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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Summer Treat At Burgoo


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Beat the summer heat with this cool and refreshing Fruity Ice Cream from Burgoo! Simply combination of sumptuous vanilla and chocolate ice cream with fresh strawberries, bananas and cherries but this will surely satisfy your cool and sweet cravings. Enjoy them at all Burgoo outlets located at T. Morato in Quezon City; Powerplant Mall in Rockwell Makati; The Podium in Ortigas; Gateway Mall in Araneta Center Cubao; Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas; SM City The Block in North EDSA; Mall of Asia in Pasay; SM City Marikina: SM Southmall in Alabang, The District in Cavite, The Terraces Mall in Fairview, Vista Mall in Taguig and the newly-opened Solenad 3 in Sta Rosa Laguna.

Moreover don’t miss, Burgoo’s quality and sumptuous dishes for your dining pleasure which includes: Mozzarella Sticks, Fried Calamari, Gambas al Ajillo, Seafood Caesar Supreme, Shrimp Pomelo Salad, Frutte de Mare and Garden Fresh Pizza, Seafood Jambalaya Pasta, Seafood Linguini, Linguini with Clams, Shrimp Arrabiatta, Tomato Basil Spaghetti, Shrimps and Chips, Seafood Jambalaya,, Spinach Grilled Salmon, and Friday Fish Fry. For sweet endings, highly recommended are Raspberry Cheesecake, American Fruit Salad, Brownie ala Mode, etc.

For reservations and inquiries, please call 9277424, 8381815, 6875254, 7263578, 9136112, 5560091, 6336256 or 4420115.

Sekitori Authentic Japanese Restaurant


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Minna-san! Kore wa Sekitori Authentic Japanese Restaurant desu. Watashi wa Sekitori ni ikemashita. Tottemo, kirei na basho desu. Soshite food wa oishikatta desu! Sorekara menu wa takusan desu. Soshite takusan shashin o torimashita. Sekitori wa takusan tabemashita. Tottemo oishikatta desu.
When they brought out the wooden ship dish filled with sashimi - composed of beautifully arranged fresh fish, like the blue fin tuna in season from all over Japan - from their kitchen, I had to agree that it is indeed a feast for the eyes, as well as the taste buds!

Sekitori Authentic Japanese Restaurant really knows how to please for bringing out the best first, sustaining our delight with more than a dozen equally tasteful dishes  ...and ending it with another winner for our dessert with assorted Japanese sweets.

The Sashimi Nihon Chokuso Mori that you see above is a mouthful that can already satisfy a few hungry souls. Though we had to make room for the other dishes, we opted to sample more than a slice of each kind for that night. We were warned that more dishes will be coming out, but they were just too good to ignore. It's not every day that you get to enjoy a huge treat as fresh as this.

But I was not surprised when something as huge as this ship full of sashimi was served because the restaurant's theme is also based on something big - the Japanese Sumo Wrestlers, specifically the Sekitori , a class or ranking in the middle of the sumo wrestler field,  which was were they got the name of the restaurant. Also, the restaurant owner was a sumo wrestler himself, as well as some of his relatives.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Aruba Delivers Mobile-First Networking Portfolio to Accelerate the Move to the Digital Workplace


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Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, announced a new suite of integrated networking software and hardware solutions that enable enterprises to address the digital workplace requirements of GenMobile, today’s mobile-savvy workforce, and the escalating connectivity demands of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The new portfolio enables IT teams to anticipate and resolve connectivity problems, and create secure policies to build digital workplaces that are optimized to boost employee productivity.

Legacy networking models were built on the concept of static, wired desktop clients communicating with a pool of internal servers, an approach that is outdated in today’s business environment. The proliferation of mobile and IoT devices, as well as cloud-based apps, has caused enterprises to rethink traditional connectivity and mobility requirements to accommodate new workplace behavior, where collaboration and non-routine schedules have become the new normal. As a result, organizations must adjust their approach to implementing employee-centric services to attract and retain top talent.

Aruba’s new set of networking solutions and software-powered approach advance its offering beyond fixed, hardware-focused networking solutions. The new, integrated wired and wireless portfolio, combined with innovations in network management and security, allow IT organizations to design and augment their networks for the digital workplace.

Is Real Estate Data Transparency the Next Big Disruptor?


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Can online access to data change commercial real estate?

Buying property is usually the single biggest purchase a person will make over the course of their life. The process of searching for a new home is arduous and any prospective buyer will consume vast quantities of information before tenuously making their final decision.

The Internet age has ushered a new epoch, where consumers have most of the power. When shopping for a house you can use Lamudi an online portal that provides a prospector with numerous data points: recent sales in the area, price fluctuations in the past year, average prices per square meter and even mortgage prices. This puts the customer in the driving seat when it comes to negotiations.

Although information is now readily available online for private real estate, commercial real estate remains a different animal. It is still quite difficult to obtain information about lease and sales transactions and even in some cases the available space. Transparency of data has completely disrupted other major markets recently, Uber being the classic example, so is commercial real estate the next to change, change utterly?


Dingdong Dantes Endorses Risa Hontiveros


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Primetime star and youth icon Dingdong Dantes expressed his support to senatorial candidate and former PhilHealth Director Risa Hontiveros.

Dantes said that Hontiveros' advocacy of universal healthcare and track record as a legislator make her the candidate of choice for the Filipino family.

"As a family man, health is very important to me. It is high time for us to have leaders who give premium to the Filipino family's well-being. Yan, Zia and I are lucky to have good healthcare, and would like everyone to have the same", Dantes remarked.

"Klaro sa akin na lahat ng ginagawa nya sa kanyang laban para sa kababaihan, sa kabataan at lalung-lalo na sa kalusugan goes beyond just being advocacies kundi panata niya sa kanyang sarili at sa bayan. At nakita ko yun sa kanyang trabaho over the years", says Dantes.

Hontiveros, when she was partylist representative, pushed for the Cheaper Medicines Law.

Dantes finally expressed his hopes this coming May 9.

"Fanboy na nya ako mula nung tumakbo sya nung 2010 and until now, she has 100% of my support. I'm really hoping that the third time's the charm", Dantes concluded.

The ArtBGC Mural Festival Returns to BGC


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Splashes of color are ready to fill the walls of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) as Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) celebrates ArtBGC Mural Festival 2016. Now on its sophomore run, ArtBGC promises vibrant new murals and programs to make art and culture more accessible to BGCitizens.

The festival is done in collaboration with L.A.-based art consultancy, LeBasse Projects, and Honeycomb Communities. Multi-disciplinary artists such as: PastelFD, Andrew Schoultz, HOTxTEA, Bunnie Reiss, Aleks Kocev and Blaine Suque are bringing in their unique brand of creativity, hoping to build on the iconic atmosphere of BGC. Representing the Philippines in this festival are Kris Abrigo, Trip63 and ArtBGC Open Call winner, KFK. All artists, international delegates and select guests of BAFI will be treated to a welcome dinner hosted by the local government unit of Taguig. Keep an eye out for these talented individuals this May 12 to 21 as they make their mark on W 5th, NET One, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Stopover and BGC Corporate Center.

While the painting is ongoing, BAFI has created a variety of programs to bring art closer to the community. The Alveo Art Tours are designed to walk you through the different mural sites – old and new. These daily tours start at the Alveo showroom along 28th Street. The Mind Museum will host Cafe Scientifique – a world-wide movement to bring science closer to the public through conversation. Public art will be discussed and dissected on May 14. Both events are free and open to the public. 

 
Community takes on a bigger role this year. Coming from last year’s hype, BAFI was able to develop a small army of volunteers that will either be apprenticing under the muralists or running around BGC as part of the Street Team. Volunteers will be rehydrating and recharging at Burgos Eats thanks to Max’s Group. BAFI is also partnering with Fort Bonifacio Development Foundation, Inc. (FBDFI) to bring art to BGC’s neighboring communities. The artists will be painting with the children of Taguig on the afternoon of May 16, leaving behind unforgettable memories and a colorful mural. 

 

For more details and updates, visit artbgc.com or follow BGC on Facebook (fb.com/BonifacioGlobalCity), Twitter (@ExploreBGC), and the official event Instagram account (@artbgc).

Comedy Cartel's Scarlet Nights on April 30


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Looking for a good place to laugh & unwind on a payday Saturday evening? 

Watch the Comedy Cartel's live comedy series entitled "Scarlet Nights" at Scarlet Wine Lounge at the Fort Strip BGC on April 30, Saturday, 8pm!

Hosted by "The Future" of Comedy Joseph Montecillo.

Featuring Chris Bacula & Philippines Premier Stand up comedy Mr. Mike Unson

Laugh 'til your face turns red w/ laughter and get your much needed comic relief! 

Reserve your tickets now! Call or text 09178860706 for reservations!

Beat The Summer Heat At Manila Pavilion Hotel


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Summer is here! Everyone is excited to have a quick dip in the pool and have a wonderful retreat out of town. Look no further because Manila Pavilion Hotel, located in the heart of Manila is offering a great hot deals and promos for the whole family to enjoy.

Bring them and experience a fun-filled and fascinating getaway within the city with the hotel’s room cheap packages, which starts from Php 3,600 nett for a deluxe room for two persons with inclusive of breakfast.

Start your day at the interactive restaurant of Seasons and have a leisurely breakfast and indulge yourself with the hotel’s cake of the month, Mango Marshmallow Treat Cake, layered with a White Veinese sponge, crusted graham, Mango mouselline, chunks and whip cream. And cap off the night with the featured house wines, Zonin Veneto Merlot and Chardonnay from Italy at the hotel’s sports and music bar, the Boulvar Area.

Feed that sweet tooth with a hearty finish and hop on to the hotel’s French style bakery, Patisserie, for a delectable choice of sweets. Have a slice or two of the dreamy cakes that will surely entice your senses and give in to such heavenly goodness hangover.

For inquiries and reservations visit the Manila Pavilion Hotel at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in Manila. Log on to www.waterfronthotels.com.ph or call 5261212, for inquiries and reservations; Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL for regular updates.

CMLI's SummerCon 2016: Ignite the Flame and Keep It Ablaze!


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The Children's Museum and Library Incorporated is a youth leadership organization that is geared towards the empowerment of the Filipino Youth through various conventions, competitions, seminars, tournaments and workshops. Celebrating its 59th year, CMLI aims to ignite the flame of leadership and excellence within the youth and inspire them to be active citizens of the nation.

With the theme, "CMLI IGNITE: Inspiring Greatness in the Nation's Integrity through Transformational Leadership and Excellence,” the 38th Annual National Summer Conference and Work Camp of Junior Members and Teacher-Advisers will be held at the Special Education Center for the Gifted, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City from May 12, 2016 - May 16, 2016. Over 200 highschool and grade school delegates and teachers, both from public and private schools nationwide, will gather and participate in activities carefully prepared to promote camaraderie, social awareness, talent development, leadership and excellence.

This year's theme will further be discussed through Commission Discussions, which is also known as the heart of the convention. To be facilitated by the CMLI Junior Council – National Executive Board 2016, the "CDs" will serve as an avenue for the facilitators and delegates to tackle the theme in an interactive manner and incorporating camaraderie and social awareness.

The 5-day convention also features competitions for excellence and entertainment to develop and enhance the capabilities and talents of the youth. The Competitions for Excellence are composed of: Essay Writing, Extemporaneous Speaking, News Writing, Poetry Writing, Poster Making for both grade school and high school, and Project Feasibility Study Defense (for High School only) while the Competitions for Entertainment are: Talent Variety Show, Hip-Hop Dancing, Solo Singing and the much-awaited Mr. and Ms. SummerCon 2016.

AF Payments Signs Partnerships with Bus Operators for beep Card


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AF Payments Inc. announced that it has signed partnerships with three bus operators to accept payment through the contactless beep card. Agreements have been reached with Froehlich Tours, HM Transport, and Citylink Coach Services, marking the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp.-led consortium’s first venture into buses serving commuters within Metro Manila.

The partnerships cover the following routes: Trinoma to Makati and SM North EDSA to SM Megamall for Froehlich Tours; Airport Loop for HM Transport; and Eastwood City, Uptown Bonifacio, San Lorenzo Place, McKinley Hill, and Newport City for Citylink Coach Services.

AF Payments Inc. President and CEO Peter Maher said, “We are delighted to have forged partnerships with leading bus operators to offer the beep card to their riders. This is an important milestone for AF Payments and a welcome development for commuters who have long wished for a truly convenient travel card for journeys within the Metro area.”

At the moment, the group is testing the new system across all partner bus operators. They hope to bring the system online in the very near future.

“As soon as we go live, the 1.75 million beep cards in circulation will be accepted on those buses displaying the beep acceptance mark,” Maher said.

AF Payments is calling on other bus operators in the city to join the service and enjoy the many benefits of cashless ticketing, including considerable savings on operational expenses associated with ticket issuance and fare collection.

The beep card is a tap and go payment system accepted in all three elevated railways (LRT 1, 2 and MRT 3). It can be reloaded as much as Php 10,000 and is valid for four years. For more information about beep™, visit http://www.beeptopay.com/ or Like/Follow beep card on Facebook and Twitter.

Manila Pavilion Hotel Pampers All Moms


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Your mother is walking miracles to you. This Mother’s day show your appreciation and love for her by treating her to a lavish Sunday brunch, the Manila Pavilion Hotel crowns the queen of our hearts with awe-inspiring offerings that is sure to make her feel truly special. Reward your mom with genuine affection by allowing her to celebrate the joy of being a mother.

Indulge her appetite with a sumptuous Mother’s Day Special Buffet lunch on May 08 at Manila Pavilion Hotel's very own interactive lifestyle restaurant – Seasons. With a group of three or more and get special treats from Manila Pavilion Hotel's sponsors (Dermcare, Tony and Jackey, and Metro Dental.)

Start the gastronomic experience with (best seller dish that will be served on lunch). Make sure to order The Manhattan Whiskey Shower – a mixture of Bourbon whiskey, sweet Vermouth and Angostura Bitter.

To cap off the experience, give in to the heavenly goodness of Patisserie’s Mango Cheesecake.

Pamper moms with a relaxing and luxurious getaway by availing room packages for as low as Php 3,600 nett.

For inquiries and reservations visit the Manila Pavilion Hotel at United Nations Avenue corner Maria Orosa Street in Manila. Log on to www.waterfronthotels.com.ph or call 5261212, for inquiries and reservations; Like or Follow @WaterfrontMNL for regular updates.

2015 - A Strong Year for Philippine Real Estate


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The biggest real estate players in the Philippines recently released their respective income reports for the year 2015, and as expected, the overall financial trend is predominantly good for almost all real estate companies. Online real estate portal Lamudi Philippines has listed down and analyzed the performance indicator of the country’s top real estate developers for 2015.

The highest income for 2015 goes to Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) at Php17.6 billion, 19 percent higher from the real estate giant’s 2014 figure of Php14.8 billion. The jump in profit was attributed to ALI’s diverse offering of residential and commercial products, especially its master-planned estates all over the country. ALI also amplified its presence in key growth centers and introduced three new integrated mixed-use estates in 2015. These are the 11-hectare Cloverleaf project in Quezon City, the nine-hectare Capitol Central in Bacolod, and the 700-hectare Vermosa in Cavite. Also highly anticipated is its Arca South project in Taguig and Vertis North in Quezon City. Early this year, the Ayala group has gained control of land-rich Ortigas & Co., along with the Sy (of the SM group) and Ortigas families.

Also coming strong is property giant Megaworld Corp., whose net income soared 10.58 percent from 2014’s Php9.40 billion. The company breached the Php10 billion mark in net core income for 2015, at Php10.40 billion. True to its title as the builder of live-work-play developments in the Philippines, Megaworld launched five integrated townships in 2015, marking a total of 20 integrated township developments across the country. Adding to the company’s success is the exponential growth of their rental business, especially BPO offices, for the last five years. As early as now, Megaworld Chief Finance Officer Francis Canuto shares that they are confident that they will reach the Php11 billion target by end of this year.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Microsoft’s ICT Manifesto Empowers Philippine IT Organizations to Campaign for the Advancement of Society Through Technology


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Three of the country’s leading ICT organizations are standing behind Microsoft’s Technology Manifesto months after its launch in the Philippines last November 2015.

United with Microsoft’s vison for a technology-led Philippines are the IT &Business Processing Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), CIO Forum Foundation, and Internet Society – Philippine Chapter.

Microsoft, in partnership with Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy and Asian Institute of Management, together with stakeholder from various private and public sectors, developed ‘ICT for Shared Prosperity: A Technology Manifesto for the Philippines, 2016 and Beyond’. It identifies national challenges and issues that need to be addressed, and key technology pillars that can help the country ultimately leapfrog technological development:

  • Preparing people for the future through 21st century education
  • Building a more equitable society by ensuring connectivity for all
  • Leveraging ICT to enhance competitiveness in a mobile-first, cloud-first world
  • Moving towards a 21st century government that uses technology to become more trusted, more efficient, and more responsive.
  • Providing a safe and secure online environment for citizens, especially children, who represent the country’s future

Lamudi Data Shows Where Buyers Can Find Foreclosed Properties


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Global real estate portal Lamudi Philippines studied its data on foreclosed houses

In case homebuyers are wondering where they can get affordable houses, cities in Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal right on the fringes of Metro Manila offer them the most viable options, as these areas are teeming with foreclosed properties, according to data from global real estate website Lamudi Philippines.

In its latest data analysis, Lamudi found that the cities of San Jose Del Monte (Bulacan), Dasmariñas (Cavite), San Mateo (Rizal), Bacoor (Cavite), and Santa Rosa (Laguna) have the most number of listed foreclosed houses in the website. These are followed by Antipolo (Rizal), Imus (Cavite), Caloocan (Metro Manila), San Pedro (Laguna), and Quezon City (Metro Manila). Caloocan and Quezon City are the lone Metro Manila cities that made it the top 10. Together, these cities comprise 51 percent of all foreclosed houses listed in the Lamudi website.

In terms of prices, San Jose Del Monte offers the most affordable foreclosed houses among the top 10 cities. Foreclosed houses in this Bulacan city average Php336,000. Quezon City, meanwhile, offer much pricier foreclosed houses, averaging Php5.33 million.

Change4Change Mobile App: Connects Donors and Volunteers to Causes


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"With your smartphone, you can be a philanthropist."

Introducing the Change4Change mobile app! Change4Change is a social giving platform that connects donors and volunteers to the causes they care about. You can use the app to donate to different projects or to discover various legal local non-profit organizations that you can volunteer to.

You can discover various non-profit organizations that do awesome work for social good in Change4Change’s continuously growing list of partners.

Browse by category based on causes you are interested in.

And make one-time or recurring donations conveniently thru your smartphone.

Donations go straight to the non-profit organizations’ bank account. This service is free for non-profit organizations and Change4Change does not get any percentage from the donations. The app is also free for download to smartphone users.

Cesar Montano Painting Exhibit at Kamuning Bakery


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Actor, singer, sportsman, director and painter Cesar Montano, appointed as commissioner of UNESCO in 2005, has his 3rd solo painting exhibit at Kamuning Bakery Cafe in Quezon City.

Kamuning Bakery Cafe is a venue for painters, sculptors, photographers, poets, authors and cartoonists to showcase their masterpieces related to the arts and culture. It is also a place where non-partisans, leaders, and newsmakers dialogue with media and intellectuals for the so called Pandesal Forum.

This is where popular personalities from artists to celebrities, politicians and advocates, all hold their special press conferences proudly called the Pandesal Forums to honor the Pandesal -the main product of the bakery and cafe.

Cesar Montano's first solo exhibit was at the Glass Wing of the Ayala Museum, and his second was in California. The exhibit showcases diverse works he has created which expresses his love for nature and life.

Notable personalities that attended the launch include Lily Monteverde, more popularly known as Mother Lily, who purchase some of Cesar Montano's paintings amounting to 1 million pesos.

We also learned that Cesar Montano is running alongside two other individuals under the Angat party-list.

MX4D at Vista Cinemas Evia Quadruples the Thrill of Watching Blockbuster Movies


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When Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered March 26, 2016 in the Philippines, long lines of die-hard fans of the Bat of Gotham and the Son of Krypton formed in theaters.

But for many, watching the movie once was not enough. The MX4D experience now available in the Philippines let moviegoers double the fun and excitement of watching the super blockbuster in 4D.

MX4D is a movie-watching experience like no other. Right from the start you are part of the action on-screen when you watch movies like Batman vs. Superman in the new format. From the moment when the Metropolis is being destroyed by aliens, you ride shotgun with Bruce Wayne as he races to save his employees from the oncoming onslaught. Smoke comes out of the screen when the building collapses and debris starts flying everywhere.

You’ll never know what, or when, to expect the next big thing if you’re watching a movie in MX4D. Jolts, turns, gusts of wind and scents are some of the extraordinary things you will experience while watching a movie in the format.

It is highly recommended that you immerse yourself completely in the action and not munch on snacks while the on-screen action is hot. MX4D really literally moves you, and you won’t know what’s going to happen next. The action-filled Batman V Superman showcases the best of what the MX4D experience can offer.

Hontiveros Vows to Champion CCT Law If Elected


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Health advocate and senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros today committed to file a bill that institutionalizes the Conditional Cash Transfer and expands its budget allocation beyond the current appropriation of more than 60 billion pesos.

“Ang CCT ay isang napakahalagang programa ng gobyerno kontra-kahirapan at kailangan ito ipagpatuloy, pero madami pang mga pwede gawin para ayusin lalo ang programa,” Hontiveros said. “Unahin na siguro natin ang improvement ng health facilities na nagseserbisyo sa ating CCT beneficiaries.”

According to Hontiveros, there are currently more than 4 million Filipinos who are under the 4Ps program, but less than half of all barangays in the Philippines have barangay health centers.

“Kahit na mataas ang reported compliance ng mga beneficiaries, kung hindi naman mabigyan ng maayos na health facilities and health providers, hindi natin mamaximize ang programa,” Hontiveros explained further.

“Halimbawa, ang mga facilities para sa pagpapacheck-up ng mga buntis ay napakakonti, at minsan kailangang magbyahe ng malayo para lang magpatingin. May mga balita din ng mga batang pumipila sa labas ng health center ng ilang oras para magpacheck ng attendance dahil kapos ang bilang ng mga health care providers.”

Fishackathon 2016 to Address Problems of Overfishing


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Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom joins the US Embassy Manila, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and mobile content marketing firm Tone in staging the first Fishackathon in the Philippines on April 23-24 at Globe Valero Telepark in Makati City in an effort to develop usable technology solutions that will address the worldwide problem of overfishing.

The two-day activity, which will be staged simultaneously in 43 host cities worldwide, expect to bring together developers, designers, as well as representatives from government and non-government organizations who will #codeforfish, find innovative ways to collect and analyze data, and find solutions to the world's fisheries and oceans issues.

“It will be exciting to see effective and useful apps emerge at the Fishackathon 2016 Manila. We at Globe Labs, are proud to serve as a partner again with the US government in looking for ways for information and communications technology to be used in addressing issues that plague the world,” said Glenn Estrella, VP for Digital Ventures. Globe Labs partnered with the US government in hosting the TechCamp Hackathon two years ago.

Fishackathon 2016 is also in line with Globe Telecom’s sustainability advocacy to create a #WonderfulPH through positive societal impact with the use of modern technology. Globe has ongoing eco-tourism efforts which include communities involved in fisheries and aquatic resources such as the following: PUSOD on protection and enhancement of Taal Lake in Batangas ecosystem; Save Philippine Seas on protection of thresher sharks through engagement and education of community stakeholders in Malapascua, Cebu; Sangkalikasan Producers Cooperative on the establishment of an environment hotline center in Boracay, Malay, Aklan; and Casa San Miguel on livelihood opportunities for those living along the coastal barangays of San Antonio, Zambales.

WSI Unified Communication and Cloud Convention


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WSI, a reputable IT distributor in the country brings together the best-of-breed Unified Communications and Cloud solutions to fit Manila’s emergent commerce.

Life has become faster in the digital age. Most people today are familiar with Skype or other low-cost or free voice calls made via the internet. Many businesses of all sizes rely on this concept of IP-telephony. In many cases your customers are already using their own form of unified communications and they expect you to keep pace.

That’s why your business must work to embrace a Unified Communications solution now more than ever. Think about all of the moving parts and pieces in your business – the constant stream of emails, texts, files, voice mails and meeting reminders. These moving and redundant tasks inside an office is hard enough, unless you can find a way to organize or unify them into one tidy and manageable stack of data. Unified Communications or UC is the integration of all of your business communications needs under one, cohesive system. This includes instant messaging systems, email, telephone, audio and video conferencing and cloud sharing in order to reduce friction and create a better customer experience.

Wordtext Systems Inc. (WSI), a reputable IT distributor in our country today offers Unified Communication products and solutions that transform the way organizations communicate and collaborate.

Home Credit Brings the Samsung Galaxy J Series Within Reach


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Now available at 0% interest on installment in select Home Credit partner outlets nationwide

The Samsung Galaxy J Series, the latest from Samsung’s highly popular Galaxy line, is now made even more affordable as Home Credit Philippines is offering units at 0% interest on installment from April 15 to May 29, 2016.

Home Credit is a global consumer financing company that offers affordable installment plans to Filipino consumers in an easy, simple and fast way. Customers only need to present two IDs and an initial cash payment. After which, Home Credit reviews the loan application in 15 minutes or less, and once approved, the customer can leave with their purchases in hand.

The Samsung Galaxy J series is one of Samsung’s most sought-after smartphones, and for all the right reasons. Incredible selfie functionality, enhanced viewing experience and longer battery life are all part of the deal with the Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7.

The Galaxy J series can produce the brightest and clearest photos with a 13 MP rear camera and f1.9 aperture. With a built-in front camera flash, photos are also well-lit even in low light conditions. Photos and videos may also be viewed on a higher level as the Galaxy J5 and J7 boasts its Super Amoled Display showing true-to-life color reproduction and contrast ratio. With faster web browsing, gaming and HD video-viewing, its high-capacity battery delivers a lengthened powerful mobile experience.

A Historic Day for the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV


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The inaugural Paris ePrix took place in chilly but dry weather, a first for the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV and a challenge to which it rose without flinching.

The first Formula E race in the streets of Paris was a moment that the teams had long been waiting for, especially the French teams, of course, and also Michelin, a founding partner of the innovative electric single-seater series.

The 14-turn circuit of almost two kilometres in length formed a loop around the famous Hôtel des Invalides in the French capital’s seventh district and it turned out to be one of the most technically demanding of the championship. Its profile and surface were particularly hard on tyres, while Saturday’s cold weather – which saw the temperature rangefrom 9 to 12°C – prevented them from reachingtheir ideal working temperature as quickly as possible.

Serge Grisin, manager of Michelin’s Formula E programme, didn’t see that as a major problem, however: “Since the beginning of the Formula E Championship, we have come across practically all the types of conditions you can imagine. Our tyres have performed in track temperatures ranging from as lowas 5°C during testing at Donington [Great Britain] and Issoire [France], to as high as 55°C in Putrajaya [Malaysia] and Buenos Aires [Argentina]. The versatility of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV, which was designed specifically for Formula E, is unique in the world of single-seater racing.”

Globe myBusiness Reaches Out to Filipino-Chinese SMEs with Digital Solutions Caravan


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Globe Telecom small and medium enterprise arm (SME) Globe myBusiness is set to strengthen its presence in the Filipino-Chinese SME community in the country as it brings its nationwide digital solutions caravan in Binondo, Manila after successful runs in North Luzon (Cauayan, Isabela), Mindanao (Davao City), and South Luzon (Batangas City).

Happening on April 28, 2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm at The Atrium of Lucky Chinatown in Binondo, Manila, the 4th Globe myBusiness Day caravan is expected to benefit Filipino-Chinese SMEs and merchants in the area as they discover new ways of doing business to stay competitive in the digital age, learn from interesting exchange of best practices from industry experts, and explore from a wide array of business investment opportunities from various suppliers, franchisors and loan facilities.

“Binondo is home to many milestones in the development of entrepreneurship in the country and we are excited to expand the reach of our Globe myBusiness Day caravan to Filipino-Chinese SMEs in the area so we can help them embrace the digital revolution to become more globally-competitive,” said Barbie Dapul, Vice President at Globe myBusiness.

Globe myBusiness has been working relentlessly with local government units (LGUs) nationwide to bring one of the country’s much-awaited ground fairs for existing and aspiring SMEs to help them learn the ropes of entrepreneurship in the digital age.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dee Girls: Soon to Rock Your World with Their World-Class Talent


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Jimmy Dee, a multi-talented entertainer, businessman, motivational speaker, philanthropist, humanitarian and so much more, is here in the country on a mission. He has the noble advocacy and genuine love of helping young ladies achieve their dreams, especially the most promising ones who have the beauty, talent, passion and determination to reach greater heights.

Jimmy Dee Productions
aims to discover and train naturally talented young females to achieve their rightful place among the popular entertainers of the world. They give dreamers the opportunity to shine and impress a global audience starting with the Philippines, then to Guam, Hawaii, Las Vegas and the Asia Pacific, and even to Hollywood, as the girls can really make it as among the top-notch entertainers.

They are the production behind the "Dee Girls”- the newest, sexiest and hottest female group of world class entertainers, which is managed hands-on by Jimmy Dee himself as he is personally involved in the selection and training of the girls from start to finish.

The launch was held at Merci Restaurant & Bar in 83 Timog Avenue, South Triangle Tomas Morato, Quezon City on April 27, 2016.


But who are the Dee Girls? ·There’s Lea Ibanez, Nicole Nasayao, Tin Oco, Mary Rose Romualdez, Mariane Brenda Bordador, Jay Burbano, and Glyza Ibanez...and more to be added soon as Jimmy Dee Productions is always open to accept all those qualified to be among their best talents. If you believe you got what it takes to become a successful entertainer, such as having great poise, confidence, showbiz personality and stage presence. Then they're definitely looking for you!



The future is set for these young and vibrant ladies who form part of the Dee Girls as they are soon to eagerly rock your world with their undeniably intense performances. To entertain their audience with all their heart will be the ultimate goal for each member of the all-female group. So get ready to be astounded by world class entertainment from the Dee Girls!

Change is Coming... It Is Inevitable! Welcome a New Breed of Superheroes!


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There's a new team of superheroes that has been formed and continuously growing its members as many others are joining the cause. They are about to change the world.

They've grown tired of being called resilient, and just accepting our sad fate. They've grown tired of all the promises which were buried with excuses.

It's time that they make a stand and enforce what is rightfully theirs. 

There's no more room for only talking. They aim for immediate action because they deserve more than what is given to them. 

It's about time they stop becoming slaves to an authority. They are after blood.

Gone are the meek and obedient. 

Gifted with extra-ordinary superpowers, this new breed of superheroes is transforming the way we live, work, play, think, and everything else we do in our daily lives. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Polish Your Masterpiece Now as 66th Palanca Awards Issues Last Call for Entries


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Aspiring Palanca awardees only have until the end of the month to polish their masterpieces as its organizer and sponsor, the Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc., has announced its last call for entries. Contenders are urged to submit before the deadline at midnight of April 30, 2016.

This year’s Palanca Awards is accepting entries for the following categories: Short Story, Short Story for Children, Essay, Poetry, Poetry Written for Children, One-act Play, and Full-length Play (English Division); Maikling Kuwento, Maikling Kuwentong Pambata, Sanaysay, Tula, Tulang Para sa mga Bata, Dulang May Isang Yugto, Dulang Ganap ang Haba, and Dulang Pampelikula (Filipino Division); Short Story-Cebuano, Short Story-Hiligaynon, and Short Story-Ilokano (Regional Languages Division).

For this year’s Kabataan Division exclusive to young writers under the age of 18, the theme is “How do social media affect the formation of self-identity in the youth?” (Kabataan Essay) and “Paano makaaapekto ang ‘social media’ sa paghubog ng sariling pagkakakilanlan sa mga kabataan?” (Kabataan Sanaysay).

The Novel and Nobela categories are not open this year. Contestants may submit only one entry per category.

Entries may be submitted at any of the Palanca Foundation offices at Unit 603, 6th Floor Park Trade Centre Bldg., 1716 Investment Drive, Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City or at Unit 3G, OPL Bldg., 100 C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, or through the CPMA website at www.palancaawards.com.ph.

The announcement of winners will be on September 1, 2016.

For more information, contact cpawards@palancaawards.com.ph or call (632) 511-0003 or +639253887103. Look for Leslie Layoso.

Mastering The Voice


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The great Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.”

Every skill, easy or difficult, can be mastered through TRAINING. Whether you’re an athlete, a performer, painter, movie director… the skills you need to learn in order to be great in your respective field must be learned, rehearsed and applied with discipline and consistency. And voice acting is no different.

Voice artists are the anonymous people whose voice you hear in radio and TV commercials, dubbed films and telenovela, audiobooks, video games, radio drama, corporate videos, e-learning materials, and even in the train stations reminding you to take care of your belongings. Many people have a misconception that anyone who has a “good voice” can become voice artists… but it’s like saying, “you have nice, long legs, you should join Miss Universe!”

Even I had to train and practice in order to develop the many voices I have done for voiceovers, dubbing, commercials, radio drama and many more. I started as a self-taught voice artist, then eventually trained through books, videos, and mentors from the local and international voice acting scene. When I began working as a Voice Director, that’s when I realized that even those who have been in the industry for some time could use some formal training to learn the principles and the vocal mechanism behind voice acting.

That was the main reason I started my company, Creativoices Productions, in 2005. I didn’t build Creativoices just to become another audio production house. I built it in order to establish the very first voice acting school in the country, the Philippine Center for Voice Acting. Since then, I was on a mission to promote voice acting as an art and to professionalize the voice acting industry by honing aspiring voice artists with the knowledge and tools they need to ACT with the their voice. Creativoices became the venue to help our graduates to get their foot in the door of the voice acting world. I am proud to say that 10 years and 36 batches later, our school has produced more than 1,000 graduates, and many of them have built a successful career as voice artists, hosts, broadcasters, and even public speakers.

Alexx Agcaoili
 So what happens in our voice acting class?

Voiceworx – our basic voice acting and dubbing workshop – is taught by the best voice directors and voiceover artists in the country – Danny Mandia, Alexx Agcaoili and Neil Tolentino, who are veteran voice artists and dubbing directors in ABS CBN and Hero TV; Brian Ligsay, one of the most sought-after voice artists, events host and voiceover (TRIVIA: he’s the voice behind the safety reminders of LRT Line 2); and me, the VoiceMaster of the Philippines. You can read all about my voice acting credentials at www.voicemaster.me.

With the instructors’ credentials and experience, you already have an idea that you will be learning a lot from the workshop. Our classes are intensive and highly participatory. Students are exposed to real-life radio broadcasting, dubbing and recording sessions.

Another thing worth mentioning is that in Voiceworx, we teach students how to ACT with their voice, and not just alter it. Sure, imitating voices is a nice talent to have, if all you want to do is impress (or annoy) friends and family at a dinner party. But when it comes to being a voice artist, it’s not all about how many characters you can imitate, but how many you can CREATE.

Danny Mandia

DJ Big Brian

Majestic Prince dubbing with Voiceworx students in ABS CBN

Papa Neil Tolentino

The VoiceMaster teaching in Voiceworx

Voiceworx Students Dubbing 1911 Movie in ABS CBN

Voiceworx Students Dubbing in ABS CBN
Voiceworx runs for 8 Saturdays, with 4 batches of workshops happening every year. You may visit www.voiceworxshop.com to find out the schedules and details on how to register.

Voiceworx Graduation
I have a vision, and that is to make the Philippines the center of voiceover excellence in Asia. I believe that Filipinos have voice acting prowess that can be competitive in the international market, as we have already proven with clients such as Sega, Itruemart and TAG 91.1 in Dubai. Through Voiceworx, I am confident that this vision has already become a reality.


Contributed by Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales

NBA Opens Manila Office To Expand Efforts in the Philippines


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The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that the league has opened an office in Manila, Philippines, as part of its commitment to grow basketball and the NBA’s business initiatives in the country.

NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson will lead a dedicated local staff to assist NBA headquarters in continuing the growth of all of the NBA’s business lines in the country, including television, digital, merchandising, events and grassroots programs, and social responsibility. Singson’s nearly two-decade career with the league has included stints in the league’s headquarters in New York City and in the Hong Kong regional office.

“The NBA has experienced tremendous growth in the Philippines over the past decade, and we’ve helped more boys and girls play and enjoy the game,” said Singson. “By establishing an office in market with dedicated staff on the ground, we will be better positioned to work with our valued partners to deliver the best NBA experiences to some of the world’s most passionate basketball fans.”

“Opening an office in the Philippines is the next step in our efforts to grow basketball and the NBA’s popularity throughout Asia,” said NBA Asia Managing Director Scott Levy. “The fandom that exists in the Philippines presents an ideal opportunity to grow the game that we hope to replicate throughout the region.”

Energy Sector’s Election Preparation Nears Completion


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The Power Task Force Election (PTFE) 2016, led by the Department of Energy (DOE), is almost done with preparatory works to ensure that power supply is sufficient, stable, and reliable before, during, and after the conduct of national and local elections on 09 May.

“We are nearing completion of preparations to ensure the readiness of the systems and power stakeholders who have roles to play during the Election Day,” said Energy Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada. She emphasized that the entire Energy Family is in close coordination to provide uninterrupted electricity services as we all desire for a clean and unquestionable holding of elections.

The PTFE met with power generators on April 25 (yesterday) to discuss their work plans and commitments for the critical election period (one week before and one week after), especially that the conduct of scheduled maintenance services of the power plants have been carried out earlier to ensure readiness during the critical period.

As reported in the meeting, all power generators will be running at full capacity during elections except for the 180 megawatts (MW) Kalayaan Unit 4 which extended its maintenance until 14 May 2016. In Mindanao, dispatch of water resource for hydropower plants is being managed to ensure that there will be higher production during the critical period.

PHL hosts 41st ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting


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Transport officials and delegates from the 10-Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) convened today in this bustling business district to discuss initiatives that will enhance transport connectivity in the Region.

The Philippine Government, through the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), is hosting this year’s 41st Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM).

According to the DOTC, around 120 senior transport officials and delegates from the 10-Member States and from the Dialogue Partners will meet until Thursday, 28 April 2016 to discuss the status of various transportation projects and policy measures that will enhance regional cohesion.

The transport sector will also embark on new projects and programs as it adopts the Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan (KLTSP) 2016-2025, the successor document that outlines 30 specific goals, 78 actions and 221 milestones in the five (5) areas of transportation namely: air, land, maritime, transport facilitation and sustainable transport, to guide the ASEAN economic integration from 2016 to 2025.

In her Opening Statement as Chairperson of the Meeting, DOTC Assistant Secretary for Planning Sherielysse Bonifacio said, “Today’s event also allows us to pursue further cooperative work in the transportation sector that will enhance regional cohesion and provide higher quality of life for the people.”

Ernest Cu Recognized as Best CEO in the Philippines


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It's a grand time for Globe Telecom as they bag three citations from Finance Asia, a leading publisher of financial news in the Asia Pacific region, and voted Most Committed to Corporate Governance and Best in Investor Relations while Ernest Cu, Globe President & CEO, was recognized as Best CEO in the Philippines

Overall, the company was given two major company awards and an individual category citation. The same citations were awarded to Globe by Finance Asia in 2015.

The citations were based on a survey conducted by Finance Asia involving investors on their views on which listed companies around Asia they consider to be best managed, with the best senior executives. Finance Asia received responses from 129 portfolio managers and buy-side analysts from around the world, running mandates that included, or dedicated to, Asian listed companies.

“It is an honor to receive the various recognitions. It is a testament that we continue to improve our communication lines with our stakeholders, consistent with the company's commitment in providing exemplary results not only in terms of its financial performance but also in subscribing to the principles of good corporate governance and investor relations,” Globe Acting Chief Finance Officer Rizza Maniego-Eala said.

In December last year, Globe also bagged the Bell Awards for Corporate Governance, awarded by the Philippine Stock Exchange, in recognition of the leading telecommunication company’s commitment in upholding the principles and best practices in governance. The award ushered a grand slam win for Globe for practicing good corporate governance, following a similar citation given to the company by the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF). Globe was in the Top 3 in corporate governance among listed companies in the Philippines and Top 50 among listed companies in ASEAN region.

Also in 2015, Cu was included in the elite list of Global Telecoms Business Power 100. Cu was the only Filipino executive to make it to the Power 100 and among the top 10 in Asia. The recognition was based on his success in steering the company to hold its own despite intense competitive environment in the telecoms markets in the Philippines.

Globe Telecom posted a remarkable performance in 2015, surpassing its business results in the previous year, as it booked new highs in service revenues, EBITDA and net profit. The company’s impressive performance was driven by broad-based data-driven growth across its key services.

Captain America: Civil War Movie Review


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"I believe in family, & I'll protect them, no matter what."

That's what Captain America is fighting for in the movie so being Bucky as his long-time friend even before he met Tony Stark and the others, I guess he made the choice of protecting the Winter Soldier rather than taking sides with Iron Man. 

But teh tiyle Civil War may be to exaggerated because it's merely a war between a small group which escalated just because they caused havoc and chaos within the city.

"I'm sorry Tony you know I wouldn't do this if i had any other choice.... but he's my friend.."

"So was I..."
Will Captain America win against Iron man? Is it because of the fact that the main character should not lose in his own movie? However, there are some movies where the hero loses, for several creative reasons that would make him, or the movie (or the story), look better. But, I wouldn't want to spoil so I will never tell who wins.

But do I really need to spell it out when it's a bit obvious?

But imagine how if Cap loses, though. In his own movie. I like the realism in that idea, and how you know, not everything is so cliché about it, because the main hero might not "live happily ever after", or "save the day".  The marvel cinematic industry is known for its tempering with comic book story lines.
Will Iron Man's side win? In the comics, Cap gets killed and Bucky (The Winter Solider) takes his place as Captain America to honor his fallen friend. But for sure it's not exactly the same as in the comics... that would be too predictable for many! They wont go with the comic book story line because that story line doesn't build up well for Infinity War. The ugly truth is that no one will win.

It is pretty much a given that Cap wins since Chris Evans already set to return in Avenger 3 (and willing to do more movies). Announcing those multi movie deals tends to spoil things a little.

I see this movie as just being a huge build up for Captain America since hes been voted many times as the least favorite Avenger.

By the way, everyone is talking about Captain and Iron Man but can we acknowledge Black Panther's debut!

Also, anyone else see the hint?

Republicans & Democrats? Republicans are Tony stark, Democrats are Captain America...DIVIDED WE FALL. Also the fact that this movie is called "Civil War" goes to show Hollywood entertainment might be foreshadowing America's future, with all the political bull crap happening right now. 

Yes, I know this is from a Marvel story line, but has it ever crossed your mind that a lot of these things are written out for the future? I don't see the world getting any better with what's currently happening, I mean Turkey just shot down a Russian fighter jet that was in above Syrian ground.

On a serious note, is this movie be as good as the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie...or should I rephrase that to ..is it as bad as the BvS movie?

I have to say it's beyond comparison as the two movies are entirely different to be compared. Just watch it for yourself and you be the judge.

UP Tomo-Kai Proudly Presents Hiyaw: A Cultural Night


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Just like the red poppies featured here which mean "fun loving" in Hanakotoba, UP Tomo-Kai wishes to bring you the fun loving spirit of Japan and the Philippines on its 25th year!

Join us in shouting out in glee at Hanakotoba's culminating event, Hiyaw: A Cultural Night.

Song and dance performances from our guests liven up the stage while you explore your way through Hiyaw's version of a gakuensai (school festival).

Visit various booths by UP Tomo-Kai as well as other Japan-related organizations from different schools, play games, and more!

This event is co-presented by ZALORA, MPIII, Jack 'n Jill Calbee Potato Chips, Nissin Yakisoba, Jack ‘n Jill Quake Overload, and ELMNO PH.

In cooperation with the UP Diliman-Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (UP Diliman OICA).

Special thanks to Accenture in the Philippines

Partner Organizations: HallyUP, UP KAISA (K1), University of the Philippines Anime Manga Enthusiasts, UP Art Studies Society, UP Sandiwa, PNU NAMI, GakUEn-REALM, Thomasian Nihon Kyoukai, Hinomoto, and BPSU-FiNiCS.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Ateneo blueREP Proudly Presents Shared Spaces


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As its final installment of the 24th season, blueREP is proud to present an original production, Shared Spaces, a monologue and song-cycle series. Set in a world where grander issues obscure individual experiences, Shared Spaces celebrates and reiterates the experience of the individual.

Six people blur the line between the enormity of contemporary concerns and their intimate circumstances. Through humour, discourse, or tears, they lay out their personal encounters with sexuality, religion, depression, relationships, and more, in pursuit of a representation of present day’s society; a community of individuals, with lives far more intricate than we are led to believe. With music by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk accompanying the written pieces, Shared Spaces aims to establish fresh, member-created productions as a stable part of Ateneo Blue Repertory's repertoire.

The artistic team is composed of current and former blueREP members, combining experience with youth. Bibo Reyes is leading the show as the director, with Sab Jose as co-director. Abi Sulit serves as the musical director, alongside Celine Bengzon, who is working as the assistant musical director. Mica Fajardo is in charge of choreography, with Kyla Frencillo as the assistant choreographer. Set design is being taken care of, once again, by CJ Francisco, while Miggy Panganiban takes charge of lighting design. Ariel Quitangon is the costumes and make-up designer. Wrapping up the artistic team is Lara Antonio, who serves as the writing mentor.

MMD Philippines Launch Together with New Monitors from AOC and Philips


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At home or at work, and even on the road, displays are now an extension of your window to the world. As fast as the speed of light, technology and innovation in our modern world are rapidly moving. 

This is why a household name all over the world – Philips, and the Worldwide Leader in Display Manufacturing – AOC, continue to raise the standards for design and performance of award winning and high-performance monitors that also offer smart innovations, vivid imagery and timeless style to make the most of every minute you spend behind the screen.

TPV, an internationally-renowned PC monitor and TV manufacturer, has established MMD (Multimedia Display) in 2009. Seeing a massive market for innovation, MMD Philippines was officially launched on April 20, 2016 at Vu's Bar Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, Pasig City.

MMD is a wholly owned company of TPV established in 2009 through a brand license agreement with Philips. MMD exclusively markets and sells Philips branded LCD displays worldwide. By combining the Philips brand promise with TPV’s manufacturing expertise in displays, MMD uses a fast and focused approach to bringing innovative products to market.

MMD serves worldwide markets from major regional offices including Amsterdam, Prague, Shanghai, Singapore, São Paulo and Fremont (EPI). Through its network of local sales teams MMD works with all major IT distributors and resellers. The company’s design and development center is located in Taiwan. 

A. Refinery Launches First Concept Store in Metro Manila


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A retail concept store specializing on audio-related products debuts in Metro Manila, specifically in Quezon City, with its inaugural location grand opening on April 23, 2016.

Audio Refinery Inc., a new player in the Audio and Lifestyle industry with  existing branches in Cebu and Davao, announces the debut of its new retail concept they named as A. Refinery. 

The branch is located at the 2nd Level of UP Town Center, one of Ayala Mall’s latest shopping centers located along Katipunan Avenue. The store features products under the slogan Lifestyle – Music - Technology.

Incidentally, A. Refinery has confirmed two additional store locations in the Philippines slated to hold their own grand opening later this year, A. Refinery Ayala Center Cebu and A. Refinery Abreeza Mall Davao.

This makes three concept stores as of present, and we are sure the numbers will soon increase as many of us Filipinos are music lovers.

During the celebration of the grand launching of the UP Town Center location, A. Refinery hosted programs throughout the whole day event. These included some raffle times in which a Harman Kardon Esquire speaker was the Grand Prize, a limited time sale that features products at 30% off from 3 to 5 p.m. only.

Miss Tourism Philippines 2016 Media Presentation of Candidates


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Miss Tourism Philippines, one of the biggest national beauty pageant in the Philippines is founded by Mr. Francisco Z. Blanco Jr., Chairman and Managing Director, together with Mrs. Amelia Sunio-Abarquez.

Once again, they welcome the growing number of official representatives from the many different provinces, cities and municipalities, who will all compete for the title as the new queens of this prestigious national beauty pageant.

The Miss Tourism Philippines does not focus only on beauty, talent and fitness, but also on global culture, arts and tradition, and promotions of world peace. The pageant aims to propagate and develop tourism through fostering closer relationship with the different provinces, cities, and municipalities of the Philippines. This pageant also showcases their heritage and culture for everyone to appreciate and enjoy their uniqueness.

There are a total of 41 candidates during the media presentation at the Luxent Hotel in Quezon City on April 22, 2016, while the grand coronation night will soon be held at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay on May 28, 2016.

The Miss Tourism Philippines is co-organized with Icon 888 Productions as their official production outfit.

Chiz Escudero at Pandesal Forum of Kamuning Bakery


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Vice Presidential candidate Chiz Escudero, who's recently at the third spot of surveys as of the latest, was the guest at earlier's Pandesal Forum of Kamuning Bakery.

It was not a surprise that the place was jam-packed with journalists from many publications. Even the ones that I do not usually see on political forums were there today. We are having one of the candidates for the top position in the country so the huge number of media was expected.

However, all questions asked and answers given this day were not as sensational as the ones from the debates because Escudero seems to be playing on the safe side. As he confirms, he is the type of person who does not want to be enemies with anybody.

This is something I would not agree with since having one of the top positions in the country requires you to take a stand against someone or some things whenever necessary. We cannot be always aiming to be compromising as that will weaken our goals, and will open us to temptations of accepting "sweet mutually beneficial deals" just to make everyone happy.

As we should not negotiate with terrorists, we must not also lower our ideals just because we want to please everybody. Aiming to be friends with everyone will be our hindrance to success.

This is probably why the media present that day were not motivated enough to ask questions as Chiz's answers were not as hard-hitting as Duterte's.

I've recorded some excerpts from the interviews so please do watch out for it on our YouTube channel at http://www.YouTube.com/user/wazzuppilipinas
 
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