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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Top 6 Office Birthday Surprise Ideas For Your Boss

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In all the companies it is common that the entire employees got celebrated their birthday at the work station even though the companies also provide some gift hampers to them but very less time it is found that the employees are celebrating their Boss birthday. 
It is very rarely found that employees are celebrating and thanking the boss for being kind and fair throughout the year. Most of the time employees do not understand the hard work and dedication of boss.
So here are some ideas for making your boss birthday very special.
1.  Create a team card for a birthday wish
There are lots of birthday celebration ideas in office, it depends on how you want to celebrate the birthday. One of the best ways is to celebrate the birthday by giving some unique card, a single card but which is decorated and created by all the employees and have some quotes. Such card looks very nice and show how much respect you have for your boss. 
A team card is always a good idea to give as everyone can quote something different for him.

2. Decorate the Office

Every birthday celebration requires some things such as a cake, gifts, decorations, food, drinks and so on. If you are going to celebrate the birthday of your boss than there are lots of things to do. 

Decoration of office should be done, there are many things that are available in the market, with the help of such things you can decorate the office in a different manner and give the different look to the office for the special day. Proper decoration also gives a decent look to the office, with the help of decoration you can send the message that how much you all respect the boss.

3. Arrange a Cake as part of Birthday

Cake is the primary stage of the birthday celebration as everyone likes to eat the cake. There are lots of cake with various size and shape are available in the market, not only by size and shape but also the flavors are available it depends upon a person which type of cake he or she wants to book. 

There are lots of portals available who provide the birthday cake delivery to your doorstep. Before ordering the cake just confirm from someone the favorite flavor of your boss, and order the same flavor cake so that the boss get delighted.

4. Surprise for Boss

There are lots of office birthday ideas for boss on this occasion of the birthday so that the boss will get a surprise. Boss also deserve a nice and surprise birthday party as he always worried about the future of his employees. So if anything has been done by the employees he will appreciate it.


5. Give a birthday gift to boss

There are a number of things you can give as a gift to your boss, some of the gifts are a big coffee mug, a nice pen and many more such things which can be used by him regularly. 

If you are going to plan to give him/her a coffee mug then it should be printed with his/her picture and some good quotes. You can also send balloons online to him if he is not available in the office.


6. After work celebrations

Sometimes it is found that there are lots of work in the office and it is not possible for the employee and also for the boss to spend some valuable time for the celebration. 

So it is the best idea to celebrate the birthday celebration after work, then there will be no bar of time. Party can be organized in the office or maybe out of the office, this will be one of the best ideas to celebrate the birthday after work and give the boss a pleasant surprise.
There are lots of ideas available through which you can celebrate the birthday of your boss, it is always good to celebrate the birthday of your boss as they never expect something like this from his teammates. 
Office birthday celebrations require a good cake, a nice decoration along with some food. A birthday celebration in the office is nothing but the procedure to know each and every teammate.


Dusit International Continues Philippines Expansion with Grand Opening of Davao Hotel



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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte among the dignitaries attending the official launch of the premium development, which sits at the heart of Davao City’s new central business district, Lanang.

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, and Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation (TLDC), one of the fastest-growing real estate development companies in the Philippines, celebrated the inauguration of dusitD2 Davao hotel on 6 September 2019 with a special ceremony held in the elegant Dusit Thani Grand Ballroom.

Hosted by Mr Lim Boon Kwee, COO, Dusit International, and Mr Tomas P. Lorenzo, CEO, TLDC, the special event was attended by local dignitaries including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, alongside representatives from leading local businesses and the tourism and hospitality industry.



Demonstrating Dusit International’s and TLDC’s commitment to having a positive local impact, during the event TLDC made a donation to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office (AFPEBSO), which assists the dependents of wounded soldiers.

Soft opened in March this year, the upscale, full-service dusitD2 Davao hotel is TLDC’s latest premium development in the Davao region. The property comprises 120 well-appointed guest rooms and suites in a prime location off JP Laurel, Lanang, close to the city’s shopping malls, business district, and IT Park. Davao International Airport can be reached in 15 minutes by car.

Designed by renowned Philippine architect Manny Samson, and inspired by ‘the vibrancy of life,’ the hotel has been carefully crafted to reflect Dusit’s unique brand of Thai-inspired gracious hospitality while also embracing the cultural richness of the destination.

Besides the spacious Dusit Thani Grand Ballroom and several adjoining function rooms, hotel facilities include a courtyard swimming pool with children’s pool and play zone, the Madayaw Café all-day dining restaurant, the sophisticated Siam Lounge, the signature Namm Spa, and the fully equipped DFiT Fitness Centre. Dusit’s signature Benjarong Thai Restaurant will open soon.

dusitD2 Davao hotel is just one of three new projects Dusit International has signed to manage for TDLC in Davao. Also set to hold their grand openings soon are Dusit Thani Residence Davao, and The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Managed by Dusit.

Soft opened this month, Dusit Thani Residence Davao is located next to dusitD2 Davao hotel and comprises 174 well-appointed residences and suites for short and extended stays. Designed to redefine luxury accommodation in the region, the deluxe property’s spacious rooms feature high-quality furnishings, well-equipped kitchenettes, and the latest in-room technology.

Soft-opened in December 2018, meanwhile, The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Managed by Dusit, is an exclusive island retreat just off the coast of the Davao Gulf (only 10 minutes by boat from Pindasan Port). Alongside 18 beautiful Seafront Villas overlooking a private beach, this special destination offers a large swimming pool, a children’s play area, a spacious events hall, and the Tarictic Grill & Snack Bar. A watersports and diving centre is set to open soon.

“We are humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to bring our Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to Davao and to work with Torre Lorenzo Development Corporation to help promote the region to the world at large,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, when addressing the audience at the opening event. “dusitD2 Davao, Dusit Thani Residence Davao, and The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, Managed by Dusit are perfectly positioned to meet the growing demand for premium developments in the region, and we look forward to making them all a resounding success.”

Dusit International’s property portfolio now comprises 271 properties (nine owned and 262 managed) operating under six brands across 13 countries. The company has more than 50-Dusit branded hotels in the pipeline and expects to open at least 10-12 hotels per year in key destinations from 2020 onwards.

MARINA to Intensify Modernization of Domestic Ships



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The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) will intensify the modernization of domestic ships to provide safer, more convenient, and more comfortable sea transportation services to the riding public.

As directed by Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, the MARINA will encourage more ship operators, particularly those engaged in short distance travel, to invest on fast crafts and Roll-On / Roll-Off (RoRo) ships.

The agency shall also further uphold public welfare by ensuring strict compliance with insurance coverage for sea passengers and by conducting aggressive nationwide awareness campaigns on the domestic ship modernization program.

Operators of wooden-hulled cargo and passenger ships who will not comply with the MARINA’s phasing-out program shall be prevented from renewing their Certificates of Public Convenience (CPCs). There shall also be no further registration and issuance of statutory documents to even newly-constructed wooden-hulled ships.

Moreover, the MARINA, through its regional offices, shall ensure the accessibility of lifesaving equipment / appliances at all times. Sea passengers of open-decked fast crafts, on the other hand, shall be required to wear life jackets all throughout the voyage.

In coordination with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the MARINA shall implement and utilize electronic passenger ticketing system before the end of 2019.

There shall also be a review of ship design, specifically regarding the use of canvass awning for overhead cover, protection against sea water splashes, and other purposes during voyage.

The modernization of the domestic shipping industry, which is part of the MARINA’s 10-year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP), is intended to enhance overall sea transportation experience for people, goods, and services to make the Philippine maritime industry – nationally integrated and globally competitive.

Young Artists’ IP Rights Discussed in Forum


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In this fast-paced age of evolving digital landscape, one now communicates and accesses information with just a click. However, with technology comes threat as both emerging and professional creators remain susceptible to the negative impact of this development as they share their outputs with the wider audience.

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), as a forefront of innovative and inclusive education, remains true to its mission to develop the interests and passions of the students through the efforts of its Intellectual Property Management Center (IPMC), which is specially established to cultivate intellectual property-mindfulness in the institution and protect its growing numbers of homegrown artists, design frontrunners and future industry leaders.

“Intellectual property awareness and best practices have become more important in this internet age,” DLS-CSB IPMC Director Attorney Ma. Janice Tejano stated. “Intellectual property (IP) rights are granted by law to the author or inventor of a work, which allows them to enjoy exclusive rights to their creation for a limited period of time. It serves as incentive for the time, effort, and resources they put into the work.”



She noted that IP rights are intangible assets; the owner can transfer their rights to another person, lease it, or give it up for public use.

Tejano explained that while “most state-owned and private universities in the country have an IP office, especially institutions which have Research & Development (R&D) centers and receive government grants that support scientific and medical researches of students and faculty, DLS-CSB is the pioneer private tertiary institution offering courses in design, arts, business management, hospitality management and information technology that is building a strong intellectual property culture from the ground up.”

“We empower the Benildeans to adopt the principles, concepts, tools, and best practices they need in their creative and innovative pursuits while maximizing it to their advantage,” Tejano elaborated. “Enriching their IP know-how hones them to become strategic and responsible creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. This is a key advantage which Benilde gives through the support services of the IPMC.”

In cooperation with the College’s various academic programs and offices, the IPMC annually holds a series of campaigns, seminars and workshops to orient the community and ensure that the importance of the IP rights are “not only taught conceptually but are integrated in the culture, methodology and operations, and output of the institution.”

The institution is likewise equipped with its own IP Rights Policy that addresses and supports all types of student works and intellectual property covered under the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines. IPMC has also established its own website ip.benilde.edu.ph wherein the students, educators, and associates can easily access the guidelines, view featured Benildean innovators and their creations, and, at the same time, use the platform to submit IP-related inquiries and complaints. They can likewise send an email or visit the office for their concerns.

“With respect to students’ works which they submit in compliance to their academic requirements, the Benilde IP Policy provides that the students own the work and the intellectual property to the work unless it falls under the exceptions of the guidelines or under a special contract with a third party,” Tejano clarified. “For artistic works, these are usually protected by Copyright, which is automatically granted upon execution or expression of the work without need of formal registration. Industrial Design, Patents, and Trademarks require a formal registration in order for legal protection to take effect.”

While the IPMC supports the Benildeans, they, too, solidify that the students also respect the rights of others. “Before using or sharing the original work of others, ask permission from the owner. If a work has no name or the owner cannot be identified, assume that it is Copyright protected and is not free for use by the public,” she advised.

She also elaborated the importance of using IP data such as patent, trademark, and design databases to check the innovation trends before working on an invention to avoid infringement of the IP rights of others.

Recently, the DLS-CSB IPMC was accredited as an Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and joins other universities and research development institutions in a network that gears towards the creation of intellectual property to establish the innovative contribution of Filipinos in the international patent system.

Reshowing of Award-winning Film to Benefit Deaf Scholars


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In celebration of the International Day of Sign Languages, the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) brings back the award-winning 2009 film Dinig Sana Kita (If I Knew What You Said) by Mike Sandejas in a one-time benefit screening on Monday, September 23, 2019 at the Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez (ARG) Theater.

Dinig Sana Kita (If I Knew What You Said) narrates the inspiring relationship between a Deaf boy Kiko (Romalito Mallari) and a rocker of a girl Nina (Zoe Sandejas) when they crossed paths in a Baguio camp that mingled hearing and non-hearing youth. It reflects how lives lived in silence and in noise respectively can seamlessly blend through a mutual passion and love for music.

Produced under Cinemalaya and Echo and Mirage Entertainment, the Filipino drama was the pioneer film to cast Deaf actors. Then Benildean students and members of the Silent Steps, the performing arts group of the SDEAS, participated in the production. 





Written and directed by Sandejas, who is also a former faculty member under the College’s Digital Filmmaking (DFilm) Program, the film took home the Best Original Music Score, National Council for Children’s Television Award, and Audience Award at the 2009 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

It also earned the Digital Movie Musical Scorer of the Year, Digital Movie Sound Engineer of the Year, and Digital Movie Original Theme Song of the Year from the 2010 Star Awards for Movies. The male lead, Mallari, likewise bagged the New Movie Actor of the Year.

It was likewise recognized at the 2010 Gawad Urian Awards and at the 2010 Golden Screen Awards.

The showing serves as the 10th anniversary screening of the movie and is open to the public.

Tickets are priced at P100 each and all proceeds will benefit the growing number of the College’s Deaf scholars. For ticket inquiries and reservations, contact 230 5100 local 1661 or send an e-mail to deaf.partnerships@benilde.edu.ph.

Walk-in guests can register at the ticket booth at 3:00 pm while the film screening starts at 4:00 pm at the Augusto-Rosario Gonzalez (ARG) Theater, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) Taft Campus, 2544 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Find The Iconic Window Grill Designs Of 2019

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When you are not leaving any stone unturned for your home, why to left the window? Your window can become a decor piece with the best Window Grill Design of 2019. Yes, you have read it right. 

Along with its functionality, it can also be a symbol of architectural beauty. Let the fresh flow of airflow and boost the positive vibes into your place through the beautifully designed window grills. 

Create an amazing way to connect the indoor and outdoor environment through this amazing window way. Here are some designs that can be added to your idea book. The most ignored part of the house can be turned into an appealing one.


  1. Square Style
The classic square styled grill never goes wrong with the French window, small-sized square-shaped window, and slider window. The largely shaped grill fame creates an illusion of a wider space with ample space for the sunlight to enlight the room. Along with that, you can relax a bit more as it is easy to clean.


  1. Diamond-Shaped
Bring the European charm into your place with the diamond structured window grills. This old-style is the best for Victorian type homes. This not only makes an elegant and classic style statement about your taste but also considered the most secure one.


  1. Floor To Ceiling



Flood your living room with the sunlight by opting for the floor to the ceiling window ideas. It creates a direct connection between the interior and exterior of the home. Covered with the glass screen is surely going to steal the appreciations of the visitors. It is also considered best for the extended facade on the upper floor study room or bedroom. Even the iron bars can also be a good idea to cover the internal wall of the house.


  1. Decorative Glass
Those house owner who wants privacy along with the outside view, the decorative glass window is for them. The glass is supported by the beautifully designed small iron bars. This kind of window is preferably used for the single sash window.



  1. Framed Grills
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Framed Grills is itself a style statement. Giveaway the mundane window grill idea. This style of window grill not only matches the interior with the framed border but also provide much safety. What’s wrong if safety and beauty come hand in hand.

  1. Simple Grill
The kitchen is the place where the chances of stains and oil spread are more than any other part of the house. Here you can opt for the simple and elegant window grill which should be easy to clean. Here minimalist designs prove beneficial for cleaner as well for looks.


  1. Art On The Window

Install a piece of art that may be shaped in a plant, mirror or any other artistic piece. The idea can be improved further if different colors are used on it. Even you can hang a living plant to give a realistic touch to the object.


  1. Jail At Home

Nobody likes jail, but hopefully, you will like the jail style window grill design. The window framed with an attractive color will definitely beg some words from the visitors. You can even us the simple upholstery. Here you have the choice between the verticle bars framed with iron or the combination of vertical as well as the horizontal bars.


  1. Exterior Look

Without disturbing the match of interior decor, you can go for the iron bar window grill placed in the outside direction. It comes with the freedom to open the window for the whole day and night without the fear of theft. Along with that, the simple grill is highly durable.

  1.  Jalis Way
To give an artistic and mesmerizing look, Jali's window will never disappoint you. This give enough space for the wind and light to enter the room without compromising much on privacy terms. It goes well with the facade designed home. The motif designed is especially best for the people living in the tropical region.



  1. The traditional Way Never Goes Off Style

Give a vintage touch to your home with the traditional styled window grill design. The simple vertical bars on the frame of the window with the right color for the window door and frame surely takes you the vintage-styled home

  1. Lattice Pattern
Break the monotony of the wall with the Lattice patterns. These are mainly used for large window frames. It can be mainly used in the living room. The beautiful patterns of lattice web not only serve the decor purpose at the best but also protection from unwanted things come along.



  1. Wood Is The Answer
For rustic look wooden window grill is the right option. You can opt for the services of some profession or go for DIY for placing the wood blocks in a criss-cross manner. This is budget-friendly idea can save the home from burglary.

Did You Find Your Inspiration?

The inspiration for the window grill can come from anywhere. Did you find the inspiration for the window grill design from 2019 trends? Let us know in the comment section if any of these designs or ideas tickled you. Keep updating yourself with the trendy designs and ideas for home at the Architecture Ideas


Angelica Panganiban Launched as Endorser for New and Improved Silka Green Papaya Whitening Soap



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Cosmetique Asia Corporation, makers of Silka Green Papaya Soap, gave us an introductory to the video advertisement which already came out on TV, along with its radio version, both featuring their new endorser, Angelica Panganiban.

Introducing the lady of the hour had mixed reactions but mostly because we were all starstruck with her glowing presence. The bubbly "tisay" little girl in Ang TV, the angelic face yet truly funny lady comedian in Banana Sundae, and the walang ka-effort effort dahil sa natural talent in acting in That Thing Called Tadhana, Angelica commands respect for being a well-endeared personality.

Sa Ang TV gag show pa lang I knew she will soon be among the pretty faces of showbiz, and I was right. During my interview with Janssen Co, the COO of Cosmetique Asia Corporation, I told him they made the right choice because Angelica is beautifully radiant inside and out. We witnessed her many intimate and personal stories, and how she dealt with the challenges in her life.

Group photo with Cosmetique Asia Corporation management team along with their Silka Green Papaya endorser, Angelica Panganiban

The media launch was held at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Quezon City, an events venue smaller but similarly majestic to its bigger version in Bataan.

Casa Juico Events Place at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar located along Roosevelt Ave, San Francisco del Monte, in Quezon City.

I thought they only exist in Bataan but surprised there's a smaller, but also great for pictorials, one in Metro Manila
I saw the name of Chef Margarita Fores so she is probably the one responsible for the food served here.

First time, but couldn't explore the place thoroughly because of the rain...also pics are too gloomy and dark because of it
They have some portions of their lawn with artificial grass, and the inner areas are still under construction/renovation.

The ground exteriors, as well as the interiors, were majestic! You'll want to have this as your classy venue after your wedding, or hold your debut, birthday, anniversary or any special occassion.

As experienced, outside parking spaces would probably accommodate around 30 cars or less but a bit hassle when you park first coz the other cars would be blocking you, and you have to ask them to move out their cars if you leave first. I think a few more cars can park inside too.

But the food, from appetizers, to the tanglad-infused iced tea drink, and main dishes, especially the leche plan dessert, served here was so good that I ate everything on my plate except the fat portion of the roasted pork. Promise!
Haven't I mentioned the pool yet? Maybe they could have you hold a pool party here! Hehehe!

Their pool looks good enough to please anyyone wanting a dip or swim. Honestly, I never expected this place to have a pool.


Going back to the Silka Green Papaya media launch of Angelica Panganiban as endorser, you have to admit that she has always been a headturner ever since she was a child, even still with those crooked baby teeth, she already got our attention as she truly stands out among the other kids you'll usually meet in the country.

I do hope I had that same confidence during my younger years, because honestly I was not this gregarious before. I was an introvert and so shy to join famiky gatherings, and would often keep inside my room when there are visitors at our home.

Silka Green Papaya whitening herbal soap

Interview with Cosmetique Asia Corporation COO Janssen Co

Photo ops with the booth that prints everything you pist on Instagram that includes the hashtags for the day

Now, whenever possible, I would always sit infront of big and crowded  events so I could get the best view of the stage, and if given the chance, ask them to do the iconic Wazzup Pilipinas shout-out.

"Pa shout-out ka ng shout-out, ikaw tuloy ang napapansin sa mga events. Attention grabber, scene stealer, noisemaker, ...ayan pati sa interviews ng iba naririnig yang pasigaw mo!"

Where am I getting the "kapal ng mukha" or I call it aggressiveness or some would say confidence to face people, even the head honchos or top management, senators, congressmen, celebrities, and business owners themseves.

For now, it's the beauty filter of the smartphones. Lol!

Seriously, I'd do everything for the opportunity to improve my complexion because my previously white complexion turned darker from all that travels where I get exposed under the sun for hours.

Hiking on hills, cliff and mountains. Walking the shores of beaches. Following festival parades and floats. These are just some of the reasons why my complexion went from fair to kayumanggi to almost "nognog" state.

But if it was possible to go back in time, I would not change a thing except use whitening products to maintain or bring back the complexion I once had. But it has to work fast because orobably after a week or two, I'll be off to my next adventure seeting foot to a new destination within or out of the country.

However, the whitening products back then involved "tiis ganda" sacrifices. We were like a snake peeling off old skin....and just applying the whitening product was already irritatingly "mahapdi" or painful. And we had to wait a long time to see some improvements on our skin. If patience is not one of your traits, then it will be like stuck inside your car in the middle of the road waiting for the traffic condition to go faster.

Now, Cosmetique Asia Corporation, makers of the new and improved Silka Green Papaya, boasts of as early as 7 days improvement. Since we all have different kinds of skin, working conditions, diet and exercise, the actual number of days you could see change in skin color may vary. But being a positive thinker could motivate your skin to cooperate too.

Two thumbs up for whitening as our global culture looks up to the fair complexioned

How I wish I've come in contact with the Silka peeps sooner before holding the recent Influencers Forum at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall. Co-organizing the event with ExLink Events as the opening program during their 10th year of the highly successful Philippine Business and Entrepreneurs Expo (PBEX2019).  Because I've seen the photos taken from the event, and it was very obvious that I was definitely darker in complexion compared to the majority of the panelists on stage. Though I've got sort of an advantage being the host also of the forum.

Needless to say, I would have appreciated it more if I had a lighter complexion. My photos would look better, the audience would have seen me blooming in more appealing radiance.

Of course, our confidence do get a boost when we look our best, and since mainstream media and the industries around us has looked up to whiter people as their preferred models, celebrities, influencers, naturally because they seem to shine vibrantly like the sun, especially when you smile with sincerity, and your eyes sparkle with glee.

We brought home Silka products: whitening soao, lotion, facial cleanser, deodorant and a foaming net ball

Well, thank you to to the brand for giving us some product samples to try home. Hoping they do work on me. So see you again after a week or so, and best of luck to me to get whiter at least before I celebrate my birthday this October 6.

Though I'll be celebrating my natal day in Boracay, so it would have been super if the brand also had a sunblock product.

Never worried here because just as how we've seen their new endorser Angelica Panganiban went through her colorful life in showbiz, she's again ready to love. Similarly, the Boracay sun may darken my skin again, I will have Silka Green Papaya ready to work faster in bringing out the best complexion of my skin.

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Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Your Pet's Food



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Did you know that 80% of dog and cat owners have major misconceptions when it comes to their pet’s food? Pet food has been around a long time: it has a life, history, and fascinating bits of trivia that may surprise you.


Over 150 Years Of Nutritional Evolution

Commercial pet food has been around since 1860 when a guy named James Spratt from Ohio created a biscuit type dog food by carefully compounding a preparation of wheat meals, vegetables, beetroot, and meat to feed dogs on ships going between America and Europe. That’s over 150 years of nutritional evolution to help make your pet’s life better.


Your Pet Food Stinks

When it comes to dog food it’s not about taste. Humans have a strong sense of taste with around 9,000 taste buds compared to a dog’s average of about 1700 taste buds and cats with an average of about 470 taste buds, so it’s common for us humans to have the misconception that our pets feel the same way about the taste of what they are eating. Not so. With our furry family it’s more about the smell, than the taste when it comes to grub. Dogs have about 125 million sensory cells in their noses, as opposed to us humans with our 5 to 10 million, so when your dog loves a food it’s not the flavor so much as the smell that gets that tail wagging or that kitten purring.


Gotta Keep It Fresh Yo’

Ever notice how excited your dogs and cats get when you open a fresh bag of food? Do they seem to lose interest over time? As foods age they lose their delicious aroma, so it’s important to keep your pet’s food fresh and smelling its best. The average dry dog or cat food is at its peak for about a month after you crack that bag open, so be sure to keep the bag closed tight, or in a container with a proper lid to seal in that new food smell.


Starches Rock Your Kibble

Grain free does not mean starch free. Sometimes people get these two confused. Starchy vegetables like peas and garbanzo beans are important to dog and cat food because of their nutritional value and they help to bond the food together into those lovely little kibble shapes that are easy to scoop into a bowl and cats and dogs love to eat.


Highest Trending Pet Food Faux “Paw”

The most commonly made pet food mistake is overfeeding. Pudgy pets may look cute but it’s not good for them. More than half of our pet dogs and cats are overweight and that can lead to all sorts of health problems. Healthy weight can be supported by proper measurements and avoiding too many treats or human foods.

Do you have any questions about your pet’s food? Leave them in the comments below and we may answer your question in a future post.

How Much Water Should a Dog Drink?



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Some dogs approach their water bowls with enthusiasm, while others may need a bit of a push to drink their water. In either case, water is necessary to keep your dog healthy and to help your dog’s body function. Read on to learn how much water a dog should drink and how to keep a dog hydrated.

How Much Water is Enough?

The amount of water a dog should drink is dependent on how active they are, their breed size as well as the weather during the day. Generally, your dog should drink one ounce (30 ml) of water daily for each pound that he weighs.

If you’re exercising your dog, especially in warmer temperatures, your dog may need double the typical amount of water. Make sure you’re giving a small amount of water every 15 to 20 minutes to ensure he is hydrated while exercising.

How to Keep a Dog Hydrated

It’s important to make sure that fresh water is always available to your dog. This means making sure to refill your dog’s water bowl with fresh water multiple times a day.

If you find that your dog is reluctant to drink water, here are alternate ways to keep your dog hydrated and entice him to drink water:

Doggie Water Fountain. While most dogs enjoy drinking still water, a water fountain can encourage your dog to lap up some extra H2O during the day.

Ice Cubes. Yes, we know that ice cubes are just frozen water. However, some dogs much prefer licking a nice, cold, ice cube to drinking from their water bowl.

Add Water to Kibble. You can soak your dog’s kibble in water to ensure he’s getting the daily dose of hydration he needs.

Wash Bowls Daily. A dirty water bowl may have your dog turning his nose up at his water. Make sure to clean out your dog’s water bowl on a daily basis.

Switch to Wet Food. While wet food is not a complete replacement for water, it can help keep your dog hydrated. You can either switch to wet food completely or mix it in with your dog’s kibble.

Signs of Dehydration

If you’re worried that your dog isn’t getting enough water, there are two ways that you can check for dehydration.

Check his gums. Your dog’s gums should be moist and pink. If you find that they are dry and pale, he is most likely dehydrated.

Check his skin. Gently lift your dog’s skin at the back of his neck and let go of it. If your dog is well-hydrated, his skin should bounce back immediately to its original shape. A dehydrated dog’s skin is less elastic and takes more time to bounce back.

Also, be on the lookout for the following signs of dehydration:

Little to no energy

No interest in food

Dry mouth

Sunken eyes

If you have any concerns that your dog is dehydrated, make sure to offer him water immediately and contact your veterinarian. We hope these tips help keep your dog hydrated, healthy and happy!

MARINA Hosts Workshop, Meeting on GloFouling Partnerships Project


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To raise awareness on the negative effects of invasive species to the marine environment, the Philippines, through the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), is hosting the National Workshop and Task Force Meeting on GloFouling Partnerships Project on 12 to 13 September 2019.

The said activity is intended to present an overview of the GloFouling Partnerships Project and to bring together the national stakeholders who will be part of the National Task Force and to discuss the National Work Plan.

In his opening remarks, MARINA OIC - Administrator Vice Admiral Narciso A Vingson Jr expressed appreciation for the implementation of the five-year project to address the transfer of aquatic invasive species caused by biofouling of ships through capacity building of developing countries such as the Philippines.









“It is imperative that we identify our respective agencies’ roles and responsibilities to ensure the full and complete implementation of related conventions; know the composition of the national task force; and ensure that all relevant agencies are involved in the creation and finalization of the national work plan,” MARINA OIC – Administrator said to participating government agencies.

During the activity, Mr. John Alonso of the IMO GloFouling Project Coordination Unit spearheads the discussion regarding the project’s structure and partners, role of Lead Partnering Countries such as the Philippines, international regulatory status on biofouling, key elements for the development of a national strategy, introduction and review of legal policy, and capacity building activities at a national level.

Likewise, Assistant Director Sonia Gorgula of the Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources discusses about invasive species and their impacts, biofouling, and development of a national policy on biofouling management and marine biosafety.

Regional expert from the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) and the country’s Project Coordinator, on the other hand, report about the regional and national status of the GloFouling Partnerships Project.

Aside from representatives from the IMO, Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and PEMSEA, the National Workshop and Task Force Meeting are attended by representatives from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), MARINA, Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR – BMB), DENR – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR – EMB), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Cebu Port Authority (CPA), University of the Philippines – Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (UP-IESM), UP – Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI), Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources, Research and Development, UNDP – Manila, and Asian Development Bank – Manila.

The GloFouling Partnerships Project responds to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 which is to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”, SDG 13 which is to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact”, and SDG 15 which is to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Araneta Center’s Telecommunications Now Intensified by InfiniVAN



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Araneta Center partners with InfiniVAN, Inc. powering the whole Central Business District (CBD) with an advanced fiber optic telecommunications infrastructure that can include 5G in the future.

InfiniVAN, Inc., a corporate broadband provider and a subsidiary of Japanese firm IPS, has been granted Right of Way for laying its fiber optic-based underground backbone and access network infrastructure in the Araneta Center. 

This is to provide corporate broadband service to tenants and/or locators in office buildings and commercial facilities in Araneta, transforming the business and leisure hub as a first-class data center.

Araneta Center will be equipped by InfiniVAN with a carrier neutral Internet exchange that will make it possible for locators in the various CBDs to use any telecommunications carrier’s facilities. This is through leasing of dark fiber capacities and other infrastructure components (e.g. broadband antennas) installed in Araneta to mobile operators and other service providers for deploying their respective of wireless communications network in the Araneta Center.

The Araneta Center Cyberpark, a multibillion-peso PEZA-Certified complex with two of its five buildings now operational, benefits greatly from this partnership. This will vastly improve the ability of the Cyberpark towers to cater to the very high and quality-sensitive internet connectivity requirements of the BPO industry.

The Araneta Center continues to evolve as a business district. With its convenient location and unparalleled accessibility as a transport hub, it continues to draw premier international BPO companies that addresses and emphasizes employee convenience, which is an important factor when putting together the talent pool. Now, InfiniVAN assures these businesses support for top-of-the-line facilities that boost performance and profitability.

InfiniVAN is also set to implement 5G trials. This will give access to high speed internet connections for world class events.  The Araneta Center with InfiniVAN is preparing to provide top notch technology for large audiences that require a huge amount of simultaneous connections and low latency.

Key points:
1. Araneta Center partners with InfiniVAN to power the Central Business District (CBD) with an advanced fiber optic telecommunications infrastructure including 5G technology.

2. Araneta Center allowed InfiniVAN to lay its fiber optic-based underground backbone and access network infrastructure in Araneta Center paving the way for redundancy for its entire network.

3. This initiative is in line with efforts to transform Araneta Center into a class-leading (carrier-neutral) data center benefiting its tenants and/or locators in office buildings and commercial facilities.

4. This is also set to intensify Araneta Center’s ability to meet the specialized requirements and high demands of offshoring and outsourcing companies in the country.

5. The test implementation of 5G are being planned eventually leading to the integration of the whole Araneta Center into the 5G era.

PHOTO CAPTION:  The contract signing between Araneta Center and InfiniVAN participated in by (Front, L-R) Araneta Center Management Consultant Rowell Recinto, InfiniVAN President Enrique Yu, Araneta Center SVP-Business Development John B. Castelo; with (Back L-R) InfiniVAN Chief Technical Manager Albert Espendido, Araneta Center IT Manager Joel Salamanca, and InfiniVAN Business Development Manager Alex Aquino

Araneta Center, a 35-hectare (90 acre) property right at the heart of Metro Manila, is a haven of of retail, entertainment, residential, hospitality, and office developments that houses 2,108 tenants in over 1.1 million square meters of shopping area, 40,000 BPO employees with eight hectares of PEZA Certified high-tech office spaces for technology-based companies, more than 7,000 residents occupying The Manhattan Residences. Araneta Center is also home to the iconic sports and entertainment mecca, the 20,000-seater Smart Araneta Coliseum, as well as the historic New Frontier Theater that can accommodate more than 2,000 audiences.
Araneta Center Cyberpark cradles the Cyberpark 1 and Cyberpark 2 towers, that both are equipped with 100% back-up generator power, VRV/VRF air-conditioning system, and telecom service providers that ensure high-speed telecom backbone access to their tenants. The towers have automated parking systems, and security features that include metal detectors, CCTVs, and turnstiles. The Cyberpark 2 is also fitted with double-glazed windows for energy efficiency, and will have a rainwater collection tank as added green feature.
InfiniVAN Inc.  is a corporate broadband provider and a subsidiary of Japanese firm IPS, that provides a business internet user experience that is at par with global standards, delivered via end-to-end Fiber Optic Network Infrastructure that is fully redundant and backed up by experienced and reliable management as well as technical support team.

Sec. Cusi Strengthens PH Energy Ties with Japan and Indonesia



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Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi conducted bilateral meetings with Japan’s Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) and the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations Plus Three (ASEAN+3) members, during the 37th ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM37) held in Bangkok, Thailand from 2 to 6 September 2019.

For the Energy Secretary, the annual AMEM presents great opportunities to pursue bilateral talks with the country’s existing and potential energy partners within the region.

“AMEM37 enabled us to engage METI and MEMR on various mutual areas of interest, including energy investment opportunities and joint energy resource exploration and development activities. Given our shared borders, it is imperative that the ASEAN members jointly explore and harness available resources to ensure the region’s energy security and to benefit our people,” Secretary Cusi said.

Sec. Cusi thanked State Minister Yoshihiko Isozaki, head of the METI delegation, for the successful turnover of boom trucks to Philippine electric cooperatives granted by the Japanese Government through Japan International Cooperation Agency's (JICA) Bangsamoro Project.

Thereafter, the Energy Chief emphasized the relevance of Japan’s ongoing initiative on the Distributed Energy System (DES), that will promotes energy innovation and efficiency. He expressed the DOE’s interest to be part of METI’s program to evaluate the potential of island provinces and economic zones for DES power generation and electrification projects.

During the meeting with MEMR, headed by its Vice Minister, Dr. Arcandra Tahar, Secretary Cusi reiterated the country’s aspiration to become the LNG hub in the region, and underscored the need to assess existing development issues on the Philippine Downstream Natural Gas Regulations. Sec. Cusi also proposed the inclusion of Oil Exploration and Development as the 8th Sub-Sector Network in the updated ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation, and for the ASEAN Council on Petroleum. The proposal was welcomed and strongly supported by the Indonesian Vice Energy Minister because it aims to revisit its role as one of the main organizations within the ASEAN.

Joining the Energy Secretary for the two bilateral meetings were DOE Senior Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas, Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos, Assistant Secretary Gerardo D. Erguiza Jr., DOE-Energy Policy and Planning Bureau (EPPB) Director Jesus T. Tamang, DOE-EPPB’s Energy Cooperation and Coordination Division Chief Lilian C. Fernandez, and other DOE-EPPB technical personnel.

“While our backgrounds and nationalities may differ on the surface, we share the goal of invigorating the intra-ASEAN energy relations. A united ASEAN in the energy sector is a crucial component in shaping ASEAN’s future,” Secretary Cusi concluded.

The Ravishing Backwaters

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Travellers and pilgrims from everywhere throughout the world have been attracted to Kerala for quite a long time for its authentic South Indian by flavours.

Be it the backwaters or their authentic appams and stew. There’s a lot that Kerala has to offer their tourists in terms of nature and cultural activities. 

Surrounded by the beautiful backwaters, Kerala never fails to disappoint the tourists. Thus, when you are on your South India tour, exploring this beautiful city is a must.

It is generally the best that if you are on an India tours, you should start with the Southern portion of the country as it is the cleanest and very friendly as well as warm to the foreigners. 

While all the shading and intrigue of India is found here in this tropical state otherwise called 'God's own Country,' Kerala is unique in relation to the remaining of India and exploring Kerala is a cleaner, less bothered, and laid back undertaking – an ideal, simple prologue to Incredible India.

COCHI
For most voyagers the noteworthy, environmental and multicultural port of Fort Cochin is the door to hiking Kerala and the brilliant, old boulevards of Fort Cochin and Jew Town are an enjoyment to explore.

Post Cochin is likewise home to the renowned Chinese Fishing Nets, a multi year old Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace (otherwise called the Dutch Palace), the incredible Kerala Folklore Museum and a few Portuguese Churches. 

The warmth of the fishermen and their authentic delicacies are worth a trial when you are on your South India tour. Wake up early in the morning to witness them sail across the majestic Arabian sea and bring their daily catch.

Post Cochin likewise has numerous extraordinary cafés, decent inns and legacy lodgings, opportunities to attempt Ayurveda, cooking classes

Certainly, it's quite touristy however there's bounty to investigate in Fort Cochin and it's anything but difficult to orchestrate ahead movement around Kerala from here as well.

Alleppey (Alappuzha)
Cruising the backwaters of Kerala is one of the most quiet, delightful and tranquil things you can involvement in India and something not to be missed while in India.

Alleppey is around 2 hours from Cochin and is the portal to the acclaimed Kerala backwaters  – Alleppey has been known as the Venice of the East

The Kerala backwater tour is an arrangement of channels extending 900 km crosswise over Kerala lined by palm trees of a thousand shades of green, paddy fields and vivid houses and a lifestyle that appears to be impractically unaltered for quite a long time. Initially the backwaters were occupied as covered canal boats called kettuvallams.

There are numerous ways you can journey the Kerala backwaters, from an extravagance houseboat to a less expensive day visit ideal for hikers on a spending limit. It's ideal to examine the houseboats face to face before booking. 

Soma House Boat is a mutual vessel and is one of the least expensive ways to travel.

There are heaps of spending guesthouses, lodgings and homestays in Alleppey around Punnamada and the vessel pier. Vedanta Wake Up along the fantastic Backwaters is the best explorer lodging close to the vessel pier in Alleppey. 

It's one of Vedanta's leader lodgings which set in pleasant rich green gardens with cooled residences and private rooms and they help you sort out backwater visits and pontoon trips.


Or on the other hand for something other than what's expected you can remain in the backwaters at Bamboostix an eco-accommodating, explorer resort arranged ideal on the waterfront of an island. 

In the Kerala backwaters ( lake Vembanad close Alleppey ) with an eatery, free pontoon get and drop off (multiple times day by day) up to 6 pm just as heaps of loungers and relax places.
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