contestant or if you want to get tickets, pls. call Joi at:
0917-8860706 or 0922-8596144 or landline 533-9316.

JCI Manila: University of Leaders, Incubator of Movers


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It was 1947, a mere two years after World War II, and Manila was still devastated – the second most-destroyed city of the war. Its former glory was replaced by rubble, and reconstruction had barely begun.

Around the same time, a young man named Artemio L. Vergel De Dios was inspired by a feature in PIC Magazine on the US Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), which helped the government through the leadership of individuals. He took it upon himself to help rebuild the nation through the first and oldest leadership organization in Asia, the Junior Chamber International Manila. Formerly known as the Manila Jaycees, Vergel de Dios and Ramon V Del Rosario knew that was the only way to successfully restore Manila to its former glory was to get purposeful individuals focused on the same goal. Thus, on September 12, 1947, the first JCI Chapter in Asia was born.

Since then, JCI Manila has been fostering leaders who help strengthen the nation by addressing modern-day devastations like extreme poverty, natural disasters, unemployment, and malnourishment through a vision of providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.

As the leading global network of young, active citizens in the country, JCI Manila has long been known as the early training grounds of notable alumni who have become movers and shakers not just in their respective fields, but within the country and around the world. Within its ranks rose such names as Mr. Washington Sycip, Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco, Ambassador Ramon V. Del Rosario, and Mr. Henry Sy. JCI Manila has become an incubator of leaders in the public and private sectors, immersing themselves in civic duties that help propel the country and its citizens forward.

Discovery Channel Hunts for Lost Fortunes on Treasure Quest: Snake Island


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In 1524, Portuguese conquistador Aleixo Garcia led an expedition through the uncharted jungles of Brazil to search for Incan gold. Allied with thousands of warriors from the Guaraní people, they attacked and pillaged Incan settlements and reportedly amassed a vast fortune. But greed took hold of Garcia’s allies, and the Guaraní warriors killed Garcia and his men to claim the treasure for themselves. The Incan gold reportedly made its way to the coast, where legend has it that the locals hid the fortune in the most daunting and secure place they know of: Snake Island, located off the south eastern coast of Brazil.

Over the last 500 years, everyone who has attempted to look for the missing treasure -- hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of lost Incan gold, and now known as The Treasure of the Trinity -- failed. But hopefully, not this time around.

TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND, an all-new series premiering September 21, 10 PM, on the Discovery Channel, will take viewers along a grand expedition with an elite team of treasure hunters who have a new theory on where Snake Island lies - a remote location home to around a thousand of deadly vipers, and known as the Bermuda Triangle of Brazil.

"The Treasure of the Trinity is one of those legends that when you hear it, gets under your skin and you just can't let go. I put together a team of the best treasure hunters out there in the world. And we are going to go out and get it," said Cork Graham, the team's expedition leader. Graham has dedicated his life to searching for lost treasure. At the age of 18, he participated in a covert search for Captain Kidd's treasure off the coast of Vietnam but was captured and accused of being a spy. He is now focused on the Treasure of the Trinity and determined that it will not escape his grasp.

Discovery Channel zooms in on the real-life treasure seekers who set out for two months with their eyes on the ultimate prize. Joining Graham on his quest are Mehgan Heaney-Grier, Expedition Dive Master; Jeremy Whalen, the Ship's Mechanic; Bryan Fry, a Herpetologist and the team’s reptile expert and Keith "Cappy" Plaskett, the Boat Captain who will navigate them through treacherous waters and brutal storms that unexpectedly form without warning, testing the limits of his sailing skills.

Ballet Philippines’ Hugot Sa Rosas Makes A Comeback On September 20


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For one night only, Ballet Philippines 2’s acclaimed concert, Hugot Sa Rosas, returns for a performance at the CCP Little Theater. Set to music from Vincent de Jesus’ Songs to Slash Your Wrist By, the show highlights the talents of BP’s junior company and its new breed of dancers and choreographers. The show premiered at Ballet Philippines Studio One in February 2015, as part of Fringe MNL.

Original Pilipino Music shines in this production, with songs sung by industry icons such as Aiza Seguerra, Noel Cabangon, Jett Pangan, and OJ Mariano interpreted into dance form by Ballet Philippines’ young choreographers. The performances include Erl Emmanuel Sorilla’s “As Long as I Can Wait”, set to Pangan’s vocals, and “Sirang Oyayi” to Cabangon’s “Duwag”, as well as other songs performed by Daryl Ong, Sweet Plantado, Kalila Aguilos, Daryl Reyes, and Aiza Seguerra.

Hugot Sa Rosas also features the premiere of the dance film, Where the Light Settles. Comprised of three music videos to Autotelic’s “Unstable”, Maya’s Anklet’s “Kung Alam Ko Lang”, and The Sun Manager’s “In Darkness”, the film is directed by AJ Orlina, starring BP’s Denise Parungao & Timothy Paul Cabrera, and features choreography by Paul Alexander Morales, Gillianne Therese Gequinto, and Erl Emmanuel Sorilla. The film is a Ballet Philippines and Sindikato presentation of an Alter the Native and Smashed Pumpkin Projects film.

The show tackles the Filipino concept of Hugot – an action of taking inspiration from one’s own personal experiences and emotions, especially in love, to produce emotionally powered works of art. The Rosas are the experiences that are created upon, deemed the symbolic object of the different faces of love.

New Action Thriller Drama Sets Off A Hunt Within Its Own Ranks


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Quantico follows a group of hotshot FBI recruits: the gorgeous Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra), Brooklyn hipster Simon Asher (Tate Ellington), golden boy Caleb Haas (Graham Rogers), southern belle Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy), hijab wearing Nimah Anwar (Yasmine Al Massri), and dashing Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin); as they battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia.

Led by Special Agent Liam O'Connor (Dougray Scott), the series unfolds during their present training where stories intercut between their hidden pasts and fast forward to the near future, where one of the recruits turns out to be a sleeper terrorist responsible for the most devastating terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11.

The series will keep viewers’ eyes glued to the television with intriguing storylines of bravery, patriotism, moral challenges, personal struggles and treason.

From the executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds, and written by Josh Safran (Smash, Gossip Girl); Quantico promises to be one of this season’s biggest action thriller dramas.

Quantico premieres on Sep 28, Monday at 9.45pm, within 12 hours of U.S. airing, first & exclusive on AXN.

AXN is seen on Cable Link Channel 38, Cignal Digital TV Channel 61, Global Destiny Cable Channel 61, Dream Channel 20, Gsat Channel 12, SKYCable Channel 49.

A Call for Visayas Entries to the National Digital Arts Awards 2015



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Organizers of the National Digital Arts Awards (NDAA) 2015 are calling for entries from the Visayas. Globaltronics, a company specializing in digital advertising in the Philippines, is encouraging students who aspire to be part of the country’s digital arts community to join the contest.

“We are calling on Bisaya youth to be part of the NDAA 2015 Visayas leg. This is your chance to highlight your talents in creating artistic works using new tools in the digital media,” said Nato Agbayani, Globaltronics Vice President for External Affairs and Partnerships.

Agbayani added that this year’s theme #DigitalPinoyAko aims to highlight the works of Filipino youth and their interpretation of the Philippines as a country of daring and innovative people that continues to rise with the help of digital technology.

Globaltronics is partnering with local universities and colleges to encourage more entries from students, especially those from the Visayas. The official school partners are Benedicto College, Southwestern University, St. Theresa’s College, University of Cebu, University of San Jose-Recoletos, and the University of the Philippines Cebu.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mandaue City Exemplifies a Low Carbon Model Town


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The Low Carbon Model Town (LCMT) Project of the APEC Energy Working Group (EWG) has been greatly instrumental in encouraging communities in the region to embark on city planning initiatives promoting low carbon technologies to manage the rapidly increasing energy consumption and consequently, mitigate the adverse effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment.

“We are constantly looking for potential LCMT candidates and it impresses me to find Mandaue City with such a comprehensive plan involving land use, green building and transportation,” PH Senior Official on Energy (SOE) Leader, DOE Usec. Loreta G. Ayson said.

The local government of Mandaue City has a clear target for reducing its CO2 emissions and has long been crafting measures to establish a sustainable city to address air pollution and traffic congestion. Its proposed project consists of developing green growth areas and interconnecting these areas within Metro Cebu. An ordinance is also proposed promoting disaster-resilient buildings in the city.

Mandaue is located on the central-eastern coastal region of Cebu, and is one of the three highly urbanized cities on the island and forms part of the Cebu Metropolitan area. It is connected by two bridges to the island of Mactan. Mandaue is also known as the “furniture capital of the Philippines.”

“Enterprise Sachet” Model Via cloud.com.ph To Give Filipino SMEs Scalable IT Tools

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Local cloud computing and data center firm IPC (IP Converge Data Services, Inc.), a unit of ePLDT, ICT arm of PLDT, has recently announced its thrust to enable startups and SMEs to manage the cost of IT resources, given the growing adoption of IT to automate and streamline business operations. Dubbed as “The Enterprise Sachet”, this pay-as-you-go model allows companies to make use of business productivity tools and compute resources on-demand and pay only for what is required at any given point in time, via online payment.

With the availability of these business-enabling applications and systems on its cloud services portal cloud.com.ph, IPC empowers the growing startup movement in the Philippines to harness the operational capabilities of established players at a fraction of the time spent to deliver the technology, and at reasonable cost. An estimated 90% of Philippine businesses are considered to be SMEs, including startups.

“We define the Enterprise Sachet as the business model by which Filipino SMEs and entrepreneurs can use IT tools that give them the same capabilities as larger organizations but at affordable, pay-as-you-use packages. It changes the landscape of business IT as we know it because small operations are now able to compete in the big leagues using IT resources that are affordable, flexible, and easily accessible,” said IPC President Rene Huergas.

Huergas noted that many local entrepreneurs understand that growing their business requires investing in technology – from tools that help them manage client data to systems that will automate back-office operations. However, budget constraints often prevent them from deploying tools as early as possible. Further, many technology services available in the market provide for small initial use with quick scalability.

Largest Student Conference in Asia Showcases Globe Telecom’s Digital and Service Culture Business Models


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Leading Philippine Telecommunications Company Globe Telecom, in its push for wonderful service and providing services that enrich the Filipino digital lifestyle, powered the gathering of business and youth leaders to collaborate and exchange best practices as primary sponsor of the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Asia Conference.

HPAIR and De La Salle University (DLSU) partnered with Globe in gathering international students and young professionals throughout Asia. The confab focused on economic, political, social and cultural issues which were discussed through plenary sessions, panels, keynotes, workshops, and case studies.

Globe Telecom hosted “The Globe Dinner” which served as an avenue to experience a rich, wonderful, immersive socials and networking night for the delegates, the Globe leadership team and employees to discuss and exchange best practices on digital innovation and service culture.

“Globe has taken the lead in enabling the Filipino digital lifestyle by connecting our customers through services that better their lives and communities. We are happy to host the Harvard team, exchange talent and ideas to help make a wonderful digital world,” shared Globe President and Chief Executive Officer Ernest Cu as he delivered his keynote address.

Vibe 2015: Groove and Move to the Nostalgic Tunes of the Good Ol' Days!


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Pave your way to the biggest throwback party of this year and be moved as the UST Junior Marketing Association brings you, VIBE 2015: The Marketing Legacy Continues!

Travel back in time on September 19, 2015 from 5:00-10:00PM at the La Castellana, Intramuros and relive the hit songs from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s in our modern time!

Buckle up and get ready to be thrown three decades back in one night!

BEATS BY: Kat DJ | DJ Miko Villena

See yout there, Marketistas!
 
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