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Friday, September 30, 2022

For its 21st edition, PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival runs at the Shang for the first time


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Catch Instituto Cervantes’ film festival starting Oct. 5 at the Red Carpet!


From October 5 to 16, 2022, the 21st edition of PELÍCULA-Spanish Film Festival will return to in-person screenings. After two years of having a virtual festival, PELÍCULA will screen more than twenty movies in three venues of Metro-Manila –Edsa Shangri-La Plaza, Cine Adarna at UP Diliman, and Instituto Cervantes Intramuros branch.

Since its creation in 2002 by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, PELíCULA has been an annual attraction in Philippine theatres. After the Covid-19 crisis, which forced cinemas to close worldwide and caused audiences of PELíCULA to migrate online, the festival returns to the big screen, on a first-come, first-served free admission basis. Furthermore, as well as in-person screenings in Metro Manila, the Festival will also host online screenings for the Philippines, Malaysia and Australia.

PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival is showcasing 13 movies at Red Carpet at the Shang kicking off with El buen patron. It’s a 2021 comedy directed by award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa and starring Oscar winner Javier Bardem. It’s about an owner of an industrial scales manufacturing business who tries to get his company an award in excellence while resolving problems with his workers at the same time.

Other comedy movies in the lineup include El test, a 2022 Dani de la Orden flick about a broke couple who have to decide whether to get €100,000 now or €1,000,000 10 years later, and Con quién viajas, a dialogue-heavy road film full of comical situations and thrills and tension. It’s directed by Martín Cuervo and released in 2021.

More feel-good films are screening at the festival. La boda de Rosa is a 2020 romcom film by Icíar Bollaín that portrays a burnt-out woman in her mid-40s who sets out to start anew by marrying herself. Sentimental is a 2020 Cesc Gay film about two couples who explore the secrets of keeping the fire alive in long-term relationships. Rendir los machos, a 2021 David Pantaleón film, tells the story of two brothers who are forced to move their cattle across the wild and hand over them to their greatest rival to receive the inheritance from their father.

The festival also screens documentaries like the 2022 Laura Hojman film A las mujeres de España; María Lejárraga that tells the story María Lejárraga, writer and pioneer of feminism in Spain during the 1920s; and thrillers like La hija, Manuel Martín Cuenca’s 2021 movie about a pregnant teenager from a juvenile detention who agreed to give her baby to a couple desperate to have a child.

It also features dramas such as Maixabel, a 2021 Icíar Bollaín production based on a true story of a widow who met one of her husband’s assassins in prison after breaking ties with the Spanish separatist group ETA, and El olvido que seremos, a 2020 Colombian film by Fernando Trueba about an author recounting his life with his father who fought against oppression and social inequality and killed by Colombian paramilitaries.

PELÍCULA is also promoting Latin American films such as the Panamenian romcom Algo azul (Mariel García Spooner, 2021) on a hotel employee who steals an expensive wedding dress; and Competencia oficial, a 2021 Spanish-Argentinean comedy directed by Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn, and led by Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Oscar Martínez. It’s about a wealthy businessman who wants to produce a brilliant art film.

To celebrate its 21st edition, PELÍCULA is going to screen a celebrated classic Spanish film, the Cannes winner Muerte de un ciclista (Juan Antonio Bardem, 1953), which is a social realist Spanish drama about an adulterous pair of lovers whose lives are about to turn around after hitting a cyclist.

As part of its longtime tradition, the festival is encouraging moviegoers to vote for their favorite entry. The film with most votes will receive the Audience Choice Award and will be screened again on PELÍCULA’s closing night. All the movies are in Spanish or their original language with English subtitles. Catch one of the most beloved cultural events in the country, don’t miss the PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival for the first time at the Red Carpet in Shangri-La Plaza starting October 5!

PELíCULA 2022 is a project of Instituto Cervantes in Manila and Sydney, the Embassies of Spain in the Philippines and Australia, and the AECID, in collaboration with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Shangri-La Plaza, Instituto Etxepare, Filmoteca Vasca, the Embassy of Colombia in the Philippines, the Embassy of Panama in the Philippines, the UP Film Institute, the University of the Philippines, Intramuros Administration, Vibal Foundation, Philippine Transmarine Carriers, Acciona, Rustan’s, Arthaland, La Pícara, and Emperador.

All the screenings are FREE entrance. All the movies are in Spanish (or their original language) with English subtitles. For updates on the Festival, please visit the website of the Festival (https://pelikula.org), or the Facebook pages of Instituto Cervantes de Manila (www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila)

and Shangri-La Plaza www.facebook.com/shangrilaplazaofficial.

Gov’t trade show revitalizes PH food exports, love for local flavors


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Most innovative food products recognized


Government-run food trade show IFEX Philippines 2022 successfully kicked off at the World Trade Center Metro Manila on Thursday, September 22. IFEX Philippines welcomed nearly 6,000 local and foreign buyers and visitors from all over the world during the three-day event, initially generating approximately USD 100 million in export sales and PHP 56 million in domestic sales. These figures are still expected to increase. More than 300 Philippine exhibitors showcased thousands of premium Philippine food products at the event.

Sen. Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food and Agrarian Reform, and its Vice-Chairperson Sen. Maria Josefa Imelda "Imee" Marcos, graced the event to support the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) thrust to uplift the country's food micro, small and medium food enterprises (MSMEs).



Among those who were also present at the opening ceremony were top foreign and Philippine government officials: Undersecretary Ireneo Vizmonte, Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); CITEM Deputy Executive Director Ma. Lourdes Mediran; H.E. Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad Kazi, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; Commercial Counsellor Serhan Ortaç of the Turkish Embassy; Assistant Director Jhino Ilano of the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB); Executive Director Maria Rita Matute of the Design Center of the Philippines; Executive Director Nelly Nita Dillera of Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC); Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis, President and CEO of PHILEXPORT; and Pangasinan 4th District Representative Christopher de Venecia.

Deputy Executive Director Ma. Lourdes D. Mediran of CITEM, the promotions arm of DTI and event organizer, said that IFEX Philippines 2022 is designed to be “a site of reunion and rediscovery” where Philippine food companies and international buyers can reaffirm their partnerships and make new connections. Visitors came primarily from the Philippines, the United States, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Japan, and Australia.

In her recorded keynote speech, Sen. Cynthia Villar highlighted the role of agriculture in uplifting the economy and the efforts being made to assist the sector. According to Villar, supporting the agriculture sector is necessary to ensure flexibility during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We should continue supporting our local produce to ensure our food security and self-sufficiency,” said Villar.

Meanwhile, Usec. Ireneo Vizmonte reiterated DTI’s commitment to the food sector. Vizmonte also acknowledged the global factors that affect the country’s economy, saying these conditions require sustainable and inclusive government response.

Vizmonte said that science, technology, and innovation are essential in building a competitive economy and will be central to the work of DTI under the leadership of Secretary Alfredo Pascual.

“The goal is to grow and develop globally competitive and innovative industries that support inclusive growth and improve environmental sustainability and the quality of life for Filipinos,” said Vizmonte.

According to Vizmonte, one of DTI’s priorities is the digital transformation of MSMEs and the growth and development of startups. Through innovation and digitalization, DTI aims to double its efforts to upgrade and scale MSMEs in order to improve their productivity growth, employment creation, and participation in global value chains.

“The MSME sector is instrumental to the growth of the Philippine economy, accounting for 99% of all businesses in the country. Needless to say, it is of utmost importance that we ensure that entrepreneurs have access to all the resources, platforms, and technologies that they need to grow their businesses," said Vizmonte.

In addition to supporting the MSMEs, he also said that to promote industrialization, DTI will reconfigure the export industry into three clusters: Industrial, Manufacturing, and Transport; Technology, Media, and Telecommunication; and Health and Life Sciences. Through this strategy, DTI seeks to further build up the country as an exporter of high-value products.

Assistant Secretary Glenn Peñaranda, OIC of DTI’s Trade Promotions Group (TPG), echoed this in his recorded welcome message by highlighting programs that help MSMEs boost their competitiveness in the global market. These programs include capacity-building like the Philippine Trade Training Center's (PTTC) Global MSME Academy; export assistance programs like RIPPLES; and market access platforms like CITEM’s signature programs and participation in overseas trade fairs.

“The Philippines is one of the most exciting destinations for quality food exports, but with stiff competition from our neighbors, and other drivers such as climate change and health crises, we must continuously adapt and reassert our place in the market,” said Peñaranda.



From left to right: H.E. Dr. Imtiaz Ahmad Kazi, Ambassador Embassy of Pakistan, Mr. Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis of PHILEXPORT, CITEM Deputy Executive Director Ma. Lourdes D. Mediran; Pangasinan 4th District Representative Christopher de Venecia; Undersecretary Ireneo V. Vizmonte, Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

Celebrating Filipino creativity and innovation in the food sector

Aside from providing an avenue for food MSMEs to showcase their goods, IFEX Philippines also recognized the most innovative products for each product category. CITEM named the winners of the Katha Awards for Food on the opening night of IFEX Philippines.

Katha Awards recognizes exporters that explore new galleries of flavors, original brand ideas, unique food fusions, and creative packaging methods. Through this, Katha Awards aims to strengthen the reputation of the Philippines as a go-to destination for globally competitive Asian food and ingredients.

Sen. Imee Marcos, Vice-Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, and Chairperson of the Committee on Cooperatives, delivered a special message in which she discussed the current problems in the food and agriculture sectors, including import reliance, food shortages, and hunger. She emphasized the importance of supporting the MSME sector to address these issues. Marcos also lauded efforts such as the Katha Awards, which incentivizes businesses to develop new and innovative products for export.

“The truth of the matter is that I truly believe that in the end, all these depressing views in the agricultural and food sector can only be righted by a much more vigorous and vibrant MSME and retail population,” Marcos said.

Here are the winners of the Katha Awards during IFEX Philippines 2022.

New Product Category for Beverages

Sol's Italian Food

Rafael Cococnut Cream



New Product Category for Fine food and specialties

Miguelito's International Corporation

Instant Puto Bumbong



New Product Category for Marine/Seafood

Fisher Farms Inc.

Gourmet Fillet Sampler Box



New Product Category for Meat & Poultry Products

Gulf Pacific Integrated Exports/Elarz

Corned Lechon Lagablab



New Product Category for Snack Foods & Crisp Savoury Products

Innovative Packaging Industry

OSH Choco Dipped Mango Crisps



New Product Category for Baked Goods & Confectioneries

Theo and Philo

Dark Chocolate Covered Cashew and Honey



New Product Category for Processed Fruits and Vegetables

Century Pacific Food Inc

Unmeat Luncheon Meat



New Product Category for Natural, Healthy & Organic Products

Pasciolco Agri-Ventures

Coconut Amínos



Best Booth

Fisherfarms, Inc.



Special Citation for Sustainability

HIJO Superfoods

Quirino Young Entrepreneur's Association



To learn more about IFEX Philippines, visit IFEXConnect.com.



About CITEM

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) is the export promotions arm of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

For nearly 40 years, CITEM has established the country’s image as a premier destination for quality export products and services. It continues to set the highest standards of creativity, excellence and innovation to achieve competitiveness in the home, fashion, lifestyle, food, creative, and sustainability sectors.

CITEM is committed to developing, nurturing, and promoting micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), brands, designers, and manufacturers by implementing an integrated approach to export marketing in partnership with other government and private entities.



About IFEX Philippines

IFEX Philippines (formerly International Food Exhibition) is CITEM's long-running trade event and sourcing program for Philippine and global food and ingredients.

Together with IFEXConnect.com, IFEX Philippines serves as a one-stop business-to-business (B2B) platform aiming to optimize their sourcing experience of buyers from anywhere in the world.

IFEX Philippines is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM).

Toni Gonzaga as new Shopee brand ambassador: How many Netizens reacted negatively (14m) or positively (31m) ?



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As many are now talking about Shopee's latest brand ambassador... many all looked back and couldn't forget? ...Move on or move forward na ba dapat?... Let's see if Toni Gonzaga is still an effective endorser...and if the 31million will give Shopee a good reason they chose the G..o Yung 14 million lang naman ang feeling?

Ano naman comments nung mga na layoff ng Shopee , ang chismis ay just to get Toni? Fake news o reality? I think only Shopee could confirm or deny. SHOPEE PH members react na!


Jesus Falcis wrote:

"Kakampinks should boycott Shopee - but not *just* because of Toni Gonzaga. 

Love her or hate her, Toni G is an effective endorser.

Among her contemporaries and peers in showbiz, Toni G (along with her sister Alex G) are comparatively more effective endorsers - they boost sales because they have high conversion rates.

They do not just increase brand awareness, they increase brand equity and consumption. Unlike some kakampink aligned celebrity endorsers who have high awareness rates but low conversion rates.

So Toni G is worth the money.

But the question is, is she worth more than the massive number of employees that Shopee has recently fired?

And that is why we should boycott Shopee.

More than identity politics and election affiliation of Shopee’s endorser, what’s wrong with Shopee is they chose to spend their money and capital on an effective but expensive endorser INSTEAD of ensuring it keeps as much of its employees who need the jobs.

Automation cannot justify the mass firing of employees. There’s so much to improve in customer service and complaints, handling of shipping and logistical problems, and other needs of the company that only humans can do.

Toni G is already rich. She does not need more money. She already has many endorsements from companies that are not laying off its employees.

Shopee’s employees may be comfortable than most Filipinos but getting fired puts them in a vulnerable position now - in a time when prices are high and good jobs are hard to find.

Even if Shopee got any other endorser, boycott is still right in the context of spending millions on an endorser rather than preventing mass layoffs.

A lot of us kakampinks also lead comfortable lives. So we have the luxury of prioritizing moral values and identity politics.

But we usually forget class politics - which is so fundamental and primordial because it affects human survival.

So let’s boycott Shopee - not *just* because of Toni G.

But because Shopee chose Toni G over its employees - who could have given us consumers better customer service."


Arnie Alesna posted this on his wall:



Now I think Shopee is banking on the saying even negative or bad news is still good news, because Toni G and Shopee is the trending talk of the town. The virality is real.

Will Lazada regain it's former glory as top online shopping portal?.. Parating pa lang tayo sa exciting part


Pinoy Ako Blog posts:

Twitter is abuzz with Kakampinks calling for the boycott of Shopee after the online shopping app hired the services of Toni Gonzaga as their latest celebrity endorser.

Jover Laurio, a Dilawan blogger and influencer tweeted to announce her last purchase from Shopee until Toni Gonzaga, which they have taken issue, is ditched.

Eto na ang magiging last order ko from @ShopeePH . Balik na lang ako pag iba na endorser nila. pic.twitter.com/bAJ33Srki6

— Jover Laurio (@PinoyAkoBlog) September 28, 2022

In light of this boycott call for Shopee because Toni Gonzaga is a PBBM endorser and enabler, to borrow their word in describing the former PBB host, Manila Bulletin writer Krizette Laureta Chu has taken to Facebook expressing with great anticipation how things will pan out for the Kakampink.

Chu, a staunch Duterte supporter, recalled the time when DDS called for the boycott of Shopee after getting Kris Aquino as endorser at the height of the issue of her funding Jover Laurio, the pro-admin netizens responded with gusto and uninstalled the app, Kris Aquino did not stay long as their endorser.

Fast forward today, Shopee is once again in the center of another controversy, this time after getting Toni Gonzaga as their latest endorser.

Chu said she can’t wait how this Toni Gonzaga boycall call will affect Shopee.

You may now read Krizette Laureta Chu’s original FB post below.

During the Duterte admin, when Shopee got Kris Aquino to endorse during the height of the issue of her funding Jover Laurio, the government supporters doubled down and uninstalled the app. Kris didn’t stay long as endorser after that. I don’t know if it had anything to do with the boycott of some supporters.

Now during the Marcos admin, as Shopee purportedly gets Marcos supporter Toni Gonzaga to be their endorser, the anti Marcos / Kakampinks are up in arms and are asking for a boycott.

Let’s see how this will affect the online shopping giant. Sayang din yung 14 m

(TBH, di ako marunong mag Shopee. Kailangan matuto ako. Parang mas nahihirapan ako sa interface nila kesa sa Lazada. Ako lang ba.)

Reaction?


Source: Krizette Laureta Chu


The post This pro-Duterte influencer is closely watching if Dilawans’ #BoycottShopeePH gets same result when DDS boycotted Shopee because of Kris A. appeared first on Pinoy Trending News.


Source: Pinoy Trending News





"May mga kakampinks business na apektado ng cancel culture, mas dadami ba ang supporters ang mga kakampinks sa cancel business or mababasawasan ang supporters nila?" - Chris Ayson


Good point..many will surely feel the "backlash" but if the 31m are avid online shoppers at Shopee, we will see... if Shopee made a good decision

Maraming tatamaan of this crazy cancel culture, not what we need right now while we try to rise above the challenges brought by the pandemic.





Thursday, September 29, 2022

SSS to open two programs for members, pensioners affected by Super Typhoon Karding


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The Social Security System (SSS) announced on Thursday that the SSS will open two programs to extend financial assistance to its members and pensioners in areas affected by Super Typhoon Karding.

According to SSS President and CEO Michael G. Regino, these programs are the Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP) for members, and the Three-Month Advance Pension for SS and Employees’ Compensation (EC) pensioners.

Under the CLAP, members may avail of a loan equivalent to the average of their last 12 monthly salary credit or the amount they applied for, whichever is lower. For the Three-Month Advance Pension, the proceeds will be based on the amount of the pensioner’s monthly pension.

“In response to the devastation brought about by Super Typhoon Karding, we will offer these two programs in the areas to be declared under a state of calamity by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC),” Regino said.

“We are finalizing the guidelines for these programs, and we shall release them through our website and social media channels once available,” he added.

In the meantime, members are encouraged to enroll in the My.SSS Portal of the SSS website (www.sss.gov.ph) as applications for the CLAP will be coursed through this channel.

Members and pensioners may follow the SSS on Facebook at “Philippine Social Security System – SSS,” Instagram at “mysssph,” Twitter at “PHLSSS,” and YouTube at “MYSSSPH,” or join its Viber Community at “MYSSSPH Updates.”



Wednesday, September 28, 2022

BingoPlus introduces Maine Mendoza as first female celebrity endorser at BingoPlus Day 2


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Awards P54 million to luckiest jackpot winner and P200,000 worth of cash prizes to live and online audiences



Buoyed up by the success of its fun and extravagant BingoPlus Day last July, BingoPlus staged a bigger online celebration for BingoPlus Day 2 and introduced Maine Mendoza as their first female celebrity endorser.

The Eat Bulaga host, actress and popular commercial model joins Lucky Manzano in the BingoPlus family and the online community of BingoPlus users who put a premium on entertainment and feel-good moments that can be experienced and shared.

Mendoza was chosen because of her charisma and her lovability among her fans, said AB Leisure Exponent Inc. (ABLE) President Jasper Vicencio, the company that launched the BingoPlus brand. “She is a natural entertainer and she can make people happy, effortlessly. As a brand, we are out to spread joy through entertainment and rewarding experiences. It was a no-brainer to choose Maine who has an endearing, effervescent personality.”


Vicencio revealed that the second BingoPlus Day – a live show where audiences can also participate in games and activities online – guest-starred other exciting performers like Morisette Amon, Gloc 9, the Beks Battalion and Ogie Diaz, who hosted the show for the second time.

“BingoPlus Day 2 was more interactive than the first BingoPlus Day”, revealed Vicencio. “Live audiences participated in on-stage games like Pera o Baraha, but online viewers were also able to win cash prizes by answering trivia questions and playing games like “TutokTanong” and The BingoPlus Day 2 Passcode”.

Cash prizes for the Tutok Tanong game ranged from P1,000 to P30,000, while the winner of the Passcode game won P50,000 just by being the first commenter about the right arrangement of the code. Trivia game winners also received cash prizes of P500 for every correct answer.

During the BingoPlus Day 2 celebration, BingoPlus’s biggest jackpot winner so far (username 1980sboy) was awarded his prize of 54 million pesos. Since it was launched in January 2022, BingoPlus has already given away 35.7 billion pesos of winnings.

“BingoPlus Day is our way of thanking our loyal supporters and our way of giving back to them for their patronage. We are constantly exploring new games and new entertainment possibilities to make our user experience more interesting. We plan to hold more fun and exciting entertainment events in the coming months,” Vicencio said. “BingoPlus is also planning for a BingoPlus Night that will be the most exciting show yet, so far.”

Those who missed the live and virtual show may watch the replay on BingoPlus’ official Facebook page (@bingoplusph) and on Youtube @Bingoplus this weekend, October 1-2.



Travel with a purpose: Complete holistic healing journey at the Farm at San Benito


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Located in Lipa City in Batangas, The Farm at San Benito encompasses all the luxurious features of a premium medical wellness resort. Its tastefully-appointed suites and villas echo a sophisticated design concept that marries the opulence of nature and the subtle elegance of traditional Filipino-Oriental sensibilities. Nestled in a 51-hectare forested property, The Farm at San Benito is an exclusive estate of lush gardens and lagoons, of quiet tree groves and crisp, fresh air, with strong positive energy radiating around the property.

Yet, beyond its paradisal beauty and the inspiring sensations it evokes, lies The Farm’s true essence: it is a facility for medical wellness and a safe sanctuary for healing. Its programs, aimed to help the body and mind achieve optimum health and performance, have been meticulously designed following foundational science-based protocols and guided by evidence.

At a time when health consciousness has become a widespread realization, more and more people are traveling to achieve a state of mind and body that is fit and well-balanced. Some travel to seek treatment for their illnesses. Others do so as a preventive measure to keep their health at an optimum level. Traveling with a purpose that is focused on the health and wellness attests to the phenomenal growth of conscious travelers.

The Farm at San Benito is at the forefront of medical wellness tourism. Celebrating 2 decades of life-transformative healing holidays, it has distinguished itself as one of the world’s best, winning over 80 accolades from prestigious international bodies such as The Best Wellness Resort in the World’ by SENSES Germany. It cupped the coveted ‘Haute Grandeur Global Excellence Award from the Haute Grandeur Global Spa Awards in 2021 receiving a total of 21 awards.

Since it’s officially the rainy season in the country, now is the perfect time to detox and cleanse from within. Rain symbolizes purification. At The Farm, you can experience a full immersion to clean living through physical healing through mindful movements and functional fitness activities, medically-guided fasting, and treatments to eliminate toxins from within while restoring the body’s optimum ability to restore nutrients.

The Farm offers ‘Intro to Detox,’ a program that includes a 3-day medically supervised cleansing program to purge unhealthy elements from the body and mind while providing optimum nutrition. While Weight Management, Diabetes Prevention & Heart Health Programs are focused on the management of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and stress to resolve the root cause of the dysfunction and to bring the body back to a natural state of balance. Its other programs also include Holistic Detox Cleanse, Sleep Induction Program, Immune Intelligence Program, Mental Health Program, Pain Management Program, Beauty & Longevity, Yoga & Raw Food Retreat, Long COVID Recovery Program, Fertility Program, Senior Wellness and more.

At The Farm, the wide-ranging compendium of services, aimed to address various health and psycho-emotional conditions, are all medically supervised by licensed physicians supported by health professionals, spa therapists, medical acupuncturists, physiotherapists, nutritionists and living food experts, fitness coaches, sound healers, yoga teachers. The Farm at San Benito is thus a complete and genuine sanctuary—a space of encompassing beauty where the body and mind can heal to return to a state of genuine well-being and spiritual enrichment and inner renewal can be achieved.

Follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thefarmatsanbenito Instagram @thefarmatsanbenito visit www.thefarmatsanbenito.com

For bookings and inquiries, call +63 918 884 8080 / +63 917 572 2325 / +63 917 572 2223 /+63 917 572 2977 or send them an e-mail at reservationsteam@thefarm.com.ph. Visit www.thefarmatsanbenito.com



ABOUT THE FARM AT SAN BENITO

A Life-Transformative Healing Holiday

The Farm at San Benito, a proud member of CG Hospitality, is an eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort located in Lipa, Batangas, a 90-minute drive south of Manila, Philippines. It rests on 51 hectares of lush green jungle, with a stunning view of the majestic mountains, pure and fresh air with clear and positive life-giving energy radiating around the property.

The Farm offers medically-supervised health promotion, disease prevention, immune support programs, and CIGNA Healthcare Insurance accredited medical services. To date, it is the only Medical Wellness Retreat Destination in the Philippines that offers comprehensive personalized health optimization programs designed to address and treat chronic illnesses naturally and holistically. Programs are carefully planned and conducted by internationally-trained integrative medical doctors specializing in Preventive, Lifestyle, Functional, Naturopathic, and Holistic Medicine supported by a team of licensed health professionals from nurses, physiotherapists, medical acupuncturists, spa therapists, nutritionists, living food chefs, fitness coaches, sound healers, and yoga teachers. The Farm has been honored with over 80 prestigious international awards including “Best Medical Wellness Resort in the World” from SENSES Germany which made its mark as one of the leading medical wellness destinations in the world.



With 60 exclusive suites & villas, a well-maintained property, world-class service, and the Filipinos’ nurturing touch, The Farm at San Benito offers guests an unparalleled, life-transformative healing holidays.

The Farm’s medically-supervised programs: Immune Intelligence • Long-COVID Recovery • Intro to Detox • Holistic Detox Cleanse • Electromagnetic Radiation Detox • Mental Health • Pain Management • Weight Management, Diabetes Prevention, & Heart Health • Holistic Cancer Care • Yoga & Raw Food Retreat • Sleep Induction • Post-Natal Care • Fertility Program • Smoking Cessation • Beauty & Longevity • and more.



ABOUT CG HOSPITALITY

CG Hospitality, the hospitality wing of CG Corp Global has a proud history of successful joint ventures in the hospitality sector with esteemed partners and owns some of the most iconic assets globally with some of the leading hospitality brands over two decades such as Taj, Taj Safari, Vivanta, Jetwing, Radisson, Ekho, Fairmont and its own brands The Zinc, The Fern, Summit, The Farm and so on. CG Hospitality portfolio comprises over 141 hotels & resorts in 12 countries and 91 destinations with over 8,246 keys. By 2025, the portfolio is expected to grow to over 200 hotels and 10,000 keys.

Create your NBA dream team and be the champs of the latest Yahoo Fantasy Basketball season


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Dominate the leagues with your fantasy draft picks in Yahoo Fantasy Basketball, the official Fantasy game of the NBA



The tip-off of the highly-anticipated NBA 2022/23 season is right around the corner — and basketball fans don’t have to wait any longer to get into the spirit of the game with Yahoo Fantasy Basketball, the official Fantasy game of the NBA. For Pinoy basketball fans excited for the heart-stopping action of the upcoming NBA season, Yahoo Fantasy Basketball, a game played by hundreds of thousands in the Philippines each year, is bound to captivate every basketball lover’s heart.

Always dreamt of assembling your NBA dream team? Yahoo Fantasy Basketball offers NBA fans the perfect opportunity to create and strategically manage their very own fantasy team of players. Managers can draft NBA players rostered across all 30 teams for the 2022-23 season and select them based on their projected statistics or personal preferences. Fantasy points are earned and determined by their real-life on-court performance.

Game players can join or create public and private leagues with a scoring format that best fits their style, compete with peers to attain the best score and be crowned champion of the league. Being a manager can be fun but challenging at the same time; managers have to find the winning combination each week by tweaking their team roster and identifying their best players to dominate the court.

With multiple teams making exciting trades and reinforcing their lineups in the off-season, this season’s NBA championship is anyone’s game. The same goes for Yahoo Fantasy Basketball. Who will be the number one priority draft pick in a league filled with spectacular and talented basketball players? Anyone can make a strong case for any of the superstars in the NBA.

Will it be the 2022 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP), Stephen Curry, ‘The King’, LeBron James, or the back-to-back 2-Time NBA MVP, Nikola Jokic? Or will you represent Pinoy pride with Fil-Am superstar and 2020-21 Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson? Join in the fun today and start drafting your dream team for an exhilarating experience as you compete with your friends and family!

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Busybee participates in the Asian Carriers Conference (ACC)


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The Asian Carriers Conference (ACC) is a premier telecommunications event in Asia attended by experts from around the world and was recently held in one of the world’s most beautiful beach destinations - Boracay, an island in the western Visayas region of the Philippines. This year, Busybee had representatives attend who were able to learn about upcoming trends while making valuable relationships with professionals from top organizations, face-to-face after two years post-pandemic. In addition to informative sessions led by top minds in telecoms, there were plenty of social events allowing ample opportunity for networking among those presenters and attendees alike numbering over 1,500 delegates representing 400+ companies and 62+ countries this year alone!

Izza Nicole Arcenas, Busybee International Sales Executive had this to say about her experience at the ACC event: "I found it really helpful in gaining new connections and I learned a lot during the conference. Futurist Mike Walsh said something in his opening plenary speech that really resonated with me: 'The metaverse is not just a virtual world, it is an upgrade on today’s world.' I think that statement couldn't be more accurate given everything that's going on right now."

As telecom needs to evolve alongside technology advancements and strategies rapidly, business sectors want to stay ahead of these changes through continued collaborative dialogue. "ACC was a wonderful mixture of work and pleasure where leading telecom and ICT executives can network, stay up to date on industry trends, strengthen partnerships, and explore areas of collaboration with a cup of coffee or beer in one hand and business cards in the other. It's great exposure and a learning opportunity for growth champions like Busybee," said Ellirie Aviles, Busybee Business Office Head.



This year's ACC was especially relevant as we grappled with the new challenges of a post-COVID19 era. The conference provided invaluable opportunities to explore the latest innovations in the digital arena and uncover ways that can help us navigate this new landscape. "ACC gave us opportunities to explore more about innovation in the digital industry. It also helped us to uncover key insights in the post-pandemic world," Busybee Sales Team Lead Chien Lou Cabajes concludes in a statement.

As a VAS-licensed firm under the National Telecommunications Commission and a cybersecurity provider accredited by the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Busybee has been a leading aggregator in the Philippines trusted by enterprises and government organizations for both their local and international A2P messaging requirements.

To explore partnership opportunities with Busybee, reach out to info@mybusybee.net.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

SM Prime Holdings hold 2022 International Coastal Cleanup together with SM Cares, SM By the Bay


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SM Prime Holdings, together with SM Cares and SM By the Bay once again took part in the annual International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), bringing together thousands of volunteers into an event that underscored the importance of protecting the world's seas, oceans, and other bodies of water. The event was held last September 17 at the SM By the Bay Central Park, SM Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

A total of 2,438 volunteers joined this year's ICC, composed of students, professionals, and others from different private and public organizations. At the end of the activity, an estimated 12,158 kgs of trash, equivalent to a total of 1,613 trash bags filled, was successfully collected.


Among those who graced the event were Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson Sec. Robert Borje, Department of Environment and Natural Resources - National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director for Technical Services Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, DENR-NCR Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group Head Chris Villarin, DENR-NCR Communication Development Officer II Ariz Abad, SM Investments President and CEO and 2GO Group President and CEO Frederic DyBuncio, SM Prime Holdings Inc. SVP Glenn Ang, SM Supermalls SAVP for Operations Perkin So, SM By the BAY Mall Manager Marie Charlene Claire K. Canoy-Narvasa and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Philippines’ Markets and Assurance Executive Director Allan Cao.




SM By The Bay and SM Cares’ ICC event for this year was done in collaboration with different private and government agencies

The ICC is a yearly global event that encourages individuals to be part of the movement for cleaner seas and oceans. Every year, thousands of Filipino volunteers from various sectors and communities join the efforts to help ensure the cleanliness of the shorelines and waterways in the country.

“The International Coastal Clean Up is part of the overall SM Green Movement. As a proven responsible property developer and community partner, SM Prime’s various Sustainability programs across its malls, residences, hotels and leisure properties promote resource conservation & environmental protection for an improved quality of life in the communities it serves,” said SM Supermalls SAVP for Operations Perkin So.

This year's event was made possible by SM Offices, 2GO, PwC, Maynilad, and International Coastal Clean Up Philippines. DENR-NCR, the Climate Change Commission, and the Philippine Coast Guard were also present to provide their support.

Aside from the annual observance of ICC, other sustainability projects of SM Cares include the Trash-To-Cash Recycling Market where individuals can drop off their recyclable waste in exchange for cash; the Plastic Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Programs which promotes responsible plastic and electronic waste management affecting our seas, just to name a few.

SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, responsible for initiatives that promote sustainability and the development of the community. SM Cares’ advocacies include programs on Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, and Children and Youth, as well as the Bike-Friendly SM initiative, in addition to its Programs on Environment.

To learn more about these, visit www.smsupermalls.com/smcares.

UNDRR, SM Prime laud women leaders in disaster resilience



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SM Prime Holdings (SMPHI) recently announced its support for the global search for women leaders in disaster resilience.

For the second consecutive year, SMPHI is sponsoring Women’s International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR) Leadership Awards, a flagship program of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

SMPHI Vice President for Corporate Compliance Liza B. Silerio said that the support is aligned with the company’s drive to recognize women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction. “This is important in inspiring other women to fully and effectively participate in promoting gender equality and empowerment while building our collective resilience.”




UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori expressed gratitude for the support, stating, “The awards highlight the key role of women as leaders and agents of change in building resilience and actively participating in the creation and implementation of DRR strategies, policies, plans and programs in their regions. Their stories reflect the diversity of solutions required to meet the converging challenges of accelerating climate change and disasters in the region.”

“We look forward to continued collaboration with SM in our DRR agenda,” Secretary General Mizutori added.

The WIN DRR Excellence Awards 2022 sponsored by SM Prime has 15 finalists shortlisted from 420 nominations received from across 24 countries in the Asia-Pacific. The winner will be announced at the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Brisbane on 21 September 2022. US$10,000 will be awarded to an individual woman who has achieved exceptional professional success in DRR.

7 The WIN DRR partnership is consistent with SM Prime Holdings’ social commitment towards women empowerment, resilience, good health and well-being of women. The company’s corporate social responsibility arm, SM Cares, supports programs that advance these causes.

The Women's International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR) is a professional network to support women working in disaster risk reduction, in all their diversity. Its overall goal is to empower women to attain leadership and enhance their role in decision-making in disaster risk reduction in Asia-Pacific. The WIN DRR Philippine Network is powered by SM Prime and Asia Pacific College.


Earlier this year, SM Prime through its SM CARES, partnered with UNDRR in celebrating women empowerment through a webinar on the role of women in disaster resilience. In her keynote message, Mizutori emphasized “women’s equal participation and leadership in public life including disaster risk reduction is important and it is also essential to reducing disaster risk in achieving the United Nations sustainable development goals.”



ABOUT SM PRIME HOLDINGS



SM Prime, one of the leading integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people. Sustainability and Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience form part of SM Prime's core business strategies. It ensures that its risk-informed investments catalyze sustainable development and positive change in the communities where it operates.

For more information on SM Prime Holdings and its other programs towards disaster preparedness, visit their website at www.smprime.com.



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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Top Cyber Security Companies In The World 2022


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In current days, cyber security companies play a crucial role in helping businesses from cybercriminals. It is basically a type of safeguard which protects organizations from cyberbullying, attacks, and so on. It can also protect software, data, network, and other devices.

Cyber attacks are done to obtain access to any software system, change the data, withdraw money from the victims, and so forth. Apart from that, there are some other methods of cyber attacks, such as phishing, malware, ransomware, etc.

In such situations, a cyber security company helps Individuals and companies to shield their data and system from illegal access. It is not only safeguarding the data but also has several advantages. For example, it can prevent your site from going down, protect the customers virtually, and also improve productivity.

In this article, we are going to discuss the top cyber security companies. But, with so many cyber security companies, can you choose the top companies? The major problem occurs when you have to choose the perfect cyber security company.

Below we have mentioned the top companies which will perform the best practices to prevent your organizations from virtual attacks. After thorough research, we have narrowed down some of them.


 
1) Sapphire

One of the leading cyber security companies is Sapphire, established in 1966. It has been a backbone in the realm of cyber security for 25 years. Not only that, but it is one of the oldest and most trusted companies among others.

The company organizes a yearly conference which is the National Information security Conference. The purposes of this yearly held conference are to explore the trends of cyber security, explore future risks, and also defend tactics.

The services of Sapphire are comprehensive, which means you can get help from the Security Operation Centre.

It is a team monitoring the client’s network 24/7 alongside tracking thousands of events every second. This cyber security team is experienced and professional as well. They basically focus on detecting the “Endpoint Detection and Responses” so that clients can enjoy their complex virtual events.



2) CA Technologies

The cyber security company “CA Technologies” was founded in 1976. This company provides antivirus security for vast data, distributing computing, cloud computing, and other mobile devices. It also protects the software for network security.

CA Technologies also became a part of Broadcom Inc. in November 2018. The US-based company Broadcom aims to provide infrastructure software solutions and semiconductors.

Some of the benefits that you will get while working with this company include increased productivity, developed endpoint security, etc. The management department of CA Technologies is available for 24/7 support.

It also provides analytics software that allows its customers to identify and detect the problem proactively so that they can plan the actions beforehand.



3) CyberArk

A leading cyber security company CyberArk was established in 1999. The focus of this company is to remove cyber attacks, to cyberbully, and cyber threats as well. The goal of those attackers is to virtually assault the core of any enterprise.

Apart from that, it provides cyber security such as an application access manager, prevents password hacking, and also other intelligence services. When it comes to solution segments, the services of this company offer audits, compliance, and other security as well.

CyberArk also focuses on alerting organisations while they are working on any privileged data and also locating the responses to any incidents.


 
4) McAfee

One of the best Cybersecurity companies “McAfee” was established in 1987. The headquarters of this company is located in Santa Clara in California. So if you are running any business and incurring cyberbullying, then you can take advantage of this company.

It delivers numerous services, such as preventing networks and computers from malware, viruses, and other threats of cyber attackers.

On the other side, it can also protect an enterprise by delivering services like data protection, cloud security services, and endpoint security.


 
5) Avast

This company is well known for its excellent cyber security solutions. It has an advanced patent portfolio such as artificial intelligence, malware detection, Internet of Things, and others as well.

The company has a broad range of threat protection products for enterprises that can be sought after CloudCare solutions. The meaning of a cloud care solution is it offers network and endpoint security.

The free version of antivirus software offers real-time protection. This is essential if you have any group which clicks on the green “Download Now” button they can see. So they don’t have to face any difficulty.

 
6) SecurityHQ

Security HQ is a cyber security company that provides global security services. It has 260= members who can analyze the problem. Not only that, but also they can monitor and detect cyber threats. So they can take action to protect the device system.

The company can support and also monitor per minute if you are facing any cyber threats or not. When you are using this provider, you are guaranteed to develop the detection, and also it can identify the vulnerability of the system.

Other services are managed, such as security services, security consulting, and incident response as well.

 
7) ImmuniWeb

One of the newest cyber security companies is ImmuniWeb. This company is from Switzerland based and develops machine learning and AI technologies. Apart from that, it offers several services such as security testing, compliance monitoring, and continuous web security as well.

It is one of the best security companies if you are looking for affordable services. Not only that, but also it can minimize application security and compliance costs.

 
Last Words

Above, we have mentioned some of the top companies for cyber security. But, apart from that, there are innumerable companies that are ready to serve the best services as well.

The main duty of a cyber security company is to prevent your organization from damaging virtual data. It also assists your organizations to work smoothly and deliberately.

We hope you found this article helpful. In case you have queries, you can comment down below.



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Doron is a passionate blogger. He loves to share her thoughts, ideas, and experiences with the world through blogging. Doron is associated with Newsprofy, Istanagreenworld, Circleboxblog,

MOVE IN NOW: Sustainability redefined with SMDC’s master-planned development in Novaliches


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A sprawling oasis in the heart of the city, Vine Residences demonstrates SMDC’s unique ability to create holistic ecosystems of sustainable communities. The development sits right within the SM City Novaliches complex, offering a premium integrated lifestyle.


Sustainability has taken a whole new shape in today’s world. The recent health crisis has put health, safety, and well-being in the center of the discussion, and climate change has placed disaster risk reduction and resilience front and center.

SM Development Corporation (SMDC), “Developer of the Year” at the DOT Property Philippines Awards 2022, remains resolute in building sustainable communities across the country that address the safety, security, and evolving needs of Filipino homebuyers.






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It’s more than just being green

Now more than ever, developers are being assessed against Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards — how they’re able to provide safe and secure environments, improve health, well-being, and overall quality of life, all while addressing the environmental impacts of real estate development.

One of the master-planned communities that encapsulates this trifecta is SMDC’s Vine Residences. This gated vertical community has dedicated 52 percent of its total land area to open spaces, which has rightfully earned Vine Residences the title, “Best Landscape Architectural Design,” from PropertyGuru Philippines in 2021. Its expansive amenity area brings the joys of the outdoors right to your very own backyard.

Sustainability is ingrained in each SMDC community. With its Nature Park, Vine Residences, a ready-for-occupancy (RFO) development, promotes green and healthy living in all aspects.

A slew of resort-style amenities await residents at the Central Park — intricately-designed swimming pools, an engaging children’s play zone, and lush sunken gardens that flaunt an exquisite use of space and foliage. If adventure is what you’re after, discover the beauty of nature at the Camp Hill Site. Go searching for treasure as you trek along the Eco Trail, or enjoy a competitive game of basketball or volleyball at the covered court.

What truly rounds up SMDC’s commitment to sustainability, however, are their upgrades or practices that, all in all, enhance each development’s resilience and overall efficiency while promoting environmental stewardship. For instance, Vine Residences has been raised from the ground by approximately three meters, not only to preserve the trees and vegetation in the area, but also to strengthen the community’s defense against flooding. It’s also equipped with a detention tank that controls and mitigates water discharge in cases of heavy rains. A rainwater collection system, on the other hand, enables rainwater to be recycled and used to water its landscape.




To an affluent lifestyle


Couple these with the way the hotel-like lobbies and right-sized units at Vine Residences are designed to maximize the use of natural light and ventilation, and the walkability that a home right within the SM City Novaliches complex provides, and you are granted a sustainable lifestyle in a disaster-resilient property.



Novaliches as a hyper-connected economic corridor

Shaping today’s property sector along with sustainability is infrastructure. Given real estate’s confounding implications on both the economy and the environment, these two go hand in hand in uplifting quality of life — sustainability practices future-proofing homes and prioritizing health and wellness, and infrastructure developments triggering economic opportunities and paving the way for hyper-connectedness inter- and intra-cities.

Novaliches, in particular, is in a particularly exciting position when it comes to reaping the benefits of sustainable infrastructure. The soon-to-be-completed MRT Line 7 will connect the area to the planned North Triangle Common Station, where transfers can be made to other train lines. The west of the metro will soon be easily reachable via LRT Line 1, and the MRT Line 3, together with the future Mega Manila Subway, will enable ease of travel down south.

This not only signifies utmost convenience in getting in and around Metro Manila. It also solidifies Novaliches as a key economic corridor, and marks it as a real estate investment hotbed to look out for.



A true economic catalyst and partner in nation-building, SMDC allows more Filipinos to afford an investment in property today, with discounts and terms through its Move in Now program



Real estate as the golden ticket to sustainable investments

When it comes to sustainable investments, financial experts agree that real estate is the safest, most practical choice. Real estate assets are not only income-generating, but inflation-hedging as well.

It is a must-have in one’s investment portfolio, primarily because real estate is bound to appreciate in value over time. It stays ahead of inflation, protecting your hard-earned money and even growing it in leaps and bounds in a 10 to 20-year horizon. For immediate yet steady returns, you can always choose to rent out your unit.

The secret lies in choosing the right developer. SMDC’s distinct formula of sustainable developments in progressive locations has, time and time, proven itself rewarding for both end-users and investors. Add to that the integrated mall lifestyle they’ve pioneered, and the human-centric approach to property management and leasing services they carry.

Steadfast in building an affluent nation of homeowners, the trailblazing developer has recently launched their Move In Now Campaign, which essentially enables more Filipinos to own and immediately move into luxurious and masterfully-designed, sustainable homes. The program allows prospective buyers to enjoy as much as 10 percent discount upon reservation on select SMDC RFO developments nationwide. It also lets them in on the opportunity to move in right away with a five percent spot cash payment. On top of that, SMDC gives prospective buyers a housewarming present with a premium furniture item from Our Home.

More than just an after-thought, sustainable homes are a necessity, and they are now made attainable to many, thanks to SMDC. Start living sustainably and holistically with SMDC, and move in now to Vine Residences.



To know more about the promotions you can avail of under the Move In Now Campaign, follow SMDC on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Tiktok, or visit the SMDC website.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

BingoPlus, Beks Battalion unite for laffs in Beks2Beks2Beks



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BingoPlus is pursuing its mission of livening up the entertainment and recreation industry by throwing its support behind up-and-coming artists like the Beks Battalion who are currently making waves in the show circuit.

The popular comedy trio of MC Muah, Lassy and Chad Kinis held their first live concert recently at the New Frontier Theater in Cubao and had a breakout night, amusing audiences with their original sketches and improvised skits. Bingo Plus co-presented the show.

The super-packed comedy extravaganza featured singers, showbiz personalities, popular vloggers, comedians from the live entertainment circuit with ace comedian Vice Ganda as special guest.


Jasper Vicencio, AB Leisure Exponent Inc. president, the company that launched the Bingo Plus brand, said: “We are always on the lookout for events, activities and favorite Pinoy pastimes that celebrate Filipino talent and culture. Bingo has been a favorite pastime for generations of Filipinos across genders, age groups and income levels and we have a kinship with sports and leisure activities that enhance the quality of life of Pinoy audiences.

“Our partnership with the PBA and participation in the MPBL together with our support of the San Miguel Beermen’s victory party and Gilas Pilipinas game with Saudi Arabia speaks of our love for the sports-going public. Now we also want to elate comedy fans by encouraging artistic talents like the Beks Battalion to do their thing. Entertainers, athletes, and BingoPlus are one in doing our share to bring joy to our fellow Filipinos.”

Friday, September 23, 2022

Maroons Far From Home: How Converge #DobleNa erases the distance for homesick hoopers


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In the life of every UP student-athlete, there is much sacrifice involved — from grueling training to time management — in order to achieve their dreams in both sports and academics.

For those who hail from the provinces and overseas, there is also the added layer of being away from their family and loved ones for most of the calendar year.

With their focus zeroed in on their careers and finishing their degrees, it is easy for precious time with those who are important to get lost in the thick of things.

But luckily for members of the UP Men's Basketball Team, Converge ICT Solutions Inc. dishes an assist in the form of high speed internet in their dorm to help the players communicate with their loved ones from miles away.

Fil-Canadian Antonio Eusebio and Fil-Am Henry Galinato Jr. had to adjust the most as they joined the helm of the Maroons, as they needed to get used to life in another country.

Though admitting it's a challenge to live independently, they are able to adjust with the help of Converge and technology.



"At first it was a struggle, but like this time, I think I've experienced all the things that I've needed to experience and it's much better. I'm having an easier time," said Eusebio, who says his mother gets upset when he misses a video call. "They're all very clingy."

"It's hard but I got pretty used to it because Zav [Lucero] helped when I was here. But, you know, I miss my mom and everybody over there. I'm a lot older so it's not as hard as if this was a few years ago, it probably would be much more of a struggle for me but it's not that bad [with technology]. It's not like I'm going away forever, it's how I see it," quipped Galinato.

UP newcomer Janjan Felicilda also noted the flexibility Converge's internet provides, as the threat of COVID-19 continues to loom and limits in-person visits with family members.

"Syempre malaking bagay sa amin yun kaya nagpapasalamat kami sa Converge na napadali yung pag-communicate namin sa mga magulang namin, sa mga mahal namin sa buhay lalo na syempre, may COVID parin so pinadali nila yung buhay namin," he said.

Reyland Torres, for his part, noted that because of the distance, he would only get to see his family for twice a year. Being able to communicate via the internet helps douse the homesickness.

"Yung family ko halos twice a year lang kami magkasama kaya sobrang nagpapasalamat ako sa internet na binigay sa amin, makapag-usap kami ng family ko kahit malayo sila sa amin and araw-araw minemake sure namin makausap sila, kung okay lang sila. Okay lang din ba kami dito," Torres said.

Felicilda hails from Butuan, while Torres is from Bacolod.

Being able to communicate with family with constancy is of the utmost importance for the Fighting Maroons, as a number of them say that their family is the source of their biggest motivation.

"Important role yung parents ko sa pangarap ko kasi sila nagbibigay sa akin ng motivation, simula pa nung bata ako, sila na yung palaging nagsusupporta sa akin. Sila yung laging nasa likod ko pag gusto ko abutin yung pangarap ko," quipped Harold Alarcon, who is also from Bacolod.

"Sobrang laking bagay nila kasi sila yung nagpupush sa amin araw araw para mabuhay, para maglaro tapos may kukuhanan ka ng lakas para magpursigi sa buhay," added Davao-born Cyril Gonzales.

Even without seeing their family personally for most of their lives as student-athletes, UP folk hero JD Cagulangan, who comes from Butuan City, says that their love is felt from miles away through Converge.

"Yung support laging nandyan, yung mga kuya ko, even yung mga relatives ko, nararamdaman yung support nila sa akin," Cagulangan said.

Converge's latest offering gives consumers double their money's worth with fast internet as the FiberX Plan 1500 now gives users up to 100Mbps from it's previous 50Mbps.

Like the Fighting Maroons, continue to fight the distance with fast and reliable internet.

The reigning UAAP champions tested their mettle in South Korea for their preseason preparations. As part of their training, they have been facing pro teams in tune-up games.



“Sa amin, sobrang laking tulong [nung games dito sa Korea] kasi yung mga kalaban namin, mga pro na. Malaking bagay talaga,” said Cagulangan.
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