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Friday, October 18, 2019

Beat Holiday Stress with RedDoorz 499 Promo



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The holiday fever is on! Mall sales, Christmas tiangges and bazaars are up and Chtistmas shopping is on everyone’s mind.

It’s easy to get stressed even just by thinking of how to navigate through the hustle and bustle of the days ahead, how to survive the horrendous traffic and get all one’s Christmas errands done.

RedDoorz, the Philippines’ No. 1 affordable hotel chain and Southeast Asia’s largest, fastest-growing, technology-driven hotel management company, may just have a good solution. For the month of October, RedDoorz is offering rooms at Php 499 for overnight stay at selected RedDoorz hotels nationwide.

This means..

1. You can rent a room to serve as “battle station” while you shop till you drop.

Shopping and walking with all those bags and packages in your arms can be really uncomfortable, plus the chances of you dropping or missing a package or two increases with each new purchase. You wish you could have a place to leave your bags so you can free your hands and do more “battles” at store counters and tiangge queues.

Why not check into a nearby RedDoorz hotel with a 499 Promo? You can deposit all your stuff while you go out and “shop pa more”, maybe even grab a bite or drink in between. You can rest assured that all your belongings will be safe. You can even grab some snooze time if you want.

2. You can beat the traffic with an overnight stay at an affordable but clean and comfy hotel.

The MMDA says traffic is going to get even worse, thanks to Holiday mall sales, night markets and tiangges. A lot of people decide to let the traffic subside by staying at restos or roaming around malls a little bit longer. Only to find out that a thousand other mall-goers are thinking the same thing. The result? You all get caught in the jam, and the traffic is still heavy even up to midnight.

Bypass the stress and the traffic. Check your RedDoorz app and look for the nearest RedDoorz hotel. Book a room and let the thought of the traffic melt away as you enjoy a warm shower, savor the clean sheets and treat yourself – yes, the family too! -- to a relaxing overnight stay. At very affordable rates.

3. You can cook up a quick, low-budget Barkada Party and save big bucks.

It’s hard to find a get-together place this time of year. Restaurants are fully booked, bars are crowded and event places are too expensive. Instead of looking for a costly place and spending lots of money on food and beverages, why not hold your cozy Christmas party at a nearby RedDoorz? You’ll get a different vibe, lots of time to chill, and while you’re on a low budget theme, you can ditch the fancy foods and just party on chips, finger foods, and drinks.

4. You can have a happy, cost efficient Holidays.

So for the Christmas season, don’t be afraid to pursue your dream holiday staycation. Celebrate Paskong Pilipino with family and friends anytime, anywhere in the Philippines. RedDoorz’s affordable hotel rates – even those not included in the 499 Promo -- lets you experience and enjoy travel as much as you want, near or far. RedDoorz now has 200 partner hotels all over the Philippines from way up north in Baguio, to Pampanga, Metro Manila, Tagaytay and Palawan all the way down south to Cebu, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Tacloban, Bohol, Davao, Cagayan De Oro and Boracay. Your best Christmas celebration yet could be just a RedDoorz away.

Download the RedDoorz app on Google Play Store and App Store to find your perfect location this Holiday season.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

PINACO Signs on as the Platinum Sponsor of the 30th SEA Games and 10th ASEAN Para Games In a Deal Brokered by Mediapro Asia



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Less than two months before the Philippine hosting of the 30th South East Asian Games, the Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) has gained a new partner through Mediapro Asia. PINACO, Vietnam’s leading dry cell and storage battery signed a commitment of support with PHISGOC for the hosting of the 30th SEA games.

“Since our last partnership announcement, we are excited to once again have another partner on board for the SEA Games. With PINACO, this opens up the Vietnamese market for us, and we are hoping that this would be the first of many other collaborations with PINACO,” said Lars Heidenreich, Managing Director Mediapro Asia.

PINACO has been the constant companion of many major regional and international sports events, and will be leveraging on this SEA Games as the opportunity to lead-up into the 2021 SEA Games taking place in Vietnam.

“It is such a great honour and pride for PINACO to be one of the official Platinum Partners of this event in the hopes of contributing to the success of the Games, especially given that the 30th SEA Games is the largest sports event in the region,” said Tran Thanh Van, General Director of PINACO.

PHISGOC Chair and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the partnership with PINACO adds to the growing list of private companies expressing their support for the Philippines hosting.

For the past year, PHISGOC has been successful in tapping private companies to sponsor the events and augment the organizing committee’s budget.

“The overwhelming support of international brands boosts our efforts to facilitate our preparations and inspire us to work even harder every day,” Cayetano said.

The entry of PINACO, represented by its General Director, Tran Thanh Van, helps our organizing committee to raise its standards of hosting the 30th South East Asian Games.

In simple signing ceremonies held in Taguig on Thursday, Cayetano thanked PINACO for the opportunity to partner with PHISGOC for the successful hosting of this year's SEA games.

Given that 2019’s SEA Games is being promised as one of the biggest ever, with 56 sports, 8750 athletes and team officials; and targeting more than 500 million viewers, this would look to be a valuable sponsorship in exposures.

PHISGOC officials expressed their gratitude for giving their trust and confidence to the organizing committee.

For this year’s SEA games, PHISGOC is expecting the participation of 11,000 athletes and team officials, 9,000 volunteers, 530 medal events covering 56 sports in 53 competition venues for the 30th edition of the games, which will happen in 12 exciting days. The events will take place in 4 clusters in Clark, Subic, Metro Manila and other areas in South Luzon.

Five Foreign and One Local Companies Vie to Build PNR Clark 2 Segment to Clark Airport, Depot



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The massive North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project continues to draw a significant number of proposals from here and abroad, as Contract Packages 4 and 5 of the PNR Clark Phase 2 attracted one local and five international companies.

Bid submission was held Monday, 14 October 2019, at the office of the Procurement Service - Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM).

Following the record turnout of 11 international and local bidders for Contract Packages 1-3 in August, DOTr Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan and PNR General Manager Junn Magno noted that the sustained interest of proponents in the NSCR Project, as manifested in the level of participation for Contract Packages 4 and 5, is continuing proof of the international infrastructure industry’s trust in the Duterte Administration’s Build Build Build Program.

Jointly implemented by the DOTr and PNR, and procured through the PS-DBM, “the turnout of bidders for Packages 1-5 of PNR Clark Phase 2 is proof that competition and value for taxpayers' money are enhanced with a bidding process that is transparent, fair, and corruption-free,” Batan said.

“The vibrant turnout of proponents yet again for Contract Packages 4 and 5 reflects the solid support and trust of the international infrastructure industry in the Duterte administration. With a robust competition, we also raise the standard of quality of our infrastructures that shall, in the end, best serve the Filipino people,” Magno added.

The NSCR Project – a mega railway network spanning 148 kilometers with 37 stations – is worth PhP777.55 billion. It is co-financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). It notably remains to be both the ADB’s fastest rail project implementation and recipient of its largest financing — further proof of the trust that the international development finance community has extended to President Rodrigo Duterte's promise of delivering the Philippines' Golden Age of Infrastructure.

PNR Clark Phase 2 is a 53-kilometer segment from Malolos, Bulacan to Clark, Pampanga, which forms part of the NSCR. This rail line will feature the country’s first airport express railway service.

Contract Package 4 consists of 8 kilometers and includes Clark International Airport Station. Contract Package 5, meanwhile, consists of the NSCR’s Clark Depot.

Companies that participated in the bidding are Acciona (Spain), EEI (Philippines), GS Engineering & Construction (Korea), Posco Engineering & Construction (Korea), PT Waskita (Indonesia), and PT Wika (Indonesia).

PNR Clark Phase 2 is targeted for partial operations by 2022. This rail line will reduce travel time between Malolos, Bulacan and Clark International Airport to just 30-35 minutes; and from Buendia in Makati to Clark Airport from 2 hours via car to just 55 minutes through the airport express. It aims to serve 340,000 passengers daily in its opening year.

Before 2019 ends, more contract packages are scheduled for bid submission and publication. These include bid submission for PNR Calamba Package 1 (1 kilometer including Blumentritt Station) on 05 November 2019, and the start of bidding for the NSCR’s 304 Commuter Train Cars, 56 Airport Express Train Cars, and Electromechanical Systems within the last quarter of 2019.

World Leader Torani Holds First-ever Master Flavor Class in PH



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Do you know that how we experience flavors and taste is a science?

That you cannot taste flavor unless you can smell?

That color and aroma influence how we get attracted to and enjoy what we eat and drink?

That genetics, age, ethnic background, the number and sensitivity of our taste buds determine how we taste?

Over 60 baristas and restaurateurs from well-known coffee houses, restaurants, and hotels in Luzon learned about the science of flavor and more at the first-ever Torani Master Flavor Class held in the country at Seda Hotel in Taguig recently. It was jointly organized by Torani, world leader in flavoring syrups, sauces and blended drink bases, and Equilibrium Intertrade Corporation, top Philippine distributor of coffee, tea and specialty beverage products.













The three-part workshop was conducted by Anjali Ganpule, Torani’s innovative food scientist from Torani San Francisco and an active member of Northern California’s Institute of Food Technologists. Ms. Ganpule is a master at seducing the senses with both exciting and soothing flavors.

The class enabled participants to learn how to craft amazing flavors and also to understand, develop and promote their drinks in a competitive market.

The whole day deep-dive familiarized participants with the science, technology and art of creating amazing flavors. Participants learned how to enhance existing products and standardize sensory methods. They found out how customers use all of their senses to experience their drinks. By experiencing different tastes and flavors themselves, class members learned how to create yummy flavors through their knowledge of food science. They then created a drink menu with different kinds of flavors.

“Torani has over 100 flavors and those great flavors when paired with great coffee and prepared by great baristas will surely delight customers in a special way. I think that will greatly help to set their coffee shop apart from competition,” Ms. Ganpule said.

Torani Syrups & Sauces was brought to the Philippines by Equilibrium Intertrade Corporation from San Francisco, CA to re-create the café experience of the North Beach in San Francisco. It paved the way to the early beginnings and subsequent growth of the first and second waves of the Philippine Specialty Coffee Trade. These Rolls Royce of coffee flavorings has served millions of exciting lattes in many cafes in the country since it first went into the market in 1998.

Torani offers various syrups and sauces from Regular Syrup, Sauces, Fruit Purees, Real Fruit and Puremade Syrup, which delivers amazing flavor using the purest ingredients.

Equilibrium Intertrade Corporation, the country’s official distributor of Torani, has been in operation for more than 21 years in the Philippines. As the specialty coffee trade began to grow in the late 1900s, it expanded its products to include espresso machines, specialty teas and other specialty beverages. Its clients include top hotels, restaurants and the popular coffee places in the country.

Fun Ways To Enjoy The Rainy Season While Staying Safe Indoors



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The average rainfall of the Philippines is between 965 and 4,064 millimeters every year, according to PAGASA. Eastern Surigao, Eastern Samar, and Baguio City have the largest volume of rainfall while Cotabato gets the smallest volume of rain. June typically starts the rainy season in the country, but it does not stop the enjoyment. Instead, it offers an opportunity for a new kind of fun for you and your loved ones. Many indoor activities are available on rainy days, for both inside and outside your home. This is because there are lots of things to do alone or with a group regardless of the weather.

Enjoy a Staycation

If you're hesitant to travel through bad weather, you can always go on a staycation and enjoy the amenities and facilities of a local high-end hotel. There are plenty of ways to spend your time, such as relaxing at the spa, taking a dip in the pool, or catching up on your favorite shows within the comfort of your room. Your mind will be free of any outdoor activities to deal with the rain. Another great idea while you are on a staycation is to go online shopping. Browse through your favorite shopping platforms and discover the latest deals online. Many of these sites offer rainy day promos, which makes shopping during staycation a great way to spend your time indoors.

Take a Food Trip

If you're looking for a quick escape during the rainy season, another activity to do is dine-hop, or locally known as "food-tripping." When it comes to local cuisine and delicacies, the Philippines has a lot to offer. So, when you are feeling the rainy blues, satisfy your cravings and eat pinoy favorites like lechon, adobo, empanada, and Bicol express. Finding great deals on food is also another way to save money while making your stomach full.

Don't Rain on Your Fitness

Every year, the Philippines experience torrential rains from typhoons are at their highest during from July to August. But, the rain outside should not stop you from doing physical activities. After all, home fitness such as push-ups, lunges, and crunches do not require any gym equipment. Another way to work those muscles is to take a dip in the pool. Look for the closest swimming pool and splash around to feel refreshed even when it is dreary outside.

Heavy downpours, thunderstorms, and dark skies can easily dampen the mood of Pinoy wanderers. But in reality, there are many ways to take advantage of the wet season. Simply choose your favorite rainy-day activities and carry on that sunny disposition during the monsoon season.

Affniqchic Boutique Opening at Cityland 10 Tower ll Makati City


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I've got a chance to interview and talk to the owner of Affniqchic Boutique in Makati City. During its opening at Cityland 10 Tower ll Makati City. The location is quite accessible and kinda unique. 

That store is just beside RCBC tower central business district in Makati. So if you will go on shopping or window shopping. Its more of kinda private place. Because of the location is kinda different than your usual mall.




Affniqchic owner told me that she also design her own signature shoes and fashion accessories collection. She is also open for future collaboration with Beauty queens. 

Visit them at affniqchic.com or take at tour at Unit 1705, Cityland 10 Tower 2, H.V. Dela Costa Street, Makati, 1206 Metro Manila. During my tour - I find it elegant, classy and affordable.


 


So to all of my Jowables olalala senorita and Kabits huwag hayaan lumamig ang pasko. Andito na ang mga regalo nyo hahaha. So this is my first time to endorse dress and fashion boutique for women. 

So we all have mother, sister, friend and girl friend that will be happy to have these items. It reminds me of the popular  avon fashion  brand, for women brand run by men.



Poblacion, Makati: Design District After Dark



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A creative crawl guide to the metro’s emerging design community

Poblacion, Makati, with its gritty backstreets and flashy neon lights in the backdrop, has reemerged as one of the metro’s creative centrals. With its streets spilling with high concept food and speakeasy bars, restaurants, and even artist spaces, Poblacion at present is a far cry from the lull of an old downtown, residential area that it used to be, and is slowly shedding its ecclectic, unpolished façade as a former red light district.

The Poblacion frequented now is at the exciting intersection of arts, culture, and gastronomy catering to the new generation of workforce from all around the metro. Its city night lights now complemented with the vibrance of artistry and creativity.

Recognizing how the creative community has alchemized one of Makati’s oldest district into a gold mine of creative vibe, Design Week Philippines highlights Poblacion as a Creative Environment in its celebration of its 11th edition from 12-20 October 2019. Design Week Philippines sees Poblacion’s transformation a perfect fit to this edition’s theme of Design Kaleidoscope, where creative communities and hubs leverage on diverse strengths and perspectives that pave the way for artistic and communal chemistry to spark change.

“There is a different energy permeating in the backstreets and alleys of Poblacion that has really changed its urbanscape, and creativity is indeed a big part of it,” comments Rhea O. Matute, executive director of Design Center of the Philippines. “The evolution of Poblacion can be seen as a celebration of individual talents and skills that complemented each other, thereby growing the community into a unique combination of cultural and business artistry.” Matute adds that the creative vibe feed on each other, encouraging the birth of more creative pursuits in the area, whether it’s gastronomy, craft beer, third wave coffee, or performance art.

“Design Center’s work in the recent years focused on collaboration with numerous creative hubs as part of the agency’s advocacy to nurture a thriving creative economy in the Philippines,” shares Matute. “We envision more creative cities in the country, and creative hubs and communities contribute significantly to this goal.” It is in this light that Matute also commends the support extended by the City Government of Makati to the creative scene, citing it as a confidence booster to creative communities and hubs.


Centers of Creativity and Craftsmanship

Aside from its Central Business District, Makati is home to advertising agencies, co-working spaces, creative hubs, retail shops, galleries, museums, among others—all of which are brewing pots for creativity, design, and craftsmanship.

Pineapple Lab, a gallery space in Poblacion, is one of the creative collaborators that Design Center is constantly working with in the recent years. In fact, their Fringe MNL festival is part of the Design Week calendar in the past editions, according to Matute. As a creative space and gallery especially for newbies, Pineapple Lab prides itself as a safe space for artistic experimentation. In this DWP edition, Pineapple Lab joins the Design Hub Hoppin’, a curated itinerary of Poblacion’s creative hubs, and is set to feature Shorts and Briefs Cinco: A Theater Festival of concise plays, and WTF PH!, an exhibit of artists bannering today’s youth spirit, creative resistance, and cultural expression of identity.

A boutique design and manufacturing studio in Alfonso St., Poblacion, The Workshop offers local, sustainable and handcrafted products like tote bags, wallets, aprons and even jewelries. The Workshop also offers another reason for people to enjoy their Fridays at The Workshop—gin buko, a cocktail popular in the provinces, which is a mix of buko and the infamous Ginebra San Miguel Kwatro Kantos.

Husband-and-wife tandem Jaime and Nadine Fanlo, together with their friend Jill Borja, serve freshly brewed craft beers in Pedro Tap House in Matilde St. Years after successfully launching their own craft beer label, Pedro Brewcrafters, and landing it on market shelves, the trio now adds variety to the bar hopping game in Poblacion through their drinks.

Pineapple Lab, The Workshop, and Pedro Tap House are just a few of the galleries, retail shops, and bars that creatives frequent in Poblacion. More Poblacion-based creative hubs, and other creative entrepreneurs in the metro, are set to participate in Design Week Philippines, particularly in a one-day design fete on 19 October 2019. Expect design talks, creative workshops, design film screening, exhibitions and pop-ups that aim to spark inspiration as Design Week Philippines takes Museo ng Makati for a different creative spin!

What’s to look forward to in the design fiesta in Makati’s repository of heritage and culture? Here’s the rundown!

Storytelling in Design

Headlined by a roster of renowned creatives like Leeroy New (The Production Designer), Patrick Cabral (The Multidisciplinary Designer), and Carlo Vergara (The Comic Creator) and joined by muralist Jappy Agoncillo and data designer Jiah Margallo, this edition’s design talks explore the value of storytelling across disciplines in shifting the way people see the world.


RAMS Philippine Premiere by Goethe Institute

Widely known for the design of Braun products and Vitsoe furniture, German industrial designer Dieter Rams is a design rockstar who was among the first to advocate environmental friendliness in his work even before sustainability was a buzzword. He is also famous for the ten principles of good design that guided even today’s topnotch products. Designers and creatives alike are encouraged to learn about his design philosophy through a screening of his life documentary.


Creative Workshops on Sustainability

A playground-inspired activity center for kids (and kids at heart!) fuses creativity with learning and endless imagination to stimulate their curiosity and capabilities as the next generation of design heroes and advocates of sustainability. Participants can enjoy workshops on watercolor painting with LifeAfterBreakfast.ph, crochet with Crochet Lovers of the Philippines, wire jewelry making with Tesseract MNL, arts and crafts with CraftMNL, basic wood works with Pioneer Adhesives, and advocacy-driven children’s games.


Design Thinking Workshop with UXPH

How might we transform and add value to user experience of art and design consumption in museums, galleries, and exhibition spaces? is the design problem that workshop participants will attempt to answer under the facilitation of Ely Apao of UXPH.

Outside Poblacion, Design Week Philippines is collaborating with other key cities in fostering creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and innovation.

Business of Creativity

17 October 2019 | 6 PM at MATIQ HUB, Cebu


MATIC HUB and HoliCoW (Holistic Coalition of the Willing) explores how creativity and entrepreneurship connect in an interactive talk.


70th Manila FAME

17 – 19 October 2019 | 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM at World Trade Center, Pasay City


Anchored on the theme Heritage Reimagined, Manila FAME promises to unleash the most iconic and forward-looking pieces from its collection from the past thirty years and infuse them with the vision of the new.


Pursuit Fair Volume 6: In Creatives We Trust

19 October 2019 | 12:00 NN – 10:00 PM at Samsung Hall, SM Aura, Taguig City


Pursuit Fair is grounded on three principles: creativity, commerce and community. Discover local thought brands that breed a thoughtful community in their one-day fair.


Design Week Philippines is supported by McDonald’s, foodpanda, Slimmers World International, Pare Shirts, Beanhi Coffee House, and Pioneer Adhesives. Media partners are Inquirer.net, Blog-ph.com, Wazzup Pilipinas, Rakista Radio, ANC, and Metro Home.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Knowing Your Rights, Fighting Corruption



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ETM Tax Agent Office, Inc. in collaboration with MCM Tax Consultancy Trust Fund, is introducing you the much awaited once in a lifetime event.

Having the sole objective of assisting taxpayers in complying tax obligations as mandated by Philippine Government through legal and stress-free procedures, we are cordially inviting you to attend our big event entitled “Knowing Your Rights, Fighting Corruption” which will be held on October 23, 2019 from 1pm to 5pm at Auditorium, UP Institute of Biology, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Bringing the High Calibre Speakers from different Government Agencies make this event more exceptional.

National Bureau of Investigation
Edgardo N. Vicenda
NBI Chief General Services Division

Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission
Eduardo V. Bringas
PACC Executive Director

Office of the Ombudsman
Weomark Ryan G. Layson
Assistant Ombudsman of the Finance and Management Information Office



“Knowing Your Rights Fighting Corruption” is the first step towards a life of peace, integrity, prosperity and wealth.

1. Learn how to use and avail the services of a different anti-corruption government agency of the Philippines.

2. Be empowered by knowing your rights and thru different tax remedies afforded by law.


Let us all make this country a better place for us to live and aim for a Corruption-Free Philippines.

Contact info (for tickets or more information): (02) 8376-4270/ 0922-801-0922/ 0917-307-1316/ 0908-880-7568

Event title: Knowing Your Rights Fighting Corruption
Date / time: 
October 23, 2019/ 1:00PM to 5:00PM
Venue: 
IB Auditorium UP Institute of Biology UP Diliman, Quezon City.
Ticket price: 
500.00 VAT Inclusive
Group of 5+1: Php 2,500.00
Group of 10+3: Php 5,000.00
Official website / social media link: 
http://etmtaxagentoffice.com/event/knowing-your-rights-fighting-corruption/ and https://www.facebook.com/etmtaomanila/
Contact info (for tickets or more information): 
(02) 8376-4270/ 0922-801-0922/ 0917-307-1316/ 0908-880-7568

Ancient Jewish Jewelry and Tefillin

       


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Tefillin are made of two calfskin lashes and two dark cowhide boxes. One is for the arm, and the other is worn on the head. Inside the secret elements are portions of material with four sections from the Torah composed by an extraordinarily prepared copyist. The arm tefillin contains every one of the four areas composed on a solitary segment of material. In the head tefillin there are four separate compartments, one for every one of the four. To be genuine, the letters on the material should be entire and particular. On the off chance that ink has chipped off, and the letters are broken, or keep running into one another, the tefillin are not genuine.

Fluctuating Degrees of Value:

The nature of the composition on the material is the greatest value factor in a lot of tefillin for sale. I asked Jen Taylor Friedman, a copyist who web journals at Hatam Soferet, about this, and she expressed, "Little composing is difficult to progress admirably, so a decent arrangement of tefillin materials takes a great deal of time and exertion to deliver, which makes great materials costly. Modest tefillin have been composed quicker. Regularly, they've been written with the end goal that the letters are scarcely fit. 'Nobody will see,' the harried copyist thinks. 'What's it matters on the off chance that they're somewhat risky?' and touchy they are. Additionally, the least expensive tefillin are composed on material which has been blessed to receive make it simpler to jot on however the treatment rushes the root of the letters. So regardless of whether you're fortunate and the letters are just about legitimate, they're going to rot in ten years. This is the reason it is conceivable to purchase modest tefillin, and why it isn't the best choice."

Traditional Jewish Jewelry:

People have used jewelry throughout history. It has been used as a show of wealth as well as a way of identifying what class a person belongs to. In ancient Rome, everyone wore a ring. The material that the ring was made of designated that person’s class in society. The upper class had gold rings, the plebian had silver or bronze rings, and the slaves of the city wore iron rings to remind them of their servitude.

Jewelry was one of the first uses of metallurgy archeologists have found. The first known jewelry predates the earliest metal tools and weapons by thousands of years. With such a storied history, it should be no surprise that jewelry served many important roles in Jewish jewelry ancients.

For early human advancements, the way toward purifying and working metal into a usable structure would have been tedious and work escalated. This implies it was likely unreasonable to utilize metal to make basic devices when stone and wooden alternatives were simpler to create.

The trouble of working metal lent itself well as a grown-up toy, be that as it may. These implied gems created with what we currently consider to be normal metals would have been a profoundly looked for after materialistic trifle. Iron and steel were specifically compelling a direct result of the high dissolving purpose of iron and the obscure causes of steel.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Why The Totally Free Dating Sites are Gaining Traction?


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Dating sites are a huge hit now. People don’t waste their time nowadays asking their friends and acquaintances to hook them up with their crush. Besides that dating is already enough of a frustration and hassle already. 

You have to make a lot of efforts to find a partner and then to make him happy there are other efforts as well. So why not minimize the before efforts with dating sites for free.

If you are thinking about how a free dating site can help you then there are a lot of ways! For one, it is for free and if you are worried about the security concerns then most of these sites are completely safe and they don’t even reveal your personal information without your consent.

Here are some reasons that may seem to be compelling enough for choosing a dating site for your match. Dive through them!

Boon for introverts
Most people find it difficult to talk to the people that they really like because it is surely difficult on anyone’s part. But there are top free online dating sites that have their very own compatibility sort and everything to save you from the hassle of finding your ideal match. 

You will get your match and all you need to do is to initiate a conversation keeping in base the match thing.

Communicate and make friends
No dating site is going to place a revolver on your head and force you to date. You can simply flirt in a healthy way and make friends that you can hang out with in your locality. 

You don’t need to be in a relationship to not be alone and these free dating sites are all about this.

No security concerns
Even though the sites are free but still they exhibits no signs of security concerns. It’s completely your decision that to what level you want to show your information and personal details. No site demands every bit of your personal life to get registered.

No membership and sign up concerns
There are a lot sites that accept registration without any sign up. So you don’t need to buy a membership or signup with all your personal information to find a date online. These sites are free, easy and everything that you will need.

A large platform to find your date
There are millions of users registered on the online dating sites to find their soul mate and so you have a lot of options to choose from. You can take your time and choose the one that you really find to be the one.

Are you convinced yet?
Well if you still have any second thoughts about 100% free dating sites that almost require minimal or no information about you then there are loads of options available online. 

There are top free dating sites where you can view profiles, communicate with people, talk to them, meet and greet them and find matches that you will find irresistible to break. The best part is that everything is free and you don’t need to sign up as well for some sites. So did you try one yet?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Smile Train Beneficiaries, Aboitiz Foundation Celebrate World Smile Day with Binibining Pilipinas 2019 Titleholders


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October 4 is World Smile Day, Smile Train, the world's leading cleft charity, together with Aboitiz Foundation celebrated the ocassion along with Pilipinas 2019 Titleholders through and art-filled day with the beneficiaries.

World Smile day is celebrated on every first Friday of October which not just encourages smile but also for people to do acts of kindness around the world.
Held at the office of Aboitiz Foundation at NAC Tower in Bonifacio Global City, over twenty five Smile Train beneficiaries showed their creativity in creating plushie toys with the help of the Binibining Pilipinas Titleholders led by Bb. Pilipinas Universe Gazini Ganados, Bb. Pilipinas International Patch Magtanong, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational Resham Saeed, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental Emma Tiglao, and Bb. Pilipinas Globe Leren Bautista.










Apart from the celebration, Aboitiz Foundation supports Smile Train by also raising awareness and funds for children through KINDer by Aboitiz which is an online platform where the public can donate to various advocacies that aim to help and create a kinder world for our children and the future. Besides from Smile Train, Aboitiz also support causes that benefit education, enterprise development, environmental, health and other foundations.

With this small celebration, Smile Train along with its partner Aboitiz Foundation aims to raise more awareness and inspire others to join the cause in spreading smiles throughout the country.






For more information about Smile Train's programs in the Philippines along with the organization's global efforts, or to make a donation you can visit smiletrain.org.

Written by Alice Mate, Correspondent

Have There Been Any New Rules Concerning Driving, Introduced This Year?



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With everything happening in the EU in the last couple of years, there have been many changes regarding the driving and traffic rules. Other than all having some effect on the UK, these laws are going to see some changes as the year and the process of Brexit progresses. They are mainly relating to climate change, changes in administration because of Brexit, and technological developments incars.


What are some of the changes on an administrative front?

Depending on the deal made by the UK, there are changes in the current documents and paperwork in the UK. People holding licences registered in the UK have to purchase new ones if they are planning on driving in the EU. They would have to apply and going through the entire processagain. Secondly, vehicles that went through the MOT test wouldn't be valid in the EU and would have to get re-examined.

Furthermore, driving in these parts would need insurance that covers them. This might not be an issue for most, however, if the current insurance company being worked with doesn’t, it might make sense to find one that does.

The amounts being paid for taxes on vehicles are also being revised. Furthermore, other prices and details of licences and permits are being worked on but would be revised as well.

On an environmental front, these are some of the changes in the works.

Some areas are working on ideas on how to reduce pollution and to get this done are considering banning vehicles older than a specific number of years. Certain vehicles would be banned from specific locations if the rule passes but it would only happen by 2020 at the earliest. 

There are penalties for using cars older than a specific number of years.


Are there any changes being made on an MOT front?

The labels used when reviewing cars have been revised. They now account for cars and the various stages of the process that they have been brought into the inspection. Certain labels are used when mentioning cars that won't clear the MOT test but would have to reapply. Labels like ‘dangerous’ and ‘major’ mean that specific issues need to be solved immediately. While the rest implies that the car will pass the MOT but would have to be given in for repairs at the soonest. ‘Minor’ and ‘advisory’ would mean that the vehicle needs some work done but would pass the test since it is not threatening.

Post multiple conversations about the MOT being outdated, the test finally has some new checks that have been added. They added under-inflated tyres, contaminated brake fluid, brake pad warning lights and missing brake pads or discs to the list. Although these are often taken for granted, they are quite significant. Additionally, they have added, reversing lights and daytime running lights for the newer versions of vehicles. There are older vehicles that might not have these features and those are going to be addressed soon as well.

UP CIEM Proudly Presents IEshikawa 14



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IEshikawa is an annual event organized by the University of the Philippines Circle of Industrial Engineering Majors (UP CIEM) that aims to impart a range of relevant topics to strengthen the skills of future industrial engineers, to provide alternative avenues for growth and learning, and to instill a sense of nationalism for the betterment of the country.

In its 14th installment, IEshikawa comes back to delve deeper into data science and explore its endless possibilities and opportunities. In a world where information is power, it is an advantage to be able to convert data into a meaningful basis for decision-making. This year, through ENIGMA: Beyond 0’s and 1’s, IEshikawa aims to encourage the community to go beyond the numbers and integrate data science to IE concepts and practices.

Data Science is a combination of different tools, algorithms, and technology with the goal to recognize patterns from raw data and use them as basis for predictions and actions on succeeding events. It is a forward-looking approach of analyzing the past to be able to come up with informed decisions for the future.

With this, IEshikawa 14 calls on trailblazers and change-makers to venture into data science and transform their views from it being enigmatic or incomprehensible to being a valuable tool to move forward towards progress. #IEshikawa14 #BeyondTheNumbers

FDCP Launches Filming in the Philippines Location Incentives at Busan Film Market


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During its annual Philippine Cinema Night at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) held last October 6 at the Haeundae Rooftop Bar, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) revealed its biggest news yet as it launched two (2) new film incentives to encourage international film productions to shoot and work in the Philippines. The incentive program was also announced during the welcome reception at the Asian Film Market last October 5.

Aimed to offer a holistic shooting experience in the country, the location incentive schemes under the banner of FilmPhilippines give financial support to both international productions and co-productions with Filipino producers who will spend at least 8 Million Pesos ($154,000 USD) in the Philippines for their film's production and post-production. These programs, paired with FDCP’s "Let’s Create Together" campaign where the Philippines is showcased as a country and an industry open to produce meaningful, entertaining, and incredible content, are the agency's next step to going global with the audiovisual industry.

Full feature films in any genre and format—live action, documentary, animation, short films, television series, to web content series or content for alternative distribution platforms—in partnership with a duly-registered Philippine line producer may apply for the Film Location Incentive Program (FLIP).



As for the International Co-Production Fund (ICOF), Filipino feature film projects of any format with international co-production onboard may apply.

Projects at any stage—pre-production, production, or post-production—with a minimum production expenditure of 8 Million Pesos ($155,000 USD) in the Philippines may apply for the incentives.

Upon approval, a cash rebate of between 10% to 40% of qualifying production costs with a cap of up to 10 Million Pesos ($193,000 USD) may be availed through FLIP or ICOF.

Eligible spend for the incentive schemes cover artist and technician fees, equipment rental, crew, film permits, accommodation, transport, and food expenses spent in the Philippines.

Applications for both incentive schemes will be open by January 2020.

“There is no better way to underscore the celebration of the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema than to finally give our Filipino filmmakers and the Philippines the leverage that it needs to be globally competitive,” said FDCP Chairperson and CEO Liza Diño. Meanwhile, on a Facebook post, she also expressed her anticipation for the incentive schemes. She stated, “I'm excited to share this with the world because we have been lobbying for this since I started my term as head of this agency. I believe Busan is the perfect platform to launch this exciting program.” FDCP expects a heightened artistic and technical exchange between Filipino film workers and the rest of the world’s film professionals through this program, as well as a surge in tourism revenues and business investments months after this incentive program is launched.

The FDCP led a huge Filipino delegation this year at the Busan IFF and AFM as it continues to celebrate its 100 Years of Philippine Cinema. Around 95 delegates participating in various events in and around BIFF are 16 film companies at AFM, six Filipino films at BIFF, three projects at the Asian Project Market, three projects at the Asian Film Commissions Network (AFCNet) Cine-Link of ASIA, one project in FLY Film Lab, and four delegates in Platform BUSAN. There are also Filipino delegates in Asian Film Academy and government delegates from various agencies championing the audiovisual industry.

Details about the FilmPhilippines Incentives can be found at www.filmphilippines.com.

Kendall Jenner, New Celebrity Spokesperson for Proactiv



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Kendall Jenner, American model and media personality best known for her role in the reality show Keeping up with The Kardashians, is the new celebrity spokesperson for Proactiv.

With an outstanding modelling career and one of the highest paid models in the world, supermodel Kendall has walked for many high-fashion designers and modelled for fashion magazines and brands.

A lot of people might envy this beautiful, tall, and very successful fashion model but like most of us, Kendall’s also once-unwavering confidence was tested.

“I remember last year, I was in a work show. I was very excited about it, like I’ve never been before. I got on the carpet; I felt really good about myself. I love my dress and my hair and my make-up was so beautiful. Went through the night. Felt great…Then I remember going online and seeing all the horrible things that people were saying about me and my skin. I felt so good that I completely forgot that I have bad skin.”

But Kendall persevered and realized that she has friends and fans supporting her, and she is not alone in her struggle against acne.

“Then I remember getting a couple of tweets. That became a lot of tweets -- of how proud people were of me. Some people coming through being nice to me, almost sympathetic. I was like -- wait, that’s actually kinda cool and it completely flipped my energy. But at the same time, I do want it [the acne] gone.”

So what’s Kendall’s secret in fighting acne? That’s right, it’s Proactiv.

“If you have acne there’s a feeling that you’ll never get out. But definitely there’s a solution for you. For me, I can honestly say that the magic was Proactiv.”

Proactiv+ 3 Step Clear Skin System has Smart Target technology that delivers acne
fighting formulation directly into the pores. The 3-step system starts with a Smoothing Exfoliator facial cleanser which removes excess dirt and other impurities. The second step is called the Pore Targeting Treatment. It stops the acne at the source because it delivers blemish-fighting ingredient directly into the pore. The final step of the Proactiv+ 3 Step Clear Skin System hydrates the skin with the Complexion Perfect Hydrator.

“Every country has their own version of Proactiv. The American formula worked for me. Check your Proactiv formula and your country.” Kendall adds.

The Proactiv+ 3 Step Skin System with salicylic acid is available in the Philippines at Watsons and SM Department stores nationwide. You may also shop online at watsons.com.ph.

Get it at 20% off from October 10 to December 31, 2019 for a limited-time offer!!

One Stop Reverse Image Search Tool With Multiple Options



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There are many reasons for reverse image search becoming a popular tool. Like plagiarism became quite common and a nuisance. Similarly with the wide spread usage of the internet and especially after the social media boom, images that were uploaded were being stolen and used without authorization. Both these curses continue to exist, however now you can use tools to detect unauthorized use of your 'intellectual property' and images.


Reasons for Using Reverse Image Search

There can be many reasons for you to use a https://smallseotools.com/reverse-image-search/. You might be a graphic designer and you are looking for a better version of a picture. If you are a photographer you will want to check if someone is displaying your photographs without your permission. You may be an avid shopper and you want to see a larger image of a product you want to buy. Or you are posting pictures on a social media site and you want to check who your creepy admirer is.

Today, virtually any product that you want to buy, you will find the product and its image on some website. As a digital marketer of a product you want to make sure that your product is not being advertised without authorization.

Here we will compare some of the reverse image tools so you can decide which tool best serves your image search requirements.


Google Reverse Image Search Tool

Google is the most popular and most widely used search browser on the internet. It has a massive database of websites, contents and images. Google launched its reverse image search tool in 2001 and initially it offered access to 250 million images. Today, the number of images has increased massively. Google claims that its image search is the 'most comprehensive image search on the world wide web'.

Pros:

Google's reverse image search is easy to use. All it takes is a few clicks to search for an image. It works on mobile phones, tablets as well. And of course the biggest plus point is that it's absolutely free!

Cons:

At times the images displayed by Google's reverse image search tool are not all that similar. Sometimes the similar images returned might be so small that it's hard to tell if it's similar to the image you were searching for. The results can be quite mixed.

Best Uses:

From a photo you can find homes that are listed behind protected or sites that you have to pay for to access.

You can identify a product and the closest place from where you can purchase it or order it online.

You can find unauthorized websites that are using your pictures.


TinEye Reverse Image Search Tool

TinEye was the first website to ever offer the reverse image tool. It boasts having a huge database of over 15 billion images. Professional photographers and digital designers use it extensively to see if their work has been stolen or modified and is being reused.

Pros:

TinEye is quite easy to use and it has extensions in all the popular search browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari). All you need to do is to register an account first. It saves your previous searches. The free version limits the user to make 150 searches per week. You will find an exact match to your image quite easily.

Cons:

It does not show 'similar' images. It only identifies an exact match to the uploaded image. The upload image size is limited to 20MB. You have to pay if you want to use it extensively.

Best Uses:

TinEye is good for identifying exact matches and finding copyright violations.


Yandex Reverse Image Search Tool

Yandex is Russia's largest search index and it also offers a reverse image tool of its own. The tool was developed to track duplicate images. It's totally free and works quite smoothly.

Pros:

Yandex is easy to use. It gives the user an option to filter the size (Small, Medium and Large). You can search for copyright or duplicate images. You can select a website and run a reverse image search on its image.

Cons:

You might need to use the translate option to sign up. It takes a little practice to use it.

Best Uses:

Yandex is good for people who want to authenticate an image.


Small Seo Tools Reverse Image Search

There are several reverse image tools on the web; some are free to use, some need to be paid to use and some require registration. Here we will show you how to use just one reverse image search tool in Smallseotools that gives you several options.

To make it easy for users not to go around searching for a suitable reverse image search tool, here we have the easiest solution for you. Click on the tool and you can either upload an image from your computer or a website. Click on the “Search by Image” button and it will return duplicate images that exist on other websites.

Pros:

It does a pretty good job and returns images and the URLs on which the duplicate images exist. It’s easy to use and has multiple choices.

Cons:

It only searches for exact duplicates of images.

Best Uses:

If you want to find an exact duplicate of the image, to make sure your image is not being used without authorization.


Bing Reverse Image Search Tool

In 2014, Microsoft’s search engine Bing rolled out its reverse image search tool. To find duplicate images It uses the visual properties of the image that you upload. You can upload an image or paste an image from a URL.

Pros:

It’s an easy tool to use. By using visual properties of an image it finds similar images that contain the same properties. You can select between small, medium and large size of the displayed image. It displays clean clear images. You can easily find out if some in copying and posting your images.

Cons:

It does not show ‘similar’ images. Bing omits site descriptions.

Best Uses:

If the image belongs to you it can reveal if you are being plagiarized or quoted without your authorization.


Take your Pick

Here we have only discussed five popular reverse image tools. There are a number of other reverse image search tools on the internet. You can compare all of them and decide which one suits your image search requirements. With thousands of images getting posted on the internet today, the use of this tool has grown exponentially.

It’s Showtime Barkada Goes to Enchanted Kingdom



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It’s a double-the-celebration, double-the-fun kind of treat to all the fans of the Kapamilya noontime show and your go-to theme park in the country! Both It’s Showtime and Enchanted Kingdom celebrated their anniversary this month.

It’s Showtime on its 10th year, will go down south at the most magical place in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna to give the “madlang people” an extraordinary and wacky vibe. Many joined the fun on October 5, 2019 (Saturday), 11:15AM to 3PM at Enchanted Kingdom’s Spaceport Grounds.

Gracing the program to give park goers a sure-fire entertainment were “Ate Girl” Jackie, Girltrends Krissha and Samie, Hashtags Tom, CK, Jimboy, and Wilbert. Also coming in are the Bidamen Jin, Eris, Johannes, and Jay. Sing along with the Tawag ng Tangahalan grand finalists—JM and John Mark—and grand winners Janine Berdin and Elaine Duran.

Enchanted Kingdom gladly invited everyone to join them in a day full of excitement and let yourself EXPERIENCE MORE MAGIC!

Subscribe to Showtime Online Universe Official YouTube channel and like Enchanted Kingdom Facebook page to get 20% discount on your Regular Day Pass. For inquiries, please call 0939-935-3535 / (02) 830-3535 or send an e-mail to ekcorpmarketing@gmail.com.

DOTr 2020 Budget Sails Through Senate Committee, Now Set for Plenary Deliberation


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The Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) proposed budget for 2020 moves forward, following the approval from the Senate Committee on Finance during today’s hearing.

During the deliberations, the DOTr Team, headed by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, presented ongoing and pipeline projects, as well as programs and initiatives, that need increased funding for 2020.

The PhP147-billion proposed budget is sought for the implementation of high-priority infrastructure projects and programs covering the sectors of aviation and airports, railways, road transport, and maritime. Under the proposed budget, 98% will be allocated to ongoing railway projects.

After a series of inquiries, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairperson of the Senate Finance Subcommittee E, conveyed the panel’s approval of the DOTr’s proposed budget for 2020, which will now be elevated to the plenary for deliberation.

Other senators who attended the deliberations were Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon, Sen. Nancy Binay, Sen. Imee Marcos, Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Sen. Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Joel Villanueva, Sen. Francis Tolentino, and Sen. Grace Poe.

In his closing statement, Secretary Tugade thanked Senator Gatchalian for his assistance in the committee approval of the DOTr budget. He likewise assured the panel that requirements for the requested additional funding will be submitted at the soonest time possible.

“We are grateful for the time and the patience given by the Chairman. We really appreciate your efforts, sir, but really, we need some additions in the budget that we are submitting. I hope that the urgency will be justified, and we’ll accordingly prepare the communications to present to you the details of our requests and the justifications for the same,” Secretary Tugade expressed.

Several senators also showed their support for the proposed budget increase, commending numerous projects that are set to benefit the Filipino people before the end of the Duterte administration.

The proposed 2020 budget of the DOTr and its attached agencies has previously passed the interpellation at the plenary session of the House of Representatives on 20 September 2019.

Why Pinoy Ulang Might Overtake the Global Shrimp Market



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Pinoys have kept Ulang or Giant River Prawns for decades. Here’s why they’re more sustainable alternatives to Hipon and Sugpo, with the potential to take a larger share in the global market.

When people think of shrimp, what usually comes to mind? We’d bet a bag of Oishi most would picture Whiteleg Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) or Tiger Prawns (Penaeus monodon), both of which spurred multi-billion dollar industries, making both aquaculturists and seafood lovers pretty happy.

But there’s a new shrimp on the block – and it might soon claw its way from the rivers of Asia to groceries and restaurants worldwide.

The Giant River Prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) or Ulang is well-known to most aquaculturists. The eureka-ish discovery that its larvae needed brine to survive beyond five days is the stuff of aquaculture legend. But most cosmopolitan seafood consumers don’t know much about it.




It’s the largest member of Macrobrachium, a genus meaning ‘big arms’ in the order Decapoda – which include crabs, shrimp, prawns, lobsters, crayfish and other familiar critters seafood consumers crave.

The 240 or so Macrobrachium species have a tropical and subtropical distribution, inhabiting numerous rivers, ponds, lakes and streams across every continent except Europe and Antarctica.

Most species are amphidromous and require both fresh and seawater to complete their lifecycles. Eggs wash downstream to the sea, then metamorphose into juveniles which crawl as far as 100 kilometers upstream to breed and repeat the cycle.

Ulang grow much larger than any other Macrobrachium species. Females reach 25 centimeters while the larger males top out at 32 centimeters, excluding their impressive claws or chelipeds which can breach 60 centimeters.

Males are divided into three morphotypes – small males (SM) have short translucent claws, mid-sized orange claws (OC) have large yellow-orange claws as long as their bodies, while large blue claws (BC) have bright blue claws twice as long as their bodies. Blue claws dominate orange claws, while small males sit at the bottom of the heap. The presence of higher-caste males inhibits the growth and development of both males and females.

Wild Ulang live in shallow, muddy lakes and rivers with good vegetation. Able to crawl on land and even up relatively vertical surfaces like waterfalls, they are largely nocturnal – lazily spending days half-buried in mud and detritus. As night falls, they forage and hunt for worms, crustaceans, mollusks, fish and carrion. People have caught and eaten Ulang for thousands of years in Asia but modern farming began just a half-century ago. 


Ulang in Aquaculture

Generations of river and lakeside communities in Southeast Asia, particularly in the Philippines, Myanmar and Bangladesh, have long stocked Ulang in pens and pools, but science-based farming began only in the 1960s. The first major Ulang aquaculture breakthrough was in 1961, when Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expert Shao-Wen Ling discovered that Ulang larvae required brackish water to survive beyond five days.

This finally allowed aquaculturists to produce enough juveniles for grow-out experiments in ponds by 1963. Hawaii-based fisheries biologist Takuji Fujimura followed-up this discovery with a system for commercial mass-rearing by 1972, spurring the first Ulang business ventures in Hawaii and other countries.

Research and development projects eventually sprouted in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funding Ulang farm research in Thailand in the 1980s, helping the country produce 3000 tonnes by 1984.

By 2012, annual global Ulang production had ballooned to 220,254 tonnes, valued at USD 1.2 billion. According to FAO’s 2014 data, the top producers in 2012 were China (57%), Bangladesh (19%), Thailand (11%), Vietnam (4%), India (3%), Taiwan (3%) and Myanmar (2%), with Asia supplying over 98% of global trade. 


Culture Protocol

Farming Ulang requires a bit of consideration. Commercial hatcheries take from 32 to 35 days to produce post larvae (PL) using 12% brackish water plus a mixture of live brine shrimp and egg custard for food. Hatcheries are either flow-through or use a Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS). Pond stocking densities can range from one to four prawns per square meter in extensive systems to up to 20 prawns per meter in intensive systems. A big challenge is that males are aggressive and not only fight, but cannibalize each other, leading scientists to develop novel solutions, discussed later.

Though they can subsist on natural pond biota, five to seven months of supplemental pellet feeding are standard before harvesting. With dry pellets containing from 30% to 35% protein, an FCR of 3:1 or even 2:1 can be achieved. Polyculture systems with freshwater fish can further lower this as the prawns can subsist on detritus, leftovers and faeces.

Sorting should be done from the 5th to the 11th month to catch and sell the larger blue clawed (BC) males. When removed, the less-dominant orange clawed (OC) males in turn evolve to become BC males. Without removing the dominant BC caste, males never fully metamorphose into the latter, larger stages and the batch suffers from cannibalism. After a year, the entire pond should be drained and the remaining harvest brought to market.


Harvesting and processing

A key step after harvesting is proper handling as processed Ulang can become a bit ‘mushy’ when their internal organs are crushed by improper harvesting, transport and storage. Ulang cannot be piled or stacked like other shrimp as their internal organs are easily prone to damage, greatly lowering meat quality. FAO recommends icing and washing Ulang in chlorinated water immediately upon harvest, right by the pond’s edge.

Post-processing after harvest is much more important for Ulang than most other types of seafood as their meat – and market value – degrades fast if not well-tended.


Why Farm Ulang?

Farming Ulang has many advantages, being highly-profitable and applicable for both inland large-scale and artisanal or small-scale aquaculture. The prawns can sell for over USD15 per kilogram, so large-scale farming can reap good returns.

Ulang are particularly suited for freshwater polyculture with carp, tilapia, barbs, pangasius and other fish as they require very little input or cost and can make unused pond substrates productive and profitable.

Throughout Asia and Brazil, it has been found that adding Ulang to ricefields is also ecologically sound – reducing the need to produce rice with pesticides. The prawns eat pests and other insects, improve soil fertility and feed on the seeds of common rice-field weeds, while the rice absorbs the nutrients discharged by Ulang, resulting in better water quality for ricefields. 


The Way Forward

One of the biggest challenges is that Ulang are familiar mostly to Asian consumers, instead of a truly cosmopolitan market. Unlike Whiteleg Shrimp and Tiger Prawns, Ulang have yet to become mainstays of the global seafood industry.

A good strategy might be to better market and package the species, similar to how pangasius was globally marketed as cream dory. Possible names can be blue shrimp, blue prawn or even river lobster as an easier and more quickly-produced alternative to marine lobsters.

“The key is to enticingly ‘dress-up’ Ulang displayed in markets and groceries so they look more delectable to consumers,” says Gilbert Pang, co-founder of Asia Aquatixs. “We were quite surprised to find that buyers were willing to pay more for both live and frozen Ulang compared to Whiteleg Shrimp or Tiger Prawns. This might be because marketable Ulang are a bit larger and because public impression of Ulang is that they aren’t farmed in sprawling commercial plots like marine shrimp.”

Eng Wah-Khoo, managing director of the Sepang Today Aquaculture Center (STAC) in Malaysia, agrees. “Demand is currently greater than supply and most of our Ulang are sold live to neighbouring Singapore at very good prices – about USD15 to USD20 per kilogram.

The freshwater prawns are already replacing Tiger Prawns in some areas. “In Thailand, Ulang are now being used as substitutes for Tiger Prawns when making Tom Yam soup,” notes Dr. Maria Rowena Eguia of SEAFDEC, an international body pushing for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Increased market visibility and acceptance will dramatically boost export demand, a requirement to move this species beyond subsistence aquaculture and regional consumption to a global stage.


Monosex Ulang

The next big hurdle is that dominant male Ulang are especially vicious towards each other and cannot be reared as intensively as marine shrimp. Males fight and have a strict caste system, so only a few large blue claws will lord over a mid-sized group of mid-sized orange claws, who in turn will dominate a huge number of small, clear (and frequently unmarketable) prawns in a culture system.

Current stocking levels range from 4 to 20 per square meter or lower, compared for instance with Whiteleg Shrimp, which can be stocked to as many as 150 per square meter. The strict caste system also results in highly-variable harvests – with Ulang of varying sizes produced over the same period.

Similar to tilapia, a good solution is to create monosex Ulang to raise either all-male or all-female batches. A recent report featured by Nature Magazine highlighted a scientific breakthrough to produce monosex Ulang populations of either gender using androgenic gland cell transplantation.

A 2017 study by Levy et al found that all-female Ulang batches showed better performance than mixed-sex batches in terms of survival rate, feed conversion and yield, with harvested animals of the same size. All-female Ulang are injected with suspended hypertrophied androgenic gland cells when young.

Though female Ulang are slightly smaller than the largest BC males at 25 centimeters, most Ulang in a rearing system will reach maturity and are of uniform size. All-female monosex aquaculture is a good way of hurdling the complex and cannibalistic caste-society of Ulang males while eliminating the need for constant culling and other labour-intensive harvest and management practices.

Raising all-male Ulang batches also has distinct advantages, adds Gilbert of Asia Aquatixs. “Gene-silencing is used to induce female shrimp to produce all-male offspring. The advantage of all-male batches is that males spend much less time fighting and trying to dominate each other because there are no females to impress and mate with. Most of the animals spend their time feeding instead of fighting – shortening production time while improving productivity.”

“Size definitely matters – male Ulang grow significantly larger than females and all-male batches produce fairly uniform-sized prawns which sell for more than Whiteleg Shrimp or Tiger Prawns. More and more inland farmers are switching from marine to freshwater prawn farming because of potentially higher margins.”

With a little brains and a lot of prawn, The Fish Site is excited to see Ulang finally take their place as top contenders for the global seafood industry. (TFS)


About the Authors:

Gregg Yan heads Asia-based Best Alternatives, which promotes alternative ways of producing food and conserving wildlife.

Jonah van Beijnen heads Europe-based VB Consultancy, which promotes sustainable and science-based fisheries and aquaculture practices.

An excellent learning resource is the UN FAO Ulang farming guide. Farmers interested to learn more can contact Singapore-based Asia Aquatixs, which produces monosex PL for farmers. Malaysia-based STAC organizes courses for farmers interested in improving their Ulang farming skills, while SEAFDEC provides sustainable aquaculture support for farmers across Southeast Asia. To learn the latest in Ulang culture while meeting and exchanging ideas with global Ulang experts, readers can register for Giant Prawn Conference 2019, happening from 15 to 18 November in Shanghai, China.

(Originally Published in The Fish Site)
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