Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PLDT Enterprise Supports The Philippine Virtual Reality Conference and Mobile VR Jam

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PLDT Enterprise, through its emerging technologies business unit, Disruptive Business Group (DBG), aims to drive awareness for Virtual Reality (VR) technologies in the country with its support of the recently concluded Philippine Mobile VR Jam and Virtual Reality Conference.

The 1st Philippine Mobile VR Jam and Virtual Reality Conference provided participants with a first look at the most promising projects in the country through a series of workshops and seminars. It was organized by VR Philippines, a group of virtual reality developers and enthusiasts dedicated to promoting the advancement of virtual reality technology. Among the attendees were software developers across the country.

Niko Peralta, Head of PLDT DBG’s Digital Mobility R&D said, “PLDT Enterprise is proud to support the burgeoning VR industry. As part of the PLDT Group’s digital pivot, we are constantly on the look-out for new-frontier solutions that will further the advancement of today’s digital enterprise. Start-ups can always rely on our support by which they can build on these newer tech.”

PLDT and SMART’s support of the Philippine Mobile VR Jam and Virtual Reality Conference events underscore its commitment to be at the forefront of the dawning VR technology revolution in the country. “We view virtual reality as technology that today’s enterprises can potentially utilize to deliver more engaging and immersive customer experiences,” said Lemelen Palad, DBG Product Development Manager for M2M and IOT. “A more personalized approach in the ever-growing mobile-first consumer market dictates that businesses today have to be more creative in the way they reach out to their customers,” Palad added.

The event series culminated with the “Virtual Reality Conference” which featured exhibits by various software companies, displaying an end-to-end VR ecosystem from design and production, including proposed commercial applications. Business models include gamification, real-estate, first-person training modules, among others.

Joey Limjap, VP & Head of PLDT ICT Research & Development, added, “We know that VR is still at its nascent stage, and are delighted to be a part of the Philippine Virtual Reality Conference and help create greater awareness of this fascinating and exciting technology. Of course, our PLDT Innolab will always be open to the new technologies like VR and serve as an incubator to further develop it’s potential.”
*Photo caption: From left to right: Cristopher David (VR Philippines), Joey Limjap (PLDT Innolab), Mark Joseph Basibas (Mobile VR Jam participant), Paolo Espiritu (Mobile VR Jam participant), John Hay Supetran (Mobile VR Jam participant), Michael Gaerlan (Samsung), and Lemelen Palad (DBG).

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Naxional South American Diner: Family Recipes From Over 10 South American Countries

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Head over to one of the newest restaurants in Bonifacio Global City today and start your day with plenty of South American-themed dishes. Naxional South American Diner has recently opened at the 2nd floor of Uptown Parade (9th Avenue corner 38th street) to serve gastronomical delights heavily-inspired by traditional, home-cooked family recipes from over 10 different South American countries like Brazil, Venezuela, and Peru.

At a press conference held on August 8, 2016, just a few days before its grand opening on August 12, Christi McGarry, Miss Intercontinental 2015 1st Runner Up, Gabe Norwood, Gilas Pilipinas basketball team captain, and Vanessa Matsunaga, just one of the 13 co-partners of Naxional South American Diner, which is the brainchild of Raymund Magdaluyo, were seen at Naxional South American Diner to grace its formal announcement to media so we could share the great news to the public especially the foodies out there who would gladly visit newly opened restaurants.

Other well-known South American partners include Vanessa's brotehr and mom, Daniel Matsunaga and Gege Matsunaga respectively. There's also Cynthia Patos, Lifestyle Network's Venezuelan host and winner of "The Clash."

Gabe Norwood is joined by his wife Lei Norwood as founding partners also taht are not originally from South America.

Beauty Queen Christi McGarry vibrantly hosted the event making the day a lot more brighter and beautiful inspite of the rain that day.

Citi x Zomato Food Run with The Bistro Group of Restaurants

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August 9 and 10, 2016 is going to be another gastronomic adventure as we get to attend the Citi x Zomato Food Run with The Bistro Group of restaurants as their way of promoting the Citi promotional offer of 30% on all appetizers and salads. No minimum. Valid daily until September 15, 2016 for all Citibank cardholders.

We will be visiting 12 restaurants (6 per day) to try out their appetizers on a half-day food run within Uptown Mall and High Street of Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig city on the first day, and Greenbelt, Makati city and Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay city on the 2nd day.

Here's the list of restaurants we are going to visit for two days:

1st Day (August 9, 2016):
Uptown Mall

Texas Roadhouse
Buffalo Wild Wings​

BGC High Street
Village Tavern

2nd Day (August 10, 2016):

Krazy Garlic
Tonkatsu ​by Terazawa

Mall of Asia
Fish & Co
Bulgogi Brothers
Modern Shanghai
TGI Friday's
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