Saturday, May 21, 2016

Condo Rent in Metro Manila’s University and College Areas

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With the new school year fast approaching, many college students are looking for housing options close to their chosen schools. Lamudi analyzed its price data to show how much rent to expect from condos in Metro Manila’s university and college areas

These days, condos in Metro Manila are being built close to pretty much everything, and that include colleges and universities, so it is not that difficult to find one that’s practically a short walk away from the gate of one’s school.

The great thing about this is that these real estate projects are also quite accessible to various malls, hospitals, stores, banks, and restaurants that they are attractive even to young professionals, newlyweds, and starter families.

Lamudi Philippines analyzed its property listings data to show how much rent can students (and their parents) expect from condos near Metro Manila’s university and college districts; namely, Manila’s university belt (U-belt) and Quezon City’s Katipunan Avenue.

Experience New Zealand 2016 at the Glorietta Activity Center

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Get ready to experience a taste of New Zealand in the Philippines especially this year when New Zealand and the Philippines mark their 50th year of bilateral relations.

The event called Experience New Zealand 2016 will run from May 20-22, 2016 at the Glorietta Activity Center, in the Glorietta Mall, Makati City, and showcases not only the best of New Zealand food and beverage, but also highlights key NZ travel destinations and educational institutions.

Ambassador David Strachan believes that the relationship between our two countries have grown increasingly intimate. The Filipino population in New Zealand offer their warm spirit and work ethic across the length and breadth of New Zealand.

The ambassador adds that the Filipinos living in New Zealand has been the best brand ambassadors since everywhere he goes in the Philippines, many of the people he meets has ties or links with New Zealand and are familiar with what New Zealand has to offer.

They also have a growing number of Filipinos choosing New Zealand as their education destination because of their well-regarded high quality system that welcomes international students.

During our visit at the Experience New Zealand 2016 event, we got to witness a powerful combination of song, dance and chanting during the Kapa Haka performances. That was an amazing cultural performance.

Also get the chance to win one of five round-trip ticket to Auckland courtesy of Philippine Airlines! In December 2015, Philippine Airlines started flying a four times weekly service between Manila and Auckland (via Cairns) which makes it easier for all of us to go to NZ.

Miss Tourism Philippines 2016 Swimsuit Competition

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"Summer will not be over without seeing our candidates in their swimwear. It's the most anticipated part of the competition to showcase how fit the contestants are in their two piece ensembles."

Miss Tourism Philippines, the Dangal ng Bayan People's Choice Awardee for Most Outstanding Philippine National Pageant, held its Swimsuit competition at La Virginia Hotel and Resort at Mataas na Kahoy in Batangas a few days ago.

Congratulations to Miss Tourism Philippines 2016 Swimsuit Competition winner:

Miss La Virginia & Miss Kutis Filipina, representing Ibaan, Batangas Krizsa Nicolette

Lots of lovely ladies flaunted their stunning figures and voluptuous assets wearing flattering swimsuits that will surely put you in awe at first sight. The swimsuit competition has always been the hardest in judging as we are all mostly looking for that perfect shape, skin tone and flawless complexion that we would normally find from Fil-Am or half-blooded candidates with the advantage of a foreign nationality. 

Depending on the beauty standards of the judges, we would sometimes find it difficult to predict who would win in a swimsuit competition but having a sexually appealing whiter skin complexion has always been proven most popular.

Artist Playground’s Second Season Set to Open with “Happiness is a Pearl” on June 9

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What Can You Do For Love ?????

Happiness is a Pearl,” an original play penned by Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Hall of Famer Rody Vera is all set to open on June 9 at the 1701 The Little Room Upstairs located at Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia St. corner Timog Avenue, Quezon City.

The play shall run until July 3, 2016 with 7 pm shows from Wednesday – Friday; 3 pm and 7 pm shows every Saturday and Sunday.

As the opening production for the second season of Artist Playground, “Happiness is a Pearl” revolves around three characters ---Kenji, a male courtesan; Maria, a poor Pinay Japayuki; and Mari, a wife who falls in love with Kenji.

Before becoming a prostitute in a club in Kabukicho, Tokyo, Mari was married to a wealthy businessman. But Mari’s billionaire husband soon leaves her when she becomes attached to a male gigolo named Kenji, who has a pearl stitched under the skin of his penis. However, Kenji sets his eyes on a poverty-stricken Filipina entertainer named Maria. Intertwined by fate and struggles, how will Kenji, Maria, and Mari find the true meaning of love and happiness ?

“Happiness is a Pearl” will be directed by Paul Jake Paule, an esteemed actor, director and Aliw Awards nominee. 

SAP Expands Its Internet of Things Offerings and Partner Ecosystem

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 SAP HYPERLINK recently unveiled new offerings for customers and partners on the comprehensive SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the Internet of Things (IoT). With a focus on the “things to outcome” part of the IoT journey, SAP can help capture the real value of the IoT by connecting “things” to the enterprise to provide better insights and proactive actions giving customers the outcomes they want. This announcement was made at IoT World 2016 being held May 10–12 in Santa Clara, California.

“SAP is helping customers map their journeys through digital transformation, and the IoT has the potential to drive the largest segment of growth in new business value,” said Ryan Poggi, Managind Director for SAP in the Philippines. “We offer the right solution infrastructure and are committed to building the strongest, most comprehensive ecosystem for the IoT in the industry. Our robust platform and line-of-business and industry applications for the IoT enable customers to improve their operational efficiency and transform their business models.”

SAP Brings Business Value to Customers Through Their IoT Journey

“At EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) the ability to access and analyze large amounts of data quickly, with high accuracy across a globalized and digitalized world, is critical, and we needed a truly innovative approach to stay ahead,” said Matthias Beier, CIO, EDF Renewable Energy. “We have a constant need to perform machine data analysis along with geolocation mapping and transactional data from SAP. The powerful analytics capabilities of SAP HANA with operational data in the OSIsoft PI System make meeting these business needs possible by delivering an inventive IoT platform enabling better analytics and decision-making capabilities across our organization.”

The data available from smart, connected devices represents an enormous opportunity but also places new demands on the capabilities of an enterprise platform. SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the IoT provides a comprehensive set of capabilities that extends the SAP HANA platform and SAP HANA Vora™ software to address the needs of IoT applications, while providing the flexibility to address different solution and architecture patterns.

Customers can use these offerings from SAP and supported partner solutions to build and expand upon their existing investments in SAP HANA to cover their growing IoT-driven demands in the area of edge computing, connectivity management, device management, mobile enablement, dashboarding, analytics and predictive computing. Solutions like the Siemens MindSphere are already productive and operating on SAP HANA Cloud Platform. SAP is supporting OpenStack as the cloud infrastructure and Cloud Foundry as the open source framework for SAP HANA Cloud Platform. 

The new IoT offerings from SAP include:

       The IoT foundation bundle for SAP HANA provides a set of critical capabilities for IoT data management. Smart data streaming allows for data filtering, aggregation and correlation at scale. In combination with the IoT intelligent edge processing bundle, remote data synchronization guarantees data consistency between the edge database and the platform database. Dynamic tiering is the tool to manage multitier database storage according to the value of the data to lower cost in Big Data scenarios. SAP HANA Vora transforms Big Data analysis with an in-memory computing engine for Hadoop. Also included in the bundle is the IoT SIM management connector for SAP HANA, which allows cellular IoT device connectivity management with a user interface based on the SAP Fiori® user experience (UX).

       The IoT intelligent edge processing bundle for SAP HANA delivers a compelling set of technologies that run at the edge of the network to complement the IoT foundation for SAP HANA. These capabilities consist of a “streaming lite” component, the edge database and sync client, and SAP® Plant Connectivity software.

Dell and SAP Bring Business to the Edge

Dell and SAP are also collaborating on models designed to help address the industry’s biggest operational challenges, such as business continuity, overall equipment effectiveness, maintenance costs and return on assets. Dell and SAP have long been close partners, and collaborating on the IoT is a natural next step. By combining Dell’s intelligent Edge Gateway 5000 with SAP solutions for the IoT, customers can extend their digital core to the edge to gain cost-effective, real-time insights enabling their digital transformation.

SAP and Hitachi Plan to Create Innovative, Industry-Focused IoT Solutions

Strengthened by their combined IT and OT expertise and powerful respective technologies, SAP and Hitachi announced an expanded global collaboration to create and customize industry-specific IoT solutions for a range of applications, particularly around the areas of smart manufacturing, smart city, transportation and logistics. The companies expect these solutions will drive digital transformation and connected intelligence for organizations across the globe, helping customers realize the transformative power of their data.

SAP Partners Offer Options for IoT Data Consumption

Under its existing partnership, OSIsoft prepares and delivers analytics- and application-ready industrial operations data for SAP HANA. With IoT SIM management capabilities from SAP, customers can now interface SIM-based connectivity management solutions such as the Vodafone Managed IoT Connectivity Platform or Cisco Jasper.

For more information on SAP solutions for the IoT, visit SAP at standHYPERLINK "" HYPERLINK ""#303 at IoT World, or listen to SAP’s THYPERLINK ""anja Rueckert and Nayaki Nayyar.

For more information, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.

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DICT to Improve Internet Experience and Help Usher in Digital Economy for PH

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The creation of a Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) would help elevate local state of internet and usher in the country to become a digital economy.

“The Philippines is in urgent need of an agency that will drive the country’s ICT development and help steer the country to realize its full potential as a digital economy where homes, businesses and individuals have access to fast and reliable data connectivity. We are hopeful that enhancing ICT development in the country, by creating DICT, would enable more business organizations to work more efficiently, maximize productivity and contribute to sustaining the country’s economic growth,” Globe General Counsel Froilan Castelo said.

The creation of the DICT is expected to provide an appropriate policy framework for ICT development in the country and at the same time promote continuity of such policies. A policy framework for ICT development is expected to enable telecommunication providers to improve the quality of their services including internet connectivity, Castelo said.

Castelo pointed out that Globe, for instance, has embarked on another nationwide infrastructure program to build on its network infrastructure and enhance the country's internet experience.

However, the company has been facing difficulties in building more cell sites and in establishing right-of-ways as it is currently in the process of expanding capacity expansion for both its mobile and wireline networks using different technologies including 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi. The creation of DICT and formulation of a policy framework for ICT development would help expedite the deployment of ICT infrastructure such as cell sites and fiber optics.

Miss Bikini Philippines 2016 Grand Coronation Winners

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Congratulations to the winners of the Miss Bikini Philippines 2016 pageant of Slimmers World International. The grand coronation night was held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila on May 20, 2016.

2nd Runner Up - Candidate #25 - Ivy Tapic
1st Runner Up - Candidate #7 - Regine Anillo
Miss Bikini Philippines 2016 - Candidate #24 - Christine Opiaza

Special Awards:

Miss Personality to Candidate #24 Christine Opiaza
Miss Internet Most Popular to Candidate #27 Maribel Aga
Miss Congeniality to Candidate #10 Trixie Ong
Miss Best in Creative Posing to Candidate #24 Christine Opiaza
Miss Photogenic to Candidate #15 Angelica Nillo
Miss Best in Long Gown to Candidate #17 Hayan Hamoc
Miss Client's Choice Award or Darling of the Clients to Candidate #13 Mary Grace CastilloMiss Miss Great Skin to Candidate #3 Clarise Perez

I must say that the judges are in harmony with the choice of the many as witnessed from the media presentation held a few days ago at the Diamond Hotel in Manila. Candidate #24 has always been a favorite both online and offline. Candidate #25 is equally a crowd favorite as she is also among the best looking ladies of this year's Miss Bikini Philippines.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Globe Mobile Data Sustains Growth Momentum

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Above photo shows Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu (right) talks about the company’s remarkable financial performance in the first three months of the year supported by gains across data-related segments and steady customer uptake at a recent analyst briefing Shown with him are Globe Chief Commercial Officer Albert de Larrazabal (center) and Globe Acting Chief Finance Officer Rizza Maniego-Eala (left).

Globe Telecom’s mobile data revenues continued to underpin growth in the first three months of the year amid continuing demand for data services and popularity of data-driven products and applications as more and more consumers adopt a digital lifestyle. This is reflective of the company’s strategy to expand its mobile data footprint by continuously enhancing network capacities.

Mobile data revenues in the first quarter soared 62%, reaching P9.1 billion compared with P5.6 billion reported in the year-earlier period. When lumped with the company’s home broadband and corporate data revenues of P3.5 billion and P2.3 billion, respectively, the company’s total data revenues now represent 50% of its total service revenues, up from 36% in the year-earlier period. The company’s mobile data revenues also accounted for 40% of total mobile service revenues in the first quarter of 2016, compared with 26% contribution in the first quarter of 2015.

Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu said mobile data growth has drawn support from the company’s market-relevant data offers, availability of low-priced data capable devices and a strong and reliable data network. “We believe that the Globe brand is extremely strong in its positioning as the smartphone network of choice and the data growth is reflective of that. As the strategy is to continue to be aggressive in the market, we continue to make investments to enhance our wireless network so we have more capacity on the ground. We expect to see mobile data business to continue growing,” said Cu.

A steady growth in the company’s mobile customers, reaching 57.3 million at the end of the first quarter from 48.4 million in the year-earlier period also provided support for mobile data, Cu said. The company’s mobile revenues totaled P23.1 billion in the first quarter of the year, up 7% from P21.6 billion a year earlier. This supported consolidated revenues to reach P29.9 billion, a 14% jump from P26.2 billion in the year-earlier period. Net profit stood P4.3 billion, a 3% increase from P4.2 billion a year earlier.

Following a successful network modernization program that saw mobile data exploding in the Philippines, Globe has embarked on another nationwide infrastructure program to enhance the country's internet experience involving, among others, capacity expansion for its mobile network using different technologies including 3G, LTE and even Wi-Fi.

Mobile data explosion in the country, amid steady growth in smartphone penetration, requires more bandwidth than traditional voice and text messaging services. However, the total number of unique cell sites in the country is disproportionate against burgeoning data traffic. The Philippines, an archipelago, currently has about 17,000 cell sites. Comparing this to Vietnam, which has similar population density although in a contiguous land area, has 55,000 cell sites.

The marked increase in data traffic coupled with the lack of cell sites prompted Globe to call for support from local government units to help make the current condition conducive to build more cell sites and reduce the existing infrastructure gap. By building more sites, telco service providers will be able to provide better internet experience for its customers. Cu has emphasized that construction of additional cell sites addresses the need for additional bandwidth necessary in transmitting enormous amount of data. Today, building a cell site involves about 25 permits with at least 8 months lead time. LGU assistance can help reduce the lead time if not facilitate less permits. Aside from cell sites, another area that needs improvement is the harmonization of spectrum. Spectrum is needed for increased bandwidth especially for mobile data use.

As part of its effort to improve the internet experience of its customers, Globe has embarked on an initiative of creating an internet super highway nationwide. Specifically, the company plans to deploy fiber optics in 20,000 barangays by 2020, aimed at providing ultra-fast internet access to around 2 million homes nationwide. A pilot roll out of fiber broadband technology is already ongoing in Binondo, Manila, which when completed will provide world-class internet experience with speeds of up to 1Gbps by July 2016.

Pending the completion of an internet super highway, Globe deployed ultra-fast Wi-Fi connection with speeds of up to 100 Mbps in various Ayala malls namely Serendra, Glorietta, Trinoma, Ayala Center Cebu, Alabang Town Center, Marquee Mall, Market! Market!, UP Town Center, Harbor Point, Centrio, Fairview Terraces and Greenbelt.

Benzoyl Peroxide is the Best Acne Treatment

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Your Pambansang Blogger ng Pilipinas is convinced that Proactiv acne solution works as advertised. The secret ingredient to this miracle against acne? It's Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) - the smart choice for acne medication!

Benzoyl Peroxide has been known to be a compound that fights acne from getting worse. What most people are afraid of are the misconceptions that surrounds it, such as, “your skin gets addicted to it” and more popularly, “quitting its application will make acne faster and with a vengeance”.

These are just some of the reasons why people tend to shy away from a relatively cheaper and effective way in treating acne. The only probable and logical reason to avoid BPO is having an allergic reaction to it.

To better understand why people should have it as an option for acne treatment, an understanding on how it works, what it does, and how to use it properly, should take away all the misconceptions that surrounds BPO.

Acne happens when a pore blocked by excess keratin, sebum, and dead skin cells comes in contact with bacteria which cause the inflammation. What BPO does is that it breaks down into benzoic acid and oxygen, and the oxygen acts as a free radical destroying the cells that blocks the pores along with the bacteria growing on it.

During the early stages of acne formation, BPO is known to be effective in preventing these outbreaks on the skin. The BPO scare however, comes from its misuse. Having too much of it on the skin, making sure that the acne-causing bacteria is eliminated from the surface, gives the skin unnecessary stress than protection. That stress leaves the skin more vulnerable to more acne outbreaks after quitting from BPO treatment. Using BPO the right way, meaning more strategically, on skin could help drastically minimize the formation of acne and prevent future outbreaks.

8 Best Online Shopping Apps for Android

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What can be more interesting for a shopaholic that he or she gets some luxurious ways to choose the targeting product? Well this is true that the online shopping tactics are polishing everyone’s lives in aesthetic ways. Utilizing these services, people are saving their times and hence also the effort. Such shopping strategies are assisting in multitasking and hence people can do shopping as well as other tasks. Now there are some names that have brought shopping applications for the Android platform that is even a more efficient purchase approach. Following are the few essential titles.

1. Lazada

Headquartered in Singapore, Lazada Group has its own name in the world of online shopping. It was founded by Rocket Internet in 2011 and has operated sites in various countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia. Its mobile application for Android is highly interactive and user-friendly. It allows to access millions of products to be purchased via application.

2. Zalora

Zalora is another name having the parent organization called Rocket Internet. It is also well-known in the prime countries of Asia like Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines and Vietnam and even in Australia and New Zealand. It usually focuses in the commodities of fashion products for women, men and kids. The application permits to pick up various brands and hence perform the secure payment procedure.

3. Kaymu

Kaymu is the online marketplace that is represented in more than 30 countries. With the services of customer to customer and business to customer, this platform serves a huge audience. By using the mobile app, users can view the products in detail and explore the quality images for better purchase.

4. Ensogo

Launched in 2010, Ensogo is not an ordinary shopping portal but it proposes number of discount deals on hotel accommodation, beauty treatments, spas services and restaurants. Its mobile app has colorful interface with explicit information regarding the special offers.

5. OLX

With the presence in more than 90 countries, Olx is one of the biggest free advertising website. The Android application is for accessing the ads of goods and also to sell them. From home apparels to bikes, everything can be bought and sold in just few clicks.

6. Ebay

The multinational corporation called EBay, founded in 1995, serves number of nations including Philippines. The application has captivating design and is quite easy for even the first time users. Searching sellers, tracking packages and leaving feedback are essential functionalities of this app.

7. MetroDeal

MetroDeal is quite a popular title in Philippines. From travel deals to shopping tactics, MetroDeal is the finest. Its app has the smooth design with the detailed information of unbeatable travel deals and lowest prices on available gadgets.

8. Shopee

Shopee is an imaginative platform for shopaholics of Philippines. From cosmetics to apparels, customers are allowed to get excited and enjoy the reasonable deals. Free browsing of listings and live chats are possible by this mobile app.

If you really want to relish some exclusive Android application designs and want to make the purchase more effortless then this list will surely assist you.

Get a Trip fro Two to Maldives from

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REFER 200 FRIENDS TO USE SHOPBACK and you AUTOMATICALLY GET A TRIP FOR 2 TO MALDIVES! (So long as you are the first 5 to reach the 200 target anytime from 6 June to 6 July, 2016). 

Note that THIS IS NOT A RAFFLE, once you reach your target, you get the dream vacation for FREE.

So what do you need to do?

Simply refer 200 friends to sign up through your exclusive Sign Up Page (which we will specially create for you) and shop online from Lazada, ZALORA, iTrueMart, Agoda and 300 other online stores via ShopBack (they just need to go to ShopBack first and click the online shop where they want to make a purchase from).

So what are you waiting for? Register now by 29 May 2016 and start telling your friends about ShopBack and drink a Mojito by the pristine beaches of MALDIVES since here in ShopBack, it's SUMMER 4EVER!


Mapúa – IEEE Week 2016: Inclusive Growth Driven by Innovation

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The Mapúa Institute of Technology Student Branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (Mapúa – IEEE) will be hosting once again the Mapúa-IEEE Week with the theme Inclusive Growth Driven by Innovation. Inclusive Growth has been a major issue for the present Philippine Economy. The IEEE’s core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Being a student branch of the IEEE, it is our mission for this year to promote innovation in our pursuit of inclusive growth as a nation.

The Mapúa-IEEE Week composes of activities such as Quiz Bee, Debate Championship, Workshop, Seminars and the 13th annual Project Design Competition

This week-long activity invites all the students, instructors and professors coming from the Philippine Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Branches specifically from De La Salle University – Manila (DLSU), University of the Philippines – Diliman (UP), University of Santo Tomas (UST), University of the East – Caloocan (UE) and Mapúa Institute of Technology – Manila (MIT) which will be the Host – School of the said event. The Mapúa-IEEE Week helps all the students, instructors, and professors coming from IEEE Philippine Section Student Branches to interact with other schools regarding the advancement of technology, technological innovation, research, and growth of skill and knowledge in technical – related professions.

The organizers of Mapúa - IEEE Week will be the officers of the Mapúa – IEEE which composes of committees to be manpowered by the respective staffs of each committee. The activites of the whole week will be as follows:

· Monday / Tuesday: Mapúa – IEEE Technical Seminars and Workshops
· Wednesday: Mapúa – IEEE Debate Championship
· Thursday: Mapúa – IEEE Quiz Bee
· Friday: Mapúa – IEEE 13th Annual Project Design Competition

The opening ceremony of the Mapúa-IEEE Week will be held on Monday to be followed by the Mapúa – IEEE Technical Seminars and Workshops The Mapúa – IEEE 13th Annual Project Design Competition will have its Exhibit of Posters for the entries of the participants which will be displayed at the North Circle.

Event Title: "IEEE Week 2016: Inclusive Growth Driven by Innovation"
Event Date: May 23-27, 2016
Event Location: North Circle, Mapùa Institute of Technology, Intramuros, Manila
Contact Person: Bien Carlo Halili
Contact Details: 0917 247 1038 (Mobile)

CHED@22: Sustaining and Advancing the Gains

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In celebration of the Commission on Higher Education’s 22nd Founding Anniversary, two events were held to recognize exceptional and high performing higher education institutions (HEIs) and academic programs.

CHED@22 kicks off with a flag-raising ceremony and opening of the State Universities and Colleges Products and Innovations Fair. Above photo shows (L-R) CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan, CHED Commissioners Alex B. Brillantes, Ruperto S. Sangalang, Minella C. Alarcon and Maria Cynthia Rose B. Bautista. 
Autonomous and Deregulated status were conferred on 75 private HEIs nationwide. To achieve this distinction, institutions should have an established track record of exceptional program performance and institutional quality, demonstrated mature internal quality assurance systems as shown in their high proportion of accredited programs, garnered Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development, attained international accreditation and certification, among others.

CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan underscored that “the long-term goal is to have a critical mass of Autonomous and Deregulated HEIs that have established their internal quality assurance systems and are capable of self-regulation.” The 75 HEIs represent 4% of the total 1,708 private institutions in the country. The target is to reach at least 10%. The CHED Chair also urged HEI officials to use the benefits of their status “wisely and well” and to aspire and work for constant improvement, which is a sign of maturity and quality.

Centers of Excellence (CoEs) and Centers of Development (CoDs) were awarded in various disciplines. A total of 432 Centers nationwide were recognized, 199 Centers of Excellence and 233 Centers of Development from 139 HEIs.

Center of Excellence is a distinction granted by CHED to an institution which demonstrates exemplary performance in its teaching, research and extension function, while, Center of Development is granted to an institution with the potential to provide excellent education as evidenced by above average performance in the three areas. 

Takeda Calls for Digital Healthcare Innovation Challenge for Better Healthcare to More People

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Takeda Healthcare Philippines Inc. launched the Digital ​Healthcare ​Innovation Challenge which aims to bring together healthcare and digital experts in search for a digital innovation solution targeting oncology. Along with Takeda’s commitment to engage digital healthcare in the Philippines we are also looking to learn about relevant business opportunities in this region. This will also be our initiative to venture into support and investment for the digital community.

Why Takeda?

Globally, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda),, is a brand which is in the forefront of providing better health for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. And the same passion that drives them to a commitment to better health with a patient-centric approach is consistent all throughout the diversity in their organization making it a strong value both for the Takeda brand and the health care industry.

Why Digital Healthcare Innovation Challenge?

“Takeda is committed to innovation, in fact it is one of our values in Takeda-ism. This is something we try to do every single day; find ways of being innovative so we can serve and support more patients.” ​ - ​Gabriel Georgy, Country Director

Most of the industries in the global scene have some disruption to make better lives out of innovative ideas. In the generation of smartphones and tablets, solutions are made available in ways we have never imagined before, and we believed that as part of Takeda’s commitment to providing better health care, our approach should also be aligned with the changing times. And by alignment, we mean working on the grassroots level with technologists. One way to do it is through our Digital ​Healthcare ​Innovation Challenge. It is not just a challenge of wit and knowledge, but of passion and innovation. By opening up the door to tech innovators, Takeda will get better access to the solutions that will help bring health care closer to the people that we serve and work with.

Who is this for?
The Takeda Digital Healthcare Innovation Challenge is for tech startups with matured digital solutions that can help Takeda provide better health care in the long term. This is an open-call for developers, programmers, incubators and mentors who have the right people that can represent and pitch the best solution that Takeda can help build, mentor and incubate.

What happens next?

The Takeda D​HIC does not stop at finding a winner; this will be an ongoing effort on the part of Takeda to support and promote healthtech solutions relevant to their patient-centric products. In the long term, the Takeda D​HIC in the Philippines will and can be our prototype for bringing this agenda to some other parts of the globe.

Winner(s) of the pitching competition will receive support from Takeda and our designated partners. The goal is to provide mentorship and/or funding support to the startups as Takeda focuses more on bigger agenda that are aligned to our corporate vision.


The scheduled date of the Takeda Digital ​Healthcare ​Innovation Challenge is 6th August 2016 in Manila.

How a Serviced and Virtual Office Can Help Traveling Entrepreneurs

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A serviced office or virtual office can provide many benefits to a traveling entrepreneur. When traveling, it's inconvenient to have to lease office space or meet in a public area like the hotel's bar to conduct serious business with clients or investors. A serviced office makes more sense for the business traveler.

Flexible Lease Agreements

Owners rent out the offices with short-term leases. It can be as little as a few days to an entire month for the lease agreement. In a traditional office, an entrepreneur would have to sign a lease that could keep him or her in the space for at least a year. That wouldn't make much sense for a traveling entrepreneur who might only be staying in that location for a week or two. 

Pay for What You Use

If you need a conference room for that big meeting with a new client, a serviced office owner can rent you the space on an hourly basis. You can use the facilities and services that you need without paying for the ones that you don't. They also have staff you can use at the facility to portray a polished and professional business appearance. 

Testing New Areas

Many entrepreneurs travel to test new markets. While they are looking for office space for rent in Makati, they can figure out if that's the market they want to invest in by testing the area first with a serviced office. You can test multiple markets before settling on a space that will require a long-term lease agreement. 

Equipment and Staff

You won't need to hire your own staff or buy new equipment while traveling for business. Serviced office spaces have owners who keep technology current for their renters. Many offices have fast Internet connections, speedy computer systems, copiers, faxes and other office equipment needed to run your business while you're traveling. 

No Downtime

When you are traveling for your business, whether it's to enter a new market or land a client, you'll have to equip and setup a new office. That requires money for desks, chairs and file cabinets. You'll need office machinery like copiers as well as printers and the accessories that go with them like toner. With a serviced office, you won't have any downtime while the office is readied for your arrival. While trying to find office space for rent in Makati, you'll be able to have a fully-functioning office to work in as you wait. 


Many people forget the maintenance involved in running an office. There has to be cleaners to keep the office spotless. You'll need technicians to maintain the office equipment too. With a serviced office, that's all included in the fee when you rent the space. For BGC office space for rent, you won't need to hire maintenance workers since they're provided for you.


This is another monthly fee you don't have to worry about when you rent a serviced office space. It's an expense that is included in the fee. You won't have to worry about paying a deposit to get the lights turned on in your new space. It's all done for you.

There are many advantages of using a serviced office facility or virtual office when traveling. The entrepreneur who is on the road often won't have to work out of their hotel room or the downstairs restaurant. He or she will be able to conduct business in a professional manner with all the equipment they could need for their business.

DOE Advisory on Unscrupolous Communications

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While the government is on transition period after a successful conduct of elections, the Department of Energy (DOE) earnestly warns the public and energy stakeholders regarding unscrupulous individuals posing as Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada, other DOE officials and employees, and even as part of the transition team of Presumptive President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

The DOE notes that some individuals may take advantage of this crucial period to solicit money to fund purported activities of the DOE or other energy agencies, such as planning, team building and other events. Please be warned that they may send bogus emails, text messages, or place calls representing themselves as members of the transition team or as DOE officials to deceive the recipient of the call that the communication is legitimate.

Moreover, the DOE reiterates its adherence to the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees (Republic Act 6713) which prohibits officials and employees from soliciting money.

In this regard, we enjoin the vigilance of everyone by reporting any form of communication from these individuals, and verify the authenticity of these messages with the DOE through the Office of the Secretary’s official telephone numbers: (02) 840-2134 and (02) 840-2008.


Huawei Adopts Globe Telecom’s Project 1 Phone Recycling and Recovery Program

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Huawei donates one van full of various e-waste as initial contribution to Globe Telecom’s Project 1 Phone Recycling and Recovery Program.

The above photo shows Huawei VP for Sales Bruce Liu and Globe SVP for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto seal the partnership agreement with a handshake. Huawei Corporate Communications Head Wellington Liutao (left) and Globe VP for Enterprise Sales Dion Asencio (right) act as witnesses.

Leading global ICT solutions provider Huawei Technologies Philippines, Inc. has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Globe Telecom on the adoption of Project 1 Phone e-waste recycling program even as it turned over one van full of various electronic waste as initial donation.

The contract signing and e-waste turnover was led by Huawei Vice President for Sales Bruce Liu and Corporate Communications Head Wellington Liutao. It was in response to the P1P campaign initiated by Globe Business among its corporate clients to encourage donations of individual and company e-waste such as non-working or damaged phones and tablets; mobile phone batteries, chargers, and accessories; printers, cartridges, and personal computers, among other electronic items.

“Our vision for sustainability is to Connect the Future so we are happy to be Globe Telecom’s partner in this endeavor. We have a responsibility to contribute to the markets in which we operate internationally. Huawei is prepared to leverage its ICT expertise to increase efficiency, reduce resource consumption, and build a green, low-carbon society. We will continue to invest 10% of our annual revenue to Research and Development to ensure that we continue to innovate technologies and develop green products and solutions, “ Liu said.

#BuyOutSlavery Campaign Launched by History Asia, Not For Sale and CNN International

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Not for Sale, a San Francisco-based NGO, in partnership with HISTORY Asia and the CNN Freedom Project,  announced the launch of the #BuyOutSlavery campaign. Created to raise awareness about modern slavery through an online social movement across Singapore and other parts of Southeast Asia, the campaign will be promoted throughout Southeast Asia’s most popular e-commerce websites. The campaign is inspired by the upcoming HISTORY Asia premiere of programing event, “Roots”, on 31 May, 9pm.

The #BuyOutSlavery campaign aims to shine a light on the plight of enslaved individuals today and expose shoppers across Asia to the reality and prevalence of modern slavery. While shopping on participating sites, consumers will be encouraged to contribute to liberating modern-day slaves by making a donation to Not For Sale and also by sharing their actions online. All funds raised will support Not For Sale in their efforts to provide survivors of slavery and at-risk communities with shelter and stability, education, healthcare and legal services, and economic opportunities.

According to David Batstone, (Founder and President, Not For Sale), “The impetus for this campaign came from the upcoming premiere on HISTORYTM Asia of “Roots,” a multifaceted, compelling and emotional story about the triumph of the human spirit, about identity, family, dignity and courage - seen through the lens of slavery-era America. Slavery in those historical terms no longer exists. However, modern day slavery is very much alive in all corners of the globe.”

Slavery is an ever-growing blight on humanity that must be eradicated. There are over 30 million slaves in the world today, the highest number in the history of mankind. Men, women, and children are sold into this $150 billion industry where they are exploited for sex and labour. Slavery is present in almost every supply chain in every industry today including food, electronics, vehicle and apparel manufacturing. Creating awareness of this atrocious problem is the first step in conquering it.

“We are pleased that through our groundbreaking series, ‘Roots’, we have been able to help create and participate in a campaign that is focused on driving positive change. By reaching out to and enlisting the help of our industry partners and contacts, we are confident that we can assist Not For Sale in creating extensive awareness for this worthy cause.” said PremKamath, (Deputy Managing Director, A+E Networks Asia).

“The aim of the CNN Freedom Project is to shine a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery and champion those who have dedicated their lives to ending it. We are delighted to support this campaign to bring greater awareness of this critical issue to millions of people in Asia and around the world,” added Executive Vice President and Managing Director, CNN International, Tony Maddox.

Passion for online shopping is on the rise and plays a key role in the lives of Southeast Asians. By using these e-commerce sites, the campaign educates the audience about the products they are buying and what to look out for. Brands and celebrities are lending their names, people and resources to the cause.

Visit to find out more on how you can make a difference to the lives of these modern slaves. To join the conversation, head over to HISTORYTM Asia‘s Facebook page ( ) or #BuyOutSlavery.

Based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, “Roots” recounts the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. The original series aired in the United States and around the world in 1977 to massive audiences. Developed by HISTORYTM,the new series boasts a stellar cast of award-winning actors. The eight-hour event miniseries is distributed internationally by A+E Studios International.

SM Store #StyleUpMovement: An Invitation to Challenge Your Fashion Boundaries

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Following the successful take off of the SM Style Up Campaign of SM Makati, the SM Store launches the #StyleUpMovement: an Instagram Takeover Challenge, as SM highlights the three main trends in today’s fashion scene: Color Blocking, Athleisure, and Patterns on Patterns, together with the Style Up ambassadors; Jess Connelly, Kiana Valenciano, and Mark Mcmahon.

The SM Store is at it again – and now, extending it to a bigger crowd. Launching a nationwide online contest that challenges Filipinos, of all shapes and sizes, not only to make your OOTD game strong, but also to challenge you to free yourself from your fashion boundaries.

The all-new character of The SM Store led to the birth of the Style Up campaign, following its bolder attitude that lets your curate your wardrobe according to your liking - a rather trendier, more straightforward, with a little bit of to a little too much of edginess.

Above photo shows Jess and Mark rockin their athleisure wear.

This Instagram-based challenge, called #StyleUpMovement will run for 4 weeks, starting on May 16 until June 12, 2016.

The #StyleUpMovement highlights three key trends that we know of today:

(1) Color blocking – mix of vibrant Style Up Colors
(2) Athleisure – sports luxe with a punch of vibrant Style Up colors
(3) Patterns on patterns – geometric prints in line with the Style Up theme

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Flash Surpasses the Definition of Metal with its New Flash Plus 2

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Flash upgrades the excellent photographing DNA of the Flash series with the launch of its new Flash Plus 2. But on top of its rich, experiential camera features, the newest addition to the Flash roster also boasts of pioneering functions such as fingerprint recognition, Hi-Fi sound effect, and fast battery charging—all boxed in a sophisticated metal case designed for the high- and medium-end market.

Flash has finally responded to its users’ concerns by offering a smartphone that surpasses user convenience, sound effects and battery usage. According to Albert Wong, General Manager of Flash 3C Limited, the continuous innovation of the Flash series marks the brand’s independence.

“The independence of the Flash brand means we have entered a complete new stage of development. What remains unchanged is that we will consistently follow the mission of Flash at its birth and stay connected with the young Internet consumers who enjoy sharing and pursue quality. We will get to know their specific needs through continuous interaction to create high quality smart hardware that is fun and enjoyable, offering the users a lifestyle of seeking our true selves,” Wong said.

Deadma: Wake Up! You’re Dead.

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“Stay alive. Stay hungry.”

In this year’s Tanghalang Tikom, the annual silent theatre arts competition for junior Communication Arts students of the University of Santo Tomas, witness the spectacular debut of Silakbo Productions as they proudly present: “Deadma” written by Derly Shayne Joven, Ericka De Guia, Gabrielle Columbres, Ana Mia, and Danielle Montayre.

Breathing does not mean you are alive.

Deadma explores the dark comedy genre, featuring an indifferent mother and five peculiar personalities in a wake setting. In the midst of eccentricity and strange encounters, the mother who is devoid of any passion, learns that desires make us human. People have appetites they cannot control and this is the definition of their existence.

Produced by Yasmin Olga Salamanca and directed by Bianca Navarro, Zekiel Carbajal, Arianne Pineda, Ness Olitoquit, Jane Bron, and Sophia Amolador, Deadma will teach the interrelation of extreme hunger and honest living. This will be staged on May 20, 2016, with the time slots 1pm, 3pm and 5pm at Rm. 11A, Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building, University of Santo Tomas.

For inquiries please contact Jane Bron at (09174014519) or Ana Mia at (09392359086) or visit our Facebook page:

Behold the dead come alive this coming Friday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Akbayan Youth: Execution, Not the Solution to Crime

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A youth group criticized the possible reintroduction of death penalty in the Philippines, says executions will only continue the cycle of violence in the country.

"How can we start the healing process if we continue the cycle of violence? Death penalty by hanging promotes retribution instead of rehabilitation, revenge rather than justice. The country still recovering from the divisiveness of the previous national election will only bleed further with such a controversial proposition”, said Paeng David, National Chairperson of Akbayan Youth.

David further pointed out that death penalty is not the solution to criminality and drug addiction, and will only serve to target the poor and vulnerable.

“Execution is not the solution. Amnesty International reports even show that two thirds of all countries have turned their backs against the barbaric practice, and more are expected to also abolish it. Other reports show no marked difference between crime rate in states that have death penalty and those who have no such policy," emphasized David

"Apart from being ineffective, death penalty is also anti-poor. In a justice system like ours, only the rich can afford good legal representation and the poor are left to be condemned to death,” continued David.

The group forwarded that instead of bringing back the death penalty, the government should focus on reforming the justice system and promoting rehabilitative criminal justice in the country.

"A critical step to curbing criminality is to make sure our justice system works and that it provides fair judgment, regardless of who and how rich the person to be made to account is. Unless we ensure that trials are not rigged to favor the rich, the chances of executing the innocent will be great," added David.

“Moreover, those who stray away from the law should never be stripped of their humanity. The young people who take drugs deserve to be given health and rehabilitative services to get them away from the influence of drugs. We extremely hope the new adminsitration would reconsider, and instead of employing vindictive justice, choose to promote rehabilitative justice and give back to our youth their chance at a good life,” said David.

Finally, the youth group called for all Filipinos to rally together against public executions.

The fight against death penalty is a fight for our humanity. Different our votes might have been during elections, but together we must unite against such efforts to curb our humanity," concluded David.

Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Media Presentation Videos

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Here are some of the videos taken during the media presentation of Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Candidates held at the Diamond Hotel in Manila on May 16, 2016.

The Philippines is so proud to have the Miss Philippines Earth 2015, Angelia Gabrena Ong, as the winner of the Miss Earth 2015, succeeding the Philippines' Jamie Herrell, Miss Earth 2014.

The 15th Miss Earth pageant, was held on 5 December 2015 at Marx Halle in Vienna, Austria.
The noble theme of the Miss Philippines Earth pageant is for the promotion of environmental awareness by focusing on the Climate Change campaign thru the 5R’s: Re-think, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Respect.

Later at one of the videos, we see the candidates pose by the Diamond hotel poolside with the banners indicating the said theme.

Every beauty pageant is a feat for all photographers who want to capture the beauty of every candidate through their lens. Every year, there are numerous women who join beauty pageants as among their stepping stones to get noticed by prospective talent scouts, organizations, companies, and specific brands, who would like to work with beautiful and talented female ambassadors. I believe the Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageant is also a noteworthy cause as it promotes the love, care and preservation for the Earth.

Below are the videos during the media presentation:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bring the Wonder of Science to People Everywhere

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Globe Telecom and The Mind Museum (TMM) have joined hands to bring the wonder of science to teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning through a mobile app which gives users access to over 250 museum exhibits anytime and anywhere via their tablets or smartphones.

The TMM app deals with a wide array of topics and questions especially relevant to teachers and students who do not have the time, means, or opportunity to visit The Mind Museum. It is the first educational museum app in the country and promises a rich multimedia experience to anyone who downloads it.

“With the TMM app, we can now truly say that science is everywhere. While being in the museum completes your fun learning experience, having the app brings you closer, like no other technology can, to what animates The Mind Museum inside and out. With this app, kids of all ages, especially students and teachers, will now taste wonder at their fingertips. We can’t thank Globe enough for partnering with us on this and for having “wonder-making” as part of their mission,” said The Mind Museum curator, Maria Isabel Garcia.

“We are glad to partner with The Mind Museum on this app to give everyone a chance to access relevant and engaging educational content using their mobile device. This is in line with Globe Telecom’s commitment to provide Filipinos with 21st century learning and education through Information and Communications Technology with the end goal of creating a digital nation for a #WonderfulPH,” said Fernando Esguerra, Director for Globe Citizenship.

Miss Bikini Philippines 2016 Swimsuit Presentation

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Not everyone is confident wearing swimsuits or bikinis because not everyone is blessed with the discipline to maintain a well-balanced diet and stay away from harmful junk foods. Some would not have the luxury of time to do exercise to keep their bodies in shape.

Thus, there are some who could not easily flaunt their bodies for fear of being laughed upon. We have to admit that not all of us have the motivation to become fit and fab so I admire those women who exert extra effort to show the world they are the epitome of beauty.

Here are some more photos from the swimsuit competition of Miss Bikini Philippines 2016 held on May 15, 2016 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.

When at first the candidates were presented wearing an almost transparent pink veil over their bikinis, now we see them walk on the stage without the covering so we could better see their full splendor and capture them on camera to be forever immortalized online.

We would probably see a lot of men gawking at the well-trimmed figures that are highly fitting for body beautiful queens. But during the media presentation, the photographers have the advantage of getting almost the full attention of these ladies blessed with luscious figures and equally charming faces that would have men staring with delight and amazement.

Your Summer Survival Guide, All On Your Mobile

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The summer season is in full swing, and getting ready for it should be a whole lot of fun as we run down some of the best apps that would make for another remarkable summer! From apps to help you get that beach body, down to curating your soundtrack, check out how you can get things done right on your mobile device! 

Achieve your #BeachBodyGoals

Boracay? La Union? Baler? El Nido? Whatever your destination, show off a healthier and fitter you with the help of the KFit App! It is a revolutionary work out app that helps you discover, plan, and book a variety of fitness, beauty and wellness activities. Priced at Php 999 per month, you can download and book instantly via the mobile app to experience an array of workouts for you to try. 

For real time stories and a daily dose of funny

Share real time updates with your friends and family through one of the coolest messaging apps today, Snapchat! The popular mobile app lets you share moments with friends and even view Live Stories from around the world. You can take a photo or a video with it,add captions or doodles and even interactive filters to lend your messages more humor when you send to friends. Alternatively, your snaps can be added to your "story"-- a 24-hour collection of your photos and videos, which you broadcast to your followers. You can also follow your favorite Celebrities to see what they are up to!

Go get your game on!

For those days where you just want to take it easy, mobile games are just a tap away! Recently, top game developer and creator of Clash of Clans, Supercell, released their breakthrough mobile game, Clash Royale that will surely get you playing nonstop! An uncomplicated strategy game, anyone can easily get the hang of Clash Royale and stay on it for hours! It is available on iOS or android devices. It is a fast paced, card based Player versus Player brawler. Collect clash troops and use them to conquer your opponent’s towers to win. Now this is something to keep you occupied for hours! 

For laidback staycations

Staycations are also a good way to relax and catch up on your favorite TV hits and movie titles! Whether it’s alone time or a sleepover with friends, pop some popcorn and have an all-nighter with HOOQ. Asia’s first online entertainment video service gives you access to a library of thousands of international and local movies and TV series. Enjoy an assortment of feel good movies and catch up on the latest series such as Supergirl and Ash Vs. Evil Dead. 

Curate your Summer soundtrack

From shedding those extra pounds to your trips and staycations, Spotify has you covered, to give you the latest tracks. With the ability to create your own playlist, Spotify, offers the best music experience with access to over 30 million songs! And instant soundtracks, you can check out some of their best playlists that matches every mood and occasion. 

Experience all these apps on Globe Prepaid! As a Globe customer, KFIT is giving P300 off for every new sign up by using the promo code GlobeKFit for the Fitness Pass until May 2016. You can also create your own GoSAKTO promo to include Snapchat, Spotify and HOOQ. And on GoSURF50, you can level up on Clash Royale, and get free access to HOOQ or Spotify.

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Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Welcome Party

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Filipinos are naturally hospitable that we welcome with open arms everyone we meet even for the first time. There would always be a sort of celebration to make the arrival a little more intimate. It could be a modest lunch or dinner at a restaurant somewhere, or could a fabulous feast at home dedicated solely to the guests.

Some would even go to the extent of organizing a special celebration at an exclusive venue to make the moments more memorable not only for them but for their guests.

We all love to please our guests with the best way possible that would make them feel at home and comfortable with us. Thus, many commend the Filipinos for their hospitality that's a great attribute that we should be all proud of.

The organizers of the Miss Philippines Earth 2016 arranged a special welcome party for the candidates since they come from several places both in and out of the country. At the welcome party, the candidates had a group presentation to add some entertainment to the event as well as see how the candidates interact and work with each other.

We send our congratulations to the winning group in the group presentation of Miss Philippines Earth 2016 ‪#‎MPE2016‬ Welcome Party held at the Carousel Garden on May 15, 2016.

GOLD- Mindanao
SILVER- Northern Luzon
BRONZE- Visayas

Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Evening Gown Competition Winners

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All women feel fabulous wearing a formal dress or long formal evening gown, especially the designer dresses or the ones made by the top fashion designers of the country. Though there's a lot of remarkable designers all over the world, the appreciation for our very own should stand out since who would know the true essence of Philippine culture but Filipinos themselves.

These evening gowns are perfect for special occasions and a must have in every woman's wardrobe collection. It makes every woman look so elegant and sophisticated that would make every man at awe at every formal event she attends. 

However, the evening gowns become a lot more stunning if carried appropriately and with style by the one wearing them.

Congratulations to the winners of the Miss Philippines Earth 2016 #MPE2016 long gown competition held at the Land Bank Plaza on the night of May 14, 2016.

GOLD - Melanie Mader of Vienna,Austria
SILVER - Kiara Giel Gregorio of London
BRONZE - Imelda Bautista Schweighart of Puerto Princesa City

MS. MAYNILAD WATER - Jan Louise Abejero of Quezon City
MS. JANCEN STAR OF THE NIGHT - Melanie Mader of Vienna Austria

Below are more photos from the Miss Philippines Earth 2016 evening gown competition:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Angela Lee Crowned Inaugural One Women's Atomweight World Champion

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The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE), returned home to Singapore to the tune of 12,000 screaming Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fans cheering loudly for their favorite ONE Championship superstars. ONE: ASCENT TO POWER electrified a capacity crowd with intense world-class MMA action from start to finish. In the main event, Angela Lee earned a hard-fought, five-round unanimous decision over spirited opponent Mei Yamaguchi to clinch the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship. In the co-main event, Roger Gracie put Michal Pasternak to sleep to earn the inaugural ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship.

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In the main event, Singapore’s “Unstoppable” Angela Lee overcame a spirited performance from Japanese MMA veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi to clinch the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship. Lee and Yamaguchi traded heavy blows and showcased high-level, tactical grappling skills all throughout the fight to the delight of a packed Singapore Indoor Stadium crowd. Yamaguchi started out very strong in the early going, but Lee came on late and scored points for multiple near-finishes. Throughout five gruelling rounds, Lee dug deep in the second half of the bout, doing just enough to earn the unanimous decision victory.

Miss Philippines Earth 2016 Media Presentation Special Awards

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The season for beauty pageants is still as hot as the summer heat especially when Miss Philippines Earth 2016 just had its media presentation at the Diamond Hotel on May 16, 2016.

The noble theme is Addressing Climate Change thru 5R'S: Re-Think, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Respect - We Will Because We can. The candidates were asked to pose with several signage that when put together will complete the thought of the theme.

The gorgeous Miss Earth Air 2012, Stephany Dianne Damondamon Stefanowitz, was the host of the day and delivered her lines very well as she presents all candidates for this year's Miss Philippines Earth 2016 and the reigning beauty queens from 2015.

You can check out the interview with them on the video that we uploaded on our Facebook channel at

The same video and more will also be uploaded on our YouTube channel at

We would like to congratulate the three winners of ‪#‎MPE2016‬ Darling of the Press:

GOLD: Liza Cacho of Anda, Pangasinan
SILVER: Imelda Bautista Schweighart of Puerto Princesa City
BRONZE: Kiara Giel Gregorio of London

Experience Unique Japanese-Peruvian Cuisine with Chef Shigeki Iimura at Buddha-Bar Manila

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Known for its modern Asian cuisine, Buddha-Bar Manila has been known to bring a wide variety of food dishes to Manila’s food-loving crowd. It has served Western cuisine and even mouth-watering Pacific Rim dishes that has included those from several Asian countries.

Starting May 19 to June 17, Buddha-Bar Manila will be offering the unique flavors of Nikkei cuisine to Manila. Renowned chef Chef Shigeki Iimura will be at Buddha-Bar Manila to serve his signature dishes and host a meet-and-greet on May 20 and 21.

Nikkei is a fusion of Japanese food made with Peruvian ingredients and cooking technique. This particular type of cooking is especially popular in South America, where there is a huge confluence of Japanese and Latin American culture. Considered by many as a gastronomical artform, this unique fusion of flavors has become one of the most sought after cuisine in many top cities and top restaurants all over the world. The past two decades saw the rise of global celebrity chefs specializing in creative and exceptional Nikkei cuisine.

Chef Shigeki is one of the most notable culinary masters when it comes to Nikkei cuisine. Having been exposed to the culinary world since he was a child, Chef Shigeki grew up in Tokyo where his family owned a restaurant and taught him how to select the freshest produce from the world-famous Tsukiji fish market. Having developed a love for Japanese cuisine, he honed different styles of authentic Japanese cuisine from Kyoto-style, Kaga-style & Robata for 35 years. After a career in a top Tokyo restaurant, he established himself in the Japanese culinary scene and traveled abroad to share his skills and knowledge. After also learning the Western style of cuisine and serving fusion dishes, Chef Shigeki is currently the executive chef of Buddha-Bar International.

Another Podium Finish for Team Suzuki Pilipinas at Round 2 of the Suzuki Asian Challenge

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Eane Jay Sobretodo did it big on race 1 of Suzuki Asian Challenge round 2 at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand last May 6-8, 2016. After the glorious victory of April King Mascardo as 2nd placer during race 2 of round 1 in Malaysia, Manileño rider, EJ got the limelight this time with his victory. As a newbie and the latest addition to Team Suzuki Pilipinas, Sobretodo’s performance was surprising and fulfilling.

EJ continuously showed his improvement from the practice, qualifying and actual race. After crashing on practice 1 sending him at the lowest ranks, EJ recovered with a clean comeback sending him to the podium. Placing 8th on the grid, Sobretodo leaped to 3rd place when co-Team Suzuki Pilipinas frontrunner April King Mascardo (who finished at 3rd) got a penalty for crossing the blue line. The warm up on Round 2 continuously showed EJ’s dominance as he finished at 1st place.

Team Suzuki Pilipinas maintains their good performance in the overall standing of the Suzuki Asian Challenge. Visayas’ bet Borbon also showcased a promising performance as he leaped from 11th Place to the 8th Place. Sobretodo is now ranked 5th from his position at 6th overall on round 1. Despite being penalized for an overshoot at race 1, Mindanao’ pride April King Mascardo was able to regain himself in the next races and finished strong at 4th place at the end of round 2.

With the consecutive success and podium positions that Team Suzuki Pilipinas was able to achieve in rounds 1 and 2, the team is more confident on the succeeding rounds. The 3rd leg of the Suzuki Asian Challenge will happen on June 3 to 5 at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.

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